October 23, 2013 |
Mayor Nutter took time out Monday to laud the city's partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice to reduce and prevent youth violence. Standing alongside Assistant U.S. Attorney General Karol V. Mason at Strawberry Mansion Community Garden, Nutter singled out the city's Mural Arts Program's "Guild" initiative for praise and thanked the federal government for its help. "These young men from the Guild are the reason we are here today," Nutter said. The Guild provides arts-based training and support to former inmates reentering society and to at-risk youth, teaching them skills they can use to attain and keep a job. Michael Whittington, who said he spent five years in prison for robbery and other offenses for a crime he committed as a teenager, mentors at-risk youth and other former inmates involved with the Guild.
July 21, 1993 |
The Philadelphia Drama Guild has a new managing director. He is Alan Levey, 45, formerly the managing director of the nationally renowned La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. He will take up his duties here in September. Levey, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a longtime resident of California, succeeds Daniel L. Schay in the post. Schay resigned last spring, citing a desire to leave the business end of theater for an artistic opportunity. In announcing Levey's appointment yesterday, Patricia Morley, a Guild trustee and co-chairperson of its search committee, stated that "Alan Levey was our number one choice for this position, and we are fortunate to have attracted an executive of his skill, experience and reputation.
June 26, 1992 |
Philadelphia has a 268-year-old men's club still drinking toasts from the original punch bowl. A society dance that kicked off 244 years ago still draws the upper crust. So it shouldn't come as a complete surprise that there's a medieval craftmen's guild alive and kicking in the Quaker City. It's the Carpenters Company of the City and County of Philadelphia, founded in 1724. Though its role has changed over the past 268 years, it proudly bills itself as "the oldest crafts guild in America.
November 14, 2011 |
In an Overbrook church kitchen, a handful of young men on probation for a range of misdemeanors and felonies spend their Saturday morning learning the difference between braising and frying. Braising is slow cooking over a low flame for a long time; frying uses more oil and a high flame. It's a bit like the difference between life in prison and the death penalty. But the hope is that neither of those is in the future for these 18-to-24-year-olds. They are in cooking classes designed to help them turn their lives around.
February 13, 1998 |
The Love Apples Quilting Guild and the Radisson Hotel have been unable to patch up a dispute that has caused the cancellation of the craft group's largest fund-raiser this weekend, officials said yesterday. Up to 2,000 quilters, who planned to attend the Cherry Hill-based guild's convention beginning today, are out of luck because of conflicts over the use of the hotel. "There's going to be little old ladies who are going to be coming to the door," said Love Apples President Maren Williams of the quilters who might arrive at the Rt. 73 hotel and find the show canceled.
February 2, 2013 |
The parent company of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with the last and largest of its 11 unions Thursday, a key step in the company's efforts to return to profitability. The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia said it had tentatively agreed to a two-year contract for its 550 members that includes a one-time 2.5 percent across-the-board wage cut but also commits the company to maintaining its current printing schedule for its two daily newspapers in 2013 and 2014.
September 18, 1990 |
The New York Post, the feisty tabloid teetering on the edge of financial ruin, got a reprieve last night as its largest union voted to accept a 20 percent pay cut. The Newspaper Guild, which represents 352 editorial, advertising and clerical employees, was the last of the Post unions to accept the cuts. Some members said they felt pressured to take the offer because they would be throwing all 1,000 Post employees out of work if they rejected it. "It was a squeaker," said Joey Padovano, a member of the truck drivers' union who had paced impatiently outside the guild offices last night to find out whether he would have a job. Guild members voted to accept a plan that includes cutting 36 employees.
March 15, 2012 |
Philadelphia Media Network Inc. will lay off 19 unionized workers in its three newsrooms - four full-timers and 15 part-timers - and 21 additional newsroom employees have been approved for voluntary buyouts. The layoffs of reporters, copy editors, multimedia content producers, and others at The Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com would occur March 31. Five nonunion employees from the three newsrooms, including three from The Inquirer, also were laid off, bringing the total number of jobs being lost to 45. In a statement, PMN said the layoffs and buyouts were a response to "the unfortunate economic conditions that continue to impact" the newspaper industry.
June 22, 2012 |
It looks as though Lindsay Lohan has triggered a workplace-safety issue. Two Hollywood unions are scrutinizing Lindsay's TV movie "Liz & Dick" after the actress tweeted that she was exhausted because of long production days. That would be too much Liz and not enough Dick. Larry A. Thompson, producer of the Lifetime movie starring Lilo as Elizabeth Taylor, said Wednesday that no violations were found in the SAG-AFTRA review. The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists confirmed that its representatives visited the production.
February 15, 2012 |
In a cost-cutting move, the parent company of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com said it will reduce the number of newsroom positions by 37 — through buyouts, it hopes — by the end of March. On Wednesday afternoon, management of Philadelphia Media Network Inc. (PMN) informed Newspaper Guild Local 10, which represents editorial, advertising and circulation employees, that it needed to cut costs because of challenging industry conditions. The move was not unexpected since PMN had announced plans last fall to create one newsroom for all its media properties as part of the relocation of its offices this summer.