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Attention Small-Business Owners: Applications are due Friday for the upcoming Northwest Philadelphia Community College of Philadelphia Peer-based Learning Experience for local businesses. The classes at Northwest Regional Center ( 1300 West Godfrey Ave.) take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays from April 4 and June 6. Through this 10 week 30-hour program, you will learn the foundations of small business management and other tools needed for a successful small business through this FREE training program. Who is Eligible: Business located within the City of Philadelphia. In business for at least one year with some sales (sales cannot exceed $1 million) Have one full-time equivalent employee (can include owner or 2 part-timers) Must be an owner, have an ownership stake or be a decision maker in the company Other upcoming classes are: South Philadelphia at Constitution Health Plaza: 1930 S. Broad Street Tuesdays, June 5 to August 14, 2018 Applications due April 28, 2018 CCP Main Campus: 1751 Callowhill Street Wednesdays, September 5 to November 14, 2018 Applications due July 28, 2018
Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School (2150 W. Lehigh Ave.) hosts a great event tomorrow from 5 to 7:30 that connects CTE students to Philadelphia-area employers related to their programs of study. The Department of Commerce, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Education, School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia City Council, and Steppingstone Scholars, is hosting the event. Opportunities include: Entry level positions Paid/Unpaid Internships Apprenticeships Mentoring Experiences
Kicking off Tax Season in Norris Square! #EITC
Thank you to the Safety Glass Saves Lives group and attorney Kevin T. Kim for the wonderful donation of more than 1,000 pairs of socks for our Warm the Sole sock drive. We are collecting socks, for all ages, through Wednesday Jan. 31, in City Hall Room 316, at State Rep. Mike Driscoll's office (3294 Red Lion Rd.) Zion Baptist Church (Broad & Venango) and Liquid Salon (1742 Sansom St.) The excellent staff of Philadelphia's Office of Homeless Services will distribute the socks to those in need. Socks are among the most sought after items by those experiencing homelessness, but are among the things people donate least.
Criminal Justice Event this morning!
A Reminder from SEPTA About Medicare Card Phase-Out Effective January 16 Reduced Fare Card Registration Outreach Schedule Information With most Senior Citizens and Riders with Disabilities who previously used Medicare Cards now transitioning to the new SEPTA Key Photo ID Cards, SEPTA is reminding Senior and Reduced Fare customers that Medicare and Railroad Retirement Cards will no longer be accepted for free- and reduced-fare rides beginning Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Riders with disabilities, who have not previously registered with SEPTA for the Reduced Transit Fare Program for Persons with Disabilities are urged to do so as soon as possible. After January 16, the only forms of identification that will be accepted for half-fare service on all SEPTA Routes will be: SEPTA Key Reduced Fare Card Paper Pennsylvania Reduced Transit Fare ID Card (green card) Because Reduced Fare Key Cards can be loaded with funds and require verification of medical documentation, Reduced Fare applications must be submitted in person at SEPTA Headquarters, 1234 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or at the Accessible Travel Center (Room 108) in Suburban Station, Monday – Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Since mid-December, when SEPTA announced the extension of the Medicare Card phase-out deadline to January 16, 2018, customers have been registering for Reduced Fare Key cards in record numbers. To assist those remaining customers who have not registered for the SEPTA Key Reduced Fare Card – particularly those who do not have a paper Pennsylvania Reduced Transit Fare ID Card or are infrequent riders who may not be aware of the change – SEPTA is holding Reduced Fare Application and Outreach events in each County from mid-January through the end of February. Information on the Reduced Fare Card, including the application process, is available on SEPTA’s website at: http://www.septa.org/key/updates/2017-reduced-fare-card.html. SEPTA strongly recommends interested and eligible applicants review this information prior to attending one of the registration events. A schedule of reduced fare outreach events is also available at http://www.septa.org/key/updates/2017-reduced-fare-card.html. While SEPTA Key Senior Photo ID Card applications will also be accepted, the purpose of these registration events is to take photographs and process applications for the SEPTA Key Reduced Fare Cards. Senior Key Card Registration Continues at Legislative Offices Seniors interested in signing up for the SEPTA Key Card can continue to do so at participating Legislative Offices or at SEPTA Headquarters, 1234 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Please visit http://www.septa.org/fares/discount/seniors-ride-free-info.html for more information or questions about the SEPTA Key Senior Photo ID program. After January 16, 2018… Seniors will be able to continue to travel for free on all SEPTA Transit Routes ($1.00 on Regional Rail within Pennsylvania) using any of the following three proofs of age: · SEPTA Key Senior Photo ID cards · Paper Pennsylvania Senior Citizen Transit ID Cards (blue and yellow cards) · Pennsylvania Drivers’ License and Non-Drivers’ License Photo IDs with magnetic strips* *Please Note – In mid-June 2017, PennDOT began issuing new Licenses and Photo IDs that do not have a magnetic strip and are not compatible with the SEPTA Key system.
Job Opportunities - On Thursday, January 11th, The School District of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Housing Authority will hold a joint job fair. The job fair will include information sessions for the School District’s instructional support, climate, food services, transportation, facilities, and maintenance positions. John F. Street Community Center (Adjacent to Richard Allen Homes and Cambridge Plaza) 1100 Poplar Street Philadelphia, PA WHEN: Thursday, January - 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Please Contribute to Councilman-At-Large Allan Domb’s Second Annual Warm the Sole Sock Drive For the entire month of January, we are asking you to join us in donating NEW socks for all ages to help those experiencing homelessness in the City of Philadelphia. “Socks are among the most-needed items at homeless shelters, but are one of the items that are donated the least,” Councilman Domb said. For the second-straight year, the Councilman’s office is partnering with the City’s Office of Homeless Services which will distribute the collected socks to those in need. Public collection boxes are set up at the Northeast Entrance of City Hall, in Councilman Domb’s Office in City Hall Room 316, at Liquid Salon at 1742 Sansom Street, 2nd Floor, and at the Office of State Rep. Mike Driscoll at 3924 Red Lion Road. There are also collection boxes inside each entrance of City Hall where those who work in the building may drop donations.
With a storm approaching, Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis announced that a Snow Emergency will be declared for the City of Philadelphia beginning at 12:01 am on Thursday, January 4. For citizens, a Snow Emergency means all parked cars must be moved off Snow Emergency routes for plowing. When moving your car, park as far from the corner of the street as possible; vehicles parked too close to the corner get in the way of snow plows trying to turn corners. Snow Emergency information and a map of Snow Emergency routes can be found at http://www.philadelphiastreets.com/highways/snow/emergency-routes/. Cars left on Snow Emergency routes will be moved to other parking spots to assist in snow plowing operations. If your car is moved, call 215-686-SNOW to find it. Do NOT call 911. Citizens are encouraged to travel with caution Thursday. Please give yourself extra time to get to your destination, and workers are encouraged to make use of flex time if available. Caution will be particularly important during the morning rush hour. Sanitation and recycling collections tomorrow will be suspended. Residents who normally have collections on Thursdays are asked to hold their trash and recycling until next Thursday. Crews are expected to resume collections on Friday but residents should expect delays. Due to the New Year’s holiday collections were already one day behind this week; therefore, Wednesdays materials will be picked up on Friday; Friday’s materials picked up on Saturday. There will be no collections in driveways for the remainder of the week. Residents should place materials at curbside, in front of their homes, to be picked up. Salting/Plowing: The Philadelphia Streets Department – working in coordination with Parks and Recreation, L&I, Water, and CLIP – will begin a salting operation around midnight. The Department has more than 40,000 tons of salt available. Crews will begin plowing as the snow accumulates, and will treat and plow side streets and neighborhood streets as conditions permit. The Department will have over 375 pieces of equipment deployed at the peak of the operation. City government offices will be open during normal business hours Thursday. Supervisors are urged to offer flexibility if employees are late. SEPTA will post real-time travel updates at www.septa.org and @SEPTA on Twitter. Airport: Travelers and those picking up travelers are encouraged to check their flight status before leaving for the Airport tomorrow. Call your airline, get updates at 1-800-PHL-GATE or check the Airport website, www.phl.org. Call Centers Open The Philly 311 Call Center will remain open on normal business hours Thursday (8am- 8pm) to take calls for non-emergencies. Requests for salting and plowing will not be taken during the storm. Once the storm has moved on, the City will announce when such requests will be taken. The Philadelphia Water Department’s customer contact center 215-685-6300 will be open. Citizens are encouraged to shovel snow from the fronts of fire hydrants and storm drains on their block to allow snow melt to drain to the city sewer system. Homeless Outreach: The Office of Homeless Services is continuing its Code Blue until further notice. Throughout the Code Blue, Philadelphia’s homeless outreach teams will patrol the streets in greater numbers, urging homeless people to come to local shelters. People do not need ID to enter Code Blue shelters or cafes from the street, and they can remain indoors throughout the duration of the Code Blue. If you are concerned about someone who is homeless, please call the Outreach Coordination Center at 215-232-1984 at any time. Outreach is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. First responders can also transport people to shelter for their own safety. Pet Safety Awareness: Citizens should contact the ACCT Philly hotline (267-385-3800) if they observe a dog or other pet outside during extreme cold. It is against City ordinance to leave dogs outside in extreme cold without proper shelter, and owners can be fined up to $500. The Philadelphia Parking Authority will not enforce meter and time limit violations after 10:00 p.m. tonight due to the snow emergency. The PPA will enforce all snow emergency and safety violations. Vehicles illegally parked on snow emergency routes after midnight tonight will be subject to ticketing and towing. The Parking Authority will offer discounted parking in Center City garages during the Snow Emergency to help lessen the amount of cars parking on the street. Beginning at 6:00 p.m. today and running through the end of the Snow Emergency, the Philadelphia Parking Authority will offer a special 24-hour flat rate of $5.00 for the following parking facilities: • AutoPark at Independence Mall (5th & Market Streets) • AutoPark at Jefferson (10th & Ludlow Streets) • Autopark at the Gallery Mall (10th & Filbert Streets) • Autopark at 8th & Filbert Streets Garage (801 Filbert Street) • AutoPark at Old City (2nd & Sansom Streets) • Philadelphia Family Court Garage (1503-11 Arch Street – Going south on 15th Street, enter the garage on the west side just after 15th & Cherry St.) To receive the discounted $5 rate, customers must bring their ticket and pay at the PPA Management Office in each garage. Philadelphia Prisons: All inmate visits are canceled Thursday for all jails in Philadelphia County. The Departments of Parks and Recreation reminds residents that if a tree falls during a storm and it's blocking a road, or it has fallen on a house, car or other property, call 911. A crew of arborists from Philadelphia Parks & Recreation are on-call to respond to tree emergencies and they will come out to remove the hazard and any part of the tree that is an immediate risk to public safety. Other parts of the tree that don't pose an immediate risk (such as tree trunks and stumps) will be removed at a later time so our crews can focus on other safety hazards around the city during extreme weather events. In the event that a tree has fallen on electrical wires, please call PECO's emergency line: 1-800-841-4141. Stay informed: • Tune to local news for weather updates. • Sign up for emergency alerts and weather updates from ReadyPhiladelphia at www.phila.gov/ready. • For more winter weather tips, visit the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management online at www.phila.gov/ready. • For official updates from the City, follow @PhilaOEM on Twitter or find them on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube and Blogspot. • Other City Twitter accounts to follow for information: @PhiladelphiaGov; @Philly311; @PhilaStreets; @PhillyPolice; and @PhillyFireDept. ###
City Opens Temporary Warming Center With another week of bitter cold temperatures forecast, the City announced that it has enhanced its Code Blue services by opening a ‘warming center‘ at Cione Recreation Center at 2600 Aramingo Avenue to serve individuals in need of shelter in the surrounding Kensington-Fairhill section of the City. The center opened at 5pm today and will operate through January 2, 2pm, to those in need of shelter and warmth. The Center will provide hot drinks, blankets and toiletries to those in need, as well as, mental health and drug and alcohol outreach services. This continues the City's focused efforts to address homelessness and opioid addiction in Kensington-Fairhill, particularly as the Code Blue status remains in effect. These enhanced services are a collaboration of the Office of Homeless Services, the Departments of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, the Philadelphia Police Department, Office of Emergency Management and the Outreach Coordination Center operated by Project HOME. The Code Blue that took effect in Philadelphia on Christmas Day remains in effect, as frigid temperatures and wind chills are forecast throughout the upcoming week. The City's homeless outreach teams will continue patrolling streets, urging homeless individuals to come inside from the cold temperatures. Outreach teams and first responders will also continually monitor individuals who are particularly vulnerable due to mental illness. The Office of Homeless Services is providing as many as 500 extra beds throughout the winter season to ensure shelter for anyone in need during the Code Blue. City officials are asking the public to call the Homeless Outreach hotline at 215-232-1984 at any time if they see a homeless person sleeping on the street. Homeless outreach teams are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
After my tour and meeting with Principal Gordon on Monday, I am not surprised to learn that he was named Administrator of The Year. Keep up the great work! https://www.educationdive.com/news/administrator-of-the-year-richard-gordon-iv-paul-robeson-high-school/510191/
At the groundbreaking for the new Cristo Rey High School at 17th & Allegheny in Tioga. The private Catholic high school for low-income students uses a mixture of work-study and classroom learning to educate its students. Cristo Rey now stands on North Broad Street, but the new facility will be a great new home once construction is completed.
Spending some time with Principal Eren and her leadership team to discuss the positive outcomes so far this school year. Attendance is up 30% and I was very pleased to hear that the partnership with St.Christophers Hospital is back up and running. It is crucial to give our students real world job skills before they graduate. #KensingtonHS #CareerAndTechEd #CTE