Newsletter for Monday, Feb. 29
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Can you say Spring? Winterfest is over; photo via @delawareriverwaterfront on Instagram.
DONALD TRUMP, MARC VETRI AND PHILLY’S INVISIBLE RESTAURANT WORKFORCE
E-Verify, the free online system that lets employers confirm the work eligibility status of potential employees, is only currently fully mandatory in eight states. But mandatory E-Verify implementation is one of the more feasible parts of Donald Trump’s proposed immigration crackdown, and E-Verify screening is what resulted in about 30 Vetri restaurant employees losing their jobs during the transition to Urban Outfitters ownership. Billy Penn examined Philly’s restaurant workforce, the Urban situation and how E-Verify works.
WHY IS THE PHILLY POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVING A HARD TIME RECRUITING NEW OFFICERS?
The Philadelphia Police Department is running at an officer deficit, with approximately 200 more officers needed to plug the gap. What’s behind the shortage? Then-Commissioner Charles Ramsey told City Council last year the view of policing “is not that positive.” But new Commissioner Richard Ross isn’t so sure that’s it, and others point to several different factors that deter new recruits. We looked into why Philly is having such a hard time finding new cops.
From 1972 through 1998, WJOJO-FM was the radio station Philly put on to hear activist/DJ Jojo Sweeney speak mostly in code. Catch Jojo live for this very special Leap Day event
Where: Johnny Brenda's at 1201 N. Frankford Ave.
When: February 29, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
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LEAP DAY PRIZES AT MCGILLIN’S
McGillin’s might just be the most romantic place in Philadelphia. Its owners even claim more couples have met, gotten engaged, gotten married and hosted bachelor/bachelorette parties there than at at other place in the city. So in honor of Leap Day, McGillin’s is giving away $100 gift cards to the first five women who publicly propose to their significant others at the restaurant.
VOLUNTEERS BUILT 62 BIKES FOR PHILLY KIDS
More than 100 volunteers spent Sunday assembling bikes to be donated to Philly youth organizations at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s second annual bike build. Neighborhood Bike Works, Philly Pumptrack, Gearing Up and Cadence Youth Cycling received 62 bikes — some small enough for 4-year-olds and some made for the teenaged racers at Cadence.