Newsletter for Monday, November 23
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WHEN SEPTA POLICE WILL LAUNCH THEIR BODY CAMERA PROGRAM
What started as a pilot program to give all transit police officers their own body camera is moving ahead of schedule, Billy Penn has learned. Reform-minded SEPTA Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel III and his superiors are scrapping an earlier plan to spread the $400,000 price tag over a few years. So when will they begin recording their interactions, and what will be allowed (and not allowed) on those recordings? We’ve got the details now from Nestel’s guidelines, which will be released later this week.
PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA ATTENDANCE KEEPS SLIPPING AND THE BOARD DOESN’T KNOW WHY
Attendance is down again for the Philadelphia Orchestra. Just 153,000 paid listeners went to concerts in the last September to May season, and the goal was 189,000. Worse, the orchestra hasn’t yet figured out the reason for the low attendance. “I don’t know if it’s because the audience isn’t here, or the audience is here and we don’t know how to reach them,” Board Chairman Richard B. Worley told the Inquirer. Meanwhile, salaries for the musicians and Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin are lower than their peers’ in other cities. Among other plans, like cutting the budget and raising endowments, the orchestra is looking for ways to connect with a new audience.
Your desk posture needs work, and you're gonna need some stress-management tips to deal with your uncles at Thanksgiving. Stop by this mindfulness and yoga lesson to pick up some tips.
Where: Walnut Street West Library at 201 S. 40th St. 19104
When: November 23, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
How much: free
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HERE’S HOW TO STAY ACTIVE IN PHILLY WHEN THE WEATHER IS COLD AND THE FOOD IS HEARTY
It’s that time of the year: you’ll be eating Thanksgiving leftovers for about three days, the gym will be that place you walk by while you shop for gifts, and that whole thinking-about-others-holiday-spirit thing will become the perfect excuse to skip your run. But Billy Penn Featured Contributor Kiera Smalls can help. She’s the co-founder of City Fit Girls and Community Manager for Indego Bike Share. So yeah, she knows how to keep moving. Here’s where to go, what to do and how to stay motived this winter.
ICYMI: WHY JIM KENNEY NEEDS A DIVERSITY OFFICER ALLASUDDEN
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney has announced he’s named Nolan Atkinson as Philadelphia’s first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, a position that will report directly to the mayor and will take office in January when Kenney is sworn in. So why does Philadelphia need someone in City Hall — someone directly reporting to the mayor, no less — to focus entirely on diversity and inclusion in the city’s workforce? We’re glad you asked.