Starting today, SEPTA conductors will check Regional Rail tickets onboard weekday trains. If you're riding from Temple, Jefferson, Suburban, 30th Street or University City stations, you need a prepaid ticket. The system's been lax ever since SEPTA had to pull a bunch of cracked trains off the line last year. That ends today.
John Dougherty, head of IBEW Local 98, started a charter school 15 years ago. Yep, that John Dougherty. The intent of Philadelphia Electrical & Technology Charter High School, he said, was to diversify the electricians union by creating apprenticeship and job opportunities for its students. Well, Johnny Doc's charter is up for renewal and the school has no record of sending any of its students into the Local 98 apprenticeship program. But salaries are inflated to cover Local 98 union dues, and Dougherty's daughter is the CEO. Here's what Philly.com found when a reporter went digging.
It's been four years since Morgan Berman founded her startup MilkCrate, an app that was meant to connect users with sustainable options around them. That's since changed. And now Berman says the function of her company is finally clear. She talks about that change and more in this month's edition of our "Who's Next Catch Up." Each month, Billy Penn highlights up-and-coming Philadelphians under the age of 40 as part of our Who’s Next series. In Who’s Next Catch Up, we check in with past honorees to find out what they’ve been up to since we first wrote about them. Our second edition takes us back to Berman, whose entire company has transformed since she was featured two and a half years ago.
When Tom Ivory launched Baker Street Bread Co. back in 1992, there was no such thing as "artisanal bread" in Philadelphia. Naysayers told him he'd surely fail if he tried charging $3.50 a loaf for his thick-crusted, large-sponge, French-style loaves. Wrong. Twenty-five years later, the bakery has more than 250 wholesale clients and just moved main production to a large industrial space in South Philly to grow even more. Which means the original Chestnut Hill locale can become something Ivory's always wanted: A real sit-down restaurant.
Join the ACLU of PA and meet Naiymah Sanchez, the org's new transgender advocacy coordinator, as well as intake attorney Michelin Cahill. Naiymah will discuss the general state of trans rights in PA and Michelin will speak about ACLU-PA's current trans rights lawsuits, Boyertown and Burton. Free food and happy hour drink specials
Where: Smokin' Betty's at 116 S. 11th St. 19107
When: July 11, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP
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The Philly parking struggle is real. It's also very well documented. That's why every week, our Week in Parking highlights the highs, lows and lowers of this four-wheeled battle. Get the weekly updates every Friday, and sign up here to make sure they hit your inbox. Come for the PPA rants, stay for the 7-minute parallel park.
Tradition matters at Happy Hollow. It’s tradition that keeps coaches like Brian Robinson and teachers like Sarah Stevenson at the facility for decades; it’s tradition that inspires children to dream that they can go on amazing careers like Happy Hollow alum and current NBA coach Jerome Allen. As part of Billy Penn's series on local rec centers, here's a look at what makes this place special.