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November 28, 2016 / olneypost

City Council Hold First Hearing for Minority-Owned Businesses, Contractors

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District 9 City Council member Cherelle Parker. Photo courtesy of facebook.com/RepCParker.

District 9 city Councilwoman Cherelle Parker and other City Hall members held a sit-down to discuss minority contractors working at Philadelphia International Airport and the Navy Yard.

The Philadelphia Tribune reports that the hearing included the Commerce and Economic Development Committee regarding Ordinance 160042, which was passed by City Hall in January and authorized required hearings regarding diverse participation and economic opportunities in businesses contracted by the airport and Navy Yard.

 

November 8, 2016 / olneypost

2016 General Election: Nominees and Ballot Questions

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Nov. 8 is Election Day.

The 2016 general election is finally here. You know the big names: Trump, Clinton, but who are the other names and ballot questions you’ll see on your ballot? Here’s a quick run through of the people running for attorney general, senator and representative and the ballot question you’ll see today.

Hillary Clinton is running as the Democratic president nominee. The former secretary of state and senator of New York state will attempt to become the first person in U.S. history to be First Lady and president. Her vice president running mate is Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.

Multimillionaire entrepreneur and former reality TV star Donald Trump is the Republican president nominee. Trump has never held an elected political position, but he was able to win the Republican candidacy in a highly contested Republican party presidential primary season that had as many as 16 candidates. Trump picked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice president.

Little-publicized Independent party nominees may play a part in tightening races and taking away votes from the more well-known political parties. Constitution party president nominee Darrell Castle is running alongside Scott Bradley. Jill Stein is a repeat Green Party president nominee from the 2012 general election, but this time her running mate is Ajamu Baraka. Former New Mexico Republican Gov. Gary Johnson is the Libertarian’s pick to be commander-in-chief with Bill Weld as his vice president.

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August 23, 2016 / olneypost

Logan Elementary First Community School

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Logan Elementary caption courtesy of School District of Philadelphia.

On July 18 Mayor Jim Kenney announced Philadelphia’s first community schools and Logan Elementary is listed as one of nine schools for the upcoming 2016-17 school year.

According to a press release, 31 public schools in the city applied and the Kenney administration plans to have 25 community schools during Kenney’s four year term. The community schools are public schools with a full-time coordinator from city government that identities that school’s and students’ most important needs and they use city assets to try to solve those issues.

Funding for this initiative comes from the country’s first citywide soda tax.

Public schools’ first through 12th graders are scheduled to go back to school on Sept. 7 and kindergarteners are scheduled to start on Sept. 14.

July 24, 2016 / olneypost

Jazz on the Green a Fun Time for All

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Daud El-Bakara Collective serenades the crowd with covers of David Bowie and Herbie Hancock.

Olney’s annual Jazz on the Green was full of live music and a receptive crowd.

A crowd of 40 to 50 people showed up to hear free local and live music in Fisher Park.

The show featured Daud El-Bakara Collective, a jazz band comprised of a keyboardist, electric guitar and bass player and trumpeter. Some young patrons played basketball on the opposite ends on the make-shift stage, but many sat on chairs tucked under the shade, ate some food and enjoyed the music.

The Double Portion Ensemble performed fun, high-pace jazz. Double Portion Ensemble features Randy Gibson of 5th Street’s own Gibson School of Music & Arts in the three-man group.

During an intermission, the event’s creator Ambrose Liu thanked the crowd, participants and local City Hall and Olney organizations for helping to make the event possible.

Liu’s Olney Youth Arts Festival event is scheduled for later this year in Olney.

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July 1, 2016 / olneypost

“Jazz On the Green” This Weekend Brings Live Music to Olney

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Performers at Olney Fest in 2015. Photo courtesy of The North 5th Street Revitalization Project.

Jazz on the Green is set for July 2 on the 6000 block of North 5th Street from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Fisher Park. The Olney Youth Arts Festival, along with the Fisher Park Community Alliance and North 5th Street Revitalization Project, are bringing a diverse showcase of music to Olney.

According to a press release, the AMLA Youth Latin Jazz Ensemble, the Daud El-Bakara Collective and the Double Portion Ensemble (featuring Randy Gibson of the Gibson School of Music & Arts) are scheduled to perform.

Spectators are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the show.

If it rains July 2, Jazz on the Green will happen on Sunday July 3.

Check back on the Olney Post site and Twitter for pictures from the festival.

February 2, 2016 / olneypost

Red Cross finds housing for house fire victims.

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Fire trucks line the block of North 5th Street to battle the house fire. Photo courtesy of 6Abc

A fire started at 4 a.m. on the 5400 block of North 5th Street on Sunday night.

Firefighters extinguished the second and first floor flames in the home. No one was injured, but the three residents won’t be able to live in the home. The Red Cross is offering temporary housing.

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