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Raising Hotel Tax Makes Good Dollars and SenseEditorial16 May 2017 But new fund’s board must be transparent As a rule, for politicians, particularly those sitting on city council, raising taxes is never a no-brainer. Raising a tax to fund anything other than schools or reduce our pension debt is even dicier, one would think. This maxim is true for almost every proposed tax except the one proposed by the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association late last month: a 0.75 percent increase to the current hotel tax....Read More >>Raising Hotel Tax Makes Good Dollars and Sense

 

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Strength in NumbersSheila Simmons16 May 2017
Black male educators discuss efforts to boost diversity in teacher workforce (Photo Left) Conference co-founders Raymond Roy-Pace, Vincent Cobb, Ronald Taylor and Sterling Grimes. (R) Attendees discuss topics raised at “Black Male Educators Convening 6” at Temple. Photos by Sarah J. Glover. Earlier this month, the “Black Male Educators Convening 6” gathered at...Read More >>
 
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Zoe Has No RegretsJeremy Treatman17 May 2017
Friends’ Central Softball Trying to Improve (Photo Left) Friends’ Central softball player Eva Bartholomew (#11) is out at second base to end the game. Photo by Sarah J. Glover. Zoe Shoemaker is a Friends’ Central lifer, having started at the private Quaker school in Wynnewood as a nursery school student. She knows that...Read More >>
 
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Always Bet on YouthHughE Dillon17 May 2017
Benefit helps fund shelter and counseling for area youth On May 4, at the Crystal Tea Room, Valley Youth House hosted its 7th Annual “Always Bet on Youth” casino night to benefit homeless and foster youth in Pennsylvania. VYH honored Christopher Heard as their 2017 Young Achiever, Harold Epps as their...Read More >>
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Betty Givens Gives BackJeremy Treatman17 May 2017
Betty Givens can’t help being around basketball. Her husband Kevin is West Chester University’s all-time leading scorer and the head coach of The Academy of New Church, where he also was its first African-American student in the 1970s. Their sons Samme and Shannon became hoops stars there in the mid 2000s....Read More >>

 

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Ken Smukler, publisher of Philadelphia’s largest weekly newspaper, The Liberty City Press, has a background in political technology and communications both locally and nationally.  Read more >>
Jeremy Treatman is the founder and co-director of the Scholastic Play-by-Play Classics and Sports Broadcasting Camps. Over 50 NBA players, including Lebron James, Kevin Durant, and Rajon Rondo played in his events when they were in high school. Jeremy...Read more >>
Lucy Smukler is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston College. She is studying English and is interested in journalism and analytic writing. She is very excited to be a part of the Liberty City Press team. Read more >>
Sheila Simmons brings many years of writing and communications experience to her work for Liberty City Press. She began her professional writing career at the Philadelphia Daily News, where she covered Business, City Hall and Education.Read more >>
Sarah J. Glover is an award-winning photojournalist and multimedia journalist, specializing in photojournalism and video for the web.Read more >>
HughE Dillon Philly's Society Photographer; he's a columnist, television personality too. His photo work focuses on people, parties, celebrities and Philadelphia.  His photos have been published nationally and internationally. Including in People Mag,...Read more >>
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