Philadelphia School Partnership Awards $1.2 Million Grant to Drexel University School of Education

PHILADELPHIA – On Monday, March 20, The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) announced it has given a $1.2 million grant to Drexel University to establish the Dragons Teach Middle Years (DTMY) program at its School of Education.  This innovative program provides an opportunity for undergraduates to become certified to teach middle school science and math—two of the city’s highest-need subject areas—while being trained specifically for the unique challenges of the urban classroom. At scale, the program will graduate 40 teachers annually, creating a new pipeline of excellent educators in Philadelphia schools.

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Syrian Refugees Meet Mayfair Residents for Shared Meal at Reading Terminal Market

The third dinner in the “Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers” series seeks to find commonalities through cuisine and nurture a supportive relationship between communities

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Kareen Preble Hired as Account Executive at Bellevue Communications Group

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PHILADELPHIA Bellevue Communications Group today announced that it has hired NBC10 producer Kareen Preble as an Account Executive, effective January 3, 2017. In her new position with the firm, Preble will assist with a variety of accounts both in support and as the lead professional.

“We are delighted to have Kareen join our team at Bellevue,” said Bellevue President Kevin A. Feeley. “Her impressive qualifications and understanding of news production make her an ideal candidate to work with our clients and help to meet their communications needs.”

Before joining Bellevue Communications Group, Preble served as a producer at NBC10, where she produced and wrote stories for the afternoon and evening newscasts covering the greater Philadelphia region. Other duties included managing staff and content, editing video, maintaining social media to connect with NBC10 viewers, and covering special events that impacted the area, including the Democratic National Convention and the Papal visit. Preble also contributed to NBC10’s Emmy Award-winning coverage of the fatal 2015 Amtrak derailment.

“I’m excited to join such a well-respected public relations firm like Bellevue,” said Preble. “I look forward to working with the entire team to help our clients achieve their communications goals.”

Preble graduated from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Communications with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism as well as a degree in Political Science through the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Prior to her work as a producer at NBC10, Preble was a producer for KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico. During this time, she covered major local news stories such as the Levi Chavez trial, the Las Conchas Wildfire, and the Department of Justice investigation into the Albuquerque Police Department. Preble began her career in television news as a producer for WKEF/WRGT-TV in Dayton, Ohio.


About Bellevue Communications Group

Bellevue Communications Group is a full-service public relations firm specializing in media relations, crisis communications and issue management. Founded in 2000, Bellevue serves a broad spectrum of public, non-profit and private sector clients and provides a full range of communications services including message development, crisis communications, social media initiatives, and ongoing media relations.

Finishing Trades Institute Holds Apprenticeship Open House For National Apprenticeship Week

PHILADELPHIA – The Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region (FTI) kicked off 2016’s National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) by hosting an “Apprenticeship Open House” on Monday November 14, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at its facility in Northeast Philadelphia.  The event featured live demonstrations by apprentices working in the construction finishing trades. Educators, employers and registered apprentices also answered students’ questions on how to apply and succeed in an apprenticeship at FTI.

FTI offers young people with Apprenticeships or “earn  and learn” opportunities that lead to family sustaining careers in drywall finishing, glazing and glass working, commercial painting, bridge painting and wall covering industries.  FTI is a partner in the Vocational Intern Partnership (VIP) Program: a partnership with the School District of Philadelphia that serves as a pathway for Career and Technical Education (CTE) students into union apprenticeships.  The program is a pre-apprenticeship program that prepares these students with the technical and professional skills necessary to enter and successfully complete a union apprenticeship in these fields.

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PSP Gives $1.1mil Grant to Roxborough High School

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia School Partnership (“PSP”) today announced it has given a $1.1 million grant to Roxborough High School (Roxborough) to support an academic turnaround. Roxborough, a neighborhood high school, has been implementing an “academy” career and technical education model through a partnership with Philadelphia Academies, Inc. (“PAI”). The grant will help the school improve academic outcomes by creating more alignment and synergy between general education classes and career and technical education classes. PSP has now given nearly $16 million to the School District of Philadelphia, making it the District’s largest private funder.

Roxborough’s plan is focused on transforming teaching and learning so that it is rigorous, student-centered and community-focused; giving students access to additional rigorous programs of study; and building a leadership community that emphasizes holding all stakeholders accountable for the school’s success. Ultimately, the key objectives are producing a higher graduation rate and a higher percentage of college- and career-ready graduates, as evidenced by college persistence and career entry data.


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Reading Terminal Market Announces Two New Merchants

PHILADELPHIA – On Thursday, October 6, Reading Terminal Market officials announced the addition of two new merchants coming soon to the renowned Philadelphia public market. Shibumi Farm and Fox & Son Fancy Corndogs and will deliver specialty items unlike any that Reading Terminal shoppers and diners have seen before.

Shibumi Farm will provide more than 35 unique species of locally grown mushrooms throughout the year. As one of only 200 recognized mushroom farms in the United States, Shibumi will offer 10-15 types of cultivated mushrooms that no other grower in the country has to offer. In addition to selling different types including pink oyster, hen-of-the-woods, shiitake and pioppino, Shibumi will sell a variety of products special to Reading Terminal including mushroom stocks, pastas, vegetarian and vegan pâtés and faux-crab cakes made of mushrooms that have the taste and texture of fresh crab meat. Shibumi Farm was founded in Princeton, NJ four years ago by Alan Kaufman, former investment banker with a life-long passion for fungi.

Fox & Son will offer freshly-made, unique corn dogs along with specialty poutines, Birchrun Hill Farm squeaky cheese curds, and “dressed-up” baked potatoes. While Fox & Son will serve the traditional corn dog, its menu will also include gluten-free, vegetarian and other allergy-friendly varieties to serve all likes of food lovers. Fox & Son’s owners are familiar with running a business out of Reading Terminal Market; two of the owners, Rebecca Foxman and Ezekial Ferguson, have managed the Valley Shepherd Creamery & Meltkraft Grilled Cheese stall for the past 4 years.

The openings of Fox & Son and Shibumi Farm are set for the spring of 2017, and will split the merchant stand previously occupied by the Salumeria location at the market.

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D&H Global Opens Philadelphia Office

PHILADELPHIA – On Wednesday, October 5, D&H Global Tax Group (D&H Global) celebrated the grand opening of its new office location in Philadelphia with a ribbon cutting ceremony. D&H Global staff and leadership were joined by representatives from Select Greater Philadelphia, the City of Philadelphia Commerce Department and local business leaders to mark the occasion. The new office will bring a total of 25 new jobs to Center City Philadelphia with the potential to reach 50 positions in the next three to five years.

Led by Leon J. Dutkiewicz, CPA Managing Partner of D&H Global, and Partner Stuart E. Horwich, Esq., D&H Global is the only full-service tax accounting firm in the Philadelphia market that exclusively specializes in international tax, accounting and business consulting for individuals and corporations with cross-border business relations. The firm partners have more than 25 years’ experience at the heart of U.S. and international tax law. The opening of the Philadelphia office marks the first major expansion for D&H Global, which has offices in London, UK and Pitman, NJ.

Today, D&H Global provides services to individual clients living in more than 50 global jurisdictions and U.S. multinational corporations with operations in over 40 jurisdictions. D&H Global staff serve a broad range of international tax needs, including: businesses with U.S. citizens living abroad, pre-immigration planning for non-Americans moving temporarily or permanently to the U.S., domestic corporations expanding outside the U.S., international companies establishing U.S. operations, and businesses with audit issues that require more formal litigation.

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Veteran Reporter Walt Hunter joins forces with Bellevue Communications Group for new media training initiative

Hunter will use his expertise to develop media training protocols for businesses, gov’t agencies, police departments, fire departments and EMT’s

walt-hunter-jpegPHILADELPHIA (September 20, 2016)— Bellevue Communications Group announced today that it has formed a strategic partnership with veteran reporter Walt Hunter to provide media training and media protocols for police departments, fire departments, and emergency responders. Hunter, who retired from CBS3 in May, served 44 years in the TV industry—36 of them as an Investigative Reporter for CBS 3 Eyewitness News and spent 29 years as a volunteer firefighter.

“Walt Hunter is one of the best television journalists in Philadelphia and across the country,” said Kevin A. Feeley, President of Bellevue Communications Group. “With his expertise, and our skilled media training seminars, Bellevue will offer the most comprehensive, real-life, media training programs in the country.”

Hunter spent 44 years covering police departments, fire departments and emergency responders in the Greater Philadelphia region.  He has received multiple awards including 16 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards, the most recent being the 2014 Emmy for “Crime News.” Hunter has been inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame and this month he has been presented with the Media-Life Time Achievement Award from the Local 22 Philadelphia Firefighters and Paramedics Union as well as the VIDOCQ Society Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor. He will also be honored with the Board of Governors award at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Emmy awards September 24th.

“I’m eager to teach the best practices and to use my own experiences to help,” said Hunter.  Whether you are a business or government leader, firefighter or police officer, the reaction during the first critical moments after an incident will make a huge impact on a business, agency and the people you serve.  The media landscape continues to change dramatically with social media and cellphone videos.  Our media training seminars will prepare anyone for handling stressful, crisis situations.”

For decades, Bellevue Communications has offered media training seminars and reputation management services to corporate clients in the banking, defense, hospital, legal, academic and utility industries. The company also has a crisis communications division to help individuals and corporations when an emergency occurs.  This partnership will focus on agencies that face emergency situations on a regular basis and come in contact with the media and the public.

About Bellevue Communications Group

Bellevue Communications Group is a full-service public relations firm specializing in media relations, crisis communications and issue management. Bellevue was created in a joint venture with S. R. Wojdak & Associates, and Bellevue draws on Wojdak’s long-standing reputation as one of the preeminent lobbying and government relations firms in Pennsylvania. Bellevue is committed to the development of strategic, carefully tailored communications that put a premium on getting results for the client.


PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention, in partnership with Impact Dimensions, the official merchandise provider for the Host Committee, announced the opening of a pop-up shop at the Comcast Center at 1701 John F Kennedy Blvd. The shop will be the official brick-and-mortar retail store of the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee, selling one-of-a-kind apparel, buttons, drinkware, and accessories, all with designs centered around “Philadelphia 2016.”

All merchandise depicts Philadelphia and its history in fun, unique images. Impact Dimensions worked with seven artists and apparel designers to create the merchandise, including: Duke & Winston, Brett Bender, LisaBeth Weber, Michael Fulkerson for doyle + associates, Dom Streater, Mary K. Dougherty & Associates, and Dan Duffy.Many of the items, such as the t-shirts, buttons, lapel pins, coasters, magnets and key rings, are union-made or –decorated and available online. All of the Host Committee’s merchandise is “made in America,” having been designed and manufactured in the United States.

The 400 square foot shop in the concourse of the Comcast Center will be open daily now through Friday, August 5. Shop hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The online store can be accessed at


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