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.

To learn more about D&H Global, visit their website: http://dhglobaltax.com/

Samantha Byles Hired as Account Executive at Bellevue Communications Group



PHILADELPHIA– Bellevue Communications Group today announced that Samantha Byles has been hired as an Account Executive, effective immediately. In her new role with the company, Byles will support a number of the firm’s major accounts while assuming direct control of several other client projects as well.

“We are excited to have Samantha join the Bellevue team,” said Bellevue President Kevin A. Feeley. “She has outstanding qualifications and experience in public relations, and we expect that Samantha will work directly with a number of our client’s right from the start.”Samantha_Byles

Prior to joining the team at Bellevue, Byles managed all public relations for the 1200+ employee-owned engineering firm, Pennoni. Her duties and responsibilities included social media management, website maintenance, the production and publication of the quarterly newsletter, the creation of external and internal communications, as well as managing media relations and the writing and pitching of press releases. Her efforts earned placements in national and local industry publications and increased the firm’s presence on social media.

“I’m excited to be a part of a firm with such a respected and long-standing reputation in Philadelphia,” said Byles. “Their commitment to their clients is clear and is demonstrated through each project and its successes.”

A graduate of Temple University, Byles earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism, with a concentration in news-editorial writing and a minor in sociology. Before her time with Pennoni, Samantha developed and wrote for hyper-local community magazines, which were distributed to approximately 5,000 homes nationwide, with media company hibu. She also worked for The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Business Journal, and several other local publications. At the Inquirer, Samantha published a front-page article on an unknown Philadelphia philanthropist, which earned her the 2013 Excellence in Student Journalism: Best News Writing award from Temple University’s School of Media and Communications.


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.

Top Six Philly News Stories We Are Watching for 2015

Now that 2014 is officially in the books, it is time to look forward at the many exciting news stories that will affect our city in the coming year.  Keep an eye on the Bellevue “In the News” blog as well as our social media pages throughout the year as we will post regular updates on topics that spark our interests and hopefully yours as well.

To kick things off, here are the top six stories to watch in Philadelphia for 2015:

1. 2015 Mayor’s Race: Perhaps one of the most wide-open mayoral races in recent memory is unfolding before our eyes.  The next mayor faces a number of high stakes issues including education funding, charter school growth, pension obligations and retaining the growing millennial population, just to name a few.  How each candidate plans to address these issues and separate from the field will be an issue to watch closely in the coming weeks.  With a little more than five months to go before the primaries, there seems to be no clear front-runner that has emerged from the current field of candidates, which includes a former Philadelphia district attorney, two former city solicitors, a Philadelphia Gas Works Executive and an incumbent state senator.

 2. Papal Visit/World Meeting of Families: The world’s largest Catholic gathering of families is coming to Philadelphia, and it’s bringing Pope Francis. All eyes will be on the city from September 22-27 as we host the World Meeting of Families. The Pennsylvania Convention Center will welcome 20,000 conference attendees and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will host up to two million people expected to see the pope celebrate Mass. The economic impact of the conference and the Papal visit is estimated at more than $400 million. The social and cultural impact can’t be quantified so simply, but the number of people who are slated to come to Philadelphia could make us the third-largest city in the country.

 3. 2016 Democratic National Convention Host City Announcement:  On the national political scene, perhaps no storyline is being more closely followed than the announcement of the host city for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.  In November, Philadelphia was selected as one of three finalists to host the Convention, along with Columbus, OH and New York City (Brooklyn).  A decision from the DNC on the host city is expected in the first quarter of 2015.

4.  New Media Outlets:  While traditional media outlets continue to grapple with the challenge of remaining viable, the fact is that new local media outlets are popping up with remarkable frequency in Philadelphia.  Jim Brady, formerly an executive editor at The Washington Post, has founded Billy Penn.  Perennial freelancer Patrick Kerkstra recently launched a new urban affairs blog, Citified, housed within the existing PhillyMag.com website. Larry Platt, former editor of Philadelphia Magazine and the Philadelphia Daily News, is launching The Philadelphia Citizen. And George Norcross, after being outbid for the Inquirer and Philly.com, is behind the creation of Philly Voice.  The way we consume news may be changing, but our insatiable appetite for breaking news, first-looks and quality, credible information is not. What do these outlets bring to the table? Billy Penn is mobile-first. The Philadelphia Citizen is interactive and includes a mobile app. Citified promises unique views and analysis from veteran city reporters. Philly Voice boasts a fresh and forward-looking perspective. Whether you’re in the media business or a consumer of the news, stay tuned for updates about the impact these sites are having across the market.

 5. New Hotels, Apartments, and Retail for Center City:  One of the most exciting non-political developments is the explosion of hotel, residential and retail projects scheduled for construction or completion in 2016.  Of particular interest in Center City are the planned developments on Market Street east of Broad.  The renovation and transformation of The Gallery, coupled with the new Market East development (high-rise apartments, boutique offices, and a small hotel bounded by an array of bars, restaurants, a gourmet grocer and fitness center), will dramatically change the landscape of the Market Street Corridor, filling the “hole in the donut” of Center City’s renaissance.

 6. Delaware River Port Developments: In a city and region that is desperate to create family-sustaining jobs, the potential development of port-related jobs along the Delaware River continues to be a major economic story.  In July of 2014, the South Jersey Port Corporation announced that Holt Logistics had been selected as the developer and leaseholder for the newly created Port of Paulsboro, adding as many as 800 new jobs over time on the New Jersey side of the river.  On the Pennsylvania side, the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority announced last Fall that it is accepting letters of interest for development of the proposed Southport Marine Terminal, with possible uses ranging from perishable goods to the centerpiece of a remarkable new “energy port” that could generate thousands of new jobs in years to come.  These developments follow the scheduled completion of the Delaware River Deepening project in 2017, which will allow for much larger shipping vessels to call the Port of Philadelphia.  The Port does not get a lot of news attention, but its jobs potential makes it a story to watch in 2015.

What’s catching your attention in Philadelphia for 2015? If there’s a trend, event or hot topic that didn’t make our list, share it with us—we love to hear from you.