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By Jess, July 12, 2013 Welcome to the start of Philly PR Girl’s newest series of “First Friday” interviews where VAS_1435 X(1)we hand-pick Philadelphia professionals who we think you should get to know, and then pick their brains to learn about their work within the City of Brotherly Love! Yes, we know it’s technically the the 2nd Friday of the month, but we like to be fashionably late.
July 12, 2013
“Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson Supremes Collection" is going on now though August 18th at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Designed by Mary Wilson, an original member of the Supremes, the exhibit will showcase the group’s stunning gowns which draw inspiration from all over the world, including pieces channeling Parisian, Japanese, and Caribbean influences.
July 8, 2013
When an education consultant required an architect to translate his ideas into architectural terms, he found Barry Eiswerth. The relationship produced the winning contract for the Cairo American College competition twenty years ago. That success catalyzed Eiswerth, a Principal at H2L2/NELSON, and his architectural/design firm based in Philadelphia, PA into the international marketplace.
July 2, 2013
Philadelphia's bond rating has increased. Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services raised the City of Philadelphia’s long-term and underlying rating on the City’s general obligation (GO) debt to A-. It's the first time since 1979 that the city has been rated A- by S&P.
June 24, 2013
On Wednesday, June 5th, the Global Philadelphia Association hosted the “GlobalPhilly™ 2013 Preview Party,” giving select guests a peek into the autumn exposition, GlobalPhilly™ 2013. Invitees also  witnessed the premiere of the “GlobalPhilly™ 2013 Official Trailer,” produced by Center City Film & Video.
June 23, 2013
On Sunday, June 9th the annual Odunde Street Festival kicked off on South Street with a full day of events celebrating authentic African culture in one of Philadelphia’s most historically African-American neighborhoods.The festival began with a gathering at the Schuylkill River, where attendees dressed in traditional African garments offered their prayers and blessings in a ceremonial procession. Next, thousands of individuals returned back to 23rd and South Streets for the start of the street festival designed as a traditional African Market.
June 18, 2013
Chinatown Learning Center was founded 20 years ago by Carol S. Wong, M.Ed. Wong and the first teacher hired to work at the center, Mrs. Chan, have been teaching preschoolers and school age children Chinese and English since February 1993. Wong’s official title is Director of Chinatown Learning Center. I attended the preschoolers’ end of the year celebration where the children performed songs and received their certificates. After the ceremony, Wong and I sat down to talk about the center and Philadelphia’s immigrant community.
June 18, 2013
Later this year, the city of Philadelphia will be the site of the fifth annual Beyond Sport Summit. The 2013 Summit will be held from the 9th to the 11th of September, and will consist of everything from practical workshops to large-scale panels about global sports. Topics will range from sustainability to social inclusion and securing funding. Attracting delegates from six continents, the idea behind these events is to bring together prominent leaders in sports, government and business to discuss how global sports can be used to address social issues such as the environment, education and health.
June 8, 2013
Language shares a profound and complex connection with translation. Throughout the book, Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World, authors Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche do an incredible job illustrating this connection. Kelly and Zetzsche, both translators themselves, focus their attention upon the intellectual and practical difficulties of translating and interpreting, and the related realm of nuanced differences between written and spoken translation.
June 8, 2013
Global Philly™ 2013 Preview Party is definitely on this afternoon, notwithstanding reports of a building collapse at 22nd and Market Streets.
June 5, 2013