Friday, January 31, 2014

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Job Posting - Facilities Manager

The Rosenbach Museum and Library of
The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation

Facilities Manager, Rosenbach Museum & Library

Type of position:

This is a full-time, non-exempt position that reports to the Director of the Rosenbach. The hours are Monday-Friday, 8 am – 4 pm, with occasional evening and weekend work required.


The Facilities Manager is responsible for the oversight of the physical plant of the Rosenbach Museum & Library and its systems and to undertake and document routine maintenance; this individual is also responsible for routine maintenance tasks associated with the collections.

Outline of Responsibilities:

Facilities management duties (80%):

  • Open the facility each weekday morning
  • Daily walkthrough of all areas, interior and exterior
  • Daily light cleaning and restocking of bathrooms and kitchen
  • Supervise the weekly visit(s) of a non-staff janitor
  • Set up and break down chairs, tables and other arrangements for lectures, classes, meetings, rental events and the like
  • Maintain tool / painting areas in neat and orderly fashion
  • Serve as liaison with and accompany repairmen and vendors for scheduled maintenance visits (HVAC, plumbing, electrical, elevator, water systems, etc.)
  • Respond to issues that develop in the facility (e.g. plumbing or HVAC issues) and summon and supervise repairmen as necessary
  • Participate in occasional broader cleaning efforts
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor
  • Oversee the physical plant and its systems and undertake and document routine maintenance, including but not limited to:
    • Inspect roofs and roof drains on a weekly basis
    • Inspect HVAC equipment (boilers, condensers, blowers, humidifiers, etc.) on a daily basis; change filters, etc. as needed
    • Manage HVAC settings using computerized ATC system
    • Maintain exterior sidewalks and stairs (leaf-raking, sweeping, snow-shoveling etc.)
    • Maintain rear garden (pruning, light weeding)
    • Gather trash and recycling, set out for collection each week
    • Replace lamps (and ballasts, as appropriate) as necessary
    • Paint interior spaces and ground-level exterior trim as required

Collections maintenance and preparation duties (20%):

  • Undertake weekly, monthly and annual schedule of routine collections maintenance tasks
  • Assist with the preparation, installation and deinstallation of collections objects in period rooms and traditional gallery spaces. Some carpentry experience, and ability to hang lights, preferred.
  • Ability to lift and maneuver heavy objects (up to 50 lbs), sometimes up and down stairs and/or on ladders
  • Assists Collections and other staff in movement of objects within the museum
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

  • Must have minimum of one year’s experience working in and around museum collections;
  • Must have basic knowledge of electrical wiring, HVAC systems, and plumbing;
  • Must have excellent skill with a variety of tools;
  • Must be able to perform tasks that require physical exertion, such as climbing ladders and stairs, lifting heavy objects (up to 50 lbs), shoveling snow, and the like;
  • Must be detail-oriented, organized, comfortable juggling multiple tasks, and have an understanding of the importance of deadlines;
  • Must have the ability to work independently and to work as part of a team;
  • Basic proficiency with Microsoft Office products; 
  • Occasional evening and weekend work required.
This position has a Full Benefit Package: Health, dental, life, and disability insurances; flex benefits and retirement plan; generous leave time allowance.

To Apply:   Please e-mail cover letter and resume with “Facilities - RML” in the subject to:




Thursday, January 30, 2014

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10 Ways to Eat Better for Less

If you resolved to eat healthier in 2014, you’ve probably noticed it’s not just your waistline that’s getting thinner. Your wallet may be lighter too.
According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, it could cost you an extra $550 per year or more to eat healthy. However, that doesn’t mean you should resign yourself to living off Cheetos and Mountain Dew.
Keep reading for 10 ways to eat better for less.
1. Buy in season
Produce is one product category prone to massive markups. One way to avoid paying exorbitant prices is by buying in season. For example, that may mean berries in the early summer, followed by beans, corn and then squash in the fall. However, you can find specific information for your area by doing an Internet search for your state plus the words “seasonal produce.”
2. Shop with a list
Before heading to the store with only a few vague ideas of what you need, take the time to create a menu plan and a shopping list. Having a plan can help you avoid impulse purchases that may be fattening as well as costly. A list can also help you avoid throwing your money in the trash when you end up with extra food that spoils. And that brings us to strategy No. 3.
3. Buy only what you’ll use
According to the National Resources Defense Council, 40 percent of American food goes to waste, and that means you might be throwing money away. Using a menu plan and a list is a good way to ensure you are only buying food you’ll use.
However, you can also save money by trying before you buy. Rather than spending a lot on a new product, try the smallest size first to make sure you like the item before buying more.
4. Do your own prep work
Pre-cut fruits and veggies are convenient, but they cost more. If you’re trying to stretch a meager grocery budget, do all of your own prep work. If you’re short on time during the week, consider setting aside an hour on the weekend to do all the chopping and peeling at once for a week’s worth of meals. Learn how to properly store them so they don’t discolor or spoil.
5. Skip processed snacks
You might be craving a bag of chips and a soda pop, but you’ll be better off with a hard-boiled egg and some water. Processed foods are often loaded with simple carbs that can send your energy spiraling downward while leaving you hungry for more. Instead, look for high-protein snacks that will fill you up longer without the nasty side effects that come from sugar overload.
6. Buddy up to your store managers
Meats and produce often get marked down at least once a week. Ask your local department managers about markdown schedules so you can be there at the right time to get first dibs on the offerings. When you find a good deal on lean meat, don’t be afraid to stock up and put the extras in the freezer for future meals.
7. Eat less meat
Speaking of meat, it’s often the most expensive part of the meal. The magazine Eating Well estimates you could save $210 annually by replacing a pound of sirloin with a block of tofu once a week for the year. Of course, you could save even more by using beans as your protein. If meatless options don’t sound appealing, look for casserole or salad recipes in which meat takes a supporting, rather than a starring, role.
8. Eat less in general
Another way to save money is to simply eat less, period. As evidenced by many of our waistlines, we seem to have a portion control problem in our country. However, think twice before quickly dropping your family from 10-ounce servings of meat to the 2- to 3-ounce serving size suggested by the American Heart Association. Making such a drastic change could lead to a mutiny in your house. Instead, slowly back off on portion sizes.
You could also start serving a broth-based soup at the beginning of meals, a tactic proven to reduce the amount of food people eat during the main course.
9. Use coupons
You may be thinking coupons are only for highly processed food, but there are a surprisingly large number of coupons available for healthy foods including produce.
10. Grow your own food
Finally, you can’t beat free. For the price of seeds or seedlings, you can have a summer full of fresh produce at your fingertips. If your thumb isn’t green or if green space is in short supply around your house, try planting some fresh herbs in small windowsill containers. Herbs are often an integral part of healthy recipes, but supermarket prices can add up in a hurry.

That $9.84 Charge on Your Credit Card Bill May Signal Fraud

by Bob Sullivan,
With all the stories of major retailers losing millions of credit card account numbers, you are probably scouring your monthly bills looking for fraudulent charges like a $700 plane ticket or $600 television you didn’t buy. That might be a big mistake.
One common way credit card hackers commit fraud, and get away with it, is to avoid getting greedy. Through the years, they’ve found it’s much easier to steal a little money from a lot people, rather than a lot of money from a few people. For example: It’s much easier to sneak a $10 charge on 10,000 cards than a $10,000 charge onto 10 cards, but the haul is the same.
Big-ticket charges for electronics or airfare stick out like a sore thumb on a credit card bill. Busy consumers are much less likely to spot a small charge, or they might even decide a tiny fraud isn’t worth the phone call to get it removed and to face the hassle of getting a new card.


Don’t Buy These 7 Things at a Dollar Store

Don’t Buy These 7 Things at a Dollar Store
Dollar stores can be great places to pick up inexpensive items, but sometimes you get what you pay for.
Rather than ending up with a bargain, you could end up with junk or, even worse, something dangerous. In the video below, Money Talks News money expert Stacy Johnson rounds up the items you typically should avoid.
1. Electric cords and other electric devices
If you’re looking to bring a fire hazard into your house, you should definitely buy cords and other electric devices from dollar stores. If you would rather not reduce your home to embers, we suggest you steer clear.
That may be a bit overly dramatic, but dollar stores don’t have a great track record of quality control when it comes to cords and electronics. All the way back in 1999, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warned about faulty power strips, extension cords and surge protectors being sold at discount stores. Made in China, the products failed to meet established U.S. safety standards.
However, the problem appears to persist, with recalls for extension cords, holiday mini-lights and portable heaters all occurring in recent years.
2. Toys
Dollar store toys could be a safety hazard, and some have been recalled for posing a choking risk. But the bigger issue here is dollar store toys are, quite simply, junk.
It’s not that the toys have so-so quality. No, we’re talking so cheap they’ll break if you look at them wrong. The wheels will fall off, the batteries won’t work, or your 3-year-old will snap it in two before you’ve even hit the parking lot. Then, you’ll be left with a broken toy, an upset child and a lesson in never buying toys at the dollar store again.
Your experience may differ but unless you’re looking for cheap party favors that don’t pose a hazard, we say you’re better off paying a little more and not dealing with the tears and frustration.
3. Shampoo and beauty products
Opinions seem to be mixed on dollar store shampoo and beauty products, but they get a thumbs down from us. Not because of any safety concern but because they often don’t provide great value.
Dollar stores may sell brand-name products, and there has been some healthy discussion on the Internet about whether what you get at the discount store is the same as what is sold elsewhere. The comments against dollar store shampoos range from them being watered down to being the result of diversion, which can mean you are buying outdated or expired products.
However, leaving that aside, we find that many dollar stores stock itty-bitty bottles compared with what you get in other stores. So you may not be paying a lot, but you’re not getting a lot either. A better value might be to combine coupons and deals at drugstores where shampoo, conditioner and other beauty products are practically being given away.
4. Kitchen knives
Quality concerns also get kitchen knives placed on the do-not-buy list.
Dollar stores knives can be flimsy and dull. Both are bad when you’re trying to cut your food and not your finger. We hear the knives sold at dollar stores overseas aren’t much better either.
5. Paper products
You’re welcome to try dollar store toilet paper, but we don’t recommend it. Often having fewer fibers than other brands, using no-name paper can make for a less than ideal situation.
As for the brand-name toilet paper, tissues and paper towels at dollar stores, you may find the same problem we discovered with shampoo. Small sizes and fewer sheets mean the dollar store price isn’t much of a bargain. Try hitting your warehouse club or otherwise buying in bulk to get the best quality for the lowest per-unit price.
6. Canned and boxed foods
Most dollar stores carry a selection of canned, boxed and bagged foods that may include many brand names. Some stores may even have a full grocery section complete with meat and produce.
While the dollar pricing may seem like a bargain, you could find many of these items on sale at your grocery store for less. In particular, grocery supercenters like Walmart seem to win on the price war for canned and boxed foods.
7. Batteries
Finally, we come to batteries. In a pinch, dollar store batteries will work just fine, but don’t expect them to run like the brand names.
Rhett Allain, an associate professor of physics at Southeastern Louisiana University, put Dollar General batteries to the test against Duracell and Energizer ones. He discovered the dollar store batteries contain significantly less energy and see their voltage drop off quickly. Apparently, a major difference between the brands is the fact that Dollar General batteries are not alkaline and likely zinc chloride instead.

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Free Flu Shot - This Saturday !!!

Attention Employees:
Be a flu fighter!
Delaware County Council is partnering with the Pennsylvania Department of Health
to offer a FREE FLU SHOT CLINIC this Saturday, February 1.

What are the Health Benefits of Oregano?

What are the health benefits of oregano?
Oregano is an important culinary and medicinal herb that has been used in medicine and cooking for thousands of years - with a number of potential health benefits. It is a species of Origanum, belonging to the mint family (Lamiaceae).
Its name comes from the Greek words oros (mountain) and ganos (joy).
Oregano typically grows 50 cm tall and has purple leaves around 2 to 3 centimeters in length.
The chemicals that give the herb its unique and pleasant smell are thymol, pinene, limonene, carvacrol, ocimene, and caryophyllene
Not only does oregano provide food flavor, there are also a substantial number of health claims associated with its potent antioxidants and anti-bacterial properties.
This Medical News Today information article on oregano highlights the potential health benefits of the herb and also any side effects it may cause.

What are the health benefits of Oregano

Origanum vulgare - harilik pune
Oregano has a very pleasant aromatic scent.
The herb is used to treat respiratory tract disorders, gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, menstrual cramps, and urinary tract disorders.
The herb is also applied topically to help treat a number of skin conditions, such as acne and dandruff.
Oregano contains: fiber, iron, manganese, vitamin E, iron, calcium, omega fatty acids, manganese, and typtophan.
Oregano is also a rich source of:
  • Vitamin K - an important vitamin which promotes bone growth, the maintenance of bone density, and the production of blood clotting proteins.
  • Dietary antioxidants - a report published in the Journal of Nutrition revealed that oregano contains very high concentrations of antioxidants1 (i.e., >75 mmol/100 g).
Antioxidants help protect your cells against the effects of free radicals and improve your ability to fight infection.

Antibacterial properties

Sprinkle oregano on your food to give it
flavor and reap the health benefits.
Oregano has shown antimicrobial activity in a number of studies. A group of Portuguese researchers found that Origanum vulgare essential oils were effective against 41 strains of the food pathogen Listeria monocytogenes2.
Oregano oil is a powerful antimicrobial, because it contains an essential compound called carvacol.
A team of British and Indian researchers reported that the essential oil of Himalayan oregano has strong antibacterial properties that can even kill the hospital superbug MRSA.
Professor Vyv Salisbury, who was part of the research, said
"We have done a few preliminary tests and have found that the essential oil from the oregano kills MRSA at a dilution 1 to 1,000. The tests show that the oil kills MRSA both as a liquid and as a vapor and its antimicrobial activity is not diminished by heating in boiling water."

Anti-inflammatory properties

Scientists at Bonn University, Germany, and the ETH Zurich, Switzerland, identified an active ingredient in oregano - known as beta-caryophyllin (E-BCP) - which may possibly be of use against disorders such as osteoporosis and arteriosclerosis.

Protecting against cancer

Biologists at the United Arab Emirates University reported in the journal PLoS ONE that oregano exhibits anticancer activity by encouraging cell cycle arrest and apoptosis (cancer cells commit suicide) of the MDA-MB-231 breast cancer line.
The scientists concluded "Our findings identify Origanum majorana as a promising chemopreventive and therapeutic candidate that modulate breast cancer growth and metastasis." Put simply, they believe components in oregano may help slow down or prevent the progression of cancer3 in patients with breast cancer.
According to The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database4, oregano is also used for the following illnesses and conditions:
  • Cold
  • Muscle pain
  • Acne
  • Dandruff
  • Bronchitis
  • Toothache
  • Bloating
  • Headaches
  • Heart Conditions
  • Allergies
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Earache
  • Fatigue
  • Repelling insects
  • Menstrual cramps
However, it's important to note that further high quality study results are necessary to confirm these claims.

Side effects and precautions

Eating oregano can cause stomach upsets in some people. In addition, those who are allergic to plants belonging to the Lamiaceae family (such as including basil, lavender, mint, and sage) should be cautious, as they may also develop an allergic reaction to oregano.
Written by Joseph Nordqvist

United Way and Education

United Way
of Greater Philadelphia
and Southern New Jersey
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“Research shows that one of the best investments we can make in a child’s life is high-quality early education.”
We hope you heard this powerful statement that President Barack Obama made during his State of the Union address.
At United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, we know the power of preschool, particularly for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through our Success by 6® program, we’re improving the quality of early childhood education centers, training teachers and parents to be more effective in nurturing children’s development, and ultimately preparing thousands of children for academic success. And in case you didn’t see the news last week, we are a founding partner of Pre-K for PA, a statewide advocacy campaign aimed at ensuring all 3- and 4-year-olds have access to quality early education (you will be hearing much more from us on this over the next few months).
As you can see, quality early childhood education is a critical part of our Impact agenda. But we also recognize that early learning is just the beginning of a child’s cradle to career educational journey.
As students transition from learning to read to “reading to learn,” we must ensure students can read at grade level by third grade, an early indicator of a student’s future academic success. As they make their way through middle school and enter their teenage years, helping students stay on track to high school graduation becomes critical. Along the way, we must also provide exposure to higher education and the workplace — as well as the support to get there — so that young adults complete their secondary education successfully, college- and career-ready.
Education investments pay dividends for all of us in the long run in the form of saved special education costs, lower crime rates, increased earnings and taxes paid. And as our children today become productive members of the region’s workforce tomorrow, they will reinvest back into our communities.
Click here to learn more about our work to improve education for our region’s children.

Get Your House in Order !!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Job Posting - Program Specialist

J O B   P O S T I N G

Position:   Program Specialist                                                      Recommended Salary:  $47,000 - $53,000

Reports To:  Manager of Programs, Youth                            Business Unit:  Operations 

Department: Workforce Strategies                                          Posted:  Jan. 29, 2014    Closing: Feb.19, 2014             


This position is responsible for coordinating efforts and executing tasks related to monitoring, tracking and documenting programmatic activities for special programs. Responsibilities also include assisting the Manager of Program, Youth in the programmatic monitoring, reviewing and reporting of the Youth program performance and services. This position will ensure program compliance, analyze data and performance management reports and identify and remedy problems.

In this position you will be responsible for the following duties:

 Identify the full scope of the special program and coordinate efforts and expectations which include customer service, data collection, analysis and reporting, compliance, tasks and timelines. Monitor program status and provide routine status reports to management. Identify, document, mitigate and track program/project risks, problems and issues that may impact meeting program goals. Identify training needs and ensure that the appropriate technical assistance is provided. Interface with appropriate internal and external partners and facilitate meetings to discuss programmatic issues and status of the program. Conduct programmatic monitoring using program monitoring tools to evaluate program operations, audit program compliance and ensure quality customer service is rendered. Provide technical assistance and coaching when appropriate to ensure program compliance and quality program performance. Ensure incoming data are accurate, timely and entered into the appropriate database or tracking system. Ensure all required programmatic data are captured to meet program, provider and data analysis needs. Analyze all relevant data reports and compare to Philadelphia Works and State performance management results to identify performance trends. Create comparative statistical reports and trend analysis in collaboration with Research Policy and Innovation to summarize performance data and report inaccuracies to Philadelphia Works Leadership. Prepare accurate and timely reports of performance review findings by using data obtained from program monitoring reports, analyzing trends and inefficiencies and recommending actions for improvement. Compare findings of current reports to previous reports findings to track changes as they apply to improvement recommendations and action plan. Draft new  policy in collaboration with Sr. Policy Associate and/or Compliance Officer as a result of the review and analysis.  Attend all internal and external meetings as requested.


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Human Services, Social Work, Business Management or related field. Minimum of 3 years’ auditing or quality assurance experience.

 Or, any combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Human Resources Department.

·         Strong verbal, written,  interpersonal and presentation skills

·         Strong organizational, analytical and problem solving skills

·         Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook 2010

·         Knowledge of social services programs and funding sources compliance

·         Experience with program design and implementation

·         Ability to adapt to a changing work environment and possess the flexibility to multi task and meet departmental needs

·         Ability to manage expectations, synthesize information and meet deadlines

·         Ability to interact effectively with various levels of staff, management, government officials, and the public

·         Ability to travel to various locations throughout the city.

Interested applicants should apply online at  and click on

 “About Us” and then “Careers at Philadelphia Works”.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program
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