News Briefing


Panel to discuss LGBT finances

Lambda Legal, the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund and Merrill Lynch will host a free symposium on life- and financial-planning strategies for the LGBT community at 6 p. m. March 24 at the 1352 Lofts, 1352 South St., Suite 400.

Panelists will include attorney Tiffany Palmer, of Jerner & Palmer, P.C.; Ken Schaefer, financial adviser with Merrill Lynch; Perry Monastero, DVLF executive director; and Christopher Bells, deputy director of development for Lambda Legal. The speakers will discuss the steps LGBT individuals can take to protect their finances and their families.

Registration is required. To RSVP, contact Jeff Souva at [email protected] or (312) 663-4413 ext. 335.

Citywide spring cleaning

Mayor Nutter is encouraging Philadelphians to roll up their sleeves and pitch in for the city’s second-annual Spring Cleanup. The event will take place at various locations throughout the city from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 4.

Volunteers can register as individuals or in teams to help beautify 25 designated areas throughout the city. Last year’s event succeeded in removing more than 2.5-million pounds of trash and 48,000 pounds of recyclable materials from city streets and parks.

This year’s clean-up locations and registration form can be found at You can also sign up by phone by calling 311.

Travelers needed to ‘Explore PA’

“Explore PA,” a travel series produced by WITF-TV in Harrisburg and broadcast on Pennsylvania Public Television Network stations, is looking for a diverse group of singles, couples and families to be featured on upcoming shows.

“Explore PA” documents the experiences of Pennsylvania travelers as they are introduced to the Keystone State on three- to five-day getaways.

Interested individuals should send a short description of themselves, with ideas, photos and contact information, to [email protected]. Entries can also be sent to Explore PA, P.O. Box 2954, Harrisburg, PA 17105.

For more information, visit

— Jen Colletta