Northern Tehran City with Alborz Mountains in the background, Iran. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
TEHRAN — As Iranians responded to the victory of the cleric Hassan Rowhani in the country’s presidential race over the weekend by erupting into street parties not seen in many years, it almost seemed as if some sort of reformist revolution could be under way.
Across the country, drivers honked horns, men danced to pop music and women clapped, celebrating Mr. Rowhani’s campaign pledges to bring more freedom and better relations with the outside world.
But Mr. Rowhani, 64, is no renegade reformist, voted in while Iran’s leaders were not paying attention. Instead, his political life has been spent at the center of Iran’s conservative establishment, from well before Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini led the Islamic Revolution in the 1970s. And analysts say that Mr. Rowhani’s first priority will be mediating the disturbed relationship between that leadership and Iran’s citizens, not carrying out major change.
Even his nickname — “the diplomat sheik” — is testament to his role as a pragmatist seeking conciliation for the Islamic leadership. Whether in dealing with protesting students, the aftermath of devastating earthquakes or, in his stint as nuclear negotiator, working to ease international pressure as Iran moved forward with its nuclear program, Mr. Rowhani has worked to find practical ways to help advance the leadership’s goals.
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She spent her days serving up Happy Meals, but when it came time to get paid, Natalie Gunshannon says a local McDonald’s franchisee gave her an unhappy deal.
The Shavertown McDonald’s forces workers to be paid only one way: with a payroll debit card that burdens workers with hefty fees to obtain their hard-earned cash, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of Gunshannon and other McDonald’s workers.
Gunshannon and an untold number of current and former employees had no option to receive a traditional paycheck or get paid by direct deposit, she and her attorneys said in the class-action against franchise owners Albert and Carol Mueller of Clarks Summit.
“I’m looking for the pay I am owed and for them to understand there has to be an option,” Gunshannon, 27, said Thursday outside her Dallas Township residence.
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Bryn Davis ate his way to entrepreneurship.
Davis, who lives in Horsham, says he entered college a “lean-as-you-can-imagine” 170 pounds. By his junior year, he was stressing the scales at 240.
A doctor scared him into committing to a healthier lifestyle. Davis took it one step further: He started a business featuring only healthy fast food.
“When I opened up with smoothies and popcorn, people thought I was insane,” said the founder of Bryn & Dane’s, a low-calorie, low-fat, high-fiber fast-food company in Horsham with a freestanding restaurant – and a recently added catering arm – that expects to exceed $2 million in sales this year.
“Now, people say, ‘Holy crap! I t’s probably going to happen.’ ”
Plans for a tourist excursion railroad on the eight-mile Colebrookdale line between Pottstown and Boyertown are moving forward and picking up support, most recently from a team of 40-or-so volunteers to got together to do a clean-up along the route.
Last weekend, the volunteers, led by the Pottstown Roller Derby Rockstars and folks in Montgomery County’s ARD program performing court-ordered community service, picked up trash along the right of way.
Berks County Subway provided lunch for all volunteers, and the Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation provided water.
Family Development Specialist Full-time – Minimum bachelor’s degree in social work, early childhood education, or related field. Provide education to families of infants/preschoolers. Knowledge of child development patterns, parent education, family systems, and local community resources necessary. Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation necessary. Bilingual a plus.
This position is based in Family Services’ Pottstown Office.
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The Washington Street Neighborhood Project is revitalizing Washington Street in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. The Washington Street Neighborhood Project emphasizes home ownership and encourages local renters to become homebuyers.
The Washington Street Neighborhood Project purchases, rehabs, and resells homes at affordable sale prices with an interest free soft second mortgage for the difference between the sale price and the appraised value of the home.
An open house will be held on Thursday, June 20th, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the MCCC University Center at 95 South Hanover Street, Pottstown. Come and see what Montgomery County Community College has to offer.