Ballpark job creation; Ben’s coming to ballpark

MARC FISHERIn Stadium Contract, a Prototype for Job CreationThe Post
A couple of days ago, WTOP had a story about Gelberg Sign Company, the District business that is making signs for Nationals Park. In a column today, Fisher takes a look at who is working for Gelberg sees a success story:

But “we’d interview 60 people from an ex-offenders program and it was a struggle to find two who might work out,” says Guy Brami, who owns the business with brothers Luc and Neil. “We’d ask, ‘Is there a problem getting here at 6:30 in the morning every day?’ And they’d say, ‘Yes!’ “

Luckily, when Brami put out word that he needed to staff up, he heard from the Artisans training program at Covenant House, a Catholic charity in Northeast that focuses on homeless young people.

Working from a small woodshop just off Kenilworth Avenue NE, Artisans takes kids with no marketable skills and puts them through a six-month course that is ostensibly about carpentry but is really a boot camp that injects troubled young people with dependability, courtesy and a strong work ethic.

Make sure you read the whole column, it is a real pick me up.

Also, buried in the column comes some news that will certainly be welcomed by many:

Another bit of welcome news: They’re making a sign to go above a Ben’s Chili Bowl stand. The legendary U Street eatery will have an outpost at the ballpark.

Excellent, I’m pleased to see a District institution being represented in the ballpark. I’ll be sure to get some chili half-smokes from them in 2008.

In other news:

New season ticket purchasers soon can select seatsThe Wash. Times
Thinking about buying season tickets? You can pick your seat now when you buy them.

Nationals Make Coaching Moves In Minor LeaguesThe Post
If you haven’t been following along on Nationals Farm Authority, here are the minor league coaching staffs for 2008.

Lo Duca skips his own youth campThe Arizona Republic
Paul Lo Duca skipped his own youth camp, leaving his old high school coach to defend him.

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