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Date: 11/7/2008
Title: 23 Items (11-7-08) sponsored by NYEPHILLY.COM

My liver is happier than I am that the Phillies finally won.  The parade was a great day with good sunny weather.  I was fortunate to be able to have my brother’s oldest son with me for the day.  Hopefully it will be a day he willremember.  I know he learned many things along the way - more than it is ok to cut school or that his uncle drinks beer.

We walked from my house in Fairmount to 18th and Market, where we were 30 rows deep.  We walked along 15th and caught up with the parade as it went down Broad.  By the time it got to Washington, the crowd was much more manageable, about 10 deep with much more room to see the floats (and notice that many of the players were drinking beer too).  Do you think that is why Chase goofed with this one?
The crowds got bigger again as you went further down Broad and near the stadium.

We were fortunate to have tickets for both the Link (which was not all that great) and the Bank (which was cool).  Then walked back up to center city.  I have never walked to the stadium and do not plan to until our next parade which I hope will be very soon.  I have my photos from the day but did not post them online yet. 

Item #1 has some interesting Phillies facts that I read last week.

From the night of the win, I did post some of my videos online and will get you the addresses next week hopefully.  But this has to be the funniest one I have seen. 
And this site is pretty funny: http://phillyfixmycar.blogspot.com/.  Should he not have known better than to park near Broad that night?

Did you know that Captain Morgan now has a 100 proof version?  That is a scary fact for many of us.

And talking about scary, check out this Forbes article.  Philly has the highest taxes in the country. http://www.forbes.com/business/2008/10/20/taxes-philadelphia-baltimore-biz-beltway-cx_bw_jz_1020taxes.html
But remember Mayor Nutter was starting to cut taxes, right?  Well, not anymore: http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/politics&id=6492173

With all of the taxes, one might think our real estate is a bad investment (compared to the stock market?).  Well, this article shows we are doing better than almost everywhere in the country: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/33811719.html.  And for those that have not been following, interest rates are actually lower for a mortgage today than they were a year ago:  Rates for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages (FRM) averaged 6.2 percent with an average 0.7 point or the week ending Nov. 6, down from 6.46 percent last week and 6.24 percent a year ago.  As always, I ask that if you are thinking of buying or selling a home, to please contact me as my Realtor license could use some more use.  Definitely seeing some good buying opportunities out there.

And lastly, I thought this was very interesting.  Despite the landslide win for President Elect Obama, did you know that he only won 53% of the popular vote: http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/results/president/. The Phillies received 500 votes.  The link I had that showed it on CNN does not work anymore. - Mark

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A) They won 11 out of 14 post-season games after winning 13 of their last 16 games in Sept. to catch the Brewers and blow away the Mets to win the division.  For those mathematically challenged, that’s 24 of their last 30, or .800 ball. 

B) The championship was the longest wait, by far, of the 13 metropolitan areas in America with teams in all four major sports. No other metropolis out there -- anywhere -- was within eight years.

C) From 1984 through 2006, the Phillies reached the postseason just once in 23 seasons. They lost more games in that time than any team in their league except the Pirates.

D) The last 30 games, the Phillies went 24-6. Only four World Series winners in history -- just two of them in the past 94 years -- ever had a better finish than that.






US Airways is the airport’s main carrier, and is responsible for 61% of its traffic.


4) FOR SALE:: 2006 Black Jeep Commander 4x4, 65th Anniversary Limited Edition

I love this car but I am moving to the city at the end of November and unfortunately I need to sell it. V6 3.7 Liter 4x4, Well-equipped, CLEAN vehicle, Power Driver Seat, Cloth Interior, 7 Passenger Third-Row Seating, Power Sunroof, Chrome Grill, AM/FM/6-CD/MP3 Player, Tinted Privacy Glass, Roof Rack, Power Windows/Doors, Keyless Entry, Electronic Stability Control, Front/Side Airbags, Fog Lamps, Tow Hooks, 17" Aluminum Wheels, Full Size Spare Tire, Rear AC/Heat w/ Rear Controls, ParkSense(TM) Rear Park Assist System. Regular Routine Maintenance done by dealership. Picture is exact replica of the car but more pictures can be sent!!

Mileage: 23,000. Trim: 4dr Limited 4WD. Trans: 5 Speed Automatic. Exterior Color: Black. Interior Color: Cloth Slate Gray/Lt Graystone w/ Limited Edition Jeep logo. Email mcowen.meghan@gmail.com for more info


Philadelphia Eagles free safety Brian Dawkins was selected as one of eight finalists for The Home Depot NFL Neighborhood MVP program, a national program that recognizes players who are making a positive impact in their local communities through charitable programs and contributions. Dawkins was selected for his support of the Burn Prevention Foundation, dedicated to the ongoing care of burn survivors, facilitating the training of emergency service personnel and delivering burn prevention education to those at greatest risk to injury. He also is a staunch supporter of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, specifically its neonatal care and asthma units, as well as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The program honors 17 NFL players, one for each week of the regular season, with a playground built in each player's honor. As one of eight finalists, he will receive a $5,000 donation to the charity of his choice. The national NFL Neighborhood MVP winner receives a $25,000 donation to the charity of his choice and will be recognized at an All-Star playground build project during the week leading up to Super Bowl XLIII.

You can help by voting for Brian online at www.nfl.com/homedepot. Vote as often as you wish. Voting ends December 31, 2008.



Do you know the difference between a Lager and an Ale? TASTE the answer yourself at Lager Lessons Live Wednesday November 12th or Thursday November 13th at Chickie & Pete's, 1526 Packer Ave. Two different time slots, 6-8pm or 8-10pm -- YOU CHOOSE! Hands-On learning, complimentary beer, and a chance to win great prizes. There is NO CHARGE to attend this event.


7) JOB

Manager Business Development Opening - A large, national security company is looking for a Manager Business Development for Maryland - Territory would include the entire state of Maryland and candidates would have to be based in Maryland - Compensation includes competitive base salary with commission and bonuses - Sales experience is required - please email resumes to spottsshawnw@guardsmark.com



Friday November 14, 2008: 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
1901 JFK Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA

Purchase tickets online at www.mickichimawine.eventbrite.com
$40.00 before 11/12/08. $50 after 11/12.

Ticket price includes: *Wine tasting by RODNEY STRONG*Appetizers*Non-wine drink specials*Entry into a raffle drawing for Eagles, Sixers, Villanova Basketball tix.  Find out more or purchase tickets at www.mickichimawine.eventbrite.com



by Jane Rosenberg, Saturday 
November 15, 2008 aT 1154 LILL Studio, 113 S. 13th Street (Sansom).  
215-923-8030. Preview and Sale of Winter 2008 Collection, "Winter Skies." Edgy one of a kind statement necklaces and accessories. For winter, lots of pewter, silver, vintagey pearls and art deco details, tree pendants, starry shiny stones. 12-3pm, 1154 Lill customers receive 10% off, light refreshments served. Please RSVP to stargazerjewels@gmail.com. Make sure you are decked out for the upcoming holiday season and procure the perfect gift for your fashionable friends and fam. Limited space, reserve today!



Welcome to another PSSC Soccer Season!

Winter 2008 Soccer season registration is still open for registration. These leagues are starting to fill up and we are registering on a first-come, first-serve basis, so please register early.  Due to the restrictions of field space in the Winter, once these are full, we will have no room to “squeeze in” one more team.

Here are the leagues we are offering and what is available.

Upcoming Leagues

Monday 12/1 - Coed 8 v 8 Soccer @ Starfinder
Wednesday 12/3 - Coed 5 v 5 Soccer @ Starfinder
Sunday 1/4 - Men's 7 v 7 Soccer @ Starfinder
Thursday 1/8 - Coed 7 v 7 Soccer @ Starfinder

Please let me know if you have any questions!  Email Eric Long at eric@sportandsocialclubs.com or visit www.playphillysports.com

At American Male, we know MEN. We are more than a barber shop. We are the men's grooming experience! American Male salons are in a class by themselves - offering TV's, complimentary beverages and a place you can call your own with style and confidence - an event you'll love and never forget

11) Mission Grill's Weekly Line-Up!
TAPAS ON TUESDAYS :$3 Mexican Beer, $5 Tapas (Selection at the bar only)
5 O'CLOCK CLUB WEDNESDAYS: $3 Blue Moon and Coors Light Drafts, $4 House Wine, $5 Specialty Cocktails, $5 Selected Appetizers
TOP ME OFF THURSDAYS :: Enjoy a Bottomless Glass of Wine with Your Entree
INFUSION FRIDAYS :: $5 Fruit Infused Margaritas (Available 5-9pm at the bar only)

12) Old City Light Festival

1st Friday, November 7, 7:00 pm

1st Friday just got a whole lot brighter as Old City shops, restaurants and galleries have banded togsether to create the first ever Old City Light Festival sponsored by PW, Brandywine Construction & Management, Yaron Properties & the Old City Business Collective.  Throughout the holiday season, Old City will be illuminated in glowing lights, adding a bit of romance and warmth to the cooling days of winter. 

The festivities begin at 7PM with a free party at Old City Ironworks (141 N 3rd St).  Join Ben Franklin and enjoy the live jazz band.  There will be plenty of food & drinks provided by National Mechanics, Paddy's Pub, Konak, Fork & Haru restaurants to energize party-goers.  Visit the designated "Hot Spots" around the area to enter to win Old City Gift Baskets worth up to $1000 in prizes from participating merchants.  Sip apple cider or scoop up some seasonal pumpkin ice cream from Franklin Fountain.    For additional information, please visit www.OldCityDistrict.org --



A) Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." - The Dalai Lama

B) Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now. - Denis Waitley

C) In foreign policy you have to wait twenty-five years to see how it comes out. - James Reston



CONSHOHOCKEN, 202 W 6th Avenue: $1600 / month rent plus utilities. Available immediatley. Updated 3 bedroom, 2 bath twin in the heart of Conshohocken. House also has a small 4th room that makes for a great office. This 3 story twin, 1600 SQFT, features new paint throughout. The electric & plumbing have also been updated. The first floor has a living room with new carpeting and separate hardwood floor dining room. The kitchen also has hardwood floors, built in dishwasher and newer appliances. There is a full bath attached to the back mud room. The backyard is fenced in with a patio for entertaining. The 2nd floor has a full tiled bath and a front and back bedroom. The top floor has 2 nice sized bedrooms with great closet space. There is a freshly painted & drylocked basement with finished laundry room and plenty of extra storage.. There is an extra room in the basement which makes a great wine cellar. The heater & chimney have just been cleaned and certified. Please email mike.sroka@comcast.net or call 484-531-5844 if you are interested. You can also call Pete at 610-564-9575.



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The Road Ahead: Surviving and Thriving in Today's Economy, A 360 degree view from Top Philadelphia 100 Winning Firms

The Entrepreneurs' Forum of Greater Philadelphia is dedicated to helping you achieve your dreams. On Wednesday, October 22nd, we celebrated the accomplishment of those dreams with Philadelphia's top entrepreneurs at our 20th annual Philadelphia 100 awards ceremony.

Now, you can hear how the top winners have achieved their success. These leaders will also share their views on navigating the challenges of today's economy. They will be joined by experts in the area of banking, venture capital, legal and marketing to provide you a 360 degree view of how to survive, thrive and continue to pursue your dreams.
From our award-winner entrepreneurs, you will learn:
- Their three keys to success.
- The three steps they each are taking to prevail in the coming years.
From our panel of experts, you will hear their three top views of the opportunities and risks going forward.

November 12th
The Federal Reserve Bank

For a complete description of the meeting, please see the complete PDF on our website
To register for this FREE event, e-mail your contact info to info@efgp.org or call 215-640-3339.



Wed, November 12th



The long awaited grand opening of our newest location in Manayunk is finally here! We will open our doors this Friday, November 7th at 7pm (come by and let us buy you a drink!). As a thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last four years we will be holding a special open bar on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13th just for you. Please join us from 7pm-9pm for free drinks and a complimentary buffet featuring items from our new menu. We are SO excited to be a part of the Manayunk community and look forward to seeing you this weekend.
IF YOU HAVEN'T SIGNED UP YET....got to www.madrivermanayunk. com to get on the list!


21) Young Friends of the Northern Home Casino Night

Urban Saloon, 2120 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia
Thursday, November 13, 7:00PM
Cost: $40 per person

Your all inclusive price of $40 gets you food, drinks and $500 worth of chips to play.  We will be having poker, black jack, roulette, craps tables.  Dealers will be on hand to help teach you the games!  Whether you are a gambler or not this is a fun night of food, drinks, networking,games and Young Friends!  Prizes will be awarded to the big winners! Whether you are a Young Friend or New Friend all are welcome!

Not familiar with the Northern Home for Children?
Since 1853 Northern Home has continuously provided a safe-haven for children and a safety net for children and families facing extraordinary challenges.  Through the provision of family, school and community based programs and supports, Northern Home directly affects the lives of nearly 3,000 children from across the Delaware Valley.  All proceeds from the Young Friends Casino Night will go directly to our children and programs.  With the substantial cutbacks in programs, the funds raised from this event are critical to continue the high quality of our programs and supports.

The Young Friends of Northern Home was created to entertain and educate Philadelphia's young professionals in the various aspects of social and human services, while benefiting a very worthwhile organization. The Young Friends group supports the organization with unique opportunities such as social events, community events and programs both at the Home and around Philadelphia.

Contact: mriffel@northernhome.org for more details



Roxy Brew Fest is being held on Saturday November 15, 2008 from 1-5pm outside on the Roxborough YMCA Athletic Field. It is a rain-or-shine event being held to raise money for the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, our annual support campaign which provides financial assistance to adults, families & kids in need who would benefit from our enriching programming, but otherwise could not afford it. 100% of the proceeds from the event go to this fund.
A beer tasting festival, over 25 beers will be available provided by local distributor, Penn Distributors. Tasting glasses are given to each paying entrant to the event!
Tickets are $30 per person or FREE for Designated Drivers/Non-Drinkers. ALL EVENT GOERS MUST BE 21+ and have valid state-issued photo ID at the gate. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available on the event website: http://www.myspace.com/roxybrewfest
Also at the event will be entertainment, LOTS of food from local restaurants, and local artisans/craft vendors.


23) Leukemia & Lymphoma Society FUNDRAISER

We just wanted to remind you that FUEL the CURE, supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), is THIS Saturday from 8pm-12am!!!  Dance & drink the night away at FUEL (formerly the Real World Philly house; now a gorgeous setting for a fabulous party).  If you haven't purchased your tickets yet, please do so soon. You can go to www.fuelthecure.net to get them online and support this worthy cause. Once again, tickets will not be distributed; rather your name will be added to a guest list that will be at the door.  Remember that all proceeds raised will go to LLS, so even if you can't make it you can still make a donation at www.fuelthecure.net.  We look forward to seeing you this Saturday for a night that is sure to be memorable!


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