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Date: 1/9/2009
Title: 23 Items (1-9-09) sponsored by the 15th Annual Hair O' the Dog

Can anyone take off on Monday and Tuesday and head up north skiing?  If so, let me know.
Last call for Steamboat in February if anyone is still interested. www.PhillyTrips.com.
We are still taking reservations for Killington and Utah.

I need a favor for a friend. Does any one have a Verizon cell phone they can give me? 

This week's sponsor is the best formal affair of the year.  If you have any questions about it, let me know.  Otherwise, hope to see you there.

I was asked if I knew of a place that recycles old electronics like cameras and radios.  I do not.  Do you?

Mummers Day was great as always.  I could not find the answer on the parking authority website.  Do you know if you have to pay the meter on January 1st?

Nothing like having a college football national championship when a top 10 team is undefeated and did not win the title....

Not the best way for the Phillies to start their hopes of repeating: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3812334

Not confirmed....but I read that Brassier Perrier closed its doors.  Not sure if it is a rumor.  Anyone know about it?

And lastly as always, I am a licensed real estate agent in Pennsylvania and have a great network of realtors throughout PA, NJ, and DE.  If you are thinking of buying or selling a home or simply have any questions about short sales, foreclosures, sheriff sales, mortgages, etc....please shoot me an email.  Happy new year. GO EAGLES! - Mark

SPONSOR: 15th Annual Hair O' the Dog
On Saturday, January 17th, get ready to party your tail off! Hair O' the Dog is coming to the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, and bringing the sounds of DJ Adam Bennett and 39 Mariner to keep the dance floor bumping all night long! And better yet, this top-of-the-line party is for charity, benefitting The Great Guy Group and Adopt-a-Pig! Don't wait to buy tickets, this event will sell out!!! For more information, click HERE.
SPONSOR: 15th Annual Hair O' the Dog

1) THON Night Out

January 17th from 7pm-2am
Fieldhouse (1150 Filbert St., Philadelphia, PA)

Please join us for a THON NIGHT OUT held at the Fieldhouse, 1150 Filbert Street, Philadelphia. The event is being hosted by alumni participating in the 2009 THON Express, 135 mile Run from the Hershey Medical Center to the Bryce Jordan Center the 24 hours leading up to THON. The night of fun will start at 7pm and run until 2am. The cost is $40 and includes an open bar (beer, wine and mixed drinks) from 7pm-10pm. Burnt Sienna will be performing live at 10pm. (http://www.burntsiennaband.com/)

Please contact Jen Maher, jmaher@publichouseusa.com or 610.357.9144, or Jacki at jamici@publichouseusa.com for further details. You can pay prior to the event by contacting Jen Maher. Come support a great cause among friends and fellow alumni!



From www.PhiladelphiaForward.org
this January 1st brings another knockdown for tax rates. 

The Wage Tax, once 4.96% for residents, is reduced as of January 1st to 3.93% for residents and 3.4997% for non-residents.  Those rates haven't been this low since we were parading for the Flyers on Broad Street. 

The job-killing Business Privilege Tax gets a combination -- a first-ever jab to the Net Income Portion (reducing it to 6.45%) and a haymaker to the Gross Receipts Portion (reducing it to .1415%).  Like the Phillies, our business taxes are still number one in the nation, but every little reduction improves the city's ability to compete. 



Last week, the Philadelphia Phillies announced that they had joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership and had purchased 20 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power to serve the team’s 43,500-seat ballpark. The purchase not only places the Phillies as the first and largest green power purchaser in Major League Baseball, but also as the leader overall among major U.S. professional sports teams in EPA’s Green Power Partnership. The Phillies’ purchase is estimated to avoid the equivalent carbon dioxide emissions of nearly 2,800 vehicles each year. “EPA applauds the Philadelphia Phillies for 'playing ball' and protecting our environment by purchasing green power,” says EPA administrator Stephen L. Johnson. “By being the first Major League Baseball team to join the Green Power Partnership, the Phillies have hit a grand slam for the environment." (PR)



Long-Term Rates Fall for Ninth Consecutive Week, Setting Another New Low
Freddie Mac (NYSE:FRE) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) in which the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 5.10 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending December 31, 2008, down from last week when it averaged 5.14 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 6.07 percent. The 30-year FRM hasnot been lower since Freddie Mac started the Primary Mortgage Market Survey in 1971.



We are looking for Fulltime and Parttime for the summer season for our Avalon House. We are located over the 21st bridge on 22nd. The address is 496 22nd Street
Fulltime= $2750
PT = $1500
Fulltime you get a designated bed in the same room for the summer and can come whenever you want.
Parttime you do not get a bed and you get 7 weekends.
Both prices include: utilities and cleaning service.
email me at kburkhart23@yahoo.com


6) Center City District Restaurant Week

Those weeks of holiday scrimping and saving are finally behind you so now’s a good time to enjoy what little discretionary cash you’ve got left over. Center City District Restaurant Week is one idea for a modest treat. More than 100 restaurants are serving the usual three-course dinners for $35 (minus alcohol, tax and tip) January 25 – 30. Chose from restaurants like 10 Arts, Zahav and Bindi.



A) No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. - Aesop

B) Kindness gives birth to kindness. - Sophocles

C) It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top. - Arnold Bennett

D) As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. - John F. Kennedy

E) He that gives good advice builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example builds with both. - Francis Bacon



A) 2009 Christmas Tree Collection
Program will run for one week: Monday, January 5 through Saturday, January 17
Citizens who wish to drop off their tree for recycling may take it to the Streets Department Sanitation Convenience Centers located at 3033 South 63rd Street, Domino Lane and Umbria Street, and State Road and Ashburner Street during this week only. The sites are open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Saturday.  The program is designed to provide citizens with an environmentally safe alternative for disposal of used trees.
Commercial entities are not permitted to use Sanitation Convenience Centers to dispose of their trees.
Christmas trees brought to the site should be in the following condition: Free of all decorations and ornaments, Untied, Free of plastic bags or wrappings
Christmas trees set out for collection will be picked up as rubbish. Citizens should set trees out on their regular rubbish collection day at their authorized collection site.
Citizens who require additional information regarding the Christmas Tree Recycling Program may contact the Customer Affairs Unit at (215) 686-5560.
B) Christmas Tree Removal
For a limited time the Pedal Cooperative is offering Christmas Tree removal.  The tress will be used for wood chips and they will also be composted. 
Cost for pickup is $1 a foot. 
The Pedal Cooperative
(484) 222-1231



Greater Philadelphia VoIP & Telecommunications Forum To promote the free exchange of technical information, sales and marketing ideas, job opportunities and fair business practices for the new generation of telecom executives. To join go to: http://www.linkedin.com/e/gis/1618397



Black Tie Bowling- the most unique and most FUN black tie event in the area! This fabulous event brings a new twist to the term “Black Tie Event”… Each team of 8-10 chooses their own charity to support so you are bowling for a cause that YOU pick…and the prizes are huge!

Black Tie Bowling,LLC
PO Box 65 • Wayne, PA • 19087
609-634-6219 • info@blacktiebowlingphilly.com


A) 10 Ways to Manage Offseason Weight Control:


SPONSOR: PHILADELPHIA SPORTS CLUBS (http://www.mysportsclubs.com/default.htm)





Comedy at the Speakeasy" on Monday, January 12 at 8:00pm.

Event: Comedy at the Speakeasy "Weekly comedy show in the back room at Urban Saloon"
What: Performance
Host: Sean Moses
Start Time: Monday, January 12 at 8:00pm End Time: Monday, January 12 at 10:00pm
Where: Urban Saloon
To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below: http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.php&eid=44271958569



Winter 2 ’09 soccer  season registration is now posted on the website. These leagues will fill up and we are registering on a first-come, first-serve basis, so please register early.  Due to the restrictions of court space in the winter, once these are full, we will have no room to “squeeze in” one more team. All leagues are 7 weeks plus playoffs.

Here are the leagues we are offering.

Upcoming Leagues

Monday 2/9 - Coed 8 v 8 Soccer @ Starfinder
Wednesday 2/18 - Coed 5 v 5 Soccer @ Starfinder

Please sign up at www.playphillysports.com or let me know if you have any questions!



Philly PAWS January Events (full list): www.phillypaws.org
Meet your new best friend, help save a life!
Dogs and Cats every day of the week at:
PAWS Adoption Center
Open Mon-Sat: 11 am to 7 pm, Sun: 11 am to 6 pm
100 N. 2nd Street (at Arch)
PAWS Dogs in Rittenhouse Square,
  11:30 am to 3:30 pm: Sat 1/10, Sat 1/17, Sun 1/25 Sun 2/1
PAWS Cat Adoptions:
   11am to 3 pm: EVERY SAT & SUN at:
   PETsMART, 24th & Oregon Avenue (and: Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri: 6-8 pm; Wed: 11am-3pm and 6-8 pm; Sat/Sun: 11am to 3pm)
   PETsMART, 7422 Bustleton Avenue (and: Mon-Fri: 6-8 p.m) 
   PETCO, Grant Avenue & Roosevelt Boulevard (and:  Mon-Fri: 6-8 p.m)



Rebuilding Together Philadelphia has been chosen as one of eight cities to compete for a $40,000 grant from HGTV for their Change the World-Start at Home campaign. This grant would enable RTP to make critical repairs to a rowhouse that houses veterans in transition in the Frankfort section of the City.

In order to win, we need your help to obtain the most online votes between January 1 and March 2. Anyone can cast a vote EVERY DAY between now and March 2nd. Before you do anything else, please vote FOR PHILADELPHIA today (and every day):

For more information about RTP go to www.rebuildingphilly.org.


16) Higher tolls on Pennsylvania Turnpike

As of January 4, 2009, tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will increase to meet financial obligations under Act 44. Signed by Gov. Rendell in July 2007, Act 44 provides an additional $2.5 billion in supplemental transportation funding through May 2010. As a result of the increase, projected annual gross toll revenue will increase from $619 million in 2008 to over $738 million in 2010. Starting in January 2010, tolls will increase incrementally about 3 percent a year. For more information including a complete toll schedule, go to www.paturnpike.com.



A) Scientists: True love can last a lifetime: http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/01/04/true.love.found/index.html

B) For Jimmy Buffet fans: http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/20090105_Fantasy___marketing_fuel_Jimmy_Buffett_s_empire_of_fun.html



Roseland Ballroom, NYC



Jan 10th, 2009



This nifty site which allows you to send up to 2 fax documents for free, directly from your computer to any fax machine in the US, Puerto Rico or Canada each day! (from Josh Willis)

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

The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival invite you to attend our next event on Sunday, January 11, 2009. We will be showing the film Comme Ton Père (Like Your Father). This film will be screened at 2:00 pm at The Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad Street (at Pine St.), Philadelphia. Prior to the film there will be a wine and cheese reception at 1:00 pm and following the film there will be a dessert reception. The cost is $20 at the door, $15 in advance (buy here).

In this smart French comedy set in the early seventies, Felix, his wife Mireille, and their two children, Eric and Michel, leave Israel for Marseille. Times are tough for Felix's French-Jewish family. With dreams of grandeur, Felix meets Serge, a Jewish gangster who invites Felix to join his gang.  Director Marco Carmel splendidly blurs the line between truth and fantasy and links the personal history of the Maïmon family with events of the day. To learn more about the Jewish Film Festival visit: http://www.pjff.org.


22) Singles Wine Tasting

Weds. January 14th, 2009
Singles Wine Tasting at The Water Works Restaurant
Philadelphia, PA 19130
A premier wine tasting at one of the most elegant restaurants in Philadelphia complete with a breathtaking view! The setting is nothing short of spectacular. Sitting right below the Philadelphia Museum of Art it has an amazing view of the Schuylkill River and Boathouse Row. Sip some great wines paired with delicious appetizers as you mix and mingle at this great event. Tickets are limited and are already almost sold out to women. Get yours soon. Ages 40 and up.
For Complete Details and TICKETS: http://www.singlesnetworkevents.com/waterworkswinetasting.html



A) Weyerbacher Night
Wednesday - January 14, 2009
Details: http://beeradvocate.com/events/info/22034

B) Russian River Night
Wednesday - January 14, 2009
Details: http://beeradvocate.com/events/info/21973



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