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Date: 5/15/2009
Title: 25 Items (5-15-09) sponsored by Leinenkugel Classic Amber

Sorry for the late notice about last night. We are having round two in June. I will make sure to promote it properly.  Like I said yesterday, the goal is to take the money and have a few blow out parties like this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmccoy73/sets/72157606950328696/

The newsletter is now sent to over 3000 people.  Now the question is how many people actually read it.

This past week, checked out a new bar/restaurant in Old City, Bocca, which seemed to have a nice scene going on.  Also caught the Phillies businessman special yesterday and Positano Coast had their official opening of their Sopra Lounge. http://www.lambertis.com/locations/positano.htm. Plus attended the Rittenhouse Row event and McFaddens’ Springfest.  Plenty of things going on around town.  There is a lot of outdoor festivals and events this weekend too.

Shore is almost here so I checked out the water.  Still very cold:  http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/dsdt/cwtg/catl.html

And aren’t you happy this was not in Philly? http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/05/15/pearl.jam.mugging/index.html

Lastly, item #1 below discusses how the $8000 tax credit can be applied.  Seems like new buyers who qualify will be able to use the $8000 at the closing table which is amazing.  If you have questions about it, please let me know. - Mark

SPONSOR: Leinenkugel Classic Amber

It’s from a family owned brewery in Chippewa Falls WI. If you are a fan of Samuel Adams or Lager you should try this beer our.
You won’t see a billboard or TV ad so I wanted to pass the hot tip on.  Ask for it wherever you buy your beer!
Lively hop complexity finishes clean with a collection of floral, pine, lemongrass and ripe grapefruit notes.
4.9% ABV.   http://www.monarch-beverage.com/Pages/Beer/BeerDetails.aspx?PageId=196

SPONSOR: Leinenkugel Classic Amber


Buyers can tap tax credit for down payment
FHA drafting policy on first-time homebuyer credit

First-time homebuyers will soon be able to access their $8,000 federal tax credit when closing on a home through a short-term bridge loan that will cover their down payment on FHA-backed loans.

The Federal Housing Administration will soon publish a policy that will allow FHA-approved lenders, HUD-approved nonprofits, and state and local housing finance agencies to "monetize" the tax credit through short-term bridge loans, Secretary of Housing Shaun Donovan said Tuesday.


2) Tasting Time - Sushi, Sake, and Champagne at Swanky Bubbles

Full Event Details: http://www.upcomingevents.com/event/1987/
Swanky Bubbles - Philadelphia - 10 South Front Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

What better way to spend an evening afterwork then with a premier Tasting TimeTM party - this time with Sushi Sake and Champagne samples!  The party comes complete with select choices of Champagne and Sake to taste from 6:30 - 8:30pm as well as Sushi & other selections from the amazing Swanky Bubbles menu.   Relax, kick back, and learn about wine with other young professionals. Everyone attending will get some great discount offers from local businesses as well. There are limited spots available for this latest Tasting Time event - and the will sell out quickly - just like the past 3 events have!  Sign up now so you do not miss out.   This is not a sit-down dinner and is instead a fun, interactive social happy hour atmosphere! Tickets for this awesome opportunity to experience Swanky Bubbles are just $20 in advance and $30 at the door (if not sold out). Grab your friends - meet up for Tasting Time™ in the City. WE WILL SEE YOU THERE!



A) Delaware sports betting bill wins on second try: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=4151275

B) Top 10 cities for new grads: Philly #2: http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/worklife/05/13/cb.top10.cities.grads/index.html



Friday, May 8, 2009, 2:53pm EDT
Traffic, parking crackdown in Phila. Monday
Philadelphia Business Journal - by Athena D. Merritt Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Parking Authority and the city will launch a joint crackdown on Monday to enforce traffic laws and parking regulations in Center City.

Police will be stationed on key corridors to enforce Don’t Block the Box [crosswalk] laws and red light running. Parking enforcement officials will also be ticketing and/or towing double parked vehicles and illegally stopped vehicles.
The crackdown, which is a joint effort of Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey; Deputy Mayor, Transportation and Utilities Rina Cutler; and PPA Executive Director Vince Fenerty, is aimed at improving safety and reducing traffic congestion.
In January, the city doubled hourly rates at Center City meters from $1 to $2 to encourage more turnover. PPA is studying an increase to $3 an hour which could go into effect July 1. Fines have also increased — from $25 to $36 for expired meters. The violation for parking in a taxi stand is $31, in a loading zone is $51 and double parking is $76. In coming weeks PPA will expand the number of loading zones to reduce double parking by commercial vehicles, Fenerty said.
“We’ve worked across agencies, with Center City businesses and delivery companies to identify suitable parking for delivery vehicles that will keep traffic moving and allow business to be conducted,” Fenerty said.
Improved bicycle, scooter and motorcycle parking is also in the works under the mobility enhancement program developed by the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities and PPA.



Le Bec-Fin and Trimbach Wines join forces on June 2 at 7pm to wine and dine their guests in style. Enjoy four courses by award-winning Chef Proprietor Georges Perrier and Executive Chef Nicholas Elmi for $100/person (plus tax and gratuity). They are taking reservations now, so secure your spot ASAP because their last wine dinner sold out!!!    www.lebecfin.com


7) Osyrusfest

Come join us for the best party of the summer on Memorial Day weekend!! Offering good food, music, outdoors and a world class light show using a rock quarry as a back drop!! Osyrusfest is a small music festival about an hour west of Philly. The festival goes from Friday 22nd until Monday 25th with great bands set in one of Pennsylvania’s most beautiful settings!! It is set on a private residence completely hidden from the rest of the world that offers the best of the great outdoors. It truly is a place where you can forget your worries for a few days and just have fun!! With bands like Eclipse (Pink Floyd tribute), The Heavy Pets, Funk Ark, Gravy, Apex Watson, The Ghost Gamblers, 3 Foot Swagger, Honor By August, Innerloop, Mobias Project and more... This is a camping event, although there are showers and a full house to use if you’re not into roughing it. The ticket price is $80 for the weekend which includes parking, camping, food, beer, and just about everything you will need for a weekend of fun and music!! For more info, please check out www.osyrusfest.com



A) Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. - Franklin P. Jones

B) There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience, and that is not learning from experience. - Laurence J. Peter
C) Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. - George Santayana

D) We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience. -  George Bernard Shaw

E) We love those who know the worst of us and don't turn their faces away." Walker Percy

F) America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." -Abraham Lincoln



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Sip n' Dip 2009 on Sunday, May 24 at 10:00pm.

Event: Sip n' Dip 2009
"Memorial Weekend Summer Kickoff at the Pool at Harrahs"
What: Night of Mayhem
Host: Velvet Elite, LLC
Start Time: Sunday, May 24 at 10:00pm
End Time: Monday, May 25 at 4:00am
Where: The Pool at Harrahs Casino
To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:  http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.php&eid=76269749735&mid=72551fG2b9613eeG2629f7bG7


Our $39 joining fee makes it easy to start enjoying the benefits of exercise. Slim down, tone up and boost your mood in time for Spring.
We’re so confident that you’ll want to be with us for the long run, December’s on us. Drop into any club to take advantage of this offer. You’ll be glad you did come the holidays

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


SAT 5/16 & SUN 5/17:
Tower Investments, Inc. presents The Piazza at Schmidt's Opening Weekend Celebration
The former Schmidt's Brewery, 2nd Street and Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Sat May 16 (11:00 am)
Sun May 17 (12:00 pm)
Tower Investments, Inc. is proud to announce the Grand Opening of The Piazza at Schmidt's! The Piazza will be bustling with activity including artist exhibits, live music, entertainment, dining, shopping, and more! Score great



SAT 5/16 & SUN 5/17:
Italian Market Festival



SAT 5/16:
Kensington Derby



Company: Roger Culture   
Date: 2009-05-17
Time: 9PM - 2AM
Price: Ladies FREE before 10PM - $10 After
Scene: Mature Professionals
Dress: Fashionably Sexy

Philadelphia premier Caribbean/World Party has returned to the Riverdeck, It's "REGGAE ON THE RIVER" where the world meets Each and Every Sunday from 9-2AM, hosted by Roger Culture, the night features Philadelphia's best DJ's Vybz Xpress, DJ Ross, DJ Patrick, Peter Blacks and more. Come feel the vibes of the Caribbean on Philadelphia Largest Outdoor Riverdeck, with a view of the River, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, boats sailing up and down the river, the view is second to none. If you're tired of the same old boring parties and want something new then the only place to be is Cavanaugh's Riverdeck "Island Vibes Caribbean Sundays" Jammin to the Best Reggae, Soca, Haitian, African and more... Join us THIS AND EVERY Sunday through October the 11th [Columbus Weekend 2009] as we continue to make "Reggae on the River" the premier event each Sunday in the Delaware Valley.



A) http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com

B) For Howard Stern fans: http://nybaseballdigest.com/?p=10490



May 25th


17) Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Region on the Rise

Wednesday, May 20, 7:30 – 11:30 AM
The Philadelphia Cruise Terminal at the Philadelphia Navy Yard
5100 South Broad Street, Building #3, Philadelphia, PA

The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) is partnering with the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA) to present this timely program — featuring construction and development experts, industry executives, and regional leaders. In addition to informative presentations, Q & A sessions, and exhibiting opportunities, you will have plenty of time to network with industry colleagues and continue to build your business.

Keynote Address: The Honorable James P. Creedon, Secretary Department of General Services, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Panel I: Infrastructure
“Horizontal Construction Leads to Vertical Construction”
Fueled by federal economic stimulus funding, infrastructure is a crucial part of our region’s revitalization and economic development. Learn about new construction and transportation initiatives, as well as plans for continued urban and suburban growth in southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.
Moderator: Inga Saffron

Panel II : Minority-owned Business Opportunities
“Cultivating Diversity in the Construction Industry”
Minority-owned companies are the fastest-growing business sector in the U.S. economy. Discussions will focus on greater diversity and inclusion of minorities and women in the workforce. In addition, city leaders will outline efforts to identify, engage and boost participation of minority and women-owned businesses in the building trades.

For a complete list of speakers, sponsors, ticket pricing or other information visit greaterphilachamber.com or call 215-790-3618.


18) Art in Mario Lanza Park

Mario Lanza Park, located on the 200 blocks of Catherine and Queen Streets in Queen Village will host the 11th annual 'Art in the Park' on  Sunday, May 17th, from 11AM until 5PM. Over 20 artists will be selling their paintings, jewelry, photography, pottery, sculpture, textiles and more. This is a great opportunity for you to support your local artists and craftspeople and to pick up a wonderful piece of art for yourself or your home. Come meet the artists, visit with neighbors, take in some fresh air and enjoy the park.

Rain date will be Saturday, May 30th, from 11AM until 4PM.



The Raven Society Book Club is excited to announce its next book for discussion, which will take place on Wednesday, June 24 at 6pm (location TBD):

An American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

A kind, bookish only child born in the 1940s, Alice Lindgren has no idea that she will one day end up in the White House, married to the president. In her small Wisconsin hometown, she learns the virtues of politeness, but a tragic accident when she is seventeen shatters her identity and changes the trajectory of her life. More than a decade later, when the charismatic son of a powerful Republican family sweeps her off her feet, she is surprised to find herself admitted into a world of privilege. And when her husband unexpectedly becomes governor and then president, she discovers that she is married to a man she both loves and fundamentally disagrees with–and that her private beliefs increasingly run against her public persona. As her husband’s presidency enters its second term, Alice must confront contradictions years in the making and face questions nearly impossible to answer.

RSVP to Rebecca at EliasR@freelibrary.org if you would like to attend!



Bishop's Collar: 10th Anniversary Block Party
Sat May 16 1pm – Sat May 16 6pm
24th and Fairmount, Philadelphia, PA
Rain or Shine (tented if it rains).
Free concert by Black Landlord
Discounted beer from Yards, Sly Fox, and Bells.


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


21) Israel Independence Day

This year, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation embraced the opportunity to once again expand and enhance the PECO Multicultural Series. New this year to the multicultural series is the Israel Independence Day Festival on Sunday, May 17 from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. The free festival, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, is a celebration of Israel’s 61st anniversary of statehood as well as the 100th birthday of Tel Aviv.  This joyous community celebration will feature a concert by Israel music star Rami Kleinstein, along with a wide variety of food booths and an Israeli marketplace. There will also be tables highlighting the programs and activities of many community organizations.  The festival is part of the PECO Multicultural series at Penn’s Landing, which continues to celebrate the diverse cultures which make Philadelphia unique city. For more information, visit www.jewishphilly.org/israel61


22) The Ultimate Networking Event Comes to Philadelphia

Event: The Ultimate Networking Event Comes to Philadelphia
       "Networking, Philly, Philadelphia, business, marketing"
What: Cocktail Party
Host: Thomas Camarda
Start Time: Tuesday, May 19 at 6:30pm
End Time: Tuesday, May 19 at 9:00pm
Where: Kildare's
To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:



YOUCIE Happy Hour at Local 44
Wedesday, May 20, 6:00–8:00pm
44th and Spruce Street

Enjoy food and drink specials while mingling with new friends at Local 44. RSVP and your first drink is free! Space is limited so RSVP today! Visit us at http://www.youcie.com to read about all of our upcoming events.
Youcie events allow anyone over 21 to connect, interact with and explore University City's diverse cultural, social, and community service offerings. Youcie events highlight the neighborhood's sophisticated contemporary culture and are driven by the energy and uniqueness of University City itself. Youcie membership is free. To join our email list and stay informed about upcoming events, email youcie@ucityphila.org


24) Nutter: Philadelphia BRT board must go

The future of the Board of Revision of Taxes provoked a full fledged political battle yesterday, with Mayor Nutter asking board members of the maligned agency to resign. In the wake of a searing investigation by the Inquirer, which revealed a long tradition of mismanagement and flawed property-tax assessments, Nutter yesterday announced what he called the first in a series of steps to reform the BRT. Saying that he needed to "restore trust" in the BRT, Nutter called on board members to resign voluntarily. He also asked City Council to approve legislation that would strip board members of their salaries - between $70,000 and $75,000 a year for part-time work - and move much of the BRT budget under the authority of the city finance director.  The BRT board pushed back hard against Nutter's request, saying that they intended to stay on the job, to work on improving the city's property-tax assessment system. Click here to visit the Board Revision of Taxes website.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer; 5/8/09



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6 Speed Manual Transmission
Estimated 30 MPG City and 36 Highway
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