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Date: 7/15/2011
Title: 22 Items (7-15-11) sponsored by American Male Salons

It has been a busy period for me.....two new construction projects and three rehabs ongoing, plus working to get the final of my properties up at Temple filled, and working with some Realtor clients, life has me playing catch up.  Of course, I have to make time for shows like U2, Phillies games, and beach time...... Hopefully next week I am going to send out a 'state of the union' type thing.  Topic is money raising.....yes, I am looking for additional investor dollars for upcoming projects.....

Since my last email, we turned the Flyers roster over, including signing Jagr (who still averages one point per game in Russia) and the 76ers are under contract to be sold which can only be a good thing for 76er fans, right? 

I am going to give my personal Public Service Announcement (PSA) :  when breaking the law, say while driving under the influence, it is wise to obey all other traffic laws.  Example here.  Driving drunk at 3AM doing 84 in a 65....never leads to anything good.

Was in Margate a few Saturday nights ago and went to Maynards.  $6 for a pitcher (72 ounces).  $1.25 a beer.....never find that in Avalon.....

And for those that did not notice in Philly, our real estate taxes are going up again.  Maybe they could start trying to cut costs in city hall - maybe eliminate some of the 16 city countil members that we have could be a good first start.  Also read this local editorial on PA taxes that I thought was interesting.  Never was political until becoming a business owner in Philly - just always feels like they are always reaching in to my waller with another never ending  tax or fee.  Becomes frustrating. - Mark


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A) Penn State Is Expensive. The U.S. Department of Education says the Central PA school has the highest in-state tuition. A spokesman for the university says that cost-cutting measures might allow PSU to offer more “moderate to low, tuition increases.” That’s reassuring. [CBS 3]

B) High Times on the Main Line

C) D.A.: Philly's new pot policy just makes sense ... and saves dollars

D) Debate rages over how much pot smoking impairs driving http://usat.ly/kfbd3y

E) City Cancels Bike Rentals From Kelly Drive

F) City Zoning Board Approves Renovations to Dilworth Plaza. The $50 million plans call for grass and a sprinkler fountain—that will double as an ice rink in the winter—on the Plaza west of City Hall. There will also be an outdoor cafe and large entrances to the SEPTA system underneath City Hall. Construction is set to start this fall and should be completed by the spring of 2014. [Metro]

F)  City Tavern could get new operator

G)  Booze Topic Revisited in Ocean City. Restaurant owners in Ocean City, New Jersey are collecting signatures for a petition to allow the town’s voters to decide on a new BYOB ordinance in November. If passed, the ordinance would allow one six-pack per two persons or one bottle of wine per patron at certain restaurants in the town. Unsurprisingly, the dry-town’s traditionalists are strongly opposed to the potential change. [Daily News]


2) Fairmount Bastille Day Festival

July 14-17


Fairmount Bastille Day Festival is one of Philadelphia’s most popular summertime events!  Fairmount businesses team with Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site for four days of French-themed festivities kicking off with the French Fling Bar Crawl featuring Kronenbourg 1664 on Thursday, July 14.  The highlight is the French-themed festival on Saturday July 16 from 2-6pm with activities for kids and adults as well as tours of Eastern State Penitentiary.  The street festival concludes with the playful reenactment of the Storming of the Bastille (influenced more by Monty Python than the French Revolution) and Marie Antoinette’s (portrayed by Terry McNally of London Grill) cry of “Let them Eat Tastykake” while 2,000 Tastykakes come flying over the walls of Eastern State Penitentiary.  Visit www.fairmountbastilleday.com for the expanded schedule of events. 


3)  Merrell Down & Dirty National Mud Run Series eeds volunteers in Philly!


Come out to volunteer on Saturday, July 16th or Sunday, July 17th to be part of the 2011 Merrell Down & Dirty National Mud Run Series, a 5K and 10K trail race filled with military style obstacles and mud!  V. Sign up to volunteer with your family, friends, co-workers or any other group of individuals. 

Event proceeds will be donated to Operation Gratitude, an amazing volunteer organization that sends care packages to US service members deployed overseas.  Check out the quick promo below!

Here are the details: 

Saturday, July 16, 2011 

SHIFTS: 9:00am-12:30pm   -or-   12:00pm-5:30pm 

EMS UPenn, 3401 Chestnut St,  Philadelphia, PA 19104

Help stuff packets, open and run registration

Sunday, July 17, 2011

SHIFTS: 5:00am-1:00pm (Flexible Shifts) 

Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park

Volunteer posts include, bag check, registration, refreshments, obstacle and mud pit locations, aid stations and parking guildes.

Each volunteer will receive a commemorative t-shirt!.  The race will take place at Be

lmont Plateau in Fairmount Park and volunteers are needed from 5:00am to 1:00pm.  Please let me know if you are interested in getting involved and having fun by emailing your name and phone number to Christine Waite at projects@gpcares.org

Parking will be available.  Show your support and volunteer for this great event!

4) Dining Days in University City

Twenty Nine of University City's most popular dining destinations -including newcomers Baby Blues BBQ, Biba Wine Bar and JG Domestic - are now preparing for University City Dining Days which happens July 14 to 28. Participating restaurants will offer a pre-fixe three course dinner special for $15, $25 or $30 (excluding tax, alcohol and tip). Visit www.ucdiningdays.com for a complete list of restaurants and to view menus.


Web Redemption - Phillies Taser Kid

Tosh.0 gives the young man who was tased at a baseball game a shot at retribution. (06:39)




Picture it! The RiverStage at Penn’s Landing is transformed into an outdoor theater for another season of Screenings Under the Stars. Every Thursday night in July and August, a different popular film will be featured on a big screen on the new RiverStage at Penn’s Landing, located on Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street. The screenings, sponsored by media partners NBC 10 and B101.1 FM, will begin at dusk or approximately 8:30 p.m. in July and 8:00 p.m. in August. As with all events produced by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, the screenings are FREE. For a list of featured presentations, please visit www.delawareriverevents.com.

7) Shakespeare in Clark Park presents: Much Ado About Nothing 

 July 20-24

Shakespeare in Clark Park (SCP) returns to University City for a sixth summer with Much Ado About Nothing, running July 20-July 24 at 7pm and helmed by The Comedy of Errors director Alex Torra. A comedy of love and wit, Much Ado About Nothing centers around that classic sparring duo of Beatrice and Benedick. Bring a picnic blanket, a picnic dinner, the whole family (including the dog) - and enjoy an evening of free theatre underneath the stars. For more information visit www.shakespeareinclarkpark.org

8)  Center City District Lunchtime Concert Series


Take your lunch outside every Wednesday this summer and enjoy free concerts at the Center City District Lunchtime Concert Series presented by TD Bank. Eat to the beat from noon to 1:30pm, through August 31 at locations all over Center City.



July 13
[Latin & Salsa]
Three Logan Square
1717 Arch Street

July 20
Gas Money
1700 Market Street

July 27
The Mark Stinger Band
The Gallery at Market East
9th & Market Streets

August 3
Chris Despo
100 Independence Mall West
6th & Market Streets

August 10
Andrew Neu Jazz Ensemble
I & II Commerce Square
2005 Market Street

August 17
Alligator Zydeco
Mellon Independence Center
701 Market Street

August 24
Vinyl Groove
Comcast Center
1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd.

August 31
The Untouchables
1818 Market Street

Get more information, including alternate rain locations, at CenterCityPhila.org.


A) Sunday, July 17:
The free Global Fusion festival brings together an amazing collection of cultural foods, music and events.

B) Thursday, July 21:
Put on your punk garb for Warped Tour at the Susquehanna Bank Center.


Mark your calendars. Charlie Murphy, from the three-time Emmy nominated “Chappelle’s Show” will be performing at Helium.

August 31st –8PM

September 1st-7:30PM

September 2nd-8PM and 10:30PM

September 3rd- 8PM and 10:30PM

Tickets: $30, online only, https://www.seatengine.com/venue/helium-comedy-club/event/617

2031 Sansom Street

11) Reggae River Fest

River Stage at Great Plaza
Philadelphia, PA

Sun, Jul 17, 2011 03:00 PM


12)  Stoudt's Brew and Chew at Cavanaugh's Rittenhouse July 18

Full Event Details & Discounted Parking Info: http://www.upcomingevents.com/event/7969/

The Philly Brew and Chew is a monthly, two-hour event, featuring a select craft brewer. It is the best beer and food tasting event of its kind, featuring four select brews, and four paired tapas style appetizers to excite the taste buds! Join us for our next event Monday, July 18, at 7pm where we will be featuring the beer of Stoudt’s Brewery. Only $20 when RSVP to phillybrewandchew.com.




14) The Philadelphia Young Professionals Business Expo - Summer 2011

Full Event Details & Discounted Parking Info: http://www.upcomingevents.com/event/7731/

Presented By: Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Program The Philadelphia Young Professionals Business Expo™ is designed for Young Professionals to discover, learn, and sample a variety of products, services, and activities offered by professional companies and organizations in the Philadelphia and South Jersey area. Attendees will have an in-person experience with area products, all while interacting with sponsors & organizations. The Young Professionals Expo is free to attend. Want to be a part of this event? Contact Us for More Info »  Who Should Attend  ‘Young Professionals’ between the ages of 21 and 39 People who Work or ‘Play’ in or around the Philadelphia & South Jersey area All levels of employees, including entrepreneurs, office managers, sales reps, supervisors and those that may looking for a job (you can network with people there, but note that this is not an exclusive job fair).   Own or Run a Business or Involved in a Local Organization and Want to Participate? This expo is the perfect way to interact with over 25,000 people that walk through the Shops and Liberty Place each day - eager to learn more about certain products. Why not take advantage of this amazing, unique opportunity! You should consider participating if you are involved in a local business, social organization, or non-profit and want to get in front of hundreds of new people members, clients, or customers. For more information, please email us.


Wednesday, July 20, 9:00 pm 


General Public: $10


See 12 Monkeys on location at Eastern State Penitentiary as part of Philadelphia Film Society's filmadelphiaCLASSICS.  

Doors open at 8 pm, and the film will begin at 9 pm. Bring your own blankets and chairs for this special screening on the penitentiary's baseball diamond! 

Tickets can be purchased online or at the Bastille Day Festival (Saturday, July 16). Space is limited, and the event is expected to sell out in advance. 

Click here for more information.

Click here to purchase tickets now. 

16) Summer Wine Tasting

Full Event Details: http://philadelphia.singlesevents.com/event/3870/

Mix and mingle with other wine  enthusiasts!   Meet at PinotBoutique and  enjoy 2 floors of premium local wines (including their unique Paintcan  wines) and fun wine accessories.

17) ICA summer exhibit, One is the loneliest number

Presented by Philadelphia-based arts collective, Megawords In conjunction with the ICA summer exhibit, One is the loneliest number

Absorb the work of artists from One is the loneliest number and other creative duos in a format loosely based on PechaKucha, the Japanese-originated "20 slides in 20 seconds" method of quickly sharing visual information. Followed by live music and drinks on the ICA terrace. Click here to RSVP.

Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street

Wednesday, July 20 

18) IVC's friendly Int'l BBQ - Thursday, July 21st!

5:30 to 9:00 p.m. 

at the College of Physicians

22nd Street between Market & Chestnut

Support peace and international understanding at the Summer's friendliest event!  

Don't know what to wear?  It's business casual - short sleeves or polo shirts for men, sun dresses or pants suits for women.  Check out the photos from previous BBQ's.  

19)  3rd Annual Pizza Olympics

Thursday July 21st - Sample Pizza and Vote for your Favorite Slice!


20)  The XPoNential Festival

July 22nd-23rd 


The anticipated WXPN festival always brings a great lineup of local acts that you either haven't heard or should be hearing. The festival will be held at Wiggins Park in Camden and the lineup includes Ben Folds, Ra Ra Riot, Sun Airway, Ted Leo and The Pharmacists, Hayes Carll and Book T. Click here for tickets and more information.

21) 40th Street Summer Series

22)  Philadelphia Zoo's Summer Ale Festival

Full Event Details & Discounted Parking Info: http://www.upcomingevents.com/event/8173/

The Philadelphia Zoo and Rolling Barrel Events are delighted to present the Third Annual Summer Ale Festival. This exciting fundraising event showcases how eco-chic you can be while sipping seasonal ales, enjoying local cuisine, and relaxing in a wildlife oasis. This year, guests can experience an imaginative, multidimensional, Zoo-wide exhibition of feathers, felt and fun with X-tink-shun! The mission is to bring about the x-tink-shun of extinction. X-tink-shun will inspire guests of all ages with message of conservation, discovery and saving wildlife. LIMITED VIP TICKETS AVAILABLE - click below to get all the details on this event.








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