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Date: 9/29/2012
Title: 30 Items (9-29-12)

Saturday morning edition....let's start Eagles.  Too many turnovers to win games consistantly in the NFL.  Vick is looking pretty bad but maybe the lack of running plays to McCoy is a major underlying issue and it seems Asomugha can not cover anyone.  We retire Brian Dawkins number Sunday night - this video might get you in a BDawk kind of mood. 

Fortunately, I gave up on the Phillies very early in the season - took back my life instead of watching the agony of the season unfold.  But the Phillies did lead the league in attendance with over 3.5 million tickets sold. 

This past week, I went to Irish weekend in Wildwood on Sunday - good place to quickly forget about the Eagles debacle that afternoon.  Also made it to Lit, which many people might know as Emerald City.  I was impressed with their updates to the place - it was my first time there since they changed the name.

Here is my rant of the week.  Last week I mentioned how I think the city should not allow the homeless to sleep all over our main tourist areas.  Following that up with another reason why: Homeless man rapes graduate student on Ben Franklin Parkway.  The police think this rape might not even be his first.  The homeless need help and letting them sleep on the streets is not good for them or our city.  I wish our Mayor was strong enough to put a solution in place.  And let's take all the panhandlers off the streets too.  Maybe we could improve our rank if we do: Business Week ranks Philly # 24

That thought leads me to these girls beating up a mentally challenged woman in Chester.  If you have not seen the video yet, please read the article and watch the video now.  Can we take away their parents right to vote?  What is the solution?  And if you have not registered yet, click here to register to vote.

While on my complaining path, this article about our unions doing their best to keep conferences away - hurting our hotels, restaurants, and reputation - says it all.  I do not know if it is true but the media never lies, right?

If you do not have plans for the weekend and are looking for a conference on Ecstasy, it is not too late to get tickets. :)

And lastly, saw this headline yesterday.  Still not too late to refinance or buy a new home: All-Time Low: 30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage Averages 3.40 Percent

Have a good week - Mark

1) The Ultimate Networking Event Live at Walnut Street Supper Club

The Ultimate Networking Group

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

At The Ultimate Networking Event you will meet CEO's, Business Leaders and Decision makers from a variety of industries in the Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware region. You will have the opportunity to grow your business from some of the area's top business networking professional's.

5 Reasons You Should Attend! Over, 80 Events Successfully Hosted, 75 New Businesses Launched, 5,000 Business Professionals Attended, 100,000 New B2B Relationships Created, and Over $12,000,000 In New Business Has Been Generated For Our Attendees.

2) FREE Orchestra Season Preview Concert  ::  Oct 13th

3)  Open Air Light Installation

September 20 - October 14  :: Benjamin Franklin Parkway


It's Still Complicated: A Modern Look at Relationships of the Unhitched and Childless
This group will explore topics such as: They're engaged/expecting: being happy for them when I'm sad for me - When will it be me? Why hasn't it happened yet? - Managing the stress of not meeting cultural expectations - Wait, what do you mean sex isn't intimacy!? - Do I even want to get married or have children?

10 weeks, Starting Oct 11, 2012, Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm

For more information or to enroll, please contact Blair Pomerantz MSS, LSW at pomerantzo@aol.com

5)  NIGHT MARKET  :: Oct 4th


Kildare's Irish Pub is working with Living Beyond Breast Cancer in the month of October for Cans for Cancer. Each Kildare's will feature a special Beer Menu of canned beers. For each beer sold, Kildare's will donate a dollar to Living Beyond Breast Cancer. Visit www.kildaresirishpub.com for more information.

7)  FreshDirect to PHILLY

a leading fresh food online grocer serving the New York Metro area for the past decade, is expanding the company footprint to Philadelphia! Beginning October 1, FreshDirect will start delivering to eight zip codes in the Philadelphia center city area seven days a week, with plans to expand to the Greater Philadelphia area in 2013. The initial 8 neighborhoods include Rittenhouse, Logan Square, Washington Square, Old City, Society Hill, Bella Vista, Queen’s Village, Graduate Hospital, Grey’s Ferry, Fairmount, Art Museum, Spring Garden and Northern Liberties. Starting today, Setember 25th, FreshDirect’s online store front will open, allowing Philadelphia customers to register online, shop and schedule deliveries beginning October 1. The September 25 registration provides an opportunity for potential customers to become acquainted with the company’s offerings and the website’s functionality, and be among the first Philadelphians to enjoy the FreshDirect experience!

8) Inagural Army-Navy Cup Comes to PPL Park

For the first time, the Army Black Knights and Navy Midshipmen will battle it out on the pitch at PPL Park, in the inaugural Army-Navy Cup on September 30, 2012 at 2 p.m. This match will mark the 75th straight year in which Army and Navy have played in soccer, but just the fourth showdown at a neutral site and the first since 1996. PPL Park is a state-of-the-art 18,500-seat Major League Soccer stadium that serves as the Philadelphia Union's home facility and sits on the banks of the Delaware River. For more information and discounted tickets, visit here and enter promotional code, "RIVALS".




Fight or flight? The plot thickens about Eagles song

Governor Christie Signs NJ Brewing Bill

Lingerie football coming to Chester

Higher risk of divorce for couples sharing housework: stud

Museum of Philadelphia History To Reopen After 3-Year Makeover

W Hotel project wins approvals to proceed

Annual ‘Terror Behind The Walls’ Ghoul Show Opens Friday in Fairmount

New name, renovations for museum on Phila. history

The former Atwater Kent Museum reopened over the weekend as the "Philadelphia History Museum" after a three-year, $5.8 million renovation.

10) U.S. Open Squash Championships Return

 Drexel University's Daskalakis Athletic Center will be home to the 2012 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships from October 4-12, 2012. This is the 28th annual meeting of the U.S. Open Championships and the second consecutive year being hosted in Philadelphia. "We are extremely excited for the U.S. Open to return to Philadelphia, a city with a deep history in the sport and an outstanding squash community," said US Squash CEO Kevin Klipstein.

This year's event will feature the top 10 ranked women's players and nine of the top 10 men's players in the world, all competing for the chance to win $185,000, the most prize money in U.S. Open history. The event will be broadcast on Squash TV, and streaming online via watchESPN.com.

For more information about the 2012 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships, visit www.usopensquash.com

11) Monday Night Football Fiestas at Distrito


Distrito is bringing back their Football Fiestas for another season. Every Monday throughout football season Distrito will be serving up endless tacos and enchiladas for $25 a person from 8-10 p.m.. If that wasn’t enough of a deal, Dos Equis Amber and Lager will both be $2 during the special. The big game will be shown on the flat screens downstairs as well as projected on a big screen in the upstairs lounge.

What kind of enchiladas and tacos, you say? We’re glad you asked.

Monday Night Taco Specials at Distrito

Mahi, mahi mahi with chipotle remoulade, avocado, red cabbage and lime
Carnitas, pulled pork with black beans and pineapple salsa
Lengua, tongue with cebolla criolla and salsa verde
Pollo, chicken ropa vieja with queso fresco, crema and radish
Wild Mushroom

Monday Night Enchilada Specials at Distrito

Enchilada de Pollo, chicken withChihuahua cheese, epazote and red chile sauce
Enchilada de Verduras, wild mushrooms with spinach, smoked tomato
Fundido de Verduras, with rajas, caramelized onions, corn, queso mixto and flour tortillas

Also included are a salad, refried beans, and black beans and rice. But make sure all your friends are down for the deal, as the whole table must order the endless meal to partake in the special.


 12) All You Can Eat Snow & Dungeness Crabs Tuesdays  :: KINGS OAK

Every Tuesday at Kings Oak we have all-you-can-eat snow and dungeness crabs from 4pm to 11pm for only $26 per person. Comes with salad and bread. Pair it with a draft beer this week from Victory Brewing company. Book a Table 

13) Dayload: Eagles VS. Giants


14) Vino Voyage III to launch Old City Seaport Festival hosted by Pinot Boutique

PinotBoutique will host its third Vino Voyage on Oct. 5, 2012 from 5:00-8:00pm. This exciting event takes place aboard the 19th century warshipOlympia (docked along the Delaware River just south of Penn’s Landing) and coincides with theOldCitySeaportFestival’s inaugural Parade of Boat

PinotsfirsttwoVinoVoyages (one in May and one in July) were successful events featuring a 3-hour cruise and wine tasting aboard a yacht sailing the Delaware River. Desiring to offer guests something a bit more exciting, owner Dan Soskin has developed Vino Voyage III – “A Voyage in Time”. A major component of the event is the spectacle of the Parade of Boats with more than 20 classic and antique wooden boats and several tall ships sailing into port that evening. The deck of the Olympia provides the ultimate vantage point for viewing the Parade as well as incredible views of the city skyline and bridges.

Guests will sample Old World wines fromSpainandPortugalwhile Pinot’s certified wine educators offer insights into comparing them toNew Worldwines. These will be represented by samplings of wineries fromChile,Argentina; and, of course, theUSA.

As a complement to the wines, a sumptuous array of antipasto selections, cold salads and specialty breads will be served by Brûlée Catering. Brûlée is well known for catering some of the region’s highest profile events including the annual Liberty Medal Awards, annual Red Cross Red Ball, Major League Baseball’s World Series Party as well as mayoral and gubernatorial Inauguration Galas.

Swedish vodka purveyor Karlsson’s will also be on hand sampling specialty cocktails concocted from their premium 100% potato vodka.

Live jazz will be provided by trumpet player extraordinaire MattCappy and Friends. Matt has performed and toured with musical giants U2, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Jay-Z, Sting, The Roots, Jill Scott, and more. He has also performed at Pinot Boutique, but for a change of pace, on the VVIII, Matt will perform on the natural stage atop the cannon gun turrets on the fantail deck of the Olympia.

VIP tickets are $125. General Admission tickets are $95.

Tickets are available online at: www.PinotBoutique.com , at Pinot Boutique inOldCity, or by phone at 215 627-9463.

15) Puerto Rican Day Parade

September 30, 2012

12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia's Center City

Philadelphia’s Puerto Rican Day Parade is the “Crown Jewel” of the Puerto Rican Festival. It is one of the first ethnic parades televised in Philadelphia by Channel 6 ABC WPVI-TV. Diego Castellanos has traditionally hosted the televised portion of the parade, which allows an additional 80,000 viewers to tune in for a display of cultural pride. Youth groups, community organizations, schools, corporate sponsors, and many others across the tri-state region participate in making this parade a true showcase of Puerto Rican and Latino Culture. Dignitaries and former Grand Marshals include: Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell, Secretary of State Pedro Cortes, Braulio Castillo, Jr., former Mayor John F. Street, current Mayor Michael Nutter, Barrio Boyz, Willie Colon, Erik Estrada, Tito Puente, Danny Rivera, Geraldo Rivera, La India, Charlie Cruz, Lalo Rodriguez and many others.


Mrs. Furino, wife of Del Frisco’s GM Richie Furino will be taking over their kitchen for a very special Italian Wine Dinner on October 17th. $50 from each $250 plate will be donated to Breastcancer.org, a nonprofit dedicated to providing reliable, complete and up-to-date information about breast cancer.
For tickets or more information please contact Jessica Kiefer at 215-246-0533 or jkiefer@dfrg.com.   1426-28 Chestnut Street

17) Professional Bull Riding at Wells Fargo :: October 5 & 6th

18) Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival
Main Street
Philadelphia, PA 19127

 Dates: Sept. 29
Price: Between $3-5 for one serving per vendor

Replacing the former Manayunk EcoArts Festival is a new concept, the StreEAT Food Festival. Gourmet food vendors, food trucks and local farmers’ markets will take over Main Street at the end of the neighborhood’s restaurant week for an all-day food-oriented celebration. Apples will be the star of the festival (it is fall, after all!) and there will be live music and vendors.

19) Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival
4 Boathouse Row
St. Joe’s Boathouse
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 232-7689

Dates: Oct. 6    Price: free

Dragon boat racing dates back to the ancient Chinese traditions of 278 B.C. This quickly growing water sport looks a lot like American rowing, but the boats are decked out with brightly colored dragon heads and tails and are manned by teams of 20 paddlers. The races are only half of the fun, though. Each team sets up a picnic area along the Schuylkill River, creating a festive atmosphere for rowers and visitors alike. Moreover, festival-goers can enjoy live music as well as vendors selling festive clothing and crafts.

20) Annual Revolutionary Germantown Festival
Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Ave Philadelphia, Pa.

Dates: Saturday, Oct. 6
Prices: pay as you go

Historic Germantown is taking a trip back in history to the days of the American Revolution with the Annual Revolutionary Germantown Festival. The all-day (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) fest features re-enactments of the Battle of Germantown, costumed soldiers and actors playing notable figures from the time period and family-friendly activities and entertainment. Don’t miss the two reenactments at noon and 3 p.m., plus bands, walking tours, special guests and an Oktoberfest celebration. For the full schedule, visit the website.

21) Pumpkin Smash 2012
City Tap House, 3925 Walnut St, Philadelphia, Pa.

Dates: Oct. 7
Prices: Pay as you go

If the arrival of autumn has you looking forward to drinking pumpkin beer, you must make it to City Tap House’s Pumpkin Smash, one of the East Coast’s biggest celebrations of the libation. With more than 25 pumpkin beers on draught, live music, keepsake tasting glasses and a pumpkin pie eating contest (plus City Tap’s beloved outdoor terraces and firepits!) from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m., the Smash is the perfect kickoff to the season of pumpkin beer.

22) Philly Pride’s Outfest
13th and Locust, Philadelphia, PA 19107, (215) 875-9288

Dates: Oct. 7
Price: free

Philadelphia’s Outfest celebrates National Coming Out Day. This enormous block party brings more than 20,000 people to the region to embrace the LGBT community. Philly was one of the first cities to have a festival for National Coming Out Day, and the event has grown to include more than 100 vendors, community groups and

23) InterAct Kick-off Event

Mon., Oct. 1
InterAct Theatre Company celebrates its 25th anniversary and 25 years of Philadelphia theater with its special season opener InterAct Kick-off Event. Hosted by the dean of Philadelphia actors, Tom McCarthy, the night is a trip down Memory Lane to the beginning of the Philadelphia theater renaissance. “We really wanted to create a special event that not only celebrates InterAct’s 25th anniversary, but also shines a light on Philadelphia theater,” explains InterAct’s producing artistic director Seth Rozin. “Philadelphia has a long theatre tradition, but it wasn’t until 25 years ago that the professional theatre boom really started.” Founded in 1988, the same year the Arden Theatre Company made its debut, InterAct has devoted the past 25 years to producing plays that explore issues of political, social and cultural relevance. Tonight, the audience will be treated to personal stories from prominent local theater artists like Barrymore Award-winning performers Grace Gonglewski and Frank X and playwright Thom Gibbons, whose spectacular plays 6221 and Permanent Collection are among the company’s landmark world premieres. -J. Cooper Robb

7pm. Free. Adrienne Theater mainstage, 2030 Sansom St. 215.568.8079. interacttheatre.org

24) Wyclef Jean at Library

October 1st
The library’s getting a little spicy tonight. The ever emotional, patriotic and dramatic Wyclef Jean will be talking about his new book Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story and singing some classic acoustic jams. From the mean streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to the perhaps meaner Brooklyn and Newark, N.J., avenues, Clef wants to make sure you hear his version of his story. Much of the book focuses on his love triangle with singer Lauryn Hill and his (still) wife Claudenette, and the passionate boom and bust of the Fugees. To justify the salacious dishing, Clef told CNN, “Someone’s going to end up writing it in history so I have to make sure that I write the truth.” -Allyn Gaestel

7:30pm. $15. Central Library, 19th and Vine sts. freelibrary.org

 25)  LOS LOBOSw/ Amy Helm

Sunday - 9/30/2012
@ Keswick Theatre
7:30 PM | All Ages | $38 - $48

At this stage in their illustrious career, a new album by the East Los Angeles rock band Los Lobos is a highly anticipated event. Since they began as Los Lobos Del Este Los Angeles in 1973, they have evolved into a respected artistic entity searching for themes and topics that are an interpretive pulse

26) CD Restaurant Week presented by TD Bank, Sept. 30-Oct. 5 & Oct. 7-12

27) Philadelphia Lock and Key Singles Party For  Ages 25 to 49

Lock and Key Events are the hottest interactive and FUN way in Philadelphia, PA for singles to socialize, make new friends, or just to have a great time!  Men get keys, Women get locks & everyone interacts while trying to unlock to win great prizes.  Lock and Key Events transform a regular happy hour by adding the ULTIMATE ice breaker theme.  This event is for All Singles.   Recommended for Men and Women between the ages of 25 & 49. Pre-Pay online in advance with promo code “”SE5”” and save $5 off this event! Sponsored by: “”SinglesEvents.com””  For all the details, including advance discounted tickets and contact info for questions, please click ‘more info’.

28) KING OF PRUSSIA BEER FEST  :: 10/5 weekend

29) The Valley Forge Tattoo and Hot Rod Show!

From the people who bring you The Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention comes a tattoo show with a little extra… hot rods! Featuring pre-1963 classic and hot rod cars, plus over 300 tattoo artists from around the world, this will be one unique weekend. Topping it off will be special guest DJs Professor Ouch & Hot Rod Scott, sideshow entertainment, burlesque shows, vendors and more! Show times are Friday, 1–11pm, Saturday 11am–11pm and Sunday 11am–8pm. Admissionis $20/day or $40/weekend.   Check it out for yourself on October 5th, 6th and 7th!





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