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Date: 10/19/2012
Title: 19 Items (10-19-12)

Before I start....if anyone is reading this before they have their plans firmed up in town tonight, click here for free Bud Light at G Lounge for two hours.

Only 19 items this week.....seems like the fall might finally be slowing down.  I think of when I first moved to PHL in 2001....there were only what seemed like four bars in Rittenhouse, there were none (or very few) of the street festivals that line up the fall and spring, new areas have developed (#19, Passayunk), new dog parks, etc.... Philadelphia offers more now by far.  The city iitself is even working hard to give us new running/bike paths (#6F) and skateboarding areas (#6A).  We still have some real issues that I would like to be addressed(homeless and street begging) which might occur if we can one day get a stronger mayor in office.  

As a neighbor to the Eastern State Penitentiary, I receive a free ticket to Terror Behind the Walls each year.  Typically, I have given them to friends or clients.  I attended this year and was extremely impressed with their new additions since I was there last years ago.  3D room might have been my favorite.  Tickets are pricey but the tour took nearly 20+ minutes which is pretty long.

My week included three great speakers.  Jeff Glassbrenner, U.S. Paralympics Gold Medalist in basketball, Founder & CEO of Pandora Tim Westergren, and memory guru Matthew Goerke.  For those that are like me and are always forgetful of names when you meet people, I think his course is for us.  $149 if purchased directly from him.  I did not make my purchase yet but I think it could be the best money I spend all year.  My week also included a wedding in Torresdale on the Delaware River - a very nice estate that I did not know existed: http://www.glenfoerd.org/

For those that missed the South Street festival last Saturday, here is some press on the event.. And here is some press on our homless sleeping in parks in center city.

Did you know Philadelphia has a Church of Scientology at 13th and Race?

And I have to ask....if you are a band carrying drugs, would it not be best to avoid this location

Some quick Eagles thoughts....we get no pressure on the QB with no sacks in nearly three games, turnovers continue to kill us, and firing the defensive coordinator should never have had to happen if you did not hire the offensive line coach of 10 years to be the new defensive coordinator to begin with.

Closing with some real estate....last week some people did not get the correct link to my wonderful quote on Philly.com.  And I saw some stats that showed quite a bit less inventory in Sept 2012 than there was in Sept 2011 in Montgomery County with more units being sold at a higher median price and more units being sold Year To Date in 2012 than in 2011 in Montco for the same price point.  If you want the actual charts, email me for the data.  Or if you want some reports that are custom to your area, just email me the criteria - Mark


On Saturday October 27th The Morris Animal Refuge and The Washington Square West Civic Association are throwing a Halloween party At Kahn Park! (11th & Pine) There will be music, a costume contest for the animals, a bake sale, pet toys and treats, a photo booth, a craft table for children and much more. Please come to Kahn park from 11:00am to 2:00pm , dress up in costume and dress your animal up as well. All revenues raised will benefit the Morris Animal Refuge.  http://www.morrisanimalrefuge.org/


Here is a description: Beautiful Manayunk house on quiet private street with spectacular view (fully furnished is an option if you like). This private home has been fully renovated and has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with a private back yard for grilling or entertaining. Views from the front porch are amazing of the "European looking" village of Manayunk from high cliff. Central AC, Washer/Dryer, stainless amenities, grill, gas cooking. Walk to train and main street Manayunk (5 mins), easy parking in front of home. Perfect for young corporate execs, or family. I will consider short or long term rentals. This is an immaculate home, and includes mature plantings in back yard/garden, large weber grill included for use. Don’t miss this one. Email zwick@markzwick.com.  YOUTUBE video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arzTUSPFg8c


Montgomery Child Advocacy Project (MCAP) is a nonprofit organization that aims to give strength, haling, and a voice to child victims of abuse and neglect in Montgomery County.  Our organization provides free legal representation to child victims who find themselves in the legal and social service arenas.  Our annual Salute to Heroes Dinner Dance is coming up, and we are seeking donations of items for raffle and silent auction.  We are also looking to get new attorney advocates trained and involved.  Anyone who is able to make a donation or get involved can contact Abby Silverman Leeds at ASLeeds@mcapkids.org

4) SlutWalk Philadelphia 2012 on October 20th

5) Don’t Feed the Meter on Wednesdays

The Philadelphia Parking Authority says that you don’t need to feed the meter in:

  • Center City after 5 p.m. on Wednesday evenings, except for rush-hour zones, which are free after 6:30 p.m. from the Delaware to the Schuylkill Rivers and from Bainbridge to Spring Garden Streets; and
  • Old City on the first Friday of every month after 5 p.m. between Callowhill and Walnut Streets and between Front and 5th Streets.

More information and restrictions is available at http://philapark.org/2012/03/free-meter-parking-on-wednedays/.


A) Ground Broken For Skateboarding Park Near Ben Franklin Parkway

B) Philly Is Becoming Less Affordable for Moderate Earners

C) Marshalls opens on Market Street

D) Hottest year so far for Philadelphia

E)   Report: Delaware In Top 10 Of Beer Selling States

F) New Schuylkill River Bridge To Open Oct. 20th

7)  3rd Annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup

Saturday, October 27
On Saturday, cheer on your favorite Quidditch team at the 3rd Annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup at Chestnut Hill College from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on the softball field. Free and open to the public, the tournament showcases 16 college Quidditch teams from the Philadelphia area and beyond and will feature two Quidditch pitches with games played simultaneously for spectators to view. The best three teams will compete for the Cup in the final bracket of the tournament.

8) EuroCircle's Wine & Gallery Talk with John Andrulis Music

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 6:30 pm
Location:John Andrulis Gallery - 1538 Pine St. Philadelphia, PA30303
Cover : $15 pp includes wine reception gallery talk, Q&A
RSVP & Tickets:  http://www.eurocircle.com/events/35559/
Tickets not available at the door. Please print your ticket and bring to event with you.

Collecting Modern Art is not as daunting as you think. Like a glass of fine wine, it is a matter of personal preference. But with the art scene constantly shifting, and art fairs vying for public attention, where does one begin the journey to understanding the genre?

Join Eurocircle as we meet John Andrulis, the owner of JAG, as he prepares for the upcoming art fair in Miami. John will give a gallery talk introducing us to the intricacies of collecting modern art, and what a collector should look for when navigating the art world.

We will have an opportunity to meet a gallery artist and of course, enjoy a good glass of wine in the process.


PHILADELPHIA ARTICLES: http://www.eurocircle.com/articles/   Facebook Fan Page: http://facebook.com/EuroCircle  LinkedIn EuroCircle Group: http://www.linkedin.com 


Sunday Oktoberfest Bar Tour

Sunday starting at 3pm, take a tour of the Piazza bars and enjoy $4 Octoberfest beers at Kings Oak, PYT, Gunners Run and Max's Brew Bar.  Kings Oak will be featuring from Munich Germany, Spaten Octoberfest & Franziskaner Hefe Weisse, plus local River Horse Pumpkin Ale.  http://www.atthepiazza.com/

10) The Stars Ball 2012

Little Smiles Philadelphia's 5th Anniversary hosting this heartwarming event!  The Stars Ball is our largest fundraiser of the year, but it is also the most meaningful as we continue to celebrate children who are dealing with chronic or life-threatening health issues. AND it's only 3 weeks away!!

When:  November 10, 2012   7 pm to midnight

Where: National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA  

11) VIDEO OF THE WEEK:   Guy Rides Bike Through Philly With Cat on His Shoulders

12)  The Ultimate Business Expo - Philadelphia Edition

The Ultimate Business Expo - Philadelphia is designed for Regional Business’ to discover, learn, and sample a variety of products, services, and activities offered by local B2B 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 Ultimate Business Expo is free to attend! Want to be a part of this event? Click Here!  The OFFICIAL After Party - Location Announcement Coming Soon! Who Should Attend  Business Professional’s 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.

13)  GLOW in the Park at FDR - October 25th at 6PM

Glow In The Park – Light Up The Boathouse At FDR Park!

GLOW in the Park is our new fall event to showcase Philly's amazing parks and build the next generation of park champions. This year we will be featuring and hosting the first GLOW in the Park in FDR Park at the historic boathouse. Enjoy an evening in the park with other park lovers over a sampling of Philly mobile food truck fare, drinks and music by Hazie Blu.


14)  The 2012 Philadelphia Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival  :: October 25th

15)  Philanthropic Consulting Corps Launch!

You are invited to join The Spruce Foundation on Thursday, October 25th, from 7-9pm in the magnificent and storied Ballroom at William Way Community Center. This event is so big, and so exciting, that we're calling it the Spruce "MEGA" Event of the year. Together, we'll launch our first ever Philanthropic Consulting Corps, connecting young leaders with concrete philanthropic projects and board opportunities in Philly's own backyard.  Click the flier below to RSVP for an open bar, great people and the most exciting organizations in this Spruce community this year.  Or please purchase your ticket in advance by visiting Ticketleap for $15 regular tickets or reduced $10 tickets for students, nonprofits, and folks that sign up with Spruce at Generocity.org, before the event.  We believe developing "next gen" leaders and having fun shouldn't be mutually exclusive. You won't want to miss this "MEGA" event.

16) Harvest Weekend at NJMP

The 2nd Annual Halloween Party on Friday October 26th , will highlight Harvest Festival Weekend at NJMP .Harvest Festival Weekend’s activities will include a free hayride to the pumpkin patch where participants can purchase pumpkins and carving and painting kits. Events will take place from 11 am - 4pm. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes to receive a free goodie bag. The Finish Line Pub will be open from 11 am to 11 pm and feature a special fall menu as well. Harvest Festival Weekend at NJMP will also coincide with the monthly 4th Friday Night Cruise Night. Participants in Cruise Night are welcomed to join in the festivities. Prizes and awards will be given for the best costume during the 2nd Annual Halloween Party.

17)  Head of the Schuylkill Regatta
One of the major highlights of the rowing season, the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta is a 2.75-mile race attracting thousands of rowers and spectators from around the world. Plus, it makes for a picturesque fall day in Fairmount Park. October 27-28.

18)  2012 Philly Bike Expo
Philadelphia Bike Expo 2012 The Philly Bike Expo is returning for its 3rd year on October 27th & 28th! We would like to invite you to be a part of this East Coast cycling culture event. This past year we sold out our exhibit space for the 2nd year and had a larger and very enthusiastic turnout, despite the unseasonable, October snowstorm! The Philly Bike Expo promotes the fun, function, fitness and freedom to be found on two wheels. The Philly Bike Expo features a wide array of activities to interest, inspire, and inform bicycle aficionados, weekend enthusiasts, and those just discovering...

19) Witch CRAFT Beer Crawl

Wednesday, October 24, 5:30-9:30pm
East Passyunk's Halloween bar crawl is back for its 3rd year! Leave the broom at home and join us at 12 amazing bars and restaurants for $3 craft beers.

$6.66 admission includes $3 craft beers, witch hat + a Witch CRAFT stamp card. Collect stamps by purchasing craft beers (or any other food and alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage items), collect five stamps to be entered to win a gift certificate prize package from participating bars worth $300! Every stamp over five gets you an extra chance, 2 stamps max per bar. We will also have some other tricks and treats as runner up prizes.

Registration is at The Bottle Shop from 5:30pm -7:00pm. Please return your stamp card to Noir by 9:30pm for the prize drawing.

Participating Bars: Birra, The Bottle Shop, Cantina Los Caballitos, Le Virtu, Lucky 13, Noir, Paradiso, POPE, Ray's Happy Birthday Bar, South Philly Bar & Grill, Stateside, and Stogie Joe's

All proceeds benefit EPABID's cleaning and greening programs. This event is 21+ only. Please drink responsibly. East Passyunk is easily accessible by SEPTA via the Broad Street Line and several bus lines, go to www.septa.org for routes & schedules. Need a taxi? We are just steps from Broad Street and it is easy to flag one down or your bartender will be happy to call one for you! Special thanks to Yelp, who will be raffling off free tix!

Purchase your tix in advance by clicking the link below, we’ll have your name at the door.



On Tuesday, October 23rd, Wharton Small Business Development Center and our partner in this endeavor, Philly Tech Meetup, will host a new program called "Fireside Chats". Fireside Chats will be an ongoing series of enlightening discussions, debates and presentations about entrepreneurship, startups, tech, and venture capital from the foremost thinkers in the industry.


The topic for our very first Fireside Chat will be "New money. New investment models. New rules. A new VC paradigm?" It wasn't easy, but we have secured an all-star panel from all over the nation to opine on this topic, including the Director of Private Equity from the Kauffman Foundation, the very organization which published the blistering report that got us all talking about this.



  • Eric Clemons, PhD
    Professor of Operations & Information Management, The Wharton School
  • Leslie Mitts
    Managing Practice Leader, Wharton Small Business Development Center







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