Was shoveling this week and had my garage door open. Someone walking by saw my skis and said why aren't you skiing? I replied that the mountains of Vermont and NY received no new snow from the storm since it was a Noreaster. Just a waste of perfectly good snow. Also reminded me of another work lesson. Friends of mine that are self employed worked Tuesday afternoon while friends on a salary position went to the bars.
I did have a real nice time at Stowe last weekend. Good trip but it is a long ride for only two days skiing. Better off staying further south in Vermont for a two day trip. Stowe when fully open would be a really fun mountain (for the east coast). Next bus trip planned is a three day to Jay Peak, a place I have never been to.
Preakness 2014 bus trip has been announced. Use PREAK14ZW20 for a $20 discount which is good through 4/18/2014.
Philly schools have remained in the news (and not only for the nationally exposed cheating scandal). ABC News did another follow up piece on Strawberry Mansion High School which I found to be a nice story within an awful situation. And that leads to our new school leader: Councilman Bill Green to Lead School Reform Commission. I met the councilman this past year discussing many issues/challenges facing the city of Philadelphia. I found his words to be very insighful. He stressed the idea of transfomational change which made great sense to me. Example: If you are a parent raising a child in Philly, do you really care if test scores go from a 60 to a 65? Either way, it is still poor. Change needs to happen to get those scores to 75 or 80. Then as a parent you could consider keeping your child in a philly public school instead of moving to the suburbs or relying on private school. He gave examples like this in multiple facets of city living and governement.
And while on the political front, I saw this article last week about a guy getting 30 years for an armed robbery a Wawa and pizza shop. While I am fully OK with punishing this person, the idea that we are a nation have to pay for this guy for 30 years to eat/sleep/clothe/monitor and then he gets out of prison with no skills so he will need some sort of givernment asistance or be forced to commit another crime to live. This cycle is a losing formula in my opinion. Would the person not learn the lesson if he only did 10 years in prison? Or maybe we need to make them go through a learning curriculum while in prison? I do not have the answers but think the questions/thought is valid.
Years ago I heard about a couple getting married on a weekend that turned out to be a hurricane and had to postpone the wedding. The couple was stuck with a huge bill. Saw they now have wedding insurance. Something for those getting married to consider.
This one I am including just because I think the engineering is cool. A new Hudson River crossing in NY.
I wanted to conclude with what is the worst story in Philly 2014: A 26 year old bring shot and killed near downtown Philly for a stupid purse. Makes me cringe.
And some interesting Philly history - Why is Market Street called what it is? Was not always.....
As always, please think of me if buying or selling real estate in Philly....been licensed in the state of PA since 2005. Some DEC Montco housing results for you. Comparing DEC 2012 to DEC 2013 :Investory is down slightly (3497 vs 3377), the number of settled units went up (532 vs 649), and the median price went up ($247,000 to $260,000). - Mark
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1) Tela’s Market and Kitchen Offers Chef’s Table Dinner
When Tela’s Market & Kitchen at 1833 Fairmount Avenue opened back in November, there was the promise of intimate chef’s table dinners each week.Chef Chad Williams kicks the dinners off next Friday, January 24th at 8 p.m.
The $75 per person dinner (plus tax and gratuity) will be a four-course family-style meal prepared by Williams and accompanied by a complimentary beverage pairing. The chef’s table dinners are limited to 12-seats and reservations are required. To reserve one or more seats, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred date and number of guests. Parties of twelve also have the option to “buy out” the chef’s table for the week.
Menus will change weekly and will reflect the freshest ingredients available in the market.
A) CLEARWATER BEACH OVER ST. PATTY'S DAY AT THE NEW SHEPHARD'S RESORT AND TOWER!!
We have about 2 more weeks before we have to give up our block in Shephard's new tower so if you are interested in this, time to get off your a$$! CLICK HERE to sign up or reach out to Alex at 215 666-5940 with any questions you may have. You can email him too at email@example.com!
B) IRELAND OVER LABOR DAY WEEKEND FOR UCF VS. PENN STATE!!
We are finally getting dangerously close to closing out our numbers for this trip so if you have considered it, now is the time to get on board. CLICK HERE for more info about this trip and/or reach out to Alex with contact info in the previous topic!!
A) This year's Philly Beer Week comes with bold claim
B) Philly's good luck charm moving to new skyscraper
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20140116_ap_9256c2afad184667a476425be511d7bf.html#078kcOkmMvqDqdeK.99
C) Smoking is even worse than you thought
D) Councilman Kenney: No Auto-Arrest for Marijuana
E) Yuengling's Ice Cream Coming To Freezer Cases In Region
G) Mike Schmidt to miss phillies spring training
H) The 76ers are worth how much?
4) KICKSTARTER (from John Gallagher)
Calling all contractors and entrepreneurs:
FREE Ladder Morph on kickstarter.com
Dino Vassilakos recently launched his product on kickstarter.com. The Ladder Morph is a bracket which converts two extension ladders into an adjustable A-Frame Ladder. Calling all entrepreneurs and contractors: Dino is looking to raise funds for the remainder of the patent filing, production, engineering sign off, etc. He hopes that other contractors, painters, electricians, DIYers and fellow entrepreneurs will see the value of this product. So please come out to support him, so it can head in to production for all to use. Based on the pledge they can get a FREE or 1/2 price Ladder Morph as a "thank you"!! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/535593976/ladder-morph-the-next-step-for-ladders
5) Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders
January 24 - April 21, 2014
Don't miss the opening party for the Barnes Foundation's new exhibition, Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders and get a chance to meet the artist. On Friday, January 24, from 6-9 p.m., enjoy the Latin/classical sound of Luigi Mazzocchi & The Pagode Project, then dance the night away to DJ Rich Medina. Tickets are $25 and include collection and exhibition access.
A British artist of Nigerian descent, Shonibare's work uses Dutch wax fabric produced in Europe but prized in Africa to explore history, culture and identity with sly humor. The exhibition's centerpiece is Magic Ladders, the first Barnes commission since Matisse's The Dance in 1930. The children climbing the ladders with rungs of books evoke the idea of empowerment through knowledge.
Receive $2 Off Admission to the Barnes
Can't make the opening? Exhibition access is free with general admission. Enjoy $2 off your next visit to the Barnes with promo code VISITSHONIBARE.
Book tickets online or call (215) 278-7200 and mention code.
Details: Discount applies to general admission adult and senior tickets only. Offer is valid for visits scheduled up to February 28, 2014.
6) PHILLIES HOME OPENER TICKETS AND TAILGATE!!
Pretty basic here... Ticket and tailgate for the Phillies home opener for $119, same as last year!! We will have our awesome 4-hour tailgate at McFadden's Ballpark and all of our tickets are together in Section 310! A nice little Green Legion and Phils Fever section to ourselves! If you wanted to just do our tailgate, it will be $45 for everything you have come to enjoy with our tailgates at McFadden's.
If you are interested in this package, please CLICK HERE!!
7) DID YOU KNOW???
Saturday, January 25, 12:00 pm
The Piazza at Schmidt's
2nd St and Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA
9) East Passyunk Restaurant Week Menu Roll Out
This year's EPRW, which will be held February 23-March 1 at 24 tasty award-winning restaurants, is looking to be our biggest food week ever! Menus and days of availability will be rolled out in the following order: $15 menus - January 20, $25 menus - January 30, $35 menus - January 31. All menus will be available on www.eastpassyunkrestaurantweek.com. If you are making early reservations, please remember to call restaurants directly to verify availability for EPRW menus.
10) SUPER BOWL PARTY AT KINGS OAK IN NORTHERN LIBERTIES!!
Our good friend Brian Nagele and I have teamed up again this year for another Super Bowl Party with awesome prizes, and great specials. No "open beer bar" package like we did last year which seemed to work out very well for many people. The specials were awesome and they will be again. I will also be running a block pool where we will give away prizes with every score change, cash for the end of quarters and the half, and a grand prize TRIP FOR TWO TO CLEARWATER BEACH OVER ST. PATTY'S DAY in Shephard's new tower INCLUDING FLIGHTS for the final score!!
Here is the deal for next Sunday...
$20 food buffet featuring all your favorite game munchies:
- Wings...BBQ, Buffalo & Thai Chili
- Meatball and Meatball Sandwiches
- Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches
- Popcorn Shrimp
- Veggie Spring Rolls
- Potato Salad
- Salsa Station with homemade chips, pico de gallo & salsa verde
And drink specials ALL DAY:
- $5 City Wides (a 12oz PBR & a shot of Whiskey)
- $2.50 PBR Cans
- $22 Corona Light Towers
- $15 Corona Light Pitchers
- $5 Fireball Shots
- $5 Smirnoff Drinks
Also, if you're interested in booking an area for the game or anything other time, please email Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
11) Networking at Aloft Mt. Laurel NJ : 1/28/14
12) Cigars, Cocktails and Connections-
Please join us and other like minded business professionals for an evening of cigars paired with signature whiskeys and cocktails. Meet new contacts, create new business alliances, learn about cigars and cocktail pairings. Enjoy a cigar & paired cocktail or spirit from a selection of hand choosen cigars and specialty crafted cocktails for this event by Adesso Cigar Lounge. What to expect: Each guest will choose a cigar, learn how to cut, light, and puff on a cigar properly. Guest will learn the construction of their chosen cigar and why that pairs well with the chosen cocktails. Those in attendance will have an opportunity to meet new connections while be entertained by a live jazz band. Early bird pricing ends at midnight on October eleventh.
A) Jay Z at Wells :: 1/29/14
B) Lady Antebellum at Wells Fargo
14) McCrossens 20th Anniversary Pairings Dinner :: 1/29
15) Water Works & Sly Fox Beer Team Up To Bring You A Beer Dinner On Thursday, January 30, 2014
An Exquisite 4 Course Menu Brought To You By Water Works Restaurant Paired With Flavorsome Sly Fox Beer! Christine Fisher from the Sly Fox Brewery will be leading the beer dinner.
Cheese Course Starting At 6:30 pm, Dinner At 7 pm
Water Works & Sly Fox Beer Dinner
$50 Per Person
(Price Is Exclusive Of Tax & Gratuity)
Call 215.236.9000 Or Book Your Reservation Online Today! Space is Limited!