Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Flyers To Bring Back Ice Team; Auditions 10/5

The most passionate fans in hockey have spoken and the team is listening! The Philadelphia Flyers will debut a 10-member Ice Team during the Flyers’ home opener on Thursday, October 9 when they face off against the New Jersey Devils at 7 p.m.

“When Flyers fans voice their concerns, we listen, because they are undeniably the most passionate and knowledgeable fans in all of sports,” said Flyers COO of Business Operations Shawn Tilger. “After two preseason games evaluating the program, we’ve decided to welcome the return of the Flyers Ice Team, beginning on opening night. We’ll look to assemble a team that is fan friendly, and represents the Flyers well both on the ice and in the community.”

The Flyers will host tryouts at The Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ, on Sunday, October 5 beginning at 12 p.m. (check-in at 11 a.m.). Interested participants can register in advance online at PhiladelphiaFlyers.com or in-person on the day of the tryouts. Interested participants must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible.

Tickets for all 2014-15 Philadelphia Flyers home games are on sale now. Plan your attack now for KIA Opening Night on Thursday, October 9 when the Flyers square off with the New Jersey Devils at 7 p.m. All fans in attendance will receive a Toyota rally towel and 2014-15 schedule magnet. For tickets, call 215-218-PUCK or visit PhiladelphiaFlyers.com.

David Muir Video: Behind The Scenes At ABC News

Behind-the-scenes tour of the ABC News headquarters with David Muir, anchor of "World News."
The ABC complex on Manhattan's upper west side is home to ABC News, "Live! with Kelly & Michael," and local New York station WABC. Diane Sawyer also makes a cameo in the video (as do her dozens of Emmys).
Check out other "Cubes" office tours:

Five Biggest Pet Peeves Of Airline Travelers

5. The non-stop talker. This passenger is either right in front of you, behind you (or worse yet) alongside you. And the yapping just goes on and on and on.

4. The space invader. This person overflows into your seat and maybe the seats and space of others to the point where you're positively scrunched thisclose to the window, the aisle, this person or some other person.

3. Children running wild. No one prepared them. No one told them. No one is willing to correct them.

2. Bad hygiene. Body order, bare feet, coughing, wheezing, foghorn nostrils, bad breath, dirty fingernails, unkept hair, body hair, sores and band-aids . . . . ugh!

1. The seat recliner. Let's recline the seat all the way back, right into your lap. There 'ya go!

And, to these we would add one other: Indulged and/or wailing kids. An epidemic of "designer children" and endlessly crying children. The worst!

Neil Diamond 2015 Philly Tickets On Sale 10/13

Iconic Grammy Award®-winning musician, Neil Diamond embarks on his highly anticipated Neil Diamond Tour 2015, produced by Live Nation, with a stops in Allentown at PPL Center on Friday, February 27 and Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, March 15. The tour is in support of his upcoming album, Melody Road, which will be released on Tuesday, October 21.
Tickets will go on sale on Monday, October 13 at 10 a.m. exclusively through ComcastTIX online at ComcastTIX.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200 or in person at the corresponding venue box office.

Throughout an illustrious and wide-ranging musical career, Neil Diamond has charted 37 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums in the U.S. His most recent original studio release in 2008, Home Before Dark, debuted at #1 in the U.S. and the UK on the Billboard Top Albums chart.

A Grammy Award-winning artist, Diamond is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the highest honors bestowed upon songwriters.  Diamond’s many other achievements include a Golden Globe Award, 13 Grammy nominations and 2009’s NARAS’s MusiCares Person of the Year award.  In 2011, Diamond received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime of contributions to American culture

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Playhouse Launches 'Paper Mill Prep'

New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse is proud to announce the launch of a new education service for high school students who aim to study theater or musical theater in college.  Paper Mill Prep is a college discovery and audition coaching program.  

“Paper Mill has an extensive statewide education and outreach effort that already has us working closely with the strongest young talent in New Jersey, and this extension of our Conservatory professional training program and Rising Star Awards will allow us to support these students as they begin the process of looking at college theater programs,” shared Paper Mill Playhouse Director of Education Lisa Cooney.  “Our goal is to help them determine and gain admission to the college programs that benefits them the most.” 

Paper Mill Prep kicks off the college audition season with a two-day College Discovery Seminar for students and their parents on Saturdays, November 1 & 8 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the Millburn theater.  These valuable group information sessions will introduce motivated high school juniors and seniors to the various theater and musical theater degrees available to them, review the ever-evolving college audition timeline and requirements, and discuss what will be expected of applicants at college auditions and the Unified Auditions.  

Limited seats for the two-day College Discovery Seminar are now open to the public for the registration fee of $300 per family (one student with one parent).  To reserve seats, contact Jason Gillis at 973-315-1668 or JGillis@PaperMill.org.

Following the seminar, individual students may also opt to prepare for their college audition with Paper Mill’s experienced and knowledgeable faculty through a series of private coaching sessions.  Following a Performance Skills Assessment workshop with Paper Mill Prep faculty on Saturday, November 15, a coach will work with each student and their parents to navigate their options, select and prepare their audition monologues and songs, and provide ongoing guidance and communication throughout the fall and winter months.

“Commercial college audition coaching businesses exist in New York City with huge packaged price tags and costly commutes for New Jersey students.  As a not-for-profit, community arts organization with ties to Broadway and a 75 year history of producing world-class plays and musicals, Paper Mill Playhouse provides a New Jersey-based option for serious students with our trusted faculty at reasonable prices that make the decision to enroll easier,” Ms. Cooney remarked.  

“In this very competitive landscape of college admissions, it has become clear that their college audition may very well be the most important audition of these young performers’ lives.  With very limited spots to fill at the most prestigious college theater programs, it pays to make a modest investment to ensure that the student is as prepared as possible for the few minutes they get to make an impression on the admissions panel.  And with the latest trend of some top-tier programs now requiring an applicant to submit a pre-audition video in the fall to be invited to audition live that winter, the hurdles are higher than ever to be selected for a coveted freshman spot at colleges of note.”

Paper Mill Prep’s primary coaches have each had long tenures on our esteemed faculty.  Coaches Stephen Agosto, John Robert Armstrong and Sara Louise Lazarus have many years’ experience training young actors and are supported by Paper Mill Musical Director Meg Zervoulis.  For complete faculty bios, a list of upcoming seminars and assessment workshops, and details on the available coaching packages, visitwww.PaperMill.org/education/college-prep.

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, a not-for-profit arts organization in Millburn, NJ, is one of the country's leading regional theaters.  Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.  Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. 

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When Donald Met Garry....Ooohhh, Yeah!

From our dear friends at the Save Jersey Blog
By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog 
This video doesn’t require commentary, comedy, or further explanation, Save Jerseyans.

Here’s footage from a Haddon Township (Camden County) block party over the weekend. Enjoy, and may God bless America:

Monday, September 29, 2014

Revealed: The Seven Richest Philadelphians

Forbes magazine is out with its list of the 400 wealthiest Americans and seven Philadelphians have made the list. We're talkin major BILLIONAIRES here, folks.
Here they are:
7. Richard Hayne Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Urban Outfitters Inc.
6. Norman Braman, Former owner, Philadelphia Eagles.
5. Joshua Harris Owner, Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils.
4. Michael Rubin CEO, Kynetic.
3. Mary Alice Dorrance Malone, Campbell Soup Heir
2. Stephen Schwarzman Chairman and CEO, Blackstone Grou.
1. Ronald Perelman, CEO MacAndrews & Forbes.

Video: THIS Is America's Wealthiest Zip Code!

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Art Museum Exhibition Rediscovers Pousette-Dart

Philadelphia Museum of Art's Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and CEO (above) and Innis Howe Shoemaker, The Audrey and William H. Helfand Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs (below) discuss the Museum's new exhibition Full Circle: Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart. The show runs through November 30.

Tthe Philadelphia Museum of Art has opened a great new show -- a survey of works on paper created by Richard Pousette-Dart during his long and productive career. T
his comprehensive exhibition reveals the artist as one of the most inventive draftsmen of the twentieth century, exploring the evolution of his distinctive vision. On loan from the artist’s estate and public and private collections are sixty-five of Pousette-Dart’s finest works on paper as well as six of his notebooks.
These works offer a revealing perspective on the artist’s lifelong, restless exploration of different materials and techniques in an effort to translate spiritual impulses into physical form.
At the show's opening we spoke with  Jacqueline van Rhyn a curatorial assistant who explained to us that Pousette-Darts notebooks are particularly fascinating because they give great insight into his style, his motivations and his willingness to experiment. She said the artist's creations developed from an interest in primitive work to a unqiue abstract process that incorporated layering. He also pressed water colors on top of one another to create unusual effects.Though he was part of a whole generation of abstract impressionists that emerged in the 1950s and 60s, Pousette-Dart was more introspective and did not promote himself as others in his group did. To him, art was very much a spiritual experience and consequently was more of a solitary pursuit, Van Rhyn explained.
The youngest of this first generation of Abstract Expressionists, Richard Pousette Dart (1916-1992) is best known as a painter and member of a group that included Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, and Willem de Kooning.
Early in his career, Pousette-Dart was influenced by tribal art, as evidenced in the recurring motifs he used in his Cubist-inspired sculpture and figurative drawings and paintings.
Among the works on display are six watercolors on handmade paper from an important series produced in the 1940s, including Garnet Realm, recently acquired by the Museum. During this period, as Pousette-Dart was maturing as an artist, he experimented with techniques associated with Surrealism, such as automatic drawing, often evoking the rich color of Byzantine mosaics and Gothic stained glass windows. His densely layered compositions are characterized by irregular grids, spattered paint, and intricately outlined biomorphic and geometric shapes.
In his works of the 1960s, Pousette-Dart developed dense, textured surfaces to convey glowing auras of light. The exhibition includes numerous examples of these richly colored, carpet-like images, which distinctively feature geometric patterns or concentric circles rendered with tiny dots of myriad colors. He called the quivering borders of color in these works “the living edge,” seeking in them the visual equivalent of evanescent light.
The spontaneous markings and linear webs that characterized his drawings and paintings in the early 1950s re-emerged in the mid-1970s, most notably in a series of pale graphite drawings that rank among his finest works. Major examples of these will be on view, including Untitled (Vertical Lines) and Implosion.
His works from the 1980s show a remarkable diversity of materials employed in novel combinations. Paintings and drawings on heavy cast papers reflect his enduring fascination with sculpture, while a return to earlier motifs conveys a striking continuity of vision that is echoed throughout his career. Among the last works in the exhibition is Beyond the Moon, a newly acquired drawing made in 1990, which is nocturnal in character and evokes a deep sense of mystery.
Innis Howe Shoemaker, The Audrey and William H. Helfand Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, and organizer of this exhibition, stated: “Part what makes Richard Pousette-Dart’s drawings so fascinating is that they reveal his process and thinking so clearly. His art is often associated with the mystical and transcendental, but it also reflects a continuous and truly remarkable inner harmony—in essence, a form of visual poetry. These internal rhythms are especially fascinating to observe across the spectrum of his career, which is what this exhibition sets out to do, ultimately bringing the viewer full circle.”
Photos by Dan Cirucci.

To Wolf, Transparency is 'A Distraction'

In Pennsylvania, the Corbett-Cawley campaign today released the following statement in response to Secretary Tom Wolf calling Pennsylvanians' demand for full transparency a distraction to his campaign.  Despite not releasing any personal or corporate tax returns to the public, Wolf describes his campaign as “more transparent that I think just about any campaign I know.”  Wolf made his comments on Thursday at a meeting with The Patriot-News editorial board.

Watch Wolf characterize providing details about his campaign as a distraction.

“Secretary Tom Wolf is either completely delusional with what it means to be transparent, or is arrogant to the point where in his mind, he truly views the voters of Pennsylvania as a distraction to his campaign,” stated Communications Director Chris Pack.  “If Tom Wolf is so proud of the so-called fresh start that he is proposing for Pennsylvania, then why is he so afraid to talk about his plan?  Tom Wolf continues to demonstrate that his campaign is not about helping anyone, it is just about fulfilling a longstanding desire to be governor.”

During an editorial board meeting with The Patriot-News, Wolf was asked to release his tax returns to prove he is not taking advantage of the Delaware Loophole that he is campaigning against.  Wolf responded in a more general tone, stating that when he is asked to provide supporting documentation for his campaign rhetoric that it becomes a distraction.

“Uh, what I found was, in being more transparent than I think just about any campaign I know, uh, every time I do that, there’s some new, uh, thing that comes up.  And I think it distracts us from what people really want to talk about in an election,” stated Wolf.

Despite Wolf anointing himself as having one of the most transparent campaigns that he has ever seen, the media has been critical of Wolf’s lack of leadership over the past week.  Below is what the media has been saying about Wolf’s antics.

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE REVIEW: “Tom Wolf doesn't want to ‘get into the weeds’ because as the poll-presumptive governor, the emperor-in-waiting with no clothes fears being forced to run through the weeds that will cut him, if not bleed him dry.”

PHILLY.COM:  “It should be noted that Wolf holds a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and used to be the state's revenue secretary. Certainly he has the credentials to make something of the available figures. If he wants to be governor, Wolf should provide some numbers and explain how his plan would work.

READING EAGLE:  “Asked whether he will have to get more specific about the proposals, Wolf said… ‘I think the specificity is on his (Corbett's) shoulders’.”

THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: “Wolf has said he wants to levy a higher income tax…But he has said he can't specify who would pay more income tax under his plan, or give an estimate of the rate.”

THE PATRIOT-NEWS:  “…but one caveat for those who might be waiting for specific numbers on Wolf's "fair" tax plan for Pennsylvania: You won't find those here.”

WITF:  “Wolf is also campaigning on increasing education funding, but he said during Monday’s debate that he doesn't know how much money would be sufficient.”

CAPITOLWIRE:  “Wolf displayed some uneasiness with questions about his plan to overhaul the personal income tax in Pennsylvania.”

THE PATRIOT-NEWS:  “Still, it's a little surprising to hear that, when pressed, the York County businessman say that it's up to [Corbett] to come up with specifics.”

For more information on the Corbett-Cawley campaign for a stronger Pennsylvania, visit www.tomcorbettforgovernor.com.

Wow! This Stain Remover Really Works!

Wow! we've finally found the secret to removing spots and stains from clothing.
It's Grandma's Secret Spot Remover. It works every time.
Grandma's removes spaghetti sauce stains, coffee, oil, mustard, gravy, grass, butter, dirt, grape juice, cola, even grease and tar spots.
It will save your garments and allow you to wear them again and again.
And it's easy to use, environmentally safe, non-toxic and biodegradable. 
Plus, it contains no chlorine or phosphates.
Grandma should pay us for this testimonial but she doesn't.
This is based purely on our own experience - Grandma's works! 
Go to this website to buy some Grandma's Secret Spot Remover. It comes in a small bottle (perfect for travelling) complete with simple directions and is easy to use.
  We'retellin ya - this stuff works!
Extra special tip: Use an old toothbrush to gently rub Grandma's into the spot while applying. 
BTW: We hear this stuff may also now be available at Bed, Bath & Beyond and some other outlets.

Guadagno Marks Business Opening, New Jobs

Celebrating the company’s decision to relocate and expand in New Jersey, Acting Governor Kim Guadagno today joined officials from Haier America to celebrate the official opening of the company’s newly renovated 56,000-square-foot headquarters in Wayne, NJ.  This relocation will bring 200 jobs to New Jersey.

“Businesses always have a choice when it comes to location, and today we applaud Haier America’s decision to move to New Jersey -- a decision that proves that the Garden State is an ideal home for business, offering unique location options that companies are looking for,” said Acting Governor Guadagno. “We proudly welcome them to our state and wish them continued success for years to come.”

In October 2013, after considering sites in neighboring states, Haier America announced they had signed a 13-year lease and made the decision to relocate from Manhattan to Wayne without any state tax incentives.  The company will make an estimated $3 million capital investment in the site.

The new facility will house 200 employees with room for future expansion and includes administrative offices, product and future technology showrooms, training centers and customer service operations.

“I believe that, under the leadership of this state’s administration and its senior members of the Legislature, New Jersey is growing into one of the most business friendly climates in the United States, and our company is excited to play a part in the state’s economic growth,” said Adrian Micu, President and CEO of Haier America. “Haier America is on course to become a brand-name presence in the U.S. marketplace and our move signifies not only our growth to date, but a commitment to increase our market share. As Haier America grows, so will its workforce in New Jersey.”

Haier America is a subsidiary of the multinational Haier Group, a global leader in home appliances and consumer electronics. The Haier Group employs more than 70,000 people around the world and distributes products in more than 100 countries and regions with global revenues reaching $29.5 billion in 2013. Haier America also has a sales, warehouse and logistics center in Edison, which opened in 2004.

Businesses considering a move or in need of assistance are encouraged to call New Jersey's Business Action Center at (866) 534-7789 or visit the State's Business Portal at www.newjerseybusiness.go

No AC E'way Tolls On Tuesdays In October!

Just for you Philly, the Atlantic City Alliance launches its annual fall television campaign to boost leisure tourism. Replacing the TV anthem “Let It Rock” (still seen in New York and Baltimore), there is a new twist for the “DO AC” campaign: real visitors filmed in AC telling their stories on why they love their “AC”.

Four new “DO AC” television spots will begin airing later this week on all Greater Philadelphia DMA television stations and on Comcast Cable networks such as Bravo. More visitor stories—all taped in AC in September—will appear online at www.doatlanticity.com and on the DO AC social media channels. No one was scripted.

Visitors featured in the TV spots hail primarily from Philadelphia but also include people from Pittsburgh, Baltimore and New York. All were interviewed during their September visit to the beaches, the Boardwalk, shops and restaurants.

While the power of television taps into the emotional appeal that Philadelphians have in particular for Atlantic City, the Atlantic City Alliance will use newspaper, magazine and radio “DO AC” ads to focus on the reasons to visit Atlantic City this fall—from events, to midweek hotel deals, to shopping and travel promotions, including the new Toll Free Tuesdays throughout the month of October.

The TV campaigns runs through October 31 with continued advertising through December.

View all four versions of the ad here.

While the Alliance has advertised each fall, this year the Greater Philadelphia campaign has a new challenge: to balance the news coverage over the summer of the casino closings (though many experts predicted the reduction in gaming capacity) with the reality of a very busy destination offering a wide variety of activities in addition to gaming in AC’s hotels, restaurants and shows.

This past summer, casino hotel and spas report around 95% occupancy and according to Smith Travel Research, Atlantic City saw an increase in occupancy and average daily rate this summer compared to last year. While the resort is still counting the numbers for summer, several hotels, restaurants and other retailers are reporting a strong summer. Annually, more than 25 million visitors come to Atlantic City.

The new television strategy was born from consumer market research and a video research project leading into Labor Day--just as two casinos were set to close. The Atlantic City Alliance filmed more than 200 hours and hundreds of random visitors of all ages and backgrounds to find out new information on what was prompting their visit. Havas, a New York based advertising agency, turned that research into a new TV campaign.
Also announced today:

I LOVE AC social media contest. The call-to-action on the TV commercials asks viewers, “How will you DOAC?” and through social media, ACA will crowd source more stories. Since pictures are worth a thousand words, visitors, locals and AC lovers can submit photos and stories via the DO AC Facebook page, Twitter and on Instagram. Throughout the October social media promotion, the ACA will share eight “Only in Atlantic City Experiences” with AC fans and followers who will then be asked to tweet, post and share their new AC overnight adventure. Prizes include overnight accommodations along with a variety of non-gaming amenities including spa treatments, dining and nightlife experiences, and more!

·         As a thank you to our loyal visitors and to encourage a new midweek visit, the four Tuesdays of October will be Toll-Free Tuesdays, which include fantastic hotel packages at Atlantic City’s best hotels (see below) and free eastbound tolls at the Egg Harbor and Pleasantville toll plazas between noon-midnight. Drivers simply proceed as usual through the tolls either through the       E-Z Pass or tollbooth lanes.

·         Fall events in October including International Music Festival at Tropicana Casino & Resort (October 4), the DO AC Smoking Hot BBQ Championship (October 4-5) at the Golden Nugget, the Italian Fest at Golden Nugget (October 11-12), Atlantic City Comedy Festival at Boardwalk Hall (October 11-12), 2014 AmeriHealth NJ Atlantic City Marathon & Half Marathon (October 19),  AC Cinefest – Downbeach Film Festival at Dante Hall Theater (October 24-26), Fall Classic Car Show at The Convention Center (October 24-25) and Tropicana Chocolate Week (October 26-November 1).

Sunday, September 28, 2014

B'way-Bound Can-Can Set For Paper Mill

Can-Can-ShowPage 150x230New Jersey's renowned Paper Mill Playhouse will proud open its 2014–2015 season with a Broadway-bound, world-class revival of Can-Can starring Kate Baldwin as Pistache and Jason Danieley as Aristide. 
Can-Can will play the theater in Millburn from October 1 – October 26, 2014. The official press opening night is Sunday, October 5, at 7:00PM. Can-Can is generously supported by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. Paper Mill Playhouse's 2014–2015 Season is proudly sponsored by Investors Bank.
 This fresh new production features direction by David Lee (Frasier, Cheers) and choreography by Patti Colombo (Paper Mill’s Peter Pan, On the Town, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers). The show features a book by Abe Burrows (Guys and Dolls,How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) and a re-crafted script by Joel Fields (Ugly Betty, The Americans) and David Lee. Can-Can’s score features some of Cole Porter’s timeless classics including “I Love Paris,” “C’est Magnifique,” “It’s All Right With Me” and more. Paper Mill Playhouse is launching this Broadway-bound production of Cole Porter’s classic musical with producing partner Jonathan Burrows. 
Can-Can will be performed at Paper Mill Playhouse eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Performance schedule: Wednesday at 7:30PM, Thursday at 1:30PM and 7:30PM, Friday at 8:00PM, Saturday at 1:30PM and 8:00PMand Sunday at 1:30PM and 7:00PM. Tickets are on sale now and range from $28 – $99. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at PaperMill.org. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted. Groups of 10 or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680. College students can order $20 rush tickets over the phone or in person at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office on the day of the performance.

“We’re delighted to bring Can-Can back to the Paper Mill Playhouse stage after more than 50 years,” commented Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director for the Millburn theater. “Can-Can hasn’t been revived for the Broadway stage in over 30 years and we’re thrilled to launch the next Broadway revival right here at Paper Mill Playhouse.”
Can-Can will star Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin as Pistache and Broadway veteran Jason Danieley as Aristide. Ms. Baldwin returns to Paper Mill following her critically acclaimed performances in Hello, Dolly!, Guys and Dolls and Miss Saigon. Most recently Baldwin starred on Broadway in Big Fish as Sandra Bloom. She also appeared on Broadway in Finian’s Rainbow, Wonderful Town, Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Full Monty. Ms. Baldwin received a Tony Award nomination, an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination and a Drama Desk nomination for her performance as Sharon McLonergan in the revival of Finian’s Rainbow. Her television credits include Law & Order: SVU and Stephen Sondheim’s Passion for PBS.  
PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, a not-for-profit arts organization, is one of the country's leading regional theaters. Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

In A World Of Mediocirty, He Stands Apart

Liberals' Escape Hatch: Everything's So 'Complex!'

Ever notice how liberals love to diffuse blame?*
When blame becomes amorphous, answers remain elusive. And that's what liberals LOVE because it validates their elitist notion that everything is so complex.
It reminds me of what Reagan once said: "There are simple solutions. There just aren't any easy ones."
So, as long as liberals can keep things unsimplified, they can avoid the hard work of tackling real problems. And things just get worse . . . . .
*Of course, this diffusion of blame NEVER applies to George W. Bush. Liberals will be blaming him for everything from hiccups to hurricanes for decades to come. There, the blame is always easy to find. And it's always spelled B-u-s-h.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

Two Philly PR Stars Receive Worthy Honors!

Wow! Big honors this afternoon for Jerry Klein (shown with Anne Klein) and my former student Meredith Avakian-Hardaway at Temple University's Lew Klein Awards in Philadelphia.
Jerry was a top-flight broadcaster before he and Anne became a potent PR duo. Meredith who is Director of Public Relations and Marketing at the Philadelphia Bar Association, is a Rapidly Rising PR Star. 
All three are dear friends and I'm so proud to know them. Plus, Temple's a great place, a shining gem.
Oh, Brian Williams and John Oates were there too.


Great Upcoming Events At Fleisher Art

Swing by Fleisher's parking lot as we launch Friday Night Bites, a series of food truck events on Friday nights in October. We'll be pairing good food with good fun from 6 to 9 p.m. Stick around for Fleisher Live in the Sanctuary featuring the music of Heat Thunder and Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart beginning at 8:30 p.m.

October 3: Game Night ($8 at the door for adults, includes free admission to Fleisher Live; free for children 18 and under) We kick off Friday Night Bites with a rollicking round of Quizzo with host JB Farley (named 2012's best of Quizzo by Philadelphia Magazine) and classic board games. Admission for adults includes several drink tickets and free admission to Fleisher Live after Quizzo. The food truck for the evening will beGuerilla Ultima.

October 17: Movie Night (free!)
For the second installment of Friday Night Bites, we'll be screening classic black and white silent movies and comedies as well as a handful of cartoons and we'll invite kids to make classic movie-inspired masks. Jerry's Kitchen will be on hand with their signature grilled donut sandwiches and vegan-friendly cuisine.

October 24: Harvest Hoedown (free!)
Bring your dancing shoes and get ready for Halloween as we welcome bluegrass band The Citywide Specials and invite families to decorate pumpkins and gourds. Chow down on authentic German cuisine from The Flying Deutschman!

We're hosting a yard tree giveaway October 5 in conjunction with TreePhilly! If you live in Philadelphia and have space in your back yard check out the requirements and register for one of the 50 trees we'll be giving away. If you're not interested in a tree but still love art and nature, join us at the event for food trucks, family art making, and storytelling from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Fleisher Art Memorial | 719 Catharine Street | Philadelphia | PA | 19147

Pennsauken Car And Bike Show This Sunday

Start your engines! The Pennsauken Business, Industry, and Government Council and Pennsauken Township present the town’s 22nd annual Car and Bike Show. Held on Sunday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., hundreds of antique, classic and custom cars and motorcycles will line up along a stretch of the “Maple Mile” that runs from Canning to Union avenues in Pennsauken, and includes the parking lot for Pinsetter Bar and Bowl, 7111 Maple Ave. In addition to the many great cars and bikes, the Pennsauken Car and Bike Show features music, food, and family-friendly entertainment. The popular craft show will also be returning for a second year, with already over 30 vendors signed up to attend.

There will be 22 judging classes for cars, from Stock Production to 1953 to New Cars, 2010 to present, as well as several judging classes for motorcycles. In addition to the cars and bikes on display, the Pinsetter parking lot will have a barbecue tent with tables and chairs for people to sit, eat, and relax. There will also be some family-friendly entertainment, including inflatable amusements, balloon twisting, face painting, live musical performances, and disk jockeys spinning the both classic and the latest hits.

“This is a great event that people look forward to every year,” says Elwood “Duke” Martz, head of Pennsauken’s Parks and Recreation Department. “We’re once again hoping for some great fall weather, so that thousands of people can enjoy the many cars and bikes that come to our show each year.”

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Video: Relive Jeter's Career In 60 Seconds

Nah . . They Don't Make 'Em Like Him Anymore

In a cruel, crass, vulgar, cutthroat world, 
sometimes -- just once in a while -- class still wins.
Thanks, Derek!

Video: Jeter's Farewell Speech As A Yankee

Derek Jeter By The Numbers - End Of An Era

H/T; USA Today.

Wolf: NO Charter Schools; NO Idea Of Ed. Budget

In Pennsylvania, the Corbett-Cawley campaign today drew more attention to Secretary Tom Wolf's pandering to the public sector unions through his full opposition to charter schools. On Thursday, Wolf voiced his strong opposition to charter schools at a York Rotary Club meeting. To date, Wolf has received $2.14 million in public sector union donations to oppose a multitude of common sense government reforms.  

“It’s unfortunate that Secretary Tom Wolf continues putting the interests of the public sector unions above finding a solution to deliver a quality education for Pennsylvania’s children,” stated Communications Director Chris Pack. “Charter schools give our students and their parents the choice and flexibility they need to find a school that best fits their individual needs, but Wolf opposes them because his union handlers tell him to oppose them.”

When Wolf was asked by Ed Mahon of the York Daily Record if he supports the charterization of public schools, Wolf definitively stated, “I don’t like the charterization of the York City School system.”

This is the second time this week that Wolf has demonstrated that he has no vision for Pennsylvania’s state education system aside from parroting the public sector teachers union’s talking points. On Monday, when asked if $27 billion for education spending was adequate, Wolf could not provide an answer.

“You would think that if Tom Wolf was going to make his supposed outrage over state education funding the cornerstone of his campaign that he would at least have an answer as to how much funding there ought to be. Unfortunately, Tom Wolf once again shows that he is out of touch and aloof when it comes to actually conveying his plan to lead our state,” concluded Pack.

To get the facts on Governor Tom Corbett’s record investment in state education funding, please visit www.tomcorbettforgovernor.com/education_facts.