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May 2016

Philadelphia

Opening of Uptown Beer Garden Last Week, and Wednesday SIPS Kick Off

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Thousands turned out to welcome back one of the city’s most popular and largest new beer gardens for summer season, the Uptown Beer Garden (1735 JFK Blvd. ). Chef Jonathan Petruce will fire up the giant new grill like chicken and beef skewers, pulled pork, Octopus skewers and lobster roll.

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Uptown Beer Garden features 9,000 square foot of space nestled among the trees of the courtyard of the BNY Mellon Wealth building, on the 1700 block of JFK. Tree slab communal tables, outdoor lighting and rustic decor will return again to the urban oasis. Additionally, marble benches will be removed this year to make way for even more picnic table seating.

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Teddy Sourias of BRU Craft & Wurst, U-Bahn , Cinder and Uptown Beer Garden

Also, new for 2016, private events will have access to the inner atrium of the BNY Mellon Wealth building.

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At the bars, guests will enjoy the first taste of an exclusive new Uptown IPA draft – made exclusively with Pizza Boy Brewing Company. Other food and drink specials will be available. Tonight will also be the debut of the new layout, expanded seating, more and expanded bars, more decor, new lighting, and other surprises for the season.

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Get there early cause you know SIPS is always a popular event.  Join the Uptown Garden every Wednesday starting June 1st from 5-7pm. Uptown will pouring four different $3 drafts, $4 house wine, $5 Green Tea Whiskey Sours and Moscow Mules, plus serve select half priced apps.

If you didn’t see your photo here, check out Metro Philly Online HERE

Uptown Beer Garden is open:

Mon-Tue:
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wed-Fri:
2:00 pm – 12:00 am

 

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I was Electrocuted In A Swimming Pool

Over the weekend there was a story “A New Jersey man was reportedly electrocuted and nearly drowned Saturday night in a Wildwood Crest motel swimming pool.” The man is in critical condition, and the two guys that pulled him out are in stable condition.  Metro Philly. 

I know what those guys went though, when I was in my twenties I was electrocuted while swimming in a pool.

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A decade or so back, I attended a wedding with my parents.  At midnight, I told my parents I would head to my home, but instead, as my parents probably suspected, I headed out to find the fun. I ended up going to a friends, friends house, you know those houses, you don’t really know them well, but they’re fun. This guy was about 10 years older than us, and owned his own house, so there was always a party going on there and he had a pool, which I had swum in a few weeks earlier. When I arrived everyone was fairly wasted, as was the norm for kids in their teens and twenties. I did a couple shots, drank a beer and asked if anyone wanted to go swimming. No one was interested so I said I’ll just go in myself. As I made my way back to the pool, which was not lit, I took most of my clothes off (I was fit in my 20s) and started to walk down the concrete stairs into the pool. I grabbed the metal railing and was thrown into the pool. I immediately knew what was happening, even though I had never experienced it before, although as a kid who hasn’t been buzzed by electricity when plugging in something, or coming in contact with a socket, I think that’s why at that moment I knew I was being electrocuted. My entire body seemed to extend like a flag, and all I could see was a white light, I couldn’t let go of the railing as waves and waves of electricity flowed through my body. My thoughts went directly to my parents and them finding out I didn’t go home, then my thoughts went to my boyfriend who’d wonder why I didn’t return home, and now I’m going to be found dead in my underwear at some guys house he didn’t know. The next thing I know the guy who owned the house pulls me out of the water by my left arm, and drags me across the concrete pool area onto the grass. I’m completely in shock, but no one took me to the hospital, cause we were drinking, some people were doing drugs and we really didn’t realize the severity of the situation. Someone took me home and left me at my apartment, I woke up the next day and wasn’t able to move for about three days. When you are electrocuted your body tenses up, imagine a charlie horse but happening all over your body at once. A few weeks later I saw the guy who owned the house and saved my life. I asked him how did he know to go back to the pool and save me. He said he heard a splash but then nothing else; after a minute or two he remembered that there was a loose wire in the pool light fixture which shocked his dog earlier in the week and ran to see if the same thing happened to me. When he saw me under the water, he stood near the edge of the water, keeping his footing on the concrete, then someone held his waist, he leaned over and grabbed my left arm and pulled me out. I was grateful he saved my life, but also really angry he knew about this problem. I never went back to the house, I never talked to him again, eventually he moved away and I was happy to bury that memory. I don’t go into pools alone anymore. I don’t think about this story often as it terrifies me. I hate when it happens these days as there is an inexpensive warning system now.

 

So if you own a pool, please buy a shock alarm. They’re not very expensive, and it could save a life.

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14 people have died being electrocuted in water since 2003

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Devon Horse Show Kicks off with A Ribbon Cutting at The New Devon Club

Happy Memorial Day. Thank you to all the service people who have fought for our freedom, and who continue to fight for democracy. The Devon Horse Show Week officially began on last Wednesday, May 25, 2016 as guests gathered on the Devon grounds for First Night, the next night there was a Ribbon Cutting. The annual event not only opens the show, but also gives guests a sneak preview of the artwork on display and for sale in the Art Gallery at Devon. The Horse Show is ongoing throughout the day and evening. Some days have a short break for dinner.  Gates will open daily at approximately 8:00 a.m. and close at approximately 10:00 p.m. each day.  The Country Fair area opens about 10:00 a.m. for the Midway and Shopping.  The first Sunday, the gates will open at 11:00 a.m. and the Horse Show classes will start at 12:00 p.m.

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The following day, a ribbon cutting marked the opening of the new Devon Club on the horse show’s opening day, Thursday, May 26, 2016 (which runs through June 5)  with President Richard O’Donnell, Devon Horse Show President and Wayne Grafton, Chairman Devon Horse Show.

Al Martin, Debbie Martin, Enid O’Donnell, Richard O’Donnell, and Penny Hunt.

Al Martin, Debbie Martin, Enid O’Donnell, Richard O’Donnell, and Penny Hunt.

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 Al Martin, Judy Rosato, and Josh Hagelin, Customers Bank

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Janet Heaton and Gail McCarthy.

Angela Sipe and Peggy Nalevanko.

Angela Sipe and Peggy Nalevanko.

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Kathy Molchan, Peggy Cancelmo, and Chrissy Cancelmo.

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Peggy Nalevanko, Katie Biddle, James Wallace, and Nancy Rainer-Wallace.;

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Tim Sipe, Angela Sipe with Will and Emily.

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David Jelinek, Dana Jelinek, Jeff Bowden, and Chrissy Kelly.

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Danielle Mosley, Angela Sipe, and Lindsey Alleva.

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Chairman of the Board Wayne Grafton, and Tom Cancelmo, CEO of BTC

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Tim Sipe, Angela Sipe with Will and Emily.

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CBS3 reporter Vittoria Woodill and Chairman of the Board Wayne Grafton.

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Judy Rosato and Dr. Don Rosato.

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Morgan Appleyard, BTC Marketing and Chrissy Cancelmo, Media Director at Boyd Tamney Cross

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David Jelinek, Dana Jelinek, Jeff Bowden, and Chrissy Kelly.

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Coming up June 1st I’ll be attending the The Hat Contest and Ladies Luncheon at The Devon Horse Show. Carson Kressley, and Adam Joseph.

Founded in 1896, it is one of the most prestigious equestrian events in  the country and one of the largest volunteer fundraising efforts in the nation as well. The ong oing commitment to Bryn Mawr Hospital is extremely important to both  the leadership and  the  over  two thousand  of volunteers at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. Since 1972, the Devon  Country Fair has donated nearly $20 million to Bryn Mawr,  to support projects such as the  Emergency Department, the Comprehensive Breast Center, Maternal – Fetal Medicine program,  the Outpatient Diagnostic Center, and various other improvement programs

Thanks to PhillyChitChat’s Mike Hirata for shooting this important event. Check out his pixs of Brent Celek’s new eatery Bop, and the VIP Friends and Family Opening Party at Metro Philly

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Street Soccer USA This Weekend at the base of the Art Museum Steps

 Street Soccer USA This Weekend at the base of the Art Museum Steps

I’m heading out for my weekend vacation but wanted you, you who are doing a stayvacation here in Philly to know about this cool event that is happening at the base of the Art Museum Steps, as well as near The Oval. Street

 Street Soccer USA is hosting the inaugural Street Soccer USA Philadelphia Cup on May 27-29. Teams from Philadelphia and from across the country, ranging in age from six through adult will compete in exciting four versus four 15-minute matchups in a specially built Street Soccer Stadium at the base of the Art Museum steps for the right to be crowned Street Soccer USA Cup Champions. The Street Soccer USA Philadelphia Cup also marks the launch of Street Soccer USA’s sport social change initiative in Philadelphia. – Lawrence Cann speaks about the impact of Street Soccer USA, how it creates a safe space for kids, builds characters, trust and commitment to better one’s life. 

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Street Soccer USA builds the grassroots capacity of soccer in urban areas with the goal of transferring life skills and coordinating a social safety net in the community for its participants. The Street Soccer USA Cup Series underlines Street Soccer USA’s mission to extend the benefits of sports to all by building fields, providing coaching and training, as well as education and employment programs to underserved communities.

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Philly’s Street Soccer Team

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The Street Soccer USA Cup will raise money for the organization’s efforts to combat homelessness. More than 900 players on 96 teams will take part in this weekend’s games.

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Heather Mitts Feeley, is an American former professional soccer defender and is honorary chair for Street Soccer Philadelphia.

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James “Jimmy” Conrad is an American retired soccer defender and currently a host on the YouTube channel, KICKTV.

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He and Heather took part in a pre-game competition to see how many goals each could get. Jimmy squeezed out one goal more than Heather. BTW Heather just gave birth to her and AJ Feeley’s 2nd child, a baby girl, about 2 months ago. Follow Heather on Instagram HERE

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Notables posing for a “team” photo.

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One of the above fields from the weekend’s events will be placed in a Philadelphia neighborhood, thanks to support for Comcast, where Street Soccer USA will support the ongoing program. Fans and players are encouraged to join in the festivities and register to compete in the Street Soccer USA Philadelphia Cup. The event is a free and open to the public.

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They do this by creating safe places to play and supplying trained, caring coaches, social service coordinators, our curriculum, and basic equipment, Street Soccer USA improves the personal capacity of our participants to achieve bigger goals in terms of education and employment. Street

Outside of the tournament, Street Soccer USA is launching a youth initiative in Philadelphia to build mini fields and after school programs for youth who don’t have access to these. Beyond sports programs, SSUSA has a curriculum of life skills and mindset teaching that focuses on improved outcomes in school. Street

Stop by Saturday or Sunday, or both days, watch the kids play, which is supporting them.

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Saturday, May 28th

Free Soccer Festival, Youth, Open and Social Change Competitions, 9am-7pm

Sunday May 29th

Elimination Rounds and Festival, 9am-2:30pm

Championship Rounds, Award Ceremony, and SSUSA National Team Announced 2:30pm

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Sora Pool Soars; it’s the Cherry on the Top of The Presidential Apts

Sora Pool Soars: Last Fall I headed to Presidential Apts to shoot the newly renovated buildings ready for tenants. The apartment complex, located on City Ave, and a stones throw from Fairmount Park, has undergone a $100 million dollar renovation and created an amazing resort to live at, so close to Center City (4 miles).

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The developers of Presidential Apartments are The Post Brothers – Mike Pestronk and Matthew Pestronk , president and co-founder of Post Brothers Apartments.

They are the guys behind Center City’s Goldtex Building at 315 N 12th St . The one I dubbed a few years ago as the apartments with the best view of Center City, and that still holds true. Plus it has a really great rooftop deck with a wading pool and a spectacular gym. Now it’s near the proposed Rail Yard ie Philly’s Highline, which by the way will be having their one year anniversary party at Brick & Mortar, which is located on the ground floor of the Goldtex, on June 9th. (Tickets)

If living downtown is your top priority, but also living like your on vacation everyday, then move to the Presidential. (If you want to buy and live that way move to Waterfront Square)

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At the time of my last visit, they only had the plans for the Sora Pool area posted. I think they lived up to the drawings, and more.

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Sora Pool Features three temperature-controlled pools, waterside cabanas, and a rooftop lounge, the pool club offers residents year-round resort-like access. Including an Olympic-length lap pool, lounge pool, and activity pool, water areas are tuned to match residents’ moods and lifestyles. With massage, personal care, and holistic treatment spa services, a dry sauna, coed steam room, as well as tanning booths, Sora offers both wellness and relaxation.

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Take a look at all they have to offer. I really love Presidential Apartments. I highly recommend it. It’s gorgeous. Check it out.

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