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Summer Jobs for Philadelphia Area Youth

Between 14-21 years old and need a Summer Job?

Get career exposure, on the job mentoring, and “soft skills” training.

To apply for a GPUAC summer job, please call the Coalition’s Summer WorkReady Hotline at 215-851-1800,
1207 Chestnut Street, 4th flr.
Philadelphia, PA 19107,

You must have an e-mail address to sign up.

* If you do not have an e-mail address, you can sign-up for free through a web-based e-mail provider such as Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail and MSN.
* If you already have an e-mail address, double-check that it is active (especially if you have not used it in a long time). Also, be certain that it is ‘professional.’ It should not be anything like, nor, etc. It is a good idea to include your name in your e-mail address. Examples:
First initial, last name: John Doe –
First name, last name: Jane Doe –

Have the following documents
At your enrollment appointment, you will be asked to show several documents. You should collect all of those documents now. Arriving at your enrollment appointment with all of your documents guarantees that your enrollment will be complete, which is important in determining if you are eligible for summer employment through WorkReady. The following documents are a suggested short-cut to fill out all enrollment paperwork:

* Student ID OR Federal/State/government ID (example: a driver’s license or state ID card)
* Signed Social Security Card
* Birth Certificate

Create or update your resume (only for youth ages 16-21)
If you are between the ages of 16 and 21, you will need to bring a resume to your enrollment appointment.

* If you do not have a resume, you will need to create one. If you already have a resume, review it to make sure it is up-to-date. Have your resume reviewed by an adult.

Register with Selective Service
If you are a male who will be 18 during the summer, you will need to register with selective service:

* Visit and click “Register Online”
* Print the page with your registration number
* Visit your local Post Office to fill out a Selective Service Registration form

Note about Work Permit
If you will be 18 years old, or older as of July 6, 2010 you will not need a work permit. If you have a blue work permit or a yellow work permit listing WorkReady Philadelphia, PYN or the Philadelphia Youth Network as the employer, you do not need to take any action. If you do not have a work permit, you will receive instructions with the application.

Seth Williams, Candidate for Philadelphia District Attorney, Removed from Ballot

In a recent upset in the race for Philadelphia District Attorney, Candidate, Seth Williams is thrown off of the ballot. Here is his letter to his supporters:


Today, a Philadelphia Common Pleas judge broke new legal ground when he issued two rulings - one removing me from the ballot and a second keeping Mike Turner on it.

Disappointed does not begin to describe my feeling at the moment.

Outrage does.

The judge ruled that in a challenge to my statement of financial interests by Danny McCaffery's campaign that I failed to disclose as "income" reimbursements I received for expenditures I made on behalf of my campaign.

Of course I didn't list them - because they're not income.

Reimbursements are not considered income by the Internal Revenue Service, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue or the Pennsylvania Ethics Commission. Moreover, the reimbursements were fully disclosed in a separate document I filed with the state - a public documents.

The judge's decision is baffling and will be appealed.

In a second decision, the same judge ruled that Mike Turner could stay on the ballot because the judge allowed signatures that were on petitions notarized by a New Jersey notary and signatures of individuals that were not registered at the address they listed.

That also is not the law. New Jersey notaries can't notarize petitions in Pennsylvania, and you have to list the address where you are registered when you sign a petition.

But I am going to keep fighting - it's too important not to.

Philadelphia's criminal justice system is fundamentally broken, and we need change. We lead the nation in the rate of homicide by handguns. 59 percent of all felonies aren't prosecuted - because the D.A.'s Office isn't ready. Our criminal justice system is a revolving door that allows 60 percent of the crime to be committed by 5 percent of the people. We can't have another District Attorney that turns a blind eye to corruption because fighting it would hurt her politically.

In the coming days, I will be fighting back against these decisions. I hope you will continue to support me.



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Holiday Affair with a Flair

Senator Vincent Hughes & Staff and the Radio One Family, Praise 103.9, 107.9 WRNB and 100.3 The Beat
Request the pleasure of your company at our "Holiday Affair with a Flair."
Monday December 15, 2008
6 p.m.
Bala Country Club
2200 Belmont Avenue Philadelphia
Come and enjoy and party with a purpose. We are asking you
to consider supporting Senator Hughes' Santa program,
through a monetary, or a Forman Mills or
Toys R'US gift certificate contribution.
RSVP by December 11th or (215) 471-3500

Shuttle van service to and from street entrance to Bala Golf Club.
Location accessible via SEPTA buses 38 and 40. Overflow
parking available at State Police Barracks on Belmont Avenue.

Last year we were able to brighten the holidays for
more than 200 families as a result of generous donations
from several corporate and community partners.
With your donation of a gift certificate from Toys R' Us or
Forman Mills, we can continue to make a difference in the
lives of those who need it most.

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Mayor Nutter, Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation Announce Public-Private Partnership to Preserve Ice Rinks

Figure skatingImage via Wikipedia This morning, Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Comcast-Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider announced that the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation (ESYHF) will take over operation and programming of three ice-skating rinks targeted by the City for possible closure. Under the agreement, ESYHF will oversee all ice hockey programs at the Scanlon Ice Rink, the Laura Sims Skatehouse at Cobbs Creek, and the Rink at Simons Recreation and Teen Access Center.

The Foundation will provide free ice hockey instruction and leagues, including all equipment, as well supplemental academic services at no charge to participants. The Philadelphia Department of Recreation will continue to maintain the rinks.

“This agreement is an example of a great public-private partnership,” said Mayor Nutter. “I am pleased that the Snider Foundation is able to work with the City to keep these rinks open and accessible to the community. In this budget climate, we need to be more creative about how we provide services.”

The new partnership also expands general access to the rinks three afternoons per week at the Rizzo Rink and the Tarken Rink and access to ice on weekday mornings at all five City rinks. This will enable the Foundation to expand its School Day sessions, which provide physical education programming for many of the Philadelphia public schools that are within close proximity to these sites. Entrance and equipment will be provided free of charge during these periods.

“If the end product of this partnership is that boys and girls go on to play for competitive club, scholastic or even collegiate hockey teams, that would be great,” said Ed Snider. “But more significant are the thousands of young people who will learn the importance of staying in school, staying on a progressive path, and the need to give back to their communities. These children will someday help to build a stronger Philadelphia.”

“This is very exciting. The residents of the surrounding communities will gain a first-class program run by the most respected youth hockey organization in the region,” added Recreation Commissioner Susan Slawson. “What has impressed me most about ESYHF is its supplemental educational services, including its nationally acclaimed life skills curriculum.”

The Foundation is also working with the City to procure land for a hub facility, encompassing a state-of-the-art computer lab, classrooms, administrative offices, and multiple ice surfaces. The facility will also include public space designated for meetings and other related community functions.

“We are thrilled by this alliance,” said Scott Tharp, President of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation. “This is a win-win situation. ESYHF will gain access to much needed ice time, and ESYHF, in turn, will relieve the Department of Recreation of the overhead needed to staff its hockey programs. Being recognized as the official youth hockey provider for the City of Philadelphia marks the achievement of one of the Foundation’s initial goals.”

Philadelphia Flyers founder Ed Snider created the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation in 2005 as a personal commitment to provide opportunities to those who would otherwise not have such options. The Foundation has experienced rapid growth and uses hockey as its hook to gain and hold the attention of its young people, bringing inner-city children together resulting in positive youth development.

The mission of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation is to use the sport of hockey to help educate young people on how to succeed in the game of life.

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Apply for a Job in the Obama Administration

the 44th President of the United States...Bara...Image by jmtimages via Flickr Many citizens in Philadelphia supported the Obama/Biden win. The number of volunteers in Pennsylvania who worked tirelessly to bring change to America has set a new record.

Now these volunteers and others may continue to bring change to the world and earn income through federal employment in the Obama-Biden Administration.

The Obama-Biden Administration has created

In addition to allowing visitors to tell their story via the "An American Moment" section of the website, prospective applicants may apply for positions in the Obama-Biden Administration.

Visit Tell your story and become a member in the Change Cabinet.

The Wonders of West Oak Lane

In Philadelphia, we pride ourselves on community development. The Oak Lane Development Association here assists citizens in getting the services they need. Additionally, they host several events that are free and open to the public:

Save the dates June, 19, 20, 21, 2009
West Oak Lane Jazz & Arts Festival

Soulful Monday Nights
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:00 p.m.)
7152 Ogontz Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19138
Tel: (215) 276-0170

Free buffet 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
sponsored by OARC

Dwight Evans
upcoming community event
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
7:30 p.m.
Free Holiday Concert
Featuring the Philadelphia Orchestra
at Martin Luther King High School
6100 Stenton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19138
Free tickets will be available on Monday, November 17, 2008, 7174 Ogontz Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 1938, (215) 549-0220
Limit 4 tickets per person

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Dwight Evans' Housing Conference

The living the dream housing conference & credit clinic is a free conference open to the public. This conference is an educational forum whose goal is to lead first time home buyers to the dream of home ownership and to assist existing homeowners with tools to help them enhance their investment & avoid foreclosure.

State Rep. Dwight Evans
Presents the Living the Dream Conference
La Salle University•Student Union Building and Olney Hall
1900 West Olney Avenue•Philadelphia, PA 19141
Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation will join Rep. Evans in presenting general and luncheon homebuyer workshops and sessions.
6th Annual Living the Dream
Housing Conference and Credit Clinic
October 18, 2008, 8:00 am-2:00 pm

You find the Living the Dream Housing Conference and Credit Clinic to be informative. This session, the General Assembly passed and the Governor signed into law, legislation targeted at addressing mortgage reform in Pennsylvania. This legislation includes: HB 2179, SB 483, SB 484, SB 485, and SB 486. For more information on this legislation, please visit

The living the dream housing conference & credit clinic is a free conference open to the public. This conference is an educational forum whose goal is to lead first time home buyers to the dream of home ownership and to assist existing homeowners with tools to help them enhance their investment & avoid foreclosure.

Please register by mail or by visiting Rep. Evans’ office located at 7174 Ogontz Avenue between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm; by calling Rep. Evans’ office at (215) 549-0220; or by emailing

Phone number:
Show Me the Monday:
Tools for Teens Name:

Rep. Dwight Evans 6th Annual

Please complete this form and return it to Rep Evans' office. Choose any two workshops. Please register for “Show me the Money” & “KidPOWER!” seperately. FIRST TIME HOMEBUYERS Ready . . . Set . . . Go? How Much House Can You Afford CURRENT HOME OWNERS Protecting Your Credit Maintaining & Improving Your Investment Enhancing Your Future House Hunting, Where To Start? Non-Traditional Housing Resources Selling Your Home Foreclosure Intervention & Prevention HOME REPAIR OPEN HOUSE Home Repair Open House YOUTH WORKSHOPS: Show Me the Money: Tools for Teens (ages 13-18) KidPOWER! (ages 8-12)
First Time Homebuyers: Ready . . . Set . . . Go? Are you ready to buy a home? Are you prepared to buy a home? Good Credit/Bad Credit, how credit affects your ability to purchase a home. How Much House Can You Afford An explanation of the mortgage process and how to realistically determine if your dream matches your pocketbook; how choosing the right mortgage could be the most important part of the home buying process. House Hunting, Where To Start? You’ve decided to look for a home, what is the first step, what’s next: how to select a real estate agent; understanding the relationship between the buyer and agent/seller and agent; what are your options? Non-Traditional Housing Resources A panel discussion to examine house hunting alternatives; including discussions with the Philadelphia County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regarding the availability of homes for sale and the process by which to acquire them.

Current Home Owners: Protecting Your Credit A discussion on the advantages of maintaining good credit; how to repair bad credit; how to dispute errors on your credit report; how to stay debt free once you’ve repaired your credit and the effect your credit history has on home refinancing, homeowner’s insurance, home equity loans, etc. Maintaining & Improving Your Investment A discussion on how to select a contractor, maintain and improve your home and increase its value and marketability; learn about the most effective home security systems, basic upkeep and decorating tips and the importance of “Curb Appeal.” Enhancing Your Future A discussion exploring the housing options and opportunities for those 50 + (“Baby Boomers”) including downsizing, reverse mortgages, and adult living communities. Selling Your Home You’re ready to sell; where do you start; come learn from experts how selling your home need not be stressful. Foreclosure Intervention & Prevention: A candid discussion with tools and tips to aid those who are going through the foreclosure process or those who are trying to avoid the foreclosure process. Will highlight recently passed state and federal legislation aimed at relieving the distress of struggling homeowners and providing safeguards for them as well

Home Repair Open House: “Repairs Any Homeowner Can Do With Just A Hammer, Nails, Wrench, Pliers, Screw Driver, And A Can Of Paint.” A hands-on workshop including electrical, plumbing, painting, heating/air conditioning, weatherizing and carpentry; expert instruction on performing your own minor home repairs KidPOWER! An interactive workshop offering young people, from the ages of 8 - 12 tools for financial goal setting, budgeting and strategies that will prepare them for a successful financial future. Show Me The Money: Tools For Teens An interactive workshop introducing young people, from the age of 13-18, to the world of savings and credit cards; why and how to save and how and when to use credit cards; the importance of a good credit history.

Living the Dream Award This is a first time home buyers award for those buying properties that they intend to occupy. Entrants must purchase home within nine months of drawing to be eligible. Award recipient will be determined on October 18, 2008.

State Rep. Dwight Evans
Presents the Living the Dream
La Salle University•Student Union Building and Olney Hall
1900 West Olney Avenue•Philadelphia, PA 19141
Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation will join Rep. Evans in presenting general and luncheon homebuyer workshops and sessions.
6th Annual Living the Dream
Housing Conference and Credit Clinic
October 18, 2008, 8:00 am-2:00 pm
We hope you find the Living the Dream Housing Conference and Credit Clinic to be informative. This session, the General Assembly passed and the Governor signed into law, legislation targeted at addressing mortgage reform in Pennsylvania. This legislation includes: HB 2179, SB 483, SB 484, SB 485, and SB 486. For more information on this legislation, please visit

Living the Dream Award This is a first time home buyers award for those buying properties that they intend to occupy.

Entrants must purchase home within nine months of drawing to be eligible. Award recipient will be determined on October 18, 2008.

General Session Credit and Foreclosure Senate Bill 486 specifically addresses foreclosures and requires lenders to send copies of foreclosure notices to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency in an effort to monitor foreclosures statewide.

Workshops First Time Homebuyers Ready … Set … Go. How Much House Can You Afford?

House Hunting, Where to Start? Non-Traditional Housing Resources Current Home Owners Protecting Your Credit Maintaining & Improving Your Investment Enhancing Your Future Selling Your Home Forclosure Intervention & Prevention Home Repair Open House Repairs Any Homeowner Can Do With a Hammer, Nails, Wrench, Pliers, Screw Driver, and Paint Youth KidPOWER!: Financial education for children 8-12 years of age Show Me The Money: Tools For Teens - Financial education for children 13-18 years of age Luncheon Session How to Survive During Troubling Economic Times

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Philly's Got Mad Farm Land!

Philadelphia is truly diverse! You could drive a mere 20 minutes from Center City and be in the middle of a Fall harvest. Weaver’s Way celebrates Harvest Fest. Weaver’s Way Co-op will sponsored its first Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 11th at the Weavers Way Farm,
located in Awbury Arboretum, 1101 East Washington Lane in Germantown. Festivities took place from noon until 4pm and featured musical entertainment, a hay ride, a raffle, plenty of farm fresh food, bobbing for apples and more.

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Official seal of PhiladelphiaImage via WikipediaIn Philadelphia, we have services for children, families, businesses and community. Did you know that you can often call an office directly? Well, you can! Below are the most important departments and phone numbers:

General Services
Graffiti Abatement Team (GAT) (215) 686-0000
Abandoned Vehicle Program (215) 683-2277
Community Service Program (215) 685-3071
Street Repair (215) 686-5560
Recycling (215) 685 7329
Street Signs (215) 686-5560
Sealing/Demolishing of properties (215) 686-2463
Police District 5 (215) 686-3050
Police District 19 (215) 686-3190
LIHEAP (215) 560-2970
City Government Services
Abandoned Houses & Vacant Lots (215) 686-2463
Recreation Dept. (215) 683-3600
Voter Registration (215) 686-1500
Revenue / Taxes (215)686-6600
Legal Assistance
Community Legal Assistance (215) 981-3700
Motor Vehicle & Parking
Moving Violations (215) 686-1675
Parking Violations (215) 561-3636

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The Philadelphia Government and Resource List

The Philadelphia Government and Resource List
(thanks in part to Michael Coard)

Telephone Harassment By Bill Collectors-

Follow these four steps and you can stop the harassment immediately:

A. Answer the phone and get the bill collector’s personal name, the bill collector’s company name, the bill collector’s company phone number, the bill collector’s company address, and the account number for the debt you owe. After you get that information, say the following to the bill collector: “I demand that you, your company, and anyone connected directly or indirectly with you or your company immediately stop all attempts to reach me at any telephone number.” (Once you say that, do not argue with the bill collector. Instead, just quickly hang up the phone.)

B. Write a letter to that bill collector stating the following:

I demand that you, your company, and anyone connected directly or indirectly with you or your company immediately stop all attempts to reach me at any telephone number. (Make sure you keep two copies of that letter, and send the original by certified, return-receipt postage so that you can get the green U. S. postal card back in order to have proof that the company actually received your letter.)

C. Call the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Agency

at (215)560-2414, and tell the agency that you want to file a complaint

against the bill collector’s company. The agency will mail a complaint

form to you. When you receive that form, write all of the information

you have regarding the dates and times that the bill collector’s company

called you and regarding what was said to you or on your voice

mail/answering machine during each of those calls. Attach a copy of

your letter to that form. (Make sure you keep a copy of that form.)

D. If the bill collector’s company calls you after it has received your

certified, return-receipt letter, make sure you document each call by

using your voice mail/answering machine and/or your caller I.D. If you

do not have a voice mail/answering machine, make sure you write the

date and time of those calls. Report all of this to the Attorney General’s

Office, and the bill collector’s company might be ordered to pay you!

  1. Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Agency (215)560-2414

If you are a consumer (which means that you paid for a product or some service) and you did not get what you paid for, you can call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Agency to seek a refund of your money.

  1. Legal Assistance for the Indigent

(This is for certain persons who cannot afford to pay legal fees.)

Civil Cases- Philadelphia Volunteers For The Indigent (215)523-9550

Civil Cases- Community Legal Services (215)981-3700

Criminal Cases- Defender Association (215)568-3190

  1. Unemployment Compensation (215)557-0848

  1. Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (215)560-2496

This is for racial, religious, or sexual discrimination cases (including employment matters).

  1. Medicare (800)MEDICARE

  1. Predatory Lending (215)324-5000

  1. Senior Law Center (215)988-1244

  1. Education Law Center (215)238-6970

  1. Disabilities Law Center (215)238-8070

  1. Identification Theft Center (858)693-7935

  1. Parking Tickets Resolution

Legal Help-

Administrative Help- Frank DeAngelis (215)683-9614

  1. Banking Complaints (800)PABANKS

14. Civil Rights Assistance (Including Police Brutality)

ACLU (215)592-1513

Police Advisory Commission (215)686-3991

Police Internal Affairs (215)685-5010

15. Mayor’s Action Center (215)686-3000

16. Telemarketer’s “Do Not Call Lists”

Pennsylvania (888)777-3406

National (888)382-1222

17. Telemarketers “Stop List”

Direct Marketing Association, P.O. Box 9014

Farmingdale, NY 11735-9014

  1. Junk Mail “Stop List”

Direct Marketing Association, P.O. Box 9008

Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008

  1. The Charles W. Bowser Lawyer Referral Service, (215)790-2170

20. General Information Law Office of Michael Coard (215)552-8714

21. Tariq Karim El-Shabazz, El-Shabazz & Harris LLC, 100 S. Broad St., Suite 1525, Philadelphia, PA 19110, Phone: (215) 731-0301

PPA PHONE No. and Email Address

Vincent J.Fenerty

Ciglar, Carl
Deputy Executive Director
On-Street Parking
Phone Numbers
Office: 215-683-9727
Fax: 215-683-9693
Email Addresses

Frank DeAngelis
Public Advocate

Richard Dickson

Edward Thornton

Miller, Linda
Senior Director
Facilities & Public Affairs
Phone Numbers Office: 215-683-9675
Email Addresses

Raymond, William
Human Resources
Phone No.Office: 215-683-9705
Email Addresses


Hoch, James
Phone Numbers Office: 215-683-9686
Email Addresses

Hilda Bielecki
ticketing manager


Hoch, James
Phone Numbers Office: 215-683-9686
Email Addresses

Hilda Bielecki
ticketing manager

State Representative Cherelle L. Parker's Annual Northwest Community Appreciation Awards Dinner

In Philadelphia, we are honored by community organizers who are truly dedicated to serving family, children, businesses and the larger community. One representative goes above and beyond to make certain our heroes and sheroes are recognized. This representative is Cherelle Parker of Pennsylvania.

The 200th Legislative District is pleased that Cherelle would organize and host the 2nd annual northwest community Appreciation awards Dinner on Friday, September 19, 2008 at H &H Banquet Hall, 2036 E. Haines Street, Philadelphia, PA

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Ludlow Community Day

As summer comes to a close in Philadelphia, we tend to begin to unwind from it's hazy days and hot nights by celebrating and preparing for the school season ahead.

You are welcomed to join us in this celebration!


For more information, please call 215-927-3227

Saturday, September 6, 2008
Sponsored by: STATE SENATOR, SHIRLEY M. KITCHEN, Pastor Maria Gardner, BM Oakley COGIC and Da-Network Housing

This event is FREE 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Between 6th & 7th Streets on W. Oxford Street in North Philadelphia
Featuring: Cartoon characters and other entertainment Information vendors FREE clothing •Water Ice • Soft Pretzels and more!
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What's YOUR Opinion of Philadelphia

WHYY-TVImage via Wikipedia Those of us who love Philadelphia know that we can make it better. There are some things in Philly that are actually perfect. Now you can become an It’s Our City opinion contributor.

WHYY wants to post your opinion. Do you have a suggestion on what would make Philadelphia better? How about areas for improvement?

Perhaps the Parks Commission is doing a great job keeping Fairmount park looking great, and you'd like to share your experience with the world. Well, this is your opportunity because is giving you a chance to use their virtual platform as you soapbox. Write 500 words or less op-ed and submit it to Go to for more info.

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Entrepreneurship in Philadelphia

Temple University logo (Image via Wikipedia Are you looking to settle in a town that inspires innovation? In Philadelphia, we give our citizens a competitive edge. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and are looking for support to help develop your vision, have we to the right tools for you!

The innovation and entrepreneurship institute cordially invites you to attend the Open House for Aspiring Entrepreneurs:

Thursday, September 4, 2008
4:00pm - 6:00pm
201 Speakman Hall
This event is open to all students, faculty, staff and alumni of Temple University

This is a great opportunity to:
* Network with successful and aspiring entrepreneurs
* Find out more about our programs, services and support organizations
* Discuss business ideas with our staff and "entrepreneurs and executives in residence"
Complimentary refreshments will be served!
For more information, contact 215.204.3082 or

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Is it possible to attend college for free??

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University of Pennsylvania

Attending college be a very rewarding experience. But, sometimes, finding the money to pay tuition can be difficult. That's why University of Pennsylvania is conducting an orientation for those who are 19 and older and would like to attend college for FREE!!!!! That’s right FREE!!!!!! Please give your name and telephone number to Mrs. Finney at 215-387-4910 and get details.

University of Pennsylvania Educational Opportunity Center

220 S. 40th Street-Suite 260
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3512

You're 19 years or older

  • You don’t have a high school degree
  • Or you’ve graduated from High School but never been to college
  • Or you’ve defaulted on your school loans and can’t get back into college
  • You're sick and tired of not being able to apply for better paying jobs or to get well deserved promotions…just because of your not having that sheepskin!

Contact them now for Free Services

  • Why don't you give our 24-7 answering service a call at 215-573-8000
  • And, why don't you tell a relative or a friend about EOC and tell them that we're located at 220 S. 40th St. Suite 260, in West Philadelphia

Come on! Contact EOC and get that four-year college degree.

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Philadelphia will feel another five-day heat wave at the Wachovia Center as three hot concerts – Coldplay, George Michael, and the Police - are set to rock the stage from Friday, July 25 through Tuesday, July 29.

Coldplay will bring their “Viva La Vida” tour to the Wachovia Center on Friday, July 25; George Michael performs live on Saturday, July 26; and the Police make their long-awaited return on Tuesday, July 29.

Coldplay’s newest album, “Viva La Vida,” was released by Capitol Music Group on June 17. Produced by Brian Eno and Markus Dravs, the record has topped the charts in 36 countries around the world. This is a rescheduled date from earlier in June. All tickets from the original date will be honored.

Michael brings his long awaited “25 Live” Tour to the Wachovia Center after performing for a staggering 1.3 million fans this year alone. He has enjoyed one of the most successful and enduring careers in the history of pop music, selling more than 85 million records globally and encompassing seven US No. 1 singles, two Grammy awards, three American Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award and two prestigious Ivor Novello awards for songwriting. His record "Faith" has sold over 20 million copies alone. In addition, Michael has garnered 11 British No. 1 singles and seven British No. 1 albums. He recently was declared the most played British artist on radio over the course of the last 20 years.

The Police, who have not played indoors in Philadelphia since January 18, 1982 at the Spectrum, are bringing special guest Elvis Costello with them to the Wachovia Center on Tuesday, July 29. This is a rescheduled date from earlier in November. All tickets from the original date will be honored.

Tickets for all Wachovia Center and Wachovia Spectrum events are available exclusively through ComcastTIX at, 1-800-298-4200, the Wachovia Complex Box Office, select ACME locations, the Virtua Health Flyers Skate Zone at Voorhees, and the Polonia Bank Flyers Skate Zone at Northeast.

Seeking a Highly Skilled Volunteer?

Well, look no more!

In Philly, we consider it an honor to help our organizations grow. That's why
Saint Joseph’s University MBA students step out on faith to help your and your organization!

We all need help with marketing, project plans and fundraising for our favorite not-for-profit organizations. Sometimes these duties can slip through the cracks. But, with a graduate level resource, your organization can feel more confident about getting things done!

Just contact Ray Sarnacki at for more information.


Join the Technically Speaking Crew and Liberation Fellowship CDC on August 2, 2008 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET as we take technology to the streets! History's first ever live radio & web broadcast of a festival of this kind.

This live webcast featuring a QVC-style flea market is a Philly First. You can interact with flea market vendors, view their products and purchase their goods ONLINE or via phone. Extending the reach of Philly's businesses to the world; and encourage healthy citizens.

Liberation Fellowship CDC is sponsoring a Family Community Health Day on Saturday, August 2nd, at Hebron Tabernacle, 6630 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy Section of Philadelphia, PA. There will be health screenings and information available about high blood pressure, asthma, and other illnesses threatening the African American community. Because the event includes the whole family, there will be activities for children of all ages.

There will be rides, face painting, tables available for flea market sales, free food and music. The goal of the day’s event is to promote community fellowship and health awareness in the greater Germantown area.

The all-day event begins at 11:00 a.m. and will conclude with an ecumenical prayer at 4:00 p.m. For more information about table reservations, contact Jerome Rogers at (267) 265-3006

Liberation Fellowship Community Development Corporation (LFCDC) is a federally tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It was created in March, 2006, by members of Liberation Fellowship Church of Jesus, Inc. in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as a separate, stand-alone outreach and community development expression of the church’s commitment to positive and progressive personal and societal change. For more information about us, visit our website at

Center for Progressive Leadership leadership!

On July 7th of 2008, Haile Johnston, a community organizer in North Philadelphia and a 2007 CPL Pennsylvania Political Leaders Fellow, will be joining CPL as the new Pennsylvania State Director for the Center for Progressive Leadership.

When we started the search process, we were looking for someone who could bring a long-term vision for leadership development to the progressive movement in Pennsylvania, the management experience to build a sustainable organization, and the background to be able to engage new, diverse communities in our work.

In Haile, we found someone who could bring each of those things.

Haile has a diverse background working for progressive change in the for-profit, non-profit, and public sector. In all of his work, he has consistently found ways to use grassroots, community-based strategies to get new people involved in the fight for progressive change.

We were fortunate to have an incredible pool of applicants to choose from.

Elected officials, organizational leaders, nonprofit directors, donors, and political leaders recommended individuals, reached out to their networks, and spread the word about the job opening. Our alumni hosted state-wide conference calls, sent scores of emails, sent up meetings for CPL staff, and helped look under every rock for the kind of individual we were looking for. Almost 200 individuals were directly involved in the search process.

CPL has a strong network of support in Pennsylvania. Now, we also have a talented director to build on that foundation.

Over the course of the next several months, Haile will be reaching out to the CPL network in Pennsylvania to talk about the upcoming year, figure out the challenges and opportunities in the state, and lay out the priorities for 2008 as we continue to try and build a powerful movement of diverse leaders committed to a more progressive Pennsylvania.

FREE Interactive Internet Course for Organizations

Although I find it quite easy to talk about and write about Philadelphia, for some it is difficult. People don't always know what tools are a available to them or how to take advantage of them.

But, now there is a FREE* course available to not-for-profits to find out how to use blogs, and other online resources to promote their agendas.

Here is more information regarding this workshop:

Celebrate with the Bread and Roses Community Fund

Our community volunteers in Philadelphia work hard

And, we like like to enjoy ourselves, too.

Please join Bread & Roses on Thursday, June 26th for an energetic evening of food, drinks, conversation, and the announcement of our 2008 grantees. Bread & Roses will celebrate YOU--our community of donors and activists--because you make real change possible in the Delaware Valley.

Click the link to RSVP:
On the Rise for Real Change
Thursday, June 26th, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Carriage House, 3907 Spruce St., 19104
Admission is Free

On the Rise for Real Change is Bread & Roses' second annual grant awards announcement and donor appreciation event. It's a great opportunity to meet our grantees and learn about the important work for real change being done in the Delaware Valley. Spanish translation, sign interpretation, and childcare will be available.
Join us on June 26th. And help spread the word by forwarding this link to your friends a colleagues:

P.S. There are still a few spaces left for Social Justice Giving Plan Workshop this Sunday. For more information go to

Using Words Not Weapons

Open Mic Night for YOUR Community
Contact person: Constance 215-268-7958
Date: June 27th 2008
Location: Lonnie Young Recreation Center
1100 E Chelten Ave.

This event is exclusively for the community
Members of the Northwest.
Spoken word, Rap, and song about non–violence
Win one of 3 $500 scholarships.

Using Words Not Weapons
Sponsored by, Power House of God, 1014~16 E Chelten Ave.

Stopping the Violence in Philadelphia using The Arts

Because we are committed to stopping the violence in Philadelphia, we are having a Free week of summer fun for the youth of North Philadelphia

Date: June 23rd to 29th
35 Students ages 13-16 will be able to participate in a Multicultural Education and participation outing
Food, Drama, Education.
This week long event will conclude with you seeing Oprah Winfrey’s the color purple-- LIVE!
Contact person: Connie 215-268-7958
This event is Sponsored by:
Redeemed Holy Church Of the Living God 2324 Ridge Ave

Pennsylvania Convention Center Promotes Leadership

On Wednesday, June 18, Ahmeenah Young, was appointed to the position of chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority (PCCA). Ms. Young is also the NFBPA Greater Philadelphia Chapter Vice President.

Ms. Young has been an Affirmative Action Officer. Today, as one of only two Black women in the United States heading a convention center, she represents the height one can achieve in the field of public administration.

Ahmeenah Young, of the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia, co-owner of North by Northwest and member of the board of directors of Mt. Airy USA, the local non-profit community development corporation. Young also serves on the boards of the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition, Philadelphia Forward, Philadelphia Academies, Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), North Philadelphia Health Systems and the Lotus Academy.

North By Northwest is located at 7165 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119,(215) 248-1000 is the best place for live music!

Poetry in Philadelphia.....for a great cause


It's no secret that our young people in Philadelphia need help. Many of our young people in Philadelphia have little to no responsible male guidance. Fortunately, there are groups like M.A.N. M.A.N. helps to support our young people through special events that helps to partner them with conscious responsible male role models. During an upcoming poetry event, you can witness this yourself.

Please help spread the word to mothers with troubled teens and men!

The poetry event is for at-risk or truant young men between the ages of 13-24. However, men that are interested in signing up to become mentors can join M.A.N. representatives at the Fatherhood Festival taking place the same date at the Convention Center.
Additional sponsors are welcome for the poetry event.

The Uptown Theatre is BACK!

While I'm too young to remember the great ones like Smokey Robinson playing at the Uptown, I do know that it is a landmark and quite history. If you are like me then you will want to see this legend up close and in person!

The Board of Directors of the Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation
Invites you to a walking tour of Philadelphia's Historic Uptown Theatre
Date: Saturday, June 28, 2008
Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Site: 2240-50 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
Tour Cost: $35
Each Contributor will receive a commemorative Hard Hat & Flashlight
Call 215.236.1878 to RSVP
Make your check payable to: UEDC
2227 N. Broad Street, Suite 2F
Philadelphia, PA 19132-4502

Free Four-part, interactive Leadership Training Course

In Philadelphia, we believe in developing core leadership values that promote positive social change: self-mastery (independence and personal responsibility), interdependence (working effectively within and among groups), and reflective leadership (team-building and shared group thinking that focuses on new, cooperative approaches to community problem-solving, and creation of new and needed programs, products and services)..

Free Four-part, interactive Leadership Training Course
Liberation Fellowship CDC at Hebron Tabernacle
6630 Germantown Avenue (the corner at Phil-Elena Street),Philadelphia, PA 19119
Every Tuesday in May 2008 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m
For more info contact: John Elliott Churchville, (215) 848-8511,

Putting the FUN in Fundraising!

Ever wonder why Philly food tastes sooooooooo good?

Well, it's because Philly food is baked with LOVE.

Strawberry Mansion NAC's Board Fundraiser
Saturday, May 3, 2008
NAC office
2829 W. Diamond Street, Philadelphia
1 2:00 noon until 7:00 p m
Price $10.00
Menu: Fish Platters, Chicken Wings Platters and Fish Sandwiches
Sides: Cole slaw, Marconi salad & French Fries
Special Treat: Funnel Cake $2.50

Support the 20th Annual Onah C. Weldon Scholarship Fund Luncheon

The Philadelphia Congress realizes the importance of African-American women understanding the consequences of achieving political and economic empowerment and using that power effectively. Therefore, the Philadelphia Congress will continue to strive and make significant headway in educating women about the political process and how it effects every phase of our livelihoods.

With the 20th Annual Onah C. Weldon Scholarship Fund Luncheon, the PC-NCBW continues its 20 year tradition in helping to support women and their education:

What: The Philadelphia Congress Flagship Chapter of the National Congress of Black Women
Present the 20th Annual Onah C. Weldon Luncheon & Fashion Show
Where: The Chart House, 555 Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia PA
When: Saturday, November 10, 2007, Doors Open 11:00 AM
Tickets: $ 50.00
Fabulous *** Fun *** Fashions
Great Door Prizes
Proceeds will benefit the Onah C. Weldon Scholarship Fund
For additional information, please contact Event Chair, Barbara White, Event Chair,610-222-9113

Partying in Philadelphia

If you are looking for a great time, good friends and lots of fun, Philadelphia is the place to be.

Philly has great night life events. One of my favorite events is thrown by JB Productions, Professional Friday's. Remember to bring your business cards.

Every Friday

from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at "Ms. Tootsie's Restaurant / Bar / Lounge", located at 1312 South Street.


Ms. Tootsie's is a SMOKE-FREE environment! !!!

Dress Code: Fashionable

Cover: FREE

Cash Bar with "NEW" Drink Specials

Valet Parking Available

Ms. Tootsie's RBL will be available for appetizers and dinner

Live DJ (DJ KAM) All Night Long

Philly Plays Scrabble

We love to play games here in Philadelphia.

I remember when I was a kid. We used to play jump rope, jax and hop scotch. Kids today can still enjoy these games in a safe nurturing environment. As a matter of fact, at 17 Free Library branches at designated times in October, you may join Scrabble players throughout October.

Philly Plays Scrabble is an initiative launched by ASAP/After School Activities Partnership.

Take a look at their site for more details: I see you on game day!

Liquid Sunshine in Philadelphia


Well, it's rainy here in Philadelphia today. But, not to worry. There are STILL many great things to do.

I took a trip to the library today. And, I have the video to prove it! lol. Take a short break and look at the video above. If you listen closely, you can hear the rain and the windshield wipers in my car! The video is of one of Philadelphia's favorite libraries located on Ogontz Ave in the West Oak Lane Section of Philly. Whether rain or shine, it's a great place to hang out. Here is more info:

Free Library of Philadelphia -
6017 Ogontz Ave, Philadelphia -(215) 685-3566

After you are finished reading, you can pop on over to Cornbread and Coffee, 7175 'D' Ogontz Ave, right off of Ogontz Avenue. They have the most delicious home cooked meals! They even have a FREE wireless network. So, stop in and tell Troy to give you the house special. You can thank me later. Here is their website:

View of the dining room at Cornbread & Coffee

Philly, is the Summer over?

Well, it's the end of the Labor Day weekend and the summer is unofficially over here in Philadelphia :(.

But, don't feel bad. There is still plenty more fun to be had! Think about it. Autumn in the City of Brotherly Love can be SPECTACULAR! There is pumpkin picking and carving. Mmmm. Just the thought of those pumpkin pies!

Oh! That reminds me! Don't forget to visit the Reading Terminal this Fall season. If no one has told you, the Reading Terminal is the BEST kept secret in Philadelphia. But, remember the Amish counters are closed on Mondays (I made the mistake of going to the Reading Terminal on a Monday and boy was I disappointed).

The Reading Terminal has the freshes cakes, pies, meats, fruits and vegetables. You can eat in or take out. Oh my gosh! There is a diner there that has the biggest and BEST apple tarts in the whole country.

Reading Terminal is located at 12th & Market Streets. Here is their website.

Is Philly the greatest or what?!

Philadelphia Art Museum - The Place to be Labor Day Weekend

Really think about it....when is the last time you've been to Philadelphia's Art Museum??

I've only been 3 times in the past 5 years. But, guess what? I'll be there this weekend!

Going to the art museum can be so much fun and very educational. Right now they have an exhibit on Tibetan Art. The exhibit is called, "Tibetan Ritual Art" presents rarely-seen Tibetan-Buddist ritual images and implements.

I know zero about Tibet, so this should be a great adventure for me.

The exhibit will be there through November 30.

You can call the museum, (215) 763-8100 for more info.


Father's Day in September?? The Million Father March

That's right!

The city of Philadelphia is once again meeting the challenges of social responsibility.

We are celebrating the The Million Father March on September 10, 2007. On that day, all of the fathers and uncles and male role models will take their children to school.

Make sure you check out the House of Umoja's website for more info.


Hot Time in Philly

Whew! It's really hott in Philly today! Well, it's not really the heat, it's the humidity. LOL.

To cool off here in Philadelphia, you need a water ice. Philadelphia is known for it's pretezel and delicious water ice. You can find a water ice stand on just about every corner here in Philly.

I think that it's part of Philadelphia's charter that everyone must have at least 2 water ices every 5 days between the months of May and September. Well, it should be part of the charter, anyway.

I'm doing my part. I have a Philly water ice 3 times of week.
Usually, I go to a Rita's water ice stand. You can click here to find a Rita's stand near you. And, for Philly's sake, stay cool!

Philadelphia Blocks 2007 - The Neighborhood Agenda

PhillyBlocks 2007: The Neighborhood Agenda

As you know, Philadelphia is always trying to grow. Philadelphia wants to be a better city. So, the Institute for the Study of Civic Values is helping Philadelphia do just that by sponsoring a PhillyBlocks Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

On Friday, September 14th, 2007, block captains, town watch members, youth advocates, and neighborhood activists will convene at the second annual PhillyBlocks 2007: The Neighborhood Agenda

There will be workshops on Clean and Green Neighborhood, Saving Homes: Foreclosures and Repairs, Making Neighborhood

s Safe and lots more.

Take a look at the agenda

Restaurant Week in Philadelphia

If you loooooove food (and, who doesn't?) you'll want to be in Philadelphia anytime September 23-28, 2007 because we have got the most delectable foods for you!

Philadelphia Area
Center City restaurants will offer a minimum of 3 courses for only $30† per person. And participating parking facilities will offer diners discounted rates.

Mexican specialties, Mimosas, even good ol' fashion Philly cheese steaks are waiting for you!

Don't miss out.

Visit for more information.

African American United Fund (AAUF) Update


The Philadelphia African American United Fund will host its first, in a series of, African Marketplaces on Saturday, August 18 at 2231 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Following dates for the Marketplace will fall on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month until December 22. The schedule for the African Marketplace and theme for the month is listed below.


Day: Saturday




August 18

8 AM - 6 PM

High Blood Pressure Prevention

Blood Pressure Screening

Guest speakers

September 8th and 22nd

8 AM - 6 PM

Heart Disease Prevention

Warning signs of heart disease, heart healthy foods

Guest speaker

October 13th and 27th

8 AM - 6 PM

Diabetes Prevention

Cooking demonstrations

Guest speaker

November 2nd and 24th

8 AM - 10 PM

Diet and Exercise

Fitness test, low impact workout programs

Guest speaker

December 8th and 22nd

8 AM - 10 PM

Mental Health Awareness

Stress Management activities

Guest speaker

Type of Vendors:

Rare & Black Books

Art & Clothes

Prepared Food & Fresh Produce

Vendors from across the City of Philadelphia will gather to sell clothes, unique artwork, Black books and rare books, organic juices, fresh produce and healthy prepared foods.

Workshops on Health and Wellness will be conducted.

Demonstrations on cooking healthy foods will be held.

African American authors will sign their books.

Join us on Saturday, August 18 at 8:00 AM for our first African Marketplace.

For more information, contact the Philadelphia African American United Fund at 215.236.2100

Aissia Richardson

African American United Fund

2227 N. Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19132

(215) 236-2100 phone

(215) 236-9077 fax

alrbuffer[at} email