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By Mike Levey

 

A key position to address this offseason for the Eagles is the quarterback position. Since Donovan McNabb’s departure after the 2009 season, the Eagles have started six different QBs


Having stability at QB gives any team a chance to compete year in and out. But with almost no quality QBs available through this year’s free agency, or a superstar “NFL-ready” QB anticipated in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Eagles have some big decisions to make.  

 

This is also magnified by their pending decision on whether to franchise Sam Bradford for one year at $20 million, or possibly lock him into a longer-term deal.

 

Enter Nick FolesPhoto: washingtonpost.com

 

Foles is coming off a poor season with the St. Louis Rams that eventually led to his benching. Les Bowen of the Daily News also refuted ESPN’s Adam Schefter’s February 7 tweet of the Eagles interest to bring back Foles.

 

But with previous ties to the Eagles and a strong winning record in Philly not too long ago, a case should be made to bring back Foles, who was 15-9 as a starter with the Eagles in the regular season. This record included playing with a sub par defense and Andy Reid’s last season, when the team already took a dive. Foles’ interception total more than doubled his last year with the Eagles, but he found a way to win games, and the team was still 6-2 before his collarbone injury in 2014.  

 

Side note: Foles was 4-7 as a starter in games started last year in St. Louis, but 8 out of the 11 games he faced were against playoff teams. The Rams have had a losing team their last nine seasons regardless of their QB.  

 

Still not convinced? Check out several more reasons why Foles possibly returning to Philly isn’t such a stretch.

 

2016 QB Draft Class Not Strong-  Bringing back Foles gives the Eagles flexibility to take and develop a QB in the 2nd or 3rd round this year.  With the number 13 pick, and with limited (if any) “NFL ready” QB prospects this year, taking a QB in the 1st round would be stretching, vs. drafting a potential superstar offensive or defensive lineman to pair with Lane Johnson or Fletcher Cox. Starting Mark Sanchez or Chase Daniel (who has only started 2 career NFL games) would be throwing in the towel to the season and similar to Pederson starting in 1999.  But bringing back Foles would give the Eagles an opportunity to compete in 2016, while having flexibility to draft a QB in the later rounds this year, and potentially earlier next year when there are stronger QB options. In the process, maybe Foles will prove he can be the long-term guy in a stable offense.

 

Connection to Pederson-  During Foles’ rookie season, Doug Pederson was his quarterback coach. Pederson helped scout Foles for Andy Reid. Foles can help provide some depth to the position, getting to compete for the starting role, while working with Pederson to help mold a young QB over the next two years. Foles also has experience running Chip Kelly’s hurry-up offense, which will help Pederson in critical 4th quarter time situations (and press conferences).

 

He’s As Good as Bradford-  Sam Bradford progressed last year, but I think Foles is just as good—if not better in certain areas. Foles throws a good deep ball, which is critical to gaining momentum in a game, keeping the defensive backs off the line, drawing penalties, and coming from behind. Even as Bradford progressed, he still appeared so often like a check down passer, throwing short so many times on third and long. According to Pro Football Reference, when ranking the average pass yards per attempt for active NFL quarterbacks over their career, Bradford ranks last.  Foles posts nearly the same career completion percentage (60.2%) than Bradford (60.1%) and has a higher TD to INT ratio (1.96, 53/27) than Bradford (1.50, 78/52).  In addition, Foles is a more mobile QB, less injury prone, and a much cheaper option than Bradford.

 

4th Quarter Comebacks-  According to Pro Football Reference, in 8 of his games in 2014, Foles had three 4th quarter comebacks/game winning drives and posted a 6-2 record.  Take two of those away and the Eagles would have been at 4-4.  Throw out the statistics for a moment.  Foles struggled with more interceptions in 2014, but he kept the Eagles in games, and finds intangibles to come back and win time and time again.  Even when trailing 20-7 in the 2013 playoff game against the Saints, Foles brought the Eagles right back, giving them a 24-23 lead late in the 4th quarter, which the special teams and defense unfortunately could not hold.

 

Fits Philly Culture-  Fitting into the culture and mindset of the Eagles and its fan base is not a given. One of the challenges with bringing in so many new players in 2015 and with the 2012 “Dream Team” is that it takes time to fully understand this mindset.  Foles “bleeded green” when in Philly.  In an early 2014 game against the Redskins, despite playing with a beat up offensive line, Foles stayed in the pocket and delivered throw after throw while taking a beating.  There is no better way to demand respect from your team than when Jason Peters stood up for Foles after getting a blind sight hit by Chris Baker. Without question, Foles wants to win, wants to get better, and did I mention even cried during the postgame press conference after the playoff loss to the Saints?

 

Of course, the possibility of Foles returning to the Eagles is not without its challenges. According to ESPN's Nick Wagoner, it’s highly unlikely the Rams will get rid of Foles due to a net hit of $8 million to their salary cap before June 1st or $7 million after. But with Ram’s head coach Jeff Fisher planning to bring back both Case Keenum and 3rd round QB pick Sean Mannion, the Eagles should at least explore discussions with the Rams to eat part of his salary cap.  

 

Could a trade be possible for DeMarco Murray (also putting the Eagles in a financial bind) and Nick Foles?  Who knows? Maybe the Eagles might just get lucky with the Rams releasing Foles, or willing to eat most of his salary cap.  

 

Mike Levey is an avid Philadelphia-sports fan living with his wife in the Greater Philadelphia area. Originally from Northern New Jersey, he grew up watching Eagles games with his grandfather by pointing their antenna rotator towards Philadelphia to watch games on a static screen—before DirecTV.  Some of the most memorable games he’s attended include Vai Sikahema's goal post punching against the New York Giants , 4th and 26, NFC Championship ’05, and the ‘Snow Bowl.' 

 

Nick Foles photo: washingtonpost.com

 



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Adobe Creative Cloud is among the top-notch applications that have made the world of technology a better place for tech enthusiasts. It is widely applauded by world's best web designers for its tremendous contribution to development fully functional web page with detailed info graphic and print ready displays. The Adobe Company’s goal is to give web designers and developers the best tools and services in the world to make a better technological place. In this article we are going to take you through the five reasons why Adobe Creative Cloud is the best for web designing.

 

First of all, Adobe Creative Cloud is among the many software produced by the Adobe incorporation. The software gives the users access to a wide collection of feature for web development, graphic design and also video editing.

 

Resolution Independence

 

The issue of raster vs. vector didn’t apply to web design until the advent of the Adobe creative cloud. The issue of raster and vector was only known to the print world, but not for web design. However, the introduction of Adobe Creative Cloud inspired many web developers to adopt the use of vectors and rasters in aligning and position element in a web page. Use of creative cloud enables the designers to apply many features such as icon fonts, scalable vectors graphics and many more features that gives the websites the desired functionality.

 

With the creative cloud, you can create artwork that is both scalable and infinitely looks great at the same time. On the web, content sizes have to be properly managed to achieve the best results. The elements have to look at their best sizes to give them the best outlook on any displaying device (phones, tablets, and computer desktops).

 

Pixel Perfection

 

Adobe Creative Cloud is very helpful when it comes to designing to a grid these days. Most web developers want a perfect grid presentation of their websites. In Adobe creative cloud, it is easy to match the design to the grid and while at the same time developing the site from the design contents in the Illustrator.

 

The adobe creative cloud offers you a series of web and design profiles to start working on the aligning to the built-in pixel grid to achieve the perfect result. For example, it enables you to set the colorspace to RGB, which gives you a variety of document sizes and turns.

 

Blends Well with the Raster

 

Using the creative cloud enhances the vector aspect of the website. For example, the Adobe cloud can enable to conveniently place PSD files natively. It can also enable layers and layer comps from editing software like Photoshop. The cloud does have an easier way of to display multiple versions of images. It is the best option for raster images.

 

You can also optimize your web content to the desired levels by using the creative cloud application on the web. The recent addition of photoshop's ability to generate assets is just another important feature that will enable the developers to manipulate images easily without many problems arising.

 

Accessibility

 

Adobe has just made the life of its lovers easier regarding accessing the software. In the past, the Adobe customers had just to purchase individual software for the web designing purposes e,g the Dreamweaver and Photoshop. However, with the onset of Creative Cloud, one can do a one-time subscription fee to access all the available Adobe features.

 

Hosted and Icon Fonts

 

Adobe creative cloud encompasses many features such a Typekit library, which means that one has access to tremendous amounts of fonts and icons to use in web designing. There are numerous icons that you can use for both social and official purposes. The library also consists of various applications that can enable the user to translate website in an easy way.

 

In conclusion, Adobe creative cloud offers its subscribers amazing features that are a milestone for web designers globally. It is there to stay.

 

Lee Flynn is from the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, UT. After Lee spent years preparing himself, his home and his family, he decided he had to do more. In his free time, Lee helps educate those who want to do the same. Through small local workshops and articles, Lee trains and teaches others on home preparation, food storage techniques, wilderness survival and self reliance. After obtaining a bachelors degree from the University of Utah, Lee moved to the Salt Lake Valley where he now lives with his wife and daughter.

 

 

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There's no doubt in the minds of many people that some geographical areas are simply more startup-friendly than other regions. Local and state tax amenities, office spaces, housing starts, schools and health facilities all attract new entrepreneurs in today's fast-paced Philadelphia business environment.

 

Fast becoming an up and coming jewel of a business center for new startups, we'll focus on five attractive reasons for considering Philly as one of the best startup-friendly places to begin one's business journey.Photo: www.fastcompany.com

 

-Universities

 

-Venture Capital, Angel Investors and Incubators

 

-The Shipping Trade Industry and Navy Yard Expansion

 

-Entrepreneurial Fellowship

 

-The Biotech and IT Sectors

 

1. Universities

 

With over 80 universities to choose from, Philadelphia proves an attractive magnet if there ever was one for business sectors, investors and students alike.

 

Universities such as Villanova, Penn State, Saint Joseph's, Drexel, Temple and Bryn Mawr add to the allure for drawing and relocating those entrepreneurs who are typically in their 30s.

 

2. Venture Capital, Angel Investors and Incubators

 

There seems to be an ongoing trend toward venture capital investors, angel investors and seed-grant incubator programs at every level.

 

Among other interesting programs found in Pennsylvania is something that goes by the name of the Ben Franklin Technology Partnership. Through this program, the government writes "seed checks" to the startup entity. Moreover, it's considered by many as one of the most prolific venture investors in the nation.

 

One recent company benefiting from seed money is Real Foods Works (RFW). RFW will be the recipient of more than $200,000 from the Startup PHL Seed Fund as other recipients are sure to follow soon.

 

 

3. Entrepreneurial Fellowship

 

Being that Philadelphia is not yet too big in size or in business recognition, there exists an amazing sense of community among entrepreneurs. A tight network of support groups is already in place to help others in other areas that would develop over time in a fledgling but growing community.

 

Philadelphia's proximity to New York City, its educational climate at all levels and affordable housing as compared to the New York housing market, all contribute to a promising startup environment.

 

 

4. Shipping Trade Industry and Navy Yard Expansion

 

Philadelphia's historical roots as a major port of entry for the continental United States is well-known. However, its prominence in modern times seems to grow as bigger and faster ship building, channeling and an exploding shipping trade develops with further plans for the Port of Philadelphia and former Navy Yard.

 

More than 22 new startup companies have been added to the old 1,100-acre property. With a now total of 143 companies and a labor force of 11,000 employees, major players already are in place. Among them is Glaxo Smith Kline ZSX Medical, who made an early move to the old Navy Yard.

 

For less well-known companies, one major bait on the proverbial hook is that there's plenty of room to grow. Iroko Pharmaceuticals, a company that launched with a handful of people, now has a projected staff of more than 200 people by the end of this year.

 

5. The Biotech and IT Sectors

 

If you want to launch a medical or health tech company, then Philadelphia is the up and coming player to consider. Having started as an experimental urban revitalization program, innovative startups today spring up from Philadelphia's University City Science Center. In total, since 2006, the Science Center has raised more than $14 million in government grants and $116 million in private capital.

 

The same promising outlook awaits those in the information technology (IT) sector. From web development on translating website content to providing the next generation broadband high-speed services as does Comcast, thousands are now calling Philly the place for IT environments.

 

Since 2009, new startups have added more that $9 billion to the Philadelphia economy and some 15,000 new jobs. For many people, an affordable cost of living and less competition help add to this city's promising outlook as a potential boom town.


Greg Dastrup is a world traveler and professional writer with a passion for learning new languages. 
He’s spent most of his career consulting for businesses in North America.


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There are few names in the world as recognizable as Kobe Bryant and this basketball star recently returned to his roots.  

The NBA legend never had what you’d call a great reception from fans in Philly, but that all changed this year.

Philly has had a lot of notable visitors in 2015, including Pope Francis, but this homegrown hero’s welcome when the Lakers played the Sixers back on December 1st may have overshadowed that of the Holy Father. The crowd began to go wild from the second Sixers’ PA announcer Matt Cord introduced the star. Within 30 seconds, Cord had summarised what is, by all accounts, one of the best basketball careers of all time. From the Olympic medals to NBA victories, Cord perfectly summed up Bryant’s 20-year career to a crowd that was already in full swing.

At the end of the intro, the crowd clapped for almost a minute as Bryant stepped onto the court. This standing ovation surprised Bryant, as he came onto the court with his fellow players  and was taken aback by the amount of adoration he received as an opposing player.

The game went to the Sixers in the end, but the Lakers star emphasized that he couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Even Bryant’s high school coach, Gregg Downer was present. Downer, who was at a loss for words when describing his former player, presented Bryant with a Lower Merion High School Jersey.

The faculty at the arena admitted to being star struck when meeting the player up close and personal. Even the pundits with their bets on the game were happy to see Bryant, even though the odds were slim. Sport betting or any other gambling, casino or bingo sites have odds available to peruse before betting and the odds of the Sixers taking this victory were slim to none.

While Bryant hasn’t always had a good relationship with his fans, (which led to him being booed while taking the All Star Game MVP in 2002), the star finally got that hometown reception that he was hoping for and enjoyed his visit to Philadelphia. Philly is known as the City of Brotherly Love, and that’s exactly what Bryant finally felt.

 

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When we last spoke with Andrea Kohalmi, the Central Catholic and St. Joseph’s University graduate was riding high off the success of her newly released debut novel ‘Eternity.’ Three years later, Kohalmi has penned two more books in the ‘Eternity’ series: 2013’s ‘Eternity is not Enough,’ and ‘Endlessly,’ which was released this year.

Now based in San Francisco, Philly2Philly spoke with the busy wife and mother of two about her new book, everyday life, and making her dreams come true.

 

It’s been almost four years since your debut novel, 'Eternity' was released. Not only did you already release a sequel, but also follow up! You’re one busy author!Andrea Kohalmi

I’m just passionate about this series and have a story to tell about Angel, CJ, Rick and the rest. My only challenge is that there aren’t enough hours in the day to speed up the process!

 

You told us back in 2012 that you had ‘Eternity is not Enough’ in the works. How soon after that did you pen ‘Endlessly’?

The drafts of the first three books, “Eternity,” “Eternity is not Enough,” and “Endlessly,” were actually written between 2008 and 2009. As an author, when inspiration starts to flow, you have to get it all out before the dreaded writer’s block rears its ugly head. So, writing is easy. Editing, not so much. The editing process for the first two books took about three years, as I was still trying to capture the right tone and voice for the story. Once “Eternity is not Enough” was published in 2012, I jumped back into editing “Endlessly” and worked with an astonishingly talented artist to create the cover.

 

Angel, the titular character, has been through quite a bit since ‘Eternity.’ Without giving too much away, can you give our readers a little bit of an idea of her most recent trials and tribulations?

At the end of “Eternity is not Enough,” Angel gets her “normal” life back. “Endlessly” picks up a year later and finds Angel frustrated, bored, and missing her supernatural adventures and friends from Wales. She doesn’t have to wait long before her past is resurrected into a journey that takes her across the US and unites her new and old friends in an interesting predicament.

 

Angel comes to find out that she is not alone in her doldrums. The whole group is finding it more than a tad difficult to readjust to normal life as they search for meaning and stumble upon an idea, sparking the possibility that their problems are far from over.

 

Did you have a clear-cut storyline for these characters prior to putting the stories to paper? Or did additional ideas tend to develop as you went further along?

Great question! When I got the inspiration for the story back in 2008 and the main characters came into focus, I knew how their storylines and plot would unfold. The entire series has been mapped out for a while. Now, it’s just a matter of writing the stories.

 

How would you describe your current approach to writing compared to when you penned your first novel?

When I first started, the writing was solely a cathartic experience without any intention of the stories seeing the light of day. These days, writing feels like an artist creating a painting. Each page is a stroke of color. Each plot twist is a burst of design that makes the picture take shape.

 

Are any hobbies, elements or facets of your everyday life incorporated into your work?

Of course! These days I practice Reiki, which is a form of energy healing. The characters’ special skills are based on the concept of energy work and visualizations that promote healing. Also, my lifelong interests in history, travel, mythology, and the supernatural are just an added bonus, since I can incorporate the elements I find fascinating into the stories. Over the next few books, those themes will become front and center.

 

What does the future hold for the Eternity series?

In terms of plot, Angel’s adventures are about to get a lot more complicated. The lines between good and evil are blurred. She and her friends need to unlock memories of their ancient past lives to understand their current predicament. There’s also a secret hidden in the mythology behind their intertwined connections that will forever change the course of their destinies. And the love triangle is far from over.

 

The question remains, will Angel and her friends be able to figure out the secret in time to stop the evil entities from redirecting humanity’s future toward an imminent end game? (As an author who’s not afraid of making hard decisions, the characters will face the impossible. Whether they weather their supernatural storms, well, you’ll just have to read it to find out.)

 

As far as writing goes, the fourth book has entered the editing phase, and I’ve begun writing the fifth. It’s an exciting process!

 

Is there anything in particular you want to mention or plug, for those who want more information?

Fans (and curious outsiders) can follow along in the writing and publishing process by going to my website (http://eternityisnotenough.com/promotions/). They’ll even get an inside look into the supernatural and spiritual with some of the shared posts.


What’s been the most exciting part about writing a series of books?Endlessly by Andrea Kohalmi

As an author, the ability to create a whole new world that engages an audience is a profoundly humbling experience. Hearing fans talk about the characters as if they’re real people or ask when the next book is coming out is amazing. While the series has a long way to go, this feedback certainly gets me psyched to keep writing as fast as I can.

 

You mention that you created a “whole new world.” How did you do that?

It’s one thing to write a book and share a story. In my day job, I’m a communications consultant. From corporate branding to a product launch, any successful story requires engaging your target audience. For the “Eternity” series, that means giving my readers a sneak peek into Angel’s world as I see it. Pictures and music help tell that story. Each of the books feature a playlist that captures the characters’ conflict and mood as well as the spirit of the plot.

 

The series now has its own YouTube Channel, Eternity Is Not Enough, where readers can access the playlists and even watch the video trailer for the first book. I’m not a graphic designer or musician, so don’t expect perfection, but this was a good segue to round out the “Eternity” experience.

 

YouTube link:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtHQFXYNU4tIhTwCW2ZwWNQ  

 

There’s a video now too?

Yup! iMovie is an awesome little tool! Granted my video editing and producing skills leave a lot to be desired, but it’s another creative outlet. For those readers who are begging for the books to be turned into movies, it gives them a visual snapshot of how I envision the portrayal of the characters and setting (Link to video: https://youtu.be/q_ISF_ogIqE)

 

Speaking of time, you have a full time job, a family, and you volunteer. How do you find the time to do all of this?

That’s my top FAQ! Honestly, it’s all about making my dreams come true, and it helps to have a supportive hubby! I’ve wanted to write novels since I was a little girl. The process is not so much about finding the time to make it happen as much as it is creating balance between life’s realities and my passions. For my children, it also sets the example that anything is possible, if we put our minds and hearts into it. We each have a purpose to fulfill, and our dreams or passions guide us along the way. The “Eternity” series is one piece in my life’s journey and one that I’m thrilled to be able to share with others.

 

What else is new in Angel’s world and for her fans?

Through October, readers have the opportunity to write a review for “Endlessly” on Amazon and get entered into a drawing. I’m raiding Morgan’s cupboard (she’s Eternity’s high Wiccan priestess) to gift the grand prize winner with an Eternity tote bag, a Reiki-charged pillar candle, a votive candle, a mini dream pillow, intention charm pouch, a gemstone charm, and—best of all—a sneak peek into the fourth book with an excerpt just for them. Those who are just starting the “Eternity” series and want to write a review for the first and/or second book will have a chance to win one of two first prizes. Details can be found on the Eternity Facebook page.

 

 

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Over the past couple of years, local Philadelphians have been getting sick. Air quality is up and pollutants are down.

 

So what could be causing this drastic increase in respiratory issues here in Philly?  After diving in and doing some research, I discovered that indoor air can be more than 300 times as polluted as the air outside. This was astonishing to me. Considering all of the air filtration systems in modern homes, this was a bit of a shock. It seems that today, we spend the vast majority of our live inside.

 

As a result, we are living in a highly polluted environment. Giving full disclosure, I have no Idea what is causing the respiratory issues here. However, it is of my opinion that the issue of indoor vs. outdoor air quality is a good place to start. www.phe.gov

 

So how can you keep your home cleaner and therefore expose yourself to less pollutants and harmful substances?

 

It would appear that improving your home’s indoor air quality is a fine balancing act. Like most of us, we don’t have a spare 20K to drop on a new, top of the line air filtration system, so I wanted to look at some cheaper solutions. The first thing to be aware of is to toxic chemical that we use for cleaning. We use these chemicals to help, but they can also do great damage without following proper ventilation guidelines.  

 

That said, it is still important to use them. Although I prefer to vacuum myself, it is good to hire professional carpet cleaners every now and then. Apparently, carpets can hold more than four times their weight in dirt and dust. That shocked me! That alone could probably get people healthier. Other solutions include the additional adding of plants into your home. They will help filter the air and enrich the oxygen in your home.

 

Whatever is causing this issue, it is important to remember that our children are at risk. I urge all of my fellow Philadelphians to research this more.  

 

 

Lee Flynn is from the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, UT. After Lee spent years preparing himself, his home and his family, he decided he had to do more. In his free time, Lee helps educate those who want to do the same. Through small local workshops and articles, Lee trains and teaches others on home preparation, food storage techniques, wilderness survival and self reliance. After obtaining a bachelors degree from the University of Utah, Lee moved to the Salt Lake Valley where he now lives with his wife and daughter.

 

 

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Anticipating a visit from someone as esteemed as the Pope, El Papa, in the fifth largest American city, Philadelphia, is no minor event. The preparations are so extensive, it is mind boggling to the average citizen. Arriving for a weekend visit may not sound the trumpet, but certainly it requires nothing less. It is expected that over 2 million people will come to see the Pope in person, with many more watching remotely online and via television.

 

Pope Francis, or Papa Francesco in Italian, the language of the Vatican in Rome, will be visiting the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, PA on Saturday September 26 through Sunday September 27, 2015.Photo: slate.com

 

His eminence coming to town, though absolutely appreciated by the volume of onlookers and admirers, unfortunately can also invite religious and political extremists, or others with their own insane agenda. The biggest fear is perhaps that of “lone wolf” terror.

 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has designated the Philadelphia papal visit as a National Special Security Event. This means that the Secret Service takes the lead in running and maintaining safety issues. However, there are 20 different subcommittees, each covering a separate area, including transportation, government and airspace.

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has also developed a recovery plan, should a disaster befall the area. The surrounding counties have all come together and are participating with public safety officials. Both uniformed and plain clothes officers have come forward to supplement the otherwise thin Philadelphia police and federal Secret service.

 

The city itself has shut down, effective Thursday, with plans to eventually reopen, but not until the following Tuesday, September 29. This visit impacts every aspect of the city, from front and center, top to bottom, inside and out.

 

Transportation and parking restrictions, in addition to overall access to the city, have been in place since September 20th.

 

The Pope Francis visit impacts the city of Philadelphia including the following municipal closures:


  • City Hall

  • City Courts

  • Public Schools

  • Ben Franklin Bridge (closing Friday night)

  • Ben Franklin Parkway

  • Vine Street Expressway

 

Coinciding with the papal visit is the World Meeting of Families, also occurring in Philadelphia this year. The World Meeting of Families comes together every three years, since its inception in 1993 when it was created by the then Pope John Paul II.

 

The combined impact on Philadelphia has brought safety consultants into the city, where their services and expertise have been, unquestionably, in demand. No doubt the Pope himself is the dominant safety concern, and every stone has been turned, every nook and cranny inspected and security is on high alert. Other dignitaries are also present to meet and greet the Pope, requiring their own security details. It is not just a matter of crowd control and street closures.

 

College campuses in Philadelphia are also closed, most notably the University of Pennsylvania. Campus security should also be involved in safety planning, particularly where campus security issues interface with those of the city, according to one safety consultant.

 

Over a million visitors are anticipated to pass through the Philadelphia airport in order to participate in the papal visit and/or the World Meeting of Families. In preparation, airport personnel are being provided with a refresher course in customer service.

 

The Lower Makefield Police Chief Ken Coluzzi, recalled 1979 when Pope John Paul II came for a visit and he was present in uniform. This year the security preparations are “unmatched in scope and scale,” he commented.

 

Safety consultants expressed concern. In particular, a professor of homeland security, mentioned that the volume of road closures, to three tune of 3 square miles, major bridges and highways closed for more than 2-days, offices and businesses closed in the central city zone, he characterized as over-kill.


Safety consultants mentioned that security is best provided with circles of security surrounding, with tighter rings, closer in to the person of interest.

 

 

Lee Flynn is from the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, UT. After Lee spent years preparing himself, his home and his family, he decided he had to do more. In his free time, Lee helps educate those who want to do the same. Through small local workshops and articles, Lee trains and teaches others on home preparation, food storage techniques, wilderness survival and self reliance. After obtaining a bachelors degree from the University of Utah, Lee moved to the Salt Lake Valley where he now lives with his wife and daughter.

 

 

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This upcoming weekend, Atlantic City’s Golden Nugget Casino will be hosting their 5th Annual Beer Festival. This is the second time in as many months the casino has put together a similar event. Last month, they recently offered guests the opportunity to sip and savor dozens of wines from California and Italy with the Cal-Ital Wine Festival, the annual two-day event which brought food, jazz and, of course, wine to the Jersey Shore all weekend long.Golden Nugget Casino’s Cal-Ital Wine Festival, Beer Festival recent AC Highlights

The vino celebration kicked off at the Farley State Marina, with the wine and jazz reception held outside, under the stars on the event lawn. Guests had the opportunity to mix and mingle with wine ambassadors, winemakers and wine enthusiasts while enjoying over 25 types of wine from Italian and California wineries complemented by award winning cuisine.

The festivities continued on Saturday with the grand tasting in the ballroom. More than 120 wines were featured from the world’s most prestigious producers for guests to sample with culinary delights and a live band. Guests enjoyed flavorful selections of brunellos, cabernets, chiantis, chardonnays, barolos, barbarescos and other wines.

The Cal-Ital Wine Festival was a sure bet for attendees who were treated to award-winning wines in a relaxing atmosphere down the shore.

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On Saturday, April 25, 2015, the Fireman’s Hall Museum and the Casey Cares Foundation held a special party for critically ill children in Philadelphia. The children dressed up like firefighters, toured the museum, and participated in a scavenger hunt throughout the museum.  The Casey Cares Foundation, a non-profit that provides uplifting support for critically ill children, holds caring connections parties to give children and their families a chance to bond, make friendships, and ever-lasting memories.


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This little lady was so excited to try on a real firefighter uniform! It was so heavy she had to sit down! She explained it as “so hot and heavy."

 

 

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Look at the smile on this little guy's face! He thought it was so cool to have worn a uniform from a real life superhero!

 

 


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Jenna Communications crew with families from the Casey Cares Foundation.

 

 

 

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Wizard World is always a Philly2Philly tradition, and 2015 was no exception.

 

Check out some of our photo gallery from this special weekend!


Photo: Joe Vallee Sr.

 

Photo: Joe Vallee Sr.

 

Photo: Joe Vallee Sr.

 

Photo: Joe Vallee Sr.

 

Photo: Joe Vallee Sr.

Photo: Diane Cooney

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Concourse photos: Joe Vallee Sr.

Stephen Amell photo: Diane Cooney

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