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Eartquake In Camden

November 23rd, 2012

CAMDEN, NJ — There was a Thanksgiving Day earthquake in Camden, New Jersey.


The epicenter was near W Atlantic Avenue and Oak Lane — a short distance from Clementon Park.

Earthquake Details

Magnitude 2.1
Location 39.810°N, 74.995°W
Depth 5.1 km (3.2 miles)
Distances 0 km (0 miles) WSW of Clementon, New Jersey
1 km (0 miles) SSE of Lindenwold, New Jersey
2 km (1 miles) N of Pine Hill, New Jersey
4 km (2 miles) S of Echelon, New Jersey


Philadelphia Area Real Estate

November 23rd, 2012

The City of Philadelphia

Prudential Fox and Roach – Rittenhouse Square Real Estate/Society Hill Real Estate – Mary Genovese-Colvin

Philadelphia Real Estate, Prudential Fox and Roach, Center City Philadelphia – Lisa Silveri

Prudential Fox and Roach – Center City Philadelphia Real Estate, Queen Village – Kathy Conway

Kingsley Court, Roxborough, Philadelphia – Marie Grodon

Montgomery County and The Greater Philadelphia Region

Prudential Fox & Roach Jane Douglas

Prudential Fox & Roach – Jay Peterman

Michael Anthony Homes

Long and Foster Real Estate – John Benigno

Houses For Sale on the Main Line – Re/Max Executive Realty – Andrea Robbins

Prudential Rittenhouse Realty

Keller Williams Real Estate

Bucks County, Northern Montgomery County

The Barndt Agency

Delaware County

Century 21 – Absolute Realty

Chester County


Prudential Fox and Roach – Steve Christie, New Homes

Glenelg Farm – Prudential Fox and Roach – Luxury New Homes, Chadds Ford, PA

Berks County

Prudential Fox and Roach – Heatherbrook Townhomes


The Poconos (Monroe and Carbon County)

Keller Williams Real Estate – Vacation Homes and Rentals

New Castle County, Delaware

Marra Homes New Homes Quick Deliveries


Prudential Arizona Properties / Sterling Fine Homes and Land – Arizona

other real estate resources

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Title Insurance

Home Inspections

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New Development In Roxborough

November 15th, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA — It is rare to see a new housing development in the city of Philadelphia; however, thirty-two new carriage houses are being built in the Roxborough neighborhood.


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Kingsley Court New Carriage Houses in Philadelphia, PA

Welcome to Kingsley Court

A new upscale community of 32 ‘single-family’ carriage homes in the convenience of the city, the beauty of Wissahickon Valley Park and Walnut Lane Golf Course.

The many standard amenities include:

  • Private driveway & garage
  • Front garden & backyard
  • Sidewalks & streetlights
  • 2400 sq ft of living space
  • 3-4 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Baths
  • Finished 3rd floor loft
  • Hardwood floors
  • Recessed lighting
  • Granite counters
  • Stainless Whirlpool appliances

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Veterans Day Parade

November 12th, 2012

WEST CHESTER, PA — On Sunday, veterans held a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in West Chester followed by a parade down Gay Street. There was a variety of veterans, antique military vehicles, floats and both the East and Rustin High School Marching Bands.



Philly Top 20

November 8th, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that Philadelphia has been selected as a finalist for the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge, a competition created to inspire American cities to generate innovative ideas that address major challenges and improve city life – and that ultimately can be shared with other cities across the nation.

Philadelphia joined the “Elite 20” based on its innovative idea that re-imagines how cities’ can tackle urban challenges using entrepreneurial solutions in order to achieve meaningful change. Called the Philadelphia Social Enterprise Partnership (PSEP), this initiative changes how city government interacts with the private sector by engaging entrepreneurs in framing social challenges and seeking innovative solutions. The concept provides a new, sustainable model for urban problem solving with city government as an active partner, providing data and feedback throughout the process. PSEP will be run in collaboration with GoodCompany Group, the leading social enterprise incubator in Philadelphia.

Following a call for ideas, the Mayor’s Office of Grants led a rigorous process to narrow down the 80 solicited ideas. The process of winnowing was carried out by a panel of innovation experts who short-listed and shaped the ideas for the Mayor’s final decision. Philadelphia will now compete with 19 other cities across the country for the $5 million grand prize and one of four additional prizes of $1 million each.

“I am thrilled that Philadelphia has been selected as a finalist for the Mayors Challenge,” said Mayor Nutter. “Our goal is to solve major urban issues by taking a different approach than before. In Philadelphia, we recognize the new ways to engage with citizens and welcome the innovative solutions that they may have for some of the most daunting challenges we face.”

A team from Philadelphia will attend Bloomberg Ideas Camp, a two-day gathering in New York City in November during which city teams will work collaboratively with each other and experts to further refine their ideas. After the Camp, the Philadelphia team will have access to additional technical support to prepare its ideas for final submission. Winners will be announced in spring 2013, with a total of $9 million going to five cities to jumpstart implementation of their ideas.

“Congratulation to Mayor Nutter and the City of Philadelphia for becoming a Mayors Challenge finalist. The response to the Mayors Challenge was extraordinary: bold and innovative ideas were submitted from every corner of the country. We look forward to welcoming the Philadelphia team to Ideas Camp,” said James Anderson, who directs the Government Innovation program at Bloomberg Philanthropies.

The 20 finalist ideas were rated on four key criteria: vision/creativity, ability to implement, potential for impact, and potential for replication. A specially-assembled selection committee, co-chaired by Shona Brown, Senior Vice President and head of, and Ron Daniel, Bloomberg Philanthropies board member and Former Managing Partner at McKinsey & Company where he is still active, helped select the finalist cities.

Mayor Nutter’s response to the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge is just the latest example of the Nutter Administration seeking new ways to engage and support Philadelphia’s entrepreneurial community. Just last week Mayor Nutter launched Startup PHL, an initiative to provide seed-stage funding to Philadelphia-based startups and to support community-building initiatives and programs through a ‘Call for Ideas’. For more information on Startup PHL please visit

About the Mayors Challenge

Mayors of U.S. cities with 30,000 residents or more were eligible to compete in the Mayors Challenge. 305 cities representing 45 states across the country submitted applications by September 14, 2012.

The Mayors Challenge is the latest initiative of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Project, which aims to spread proven and promising ideas among cities. Other Mayors Project investments include Cities of Service, Innovation Delivery Teams, and Financial Empowerment Centers.

To learn more about the Mayors Challenge, visit

About New Jersey After Superstorm Sandy the Hurricane

November 4th, 2012
Roller Coaster in the Ocean, Hurricane Sandy

Seaside Heights, NJ – Another view of the coaster is now a part of the Ocean. Before the storm it was on the boardwalk that no longer exists
Photo by Mike Grol

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Atlantic City Weekly

We are extremely grateful to all of those who worked in advance of the storm to provide the necessary preventative measures, those who served to protect all of us during the hurricane and those who have been tirelessly working on the recovery effort. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are still dealing with the effects of Sandy.
-Brian Cahill, Trump Atlantic City Director of Media

“I didn’t post any pictures, comments, or anything today when I was in AC, it’s just to, I don’t even know what. Heart wrenching. I love AC and my friends. I just want my friends and ppl I dont even know and have never met to have their homes, jobs, lives back.”
– West Chester Resident


Le Grand Fromage
Power ON!! Thank you to everyone for continued support!! Opening TBA!!

A great guy putting on a benefit for a great venue (that was damaged in Hurricane Sandy):

Re-do ac benefit show @ le grand fromage
Friday, November 16 at 4:00pm at Le Grand Fromage


NBC10 Philadelphia
Gov. Chris Christie ordered the rationing system for 12 counties, saying it would help ease fuel shortages and the long lines at gas stations.

After Sandy: ‘Running Out of Gas to Find Gas’

Rationed gas is the latest challenge for New Jersey after Sandy.
Budweiser Drinking Water for Hurricane Sandy Victims

Cheers to Anheuser-Busch! Their Georgia plant stopped one of their beer lines so it could produce emergency cans of drinking water for Sandy victims!

Philadelphia Schools Winter Recreation

November 3rd, 2012

Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced an agreement with the Philadelphia School District to preserve winter season recreational programming and activities for more than 16,000 children in the City of Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia School District will continue to pay for indoor facilities at some schools to remain open on week nights. The City of Philadelphia will pay for indoor facilities at other schools to remain open for an additional hour on week nights beginning November 5th and all day on Saturdays beginning on December 5th for the 2012-2013 winter activities season at a cost of $338,000 for the 5 month season.

Working together, the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia School District were able to lower the cost to the City by about half with strategic changes in staff schedules to reduce overtime costs and changes to practice/rehearsal times and game/performance schedules for organizations using the facilities.

“This is a smart, collaborative approach to provide high-quality services to young Philadelphians using limited public resources,” said Mayor Nutter. “In addition to strong academic programs, extra-curricular activities are vital to the health and development of well-rounded students. I am mindful of the serious fiscal issues facing the School District and the City of Philadelphia, and I am very grateful that we were able to come together to find a solution in the best interest of our youth.”

In light of the serious financial issues facing the School District, the City will change its Recreation Department programming in 105 schools, 80 of which will be open from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on weekday evenings, the cost of which will be covered by the School District. The remaining 25 larger schools with multiple facilities will be open longer to accommodate more programs – from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on weekday evenings and from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Those additional hours will be covered by the City (for a list of those facilities, please see below).

“We appreciate this partnership with the City of Philadelphia to expand access for youths involved in athletic and cultural programs,” said Dr. William R. Hite Jr., Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia. “After-school programs add immense value to the lives of our students and the community. I would like to thank the Mayor and our city leaders for supporting our students, families and community organizations.”

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation administers recreational programming that serves more than 42,000 children and youth every winter season. About 16,000 of those slots operate in Philadelphia School District facilities in areas of the city that don’t have enough City-owned facilities.

The City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia School District announced a similar agreement in February 2012 to complete the 2011-2012 winter activities season, which ends in March. The cost to the City for February and March 2012 was $189,000.

Occupy Philly Daily Happenings

November 2nd, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA — 12:00pm Bubbas and Zaydas for Peace in the Middle East – 19th & JFK
3:00pm From South Africa to Palestine – Boycott Divestments and Sanctions past and present – Anderson Hall, Temple University
7:00pm Peace Center of Delaware County Film Series – Waltz with Bashir – Peace Center of Delware County – 1001 Old Springfield Rd -
Springfield, PA

November 2nd, 3pm – From South Africa to Palestine – Boycott Divestments and Sanctions past and present – Anderson Hall, Temple
University – In 2005, Palestinian civil society called for the boycott divestment and sanctions against Israel until it Complies with
International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights. Philly Boycott Divestment and Sanctions members Nathaniel Miller and Susan Landau will speak about their organizations BDS campaign against Sabra and Tribe.

November 2nd, 7pm – We may forget the past, but the past won’t forget us WALTZ with BASHIR @First-Friday Free Large Screen Film Series at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064 – (WALTZ with BASHIR, 2008, 86 mins., Rated R for disturbing images of atrocities, strong violence, brief nudity and a scene of graphic sexual content. Written and directed by Ari Folman. Hebrew with English subtitles.) Israeli director Ari Folman’s animated, quasi-documentary film which follows the filmmaker’s attempt to recall his long submerged memories from the Lebanon War when his Israeli army unit enabled allied the Christian militia, in the heart of Beirut, to massacre more than 3,000 Palestinians in the Sabra-Shatila refugee camps. A haunting film that explores the unending psychological trauma of war, with a message that resonates long after the final fadeout. Doors open at 6:30p.m. for light refreshments. Peace Center is located at the Springfield Friends Meeting that has adjacent parking lot. After film discussion. For directions and more information including film trailer, visit, or call 610-544-1818. Co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community.

Philly Debtors’ Assembly – bring your stories! Sunday, November 11, 2012 2:00pm. Wooden Shoe, 704 South St. YOU ARE NOT A LOAN! We are in debt – student debt, credit card debt, medical debt, in foreclosure, and much more. This is not because of some personal failing, but the failings of mafia capitalism as a whole – a system which profits from our pain to line the pockets of Wall St. We are fed up! We gather to share our stories and offer support, to sing and play music, to break bread and make friends. Please join Strike Debt Philly and together let’s build a movement to abolish exploitation and debt! For those interested: the next meeting for Strike Debt Philly will be Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2pm at the Wooden Shoe, 704 South St.

For those of you who didn’t attend last year’s Women’s Day GA at which Selma spoke — or haven’t had a chance to meet her elsewhere — I highly recommend you attend. I guarantee that she will ignite your activism, revolutionize your thinking, and show you simply and clearly how sex, race & class connect to your life and our movement for change. Sex, Race & Class Study Group with Selma James. All welcome! Monday, November  5th at The Friends Center 1501 Cherry St. 6pm Potluck reception, 6:30pm reading from Sex, Race and Class – The Perspective of  Winning: A Selection of Writings 1952-2011 by Selma James. (Childcare available). Two members of the Study Group will report on “Striving for Clarity and Influence – The Political Legacy of CLR James (2001-2012)”, pp 283-296. Followed by discussion and comments from Selma. Childcare provided by Philadelphia Childcare Collective.

November 5th,, 6:30pm – Friends Center – 1501 Cherry St – Movie Mondays hosted by the Envision Peace Museum. Movies will the first Monday of Each month from October – December. The second in the series will the short film “The Story of Change”, followed by the feature film “Economics of Happiness”. This feature length documentary illustrates how people around the world are resisting the policies of globalization and corporate power.

UPDATE – For those of you planning on showing up at court Monday morning to support Shawn McMonigle, the trial has been continued,
which means IT WILL NOT BE MONDAY MORNING! A new date and time will be posted soon. Thanks for your support!

According to reports (see web site), the NYC administration is not distributing food or water to people who could not/did not go to public shelters. This failure of public officials (and ultimately the profit-driven system) means many, many people are in dire need. Occupy Wall Street, Food Not Bombs and CAAAV (a pan-Asian community organization) are trying to meet these needs. See for more information: Update on CAAAV’s Efforts Post-Hurricane Sandy!  Volunteer and Donate!

Events listed here include Occupy Philly related events as well as other social justice events. For more updates be sure to check the Occupy Philadelphia Facebook page at Your support is greatly appreciated!

Former Penn State President Charged

November 1st, 2012

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier charged in “conspiracy of silence;” Gary Schultz & Tim Curley face additional charges

HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA (USA) — Attorney General Linda Kelly and Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan announced that criminal charges have been filed against former Penn State University President Graham Spanier, who is accused of conspiring with other top university officials to conceal information about suspected child abuse involving Jerry Sandusky, along with obstructing the criminal investigation into this case, perjury before a grand jury, endangering the welfare of children and other related crimes.

New criminal charges have also been filed against former University Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz and former Penn State Athletic Director Timothy Curley.

Spanier, Schultz and Curley are accused of concealing information about suspected child abuse involving Jerry Sandusky, including on-campus incidents from 1998 and 2001 that were reported and discussed in great detail by those three men. The three are also accused of obstructing the criminal investigation into the case, making false statements before a grand jury, endangering the welfare of children and other related crimes.

“This is not a mistake, an oversight or a misjudgment.  This was a conspiracy of silence by top officials at Penn State, working to actively conceal the truth, with total disregard to the suffering of children,” Kelly said.

“I hope the attention this case received will change people’s perceptions concerning child sexual abuse,” said Noonan. “If you are aware of a complaint by a child or if you know that a child is being abused, it is imperative that you report it immediately to law enforcement.”

The grand jury presentment shows in great detail the ways in which the three men conspired to conceal and cover up the truth, according to Kelly.

“The grand jury issued a subpoena in December 2010,” said Kelly, “but pertinent emails and other key evidence were never turned over until April 2012, after these men had left their jobs.”

Notes and documents about the 1998 and 2001 crimes were allegedly kept by Schultz in a file drawer in his campus office. Schultz told staff members that they were never to look in that “Sandusky” file.  On November 5, 2011 – the day that original criminal charges were announced against Sandusky, Schultz and Curley – that file was removed from Schultz’s office and delivered to his home.

The existence of Schultz’s file about Sandusky, along with an extensive amount of additional information from Penn State that was beneficial to the investigation, was not disclosed until after Spanier was terminated as President of the University by the Board of Trustees, which then directed university personnel to cooperate fully with the investigation.

Kelly said it is important to remember what was at stake in this case. Spanier, Schultz and Curley failed to do what was legally required of them when the matter first came to their attention. As a result, at least four boys were attacked between 2001 and 2008, including Victim 1, Victim 3, Victim 5 and Victim 9.

Graham B. Spanier, 64, 425 Windmere Drive, State College, is charged with one count perjury and two counts of endangering the welfare of children and two counts of criminal conspiracy, all third-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 fines.

Additionally, Spanier is charged with one count of obstructing the administration of law or other governmental function and one count of criminal conspiracy, both second-degree misdemeanors punishable by up to two years in prison and $5,000 fines, along with one count of failure to report suspected child abuse, a summary offense punishable by up to 90 days in prison and a $300 fine.

Gary Charles Schultz, 63, 636 Rosslyn road, Boalsburg, and Timothy Mark Curley, 58, 201 Meadowlark Lane, Boalsburg, are each charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of children and two counts of criminal conspiracy, third-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 fines.  Schultz and Curley are also each charged with one count of obstructing the administration of law or other governmental function and one count of criminal conspiracy, second-degree misdemeanors which are each punishable by up to two years in prison and $5,000 fines.

Kelly noted that Curley and Schultz are currently awaiting trial in Dauphin County court on charges of perjury (one count each) and failure to report under the Child Protective Services Law (one count each).  At this time that trial is scheduled to begin in January 2013.

Preliminary arraignments for all three will be scheduled before Harrisburg Magisterial District Judge William C. Wenner.

Kelly and Noonan noted that this remains an active and ongoing criminal investigation and thanked the agents, troopers, investigators and support staff from both the Office of Attorney General and the Pennsylvania State Police for their dedication and professionalism during this extensive effort.

(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)

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Editors’ Note: Click here for a copy of the criminal complaint. Potos of the defendants are attached. If you have difficulty viewing the attachments contact the Attorney General’s Press Office at 717-787-5211.

Caution: Storm-related Scams

October 31st, 2012

HARRISBURG, PA — The Attorney General (Linda Kelly) urged Pennsylvania residents to be cautious about storm-related consumer problems and potential scams in the coming days, as residents assess damage and communities work to recover from Hurricane Sandy.

“Natural disasters can be a magnet for scam artists and unscrupulous operators who are more interested in taking money from storm victims than in helping with repairs,” Kelly said.  “Consumers should remain vigilant, understand their rights and carefully evaluate any contractors they hire to repair homes or to address other storm damage.”

Kelly noted that the most common topics for consumer complaints following disasters include home repair scams, government loan or grant schemes, fraudulent disaster-related fundraising efforts and concerns about price gouging.
Home Repairs

“It is understandable to homeowners to look for speedy repairs, attempting to return to ‘normal’ activities as quickly as possible, but consumers should not allow the desire for immediate repairs to cloud their judgment regarding contractors,” Kelly said.

Kelly explained that all home improvement contractors who do more than $5,000 worth of business per year in Pennsylvania are required to register with the Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. Additionally, all of those businesses are required to provide consumers with specific information before proceeding with any project, including:

  • The contractor’s registration number, which must be included in all contracts, estimates and advertisements.
  • A written contract for any project costing more than $500.
  • Information about the consumer’s three-day right to cancel a home improvement contract.
  • Details about the materials and labor included in the project.
  • Total cost of the work.
  • A specific start-date and end-date for the project.

Additionally, Kelly explained that the state’s Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act limits the amount of any up-front payments that contractors can collect.  For projects costing more than $5,000, contractors may not accept advance payment of more than one-third of the total price of the contract.

Kelly also encouraged consumers to get multiple estimates for any major project, to check references for recent work before committing to a project and to be wary of individuals who approach you with stories of “just being in the neighborhood” or other unsolicited offers that seem “too good to be true.”

Warning signs for potential home repair scams include:

  • Unsolicited door-to-door sales pitches.
  • Requests for large up-front payments.
  • No written estimates or contracts.
  • Offers to perform work using “left over” or “discount” materials from other jobs.
  • High-pressure sales pitches.

“When consumers understand their rights, they are much better prepared to identify and avoid potential scams,” Kelly said. “If you encounter a contractor who is not providing the information required by Pennsylvania law, we encourage you to file a complaint with our office and consider using another business for your project.”
Government loan or grant scams

Kelly said that government aid for communities and businesses is often a major topic of public discussion and media coverage following a disaster, but many victims may not be familiar with how those programs operate.

“Scam artists attempt to prey on desperate storm victims who are looking for assistance – requesting up-front payments in order to process applications for ‘loans’ or other ‘disaster aid,’ or to search for grants and other funds,” Kelly said. “It is important for everyone to understand that legitimate government assistance programs and relief agencies do not ask for pre-payment from disaster victims.”

Kelly urged storm victims to contact their local governments directly to get a list of available disaster-relief programs – checking with their local city, borough or township office; their county emergency management office; the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (; the Federal Emergency Management Agency (; and the U.S. Small Business Administration, along with established private relief organizations such as the American Red Cross.
Fictitious Fundraising Efforts

Kelly said that in times of disaster, scammers may attempt to take advantage of peoples’ desire to help their neighbors by collecting contributions for non-existent charities or other deceptive solicitations.

Kelly urged consumers to consider the following tips:

  • Be wary of high-pressure tactics and door-to-door collections.
  • Ask for details about any charity before you make a donation.
  • Request information about how funds will be spent (legitimate charities will tell you what percentage of your gift will go toward community services, operating expenses or fundraising).
  • Make contributions directly to the charity – do not give cash donations.

Charitable organizations operating in Pennsylvania are required to register with the PA Department of State.  Consumers can check the registration status of charities using the Department of State’s searchable online database at by calling the Department of State Charities Bureau at 1-800-732-0999.
Price Gouging

Kelly said that Pennsylvania’s price gouging law is intended to protect consumers and businesses from sudden, unwarranted price increases during emergency situations.

The price gouging restrictions were triggered by Governor Corbett’s declaration of a disaster emergency on October 26th and apply to anyone involved in the distribution or sale of consumer goods or services. The price restrictions apply to businesses involved in direct consumer sales, along with manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers and distributors.

Gouging is defined as a price increase of more than 20% above the average prices observed during the week before the emergency declaration.

Kelly said the price gouging law gives the Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection the authority to investigate price gouging complaints and allows for penalties of up to $10,000 per violation.

Kelly encouraged consumers to report potential price-gouging or other consumer related scams by submitting an online consumer complaint using the Attorney General’s website, at on the “Complaints” button on the front page of the website and then select the “Consumer Complaint Form”).

Consumers who do not have access to a computer can call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline, at 1-800-441-2555 (Monday through Friday during normal business hours).