Archive for July, 2011

Friday, July 29th, 2011

OPEN HOUSES THIS WEEKEND: Torresdale, Northern Liberties, Rhawnhurst


Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Dorm Room Decorating Tips

dormCollege freshmen begin a great adventure this fall, tackling new academic, social and personal experiences. They’ll also have to settle down, into a territory some are accustomed to occupying on their own, not splitting with someone else — the dorm room.

It’s not easy to look at the typically bland rooms and see the potential. But it’s there, the veterans say. And they have the advice to help with transition.

It’s all about imagination.

“You have to be creative with your space,” said Malik Walker of Raleigh, N.C., a fourth-year psychology major at Virginia’s Hampton University.

Walker says freshmen should remember two words: storage and stacking.

Walker turns every hidden space into a storage area. He’s managed to be compact and neat by putting his computer keyboard in a desk drawer, sliding emptied suitcases and roll-out storage bins under his bed and filling the floor of his closet.

North Carolina State University senior Katie Hendrix also didn’t let cramped quarters cramp her style. Anything that will go in a hole, stick it in there and push it to the back,” says Hendrix, from Rose Hill, N.C.

In her dorm room, when horizontal wasn’t enough, she looked up — stacking a microwave and television on colorful plastic milk crates and turning her bed into a loft so she could put a futon under it.

Hendrix, who now lives in an apartment, says small dorms have big decorating potential. For her two years on campus, she bought utilitarian items such as curtains, comforters and carpets with a Hawaiian beach theme.

Themed rooms are a popular approach to making tiny dorm rooms lively. If you’re going that route, seniors say, it’s a good idea to get your roommate involved.

Aria Coley of Raleigh, a senior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, said her room’s celestial scenery — created during her sophomore year — shone because she and her roommate planned ahead. They decided to wait and buy their bedspreads together, each selecting a comforter with a moon-and-stars design. They bought other furniture items, including a decorated lamp, post-arrival so they could have an equal hand in picking them.

“The advice I would give is to make some calls now,” she said. “Get on one accord and talk about things that would work for both of you.”

Walker said sharing should also apply to square feet. “One might have a lot of stuff, but they have to be able to condense it because, chances are, the other person’s going to need all of their space, too,” he said.

Upperclassmen’s Dorm Decor Tips

Upperclassmen have these recommendations for freshmen to take to their new dorm rooms. They also advise buying furniture for storage that is durable enough to withstand four years of moving. Most of these items can be found at big discount stores:

  • Big storage bins.
  • Storage with pull-out drawers.
  • Hampers.
  • Shoe rack that can hang in a closet.
  • Organizational material for desks such as letter sorters.
  • Small trash cans.
  • TV wall mounts. You can find these at electronics stores for $20 to $30.
  • Bed risers. These can sit under bed posts, lifting them high enough to create storage space underneath.
  • Something to hold dirty dishes until you’re ready to wash them.
  • One or more fans for rooms without air conditioning.
  • Totes for toiletries.
  • Sheets and pillows. These make nice decor for futons.

Upperclassmen also offer these tips:

  • Try to find out how much furnishing your assigned dorm room already has, so you’ll know what you need to take. Some rooms have less shelving and built-in storage space than others.
  • If you haven’t teamed up with your roommate and you’re big on matching, buy things in simple solid colors to lessen the chance of clashing.
  • Think things through before splitting the cost of an item with your roommate. Only one person can take it when it’s time to leave.
  • Guard keepsakes or breakable items.
  • Things will accumulate during the course of the school year, so be prepared to take back more than you brought.


Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Franklin Square is Turning 5!

5-year-birthday-cakeCelebrate five seasons of fun at Franklin Square this Sunday, July 31, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at a special birthday celebration.

Bring the whole family to sign a giant birthday card, eat Birthday Bonanza Sundaes at SquareBurger, enjoy face painting, birthday “craftivities” and more.

The first 55 children get free rides on the carousel and free sundaes!

You can also celebrate the Franklin Square 5th Birthday Season by becoming part of its lasting legacy. Name a brick in the square for a tax-deductible donation of $100. Call (215) 629-5801 x207 or email for more information.

The outdoor oasis is located in the heart of Historic Philadelphia and features Philly Mini Golf, a renovated vintage marble fountain, playgrounds, the Liberty Carousel and SquareBurger by Stephen Starr.

Franklin Square’s 5th Birthday
When: Sunday, July 31, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 6th and Race Streets
Cost: Free
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Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

City Tap House Celebrates “National Watermelon Day” on August 3rd

national-watermelon-dayJoin City Tap House in University City on the Patio on Wednesday, August 3rd from 4pm-8pm for a BBQ inspired menu, $4 Watermelon Lagers & Wheat Beers and $5 Watermelon infused cocktails!  Live music courtesy of band Replay will fill out the evening.

At 7 p.m.,  City Tap House’s first ever Watermelon Eating Contest. The winner will receive a pair of tickets to see the Kings of Leon August 12 at the Susquehanna Bank Center.

Watermelon Day at City Tap House
When: Wednesday, August 3, 4-8 p.m.
Where: 3925 Walnut Street
Cost: $4 & $5 Cocktails & Beer
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Monday, July 25th, 2011

Spectacular Water Front Living on Penn’s Landing Under $300K

3 N Columbus Blvd TD 407, Philadelphia, PA 19106


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pier3Pier 3 Condominiums provides the best of all the city offers while living in a locale away from the noise & congestion. Home is located on the top floor of the Pier and provides fantastic views of a private marina and the Delaware River.

One of the largest units on the Pier, this home has two bedrooms and two full baths, spacious kitchen with dining area and large living space. Built-in working fireplace that has recently been repaired. High ceilings throughout add to the spaciousness of the home. Property has central air and hot air heat. Master bedroom features patio overlooking the beautiful atrium.

Amenities in this elevator serviced building include covered parking, controlled access, newly renovated indoor heated pool and fitness center. Twenty four hour security provides for a safe living environment. Pier 3 offers many common areas for residents to relax and enjoy the river views. Unit is painted in neutral colors.

Contact Bob Wombwell for more information at 215-839-9404 or


Friday, July 22nd, 2011

America’s Most Walkable Cities, Philadelphia Came in at #5

people_walking_blurred1Walk Score released its new rankings of America’s most walkable cities and neighborhoods for 2011 and Philly came in at #5. Philadelphia earned an overall score of 74, the third highest score of a city with more than a million people, behind only New York and Chicago.

Neighborhoods such as  Center City East and Center City West, which both pulled in Walk Scores of 97, classifying Center City as a “Walkers’ Paradise” paved the way to our awesome placing. So congrats to Rittenhouse Square, Fitler Square, Graduate Hospital, Washington Square West, Midtown Village, Old City, Society Hill, etc. Walk Score is also holding a public vote of the most walkable cities by allowing people to cast their vote for their favorite walkable city via Facebook. Go to their rankings page to vote and click “Like” next to Philadelphia to vote for Philly.

Why does walkability matter?

 • Homes in walkable neighborhoods, on average, are worth more than those in less walkable neighborhoods.
• Homes with easy access to public transit and nearby amenities save more energy and money than an Energy Star home in a conventional suburban development.
• The average resident of a walkable neighborhood weighs eight pounds less than someone who lives in a sprawling neighborhood.

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Saturday, July 16th, 2011

OPEN HOUSES THIS WEEKEND: Northern Liberties, Port Richmond, Overbrook Park, Burholme, Olney, Council Rock, Yeadon


Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Fried Kool-Aid at the Jersey Shore

fried-kool-aidIt has been confirmed. You can deep fry just about anything.

Yes, you heard correctly. Fried Kool-Aid! It looks like a purplish-red donut and tastes “like melted Pop Rocks” according to the review from Gothamist HQ. “People are skeptical at first, but then they try it and the reaction has been good,” said Candace Gochenauer, from Banana’s Ice Cream Cafe. “They try it just once, just to try it. It’s a novelty,” she told the Press of Atlantic City.

So where can you find this sugary, deep fried snack? At Deep Fried Paradise on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights and Bananas Ice Cream Café in Wildwood.


Thursday, July 14th, 2011

FREE Doggie Ice Cream & Cookies from Best Friends Pet Care

truch-corporate-splashBest Friends Pet Care is a company that provides boarding, camp, grooming and training across six pet centers in New Jersey. And lucky for our four-legged friends, they’re traveling the area with a “treat truck” giving out free ice cream and cookies to dogs playing at local dog parks.

The treat truck has been traveling down the east coast since the start of the summer.

Check out this schedule to see if any treats are coming your way!

Saturday, July 16
9 to 9:45 a.m. — East New Street Dog Park, Glassboro, N.J.
10 to 10:45 a.m. — Washington Lake Dog Park, Sewell, N.J.
11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. — Best Friends, 585 Route 73 N., West Berlin, N.J.
1 to 1:45 p.m. — Freedom Dog Park, Medford, N.J.
2:15 to 3 p.m. — Lions Lake Park, Voorhees, N.J.
3:15 to 4:30 p.m. — Connolly Dog Park, Voorhees, N.J.
Sunday, July 17
9 to 9:45 a.m. — Laurel Acres Dog Run, Mount Laurel, N.J.
10:15 to 11 a.m. — Cooper River Dog Park (Pooch Park), Cherry Hill, N.J.
11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. — Mario Lanza Dog Park, 2nd St. & Queen St., Philadelphia, Pa.
1:15 to 2 p.m. — Passyunk Square Dog Park, 1200 Wharton St., Philadelphia, Pa.
2:15 to 3 p.m. — Seger Park, 1020 Lombard St., Philadelphia, Pa.
Sunday, July 24
9 to 10 a.m. — Horsham Dog Park (at Kohler Park), Horsham, Pa.
10:15 to 11:15 a.m. — MonDaug Bark Park (at Mondauk Manor), Fort Washington, Pa.
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Curtis Dog Park, Wyncote, Pa.
1:15 to 2:15 p.m. — Baxter Dog Park, Abington, Pa.

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Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

How To Paint Technique: Antiquing Furniture

hpojb-antique-final-s3x4_alTransform a ordinary piece of furniture into a stunning antique with a little bit of paint and glaze


unfinished piece of furniture (Ikea bedside table, Aspelund, Natural)
oil-based primer
2 colors of satin-finish paint
small foam roller
dark paint and glaze mixture


1. Cover an unfinished piece of furniture completely with an oil-based primer. Let dry.

2. Apply the base coat of paint. A satin finish will make applying glaze easier. Using paint with a flat finish can make the glaze blotchy. Applying paint with a paintbrush gives your piece an aged look while using a foam roller creates a smoother finish. Let dry.

3. Place the stencil in desired location, paint over it and use a damp rag to easily wipe extra paint off the satin finish basecoat. Carefully remove the stencil.

4. For the antique look, mix a glaze by adding one part dark brown paint to three parts glaze. Stir thoroughly. Brush the glaze generously across your piece. If you have a large piece of furniture, work in sections to avoid drying lines. Wipe the glaze off right away using either a rag or cheesecloth. Cheesecloth gives you a smoother finish and a rag gives you a wiping effect. Continue applying glaze and wiping it until you achieve your desired finish. If you mess up, use a damp rag and the paint will easily wipe off the satin finish basecoat.

5. Highlight all of the architectural features by taking the same glaze and brushing it into the crevices of door or drawer fronts. Wipe off excess.

6. To highlight the edges of your piece, take the brush with a little bit of glaze on the tip and running it along all of the edges at about a 45-degree angle, leaving a line of glaze.

7. After your glaze dries, add a coat of polyurethane to protect the finish.