Archive for September, 2011

Friday, September 9th, 2011

September is REALTOR® Safety Month

logo_safety_nodate_190x90September is REALTOR® Safety Month, a month that celebrates education and knowledge as the key to prevention. Below, are a few tips that can help you stay safe. While common sense in nature, all are good safety practices when visiting new places or meeting new people.

In The Office

  • Polish your Image – Carefully consider what personal information you post on social network sites. The internet is a public place; be wary of giving out too much information.
  • Use a Buddy System – Nervous about a showing? Bring another REALTOR along. Use a whiteboard system in the office to keep track of everyone’s whereabouts at all times, in case of emergency.
  • Create an Emergency Word – Create a code word or phrase in the office to indicate danger. This way, you can inform a co-worker you are in danger over the phone, without drawing attention. Example: “Hi, Amanda! Do you have the listing for the Wilfred’s property?”

On the Road

  • Assess the Situation – When you arrive for a showing, take a few seconds to check for dangers. Is the parking area and property well-lit? Are there places where people could hide? Are any of the windows open or broken?
  • Prepare Yourself – Lock anything of value in your trunk before you arrive to show a property. But keep your cell phone with you for emergencies.
  • Park on the Street – This will stop your car from getting blocked in, either accidentally or on purpose. If an emergency develops, it is easier to escape without having to back down a driveway.

Before you leave for your appointment, double check:

  • Do I know exactly where I am going?
  • Have I let someone know where I am going, when I am leaving, and when I will be back?
  • Am I dressed conservatively and professionally?
  • Have I locked my purse, jewelry, expensive items, and spare cash in the trunk of my car?
  • Is my cell phone charged, with emergency numbers pre-programmed in?
  • Have I established an emergency word or phrase with my office co-workers?

Remember, if there is an emergency, you can always dial 9-1-1.

If you are interested in additional information about REALTOR safety, go to the safety website.



Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

ESPN Mobile Poll Named Chickie’s & Pete’s The Best Sports Bar in all of North America

chickies-and-petes-logo-240uwAn ESPN Mobile poll just named Chickie’s & Pete’s the best sports bar in all of North America.

In past years it was rated the 3rd best in the country by ESPN; now it’s snagged the top spot.

The South Philly flagship location has got four giant bars, huge TVs (we’re talking 12-foot HD projectors), 25+ beers on tap (including a vast local selection) and a famous seafood menu. Crab fries? A must-try for any Philadelphia visitor or local.

According to ESPN, Chickie’s & Pete’s is “THE destination for not only fans of Philly but fans from EVERY visiting team.”


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Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

“Dance of the Ripe Tomatoes” A Celebration of Sustainable and Humane Farming Benefiting The Philadelphia Fair Food Project

white-dog-cafe-dance-of-the-ripe-tomatoes2White Dog Cafe presents Dance of the Ripe Tomatoes, a street party celebrating sustainable and humane farming to benefit The Philadelphia Fair Food Project. The event will take place on Friday, September 9th, 2011 starting at 7pm at White Dog Cafe, located at 3420 Sansom Street.

This festive annual block party features a Whole Pig Roast Sandwich Station, Pennsylvania Local Cheese Station, Crudité Station, and a Meadow Run Lamb Bolognese Station. Heavy hors d’oeuvres of Tomato Gazpacho Shooters, Jersey Corn Fritters, Tomato Bruschetta, Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna Wontons, and Tomato, Mozzarella & Artichoke Kebabs from the White Dog Café and one draft beer from Flying Fish Brewery will also be served. The speaker segment features locally renowned sustainable movement leaders Ann Karlen, Director of the Philadelphia Fair Food Project, and Grace Wicks, daughter of Judy Wicks founder of White Dog Café. Musical guests, the West Philadelphia Orchestra, will play a selection of Eastern European songs.

From 7-9pm, enjoy a farmer’s feast & music by Joshua Popejoy. From 9pm-12am, enjoy dancing & live music featuring West Philadelphia Orchestra.

Tickets, $35, include dinner, tax, gratuity and one draft beer. You’re also welcome to come and enjoy the music for free!

The event is all-ages 7-9 p.m. and 21+ after 9 p.m.

Call (215) 386-9224  to reserve tickets ahead of time.

“Dance of the Ripe Tomatoes” at White Dog Cafe
Where: 3420 Sansom Street
When: Friday, September 9, 7 p.m.-midnight
Cost: $35 to eat, music free
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