Month: August 2014

City Of Philadelphia Releases Information For 2014 Live Nation ‘Budweiser Made In America’ Music Festival

Details on event activities, transportation, parking, security and more. rnrnPhiladelphia, August 27, 2014 – The City of Philadelphia released details for the 2014 “Budweiser Made in America” music festival – an exciting, two-day music extravaganza during Labor Day weekend. Now in its third year, the event will be locally produced by Live Nation, Roc Nation and DPS on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and will benefit local United Way organizations. For the first time this year, the City of Los Angeles, California, will also host a companion “Budweiser Made in America” Festival on Labor Day weekend. rnrnShawn “Jay Z” Carter will once again curate the blockbuster roster of nearly 50 performers who embody the diverse American musical spirit. The artists will perform on four stages (the Rocky, Liberty, Freedom and Skate stages) along the Parkway in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park on Saturday, August 30, and Sunday, August 31. Gates open at 12:00 P.M. on both days. On Saturday, performances are scheduled to begin at 2:00 P.M. and conclude at 11:59 P.M., and on Sunday, performances will begin at 2:00 P.M. and end at 11:00 P.M. The City of Philadelphia will provide operational support for the festival. rnrn“For the third year in a row, Labor Day weekend in the City of Philadelphia will offer a winning combination of music, culture and community, with the iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway as the backdrop for the Budweiser Made in America Festival,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “Philadelphia’s Labor Day weekend offers something for everyone. Festival ticket-holders, cultural institution visitors and those with business on the Parkway are all welcome to take part in a relaxing weekend of holiday fun. As the original city to host Made in America, Philadelphia has established a successful national model. The festival has now become a bi-coastal event which brings a new tradition of Made in America to even more music fans across the country.”rnrnThe Budweiser Made in America Festival in Philadelphia will benefit United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and United Way of Lancaster County. The Festival’s primary goal is to have a positive impact on the communities involved. Money invested in these communities will positively impact the education, income and health of the most vulnerable and needy citizens in these regions. As a result of last year’s festival, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey is investing more than $300,000 into education and workforce development initiatives. The L.A. festival will benefit United Way of Greater Los Angeles.rnrnThe following are operational details for Philadelphia’s Budweiser Made in America festivities:rnrnFestival Activities & Information rnThe 2014 Budweiser Made in America showcases Philadelphia’s culture, heritage and hospitality and features musical acts, beginning at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 30: rnrn(Saturday) Kanye West, The National, Steve Aoki, J. Cole, Chromeo, City and Colour, R3HAB, Baauer, Mayer Hawthorne, The Neighbourhood, Holy Ghost!, Glassjaw, Will Sparks, Destructo, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Cassidy, Cherub, Young & Sick, Kaneholler, Bas, Baby Baby, Pissed Jeans, OCD: Moose & Twist and The Ooohh Baby Gimme Mores.rnrn(Sunday) Kings of Leon, Tiësto, Pharrell Williams, Girl Talk, Spoon, Grimes, AWOLNATION, Gareth Emery, Tommy Trash, KONGOS, Danny Brown, YG, Bear Hands, Penguin Prison (DJ Set with Live Vocals), 3LAU, Mimosa, Bleachers, Vacationer, Cut Snake, Bixel Boys, Misterwives, Cruiser, Nothing, The Menzingers and Man Overboard.rnrnFestival-goers can purchase tickets in advance through and for more information. Like us on Facebook (@MadeInAmericaFest), or follow the festival on Twitter and Instagram (@miafest). Be sure to use the hashtag #BudweiserMadeInAmerica all weekend long. rnrnFor fans unable to attend the festival, performances from both Philadelphia and Los Angeles will be streamed ClosuresrnrnTo accommodate the venue construction and two-day festival, a process of gradual road closures along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and in key sections of the Fairmount neighborhood will begin today, with street closings increasing each day. The full set of closures are scheduled to be implemented by 10 A.M. on Friday, August 29. The full extent of these closures will be in place until Tuesday, September 2. rnrnDelays can be expected and motorists are advised to avoid the area by using alternate routes, and allow for extra driving time in the areas near these festivities before and during Labor Day weekend. Please refrain from double-parking, which creates congestion, limits traffic flow and is illegal.rnrnThere are three phases of road closures associated with the construction of the Festival site that are in effect, now through Tuesday, September 2 nd. A detailed list of closures is below:rnrnPhase 1:rnrnWednesday, August 27th: Two lanes in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum will be closed, beginning at 5:00 A.M. These lanes will not re-open until the removal of the staging and equipment following the final concert, or by Tuesday morning. The festivities will end by 11:00 P.M. on Sunday, August 31st.rn Phase 2:rnrnThursday, August 28th: The inner lanes of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (the inbound and outbound lanes), from 22nd Street to Eakins Oval, will be closed until Tuesday, September 2nd.rn Phase 3:rnrnFriday, August 29th: Due to the closure of the inner lanes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, traffic for Friday morning rush hour headed inbound (to Center City) from Spring Garden Street Bridge or Martin Luther King Drive must exit Eakins Oval on the 24th Street ramp. Traffic headed inbound on Kelly Drivemust exit the Drive at Fairmount Avenue.rnThe full extent of road closures around the Festival site will begin at 10:00 A.M and will remain through the duration of the event. A complete list of road closures and ‘no parking’ restrictions follows:rnRoad Closures:rnrnThe Benjamin Franklin Parkway, beginning at 20th Street extending through Eakins Oval and behind the Philadelphia Museum of Artrn21st Street between Winter & Spring Garden Streetsrn22nd Street between Winter & Fairmount Streetsrn23rd Street between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Fairmount Avenuern24th Street between Fairmount & Pennsylvania Avenuesrn25th Street between Fairmount & Pennsylvania AvenuesrnSpring Garden Street between 20th & 31st Streets, including the Spring Garden Street tunnelrnKelly Drive between 23rd Street & Fairmount AvenuernMartin Luther King Drive between the Falls Bridge & the Benjamin Franklin ParkwayrnPennsylvania Avenue between Hamilton & Fairmount Avenuesrn2000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue between the Whole Foods store & 21st Street (the eastern half of the block from the Whole Foods market to 20th Street will remain open to allow access to the store)rnPark Towne Place between 22nd & 24th StreetsrnI-676 Westbound off-ramp at 22nd Street (the I-676 Eastbound off-ramp at 23rd Street will be open)rnNo parking at these locations:rnrnPennsylvania Avenue between 22nd Street & Fairmount Avenue (south side of street)rnWinter Street between 20th & 22nd Streets (both sides of street)rn20th Street between Vine Street & Callowhill Street (east side of street)rn21st Street between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Race Street (both sides of street)rn22nd Street between Winter & Spring Garden Streets (both sides of street)rnPark Towne Place between 22nd & 24th Streets (both sides of street)rnPublic Transportation and Paid ParkingrnrnDue to Made in America event preparations, SEPTA Bus Routes 7, 32, 33, 38, and 43 will be detoured around the festival area, beginning at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, August 29 through early-morning on Monday, September 2.Specific route detours are posted on the System Status Page at www.septa.orgrnrnExtra late-night service also will be available on SEPTA’s Regional Rail Lines on Saturday and Sunday Nights departing Center City. Suburban and 30th Street Stations are in closest walking distance to the festival. Special schedules are posted in stations and online at participants also can use the Broad Street and Market-Frankford Lines. Train service will operate for 24 hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, replacing the usual Nite Owl Bus Service. Trains operate every 20 minutes, between midnight and 5:00 A.M., with additional frequencies before and after those times. Race-Vine and City Hall stations on the Broad Street Line and 15th Street Station on the Market Frankford Line provide easy walking access to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Additional information regarding late-night subway service is available at more information on SEPTA and NJTransit routes and schedules during Labor Day weekend, or call 215-580-7800, and or call 973-275-5555.rnrn PHLASH transportation is an inexpensive way to visit key attractions in Center City ($2 per ride or $5 all-day) and the Parkway vicinity. The PHLASH bus will operate Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31, with stops at 20 locations, from Penn’s Landing to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Find PHLASH on the go, with live updates at and visit for a schedule and route details.rnrn If driving is necessary, commercial off-street parking lots and garages conveniently are located on or near the Parkway. Contact individual facilities in advance for rates and availability, or visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s website at for a list of parking options. Budweiser Made in America is not affiliated with these parking facilities.rnrnCultural InstitutionsrnrnMost of the cultural institutions in the Benjamin Franklin Parkway vicinity will maintain normal hours of operation and, in some cases, even extend schedules during the Budweiser Made in America Festival and throughout Labor Day weekend, except for the Moore College of Art & Design (closed Labor Day weekend) and the Rodin Museum (closed August 30 and August 31, and reopening on Labor Day, September 1). The Rodin Museum is under the operation of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.rnrnParking, either free or paid, is available directly at or near the institutions; however, using public transportation is strongly encouraged. Refer to the or the institutions’ individual websites for more information on exhibit hours, ticketing, parking, accessibility and accommodations. A list of cultural institutions and parking information follows:rnrnPhiladelphia Museum of Art and the Perelman Building Annexrnrn26th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway,, 215-763-8100rnrnDuring the Budweiser Made in America Festival, the west entrance of the museum will be open and visitors may obtain access via pathways north and south of this entrance. The east entrance east steps and Spring Garden tunnel will not be open. The Museum’s visitor shuttle will not be in service. No access to Art Museum Drive will be available from 25th Street (security will only provide access for deliveries and visitors with ADA tags). Police will direct Art Museum staff and visitors to the Waterworks Drive entrance for access to surface lot parking and garage entry.rnrn Rodin Museumrnrn21st Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway,, 215-763-8100rnrn Barnes Foundationrnrn20th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway,, 215-278-7000rnrnParking: A museum parking lot is accessible from Pennsylvania Avenue, between 20th and 21st streets, on a first-come, first-served basis. An ADA accessible entrance is at 20th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue.Valet parking during operating hours is available in the car and taxi drop-off area on 20th Street, between the Ben Franklin Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue. There also are commercial off-street parking lots, or street parking may be available nearby.rn The Franklin Instituternrn222 North 20th St.,, 215-448-1200rnrnParking: The Franklin Institute’s parking garage entrance is at 21st and Winter streets, and The Franklin Institute will be open throughout Labor Day Weekend.rn Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel Universityrnrn19th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway,, 215-299-1000rnrnParking: There is metered parking near the Academy. For more information about off-street parking, visit or the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s website at Parkway Central Libraryrnrn1901 Vine Street,, 215-686-5322rnrnParking: There is on-street parking and a paying lot nearby at Callowhill Street, between 19th and 20thstreets. rnFairmount Waterworksrnrn640 Waterworks Drive,, 215-685-0723 rnrnParking: 2-hour public parking, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additional parking on Sedgley Avenue, across Kelly Drive.rnEastern State Penitentiaryrnrn2027 Fairmount Avenue (between 21st and 22nd streets),, 215-236-3300rnrnParking: Metered street parking is available in surrounding areas near the penitentiary and at a paying parking lot at 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue. Visitors encouraged to take PHLASH bus transit, SEPTA or Philadelphia Trolley Works.rnVenue Details and Public Safety InformationrnrnThe vicinity of the festival on the Parkway will be firmly secured and protected for maximumrnrnpublic safety. The enclosed event boundaries are: 20th Street, from Pennsylvania Avenue tornrnPark Town Place; Pennsylvania Avenue, from 20th to 25th streets; the south side of Eakins Oval, from Martin Luther King Drive to 24th Street, and Park Towne Place, from 24th to 20th streets.rnrnThroughout the concert weekend, the City will provide a strong presence of law enforcement and emergency medical services. The City and Budweiser Made in America officials will utilize a network of prevention and response services, which will be integrated, mobile, and in constant communication.rnrnThe Budweiser Made in America venue features three entrances/exits for ticket-holders during the two-day festival. The main entrance is at 22nd Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. A second general admission entrance is at 23rd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. A third entrance for VIP Ticket Holders is at 24th Street and Martin Luther King Drive at Eakins Oval. Re-entry to the venue will NOT be permitted on either day. rnrnAccess to the venue is limited to strictly Festival ticket-holders, who will be subject to searches and pat-downs before being permitted inside the venue to ensure the enjoyment and safety of everyone at the Festival. Ticket holders should be prepared for additional searches inside the venue at the discretion of Festival security staff. Spectators are strongly discouraged from carrying bags, backpacks, or satchels of any kind. All bags are subject to search. rnrnIf you are attending the Festival activities, make a plan regarding driving, public transit, parking, supervision of children and wearing comfortable attire.rnrnLeave no bags or items unattended. In an emergency or to report a suspicious person, activity or item (a backpack, a package, a container), notify a police officer immediately or call 9-1-1. Do not try to open, move, cover or touch a suspicious item.rnrnItems allowed inside the venue include: rnrnFactory-sealed plastic water bottles 1 per person up to 1 liter.rnEmpty plastic water containers 1 per person up to 64 ounces for re-use at water refill stations. rnDrinking water will be available for purchase and there will be water stations for re-filling bottles. rnOne small non-framed backpack or bag subject to search and re-search (all bags will be tagged)rnBlankets and towelsrnUmbrellas (small hand-held only)rnNon-professional cameras, flip-cams, camera phonesrnSunscreen, sunglasses, government issued I.D., cash/debit cards/credit cards (all are encouraged).rnItems NOT allowed inside the venue include but are not limited to:rnrnWeapons and contraband of any kind (regardless of permitting, e.g. Right-to-Carry permits will not be honored and weapons will be confiscated)rnFireworks or explosivesrnIllegal or illicit substances of any kindrn Outside food & beverages (except factory-sealed water bottles)rnPets (except trained service animals)rn Flyers, handbills, posters, stickers (no solicitation allowed)rnChairsrnGlass containersrnSkateboards, motorized vehicles or scootersrnCoolersrnProfessional recording devices or cameras (no detachable lenses or tripods meant for commercial use) rnFluorescent plastic lights (glow sticks)rnLaser pointersrnItems that would obstruct others’ view of the stages (kites, flag poles, large signs, etc. rnMissing or lost persons can report to a security location, which will be identified on the Parkway.rnrnLost and Found items can be taken to various Information Tents throughout the venue.rnrn“Location markers” will be posted to clearly and easily identify a location or section (by letter and number, example: KK-1) to facilitate communicating in the event of an emergency.rnrnInformation booths on the Parkway and an EMS First Aid station (with misting tents for heat-exhaustion cases) will be identified onsite. Labor Day weekend 2014 is expected to be hot, festival attendees are strongly encouraged to carry water and stay hydrated.rnrnFor more information on the venue, concessions, accommodations and directions, visitwww.MadeInAmericaFest.comrnrnEmergency Weather Alerts & Heat-related Precautions InformationrnrnBudweiser Made in America is a rain or shine event. In the case of severe weather, listen for announcements and sign up ahead of time to receive emergency texts or e-mail alerts at or text PHILA to 411911 from your mobile device. Plan for a safe, informed holiday.rnrnIn the event of high temperatures, be aware of the risk of heat-related health issues. EMS personnel will be on duty all day at an accessible First Aid Station and will be on patrol to monitor activities. Many heat stress or heat exhaustion issues can be avoided by taking simple precautions.rnrnFollow all proper precautions to guard against the heat elements.rnAll festival-goers should stay hydrated by drinking lots of water; avoid overindulging in non-alcoholic liquids, caffeine and avoid wearing excessive layers of clothing.rnConsider the Three L’s Rule: light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting. Wear garments made of natural fibers like cotton.rnFor more useful tips to beat the heat, visit more information:rnrnBudweiser Made in America Festival:,, and on Twitter: @MIAFestival and #BudweiserMadeInAmericarnCity of Philadelphia:,,,, and on Twitter: @PhiladelphiaGov, @PhillyPolice, @phillymdoevents, @philly311, @philaOEMrnUnited Way: Chris Murray, 215-665-2513, cmurray@uwgpsnj.orgrn###rnrn rnrnSEE ROAD CLOSURESrnrnAbout “Budweiser Made In America” Festival in PhiladelphiarnrnSlated for its third year in Philadelphia, the “Budweiser Made in America” Festival will once again attract thousands of visitors and festival-goers to the City of Brotherly Love on Labor Day weekend 2014. After the inaugural two-day music festival in 2012, Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that the event generated at least $10 million in economic impact for the city’s economy. Additionally, the “Budweiser Made in America” Festival benefits local United Way organizations with the goal of having a positive impact on the host community. As a result of the 2013 festival, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey invested more than $300,000 into education and workforce development initiatives. The City of Philadelphia is well positioned to host the festival once again in 2014; the city is strategically located on the east coast, boasts world-class transportation and amenities, and local officials have experience producing, facilitating and accommodating big events like the annual Philadelphia Marathon, the annual Wawa Welcome America! festival on the 4th of July and the upcoming World Meeting of Families 2015.

City Of Philadelphia Announces Details For Parade Celebrating Champion Taney Dragons

Philadelphia, August 26, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter and City officials announced plans for a Center City parade on Wednesday, August 27th to celebrate Philadelphia’s own Taney Dragons, 2014 Mid-Atlantic Little League champions. The Dragons made it to the U.S. Championship semi-final round of the 2014 Little League World Series, becoming the third best Little League team in the nation.rnrn rnrnThe parade will begin at 20th & Market Streets in Center City at 2:00 PM on Wednesday. The parade route will travel east on Market Street, go around the southwest corner of City Hall, and travel south on Broad Street down to FDR Park at Broad and Pattison Streets. There will be two stops along the parade route: the first at the Kimmel Center where the team will be serenaded by the Philly POPS!, and the second at Broad Street & Washington Avenue where Mummers will perform.rnrn rnrnThe parade will culminate with a rally and speaking program in FDR Park in the field to the east of the American Swedish Historical Museum, directly off Pattison Avenue. After the parade, the Taney Dragons will travel to Citizens Bank Park where Mayor Nutter and the Philadelphia Phillies will host a pre-game tribute for the Little League team on the field.rnrn rnrnWHO: Mayor Michael A. Nutter, the 2014 Taney Dragons and their families, City officials and community leadersrnrn rnrnWHAT: Parade celebrating champion Taney Dragons Little League teamrnrn rnrnWHERE: Parade Start: 20th & Market Streetsrnrn Philly POPS! Performance: Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce StreetsrnrnMummers Performance: Broad Street & Washington Avenuernrn Parade End & Rally: FDR Park, Broad & Pattison Streetsrnrn rnrnWHEN: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 rnrn2:00 PM – Parade Startrnrn2:30 PM (estimated) – Philly POPS! performancernrn3:00 PM (estimated) – Mummers performancernrn4:00 PM (estimated) – FDR Park rally

Promoting Posttraumatic Growth in Response to Medical Illness – Updated Online Continuing Education (CE) Course for Mental Health Professionals from HealthForumOnline

HealthForumOnline (HFO) announces recent updates to its online continuing education (CE) course, Response to Medical Illness: A Clinical Perspective on Trauma and Posttraumatic Growth – providing psychologisst, social workers, counselors and allied health professionals with theory- and evidence-based strategies to help patients cope with health-related trauma and promote psychological resilience to acute and/or chronic medical conditions. HFO offers over 95 online nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC) CE courses for mental health professionals that are fast, convenient and especially cost-effective – with free ongoing access to course updates beyond completion of the CE activity.rnnnrnrnnnrnnnPhiladelphia, PA (PRWEB) August 26, 2014nnHealthForumOnline (HFO), a nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC, CA-BBS) online provider of continuing education (CE) for psychologists, social workers, counselors, and other allied healthcare professionals announces updates to its online CE course Response to Medical Illness: A Clinical Perspective on Trauma and Posttraumatic Growth. This is a relevant course for mental health professionals as a diagnosis of a chronic and/or acute disease can be a life-altering moment requiring a person to cope “at their best” when perhaps feeling at their worst. Further, this online CE course is timely as the prevalence of many illnesses, such as diabetes, is on the rise. This CE course, one of three in HFO’s Trauma category, provides mental health providers with a comprehensive overview of trauma, resilience, and posttraumatic growth in response to medical illness to enable them to facilitate both emotional coping with and physical adjustment to illness.nnrnnnAnnually, millions of Americans are diagnosed with chronic, debilitating, and/or life-threatening illnesses. Approximately 3.5% of Americans have experienced a cancer diagnosis (1); over 980,000 AIDS cases have been reported in the U.S. since 1981 (2); diabetes affects approximately 8% of the population (3); and an estimated 33% of American adults have cardiovascular disease (4). These statistics, far from comprehensive, are even more alarming considering rates of some illnesses (e.g., diabetes) are on the rise.nnrnnnBeyond the physical challenges of the diagnostic procedures, treatments, associated side effects, and symptoms accompanying an illness, an illness experience can be emotionally overwhelming and stressful psychologically (e.g., 5). Patients, as well families and caregivers, are often forced to re-evaluate and adjust their roles, identities, priorities, and goals. The psychological sequelae of illness can be so traumatic, in fact, that in 1994 the APA recognized that a diagnosis of a life-threatening illness can precipitate Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).nnrnnnConversely, however, the idea that personal growth can arise from suffering has also been acknowledged. Many who experience illness find some benefit in the experience, report a sense of personal growth and transformation, and state that being confronted with their mortality is a catalyst for the re-evaluation and reprioritization of life goals from which they emerge with a deeper appreciation for the different facets of their life, known as Posttraumatic Growth (PTG) (e.g., 6).nnrnnnThe way one copes with the trauma of illness will greatly impact their short- and long-term adjustment to the disease and may, in part, determine who develops full-blown PTSD, a subclinical disorder, or for that matter, who emerges from the experience “enlightened.” It is paramount that mental health providers facilitate emotional adjustment to disease as psychological distress not only diminishes quality of life, but also directly, and indirectly, negatively influences one’s immune system (e.g., 7), as well as important treatment-related decisions and medical adherence (e.g., 8).nnrnnnThis online CE course provides an overview of trauma and PTG in relation to medical illness. The major models of medically-based trauma are presented. The process of posttraumatic growth and how people find meaning in their illness is examined along with key factors influencing coping and resilience. The information and strategies provided enables providers to promote resilience and facilitate posttraumatic growth among patients and their families/caregivers.nnrnnn1.    American Cancer Society (2010). Cancer facts and figures, 2010. Atlanta: GA.nnrnnn2.    NIH (2011).    CDC (2011). National diabetes fact sheet: National estimates and general information on diabetes and prediabetes in the United States, 2011. Atlanta, GA.nnrnnn4.    American Heart Association (2009). Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics—2009 Update: A Report from the American Heart Association Statistics Committee and Stroke Statistics Subcommittee. Circulation, 119, e21-e181.nnrnnn5.    Jones, R.D. (2001). Depression and anxiety in oncology: The oncologist’s perspective. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 62(Supplement 8), 52-55.nnrnnn6.    Morris, B.A., et al. (2011). Posttraumatic growth after cancer: the importance of health-related benefits and new found compassion for others. Support Care Cancer, epub ahead of print.nnrnnn7.    Surtees, P., et al. (2006). Mastery, sense of coherence, and mortality: Evidence of independent associations from the EPIC-Norfolk prospective cohort study. Health Psychology, 25(1), 102-110.nnrnnn8.    McDade-Montez, E., et al. (2006). The role of depression symptoms in dialysis withdrawal. Health Psychology, 25(2), 198-204.

Online CE Course on Parental Bereavement Following the Loss of a Child – Now Available at HealthForumOnline

HealthForumOnline (HFO) adds a new online continuing education (CE) course, Parental Bereavement Following the Loss of a Child, to their extensive library of over 95 online CE courses for psychologists, social workers, and counselors. This online CE course helps mental health professionals recognize risk factors for and patterns of parental bereavement, enabling the differentiation between ‘normal’ and complicated bereavement and the provision of timely and targeted psychological interventions to facilitate grief.rnnnrnrnnnrnnnPhiladelphia, PA (PRWEB) August 26, 2014nnThe loss of a child can present profound emotional challenges for parents given an underlying assumption that parents will not outlive their offspring. This assumption makes pediatric death an extremely painful reality and tragic loss for many parents. It is important for health care providers to acknowledge the unique aspects of this kind of death as some parents/families/survivors may require professional help to navigate through and cope with this profound loss. HealthForumOnline (HFO), a nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC, CA-BBS) provider of online continuing education (CE) for mental health professionals, is pleased to announce an important new CE course titled, Parental Bereavement Following the Loss of a Child, to its extensive library of online CE courses for psychologists, social workers, counselors, marital and family therapists, and other allied healthcare professionals. The information provided in this online CE course will guide mental health professionals in caring for those who are trying to cope with this devastating loss.nnrnnnMany healthcare professionals will be called upon to care for an individual grieving the loss of a child at some point in his/her career. According to the March of Dimes, an estimated 19% of the U.S. adult population has experienced the death of a child (this includes miscarriages through adult-aged children). While the death of a child is relatively rare, less than 1% of deaths in the U.S. annually (Heron et al., 2010), the grief associated with losing a child is often prolonged, complex and life-long in its effect on surviving parents and family (Holland, 2014).nnrnnnThe gravity of parental bereavement is illustrated in The Parental Bereavement Act introduced in the Senate in February 2013. Overall, it amended the Family and Medical leave Act of 1993 to entitle an eligible employee to up to 12 work weeks of leave during any 12-month period due to the death of a son or daughter. This societal paradigm shift parallels the movement in professional training programs calling for better preparation in addressing death and dying in their patient population.nnrnnnHealthcare professionals are in a unique position to provide support and facilitate the comprehensive and compassionate care of bereaved parents and families with a sensitivity to and understanding for the specialized (e.g., palliative care; emergency trauma) and tailored (e.g., age/developmentally appropriate; family-centered) approach necessary (e.g., Heron et al., 2010). It is important for mental health providers to understand the predictors of parental bereavement, protective factors buffering against complicated bereavement, appropriate assessment tools, and bereavement interventions and support programs. This course reviews this knowledge base to assist psychologists, social workers, counselors, and allied health care professionals in their care of grieving parents.nnrnnnAfter completing this course, health professionals will better understand the prevalence of pediatric death and the possible risk factors and predictors of complicated grief. In addition, health professionals will recognize patterns of parental bereavement, allowing for the differentiation between ‘normal’ and complicated bereavement. Lastly, mental health professionals taking this online CE course will be better able to integrate theory- and evidence-based interventions, as well as self-help or alternative resources, into their clinical care of grieving families.nnrnnnMental health professionals can choose from HFO’s 20 categories of continuing education (CE) topics related to health psychology and behavioral medicine containing over 95 online CE courses that are fast, convenient and cost-effective. Visit our Pediatric Behavioral Medicine category to see information on other online CE courses for mental health professionals working with children and families and see Bereavement: A Comprehensive Guide for Health Professionals for another important course related to therapeutically facilitating grief. For a complete listing of titles in our online CE resource library, visit, M., Sutton, P.D., Xu, J., Ventura, S.J., Strobino, D.M., & Geyer, B. (2010). Annual summary of vital statistics: 2007. Pediatrics, 125(1), 4-15.nnrnnnHolland, L. (2014). Lost But Never Forgotten: The Voices of Bereaved Parents of Vulnerable Road User Fatalities. Available at

Shady Grove Fertility Opens Full Service Treatment Center in Philadelphia

The nation’s most progressive fertility center opens 18th location.rnnnBala Cynwyd, PA (PRWEB) August 25, 2014nnShady Grove Fertility is pleased to announce the expansion of our Bala Cynwyd office to five days a week, beginning September 8, 2014. At the Bala Cynwyd office, patients will have the opportunity to see Dr. Isaac E. Sasson and Dr. Sunita Kulshrestha, who are board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and have extensive experience treating fertility patients.nnrnnn“Each day we have the great privilege of helping couples throughout Pennsylvania grow their families,” said Dr. Sasson. “As Shady Grove Fertility has continued to expand in the Philadelphia area, we saw the need to open our Bala Cynwyd office full time to better serve patients from the Wynnewood and Main Line areas.”nnrnnnShady Grove Fertility as a center of excellence provides individualized care, high success rates, and revolutionary financial options, such as the 100 percent refund program for in vitro fertilization (IVF) or donor egg treatment. Two years ago, SGF opened its first Pennsylvania office in order to provide enhanced care and convenience for local patients. Since that time, three full service offices have opened in Chesterbrook, Harrisburg, and Reading. The new Bala Cynwyd office represents our first expansion into the Main Line region in Philadelphia.nnrnnnPatients at Bala Cynwyd will have access to a range of fertility treatments: from low-tech options like intrauterine insemination (IUI) to more advanced treatments like IVF and donor egg. Bala Cynwyd is conveniently located near our Chesterbrook office, which features a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center and an embryology laboratory housing an EmbryoScope. With only a few EmbryoScopes across the country, SGF is providing patients with cutting-edge technology that can help select the best embryos for treatment and improve success rates.nnrnnn“I am very excited to be joining Dr. Sasson and the incredible team at Shady Grove Fertility. Expanding our services to full time in Bala Cynwyd will give patients from the Main Line and Philadelphia areas more options than ever before. It is an honor to help make the dream of parenthood a reality for patients,” said Dr. Kulshrestha.nnrnnnTo learn more about Shady Grove Fertility in Bala Cynwyd go to: Shady Grove Fertility of Pennsylvania: Shady Grove Fertility, America’s largest and most progressive fertility center, has four offices in Pennsylvania located in Reading, Harrisburg, Bala Cynwyd, and a full service, state-of-the-art center and laboratory in the Philadelphia region at Chesterbrook. Comprehensive services at Chesterbrook include IUI, IVF, donor egg, andrology services, as well as the resources to comprehensively address patients’ needs: medical, emotional, and financial. Our caring and compassionate staff throughout Pennsylvania includes five board certified reproductive endocrinologists, an exceptional medical support team, and experienced embryology laboratory staff.nnrnnnAbout Dr. Sunita Kulshrestha: Sunita Kulshrestha, M.D., FACOG graduated with her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. After finishing her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Virginia, she completed a three year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. Dr. Kulshrestha is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and subspecialty board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She is fluent in Hindi and familiar with Spanish.nnrnnnAbout Dr. Isaac E. Sasson: Isaac E. Sasson, M.D., Ph.D. FACOG received his medical degree and doctorate in genetics from Yale Medical School. He went on to complete his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale-New Haven Hospital and his sub-specialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Sasson is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Originally from Monmouth County, New Jersey, Dr. Sasson is married with three children.

Philly Brick Fest® LEGO Fan Festival September 12 – 14, 2014

Millions of LEGO Bricks on Display and Ready for PlayrnnnrnrnnnrnnnOaks, PA (PRWEB) August 25, 2014nnPhilly Brick Fest comes to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center September 12 – 14, 2014. Get inspired, educated, and entertained with LEGO bricks! Play with huge attractions built to set imaginations free and witness mind-blowing creations made entirely of this timeless toy at Brick Fest.nnrnnnParticipate at these hands-on building attractions and shop the largest variety of LEGO-themed merchandise under one roof.rnnn


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  •     Build Wall: At Brick Fest, art on the walls is allowed. With over 80-feet of wall space is covered in studs, attendees are encouraged to use bricks to build in three dimensions.
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nnrnnnAdvance ticket purchase guarantees entry into the event.rnnnSpecial ticket offers here.nnrnnnFor more information, visit:rnnnWebsite http://www.brickfestlive.comrnnnFacebook Brick Fest Live Dates and Locations: Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD (Sept. 19 – 21), Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, OH (October 17 – 10), Palm Beach Convention Center, West Palm Beach, FL (December 5 – 7).nnrnnnLearn With Bricks LLC is not associated with the LEGO® Group of Companies and is the independent producer of Brick Fest Live. Philly Brick Fest® is a Registered Trademark of Learn With Bricks LLC LEGO® is a registered trademark of the LEGO® Group.rnnn© 2014 Learn With Bricks LLC.

Mayor Nutter, Fifty-One U.S. Mayors Write In Support Of Comcast – Time Warner Cable Merger

Posted on August 21, 2014 by City of PhiladelphiarnMayor Michael A. Nutter and fifty-one other mayors from across the United States sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) supporting the proposed transaction between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. In the letter, the mayors detailed potential benefits of the transaction, including increased network investment, faster internet speeds, improved video options and more jobs.rnrn“As Mayor of the city in which Comcast is headquartered, I proudly and enthusiastically support this business transaction because Comcast has always been a great corporate citizen in Philadelphia, and I thank my fellow mayors for joining me in supporting this crucial transaction,” said Mayor Nutter. “The merger of Time Warner Cable and Comcast will lead to improved services and increased investment in existing Comcast markets. Cities joining the Comcast service area will benefit from the expertise the company brings in delivering high-quality, reliable products and from its commitment to increased digital literacy.”rnrnComcast’s Internet Essentials program is an industry-leading model designed to address this challenge and has already increased residential internet access by 1.4 million homes. Expanded broadband adoption and increased digital literacy in the workforce will ultimately benefit the regional economies of the cities served by Comcast and more broadly, the entire U.S. economy.rnrnThe mayors’ letter to the FCC is attached.

Mayor Nutter Attends End-Of-Summer Teen Dance Party

Event serves as a launch for the second year of the STAMP program.rnrnPhiladelphia, August 20, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter participated in an end-of-summer teen dance party hosted by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Fun Safe Philly Summer and the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. The dance party served as the launch for the second year of STAMP: The Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Family Teen Program. The Students At Museums in Philly (STAMP) Pass offers free admission to participating cultural and educational venues during out-of-school hours. rnrn“Throughout the summer, the City with the support of our many great partners works to ensure that our young people have access to free and low-cost programming at recreation centers, libraries, parks and museums across Philadelphia,” said Mayor Nutter. “This event and the STAMP program are great opportunities for our children to experience the arts and cultural institutions that make this City truly shine and, in turn, for these venues to engage a younger audience. I want to thank all of our partners for throwing this dance party and highlighting the importance of arts, culture and education.” rnrnThe dance party, hosted in partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Starr Catering, was open to the public and attendees included STAMP Pass holders, youth engaged with PhillyRising and Department of Human Services-involved youth who volunteer with Fun Safe Philly Summer to educate local communities on the availability of summer meals.rnrn“We were thrilled to kick-off the second year of STAMP in partnership with Fun Safe Philly Summer and the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy,” Michael Norris, Interim Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, said. “The success of the STAMP Pass program shows that Philadelphia teens across the city are eager for access to arts and culture, and looking for constructive, creative things to do in their out-of-school time. We applaud the Mayor and the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy for recognizing arts and culture as a resource for young people to discover their passions and engage positively in their communities.” rnrnRepresentatives of all STAMP Pass-affiliated museums attended the event to offer arts and crafts opportunities, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art which hosted projects on the theme “Medieval Worlds Castle Construction.”rnrn“Access to the arts and arts education is a fantastic way that Philadelphia’s young people can stay active and engaged during the summer months,” stated Helen Haynes, the Chief Cultural Officer of the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. “We are working diligently to ensure that young people throughout the city connect with the rich diversity of our local arts and culture institutions. rnrnJoseph Meade, Director of Government and External Affairs at the Philadelphia Art Museum, said, “The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Education program is a staple in the enrichment of young people in the City of Philadelphia. An investment in the Museum is an investment in education, and in particular it is a direct investment in the next generation of Philadelphia. It is very important for every young person to visit a museum, to reinforce and upgrade the skills needed to be successful in the 21st century. As a proud STAMP partner and a highlight on the Mayor’s list for Fun Safe Philly Summer; the Museum will continue to serve as a resource that provides the opportunity to be inspired, spur creativity, and ignite imagination.” rnrn###rnrnFun Safe Philly Summer is an Office of Mayor Michael A. Nutter, city-wide, partnered initiative to provide Philadelphia youth with programming and opportunities to stay active and engaged all summer long. To find, available programming, fun, free activities and a summer meal location near you, log on or follow FSPS on Twitter @PhillySummer.rnrnAbout OACCErnThe mission of the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy is to support and promote arts, culture and the creative industries; and to develop partnerships and coordinate efforts that weave arts, culture and creativity into the economic and social fabric of the City. For more information, please visit, and follow us on Twitter @CreativePHL.rnrn About STAMPrnrnStudents who enroll in STAMP: The Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Family Teen Program receive the STAMP Pass, a card that they can present to get free out-of-school-time admission to some of the city’s top museums and cultural venues. The STAMP Pass is available at no charge to teens ages 14 to 19 who live in the city of Philadelphia. For more information, visit

Mayor Nutter To Host Fourth Pep Rally And Watch Party For Taney Dragons Little League World Series Game

Posted on August 21, 2014 by City of PhiladelphiarnWHO: Mayor Michael A. Nutter rnrnWHAT: Mayor Nutter will host a pep rally and watch party for Philadelphia’s own Taney Dragons, 2014 Mid-Atlantic Little League champions, as they play Jackie Robinson West Little League from Chicago, Illinois, 2014 Great Lakes Regional Little League champions, in the Little League World Series.rnrnWHERE: Mayor’s Reception Room, Room 202, City HallrnrnWHEN: Thursday, August 21, 2014 TODAY rnrn6:30 PM – Pep Rallyrnrn7:30 PM – Game start time