Month: May 2015

Delaware Recording Artist Nellagy Releases New Inspirational Single “Brotherly Love”

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Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) May 28, 2015

Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes presents the release of the "Brotherly Love" single by Nellagy. This new single is currently available to stream and download on the Coast 2 Coast Mixtape website.

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Nellagy was born Gregory Allen Spencer II in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Raised in Delaware, he is a 19 year old college student who is serious about being a hip-hop artist. Nellagy pens his rhymes from his ambitious spirit and strong desire to be a success. He likens himself to Kanye West because of his ability to write and deliver his lyrical flow on his own tracks.

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Nellagy's hip-hop influences come from Kanye West, Ace Hood, Lupe Fiasco, Drake, Big Sean and J Cole. He describes himself as a guy who has fun and likes his fans to have fun with his music. He is a positive and uplifting artist who loves the art of making music….It shows in his life and music!

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At the age of 16, he wrote his debut EP “Appearance Ain’t Everything”. He created this project because he wants the world to see hip-hop is not all negative or stereotypical. He wrote "Break The Code" which was selected to be on a mixtape distributed for an education summit sponsored by Jr Music Executive, Google, Temple University, and host of other organizations.

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Stay up to date with Nellagy on Twitter at: @Nellagenius

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Beer Gardens & Outdoor Drinking Spaces Bloom In Philly

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rnVisit Philly Beer Garden SeriesrnThere’s only one place for beer lovers to be this summer, and that’s Philadelphia, where beer gardens abound and where craft beer is king. Last year, the city earned countless awards and glowing media reviews for its outdoor drinking spaces, and this year, they’re back with some popular favorites, as well as some new features to keep things fresh. Among the most attention-grabbing: Spruce Street Harbor Park, a beautiful oasis celebrating year two on the Delaware River waterfront, and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop-Up Gardens, located in three different spots this year.rnrnTo capitalize on the growing outdoor-drinking craze, VISIT PHILADELPHIA® returns with year two of its Visit Philly Beer Garden Series, a Friday happy hour taking place from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends. The series runs at Spruce Street Harbor Park from May 22 through July 10 (skipping July 3) and at The Oval from July 17 through August 21, with locations for the last two weekends to be determined. On tap: local craft beer specials from Victory Brewing Company and Yards Brewing Company, a photo opps and giveaways. The complete schedule is available at visitphilly.com/beer.rnrnHere are some of Philadelphia’s best places for drinking outdoors—at parks, pop-ups, patios and porches:rnrnParks & Pop-Up Spots:rnrnNew to the pop-up game, the Point Breeze Pop-up—run by the owners of South Philadelphia Tap Room and American Sardine Bar—enters the mix with a Thursday through Sunday schedule that runs until Labor Day, September 7. In addition to its impressive beer selection that includes the likes of Philadelphia Brewing Company, Nodding Head, Lagunitas, Oskar Blues and Dogfish Head, visitors can enjoy draft wine and food from a rotating roster of food trucks. Bands perform throughout the 17-week season as well. 1622 Point Breeze Avenue, pointbreezepopup.comrnThe Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s (DRWC) Spruce Street Harbor Park garnered so many accolades last summer that it’s coming back stronger for its second year. Along with ample outdoor seating (including nets suspended over the river), local beer and higher-end grab-and-go food available from cargo containers, the pop-up park features an expanded hammock garden, more arcade games, an urban beach, fountains and a series of barges with lily pad water gardens. Columbus Boulevard & Spruce Streets. New this year for DRWC: Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, complete with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled lodge, a play area for kids and, of course, plentiful food and drink options. Columbus Boulevard & Chestnut Streets. Through September 27. (215) 922-2FUN, delawareriverwaterfront.comrnCelebrating its first full summer season, Dilworth Park enters the outdoor drinking mix every Wednesday from June 3 through September 2 during the popular Center City District Sips series. On the large outdoor terrace adjacent to Rosa Blanca Café, patrons enjoy discounted wines, beers and cocktails. West side of City Hall, 15th & Market Streets, dilworthpark.orgrnBeer haven Frankford Hall takes over family favorite Franklin Square for four Thursday nights this summer and fall. Patrons can sip the brewery’s favorite ales and enjoy food trucks, mini-golf, a carousel and more in this serene setting. June 18, July 23, August 20, October 24. 200 N. 6th Street, (215) 629-4026, historicphiladelphia.orgrnFor the first time, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) is reportedly running two Pop Up Gardens, each with a different vibe manifested by foliage that helps set the mood. New this year: an East Passyunk location where recycled bicycle parts, reclaimed wood and permeable pavers carry a message of sustainability, surrounded by tobacco plants, honey locust trees and hot pink flowers. The team behind Cantina Los Caballitos and Royal Tavern borrow from the neighborhood’s Italian heritage for eats that complement a menu of summer brews on 12 taps, frozen punch, cocktails and wine. 9th & Wharton Streets. A beer garden returns once again to the South Street lot next to Jamaican Jerk Hut, where banana trees, container gardens and public and private spaces make for a boho feel. Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery oversees the beer program, which features two garden-only offerings, plus other local favorites on tap and in cocktails. Meats and cheeses combine for creative sandwiches and hot dogs. 1438-46 South Street. The seven-days-a-week spots run from early June to October 1. phsonline.org/greening/pop-up-gardensrnThe Oval returns to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for its third summer of outdoor fun beginning on July 15. Along with food, musical performances, movies and mini-golf, visitors can say cheers to a beer garden on Wednesday through Saturday nights through August 23. The Oval’s beer selection varies throughout the five-week run. 2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, theovalphl.orgrnBeer Gardens, Patios & Porches:rnrnAmerican Sardine Bar’s backyard patio fronts 18th Street in the Point Breeze neighborhood. Throughout the warm-weather months, brew lovers can expect beer events and grill nights. Hungry visitors can pair their outdoor drinks with the $2 namesake sardine sandwich and the salt-and-pepper fries. 1800 Federal Street, (215) 334-2337, americansardinebar.comrnTucked behind Greek tavern Opa, the Drury Beer Garden—complete with its own Drury Street entrance—stocks two-dozen cans, six bottles and eight rotating drafts to complement its casual menu. With 24 hours’ notice, parties of six can celebrate summer with a $150 package that includes a case of beer or a cooler of cocktails, a crab-leg feast, coleslaw, Old Bay fries and dessert. 1311 Sansom Street, (215) 545-0170, opaphiladelphia.comrnFergie’s Beach, the outside portion of popular Fergie’s Pub, returns for its second year of alfresco fun. Patrons enjoy sips from the small list of rotating draft beers—best soaked up with selections from the menu, made up of bar-food classics (chicken fingers and fried pickles) and barbeque favorites (hot dogs and corn on the cob). Open Wednesday through Sunday.1214 Sansom Street, (215) 928-8118, fergies.comrnNow in its fifth summer, Stephen Starr’s Frankford Hall seats up to 240 people outside. The space is simple by Starr standards, complete with exposed brick walls, reclaimed industrial materials and ping-pong tables. Classic German foods—pretzels, bratwurst, spatzle—are available at a walk-up counter, as is a hefty beer menu that includes everything from traditional German beers to craft specialties available by the half-liter or liter. 1210 Frankford Avenue, (215) 634-3338, frankfordhall.comrnWith authentic German food, European glassware, wooden picnic tables and live foliage, Hop Angel Brauhaus’ courtyard comes pretty close to a traditional biergarten. Open every night for dinner in season, the Fox Chase beer garden welcomes well-behaved dogs and pays homage to the Fatherland with an Alpine-looking mural. Twelve taps change constantly, but one element stays the same: At least a few of them always carry German and German-style lagers.7980 Oxford Avenue, (215) 437-1939, hopangel.comrnLocated across from the Liberty Bell, the aptly named Independence Beer Garden brings 20,000 square feet of outdoor drinking and eating space to America’s most historic square mile. Helmed by chef-restaurateur Michael Schulson of Sampan fame, the seasonal beer garden has installed a new rotisserie to complement its all-American food and drink menu. Think cheese plates, ribs, salads and fried chicken washed down by a rotating can and tap beer list from breweries such as Sixpoint, Deschutes, Yards, 21st Amendment and Dogfish Head. Adding to the atmosphere: Adirondack chairs, games, string lights and ivy-covered pergolas. 100 Independence Mall West, (215) 922-7100, phlbeergarden.comrnOffering a stunning view of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, La Peg, which shares a building with FringeArts, offers craft beers aplenty and live performances on select nights in its picture-perfect beer garden, celebrating its first full summer in 2015. 140 N. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 375-7744, lapegbrasserie.comrnLlama Tooth restaurant and beer garden boasts an ambitious beer menu that pays plenty of attention to local favorites from Yards, Philadelphia Brewing Company, Dogfish Head, Weyerbacher, Voodoo and many others. Drinkers size up their prospective beer’s state of origin, style and Beer Advocate score before making their selections. Situated across from popular music venue Union Transfer, the mural-clad beer garden also offers a simple menu of salads, burgers and shareable appetizers. 1033 Spring Garden Street, (267) 639-4582, llamatooth.comrnThe picnic table-furnished lot next to Memphis Taproom serves up an omnivore-, vegan- and vegetarian-friendly menu full of summer backyard flavors, along with canned craft beers, from a food truck parked permanently in the garden. Guests can catch nighttime Phillies games and compete in Quizzo on Thursday nights. 2331 E. Cumberland Street, (215) 425-4460, memphistaproom.comrnConveniently located next to Race Street Pier, Morgan’s Pier draws people for weekend brunch, weekday DJs with no cover and close-up views of the Delaware River and Ben Franklin Bridge. In a backyard setting with wooden picnic tables, umbrellas, twinkling lights and Liden trees, the laid-back crowd enjoys a hefty selection of canned and draft beers, some mixed into cocktails, along with a refined picnic menu overseen this year by Top Chef Season 11 winner Nick Elmi. After dark, Morgan’s Pier hosts musicians and guest DJs. 221 N. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 279-7134, morganspier.comrnOnce the overhaul on The Porch at 30th Street is completed this spring, the commuter-heavy locale will be home to Rotisserie, the latest venture from Michael Schulson of Independence Beer Garden (see above). The casual spot will serve lunch seven days a week, along with beer and liquor on Wednesday through Saturday, 4:00-9:00 p.m. The stunning skyline views are just a bonus. 30th & Market Streets, universitycity.orgrnPart island oasis/part junkyard, Silk City’s beer garden is filled with colorful tables, empty-kegs-turned-chairs, string lights galore and garden ornament objects likely salvaged at many a yard sale. The hipster clientele at this perennially packed spot enjoys a large selection of high- and low-end beers—from Dogfish Head Indian Brown and Sly Fox Phoenix Pale Ale to PBR and Miller High Life. The American fare with flair is so good it’s been featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. 435 Spring Garden Street, (215) 592-8838, silkcityphilly.comrnA newer addition to the University City scene, indoor beer garden William Street Common recently unveiled its new 60-seat patio. Here patrons enjoy a casual menu of snacks, salads and sandwiches, along with specialty drinks, punch bowls, wine and beers from a rotating draft list. Oh, and no tipping is allowed here; the restaurant adds a 20% fair-wage surcharge to each item. 3900 Chestnut Street, (215) 397-4693, williamstreetcommon.comrnVISIT PHILADELPHIA® makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases the number of visitors, the number of nights they stay and the number of things they do in the five-county area.rnrnOn Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.

Eastern State Penitentiary Hosts Prison Food Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7

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rnPHILADELPHIA, May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site brings back its popular Prison Food Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7. On these days visitors can sample five states' versions of nutraloaf, the "food product" issued as punishment in many American prisons, as well as "chi chi," comfort food made by inmates using ingredients from prison commissary.rnrnCourts have generally upheld the rights of prisons to serve nutraloaf, but the practice remains controversial. Freestyle BBQ, a catering company owned by correctional officer John Freeman, will create the nutraloaf samples using official recipes from five U.S. states:rnrnIdaho (Breakfast Version): Most prisons serve the same punishment loaf at every meal. Idaho may be the only state with breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes. The breakfast nutraloaf uses traditional morning foods, blending cereal, milk, toast, and even orange juice into a single baked loaf.rnCalifornia: Inmates on a "disciplinary diet" in California jails are served this loaf twice a day. The recipe includes raw cabbage and chili powder. Inmates receive two slices of whole wheat bread and a quart of water with each serving.rnIllinois (Vegan Option): This vegan recipe features an unlikely combination of applesauce, tomato paste, and garlic powder. Inmates at the Tamms Correctional Center sued the Illinois Department of Corrections after being served this recipe. They alleged cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment. Their suit was unsuccessful.rnVermont: Prisoners sued after being served this loaf, which contains non-dairy cheese and raisins. The Supreme Court ruled that inmates must be given a hearing before being placed on nutraloaf diets. Needing to revise its policies, the Vermont Department of Corrections has suspended the practice indefinitely.rnPennsylvania: This recipe incorporates cooked rice, dry oatmeal, and mashed garbanzo beans. In Pennsylvania, nutraloaf is called a "behavior modified meal." It may be served to an inmate for a maximum of 21 consecutive meals.rnVisitors to the historic site can taste all five versions, record their thoughts on a tasting card, and decide for themselves whether serving nutraloaf is a form of cruel and unusual punishment.rnrnVisitors can also sample chi chi, a comfort food made by inmates using ingredients from the prison commissary or vending machines. Chi chi recipes vary, but commonly include ramen noodles, chips or cheese curls, meat snacks, and sugar. Formerly incarcerated individuals will prepare the chi chi using a recipe learned during their time at SCI Graterford, the prison that replaced Eastern State Penitentiary.rnrnAlso on view will be sample menus, archival photographs, and reports of the prison food throughout Eastern State Penitentiary's 142-year operational history.rnrnAll Prison Food Weekend activities are included with standard admission. Regular daytime programs, including "The Voices of Eastern State" Audio Tour narrated by actor Steve Buscemi, guided Hands-On History tours, history exhibits, and artist installations, are also included in admission. Tickets are available online at easternstate.org/tickets, or at the door subject to availability.rnrnAbout Eastern State Penitentiary Historic SiternrnEastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world's first true "penitentiary," a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most notorious criminals, including bank robber "Slick Willie" Sutton and Al Capone.rnrnEastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is located at 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue, just five blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The penitentiary is open seven days a week, year round. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students and children ages 7-12. (Not recommended for children under the age of seven.) Tickets are available online at www.EasternState.org or at the door, subject to availability. Admission includes "The Voices of Eastern State" Audio Tour, narrated by actor Steve Buscemi; Hands-On History interactive experiences; history exhibits; and a critically acclaimed series of artist installations.rnrnFor more information and schedules, the public should call (215) 236-3300 or visit www.EasternState.org.rnrnPhoto – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150526/218600rnrnSOURCE Eastern State Penitentiary Historic SiternrnrnrnRELATED LINKSrnhttp://www.easternstate.org

Vita Gardens Partners with Garden Media to ‘Grow Life’

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Philadelphia, Pa (PRWEB) May 27, 2015

Garden Media believes the key to success starts with its newest client, Vita Gardens.

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The portable gardening brand is partnering with Garden Media to introduce its flagship product: the African Keyhole Garden Bed. Both companies will work together to grow life, share life and bring life to the garden.

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Based in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada Vita’s mission is to inspire gardeners to grow healthy foods through unique garden designs, regardless of their ability. Its parent company, New England Arbors, has been a leader in designs in the Outdoor Decor category for more than 15 years.

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“We want to help customers grow, whether it’s through our products or our expertise,” says Ken Machan, Vita co-founder and president. “Garden Media will help us nurture our life-long customers.”

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The Keyhole Garden was first designed in Africa as a way for gardeners to grow food in severe drought and sweltering heat conditions. Vita’s modern version of this raised bed design captures the same spirit.

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It’s both a growing and composting bed that turns kitchen scraps and other household waste into rich soil. It also uses up to 80 percent less water than a traditional garden bed does and produces more vegetables in less time.

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The Keyhole Garden has a 20-year warranty and is constructed from attractive and rot-proof food-grade vinyl (BPA- free) with stainless steel fasteners.

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“We’re proud to represent another brand that is forward thinking when it comes to this industry,” says Susan McCoy, president of Garden Media. “They’re creating innovative, portable products that help gardeners around the world.”

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Through unique product designs and collaborations, Vita shares life with others by giving back and building gardens in places like Rwanda and local food banks. Every 4 gardens sold in the United States helps build one in Rwanda.

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Members of the Vita team will travel to Africa this summer to help construct keyhole gardens in several Rwandan villages.

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For more information about Vita Gardens, visit vitagardens.com.

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Vita is a design-forward, lifestyle and portable gardening brand that helps gardeners save time, money and water while growing greater natural yields. Vita’s signature product, the African Keyhole Garden, was introduced this year. Built around an ingenious gardening technique perfected in Africa, the Keyhole Garden is a combination raised bed and composting system.

New Philly Hotel Deal Offers VIP Access To Must-See Impressionism Exhibit At The Philadelphia Museum Of Art This Summer

Major Perk: Visit-Anytime Tickets For Discovering The Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel And The New Paintingrn

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rnThe Philadelphia Museum of Art has partnered with 15 area hotels to offer a one-night Discovering the Impressionists Hotel Package, which includes two visit-anytime tickets for its summer exhibition, Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting, on view from June 24 through September 13, 2015. Philadelphia is the only U.S. city to showcase the blockbuster show, featuring nearly 100 works by Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Degas, Manet, Cassatt and others.rnrnIn addition to the one-night hotel stay and two VIP tickets for the exhibit, the package includes special discounts for select museum gift shops and a complimentary dessert with a Chef’s Table meal at the museum’s Granite Hill restaurant. The package is bookable at visitphilly.com/impressionists. Here is a list of hotels offering the package:rnrnOLD CITY:rnrnHotel: Sheraton Society Hill, 1 Dock Street rnOther Perks: Overnight parking rnRates: Starting at $229 per night rnBook: sheratonphiladelphiasocietyhill.com, (800) 325-3535rnrnHotel: Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District, 400 Arch StreetrnOther Perks: Free overnight parking rnRates: Weekend rate starting at $229 per night; weekday rate starting at $199 per nightrnBook: phillydowntownhotel.com, (877) 999-3223rnrnCENTER CITY:rnrnHotel: Alexander Inn, 301 S. 12th StreetrnOther Perks: Complimentary continental breakfast buffet, free Wi-Fi and discounted rnparking nearby rnRates: $189-$219 per nightrnBook: alexanderinn.com, (877) ALEX-INNrnrnHotel: Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown, 21 N. Juniper Street rnOther Perks: 2:00 p.m. late checkout rnRates: Weekday rate starting at $219 per night; weekend rate starting at $409 per nightrnBook: marriott.com, (888) 887-8130rnrnHotel: Embassy Suites Philadelphia – Center City, 1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway rnOther Perks: Two-room suite with balcony, cooked-to-order breakfast for two and complimentary cocktail reception every evening, 5:30-7:30 p.m.rnRates: Weekend rate starting at $224 per night; weekday rate starting at $244 per nightrnBook: embassysuites3.hilton.com, (800) EMBASSYrnrnHotel: Holiday Inn Express Midtown, 1305 Walnut StreetrnOther Perks: Complimentary hot deluxe breakfast buffet and free Wi-FirnRate: Contact hotelrnBook: himidtown.com, (888) 5MIDTOWNrnrnHotel: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market StreetrnOther Perks: 2:00 p.m. late checkout rnRates: $229-$389rnBook: marriott.com, (800) 320-5744rnrnHotel: Residence Inn by Marriott, 1 Penn Square East rnOther Perks: 2:00 p.m. late checkout rnRates: Contact hotelrnBook: marriott.com, (800) 331-3131rnrnHotel: The Rittenhouse, 210 West Rittenhouse SquarernOther Perks: Breakfast for two, excluding Sunday brunch and room service rnRates: Starting at $349 per nightrnBook: rittenhousehotel.com, (800) 635-1042rnrnHotel: The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, 10 Avenue of the ArtsrnOther Perks: $50 food and beverage credit, 2:00 p.m. late checkout rnRates: Contact the hotelrnBook: ritzcarlton.com, (800) 542-8680rnrnHotel: Sofitel Philadelphia, 120 S. 17th Street rnOther Perks: Breakfast for two in Chez Colette and two welcome drinks in Liberte LoungernRates: Contact hotelrnBooking: (215) 564-4108rnrnHotel: Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia, 1800 Market Street rnOther Perks: Overnight valet parking rnRates: Starting at $204 per nightrnBook: sonesta.com/philadelphia, (215) 561-7500rnrnBEYOND CENTER CITY:rnrnHotel: Courtyard Philadelphia South at the Navy Yard, 1001 Intrepid AvenuernOther Perks: 2:00 p.m. late checkout rnRates: $219 per night on weekdays; $409 per night on weekendsrnBook: marriott.com, (877) 895-0593rnrnHotel: Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West, 4010 City AvenuernOther Perks: Overnight parking and breakfast buffet for two rnRates: Starting at $215 per nightrnBook: cpphilawest.com/packages-rates, (800) 439-4745rnrnHotel: The Inn at Penn, A Hilton Hotel, 3600 Sansom StreetrnOther Perks: Full breakfast for twornRates: Weekend rate starting at $249 per night; weekday rate starting at $269 per nightrnBook: theinnatpenn.com, (800) HILTONSrnrnThe With Art Philadelphia® collaborative is a first-of-its-kind partnership to position Philadelphia among the world’s great art destinations and to increase visitation to the region from around the world. The groups contributing financial and other resources to the campaign are: the City of Philadelphia, VISIT PHILADELPHIA, Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology), Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, The Lenfest Foundation, William Penn Foundation, Knight Foundation, Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, PNC and PECO.rnrnFor more information about travel to Philadelphia, visit visitphilly.com or uwishunu.com, where you can build itineraries; search event calendars; see photos and videos; view interactive maps; sign up for newsletters; listen to Hear Philly, an online radio station about what to see and do in the region; book hotel reservations and more. Or, call the Independence Visitor Center, located in Historic Philadelphia, at (800) 537-7676.rnrnContact(s):rnDonna Schorr, (215) 599-0782

Former Vietnam POW Ralph W. Galati to Speak at Special Re-dedication Ceremony on Memorial Day

SOURCE: Philadelphia Vietnam Veteran Memorial.rnrnFormer POW to Speak at Special Re-dedication Ceremony on Memorial DayrnSUNDAY, 17 MAY 2015rn

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rnRalph W. Galati, who spent 14 months as a POW during the Vietnam War, will be the keynote speaker during a special ceremony at 12:30 p.m. on Memorial Day to re-dedicate the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial (PVVM) at Penn's Landing.rnrnGalati is presently the Director of Veterans Services at St. Joseph's University where he coordinates campus-wide programs for veterans, dependents and disabled veterans. He retired as an IBM executive after 28 years in 2007and then was employed by SAP Americas Headquarters in Newtown Square in their Education and Training business.rnrn"We're honored to have Ralph as our speaker for this special day, when after more than seven years, we have realized our goal to refurbish the Memorial and open the site to create more awareness and serve as a deterrent to vandalism," noted Terry A. Williamson, PVVM Fund president.rnrnThe Memorial was dedicated in 1987 and over the years, it incurred weather damage and normal deterioration, along with vandalism and abuse by skateboarders and others. In late 2006, the PVVMF Board launched the "Duty to Remember Campaign" in two phases. The first phase was to correct past damage and the $500,000 raised from corporate, government and individual resources resulted in new paving material, a refurbishment of the names, granite repairs, enhanced lighting, new flag poles for all branches of the Armed Services and a new security system. The first phase project was completed in time for the 20th anniversary of the Memorial in 2007.rnrnThe original design of an enclosed sanctuary made it an inviting targets for vandals and others. Police and security experts agreed that opening the Spruce Street side of the Memorial would serve as a deterrent to criminals who desecrate this hallowed ground. The so-called "wall of scenes" along Spruce Street was altered and the panels installed on the two semi-circular walls bordering a new entrance to fulfill the second phase of the fund-raising campaign and its goal of another $500,000. Opening the site also solved another problem. Despite its prominence among veterans, many people were not aware of the Memorial and with the addition of large granite signs and the new open design, the Memorial became more visible.rnrnA graduate of St. James High School in Chester and St. Joseph's University, Galati was serving as a weapons systems officer in a Phantom F-4 when he was shot down over North Vietnam with his pilot on Feb. 16, 1972. He was repatriated on March 28, 1973, and continued to serve on active duty in the Air Force for eight more years and the Reserves until 1981.rnrnGalati received the Silver Star, Bronze Star with one Oak Leaf Clusters (OLC), the Purple Heart with one OLC, the Air Medal with four OLC and the Air Force Commendation Medal with two OLC.rn

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Philadelphia Ranks Among the Tops Cities in Penn. for Drug Deaths

Drug Rehab Philadelphia comments on a recent article published by Berks and Beyond, and extends its drug and alcohol addiction treatment services to all of Pennsylvania.rn

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Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) May 22, 2015

According to Berks and Beyond, Pennsylvania has been established as a hub for drug related death, totaling almost 2,500 confirmed drug deaths, as reported on May 7th. The exact number, as reported by state officials, totals 2,489 deaths stemming from legal and illegal drug use in 2014. As the numbers work out, Pennsylvania loses seven people every day to fatal overdoses or other drug related deaths. The city of Philadelphia has been singled out as one of the most rife with drug related deaths. The city, along with five other counties, claimed 27.7 deaths per 100,000 population. Drug Rehab Philadelphia is an addiction and recovery center in Philadelphia. The addiction detox center rescues people with substance use disorders from their lives of addiction by teaching them the critical life skills necessary to overcome addiction. The treatment center asserts redressing the social stigma surrounding addiction will help people enroll into treatment, and promote environments conducive to healing, as opposed to public shaming. The addiction treatment center in Philadelphia is now extending its drug and alcohol rehabilitation and detox programs to all of Pennsylvania.

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According to Berks and Beyond the numbers of overdose and drug related deaths are slated to continue increasing in 2015. Tackling addiction at its heart is the most effective way to tackle the problem head on, states Drug Rehab Philadelphia. An associate from the drug treatment center in Philadelphia comments, “Addiction is not a localized affliction. The disease is both physical and psychological. Only addressing the topical symptom of addiction isn’t enough- and that topical symptom is addiction and substance use itself. Addiction manifests in the face of internal and external factors: poverty, environments of abuse, an attempt to self medicate internal traumas; until we figure out how to alleviate societal stressors which promote addiction, we’ll be unable to make the state and national progress we ideally want to see.”

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Drug Rehab Philadelphia offers heroin rehab in Philadelphia, along with other specialized addiction treatment programs. Understanding drug addiction and treatment is critical in overcoming the disease of addiction. The addiction treatment center provides patients with immediate medication for withdrawal, and offers drug counseling services to help patients navigate the unstable ground of addiction. Patients explore the underlying causes of addiction, and are given the tools to understand how to identify addictive behaviors and implement safe alternatives.

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ADVISORY – PHILADELPHIA – TOMORROW – PLCB to Celebrate Grand Opening of the Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store in Society Hill, Philadelphia

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 20, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will cut a ribbon to mark the grand opening of the Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store at 326 S. 5th St., Philadelphia, on Thursday, May 21, at 4:00 PM.rnrnThe renovated Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store offers consumers a new shopping experience with an expanded floor plan, greater selection, and a central service point with educational material.rnrnWine and spirits tastings will be held throughout the day for those 21 years and older, and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.rnrnWHAT: The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will celebrate the grand opening ceremony of the Society Hill Fine Wine & Good Spirit Premium Collection Store rnWHEN: Thursday, May 21, 2015; 4:00 PMrnWHERE: Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store, 326 S. 5th St., Philadelphia, PA 19106rnrnMEDIA CONTACT: Stacy Kriedeman – 717.783.8864rnrnSOURCE Pennsylvania Liquor Control BoardrnrnrnrnRELATED LINKSrnhttp://www.lcb.state.pa.us