Month: July 2015

Pope Francis’ US Visit Celebrated by Release of Visitation Cross

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rnPHILADELPHIA, PA (PRWEB) JULY 31, 2015rn

In celebration of the first visit of Pope Francis to the United States, a limited time offer Visitation Cross has been released. The leader of the Catholic Church will be arriving in Washington, D.C. on September 22, 2015 and will visit New York City and Philadelphia before returning to Europe on September 27, 2015.

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The Visitation Cross is composed of centuries old, hand carved olive wood harvested from Bethlehem. It is embedded with compressed soil from the grounds of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and sand from the Sea of Galilee. The necklace is also adorned with three olive wood beads, which are meant to symbolize the Holy Trinity of the Catholic Church. The cross is available for purchase at VistitationCross.com for $19.99 plus process and handling and is accompanied by an embossed portrait of the Argentinian-born leader of the Catholic Church and a certificate of authenticity.

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“The coming of Pope Francis to spread his message of love and peace represents a historical time for America and the Catholic Church,” said William Patrick McAlister, creator of the Visitation Cross. “The Visitation Cross is meant as a keepsake from his visit and the hope that he brings to the world. It is a perfect expression of our faith.”

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The Pope’s trip will be filled with a number of public appearances, including performing mass at Madison Square Garden in New York City and attending the World Meeting of Families.

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To purchase the Visitation Cross, please visit: http://www.VisitationCross.com

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About Visitation Cross

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The Visitation Cross was created to celebrate the very first visit of Pope Francis to the United States. The necklace is composed of centuries old, hand carved olive wood harvested from Bethlehem and is embedded with compressed soil from the grounds of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and sand from the Sea of Galilee. When consumers purchase the Visitation Cross, they also receive an embossed original portrait of Pope Francis and certificate of authenticity. To learn more, please visit: VisitationCross.com.

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World’s First Bilateral Hand Transplant on a Child Performed at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

–CHOP and Penn Medicine Collaborate on Groundbreaking Surgery–rn

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rnPHILADELPHIA, July 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Surgeons at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) joined with colleagues from Penn Medicine recently to complete the world's first bilateral hand transplant on a child. Earlier this month, the surgical team successfully transplanted donor hands and forearms onto eight-year-old Zion Harvey who, several years earlier, had undergone amputation of his hands and feet and a kidney transplant following a serious infection.rnrnLed by L. Scott Levin, M.D., FACS*, Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Penn Medicine, Director of the Hand Transplantation Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Professor of Surgery (Division of Plastic Surgery) at the Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania, a 40-member multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses and other staff from plastic and reconstructive surgery, orthopaedic surgery, anesthesiology, and radiology, participated in the operation. Attending surgeons from CHOP and from Penn Medicine, along with Scott H. Kozin, M.D.***, chief of staff for Shriners Hospitals for Children—Philadelphia, collaborated during the 10-hour surgical transplantation.rnrn"This surgery was the result of years of training, followed by months of planning and preparation by a remarkable team," said Levin. "The success of Penn's first bilateral hand transplant on an adult, performed in 2011, gave us a foundation to adapt the intricate techniques and coordinated plans required to perform this type of complex procedure on a child. CHOP is one of the few places in the world that offer the capabilities necessary to push the limits of medicine to give a child a drastically improved quality of life."rnrn"This extraordinary accomplishment highlights the world-class abilities of the physicians, nurses, therapists and other staff who are privileged to serve our patients and their families with skill and dedication," said Madeline Bell, president and chief executive officer of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "I'm especially grateful to Zion's family who entrusted him to our care."rnrn"The ability to plan and carry out this type of surgery is testament to the skill, expertise, surgical innovation, and passion for excellence available here at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia," said N. Scott Adzick, M.D., CHOP's surgeon-in-chief. "I am extremely proud of Dr. Levin and his team for their courage, dedication and expertise, and appreciative to Zion and his family, whose bravery and trust in this clinical team is truly inspiring."rnrnZion was initially referred to Shriners Hospitals for Children for their expertise in pediatric orthopaedic care, including surgery and rehabilitation. Through a coordinated effort between Shriners Hospitals for Children and CHOP, Zion was evaluated as a possible recipient of the first pediatric hand transplant. "The collaborative effort between these institutions was necessary to assemble the team and organize the players to orchestrate such a complex and demanding procedure that had never been performed on a child," stated Scott H. Kozin, M.D., chief of staff for Shriners Hospitals for Children—Philadelphia.rnrnBefore the surgery could be conducted, it was first necessary to locate a suitable donor, a function coordinated by Gift of Life Donor Program, the nonprofit organ and tissue donor program which serves the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. "For 41 years, Gift of Life Donor Program has partnered with transplant centers throughout this region to bring innovative transplant procedures to patients in need," stated Richard Hasz, vice president of Clinical Services for Gift of Life. "As with all types of transplant, surgeries such as this one could not take place without the generosity of a donor and a donor family. We thank them for their selflessness and for their gift that made this surgery possible."rnrn"The skills necessary to perform such complex surgery at CHOP have been acquired from lessons learned over the past 20-plus years of performing pediatric solid organ transplantation," said Abraham Shaked, M.D., Ph.D., the Eldridge L. Eliason Professor of Surgery and Director, Penn Transplant Institute. "We have learned the importance of closely monitoring and managing the activity of the immune system through years of experience, and are hopeful that Zion will enjoy excellent long-term allograft function and a normal life."rnrnZion Harvey is a bright and precocious eight-year-old who has told his doctors that he cannot wait to someday throw a football. A happy and outgoing child, he has adapted well to life without hands, learning to eat, write and even play video games. He figured out ways to perform most of the activities other kids his age can do. Zion received prosthetics for his feet and is able to walk, run and jump with complete independence. Following his latest surgery and after his upcoming rehabilitation, it is expected that Zion will finally get his wish to throw a football along with a myriad of other accomplishments to come.rnrnDouble hand transplantation is a complex procedure involving many surgical and non-surgical components. First, the potential recipient must undergo extensive medical screenings and evaluations before surgery. In this case, the patient's previous medical condition, following sepsis at an early age, factored into the decision to perform the transplant. "Zion's kidney transplant following his infection made him a candidate for transplant because he was already taking anti-rejection medication," said Benjamin Chang, M.D.**, co-director of CHOP's Hand Transplantation Program as well as associate chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Penn Medicine.rnrnDuring the surgery, the hands and forearms from the donor were attached by connecting bone, blood vessels, nerves, muscles, tendons and skin. The surgical team was divided into four simultaneous operating teams, two focused on the donor limbs, and two focused on the recipient. First, the forearm bones, the radius and ulna, were connected with steel plates and screws. Next, microvascular surgical techniques were used to connect the arteries and veins. Once blood flow was established through the reconnected blood vessels, surgeons individually repaired and rejoined each muscle and tendon. Surgeons then reattached nerves and then closed the surgical sites.rnrnZion continues to receive daily immunosuppressant medications to prevent his body from rejecting the new limbs, as well as his transplanted kidney. Zion is being cared for by CHOP's nephrology and kidney transplant team, as well as his hand transplant surgical team. Post surgery, he spent a week in CHOP's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, then was moved to a medical unit and eventually moved to an inpatient rehabilitation unit where he undergoes rigorous hand therapy several times per day, an essential step to gaining improvement in function.rnrnThe clinical team expects Zion to spend several more weeks in CHOP's rehabilitation unit, and then to be discharged to his home in Baltimore, Md. Dr. Levin and his team will continue to follow Zion monthly in the short-term and then annually throughout his lifetime. rnrn(Additional Information)rnrn* L. Scott Levin, M.D., FACS, holds several medical posts. He is Director of the Hand Transplantation Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Penn Medicine; The Paul B. Magnuson Professor of Bone and Joint Surgery at Penn; and Professor of Surgery (Division of Plastic Surgery) at the Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania.rnrn**Dr. Benjamin Chang, M.D., is co-director of CHOP's Hand Transplant Program; associate chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Penn Medicine; and associate professor of Clinical Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania.rnrn***Scott H. Kozin, M.D., is chief of staff for Shriners Hospitals for Children and clinical professor of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Temple University School of Medicine.rnrnMedia B-roll, Photos and Illustrations (files will be available at 2:30 p.m. on 7/28/15):rnhttps://www.dropbox.com/sh/penojq4kv44g5xs/AAAIdj8mQ5EYnXye5UzEzZwXa?dl=0rnrnYouTube Video: http://bit.ly/1LOJXNRrnrnAbout The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia:rnrnThe Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation's first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals and pioneering major research initiatives, Children's Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 535-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, visit http://www.chop.edurnrnAbout Penn Medicine:rnrnPenn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $4.9 billion enterprise.rnrnThe Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 17 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $409 million awarded in the 2014 fiscal year.rnrnThe University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania — recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; Chester County Hospital; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital — the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.rnrnPenn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2014, Penn Medicine provided $771 million to benefit our community.rnrnAbout the Gift of Life:rnrnSince 1974, Gift of Life has served as the link between donors and patients awaiting life-saving transplants in the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. Gift of Life Donor Program is the nation's most active and well-respected organ procurement organization, coordinating more than 38,000 life-saving organ transplants and approximately 550,000 tissue transplants during the last 41 years. For more information on organ and tissue donation, please call Gift of Life at 1-800-DONORS-1 or visit its website, www.donors1.org.rnrnAbout Shriners Hospitals for Children:rnrnShriners Hospitals for Children is dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research and outstanding medical teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients' ability to pay. For more information visit, shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/Philadelphia.rnrnMEDIA CONTACT:rnAshley MoorernMoorea1@email.chop.edu rnOffice: 267-426-6071 or Cell: 215-630-4683rnrnPhoto – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150728/247814rnrn rnrnSOURCE The Children's Hospital of PhiladelphiarnrnrnrnRELATED LINKSrnhttp://www.chop.edu

MAYOR NUTTER LAUNCHES THE PLAYSTREET BOOK CLUB PILOT PROGRAM

Philadelphia, July 28, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter launched the Playstreet Book Club, a pilot program that aims to help address summer reading loss among children who receive USDA-funded free summer meals. The Book Club operates at select locations by providing children with five free, take-home books. The Playstreet Book Club, which is administered by Fun Safe Philly Summer in partnership with Foster Grandparents, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Nutritional Development Services, and Mayor’s Office staff and volunteers, also offers literacy assessments and activities led by Foster Grandparents, a Senior Corps program of the Corporation for National & Community Service. In total, the Playstreet Book Club has provided approximately 3,000 books to more than 600 children at 16 meal sites across the city.rnrn“We know that children, particularly low-income children, can lose up to two months of reading skills during the summer, putting them behind before the new school year begins. By providing children with free books to read during the summer, we hope to instill a lifelong love of reading, help them to build their own libraries at home and give them the skills they to be successful in the classroom,” said Mayor Nutter. “I would like to thank all of our sponsors, particularly the S. Albert Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation, the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia and Team First Book Philadelphia, for their assistance in supporting this program. We know that children need access to nutritious meals, enriching activities and supportive adults all year long in order to reach their full potential. The Playstreet Book Club connects children to all three of these elements at one location during the summer months.”rnrnAs part of the Playstreet Book Club program, each participating child’s reading level is assessed by a Foster Grandparent through the San Diego Quick Assessment of Reading Ability. Each child is then given five free, take-home books at the appropriate reading level. For the following four weeks, Foster Grandparents visit the meal site to engage in literacy activities with the children as well as to provide assistance as they read their new books. At the end of five weeks, Foster Grandparents will administer an assessment to gauge reading progress.rnrn“There is nothing quite like the joy of a brand new book shared with a caring adult who can help explore the story. This program gives participating Philadelphia youth the opportunity for reading activities with Foster Grandparents at their outdoor meal site, helping sustain the excitement of reading all summer long,” said Maia Jachimowicz, Director of Policy. “We created the Playstreet Book Club program to prevent ‘summer slide’ in literacy levels for Philadelphia youth, while at the same time increasing the appeal of USDA-funded summer meal sites.”rnrnCarolyn Ashburn, Chair of Team First Book Philadelphia, said, “Our pilot project with the Mayor’s office this summer is one of the most rewarding and exciting endeavors we’ve ever undertaken; we couldn’t be more pleased to partner with Fun Safe Philly Summer. The Mayor’s team has worked tirelessly to choose the best, most appropriate books in each age level for the kids and to engage the Foster Grandparents to help spread the joy of reading. We know that books can change lives. We believe that this summer, books are changing lives right here, right now. This is possible thanks to the generosity of our individual donors, the S. Albert Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation, and the Mayor’s Innovation Fund.”rnrnChief Service Officer Catie C. Wolfgang added, “We are delighted that the Foster Grandparent Program could participate in this exciting pilot program to spread the love of reading to more young people in Philadelphia. Foster Grandparents are dedicated public servants who work throughout the city as role models, mentors and coaches. Their participation further enhances this literacy work serving children in Philadelphia.”rnrnThere are more than 500 outdoor meal sites throughout Philadelphia serving USDA-funded meals to children all summer long. All youth 18 and under, as well as students with disabilities 19 and older who are enrolled in a school program, are eligible to receive free summer meals. Families can call the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger at 1-855-252-6325, text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877, or visit http://www.phillysummermeals.org to find locations for free summer meals in their community.rnrnMayor Nutter started the Fun Safe Philly Summer initiative in 2012 in an effort to provide young people in Philadelphia with access to summer opportunities, summer meals and summer employment. In addition to the Playstreet Book Club, Fun Safe Philly Summer hosts “Pop Up” events throughout the summer to provide young people with access to fun, healthy activities.rnrnThe remaining 2015 Fun Safe Philly Summer “Pop Up” events include:rnrnSkateboard Skills & Tricks: No experience necessary! Let’s shred.rnJuly 29, 5-8pm, Grays Ferry Crescent Skatepark (3600 Grays Ferry Ave)rnrnIce Skating: Beat the heat and enjoy a night at the ice rink!rnAugust 5, 5-8pm, Scanlon Ice Rink (1099 E Venango St)rnrnPump & Jump: Bring your friends and race around the bicycle Pumptrack!rnAugust 12, 5-8pm, Philly Pumptrack (Parkside Avenue near 53rd St)rnrnDance Party: Join the STAMP Program for a museum dance party in Old City.rnAugust 14. Visit www.phillystamppass.org closer to the date for more details.rnrnFun Safe Philly Summer is also encouraging Philadelphians 18 and younger to read this summer through a social media campaign. Young readers who tweet or post to Facebook or Instagram about a book they have finished reading, about an interesting chapter in a book or about something new that they have learned from reading will be entered into a raffle to win prizes. Tweets and posts should be @PhillySummer or use the #PlaystreetBookClub.

What’s on South Street?

Restaurants, Shops, Bars & Coffee Shops On South Streetrn

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rnLong known as the edgiest street in Philadelphia, South Street welcomes more than just hippies these days. Shoppers searching for a statement-making look, visitors hungry for a real Philly cheesesteak and music lovers who want to catch an up-and-coming band head to the storied boulevard. Also lining South are ethnically diverse restaurants, bars that keep the party going long after dessert, galleries and performance spaces.rnrnOver the past decade, the development of South Street’s east side has spread west of Broad Street, but the traditional definition of the district (depending on who you ask) spans up to 14 blocks: Front Street all the way up to Broad Street.rnrnNeighborhood tips, itineraries and maps are available at visitphilly.com/neighborhoods.rnrnFood & Drinks:rnrnBaklava Café – Diners enjoy fresh Ethiopian and Mediterranean cuisine at this eatery. Specialties include a Moroccan chicken platter, lamb shwarma and, of course, baklava. 627 South Street, (267) 702-3623, phillybaklavacafe.comrnThe Bean Cafe – With local art on the walls, a dessert case full of treats and a full coffee, tea and smoothie menu, it’s no wonder South Street’s artistic and indie fans crowd this cozy cafe. The rotating selection of vintage action figures and other nostalgic items on display round out the fun vibe. 615 South Street, (215) 629-2250, fairmountfair.com/beancafernThe Boyler Room – “Good food, good fun, good friends.” That’s The Boyler Room promise. They fulfill it with a weekly changing menu, 20 rotating beers on tap, TVs and an upstairs game room (pool table, arcade games). 328 South Street, (215) 413-8294, theboylerroom.comrnBrauhaus Schmitz – At this authentic German beer hall, diners dig into hearty lunches, dinners and late-night dishes with modern, approachable twists. To wash it all down, they can choose from 30 beers on a tap and a bottle list so big it knocks the lederhosen off of any beer fan. 718 South Street, (267) 909-8814, brauhausschmitz.comrnBridget Foy’s – Featuring a fantastic outdoor deck, this South Street staple packs its menu with casual favorites for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The late-night menu is stuffed with a selection of shareables, including cheesesteak spring rolls and wings. 200 South Street, (215) 922-1813, bridgetfoys.comrnCaribbean Delight – A jerk-food destination, Caribbean Delight dishes out curry goat, curry shrimp, fried chicken and even vegetarian options. A large outdoor seating area and reggae music set the mood, so guests enjoy a mini-island retreat along with their Jamaican fare. 1124 South Street, (215) 829-1030rnCopabanana – This brightly painted, vacation-inspired eatery has been a South Street staple for more than 30 years. What keeps diners coming back? The tropical drinks, half-pound burgers and spicy Spanish fries. 344 South Street, (215) 923-6180, copabanana.comrnEuropean Republic – Specializing in quick bites, this market sells wraps, dips, frites, pasta, rice dishes and desserts to hungry clientele. 602 South Street, (215) 925-3509rnIshkabibble’s – Home to Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin’s favorite cheesesteak, Ishkabibble’s is a South Street legend. Ishkabibble’s has been cooking up cheesesteaks and chicken cheesesteaks since 1979, and they’ve even recently opened a second location less than two blocks away. Favorites include Spanish fries and the original Gremlin, a half-lemonade, half-grape-juice concoction. 337 South Street, (215) 923-4337; 517 South Street, (215) 922-0494rnJim’s Steaks South Street – Philadelphians love their cheesesteaks, and at Jim’s on South Street, locals and visitors alike wait for a taste of some of the city’s best. At 2:00 a.m., expect to see a line of hungry patrons stretch out the door and around the block. 400 South Street, (215) 928-1911, jimssouthstreet.comrnJohnny Rockets – A perpetual crowd pleaser, Johnny Rockets keeps the 1950s alive with shakes, floats, hamburgers, desserts and a slew diner-inspired menu items. The South Street location is the chain’s only Philly outpost. 443 South Street, (215) 829-9222, johnnyrockets.comrnJon’s Bar & Grille – The actual birthplace of Larry Fine, one of The Three Stoogies, Jon’s boasts 10 big-screen televisions, 20 beers on tap and daily and game-time drink specials. A not-so-subtle mural overlooking the outdoor patio pays homage to Fine. 300 South Street, (215) 592-1390, jonsbarandgrille.comrnLa Fourno Ristorante Trattoria – Along with an extensive wine list and bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) nights every Tuesday and Friday, this Italian restaurant dishes out specialty platters, such as mussels and shrimp scampi, along with more casual eats. Diners round out their meals with selections from the decadent dessert menu. 636 South Street, (215) 627-9000, lafourno.comrnLas Bugambilias – Those who crave Mexican fare can find authentic dishes for brunch, lunch and dinner here six days a week. The restaurant’s draws include inventive cocktail and tequila lists and traditional house-made mole sauce that tops entrees, including enchiladas with Chihuahua cheese gratin. 148 South Street, (215) 922-3190rnLovash Indian Cuisine – Now with a full-service bar, this fine-dining establishment comes with all the traditional plates one expects to find at an Indian restaurant. Plus, diners can enjoy some unusual ones such as scallops, crab in pastry and grilled salmon with goa sauce. 236 South Street, (215) 925-3881, lovashrestaurant.comrnManny Brown’s – First opened in the summer of 1983, Manny Brown’s prides itself on dishing out good food and good fun. The menu features traditional bar food like Buffalo wings, chicken fingers and potato skins, and daily specials often make drinking here quite affordable. 512 South Street, (215) 627-7427rnMs. Tootsie’s Restaurant Bar Lounge – Serving Southern specialties with a big side of soul, Ms. Tootsie’s entices the dinner crowd with its award-winning golden fried chicken, lobster macaroni and cheese and collard greens. Patrons can make a night of it at the Luxe Lounge Sky Bar, offering cocktails, bottle service and a late-night menu. 1312 South Street, (215) 731-9045, mstootsiesrbl.comrnPercy Street Barbecue – The product of James Beard-winning chef Michael Solomonov and restaurateur Steven Cook, Percy Street serves classic Southern eats, draft craft beers and delicious mixed drinks in a homespun atmosphere. Its off-tap selection alone makes it worth a stop, evidenced by its designation as one of the “15 Most Cantastic Places to Grab a Can of Craft Beer in America” by craftcans.com. 900 South Street, (215) 625-8510, percystreet.comrnSerpico – New York’s Peter Serpico (of Momofuku Ko fame) and Philadelphia’s own Stephen Starr opened Serpico in 2013 to rave reviews. The one-room, 60-seat project represents a culinary renaissance for South Street, via an evolving menu of playful yet unfamiliar takes on global fare. 604 South Street, (215) 925-3001, serpicoonsouth.comrnSouth Street Diner – Open 24 hours a day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this 40-year-old South Street favorite serves traditional diner fare, along with Greek specialties such as spanakopita. Fresh baked goods and free delivery make it a go-to. 140 South Street, (215) 627-5258, southstreetdinerphilly.comrnSouth Street Souvlaki – For nearly 35 years, this South Street staple has been dishing out award-winning dishes. On the menu: authentic Greek and Mediterranean fare such as stuffed peppers, souvlaki, gyros and falafel. 509 South Street, (215) 925-3026, southstreetsouvlaki.comrnSupper – Supper impresses all who enter with its upscale, modern American cuisine in a warm and welcoming urban farmhouse setting. Inside the handsome two-tiered eatery, diners enjoy ultra-fresh produce that’s grown at nearby Blue Elephant Farm, which services Supper exclusively. 926 South Street, (215) 592-8180, supperphilly.comrnTattooed Mom – Beers and a casual comfort-food menu take the spotlight in this dive bar with a rock edge. Upstairs, a lounge, two pool tables and an eclectic art collection add to the joint’s laid-back vibe. 530 South Street, (215) 238-9880, tattooedmomphilly.comrnVegan Tree – The folks at Vegan Tree tout their love for three things: vegan food, their customers and the planet. The wide variety of vegetarian-friendly goodies here includes smoothies, cakes, bubble tea, chow mein, wraps and salads. 742 South Street, (215) 454-2898, 742vegantree.comrnArts & Entertainment:rnrnThe Legendary Dobbs – Long an institution on one of Philadelphia’s most famous streets, Dobbs boasts a reputation as one of the best rock-and-roll bars in the city—although the offerings expand well beyond rock these days. Bands such as Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam have all graced the stage here before they were selling out stadiums. 304 South Street, (267) 239-0197, legendarydobbs.comrnPhiladelphia’s Magic Gardens – Mosaics bloom at this fantasy-like art showplace, presenting and preserving the work of award-winning artist Isaiah Zagar. Visitors can take a tour or attend a mosaic workshop led by the artist himself, a major player in the South Street community since the 1960s. 1020 South Street, (215) 733-0390, phillymagicgardens.orgrnTheatre of Living Arts (TLA) – The smallest large venue in Philadelphia, the TLA offers concertgoers a more personal environment in which to take in well-known metal (High On Fire), hip-hop (Raekwon & Ghostface Killah), punk (The Sonics) and pop (Neon Trees). The venue houses two bars, a snack stand and a 21+ balcony. 334 South Street, (215) 922-1011, tlaphilly.comrnShops:rnrnAccent on Animals – This brightly painted pet-supply shop fills its shelves with high-quality foods and accessories for all types of pets. 804 South Street, (215) 625-8420rnAtomic City Comics – Atomic City features new comic book and graphic novel releases each week, an extensive collection of back-issue and $1 comics, a handful of 1990s arcade games and a sizable selection of independent and small-press books for comic enthusiasts and casual readers alike. It also hosts parties for highly anticipated releases, as well as movie and television viewing parties. 638 South Street, (215) 625-9613, bestphillycomics.comrnCheesesteaktees – Proud Philadelphians come here for tanks, tees, hoodies and an array of clothing featuring all-things Philly. The go-to place for fun, funny and snarky sports apparel, Cheesesteaktees ensures that Philly fans stand out from the stadium crowd. 506 South Street, (215) 238-5880, cheesesteaktees.comrnDudes Boutique – This clothing shop offers goods for both men and women, including handmade leather jackets and custom-designed shoes. Stylish shoppers come here to stock up on items from brands such as Jeffrey Campbell, B.B. Simon and Irregular Choice. 646 South Street, (215) 928-0661, dudesboutiqueonline.comrnEyes Gallery – Julia Zagar, the wife of prolific mosaic muralist Isaiah, opened this must-shop destination for exotic South American crafts back in 1968 with her husband. Religious iconography, sterling-silver jewelry, hand-woven blankets and folk art fill the place from floor to ceiling. 402 South Street, (215) 925-0193, eyesgallery.comrnGarland of Letters – At this New Age bookstore, people can find serenity—or at least a book to direct them there. Crystals, journals, incense and gifts assist in the journey to Zen. 527 South Street, (215) 923-5946rnGilly Jeans – Urban cowboys and cowgirls alike shop for American-made boots and leather goods here. The belt-buckle selection alone impresses all who enter. 320 South Street, (215) 592-9926rnGreene Street Consignment – The upscale, boutique-style atmosphere at Greene Street delights secondhand shoppers. One of several Philly-area locations, this store houses an unlimited number of treasures, from Gap to Gucci and from clothes to shoes to accessories. 700 South Street, (215) 733-9261, greenestreet.comrnMineralistic – An imaginative oasis with artifacts, rare gems, fossils, figurines and silver, gemstone and Celtic jewelry, Mineralistic packs an original selection of items within its walls. A knowledgeable staff is always on hand to inform shoppers. 319 South Street, (215) 922-7199, mineralistic.comrnNocturnal – Whether catering to genuine skaters or those who just want to look the part, Nocturnal stocks its shelves with all of the necessary gear and equipment. This neighborhood spot is more than just a place to shop; it’s a hub dedicated to supporting and growing the Philadelphia skateboarding community. 533 South Street, (215) 922-3177, nocturnalskateshop.comrnPlatinum – Open since 1999, this contemporary clothier stocks hand-selected items from top fashion brands such as French Connection, PRPS, Versace, Moschino, Pierre Balmain, Iceberg, Alexander McQueen, BBC, Comme Des Garcons and Hugo Boss. The store offers everything from outerwear to footwear to accessories for men. 526 South Street, (215) 599-7528, shopatplatinum.comrnPs and Qs – At this menswear boutique, heritage brands such as Herschel Supply Co. and Pendleton share racks with trendy labels like Norse Projects, Penfield and Victory Press. Each piece has been thoroughly vetted to be on point, right down to the masculine scents of the rugged candles. 820 South Street, (215) 592-0888, psandqs.comrnRepo Records – An underground music haven for the last quarter-century, Repo Records moved to South Street more than a decade ago. The shop provides audiophiles with CDs and vinyls of their favorite indie, punk, hardcore, new wave, soul, jazz and alternative rock bands, along with hard-to-find releases. 538 South Street, (215) 627-3775, reporecords.comrnRetrospect – At Retrospect, throwback fashionistas find jeans, furs, coats, hats, jewelry and old T-shirts. 508 South Street, (215) 925-3761, retrospectvintage215.comrnTotem Brand – Classic, rustic, American: That’s Totem Brand in a few words. The store carries men’s clothing—from Wolverine, Danner, Rogue Territory, Steven Alan, Red Wing, Filson, Woolrich, Pendleton and Norman Porter—plus candles, soaps and incense that appeal to the outdoorsman in everyone. With many items American-made and a focus on brands that are U.S.-created and manufactured, people feel patriotic about their purchases. 535 South Street, (215) 440-9922, totembrandco.comrnVilla – Head-to-toe gear for men, women and children fill a high-energy environment equipped with flat-screen TVs and computers. The company is also committed to helping the local community via neighborhood partnerships, educational initiatives and anti-violence programs. 608 South Street, (215) 574-4980, ruvilla.comrnWooden Shoe Books – An indie neighborhood isn’t complete without a collectively run anarchist bookstore, and Wooden Shoe Books fills that role for South Street. Volunteers stock the shelves with resources for activism, organizing, art and community building. Be on the lookout for events such as musical performances and film screenings. 704 South Street, (215) 413-0999, woodenshoebooks.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.rnrnContact(s):rnDonna Schorr, (215) 599-0782

Philly Pretzel Factory Celebrates National Hot Dog Day by Giving Customers a Pretzel Dog

150-Plus Participating Locations to Celebrate on July 23, 2015rn

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rnPhiladelphia (PRWEB) July 21, 2015rn

Philly Pretzel Factory will be giving away a free pretzel dog to the first 300 guests in celebration of National Hot Dog Day on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Pretzel Dogs are all beef Dietz & Watson premium hot dogs wrapped in a Philly Pretzel with melted American Cheese.

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“We have been wholeheartedly celebrating National Pretzel Day for years, and we’re excited to be adding National Hot Dog Day to our holiday calendar,” said Dan DiZio, CEO and co-founder of Philly Pretzel Factory, a 150-plus-unit pretzel chain born and raised in Philadelphia. “We owe much of our success to our wonderful customers and it’s great that we’re able to celebrate alongside them and thank them.”

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After launching its free pretzel initiative on National Pretzel Day in 2008, Philly Pretzel Factory saw thousands of fans enter its stores for a savory treat, and the chain is hoping that the National Hot Dog Day festivities will be just as successful.

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“Last year, we offered $1.00 pretzel dogs for the holiday, and the day proved to be a great success across the system. With our great partnership with Dietz & Watson, this year we are able to give away free pretzel dogs to 300 guests at each location on July 23rd,” said DiZio. “We are so ingrained in the communities we serve that it is a natural fit to want to give back to our loyal fans.”

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As the world’s largest Philly-style bakery, Philly Pretzel Factory bakes fresh, delicious soft pretzels delivered to customers “served hot outta the oven.” Each pretzel, made from a mix of only the finest and freshest ingredients, is hand twisted to ensure quality and authenticity.

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All locations will be participating except those found in transportation hubs including airports and train stations, or entertainment venues: the aquarium, zoos, stadiums or waterparks.

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ABOUT PHILLY PRETZEL FACTORY:rn
Philly Pretzel Factory offers consumers a fresh, healthier choice of a satisfying snack with their fresh-baked pretzels that are “served hot outta the oven.” Philly Pretzel Factory was founded in 1998 by college buddies Dan DiZio and Len Lehman and has grown into the largest Philly style pretzel bakery in the world, feeding customers at more than 150 franchised locations primarily in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, expanding from New York to Florida. Philly Pretzel Factory’s menu offers the traditional Philly style pretzel and also includes pretzel twists, mini pretzels, rivets, pretzel dogs, cheesesteak pretzels and a variety of mustards. These products can be found in a stand-alone bakery, transportation and entertainment venues, and in the nation's largest retailer, Walmart. For more information on Philly Pretzel Factory, visit http://www.phillypretzelfactory.com. To inquire about franchise opportunities, visit http://www.ownappf.com.

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rnWASHINGTON, July 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — U.S. News & World Report today unveiled the 26th edition of the Best Hospitals rankings at usnews.com/besthospitals. Designed to help patients with life-threatening or rare conditions identify hospitals that excel in treating the most difficult cases, Best Hospitals includes consumer-friendly data and information on nearly 5,000 medical centers nationwide.rnrnMassachusetts General Hospital, No. 2 last year, reclaimed the No. 1 spot on the Honor Roll, which highlights hospitals that are exceptional in numerous specialties. The Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital and UCLA Medical Center follow at Nos. 2 and 3. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is No. 1 in cancer care, the Cleveland Clinic is No. 1 in cardiology & heart surgery and the Hospital for Special Surgery is No. 1 in orthopedics.rnrnBest Hospitals features national rankings in 16 specialties. In the 2015-16 rankings, 137 U.S. hospitals performed well enough in complex care to be nationally ranked in one or more specialties. Just 15 of these qualified for a spot on the Honor Roll by ranking at or near the top in six or more specialties.rnrnThe 2015-16 Honor Rollrn1. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston rn2. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota rn3. (tie) Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore rn3. (tie) UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles rn5. Cleveland Clinic rn6. Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston rn7. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, New York rn8. UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco rn9. Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian, Philadelphia rn10. Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis rn11. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago rn12. NYU Langone Medical Center, New York rn13. UPMC-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center rn14. Duke University Hospital, Durham, North Carolina rn15. Stanford Health-Stanford Hospital, Stanford, CaliforniarnrnU.S. News also identified 520 Best Regional Hospitals, ranking them by state and metro area based on their performance in both complex and common care.rnrnThe Best Hospitals methodology measures patient volume, risk-adjusted survival rates and adequacy of nurse staffing, among other care-related indicators. U.S. News further expanded the number of physicians surveyed for the 2015-16 rankings.rnrn"Patients deserve high-quality information on hospitals," said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News. "We strive to provide them with the most comprehensive data available so they can make more informed decisions together with their doctor about where to undergo treatment."rnrnThe specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. U.S. News used both the specialty rankings and its recently published Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings to produce the Best Regional Hospitals.rnrnU.S. News first began publishing hospital rankings in 1990 as part of an expanding group of consumer advice products. Over the past 26 years, the Best Hospitals rankings have helped guide millions of patients and their families to high-quality hospital care when they need it most.rnrnThe rankings, freely available at www.usnews.com/best-hospitals, will appear in the U.S. News "Best Hospitals 2016" guidebook (ISBN 978-1-931469-678), available in August from the U.S. News Store.rnrnIn an exclusive arrangement, the launch of this edition of Best Hospitals is being sponsored by Fidelity Investments.rnrnU.S. News 2015-16 Best Hospitals Rankings rnFor the full list of national rankings in 16 specialties, visit www.usnews.com/best-hospitals.rnrnTop 10 Hospitals in Cancer Care rn1. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston rn2. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York rn3. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota rn4. Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center, Boston rn5. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance/University of Washington Medical Center rn6. (tie) Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore rn6. (tie) UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles rn8. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston rn9. UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco rn10. Stanford Health-Stanford Hospital, Stanford, CaliforniarnrnTop 10 Hospitals in Cardiology & Heart Surgery rn1. Cleveland Clinic rn2. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota rn3. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, New York rn4. Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston rn5. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston rn6. Duke University Hospital, Durham, North Carolina rn7. Mount Sinai Hospital, New York rn8. Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian, Philadelphia rn9. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago rn10. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los AngelesrnrnTop 10 Hospitals in Orthopedics rn1. Hospital for Special Surgery, New York rn2. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota rn3. Cleveland Clinic rn4. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston rn5. Hospital for Joint Diseases, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York rn6. Rush University Medical Center, Chicago rn7. Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston rn8. UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles rn9. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago rn10. (tie) New England Baptist Hospital, Boston rn10. (tie) UPMC-University of Pittsburgh Medical CenterrnrnAbout U.S. News & World Report rnU.S. News & World Report is a digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Focusing on Education, Health, Personal Finance, Travel, Cars and News & Opinion, www.usnews.com provides consumer advice, rankings, news and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. 30 million people visit www.usnews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.rnrnLogo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100603/PH13717LOGOrnrn rnrnSOURCE U.S. News & World ReportrnrnrnrnRELATED LINKSrnhttp://www.usnews.com

National Debt Relief Shares Tips In Handling Credit Card Debt Of A Loved One

National Debt Relief shared in a recent article how consumers can help their loved ones who are in credit card debt. The article explains some of the possible causes for the debt as well as some tips on how couples can get out of it together.rn

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rnPhiladelphia, PA (PRWEB) July 18, 2015rn

National Debt Relief shared in a recent article published June 28, 2015 how consumers can help their loved ones who are in credit card debt. The article titled “How To Deal With The Credit Card Debt Of A Loved One” explains some of the possible causes for the debt as well as some tips on how couples can get out of it together.

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The article started off by pointing out that there are adults who will admit to bringing credit card debt into a relationship. In these cases it will help to know the reasons why a person could have so much credit card debt. One possible scenario is that they might have fallen victim to identity theft.

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This is a serious situation and one that will take time to correct. It might also be that they did not have any reserve funds and encountered some financial emergencies causing them to use their cards. There are also instances that the card payment is not top priority at one point that lead to huge fees and interest accrual. It is also possible that the person is just an impulsive buyer and that they have a hard time controlling their expenses.

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The article shares that one of the things couples can do is to communicate with each other. They need to be open about their financial situations especially the credit card debt that they are bringing to the table. Openly communicating with a partner about money problems will increase the chances of being able to solve it together.

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The next step after that is be forgiving with the shortcomings of the person in debt yet be firm with the agreements like no more credit card use for a number of months until the debt is paid off. It is easier to share the burden as a couple because the one with the debt will have an easier time managing the problem and the stress that comes with it.

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To read the full article, click this link: https://www.nationaldebtrelief.com/how-to-deal-with-the-credit-card-debt-of-a-loved-one/