Monthly Archives: August 2013

Philadelphia Dog Parks

Have a dog and living in Philadelphia? Well this is a great city to live in with your pet because of the abundance of dog parks! Check out this page to all news/updates relating to and about the dog parks in and around Philadelphia!


Exploring Gay Philadelphia


Over the past few decades, the City of Brotherly Love has evolved into a place that lives up to its gay-friendly billing. Philadelphia has history on its side: It was the site of some of the nation’s first gay rights pickets, and in 1982 was one of the first cities in the country to pass an anti-gay discrimination law.

Today, the city is home to a large and vibrant gay and lesbian community. And at the heart of gay Philadelphia is Center City’s Washington Square West, a neighborhood of handsome town homes and charming, narrow back streets where many gay businesses and much of the nightlife is located.

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Top 10 Free Things to Do In Our Beautiful City


1. Independence Hall

Start your free tour of Philadelphia with a visit to Independence Hall. Free timed tickets (required March through December) are available at the Independence Visitors’ Center.

2. Congress Hall and Old City Hall

These are the two buildings that flank Independence Hall. Congress Hall was the original home to the newly formed U.S. Congress. Built in 1791 Old City Hall was the second official government structure for the city of Philadelphia. Self-guided tours of these two structures are optional after the Independence Hall tour. They cannot be visited independently.

3. The Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell Center is located across the street from Independence Hall. Resting in its new home, encased in glass &mdash making the Bell visible from Chestnut Street — you can get an up-close-and-personal look, crack and all, while interactive displays tell the story of this national treasure.

Tickets are not required for entry and the Center is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with extended hours in the summer.

4. Carpenters’ Hall

Carpenters’ Hall played host to the First Continental Congress in 1774 and was home to Benjamin Franklin’s Library Company, The American Philosophical Society, and the First and Second Banks of the United States. Now it’s open to visitors Tuesday through Sunday.

5. Franklin Court

Explore the former site of Benjamin and Deborah Franklin’s Old City home. Okay, you can’t actuallysee it — the long-ago-demolished home is recreated via a “ghost” structure that the inventor in Mr. Franklin would have been quite impressed by. Don’t miss the underground museum, replica print shop and working U.S. post office that operates just as it did in Franklin’s day.

Admission is free, although donations are accepted.

6. Elfreth’s Alley

Elfreth’s Alley is the nation’s oldest continually occupied residential street. Named after Jeremiah Elfreth, this tiny thoroughfare was once home to artisans and tradespeople. Strolling down the alley is free, while guided tours of the two-house museum are available for just $5 for adults.

7. Fireman’s Hall Museum

The Fireman’s Hall Museum is dedicated to the art and science of firefighting through the last three centuries. Kids love the old fire engines and replica firefighter dressing rooms. Open Tuesday through Saturday, admission is free.

8. Edgar Allan Poe House

The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site was once home to the macabre poet, and it was here that he penned his famous (and terrifying) stories A Tell-Tale Heart and The Fall of the House of Usher. The house is open Wednesday through Sunday and admission is absolutely free.

9. Institute of Contemporary Art

Head up to University City to expand your mind at this time-honored contemporary art showcase. Having displayed the first museum shows for Andy Warhol, Laurie Anderson, Agnes Martin, Robert Indiana and other influential artists, the Institute of Contemporary Art now offers free admission thanks to a generous grant.

10. Franklin Square

There are countless reasons to love Philadelphia’s most family-friendly square. And while most of them have a price tag (only a buck or two) — including the carousel, mini golf and SquareBurger, the Stephen Starr burger-and-fries outpost installed last summer — hanging out in the Square is free. It makes for a nice resting point while walking around America’s most historic neighborhood.

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Ready for season 9 of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia?

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As reporters arrived in the room at Comic-Con International, the stars of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia — Danny DeVito, Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney – were already comfortably seated, and talking and laughing with each other. They were clearly friends hanging out, and not just actors working together.

When the series returns Sept. 4 for its ninth season, it will be on FX’s new comedy channel FXX, but the cast reiterated that nothing else has changed about the show.

DeVito called the new season “completely off the charts,” and wondered what Day, Howerton and McElhenney did in their private lives to come up with some of the storylines. For instance, one episode will find his character Frank trapped in a coil on a playground wearing nothing but his “tighty-whities.”

In real life, Olson (Dee) is married to McElhenney (Mac), while Day (Charlie) is married to Mary Elizabeth Ellis (the Waitress) — and Howerton’s wife guest-starred in an episode as Dennis’ girlfriend. So when asked whether Rhea Perlman will ever make an appearance on the show, DeVito said, “If something came along that was right for her, she’d do it.” However, she’s busy with a new show starring Kirstie Alley.

When asked if they ever go back to watch themselves in old episodes, McElhenney shared, “It depends on the mood I’m in, but I always take pride in what we do.” Day added, “Now, if someone had taped one of my plays from college, I’d be uncomfortable watching that!”

A lot of details were revealed about the new season, which includes a Thanksgiving episode that features the return of many guest stars as the gang tries to make amends to the people they’ve hurt. Gail the Snail, Charlie’s apartment manager Wang, Bill Ponderosa and many others will appear.

Another episode will feature Sean William Scott in the role of Country Mac, the cousin to “City” Mac. Another surprising guest star will be Josh Groban, whom Howerton shared “is hilarious, a great improviser.”

As reported earlier, Season 9 also includes an episode written by Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who reached out to McElhenny and Day. “Their perspective is fascinating,” Day said.

Lethal Weapon 6 also returns as the gang makes another sequel to their favorite movie. This time, Dee has a part to play, but to the shock of the other characters, she’s actually a good actor – so good that they cut her out of the majority of the movie, leading to some funny sequences.

Olson hurt herself during the first take when she slipped into a hole and sliced a huge gash in her leg that kept her off the set for a week.

Howerton, who was in the scene with her, ran to help. “I asked if it was broken, and she goes, ‘No! It’s a blood thing,’” he said. Olson joked, “I’ve had two babies, it wasn’t that bad.”

The last big reveal of the day was a small one, but a fun one: In a recent episode, Mac’s real name was revealed to be Ronald McDonald, something the actors had thought up years ago in Season 2 but waited to reveal it until recently. At first, it was just a joke between them, but over time it became the character’s real name.


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Philadelphia ranks #5 on a study of the best cities in America to make friends held a study where they measured the ‘friendliness’ rating of cities in America that have a population over 1 million. To come up with their score, they considered 3 factors: 

1. Philanthropic giving

2. Walkability

3. Stability of the population

Philadelphia ranked number 5 just behind Los Angeles and just ahead of Chicago. The percentage of giving is 4%, the walkability is 74.1/100, and the stability of residents is 57.8%. Philadelphia scored at the top for stability of residents and also had a high score for walkability. 

Here is the full list of cities (1-10)

1. New York

2. Baltimore

3. Washington DC

4. Los Angeles

5. Philadelphia

6.  Chicago

7. Minneapolis

8. Detroit

9. Miami

10. St. Louis

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Philadelphia Phillies LGBT Night

Angela Thomas

The Philadelphia Phillies will take on the Chicago Cubs next week, as the annual Gay Community Night at the Phillies celebrates 11 years of bringing the community out to the ballpark.

The game starts at 7:05 p.m. Aug. 7 at Citizens Bank Park, and usually brings together hundreds of LGBTs and allies for a night of socializing and networking with new and old friends.

The community night is presented by the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia. The event was created by Larry Felzer, treasurer of GALLOP and development coordinator for SeniorLAW Center.

This year, GALLOP chair Angela Giampolo of Giampolo Law Group will throw out the first pitch.

Giampolo, who hails from Montreal and still mourns over her fallen hometown team Montreal Expos, has been a Phillies fan since she moved to the city. She said she’s excited about the opportunity to throw the first pitch and has been practicing.

“My arm hurts,” she said. “It is 60 feet that I have to throw the ball. I heard when Bill Clinton threw the first pitch, it bounced before it got to the plate. As long as I can get it there without bouncing or rolling, I will be fine.”

Giampolo has been attending the LGBT night for seven years and said the event shows how teams like the Phillies have been at the forefront of promoting LGBT equality and acceptance.

“The Phillies have been doing this for 11 years and just think of where we were 11 years ago: We didn’t have same-sex marriage yet, we hadn’t even reached that very first milestone and the Phillies were doing this before then,” she said. “I don’t think people realize how progressive the Phillies have been. For a sports team to highlight a gay community night is amazing and in 2013 with all the professional athletes coming out and showing equality from within the sport realm, this goes a long way.”

Beyond its symbolic nature, Giampolo noted that the event is also a fun night for the local LGBT community to enjoy a Philadelphia favorite.

“It is just so much fun. When you go to big nonprofit event like Mazonni Center’s annual gala or William Way LGBT Community Center’s Homecoming, it is a big gay camp reunion and you see all the people you wouldn’t see on a day-to-day basis, and community night at the Phillies is exactly like that. We all come together for one night to cheer for the Phils and catch up at a major league sports event. The energy is good from the first pitch to the end.”

Felzer said the event is even a good time for those who are not baseball fans.

“It is always an enjoyable evening for people, even if you don’t like baseball,” he said. “There are plenty of things to do; you can eat, drink and hang out with people. We are all sitting together. There are people in the LGBT community that go to baseball games every game of the season but this is one chance a year where we can sit together not just as a community, but as a family.”

Tickets for the community section, which are $20 and $28, are now only available via phone at 215-463-5000. For more information,

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Gay Olympic Hopeful Ready to Defy Russian Ban

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An openly gay speed skater in New Zealand is not only hoping to represent his home country at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, next year, but also planning to take a stand for LGBT people the world over. 

Blake Skjellerup competed on Team New Zealand in the 2010 Olympics, and won six national titles, according to CBS News. And if he makes it to Sochi next year, he’s going to do so wearing the same rainbow pride pin he wore at the 2012 Olympic games, despite a Russian ban on so-called “propaganda” supporting any “non-traditional sexual relations.” 

“I’m going to do my best to be in Russia,” Skjellerup told CBS. “If I’m stopped at the border, I’m stopped at the border. My presence there is going to be important for me and important for the community and I guess we’re just going to have to wait and see.”

President Vladimir Putin signed the ban on so-called homosexual propaganda into law last month, drawing international criticism as LGBT rights activists have been violently silenced in Russia. The International Olympic Committee issued assurances that openly LGBT athletes will be safe in Sochi and not subject to the national law, which imposes fines and prison sentences for any speech or behavior that could be seen as advocating “non-traditional sexual relations” to minors. 

Most recently, four Dutch filmmakers were arrested in the country for attempting to shoot a documentary about the lives of LGBT Russians. And photos of a neo-Nazi group allegedly tormenting gay teens were spread online by the human rights group, Spectrum Human Rights Alliance. Peaceful protestors unfurling rainbow flags have been beaten by police and angry citizens in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and around the country. 

But late last month, Russian lawmaker Vitaly Milonov, who co-sponsored the bill and is a member of the ruling United Russia Party, told the BBC that Russian officials do not have the authority to suspend the ban’s enforcement during the Sochi 2014 games. 

“If a law has been approved by the Federal legislature and signed by the president, then the government has no right to suspend it,” Milonov told BBC’s Russian-language outlet on July 30. “It doesn’t have the authority.”

Earlier this week, the Russian sports minister told national news agency RIA Novosty that the law isn’t intended to punish LGBT athletes, but that Olympic visitors and competetors should abide by Russian law. 

“An athlete of nontraditional sexual orientation isn’t banned from coming to Sochi,” Vitaly Mutko said, according to a translation by the Associated Press. “But if he goes out into the streets and starts to propagandize, then of course he will be held accountable.”