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Doing Business In Bucks County, PA

February 9th, 2010

Warrington, PA — Doing business in the Delaware Valley presents unique opportunities and challenges. Having an expert on your side will help you make it through any type of economic climate.

Over the years, Jim Berry of The Berry Group has helped many people and businesses in a variety of ways. Jim is a tax & financial accountant who has been in business since 1986. For a Horsham based UK conglomerate, he set up all corporations, financial systems and prepared corporate and personal taxes. Basically, he was their part-time controller. Also, Jim has helped hundreds of other businesses and individuals. He has set up many local corporations for his clients.

For years, he has given sound financial advice. The questions have been varied and numerous. For instance, setting up an S corporation is usually most advantageous for a business. Obtaining expert advice during the formation of a corporation is a critical first step.

Local communities praise Jim for helping to create jobs for his clients. This has helped stimulate the recovery of the economy from the recession. Throughout the toughest of times, his sound advice has kept many companies in business.

Computer software is another area that is usually best outsourced. Jim has worked with with his clients to set up Quickbooks for their financial systems.

Who can answer tax questions? Jim has helped people untangle the questions asked by the government agencies. For the layman, an IRS letter can be very confusing. Keeping up with the government rules and regulations is an ongoing task. People are always asking about the latest governmental changes. Jim works through the problems that his clients have, so that they can reach a satisfactory conclusion — a problem solver.

Are you sure you are saving the most amount of money on your taxes? Again, an expert to people save money in your tax situation makes sound financial sense. Sometimes people miss the financial details that they need in order to save money.

If you need Jim Berry’s assistance you can call him at 215-343-8181 or email him at Jim@BerrySales.com

Visit his web site at www.BerrySales.com

Jim Berry
PO Box 800
Warrington, PA 18976
Web site: www.BerrySales.com
email: Jim@BerrySales.com
Phone 215-343-8181

Reduce Pollution At Local Level

February 7th, 2010

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is making nearly $2 million available in 2010 to reduce pollution at the local level through the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program.

CARE is a community-based program that builds partnerships to help the public understand and reduce toxic risks from numerous sources close to home. The program works to improve human health and local environment into the future.

EPA will award CARE cooperative agreements at two levels. Level I awards range from $75,000 to $100,000 and will help establish community-based partnerships to assess toxics problems in their community and consider options for reducing environmental risks.

Level II awards, ranging from $150,000 to $300,000 each, will support communities that have established broad-based partnerships, have identified the priority toxic risks in the community, and are prepared to measure results, implement risk-reduction activities and become self-sustaining.

Through the CARE program local organizations, including non-profits, businesses, schools, tribes, agencies and local governments, create partnerships that identify environmental priorities and implement local solutions to reduce releases of toxic pollutants and minimize people’s exposure to them.

CARE is a unique community-based, community-driven, demonstration program designed to help communities understand and reduce risks due to toxic pollutants and environmental concerns from all sources. Each grant will be awarded as a two-year cooperative agreement, with the amount depending on the proposal level.

Proposals are due by March 9, 2010 and may be submitted electronically through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov). Traditional written proposals should be submitted to: Marva King, U.S. EPA Headquarters, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Mailcode 6101A, Washington, DC 20460.

Eligible applicants include county and local organizations, non-profits, businesses, schools, and tribes.

Eligible organizations interested in submitting a proposal can find complete information at: www.epa.gov/care. The site also provides an on-line grant writing tutorial. Additional information about CARE and the applications process is available by calling 1-877-CARE-909.

Snow Storm

February 6th, 2010

Ambler, PA –Hazardous weather conditions: Winter Storm Warning
Current Weather Conditions

Total snow accumulation of 19 to 24 inches
National Weather Service, “MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW CONTINUES TO POUND THE REGION. THE SNOWFALL RATES WITHIN THIS AREA OF ENHANCED SNOWFALL WILL BE UP TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR AT TIMES. THE SNOWFALL RATES COMBINED WITH THE SNOW THAT HAS ALREADY FALLEN, IS MAKING TRAVEL VERY DANGEROUS.

THE ROADS ARE SNOW COVERED AND WITH WIND GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH, AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW CONTINUES. THE VISIBILITIES WILL BE REDUCED TO AROUND ONE QUARTER OF A MILE AT TIMES WITH THE COMBINATION OF THE FALLING SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW. IT IS ADVISED THAT YOU DO NOT TRAVEL TODAY IF YOU DO NOT HAVE TO.”



Weather Map For Montgomery County Snow Storm Feb. 6, 2010

Snow Storm

Snow Covered Road in Ambler, PA

Ambler, PA Roads Are Snow Covered

Joyful Music Fest

February 6th, 2010

Glenside, PA — Join your friends & neighbors, as well as a bunch of talented children’s entertainers for the Children’s Music Festival to benefit Rubye’s Kids. This local, non-profit organization is dedicated to providing charitable services, which further the social, emotional and educational welfare of underprivileged children in the Philadelphia region.

The event will take place on Saturday March 13, 2010 from 10 am to 1 pm (doors open at 9:30 am ) at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 654 N. Easton Road in Glenside, PA. Tickets are $8 each by mail or at the door. A Family Package is available with 4 tickets for $25 (advance purchase only).

Performers include children’s recording artists David C. Perry, Allison DeSalvo and Peter Moses. It’s the 6th annual gathering for this fun event!

There will be other special entertainment and lots of interactive, music & movement happenings! Food & beverages will be available, as well as great, kids music recordings!

About David C. Perry
Artist/musician/comedian, Mr. David C. Perry, through his ‘Drawings & Songs’ presentations, serves up a madcap mix of music, art, puppets and props, with a healthy helping of laughs! In addition to performing and recording, David writes and illustrates children’s books, draws caricatures and conducts hands-on cartooning and song writing workshops. The proud father of a young daughter, “Mr. David” is also an active member of the Children’s Music Network.

About Allison DeSalvo
Allison is a professional actress/singer and popular teaching artist & children’s entertainer who in 1992 founded World of Song Productions (WOS) to unite her love of the performing arts with her love of children. WOS offers outstanding music concerts and recreational classes for kids and families that inspire creative learning and expression, while nurturing a joyful appreciation of the arts. Allison is also an award-winning recording artist!

About Peter Moses
Peter is a father of five, a singer-songwriter and recording artist. He is also a regular member of Rubye’s Kids. For twenty years, he has been producing and performing original songs and offering interactive music with children of all ages. Peter’s repertoire mixes kid-friendly folk & pop-rock with classic family sing-alongs. (And he’s totally silly!) He directs The Music Experience, a national early childhood enrichment program.

Show By Local Artists

February 4th, 2010

Old City Jewish Art Center
119 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia PA
215-923-1222

“Man is a tree of the field,” and the Jewish calendar reserves one day each year (the New Year for Trees on the 15th of Shevat) for us to contemplate our affinity with our botanical analogue and what it can teach us about our own lives. For man is a tree of the field. (Deuteronomy 20:19)

The exhibition features these artists: educator/painter/and print maker Paulette Bensignor, fine arts painter Susan Forbes, botanical collage artist Rachel Isaac, photographer B. Leah Palmer, and water colorist Barbara Rosenzweig.  See works of art that include fruits of the holy land of Israel, landscapes, trees, botanical bouquet collages, and much more.

Gallery hours are Tuesday – Thursday from 1-6 PM. “Tu B’Shevat – New Year for Trees” Art Exhibition from February 5-24th. Please stop by to browse in our BIG small crafts area, knitted art to wear, ceramics and more.

February 5th from 5-9 PM for First Friday
“Tu B’Shevat – New Year for Trees” Art Exhibition at (OCJAC) Old City Jewish Art Center 119 N. 3rd St. and find out what they have in common.

Don’t miss “Meet the Artists’ Reception” scheduled for Sunday, February 14th from 2- 4:00 PM. Come meet the artists. See the Tu B’Shevat Art Exhibition, sample refreshments in celebration of Tu B’Shevat and really enjoy a warm friendly socializing atmosphere.

Libertarian Party Of Pennsylvania Convention

February 2nd, 2010

Harrisburg, PA – The Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania will hold its annual state convention March 26th and March 27th at the Hilton Harrisburg in downtown Harrisburg. The convention will include outstanding guest speakers, the opportunity to participate in setting party direction for 2010, nominations for statewide office, and a chance to network and share ideas with freedom-loving individuals from across the state.
“We look forward to getting together in Harrisburg. We are also pleased to be one of many other liberty minded organizations sponsoring the 1st Annual “Liberty Banquet.” Senator Mike Folmer (R-48) will be the keynote speaker Saturday evening,” says Mik Robertson, State Party Chair. “His efforts to reform the Pennsylvania election code to benefit voters and improve the electoral process are a matter of concern to every Pennsylvanian.”

Other speakers will be announced.

The convention will begin Friday evening with a welcome at 7:30 pm, followed by business meetings and workshops on Saturday. The Liberty Banquet begins at 7:00 pm on Saturday, March 27, 2010 and is co-sponsored by Campaign for Liberty – Harrisburg, Campaign for Liberty – PA, the LPPA, GOOOH and York 9-12 Patriots. A complete event list and registration form can be found at www.lppa.org. The convention business meeting and workshops are open to the public and are free.

Stated Media Relations Chair, S. Douglas Leard, “Grassroots movements and Libertarian voter registration numbers show a trend toward our party’s principles of individual liberty, personal responsibility and limited government. We are looking forward to a strong turnout and an exciting convention in March”.

The Libertarian Party is the third largest political party in Pennsylvania and the United States . More than 200,000 people across the country are registered Libertarians, and Libertarians serve in hundreds of elected offices. Please visit www.LP.org or www.LPPA.org for more information.

Ambler Green

January 27th, 2010

The Ambler Green Committee is part of the Ambler Main Street Business Association. The Green Committee works toward helping local businesses pursue green initiatives and earth-friendly practices.

You do not need to be a resident of Ambler to participate. The Committee is in need of volunteers. Please contact us for further information.

Meetings are open to the public. The next meeting will be:
February 4, 1:00 PM
The Ambler Theater
108 East Butler Avenue, Ambler, PA

6th District Congressional Debate

January 27th, 2010

The Pennsylvania Conservative Council will host a debate of 6th District Congressional Candidates:
February 6, 2010
Great Valley High School
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Republican candidates who are vying to represent Pennsylvania’s 6th District in the US House of Representatives, Jim Gerlach, Walt Hufford, Pat Sellers and Steve Welch will take on tough questions in an attempt to win voter confidence.

“Voters know that there is a lot at stake and they really want the chance to get a closer look at the candidates. They want to hear first hand what the candidates have to say about how they are going to get our state and country headed in the right direction,” said Bud McCullough, one of the event coordinators.

To pre-register for the debate see the events registration form at http://paconservativecouncil.com/about/upcoming-events/event-registration/. Attendance is free and open to the public; seats will be assigned on a first-come basis. If you would like to find out more information about this event, please contact Greta Scriboni, Executive Director at 610-517-4170.

About Pennsylvania Conservative Council
The Pennsylvania Conservative Council is a non-partisan grassroots organization. The group operates out of West Chester, PA and has members throughout the tri-state area.

Elmwood Park Zoo

January 23rd, 2010

Wild animals including cougars, jaguars, and otters in a variety of natural settings, such as, bayou and wetlands aviary and the petting barn. Cougar Cafe is open and the animal shows are presented during season. The Nature Shop is open all year-round.

Elmwood Park Zoo
1661 Harding Boulevard
Norristown, PA 19401

Energy Star and LEED Toolkit

January 23rd, 2010

Energy Star and LEED EBOM: A Toolkit for Existing Buildings, Wednesday, March 3, 2010, 8:30 AM — 10:30 AM

Building Owners and Managers are currently faced with the challenge of making their existing buildings more energy efficient, while keeping a close eye on capital expenditures in an unstable economy. There are tools available to help you get started, but which ones should you be using? Energy Star? LEED? This session will demonstrate how both of these tools are an important part of your toolkit and how you can use them to achieve favorable results. Andrew Kreider from the EPA will give you an overview of Energy Star Portfolio Manager, and Bill Craig from Re:Vision Architecture will review how LEED EBOM (Existing Building, Operations & Maintenance) tackles energy efficiency, and beyond. Marla Thalheimer, Sustainability Manager from Liberty Property Trust will provide an example of how Liberty is using these tools to measure, set goals and track the results throughout their portfolio. Together well look at the advantages, the differences, and how they work together to ultimately create a high performance building.

Where: Temple University Center City (TUCC), 1515 Market Street, Room 222