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Author Irene Levy Baker

Author Irene Levy Baker discussed her books, 100 Things To Do In Philly Before You Die and Unique Eats and Eateries of Philadelphia.  She discussed her career working with the Pennsylvania Convention Center working with travel and tourism and how she learned the city inside and out promoting it to tourists, conventioneers and locals.  She…
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Ed Lafferty- Public Affairs Specialist at SSA

Edward Lafferty, Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration discussed the agency and its continued operations during the government shutdown and things to consider in the new year, including a review of personal finances.  We first discussed important upcoming dates for registering for Medicare, the enrollment window ends in March for those eligible, without…

Todd Harris, PhD, Executive Director of Autism Services for Devereux Pennsylvania

Todd Harris, PhD, Executive Director of Autism Services at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, discussed aging with ASD.  After a brief look at the possible biologic causes of ASD and its diagnosis, we discussed how many families worry about the early years following a diagnosis and efforts to obtain a traditional education, while forgetting the future…
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Jim Leonard, Commissioner of the Department of Records for the City of Philadelphia

City of Philadelphia Commissioner of Records, James Leonard, discussed the city's Archives and its recent move to new facilities.  He described the mission of the department, to maintain a record of the city's transactions and spoke of the collection's holdings which range from a 300 year+ William Penn city charter through recent land transactions. Since…
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The Barnes Foundation with guest Martha Lucy

Martha Lucy, Deputy Director for Research, Interpretation, and Education for The Barnes Foundation, discussed the world renowned  museum and art education center.  She told about Dr. Albert Barnes, a medical inventor and a self-made millionaire by age 30, and his interest in art that became a passion to educate others, especially those with little access…
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James Cuorato - CEO of The Independence Visitor Center Corporation

James Cuorato, CEO of The Independence Visitor Center Corporation, discussed Philadelphia’s unique tourist asset, the IVCC.   A combined effort of the City of Philadelphia, the two tourist boards, Visit Philly and the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Center coordinates tourism for local attractions, including Historic Philadelphia properties and National Parks sites.  The center, located…
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Maryanne McGerty-Sieber - Product Safety Investigator at U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Maryanne McGerty-Sieber, US Product Safety Investigator, discussed the agency's work in regulating over 15,000 products, testing and investigating claims against 'everything you touch from the time you get up in the morning until you go to bed.' CPSC oversees the safety of all items sold to US residents on US soil, including mail-order and online…
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Major Willie Mae Lyle, Divisional Secretary of Salvation Army in Greater Philadelphia, Susan Brotherton, Director of Philadelphia Social Service Ministries & Phil Pagliaro, Divisional Director, Marketing and Organizational Advancement

  Major Willie Mae Lyle, Divisional Secretary for The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia, Susan Brotherton, Director of Social Services for Greater Philadelphia, and Phil Pagliaro, Divisional Director, Marketing & Organizational Advancement, The Salvation Army, Eastern Pennsylvania & Delaware Division, discussed the Salvation Army’s holistic approach to providing for the needs of the whole individual –…
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Charlie Forshee From The Veterans Multi-Service Center, Jerry Flanagan From JDog Junk Removal & Alex Archawski From The Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network

Charlie Forshee, Deputy Executive Director of the Veterans Multi-Service Center, Jerry Flanagan, founder and CEO JDog Junk Removal & Hauling, and Alex Archawski, founder of the Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network, discussing vet employment, the myths and the facts. They discussed the obstacles vets face when entering the civilian job market, a lack of career objectives…
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Amy Needle, President and CEO of Historic Philadelphia

Amy Needle, President of Historic Philadelphia, discussed history as a tourism booster and a fun family activity.  She spoke on the vision of former Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell, to create destination points out of the city's historic assets. Historic Philadelphia manages the Betsy Ross House, 13 story-telling benches throughout the old city district, tours of…
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