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History Of Occupy Philadelphia

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

We started with this article: Occupy Wall Street? Occupy Yourself!

The rest is in reverse chronological order:

Free Friends Of Occupy Philadelphia

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Homeland Security Raid On Occupy Philadelphia

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Occupy Christmas

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Jesse Jackson on Joe Frazier at Occupy Philly

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Donations Of Things

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Occupy Philly Thank You Notes

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Concert For Occupy Philly

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Occupy Wall Street Occupy Philly

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

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Cloud Computing Company Releases Business Plan and Incubator Products for College Technology Transfer Offices

Monday, August 29th, 2011


incQubator ™ Dashboard Empowers Incubated Companies to Easily Manage their Entire Portfolio of Investments

Lafayette, CA – July 14, 2011Quipu Applications, Inc., a Cloud Computing company revolutionizing the way entrepreneurs and VCs communicate and collaborate, announced today its National University and College Branded Communities campaign. Offered at no cost, Quipu’s cloud-based incQubator™ service enables national Technology Transfer Offices to create branded BusinessPlan communities for the secure monitoring of their investment portfolios. The Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution includes Web 2.0 features, cloud-based instrumentation and real-time collaboration tools that empower incubated companies to create and share the progress of their entire portfolio of licensed technologies, as well as manage all aspects of their investments, including the on-demand monitoring of key performance metrics.

“For the first time, U.S. college and university Technology Transfer Offices can manage their entire portfolio of investments in a consistent flexible and secure manner, via a unified dashboard – using Quipu’s incQubator,“ said Michael Issa, CEO, co-founder, Quipu Applications. “Furthermore, these offices can create on-time and on-budget portfolio projects using our proven, systematic approach – while sharing progress and results across a large community of users through permission-based collaboration.”

About BusinessPlan

Quipu’s BusinessPlan is a cloud-based dashboard that empowers users to develop and manage a dynamic living business plan complete with collaboration, financials, documents, project management, integrated blogs, wikis, posts, and grouping. Additionally, all parties can stay informed of progress and updates based on individual permissions and personal preference of notifications.

About incQubator

Quipu’s incQubator allows organizations to provide branded BusinessPlan communities that can be completely monitored and administered via an easy-to-use, cloud-based dashboard complete with instrumentation and collaboration.

Technology Transfer Offices can now manage incubated companies to respective venture methodologies using Quipu’s incQubator Best Practices Curriculum. Key performance metrics can be monitored in real-time, with notifications sent to all those who opted for updates. Furthermore, cloud-based collaboration allows colleges and universities to create, share, manage and monitor their business operations on the incQubator dashboard. Notable capabilities include:

  • Management of projects, financials and documents.
  • Monitoring of integrated blogs, wikis, posts, and groups.
  • Ability to keep all stakeholders informed in real time.
  • Ability to issue individual permissions and personal preference of notifications.

Quipu is offering its National University and College Branded Communities solution at no cost to any U.S.-based college-level, two- or four-year academic institution. The free branded incQubator and BusinessPlan service requires the approval of a university authority including university and college technology transfer executives. Dashboard access can be granted to staff and faculty of the institution, students and part-time contractor-based employees, alumnae, and satellite campuses – both nationally and globally.

Higher Education institutions are urged to signup and launch their branded community with Quipu’s incQubator. To request a Demo visit

About Quipu Applications, Inc.

Quipu Applications, Inc. is a software development company focused on streamlining business applications while utilizing the power of online technology. Quipu’s products are designed for entrepreneurs, investors, accelerators and their communities of interest. For more information, visit

Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other press releases or public statements are not currently available and may not be delivered on time or at all. Customers who purchase Quipu Applications, Inc. services should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available. Quipu Applications, Inc. has headquarters in Lafayette, CA, and offices in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and in Asia. For more information please visit

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Quarrying Pennsylvania Bluestone in the Endless Mountains

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

For more info contact Endless Mountain Fieldstone Supply at (888) 836-ROCK (7625).

Bluestone mines that dot the Meshoppen, Wyoming County PA, area contain a durable and colorful sandstone unique to the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania.

For over 100 years, miners have been blasting into these jagged mountainsides to uncover bluish snad grains cemented by percolating marine waters over 350 million years ago. Owner and miner Matt McClain refers to his mines simply as “the quarry.”

In the quarry, mud puddles splash the surface as an employee, Porky, slices an 18-inch-square, glassy chunk using a gas-powered saw that operates like a lawn mower. Off to one side, Kerby, Matt’s older brother, and co-worker Hyram Stevens are layering chunks into thinner slices. “These men split 1,000 feet of stone a day,” McClain points out.

At McClain’s mill, Endless Mountain Fieldstone Supply located in neighboring Tunkhannock, bluestone slabs are trimmed and sized. The mill property consists of a gravel driveway and a sky-blue shed filled with the buzzing sound of an electric saw. Finished one- two- and three-foot squares of the stone are layered onto pallets. Building contractors order 24-ton tractor trailer loads of these for curbing, flagging and building materials.

Natural 1″ to 2″ thick layers are split and prepared for shipment.

Explaining the varieties of bluestone comes naturally to McClain, who started mining at the age of 8 in his family’s backyard quarry in Meshoppen. “In center deposits, you’ll find the blue-blue color,” he says. “Customers pay extra for its durability and natural look, although it fades to green in the sun.”

Irregular standing patios call for scraggy pieces found on the fringes of a quarry in shades of lilac, yellow, buff, brown and green. “People want natural, rustic-looking material that’s not necessarily blue in color,” McClain explains.

Tawny bluestone boulders called fieldstone add authenticity to waterfall landscapes, cob-textured porches, steps and paths. Said to be “glaciated in” from the highlands during an ice age, this type of stone was traditionally used by farmers as fencing to keep cattle away from crops.

McClain began mining over 40 years ago in a quarry behind his family’s two-story, white Meshoppen farmhouse. His father, George McClain, gave up being a pastor of a small Methodist church when his income wasn’t supporting his family of nine boys and one girl, and entered the bluestone mining market.

Leaving the family business at age 16, Matt traveled the countryside searching for a less strenuous livelihood. Construction work paid his bills over the next 10 years, until he felt the urge to return to the family tradition of mining bluestone in the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania.

His 29-year-old son, Stace, also left and then returned to the stone industry. He operates an area fieldstone yard. Sitting behind his desk in his office trailer, Stace discusses with his father why they both left and later returned to the bluestone business. Family pride, it seems, had a great deal to do with it, a quality as durable as the stone the family has mined for 40 years.

Endless Mountain Fieldstone Supply proudly serves Wyoming County PA, Lackawanna County PA, Luzerne County PA, ASUllivan County PA,
Susquehanna County PA, Bradford County PA. We will also deliver to large and small customers in Southeastern PA and the Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley regions.

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Spring is Painting Time

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010


Mastercraft Painting & Finishes provides comprehensive, professional house painting, commercial painting, interior and exerior house painting, surface coating and refinishing contractor services in Montgomery County PA, The Main Line, Bucks County PA, and Center City Philadelphia PA including Abington Township, Upper Dublin Township, Lower Merion Township, Ambler, Fort Washington, Horsham Township, Flourtown, Erdenheim, Oreland, Springfield Township, Glenside, Mount Airy, Chestnut Hill, Wyndmoor, Wyncote and Hatboro.

We are dedicated to ensuring 100% satisfaction 100% of the time. For all your painting needs, you can turn to us with confidence, knowing that our team of experienced painters will provide you with unparalleled service and skill.

Please contact us or give us a call at 267-496-5307 today for a FREE ESTIMATE and let us know how we can assist you with all your residential and commercial painting needs.

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Local Company Specializes in Granite Kitchen Countertops

Monday, April 26th, 2010


Amerom Industries Inc. is a family owned business, located in Downingtown in Chester County Pennsylvania. We import the highest quality marble and granite from all over the world and process it in our own facilities with state-of-the-art equipment.
Our kitchen and bathroom vanity countertops are fabricated with the utmost precision and quality and offered to you at affordable prices. We service a large area of Southeastern PA, Northern MD, NJ and DE.

At Amerom Industries we offer a wide range of granite, marble and quartz products made from natural stone and engineered stone. We take pride in the quality of our customer service and have numerous satisfied customers throughout the North East US.

Things that make us different from our comtetition:

  • No project to small – no project to big – all projects get the same treatment by our
    highly skilled staff who handles every step of the process of all projects including sizing, fabricatiing, edging and installation.

  • We at Amerom Industries, can undertake entire projects on our own. You won’t need to contract separately for the removal of replaceable features, like countertops and tiles.
  • All our templates are done on-the-spot.
  • Unlike our competition, we can use your old countertops as templates without having to remove them.
  • We only work with the highest quality materials and products.
  • All our under-mounted sinks are anchor-bolted to the countertops (our competitors just glue their units, which leaves them at risk of collapsing in time).
  • Every installation is done to full customer satisfaction.
  • We are proud of the many referrals and repeat business that we have thanks to all our satisfied customers over the years.

Our showroom/warehouse is open to the public Mon-Fri 9:00am to 6:00pm and Sat 9:00am to 5:00pm. Please click here for driving directions.

If you have any questions or would like to speak with a consultant, please do not hesitate to contact us by form or call 610-873-4500. We look forward to assisting you with your next new kitchen or bathroom project.

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Students to Help West Chester Businesses Save Energy

Friday, March 12th, 2010

PHILADELPHIA, PA — In a ceremony today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded a $149,992 grant to the West Chester Area School District for a project to help local businesses conserve energy, save money and cut harmful greenhouse gases.

The District’s Student Conservation Corps, made up of high school students concerned about the environment, will encourage and teach area businesses simple, no-cost measures to achieve 10 percent reductions in their energy usage and emissions of greenhouse gases. The project is one of 20 nationwide funded by EPA to showcase how communities are fighting climate change.

“EPA is proud to support students who are taking responsibility for the future of our environment,” said Shawn M. Garvin, EPA’s mid-Atlantic regional administrator. “Their efforts to engage businesses in conserving energy will have pay offs economically and for the larger community by improved air quality.”

The district already has an energy efficiency program, started and implemented by students, in operation in its 16 school buildings. The district spends $3 million a year for electricity. Last year, B. Reed Henderson High School, where today’s ceremony was held, used $300,000 of electricity. Now, as a result of its “Power Down Fridays” program the school has reduced its energy use by 22 percent – saving the taxpayers $60,000 annually.

Dr. Jim Scanlon, the district’s Superintendent, expressed excitement about this grant and in particular the way it is structured. “Our students are a great resource for ideas and care so much about the future of our community. That’s why they’re a key part of the implementation strategy.”

As a part of this EPA-funded project, the district plans to broaden its conservation efforts district-wide to achieve an additional 10 percent cut in energy use and greenhouse gases. Preliminary calculations estimate that by 2012 about 1,960 metric tons of greenhouse gas (GhG) emissions will be reduced annually through efforts by the businesses and the school district.

EPA will monitor the progress of grant recipients and will post quarterly updates about each recipient online.

More information on the grants and the grant recipients:

More information about the program:, and visit the website of the West Chester Area School District:

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Consumer Complaints Reach Record Highs

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

HARRISBURG, PA – Consumer complaints to the Attorney General’s Office, along with money recovered or saved for Pennsylvania consumers, both reached record high levels this past year, according to Attorney General Tom Corbett.

Corbett said the Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection received a total of 52,481 complaints during 2009 – more than 1,000 complaints per week and an all-time high for the office. He added that as a result of investigations and legal actions brought by the Attorney General’s Office during 2009, consumers were able to recover or save $32,337,939 – which is also a record figure.

“With many Pennsylvania families struggling economically, it is clear that con artists are targeting our communities,” Corbett said. “The biggest category for complaints involves money, including scams, credit repair schemes, debt collection disputes and a list of other financial issues.”

Corbett noted that nearly 10,000 complaints involved some type of credit-related issue in 2009. Overall, they accounted for nearly 20% of all the consumer complaints received by the Office of Attorney General and were almost double the number of complaints in any other category.

“Helping consumers avoid scams and recovering money for the victims of fraud or deceptive trade are our highest priorities,” Corbett said. “In 2009 we returned or helped save consumers more than $32 million, the largest amount in recent history for consumer protection cases in Pennsylvania, but we continue to stress that prevention is the best way to save money.”

Corbett encouraged consumers to:

Watch out for offers that sound “too good to be true.”
Check the consumer advisories on the Attorney General’s website for updates about new scams.
Understand your rights as a consumer.
Contact the Bureau of Consumer Protection as soon as you suspect a problem.

Corbett said that consumer complaints in Pennsylvania increased by more than 13% between 2008 and 2009, with complaints about credit and financial issues topping the list.

“The quicker and earlier the Bureau of Consumer Protection can get involved in a situation, the more likely it is that we can save consumers money and prevent people from falling victim to fraud,” Corbett said.

The top five categories for consumer complaints in 2009 are:

Credit Issues (including debt collection, credit services, credit ratings, credit repair and other financial issues).
Do Not Call violations.
Buying Services (including gift certificates, coupons & rebates, mail order & catalog services, auctions, promotional contests and sweepstakes).
Motor Vehicle Sales.
Home Improvement Contractors.

Corbett urged consumers to file formal complaints with the Attorney General’s Office in any situation where they suspect that a business has engaged in deceptive practices or unfair trade.

Consumers can visit the “Complaints” section of the Attorney General’s website to submit an online complaint or download a printable complaint form.

Additionally, consumers can call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-441-2555 to request a complaint form.

Information about consumer rights and other related materials are available in the “Consumers” section of the Attorney General’s website.

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