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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Silverlight Firestarter class

On December 15th, 2007 Microsoft will be hosting Silverlight 1.0 Fire Starter on the Malvern, PA Office. This daylong event is free to anyone who wants to learn about designing and developing with Microsoft Silverlight 1.0.

Microsoft Silverlight 1.0 is a cross platform browser plug-in that enables for easy development of media rich web sites.

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Thursday, December 13, 2007 Holiday party - Deuce

Thursday, December 13: - PANMA Holiday Party at Deuce Restaurant! 1040 North 2nd Street in Northern Liberties, from 6 to 9pm.
Awesome networking event and party The food was great thanks to

PhIMA Holiday Party

Holiday Cocktail Party!
Thanks to those who attended the recent Lucky Strike networking event! It was a fun night of bowling, drinking and socializing! We are proud to report that for the second year in a row, PhIMA members contributed monetary donations in support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and PhIMA would like to thank all corporations and individuals for your donations. A special thanks to our generous sponsor, AOL, and supporting sponsors, DRIVEpm and ValueClick Media for helping to make this event a great success for the second year in a row.
In celebration of another fabulous year, we’d like to invite you to attend PhIMA’s Holiday Cocktail party at Triumph Brewing Company on Wednesday, December 12th from 7-10 pm. Over the past year, our membership has more than doubled! Come out to meet some new faces and bring your colleagues as well. Free drinks and appetizers will be provided thanks to our sponsor and supporting sponsor

Office Geek MeetingDecember 11

Malvern, PA
Philly Office Geeks is a local user group focused upon all aspects of the Microsoft Office System, for both developers and administrators. This group will provide a community and a forum for people to discuss and learn about the Microsoft Office System – encompassing servers and client applications.
Jim Kane, a Solutions Manager at Unisys, will present a case study on the Unisys deployment of SharePoint/MOSS. Unisys originally deployed SharePoint 2003 as one of the earliest and largest deployments in North America, supporting 34,000 users globally. Unisys is just completing migration of their deployment, including over 1 terabyte of data and 14 portals, from SharePoint 2003 to MOSS 2007. Come hear information on what they migrated, how they did it, what worked and what did not.
Great meeting Jim did an excellent job

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Visual Studio InstallFest December 4 2007

TuesdayMalvern, PA
Are you ready to be one of the first to get their hands on Visual Studio 2008? Join Microsoft and for a Visual Studio 2008 InstallFest and Holiday Party on December 4th, 2007 at the Microsoft Office in Malvern, PA. Visual Studio 2008 is HERE and this event is your opportunity to get your hands on the released version before anyone else. Every person that installs Visual Studio 2008 on their computer at the event will receive a FREE fully licensed copy of Visual Studio 2008 Professional in the mail shortly after public release. Don't miss out on a great evening of food, fun, and your very own copy of Visual Studio 2008 Professional! Space is limited so register today. Register at MS Events. Check Dani's blog for more information.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 Meeting: Tuesday, November 20, Microsoft Malvern, 6th Anniversary, 15 Minutes of Fame

Our monthly meeting will be held at the Microsoft Greater PA Office in Malvern, PA on Tuesday, November 20 from 5:30-8:30. We have a special format planned. There will be 10 presenters each doing a 15 minute session covering one of their favorite .NET topics. We will close with a panel discussion with all presenters. There will be no break this night, but food and drink will be available throughout the evening. Refreshments are provided courtesy of Microsoft.

Mark Magliocco, Consultant Mentoring 101

You have been asked to lead the effort for a new project. You will need more than excellent technical skills for this assignment to succeed. One of the skills you will need is to be a good mentor. It is more then telling the team to do it right. I will review some of my tips to be more effective


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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Facebook Developer Garage Philadelphia on
Thursday, November 8, 2007
hosted an excellent networking and training class for face book community. Thanks Guys!

The Famous "Dave" of Face book Fame gave an excellent over view of best practices for facebook developers.

Awesome success stories as well.
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Philly ALT.NET Meeting 2007_11_14

The first meeting will focused on the C# open source Castle Project library, and it's MVC framework called Monorail. Monorail is an alternative to the Microsoft Web Forms model, ASP.NET and provides some distinct advantages to working with Web Forms. Monorail's growing popularity was one of the key factors in Microsoft's recent decision to develop their own MVC alternative to Web Forms, which we'll also discuss. The Castle Project also provides many other great tools that can be used separately from Monorail in all types of .NET development, whether ASP.NET, Winforms, etcThe meeting went very well and the presention was on target This was a great kick off to this new group. Very cool technology this really brings the Java and .net world in line with MVC.


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Learn from a leader on the subject David Laribee

Abby Sacks performs her original music.

November 14th, 2007,

Telerx’s Abby Sacks (aka Kronos Girl ) performed her original music at McShea's
A group of core fans attends the event. Abby was fantastic. You will be hearing more about this one!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network


Our family walked this sat for Pancreatic Cancer research. If you can help thanks.

As most of you know my daughter's mother in law died of Pancreatic Cancer earlier this year.

It turns out there is not a lot of research money spent on this deadly form of cancer.


Here is Gina's Page infomation

Some time ago I sent you an e-mail telling you about my involvement with
PanCAN, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. I am participating in an event for them and would like your support as I raise funds for this organization.

PanCAN provides public and professional education embracing the urgent need for more research, effective treatments, prevention programs and early detection methods. PanCAN also funds research grants for pancreatic cancer, as well as providing patient services.

Please visit my personal page to learn more. Thank you for your support!

Follow This Link to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

J. B. (Joe) Rainsberger At Philly Agile

Summary of the topic: "My Greatest Misses" by J.B. (Joe) Rainsberger.

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The Agile Philly meeting will be presented by J. B. (Joe) Rainsberger and located at Devon Consulting in Wanye.

Joe did a great job reviewing the lessons learned for years of agile consulting .


Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Help is Here Express” Bus Tour

Help is Here Express” Bus Tour

As some of you know I work at Telerx on the Patient assistance Team.

The PPA bus stopped by Central Montgomery Medical Center in Lansdale PA today. A few of the team stopped by to meet and greet Merck/PAP Team .

Learn More how to get help paying for your medicines click here.

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More about PPA
Millions of patients have already been helped by public and private patient assistance programs, but we know that millions more could benefit. That's why the Partnership for Prescription Assistance launched the “Help Is Here Express” bus tour. The “Help is Here Express” is a traveling enrollment center that travels across the country to increase awareness of and boost enrollment in patient assistance programs.
The bus is equipped with computer terminals and mobile telephones so patients can find out on the bus if they are eligible for help paying for their medicines. In the coming months, the bus will visit states across the country, increasing awareness and enrolling people in programs that help them receive the medicines they need.
The “Help Is Here Express” makes stops at state fairs, health clinics, senior centers and community events

Thursday, October 11, 2007

iPhone Tech Talk in Philadelphia, PA on October 11, 2007.

iPhone Tech Talk in Philadelphia, PA on October 11, 2007.

Had a great day at the event which included , offering you the latest details on how to optimize your Web 2.0 application and content to take advantage of the features and capabilities of iPhone. In addition, you’ll have a chance to work with the experts to design, code and test your Web application or content.

We were asked to bring your notebook, your code, and your iPhone.


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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Remix Boston Oct 7-8

Whoever said, "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas?" Due to the SOLD OUT status of MIX07 Las Vegas this past May, Microsoft served up ReMIX07 with a twist, right here, on the east coast in Boston on October 8 & 9, 2007. Links to sessions and details on festivities are regularly updated on this site.

Headed up to Boston Last Sunday to catch all the latest on Silverlight and web 2.0 from Microsoft.

Went to Durgin Park Faneuil hall , I complained about my food and had a lesson on how hard it is to be a waitress.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

First meeting of Philly Office Geeks

Went to the first meeting of Philly Office Geeks last night. Excellent presentation by David Mann . David just got elected Microsoft MVP yesterday. Yea David great going! The group will meet the second Tue of the month in Malvern. Check the site for times and speakers.


There’s a NEW GEEK in town…
The first meeting of Philly Office Geeks will be held this coming Tuesday (October 2nd) from 5:30 to 8:00 at the Microsoft office in Malvern. Come join your peers for informative discussions of all things Office and SharePoint.
5:30-6:00 – food and networking, sponsored by Perficient
6:00-6:30 – Office Geeks 101 – what we’re all about
6:30-7:00 – Keynote: SharePoint Workflows, David Mann
7:00-7:15 – 15 Minutes of Code
7:15 – 7:45 – Open Forum / Q&A
7:45 – 8:00 – Wrap up and Giveaways
8:00 - ? - Geek Happy Hour

Saturday, September 29, 2007

A great evening of Karaoke

Anthony Davis and I headed over to Gullifty's after PhillyDotnet pub night for some excellent Karaoke Fun. We met Caroline Ann Martin of Caroline Ann Martin Photography. She was an excellent singer as well as a special person. She was gracious to document our fun. Thanks Caroline. mark

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Philly Dot Net Pub Night

The geeks meet and greet A.K.A. pub night was a great success. Please be sure you join us next time.

A special thanks to our sponsor


Monday, September 24, 2007

Halo 3 Preview Party on Sept 24

Had a great time tonight went to the Halo3 Prelaunch event in the big apple tonight.

A small group from the user community drive up in rush hour to have an exclusive first hands on experience with the newest version of the Halo franchise. Thanks goes out to
Dani Diaz from Microsoft

There was a tournament and two of our crew won. Ryan won first place and Matt came in third. Way to go Guys!!!

This is an exclusive, invite-only event for our special guests to discover Halo 3 first-hand. We will have several Xboxes setup with Halo 3 for multiplayer play, including the opportunity to play the Halo 3 campaign for the first time.

We'll also have other Xbox 360 games to enjoy, as well as food, drinks, and prizes to give away, including some exclusive Halo 3 branded items. And for those up to the challenge, we will be hosting a tournament pitting the top teams from cities across the US against each other. This is a one-time only event… don't miss it!

Microsoft Office from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

1290 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Floor

New York, NY 11102

Food, Drink, Great Prizes and Attendee Gifts for All!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Nascar Dodge Dealers 400

Today was an absolutely fantastic race day in Dover De for the Nascar Dodge Dealers 400.

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Met some great people and a great big thanks to Wayne Truck Williams and the nice folks at Barlow AutoGroup & GMAC


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Philadelphia magazine’s 2007 Design Home

Went to the 2007 Design Home open house last night Sept 20 2007 great cocktail party and networking event. Met Jim Gardner of Action News!

Me, Jim Gardner( Action news) and Warren Blanton ( Blanton Custom Homes)
Design Home opens for tours on September 6th!

Philadelphia magazine’s 2007 Design Home is finally complete. This extraordinary 10,000 square-foot estate is set on the Main Line, just off prestigious Spring Mill Road. Click here for directions and parking information. This spectacular home showcases classic and cutting-edge design. Click here to view the floor plans. Beyond impeccable design, you’ll find every modern-day amenity imaginable; no detail was spared to create the ideal home for the active modern family.

All tour proceeds will benefit MANNA, a non-profit organization that delivers vital nourishment to individuals and families facing life-threatening illnesses. Click here to learn more about MANNA.

Grand opening party

Sunday Sept 16th at 5pm celebrates their grand opening in style!Glen Mills Pa

A wonderful time was had welcoming the New Joseph Anthony and Spa and Salon to the neighborhood.

Best of Luck to Joe Jr and Sr.


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Philly Dot Net Code Camp 2007-2 Sept 15

A great time was had by all we learned and laughed!

Day 2 of our third annual Code Camp series will be held at the Microsoft Greater PA Office in Malvern, PA on Saturday, September 15 from 8:30-4:30. We are officially sold out!
  • Lots of code, just say no to slides!
  • 8 hours
  • 25 sessions (8:30, 10:00, 11:30/12:00, 1:30, 3:00)
  • 5 tracks
  • 200 seats with tables (laptops welcome)
  • Free breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack (expanded menu!)
  • Raffles and prizes at 4:40
  • Easy parking
  • Limited wireless
All of this is made possible by our Gold contributors (Infragistics, SourceGear, Neudesic) and our site sponsor (Microsoft).

Here is the final agenda, room assignment by letter [A, B, C, D, E], room maps posted on walls:

8:00 Registration, continental breakfast


[A] Marc Ziss - Using Subsonic to Build a Data Access Layer
[B] Tony Lombardo - Advanced Tips for ASP.NET Developers
[C] Miguel Castro - Sexy Extensibility Patterns
[D] Sharon Dooley - SQL Server 2005 sp2
[E] Russ Basiura - Creating Custom Applications Using Excel Services

[A] Chris Love - Practical Uses of httpModules and httpHandlers
[B] Andy Schwam - Web Controls for ASP.NET
[C] David Mann - ASP.NET Providers in SharePoint 2007
[D] Edward Pochinski - Scripting WMI and WQL
[E] Mitch Ruebush - Java and .NET Interop

11:30 first lunch

[A] Travis LaBorde - Cuyahoga ASP.NET Framework
[B] Steve Andrews - Intro to Team Systems and Foundation Server

[C] Don Demsak - VB9 + XML, Cooler than C#
[D] John Baird - Mobil Application Development
[E] Dan Hartshorn - Performance Point

1:00 second lunch

[A] Sam Gentile - Service-Oriented Architecture, WCF and ESB
[B] Tony Testa - Microsoft AJAX
[C] Kevin Goff - Business Intelligence with .NET
[D] Sagi Shkedy - .NET Code in SQL Server 2005 CLR
[E] Mark Magliocco - Building Mashups

[A] Miguel Castro - Recruiters: the Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
[B] Scott Ocamb - Test Driven Development/Automated Build Lab (.NET)
[C] Bill Wolff - XAML, WPF, Acropolis, and Silverlight
[D] Jim Bonnie - Dotnetnuke, Alive and Well
[E] Rob Keiser - Filter Web Parts in SharePoint 2007

4:30 evals, lots of raffle prizes


Photo courtesy Steve Andrews

Monday, July 23, 2007

2007 Girls Del Val Softball Norwood PA Tournament July 20-22

The Bethel Township Tournament Team won the Championship Game against undefeated, Highland Park on Sunday July 22, 2007. The tournament had 6 teams competing for the Championship during the three days. On Sunday, the two final teams, Highland Park and Bethel Township battled each other in two final games for five hours. The first game went into two extra innings as each team could not brake the tie score, International Rules were applied to help brake the tie, but it made no difference to Bethel. In the end, Bethel Township broke the tie by 1 run and won the game. They moved onto the Final Championship Game which ended in five innings with a score of 15 to 2. Bethel Township Team was the first to ever win the Del Val Championship in the league history. The Runner-ups got a plaque and so did the Champions.
Great job to all the members of the team, the coaches and parents.

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Sunday, July 08, 2007

A visit to Mercersburg Inn

The Mercersburg Inn. Enjoy the magnificent surroundings of a turn-of-the-century Georgian mansion, while feeling as comfortable and relaxed as you would in your own home.

One of the Top Ten Inns in PA

A wonderful and relaxing visit to a small town in PA. More Photos

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

A visit to Boiling Springs PA

You must visit Boiling springs on your next trip to central PA.
A picturesque village of Boiling Springs. Beautiful scenery, fly fishing, the oldest public pool in Cumberland County (Boiling Springs Pool), quaint Bed & Breakfasts, plus theatre and local events. See more Photos

We had a wonderful experience at Gelinas Manor Victorian Bed and Breakfast.

The Boiling Springs Tavern is a must visit.

The Children's Lake is breathtaking at night.

Monday, June 25, 2007

JosephAnthony inaugural haircut winner KarenM

The first of its kind on the East Coast, Joseph Anthony Salon auctioned off their inaugural haircut at their new location in Glen Mills on June 2007. The winning bidder won a custom spa day created by one of Joseph Anthony’s Spa Concierges.($500 value.) All proceeds benefit the Adopt a Pig program and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for children battling cancer.Thanks for your bids for this on this one-time opportunity,

Thanks to Karen for her donation.

It was a great time at the unofficial open house of the new salon! Check out the pictures and videos below.

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