Sunday, December 31, 2006

I Love the Farm Show

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation. The Farm Show Complex contains 25 acres under one roof, spread throughout 11 buildings (including three indoor arenas). I went last year; it's a blast.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Fox Executive MBA program Ranked Top 20 in the US

The Executive MBA ("EMBA") Program at Temple University’s Fox School of Business has been ranked among the top 20 programs in the U.S. by the Financial Times. This is the sixth consecutive year that the Fox program has been ranked among the world's best by the London-based news organization.

Gambling and Addiction

"Eighty percent of people who gamble will have no problems. Fifteen percent will have some problems. Five percent will become addicted. This applies across the board to legal and illegal gambling and even state lotteries," said Eddie Looney, executive director of New Jersey's Council on Compulsive Gambling, which has broad experience with the 12 casinos in Atlantic City.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Holiday Factoid

Lots of toys are made in the Commonwealth. The Slinky is made in Hollidaysburg (Blair County); the Crayola Crayon is produced in Easton (Northampton County); and Boyd’s Bears are made in Gettysburg (Adams County).

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Philadelphia Schools are Wired

Three Local Colleges Named 'Most High Tech' in Nation
by KYW’s Suzanne Monaghan

PC Magazine is announcing its 2007 "Top Wired Colleges". And a local university tops the list and two others are among the top 20.

Villanova University tops the list as the most high tech school in the country:

"Villanova's been pretty proactive about making sure students have the most updated equipment and then they have very strong tech support."

Erik Rhey of PC Magazine says Philadelphia makes a strong showing compared to other cities with Swarthmore College coming in at number four and Temple University placing 15th out of 240 colleges:

"I know they're in the middle of a big wireless project to get the whole city wireless on a certain timetable. And I think Philadelphia has a very strong initiative in that arena so I think it just sort of fits that the academic institutions sort of follow that."

Schools are judged on things like whether students can check coursework or take tests online, the availability of computer labs, and the strength and security of the school network.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Zoning Reform Bill

From PennFuture: Councilmen Kenney and DiCicco have introduced a Zoning Bill to establish a 29- member Zoning Commission to work with national experts to modernize our Zoning Code. As many of you know, our current Zoning Code was developed during the Eisenhower Administration and is over 600 pages long. More importantly, the code is out of touch with the current needs of the community. We need 2/3 of Council to give an affirmative vote on Thursday, December 14th. Please take a minute to contact your City Council members to urge them to support Bill No. 060699 and Resolution NO. 060716. You can send an email directly at through our Take Action! page.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Agricultural Factoid

According to the Commonwealth's Department of Agriculture, 45 of Pennsylvania's approximately 200 milk processors sell eggnog, that fattening holiday drink. Dairy is Pennsylvania's #1 agricultural industry, contributing $4.2 billion in annual income. Moo.

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