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Outward Bound Supporters Rappel 29 Stories for a Great Cause 

Building Adventure Fundraiser Raises Money to Fund Education Programs for more than 60 Philadelphia Public and Charter Schools

Where:  Brandywine Realty Trust’s Commerce Square  (2001 Market Street, Phila. Pa. 19103)

When:  October 20th, 2017

Time:  8:00am – 5:00pm

Philadelphia, PA. – For  the sixth year, supporters will raise money for Outward Bound’s annual fundraising event- Building Adventure. This year the event takes place in Center City at one of the most iconic skyscrapers in Philadelphia, Brandywine Realty Trust’s Commerce Square. Participants will rappel 29 stories down to literally “go over the edge” for Outward Bound, reflecting their mission to change lives through challenge and discovery.

All are invited to attend the event and cheer on the sponsors and supporters who will challenge themselves AND help Outward Bound meet the Challenge of educating Philadelphia’s future leaders.

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About Philadelphia Outward Bound School

Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS) is a non-profit educational organization with a mission to change lives through challenge and discovery. POBS single day (insight) and multi-day expedition courses and programs engage students from across the region in challenging activities that develop and enhance leadership and personal life skills.  Outward Bound works with students – both youth and adult – in small groups led by skilled and trained instructors in unfamiliar and often remote natural settings. Outward Bound’s world renowned experiential education programs allow students to discover personal character and leadership skills and develop a commitment to service to others. Outward Bound’s vision is to inspire a new generation of leaders who have a strong understanding of themselves and their importance to their community.












It Didn’t Exist So I Invented It

by C Fox  Collins

Our city, this city of Philadelphia, seems to be fertile ground for new business ventures these days. I think this has always been true to some extent. However, the current state of cutting edge technology, social media, and citizen vitality has made this an even stronger reality. I am one of those people who believe that that there has never been a better time than the present to start new ventures.

Fresh opportunities for entrepreneurs are everywhere. This does not mean that everyone should simply rush out to start new businesses. First you have to make a basic decision. Do you really want to work for someone else or do you want to be your own boss? Being your own boss does give you a lot of freedom. But there is no getting around the hard truth that this freedom will come at a high cost that includes hard work and long hours.

Recently I went to a community event at the Oval (Philadelphia Art Museum) and met an aspiring entrepreneur named Brittany Cribbs. Ms. Cribbs operates a business called ‘Dream Pops’. Speaking with her gave me fresh insight into the entrepreneurial spirit. What makes someone want to start his or her own business? For Brittany,  it was by ‘accident’ that she started hers.

Not long ago, Brittany was making dessert and a friend of hers said, “you should freeze this”. And it was pretty good—–a tasty frozen treat! However, since Brittany wanted it to taste ‘just right’, she continued to experiment with different flavors and recipes. The next step was getting it out to the people who would purchase it. Brittany lived in Philly for a few years.

Prior to starting ‘Dream Pops’ she owned a marketing company. She had always been creative. With her background in marketing, she felt confident that she could finally do for herself what she had been doing for others. What was the key thing that enabled her to become a successful entrepreneur? She told me that “it is not easy running your own business. There were time when I thought I should have given up. Success will not fall into your lap. You have to be persistent and believe in yourself more than anything. If you do not have that drive and determination, it’s not going to work”.

Ms. Cribbs has another business venture on which she has a patent pending. She came up with this idea because every year she goes on a big trip for her birthday. Last year she was coming home on a ten-hour flight from Italy. The flight crew was very accommodating. There was wine, cheese, and good food. The seats, however, were uncomfortable.

After she returned home, she carefully considered what could have made that flight better.

She started researching about all aspects and kinds of seat cushions: neck, back, pillows, etc. She did this for two to three weeks. She found nothing that covered the full upper body, so she came up with an idea for a portable memory foam seat cushion. She said, “IT DIDN’T EXIST SO I INVENTED IT”. Now that’s the heart of an entrepreneur! Hopefully, this story will inspire other hopeful entrepreneurs in our community. The Journal hopes to keep our readers updated on Ms. Cribbs’ ventures.


Free Water Ice from the Trolley Car Station! Wednesday, July 19th, 4:30pm to 6:30pm at 40th & Baltimore

Construction of a new restaurant, the Trolley Car Station, began last month at 40th and Baltimore. To celebrate the beginning of this major University City construction, which is part of the Trolley Portal Gardens project, the public is invited to enjoy free water ice from the Trolley Car Ice Cream Shoppe.

The event will be held on Wednesday, July 19, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 40th and Baltimore.

The construction of the new two-story 125-seat restaurant, is expected to be completed in Spring 2018. The company that owns the Trolley Car Diner in Mount Airy will operate the restaurant.


Amtrak Hosts Open House on Station Plaza-Public is invited to review Station Plaza concepts

PHILADELPHIA – Amtrak is advancing planning and design for one of the more visible projects of the Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan, Station Plaza, the grand civic place surrounding all four sides of 30th Street Station. On July 12, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the North Waiting Room at 30th Street Station, Amtrak will host an open house for members of the public to review concepts for Station Plaza at 30th Street Station. The event is an opportunity for interested parties to learn more about the project, ask members of the project team questions and most importantly, provide feedback.

The public is invited to learn more about the project by visiting Here visitors can get the latest project information, sign-up to receive project updates via e-mail, review news coverage and more.

Completed in June 2016, the Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan is a long-range, joint master planning effort led by Amtrak, Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to develop a comprehensive vision for the future of the 30th Street Station District in the year 2050 and beyond.

About Amtrak® 

Amtrak – America’s Railroad®’—is dedicated to safe and reliable mobility as the nation’s intercity passenger rail service provider and its high-speed rail operator. With our state and commuter partners, we move people, the economy and the nation forward, carrying more than 30 million Amtrak passengers for each of the past six years. Formally known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak is governed by a 10 member board of directors, nine of whom are appointed by the President of the United States plus the Amtrak CEO. Anthony R. Coscia is board chairman and Jeffrey R. Moreland is vice chairman. Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily— at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph—connecting more than 500 destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. Learn more at or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and other information. Check us out at, Like us on and Follow us on Twitter @Amtrak.




Track Renewal Project Scheduled along SEPTA’s Route 15 Trolley

PHILADELPHIA, PA (June 12, 2017) — SEPTA will conduct a track renewal project on a portion of its Route 15 trolley line from June 18-September 17, 2017. The project will take place on Girard Avenue from east of Broad Street to just west Corinthian Street, including the east and westbound tracks on the Schuylkill River Bridge and the intersection of 34th Street and Girard Avenue.

Most of the track in this area was last replaced in the 1950s. The street structure supporting the tracks has deteriorated due to weather, traffic and the age of the road surface. SEPTA will excavate and replace approximately 4,100 track feet and repave the track area. The new track will result in reduced sound and vibration because the new rail is incased in an insulated rubber boot. The new and improved track components will make for a smoother ride.

To accommodate the work, buses will replace trolleys along the entire Route 15 from June 18- September 17, 2017. Trolleys will return between Frankford and Delaware Avenues and 63rd Street and Girard Avenue on September 18. Shuttle buses currently in use between Richmond Street and Allegheny Avenue and Front Street and Girard Avenue due to PennDOT construction will continue to operate in place of Route 15 trolleys.

The project will start at Broad Street and progress west over the summer. The inner lanes on Girard Avenue will be closed to all traffic in separate, multi-block construction areas. Girard Avenue will remain open for emergency vehicles and deliveries during the entire track renewal project. Lanes for local traffic will be shifted in the construction area, and detours will be posted. All side streets in the construction areas will be closed to thru traffic, but local traffic will be permitted up to construction sites. Parking will not be permitted in the area or adjacent to the tracks being reconstructed; however, exceptions will be made for those with special needs. Walking access for businesses will be arranged.

Normal construction hours will be Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Weekend work may be required to maintain the project schedule. Temporary trailers will be placed on the south curb line of Girard Avenue at 16th Street. Parking lanes on the south side of Girard between 16th and 17th Streets and between 19th and 20th Streets will be closed so rail strings can be welded and stored until installation.

For more information, please visit or call SEPTA Customer Service at (215) 580-7800.