<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usSun, 24 Sep 2017 06:46:00 -0400Sun, 24 Sep 2017 06:46:00 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Pizza? Pasta? 10 Foods That Didn't Start out Pumpkin Spiced]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:47:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/20170922+Pumpkin+Spice+Potato+Chips.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Women in Media Conference Comes to Philly]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:14:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Women_in_Media_Conference_Comes_to_Philadelphia.jpg

Danielle Jeter, one of the founders of Women in Media Philadelphia talks with NBC10's Erin Coleman about the upcoming Women in Media Conference. The conference will take place Saturday September 23 at We Work Northern Liberties.

<![CDATA[Oreo's Latest Limited-Edition Flavor Is About to Hit Stores]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:32:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/OREO+Cookie+Butter.jpg

Oreo is about to release a limited-edition cookie butter flavor in time for the fall season. 

"Today" reports the Cookie Butter Oreos will be available in stores nationwide beginning Monday. 

The actual cookies are graham-flavored, and the cream filling is cookie butter-flavored. 

"Today" notes the popularity of cookie butter has skyrocketed in the past few years, particularly among the Trader Joe's set addicted to cult-favorite Speculoos Cookie Butter.

(Trader Joe's, incidentally, has its own version of the cookie butter cookie.) 

A listing for Cookie Butter Oreo sandwiches on sites like Target confirm the existence of the cookies -- though they're not available to order just yet. 

In the meantime, Oreo's fall favorite flavors are still being sold: apple pie, pumpkin spice, mocha, red velvet and even orange-flavored Halloween. There's are also the salted caramel and coconut Oreo thins. 

Photo Credit: Nabisco
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<![CDATA[Fringe Festival's 'Daydream']]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:39:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fringe_Festival_Takes_Philadelphia.jpg

The Fringe Festival features more than 1,000 daring performances, in a variety of mediums. NBC10's Erin Coleman sits down with Fringe Arts communications director Allie Martenson and "Moonage Daydream" creator Mary Monahan, to learn more about the unique festival.

<![CDATA[Philly POPS Take You to a 'Galaxy Far, Far Away']]> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:57:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philly_Pops_Presents_Star_Wars.jpg

NBC10’s Rosemary Connors learns more about The Philly POPS' A Star Wars Celebration.

<![CDATA[Fun on the Parkway as Philly Thoroughfare Celebrates 100 Yrs]]> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:48:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/209*120/Fireflies+Pedicabs+Ben+Franklin+Parkway.JPG

For 100 years the Benjamin Franklin Parkway has connected Philadelphia City Hall to Fairmount Park, hosting American presidents, popes, academics and, even, Beyoncé along the way.

It's the beating heart of Philadelphia's cultural scene and its turning 100 years old.

The Parkway was originally designed to give Philly a little slice of Paris. Construction began in 1917 and took about a year to finish. It was originally called the Fairmount Parkway before being named for Philly’s favorite Founding Father in 1937.

To celebrate its centennial, the city has a full year of events planned including a big one Thursday night, the Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies public art performance featuring see a dreamlike orchestra of pedicabs – which are peddled taxi-cabs – mounted with glowing lanterns. The 7:30 p.m. event is free.

For the next year, Parkway 100 has events planned from special museum exhibits to public art installations to concert series. Click here for details.

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[Prince Tribute at Community Festival]]> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:39:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Prince_Tribute_at_N2N_Street_Festival.jpg

It has been a year since the death of Prince. This weekend fans of the musical icon can enjoy his music and appearances from special guests at a community festival paying tribute to Prince's music. Pennsylvania Senator Anthony Hardy is in studio to tell us about the N2N Festival.

<![CDATA[MotoAmerica Championship Roars Into New Jersey]]> Thu, 07 Sep 2017 14:13:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/MotoaAmerica_Championship_of_New_Jersey.jpg

NBC10's Katy Zachry speaks with two racers who will be competing in the MotoAmerica Championship this weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

<![CDATA[Girls Night Out With 'Soiree in the Cities']]> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:35:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Girls_Night_Out_With_Soiree_In_The_City.jpg

Soiree in the Cities brings together some of our area's movers and shakers for a fun and inspiring experience. Ebony Edwards, the event producer, and Shelly Leaphart-Williams, the CEO and founder of Lifesavers University, tell us everything you need to know about Saturday's event.

<![CDATA[Go Green at Greenfest Philly]]> Thu, 07 Sep 2017 13:40:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Greenfest_Philly.jpg

The Clean Air Council's Greenfest Philly brings together more than 100 environmentally-friendly companies for a free family fun event. NBC10's Katy Zachry learns more.

<![CDATA[Steve Harvey's Fresh 'New' Show]]> Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:37:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/The_New_Steve_Show.jpg

Steve Harvey speaks with NBC10’s Erin Coleman about his new season of his revamped day time talk show. The show has relocated to Los Angeles from Chicago and will feature more comedy and Steve's own brand of humor s well as more celebrities.

<![CDATA[Haverford Music Festival Getting 'Sweet']]> Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:31:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Haverford_Music_Festival.jpg

The 7th annual Haverford Music Festival is free to the public and will take place on Saturday in Havertown. It starts at noon and goes until 9:30. It features over acts 30 acts including Matthew Sweet.

<![CDATA[Mario Gets Help in 'Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle' Game]]> Fri, 01 Sep 2017 20:11:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/MRKB_Screen_Explo_Ang_E3_170612_215pm_1497264516.jpg

In video games, Mario, the intrepid princess-saving plumber, does not usually pair up with anyone outside of the Mushroom Kingdom.

There are exceptions for special events, like Mario teaming up with Sonic the Hedgehog for the Olympics, but generally, the most iconic video game character doesn’t use backup.

Until now.

The Mushroom Kingdom is in danger from an outside force in “Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle,” a new video game for the Nintendo Switch gaming console. Mario and friends are getting help from the Rabbids, crazy rabbit-like creatures who speak in gibberish, yelling "BWAAAH!" very often, from another gaming company, Ubisoft.

Creative director Davide Soliani said he and his team wanted to bring something to the Mario universe of games that no one had seen before, and using the Rabbids and their penchant for chaos and slapstick violence provided the perfect injection of new ideas for a bold take on Mario. He said there is a familiarity in the overall look and feel of the game, but surprises are waiting around every corner.

“We used these contrasts as a focus to bring new ideas, new game mechanics, new environments, and that’s why you are in the Mushroom Kingdom, but it is twisted,” Soliani said.

“Mario is very well known as a hero, a brave guy. And the Rabbids are quite the opposite, quite different. How cool it could be if Mario, throughout the game, teaches to the Rabbids how to become heroes? And Mario learns from the Rabbids how to crack a joke, to take it easy.”

Mario is joined by his friends Princess Peach (no rescuing needed this time), Yoshi, and Luigi. They team up with four Rabbid heroes who mimic their Nintendo idols, taking costumes to look like the original gang. In the campaign, these characters will form teams of three to find a way to fix the Mushroom Kingdom by visiting different worlds and battling enemies.

“We wanted make something that Mario players would recognize, like jumping and stomping,” Soliani said. “But at the same time, we were using the Rabbids to inject in those mechanics new ways to spice up the combat, new ways to spice up the Nintendo characters as well.”

The development team at Ubisoft specialized in tactical and strategic games. Making a new game with such beloved characters presented challenges, but Soliani said a turn-based strategy shooter made the most sense to maximize the divergent ideas of gameplay and abilities in the game.

“We should try to stay true to the Mario universe and mix tactical phase, combat phase, which is more in line with the Mario world,” he said. “Finding treasure chests, collect coins to buy new weapons, meet new heroes and be challenged by new enemies.”

When he came up with the idea for the mashup, Soliani knew he would have to not only convince his own company, Ubisoft, he would have to sway Nintendo to allow him to use their characters. He met with Shigeru Miyamoto, the man who created the Mario character, originally called Jumpman, in the classic video game “Donkey Kong” in 1981.

Solaini said presenting his idea to “the most legendary game designer in the world” was intimidating.

“When we first presented the game to Miyamoto-san, we had only three weeks in-house to come up with a prototype. When we presented the prototype to Miyamoto-san, he was surprised that we had, in our prototype, Mario and Luigi.”

Miyamoto asked how Solaini got the character designs for Mario and Luigi in the prototype. Solani told him his team made them from scratch for the presentation, impressing the Nintendo game designer.

Early reviews of the game have been very good, mentioning the different elements of gameplay and the creativity used to bring Mario and the Rabbids together. The style of combat is reminiscent of another turn-based shooter, X-COM, with a variety of weapons and the use of cover for defense.

However, Solaini said their inspiration came from another popular game.

“I’m a big fan of X-COM, the original one from Julian Gollop and the new one from (Jake) Solomon,” he said. “But our reference was not X-COM but Mario Kart. We wanted to bring the dynamics, the surprise that you have in go-cart racing to our combat system in a strategy game.”

With delightful and recognizable characters, whimsical environments and dialog, and a battle system that combines movement and shooting into strategic combat, Solaini and his team were proud of what they accomplished.

“Those were the basic foundations that we built up for the rest of the game. When we did that, we said, OK, I think we have something very strong, something that we should explore even more.”

He invited all fans, including diehard Nintendo fans, to experience something different.

“Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle” is available now for the Nintendo Switch. It is rated E+10 for everyone 10 years of age or older due to cartoon violence, comic mischief, and mild language.

Photo Credit: Ubisoft]]>
<![CDATA[Philadelphia Voices Project]]> Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:10:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philadelphia_Voices_Project.jpg

NBC10's Ted Greenberg gets the details on the Philadelphia Voices project from composer Tod Machover.

<![CDATA[The Made Man]]> Wed, 30 Aug 2017 14:02:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/The_Made_Man.jpg

The Made Man event is a community and corporate initiative that visits 11 cities nationwide. Bringing a positive message and spotlighting African American men who are leaders and influencers. Honorees Malik Boyd, CEO of Premiere Brand, and Ramcess Jean-Louis, director of workforce and diversity and inclusion for Comcast, are in studio to speak on the event.

<![CDATA[Contestant Flies Herself to Miss America Competition in AC]]> Wed, 30 Aug 2017 08:44:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/MissAmericaCrown-GettyImages-56652160.jpg

For a while at least, Miss Vermont was far above the competition to become the next Miss America.

A licensed pilot, Erin Connor flew herself from Burlington, Vermont, to an airport just outside Atlantic City on Sunday, three days before the contestants were to meet the public in the annual welcoming ceremony on the famous Boardwalk.

"I like to make an entrance anywhere I go," she said.

She completed the 350-mile flight in about 2 ½ hours in a Piper Arrow, with two others aboard. Not making the trip, however, were the half-dozen or so evening gowns she'll need when preliminary competition begins next week. Dad drove them down from Vermont.

Connor is one of 51 contestants (each state plus the District of Columbia) who will be introduced to the public late Wednesday afternoon across from Boardwalk Hall, the historic arena where three days of preliminaries will lead up to the nationally televised finale on ABC on Sept. 10.

Here are some things to know about the 97th Miss America pageant:


The pageant was established by Atlantic City in 1921 as a way to extend the summer tourism season to the weekend after Labor Day. Margaret Gorman, of Washington, D.C., was the first Miss America.

In 1943, Jean Bartel was crowned Miss America in Atlantic City. In the ensuing year, she raised $2.5 million selling Series E war bonds (which would have been worth over $34 million in today's dollars), more than any other private individual in the United States.

In 1954, Lee Meriwether became the first Miss America to be crowned on live television.

Miss America 1959 Mary Ann Mobley and Miss America 1960 Lynda Lee Mead were the first back-to-back Miss Americas from the same state, Mississippi.

In 1983, Vanessa Williams became the first African-American Miss America, but had to relinquish her title 10 months later after nude photos of her emerged that were taken before she won the title. She was welcomed back to the Miss America fold in 2015 with a nationally televised apology from current pageant officials over how the situation was handled.

The pageant moved to Las Vegas for six years before returning to Atlantic City in 2013.


The top winner will receive $50,000 in scholarship money. The Miss America Organization says it will hand out $302,000 in scholarship funds this year.


Preliminary competition: Sept. 6-8, Boardwalk Hall (not televised).

"Show Us Your Shoes" parade: Saturday, Sept. 9, Atlantic City Boardwalk.

Finale and crowning of Miss America 2018: Sunday, Sept. 10, 9 p.m. EDT.

Celebrity Judges

TV and radio host and author Maria Menounos; former Miss America Nina Davuluri; vocalist Thomas Rhett; author, actress and model Molly Sims; recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks; and People magazine Editor in Chief Jess Cagle.


Chris Harrison ("The Bachelor" and "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire") and Sage Steele (ESPN's "SportsCenter on the Road" and "SportsCenter: AM").

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Philly Pours With Coach Dick Vermeil & Chef Sylva Senat]]> Tue, 29 Aug 2017 13:29:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philly_Pours.jpg

Eagles legendary coach Dick Vermeil is in studio with chef Sylva Senat of Philadelphia restaurant Maison 208, to talk about how they are teaming up to benefit children in need at the Resources for Human Development's Philly Pours event.

<![CDATA[Annual Run to Honor Fallen Heroes, Will You Join?]]> Mon, 28 Aug 2017 14:00:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Running_to_Honor_Fallen_Heroes.jpg

NCB10's Tracy Davidson talks with Charlie Elison from the Travis Manion Foundation and Faye Hellman from the 9/11 Heroes Run about the 7th annual 5K race and the 1-mile fun run/walk that honor fallen military members. The event takes place on Sept. 9.

<![CDATA[21 Years Wrongly Jailed]]> Mon, 28 Aug 2017 12:40:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/crown+heights1.jpg

Colin Warner spent 21 years behind bars wrongly accused of murder. He and former Philadelphia Eagle Nnamdi Asomugha, the actor who portrays someone who helps Warner get out of prison in the new movie 'Crown Heights,' speak with NBC10's Tracy Davidson.

<![CDATA[Cyndi Lauper Drops Asking Price for Stunning Stamford Home]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:25:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cyndi+Lauper+and+house+1.jpg Cyndi Lauper appears to have dropped the asking price for her gorgeous home in Stamford, Connecticut, from $1.25 million to $935,000, according to the updated listing.

The French Country Colonial-style estate sits on the 1.58-acre property. The 3885-square-foot home's interior was designed by Howard Kaplan, and includes three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms and three fireplaces.

Designer Vince Camuto, founder of Nine West, built the house in 1975. Then, the house was assessed at $601,290. See the listing.

The French Country Colonial-style estate sits on the 1.58-acre property. The 3885-square-foot home's interior was designed by Howard Kaplan, and includes three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms and three fireplaces.

Designer Vince Camuto, founder of Nine West, built the house in 1975. Then, the house was assessed at $601,290. See the listing.

Photo Credit: Berkshire Hathaway and Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Your Pet Adoption Photos]]> Mon, 28 Aug 2017 10:12:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clear-the-Shelters-Gallery-Lead.jpg More than 1,400 pets in the Philadelphia region up for adoption found new homes Saturday during the annual Clear the Shelters event. A total of 49 shelters and rescues in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware matched people with the "purfect" pet. ]]> <![CDATA[NBC10 Clear the Shelters: Thousands of Animals Find Homes]]> Thu, 24 Aug 2017 09:17:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clear-the-Shelters-New-Lead-Photo.jpg

Around 1,400 animals in our area found new homes Saturday as NBC10 helped to Clear the Shelters as part of a national initiative to find homes for cats, dogs and other pets.

In the greater Philadelphia region, 49 rescues and shelters waived adoption fees during the day. (Find the shelter closest to you.) 

The goal was to #ClearTheShelters by finding 'furever' homes for as many animals as possible.

Locally 4,823 animals have been adopted since the campaign kicked off three weeks ago while 1,436 were adopted Saturday alone. Nationally, nearly 65,000 animals were adopted since the campaign began.

Across all three of their campuses in Georgetown, Delaware, New Castle, Delaware and West Chester, Pennsylvania, 237 pets were adopted from the Brandywine Valley SPCA with 141 adopted at the West Chester campus on 1212 Phoenixville Pike. That's where NBC10 personalities Keith Jones and Jessica Boyington joined in the fun Saturday morning. Before the shelter opened at 10 a.m., people were already lined up. Soon after the event began, one couple adopted a 14-year-old dog and a family that had lined up since 6:30 a.m. walked away with a beloved pooch.

Telemundo62’s Jaime Becerril and Christian Cazares were at the ACCT Philly on 111 Hunting Park Avenue in Philadelphia where Always Best Care Senior Services donated $3,000 to the effort.

At the Brandywine Valley SPCA in New Castle, pets got hugs from their new owners who lined up to get to take home their new loved one.

It was mostly cats and dogs that got adopted but at least one hamster found a home after being adopted from the Abington SPCA.

And at the Pennsylvania SPCA, "Laverne found her Shirley, or something like that," during a dog adoption.

Share your photos and videos as well as your #LoveMyPet stories on NBC10, the NBC10 app and on social media using the hashtag #CleartheShelters.

Photo Credit: Joseph Kaczmarek
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<![CDATA[Solar Eclipse Events, Specials]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:09:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Eclipse_Frenzy_Strikes_Connecticut.jpg

The total solar eclipse is approaching quickly and solar eclipse events in Philadelphia are popping up. The last time a solar eclipse crossed the United States was in 1918.

Restaurants, bars, libraries, colleges, museums, art centers and the One Liberty Observation Deck are ready to celebrate.


Bucks County

Bucks County Community College in Newtown will be hosting a viewing party outside of their new Science Center. Science professors will be ready to answer questions. There will be snacks.

The Margaret R. Gundy Memorial Library will host a viewing party with games, crafts, activities, books and snacks. The Library will have viewing glasses as well as a live stream of the NASA television channel. The event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m.

Chester County

The West Chester University Philips Memorial Library will host an Eclipse Viewing Party from 1 to 4 p.m. Telescopes and eclipse viewing glasses will be available. The event will have educational activities.  

Delaware County

The Darby Free Library, from 12 to 4 p.m. will be handing out viewing glasses for their eclipse party. There will be science exhibits and quizzes.

The Folcroft Library will have filtered binoculars and telescopes available for their eclipse viewing. A member of the Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers will be giving explanations. The event takes place from 1 to 5 p.m.

Lancaster County

The North Museum of Nature and Science in Lancaster is hosting an event for the solar eclipse from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will have special presentations, a NASA live webcast and specialized solar telescopes.

Lehigh County

The Da Vinci Science Center's Solar Eclipse Party on Monday, August 21 begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. There will be performances, science activities, livestream of NASA and the creation of eclipse pinhole cards.

Montgomery County

The Upper Moreland Free Public Library is holding a party for all ages from 1 to 4 p.m. at its Park Avenue location in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.

Northampton County

Crayola Experience is hosting a "safe and colorful" space to watch the total solar eclipse. The event in downtown Easton, Pennsylvania will take place from 12 to 4 p.m. Ticket purchase is necessary but children under three are allowed to participate for free! 


The Community College of Philadelphia is hosting a solar eclipse party at its main campus beginning at 2:30 p.m. with a speech by the college's president Dr. Donald Guy Generals. Eclipse glasses will be avilable while supplies last. There will be popcorn and Milky Way bars as well. 

McGillin’s Olde Ale House in Philadelphia is inviting people to shield their eyes from the sun’s harmful rays by “sitting in a cool, dark bar.” McGillin’s, the oldest continuously tavern in Philadelphia, opened in 1860, also a year that had a total solar eclipse. They will be serving Troeg’s No Sunshine Pils and a limoncello martini “eclipsed” by a drizzle of black sambucca called the Solar Eclipse.

The Franklin Institute will host a viewing of the eclipse from 12 to 4 p.m. with science educators available. The viewing will take place in the Fels Planetarium, Franklin Hall and along Winter Street.

The Wagner Free Institute of Science is having pinhole-camera workshops and eclipse model demonstrations during their viewing party that takes place from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The Independence Seaport Museum is having a picnic viewing party that is BYO lawn chairs, blankets and food. The Museum is selling eclipse viewing classes for three dollars. The event lasts from 12 to 4 p.m.

The Please Touch Museum is holding a Solar Eclipse Celebration featuring space-themed activities, a Starry Night room and sun yoga.

The Wynnefield Library is having a solar eclipse viewing party that begins at 1 p.m. where you can make eclipse viewers.

One Liberty Observation Deck is giving a free upgrade to the Sun & Stars ticket on Sunday and Monday. This means that you can visit twice within the 48 hours for the price of one ticket. “Our general admission is $14 for just one time,” Ya Yang Guest Service Manager said.

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts is having Super Solar Saturday from 12:30 to 7 p.m. The event will have interactive science experiments, live performances beginning at 1 p.m., face painting and life-size star wars characters wandering about. The event will come to an end with a 7 p.m. showing of Hidden Figures.

New Jersey

Camden County

Bellmawr Public Library is hosting a solar eclipse viewing party. The library will have games, crafts, a space-themed photo booth and eclipse viewing glasses. 

Gloucester County

Rowan University will be hosting a solar eclipse viewing party at their Science Hall. There will be hands-on activities, solar telescopes to safely view the eclipse, games and free water ice. For the first 1,000 visitors there will be Planetarium stickers, solar eclipse glasses, goodie bags and solar eclipse temporary tattoos.


New Castle County

Kirkwood Library will be hosting a viewing from 1 to 2:30 p.m. At the event, guests can make a pinhole viewer projector.

The Brandywine Hundred Library will host a party from 2 to 3 p.m. The party will have stories, experiments and crafts.

<![CDATA[How to Make Apartment Living Work for You and Your Pup]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:39:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bergs-dog.jpg

Living in an apartment with your canine companion isn’t much different from living with a human roommate: They don't clean, they don’t pay for groceries and you're starting to suspect they don't even have a job.

But canine roommates present additional, unique challenges.

Arguably the biggest challenge for dog owners in apartments is having to escort their furry friend outside for all exercise — and all bathroom — breaks. That means rain, shine, sleet, snow, 6 a.m. or 3 a.m. or 11:30 p.m. — buddy, you’ve got to put on your pants.

"If you’re living in an apartment with a dog, first and foremost the onus is more on you to get the dog out for all of his or her needs," says Mike Kaviani. Kaviani is the Director of Lifesaving Operations at the no-kill shelter Austin Pets Alive! in Austin, Texas, and he says apartment living can in some cases actually benefit your pup.

"As long as the owner is committed to getting the dog out for fun outings, the dogs actually end up getting more activity and more outings and more time with their person," he says. Kaviani knows from personal experience: He lived in a studio apartment with the first dog he owned as an adult, and he recalls having to "leash him up and go out there."

"As long as you're willing to do that — I mean, he had so much activity." With multiple daily outings, Kaviani realized he and his pup were both getting more activity because of their apartment lifestyle.

"So, I actually think it can be a real win for the dog," he said.

Anthony Newman, a canine behavior consultant in New York City, echoes Kaviani on the activity level of house dogs versus that of apartment dogs.

"Often, in fact, I find dogs in suburban areas suffer from 'suburban dog syndrome,' lacking adequate socialization, exercise and leadership due to lack of regular daily owner-led walks, obedience work and daily off-leash social play in dog parks," Newman says.

He says he noticed his family's dogs, while growing up in the suburbs of St. Louis, had behavior issues stemming from lack of discipline and socialization.

"City dogs can end up being the calmest, most social, peaceful and obedient dogs around," Newman noted.

No matter how committed you are to your apartment dog, however, you're going to have to leave him or her alone sometimes. And since apartments do not have doggie doors, your pup can't just stroll outside for business purposes.

If you know that you won’t be able to get back to walk your pup at the usual time, that’s fine — you can hire a professional or convince a trusted neighbor to come by to walk your dog.

There is likely a dog-walking service of some kind in your neighborhood — research online and ask other dog owners in the area to find a service that works for you. Try to meet the person who’ll be walking your dog if they’re going to be doing so on a regular basis.

You should also give a trusted person in your building a set of your keys; if you’re away and the building needs to be evacuated for any reason, you’ll want someone to help get your pup out, too.

Speaking of neighbors, they present another significant difference between apartment dog life and house dog life.

You should make an effort to introduce your dog to your apartment neighbors, especially those who live on your floor and those directly above you and below you. It’s also a good idea to introduce yourself to anyone in your building with young children — you can let parents know whether your dog is cool with kids. Make clear to your neighbors what your dog's boundaries are, and be consistent in your interactions with them.

Another thing about apartment neighbors is their physical proximity to you.  

It's important to remember that dogs are not silent. Barking is not the only noise dogs make — they like to play, to run around and toss and catch. And it’s fine to play those games indoors with your dog, but if you have people below you, just keep in mind what time of day or night it is when you break out that hard plastic toy your dog likes to throw against the floor. If your floors aren’t carpeted, getting an area rug (probably not an expensive one) will help muffle noises for people below and will also help protect hardwood floors from scuffing.

If your dog reacts to your absence by barking herself hoarse while you are gone, this is a problem (unless you never leave, but that actually sounds like a different kind of problem). Not only will this incessant row irritate your neighbors — maybe enough to complain to your landlord — it’s also a sign that your pup isn’t able to relax when you go out to do the human stuff you have to do.

"Separation anxiety," says Newman, can be a problem for your nervous pet, and then for you and even your neighbors — some dogs bark, or whine, to express their anxiety.

To help curb some of that separation anxiety, Newman emphasizes the importance of creating a calm, relaxing space for your pup within your apartment. If she views the apartment as the place where you and she play around and have fun — and not as the place where you do that AND the place where she hangs out and sleeps in her own bed — "when you leave, [s]he barks and tears the place up. Also guarding, digging, chewing, and other destructive behaviors" can present as symptoms of separation anxiety.

Newman says to help your dog get accustomed to chilling solo in a new living environment, it's best to make sure your pet's "exhausted and fulfilled mentally, physically and socially, and feeling comfortable at home with her bed, toys and chews" before leaving her alone in the place.

Kaviani recommends teaching your dog new tricks or providing them with brain-stimulating puzzle toys indoors to keep them entertained in the smaller space.

So, if you've got an apartment but want a dog, or if you've got a dog but want to move into an apartment, you should start by considering your dog's needs and temperament, Kaviani says. "If the dog can handle being in an elevator with strange people, and sometimes strange dogs," he shouldn't have an unusually rough time adapting to apartment lifestyle.

"Where it can go poorly, or where you’ll find some challenges, though, would be if the context or living environment isn’t conducive to the dog’s needs," says Kaviani. He cautions that if you have a dog with some shyness or some fearful behavior, they may not be comfortable hopping in and out of elevators or winding their way through crowded hallways and staircases. You should do your best to find a living space that won't cause too much additional stress on your pet. 

But, he says, "don't overthink it."

"Dogs don’t need a mansion to live in. They don’t need a certain amount of square footage to meet their standards. Really, when they’re home, they just want to chill with you, their person." The living arrangement would only become a problem, he says, if your work or life schedule isn't "conducive to spending a good amount of time with your dog."

Apartment living with your dog requires a more serious commitment than living with your dog in a house with a fenced-in yard. 

Anthony Newman's tips for moving yourself and your dog(s) to a new apartment:

  • Establish a plan to exercise and socialize your dog multiple hours a day from the get-go. Call and interview walkers, walking services and/or daycares. Do research on the local dog parks. When moving in, especially the first few weeks, exhaust your dog mentally, physically and socially, so he can start to condition the new home positively.
  • When moving in, set your dogs’ beds down (the more the merrier!) as a first item of furniture. Work the "go to your bed" command early and often. Experiment with "long rewards", e.g. Kongs stuffed with wet food and chews like bully sticks.
  • When you initially enter your new home, keep your dog on leash and lead her around to every room. You lead and introduce to minimize marking and other destructive behaviors.
  • Be careful of the first few times you leave her home alone to minimize separation anxiety. If you start the ball rolling, it will worsen; so get off to a good start by having your dog exhausted and fulfilled mentally, physically and socially, and feeling comfortable at home with her bed, toys and chews, before you leave her alone in the place for the first time. Then, leave very briefly and return soon. Repeat as needed, leaving for gradually longer periods. After a week of conditioning, most dogs should be fine being left alone for a few hours.

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<![CDATA[The Luxurious Lifestyle of New York's Poshest Pooches]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:57:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/1LK_3334_NYCDogs_WEB.jpg

Ashley and Cooper get a taste of the high life, New York style. From a five-star hotel exclusively for dogs to a puppy pool party in the Hamptons, it's clear that NYC really has gone to the dogs!

<![CDATA[Introducing the New Dorney Park FREE Pre-K Pass]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:14:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dorney-Park-Generic.jpg

Summer is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to! Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom are letting kids ages three to five in FOR FREE.

This special is a new type of season pass titled the Pre-K Pass that allows kids of the right age to go to the park for free for the rest of the 2017 season as well as the full 2018 season.

“We’re introducing the Pre-K Pass to help families with young children more easily and affordably enjoy everything that Dorney Park has to offer," said Mike Fehnel, Dorney Park vice president and general manager.

The average daily admission price for a child ages three to five is about $40.

Fehnel says the new pass is a benefit to the whole family.

“The Pre-K Pass allows parents to save money as the entire family experiences not only the kids' rides in Planet Snoopy™ but also roller coasters, thrill rides, shows and our fantastic water park," he said.

To ensure your kids get in free for the rest of the current season as well as the next, be sure to register between August 16 and October 29. Registration for the pass for the 2018 season is open until May 28, 2018.

After registering for the Free 2018 Pre-K Pass, follow the directions to submit and activate the pass.

<![CDATA[Main Line Bike Race]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:21:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Main_Line_Bike_Race.jpg

Pearce Flanagan is in studio along with Jerry Johnson, the Chairman of the 2017 Main Line Bike Race. They are here to discuss how the idea of the bike race came about and who benefits from the money raised.

<![CDATA[Beth Stern, Katie Lee Talk Clear the Shelters and 'Pethood']]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:53:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Katie+Lee+Beth+Stern.jpg

Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive to help animals in need finding loving homes, will take place on Saturday, August 19.

This year's event hosts, celebrity chef Katie Lee and Beth Stern, stopped by the "Today Show" to talk about the initiative.

They also brought along a few rescues from North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington, New York, who are in need of forever homes.

Stern advised potential pet parents to assess their lifestyle before going through with an adoption, noting "pethood is hard."

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<![CDATA[#CleartheShelters: #KittyKam]]> Sun, 20 Aug 2017 08:27:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/218*120/Brandywine+Valley+Kitty+Cam.JPG

As NBC10 and Telemundo62 work with Philadelphia area animal shelters to #ClearTheShelters on Aug. 19, you watch adorable felines on the exclusive "Kitty Kam" for the event.

The "Kitty Kam" shows off some of the pets up for adoption at the Brandywine Valley SPCA on Phoenixville Pike in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

"Kitty Cam gives a bird's-eye view into Kitty City, our community kitten room where adoptables hang out until they find forever families during Clear the Shelters on Saturday," BVSPCA marketing director Linda Torelli said.

You may also see a potential pet owner stop in to meet some of the felines looking to loving permanent homes. The camera is on 24 hours day and may be dark as the cats sleep at night.

If you visit the shelter on Saturday, you can adopt a pet without paying normal fees. You can also meet NBC10's pet-loving personalities Jessica Boyington and Keith Jones.

BVSPCA -- like many of the shelters that have pets up for adoption without paying some of the normal fees on #ClearTheShelters Day -- has a feline for everyone. So help NBC10 and Telemundo62 #ClearTheShelters. 

Click here for a full list of the 49 participating shelters in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

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<![CDATA[6 Free Apps for Pet Owners]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:47:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-77541854.jpg Nowadays, caring for your pet has never been easier and more enjoyable. From finding a pet sitter and setting up play dates to handling medical emergencies and training your pet, there’s an app for that. Whether your looking to better fulfill your pets needs or find resources to help you with yours, these free pets apps have you covered.

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<![CDATA[Let's 'Clear the Shelters' on Saturday, August 19!]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:46:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/2017+CTS+Collage+TopLine+2083x854%5B1%5D.jpg Every summer, animal shelters and rescues are filled to the brim with new spring litters and homeless pets. Shelters run on all cylinders to match pets with new forever families. Their efforts result in many pets finding new loving homes, but unfortunately some pets are left behind and live in shelters for months or even years until they are adopted. Inspired by a North Texas pet adoption effort led by our Dallas NBC and Telemundo stations, all of our NBC and Telemundo-owned stations decided to step up to the plate to help their local animal shelters and communities 'Clear the Shelters' every summer.
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<![CDATA[Hundreds of Pikachus Parade Through Yokohama, Japan]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:58:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/pikachuparade.jpg

More than 100 Pikachus, a character from the game Pokemon, paraded through the streets of Yokohama, Japan, on Aug. 14.

<![CDATA[Get Buggy at Bug Fest]]> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 14:25:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Drexel_Universities__Bug_Fest_.jpg

NBC10's Rosemary Connors joins Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University entomologist Karen Verderame to talk about the annual Bug Fest.

<![CDATA['SNL' Alum Rachel Dratch Gets 20-Year-Old Parking Ticket From Chicago]]> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:50:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/Rachel+Dratch+2007+Tribeca+Film+Festival+Bryan+Bedder.JPG

Former "Saturday Night Live" star Rachel Dratch posted a photo on Twitter of a 20-year-old parking ticket she received this week from the City of Chicago.

"Chicago does not f around," the New York City-based comedian wrote on Twitter. "I received this parking ticket in the mail today. Look at date. It's from TWENTY years ago." 

The ticket was issued on Dec. 8, 1997 — right around the time Dratch was a member of the Second City cast in Chicago.

Sure enough, the "offense location" is listed as 150 W. North Ave., just a block from the historic comedy club in the city’s Old Town neighborhood.

NBC 5 asked the City of Chicago about the ticket's authenticity and whether there is a statute of limitations on parking violations. 

A spokeswoman for the City of Chicago’s Office of Budget and Management and Department of Finance, which is responsible for collecting parking and red light ticket fines, responded. Here's what she said:

"The City sends at least five separate notifications to motorists regarding parking violations before referring a ticket to collections. Once a ticket is in collections additional notifications are sent, and it can be re-referred to a separate collection agency to work to identify new or updated mailing information. We followed the same process in this instance."

While a 20-year-old parking ticket sounds like it may be a plot line from Dratch's iconic "Debbie Downer" sketches, the actor will have to pay a real $73.20 fine to the city, unless she contests it.

Dratch performed on Second City’s main stage from 1995 through 1998, alongside fellow 'SNL" alum Tina Fey, according to her bio on the theater’s website.

She then went on to star on "SNL" from 1999 to 2006, and has appeared in several films and television series, including Fey’s "30 Rock," "Bob’s Burgers," "Inside Amy Schumer" and more.

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<![CDATA[What Kind of Dog Best Fits Your Lifestyle?]]> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:03:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dogs-GettyImages-180680638.jpg

There are a million reasons why people love dogs. They make great companions, provide a slew of the health benefits and love unconditionally.

Yet, there are lots of valid reasons why some people opt out of bringing home a furry friend. From cramped living quarters, to allergies, to busy work schedules and social lives, caring for a dog is a huge commitment, so it’s important to make sure your lifestyle is compatible with your four-legged friend’s.

Fortunately, dogs come in all shapes, sizes, personality traits and energy levels, and chances are there’s a pup who’s right for you.

Use the filter above to see what kind of dog could potentially match your lifestyle:

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<![CDATA[Tips for Traveling Safe With Your Pet]]> Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:28:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-454008386.jpg

One of the most stressful parts of pet ownership is what to do with your four-legged companion when you travel. While some pet owners opt for boarding, others choose to bring their furry family members along.

If you’re looking to hit the road or fly the skies with your canine companion or feline friend, American Kennel Club the has some tips to make the trip as smooth as possible.

Health Checks: Bring your pet to the veterinarian for a check up before going on a long journey trip. Make sure all vaccinations are up to date and obtain a record showing proof of up-to-date vaccinations. Health certifications are required for airline travel.

Ask the vet about potential health risks at your destination, like Lyme disease, and what the necessary preventive measures your pet needs to take.

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Crates: If traveling by car, pets should be confined to a crate or carrier in the back seat. This will prevent distractions as well as protect the animal in the event of a collision. It can also keep your pet from getting into trouble in a hotel or at your host's home. Airlines also require that pets travel in a carrier or crate, whether they are flying in the cargo hold or plane's main cabin. Contact your airline directly for information on their pet policy. 

Crates are available from most pet supply stores. Look for these features when purchasing and check out these crash-tested options:

  • Large enough to allow the pet to stand, turn and lie down.
  • Strong, with handles and grips, and free of interior protrusions.
  • Leakproof bottom covered with absorbent material.
  • Ventilation on opposing sides, with exterior rims or knobs to prevent blocked airflow.

Have Proper ID: In the event that your dog or cat slips away during the trip, you significantly increase the odds of recovery by making sure they can be properly identified.

  • Make sure your dog has a sturdy leash and collar. The collar should have identification tags with the dog's name, your name, and your home phone number, as well as proof of rabies shots.
  • Mark your pet's crate with your name, contact number, destination phone number, and photo of your pet. You should also carry a picture of your pet.
  • Consider a permanent form of identification, such as a microchip.
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Traveling by car: Bringing your pet along for a road trip requires more than just throwing a crate in the back seat, especially for long distance trips or if you plan on being away for a long period of time. 

  • Get your pet geared up by taking him on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car.
  • Bring food, a bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and first-aid, and any travel documents. 
  • Be sure to pack plenty of bottled water, and avoid feeding your pet in a moving vehicle. Traveling on a full stomach can also cause pets to become car sick.
  • Keep the car well-ventilated. If the dog is in a crate, make sure that fresh air can flow into the crate.
  • Don't let pets ride cars with their heads outside the window. Dirt and other debris can enter their eyes, ears and nose and cause injury or infection.
  • Make frequent stops to allow your pet to go to the bathroom and get some exercise. Be sure to clean up after your pet. 
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Traveling by plane: Most airlines have their own set of rules for canine air travel. Call ahead for information and make arrangements in advance of your trip.

  • All airlines require health certifications and proof of vaccinations.
  • Federal regulations require pets to be at least 8 weeks old and they should be weaned at least 5 days before flying.
  • Try to book a nonstop flight and avoid plane changes when possible. Some airlines will not transport animals when it is extremely hot or cold. 
  • Dogs must be in an airline-approved crate when transported as cargo. Some airlines allow certain breeds and sizes to travel under the seat in a crate or carrier.

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<![CDATA[Starbucks' Latest Frappuccino 'Inspired' by Horchata Drinks]]> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:24:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*128/starbucksfrap0809.JPG

From unicorns to horchata. 

Starbucks announced Tuesday its new Horchata Almondmilk Frappuccino is now available in participating U.S. and Canada stores, in a move that is getting a mixed reception from horchata fans. 

Starbucks’ beverage features a combination of almond milk, cinnamon dolce syrup, coffee and ice. It also includes whipped cream, cinnamon, sugar sprinkles and a swirl of caramel on top. The company said their drink was inspired “by the popular Horchata beverages, which vary by culture and region.” 

“The creamy and cool texture-ideal for warm August days-is complemented by sweet caramel and warm spice flavors of cinnamon which hint that fall is near,” Starbucks’ release said. 

The drink was first offered in U.S. and Canadian stores on Aug. 8, a Starbucks spokesperson said. While it is the first frappuccino that uses almond milk as a default milk, the drink is not dairy-free because it is topped with whipped cream and other dairy-filled products. 

Eater.com notes that Americans are most familiar with the Mexican version of horchata, a rice-based drink that is also made with cinnamon and vanilla. 

In fact, Starbucks first offered the Horchata Frappuccino in Mexican outposts in the summer of 2013.

But versions of horchata in Spain are made with tigernuts and horchata drinks also vary across Latin America. 

In El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Costa Rica, jicaro seeds are ground with rice and spices for a drink called semilla de jicaro. 

Horchata de ajonjolí in Puerto Rico is made with ground sesame seeds. Sesame seeds are also used for a version of horchata in parts of Venezuela.  

The drink’s debut hasn’t gone unnoticed among horchata aficionados, with some contrasting the drink to the Unicorn Frappuccino. 

“Starbucks has a new Frappuccino. If you like horchata, it might make you angry,” blared one headline on Miami.com

“The horchata is not some mystical, purple-haired unicorn,” the post's writer Chloe Herring said. “It’s a real ass drink. It wasn’t broken and it didn’t need Starbucks’ sugary adaptation or ‘fixing.‘” 

Latin culture site Remezla.com featured a handful of tweets that ranged from curiosity over Starbucks’ offering to predictions of being underwhelmed by the product. 

“We imagine Starbucks is riffing off of Mexican horchata and that this new drink will appeal to many taste buds, but we also believe many will stick to the horchata they already know because it’s already perfect,” the site’s writer concluded.

--Daniel Macht contributed to this story

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<![CDATA[For Sale: House That Inspired Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary']]> Mon, 07 Aug 2017 19:35:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/stephen-king.jpg

In the market for a haunted house? The Orrington, Maine, home that inspired Stephen King's "Pet Sematary" is currently on sale for $255,000, 'Today' reported.

King came up with the idea for the novel in 1979 while renting the two-story house, which features wood floors, two fireplaces and new paint.

The book and subsequent movie adaptation were inspired by real events: when King's daughter's cat was run over by a truck, he buried the animal in the woods, where local kids had created a makeshift cemetery for other slain pets.

The house sits on a three-acre plot, and many rooms have a wall of windows that let in plenty of light.

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