Saturday, October 14, 2006

Hey treasure hunters, the NET wants you!

Do you like treasure hunting? Geocache in your spare time? Want to build your resume? The NET wants you!

The Network of Young Professionals needs a volunteer leader to organize the NET Summer Interns program for 2007. The NET Summer Interns program is an annual series of events held from June through August in which area interns get to experience some of the great things in the Lehigh Valley. Past activities have included Dorney Park night, and a night at the Lehigh Valley Velodrome. This year, plans are in the works to create an Amazing Race-themed program where intern participants would gather points and/or objects around the Lehigh Valley leading up to an ultimate prize.

Responsibilities of the volunteer include:
1. Rallying up participants by working with the NET Marketing Chair promoting the intern program at area businesses.
2. Determining business locations for the Amazing Race and working with those businesses to arrange Amazing Race stop points through a list provided by the NET.
3. Organizing and attending three group events in which NET members and interns can mingle.

If you're up to the challenge please e-mail the NET Events Chair at

Friday, October 13, 2006

Calling all computer nerds! We need your help.

Are you knowledgeable in Microsoft Powerpoint? Excel? HTML? We need volunteers to teach the tricks of the trade in computer software. Come share your talents for a new NET-sponsored professional development series beginning in November. You would only be obligated to one Tuesday night for a few hours. This is the perfect opportunity to get involved in the NET on a smaller scale. Interested parties please e-mail Wendy at

To the rest of you non-computer geeks watch for future news on this new intermediate computer training series.

NET Blog only one of three in the country

According to a post on Converstations, a blog about corporate business blogging, the NET's blog is only one of three young professional blogs in the country.

Blogger Mike Sansone writes:
"An active member of the Des Moines Young Professionals connection asked me if I knew of other YP groups using feeds and blogs. My plan was to find all the YP feeds, then put them into FeedBlendr so they could use as desired. We hit a snag. Most every YP site is still using PDFs, Web 1.0 calendar tools, and hosting photos on their own server. A challenge to all Young Professional groups out there. You should be on the cutting edge. True, mentors can teach you some things about business. But you can teach them some things too!"

We're trying our best Mike. Thanks!

NET Independent Film Night - Keeping Mum

The Independent Film Night gives young professionals a chance to see films that aren't widely played in other theaters and an opportunity to talk afterwards about the film. The group usually heads across the street for a cup of coffee and discussion after the film.

Keeping Mum

In this uprorious English comedy, Walter Goodfellow (Rowan Atkinson), the vicar for the small English country parish of Little Wallop, has allowed his marriage to Gloria (Kristin Scott Thomas) to go stale and is becoming increasingly detached from his rebellious teenage children. Out of desperation for affection, Gloria begins to fall for the advances of an American golf pro (Patrick Swayze). But the problems upsetting the family start to fade away with the arrival of Grace Hawkins (Maggie Smith), the new housekeeper and a darkly mysterious version of Mary Poppins.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 17, 7:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Where: 19th Street Theater, 527 N. 19th Street, Allentown

Admission: Members $5 (Non-Members $7)

Not a member? Join now!

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NET members in the news

Attention all NET members! Just get a new promotion? Get published? Raised money for charity? We want to hear from you! We are going to start a new feature on the blog highlighting the great things our members are doing in the Lehigh Valley. Please send your submissions to with the headline "Members in the News." Pictures are encouraged, but please keep attachments 1MB or under.

NET Joins Online Social Networks

In order to give members and non-members another avenue to network, the NET has officially created groups on both myspace and facebook. Check it out. Make sure to invite all your friends!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Good news young professionals: Housing market slows, job market gets better

The streaking Lehigh Valley housing market slowed to a lumbering gait this summer. It was capped off by an August that featured annual home-price gains shrinking to almost nothing and year-over-year sales falling off a cliff. This is welcome news to first-time home-buyers, who in recent years found it far more costly to move from being a renter to a homeowner.

Elsewhere in the Lehigh Valley economy, the labor market continues to favor job hunters. In August, the Lehigh Valley was home to 340,600 jobs, according to the state labor department. That's an increase of 2.1 percent. By contrast, the state of Pennsylvania added 0.9 percent to its job total over the past year.

That has helped keep the unemployment rate low, despite adding more people to the work force at a rapid pace. The region has added 6,800 people to the labor force over the past year and created 6,900 jobs.

The August unemployment rate was 4.8 percent, up from 4.6 percent in July, but still below the 5 percent level that many economists consider ''full employment.'' That means anybody who wants a job can get one.

Full story at

Lehigh Valley Adds Jobs at Triple the State's Rate

The Lehigh Valley has added jobs at triple the rate of Pennsylvania since 2000, and over the past year no other region in the state has added positions at a faster clip, according to data to be released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

In August, the region was home to 340,600 jobs. That's an increase of 2.1 percent, or 6,900 more jobs than a year earlier. By contrast, the state of Pennsylvania added 0.9 percent to its job total over the past year.

Full story at

2006-2007 NET Ski Group is Back!

The leaves are changing color so that means it is time to start thinking about skiing! This will be sixth year of the NET Ski Group. Each year we welcome more and more participants of varying abilities, from complete beginner to advanced. Members and Non-members welcome.

Blue Mountain has expanded with increased lift capacity with a new six-man high speed quad. They have also invested in new skis, boots, and bindings for the rental shop and have increased their investment in snow making and grooming equipment. Despite the weather in the Lehigh Valley (where was the snow?), they always had good conditions last year and made tons of snow whenever they could. All told, they have invested $5 million in upgrades to the mountain this year to make sure we have great time!

o Lift Ticket Only $85
o Lift Ticket and Ski Rental $125
o Lift Ticket and Snowboard Rental $160
o Lift Ticket and Lessons $120
o Full Ski Package* $150
o Full Snowboard Package* $185

*The full ski or snowboard package includes lift ticket, equipment rental, and lessons. Packages that include lessons give you one lesson each time you go skiing/boarding.

Deadline to be included in the group is November 10, 2006. Pay online using Pay Pal or send a check made payable to the Network of Young Professionals to P.O. Box 90561, Allentown, PA 18109. Non-members will need to add $5 per package if using Pay Pal. If you'd like to become a NET member, join here. Indicate package(s) and e-mail address in the memo line. Be sure to e-mail Matt Sommerfield on the NET website when you register so your payment can be verified.

NET-designated Wednesday nights are January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, and 14. Note that your passes will only be valid on these nights. If the group reschedules due to bad weather, event conflict, etc., our makeup date will be Feb 21. If an individual misses any of these nights, their pass will be valid for a make up night on any Mon-Thur starting March 1 until the end of the season.

A kickoff party is planned on the first night of skiing so people can meet others with similar ability.

To get the latest news about NET events and more sign-up for our weekly e-mail list here.

NET Events Planning Meeting Tonight!

Ever have an idea for a NET event? Want to be involved in the event planning process? Come out to SW Coffee Blends to share your ideas and talents to help with NET events for the future. We are looking for volunteers to take the horns on such projects as Business Card Exchange and monthly Dine-Outs. If you are already a NET member show your NET card to get 10% off your coffee order. If not join now!

When: Thursday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m.

Where: SW Coffee Blends, 4128 W. Tilghman St., Allentown

Admission: FREE!!

What is RSS?

RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, is a way to subscribe to frequently updated websites like blogs or news. Next time you're reading a website look for a little orange icon or chicklet that says RSS. When you click on it, you can subscribe to the RSS feeds, meaning you receive articles when the websites update in your news aggregator or reader. The NET's favorite RSS aggregator is Bloglines. All webased, there is no downloading, and you have access to your reader whereever you are, whether it be work or home. It works best with Firefox web browser where you can plant a button right on the browser making subscribing to your favorite feeds a snap.

The beauty of RSS feeds is that you only have to subscribe to things that interest you. The aggregator does all the sorting for you. For example, if you only really read local news in your morning paper, only subscribe to local news. This way you no longer have to shift through world news or sports, you just receive what you like. Best of all, it doesn't clog up your e-mail and lets you skim things easily.

Click here or the orange chicklet on the blog to subscribe to the NET's RSS feed.

For those of you who are a bit overwhelmed by all this technology, you can easily subscribe to the NET's blog via e-mail here. Just plop your e-mail in the subscription box on the blog.

Home Buyer's Seminar

First-time ownership. Topics include preparing for home ownership, importance of good credit, shopping for a home, obtaining a mortgage, the closing process, what to expect as a home owner.

When: Saturday, Oct. 14, 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Lehigh Valley Hospital Muhlenberg, 2545 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem

Admission: FREE!!

Sponsored Community Action Committee of Lehigh Valley, 610-691-5620

2006 Elections: The Issues, Candidates and Politics

2006 Elections: The Issues, Candidates and Politics with Terry Madonna, Director of Center for Politics and Public Affairs, Professor of Public Affairs and Director of the Franklin & Marshall Keystone Poll.

When: Thursday, Oct. 12, 7 a.m. registration, 7:30 a.m. breakfast, 8 a.m. program

Where: Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel and Conference Center, Routes 512 & 22, Bethlehem

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Economy League and Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

US Immigration Reform: Thoughts from a Friendly Neighbor

US Immigration Reform: Thoughts from a Friendly Neighbor

October 12, 2006

Dr. Francisco Flores, president of El Salvador from 1999-2004 and founder of the Amrica Libre Institute. Lecture and discussion followed by a reception.

7:30-9 p.m.

Lafayette College - 104 Kirby

Call 610-330-5315 for more information.

Latino Film Festival

Pennsylvania's only Latino Film Festival features a slate of films and documentaries produced by, directed by and staring Latinos. Films include, E.S.L (English as a Second Language), BORICUA, THE STORY OF JUAN BAGO, and ENTREMEDIO (A PLACE WITHIN).

When: Oct. 13 - 15

Allentown Civic Theatre
Studio 514
514 19th. St. Allentown, PA 18104

Banana Factory
25 West 3rd St.Bethlehem, PA 18015

Lafayette College
Farinon Center, College Hill (on the quad, next to Hogg Hall)
Easton, PA 18042

Admission: $7

Visit: for more information