Jessica Boyington Gets A job, #BENDALL ON?, Sally Field Films in Philly

Hey Friyay is here and finally a spot of sunshine to get us through the weekend. Saturday is going to be something else in Philly, so much going on – The Italian Market Festival, The Rittenhouse Square Festival, The Stotesbury Regatta, Penn Graduation, the Joe Biden Rally on the Art Museum Steps. My advice, don’t drive, take public transportation – act like the Pope is here again.

Congrats to Jessica Boyington, who abruptly disappeared from the airwaves doing traffic for 4 years at NBC10 Philadelphia in early February. Today she popped up on 6ABC, not doing traffic but as a special features reporter. Today she talked about events happening this weekend. Jessica Philly missed you, we’re glad you’re back.

Are they , aren’t they. I’ve been quoted in the media on both sides. But according to the June edition of Vogue Australia, Kendall Jenner  Kendall Jenner chats about dating Ben Simmons, who hails from Australia. Kendall was spotted on video watching the Sixers playoff game at her friends house, cheering Ben Simmons on when he had the ball and made a basket. I saw the video and capture a blah screenshot, which is why it’s not on this post.

Posing for the magazine’s cover, Kendall hinted in the interview that she’d possibly like to get engaged to Ben ‘one day’.  

The interview was done about a month ago, and since both of them are low profile peeps, we’ll just have to wait. Although I have seen video of her watching the last Sixer’s playoff game against Toronto. BUT I’m sure the rumor of her hanging out with ex-boyfriend Harry Styles, is just that, a rumor. I don’t think she’s his type anymore. I believe he’s going the way of George Michael, right now bi sexual, and at some point he’ll come out.

Fan photo of Harry Styles and Xander Ritz at Baskin Robbins in Wayne in 2015

I found this blind item linking to my blog last week
MET GALA: I’m not sure where the long time boyfriend of the foreign born closeted former A+ list boy bander was last night. That being said, our boy bander was having lots of fun with lots of different guys. Harry Styles (“One Direction”) (Lacrosse player Xander Ritz) or (Nick Grimshaw) (Harry Styles claps along to Cher, drops the F-bomb and displays his dance moves as he enjoys a VERY raucous night at the Met Gala) >>>> (#HarryStyles and his new BFF Xander Ritz Hung out in the Latter’s Hometown Since Sunday) (Nick Grimshaw speaks out over Harry Styles relationship rumours)

It’s gonna be a beautiful weekend. Let’s go check out Open Houses with Allan Domb.
Jason Segal – IMDB Photo

‘Dispatches From Elsewhere’: Richard E. Grant, Sally Field & Eve Lindley To Star In Jason Segel’s AMC Anthology Series is schedule to film in Philly this summer, through November. Jason Segal, who is also starring in the TV series, is also producing and has been spotted around town this week. Wednesday night around midnight, he was spotted at Franklin Fountain in Old City. My friend tells me people recognized him, and he was very friendly. When he left he “High Fived” everyone. Last night he was spotted eating at a.kitchen across from Rittenhouse Square, outside where he posed for fans, before strolling along 18th towards Chestnut Streets about 8PM where another reader recognized him and chatted a bit about Philly hot spots, and AllBirds shoes. Don’t expect to see Sally Field, Richard Grant or Eve Lindley until after July 4th, when filming is scheduled to begin. For casting information head on over to Heery-Loftus Casting, who does the majority of casting for films that come to Philly. (Deadline)

Presidential candidate Cory Booker was in town for a fundraiser at Maison 208 last night, where Micah Mahjoubian snagged a photo with him.

Have a great weekend…..wear your hat and sunblock.


Road Closures, Transit Detours and Public Safety Information Announced for Biden Kick Off Rally

PHILADELPHIA — On Saturday, May 18, 2019, the Joe Biden presidential campaign will host a rally on Eakins Oval (2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway). The event is open to the public, and guests are encouraged to register online using the campaign’s website.

To ensure the safety of participants and the public, road closures and parking restrictions will be implemented. Delays can be expected during the course of the event. Motorists are advised to avoid the area by using alternate routes and allow for extra driving time in areas near the event. Double-parking, which creates congestion, limits traffic flow and is illegal, will be strictly enforced.

Road Closures
The event will commence at 1:00 p.m., with gates opening to the public at 11:00 a.m.  It is scheduled to conclude at 2:30 p.m.

The following streets will be closed starting at 9:00 a.m. until approximately 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18:

  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 20th Street and 22nd Street — center lanes only
  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 22nd Street and Eakins Oval — all lanes
  • 23rd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • Spring Garden Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • Kelly Drive (outbound) from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Fairmount Avenue
  • Kelly Drive (inbound) between 25th Street and Fairmount Avenue — local access maintained to Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive via 25th Street
  • Martin Luther King Drive between Eakins Oval and Sweetbriar Drive
  • Spring Garden Street Bridge at 31st Street — local access maintained to Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive

Starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, inbound (eastbound) traffic on Kelly Drive must exit Kelly Drive at Fairmount Avenue due to the closure of the outer lanes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Benjamin Franklin Parkway cross traffic will be permitted on numbered streets as conditions allow.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art and other Parkway institutions will remain OPEN for business on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Visitors are encouraged to check individual websites for hours of operation.

Those wishing to access the west side of the Philadelphia Museum of Art must turn right on Pennsylvania Avenue from Fairmount Avenue, turn right on 25th Street and continue onto Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive. Those wishing to access the Barnes Foundation should follow Fairmount Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue and turn right, following Pennsylvania Avenue to 21st Street—then, turn right at 21st Street and make the first left onto Callowhill Street to access the Barnes Foundation parking lot.

Streets will be serviced and reopened as attendees disperse. It is expected that a number of the affected streets listed above will be opened to vehicular traffic prior to 4:00 p.m.

Attendees are advised to use caution when crossing streets, follow traffic signals, and obey instructions provided by the Philadelphia Police Department.

Parking Restrictions
The following streets will be posted as “Temporary No Parking” zones from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18:

  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 22nd Street to Eakins Oval — all lanes, both sides
  • 22nd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Winter Street — both sides
  • 2100-2200 Spring Garden Street — both sides

All “Temporary No Parking” signs must be obeyed. Vehicles parked in these locations during posted hours will be relocated.

Public Transportation
SEPTA bus routes will be detoured from their normal routes through the Benjamin Franklin Parkway area beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 through approximately 4:00 p.m. Detours will be posted, and specific route changes are available on the System Status page at septa.org.

It is recommended that guests utilize public transportation options for travel to and from the event. If driving into Center City is necessary, commercial off-street parking lots and garages are conveniently located near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Eakins Oval. Attendees should contact individual facilities in advance for rates and availability or visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s website at philapark.org for a list of parking options.

Entry Information and ADA Drop-Offs
The general admission entry gate to the rally will be located on the north side of Eakins Oval. Due to event-related road closures, it is recommended that guests with mobility issues arrange for drop-off in the area of Pennsylvania Avenue and Spring Garden Street. This will provide the most direct route to the rally location at Eakins Oval. After drop-off, proceed southwest on Spring Garden Street towards Eakins Oval, and volunteers will direct you to the closest entry gate.

Public Safety Information
Drones and any other small, unmanned aircraft are not permitted. The full list of prohibited items includes:

  • Purses or bags larger than 4’’x6’’
  • Backpacks (clear bags permitted)
  • Cinch bags
  • Briefcases
  • Coolers
  • Luggage of any kind
  • Placards
  • Homemade signs and banners
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Umbrellas
  • Flags
  • Drones/UAS
  • Weapons of any kind

Leave no bags or items unattended. In an emergency or to report a suspicious person, activity or item—such as a backpack, package or container—notify a police officer immediately or call 9-1-1. Do not try to open, move, cover or touch a suspicious item.

The public should expect congestion in the area. Individuals attending the event should make a plan regarding driving, public transit, parking, and supervision of children. Attendees should also be prepared to wait to enter and exit the event area. It is recommended that attendees wear comfortable, weather-appropriate attire.

Stay connected to important weather or emergency information from the City by signing up for free ReadyPhiladelphia text alerts. Simply text READYPHILA to 888-777 or customize your free email or text alerts by visiting the Office of Emergency Management’s website: phila.gov/ready.


Party Links to Pixs and A Fond Farewell to Lucy Noland

The light is at the end of the tunnel, another week of double duty events, then Memorial Day and it slows down for the Spring Social Season. What a ride. Let’s review a few events I covered with links to where they were published as many of you would like to find your photo, see what folks wore to events and general chit chat here on the blog about decor and details. Next to the parties I have links to which media outlets they appear in; some of these events will be submitted for consideration in Philly Mag as well.

Jefferson Celebration of Innovation – Cocktail Reception, Innovation Exhibition and Awards Ceremony. This event appeared on ChitChat yesterday. It was a great event, the talent graduating from the school formerly known as Textiles, then Philadelphia University, now Jefferson University is really going to change the world. I love Jefferson’s president Steve Klasko, he’s a real visionary. He’s cobbled together a network of hospitals, and institutions in the name of curing the world.
In previous years it was a sit down dinner at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City. This year they decided to have it on their East Falls campus, in the basketball auditorium, within walking distance for the students, free parking for the guests. They did a great job with decor, draping the large space, and dividing it into two distinct areas, one of the cocktail party the other for a sit down program. If you missed yesterday’s column on the student innovation projects check them out HERE.

The 2019 BLOCS Gala for Catholic Education is held to raise funds for scholarships to ensure every child, regardless of religious beliefs or sociology-economic status, has equal access to a quality education. For forty years they have been committed to ensuring low-income families to have access to a high quality, vales based education in Catholic schools, and to equip and empower them to pursue their highest potential. Photos for this event appeared in Philly Style Magazine and CBSPhilly

The event was held at Cescaphe’s The Waterworks. The cocktail party took place under the Grand Pavilion; the dinner under a tent at The Mill House which was beautifully decorated by Beautiful Blooms, owned by Cescaphe.

West Laurel Hill presented a one-of-a-kind featured where Pennsylvania Ballet dancers, Sterling Baca , Lillian DiPiazza, Yuka Iseda, and Aleksey Babayev, performed excerpts from Romeo & Juliet and Giselle at the historic landmark on Sunday May 5, in celebration of the cemetery’s 150th anniversary.  . Also in the photo: Deborah Cassidy and Joanie Sweeney of West Laurel Hill (l) and on right Nancy Goldenberg, President of
West Laurel Hill Cemetery & Funeral Home and Laurel Hill Cemetery . Angel Corella, Artistic Director of the Pa Ballet, and Shelly Power, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Ballet. See additional stories and photos: Philly Voice. West Laurel Hill Cemetery is more than just a final resting place, they hold events in their conservatory, and give tours of the cemetery. It’s also an Arboretum. I like to bird watch there as well. Follow them on Twitter

Susan Russell, Michele Schaffer, and Lucy Noland, with American Humane Hero Therapy Dog of the year Aladdin. (Photo: Mike Hirata)

On sad news Lucy Noland announced on her FB page that she would be leaving Fox 29 as of May 30. No mention of what’s next for her, but where ever she goes they’ll be lucky to have her. I’ve always enjoyed her frank delivery of the news, as if she were one of us, speaking to us with empathy as sometimes the news was hard to swallow. It was nice getting to know her personally on Thanksgiving Day at Manna, or ever spring at the No Dog Gets Left Behind Gala. Here’s her complete message.


Jefferson Celebrates Innovation – Check Out The Game Changers

Alumni, industry leaders, and students at the Jefferson University (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) gathered for the Celebration of Innovation, on May 8, 2019 at the campus in East Falls.

Fashion designing students Alegra Pronesti and Tommy Heidbrecht created thought provoking clothing which challenging gender norms.

Guests walked through the galleries to enjoy the students’ collaborative work, as well as cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres which were served before a program which honored this year’s Leaders of Innovation and Lifetime Impact Award recipients.

Prof. Edgar Stach, Dipl.-Ing, AIA/IA, RA and student Alex Haba stand in front of his “Smart City” project which looks at Philadelphia in 2050 where land is at a scarcity and ventilated buildings are being built on top of the expressway capping as always dreamed by city planners.

Gayle Bart with her take on the how to bridge the gap between the City of Camden and the surrounding areas of the Camden Y to utilize the activities at the center.

Fashion design student Colton Snavely was inspired by art, nature and love to create this design that model Katrice Bailey is wearing.

Thomas Jefferson University student Shawna Henderson created a program for her local classmates where they would design white head scarves and gift boxes to give to patients at the Ronald McDonald House.

Dija Taib created a Think Tank on campus to encourage people to collaborate instead of being disconnected staring at their phones.

Jackie Webb, Natalie Stein, Lexi Patania, Bob Thompson, Yu Zhang and Evan Page created an award winning product called “Summit Sleeve”, which protects the battery of a Go Pro when used in sub zero weather.

Eryn Griffin, Patrice Sakalosky, Abbey Pitzer created “Farm to Fridge” for Professor Frank Baseman, MFA class. Farm to Fridge is a mobile market tool in order to help people with diabetes 2 eat healthy. People who live in rural areas use a mobile app to order fresh produce from local farms which will be delivered to their home.

Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson merged in 2017. The Celebration of Innovation is Jefferson’s platform for advancing the importance of higher education and innovation, and the impact they have on the global economy. Proceeds from the event provided scholarship support for students.

During the welcoming remarks, Stephen Klasko, President and Chief Executive Officer of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, celebrated that Jefferson University East Falls was the #3 fashion design school in the country, and #7 in the world. He also stated that solving many of the worlds health crisis’ will be found in a joint effort between a health care system and a textile university through innovating methods.

Several alumni and a student were honored at the Celebration of Innovation: Thomas Shirley, Jr. Assistant VP of Women’s Basket ball, Theresa Chiarenza, Class of 2020 (who was given a $5,000 scholarship), David Z Tuttleman, ’83, Nicholas A. Siciliano III, PhD ’15, and Donna Nicoletti Ferrier, ’80.


Komen Phila “More Than Pink” Walk Bravely Through the Rain

I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day yesterday. I loved looking at all the photos of folks with their mom. My family celebrated at my niece’s graduation from UNC Asheville while I photographed the Komen Philadelphia Mother’s Day Walk as I have been volunteering to do for the past 4 years in honor of my mom, my mother in law and my birth mother, all who were survivors of breast cancer.

The alarm went off at 7am, I looked out the window and it was pouring. I asked Alexa what the temperature was – a dismal 50F, yikes.

I threw on my shorts, my pinkish shirt and duck boots and headed out the door and was pleasantly surprised, they came in the name of HER, their loved ones.

Formerly known as the Race for the Cure this year Komen Philadelphia renamed their annual Mother’s Day gathering to More Than Pink Walk, with the mission still the same to raise funds in order to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths.

Another changed they instituted this year was fencing off the Parkway, instituting a registration fee of $35 to participate in the fundraiser, because in the past the Race for the Cure became more of an outing for families, and revenue was lost as people weren’t raising funds to participate they would just show up. It is a fundraiser after to end breast cancer, and support breast cancer programs managed by Komen Philadelphia. That is why it’s More Than Pink, it’s about raising funds.

It was a risk, which paid off despite the dreary weather. We walk because they can’t walk. No doubt it’ll be a bigger success when rain doesn’t dampen the turnout next time.

Over $300,000 was raised by 4,300 donors. More Photos at CBSPhilly.

You can continue to support the Walk through the end of June. Donate online now. Change lives, Save lives. Be More Than Pink! CLICKING HERE


Cancer Support Community “In Fashion” 2019

Cancer Support Community “In Fashion” 2019 event raised over $94,000 for local families faced with the challenges of cancer in their lives!

Paris Runway Sponsors were
The Innisfree Foundation
Nicole and James Schaeffer

Randi Zemsky, Wendy Rosen, and Tracey Specter.

Mike Hynes, Bonnie Young, and Toby Grosswald

Faith Weiss, Elanna Schwab, Gabrielle Schwab, and David Neff

Our mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. We provide a comprehensive professional program of social and emotional support and education designed to enhance the mind, body, and spirit of people whose lives have been affected by cancer. All of our programs and services are provided at no cost to our participants (known as our members) so there’s never a barrier for anyone who needs cancer support. So that no one faces cancer alone.

Head on over to Philly Style Magazine for more photos from Cancer Support Community “In Fashion” 2019


Game Changers, Sports Greats & Artists Help Raise Funds for Gene Spotlight

On Thursday, May 2nd a lovely lunch took place with guests who want to save lives. There were several notable people from our area hosting the event including Jay Wright, Villanova men’s basketball coach, Etan Thomas, former NBA player, jewelry designer Moira Anne Rubino, Josh Broudy & Michael Rosenthal of RLB Law Group, and artist Dori Desautel Broudy hosted an intimate luncheon at Louie Louie for the launch of the Philadelphia chapter of the charity Gene Spotlight, which raises money for rare disease medical research.

Villanova Basket Ball coach Jay Wright of Berwyn speaks to the guests

The luncheon raised over $65,000 which will fund vital rare disease medical research at the Orphan Disease Center at Penn, CHOP, and other universities and hospitals.

Judith Broudy of Penn Valley, Alison Brady, Gladwyne and Sally Bachman

Kari Richards of Haverford, Alida Pegg of Bryn Mawr, Tanisha Salmons, Dori Broudy of Haverford and Rhonda Brown of Broomall

Mainline Today’s associate editor Melissa Jacobs wearing “Game Changer” bracelet with creator jewelry designer Moira Anne Rubino.
Local Philadelphia jewelry designer Moira Anne Rubino who launched her “Game Changer” wrap bracelets by Moira Anne at the event. They are adjustable on the wrist and can fit women, tweens, and men. Made from repurposed materials, seven different styles in an array of bright colors, metal, and letter beads which spell out the words “Game Changer” will be available for sale at www.MoiraAnne.com. Prices range from $32 each, to a
stack of two bracelets for $58 with 20% of sales benefiting Gene Spotlight.

Tracy Jones and Ray Priore, Head Football Coach at the University of Pennsylvania.

Honey Tishgart of Ardmore and Elise Westhoff of Haverford

NBA player Etan Thomas, Jay Wright and John Salmons, former 76ers player

At the event, former NBA player Etan Thomas signed copies of his latest book We Matter: Athletes and Activism.

Chip Brady, Allison Brady, Weiss PR, Jennifer Lynn Robinson and Kristin Detterline, Editor Philly Style Magazine.


Derby Day at West Laurel Hill, NRG Gives and Links to Parties We Shot This Week

It’s a soggy Sunday, but there are still fun things to do: Of course watch the Sixers at the myriad of fun spots throughout the City. I usually like to watch it at home where it’s perfectly acceptable to yell at the TV, but other fun spots are Fox & The Hound, Xfinity Live, James Restaurant; Today though I’m heading to Parx Casino today cause they have so many TV screens, and then there’s those slot machines I like.

The 7th Annual Kentucky Derby Party, which was held yesterday, May 4! This year’s festivities include delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, dessert by Cupcakes by Ruth, live music, horse and carriage rides, fashion illustrations by Denise Fike, photo booth, raffles and more! Of course we’ll be watching the races on the big screen Photo: Brian Gambescia

The three holding the check are  Mike Starck, Vice-President and General Manager of NRG Retail East division , Brett Guerin, who’s son participates and  Scott Otterbein, manager of Special Olympics Montgomery County , Coach Bridgette White

NRG surprised Special Olympics Montgomery County today with a $100,000 check, the top donation in the company’s spring NRG Gives campaign. The nonprofit, which is the local chapter of the international organization, conducts training and Olympic-styled competitions in 18 sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities, or significant developmental disabilities, at various venues within the county, received the most votes in the week-long, public voting event. Also competing in the online voting competition were Family Strong 4 ALS Foundation who received a $20,000 donation, and Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia receiving $10,000.

The following are links to parties I or my team photographed this week. Additional photos and stories may appear on PhillyChitChat in the coming days, so don’t fret if you don’t see you. I try and list details for each event here, as well as the PR/Publicist. If it’s not listed that means it was in house.

Were you at the Juvenile Law Gala

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Men’s Health Event – Philly Style and CBS Philly

The Mud Gala – CBSPhilly and Philly Style Mag PR: En Route Marketing

The Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School CBSPhilly and Philly Style Magazine

The AVA Benefactor Party catered by Catering By Design and Garnish. Tickets are still available for their gala May 11 at the Barnes. Philly Style

Design and Wine at AKA shot by PhillyChitChat Team Shooter Talya Hailey.
Later this week I will show you the shots of the renovated rooms here on PhillyChitChat. They’re nice. I took a tour last week. PR: Cashman & Assocs.

2019 Chair Affair Pathways To Housing Party CBSPhilly and PhillyStyleMagazine
Event Producer: Katie Everett
Founder & CEO of Philly Gives

Fashion Influencer, Alisa Frederico of Dressing Jane hosted a fashion show of the latest spring styles at Bloomingdales, Willow Grove. Philly Style Magazine

Thanks to Mike Hirata for shooting Sofitel’s Luxury Re Imagined Party. More photos to come on Philly Chit Chat this week.

Stratus Lounge Spring Awakening Party Philly Voice and CBSPhilly


Run Einstein Run at The Broad Street Run Expo

I hope all of you Broad Street Runners are getting adequate rest and carb loading today. Yesterday and today runners headed to the The Blue Cross Broad Street Run Health & Wellness Expo, presented by Einstein Healthcare Network, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Einstein Healthcare had a dozen Einsteins on hand to welcome the runners

Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia is a 548-bed tertiary-care teaching hospital located in North Philadelphia. The hospital has an accredited Level I Regional Resource Trauma Center and one of the busiest emergency rooms in Philadelphia. We offer highly regarded residency and fellowship training programs in many areas.

Every half hour they would do Run Einstein Run with the Einsteins, it was hysterical. What a great attraction, and a great activation. Very clever.

NBC10 was on hand to meet and greet runners. Erin Coleman moderated a panel discussion with Einstein medical staff on how runners should prepare for the Broad Street Run. Best of luck for a good run Sunday!!


Check out NBC10’s Tim Furlong started the race, and if you look closely you can see a photo bomb by me.


Friday Mood

Hey peeps, I am so swamped this week. Wednesday through Sunday I have anywhere from 2 to three events I’m shooting a day. Sorry I don’t have time for a proper post today. But check out CBSPhilly and Philly Style for my latest columns. Thanks to both of them for keeping up with me. I am doing something fun today, so follow me on my Social Media to see Running with the Einsteins at the Broad Street Run Expo, should be a hoot. https://www.instagram.com/phillychitchat/

I’ll see you Saturday at South Street Spring Festival right? I’ll be there from 12:30pm til about 3pm. See you at the Maypole!!