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July 2009



Oh so long ago I alluded to Parking Wars on Chestnut street, Twittered about it. Lots of people wanted to know what I was talking about, but then I decided not to write about it because it might effect some peoples jobs, lives etc. and PhillyChitChat is not about that. But now it’s happened, Union Trust and Morimoto/Jones/Chiefa have joined forces and are using the same Valet Services. The reason this was so important as it was sometimes a hassle and competitive as the valet folks didn’t care which restaurant the driver was going to, they just wanted to park that car, maybe go for that tip. The difference in the price of valets was a $1, so it was very competitive.

The problem was magnified when said guest going to Union Trust had their car parked by the Morimoto valet, then when said guest finished his meal and the waiter offered to call for the valeted car and it was parked by the other guys, let’s just say things got complicated.

No more complication. Both restaurants now live in harmony, and I’m not one to gossip, but I hear they enjoy dining at each others places too.


MAD MEN CASTING CALL AMC TV – My friend is in the running to be on the show, Please vote for her I’d appreciate it.

Marna Kohn (grew up right outside of Philly) has entered this contest and would love to have a role in an episode of Mad Men. And the role will go to the one who gets the most online votes. So, if you don’t mind, please vote for her every day until the contest ends and click on the fifth star each time you vote. Also, if you could send this email and web site info to your friends, who knows, she may actually get the most votes.
Here’s the info:
> Dear Marna,
> Thank you for entering Banana Republic’s Mad Men Casting Call Contest.
> Your photo was approved and your Mad Men Casting Call contest
> submission has been placed on the website.
> Click on the link below to view your entry.

> Good luck and we hope to see you on an episode of Mad Men!
> Tune in to AMC on Sunday August 16th at 10/9c for the premiere of Mad
> Men Season 3.

(Maybe she’ll take some pixs for PhillyChitChat which would be fun)



Growing up in the Delaware Valley area you couldn’t help but notice the hoopla surrounding the August issue of Philadelphia Magazine which always celebrated the Best of Philly for the year. Then folks like my parents and later on me would go out and see if the places named were truly some of the best. Plus it was always exciting to see if someone, or something that you already knew was the “Best” was going to be in the magazine. Last night the magazine held it’s party to celebrate August’s issue “Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of” issue at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and they got a big turnout of the city’s movers and shakers as well as the folks from the venues of distinction.
Last night also marked an anniversary of sorts for me; it was one year ago that I met these five peopleErin Elmore Chuck Peruto, Steve Thorne & his future wife Sabrina Tamburino.
Last years picture at the Phila Best of 2008 Party. Missing Nina Tinari who is in Harrisburg fighting the good fight, and Carol Tamburino who was in the other room.Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office. Such a huge supporter of Philadelphia, and lately of my and my efforts with the NBC10/Fusion Fitness challenge that I have embarked on. Everytime I see her I think she is going to mention something about a Nicholson, Witherspoon, Rudd shot, but all she wants to say is how inspirational I am embarking on the grueling but successful boot camp. Thanks so much. And actually a lot of people throw love my way on the subject, so thanks for that. It’s going to help me continue “The Journey”. Nicole Ross, she’s beautiful and getting married in 4 weeks. Congratulations. Also congratulations to Kate and Cort Egan who’s Egan Day Jewelery store won. Check it out yourself at 260 South 16th Street Philadelphia, PA 19102. 2008 Philadelphia Magazine People to Watch PR trail blazer Kelly Boyd. Looking fabulous I might add.
Two stylish people on the scene that I always seek out to photograph. The daring dapper Joey Conicella and Philadelphia Inquirer’s Fashion Writer Elizabeth Wellington. Check out her blog at Mirror Image
Congratulations to “Specialty Store” winners Duross & Langel. 117 S 13th St; James Langel & Steve Duross (I use their lavender shampoo and love it)
We have two gossip giants in this town of ours each bringing to the table various and diverse information to the readers, sure there may be some overlap, but even when that happens each takes on a different angle. Of course I am talking about Michael Klein, INQlings (my photos appear in his column weekly), and Dan Gross . Would love to get a photo of the both of them together someday, but would never pass up a chance to shoot Holly Maher, Dan’s beautiful wife. I’m getting a sense that this is going to be a very purple night.
Erin Elmore interviews the Geator with the Heater, Jerry Blavet. Love his shows, lots of memories for me in Margate. Check out for the interview in a couple days.
Justin Wineburg, and Nicole Cashman, Cashman & Associates. There’s no doubt about it that Nicole Cashman delivers. Most people know that it was Nicole that saw what I was trying to do here in Philly and she welcomed me with open arms and trusted my vision. I will always be grateful, and well you know this week my photos are in Us Magazine because of a project Nicole brought me on for. Yesterday photos were placed in People online from the same event, and look for them next week in the magazine. The bag is Rafe another client of Nicole’s.
Melissa Laliberte, Melissa is being honored in the “Best of Philly” Beauty & Spa category recognizing her acute savvy for mastering a long-lasting blow out to tame even the most unruly locks, newly engaged and glowing Donna Coghlan(Donna knows everyone and is kind enough to make the introductions), Cindy Volpe, Amanda Hartung, and Andrew Hartung (Bro & Sis), Stephanie Iannotti,
Scott Barnes, Director of Marketing & Public Relations at Feastivities Events with CBS3’s weatherman Doug Kammerer . Last night was the first time Doug had been back on the air in three weeks, after his wife Holly gave birth to their new daughter. Doug showed me a few photos and she is just precious. Their son is just loving being an older brother. Join Doug’s facebook page for updates on the weather and hopefully he will post a few pixs of his lovely growing family.
Christin DiCiccio (Christian has recently opened up his own law practice and has snagged the best moniker My Philly Bankruptcy Lawyer , Diane Johnson, Jimmy Contreras of JimmyStyle and Matthew Vlahos, Vlahos Pr. It’s always exciting for a PR agency to have their clients represented in the “Best” issue, and I believe Matt has at least 3 clients, and this is his freshman year. Way to go.
Cait Day and Anthony Checetto, Director of VIP Services at Yakitori Boy It’s a karaoke bar/restaurant; I’ve been to Yakitori Boy twice and have been hankering to get back there again soon. Even if your afraid to sing because you don’t have a good voice, don’t worry there someone else in the room worse than you and they’re not afraid to belt one out. One song and you will be clamoring for that mike again. Plus the food is delicious. It’s a fun place.
Who doesn’t love Hadas Kuznits with motorcycling fan Mike Rosenberg. Hadas asked why I wanted another photo of her this week, I said girl do you think Paris Hilton complains. You are wearing different clothes, and man candy, that’s what it’s all about. Angelina might be in People magazine twice in one issue as long as she’s not wearing the same thing. A long time ago I went to Lindsay Lohan’s last movie premiere. She wore black to the premiere and white to the party. Paps were scrambling to get that 2nd photo. If she showed up in the same outfit, they would have gone home.Jessica Matthews, you know who that is my cousin, with Diane Johnson who’s hair has been sun kissed.
I just love her style – (Plug follow me on Twitter: IPhillyChitChat or Facebook me at Philly ChitChat for upcoming events, Phileb/celebrity sightings of course you may be that person, and other thoughts that pop in my head, pixs to, helpful hints. Like did you know that the City is getting rid of parking meters and putting in handy credit card accepting meters where you purchase time and put the receipt on your dashboard. Muchsimpler not to get a ticket)
Philadelphia magazine provides topical, in-depth reports on crucial and controversial issues confronting the region. Its articles range from law enforcement to fashion, voting trends to travel, transportation to theater. It also includes background on some of the area’s newsmakers. Two of their latest news maker missing were Arthur Kade and Brian Hickey.
Ashley “Smashley” tester finally lets me post a photo of her, the Artist, on PhillyChitChat. We photographers are a critical bunch and love creating art, but do not love being the subject. Builder John Westrum, who’s girlfriend Kristin Foote and I had a crazy dancing time at Dusk a few weeks back, Kim Torbert and birthday girl Hacina Saadi is thanking everyone for the birthday wishes and had the best time in AC.
Molly O’Shea and Meghan McNelis. Yesterday Where Publisher Laura Burkhardt took me to lunch at XIX in the Bellevue at the Park Hyatt. Molly who does marketing for the restaurant, asked the chef to create something healthy that they could put a candle in…
Watermelon with a candle. Loved it. Another little prayer for my sister Judy.Rakia Reynolds, twitter skaibluephilly I am a publicist working on fashion and lifestyle clients. I represent The South Street Headhouse District, The Society Hill Dance Academy, Coyote Crossing Restaurants, and some designers and artists. Oh people can also check me out in Marie Claire magazine this month.
Jim Donovan is an Emmy Award-winning consumer reporter whose honors run the; he lists his role model as CBS 3 Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl
I’m not going to lie one of the best parts of my job is getting to know the news folks in the City. As someone who is fascinated by people, by the news, how the news affects people it’s always interesting to talk to all of them. Both these lovely ladies have done stories on me so I have a special affection towards them, Anne Marie Green and Lesley van Arsdale, with Cesar Aldama Assistant News Director at KYW-TV/CBS 3

Ruth Woods and Mustafa Rashed take in the sights at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. It was a beautiful space to take in too.Trish Cashman (Not related, I asked) and Kate Wilhelm, the Reese Witherspoon lookalike holds a heft job in our City and that is Executive Director at Fairmount Park Conservancy. According to the May 1 issue of the Philadelphia Business Journal, [T]he Fairmount Park Conservancy, a nonprofit that has raised $18 million for the park in eight years, said the plan is to help area thought leaders understand the role the park plays in attracting tourists, recruiting businesses to the area and maintaining residents’ quality of life and health.“We’re hoping to make it better understood what Fairmount Park means to the city. We want to help articulate the case, so we can better understand the opportunities,” said Kate Wilhelm, executive director of the conservancy. Karina Restrepo and Justin Mitchell of Tierra Mia Organic Nail Spa BEST OF PHILLY! Winner for 2009 Manicure / Pedicure. 328 S 17th St Philadelphia, PA 19103 (215) 735-7980;
Having met working at a restaurant in Old City, Karina and Justin got together mentally and romantically to fulfill their dreams of owning an organic salon caterring to the hard working people of Philly. I asked them about their wedding plans and how he proposed. Justin did it the old fashion way and asked Karina’s parents for her hand in marriage. One problem, she is from Columbia and they only speak Spanish and he very little. He was able to work with the translation google search engine and create a one page email in their language to her parents. They sent a one line sentence giving their permision, and their joy. The couple plans to have two weddings, one here in the States, and one in her hometown in Columbia for her large extended very happy family. So many dreams coming true for this happy couple.

BEST OF PHILLY! Winner for 2009 – Weatherman ABC6’s Adam Josephs, Niv Singhal, BEST OF PHILLY! Winner for 2009 – Anchorwomen NBC10 Aditi Roy, BFF CBS3’s Lesley Van Arsdale, and proud, proud co-worker Justin Pizzi who couldn’t gush enough about how proud he was of Aditi. He loves her as much as we all do.

I’ve been able to observe over this past year of how close Aditi and Lesley are, especially since they are “competitors” in the same time slot on different channels. It just goes to show that competition is overrated and we’re all just trying to do a good job. Now about me losing in the Best Blogger competion… new category next year, Best Social Diarist, in a category with no other I just can’t lose.
Having just saw Justin, who reports on my NBC10 Fusion Cross Training fitness boot camp, (I do not wear a size 57 pants, I will show you next time I see you. BTW mark my words an Emmy for Justin on this series and Best of Philly 2010 for Fusion Cross Training . It’s the best bootcamp in Philadelphia, I was headed for disaster and it saved my life) there was no way I was gonna have one of these. Later in the evening, Chuck Peruto did talk me down from the ledge of having a brownie in a different room, thanks. I’m enjoying my broccoli & chicken this morning.
Don’t forget your bartenders, servers and coat check folks. Kaitlin Chrobocink and Max MatzaPS if your photo is not here, it will show up on my online photo album Monday where you can purchase it for the price of supporting my fat free vanilla latte habit at Starbucks, unless you gave me a bday present or wished me happy birthday on my FB last week, then you can have it as a thank you from me.



A lot of the times I photograph a celebrity in Philadelphia, I can’t post, Tweet or Facebook about them as the photos are distributed to the Philadelphia Media or Nationally to my wire service, and it’s in my contract not to scoop them. So I might see something and can’t tell you sometimes for days or often a week. My shots regularly appear in Michael Klein’s column’s.

Although today I did tweet: iphillychitchat: I failed as Philly’s Paparazzi. Sometimes u just can’t ask I guess? RT @phillyinsider Reese Witherspoon movie drama:

Today, Wednesday is the last day of the “Christmas in July” Promotion by the Salvation Army. Last week Philadelphia Eagle Quintin Mikell rang the bell at 13th & Market to help support the cause. So look around & listen in Center City today for the bells, and give what you can.

Last week the 15th Annual PGLBT Film Fest closed; Now called QFest, but before it did it had a few special guests including Sharon Gless
Who received the Gay Icon Award from former Inquirer write Gail Shuster. (Who has a biting sense of humor that someone, some where in the world would understand)

Also making a rare appearance, Mink Stole. Mink had been in every John Water’s film ever made, and must had some kind of strong stomach.

Neil Patrick Harris. I photographed him so many times that when it came to the wrap party, he wanted to know if that local photographer would be there because he had a problem with that as I had already covered him enough (The best info is overheard info). I mean really NPH you are so B-List except when you’re in Philly, what is your problem? That being said, I think the movie is going to be adorable but you need to check your ego at the door. (I will be writing about the movie shortly, as I had unprecedented access granted to me on one of the nights of filming).

He seemed happy to see me at the Tony Awards
Not so much at the Wrap party.The picture in Inqlings was a nice shot, of course he’s not looking at me. I always enjoy photographing Sharon though.And people who know that they sell a movie, an image, a product and what their responsibilities are to the public. Kate Mulgrew, OMG I was a huge fan of Mrs Columbo. Now that made my night, that is why I went out to cover this event. Problem is I can’t get Kate in People or Us as I may have had a chance with NPH. He did go on a blog, and that’s still good PR for the movie and the City. Mayor Nutter, Kate Mulgrew, Christopher McDonald and director Josh Shelvo of The Best and the Brightest. (I hate writing these things as people may get mad, but…I find it ridiculous when actors have an attitude against photographers, especially one photographer. Doens’t Doogie remember obscurity?)

Paul Rudd on the otherhand, class act. He’s here for the James L Brooks “Untitled movie” currently titled “How do You Know?”
Or the super dooper cool Jack Nicholson:
This hit the news yesterday: A premature birth has held up production on Reese Witherspoon and Jack Nicholson’s new movie. The two stars are currently working on baseball picture How Do You Know but the shoot has been halted after Kathryn Hahn, who plays a pregnant secretary, went into labour during filming on Saturday. The actress, who was not due to give birth until September (09), welcomed baby Mae on Monday (27Jul09). Producers are now reportedly considering hiring another actress to reshoot all of Hahn’s scenes in a bid to keep the movie on schedule, according to (Michael Klein begs to differ with that production has been halted and explains at )
Robin Thicke last week at Dusk. I know I already chatted about it, but did you know he did a special tribute to Michael Jackson. Yes he sang “The Way You Make Me Feel” (That’s not reported anywhere)
Kristin Cavalleri walks through the Caesar Casino in this unpublished photo. As you may know from last nights entry, she and Nick Lachey were both at Dusk nightclub last week as reported by Us Magazine (My pixs too).
Well after about an hour of gambling I did hear that Nick wanted to continue the party w/Kristin and attempted to locate Kristin’s room (He should have asked me). He finally got the information he needed to “hook up” with her as she was travelling under an alias (I’ll never tell what her seasonal name is), but I don’t know if they did for sure as it was about 5:30AM and I would think she’d be in bed for her Noon flight back to LA.
Tonight is the Philadelphia Magazine Best of Party, photos tomorrow. Then in the next few days I will cover both the Neil Patrick Harris/Bonnie Somerville movies, plus the Reese Witherspoon film being shot currently.


PR & Me Perfect together – The Phila Public Relations Association 65th Anniversary

I need the members of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association, and they need to know who I am so that I can do my best job in getting the news you might be interested in reading. So when I heard about the 65th anniversary of the PPRA I jumped at the invitation to cover it.
Earlier this summer, members of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association assembled on the 33rd floor of the Loew’s Hotel for the organization’s Annual Meeting and 65th Anniversary Kick-Off. (From their Press Release) In what are no doubt challenging times for our profession, what better way to acknowledge PPRA’s strength and lasting power than to commemorate its over six decades of amazing work? The Philadelphia Public Relations Association, Inc. (PPRA) is the premiere association for public relations professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. Founded in 1945, PPRA is the nation’s oldest and largest independent public relations association. With the beginning of the 2009-2010 programming year, PPRA is the oldest and largest independent PR organization in the country. This year they will kicked off a year-long celebration for this important milestone and, more importantly, the people who have made and continue to make its success possible.

Frank Sinatra Simon PR, Lisa Simon, Simon PR, (Simon Public Relations Group, Inc. (Simon PR) is Philadelphia’s premier boutique public relations agency. Although scheduling conflicts have kept me from coverin Simon PR events, they recently represented a Lincoln Exhibit that was held at the Visitors Center. I did have a chance to Tweet about it for my 1,000 followers @ Ben Armstrong (Peco) and Bill Jones.
Christopher, The Park Hyatt at the Bellevue, Anna Iredale (Has hired me to cover Sporting Club Events, & recently “The Food Court at the Bellevue’s Sandwhich Off) and Anna Ranck
Bonnie Squires, Dan Cirucci, and Danielle Cohn, PCVB is The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCVB) is Philadelphia’s official convention & visitors sales and marketing organization, providing hotel. (I hear that Mayor Nutter is making a big announcement today at 4pm about an upcoming convention in the new section)
The Park Hyatt at the Bellevue’s Molly O’Shea (The Bellevue turns 105 this year and is having lots of fun things to celebrate: click here) (I cover a lot of events at The Park Hyatt) and mother-to-be Carrie Nork Minelli, Cashman & Assocs. Cashman & Associates recently brought me down to Dusk, Atlantic City to cover a few celebrities that were walking their red carpet.
The results were over 20 placements in online blogs and sites including OK Magazine & plus in print in Us Magazine. (Thanks!!) Plus if you do a search on Dusk AC my site comes up fifth on google.
Yvette Nunez, US Census Bureau; Bill Cowen, PPRA President/President of Metrospective Communications; Besides being one of my BFF’s, I am always impressed by the dedication taht Megan Smith, Brownstone PR has towards her clients, and I know everyone in PR is probably just as dedicated, but I get to see it first hand with Megan. Also impressed with her ability to get placements nationally for said clients. She’s very modest, but that’s huge. (check out Megan’s Social Media column in The Examiner) ; Eric Cortes, GPTMC (Follow Eric/GPTMC on twitter: @visitphilly GPTMC tracks hospitality industry trends. We use that info to promote Philadelphia tourism: )
To commemorate our proud history, look toward our promising future, and celebrate what has made PPRA thrive since 1945, longstanding PPRA member (and veteran character actress) Sylvia Kauders introduced our 65th Anniversary video project, which features our membership – young and older, fresh-faced and seasoned – discussing the past, present and future of public relations as it relates to an ever-changing media world, and the many strengths and the integrity brought to the PR industry by the incredible practitioners right here in Philadelphia.

The PPRA’s 65th Anniversary Video

Members of PPRA are dedicated professionals who through various outlets including the media, bring greater understanding to what’s happening in the region. PPRA members inspire excellence amongst themselves and within everyone they encounter through mentoring, networking, as well as actively participating in educational workshops and monthly professional development meetings.Boasting nearly 400 members from all areas of the communications and public relations industry, our members represent a diverse cross section of businesses and non-profit organizations including: arts and culture, film and television, education, government, healthcare, law, sports, science and technology, philanthropy, tourism and hospitality, and many more, as well as members who work with public relations and advertising agencies.

Departing President Yvette Nunez, US Census Bureau, receives a departing gift from newly elected president, Bill Cowen, PPRA President/President of Metrospective Communications
At the event, former VP of Communications Caryn Williams launched the new PPRA Website, which allows members to be more interactive with the organization and fellow members. At event’s end, exiting President Yvette Nunez introduced the 2009-2010 President, Bill Cowen, and the incoming board of directors: President Elect, Beth Archer; VP of External Affairs, Chris Lukach; VP of Programs, Caryn Williams; VP of Membership, Meredith Avakian; VP of Communications, Kera Walter; Secretary, Sylvia Kauders; Treasurer, Ashley Berke; Directors: Jill Flanagan, Carrie Nork Minelli, and Lisette Bralow.
Thanks to this organization for keeping me busy. PhillyChitChat is a Social Diary, a news source, a promotional tool for Philadelphia. 90% of the work represented here is free of charge, the only time there is a charge is if the Client/PR wants to retain the photos I take. I mostly cover charity events, but will consider most any if I find it might be interesting to my readers. There could be a celebrity/Philebrity involved or not, that is not what I base my coverage on. Just whether I think my readers would want to read about it. So send me an email at Buzz@Philly Chit Chat .com (no spaces) Thanks Hughe


MY BIRTHDAY WEEKEND or lots of my family photos from the past 5 days

PhillyChitChat note. I know that some of you are probably wondering when I will run your piece, and I will. It’s hot and slow out there. Stay tuned a lot of events I’ve covered will pop up this week, until then this is my Birthday weekend…

Wednesday my niece Kelsey, Nicole, Mom and I went to Max Brenner: Chocolate by the Bald Man located at 1500 Walnut, but the entrance is on 15th Street between Walnut & Locust. It was delicious. Great place to bring the kids. It’s a tad expensive for the desserts, but they can be shared as they are huge.

Birthday Day; I think Hallmark was crying a little that day as I received over 200 BDay wishes on Facebook. I really appreciated it as well as the people who called and dropped off gifts. My friend Aly Green brought me to lunch at Union Trust, besides the great company, introduced me to the waiters, chef & owner. Fun to talk to them about the menu and up coming events happening at Union Trust. I had the most delicous Rib Eye sandwhich. I took a photo and it’s on my twitter acct iphillychitchat Thanks Aly. (The Travelocity Gnome came to town and I really wanted to see him. I tweeted: @RoamingGnome I’m Philly’s paparazzi, where r you, need a picture? Have you been to Cosi’s 12th/Walnut? Buy coffee 10% goes to charity tonight from web in reply to RoamingGnome)In the evening Mike, who’s always my diets best friend, had just the right bday cake for me an apple with a candle.
In the May/June Issue of Philadelphia Style Magazine I was listed on their “Hot List” which was a real thrill for me. I’m sure it was mostly for my charitable work that I do here on this blog (Please support one or more of the charities if you can), and the coverage I give to promote Philly. (And I do appreciate the acknowledgement from Sarah & John, and the nominations from Matt, Jimmy & Ashley Schaffer to name the ones I know of. Plus thanks to Sarah Cooper Bobersky for giving Mike the whisper in the ear.) The next day it was on to the beach to spend some time with my 2 visiting sisters from Charlotte, NC. As we were waiting at the red light Mike says to me, “Look at that gnome the guy is carrying!” I went ballastic, pull over, pull over I need a photo of the Travelocity Gnome.” Mike had no idea what I was talking about, and since he is the law abiding one of us, would not pull over no matter how much I pleaded. And off to work he went. When we pulled into his works driveway, we ran into his friend Toni. Sure enough Toni knew who the gnome was, and so did everyone else at Mike’s job. They ridiculed him all day. This was the photo the Travelocity Gnome went to take that day. (I borrowed it from his FB page) Tweeted: IPhillyChitChat: Damn on my way to beach w/mike driving + he wouldn’t stop for @roaminggnome @ art museum steps. I told him cabs always cut off traffic for fares from TwitterBerry ; Now he’s making fun of me. Says next time he sees a leprecon or unicorn he will stop for me. from TwitterBerry
If I had taken a picture of the Travelocity Gnome I know I would have followed my normal route to Stone Harbor and taken RT 55 instead of the AC Expressway & Parkway:

The five-car crash happened shortly after 9:00 a.m. in the southbound lanes near Stone Harbor Boulevard. According to police, one driver lost control and struck several other vehicles, as well as the guardrail. One lane of traffic was able to squeeze by following the accident, but crews eventually shut down all lanes to clean up the crash. The roadway was reopened at about 2:00 p.m. Officials said all of the injuries as a result of the crash appear to be non-life threatening.

I left Philly at 845AM and finally arrived in Stone Harbor at 1:30PM (It usually takes 90 minutes)
But then I saw Mom, sisters Crista & Janine and the world was fine.
Crista and I went to the Five & Ten. She doesn’t know why they sell rubber rats there.
But I see they sell gay hermit crabs. (The rainbow flag, sometimes called ‘the freedom flag’, was popularized as a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride and diversity by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978. )
Finally got to the beach. Although we lived on 99th & the bay, Crista’s hubby’s family lives on 94th Street. I like to go to the 119th street beach because of these boats, and the area called
The Point. Today I like it for bird watching, wildlife. But in high school it was a place I would go at night and live a little wild life – LOL Kinda desolute, and scary, but great for bonfires and beers.Across the inlet is artistic shot of the neighbors shoes
Crista & her husband Michael, with Michael Jr & Beau (that’s his nickname, I can’t remember his birth name, don’t tell my sister)
Crista, and my niece Colleen with the kids at the park.
Crista and Beau
Then on Saturday we went to my moms for a gathering. My sister Judy was going to have lunch with all of us (except my brother Ray)
Sisters, Janine, Tracy, Aunt Mary, Judy, Crista Margaret, and niece Colleen. I think mom had left for the Philles game by this time. Today I hung out with Aly a bit, then visited a friend from high school. Tomorrow we return to PhillyChitChat, I think. It’s summer and it’s slower.


FIRST THE CALDERS, Then THE THINKER, NOW JOANIE ON THE PONIE – What is happening to Statues along the Parkway?

Http:// starts their Fairmount Park tour at Emmanuel Fremiet’s dazzling, gilded bronze Joan of Arc (Joanie on the Pony) on the Kelly Drive side of the river, on the east side of the Philadelphia Museum of art. Bought by the Fairmount Park Art Association in 1890, the monument was at first placed at the east end of the Girard Avenue Bridge. Unappreciated at that location, it was moved to its present one in 1959, after being given its gilt coat in the basement of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.A haunting coincidence adds to the story of the statue. We know that in 1431, the 19-year-old Joan was burned at stake after being captured by the English during a battle in the Hundred Years War. Sculptor Fremiet chose a 15-year-old model, Valerie Laneau, for his sculpture of Joan. When Laneau was 77, she too was burned to death — while trying to light her evening lamp.
A few weeks back I wrote about the Calder garden being dismantled and yesterday I noticed something amiss with The Joan of Arc statue in front of my condo bldg, or Joanie on the Ponie as we like to call her. It seems that the bushes had been removed from the bottom of the statue. I thought maybe they are re-landscaping it, but is that something that should be done during this economy?
I can’t imagine they are cleaning it because it was just done in the last 9 years. I’ve lived at the Philadelphian, the building in the background, for 9 years and I recall it being cleaned once before.

Philadelphia what are you doing to our statues? I love my art, but do they really need to be cleaned during this budget crisis? I’m just guessing they’re cleaning it, I really have no idea what is happening to it. I have several emails into a couple people. Maybe someone can find out where they are going, and why they would take them away at the height of TOURISM SEASON!!
Should we worry about the Rocky Statue next?


The 4th Annual Sandwich Make-Off at The Bellevue’s Gourmet Food Court

The 4th Annual Sandwich Make-Off at The Bellevue’s Gourmet Food Court eas held yesterday at the Bellevue Food Court. Among the judges were John Bolaris (Doing his best Simon Cowell), Kathy Orr and Glen “Hurricane” Schwartz. All three are the Chief Meteorologists at their perspective stations, but interesting enough they all worked at WCAU/NBC10 at the same time in the late ’90s and early ’00s. Bolaris – 1990 to 2003. Orr came to WCAU/NBC10 in 1998, leaving in 2003 for KYW. Schwartz 1995 til present. Hurricane piped up that he was hired as the anti-bolaris. Kathy was hired to mediate between the two, no actually I can’t remember what she said, but all three of them are infamous for that one winter prediction in 2003.
Other judges included DA candidates Seth Williams and Michael Untermeyer. Phillies Ball Girls Gina Papilli & Jordan Teuber and Jamie Smith, Philabundence. The weather people tried their best to describe their opinions of the sandwiches in “Weather Terms”. For example at one point John joke that a sandwich was a category 3 and if they had added horseradish it might have been a 5.

A nice sized crowd came out to see the annual sandwich contest, which benefits Philabundance
At one point Michael Untemyer, Republican candidate for DA said that one sandwich was so salty he would never serve it at a meeting.
Entertainment was provided by Jose Pieretti, Bryanerick Reyes, Michael davino (director), Manny Jimeniz and Warren Simmons
Really Glen I think it was more of a cold front. I didn’t like it.
Phillies Ball Girl Gina Papilli and Jamie Smith, Philabundance
Kathy Orr explains that the pesto sandwich had an explosion of delicious flavors and created a strong front of joy. The vortex was deep.
The judges make the hard decision on which sandwich is the best. I have an idea it’s the last one as I had heard a lot of Hmmmm mmm’s
Seth Williams walks to the winning sandwich standHurricane Schwartz and John Bolaris greet fans. If this picture doesn’t clear up one thing, there is no doubt that the news people are celebrities and folks want to greet them and are excited to see them in person.
The Award for People’s Choice went to Bain’s for the Juan Epstein, named for the character on Welcome Back Kotter who’s half Hispanic and half Jewish. It’s a Corned Beef Special on a Cuban roll. We had voting by ballet on Monday with free samples for the public. They won by an overwhelming margin! Seth Williams is giving Michael Jolles his trophy.
Bassetts Turkey Glenn Gross and Michael Untemyer, Republican candidate for DA as Anna Iredale, PR for the Park Hyatt/Bellevue looks on.
Judges: TV meteorologists Kathy Orr, Glenn Schwartz, John Bolaris and DA candidates Seth Williams and Michael Untermeyer. Phillies Ball Girls Gina Papilli & Jordan Teuber and Jamie Smith, Philabundence
The winning sandwich is the Bassetts Texas BBQ Brisket. It’s cooked for 15 hrs over a hickory bbq.


NBC10/FUSION CROSS TRAINING “BE A 10 IN 10 WEEKS CHALLENGE” “taking the bridge” by running all 9,573 feet worth of the Ben Franklin — twice.

Fusion Cross-training is all about from its creator and top fitness trainer Gavin McKay. Gavin’s workout give you an idea of how complete Fusion’s fitness training is: cardio, speed, strength, balance, flexibility and athleticism. He then leads his clients through a Fusion Cross-training workout, which includes cardio intervals, free weight strength training, as well as yoga stretch and relaxation. (Happy Birthday PR Maven Megan Smith )

So here we are the 7th Week of NBC10’s “Be a 10 in 10 Weeks”. I don’t look like a 10, but I feel like I am on my way to living a 10 life. This picture sums it up for me, I am not a morning person, but since starting this program it’s not unheard of for me to pop out of bed at 5:30AM to head out the door for a 6:30AM work out. (For the BF Bridge run I got to sleep in as we met at 7AM)My friend of 25 years Colleen. She’s my sister’s BFF and they met in nursery school. She join Fusion Cross Training a few weeks ago to get into Bridal Shape as she is taking the plunge in October.
Austin Williams participated in last winter’s boot camp to pack on the pounds as he was always a little underweight.

And we’re off. It was so exilerating to be up at that hour and see the sights, er I mean feel the wind against my face
“Hughie, stop taking pictures and run,” screamed Fusion Fitness trainer Gavin McKay. He’s been acting as our boot camper’s guide along the road to fitness, but Hughe Dillon was naturally distracted while shuffling across the blue-toned bridge — he is a photographer after all. The blogger and local celebrity paparazzo has worked hard to make a change in his life. “I was afraid to go out,” Hughe said for fear of being ridiculed. (I got over the afraid part when I ballooned to 250+ and well there was no hiding that) There’s been a few setbacks along the way (Mostly my stubborness to give up bad habits), but after this week’s results Hughe can afford to stop and take in the sights. He completed four workouts and dropped another 2.5 lbs. bringing the total loss thus far to 11 lbs.
I used to just say there’s no way I could ever get to be 300lbs, but you know what I didn’t prevent it. I didn’t have a plan, and as my friends and family watched I barrelled my way thru to that ungodly, unhealthy weight.
Now things are different. Now I have a plan, am armed with a food journal, have the amazing support of others, especially at Fusion and most importantly I believe in my future and am not letting my weight hold me back or make excuses for me. So whether you work out at a gym, or at home, you need to have the tools to help you achieve your goals. Go out and buy a note book to write your goals, to keep track of your meals, to dream of a better future. I’m not asking you to lose 20, 30 or a 100lbs, I’m asking you to take the steps that are going to allow you to move better, feel better and more confident about yourself. Maybe it’s only a few lbs that are going to do it. To me the 11lbs I lost is just a number, the real difference is I am up 3 belt holes, now that was really something tagible that I could appreciate.

Below are a few links to help you move your belt a couple holes:
This weeks NBC 10 segment:

All 7 Weeks here

Check out this video of Gavin going over some of the programs he offers at Fusion

For my Birthday tomorrow I’m joining Weight Watchers. You can do it online now, plus they have a great support system with customer service, advisors and message boards.

WEBMD Weight Boards

LowCarb Friends