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January 2012


The 1st Annual Sapphire Ball at The Franklin Institute

This weekend was chock full of exciting events, from the Black Tie Gala at the Auto Show (which you can read about in my online Philly Mag column tomorrow), to the Winter Jam 2012 at The Piazza at Schmidts, to Christine Phillips Fashion Show at the Armory to the grand daddy of them all, the Academy Ball and the baby of the bunch, the first year of Sapphire Ball at the Franklin Institute. Masks and sapphire attire was suggested, and I was impressed by the compliance. Now I didn’t get there til after the Academy Ball, which was around midnite for me. (Then I ran back into town about 1AM, and went to the AP party at Union League, that’s when I shot the cab accident at 19th Street.)
John Moeller, Joe Carlucci, Samantah Giusti, Amber Hikes and Christian Edge are decked out in their sapphire finest. Sapphire Fund was established in 2002 to support the organizations contributing to the health & well-being of Philly’s GLBT community and it’s supporters.
Chris Dougherty and Kristin Detterline-Munro, Deputy Editor, Philadelphia Style Magazine
Will Aldridge, Jay Anhorn and Noel Zayas
Stephen Falcnek (hmm that doesn’t look like it could be right?) John Offidani III (Johnny O), and Gabor Szuhay
Thom McIntyre, Owner and Artistic Director at Philadelphia Dance Center, Tim Murdaugh, Personal Trainer at PTrainer at 12th St Gym (No doubt he was thinking to himself, hasn’t HughE started his diet yet?) and Jeff Price
Dancing the night away, Maryann Helferty and Krystle Williams were on the dance floor grooving to Bounce for most of the night, but I caught them when they sat down for a breather.
Stella D’Oro, Will Aldridge and Anita Manhattan light up the night in their fabulous gowns.
Bryan and Amanda

Gallelli Paul Hamilton, Esq and Jessica Slack

Our Mission
Sapphire Fund was established in 2002 to support the efforts of organizations contributing to the health and well-being of Philadelphia’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community and those who support them.

Sapphire Fund identifies organizations that advance the GLBT community through education, advocacy, arts and cultural opportunities; in addition to HIV/AIDS research, education, prevention and treatment. To this end Sapphire Fund engages in activities that raise monies so that grants may given to those chosen beneficiaries in support of these goals.
Lisa Martinicchio and Domenic Gallelli is the Founder, President & CEO of Prodigal Private Security Inc. and President, Sapphire Fund


Love is in the Air, at Top of The Tower for Valentine’s Day 2/11/12

Your Valentine’s Day Weekend (2/11/12) could be very romantic and delightfully fun! Philadelphia’s Top of the Tower invites you to experience romance 50 floors above Center City. With stunning views, exquisite gourmet food, and entertainment by Eddie Bruce…this unique experience is designed to melt your Valentine’s heart.

  • $90 per person includes:
    sumptuous dinner stations, dessert,
    cabaret show, & dancing the night away
  • Full cash bar (All drinks under $10)

an Eddie Bruce Cabaret show, and all of that is topped off with dancing to a live band!
For More Info: HERE



Hope you’ll read my Academy Ball column at Philly Mag in the Philly Post section, under The Scene. It took me about 12 hrs to write, and I’m pretty proud of it. Sometimes I put photos up of fashion don’ts, but I have to say everyone looked awesome so enjoy. And like I will be doing on days where I will be posting on PhillyMag, I’m not going to give you a lot of details of the event on PhillyChitChat, you’ll get it over there. I might be more opinionated here though
Adrian Hardy was spinning at the Young Friends of the Academy Ball part at R2L. He’s so crazy.

Christie Honigman (not pictured) was the PR for the Young Friends of the Academy Ball and helped organize a wonderful event at R2L before the gala at the Academy. Alexis Williams, wearing Ralph Lauren, brother Mark Williams and Carly Haroutunian. The girls had a beauty day at Oggi Salon then over to MAC for their make-up before coming to the party.

Glamour, glamour, glamour. Not your traditional red carpet ready gowns, but an air of sophistication in dress. Elizabeth Zelov, John and Nancy Galloway at the Tiffany & Co party.
And although the ladies were looking fine, we’re still not at the “Oscars” so not everyone knew what they were wearing. I did forget to mention in my Philly Mag column that GN Kang was wearing a Heidi Hamels borrowed dress.
I’m so excited that we have an exuberant, emotional, exciting new music director in Yannick Nézet-Séguin. This director will attract people of all ages and walks of life. You can see his enthusiasm for his job. Sorry I think jazz pianist singer Diana Krall was boring. I found her comments to be insincere. Has she ever been to Philly before? Yo-Yo Ma was mesmerizing and expressive, as you can see here.
I love that these two just stayed in their box to watch all the action of the party that was going on in the famed music theater. Then the hall was converted into a beautiful party hall.
Kelley Reilly, Carolyn Nagy, Renee Haggerty, Natasha Van Der Griendt and Alex Nagy had a front row table on the stage to see all the action.Doc Holliday, Chief Revenue Officer at Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News,, (Philadelphia Media Network) and Sandra HollidayTina Lamsback with mom and dad at the afterparty.
I will be putting up most of these photos in my online album for you to buy in a week, only $7. In the meantime check out my Philly Mag Column Here.



I know this ugly facade & signage would make anyone’s head explode, but more than likely it was a Demi Moore moment that caused some cab driver to create his own demolition derby on 19th Street near Smith Bar & Restaurant.
I came upon this scene last night, 90 minutes after it happened. A cabbie turned left off Chestnut Street going the wrong way down 19th Street towards Market.and caused a mess. Instead of just stopping after he realized his mistake, he swerved to the left and in a series of chain reactions,starting with side swiping this carhit a car immediately behind it (not pictured here) and riding up on it, as well as pushing into the next two cars.resulting in a whole lotta damage (this is the car the cab rode up on). Can you imagine parking your car, paying the PPA and enjoying a Saturday night out and coming back to this.
I hear the cabbie tried to run away but was caught by a few bystanders and held until the cops came by. (This is the 3rd car.) Oh wait, thanks to a reader I have the 4th and last carbroken axle (1st car), behind that someone’s entire exhaust system. The person who owned this red Volt, did not come and claim their car, so it wasn’t towed. Someone left a note on it that said, there was an accident while you were gone. Call this number for info & a tow.I noticed the meter was running on the cab still, so were there passengers in the cab? There were no news vans on the scene, but hopefully the details will come out. The receipt before this fare was timed stamped at 23:06PM. I walked by about 12:30AM I’ve heard cabbies are notoriously under insured. I wonder how this one will play (pay) out.


I’m Too Sexy For This Post: 2011 Sexy Singles Party at Palomar

Check out my Philly Mag column today for the in depth coverage of last nights Q102 Sexy Singles Party featuring a few of the 2011 Phila Daily News Sexy Singles (Link at the bottom of page)
Mae Cartwright is recently single and looking to mingle. She loves Mike Jerrick and Good Day Philadelphia, and wants me to say hey to him. Hey!! – Oy kinda irritated. I pump out my columns so quick on Philly Mag that I sometimes forget peoples and things like: THE FOOD was prepared by Square 1682 and Guillermo Tellez. Recently the executive chef at Square 1682 restaurant in Philadelphia, shed an amazing 40 pounds. Here’s how he did it.

Jump up, jump down (PS What the heck is this underline crap? oh if only I paid attention in computer class.)
Jason Bock, just bock and friends. He was in rare form last night, well it would have been rare form if it was anyone but Brock, but it was just a normal night for this 28 year old out with his buddy 2011 Sexy Single: Marc D. Leone. Molly Moore and Ashley Ridall.Singer Jojo makes her way through the crowd

Singer Jojo performed to an enthusiastic crowdthey sang along
Natalie Thomas and Danielle Scott; PS One way not to make it into my column, writing your name like a rock star. If I can’t read it, I’m not going to spend too much time trying to figure out what it says. So do you’re best penmanship, thanks. Someone on this page is lucky they sent me an email cause I had no idea what their last name was.
Joel Sumner, Kim Klosow, Melissa Heathridge and Lauren Farrow
Q102 Winners and excited to be there. In another room, Q102 set up a photo booth for folks to bring home souvenirs for themselves. WHICH reminds me, I have a new advertiser. Do you want a photo booth at your next event? Cool Pix Photo Booth.

Sexy Roommates: Lauren Nickels and Sexy Single 2011 Jen Sherlock, Jenna Communications
Ann Good and Katie Adams

I’m too sexy for my shirt too sexy for my shirt
So sexy it hurts
And I’m too sexy for Milan too sexy for Milan
New York and Japan

Terri Sautter and Carly Davis
Barbara Ellis – Sexy Single 2008- She’s sexy and she’s sixty and Sheila E flank cub Efrain Sosa
Crystal Watson, Kelly Williams and Nicole R Tucker
Sweet she posed for fans

Here’s The Philly Mag Post


Variety Club Welcomes New Members – MC’d by the Charitable Alicia Vitarelli #FB

Tuesday night I headed over to the NJ Aquarium for a The Variety Club event.
The Children’s Charity welcomes new members and honors returning members of their Board of Directors. The Board of Directors, Young Variety Board, Camp Advisory Board and Delaware Advisory Board will all be officially sworn-in by Judge Waters. 14 Variety children will also be honored as the 2012 Young Ambassadors for the Charity.
Ashley Cardoso, Michael Gray, Fameco Real Estate, L.P. Erica Lester and Dan Cassidy.

Kharisma McIlwaine, CW Personality and Rakia Reynolds, Skai Ble Media were about
Stu Bykofsky has been a columnist with the Philadelphia Daily News since 1987 and Mary Brady
Sheila Hess, Board Member, and husband Michael Hess.

Alicia Vitarelli 6ABC Action News team. Wonder if we’ll see her at the Reading Terminal Market Valentine to the Market 2/25/12 again this year.
Kelly Green, Executive Director/CEO at Variety Children’s Charity and her staff are recognized

Young Ambasodors being introducedMany of these kids are involved in the various programs of the charity including camp, the talent show. Their duties include smiling, being happy representatives of the organization. So sweet. I think a lot of us should take on those duties.
Board of Directors being sworn in: I think you’ll recognize some of the names: Ken Adams Loraine Ballard-Morril Alisha Boyd Stu Bykofsky Gary Cardi Robert Caruso Cynthia Conron
Michael DiComo Don Faul Bob George Jack Gilliam Harry Giordano Sheila Hess Tim Hughes
Rob Lail Bob MacMinn Ed Mahon Vince Melchiorre Paul Michele Fran Naselli
Scott Palmer Bob Pantano Bernie Prazenica Ed Radetich Geoff Surrette
Dorothy Swartz Joseph Sweeney Frederick Vidi Stu Weitz Marvin Welsch
Dan Mita Roman McDonald John Gorman
Young Variety Members: Michael Gray, Jr., President; Stephanie Balan; Dan Cassidy; Justine Giordano; Maureen Sullivan Brian McGeehan; Brian Pressler; Lauren Serianni; Rob Spires; David Stagliano; Marc Virga Stefania Veneziale; Christin Markelwitz; Mike Barker; Kyle Boland;
Mark Zoller Michelle Conron (5th from right); Erica Lester; Nicholas Verrecchio; Lauren Miller; Meredith Bush and Ashley Cardoso
A few upcoming events where you can participate:

Upcoming Variety Events

03/24/12 – 3rd Annual Vegas at VarietyWishing you could take a trip to Vegas? How about the next best thing? It’s time …read more…04/07/12 – Variety’s 3rd Annual Autism Awareness Night at Please Touch MuseumThe Please Touch Museum is opening it’s doors for the third year in a row exclusively …read more…04/15/12 – Variety’s 6th Annual Autism Walk for Awareness, Resources & EducationJoin us for our Annual Autism Walk for Awareness at Plymouth Meeting Mall! It will be …read more…


In a One, Two Punch from a National Brand: Curb Philly Debuts too

Here Ye, Here Ye: Introducing Curbed Philadelphia

curbed-philly-icon.jpgWelcome to Curbed Philly, a site that takes our nickname—the City of Neighborhoods—to heart. If all goes as planned, Curbed Philly should serve as your hub for all things urban from architecture to street art, preservation to destruction, not to mention the shenanigans and neighborhood characters that power this absurd and very lovable town. Curbed Philly is the newest site in the Curbed Network, and aims to satisfy those who obsess (healthfully) over neighborhood renamings; who debate catchment issues on online forums; who get excited by Francisville development or Rittenhouse rumors; who argue with friends about street art vs. murals; who’d like to have a LEED-certified mini-house along the Reading Viaduct one day; and who feel Ed Bacon, not Kevin, was the real celebrity. Native Philadelphian Liz Spikol takes the helm as Curbed Philly’s editor. Here’s a quick user’s guide: Tune in early every morning for a summary of the big news you slept through; then come back throughout the day (add us to your RSS, why not?) for features like CornerSpotter, That’s Rather Hideous, Development Watch and Rent Don’t Buy, plus neighborhood and real estate news as it happens. It’s that simple. Got a web browser? You’ve got Curbed Philly. Finally! Should you be so inclined, dear reader, do ping our tipline with tips, scoops, rumors, rants and suggestions: We want to hear from you. Like now: Tell us the selling points for Club Ozz on Girard Avenue or explain why the one-percenters aren’t snapping up a Society Hill mansion with major Kennedy connections. (And! Also launching today, under the editorship of the redoubtable Collin Flatt is Eater Philly, for all your restaurant and nightlife news and goings-on.)


COLLIN FLATT IS Eater Philly, & Q&A With The Mysterious Lêe at Hop Sing Laundromat

I just got this email:

Eater Philly Has Arrived!

We’re thrilled to launch here in Philly, where the most talented crop of young chefs in the country make their home. It’s a bold statement, and absolutely true. But, Philly’s food scene isn’t just about the cooks and industry folks. We also boast the most dedicated, borderline-obsessed food fanatics that game restaurant openings like Hollywood movie premieres, and celebrate local Beard Award wins like World Series Championships. We’re excited to be a part of it.

At Eater Philly, you won’t find original restaurant reviews, recipes, or too much food porn; but we have you covered with unique reporting, curated round-ups of what the food people around town—and the nation—are talking about, and commentary on the absurdity of it all. Because there’s plenty of that.

A little about me, your Eater Philly editor, Collin Flatt: I used to be the editor of The Feast, the now-defunct food site that was gobbled up by the ever-present Daily Candy. I can still be found teaching wine and beer classes at The Wine and Beer School of Philadelphia, and consulting on craft beer lists for various bars and restaurants around town.

While Eater Philly is your source for anything and everything worth hearing about in the Philly foodscape, we can’t do it without our readers—whether you are an avid eater-outer or a pro with commentary on the industry or your very own workplace. No opening, closing, back-of-the-house mishap, crazy signage, menu typo, health code violation, celebrity sighting, shady behavior, or weirdness is off-limits. Actually, we like weird, and we love absurd.

To kick things off, Eater sat down with Lêe, the enigmatic proprietor of the upcoming cocktail bar Hop Sing Laundromat, Philly’s most highly-anticipated opening, well, ever. See what he has to say about his big launch.


REPLICA Celebrates Grand Opening in Center City

Keith Leaphart was raised in West Oak Lane. His mom stressed to her kids to get an education, and he didn’t disappoint excelling in all the classes he took. After graduating from Hampton University in Virginia, he enrolled in medical school and simultaneously obtained a master’s in business administration from St. Joseph’s University. He’s taken all this education and life experiences and applied them to many aspects of business as well as the many boards he’s served on and the two organizations he’s started, the “Man Up” initiative, which hopes to provide young men with the vision and skills necessary to become responsible fathers and role models for Philadelphia’s youth; and Rainmakers Inc., a nonprofit committed to enhancing alliances among African-American professionals. Still a practicing physician, he’s also gone into business, but don’t call it just a copy shop, it’s much more than that at Replica 33 South 18th Street – Philadelphia PA 19103 Phone: 215 567 7107:

Some of the services you’ll find include:

  • Assessing client’s marketing needs thoroughly to establish representation that is both visually impactful and informative
  • Developing Identity Packages: logo design, implementation and style-setting of client’s business and associated products
  • Collateral design: letterhead, envelopes, business cards, folders, sell-sheets etc.
  • Publication design
  • Event visualization and outfitting: We use all information and devices at our disposal to set the visual style and mood for a client’s production, including designing and printing event collateral and signage consistent with the environment
  • Digital media design: front-end layout for website construction (and internet integration by experienced coders), interface layout for electronic devices

Ivana Marcial and Callan Wall. i love her polka dotted dress. She told me she’s a fan too and wears a lot of them.
The Team at Replica to help you out: Prab Sandhu, Gavin Renwick, Ryan Sensenig and Larry GiuffraMax Tarter, Joy Tarter CFO at Lenfest Foundation and Bruce Melgary, The Lenfest Foundation

William Carter, Esq, Curtis D. Wilkerson
Office of Councilman Darrell L. Clarke and Johnny Patterson
Larry Giuffra, Jamie Hoffman, Stephen Rennekamp and Kristyn Aldrich. Larry gave me a tour of some of the machines they recently got. He tells me that no job is too big or too small to copy, they’re able to create posters, exhibit boards for trial (I don’t miss those days), and they can do tasks as simple as b&w or color copies. He did mention something about wrapping a car in an advertisement, so in case you want to do that give him a call.
Lisa Leaphart with Keith Leaphart. Although there was a lot of family on hand to celebrate the new location of Replica, the Leaphart’s left son Jayden home with a babysitter.Jim Leaphart, Willie Williams and Lisa LeaphartKeith’s sister Whelley Leaphart-Williams and Brandon Hutton.
David Cohen snaps a photo of Philadelphia Daily News fashion street photographer Reuben Harley‘s photo blocks, which is a new photo concept here on the East coast. They concept was created by Mike Shade, brought the concept to the East coast and only offers it at Replica.
Tony Payton, Jr., Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the 179th legislative district was one of several VIP’s that attended the party. Check out my Philly Mag column to see who else stopped by HERE



On Wednesday, February 1, 8:00am-10:00am, in light of the City of Philadelphia’s introduction of ‘Ban the Box’, Zarwin, Baum, DeVito, Kaplan, Schaer & Toddy, P.C. will host an informational networking breakfast with Mayor Michael A. Nutter and a panel of city leaders to discuss what employers need to know about Philadelphia’s new law and the benefits provided by the city to employers who help ex-offenders. The event will take place at the offices of Zarwin Baum, 1818 Market Street, 13th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103. There is no cost to attend.

In April 2011, Mayor Nutter signed legislation prohibiting City agencies and private employers from knowingly inquiring about criminal background and arrests on the application for a position. Following an initial interview with the prospective employee, the employer may perform a background check. The law, titled ‘Ban the Box’, went into effect in Philadelphia on January 13, 2012. As Mayor Nutter stated upon signing the legislation, “Everyone deserves an opportunity to work to provide for their families and should not be discriminated against before they even have a first interview. Offering jobs to ex-offenders improves the quality of life for all Philadelphians, and this Ordinance is an important aspect of our overall job and public safety strategy.”

On February 1, guests to Zarwin Baum’s informational breakfast will hear more about Mayor Nutter’s Office of Reintegration Services for Ex-Offenders (RISE) and the City’s tax incentive for employers who hire formerly incarcerated individuals. Attendees will learn the key provisions of ‘Ban the Box’ and discover how the law is being enforced by the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, while also learning about the City’s commitment to providing employers with trained and qualified workers, and why the formerly incarcerated may become their best employees.

Moderated by Keri Salerno, Public Safety Office, City of Philadelphia, the panel will include Sharif Street and Jill Fisher of Zarwin, Baum, DeVito, Kaplan, Schaer & Toddy, P.C.; Bill Hart, Executive Director, Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services for Ex-offenders, City of Philadelphia; and Rue Landau, Executive Director, Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, 
City of Philadelphia.

Says Zarwin Baum managing shareholder Mitchell S. Kaplan, “We feel that the City’s initiative to encourage businesses to employ ex-offenders is in the best long-range interests of our community; therefore, we are pleased to assist in getting out the message.”

Space for the breakfast is limited. To RSVP, contact Monique Andes at 215.569.2800 or by Friday, January 27.