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November 2012



 Last night I stopped by the Sporting Club for a party in honor of Belong magazine’s cover boy Steve Hoffman, otherwise known as HOFFit or as I like to call him my trainer at the Sporting Club. Steve has his work cut out for him as he’s gotta turn this body into an Adonis by the time of my decade turning birthday in July. Amy Stratton, GM Sporting Club (r) and his main squeeze Eden Silverstein, real estate broker to the stars (r)

 Liam Hemsworth is finally in Philly having arrived last night. Amanydhami spotted Liam at LAX and asked for a photo, which he happily complied to. No sign of Miley Cyrus, but I chatted with my peeps yesterday and she’s still schedule to come back and finish a track on her upcoming CD. Over at City Paper, AD Amorosio reported that she did do some work at the Milk Bar studio over the summer too. Look for an outside film shoot on December 5th to happen. Look for that to be a busy fangirl day as it’s the Jingle Ball and the Biebs in performing with  PSY, Cher Lloyd, Ed Sheeran, The Wanted, One Republic, Bridget Mendler, Karmin, and Olly Murs.

Hey Hey with the Monkees: Back in the day the Monkees brought the girls to tears. Last night they (Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork) performed at the Keswick Theater. After the concert they grabbed a bite to eat at D’Angelo’s 256 South 20th Street. Dinner guest: Penn Jillete (Penn & Teller) who took in their show last night. The above pix, me and a few of my buds from my 20’s decade. (Sue Fee 3rd from right and I went to college together and she lived at 21st & Locust with a few of these gals and we got to know each other back then.) We stopped BY D’Angelo’s last Saturday night for a swing around the dance floor. It’s a little known spot for dancing. It’s fun, fun, fun

Do No Harm filmed outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Tuesday. The Convention Center facade doubles as the hospital in the NBC television series being filmed in Philly through January. The folks at Heery Casting tell me they are still looking for extras to participate in the filming. See info below. This info can not be reposted without their permission:
Casting for “Do No Harm”Heery
Casting is looking for background talent for the new NBC-TV series “Do
No Harm” which is shooting in the Philadelphia area through the end of
January 2013.

Need ALL types over age 18. Both SAG/AFTRA and Non-union talent may apply.

Federal Government regulations require that everyone MUST bring
their ORIGINAL identification documents to set when hired. Current US
Passport is best but current Drivers License and original security card
are required for employment. For more info on acceptable documents, go

This is FEDERAL LAW- you CANNOT be hired without having these ORIGINAL documents.



1. Send a current photo in BUSINESS ATTIRE- taken within the last 3
months. No Headshots, please. Photo must be in .jpg format. The photo
should have ONLY YOU in the picture.

2. Include in the BODY of the email:


-phone number (if your phone number is not a local Philly number, but you are in the Philly area, be sure to mention that.)

– Union status

-union ID# (if applicable)

-height, weight

– all clothing sizes

– year, make, model and color of car




Rittenhouse Tree Lighting – Holiday Cheer – ✓, Santa- ✓, Happy Kids – ✓; Bearded Ladies – Say What?

Last night was the lighting of the Rittenhouse Square Tree as well as the lights of Rittenhouse Square in the trees

There were lots of holiday cheer with happy kids
of all ages (Temple University Athletics and Holden Hummel [l])

Temple University Athletics and Holden Jummel at the annual lighting of the Rittenhouse Square tree on Nov. 28, 2012

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Temple University Athletics and Holden Jummel at the annual lighting of the Rittenhouse Square tree on Nov. 28, 2012

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including a few familiar faces like Katie Cuvato and her son
lots of pretty faces

fashionable folks –
Michael Lexington and Elisabeth Pacana
Jen Creed sang a Christmas classic

and friends Katie English, PR peep, Sal D’Angelo, D’Angelo’s restaurant and Christie Honigman, The Honigman Group (PR/Media/Promtion)

Ilana Waber, Gloss PR (Rittenhouse Row is their client & the tree lighting ceremony), Alexander Hankin, and Randyl Case, with the Center City District

CBS3’s Kathy Orr was the MC (I’m pretty sure that when the Mayor’s podium is there, he shows up. He didn’t? i wonder what happened?)
Santa was there
and so were the Bearded Ladies with Southern Belle Dixie and Walt Whitman (Say what? As one of my friends said there was going to be a lot of awkward conversations at the dinner table that evening.)
Chestnuts were roasting on an open fire courtesy of Le Castange restaurant. Also spotted Corie Moskow, Gloss PR and Sen Larry Farnese.
Betsy Hummel President of the Friends of Rittenhouse Square introduces the savior of Christmas Rittenhouse Square, John Dougherty, head of Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. It seems the regular sponsor of the tree decided over the summer not to sponsor it this year. Johnny Doc stepped up, got a tree for the park, plus his workers strung the lights in the Square. They do shine brillantly this year. Many more lighted balls fill the square, which I love. Can we keep them on til say Easter?
Why were the Bearded ladies there well PIFA is back March 28 to April 27, 2013
The Bearded Ladies will perform a gender-bending cabaret piece, Wide Awake: Civil War Cabaret, exploring the musical legacy of northern and southern cultures during the Civil War in 1863. NBC10 Philadelphia’s Sheena Parveen interviews them last night.

Katie English‘s client  Peter Nero and the Philly Pops will perform Bond and Beyond, based on the London Premiere of the first James Bond film, Dr. No (October 18, 1962), and subsequent 007 movies.

Head on over to the Shops at Liberty Place 1625 Chestnut for holiday bargains.

Check out Christie Honigman‘s client songstress Jen Creed at Serafina every first Friday at the Cabaret Cafe at Serafina’s. 12/5 – Holiday Showcase; 1/4/13 – Frank Sinatra

Check back tomorrow for the light show put on by  Brian Toner of and Dave Williams from Cinema Cake


Stradley Ronon’s Associates Annual Fall Cocktail Reception

Stradley Ronon’s Associates held their annual fall cocktail reception at TRUST in Historic Old City, Philadelphia on Nov. 15.

Thomas McFadden, Brian Westfield, Senior Counsel at Berwind Corporation and Cory Hippler, Associate at Stradley Ronon
Christopher Zimmerman and  Amy Smith, Stradley Ronon, and Megan
Reimbursement Specialist at Neuronetics, Inc. Megan just
participated in the Race For Hope to raise money to fight brain tumors.
 Edith Penn, Attorney, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP and Velvet S. McNeil  at Youth Empowerment Services
Joey Hoepp, Brian Seaman, Attorney, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP (Seaman was selected to The Legal Intelligencer’s list of “Lawyers on the Fast Track.” ), Brittany Taylor,  National Accounts Manager, Advanced Ocular Care at Bryn Mawr Communications, Matt O’Malley,
and Lee Barrett
Sarah Saracino, Dave Saracino, Tax Manager at PWC and Michelle Orloski, Attorney at Stradley Ronon
 Stephanie Sanderson-Braem,  Trusts and Estates Attorney at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP and Erin Lavelle,Director of Business Development and General Counsel Commonwealth Agency, Inc.

Karin Copeland,  Ron Matthew, Greater Philadelphia Market President at TD Bank Darrel German, and Skip

Matthew Osborne, Alex Rubenstein, Stradley Ronon, Brooke Stoddard and Anthony Coletta, Stradley Ronon

 Zeenat Iqbal, John Vassalotti, Stradley Ronon, and Elizabeth Willis

in 1902, TRUST began as the Girard Trust Corn Exchange Bank and in
2004, the space was transformed and home to MTV’s “Real World.”

 Antranig Garibian, Stradley Ronon, and Christopher Vosbikian
 Ely Ross, Angela Velez, Stradley Ronon, and Cassy Velez
Matt Croskey, Mike Dresnin, Jennifer Corriero, and Joel Corriero, Stradley Ronon


Timothy Roseboro, Carla Pagan, and Stacy Jackson
Jamie Gershkow, Stradley Ronon, Dora Andonova, and Mourin Thomas
Eliza Van Dusen, Leslie Greenspan, Stradley Ronon, Jennifer Rogers, Jennifer Bretz
 Amie Stone, Christine McDevitt, Stradley Ronon, and Kevin Boyle
Carolina DiGiorgio, Stradley Ronon, Antonia Pfeffer, Christine McDevitt, Stradley Ronon
Earlier this year Stradley Ronon attorneys E. Taylor Brody, Michelle K. Carson, Caitlin E. Oberst and Robert J. Stern
were honored by the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania for their
significant contributions in pro bono work at the Pro Bono Publico Award
Ceremony, held on Oct. 24 in Philadelphia.
Thanks to Mike Hirata for shooting this event for PhillyChitChat

Sheena Parveen, Erin Como & Jillian Mele, PLUS JASMINE V, Jream, Lee Woodruff & Andrew McCarthy and Zarwin Baum Little Smiles Event

Catching up on a few celebrity appearances in Philly, but I just haven’t had a chance to write about.
Within a matter of a few weeks Nashville, Tennesee’s Fox 17’s Erin Como came back into town for fun with her friends, which means we get a photo of her pretty TV friends away from the small screen. On this particular night 11/9/12) we all met at XIX bar for cocktails. The place was packed for a Friday night. Then we headed over to Rumor where I had to deflect the guys who trampled me on their way to chat with Sheena Parveen (r). Last Sunday we headed over to Parc for brunch (No pictures please we were up til the wee hours after the Sandy hockey charity event. They still looked rockin’ Jillian fresh faced as ever, Sheena almost unrecognized with her gorgeous hair in a pony tail. Marissa looks good all the time. She is blessed.). Surprisingly that place was packed too. I was surprised as it was 4 days after the glut fest of Thanksgiving. I had a delicious salad. Vasiliki Tsiouris, Opa Restuarant Alissa Ingram, Fox 29 producer, Erin Como, Fox 17 Nashville, Jillian Mele, reporter NBC10 Philadelphia, and Sheena Parveen, Weather expert NBC10 Philadelphia. (We spent a good portion of the brunch chatting snow, or as Marisa Magnatta from WMMR ask “Do you think it will snow this year?” Sheena said yes, and after yesterday her credibility skyrocketed. – Reminds me White House correspondent & Fairmount native, Kristen Welker was in town over the weekend, after spending Thanksgiving with her parents. Justin Pizzi and her met up at their old stomping grounds, the Kite and The Key for a late night bite on Saturday night. Congrats to Justin Pizzi on his new gig as Director of Communications at Aqua America.

Steppingstone held a Tea with author Lee Woodruff (center) at the Rittenhouse Hotel. Gretchen Burke, Vice Chair Volunteer at Steppingstone, went to school with Lee and hosted the event.  Woodruff  co-author of the best-selling In an Instant, and author of
Perfectly Imperfect Lee Woodruff garnered critical acclaim for the
compelling and humorous chronicle of her family’s journey to recovery
following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq. At the tea she discussed her new book, Those We Love Most, which is a fictionalized version of a family going through trauma, certainly something she can relate too.

Jasmine V (Jasmine Villegas ) helped kick off Macy’s holiday season by participating in the holiday window unveiling, then participated in a mini concert for about 100 screaming fans in the courtyard near the Eagle. Above singing her heart out with her brother Jream.

Then she had a meet and greet in Juniors with a few fans. When I met her I thought she looked a lot like Selena Gomez, and now that the Biebs and her are done Jasmine V could move right in. Seems the Biebs and her were an item before Selena. He moved on from her. Maybe a reunion’s in the works?

Also in the house Mannequins own Andrew McCarthy, who filmed the movie in 1987 at the then John Wanamaker store, which is now Macy’s. He helped out with the unveiling of the windows, and hosted a meet and greet at the same time as the Justine V concert. Kinda bad timing I would say. Maybe the mommies would have like to have met him. The best part of all, head on over to Macy‘s (1300 Market Street  Philadelphia, PA 19107)  and enjoy the traditional holiday light show, which plays at the top of the hour until January1, but Christmas.

Zarwin Baum Toasts the Holiday Season with a Reception
benefiting the Little Smiles CHOP Toy Drive
-Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 5:30p.m.-7:30p.m.-

Philadelphia, PA – November 26, 2012 – ‘Tis the season to give! Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C.
will show its ongoing support of the Little Smiles Foundation and the
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) by hosting a cocktail
reception and Little Smiles CHOP Toy Drive on Wednesday, December 12,

place at the offices of Zarwin Baum, 1818 Market Street, 13th floor,
Zarwin Baum clients and invited guests are encouraged to bring an
unwrapped toy for the Little Smiles CHOP Toy Drive, or give a minimum
$10 donation. All proceeds will go to support the Little Smiles
Foundaiton, a nonprofit organization that provides toys, games,
computers, VIP outings, concert tickets and much more for children in
local hospitals. In Philadelphia, the efforts of Little Smiles go to
support the children at CHOP.

recently been a sponsor of the 5th Annual Little Smiles Gala, we wanted
to take our support one step further and host a dedicated event for
this incredible organization that works in tandem with the Children’s
Hospital of Philadelphia,” says managing shareholder Mitchell S. Kaplan.
“Zarwin Baum is proud to work with the Little Smiles Foundation to
bring some big smiles to sick children with big hearts!”

Space is limited. To RSVP, contact Kelly Malloy at or by calling 215.569.2800.


The Consular Corps Cocktail Party – What’s that you say?

Earlier this month The Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia held their
annual cocktail reception at the Union League of Philadelphia.

What is
the Consular Corps you ask, I wondered myself so I eagerly accepted the
invitation to go find out. Flags are involved. The Consular Corps
Association of Philadelphia is the oldest association of foreign Consuls
in the United States.
 Gary P. Steuer, the city’s chief cultural officer (l) explained it to me
that most Consulates are located in Washington DC or in NYC. Here in
Philly we have a couple Consulates; they include Canada, Israel, Italy,
Mexico and Panama. The rest of the membership of the Consular Corps is
made up of business leaders who represent countries as honorary
consulars. These honorary consulars act as an intermediary or agent
between our City and the country they represent, helping us with
business, trade trips and promotion. John J Medveckis, Honorary Counsul
of Latbia and Luigi Scotto, Consul General of Italy (r)

  Hon. Peter A. Rafaeli Consul General for Czech Republic to United States with area of responsibility for Pennsylvania and Delaware, Dr. Anne Dutlinger is a graphic and exhibition
designer whose clients have included the SEPTA Transportation System in
Philadelphia, Winterthur, Rodale Institute and Hon. E. Harris Baum, of Zarwin Baum,. Honorary Consul General to Korea. (You don’t have to be from the country or that nationality to represent a country. You just have to have connections to the country to make the opportunities happen.)

Varsovia Fernadez, Susan B Smith, Radnor League of Women Voters and Mrs. Anne Eiswerth

Mrs. Barbara Greenfield, Chaplin Gerald Hale, Albert Momjian, Honorary Consul for the Philadelphia Region for the Republic of Haiti and Hon. Luz de Murray Ret. Panama

 Ian Campbell,-Westland, Honorary Consul to Sweeden, Mr and Mrs Vincenzo Breghella

 Yesterday it was reported that Mayor Michael A. Nutter will visit China
this week to promote opportunities for investment in Philadelphia,
strengthen relationships between key Philadelphia institutions and their
Chinese counterparts, and continue to promote Philadelphia as a growing international
city. Often these trade meetings come out of meeting members of the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia who are
responsible for enhancing and coordinating relations between their
respective countries and the greater Philadelphia region. (The China visit was organized by The Paulson Institute, chaired by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paulson. Mayor Nutter was invited to participate in the conference in his role
as one of America’s leading sustainability mayors )

Herminio Muniz, Honorary Vice Consul, Spain and Honrable Erik Torp, Honorary Consul of Norway

R.C. Atlee, Real Estate & Market Strategist at Sotheby’s International Realty, Daniel Dougerhty, Mark Pretz and Alix Rockwell Jacobs, artist and event organizer extraordinaire

Susan B Smith, Radnor League of Women Voters and Mimi Snyder


Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger addresses the guests and explains how instrumental the honorary consuls have been to creating alliances with the countries they represent. To the right of Greenberger is Michael E. Scullin, President, of The Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia nad Honorary Consul, France.

Check out my column  of the 17th Annual Stroke Gala last week


MILEY CYRUS RETURNS TO PHILLY or do you think she’d let Liam Hemsworth out of sight for 3 weeks?

The feature film, “Paranoia” returns from its hiatus and begins filming Thursday November 29, 2012 continuing until December 20, 2012.

The Saturday before Thanksgiving the NBC drama Do No Harm was filming at 11th and Sansom. Friends of the production told me that in December there will be a lot of weekend filming of Paranoia as the two productions are sharing employees. I can’t wait. The studio where Miley is doing her CD tells me she is coming back to finish up the track she was working on. Then the CD will be complete. Can’t wait. Stay tuned to PhillyChitChat and follow me on twitter @iphillychitchat for the latest updates.

PhillyWood is a live and kicking. So you want to be in the movies.

People are always writing me on how they can be an extra in a movie. Well here in Philly we have a great casting company called Heery Casting.


We are looking for both union and non-union background talent who have NOT worked on this project previously.
All ethnicities, men and women, age 25-40.

We are also looking
for some very featured background for a nightclub scene- looking for
EXPERIENCED, TRAINED DANCERS, male and female, age 20-35.

Union waivers are possible for these positions.

To submit, please email to: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not write them about meeting the cast or meeting Miley Cyrus. They will not answer you, and there is no need to bother them or crash their system.

Email to:

1. Send a current photo in BUSINESS ATTIRE- taken within the last 3
months. No Headshots, please. Photo must be in .jpg format. The photo
should have ONLY YOU in the picture.
2. Include in the BODY of the email:
-phone number (if your phone number is not a local Philly number, but you are in the Philly area, be sure to mention that.)
– Union status
-union ID# (if applicable)
-height, weight
– all clothing sizes
– year, make, model and color of car

3. If you are a DANCER, please explain your expertise level, what style of dance, and experience. Include a FULL BODY shot.

No phone calls please. PS Please check out my PhillyMag column on the Philly Debutante Ball here


The Philadelphia Charity Ball and that Photo

I love this shot. A few seconds earlier all the gals were making faces, but the woman with the blond hair on my right was blocking the shot. I did manage to get this one. So funny.

 Katie Howlin, Jordan Marinchak and Jill Barton. Jordan tells me that
although serving on the Young Ladies Committee is a serious commitment,
there’s also a lot of fun attached to it too.

Here’s the link to the rest of the story and photos over at my Philly Mag column.


Philadelphia Art Museum Craft Show & Beer Tasting Event

The giant Philadelphia Art Museum Craft Show had a invitation only premier Wednesday night.
Followed by four days of open to the public events. Nearly 200 vendors
from all over the U.S., Great Britain and Ireland exhibited their wares. PCC
was there to capture every moment.

 Don Russell “Joe Sixpack”, and Laura Rothrock.
 In addition to viewing and buying great crafts at the show, guests were invited to attend Handcrafted Beer: A Tasting Event , a craft brewer meet-and-greet and tasting hosted by Don Russell (aka Joe Sixpack), the Daily News columnist, executive director of Philly Beer Week and Philly 101 star.
 Rich and Laura Walters
Jing Lin and Jiarui Lu in the fascinator store
 Erika Hovland, Audrey Julienne, | @RDEMarketing, Laura Rothrock, upcoming chair of the Craft Show Committee and her daughter.

Selected from more than 1,300 applicants, this premier exhibition
and sale of contemporary American craft includes 195 of the best craft
artists in the United States. This year the organization featured
British and Irish Contemporary Craft Artists
 Jenna Bless and Owen Cass.
 Tyler Pond and Christina Arnold

 Liz Einhorn, Kelsey Tome, Amy Romm 
Thanks to Photographer Mike Hirata for shooting this event for PCC.


Pixs: 2nd Annual Philadelphia Dog Fashion Show

The 2nd Annual Philadelphia Dog Fashion Show was held Friday night at
Sigma Sound in Center City. Mike Jerrick of Fox29 Good Day Philadelphia
and Kharisma McIlwaine of CW57 MC’d the event.

The audience was filled with lots of pooch fans and they brought their owners

Anne and Gracie Gutos at The 2nd Annual Philadelphia Dog Fashion Show

The newest innovations in dog fashion and other products will be on
display. The show will feature one-of-a-kind designs by International
Dog Couturier Genny Perez of Milou Couture and the amazing designer,
Olga Zabelinskaya,
will debut her creations for the first time in
Philadelphia during the show.  Olga is also known as the Worlds #1
ranked Groomer, so “perfection” is her middle name. 

The 2nd Annual Philadelphia Dog Fashion Show
Gracie Forster (Doggie Moms) and her Yorkie girls, Portia and Rosie.
Bitches of South Beach dog clothing line at The 2nd Annual Philadelphia Dog Fashion Show

There was a celebrity tribute to a few songstress’ we all love. Omyra Lynn pays tribute to Donna Summer

Omyra Lynn pays tribute to  Aliyah Celebrity

 Whitney Houston Tribute by The Godess Isis

Maribel Nieves of
Bel Bijou will provide the accessories for the show.  Her designs are
vintage and classy.  A timeless touch for any fashion show.

Notable local celebrities
walking with the precious primped up pooches on the catwalk included
Kacie McDonnell, Fox29 Good Day Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles player , Nate Allen, 

Philanthropist Lisa Moreno Dickinson, StopCaid
founder, and District Attorney Seth Williams who came with his daughter. (But I wasn’t there yet as I was shooting the Big Rube event which I published earlier this week.)

Nate Allen, Philadelphia Eagles
Mike Jerrick of Fox29 Good Day Philadelphia

The event was created
Antoine Johnson, House of Talent (r) and Greta Russo, Lotus Events (dalmatian print dress), a
portion of the proceeds will benefit the ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement
which is the law enforcement arm of the American Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty. Co-hosts: Kharisma McIlwaine of CW57 (gold top) and Mike Jerrick (r)