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March 2013


PHILLIES FINALIZE OPENING DAY ROSTER and Flyers acquired 6-4, 205-lb defenseman Kent Huskins

Saturday, March 30, 2013
            The Phillies have finalized their Opening Day roster for the 2013 regular season.
club made the following transactions today: catcher Humberto Quintero
had his contract selected; infielder Pete Orr, catcher Steven Lerud and
right-hander Zach Miner were reassigned to the minor leagues;
right-hander Michael Stutes was optioned to the minor leagues;
outfielder Delmon Young was placed on the major league disabled list,
retroactive to March 22 (right ankle surgery).
            The Opening Day roster includes 12 pitchers, two catchers, six infielders and five outfielders.
(12): Right-handers Mike Adams, Phillippe Aumont, Chad Durbin, Roy
Halladay, Kyle Kendrick, Jonathan Papelbon, and left-handers Antonio
Bastardo, Cole Hamels, John Lannan, Cliff Lee, Jeremy Horst and Raúl
            Catchers (2): Erik Kratz and Humberto Quintero.
Infielders (6): Kevin Frandsen, Freddy Galvis, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Michael Young.
            Outfielders (5): Domonic Brown, Ender Inciarte, John Mayberry Jr., Laynce Nix and Ben Revere.

            The Phillies are at 40 players on their 40-man roster.

The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired 6-4, 205-lb defenseman Kent Huskins
from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft,
according to general manager Paul Holmgren.


Huskins, 33 (5/4/1979), played in 11 games for the Red Wings this
season, as well as two games with the Norfolk Admirals of the American
Hockey League.  Huskins has appeared in 310 NHL games for Detroit, St.
Louis, San Jose and Anaheim over parts of seven
NHL seasons, scoring 13 goals and adding 54 assists for 67 points.


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Todd Herremans Foundation Hoops for Help – Or what Todd will be doing all summer long…

Last night Philadelphia Eagles player  lineman Todd Herremans hosted the First Annual Todd Herremans Foundation Hoops for Help at the West Club of Lincoln Financial Field

THE FAT RAT BASTARD Jeff Pirrami, Todd Herremans and Marisa Magnatta, Preston and Steve Show during the live auction. What was so great during the auction, every time an item needed a little boast they would throw Todd in to accompany the folks to events, whether it was the Sixers game, golf and even a night on the town. His dance card is full this summer.Later this morning, if you’re in town across from the Kimmel Center, Marisa and several of our friends like Kristina Jenkins, uwishunu,’s Maria Papadakis and Kristin Detterline from Philly Style Mag, will be doing the Flying Circus School’s trapeze (part of PIFA Philadelphia which started yesterday. You can buy tickets and do it too, it’s open to the public.)

Today I photographed 6ABC’s Adam Joseph and that’s why I missed the cocktail hour of Herreman’s event.

Here’s Todd Herreman with Lisa Friedlander, Project Director, No Place for Hate at Anti-Defamation League. No Place to Hate is one of the 6 charities being helped by the event last night. The others are American Cancer Society, Cooper Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, Magee Rehab – Brain Injury Research ( which is in the news of late after so many football players suffer those injuries) and Autism Research. Todd said that every year he would raise money for charities that applied to the foundation for help. I will certainly be putting the word in for Gilda’s Club in the name of my sister who you all know passed away from Ovarian Cancer in 2009.

The room set up. The event coincided with March Madness, and the games played on TV through out the room. On each table was a basketball centerpiece signed by a current player on the Sixers. In an interesting twist the winner of the center piece was the oldest person sitting at the table.  Each table was randomly assigned one of the final 16 teams in the
tournament; giving everyone a team to root for over the next two weeks. 
All guests of the Championship team table will win an iPad Mini and
guests of the second place team table will receive an autographed Todd
Herremans jersey.

 Which I’m sure none of these ladies were, or at least no one would ever admit their age as it’s not polite to ask a lady. Kellie Gagliotti, Heather Mitts Feeley, Mary Beth DiStefano and Jenn Frederick. Both Mary Beth and Jenn are wearing sparkling Nicole Miller.

Drew “The Mayor” Carballo, manager of Del Frisco Steakhouse is stepping out in style with his baby Marissa Frommer. Check out the color coordination between these two sweethearts.

Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos was on hand doing his fantastic magic tricks; at one point he had the audience participate and for the “winners” he sent Shady McCoy into the audience to give out hugs to a few lucky winners.

 Fred Lee Barnett is a former professional American football wide
receiver in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles and
Miami Dolphins and Fox 29’s sports anchor Howard Eskin

 Derek Vietro, Traci Coulter and Tim Howell
 Michael Vick signs an autograph for a fan. Each guest paid $175 a ticket, which included dinner,  

a football and the ability to get as many players to sign them as possible.

 Steve Olitsky and Dennis Shea

 Former Eagles Players Mike Mamula and AJ Feeley, setting up a shot with beautiful blonds.

 Todd Herremans, LeSean “Shady” McCoy, and Todd’s mom Marilee Herremans, who was all over the place selling raffle tickets.

 Alp Aktan (sitting) is now back in Philly and is GM/managing partner for an unnamed Gentleman’s Club in the former Christine’s Cabaret place which will be having their grand opening by the summer.

 Emily and Steve Saunders
 Michael Smith and Danielle Tomko
Albert Young, Minesota Vikings, and Philadelphia Eagles Brian Westbrook

Boxer Michael Grant greets The Executioner boxing great Bernard Hopkins as John Conklin, Resorts’ International vice president of player development, Hopkins became the oldest boxer to win a major
title on Saturday night, scoring a 12-round unanimous decision over
Tavoris Cloud to claim the

Julie Dorenbos and the recently married Lauren McCoy. Julie owns local spray tanning salon, Skin Palette with Susie Celek on 19th Street in Center City. The duo opens another spot inside the Bellevue Sporting Club on Tuesday.

 Joe Opella, Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce play indoor basketball. After a warm up the guys took Herreman’s score as their mission to beat. In 3 mins Todd was able to get 90 points alone, after 3 mins these two only got 94 points total to squeak by Herrremans and win a bet.

 Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback AJ Feeley signing a ball for guest Frank Price, as Feeley’s wife professional soccer player Heather Mitt’s chats with a friend. Heather recently announced her retirement from soccer via twitter on March 13, 2013.

 Amanda Hartung, General Manager at Cherry Hill Imports and Louis DiMattia (Amanda is wearing Nicole Miller)

 Curi and Tim Williams. Check out the Herremans Foundation and see how you can help.


Spring has sprung inside the Center City Macy’s Store

Spring has sprung inside the Center City Macy’s Store…so you want to escape this winter that is lingering into spring…


The annual Flower Show, now in its fifth year, transforms the department store into a veritable greenhouse. This year’s theme, The Painted Garden, intends to recall the landscapes of southeast Asia with lush displays of tropical flora.

In addition to the gorgeous floral displays, Macy’s hosts a number of events during the two-week-long display. In the historic Grand Court, listen for the sounds of the famous
Wanamaker Organ and catch special performances in conjunction with the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, every day except Sunday. For a complete schedule of times, click here. (Source uwishunu)


Zarwin Baum Ps & Qs of March Madness Party

On Thursday, March 21, as basketball enthusiasts everywhere gathered for the first day of the
NCAA’s March Madness Tournament, Philadelphia firm Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer
Toddy P.C., HUB International (HUB), a leading Insurance Brokerage, and 2500 guests took
part in the March Madness mayhem by raising $40,000 and collecting 1000 pounds of food for
Philabundance – more than double the amount collected last year! – at the 11th Annual Zarwin
HUB March Madness. This year’s Zarwin HUB March Madness topped last year’s efforts by

 Today I’m posting a few more pixs and chatting about the room set up too.

 I cover a lot of events here and this was by far the best set up I’ve seen. Often the room is dark and hard to navigate, but this year Stacey Kracher, Marketing Director at Zarwin Baum did a great job at setting up the room. I like how the silent auction table was long and in the back of the room. It was done electronically, and you could register your credit card with Philabundence beforehand. (The annual bash is also a fund-raiser for Philabundance)

Great job lighting the “stage.” If there’s one thing that drives me crazy is having a stage with a speaker that is not lit. Mitchell Kaplan, partner at Zarwin Baum, and Dennis B. LeVasseur, HUB International.

I have to say last week when the United Way had their Women’s Initiative
night here at the Crystal Tea Room, Scott Mirkin also did a fantastic
job at lighting the stage. So PR people, lite the subjects, it makes a difference.

Another thing that is so great with the Zarwin/Hub March Madness party, not only were there plenty of screens to catch the latest NCAA games on TV, but it was also a great place to network, it was like a mini trade show with vendors who could help out with your business or your stress like Apple Vacations.

The Zarwin/Hub March Madness experience included a game room (swish Aida & Allison), with an adjoining cigar room. Former NBA player and current Director of Player Development for the Toronto Raptors, Alvin Williams; former NBA player Cuttino Mobley; former NC State basketball player and Fordham University basketball coach Dereck Whittenberg; former Mayor John F. Street; 610 WIP host and former Philadelphia Eagle Mike Quick; comedian Joe Conklin; a thin Sheriff Jewell Williams; he told me the doctor was going to put him on Insulin unless he changed his eating habits, and he did. Check out his picture in my PhillyMag column to see how great he looks.
Philadelphia Senate members Larry Farnese, Jose Miranda, and Shirley Kitchen; Philadelphia
City Council members Cindy Bass, Jim Kenney, David Oh, Kenyatta Johnson, and Jannie
Blackwell; Kevin Dow,
Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director of Commerce; Comcast
Network on-air host Arthur Fennell, other city leaders and a host of Zarwin Baum/HUB clients
and invited guests caught up with old friends and made new business connections, all while
watching 9 full hours of the NCAA tournament on large projection screens at the Crystal Tea

Where Jorge was able to make your cigar as you waited.
Lisette Gonzalez  Executive Director at Friends of Seth Williams and Zeli Colon Pennock, MMA, Director of Hispanic Outreach Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office

Joann Goodwin and Stephanie Luongo

Karin Copeland,  Executive Director Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia
Happy Birthday Larry Giuffra of Replica Creative
Paul Smith and Pat Jankowski

The Brownstone PR firm was doing a fantastic job with the Social Media aspect of the party, creating a #ZarwinMarchMadness hashtag, which was helpful to me cause then I saw that Caria Brescia was in the room and I sought her out for a photo. (as well as several other folks.) (They have a cool new website too. Check it out

Cary Simons, Stacey Kracher and Carie Brescia
The annual Zarwin HUB March Madness has grown to be one of the largest networking events
in the city of Philadelphia; and a truly one-of-a-kind event to raise funds for Philabundance,
the region’s largest hunger relief organization fighting hunger and malnutrition in the Delaware
Valley, and an organization of which Zarwin Baum has been a longtime supporter. This year’s
March Madness event went specifically to support Philabundance’s efforts to build the nonprofit
grocery store, Fare & Square, in the city of Chester, PA.
Kecia Babb-Jordan  Director, Sales and Marketing at Amtrak and Mariska K. Bogle  communications marketing expert
Fashion Forward: Victoria Hammonds and Felicia Bethda
Roi Ligon, legislative assistant and job development liaison for City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and Kenyatta Johnson
‏, Councilman-2nd District. Check out my PhillyMag for additional photos from this event, including former Mayor John Street who makes a rare appearance.
Founded in 1960, Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer & Toddy, P.C. is a full-practice law firm that
currently maintains offices in Philadelphia, PA, Bethlehem, PA, Marlton and Jersey City, New Jersey, and
now Wilmington, DE. To learn more, visit; follow the firm on Twitter @ZarwinBaum;
and ‘like’ the firm on Facebook:

Palomar Hotel Square 1682 The Big Renovation Reveal

You’ll recall that I wrote about a year ago of plans for the relatively new Square 1682 to undergo renovations to make the restaurant more hip and friendly,

well the day has come for the reveal and it looks great.

The space was long and narrow, like a row home, but they didn’t utilize it properly centering the bar in the middle of the room. It made getting to the lounge/dining area a tight fit especially on those busy nights. Plus the staircase in the front of the room always seemed out of place and used up lots of good space.

The mostly hidden dining/lounge area with the open kitchen at Square 1682. In the original plans they were going to keep the bar where it was located, I voiced my opinion in this blog post about that, and maybe someone read my informal poll of people on the street or they came to realize it themselves as they changed their plans.  I also shot a few pixs of the progress of the renovation here, and it was only a short time ago.

I was running by the the other day and saw people sitting in the window. So I ran in and took these two shots. This is where the staircase used to be. Now there are couches and tables there, perfect for after work happy hours, or a late night bite and people watching as it’s near the door and next to the window facing 17th Street.

The restaurant looks fabulous, and you know I don’t use the F-Word lightly. They pushed the bar to the left, there’s so much more space, lots of great tables with chairs, not stools, the room is lighter now. I really, really like it. Go check it out for yourself. There’s a new menu too.



Saturday night I ran into Chef Chip Roman, Mica and Blackfish at ACHIEVEability’s annual event Food for Thought Fundraiser at the Navy Yard. Read more about that great event as well as what Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran are up to with their new restaurant in my PhillyMag column today HERE

 At the end of the night, Chef Chip Roman for the first time presented a sampling of his new candy collection called Bluestone to the guests at the event.

It was delicious and it will be available starting July 1 online.

 Chef Marcie Turney gives it a taste and said welcome to the market, as she has her on line Marcie Blaine Chocolates available at several of their stores on 13th Street (here with Phoebe Easmon)

Chef consultant Madison Alpern enjoys a piece as Chef Jen Carroll wonders when she’ll get a piece.

Bluestone is the marble that you use to make chocolate on and that’s how he named the candy line.  I wonder if that is used for art too as there’s a Blue Stone Gallery in Old City?


Anne Hathaway Spotted in Philadelphia Saturday & Sunday

It’s nice to know that actress and Oscar winner Anne Hathaway still visits her family here in Philadelphia.

Both of Anne’s parents were born in the Philadelphia area Gerald T. Hathaway and Kate McCauley Hathaway, and met while they attended La Salle University during the 1970s, graduating one year apart. (Congratulations La Salle with a return to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in 21 years.) (I shot the above pix outside another bar/restaurant, The Waverly Inn in NYC. She was looking at her mom who was standing next to me, when I took this photo.)

Last night I received a tip that Anne was at The Ten Six Club, 1709 Walnut St. celebrating a cousin’s bacherlorette party.

She was in disguise wearing a pink wig and sunglasses.  Expect her to be at the wedding in a few weeks too, she’s not shy about attending them or buying the dress on the day of as she did nearly 2 years ago for another cousins wedding, read about it here.

Sunday night she was spotted at 30th Street station boarding an Amtrak train back to NYC. 

  1. Nothing like seeing Anne Hathaway disguised like she was in the princess diaries in the Philly train station!
  2. Just saw Anne Hathaway in a Philly train station, nbd

    (I received the tip about 1:30AM and had just arrived home exhausted. Otherwise I would have gone back out. Thanks to my tipster.)


PIFA PARADE DOWN BROAD STREET & Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts March 28, 2013 – April 27, 2013

To celebrate the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts and its 2013 theme of Time Travel, a Time Travel Pop Up Parade took over Philadelphia on Friday, March 22nd.

If you were on Broad Street or near City Hall about 1PM on Friday you might have captured a few folks you’ve read about or seen on the big screen.

 Can you name them all?

 Thanks to Kristina Jenkin’s for these shots, my time machine was off and I missed the parade.

but I bet a lot of folks got good shots for their Instagram


The parade ended up at the Kimmel Center where much of the action will be taking place for the upcoming  Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts March 28, 2013 – April 27, 2013
(Thanks to the Kimmel Center for providing the first shot and this shot)

Then last night I stopped by the Kimmel Center and checked out the progress of the time machine. It looks great, I still can’t figure out how it’s going to work so my curiosity is piqued. I do think this is the exit though.

The entrance seems to be in the center of the Kimmel Lobby where two years ago the Eiffel Tower stood.  All the mysteries will be solved when the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. Starts on March 28, 2013 – April 27, 2013


Zarwin Baum’s March Madness Party Pixs & Link PLUS INSTAGRAM PIXS FOR THE WEEK –

OMG I know how lame, well only if you’re already following me on MY Instagram, FB and  and you’ve caught these shots before, but this is the longest run on sentence, anyway I had a huge photo shoot yesterday (Philly Mag Column) and am sorting through hundreds of photos getting them ready for media peeps but since I haven’t missed a entry in four years I thought I’d whip this one up. I go crazy on Instagram, these are just some of my favs or they have info attached which could be helpful.

 Did you know you can watch March Madness at the Shops of Liberty Place 16th and Chestnut Streets. They have a food court so you can grab a bite to eat too.

 Caught this guy at 15th and Locust Streets last night. Guess he lost a dare.

 Check out the Addam’s Family playing at the Academy Music through Sunday. Fun for the kids, fun for the adults. This was a meet and greet with kids on Wednesday. So funny the actors stayed in character and their answers were crazy. Like when one of the kids asked Wednesday (r) what she did for fun she said tie up her brother and or juggle butcher knives. Have you discovered VINE Yet. Follow me on PhillyChitChat

 Mike and Doodles at my sisters house. I love this photo they’re both so cute.
 Friday 17th and Chestnut Streets
 As you may know I’m mentoring Ian M Crumm, but not on fashion as he has that in the bag. On Wednesday, we were invited by Aversa PR to a media tasting at at Serrano, 20 South Second Street, owners Jen and Donal McCoy were the best hosts for the sit down dinner and  Executive Chef Gina Rodriquez made a delicious meal for all of us. I noticed these flowers across the street from the restaurant, and as I sometimes say to Ian did you get a shot of your outfit today, so we headed over to catch the afternoon light. I vicariously live through his “wear as he pleases clothes”, compared to my drab all black outfits.  I want to congratulate him for his new column in Racked Philly, plus you should check him out everyday at
I had a great mentor myself: Michael Klein at the Philly Inquirer
 Mural on East Passyunk (Soon you’ll see what I was shooting inside Le Virtu, which is next door to this)

 Michael Smith from Weston Fitness At the Zarwin Baum/Hub International March Madness Party Makes me want to go back to the Sporting Club ASAP as speedo season is around the corner.

Which reminds me did you see this viral video this week?

 Dave Shea and Christie Honigman, The Honigman Group – Public Relations at O’Shea’s

Shot through the passenger window of my car. I need to clean my camera lens on my phone, but it looks cool.

 They finally finished the fields in Fairmount, but where are the bleachers going to go?

 Another shot from the March Madness event last night, this is from the AfterParty held at Del Frisco’s. My hat is off to Stacey Kracher, Marketing Director of Zarwin Baum, what an amazing job she did this year. The Crystal Tea Room was set up in a way I had never seen before, and the room flowed easily without much congestion, even though there were over 2,000 people in attendence at one time or another during the day. Today I wrote up a little of the who was there at, and Monday I’ll cover a little more of what the room looked like. Plus I forgot to mention the great job Brownstone PR did with assisting in the production, as well as the social media aspect of the day. Ian M Crumm and Randyl Case were the best dance partners last night and we ended our night to the tunes of Dan Cronin who was spinning in the Vault at Del Frisco’s. Check out the PhillyMag column HERE