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April 2014


SATURDAY – Preston & Steve’s Hottie Cam, May 3rd: South Street Spring Festival – Music, Food, Fun

The weather outside is frightning, but the Spring Festivals are heating up this weekend. Saturday is the South Street Spring Festival:

South Street Spring Festival has the largest festival footprint of ANY
festival this weekend – with more space for music, bands, food, family
fun, etc. than any other festival.   

In anticipation of the South Street Spring Festival, there was a press preview party at the Brauhaus Schmitz Resturant earlier this month. This is what was on the menu

Michael Stollenwerk and  David Ralic both of Headhouse Crab & Oyster Co.

 The stars of this year’s South Street Spring Festival – Top row (L-R) George Reilly (Twisted Tail) David Ralic (Headhouse Crab & Oyster Co), Jeremy Nolan (Brauhaus Schmitz) Rand Maltese (Redwood/Copabanana) Michael Stollenwerk (Headhouse Crab & Oyster Co.)

Members of the press got a lesson in German dancing, so they’ll be prime for the Maypole dancing Saturday.

Monday the gang headed to the Preston and Steve Show for a little promotion, to part take in their hottie cam take-over this past
Monday on Preston and Steve WMMR with Katy Beaver and other models, with
clothing provided by Spring Festival vendors Philly Phaithful and Broad
Street Broad.

Hot, Hot, Hot – Lorenzo’s Pizza!!

Be a part of the day, not only with your prescence but tell show us and tell us what’s happening

(South Street Spring Festival:)


My Night With Patti LaBelle and Cher at The Wells Fargo Center

There was a meeting in the parking lot
lots of cher tailgating
I ran into a few familiar faces on their way to their seats, while I was waiting for me seatmate
Patti LaBelle, here with Fran Connolly and Carol Tamburino, who were in a nearby box
Thanks to Garrett Snider for inviting me. Here he is with Howard Eskin. Watch me on Fox 29 today for his Patti story.
Mike Toub, always the gentleman, helps Ms Patti to her seat.
Cher was flawless. She’s going to be 68 on May 20. Did I mention Patti’s going to be 70 on May 24. 

It was a memorable night for moi.


Bettie Page is not on Walnut Street Anymore, Cameo Swimsuit Is and Have You Seen The Yellow Poles?

Bettie Page has kinda left Walnut Street, they’ve reverted back to their
designers name Tatyana. I stopped in asked about it yesterday

To our valued customers:
Tatyana Designs, Inc. is ceasing to manufacture and design clothing under the Bettie Page label.
Tatyana Designs, Inc. will label all its
product going forward under the “Tatyana” label. The designs, quality
and pricing will be consistent with the current designs (most which are
already labeled “Tatyana”). During the transition period, some existing
stock that is already labeled as Bettie Page will continue to be shipped
under that name.
As an added incentive, we are offering current in stock styles under the Bettie Page line at a 25% discount for the next few weeks. We will not take back orders at this time on these styles.
Our wholesale website will stay but our retail website has changed. It is now
If you have any questions on stock or would place an order by phone, please feel free to call me at 702-458-1632 ext. 1
Best regards,
Cindy White
Wholesale Manager
Tatyana, LLC

Same hot and happening Bettie Page style though. 

Check out this cute outfit from Tatyana that Desiree Peterkin-Bell wore last week at Academies. 

 Last year Cameo Water Wear pop-up where Theory is this year, so they moved across the street to where the Puma store used to be.

 Have no idea what these yellow poles are, but they’re dotting Walnut Street from Broad to 18th Street


JON BON JOVI SHOTS THAT WILL FILL YOUR SOUL, Plus snaps from the press conference of the JBJ Homes Dedication

On Tuesday, Bon Jovi attended the grand opening of a low-income housing development bearing his initials.  The 55-unit JBJ Soul Homes in Philadelphia will house formerly homeless and low-income tenants. A
New Jersey-native, the singer’s Soul Foundation and the Middleton
Partnership provided the lead gift for the  $16.6 million complex,
located in the Francisville neighborhood.
Jon Bon Jovi and wife Dorothea at the opening of the JBJ Soul Homes on Tuesday. The couple, who were high school sweethearts, celebrate 25 years of marriage on April 29.
 Sister Mary Scullion and Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi of the Soul Foundation, cracks Joan Dawson McConnon, co-founder of Project HOME
 Love, love that Lynn Honickman takes a cell photo of the Middleton’s
 The North Philly Footstompers open up the ceremony.
 A beautiful Gospel song to start the day.
 Over 300 community leaders, and community caregivers were on hand at the dedication.
Sister Mary Scullion, co-founder of Project HOME, Jon Bon Jovi of the
Soul Foundation, and Joan Dawson McConnon, co-founder of Project HOME
 I think JBJ is wondering why I didn’t bring a long enough lens to get to get a clean close up shot.

Cheryl Ann Davis, a JBJ Soul Homes resident, reads a poem dedicated to
her mother; she talked about how her mom had died and left her homeless.
Cheryl went on to live in youth homeless shelter Covenant House where
she got her life back together. She is now attending Community College
of Philadelphia. She recently moved into the JBJ Soul Homes. Covenant House Pennsylvania will be honoring Craig Spencer, President
& CEO of The Arden Group and Vice-Chairman of the JBJSF, and the Jon
Bon Jovi Soul Foundation at their 9th Annual A Night of Broadway Stars
gala on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Both Craig Spencer and the Jon Bon
Jovi Soul Foundation will be honored for their work with homeless youth
striving to turn their lives around. (Jon Bon
, will play a short acoustic set at the “Night of Broadway,” a benefit for Covenant House, on May 7th.)

 You don’t say no to the dynamic duo
 We can’t go home, til we all go home.
 Yeah, he’s 52.

 Miss Pennsylvania
 This is the back of the building with parking.

 Residents can place prayer cards in this cubibles below this gorgeous mosiac in the lobby.
 A sample one bedroom unit.

 This kitchen is gorgeous. 
JBJ Soul Homes includes several amenities including community space for
residents, an exercise room, and a green sustainable roof.

The project received both private and public funding. The lead private
funding comes from the JBJ Soul Foundation and the Middleton
Partnership. The lead public funding comes from U.S. Dept. of Housing
& Urban Development (HUD) and the City of Philadelphia.

 David Gregory of Meet The Press was on hand to Emcee the gala that evening. Read more about it in my Phillydotcom Column and check out Jeffrey Lurie and wife Tina and more notable shots on PhillyMag

Alicia DiMichele resigns from ‘Mob Wives’ and But You Can Still See Her One Last Time In Person….

According to the NY Daily News,

DiMichele, 40,
withdrew from the VH1 reality show, where she earned $8,000-per-episode,
so she can improve her image before a Brooklyn Federal Court judge who
is overseeing her criminal case, sources told the Daily News. She also withdrew her guilty plea to embezzling union funds from the trucking company owned by her hubby. – Say goodbye to Alicia DiMichele as she makes what will probably be her last official “Mob Wife” appearance next week at the Miss Tantini Bikini Contest at Adelphia.

Read more at the NY Daily News:



DATE:         Thursday, April 24 at 3:45 – 4 p.m. ET
MarketSite (Broadcast Studio)
4 Times Square  – 43rd & Broadway
DETAILS:       The Philadelphia Flyers will ring the NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell in Times Square during Round One of their
match-up against the New York Rangers in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Former Flyers and a member of their two Stanley Cup-winning teams
as well as members of the team’s front office will participate. 
The Closing Bell is a ceremonial event to mark the end of the
trading day for the NASDAQ Stock Market for investors and market
participants from around the world. The ceremony will be broadcast live
on the NASDAQ MarketSite seven-story tower in Times Square and via
satellite to national and international media.
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I found an additional Media Alert from NASDAQ Below:

NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers to Ring The NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell



NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers will visit the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York City’s Times Square to ‘drop the puck’ on game four of their playoff series.

In honor of the occasion, NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers
players will ring the Closing Bell. They will be hosted by Thomas A.
Wittman, Senior Vice President of NASDAQ OMX and Head of U.S. Equities
and Derivatives, who is based in Philadelphia.

NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX), based in Philadelphia, is the largest and oldest
equity options market in the United States. PHLX trades more than 3,000
equity options, sector index options and FX options on major
currencies. The market offers a combination of cutting-edge electronic
and floor-based options trading, utilizing NASDAQ OMX’s high-performance
INET technology.


  • Philadelphia Flyers Alumnus Joe Watson

  • New York Rangers Alumnus Rod Gilbert

  • New York Rangers Alumnus Ron Greschner


NASDAQ MarketSite – 4 Times Square – 43rd & Broadway – Broadcast Studio


Thursday, April 24, 2014 – 3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET



Rumor: Chef/restaurateur Richard Sandoval is taking over Ten Arts and opening a Tapas Bar next door.

It’s been two years since TopCheftestant Jen Carroll left the Ritz-Carlton’s Ten Arts, and although her replacement,
Chef De Cuisine Nathan Volz, mounted a herculean effort to revive the restaurant it never seemed to get it’s footing under her shadow.  (He’s since left and is at the gorgeous Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte.)
Well things are about to change and in a big way. New York

Chef/restaurateur Richard Sandoval, who owns 25 restaurants around
the world, is said to be opening up a 100 seat restaurant in the space where Ten Arts formerly called it’s home.  (Hopefully they’ll get rid of those red tinted windows.)

His latest restaurant is Toro, Toro in DC. It can be pricey, but it is the Ritz. I did hear it was delicious. Here’s Yelp’s opinions.

And in what seems to be his signature move, he’s opening up a smaller tapas bar where the now closed Freshii once called home.   Amazing game changer for the Ritz-Carlton. What a great location, especially since it’s across the street from the very hot, and soon to
be happening Dilworth Plaze with it’s park, ice skating rink and outdoor dining.  Michael Klein reported in December that
Chef/restaurateur Richard Sandoval‘s brother (Chicago restaurateur Alfredo Sandoval) is opening a restaurant at 2116 Chestnut Street in the summer of 2014. Klein even hinted to him that he might have competition.


A Baby for the Warren’s, A Baby Shower for Kendra and a Baby Announcement for Nicole Cashman & Nigel Richards

A Baby for the Warren’s, A Baby Shower for Kendra and a Baby Announcement for Nicole Cashman & Nigel Richards

This summer when Nicole Cashman does #DoAC, she’s going to be 5 – 7 months pregnant. Yesterday at the new signature event series hosted by The Market & Shops at Comcast Center, aptly named
#TSquared, which takes place every second and fourth Tuesday
of the month from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and runs through
November 2014 [shameless plug], Nicole and Nigel were bursting with the good news that that’d be parents in October. 

(Maybe this outfit at the Qatar launch April 3 should have been a clue?)

Congrats. Her mom knows how to keep a secret, I just saw my neighbor in the elevator an hour before heading to the Comcast Center and we talked about the weather.

Julie Dorenbos (bottom R) headed to LA last week and attended Kendra Wilkenson’s (c) baby shower. I didn’t think you had baby showers for 2nd births, but I guess in Hollywood you do. Hello gorgeous everybody!!

 Congrats to Alison Frick + former NBC10 weather guy now in NYC with Aljazeera America @DaveWarrenAJAM on the birth of their baby boy Asher Dylan. He joins twins Evan & Lila.

Comcast Sports anchor John Clark stopped by to see the baby, born on April 15


Party Photos: Alphabet Academy Child Care Raises Money for Make A Wish Child

Nearly $16,000 was raised this year by East Passyunk’s Alphabet Academy
during the Bunny Hop and new cocktail party for parents. Congrats! Every
year, Alphabet Academy gives back by raising money to grant a child’s
wish through Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Their sponsor child’s name is Izzy, and the money raised will help her fulfill her wish to go to Disney World.

Amanda Gallo and dad Jim Gallo, co-owner of Alphabet Academy

During the day the kids participated in a bunny hop and raised $6,000. Why should the kids have all the fun, that evening the inaugural “Bunny  Hop” for the parents commenced.
There was lots of fun items to bid on in the Silent Auction
Including this Bon Jovi guitar.
Councilman James Kenney, and Stacey Garbarino.
Please consider joining me & Dining Out for Life Philadelphia at Race Street Cafe on Thursday, Apr 24th from 5:30p-7:30pm 33% of proceeds go to fight HIV/AIDS.” – James Kenney
Diane and Christian DiCicco

Andrea and Tom Cola

 Alphabet Academy has provided excellent child care since 1998. In addition to traditional care, we provide the
children with a unique learning experience that promotes creativity and
self confidence.

Our mission is to provide a nurturing environment that gives
the children endless opportunities to express their imagination in our
many themed classrooms. We now proudly occupy four buildings on East
Passyunk Avenue, which allows the children to learn and grow while
experiencing a variety of learning environments. There are 4 Alphabet Academies in and around East Passyunk and people from all over the City utilize them.
Elizabeth Ireland and Brian Abernathy

Joe and Amber Venti
Dawn Brunet, Michelle Gaspari and Jamie Gallo

Pam Zenzola, President, Passyunk Square Civic Association, Renee Gilinger, Executive Director, East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, Kory Aversa, Aversa PR & Events, PR for Alphabet Academy and East Passyunk

Alphabet Academy – 2014 Bunny Hop for Make-A-Wish Foundation