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June 2014


NHL Flyers Prospectives: Michael Dal Colle, Leon Draisaitl, Samuel Bennett, Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, and Anthony DeAngelo,

This week the NHL prospects were painting the town red before the drafts today and tomorrow.

NHL prospects from left, Michael Dal Colle, Leon Draisaitl, Samuel Bennett, Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, and Anthony DeAngelo, (DeAngelo grew up in Sewell, NJ)
 Lots of press coverage for the NHL Draft especially for Anthony DeAngelo, who grew up in Sewell, NJ
 The best sports pr around: Rebecca Goodman, multitasking. Tweeting about the draft potentials visit to the Art Museum steps, while holding the CSN mike during an interview

The highly anticipated 2014 National Hockey League Draft
will bring thousands of national and international visitors to
Philadelphia when it makes its debut appearance in Philadelphia, PA, at
the Wells Fargo Center
on Friday, June 27 through Saturday, June 28 thrusting the 21,000-seat
arena into the national spotlight, once again.
“The Wells Fargo Center was designed to host these
types of prestigious events,” said Global Spectrum’s Matt Homan, General
Manager of the Wells Fargo Center. “Our event staff thrives when
hosting these big-time events. We enjoy the national
and international spotlight it brings to the Wells Fargo Center.


 A fan grabs a photo with three of the players
 Rebecca demostrates the Rocky fist pumps and explains that it would be a great photo op if they “ran up the stairs.”
 Strangely enough they’re the only 5 people in the world not to see Rocky, but Sam Reinhart
gives it a try

 Just in case one more demonstration, maybe a little higher and more enthusiastic


 NHL prospects from left, Michael Dal Colle, Leon Draisaitl, Samuel Bennett, Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, and Anthony DeAngelo,
 Now to the Rocky statue
 again explanation
 Obviously they play better hockey then understand this concept
 OK now we’re talking
Draft prospects, their families and friends will travel to Philadelphia for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft,
bringing thousands of out-of-town visitors generating an economic
impact of $10 million, according to the Philadelphia Sports Congress.
Round One of the Draft begins on Friday, June 27 at 7 p.m. The draft continues with Rounds Two through Seven on Saturday, June 28 beginning at 10 a.m.
Follow the 2014 NHL Draft and Fan Fest in Philadelphia at
. Fans interested in attending the Draft can sign up for late ticket release notifications at
Philadelphia Flyers Social Media Accounts:

Twitter: @NHLFlyers; Facebook:
Philadelphia Flyers; Instagram:

TODAY: National Hockey League Commissioner
Gary Bettman and Comcast-Spectacor unveil 30 newly planted trees lining
Pattison Avenue as part of the NHL Green’s
Legacy Tree Project. The project is an initiative designed to help
revitalize urban environments by planting 30 trees for all 30 clubs in
the NHL during the week leading up to the NHL Draft.

The Launch of the 2014 Where Magazine Guest Services Book Party

The Launch of the 2014 Where Magazine Guest Services Book was held at Volver restaurant at the Kimmel Center last week.

The Where Magazine Guest Book is a delicious collection of stories about what to do and where to go in Philadelphia. The only sad part is you can only get a copy in your hotel room. I know when I travel to other cities it’s the first thing I look at after I look out the window at the view.

 Graziella Di-nuzzo, World Trade Center; Adam Travia, Philadelphia Hospitality
 Stephanie Pratt, Where Magazine; Sarah Levitsky, Reading Terminal Market


 Jessica Lopez, Where Magazine; Ron (Jaimi’s fiancée); Jaimi Gordon, Loews Hotel; Sue Geyer, Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association
 Kelly Murphy, Philadelphia History Museum; Austin Lichtman, Where Magazine
 Charles Croce, Philadelphia History Museum, Christopher Munden, Writer, Julius Ferraro, Writer
 Anne Ewers
 Sal D’Angelo, Michelle DeVecchio DiMateo; D’Angelo’s
Jill Scarlett, Shops at Liberty Place; James Zeleniak Punch Media
  Laura Burkhardt, Fred Haas and Anne Ewers
 Trina Murphy and Sue Mahoney, R2L
 Rick Mead and Tom Longo; Metro Men’s
 Natalie Pineda, Red Owl Tavern, James Zeleniak, Rick Mollineaux, RVP for Where, Eric Travers, Kimpton Restaurant Group
 Katie O’Neil, Mushmina; Alina Alter, Aoki Boutique.
  Fred Haas, who led the organ committee and secured contributions for the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ
(Dom Streater’s fiancée), Project Runway winner, Dom Streater. Maryanne
Ritter, Mary Anne Ritter Jewelers; Stephanie and Debbie
Thanks to Hillary Petrozziello for shooting this for Where Magazine and PhillyChitChat

VIP Opening Night Party for the Curated Home Project

Last week was the VIP Opening Night Party for the Curated Home project, which is the brainchild of Michael Garden, a real
estate entrepreneur and Val Nehez, a local architect and designer from
Ennis Nehez.

Both have collaborated and ‘curated’ art, furniture and
fabrications from a group of Philadelphia painters, furniture makers and
antique collectors.  All pieces will be for sale along with the
property itself. Ten  Percent of all proceeds will be donated from sales
will benefit  Art- Reach.
Art-Reach is a non-profit whose mission
is to enrich the lives of underserved audiences so they can benefit from
the transformative power of the arts.

Kelly Ennis, Michael Garden – CITYSPACE | Philadelphia Real Estate, Domenic Gallelli, and
Sheryl Raskin, Out There Public Relations
 Both the art and the house are for sale.
Ian Michael Crumm and Melissa

James Obando and Tifanee Taylor.
Sara Robins and 6ABC Reporter David Henry.

Fred Barfoot and Dennis McGlade.

Kiki Gaffney and Katie

Tom Judd and Holley Sanford.
Kevin Cafferky of OIC and artist Aissulu Kadyrzhanova.
Sarah Weinstein and Maxine

Holley Sanford, Michael
Garden, and David Henry

Joan Gubernick, Alan
Ruttenberg, and Marion Young.

Jennifer Hawkes, Barry
Vacker, Tory Savery, and Gail Bower.

Nick Nehez, Carol Nehez, and Peter Lloyd Jones.
Scott Lash and Tom Judd.

 A nice crowd was on hand to enjoy the evening.
Edward Fong, Pierre Rives, and Lenny Bazemore.
Taylor Engels and Kristin Weight.
Trudy Watt and Christopher T. Wood.

 I love the outdoor space
Margaret Meiss, Isabel Bodek,
and Hanley Bodek.

John Curtin and Karl Spaeth
Michelle Cianfrani and
Anthony DellaPorta.

 The property is at 503 Fairmount Avenue in Northern Liberties  was renovated and decorated
as a the first is a series of Curated Homes around Philadelphia. The public is invited to
view the property, connect with local artists, antique dealers,
furniture makers, fabricators and architects as well as shop in a
gallery setting beginning June 20th by appointment and during Open House
showings on:

Weekends, 12-2PM: June  28,29. July 12,13,19,20.   

Public Contact: Michael Garden,, 215.500.2981
(Thanks to PCC snapper Mike Hirata for shooting this event.)


G is for GOODBYE

A chapter of my life is closing. In December 2007 (six months after I started PhillyChitChat), a HOT new club opened in Philly called G Lounge. I had been covering the Philly scene for about 6 months, but was mostly covering random musings, local film festivals, and a few charity events, as I continued to travel to NYC to photograph celebrities on the red carpet and at their new hot dance club openings. (As well as work my 9-5 Paralegal job.)

At the time I was a contributor to Michael Klein’s tidbit & gossip column in the Phila Inquirer called “Inqlings”,
Michael got me on the press list of the hot new club opening called “G
Lounge”, it was a Nicole Cashman event. It was the first time I met her. I was very excited because up to
that time I couldn’t get passed the Cashman velvet rope at any of her
Brian Freedman, Laura Burkhardt and Nicole Cashman

Guest, Dave Warren, John Clark and Gervase Peterson

Jared Poe, Lindsay Kravitz, Danielle Poe, and Aly Green

GN Kang
Bottle service


The 2nd Anniversary party with Playmate
Jayde Nicole and Jessica Hall
Brett Milstein and Steve Titleman flank Drew “The Mayor” Carballo
 DeSean Jackson’s Welcome To Philadelphia Party
 Aly Green

 A GPPN Happy Hour
The Vault
Kade Out

Snoop Dogg held court in The Vault at least three times in the past 7 years.

 I ran into Miley Cyrus down there

Lance Bass with The 400 PTM

Niel Patrick Harris filmed a movie outside of G Lounge

Carol Tamburino, Jamie Foxx and Sabrina Tamburino (Not Thorne yet, at her 30th bday party at G Lounge)

The Lingerie Football Team held their kickoff party there.
After a few years there was dance bar competition nearby, and it began to siphon off the crowds.
G Lounge reinvented itself hosting various parties, promoting parties, renting itself out for events
like this “Ready for Hillary” party and so many others that I attended.
Then there was the super fun RAW Artist events co-hosted by Erin Como and Frederick Calalang 
and later by Maria Papadakis.
This Saturday, June 28, 2014
Come by and say goodbye to G Lounge.
(G is actually for Govberg who are the majority owner of G Lounge.)

Fun Times: Zarwin Baum Hosts 2nd Annual PHILAlympics

On Thursday,
July 17, 4-8pm at the Wells Fargo Center, companies from across the Philadelphia region will
join Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy, P.C., and The Fun Department for the 2nd
PHILAlympics benefitting Philadelphia’s Ronald McDonald House.
PHILAlympics is a competition in which participants will fight for the
coveted title of ‘Philadelphia’s Phunnest Company” using wits,
athleticism, and their knowledge of the City of

friendly competition consists of a series of challenges designed to
maximize team building,networking, and a whole lot of fun. This year’s
challenge lineup includes: Pretzels
and Cheesesteaks’s, Foam Finger Relay, The Philly Skyline Inflatable
Tower Build, The “Yo Adrian” Boxing Gloves Tug of War, and, last but not
least, The 4, 5, 6 Legged Eagle End-zone Race! All proceeds from the
event will benefit Philadelphia’s Ronald McDonald
House, which has been supporting the families of seriously ill children
since 1974. The Ronald McDonald House relies on individual and
corporate donations for over 90 percent of their funding. At the
inaugural event in 2013, PHILAlympics raised $20,000 for
Philadelphia’s Ronald McDonald House and named Comcast-Spectacor
‘Philadelphia’s Phunnest Company’ after 90 minutes of friendly fun and
Registration for this year’s PHILAlympics will begin at 4pm, with the
competition starting at 5pm. A networking reception will follow.Along
with Zarwin Baum, this year’s participating teams include Aberdeen
Comcast-Spectacor, Conestoga Bank, Enterprise Cloudwork,
Keenan Autobody
, Klein Hersh, Magna Legal Services, PCS,
The Hub, Jako Enterprises (KicksUSA), Seer Interactive and
Capital One
in joining the fun? The cost for company teams is $2500; and the cost
to be a spectator is only $10. To sign your company up to participate,
Stacey Kracher at
For more information and to RSVP as a spectator Be sure to follow the firm on Twitter
@ZarwinBaum for daily updates!




Alex Holley is the award-winning Morning Reporter/Fill In Anchor for
WMBF News in Myrtle Beach, SC. Every weekday morning she’s LIVE covering
the stories that affect the Grand Strand. She’s a native Texan who
shows her southern hospitality through her stories as viewers wake up
and get ready for work in the mornings.


Alex Holley joined the WMBF News TODAY news team from KOMU-TV in
Columbia, Missouri where she was an anchor, reporter, and producer. She
also worked as an anchor for an innovative multi-source news, sports and
entertainment website called, enthusiastically delivering an
innovative style of reporting news. On, fast-paced viewers
could use their ipads, blackberrys and other interactive mobile devices
to access Alex delivering the news “up close and personal.” Today, you
can even see Alex in a digital journalism display on the third floor of
the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Alex is very proud to be a University of Missouri (MIZZOU) Tiger,
where she graduated from the first, and one of the best, journalism
schools in the nation. In 2010, she was voted the University of
Missouri’s Homecoming Queen and in 2011 was selected as one of the
Mizzou ’39, one of the top honors given to seniors for their
contributions to the University.

One of Alex’s favorite hobbies is travel…she is a world traveler.
Since birth, she has explored over eleven different countries. She is
proficient in Spanish, having studied at the Universidad de Salamanca at
age 13. This global exposure helps add a versatile dimension to her
stories. Consistently, Alex follows international trends and loves to
explore new places, researching the unique experiences they have to
offer. She is a vivacious, unique reporter who uses her knowledge of
different places to enhance the perspectives to her stories.

Welcome to Philly Alex


Contest: Want to Meet Mario Lopez? Win a pair of VIP passes at the Mix 106.1 Summer Jam After Party,

Want to Meet Mario Lopez? For your chance to win a pair of VIP passes to meet Mario Lopez and hang out in the VIP section at the MIX Summer Jam After Party, Saturday June 28th at the Coastline Nightclub in Cherry Hill, New Jersey check out my rafflecopter giveaway and follow the directions.

Win a pair of tickets for the Meet & Greet (ends Thursday at Noon)

Want a guarantee Meet & Greet. Check out Info on the VIP package :


PhillyGram: Celebrities in Philly, Newscaster News, Weddings, Babies & Fun Tidbits

The Barnes Foundation posted a photo, shared by Katie Adams, that supermodel of the world Helena Christensen and her friend, Barnes member, Patricia Garrubo stopped by their new exhibit “The World is an Apple: The Still Lives of Paul Cezanne” (which opened yesterday and runs through September 22. )

I covered the sponsor, patron party here on PhillyMag last week.
 Former NBC Reporter Daralene Jones has settled into her new gig at WFTV in Orlando
 The 6ABC news crew are a fit bunch, Cecily Tynan, Ali Gorman and Adam Joseph enjoy going to Joltin’ Jabs studio boxing between air times, now here’s Rick Williams pumping iron.
6 ABC meteorologist Cecily Tynan and husband Greg Watson are serious runners.

 Dave Warren | Al Jazeera America new headshot

Dave Warren and Alison Frick’s growing family.

 Justin Pizzi says drink more water.

  Have you seen him lately, he looks great. All thanks to Crossfit and a serious Paleo Food Plan. He’s with our friend Erin Como who was in town this weekend. Erin used to run the news desk at NBCPhiladelphia, now she does traffic and reporting for Fox Nashville.
This weekend she had a mini reunion with her friends from NBC including Jillian Mele and Sheena Parveen. Here are the ladies at Rouge. 

Last week Sheena was visiting Erin in Nashville, where they were doing fancy Yoga moves on paddle board.

Pretty stoked it’s on the top of the first page, with my boss David Lipson from PhillyMag in the first shot.

 Congrats to Alycia Lane who gave birth to a lovely little girl on Sunday.
Alycia, I can see Averie is adorable and loved. I love the matching outfits.
 Congrats Kyle & Dana!!
 Kyle Scott owns the popular sports blog –

 Just a misunderstanding. Leslie Padilla posted this as “Wedding Day” and everyone including me thought wow they’re pretty casual for their wedding day. It turns out that it was their friends wedding day. Anyway I love the 3rd comment showing “I am on my 3rd marriage and have never been more happy and content. Enjoy!” Lisa H.

This weekend I got lots of inquirers on who was staying at the Warwick Hotel over the weekend. It was seriously locked down with lots of security and “secret service” police people said. It was Louis Farrakhan, in town to give a speech to his followers. As far as I’ve heard he remained inside the hotel all weekend.

Wizard World at the Pennsylvania Convention Center – Inside Stuff

Yesterday I headed to the Wizard World at the Pennsylvania Convention Center unfortunately it’s the only day I could enjoy as I am  booked solid this weekend. But I love love going, seeing the fans who are so enthusiastic. It makes my year. Go today, definitely go tomorrow. Plan to go next year. Here’s a little bit what you’ll see, but it’s barely the tip of the iceberg. One more thing, the fans are so friendly, you will make friends and the celebs are glad to see you too.

From Revenge of the Nerds: Brian Tochi and Curtis Armstrong
Immediately as I walked through the door I ran into Ed who told me he watches me on Fox 29. Hi Ed, Thanks!!

Everything begins in Hall F, which is located at 11th and Arch Streets

Love this, but first of all isn’t she too big for that baby carriage?

Flux Capacitor – for $20 you can get a photo

Go here to buy a chance to get autographs & photos with your favorite star.

Wait in line here for the VIP Meet & Greets. Not too bad at 3PM Friday.

#Nerds are sexy

I love all the different character poses

#Nerd boys love #Nerd Girls

Light Saver Sales

Philly Film Girl and Friend. She’s moving to NC to live on base with her man, she’s a married girl now.

David Boreanaz‎

David Boreanaz VIP ticket only $349

Bella Twins walking to their signing.

There was a serious VH1 Production team following them

They walked fast.

This was hysterical 

This was the only shot I got as their security was tight with their no pixs allowed.

It’s always fun to shoot the happy fans. 

 Google Glass, and I guess that guy was tired of holding his briefcase or wanted to look silly on the VH1 tape

 See the guard staring me down as I “shoot this from the hip.”

I think this is Lauren Cohan

This guy really got into his character 

These peeps were in line for Karen Gillan

I should have picked up one of these

Last night the Walking Dead gang had dinner at Barclay Prime. Looks like their carnivorous too.
Michael Rooker is on left and Scott Wilson is posing with the fan.

Lou Ferrigno (Actor – The Incredible Hulk; The King of Queens; Hercules)

The VIP Lines are down at 3PM

At the end of my day, 5PM, the lines for the VIP Meet & Greets were filling up.


Hot, Hot, Hot, PARTIES, PEOPLE, PLACES – Did I shoot you last week?

So busy last week, then I headed out for a press junket to Atlantic City & R&R. Here are those links I promised you so you can find your photo & check out others at events that occurred around the City.

The photos are on NBC10 Philadelphia

 Marc Vetri’s & Vetri Foundation Great Chef’s event
The Navy Yard Philly Magazine Online
(Click on the slanted black line to make the photos larger.)

The After Party Out and About (Can be found under the Entertainment section)

Out and About Photos: AL DÍA News Media: World Cup Party! Brazil 2014 Read more at

Barnes Foundation’s The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne Trustee and Supporter Dinner

(So bummed I meant to use the about shot in my Philly Mag column. I love it. Click the title and see which pixs I did include.)