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July 2016

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DNC Day 4 – Hillary’s Victor Party – Celebs In Town

Day 4, the final day. Sorry about missing Day 3, hopefully you saw my photos in Philly Mag and Philly.com, and caught me on Fox 29 yesterday. Hillary

After being on Good Day I headed over to the Convention Center, more like limped as I really hurt both my feet after standing for nearly the entire week. While on my way to pick up my “Thursday” DNC pass, I saw Danny Glover. He looked much better than the day before.

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I then went home for a couple hours to do work. I chatted with my buddy John McDevitt from KYW News Radio and made arrangements to go out and find stories.

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Here’s John interviewing a congressman from Vermont, who was about to board a bus for the Wells Fargo

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I stood by and caught the fashionable

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Senator Elizabeth Warren was in for a Democrats for Woman event on Tuesday and Robin Roberts of Good Morning America was in for dinner on Tuesday night at Davio’s. Mary Louise Parker caught the Snoop Dogg concert at the Electric Factory last night. The show went on at 230AM and the place was packed I hear; Snoop got back to the Hotel Monaco as the sun was rising. So glad I didn’t do that one. Brooklyn Beckham and Chloe Grace Morentz were spotted leaving the Sofitel Hotel last night on their way to the DNC Wells Fargo.

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Then I said hey John I hear Hillary’s Victory Party is at the Kimmel Center. let’s go check it out. I told him it’d be hard to shoot Hillary as she would probably go in the back and there would be lots of security, but more than likely some celebs would go through the front with the guests.

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We stopped by Bop and got a shot of Hillary and David Song, GM of Bop

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Small world, just at that moment Mike Jerrick and Chris Murphy were heading to dinner at Bop. I decided not to go to the last night, cause I was exhausted, I hadn’t slept in two days and my feet as I mentioned were in so much pain. I should have worn sneakers this week. It’s ok too, the Wells Fargo was so packed, hot and water was $4.50. i watched the historic night from my couch with the husband before John came and picked me up about 1130PM

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OK fast forward to midnight. John and I returned to the Kimmel Center and Hillary Clinton’s after party. Sometimes it’s hard to tell who’s a celebrity, especially if you don’t really watch TV or read celebrity magazines, but hey I think these two could potentially be one….

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Harvey Hurdle and Kevin Yoder

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Also spotted at the party Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux, entrepeneurs for Clinton organization and Richard Garriott, billionaire Video Gamer and 2nd private citizen to fly to space. (Philly.com will have his pix up shortly for your enjoyment. John picked him out of the crowd cause he was fun dressed, and then I shot him for the same reason, but it was random, we didn’t know his amazing story. )

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Dustin Lance Black who was also in town for Equality Forum.

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Around 2AM – President soon to be First Gentleman, Bill Clinton, Madame President Hillary Clinton with Senator Tim Kaine and his wife Anne Holton.

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Ashley Judd, Morgan Fairchild, a Baldwin – Billy and more at DNC Day 2

Day 2 of the DNC had me sleeping in a tad later than usual til 830AM. Monday was a killer as I worked from 7AM til 3AM. Wednesday looks to be the same so this is going to be a quick post as it’s 2AM and I have got to get to sleep b4 I pop up on your boob tube at 930AM.

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The Creative Coalition was at it again spreading good cheer. Here they are at the DC awareness lunch, helping to get the word out that DC should be the 51st state. David Schwimmer, fresh faced Ashley Judd, a Baldwin – Billy. Troian Bellisario, Reid Scott, Robin Bronk, Executive Director, Allison Pill and Dean Norris.Ashley Ashley Ashley

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Future PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro greets Senator Strauss (D-Pa) and Mayor Muriel Bowser (DC)Ashley  Ashley

The Black Caucus meeting at Delfrisco’s. I will be doing a stand alone column of this party. Great event.

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Then I headed to the Barnes Museum where Comcast feted the Vice President. Ashley HD1_4278 (Custom)

I started walking home, and then found a comfy bench to sit to catch VP Biden’s motorcade pass by. So I’ve been working with Howard Gensler at Philly Daily News, and been placing photos there.

Here’s a link http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/entertainment/celebrities_gossip/DNC-celeb-watch-Ashley-Judd-for-DC-statehood-Sean-Hannity-visits-Wawa-and-more.html

Another shot – http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/entertainment/celebrities_gossip/Tim-Daly-David-Schwimmer-and-more-help-Creative-Coalition-fight-teen-drug-abuse.html

 

Over at Philly Mag I have a column of Philly notables.

PHOTOS: DNC Celeb Spotting With HughE Dillon, Day 1

Follow me on Instagram or Twitter for up to the minute celebrity

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DNC 2016 Delegate Party at PMA – USA Style

DNC 2016 Delegate Party at PMA – USA Style

Philly really knows what hospitality is about, said everyone I chatted with Sunday night at the Delegate Party. Everyone is so friendly, the streets are so cleaned and it’s a beautiful City. Now about this weather….

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Chef Scott Schroeder (South Philadelphia Taproom, American Sardine Bar, Hungrey Pigeon)

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Senator Valencia Seay (Ga), Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake is vice president of community affairs for Independence Blue Cross and also president of the Independence Blue Cross and Senator Connie Johnson, (OK)

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Anna Adams-Sarthou, Communications Director at Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention, Kevin Washo, executive director of the Democratic National Convention’s Host Committee and Rebecca Chariton, Phiadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention

 

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Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr, Jazelle M. Jones, Deputy Managing Director of Operations/Special Events, and Keith Jones

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Romulo L. Diaz Jr., Vice President and General Counsel, PECO, Lauren Feldhake, Director, Customer Financial Ops – ‎PECO Energy , Eric Feldhake, and Carter Jordan, Street Soccer

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FYI: Thanks to the 2016 DNC for inviting me to shoot photos

The 2016 Democratic Convention is being held this week at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia July 25-28, 2016.   Working in partnership with the Philadelphia Host Committee, the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, our goal is to make this the most engaging, innovative and forward looking Convention in history.  The 2016 Democratic National Convention will leverage technology to take the Convention experience well beyond the hall in an effort to engage more Americans than ever before in the event.  With the birthplace of American Democracy as a backdrop, the 2016 convention in Philadelphia will highlight our shared Democratic values and help put the Democratic nominee on a path to victory.

The Democratic Convention is the formal nominating event for the Democratic candidates for President and Vice President.  At the Convention, the Democratic Party also adopts the official Democratic Party platform as well as the rules and procedures governing party activities including the nomination process for presidential candidates in the next election cycle.

The CEO for the 2016 Democratic National Convention is Reverend Leah D. Daughtry. The official website of the 2016 Democratic National Convention is www.demconvention.com.

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Photos: Philly 4 Pulse raises $70,000 for Orlando Tragedy

Photos: Philly 4 Pulse raises $70,000 for Orlando Tragedy

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Mayor Jim Kenney, Councilman Mark Squilla, Judge Dan Anders, Eagles player Connor Barwin, Mike Jerrick and Chris Murphy, Fox 29 and many other local officials and media personalities served as guest bartenders as part of this city-wide fundraiser for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando.

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The Mayor served up cocktails at Rosewood. Other participants included Tabu (200 S. 12th Street), ICandy (254 S. 12th Street), Knock (225 S. 12th Street), Tavern on Camac (243 S. Camac Street), Stir (1705 Chancellor Street),

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Woody’s (202 S. 13th Street), Boxers (1330 Walnut Street), U Bar (1220 Locust Street), Franky Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor Street), Voyeur (1221 St. James Street), Bike Stop (206 S. Quince Street), Valanni (1229 Spruce Street), Bob and Barbara’s (1509 South Street), William Way Community Center (1315 Spruce Street).’

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Councilman Mark Squilla and Eagles Connor Barwin

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Over $70,000 was raised, said Jeffrey Sotland, co-owner of Tabu who planned the fundraiser with the other bar owners.  The money will go to Equality Florida, which has partnered with a national agency to ensure transparency and efficiency in disbursing the donations. Pulse

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Bachelor auction at Boxers with the fabulous Alexander Kacala, Next Magazine

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hey you at Tabu

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Woody’s Dance Floor

 

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Their tip money, as well as donations collected at the door and money made from selling T-shirts all goes to Equality Florida.

“The families of the deceased are trying to bring some normalcy back to their lives,” explains Executive Director Nadine Smith. “The funds we have raised will be a big part of helping ease just a little bit the pain they are enduring right now.” (CBS3)

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Sneak Preview of Political Fest – DONT MISS IT With Melissa Fitzgerald

Sneak Preview of Political Fest – DONT MISS IT With Melissa Fitzgerald
DO NOT MISS THIS EXHIBIT – IT’s AMazing, and informative. Heres a sneak preview, you’ll be able to see what spots are Family Friendly for the kids, but all the spots are great for people who are interested in learning tidbits, and interesting facts about our country’s history, electoral process, family life of the presidents and the First Ladies Dresses. Tickets are $15, $8 for kids. Buy them at the Constitution Center or online. The ticket is good for the duration of the DNC which is through Thursday. You can even ride the Phlash bus for FREE that does a special Political Fest route. Here’s my story and I’m sticking with it….follow me here and on my socials for the latest happening #DemsinPhilly #DNC2016

I had a chance to check out all the Political Fest exhibits yesterday on a special tour with Gov Ed Rendell, as well as with Melissa Fitzgerald, who starred on the popular TV show – West Wing, and will be hosting Political Fest shows at the Constitution Center.

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National Constitution Center (525 Arch Street)

Theme: Headed to the White House

The National Constitution Center will serve as the hub for PoliticalFest, and will be the only brick and mortar location where tickets to PoliticalFest will be sold. The National Constitution Center will also be home to PoliticalFest Main Stage. All PoliticalFest guests will be able to attend PoliticalFest Main Stage events as part of their general admission ticket, and members of the public will be able to participate in PoliticalFeud. In order to participate, additional tickets must be reserved in advance of the desired participation time. Tickets to participate as well as tickets for priority seating at any of the Main Stage events, can be reserved at www.phldnc.com/PoliticalFest. There is no cost to participate in or attend Main Stage, beyond the fee of a general admission PoliticalFest ticket.

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The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention today conducted a press tour with Governor Ed Rendell and Melissa Fitzgerald, who played Carol Fitzpatrick in The West Wing, highlighting the great diversity of exhibits to be displayed at seven different locations throughout PoliticalFest. PoliticalFest, a festival celebrating United States history, politics, and the road to the White House, will highlight the contributions made by important figures and movements since the nation’s founding.

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These exhibits will be on display at each of the seven PoliticalFest locations and will create a fun, inclusive, and educational experience for residents, delegates, and members of the media. PoliticalFest will run July 22-27th, open 10am-6pm daily.

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Here we are at the Pennsylvania Convention Hall on tour with Kristyn Aldrich, LeapStarr, who is producing the event. With her is Melissa Fitzgerald, and Gov Ed Rendell, Chair of the 2016 Democratic National Convention Host Committee 

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It’s at the Convention Center that you can pick up a lot of great DNC2016 merchandise, including products made from local Philadelphians.

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Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall F (1101 Arch Street)  Theme: Politics and You!  Includes:  ·  C-SPAN’s The American Presidents exhibit  ·  C-SPAN’s Electoral Boards  ·  Oval Office Replica, presented by Facebook   ·  Air Force One Fuselage replica  ·  Photo walls featuring key political features and their impacts on society “Voting Through Time” exhibit, showing voting booths from the past, present and future.  ·   “I Am Democracy Photo Mosaic” for which guests will take individual photos that will be transformed into a larger digital mosaic of an American flag.  ·   Memorabilia Store, including Host Committee merchandise from local designers like Project Runway winner Dom Streater and apparel favorite Duke & Winston, as well as rare collector’s items.  ·   “Future Leaders Fun Zone” featuring games and other activities for children

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Heritage Center at the Union League (140 S. Broad Street)

Theme: Political Conventions in Philadelphia

Includes:

  • Sweep the Country: Political Conventions in Philadelphia,an exhibit that tells the stories of the 11 conventions held in Philadelphia.

 

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Library Company of Philadelphia (1314 Locust Street)

Theme: Presidential Archives

Includes:

  • Presidential Libraries
  • Exhibit featuring writings, photographs and artifacts from the museum’s own collection, including:

o A life mask of George Washington;

o A death mask of Abraham Lincoln;

o Rare books, graphics, and manuscripts about the founding of the nation;

o Women in American politics;

o 19th-century African-American political conventions.

 

Historical Society of Philadelphia (1300 Locust Street)

Theme: Founding Documents

Includes:

  • “Behind The Ballot,” an interactive exhibit provided by the city of Birmingham, Alabama, highlighting the Civil Rights Act and the Voters Rights Act, as well as a lookback at the events that took place in 1963.
  • Proof of Declaration of Independence
  • Samples of Articles of Confederation
  • Draft of the Constitution of the United States
  • “We the People” collection, including:

o   Constitution of Women’s Suffrage Association with a note by Susan B. Anthony

o   Lithograph of the Emancipation Proclamation

o   Map of part of Bucks County released by the Indians to the “Proprietaries of Pensilvania” in September 1737

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Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent (15 S. 7th Street)

Theme: Philadelphia and the Presidency

Includes:

  • Original election coverage from the Philadelphia Tribune, the nation’s oldest and the Philadelphia region’s largest African-American daily publication, featuring iconic front pages and landmark political moments from the paper’s extensive coverage of national politics.
  • Philadelphia Gay News interviews with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign.
  • Philadelphia Memorabilia Perspective featuring pieces from local collectors that highlight Philadelphia’s political convention history.
  • Short documentary of local collectors’ historical artifacts described in their own words.
  • Whistle Stop Philadelphia! will provide guests with a photo-opp with a life-size train replica, like those that were used during whistle stop campaign tours.
  • Philadelphia and the Presidency Exhibit

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National Liberty Museum (312 Chestnut Street)

Theme: First Families

Includes:

  • “First Ladies: Influence & Image” video, featuring stories of America’s 45 First Ladies.
  • A show-stopping display of featured dresses worn by First Ladies going back to Martha Washington.
  • White House China dating back to George Washington.
  • An exclusive photo exhibit highlighting First Families, provided by National Geographic.
  • “Larger Than Life” photo wall, featuring key political figures and their impact on society.
  • Johnston & Murphy Presidential Footwear Collection, highlighting 12 former presidents who wore Johnston & Murphy shoes.
  • The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement’s kids program will offer a special, interactive program for K-12 students encouraging civic engagement and explaining the process of running for and winning the Presidency.

MelissaThe Host Committee also announced a special group discount for PoliticalFest tickets. For adult groups of 10 or more, tickets are available to group members for $10 per person. For groups of 10 or more students, seniors, or children, tickets are available to group members for $4 per person. Group rate tickets and individual tickets can be purchased here.

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The Walnut Club – The Women’s Networking Club – Celebrates

Last month The Walnut Club celebrated their first year anniversary at Positano Coast in Old City where they served some of their most popular dishes, along with specialty cocktails and beer.
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The Walnut Club is a networking club which introduces ambitious women to the best people, resources and events for advancing, connecting and playing in Philadelphia. Many of Philly’s women business leaders joined  founder Marla McDermott, to celebrate the milestone.
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Theresa Hrivnak, Indulgence Cupcakery, Stephanie McCullough, Founder of Sofia Financial, Jennifer Dubin and Tito Ogunsola-Smith, Concierge Physical Therapy

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Joyce Akiko and Kristen Colia

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A few good men

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Liza Herschel, Molly Collet and Diane Sharp

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Ann King Lagos and Toni Renee Leslie of REALM Fine + Fashion Jewelry

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Dajanaye Rollins, Angela Harris, Marla McDermottm, Christina Henck, Beverly Buella

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Christina Henck, Marla McDermott, President and Co-Founder The Walnut Club, Natanya DiBona Co-Founder The Walnut Club, Katie Honey and Julie Green, Vice President and Co-Founder The Walnut Club

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You want to get to know the Walnut Club, and support “Women Making History”,

Sunday, July 24th from 11am-3pm @ Water Works
Women Making History Celebration/ Welcome DNC Event
As Philadelphia takes the national stage during the Democratic National Convention, we will be welcoming legislators and celebrating female history-makers. The event will honor local and national women for their achievements in business, media, arts, and of course, politics. Proceeds benefit Vision 2020: Equality in Sight. Details and tickets: WomenMakingHistory.us.

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Gwen Stefani Spent The Day in Philly with her Kids

Gwen Stefani Spent The Day With Her Kids in Philly
I may be late in posting today (Tuesday, 3:30PM), but I have a good reason. Did some columns, shot one of my pro-bono charity gigs then waited for the lovely Gwen Stefani.

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A shot I took of Gwen w/family leaving Morimoto in 2009

The Throwback Tour of the Summer is happening, and tonight it’s in Philly as Gwen Stefani and Eve are playing the BT&T Pavillion in Camden.   Stefani, who has a hot hit right now with her beau Blake Shelton, is bringing Philly’s own Eve along on the road for the This Is What the Truth Feels Like Tour, which kicked off on July 12 and wraps up with a show in Los Angeles on October 15.

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Sunday night she and Blake performed their duet “Go Ahead and Break My Heart,” at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA. But don’t expect to see him tonight cause when she checked into her hotel,  The Ritz on Monday, all she brought were a lot of Toys R Us bags, while wheeling in a box with a kids blow up pool, yes really.

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I remember in 2009 when I chatted about Gwen and family in Philly on my Fox 29 celeb segment, her son Kingston was spotted riding his big wheel down the halls of the Ritz Carlton. I can’t imagine what it was like to have a kids pool in the room last night, do you think they filled it to the top?

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@NicoleisNik from   tweeted she saw Gwen’s kids on her plane from LA yesterday afternoon. They were all reunited at The Ritz that afternoon, and spent quality mom time, where Gwen said in a Charlotte Observer interview, that it was back to reality time and her being a mom for a bit.

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After play time Gwen, and her tour manager headed to Estia (1405 Locust St) for dinner. I heard they dined on Langoustines

How cute is that dress – it’s by Bernie Dexter

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Up early Tuesday, Gwen and the kids headed to the Please Touch Museum for a little fun before heading to the BT&T Pavilion for tonight’s concert.

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Here’s some of their luggage being loaded onto the tour bus, they also brought out the toys, some in bags, some lose, no sign of the pool, did they leave it behind? That’s Gwen’s assistant, pretty in pink, and tour director. Eve entertained friends and family at her hotel at the Sofitel (120 S 17th St,), and was seen leaving with bags at 230PM

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Speaking of throwbacks: Yes that was Mark McGrath from Sugar Ray fame eating lunch at Ruby Tuesdays at Shops of Liberty Place yesterday. They’re playing in Bethlehem Pa Wed.

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BTW I was at the Shops of Liberty Place today and saw that the renovations were done at Kiehl’s and it looks like it’s opening soon.

 

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Philly Gossip: Justin Beiber, Dario Saric , Howard Eskin, Journey, Barry Bonds,

Justin Beiber, Howard Eskin, Journey, Barry Bonds

Happy Monday. It’s not slowing down, but I finally got a chance to review a schedule for all the DNC2016 events that are coming up and I plan to cover. Follow along with me on Social Media as I tell you daily the who, what, when and where as I seek out them during the convention week.

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Friday night Marilyn Russell, Kory Aversa and I participated in the 8th Annual Cabot Creamery Coopertative Bad Beat on Hunger Poker Tournament to support the Community FoodBank of New Jersey – Southern Branch at Borgata’s in Atlantic City. Howard Eskin came by to say hi and give his support.

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I didn’t win but I lasted 4.5 hrs, besting my time last year by 2 hrs. At one point I won $50,000 from one of the pro’s, but that luck didn’t last long. It was a lot of fun, for a great cause. Next year I will remind you months out when the date will be so you can join us. Kory did have beginers luck, plus he bet conservatively he told me. He lasted 7hrs. Shortly after his run we all got luck as Justin Bieber stopped by to play a hand of poker and change his shirt on the gaming floor. I posted about it on Saturday, and last night came across a few more photos.

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Check out my coverage of everything that went down here, and what shirt he changed into…

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New Sixers player Dario Saric is in town. In between meeting with officials he’s been hitting up Rittenhouse Square eateries. Thursday he went to Parc’s on the Square, the following night he was spotted at Zama.

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Journey “Don’t Stop Believing” was in town for their concert on July 15. Last night before they flew out of town they stopped by Davio’s where they enjoyed the Spring rolls, Taglietelle Bolognese, cavatelli, lamb rack and Salmon dish.

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Last night I had a working dinner with Annie Heckenberger at Del Frisco’s. Never a dull moment with her, and as we got up we noticed Barry Bonds was having dinner with a lady friend next to us. Now he knows my DNC schedule too.

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Annie’s on the DNC Host Committee, and I lent her my camera for the month so when I’m not around she shoots the events. BTW she does much more than that for them, but when you’re working for a great cause you wear many hats. Saturday was the #DonkeysAroundTown run through the City. The above shot is at Independence Visitor Center. 7-18-2016 10-48-18 AM

The run started at the Navy Yard.

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Check out the website for addition events.

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Congrats to Philly Media’s assistant features editor Molly Eichel for her recognition as the Vigoda Award winner for May

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FAQ’s From City of Philadelphia for DNC

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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Democratic National Convention

When is the Convention? When do we expect Convention attendees to arrive and leave?

• The Democratic National Convention (DNC) begins Monday, July 25th,
and ends Thursday evening, July 28th. Attendees will arrive as soon as
Friday, July 22nd, and leave by Friday, July 29th.

Where does the Convention take place?
• The Convention takes place at the Wells Fargo Center in the evening
hours, typically from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. There will be smaller caucus and
council meetings during work hours at the Pennsylvania Convention
Center as well.

How many people are coming to Philadelphia for the Convention?

• The City expects approximately 50,000 Convention participants between
delegates, media, and other attendees.
Are there any changes to trash and recycling service during the DNC? Are
there any changes to municipal services, such as; court hours, jury duty, and city employee work schedules?

• At this time, all city services are expected to operate as scheduled. If that
changes, the information will be available on the City’s DNC home page:
www.phila.gov/democraticnationalconvention.

Will police and fire services be affected in my neighborhood due to re-
assignment of first-responders?
• Philadelphia Police, Philadelphia Fire and EMS services will not be
impacted by the DNC.

Will highways or streets be closed during the DNC?

• At this time, we do not anticipate extended road or highway closures in
Center City and other areas outside of the Stadium District. There may be
rolling closures due to dignitary movements or protests.

• Before you leave the house, we encourage you to check
@PhiladelphiaGov for any traffic news.

• There will be traffic restrictions around the sports complex, and we
expect United States Secret Service to announce those by early July at
the absolute latest. When they are announced, you can find the
information here: www.phila.gov/democraticnationalconvention.

How can the public be aware if large demonstrations are going to affect
them?

• Planned permitted demonstrations that impact traffic or require road
closures will be included on the City website road closure page, and
updates provided via social media. For more information visit:
www.phila.gov/democraticnationalconvention and follow
@PhiladelphiaGov.

• Demonstrations that deviate from the planned route or do not attain a
permit will be updated via social media. Follow @PhillyPolice and @PhiladelphiaGov

Will any SEPTA routes change during the DNC?
• Additional service along the Broad Street Line (BSL) will be added during
the convention. Travelers should expect crowds on public transit similar
to sporting events when Convention programming begins and ends.
While the Convention has not yet released their full schedule, historically
sessions have begun at 5 p.m. and concluded at 11 p.m.

• Transit riders can sign up for SEPTA alerts regarding system delays and
service disruptions through the City’s mass notification system,
ReadyPhiladelphia: www.phila.gov/ready.

• SEPTA also offers information through their website and social media:
http://www.septa.org/realtime/status/system-status.shtml and
http://www.septa.org/alert/twitter.html

Will there be special parking or towing restrictions?

• There will be some parking or towing restrictions, though we do not
expect it to be nearly as extensive as last year’s Papal Visit. Before the
weekend of July 23, and throughout the week of the DNC, please be sure
to check the street signs near where you normally park each day to
ensure there are no temporary parking restrictions.

Will the City allow camping?

• Because of the resources needed to manage the Convention, no permits
will be issued for camping.
Will it be difficult to go out during the Convention? Will restaurants have
available seating?

• Because the Convention historically takes place from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
each evening, Center City and other area dining destinations should have
open tables, especially during dinner hours, should you want to take
advantage of them.

Can I get into the Wells Fargo Center if I am not a credentialed media member
or delegate? Can anyone attend the convention?

• Only those who are credentialed have access inside the Wells Fargo
Center, which include media, delegates, politicians, and volunteers.
However, the smaller councils and caucus meetings which take place
during the day at the Pennsylvania Convention Center are open to the
public.

How can I participate in the DNC?

• There are a number of fun Convention-related events happening around
town for the public, even if you’re not interested in politics. For more
information and a list of events, go to www.phldnc.com.
What if I have questions that aren’t answered here?

• We encourage you to first go to
www.phila.gov/democraticnationalconvention. If your questions aren’t
answered there, you can always call 3-1-1 for non-emergencies. The week
of the Convention, 311 will have extended hours from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Justin Bieber Disses NJ Girl, Then Heads To Borgata To Blow Off Steam

Justin Bieber Disses NJ Girl, Then Heads To Borgata To Blow Off Steam
Bad Timing: “I probably don’t want that shit” Justin Bieber admonishes a fan who tried to gift him with a hat onstage as he was getting into the zone talking about what his tour “Purpose” meant. He then slightly apologized saying “it was a bit mean, but you got me out of the zone.” Then he picked up where he left off and well watch it here:

I spoke to the mom of Miranda Brody, (17) of Short Hills NJ

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who threw the hat up on stage for the Biebs to enjoy. It was created by Miranda, founder of the BEANBACK, it’s a hybrid beanie and baseball cap, it’s a chill hat for chill people. She just wanted to give him a gift so she threw it onstage hoping he would put it on and he dissed her. She is still a belieber.

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The concert went on as she enjoyed her stage side spot looking on as the BEANBACKspent a good amount of time at his feet.

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As this was going on I was at the Borgata participating in Cabot’s Bad Beat Celebrity Poker Game for SJ Food Bank. It just so happens we were playing in the exclusive gated room so none of the big buck players could get in there. Around Midnight someone walked up to me and said Justin Bieber is playing poker near the bathroom. Really I just left the bathroom, I missed him.

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Now I have to apologize for the quality of the photos, the Biebs has a bunch of security guards around him. I knew I would be blocked and maybe kicked out if I whipped out my camera, and I was there for charity. In addition it was impossible to get close to him with the cell phone as guards were chasing people away. But I did get fun shots and a fun story.

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The normally quiet poker room was abuzz with excitement, or as I instagramed Justin Bieber playing poker at Borgata Atlantic City, driving grown men to gasp and gawk.

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He literally plopped down at a random table and began to play. Justin was playing at this table because the charity game I was playing in was in the high stakes room, and it was a tournament and passed the time you could jump into the game. It was midnight, 8 hrs into play. I lasted 5 hrs.

 

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These tables are empty as the tournament played here, and as people were eliminated they consolidated them into the high rollers room.

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At one point Justin jumped up and headed in the bathroom, no guards followed him in, just a regular guy doing his business.  Then he was out in a jiffy where a roadie handed him

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a red shirt to put on (far right). He literally took his pink shirt off and switched shirts. I was unable to get a decent shot of his new tattoo’s for you because this blond women was shirking in delight, swaying side to side, as grown men looked on and gawked.

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And then he strolled out, hitting up the new Borgata night club – The Premier.

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Then the poker players sat down, put on their sunglasses and earphones, and life returned to normal, where no one talked to each other and put their serious game face on.