PHL17 Departures, Chase Lenfest, Mark Voci, Bethenny Frankel Everywhere

Hello, it’s Thursday. The week is almost over. I was so busy this week I didn’t do my normal, or what I’m trying to do normal, Monday gossip/tidbit column. Things are busy, my sister needed some time off so I’m scrambling to do both our jobs. It’ll work out, but if you’re a client and I haven’t posted your event yet, whether here or some where else, know it’s being taken care of and will pop up soon. Also if you’re a client your photos are coming back soon, but feel free to drop me a line. Same thing for the invoices. Those are terribly behind, that’s always bad, but I want to get everything published before I take care of myself. Anyway here’s some fun scoop for you.


WB17 says goodbye:

Good luck to David Grzybowski, yesterday was his last day at PHL17 Eye Opener. I was thrilled to be interviewed by him about Made in America 2 weeks ago. He’s off to another plum assignment, which he will announce very soon.  Francesca Ruscio who left PHL17 last month, she’s now on NBC10 doing back up traffic reporter.


Say what? He’s so funny. Chase’s new hotel “The W” at 15th and Chestnut, is looking good. They have several floors up already.

A few answers from his FB Friends:

Ana Lewis As long as pitch better then 50cent,you’ll be ok hun!!!

Bill O’Brien You’re a trip. Here’s what you do, go to your Doctor now and get Rx for Provigil. It’s what Fighter pilots use for super concentration. Then because of the current clown scare across the country you dress up as a clown. Then you ask if you can take your best shot. And they’ll say yes. So you do an overexaggerated wind up and keep doing that as you run towards the catcher. Then you leap in the air like Michael Jordon and slam the ball in the catcher’s mit. He’ll say ” what was that” and being a clown you say ” a slam dunk, my best shot”. After all this you’ll be on ESPN top plays of the week, the clown crisis will be resolved and you’ll sign a long term contract with Ringley to help pay ur rent.


BJ Davis Chase! Think Major League meets The Rookie meets Bull Durham meets Sandlot meets Field of Dreams!…its your show!

Jeff Pressman Picture the fans are all naked?



Successful businessman Wayne Kimmel publishes his first book. Even without opening it I can recommend it to you. Download it here.


A great interview by Lauren Lipton

Meet Irene Baker, and get a signed copy of  her newly-released book,”100 Things To Do In Philadelphia Before You Die.” Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 6 – 8 p.m. at McGillin’s Ale House (1310 Drury Street)

Speaking of cocktails:

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) will host founder of Skinnygirl® Cocktails and “The Real Housewives of New York City” star Bethenny Frankel on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. at the Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store at 1112 Chestnut St. in Philadelphia. Bethenny will meet with fans and sign purchased bottles from her Skinnygirl Cocktails line. There will also be samples of the stuff for those of age waiting in line.


She’s getting around cause you’ll remember last week I wrote that Bethenny Frankel will host interactive demonstrations showing attendees how to get creative with some of the tasty offerings from Savor King of Prussia restaurants on Sunday, September 25 6-9PM.  The demonstrations will be followed by a brief Q&A and autograph session with fans. King of Prussia is proud to match up to $25,000 of the evening sales to Abramson Cancer Center.


Philly’s chef couple Billy Riddle and Jen Carroll were in town for friend


Jackie Baik and Frank Kemp wedding at Waterworks.


Trump talking head, Erin Elmore, supports democratic candidate Kate McGinty against Pa Senator Toomey. Here she’s pictured with hubby Craig Spencer, son Royce and Mayor Kenney at a fundraiser held at the Spitzer/Elmore home on Tuesday.



This is the craziest photo at the Rocky Statue to date


Philadelphia resident Angel Dejesus is the lucky winner of Santander’s Bank on Your Eagles Pride Sweepstakes. He receives a pair of tickets to every Eagles regular season home game this season. Dejesus kicked off the 2016 football season by enjoying the game in the Santander Field Club with his girlfriend Brenda Rivera and former Eagles cornerback Bobby Taylor at the Eagles’ season opener on Sunday. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Dejesus has been an avid Eagles fan his entire life. His photo entry for the contest featured him alongside his girlfriend and granddaughter decked out in Eagles gear. He plans to share the tickets with his girlfriend, Brenda Rivera, who told him about the contest and helped him submit his entry.



On a sad note, Mark Voci passed away on Sept. 9, 2016 of Havertown formerly of SW Phila. after a long battle with brain cancer. Mark created “Style Me Hired Makeover”, a philanthropic organization that helped women transition from unemployment to employment by giving them makeovers, working with Career Wardrobe and providing them with an outfit for interviews, and connecting them with professionals to help them with their resumes as well as interviewing on the spot with top companies in the area. It was amazing how he put his heart and soul into this project to change lives. He was amazing. Two years ago he was diagnosed with debilitating brain cancer. I’m at a loss for words for this tragedy, but what an amazing legacy he left behind. Bless you Mark and the Voci family. Here’s my coverage on one of the years I was there, I covered it for about three years being introduced to him by Garden Wellington. STYLE ME HIRED