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September 2018


About Last Night: Feastival

About Last Night: Feastival

Hey guys sorry for the spotty blog postings this week, as you know I photographed so many events last weekend that it has taken all week to process the photos for the media. Last night I attended one of the best events of the season – Feastival. As usual it was over the top amazing. I have compiled a few photos to showcase the evening. Look for photos to appear in November’s Philly Mag as well as today on CBSPhilly. Have a great Weekend.

Audi FEASTIVAL is Philadelphia’s premier annual fundraiser benefiting FringeArts, which brings the hottest movers and shakers in the city’s business, culinary, and arts scenes into one exclusive, unforgettable party on the Delaware Waterfront.

Arthur Etchells and Michelle Cassidy Etchells 
Albert Lee and Danielle Sievers
Fabiola Cineas, Business Column Philly Mag, and Alex Tewfik, Foobooz Philly Mag
Virgil, David and Wendell
Townsend Wentz and friends
Dan Reinherz, Hadas Kuznits and Melony Roy JonCarl Lachman excited to open take over part of the Washington Square West landmark More Than Just Ice Cream after it closes next week.  Winkel will be opening in November says Mike Klein.

2018 marks the annual Fringe Festival’s 22nd year, bringing the best contemporary, innovative and ground-breaking art to Philadelphia. Each September for the past nine years, this premier arts festival joined forces with Philadelphia’s world-class restaurants to present Audi FEASTIVAL, a benefit for FringeArts. Described as a “completely delicious and amazing” evening and named “one of the best events in the last decade,” Audi FEASTIVAL celebrates both our artistic and culinary scenes – two great economic engines that push Philadelphia forward. Audi  FEASTIVAL has been hailed as “the cultural event of the year,” “best party in Philadelphia,” and “a party from a different world”.


#FourSeasonsPopDown Philly Party

#FourSeasonsPopDown Philly Party

#FourSeasonsPopDown Philly Party took place last night at Bok Bar in South Philly. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when I received the invite in June, but I had planned to attend. Then Philly Fall Social Season started after Labor Day, and this past weekend I photographed 11 events. I realized Pop Down, was just a Pop Dream for me and I’d have to miss it to try and catch up on my work.
So thanks to Sheila Hess for sending a few my way, I hear it was a hot party.

Everyone I knew was there, it really was an amazing event and beautifully decorated.
It was a celebration of the future Four Seasons Hotel, scheduled to open in 2019
Sharon Pinkenson and Mike Jerrick were there, as were many local reporters and anchors.
This week the movie 17 Bridges with Chadwick Boseman, has started filming in Philly. On Monday it was filming inside a building on 16th and Arch, and yesterday and
today it’s near 3rd and Wood in Old City. As I mentioned I’m slammed with work and haven’t been able to go out and capture the film, which I hear had over 100 extras dressed as NYC cops as background yesterday.
Are you ready to party? has taken over an old high school-turned rooftop bar () and filled it with masters of their craft: Chef , floral artist & many more.
Spotted among the plants was Nicole Michalik, Matthew Ray, Ben Simmons, Michael Braunstein, Alexander Hankins, Leah Kauffman, Kenneth Hilario, Yocasta Lora, Dr. Jen Caudle, Davida Janae, Alex and Mike  – both sets, Jason D. Bloom, M.D.
Brittney Shipp, and so many more who enjoyed the event of the season as Matt Ray tells me.
who has the best video of the evening.
Alissa Frederico, Alex Holley (condolences on her great grandmother passing away), Sheila Hess and DJ Jazzy Jeff
who was spinning at the hot party, on the same day his musical partner Will Smith celebrated his 50th birthday by bungee jumping.

Spectacular tent
Sheila Hess and the best dressed couple in Philly – Brandon Morrison and Stacey Kracher.
Check out where Brandon was on Saturday in my CBSPhilly columnAnother spectacular party I shot this week was the Walnut Club honors Gloria Allred. At it’s completion the founders, Gloria and Marilyn Russell
danced on stage to Laura Brannigan’s Gloria – The Philly Voice

A few more parties I photographed last week
Philly Style

And then yesterday if you tried to come into PhillyChitChat, we were off the air as the Alicia DiMichele wedding photos were very popular with her fans from around the world. Bluehost, my server, told me PCC was overwhelmed with 1ks hits an hour. In the end I had to have Alicia delete all references to my blog, and when it finally went live again I had a record 10ks hits for only being “live” for 7 hrs yesterday. So you can imagine yesterday was a fairly stressful day, and I needed a chillaxing night. Check out the wedding ceremony held at DILWORTH Park TODAY, but not all at once

The view from my balcony last night – I hope they keep the Lateran lit going forward.

Cheers to the Four Seasons soon to open at the top of the Comcast Center.
What a nice party to celebrate their future.


Reality Star, Businesswomen Alicia DiMichele Marries Rob LaScala

Alicia DiMichele Marries Rob LaScala


What a wonderful surprise it was to be invited to Alicia DiMichele and Rob LaScala’s very intimate wedding on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at City Hall, on Dilworth Plaza. I wasn’t able to attend the reception as I had been booked a year out for a charity event, but I did see the wonderful love of friends and family during the beautiful wedding that afternoon.

I hate titling Alicia DiMichele, a star of Mob Wives: New Blood on VH1 as I know she’s much more than just the title that got her fame.  To me she’s a terrific mom, partner, friend and entrepreneur, creating her eponymous clothing store Alicia DiMichele Boutique In the past few years since the popular Mob Wife show went off the air, she’s been sharing her life on social media. She’s beloved, just read the comments her Social Media fans leave. I’m lucky, I’ve gotten to know her over the years, and she’s always been supportive in my life appearing at charity events which I support.  I couldn’t be happier for her, meeting “the last love of her life” and marrying Rob LaScala, a very successful restaurateur in the Philly area.

Many of the guests were staying across the street at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, and arrived for the wedding a few moments before start time. Above is her brother Anthony DiMichele, who is co owner/operator of Alicia’s boutique.

Also spotted in the crowd was Dorothy Toran an executive in charge of production at Sirens Media which producers the Real Housewives of New Jersey. The rumor is either Alicia is going to join the Real Housewives of New Jersey, or be a part of the forever trying to launch, Real Housewives of Philadelphia. Wait and see….
Liz and John Walsh,
good friends of Rob LaScala.
John Walsh’s sister Colleen is my sister’s Crista’s best friend since Kindergarten
Small world!! Cousin in Law, and more importantly BFF Maureen Vecere captured the day on Alicia’s instagram account.
It was nice to meet her husband Vinnie.

Guest, Alisa Martino Frederico, Jill Rizen and Andy Henning
Alicia giving her boys love before they walk into their future

Carlo, Anthony and Rocco walk their mother down the aisle at Dilworth Park on Saturday, September 22, 2018

Alicia told me she fell in love with the dress when she saw the “belt” at the waist.
The boys suits were custom made by Edge Tailoring Marries
The officiant was former Governor Edward Rendell
MarriesThe vowels were serious, but as everyone was nervous their were a few takes on getting all the correct words in, and in order.

aliciadimicheleI want to share something special with all of you. When Rob and I were on our Easter vacation, we were starting to plan our wedding. We talked about what we both wanted, and we both agreed that we wanted it to be soon, right after summer, so September was perfect. All we really cared about was having our boys there and family and a few close friends to celebrate. We never looked at the calendar (we were laying by the pool) lol That night I prayed to help us pick a date. And the number 22 flashed in my mind as I woke up. I immediately pushed it out of my mind as September 22nd is the day my father passed away. I never even mentioned this to Rob. As the days went on I was seeing 22 everywhere. On the last day, we were again by the pool and 22 kept coming in my mind. I took out my phone and looked on the calendar. I was so curious now as to what day was the 22nd even on that month?? I can’t believe it, it was a Saturday. This was my sign🙏🏼On that day I lost the first love of my life. I whole heartedly know without a doubt that my dad sent me Rob. And now my dad made sure that on that once sad day, will turn into my best day. I will be marrying the last love of my life👰🏻 #whatagift #evenwhenwereghosts #thankyoudaddy #wedding #weddinggift

Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Robert LaScala



Stats on 17th Celebrates it’s Opening, and Tee Fish’s Birthday Next Week

Stats on 17th Celebrates it’s Opening, and Tee Fish’s Birthday Next Week


You read it hear first over the summer, Stats on 17th was opening in time for the Fall sports season. I was there to photograph opening night.

Philadelphia’s new ultimate sports bar and nightclub Stats on 17th celebrated its grand opening in Rittenhouse  Thursday, September 6, 2018. The grand opening festivities continued all weekend with a packed house catching NFL football and other sports on TV’s that dot the new sports venue.

Friday and Saturday night will feature the areas top DJs and entertainment at 10:00pm. Stats Sundays will make their debut with game day action, DJs, entertainment, drink specials and more starting at 3:00pm. Stats on 17th is now taking reservations for tables, bottle service and private events by calling 215-309-3080 or visiting

John and Lisa Bruno

Val Reed and Terri Candall

Danny Govberg, Ashley Govberg and Justin Veas

Collin Fahey and Kellyn Gallagher

Bar/Club Overall Hours:
Mondays – 4:00pm to 12:00am (Monday Night Football Specials)
Tuesdays – 4:00pm to 12:00am
Wednesdays – 4:00pm to 12:00am
Thursdays – 4:00pm to 12:00am
Thursdays – 4:00pm to 12:00am (Thursday Night Football Specials)
Fridays – 11:00am to 8:00pm (Transition to nightclub 9:30pm to 2:00am)
Saturdays – 11:00am to 8:00pm (Transition to nightclub 9:30pm to 2:00am)
Sundays – 11:00am to 12:00am (Sunday Funday/ #StatsSundays at 3:00pm)

Kitchen Hours:
Mondays through Thursdays – 4:00pm to Midnight
Fridays and Saturdays – 11:00am to 8:00pm
Sundays – 11:00am to 11:00pm

Elaine Graber and Jill Rizen – you know these two will be on the dance floor every weekend


Monday through Thursday
4:00pm to 6:00pm

(chicken meatball with grinded celery served with buffalo sauce topped with blue cheese crumbles and blue cheese dressing)

STATS Nachos $5.00
(nacho chips served with chicken, guacamole, jalapenos, Pico de Gallo, sour cream, and hot sauce)

Grilled Veggie Quesadilla $5.00
(veggie quesadilla served with a side of sour cream)

STATS Fries $5.00
(Hand cut fries served with a side of smoke aioli or sweet potato cut topped with powdered sugar served with a side of maple mustard)

Sheila Hess, City Rep and Justin Veas

Anita Oh and Tee Fish at the Stats on 17th Opening

Tee Fish is a familiar name and face to those in the Center City club industry as he has served as doorman and security for 18 straight years at clubs like Rumor, G Lounge, Egypt, Shampoo, Tango, Zee Bar and more. He won best door host award in the Philadelphia Nightlife for three years in a row. He said, “I am very excited to once again work in Rittenhouse at Stats on 17th. This area is amazing and I love the people of our city. I am proud to be part of this new project and work with Justin and the team for the first time. See you at the door this weekend!”

Come out and help him celebrate his birthday next Thursday 9/27/18 at Stats on 17th.


Sprouts Farmers Market Opens Today – Check out The Pictures Here

Sprouts Farmers Market Opens Today – Check out The Pictures Here

Sprouts Farmers Market opened this morning, Wednesday, September 19, with their first market in Pennsylvania. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at 7am at the 1000 South Broad Street location with the commanding view of Philadelphia’s skyline in the background. 

Sprouts Farmers Market occupies the renovated historic train shed at Broad and Carpenter streets, which remained in disrepair after it’s storied history in the last century.
The train shed was the place where President Abraham Lincoln’s body was held for viewing following his assassination.
There’s a great article at Hidden City Philly about the train shed.

Natural lighting streams into the space
The main focus of Sprouts is it’s produce where they offer Organic produce

as well as regular produce
There’s a honey station, as well as an olive oil station

You know it’s a great place when they carry Vesper Brothers sauces – Hey John Vesper and Bill Vesper.

One of my favorite sections was the one pan meal. Lots of variety, as well as decent prices between $7 to $12.

Sprouts is committed to eliminating waste and fighting hunger in our communities.  Sprouts has a Food Rescue program, through which they donate unsold, edible food to local food banks — or, in Philly’s case, to Philabundance. Today they donated a $20,000 donation to Urban Tree Connection, a Philly-based non-profit that works with low-income communities to transform vacant open spaces.


They have a great bulk area, where you can can choose between nuts,

as well as bulk candy, and trail mix
Apple season is always in at Sprouts Market

The cheese section is up front, but the rest of the dairy products can be found in the back of the store. I spoke to the GM and he promises to look into carrying my favorite cheese – Cabot Cheese, the snack version.

There were a lot of variety of burgers, including veggie selections

This is a great price

Parking is free in the lot next door, as long as you park 90 mins or less and get your parking stub validated at the cashier. For the next two weeks it’s free until they get the gates installed. There were about 7 or 8 check out counters. I think they’re going to need more.

They were missing a few magazines of note, especially Philly Magazine

Ice machine and motorized chairs for shoppin
Everyone today gets a free Sprouts mesh shopping bag
Mum is no longer the word.
Head to Sprout’s Farmer’s Market for fresh produce, meats and organic foods. There’s easy access parking, the aisles are spacious, every week they have blowout sales, there’s a demonstration kitchen, and there is a charity component. It’s a real gift to South Philly.


Mix Master Fashion Show at Bloomingdale’s Celebrates Vintage and Modern Fashion

On Saturday September 15, 2018, Bloomingdale‘s King of Prussia hosted a lunchtime fashion show called Mix Masters, celebrating vintage and modern fashion.

Gift bags in place for fashionistas

Guests were greeted with champagne

12th Street Catering provided delicious treats

The Mix Master look is vintage finds with current trends.

Fashion family the Robersons made it out to the fashion show

Megan Mandell (Bloomindale’s Stylist) and Zach Varquez 
The Front Row

Morgan Perry and Rayana Burton 

mix master and wear plaids with color blocking

All these looks can be picked up at Bloomingdale’s
Vintage 70s look
Rock the house



The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation (TMJF) 5th Annual Blitz, Bow-Ties & Bourbon Gala

The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation (TMJF) 5th Annual Blitz, Bow-Ties & Bourbon Gala

Good morning. Sorry I missed posting a few days last week, as you know Social Season started and well after taking two months off I forgot how to balance my time. I took the time off to get balance, but I forgot work was what I was trying to balance – lol. I think I have things under control.  Also I am learning to use my new computer. You’ll recall my last computer was about 8 years old, on purpose, I didn’t want to learn the new technology. Now I’m learning as I go along.
Hey good looking. Finally I get to see the real Lombardi Trophy up close and personal. They have a few copies floating around, and I have seen them at, most recently at the NFL Experience last week.
Although the real one was at The Today Show taping, and was spotted later that day dining at The Union League.

Last Monday I photographed The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation (TMJF) 5th Annual Blitz, Bow-Ties & Bourbon Fundraiser which was held the night after the big win, helping to kick-off the Eagles’ season in style by hosting its exclusive event on September 10 at the Lincoln Financial Field West VIP Club.  Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the foundation’s youth development programs and initiatives in under-served communities, including Young Dragons –Summer STEAM, a six-week long summer program at Drexel University, dedicated to educating Philadelphia elementary and middle school students living in the ‘Promise Zone’, in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Athletics and Mathematics.

The annual event was held at Union Trust for the first 4 years, but this year The Jenkins Foundation moved it to the Linc, creating an exciting atmosphere where many of our Super Bowl Philadelphia Eagles were on hand meeting and greeting the guests. There were also tours of the stadium for all who attended.  In between checking out the trophy and stadium, guests enjoyed treats from everyone’s favorite eating spots. I’ve heard great things about Love & Honey Fried Chicken.

You know I love Bank & Bourbon at the Loews headed by Executive Chef Thomas Harkins. They have the best Cowboy steak in town, every year I cover their anniversary party where they raise money for the school district. Chef Harkins tells me they have new menu items I have to try; so as soon as I do I’ll tell you about it. Bank & Bourbon is located in the Loews Hotel, at 12th & Market Streets.
Part of the Schulson Collective, everyone is anticipating the opening of their newest eatery Giuseppe & Sons at 1523 Sansom St
In the meantime stop by one of my favorite Italian restaurants D’Angelo’s on 20th Street, near Spruce.
Get the lasagna, my favorite dish.


I headed upstairs to the VIP, vip party and ran into
Miriam Lawrence
joined her daughter Mrs. Malcolm Jenkins – Morrisa Jenkins
Malcolm and Morrisa have two beautiful daughters together; Elle born in December 2013, and Selah Nola born in January 2018. The next big project for Mrs Jenkins is her new natural skincare and self-care boutique, Freedom Apothecary, opening in a few weeks in Northern Liberties at 736 N 2nd Street.
All fans attending the event received official NFL Eagles footballs, which were already signed by Malcolm Jenkins, and then the guests
collected signatures from players that attended.



Other fashionable folks spotted at the gala included Ivory Edwardo and Afea Tucker

My favorite outfit was Annie Apple, who tells me her son Eli Apple plays for the NY Giants, and Malcolm mentors him as they met because they attended the same college. Thoughts are with their family as he was injured in the game with Dallas on Sunday.

Adam Lash (thank you for your service) and Jennifer Costa

Laurel Fairworth, Erica Miller, Courtney Miller, Beth Shak with Chris Long

Always the most stylish guy in the room: Rashad Lambert, ceo Sporty Marketing Group

Emmanuel Acho and Yvonne Orji – the sweetest couple

Looking fabulous Terri Matthews and husband former professional American football player Lee Woodall

Fabulous musicians Lee Mo and Jimmy Coleman

Janet Binswanger and Neil Trueblood hang with the Green Goblin Jalen Mills
Although Nick Foles wasn’t at the event, there was a Philly Special photo signed by him up for auction. He was spotted that evening at Jen Carroll’s new eatery Spiced Finch in Rittenhouse Square enjoying dinner.

Fran Hogan, Kris Flynn, Philly Mag (BTW some of these photos on this page will be heading to the November issue) and Jimmy Contreras, Public Relations The Ritz-Carlton

Philadelphia Eagle Chris Managos poses with fans. Also on hand posing with fans was
Rodney McLeod, who is planning his 2nd Annual Halloween Bash this year. This year he’s hosting “Bowl-O-Ween”
to raise money for American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Check out the clever costumes some of our favorite players wore last year HERE.
Speaking of AACR Pedal to Beat Cancer is on October 6.
Join the AACR for the largest indoor cycling event to raise money for cancer research at Philadelphia’s spectacular music venue, The Fillmore! AACR Revolutions for Research brings together cyclists of all levels, led by high energy instructors. Let’s get moving and #PedalToBeatCancer!


Sandra Rubenstein and Rick DiMariano

The couple of the evening Malcolm Jenkins and Morissa Jenkins. Congrats on a successful event!!
Next up for the dynamic duo, where they will be walking the runway at the annual Fashion Touchdown 2018 which is set for Nov. 5, 2018 at The Fillmore. For the fifth annual event many of our favorite Philadelphia Eagles players will again walk the runway, this time wearing Malcolm Jenkins’ and Jay Amin’s Damari Savile brand along with footwear by ToBox Shoes. Their spouses will don a beautiful line from internationally-acclaimed designer, Nicole Miller. Philadelphia’s own Jason Matthew Salon will donate all hair and makeup services for the female models.  Fashion football fever is in the air. Catch it and attend Fashion Touchdown 2018. Get your tickets and support a great cause at HERE


Philly’s Bradley Cooper In Town for ‘A Star Is Born’ Screening – My Review, What He Said to The Audience

Philly’s Bradley Cooper In Town for ‘A Star Is Born’ Screening – My Review, What He Said to The Audience

Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born is the 4th ‘A Star is Born. First 1937 Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, next 1957 Judy Garland and James Mason, then Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.
Now in 2018 – Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga

Last night at the Prince, the who’s who of lucky Q102 contest winners, as well as invited guests came out to see a screening of the new Bradley Cooper/Lady Gaga film “A Star is Born”

I ran into more than a few PhillyChitChat fans who loved the movie

Hey Jennifer Braxton , thanks for stopping to say hi. Spotted in the crowd was Nancy Glass, Councilman O’Neil, City Rep Sheila Hess, The Hamiltons: Sam, Anne and Dr Thanju Hamilton, Jeff Guaracino , the new president of Visit Philly, with some of his team Jim Werner, Cara Schneider, and Michael Newmuis, Larry Korman, Sharon Pinkenson, Andrew Greenblatt, Sue and Jason Jacquette who told her friends: Jason and I saw A Star Is Born last night, and Bradley Cooper came out to answer questions afterward. Beautiful movie. Please go see it. You won’t be disappointed. #movienight #getyourtissuesready #filmisart

When Bradley Cooper arrived at the Prince Theater around 9PM, he headed to the Blackbox to do 1 minute interviews with 3, 6,10, and 29.  I later heard he arrived earlier in the day and spent most of it with his mom, and visiting relatives. Dinner was at Dandelion, and today he was headed to Germantown Academy to show the film to his alumni high school.

He carried a vintage Eagles hat onto the stage with him wearing a Muhammad Ali jacket, where he was doing a Q&A conducted by Ukee Washington, CBSPhilly, who he has been a long time friend of; Ulysses Samuel “Ukee” Washington III has a packed Rolodex of celebrity connections including his cousin Denzel Washington. Despite his legendary status here in Philadelphia, he remains unaffected, very personable and has a memory sharp as a tack.  He reminded Jenkintown’s Bradley Cooper (BC) of their long history, as a kid BC appeared on a show which Ukee hosted. BC remembered well, and chuckled about it.

I felt that being in Philly brought back many memories of growing up here. BC told many stories about his family, including his sister, who he rarely talks about, Holly. Holly and I were FB friends for many years, until BC had a child and she felt it was necessary to end our friendship to protect the child’s privacy. I wasn’t offended and understood. We still corresponded on occasion, I’m going to write her to tell her of the nice things her brother said of her last night. Basically he told a story about how his older sister was his protector when they were growing up, often wearing her Phillies hat nearly every day in their youth. He also talked about his dad, his inspiration, who died of lung cancer in 2011. BC stopped his life and spent a good part of a year here in the Philly area taking care of his dad. A few years ago the actor, director, and producer Cooper founded the Bradley Charles Cooper Foundation and is an ambassador for Stand Up to Cancer. – ‘My hope is that one day every person fighting cancer will receive the full support they need to maintain their quality of life from the day of diagnosis to the end of their treatment regardless of economic or social status.’ – Bradley Cooper

It was at a charity event raising funds for families who have a loved one going through cancer, that he first met Lady Gaga. She was a surprise guest and sang “La Vie En Rose.”
It immediately struck him that she would be perfect for the role opposite of him. He had to convince Warner Brothers, and before too long they were on board as well. “La Vie En Rose” made it’s way into the movie, and is the one song which appears in the movie which I’ve heard before. Did you know that Bradley Cooper sings in A Star is Born, plus he wrote a few of the songs, as did Lady Gaga. I can’t wait for the soundtrack.

One Song He Didn’t Want to Sing:
During the Q&A a man asked BC to do the Eagles Fight song, everyone broke out their cell phones to capture the social media moment, BC declined, I was disappointment , but remembered he had the hat on stage, tonight was about the movie not a viral video.

A women in the audience told BC she was disappointed he didn’t win the Oscar for Silver Lining Project, but said the reason was he was going to get it for this performance. She talked about how the movie would resonate with events relevant today, drug use, alcoholism, addictions and suicide. She said both had touched her life, with her dad committing suicide 9 years earlier. BC got up and hugged the women tightly.

Andrew Dice Clay was an interesting choice for the movie, but BC said he’s dad loved ADC, and they would watch him together on the Rodney Dangerfeld show and just crack up. He had to convince Dave Chappelle for two years to be in the movie. Ron Rifkin has a tiny part in the movie, he has worked with BC in Limitless, the TV series and of course Alias. So for his first film BC went after people who held special meaning in his life. That’s wonderful, and deep. Before we knew it the Q&A was over. I was bummed that no one in the audience mentioned his amazing singing, and masterful directorial debut.  I was excited that Ukee read a review from Variety, who knows if BC would have heard about it. He told us he doesn’t read reviews. He creates art and presents it to the audience.  Art is subjective.

The back of Bradley’s jacket  said The Thrilla in Manila, The Thrilla in Manila was the third and final boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, noted as the greatest fight ever.
BC is a dad now.

As Bradley Cooper headed out the back door to his waiting SUV, he ran into a few fans who got graphs from him including Team Derek, who collected lucky 7.

My official Review of a Star is Born






Scenes from the Miss America Parade, See What Miss New York Carried Along The Way

Scenes from the Miss America Parade, See What Miss New York Carried Along The Way

Every couple years I like to cover the Miss America “Show Us Your Shoes” Parade. For years the parade was just called the Miss America Parade, but in the past few years it’s been called “Show us Your Shoes” parade. My understanding is the gays on the traditional gay street New York Avenue in AC, would ask the gals to see their shoes. I used to watch the parade from that street in the 90s, just to hear the guys request the showing of the Miss’ shoes.

Saturday days parade was one of the dismal events as far as the weather


But the spirit was not dampened as so many fans, many of them women with tiaras lined the boardwalk to enjoy the annual tradition


Someone I rarely see in a parade – Smokey the Bandit

Definitely one of my favorite photos little princesses with their Miss America 2018 Miss America 2018 Cara Mund
Former Miss America’s participated in the parade

The End
Thanks to Ocean Resorts Casino for hosting me this weekend at their new casino resort in Atlantic City.


A Day in The Life – Kickoff 2018 – My Favorite Photos

A Day in The Life – Kickoff 2018 – My Favorite Photos

What a fantastic day yesterday, our Super Bowl Champs attracted national attention to celebrate the win and I set out to capture it all. I woke up early to head to the Today Show, which was filming at the Comcast Center with my friend Sheinelle Jones, formerly of Fox 29, and Al Roker.

There were a few Philly related segments filmed here, while the bulk of the show took place in NYC. But we got a nice slice of the Apple with a food segment with Chef’s Brian Duffy, Jennifer Carrol, Spice Finch and Kevin Spraga, Fitler Club

Al Roker and Sheinelle Jones were great with the guests

and all the fans who showed up, greeting them and posing for photos. See the Lombardi Trophy, this is the actual one which is inscribe with
the Super Bowl details, date, teams etc.
Yum, and Federal Donuts were on hand for the segment
Billy Riddle, co-owner/chef of Spice Finch was impressed with the Eagle on set
The Today team checks out the food before the segment
Brian Roberts, Comcast CEO was on hand to check out the goings on
Mad Money’s Jim Cramer, who was born in Wyndmoor, Pa, and whose folks are from the area with the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders. He’s been a Philly Eagles season ticket holder for 20 years, and loves Geno’s over Pat’s. Check out this interview with him at

Then I headed over to Fox 29 to rally for the Eagles. This guy had a sign saying get well Alex Holley, we miss you. Alex is on voice rest, and spending time with her family in Texas. She says hi, and she can’t wait to see you all soon. You can send her well wishes on her Twitter

Alisa Frederico , Dressing Jane, prepares for her fashion segment on Fox 29
On the far right is my friend, and security guard at Fox 29 – Ed. He’s the best.
My new friends, the fans of Shawn Mendes filled me in that he’d just returned from Sweat gym at Broad & Chestnut, and told them he’d come out after his shower to pose with them. I waited 2 hrs before I had to leave to p/u my credentials from the NFL Experience. He ended up coming out at around 2PM. These ladies are troopers as they waited nearly 24hrs for their meet and greet, but all of them said it was worth it.
Headed over to NFL Experience. SO HOT doesn’t describe the day enough. Here’s legend’s Brent Celek and Jeremy Trotter signing for fans.
Genius idea, these two sell Jason Kelce’s famous Mummers Costume. I think I’m going to get one for Halloween.

This is a replica of the Lombardi Trophy. I noticed it wasn’t inscribe, live during my FB feed yesterday.
So bummed, I have yet to meet the real one.
I did meet a lot of awesome Eagles fans though
Bose had a contest and gave out tickets to the Eagles games. Here’s a lucky winner.
I met these two nice women at lunch at Rope & Anchor at the Penns Landing Hilton. They won tickets for a meet & greet with Shawn Mendes at the NFL Experience and traveled to Philly from Dallas to do so. They made a week out of it, seeing a lot of our famous sites.
Check out additional photos here on CBSPhilly

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Sorry this was somewhat abbreviated of a post with out names, I’m headed to the shore to check out the new Ocean Resort Casino Hotel and have to get ready to go. Thanks for all your support, always. Have a great weekend.


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