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Scene & Heard in Philly – Mary J Blige in Town, AI’s Weekend, Sixers Nerlens Noel Birthday Party, Carlo’s Bakery

 Hope you had a terrific weekend with that amazing weather. I had to run out yesterday to cover the BenFM Women of the Week Luncheon, so I didn’t have time for my Scene and Heard in Philly.

What an amazing weekend it was, Saturday I attended the WDAS Women of Excellence luncheon, it was great to see so many beautiful, empowering women, hear inspiring messages and enjoy thoughtful performances.

One of the “Shereos” Sheinelle Jones, with her dad Federal Judge Darnell Jones in 3rd Circuit located in Philadelphia.   


Mary J. Blige was at the WDAS’ First Annual Women of Excellence Luncheon
on Saturday, April 11, 2015 held at First District Plaza in
Philadelphia, where she was given the WDAS Trailblazing Woman of
Excellence Award, which will be renamed as the WDAS Mary J Blige Women
of Excellence Award beginning next year. The event was held to recognize
9 extraordinary women in the Philadelphia area including former Fox 29
Good Day Morning Anchor Sheinelle Jones, now at the Today Show, Faatimah Gamble and
Commissioner Susan Slawson, doing extraordinary things in their
community that improved peoples lives.  

 At the luncheon Mary J Blige was really humbled and the
emotion really comes through in this photo. She’s being honored by
http://www.phillymag.com/the-scene/2015/04/13/wdas-women-of-excellence-mary-j-blige/

Allen Iverson was in town this weekend. First he was spotted Saturday night watching the Garcia fight at Dave and Buster’s then yesterday he was at Sugarhouse trying out his luck there. Has anyone ever seen him in anything but sweats? (Thanks to my tipster who sent this photo)

Congrats to Sixers Nerlens Noel who celebrated his 21st Birthday at 1925 lounge (ie the former G Lounge) last Thursday. I hear it was a jam packed good time at the new don’t call night club.

Recently Philly Mag reported that “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro was opening a Location of Carlo’s Bakery in Rittenhouse, I took this shot the other day seems like it’s coming along nicely. It’s been reported that the opening will be late Spring, early summer which I would agree with. 
Speaking about anticipated eateries, I hear Mercadito, at 2116 Chestnut Street is shooting for a September opening. When I walked by the other day they were not working on it yet.
So sad the Food Bazaar has closed. I peeked through the little space in the door and the relics of the Food Bazaar were strewned about.
Remember Oh So Good, the delicious food buffet at 19th and Market, they closed up shop quickly last summer. (They have since opened at 1700 Market St.,) I was walking by their old spot and it’s starting to be gutted. I’ll keep a lookout to see what might pops up there. So much fun and development in Center City.
2015 Walnut Street has one of those “orange” L&I signs. It says that this spot is going to be a restaurant and for take out. I am crossing my fingers cause I really need a Chinese restaurant in the neighborhood. I’ve been jonsing for one since Wok closed. 

UPDATE: just informed me it’s going to be a BYOB taco place run. Oh well, maybe Chinese will follow somewhere Walnut St soon.

http://www.phillymag.com/foobooz/2015/04/09/revolution-taco-coming-to-rittenhouse-square/

 This spring has brought a lot of engagements, congrats to my good friends Amanda Giddings and Michael Dana
And then there’s baby news!! Congrats.
Saturday night after shooting Blingo, I headed to Zama for a late night bite. I ran into my old friend Angelo Soldevila, who I used to work with when I was a paralegal. He was out celebrating his wife Lea for her birthday!! Great to see them.

A video posted by Philly ChitChat (@phillychitchat) on Apr 13, 2015 at 6:19am PDT
So glad I met this girl Alex Holley. I have so much fun with her. Sunday, Mike, Alex and I went to the Manayunk Street Fair. It was packed.

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Did Ariana Grande Get A Piggy Back Ride Backstage at Q102’s Jingle Ball?

Ariana Grande slays at Q102’s Jingle Ball 2014 held at Wells Fargo Center o
 Ariana Grande is one of this generations powerhouse singers. She is absolutely one of the most talented singers to hit the airwaves lately, reminded us of a little Mariah Carey and all that comes with it. The nearly overnight success brings with her all that we know of Mariah Carey and the #KnowYourValue diva demands that come with it. She doesn’t walk the red carpet, she has a no minion policy near my dressing room rider request, the days of fan interaction on the street are no longer the norm, #NoSelfie rule is in place, and as for the professional photographers, you can only shoot Ms Grande from stage right. Note the picture above how we are on the right of the stage. Seems she only likes her dimple side shot. Seems she doesn’t like to walk on the ground much either.


When I was running from the stage to the press room to shoot the next singer on the red carpet, I was asked to stay back until the talent got to their location. I never saw the face of the singer, but she had a girlish laugh and I swore it was Ariana Grande.

This is the back of Ariana on stage.

UPDATE: THIS PAST WEEKEND IT WAS REPORTED ON Jezebel, TMZ AND other sites THAT ARIANA GRANDE DOES LIKE TO BE CARRIED. So there you have it!! – Hughe Dillon/PhillyChitChat.com

http://jezebel.com/evidence-of-ariana-grande-being-carried-around-like-a-l-1669792738

http://shoespost.com/ariana-grande-saint-laurent-pumps-white-carried-baby/ 

http://www.tmz.com/videos/0_8rxlnys6/

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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 – CrossingBroad.com

 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.
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Oh Baby Chase and Jen Utley, Alycia Lane, Aditi Roy and Brent Celek is off the market.

Last night at the Union League the Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation held their annual bash. This year’s theme: Taste of the World: Bollywood Bash 2014. It was great as many of his teammates were on hand to support his cause, and they dressed for the occasion. (I will cover the whole bash in my Philly Mag column which should be published by noon today update: Here, in the meantime THE BIG STORY OF THE NIGHT.)

Jen and Chase Utley are about to become parents again.
Jen to me, I’m not getting fat, I’m pregnant. Yeah, I don’t know if anyone in the press room was as excited as I was. Mr and Mrs Baseball are going to have another little Benjamin or Betty. Both of them were glowing as you can see. Friends of the couple tell me she is due in late fall, near the end of the baseball season. That seems to be the trend with baseball players.
 Here are a lot of the pretty wives of the Phillies. OK I don’t know who the first gal is, but she’s pretty. Then it’s Trisha Manship,Stephenie Kendrick, Jen Utley, Heidi Hamels and Krystal Howard.

 More baby news, as tweeted by me, then written more extensively by Philly Daily News’ Molly Eichel – former anchor at CBS3, Alycia Lane (who then moved to LA to take a job) is expecting a baby in June. Her sister Nicole took these photos, and I’m using them with permission.

Congrats Alycia, you look beautiful.
Congrats to former NBC10 anchor, now ABC reporter, Aditi Roy. She left Philly a few years back, to take a job in LA with ABC (I see a trend that LA), got married and now she’s a mom.
Brent Celek is off the market. Facebook notifications are like promise rings or being pinned by your favorite boyfriend in high school on Happy Days.
Please Check out today’s other entry where you’ll find Gov Ed Rendell & his disco ball. 
Chip Kelly stops by Jeremy Maclin’s Bday Party