ChitChat: Thanuja Hamilton, CLIP, Lesley Van Arsdall, Janet Jackson

Remember to clean off your car before driving.

Hello readers, I hope you’re well. Hello new readers too, thank you so much for following me. I see I have over 100 new followers in January. In December I added this link to my instagram and it’s been very useful for followers to find my blog. So I receomend it. linktr.ee/Hughedillon

A few weeks ago I saw workers cleaning up graffiti along 19th Street. I asked the man about this program and he told me it was called CLIP. Community Life Improvement Program

The Community Life Improvement Program (CLIP) helps Philadelphians make the City a nicer place to live. As part of this mission, we:

  • Remove graffiti vandalism from buildings, street signs, and other street fixtures.
  • Enforce the City’s regulations to make sure vacant lots and areas are kept clean.
  • Lend supplies and offer trash pickup for CLIP-coordinated neighborhood cleanups.
  • Provide adult non-violent offenders the opportunity to complete their community service sentences by cleaning and beautifying the city.

To utilize this service call 311

Tune IN: Dr. Thanuja Hamilton is making her debut on the Nick Cannon Show tomorrow on Fox29 at NOON. She gets in bed with Nick and gives him advice on how to get the best sleep.

Congratulations to Lesley Van Arsdall, former sports reporter on CBSPhilly has co written a book with former Eagles player Brian Westbrook. They revealed the children’s book cover earlier this month, which will debut in June,

Last Saturday night Jerry Blavat and Friends entertained friends and fans at the Kimmel Center located on the Kimmel Cultural Campus. It was a fantastic night of entertainment with legendary stars. Check out Metro Philly and CBSPhilly for more photos and story.

We all headed to the Ritz afterwards, where I ran into Andy Cosenza and friends, including his bestie Alexis Lord, Flyers Dance Team.

New Tune: A new show hosted by Jimmy Fallon called “That’s My Jam”; an hour long music and comedy variety game show featuring teams of celebrities that include T-Pain, Normani, Bebe Rexa, Chance The Rapper, Kelly Clarkson and more. Think of it kind of like celebrity karaoke. House DJ is Philly’s DJ Aktive, notable for being a tour DJ, one who gets the crowd fired up at concerts, he goes on for who spins for Patti LaBelle, Common, Diddy and Janet Jackson.

Speaking of DJ Aktive, he’s hosting a a gig on his Instagram tomorrow 1/28 right before the anticipated Documentary “Janet Jackson” debuts on Lifetime. “Let’s party on my IG 12pm EST and give the Queen her flowers” Link Thanks so much for tuning in. Chit Chat tomorrow…


2 Steak Houses Sell, Tan Eats Out, Local Celebs Celebrate

Now we rest after such an active July 4th celebration. Literally I’ve been sleeping the past two days after a whirlwind week. Yesterday I was up and about checking out the wicked storms that rolled through. We can no longer say we don’t live in an area that rarely gets tornadoes now that we’ve had so many and two just yesterday. OK let’s chit chat…

I got a note from Mary Ann Ferrie from Chlöe 232 Arch Street. “We had some special guests for dinner tonight. Tan and Rob France.” Read the story behind how Mary Ann and her husband, Dan Grimes, fell in love in this story on Inquirer.com The Netflik’s series, Queer Eye has been filming in our area the past couple weeks. Last week they filmed in Delco, this week they’re in Powelton Village. They even filmed over the weekend according to Karamo’s Instagram.

Steaks at Stake
Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, Inc. has agreed to be acquired by private equity firm L Catterton. The agreement was unanimously approved by Del Frisco’s board of Directors. The transaction is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2019, subject to approval by Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group stockholders. Last summer DelFrisco’s purchased a company that included Barcelona Wine Bar (there’s one on East Passyunk.) Philadelphia has two Delfrisco branded eateries, one recently opened in the Cambria Hotel on Broad Street, and the one at 15th and Chestnut which just celebrated it’s 10th anniversary (they’re my advertiser as well, nearly 10 years.) AND I just heard that Bryn Mawr’s Marsha Brown, owner of three Ruth Chris’ Steakhouse has sold her stakes in the recently relocated Center City spot at the Sonesta Hotel, the King of Prussia spot (not too far from Nick Foles’ dad’s investment Eddie V’s)and the one she owned in Long Island, NY, back to the corporation. (This story came from a tip, and this article)

What did some of our local celebrities do on July 4th!! Two of our favorite forecaster’s 6ABC’s Cecily Tynan worked the holiday, and in between shifts ran home and enjoyed a family BBQ. Adam Joseph, Karl and the kids hit the beach. (BTW you can click on the photo to see it bigger)

Former star of One Life to Live and General Hospital’s Philly’s own Kristin Alderson spent the week with her family and friends in Ocean City, NJ. Next weekend in Ocean City is the 65th annual Night in Venice is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019. 6ABC’s Melissa Magee also spent July 4th at the beach, while Fox29’s Mike Jerrick headed to the July4th concert where he snagged a photo with Meghan Trainor backstage. What a nice dad as Fox29’s Richard Curtis built his kids a tree house.

CBS3’s Jim Donovan went from a swim demonstrating that not even water can permeate his ‘do. Brittney Shipp, Tracy Davidson and Vai Sikahema held down the fort at NBC10Philadelphia, Eyewitness news’ Meteorologist Katie Fehlinger gave us JAWN. And we bid bon-voyage to Alex Holley, Fox29 who’s headed to a tropical paradise for a well deserved vacation.

Congrats to Patty Jackson!! See you tomorrow, right here on Philly Chit Chat for more coverage on the parties and people in Philly. Have a great day!!


ChitChat: The Pod Hotel to Open in Center City

ChitChat: The Pod Hotel to Open in Center City


About a year or so ago a slither of a building was torn down on 19th Street (31 South 19th Street, ) with lots of speculation on what would be going in this spot, which is south of Market Street. Today a friend tipped me off that a cool hotel that I’ve stayed at in NYC would be built there – Pod, not to be confused with the sushi restaurant of the same name. With a little internet sleuthing I discovered a few articles on the new, exciting modern sleek new hotel – the POD Hotel where I’ve stayed in NYC and they are so cool.

They’re great for budget, no frills stays in the City, (Currently in NYC and DC)

with micro, but very functional and fun rooms.

(Can you imagine if you’re not specific with a cab driver “Take me to Pod” and they take you to the incorrect one; it reminds me of when there were two Bookbinders in the City)

Check out (Philadelphia Speaks) 

AND for a great behind the scenes, in-depth article where the story was “rumored”  read Sandy Smith’s

Is There a Big Hotel in the Works on 19th Street? over at Philly Mag

The story broke on Commercial Observer

Last year Pod Chinatown in DC, and the DC Business Journal covered it in detail.


ChitChat: Pie in the Sky, Ryan Dorsey, Sheena Parveen, Links & More.

Pie in the Sky, Ryan Dorsey, Sheena Parveen, Links & More.

Good Monday morning. Let’s jump into some chitchat….

Last a confetti cannon signaled a last push for the “Pie in the Sky” campaign at MANNA, after Sheila Hess, Phila City Rep, read a proclamation from Mayor Jim Kenney declaring November 2, 2017 as official Pie Day in Philadelphia as Sue Daugherty, RD LDN – CEO looks on; MANNA‘s Pie in the Sky is their largest annual fundraiser, and helps raise crucial funds to support our clients. All pies are purchased online at www.mannapies.org and can be picked up at over 50 locations in the greater Philadelphia area and Southern New Jersey just in time for Thanksgiving. Last day to order is November 17!

Our volunteers are the secret ingredient to pie success – and we need YOU! Kick off Thanksgiving week helping with pie distribution: working in our warehouse, delivering pies to pickup sites, and staffing pickup sites. For more information, contact Kendl Hommel at khommel@mannapa.org or (215)496-2662 ext. 136

Mike and I will be volunteering Thanksgiving morning, hope to see you there.

So long Nora Muchanic, I’m definitely feeling old with your retirement. (read more about her and her photographer Andy Doane here)
Former NBC10 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen was in town this weekend catching up with friends at Dandelion for lunch, then stopping by Vanity Salon for a touch up on her luscious locks.
Dr. Jen Cauldle, a regular on CBS3Philly, will be stopping in to see Dr. Oz today, which airs on Fox 29 at 1pm. The Dr’s are going
to be chatting about the latest Alzheimer’s research.
Happy Marriage to the Dorsey’s on the wedding this weekend.
Lot’s of changed going on his Ryan’s life after he announced last week:

I officially stepped down as Director of NOTO Philadelphia. It was a tough decision to make, being a part of such an incredible project has been quite the journey. However, it is time to focus on some personal hospitality ventures that will soon showcase.
The following day he put up a new logo “Dorsey”.
Congrats buddy!!

Happy Birthday to the legendary Patty Jackson; looking fabulous and blessed we’re so glad to see Patty winning in life after her stroke only 2 years ago.

On October 26, 2017, The Timothy School held their annual Take a Bite Out of Autism at The Barn at Liseter in Newtown Square. Guests enjoyed an evening of fun, entertainment and scrumptious foods presented by some of the area’s favorite restaurants including Davio’s and Flemings Steakhouse. (Photos)

InLiquid, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting visual artists from the Philadelphia area, held their highly anticipated VIP preview party at Icebox Project Space, located at Crane Arts in Northern Liberties. (Photos)

On Saturday, Oct. 28, Philly Fights Cancer: Round 3 took place at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia. With 1,700 guests in attendance, the annual event featured performances from John Legend and the nine-time Grammy-award winning group, Earth, Wind and Fire. (Photos) (PSM)

Hound-O-Ween at the Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons

Jersey Philly Man Magazine Annual Charity Fundraiser

Goldtex Halloween Party

Let’s live like Harriet Jodi Levin!!!
See you tomorrow…