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An Electric EVening with Sustainable Princeton & NRG

In partnership with NRG Energy, Inc. and the Princeton Shopping Center, Sustainable Princeton hosted an electric “EVening” of fun and information about energy and how to use it efficiently. With plenty of space to social distance guest test drove an electric vehicle, took an e-bike on a spin, and learn the benefits of going electric, before dining and enjoying live music with friends.

Guests were able to test-drive an EV and speak with dealers. At least five different vehicles –including  Tesla Model 3 and Y, Kia Niro, Hyundai Kona and Audi eTron — were available for test drives! ChargePoint and Apex Solar will be on hand to explain your options and answer any questions you have about home charging.

NRG was on site sharing information on their sustainability efforts and carbon offsets, which allow people to offset the carbon they emit every day.

Sourland Electric Bikes was on hand with a half dozen e-bikes, including Pedego, Giant, and Specialized, which guests took for a trial ride. They were so much faster than I imagined. They’ve really become very popular in the past year. The price averages around $2000.

And then Mike Toub took a test drive, and said I think we should consider an electric car next time. As many of you know this past weekend we went out to Western Pa to leaf peep, and every couple hours Mike was praising the electric car, especially the pick up in the Tesla, who knows maybe in a few years we’ll be cruising the highway in a sustainable energy car.

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Mobile COVID-19 testing unit visits Philadelphia

CATE (Community-Accessible Testing & Education), Pennsylvania’s first mobile COVID-19 testing and education unit, arrived in Philadelphia on September 26.  CATE is supported by the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Latino Connection, and Highmark Blue Shield.  The event was one of several stops CATE will make in southeastern Pennsylvania this fall.

L to R: Dr. Angelico Razon, Philadelphia Department of Health, IBC Foundation president Lorina Marshall-Blake and George Fernandez, Founder and CEO of Latino Connection at the CATE testing event in Philadelphia where more than 50 people were tested.

Social distancing and masking guidelines will be followed at all times.  Anyone can be tested, and insurance is not required.  Services are offered in English and Spanish.

A video greeting from Daniel J. Hilferty, president and chief executive officer of Independence Blue Cross

Photos by Andre Flewellen (Happy Birthday Andre!!)

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Photos: Shop Center City Saturday, and every day

Shoppers appear enthusiastic to leave their homes where they’ve been cooped up for weeks and head out into the City to enjoy a little retail therapy. As the fall weather ushers in more comfortable temperatures, many of the stores are offering discounts and sales to attract consumers as well. Center City’s retailers and restaurants want you to know that they are open and are excited to see you. Last Saturday the 3rd annual Shop Center City Saturday took place, and this year more than ever it was a welcome sight to see so many people come out and support our local stores.

“Between retail and restaurants, there’s over 39,000 employees that make up 13 percent of the Greater Philadelphia area employees,” said Kelly McAllister of Center City District. “It’s important to bring those people back and bring back the jobs and support these businesses.”

“Shop Center City Saturday is an opportunity for people safely to enjoy the experiences they have been missing- shopping in a boutique rather than online, dining outdoors instead of at the kitchen table. Our Center City businesses and their staffs have been working hard to guarantee a safe, comfortable experience for shopping and dining and are excited to welcome customers back when they are ready,” said Michelle Shannon, VP of Marketing for the Center City District.

Jewelry designer and ritual shop owner Angela Monaco (c) says COVID-19 has made shoppers more aware of small businesses and how it is important to support local stores now, not only during the holidays.

Paper on Pine has moved, it’s still in Midtown Village but at 1310 Sansom Street

I ran into Jennifer Hill at Ten Thousand Villages

You might have to wait til next year to get one of those fancy red Shop Philly bags offered on Shop Center City Saturday, but you won’t have to wait to catch the sales that are ongoing in Center City right now, as well as the overall good feeling of supporting our local businesses. Here is the latest news shopping and dining Center City.
I’ll see you downtown, back here on chitchat Friday, and on Social Media. – HughE

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Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins Hosts Hennessy Paradis Imperial Tasting At Damari Saville


Hennessy Paradis Impérial was inspired by the legend of an 1818 order from the Dowager Empress of Russia, requesting the most exceptional cognac they have in store as a gift for her son, Tsar Alexander I.  Recently I photographed a tasting at Malcolm Jenkins’ Damari Saville (Happy 2 yr anniversary) .

Malcolm Jenkins hosted an exclusive tasting event with a few of his close friends, here with Kathy Chan, Hennessy’s ambassador in the U.S

Kathy Chan, Hennessy Global Brand Ambassador, discussed the qualities and exclusiveness of Hennessy Paradis Imperial which retails for only $3,000 a bottle! Each bottle is numbered. Check out this article on what’s happening with Damari Saville these days in this in depth article by Elizabeth Wellington at the Phila Inquirer.

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Photos: Help Hope Live’s 3rd Annual Crab Fest

On Saturday, August 4 at St. Christopher’s Church in Gladwyne, PA, a diverse crowd gathered to celebrate the power of community and a local nonprofit’s far-reaching impact at Help Hope Live’s 3rd Annual Crab Fest. Highlights included all-you-can-eat fresh steamed Maryland blue crabs, outdoor fun on a gorgeous summer day, an exclusive tasting from craft beer partner and West Chester sensation Levante Brewing, and attendance from several Help Hope Live patients with incredible stories. Transplant recipients and spinal cord injury survivors shared their gratitude for the nonprofit’s fundraising help and attested to the power of community support to lift hearts and minds. The nonprofit was founded in Philly 35 years ago by a heart transplant surgeon and his wife, a nurse, to help patients cover the out-of-pocket costs of critical medical care. Follow Help Hope Live’s impact or attend a future event by visiting www.helphopelive.org and following @helphopeliveorg on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Logo for our 3rd Annual Crab Fest to benefit the nonprofit Help Hope Live (photo by Sonny Mullen)

All-you-can-eat fresh steamed Maryland blue crabs (photo by Megan Anderson Gregory)

All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Help Hope Live (photo by Sonny Mullen)

Charity raffle (photo by Megan Anderson Gregory)
Facepaint and fun for kids (photo by Sonny Mullen)
Official craft beer sponsor Levante Brewing out of West Chester, PA (photo by Sonny Mullen)
More facepaint (photo by Sonny Mullen)

Middle Photo: Help Hope Live client and heart transplant recipient Linda Jara (left) with friend (photo by Sonny Mullen) Bottom: Help Hope Live ambassador and heart transplant recipient Bill Soloway (center) (photo by Sonny Mullen)

Help Hope Live spinal cord injury clients Jeff Harris and Lauren Shevchek (photo by Sonny Mullen)
The staff and board of directors of Help Hope Live, a Radnor-based national nonprofit (photo by Megan Anderson Gregory)

Thanks to helphopelive.org for sending the photos. I was unable to attend as I was down the shore. Save the date! Celebrate another impactful year for our nonprofit with delicious food, an open bar, an exciting auction, our signature Wine Pull, and the Help Hope Live Awards. Philly Chit Chat will be covering this event.

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Chophouse Grille Opening in Exton – Food Photos

On July 24, 2019, The ChopHouse Grille, a stylish and inviting restaurant with a seasonally inspired menu celebrated their grand opening. Located at 301 North Pottstown Pike in Exton, PA, about 45 minutes from Philadelphia.

The PJW Restaurant Group welcomed friends and family to the party where guests enjoyed highlights from their menu including buffalo shrimp, seasonal flatbreads and the signature ChopHouse Grille Burger, (The popular Beyond Burger is offered as substitute).

Owners and officials cutting the ribbon at the opening.

ChopHouse Grille, is a modern sleek 200-seater restaurant. There’s also a very large bar where cocktails and dining is observed. Good reviews on Yelp for the new dining spot.

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Ball on the Square 2019 The Glitz and Glamour of it All

June and July went by so quickly, and I never had a chance to write about the Ball on the Square on ChitChat. It’s a fun event, a wonderful mission and a beautiful atmosphere. Let’s take a look…

Co-chairs Hilarie Morgan, and Noele Wein with Friends of Rittenhouse President Bart Blatstein . The theme of this years Friends of Rittenhouse Ball was inspired by Truman Capote’s fame Black & White Ball where anybody who was anyone was invited to his gala at the Plaza Hotel. But Hilarie and Noele opened the Ball on the Square to whomever was willing to buy a ticket to Rittenhouse Square’s biggest fundraiser. This year’s proceeds will be going to fix the uneven sidewalks which surround the square.
Every year the event attracts locals who watch the parade of fashions. This trio always has a delicious spread and crafty cocktails.

Thanks to Event Partners – Cuisine by Constellation
Decor by Evantine Design;
Music by the Eddie Bruce Orchestra and
Public Relations by Cashman & Associates.

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Playbrawl Is A Knockout Fundraiser

I hope you had a magical weekend, creating those memories I mentioned on Friday. It’s catch up time. Social Season is winding down to about 4 events a week, which will allow me to post events you might have seen photos for elsewhere, but now I’ll be able to go into a little more detail. For the 2nd year in a row Philadelphia Theatre Company has held PlayBrawl, a very clever fund raising event. It’s fun too, for the “actors” who are all notables, or ahem Philebrities, as well as the audience who are their friends, or fans.

Philadelphia Theatre Company (PTC) celebrated another successful battle in the ring with the one-two punch with the inventive theatre benefit called Playbrawl. In the vein of Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance, PTC’s Play Brawl took place on Friday, May 10th with local celebrities and stars living out their dreams on stage alongside professional actors.

Instead of standard speeches and silent auctions, the competitors will act their hearts out while audience members vote for the winning performance through tax-free donations on a mobile bidding app. Very clever. Most “actors” received over $1,000 worth of votes, with the winners receiving over $5,000 worth of votes. Just as important, it was a lot of fun. The night began with a cocktail party, and after the show, a dessert night cap.

This year’s line-up includes a who’s who from the local media, business and non-profit community – including Marcus Allen, CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region in “The Pursuit of Happyness”, Michael Smerconish (Host, SiriusXM/CNN), Joseph Watkins (White House Aide and MSNBC), David Yager (University of the Arts). That’s Smerconish with HAIR (ok a wig) doing a scene from “Network.”

Joe Zarett (Zarett Rehab and Fitness) and Marc Brownstein (The Brownstein Group) doing a scene from Rocky (above), Bill Golderer (United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey),

Ray Didinger, Author, Journalist, Broadcaster, and Emmy Award Winning Writer and Producer of NFL Films in Hoosiers

Shaina Humphries, Anchor Fox 29 News in “My Cousin Vinny.”

Carol Saline, Journalist, Broadcaster, Author, and member of the PTC
Board of Directors in “When Harry Met Sally”

Emily Zeck, Philadelphia Theatre Company and Paige Price, Producing Artistic Director with the trophy.

And the winner’s are – Marc Brownstein and Joe Zarett for their scene out of Rocky!!

Proceeds from this year’s Gala will support PTC’s upcoming programming!!

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Cancer Support Community “In Fashion” 2019

Cancer Support Community “In Fashion” 2019 event raised over $94,000 for local families faced with the challenges of cancer in their lives!

Paris Runway Sponsors were
The Innisfree Foundation
Nicole and James Schaeffer

Randi Zemsky, Wendy Rosen, and Tracey Specter.

Mike Hynes, Bonnie Young, and Toby Grosswald

Faith Weiss, Elanna Schwab, Gabrielle Schwab, and David Neff

Our mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. We provide a comprehensive professional program of social and emotional support and education designed to enhance the mind, body, and spirit of people whose lives have been affected by cancer. All of our programs and services are provided at no cost to our participants (known as our members) so there’s never a barrier for anyone who needs cancer support. So that no one faces cancer alone.

Head on over to Philly Style Magazine for more photos from Cancer Support Community “In Fashion” 2019

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Stratus Lounge Celebrates Spring Awakening

We’ve had a pretty awesome spring this year, with average temps in the 60s and 70s where they belong. Friday night they nose dived after an early lighting storm, but that didn’t stop the droves of people to come out to Stratus Lounge to celebrating the annual Spring Awakening Party.

The event was packed with guests enjoying cocktails, lite bites and dancing to entertainment by Worldtown Soundsystem, Worldtown DJs Ben Arsenal & OLUWAFEMI who also appeared last year at the party.

To kick off the party the opening act was Muscle Tough.
Name of Event: Capture to Conserve Presented by Richie Graham Photography to benefit 1% For The Planet
Date: May 16, 2019 Event Hours : 6:30-8:30 Location: Terrain at Devon Yards

1% for the Planet Photography Ambassador Richie Graham commits to donating 100 percent of profits from the sale of his fine art prints to 1% for the Planet nonprofits

“Every once in a while the way we listen to music is redefined. For Philadelphia, that is Worldtown Soundsystem” – Philadelphia Weekly

Check out Philly Voice and CBSPhilly for additional photos.
Stratus Lounge is Open:
5PM – 10PM; Wednesday and Thursday: 5PM-Midnight; Friday:
5PM-2AM and Saturday:
7PM-2AM