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Philadelphia

Election Day and The Best Dressed Election Night Party Ever

Crazy busy past couple days.

 Yesterday was election day, and I decided at the last minute to go check out 4th Street Deli, where for years it was traditional for politicians, those in office and those running for office, would break bread at noon. I had gone in the past and everyone went, this year it seemed to be more of the new guard, and the traditionalists.

I knew Allan Domb was going and to me he was a candidate I really wanted to win. I’ve known him for about a decade, much better in the past year or so, but I’ve always really liked him. I know a little bit about his story, rags to riches, and that doesn’t happen over night. It happens with a lot of hard work. A guy who’s known him a lot longer than I, is Mark Howard, former newsman from 6ABC. Seems he and Allan were once roommates in earlier years. Who’s writing that book?

David Cohen and George Norcross chatting
Although Kenney never showed, his big head did. Seems Kenney and the new/old guard headed to Relish, which was his fav spot during the primaries too. Some grumbled that this might be the last of the big time gatherings as it represents the old style of politics. I kinda like traditions, if you really wanted to get rid of some relics from the past how about that Rizzo statue at the MSB building, Anywho…
 Larry Platt, Buzz Bissinger Allan Domb chat with Michael E. Harris Executive Director South Street, Elliott Curson and others
Lynne Abraham greets an old friend

Lynne Abraham, former DA, Mark Segal, PGN, Jeff Guaracino, executive director Atlantic City Alliance chat with former mayor Bill Green, Sen Larry Farnese (far r)

 Alice Dubow arrives

David Maser greets Sen Larry Farnese

if this is the old guard politicians, I don’t want this tradition to end.
Buzz Bissinger, who last wrote the an extensive article in Vanity Fair on Caitlyn Jenner,  David Cohen, VP Comcast, South Jersey’s George E. Norcross III, The
chairman of Cooper University Healthcare, Larry Platt, The Philadelphia Citizen, former mayor Bill Green, at Neil Oxman’s table.


 That night I headed to Allan Domb’s Election Night Party, don’t call it Victory Party cause even during this “speech”, Allan wasn’t taking a chance to declare victory, although it was nearing 10PM.

The man who is the silent investor in Starr restaurants, held his party at the former Star Group’s headquarters, a building Allan Domb owns. You can rent the 18, 000 sq foot office yourself for $45,000 a month.

Dave Masar, Nina Tinari and Michael Schulson
 Schlessinger’s Deli

Carol Tinari, Paul Rosen and Nino Tinari

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, John Colabelli and Bart Blatstein

 Vegan Chicken Sandwich from Hip City Veg

Jonathan Saidel, Larry Farnese and Allan Domb

Joe Sirbak, Matt Fontana, Kevin Brown, Steve Lutterill, Ready Set Go

Arielle Kerstein, Nicole Faux, Debbie Haltzman and Melissa Valenti

Dr, Harold Yaffe and Alan Epstein, Esq.

Anne Wakabayashi and Alex Rutter

Check out the profile for the former Star Group property HERE

Philadelphia

Election Night May 2015 – The Parties, and the People

Last night I decided to check out a few of the people I supported this election and see who else was on the team.

 First stop was Allan Domb’s Victory Party, which was held at Smith & Wollensky, or as I like to call it, Stephen Starr’s next restaurant. (PS Domb is partner’s with Starr in all his business’)
I ran into Eric Kassoway and Arielle Kevstein.
 Nicole Faux, Team – Allan Domb, Darwin Beauvais, Zarwin Baum, Carol Tamburino
 Masako Featherman, John Featherman and Diane Lucidi
 Lauren Colabelli, John Colabelli, Philly Style Mag Publisher and Carol Tamburino
 Guests, Nina Tinari and Michael Schulson
 The man of the hour, Allan Domb walks in. And I needed to head out.
 To the Kenney party at Vie. I had no idea when I arrived at 9:15PM that they would already call the election. I heard Kenney was going to take the podium at 10PM so I had a few moments to capture the room.
You know these two are going to be BUSY in the next 18 months:  Angela Val Deputy Executive Director at Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention and Kevin Washo, ‎Executive Director at Pennsylvania Democratic Party
 Sheila Hess, IBX was so excited when it was announced Kenney had won, that she burst out in tears.
 Lou Galdo, ‎President at Galdo Catering and Entertainment, Emilio Matticoli, Chief of Staff for Foundations and Mark Rago, Philadelphia Funeral Director
 Nellie Fitzpatrick, Director, Office of LGBT Affairs at City of Philadelphia Government, Fran Price and
 Beth Miskovsky and Mike Penna
 Reporters gotta do what they gotta do to get the story
 Greg Whiting and Jenny DeHuff, Philly Gossip DN
 Ronald R. Donatucci, Sr & Jr
 Tom Donatucci and Marie Donatucci
Patriotically dressed Al “Mr Philadelphia” Lee and J. Nathan Bazzel, American actor, known particularly for his portrayal of Thomas Jefferson.

 Mel Heifetz and Jim Duggan
President Fred Wright, AFSCME District 47 and Stephanie Phipps
 Mike Sheridian, Temple University and Jim Werner, Visit Philly
Marian Tasco, Darryl Clarke, Sen Vincent Hughes, Dwight Evans and Marie Donatucci
Kenney takes the stage
 The crowd strains to get a glimpse
 Victory!!

There’s Brian Sims

These two shots are from Mike Toub (Happy 1 Year Anniversary already, on Sunday.)

Councilman Mark F. Squilla and wife Brigid.
 Heading out to greet the crowd Kenney descends the stage

 Kenny Meets the Press
 I then head over to the Belgium Cafe, a few blocks away, to see how Helen Gym is doing.
Her team is stressing out over the close race
Hillary Linardopoulos, of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Helen Gym, former Notebook editor and a co-founder of Parents United for Public Education (and now City Council Member) and Jerry Jordan, President of Philadelphia Federation of Teachers
Husband Brett Flaherty and friend Chuck Goodwin, are confident in the win. PS I worked with Brett and Chuck in my former life as a paralegal, at Kohn Swift; they used to loan me out to Berger Montague to work on cases where these two attorney’s worked.
Word came that Helen was in the lead,
 a few news outlets were calling for her win.
 She was optomistic and grateful,
but didn’t want to own the victory until all the precincts had come through.

 

 Inside the Belgium Cafe her supporters wait for the returns.
I left shortly after midnight as Helen addressed her supporters and told them, until the last 3 precincts are counted, I’m not going to declare victory. This morning, Helen Gym is a council person. Congrats!!