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Sly and the Family Creed Take On Philly Once Again, Press Stops, Screenings and After Party

In 1976, Rocky Balboa triumphantly ran up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and became “The Italian Stallion” underdog of legend. Now, actor Sylvester Stallone returned to where it all began to promote the franchise continuation with Creed. He was in Philly on Friday for a whirlwind tour which included press conferences, screenings (UA Riverview & Cinemark University City) and an after party at Top of the Tower.

 Earlier this year Philly’s favorite Hollywood son, Sly Stallone, returned to the City of Brotherly Love to film another in the Rocky franchise – Creed.
You’ll recall I chronicled the filming on PhillyChitChat, Fox 29, Philly Mag and had a few pixs in the Philly Daily News, Liberty City Press and Philly Metro. Michael B Jordan, director Ryan Coogler and Sly outside of “Adrian’s Restaurant”. I’m not going to link to those sites as I don’t want to spoil the movie, which will be released on 11/25/15.
 Word started to leak out mid-week that the cast of Creed was going to 
hold a press conference at the top of the Art Museum Steps.
A few notables in the press came out to cover it
The Mayor was on hand to greet them. There’s Joan Rivera in the back on the left. He just began working in the special events department at City Hall.
 I spotted Sharon Pinkenson, Executive director of Greater Philadelphia Film Office. Her office does an excellent job at wooing productions to our City. (Today M. Night Shyamalan‘s “Split” with James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula and Haley Lu Richardson,  in Philly now through 12/19/15)
 Then the moment came for the cast to exit the Art Museum and take to the stage. Looking fly was 
 Michael B. Jordan, check out those red bottom shoes.
Sly Stallone waves to the crowd

Vince Papale introduced the Mayor and cast, which was an interesting choice of people. Maybe because he was an underdog like Rocky, and the film Invinceable, about Papale’s life story filmed in Philly, was a triumphant.

 Sylvester Stallone Michael B Jordan, and Tessa Thompson waiting to take the stage
Tessa’s character uses the word Jawn a lot in the movie. Thanks to Mina Say What who filled me in to what Jawn meant
Tessa Thompson, Mayor Michael Nutter, Michael B. Jordan Writer/Director Ryan Coogler, Producer Irwin Winkler and Sylvester Stallone,
And what tense jawn shouldn’t be used in like when Tessa called herself a Jawn Women at the press conference. Maybe that’s why the mayor is laughing so hard. Tessa said that Philly was her favorite co-star in the film. I saw the film, and I agree with her.

We’re embargoed about what we can say about the film, but I do believe it’s one of the best Rocky movies. Sly did say that Creed would be a new franchise, just like Rocky.
Mayor Nutter honored each of the Creed stars with a replica Liberty Bell.

The bells were inscribed to each of the actors

The cast of Creed presented the mayor with a framed rendering of a mural, created as a special tribute to the city, that was before the Art Museum press conference at the Front Street Gym in North Philly, a location that features prominently in the new film. The cast signed the mural, as well as the framed art work.
 They also gifted the Mayor with a “Creed” jacket.
These two make a cute couple – they definitely have chemistry. (later in the evening these two would attend the UA Riverview screening with fans)
After the stage press conference, there was time for a video conference with the news
Then the three settled down for an interview on the Art Museum Steps with a gorgeous view
 of the City. I think this interview will be used when the movie comes out. It was interesting how they positioned the stars to capture the City. It was a perfect day for filming the interview, overcast is much better than bright sunshine. Plus at noon the sun would have been in front of us and the glare would have killed any decent shots. (later in the evening a party celebrating the film was held at Top of the Tower on the 51st Floor – it’s opened on weekends for brunch for the rest of us as well as can be rented out for special events), which is the “red, but looks brown” building in this shot.
After the interview Sly signed for fans before leaving the Art Museum Steps

The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema movie is set to be released on 11/15/15, the day before Thanksgiving Day, the 40th anniversary of the first fight in the first Rocky movie. I saw that first Rocky on Thanksgiving day with my Aunt Rosie, cousins Bob & Michael and my brother Ray. This movie captures the same excitement, and will create memories for a new generation.
Check out the Philly Metro for another photo and article on those darn Rocky step changes the Art Museum hopes to do. #JustSayNo
And I have more pixs in Philly Mag
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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

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Out and About Philly: M Night dines, Berlinda Garnett, Alicia DiMichele and Natalie DiDonato, Jill Rizen, James Spader Gets Lucky

Here are notable Philly folks hanging with notables

Leggy Jill Rizen was out on the social scene last week, stopping by the new LP Steak House at Valley Forge, then she was spotted at the Fashion Collections Fashion Under the Shambles on Wednesday, the Wistar Ambassadors event on Friday and in between she did a little retail therapy at Alicia DiMichele’s boutique in Marlton, NJ

We interrupt this blog entry to ask you to support saving lives at the AMFSP at the Philadelphia Lifesavers Gala Honoring (me) HughE Dillon – 11/14/15 Tixs $100
It’s a super important organization, and I’d really appreciate if you were there. 

Another star of Mob Wives was out and about in Philly
Margaret Cho started following me on Twitter.  She heard about my involvement with breaking the Gay Bashing story last year. She’s upset with the verdict and she wants to speak with the boys who were bashed. That was sweet. I put them in touch with each other. What happened was I saw a post on FB about the incident which happened to a friends friend. I put it on Twitter. I was immediately contacted by the media and I connected them to the people who could get them the info they needed.

Congrats to Scott Dougherty and Tom Doersam
Watch my friend Sandee Bengel on the Blacklist 10/22 with James Spader. She’s making moves and following her dreams.
Congrats to my producer at Fox 29  Berlinda Garnett for being honored at the PABJ on Saturday night. Couldn’t happen to a nicer gal.

Jade Starling stopped by Harrah’s Chester to check out the King & Queen of Hearts Freestyle Show ft Stevie B, Lisa Lisa & K7-TKA Saturday night. #OldSchool 80s

Jon Dorenbos attended the Wills Eye Ball on Saturday Night

Coming up next Saturday Meet Joe Gangemi
 

Philadelphia

Bill Murray In Philly For His Son Luke’s Wedding to a Philly Girl #Emmys2015 #SNL #Philly

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I started getting texts and tweets from people Friday night. The first one was where he was eating dinner, but you know it is the very busy social season and I couldn’t get away to greet Bill. 

My bud Larry Giuffra texted me to say that he saw Murray in the Rittenhouse Sq area, I knew for sure Bill was here but why?  

When I got home from the Franklin Institute’s Vatican Splendor Gala I jumped on the internet and started to do some research. Thanks to the guy who DM’d me with the answer.

The next morning I tweeted  @iPhillyChitChat Bill Murray was spotted at Oscar’s Tavern the night before, and cringed when I saw I made an era in saying “why is he hear?” instead of here. Then the Philly Voice picked up my tweet, which is awesome except for that mistake – ugh. Twitter edit button please. But the tips started flowing in.

Bill was here to attend the wedding of his son Luke Murray (assistant coach of Xavier University), who was marrying Philly hometown girl

Kara Cassidy, former Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach University of Pennsylvania 2009 – August 2013 (4 years) and South Philly native and now working for ADP.

Basketball runs in her family, her dad Fran Cassidy is Vice President, Premium Seating at Comcast-Spectacor

How’d They Met: They met on a plane to Italy, his team was playing in Europe, she was going to recruit academic basketball Europeans. How random was that.

Before Murray headed over to Oscar’s for a nightcap, he attended the rehearsal dinner at the Acorn Club (actual set up before the dinner). Traditionally the grooms parents pay for the meal, and they did. I hear Bill was very generous with gifts for the wedding couple helping out with the most beautiful wedding to hit the Bellevue since Sabrina Tamburino Thorne‘s. He also paid for all the groomsman’s tuxes and rented out the 27th floor at the Bellevue Hyatt for bridal party preparations and rooms for the guests to stay.


Walking down the aisle St. Monica’s Church in South Philly Bill Murray, with his mom Lucille Murray, and former wife Mickey Kelly, mother of Luke Saturday around 3PM.

Bill Murray stopped by The Palm restaurant at the Bellevue on his way to the reception.

Uncles Joel Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray with the groom, Luke Murray with a few SNL writers Friday night.

Bill Murray on the right dancing to the introduction of the bride and groom song “Feels So Close” by Black Eyed Peas (Which was Tamburino/Thorne introduction song too), at the Bellevue Hyatt. Congrats to the Murray’s and the Cassidy’s, looks like it was an awesome time!!

 The name of the band at the Murray wedding:

Chevis Entertainment headed by Chevy Chevis (l), pretty ironic I’d say. They’re from NYC and the biz address – Rockefeller Center.

At one point Bill Murray jumped up on stage and rocked out with the band. One guest told me it was the best band she’d ever heard, and the Murray’s really know how to party. I say girl, they’re Irish, we know how to party.

Can we talk about this awesome dance floor installed at the Bellevue for the wedding.. It was placed on top of the wooden one that’s normally used.

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BTW there is still a few items left to get on their Wedding Registry 
http://www.potterybarn.com/registry/3648276/registry-list.html

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The Most Mind Blowing, Informative, comprehensive Press Release for #PopeinPhilly You’ll Ever Need

Basically it says if you live near the Parkway MOVE YOUR CAR. Then it goes on to say don’t walk here, don’t walk here, don’t walk here and God bless you. Actually I am really excited for the Pope, and it’s going to be awesome. Like Made in America but no driving between Girard and South Streets, ahem like I told you first back in June on my blog here. Before you get started remember to follow me on twitter @IPhillyChitChat, facebook friend me at Philly ChitChat and follow me on Instagram https://instagram.com/phillychitchat/

BTW Here’s a bike map

http://bicyclecoalition.org/the-pope-map/#sthash.1VlUwFxz.2b6mxX3U.dpbs

Wednesday, September 16, 2015                                         
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CITY OF PHILADELPHIA RELEASES INFORMATION IN PREPARATION FOR WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES AND PAPAL VISIT
Philadelphia, September 16, 2015 –
The City of
Philadelphia released details about its preparations for the World
Meeting of Families – 2015 Philadelphia from Tuesday, September 22nd until Friday, September 25th,
and the Papal Visit during the weekend of Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th.
“The
neighborhoods in Center City Philadelphia will be most impacted by the
World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 and the Papal Visit, but
the entire city has the opportunity to participate
in this historic event,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter.  “I am asking
Philadelphians who are not already joyously anticipating the arrival of
Pope Francis to get excited and get involved.  This is an incredible
moment for our City and the Nation.”
Papal Visit Itinerary
Pope Francis’ schedule for Philadelphia is as follows:
Saturday, September 26:
·        
9:30 a.m. – Arrival at Atlantic Aviation
·        
10:30 a.m. – Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul
·        
4:45 p.m. – Independence Mall Address (This event is open to the public.)
·        
7:30 p.m. – Festival of Families on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (This event is open to the public.)
Sunday, September 27:
·        
9:15 a.m. – Meeting with Bishops at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
·        
11:00 a.m. – Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility Visit
·        
4:00 p.m. – Papal Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (This event is open to the public.)
·        
8:00 p.m. – Departure from Atlantic Aviation.
A detailed itinerary for Pope Francis’ September 2015 Apostolic Journey to the United States of America is available online at
http://www.usccb.org/about/leadership/holy-see/francis/papal-visit-2015/2015-papal-visit-schedule.cfm.
Travel Restrictions
Road
closures, parking restrictions and changes to public transportation
routes and public works services will be necessary during the Papal
Visit.  The public’s cooperation and patience in abiding by these
restrictions is appreciated.
Parking
restricted areas will be posted with “Emergency No Parking” signage. 
Fencing, other physical barriers and uniformed law enforcement officers
will also be
utilized to enforce vehicle restricted zones.  A map of the restricted
areas in Center City is available on
www.phila.gov.
The following streets describe the U.S. Secret Service secure vehicle perimeter or “no vehicle zone”.  Only the streets that
outline the secure vehicle perimeter are described below and these streets
will be open to vehicular traffic.  Every street inside of the below described perimeter will be closed to vehicular traffic. 
City of Philadelphia restrictions:
Beginning at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, the following secure vehicle perimeter will go into effect:
  • Fairmount Drive from the intersection of Kelly Drive to N 24th Street
  • 24th Street between Fairmount Drive and Wallace Street
  • Wallace Street between N 24th Street and N 23rd Street
  • N 23rd Street between Wallace Street and Mount Vernon Street
  • Mount Vernon Street between N 23rd Street and N 22nd Street
  • N 22nd Street between Mount Vernon Street and Green Street
  • Green Street between N 22nd Street and N 21st Street
  • N 21st Street between Green Street and Brandywine Street
  • Brandywine Street between N 21st Street and N 20th Street
  • N 20th Street between Brandywine Street and Hamilton Street
  • Hamilton Street between N 20th Street and N 19th Street        
  • Through the north side of the park between N 19th Street and N 18th Street
  • The Community College of Philadelphia will serve as the perimeter between N 18th Street and N 17th Street
  • N 17th Street south of Spring Garden Street to Callowhill Street
  • Callowhill Street between N 17th Street and N 16th Street
  • N 16th Street from Callowhill Street, over I-676 (Vine Street Expressway) to the East Bound Lanes of Vine Street
  • Along the sidewalk that parallels East Bound Vine Street and runs
    perpendicular to the Hahnemann Hospital – Drexel University College of
    Medicine
  • Vine Street between N 15th and N Broad Street
  • N Broad Street between N 15th Street and Race Street
  • Race Street between N Broad Street and N 12th Street
  • * N 12th Street continuing S to S 12th Street between Race Street and Sansom Street*
    (This will change beginning at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, September 25)
  • Sansom Street between S 12th Street and S 17th Street
  • S 17th Street between Sansom Street and Chestnut Street
  • Chestnut Street between S 17th Street and S 18th Street
  • S 18th Street continuing N to N 18th Street between Chestnut Street and Cuthbert Street
  • Cuthbert Street between N 18th Street and N 21st Street
  • N 21st Street between Cuthbert Street and Cherry Street
  • Cherry Street between N 21st Street, past N 23rd Street to the River
Beginning at 10:00 p.m. Friday, September 25, the following secure vehicle perimeter will go into effect:
  • * N 12th Street between Race Street and Filbert Street* (The secure vehicle perimeter map that was released on August 13 showed the secure border from N 12th Street between Race Street and Arch Street.  As an update, the secure border
    now runs from N 12th Street between Race Street and Filbert Street)
  • Filbert Street between N 12th Street and N 9th Street
  • N 9th between Filbert Street and Cherry Street
  • Cherry Street between N 9th Street and N 8th Street
  • N 8th Street from Cherry Street continuing N across the
    eastbound lanes of Vine Street, under I-676 (Vine Street Expressway) and
    across the westbound lanes of Vine Street   
  • The perimeter will run parallel to I-676 through a grassy area to N 6th street   
  • N 6th Street just south of Callowhill Street to the structure
    supporting I-676 and over to the area of Randolph Street, Vine Street
    and across N 5th Street
  • New Street/Marginal Road between N 5th Street and N 4th Street
  • N 4th Street between New Street/Marginal Road and Arch Street
  • Arch Street between N 4th Street and N 3rd Street
  • N 3rd Street continuing S to S 3rd Street between Arch Street and Willings Alley near St. James Place  
  • Through Willings Alley to S 4th Street  
  •  S 4th Street between Willings Alley and Locust Street
  • Locust Street between S 4th Street and S 6th Street
  • S 6th Street between Locust Street and S. Washington Square
  • S. Washington Square between S 6th Street and S 7th Street
  • S 7th Street between S. Washington Square and Manning Street
  • Manning Street between S 7th Street and S 8th Street
  • S 8th Street to Spruce Street
  • Spruce Street between S 8th Street and S 9th Street 
  • S 9th street from between Spruce Street and Cherry Street
  • Cherry Street between S 9th Street and S 12th Street
State of Pennsylvania restrictions:
All vehicular
road restrictions will be coordinated
between the Pennsylvania
State Police, the Pennsylvania
Department of Transportation
and local jurisdictions.
 
The below
road
closures will begin on
Friday, September
25 at 10 p.m., until
Monday
morning, September
28:
·        
I-76
eastbound
from I-476 to
I-95
and
I-76
westbound
from
I-95 to U.S. Route 1
(Roosevelt Extension)
·        
I-676 in both directions
from
I-76 to
I-95
·        
I-95 northbound and southbound
exit
ramps to Callowhill
Street
·        
I-95 northbound and southbound
exit
ramps to
I-676
·        
I-95 northbound and southbound
exit
ramps to
Washington Avenue (Open
to registered buses
only)
·        
I-95 northbound and southbound
exit
ramps to
Broad Street (Open
to registered buses only)
The following exit
ramp closures will begin Thursday,
September
24 at 10:00 p.m., until Monday morning,
September 28:
·        
I-676 East exit
at 23rd
Street/Ben
Franklin
Parkway
·        
I-676 East exit
at
Broad
Street (PA 611)
·        
I-676 East exit
at 8th
Street
·        
I-676
West exit
at
Broad
Street (PA 611)
·        
I-676
West exit
at
Ben
Franklin Parkway
The below
road
closure
will begin
Saturday, September
26 at 10:00
a.m.,
until late Sunday
afternoon, September
27:
·        
U.S. Route 1 in both directions from U.S. 30 to Belmont
Avenue
Security Checkpoint Locations:
Below
are the Ben Franklin Parkway event security entry points for ticket
holders on Saturday, September 26 (Festival of Families) and Sunday,
September 27 (Papal Mass), beginning at
6:00 a.m. each day. 
  • Pennsylvania Avenue at the intersection of N 23rd Street and Spring Garden Street
  • N 22nd Street at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Hamilton Street
  • Hamilton Street between N 21st and N 22nd Streets
  • 21st Street between Hamilton Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
  • N 20th Street at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Callowhill Street
  • N 20th Street at Race Street
  • N 21st Street at Winter Street
Below
are the Ben Franklin Parkway event security entry points for non-ticket
holders on Saturday, September 26, 2015 (Festival of Families),
beginning at 6:00 a.m. 
  • N 15th Street at Cherry Street
  • N Broad Street at Cherry Street
  • S Broad Street at Chestnut Street
  • S 15th Street at Chestnut Street
  • S17th Street at Market Street
  • S 17th Street at John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Below
are the Ben Franklin Parkway event security entry points for non-ticket
holders on Sunday, September 27, 2015 (Papal Mass), beginning at 6:00
a.m. 
  • N 19th Street at Wood Street
  • N 18th Street at Cherry Street
  • N 19th Street at Cherry Street
Below
are the Independence Mall event security entry points for ticket
holders on Saturday, September 26 ONLY (Meeting for Religious Freedom),
beginning at 6:00 a.m. 
  • N 6th Street at Race Street
  • N 5th Street at Race Street
  • N 5th Street at Arch Street
  • N 4th Street at Market Street
  • S 4th Street at Chestnut Street
Tow Schedule/Placard Exemptions/Garage Parking:
To
accommodate the construction of the secure perimeters and event
infrastructure, towing in the Center City area will begin Saturday,
September 20 and will be completed by Wednesday,
September 23.
All no-parking areas will receive notice (signs posted by September 16th).
To
assist residents in these no-parking areas, the City and Philadelphia
Parking Authority are offering the following parking options:
–         
Residential Parking Permit zones (other than the one to which they are assigned) anywhere in the city from Sunday, September 20th until 8:00 am on Tuesday, September 29th.
–         
Naval Hospital Lot, 1600 Pattison Ave. – 1,500 parking spots available beginning September 21st (free);
–         
Gateway Parking Garage, 16th and Vine Streets ($20 flat rate parking Thursday, September 24 – Monday, September 28; free with a residential parking permit);
–         
Family Courthouse Garage, 15th and Arch Streets ($20 flat rate parking Thursday, September 24 – Monday, September 28; free with a residential parking
permit);
–         
Old City AutoPark, 2nd
and Sansom Streets ($20 flat rate parking Thursday, September 24 –
Monday, September 28; free with a residential parking permit);
–         
Jefferson AutoPark, 10th
and Ludlow Streets ($20 flat rate parking Thursday, September 24 –
Monday, September 28; free with a residential parking permit);
–         
The Gallery Mall AutoPark, 9th and Filbert Streets ($20 flat rate parking Thursday, September 24 – Monday, September 28; free with a residential parking
permit); and
–         
Chestnut Street Surface Lot, 8th and Chestnut Streets ($20 flat rate parking Thursday, September 24 – Monday, September 28; free with a residential parking
permit).
Residents
can purchase parking spots at all aforementioned locations, except the
Naval Hospital Lot, in advance.  Once purchased, residents will be
issued a placard which will exempt
their vehicles from towing until Thursday, September 24 at 10:00 p.m. 
Placards must be displayed in the front windshield of the car.  In order
to purchase a garage space, proof of residency is required.
Residents can park their cars in their purchased garage spaces beginning Thursday, September 24
at 6:00 p.m.
For more information on purchasing garage parking and getting a towing exemption placard, log on to
www.philapark.org or call 215-683-9600 (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).
If your vehicle has been towed, please call 1-888-591-3636 and press
2
 after hearing the language options.
Additionally,
Luxe, a private valet service that will pick up your car and move it
out of the no parking zones for you, is available for $20/per day. 
Residents can email
Philly@luxe.com for more information or can register for pick up on
www.luxe.com/Philadelphia.
Public Transportation

Papal event attendees are encouraged to use public transportation as
many streets in and around Center City Philadelphia will be closed to
private vehicles.

SEPTA

On Saturday, September 26 and Sunday,
September 27, SEPTA will double capacity by modifying Regional Rail
operations in an effort to accommodate travel demand. Center City
drop-off and boarding locations are listed
below and riders will have to board at the same Center City Station they
were dropped off for return service to their outlying station. Service
will operate express-type inbound service every half-hour from the
outlying stations to Center City from 5:30 a.m.
to noon both days. Below are the Regional Rail lines and outlying
stations that will be in operation, listed by their Center City
drop-off/boarding station. All Center City drop-off/boarding stations
are located within the Francis Festival Grounds: 

Jefferson Station

·        
Norristown/Manayunk Line – Norristown Transportation Center
·        
Lansdale/Doylestown Line – Pennbrook and Fort Washington Stations
·        
Warminster Line – Warminster Station
·        
West Trenton Line – Woodbourne Station
·        
Fox Chase Line – Fox Chase Station
·        
*Airport Line – Terminal A/B, Terminal C/D

30th Street Station

·        
Paoli/Thorndale Line – Paoli and Radnor Stations
·        
Chesnut Hill West Line – Chestnut Hill West Station
·        
Trenton Line – Levittown and Croydon/Cornwells Heights Stations
·        
Wilmington/Newark Line – Wilmington and Marcus Hook Stations

University City Station

·        
Media/Elwyn Line – Media and Primos Stations
·        
*Airport Line – Eastwick Station
·        
*Airport Line – Terminal A/B, Terminal C/D
SEPTA is urging
customers planning to use rail service for Papal Visit travel to arrange
to be dropped off at or near one of the open outlying stations. Parking
will be limited at SEPTA stations and surrounding
locations, and spots are expected to fill up quickly both days. However,
SEPTA is working with local officials, businesses and other
organizations to offer additional parking at or near these stations. The
Papal Visit section of
www.septa.org/papalvisitphilly features
an interactive matrix with customized maps showing available parking
and suburban road closures surrounding the 18 outlying Regional Rail
Stations opened during the Papal Visit weekend.
*The Airport Line is the only Regional
Rail line that will operate inbound and outbound both days and these
trains will operate every 30 minutes. As noted above, Airport Line
trains will stop in Center City at Jefferson
and University City Stations. Local residents and other visitors
traveling to Center City to see the Pope can pay to park in an airport
lot and those with pre-purchased One Day Papal Passes will get priority
boarding between 5:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. After 8:00
a.m., pre-purchased tickets and weekly and month passes that are
normally valid for the Airport Line will be accepted. Airport employees
commuting to work, as well as those with a flight reservation, will be
able to board at the Jefferson and University City
Stations as noted above. These airport bound trains will not stop at the
Eastwick, 30th Street or Suburban stations.
Subway Service
SEPTA has doubled the number of stations
scheduled to be open for the Papal Visit along the Market-Frankford and
Broad Street Lines – among them, 8th Street and 34th Street on the
Market-Frankford Line, which provide
close access to the Francis Festival Grounds. The service plan has been
adjusted in response to requests from riders and businesses regarding
transit service for weekend commuting needs, and to provide additional
travel options for those going to see the Pope.
Trains on the Market-Frankford and Broad
Street Lines will operate in both directions the weekend of September 26
to September 27 from 5:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. each day. There will be no
overnight weekend service
on these lines during the Papal Visit.
The updated service map of open stations is included with this press release. Here is a summary of the updated service plan:
·        
Market-Frankford Line Eastbound Express Service:
Will run from 69th Street Transportation Center directly to 30th Street
Station. These same trains will then continue with Local service,
stopping at 8th Street Station,
2nd Street Station; Girard Station; Huntingdon Station; Allegheny
Station; Erie-Torresdale Station; Arrott Transportation Center; and
Frankford Transportation Center.
·        
Market-Frankford Line Eastbound Local Service:
Trains will originate at 60th Street Station, with stops at 52nd Street
Station; 34th Street Station; 30th Street; 8th Street; 2nd Street;
Girard; Huntingdon; Allegheny; Erie-Torresdale;
Arrott Transportation Center; and Frankford Transportation Center.
·        
Market-Frankford Line Westbound Express Service:
Trips will operate from Frankford Transportation Center directly to
2nd Street, then continue with Local service to 8th Street; 30th Street;
34th Street; 52nd Street; 60th Street; and 69th Street Transportation
Center.
·        
Market-Frankford Line Westbound Local Service:
Trips will originate at Arrott Transportation Center, with stops at
Erie-Torresdale; Allegheny; Huntingdon; Girard; 2nd Street; 8th Street;
30th Street; 34th Street; 52nd Street; 60th Street; and 69th Street
Transportation Center.
·        
Broad Street Line Northbound Express Service:
Trains will run from AT&T Station directly to Walnut-Locust
Station. These trains will continue with Local service to Spring Garden
Station; Cecil B. Moore Station; North Philadelphia
Station; Erie Station; Olney Transportation Center; and Fern Rock
Transportation Center.
·        
Broad Street Line Northbound Local Service:
Trains will operate from Snyder Station to Walnut-Locust; Spring
Garden; Cecil B. Moore; North Philadelphia; Erie; Olney Transportation
Center; and Fern Rock Transportation Center.
·        
Broad Street Line Southbound Express Service:
Trains will run from Fern Rock Transportation Center directly to Spring
Garden; these trains will continue with Local service to Walnut-Locust;
Snyder; and AT&T Station.
·        
Broad Street Line Southbound Local Service:
Trains will originate at Olney Transportation Center, with stops at
Erie; North Philadelphia; Cecil B. Moore; Spring Garden; Walnut-Locust;
Snyder; and AT&T Station.
Customers using the Market-Frankford and
Broad Street Lines can ride using their existing fare instruments, such
as weekly and monthly passes and tokens. In addition, SEPTA now has a
special $10 Three-Day Papal
Transit Pass – or $5 for those who qualify for reduced fare – on sale
now that will be valid for travel on the Market-Frankford and Broad
Street Lines, as well as buses and trolleys, between Saturday, September
26 and Monday, September 28. These passes are
on sale at SEPTA sales locations; for a list of sales offices, visit the
Papal Visit section of SEPTA’s website at
http://www.septa.org/papalvisitphilly. Weekly, monthly and Three-Day Papal Transit Passes, as well as tokens and cash, can be used for travel on buses and trolleys.
For ease of travel, riders are urged to purchase passes or tokens ahead of the Papal Visit.
Bus Service
Many SEPTA bus routes will be adjusted
during the weekend of the Papal Visit to complement increased capacity
on the rail network and to maximize operations while traffic
restrictions are in place. Service will
run on weekday schedules providing more frequent service than normal
Saturday and Sunday operations. By utilizing weekday service, a number
of major City Transit routes will allow attendees to get close to the
events. Additionally, this weekday service will
facilitate getting attendees to connecting services such as the
Market-Frankford Line subway/elevated and the Broad Street Line subway.

City Transit Buses operating with this
weekday-level service will include routes 3, 5, 6, 14, 16, 20, 21, 22,
23, 27, 31, 33, 42, 47, 50, 52, 55, 58, 66, 70 and R. City Trolley
Routes 11, 13, 34 and 36 will make
all regular stops from the start of each line in Philadelphia and
Delaware Counties to the 40th Street Portal. From 40th Street, the next
and last stop will be 30th Street. Similarly, a number of key Suburban
Transit Bus routes, including those that provide
access to Regional Rail service and destinations such as the
Philadelphia International Airport, will also remain on weekday
schedules through the weekend. This includes Routes 99, 103, 104, 107,
108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 123, 124, 125, 201 and 206.
In addition, dozens of other routes in the
city and the suburbs will maintain regular weekend service levels. Some
of these routes will be subject to detours due to road closures.
Traffic restrictions will also
result in the suspension of 28 city and suburban bus routes. The Route
10 trolley will also be suspended.
For more information about SEPTA’s service plan, please visit
http://www.septa.org/papalvisitphilly.

NJ TRANSIT

NJ TRANSIT’s Atlantic City Rail Line
will operate reservation-only hourly trips from the Atlantic City
Rail Terminal which will express to 30th Street Station in Philadelphia
beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September
27. The trains will NOT stop at Absecon, Egg
Harbor City, Hammonton, Atco, Lindenwold, Cherry Hill, and Pennsauken.
The last train to leave Atlantic City bound for Philadelphia will be at
3:00 p.m. Travel time will be about one hour and 25 minutes. A total of
690 seats will be available on each train,
with a total of 4,140 available seats for the eight-hour service to 30th
Street Station. Following the Papal events, trains will leave 30th
Street Station expressing to Atlantic City at 10:00 p.m. and operate on
the half-hour. Please note, no bicycles will
be allowed on the Atlantic City Rail Line during the weekend of the Papal Visit.
Special round trip tickets will be needed to travel on the
Atlantic City Rail Line on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday,
September 27. No other tickets, including monthly passes, Family Super
Saver or cash, will be accepted on the
Atlantic City Rail Line. The limited tickets are on sale now at
njtransit.com/papal. The last day to purchase tickets will be Friday, September 25.
To accommodate customers traveling to
stations not being served by rail, an enhanced Bus Route No. 554 service
will supplement the
Atlantic City Rail Line and stop at stations between Atlantic
City and Lindenwold. This bus will continue express service to Walter
Rand Transportation Center in Camden. The No. 554 bus route does not
serve Cherry Hill or Pennsauken.
Bus Route No. 419 service will accommodate
customers departing from Pennsauken Transit Center for travel to
Camden, and Bus Route No. 450 will serve customers who want to travel
from Cherry Hill station to Camden.
Additionally, Bus Route No. 406 service will accommodate customers
traveling from Route 70 in Cherry Hill to Camden.
NJ TRANSIT’s River Line will offer
limited service and operate on a 15-minute schedule starting at 6:00
a.m. on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 from Trenton,
making stops at Bordentown, Florence,
Burlington South, Route 73, Pennsauken Transit Center and the Walter
Rand Transportation Center. Trains will NOT stop at Hamilton Avenue,
Cass Street, Robeling, Burlington Towne Center, Beverly/Edgewater Park,
Delanco, Riverside, Cinnaminson, Riverton, Palmyra,
and 36th Street. Once events in Philadelphia have begun, the River Line will shift to a 30-minute schedule.
Trains will not operate beyond the Walter
Rand Transportation Center in downtown Camden due to expected crowded
road conditions. Following the Papal events,
River Line trains will leave the Walter Rand Transportation
Center on a load-and-go basis. In an attempt to increase overall seating
capacity, no bicycles will be allowed on
River Line trains that weekend.
Special round trip tickets will be needed to ride the
River Line. No other tickets, including monthly passes or cash, will be accepted on the
River Line. The limited tickets are on sale now at
njtransit.com/papal, or at all River Line stations. The last day to purchase tickets will be Friday, September 25.
To accommodate customers wanting to go to stations on the
River Line not being served by train service on Saturday and Sunday, bus service that parallels the
River Line will operate additional service and stop at those stations.

Bus Service

Once the Ben Franklin
Bridge is closed to vehicular traffic, all bus routes that normally
travel to Center City Philadelphia will terminate at the Walter Rand
Transportation Center in Camden
but will remain on schedule for trips outbound from the Camden area
·        
Limited additional bus service will operate
on Route 419 which runs along the River Line between Burlington Town
Center and Camden
·        
Limited additional service will be provided on Route 554
·        
No special ticketing is needed for regular bus route service
Access Link
Access Link, NJ TRANSIT’s ADA-paratransit
service to and from Philadelphia, will be suspended on Friday, September
25 following the closure of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Regular
reservation service will resume on
Tuesday, September 29. On Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September
27, all service in and out of Camden County will be suspended.
For complete train schedule and ticketing information for both the
Atlantic City Rail Line and the River Line, please visit
www.njtransit.com/papal.

PATCO/DRPA

As mentioned above, in an effort to
facilitate pedestrian travel into Center City Philadelphia, the Ben
Franklin Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning on Friday,
September 25 at 10:00 p.m. The Ben
Franklin Bridge will re-open for vehicular traffic on Monday, September
28 at or around 12:00 noon. During this period, PATCO will operate
express trains providing non-stop, one-way service westbound into Center
City Philadelphia on Saturday, September 26
and Sunday, September 27. This express service will operate every 16
minutes to the 9/10th and Locust Street Stations in Center City from the
Lindenwold, Woodcrest, Ferry Avenue and Broadway stations in New
Jersey. There will be no PATCO service or operations
at any station other than those above. For the return trip eastbound to
New Jersey, trains will depart the 9/10th and Locust Street Stations in
Center City and stop only at the stations listed above. This express
return service will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday,
September 26 and Sunday, September 27 and will operate until for several
hours. Riders should expect long lines departing Philadelphia to return
to New Jersey.
For more information regarding DRPA/PATCO, please visit
www.drpa.org/papalvist.
AMTRAK
With some minor exceptions, operations in
and around New York and Washington will be normal, although passengers
should expect large crowds during the Pope’s scheduled events. Amtrak
service will operate on a normal
weekday schedule Monday, September 21, 2015 through Friday, September
25, 2015 with extra coaches added to some trains to accommodate
additional demand.
Starting Friday, September 25 through Monday, September 28 reservations will be required on all
Acela Express, Northeast Regional and Keystone Service trains.
Amtrak will operate Philadelphia-centric “Event Extra” service on
Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 in some cases utilizing
equipment from Amtrak commuter partners.
To better ensure efficient train movements
for all users of the NEC, Amtrak will suspend maintenance activities,
pre-position rescue equipment to quickly respond to any disabled train
and continuously share real-time
dispatching information with our regional transit agency partners.
30th Street Station
To ensure public safety and aid in crowd
control, some special procedures will be implemented at the Philadelphia
30th Street Station during the weekend of the Papal Visit. In addition
to Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT trains,
SEPTA service to/from Levittown, Marcus Hook, Wilmington, Croydon and
Cornwells Heights, will operate from the lower-level/main concourse.
Specific boarding procedures and recommended points of entry will be
announced at a later date. Additional station personnel
and ambassadors will be on hand to assist, but passengers should expect
long lines and crowded conditions.
Taxi service and rental cars will not be
available to/from 30th Street Station. Station restrooms will be closed
to the public but facilities will be available outside. Food court
eateries will be open and accessible
from the Market Street entrance.
Tickets for all Amtrak trains are
available now at Amtrak.com. Passengers are advised to book as early as
possible to ensure availability. Additional announcements with more
detailed information will be made in
the weeks to come and posted to www.amtrak.com/papalvisit, which will be updated regularly.
Taxis/Rideshare Services
Taxis and legal Uber
vehicles will be able to access the Francis Festival Grounds until
Saturday, September 26, at 2:00 a.m.  Service in the Francis Festival
Grounds will resume on Monday, September 28, at 3:00
a.m.
WAV (wheelchair
accessible vehicles), SEPTA CCT and UberWAV (PUC-licensed paratransit
partners) will have no restrictions entering the Francis Festival
grounds.
Bicycles/Indego
Bicycle use is permitted anywhere in Center City, except within
the Secure Perimeter (bicycles cannot go through the mag lines), during
the Papal Visit.
Additionally, Indego, the City’s bike share program, will offer special service during the Papal Visit from Friday, Sept. 25th – Sunday, Sept. 27th.
Indego will provide staffed, corral service at several stations to
guarantee bike and dock availability, and to answer customer questions. 
The following locations will provide this service:
·        
Rittenhouse Square station (Walnut & 19th streets);
·        
Foglietta Plaza station (Front & Dock streets);
·        
30th Street station (30th & Market streets); and
·        
Broad & Spring Garden station.
Most other Center City stations will be closed to accommodate this
service.  A complete list of open and closed stations is available on
www.rideindego,com/stations, or for real-time station and bike availability during the Papal Visit, download the ‘BCycle Now’ app.
Business Accommodations
Deliveries and Commercial Trash
The
window for deliveries and commercial trash collection that need to enter
the Traffic Box (Francis Festival grounds) will be 12:00am – 4:00am on
Saturday and Sunday, and will be limited
to vehicles 28ft or smaller.
Delivery
and trash collection trucks that will service businesses located within
the Secure Perimeter and Secure Vehicle Perimeter must be screened by
the USSS.  Additional information about
screenings and entry points will be provided directly to businesses and
commercial trash haulers over the next week.  Businesses with questions
should contact the Business Service Resource Center by calling 215-683-2100.
Businesses
can also walk deliveries into the Secure Perimeter and Secure Vehicle
Perimeter, therefore negating the need for vehicle screenings.
Business Services Center
Businesses with questions should contact the City’s Business Resource Center by calling 215-683-2100 or by e-mail at
business@phila.gov
In the lead up to the Papal Visit, the Business Resource Center will be
open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Center will operate
from 9 a.m. Friday, September
25, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 27.
Venue Details and Public Safety Information
The
vicinity of the festival on the Parkway and Independence Hall will be
firmly secured and protected for maximum public safety.
Throughout the
Papal Visit weekend, the City will provide a strong presence of law
enforcement and emergency medical services. The City, the United States
Secret Service and WMOF officials will utilize
a network of prevention and response services, which will be integrated,
mobile and in constant communication.
EMS personnel will
respond within each zone by foot, bike, Segway, Gator, or ambulance, and
provide services at each first aid tent and medical station.
First aid tent
capabilities include triaging, treatment of minor injuries (such as
insect bites, rehydration, sunburns, and heat exposure), CPR with AED,
and diagnostics for diabetic concerns. Each tent can accommodate
up to 20 patients.
First aid tents will be placed in the following locations:
Name
Location
FA2: Ben Franklin HS Lot 2
1314-1332 Green Street 
FA6: Public Health Building Lot
500 S Broad Street
FA5: Market Lot
Market Street (Between 8th and 9th)
FA1: Moore College of Art and Design
Race Street (20th street to Logan Circle)
FA4: Rittenhouse Square
Rittenhouse Square Park
FA3: PECO Surface Lot
Market St. and 22nd Street
Medical station
capabilities include advanced life support, minor trauma treatment
(wound repair, splinting, suturing), triaging, cardiac resuscitation,
obstetrical assessments and emergency childbirth management,
and pediatric services. Each medical station can accommodate up to 50
patients.
Medical stations will be placed in the following locations: 
Name
Location
MS4: Francisville Playground
Wylie Street (N 19th to Cameron)
MS2: City Hall Courtyard
Market and Broad Street
MS1: Roman Field
N 24th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
MS3: American College of Physicians
Race Street (Between 6th and 7th)
Water Stations will be positioned along walking routes at the following places:
1.     
South Broad Street and Locust Street
2.     
Rittenhouse House
3.     
Spring Garden Street between 17th and 18th
Streets
4.     
Franklin Square
Prohibited Items
The following list pertains to events held
during Papal Visit Weekend. The following items will not be permitted
past the security entry points. Please note: the Secret Service also may
prohibit any item determined to be a potential
safety hazard.
• Aerosols
• Ammunition
• Animals, except for service animals
• Backpacks and bags exceeding 18″ x 13″ x 7″ (Clear bags are recommended to speed the MAG line process.) 

• Balloons
• Bicycles
• Drones
• Explosives, firearms, or weapons
• Glass, thermal, or metal containers
• Hard-sided coolers (soft-sided thermal coolers are allowed)
• Laser pointers
• Mace or pepper spray
• Packages
• Selfie sticks
• Signs exceeding 5′ x 3′ x 1/4″ made of any material except cardboard, poster board, or cloth
• Structures
• Supports for signs and placards
• Toy guns
Missing Persons/Items
American Red Cross and
PPD personnel will staff lost children posts at all first aid tents and
medical stations. Additional posts will be located at 30th
Street Station and in the vicinity of the Sports
Complex. Reunifications will be coordinated through a Multi-Agency
Reunification Center staffed by the ARC. Each reunification site will
utilize the web-based Safe and Well program (https://safeandwell.org/) to coordinate
reunifications.
Closures
Courts
City Courts will close Wednesday, September 23 and will reopen Tuesday, September 29.
Schools
The
Philadelphia School District Administrative Offices and Schools will be
closed on Thursday, September 24, and Friday, September 25.  (Please
note: The School District of Philadelphia
will also be closed Wednesday, September 23 for Yom Kippur.)  School
closings for Monday, September 26, will be decided early that morning,
in accordance with inclement weather procedures.
Archdiocesan
Schools will be closed Wednesday, September 23, through Friday,
September 25.  Philadelphia Archdiocesan Schools (city and region) will
also be closed Monday, September 28. 
Parents should confirm closure dates with their child’s school.
Colleges and Universities
The
closing or schedule changes for local colleges and universities were
made by university leadership.  Local college students should check with
their schools about possible cancellations
or schedule changes for Friday, September 25, and Monday, September 28. 
Any information about cancellations or delays will be posted on each
school’s website. 
City of Philadelphia Government
City
government will operate on an “essential services only” status
beginning Thursday, September 24 through Monday, September 28.  City
employees should contact their immediate supervisors
to determine if they are essential services personnel. 
City
libraries, recreation centers, parks and health centers outside of the
‘Francis Festival Grounds’ (formerly known as the Traffic Box) will
operate normally with a few exceptions:
Health Department:
·        
Health Center 1 (500 S. Broad Street), STD testing and treatment, will be closed Friday for patient care.
·        
Health Center 2 (1930 S. Broad Street) will not be offering clinic hours on Saturday.
Office of Supportive Housing:
·        
Emergency housing intake for families and single women will operate from 2532 N Broad Street on Friday and Monday.
Department of Human Services: 
·        
Hotline and walk-in services staff will be
relocated to 300 E. Hunting Park Avenue from Monday, September 21
through Monday, September 28.  
Ben Franklin Parkway Institutions
The institutions along the Benjamin Franklin
Parkway cultural corridor and the vicinity will operate the following
dates and times during the World Meeting of Families and the Papal
Visit:
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University:

·        
Open Mon. 9/21, 10 am – 4:30 pm
·        
Open Tues. & Wed., 9/22 and 9/23 extended hours until 9 pm.

·        
Open Thurs. 9/24, 10 am – 4:30 pm
·        
Closed Fri. 9/25 thru Mon., 9/28

Barnes Foundation:

·        
Open Mon. 9/21 – Fri. 9/25 extended hours, 10 am – 8 pm
·        
Closed Sat. 9/26 and Sun. 9/27
·        
Open Mon. 9/28 and Tues. 9/29, 10 am – 5pm

Cathedral Basilica Saints Peter & Paul:

·        
Open (main Cathedral) Mon. 9/21 thru Thurs. 9/24, 9 am – 9 pm
·        
Open (Chapel) Mon. 9/21, 6:30 pm continuously thru Thurs. 9/24, 8:30 pm for Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament 

·        
Mon. 9/21 thru Thurs. 9/24 Mass 7:15 am, 12:05 pm, 5:30 pm
·        
Closed Fri., 9/25 following 7:15 am Mass
·        
Closed Sat. 9/26 am for private Papal Mass
·        
Sat. 9/26 4:15 Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation in Confessionals and 5:15 pm Mass, then closed
·        
Sun. 9/27 Mass 8 am, 9:30 am and 11am, then closed

Eastern State Penitentiary:

·        
Open Sun. 9/20 – Thurs. 9/24 extended hours, 10 am – 8 pm
·        
Open Fri. 9/25 10 am – 3 pm
·        
Closed Sat. 9/26 thru Mon. 9/28

Fairmount Water Works:

·        
Closed Fri. 9/25 thru Mon., 9/28

Franklin Institute:

·        
Open Mon. 9/21 – Thurs. 9/24, Museum 9:30 am – 5 pm; Special Exhibits, until 9 pm
·        
Open Fri., 9/25, 9:30 am – 5 pm
·        
Closed Sat. 9/26 and Sun. 9/27

Free Library/Parkway Central:

·        
Closed Fri. 9/25 thru Mon. 9/28

Friends Select School:

·        
Closed Thurs. 9/24 thru Mon. 9/28

Moore College of Art & Design:

·        
Closing offices Thurs. 9/24 at 1 pm (students on Fall Break Thurs. & Fri.)
·        
Closed Fri. 9/25 thru Mon. 9/28

Mutter Museum:

·        
Open Mon. 9/21 thru Thurs., 9/24 extended hours 10 am – 8 pm
·        
Closed Fri. 9/25 thru Sun. 9/27
·        
Undecided re Mon. 9/28

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society:

·        
Closed Fri. 9/25 thru Mon. 9/28

Philadelphia Museum of Art:

·        
Closed Mon., 9/21
·        
Open Tues. 9/22, 10 am – 5 pm
·        
Open Wed., 9/23, 10 am – 8:45 pm
·        
Open Thurs. 9/24, 10 am – 5 pm
·        
Closed Fri. 9/25 thru Mon. 9/28

Rodin Museum:

·        
Open Mon. 9/21, 10 am – 5 pm
·        
Closed Tues., 9/22
·        
Open Wed. 9/23 and Thurs. 9/24, 10 am – 5 pm
·        
Closed Fri. 9/25 thru Sun. 9/27

Emergency Weather Alerts & Heat-related Precautions Information
Events
during the Papal Visit are rain or shine events. In the case of severe
weather, listen for announcements and sign up ahead of time to receive
emergency texts or e-mail alerts at
ReadyPhiladelphia: www.phila.gov/ready. Plan for a safe, informed, joyous event.
In
the event of high temperatures, be aware of the risk of heat-related
health issues. EMS personnel will be on duty all day at an accessible
First Aid Station and will be on patrol to
monitor activities. Many heat stress or heat exhaustion issues can be
avoided by taking simple precautions.
§ 
Stay hydrated by
drinking lots of water; avoid over-indulging in alcoholic liquids,
caffeine and avoid wearing excessive layers of clothing.
§ 
Consider the Three L’s Rule: light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting. Wear garments made of natural fibers like cotton. 
§ 
For more information on being prepared for excessive heat visit:
https://alpha.phila.gov/natural-hazards/excessive-heat/.
For tips and general
information about being prepared and ready at special events, read the
Special Event Safety Guide before you attend.  Visit:

https://alpha.phila.gov/news/oem/office-of-emergency-management-creates-special-events-safety-guide-for-visitors-attending-large-gatherings/
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Fox29’s Philly Live American Idol Tryouts and Information for Sunday’s AI Tryouts at Liacouras Center 8/2/15

Thursday Fox 29 held tryouts for American Idol hopefuls. If you were the one chosen by their esteemed panel of judges you would skip the line, for a guaranteed audition with producers, and a meet and greet with the judges!

Briana Marshall
There were a lot of very talented people waiting for their chance for stardom.
The line stretched around the block
Judging was based on talent, style and personality. Only a handful met all three qualities.

Erin Doherty with dad Dennis Doherty – She was one of the finalist pick. She sings country with a really nice style

Quincy Harris, Mike Jerrick, Jen Frederick,  Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, Alex Holley and DJ Cosmic Kev,

Talking about style, I liked the style that some of the contestants brought
Jamai

Even though it was hot, the line was still alive with a lot of hopefuls.



And the winner Jami . The other two ladies said they were still going to be at the  Liacouras Center 8/2/15 TOMORROW for tryouts.
Here’s info on the American Idol Auditions.
AND THE FAQ on REGISTRATION
https://s3.amazonaws.com/etribez-generic-uploads/specific/fmna/XV_LIVE_AUDITIONS_FAQS.pdf
Check out more photos from the Fox 29 Philly Idol Tryouts

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#KnockKnockLive Brings Cheetah’s Adrienne Bailon and ‘Teen Wolf’ Star Tyler Posey to Philly

Last night I got a tip that there was something filming in the Francisville section of Fairmount.

 I went over and checked it out, I saw they lit up the street, but didn’t see a camera crew.
 I checked out this notification and it said that the Dick Clarke Production Company was filming on this block, and basically this sign said if you’re on this street you are giving your consent to be on TV. 
I ran into a couple neighbors and a production guy who filled me in that this was the new TV Show on Fox called Knock Knock Live and it was happening right now at 9:15PM

   The premise is a celebrity will knock on your door and award you prize money to make your life easier or for you to succeed in your dreams. Last night Adrienne Bailon (Cheetah Girls and The Talk) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf)

surprised Rashuan Williams, a community activist, with

 $25,000 to renovate his home, and another $25,000 to help him with his community work. They found him because one of his mentor’s nominated him. The crew knocked on his door about 9PM then filmed his surprise live on TV.  

His mentor was in LA with  Ryan Seacrest the host of the show, who explained why Rashuan was deserving of the acknowledgement.

Here’s RashuanWilliams being interviewed by Fox 29 on his new found fortune.

 Then Adrienne Bailon and Tyler Posey went down the street to “surprise” two more neighbors with neighbors in tow, it’s TV some of the neighbors in tow were “actors” hired to make sure there was a nice, obedient crowd, meaning no yahoos trying to get on TV or manhandling the co-hosts. You want a crowd, it’s a nice touch.

 Adrienne Bailon and Tyler Posey went to each of the doors and had the neighbors open the gold suitcase, see the gold suitcase. They had to choose from two foreign currencies, Katzastan and Costa Rica to see their prize money.

 Here’s the filming in the Kleppel house. It was great when the real neighbors started to gather and were excited this was happening in the neighborhood. It was so fun when the guys saw Adrienne, they were so excited.
Jarrett and Hillary Kleppel picked Kazakhstan currency which was $1800. Rashuan was nominated by a friend and the folks at Knock Knock Live felt he was deserving. Then a week ago the producers walked up and down the street vetting others to see who might need some extra cash. They asked a few questions then made sure it was ok to film inside your house. They told the Kleppel’s they needed to be home between 9 & 10PM but nothing else and they didn’t know what time they’d be knocking on the door. I had no idea what was going on and you’ll see in my instagram video cause the crew knocked on the door next to where I was standing. I had a little cameo I imagine.

A video posted by Philly ChitChat (@phillychitchat) on Jul 28, 2015 at 6:49pm PDT

 The family up the street picked Costa Rica currency and that equaled $5,000

 At the end of the show the actors and the neighbors gathered in the street and cheered. I wish I had taped the show I would have loved to check it out. Next week.

 When the show went off the air Adrienne Bailon posed with the fans
for about 10 minutes.

Read more about Rashaun here and check out the video below for his surprise

How you can be on Knock Knock Live, apply or nominated someone.


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Philadelphia Style Magazine Hot List Party “Style in Wonderland” 2015

PHILADELPHIA STYLE invited guests to join
Publisher John Colabelli and Editor in Chief Kristin Detterline to the magazine’s
11th Annual Best of Style Party.

This year’s theme was, “Style in Wonderland”, which immersed guests in an Alice in Wonderland ambiance set inside the expansive and picturesque Kimmel Center.

 More
than 1,500 guests dressed to impress and experience an evening of
extravagance with notable Philadelphia socialites, dignitaries and
celebrities. It was a great venue for such a huge party.

 A stunning array of stylish cocktails,
hors d’oeuvres, and desserts were enjoyed

  in addition to an
exclusive casino room presented by Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. All
proceeds from the casino room will benefit the Borgata Heart & Soul
Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to
impacting the lives of others in a positive way through supporting
community, health and human services, culture and education.

The 2015
Best of Style Party is sponsored by the Delaware Valley Audi Dealers. I heard there was an Audi VIP VIP room, but I couldn’t find it. I asked someone where it was and they told me the whole party was a VIP Party. But I still missed a whole bunch of people like the hosts. Although in my defense I only stayed one hour as I am still reeling from this summer cold, and it was Mike’s Bday. So bummed I didn’t take any pixs of him and he looked so cute in his new glasses, from Eye Encounters owned by Billy Nigro, who I saw for a fleeting moment. 

 Who did I see, well legendary Jade Starling, looking as fabulous as ever. Jade tells me she’s been touring this past year since she released her CD “Captive”, and several of the songs were hot on Billboard.

 Brendan Smith (Smith’s, Vesper and  with Salvatore D’Angelo and Michelle DeVecchis DiMatteo at D’Angelo’s Ristorante Italiano and Lounge.

Smith and his partners are opening up a second The Milk House Restaurant, next to Smiths, in the old Matyson restaurant. Smith tells me on the weekend they’ll have late hours closing at 3AM.

 Michael and Bruce Shannon stopped by for a bit
Red hot was definitely the color of the night: 
Lauren Schneider and Jennifer Galle, Valley Forge Casino Resort. Lots happening at the western suburbs casino, besides great gaming, they have a pool, Valley Beach, during the day swim and sunbathe, at night it turns into a nightclub with dancing. I was there last week and it was crowded. The foods good too.
 Noel Zayas, Vasiliki Tsiouris, co-owner of Opa, Sheena Parveen and Anzio Williams.
 Jillian Mele and Laura Elliott

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman,
who was celebrating her daughter Jenna Furman‘s 21st birthday. 

 Lisa Silveri and Barbara Ann Zippi, producer of the TV show Ciao Bella Living Italian Style, has lots of segments coming up on the Pope’s visit to Philly.
 Regina Tuchinsky and Alexander Mason Hankin, shortly after this photo was taken the duo jetted to Les Hamptons est le terrain de jeu de Chavs en Amérique, hopefully Alexander found his socks.



 Newly married Katie English Gagnon still glowing from her fabulous wedding and honeymoon in Greece posed with the Queen of Hearts and sister Kerry English.
 Holden Hummel and Betsy Hummel
Joanna Jatkowska, Kasia Hopek, Rachel Bryn, and Daina Iaman

Newly minted couple, as in FB status changes: Thomas Ashley and Danielle Robinson
 In  the photo booth
This was one of the best, Best of Philly Style Magazine parties ever. So many people, so much food, amazing decor and event planning by Nichole Maurer, Business Development Coordinator at Niche Media, LLC, who with her team conceptualized the entire night and pulled it together.
Matty Benigno and wife Cristina Potito, together they co-own Potito’s Bakery
Will Moscowitch and Chelsea Blasco
Courtney Sze, The Geisha House (149 N 3rd St), Andrienne Volpetti, Baked Sunless Tans 
(815 S 4th St,) (Both ladies are wearing dresses from The Geisha House)
, Ginger Dochner and Andrew Volpetti
Stephanie Stahl, CBS 3 and The CW Philly 57’s Emmy Award-winning medical specialist with Jim Donovan is a 13-time Emmy Award-winning consumer reporter whose honors … reporter for the “On Your Side” consumer unit at CBS 3 and The CW Philly.
Keith Kovalevich, Lindsay Kravitz, Erica Heilman and Ron Hansen.

Matt Vlahos (2nd from right) holds court with the men from Suits Supply and a new man on his arm?

Chris May and wife Lea looking forward to traveling this summer before announcing any news.
Nestor and Cecilia Torres, Casa Papel
Amber-Joi Watkins and Tom Domalski
Dave Warren Fox 29 wife Ali Frick Jeff Skversky 6ABC and wife Mandy Skversky

Ali Gorman, Wendy Saltzman, Eva Pilgrim, Justin Pizzi, Melissa Magee, Nicole Michalik and Kristy Sevag

Steve Wheatley, Steve Elis, Jennifer Shamy and Shawn Johnson, of Delilah’s

A few of the people I did miss: Kate Bilo, Christie Honigman, Nicole Brewer, Jessica Dean, Ukee Washington, Meisha Johnson, Erika von Tiehl, Kristin Detterline, 

Jill Rizen (who wins the internet with the above photo), 
 

Sara Kelly and Garrett Olthuis


Natalie Egonolff, Susie Celek, Mary Dougherty, Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz. 

Chef Robert Bennett of Classic Cake in Cherry Hill.
Robert Fung, President at Robbini Bespoke and Aida Sparta
Nancy and Mark Feldshuh 
Nancy and Angela
Jeff Lankenau and Jimmy Cameron, Slice Pizza
Drew “The Mayor” Carballo (glad to see him back at DelFrisco’s), Brian Taylor, guests and Alp Aktan
Anthony Vittese and Kate Beaver (in another interesting outfit. You’ll recall that in 2013 she made a splash at Hair of the Dog in this number, with Anthony on her arm.) Over the weekend they headed to the shore were there where there was a party going on at the Princeton.

Vittoria Woodill and Matt Schenk, speaking of the shore, catch Tori at the Shore this summer on CBS3 Philly. Reporting on the going ons at our favorite beach resorts. 

Potito’s Bakery created the centerpiece cake for the party, as well as all the cannoli’s
Check out the rest of the Cut and Paste shots here
Philadelphia

Noontime Nuggets: Tidbits, Celeb Sightings, Wedding, A baby, Charles Barkley, Brian Sims, Lea Delaria & Burt Renolds Naked

Another in a series of interesting news and tidbits from around town. OMG the search for a title for this column has changed names as many times as Murphy Brown’s secretary. Now that ages me I think. Anyway it looks like WMGK has retired using this title, and it doesn’t seem trademarked as I looked it up. What are your thoughts on it? Leave me a note on FB or Twitter cause I decided not to accept comments anymore. Nobody could figure out the sign up process and I really need to moderate the comments so I just disabled it. OK here are some Noontime Nuggets.

Amazing to see how Kyle’s dream of chatting about sports “around the water color” has blown up into a credible sports/news outlet ie crossingbroad.com . Secret to his success, he stayed independent. It gives you so much more leeway in conversation. I remember when he started, he was still employed, like I was, and today he supports his passion via his blog and all that goes along with that brand. A year ago he got married, and now he’s gonna be a dad. Congrats to Kyle and Dana (who I’ve met a couple times.)
Sharks in the water, foxes in the cemetery. Laurel Hill Cemetery over in Fairmount Park. It’s so cute.
Oh foxes, Patrick and that guy are enjoying themselves on Fire Island. 
 Hmm bacon wrapped corn. I like it. How long til Kory gets one of his restaurants to serve this on the menu?
Rep Brian Sims taking a much needed vacation in P-Town, runs into Lea DeLaria, from #OITNB currently on break from filming the 4th season of the very popular Netflik series.
Congrats to John Giordano who finished a bike race this past weekend and celebrated with a Whopper and an epic photo.

Raya had an awesome time at #ThunderDownUnder this past weekend at Valley Forge Casino Music Fair, then headed for the afterparty at Valley Beach and ran into another hunk named Charles Barkley
Congrat’s to Karen Giberson and her hubby Nicholas DiPietro on their successful Spartan Race this past weekend. Karen placed 10th in her age range. You might not recognize her name, but she is one of the people who influences what accessories are hot or not, in the USA.
 Lives locally, but commutes to Manhattan as the President of Accessories Council, #NowYouKnow

Congratulations Tony and Michael on 31 years together 7/20/15
The beast at the beach, looks like he’s dating
Congrats to my friend Carolyn Curran Slota’s who’s little girl got married a few weeks ago.
There’s Carolyn, hey girl!!
Soon you’re gonna have a couple of these calling you grandma. Congrats to Molly and Ryan!!
Kristen Herrmann, mid day DJ at BenFM, program director and a whole lotta fun. Wait we could get pictures with them? #ThunderDownUnder at Valley Forge Casino Music Fair
 43 years ago the nude Cosmopolitan centerfold of actor Burt Reynolds broke a taboo and launched a new era of women’s magazine publishing. It also launched Playgirl and Burt Reynold’s career after the issue sold so well.
The gift that keeps giving, more photos from the ESPN Body edition that Todd Herremans’ wife Elizabeth is sharing on social.

Which reminds me, this is happening August 4. Google it and go get tickets.
Have a great day!!

Philadelphia

#PopeinPhilly Potential Road Closings, The Parkway Fence and The Pope’s Schedule

If you’ve been following me on Twitter and on FB you know for the past month I’ve been fairly clear on what to expect during the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families.  (In fact June 16 I did mention the road closing when the Mayor released the Transit Report for the Pope’s stay. and the Mayor hinted to be prepared to walk up to 3 miles on that day.) Most of this is just affecting Center City, and we in Center City are a hardy bunch. We like when things out of the ordinary happen, but we want to know about it first. There’s nothing worse than getting stuck in traffic because a parade, protest or someone is installing an HVAC system on a new high rise building downtown happens and we don’t know about it; We want to know which streets to avoid in those cases, so we can get where we’re going, or maybe so we can watch. Most of this security is for the people, to have order when you have a million plus in one location. I went to Times Square for New Year’s Eve once, they lock down midtown/Times Square in a similar fashion. It’s about safety, not inconvenience, and for the Pope’s Mass and Pope Mobile drive as pictured below.
NBC10 mentioned the fence was going to happen, but I’ve filled in the info about where it’s going and which streets are closing.  

Earlier this week officials released the Pope’s USA Schedule. I was kinda surprised it was so detailed included what airport he was landing at. The good thing is hopefully we can line the street at some of these locations to get a glimpse.

Saturday, Sept. 26
8:40 a.m. Departure from John F. Kennedy International Airport
Philadelphia
9:30 a.m. Arrival at Atlantic Aviation, Philadelphia
10:30 a.m. Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. (For Clergy only I hear)
4:45 p.m. Visit to Independence Mall
7:30 p.m. Visit to the Festival of Families Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Sunday, Sept 27
9:15 a.m. Meeting with bishops at at St. Martin’s Chapel, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
11 a.m. Visit to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility
4 p.m. Mass for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families, Benjamin Franklin Parkway
7 p.m. Visit with organizers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families, Atlantic Aviation
8 p.m. Departure for Rome

 If you’re leaving town leave on Wednesday or Thursday at the latest, but please give your place to a relative that wants to see the Pope; it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. The security measures are meant for the Pope, as much as for the million or so people who are coming into town. You know on any given day yahoo’s on our street drive aggressively, no matter what lies in their way, and people cross the street without a care in the world. Now imagine trying to corral a million people to stay on the sidewalks, and preventing drivers from yahooing through the City streets. Bike riding in Center City is fine, just not inside the fence.




There will be no private vehicles driven in Center City. Starting Friday after rush-hour, I hear all roads will be closed between Girard and South Streets, River to River, other closures are rumored to be rt 676 that connects the BF Bridge to the Schuykill. Which means the Ben Franklin Bridge will be closed. Maybe we can walk over it like we did during it’s 75th Birthday.  Folks in charge are calling this “Operation Pope Snow Storm.”

Because we love those epic snowstorms that cripple the City. We don’t complain when we don’t have to drive, or go to school, or work. I have heard the officials have been contacting business to explain to them how they will be affected, which ones might have to close, but all of them within these boundaries will not be allowed to get supplies in from Friday to Sunday night. That’s not a hardship, just schedule for extra deliveries on Thursday. Employees that’s another thing, I am hearing a lot of cots being set up in establishments. Some of the people I’ve talked to are upset about that, but again, this is a once in a lifetime experience. There really isn’t going to be a run on Whole Foods for butcher items.

In a nutshell there will be no vehicles allowed to drive between South and Girard Streets, River to River, and an 8 foot fence erected between 12th and Market Streets, up and around the Art Museum at about 26th and Kelly Drive. With at least a dozen entrance points. Besides the fence, it’s not a big deal if you live on the Parkway as this is an inconvenience we live with with every walk, parade or festival. Just avoid this area. And if you live in Center City, enjoy you’re walkable City for three days. (It’s not alike a blackout for 3 days like NYC has endured, twice; you will be able to get around)

This is the double fence for Made In America, Pope In Philly Phence will be located in a similar spot. I’ll be enjoying the view from my balcony. Oh wait I’ve been credentialed, I’ll be photographing the Pope. It’s literally one of the happiest days in my life when I found out.

It’s going to be a special fence.  There will be one around Independence Hall and The PA Convention Center too. #NBD we go through security and into the fenced in stadiums to see sports teams and concerts.

You will have to go through security to get into this area, but I can assure you there will be heavy security to even get through the outer perimeter, with lots of security sweeps. I think this is great. I’m very excited for the Pope’s visit and this is no more inconvenient than when Made in America plays in my front yard. If you don’t like crowds there will be giant Jumbo TV’s set up in various areas around the City, a few of the parks, as well as along the Parkway which they do for large events.

The road closures begin on Friday, so make sure if you’re leaving for the weekend, leave on Thursday at the latest. (Schools will be closed Friday I hear, and I think on Monday as well.) It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, and an amazing economic impact for Philadelphia.

 I hear the stage for the Pope will be located on Eakins Oval, not the Steps. But the Concert will take place on the Steps. The Pope Mobile is coming too. I hope, pray and believe we will all get to see the his Holy Father. Then a month later the Dali Lama comes.
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Also the City will be issuing Camping Permits for City Parks.
There will be misting stations for the hot weather and well in case your camping and you just want to feel fresh.

Kenneth Lipp  at Philadelphia Declaration has a photo of the fence I heard about too.

 http://phillydeclaration.org/2015/07/03/secret-service-preparing-for-unprecedented-protection-details-during-popes-visit/

The Holy Father will be joining us in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families in 2015!

The Holy Father will be joining us in Philadelphia in September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families. We look forward to welcoming Pope Francis not only to Philadelphia for the first time, but to the U.S!