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Philly’s Cutest Christmas Trees Found on Social Media – Where Can You Buy A Tree for the Holidays

I noticed quite a few Christmas Trees popping up on already my Social Media this weekend. Every Tuesday, get it Tree Tuesday, I will post my favorite shots.

 Former CBS3’s Syma Chowdhry

Joan Rivera and Matt Clifford tree
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Where can you buy a Christmas Tree:
Take the whole family on a hayride to the Christmas tree fields to select your tree this year. We provide you with a saw to cut down the tree, haul the tree back, wrap it up for you, and even tie it
to your car!
Select any cut your own tree for just $59.99 plus tax! Everything is included for one price.
Linvilla Orchards has over 40,000 Christmas trees planted on the farm. The majority of our cut
your own Christmas Trees are 6′ – 10′ Douglas Fir, but we also have some Canaan Fir.

Don’t want to cut your own tree? We have the region’s best selection of pre-cut trees! They’re
available in all shapes, sizes and varieties at our Christmas Shop and Garden Center. If you don’t
find the perfect tree in the field, you’ll be sure to find it at our Garden Center where we also have
greens, roping, wreaths, and all of the trimmings.

DATE AND TIME:
December 1 – 23, 2015

Monday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm (last wagon departs promptly at 4:30pm)

Saturday – Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm (last wagon departs promptly at 4:30pm)

LOCATION:
Linvilla Orchards
137 Knowlton Rd
Media PA 19063

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Christmas Village at Love Park
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Another beautiful day to cut or tag a Christmas Tree! Stop by and
check out all of the gorgeous trees we have to offer. We are open 10-4
and all trees are $50!

Visalli Christmas Tree Farm
759 Elk Rd
Monroeville, New Jersey
Philadelphia

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/
.
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

FREE CANNOLI’S for National Cannoli day at Potito’s Italian American Bakery – Center City, Fairmount & South Philly

Philly’s own
Potito’s Italian American Bakery is celebrating National Cannoli day on
June 16th by giving out a free mini Cannoli at all Potito’s location, Center City (1315 Walnut St), Fairmount (547 N 20th St) and South Philly (1614 W Ritner St). 

They
will also be introducing their new line of flavors for cannoli’s including their already popular flavors: ricotta”original”,chocolate Italian cream and Vanilla Italian Cream, and new flavors: Pistachio,
Raspberry, Peanut Butter, Tirimisu, Lemon,Amaretto, Pignoli,hazelnut,
Chocolate Ricotta, Passion Fruit, Peach,Strawberry,Chocoalte Mousse, Red
Velvet, Caramel, Oreo, White Chocolate Mousse. For a total of 20
different flavors of Cannoli’s.

 Oreo’s
 Peach
 Pistachio

 Photo Credit: Jacqueline Passaro
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!!
Philadelphia

Newly Engaged Christine Maddela Leaves NBC 10 Philadelphia and Heads To Sin City and the Little White Chapel?

As I tweeted this week CBS3 traffic reporter Jessica Boyington going to @NBCPhiladelphia, now we hear @christnemaddela going to LV station. She just got engaged last week, so could it be a Little White Wedding Chapel ceremony.

I photographed Christine in the first weeks when she arrived at NBC10 Philly, out with friends including Philly native Erin Como who does traffic reporting in Nashville, Tn
 

Then this past December I ran into Christine enjoying South
Street and her now fiance Christopher
Goss, GM Morton’s KOP with their friend Miguel Mendez. Christine came to us from Nashville where she was an anchor/reporter. She started at NBC10 as a traffic reporter. After a few months a new News Director Anzio Williams, came along and made some changes. One was ending the shared helicopter agreement they had with other stations. Christine agreed to do the traffic, and cover breaking news in the helicopter; and eventually began filling in for vacationing anchors. On the slower news days you could still find her back at the traffic map helping us navigate the highways. All these positions, her sunny disposition, and her team player attitude takes her to the next level as the evening anchor at Fox 5 in Las Vegas. Don’t be surprised if someday you see her on national news back here in Philly. This young lady is making moves. Congratulations Christine and best of luck.

With the exodus lately at NBC10, and this prediction (3/16) coming true, makes me wonder about Anzio , thoughts?

Philadelphia

Brunch in Philly: Top of the Tower’s new Sunday Sky Brunch in Pictures

Last week I headed over to the Top of the Tower’s new SkyBrunch (1717 Arch St), which is every Sunday on the 50th Floor of the event space. I think you already know it’s one of my favorite event spaces in the City, because besides the great service it has amazing views of the City even on rainy cloudy days.

 Chef Matt Lane’s stations include the Panorama (breakfast pastries,
fruit; Metropolitan Bakery granola, yogurt parfaits); The Sunny Side
(made-to-order omelets, home fries, pecan-smoked bacon, homemade pork
and turkey sausage, chive and crème fraîche scrambled eggs); The Outlook
(fried chicken, pecan waffles, crème brûlée French toast); The Sea
Scape (oyster and crab claw shooters, smoked salmon, and Zento sushi).
 There were at least 4 food stations
 Plenty of tables
 I got there a little late
 as the brunch runs 10AM to 2PM
 Parking is $10 in the garage below the building, enter on Cherry Street.
 But there was plenty of food left and it was fresh
 The cost of $50 per person ($25 for kids 12 and under; free for kids 5 and younger) covers all of this plus a brunch cocktail.
I went with my friend Alex Holley. The meal and company was terrific. It was a great place to give Alex an ariel view of Philly and show her all the neighborhoods from this vantage point.
Thanks to Top of the Tower for these photos, cause I was too busy eating to take any. I’ll be back.
Philadelphia

Rumor: Ruth’s Chris Steak House is on the Move…

Not really a rumor, now as I have a second source.

 Ruth’s Chris Steak House has been a fixture on Broad Street as long as I can remember.

When I was growing up in Jersey my parents would take us kids there for our birthday dinners, it was one of the rare times we headed over the bridge except to watch the Mummer’s parade from the Maglio’s 2nd floor windows near Broad Street. Then in the 90s I moved down the street, and when I walked by it would always bring me back to those memories. I’ve eaten there a few times in the past years and it’s always been delicious.

I’m excited for them as I just heard that they are moving into the space that used to occupy
Elephant & The Castle. I love that space, I love that it has an outdoor area for al fresco dining. I love that Ruth’s Chris is going to have a much larger space to serve their delicious steaks, and it’s connected to Sonesta hotel for their guests. I’m glad the former Elephant & Castle space has finally found a tenant. I was sad it was empty all last summer, although I do like the Art Cafe next door much better than what previously was there. Anyway, I think business will be booming this summer for Ruth’s Chris in this new location, with it’s large plate glass windows inviting people in. I was surprised Morton’s Steakhouse didn’t scoop it up, it’s got to be tough for them on the 2nd floor of a building with no street visibility. Look for a mid-summer opening, September, and my favorite light night service, and a reasonably priced bar menu they tell me.
Philadelphia

If Jay Z and Beyonce Did Buy at 500 Walnut This Is What Their Paradise Would Look Like

Late yesterday afternoon Michael Angelina from Berkshire Realty, posted this on his somewhat in active blog, Jay Z and Beyonce had purchased the most expensive Philadelphia Real Estate ever

a condo at 500 Walnut, which just had it’s ground breaking 2 weeks ago and overlooks Independence Hall, for 20 Million dollars.  I certainly thought it was possible, Philly is the place to be according to a dozen lists that have been published recently. (Although I was wondering about the price since the most expensive listing for 500 Walnut is $17 million)

Councilman Mark
Squilla, Alan Greenberger. Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director
of Commerce, Mayor Michael Nutter, Tom Scannapieco, Scannapieco Development
Corporation, Jerry Holbrook COO at Fox Chase Bank, Herb Kolben, Senior Vice
President at ULLICO, William G. Schwartz, and Cecil Baker, architecture at the ground breaking earlier this month. I photographed the event and the photos are in the Business Journal and will be in Philly Mag.
 and contacted my client as I just photographed the grand breaking ceremony for them, who told me “…the rumor about Jay Z and Beyonce is just that. Wouldn’t it be nice though…” But let’s take a look at what Queen Bey and Jay are giving up…

 
The lobby is pretty fly

 This would be the unit Beyonce and Jay would be buying.

 Here’s the gym

 The building has it’s own masseuse
Nice roof deck
 with a fireplace

 There’s a community room. Can you imagine Jay and Bey as your neighbors playing a little 8 ball?
Unfortunately their fannies won’t be sitting in this Board Room as my contact at 500 Walnut tells me that there’s no truth to the rumor, even though they wish it were true. What an opportunity missed by the Carter’s, did they even check out the automated garage where your car drops you off at your front door then parks the car for you? http://www.500walnut.net/amenities/

Philadelphia

Christine Hazel 14th season of Hell’s Kitchen – Viewing Party and new Lobster BLT at Chickie’s & Pete’s #FoodPorn dishes

Gordon Ramsay’s 13th season of Hell’s Kitchen just ended in December, crowning Florida’s Chef La Tasha McCutchen who took the title and executive chef job of Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Atlantic City, a prize package worth $250,000.

Last week Hell’s Kitchen kicked off it’s 14th season, and features a local person: Chef Advisor for the Chickie’s & Pete’s restaurant group, Christine Hazel. Over the year’s there have been several contestants from the Philly area, and one, Philly’s Christina Wilson, was the winner of the 10th Season of Hell’s Kitchen on FOX! Every Tuesday is the viewing party at the Chickie’s & Pete’s at Parx’s Casino.
Chef advisor Christine Hazel tells me she started working as a bartender at Chickie’s & Pete’s while attending culinary arts school, and when she was finished she worked her way up in the kitchen to the position she holds now, and thanks chef advisor. Her job is to overlook the food preparation at all the Chickie’s & Pete’s, and that includes creating new dishes, which she has just done. Plus for the first time ever Chickie’s & Pete’s is going to be serving desserts. Christine is whipping up the dessert menu as we speak and tells me that it’s debut is about a month away.
The new additions have been added to the menu in the past few weeks and include French Onion Burger, Crabby Oysters, Mussels and
 the most delicious BLT you will ever have in your life and only $13.95
 I forgot to get a shot of the menu for the title of these mussels, but they’re spicy, with sausage too. So good.

 If you’re a follower of mine on instagram and Twitter you know I’m trying to find the best Onion Soup in the area. #1 definitely Stephen Starr’s Parc, then there’s Little Pete’s which is just delicious. Well the #1 French Onion Burger has to be this one at Chickie’s & Pete’s.

Thursday March 12 7PM

Chef Christine Hazel’s Menu Tasting Event