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InBox: Virtual Quizzo, Dance Parties and Fashion Fun

Let’s call this Wednesday wisdom. I get so many interesting emails, some I tweet, some I ignore and once in awhile I do a blog post about them. I’m going to share some today of the ones I usually ignore or write back and say “that has nothing to do with my mission” ie informing Philadelphian’s about Philly things or people. Let’s get started. The first few will be the informative ones.

Philly Home of the Celebrity Chef’s. This guy has to be the youngest.

The public is invited to join Avner Schwartz, a 13-Year-Old Haverford resident and star
of Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship as he makes an appearance at The Great Big Jewish Food Fest. Avner is the son of Rachel and Eric Schwartz, and is a seventh grader at Friends’ Central School. He is a self-taught baker, and an avid fan of the Philadelphia food scene. Avner’s bespoke baking business, Gingee Says, sells custom and seasonal bakery items direct to local consumers and nationally through his website Gingeesays.com

The Great Big Jewish Food Fest which started yesterday, May 19 and runs through May 28, 2020. The 10- day virtual festival celebrating the diversity of Jewish food and the robust Jewish food industry.  This Friday, Avner is a featured presenter in The Great Big Jewish Food Festival, and is the ONLY child to participate as a presenter in the prestigious national virtual event. He joins culinary celebrities such as Philadelphian Michael Solomonov, Gail Simmons (Host of Top Chef), Ruth Reichl (author and former editor in chief of Gourmet Magazine), Joan Nathan (celebrated Jewish cookbook author), Mitchell Davis (Chief Strategy Officer for the James Beard Foundation), Jake Cohen (Editorial and Test Kitchen Director of The Feedfeed), Michael Twitty (James Beard Award-winning author of The Cooking Gene, 2018) and more.

Friday, May 22 at 3 P.M. ET, the class is free for all participants, suitable for all ages. Register at

Virtual location is https://zoom.us/j/92184605112

Vote for Jared Solomon, and Larry Farnese. Larry stop with the mailings, no one is better than you my friend.

Today, Governor Wolf signed HB1076 into law; my legislation that gets money to our most vulnerable–our seniors and our disabled.

This is great news for folks who get the Property Tax and Rent Rebate. The law gives the Department of Revenue the go-ahead to start getting checks out to those who have already applied for the 2019 rebate. I know how important these checks are to many who are struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic.

So what does this mean for you? If you already applied for your rebate, your check will be mailed out or direct deposited soon. You can check your status here.   If you have not yet applied, download the full application and instructions here. Print it at home and mail it with supporting documentation to: 
  PA Department of Revenue P.O. Box 280503 Harrisburg PA 17128-0503   Still need help? Call my office at 215-342-6340 and set up a time to talk to one of my staff to go through the application with you.

Inbox: Happy 40th Anniversary Rubik’s Cube. How much fun is trying to figure out the Rubik’s Cube, especially drunk at parties right? Then YouTube came along and spoiled all the fun. Well here’s a new twist on the old puzzle.

Super Impulse USA LLC, creator of the successful and popular World’s Smallest line of toys and collectibles, has partnered with Rubik’s Brand to launch the new Rubik’s Tilt, a hand-held electronic game controlled by motion. This and other Rubik’s inspired games can be found on Amazon.

You Don’t Even Need A Green Thumb

Share your garden through the 2020 PHS Gardening Contest! A great way to get to know and learn from other gardeners. Regardless of experience level, all nonprofessional gardeners residing in Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Delaware are encouraged to enter.  To ensure the safety of all gardeners, PHS will judge entries through online submissions. Contestants can regis

For more information and to learn how to enter the Contest, serve as a
volunteer judge and/or support the PHS Gardening Contest, visit
PHSonline.org/gardeningcontest,

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I have a good friend who has created a fundraiser called 20 Second Trivia.  He has always loved trivia and game shows.  Now, every Sunday night he hosts a trivia game through Zoom.  While you can play for free, he is encouraging people do donate money to the CDC.  He runs the event through Facebook, which is matching donations 2-1.  So…if he can raise $20,000, it will become $60,000 with the Facebook match.

He has more than 100 people playing each week, and is halfway to his goal having raised just over $10,000!  Many people who play say it is the highlight of the week.  He makes it so fun, and it is a great way to bond people together during this time.

I am helping him spread the word for more people to play.  You can learn more about the event at https://www.facebook.com/donate/1524871634334844/10113368930243443/.

Fashion News

Chestnut Hill PA’s retailers will come together for one night next Wednesday, May 27 during Chestnut Hill: Fashion’s Night In, a virtual fashion show showcasing summer trends and connecting local businesses to the
people that matter most — their customers! #keepitonthehill

Afterwards make sure you mark down on your calendar: Chestnut Hill PA’s retailers Virtual Fashion Show next Wednesday, May 27 during Chestnut Hill: Fashion’s Night In,

MEDIA ALERT

 What:                PENNSYLVANIA BALLET HOSTS 80s DANCE PARTY BENEFITING MANNA

On Saturday, May 30 from 7:30 – 9 p.m. Pennsylvania Ballet will host a virtual 80s dance party via Zoom to benefit long-time philanthropic partner MANNA. Pull out your leg warmers, tease your hair, and don your most neon apparel as DJ Ben Arsenal takes us back to the 80s! Since the pandemic hit, MANNA’s essential service providing nutritious meals to our neighbors battling life-threatening illnesses is more important than ever. Pennsylvania Ballet soloist Alex Hughes and corps de ballet dancer Emily Davis will host alongside the Young Friends of Pennsylvania, while other Pennsylvania Ballet company dancers will be in attendance to dance along with you! Other surprises will take place throughout the night.

The event is FREE to attend, but donations are greatly appreciated to help raise much needed funds for a vital charity in our city. Donations up to $10,000 will be generously matched by one of MANNA’s Board members. Register here:  https://paballet80s.givesmart.com or text paballet80s to 76278.

Pennsylvania Ballet has been a proud member of the Philadelphia community since 1963.  One of the Ballet’s core values is to engage with that community through meaningful and inclusive programming. For the past 27 years, the Ballet has been integral in the success of MANNA’s Shut Up and Dance program, and we were all heartbroken to have to cancel the event this year. We are honored to find a new way to work together.

When:                Saturday, May 30

                            7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where:               VIRTUAL via Zoom

                             Guests will receive event link after registration

And Now A Word From Our Sponsor. Have you ordered your Memorial Day Weekend BBQ Yet? Check out FeastWellFoods.com Menu. Just because we’re staying at home, doesn’t mean we can’t treat ourselves. See you on social, until tomorrow.
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Dollar Store General Concept to Piazza; M∙A∙C Returns To Rittenhouse, Bruce Willis Spotted

Hello Friday, August is just zipping by; BTW if you’re reading this before 830AM I’m on WOGL for another sing a long today with Marilyn Russell, and my pick for event of the weekend – it’s a killer. That’s a hint. Here’s another edition of #PCCBuzz (yes I know I changed the day again; Friday is a good day for gossip cause you need fun chitchat for the weekend, dinner and the beach) Last week I went to the  2nd Street Festival, it was fun. It wasn’t a client event so I got to really take my time to look around, and guess what I found a very interesting story.

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I saw this awning at The Schmidt’s Commons – DGX Philadelphia. Inside the space was still being built out. I check it out online to see what kind of business it was and it’s a subsidiary of Dollar Store General.  According to a story in the Tennessean:  Dollar General has a new demographic in mind with its smaller-format store concept DGX: millennials. .. There are similarities between a traditional Dollar General store and DGX, but the smaller-format store features a more modern design, a curated selection of goods and a brewed coffee station for metropolitan shoppers.

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It’s very similar to a convenience store with chips, a fountain machine with a variety of sodas, grab and go sandwiches and many of items to serve city dwellers.
“We are excited about our new smaller store concept and the opportunity to serve busy, city-dwellers with everyday low prices on the essentials they need in a convenient, easy-to-shop format,” Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO, said in a statement. “The DGX format is geared to meet the needs of the millennial shopper, which is an emerging and important part of our customer base and will help us broaden our appeal to attract a new segment of urban customers who put a high premium on value and convenience.”  (source) I asked around last Sunday and nearby neighbors told me at the end of August.

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Yesterday I was walking up Chestnut street and saw that Campers Shoes (1734 Chestnut St) had closed and in it’s place was this store window full of an explosion of fantastical colors but what did it mean.  I did some research, and it turns out that it’s a new campaign connected with the launch of M∙A∙C Cosmetics stores opening around the world. The Chestnut Street store is opening in the Fall of 2017,

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and for what I’ve seen on the internet the store openings are a lot of fun. I can’t wait to shoot it. How awesome that M∙A∙C Cosmetics will have another stand a lone store in Rittenhouse

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Speaking of Rittenhouse Square, Bruce Willis who was in town prepping for M Night Shyamalan’s movie “Glass” was spotted @ Barclay Prime for dinner arriving at 7PM and leaving at 9:30PM, b4 heading across the park to Scarpetta for nightcap last nite. He’ll be back in September along with the rest of the cast of GlassJames McAvoySamuel L. Jackson, and Anya Taylor-Joy along with franchise newcomer Sarah Paulson.  Samual Jackson said in an interview in Collier “We start rehearsal on [September] 18th and I start shooting on the 25th.”. They’ll be filming for 8 weeks, with many weeks of the shooting happening on the streets of Philadelphia, a bit in the studio and the rest outside of the City. Paparazzi HughE is ready.  Filming is scheduled until Thanksgiving, with a movie release date of January 18, 2019.  Heery Loftus Casting can help you become a star, or at least an extra on this movie. Glass is a direct sequel to Split and Unbreakable, bringing together the casts of both movies helmed by Shyamalan.

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Check out Gina Gannon tonight on 6ABC News during the crucial 4PM and 5PM newscasts.

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Crazy, Greg Seitter gets back from a relaxing vacation, then spends a day getting pies thrown in his face for charity. Sweet.
“I will be hosting a pie in the face fundraiser tomorrow afternoon to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society‘s #LightTheNight campaign. A $20 (or more) donation will entitle a colleague of mine to throw a pie in my face in your honor. Make a donation now: http://pages.lightthenight.org/epa/Phi17/gseitter
#PieInTheFace #Charity #Fundraiser”
His supporters raised over $1000. I wonder if he’ll take more pies for more money?
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Nina Tinari, Chairwoman of The Marian Anderson Award, announced today that five-time Grammy winner Dionne Warwick will receive the 2017 Marian Anderson Award on November 14, 2017, during the eagerly anticipated Gala and Concert at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

 

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JD Rivera, Kevin Hart, Mike Schmidt, Roots Picnic , Save The Date, Dana Spain Married

JD Rivera, Kevin Hart, Mike Schmidt, Roots Picnic , Save The Date, Dana Spain Married

Good Sunday, hope you are having an enjoyable weekend.  Here’s another edition of Philly Gossip, tidbits and Save The Date’s for events I think you might enjoy attending. Also just want to tell you I’m leaving for Alaska this week, don’t fret I’ve filled Philly Chit Chat up with blog posts so keep coming back every day for photos and food for thought. Last summer Cabot Cheese surprised me with a cruise to Alaska with 50 or so more charitable minding folks. Seems my friend Marilyn Russell nominated me for the Cabot Cheese program for the charitable work I have done over the years with the Linda Creed Foundation, PAWS, Donors Are Hero’s, Gilda’s Club,  American Foundation of Suicide Awareness all of which I’ve volunteered for 6 plus years. And then the more recent organizations – MANNA, Komen Philadelphia, Comfort Home For Veterans, Living Beyond Breast Cancer and many more which I promote through my various social outlets.  Even charities who hire me to photograph their events, I try and give back in ways that go beyond my reasonable rates. I’m excited to meet other volunteers from around the country. I also volunteer for Cabot Cheese Foundation, participating in their annual poker tournament every summer at the Borgata for the past 3 years. We Honor Volunteers & Support Communities Our Department of Gratitude reflects the values of the farm families who own Cabot Creamery Cooperative.

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Congrats to Philly boxer and hometown hero JD Rivera, Rivera beat the odds to go pro and moved to Philly because of its rich boxing history. His career in the ring has been full of hard knocks, but the sport has given him a new lease on life. That’s why Rivera does what he can through his gym, the Warrior Boxing Academy, to make boxing accessible to working class folks in his community of South Philadelphia. New equipment was sponsored by Coors Light they believe in celebrating the journey of those who see challenges as opportunities, which is why we chose to feature Rivera as part of our digital short documentary series, “My Climb, My Story.” The film series features individuals across the country who conquer their personal mountains to better themselves and their communities.

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I was so busy this week, but really wanted to go to this all day radio marathon – the All Star Day Live! featured 97.5 The Fanatic’s All Star Personalities and Celebrity Contributors Live, On-Site, for an all-day broadcast at Commerce Square. There was food & beverage specials from Pagano’s, fun & games, and meet & greet pictures with celebrity athletes including Jaws above, fresh off of the NFLDraft. Their goal was to promote, fund-raise and help further AACR’s Mission:
The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research is to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication, and collaboration. Through its programs and services, the AACR fosters research in cancer and related biomedical science; accelerates the dissemination of new research findings among scientists and others dedicated to the conquest of cancer; promotes science education and training; and advances the understanding of cancer etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment throughout the world.

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ACCR comes on board as a client of PhillyChitChat starting June 1.

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Congrats to Dana Spain and Walt Moore Married. So happy for them.
Opps #FakeNews, Dana tells me it was Walt’s engagement ring….stay tuned

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Another Philly Socialite off the market
Congrats Allie and Steve!!

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Thank you Mike Schmidt in your efforts to prevent skin cancer. Take it from someone who is a candidate, who sometimes forgets the importance of sunscreen, or it wears off during the day. What an amazing idea to have sunscreen dispensers through out Philly. I love that they’re yellow too. The dispensers will be located at City Hall, on Kelly Drive near Lloyd Hall and at CBP Phillies home

SAVE THE DATE


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Memorial Day Weekend Events

Historic Philly’s summer programming launches Memorial Day Weekend with historic reenactors leading pub crawls, military musters, puppet shows, and more.
http://bit.ly/29MAgR7

  Betsy Ross House
Flag-Raising Ceremony, May 29, 10:00 a.m.
Start your day in the charming Betsy Ross House courtyard with Betsy Ross and one of her Colonial friends, raising the thirteen-star flag with pomp and circumstance. FREE

Ø  Various Locations Throughout Historic Philadelphia
Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches, May 27 – 29, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Specially-trained, uniformed storytellers delight and entertain with free, short five-minute stories while sharing the secrets of Philadelphia’s and America’s history. Children can pick up a Story Flag at any Storytelling Bench, and collect a star from every storyteller on their journey. Flags with all the stars can be redeemed for a History Hero Certificate and a free carousel ride on the Parx Liberty Carousel. FREE

GETTING AROUND:I love using the PHLASH all summer long

The Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop™ is the most convenient and affordable way for visitors to travel with 22 stops to key destinations, including stops throughout Historic Philadelphia. Providing daily service every 15 minutes from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., the PHLASH is only $2 per ride or $5 per day. Passes are available onboard (with cash and exact change only), at any Visitor Center location, or online at www.PhillyPHLASH.com.

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Festival Pier (at Penn’s Landing), Philadelphia, PA
TICKET INFO
Sat, Jun 3, 2017 12:00 PM

Details: The Roots Picnic, The Roots, Pharrell Williams, Lil Wayne, Solange, Jeezy, 21 Savage, Kimbra, Black Thought, J. Period, Fat Joe, Mobb Deep, Thundercat, Pete Rock,
I’m partnering with Live Nation to promote this event.

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 Kevin Hart‘s Wednesday, June 7 book signing and chat with Quincy Harris at Temple University announced last month to promote his new book ” I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons”  is now a photo op and meet-and-greet that’s been moved to the Parkway Central Library says Nick Vadala, over at Philly.com Read it here.

Then a month later he’ll be back in Philly for Kevin Hart Day in Philadelphia on July 6.

PS one day before PhillyChitChat’s 10th Anniversary. I’ll be posting some of my favorite photos of the past ten years in the month of June, July and August and tell you the best dressed of the decade, the best party of the decade, and favorite celebrity moments of the last decade. So fun, right? I must say Kevin Hart is one of the nicest celebrities I’ve ever photographed.5-27-2017 1-50-08 AM

“An Evening with Stephen Schwartz” takes place on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 7:30 pm in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. A diverse group of 360 choral singers ages 8 to 18 will perform selections including “Day by Day” (Godspell), “When You Believe” (Prince of Egypt), and “For Good” (Wicked), accompanied by a four-piece band. Kimmel Box Office at bit.ly/CY-StephenSchwartz,
An Evening with Stephen Schwartz” will raise money to benefit endARTSlessness, a campaign that seeks to ensure every Philadelphia public school has at least one arts program serving as a lifeline to lift young people up and out of creative poverty. Stephen Schwartz has embraced the campaign and has been recognized by his peers for nurturing future artists. In 2015, Schwartz received a special Tony Award for his commitment to serving artists and fostering new talent.
more on Commonwealth Youthchoirs, the endARTSlessness campaign, and CY’s music programs can be found at cychoirs.org

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Please save the date for the 12th Annual Great Chefs Event! On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, guests will sample curated dishes and meet internationally-acclaimed culinary stars– all for a great cause, benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation & Vetri Community Partnership, with last year’s event raising over $800,000.    Discover and indulge in award-winning cuisine at The 12th Annual Great Chefs Event—experience the city’s most anticipated culinary event where top chefs and mixologists from around the globe converge to share their expertise and prepare succulent creations.     There’s an after party for sponsors, chefs and a few VIP ticket holders near Vetri’s eatery Lo Spiedo

 

Have a great holiday weekend – Thank you service men and women who fight for our freedom.
See you on Tuesday.