Friday, April 25, 2014

JON BON JOVI SHOTS THAT WILL FILL YOUR SOUL, Plus snaps from the press conference of the JBJ Homes Dedication

On Tuesday, Bon Jovi attended the grand opening of a low-income housing development bearing his initials.  The 55-unit JBJ Soul Homes in Philadelphia will house formerly homeless and low-income tenants. A New Jersey-native, the singer's Soul Foundation and the Middleton Partnership provided the lead gift for the  $16.6 million complex, located in the Francisville neighborhood.
Jon Bon Jovi and wife Dorothea at the opening of the JBJ Soul Homes on Tuesday. The couple, who were high school sweethearts, celebrate 25 years of marriage on April 29.

 Sister Mary Scullion and Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi of the Soul Foundation, cracks Joan Dawson McConnon, co-founder of Project HOME
 Love, love that Lynn Honickman takes a cell photo of the Middleton's
 The North Philly Footstompers open up the ceremony.
 A beautiful Gospel song to start the day.
 Over 300 community leaders, and community caregivers were on hand at the dedication.

Sister Mary Scullion, co-founder of Project HOME, Jon Bon Jovi of the Soul Foundation, and Joan Dawson McConnon, co-founder of Project HOME
 I think JBJ is wondering why I didn't bring a long enough lens to get to get a clean close up shot.

Cheryl Ann Davis, a JBJ Soul Homes resident, reads a poem dedicated to her mother; she talked about how her mom had died and left her homeless. Cheryl went on to live in youth homeless shelter Covenant House where she got her life back together. She is now attending Community College of Philadelphia. She recently moved into the JBJ Soul Homes. Covenant House Pennsylvania will be honoring Craig Spencer, President & CEO of The Arden Group and Vice-Chairman of the JBJSF, and the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation at their 9th Annual A Night of Broadway Stars gala on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Both Craig Spencer and the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation will be honored for their work with homeless youth striving to turn their lives around. (Jon Bon Jovi, will play a short acoustic set at the “Night of Broadway,” a benefit for Covenant House, on May 7th.)
 You don't say no to the dynamic duo
 We can't go home, til we all go home.
 Yeah, he's 52.

 Miss Pennsylvania
 This is the back of the building with parking.

 Residents can place prayer cards in this cubibles below this gorgeous mosiac in the lobby.
 A sample one bedroom unit.

 This kitchen is gorgeous. 
JBJ Soul Homes includes several amenities including community space for residents, an exercise room, and a green sustainable roof. The project received both private and public funding. The lead private funding comes from the JBJ Soul Foundation and the Middleton Partnership. The lead public funding comes from U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and the City of Philadelphia.

 David Gregory of Meet The Press was on hand to Emcee the gala that evening. Read more about it in my Phillydotcom Column and check out Jeffrey Lurie and wife Tina and more notable shots on PhillyMag

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Alicia DiMichele resigns from ‘Mob Wives’ and But You Can Still See Her One Last Time In Person....

According to the NY Daily News,

DiMichele, 40, withdrew from the VH1 reality show, where she earned $8,000-per-episode, so she can improve her image before a Brooklyn Federal Court judge who is overseeing her criminal case, sources told the Daily News. She also withdrew her guilty plea to embezzling union funds from the trucking company owned by her hubby. - Say goodbye to Alicia DiMichele as she makes what will probably be her last official "Mob Wife" appearance next week at the Miss Tantini Bikini Contest at Adelphia.

Read more at the NY Daily News:



DATE:         Thursday, April 24 at 3:45 – 4 p.m. ET
PLACE:        NASDAQ MarketSite (Broadcast Studio)
4 Times Square  - 43rd & Broadway

DETAILS:       The Philadelphia Flyers will ring the NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell in Times Square during Round One of their match-up against the New York Rangers in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Former Flyers and a member of their two Stanley Cup-winning teams as well as members of the team's front office will participate. 

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I found an additional Media Alert from NASDAQ Below:

NHL's Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers to Ring The NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell

NHL's Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers will visit the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York City's Times Square to 'drop the puck' on game four of their playoff series.
In honor of the occasion, NHL's Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers players will ring the Closing Bell. They will be hosted by Thomas A. Wittman, Senior Vice President of NASDAQ OMX and Head of U.S. Equities and Derivatives, who is based in Philadelphia.
NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX), based in Philadelphia, is the largest and oldest equity options market in the United States. PHLX trades more than 3,000 equity options, sector index options and FX options on major currencies. The market offers a combination of cutting-edge electronic and floor-based options trading, utilizing NASDAQ OMX's high-performance INET technology.
  • Philadelphia Flyers Alumnus Joe Watson
  • New York Rangers Alumnus Rod Gilbert
  • New York Rangers Alumnus Ron Greschner
NASDAQ MarketSite – 4 Times Square – 43rd & Broadway – Broadcast Studio
Thursday, April 24, 2014 – 3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Rumor: Chef/restaurateur Richard Sandoval is taking over Ten Arts and opening a Tapas Bar next door.

It's been two years since TopCheftestant Jen Carroll left the Ritz-Carlton's Ten Arts, and although her replacement,
Chef De Cuisine Nathan Volz, mounted a herculean effort to revive the restaurant it never seemed to get it's footing under her shadow.  (He's since left and is at the gorgeous Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte.)
Well things are about to change and in a big way. New York

Chef/restaurateur Richard Sandoval, who owns 25 restaurants around the world, is said to be opening up a 100 seat restaurant in the space where Ten Arts formerly called it's home.  (Hopefully they'll get rid of those red tinted windows.)

His latest restaurant is Toro, Toro in DC. It can be pricey, but it is the Ritz. I did hear it was delicious. Here's Yelp's opinions.

And in what seems to be his signature move, he's opening up a smaller tapas bar where the now closed Freshii once called home.   Amazing game changer for the Ritz-Carlton. What a great location, especially since it's across the street from the very hot, and soon to be happening Dilworth Plaze with it's park, ice skating rink and outdoor dining.  Michael Klein reported in December that
Chef/restaurateur Richard Sandoval's brother (Chicago restaurateur Alfredo Sandoval) is opening a restaurant at 2116 Chestnut Street in the summer of 2014. Klein even hinted to him that he might have competition.