Garth Brooks in Philly, Bobby Brown In Philly and Your Chance to Meet John Oates

Happy Sunday. What a beautiful day on Saturday, the only thing missing was the sun, but hey it was 70ish.  So busy these days, we are in full swing of the Spring Social Season and my photographers and I are swamped. I am behind, but rest assure if I photographed your event it will appear this week. I have also sent photos to outlets like Biz Journal, Liberty City Press, Metro and Philly Style this week. Plus did a whole page of pixs for the May issue of Philly Mag. OK here’s some fun news.


I love me some Garth Brooks. Thanks to the Wells Fargo Center for the invite to photograph and interview him, but I was so swamped as I said above and couldn’t make it. I did grab a few pixs off social media I thought were special So sweet Garth Brooks gave this young fan a guitar pick. Now that’s a memory. You can’t see the front but Garth is wearing a Phillies hat.  Check out Dan DeLuca’s review in Philly Inquirer Saturday online.


Congrats are in order for Matthew MacNeal and Karyn Rochelle who got engaged Friday night at the Garth Brooks Trisha Yearwood concert.


Another cowboy rode into town this weekend, Bobby Brown made an appearance at the Be Beautiful Expo at the Pa Convention Center.

Seems music is behind him and he’s going into the All Natural – Real Ingredients cooking field. If anyone knows about cooking up natural ingredients it’s him


Congrats to Jessica and Dan. I love that the baby is waving.



Sad news for local Philly, great news for national sports site.


RIP Dallas Green, Phillies Baseball Manager who took us to the World Series, with comedian Joe Conklin.

There’s been lots of great press around the Daryl Hall & John Oates HoagieNation music festival w/ Tears for Fears &     Lineup:     Daryl Hall & John Oates Present HoagieNation     Hall & Oates     Tears for Fears     G. Love & Special Sauce     Vivian Green     Marah     Son Little     Allen Stone     Kandace Springs happening May 27th and Festival Pier, well on Thursday you’ll have a chance to meet John Oates up close and personal, as he talks about his autobiography “Change of Seasons” which will be published on Tuesday. You’ll also have a chance to purchase a signed copy. It happens at the Barnes & Noble 1805 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (215) 665-0716


Road Closures and Security Measures for NFL Draft April 26 – 29 – Annotated

The exciting NFL DRAFT IS at our doorstep, no really it’s at my doorstep and it’s a month away and I’m in awe of the road closures.


Here is a comprehensive list of ROAD CLOSINGS for the event that is to bring $86 million dollars to our coffers, and 200,000 fans who when not on the Parkway will be filling our restaurants, visiting our Liberty Bell and Historic Area, and shopping our fine stores. There’s also info on how you can get around as many of the roads are closed.  (All of these measures are being done in the name of Security, and the safety of our guests.)

I’m crossing my fingers that shuttle buses from 2601 Parkway and 2401 The Philadelphian can run in the shaded red area which is marked “local access” so residents can get to work and appointments during the road closure days.


Phase 1: Think about taking SEPTA, it really is a relaxing experience and good practice for the NFL Draft when you will have to take SEPTA
Here’s their website

Start: 4/10/17 – 12:01am
End: 5/7/17 – 11:59pm

  • Spring Garden Street westbound will close at Pennsylvania Avenue.
  • The westbound center roadway of Benjamin Franklin Parkway will maintain two lanes from 20th Street to Eakins Oval.  The left lane of Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed from East Eakins Oval to Spring Garden St. and continue to southbound Kelly Drive, where it will open up to three travel lanes.
  • The right two lanes of Eakins Oval in front of the Art Museum steps will be closed for the building of the theatre. (Traffic headaches are not as bad yet, as the closet lane to the Art Museum Steps is usually clogged with cars from tourists, so business as usual. Proceed with caution. Be on the look out for worker bees in the street though)
  • Southbound (They really should call this the INBOUND lane, cause really who knows what southbound is?) Kelly Drive will have a lane drop between 25th St. and Benjamin Franklin Parkway.


Phase 2:
Start: 4/19/17 – 12:01am to 5/3/17

  • Inner or Center lanes (inbound and outbound) of Benjamin Franklin Parkway closed from Eakins Oval to 20th Street.

Fans of all teams can follow the Draft, enjoy interactive exhibits and autograph sessions with current and former players, and take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy at Draft Town presented by Oikos Triple Zero, a massive, free outdoor fan festival.

Phase 3: ONE WEEK Monday Night til Monday 5AM
 Basically Don’t USE  THE PARKWAY TO COMMUTE INTO or OUT OF THE CITY AT ALL if you want to maintain your sanity- Take SEPTA to WORK

Start: 4/24/17 – 7:00pm
End: 5/1/17 – 5:00am

  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed from 20th Street to the Art Museum.


  • Martin Luther King Drive will remain open to 24th Street.


  • Eastbound Spring Garden Street will remain open from 31st Street to 24th Street.


  • Kelly Drive will be closed at Fairmount Avenue with traffic detoured onto Fairmount Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue. (TAKE SEPTA AS THIS IS A LOCAL ROAD, runs right in front of my house, and is narrow with lots of traffic backed up. You will be frustrated as hell. )

Starting at 7:00pm on Monday, April 24th, due to the closure of the outer lanes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, traffic headed inbound (to Center City) from Spring Garden Street Bridge or Martin Luther King Drive must exit Eakins Oval on the 24th Street ramp.  Traffic headed inbound on Kelly Drive must exit Kelly Drive at Fairmount Avenue.  Those wishing to access the rear of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the north side must exit onto Fairmount Avenue, turn right on Pennsylvania Avenue and proceed SB on 25th Street onto Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive.


Phase 4 – Full Extent of Road Closures: (i.e. DON’T EVEN TRY DRIVING INTO TOWN FROM THE BURBS from this area, you will be stuck in traffic, screaming at the radio; Better Yet Take a vacation during these days and got see the NFL DRAFT – It’s Free and it’s in PHILLY!!)
Start: 4/25/17 – 12:01am
End: 5/1/17 – 5:00am

  • 21st Street closed from Winter Street to Spring Garden Street
    • Local access to Pennsylvania Avenue only (all traffic must turn left)


  • 22nd Street closed from Race Street to Spring Garden Street
    • Local access to Park Towne Place only (residents)


  • 23rd Street closed from Fairmount Avenue to Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    • Local access only


  • 24th Street closed from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Park Towne Place
    • Local access only


  • Martin Luther King Drive closed at Sweet Briar Drive.
    • Road opened daily during peak AM rush hour on 4/27 & 4/28 (5AM-10AM) for access to I-676 via 24th Street


  • Kelly Drive closed from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Fairmount Avenue


  • Spring Garden Street Bridge closed at 31st Street
    • Road opened daily during peak AM rush hour on 4/27 & 4/28 (5AM-10AM) for access to I-676 via 24th Street
    • Access to I-76 westbound will be maintained
    • Local access to Art Museum will be maintained


  • Spring Garden Street closed from 22nd Street to Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    • Local access after peak AM rush hour


  • Pennsylvania Avenue closed from Hamilton Street to Fairmount Avenue
    • Local access after peak AM rush hour


  • Pennsylvania Avenue/Callowhill Street closed from 20th Street to 21st Street
    • Local access to Barnes Foundation driveway (westbound) only
    • Eastbound open from 21st Street


  • Park Towne Place closed from 22nd Street to 24th Street
    • Local access only (residents)


  • I-676 westbound 22nd Street off-ramp closed


  • The following streets be designated “local access only” west of 22nd Street: (Let’s call them #OpenStreetsPHL and have a bike event along these streets.)
  • Wallace Street
  • Mt. Vernon Street
  • Green Street
  • Judson Street
  • Brandywine Street

No Parking (Honestly, the City should discount the PPA Parking Lots for my neighbors who have cars, like during snow storms. This is really an inconvenience. There are at least 8 apartment buildings this afffects)

–   No parking on 2400 Pennsylvania Avenue (south side angle parking only) from 4/5 to 5/8
–   Pennsylvania Avenue between 22nd Street & Fairmount Avenue (south side of street only)
–   Winter Street between 20th & 22nd Streets (both sides of street)
–   20th Street between Vine & Callowhill Streets (east side of street only)
–   21st Street between Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Race Street (both sides of street)
–   22nd Street between Winter & Spring Garden Streets (both sides of street)
–   Park Towne Place between 22nd & 24th Streets (both sides of street)

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Bicycle Lane Detours
During venue construction, a number of bicycle lanes along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Eakins Oval and in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be detoured.  Appropriate signage will be prominently displayed, and cyclists are advised to utilize marked detours.

Pedestrian Detours
During venue construction, a number of sidewalks and pathways along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Eakins Oval and in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be detoured.  Appropriate signage will be prominently displayed, and pedestrians are advised to utilize marked detours and avoid walking in the street.  The primary north-south pedestrian detours will be 22nd Street and Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive.

Here are some of the highlights of the NFL DRAFT:

The fan festival activities will be FREE and last for three days along a half-mile stretch of the Ben Franklin Parkway. This will include “interactive exhibits, immersive games, and virtual reality experiences, free player autograph sessions and more.”

Hours for the fan experience:

Thursday, April 27: 12 pm – 11 pm

Friday, April 28: 12 pm – 11 pm

Saturday, April 29: 10 am – 6 pm

I wrote alot about the activities on my blog last month HERE

Public Transportation and Parking
SEPTA is a convenient, affordable way for fans to get to and from the event grounds.  The PHLCVB has secured FREE parking at the sports stadium complex for NFL Draft Experience attendees. (Hmm free parking for the fans?) From the sports stadium complex, event-goers should utilize the Broad Street Subway at AT&T Station, located at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue.  Fares can be purchased onsite, and fans are encouraged to purchase their return fare prior to departing AT&T Station.

SEPTA service changes/alerts can be found at

SEPTA Customer Service can be reached at 215-580-7800 and directly on Twitter @septa_social.  For more information on SEPTA and NJ Transit routes and schedules during the NFL Draft Experience, visit or call 215-580-7800, and or call 973-275-5555.

The PHLASH Downtown Loop will add service for Thursday, 4/27 for the NFL Draft Experience and will operate its April weekend schedule Friday, 4/28Sunday, 4/30. PHLASH runs 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and is an easy, inexpensive way to get around.  PHLASH will re-route due to street closures during the NFL Draft Experience and will communicate any detours at

If driving into Center City is necessary, commercial off-street parking lots and garages conveniently are located near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Contact individual facilities in advance for rates and availability, or visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s website at for a list of parking options.  The NFL Draft Experience is not affiliated with these parking facilities.

Parkway Institutions
Most of the cultural institutions on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will maintain normal hours of operation and, in some cases, even extend schedules during the NFL Draft Experience. Visitors and residents are encouraged to visit.

During the NFL Draft Experience, the west entrance (otherwise known as the official entrance, not the side of the museum with the Rocky Steps, that’s the back entrance) of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be open and visitors may obtain access via pathways north and south of this entrance. Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive will be open at 25th Street, with access to the museum’s parking garage for museum visitors throughout the week.  The south entrance to Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive will remain accessible via the Spring Garden Street Bridge for museum visitors only.  Signage will be prominently displayed with directions.

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Ben Franklin Parkway,, 215-299-1000
Regular operating hours: Thurs. April 27th and Fri. April 28th, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm; Sat. April 29th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

On April 27-29, the Academy will offer free general admission to the museum to all visitors. In addition, an $8 Super Saver Ticket will be available for the special exhibits. Visitors who wear an NFL jersey, get $1 off the Super Saver ticket. Their special exhibit is Frogs: A Chorus of Colors, featuring 15 species of live frogs (on view through May 14).

The Barnes Foundation
2025 Ben Franklin Parkway,, 215-278-7200
Thurs., April 27th: CLOSED for special event (ie sounds like an exclusive party with celebrities. I’ll be hanging out there on the sidewalk.)
Fri., April 28th and Sat., April 29th, regular operating hours: 10am – 5pm

Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Ave,, 215-236-3300
The historic site will remain open with regular hours – 10 am to 5 pm daily.

The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th St.,, 215-448-1200
Hours: The Franklin Institute will be open to the public from 9:30am-5pm during NFL Draft days (April 27-29).

Parking: The Franklin Institute’s parking garage entrance is located at 21st and Winter Streets, street parking and public transportation are strongly encouraged.

Special Offer: The Franklin Institute is offering a $2 discount on adult general admission for adult visitors wearing NFL team gear during draft days (April 27-29). (Wear your Eagles Jersey days.)

Free Library of Philadelphia – Parkway Central
1901 Vine St.,, 215-686-5322
Parkway Central Library welcomes NFL fans to experience guided tours of their 90 year-old beaux arts building and its world-renowned Rare Book Department.

Moore College of Art and Design
20th Street and the Parkway,
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 215-763-8100

Main Building
26th & Ben Franklin Parkway
Open: TuesdaySunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday open until 8:45 p.m.
Perelman Building
Fairmount and Pennsylvania Aves.
Open: TuesdaySunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Rodin Museum
22nd St. and Ben Franklin Parkway,, 215-763-8100
Open: WednesdayMonday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This is truly a wonderful event to happen in Philadelphia. I’m excited it is here, and the Parkway is an amazing location to hold the NFL Draft. Living in the neighborhood that is affected by this amazing event, which is literally across the street from where I live, it would have been nice for my neighbors, especially the ones who have caregivers to know of the driving restrictions, people have to make arrangements, a few weeks notice is in adequate. With the Pope we had 3 months notice, and they had meetings with residents who live along the parkway even before they announced it to the press.

NFL Draft: Security Policy & Prohibited Items

For the safety of all fans, the following security measures will be in effect:

  • All fans and items (purses, small handbags, etc.) are subject to physical inspection by security personnel. Fans who do not agree to this search will not be allowed in the event.
  • No bags, purses, or backpacks larger than 16” x 14” x 12”
  • All weapons and firearms are prohibited within these premises including pepper spray and electronic stunning devices
  • No pets other than service animals
  • No bottles, cans, liquid containers, coolers (except for fans with medical / dietary needs)
  • No outside food or beverage
  • No video recorders except for credentialed media
  • No drones or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) of any kind
  • No missile-like objects
  • No hover boards or any other self-propelled devices
  • No smoking, lighters or e-cigarettes
  • No laser pointers
  • No artificial noisemakers
  • No poles or sticks of any kind, including selfie sticks
  • No object that may obstruct another fan’s view, including umbrellas over 4’ in diameter
  • No folding chairs, bikes, or other large personal items
  • No promotional items with commercial slogans or identification without written consent from the NFL
  • Any item deemed dangerous or inappropriate, in management’s sole discretion, will not be allowed at the NFL Draft and NFL Draft Experience
  • Confiscated items will be disposed of and not returned
  • Items left in vehicles should be stored out of sight


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Komen Philadelphia hosted its More Than Pink Party Distributes Funding

Komen Philadelphia hosted its More Than Pink Party at Cescaphe’s Vie last month. It’s crazy how time escapes us.



I published these photos in other outlets, but I wanted to pay personal attention to this event as it was informative and fun to “follow the money” that is donated by you, and sponsors.

Denise DiSimone, Evelyn Rodriguez, Elaine Groban and Sloane Six

For 27 years, Elaine I. Grobman CEO, Susan G Komen Philadelphia has built the Komen Philadelphia organization’s following by letting others tell their stories – from survivors to volunteers, donors to sponsors.

Attendees enjoyed a cocktail hour and a seated program emceed by CBS3‘s Jessica Dean and Natasha Brown.
Jessica talked about the three years she’s been involved with Komen Philadelphia and honored her co-worker Natasha Brown mentioning she’s
been with Komen Philadelphia for over a decade, and currently serves on the Komen Philadelphia Board of Directors.

Dr. Richard Pestell , President of the Pennsylvania Cancer and Regenerative Medicine Research Center, Baruch S. Blumberg Institute and Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center, was given the Jamie Brook Lieberman Honor for exceptional cancer care. Josh Lieberman, Carole Lieberman, Dr. Richard Pestell (accepting the Jamie Brooke Lieberman Honor) and Jules Lieberman. The Brook Lieberman Remembrance Award celebrates the life and legacy of a women taken by breast cancer at the young age of 35. The award is bestowed on an individual who, like Jamie, show a commitment to the cause, who want to lead in making a significant change, and who not only have hope in the cures but are every day in pursuit of saving lives.

Sabrina Easterling, Nicole Scott and Christina Miller

Sabrina Easterling, Nicole Scott and Christina Miller


Kathy Trow, Darlene Tansmore and Lynne Dudley, co-chairs for Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure May 14, 2017


The party was called “More Than Pink” as it’s the new identity for Komen Philadelphia. It’s to remind everyone that they are more than just a color. More Than Pink drives home the point that their strength comes from the people, not the color. The people are most important in uniting the mission. More than Pink is a movement that encompasses all the people who give Komen power.

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During a Q&A session at the event, Steve Rosen as husband Ron Blum looks on. Steve’s question concerned the time when
Komen national didn’t support Planned Parenthood, and Komen Philadelphia was the first of the chapters to speak up against that stance.
Eventually Komen national backed away from the issue, continued funding to Planned Parenthood where underserved women are able to
get the services they need.

Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses teach patients about breast care, connect patients to resources to help them get vital biopsies, ultrasounds, and mammograms, and follow up to make sure patients are cared for with the attention they need and deserve. – See more at:
The biggest need in the breast cancer movement in 2017 is finding a solution in reaching the women who are coming to Komen too late, getting medical attention on time.  Komen’s mission is to get out there, into the shadows and bring them into awareness. We need to educate women about clinics and hospitals so they can get the treatments for early detection of breast cancer and get it treated early.
Guests celebrated another successful year of fundraising by giving back to 15 local healthcare organizations. This year Komen Philadelphia distributed nearly three-quarters-of-one-million dollars to the following organizations; They included
Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health, Bayhealth Medical Center, Christiana Care Health Services, Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation, Drexel University College of Medicine, Einstein Medical Center, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Healthy Promotion Council of Southeastern Pa, Lancaster General Hospital, MD Ander Cancer Center at Cooper, Penn Medicine – Abramson Cancer Center, Phila Corporation for Agingin, Phila Depat of Public Health and
The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson.

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There was entertainment by the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church choir entertained



The Race for the Cure is coming up on May 14, and we pride ourselves on wearing pink to show solidarity, it is also very important to register and sponsor a walker in the Race for the Cure. Funds from the walk go to provide services and awareness in our area to eradicated breast cancer. SO REMEMBER TO REGISTER


Hair of the Dog Sponsor Party, and Check Presentation to Bianca’s Kids

Hair of the Dog (HOD) is definitive the event that kicks off the New Year Social Season, but it’s not all just fun and games. HOD is serious about raising money. Over the years they’ve raised thousands of dollars for various charities, this year’s charity was Bianca’s Kids

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A thank you to the sponsors and volunteers party was held earlier this month at the Foundry, located inside The Fillmore

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  1. Bianca’s Kids Board members, Liz Tarter and Vanessa Andricola.

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Ashley Dunek, Dan Cronin, and Buffy Harakidas.

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Amy Servis and Bob Williamson.

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Jenna Simone and Rob Molinaro.

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Jen Sherlock and Erica Watkins.

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Matt Laskowski, Ashley Dunek, and Jamie Dunek.

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Bianca’s Kids Board members: Liz Tarter, Vanessa Andricola, and John Crane.

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 Buffy Harakidas, Dan Cronin, Vanessa Andricola, John Crowe, Liz Tarter, and Rob Molinaro.

Hair O’ The Dog will always remain a Philadelphia tradition and staple, and our main purpose is to give people a reason to celebrate and come together while raising money and awareness for charity. So thank you to everyone who came out despite the weather this year, and supported Bianca’s Kids! It’s a wonderful and worthy cause that supports children in need. – HOD Peeps

Thanks Mike Hirata Photography

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NMAJH: Young Friends – National Museum of American Jewish History Celebrate Purim

Masquerade Ball in celebration of Purim took place at the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) March 9, 2017


Bryan Leib, Jessica Barmash, Jake Markowitz, Miranda Rosenberg and Michael Spanier

Nearly 200 Young Friends and their friends came out to enjoy the night, donning masks and their dancing shoes.


Scott Utish, Alex Weiner and Shana Golen

The mission of the Young Friends of NMAJH is to inspire and involve the young professional community (ages 21-40) of Greater Philadelphia through social, educational, networking, and philanthropic programming celebrating American Jewish history and culture.

Lauren Cooper and Karim Merchant

Lauren Cooper and Karim Merchant

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Instructors from Society Hill Dance Academy were on hand to demonstrate their skills, and then they taught a class.

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And the Young Friends really enjoyed themselves

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Their was a great silent auction to raise additional funds

Ali Sayer and Perry Zuares

Ali Sayer and Perry Zuares


Katie Walker, co-chair, Mike Farrell, Stephanie Farnell and Peter Eldridge

Josh Kaufman, Katie Bouchard, Rebecca Harvey and Ryan Taylor

Josh Kaufman, Katie Bouchard, Rebecca Harvey and Ryan Taylor

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The Young Friends played fun games that kept them smiling all night long. It was kinda a musical chairs game.


Dana Krimker, Lisa Rothstein, Avriel Finder, Rena Asher and Alex Marder


Alex Lakner and Sophia Genkin


NMAJH Young Friends Board

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Chair, Shana Golen
Programming Committee Co-Chairs, Alicia Broudy and Irene Lax
Outreach Committee Chair, Brielle Weinstein
Finance Officer, PJ Koob
Young Friends Board Members at Large, Elijah Dornstreich, Zachary Golen, Ken Greenberg, Benjamin Hirsh, Melissa Hochbaum, Rachel Hollander, Jacob Markovitz, Berel Rapoport, Steven Share, Ali Sayer, Michael Swift, Alex Weiner, and Andrew Zakroff

Interested in joining a committee? Please email