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July 2009



Oh so long ago I alluded to Parking Wars on Chestnut street, Twittered about it. Lots of people wanted to know what I was talking about, but then I decided not to write about it because it might effect some peoples jobs, lives etc. and PhillyChitChat is not about that. But now it’s happened, Union Trust and Morimoto/Jones/Chiefa have joined forces and are using the same Valet Services. The reason this was so important as it was sometimes a hassle and competitive as the valet folks didn’t care which restaurant the driver was going to, they just wanted to park that car, maybe go for that tip. The difference in the price of valets was a $1, so it was very competitive.

The problem was magnified when said guest going to Union Trust had their car parked by the Morimoto valet, then when said guest finished his meal and the waiter offered to call for the valeted car and it was parked by the other guys, let’s just say things got complicated.

No more complication. Both restaurants now live in harmony, and I’m not one to gossip, but I hear they enjoy dining at each others places too.


MAD MEN CASTING CALL AMC TV – My friend is in the running to be on the show, Please vote for her I’d appreciate it.

Marna Kohn (grew up right outside of Philly) has entered this contest and would love to have a role in an episode of Mad Men. And the role will go to the one who gets the most online votes. So, if you don’t mind, please vote for her every day until the contest ends and click on the fifth star each time you vote. Also, if you could send this email and web site info to your friends, who knows, she may actually get the most votes.
Here’s the info:
> Dear Marna,
> Thank you for entering Banana Republic’s Mad Men Casting Call Contest.
> Your photo was approved and your Mad Men Casting Call contest
> submission has been placed on the website.
> Click on the link below to view your entry.

> Good luck and we hope to see you on an episode of Mad Men!
> Tune in to AMC on Sunday August 16th at 10/9c for the premiere of Mad
> Men Season 3.

(Maybe she’ll take some pixs for PhillyChitChat which would be fun)



Growing up in the Delaware Valley area you couldn’t help but notice the hoopla surrounding the August issue of Philadelphia Magazine which always celebrated the Best of Philly for the year. Then folks like my parents and later on me would go out and see if the places named were truly some of the best. Plus it was always exciting to see if someone, or something that you already knew was the “Best” was going to be in the magazine. Last night the magazine held it’s party to celebrate August’s issue “Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of” issue at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and they got a big turnout of the city’s movers and shakers as well as the folks from the venues of distinction.
Last night also marked an anniversary of sorts for me; it was one year ago that I met these five peopleErin Elmore Chuck Peruto, Steve Thorne & his future wife Sabrina Tamburino.
Last years picture at the Phila Best of 2008 Party. Missing Nina Tinari who is in Harrisburg fighting the good fight, and Carol Tamburino who was in the other room.Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office. Such a huge supporter of Philadelphia, and lately of my and my efforts with the NBC10/Fusion Fitness challenge that I have embarked on. Everytime I see her I think she is going to mention something about a Nicholson, Witherspoon, Rudd shot, but all she wants to say is how inspirational I am embarking on the grueling but successful boot camp. Thanks so much. And actually a lot of people throw love my way on the subject, so thanks for that. It’s going to help me continue “The Journey”. Nicole Ross, she’s beautiful and getting married in 4 weeks. Congratulations. Also congratulations to Kate and Cort Egan who’s Egan Day Jewelery store won. Check it out yourself at 260 South 16th Street Philadelphia, PA 19102. 2008 Philadelphia Magazine People to Watch PR trail blazer Kelly Boyd. Looking fabulous I might add.
Two stylish people on the scene that I always seek out to photograph. The daring dapper Joey Conicella and Philadelphia Inquirer’s Fashion Writer Elizabeth Wellington. Check out her blog at Mirror Image
Congratulations to “Specialty Store” winners Duross & Langel. 117 S 13th St; James Langel & Steve Duross (I use their lavender shampoo and love it)
We have two gossip giants in this town of ours each bringing to the table various and diverse information to the readers, sure there may be some overlap, but even when that happens each takes on a different angle. Of course I am talking about Michael Klein, INQlings (my photos appear in his column weekly), and Dan Gross . Would love to get a photo of the both of them together someday, but would never pass up a chance to shoot Holly Maher, Dan’s beautiful wife. I’m getting a sense that this is going to be a very purple night.
Erin Elmore interviews the Geator with the Heater, Jerry Blavet. Love his shows, lots of memories for me in Margate. Check out for the interview in a couple days.
Justin Wineburg, and Nicole Cashman, Cashman & Associates. There’s no doubt about it that Nicole Cashman delivers. Most people know that it was Nicole that saw what I was trying to do here in Philly and she welcomed me with open arms and trusted my vision. I will always be grateful, and well you know this week my photos are in Us Magazine because of a project Nicole brought me on for. Yesterday photos were placed in People online from the same event, and look for them next week in the magazine. The bag is Rafe another client of Nicole’s.
Melissa Laliberte, Melissa is being honored in the “Best of Philly” Beauty & Spa category recognizing her acute savvy for mastering a long-lasting blow out to tame even the most unruly locks, newly engaged and glowing Donna Coghlan(Donna knows everyone and is kind enough to make the introductions), Cindy Volpe, Amanda Hartung, and Andrew Hartung (Bro & Sis), Stephanie Iannotti,
Scott Barnes, Director of Marketing & Public Relations at Feastivities Events with CBS3’s weatherman Doug Kammerer . Last night was the first time Doug had been back on the air in three weeks, after his wife Holly gave birth to their new daughter. Doug showed me a few photos and she is just precious. Their son is just loving being an older brother. Join Doug’s facebook page for updates on the weather and hopefully he will post a few pixs of his lovely growing family.
Christin DiCiccio (Christian has recently opened up his own law practice and has snagged the best moniker My Philly Bankruptcy Lawyer , Diane Johnson, Jimmy Contreras of JimmyStyle and Matthew Vlahos, Vlahos Pr. It’s always exciting for a PR agency to have their clients represented in the “Best” issue, and I believe Matt has at least 3 clients, and this is his freshman year. Way to go.
Cait Day and Anthony Checetto, Director of VIP Services at Yakitori Boy It’s a karaoke bar/restaurant; I’ve been to Yakitori Boy twice and have been hankering to get back there again soon. Even if your afraid to sing because you don’t have a good voice, don’t worry there someone else in the room worse than you and they’re not afraid to belt one out. One song and you will be clamoring for that mike again. Plus the food is delicious. It’s a fun place.
Who doesn’t love Hadas Kuznits with motorcycling fan Mike Rosenberg. Hadas asked why I wanted another photo of her this week, I said girl do you think Paris Hilton complains. You are wearing different clothes, and man candy, that’s what it’s all about. Angelina might be in People magazine twice in one issue as long as she’s not wearing the same thing. A long time ago I went to Lindsay Lohan’s last movie premiere. She wore black to the premiere and white to the party. Paps were scrambling to get that 2nd photo. If she showed up in the same outfit, they would have gone home.Jessica Matthews, you know who that is my cousin, with Diane Johnson who’s hair has been sun kissed.
I just love her style – (Plug follow me on Twitter: IPhillyChitChat or Facebook me at Philly ChitChat for upcoming events, Phileb/celebrity sightings of course you may be that person, and other thoughts that pop in my head, pixs to, helpful hints. Like did you know that the City is getting rid of parking meters and putting in handy credit card accepting meters where you purchase time and put the receipt on your dashboard. Muchsimpler not to get a ticket)
Philadelphia magazine provides topical, in-depth reports on crucial and controversial issues confronting the region. Its articles range from law enforcement to fashion, voting trends to travel, transportation to theater. It also includes background on some of the area’s newsmakers. Two of their latest news maker missing were Arthur Kade and Brian Hickey.
Ashley “Smashley” tester finally lets me post a photo of her, the Artist, on PhillyChitChat. We photographers are a critical bunch and love creating art, but do not love being the subject. Builder John Westrum, who’s girlfriend Kristin Foote and I had a crazy dancing time at Dusk a few weeks back, Kim Torbert and birthday girl Hacina Saadi is thanking everyone for the birthday wishes and had the best time in AC.
Molly O’Shea and Meghan McNelis. Yesterday Where Publisher Laura Burkhardt took me to lunch at XIX in the Bellevue at the Park Hyatt. Molly who does marketing for the restaurant, asked the chef to create something healthy that they could put a candle in…
Watermelon with a candle. Loved it. Another little prayer for my sister Judy.Rakia Reynolds, twitter skaibluephilly I am a publicist working on fashion and lifestyle clients. I represent The South Street Headhouse District, The Society Hill Dance Academy, Coyote Crossing Restaurants, and some designers and artists. Oh people can also check me out in Marie Claire magazine this month.
Jim Donovan is an Emmy Award-winning consumer reporter whose honors run the; he lists his role model as CBS 3 Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl
I’m not going to lie one of the best parts of my job is getting to know the news folks in the City. As someone who is fascinated by people, by the news, how the news affects people it’s always interesting to talk to all of them. Both these lovely ladies have done stories on me so I have a special affection towards them, Anne Marie Green and Lesley van Arsdale, with Cesar Aldama Assistant News Director at KYW-TV/CBS 3

Ruth Woods and Mustafa Rashed take in the sights at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. It was a beautiful space to take in too.Trish Cashman (Not related, I asked) and Kate Wilhelm, the Reese Witherspoon lookalike holds a heft job in our City and that is Executive Director at Fairmount Park Conservancy. According to the May 1 issue of the Philadelphia Business Journal, [T]he Fairmount Park Conservancy, a nonprofit that has raised $18 million for the park in eight years, said the plan is to help area thought leaders understand the role the park plays in attracting tourists, recruiting businesses to the area and maintaining residents’ quality of life and health.“We’re hoping to make it better understood what Fairmount Park means to the city. We want to help articulate the case, so we can better understand the opportunities,” said Kate Wilhelm, executive director of the conservancy. Karina Restrepo and Justin Mitchell of Tierra Mia Organic Nail Spa BEST OF PHILLY! Winner for 2009 Manicure / Pedicure. 328 S 17th St Philadelphia, PA 19103 (215) 735-7980;
Having met working at a restaurant in Old City, Karina and Justin got together mentally and romantically to fulfill their dreams of owning an organic salon caterring to the hard working people of Philly. I asked them about their wedding plans and how he proposed. Justin did it the old fashion way and asked Karina’s parents for her hand in marriage. One problem, she is from Columbia and they only speak Spanish and he very little. He was able to work with the translation google search engine and create a one page email in their language to her parents. They sent a one line sentence giving their permision, and their joy. The couple plans to have two weddings, one here in the States, and one in her hometown in Columbia for her large extended very happy family. So many dreams coming true for this happy couple.

BEST OF PHILLY! Winner for 2009 – Weatherman ABC6’s Adam Josephs, Niv Singhal, BEST OF PHILLY! Winner for 2009 – Anchorwomen NBC10 Aditi Roy, BFF CBS3’s Lesley Van Arsdale, and proud, proud co-worker Justin Pizzi who couldn’t gush enough about how proud he was of Aditi. He loves her as much as we all do.

I’ve been able to observe over this past year of how close Aditi and Lesley are, especially since they are “competitors” in the same time slot on different channels. It just goes to show that competition is overrated and we’re all just trying to do a good job. Now about me losing in the Best Blogger competion… new category next year, Best Social Diarist, in a category with no other I just can’t lose.
Having just saw Justin, who reports on my NBC10 Fusion Cross Training fitness boot camp, (I do not wear a size 57 pants, I will show you next time I see you. BTW mark my words an Emmy for Justin on this series and Best of Philly 2010 for Fusion Cross Training . It’s the best bootcamp in Philadelphia, I was headed for disaster and it saved my life) there was no way I was gonna have one of these. Later in the evening, Chuck Peruto did talk me down from the ledge of having a brownie in a different room, thanks. I’m enjoying my broccoli & chicken this morning.
Don’t forget your bartenders, servers and coat check folks. Kaitlin Chrobocink and Max MatzaPS if your photo is not here, it will show up on my online photo album Monday where you can purchase it for the price of supporting my fat free vanilla latte habit at Starbucks, unless you gave me a bday present or wished me happy birthday on my FB last week, then you can have it as a thank you from me.



A lot of the times I photograph a celebrity in Philadelphia, I can’t post, Tweet or Facebook about them as the photos are distributed to the Philadelphia Media or Nationally to my wire service, and it’s in my contract not to scoop them. So I might see something and can’t tell you sometimes for days or often a week. My shots regularly appear in Michael Klein’s column’s.

Although today I did tweet: iphillychitchat: I failed as Philly’s Paparazzi. Sometimes u just can’t ask I guess? RT @phillyinsider Reese Witherspoon movie drama:

Today, Wednesday is the last day of the “Christmas in July” Promotion by the Salvation Army. Last week Philadelphia Eagle Quintin Mikell rang the bell at 13th & Market to help support the cause. So look around & listen in Center City today for the bells, and give what you can.

Last week the 15th Annual PGLBT Film Fest closed; Now called QFest, but before it did it had a few special guests including Sharon Gless
Who received the Gay Icon Award from former Inquirer write Gail Shuster. (Who has a biting sense of humor that someone, some where in the world would understand)

Also making a rare appearance, Mink Stole. Mink had been in every John Water’s film ever made, and must had some kind of strong stomach.

Neil Patrick Harris. I photographed him so many times that when it came to the wrap party, he wanted to know if that local photographer would be there because he had a problem with that as I had already covered him enough (The best info is overheard info). I mean really NPH you are so B-List except when you’re in Philly, what is your problem? That being said, I think the movie is going to be adorable but you need to check your ego at the door. (I will be writing about the movie shortly, as I had unprecedented access granted to me on one of the nights of filming).

He seemed happy to see me at the Tony Awards
Not so much at the Wrap party.The picture in Inqlings was a nice shot, of course he’s not looking at me. I always enjoy photographing Sharon though.And people who know that they sell a movie, an image, a product and what their responsibilities are to the public. Kate Mulgrew, OMG I was a huge fan of Mrs Columbo. Now that made my night, that is why I went out to cover this event. Problem is I can’t get Kate in People or Us as I may have had a chance with NPH. He did go on a blog, and that’s still good PR for the movie and the City. Mayor Nutter, Kate Mulgrew, Christopher McDonald and director Josh Shelvo of The Best and the Brightest. (I hate writing these things as people may get mad, but…I find it ridiculous when actors have an attitude against photographers, especially one photographer. Doens’t Doogie remember obscurity?)

Paul Rudd on the otherhand, class act. He’s here for the James L Brooks “Untitled movie” currently titled “How do You Know?”
Or the super dooper cool Jack Nicholson:
This hit the news yesterday: A premature birth has held up production on Reese Witherspoon and Jack Nicholson’s new movie. The two stars are currently working on baseball picture How Do You Know but the shoot has been halted after Kathryn Hahn, who plays a pregnant secretary, went into labour during filming on Saturday. The actress, who was not due to give birth until September (09), welcomed baby Mae on Monday (27Jul09). Producers are now reportedly considering hiring another actress to reshoot all of Hahn’s scenes in a bid to keep the movie on schedule, according to (Michael Klein begs to differ with that production has been halted and explains at )
Robin Thicke last week at Dusk. I know I already chatted about it, but did you know he did a special tribute to Michael Jackson. Yes he sang “The Way You Make Me Feel” (That’s not reported anywhere)
Kristin Cavalleri walks through the Caesar Casino in this unpublished photo. As you may know from last nights entry, she and Nick Lachey were both at Dusk nightclub last week as reported by Us Magazine (My pixs too).
Well after about an hour of gambling I did hear that Nick wanted to continue the party w/Kristin and attempted to locate Kristin’s room (He should have asked me). He finally got the information he needed to “hook up” with her as she was travelling under an alias (I’ll never tell what her seasonal name is), but I don’t know if they did for sure as it was about 5:30AM and I would think she’d be in bed for her Noon flight back to LA.
Tonight is the Philadelphia Magazine Best of Party, photos tomorrow. Then in the next few days I will cover both the Neil Patrick Harris/Bonnie Somerville movies, plus the Reese Witherspoon film being shot currently.


PR & Me Perfect together – The Phila Public Relations Association 65th Anniversary

I need the members of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association, and they need to know who I am so that I can do my best job in getting the news you might be interested in reading. So when I heard about the 65th anniversary of the PPRA I jumped at the invitation to cover it.
Earlier this summer, members of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association assembled on the 33rd floor of the Loew’s Hotel for the organization’s Annual Meeting and 65th Anniversary Kick-Off. (From their Press Release) In what are no doubt challenging times for our profession, what better way to acknowledge PPRA’s strength and lasting power than to commemorate its over six decades of amazing work? The Philadelphia Public Relations Association, Inc. (PPRA) is the premiere association for public relations professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. Founded in 1945, PPRA is the nation’s oldest and largest independent public relations association. With the beginning of the 2009-2010 programming year, PPRA is the oldest and largest independent PR organization in the country. This year they will kicked off a year-long celebration for this important milestone and, more importantly, the people who have made and continue to make its success possible.

Frank Sinatra Simon PR, Lisa Simon, Simon PR, (Simon Public Relations Group, Inc. (Simon PR) is Philadelphia’s premier boutique public relations agency. Although scheduling conflicts have kept me from coverin Simon PR events, they recently represented a Lincoln Exhibit that was held at the Visitors Center. I did have a chance to Tweet about it for my 1,000 followers @ Ben Armstrong (Peco) and Bill Jones.
Christopher, The Park Hyatt at the Bellevue, Anna Iredale (Has hired me to cover Sporting Club Events, & recently “The Food Court at the Bellevue’s Sandwhich Off) and Anna Ranck
Bonnie Squires, Dan Cirucci, and Danielle Cohn, PCVB is The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCVB) is Philadelphia’s official convention & visitors sales and marketing organization, providing hotel. (I hear that Mayor Nutter is making a big announcement today at 4pm about an upcoming convention in the new section)
The Park Hyatt at the Bellevue’s Molly O’Shea (The Bellevue turns 105 this year and is having lots of fun things to celebrate: click here) (I cover a lot of events at The Park Hyatt) and mother-to-be Carrie Nork Minelli, Cashman & Assocs. Cashman & Associates recently brought me down to Dusk, Atlantic City to cover a few celebrities that were walking their red carpet.
The results were over 20 placements in online blogs and sites including OK Magazine & plus in print in Us Magazine. (Thanks!!) Plus if you do a search on Dusk AC my site comes up fifth on google.
Yvette Nunez, US Census Bureau; Bill Cowen, PPRA President/President of Metrospective Communications; Besides being one of my BFF’s, I am always impressed by the dedication taht Megan Smith, Brownstone PR has towards her clients, and I know everyone in PR is probably just as dedicated, but I get to see it first hand with Megan. Also impressed with her ability to get placements nationally for said clients. She’s very modest, but that’s huge. (check out Megan’s Social Media column in The Examiner) ; Eric Cortes, GPTMC (Follow Eric/GPTMC on twitter: @visitphilly GPTMC tracks hospitality industry trends. We use that info to promote Philadelphia tourism: )
To commemorate our proud history, look toward our promising future, and celebrate what has made PPRA thrive since 1945, longstanding PPRA member (and veteran character actress) Sylvia Kauders introduced our 65th Anniversary video project, which features our membership – young and older, fresh-faced and seasoned – discussing the past, present and future of public relations as it relates to an ever-changing media world, and the many strengths and the integrity brought to the PR industry by the incredible practitioners right here in Philadelphia.

The PPRA’s 65th Anniversary Video

Members of PPRA are dedicated professionals who through various outlets including the media, bring greater understanding to what’s happening in the region. PPRA members inspire excellence amongst themselves and within everyone they encounter through mentoring, networking, as well as actively participating in educational workshops and monthly professional development meetings.Boasting nearly 400 members from all areas of the communications and public relations industry, our members represent a diverse cross section of businesses and non-profit organizations including: arts and culture, film and television, education, government, healthcare, law, sports, science and technology, philanthropy, tourism and hospitality, and many more, as well as members who work with public relations and advertising agencies.

Departing President Yvette Nunez, US Census Bureau, receives a departing gift from newly elected president, Bill Cowen, PPRA President/President of Metrospective Communications
At the event, former VP of Communications Caryn Williams launched the new PPRA Website, which allows members to be more interactive with the organization and fellow members. At event’s end, exiting President Yvette Nunez introduced the 2009-2010 President, Bill Cowen, and the incoming board of directors: President Elect, Beth Archer; VP of External Affairs, Chris Lukach; VP of Programs, Caryn Williams; VP of Membership, Meredith Avakian; VP of Communications, Kera Walter; Secretary, Sylvia Kauders; Treasurer, Ashley Berke; Directors: Jill Flanagan, Carrie Nork Minelli, and Lisette Bralow.
Thanks to this organization for keeping me busy. PhillyChitChat is a Social Diary, a news source, a promotional tool for Philadelphia. 90% of the work represented here is free of charge, the only time there is a charge is if the Client/PR wants to retain the photos I take. I mostly cover charity events, but will consider most any if I find it might be interesting to my readers. There could be a celebrity/Philebrity involved or not, that is not what I base my coverage on. Just whether I think my readers would want to read about it. So send me an email at Buzz@Philly Chit Chat .com (no spaces) Thanks Hughe