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December 2009



A few of my Favorite Shots from 2009

Without Mike PhillyChitChat is nothing…

Thank you to my family who I don’t see enough cause I’m busy a lot, and who hopefully understand why I don’t put advertising on my site or try and turn a profit. It’s a labor of love. (Sometimes they ask me, since I guess my neglect would be more palpable is I were making money with my absence.)

Thank you to the folks in Philadelphia that allow me to chronicle their lives in the pursuit of giving a little more exposure to the charitiesThe Tims

Lady Gaga shot in Philly but published in the NY Daily News
Joined Fusion Fitness and took this picture too. This month at Fusion it’s media month, if you are in the media Fusion Cross training Fitness want’s to give you 2 free weeks of fitness. 2 FREE Weeks of Unlimited Cross-training taken anytime during the month.*Guests must register by Jan 15th (stop in or call)

Go to the website for tons of videos, our schedule, and more info.
Thanks to the Phillies Phanatic for showing up at a lot of the charities, Thorncroft, Little Smiles to name a couple
Thanks to Anna Iredale for keeping me in the loop at the Bellevue and for the occassional lunch at one of my fav spots in the city XIX
Paul Rudd
Thanks to the PR that keep me informed of the charitable events, the interesting events, to tipping me off to the celebs that frequent their restaurants. I have had over a dozen philly tidbits in Us Magazine this year alone.

Thanks to Laura Burkhardt, Karen Gross and Where Magazine for letting me shoot their behind the scenes cover as the pro Christopher Gabello captures the cover shots. He does portraits and commercial work to. (Thanks to Reid Rosenthal for his New Year’s wishes.)Thanks to the people who run the institutions in Philly that recognize the value of being on PhillyChitChat, and all they have to do is allow me to bring a guest
Mayor Nutter goes to more events than I do (Mrs. Columbo Kate Capshaw). Thanks to all the bloggers and Tweeter’s who linked to my site that contributed to my success last year. Especially Philebrity, Foobooz, Grub Street Philly, Meal Ticket Philadelphia Weekly Style and all the others that are currently slipping my aging brain, but I would surely add if you send me an email. Thanks
Thanks to Thom Cardwell for being instrumental in the very begining of my career in 1/07.
and then Nicole Cashman for carrying me thru til I could ride without my training wheels 11/07
Project HOME one of my fav charities to cover (Monica Malpass #2 in searches on PCC after Sabrina Tamburino. [ironic eh?]) Everyday Del Frisco’s donates lemon cupcakes to be sold at the Phila Library Cafe where the proceeds benefit Project HOME
Union Trust, Del Frisco’s are my favorite steak houses. Thanks to both for being so generous to my waistline – LOL This past year saw the opening of Union Trust in February.
Hacina Saadi one of the fun girls to shoot. She knows everyone, is sweet and persuasive at the same time. Stop by and see her at Parc.
Sabrina Tamburino Thorne nuff said. After the training wheels came off Sabrina invited me in to photograph her, not only at events but where ever I wanted. That’s what my social diary is all about, I want to know what goes on after the red carpet is rolled up.
I was really excited to make Philly Style Magazine’s hot list. Mike framed it for my birthday the following month.Cousin Jess, still looking for a decent guy for her. She’s one of the nicest girls I’ve ever met.
The Eagles Playoff game last year. Sab, Nicole Cashman, Doug Kammermer, Chase & Jen, Sgt Ray, and Justin Wineburgh.
Union Trust opening Bab Renfrow and his lovely wife
Sabrina and Carol dance at the wedding of the decade.
Jill Rizen and friends at the Philly Style Mag Oscar Party held at the Sofitel
Gerard Butler with what seems to be his character from 300
Thanks to the folks who Hired/Fed Me/Gifted Me this year including Nicole Cashman, Laura Burkhardt, Kelly Boyd, Phila Style Mag, Anna Iredale, Cori Moskow, Tina Breslow, Matthew Vlahos, Aly Green, Brett Perlman, Tara Theune Davis, Danielle Sarna (I will now be dieting.)

Barney’s Co-Op with Andi Pesacov and John Collabelli
Melinda Doolittle from American Idol fame. No other press there to cover it but me.
Wedding of the Decade. Wedding, social event in center city, consider me to cover it for PCC. But make sure you tell your wedding photographer, especially that I keep all the photos.
Congratulations Donna & Charlie
Jimmy, Diane, Christian and Matt last New Years Day
Julie Thorne & Karen Ini
A few less chances of photographing J-Lo as I am not going to NYC to shoot celebs as much as I did the last 2 years. Family, Friends & PCC are my priority now. Quality over quantity.
Lance Bass, Jared Poe, Jackiem Wright & Reggie Berry with celebrity caretaker Aly Green at G Lounge. Thanks to Mark Marek for allowing me the run of the place when I stop by.
Thanks to One Tough Cookie Lynn Abraham for her service.
HAWT models Monique Crawford and Lindsay Furman
Thanks to the Phillies
hmm what’s this?
Ovarian Cancer is one of the most deadly of women’s cancers. Each year, approximately 21,500 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In 2008, approximately 15,500 women will die in the United States from ovarian cancer. Many women aren’t diagnosed until the disease has begun to spread, but if detected at its earliest stage, the five-year survival rate is more than 93%. Recent research suggests that together the four symptoms of: bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly and urinary urgency or frequency may be associated with ovarian cancer.
the thrill of friends and a good sports team
fun times Shorti Mas at Strongbox Tuesday
Dreams to be had. Jimmy Contreras at Jimmy Style on East Passyunk
If you are the Kimmel Center, any theater organization (I donated my services to the Barrymore Awards. They hired a photographer too), the Art Museum etc please send me your press releases. Thanks!!

Friends. Thanks to Phyllis Halpern for introducing me to Thom when I returned from NYC in 2007; and for consistly making sure I know all the “right” people, that’s right there are right people that you need to know.
Connie Stevens and Shang Skipper. Good Luck Shang on your new adventure
Megan Smith. Watch this girl, she has it on the ball. Brownstone PRSabrina’s 30th Bday is coming up. It’s gonna be off the hook.
Arthur Kade, love him or hate him, the fameball wanted celebrity/fame at all costs and that’s what he got. I hope he saved his money as meteoric fame fizzles out just as quick.
Alycia Lane, Booker, John Bolaris and Lauren Nelson at the Fur Ball. These folks know who I am, they know this shot will appear on PCC, but more importantly it might appear in the paper. They trust me to do a good job and then allow the shot to appear where ever to promote the event, and maybe eventually save a puppy or two from death. My goal is to make a difference. There was no other press here to catch this shot. Someone once told me “if a tree falls in the forrest and no one is there to report it, the message might not get out. You’re there to help get the message out.”
Funny shot
Thanks for your courage
My Aunts at our annual Memorial Party, Mom’s on the right
My beloved sister. Thanks to Philadelphia Inquirer’s Michael Klein for publishing my photos nearly every week for over two years. This helps my personal mission in getting the word out for these charity organizations.
Thanks to my friends and co-workers at my day job for all their support. I started out in the file room with Jane, on the left. Went to college and am now a paralegal for the same firm for 15 years. Love them.Thanks to Holly Maher (& ‘s Dan Gross), as well as a dozen more PCC readers for donating $$ to support the Ovarian Cancer walk we did with my sister in September. Thanks to the many business that donated charity items to two Cancer Organizations when I requested items. (Here they are a the Best of Philadelphia Magazine party this past summer.)

Big fans of Jen & Joan Carroll. One of best assets of doing PCC is meeting the most wonderful people, seeing the most fantastic moments and the access that I crave as only a Leo could.
Thanks to Mike for letting me be PhillyChitChat.
Thanks to you my readers, you make me want to do the best job I can.



I met Nefertiti Jaquez several times, and I was honored that she considered me a friend, trusted me, and even more honored that she allowed me to write her good-bye to you her viewers, friends and fans.
NEFERTITI JAQUEZ’s last day on the air was Christmas Eve. A popular reporter, sexy, hot, mature, thoughtful with a large fan follow as I discovered after I wrote about her the first time there wasn’t a day that went by that someone wasn’t looking her up.

(she’ll probably be embarrassed by my description, because the one thing NEFERTITI JAQUEZ is is humble, shy and private.)

She told me that she left her beloved position to take care of a sick family member, and as someone who just had a sick family member I can whole heartedly agree it was the right decision as this time is so very precious.

She wants everyone to know that she loves PHILADELPHIA, plans to be visiting a lot, and maybe one day I’ll be back. But for now, there are no concrete plans except be with family in Miami. “So I’m definitely taking a STEP OUT ON FAITH.”
AND FOR MY PERSONAL NOTE FROM HER: “As for us HughE, you still OWE me a date. So next time I am in Philly EXPECT an email. With that said, I MISS IT THERE…but I’m not gonna lie 80+ degree weather in Miami, just so nice as well as nice to be with my family.”

I look forward to her visit, because if it’s one thing I learned this year, it’s about quality of life, not quantity. God Speed NEFERTITI JAQUEZ XOXO

UPDATE: I just got off the phone with NEFERTITI JAQUEZ explains to me that Houston is close to Miami, where she is caring for an ailing relative and the weather is warmer. If it’s one thing we all know, cold weather is not good for the ailing. Philly’s loss is their gain. One blogger in the Houston area has already taken not on Nefertiti’s popularity and has written about her, that’s how I found out. And yes to Mike McGuff you should start a fan page you won’t be at a loss to followers for her:


Former Fox29 reporter Nefertiti Jáquez returned to Philadelphia in 2013 to work for NBC10.
Update: March 9, 2015, Nefertiti Jáquez left NBC10. I’ll miss her she did stellar work.

What is Open on New Years Day in Philadelphia?

The Mummer’s Parade might be canceled because of the weather on New Year’s day, but that doesn’t mean your day should. There are plenty of things still to do in Philadelphia on New Year’s Day.

The Kimmel Center on New Year’s Day, Photo by Evelyn Taylor

According to UWHISUNU, The Kimmel Center will be open on Friday, January 1st from 9am to 6pm, welcoming in guests with free live music, a bird eye’s view of the Mummers Parade, discounted ticket sales, and a special Cadence Celebration Brunch for those of you who are hungry.
9am – 6pm: Resolution Wall to post New Years resolutions for all to see
10am – 2pm: Free face-painting and balloon twisting for kids
10am – 3pm: Free craft station to mummerize yourself with a mummer hat, mask or umbrella
10:30am: World Music concert for kids with multi-cultural performer Daria
Noon: Cake-cutting to honor all the New Years Day babies
Noon: Interactive family concert by Steve Pullara and His Cool Beans Band
1:30pm: A lively performance for all ages, performer to be announced

You can still catch a part of the Mummer’s Parade inside the Convention Center. For Information Check HERE.

Although most museums are closed, here is a list of things Open or Closed for New Year’s Day

Good News:
Regulations suspended The Museums that are Open: Adventure Aquarium in Camden The Liberty Bell and the Independence Hall will be open for tours. 11am-4pm and beginning Jan 1, no timed tickets are required to visit Independence Hall.Longwood Gardens

The Rocky Statue- No trip to Philadelphia would be complete without a run up the famous Philadelphia Museum of Arts steps to the Rocky Statue!

There are plenty of restaurants open for your enjoyment.
Museums closed:Every other one you could imagine is closed.

Mr. Movie Time has a listing for Philadelphia Movie Theaters.
Plus has a complete listing of the openings/closing on their site HERE.Although Liquor stores are closed, you may still buy beer at most corner bars, as well as quite a few mom & pop stores. It’s not New Jersey, it’s legal here. One suggestion pick up a Growler at Varga Bar 10th & Spruce Street,



Reading Terminal Market Party 2011

Congratulations to Paul Steinke, Executive Director of the Reading Terminal Market, for being nominated to the Center City Proprietors Association as Treasurer (As well as Kristie Bergey
The KB Experience, elected to the CCPA Board).

That being said WOW the things Paul Steinke and his staff have done to make the Reading Terminal as beautiful and appealing to all as it was yesterday when I visited. (There was a linguist convention in town and the place was mobbed)
Several years ago, I used to work in the Aramark Building. Everyday I either went to the RTM, or at least took a shortcut through it. Back then in the early ‘oo’s it was a dump, disorganized, dirty and creatures stirring about.
Then we moved our offices several blocks away and my visits became more infrequent. But with my visit yesterday I can see changes were a happening, their was a vision no doubt, and it’s been executed. Now the market is very appealing, it’s always been an attraction, but these days I imagine when Philadelphian’s answer the question “Where’s a good place to go to lunch”, they don’t roll their eyes when a tourist says what’s that farmer’s market like? The designs of the shops are much more interesting and clean looking than ever before. There are more farmers market, the design is similar to an old fashion country fair market. The only thing missing is live pigs, there is the brass pig in the center of the food court, where the money donated in the piggy bank goes to Philabundence I recall.
This past year there have been several interesting events occuring at the market. My friend Laura Burkhardt participated as a judge in the Scrapple Festival (BTW I Love Scrapple.) In November there was a Festival of Forgotten Foods – Re-discover forgotten regional favorites, the ad said, such as Pepper Hash, Snapper Soup, Copes Dried Corn, Fried Catfish & Waffles, Teaberry Ice Cream and many more. Experience Philadelphia’s rich culinary heritage again or for the first time!There are Cooking Classes: La Cucina is proud to continue the tradition of cooking and entertaining classes at Reading Terminal Market. When taking a class, you’ll not only get to observe and sample some fine dishes, but you’ll also find great merchants from whom to purchase your ingredients year ‘round. MARKET TOURS Every Wednesday & Saturday Learn the story behind cheese steaks, hoagies, pretzels and other Philly food favorites, and the 116-year history of the vibrant Reading Terminal Market where they’re sold during this 75-minute, food-writer-led walking tour.
Cost is $15.95 for adults and $8.95 for children ages 7 to 11. Private tours also available. Call 215-545-8007×3 or visit for information and to make reservations.In Mid-March of this year there will be an Italian Festival. The Italian merchants/restaurants will showcase foods from the region they are from. There will be music at the RTM that week celebrating the rich history of Italy, the food, the wine, the romance. There might even be an Italian food contest like the scrapple contest that took place earlier this year. I hope it’s a cannoli tasting contest and I’m a judge. The Amish, they’ll be there too, but get there before three cause they high tail it outta there afterwards, I missed them. (There are a lot of good RTM articles written by some of our fabulous food bloggers HERE: )Tune in tomorrow for the year’s wrap up of some of the best pictures taken by PhillyChitChat, most held back & never published before. Also check the PhillyChitChat Calendar for an update on some of the Charity events coming up. Ck the sidebar for celeb appearances, follow me on Twitter at iphillychitchat for daily tidbits, also I think I will be doing the Chit Chat Philly column on Friday’s instead of Monday’s to cover the weekend, including movies, plus the upcoming week, and well gossip. Thanks for reading me this past year, my traffic was 5 times what I did last year, growing every month except for December where it stayed flat. When I don’t write everyday, my readership really drops off, so it’s good to know that 4000 to 5000 of you really find what I write interesting everyday. Thanks.

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Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation Annual Luncheon “Enchanted Holidays” 12/5/09

Linda Creed (legal name: Linda Creed Epstein Foundation) was founded in 1987 by friends and family of Linda Creed Epstein, a Philadelphia songwriter who died at the age of 37 after waging a 10-year battle with breast cancer. Lyricist Linda Creed teamed with composer/producer Thom Bell to author a series of hits forever linked to the lush and seductive Philly soul sound of the early 1970’s.Born in Philadelphia in 1949, Creed was raised in the city’s Mt. Airy section; her career was launched in 1971 when the great Dusty Springfield recorded her song ‘Free Girl.’
Every year on or near Linda Creed’s birthday, the organization that bears her name holds their “Enchanted Holiday’s” Luncheon. This year the event was held on 12/5/09, at the Crystal Tea Room, which as you know was 2 days after my sister passed away from Ovarian Cancer. I could have easily taken a pass on this event, but I fell compelled to spread the work on this wonderful organization that keeps the money local here in the Delaware Valley to help women, maybe your neighbors, navigate the system of getting proper care and mammograms, as well as services that are provided for low income women in their time of need when suffering from Breast Cancer.

The Linda Creed Board, Committee and Founders including Mary Olssen, Patty Friel, Gerald Olsen, Isabel Momer, Maryanne Cascicato, and Kathy Latinee
The students from Villanova donated a 2500 dollars. Dr. Gerald Olson, Stephanie Gill, Shannon Murphy, Melissa Grenier, Donna M. Duncan, Executive Director of Linda Creed, Nina Lynn, Mary Anna McCab, Kate Kelley, Margaret Mooney, Joanna Dinardi, Kelly Dolan and Victoria Lobusco.
2009 Gene Kaplan Volunteer of the Year Award: Donna M. Duncan, Executive Director; Shirlee Kaplan, Presenter of the award, Mirian Tisdale, honoree, and Kathy Lentini, President of Linda Creed.
2009 Angel Award: Donna M. Duncan, Executive Director; Rosemarie Rahill of Aria Health System, honoree and Kathy Lentini, President of Linda Creed.
2009 Elaine M. Ominsky, PhD Humanitarian Award: Donna M. Duncan, Executive Director; Lois A. Anderson MSW, honoree; and Kathy Lentini, President of Linda Creed.
Selling the tickets that would go in the bags for the auction are L-R Julia Borie, Jean Goldstein, Debbie Borie and Veronica.
2009 Spirit of Hope Award: Renee E. McNear, honoree and family including Tamanen Williams, and Jenga Williams. Thanks to these ladies for having a prayer circle with me right there in the middle of the room, as I saw the spirit in her and just needed a hug and prayer.
Thanks to Lisa Gaudio for her generous donation of two Jersey Boys Tickets, plus this nice gift bag to go along with it. I believe it went for nearly $800 as their was a serious bidding war going on for it. (I believe these were her private tickets and she only gets them once a year, so thank you so very much for this.)
Also thanks to a few others who heard my plea for donations, Union Trust Steakhouse, The Public House, Albert Lee of the Philadelphia Visitor Center, Laura Burkhardt, Where Magazine and Chima. Did I miss anyone, did I thank Kimberley Boutique for the generous donation to the Lisa Reed Beef & Beer Cancer Benefit held the week before. Thank you all so much.
Nell Manning, Katie Jones and Elizabeth Poland enjoy the afternoon.

Gizella & Patricia Bedics
Jacqueline Link, Angie Gilbert and Celeste Collins
Mer Groch and Thea Goebel
Kristen and Kate Pelman
Carol Frieder and Cathy Straus
Master of Ceremonies Michael Tozzi of adjusts Shirlee Kaplan’s mike as she does a few introductions to start the afternoon.
Among this crowd of beautiful women you will find Founder of the Linda Creed Foundation Lisa Brownstein, with hat and our friend Bonnie Young.
Committe Chair Patty Friel, her daughter and granddaughter Izzie, join in on the fun of the Macy’s Fashion Show part of the luncheon.
Karen E Wheeler, Deloreis Roberts, Dolores Garret, Naja Foushee, Elsa Legesse, Sallie Harris and Veronica Suber enjoy the festivities again this year.
This one table had about 5 lucky raffle ticket winners.

And one of the biggest hits of her songwriting career, written for a documentary about Mohammad Ali, and later recorded by Whitney Houston: