Friday, June 4, 2010



Later today I will have the link to my Philly Mag column which I put a lot of work into.

Sorry this is lame & late, but in March Andy Garcia came to Philly to promote his new film. There was a cocktail party held at 10 Rittenhouse before the screening.
Paula Moritz and her sister

Rittenhouse Square's first couple Paul and Wendy Rosen with friends Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox. Look for them all to be at the Rittenhouse Square Ball Thursday 6/17/10
Vivian Dominik García-Lorido plays the daughter of Vincent Rizzo Andy Garcia. Dominik García-Lorido is in fact the daughter of Andy Garcia.

Later at the Prince Theater Andy Greenblatt, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Film Festival, introduces Andy Garcia to the audienceaah I must run to work. SORRY for being so lame today.


Two weeks ago tonight I stopped by social cutie Stacey Kracher's birthday party at The Mezz inside Union Trust

TWINNNNS: Birthday Girl Stacey Kracher and Anne Nikolaus (I see a Facebook profile picture in the future)
Stacey Kracher and birthday surprise Steve Schaeffer. Are these two going to the Rittenhouse Square Ball together?
Nice gathering space
Kolleen and Michael
The Twinns and their posse

Union Trust co-owner Garrett Miller and Anne Nikolaus
"Happy Birthday to You", also known more simply as "Happy Birthday", is a song that is traditionally sung to celebrate the anniversary of a person's birth. According to the 1998 Guinness Book of World Records, "Happy Birthday to You" is the most recognized song in the English language, followed by "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" and "Auld Lang Syne".[1] The song's base lyrics have been translated into at least 18 languages.[2], p. 17
Maybe these two would like to wear this to the Donovan McNabb White Party which I tweeted the other day: Donovan McNabb’s Final Phila Foundation Fundraiser Annual White Party 6/12 at Octo. $50. Eagles & Redskin Plyrs
Amber G and Micah Hoffman
The origins of "Happy Birthday To You" date back to the mid-nineteenth century, when two sisters, Patty and Mildred J. Hill, began singing the song "Good Morning To All" to their kindergarten class in Kentucky. In 1893, they published the tune in their songbook Song Stories for the Kindergarten. However, many[who?] believe that the Hill sisters most likely copied the tune and lyrical idea from other songs from that time period.[citation needed] There were a number of popular and substantially similar nineteenth-century songs that predated the Hill sisters' composition, including Horace Waters' "Happy Greetings to All"; "Good Night to You All", also from 1858; "A Happy New Year to All", from 1875; and "A Happy Greeting to All", published 1885. The copyright for both the words and the music of "Good Morning to All" has since expired and both are now a part of the public domain.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

CW Philly Dedicate Full Day of Fundraising to Alex's Lemonade Stand June 10



Fundraiser celebrates charity’s 10th anniversary

and kicks off Lemonade Days weekend;

Alex Scott Special Airs June 12, 13

Philadelphia, June 3, 2010 – CBS 3 and The CW Philly will once again present a full day of fundraising for the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation on Thursday, June 10th live from the Great Hall in the stations’ HD Broadcast Center. The fundraiser will celebrate the 10th anniversary this month of the first Alex’s Lemonade Stand of four-year-old Alexandra Scott, which, since her passing in 2004, has blossomed into a nationwide fundraising movement to find a cure for childhood cancer.

The Alex Scott Phone Bank will air in special segments from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the broadcast day. Pledges can be made by credit card or check by calling 1-877-KYW-3ASK (1-877-599-3275).

The stations are making the time available in newscasts and in commercial break time. The stations will also present special “Alex hour” by pre-empting regularly-scheduled programming from 9 to 10 a.m., 3 to 4 p.m., 5 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. on CBS 3 and from 3 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. on The CW Philly.

CBS 3’s Chris May, Susan Barnett, Pat Ciarrocchi, Ukee Washington and Stephanie Stahl will spearhead the15-hour effort. Alex’s parents, Liz and Jay Scott, along with other CBS 3 personalities, will join the hosts for the annual event as well as personalities from the CBS Radio stations locally.

Alex Scott: A Stand for Hope, a new moving half hour special that tells Alex’s story, will also air Saturday, June 12th at 7 p.m. on CBS 3. The show will be rebroadcast on Sunday, June 13th at 11 a.m. on CBS 3 and at 10:30 p.m. on The CW Philly.

The Alex Scott Phone Bank will help kick off Lemonade Days 2010 (June 11-13) when thousands of volunteers across the country will take a stand against pediatric cancer by hosting lemonade stands of their own. Meteorologist Kathy Orr will host a CBS 3/CW Philly lemonade stand to collect donations in Ocean City, New Jersey at Rita’s Water Ice on The Boardwalk June 10th as part of her “Orr at the Shore” series.

“We’re honored to mark this 10th anniversary milestone with the Scott family,” says President and General Manager Jon Hitchcock, “but the fundraiser reminds us that Alex’s work continues and requires continued funding so that childhood cancers will one day be a thing of the past.”

“We are honored to kick off our national fundraising weekend, Lemonade Days, with CBS 3, The CW Philly and the City of Philadelphia which have been so influential in Alex’s success,” says Liz Scott, Alex’s mom. “Through the support of the CBS stations and their viewing audience in and around Philadelphia, critical funds have been raised in the battle against childhood cancer, allowing us to continue what Alex started a decade ago.”

CBS 3 acknowledges the support of Local Toyota Dealers, Ashley Furniture Home Store, Good Neighbor Pharmacy, The Malvern School, P.J. Fitzpatrick, Inc. and CBS Radio in making this special fundraising effort possible. CBS 3 (KYW-TV) and The CW Philly 57 (WPSG-TV) are part of CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corporation.


Libertella Annual Picnic - My Mom's side of the family, with a few Dillon (Visalli's) attending.
A couple years back my mom decided to start an annual Memorial Day Family Reunion Picnic. I usually write about it here on Philly Chit Chat. My mom is one of 4 kids, but both she and her brother had 7 kids, and her two sisters had 2 kids. Now we all have children, well most of us at least, so the gatherings had become unmanageable, until a few years back when we started meeting in this park in Glassboro NJ. Got That? (I know my cousin is not going to like this picture, but the rest of you don't know who it is.)
I didn't take as many pictures this year; it was hot and well remember I was on a staycation from my camera. Here is left to right, my aunt mary (dad's sister), my mom and my niece Colleen (Judy & Walt's daughter). Colleen was brave she brought her boyfriend for us all to meet.
My cousin Tina Fitzgerald and Carla Fine. They are filling the canolli's cause that's how this Irish/Italian family rolls. Is that the beginning of a faux hawk?
My niece Lauren (Judy & Walt's daughter) with her long time boyfriend Mike.

Nephew Dillon (Margaret and Frank's son)My cousin by marriage Kelly. She and her husband own a farm in Elk Twp on Rt 538. She runs the farm stand where I used to work as a kid every August. She tells me that Blueberries are just starting, and corn is going to be early this year as the weather was warm this spring.
Lauren and my niece Ella. Some of you will remember that Ella was born with a tumor on her kidney and Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania successfully removed in when she was only 4 days old.
My cousin Ray Massi (by marriage) and his son with wife Marianne, playing football. In next week's Time Magazine, the Massi Family is written about as they have adopted 3 Russian boys. I know they will talk about the difficulties, learning and culturally, but they would never have sent their child back to Russian like that women did recently.

The Matriarch's of the family, Aunt Angie (sitting), my mom in white and my Aunt Rosie. We were also excited to have our Uncle Charlie and Aunt Chris. Aunt Chris had a medical set-back in October and is still recovering, but made it to the annually event.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010



In Bed with Butch (Cordova) writes me:

"1st things 1st; the TV show's done [after 10 years on the air] ! I know, it sucks but don't be sad, I'm not.. it's all good, Sponsors fell by the wayside since the recession and my interests have gone in other artistic directions."

Not letting any grass grow under his feet he has been off and running in a new direction ....

In recent years Butch has been concentrating on his artistic flair, specifically on the subject of "Straight and Butch" (A lot of men's ultimate fantasy is two women loving them, and some gay men think it's great to sleep with straight men, but then are they really straight?) Butch has made a cottage industry out of this theme, which is saying a lot since it must take funding to float these idea's and during this recession anyone who can see their dreams come true, more power to you.

First came the 2008 calendar of the same name.

Now he has an art show at Ven and Vaida 18 S. 3rd Street begining on July 1, 2010 and a
a documentary on the same subject. Although you would think that this subject might only be directed at a certain audience, the truth is with Butch's quirky fun personality it's a fun watch as I had seen the trailer last year. So if you are adventurous and enjoy a good romp in laughter

Check out Straight and Butch's world premiere at QFest, Wednesday July 14, 2010;
QFEST runs 7/8 - 7/19. The website doesn't look updated yet, but I'm sure it will be soon.



1706 Rittenhouse - see inside the million dollar a floor condos

It's interesting to see the addition of public relations firms who we were always familiar with representing businesses to now include properties. In the past month or so I've received many invitations to cover these properties, which I love since I've always been fond of architecture and design.

After countless years in the making the Ribbon Cutting commenced a few weeks back to officially open 1706 Rittenhouse Square

All the people involved in building this luxurious condominium were on had to do the honors. Tom Scannapieco, Scannapieco Development Corporation and Parkway's Joe Zuritsky worked together to develop this property which Joe's parents bought over 50 years ago and used a

After the ceremony, they held a lunch that was catered by Starr Events. Mark Standard and Tamika Harding

Nicole Cashman and Holly Dean of Cashman and Associates. (Congratulations to Kayce Cashman who is going to QVC and joining their PR team as a Publicist. Her last day at the Cashman Firm is Friday. She told me she loved working with her sister, and the girls and will miss them. I'll miss seeing her on a weekly basis.)

Parkway's Joe Zuritsky, Phila Style Mag Publisher John Colabelli and Tom Scannapieco, Scannapieco Development Corporation
By the time the Topping of Ceremony took place 50% of the building was sold, many plunked down deposits on condos priced between $3.9 million and $12.5 million. That action made the $145 million, 31-story 1706 Rittenhouse Square Street tower topping off ceremony experience a extra exciting.

sitting room of the 15th floor
Room with a view. Would you ruin the view with blinds?

Craig Drake checking out the place
The gated garden with Koi pond and Japanese Maple Trees.
They’ll all enjoy a Philly first: an automated underground retractable-floor garage that parks and retrieves residents’ cars with the swipe of a card.
Jewelery designer extraordinaire John Wind, Kirk Kirkpatrick. Interior designers: Eric Rymshaw and James Fulton of FURY Design. They did the 1/2 floor model apartment and have several clients in the building they are doing full floors for 1706. I gave 3 of my sisters a key chain John designed, and they just loved them. check it out here:
My peeps. Sabrina Tamburino Thorne, Steve Thorne, Nicole Cashman, John Bolaris, Lauren O'Dorisio and John Colabelli. They all just got back from the Hamptons, I know must be nice. Sabs is becoming a amateur paparazzi as she snagged a great shot of Star Jones about to mack on her boyfriend. I'm sure she wouldn't mind me posting it here.

Star Jones and Herb Wilson
attends Haley & Jason Binn's Memorial day party with Hampton Magazine
Southampton, New York - 30.05.10 CHECK OUT TODAY'S PHILLY MAG COLUMN

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

FRANKLIN SQUARE 2nd ANNUAL GALA & Governor's Miniature Golf Cup - Design for New Supermarket 31st & Girard

If you have been reading me for awhile you know that one of my favorite parks in the City if Franklin Square. It's a playground for kids and adults a like. Fun family entertainment and a beautiful park can be found in one of William Penn's original five squares. Last year they started their fundraiser gala to support the park's grounds and features.
This year they had the inaugural Governor's Miniature Golf Cup, smartly titled since they probably wanted to name it after Gov Rendell, but this is his last year in office. This way next year who ever is in office next year hopefully will come down and support this event. I'm sure many of the folks that appeared at this event normally have relationships with Gov Rendell since he was mayor for 8 years before the 8 years he spent in Harrisburg.

For $150 a person you could participate in an 18 hole miniature golf game; and at hole 18 you get the chance to play 1 round with the Gov, plus get a picture taken. It was amazing how many people got holes in one, and it was announced on the PA System which was fun for everyone.
Here's Where Magazine's Laura Burkhardt with her golf partner Kathy Owens and the Gov. Both of them got holes in one's during the course.
I thought this was a funny picture. Governor Rendell and Max Sablosky look on as Samantha Rubin takes gets a hole in 3. Love how the Gov is holding the bag. There's a pix of her teeing off in my column on

I love this shot of Amy and her son Eli as Gov Rendell is teeing off on the 18th Hole that I took which was published in Michael Klein's Inqlings column in the Inquirer.
The Gov. Amy Needle, President and CEO of Historic Philadelphia and Historic Philadelphia, Inc.’s Board Chairman Wayne Spilove. According to an article in the Phila Biz Journal 1/8/07, In 1998, then-Mayor Ed Rendell asked Needle to head up Millennium Philadelphia, an 18-month, $5 million celebration. In 2002, she worked with the staff of the National Constitution Center to plan a month-long series of events commemorating the center's opening. In 2003, Gov. Rendell asked her to head up the Philadelphia Heritage Project, a $10 million, state-funded effort now known as Once Upon a Nation.
Jesse Amoroso with his 2nd place cup.

Around 7PM began the cocktail portion of the evening. Many of the heads of tourism companies were in attendance ie GPTMC, Independence Visitor Center, people who do business with the City and supporters attend a function like this.
Patrick Mullen and Bill Donahue with Laura B Burkhart.
I've seen a lot of this lately. Folks trying to move away from the standard black dress, and into summer black/white
Michael Williams and Christopher Arnold with Karen Daroff

Christina Chagin-Shellenberger, Ashley Burke, Kerry Sautner and Lauren Cristella
Jeff Templeton, Jill Davidson and Wendy Broomall; Just about the best part of going to these events is the stories you hear, the news of tomorrow. For the longest time North Philly has been trying to get a supermarket in their lower quadrant. When I met the next three people I was pretty excited, especially because they had the final design with them. (Also I met the guy that in a few short weeks is going to start a "Junk Food Tour" in Philly. You can read that in my PhillyMag column too.)
Herman Rollins (Farm Fresh Produce & Poultry), Eileen R. Della Volle (VP of business development at KSE Engineers), and Judith Rollins (Farm Fresh Produce & Poultry). This trio is working on the long-desired supermarket at 31st & Girard, which will be called Farm Fresh Produce & Poultry and located at the edge of the Westrum development that was built there a few years back in Brewerytown.
The neighborhood, sandwiched between Fairmount and North Philadelphia, hasn’t seen a supermarket in years, and the Ikea-inspired, 35,000-square-foot food market will certainly be welcome. Look for the groundbreaking of the LEED green building in the next 30-60 days, as the ink is drying on the loans and contracts now.
Phillies Team is right here, front end office Robert Brooks with his trademark hat with Deanna Sabec and Amy Domowitch. If you are looking for group sales to the Phillies, then you need to talk to Amy. Phillies spokesperson Deanna will give you the quote that you need for your write up.
Single and and ready to Mingle Tina Tellado hanging out with her BFF who's not single Tiffani McDonough were there too.
Smarty Jones harness was up to $1025 when I took this picture about 10 minutes before bidding ended. What a great idea to auction off the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes harness. I did not make the connection between Chapman Ford and the owner of Smarty Jones being Pat Chapman and her husband, Roy "Chappy" Chapman until Wayne Spivlove told me about the generous donation.