Friday, February 10, 2012

Yelp’s Backstage Pass Party at Philadelphia’s newest hot spot Union Transfer

Guests enjoyed bites and sips from some of the city’s best restaurants and breweries last night,
Yelp Queen Poobah Michelle Cassidy and Arthur "Foobooz" EtchellsThe party is free with RSVP and a $10 suggested donation to the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation. Featured drinks are complimentary, but there will also be a cash bar for anything else you desire!

Fun Yelpers
Khyber Pass Pub's Stephanie Kuo and friendYelpers: Dana and Nichole. Dana tells me that if a restaurant doesn't have nice ambiance, they will automatically lose a star, Nichole isn't fond of inattentive servers.
music of DJ QiCommand, who also spins at the Barbary

Skin Palette was hard at work adding color and glitter to all who asked
Chris V, Nicole W and Susan G
Drew D, JP and Jamie. Drew wants you to be a Young Friends of Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis & Education and for your food to match the ambiance of your restaurant.There were vendors and sponsors on hand to fill you up and to do your eyebrows.
Crystal, Shawn and Jackie. Jackie will subtract a star if the staff is unfriendly, no matter how good the food is; so watch out. Shawn is not fond of waiting. Crystal doesn't like cold food. She'll send it back and subtract a star.

Great crowds, and it was interesting to see what the former Spaghetti Warehouse looked like now. I was hoping the trolley was still in the middle of the room, it wasn't
Luba Patlakh, Editorial Director at Insight Magazine and Lex Houser. Lex is LuAnn Cahn's daughter. She has a clothing line. It's cool, you'll soon see more of it. She's also the one who came up with her mom's

Jackie, Alli, Jen, Mikey Il. The oddest thing Jackie's ever reviewed was a Dr's office visit; Allie's not above reviewing the PHL airport. In one trip three TSA agents hit on her. She was turned off by it, but then again her BF was right there. He said I think it's flattering. I think he's right.

There's a baby in the bar, I can hear Reese Witherspoon saying. Christine, Matthew and Megan (Sweet Life Bake Shop)

Yelpers are not afraid to wear their love on their headBlake F and Mike Wham, Marketing Manager for the next big thing ajungo. (I want some stock options)
Liza once reviewed a car body shop. They got rave reviews especially since they left mints on her dashboard and Amanda. Thank you Yelpers, and thanks for donating to my favorite charity group, The Linda Creed Foundation.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Robing ceremony held for New Judge Angelo "Hughie" Foglietta

Yesterday I attended the Robing of The Honorable Angelo "Hughie" Foglietta. The ceremony, held in front of a large crowd of family, fellow judges, attorneys and court employees, took place inside courtroom 653 at City Hall.
Ron Donatucci Jr invited me to cover the "Robing" of Angelo "Hughie" Foglietta because he knows I want to start covering politicians and other notable people in the City, on a social level. What a privilege it was to witness this very moving, personal achievement of Angelo Foglietta as he went through the ceremonial traditions of being robed, and ascending to the bench as a judge for Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.
Several of his good friends told stories about the Judge, and how he will uphold the values that brought him to this day. Above John J. Dougherty, Business Manager IBEW Local 98. Dougherty talked about the values and virtues of his friend, the recently elected Judge Angelo "Hughie" Foglietta.
There's nothing like the love of a sister, and I heard it loud and clear when Thea Foglietta-Silverstein, Esq. spoke. So elegant. At one point Thea mentioned a meeting with former US Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor, asking her what she would like people to remember her most by. O'Connor mentioned that she would like people to remember her as "a good judge". Whether they were defendants' litigators, jurors, other judges or witness. Thea said, in the future that is exactly what she knows people will think of her brother.
The Honorable Pamela Pryor Dembe President Judge - Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas said while introducing Developer Bart Blatstein, "I hope when he buys the Philadelphia Inquirer, he continues to carry the Dennis The Menace cartoon. (See my story yesterday about Blatstein & the Phila Inquirer.) (Social Diary commentary: Bart must be on the Tony Luke diet, he looks great.)
William P. Fedullo Elected Vice Chancellor gives his friend Judge Angelo "Hughie" Foglietta a congratulatory hug after speaking at the podium. Thea Foglietta-Silverstein, Esq (l)
Honorable Matthew D Carrafiello spoke about all the great people who came out their South Philly neighborhood.
Charles Bernard spoke on behalf of Congressman Bob Brady who was in DC for a vote.
Reading of the Commission: Natalie Flynn, Jessica Foglietta and Jacquline Foglietta, Daughters of Judge Foglietta. Judge Angelo "Hughie" Foglietta and his mother Lorraine Foglietta. Mrs Foglietta tells Hughie that the Bible she is holding is the same one that his father, Theodore Foglietta, held when his brother Tom Foglietta was sworn in as United States Ambassador to Italy.
Nieces and Nephews: Ron Donatucci, Jr, Michael Donatucci, Marina Foglietta Tereo, Christopher Foglietta Tereo and Theodore Foglietta III put the actual robe on the Judge.
The judge then ascends the bench and addresses the gathered guests. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me and my family, said Foglietta. Most attorneys don't dream of becoming a judge, but just want to fulfill the mission of their law school education of doing right by their clients and by society. But it is an elected position, so at some point Foglietta had judge as a goal, and today that dream was achieved. He thank his mom for her courage, direction and love. Then thanked his family, friends and colleagues. It's nice to see someone's dream come true, especially when you can tell they worked very hard to get there.
Afterwards there was a reception in the Law Library. In all the years I gave tours of City Hall, as part of the tour office in Room 121, I've never seen the law library. It's steep in rich history. The chandeliers had light fixtures, but also candles in them. It's a beautiful room.
Ron Donatucci, Jr, John Dougherty, Councilman Bob Henon, and Marita Crawford.
Dana and Ron Donatucci, Judge Angelo "Hughie" Foglietta, and Natalie Foglietta Flynn with grandson Jackson Flynn
Tina Covington, David Krain and Dana Donutucci
Judge Dan Anders and Donald Carter. Which reminds me, tonight at Table 31 is the 1 year anniversary of Ladies Night there. DJ Johnny Looch will be spinning. See you there.
The Magnatta's: Jim, Marisa, Mom and Jim Jr. Also spotted: Councilwomen Janie Blackwell, Councilman Mark Squilla, Register of Wills the Honorable Ronald R. Donatucci, Esq., Judge Jeanne Mayer, Barbara McDermott, Charles Mapp, Nino Tinari, Esq. Honorable Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi, and Honorable Paul P Panepinto.
Haneef Nelson and Kevin Price from the 2nd Ward
Congratulations: Judge Angelo "Hughie" Foglietta with his mom Lorraine and brother Michael.
I had no idea these ceremonies occurred, and that's exactly why I want to cover politicians and people who are connected in the City. - A word from my sponsor. Remember this Saturday you can enjoy a Valentine's Day celebration with dancing, dining and an Eddie Bruce Cabaret at the Top of the Tower. $90

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Does Bart Blatstein Want to Put A Casino Here?

Bart Blatstein said in a Q&A on "I have not applied for a gaming license for that site," ie the Philadelphia Inquirer site. Last year he bought the famed white tower that houses the Philadelphia Media Holdings. He hasn't really said what he plans to do with the site, but recently there have been rumors that he wants to put a casino at the spot. (When I heard the rumor from two sources, I went out and shot these pixs to see what it would look like.)The Q&A came out of story that was making the rounds on Monday about Blatstein and a group of local investors who "plan to pursue an acquisition of some or all of the assets of Philadelphia Media Network, which operates The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and their shared website, The partnership, calling itself Philly Hometown Media LLC, plans to make a cash offer for the newspapers. (source)I think a follow up question should be, would you consider putting a casino at this site? I too heard the rumor that he is interested in doing so. I also heard that the School Board Building might be up for sale. The school board functions would move to a smaller school, and meetings could be rotating at the various high schools.

Bart already owns the State Building at Broad & Spring Garden, and now he owns the Philadelphia Inquirer Building.

So I'm saying Bart, it's a plausible idea. Could it save Philadelphia? Would it bring in much needed cash to the City? I do believe Bart could bring a nice upscale casino, to the "downtown" area of Philadelphia. It would be the closet casino to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. It's near public transportation, and the expressway. I predict it's going to be a casino by 2015
Check out Philebrity's Q&A

Tidbits: Arrow Swim Club is now: North Shore Beach Club Details, Mary Carey, Jen Carroll, Sampan's Chinese New Year

Sampan Celebrated Chinese New Year over the weekend with a delicious food and dancers to celebrate the seasonI was in there over the weekend with a few friends and enjoyed a few dishes on the special menu, which ends on February 9. Also on February 9, another performance from the beautiful dancers.
Actress Mary Carey was in town for the Wing Bowl and a couple of appearances at the Gold Club. Last year Jen Carroll, Laura Burkhardt,and I met her at 10 Arts and we all maintained a friendship since. Also picture are her cousin, Angela (r) and her husband Dave. Mary who never knew who her father was, was contacted by him about 5 years ago. She went and met the rest of the family in Ohio, and remains close. Whenever Mary is on the East coast her cousin comes to that town to spend some time together. Happy Birthday Angela.
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2nd Annual Comcast SportsNet Shining Star Awards

Last Friday night was the 2nd Annual Comcast SportsNet Shining Star Awards benefiting the March of Dimes. It took place at The Westin Philadelphia. You know where I was, in bed sick. The awards are hosted by Comcast SportsNet’s Ron Burke, and honored former Gov Ed Rendell for his incredible achievements, remarkable leadership and extraordinary service to the community. (Thanks to Mike Hirata for shooting these photos for
The Event organizers pose for a quick picture before the crowd arrived: Jill Galdones, Kathleee Jones, Cynthia Weiss, Dan Finnerty, Ursula Keating, Beth Maggio, Keith Hopkins, and Maureen Quilter.
Award Presenters included basketball legend Sonny Hill, Phillie Kyle Kendrick, Flyer Blair Betts, and Ex Eagle Ike Reese. Here they are posing with recipients: Jonas and Lily Vasquez, Jake Koerner (and his sister), Kate Santangelo, and Jakob Mukalian.
Hall of Fame Sports Writer Ray Didinger poses with Becki Mauck and Claire O’Keefe.
Philadelphia Phillie Kyle Kendrick, Nick Mcilwain and Marisa Magnatta from the Preston and Steve show, with former Eagle and Radio host Ike Reese.
Presenter Ike Reese with recipient Jacob Mukalian.
Former Eagle Ike Reese, current Eagle Moise Fokou, and former Eagle Tra Thomas.
Presenter Sonny Hill poses with recipients Jonas and Lily Vasquez and their parents.
Busta Move: The Phillie Phanatic shows off a new dance move. Funds raised by the Shining Star Awards benefitting the March of Dimes presented by Wanamaker Entertainment Group support the March of Dimes prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs, and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.
Presenter Blair Betts with recipient Kate Santagelo.Former Governor Ed Rendell arrived fashionably late. Any later and he would have missed out on receiving his lifetime achievement award. Through his support as Governor of Pennsylvania, the Newborn Screening Act was passed in 2008 guaranteeing newborn screening for disorders that threaten the lives of babies. Governor Rendell’s support not only raised the interest of those voting on the Act, but also raised public awareness of the devastating consequences of failure to screen and treat newborns for rare but fatal genetic and metabolic conditions. Rendell welcomed pro football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly to engage the House and Senate regarding the critical need to safeguard the health of all newborns. Because of Rendell’s work with the March of Dimes, newborns are now screened for hearing loss and 28 preventable metabolic disorders.