Friday, August 10, 2012


OMG Whisper forgot to update their Entertainment Permit, so there's no dancing this weekend. Instead it will just be a cool night club where you can mingle and maybe meet your future spouse cause you won't be running off to the dance floor with your girlfriends!

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Traffic Alert for Saturday: "Workers Stand for America" Rally

On Saturday, August 11th, from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM, at Eakins Oval, at 26th Street & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, local and national union representatives will gather for a rally and a day of events -- "Workers Stand for America". It is estimated that the event will draw approximately 20,000-30,000 participants. In conjunction with this event several unions will gather their members at their individual union halls and other locations throughout the city and march to Eakins Oval.
The Communications Workers of America will rally at 900 Race Street at the Verizon building from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM when they are expected to march to Eakins Oval. Members of District Council 33 will gather at 3001 Walnut Street and rally from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM and then members will march to Eakins Oval. The exact route of the Communications Workers and the District Council 33 supporters march is unknown at this time. The Labors Union will meet at 1310 Wallace Street from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM and then march to the event at Eakins Oval. The Labors Union supporters will march from Ridge Avenue to Fairmount Avenue, Fairmount Avenue to 21st Street and then 21st Street to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
At approximately 8:00 AM on Saturday, the inner drive of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed between 20th Street and Eakins Oval for the event. If necessary Kelly Drive eastbound into Eakins Oval will be diverted at Fairmount Avenue. The outer drive of the Parkway westbound will be diverted at 8:00 AM out 23rd Street to Pennsylvania Avenue & Spring Garden Street. Traffic from the Spring Garden Street bridge traveling east into Eakins Oval will be diverted eastbound to the outer drive on the Parkway towards 22nd Street. Philadelphia Police will have officers deployed in the area to assist with traffic and crowd control.
The Commanding Officers of the Central Police Division, the Sixth, Ninth and Center City Districts have been notified of these activities. Thank you.

The Philadelphia Daily News Sexy Singles Party at North Shore

This past week the Philadelphia Daily News released their 2012 Sexy Singles list, and last night they held their annual party at North Shores in Northern Liberty

Jenice Armstrong puts her saucy spin on national and local topics du jour three days a week - Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The creator of DN Sexy Singles, she's works tirelessly and successfully choosing the list every year.

North Shore Beach Club in Northern Liberties

 Philadelphia Daily News Sexy Singles 2012

Beth Shak, Steven M. Falk, and Carmena Ayo-Davies. Falk took all the photos of the sexy singles this year, not bad for a sports photographer I'd say.

Brandi Brockman , Ariel Brockman with Christopher "Guns" Ricchetti
DJ Deena Widow Defedelto (the female Howard Stern) and beau Q102 Deejay Rocco Cima.
Ben Cook and 2012 Sexy Single shoe designer Beth Shak. You can be a sexy single even if you're in love, you just can't be married. But if you are single know that more than a dozen of the DN Sexy Singles either met their future husbands within a year of being named one of the sexy singles. So not only is it a an honor to be chosen, but it's also a lucky charm all the way to the alter.
Tracy Senseman, Lillian Rodriquez, Sarah DeVos, Kaitlin Battelini and Danielle White

Elizabeth Wellington has been The Inquirer's fashion writer since December 2002.
Jessica Galoff, Courtney Trasatti, Sam Trasatti and Candace Robles

Serverna Gibson, Elaine Rodriquez, Kararema and Melodi
Amber Joi Watson, Kate Beaver, Courtney Grant, and Alexis Sophia
Brian Nagel and friends
Brian Nagel other friends: Cray 1 & Cray 2
Pastry Princess Monica Glass, Chef Jennifer Carroll and Sean Padden.  Work was scarce for pastry chefs here in Philly, so Monica is headed to Boston to work with Ken Oringer at Clio 
in a few weeks.
 Kyree Terrell and Kristyn Aldrich
Stacey Kracher and Jen Sherlock
A trio of Sexy Singles: Catya Washington,  Mike Jerrick and Tiffany Savage
Philadelphia Daily News Sexy Singles Alumni and current picks

EAGLES PARTY WITH A WIN & Joselio Hanson's Birthday at Rumor

Loser, last night I was supposed to go to Joselio Hanson's birthday party but I never woke up from my disco nap. What happened I used to be able to stay up all night just a few months ago. Can't wait for the busy social season to kick in in September so I can get my mojo back. Lots of my friends went and they said it was off the charts awesome. I snatched some pixs from my friend Carmena Ayo-Davies who put the event together.

 Happy Birthday Joselio
With that new bride glow Kijafa Vick (OK actually she always glows.)
Michael Vick smiling wide with a win under his belt. DeSean Jackson, Jon and Julie Dorenbos. Looks like I missed a great party. baaah. Hopefully the Eagles will continue their weekly parties at G Lounge this winter. Happy Birthday, and Congrats!!

Thursday, August 9, 2012



Just a couple months ago, on June 1st, The Hamels Foundation presented a check to Bayard Taylor Elementary School $300,000 for a complete outdoor renovation. For over 100 years, this place used to look like an empty parking lot and now, there is a state of the art playground by Kompan,

a greenhouse with raised bed garden by Rock N' Renew (sponsored by Olitsky Family Foundation), an iPad/Tech learning center (sponsored by Wells Fargo), a chess/checker station (also sponsored by Wells Fargo), a soccer field, and so much more! In Philadelphia alone,
Yesterday, I headed over to the Hunting Park where the Bayard Taylor Elementary School is located. An area which has hit hard times, but yesterday was full of busy people working towards the future, the kids future. Nothing like a beautiful playground, and a larger than life mural with one of your role models on it, to make playtime fun and create dreams of the future.

100's of volunteers came out to put the finishing touches on the playground.  Hamels Foundation Board member Jimmy Maransky

rallies over the Community Day Volunteers from Greater Media Philadelphia and Wells Fargo at the start of the day. (Maransky is a real estate developer and broker who specializes in environmentally-conscious new construction.)

Among those who helped out were Heidi and Cole Hamels. At one point someone asked Cole if he'd like to do the digging, and he said believe it or not Heidi is best at this job since picking up these skills on the TV show Survivor a few years back.


No one was more enthusiastic than the principal, Debra Drossner, who watched her dream come true, a concept she and Heidi worked on together; a safe place for the kids to play, something that encourages kids to look forward to going to school, the foundation to a community.  She's a great cheerleader of kids. For the Hamels this was a no brainer way to help kids as Heidi was once a gym school teacher and well Cole, he's a mighty fine athlete.

Cole and Heidi help out with the finishing touches on the mural
which was created by Kien Nguygn, Jane Golden, executive director of the Mural Arts Program, and Efrain Herrea

It's pretty, safe and soft: The playground is environmentally friendly, synthetic turf playground flooring, which has a much lower upkeep, soft tile playground surfaces, and adds color to what would normally be a blacktop tar material.

At one point during the day Cole came across this young student, Jerry Aponte who challenged the ace pitcher to a game of checkers which is permanently located in the yard.

In the end, the ace pitcher cleaned up the board, with Cole telling the young boy, a year of practicing you'll be able to beat me.
There's an an iPad/Tech learning center (sponsored by Wells Fargo)

There's a rock climbing cube.
a greenhouse (sponsored by The Olitsky Family Foundation) where kids can grow their own vegetables, tend to plants and learn about agriculture, right there in the big city.

Cole Hamels affixes a sign to the basketball backboard.  He told me that when he was in high school he was never able to dunk a ball even though he was very tall.
Currently, there are 565 students enrolled in grades K-5 and there are no playgrounds or safe outdoor centers within a 10-block radius.
Denise Wine from Wells Fargo presents an additional $25,000 to The Hamels Foundation. This money goes toward the Bayard Taylor Elementary School. The Hamels Foundation plans to do help out many more schools in the future, and now that this charitable couple is here for at least the next 6 years, we can look forward to a lot of good deeds to come. 

The Hamels Foundation has donated over $660,000 to over 20 public schools. By the end of 2012, The Hamels Foundation will have donated over 1.8 million dollars worldwide to improve education for kids not only here in the states, but in Malawi Africa.

To help, text the word HAMELS to 20222 to donate $5

For more information, visit

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Here are a few shots that I meant to post somewhere, but time just got away from me.

A few weeks back The Independence Blue Cross Foundation awarded a $25,000 Building Healthy Communities grant to Back on My Feet to help its members embrace healthy living.  The grant is part of the Foundation’s overall commitment to transform healthcare through innovation in the communities it serves. Attendees and participants included 
·         Lorina Marshall-Blake, President, Independence Blue Cross Foundation (w/teal jogging suit on)
·         Steve Fera, SVP Public Affairs, Independence Blue Cross (Yellow Tie)
·         Jill Fink, Executive Director, Back on My Feet Philadelphia (purple shirt)
·         Back on My Feet members, runners and participants
·         Blue Crew volunteers, Blue Streaks running club and IBC Associates
It was one of those crazy hot days so I applaud the Blue Streaks running club for their mile run afterwards. 
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Happy Birthday to my niece Mimi. 1 year old last week. Hope I live to see her get married. She's the last one to be born in the family to my youngest sister. I'll be 75 if she gets married the same age my sister got married to her husband. Her brothers Bo and Michael seem to be enjoying themselves too.

I saw this cute dog hanging out the window in Margate

Darn Reid Rosenthal was kicked off Bachelor Pad the other night. But over the weekend he tweeted this photo. Not hurting a bit.

Soup Nazi was at KYW 3 a few weeks ago. I saw one lady give him her cell phone and he recorded a message for her on the voice mail answering machine that said "We have no soup for you, for a year!!"

Philadelphia Eagles defensive-ender Trent Cole visited The Sports Cave’s new location in the Rotunda at the Shops at Liberty Place on July 5th to sign autographs and take pictures with excited fans.
Liking the shoes.

I'm not exactly sure what he does, but he's at the corner of Broad & Chestnut Streets every day to take your photo. Here's his website. Could someone explain it to me?  The guy on the left is a rapper... PhlyBoi Ceaser. Here's his Youtube Channel.

I love that Perez Hilton's mailing system sends me a happy birthday every year. When I tweet a thank you to Perez, he always tweets back to say no problem.  On the otherhand I can't get Cher to say boo to me. She only answers people who call her a shriveled up old lady who should slither away. It's very irritating.
It was Mike Jerrick's bday a few weeks back.
Over the passed week or so my wire service photos have been picked up by several different entertainment sites. I thought these were kinda cook, or had funny head lines.

Even MTV picks up the story is Miley Cyrus driving Liam crazy?

I love this site "Was it bring your fiance to work day?" Miley is back in town visiting the set, going for runs to Starbucks, someone even mentioned they saw her on Kelly Drive running yesterday afternoon?  Wonder if they fan girls will give her a chase there?

Happy Birthday Laura Burkhardt. A few weeks back a few of us headed to Franklin Square for a little miniature golf. Michael, Jen, Kevin, Laura and moi on a hot Sunday. Also happy birthday to Monica Glass and Wendy Cohen, both women were at D'Angelo's last night celebrating their big days too. (Monica was at our table.)