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January 2016


Philly Gossip: Nerlens Noel, Susie Celek Joins The Competition, Ashley Johnson Headed to NYC, Gina Gannon to Japan

Happy Friday – Seems like a whole bunch of people I know went to the White House this week to meet with the President, or his people.

Marcus Allen, President and CEO of Big Brothers, Big Sisters headed to Washington earlier this week 
 Oscar De La Hoya lands one in Philly, and Team Derek was on hand to greet him.

 Andrew Sharp at the White House
 Last night Sixers Nerlens Noel stopped by Rumor, posing with the Best Doorman in the City, Tee Fish.
 Former WPHL 17 Eye Opener Ashley Johnson headed to FOX 26 Houston in 2014, and is now on her way to Fox NYC next week. Congrats girl.
 Renee Patrone, Events By Renee appeared with Eve Tannery, TV News Anchor, WFMZ Channel 69, 33, Bethlehem to discuss Super Bowl party tips.
 Mayor Jim Kenney at the Phila Car Show yesterday, rethinking the idea of taking a “City Car” perhaps.
 Since her split with Julie, Susie Celek‘s star has risen even higher. In recent times she’s appeared in Benton Blount‘s new country video, participated in a movie that shot over the summer, and now is participating as a Wingette coach in the Wing Bowl halftime show’s inaugural pillow fight against  Coach Chelsea (Chelsea Durkalec), Team 94.1. Another interesting change in career’s Skin Palate is now operating out of Marilyn Kellmer‘s Sun Myst, formerly a competitor of Skin Palate.
 My cousin – in – law David Nakamura, Washington Post’s White House Correspondence, ran into Billie Jean King at the White house yesterday.
 Bon Voyage Gina Gannon who will be appearing on QVC Japan next week.
Dreaming of you today

Day and Sunset Views from the Liberty One Observation Deck

Earlier this week I had a chance to check out the Liberty One Observation Deck during the day arriving at 4PM, and stayed through sunset til darkness.

One Liberty Observation Deck, Philly From The Top, located in the heart of Center City, is Philadelphia’s tallest enclosed observation deck. At 883 feet up, enjoy 360° views, 365 days a year, morning noon & night! Located within walking distance to other major attractions and just steps away from public transportation, get a top-down look at iconic sights, breathtaking views and discover the music, sports & culture that is the City of Brotherly Love.

 Open every day 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., One Liberty Observation Deck is owned and operated by Montparnasse 56, the group behind observation decks in Paris, Berlin and Chicago. For more information, visit or call 215.561.DECK (3325)

Address: 1650 Market St #5700, Philadelphia, PA 19103

On a clear day you can see forever, but all I really care about is seeing how the City is laid out. The building to the right, shaped like a U is the new Whole Foods/Rodin Museum Apartments. It’s nearly done. Very exciting. It really fits in nicely with the buildings that have been established there already. Next to it is an apartment building, The Parkway, then there a bunch of houses, then my building – The Philadelphian (condos), then the Pearlman Center of the Phila Museum of Art, then 2601 Parkway which is another condominium, to the far right you can see City View Condos, in the foreground is the current Whole Foods, which will soon be a Target.
CBS3 to the North.
Family Fun For Four

Give your family a bird’s eye view now through February 29, 2016. Two adult (ages 12+) and two youth (ages 3-11) tickets for $49. A savings of $17. Only available for purchase at the ticketing desk.

Coming soon CityPASS! On March 1, 2016, One Liberty Observation Deck will be added to the attractions offered on the Philadelphia CityPASS. More details to be announced.

 The Center City District (CCD) and Friends of the Rail Park are proud to announce that The Bacon Brothers, Philadelphia natives Michael and Kevin Bacon, will play a special benefit concert to support Phase I of the Viaduct Rail Park on February 4, 2016 at Union Transfer.
The concert will support the construction of Phase I of the Viaduct
Rail Park, a CCD-managed project, carried out in partnership with the
City of Philadelphia and Friends of the Rail Park.
In the photo above the Rail Yard can be seen behind Goldtex Apartments (center)

There are a few observations seats, bathrooms, a candy machine as well as a drink machine. In the lobby there’s a gift shop.

Looking south
The new FMC building on the left, adds to the skyline being lit in blue
For more information visit and follow on social
media: Facebook –; Twitter – (@PhillyFromTop);  Instagram – (@PhillyFromTheTop).

Photos: The LLS Sponsor Party for Red & White Ball and info on Raffle for 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4MATIC SUV ($41,500).

Philadelphia, PA (January 22, 2016) – On Wednesday, January 20th, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) hosted a party for their top-level donors and high-level volunteers at Euro Motorcars Devon to kick off their Mercedes-Benz Raffle. LLS is currently selling raffle tickets for the chance to win the all-new 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4MATIC SUV ($41,500). 

 Your local Mercedes-Benz dealerships have generously donated the vehicle, which means LLS will receive 100% of the ticket sales. Only 2,000 raffle tickets will be sold. $100 per ticket. The winner of the Mercedes-Benz Raffle will be announced the night of the Red & White Ball on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott Hotel.

Ticker holder does not need to be present to win. Visit to purchase your chance to win the all-new 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4MATIC SUV to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Co-chairs, Francis X Gallagher and George Hofmann, with Karen and Karlee Hofmann
Sue Kursman with Auction Committee member, Nina Bernstein
 Chris Britton with Red & White Ball Executive Committee member, Meredith Gardner

Executive Committee member, Fred Hand, with Nicole Johnson

Photos supplied by LLS