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February 2016


Congrats to JIM DONOVAN who will be Sitting in Ukee Washington’s Vacated Seat, Erika von Tiehl LEAVES

I heard rumors of good news coming out of the CBS 3 studios in the past few months, and now I have learned that everyone’s favorite Emmy Award-winning Consumer Reporter
Jim Donovan, will be taking over the anchor chair,left vacant by Ukee Washington, who moved on to the 6PM and 11PM slot last summer.  In addition to his new role, he will continue to cover the
consumer beat in his popular “On Your Side” segments.


Joining Jim at the desk will be Brooke Thomas, most recently co-host of Tribune Television’s Eye Opener, a live, syndicated morning show broadcast out of Dallas, Texas, who with with Meteorologist Katie Fehlinger and Traffic Reporter Meisha Johnson will continue on in their roles.

It’ll be a sad good bye for Erika von Tiehl, who will be leaving the Philly area.

Erika von Tiehl,
current morning and noon news co-anchor, will be leaving CBS 3 later
this spring. von Tiehl, who
is getting married this June, is relocating to another city for a
position that will be announced later.  In the interim, she will remain a
contributor to
Eyewitness News.  “It’s been a wonderful experience to work in
Philadelphia and at CBS 3, and I am grateful for the friendships that I
take with me, that I know will last a lifetime,” von Tiehl says,

Erika von Tiehl and Charles Kincaid

“but my
fiancé and I want to relocate so we can be
closer to family.” The duo met a few years ago at Parc. So Philly will always have a special place in their hearts. Say goodbye to her on her FB Page HERE


Photos: Arts + Biz Council – Hosted AMY CUDDY For A Morning Seminar at the Prince

I am so uncool, I never heard of Amy Cuddy. I am in the minority cause last week when I covered another one of the fabulous Arts + Business Council of Philadelphia morning seminars, who was hosting Amy Cuddy at this was, I was taken back by the crush of the crowd of over 500 people.  Seems everyone else knew who Amy Cuddy was and her theory on “Power Posing.” There were a lot of attendees standing up straight, full power posing while networking before the doors opened for the event.

‘Social psychologist, author and Harvard Professor Amy Cuddy’s TED
Talk on “power posing” made her the #2 biggest TED speaker in the
world.   Our host for the lecture was The Arts
& Business Council of Greater Philadelphia which builds relationships
between business and the arts.

The ladies on the left had to alphabetize each of the 550 names. 

 Before the lecture there is usually a generous spread of donuts, bagels and breakfast cakes, along with coffee and water. Tickets are always reasonable, for this event they were $30. It’s great we have a networking event like this in Philly, I always see a lot of connecting going on. 
Rachael Nave, Senior Legal Services Coordinator at Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and Jillian Rafferty, Rafferty Suburu. Mike and I just bought a Legacy Suburu from Rafferty, and their customer service was impeccable. Mike’s a great car shopper he gets three prices and then sees which dealer is able to meet our needs. #BeYourOwnAdvocate
Caleb Timmreck, American Eagle, Jenna Rifkin, and Jonathan Flower, both of North Highland.
Bari Joy – Epstein, Franklin Institute and Casey Anne Drummond, Franklin Institute
A new event on the social scene seems to be “Science After Dark.” 
The next one is Tuesday, March 8, 2016 – 7:00pm to 10:00pm      Adults Evening   Get your tickets early they seem to sell out quickly. I was surprised how packed it got on a Tuesday night.
Natalie W. Nixon, Ph.D., Philadelphia University and Eileen Wainwright, NascentHub
Kristin Detterline, Editor Philly Style Magazine, Toni Leslie, Ann King Lagos and Lynn Norton all of REALM Jewelry

Vanessa Smith and Kim Fraites – Dow, Tierney – Acting CEO and COO at Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania 
At around 9AM the crowd filed into the Prince Theater for Amy Cuddy’s lecture.
Aubrey Fink and Kim Fink were excited to hear Amy Cuddy’s theory on power positions.
Karin Copeland,  Executive Director Arts + Business Council Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce greets the guests and explains the mission of the A+B, which is connecting arts and business in innovative strategic practices.
Amy Cuddy, her TED Talk has been viewed more than 30 million times, with “power posing,”
Her main theme was how our movement becomes
synchronized when we are present — because we are being authentic and
unscripted — and how that makes us more compelling to others, which
exudes confidence in what we are presenting. She demonstrated the many poses that help people feel more confident in various situations.
There was a panel discussion after Amy Cuddy’s lecture which included Jeff Zinser, Right Recruiting, Shelley Potente, MA, SVP and Managing Director for Client Services, The Leaders Edge/Leaders By Design, Stacy Holland, Executive Director of the Lenfest Foundation and author Cameron Conaway. The discussion was moderated by Marc Brownstein, President & CEO of Brownstein Group. They panel discussed various ways to build confidence in clients.

Afterwards there was a meet
a greet with VIP ticketholders, Amy signed her book Presence:
Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, which was
published in December.

Check out the Amy Cuddy Ted Talk HERE

Miss Philadelphia, Happy Birthday Sheila Hess, The Property Boys, Southside Johnny Fetes Robert J. Mongeluzzi, Players at Del Frisco’s

Good Friday Morning.

A shot of Broad Street the other night when I was running from Chowderblast at Chatterblast to The Opening of the Logan Hotel party. Where I saw my friend Philadelphia City Rep Sheila Hess.

 Who had a very busy week she tells me. Between welcoming dignitaries to the office to

celebrating her birthday. Happy Birthday Sheila!!

Congrats are in order for Desiree Peterkin Bell, who was just sworn in to serve The Commonwealth of Pa as a Commissioner of Gov Wolf’s African American Affairs Advisory Commission. She also announced recently that she’ll be serving as a consultant to DNC2016

Birthday wishes to my cousin Tina Libertella Morrison. This is what 50 looks like, although this photo is 2 years old, 52 looks just as good. You know what. 3 Years ago Tina decided to reinvent herself. She had a successful cleaning service, but had gotten a bit out of shape; she got in shape and now she owns her own gym called Fuel Fitness in Sicklerville, NJ

Happy Birthday to Robert J. Mongeluzzi (r) who celebrated with squeeze Meredith Seigle and a roomful of friends at the Fillmore last Saturday night. Photos to come next week on PhillyChitChat. Here he is singing with Southside Johnny, yes that Southside Johnny.


 Jeremy Maclin got together with Drew Carballo, Fletcher Cox and Nick Albater
and friends at Del Frisco’s last night
Have you had their Lemon Cake, it’s the best dessert in the City. 

 Congrats to Mole Street!!

Style Expert, Ian Michael Crumm hosted a blogger brunch at MAMO SoHo, NYC this past weekend in partnership with Brick & Portal, a social commerce platform that let’s users create personal style e-commerce stores.

                                                 What’s Happening This Weekend


And on Sunday we watch the Oscars

Long, long ago The Ritz Carlton used to have the most fantastic Oscar viewing party. These days the lobby of the Ritz is knee deep in construction with the new Richard Sandoval eatery which I wrote about in April 2014, and nearly 2 years later was confirmed by Michael Klein earlier this year.

This weekend the Philadelphia Film Society has taken over as what I anticipate to be a high heeled, must see and be seen at Oscar viewing party at THE PRINCE THEATER. A place that has been yearning to be brought back to life in the last few years, and PFS has stepped up to the plate to save it. Check out some of their other events there too. Anywho, Sunday is going to be spectacular. i will be there and will be shooting all the glam, please be glam.
For Ticket Info click on the Link Below
The Philadelphia Film Society’s Awards Party & Screening will take place at the Prince Theatre (1412 Chestnut Street) on Sunday, Feb. 28, starting at 7 p.m.

There’s also this party. Tickets not necessary and it’s a great chill place to watch the show.

This weekend is the Miss Philadelphia contest where Wayne native Julia Rae Schlucter 2015 will give up her crown to the next reigning Miss Philadelphia. The pageant takes place Saturday, February 27th at Drexel University’s Mandell Theater. 

The Logan Hotel Officially Opens – Sneak Peek Of The ASSEMBLY ROOFTOP LOUNGE – Opening Spring 2016

Last night The Logan hotel had their official opening party. Guests, many of them in the event, and hospitality field got a glimpse of the top notch service The Logan would provide if they decided to hold their event at the newly refreshed hotel.

When you arrive at The Logan, formerly The Four Seasons Hotel, you still approach the stately porte-cochère where a uniformed door man helps you out of your car, and directs you to where you need to go.
The Lobby and bar when you first walk in. I love that there’s plenty of seats through out the lobby.
The Logan features art work created by local artists as well as art featuring famous Philadelphians like Grace Kelly, Marian Anderson and scullers of the Schuylkill

 The guest rooms are all 400 square feet in size and differ in price
based on the view. The Logan has nearly 40 more rooms than the Four

 The hotel also includes an indoor heated pool, a 24-hour fitness center
complete with brand new equipment, a 24-hour business center and a spa
with a new manicure and pedicure area.

Then it was up on the roof for a sneak preview of The Assembly
The Logan hotel will be home to a brand-new rooftop lounge overlooking the Benjamin Franklin Parkway come spring 2016. 

 The magnificent view of the Parkway looking towards The Art Museum

I’ll have photos in Philly Mag and Biz Journal Today.

The 23rd annual Bancroft Butterfly Ball at Vie, drew a fashionable, Philanthropic Crowd of Supporters

The 23rd annual Bancroft Butterfly Ball took place on Saturday, February 20 at  VIE in Philadelphia (600 N. Broad Street). The black-tie event began at 6 p.m. and this year, 6ABC Action News Anchor   Rick Williams emceed the evening, which included dinner, dancing and unique auction items. Attendees enjoyed special performances by children and adults who participate in Bancroft’s programs, including the Rhythm Players,   The Bancroft School’s energizing drum circle group.

Bancroft CEO Toni Pergolin, 6ABC Anchor Rick Williams and  Jocelyn Williams, a Cooper University Hospital OB-GYN

Adam and Nicole Landau and friends

  The Butterfly Ball supports Bancroft’s mission to provide opportunities to children and adults with diverse challenges to   maximize their potential. Proceeds from the event enable robust educational, social, recreational and wellness activities   for individuals served throughout Bancroft’s programs.

Bancroft Butterfly Ball chaircouple Cheryl and Bob Graham

Debbie and Sean Ravitz, Ravitz Family Markets

 Frank Cervone, Executive Directo, Support Center for Child Advocates, Bancroft CEP Toni Pergolin and Philanthropist Mark Solomon
 Jeff Swartz, Lee and Mrs Solomon and Jack Tarditi
 Robert Stewart and John McShane of Philadelphia Energy with a friend
Friends of Bancroft
“Our signature gala event is an incredible testament to our supporters, families and staff,” said Toni Pergolin, Bancroft   President and Chief Executive Officer. “It enables us to continue providing innovative and results-driven therapies for   the individuals we serve. Our efforts this year will directly support the most exciting transformation in our organization’s   history, Bancroft Campus at Mount Laurel, as we look ahead to exciting opportunities to enrich the lives of individuals   with diverse challenges.” This year’s event raised over $550,000 for the organization.