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Little Pete’s Last Day, NBC News’ Kristin Welker Weds, Christie to Be A Mom, PLUS More Tidbits

Welcome to PhillyChitChat’s weekly Philly Gossip Column. Sunday’s and Thursday’s we’re going to get you in the know.

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr chilly this weekend, but you know that. Today I hope to see some of you at The Brewer’s Plate at the Kimmel Center and/or Variety Club’s Let Them Eat Cake at the Loews. Yes I know you’re saying but isn’t Let Them Eat Cake a City of Hope event. Well Harry Giordano, jumped from COH to Variety, and took the event he created with him. Kind of surprising that could be done as I know another recent personality tried to do that and it didn’t fly.

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Paul Steinke, ‎Executive Director – ‎Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, posted on his FB page that the last day for Little Pete’s on 17th Street is Monday May 29 – Memorial Day. What a way to start off the summer, boo hoo. Plans call for the beloved diner to be replaced by a Hyatt Centric hotel.

I spoke with Little Pete that evening at his second location, which is at 2401 Fairmount (ie 2401 Pennsylvania Ave – The Philadelphian, where I live). He tells me it’s true, he’s planning a big block party to thank customers for their support over the years. I asked him about new locations, and he said he’s given up on Center City and it’s high priced rent. You’ll recall I mentioned a bit back that he looked at the Cosi at 15th and Locust, and the rent was over $20ks a month. Pete tells me they’re going to take time off, he and his brother, John Koutroubas, who runs 17th Street are looking forward to running the Fairmount Little Pete’s, and taking long vacations. When they’re ready they’re looking in Northern Liberties, or the Fishtown area Pete told me with excitement. That area is really hot and happening.

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Speaking of Fairmount, my former neighbor Kristen Welker, NBC White House Correspondent was in town over the weekend to marry her long time love John Hughes. Welker is the daughter of Harvey and Julie Welker, who still reside in Fairmount. The wedding took place at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. The ceremony was in the Rose Ballroom; afterwards guests headed downstairs to the Grand Ballroom.

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Spotted in the crowd was Kelly O’Donnell, political reporter for NBC News – who spoke at the ceremony; Chuck Todd, who headed back to Washington DC to host this morning’s “Meet The Press”, Andrea Mitchell, and her husband Alan Greenspan, David Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President of Comcast, as well as NBC10 Philadelphia alumni Justin Pizzi now with Saxbys, and Aditi Roy, now with CNBC.
Presiding over the wedding was Rev Kevin Johnson, Dare to Imagine Church.
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Congrats to Chad Boonswang and Jess Stockham on their nuptials which took place last night at the Union League. Many of their friends from far and wide
were in attendance including the original Rittenhouse Entourage celebrity reporter Arthur Kade, Tony Piazza (pic above), and Ron Hansen. 

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Congratulations to Christie and Brandon Mandia who are expecting heir first bouncing baby; little Mandia will be
making his debut Labor Day Weekend.
BTW Christie’s client, the delicious James restaurant, is starting a musically inclined Happy Hour in the month of March, so stayed tune for that
delivery as well.

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Congrats to Hadas Kuznits and Dan Reinherz on baby number 3; 4 more months to go.

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Congrats to Brian Stevenson, Business Representative for IBEW Local 98 and the lovely Kiley Jo Schroeder on their engagement which happened in Switzerland while they attended the ISZL Gala 2017 

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Sponsor today Donors Are Heroes Party 4/7/17
Organ Donation Awareness Fundraiser

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While I was in Anguilla my friend Ian Hincken popped the question to his longtime love Sarah Wright.
Nothing like a winter engagement wearing shorts, memorable, oh and that location too – Independence Hall as the backdrop.

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Jennifer Lee has accepted John Lee‘s proposal and is ecstatic she doesn’t have to go through the hassle of changing her name on ANYTHING.

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That Untouchable movie is chugging along nicely. While I was away Nicole Kidman filmed her scenes in Bucks County, as I mentioned the week before;
Here she’s posing with a few officers from the Solebury Police Department.

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The Untouchable’s filmed in Mayfair to the delight of the neighbors.

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Untouchable also filmed in the Badlands. Here’s tailor Daniel Morroni, Sr on the set with Kevin Hart’s stand in as well as Bryan Cranstons. I’m seeing a striking resemblance with Hart’s double, not so much with Cranston’s. Must be the height.

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Dax Shepard handed out free cheesesteaks to some lucky fans! After tweeting out the location, the 42-year-old Parenthood actor participated in the event to celebrate the release of his latest film CHIPS on Friday (March 3) at Jim’s Steaks South St. in Philadelphia, Pa. He was joined by his co-star Michael Pena as they munched on chips, took selfies with fans, and maybe ate a few too many cheesesteaks! (Check out more of my pixs at Just Jared)

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Speaking of Michael Peña
his next movie is The LEGO NINJAGO Movie which is produced by Affleck/Middleton Productions.
Shown here is John Powers Middleton, who also produced Manchester By The Sea starring his producing partner Casey Affleck, who won an Oscar.
What’s this have to do with Philly, John grew up in the Philly burbs, and his parents are the majority owners of the Philadelphia Phillies.

(PCC PhillyGossip Published every Sunday and Thursday at 10AM)

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Christine Maddela Gets Hitched, Erin Elmore’s New Job, Benny’s Baby

Philly Gossip: Christine Maddela Gets Hitched, Erin Elmore’s New Job, Benny’s New Baby

Hi. I hope you are all taking care of yourselves. Thinking of all of humanity this week. Praying, being thankful. Let’s PhillyChitChat….

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Congrats to Christine Maddela, former NBC10’s reporter

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Long time socialite, and staple of Philadelphia Charity and Red Carpet Events, Erin Elmore, Esq. who first came on the scene nearly 10 years ago as a contestant on THE APPRENTICE 3 with Donald Trump, he fired her then, but 10 years later he tapped her for RNC Deputy Press Secretary… Since The Apprentice, she’s become a TV personality, including appearing on QVC for the past few years, gotten married, Zach Glaser, partner at Kleinbard, introduced her to his friend Craig Spitzer; now a mom, this year shes been on every network promoting the virtues of Donald Trump 2016. It’s paid off as he’s now tapped her as RNC Deputy Press Secretary. Husband, business man Craig Spitzer will be taking care of baby Royce for a few weeks but visiting often.

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Congrats to the happy parents of nearly two – Alycia Lane and Jeremy Joseph. Erin

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Wanna Date: LA’s hottest matchmaking company, Three Day Rule held their launch party at Vesper’s earlier this month. Erin

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Christie Honigman Marries Brandon Mandia

Christie Honigman Marries Brandon Mandia

What an amazing weekend for Philadelphia; Chita Rivera was honored by The Voice Gala at Westin Hotel, Stanley Tucci dined at SuGa, Nicki Minaj & Meek Mill stepped out on the town for the first time together since Mills house arrest was over; Usher was in town for The Roots Picnic, he was found wandering around North Philly, also in town the Will Smith family, as Willow performed at the Roots Picnic, and bought fans gifts and Comic Con brought in the big stars like Chris Hemsworth, Lea Thompson and Michael J Fox, but nothing could keep me from attending the wedding of

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Christie Honigman and Brandon Mandia Friday night, at The Reeds Hotel in Stone Harbor.Christie

CJ Honigman and Colleen Honigman (Mother of the Bride) Christie

Parents of the Groom: Gary and Peggie MandiaChristie

Chris Honigman escorts his daughter, Christie Honigman, down the aisleChristie

The stunning gown was bought at Nieman Marcus.

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The ceremony was officiated by Father Jack RyanChristie

Mr and Mrs Brandon Mandia

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Jen Creed Rego,  Mr Rego, front row John “Gonzo” Gonzalez, CSN Sports and wife Colleen Wolfe, NFL MediaChristie

Chris Smith, Justin Pizzi, Ben Haney and Tony FrickChristie

Lexie Norcross, The Philly Voice and Ian LeonardChristie

Judy Munroe and Steve Sidewater (Behind them were Celeste and Peter Madden)Christie

Guests checking out their table seatingChristie

Dad Chris Honigman giving the congratulatory toast and it was hystericalChristie

Erin Como Fox 5 DC (remember Erin used to be at NBC10, then went to Nashville Fox 17, and now is in Washington DC at Fox 5) where she met this great guy Chris Smith.Christie

Sheena Parveen, NBC10 and MoiChristie

The ballroom at The Reeds Hotel fit 150 guests perfectlyChristie

Shelter Haven Harbor.

The house I spent 25 years of summers is behind them with this awesome sunset view, so the wedding was extra special to me.Christie

Ryan Gagnon, Chris Smith, Erin Como, Tony Frick, me, Justin Pizzi, Katie Gagon, Kristin Detterline, Christie & Brandon, Alissa Frick, Vasiliki Tsouris (I think V would be impressed that I spelled her name correctly after 6 years of friendship, w/o looking it up), Colleen Wolfe (nearly hidden), Marisa Magnatta, Sheena Parveen, Ben Haney, Jamie McFadden, Marilyn Kellmer and CJ Honigman.

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Laura Powers, Christie Penn State roommate (I bet she has some great stories), Christie, and  Julie Perkins (both Julie & Laura worked with Christie at KB Consultants – which is when I met Christie about 7 years ago)Christie

friend and Taylor Ciallella (r)Christie

Next up is the wedding of these two – Ben Haney and Jamie McFadden – YEAH!!Christie

Mike Toub and moiChristie

Eddie Tully spun his magic all night

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The cake was delicious, but was cut while everyone ate dinner as to not invoke cheers of smash it in his face, I guess

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The room was gorgeous. OMG I tried to take home a flower centerpiece, don’t look at me that way, we were allowed. The problem, it weighed about 25 pounds cause it was full of water at the top. I got a half a block away and left it on a nice bench outside a store. It stayed there nearly all week.Christie

Ryan and Katie Gagnon, recently moved back to NJ, closer to NYC, expecting their baby boy in about 15 weeks. Katie also works with me at PhillyChitChat and sells my ad space, so if you want to advertise on PCC I’ll put you in touch with her.

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Congrats to Brandon and Christie Mandia