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Insidethis issue 14_LIFE
PRH Business Network: Taking Care of Business, photos by Lauren Gordon & Felicia Perretti
22_CONTRACTORS SPOTLIGHT Shades of Glory by Lauren Gordon
24_Spotless Cleaners by Lauren Gordon photo by Hector Valentin
Taste Tradition: Isgro Pasticceria celebrates 108 years by Maria Merlino photos by Phil Kramer 30_A Servant’s Heart: Jubilee Caterers sets up shop by Katelynn Hartman photos by Felicia Perretti
A Place to Play by Lauren Gordon photos by John McMullen 40_ Not Your Average Joe
The life you save may be your own by Dana Spain, Founder & President, PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society)
Downloading Weight Loss by Daniel P. Olivieri III 48_Top 5 Tech Gifts of 2011 by Joe Osborne
Sexy and the City: Attention to Details, by Alicia DeLeo & Phyllis Palermo 57_A Gift with Heart: D. Olivieri Jewelers features Amore & Baci by Lauren Gordon
58_MUSIC & THE ARTS 60_Keep it Spinning with DJ Johnny Looch, by Nichole Baldino, photos by Mike Revak 63_The Hollywood 411 with Rocco WIOQ / Q102
West Coast Borgnine & Lansbury: Actors at heart, by Leo Rossi 67_East Coast Film Just Wrapped by Sharon Pinkenson
The Professional Aesthetics & Wellness Center Inside Out by Lauren Gordon photos by Phil Kramer
72_ The Spirit of Care by Lauren Gordon photo by Hector Valentin 78_Real People. Real Stories An Active Role, by Karen Sugarman, photos by Hector Valentin
You Only Rock Once says Jerry Blavat, by Larry Kane
RowHome Remembers: Harry O’Neill, by Bob Wagner 90_Flying Home By Bob O’Brien, photos by Megan Capobianco
Student Spotlight: Persistence Pays, by Lauren Gordon 92_Cent’anni! St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish celebrates 100 years, by Maria Merlino photos provided by Peter Spina
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6_FROM THE PUBLISHERS Home Team loves their Jerzee Giant
10_MAILBOX 12_NEIGHBORHOOD NOIR 16_HANGIN’ OUT
18_ON THE BLOCK An All-Star Suite, by Laura Robb, photos by Drew Callaghan Photography
38_FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH
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Don’t cry. Whatever you do, don’t cry. Unless you want to..., by Clark DeLeon
39_THE PHILADELPHIA REPORT Smart City. Smart Choice, by Larry Gallone
42_ON THE CORNER Postcards from Italy, by Mark Casasanto
50_BRIDES GUIDE The Modern Wedding brought to you by Cescaphe Event Group
80_TIPS FROM THE PROS Law & Order: Understanding Curfew by Frank DePasquale Jr., Esq
82_GREENSPACE Healthy Environment, Healthy You, by Kerri-Lee Mayland
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The following individuals have been named Philadelphia RowHome Magazine’s 2011 Blue Sapphire Award recipients: Bill Conlin| Philadelphia Daily News Sports Columnist, Harry Kalas Memorial Award Charlie Gracie | Entertainer, Lifetime Musical Achievement Award Bobby Henon | Political Director, IBEW Local 98, Community Service Award
ON THE CORNER
by Dorette Rota Jackson
As part of its annual “Salute to Service,” Philadelphia RowHome Magazine (PRH) recently named the recipients of its 2011 Blue Sapphire Award - presented annually to individuals whose “selfless dedication to the City of Philadelphia has left an indelible mark on the culture and traditions of our neighborhoods for future generations to enjoy.”
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Dr. Cohen and Staff are dedicated to addressing all of your orthodontic needs. We are committed to staying current with the latest technology and advances in orthodontics. Everyone in our ofﬁce understands that each patient presents with different needs and expectations and we do our best to address them in a professional and compassionate manner. Since the beauty of your smile is a direct reﬂection on the doctor, in our ofﬁce the doctor himself performs all of the “wire bending” and cementing of appliances. We feel strongly that this delivers the highest quality of orthodontic care possible. You will appreciate our level of commitment to achieve the ﬁnest result possible.
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Dorette & Dawn with Michael Vick & Pasquale Scioli photo by Phil Kramer
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Pat & Anna Scioli Brand Name Designer Suits from Italy Custom Alterations for Men & Women 1744 East Passyunk Avenue 215.334.0990
Take it EEEZZE! For the past 14 years, Pasquale Scioli has tailored the Eagles’ jerseys to perfection. Making sure his home team struts onto the field in their green and white finery - custom-fit and hand-sewn - for every game during the season. And every year for the past six, his football buddies don his suits --”150 thread count!” -- to give back to the small man with the tall heart. They come to his Fashion Show (An Affair to Remember) dressed to the nines in his customtailored, Private Label, Italian suits and support a local merchant who embodies the spirit of a city founded by hard workers who dared to live their dream. Skills crafted with pride in heritage, love of family and loyalty to a neighborhood that embraced a man who left his hometown for a chance to share his passion with a growing family and a community of friends.
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VOLUME 14 ISSUE 24 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER/JANUARY 2011/12 GOHOMEPHILLY.COM President | Publisher Dorette Rota Jackson
Vice President | Publisher Dawn Rhoades
Editor Dorette Rota Jackson
Vice President Marketing & Promotions Dawn Rhoades
There are two certainties in life. Only one comes with options.
Creative Director | production Omar Rubio
Contributors Mark Casasanto David Cava Alicia DeLeo Clark DeLeon Frank DePasquale Jr., Esq. Dr. Richard J. Dittrich Larry Gallone Katelynn Hartman Brett Jackson Larry Kane Jessica Lista Larry McMullen
Maria Merlino Dr. James Moylan Joseph Osborne Bob O’Brien Daniel Olivieri, III Phyllis Palermo Sharon Pinkenson Michael Rhoades Leo Rossi Jade Rota David Spitzberg, CPA Tony Santini Bob Wagner
assistant editor Lauren Gordon
Green space Editor Kerri-Lee Mayland
THE BRIDES GUIDE Joseph Volpe
COPY EDITOR Maria Merlino
Marketing Communications Coordinator Carol Vassallo
Photographers Phil Kramer John McMullen Megan Capobianco
Felicia Perretti Mike Revak Hector Valentin
Account Manager Theresa Palestino
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NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Mike Rhoades
INTERN PROGRAM COORDINATOR Lauren Gordon
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Hi Ms. Dorette Rota Jackson & Ms. Dawn Rhoades: Congratulations on being named the SPBA’s 2011 Persons of the Year. Thank you for my article in the 2010 Salute to Service issue, to Mr. Hector Valentin for the photos and Ms. Elise Bowder for writing it. Thank you for sending copies of your current RowHome Magazine. I’m still playing banjo on 5th- 6th & Oregon Avenue and I am pleased to say many people have approached me to say they have seen your article of me in RowHome. You have a wonderful audience out there. Thank you. I hand out the article when my “fans” stop to see me. Over some 20 years playing banjo, my fans now call me Banjo Bobby, Celebrity of Oregon Ave. Again, thank you and please keep in touch. Banjo Bobby N.S.M.C. Vet
Hi Dorette & Dawn: I met you at Pesto Pizza some months ago. I told you how much 10
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I love, love, love Philadelphia RowHome Magazine. I look forward to receipt of it each time it arrives. I’m glued from cover to cover. Love the spread of the photos you did on the Stevenson family. I knew Mr. John Aloysius and know his son John (and his wife Ruth) and his son John (too funny). What a wonderful tribute to a great family. When I introduced myself to you at Pesto Pizza I told you I was a Goretti Grad and a Two Streeter. You replied, “ We love 2nd Street!” I do, too. Still a native and still love telling stories about this crazy section of South Philadelphia. Love all the articles you do and always look forward to them. I know Larry Gallone sometimes writes for you…He used me in a quiz he did for the South Philly Review back in the late ’70s when I was a community activist. Now 63, yes 63, (my mother used to say “tell ‘em your age baby, never your weight!”) I am a candidate for a new hip and told (Jerry) Blavat recently it’s because of his dances and doing the stomp in platform gohomephilly.com
shoes. I’ve been waiting to write this letter since I met you both. The delay was due to the fact that I’ve become a grandmother for the first time and I’ve been caught up with doting on my new granddaughter Elizabeth, who I’m nuts about. I’m now on the Irish Riviera (North Wildwood) and am traveling back and forth from here to South Philly in order to get good bread and gravy! I may be a “medicon” but we always had homemades at home. Margie Moock Scherneke
To the PRH Staff: We love you guys…very underrated low-key Philly magazine. It’s a great read, providing so much information. Anthony Getscooche
Dear PRH: Love your articles, keep em’ coming! Thanks for all your hard work and The Dog House review! We love it! Anna Scimeca
This is a great issue (PRH ‘UNPLUGGED’, Issue 23). I enjoyed every page and have gone back over it several times so I could check to see if I missed something. And each time, I find something new to read/view and say ‘How about that!’ John Naccio
To RowHome Mag: Thank you to all the readers who voted for us as one of the top 3 pizzerias (second place). It is really appreciated. By the way, fabulous magazine! See you all at Pizzeria Pesto soon! Rosetta Feudale Conigliaro
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A Recipe for Success Networking. It is the foundation of success. At Philadelphia RowHome Magazine (PRH), we start with a strong base, add a touch of exclusivity and a heaping handful of traded business cards. photo by Lauren Gordon
A “Mangia Meeting” at the Kitchen Consigliere in Collingswood, NJ Hosted by Philadelphia RowHome Magazine and Angelo Lutz & Monica Pandolfi Special thanks to the following PRH Business Network members for participating in our Networking Event: 14
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➜ D. Olivieri Jewelers ➜ The South Philadelphia Business Association ➜ Baldi Funeral Home ➜ Bold Image Media ➜ The Cutting Point
➜ Happy Windows ➜ IBEW Local 98 ➜ John’s Custom Stairs ➜ The Professional Aesthetics & Wellness Center
➜ Philadelphia Federal Credit Union ➜ Potito’s Bakery
“Taking Care of Business” at the Fels Community Center in Philadelphia photos by Felicia Perretti
Special thanks to the following PRH Business Network members for participating in our Networking Event:
Hosted by Philadelphia RowHome Magazine & Chef Michael Romeo, Jubilee Catering
➜ D. Olivieri Jewelers ➜ The South Philadelphia Business Association ➜ Bold Image Media ➜ Happy Windows ➜ Hot Hands Spa ➜ Long & Foster Realty: Jules Vuotto ➜ The Professional Aesthetics & Wellness Center ➜ Pat & Anna Scioli Tailors
➜S easational Cruises ➜T om Rossomondo, Joseph McColgan for City Council ➜D enise Shardlow & Glenn Kohler, Shardlow Designs ➜S t. Monica’s Manor ➜C aring People Alliance ➜T he South Philadelphia Fels Community Center
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1_ Get well wishes to Larry McMullen from his friends at PRH. Congratulations, also, on the new addition to your family - great-granddaughter Kaelyn! 2_ Terry Spahr, Rose Cunningham, John DiGennaro, Janet Papale, Vince Papale, Jane Marone, Juliet Olivieri, Debbie Olivieri, & Jules Vuotto welcome new clients at the Grand Opening of Long & Foster Real Estate. 3_ Michael Pezzano with Thea Kallis at the Ss NeumannGoretti Senior prom. 4_ Scott Centak and Pat Crawford greet visitors at the Chapel Manor Open House located in Northeast Philadelphia. 5_ Former Phillies Pitcher Jamie Moyer takes time to thank the Premium Services Staff at Citizens Bank Park for their efforts on behalf of the Moyer Foundation. Pictured with Moyer and the Phillies Staff is PRH’s Mark Casasanto. 6_ Cousins Dawn Rhoades, Carmen Scalfaro, Dominic Scalfaro & Dorette Rota Jackson bond at the Retallick family reunion in the park.
7_ Variety Red Heart Ball held at Simonetta’s Auto Museum. Headliner Bobby Rydell is surrounded by board members Ken Adams, Jimmy Kelly, Rich Walsh, John Petroski, Debbie Walsh, Barbara Kelly & Delores Petroski. Fred Vitti of Fredrick’s fame, also poured his heart & soul into the event. Photo by Maria Merlino 8_ A nice crowd gathered at the first Neumann Goretti joint reunion at Keenan’s in Wildwood. Charlie Taylor, a RowHome subscriber who now lives in North Carolina, was happy to see all his friends and relatives from 2nd & Jackson. Photo by Maria Merlino 9_ The smiles on Salvatore Fusco, Anthony Fusco, Jr., Gabriel Hammad and James McCloskey, Jr. are proof that good old-fashioned South Philadelphia pride starts young! 10_ Charlie Graci(e) and his wife Joan with his Aunt Carmella Graci(e) Spizziri celebrate her 100th birthday.
11_ PRH Carol Vassallo represents RowHome at the Alzheimer Association Delaware Valley Chapter’s Annual Corporate Appreciation and Recognition Breakfast hosted at the Hall of Fame Club at Citizens Bank Park. 12_ GAMP Grads Donovan Brown, Robert D’Antonio, Vincent Cavalaro & Michael Rhoades pose before their graduation dance with proud moms Margaret D’Antonio and Dawn Rhoades. 13_ Giselle McNelis, Carli Caggiano, Andrew Dankanich, Sophia Taberne & Mia Dagostino attend the black tie Pre-K Prom at A Whole New World Day Care & PreSchool located in the Packer Park Shopping Center. 14_ 5 Generations. GG Gram-mom Parker (Mary
Parker) holds newborn James Clark Emerson surrounded by Great Gram-mom Joan Moylan, Pop Dr. James Moylan and his mom Jennifer Moylan Emerson.
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15_ Long-time friends - former State Senator Robert Rovner Esq., former Boxing Commissioner George Bochetto Esq., and insurance mogul William Graham. Photo by Maria Merlino
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he Lanesborough, 1601 Locust Street, hosts this 17th floor penthouse suite in the historic Rittenhouse Square district and it is sure to be a “homerun” for any interested buyer. This sleek urban penthouse has three bedrooms and 3.5 baths. As you walk through the doorway, high ceilings loom above, surrounding you in a cascade of natural light that spills into this open layout. Large arched windows offer an unobstructed, breathtaking view of the Philadelphia skyline. Dual spiral staircases lead you to private areas of the penthouse. Each offers luxurious ‘his and her’ spaces, ideal spots to set up a home office, cozy reading room or whatever your lifestyle demands. The kitchen, fully equipped with Sub Zero refrigerators and state-of-the-art gas ranges, will transform the most amateur cook into a top-notch chef. Black granite countertops and stainless steel appliances make this a guest-friendly gathering spot for any occasion. Follow the floating staircase to the master suite, complete with its own custom bed to lull you to sleep in your lavish surroundings. Refresh yourself in the invigorating spray of a large custom shower or unwind in your soothing master bath Jacuzzi just a few short steps away. And ‘Happy Hour’ is a round-the-clock opt with your own private wet bar. Invite your favorite VIPs to sip cocktails at sunset in this stunning Center City suite – a luxurious penthouse fit for the most devoted Philly Phanatic.
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edecorating! After months of thumbing through color swatches and countless hours spent in furniture stores to find just the perfect fit, your décor makeover is almost complete. You found just the right shade of carpet, the perfect accents and, of course, a theme that ties it all together. It’s a look all your own.
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But as you halfheartedly peek across the room toward your three adjacent windows, your design prowess falls flat. It seems you’ve searched endlessly for just the right drapes or curtains, but the same old ideas just aren’t cutting it for your in-home paradise. You need something stylish, unique and exceptional. Have you considered customized shades? With PERSONA Custom Designer Shades by Comfortex,
you control every last detail of your window treatments. Available in Roller, Roman, Panel Track and now Cellular shades, these custom printed, easy to design accents will give any room in your home a noticeable flair – even increasing its value. And here’s the best news of all. These custom window treatments are available from Happy Windows. Call Eileen Brumbach to get the PERSONA touch 215.465.7525
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Specialty Area: It was through ambition, heart and a lot of research that Bubbles Bubbles Bubbles, the premier eco-friendly Delaware Valley commercial and residential cleaning service, came to be. Partnered with EPIC (Environmental Products for Important Causes) with high recognitions from the EPA, Bubbles Bubbles Bubbles uses products that not only guarantee a spotless job but also support environmental awareness. By using products from EPIC – which promotes environmental education, conservation and research – 100 percent of the proceeds after taxes go to local environmental charities. A phone call gets you a free quote (no job is too big or too small) and Bubbles Bubbles Bubbles assures clients affordable rates and eyeopening customer incentives. Know someone who would appreciate some downtime? Pick up a Bubbles gift card, available in local convenience stores.
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n the tome Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust, there is a scene where the narrator dips a cookie into hot tea, takes a bite, then has a flood of memories that attain getaway velocity, that spark visions from what went before. That is the feeling I get when I snap into the glittery shell of a pignoli cookie, moist with sticky ground almonds and studded with tusks of pine nuts from the iconic Isgro Pastries in the heart of the Italian Market. I see visions of my Sicilian grandmother. Sparkling chandeliers swinging over a Thanksgiving table, scenes from lost Christmases, Midnight Mass, old handwriting and snowy, wind-driven evenings. This type of tasty memory is only possible if the ingredients have never deviated from the original recipe. “For the past 108 years, we’ve followed my grandfather’s formula to the letter,” a wise Gus Isgro expounds. “We have never cut corners, added flour to the ricotta, made butter substitutions or lowered our quality an iota.” In the showcase is a sexy-looking peach-shaped pastry called Pesche alla Crema. The cake is soaked in undiluted peach schnapps and filled with rich peach custard. Gus grew up
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in the business and his nonagenarian mother still arranges the pound cakes as she was taught as a little girl. “The family used to have a farm at Washington Crossing during the early 20th century. We split it with an uncle. My mother loved going up there in the summer. It was a real working farm with the ricotta and butter produced supplementing the bakery,” he reminisces. As an 8th grader, Gus began learning cake art. “We do it the same way we always did, in small batches. We are not a TV show here. There’s no drama or suggested scenes. We don’t have engineers designing our cakes.” He acknowledges that cooking shows have educated the public. “Before the onset of these shows, people would just point out the products they wanted. If they saw something unfamiliar, they didn’t question too much. But today, people like to talk about methods and ingredients.” Gus is sensitive to the economy and to the many devoted customers he has. “We do everything the right way and try to keep our prices stable.” Whether you are sparking a memory or embracing tradition, adding a tasty Isgro heirloom to your holiday table will be an experience you will always remember.prh gohomephilly.com
Years of Holiday Favorites
• Pumpkin Ricotta Pie • Italian Ricotta Pie • Coconut Custard Pie • Pumpkin Pie • Mince Pie • Banana Cream Pie • Lemon Meringue Pie
• Apple • French Apple • Blueberry • Peach
Cookie Trays Cookie Tins
• Signature Anisette • Fruit & Nut • Almond Chocolate Chip • Lemon Filbert • Chocolate Dipped Espresso
Yule Log Cream Puffs Pignoli Profiterole Panetone Torrone
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ave you ever eaten a cheesesteak anywhere else besides Philadelphia? Too scary for words, right? Out-of-towners sometimes don’t understand the culinary art that Philly’s signature dish has become. But we do. We know where to go at noon and at 2 AM to satisfy that cheesesteak hunger. So PRH wondered: where do you go to satisfy that familiar craving? Well, we asked and our PRH readers replied. Here are the results of our recent PRH facebook feedback. Your top city choices for the best Philly cheesesteak.
John’s Roast Pork
Location: 14 Snyder Avenue (215) 463-1951 Open: Weekdays 6:45 am to 3 pm
Pat’s King of Steaks
Location: 9th Str, Passyunk Ave & Wharton Str cross patskingofsteaks.com Open: Daily 24 hours, Since 1930
Mi-Pal’s Deli & Caterer
Location: 2300 S. 16th Str TEL. (215) 271-5545 Open: Mon-Fri 8 am to 6 pm Sat: 8 am to 5 pm Sunday: 9 am to 2 pm
Location: 1219 S. 9th Str (215) 389-0659 Open: Daily 24 Hours
Location: 400 South Str (866) 899-8197 Open: Mon-Thurs 10 am to1 am Fri-Sat 10 am to 3 am Sunday- 11 am to 10 pm
Location: 39 East Oregon Ave
Place (215) 551-5725
Open: Mon-Thu 6 am to 12 am; Fri-Sat 6 am to 2 am; Sun 11 am to 8 pm
Recipes Lombardi’s Prime Meats Apple Stuffed Pork Chops
Directions: 1. P reheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. In a large skillet, sauté onion in butter or margarine until tender. Remove from heat. Add the bread crumbs, apples, celery, parsley and salt. Mix all together. Cut a large pocket in the side of each pork chop; season inside and out with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon apple mixture loosely into pockets. 3. I n skillet, heat oil to medium high and brown chops on both sides. Place browned chops in an ungreased 9x13 inch baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake for 30 minutes longer or until juices run clear.
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ead chef of Jubilee Caterers, Michael Romeo, unites his grassroots catering company with the people-oriented Fels Community Center in an effort to bring good vibes and great food to the friendly South Philadelphia neighborhoods he has called home for years. Romeo created his business, Jubilee Caterers, in 2000 after working as a chef in hotels for most of his life. “I have the gift of hospitality. I have a servant’s heart,” Romeo says. “I always wanted to cater. I was working for someone else when I first started to dabble in it.” Catering was just a side project for Romeo until he teamed up with his wife Venus and decided to fully dedicate himself to the catering business. Jubilee was a two-part business with a full-service community food market and off-site catering. Romeo has since abandoned the food market component and focused entirely on catering. He has worked primarily in off-site cuisine. With his kitchen at home, he would travel to wherever his services were needed. Serving Delaware County, Philadelphia and New Jersey, Romeo quickly decided that he needed a place of his own. He needed a catering hall as a base for his business. Joining forces with the Fels Community Center was a very happy accident. “I actually went into the community center to join their gym,” Romeo reminisces. “I noticed the gorgeous library and asked if it would be available to cater. We started to talk about the possibilities of forming a relationship.” The Fels Community Center has been a staple in South Philadelphia at various locations since
the 1970s. It has resided at its current location, South Broad and Porter Streets, since 1999. Fels runs a variety of programs that benefit everyone from children to the elderly. “Mike came to us as a member of the community who knew Fels and thought to himself that this was a way he could stay local and benefit the community,” says Tim McLean, Director of Development and PR for the Caring People Alliance. Romeo loved the center’s warm atmosphere and commitment to the people. Jubilee Caterers was a homegrown business that was very community and church oriented. Romeo saw the potential in combining these two businesses and went to Fels with his ideas. “I realized that they could benefit by me doing business there, and I could benefit by having it as a premier venue,” Romeo says. Romeo’s rent directly benefits the programs that Fels runs in the community. Both Romeo and the members of Fels hope that Jubilee Caterers will bring new business into the center and help support the community. “Getting people in your walls is a positive thing,” McLean says. “We have a lot of things that benefit a lot of people and having him help get people inside is a great thing.” Romeo is very excited about calling Fels home and using its library as his premier room. He has been working on the location since he moved in last March while he continues to cater off-site. His premier catering venue officially opened on August 29th and Romeo couldn’t be happier about this new partnership. “The center is very important for young people and seniors,” Romeo says. “We want to keep it open and I want to be a part of that.” prh
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n 1980, Kool and the Gang got the girls dancing with “Ladies Night,” Queen told us about “A Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and Smokey Robinson took us “Cruisin’.” But this big hair decade gave us more than a few classic hits. Philadelphia contributed to this milestone musical year with the formation of the award-winning dance band, Jellyroll (then known as Jellyroll Soul after a beloved Van Morrison song). It was the catalyst and now the flagship band for Brandywine Valley Talent that has brought an elegant sophistication and a rockin’ good time to parties and weddings for 32 years.
The band started when Kurt Tichenell, Jellyroll’s founder, trombonist and bandleader, combined a set list of original music and covers for parties while at West Chester University. Jellyroll garnered a local following, recorded its own 45 and even enjoyed air play on WMMR and WYSP. “After we graduated, we realized we weren’t going to be rock stars,” Tichenell chuckles. “We shifted our attention to nightclubs, but it was important to us that we play the songs we really loved.” From there, the band with the big horn sound blossomed into
a nightclub staple until the early ‘90s. After getting married in 1992, Tichenell became privy to the wedding scene and saw how Jellyroll could ease into it. “I thought about how we could take that high-energy style and make it a little more elegant,” he explains. The group’s immersion into the high-end extravaganza arena was a smooth transition. With several line-up changes and a phenomenal ability to throw its own flare onto familiar songs, Jellyroll blended entertainment with elegance and the result is unforgettable. The horn section, comprised of
Austin James “AJ” Nester, Joseph “Blues’ Ramagano and, of course, Tichenell, keeps the beat fiery and energetic. Newest addition Gary Brennan gets the pulse thumping on percussion, while Carol Armstrong charges up the night with her electric violin. Keyboardist David Dettra tickles the ivories as Gerry Antonelli lends his bass grooves and smooth vocals to the sound. Ronin Ali adds layers with supporting vocals and percussion skills, while Amee Kurtz boosts the performance with her own croon. Steven Sheppard wails on his guitar as lead vocalists Tesa Williams and Dondi Allen whisk the crowd away with their powerhouse voices and evident grace. The strong 12-piece band that performs today could only come from years of evolution and a solid foundation. It was a foundation on which Tichenell risked everything. “Back in ‘99, I got the brave idea that I could do this full time,” Tichenell muses. “Because of our hard work, Jellyroll was booked solid. So, I partnered with other musicians to form several other bands to bring the same elegant, energetic
feel for various events.” Brandywine Valley Talent (BVT) has grown to host a variety of bands fit for any client’s style. Whether you’re in the mood for a ‘40’s feel or just want a varied medley of music, BVT has you covered. And to help clients choose the best sound for an event, BVT hosts live showcases so you can experience the sound for yourself. Though the group won’t select the tablecloths, it will make sure your event runs smoothly, following the ebb and flow of the crowd to ensure things progress naturally. “We have our hands on the pulse of the market constantly,” Tichenell assures. “Through our song list and through our conversations with our clients, I want to know what they are listening to, what they like. We can duplicate things pretty closely in Jellyroll.” Subsequently, with grace, history and an abundance of talent, Jellyroll and BVT entertainment will make your party plans a dream-come-true. Brandywine Valley Entertainment (www.brandywinevalleytalent.com) is a member of the PRH Business Network. n
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A native of South Philadelphia, Charlie Gracie became the first successful recording star of the “Rock Era” to emerge from the neighborhood. In 1957, Gracie’s Butterfly topped the American and British music charts, selling more than 3 million copies. These hits bankrolled Philly’s famous Cameo-Parkway record label, making it a dominant force in the music industry for nearly a decade. His other late 1950’s hits include: Fabulous, Ninety-Nine Ways, Wanderin’ Eyes, I Love You So Much It Hurts and Cool Baby. At the height of his fame, Charlie Gracie frequently appeared on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, The Ed Sullivan Show, and Alan Freed’s TV Specials. He headlined shows at the Brooklyn Paramount, the Casino Royale in Washington, the 500 Club in Atlantic City and Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia. In Great Britain, Gracie became the first solo American artist to bring rock-n-roll to the English concert stage. Preceded only by Bill Haley and the Comets, Charlie headlined London’s Palladium and Hippodrome -- receiving outstanding receptions from the press and public. While Charlie Gracie has earned a place in rock music history, this is only one dimension to a career that spans 60 years. His superb guitar playing elicited the highest of praise from music legends like George Harrison. The ex-Beatle referred to Gracie’s guitar work as “brilliant” in a March 1996 interview with Billboard Magazine. Paul McCartney paid tribute to Gracie by recording an updated version of Fabulous in his new 1999 CD series entitled Run Devil Run. That fall, McCartney invited Charlie to the album’s premiere party in London. Gracie also was voted into Great Britain’s Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame (1998) founded by Now Dig This magazine. The new millennium found Charlie Gracie on the road with Irish blues rocker Van Morrison. In 2001, Graham Nash (of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) declared that Charlie inspired him to a musical career. Nash then proceeded to contribute vocally on Charlie’s new CD that year. In 2007, Gracie was the subject of a made for PBS-TV documentary Fabulous! recounting the story of his influential career from his humble beginnings in his South Philadelphia row home (735 Pierce Street) to concert stages around the world. His international appearances make him the proud musical ambassador for his hometown. Today, at the age of 75, Charlie is still doing what he loves best. His reputation among his peers as a stellar, multi-faceted singer and musician is such that world famous rock stars regularly pay him tribute and volunteer to work with him. ABKCO Records and Music is about to launch his latest CD - FOR THE LOVE OF CHARLIE! - produced by Al Kooper. The CD is set for worldwide release this fall. Graham Nash, Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits), Jimmy Vivino (guitarist and music director of the Conan O’Brien Show), Craig Ross (keyboardist for Lenny Kravitz) are among those who perform with him on this new project. It is obvious why Charlie Gracie has lasted the course longer than most. He is an accomplished musician and an exceptional talent - a devoted family man who conducts himself as a gentleman both on stage and off. He is a credit to his industry and an exceptional choice for PRH’s 2011 Lifetime Musical Achievement Award.
Community Service Award Shortly after graduating from Northeast Catholic High School for Boys, the life-long Northeast resident enrolled in and completed the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 acclaimed, college-accredited Apprenticeship Program. His natural leadership skills resulted in a quick ascent up the union ladder, ultimately leading to his roles as the Local’s new Political Director. There, he helped compose and lobby for legislation at every level of government to help ensure the future of IBEW Local 98’s membership. Henon served as Chairman of the Local’s Political Action Committee, board member of the Electrical Mechanical Association and delegate to the IBEW International Convention. In his various roles at Local 98, Henon has been involved in many pro bono neighborhood improvement projects in Northeast Philadelphia, including lighting the girls softball field at Archbishop Ryan, the mural of slain Police Officer Gary Skerski, the Viet Nam War Memorial and numerous other lighting projects at Father Judge High School. He also volunteered his electrical skills to many area boys and girls clubs, including the Torresdale Club where he serves as assistant coach for boys’ sports. Henon won the Democratic Primary race to replace retiring 6th District Councilwoman Joan Krajewski and is the favorite to win the General Election this November. His charitable and civic contributions are endless - offering his time and service as a board member in a variety of programs from drug rehabilitation to victims of violent crimes. While his political skills amassed rapidly to serve on several prestigious teams, including Governor Ed Rendell’s campaign, it is his dedication to his home-grown roots that makes him the ideal recipient of PRH’s 2011 Community Service Award.
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Harry Kalas Memorial Sports Award
Born in Philadelphia and raised in Brooklyn, Conlin is a graduate of Temple University and an award-winning editor-in-chief for the Temple University News. He went on to win the Sigma Delta Chi Award as Outstanding Graduate in Journalism in 1960. Upon graduation, he accepted a position at the old Philadelphia Evening Bulletin where he cultivated his trademark style before moving over to the Philadelphia Daily News in 1965, where he has remained to this day. Conlin was a Phillies beat writer in 1966 and a columnist by the spring of 1987. He has covered 43 Major League Baseball Spring Trainings, 38 World Series and multiple Orange, Sugar, Rose, Cotton, Fiesta and Gator Bowls. He also covered the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Albertville, Lillehammer, Nagano and the Summer Olympics in Sydney. Add to that list five Wimbledon matches, the Pan Am Games in Indianapolis and Havana and many boxing title fights. During his award-winning career, Conlin’s many honors include induction into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame; Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association; First Prize in the 1964 & 1979 E.P. Dutton Best Sports Stories and Runner-up in 1968, 1975 & 1977; Multiple Keystone Press Awards for column writing and the 2003 New Jersey Sportswriters Association Journalistic Excellence Award. He is also the author of two books: The Rutledge Book of Baseball and Batting Cleanup, Bill Conlin. This past December, Bill was named the winner of the Baseball Hall of Fame’s J.G. Taylor Spink Award for his work as a baseball writer. He was honored at the Hall’s induction ceremonies on July 24, 2011, in Cooperstown. A respected and beloved Philadelphia writer and long time friend of the late Harry Kalas, PRH is proud to present Bill Conlin with its 2011 Harry Kalas Memorial Sports Award.
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Call 911. Stick together. Give a detailed description of your location and attackers. Come in before curfew. In the event of danger, parents continually teach their children these timeless fundamentals. And yet, youths who follow these rules still end up brutally beaten or repeatedly held at gunpoint just blocks from home. Numerous neighborhood youngsters – many of them students from schools including St. Monica’s, Epiphany, GAMP, Masterman, Ss Neumann-Goretti, St. Richard’s and Holy Spirit, have been dealing with this dangerous dilemma for the past few summers. In reportedly unprovoked instances, several neighborhood youths say they have been held at gunpoint, threatened with guns at local carnivals and attacked within a five-block radius of their homes. Q and Jeff were with a large group of friends around Marconi Park, Broad & Bigler Streets, in July 2011, when they ended up lagging just a few yards behind the rest of the crowd. It was then that a large gang ambushed them. “Like, 12 kids came rushing at us out of nowhere,” Q explained, keeping a light-hearted smile on his face. “I was taken down by about six guys and was kicked in the face.” Jeff was left with badly battered knees that have yet to
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completely heal. Though the attackers took nothing from Q at that time, he has since been jumped, again, placed in a chokehold and robbed of his cell phone. The police reportedly took 45 minutes to arrive at the scene after a lengthy and confusing discussion with the 911 dispatcher, during which the boys were allegedly told that they were not believed regarding the exact location of the incident. Rob was in Fels Schoolyard at 9th & Oregon Avenue when he and two friends were held at gunpoint and told to empty their pockets. Rob, who lives less than a block from Fels, actively sought out and brought justice to his
attackers. Though Rob’s mother feared for his safety, he said it never crossed his mind when he had the gunmen arrested and testified against them. “What they did to me was wrong,” Rob said. “No one else needs to go through that.” It was that selfless mentality that caught the attention of Philadelphia RowHome (PRH) Magazine and District Attorney Seth Williams. On Sept. 26, 2011, the youths, ages 12 through 17, called for a meeting with the D.A. – an unprecedented event – to garner awareness of the violence in South Philadelphia and to ask one simple question: ‘Where can we play?’ They told their stories, recounting tale after tale of violence. They shared a collective feeling of being wrongfully chased out of parks in their “own backyards” and told to separate before curfew by police. The teenagers asked for more police protection in their parks and the possible addition of plainclothes officers as potential solutions to the increased crime. In the meantime, many chose to remain indoors most of the summer, saying they feared walking through their own neighborhoods. “We are petrified to hang out in our own neighborhood. We do not know who these people are. But they’ve come in and now we don’t want to go out,” one young girl stated at the meeting. There was a myriad of reactions from the youngsters and concerned parents who attended the recent meeting with the District Attorney. “Aren’t there any laws about that many kids hanging out in a gang? There are these good kids getting chased out of the parks at night while the gangs get to run around rampant,” asked Daniel Olivieri, president of the South Philadelphia Business Association in reference to complaints of police intimidation. Several parents voiced concerns of poor communication between youngsters and 911 dispatchers; phone calls directing parents to retrieve their children from police stations after they were picked up for hanging out in local parks and, most importantly, the lack of patrol in these problem areas. While their fears were admittedly met with excuses of budget cuts, staffing issues and denial that an officer would ever tell a child to move along without provocation by a complaint from neighbors, they were also met with empathy and support. “I am sorry that that happened to you and I am sorry that someone was rude to you when you called for help,” District Attorney Williams told them. “When something like that happens to you, you can call and report that,” Williams encouraged. “There are some people who have jobs that shouldn’t have them.” Williams was not the only official that came out to hear what was on parents’ minds. Members of the South Philadelphia Business Association, several neighborhood representatives including First District Police Captain Louis Campione, 26th Ward Leader Ron Donatucci and State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson came to listen and lend support. Johnson added, “I commend all of you for your courage to come out here and speak, especially when we have all of this ‘no-snitching’ nonsense going on that kind of perpetuates the violence.” In a PRH follow-up meeting with Williams, several solutions were tabled including a “Light the Night” initiative in which neighbors leave porch lights on until the 10 p.m. curfew. There are also plans for increased patrol in these areas as well as follow-up meetings to track progress and possibly train students in self-defense and safety awareness skills. According to several young victims of recent violence, they feel the meeting was the first step toward a solution and helped restore their faith in the criminal justice system. The fact that District Attorney Williams and other community leaders took the time to meet with them scored major points with the youngsters and their parents. “The safety of our children is always a priority,” Williams said. “Awareness of the issues is the first step toward resolution.” Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for updates on future community meetings and developments. Also, visit http://www.phillypolice.com/ districts/ to learn more about the district in which you live and where to direct your call in the event of an emergency or to file a complaint. prh
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hen it comes to Philadelphia, I am defiantly a “glass half-full” kind of guy. I don’t know whether that makes me an optimist or a realist but I do know that my belief that Philadelphia-is-better-than-Philadelphians-say-it-is was not the prevailing addytood of my elders and my peers when I was growing up in a city where the hold-yournose municipal drinking water reeked of chlorine and the sports teams stank even worse. I was born in the hospital founded by Benjamin Franklin almost 200 years before my birth, which happened to be the same year that the city of Philadelphia started losing population for the first time in its history. In my lifetime, I have seen my city lose 500,000 residents -- which is more people than live in Pittsburgh, Allentown and Harrisburg combined. Until the 2010 census reported the first population increase since it peaked at two million people in 1950, Philadelphia hadn’t become half empty so much as one-quarter less full than when I first arrived.
I grew up in a time of “white flight” to the suburbs and my parents caught that outbound train early. My mother grew up at 15th and Erie. My father grew up in what would become known later as one of the “sinking homes of Logan” on 11th Street near the then-new Theodore Roosevelt Boulevard built through Northeast Philadelphia. I was a city kid growing up in a suburban body. Most of my youth was misspent in the tenderloin of the Main Line, a little town called Narberth. Sure, we were affluent, but we didn’t know it. I grew up on a street as tough as its name -- Shirley Circle. But growing up in Narberth prepared me for the complex civic emotions that come with loyalty to and love of the city of Philadelphia. When I grew up, the Borough 38
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of Narberth was a constant target of jokes and stupid put-downs like “Hungrytown” and “Arm Pit of the Main Line.” I remember hearing about residents of leafy, prestigious Penn Valley complaining that they had to use -- ugh -- Narberth’s zip code, 19072. I grew up in a town with a peculiar inferiority complex because, in fact, and in truth, everyone in Narberth loved Narberth even though, just as peculiarly, Narbs were the first to repeat and embrace the put-downs. Talk about preparation for life in Filth-adelphia or Neg-a-delphia or Ill-a-delphia (wait a minute, that last one’s not an insult, is it?) or whatever self-denigrating labels Philadelphians seemed eager in informing outsiders. “Philadelphia isn’t as bad as Philadelphians say it
is,” wasn’t just a whack tourism slogan. It was a fact of civic life in the grim dark days of the early 1970s when the city’s self image was as gloomy as the evident surrounding splendor most Philadelphians seemed eager to ignore. We were losers, was the message. I grew up in a city of losers. And I hated that feeling. What I hated even more is that WE thought we were losers. And it was then I made a vow to myself. I vowed like Scarlett O’Hara vowed never to be hungry again. I vowed to do my best to make Philadelphia proud of itself again. I think I’ve done a pretty good job, don’t you? After 40 years of trying to explain Philadelphia to Philadelphians, I think I’ve made a difference. Sure, sure, it’s not “Mission Accomplished” and most of the credit goes to, you know, youse guys. But I sense today we all love our city now without that lingering “but”. But. . . we’re not New York. But. . . we’re not blah-blah-blah. What Philadelphia is. . . is the product of Philadelphians being and believing in themselves. We few. We happy growing few have always known what makes this city, not only special, but indispensable in our lives. Where are you gonna find a place that feels so much like home? I don’t mean the flash mobs or the goofy politics or the World Series. I mean the walking around city of Philadelphia, where a boy or girl can feel the music rising from the pavement, where the green takes your breath away, where we know we are part of something bigger and more noble than, well, any other place we’d rather be. And that, my friend, is not a bad legacy for a kid from the suburbs. prh
Smart City Smart Choice
by Larry Gallone
ajor U.S. cities face challenges every year. But the past few years have been particularly trying as cities like Philadelphia have been struggling with budgets, taxes, unemployment, population and demographic shifts in the midst of one of the worst economic stretches in recent memory. Coupled with a strain on federal and state resources, cities are many times left with dwindling or no support. Knowing that these circumstances are cyclical, Philadelphia has continued to try innovative ways to bring growth to the city, engage its citizens and stay ahead of the ever-evolving times. In his comments in the City of Philadelphia Economic Development Progress Report subtitled “Smart City. Smart Choice,” Mayor Michael Nutter explained government’s role as beginning to “set the table” and create a business climate geared toward helping private, nonprofit and institutional partners succeed in creating sustainable, living wage jobs. Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce Alan Greenberger outlines the Six Pillars for the Smart City: Location, Company, People, Government, Living and Investment. “These are the areas where we believe that with thoughtful policy and diligent execution, we can build on existing assets to improve Philadelphia as a place of choice for businesses and individuals.” Here are just some of the ways the city is looking toward the future while working to solve problems in the current environment. 1% of Philadelphia area college graduates 7 in 2010 remained in the area compared to 64% in 2004
Currently, there are more than 60 new restaurants slated to open in the city. The leading industries for employment in Philadelphia reflect the shift from industrial to service and are Healthcare Services, Educational Institutions, Professional Services (insurance, finance, law and design), General Retail and neighborhood and hospitality. It’s no surprise that mass production is mostly over. In addition, the city has undergone a complete assessment and rewriting of the zoning code with the goal of impacting places where there has been a significant impact or the zoning is obsolete. For example, where there was once a strong industrial base, zoning for a more residential or mixed use would help the economic vitality of the neighborhood. In the Spring 2011 Edition “Zoning Matters”, the monthly newsletter of the Philadelphia Zoning Code Commission, Commissioner Glenn Romano writes, “The new zoning code must provide both the foundation for development into the next century and preserve the quality of life in our neighborhoods and communities.” That provides the basis for a novel way to engage everyday citizens to participate in the community based planning. In June, 47 people graduated from the “Citizen’s Planning Institute” -- the city’s first educational program designed to engage citizens in the planning process. These “Citizen Planners” attended courses which focused on planning, land use, zoning and the development process. For more information you can visit www.citizensplaninginstitute.org to find out the next course schedule. Additionally, Philadelphia 2035 Citywide Vision outlines the prospects for the city over the next 25 years and includes plans and goals for neighborhoods, economic development, land management, transportation, utilities, open space, environmental resources, historic preservation and more. All of these initiatives add up to a strong vision for the future growth of Philadelphia -- the city of neighborhoods -- and a world-class destination for people to live, work and visit. Philadelphia RowHome Magazine (PRH) will continue to provide readers with regular updates on citywide initiatives and programs that will help preserve our neighborhoods, grow businesses and engage our citizens. prh
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s a lifetime resident of the city, City Council-at-large candidate Joe McColgan believes in Philadelphia. “Philadelphia is a great city, with great people and great opportunities. What is lacking is great leadership. As a former naval officer, I understand what it takes to motivate people, to build consensus, to compromise, to lead. I want to provide that leadership.” Joe wants to see Philadel-
phia as the thriving metropolis it once was. In his vision, the city will be a place where education is not only the finest in the Commonwealth but a blueprint for other cities. He says that good, quality family jobs must be created, not additional tax burdens. He will encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in addition to attracting established companies to relocate here. “My campaign is about the 1.5 million people in Philadelphia
who are over-taxed and undereducated. It’s about the people who live in fear in their own neighborhoods.” McColgan believes that many of our problems stem from cities being forgotten. “In the United States, there is no “urban agenda”. As long as the cities are a burden to the states, the states will always be a burden to the federal government. We need to become self-sufficient. I want to create an “urban agenda” for Philadelphia that becomes the model for the rest of the country. Without strong and vibrant urban communities, we won’t achieve our goal of providing opportunities” One of his planks is school reform. He says that he supported the removal of former School District Superintendent Arlene Ackerman from the start. His goal is to dissolve the School Reform Commission and to openly elect regional school boards as it is done in 66 of the 67 counties. “Philadelphia is the lone holdout in this system. If the parental and community involvement were a success story, the whole country would know about it. Unfortunately, we are known for something quite the opposite of success.” McColgan served his country as an officer in the United States Navy, stationed at the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, California, and graduated from Villanova University where he also earned his MBA. He and his wife Maria (DiGiorgio) are the proud parents of two
“My campaign is about the 1.5 million people in Philadelphia who are over-taxed and undereducated. It’s about the people who live in fear in their own neighborhoods.”
daughters. Maria was born in South Philadelphia, graduated from Central High School, Temple University and Temple Medical School. Dr. McColgan is the Director of the Child Protection Program at St. Christopher’s Hospital, specializing in the protection and caring of children victimized by abuse. As a result, both are committed to helping abused children, working diligently on behalf of many causes in the area of child protection. The McColgan family lives in the Torresdale section of the city. prh rowhome magazine
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t all started about a year and a half ago. My wife and her sister, longing to return to their birthplace, entertained the idea of a trip across the pond to re-connect with the family they left behind as toddlers. It would also provide me the opportunity to return to my grandparents’ hometown and show it off to my brotherin-law, who, long before he was an in-law, was my first cousin.
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TOGETHER AGAIN My in-laws were immediately onboard with the idea of taking their daughters to the place they once called home. Then, a third cousin looking to establish relations with la familia in Italia joined our group. With 12 strong representing four different families, the preparations began. Although trying at times, the itinerary came together rather easily. Soon the passports and Euros were in hand and US Air Flight 702 powered up the runway into the friendly skies. After a changeover in Frankfurt, we were soon on the ground in Milan for what would be the start of a 16-day journey, encompassing eight major Italian cities, five flights, three train rides, two private coach rentals and a ferry ride to boot. While Genoa held many hidden treasures including a visit to la casa di Christopher Columbus, the real joy was seeing my father-in-law lead his family through the streets and side alleys, proudly identifying the faces and places that shaped his life. Tears flowed freely during sidewalk reunions and the emotions shared by my wife and sister-in-law when returning to their childhood homes are permanently etched into everyone’s memories. Choosing to experience the magnificence of Rome on foot, the wonders of this mystical city never failed to amaze as ancient sites like the Pantheon and the Forum of Trajan were found by accident rather
than planned out on a tourist map. Each piazza had a story to tell, be it the Spanish Steps, an outdoor café or a small, ornate chiesa with open doors to welcome all. After pounding the pavements of Rome, the tranquility of Giulianova Lido on the Adriatic Sea was perfectly timed. The beautiful beaches were matched only by the outpouring of love by tutti cugini welcoming three cousins from America to embrace the origins of their family. On consecutive nights, cousins took over piazzas in the heart of the seaside town in celebration of familia. Our children now know there is life on the other side of the world that may not speak, but looks and acts, just like them. In a moment of complete spontaneity, the night before leaving Giulianova, a visit with family in Naples became the order of the next day. Traveling from the Adriatic Coast to the Amalfi Coast, we had lunch on a cousin’s penthouse balcony in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius, overlooking Sorrento and the Isle of Capri. Later that evening, we hopped a train to Calabria and then a ferry over to Sicily. Once in Sicily, we dropped anchor in a sleepy little beach town on the Mediterranean called Spadafora. A citta’ where the local baker took great pride in creating an incredible Italian cream cake to help us celebrate my daughter’s 15th birthday. From there, we branched out into Messina, consuming street foods like Arancini and enjoying the festival honoring the Feast of the Assumption. A day trip to the breathtaking Taraomina proved way too short to enjoy the panoramic views, boutique shopping and diverse dining the small cliff-side town shaded by a simmering Mt. Etna had to offer. Then, as it was in the beginning, it was in the end… One last night in the fashion capital of the world, Milan, was spent quietly around the hotel, swimming and relaxing. Collectively whooped, in our own Scenes From an Italian Restaurant, the final act in Italy played out with a group dinner, good wine and many recollections of our amazing journey that was just that – amazing! prh
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veryone knows that rescuing an animal from a shelter saves that animal’s life, but did you know that adopting a pet may save your life, too? Obviously, bringing an animal into your family adds a component of unconditional love and companionship but it has been proven in scientific studies that owning cats and dogs can improve moods, combat loneliness and depression, reduce stress and help keep you fit thereby lessening the occurrence of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.
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Studies Reveal the Benefits A study performed by the State University of New York at Buffalo concluded that owning a cat or dog can significantly reduce blood pressure by reducing stress, in some cases even better than medication. While ACE inhibiting drugs can generally reduce blood pressure, they aren’t as effective in controlling spikes in blood pressure due to stress and tension. Research supports the mood-enhancing benefits of pets that lead to stress relief and reduced hypertension. Virtually no one can stay in a bad mood when a pair of loving puppy eyes meets yours, or when a soft cat rubs up against your hand. Another study by Minnesota Stroke Initiative at the University of Minnesota showed definitive evidence that owning a cat can reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack up to 40 percent over non-cat owners. From increased exercise and vigor for life to enhancing your social life and combating allergies, there have been dozens of additional studies, cataloged by Web MD, pairing companion animals with the elderly, small children, highpowered executives and military veterans returning from active duty that all suggest direct links between pet ownership and healthier, happier lives.
Owning pets can improve your health and make your life happier. Return the favor by keeping them healthy and happy, too. PAWS operates a Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic for all of your pet’s primary care needs. Located in a 6,200 square foot space at 2900 Grays Ferry Avenue in the Grays Ferry section of the city, PAWS’ Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic serves pet owners who have difficulty affording or do not have access to basic veterinary care, as well as rescue organizations that need affordable services to carry out their lifesaving work. Thanks to the Paws & Claws Fund, the clinic also offers free services to low-income pet owners, enabling them to keep their pets as cherished family members. By providing affordable, accessible veterinary care to the most vulnerable pets, the clinic is preventing the birth of unwanted litters, reducing the flow of animals into shelters and bringing Philadelphia closer to becoming a no-kill city where every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. We offer annual check-up exams, treatments for common conditions (worms, fleas, upper respiratory infections), vaccinations, microchips, dental cleaning and more. Low-cost vaccination clinics are available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM; no appointment needed. Prices are $20 to $25. Grooming services for dogs and cats are now available at the Clinic. Services include ear cleaning, nail trimming, baths and haircuts. An altered pet lives longer and has fewer health and behavioral problems than a pet that is not “fixed.” We specialize in low cost spay/neuter surgeries and offer no-cost spay/neuter for those who qualify. In an effort to help the dogs most vulnerable to overpopulation, we offer “pay what you can” pricing to owners of pit bulls and pit bull mixes for spay/neuter surgery. To make an appointment for surgery or other services, please contact our friendly staff at 215-298-9680 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org ■
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etween earthquakes, hurricanes and learning that Game of Thrones won’t be back until next year, we’ve had plenty of downers in 2011. But to make up for every bummer, the tech world has been home to a bevy of pickme-ups in the form of snazzy products released this year. But rather than let you sift through countless ads and catalogs for the perfect holiday gift, we’ve listed the Top 5 Tech Gifts of 2011 right here:
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High-Tech and nostalgic options excite today’s brides & grooms. Philadelphia’s Cescaphe Event Group sets the trends in extraordinary wedding celebrations. uest books are out!” proclaims Cescaphe Event Group’s CEO Joseph Volpe at a recent staff meeting. So what has replaced this age-old keepsake, which has been a tradition at wedding celebrations for centuries? Photo books — comprised of guest photos taken inside photo booths at the reception. ➽
PRHbrides guide “Guest books were originally conceived so that couples could remember who attended their wedding, organize thank-you notes and start a formal address book,” Volpe says. “Today’s brides and grooms have all their contacts on their smartphones already. So the wedding guest book has become obsolete, while the photo book, containing funny, formal, and even wacky images of friends and family, has become the new keepsake for today’s newlyweds.”
What other innovations in wedding celebrations can we expect? There are many more, including some really cool high-tech options like projected light shows and futuristic Video Projection Mapping, an exciting new projection technique that can turn almost any surface into a dynamic video display. Cescaphe recognizes that so many couples film their engagements and other significant life-moments that showcasing these videos during the affair add greatly to the atmosphere. Another popular option is a burst of rose petals from an air cannon to joyously surround the couple as a grand finale to the formal bridal party introductions. There’s even a high-tech, environmentally friendly option for seating guests. Gone are the themed cardboard place cards, which have been replaced by digital seating charts. Many of the options that Cescaphe brides and grooms select aren’t high-tech. “A lot of couples love our nostalgic options, like milkshakes and floats or milk and cookies during dessert service, and signature cocktails named after the happy couple,” said Cescaphe Regional Director Natalie Parks. “And Head tables are out. Newlyweds are opting for ‘sweetheart tables’ these days”. Vie, Cescaphe’s new venue located at 600 N. Broad Street, debuts this fall with seating capacity for up to 600 guests. It features a sweetheart table on a small stage in the center of the ballroom that slowly rotates 360 degrees so that the bride and groom can see all of their guests during dinner service. One heartfelt new trend involves the father of the bride giving a speech — professing his love for his little girl and his new son — and then asking his daughter to dance. “This is a tearjerker every time,” Parks confesses. One of Volpe’s favorite new traditions is the reverse bouquet toss. The bride calls up all of the married women in attendance to fight for the bouquet. The woman who catches it gets to wear the new garter, slipped onto her thigh by her own husband. “This always turns out to be a fun and romantic moment,” Volpe says. A lifelong Philadelphia hospitality professional, Parks’ favorite new custom is sending guests home with goodie bags filled with some or our city’s hometown delicacies – Philly cheesesteaks, soft pretzels and TastyKake™. “I haven’t met a Philadelphian yet who doesn’t love these goodies,” Parks quips. “I haven’t met any guest from anywhere in the world who doesn’t leave smiling with these delicious treats in hand. We have definitely created new meaning for the term ‘happy ending.’”
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Funky fresh nails are all the rage. Crackle nail polish, shiny neon, glamorous glitters and graphics. Pick up your favorite colors and put a new twist on a French manicure. Mix colors and add shapes.
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Tis the season to wonder what to wear to all those parties. Have no fear, cocktail dresses are still here! Although gowns are an option, holiday-wear has been dominated by cocktail dresses. And there is still nothing wrong with your favorite little black dress. Sparkle it up with some glittery shoes, shimmering nails or a shiny cuff. If you are in the market for a new dress, go for the off-the-shoulder or one-shoulder drape sleeve. It will draw the eyes upward and your arms and shoulders will take center stage. Select your Satin dresses with rouching, yes rouching, because more fabric means fewer lumps and bumps. If you can pull it off, try a liquid stretch number. Shades are the rage! Look for flaming red, antique green and always black. n rowhome magazine
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hether you want to commemorate your mom’s birthday, your sister’s new baby, or the engagement of your closest friend, a twinge of stress may creep into celebration time when choosing the perfect gift. You want it to be wonderful, unique and meaningful. A visit to a signature neighborhood jeweler might just put your mind at ease. Though Olivieri Jewelers has been in existence for three generations, their high fashion, quality jewelry is always ahead of the curve. Today they are one of the only flagship stores of the Tuscan born amore & baci (translation: hugs and kisses) jewelry panorama. This gorgeous line is an innovative twist on the familiar concept of a charm bracelet. The Italian bead company offers clients upscale sterling silver bracelets, rings, earrings, necklaces and a full line of children’s jewelry and beads made compatible with any existing bracelet to make gift giving easy. “Custom make the bracelet to whatever makes you happy,” encourages owner Daniel Olivieri as he showcases countless beads in Murano glass, Swarovski crystal and handenameled. Aside from the personal touch of crafting a piece of jewelry to mark any occasion, it is the versatility of this quality product that makes it so accessible. You can start out with a single bead
or charm and a bracelet, or design a piece around their birthstone or favorite sports team. Should the recipient want to add to or change up their piece, a trip back to the jewelry store is a simple way to make their accessory more individualized. “Where else are you going to find a beautiful piece of jewelry for less than fifty dollars and has a guarantee?” asks Olivieri. That means if one bead breaks, amore & baci will replace it at no charge. As the flagship store, Olivieri Jewelers will soon be reset and stocked with the full line. In the mean time, this November they are planning their “Annual Block Party” complete with wish lists, shopping, Italian music, give aways and food to make the holiday shopping season less stressful. “Husbands, boyfriends, whomever can just show up at a later time and we just pull up the list from file and make shopping a breeze,” assures Olivieri. With amore & baci you’ll feel free to create unlimited jewel combinations according to your taste and inclinations. The family owned business assures customers that all repairs and design are done in- house, cutting not only your wait time but the price tag too. And so from their family to yours, Olivieri Jewelers wishes you molti “amore & baci” this gift giving season. n
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eddings are some of John Luciano’s favorite events to disc jockey. The reaction to the music by guests is the most memorable. When they leave the party still dancing and singing, he says, “I can’t wait to do another one.”
Known to his clients as DJ Johnny Looch, he’s been spinning professionally since 1985. Turned on to the industry by his maternal uncle, Joe Abbruzzi, a DJ in his own right during the 1970s, his influence guided Luciano to revolve a hobby into a disc jockey career. “They [my family] have supported me with every job I do, near or far, every step of the way.” All of Luciano’s clients have supported his 26 years of business, he says, and he has definitely taken notice. “I am so grateful for the support people have given me that I wish I could personally say thank you to each and every one of them.” Johnny Looch is quick to acknowledge his South Philadelphia friends and family for helping to build his business and open doors to other industry circles. He refers to this past summer and the events that transpired as “the greatest thing to ever happen in my career.” High-profile hot spots like Mia’s
at Caesars in Atlantic City and Table 31 in Center City Philadelphia have catapulted his passion to new heights. “My DJ service is more in demand despite other accessibility to music,” he says. “The technology boom has enabled me to become a better DJ”. Luciano remembers the days when it used to take him 13 trips to unload his equipment. Today, it takes him only two. This enables him to DJ as frequently as he does, ending one gig at 6 pm and beginning another at 8 pm. For aspiring disc jockeys, he does offer some sage advice. “It’s still your job to gauge the audience, something an iPod cannot do. You have to know what to play and when to play it. It’s important to be flexible and know how to handle a crowd. And most importantly, your personality has to come out. It’s what will separate you from a jukebox.” DJ Johnny Looch is a member of the PRH Business Network.n
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essy breakups and divorces dominated headlines and couples that we never even knew had problems couldn’t escape the curse of 2011! JLO and Marc Anthony called it quits. No one saw this coming especially after their steamy hot performance together on American Idol. Marc Anthony denied reports of cheating on JLO, stating that their marriage just ran its course and they are still good friends. In other couple news, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries tied the knot, which was fully taped for a two-night special on the E! Network. The wedding had more security than a visit from the President and guests had to check in their cell phones at the door. The couple reportedly made $15 million from selling the photos and other exclusives. Amy Winehouse is the latest star to be a victim of the “Curse of 27” club (more than 20 rock
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stars have died at age 27). Rumors started right away about the cause of death, which was speculated to be an overdose. The family confirmed that the toxicology reports proved that there were “no illegal drugs” and “alcohol was present” in Winehouse’s system at the time of her death, but a cause of death still could not be determined. We may never know the cause but we do know that the world lost a great voice and talent. That’s your Hollywood 411 n
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eginnings are always a little rocky, even when it comes to starting a tradition. “My grandfather made wine and when he died, my father took over the tradition,” explains award-winning local homemade winemaker John Tenaglia. “It was horrible wine. After the first month of it, you were looking for a salad to put it on. It tasted like vinegar.” Weekends were spent in the basement of his uncle “Tony the Cop” or some other family member’s cellar, de-stemming grapes, drinking old wine and enjoying the company of family. Though halfway responsible for the reason why their wine was not originally up to par, the family insisted that it was better to make it by hand. After a year-and-a-half of plucking grapes for hours on the weekends, John and his cousin Anthony broke down and bought a de-stemmer for the “high price” of $480. After a process that now took only 45 minutes, Tenaglia says the wine was “okay.” As time progressed and technology improved, John was teaching a friend from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey how to make wine. She got privy to the effects of cultured yeast, something the Tenaglias had never used in their winemaking before. Sud-
denly, things became more sophisticated. The family of winemakers began keeping logs, avoiding bacteria (enemy number one to wine), controlling temperature and making the best use of equipment to ensure the production of their homemade wine. Over the past 15 years, Tenaglia’s family wine has won multiple awards, but that is hardly the goal for John. There are no aspirations to make money or to gain fame, he says. Instead, it is about the camaraderie, the family by blood and the family by heart, coming together for a common goal. That, he said, is the most valuable aspect of this effort. “I’m all about passing on the tradition,” he says as he slices up homemade sopressata and cheese. “We need to teach our children to preserve our traditions as I’d be nothing without them.” Today, new members join the impromptu winery, like Tom Rossomando, who says he couldn’t be prouder of the wine he makes and the people he makes it with. “I love learning about all of this,” Rossomando boasts. “You’re so proud of what you’ve done. You give everything away to everyone. They have been so welcoming and really, coming here is one of the best things I’ve done!” ■
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ne thing I really miss when summer comes is the shore. I have relatives in Ocean City, Long Beach Island and Wildwood. If I can get back there, I’ll always have a roof over my head. There is nothing like it on the West Coast. This issue of RowHome Magazine focuses a lot on health. One way to ensure good health is to derive happiness from your job. We all spend too many waking hours at work to not find enjoyment in it. I feel blessed to say I love what I do. In my career, I have gone from the penthouse to the basement so many times, I’ve worn out the elevator! But whether it’s producing, writing or acting, I can’t wait to get to work. Two actors I know who enjoy what they do are Ernie Borgnine and Angela Lansbury. They both have been acting for more than 60 years and still can’t wait to get to work. Ernie is a force of nature. His work ethic puts the young
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actors to shame. Because they see a 92 year-old man busting his butt when he’s on a set, the cast and crew raise their level of performance. He told me when he’s in Philly, he goes to Mama Maria’s on Passyunk Avenue. He loves the food and enjoys speaking Italian with Mama. Angela and I worked together on “Murder She Wrote”. I was expecting a prim and proper English lady, but she turned out to be a ‘crack-up’. Her sense of humor had me in stitches for the entire show. So much for my preconceived notions. These are two people whose longevity is tied into their love of what they do. They are a great inspiration to me and I am lucky to know them. I went to a game at Dodger Stadium and the attendance was about 20,000 fans. That stinks. Especially when our Phils sell out Citizens Bank Park every game. Nothing like Phillies fans. Until next time, Ciao Philly! ■
by Sharon Pinkenson Executive Director, Greater Philadelphia Film Office
Just Wrapped Production Update
f you were anywhere near the Dad Vail Regatta or Boathouse Row this summer, then you know about the recently wrapped, independent film production Backwards. Philadelphia native Sarah Megan Thomas wrote, produced and starred in this film alongside James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek). Backwards tells the story of Abi, a fiercely competitive rower who fails to make the Olympic boat for a second time. She reluctantly takes a job coaching rowers at a high school where her boss happens to be her exboyfriend. When given a chance to rejoin the Olympic team, Abi confronts the personal sacrifices and professional choices that impact the world of athletes with Olympic ambitions. What better place to make a film about Olympic rowers than Philadelphia’s Boathouse Row! Backwards is currently in Post Production and we look forward to hosting a premiere of the film in the future. Be sure to check your upcoming Ritz Film Bill for more info. In Production Adapted from the Matthew Quick novel by the same name, The Silver Linings Playbook began production earlier this month in our area. Native son Bradley
Cooper is again paired with Robert DeNiro, this time as his father. Also starring the super busy Kentuckyborn actress, Jennifer Lawrence, this film is a quirky, poignant drama about a former teacher who moves back in with his parents after spending four years in a mental institution and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Director David O. Russell (The Fighter) will use both the Philadelphia suburbs and city locations as the backdrop. SPOILER ALERT: They’re all Eagles Fans. What’s Next for Night? As the Film Office prepares for M. Night Shyamalan’s much anticipated next projects, we have a lot to be excited about. While we can’t reveal too many details at this point, we can confirm that our homegrown hero is currently scouting for TWO separate features to be shot in and around the Greater Philadelphia region. Nothing set in stone yet, but we have reason to believe that in one of Night’s new films, we may see some on-screen action from another local legend hailing from ‘West Philadelphia, born and raised’. To learn more about the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, please visit film.org or call us at 215-686-2668. ■
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ccording to Dr. Richard Dittrich, Medical Director of the Professional Aesthetics & Wellness Center (PAWC), today’s doctors need to realize that healthcare isn’t just “business as usual.” Instead, he says, physicians should approach patient care from an “overall wellness” point of view. “You can specialize yourself to where you only treat one tiny thing that shows up on a person’s body… treat it and be done with it. That is not what I do. I work with the whole person. I look at what’s going on with a patient and I look at the different ways I can help them look and feel better.” The Wellness Center’s uplifting mantra, “Love the way life looks on you,” is more than a positive phrase. It is the way that Dr. Dittrich and his team address every person who walks through PAWC’s doors. This integrative approach to medical and cosmetic services not only leaves clients looking their best, but feeling that way, too. According to aesthetician Susan Stout, people like to hear that it is okay to “make time for yourself.” “We take the time to explain every service we offer and its benefits to our clients.”
➜ Nutraceuticals “Nutraceuticals are a very natural and holistic approach to wellness,” Dr. Dittrich explains. They are as effective – and sometimes more effective – than expensive pharmaceutical drugs.” Most importantly, Dr. Dittrich continues, they don’t carry the complications and risks sometimes associated with pharmaceuticals. Providing clients with the highest quality of physician-grade nutraceuticals is one way to ensure optimal results. He cites Omega-3s as examples. Found in fish oils and some plant oils, Omega-3 fatty acids are essential building blocks for human cell function. In recent years, studies have provided overwhelming 68
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evidence that Omega-3s can improve health. While the impact of Omega-3s on cardiovascular disease is currently the most evidencebased and well-recognized benefit, a growing body of research is providing support for the important role of fatty acids on many other conditions and diseases. For this reason Professional Aesthetics offers Omega-3 formulations that target the inflammation associated with joint pain, menopausal symptom relief, in addition to cardiovascular health. Remarkably, some experts speculate that proper Omega-3 consumption could prevent 80 percent of long-term illnesses.
➜ Weight Loss Though losing weight to look and feel good is hardly a revolutionary concept, patients consider the Center for Medical Weight Loss at PAWC an innovative approach to an age-old dilemma. It all begins with a personal consultation and a thorough Body Composition Analysis that measures the amount of fat, muscle and water in your body. This customized profile is a key component in helping you reach your weight loss goals quickly and safely. Using state-of-the-art body composition technology, Dr. Dittrich says he can determine if your weight loss is fat, muscle or water as well as what type of exercise works best for you. “Whether you are losing weight for cosmetic reasons or you have serious health concerns, support and guidance are necessary in order to successfully keep the weight off,” Dittrich says. “Combining natural food replacement programs for some or all meals, vitamin and mineral supplements, and professional counseling, patients receive the one-on-one support they deserve so they can lose the weight and live a healthy lifestyle.” ➜ Treatment of Facial Lines There are several ways to turn back the clock for your skin. Fortunately, PAWC offers clients
the most effective treatments. “There is an art to it,” Dr. Dittrich explains. “We take a look at the areas the client wants to focus on and give them the most natural look possible.” ➜ Botox – These tiny injections weaken the muscles that form wrinkles. Treatments improve frown lines, crow’s feet and facial creases. FDA approved, results last 3-6 months. ➜ Restylane – Tiny injections of natural filler help restore volume and fullness to moderate to severe facial lines and wrinkles. The results last from 6 months to 2 years. ➜ Juvederm – Hyaluronic acid injections improve the skin’s contour by lifting up and smoothing out wrinkles. Treatments can reduce skin depressions due to scars or injury. Average results last up to 12 months. Since all are short-term treatments, clients are invited to return in two weeks to assess how comfortable they are with the results. These services offer a safe, effective way to get the look you’ve always wanted. ➜ Medical Microdermabrasion Using the power of a crystallized tool and a vacuum, years of skin damage are gently reversed in one easy session. Lifestyle choices like tanning can cause skin to feel withered and leathery. After only one treatment, skin will feel and appear smoother and more defined. “Microdermabrasion is used by both men and women,” Stout says, “on areas from their faces to their fannies!” Though results are immediate, PAWC recommends a series of treatments, twice a month for four to six months, to achieve best results. ➜ Medical-Grade Peels To help diminish those brown spots and other signs of skin damage, a chemical peel may be the best option, especially for individuals
whose skin is sensitive to physical exfoliation. Much like microdermabrasion, a chemical peel refines skin texture, diminishes pores, controls breakouts and heals visible signs of aging. Results are immediate but a series of peels scheduled about 2 weeks apart facilitate optimal results. ➜ Cosmeceuticals Personalized skin care programs with medically recommended skin care products work at the cellular level to transform skin for a healthier, younger look. Available only through doctors’ offices, Cosmeceuticals have measurable biological effects on the skin, addressing everything from acne to growing fuller eyelashes. “We go over your medical history and concerns and then if I feel it is necessary, I will perform an evaluation and the patient and I will decide what’s best,” Stout explains. “It is a partnership model. We don’t want to sell you products. We want you to feel better.”
Laser/IPL Therapies ➜ Laser Hair Removal This advanced technology transcends the older, painful hair removal treatments to deliver long-lasting results for men and women alike. Because the laser penetrates and disables the hair follicle, treating more than one hair at a time, it is possible to treat larger areas such as the back, shoulders, arms, legs and face. Since hair follicles are only destroyed during the growth phase, a series of five treatments, four to six weeks apart, is recommended. “It is an amazing process with amazing results,” Stout guarantees. “I absolutely love working with lasers. They provide such satisfying outcomes.”
➜ Laser Vein Therapy This procedure provides a safe and effective non-surgical treatment for unattractive, often painful veins. A focused laser beam targets the pigment in the blood contained in unsightly veins, heats it up and destroys the small vein. Over a period of 4 -6 weeks the vein is reabsorbed and disappears. Dr. Dittrich also has a network of referrals for vein therapy that require more serious medical treatment. ➜ IPL Photo-Rejuvenation By delivering pulses of intense light through very specific filters to the skin, the targeted tissue absorbs the light’s energy and reduces damaged skin on the face, chest, arms or hands. Promote a more vibrant look by reducing facial wrinkles and treating sun damage, age spots and brown pigmentation through Photo-Rejuvenation. In addition, the redness and flushing caused by rosacea can be reduced by 80-90 percent. A series of 3-5 treatments, three to six weeks apart, is needed for best results. prh
Today is the day to make time for yourself In addition to the services listed, the Professional Aesthetics & Wellness Center offers Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Contact Dr. Richard Dittrich at PAWC, 1315 Wolf Street, Philadelphia, 215.465.9600 or visit www.wellnesscenterpa.com for more information. This is the second in a series of articles brought to you by Dr. Richard Dittrich and the Professional Aesthetics & Wellness Center.
Signs that you may be suffering from a Hormonal Imbalance: Hot flashes are not the only symptom of menopause. Hormones control many functions, from memory to fatigue. You may need a hormone overhaul if you find yourself putting checkmarks next to the following symptoms: ● ESTROGEN Persistent Fatigue Depression Poor Sex Drive Poor Memory Hot Flashes Excessive Night Sweats Droopy Breasts
Loss of Breast Size Irregular Menstrual Cycles Vaginal Dryness Frequent Bladder Infections Urinary Stress Incontinence Osteoarthritis Wrinkles Dry Skin Pale Face
● PROGESTERONE Irritability Aggressiveness Anxiety Anger Outbursts of Panic & Rage Increased Sensitivity to Pain Insomnia Premenstrual Abdominal Bloating Breast Tenderness Excessive Menstrual Bleeding Reddish/Swollen Face Enlarged Breasts Increased Abdominal Fat Swollen Feet & Ankles
● TESTOSTERONE Depression Excessive Anxiety & Fears Excessive Emotions Unnecessary Worry Decreased or Absent Libido Reduced Muscle Strength Back & Joint Pains Dry Skin Urinary Incontinence Lack of Mental Firmness Loss of Self Confidence Poor Memory Aging Appearance Abdominal Obesity Muscle Laxity Hot Flashes
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s we age, time takes its toll on body systems that keep us balanced and standing upright. You may not hear or see as well, which can affect coordination. Nerves may deteriorate, carrying information from the muscles to the brain more slowly, making for a slower reaction time. It may even become more difficult to get out of the way of oncoming pedestrians or adjusting to icy sidewalks. In 2003, more than 1.8 million seniors were treated at a hospital ER for fall-related injuries and more than 421,000 were hospitalized. Don’t let the fear of falling rule your life, says Dr. James Moylan. Many falls and fall-related injuries are preventable. Research studies have identified a number of modifiable risk factors including: ● Medication side effects ● Loss of limb sensation ● Poor eyesight ● Tripping hazards within the home ● Lack of physical activity These simple tips may be enough to keep you or your loved ones out of harm’s way this winter! 1 | Perform a Home Safety check Mostly 1/3 of all falls involve hazards within the home. Remove all lose carpet or exposed cords. Ensure smooth, wide walking areas about the house. 2 | Begin a Regular Exercise Program Consider a general exercise routine that includes walking, water workouts or tai chi, a gentle exercise that involves slow and graceful dance-like movements. You will reduce the risk of falls by increasing strength and balance, coordination and flexibility. Keep an active involvement in your family and community.
3|R eview Medications Risk of fall may increase due to side effects of medications that affect brain function and lead to dizziness or light-headedness. Taking multiple medications or mixing prescriptions with alcohol, over-the-counter allergy pills, sleep aids, pain killers or cough suppressants may put you at risk. 4 | Get Support Discuss the need of walking support (cane or walker) with your family doctor, chiropractor or therapist. 5 | See Straight Have your vision checked regularly. Depth perception will make stairs and curbs less of a challenge.
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he familiar term ‘Baby Boomers’ used to refer to those who grew up in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The Boomer generation now has taken on a slightly less endearing label - the Sandwich Generation; stuck in between caring for their children and their parents. Parents are living longer and, unfortunately, are sometimes in need of special care. However, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average working American, ages 25-54 and above, with children, has roughly 1.3 hours left to “care for others” a day. Torn between being a dedicated employee, attentive parent and dutiful child, what is a Boomer to do? According to Ralph Digneo of Home Helpers, a solution may be a phone call away. “We care for your loved ones like we would our own,” he assures clients regarding his care service for elderly residents of South Philadelphia and Center City. Home Helpers can assist your loved ones with everything from bathing to companionship, says Digneo, who says he got into this business to leave a legacy of compassion for his own family to follow. “I completely understand what it’s like for families today,” Ralph confidently asserts. “And I will do everything I can to ensure we can get you the help you need.” Following a detailed consultation with family members, Digneo says he is able to assist families in selecting the appropriate type and amount of care their loved ones require. Digneo says that most families caring for aging loved ones are in
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need of some type of assistance. Trying to push the responsibility off on family members often gets messy and puts a strain on relationships. Hiring neighbors to help often leads to legal issues and security concerns. “Our staff is certified. Our staff is trained to do this. We make sure the caregiver and the client feel comfortable and secure,” he assures. Another challenge that families face is getting their family members in need of care to comply. Digneo suggests telling them that supplemental care was doctor recommended to ensure safety and promote independence. He also recommends that clients discuss the caregiver with loved ones and assure them that they have met and are comfortable with the Home Helper who will be assisting them. “Eventually, the client ends up looking forward to the day their caregiver stops by,” Ralph boasts. Getting your loved ones help from trained professionals may be the best care you can give. And the confidence you gain knowing they are in good hands is a relief worth the effort. In addition to providing nonmedical, personalized care for aging adults, Home Helpers assists new moms, accident victims and individuals confined to the home for short-term or lengthy timeframes. For more information, call Ralph Digneo at 215.334.2600. prh
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hoosing a nursing home can be an emotionally challenging time in an individual’s or family member’s life. In 2007, there was an average of 20 complaints per nursing home regarding the quality of care, facilities, staffing and more. With baby boomers not only caring for their elderly parents, but also starting to consider their own future living arrangements, the concerns are mounting. But what if you had the opportunity to place yourself or a loved one in a facility given a five-star, deficiency-free rating by the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Annual State Survey? A facility located right in your own neighborhood? You might want to consider St. Monica Manor.
Since Catholic Health Care Services took over the former Methodist Nursing Home in 2004, the facility began expansion and renovations that resulted in more than just a face-lift. While con72
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struction is expected to continue until spring of 2012, it already has made great strides in improving its residents’ quality of life. “Overall, bringing a renewed sense of mission and dedication
to the seniors of South Philadelphia was a part of our mission. Our investment in the plan and training has really taken it to the next level,” stated Catholic Health Care Services CEO Stuart Skinner. Gone are the days of four residents to a room and limited space. Today, you will find cozy private and semi-private rooms, and several rehabilitation gyms. With a friendly, attentive staff and adept modern healthcare services, dignity, privacy and optimism replace those dreaded feelings of fear and despair. “Our staff provides care for a
independence, the heart of the plans for these expansions lies in a peaceful, in-house chapel. Stained glass from the former St. Clements’ parish adorns the windows. A beautiful depiction of Christ healing the sick hangs in the back of the chapel, serving as a reminder to residents and patients that their spirituality is valued here, as well. “The Chapel design focuses on the experience and needs of our residents,” Wagner says, gesturing to the open space where pews typically sit. “It was our intent for everyone, especially
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person’s mind, body and spirit,” assures John Wagner, Director of Project Development for Catholic Health Care Services. Under the direction of Skinner and Administrator Jeffery Cox, its expansion will include the neighborhood’s only sub-acute care center, sectioned off from the residential portion of the facility. “We’ll still be providing longterm care,” Cox assures, “but there is a new emphasis on shortterm rehabilitation and we are just trying to separate the services for more comprehensive care.” While the body is nurtured by therapy and the mind is stimulated by encouragement and
those requiring wheelchairs, to have access to worship.” In the case of St. Monica’s Manor, the building’s transformation is an example of dedication of service to the community. As of October 1st, Catholic Health Care Services will receive a $1.5 million cut in Medicare revenue on top of a $3.8 million cut made last year. Despite financial challenges, the non-profit relies heavily upon its own resources to constantly give back to the community. “Our mission is simple: to provide quality care with dignity to the members of the community, because they truly deserve it,” Cox adds. prh
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nternet. Smart Phones. Email. iPads. Essentially always. Available at all times without interruption. Everyone and everything constantly accessible. 24/7. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our way of life. Scary, since research now supports a solid connection between lifestyles and stress-related illnesses in as much as 70-85% of disease states. In my GYN patients, stress can play an important role in missed periods as well as abnormal bleeding. Additionally, symptoms of endometriosis and fibroid tumors can be intensified by stress-induced hormonal imbalances. Fertility problems are often linked to stress, as well as other sexuality issues including vaginal dryness and loss of desire. Conversely, the hormonal changes experienced during puberty, pregnancy, the menstrual cycle and menopause cause stress.
Without a doubt, emotions, beliefs and stresses cause a variety of physiologic changes in our bodies and vice versa. This is supported by extensive research and has led me to adopt a philosophy that today’s medicine is all about overall wellness. Clearly, our positive thoughts can impact us just as significantly as our negative thoughts. For example, in a study on the effects of self-hypnosis on genital herpes outbreaks, participants were able to reduce the amount of outbreaks from 2.5 episodes every six weeks to 0.84. Our work habits, sleep habits and overall lifestyles can drastically impact our health and wellness, as well. In effect, we have added an additional month of work per year to our jobs as compared to the last century. However, within the same century, we have reduced the amount of hours we sleep every night by 2 hours. As a gynecologist, it particularly disturbs me that women are experiencing insomnia at a 1.5 to 2 times greater rate than men. Sleep deprivation causes driving-while-drowsy, which directly contributes to 100,000 accidents a year.
Other consequences of inadequate sleep include increased aggressive behavior, decreased productivity and poorer overall health resulting in increased mortality. For instance, there is a proven correlation between sleep deprivation and obesity. It is imperative for each and every one of us to examine all the different aspects of our lives – our mindsets, our life experiences, our circumstances – and evaluate how they are interrelated. Most importantly, we must decide how these components are impacting our overall health and wellness. Turn off your computer, turn off your cell phone and turn on your ‘relaxation response.’ Yoga, meditation and biofeedback are just a few of the techniques that can lower your heart rate, lower your blood pressure and lower your respirations. As Plato said, “It would be very foolish to suppose that one could ever treat the (part) by itself without the whole body…just as one should not attempt to cure…the head apart from the body, so one should not attempt to cure the body apart from the soul…” prh
● Richard Dittrich, D.O., is the Founder and Medical Director of Professional Aesthetics & Wellness Center, 1315 Wolf Street, Philadelphia, PA. 215.465.9600. Call today to schedule a comprehensive consultation. Dr. Dittrich is also available for consultation at his office in Glendale Executive Plaza, 1000 White Horse Road, Suite 612, Voorhees, NJ. 856.435.9090. Visit wellnesscenterpa.com for more information.
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s in any lobby of any building, both staff and patients at Genesis Healthcare at Liberty Court were moving swiftly about. With kind eyes, a sincere smile and sporting his favorite dark blue “Cookie’s Tavern” t-shirt, Louis Milici, a 73-year-old patient at Liberty Court, moseyed off the elevator into the bustling lobby. It was a feat to be recognized, as merely several weeks ago, he was recovering from hip surgery. This was not the old-timer’s first time at Liberty Court’s facilities. Unfortunately, he said his very first experience was not what he had hoped it to be. Having arrived at Liberty Court in December 2009 for rehabilitation after back surgery, a disen76
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chanted Milici took matters into his own hands and abruptly left the facility 10 days later. “When I was here in December, I broke out of this place… the staff said I wouldn’t do it and I said watch me,” Milici explained. A year later, he returned to Lib-
erty Court for rehabilitation services. Milici feared that he would have the same experience as before, but, instead, he was thrilled with the facility’s transformation. “This place has improved 1000 times over. The staff are so concerned, compassionate, and the head nurses here are excellent,” he said. Why the turnabout? Liberty Court underwent a complete makeover and brought in all new staff and administration. And the transformation is not yet over. Admission Director, Kate Machion, explained that several of the floors are being revamped. “The fourth and fifth floors will soon have 56 private rooms and the sixth floor is becoming a Phillies sports themed roof-top patio along with a game room, a beauty salon and barbershop.” When it comes to his recovery, Milici participates in therapy twice a day where the medical staff works his legs so they can slowly function again. “They got me using muscles I have not used since 1960!”
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“This place has improved 1000 times over. The staff are so concerned, compassionate, and the head nurses here are excellent” On an everyday basis, you will see him engaging in a game of pinochle with his new friends. Even though Milici has had a positive experience at Liberty Court, he is elated that he reached his goal. “This facility has helped me go home, which makes me very happy.” And to continue in his recovery process, he will receive proper home health care provided by Genesis. Machion said Liberty Court offers these services with one goal in mind. “The overall goal is to get the patients home.” And Milici said that he is quite pleased about that. He plans on going back to his favorite local hangout, Cookie’s Tavern, at 10th and Oregon Avenue, where he will pick up the Tuesday morning shift as the bartender. But he will not forget his new pals and the friendly staff at Liberty Court. “I will be back to visit my new friends and play some pinochle. Oh, and to break the staff’s prh stones some more!”
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lementary School Teacher. Dance Instructor. Camp Counselor. Friend. Daughter. Granddaughter. Niece. Cousin. All are roles that South Philadelphia resident Joanna Galdo plays with great joy and passion. Yet it is the unwelcome role of brain cancer patient and fighter since 2007 that has usurped a chunk of Galdo’s time, attention and cut short her teaching career that she dreamed of having since childhood. On July 18th, Galdo learned that her cancer progressed to Stage IV - leaving her life an ex-
pectancy of just one year. Galdo has been directing her trademark focus and determination toward identifying and pursuing treatment options that have the potential to prolong - and ideally improve the quality of her life. She recently began taking chemotherapy medication that could enable her to live well beyond the
prognosis her doctor gave her in July. With an unwavering will to live, she also began a course of vitamin infusion treatments and started following a macrobiotic diet. At the same time, Galdo is struggling to accept that she might not be able to extend her life beyond a year. She was “shell-shocked” by the news and feels it has yet to “fully register.” Regardless, she is pushing herself to comply with her doctor’s advice to “get my affairs in order.” Galdo cites her late mother’s example of strength as a key motivator in her fight. Though diagnosed with breast cancer the year Galdo was born, her mother died ten years later. Galdo was raised by grandparents Lorraine and Joe Galdo. Galdo also credits her cousins Joe, Louis and Justin Galdo with helping fuel her persistence. “Those boys really help me a lot – physically and emotionally.” Children bring Galdo joy that also helps motivate her; whether it’s
spending time with her young twin cousins or spotting former St. Francis de Sales and Christopher Columbus students at special events. Galdo’s 31st Birthday Block Party Fundraiser, orchestrated to help pay for medical bills, reinforces the fact that her former students
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pepper their praises. Physical Therapist Deborah Davis remarks, “This girl has got such strength, will power and perseverance. And just works her ass off. She comes with a smile every day. She’s one of the hardest working patients I know.” Former fellow patient Ava Kenney read recently about Galdo’s plight then tracked down tickets to the party after being out of touch with Galdo since they were patients together. “She took it upon herself to teach me how to use my wheelchair. I’m so glad I found her. She’s such a sweetheart. I told her I’d do everything I can to try to help her,” Kenney says. Friend and former colleague Winona Hayes sums it up. “There are so many people who love her. And we’re going to be there for her. That’s her legacy.” For information about donating to the Joanna Galdo Fund please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. prh
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Q: What time is curfew and what are the penalties for parents and children? A: Curfew is 10:30 p.m. during the week and midnight on Friday and Saturday for children 13 to 17 years old. For children 12 and under, the curfew is 9:00 p.m. weekly and 10:00 p.m. on the weekend. For a first offense, children can be given a fine up to $250 or community service and the parents are given a warning. For a second of80
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Q: My daughter’s friend was beaten by a large group of boys in the Marconi Plaza. The boys in question were not from our neighborhood. Our children are scared. Are they allowed to arm themselves for protection? A: I would strongly advise against weapons of any sort. Devices like mace and pepper spray are legal but in the hands of children, they can be dangerous. I recently attended a town hall meeting put together by the editors of this magazine. District Attorney Seth Williams, Register of Wills Ron Donatucci, State Representative Kenyatta Johnson and Captain Lou Campione of the First District fielded questions from civic leaders, concerned parents and scared children. Our State and City officials are aware of our children under siege in their own neighborhoods. They promised to take steps to combat the violence. In the meantime, you and your children should promptly report any suspicious behavior to the police. Let them handle it. Children arming themselves is dangerous and not the answer.
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rowing up, summer was always my favorite time of year (no school!). I still love the season with all my heart (no homework to help with!) but it is no longer the “be all end all” it used to be for me. I’m now partial to the season that follows. It’s the one that we are enjoying right now thanks to its crispy overripe vegetation, harvest festivals and that notso-subtle hint from the living things outdoors. The “you better enjoy me now because next stop is winter and I’m almost outta here” hint. It’s also the last hurrah for the many farm stands that speckle the area. Oh, how I love them! What deals there are to be found! Walking to and from each tent-covered
PRHGreenSp ce stand, I look at the abundance of veggies and want them all. And rationalizing my shopping spree is easy: I’m helping local farmers and the local economy; I can save a significant amount of money; plus, I’m giving the environment a break by sparing trucks miles on the road delivering farm “fresh” wonders to states days away. But then sometimes I get home and realize I bit off way more than I can chew. What about the box of chard they were practically giving away, or the 10 for one corn deal I couldn’t pass up? More often than not, my good intentions ended up as soggy remnants of their former lush selves in the bottom of my garbage disposal. Moreover, my carb-loving husband and son aren’t natural veggie eaters. I watch them inhale casseroles (and in my son’s case chicken nuggets) as the greens sit untouched or end up scraped off into the trash. Our newest addition, my sweet baby Katalina, added the challenge of figuring out how to eventually begin her veggie-eating journey and I knew the time had come to take serious action. I needed a new approach and I found it when I was dusting off the book shelves in our family library. “Deceptively Delicious” by Jerry Seinfeld’s wife, Jessica, encourages
moms to “sneak” fruit and veggies into the family food by pureeing produce and using it in recipes that disguise the taste and color. And I thought I loved farm stands before. I adore them now that I can fill my car with all those colorfully inexpensive vegetables and fruits to puree and freeze the same day they’re picked. My freezer looks pretty cool, too, with the carefully labeled ziplock bags sporting sharpie inscriptions like “Apple Blueberry Blend,” “Celery Puree,” or “Green Monster” which is my version of an enchanting, albeit goopy, mix of everything from arugula, to kiwi,
to green apples. I love watching my six-year-old gulp down Chef Boyardee ravioli laden with pureed carrots (little does he know). I have practiced to perfection how to make organic baby food with no sugar, preservatives or pesticides when Katalina is ready for more than mother’s milk. For the first time, I am not stressing about my family’s nutritional needs because I’m watching silently, secretly, sneakily, as they devour the four food groups. Though they have busted me on a few occasions by asking, ‘What is in these mashed potatoes?’ (pureed cauliflower), more often than not, they don’t have a clue. In fact, my husband thinks my cooking has never been better. With apple season fully underway, I was pureeing a bunch of granny smiths the other day when my son walked into the kitchen, surveyed my project and asked if he could have a taste. I let him, and he said, ‘Mom, I love this. It tastes just like Jolly Rancher candy.’ n Baby steps.
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Should You Hire a Third Party by David M. Spitzberg, CPA
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fter posing that question to clients, I’ve been asked: “What is it going to cost?” ; “Don’t you want to do my work?” and “Why do I want to make less money?” Simply put, use of an outside service may help reduce costs and improve efficiency. I certainly want to service my clients and I do like making money. Still I, like most accountants, want clients to believe that their dollars are being properly spent. It’s very important to discuss this option with your Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Record keeping could be improved. This is of particular concern due to increased compliance checking by government agencies. A better understanding of the “dos and don’ts” of the workplace is critical. Penalties and interest resulting from late payments and filing could be eliminated due to the structure that a service can provide. Use of an outside service may free your staff and CPA to do more productive work. Consider the options that a service can provide. For example, payroll checks, tax payment instructions, tax returns and Forms W-2 can be delivered to your office with instructions. Alternatively, direct deposit of payroll checks, electronic payment of payroll tax liabilities and electronic filing of payroll tax returns and Forms W-2 may be preferable. Your pay periods could be changed from, for example, every week to every other week, to save money. Human Resource services could be utilized. Be careful. Get references, preferably from your CPA, banker, attorney and other friends in business. Consult with business reference services. Meet with representatives of several well referred third party payroll service providers. Before and after hiring a service, review information provided. Your responsibilities are not relinquished after hiring a service. People make mistakes. Among many issues, understand that even though funds have been withdrawn from your bank account by a service for payment to, for example, the IRS, the employer is still ultimately responsible for payment. Hiring a good payroll service could reduce costs and improve efficiency. A bad service can cause nightmares with government agencies. Your CPA could spend hours helping to resolve problems. In these tough economic times, cost savings are critical. Use of a third party payroll service may help improve your bottom line. prh
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1. I (center) am leading the protest outside the Bandstand studio after the firing of Bob Horn. | 2. In the home studio I built in my garage, with my assistant deejay, my daughter Gerri. | 3. Sammy on my show in the ‘70s. | 4. Rockin’ with James Brown on The Discophonic Scene. | 5. The Supremes on The Discophonic Scene, the only local TV show they ever appeared on. | 6. Getting the 50-Year Service Award from Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (center) and Congressman Bob Brady (left). | 7. Mom and Dad after they ran away and married. | 8. All dressed up for Bandstand in 1954. | 9. With Angelo Bruno and his family, which became my second family after Pattie and I broke up. | 10. My first featured close-up from the Bandstand Yearbook.
he first time I met him was sometime in 1967, in the newsroom of WFIL TV (Now WPVI) and the first thing he said to me was, “Larraphonic Larry, I’m The Geator With The Heater, The Boss With the Hot Sauce. Larraphonic Larry, I think you’re going to be big in this town.” Then, quite suddenly, he signed a one dollar bill, and handed it to me. I still have it. It was one of the first inspiring comments I received as I worked my way up from street reporter to backup anchor at Channel 6, and eventually to the main anchor chair. But, I thought, who is this guy, and where’s the energy coming from? That was my introduction to Jerry Blavat, the former American Bandstand regular, who struggled against all odds, and wouldn’t be denied in his extraordinary quest from a spirited and controversial childhood, to an ambitious and driving teenager, to cultural icon in the Greater Philadelphia region.
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Now, Jerry has written the mother of all “tell-all” books, “You Only Rock Once.” The narrative is compelling as it takes you from the streets of South Philadelphia to the halls of broadcast power and national entertainment notoriety. Most striking about the book is the early years, where a hustling father, who was a first class gambler, and a loving mother helped shape the young life. The details that Jerry shares with us about his “maturation” will shock some people and titillate others. The descriptions of the moments from his budding young love life to his territorial conquests in business as a young deejay are the stuff that dreams are made of. Yet the reader, in awe, waits with anxious tension for the next episode, the next moment, and wonders what this young dynamo with unlimited energy, will do next. The life lived by Jerry is filled with amazing relationships, friendships which are hallmark of his gohomephilly.com
frenetic life. We meet his closest of all friends, Sammy Davis Jr., who Jerry helped shepherd in his final days. There is the story of Dick Clark, and the episodes that led to his success. We meet Angelo Bruno, the murdered leader of the local underworld, and others with questionable career paths. Jerry’s professional career brings him up front and personal with a who’s who of popular entertainment – Fats Domino, Frankie Valli, Frank Sinatra, Don Rickles, Danny and the Juniors and the Philadelphia creative giants, Gamble and Huff. This book is a chance to meet the real people behind the big names, including politicians, judges and even some TV personalities. But there is no superficiality in this edition. Nothing is held back. What Jerry perceives, whether it is success or treachery, is what you get. And central to the story are the battles he faces: Battling back against law enforcement determined to exploit his ties to the
friends from the neighborhood. They never proved anything, did they? Of course, there are the business people who were supportive, and others who resented the success of this little guy with the big heart. In the end, he remains triumphant, fighting just as hard as his father taught him to, and with enough love to make him a certifiable legend, liked and loved by his admirers even as he continued working way past mortal retirees would. Jerry Blavat. He rides a bicycle through the streets of Center City. He works about 80 hours a week. He loves his family and his city. And when you read his narrative, you realize that the Geator With The Heater, is probably the most loyal human being in public life in Philadelphia, unless of course, you have betrayed him. Like all men and women of courage, he never accepts betrayal as you will learn graphically in this book of his life. n
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Believe In by David W. Cava ut of the blue, I realized that I have a fondness for soda machines. They take me back to a simpler time when I walked miles to school through the worst of weather conditions, with no shoes on my feet. Okay, times weren’t that simple. But as a kid, I remember a can of soda as something special, not a beverage that was commonplace. Our summertime drink of choice was a few gulps from a garden hose; so when you came across a soda machine and magically had a few coins in your pocket, you couldn’t help but indulge in a can of your favorite carbonated beverage. Wildwood Crest, New Jersey Summer of ’79: I drop 35 cents into a slot at the top of a giant mechanical robot and it coughs out an icy cold can of Iced Tea. The combination of summer heat and blazing sunshine gets the condensation going and the can appears to be sweating just as much as I am. I snap back the tab and pull with just the right amount of torque to tear it off without spilling a drop. The metal giant’s condenser hums as if asking, “What are you waiting for?” Angling my neck backward, I lift the can to my lips and take the plunge!
Today, soda is big business. The advertising focuses on a battle of supremacy more than on the enjoyment from consuming the product. There appears to be a lot of that going around these days. Bash in the brains of your competition and absolutely win at all costs or you’re not playing the game correctly. Politics are big business, too. The politicians focus more on a battle of supremacy than on actually getting things done. What’s good for the goose keeps the gander nicely compensated and secure for at least one more term. Bash in the brains of your competition and absolutely win at all costs or you’re not playing the game correctly. I visit the office soda machine a couple of times in a given week. I still feel a bit of my childhood enthusiasm when I feed dollars into my robotic friend. As I twist off the cap and prepare to “take the plunge” with that first sip, I remember. I remember a time when we were a bit more cordial toward each other. The first purpose of a game is to have fun. But, we are not always playing a game. If we forget what is really important and we are only in it to win it, then someone is bound to get hurt. n
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RowHome Remembers: Harry O’Neill by Bob Wagner
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ust before the start of Spring Training each year, I pull out a stack of DVDs with baseball-related themes to get myself primed for the upcoming season. Angels in the Outfield, Bang the Drum Slowly, The Rookie, Pride of the Yankees, The Stratton Story and of course, Field of Dreams.
Through that film, millions of movie-goers got to know the story of Archibald “Moonlight” Graham (portrayed by Burt Lancaster) who played one inning of one game for the New York Giants during the 1905 season before fading into baseball obscurity and becoming a doctor. While certainly lesser known, there is a Philadelphia adaptation of this tale that not only celebrates the triumph of a young man who accomplished his boyhood dreams of playing in the big leagues but goes on to share the saga of man who became a decorated war hero before making the ultimate sacrifice during the invasion of Iwo Jima in World War II. Harry Mink O’Neill was born in South Philadelphia on May 8, 1917. Shortly afterward, his family relocated to Darby borough in Delaware County where Harry went on to become a standout three-sport athlete excelling in baseball, football and basketball at Darby High School and later at Gettysburg College where he majored in history. Immediately after his graduation from college on June 5, 1939, O’Neill signed a $200 a month contract to play for his beloved hometown Philadelphia Athletics and was placed on the club’s roster as its 3rd string catcher by Owner/Manager Connie Mack. When O’Neill joined the team, the A’s were struggling with a record of 17-24 and sinking fast. For 48 days, O’Neill rode the bench while his parents would take the long trolley ride to Shibe Park for all of the A’s home games, hoping to see Harry make his debut.
Finally, on July 23, 1939, during a road game against the Detroit Tigers, O’Neill finally got his chance to get on the field. With the A’s trailing badly (16 -3), Harry entered the game as a lateinning defensive replacement for starter Frankie Hayes in the 8th inning. Sadly, this was not to become another Lou Gehrig/Wally Pipp fable. O’Neill was pulled after the inning and never got the chance to bat. Worse yet, he never again got the opportunity to be in the A’s lineup. Following the 1939 season (a dismal record of 55-97), the A’s released O’Neill from the big club and assigned him to the Allentown Wings of the Interstate League for the 1940 season. During July of that that season, he moved over to the Harrisburg Senators. Following the 1940 season, Harry took a job as a history teacher and coach at Upper Darby Junior High School. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor and the outbreak of World War II, Harry put his dreams on hold and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in September 1942. Upon graduation from Marines Officer Candidate School at Quantico Virginia , O’Neill was assigned to the 4th Marine Division training at Camp Pendleton near San Diego. His wife, the former Ethel Breen of Colwyn, Delaware County, visited him there in early 1944 and stayed with him until his division shipped out on the USS Calloway, bound for action in the Pacific Theatre. O’Neill rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant while serving with the 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division and saw combat in the Marshall Islands. During the invasion of Saipan, O’Neill was wounded
when a shell fragment tore into his right arm. The wound was serious enough to force his evacuation to a San Francisco Naval Hospital for treatment where he was awarded The Purple Heart. Following his recovery, he re-joined his comrades for their next assignment. On February 19, 1945, the 4th Marines landed on the black volcanic sands of Iwo Jima. The battle has become iconic in America history as the epitome of heroism in desperate hand-to-hand combat. According to reports, the last man to see Lt. Harry O’Neill alive was Private 1st Class James Kontes. On the morning of March 6, 1945, the 4th Marines Division began an allday assault against the remaining firmly dug-in Japanese forces. As the sun set on that fateful day, Kontes and O’Neill found themselves standing shoulder to shoulder inside a bomb crater. Suddenly, a single rifle shot rang out, hitting Harry O’Neill, killing him instantly. For more than 140 years, baseball has provided more than just entertainment for the American public. Whether you were/are a fan of The National League, The American League or the old Negro League, baseball has helped us through. Through prosperity and economic depression, through peace and war, the game is with us and endures just as we endure. Perhaps it is fitting that the Harry O’Neill story reads like a Hollywood script. Whether the film is Field of Dreams or The Sands of Iwo Jima, the stories seem to parallel the life and times of this Philadelphia hero and in some small measure, keep his memory alive. ✽ rowhome magazine
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rom the time Peter Dundovich first laced up his skates and took to the ice at Rizzo Rink as a first grader, he was hooked on hockey. Dundovich’s father, who could take or leave hockey, didn’t realize the snowball he had started rolling when he took his son to try out for a coach friend’s team. “I just put the skates on and it came pretty natural,” Dundovich said. “It was one of those things that never went away.” Twenty years later, he’s already skated with the Flyers and tended goal for a handful of teams, gaining experience along the way. Like any kid growing up in South Philly, he lived vicariously through his city’s sports team, playing for several years during his childhood for the Philadelphia Little Flyers. In high school, he played for Roman Catholic, where his team won two championships. After graduation, he went on to play junior
hockey, a stepping stone for guys who are interested in pursuing a career but aren’t quite ready for the collegiate and professional level. He stuck with the Little Flyers until he was invited out to Montana to play for the Helena Big Horns and the Quinn City Cutthroats. Two seasons later, he returned to Philadelphia to play for the Little Flyers again, before moving on to college at University of Massachusetts Boston. Only a year later, he transferred to Framingham University at the behest of their hockey coach. “You sort of have to go where the opportunity is,” he said. During his junior year of college, Dundovich was vacationing in Croatia, where his father was born, when he met the coach of the country’s professional team. He was asked to try out and was signed for a year. After his contract was up, he returned to the states to be signed by the New York Aviators out of Brooklyn, where his team went into the finals.
At that time, he also was given the opportunity to try out with the Flyers. He was signed for a second season by the Aviators not long ago. At his age, 26, Dundovich has no concerns about the direction he is going in, or the time it will take him to get there. “Especially as a goalie, it seems like the older you get, the better,” he says. “So there is still time to go.” Playing pro for the Flyers is still the goal, though. “That’s the dream,” he said, “especially for any hockey player growing up in Philadelphia.” Because of the touring required to play the game, “it’s a whirlwind life”, he gestures. “One day you’re home, one day you’re somewhere else. It’s something you have to love.” But that makes it all the sweeter when he does finally make it back to South Philadelphia. “I’ve done so much traveling but it’s always good to come home,” Dundovich said. “I’ve been around the world and there are not too many places like it.” ✽
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don’t know why I haven’t given up,” calmly states Brian Sheehan, a journalism student at Temple University. For the past seven years, Sheehan has harbored the dream of hosting his own television show by and for teens. And now, he is finally working to make that dream come true.
“Young America” was born out of an eye-opening experience. At the tender age of 14, Sheehan was playing football at Unami Middle School alongside a teammate he never really liked. Somehow, polite sideline conversation turned into a deep discussion during which his teammate confessed his struggles with major anxiety. “I was taken aback,” Sheehan says. “At the time, I didn’t even know what anxiety was. Here I am standing next to this kid who I had nothing in common with who was feeling the exact same way I was. It couldn’t be coincidence.” So, Sheehan developed a concept that revolved around a teenage show host taking on real teenage issues. This wouldn’t be a show in which an adult interceded as host, or a lucky few won audience seats through a lottery. His hope was to have every side to a topic represented by a different figurehead, and even ensure that the audience was closely in tune with the discussion at hand. “Take bullying,” he explains. “Not only do we have a victim of bullying, but a bully, as well, alongside a professional, and an audience full of people who’ve been affected by this very topic, or even those who think they have nothing in common with the person on stage. The cheerleader in the back might not think she has anything to do with the bullied kid on stage. But then she might find out she can relate to his self-image issues or whatever. It is something no one has done before.” But the road less traveled proved to be one loaded with obstacles.
The aspiring show host has pitched the concept to every production company from MTV to Philly.com. While in high school, Sheehan took every opportunity he could to meet with newscasters behind the scenes, networking and maintaining professional contacts at a young age. He has shot test shows, written columns based on the Young America concept and was promised more than a dozen times that his idea would take off. Sheehan also tasted the horrible betrayal of almost having his idea stolen from right under his nose. But he never took it personally. “Whatever happened with my idea, no one ever said it was a bad one. I really believe if it didn’t happen with a certain company, it wasn’t meant to be.” So, Sheehan saved some of his hard earned money and hired entertainment lawyer Lloyd Zane Remick. Since then, Sheehan has enlisted the help of his university with assistance from Temple Associate Professor Paul Gluck to shoot a half-hour pilot episode on TU’s campus. While the piece is out of post production, Sheehan plans to shop it around while finishing up his degree. Despite many a door slammed in his face, Sheehan continues to courageously and patiently knock on new ones. “Something bigger than myself is calling me to do this. I can feel it. Otherwise, wouldn’t I have given up? I want to help people really work on accepting all different types of people, to get outside of their comfort zone.”
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he year 1912 was a leap year. The United States presidential election was in a rare four-way contest with Republican incumbent William Howard Taft versus Democrat Woodrow Wilson, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt and Socialist Eugene V. Debs. It was also the year that Italian Augustinian priests leaped across the ocean at the invitation of Archbishop Patrick Ryan, 2nd Archbishop of Philadelphia. Their mission? To minister to the swelling Italian immigrant population.
In 1898, 14 years prior to that invitation, three Augustinians arrived in South Philadelphia and established a parish called Our Lady of Good Counsel. The Order of the Hermits of St. Augustine purchased a building on the southwest corner of 9th & Watkins Streets, former site of Salem Church of the Evangelical Association of North America, for $14,500 (about $300,000 in today’s money). In those early days, the Augustinians of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church administered to the spiritual needs of Italian Catholics who lived between 8th and 12th Streets and south of Market Street as far as the Navy Yard. Although he was only 32
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January 22 , 11:00 Mass St. Nicholas Church, 9th & Watkins Street, Philadelphia 12:00 Noon Communion Breakfast The IATSE Ballroom, 2401 S. Swanson Street, Philadelphia
years old, Father John Cerruti was appointed first administrator of the new Mission Chapel, which henceforth was to be known as the Church of St. Nicholas of Tolentine. Archbishop Edmond Francis Prendergast, who realized that there was a great demand for Italian speaking priests in Philadelphia, upgraded the Mission Chapel to an official parish church by transferring the parish records of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church to St. Nicholas. The administrative priest could now become the pastor. During these years of active ministry in Philadelphia, the Augustinians in Italy assisted those who wished to immigrate to America. Philadel-
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phia needed workers. Construction was booming and the trades were in search of a steady flow of laborers to our city. During the 1920s, Augustinians welcomed Fathers and Brothers from the island of Malta and from Spain. The Sisters of St. Lucy Fillipini taught the schools. Today, St. Nicholas of Tolentine is designated as an Italian National Parish. If you are Italian or part Italian, regardless of whether you live inside or outside the parish, you can become a member of the Church. Almost a century later, students, from Pre-K to 8th grade, still learn Italian. And every Sunday at 8 a.m., Mass is celebrated in Italian, as it has been for the past 100 years. A man who has lived his entire life in the parish, Father Nicholas Martorano became its administrator on May 2, 1984. On October 17th of the same year, “Fr. Nick” was confirmed as Pastor of St. Nicholas of Tolentine. “In the year 2012, our centennial celebration will begin but we are still gathering materials,” says Father Nick, who wants to spread the word. “We would love any old photos, documents or scans to add to our archives. We especially would like to find early sacrament photos, or exteriors or interiors of the church.” Fr. Nick, who grew up only blocks
away from the Parish he would eventually oversee, has only fond memories of St. Nicholas of Tolentine. “It’s really a world of its own. Growing up here was like growing up in a village. Music legend Charlie Gracie and comedian Dom Irrera are from this parish. Since we’ll be celebrating our 100th anniversary all year long, we’re hoping they can make contact or an appearance. What uplifting moments they would be!” St. Nicholas serves its parishioners in a duel role, religious and cultural, Fr. Nick explains. Every year for the past 75 years, a Procession of Saints winds through the Parish neighborhoods, a tradition that dates back to Church rituals rooted in its European history. The Procession culminates with a Mass and memorable street festival celebrating all things Italian, from food to history to music. The Parish looks forward to re-connecting with everyone who has walked its school halls, prayed in its historic Church or enjoys fond memories of a Parish that, to this day, welcomes people from near and far to celebrate its rich spiritual and cultural roots in the heart of South Philadelphia. Cent Anni! n
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Your First Job by Tony Santini
love my job.” “I hate my job.” “I’m happy I have a job!” Whatever the situation, we all have something in common: we had to start somewhere. For some, a first job was an exciting time, a prelude to bigger and better. For others, it was a nightmare.
One of my first jobs was delivering newspapers. Although I didn’t hawk papers like the “Newsies,” I previously had street-wise, entrepreneurial experience as a roaming soft pretzel vendor. Can you say, Frrrr-reshhhhh Per-retttttt-zels? At age 13, I was an usher at the Colonial Movie Theater. At 14, I was a server at the Fiesta Caterers. My mother was a clerk in Gratz’s Pharmacy at 7th & Mifflin. My father delivered homemade Gevela Water, a pre-cursor to bleach. On weekends, he used to light the gas stoves for the Orthodox Jews in the neighborhood who stayed true to the Sabbath. While they all have fallen to the wayside, they are hardly forgotten Even celebrities had a series of “first jobs.” Frank Sinatra’s first job was an office boy for the Hudson Observer newspaper. Dean Martin quit school at 16 to work in a steel mill. Our local celebrities, like Sylvester Stallone, cleaned the
lions’ cages at a zoo. Frankie Avalon and Fabian were busboys. Before Chubby Checker started doing the Twist, he assisted customers in the Italian Market in a butcher’s shop and later at Tony Anastasi’s Produce Store. Besides the low pay and long hours, first jobs can present embarrassing moments. I’ve heard rumors of young Shipyard apprentices being sent to the tool crib to pick up a left-handed adjustable wrench or a bucket of steam. Another friend was a waitress in John Wanamaker’s basement restaurant. While working an exclusive children’s birthday party, she managed to drop a tray of 24 hot dogs and watched in horror as hot dogs rolled across the floor. Consequently, while first jobs can be bad, low-paying endeavors with plenty of opportunity for embarrassment, the good news is that they usually get better or serve as springboards for something you really want to do. You just have to keep telling yourself that! n
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think goldfish are very underestimated pets. We bought Mr. Fish about four years ago and he ruled our fish tank since day one. He didn’t bother the other fish but they definitely knew he was the king of the aquarium. I read somewhere that goldfish were lucky. They attract good energy into your home and absorb negative energy. That might account for the size of Mr. Fish. At least six inches long and three inches wide. He was about the size of my thumb when we first brought him home. I figured I’d give that feng shui belief in lucky goldfish a whirl. One by one, the other fish died as Mr. Fish grew. Until he was the only one left. Swimming around under the waterfall of the pump. Rising to the top of the water every morning, waiting for me to drop a few fish flakes into his open mouth. I know. You think I’m losing my mind. But Mr. Fish and I bonded through the years. He knew my voice. He swam around as I moped about through months of life, worried and despaired. Sometimes thrilled and elated. He heard me talk to myself. Work through some very disturbing tribulations. You can imagine my grief when we finally had to bury our beloved pet at sea. I shared my sentimental attachment to my goldfish with my sister one day. ‘You need a hobby,’ she said. ‘I am afraid for you.’ And then she got the turtles. Apple and Taffy. Or Cuff and Link. Everyone calls them by a different name. They, too, were the size of a silver dollar when they arrived home in their cute little plastic container. It wasn’t long before they outgrew that little plastic box. From a 10-gallon tank to a 20-gallon size, the aquariums were quickly replaced
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