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A Spotlight on the Pros who make our city pretty RowHome catches up with a few of our favorite contractors, realtors, designers and more!


Popi’s Restaurant celebrates 30 years by John Nacchio


The hottest summer lip & blush colors! by Victoria DiPietro


Theatre Spotlight: Pulitzer Prize winner James Ijames by Marialena Rago


Natalie Pantaleo: Lying Down with Dogs by Rachel Porter






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70_ BRIDES GUIDE Michael & Jillian Costello A movie screen wedding at Cescaphe Ballroom by Joe Volpe

12_ HANGIN’ OUT This is 60! “Looks 24. Feels 20. Acts 16!”

34_ HEALTH Neurofeedback Therapy is here! by Theresa Collins BA CADC Facility Director/Primary Therapist Directions Outpatient Centers


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10_ NEIGHBORHOOD NOIR 1949. Rose & Chris DiGiacomo from 9th & McKean in Cape May NJ





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A Spotlight on the Pros who make our City pretty The demand for construction workers continues to increase, says Michael Neill, Director of Training, IBEW 98 (Page 44). Now more than ever, young entrepreneurs like Michael Rhoades (EMR Trucking / Commercial Contracting / Page 36) are choosing the trades as their career paths. “I was born and raised in this city. I love doing my part to keep it looking its best,” he says. PRH spotlights some of the Pros in the construction, building, real estate & development industries who make our city pretty.


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Thank you for featuring us [Bride Guide / Winter 2022]. It was a special article that captured our love and big day perfectly. We will cherish this forever. Thank you! Anthony & Christina Pizzi (and our dog Pepperoni)


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1. Michael Giangiordano Sr. is honored with a City Citation from Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson on Father’s Day in recognition of his service to the community and more than 36 years in business. Michael & son Michael Giangiordano II own and operate Century 21 Forrester Real Estate on East Passyunk Avenue.



2. Legendary Philadelphia Flyers Goalie Bernie Parent & his wife Gini with Tom & Donna Lamaine at the Ron Jaworski Pairings Party at Live! Casino. 3. Arriving from Albania, Ida’s parents Rrapo & Teuta Hazizi celebrate grandson Arbor’s 15th birthday. Here is the happy family – Kem Provoliu, Ida & Fiona. 4. Fiona Provoliu blows out the eight candles on her unicorn cake.


5. Jane & Anne enjoy wine and views at Castello di Verrazzano in Tuscany, Italy. 6. Hangin’ Out at Johnny’s Cafe in Margate with Denise Capone, Denise LaRosa & Nancy Post. 7. RowHome Rowan is hangin’ out at the Penn Mar Irish Festival in his new kilt. 8. Brenda & Crystal are hangin’ out at BroadwayCon in New York City.


9. Shelby Moree & Michael Impagliazzo are hangin’ out at the Reserve in Packer Park.

11. Cousins Lucas Postiglione & Andrew Juliana are hangin’ out with their spring issue of RowHome Magazine! 12. Fiona celebrates her 8th birthday at Caffe Ida with her brother Arbor, and friends Zohra, Julianna, Luca & Beya. 13. This is 60! “Looks 24. Feels 20. Acts 16!” Lifelong friends celebrate their 60th birthday year at Catch in Longport. (L-R) Nancy Hinkie, Dawn Retallick Rhoades, (Diana Caputo, our guest for the evening), Danielle Rocco DiNapoli, (Dorette, who toasted the crew), JoAnn Fiore & Lisa DiFlorio Davis. 14. Hangin’ Out old school! On the front steps with Mike Rhoades, Eddie Costello & daughter Lucia Costello. 15. Former Philadelphia Eagles Coach Dick Vermeil & former KYW Channel 3 Meteorologist Tom Lamaine at the Ron Jaworski Pairings Party at Live! Casino. 16. Spending time with family & friends in Florida is like home away from home for Lisa Davis, Nancy Hinkie & Dawn Rhoades. Thank you, cousins Judy & Cosmo, for being such gracious hosts! 17. Stephanie, Brenda, Ashleigh & Crystal are hangin’ out at Paddle Penn’s Landing. 18. Hangin’ Out at Stogie Joe’s for Marie Elena’s birthday.

10. Hangin’ Out with 9th & Wolf at Key Schoolyard! Mikey Mallon, David Moss, Anthony Valenti, Walter, Anthony ‘Moose’ Musumeci, Craig, Anthony Flea, Bobby DiEva, Joey Collacchi, Anthony Versace, Richie Schiavone.

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his past April, in a span of just 13 days, the world grew suddenly silent. Two entertainment legends, whose voices defined a generation, a genre, and many associated lifestyles, passed on from the earthly to the grand and heavenly stage above. I’ve been blessed throughout my career, both as a live event professional and as a writer, to find myself in places and with people that many could only imagine. Now, before you go firing up the pompous meter, allow me to explain. My friendship with both Bobby Rydell and Sid Mark can be summed up in one six-word phrase – “Act like you’ve been here before.” I had long been a fan of Sid Mark. Hell, if you grew up anywhere near Philadelphia, you knew Fridays were for Frank and Sundays were for Sinatra. From the kitchens of South Philly to the sands of Sea Isle City, and all the radios and stereos in between, that’s just how it was. Early on in my PRH career, through the efforts of a couple industry friends, I was able to talk my way into an exclusive interview with Sid Mark. As we sat in his studio overlooking Bala Cynwyd, Sid and I talked easily for more than an hour with great candor and a humility that I never heard from the other side of a radio speaker. When reflecting on his first meeting with Sinatra, every word of that story etched itself into my suddenly growing, yet gradually transforming persona. Somewhere during that initial meeting with Sinatra, Sid Mark said he realized that when you were with Sinatra, you were with him. Eating, drinking, socializing. You were his guest. Photos and autographs made you a civilian. Sid Mark was reciprocal. If I needed to talk to him or just wanted to say hello, he always took my call. He (and Merrill Kelem) was with me when I interviewed Frank Sinatra, Jr. Never once did Sid insert himself into the conversa-


tion. Instead, he quietly nodded approvals. He trusted me and it was quite evident the night of one of his anniversary shows. As he was being escorted from the front of the house to the back, he spotted me making my way in. He stopped the entourage and simply said with an open hand, “Walk with me.” And that, I did. Full disclosure, there were a few cognacs along the way, but I recall that as being the first night I met another local legend, Bobby Rydell. We were in the wings at Parx Casino while Bobby, Junior and Sid were on stage. Sinatra’s friend Merrill Kelem introduced me to Bobby’s wife Linda, and we hit it off right away. When Bobby got off stage, Linda did the honors, and that entire backstage area played witness to the “Heyyyy, how are yaaaa pal, come eere…” complete with the hug, backslaps and cheek kisses. It was genuine from the get. Our initial interview should’ve been done sitting on milk crates like the two corner guys we were, laughing, cursing, and crying. As legendary basketball Coach Jimmy Valvano once said, “Now that’s a good day.” Bobby allowed me uncensored access to his many wins and losses in life, then trusted me with them in the written word. I treasured every minute of our friendship. We were up at the Ardmore Music Hall to see Patrizio Buanne perform, pre-pandemic. I had the pleasure of introducing the Italian crooner to Bobby and Charlie Gracie a few years earlier. Patrizio was a big fan of “the Italian boy singers,” and it was mutual, indeed. From the stage, the singer acknowledged Bobby in the audience and invited him up on stage. Before getting up, he shot me a look, and indiscreetly flicked his head towards the stage. Message received. “Walk with me…” Shared. Not spoken. Sleep warm, Sidney and Bobby. Thank you for allowing this civilian an all-access opportunity to grow up on the inside. PRH

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byTony Santini ho needs anyway? I’ve conducted my own genealogical chart, at no cost, and here is what I know. My four grandparents all were born in Italy, so that makes them Italian. My mother was born in Italy but came to America when she was three years old. She had the two Smallpox vaccination scars on her left arm to prove it. My father was born in

America, so that makes my parents first-generation Italian Americans. My siblings and I were born in America and raised exclusively in the Italian heritage, so that makes us second-generation American Italians. My children were born in America and were raised with an understanding and appreciation of everything Italian, especially our love of food and traditions. I guess my kids then are American Americans of Italian descent. If I extend this line of thinking to


my grandson, then I guess he is an American with an Italian last name. I regret that I never learned how to speak Italian. My mother was fluent and could read and write in Italian, as well, but never forced it on us. Over time, I was able to pick up and repeat words or phrases and maybe a few curse words that sounded Italian, but I knew I was doing an injustice to a beautiful language. Turns out that some of my family and friends, who are

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also second-generation Italians, are doing the same thing and they were willing to share their favorites. So, with a respectful nod to local author Lorraine Ranalli, who published such a list in her excellent book, Gravy Wars, here is a list of my so-called Italian words which are mashups or sound-alikes of real Italian words. I think? When these are spoken aloud, my friends and family claim to be speaking Italian. We know that we are not. Also, Lorraine Ranalli says it best in her book: “There is no correct spelling of these words. If you try to put them in writing, you can only hope to capture the best phonetic spelling you can.” I hope some of these resemble something said aloud in your Row Home. Feel free to add any to the list. �





My So-Called Italian

See a cute little baby in the room?....................“Ma doosey bella!” See that toddler all disheveled with messy hair?.................................................“You look like Lena Squashinod” Toddler spills a drink on the table?...................“Quick, get the mapeen!” Toddler continues to get on your nerves?.........“You’re a Scooch-a-mend!” Toddler needs a nap?..........................................“Let’s go Nenna-Nonna.” Child a little ornery?..........................................“You’re gonna get a bacca-bach!” Child gets hurt?..................................................“A piccata”


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Come to the table hungry?................................“What are you, morta da fam?” Food not tasty?...................................................“This is shabeed” Homemade pizza on a Friday night?.................“La beetsa” Ham pie at Easter?.............................................“Pizzagine” Eat too fast?........................................................“Gavonne!” Ate all the food in front of you?........................“Si fat da bone (you did good?) Dinner was all leftovers?....................................“We’re having mooshcalanz.” Need to use the toilet?.......................................“Baccahous”

Came home feeling good from drinking?.........“Look at you. You’re bombadeed” Answer your mother back fresh?.......................“Stat-ta-zeet” (Please be quiet!) Answer your father back in any way? ............... “Get a Nuschaff to back of the head”

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Walk around in a daze?......................................“What are you...stunod?” Walk around like that all the time?...................“Chidroool” Being a hard-head?.............................................“Are you Gabadoast? Being mean or vindictive?..................................“You’re a fach-a-broot”

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Are you in a hurry?.............................................“Ahspet” Moving too slow?...............................................“Andiamo” Still moving too slow?........................................“Fazoobadah!” Not doing something the right way?.................“Fah-coo-zee (Do like this.) Can’t see something?..........................................“What are you, Ghigadda?” A promiscuous woman?.....................................“A Bootahn” A younger, promiscuous woman?......................“A Bootahnella” Get a new suit or a new car?..............................“Oh, you’re a Biggashot?? Not pleased with something you did?...............“Ma Fa-Na-Ba-La!” And one of my favorites…if you were an unwelcome visitor at our house and you finally announced that you were leaving, my grandfather would say, ‘Escribay cuando arrivay,’ which translated to… ‘Good. Write when you get there!’ In other words, don’t come back. If any of these odd translations are familiar to you, then I guess we are paisans. However, if most of them are foreign to you, then with all due respect, the paisans would say that you are a medigan, which translates to being an American and that ain’t a bad thing. PRH

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RYDELL As a kid aspiring to be a singer, I loved listening to our famous neighborhood guys. There was something about walking on the same streets they did 20 years before me. It gave me confidence and the hope to do what I had to do to succeed. Bobby Rydell was one of those guys. I drew my confidence from him and, of course, admired him. In my career, I had the good fortune to perform with him on stage with my band The Business at a friend’s wedding. We also opened for him at one of Philly’s big Labor Day concerts at Penn’s Landing. A dear friend of mine and former bandmate, Rick Baccare, coincidentally, became very close with Bobby while performing with him at Fredrick’s, back in the day. We both agreed that Bobby not only had the best overall voice of all the South Philly pop singers, but he also had one of the best voices in the business, period! Bobby Rydell’s idol was another legend, Bobby Darin, and you can tell the influence that his idol had on him. In the early 1960s, Bobby Rydell was quoted in 16 Magazine saying, ‘I should like for all of Bobby [Darin’s] friends to know how indebted I am to him. Not only


has he been kind enough to give me hints on most of the aspects of show business, he has also helped me in more practical ways by mentioning my name to important people who might never had known I exist. This unselfish attitude from Bobby makes me admire him even more. He’s just great!’ If you were an Italian kid from South Philly, you knew after being in Bobby Rydell’s presence for only a few minutes that he was one of us. He had the swagger, the South Philly wit, the pride in our neighborhood and, along with Charlie Gracie, never left the area. To me, that’s a huge deal. It was evident in all the photos that were posted of him with his fans immediately after he passed. He posed for a shot with everybody who asked, and their mothers! Bobby’s death was a blow for South Philadelphia and beyond. We think people like this will be around forever and that is not so. We are only fragile humans. At least he left us with a massive array of music to be enjoyed by future generations. As I said in my opening sentence, as a young kid, he was one of my musical heroes. I, along with many other South Philadelphians, will never forget him. PRH

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In loving Memory of our friend

Danny Olivieri August 20, 1957 – April 6, 2022 photo by ANDREW ANDREOZZI

There at the edge of the sea, I carve my name in the sand And watch as the waves caress each letter Until I, too, become as immortal as the sea. - DRJ We will see you on the Beach. Dorette & Dawn

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Pat Rocchi

Finds Humor in Everyday Life


by Maria Merlino ow much does stand-up comic Pat Rocchi and his wife Marie love Philadelphia? Even though they used to live in nearby North Wales, they’d vacation in Center City hotels for a few days to enjoy Philly’s arts and music scene. “We actually [decided to] move to Bella Vista,” says Rocchi (pronounced like Rocky) of the Philly neighborhood. “With a SEPTA Senior Fare card to get around, we feel as though we died and went to heaven! I discov-

ered Gran Caffe L’Aquila on Chestnut Street when they first opened. My family originated in L’Aquila Abruzzo and after speaking to the manager, I discovered we knew people in common.” After 45 years in corporate communications, including spokesperson for multiple General Electric businesses and director of communications at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Rocchi’s creativity rewarded him with many business accolades, film and television awards, and speech contest championships. As a professional communicator, Rocchi always had an interest in comedy and how it is


expressed on stage. “One year, after I successfully battled prostate cancer, my daughter gave me stand-up lessons as a Christmas gift,” he says. “I had to go to Ambler’s Act II Playhouse for them, but after that, I got the bug!” Rocchi is one of those comedians who takes the craft seriously and takes the time to prepare his set. “I tell people there is no greater feeling than going before a group of strangers and making them laugh. And it’s all you. You stand at a microphone, and it’s only you. I very rarely blame an audience for an inadequate show. I feel it is my responsibility for the laughs.”

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Lately, comedy has been taking a beating for hurting people’s feelings. Literally. Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle recently were attacked on stage. “I can say that many of us are wary of this,” Rocchi says. “We talk about it, even joke about it, as we are wont to do. But I don’t personally know a single comedian who has either stopped performing because of it or been attacked, thank goodness.” With the current “cancel culture,” comedians are taking measures to prevent this from happening to them. “Both Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock - two very different approaches to stand-up content - long ago stated they won’t work college campuses any longer because of cancel culture. In some instances, comedians are staying true to their visions of comedy by pre-empting certain audiences who would criticize them. The Philly comedians I know begin by answering this question: ‘Is my material funny?’ If it is, they proceed.”

In the past, Rocchi’s archetype for comedy was Robert Klein, who portrayed everyday life in observational and satirical humor. Those observations of modern life are the core of Rocchi’s own humor. “Robert Klein brought a great deal of intelligence to his stand-up,” he says. Recently, though, he admires young comics like John Mulaney and Taylor Tomlinson. This summer, Rocchi and his wife will be in Italy and Sea Isle City, NJ. When he’s home, you can find him performing at local venues like Comedy Cabaret and Cross Keys Brewing Company. He is also booked for private events like corporate meetings, birthdays, and social luncheons. Rocchi has even performed at funerals. He will eulogize your beloved with a humorous and joyful celebration of life. Pat Rocchi can be reached at You can also book him for an event through PRH

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courtesy of Chef Mitzi Jackson-Robinson @mj_thechef Welcome to Chef MJ’s Corner, where we will feature stories about food, nutrition, health, the latest trends and hotspots, and last but not least, stories that give inspiration to each reader. You know my motto, “Food is a segue into intimate conversation! So, take a load off and get intimate.” It seems that every time I turn on the local news, there are reports of gun violence. Sadly, I know two families who have recently lost their teenage sons to homicide in the city of Philadelphia. The good news is gun violence is actually down by 6 percent according to (from 2021 to 2022). I wonder…if kids had to be home by the time the streetlights came on, would this number be lower? Remember that? ‘You better be in this house by the time the streetlights come on!’ I was having a discussion with friends about their thoughts on gun violence across the country. From each one of them, several thoughts came to mind. Such as - when dinner time was sacred. When I was growing up, if you were not home by dinner time to eat with the family, you did not eat. What if this were still the case? Do you think our youth would be out past a certain hour if they couldn’t eat when they got home? The traditions

of old are hardly recognized anymore. Most families we knew had a family dinner every Sunday that was truly special. Grandma would break out all the stops, including the good dishes and those melt-in-your-mouth biscuits. We should try to incorporate these traditions more in our households. Bring back the opportunity for families to be closer together and actually communicate. Instead of just seeing each other on social media. I have four grandchildren. I think about them every day and the world that they are growing up in. I think it’s important to talk to your children daily. Teach them to be aware of their surroundings. Not to talk to strangers. Also sadly, we have to talk to them about what they would do, where they would hide, if a gunman came into their schools. It breaks my heart, but it’s reality. I personally have decided to talk to the younger generation every opportunity I get. Including offering free cooking classes as a coping mechanism for depression. Let’s try to come together and bring these sacred gatherings back. Even if it helps decrease this violent system of things just a little bit, we are one step closer. PRH

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THE CHILDREN’S HOUSE OF PHILADELPHIA A Montessori Preschool Serving Students from 18 Months to 6 Years


he success of the Montessori method has been so embraced by our parent community that The Children’s House of Philadelphia, which serves students from 18 months to 6 years at 2611 S. Broad Street, has expanded into a beautiful brownstone right next-door at 2607 S. Broad Street. The additional space with its high ceilings and sun-filled rooms has been lovingly restored and updated for Montessori classroom use. The new classrooms will enable our children to explore and learn through independence and purposeful work. The Children’s House staff is a select group of certified, early childhood educators. The Children’s House is an American Montessori Society member school as well as an Approved Private Academic School licensed by the Department of Education in the State of Pennsylvania. The Children’s House offers walk-through tours for interested families. Limited spaces available. To get the latest information and newest updates about The Children’s House of Philadelphia be sure to follow our Facebook page and our Instagram account @phillychildrenshouse. The Children’s House of Philadelphia is a member of the Philadelphia RowHome (PRH) Magazine Business Network.

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PRHLIFE Terrill Haigler with children Aubree (5) & Aiden (9). Courtesy of Terrill Haigler


Teaching Kids to keep their Neighborhoods Clean is Worth a Million Dollars by Brenda Hillegas

Terrill Haigler, a former Philly sanitation worker, realized how essential that role was during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, because of his environmental activism, Haigler (aka ‘Ya Fav Trashman’), is recognized as an internet and local sensation. Since stepping away from his job in February 2021, Haigler has assumed a few new roles in his community as the CEO of YaFavTrashman, LLC, and founder of a nonprofit called Trash 2 Treasure. He’s been featured on World News Tonight with David Muir, The TODAY Show, Good Morning America and The Kelly Clarkson Show and was invited to speak at the White House about his mission. Recently, Haigler co-hosted Philadelphia’s first 5K Earth Day Trash Walk, was awarded with the Waste Expo’s Changemaker Award, and recognized as a “40 Under 40” in the waste industry. On June 30th, Haigler officially added “author” to his long list of credentials. His new children’s

book, I’m Cool Too, is based on a conversation he had with his own three children about his job and how he does it. The book is illustrated by Deborah Tyson with Philly-based Empower in charge of project management. “I have a theory that the way to have a cleaner, safer city is that every zip code needs a clean block,” said Haigler, who was born and raised in North Philly and currently resides in Germantown. “Studies show that littering is a learned behavior. I decided to write a children’s book to ignite positive interactions with waste and recycling, as well as to advocate for the importance of sanitation workers, and teach children why they have to keep their communities clean.” Haigler’s goal is to sell 200,000 copies because $5 from every book sold will be donated to the School District of Philadelphia. Visit and click the ‘I’m Cool Too’ tab to order the book. Follow him on Instagram @_yafavtrashman.

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Summer In the City Ready…Set…Go! We love our locals! Our annual Hot Spots issue highlights our neighboring businesses and what we love most about them. We’d love to hear what YOU love about these places, too, so be sure to tag us (@rowhomemag on Instagram) and any of the businesses you visit. Let us know what you think!

[ ❚❙ Anthony’s Italian Coffeehouse

Hot Spots


Market to achieve Partnership Status for Philadelphia’s Zero-Waste Initiative!

true beautiful self! Treat yourself and your group of friends to a luxurious custom spray tan group session for four or more people and receive 20% off the tans of your choice. Of course, this includes complimentary champagne! CBD, anti-aging, and skin-firming add-ons are available.

❚❙ Bella Angel Hair & Makeup

Spend the summer sipping iced coffees and eating sweet creamy gelato. The new seasonal menu includes a variety of boards overflowing with the finest cured meats, cheeses, olives and other Italian delicacies. Grab one, along with a watermelon/cucumber salad, before a picnic or beach trip. The caprese skewer is perfect for your patio pickies or light lunch on a hot day. Anthony’s is the first business in Bella Vista and the Italian

Planning your wedding? Bella Angel is a hair and makeup service that travels to you! But you can also head to their salon for makeup lessons and parties or some pampering before your photo shoots. For the latest in makeup and fashion trends, read Victoria DiPietro’s column in the fashion section of our magazine. Follow @bellaangelbrides on Instagram for bridal pics and inspiration!

❚❙ Beer Peddlers

This is the place to find that new, must-try beer or seltzer you’ve been searching for! It’s literally a one-stop shop with beers for everyone. Ask what’s new from Philly area brewers and support local! The parking lot is

❚❙ Boaggio’s Bread large and it’s right on Columbus Boulevard., so you can pick up your selections before heading down the shore.

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Let Boaggio’s cook for you while you’re on vacation! Call the bakery to find out about their vacation packages - five days of food for a family of four. Packages include breakfast (mmm French toast casserole), and half-pans of delicious dinners like eggplant parm, meatballs, sausage and peppers, and more. Of course, breads and cookies are included as well as pasta, veggies, and cheese! Or get ahead by placing catering orders now for your fall events!


❚❙ Cannuli’s Sausage If you’re over at Ritner Hardware Store picking up whatever you need to complete your summer projects, don’t forget to cross the street to Cannuli’s (1640 Ritner Street) for some homemade sausage – including sweet, fennel seed, hot, cheese – for the grill. Or pick up some pork cutlets or roast pork for later. This family-owned shop has been in business for close to 90 years. In addition to their homemade sausage and pork selections, you will find authentic pre-packaged Italian specialty products like pastas and sauces. 215.468.7997

❚❙ The Cutting Point Salon Get ready for weddings, parties, or a night out. New cut and color? Looking for lowlights or extensions? Short, long, curly, straight. The pros at The Cutting Point will give you the look you want and send you home with the products you need to keep your style looking as beautiful as you are! Book your appointment & expect to be pampered!

❚❙ G iovanni’s Italian Catering

❚❙ Center City Pretzels Center City Pretzel Co. makes the best pretzels around…and has been doing so since 1981. Three simple ingredients (flour, yeast, water) are used to make Philly’s signature pretzels every single day! They’re kosher, nut-free and dairy-free, too! Stop in to see what unique items are available each day, like the pragel (yup - pretzel plus bagel). Call for special orders (with a fast 48-hour turnaround time) or ship to a loved one via Goldbelly.

❚❙ Chick’s Philly

One look at @giovannisitaliancatering on Instagram and you’ll be locking in your meals months in advance! Full and half trays of pasta, chicken, veal, eggplant, salads, sides and so many other Italian staples are available now, too. Go with a party package for full service - beverage, desserts, coffee and paper products are included!

❚❙ G ran Caffe L’Aquila

Chick’s menu is always evolving so it’s hard to say what dish you must try! Salmon Teriyaki; Gnocchi with garlic parmesan, arugula, short rib & ricotta; soups, salads, burgers, pizza, and so much more! With creative cocktails and dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients, you can discover a new favorite with each visit. Build your own six packs with a huge selection of take-out beers and wines, too.


The theatres of Broad Street have been bustling this season and there are so many upcoming events that will keep you busy every weekend! Dinner before a show? Gran Caffe in Center City has to be on your list, especially with their rotating menu of authentic Italian cuisine! So good, this hot spot was recently awarded Gambero Rosso’s ‘Top

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Italian Restaurants in the World’ – Italy’s premier guide for authentic Italian experiences. The market area also offers a full line of Italian groceries, sandwiches, sodas, wine and beer to pick up and go! Don’t forget a house-roasted coffee or gelato.

❚❙ Hot Hands Massage & Facial Spa Hot Hands has some great deals on services, packages, and free gifts all summer long. Try a one-hour massage (without stones) for $69. Or book a one-hour refreshing facial with peppermint scalp treatment for $79 (and receive a free Dermalogia travel size product or carrying case). Visit or call for more deals on facials, waxing, memberships, 50% off certain upgrades (like LED treatments and CBD to name a few) and find out about their therapeutic compression sessions.

great options to feed your family, too. Specials change daily (check their Instagram for updates). Catch DJ Johnny Looch on site every Monday night for the Looch & Butter Show or spend a summer Sunday enjoying chicken, veal or eggplant parmesan and a complimentary sangria.

❚❙ Lombardi’s Prime Meats

Get the perfect cut and color at this full-service salon. Or come in for a color touchup and waxing. Shop their website for all sorts of supplies from styling tools to men’s grooming kits to hand care. The Hot Waves team has plenty of recommendations to help you feel your best this summer.

Do you grill every night? Even when it’s raining (that’s why umbrellas exist!). Stop by Lombardi’s for the best steaks, ribs, chicken, ground beef and the finest selection of USDA Choice & USDA Prime quality meats. Pre-made short rib and brisket patties are a must for Labor Day. Follow them on social media for daily specials, freezer specials, and prepared foods. Or just drop in to order the finest cuts of mouthwatering beef, pork, lamb, veal, and poultry for your summer table.

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❚❙ Maxine’s Uptown Boutique

❚❙ Hot Waves Salon

Haddonfield, NJ is just over the bridge where you’ll find Kitchen Consigliere nestled amid a bustling local business district. Spend the day exploring then make dinner reservations at Kitchen Consigliere. Sunday gravy with meatballs, sausage, pasta, and some cannoli and homemade dessert for take-out are

This unique boutique carries both vintage and new accessories! There’s something for everyone at this hot spot across the bridge in Pitman, NJ. It’s hard to pass up a new designer handbag or unique gems and summer jewelry. What really makes this shop stand out is its amazing collection of crystals and metaphysical items for sale. Don’t leave without some sage to rid your surroundings of negative energy! Maxine’s is close to plenty of places where you can grab the perfect meal (and ice cream and baked goods) and a couple of breweries, too. www.facebook. com/maxinesuptownboutique

❚❙ New York Bakery (11th & Daly St)

Brick-oven baked rolls, breads, and sesame-seeded loaves line the shelves of this old-world bakery. And did we mention it’s the spot where you’ll taste a local South Philly tradition – “church pizza” – aka the best tomato pie ever, hands down! Have you tried it yet? No clue what we’re talking about? Dig up the Winter 2019 issue of RowHome to learn more about our favorite treat from this decades-old brick oven bakery. 215.389.5912

❚❙ O Sole Mio Restaurant

Located in the city’s Stadium District, there’s no better spot to grab some of the finest hoagies, cheesesteaks and specialty sandwiches before the big game or for that summer party you have planned! A tantalizing selection of homemade cheese spreads and fresh mozzarella made daily are perfect for a picnic in FDR Park or a tailgate before the game. While you’re there, grab some homemade meatballs, handmade pastas, and fresh sauces for dinner at home. If you’re looking to add some extra heat this summer, order an inferno. Your favorite sandwich topped with long hots and hot pepper cheese melted in. Rice Balls, Florida Style “Inside Out” pizza, deep fried cheesesteak ravioli and so much more!

❚❙ Pat’s King of Steaks Fresh is the word of the day at this family-owned local hot spot that serves authentic Italian cuisine. Brick oven pizza, wood fire steaks, seafood dishes, veal, pastas and more. Try the eggplant rolentino followed by a pizza (buffalo margarita or spicy diavolo for sure). If seafood is your thing, get the cioppino (fish stew). Planning a party, reunion, bachelor/ bachelorette night or funeral luncheon? Reserve a private room at their new location at 824 S. 8th St. Call or click and BYOB!

❚❙ Pastificio Homemade Pasta Co.

If you’re from out of town and find yourself in line for the infamous cheesesteak that originated at this location, here are a few tips to try out when you order! 1. Tell them if you want your steak “wit” or “wit-out” onions. Say it just like that! 2. Specify plain, cheese whiz, provolone, American or pizza for your steak. 3. Cash only - have it ready to hand over. 4. That’s it for window one! If you want fries and refreshments, head to window 2! Your order will be ready in a flash!

❚❙ Pezone Cello Chill. Shake. Drink. This South Philly favorite limoncello is homemade and includes your traditional lemon flavor, but also offers other creamy varieties like chocolate, chocolate banana, chocolate name a few. Orange and orange cream are available now through September, and other seasonal flavors are released through the year. Can’t decide? Four and six packs are available at the Reading Terminal Market location, which is a great spot to visit anyway! Check out Pezone Cello’s website to find out where else you can pick up a bottle.

❚❙ PHL Athletics Get in shape or release some stress at this versatile training gym. PHL Athletics has an open gym, bootcamps, strength and conditioning classes, personal and group training, along with membership options.

❚❙ P opi’s Italian Restaurant

Ed Bassmaster and Gloria Gaynor. Local favorites like Aunt Mary Pat and DJ Jazzy Jeff are there on a regular basis, too, with shows scheduled through 2022 and early 2023. Karaoke, drag brunches and tribute bands frequent the stages, so keep an eye on upcoming acts. You’ll find a variety of dining options and plenty of parking, too!

❚❙ S. 9th St. Market and Festivals

Popi’s is another hot spot you will want to visit this summer. Close to FDR Park and the Stadium District, you’ll enjoy authentic Italian lunches, dinners and Happy Hour (Wednesdays-Fridays at the bar) with small plates & drink specials. Familyowned and operated since 1991, you won’t want to leave without trying their award-winning crab cakes. Read more about them in this issue as they celebrate their 30th anniversary this year!

❚❙ Pop’s Homemade Water Ice Always a RowHome favorite! Since 1932, Pop’s has been providing the neighborhood with homemade Italian Ice. Pair your favorite flavor with some ice cream and a soft pretzel for the perfect Philly treat. New water ice flavors pop up all the time, so be sure to visit more than once. Open 7 days a week. As they celebrate 90 years, you never know what surprises might be on the menu. There’s a Havertown location too!

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With so much culture and diversity lining the streets of this historic market, you will find plenty of shops and restaurants awaiting your arrival. This destination is filled with generations-old family businesses and new family businesses that are excited to share their traditions with you. Save the date for the Italian Market Festival on May 20-21, 2023. and

❚❙ South Philly Sports Training (SPST) SPST is an indoor baseball facility in South Philadelphia focused on developing quality baseball players and quality people. Athletes of all ages and abilities are welcome! Read more about their classes and services in this issue. www.

❚❙ Tony & Nick’s

Too early for a cheesesteak? Try a breakfast sandwich (like the egg and broccoli rabe). Chicken Cutlets, Pork Italian, Beef Italian, Hoagies. Everything you’ve come to expect from this iconic hot spot at Front & Oregon Avenue is made-to-order on the freshest bread baked daily in-house! Vegetarian options are available, too! 215.551.5725.


Free Summer Concerts in the City! photo by BEAUMONDE ORIGINALS

Enjoy music outdoors this summer with these FREE concert series in and around Philadelphia and the shore. Be sure to research each event before you go - family and/or pet friendly? BYO food/drinks/blanket? Rain or shine? Bag policy? Parking? Taking the time to plan ahead will ensure everyone is safe and ready for the show!

Eakins Oval XP / Philadelphia • Ben Franklin Parkway near Art Museum • July 29th at 8pm - Stella Ruze • July 30th at 8pmNeoWolf & Friends • July 31st at 6pm - Nik Greeley & The Operators • August 5th at 8pm Jocelyn & Chris • August 6th at 8pm - Max Swan • August 11th at 8pm York Street Hustle • August 12th at 8pm - Catbite with Party Muscles • August 13th at 8pm - Moonroof • August 14th at 6pm - Chill Moody • August 18th at 8pm The National Reserve • August 19th at 8pm - June Divided • August 20th at 8pm - Brian Quinn (of Candlebox) & Friends • August 21st at 6pm - Snacktime •

Fox Park Amphitheater / Wildwood, NJ • Fox Park, Burk & Ocean Avenues • August 21 at 7pm - Chicago 9 (Chicago tribute band)

Gather on the Green Series / Moorestown, NJ • Perkins Center Moorestown’s Evergreen Lawn • July 26 at 6:30pm Mela! An Indian Fair


Glen Foerd Summer Series / Philadelphia • 5001 Grant Avenue • July 28th at 6pm - Minas • This series takes place the last Thursday of every month from May through September for an evening of family fun. Upcoming bands TBA.

Gorgas Park / Philadelphia • 6300 Ridge Ave. • All shows at 7pm • July 28th - York Street Hustle • August 11th - Ben Arnold • August 25th - The Providers

Live at Sister Cities Park / Philadelphia • 18th Street & the Ben Franklin Parkway • All shows at 5:30pm • July 28th - John Faye • August 4th - Tony Luca and Matt Santry • August 11th - Nelly’s Echo • August 18th - Alexis Cunningham • August 25th - KJ Mcneill

Pennypack Park Music Festival / Philadelphia • 2022 series will take place at Cannstatters - 9130 Academy Road • All shows at 7pm • July 27th - Definitely Leppard (Def Leppard tribute) • August 3rd - Let’s Ride • August 10th - Kick it

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Out (Heart tribute) • August 17th - Philadelphia Freedom (Elton John tribute) • August 24th - Starman (David Bowie tribute)

Roxborough Pocket Park / Philadelphia • 6170 Ridge Ave. • July 30th at 6:30pm - Connor O’Neill • August 12th at 6:30pm - Maggie Mae

Summer Concert Series / Conshohocken, PA • 120 E 5th Ave. (Mary Wood Park) • All shows at 7pm • July 28th - The Flathead Band • August 4th - Where’s Pete • August 11th - The Boatloads

The Arts on Center Stage / Philadelphia, PA • Dilworth Park (City Hall) • All shows at 6pm • July 28th - Philadanco • August 11th - The Philly POPS • August 18th - KunYang Lin Dancers • August 25th - Philadelphia Opera featuring ePOP

July 26th - Zydeco-a-Go-Go August 2nd - Incendio August 9th - The Other Brothers Band • August 16th - Montgomery County Concert Band

Wildwood Crest Summer Music Concert Series / Wildwood • Centennial Park / Fern Road & Ocean Avenue • All shows at 7:30pm • July 27th - Mystical Majesty Band • July 30th - Shot of Southern • August 3rd - Fuse Box • August 6th - Big Bleu • August 10th - Street Life Serenade • August 13th - Big House • August 17th - Abe Ovadia • August 20th - Kristen & The Noise • August 24th - Dead Reckoning • August 27th - Deck Band • August 31st - Christopher Dean Band • September 3rd- Damn the Torpedoes • September 10th - Fatt Mezz • September 17th - Winslow

White’s Road Park / Lansdale, PA • 400 White’s Road • All shows at 7pm





DUCKTOWN TAVERN & LIQUORS & THE DUCK HUT This local hot spot in Atlantic City is waiting for you

Indoor dining at the Tavern or enjoy outdoor dining at The Duck Hut! This family-owned hot spot makes for a great night out with family and friends. Stop in for one of their crowd-pleasing burgers like the Duck Buster – a bacon cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato & onions between 2 grilled cheese sandwiches. Or keep it simple with an American Burger, JJ’s Burger (avocado, bacon & tomato) or a Jitney Burger with Jalapeno Poppers, cheddar & bacon. From Pizza, wings, chili & salads to daily specials including the fresh catch of the day, you can eat-in, take-out or kick back at the bar with a Guava Lava, One Eyed Flamingo or a cold brew. Happy Hour M-F, 3-7 pm with 1/2 off appetizers. Just head down to 2400 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401. Or let them bring the party to you with off-site catering from The Duck Hut Truck! Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram, at and @ducktowntavern to stay up to date on their daily specials! Ducktown Tavern & Liquors is a member of the Philadelphia RowHome (PRH) Magazine Business Network.

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13th Annual Methodist Hospital Foundation Fashion Fundraiser

NEW DATE: Sunday, October 16, 2022 The Crystal Tea Room Located in the Wanamaker Building 100 East Penn Square, Philadelphia, PA 19107 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

For more information: 215-952-9006 Sponsorship and Tickets: Proceeds support the purchase of early mobility equipment for patients in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Methodist Hospital.



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CKO Kickboxing invites people of all ability levels to expand their workouts and try something new. Come punch some pro-level heavy bags for an intense workout that will provide quick results in strength training, stamina, stress relief, toning, and fat burning, all while learning new techniques and moves. All CKO instructors have diverse backgrounds in fitness training. Classes range from beginner to advanced. Here are some ways you can benefit from kickboxing.




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by Joseph Myers photo by Andrew Andreozzi racticing medicine will never appeal to the faint of heart. It demands not only supreme dedication but also the ability to make connections with people who might not always like the sound of certain advice. Having joined the Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia nine years ago, Dr. Brett Victor, 40, has wel-


comed every task tirelessly. The Fellow of the American College of Cardiology assists patients at three locations and is affiliated with the same number of hospitals. He and wife Courtney have two children – Mia, 10, and Bennett, 7. PRH caught up with this local physician to discuss how he remains on the beaten path with respect to cardiovascular health and how hard his field is fighting to preserve lives. RowHome: What led you


to choose your specialty? How has your profession evolved over your time within it? Brett Victor: My father is a well-known cardiologist who has been taking care of this community for decades, and clearly, I was influenced by his passion for the practice of medicine, and cardiology, specifically. His were very big shoes to fill, but I was able to find my lane. Over my 10-year career, we now have even more advanced imaging modalities at our disposal, like PET/CT to complement tried-and-true

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ECG, echocardiography, and a good history and physical exam to make a diagnosis. Also, more and more safe and effective medications are available not only to treat, but to prevent cardiovascular disease. RH: What are the thrills that your vocation provides to you? What are any drawbacks? BV: Every patient I see is a new challenge, and no two days are ever the same. The biggest joy I get is making a diagnosis or putting a treatment plan into place, getting to see it through and hearing from a patient that I have helped to make their lives better. Sometimes, though, despite all efforts, things don’t turn out well, and this is, of course, a challenge.

RH: What are some misconceptions that people have about cardiovascular health? BV: ‘If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.’ While this may be a good old saying for your fridge, it doesn’t go for your heart. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and even mild heart disease can be completely asymptomatic, but still pose a significant risk. RH: Regardless of gender, what can individuals do to strengthen cardiovascular health? BV: It doesn’t take much to improve one’s cardiovascular health. Ideally, we recommend at least 150 minutes of moderateintensity (or 75 minutes of vigorous) aerobic exercise per week, and some kind of weight/ resistance training two days per week. This isn’t possible or

reasonable for all patients, though. At a minimum, I recommend some kind of physical activity (including walking) for a total of five hours per week. Many patients now have smartphones (or other wearable devices) that have a lot of tools to help keep track of this, but a cheap pedometer works, too. Of course, just exercise alone won’t cut it. Dietary choices are equally important to long-term cardiovascular health. The single most important thing for cardiovascular health is to avoid smoking and, if you do smoke, to cut down and stop. RH: What is your top cardiovascular health tip? BV: If you smoke, now is the time to stop. Not soon, or next year. THIS WEEK. And if you’ve tried and relapsed, try again! Most people try to quit a bunch of times before it sticks.

RH: Is there an anecdote that validates for you that you have chosen the perfect vocation? BV: Often, I will hear stories about how another provider may suggest that a patient of mine start/stop this medication or try this/that diet, and they say, ‘Well, first I gotta’ talk to my heart doctor.’ It is very satisfying to learn that I have earned a patient’s trust. I don’t have all the answers, and sometimes I learn from my patients. That builds trust, as well. RH: What do you foresee in your field in the future? BV: I think the future of our field will focus more and more on prevention, with more precise and personalized risk assessments based on advanced imaging, genetics, and maybe even artificial intelligence. Then, rather than a “one size fits all” approach to lowering risk, it will be more individualized.

RH: Given that your job calls on you to venture to CCP’s South Broad Street location, what is your perception of South Philadelphians? Is there any special joy that you gain from helping people who live in a major city?

RH: What are some non-job pursuits/ interests that keep you going? A: BV: I have always loved traveling, especially to other countries. Most recently, my family and I visited Madrid and Barcelona. I love skiing and try to get out West at least once a year. Over the summer, I like to spend time down the shore. Recently, I’ve rediscovered a love for tennis (I played in high school) and have been learning squash, too. I greatly enjoy music (listening, not playing!), especially concerts, and I love the Eagles. These days, my free time is spent more and more watching or coaching my kids in their various sports.

BV: South Philadelphians are a tight community, like a big extended family who always take care of one another. There are foods, traditions, and even words/phrases, that are special to this community. I am lucky to have a connection to this community, given the many decades our group has been a staple here. RH: Why should people choose you as their cardiovascular health specialist?

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BV: I try to be well-rounded and stay up-to-date on the best information to share with my patients. I also LISTEN to my patients and value and respect them as people.

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irections Behavioral Health Centers have added some additional services for our community. Neurofeedback is here! Participate in neurofeedback with or without being a patient in our outpatient center at the Philadelphia location. This is an additional service we can provide to current patients or outside community members. Individual therapy covered by insurance! We are an in network provider that can help get you the individual therapy you need and have it covered by insurance at our NJ or PA location.


Neurofeedback Therapy is Here!



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Neurofeedback therapy is done in our Philadelphia location by a trained professional. Clients are brought into a private room and will go over an assessment to understand what areas in their life they may be struggling with. The trained professional will connect a special cap on the client’s head with electrodes attached that sensor different electrical signals produced by the brain. During the connection of electrodes, there are no needles, medications or discomfort involved. Several sessions are done while you relax in a chair and watch tv, listen to music or something similar,

while the electric activity in your brain is being measured. The ultimate goal after numerous sessions is for a client to be able to see how their brain functions and to learn to think and respond differently to various triggers of life. The more sessions that are performed, the longer-lasting the results can be.

ARE THERE RISKS? There are minimal risks associated with participating in neurofeedback treatment. In fact, most studies support that neurofeedback helps to train your brain to be more effective and enhance mood. Neurofeedback is effective in helping patients to have long-term symptoms relief from whatever mental health condition that is primarily affecting them.

DO I HAVE TO BE AN OUTPATIENT CLIENT IN ORDER TO SIGN UP FOR TREATMENT? No! The best part of this service is we are here to serve the community. While we have found it significantly effective in helping our patients who suffer primarily with substance use disorder, many studies done in neurofeedback therapy have been with other mental health disorders. Insurance will cover your therapy. Call us today to get enrolled! PRH

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Block On the

Location: 2101 Chestnut Street Unit #: 315 Philadelphia, PA 19103

Asking $284,900

A rarely offered, totally updated 2-bedroom condo is now available for sale in the high-end Rittenhouse neighborhood of Philadelphia for less than $285,000! Drenched in sunlight with pretty, open views, this 870 ft. corner unit is situated in Riverwest, a full-service newly renovated high rise building with amenities such as a 24-hour front desk, state-of-the-art gym, business center and onsite parking garage. Here, you can enjoy an incredibly desirable, convenient location at an affordable price! Make this your next home or purchase to add to your investment portfolio. This unit is well-appointed with an updated kitchen featuring granite counters and stainless-steel appliances, hardwood floors, recessed lighting, as well as two spacious, sunny bedrooms. Low taxes. Condo fee includes ALL your utilities: heating, cooling, water, sewer, cable TV, electric and insurance. Close to everything: upscale shops, restaurants, bars, Rittenhouse Square, and blocks from Center City, Philly’s business hub. Also, very close to University of Pennsylvania, CHOP, and Drexel University.

Contact Jeanne Polizzi at 215-767-7814 for a personal showing. Jeanne Polizzi Realtor is a member of the Philadelphia RowHome Magazine (PRH) Business Network.

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5000 Boardwalk Ventnor, NJ Asking $325,000 Style and perfection describe this newly renovated, spacious studio at the fabulous 5000 Boardwalk Condominium - a beachfront, luxury, full-service building. Being sold fully furnished complete with all accessories and TVs, all new high-end finishes, custom closets, top of the line everything, you must see to believe. Sliding doors lead to a large balcony with an ocean view and lights of Atlantic City at night. This is the perfect getaway at the beach with no worries since 24-hour maintenance is included in the reasonable condo fee along with all utilities, gym, pool, doorman, front desk concierge, security, and more. Valet parking available.

Robin Mitchell

Certified New Home Specialist Margate Sales Office 9218 Ventnor Ave. Margate, N.J. 08402

Office 609-487-5013 Cell 215-266-8334

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POWERFUL RESULTS. 17 years of experience as a full time realtor working throughout the Philly area with a network of incredible clients. Most of my business is “Word of Mouth” from past very satisfied clients. My “Hands On” approach sets me apart - taking fewer clients at a time ensures that you have my undivided attention throughout the entire Buying and Selling process. EIGHT Time Winner “Five Star Professional” as seen in Philadelphia Magazine.

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AIA Landmark

Landmark AIA’s mission includes the criteria highlighted in the classical writings of The 10 Books on Architecture - three essential principles must be adhered to in order to create a good building: commodity, firmness, and delight! For their complete list of landmark and engineering coordination services, please visit

This residential building located on Bainbridge Street in Philadelphia is a classically inspired and sophisticatedly designed building with contemporary lines and a soft finish. The Landmark’s designs always strive for a timeless and classy existence.

The multiple buildings in this development located near 24th and Washington Avenue work together to create a rhythm and ambiance that inspire all who walk through it. The Landmark design style is always recognizable and strives for elegance. Landmark AIA is a member of the Philadelphia RowHome (PRH) Magazine Business Network.

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Posh Painting by Rita llc.

Rita Coccia Trombetta 856-986-0252

Specializing in interior and exterior painting



Robin Mitchell Certified New Home Specialist

Your Jersey Shore Connection.

Specializing in Absecon Island, AC, Ventor, Margate, Longport

From an early age, Rita Coccia Trombetta loved watching her mother paint and wallpaper their South Philly home. Now, she’s a successful painter who specializes in interior and exterior painting. Call 856-986-0252. Posh Painting is a member of the Philadelphia RowHome Magazine (PRH) Business Network.

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‘Tis the season of everything home and design. We have entered that time of year when we assess the spaces we live in. Do we take on a small task like organizing a closet or painting a bedroom? Do we tackle heavy projects like that new kitchen you’ve been dreaming about?

Where do we even begin?


Living in a space can be a hindrance when it comes to seeing an area’s potential. This would be a good time to bring a professional in to provide you with options. Be clear on what you desire and what functions you would like the room to have.


When small, narrow spaces are an issue, you must be really creative. Think vertically! Vertical space can offer you a great opportunity to optimize the size of a room. Another creative idea is to consider the ceiling. The ceiling provides a place to elevate your space. Think of using a different color or adding wallpaper to the ceiling. Whatever you decide to do with your space, remember that you are only limited by your own creativity.

Cindy Rosario-Fetterman Co-owner/Designer Fetterman Design Group 434 Virginia Ave Collingswood, NJ. 08108 856-264-6816

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Distinction Joe LaFiora of Painting of Distinction brings out the beauty in any home – interior and exterior. For the past 30 years, Painting of Distinction has acquired most jobs by word of mouth and recommendations. LaFiora does both residential and commercial work and supports other small businesses in the community. “For [people] to continue to call you, you have to do a good job. You must pay attention to detail. Every little thing has to be perfect or as close to perfect as possible,” LaFiora explained in an interview with RowHome in 2020. “I am proud of every job I do. My integrity is more important than the money...I really care, and if needed, we’ll go back several times to assure the customer is satisfied.” Painting of Distinction is a member of the Philadelphia RowHome (PRH) Magazine Business Network.

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The Best Kept Secret



Courtesy of Michael Neill, Director of Training, IBEW 98 s working families struggle to endure the wake left behind by a global pandemic, the onslaught of daily events in our tumultuous world continues at an alarming rate. Inflation, the threat of recession, gun violence, and ongoing international conflicts are among many seemingly endless challenges that we must address and overcome. Amidst all of this, young men and women face the prospect of making life-defining career choices


that will affect the rest of their lives. What occupations should I choose? Which industry is best for me and my family? If I decide to go to college, how can I possibly pay for it? Fortunately, there is a career path that has been around in the United States for more than 75 years but remains largely unknown or ignored by far too many. Apprenticeship is a workforce


development model that combines on-the-job training with related classroom instruction. Registered Apprenticeship programs are regulated by the U.S. Department of Labor to ensure that registered apprentices are properly trained and supervised. In the United States, the Building and Construction Trades employs the vast majority of apprentices. Typically, the term of apprenticeship in most Building and Construction train-

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ing programs is 7,000 – 8,000 hours over the course of 4 years. As the Director of Apprenticeship Training for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 98 (IBEW 98), I am responsible for overseeing the development of our apprentices. When I speak at Philadelphia high schools and the surrounding five counties, I am amazed at how often the young people and guidance counselors have very little knowledge or understanding of what apprenticeship is. We take young men and women, with no prior experience, with a high school diploma or a GED, and we provide them a pathway – not just a job – but a career in the electrical industry. And - here is the best part - it’s an “earn-whileyou-learn” model, meaning the

When I speak at Philadelphia high schools and the surrounding five counties, I am amazed at how often the young people and guidance counselors have very little knowledge or understanding of what apprenticeship is. apprentices have a job, they work and attend school every week. And if that is not enough, there is no tuition fee! Imagine that! Apprentices can earn upwards of $100,000 during the four years in the apprenticeship training program, and they graduate with no student debt. Perhaps by now you are thinking that a career in the construction trades can’t be all that exciting or challenging. Our apprentices learn from state-of-the-art computer-based training programs using Virtual and Augmented reality to really learn their craft. The scope of the work apprentices can see during their apprenticeship is simply astonishing. From installing solar PV systems to working in substations and data centers, the work is complex, challenging, and exciting. What about college? I know that over the past decade, many in our society, including guidance counselors and politicians, have defined “going to college” as the exclusive pathway to a successful career. While I do not want to diminish the importance of college for some, the fact of the matter is that college isn’t for everyone. IBEW 98’s Apprenticeship program has been accredited by the Council on Occupational Education and our graduates are eligible to receive college credit from some colleges and universities should they decide to attend college after completing their apprenticeship. This is not one of those training courses you have read about where you pay a fee, complete the training program, and hope for a job. IBEW 98’s apprenticeship program has a 100% job placement rate. Apprenticeship utilizes an “earn while you learn” model that places each apprentice in a flexible career path that allows him or her to focus on industry sectors that are of most interest. We have struggled to expand the number of women, minorities, veterans, and other nontraditional groups in apprenticeship programs. We continue to expand our outreach efforts and to remove the barriers that limit the number of under-represented apprentices in our ranks. Nevertheless, apprenticeship is a viable solu-

tion and career choice for all young people. The demand for construction workers continues to increase and the long-term prospects for a career in the electrical industry remains strong. Apprenticeship is a time-proven workforce development model that remains one

of those “best kept secrets.” Like college, apprenticeship isn’t for everyone. But if you or your son or daughter are struggling to come to terms with a career choice, take a look at apprenticeship. Apprenticeship offers a pathway, not just to a job, but to a meaningful career. In this day and age, uncertainty abounds. Our world has become increasingly complex, uncertain, and volatile. Our young people need to know that the career choice they make today can prepare them for an unsettled and ever-changing world. Apprenticeship Training, IBEW 98, is a member of the Philadelphia RowHome (PRH) Magazine Business Network.

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History of Hardware Exceptionally Built. Eternity of Beauty.

In search of FELS NAPTHA

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Believe it or not, the oldest hardware store in America (Elwood Adams / Worcester, Massachusetts) opened in 1872. Philadelphia is home to a few of its own local spots dating as far back as 1910. Before those big box warehouses lured us to roam the concrete aisles in search of lumber and ladders, corner stores like Ritner Hardware – first opened in 1946 – were helping us find the right size wing nut to tighten the wobbly stool under the olive-green wall phone in our kitchen. The stock on the shelves may have changed through the years, but the friendly faces that can cut an extra housekey or remind you to change the batteries in your smoke detector are still behind the counter at local stores like Ritner Hardware. It’s comforting to know that history is alive and well in our neighborhood, serving generations of grateful customers.

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TOP SELLERS / THEN Nuts, bolts, screws, nails, washers, wingnuts, hinges Curtain hooks Paint brushes Fels Naptha Soap (brown soap, since 1894) Scrub Brushes (to use with Fels Naptha!) Moth Balls Insect spray Buckets Mason jars Clothesline Clothespins

TOP SELLERS / NOW Tension rods Snow shovels Salt for ice Lightbulbs Extension cords Mops Brooms Paint brushes Paint tape Flashlights Ladders Keys Work Gloves Percolator tops Contact Paper Kitchen gadgets

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Welcome to 725 S. Marvine Street

This stunning home is tucked away on a quiet, tree-lined street in the heart of Hawthorne. It’s an expansive 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath property providing 2,400 sq. ft. and a 1-car parking spot. The house boasts hardwood floors, exposed brick and high-end finishes throughout. Enter the open-concept first floor with exposed brick which includes the living room, dining room and kitchen, providing both comfortable daily living and lovely space for entertaining. The kitchen comes with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances and plenty of storage space. The second floor includes two large bedrooms with plenty of closet space and two full bathrooms. One bathroom is an en-suite featuring a floor-to-ceiling tiled shower with three shower heads. The third floor features a magnificent masterbedroom suite, as well as a great space that can be used as an office, study, or nursery, depending on your needs. The basement is finished with heated floors and includes a laundry room and half-bathroom. It is a great space for a cozy family room as well as a home gym and comes with plenty of storage space throughout. Saving the best for last, the rooftop deck provides beautiful views of the city and is a great space to relax, grill and have your own mini garden. This home is in one of the most convenient, sought-after neighborhoods in the city! Steps away from Whole Foods, ACME, the Italian Market, and public transportation. You are within minutes of everything Philadelphia has to offer!

Contact The Mike Giordano Jr. & Sr. Duo at Century 21 Forrester Real Estate Calls & Texts:

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GET MORE AT SIENA PLACE HUGE NEW 3-4 BEDROOM TOWNHOMES FROM THE MID $600,000s Discover a unique lifestyle at Siena Place in Packer Park, one of Philadelphia’s most desirable neighborhoods with a fusion of style, culture and personality. Brand new 3-4 bedroom brick townhomes featuring abundant green space, private garages & ample parking, easily accessible, convenient to FDR Park, airport, Walt Whitman Bridge & more!

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Renaissance Estates H R E A L E S TAT E

igh quality, new construction, luxury homes await you in this highly soughtafter community of Packer Park – safe, green, and highway accessible. Renaissance Estates is a testament to the diversity and creativity of real estate available to Philadelphia buyers, today. These state-ofthe-art luxury homes boast an elevator, 2-car garage, roof deck, Sub Zero & Wolf appliances and a full 10-year tax abatement. INTERESTED IN RENTING OR BUYING IN PHILADELPHIA? Philadelphia remains one of the most under-valued cities in the region. Our amenities are aplenty including free parks like nearby FDR Park – a oneminute walk from Packer Park; a world-renown restaurant scene; and an exciting profes-


sional sports and entertainment district just minutes away. Philadelphia has so much to offer, and Renaissance Estates is proud to be a vital part of our City’s fabulous future. Here is a short version of the good news ahead from the most knowledgeable, hard-working realtor I know - Councilman Allan Domb. Barbara Capozzi- KW STATE OF THE MARKET

A booming rental market. A rise in mortgage rates. A cooling sale market. All are factors for the real estate ecosystem across the country. But, bigger than all those factors for the real estate market in Philadelphia are the issues of public safety, quality of life, and attracting and retaining businesses to the city. I am proud to have been part of the newly approved budget for the City that addresses these matters.

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If people don’t feel safe, they won’t live, visit, or come to work in Philadelphia. To that end, some of the budget highlights to improve public safety include: �� adding almost $30 million to the police department’s annual allocation, which will sit at nearly $800 million �� $5 million of the police budget earmarked for upgrades to the city’s forensics lab �� $250,000 is allocated for police recruitment as the department has struggled to fill hundreds of open positions amid a nationwide shortage �� $950,000 will be dedicated for staff to review surveillance cameras �� $184 million investment toward antiviolence programs �� an additional $4 million for security camera installation

and $500,000 for the city’s new Office of the Victim Advocate We were also successful in adding millions of dollars to contest quality of life issues, including towing abandoned vehicles, improving streetlights, and boosting other city services. The Department of Parks and Recreation also saw an increase in its budget. A business-friendly tax environment is critical for attracting and retaining businesses. A deal was struck that will lower both the wage tax and the business income and receipts tax, bringing real relief to workers and businesses at a critical time. This budget represents some first steps toward addressing big picture issues for Philadelphia that ultimately drive the real estate market in the city. All the best, Allan Domb Councilman at Large / City Council Philadelphia






esignated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark in 1967, the Morris House Hotel was built by the Reynolds Family in 1787 during the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. The house is a rare example of a double rowhome, built on two lots by John and William Reynolds. In 1817, it was sold to Luke Wistar Morris, the son of Captain Samuel Morris - an American soldier in the American Revolutionary War. Many generations of the Morris family lived in the house for more than 150 years. Though construction on the house didn’t begin until after the struggle for American Independence, the design is Colonial in style and pre-Revolutionary in character. In 2000, the current owners began work to turn the home and the two ancillary buildings into The Morris House Hotel while preserving the historic details and bringing facilities up to 21st century standards. The house remains one of the last examples of Colonial residential

architecture in Philadelphia. From 1790 to 1800, Philadelphia was considered the first official political capital of the United States. Residents of the Morris House during that time could watch Thomas Jefferson or George Washington stroll by. Situated near Washington Square Park, the historic home is close to so many Old City landmarks like the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House and Christ Church Cemetery, as well as The American Revolutionary Museum, and the Weitzman National Museum of Jewish History. Earlier this spring, The Morris House Hotel was inducted into Historic Hotels of America, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, for preserving and maintaining its historic significance, architecture, and ambiance. The Morris House is the only boutique hotel to receive this honor and only select properties in the world qualify. More information about The Morris House Hotel and other historic hotels in America can be found at


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Philly! by GENO THACKARA The Philadelphia Energy Authority is now in its fifth year running the Solarize Philly program, aimed at providing financial help for city homes and businesses to run on solar power. Besides getting thousands of households set up for renewable energy, they’ve been partnering with the Philadelphia School District to run a high school internship and jobs program to prepare more youngsters for the expanding solar industry. (There are free training programs for adults too, so the kids don’t have to have all the fun.) Anyone can set up an appointment to find out if their location, roof space and budget will qualify them for assistance.

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TIPS from the


courtesy of RON RABENA Chief Client Officer, Allied Universal

DON’T BECOME A SCAM VICTIM Making improvements to your home can be a stressful endeavor, but even more so with the threat of home repair scams. How do you know if you can trust the contractor or repair service? Nobody wants to be the victim of a scam. Be informed about common homerepair scams and how to spot them. Here are some examples: �� A contractor asks for a significant portion of money up front, and then disappears, never completing (or even starting) the project. �� A contractor does a fast and faulty repair, like applying used motor oil to “repave” the driveway or painting shingles to make it look like the roof has been repaired. �� A contractor who was “in the neighborhood” points out various items that need repair, often shaming the homeowner into paying for unnecessary or sub-par repairs. Or offers “free” inspections and then breaks something on purpose in order to get paid to “fix” the problem. �� A pair of contractors knock on a door and one distracts the homeowner (perhaps insisting that he or she look at “damage” outside) while the other sneaks inside and steals valuables.

TAKE PRECAUTIONS AGAINST HOMEREPAIR SCAMS �� Do not let an unsolicited contractor inside your home. �� Ask for a written contract that itemizes the costs and includes a timeline and payment terms. �� Before signing a contract, get multiple estimates to determine a fair price. �� Never pay in full up front, especially if cash is the only payment accepted. �� Don’t be pressured into an on-the-spot decision, even for a discounted price. �� Verify the contractor’s references. �� Check for complaints with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). �� Check for reviews about the company online. �� Find out if the company is registered with your state board of contractors and your local building inspection office. �� Make sure the contractor is insured and bonded. �� If a utility worker requests access to your home without prior notice, verify his or her identity with the utility company before letting the worker inside. For more home repair scam resources visit these websites: AARP; Better Business Bureau; National Consumers League

About the Author: Ron Rabena, Chief Client Officer at Allied Universal, is a member of the Philadelphia RowHome Magazine Business Network. Allied Universal is the leading global security and facility services company.

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Summer Job Taxes Courtesy of the CPA Firm of David M. Spitzberg Licensed and Insured

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Summer brings warm weather, fun outdoor activities, and new opportunities to earn some additional income. However, taxes on seasonal income need to be handled with care, whether they’re related to your child’s first job or an extra income opportunity for you. Here are some tips to help you manage the taxes on your summer earnings:

Students should take advantage of tax-free earnings limits.

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If you anticipate making less than the annual standard deduction ($12,950 for single taxpayers in 2022), none of your earnings are subject to federal taxes! If possible, earn at least that amount each year to maximize your tax-free earnings. Remember, if you can be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return, the limits for tax-free unearned income such as interest and dividends are lower. Tip: If your annual earnings will be less than the standard deduction, you can claim EXEMPT on your Form W-4. That prevents federal income taxes from being withheld from your paycheck.

Independent contractors need to make estimated payments. As an independent contractor, you are responsible for paying all the taxes on your earnings. To do this, you make quarterly estimated tax payments to the IRS using Form 1040-ES. In addition to federal and

state taxes, independent contractors need to pay a self-employment tax of 15.3% of earnings. Tip: Track your expenses and save receipts. By doing this, you can subtract eligible expenses like mileage, supplies and uniforms from your gross earnings. Use this lower income number to calculate your self-employment tax and correctly estimate your income tax obligation.

Closely monitor tax withholdings. As an employee, your employer withholds taxes based on what you claim on Form W-4. Unfortunately, the tax tables used by this form to calculate your withholdings do not account for seasonal jobs. This typically results in paycheck withholdings being too low for supplemental income workers and too high for students working during the summer. Tip: If you anticipate earnings in excess of the standard deduction, request a revision of your withholdings. Use tools on the IRS web site, review last year’s tax return, or ask for help to estimate the correct amount to withhold. From there, ask your employer to adjust your federal and/or state withholdings up or down. With a little tax planning, you can ensure that your summer job provides the income you are looking for without the disappointment of unexpected taxes.

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courtesy of MICHAEL KLIMEK Director of Advertising & Retail Marketing, Rivers Casino Philadelphia Summer parties have been a big hit at Rivers Casino Philadelphia, and the fun continues with the next Party on the Pier on September 4. Guests will enjoy live outdoor music, games for all ages, and spectacular fireworks to celebrate Labor Day weekend. Our team loves making Rivers Casino a cool place to be on hot summer days. We kicked off the season on Memorial Day weekend and continued it through Independence Day celebrations and we’re excited for what’s planned in September. The featured entertainment will be the Ultimate Donna Summer Tribute, with Rainere Martin, while DJ Gary O will keep the

energy high throughout the event. This free, kid-friendly party will also include giant games of Jenga and Connect 4, face painting, balloon artists, and plenty of free parking. For ticketed events, The Event Center continues to be busy. In July and August, the entertainment mix includes comedians, jazz, and the legendary Gloria Gaynor who will thrill guests with her iconic “I Will Survive.” Plus, the Jack’s Bar + Grill stage has weekly entertainment Thursdays through Mondays, including Sing Like a Star Live Band Karaoke. Whether it’s a Party on the Pier or a party at Jack’s Bar + Grill, we look forward to seeing you soon at Rivers Casino!

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Popi’s Restaurant A Dream Come True



opi’s is celebrating 30 years as a renowned family owned and operated restaurant of striking design with stylized bar service and multi-event banquet venue accommodations. It is an elegant combo of classic, classy and comfort, serving authentic prepared and presented Italian inspired cuisine. The winning combination of family, tradition and an energetic staff has car-


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ried forward through 30 years and three generations of the Rucci family including Gina Rucci and her children Kristen, Nicole and Michael, Nick Rucci Jr., and Velia Rucci. They have set their goals on quality food, friendly service, and are proud of exemplifying a pristine kitchen while serving guests in an atmosphere of elegant dining comfort. This trademark business branding has resulted in spreading their reputation far and wide, emphasizing to all that quality is a tradition.

Gina Rucci on… The Pandemic: The Neighborhood


The restaurant’s surrounding neighborhood was evolving for more than 100 years from barren fields to a thriving residential community. To the east - a concentration of sports complexes and major entertainment venues. Popi’s original inception began in 1993 with a real estate opportunity presented by Mario Tropea Sr., a realtor in the neighborhood who was handling a vacated building owned by architect Louis Agnes at 3120 S. 20th Street. He thought of Nick Rucci who was a tradesman and iron worker, not a restaurateur. Although Nick “had hands of gold” and dabbled with an entrepreneurial spirit by once owning a steak shop at 10th and Ritner Streets and a water ice shop on Front Street, the concept of a restaurant was quite risky. The two men talked about what could be, the risks, the possibilities…and a perfect match was made! Packer Park was then just a youthful community at the time. Eleven-hundred homes were completely built and filled with young families originating from older areas of South Philadelphia. This was a vision conceived by real estate developer Ludwig Capozzi to build homes that incorporated green space with culde-sacs, rear lawn yards, trees, common space, and semi-detached blocks of row homes providing space to breathe. The development was built on vacant fields of formerly Navy-operated property and later was a slice of the site that housed parts of many fantastic Gotham-sized expositions in celebration of America’s 1926 Sesquicentennial World’s Fair.

The Restaurant Nick Rucci felt the field of dreams surrounding him and with spirited passion, embraced a place to unfold a vision. The street, at the time, was on the very rough edges of a new community. It was risky, but the stakeholders were in place in 1993 that began with the creation of a brothersister team (Nicholas Rucci and Carole Greco) who had a dream of replicating tried-and-true recipes they could share with the neighborhood. Their goals were modest, opening a restaurant in a small rental space, but the value was soon evident. They converted the building first into a restaurant and then, with continued success over the years, grew it in size by adding additional rooms. In the year 2000, the Rucci family purchased the building and grounds from architect Louis Agnes. The building evolved by adding a multievent catering and banquet facility section with separate entrance, a stylized sports bar area for parties and happy hours. Then, they acquired a large adjacent lot to provide free parking - landscaped with picturesque design incorporating environmental features to contain rainwater run-off that has received statewide acclaim. The transformation continued by evolving an exquisite exterior facade and interior design reflecting an Italian Tuscan Villa. Gina Rucci, Nick’s daughter, operator, and an owner, along with her family members vowed to her father that she would enhance his vision and make Popi’s Italian Restaurant an even more dynamic dining destination. Through the imagination, inspiration, and entrepreneurial spirit of Nicholas Rucci Sr., it grew not only in size, but also in the service offered, which Gina carries forward until the present day. Popi’s is a work in progress. It is constantly being updated with state-of-theart equipment. Staff trains on a periodic basis to remain competitive with the food industry. Service, quality of food, excellent ingredients and personal attention are top priorities. Most of the clientele are repeat customers who are greeted like family members. On any given night, you might experience an evening of music or rubbing elbows with local athletes, journalists, and sports announcers. It remains a stalwart of the area, catering to a customer’s every need - whether it be a corporate meeting, family gathering or candlelit dinner for two. Popi’s is the perfect venue for any occasion. Popi’s Restaurant is a member of the Philadelphia RowHome (PRH) Magazine Business Network.

“It was a difficult time for patrons and staffing. We had to close our doors in March-April of 2021. We held job fairs to re-staff and continue to encourage employment of local talented servers. We took the opportunity during difficult times to re-invent ourselves and remodeled our entire facility inside and out.”

Happy Hour: “Special drinks and classic favorites accompanied by specialty foods served to complement; Stromboli, grilled shrimp and other creative tasty items.”

Live Entertainment: “From dance parties to instrumental showcases, swing singers, changing throughout the year.”

Menu Highlights: “I am always happy to hear Popi’s continues to land the top spot in the heated crab cake division in patron opinion competitions. This savory item has a creamy jumbo lump crabmeat filling. There was a time we had no competition in the area. Now we do, and to win is an honor. We only use the best ingredients, and of course, the best colossal crabmeat. “Our veal choices are superior quality, and we offer a variety of chicken, steak and pasta dishes. Try our fresh homemade gnocchi as a fan favorite.”

Facility: “It reflects our pride in my family’s Italian lineage with an obsession for delicious food. Our passion and ability to adapt is our focus, and have grown to accommodate individual diners, parties of 20 to 450. The result is we provide a place for large parties, small gatherings, funeral luncheons, receptions, or other special occasions. We are the past, the present and the future in an evolving identity of the industry. Our goal is to please our patrons in every aspect of our business.” If you have any photos or memories from Popi’s, they’d love to see/hear them. Feel free to private message Popi’s or share them on your page and tag them! #Popis30.

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INGREDIENTS ❍ 4 cups white flour ❍ 1/2 tsp salt ❍ 1 tbsp sugar ❍ 4 tbsp corn flour ❍ 2 tbsp powdered milk ❍ 1 tsp baking powder

❍ 1 tbsp dried yeast (dissolve in 1 cup water) ❍ 3 tbsp vegetable oil ❍ 2 cups warm water ❍ 1/2 tsp liquid vanilla

DIRECTIONS Combine dry ingredients (flours, salt, sugar, baking powder and powdered milk). Stir in the yeast. Add in vegetable oil, mix well. Add in two cups of water. Stir. Add in vanilla. Let rise in a warm location for an hour and a half. Prepare syrup.

FOR THE SYRUP ❍ 4 cups sugar ❍ 2 cups water

❍ 1 tbsp lemon juice ❍ 1 lemon wedge


DIRECTIONS Mix syrup ingredients and pour into saucepan over medium heat until boiled. Reduce flame, set aside for 10 minutes until cool. Brush hands with vegetable oil and form balls with the dough. Cook in additional vegetable oil until golden brown. Leave them to cool but do not put them on top of one another. Place the dough balls in the syrup and stir carefully until they are well coated. Remove and serve.











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INGREDIENTS ❍ 1.5 oz vodka ❍ 0.75 oz Blue Curaçao ❍ 0.75 oz pineapple

juice ❍ 0.5 oz lime juice

DIRECTIONS Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist. RIVERS CASINO PHILADELPHIA IS A MEMBER OF THE PHILADELPHIA ROWHOME (PRH) MAGAZINE BUSINESS NETWORK.

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INGREDIENTS ❍ 12 oz to 14 oz lamb racks (4 racks will serve about 6 people) ❍ Smoked salt seasoning, to taste ❍ Powdered herb butter, to taste

❍ Black pepper, to taste ❍ Olive oil ❍ Chopped garlic ❍ Chopped rosemary leaves

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DIRECTIONS Trim the skin off the lamb racks and cut into individual chops. Rub the chops with salt, herb butter, pepper. Toss the chops with olive oil, garlic and rosemary. To grill, make sure the grill is hot before adding on the lamb. First, rub the grill with a towel coated in olive oil. Cook each chop for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side.



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INGREDIENTS ❍K osher salt & black pepper, to taste (or use Chef MJ’s Veggielicious seasoning in place of salt) ❍1 lb elbow macaroni ❍2 to 2 1/2 cups of heavy cream ❍2 large eggs ❍4 cups of extra sharp shred-

ded cheese (16 oz) ❍ 1 stick of unsalted butter ❍ 1 cup of shredded Colby Jack cheese (4 oz) ❍ 1 cup of parmesan cheese (4 oz) ❍ Optional - 1/2 package of Philadelphia Cream Cheese



Heat oven to bake 400 degrees. Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook according to package directions until a little under al dente, about 4.5 minutes. Transfer to a colander and rinse under cold water to stop cooking. Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk heavy cream and eggs. Add cooked macaroni, 2 cups extra-sharp Cheddar, cream cheese (optional), melted butter, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt or Veggielicious and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and stir until well combined. Add the macaroni mixture to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish in an even layer. Sprinkle Colby Jack, parmesan, and cheddar evenly on top. Spread the remaining macaroni mixture on top in an even layer. Then add more of your cheeses. Bake for 20-25 minutes until bubbly and slightly browned. Remove from the oven and let cool until the macaroni and cheese is fully set, 10 to 15 minutes. The mixture will gum up as it cools. Serve warm.

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INGREDIENTS ❍ 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour ❍ 1 tsp baking soda ❍ 1 tsp salt ❍ 1 cup butter, softened ❍ 3/4 cups granulated sugar ❍ 3/4 cups brown

sugar (packed) ❍ 1 tsp vanilla ❍ 2 large eggs ❍ 1 pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips* (11.5 oz) ❍ 1 cup chopped nuts

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a separate bowl, combine by hand flour, baking soda and salt. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg. Beat in flour mixture, a little at a time. Mix-in chocolate chips and nuts until well dispersed. Drop ball-like scoops onto ungreased baking sheets by rounded tablespoons or use a small-medium size ice cream scoop (spray scoop with a little non-stick cooking spray as necessary). This cookie will be bigger than the one suggested on chocolate chip packages. Cool and let sit on baking sheet for 2½ minutes. Carefully slide each cookie with spatula onto a wire rack for complete cooling. Cookies will continue to crisp while cooling.


Cheesesteaks Try our Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteak with our house made sauce!

FOR CHEWY COOKIES: Bake approximately 13 minutes but start checking at 11 minutes. All ovens are different. Cookies will brown around the edges and will be a little soft in the middle.

FOR CRISPY COOKIES: Bake 13+ minutes. Keep checking for doneness and desired crispy/browning. *Milk chocolate chips are a delicious, but less authentic choice.


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INGREDIENTS ❍ 1 lb medium noodles (place cooked noodles in a colander and drain with cold running water) ❍ 1/2 lb (or more) softened raisins (place raisins in a colander or sieve. Boil water and pour over raisins. We like regular size golden

raisins. Wrap softened raisins in a clean kitchen towel until needed) ❍9 eggs well-beaten ❍1 cup granulated sugar ❍A little vegetable oil for the batter


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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 glass baking pan with some vegetable oil as a non-stick precaution. Combine noodles, sugar, oil and eggs. * Mix well. Pour into baking pan. Spread around evenly to level and sprinkle with fresh cinnamon. Bake for one hour. Cut into one corner to see how it is setting up. If it is more on the firm side, you are almost done. If it is mushy, then cook a little longer (in about 10-15 minutes, check another corner). Continue cooking and checking until you get a firm corner. *Goodies to add by hand, not with a mixer, prior to baking:

Raisins (no more than 12 oz). Extra canned fruits to add to noodle and raisin mix. Purchase cans close to suggested size Examples: 2 small cans mandarin oranges, drained and cut in half Jar of cocktail cherries, drained & cut in half, quantity to your liking, no stems. Large can crushed pineapple, well drained *Extra fruits make for a really generous, special kugel and presentation!

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Summer Cocktails to Brighten Your Day





INGREDIENTS ❍ 1.5 oz Tito’s Vodka ❍ 1 oz grapefruit juice

❍0 .5 oz simple syrup ❍2 basil leaves

DIRECTIONS Muddle basil leaves with simple syrup. Shake ingredients and double strain. Serve in sugar rimmed rocks glass.

INGREDIENTS ❍ 1.5 oz Absolut Citron Vodka ❍ 0.5 oz Caravella Limoncello

❍ 1 oz lemonade ❍ Prosecco

DIRECTIONS Pour limoncello, vodka and lemonade into a snifter or wine glass filled with ice. Stir and top with Prosecco. Garnish with lemon slice and herb sprig if desired. Serve.


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I should put a warning label on this recipe. Make at your own risk because these things are dangerous! I refer to them as “cinnamon buns on steroids.” As an added bonus, your house will smell like you have a cinnamon candle burning!

INGREDIENTS ❍ 2 packages of Pillsbury Grands cinnamon buns ❍ 1 cup heavy cream ❍ 1 stick of butter

❍ 1/2 cup brown sugar ❍ Cinnamon, to taste ❍ Walnuts (optional)



Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a 9-inch pan with parchment paper and coat it with cooking spray. Place the cinnamon buns in the pan. Set the icing containers aside. Pour heavy cream between each one until it covers 1/4 inch of the bottom of the pan. Melt 1 stick of butter and mix it with 1/2 cup brown sugar and as much cinnamon as your little heart desires. Pour over the buns. You can add in walnuts here if you’d like. Cover the pan with tin foil and bake for 30 minutes. Take them out and spread the icing over the top of each one while they’re still warm. Enjoy!

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Michael & Jillian Costello A movie Screen Wedding at Cescaphe Ballroom by Joe Volpe Hello Brides Guide readers. This season, we are pleased to introduce you to Michael and Jillian Costello, a remarkable couple that hosted their special day at Cescaphe Ballroom. From the start of their memorable celebration to the last dance, love was in the air. Their passion was such a presence, I am inspired to share it with you.


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How did you meet? We met in December 2014 at a formal event in Philadelphia for our University. I [Jillian], was a junior at the time and introduced myself to Michael, thinking he was an alumnus. Turns out, he was a very tall and put-together freshman.

VENDOR CREDITS Venue: Cescaphe Ballroom Ceremony/Centerpiece Flowers and up-lighting: Beautiful Blooms Bouquets: Trevose Flowers Band/DJ: The FM Band

How did he propose?

Invitations & Stationery: Minted

After four years of dating, Michael bought THE ring and held on to it for A YEAR AND A HALF. He started taking me to my favorite rooftops in the city to keep me on my toes. Then, when the pandemic hit and everything shut down, he had to come up with a new plan. I was born in South Jersey and grew up in Sea Isle City. Michael’s family has been coming down to Sea Isle every summer. Because Sea Isle means so much to both of us, he decided to propose on August 15, 2020, at the promenade on JFK Boulevard with both of our families watching. I had no idea it was happening and was so surprised and elated to spend the rest of the day celebrating our engagement with our friends and family at our favorite spot in Sea Isle, KIX! See, it is possible for a local to fall in love with a ‘Shoobie.’

Photographer: Morina Photography Videographer: Florescio Films Transportation: Cescaphe Trolley Dress Designer/Dress Shop: Milla Nova/The Wedding Factor Hair and Makeup: Say I do Veil: Ellen Byrne (Godmother of Bride) Menswear Designer/Shop: Hive and Colony Neon Sign: Howdy Dudey Hotel: Loews Hotel

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Why did you choose a Cescaphe Wedding? Right away, we started viewing different venues and quickly realized we did not want the Country Club feel that was so popular in both our hometowns. We wanted something unique and elegant, with character. We decided to start our journey in Philadelphia and heard great things about Cescaphe Weddings. When we visited Cescaphe Ballroom for the first time, we instantly fell in love. We are huge movie buffs and a lot of our dates have been to the movies. We really loved that the Ballroom once was an old movie theatre. Michael was actually the one to say, ‘This is it,’ which both shocked me and sealed the deal because his usual response to wedding planning decisions was, ‘I want what you want, babe.’

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What was your favorite part about wedding planning? Personally, my favorite part of the process was my email correspondence with my Cescaphe wedding coordinator, Bella. She just GOT ME, answered every question (even when she had automated reply emails set up), kept me sane throughout the entire process, and with Andrew’s help, made sure our day came together so smoothly. I bragged to everyone about how amazing she truly was. Michael tells me becoming “besties” with Bella was also his favorite part, especially since he thinks she stopped any chance of me becoming a “bridezilla.”

What was your favorite part of your wedding? Initially, we were both so nervous about the ceremony and the thought of standing on stage in front of all our friends and family. But when the time had come, the love we felt from everyone in that room was palpable. There were smiles, tears, and laughter that went on throughout the day and night. Our friends and family are not shy when it comes to a good time, and Michael and I were elated to see a packed dance floor all night with the best band for entertainment.

What did you do to make your wedding day extra special? How did you incorporate family into your special day? My grandmother passed away three months after our wedding. She was such an important person in both our lives. Since she was too sick to travel, we wanted to involve her as much as we could. She had sent me jewelry to use as my “something old” that belonged to my great-great grandmother. We were also able to do a first look via Facetime with her and made sure to incorporate her into our wedding ceremony and first dance. This is something we will forever be grateful for.

We tried to incorporate our personalities into our wedding day as much as possible. We did this with our very carefully curated music choices for our wedding party ceremony procession. We both decided to choose something from our favorite artists. Michael’s groomsmen walked down the aisle to a piano instrumental version of “Welcome to the Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance. My bridesmaids walked down to the instrumental version of “Lover” by Taylor Swift. Together, we are huge Philadelphia 76ers fans, making the easy decision to have our processional out be the Sixers’ theme song, “Here come the Sixers.” The back of our cake even had a Sixers logo on it!

What advice would you give to future brides and grooms? When the day comes, don’t stress the small stuff. Nothing matters except marrying your significant other, so enjoy every second of the day. Take a second at every milestone of the day (waking up, getting ready, zipping your dress, first looks, trolley rides, vows, sweetheart table, etc.) to soak in every moment and remain present. CESCAPHE Credits

Client Development Associate: Alexa McLay

Event Coordinator: Bella DiSilvestro

Event Manager: Bella DiSilvestro

Maitre D: Andrew Govannicci

Head Server: Carlene Accelo


Cescaphe is a member of the PRH Business Network.

Ever keeping his eyes focused on the latest wedding trends, Cescaphe CEO/Chef Joseph Volpe is recognized as the area’s leading authority on ballroom bliss. Creating Once-in-a-Lifetime, Distinctive Events with Genuine Care and Passion, Treating Our Guests Like Family as We Exceed Their Expectations. Visit or call 215.238.5750.


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LIPS ARE BACK! LIPSTICK SALES ARE WAY UP NOW that people are finally showing off their lips. People are breaking out their brightest tubes, once again. Whether you opt for a pink, orange or classic red lip, the options are endless and fabulous. Social media has taken lipsticks to the next level, and I have really been enjoying all the TikTok and Instagram videos showing bold concepts.

Gym Lips The latest makeup trend that is going viral on TikTok are “gym lips.” I literally have been wearing “gym lips” for more than 20 years, but now someone has coined the phrase. What this means is a simply effortless look that can function anywhere. So effortless that it is even appropriate for the gym.

Lip Liners

First, find a lip liner that is the perfect match to your natural pout. Then, overline your lips and add a nourishing balm or sheer gloss. This will create the appearance of full lips that are completely natural looking. There are so many lip liners to choose from but a few of my favorites are Huda Beauty Lip Contour 2.0 Automatic Matte Lip Pencil™, $19. Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner™, $24. And if you’re not looking to break the bank, then try Nyx Slim Lip Pencil™, $4.

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Blendable Blush If you want to switch up your blush routine, your choices are endless. Try a cream or other type of blush in a coral color. My favorite blush this season is Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush™ trio. One palette has three full-pigment blush shades that are extremely “blendable.” Each shade provides buildable intensity and a seamless finish. $30. My favorite luxury blush pick is Dior Backstage Rosy Glow™. This blush gives the appearance of naturally rosy cheeks for a fresh, “glowy” effect. Dior offers two choices to complement your complexion. Light Coral and Light Pink, choose the shade that’s right for you. $39. Another great find is Nyx Professional Makeup Sweet Cheeks Soft Cheek Tint™. This smooth cream blush gives your skin a naturally flushed glow with six shades to choose from. This is also blendable and buildable for just $9.50. One last find I want to mention is by Mac. I have been wearing Mac, forever, and what I like most is that it is versatile. They offer the perfect summer eyeshadow that I also use as a blush. My preferred choice for Mac Eye Shadow is Rule. It’s the perfect orange color that’s highly pigmented and blends well to give you the most gorgeous cheeks and eyes. $19. Have fun with your makeup and be adventurous. Stay cool and beautiful. PRH

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Nicole Massimiani believes in giving back. So, when she decided to start her own business, her main goal was to help others feel good about themselves. She launched Blush Bridal and Event Artistry on August 30, 2020, to share her passion for beauty and help her clients feel confident and comfortable when it comes to looking and feeling their best. Providing services like makeup application and spray-tanning give her customers the look they want for the most important occasions of their lives. “There are no rules and no judgments. I’m here to make people feel good about themselves,” Massimiani says. With an eye on fashion trends, she started providing makeup services as a side gig while working a regular 9 to 5 job. For more than a decade, she built a loyal following of customers. In July 2017, Massimiani took a hiatus from the profession she loved when her mother, who had MS, died due to multiple health complications brought on by a heart attack. As time passed, she missed her hobby and grew tired of making excuses for not getting back to the

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life she loved. When the time felt right, she reached out to former clients to let them know she was doing makeup, again. She used social media to reach as many people as possible and posted some photos of her work. “I enjoy that feeling you get when someone’s really happy with their look and you immediately see the confidence grow. It’s more fulfilling on the inside,” she says. Massimiani completed her master’s degree and used that knowledge along with her work experience to launch her business two years ago. She opened Blush Bridal and Event Artistry on her mother’s birthday. And she continues to give back by donating to charities like The SuperHero Project, Philly Spin-In and Philly Rescue Angels. In the past, she’s donated her services to Alex’s Lemonade Stand’s Lemon Ball and plans to donate to the MS Society in memory of her mom. Blush Bridal and Event Artistry is located in South Jersey and although most of her services are provided in the Philadelphia and New Jersey areas, she is willing to travel. Reach out for wedding, maternity, and engagement services at www. PRH

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ant to hear ‘80s music? How about ‘90s? Have a longing for Motown? Ready to disco? Want to ease back with a little Sinatra? Well, then… tune into EQ radio, the innovative vision of Frank Punzo and his son Philip (DJ Punzo), to bring music across the listening spectrum to audiences. “We are a very musical family. I was always around dance music. Radio was changing and listening was also starting to change. I thought we needed a station for your favorite music to be accessible,” Punzo says. Choices and accessibility were key for radio as the traditional “Top 40” station format of playing the same songs and focusing on one genre were no longer dominant. During the pandemic, Punzo said he was thinking about radio going forward not backwards. EQ Radio was born and the station went live in January 2021. According to Punzo, the station can attract up to 10,000+ unique listeners in a month, including listeners from England and Australia. “You’re on the beach – you don’t have your own playlist – you can hear Bonnie Pointer – then something from the ‘70s and ‘80s. Or club music. Or maybe Sinatra,” Punzo says of the variety that EQ provides. “Not too many internet stations have the app and the sound quality.”






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With a variety of music and a crystal-clear digital signal, the station is inclusive and interactive. There’s a chat room so you can talk to other listeners, and you can even converse with DJs if they are on. The station features a stable of popular and talented DJs (including Punzo’s sons Frankie and Philip). Local DJs can get on the air to do a spot on the show. Guest DJs are also part of the programming and Frank says they also are popular with the listeners. Punzo, who has been a DJ for 30 plus years, appreciates the local talent. DJs from nightclubs like Pulsations and Egypt have shows on the station. “Any local DJ who has an idea for music or a podcast is welcome to contact me.” Additionally, his daughter Felicia is an international recording artist. In 2018, she went to Los Angeles with producer Rich Fayden where the single “About Us” was created. The hit was #10 on the Music Week UK Pop Chart and #2 on Venus Sirius XM added by Kid Kelly. While EQ Radio features a variety of music, Frank says the most popular show is Club EQ with different DJs broadcasting live and playing what they want from different eras and genres. “You may hear Depeche Mode and another DJ may go into dance music from current artists.” You can access EQ Radio at eq-radio. com or download the app available for both iPhone and Android. PRH


Philadelphia is filled with incredible artists, writers, actors, directors, and designers. If you don’t believe me, ask 2022 Pulitzer Prize winner James Ijames. “It’s a great town because there are first rate artists here,” Ijames says. “I think our audiences are very smart and they challenge the art.” Ijames, originally from North Carolina, has been a leader in the Philadelphia arts community for a number of years now. In addition to his celebrated plays that have been performed at many of the city’s theater companies (including both Reverie at Azuka Theatre and TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever at Theatre Horizon this season), Ijames is an educator at Villanova and the lead artistic director for the Wilma Theater’s 21-22 season. Recently, he directed Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Fairview (also a Pulitzer Prize winning show) at the Wilma. For almost 20 years – after graduating Temple University with a master’s in fine arts – Ijames has resided in Philadelphia and has made it his home. “This is home in a lot of ways in that my community of friends and collaborators are here. I fell in love here. I got married here, so there is a very real connection to the city.” Right now, Ijames is spending some time outside of the city. His Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Fat Ham, is being presented at New York’s Public Theater through the end of July. The story is his take on Shakespeare’s classic Hamlet and follows Juicy - a queer, southern college student who is seeing the ghost of his dead father at a family barbeque. The play got its legs here in Philly as Ijames is a member at large of Azuka Theatre’s New Pages playwriting organization, which celebrates Philadelphia voices from just an idea to a full production-ready script. In 2019, he debuted the play at an in-house reading, followed by a public reading in February of 2020. During the Covid shutdown, Fat Ham was filmed and streamed for Wilma Theater audiences to view at home. Now that Fat Ham is live on stage, Ijames sees the “beautiful dance” the audience and the actors do every night. “It starts from a place of grief in a way, and it moves to a place of joy and celebration,” he says. “I

feel like people don’t want to forget the thing that we’ve all been going through, which is this pandemic… or at least it is hard to forget, but I do think people are in a space where they want to find joy again, so the play offers an opportunity for that.” The Public Theater recently announced that Ijames will be presenting his play Good Bones next spring which explores gentrification and the price of the American dream. “It’s a way to talk about the history

“This is home in a lot of ways in that my community of friends and collaborators are here. I fell in love here. I got married here, so there is a very real connection to the city.” of a neighborhood,” Ijames says. “What is the responsibility of the people who move into a neighborhood that has a deep and rich history?” Next season in Philadelphia, you can see the world premiere of his play Abandon at Theater Exile, directed by Brett Ashley Robinson with a May 2023 opening. Earlier this year, Abandon was presented as a one-night-only virtual reading through Theater Exile’s new play development program, Studio X-hibition. It follows an older woman who lives alone and is haunted by the ghost of her son. A young man breaks into her home late at night and the two of them form a relationship. “It’s a sweet little play, very different from Fat Ham which is a lot louder and a little bit more boisterous,” Ijames says. As for the future of Fat Ham, Ijames would like to see it performed in theaters across the world - but especially back home in North Carolina. “So that my family can all go to see it. I would really love that.” And on the play’s 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Ijames says “It was a nice moment of me going, ‘Yeah. I’m not crazy. The things that I’m writing, the things that I’m doing, people do want to be connected to that work.’ So that was really an amazing feeling for me.” Read more about James Ijames and his plays at PRH

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arlin’ and the Dogs is an eclectic rock and roll band with an aspiration to get a crowd out of their seats and onto the dance floor. The quartet - Megan Welch (lead vocals), Frank Genniro (guitar), Michael Portanova (bass) and Fritz Kaelin (drums) - began performing together about two years ago. “When our friend moved to Florida, we found Mike on the bass and Fritz joined us last year in August,” says Welch, who previously performed as an acoustic duo with Genniro (also her husband) at the shore after years of both acting and singing. Genniro played venues as a musician in New York City in the early 2000s. Welch holds a degree in vocal training from Syracuse University and has been singing since she was a kid. She played an orphan in the first national tour of Annie. Together, Portanova and Kaelin bring more than 40 years of experience to the band. This group is proof that you’re never too old to have fun and start something new. Darlin’ and the Dogs covers a variety of genres, but the band’s main goal is to get people dancing. “We lean toward the ‘80s and ‘90s but mix in classic rock and oldies. We have eclectic tastes and a lot of what we personally love may not be what we play,” Welch says. “I grew to love and appreciate the Pretenders in my 40s



by Dominique Verrecchio after performing their songs. Michael, after Gwen Stefani sat on his amp during load-in at a place in Philly (not knowing who she was then), was glad to find out that we played No Doubt songs. Fritz is a big fan of the oldies and classic rock. Frank loves any guitar-driven music.” As a band, their greatest fuel and inspiration is always the crowd. “When people shout out that they know a song, when they tell us how happy they feel - there is nothing like it,” Welch explains. She says she is constantly inspired by Genniro, who helped Welch become more comfortable on stage. “I had spent years singing, but I was always afraid. He brought the part of me that lives in the music.” “When Megan opens her mouth, she sings like no other,” Genniro adds. Santucci’s Beer Garden at Broad and Wallace is one of their favorite venues to play. They credit Alice Santucci for giving them their start. “She treats us like gold. Her enthusiasm when we play, the food, the energy, and the space, make for a perfect night,” Welch says. With theatre backgrounds, Welch and Genniro appreciate the performance aspects of their gigs and make sure the audience really gets a show. “Just standing there and singing, playing guitar, isn’t what gives us our unique interpretations. Each song is a story and needs a teller. We try to tell those stories by putting our own spin on them.” PRH

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Catch Darlin’ and the Dogs live this summer on the following dates: August 6th - Great Barn Tap House August 12th - Marie’s Kozy Korner August 27th - Robert’s Block

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Geno Thackara t was a classic sports upset along the lines of Muhammad Ali knocking out George Foreman (or of course, closer to all our hearts, the Eagles’ long-shot Super Bowl win of 2018). In 1974, it was Billie Jean King’s turn to defy expectations, beating the legendary Bobby Riggs in a “battle of the sexes” tennis match that turned out to be one of the world’s most famous. Unlike those other losing competitors, though, Riggs had it coming. The already-retired champ raised a few hackles when


he announced that women’s tennis was an inferior sport, and he could still beat any female player out there. He seemingly meant it as a lucrative publicity stunt rather than anything outright misogynistic, but still had to eat his words after King trounced him in three sets. What does this have to do with the most glamorously flamboyant of British pop stars, you ask? Perhaps nothing directly, but King and Elton John were kindred spirits in many ways. Both have been outspoken for most of their lives about social issues and the fight for gender equality. Both struggled with being secretly gay at a time when society at large was barely starting to accept it. Mutual admiration quickly led to a close friendship after the two crossed paths at a party (even if they were shy to make introductions and it took a mutual friend to first throw them together). They got to play a little tennis together when touring allowed for it; they’d attend each other’s events when they could; and while

they were riding to a concert together one night, John simply blurted out, “I want to write a song for you.” They could have hardly planned it better. King was a big fan of Philly soul and her World Team Tennis franchise was called the Philadelphia Freedoms. John turned the title over to friend/lyricist Bernie Taupin and they were off. They wisely decided not to make it a song about tennis, or about King or her team, or really any event in particular. Freedom itself was a universal theme and positive enough to make the whole thing fly. The tone also fit naturally with the bright R&B sound that Philadelphia International Records had made famous. John and producer Gus Dudgeon cooked up a classic soul stew in homage to the city’s icons, full of fluttering flutes and sunny strings over a bed of funky bass and drums. Even with his usual English band, they nailed the key thing about the Philly sound: for all the theatrics and tricky high-flying arrangements, the sheer fun is too sincere for it to ever get pretentious.

Taupin’s words thankfully avoid cliches and obvious references. There are vague lines about a life on the road, but mostly it’s just positive thoughts that anyone could find a meaning for - the bouncy “shine a light” and the sweeping “I love, love, love you,” with John’s falsetto capering adding an infectious challenge for car singalongs or karaoke. It took no time for the tune to hit #1 on its release in early 1975. True, after four number-one albums and a string of hits in barely four years, any single that came at this point would have also been huge. “Philadelphia Freedom” was a rare instance of John and Taupin crafting a song deliberately for chart potential, perhaps because the Philly-soul sound already made the perfect recipe for just that. Perversely, though, the singer was also self-conscious about being played everywhere all the time. He and Taupin were taking a step back from their crazy recording pace at the moment. They were in the middle of working on the album that would become Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, crafting a fanciful concept piece with meticulous attention to detail and no considerations about airplay at all. “Freedom” made more sense as a single on its own, although John still had a laugh by making it more than five minutes long - more difficult than usual to fit into radio

playlists, where three and four are the magic numbers. Radio loved it anyway. (The noncommercial Captain Fantastic also had a single hit #4 later that summer despite going over six minutes - that’s fame and sheer momentum for you.) Fans loved it, as did the city itself. Philly International’s house band MSFB jumped on the train and covered the song on their own album of the same name, which hit the top 40 in a couple categories. Most importantly, Billie Jean King was absolutely ecstatic. She and the whole tennis team were bowled over when they first got to hear the rough demo on a tiny tape player in their locker room. The timing was unexpectedly on-target too, as the Freedoms would soon get moved to Boston after only one season. While “Philadelphia Freedom” has a place in music history, John and King would probably consider it a prelude. They’ve continued working on the social issues front ever since, from AIDS relief to equality in professional sports. (For what it’s worth, King had no hard feelings for her most famous opponent Bobby Riggs either, staying good friends with him until he died in the ‘90s.) If the song’s words don’t focus on her or her particular story, that’s not really the point. The love and positivity made a better lasting tribute in the end. PRH

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by GENO THACKARA Greening and recycling don’t stop for any season - especially summer when it’s safest to stay active while outdoors and distanced. Here’s a handful of environment-friendly outfits and activities going on that you might not have heard about.

Plastic-Free Philly Drexel’s Academy of Natural Sciences is challenging everyone to be aware of how much plastic they use. This one isn’t a specific event so much as an outreach to encourage individuals to develop plastic-free habits. Stay informed and sign up for their pledge at, and visit the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership at to learn about community cleanup events for the area’s creeks and water sources.

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October 17th Check in at 10:00 a.m. Outing includes green fees and cart, bag of swag, lunch and dinner, snacks and drinks, contest and event winner prizes. This quaint spot on Lindbergh Boulevard in Southwest Philly is part garden, part park, part community center and part nature preserve. One is their partnership with Sankofa Community Farm, founded to uphold African Diaspora knowledge and traditions. Bartram’s has a community garden with spaces used by growers from around the neighborhood, as well as providing garden beds to use at home for those who live nearby. For nongardeners also interested in getting in touch with nature, there are free programs for fishing (through August) and boating (through September). Experience and supplies aren’t required. Just show up and they’ll provide everything you need.

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Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Between a pop-up garden on South Street and one out in Manayunk, they host a monthly plant swap and a series of workshops on composting, caring for plants and gardening knowledge of all kinds. Their Tree Tenders program also includes a small army of volunteers planting trees everywhere around the city. The fall’s Tenders training session is set to take place both virtually and in-person in September and October. There are slots still open for volunteers.

Hazardous Waste Recycling The Streets Department has scheduled events throughout the city for collecting dangerous materials you can’t just leave out at the curb. Save your batteries, fluorescent lights and toxic chemicals and reserve a time slot to dispose of them safely.

Oyster Shell Recycling Lot Contact Habitat Projects Coordinator Sarah Bouboulis at Just this spring, the city’s Water Department and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary created a very specific recycling service for the area’s restaurants. The program will be collecting used oyster shells and saving them from landfills. Instead of taking up space as waste, the shells will spend months curing in the sun, then get used for rebuilding oyster reefs and providing a better environment for the oysters to work at naturally cleaning the waterways. Contact your local restaurants and spread the word about how they can use their leftover shells. If you want to contribute by eating more oysters, well, there’s room for everyone to do their part!

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oe Messina grew up on baseball. Whether it was going to a Phillies game with his father, learning how to read box scores, or having a catch in the front yard, Messina lived and breathed baseball. After graduating from Saint John Neumann High School in 1985, Messina wasted no time and jumped right into coaching for Stella Maris in 1986. “I loved the game so much. I had an opportunity at the time to coach at Stella Maris,” Messina says. “In 1988, we were the first South Philadelphia team to win the CYO Archdiocese Championship, which was a big thing back in those days. We won three CYO championships in those four years.” In 1990, Messina made the jump to coach at his Alma Mater, where he remained until 1993. Messina explained that “life got in the way” and he took a step back from coaching while he was working full-time. In 2001, his son was born. “My son was born, so I was coaching youth baseball down at Delaware Valley. I always did pitching lessons throughout the years to teach kids pitching - which is a passion of mine,” Messina says. Messina remained involved with NeumannGoretti and when the opportunity presented itself to coach again in 2011, he did not hesitate. “I’ve been involved [with Neumann-Goretti] ever since,” Messina says. “During that time, we’ve won a lot. We’ve been involved in five Catholic League Championships, and we won two State Championships - the first in school history in 2016 and 2017, so that’s been pretty good.” Despite all the coaching success, Messina has a deeper reason for loving what he does. “I pride myself in being there for the kids, not only on the field, but off the field,” Messina says. “Being a confidant, in their personal lives, offering advice to them as they go through the next phases of their lives. I try to be there, also, for the parents. My son played for me for four years at Neumann Goretti, so one of the perspectives I have is being a coach, but also being the parent of a player. I’m still involved in all their lives even after they graduate.” Messina’s hard work and dedication to Neumann Goretti did not go unnoticed. Even after he took a little step back from coaching again in 2021 due to his son playing college baseball, Messina remained involved behind the scenes helping with scheduling, business aspects, and wherever else he could. Off the field, he serves as a board member of the Neumann Goretti Millay Club – the alumni association for Neumann-Goretti. Just recently, he was inducted into the Millay Club Hall of Fame. “I wasn’t ever going to nominate myself,” Messina says. “A couple guys who were influential did an end around and went to the board without my knowledge and said, ‘Hey, he’s never going to nominate himself and he is deserving of it. I think he should be put in.’ It was kind of a shock.” Messina was grateful for the nomination and says it is so much more than a personal achievement. “Being inducted into the Millay Club Hall of Fame, to me, is not a personal achievement. It’s the culmination of many years of working with great administrators, parents, fellow coaches, and of course, great student athletes,” he says. “I am just a small part of the equation that makes Neumann-Goretti so successful.” “I always use the term NG Family,” Messina adds. “I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved with some great South Philadelphia families that make it all worthwhile.” PRH

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F COLLECTIBLES Respectable by Joseph Myers


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rom a very young age, Stephen Pagano has always been into collecting. Sports cards, action figures, and movies are just a few. His childhood summers were spent at Veterans Stadium, acquiring autographs and attending baseball games with his friends, which built the foundation for him as an adult. Within his South Philly home, the 37-year-old has honored lifelong obsessions with pop culture and athletics by adorning his basement with a variety of homages to his heroes. “There’s so much here that I’ll occasionally forget what I have,” the committed collector said with a laugh upon ushering yours truly through the turnstile, leading to the awe-inspiring space. “A few times a week, I come down here and just take it all in, replaying the memories that go along with the pieces.” A large canvas of Stephen’s late father Ronald, who passed away in 2018, watches over the ultimate man cave. “My dad was a big sports fan, and he loved watching my collection grow. I wish he could see it right now!” Pagano can reflect by sitting in seats from Veterans Stadium and the Spectrum, as those items commenced the labor of love that consists of an abundance of other goodies. With Funko Pop! figures, a signed Mike Tyson glove, an autographed Stone Cold Steve Austin vest, film memorabilia, Phillies bobbleheads, signed celebrity pictures and posters, and sports tickets, among other valued holdings joining relics of his respect for the Eagles, Flyers, Phillies, and 76ers, the connoisseur certainly appreciates not only having room for everything, but also having opportunities to rub elbows with people whom most of us have to settle for seeing on television or from the stands. “There’s no distance that I won’t travel in order to meet a celebrity or athlete that I idolize,” he says. “The same goes for adding a unique piece to my collection. It’s all a part of the hobby.” Many of his excursions have come through social media outlets and or apps such as: Crave the Auto. Definitely accustomed to traveling thanks to his book “30 by 30,” written in 2016, which chronicled trips he and friends made to every baseball stadium in existence by that year, he delights in gaining insight into various individuals’ humanity off screen or away from their particular playing surface, and he frequently lets the entertainers and athletes know they will be joining the contents of his man cave. Pagano, who does most of his own framing, too, states, “Frankly, I never know what I’ll buy or who I’ll meet on any given day.” He counts encounters with boxing behemoth Mike Tyson, NBA Hall of Fame inductee and 76ers’ legend Allen Iverson, reigning National League Most Valuable Player, Phillies star Bryce Harper, and the cast of The Sandlot movie as his favorites thus far. True to his previous quote, Pagano hopes to acquire a folding chair from the 1996 Major League Baseball All-Star Game held at Veterans Stadium, meet The Rock, and add a pinball machine to his little slice of heaven. If he were to succeed in the final pursuit, the purchase would join a bubble hockey table, vending and slot machines, and a Mrs.Pacman arcade game as additional attractions in his abode. Even if he cannot secure any of them soon, Pagano will nonetheless be accumulating more unforgettable moments in his home come October, as he and wife Alana will welcome their first child, a girl, that month. This year also marks his 20th anniversary as an employee at Methodist Hospital — a job that has proven pretty beneficial in helping the basement to elevate his existence. “I don’t have an exact number on how much I’ve spent over the years, but if I had to guess, it’s probably in the tens of thousands,” Pagano surmises. “However, in the end, it’s always worth it to me.” PRH


South Philly Sports Training Build It & They Will Come


by Anthony Panvini itting on the corner of 25th and Morris is South Philly Sports Training (SPST), a baseball facility that provides a variety of services to all athletes of any level from grade school to college. Armed with a high-level staff and instructors, SPST offers an array of services that they are currently in the process of expanding. The facility originally started by offering private and one-on-one lessons along with small

group training and team training sessions. When they moved into their new and current location, they were able to enhance their weight room, gym, and add additional services. “We’re looking to expand more into having kids be more membership-based which we will start this fall and winter,” says Nicky Nardini - the lead instructor for hitting, fielding, and catching at SPST. “We want it to be a lot more grouporiented and incorporate weight training for older kids. We want to get kids in the building more often, that way they can optimize their performance and can come in threefour times a week with their buddies and compete with each other.” Nardini’s love for baseball, like much of the staff at SPST, started at a very young age and continues

well after his playing career. A fouryear starter for Neumann-Goretti, Nardini helped the team win three Catholic league titles with him catching his sophomore through senior years. He has been an assistant coach at Neumann-Goretti since 2013. Nardini gave credit to his catching days for turning him into the coach he is today. “Catchers see the game from a different angle,” Nardini says. “You think along the lines of the game a little differently than everyone else because of pitch calling, situational baseball from being behind the plate. It’s something that I’ve always thought - I’d be a better coach than a player.” Although he received a Division-II scholarship to play at the University of the Sciences, Nardini transferred to Temple University to focus on

education. He explained that his passion for the game and desire to stay around baseball led him to coaching at Neumann-Goretti. “I was always infatuated with the game,” Nardini says. “I love learning. I love teaching it now and I always knew I’d definitely be a coach someday—it’s honestly been a pleasure to coach at Neumann Goretti and now I get to coach the youth in our area.” Like most businesses, SPST did face some challenges during the COVID19 pandemic. The team enforced smaller group sessions and the facility took extra precautions to stay clean. “We had our hurdles obviously. We couldn’t have large groups in there with the mandates and the shutdowns, but we managed to stay afloat,” Nardini says. “We were taking every precaution from cleaning to masks. Obviously, it wasn’t normal business where we had 50 people in the building, but other than that, we managed to keep it going and make it work.” Nardini gave credit to the staff at SPST with the progress they have made so far and look to continue in 2022 and beyond.

“All of our coaches and guys that are in the building most of the time are former either Neumann-Goretti baseball players or college players,” Nardini says. “We have pro player Jimmy Kerrigan, who played at Neumann-Goretti, who went as high as AAA baseball, last year, with the Minnesota Twins. He does a lot of our strength training and is a great person to have in our gym as so many of our kids aspire to work that hard and get to that level. All our kids truly gravitate to him. His experience and his work ethic really speak volumes. “One of my good friends is the Head Coach of Neumann-Goretti, Mike Zolk. He played at the University of North Carolina and has also been full-time with lessons and bringing tons of kids to our building. He’s been a vital part of what we’re building and our culture.” All in all, Nardini is excited for the future of SPST and their new location. He encourages all people who wish to stay up to date with news and announcements or join the SPST family for lessons or training, to follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. PRH

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Dorothy Holper a Woman Ahead of Her Time



by Donna Meidt orothy “Dotty” Holper was born April 8, 1924, to Louis and Sadie Segal in Camden, NJ. Her mother died giving birth to another sibling. After Sadie’s death, Louis married a woman by the name of Celia who came to the marriage with a daughter, Anita Goldberg. In the 1930 census, the family was living at 647 Walnut Street in Camden. She had an older brother Morris and two sisters, Pauline, and Adrienne. Louis owned an ice cream and candy store and a rooming house.


When Dotty was 15, the family moved to Philadelphia and opened a seafood market on Ridge Avenue, where Dotty worked. The family made their home in that building. In 1946, she married Saul Holper, whose family lived nearby. They purchased a row home at 6013 Agusta Street in the Oxford Circle neighborhood, where they raised their daughter Sharon “Shotsy,” born in 1948, and son Harvey, born in 1951. Saul worked in furniture sales to support the family. The friendly neighborhood was a mix of Irish and Italian Catholics and Eastern European Jewish descendants who co-existed peacefully. Dotty was incredibly happy being a homemaker in that setting. Dotty was a woman ahead of her


time. In the early 1960s, as her children became more self-sufficient, she was able to get a warehouse job at the nearby Sears, Roebuck, and Co., where Adams Avenue met Roosevelt Boulevard. She accepted the job of a dispatcher, which was rare for women of that era. She sat on the loading dock in all kinds of weather and became a member of the Teamsters Local 107. She collaborated with the truckers who were loading appliances. They needed to be perfect at the time of distribution. Since some appliances became damaged, she was able to offer those goods at a discounted price to employees. She worked there until it closed in the early 1990s. Dotty inherited a remarkable singing voice, which was passed along to son Harvey and his family. Over the years, they have been involved in vocal, instrumental and stage perfor-

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mances. In later years, she and Saul were members of the Workmen’s Circle Yiddish Chorus. She enjoyed family gatherings with her siblings and cousins at Segal Cousins Club events. Dotty celebrated the holidays by cooking and baking special treats. She was known for her sweet fruity holiday noodle kugel and her chocolate chip cookies. As the years passed, she began to learn survival skills. When Saul died in 1994, she sold the row home and purchased a condominium at Delaire Landing on State Road. She became competent in driving, and in banking and investing, as well as maintaining and decorating her new home. Shotsy married Marty Abramson in 1969. In the 1970s, they moved to Arizona. Harvey married Laurie Jacobs in 1972. They have lived since that time in the greater Philadelphia area. The four of them graduated from Temple University. Dotty lived in her condominium until the time of her death in 2011. Special thanks to Family Historian, Adrienne Saltzburg; Harvey Holper and supplemental researcher Sharon Shotsy Abramson. PRH


atalie Pantaleo is a Philadelphia-based marketing communications consultant, crafty storyteller, and now, first-time author. Her upcoming release, Lying Down with Dogs, presents an entertaining coming-of-age story exploring themes surrounding the unpredictable lifestyle that can occur from working in the service industry. The fictional novella based on a true story follows main character, Valerie (Val) Imperato, a 19-yearold South Philly girl navigating her way as she transitions from a working college student to a profession within corporate America. When Val begins working at The Tavern, she navigates some harsh lessons revolving around money, love, power, and sex, and how the people she encounters handle them. “To me, one of the most intriguing facets of my story is the serendipitous nature that led to its publishing,” Pantaleo says. The concept for Lying Down with Dogs originated about 11 years ago when Pantaleo was out to lunch with former coworkers, laughing and recalling stories from their days as restaurant servers. One of the women suggested she write down the hilarious stories they shared. For entertainment purposes, Pantaleo jotted down a few vignettes that year, but it wasn’t until 2013 that the story started to transition into a coming-of-age tale based on her experiences. “I didn’t intend for that to happen, but as I started to write, it came out of me,” Pantaleo says. In 2015, she picked up the story, again, in an attempt to structure those vignettes into a cohesive tale. While on a retreat in Sedona last March, Pantaleo met a licensed therapist during a group activity. The woman introduced herself by holding up a children’s book written by her goddaughter, a publisher. Pantaleo told the therapist that she had written a couple of children’s books, as well, and the woman offered to contact her goddaughter about them. Pantaleo said she thanked her but dismissed it as a polite exchange. She knew how daunting

the publishing process could be. That June, Pantaleo received a call from a number in Arizona. She picked up the phone and a woman introduced herself as Lindsay Allison Dierking, the goddaughter… and publisher for The Awakened Press. She caught Dierking’s attention and followed up by emailing her a resume and three writing samples. For kicks, she included a P.S. about her in-progress novella. Two weeks after their call, Dierking and Pantaleo met via a Zoom call to talk about Pantaleo’s children’s books. Instead, Dierking was more excited about the novella and wanted to publish it. Stunned, Pantaleo excitedly agreed and the two began to work on the process. “It had become my labor of love. It was a great hobby even though I haven’t touched it in years,” Pantaleo says. The two did a beta test just before Christmas. Although the feedback was helpful, people loved the story. Pantaleo said she was humbled and exhilarated during the experience. “That was the most rewarding part so far - just for someone to relate to my words,” she says. After the beta tests, they continued working simultaneously on the book proposals and completed the technical editing at the end of May 2022. On July 1, they had a completed manuscript and targeted July 15th as the launch of the book’s website. “I can remember sitting in my office penning the first vignette – “The Frankie Story” – and never in my wildest dreams envisioned what’s become Lying Down with Dogs,” Pantaleo says. “This little book is growing arms and legs like crazy, and I feel very blessed.” Lying Down with Dogs is set to release September 12th by The Awakened Press. Copies will be available in print, e-book, and shortly after, an audiobook version. Distribution involves 40,000 retailers worldwide, including libraries, schools, and universities, Amazon Worldwide, Apple Books, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and your local independent bookstores. PRH

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My father Michael C. Pasquarello was born Friday, April 18, 1902. His mother gave birth to him in her bed in a tiny row home on League Street in South Philadelphia. He was my Nonna’s second child and she was to give birth to 10 more babies in that same bed. His education was to the 8th grade and he still excelled at making a good living. Taking care of his family was his main priority. First, his sisters and brothers became his responsibility at the age of 14 years old. He became a huckster at the Italian Market and later opened a storefront on 7th Street. Down the block from our house on 6th & Hoffman Street. He married my mother in 1932 at Philadelphia City Hall and they immediately got extremely busy with having 12 kids of their own. I am their 10th! His life was all about family and all that he could and would do for them. But, sad to say, my father died at a young age of 53 years old. On Monday, May 16, 1955. Since I was six years old, I celebrate his special days in my mind and heart. I go to Holy Cross Cemetery to bring him flowers and talk with him. And I remember all the beautiful stories my mother passed on to me. That’s how I have so many heartfelt and humorous stories about this wonderful man called my father.


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n his 1895 novella, The Time Machine, H.G. Wells introduces a vehiclelike device that transports his main character back and forth through time. Not sure if H.G. realized it at the time but his creative effort changed science fiction forever. The story was a commentary on social class and economic inequality, but it is best known for popularizing the concept of time travel by mechanical devices. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that 14 years earlier, Edward Page Mitchell wrote a short story about a


broken clock - when wound it caused the clock’s hands to move in reverse. Lightning ensued and the main character was transported back in time. Doc Brown’s DeLorean DMC-12 was infinitely cooler than the clock atop of the Hill Valley courthouse in Back to the Future, so Mr. Wells for the win. In fiction, automobiles, phone booths, cosmic treadmills, police boxes and even a hot tub have been used to send characters forward through time, but in reality, all that has ever been needed is to be aware of the fact - that we are. According to Google, time is the continued sequence of existence and events that occurs in an apparently irreversible succession from the past, through the present, into the future. So, welcome fellow travelers as we hurdle ourselves together through space and time on completely separate journeys into the future. Buckle up humanoids as our bodies are the vehicle-like device that transports us back and forth through

time. Our transports are as wonderfully unique as a fingerprint and as individual as any random snowflake, but that does not stop us from constant improvement, modifications and upgrades in an effort to make this voyage a more comfortable and enjoyable one. When we are young, the world around us creeps slowly along as we take time to process everything anew. Our onboard computer, the brain, uses memory not unlike data files to help guide decisions and chart a course forward as we grow. Those experiences, once recognized, engage and hurl us forward towards the most reasonable outcome, thus speeding everything up. Some might say everything goes faster the older we get; we are constantly comparing our past experiences to better understand what’s right there in front of us. Most stories have a destination. H.G. Wells used fiction to talk about social class and economic inequality. This story is my way of saying that we are all on this trip forward through life

together. Our time machines are beautifully different, inherently flawed and if allowed, easily remotely controlled. With so many people venturing into the future all at the same time, it would sure be nice if we were given some assurances for that comfortable and safe ride, but time travel isn’t an exact science. No matter how much we learn from the past to better prepare for the future, tomorrow’s roads aren’t always smooth, and in many cases, not paved at all. At the end of Back to the Future, Marty gets out of bed unsure as to what had just transpired. For the first time in the movie, he slows down and takes a moment to exist in the present. As a direct result of his past actions, his life has changed. It’s subtle, but Marty takes that moment and allows the world around him to soak in before he celebrates the victory with a kiss. Life, as it always does, catches up to him with Doc Brown’s frantic plea to rush forward, once again. The doors of the DeLorean close and away they go. Our journey continues each day in a hurricane of emotions and memories of the past that help to shape and predict a safe path forward through time and into the future. Life is about moving forward – but we do possess an ability to pump the brakes and slow it all down. The trick is to spend as much time fully engaged as we can, in the present. PRH

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Que Sera, Sera

by Jim Glidea

“It’s a bizarre but wonderful feeling, to arrive dead center of a target you didn’t even know you were aiming for.” Lois McMaster Bujold


ne spring afternoon, before I tackled whatever disquieting and disconcerting features that the evening news was about to throw my way, followed by the therapeutic predictability of JEOPARDY! and the calm calculations of Philadelphia’s Ryan Long, I had cannonballed into the fun and frothy world of YouTube. The last set of clips that filled my computer screen was compiled and collated by WatchMojo, labeled “The 20 Best Movie Ending Songs.” Each of the highlighted numbers played as the end credits rolled across the screen, squarely mirroring and echoing the themes and messages of the films, such as “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King in Stand by Me and “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds in The Breakfast Club. However, the song “Que Sera, Sera,” written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans and sung by Doris Day, in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much, seems to stand in contrast to the 20 songs listed by WatchMojo. In this 1956 Oscar-winning song, questions about what might happen in the future are met with a tender but perhaps unsatisfying response: There’s no way to

foresee what’s going to happen – and there’s nothing to do about it. Yet, surrounded by all the espionage and intrigue that the film’s villains were serving up, Doris Day’s character sits at a piano and sings “Que Sera, Sera” – as a signal and ploy for her captive son, a device that is crucial in rescuing him. “Whatever will be will be.” Isn’t it ironic that a song about the inability to plan and predict the future is, in fact, used to accomplish exactly that? I tend to side with Livingston and Evans, for I have attempted to avoid most fatalistic and set-in-stone theories, as I also champion and gravitate toward the unplanned and uncharted marvels and magic that serendipity affords us. Oxford Languages defines serendipity as “the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.” Serendipity goes beyond “Que Sera, Sera,” enticing us with not knowing what’s around life’s corners – as we grow excited about what’s in store as we negotiate those turns. Retrospectively, we now cherish persons, places, and events essential to our happiness that we didn’t even know we once were looking for – or needed. PRH

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ome of the details are a little fuzzy but the gist of this story would be tough to forget. I recall being about 10 years old. My father and his buddies loved to pick a horse or two each day and place their bets with Tony, the local “entrepreneur,” an Italian guy who never wrote anything down on paper. When I asked my father why that was the case, he told me that Tony kept losing his pencils. Even at that tender age, I had a hard time buying that answer! Soon after, Dad announced an upcoming Memorial Day picnic with close friends and Uncle Freddy, Dad’s brother. The site was Delaware Park, a beautiful racetrack 15 minutes south of Wilmington, an hour’s drive from our home in Southwest Philly. There would be lots of food and fun for the kids while the grownups tried their luck at the ponies. My uncle was a character. He was affectionately given the nickname “Woodpecker” by my Uncle Joe. I think he wasn’t with us because of what Uncle Fred described as his younger brother’s “habit of bettin’ on slow horses.” Fred’s penchant for giving nicknames (Uncle Joe was “Joe Pierre.” My father was “Crooch.”) and his comically quick

by Charlie Sacchetti Italian temper, were two qualities I greatly appreciated along with the colorful Italian words nipping at the heels of his angry but brief tirades! My mother Catherine was a bit of a gambler, too. Her game of choice was Bingo. A legend in the neighborhood, she attended three games a week at our local, ethnic Catholic churches. Dad’s picnic announcement had caused her some excitement. On May 30th, we hopped into our ’57 Dodge Coronet for the trip. As we claimed our tables, Mom asked me to pick two horses for the “Daily Double.” The trick was to pick the winners of the first and second races. Next, you bought a ticket that reflected your choices before the first race started. Your ticket was only “alive” if your horse won the first race, then you held onto your ticket to see if your second race selection won. If so, you won the money. The higher the odds were against your horses winning, the larger the payoff. I chose number eight in the first race and number three in the second. As luck would have it, the second horse withdrew, or was “scratched,” before the first race even began. I had to pick a replacement, so I again chose number eight. We had an “eight and eight” Daily Double ticket that cost Mom $2. Our number-eight horse in the first race was named Flo

Syrum, who went off at 15-1 odds. These are not good odds for a victory, however, when the race was over … The winner of the race: Flo Syrum! So, Mom had the only “live” Daily Double ticket in our group! Dad shook his head in disbelief that his little kid got lucky and picked a winner, while all these old guys - who read the racing forms and studied, or “clocked” the entries ended up picking losers. Then the real drama began. My pick for the second race was named White Bait. As the horses trotted onto the track to warm up, we got our first glimpse. White Bait would never be confused with The Lone Ranger’s “Silver.” He was a pale beige color and his neck flailed back and forth as he trotted out. Our group was stunned at his appearance, except Uncle Freddy, who almost fell off the bench laughing as he shouted, ‘Look at that nag you picked!’ The betting public must have agreed because White Bait went off at 50-1 odds. Entering the starting gate, White Bait looked serene. When the race began, he took off as if chased by demons. He led all the way, and, as he came to the final few hundred

yards - or the “stretch” - he was in a nose-to-nose battle with the number-five horse, the favorite at 5-2 odds. As White Bait raced with his whole heart and soul, both horses crossed the finish line. My father said, ‘Oh, my God, he lost by a nose in a photo finish.’ Uncle Fred’s mouth was agape. He was no longer laughing. We stood in shock until the official result was announced. My father was a very smart guy, usually right about most things. But not that day! It was White Bait by a nose! The Daily Double payoff to Mom for her $2 bet? $758.80! After the hootin’ and hollerin’, I approached Uncle Fred with a smile and said in my most macho 10-year-old voice, “Whaddya think of that nag now, Woodpecker!” He just smiled and gave me a hug, saying, ‘Atta boy, Charlie.’ Mom spent the money on some much-needed new furniture from Wanamaker’s, but not before she gave me my cut, a crisp $5 bill, more money than I could possibly need at a time when movies cost 25 cents and Tastykakes were a dime! Besides, the thrill of victory was payment enough. PRH

Charlie Sacchetti is the author of three books: It’s All Good: Times and Events I’d Never Want to Change; Knowing He’s There: True Stories of God’s Subtle Yet Unmistakable Touch; and his newest, Savoring the Moments: True Stories of Happiness, Sadness and Everything in Between. Contact him at July / August / September 2022


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ome of my fondest memories growing up were summers in the city. We were always outside running around and then cooling off under the plug. I lived in a neighborhood filled with kids and in the summer months, this would become our playground. We would play tag and many other street games, until we were called in for dinner. As teenagers, my friends and I would go to Tally-Ann Bakery and buy a bag of rolls, fresh out of the oven. We hung out on our corner and devoured the whole bag. We never gained any weight and I attribute that to walking. We never stopped eating, but we burned it off because we never sat still. We didn’t have video games or computers to amuse us, so we roamed the city for hours. We never got tired. We were young and didn’t have a care in the world.


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by Debbie Russino Most of our fathers never moved their car once it was parked in front of the house, unless it was a dire emergency. We always ventured out on our own and our parents didn’t worry because they knew we were safe. It was a simpler time. There were always things to do so I was never bored. I think I was relieved to have a break from school and the ever-so-scary St. Joe Nuns. As a young teen, my family and I spent many summer vacations in Atlantic City. One of my favorite boardwalk arcades was Fun Spot. This was a hot spot for many South Philly kids. Atlantic City was also famous for The White House Sub Shop, home of the best cheesesteak in town. Their delicious bread was a huge part of what made them unique. It was a little hole in the wall, but you had to wait in a line wrapped around the corner to get in. This place was iconic. I could go on and on, but I will leave this as a memory to be continued. Happy Summer, everyone! PRH

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n every summer issue, we at Philadelphia RowHome Magazine list what we consider to be our “Hot Spots” of Philadelphia, especially landmarks and locations around South Philly where most of us were born and raised. We tell our readers where to eat, where to shop, where to go to be entertained. Since other writers will be giving their hot spot opinions and lists, I decided to do something different. Here is my list of special people that I consider to be “Hot People of Philadelphia.” These are persons from the past that are not with us any longer as well as individuals that still honor us with their presence. Let me first start by mentioning two of the best people I know – Dorette Rota Jackson and Dawn Rhoades, founders and publishers of Philadelphia RowHome Magazine. These two remarkable women are humble and have outdone themselves in our community with their kindness, their caring, and their involvement whenever needed. Tom and Gina Kutchner, founders of Angels of Christmas, a nonprofit that helps less fortunate families during the holiday season and throughout the year. I have had the honor and privilege of being part of this great organization for the past 29 years. Lizzie (Elizabeth Juliano Olivieri), which I have called her since high school, sits on the South Philadelphia High School Alumni Executive Board. She has done much for the former graduates of her high school and for the community. Danny Olivieri, Olivieri Jewelers, is no longer with us. He was the former President of the South Philadelphia Business Association. Dan was always there for everyone and anyone. In the fall, the

upcoming 2022 SPBA Golf Outing will be renamed “The Danny Olivieri Classic” in his honor. Christina Luciano, a former Philadelphia school teacher and president of the nonprofit Meredith Home and School Association, now helps less fortunate children learn to read and write while working for Mighty Writers. Russell Shoemaker, the current president of the SPBA also sits on the board of the nonprofit Lions International in South Philadelphia. His selfless work includes raising funds and supporting the efforts of another nonprofit, Chapel of the Four Chaplains. Other hot people who deserve a mention for their efforts on behalf of our local community… Mark Rago, Funeral Director of Monti-Rago Funeral Home Frankie “Bugs” Fioravanti, owner, FBI Pest Control John Tenaglia, John’s Custom Stairs (as he puts it, “I am an Opera Singing, Wine Tasting, Stair Building, Italian Cooking, Plus Size Prostitute!”) Danny Vanore, Leader of local band The Business Carlos and Janet Alvarez, The King & Queen of Philadelphia Radio and owners of Cedrone’s Flowers Gina Rucci, owner, Popi’s Italian Restaurant Lou Galdo, owner, Galdo’s Catering & Entertainment Bob Pantano, DJ and entertainer for the last 45 years John Pinto. He did everything for everyone, not looking for anything in return. He was my brother, and he was the best. These are just a few people I’d personally like to thank for gracing us with their presence, past and present. PRH

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Summertime Brings Out the Best in Me

by Robert L. Woodard The Wynnefield Barber



ummertime, winter, spring and fall. All these seasons helped me to become a man as a teenage husband. I can remember working most summers early in my life. Many of my friends would make fun of me working in the summer months. Most of my closest buddies would say, ‘What are you working towards receiving?’ My answer to them was, “I don’t know.” But, if I saved long enough, I would have saved for a future that would help change my life for the better. In other words, saving for a rainy day never hurt anyone. I passed this lesson on to all my children. My oldest son Zebelon Woodard became an entrepreneur early in life. Just like me, Zebbie had a loving respect for the professional art of tonsorialist. My oldest daughter Erica always knew what you put into life is what you get out of it. I, as a young father, always passed along words of wisdom, never knowing if my children were really listening. I realized that by writing poetry and reciting it to my children made them think about who they were. Who is the me that I



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am? This personal question has to be answered by you, from you, for you. My daughter Amber was born with maturity at a very early age. She was a great leader for the rest of her brothers and sisters who came after she was born. Their names are Amanuelle, Avery, Alaynia and Arielle. I have to say that my little daughter Amber did a very big job. I have spent most of the summers of my life studying the spirit of my children. Each child was very aware of themselves as individuals. I shared with them many things about the magnificent order of nature. Hence, a tree takes in your waste as its food. Then it breathes out its waste as oxygen which becomes the food of human beings. So, don’t forget to sit under a tree this summer and breathe in the air that gives you life. This proves to me that God works in mysterious ways. These natural things help the summertime bring out the best in me. And they are all of my children. Zebbie, Erica, Amber, Amanuelle, Avery, Alaynia and Arielle. Happy summer to you! Take the “RACE Test” today for a better way at PRH

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Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano. In this sequel to Finlay Donovan Is Killing It, Finlay is still juggling kids, writer’s block, a no-good ex-husband and the Russian mob, all while being mistaken for a cold-blooded assassin


The Guncle by Steven Rowley. Gay Uncle Patrick (the Guncle), a former Hollywood star, assumes guardianship of his young niece and nephew after tragedy strikes their family. Amidst the backdrop of beautiful Palm Springs, they learn to lean on one another for comfort. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin. Sam and Sadie are friends who start collaborating on a video game that leads to wealth and fame. The book spans several decades and will make you nostalgic for the video games of your childhood. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. With more than 1,200 pages, this was daunting, but I joined From the Front Porch podcast’s annual Conquer a Classic to tackle it, this year. We read 10-13 chapters each month. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. Set in California in the 1960s, chemist Elizabeth Zott is the reluctant star of a cooking show. Her unique style of cooking is a revolutionary hit, but as she encourages women to buck the status quo, she ruffles more than a few feathers.

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Stuff You Missed in History Class. This podcast focuses on those obscure historical stories and characters you may have missed hearing about. I love this show so much, I even went on a group tour of Italy with the hosts! From the Front Porch. Annie B. Jones owns an independent bookstore in Thomasville, GA and hosts this podcast that discusses all things books and life in the South. A joy to listen to with your morning coffee and a cat at your feet.

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Once Upon a Crime. Each season is themed (Spree Killers, Deathbed Confessions, Artful Crimes) and covers both obscure and well-known crimes. Unsolved Mysteries. This podcast delves into stories the TV show hasn’t covered in an effort to bring more exposure to these cases and hopefully, to finally solve them. Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine. Everything from historical maladies to weird things folks do to try to cure themselves of…. well, anything, is discussed! It’s informative and funny. Detours. Each episode takes a deeper dive into some of the treasures discovered on Antique Roadshow. “The Most Valuable Reindeer of All’’ is one of my favorites and discusses what happened to the original Santa and Rudolph puppets from the beloved 1964 Rankin-Bass TV special. The Currently Reading Podcast. Each week, the hosts dive into new and backlist titles to give you inspiration for your next read. Spooked. Creepy, true-life supernatural stories told by the people who lived them. It’s currently subscription only, but you can find more than 100 episodes for free.

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How to Keep People from Turning into their Parents

Too late for me. And for my sister Dawn. And since we’re together more than not, it’s very obvious when one of us says something we heard from the mouths of our parents growing up. That’s why the commercial is so funny! Don’t ask me what they’re selling, but I do laugh every time it comes on! It’s a freezer, not a time capsule, he says while reaching for something wrapped in tin foil. Scottish egg? No. It’s a meatball. Followed by funny scenes and classic lines. No one who made the movie is here, he tells the woman clapping in the movie theater after the show. Leaving before the game is over to beat the traffic. Using the bathroom before you leave the house. I’m guilty. I say ridiculous things I’ve heard growing up. I can hear those words surface from the deep recesses of my mind and can’t control myself. I have a problem with exiting. Whenever it’s time to leave the house for a meeting or appointment, I get this overwhelming desire to double check things - do I have my phone, keys, glasses, wallet, bottle of spring water? I make sure the oven is off, the door is locked, the coffee pot is unplugged. Sometimes, if I’m really overthinking, I’ll run the vacuum or spray the shower with scrubbing bubbles. It drives everybody nuts, espe-


cially if they’re waiting for me in the car. Anyone who knows my sister knows she loves to talk. And talk some more. We stopped at Pop’s for a water ice and a few pretzel rods. Peach for me. Mango for her. I headed to the car while she chatted with the girls behind the counter. After 10 minutes, she’s chatting with someone else. “I’m making buttons over here,” I holler out the window to no one there. She eases her way over, her back toward me, while her friend continues the conversation. “Haste makes waste!” I holler again. This time, she hears me. ‘What are you saying?’ she asks with a wrinkled brow as she walks toward the car. ‘Who even says that anymore? You sound like Daddy.’ “No, daddy would say, ‘Geeze! She can talk the balls off a pool table!’” ‘What do you want me to do? Ignore people? I’m happy to see humans out and about, again. Haste? You wouldn’t know haste if it ran you over! I walk faster than you run!’ ‘Opposites!’ she says out loud. ‘Opppppposites,’ she drags out the word we use when we’re not in sync. ‘I knew you were making buttons over here, but I couldn’t be rude. You’d be happy just smiling politely and walking past the people. Not me. I’m going to stop and chat with them.’ I bring the phrase, “making buttons,” to her attention when she finally stops talking. “I used those exact words after the first 10 minutes you

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yapped while I waited. Did you hear me say that?” ‘How could I hear you? I was having a nice conversation.’ “Don’t you think it’s funny we both used that phrase without knowing it?” I ask. “Goes to show you how much we are influenced by the things we hear from our parents.” ‘I don’t know about you, but I didn’t hear that from Mommy or Daddy. We heard it from our friends. Everybody knows what “making buttons” means.’ “Why buttons?” I ask. “Why not doughnuts or pizza? Who makes buttons in South Philly?” ‘Here’s one for you,’ she says. ‘I’m having a conniption sitting in this car, right now,’ she laughs. ‘What does that even mean? Who uses the word conniption? But, if you say that to someone in the neighborhood, they know.’ We hit the post office, the bank, and drop in on a few clients before heading home. When we get to Oregon Avenue, I hang a right and head toward 24th street. I pull into the drive-thru at Mickey Dee’s. Without even asking her, I order 2 medium fish combos with extra tartar and extra cheese. One water. One diet coke. Then I pull into a parking spot in the lot, facing east. We call it lunch on the “waterfront.” Even though the waterfront is 24 blocks away. It’s what we do and where we go sometimes to help us decompress. What can I say? Opposites attract. PRH

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