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14_LIFE Local artist has life in The Palm of his hand by Maria Merlino

21_ NEWS & POLITICS Larry Kane’s Political Notebook A look at the Democratic Governor’s Race

30_ SALUTE TO SERVICE RowHome Magazine’s 2013 Blue Sapphire Award Winners The Broad Street Bullies – Michael Barkann – Wendy Hamilton – Anthony “Tony Luke” Lucidonio – Earl Young photos by Phil Kramer makeup by Bella Angel

46_ROWHOME SPOTLIGHT On The Block: Delancey Street Dream House photos by George Dimitruk

52_BUSINESS Pro Gear Retailer has an eye on the past by Bob Wagner

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regulars 6_FROM THE PUBLISHERS The Broad Street Bullies: We Walk Together Forever photo by Phil Kramer Hair by The Cutting Point

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58_BRIDES GUIDE Love Stories by Joseph Volpe, Cescaphe Event Group photos by Sara Schulte Photography

66_GREENSPACE A Green Spa Soothes the City py Kerri-Lee Mayland photos courtesy of Eviama Life Spa

18_HANGIN’ OUT Wedding Bells, Reunions & Grand Openings, oh my!

42_MUSIC & THE ARTS RowHome Readers & VIPs step out for Larry Kane’s When They Were Boys Book Release Bash at Vie photos by Andreozzi Photography

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72_TIPS FROM THE PROS Law & Order: Criminal Record? Hired or Fired? by Frank C. DePasquale Jr., Esq.



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86_ ON THE CORNER with Mark Casasanto A Salute to Good Time Charlie Manuel

96_PRESSED Rule-less by Dorette Rota Jackson


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AS PART OF ITS ANNUAL SALUTE TO SERVICE PROGRAM Philadelphia RowHome Magazine congratulates the recipients of its 2013 Blue Sapphire Award- presented annually to individuals whose “selfless dedication to the City of Philadelphia has left an indelible mark on the culture and traditions of our neighborhoods for future generations to enjoy.” The 2013 Blue Sapphire Award is presented during Philadelphia RowHome Magazine’s Annual Black Tie Business Networking Event - An Affair to Remember - sponsored by Cescaphe Event Group.

Dave Schultz & The Broad Street Bullies Earl Young The Trammps

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Anthony “Tony Luke” Lucidonio Founder, Tony Luke’s

Michael Barkann Comcast SportsNet & SportsRadio 94 WIP


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The Broad Street Bullies Philadelphia Flyers Stanley Cup Champions 1973-74 & 1974-75

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Contributors Jennifer Barkowitz Mark Casasanto David Cava Sara Canuso Alicia DeLeo Frank DePasquale Jr., Esq Dr. Richard Dittrich Liz Emory Larry Gallone Brett Jackson Larry Kane Anthony McBride

Maria Merlino Dr. James Moylan Daniel Olivieri, III Phyllis Palermo Sharon Pinkenson Michael Rhoades Leo Rossi Jade Rota Tony Santini David Spitzberg, CPA Bob Wagner

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Local artist has life in The Palm of his hand

hief mural artist Zack Bird, 44, is drinking an iced tea in the bar of The Palm Restaurant. by Maria Hundreds of his portraits and Merlino retro drawings decorate the walls throughout the famed eatery inside the Bellevue. “There is a profoundly Philadelphia chemistry that exists here,” he observes. “It’s a frenzy that only Philadelphians know how to give. When The Palm opened up in Atlanta, nobody got it. It took four or five years for them to understand. One reviewer there said that the steaks were excellent but the cartoons were out of date. But there is a historical sig-

nificance. You can literally become a part of history in that market, in your city,” he continues. Speaking of history, back in 1926, Italian immigrants Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi met in New York and opened The Palm Restaurant at 837 Second Avenue. Located in the heart of the newspaper district, it quickly became a hangout for syndicated newspaper cartoonists who sold their works to


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nearby King Features Syndicate or to Hearst, UPI and The Mirror. Many of the artists bartered sketches for a plate of spaghetti. Since Bozzi and Ganzi had little money for décor, they considered this artistic forum fair trade. The sketches were drawn directly on the wall. Some rendi-

tions were pasted. Over time, artists started sketching caricatures of celebrities, well-known locals or favorite Palm customers. In 1989, when The Palm opened in Philadelphia, it was an immediate success. General Manager Jeff Phillips hired Hanna-Barbera animator Bill Lignante to create the artwork. Phillips soon decided to hire a local artist and asked his waiters if they knew anyone who could fill Lignante’s shoes. “I knew a busboy there,” Bird said. “I was attending the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art at the time. My mother, Bronwyn Bird, who is also an artist, went to the restaurant and gathered information on how well we could replicate the style. She started the process but then handed the ink to me. Rather than shine a spotlight on myself, I put emphasis on the original artwork from the early days, like Jimmy Hatlo who drew Little Iodine and Milton Caniff who created Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon. Guys like these who were the Seinfelds of their time.” Bird points out that the portraits are

not caricatures. “In the early days, yes, but today no one wants their face exaggerated. It’s now a modified portrait in a character style. I do plastic surgery on paper by making small subtle improvements such as whitening teeth or removing double chins. It takes a lot of finesse,” he laughs. “I hear a lot of ‘Just make me look good!’” ✱ About the Artist The son of artists William and Bronwyn Bird, Zack flourished as a student at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. He decided to continue his studies at Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Following a few brief stints as an agency Art Director in Atlanta, The Palm hired Bird as its chief mural artist. His decorative works and faux finishes can be found in 26 Palm Restaurants nationwide. When he is not traveling the country creating new restaurant interiors, Bird designs and installs original works of art from his local residence/studio, Smartwork. ➽


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on the wall of The Palm? I got a phone call a few weeks ago from PRH publisher Dorette Rota Jackson. She was very excited. “OMG! You’re a celebrity! And you write for us! How come you never mentioned it?” She was talking about my portrait on one of the columns at The Palm at The Bellevue Hotel. “I’m shy,” I answered. “Yeah, right!” she laughed. Then she asked me to tell the tale. So here it goes. I had a dramatic change in lifestyle during the 1980s. I was working in the biochemistry department at the University of Pennsylvania. Let me tell you, researching glycosaminoglycans was not exactly

how I wanted to spend the rest of my life. I took a weekend class in “The est Standard Training”, the purpose of which was to transform one’s ability to experience living. I quit my job and took classes in playwriting and comedy. I became a stand-up comedian and worked at the Comedy Factory Outlet on Bank Street. Then I auditioned for Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Clown College. I was one of only 50 students nationwide that they accepted. Only 12 were women. I guess I passed because Master Clown Frosty Little fell off his chair when I did a magic trick with my bra. After coming home from the circus

as Honey LuLu the Clown, I took vocal lessons, got small parts in movies, joined a band, wrote an album of original songs and got on the Howard Stern Show. My name landed on a list of wellknown Philadelphians, which was then given to Palm GM Jeff Philips. Bronwyn Bird drew my portrait and I autographed it on opening night. If you would like your portrait drawn at The Palm, you can fast-track it by joining the 837 Membership Club and earn 15,000 points, which will also get you a $1500 gift certificate and a private party. Or you can do it the old-fashioned way, befriend management and go there a lot. prh




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OCTOBER | NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2013 1_ G ina Gannon of Tango Traffic, Penny Ordway of Eviama Life Spa and Kory Aversa of Aversa PR at the Cloth Grand Opening on East Passyunk Avenue. 2_ L ucy Mattia is hangin’ out with her grandchildren in Wildwood, NJ.


3_ C hristina Stolfo receives the 2013 NY Press Club Journalism Award for best single newscast for a show she produced the day after Hurricane Sandy on Brooklyn’s News 12. 4_ A va Silvanio hangs out backstage with Justin Bieber. 5_ J ulianna Casasanto gives Boston Red Sox Outfielder Shane Victorino a warm welcome back to Citizens Bank Park. 6_ C ongratulations to Anthony Grosso who recently was inducted into the SS Neumann-Goretti Sports Hall of Fame.



7_ Jade Rota & her dad Sal Rota are hangin’ out. 8_ N othing says Reunion like a good oldfashioned Paint Ball massacre. Just ask any of the men pictured here during the 3rd annual 18th & Snyder Ski Trip. 9_ V alley Green Bank’s Lesley Seitchik, Howard & Jane Jacobs enjoy a cruise across the Delaware on the Freedom Elite. 10_ GAMP senior & National Honor Society student Gabriella D’Alonzo receives the Daniel Olivieri Scholarship Award, presented by jeweler Dan Olivieri in memory of his father. 11_ The Staff & Clients of Aversa PR are hangin’ out. 12_ A new generation of friends & family! The 18th & Snyder Ski Trip Reunion is a tradition worth sharing with their kids. 13_ Owners & Operators of Addiction Boutique are Brother/Sister team Anthony DiMichele & Alicia DiMichele-Garofalo, celebrating the grand opening of their East Passyunk Avenue shop. 14_ Congratulations to Joseph Galdo & Francesca Frangipani who were married on May 11, 2013 at St. Rita’s Church. Reception at Galdo’s Catering. 15_ PRH Publishers Dawn & Dorette & Dr. Jack Carr celebrate Dr. Carr’s retirement from GAMP at a party at SugarHouse Casino.

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16_ Corner Reunion! Friends from 18th & Snyder celebrate at their 3rd annual Ski Trip Reunion with their families.

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Larry Kane’s Political Notebook

The Democratic Governor’s race. Here’s the lowdown.


ongresswoman Allyson Schwartz considers herself the frontrunner, and she may very well be, considering her fund-raising and name recognition. Behind the scenes, she has imported “experts” from around the country, but her campaign has had turnover – better to have turnover now than later. Schwartz is so confident that she is giving up her Congressional seat. That’s a gutsy move. Her strength? She is a master politician and has great energy. Downside? Her people are a bit thin-skinned about criticism of their candidate. They better get over that fast. If she is the nominee, Tom Corbett’s machine, although battered by mistakes, will attempt to portray her as an out-of-touch liberal who will savage gun rights and promote abortion. Unfair innuendo? Yes, but nothing is fair in high-end politics. Rob McCord, the twice-elected State Treasurer, is a formidable opponent and he could get quiet support from the Josh Shapiro crowd. Shapiro is the enormously popular chief of the County Commission in Montgomery County, who decided not to run because he wanted to do his job. Now that’s refreshing. Watch McCord. The politicians like him.

by Larry Kane

Katie McGinty, former Pa. Environmental chief, has the backing of Ed Rendell. McGinty is a bright and articulate candidate who could give Schwartz a run and Corbett nightmares if the Ed Rendell money people stand behind her, which they are right now. Allentown Mayor Ed Pawloski has a chance because, with a large field, regional appeal could send someone to the nomination. He is affable, charming and could, if not victorious, divide the vote enough to destroy another campaign. He has to be considered a threat. Tom Wolf has one of the great strategists on board. His name is Saul Schorr and just having him, along with the $10 million Wolf will spend of his own money, makes him formidable. Wolf, another former cabinet secretary, is, as we speak, being trained in the arts of campaign communication. He is a sleeping giant. John Hanger is another former Environmental Secretary! His supporters are avid and centered on keeping Pennsylvania green. I am told that, in person, he is a master campaigner. And Max Meyers may provide a twist – A Democrat with a pastoral background and a rags to riches story as a businessman in Central Pa. Not as many riches as Tom Wolf, but both of them are self-made. Nice stories. The big mystery – Jack Wagner, former Pennsylvania Auditor General who, as of this writing, is deciding whether to run. Wagner is popular in the west of the state and could win easily in a 10-person field. By the time you read this, he may be in or out, or in between. He lost a race for Pittsburgh Mayor but is enormously popular in the mountainous suburbs of the west. One long shot is Pa. State Senator Mike Stack of Northeast Philadelphia. Stack is sharp and might be positioning himself for a race for Lieutenant Governor. I can’t write too much about him because he was the only possible statewide candidate to show up at this magazine’s big book party for my new Beatle’s epic at VIE on Broad Street. And as you know, I try to be non-partisan. But someone who shows up at a book signing is definitely someone to watch. Either that, or very very smart. As the kids would say .

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Meet our Since Valley Green Bank’s opening in early June, it has been like

old home week for many of our new customers who walk into the bank and see familiar faces. As with its other branches in Mt Airy and Chestnut Hill, Valley Green Bank hires predominantly from the neighborhood where the branch is located. Bob Marino, President of Valley Green Bank’s Delaware Valley region and a native South Philadelphian attests to this philosophy. “Hiring folks from the immediate community makes excellent business sense. Customers are more comfortable with people who they know and trust; and as a community bank we want to give jobs to people who live in the neighborhood. It’s a win-win.” Here’s our team… ➽

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Your friends & neighbors at

Valley Green Bank

Meet Frank Pizzo (back row, second from right), a vice president of the Bank and the branch manager, who has lived in South Philadelphia for 55 years and has been in banking in South Philly for more than 30 years. “I love the look on people’s faces when they walk into the bank for the first time and recognize one or many of our staff. There are kisses and hugs and sighs of relief that the customers have reconnected with someone from their banking past. This recognition invariably turns into a customer relationship.” Shake hands with Howard Briskin (back row, left), a South Philly fixture in the banking world. Born and raised in South Philly, he is a Valley Green Bank vice president and business developer who has 20 years of banking experience. Introducing Vicki Clemmer (middle, left), the assistant branch manager, who knows so many residents in South Philly. Another native South Philadelphian, Vicki has worked in banking for 19 years. Then, there’s Elle Mele (front row, left), customer service representative, who has lived in South Philly for 12 years and has clocked more than 45 years in banking. Ask anybody, everyone knows Elle! When you come into the Bank, a trio of welcoming faces who make up the teller line will greet you. Jennifer Amoriello (back row, second from left), the head teller, claims South Philadelphia as her birthplace and home and has been honing her skills in

Hiring folks from the immediate community makes excellent business sense. Customers are more comfortable with people who they know and trust; and as a community bank we want to give jobs to people who live in the neighborhood. It’s a win-win.

banking for 14 years. Doreen Marcolongo (front row, right), teller, has called South Philly her home for nine years. She started in banking in 1978. Denise Pine (back row, right), teller, is another born and raised in South Philadelphia. She has seven years of banking under her belt. It is easy to understand why Valley Green Bank is bursting with pride over this lineup of veteran bankers. Throw Bob Marino’s 30 years into the mix and the staff at the Bank’s South Philly branch represent more than 200 years of banking experience under one roof. All the more reason to come in and say hello! prh

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PRHthe menu

Steve Martorano photos by Heather Sizemore, HLS Photography

Watch Steve Martorano on You Tube. Visit Most of all, read the book. Savor the memories. Then look in the mirror. And you will understand why Steve Martorano cooks. For the same reasons you do. To celebrate life. 24

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mong my friends and neighbors, the weekly menu was a ritual that never changed despite the weather or the season. Every Monday your mother made a pot of soup, like chicken or ox tail. On Tuesday and Thursday, we had the leftover gravy from Sunday with a different cut of macaroni (Rigatoni tasted different than fusilli. Fusilli tasted different than perciatelli). Wednesdays she did chicken or veal cutlets with ketchup on the side, chicken-flavored Rice-a-Roni and a salad. On Friday, it was linguini and clams, peppers and eggs, or tuna fish salad with hardboiled eggs and sliced tomato. Never any meat, it was a Catholic thing. Saturday your mom didn’t cook – it was her day off. Saturday was always pizza (which we called a tomato pie) from the local Italian bakeries, cheesesteaks or cold cuts. From the book, Yo Cuz™! My Life. My Food. My Way by Steve Martorano From humble beginnings in South Philly, the story of Steve Martorano and how he became the heavy weight champ of Italian-American cooking. ➽

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Chicken on the Bone by Steve Martorano

Ingredients: ➜ 2 cups vegetable oil ➜ 2 each chicken thighs (no back bone) ➜ 2 each chicken legs ➜ tsp salt ➜ tsp Black Pepper ➜ tsp Granulated Garlic ➜ 4 oz hot sausage ➜ 4 oz sweet sausage ➜ 7 oz San Marzano tomatoes ➜ 6 oz chicken stock ➜ 1 small yellow onion (cut julienne style) ➜ 1 small red bell pepper (remove top and seeds, cut into ¼-inch pieces) ➜ 1 small yellow bell pepper (remove top and seeds, cut into ¼-inch pieces) ➜ 2 cups button mushrooms (sliced) ➜ 4 oz Martorano pinot grigio ➜ 1 bunch Italian parsley washed, dried, chopped coarsely ➜ cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a 14-inch deep sauté pan, heat 2 cups of vegetable oil, hot but not smoking. Season the chicken heavily with salt, black pepper and granulated garlic. Place chicken into the hot oil, skin side down, carefully, not to splash the oil. Cook the chicken and allow it to brown on one side. Turn the chicken over and then add the hot and sweet sausage. Allow the other side of the chicken and sausage to brown. Next drain out the oil and discard. Return the pan to the stovetop and add fresh extra virgin olive oil. Gently add the mushrooms, onions and peppers to the pan, sautéing them until tender. Remove the pan from the stovetop and deglaze with Martorano white wine. Next add in chicken stock, San Marzano tomatoes, parsley, salt, black pepper and granulated garlic. Cover and allow the cacciatore to come to a boil. Place into the oven for 20 minutes or until chicken reaches 165 degrees. Remove cover and place back onto the stovetop and reduce the sauce until it becomes thick, like gravy. Yield 4 people.

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Sicilian Style Roasted Rack of Lamb Ingredients: ➜2 eight-ribbed racks of lamb, frenched by the butcher, about 3 -4 pounds total weight ➜ Juice of 1 large lemon ➜ 1 tablespoon dried rosemary ➜ 1 tablespoon dried oregano ➜ 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley ➜ 3 large cloves garlic, minced ➜ cup extra virgin olive oil ➜ Salt & Pepper Directions: One to two hours before cooking, remove lamb racks from refrigerator. Sprinkle all over with salt and pepper. Combine lemon juice, rosemary, oregano, parsley, garlic and olive oil in a bowl. Divide evenly into 2 plastic bags. Place one lamb rack in each bag and rub mixture all over. Seal bags, removing as much air as possible. Let lamb come to room temperature while marinating. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a roasting pan with foil. Remove lamb racks from plastic bag. Roast the lamb, fat side up, in the upper third of the oven for 15 minutes. Turn the racks and roast for 10 minutes longer for medium-rare meat. Meat thermometer should read 130-140 degrees. Transfer the racks to a carving board; stand them upright and let rest for 10 minutes. Tent with foil to keep warm. Slice between the ribs to serve. Serves 4.

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Courtesy of Gibby Palmaccio

Sweet Cakes

Directions: In a medium bowl, whisk all ingredients together except for the flour. Add flour a little at a time while whisking. The batter should be thick, not watery, and able to drip slowly from a spoon. Heat the olive oil just enough that a drop of batter floats on the top. Spoon approximately 1 tablespoon of batter into the deep hot oil. The batter should sink at first, then immediately float to the top. You can add approximately 4-5 tablespoonsful to the pot at once. The batter will form into a ball with one or two straggly tentacles attached. They will resemble an octopus. As they begin to brown, turn them constantly until they are browned evenly. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon or spatula and place on a paper towel to cool. Sprinkle generously with 10X sugar (or 10X sugar mixed with a little ground cinnamon). Serve hot.

{Fried Dough} This is my mother’s secret recipe from Abruzzi, Italy, dating back more than a century. I’ve taught this recipe to many of my family and friends. Their children named them “Gibby’s Sweet Cakes”. This fried dough delicacy makes the perfect addition to your holiday table.

Ingredients: ➜ 1 egg ¼➜ cup sugar ➜ 1/3 cups milk ➜ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ➜ 1 teaspoon baking powder ➜ Pinch of nutmeg ➜ 1 cup all-purpose flour ➜ 1 medium size pot filled about half way with olive oil. ➜ 10X (Confectioners) sugar



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PRHThe Hollywood Hotline

Dig Deep for the

Big U! I by

Anthony E. McBride

t’s been noted that when Judy Garland cruised on board the SS United States, she only came out of her stateroom one night. The ship known as “The Big U” now patiently sits in waiting at a Dock on the Delaware in South Philadelphia, where she’s been since 1996. Like an elephant on the dock, you can’t miss her even though, nautically speaking, she is already missed. PRH readers may be aware that The SS United States Conservancy needs everyone’s help to save this stately ship from scrap. I have a feeling if the likes of past passengers Grace Kelly, Salvador Dalí, John F. Kennedy, Judy Garland, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn, John Wayne, Cary Grant, Errol Flynn, Marlon Brando, Leonard Bernstein, Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and a young Bill Clinton were in the position to rally around The Big U today, they certainly would. The SS United States recently had a featured role in Dead Man Down, starring Colin Farrell. Models of the United States have also had cameos in recent films 2012, Baby Mama and The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep. United States appears in the 1962 Disney film Bon Voyage! Munster, Go Home (1966) and in the 1955 film Gentlemen Marry Brunettes. The epitome of technological innovation, a large-P Public/private partnership meant to make profit in times of peace and be of service in times of war, she is now dormant despite her maintained 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph) crossing speed on the North Atlantic, with a maximum speed of 44 mph! Today’s famous folks in love with this ship include tennis legend Billie Jean King. “The SS United States is a part of the history of this great nation and the more you know about history, the more you know about yourself. I hope we can join together in this important initiative and help the SS United States transition into a new and important phase of her life,” Billie Jean King said this past May. PRH seconds the notion to Hollywood and the world’s icons like George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Lady GaGa, Beyonce, the Kardashians and even Miley Cyrus. Climb aboard the cause to keep the SS United States protected, preserved and restored as our nation’s one and only flagship. If you are a teacher, introduce The Big U to students and ask them to write their congressional representatives to introduce legislation instead of writing to Justin Bieber fanclubs, before it’s too late.


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Philadelphia RowHome Magazine honors individuals for their Service to our City photos by Phil Kramer


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As part of its annual “Salute to Service” Program, Philadelphia RowHome Magazine recently announced the recipients of its 2013 Blue Sapphire Award - presented annually to individuals whose “selfless dedication to the City of Philadelphia has left an indelible mark on the culture and traditions of our neighborhoods for future generations to enjoy.” The following honorees have been named Philadelphia RowHome Magazine’s 2013 Blue Sapphire Award recipients

Michael Barkann, Emmy AwardWinning Sportscaster, Comcast SportsNet & SportsRadio 94 WIP, Media Award

The Broad Street Bullies, Philadelphia Flyers Stanley Cup Champions (197374 & 1974-75), Harry Kalas Memorial Sports Award


Wendy Hamilton, SugarHouse Casino General Manager, Community Service Award

he Blue Sapphire Award is presented during RowHome Magazine’s annual Affair to Remember- a Black Tie Business Networking Gala- sponsored by Cescaphe Event Group. The Event convenes more than 500 guests including members of the RowHome Magazine Business Network of advertisers, celebrities and media personalities. “It is a celebration of our business community - the heirs and the entrepreneurs - who are the economic backbone of our city of neighborhoods,” say sister Publishers Dorette Rota Jackson and Dawn Rhoades. Guests will

Anthony “Tony Luke” Lucidonio, Sr., Local Business Success Story Award

meet on the Red Carpet for an elaborate cocktail reception followed by a 5-course dinner prepared by Cescaphe chef/owner Joseph Volpe. For the 8th consecutive year, several Philadelphia Eagles will join us in support of our local business community, including Pasquale Scioli, a member of the PRH Business Network and “tailor to the Eagles.” In addition to the Blue Sapphire Awards, PRH will present its 2013 WishRock Award to students Jessica Pasquarello and Alex Buonopane, whose passion for the arts has inspired a new generation of believers. Sponsored by Standing Ovation – a feature film musical -

Earl Young, Drummer, Grammy AwardWinner & founder of The Trammps, Lifetime Musical Achievement Award

and Dupree Performing Arts, the WishRock Award encourages young adults to “Believe in themselves, follow their dreams and reach out to help others along the way.” An Affair to Remember VIII & the 2013 Blue Sapphire Awards will be held on Wednesday, November 13th, at Vie, 600 N. Broad Street. Entertainment will be provided by guest band City Rhythm Orchestra & Brandywine Valley Talent. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP) & SS NeumannGoretti High School.

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The Philadelphia

Flyers “Broad Street Bullies”




Harry Kalas Memorial Sports Award


he Philadelphia sports landscape of the early 1970s resembled post-atomic Hiroshima. The Phillies, Eagles and 76ers were considered laughing stocks in the respective leagues. Then a rough and rowdy bunch of Canadians skated into town and captured our attention and hearts. During the 1972-73 season, The Philadelphia Flyers went from being just another run-of-the mill NHL expansion team mired in mediocrity to becoming “The Broad Street Bullies.” Led by Hall of Famers: Coach Fred Shero, Bobby Clarke, Bernie Parent, Bill Barber along with a colorful cast of talented character players that included “Dave “The Hammer” Schultz, Don “Big Bird” Saleski, Bob “The Hound” Kelly, Jimmy and Joe Watson, Gary Dornhoefer and Bill Clement, our beloved “Bullies” reigned supreme over the NHL with back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 1973-74 and 1974-75. In January of 1976, they became the only NHL team to defeat the powerful and hated Soviet Red Army team and truly earned the title of World Champions. The City of Philadelphia will never forget those Stanley Cup championship parades and the players who made them possible. Those Flyers teams embodied what our city is all about – pride, hard work and passion. prh

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Michael Barkann by Mark Casasanto

t’s not often that we Philadelphians embrace anyone hailing from points north of Atlantic City. Seemingly, somewhere on the Garden State Parkway, there’s an imaginary line that separates what is Philadelphia and what is New York. Every now and then, however, someone will cross that line and step into our light. Even though he is a product of Jersey City, a town that sits in the shadows of the canyons of steel that is New York City, have no doubt. Michael Barkann is a Philadelphian through and through. A graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in broadcast journalism, Barkann started his career in Washington, DC before moving on to the New Jersey Network and his first on-air break during the Blizzard of ‘83. Shortly after, he hosted a program called Weather Watch at the station until he broke into sports reporting. He debuted in Philadelphia as a sports reporter at KYWTV, then known to all as Channel 3. After a five year run, he moved north to Boston as Sports Director at WLVI-TV. It wouldn’t be long before Barkann set his sights on the City of Brotherly Love, once again. With the birth of the CoreStates Center (Wells Fargo Center), technology changed the way the tri-state area sports fans viewed their sports both live and on cable television. Built with plenty of premium options, the arena offered everything from luxury suites to cigar bars-to-go with state-of-the-art surround sound, video boards and a complete television studio. For those who couldn’t experience

Even though he is a product of Jersey City, a town that sits in the shadows of the canyons of steel that is New York City, have no doubt. Michael Barkann is a Philadelphian through and through.

Comcast SportsNet and SportsRadio 94 WIP’s Emmy Award-Winning Sportscaster Media Award the action live and first-hand, Comcast-Sportsnet (CSN) would soon launch the area’s first 24-hour-aday all-sports network. It was then that Michael Barkann dropped anchor in Philadelphia. He has hosted and contributed to everything on CSN from Phillies, Flyers, Sixers and Eagles pre and post game shows, Daily News Live and Philly’s Sports Talk. For more than 15 years, Michael Barkann has been the voice of our local sports information. He and former Eagle Ike Reese host their own program daily from 10 am to 1 pm on SportsRadio 94 WIP. A steady list of accomplishments and achievements line Barkann’s resume as well. He is both a multiple Emmy Award recipient and Pennsylvania’s Sportcaster of the Year winner. In 2010, he was inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Additionally, he has covered speed skating at the Winter Olympic Games, Super Bowl XXXI but probably best remembered for his long term association and his sometimes quirky celebrity interviews during the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament. Near and dear to his heart are the numerous charities and organizations to which he donates his time. Among them, he and his wife Ellen started the Barkann Family Healing Hearts Foundation to provide grants to organizations and families throughout the Delaware Valley who are overcome by the financial burdens caused by family crisis, longterm illness, or sudden loss of life. A loving husband, father and allaround quality individual, a trusted voice and a proven professional, Philadelphia is proud to call you one of our own.


Q: W hat was your first job? A: Dishwasher, Pat’s Pizza, Harvey Cedars, NJ

Q: W ho was your best friend growing up?

A: Richard Glickman- he lived

around the corner from me.

Q: W hat is the best advice anyone ever gave you?

A: My father always told me

to seize a moment or an opportunity. It’s how I met my wife and it’s why I’m at Comcast SportsNet.

Q: W hat is the best advice you ever gave?

A: I always tell high school or

college kids to “be yourself.” Don’t put on airs- be who your parents brought you up to be. If you represent that in every situation, most of the time (if not all the time), you will be successful.

Q: W hat song from back in

the day makes you smile as soon as you hear it? A: Werewolves of LondonWarren Zevon Please complete this sentence: On the road to success... …nice and easy over life’s speedbumps; don’t let them become brick walls. Then... get going!

Earl Young

Drummer , Vocalist, Grammy Award Winner & Founder of The Trammps Lifetime Musical Achievement Award



by Jennifer Barkowitz

conversation with Earl Young will take you on a trip around the world and leave you singing “Disco Inferno” by the Grammy-Award winning group, The Trammps, for hours to come. Born in 1940, Young grew up on the streets around 16th & York in North Philadelphia. In and out of foster care for most of his childhood, Young was 16 when he finally found a place to call home. It was there that he met a group of young musicians who started their own band. Young liked what he heard and got busy teaching himself how to play the drums. He taped four phone books together to build his first drum set. Day after day, he’d tap out the beats on the Yellow Pages until one day, his housemates took notice. They invited Earl to join their band - The Sam Reed Orchestra - that booked gigs at the Uptown Theater in North Philly. His cut was $100 – enough to convince him that he wanted to make money doing what he loved most. Making music. “Survival is about being the best you that you can be,” he said. He loved the drums but Young also wanted to sing. In 1972, he founded The Trammps - and a new genre of music began to make its mark on the streets of Philadelphia

“isSurvival about

being the best you that you can be

and in history. Four years later, the group released what could easily be considered the most memorable tune of the 1970s - Disco Inferno. The song was chosen for the soundtrack of the 1977 blockbuster film, Saturday Night Fever, and The Trammps’ career exploded. The film industry relied heavily on soundtracks at the time, Young explained. He and his Trammps travelled to just about every city where the movie premiered - both here and abroad - to perform Disco Inferno. “We went all over. Italy, Japan... Places we might not have ever been able to afford to go to,” Young said. Speaking of unlikely places, President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Roslyn invited the disco dons to perform at the White House back in 1978. The television invites kept them busy, as well. Ricky Lake. Wendy Williams. Oprah Winfrey. Today, Young is still very active in Philadelphia’s music community. He currently serves on the entertainment committee at the Uptown Entertainment Development Corporation, a non-profit organization formed in 2002. The group currently is focusing on revitalizing the Uptown Theater in North Philly, a place where Young played numerous gigs during his rise to the top. “I wanted to give back to the old neighborhood,” Young said. The committee expects that renovations will be completed in the next 2-3 years. Young currently resides in the Maryland suburbs with his wife Sylvia. They have three children, Earl Young, Jr. (51), Debbie Young (50) and Danielle Young (33) prh

Did you know? ☞ The success of Disco

Inferno and the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack was groundbreaking in the music industry. The album sold 25 million copies - the only album to post such numbers until the release of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

☞ “Little” Stevie Wonder invited Young to join him on his 1960s tour in Japan. Young also toured with The Main Ingredient and house music band Ten City.

☞ Earl Young holds

credits as a music producer with major Motown artists including The Temptations and The Whispers. Young’s drums can also be heard

in tunes like Barbara Mason’s “Yes I’m Ready” and the Delfonics’ “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind.”

☞ In addition to Saturday Night Fever, The Trammps’ Disco Inferno is included on soundtracks for Shrek 2 and Donnie Brasco. It also made its way into scenes on sitcoms The Simpsons and Glee.

On November 20th Young will appear with the Delfonics on TVOne network’s Unsung on local channel 44. Unsung features prominent Soul, Gospel and R&B Artists and their contributions to music.


Q: What was your first job? A: I was raised in foster homes until I was 16 so I learned to do whatever I could to take care of myself. My first job was at a corner grocery store. Q: Who was your best friend growing up? A: I lived in North Philadelphia in a row house. My best friend lived across the street from me and his name was Bernard Lightfoot. We would sit on the steps and talk every day.

Q: What is the best advice that anyone ever gave you? A: Always try to be the best at whatever you do - no matter what

it is. Give 100 percent of yourself.

Q: What is the best advice that you ever gave? A: Believe in yourself. You can do anything. Let no one tell you that you can’t do something. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will either. Q: Which song from back in the day makes you smile every time you hear it? A: “Disco Inferno” by my group, The Trammps, will always be the song that makes me smile. That’s the song that helped my career when it was chosen to be in the soundtrack of “Saturday Night Fever.”

Complete this sentence - “On the road to success...” …I discovered that the road is not an easy one. It’s like a seesaw - filled with ups and downs and a lot of disappointments. But through it all, after a lot of hard work and faith in myself, it all paid off with 2 Grammy Awards, a wall full of gold and platinum records and a plaque with my name on it on the Philadelphia Music Alliance’s Walk of Fame in front of the Academy of Music.

Wendy Hamilton GM SugarHouse Casino Community Service Award

by Larry Gallone



hen she was 14 years old, Wendy Hamilton sold salt water taffy and fudge on the Ocean City Boardwalk. “We still go to Ocean City,” she said in a recent interview. In fact, she and her family make sure they have an inventory of pizza and other goodies from the Shore when they get there for the weekend. It’s a tradition that Wendy and her family enjoy every year. Now picture January 1 (pick your year). You can hear the wonderful sound of the Mummers filling the air. It’s another tradition that Wendy Hamilton loves about her city. And it is one of the reasons why the SugarHouse Casino GM is excited that the casino has been the title sponsor of the parade for the past several years. A sponsorship that will continue through 2016, ensuring that the Mummers make their march up Broad Street every New Year as they have done since 1901. She was integral in gaining the support of SugarHouse Casino for the parade. “The Mummers are represented in our employees and customers and are part of the fabric of our city,” she said. If something like the Mummers Parade is meaningful to you personally and is important to your soul, you do what you can to preserve it and keep it vibrant, she explained. In her current position at SugarHouse, Wendy Hamilton has the opportunity to meet people and speak with them every day. It gives her an understanding of what is most important to her customers so she can deliver for them. “It’s great to be on the floor and have people tell you that they love this or love that. You can hear the excitement in their voices. You understand what matters most to them.”

Life is “what

happens when you’re making other plans

The gaming industry is one in which personal interaction is critical for success. Ironically, working for a casino was not one of her early career goals. With an MS degree in Biology from Duke University, Wendy was on her way to becoming a marine biologist (tying in nicely with her affection for the Jersey Shore). Additionally, she has an MBA in Finance from St. Joseph’s University. How did that career path shift? “Life is what happens when you’re making other plans,” she laughs. In addition to SugarHouse, she also has worked for other casinos including Philadelphia Park Casino and Caesars Atlantic City. prh


Q: What was your first job? A: I sold salt water taffy and a ton of fudge on the Ocean City Boardwalk. It’s interesting how I ended up in customer service. Q: Who was your best friend growing up? A: I have two – my brother and sister. (Wendy is the oldest of three) They know everything there is to know about me and they still love me! Q: What is the best advice anyone ever gave you? What is the best advice you ever gave? A: I basically have the same answer for both of the questions above. Make sure you enjoy what you are doing. Be able to look at someone and say, ‘Decide what you want to do and we will help you get there.’ Q: What song from back in the day makes you smile as soon as you hear it? A: Growing up between Philly and the Jersey Shore, it has to be anything by Springsteen. Q: Please complete this sentence: On the road to success... A: … Just make sure you are having fun along the way.

by Dorette Rota Jackson

Tony “Luke” Lucidonio Sr. Owner/Founder, Tony Luke’s Local Business Success Story Award


hat is it that drives a man to cook? According to Tony Luke, success in the food business consists of many key ingredients: sincerity, passion and a lot of word-of-mouth advertising. One of three children growing up in the neighborhood around 8th & Sears Streets in South Philadelphia, Tony Luke was a budding entrepreneur by the time he was six years old. “I used to buy two shopping bags for a nickel and sell them to customers in the Italian Market for a nickel apiece,” he reminisced. “I’d take the money home to my mother at the end of the day.” Like most of his neighbors back then, his family was poor but hard-working, As a kid, he remembers following the trains down Washington Avenue with a little bucket, collecting coal that fell from the cars to bring home to heat the house. “The next day, I’d put the ashes from the coal furnace outside for the trash collectors to toss into the back of their trucks. Or, during the winter, I’d spread it across the icy pavement so people wouldn’t slip.” When he was 13, he spent the summer helping his uncle paint his farmhouse in Lancaster. His uncle and aunt also owned a local restaurant called Valentino’s and it wasn’t long before Tony traded his brush for a broom so he could spend more time in the kitchen. “After that, I spent a lot of time in neighborhood diners, watching the short order cooks flip eggs and fry slabs of bacon. I wanted to own my own diner someday. It was my dream.”

At the “time I

bought the old diner, there was nothing here but dust and trucks

But, as they say, you have to crawl before you walk, or, in Tony Luke’s case – drive. He bought a lunch truck and took to the streets around the Food Distribution Center, serving steak sandwiches and chicken scaloppini to an appreciative work crew. At night, he’d deliver food for neighborhood take-outs – pizza, ice cream, egg rolls. “I was the first driver to deliver Chinese food from the back of a truck,” he laughed. “My boss asked me if I’d be interested in trying out a new venture. I thought it was a great idea.” So did the rest of the neighborhood. People with a yen for wonton, chow mein and spare ribs lined the streets to get their “fried to order” selections from Tony Luke. By the time his fleet of lunch trucks grew to seven, Tony was ready for a new challenge. He sold the trucks in 1991 and opened a food prep kitchen called “The Commissary” at 4th & Morris, preparing sandwiches, homemade soup and baked goods for more than 35 food truck vendors. Around that time, the old Doggie Diner on Front & Oregon closed down. Tony thought it would be a good investment so he bought it for $50,000. For the next two years, he and his two sons, Tony Luke Jr. and Nick, with the help of a carpenter, knocked the old diner down and built Tony Luke’s Old Philly Style Sandwiches. The rest is history. “At the time I bought the old diner, there was nothing here but dust and trucks. Truckers, who were used to the Doggie Diner, would stop by to eat. I made them anything they wanted as long as I had the ingredients. Things just took off from there. It was all word-of-mouth





advertising. All of our meats and produce were fresh. The beef and pork were cooked daily onsite and hand-carved for the sandwiches. He and his sons worked round the clock to establish what has become one of the most successful family businesses in the region. A shy man who prefers the kitchen to the dining room, Tony Luke is happy that his sons enjoy the limelight that comes with recognition. “He’s a kind-hearted man,” a family friend said. “He worked hard all his life - from the time he was a kid. If people couldn’t afford to buy the food, he’d give it to them for nothing. He always said, ‘It’s only food. Everyone has to eat.’ And as long as Tony Luke is running the show, everyone will eat. prh


Q: What was your first job? A: Penland Printing Co., West Philly Q: Who was your best friend growing up? A: Phil D’Agostino Q: What is the best advice anyone ever gave you? A: If you want something you have to work for it. Q: What is the best advice you ever gave? A: Family First Q: What song from back in the day makes you smile as soon as you hear it? A: Crazy by Patsy Kline Please complete this sentence. On the road to success… …Be prepared to take a lot of detours.

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essica Pasquarello has made up her mind to bec ome a journalist. It is safe to say that she won’t let anythin g stand in her way. RowHome Grown Pasqua rello is currently a Junior at Ss. Neumann-Goretti High Sch ool in South Philadelphia . At just 17 years old, Pasquarell o is mature and wise bey ond her years. Her writing credits include working as a free lancer for the Philadelphia Inq uirer and the sports web site The Whistle. She also has participated in the WH YY Young Journalists Program. This month, Pasquarello will wrap up her time as a member of the Class of 2013 at the KYW News Studies Program, designed to help high school studen ts learn the ins and outs of news writing and reporting from KYW editors , anchors and guest spe akers. As if that weren’t enough to keep her busy, Pasqua rello also takes time out to do cha rity work in the area. Wh ile most teens are hitting the beach and the boards, Pasquarello is volu nteering her time to the Summer Rea ding Program at the loc al library. She also helped raise thousa nds of dollars for local foo d drives and the American Cancer Society ’s Relay for Life. On November 13th, Philad elphia RowHome Magaz ine will present Jessica Pasquarello with its 2013 WishRock Award at its annual Affair to Remember & Blu e Sapphire Awards Gala. The award recognizes young adults who “believe in yourself, follo w your dreams and reach out to help oth ers along the way.” Sponso red by the creators of the movie Standi ng Ovation and Dupree Performing Arts, the award is presented to individuals whose passion for the Arts has “inspired a new generation of believers.” This time next year, Jes sica said she will be thin king about her next big project - Colleg e. She plans to major in Journalism and places Syracuse, Northw estern and USC at the top of her wish list.



River to River. One Neighborhood. Philadelphia RowHome Magazine Blue Sapphire Award Honor Roll

2012 Blue Sapphire Award

Pat Ciarrocchi: Doug Collins: Sal Dupree: Councilman James Kenney:

CBS 3, Media Award hiladelphia 76ers Coach, Harry Kalas Memorial Sports Award P Vocal Coach & Entertainer, Lifetime Musical Achievement Award Community Service Award

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Bob Henon:

Bill Conlin:

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hairman, Political Action Committee, IBEW C Local 98, Community Service Award S portswriter, Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, Harry Kalas Memorial Sports Award E ntertainer, Lifetime Musical Achievement Award

2010 Blue Sapphire Award

Charles Pizzi: Bunny Sigler: Larry Kane: Dick Vermeil: Honorable Annette Rizzo:

CEO, Tasty Baking Company, Local Business Success Story Award inger, Lifetime Musical Achievement Award S B roadcast Journalist, Media Award Former Eagles Coach, Harry Kalas Memorial Sports Award Court of Common Pleas, Community Service Award

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Sid Mark: Ray Didinger:

Ed Sabol: Steve Sabol: Cathy Gandolfo: Michael Toklish:

Radio Show Host, The Sounds of Sinatra, Entertainment Award S portswriter/TV Commentator, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Harry Kalas Memorial Sports Award Filmmaker & Founder, NFL Films, Local Business Success Story Award President & Founder, NFL Films, Local Business Success Story Award News Reporter, Action News, ‘RowHome Grown’ Media Award President, Friends of Jefferson Square Park, Community Service Award

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Sharon Pinkenson: Jerry Blavat: Ed Snider: Dr. Jack Carr:

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2nd District Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, 1st District Councilman Mark Squilla, Jack Duggan’s Pub partner Ken Adams, civic leader Dan Stevenson and PA State Representative Bill Keller gather around two of the original Band of Brothers, “Wild” Bill Guarnere and Edward “Babe” Heffron. Councilman Johnson holds copies of Band of Brothers by Steven Ambrose and Brothers in Battle Best of Friends penned by Guarnere and Heffron. Guarnere holds a photo of Joseph Adams, Ken’s father.

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by Maria Merlino

n September 17th, 2013 a unique art installation was unveiled at Jack Duggan’s Pub located in Philadelphia International Airport’s Terminal A-East, depicting the capture of Hitler’s Berchtesgaden (Eagle’s Nest) during World War II. The date of this event marked the 69th anniversary of the combat jump into Holland in Operation Market Garden. Guests included original members of Easy Company 506th PIR, 101st Airborne Division, William “Wild Bill” Guarnere, 90, and Edward “Babe” Heffron, 90, South Philadelphia Veterans who fought in that action. The artwork is a lithograph by Aviation artist John D. Shaw, commissioned and published by the Pennsylvania-based Valor Studios. The work features likenesses of a number of the actual Band of Brothers, including Babe Heffron, and numerous signatures. This lithograph was presented to Pub partner Ken Adams and Jack Duggan’s Pub as a gift honoring Adams’ uncle, George Adams, who was killed in action in Italy in 1943. Band of Brothers was an HBO series based on the book by historian Steven Ambrose and executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. prh

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Larry Kane Book Release

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Beatles Book debuts with a Bash at Vie


arry Kane and PRH recently celebrated the release of When They Were Boys, Kane’s third Beatles book, with a party at Vie. The author’s first two books, Ticket to Ride and Lennon Revealed appeared on the New York Times and Los Angeles Times Bestseller Lists. Kane signed books for guests as they enjoyed the fabulous fare and entertainment provided by Joseph Volpe & Cescaphe Event Group. Proceeds from book sales benefited the MS Society, Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP) & Play on, Philly! The only American broadcast journalist to travel with the Beatles during their 1964-1965 North American tours, Kane recently celebrated his 53rd anniversary in broadcast journalism. When They Were Boys is now available in hardcover in stores and e-book. Visit for more info. Larry Kane and RowHome Magazine thank the following particpants who made this night a success! • Joseph Volpe and Cescaphe Event Group

• MS Society

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5 1.- Councilman Mark Squilla is happy to support the Miranda Lambert charity by buying an armslength of tickets from seller Sue Sich.


2.- In homage to the 1969 Woodstock poster, Anna Betteridge designed the 2STock logo and Bill Edwards came up with the name. 3.- EOM President Ed McBride with his son Ed McBride Jr. 4.- A young ensemble group from the Independent Rock School at the Music Spot get ready to perform an indoor concert. 5.- An appreciative crowd enjoys 6 hours of music from all genres thanks to a talented lineup of local musicians. 6.- Solo Guitar player Johnny Moskal. 7.- The Senders belt out the sounds of rock & roll to the eager crowd. 8.- John Dougherty, Director of Legislative Affairs at IBEW Local 98, Chris Rupe, Constituent Services Representative, Steve Lauer, Councilman Jim Kenney, Special Projects Coordinator, Rich Lazer and First Ward Treasurer, Tommy Rumbaugh. 9.- John J. Dougherty family and friends enjoy the event. George Fiocca, First Ward Treasurer Tommy Rumbaugh, daughter Erin Dougherty, Ceily Dougherty, John Dougherty and Constituent Services representative, Steve Lauer. 10.- The 2STock Girls, Delaney Kelly, Caitlyn Whalin and Madison Visack researched the fashions from Woodstock and put together a very trendy style.


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2STock rocks Pennsport

by Maria Merlino

The good vibrations of the First Annual 2STock Music Festival held recently in the Pennsport neighborhood were designed as a fundraiser for the EOM Community Center. More importantly, the event was intended to boost, brighten and exhilarate the neighborhood that has been rocked by the closing of both neighborhood public and parochial schools. With more than 20 bands, soloists and ensemble group performances, the festival gave the Two Street residents a much-needed boost. Ed McBride, President of EOM, and John J. Dougherty, IBEW Local 98 Business Manager, said they wanted to do something fun and different for the people to bring the neighborhood together. They wanted to celebrate all of the musical talent in South Philadelphia. It was such a success the countdown begins for the EOM 2Stock II Music Festival next year on Saturday, September 27, 2014!

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owHome Grown Patricia Pezzano has been performing for family and friends for just about as long as she could speak. Now, she is working on a bigger audience. A recent graduate of the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) High School, Pezzano, 18, has played roles in the production of Oliver Twist and was a member of Broadway’s travelling cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down The Wind. Last year, Pezzano recorded songs I Won 't Dance and Shooting Stars at Da Studios in Cherry Hill, N.J. Her song, Shooting Stars, is currently available for download at iTunes. Go to to listen and subscribe to her newsletter. Follow Pezzano on Facebook: Patricia Pezzano IG: @Pezzano, Twitter: @ay00pezz24 or subscribe to her YouTube channel: Patricia Pezzano! prh

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Dream House photos by George Dimitruk

Located in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse section, this 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom home on one of the city’s most renowned blocks takes RowHome living to a whole new level. The home is built for family and features an elevator, formal dining room, a cook’s kitchen with oversized island and professional grade appliances (with deck), elegant living room, a study that could easily be converted into a 4th bedroom, a finished lower level (fitness area), two half-baths, two laundry areas and a welcoming top floor roof garden that spells “relaxation”.


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High ceilings, crown moldings, hardwood floors and luxurious finishes add to the lavish comforts of this dream house, which also includes parking every RowHome resident’s dream! For more information or to schedule a showing at 1813 Delancey Street, contact Prudential, Fox & Roach Realtors Jody Dimitruk or Johanna Loke. 215-893-9800. Visit their website at Jody Dimitruk & Johanna Loke, Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors, are members of the Philadelphia RowHome (PRH) Business Network.

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PRHMusic & Art

Tooting the Horn for

Music Education by Stanford L. Thompson


t’s no secret that poor children are being left behind. Only 50 percent of Philadelphia’s students graduate high school and that number plummets to 20 percent in the city’s worst schools. The achievement gap between students from low socioeconomic backgrounds and students from higher socioeconomic groups keeps growing. Furthermore, students who leave school are more apt to lead violent lives and end up in jails – at a tremendous cost to society. We believe that music is a powerful tool to help build the necessary skills to cope with the societal and educational problems our city faces. Play On Philly! (POP) engages more than 250 students grades K -8 for at least three hours each day throughout the school year and summer. Together with our partners, St. Francis de Sales School and Freire Charter Middle School, we work to provide these opportunities in a safe and nurturing environment through group instrumental lessons, as well as music history, theory and ensemble playing. POP is tuition-free and offered exclusively in underserved communities. First. POP gives students the mental tools -improved memory, inhibition control and cognitive flexibility – to learn and thrive. Children need these attributes not only to learn, but to alleviate the outside stressors that prevent their ability to concentrate. The study of music, which is an intense, focusbased activity requiring constant participation and self-evaluation, develops these traits. POP participants who attend every day after school for 3 hours, receive the equivalent of 15 piano lessons per week. Second. A child needs emotional intelligence to


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function well in social settings. Peer teaching and peer-based learning – learning that occurs in group settings where students interact with each other – promote cognitive growth and social development. POP is an ensemble-based program where children learn and perform together. And finally. Parents and families must be actively engaged so they can step in and stop the cycle of school failure. POP parents are actively engaged through volunteering, mentoring, attending concerts and organizing social events. Most importantly, POP encourages positive educational experiences, inviting parents and families to frequently celebrate their children’s achievements. Already, POP graduates have gone on to the City’s finest high schools including Masterman, Central, Girls High and GAMP. Our hope is that POP will continue to open new sites and motivate our most valuable resource - our children – to grow and succeed. Play On! About the Author Stanford L. Thompson, 2008 graduate of Curtis Institute of Music in trumpet performance, is Chief Executive Officer of Play On, Philly! (POP), a Philadelphia non-profit that is gaining national attention for its use of music for social innovation. Mr. Thompson has performed and soloed with major orchestras around the world and is also chairman of the National Alliance of El SistemaInspired Programs. For further information visit

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The art of the Shoeshine



by Maria Merlino photo by Andrew Andreozzi rank Galasso, 69, has worked a variety of jobs along his career path. Taxi driver. Substitute teacher. Truck driver. If you ask him, there’s one soft spot when it comes to doing what he loves most. “I was a kid, maybe 10 or 11 years old. I had a little shoeshine kit. A box that I made. I charged

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25 cents a shine,” he smiles. “I had a friend named Johnny. He knew the manager at the old Linton’s at Broad & Castle Avenue. We’d stand at the door, usually on Saturday and Sunday, and get the people going to church or going to the restaurant.” What did he do with all the money he made? “I spent it!” he laughs. After 18 years at The Sporting Club at the Bellevue on Broad & Walnut, Galasso planned to retire

at 65. But his customers, including droves of politicians from nearby City Hall, celebrities and VIPs at the famed hotel, talked him out of it. “The executives here said I didn’t have to retire, so I’m going to stay.” Married with three children, Mary, Missy and Anthony, Galasso says he is a professional when it comes to shoeshines and repairs, a craft he’s honed since his childhood. Before he opened

shop at the Bellevue, he spent many years shining shoes outside the Fidelity Bank in Center City. After more than six decades of buffing leather, he realizes that his art is dying. “At one time, there were two to three shoeshine parlors in town. Now you can’t find any.” But he has high hopes for the future. “I feel we will always be around because as long as shoes are around, someone will have to shine and repair them.”

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And a well-shined pair of shoes goes beyond a shave and a haircut when dressing up. “It’s a head to toe look that makes the man or woman. Shoes are expensive. A good shine will nourish the leather and prevent dryrot.” A basic men’s shine is $3, a long way from two dimes, but still quite the bargain considering Galasso’s years of experience. He also repairs shoes when the heels and soles wear out. “I like working with people. They bring me their shoes. I don’t have to go after the work. It comes to me. I like that.” A dying art? Maybe. But as long as Frank Galasso has a say, Philadelphians will always look polished. prh

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Frank Galasso with his friend, the Honorable Ed Rendell. Galasso has shined the shoes of professional athletes, politicians & celebrities alike. “At one time or another, they were all here,” he says. Photo by Maria Merlino

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by Bob Wagner


ro League Authentics is an independent specialty retailer of sports related apparel located at 137 S. 13th Street in Center City. Founded in 2011, the company is owned and operated by Ray Janelli, formerly of Mitchell & Ness, where he served as retail manager and buyer for 20 years. After almost a quarter-century in business, Janelli knows the value of the word “Throwback.” With so many fans of so many teams for so many years, there’s no wonder why he makes his mark selling memories. PRH| What led you to start Pro League Authentics?


gear but also placed an emphasis on quality customer service.

RJ| For 20 years, I was with Mitchell & Ness - a pioneer in the sports apparel field. In 2007, they were sold to the Reebok/Adidas Group. Following the sale, I felt they went in a different direction and I noticed there was a need for an independent specialty retailer that not only sold authentic pro

PRH| What separates Pro League Authentics from the other sports related chain stores? RJ| First and foremost, customer service. Most stores in the area carry only replica jerseys. We carry those, as well, but we also feature authentic jerseys and hats. The same jerseys and hats that are worn by

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Surprising stats from pro gear retailer with an eye on the past the professional sports teams. We’re also unique because we offer lettering services. Customers can bring in a jersey and we’ll research the correct style lettering and numbering from that era.

teams but many are now branching out into tee shirts and hats first, whereas, in the past, they purchased a jersey first. In addition, more than 50% of our current clientele are women.

PRH| What are the current trends in the business? Any surprises? RJ| The business is moving away from being focused on sports jerseys. Our customers are very loyal to their sports

PRH| What are your biggest sellers? RJ| Our Cooperstown Collection Hats made by American Needle. We supply the Phillies Nation Stores and feature caps from all

of the Phillies eras. PRH| In doing my research, I see that Pro League Authentics may be going Hollywood? RJ| We are working with Spectacle Entertainment, Rob Zombie’s company. We are the official distributor of the Rob Zombie Broad Street Bullies tee shirt. The company is in pre-production of a motion picture about the Broad Street Bullies. In addition, we are at the

top of the list to provide wardrobe for the film. Not only the Broad Street Bullies era Flyers jerseys, but for all of the team jerseys that will be featured in the film. PRH| Any plans for expansion in the future? RJ| We are researching possible new locations in Northern Liberties and South Philly.

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The 1492 Society honored two outstanding Philadelphia ItalianAmericans – 1st District Councilman Mark Squilla and Guy Pigliacelli, Carpenters Local 1050 – at a dinner at Galdo’s. Preceding the weekend’s celebrations, culminating with the 55th annual Columbus Day Parade, City Hall presented the Society with a Proclamation. Italian Consul General Andrea Canepari was an honorary guest.


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all is here again, which means it’s also the season for giving thanks. All of us at SugarHouse would like to thank Philadelphia RowHome Magazine for recognizing our general manager Wendy Hamilton as a 2013 Blue Sapphire Award recipient for her “passion and commitment to the City of Philadelphia and immeasurable influence on its community of neighborhoods.” Wendy is a great team leader and her enthusiasm for Philadelphia and its neighbors makes us all want to give back to the community. Thanks to Philadelphians, we have a lot to be grateful for this season. In September, SugarHouse marked its three-year anniversary with a full weekend of thank-yous. First, we thanked the men and women who serve our country by partnering with FOX29 to present “Salute the Troops.” That same day, we kicked off our customer appreciation weekend, acknowledging the guests who have helped drive momentum at our casino since 2010. Then, this month, we thanked our casino neighbors with a $500,000 contribution to the Penn Treaty Special Services District. The SSD applies funds from SugarHouse toward community initiatives and


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neighborhood improvement projects. We love our Philly neighbors in the Fishtown, Northern Liberties, South Kensington and Old Richmond sections, and love to see the great work they’re doing with it. Since opening, SugarHouse has contributed more than $2.1 million to the SSD. In November, we plan to celebrate our neighbors again when we go around the city donating turkeys before Thanksgiving. Every year, the executive team gives all 1,100+ SugarHouse team members a Thanksgiving turkey. Then, those team members have the option of giving the turkey back to people in the community. Hundreds are donated each year and delivered throughout Philadelphia’s neighborhoods via our Sugar Express trolley and some very strong team members. We’re so proud of our team for providing a Thanksgiving meal to those in need every year. So, to the entire Philadelphia region, thank you from SugarHouse. We’re proud that Wendy was able to receive this award for her efforts in leading our casino to be a good neighbor, and we look forward to finishing 2013 with even more good news. And, in the words of Wendy, “WOO-HOO!” prh

Boathouse Row lights the night photo by Daniel Uhl, Dan Uhl Photography

This past June, IBEW Local 98 and PECO joined forces to make historic Boathouse Row more energy efficient. Local 98 volunteers spent 6 months installing energy efficient lights as part of The PECO Challenge - Relighting Boathouse Row. “The partnership created with PECO is further proof that when management and labor work together for the betterment of the City, good things

always happen,� IBEW Local 98 Business Manager John Dougherty said. Boathouse Row consists of 15 boathouses - each more than a century old - and has put Philadelphia on the map as one of the most popular rowing spots in the world. Boathouse Row, where rowers come to compete from all over the country, joined the National Registry of Historic Places in 1987. prh

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PRHOn the Waterfront

I Historic Chapel of Four Chaplains celebrates its legacy

by Christine Beady


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n February 2013, the Chapel of Four Chaplains honored the 70th Anniversary of the sinking of the USAT Dorchester by hosting a dinner at Popi’s Restaurant with members of the Board of Directors. During the course of the year, we have been honored to meet people from all over our great nation who recognize the legacy of the Four Chaplains. With each and every visitor, it has been a pleasure to learn their amazing stories and their memories of the Four Chaplains and what they meant to them over the years. In May 2013, the Chapel also celebrated the 65th Anniversary of the issuance of the Four Chaplains stamp. The organization is focused on continuing the legacy of these four heroic chaplains for generations to come. Former Governor of Pennsylvania William W. Scranton said, “The Chapel of Four Chaplains is the cutting edge in the move toward true brotherhood.” For more than four decades, the Chapel remained on the Temple campus until it became structurally unsound and was condemned. Today, the Chapel of Four Chaplains is located at the old Navy Chapel at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The Chapel of Four Chaplains is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Its United Way Donor number is #50075. The Chapel is also available for rentals for weddings, meetings and religious ceremonies. Please contact the office for more information or to visit our historic building and foundation at 215-218-1943 or chapel@ Visit our website at www.fourchaplains. org. Like us on Facebook/ Follow us on Twitter prh

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s we strive to set trends in the wedding business, my team and I love to meet all of the couples that we create incredibly special memories for at our five unique venues in Philadelphia. Each couple seems to select the location that matches up with their personalities, which gives us a bit of a head start in helping them make their special day extra special. My company recently acquired and renovated Philadelphia’s historic Down Town Club, so I thought it would be fitting to highlight a recent wedding that included a few inspired new trends that we’re helping to ignite, which also happened to relate to how the couple met and what they love to eat and drink. The wedding of Elizabeth Kistler and Frank Coppola took place on the evening of Sunday, July 28, 2013, and the bride and groom decided to bring some really significant elements of their new life together in Brooklyn into the celebration high above Independence Mall in Philadelphia. Frank grew up in South Philly and Elizabeth was raised on Long Island. The two met while drinking craft beers in a Manhattan hotspot, so it was no surprise to me and my team that they wanted to include two delicious seasonal craft beers in their affair: Brooklyn Summer Ale and Blue Point Summer Ale. We’re seeing a growing number of brides and grooms prioritize high-end seasonal craft beers over fine wines lately, and we’re even witnessing craft brews being used for toasts instead of champagne. Elizabeth and Frank opted for toasting with champagne, but their guests seemed pretty happy to get back to the craft beers after the toasts. Elizabeth and Frank also prioritized making sure their guests knew which hors d’oeuvres were meatless by placing adorable small flags atop vegetarian appetizers. Elizabeth is a vegetarian and a handful of their guests share her culinary preference, so a healthy portion of the menu was vegetarian. In staying true to the Brooklyn theme, Elizabeth and Frank opted for an ice sculpture of the Brooklyn Bridge, which included the New York skyline and “Welcome from Brooklyn” etched into the base — a pretty fitting visual element that connected the theme of the affair, the craft beers and the bride and groom’s new life together in New York. If I could give every couple planning their wedding one piece of advice it would be to bring as much of their lives together, including elements relating to how they met and what they love to do, into their wedding celebrations. Sure, we love to create impeccably gorgeous affairs featuring stunning décor and sumptuous cuisine, but we adore the components that make each affair truly unique more than any other aspects of the special days that we orchestrate. prh by Joseph Volpe, Cescaphe Event Group

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The Fresh Breath of Fall Fashion by Alicia DeLeo & Phyllis Palermo

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Fall is our favorite time of year for fashion.

It’s home to the most exciting fashion event of the year - Fashion Week as well as some of our favorite award show red carpets. It also breathes new life into our wardrobes. Encourages us to hide our tanned summer legs with sexy riding boots and to cozy up with our favorite animal print infinity scarf. Fall fashion rejuvenates a fashionista’s style for the entire year. It’s a brand new you—packaged in oversized sweaters, tweed jackets and metallic tights. And what’s not to love about stopping to eat at your favorite hot spot! Take it from Phyllis. After a long day of fashion overload in New York, she couldn’t wait to stop at her favorite Little Italy pastry shop and restaurant, Caffe Palermo. The cannoli king and owner, Baby John, opened his doors in 1973. Since then, he has welcomed the likes of Lady Gaga, Ryan Seacrest, Chazz Palminteri and fashion models from around the world. It’s a must-stop if you’re visiting New York, this fall. And while you’re shopping, don’t forget to look for these trends. Let’s get started!

 Dark Shadows

Unfortunately, Johnny Depp won’t be in your closet every morning but inspiration from some of his movie roles may be. The runways rocked with punk, grunge and gothic looks. From black lace noir to chain link jewelry, red leather and plaid tweed jackets, pearl-encrusted booties, crushed blue velvet, oversized cross necklaces, leather jackets and sheer black tights. There is nothing wrong with crawling into the shadows this fall to emerge a fashion vixen.

 Gold Rush

Gold accents are all the rage. Whether it’s a gold spiked bracelet or gold toe ballet

flats, add a dash of dazzle to every outfit. Gold isn’t just for the most sophisticated events anymore. Try a buttoned-down shirt with gold jewel embellishments on the collar. Pair with a fitted blazer and black cigarette pants for work, or a short pleated skirt and leopard print pumps for dinner with the girls.

military jackets are also in. Animal prints and faux furs are always a great staple. And if you’re missing a bit of the warm weather, try pastel hues like bubble gum pink, baby blue or lovely lavender. Pair a white wool coat that falls over the shoulder with tight jeans and flats, yes flats! Great for afternoon tea.

 Supersize Me

 Nailed It

With the cool weather comes more layers and autumn is pre-season for our favorite winter accessory – coats. This year, shop early. Trends are oversized and over the top! Try exaggerated shoulders on for size or extralarge collars. Colorful, fitted tweeds or army green

If your summer nails were Elle Woods, your fall nails are Wednesday Addams – black, ox blood red and navy blue. Also, try dipping your toes into metallic nail art –silver, gold, gunmetal and jewel tones. Sophisticated lace glitter and crystal embellishments are also a must-try.

Happy Shopping! Phyllis & Alicia

 Nicole Miller Rocks Thank you, Nicole Miller, for your fall fashions. So many awesome elements. Twotone metallic tights! What about her menspiration? Closet must-haves are leather jackets, pleated skirts, collared shirts and several fedoras. Keep an eye out for hugging corsets and eccentric prints like Nicole’s tattooage treatment. Black matte jersey dresses with gray geometric inserts. Her colors of the season: black, teal, gray. Try a sheer blouse with ankle booties and a rouched skirt to the knee. Cool as can be. This is the year of your taste in skirts. Anything goes from a mini down to the ankle.

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by Dominique Verrecchio

n today’s society, plus-sized women are usually stamped undesirable. The fashion industry is a dogeat-dog world and the runways and designer labels sure don’t hide the fact that they love stick-skinny girls. Just because you wear a double-digit pants size doesn’t mean that you have to wear unfashionable frocks. There are plenty of ways to rock your curves, and sadly, that isn’t the message that plus-sized women get from the media. I am a plus-sized 17-year-old girl who is in love with fashion. Don’t get me wrong. It is a bit harder to stay in style considering that many stores where my friends shop don’t have clothes that fit me. But that doesn’t mean I can’t rock what I’m given. A fabulous find for plus-sized women is a boutique named Torrid. Located at both Deptford and Cherry Hill Malls, they also have a website and carry the latest trends from sizes 12 to 30. Plus-sized women will enjoy the vast selection offered in the hottest colors, fabrics and styles of the season. Don’t be ashamed of your curves. You have them, so rock them. Show the world that you won’t let society hold you down because you wear a plus size. Life is a fashion show and the world is your runway. Whether you wear a size 3 or a size 23, you are fabulous. I know that paging through fashion magazines can make you feel a bit selfconscious. But just because you are not a 5’6 woman in a size 3 jeans doesn’t mean that you aren’t beautiful. We come in different shapes and sizes and we are all unique. In the end, embrace the fact that you are a plus-sized woman. So let’s go shopping! prh

Taking Our South Philadelphia Streets Back by Maria Merlino


f you see something, say some- Back to make people more aware thing.” Carol Lanni has been of their surroundings and the crimes spreading the word for the past that are escalating in neighborhoods few months to friends, family, throughout the city. And if numbers neighbors. Anyone within ear- are any indication, her proactive apshot of this determined mother proach is working. To date, more who refuses to let crime take than 5,000 individuals have signed hold of her community. She on. “Even though we’re seeing a lot says her mission became clear more patrol cars on the streets, reafter a gang of teens surrounded her sponse time can take up to 10 minyoung son on his way home from utes when actual crimes are being the store and stole his cellphone. A committed.” Lanni says what’s even medical secretary by day, Lanni said more frustrating is that people aren’t she was shocked to realize that the aware of the things that are happencurtains of security she relied on in ing right outside their front doors. the neighborhood that she and her “Crime doesn’t discriminate. It’s in three children call home had been every police district. If the First District is safe, it will move to the Third ripped to shreds. “We’re given a false sense of se- District. It’s a trickle-down effect. If curity because a lot of crime is not people are aware of it, they can be reported, but it is still happening.” more proactive. They can notify poLanni started a website called Tak- lice before situations escalate into ing Our South Philadelphia Streets something more serious.”

The growing street crime is the most visible example of what law enforcement authorities describe as a well-orchestrated underground global industry. Many stolen phones are shipped to distant points on the globe, sold to consumers in Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. It is a market now worth some $30 billion a year. Based on police reports and personal accounts, the Oregon Avenue corridor has become a target for these crimes. Neighbors report an increase in robberies of items like iPads, cellphones and cash. Many of these crimes are committed in broad daylight and many of the victims are juveniles. Between 3rd Street and 5th Street on Oregon Avenue, people walking were targeted block by block.

Our goal is to keep our neighbors informed of what is going on so they can report any suspicious activities to the police department Lanni and her partner, Mark Ferguson, typed up all of the information that was reported to them from personal accounts and police reports and presented it to Second District Councilman Kenyatta Johnson. At-Large-Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds–Brown also introduced a bill that would outlaw “automated purchasing machines” that enable thieves to quickly unload stolen items and pocket hundreds in cash. Lanni says she is happy with the progress. Neighbors’ pleas for action are getting attention. And Town Watches are forming in districts throughout South Philadelphia. “Our goal is to keep our neighbors informed of what is going on so they can report any suspicious activities to the police department.” To support Lanni’s efforts to get more people’s eyes on the streets where they live, Philadelphia RowHome Magazine asked residents to “get back on your beach chairs” – a tribute to the days when neighbors sat outside and kept an eye out for one another. prh

Carol Lanni with 1st District Police Captain Lou Campione and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson

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PRHGreenSp ce ‘Hi Kerri-Lee. It’s Doctor Chiu with the results of your allergy blood test. Ummmm... are you sitting down? You are allergic to EVERYTHING!’ After my doctor told me I was the “worst case of allergies she had ever seen” (‘How are you still functioning?’), I listened to her rattle off three pages of things I was eating, breathing or touching. And all of them were making me sick in some way. My favorite allergic reaction? The all body rash - a TV news anchor’s dream. Though it was a relief to finally know the cause of my “mystery” malaise, my next thought was, ‘How can I live normally and eliminate ALL these things?’ The environment, and what I was putting on and in my body, became my obsession. I thought many things I had come to love were out. Beauty treatments, massages and makeup were gone for good (another jagged pill for a makeup-reliant news anchor to swallow). So, when I heard about Eviama - a “green” spa - I was encouraged, though, I admit, only cautiously optimistic. That reservation fled fast and led to sheer elation when I began researching Eviama, its products and services. I realized the extreme lengths this amazing Spa and its founder Penny Ordway have gone to in order to protect their clients and, frankly, our planet.

A Green Spa soothes the City by Kerri-Lee MAYLAND

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❱❱ PRH: Penny, why did you go GREEN in the first place? ES: Our mission is environmental and being green seemed like the perfect way to represent that on the most fundamental level. When you’re building a space, you have this wonderful opportunity to do the right thing. If you are actually promoting health, not just the idea of healthy living, then it is incumbent upon you to reduce or eliminate toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde in construction materials and nasty VOCs in paints, finishes and adhesives. Why fill a spa with noxious compounds when there’s a choice that’s better for our soil, air and water quality and all living things? As for products, organic and biodynamic components have to be accompanied by no questionable preservatives or unnecessary additives. We make it a point to avoid synthetic scents. We’re really picky. So much of what you apply topically to the skin ends up in your bloodstream and it flows down the drain to be shared with all ecosystems, all habitats, including our water supply. Green is also a lifestyle, or holistic living. Maybe you juice, compost, recycle and repurpose - that’s wonderful. But if you want to have quality of life, include massage (touch is the most ancient of medicines), see about supporting your mind/heart/ spirit, and take good care of the organ that separates you from the outside world - your skin.

❱❱ PRH: How has the response to Eviama been? ES: When we greened the first location 11 years ago, people had quite an array of reactions. Some thought it nonsensical and a waste of money to build green. But others wanted a list of all the resources I found from my research because they wanted to do the same thing at home, especially if they were trying to get pregnant or already had children. We were the first, and from the very beginning, people have said the place just feels better. The enchanting botanical aromas we are known for still waft through and contribute to the copacetic vibe here. People know we are earnest about transformation. We really believe we make a difference in people’s lives and that is part of what you feel when you come in. Everyone gets it. ❱❱ PRH: What makes Eviama so different from “regular” spas? ES: We buy 100% sustainable electricity from a local provider - The Energy Coop - so we have never burned fossil fuels to turn the lights on here (which are mainly LED, very efficient). Our boutique is stocked with beautiful gift items - some are fair trade, women made, from small companies, organic, eco-friendly, reclaimed materials - so when you buy something for yourself or someone you love, you are doing good in the world. Our outlook on wellbeing is broad. We think about environmental impact on your health. We think about the stress people suffer with crazy schedules and little time to connect to each other or even the self. We think we can diminish the insult, find helpful pathways, facilitate healing. Maybe, like me, you don’t have potentially debilitating environmentally driven allergies. Maybe you are trying to get pregnant and want to provide your body (and baby!) with healthier options. Or maybe you want to find a holistic way to deal with your everyday stress. Maybe it’s time to experience those healthier options first-hand. “Every dollar we spend is a vote for the kind of world in which we want to live,” Penny said. Sounds like money well spent, doesn’t it?

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REMODELING YOUR ROW ? Interview by Christine Delasandro


hiladelphia is rich in architecturally diverse neighborhoods, the majority of which share a common design, the row home. I had a chance to sit down for a Q & A session with Jonathan Malcolm, who is not only a row home owner himself but, the owner of a premier home remodeling company, Ecoview Exteriors, to discuss home renovation and state of the art remodeling ideas. From high-efficiency windows, doors and siding to affordable, long lasting roofing solutions they seem to have all the bases covered.

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Q: What would you say is the biggest issue a row home owner has when taking on a renovation or remodeling project? The great thing about Philadelphia row homes is even though they might look similar, they are all unique in their own way. And although the unique quality can be charming it can also be one of the biggest issues for home owners when it comes to remodeling. Typically, no two doors or window openings are alike. Even neighboring houses have dissimilar sized opening and framing angles. Because of these inconsistencies I have found that homeowners want to find a company that has the necessary resources and understanding of how to handle any situation no matter how routine or unforeseen it may be. With our knowledge and experience with Philadelphia row homes we are able to approach each project with confidence and afford each homeowner the individual attention needed to streamline what can sometimes be a stressful period.

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Q: What are a few of the most popular renovations? And, what are some of the common issues you have encountered? Well, with the cost of energy constantly rising the most common renovations right now are replacing the home’s inefficient windows, doors, and insufficiently insulated or leaking roofing with products that are far superior to what was offered 5-10 years ago. These are great ways to not only increase the resale value of your home, but keep the bills down while you and your family are living there. And there’s always the comfort and added security the newer, more efficient products offer too. Two of the most popular renovations are Windows & Doors. A common issue that arises when installing windows and doors in row homes, is the different custom sizes need for each. Fortunately, for our customers we carry 10+ brands of made to order windows and doors to choose from. We will always find the correct fit for their home. Another extremely popular renovation for Philadelphia row homes is the Roof. There are many ways to fix or replace your roof that sometimes the options are too overwhelming or not offered to the homeowner. Many area roofers will often misdiagnose or recommend temporary fixes for customer issues. A scenario that we run into the most is when a roofer gives a customer a quote to replace their entire roof, when in fact there are better options. If the customer was aware of some of the technologies available to them, like our

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ost of our customers can breeze through selections for countertops, faucets, flooring, and even appliances. But there are three elements that will typically cause a hitch in the selection process and can often lead to expensive change orders or delays. Cabinet color. Especially if the cabinet line is custom (with sky-is-the-limit selections!) or a stock item that comes in more than a small variety of wood shades or paint colors


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Tile selections Paint colors for wall and trim Here are our suggestions for avoiding getting stuck. ❱❱ Have a few magazine tear-outs of kitchen cabinets you love — as well as some you hate. ❱❱ If you are going with a custom cabinet, you can have any wood species, any stain color, and any paint color you like. These cabinets are expensive, so rely on your designer for direction! ❱❱ If you are working from stock or semicustom cabinet choices, the color selections are much more limited. Ask to see two or three samples, and then line them up in the order of your preference. You will like one or two. Few people find more than that in a given range. ❱❱ Paint baffles most people. When they choose a color that is not a white, they tend to choose a slightly “off” color. For example, they choose a red for their dining room that doesn’t work with their flooring color. Or the canary yellow in the kitchen is too bright, where a buttery, soft yellow would be better. They may have a sea green glass tile in the bathroom, so they want a sea green wall color. ❱❱ Often, they are trying to match or contrast a color already in the room instead of thinking about how to complement those shades. A trained colorist or professional painter can help. ❱❱ In all three cases, we find that clients get “analysis paralysis” when there are too many options to consider. Pre-set limits can actually increase creativity and make selections easier. An experienced professional can create the limits you need to feel comfortable. This will keep your project rolling along on budget.

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A record crowd of 4,000 lined up an hour in advance for a taste of this year’s Vendemmia at Girard Park. One of the many cultural events brought over from Italy, the festival celebrates local winemaking at the time of harvest. Thirsty for the homemade wine samplings, the cuisine of many Italian provinces and live music - from opera to rock & roll - guests from near and far gathered to take part in this annual event, now celebrating its 17th year in South Philadelphia. Headed by Gerard Vernose, M.D., President of the Vendemmia Foundation, proceeds go towards scholarships for local students entering high school or college.

& rder LawO Q: When applying for a job, do I have to disclose my criminal record? by Frank C. DePasquale Jr., Esquire

Criminal Record? Will I be hired or fired?

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individuals have had minor and even serious brushes with the law. Employers and almost all colleges and graduate schools routinely have questions regarding criminal records on their applications. In my experience, a conviction in and of itself will not disqualify an individual. However, not being truthful about it will. You should consult with an attorney to see how to answer specific questions about your criminal record.

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by Sara Canuso

How to Keep Yourself Motivated


ome people arrive early for work, happily stay late and perform productively throughout the day. Others watch the clock and putter around, not accomplishing much. What separates people who merely survive from those that truly thrive?

The ability to stay motivated! We are 10 months into the year, and by now, some of you have lost your motivation, lost sight of your goals and not taken the actions you wanted to take. Right? Don’t write off the whole year because you aren’t where you want to be now! Start fresh. Forget about what you haven’t accomplished and focus on what you can still achieve before year-end. As a coach, I know that people can change. I see it all the time with my clients. You are responsible for

creating the motivation you need to create what you want for yourself in your life. When you embrace this, you can be as successful as you want. Motivation keeps you going after interruptions or distractions sidetrack you. Motivation keeps you going when part of you feels like throwing in the towel. Motivation keeps you going when you’re tired and discouraged and just plain fed up. How do you keep yourself motivated—especially when everything seems to be going wrong?

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❱❱ Be Clear about Your Goals Goals are your GPS for success. As a navigational system, they keep you headed in the right direction, let you know where to stop for rest and keep you on course to your final destination. Set goals for each area of your life and include the benefit of each goal. For example, “Lose 20 pounds, so I can feel more energetic and have more stamina.” Review your goals every day, change them as needed and focus on the benefits daily. ❱❱ Ongoing Planning The productivity experts say that one hour of planning is equal to four hours of productivity. Take time every day to plan what you are going to do that day to

move closer to your primary goals. This will accelerate your accomplishments. ❱❱ Acknowledge Your Accomplishments Nothing will motivate you more than being successful. This is the oftenoverlooked factor in staying motivated. The more successful you are, the more you are motivated. Stop and notice your accomplishments and pat yourself on the back. Otherwise, you will not enjoy the natural motivational boost success brings. ❱❱ Keep Up Your Personal Daily Habits There are things you know you need to do, but you may not always do them. This makes a big difference in how motivated and productive you are.

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ho are the “Cell Phone Paparazzi?” That would be you. And me. And anybody who has a cell phone with a camera in it. In show business, we learn fast that the Paparazzi are a necessary evil and there is not much we can do to stop them. But now in our society, people are taking pictures of people falling down stairs, in changing rooms, having a spat with their significant other. Privacy invasion is not just reserved for us show business people anymore. Having played many villains in movies and TV shows, I am accustomed to the “back-handed compliment.” For example, when I played the guy who instigated the rape of Jodi Foster’s character in The Accused, people would stop me all the time. Their “backhanded compliments” would go like this. ‘I saw you in that movie. God, I hated you. You were so sleazy. You made my skin crawl. Good job.’ It’s similar to the rest of the country’s “back-handed compliment” of Philly’s sports fans.

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Make 2014 your healthiest year yet! by Dr. Richard Dittrich

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t is hard to believe but the final months of 2013 have arrived! Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before we know it. Baby New Year will ring in 2014. A new year is the perfect time to reflect on our lives. What should we expect as we turn another year older? The life expectancy in the United States is the longest that it has ever been. Women can expect to live to the ripe old age of 80, men to 78. Even if we have already reeled in a few years, there are many more to be lived. What can we do to make the years ahead the best of our lives? ➽

Take control! That’s right, be in charge of yourself! You are the person that should have your best interests at heart. Are you happy with the woman (or man) in the mirror? No? Then it is time to make some changes. Have you really (honestly) looked at yourself in the mirror lately? A full length look, not just a “head shot”. Don’t use the excuse that you don’t own a long mirror. You can get a free look at yourself in any department

store. Take off your coat and take an objective look. Are you happy with who looks back? How is your weight? A woman that is five feet six inches should weigh no more than one hundred and fifty pounds to be in the “normal” weight for height category. Extra pounds put stress on all of your organs, not to mention the skeleton that has to support the poundage. If you are unsure of what constitutes a healthy weight for your gender, height and age, consult your physician. If you are “too short for your weight,” resolve to lose a few pounds. You will look better, feel better and decrease the risk factors that come with obesity such as diabetes and heart problems. Are you a couch potato? Get moving! The laws of physics (and a commercial for Celebrex) tells us that a “body in motion stays in motion”. Take the first steps to get off of that couch. Find an activity that you enjoy and DO IT! Sitting on that couch or at your computer burns less than 100 calories per hour, walking at a leisurely pace can burn 400 calories per hour! Up

the pace and you are burning much more. Walking sounds boring? How about gardening, bicycling, tennis? Motion not only burns calories but the stress on your bones helps to prevent osteoporosis. Moving improves rheumatoid arthritis. Exercise strengthens the heart and lungs and can reduce high blood pressure. Did you know that the number one killer in America is not cancer? Since 1900, more people die of heart related problems than of any other disease. Do you know what it means to be “heart healthy?” Let’s start with your blood pressure. The magic numbers should be 140 or less on the systolic (top) number and 90 or less on the diastolic (bottom). High blood pressure can indicate that your heart is working harder than it should to move blood through your body, or that your veins are constricted - reducing blood flow. Have you had your cholesterol checked lately? High levels of cholesterol “clog” your vessels so that blood flow is diminished. Elevated cholesterol levels are partly heredity, but are largely

diet related. (Yes, we are back to the D-word again.) Are you super-sizing at your favorite fast food restaurant? Fast food is high in “bad” fats & sodium – two big factors in cardiac disease. Most people fear cancer much more than they worry about cardiac disease. Women get routine pap smears and mammograms. Men “bend over” once a year to be screened for cancer. These are good preventative practices and kudos if you are routinely screened. But are you a smoker? Nineteen percent (43 million) of adults in the U.S. smoke cigarettes, a leading cause of lung cancer. The cancer producing elements in cigarettes have also been linked to breast cancer, bladder cancer, throat cancer and stomach cancer. Think about the health risks before you light up. Quitting is hard but the benefits are

life-saving! If going “cold turkey” isn’t for you, talk to your doctor about medications that can help you kick the habit. “Well” check-ups are not just for three-year-olds. They are for everyone. Treat yourself to a visit with your healthcare provider at least once a year. Come prepared with a family history, a list of medications that you take and, most importantly, a list of health questions and concerns. This is YOUR time with your provider, so make the most of it. Make a New Year’s resolution to make 2014 your healthiest year ever! See your healthcare provider. Kick the nicotine habit. Loose those extra pounds and get moving. Another year older should mean another year better!

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espite our recent mild winters, it’s always a good idea to be prepared for the worst that winter can offer. No matter the weather, we tend to be a bit more insular during the winter months. So, a few minutes of daily stretching is a necessity. Start by standing with your feet about shoulderwidth apart. Slowly reach up towards the ceiling, one arm at a time, holding the reach for 3 to 5 seconds. Repeat 10 times. Next, lie on the floor and pull one knee towards your chest, then the opposite, then both for 3-5 seconds. Repeat 10 times. For your last daily stretch, sit upright on the edge of a chair. Put your arms straight out in front of you and slowly turn as far as you can to the right and left. Repeat 10 times. Now you are ready for the outdoors. Be sure to wear appropriate protective clothing whether you are going for a brisk winter walk or taking part in more active pursuits like ice skating, sledding, skiing or that full contact sport of holiday shopping. With the hectic pace of the holiday season, many of us tend to be less aware of our environment and less cautious when it comes to potential hazards like black ice or slippery stairs. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 39,700 people were treated in the emergency department for fall-related injuries during the holiday season. More than 12,000 ER visits resulted from activities related to holiday decorating.

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Select the right ladder for the job. Use step stools for lower level tasks, utility ladders for medium height and extension ladders for higher levels of decorating. Don’t deck the halls alone. Recruit someone to hold the ladder and hand you items. Ask for help when moving heavy items like furniture. When decorating, make sure everyone in the house is aware of rearranged furniture placement. Serious falls


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can occur when people trip over furniture in what was previously an open space. Use a step stool Do not use furniture - to hang a wreath or picture in the house. Minimize clutter Keep pathways clear of decorations especially when entertaining. Finally, follow up with your doctor immediately after a fall to avoid worsening or compensating your injuries. prh James Moylan, D.C., Chiropractic Physician, is a member of the Philadelphia RowHome (PRH) Business Network.


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Conceptualizing and ultimately crafting a column for this edition of PRH is always a difficult task. Think about the enormity of “Salute to Service.” There’s a lot of bona fide subject matter and many different roads to travel. Possibilities run the gamut from culinary staples indigenous to Philadelphia to fictional movie characters and the actors that played them, to the well-deserving locals so worthy of recognition for their service to our neighborhoods, city and beyond. This particular piece took shape on an uncharacteristically gorgeous Friday in August. A day more reminiscent of a heavenly early autumn than a dog day in the heat of summer. But adrift in the gentle, cool breeze, a simple text message from a colleague in the know signaled the winds of immediate change. It simply read: Charlie has been fired. Presser at 2:30. ☞

Talk about irony. Collectively, we became very spoiled by fabulous fall days and nights watching our Phillies in our own version of “Red October.” Suddenly frustrated and fractured, faux playoff weather aside, the hunt was over. Turbulent seas had sucked the fight from our warriors and the skipper went down with the ship. Looking back, there weren’t many in the very fickle Philadelphia sports community that gave the southern gentleman known as Charlie Manuel much hope for success... at anything. For starters, he was replacing the feisty and fiery, Larry Bowa, a legend in Phillies red both on the field and in the dugout. The hardened fan base wondered aloud why this friendly stranger didn’t walk our walk and talk our talk. In the media, every aspect of his demeanor and managerial prowess was often called onto the Kentucky Blue Grass carpet at Citizens Bank Park. In time, however, this southerner, straightforward and with no pretense, won over the populous here in the union north. His genuine passion for the game of baseball, coupled with his love of a newfound fandom, put him in control of the podium. He was the conductor of the orchestra that helped Philly get its groove back. Even though it wasn’t always a precision performance, his band of brothers played with heart and soul to sellout crowds every night. Season after season, a stunning symphony began to take shape. Deep, diverse and sometimes dark, the band played on until that one rousing crescendo that defines a career. On a cold, wild October night, in what was essentially an encore performance, the good ‘ole boy delivered a command performance. The Philadelphia Phillies were the 2008 World Champions of Baseball. Now, just five years later, only the memories remain. However, much like a special song that defines a significant time in our lives, so, too, does Charlie Manuel. In more ways than one, my family and I grew up to be a Phillies family with Good Time Charlie serving as the leader of the band. They are special years, harmonious and filled with good times. Sort of like a Greatest Hits Album chock full of chart toppers that you never dare lend to anyone. I will treasure them always. And for that, I am so very thankful for the years of beautiful music. prh

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Ja’Quan Newton’s

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t was a scorching hot September night and relaxing in the air-conditioning was the only agenda for most teenagers – but not for Ja’Quan Newton. The 18-year-old Newton was hustling across the Neumann-Goretti basketball court, perspiration dripping down his face and ferocity in his eyes. As a shot made its way through the basket, a hint of a smile tugged at his lips, illustrating his intense passion for the sport. And this was only a practice session! Nevertheless, Newton, a dynamic 6’3” point guard, exerts 100 percent effort at all times, which explains why he is so unstoppable on the court. Inspired by his father, who was a Division II collegiate basketball player at Oklahoma State, Ja’Quan began playing at the age of eight. Immediately, he fell in love with the game and began to play daily for a minimum of two hours, a trend that he continues to this day. The current high school senior proudly proclaims, “Basketball is my life.” Such a fervent vigor has paid off in dividends. During Newton’s past three years at Ss. John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School, located at 10th and Moore Streets in South Philadelphia, he has amassed innumerable accolades. He was named the Most Valuable Player of both the Catholic League Championship games which his team won in 2012 and 2013. What motivates Newton to achieve such greatness? The answer is simple. “My mom inspires me. She has been through a lot and she was sick with breast cancer,” Newton shares. While his mother is currently in remission, the Southwest Philly native, who yearns to reach the NBA, maintains his focus “by working hard so that I can get my mom out of our neighborhood and to a better environment.” As a result of his dedication, Newton received a full scholarship to the University of Miami where he will attend classes next fall. Prior to committing to Miami in August, Newton also garnered interest from UCLA, Texas A&M, Syracuse and Oregon, among others. However, Ja’Quan felt that the University of Miami was the best fit. “I think it’s a good situation there, especially since they use a style of play similar to my own, with a lot of pick and rolls,” Newton said. Additionally, the star athlete is a fan of Miami’s coach, who reminds him of Neumann-Goretti’s renowned Coach Carl Arrigale, the best coach Newton said he has ever had. Clearly, Ja’Quan Newton epitomizes diligence. “No one ever thought I’d be this good,” he said, “but I’ve worked hard and it’s paid off, and now I get to go to a Division I college.” Newton hopes his example will encourage others to achieve their goals as well. “Never let anyone tell you to stop,” he said. “The word ‘can’t’ should never be in any man’s vocabulary.” prh

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Rebuilding Philadelphia by Gabrielle D’Alonzo


ach year, Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP) participates in a Youth Service Project, a service based program where seniors can help make a difference in the community. Students are organized into groups of four and choose an organization where they feel their contributions can make a difference. Class of 2013 Gabrielle D’Alonzo and group members Florencia Ferthio, Olivia Busillo and Tamar Jackson

chose Rebuilding Together Philadelphia, an organization that assists low-income homeowners rebuild with the help of volunteers. “My group chose Rebuilding Together Philadelphia because during our timespan of the project, we would be able to volunteer and make a significant change in a neighborhood,” D’Alonzo said. According to the U.S. census, there are more than 60,000 low-income homeowners in Philadelphia. Many of these

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pated on boards and committees that benefit South Philadelphia. He has been a member of the South Philadelphia Business Association for nearly 15 years and was President for two of those years. While on the Board, he gave out scholarships and helped businessmen and women improve their businesses. He also is on the Board of Directors of the Columbus Day Parade. My dad is currently in his second and last term as President of the Board and

has been a part of the Board for 10 years. In 2009, the Columbus Day Parade ran into some trouble. The parade was canceled but the festival was still a go. My dad would not let the parade be a memory of the past. After Severino Verna, the parade’s co-founder, passed away, my dad came forward and set up meetings to see how they could bring the parade back to its former glory. He and the rest of the Board members made sure that the 2010 parade was the best parade in years and that future generations could experience it. Today, the Columbus Day Parade continues to bring

the South Philadelphia community together and will hopefully continue to bring the community together for years to come. I look up to my dad for everything. He has shown me that you cannot just love where you come from; you need to help make your neighborhood better so you and future generations can continue to love it. His kindness and compassion are something I admire greatly. I cannot count how many people have told me how great of a man he is and how lucky I am. But they do not need to tell me. I have always known that I am one lucky girl. prh

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by David W. Cava

Winter spring PRH summer Writers Block THE FALL Time to thank Charlie Manuel


he time has come to turn off the air conditioning. I, for one, look forward to the cooler air that accompanies autumn. After this past summer, I am still extremely hot. Summer does that to most of us in Philadelphia. This year, there are other reasons for that, as well. As a child of autumn falling under the sign of Libra, I can affirm that this is the season of romance, art, beauty, balance and charm. None of these traits were in attendance on Friday, August 16th at Citizens Bank Park. While the surrounding foliage was preparing for its final curtain call with a crescendo of fiery colors exploding amid pale blue skies, the all-time most winningest manager in Phillies franchise history was rushed out the door. After Charlie Manuel’s five straight division championships and a World Series ring, someone had the bright idea to relieve him of his duties just a few days after he reached the milestone of 1,000 career managerial wins. The Phillies organization decided that after two seasons riddled with injury, poor relief pitching and sub-par hitting, that it was time to do something drastic. The summer sun at least distances itself from the earth gradually, giving all living things time to adjust and properly prepare for the harsh winter to come. I guess doing something at the trade deadline wasn’t even an option. Giving the fans time to adjust wasn’t an option, either. The Phillies organization started the 2013 season knowing that they weren’t going to renew Charlie’s contract. We all knew. We watched each game knowing that a very special


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After Charlie Manuel’s five straight division championships and a World Series ring, someone had the bright idea to relieve him of his duties just a few days after he reached the milestone of 1,000 career managerial wins.

time in Philadelphia Phillies history was coming to a close. The players tried valiantly to stave off an early winter. Yet, amidst unforgiving winds, our beloved Phillies weren’t able to catch the spark needed to extend their season into the playoffs. We watched, knowing the inevitable was near. But we are fans. We watched so that we could stand up and cheer at the end of it all. After an era that brought 257 straight sellout games to Citizens Bank Park, didn’t Charlie deserve a better end to it all? It happens all too quickly. Winter slaps you in the face and leaves you breathless. Autumn is the proverbial training camp that prepares us for those long, cold winter days ahead. I’m still extremely hot. I needed those final weeks to cool down and enjoy September baseball with Charlie Manuel and the Phillies. I wanted the chance to say thank you for nine years of terrific baseball in Philadelphia. prh

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Ghosts of Halloweens Past by Tony Santini


s a child, my Halloweens were spent on the “other side” of Broad Street. Not because my side of Broad Street was much different, but spending Halloween with my four cousins, all boys, three of whom were older, meant that I didn’t have to go trick-or-treating with my Mom or Dad. The cousins would let me tag along with their friends and we would hit every house in a fourblock radius with multiple trips back home to unload bags filled with candy and then go right back out. Favorite costumes from backin-the day were the homemade hobo outfits with playing cards pinned on the jacket and pants or dressing up as a Grandmother. I remember making tally sheets to document my Halloween haul. I admit it was a little weird to tally my Halloween candy but I had younger siblings to worry about. I recall a tally sheet showing that I had 27 Hershey bars, 14 Baby Ruths; 10 Clark Bars; 6 Milky Ways; 5 bags of M&Ms; 4 Snickers; 3 Nestle Crunch bars and 8 Charm Pops among other good stuff. I’m not talking about the bite-size bars that people give out today. I’m talking the full-size bars! We are going back more than 45 years. I don’t think the bite-size bars were even on the market yet! Our parents would


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carefully screen the returns and toss out the apples, unwrapped cookies and any other potentially dangerous-looking items. When we got too old for trickor-treating, we started going to house parties. This proved to be even scarier than any Halloween hauntings. It was the first time I was compelled to play the kissing game, “Seven Minutes in Heaven.” I was terrified. When we were old enough to drink alcoholic beverages, we ran Halloween parties at the old Fiesta Caterers. Now, with a little bit of money, people were able to come dressed in some creative costumes. We once had a family come as the Mouseketeers, complete with Mickey Ears and their first names printed on striped shirts. Another group of friends came dressed as the Fruit of the Loom guys. The best memory was of the couple of friends who came dressed as Laurel and Hardy, complete with masks and body stuffing. They wouldn’t speak to anyone and risk revealing their identity. We finally figured out who they were by process of elimination. Good times. As parents, my wife and I took our two children trick-or-treating. Whether they were Ninja Turtles or Ballerinas, we made sure they experienced the holiday like we did as kids. When they got older, we cajoled them into helping us set up

scary scenes at our house as we distributed candy to the neighborhood children. I once donned a Friday the 13th mask, work boots and a toy machete and sat on the step with an extension cord strategically placed to make it appear that I was an electrical decoration. As the children approached for candy, I would reach out to try and take the candy back – scaring both the children and their parents in the process. More good times. Now, I experience Halloween

through the eyes of my nieces and nephews. When they return home, their skimpy, half-empty bags of snack-size candy bars, fun-size Skittles and bite-sized Tootsie Rolls, disappoint me. I have to take 12 snack-sized Milky Ways and line them up two-bytwo, back-to back and tape them together to make one full-size bar of my youth. And there’s not a single Charm Pop in the bag. Not that I need the calories, but I sure do miss the old Halloweens. prh

RowHome Remembers

Things that scared us THEN & NOW!

Submitted by RowHome Readers ✒T he Alfred Hitchcock movie Psycho! I couldn’t take a shower for a week. ✒ The Trilogy of Terror movie with the little doll that came to life. My sister had a doll that talked and she marked the face up with a red marker. After watching the movie one night, my older brothers stuck that doll in my bed. I still get the creeps looking at dolls. ✒ Clowns! ✒ The movie, 13 Ghosts! The main character had a canopy bed that came down on top of her and killed her. I was afraid to sleep in my canopy bed for months. ✒ Water bugs scattering when I turned on the light in the cellar. ✒ The movie The Exorcist for so many reasons! ✒ My aunts telling me the story, “Johnny, I’m on the first step!” ✒ Sister Mary Girard, a nun at King of Peace parish in the early 60’s. She scared the hell out of me!

Columbus Day Parade 2013

photos by Andreozzi Photography

Bobby Rydell, Grand Marshall

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t’s always an adventure when Dawn visits me at the Condo. She doesn’t get the whole culture. We live in units, not rowhomes. We are part of an Association, not a neighborhood. And the Board of Directors takes the place of a Block Captain. There are rules to memorize. Like the 11 pm curfew for visitors. Not to be confused with the pre-approved parking permits, available for a limited-time-only on a firstcome, first-served basis. Every time Dawn visits me, I get in trouble. Which probably explains why she hasn’t dropped by since December 2011. That’s the day she was following rule #12.B-12 of the condo policy. She was waiting for the concierge to write up her parking flyer - an 8x10 orange piece of printing paper - that must be displayed prominently on the windshields of all Condo visitors. A condo resident pulled up behind her. Only a few seconds passed before the not-sofriendly neighbor proceeded to harass her for blocking the entrance to the garage – which is unavoidable since there is only one entrance to the garage. My sister calmly explained that she was following the rules of the condo, waiting for the concierge to give her the guest pass. ‘My frozen peas are melting,’ the not-so-friendly neighbor hollered. ‘What condo are you visiting? I’m going to report you!’ Needless to say, that was a memorable visit. Not. ‘We have rules in the neighborhood, too,’ she blasted me. ‘It’s called common sense! ‘In the neighborhood, it’s understood that if you stop your car in the middle of the street, you’re either unloading groceries or walking your grandmother to the door so she doesn’t break a hip. No one honks! We wait! Common sense! Those are the rules of the neighborhood! Anyone who grew up


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in the neighborhood knows them.’ I try to convince her that condo living is a community lifestyle. Just like growing up in a rowhome. After citing a few brief examples, I could tell that my mere presence disgusted her. She shoots me one of those ‘Do you hear yourself?’ icy stares. ‘Hoooowwww (she squeezes 5 syllables out of the word) can you compare growing up in a neighborhood to life in a condo?’’ she shoots back. I haven’t seen her since. Until 1:38 pm on that fateful fall Friday in September. I was sitting outside watching the sailboats drift down the Delaware. My cell phone rings. ‘Where are you?’ I’m in the common area. ‘WT# is a common area? she huffs. I can feel the mist of contempt seep through my iphone. She’s going to start again about the condo. ‘Is a ‘common area’ what we call ‘out front’ in a real neighborhood?’ she asks, dripping with sarcasm. ‘You remember, right? Out-front is the place where neighbors meet up with each other. Unlike a yard, which everyone knows is a private spot. You don’t bother neighbors when they are in their yards enjoying their space. Another unwritten rule of the neighborhood that you understand if you grew up in a rowhome.’ I roll my eyes so hard I think they might get stuck that way. ‘It’s common sense! Why do condos need rules about it? It’s insulting!’ A winter chill is in the air. The ice skaters soon will return to the rink by the river. Which is more than I can say about my sister. I don’t think she will be visiting me any time soon, I think to myself as I ponder the unwritten rules of the neighborhood. The rules that bind us one to the other. No matter where you may roam, there’s no place like a RowHOME. prh

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