Inqlings: Kalas' widow is moving

Posted: July 07, 2009

Nearly three months after Harry Kalas' death, the broadcaster's widow is selling their home, which sits in a cul-de-sac on 2.3 acres in Upper Providence Township, Delaware County.

Eileen Kalas has retained Long & Foster's Christine Clark Real Estate Team to sell the four-bedroom, three-bath rancher off Providence Road. Asking price is $625,000. The couple had lived in the house since 1986.

"Like Harry, it's not anything too pretentious," real estate agent Christine Clark told me. The house, which borders Ridley Creek State Park, has two full kitchens.

Though the furnishings will be taken away, a bit of Harry the K memorabilia will remain: The bar in the basement, which he dubbed Kalas Korner, contains stained glass with baseball-theme etchings.

Eileen Kalas plans to leave the area. She says she has bought a house in Delaware and plans later to move "out West."

She says that while she's beginning to cope with Harry's death, his golden retriever, Scout, didn't handle it very well. For two weeks before Kalas died on April 13, the dog "wouldn't leave his side," she says. After his death, Scout "wouldn't eat and wouldn't leave [Kalas'] suitcase alone." She says she had to give the dog to a family friend.

Oceanaire is belly-up

Oceanaire, the cavernous seafood restaurant on Washington Square, closed yesterday as the Minneapolis-based chain reorganizes under Chapter 11, throwing about 50 people out of work. Oceanaires in four other cities are gone, too. Philly's Oceanaire opened in late 2006 in a soaring-ceilinged, art-deco space in what was a PSFS building on the south side of Walnut between Seventh and Eighth.

Briefly noted

West Chester's Katie Cavuto Boyle reached the end of the line Sunday on The Next Food Network Star, where she was competing for her own six-episode TV series. Cavuto Boyle, 30, a personal chef/caterer who espouses healthful eating and "green" cuisine, had been in the bottom three for the last three weeks. By phone yesterday, she sounded just fine, pleased with her performance and the bounce that her five prime-time episodes gave to her business, Healthy Bites.

Philly music man Bill Jolly, now Aretha Franklin's musical director, is scheduling his gigs around his travel plans. He just won 365 nights in Hyatt hotels plus one million miles on American Airlines in a Hyatt-sponsored contest. Jolly's video entry - which he wrote, directed and performed - beat out 28,473 other applicants' work. With five years to redeem the rooms and miles, Jolly says his first trip, with his daughter, Bianca, 14, will be to the Middle East. Cash value is about $144,000, including the tax liability - which Hyatt says it will pick up. See the video at http://is.gd/1lKaC.

Neat venue for the next SugarHabit Warehouse Sale, which draws fashionistas twice a year to shop for discounted duds from Old City boutiques Sugarcube and Third Street Habit: It will be held all day Saturday at the Shirt Corner at Third and Market Streets in Old City, which recently closed and is up for sale. The space is still tricked out with mirrored walls and prom pics dating back decades. A third boutique, Reward, will be part of this sale.

Somerton's Todd Biermann, a TV producer and former production assistant on the FX series Rescue Me, is engaged to marry actress Andrea Roth, who plays Denis Leary's on-again/off-again wife on the show. The couple, who got engaged last week in the Virgin Islands, brought his parents, Ken and Sharon, to the Water Works on Kelly Drive for a celebratory dinner Sunday. Biermann, 32, says he met Roth, 41, on the first day of shooting of Rescue Me's fourth season. In line with the show's plot, Ken Biermann was a city firefighter and paramedic.


Contact columnist Michael Klein at 215-854-5514 or mklein@phillynews.com.

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