Dan Gross: Weather Channel pal for Maria LaRosa

Posted: June 23, 2010

WHEN Maria LaRosa starts at the Weather Channel on Monday, the former CBS 3 meteorologist will be reunited with her Penn State pal Jen Carfagno, who's also on air at the Atlanta-based channel.

Carfagno, who grew up in Collegeville, graduated from Perkiomen Valley High in 1994, then studied meteorology at Penn State, where she met LaRosa. The latter left CBS 3 in March and gave birth to her third child, a son, Tyler, on May 3.

Carfagno, who has worked at the Weather Channel since 1998, works Philadelphia into her forecasts as much as possible and expects Jersey-raised LaRosa to do the same.

Out and about

* Danny DeVito and the cast of "It's Al-

ways Sunny in Philadelphia" had drinks in the lobby bar at the Sofitel (120 S. 17th) Monday. A jazz duo performed outside while a DJ played in the bar, where the

actors stayed awhile.

* Jimmy Rollins and wife Johari dined

Monday at Davio's (111 S. 17th), where the rehabbed Phillies shortstop went for buffalo mozzarella salad and gnocchi, and left a very generous tip.

Emmys honor Al Meltzer

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honors local broadcasting veteran Al Meltzer with its Board of Governors award Sept. 25 at the Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards gala.

The sportscaster spent 40 years on local TV, many at Channel 3 and later at NBC10 and Comcast SportsNet. He also served for a while broadcasting games for the 76ers and the Big 5.

$$$ for Alex's

Last week's Great Chefs Event, which the Vetri Foundation for Children hosted at Urban Outfitters' Navy Yard headquarters, raised more than $400,000 for Alex's Lemonade Stand. Participating chefs included Kevin Sbraga of Rat's in Hamilton, N.J., who was a cast mate on Bravo's "Top Chef"; Jennifer Carroll, of the Ritz-Carlton's 10 Arts, who represented Philly on the last season of the show, and "Top Chef" judge Tom Colicchio. Raffle prizes included a visit with Neil Patrick Harris on the set of "How I Met Your Mother," and dinner for 14 at Marc Vetri's Osteria (640 N. Broad) with Chef Mario Batali.

Director screens 'Up in the Air'

Jason Reitman, the Oscar-nominated director of "Up in the Air," hosts an intimate screening and Q&A session of the film Tuesday at the Franklin Institute.

The event is open only to invited Chase SapphireSM cardholders. Reitman also made "Juno" and "Thank You for Smoking."

Cookin' with Paula

Laura Vitale of Minotola, N.J., is a finalist in Paula Deen's national online cooking competition called The Real Women of Philadelphia. Vitale is off to Savannah, Ga., this weekend for the final cook-off. She's competing for a $25,000 talent contract and the chance to host a show on PaulaDeen.com. Vitale's "Super Quick Butterscotch Cannoli" sent her to the finals in the contest, sponsored by Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Vitale gives cooking lessons at laurainthekitchen.com.

Art of Electronica in A.C.

Mark Marek, who recently left G Lounge (111 S. 17th), where he was managing partner, and Todd Rodeghiero, of Trckd Media Group, have started Art of Electronica promotions and have booked their first party July 4 at the Atlantic City Hilton. Oscar G and Pablo Ceballos will perform from noon to 8 p.m. Find tickets at WantTickets.com.

Actors affianced

Congrats to myphl17 "Better Philly" host Damian Muziani and local actress Adriana Alveario for getting engaged over the weekend. Muziani, 41, proposed to Alveario, who turned 28 Saturday, at the Bridal Veil Falls in the Poconos. No plans are set in what will be the first marriage for each. Muziani also is an actor. Alveario was last seen in the Adrienne's production of "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot."

Rittenhouse 'escape' clause

Boutique hotel Rittenhouse 1715 was named one of the top-100 U.S. hotels by Fodor's Choice Gold. It was selected in the best-urban-escape category.

Visit PhillyGossip.com for Dan's latest updates or follow PhillyGossip on Twitter. Have a tip? Call 215-854-5963, or e-mail grossd@phillynews.com. For recent columns, visit go.philly.com/dangross.

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