Dan Gross: For a pair of bar mitzvahs, the Cake Boss takes to the ice

Posted: January 17, 2011

TLC's "Cake Boss," Buddy Valastro, brought a huge, jaw-dropping cake to the joint bar mitzvah of Cory and Lucas Fraiman on Saturday at Ice Works, in Aston. A camera crew was on hand for the event, at which Valastro ice skated with the boys, who are both in the neighborhood of 13 years old, and about a year-and-a-half apart. Their parents, Kara and Howard Fraiman, run the Ashley's Angels charity, which helps special-needs children. It's named after their late daughter, Ashley.

Confidentially speaking

In Saturday's Daily News and Inquirer, it was reported that a confidential settlement had been reached between me and former CBS 3 anchor Alycia Lane resulting in my being dropped as a defendant in her civil conspiracy case that is ongoing against former co-anchor Larry Mendte and CBS 3, which fired them both in 2008.

In providing comment to the papers, I took the high road, in accordance with the terms of the settlement, and said that I was confident that I would have been vindicated had the case gone to trial as I had done nothing wrong.

Unfortunately, Lane's attorney, Paul Rosen, acted irresponsibly and in violation of the spirit of the agreement by remarking that the settlement was "a nice Christmas present for Alycia Lane."

Our decision to settle was based solely on the reality that it would cost our insurance carrier more to litigate these claims against me than to settle and put the matter behind us. It is truly unfortunate that, in America, you can be forced to pay money to settle claims that you know are false.

By mutual agreement, the amount paid to Lane must be kept confidential, but if it were up to me and it were my money, not the insurance carrier's, neither Lane nor Rosen would have received a dime.

I will continue to cooperate in the case at deposition and trial and, as always, will honestly answer questions, some of which Lane and Rosen may be sorry were asked.

Fantasy suite on silver screen

One of the much-talked-about sex scenes in "Blue Valentine" between Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling was shot at the Valley Forge Radisson's Star Gazer room, which rents for $129 to $365 per night, depending on the day. Williams' and Gosling's characters refer to the fantasy suite as the space room in the critically acclaimed film, which is more about relationship drama than the sex scenes that first landed the now-R-rated film an NC-17 rating.

Artist lands work in film

Local artist Kristen Stein just sold eight prints and an original painting for the film "The Roommate," starring Leighton Meester ("Gossip Girl," "Country Strong"). The "Single White Female"-style thriller opens Feb. 4. It's not the first time that Stein's work has been used in film or television. Her painting "Spirit of Autumn Fire" is featured on "Warehouse 13" on the Syfy channel. You can see her pieces at studioartworks.com.

Prince Paul spinning at Ubiq

Prince Paul and Rich Medina will spin Friday night at an invitation-only party at UBIQ (1509 Walnut), celebrating the opening of a Mitchell & Ness shop on the sneaker store's second floor. Even though M&N opened its new flagship store at 12th and Chestnut just before the new year, it's now offering apparel and hats on the second floor of UBIQ, where you can regularly find sneakerheads camped out for days waiting for exclusive kicks.

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