Dan Gross: Model gig for Bolaris

has appeared in Playboy special editions.
has appeared in Playboy special editions. (Erica Smitheman)
Posted: July 27, 2011

IT TURNS OUT John Bolaris is dating a Playboy model. Go figure. Monday, when we told you Playboy was writing about the Fox 29 meteorologist's Miami escapade in which he was drugged and scammed by two Eastern European women, we joked that usually he is chasing Playboy material, not that he is Playboy material himself.

We've since learned that Bolaris, 53, recently began dating Erica Smitheman, 32, who appeared in several Playboy Special Editions from 1999 into 2002.

Smitheman, a Camden County College grad who works in sales, appeared in "College Girls 1999," "Nude College Girls 2000," and the "Book of Lingerie" in 1999 and 2002.

Larry Flynt visits NCC

Hustler publisher Larry Flynt visited the National Constitution Center for the first time yesterday, though he has been honored with a plaque there commemorating his work in furthering First Amendment causes. Flynt appears on the American National Tree, which features 100 Americans - some famous, some largely unknown - whose actions advanced and protect the Constitution.

Flynt was in town for a Free Library reading of his book One Nation Under Sex: How the Private Lives of Presidents, First Ladies and Their Lovers Changed the Course of American History.

CHARITABLY MINDED

Ron Jaworski, Dick Vermeil, Vince Papale and Mike Quick will tee off in the Eagles Fly for Leukemia Celebrity Golf Challenge Friday at the Stone Harbor Golf Club in Cape May Court House. The event raises money for the Tom Brookshier Memorial Cancer Research Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Spectator admission is $25. Call 609-368-8500 or email stanlane@comcast.net.

A framed Dan Carcillo No. 13 Flyers jersey will be seen on Sunday's "Entourage," according to a preview from the show. The recently traded Carcillo is a friend of cast member Kevin Connolly.

Boyz II Men, who just performed with The Roots at the Wawa Welcome America! show July 4, are working on their first album of new material in 10 years.

"Twenty," to be released this fall, will feature 10 new songs and 10 hits such as "I'll Make Love To You" and "End of the Road."

OUT AND ABOUT

Rapper J. Cole hung out with local boxer/fashion designer Simon "One Punch" Carr before opening for Rihanna Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center. Cole met Carr at Floss (522 S. 4th) to check out Carr's Punchline clothing, and then the pair grabbed steaks from Jim's (4th & South).

Wildwood Crest native and Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel stopped by summer-league basketball games at the Wildwood Crest Recreation Center Monday. Vogel, vacationing downashore with family this week, spoke with players, signed autographs and posed for pictures.


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