Veep in Chesco
Vice President Joe Biden, in a party of five, celebrated a family birthday over dinner Saturday night at Portobello's (115 E. Main), in Kennett Square. Biden went for chef Brett Hulbert's tomato and mozzarella salad and chicken parmesan.
Phils support the chief
Phillies Jimmy Rollins and new fathers Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendrick will be on hand to support skipper Charlie Manuel when he receives the Magee Rehabilitation Hospital's Humanitarian Award at a banquet Nov. 15, at the Four Seasons. Tickets for the event cost $400, and are still available for the event, which runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. For info, visit mageerehab.org.
OUT AND ABOUT
*"90210" star Jessica Lowndes celebrated her 23rd birthday Saturday at the Borgata in Atlantic City. Lowndes and her girlfriends had poolside mani/pedis at the Immersion Spa before dinner at Izakaya, where they favored chef Michael Schulson's butternut-squash dumplings. Lowndes was surprised at the mur.mur club with a huge blackjack-themed cupcake display provided by the team from TLC's "DC Cupcakes."
* South Philly-born rocker Charlie Gracie received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Philadelphia Row Home magazine at Vie (600 N. Broad) the other night. Gracie is just back from a tour of Wales and Italy, and has released a new CD, "For the Love of Charlie," featuring Graham Nash, Peter Noone and Al Kooper. Guests at the event included Michael Vick; actor/producer Leo Rossi, also a columnist for Row Home; singer Bunny Sigler; and People's Paper sports columnist Bill Conlin, who also was honored at the gala.
NBC 10 meteorologist Bill Henley was so busy telling other people to set their clocks back for daylight saving time that he failed to fix his own watch, or so he said on a 5:40 a.m. broadcast yesterday. Henley referred to the sun rising at 6:36, then said the sun was already up, believing it to be 6:40 a.m. Somebody must have whispered into his ear because Henley then fixed his mistake - and his watch - live on-air.
Magician Joshua Jay signs copies of his book/DVD/magic kit, The Complete Magician: Everything You Need to Put on a Show, at the Free Library's central branch on Sunday night.
On Saturday the Los Angeles- based illusionist performs at the 36th annual Kutztown Magic Convention. Jay, 29, is managed by "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson. In 1998, when he was just 16, Jay won the World Magic Seminar.
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