Reached yesterday, Johnston denied sending the angry emails. She also said that the woman had "made sexual references to parts of her body that he was 'aware' of - even though they have never met."
Johnston says a friend of hers sent them without her permission, after she left her email account open on a computer. When we pointed out that the emails appeared to have come from two email accounts of hers, Johnston stuck to her story.
The woman on the receiving end asked not to be identified. She said that Johnston, 34, snidely emailed her, "What does menopause feel like?" although she is only three years older than Johnston. Edwards is 64. Another email included the seemingly unfounded suggestion that the Ohio woman was a stripper. Edwards did not return a request for comment.
Blavat book booster
Electricians union leader John Dougherty bought 1,000 copies of Jerry Blavat's book "You Only Rock Once," to distribute Dec. 9 at Local 98's Pennsylvania Society party at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan, where the Geator will make an appearance.
* Meanwhile, Blavat signs copies of the book from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Black Tie Formal Wear (1120 Walnut), a few doors away from the Forrest Theatre, where "Jersey Boys" is opening that night.
The Geator says that the cast of "Jersey Boys" will stop by the book-signing and that he hopes his old friend Chubby Checker will, too.
OUT AND ABOUT * "Cake Boss" star Buddy Valastro and friends partied at the Providence nightclub inside the Tropicana Saturday, after Valastro presented his "Bakin' With the Boss" show at the Atlantic City hotel, which is celebrating its 30th year. * Actress Caroline Lagerfelt, who plays CeCe Rhodes, grandmother of Blake Lively's character on "Gossip Girl," was a guest in the Local 98 suite at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday at the Eagles/Patriots game. She's in the area working on a movie called "Red Robin." It begins shooting this week around Villanova.
Our guy at Gawker
Congratulations, we guess, to Churchville-native A.J. Daulerio, who has been named editor of the website Gawker. For several years Daulerio, also a SportsWeek contributor, has been doing a great job as editor of sports site Deadspin, which is owned by Gawker Media.
Babies on board
Better late than never to congratulate Daily News City Hall bureau chief Catherine Lucey and photographer/husband Ryan Donnell on the birth of their son, Cillian Patrick Lucey Donnell. Born Oct. 21, the little guy weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces. His mom returns from maternity leave in March.
* In other Philadelphia Media Network maternity news, Inquirer political reporter Matt Katz and wife Deborah Hurwitz Katz, a senior art director at Digitas Health, are proud new parents of a daughter, Sadie Belle Katz, born Nov. 21 and weighing in at 6 pounds, 15 ounces.