Dan Gross: Bolaris has date on '20/20'

Christina Verrelli poses with Martha Stewart after winning the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off.
Christina Verrelli poses with Martha Stewart after winning the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off.
Posted: March 29, 2012

JOHN BOLARIS will discuss being drugged and fleeced by two Eastern European hotties on an episode of ABC's "20/20."

The former Fox 29 meteorologist was interviewed recently in New York and Miami, where in 2010 two Balkan beauties urged him to "do shot," and he wound up being roofied. Then $43,000 was charged to his credit card.

Bolaris has fought paying the charges and is cooperating with federal authorities, who busted some Russian mobsters for the Miami nightclub scam. On Wednesday Bolaris was tightlipped about what "20/20" will reveal. "I have no control. I'm just as interested to see how the piece airs as anyone."

The weatherman says he is off to New Orleans April 13 to consult, meteorologically, on a film about Hurricane Katrina called "Hours," co-starring Paul Walker and Genesis Rodriguez.

A "20/20" rep confirmed that Bolaris will be featured in an episode but couldn't provide a firm air date. "Nightline" previously ran a story about Bolaris' Miami escapade, but he wasn't interviewed for that piece.

Max's museum stops

E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg toured the National Constitution Center's show, "From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen," on Tuesday.

Weinberg, the former "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" bandleader, spoke at the National Museum of American Jewish History Tuesday night, but dropped by the NCC a few hours earlier. Weinberg added a Post-It note to the NCC's wall in the exhibition asking visitors to share their favorite Springsteen song. "If you can't dance to Ramrod check yourself!" he wrote.

If you were wondering whether he had to pay to see his bandmate's artifacts, he did not. We're told that the center was aware that he was coming and gave him a complimentary tour. Weinberg was recognized by Springsteen fans but they did not swarm him as he toured the display.

Weinberg, Springsteen and the rest of the E Street Band were at the Wells Fargo Center Wednesday night and will be again Thursday night.

A stand-up gal

Ardmore native and "Office" actress Kate Flannery is hosting a new series, "StandUp in Stilettos," reports Variety. The Archbishop Carroll grad, who plays Meredith on "The Office," begins production on the new female- standup-comedy show in late April. It's scheduled to debut at 10 p.m. June 16 on the TV Guide Network. Flannery is a former member of Second City's National Tour Co., performs stand-up, and is in a lounge act called "The Lampshades." The Lampshades will play April 15 at Helium Comedy Club (2031 Sansom).

Pillsbury dough gal

Devon's Christina Verrelli won the most dough - $1 million - from Pillsbury Tuesday, but a few other locals won prizes in the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off contest.

Hamilton, N.J.'s Donna Wolfe won $5,000 and $3,000 in GE kitchen gear for her chicken empanada cones, and Reading's Brett Youmans won $5,000 for his orange-cream macadamia torte. Verrelli won the top prize during a live taping of "The Martha Stewart Show." Verrelli was live in Orlando with the domestic diva on her Hallmark Channel show. It was Verrelli's pumpkin ravioli with salted caramel whipped cream that earned her the prize and $10,000 in GE kitchen appliances. Verrelli's husband, Louis, a musician, just bought Brownie's 23 East (23 E. Lancaster), in Ardmore.

OUT AND ABOUT * Flyers winger Wayne Sim- monds and a female companion waited patiently in line for a table at the Cheesecake Factory in King of Prussia Tuesday night. Dressed in a Philadelphia Soul cap and wearing a watch with black diamonds, Simmonds was recognized by a few Flyers fans and signed a few autographs. * Eagles Moise Fokou and Jamar Chaney dined Tuesday at Ralph's (760 S. 9th) on lasagna and penne alla vodka with chicken, and sipped Coronas.

Diaper duty

Congratulations to Daily News features writer Lauren McCutcheon and husband, Mickey Pascarella, of Keller Williams Realty, on the birth of their first child, son Michael James Pascarella III, on Tuesday. Dude weighed in at 6 pounds, 6 ounces; mom and baby are doing great.
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