Jessica Dean is CBS3's new weeknight anchor; Dykstra goes out to the ballgame

Donal and Jennifer McCoy, owners of Old City's Serrano, strike a pose with "The Voice" contestant (and former Mouseketeer) Tony Lucca before his show upstairs at Tin Angel.
Donal and Jennifer McCoy, owners of Old City's Serrano, strike a pose with "The Voice" contestant (and former Mouseketeer) Tony Lucca before his show upstairs at Tin Angel.
Posted: August 21, 2013

 C  HRIS MAY won't be so lonely at the anchor desk come next month.

Jessica Dean will join the CBS3/CW57 anchor, replacing the much-beloved Susan Barnett, who left in April. Dean will appear on the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on CBS3 and on CW57's Philly's 10 p.m. newscast.

Dean comes to Philly from the NBC affiliate in Little Rock, Ark., where she has been the evening news anchor since 2011. Although CBS3 didn't give Dean an official start date, her last newscast in Arkansas will be Sept. 8.

Dean has spent all of her career in Arkansas, starting as a reporter in 2006. She attended USC, where she got a degree in broadcast journalism. Dean got to know Philadelphia while her sister was a student at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dykstra's day out

Former Phillie Lenny Dykstra is using his time as a free man wisely. I hear that Nails, who was released from prison in June, went down to Delaware this weekend to watch his son, Cutter Dykstra, play for the Potomac Nationals against the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

Dykstra also spent some time signing autographs at the King of Prussia Mall.

Cutter had a great game, going 3 for 5 against the Blue Rocks, with a career-high four RBI. His personal life is also going swimmingly: Cutter is engaged to "The Sopranos" star Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who is expecting their first child.

Vitarelli's bundle

In my column yesterday, I told you that 6ABC's Alicia Vitarelli was expecting a little bundle of joy with hubs Matthew Pantaleno. Vitarelli fans, take note: The 4 p.m. co-anchor is having a girl. The future li'l lady will be the first child for the couple, who married in 2007.

Rose, Wiz marry . . . again

They officially tied the knot last month but South Philly's own Amber Rose and rapper Wiz Khalifa had their official wedding ceremony in Pennsylvania this weekend. Juicy J performed, while DJ GQ and DJ Bonics held down the decks. According to various Instagram pics, the Pittsburgh-born-and-raised Khalifa wore a purple suit jacket. Former Delilah's Den dancer Rose showed off her wedding attire in a video of her twerking, along with the caption, "Only bad b-tches twerk the night before their wedding."

Khalifa and Rose, who used to be Kanye West's arm candy, have been dating since 2011. Khalifa proposed to Rose last year. Their first child, Sebastien "The Bash" Taylor Thomaz, was born in February.

Heart beats

Rose Luardo wants to teach you how to get down. The lead singer of Philly's own Sweatheart leads "So You Think You Can Dance," an evening of intensive fakery designed to teach the rhythmically challenged how to move with grace and cool on the dance floor. The Sept. 25 course takes place at the Plastic Club (247 S. Camac) and is part of the fall series by MindSpot, which offers hands-on demonstration, discussions and classes on a range of topics and skills. Check MindSpotPhilly.com for more information.

Download Sweatheart's new album, "Sittin' Pretty," at sweatheartsweats.com.

#Winning

AMY Northwest Middle School's Derek Koons Jr. is one of 10 winners of the 15th annual USTA/ NJTL Arthur Ashe Essay Contest. The sixth-grader won a free trip to New York City.

OUT AND ABOUT

Tony Lucca, from "The Voice," dined at Serrano before his show at the Tin Angel. He dished with diners about the two questions he gets post-reality television bump: What's up with Christina Aguilera? And is Adam Levine as hot as he appears on TV? Answers: Who knows? And definitely!


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