December 22, 2014 |
Hello there In winter 2005, Ccelli ran Black Out Records in Pennsgrove and needed a female vocalist. He posted as much on Myspace, and Jodie replied. No audition happened, but what did is a long e-mail conversation, starting with their mutual love of music and their shared, daytime reality of real estate work. Six months later, they'd talked and texted about growing up in large, loving, Italian families that gathered for Sunday feasts, and the joys of Catholic school. But they still hadn't met in person.
November 8, 2014 |
IS HOT 107.9 changing formats? The radio trades seem to think so. RadioInsight is reporting that the Radio One Urban-owned station has laid off its staff and is changing its format to classic hip-hop and its name to Boom 107.9, in the same vein as Houston's Boom 92.1. The radio trade publication notes that the urls BoomPhilly.com and Boom1079Philly.com have both been registered as domains, redirecting back to the Hot1079philly.com website. AllAccess.com, another radio trade, is reporting similar news.
October 3, 2014 |
A former eBay executive was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in federal prison for insider trading tied to the Internet auction site's 2011 acquisition of a King of Prussia-based e-commerce firm. Christopher Saridakis, 45, of Wilmington, pleaded guilty in May, admitting he tipped off friends and relatives to a pending $2.4 billion deal between San Jose, Calif.-based eBay and GSI Commerce, where he worked as a marketing director. Saridakis was named a senior vice president at eBay after GSI's purchase.
September 18, 2014 |
Phoenixville's Joe Thomson, owner of Standardbred breeding operation Winbak Farm, has been elected to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) announced Tuesday. Thomson and his wife JoAnn started Winbak Farm in 1991. The operation has ranked No. 2 among all breeders in purses earned each of the last 12 years, totaling more than $205 million since the start of 2002, and produced three Horse of the Year Award winners. In addition, Bob Marks, the longtime marketing guru of Perretti Farms and a noted writer and handicapper, and Kathy Parker, the editor and general manager of the Horseman and Fair World publishing company, were elected to the Communicators Hall of Fame.
August 29, 2014 |
With a single swing of the ax, the new leadership of Pennsylvania Ballet has cleared out the longtime artistic pillars of the company. Jeffrey Gribler is gone. The energetic personification of the company, who arrived in 1975 as an apprentice and quickly worked his way through the corps to become principal dancer and ballet master, was let go after nearly four decades. Tamara Hadley, who joined the same year and was much loved as principal dancer in the major classical roles, has been dismissed as ballet mistress.
August 25, 2014 |
MAYBE YOU WERE in the car, stuck in traffic on some god-awful highway, or thumbing through paperwork at your desk, or dragging butter across a piece of burnt toast in the kitchen. Either way, you would have heard his voice as you started your day. It was as familiar as your favorite uncle's, both deep and impossibly cheerful. "All right, cupcake. Let's get a move on it this morning!" The voice, and the warm, witty asides like that one, belonged to longtime local morning-radio host Don Cannon.
June 3, 2014 |
Advertisements showing construction workers in hard hats credit members of the General Building Contractors Association with creating Philadelphia's skyline and landmark projects. The association's members employ union workers, but in an indication of just how hard it can be to sell the union idea these days, the ads don't even mention the word. "The word union sometimes has a negative pull, so we're trying to keep the messaging positive," said the association's marketing director, Melissa Wyatt.
May 27, 2014
Cheryl Castro has been hired as director of operations at ParleeStumpf Inc. , Doylestown. She is co-owner of Aaron Mitchell Photography. Marisa Ciarrocki has been hired as an associate at Leonard, Sciolla, Hutchison, Leonard and Tinari L.L.P. , Philadelphia. She had been an assistant district attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Blue Bell divorce and family-law firm, Shemtob Law P.C. has hired Abby Silverman Leeds as an associate. She had been executive director of the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project.
April 17, 2014 |
One significant voice will be absent Friday at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra's Minimalist Jukebox festival: Jeffrey Dinsmore, 42, a tenor with the Philadelphia choir the Crossing. He died Monday, April 14, of an apparent heart attack at Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, just before a rehearsal for the prestigious engagement he had helped arrange. "Observing Jeff's endlessly practical and pragmatic approach to life, Rebecca Siler, Jeff's partner, who is here with us, has asked us to stay with this project and sing Louis Andriessen's De Materie here on Friday," Crossing artistic director Donald Nally said Tuesday.
March 25, 2014
WITH APOLOGIES to the NCAA, here in Pennsylvania we got our own "March Madness. " It's the political kind. It's mostly defined as doing the same things over and over expecting different results. For example, we have five Democratic Philly lawmakers allegedly guilty of wrongdoing so common it's part of our Legislature's brand. We should start reading lawmakers their rights along with their oaths of office. Sen. LeAnna Washington faces charges she misused her authority, staff and tax dollars for political gain.