July 13, 2016 |
Albert V. Grifone, 92, of Newtown Square, former vice president and chief financial officer of Triangle Publications Inc., publisher of TV Guide, died Thursday, June 30, of congestive heart failure at White Horse Village. Mr. Grifone's business career at Triangle, under publisher Walter H. Annenberg, spanned more than four decades. He also served on the board of directors from 1975 to 1988, the year the company was sold. Despite Mr. Grifone's professional successes, family members said he remained humble and grounded.
June 20, 2016 |
Summertime. A lake, quiet woodlands, mini-golf. Ah, sleepaway camp in the Poconos. Philadelphia natives Joanne Thomas, 65; her twin sister, Diane Colf; and their mother, Anne Thomas, 91, had long wanted to travel together. When Colf retired from her corrections job, they chose Camp Ladore in Waymart, Pa., operated by the Salvation Army. "And there's no sleeping in tents," Joanne Thomas said with a laugh. The senior- friendly summer camp has comfortable quarters, and a swimming pool.
March 28, 2015 |
Remember Baby's thrilling run and Johnny's spectacular lift at the end of the 1987 movie Dirty Dancing ? Well, onstage, in this national touring production at the Academy of Music, there's no run and not much thrill. It's more like dusty dancing than dirty dancing, as the sexy electricity has been replaced with nostalgia. Eleanor Bergstein, screenwriter for the film, wrote the book for this musical, which is faithful to the original (according to my companion for the evening, a fan of the movie who knows all the songs and most of the lines and who met her first husband back in the day at Grossinger's, a Catskills resort much like the Kellerman's of the show)
March 11, 2015 |
PHILLY POLICE'S own Lt. Jonathan Josey - yes, that Jonathan Josey - is making headlines again. This time for rubbing elbows with actress Vivica A. Fox , who was in town over the weekend to tout her new line of women's hair products. Josey, a former Daily News Sexy Single, has certainly made a new name for himself, leaving behind the shadow of his acquittal on assault charges from 2012. In July 2014 he was on duty when he saved three people in a house fire in South Philly.
October 29, 2014 |
FOR A LITTLE over 3 decades, Mike Pettine was Central Bucks West football. It was a legacy of unparalleled excellence. That can never be erased. But yesterday's news that the Bucks' 2014 season was being canceled with two games left due to an alleged hazing scandal will assuredly have a widespread impact. And it won't be positive. Nobody understands that more than Pettine, whose son Mike Jr., a West quarterback in the early 1980s, is the first-year head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
March 20, 2014 |
T ONY DANZA is back at Northeast High School tomorrow for the third year in a row to host the annual talent show to raise funds for the school. Danza famously taught at the high school for a year for a 2010 A&E reality show. So, what keeps the actor coming back years after the TV cameras left town? "I feel a tremendous debt of gratitude to the school, to spend a year in this school and try to make a difference and be a teacher, which was one of the greatest experiences of my life," Danza told me. "I have an affinity for Philadelphia that goes back to the Philadelphia Bulldogs, the roller hockey team.
November 28, 2013 |
It's beginning to look a lot like ... the 2014 gubernatorial race! With six fun-filled, promise-loaded campaign months to go, five of the announced eight (yes, we kid not, eight) Democratic candidates appeared Saturday at a raucous Temple University forum that resembled a revival meeting. Actually, you couldn't call the event a debate because the candidates agree on virtually everything, probably down to how they like their eggs. The program quickly evolved into a political version of a talent show, with a generous dose of church testifying.
September 5, 2013 |
EVERY DAY there's another reason to question the sanity of the Kardashian empire. In another story that's so ridiculous it's difficult to believe, Life & Style reports that Kim and Kanye won't allow baby North to wear pink. "They do not dress North in any other colors except three: black, white or cream," a family insider told the magazine. "No pinks allowed!" Uh, what about the nursery? "The colors are dark navies, blacks and whites," said an unnamed person who's allegedly seen it. "It's not girly at all. " But the nursery does have a flat-screen TV, because every 2-month-old needs one. And North's closet?
February 23, 2013 |
By day, Jannie L. Blackwell is an oh-so-serious Philadelphia City Council member, known for helping the homeless people who show up at her office and for overseeing her West Philadelphia district like a fiefdom. But Thursday night, she was "Jannie from Cheyney. " Clad in a black-and-white Adidas track suit, bulky gold chain, and sunglasses, the councilwoman - a graduate of Cheyney University - and several staffers did their own version of the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight. " "And in conclusion / I'd just like to say / I'm Jannie from Cheyney / have a blessed day," she rapped.
February 19, 2013 |
BRIAN UTAIN WAS one of a group of Temple University students who used to harmonize on the lawn or in Mitten Hall or even on street corners in the '60s, lending their own original take on R&B and soul numbers. A lot of their singing was a capella, but there was a piano in Mitten Hall, and a member of the group, Daryl Hohl, could play accompaniment. They called themselves the Temptones, the name taken from the school they were attending and the popular Temptations, whom they idolized.