Thursday, March 5, 2015

School Closings For Friday, March 6

Click here to see the complete list of school closings for Friday, March 6 in the Philadelphia region due to winter storm Thor which has just passed through the area.
The closings are listed by county and/or by number through the KYW 1060 number system.

Harrison Ford Conscious, Breathing After Rescue

Harrison Ford was conscious and breathing when he was rescued after his small plane crash landed today on a golf course near Venice, Califronia.
There was no fire that accompanied the landing.
Ford is now reported to be in fair to moderate condition by authorities who say that under law they are not permitted to say that the pilot was actually Harrison Ford. Ford reportedly suffered some trauma.
A news conference is now being conducted but authorities say they are restricted by strict privacy rules.

Harrison Ford Critical After Crash Landing

Actor Harrison Ford is reportedly in critical condition after crash landing his small aircraft on a golf course near Venice California.
It's not yet known what hospital he has been taken to.
Ford is 72 years old an an avid aviator.
He flies frequently in and out of the Sana Monica area.
Apparantly, he was flying solo.

Alive Or Dead? These Are All Still Alive!

Sometimes, celebrities and other famous people drift out of the spotlight.
And because we haven't seen them in awhile, we start to think they're dead.
But, they're not. They're just out of view -- either because theircareers have flickered out or they simply chose not to be seen much any more.
Here are some who you may have wondered about. And, we assure you, they'r all STILL ALIVE:

Doris Day

Kim Novak

Christopher Plummer

Carol Channing

Harper Lee

Ed Asner

Dick Van Dyke

Maureen O'Hara


Roger Moore

Gene Wilder

Mel Brooks

Tippi Hedren

Kirk Douglas

Jerry Lewis

Abe Vigoda

Olivia de Haviland

Carl Reiner

Dick Van Patten

Eva Marie Saint

Honor Blackman

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Jim Nabors

Very Lynn

Billy Graham

Angela Lansbury

Bob Dole

Dean Jones

Nancy Reagan

Rita Moreno

Sandra Day O'Connor

George Chakiris

Philly PR Types Will Celebrate 4/23 - Join Us!

The Kickoff of PPRA's 70th Anniversary Year
Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Celebration of Reinvention
Keynote with William J. Marrazzo  
Chief Executive Officer and President of WHYY, Inc.
A pioneering Philadelphia corporate leader, Bill Marrazzo has helped reimagine public broadcasting, turning WHYY into the region's largest and most successful public media provider. He'll explain how WHYY anticipates change and uses on-air and online content to drive audience engagement and remain an industry leader even as it begins its 61st year.

Panel Discussion on  
"The Art and Craft of Reinvention: Why, How and When"
A group of pros who have reinvented themselves and/or clients gives you the lowdown on this critical key to survival. Learn how to adapt, renew and thrive in any environment.

Confirmed Panelists:
  • Marc Brownstein - President and CEO of the Brownstein Group, one of Philadelphia's oldest and most-respected public relations and branding agencies which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.
  • Danny Cevallos - CNN and HLN legal analyst and online columnist who is a successful criminal defense attorney. He's also guest hosted Court TV's "In Session" program.
  • Peggy Giordano - Former Director of Programming at CNBC and former Executive Producer at Bloomberg News, she began her career as a teacher and is now a media consultant.
  • Dan Gross - President of Gross Communications, specializing in strategic and crisis communications, social media, media training and labor relations. Formerly a Philadelphia Daily News columnist, he was President of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia.
  • Gina F. Rubel - An attorney and President, CEO and founder of  Furia-Rubel Communications, a full-service marketing and public relations shop listed among the top firms by the Philadelphia Business Journal for 10+ years. 
  • Moderated by  Dr. Ross Brinkert - Associate Professor of Corporate Communication, Penn State University. Dr. Brinkert's specialties include personal branding and organizational change.

Join us for a cocktail reception immediately following the program. Beer/wine bar and plentiful treats as we network, share our anniversary kickoff with our distinguished guests and toast the future of our association and our profession!


Walk-in and Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be emailed to by April 21, 2015. No-shows who have registered by fax, mail or via the web, who have not cancelled their reservations will be charged the registration fee.  No refunds after April 21, 2015.

Thursday, April 23

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Registration & Networking

4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Keynote Remarks
 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion
 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception

Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District 
400 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA19106

Registration Fees:
$49 for PPRA Members
$69 for Non-members
$35 for Students
Additional $5 for Walk-in Registrations

Online Registration

Printable Registration Form

PPRA Website

BREAKING: Eagles Trade Mascot For Duck!

Ringling Circus To Eliminate Elephants By 2018

The Feld Family, owners of Feld Entertainment, Inc., the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, announced plans today to remove Asian elephants from their traveling circus performances. Under the plan, 13 elephants currently traveling with the three Ringling Bros. circus units will be relocated to the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant for Conservation® in Florida by 2018. There they will join the rest of the Ringling Bros. herd of more than 40 elephants.

The Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation is already home to the largest herd of Asian elephants and the most successful breeding program for this endangered species in the Western Hemisphere. The circus will continue to feature other extraordinary animal performers, including tigers, lions, horses, dogs and camels.

This unprecedented change in the 145-year old Greatest Show On Earth®will allow the company to focus on its Asian elephant conservation programs, both here in North America and through its partnership with the island nation of Sri Lanka. The company will also continue to collaborate with other conservation organizations working to preserve this magnificent species for future generations. For example, the company has placed elephants at eight zoos, either on loan or through donations, and will continue to support the Smithsonian Institution’s research lab working to find a cure for diseases that impact juvenile elephants.

“This is the most significant change we have made since we founded the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation in 1995. When we did so, we knew we would play a critical role in saving the endangered Asian elephant for future generations, given how few Asian elephants are left in the wild,” said Kenneth Feld, Chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment. “Since then, we have had 26 elephant births. No other institution has done or is doing more to save this species from extinction, and that is something of which I and my family are extremely proud. This decision was not easy, but it is in the best interest of our company, our elephants and our customers,” he added.

“Our family has been the proud steward of the American institution that is Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, and our elephants, for 45 years. It is a legacy that we hold near and dear to our hearts, and as producers of The Greatest Show On Earth, we feel we have a responsibility to preserve the esteemed traditions that everyone expects from a Ringling Bros. performance while striving to keep the show fresh and contemporary for today’s families,” said Nicole Feld and Alana Feld, Ringling Bros. producers and Executive Vice Presidents with Feld Entertainment. “As the circus evolves, we can maintain our focus on elephant conservation while allowing our business to continue to meet shifting consumer preferences,” they added.

Additional information on Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation can be found online at and

About Feld Entertainment
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Nuclear Cowboyz®, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice Presented by StonyfieldYoKids Organic Yogurt, Disney Live! Presented by StonyfieldYoKids Organic Yogurt and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at

Christie Record Of Fiscal Responsibility: Impressive!

Christie: The 'Millionaires' Surcharge Won't Work!

Kean Hails Borgata News, AC Live Entertainment

New Jersey Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following about news that the Borgata is opening transformative Atlantic City entertainment venues this year:

“This new development will help make Atlantic City a more diverse and attractive destination. It will help maximize the impact of bipartisan legislation that I introduced to regularly bring world-class entertainment to venues in Atlantic City and across New Jersey and, in turn, boost the state’s economy and job market.”

Last month, Senator Kean introduced bipartisan S-2721 to repeatedly and consistently draw A-List performers to the Garden State. Qualifying entertainers who perform at least four dates in Atlantic City’s tourism district would get a state tax credit on all income they earn performing at any New Jersey venue, including in Atlantic City, Camden, Trenton, Newark and Holmdel, in the same calendar year. The Secretary of State will set the qualifying criteria, including record sales, ticket sales, awards, etc., and a transparent application process will be administered by the Director of the Division of Taxation.

The Senator noted that this legislation would not cost taxpayers extra money and would make New Jersey competitive with more affordable tourism spots, such as Las Vegas, where there is no state income tax and A-List “residencies” are thriving and growing the economy.

Senator James Whelan (D-Atlantic), chairman of the State Government, Wagering Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee, also sponsors S-2721.

New Jersey's 16 Senate Republicans serve to make New Jersey the place to live, grow, work, vacation and retire. Caucus solutions to lower costs, create jobs, enhance education and empower people will help generations of families stay together and improve our state. Follow Senate Republicans on Social Media.

March Madeness: 'Nova Hoops To Dominate NCAA!

Come check out the Villanova Men's Basketball team as they take on the NCAA's best at Wells Fargo Center! Next game: Saturday, March 7!

Pope:Infrimed, Elderly Need Care Of Families

“Palliative care expresses the typically human attitude of caring for each other, especially for those who suffer. It is the demonstration that the human person always remains precious, even when elderly or afflicted by illness. Indeed, the person is in any circumstance valuable to himself and to others, and loved by God. Therefore, when life becomes very fragile and the end of earthly life comes close, we feel the responsibility to look after and accompany the person in the best way possible”, said the Pope this morning, as he received in audience the members of the Pontifical Academy for Life, on the occasion of their general assembly on the theme “Assisting the elderly and palliative care”.

“The biblical commandment to honour our parents reminds us in a broader sense of our duty to honour all elderly people. God links a dual promise to this commandment: 'so that your life will be long on the fertile land that the Lord your God is giving you'. Obedience to this commandment ensures not only the gift of the land, but above all the possibility of making use of it. … The precept reveals to us the fundamental pedagogic relationship between parents and children, between the elderly and the young, with reference to the stewardship and transmission of religious teaching and wisdom to future generations. Honour this teaching, and those who transmit it are a source of life and blessing. On the contrary, the Bible severely admonishes those who neglect or mistreat their parents”.

“The Word of God is always living and we can see clearly how the commandment proves to be relevant to contemporary society, in which the logic of utility often takes precedence over that of solidarity and gratuitousness, even within families”, he continued. “'To honour' may be translated as the duty to have extreme respect and take care of those who, on account of their physical or social condition, could be left – or made – to die. Medicine has a special role within society as testimony to the honour due to an elderly person and to every human being. Evidence and efficiency cannot be the only criteria governing the work of doctors, and nor can the rules of healthcare systems and economic profit. A State cannot expect to profit from medicine”.

The Bishop of Rome remarked that the Assembly of the Academy for Life has studied new sectors for the application of palliative care which until now have been of valuable assistance to cancer patients. However, it may now be applied to a wide range of illnesses, often linked to old age and characterised by chronic and progressive degeneration. “The elderly need, first and foremost, the care of their families – whose affection cannot be substituted even by the most efficient structures or by the most competent and charitable healthcare workers”, he emphasised. Palliative care is “an important help for the elderly who, for reasons of seniority, receive less attention in terms of curative medicine and are often neglected. Abandonment is the most serious 'malady' to afflict the elderly, and also the greatest injustice they can suffer; those who have helped us to grow should not be abandoned when they need our help, our love, our tenderness”.

Francis concluded his address by encouraging healthcare professionals and medical students to specialise in this type of care, “which does not have less value on account of the fact that it is not 'lifesaving'. Palliative care involves something equally important: it accentuates the value of the person. Therefore, I urge all those who, in various ways, work in this sector to carry out their task in the spirit of service and recalling that all medical knowledge is truly science, in its most noble sense, only if it may assist the good of mankind, which can never be achieved by opposing life and dignity”.

Let's Elect A Trailblazer As Philly's Mayor!

Here is a very special message from the Lynne Abraham campaign:

March is women’s history month; a time to recognize the unlimited potential of women. Despite all that women have accomplished, there is so much more to do--from equal pay for equal work to protecting women’s reproductive rights, and ending discrimination in the workplace. And a woman has never been Mayor of Philadelphia.  Let's change that, and, in doing so, add to the amazing accomplishments of women everywhere. Join us and click here to help Lynne reach another milestone as the first woman elected Mayor of Philadelphia.

Throughout her life, Lynne has been a trailblazer. After graduating from college, Lynne went on to graduate from Temple Law School, where she was one of only two women in her class.

Lynne did not end there. She was the first woman elected to the Municipal Court and then served as a Common Pleas court judge. She was also the first woman elected District Attorney in our city’s history, where she served for five consecutive terms.

While we are fighting tooth and nail to make sure Lynne is the first woman to be elected Mayor of Philadelphia, we need your help. Click the link below to donate what you can today:

Make no mistake about it, Lynne will be nobody’s Mayor but yours. And it will be up to us to make sure we make history and elect Lynne. Chip in $5, $10, or $15 to show that you are committed to support a candidate who will fight for us.

- Team Lynne

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Treasures: Gene London's Hollywood Costumes!

John Wayne
Doris Day
Greta Garbo
Clara Bow
Vivien Leigh
Michael Jackson
Bette Davis
Mae West
Grace Kelly
Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable
Marilyn Monroe
The man himself, Gene London
Leslie Caron

If you go to the Philadelphia Flower Show (and you should!) you will see many of the spctacular treasures of Gene London's Hollywood Costume Collection.
What we're showing you above is just a small portion of this spectacular display of some of the most famous costumes in movie history, from Gone With The Wind, The Seven Year Itch, Bust Stop, Anna Karenina, Rear Window, Rooster Cogburn, The Glass Bottom Boat, The Glass Slipper and so many more.
Gene London is on hand to greet you and discuss the costumes with you.
Don't miss it -- now through Sunday at the Philadelphia Convention Center.