Thursday, January 15, 2015


[mediaalert]ROGERS & COWAN

Los Angeles – January 14, 2015 – Soledad O'Brien takes one of America's most challenging conversations on the road as her ongoing Black in America series brings the explosive issue of police brutality to college campuses.
Black in America 2015 gathers academics and experts, students, and community members of all races and politics to discuss their personal stories of how policing impacts their lives. The award-winning journalist and philanthropist presents a detailed examination of the facts behind community policing, racial profiling, controversial crime reduction tactics, and arrest quotas. And, we see the shocking videos that show how a war between civil rights and crime reduction ‎is unfurling on America's streets.
The multi-city tour gives audiences - from Miami to Houston to Massachusetts - an inside look at the latest installment of O'Brien's Black in America documentary series: Black & Blue. The gripping hour aired on CNN just as protests erupted on American streets. The story begins with shocking exclusive footage of Eric Garner choked to death in NY, then uses graphic videos and incisive interviews to show how the lives of young men are fractured by aggressive policing. One is a Latino man who is beaten by police when he stops to watch them make a random arrest - even as cameras roll. The other, a young man feeling the emotional pain of being stopped and frisked by officers 100 times for no apparent reason. The documentary film also shares the perspective of black NYPD officers who believe the "stop and frisk" tactic fights crime and keeps their communities safe. 
Does crime fall when people live in fear of the police? Is it worth the price? Join the conversation on the Black in America 2015 Tour.
To view the official “Black in America: Black & Blue” trailer, click here.  
Soledad will open up the floor to the college community, socio-political and luminary panelists including St. Louis, Missouri’s 21st Ward Alderman Antonio French, Economist, Author and Political Commentator Dr. Julianne Maleaux, political and civic leader, as well as former Chief Executive Officer of the NAACP, Benjamin Jealous, politically and socially conscious rapper, author and producer Chuck of Public Enemy, socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell, and more. To close the evening, guests will be granted a meet and greet opportunity.
"Black in America is about Americans talking about the uncomfortable issue of race, about opening the floor to new perspectives, problems and the powerful experiences of regular people. This is a forum for the conversation America is ready to have -- why do so many black Americans fear the very people that are supposed to protect them?" -- Soledad O'Brien
The tour will commence at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA on February 3rd, crossing the eastern and central United States to conclude at Florida International University in Miami on February 25th. The official tour routing is available on
To view the official Black in America 2015 Tour trailer, please click here. For more information, please visit
Join the conversation in the following dates and cities:
DATE                                                     UNIVERSITY                                                       VENUE
Tuesday, February 3rd                    Bucknell University                                         The Weiss Center
Wednesday, February 4th                    University of Massachusetts Boston       Campus Center Ballroom
Tuesday, February 10th                           Purdue University                                           Elliot Hall of Music
Wednesday, February 11th                Pennsylvania State University                    Eisenhower Auditorium
Thursday, February 12th                         Bloomsburg University                                  Carver Hall
Tuesday, February 17th                  University of Georgia                                     Tate Student Center Grand Hall
Tuesday, February 24th                  University of Houston                                    Student Union
Wednesday, February 25th           Florida International University                 WUC Ballrooms

**O’Brien will be available for select interviews in advance of her appearance in each market. If interested, see below contact info.**
About Soledad O’Brien
Soledad O’Brien is an award winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor, producer and television personality.  At the forefront of the biggest breaking news stories of the past two decades, O’Brien is one of the most sought-after journalists of current day. In June 2013, O’Brien launched Starfish Media Group, a multi-platform media production and distribution company, dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories that take a challenging look at the often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity, through personal stories. She is the originator of the highly successful documentary series “Black in America” and “Latino in America” which will continue being produced under Starfish Media Group.  Through SMG, O’Brien also contributes additional programming to CNN, HBO Real Sports and Al Jazeera America.
About Starfish Media Group
Starfish Media Group is an integrated media production company and distributor, dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories. SMG takes a challenging look at often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, opportunity, poverty through personal stories.  Founded by award-winning journalist and multifaceted broadcaster Soledad O'Brien, Starfish Media Group uniquely resonates with today's diverse global audience through impactful topics that define our time.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Delaware County MRC Orientation


Delaware County MRC Orientation

January 20, 2015
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Delaware County 911 Center 
360 N. Middletown Road, Media, PA 19063

The County of Delaware is recruiting residents to join an exciting national initiative geared toward encouraging individuals to volunteer to assist during public health events. The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a branch of Citizen Corps and offers medical professionals and other non-medically qualified volunteers the opportunity to receive FREE training and to be part of a team to support a broad range of emergency/disaster responses to help our fellow citizens in the county.

Volunteers possess a diverse range of skills, but the willingness to volunteer is what really counts! Please join us to learn more about the Medical Reserve Corps!

MRC volunteers are part of a larger system of preparedness and response. Volunteers attend important trainings on disaster mental health, emergency and disaster response, public health preparedness, and more. Delco MRC volunteers are part of the county emergency operation plan (EOP) and participate in important exercises that test our county and regional emergency response.

To register click the link above. For more information e-mail or call 610-565-8700

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Moves into New Office in Upper Darby

Media Contact:
Aubrey Proud

(610) 447-6171

Dec. 18, 2014 (Upper Darby, Pa) – The Delaware County WIC Program’s Upper Darby Clinic through Crozer-Keystone recently moved to the Barclay Square Shopping Center at 1500 Garrett Road, Suite 20, Upper Darby, Pa 19082.  The clinic is now located behind the Crozer-Keystone Outpatient Center for Therapy and Sports Medicine within the Shopping Center.  The clinic was previously located at One South State Road, Upper Darby.

The clinic is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m., and on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30-5:30 p.m.  Appointments are required.  The new office phone number is (610) 394-4821

The Delaware County WIC program assists Pennsylvania residents with nutrition education, nutritious foods, breastfeeding support and healthcare referrals.  To qualify, applicants must have a medical or nutritional risk, have a household gross income less than 185 percent of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines, and fall into one of the following categories:

  • Pregnant women
  • Women who have given birth within the last six months
  • Women who are breastfeeding infants under twelve months of age
  • Infants and children, including foster children, up to their 5th birthday

The two additional offices for WIC are located in Chester (2600 West 9th Street) and Springfield (1260 East Woodland Avenue, Suite 211).

For more information about WIC or to schedule a WIC appointment, call the Delaware County WIC Appointment Line at (610) 497-7660 or visit

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.  (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form.  You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form.  Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Monday, December 15, 2014



Philadelphia, PA - Restaurants along East Passyunk Avenue and South Street Headhouse District are celebrating Christmas Eve in Italian style with special menus, prix fix dinners and the traditional "Feast of the 7 Fish" dinner. 

Mamma Maria Ristorante (1637 East Passyunk Avenue) - Spend Christmas Eve with South Philly’s most famous “Mamma” and her long-standing Christmas Eve Seven Fish Dinner featuring: Antipasto di Pesce, Chestnut Soup, Fettuccine alle Vongole, Baccala Codfish salad, Calamari Stuffed squid, Sogliola Flounder, Salmone Salmon, Merluzzo Smelts, Conchiglia large stuffed clams, Capo Sante Scallops, salad, sides, coffee, dessert, complimentary wine and after-dinner cordials. Each guest is $65.00 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Seatings at 3:00pm6:00pm and 9:00pm. Call 215 463-6884 for reservations.

Noir Restaurant (1909 East Passyunk Avenue) - Noir celebrates the Feast of the 7 Fish with a three-course meal for only $40.00 per person (plus tax and gratuity), including choice of Seafood Bouillabaisse or Mediterranean Salad; Squid Ink Linguini Del Mare, Mosaic Trio or Seafood Risotto; Limoncello Mascarpone Cake, Crème Brulee Cheese Cake or Tira Misu. Call (267) 319-1678 for reservations. Reservations for 9:00pm seating are available.

Palladino’s (1934 East Passyunk Avenue) - East Passyunk’s newest restaurant opens just in time for the holidays (12/18) with steak, seafood, Italian, desserts and more. On Christmas Eve, dinner patrons will enjoy complimentary Punzone Poinsettia compliments of Chef Luke Palladino. The dining room and full-service bar will be open to celebrate the holiday. For reservations, call 267-928-4339 or book through OpenTable.

Paradiso (1627 East Passyunk Avenue) - Christmas Eve “La Vigilia Di Natale” Feast of the 7 Fish includes delicious offerings from Chef Lynn Rinaldi that include Baccala Mantecato, Fritto Misto, Black Bucatini with Rock Shrimp, Linguine with Clams, Penne with Lump Crabmeat, Whole Dover Sole, Stuffed Skate with Crabmeat and more. Antipasti di Pesce, sides for the table and dessert choice included for $75.00 per person. Call 215.271.2066 for reservations.

SliCE (1740 Sansom St. or 137 Egg Harbor Rd) - Celebrate Christmas Eve with the Pizza of the 7 Fishes, featuring mozzarella, clams, mussels, shrimp, tuna, crab meat, anchovies and sardine all sauteed with fresh olive oil and garlic, and topped with fresh lemon and basil. This unique pie is a twist on the Italian tradition of Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes Dinner. Rittenhouse and Washington Township locations are open through 6:00pm on Christmas Day. Rittenhouse will deliver anywhere in Philadelphia that day by calling (215) 557- 9299.

Spitalieri's (613 East Passyunk) - Celebrate Christmas Eve with a four-course prix fixe that includes choice of soup or salad, appetizer, entree and dessert. Highlights include Zuppa di pesce (Fish Soup),Shrimp Scampi Flatbread, Baby Neck Clams in Garlic Butter, Jeanie's Code and Shrimp, Salmon Cakes, Frutti di Mare, Jeanie’s Homemade Cheese Pie with Fig Sauce, Chocolate Bread Pudding and more. Glass of wine or soda included for $50.00 per person (not included gratuity). Reservation required by calling (267) 324-3144. Hours 5:00pm to 10:00pm.

Stogie Joe’s (1801 East Passyunk Avenue) - Place your order now for a Tavern Style Christmas Menu that you can pick-up for your family. Enjoy offerings like Clams Casino, Crab Sauce, Crab Cakes, Clams, Mussels, Shrimp Cocktail, Calamari, Salad and more. All orders must be placed by Friday, December 20, 2014, by calling 267-767-5701. Pick-up by December 24, 2014 by 5:00pm.


Copabanana (344 South Street) - Kitchen and bar open 11:30am to 8:00pm with happy hour specials 4:00pm to 8:00pm.

Jim’s Steaks South Street (400 South Street) - Open until 9:00pm.

Paddy Whacks Irish Sports Pub (150 South Street) - Open 11:00am to 3:00pm for lunch and bar.

Pizzeria Stella (420 South 2nd Street) - Dining room and bar open 11:00am to 9:00pm.

Ela (627 S. 3rd Street) - Dining room and bar opens at 4:00pm regular a la carte menu.

Ray's Happy Birthday Bar (1200 East Passyunk) - Open 7:00am to 2:00am - one of Philadelphia's earliest spots to put the jolly into your Christmas Eve. 

Redwood Bistro (340 South Street) - Kitchen and bar open 2:00pm to 8:00pm.


Copabanana (344 South Street) - Kitchen and bar open 5:00pm to 2:00am.

Ray's Happy Birthday Bar (1200 East Passyunk) - The bar opens at 7:00am with a shot of Wild Turkey for only $3.00, open until 2am. Come in before the screaming kids and annoying aunt arrive, or escape the minute they leave. 


Brauhaus Schmitz (718 South Street) - Silvester Party from 9:00pm to 1:00am with four hour top shelf open bar, exclusive winter German import beers, live entertainment, grand buffet, champagne toast and party favors for $125.00 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Kitchen will also be open for regular menu from11:30am to Midnight (with free champagne toast) and the bar will be open 11:30am to 2:00am.

Copabanana (344 South Street) - Kitchen and bar open 11:30am to 2:00am.

Delicias (526 S. 4th Street) - New Year's Eve seating anytime 5:00pm to 7:00pm with three courses for $35.00, and seating anytime 7:00pm to 10:00pm with four courses for $55.00. Music and complimentary champagne will be offered. Make reservations by calling (267) 687-7631.

Ela (627 S. 3rd Street) - New Year’s Eve four course prix fixe menu for $75.00 with an optional $30 wine pairing, or a six course prix fixe menu for $100.00 with an optional $45.00 wine pairing. Hours 4:00pm to 10:30pm. Highlights include Hamachi Tartare (passion fruit, caviar, cucumber), Lobser Risotto (lobster ceviche, winter citruses, saffro), Foie Gras (warm cinnamon brioche, ginger, candied butternut squash), Wild Sturgeon (roasted spicy golden beets, smoked green apple, cipollini onions) and Crème “Brûlée” Cheesecake (meyer lemon, hazelnuts, anise). Call 267.687.8512 for reservations, or visit

Jim’s Steaks South Street (400 South Street) - Open until 3:00am.

Nick’s Roast Beef Bar and Grille (16 S. 2nd Street) - Stop by Nick’s annual New Year’s Party before and after the 6:00pm and Midnight fireworks in Old City. Enjoy champagne toast, noisemakers and more. Hours 11:00am to 2:00am.

Paddy Whacks Irish Sports Pub (150 South Street) - Open regular hours 11:00am to 2:00am.

Palladino’s (1934 East Passyunk Avenue) - Ring in the New Year with a complimentary glass of Prosecco with dinner.  The dining room and full-service bar will be open to celebrate the holiday. For reservations, call 267-928-4339 or book through OpenTable.

Pizzeria Stella (420 South 2nd Street) - Dining room and bar open 11:30am to 10:00pm. Enjoy sparkling cider toast at6:00pm.

Ray's Happy Birthday Bar (1200 East Passyunk Avenue) - Open 7:00am to 2:00am with a party featuring drinks, noisemakers, hats and much more in the evening counting down to Midnight

Redwood Bistro (340 South Street) - Kitchen and bar open 4:00pm to 2:00am.

Spitalieri's (613 East Passyunk) - Open 5:00pm to 10:00pm with complimentary champagne toast while dining, reservations required (267) 324-3144.

The Good King Tavern (614 S. 7th Street) - Open 5:00pm to 2:00am with St. Sylvestre Prix Fixe and "No Corks Eve" Party. Space is limited and the prix fixe will be reservations only by calling (215) 625-3700.


Brauhaus Schmitz (718 South Street) - Kitchen open 11:30am to Midnight, and bar open 11:30am to 2:00am. All-day special Roast Pork with Sauerkraut and Mashed Potatoes for $15.

Copabanana (344 South Street) - Kitchen and bar open 11:30am to 2:00am, with $4.00 Bloody Mary's 11:30am to 3:00pm.

Jim’s Steaks South Street (400 South Street) - Open until 1:00am.

Nick’s Roast Beef Bar and Grille (16 S. 2nd Street) - Enjoy Nick’s annual New Year’s Day party with Joey Dog’s family recipe pork and sauerkraut for only $8.50, plus Mimosa, Bloody Mary and cocktail Specials. Warm-up on your way to Two Street with special Italian and Irish coffees. Open 11:00am to 2:00am.

Paddy Whacks Irish Sports Pub (150 South Street) - Open regular hours 11:00am to 2:00am.

Palladino’s (1934 East Passyunk Avenue) - Kick off the New Year inside East Passyunk’s newest restaurant with steak, seafood, Italian, desserts and more. The dining room and full-service bar will be open to celebrate the holiday. For reservations, call 267-928-4339 or book through OpenTable.

Pizzeria Stella (420 South 2nd Street) - Dining room and bar open 12:00pm to 9:00pm.

Ray's Happy Birthday Bar (1200 East Passyunk Avenue) - Open bright and early to start the new year from 7:00am to 2:00am with all-day party and great spot to celebrate with Mummers

Redwood Bistro (340 South Street) - Brunch served 11:30am to 4:00pm, happy hour 4:00pm to 8:00pm, and closes early at8:00pm.

The Good King Tavern (614 S. 7th Street) - Enjoy either St. Sylvestre Prix Fixe or No Corks Eve Party. No Corks Eve Party will feature sparkling cocktails, champagne by the glass and free pour at Midnight, and is open to all. St. Sylvestre Prix Fixe will feature seatings at 5:30pm7:30pm and 9:30pm for $65.00 per person that includes amuse bouche, appetizers, from the garden, entree and dessert. A la carte seating available at the bar. Space is limited and the prix fixe will be reservations only by calling (215) 625-3700. Open 5:00pm to 1:00am for the kitchen and 2:00am for the bar.


Monday, December 22, 2014

The Good King Tavern (614 S. 7th Street) - Glenfiddich Holiday Event. Enjoy a flight of scotch (15 year, 18 year, retro), a lesson with brand ambassador Bradford Lawrence and house made charcuterie and cheeses to accompany. Two seatings at8:00pm and 10:00pm at the community table.  Limited to ten people per seating for $30.00 each. Call (215) 625-3700 to reserve now.

December 12-23, and December 26-30, 2014

Bistrot La Minette (623 South 6th Street) - A Traditional French Christmas Dinner: Dîner de Noël. Enjoy five courses for $65 or $100 with wine pairings. Though the French tend to eat rather modestly most of the year, at Christmas dinner, traditionally served from 8:00pm until well after midnight on Christmas Eve, they pull out all the stops and feast on luxurious food and lots of it. Chef Peter Woolsey’s dinner would be at home in any neighborhood bistro in France, or in a French home. In his wife’s family they actually expect us to eat 2–3 dozen oysters, a couple dozen escargot and two types of foie gras (duck and goose) and that is just the appetizers. Highlights include: Velouté de Cèpes et Châtaigne (Porcini and chestnut soup, seared foie gras, crispy leeks, parsley oil), Huîtres au Citron (Five Little Shemogue oysters, Meyer lemon, chives, cracked pepper), Tournedos de Chevreuil Sauce Périgueux (Bacon-wrapped venison loin, pommes purée, seared Brussels sprouts, black truffle Perigueux sauce) and Bûche de Noël Traditionnelle (Pistachio jaconde yule log, chocolate butter cream pistachio ice cream, meringue). Call 215-925-8000 for reservations or visit Regular menu is also available on these days.

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