Conshohocken News & Gossip – Week of 05/09/11

News & Gossip

A portion of Route 23 in West Conshy is closing for over a year so they can make Ballamingo Road and Route 23 meet at a “T”, instead of the crazy dangerous angle that is currently the situation.  Traffic is being detoured, so prepare to exercise patience when you cross the bridge.  This link is to a related story regarding the potential effect on businesses in West Conshy.

Maddy Crippen, former Olympian and sister of Fran Crippen, was interviewed about the loss of her brother and her families advocacy for stronger safety regulation for open water swimming.

The Conshohocken Restaurant Rally is this Sunday.  Debbie and Vince Flocco stopped into the Conshohocken Cafe today and are pictured here with cafe owner Michael Oraschewsky.  Michael is determined to win this year’s best restaurant prize.  The cafe will be featuring Cubano Sandwiches and homemade Mojitos.  Here is a story from the Times Herald this past week.

What was the best advice given by Borough Council President Paul McConnell’s mother?

What kind of gifts are politicians, including ones representing Conshy, accepting?

Conshy native Jack Oppenheimer is tearing it up on the lacrosse field for Quinnipiac University.

This guy is very angry at Tony A’s.

The StoneRose’s Brian Pieri and Guppy’s Robin Gupta were on NBC10 last week to promote the Bachelor Auction that was held this past Saturday at Guppy’s.  Pieri and Gupta were auctioned off, along with a handful of other guys to raise money for Janie Carbo, Team Kristi and The Stoke Family Education Fund.  Pieri and Gupta’s double date went for around $1,250.00 and the total night raised over $5,000.00.

Conshohocken Fire Co. No. 2 is holding their annual fund drive. To donate mail a check to PO Box 303, Conshohocken, PA 19428. You can also look out for their volunteers who will be collecting donations in the Annual Boot Drive at the intersection of 8th and Fayette St. on Friday, May 13th.

Revitalization Plan

I could not attend the public meeting for the Conshohocken Revitalization Plan held , so I asked local public relations executive Tony DeFazio to report back the details:

They sat patiently, attentively.  Twenty or thirty.   Some spoke their mind. Others sought information.  They were all there – residents, business owners and concerned citizens – to hear how what Borough planners KSK Architects, Planners, Historians, Inc. proposed would shape the future of Conshohocken for the next 10 years.   It was an update on the Borough’s 2002 initiative which, according to Borough Council member Jason Salus, has resulted in new streetscapes, greening and tree planting projects along Washington and Cherry Streets, new bicycle racks on Fayette Street, signage being developed for the riverfront, as well as street improvement that revitalized the length of East Hector Street.

To see the full story click here.


The Young Friends of Cradles to Crayons is having a Volunteer Night on May 11th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Foodie Events

Conshohocken Restaurant Week is returning on June 13-19, 2011. This year’s participating restaurants currently include 8 East, Fayette Street Grille, Isabella, Blackfish, Gypsy Saloon, Stella Blu, Flanigan’s Boathouse, Pepperoncini, The StoneRose, Guppy’s, Spamps, The Great American Pub, Shula’s 347 Grill, Spampinato’s, Trattoria Totaro, Piatto Grille and Totaro’s.  Each participating restaurant will be offering $20 and/or $35 fixed price menus during Restaurant Week.  Menus will begin to be released at the end of next week.

Can’t wait for Restaurant Week?  We are holding a Preview Party on Monday, June 6th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Philadelphia Marriott West in West Conshy.  The participating restaurants will be sampling, wine compliments of E&J Gallo, free beer and live music from Tip N Bones.  Tickets are $10.00 and $7.50 from every ticket will be donated to Cradles to Crayons.  Only 200 tickets will be sold, so get your tickets now by clicking here.

Every Tuesday, Blackfish offers a four course dinner featuring a different ingredient. You can see the upcoming featured ingredients here. Price is $45 per person. Call 610-397-0888 for more info.

Healthy Stuff

Mu-Xing Therapy is a unique massage using warm bamboo and rosewood tools. Mu-Xing promotes deep relaxation, helps to reduce tension and restore proper posture.  Treatments are now available at GotYourBack.  Call 610 834 3992 to schedule an appointment.  Mention “MoreThantheCurve” and receive $10 off your first treatment.

Evolving Well is holding a Pre-Summer Sugar Cleanse at the Daily Grind Fitness starting May 11th (TONIGHT). The program will help you reboot your energy, get that sweet tooth under your control and lose the inflammation weight that you’re carrying around from all the candy and sweets. For full details click here for the Facebook event or if you are not on Facebook you can visit their website.

Some coupons from LeRoux School of the Arts:

Events, Happenings & Specials

The Philadelphia Fight Rugby League Club is hosting the inaugural USA Rugby League 9′s (a tournament). It will be held on Saturday May 28 at the Fight’s home field, A.A. Garthwaite Stadium, located at 11th Avenue and Harry Streets in Conshy.  Playing will be 11 teams from around the country and a team from New Zealand.  You can learn more about the team, the tournament and the players by clicking here.  FYI, last year the Fight hosted the national championship match here in Conshy and it was a great event, even if you know nothing about rugby.  So come out for this tournament, enjoy a sunny day, drink a couple beers and learn a little about rugby.

WMMR’s Kathy Romano, who makes her home in Conshy, is holding Christopher’s Ball at Kildare’s in Manayunk on May 20th to raise money for the Christopher C. Romano Medical Trust Fund.  Christopher, her brother, was diagnosed with testicular cancer last year.  Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door. Ticket includes 4 hour open bar (beer, liquor, wine, etc.) and finger food.  there will also be an amazing auction, raffle and DJ Dan, Guppy’s regular DJ and a cousin of the Romano’s, will be spinning tunes.  Not 21?  12 and under are $10 or $15 at the door and ages 13-20 are $25 or $30 at the door.  To purchase tickets prior to the event email  You can see all the details here.

There will be a Relay for Life at Sutcliffe Park this Saturday raising  money for the American Cancer Society.

The Conshohocken Cafe held their second Open Mic Night this past week. It is now a regular event every Monday night from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Check out the specials for May at Lavenders Body Care Clinic.

The Positive Pooch is starting another round of puppy classes on Tuesday, May 17th at 7:00 p.m.

The Conshohocken Antique & Classic Car Show will return to Fayette Street on Saturday, June 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

8 East is hosting a $10.00 Open Bar on May 13th.

If you are a local PSU Alum, The StoneRose is hosting a Lock-Up Party on May 23rd where local alumni will be handcuffed and seeking donations to be bailed out.  They are raising money for the For the Future Scholarship Campaign.

Spamps is hosting another Yappy Hour on Sunday, May 22nd from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in The Grotto.  Dogs are invited and the event will benefit the Home at Last dog rescue.

Beanie Bounce’s Bounce Night, for children ages 5-8, has been rescheduled for May 20th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Fellowship House of Conshohocken. The cost is $10.00 per child.

Piatto Grille is now offering a Senior’s Night on Mondays from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. offering seniors 20% off. On Tuesday nights from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. they have Kid’s Night where children 10 and under receive one free kid’s meal with the purchase of one full size entrée. Every Wednesday night is Pasta Night a with $9.00 All You Can Eat Pasta special. There are some stipulations, ask your server for full details. All specials are dine in.

Conshohocken Catholic’s annual Ducky Regatta will be held on May 14th at 10:00 a.m. The event allows you to buy a numbered “ducky” to benefit the school. The duckies are released in river and the first ducky to the bridge wins. Stay tuned for details on how to purchase your ducky.

Candy of the Week

Edwards-Freeman Nut Company just received a large shipment of all types of hot sauces.

Real Estate

Check out all the available homes for rent and for sale courtesy of Matt Mittman from

The Jeremy Bowers & Mike Sroka Team may be based in Conshohocken, but they list and sell real estate in the entire Delaware Valley. Check out their home search site or contact Jeremy Bowers at 484-531-5847.

Business News has created a Business Group on LinkedIN. If you would like to join, follow the link and request to be a member. This group is geared towards business networking for people who live and/or work in Conshohocken and West Conshohocken. I would love to get more people and companies in the big building involved with the site and community.

Conshohocken’s NuPathe Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of branded therapeutics for diseases of the central nervous system, including neurological and psychiatric disorders, today announced that it received the Emerging Life Sciences Company of the Year Award at Wednesday night’s Enterprise Awards hosted by the Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies.  Monetate, based inWest Conshohocken, a developer of marketing, targeting and testing tools for e-commerce websites, won the Technology Startup Company award.

West Conshohocken’s Arin Risk Advisors, a fee-only, options strategies advisory firm providing customized asset, risk and volatility management services announced that Barrack Yard Advisors has agreed to act as a marketing agent for Arin.

Conshohocken-based Alliance Global Services announced that Martha Crow has joined as Senior Vice President, Sales. In this role, Martha will be responsible for creating and overseeing the sales business strategy while focusing on client value that translates into long-term revenue growth.

A day after Conshohocken-based CardioNet reported first-quarter financial results, Citi analyst Amit Bhalla upgraded shares of the company to “hold” from “sell.”

Seagis Property Group announced that Timothy E. McKenna has joined Seagis Property Group as Partner and Chief Financial Officer.