How did you come to live and/or work in Conshohocken?
Well, the non-“Days of Our Lives” version is that I grew up in Bucks County, and I lived in the Lansdale area for the last few years. I needed a change, and I wanted a place that had a young-ish vibe and one that offered a separation between “work life” and “personal life.” I wanted to be able to meet new people, walk to fun places, and be able to get to work in the Lehigh Valley without getting a major migraine. So, I think Conshohocken is the perfect mix of “all of the above.”
What do you do (career wise)?
I anchor the morning show at WFMZ-TV 69 News in Allentown. The downside is it comes with a 2AM alarm clock, but, on the upside, once I drag myself to work, it’s a lot of fun. Our show runs from 5:30-9AM, so when most people are eating breakfast, I’m eating lunch and my day is almost over. I work with a great team of “work husbands,” as I like to call them, and after a lot of middle of the night crime stories, standing in snowstorms until my fingers turned blue, and various farm stories in Delaware (where I started my career in news), I feel beyond fortunate to be sitting behind the anchor desk. It’s a job I have always dreamed of doing ever since I was delivering the news to my parents with my hair brush, so I love every minute of it (and I have since traded the hair brush for a real microphone, by the way).
What are you involved in outside of work?
I try to give back as much as I can, so I do a lot of charity work in my downtime. Right now, I’m gearing up to host the Purple Tie Gala, which benefits the Beginning Over Foundation, an organization that works to support victims and survivors of domestic abuse. I’m also the honorary chair of the Ladies Golf & Gourmet tournament (even though I have exactly five weeks to learn how to play golf), which benefits the State Theatre Freddy Awards. I’ve done some work with the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of The Lehigh Valley, and I’m starting to get involved with a group called Get In Touch, which encourages girls of all ages to “get in touch” with their bodies, information, and each other in the crusade against breast cancer.
For fun, I like to run, so I do some races in the area during my free time, as well. I am no Forrest Gump, but most of the races support a good cause, so I try to work on my personal record each time I race, which basically means I try not to come in last. Plus, it’s a good excuse to buy a new outfit, and I’m always up for that. 🙂 I’m hoping to join some folks from town in the LIVESTRONG race in a few weeks, and I’m going to do my first half marathon in November, or attempt to do it without dying, I should say.
What do you love most about Conshohocken?
I love that it offers a lot of things a city offers, but it feels like a neighborhood, where you’re bound to know someone when you go out, etc. Everyone has been beyond nice, and I’ve met some really awesome friends in just a few short months. I’ve never really lived in a “walkable town” before, so it’s nice to be able to walk to dinner or to meet friends. And, for me, the convenience factor is great; I can zip up the turnpike to work, jump on the train to go out in the city at night, or just enjoy one of the many restaurants in the borough.
What are your favorite places in Conshohocken?
I still have some places to try, but, so far, my friends and I usually start (and often end) our nights at Guppy’s. It is “good times,” just like the name promises. I love taking friends to StoneRose, because I think it’s the perfect mix of the neighborhood restaurant, with a chic, yet not stuffy feel. The food is amazing, and I’m looking forward to the reopening. I have been to Isabella a few times and love all of the small plates and pizzas. (The sangria is delish, too!) I often cheat and order quesadillas and munchies from El Limon when I’m having people over and don’t want to poison them with my cooking. And, of course, you can’t beat a sandwich or salad at The Great American Pub; I love to sit outside there and at Coyote Crossing, as well.
My weakness is Scoops. I tend to end bike rides there with friends (which really negates the workout of a bike ride), and I feel like if I walk there, the ice cream isn’t THAT bad for me…at least I tell myself that.
And, my other quasi-obsession is Obvi. (I go there BEFORE Scoops, not after.) I LOVE their clothes. I pass the store on my way home, which provides for a somewhat dangerous scenario, but it’s great to have a boutique in town that’s trendy, yet affordable.