Conshy News & Gossip – Week of 05/16/11

News & Gossip

The 5th annual Conshohocken AMBUCS Restaurant Rally was held this past Sunday and drew a huge crowd of 400+ participants.  The event is basically a bar crawl, but focused on food and raises money for AMBUC’s special athletic programs.  Pictured above is Andrew Totaro from Totaro’s, which was offering desserts made by their very own pastry chef.    The winners of the “Best of Conshy” awards were 1) The StoneRose 2) Trattoria Totaro 3) Isabella and 4) 8 East.

So yesterday was Election Day and there was very little excitement.  Basically all the Borough Council seats that are up have candidates, but, but there were no contested primaries.  The only seat not being challenged is the one held by Eddie Phipps, because the Republicans could not find a candidate to run in that ward.  Closer to the election I will have profiles of all the candidates and the site is holding a “Meet the Candidates” night on September 26th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Conshohocken Cafe.  We have reached out to both parties to insure that all the local candidates attend from Conshohocken, Plymouth and Whitemarsh.  More to come.

You may have noticed this story in the Times Herald this week regarding a joint meeting that was held between Conshohocken and Plymouth Township councils.  While the story in the paper portrays the meeting to have been Super Wawa focused, according to Conshohocken Borough Council President Paul McConnell the meeting was actually held to discuss Plymouth Creek and flooding that occurs.  When the topic of Super Wawa did come up, he noted that no one from Conshohocken Borough voiced opposition to the Super Wawa because doing so while it was under review would be inappropriate.  The Times Herald story implied otherwise.  In another story that resulted from the same meeting the two communities discussed sharing some services as a way to cut costs.

There was a fire on Spring Mill, which destroyed a bed room, but everyone is safe.

Conshohocken native Da’Rel Scott, who played college football at  Maryland and was drafted in the 7th round by the New York Giants, has been participating in unofficial workouts with Eli Manning during the lockout.

Maple Acres Farm has cut flowers from their farm including sunflowers available.

Martin Judge, CEO of the Judge Group in West Conshohocken, has joined the ownership of the Philadelphia Soul.

Andrew Kossuth, a 28 year old from Conshohocken, is heading to Allentown on Saturday, May 21st for the “World Cheesesteak Eating Championships” at Dorney Park which will feature No. 1 ranked competitive eater Joey Chestnut.  The following Saturday he will go to Atlantic City to compete in the “Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest,” which is a qualifier for the July 4th event.

Here is a profile of the Conshohocken Bakery.

OBVI is getting prepared to open on or around May 20th.  Stay tuned for further details.

Samantha Berk of Conshohocken was recognized by the 2011 Student Keystone Press Awards Contest, a statewide journalism contest sponsored by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation, for a series of columns she wrote for the Montgomery County Community College student newspaper.

The Relay for Life held this past weekend in Sutcliffe Park raised almost $50,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Stella Blu and Gypsy Saloon held a luncheon last Thursday to introduce their new Catering Manager, Arlene Rotfeld.  You can check out their catering menus by clicking here.

The StoneRose’s Brian Pieri spent a week in Haiti recently volunteering with Students for the Poor.

Stay tuned for a Groupon from Spamps next week.

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.

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.

Maura Manzo of RYAH Yoga has another recipe for Broccoli Salad With Creamy Avocado Dressing on Philly Mag’s Be Well Philly blog.

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.

$1.00 Drafts at Maloney’s Pub in Conshy tonight from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

The Whitemarsh Boat Club, which rows out of the Hines Rowing Center in Conshy, is holding an Open House on May 22nd.  Click here for full details.

Stay tuned for details on Movie Night at the Conshohocken Cafe.

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

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.

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.

Candy of the Week

Last week we told you about the hot sauces selection at Edwards-Freeman Nut Company.  Did you know they also have a wide variety of  black, green and organic teas.

Real Estate

This week’s video from is about how to not make mistakes with photographs when selling your home.

For articles and information regarding real estate check out Jeremy Bowers and the Jeremy Bowers & Mike Sroka Team’s blog.  It also provides you links to their home search site,

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.

DeFazio Communications, a Conshohocken public relations agency specializing in media relations services for corporations and emerging growth businesses, today announced it has experienced significant growth over the last quarter.   The agency has added Lou’s Jewelry & Pawn and a global human resource consulting firm to its business portfolio, moved into new offices in Conshohocken, PA and hired a new associate. In addition, company founder and president Tony DeFazio has been appointed to serve on the Conshohocken Business Development Commission.

Here is a profile of local agency 20nine, but where did the author come up with a Dragon Fly Festival?

Conshohocken-based ClickEquations has received $50,000 in early stage funding.