News & Gossip – Week of 10/11/10

News & Gossip

There is trouble, for Super Wawa, in River City!  The word on the street is that the forces against the Super Wawa have pooled some cash and hired a top public relations company to help them in their effort.  Yes, posting the video above makes me hilarious.  While I am hilarious, I have no real opinion for or against the Super Wawa (for some reason people think I am all for it).  In the next few months you will hear about how it effects kids, traffic, concessions at the athletic fields, the people that live around the potential new location, the historic nature of Fayette Street, etc.  The real debate is whether Super Wawa will effect the success of existing local businesses, in and out of the Borough, and is that something we should be concerned about.  And does it meet the current zoning rules?  If not, are we willing to change it?  If you want to fight it, focus on the zoning.  That is how this will be determined.  So once again, not for, not against it, just want an honest debate.

So I realize that 90% of you don’t care about this, but if you do, the Wawa people will be in town to tell you their plans on October 18th at 7:00 p.m. at the Fellowship House.  The anti-Wawa people are also encouraging you to attend.  You can join their Facebook page (Concerned Conshohockens <not my spelling> Against More Traffic).

Former Fire Chief Robert Phipps will be recognized tonight by West Conshohocken during their Borough Council meeting for his actions during the house fire a couple months ago.  He was also one of our Conshy Celebrities.

Todd Hunsicker of Conshohocken has expanded his role with the Reading Phillies’ front office.

The first song from In the Pocket: Essential Songs of Philadelphia, All My Mondays, is now available on Itunes for 99 cents.  It benefits The Settlement Music School.  The creator of this project, Hooters drummer David Uosikkinen, will be having a launch party at Gypsy Saloon in West Conshohocken on Wednesday, October 20th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Gypsy Saloon will provide complimentary hors d’oeuvres and offer drink specials.  You are encouraged to download the song and support this project.  You can RSVP via Facebook.

Jimmies Cup Cake Truck will be at the Farmers Market this week and the BBQ ladies will be back.  Stop in and support the market.

Angela Hendricks, owner of Beanie Bounce Party Rentals, was recognized in the Times-Herald for her contribution to local charities.

About 200 students and parents went to school in Conshohocken on foot as part of International Walk to School Day.

Jason Salus has been appointed by the Montgomery County Commissioners to the board of the Montgomery County Industrial Development Authority. Salus is director of real estate and development for Mount Airy U.S.A. and is a councilman in Conshohocken Borough.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month…. Shop Stella Dot’s Pink Boutique and they will donate 20% of the net proceeds to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation this month.

A pretty red head girl can be found hanging out in Conshohocken.  How you doin?

A guy named Carlos took some good photos of the flooding from a couple weeks ago.

This guy doesn’t like backing in.

New Listing from has a new listing at 536 E Hector St in Conshohocken.  Learn more about it here.

New in the Conshy Gallery

I Fall in Conshy Bar Crawl

Daily Specials & Restaurant News

Find out about all of the regular food and drink specials in Conshohocken and West Conshohocken.  Click the board above.

Pasta Via is now offering daily Chef Specials.  If you are on Facebook, the daily specials are posted here.

Trattoria Totaro is also offering Daily Specials and posting them on their Facebook wall.

The Outbound Station is now offering soup.  The soups will change daily (M-F) and today’s selection Cream of Broccoli.  Tomorrow will be Chicken Pastina and Thursday they will have Curried Carrot.  Friday will be Cream of Chicken with Wild Rice.  A 12 ounce cup is $3.95 and comes with a Conshohocken Bakery roll.

Stella Blu has added seasonal fall items to its menu including Pumpkin Soup, Pumpkin Ravioli, Roasted Butternut Squash Salad and several entrees including Roasted Loin of Venison over Creamy Polenta and Sauteed Spinach and Pan Seared Bronzino with Butternut Squash Risotto.  You can see all of the additions and full descriptions by clicking here.

Totaro’s has also added some seasonal items including fresh pumpkin/ginger soup.

Spamps has added an Autumn Roll featuring spicy tuna with sweet potato fries topped with mashed edamame, thin sliced fresh salmon and toasted pumpkin seeds.

Foodie Events

Stella Blu’s autumn wine dinner brings glorious bounty and brilliant flavors to the plate and the glass. On Tuesday November 2nd, Stella Blu presents a three course menu paired with wine. The cost is $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call 610-825-7060 for reservations. Full menu here.

Congrats to Fayette Street Grille for being recognized in Philadelphia Magazine’s “The Fixe Is In” in the October issue. For $34 you get “your choice of starter, entree and dessert from a long list of of mostly homestyle-cookin’ selections like pork tenderloin and stuffed chicken. See the full story on Page 57.

Spring Mill Cafe will be having a Venison Cooking Demonstration on October 20th starting at 7:00 p.m.  Full details here.

Spring Mill Cafe will be having a Goose Cooking Demonstration on November 17th starting at 7:00 p.m.  Full details here.

Every Tuesday night Blackfish features a four-course tasting menu focused around a particular ingredient. Chef Roman’s innovative cooking style and flavor combinations make each course tasty and unique.  This week’s menu is built around Lobster.  You can see full details and the list of the central ingredients by clicking here.  Blackfish’s Tuesday night tasting menu was also recognized by Philadelphia Magazine this month.

Chef Roman of Blackfish has also been invited to the prestigious James Beard House in New York on October 18th.  Blackfish will be offering Chef Roman’s menu from this event from October 19th through the 24th.  Full details can be found here.

Candy of the Week

This week at Edwards-Freeman Nut Company go check out the Chocolate buttercreams.  A 1 lb box is $10.25.

Events & Happenings

Want to know where you can hear live music, play quizzo or sing karaoke?  Check out the Conshy Calendar by clicking the box above.

M Bar has live music on Thursday night.  You can see their full music schedule here.

The Colonial School District Fall Star Party will be held on Tuesday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the planetarium located in Colonial Middle School. The event begins with a short program about “What’s Up” in the sky. There will be celestial observations using the Colonial Observatory and telescopes provided by the Delaware Amateur Astronomers Association. If there is inclement weather, the Star Party will be an indoor only event. All ages are welcome.  More details here.

Want to know more about the revitalization of Conshohocken? You can go find out all about it at a meeting on October 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Conshohocken Fire Co. No. 2 at 819 Fayette Street.

Secret Service return to Spamps on October 14th from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Lincoln Fire Company and Spring-Mill Fire-Company are selling chances for a Harley Davidson. Raffle tickets are $5.00. The winner will be pulled on October 23rd at a Beef & Beer being held at Spring Mill. Tickets for that are $30 for over 21 and $20 for under 21.

There is an open bar fundraiser at Guppy’s on October 23rd with proceeds going to the Kristin Mitchell Foundation/Kristin’s Krusade. You may have heard of this organization in the past or remember the tragic murder of Kristin Mitchell in 2005 in the Riverwalk Apartments. The proceeds of the open bar will go towards domestic and dating violence education for high school and and college students.  You can RSVP here.

The Boathouse has a special menu for the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness month. A portion will be donated at the end of the month.

The Great American Pub is offering $1.00 Coors Light Drafts an hour before each Phillies playoff game and and $1.00 Hot Dogs, $2.50 Domestic Drafts and $9 Domestic Pitchers during the games.

The Young Friends of Cradles to Crayons are hosting a Happy Hour at Guppy’s Good Times in Conshohocken Saturday, October 16th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to learn more about C2C, meet other young professionals in the area and our new Conshy neighbors, and enjoy a few drinks. They will have a raffle including a pair of Eagles tickets generously donated by Jeremy Bowers and Mike Sroka. $30 at the door will cover all the beer and mixed drinks you can drink during the happy hour. Proceeds to benefit C2C. To learn more click here.

Maloney’s Pub has set their Grand Opening for October 16th from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event will be an outside tailgate and will feature a beer truck, wood smoked BBQ, live music, tailgate games, beer pong, flip cup and anything else you like to do during a tailgate! Inside they will have five televisions showing the college games. To learn more click here.

There will be a Spaghetti Dinner to benefit SS. Cosmas and Damian Church’s 100TH Anniversary Fund on Saturday, October 23rd from 5:30 – 7:30 P.M.  The price is $9.00 Adults (per plate) in advance and $10.00 Adults (per plate) at door.  $5.00 for children under 12 years of age (per plate).  Price includes fresh salad, rolls, coffee, tea and dessert.

Jack and Brian Coll are hosting a History Night to benefit the Conshohocken Free Library on October 15th. The evening will include cocktails, dinner and a history program and slide show. The event will be held at ASTM headquarters in West Conshohocken. Tickets are $45.00. For more info or to purchase tickets call Coll Custom Framing at (610) 825-7072.  Tickets are very limited and can be bought at Colls or the Library, and for those who can not get to either of those locations, The Tratorria Totaro will have tickets available as well. They are catering the event.

Business News

State Rep. Mike Gerber and transportation officials presented Conshohocken firm Viridity Energy with a $900,000 state grant at Norristown Transportation Center recently. The energy company’s software is expected to improve the efficiency of a SEPTA train line in Philadelphia.

NuPathe Inc., a Conshohocken-based specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of branded therapeutics for diseases of the central nervous system, including neurological and psychiatric disorders, has named Michael Marino as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.

Penn Medicine and Conshohocken’s Mercy Health System (MHS) announced an expanded affiliation that enhances the comprehensive cardiovascular services provided at MHS’s four acute care hospitals: Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Mercy Suburban Hospital in East Norriton, Nazareth Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital in West Philadelphia.

Conshohocken based IKEA recently celebrated the planting of 1.5 Million Trees Together with American Forests Across America.