News & Gossip – Week of 1/10/11

News & Gossip

It snowed a little bit last week and Conshohocken is supposed to get 6″ between Tuesday night and Wednesday early morning.  Put Bowe’s Exxon’s number, 610-828-6522, in your phone in case you have car trouble during the storm.

Over the past few months there were a bunch of restaurant openings, but one totally slipped under my radar.  On Monday, Piatto Grille was opened by Chef Gavin Pennock at 410 West Ridge Pike.  Pennock worked previously at a few well known restaurants including Le Bec Fin.  planning contemporary Italian fare with flair.  During the day, the focus will be pizza, salads and sandwiches, but there will be a more upscale menu in the evening with dishes such as Diver Scallop Crustade, Braised Shirt Ribs, New York Strip Portuguese and Pork Bracciole all under $20.00.  The phone number is (610) 825-1300.

The grocery store-based wine vending machines, created by Conshohocken’s Simple Brands, that were taken out of service because of technical problems last month may soon be placed back into operation.

Conshohocken native Michael Myers has started a Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society.  The fundraiser will be held on May 14th at Sutcliffe Park.

Jim Victor, a former Conshy Celeb, has returned to the PA Farm Show with a new butter sculpture.

More charges against the “Bernie Madoff of Montco”.

Some guy in Seattle tries to replicate a Conshohocken Italian Bakery hoagie roll

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is sponsoring a one day conference on Saturday, February 12th for cyclists to learn more about how to make biking better in the suburbs of Philadelphia.  This conference (9am to 3:30pm) will be held at the Spring Mill Corporate Center in Conshohocken.    Montgomery County Commissioner Joseph M. Hoeffle will be the keynote speaker.  The conference will feature sessions with county planners from each of the four counties and issue briefings on topics ranging from chip and tar, the future of the region’s trail network to the National Bike Summit.

Some girl named Nikki loves The Outbound Station.

Foodie Events

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.

On January 19th, the Spring Mill Cafe is having a Moroccan Feast in Marrakesh. For menu and details click here.

Spamps Conshohocken is having a Wednesday Women Around the World Wine Tasting on January 19th. $30 per person. For full details call 610 824 4155.

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.

This Thursday at Isabella, Urban Tango’s Kristina McFadden and Marc Hussner will give free mini tango lessons every half hour from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Guppy’s is launching their expanded breakfast menu on Saturday, January 22nd.  From that date, Guppy’s will offer breakfast every Saturday and Sunday.  They will continue to offer their free breakfast option on Sundays, but you can also order off the expanded menu.  They will also offer delivery (“breakfast in bed”) to The Grande and the VERY immediate area.  Should be able to post the menu later in the week.

Spampinato’s is running a 1/11 $11.00 promotion on Sunday through Thursday during all of January.  At the special price of $11.00 you get your choice of Spaghetti and Meatballs; Braciole over Penne; Linguini with Clams or Mussels; Penne Siciliano- tossed with eggplant, portabellas, buffalo mozzarella, and marinara; Tortellini Carbonara; Chicken Parmigiana; Veal Parmigiana; Eggplant Parmigiana; Penne Gorgonzola; Fried Fettucini; or Four Cheese Agnolotti with carmelized onions and prosciutto.  Add a soup or salad for $4.  BYO Wine accepted with no corkage fee.

Totaro’s wants you to get snowed in with them.

Ryah Yoga and the Suburban Sports & Training Center are joining forces for a Yoga for Athletes Free Introductory Class on February 1st from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Cradles to Crayons is having a Young Friends Volunteer Night next Wednesday, January 12th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars for Happy Hour on January 14th at Maloney’s Pub with The Other Side! The Other Side will be performing from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a mix ranging from 311 and Sublime to Social D and Johnny Cash.

The Boathouse is holding a Golden Tee Tournament through the 28th, with the Top 16 players competing in a Final Round on the 29th.  Ask a bartender for a scorecard, you can play at will through the 28th.

Celebrate the release of IN THE POCKET’s new single, “Open My Eyes ” with a big Philly jam by the city’s finest rotating band, ITP at the World Cafe Live on January 25th. ITP was created by West Conshohocken’s David Uosikkinen, the drummer from the Hooters, and special guests will include Eric Bazilian (Hooters), Richard Bush, Greg Davis, Jeffrey Gaines, Rob Hyman (Hooters), Jeff Thomas, William Wittman and a few other surprises!

There is a Comedy Night fundraiser for Velocity Softball on February 11th at Spring Mill Fire Company.

Local Democrats are getting together for breakfast at the Lincoln Fire Company on January 15th from 10:00 a.m. to noon. You are encouraged to bring canned goods to donate.

As part of its 100th Anniversary Celebration, SS. Cosmas and Damian is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday 29ths at 5:30 p.m. in the church all.  Eat in or take out are available.  The price is $9.00 in advance or $10.00 at the door.  Children under 12 are $5.00.  Dinner includes pasta, meatballs, bread, soup, salad and dessert.  Tickets are available after mass on January 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd or call (610) 828-0101.

8 East has launched a Ladies Night.  Every Thursday night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. they offer half price martinis, 1/2 price apps, and 1/2 price well drinks.  If you are a group of six or more ladies, you get a complimentary bottle of house wine.

CaRu Entertainment and the Fight Vixens, the dance team for the Philadelphia Fight, will be hosting a pre-audition workshop at the Suburban Sports Training Center on Saturday, Jan. 15 from 3-6 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 16 at 12-3 p.m. SSTC is located at 1032 Conshohocken Road, Conshohocken, PA, 19428. Anyone interested in auditioning to be a part of the 2011 Vixens Dance Team or 2011 Junior Vixens are encouraged to attend. Dancers must be 10+ to participate. To register, email The workshop will include sessions with top choreographers from NYC, insider tips on what the judges look for during auditions, one-on-one critiques and fitness tips for dancers.

For all you Penn State alum, The StoneRose is hosting the annual “It’s Almost Valentine’s Day” Happy Hour on February 9th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For full details click here.

Ryah Yoga is holding a Detox Yoga Flow Workshop on January 22nd from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. For full details click here.

Jack and Brian Coll are hosting a second History Night to benefit the Colonial Neighborhood Council on Friday February 11th  starting at 5:30 p.m.  The evening will be held at SS Cosmas and Damian’s church hall and will include cocktails, dinner and a historical slide show.  Tickets are $45.00 per person and are available at Coll’s Custom Framing located at 324 Fayette Street or The Colonial Neighborhood Council on East 4th Avenue.  Bring a canned good to be entered into a special raffle.  For more info call Jack or Brian at 610-825-7072.

Real Estate

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Business News

Conshohocken’s Viridity Energy Inc. said Monday it has raised a second round of venture capital in a financing led by New York and Boston-based Braemar Energy Ventures and joined by Intel Capital, the venture-capital arm of Santa Clara, Calif., chip maker Intel Corp.

Conshohocken’s New Horizons Computer Learning Centers announced it has again earned a spot among the Top 20 Information Technology (IT) educational companies in the world for the third straight year, according to, a leading industry website.

Conshohocken drug developer NuPathe Inc. announced it appointed William Federici to its board of directors.