News & Gossip – Week of 11/22/10

News & Gossip

Pasta Via won the first annual Meatball Wars.  Pictured above are Mary Shaffer, Pasta Via’s Betty Stanley, Betty’s mom and Jan Bettini.  Shaffer, along with her husband Rick, and daughter Bettini organized the event.  The event raised approximately $2,000 for $100 for 100, a program that provides nominated children with a chance to obtain jackets, shoes and other needed items from Dick’s Sporting Goods.  To celebrate the win, Pasta Via has extended through December your opportunity to try their award winning meatballs and have a dollar donated to $100 for 100.  There are more photos in the Conshy Gallery.

Five Guys Burgers & Fries is set to open in early to mid December.  They are opening at the corner of Butler and Ridge, where a Blockbuster use to be.  They did not take over the whole footprint of the Blockbuster.  A Game Stop has already opened in part of the space.

Conshohocken’s Borough Council is considering demolishing the Verizon Building.

In The Pocket: The Essential Songs of Philadelphia recorded a second song in Conshohocken last week.  The all-star line-up brought together by the Hooters’ David Uosikkinen included Jeffery Gaines, Rick Difonzo, Eric Bazilian, Uosikkinen, William Wittman and Rob Hyman.  The follow-up to “All My Mondays” is Nazz’s “Open My Eyes.”  No release date is set yet, but you can hear the original version here.  There was a story on the 30th anniversary of the Hooters on, which mentions this project.

ASTM International continues to support Riverbend Environmental Education Center in its efforts to provide nature study programs to elementary school students. On Oct. 27, third-grade students from Conshohocken Elementary School presented Kathleen McClung, a Staff Manager at ASTM, with a thank you card for supporting the school’s Nature Club program. The program extends classroom instruction in an after-school setting. The following day, the Conshohocken Elementary third-graders visited the Riverbend site in Gladwyne, Pa. The students took a moment from examining the insects, spiders and other invertebrates they had caught with sweep nets to pose with Kathie Morgan, Vice President, Technical Committee Operations, ASTM, at a solar playhouse in the meadow.

Philadelphia’s Mike Jones won his welterweight bout at Cowboys Stadium a couple weeks ago.  His fight was part of the Pacquiao-Margarito pay per view card.  Prior to the fight, Jones had an aquatic workout at Conshohocken Physical Therapy.  You can view video of the work out here.

Center City’s Govberg Jewelers held a fundraiser last week for Project Home and asked the guests to donate a jar of peanut butter.  Edwards-Freeman Nut Company offered to match this contribution jar for jar.

Read how Bruce Springsteen once pulled West Conshohocken’s Dallyn Pavey out of the crowd for “Dancing in the Dark.”

A bunch of people from Conshohocken participated in the Philadelphia Marathon.  Finishing in 8th place overall was Ross Martinson, who is a co-owner of Philadelphia Runner.

Listing of the Week

Courtesy of, a PDF with every home for sale in Conshohocken.

Foodie Events

The Spring Mill Cafe and The Wine Merchant are joining together to bring you a Loire Valley Wine Tasting Dinner on Wednesday, December 8th.  The cafe’s roots are in the Loire Valley and this is where they get their love of hearty country fare.  For the full menu click here.

Blackfish will be hosting a guest chef dinner on Monday, November 29th. The guest chef will be Pierre Calmels from Bibou Byob and the dinner will consist of five courses for $75. For more details and to make a reservation contact Blackfish at 610-397-0888.

Spamps is having a Wine Dinner on November 30th featuring five different courses paired with wines. For more details contact Spamps at (610) 825-4155.

Daily Specials

Wondering which bar or restaurant has your favorite beer or drink on special? Click here for the run down on specials around town.

8 East has introduced an All You Can Eat Crab Legs special on Monday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m for $21.99 and $4.00 Effen Vodka mixed drinks.

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 Friday night beginning at 5:00 p.m. there will be a Christmas tree lighting at 8th and Fayette (old borough hall).

Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation is hosting a Montco Young Professionals Group Holiday Mixer on Wednesday, Dec. 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Great American Pub.

Tip N Bones are kicking off the biggest party night of the year at Spamps on Thanksgiving Eve with a late happy hour/early start to the evenings festivities. Immediately following the duo will be DJ Dan.

Since all of Robin’s family is in Canada, Guppy’s will be open on Thanksgiving night starting at 6:00 p.m.  DJ Dan will be there to host the Dance Party.  Please do not bring Robin leftovers, he only wants hugs.

8 East will also be open Thanksgiving night.

Maloney’s Pub is hosting a Black Friday Happy Hour from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on November 26th for all those who want to sneak away during the shopping madness.

The Philadelphia Fight Rugby League Club will be holding a Beef & Beer on December 4th at Maloney’s Pub to support their Spring 2011 Tour of England. Maloney’s Pub was named the “Official Clubhouse” of the Philadelphia Fight.

Local For Global, a project created by Ryah Yoga’s Maura Manzo aimed at connecting local communities to global cause, is hosting a Happy Hour on December 4th and will include two hour of specials, raffles and 50/50 and all to support a good cause.

Suburban Sports Training Center’s is having a free FUNdamental Soccer Open House on Saturday, December 18th for ages 18 months to eight years old.  For complete details click here.

The 63rd Annual Children’s Christmas Party and the 31st Annual Senior Dinner willl be held on Saturday, December 11th,  and hosted by the Rec Council volunteers. The Children’s Party starts at 12:30 p.m.  and the Senior Dinner starts at 2:30 p.m.  Both events are held at the George Clay Fire Hall.  The children’s event is open to resident children and grandchildren 12 years old and younger.  Tickets are free for Children’s party and must be picked up by December 5th from Rec members: Kathy Schermerhorn, Karen Hodges, or Pat Zapien.  The Senior Dinner is open to residents and former residents, 55 years and up. Please call Florence by December 5th to make your reservations.  Admission to both events (if you are able) is a non-perishable food item, or a foil, paper, or plastic product.  Volunteers are needed to help decorate the Fire House on Friday, Dec 3rd after 4:00 p.m.

Business News

PointRoll is leaving Conshohocken for KOP.

AlphaOne, a West Conshohocken specialty equity-asset-management firm, announced that Mark Ouimet joined the firm as a managing director responsible for business development and client management. Ouimet had been a senior business-development manager for domestic and global financial institutions at Aberdeen Asset Management and a senior vice president, national sales manager at Gartmore Global Investments Inc.

Conshohocken’s NSM Insurance Group continues to expand and announced its acquisition of a program specializing in non-construction ocean and inland marine coverage.