News & Gossip – Week of 12/13/10

News & Gossip

So what’s the deal with  A lot of the restaurants and bars in Conshy told me that New Year’s Eve has never been a big deal in Conshy.  Due to this, has partnered with the Philadelphia Nightlife Society to promote Conshohocken and West Conshohocken as a great place to celebrate the New Year.  It is already drawing attention and today a major venue in King of Prussia emailed me wanting to get involved, but I had to tell them that its Conshy-centric.  We are once again receiving great support from Londonbury at Millennium and today we secured E & J Gallo Winery as an additional sponsor.  There are eleven restaurants and bars participating and its a really good mix, with everything from Pepperoncini’s plan to smash all their plates at midnight to the “We Hate New Year’s Eve” party at the Great American Pub.  So please visit the site and see what every venue is doing for New Year’s Eve, stay local and invite all your friends to Conshy for the night.

So where did all that Meatball Wars money go?  On Saturday 100 area kids were invited to Dick Sporting Goods and provided a $100 gift card to shop for shoes, winter jackets and other items.  Pictured above is Rick Shaffer (left) who raises funds and coordinates $100 for 100 locally with his wife Mary and their children.

Five Guys Burgers & Fries is opening this week at Ridge and Butler.  I have heard as early as today and as later as the 17th.

A local paper did a story on Ryah Yoga’s Maura Manzo’s effort to raise $20,000 for Local for Global.

In the Pocket: The Essential Songs of Philadelphia, created and led by West Conshy’s David Uosikkinen, will be holding the release party for its second song, “Open My Eyes,” at World Cafe Live on January 25th.  As you may remember, the release party for the project’s first song was held at Gypsy Saloon a couple months back.  That was such a success they had to find a larger venue.  The release party will feature an all-star band which will include Uosikkinen, who is the Hooters’ drummer, other members of the Hooters, plus some of the Philadelphia area’s best musicians.  Part of the proceeds will benefit the Settlement Music School.  You can purchase tickets by clicking here.

Sportscaster Lou Tilley has found his way to Conshohocken. He is partnering with Martin E. Judge (founder and president of The Judge Group) to form “Lou Tilley Media Enterprises” and is also a producer with Aurora Imaging Company.  Both businesses are based in Conshy.

Shaffer Builders’ building at the corner of Harry and Elm was awarded a 2010 Land Development Award.  You can see the full details here.

Hey buddy, Conshy is most definitely NOT a neighborhood of Philly!

You may have “summered in Conshy”, but Ocean City wants you to Christmas at the shore.

Remember how Courtney Cox from Friends first big break was the Bruce Springsteen video where she was plucked from the crowd during “Dancing in the Dark?”  Springsteen often reenacts  that moment during concerts and West Conshohocken publicist Dallyn Pavey tells about the night in 1988 she was the one invited on stage by Bruce.

Bruce Pilarczyk of O’Neill Properties and Kevin Tierney (that’s me) of have been added to the board of the Philadelphia Fight, the rugby team that plays in Conshohocken.  Stayed tuned for details on a international tournament potentially coming to Conshy on Memorial Day weekend.  If you have extra space, the team is looking for lodging for

There are two places to buy Christmas Trees in Conshy, one is at the Lincoln Fire Company (pictured above) and the second is at the Fellowship House (6th and Harry).

The SPCA in Conshohocken is planning a special feast for the dogs.

High school girl’s basketball tournament finds a new home in Conshy at the Fellowship House.

Candy of the Week

If you need a holiday gift Edwards-Freeman has several gift basket, box and tray options to choose from or you can get a custom one with all of your recipients favorite candies and nuts.

Real Estate

Are you a first time home buyer?  Check out the advice from

Foodie Events

Trattoria Totaro is offering the Feast of the Seven Fishes for dine-in and take-out. You can see the dine-in menu here.

Spamps is having a Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve.  Call 610-825-3151 for details.

Pepperoncini is having a Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve (take out only).  Call 610-941-7783 for details.

Every Tuesday, Blackfish offers a four course dinner featuring a different ingredient. In December the ingredients featured will be king crab (12/14), fois gras (12/21) and lobster (12/28). Price is $45 per person. Call 610-397-0888 for more info.

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.

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.

Tis the Season, a holiday jazz trio, will be performing two shows each day on December 16 and 17 at Spamps. The lunch show will be from noon to 2:00 p.m. and the dinner show will be from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Totaro’s is celebrating their 50th anniversary on New Year’s Eve.  You can see all the details here.

8 East is introducing Throwback Thursdays starting this week.  They are also holding a special Happy Hour for hair stylists on Wednesday, October 15th.

Maloney’s is having a “no cover” New Year’s Eve.  You can see all the details here.

The Conshy and Colonial Area GOP are holding a Christmas/Holiday Fundraiser for Toys for Tots at 8 East.  You can see all the details here.

Mission Fitness is holding a Happy Hour at Maloney’s on December 16th.

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.

Business News

Conshohocken’s CardioNet, a leading wireless medical technology company, with an initial focus on the diagnosis and monitoring of cardiac arrhythmias, announced the appointment of Daniel Wisniewski as Senior Vice President, Business Operations.

Hale, a renowned fire and rescue equipment company based in Conshohocken, will present $5,000 to the firehouse of one of its Safe Firefighter of the Month award recipients. Hale will formally announce the grand prize winner at FDIC 2011 in Indianapolis.

Tower Financial in Conshohocken is expecting to experience growth in 2011.