What will CBS3's
be doing at the stroke of midnight New Year's Eve?
Lane, Larry Mendte and Kathy Orr will host live coverage of the Penn's Landing fireworks, as the city is expected to announce today. It will be a first for CBS3, which will follow its 11 p.m. news with the hour special. The fireworks will be simulcast with KYW (1060).
Wild wrap party for
The Lovely Bones
? Not at all, I hear. The drama's cast and crew rented out the General Warren Inne in Malvern on Sunday. Highlight: Director
played Ping-Pong with his kids. This is the final week of the film's Philly work; they'll be inside a soundstage and at McDade Mall.
Havertown's Denny Somach got a call Wednesday: Be in New York Friday to interview Bill Clinton for a one-hour radio special to support the ex-president's book Giving. Somach, who produced the special, says he's fielding calls of interest from all over, though there's no Philly outlet yet. Clinton talks about his musical heroes and let on that his current favorite artist is Diana Krall. Clip: http://go.philly.com/clintononbono.
Temple alum Aaron McKie got a standing ovation at Sunday's Temple-Villanova basketball game when he thanked fans for bringing toys to a Toys for Tots fund-raiser. Phillies star Jimmy Rollins was spotted at the game, too, and signed autographs for a steady line of kids.
Eagles star Brian Westbrook made a friend Friday night at Swanky Bubbles in Cherry Hill. He tipped $10 on his $25 solo tab for an iced tea, spider roll and fried calamari - a solid 40 percent.
The Velveteen Rabbit: Love Can Make You Real, nominated for a Grammy for musical album for children, happens to be the underscore of The Velveteen Rabbit, premiering at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in a run through Dec. 30.
Tickets for Wing Bowl (Feb. 1 at the Wachovia Center) go on sale at 9 a.m. tomorrow. Last year's eat-off sold out in 36 hours.
helped deliver sandwiches from Central Baptist Church in Woodbury to New Visions Community Service, a day shelter in Camden. When the shelter's weekend hours were cut, Miller, an underwriter for Countrywide Home Loans in Marlton, stepped up the work. She leads other volunteers who now prepare 75 bag lunches each Saturday. The outreach - which Miller brushes off as "a small gesture" - is being recognized. As winner of the Merci Finest Assortment of European Chocolates' National Thank You Day contest (out of 12,000 entrants), Miller was visited by etiquette maven
, who gave her a $5,000 donation to continue her unnamed mission. Last week, Miller and her husband,
, taped an appearance on
TV show. They were joined by friend
, who nominated her, and Lebeau's husband,
. Contributions can go through Central Baptist, Jackson and Center Streets, Woodbury, N.J. 08096.
Bill Cosby will receive Community College of Philadelphia's Allen T. Bonnell Award on Thursday at the Down Town Club. The college's Community Philanthropist Award will go to Kal Rudman, and an Alumni Achievement Award will go to Paul Gluck, who heads Drexel's Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies. Meanwhile, Rudman is now Irish - lawyer Jimmy Binns dubbed him such recently on Bob Pantano's Saturday Night Dance Party. It was Binns' "payment" for Rudman's sizable donation to the annual Tour de Shore bicycle rice.
Phillies in the news
will be one very busy radio personality come April. Styles, who hosts weekend shows on The Beat (WPHI, 100.3), just landed a job as a Phillies ballgirl.
In case you wondered, Michelle and Pat Burrell honeymooned last month in Central America. As any baseball fan knows: Ya gotta Belize.