BEST WISHES to 6ABC's sports director, Gary Papa, who is again undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments for prostate cancer, he revealed at a banquet dinner Thursday night. Papa was first diagnosed and treated in 2004. His cancer returned in 2006 and now has come back again.
On "Action News" at 11 last night, Papa was completely bald.
As blogger Laura Nachman also observed, Delaware County Times editor Phil Heron has written about the Delaware County Community Foundation awards banquet he attended at which Papa revealed his condition. Heron says that Papa spoke about how tough the battle has been but that he was drawing strength from the charitable acts performed by the assembled honorees.
"Gary continues to battle cancer, and we continue to love and support him," a 6ABC spokeswoman told us yesterday.
Making travel less miserable
Angelo Cataldi and the 610 WIP morning team, comedian Dom Irrera, Eagles cheerleaders and mascot Swoop and Sixers dancers will join the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation from 6 to 10 this morning at Philadelphia International Airport. The goal is to welcome travelers on what is annually a most-hellish time to travel. They'll be at the Terminal B/C Food Court. It's the GPTMC's "The Place That Loves You Back Welcomes You Back" holiday campaign promoting holiday travel.
For info: gophila.com/holidays.
_ Bucks County-raised filmmaker Tom Quinn is hoping to release his film "The New Year Parade," a family drama that centers on the Mummers and features the South Philadelphia String Band, in January, he tells the new issue of Philadelphia Style (with "90210" star AnnaLynne McCord on its cover) in which he's featured.
Quinn's film won the grand-jury prize at Slamdance Film Festival and was named one of MovieMaker magazine's 10 writer/directors to watch.
* "Happy Birthday, Harris Malden," a comedy by Philadelphia-based indie film company Sweaty Robot, sees wide release from Video on Demand via Amazon.com. The film is the brainchild of Sweaty Robot's founders, Nick Gregorio, Eric Levy, Juan Cardarelli, Matt Sanchez and Ben Davidow.
Joe Sixpack tackles Christmas
Just in time for the holidays, Daily News beer columnist Joe Sixpack releases his second book. "Christmas Beers: The Cheeriest, Tastiest and Most Unusual Holiday Brews" (Universe) is the first comprehensive collection of information about the 2,000-year-old, worldwide tradition of brewing and drinking festive ales and lagers during the winter holidays. Russell has various appearances slated to promote the book and proper beer enjoyment. For more info, visit joesixpack.net.
Out and about
* Attention, Montgomery Mall shoppers: 94 WYSP Eagles broadcaster Mike Quick and the team's director-
of-player programs, Harold Carmichael, will sign autographs there from noon to 4 Friday afternoon.
* Former Eagles coach Dick Vermeil went for bacon and eggs at the Wayne Farmers Market yesterday morning with his wife, Carol.
* Singer Lauren Hart performs from 10:50 to 11:15 a.m. tomorrow on the Art Museum steps. It'll be aired in part during 6ABC's Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Pixanne interviewed Saturday
Actress/singer Jane Norman, who played "Pixanne" on Channel 10, will be interviewed Saturday night on the "Remember When" show on The Big Talker 1210 AM. Norman has just released an album, "A Perfect Christmas - A Winter of Love."
She'll speak with hosts Steve Ross, Steve "Mr. Movie" Friedman and Jimmy Murray during the 10 p.m.-to- midnight show. *