Skip to content
Link copied to clipboard

Dan Gross: Utterly great news for the Utleys

It's diaper duty for Chase Utley. The Phillies star and his animal-activist wife, Jennifer, welcomed a son, Benjamin Cooper Utley, on Friday. Cooper is Jen's maiden name. He's their first child.

It's diaper duty for Chase Utley. The Phillies star and his animal-activist wife, Jennifer, welcomed a son, Benjamin Cooper Utley, on Friday. Cooper is Jen's maiden name. He's their first child.

The sports site Crossing, which first reported the birth Sunday, originally posted a photo but removed it yesterday by request of someone connected to the family.

Marathon suit settled

Expect the 10th & Walnut location of the Marathon Grill to change names in January, although it will remain an American bistro. The change is related to a legal settlement of a case that Bernard Spain and Murray Spain brought against Marathon and the Borish family in June.

The case, settled last week, involved accusations of significant financial impropriety on the part of Cary Borish, son of Sheryl and Jay Borish, whom the Spains entered into business with 30 years ago.

"We have amicably signed papers to dissolve our connection with the Borish family running the Marathon Grill enterprises," Bernard Spain said yesterday.

"It was more of a family choice than anything else. A second generation is now running it, and we had a relationship with the parents," Spain said.

Borish family attorney Matt White said that the case had been resolved and that both parties were satisfied and had no additional comment.

We're told Barry Gutin and Larry Cohen of Cuba Libre (10 S. 2nd) and their company, Guest Checks, will run the new restaurant, which shouldn't require much down time. The transformation is expected to begin around the first of the year.

Both Gutin and Cohen declined to comment.

According to Bernard Spain, he and his brother Murray had owned one-third of the Marathon Grill ever since they encouraged Sheryl and Jay Borish to move their hamburger spot from the Roosevelt Mall in the Northeast to Center City.

Back after baby

CBS 3/CW Philly anchor Susan Barnett returned from maternity leave yesterday to join Chris May at the anchor desk. Barnett and her husband, Dr. Greg Persichetti, welcomed their first daughter, Cruise, in late September. They have two sons, Steele and Blase. Barnett said she's glad to get back to the station. "It's been great having this time at home, but, compared to three kids under 5, the newsroom will seem peaceful by comparison."


Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, wife Bhavna and their children dined with some other family members and friends Sunday at Isabella (382 E. Elm) in Conshohocken.

The table ordered the Kobe burger and various artisan pizzas, as well as tapas plates including figs, mussels, gnocchi and charcuterie, much of which Bhavna, a vegetarian, did not touch.

* Mandy Moore

hung out backstage Friday at the Academy of Music, where her husband, Ryan Adams, performed.

Good cheer in Kuwait

Six Eagles cheerleaders leave Friday for Kuwait as part of a weeklong goodwill military tour.

Dani Hettinger, Lauren Mazza, Casey Baldwin, Paige Bell, Jessica Gonzalez and Danielle Kerns will perform variety shows at U.S. military bases. Eagles cheerleaders have previously traveled to Iraq, Kosovo and Bosnia, as well as U.S. bases.

Hunger Campout scores

Preston and Steve's 14th annual Campout for Hunger raked in 576,687 pounds of nonperishable food for Philabundance. The 93.3 WMMR radio hosts lived in a trailer of the Metroplex Shopping Center in Plymouth Meeting and collected food from listeners and companies. Besides your Humble Narrator's visit Thursday, in which we fired a cannon full of rancid clam chowder at P&S intern Jake Mattera, others to stop by the live broadcasts included: Flyers Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell; former Flyer John LeClair; Flyers broadcaster Bill Clement, who had his moustache shaved on air; Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick; musicians 311, Steel Panther, Eddie Money and John Waite; U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan, and Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright. Subaru of America provided 250,818 pounds of food and, for being the largest corporate donor, won a broadcast from its Cherry Hill offices.