White Christmas at Sweetwater Farm and Grace Winery

Monika Brass, The Bryn Mawr Trust Company and FJ Leto, Inbound Marketing.

Vicki and Chris Le Vine, along with The Broadway Dreams Foundation (BDF), hosted the Fifth Annual White Christmas at Sweetwater Farm and Grace Winery (50 Sweetwater Road, Glen Mills, PA) on Sunday, December 14, 2014. The festive old fashioned piano party and cabaret featured performances by Broadway’s brightest stars (some of who took the night off from Broadway to be there.) and talented Philadelphia area BDF students (who have dreams of reaching Broadway one day.) Each year hundreds of students received valuable musical theatre training through BDF programs offered in partnership with Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The BDF program is also offered in other cities around the country, but the Philadelphia program is the largest.

The evening was directed by Craig D’Amico (Fiddler on the Roof), with musical direction by Dave Barrus (Les Miserables), and choreography by Greg Graham (Billy Elliot). Featured performers included Leslie Odom, Jr. (Smash), Quentin Earl Darrington (Ragtime), Luke Hawkins (West Side Story), Donnie Kehr (Jersey Boys), Ginna Le Vine, Jen Perry (Kinky Boots), Ryann Redmond (If/Then), and Noah Rickettes (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical).

The Broadway Dreams Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to training, mentoring and providing career opportunities to the next generation of musical theater performers. Intensive programs are offered nationally throughout the year, led by an exceptional faculty of high-profile Broadway professionals. BDF offers significant scholarships to hundreds of participants each year, ensuring that all qualified students are able to realize their Broadway dreams regardless of their financial status.

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Map Shows Where Bike Thefts Are Most Common in Philly

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A map made by Philly analytics guy and bike rider Gregory Kaminski shows where bike thefts are most common in Philly. It’s largely common sense: Most thefts are in Center City and University City.

But it’s interesting to see the details. Technically Philly’s Juliana Reyes flags the number of bikes stolen across the street from City Hall — 15, the most in the data.

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Jimmy Rollins Officially Traded to the Dodgers

More than a week after it was first reported, the trade is finally official: Jimmy Rollins has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Phillies received two pitching prospects, righthander Zach Eflin and lefthander Tom Windle, in the deal.

The possible snag in the trade — a holdup in the deal where the Dodgers would trade Matt Kemp and other players to the Padres for Eflin — was completed last night.

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Outrage Over Philly Paramedic’s Anti-Cop Social Media Posts

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The above photo was posted to Instagram by Philadelphia paramedic Marcell Salters, along with the message, “Our real enemy … Need 2 stop pointing guns at each other and at the ones that’s legally killing us and innocents.” In another post, he wrote he “never did or will like police.” Geeze, generally when you don’t like coworkers you just grumble behind their back.

Obviously, these are posts that might get you in trouble any any job, let alone one where you work firsthand with police officers. “The fire commissioner believes this photo crossed the line,” CBS 3 reports. Obviously he does! Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer said he “thought it was disgusting.”

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This Just In: Chip Kelly Is A Good Coach…

Photo Credit: Benny Sieu - USA Today

Photo Credit: Benny Sieu – USA Today

Read Mike Missanelli on why Chip Kelly’s gaudy numbers might not get the Eagles to the postseason.

Since Chip Kelly is heralded by the Philadelphia media and fan base as a genius who revolutionized football, I decided to take a look at Kelly compared to his peers.

The best way, maybe the only way, to rate NFL head coaches is by wins and losses. With that criterion, many in Philadelphia will be surprised to find out that Kelly is not even the best of his class. That distinction goes to another guy with Philadelphia ties; former Temple head coach Bruce Arians, who took over the Arizona Cardinals job the same year Kelly took over the Eagles job. In fact, Kelly has the exact same record as the man he followed as Eagles head coach, the much-derided Andy Reid.

Here is the win loss record of the seven men who became the new coach of their respective teams in 2013:

Bruce Arians, Arizona Cardinals 21-9
Chip Kelly, Philadelphia Eagles 19-11
Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs 19-11
Mike McCoy, San Diego Chargers 17-13
Doug Marrone, Buffalo Bills 14-16
Mark Trestman, Chicago Bears 13-17
Gus Bradley, Jacksonville Jaguars 7-24

Of those seven teams, only Arians’ team is assured a playoff spot with two games yet to play.
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…But the Eagles Might Still Miss the Playoffs

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Read Larry Mendte break down the numbers showing Chip Kelly is one of the bestter second-year coaches in the NFL.

The Eagles might likely miss the NFL playoffs this year, and the legend of the fall might be the very same guy who built the team into a playoff contender.

Such is life in the NFL, where one can be riding high one week, then shot down with one loss on a chilly Sunday night. And that loss, against the hated Dallas Cowboys, at home no less, has had such a chilling effect on the fan base; it may as well be the Ice Age around here.

Miracles do happen, however. If the Eagles win their last two games, they would be 11-5 – a better regular season record than last year, by the way. And they could very well get lucky with a few well timed losses amongst the other contenders. But until that happens, fans are left in a stew of blame. How could a team that, for an entire season, carried such hopes for greatness, fall so flat at the end? And who is most responsible?
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WATCH: Good Day Philadelphia Anchors Parody Titanic for Some Reason

This morning on Good Day Philadelphia, anchors Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley (sorry, champion flag football teammate Alex Holley) decided to parody Titanic for some reason.

I guess that reason is: It’s a Friday in late December. I guess that’s why I’ve posted it now, too! (Also, the film was released 17 years ago today.)

You can watch the video above.

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