Newsmakers the Week of October 10, 2013


Rodney Robb and Boni Wolf are serving, respectively, as producer and director of Sonic Pop Live, a new kids’ TV show headquartered in Philadelphia and shown throughout the region daily on Atlantic City’s WACP, Channel 4 (moving to WMCN, Channel 21 beginning Oct. 21). The series — partially scripted, the rest improvised — follows a group of children, ranging from adolescents to teens, at area hot spots, reacting with each other and with those hosting them on-site. The show culls its cast from the Actors Center Phila­delphia, founded and headed by Robb since 1990; its graduates include Tony Award winner John Gallagher and Mark Indelicato (Ugly Betty). Sonic Pop Live is hosted by Mazie Wolf and Sophie Ferguson.

Abington’s Police Athletic League honored board member Eric Sussman at the organization’s International Food Festival earlier this week at the Philmont Country Club in Huntingdon Valley.

Eagles broadcaster Merrill Reese has been named one of the 25 Greatest NFL Announcers of All Time by bleacher, which calls him “king of all the homers and yet, at times, still incredibly critical of the team that pays his sal­ary.” Reese is also cited as “a legend in Philadelphia for his exuberance, even at the expense of detail.”

Philadelphia native Meredith Levine Jacobs has been appointed editor-in-chief of the Washington Jewish Week, moving to the position from her role as managing editor. A prolific and award-winning writer, she authored the tomes, The Modern Jewish Mom’s Guide to Shabbat: Connect and Celebrate — Bring Your Family Together with the Friday Night Meal and Just Between Us: A No-Stress, No-Rules Journal for Girls and Their Moms, which she co-authored. Among other credits, Jacobs created and hosted the website,

Nationally prominent, locally based restaurateur/chef Marc Vetri got a taste of Washington the other day: He was invited by the White House to attend — and be in the background  — for a presidential speech on the economy. President Obama cited Vetri and the others in the group standing behind him at the podium as those who took their lumps during the recession but have come back as part of the recovery.

Nelly Toll, Holocaust survivor, educator and author of books about the era, has just penned Beyond the Hidden Walls, a fictionalized take on her aunt’s many travails during World War II.

Audrey Goldberg, 16, a student at Pennsbury High School in Fairless Hills, Pa., has been named junior student representative to the Pennsbury School Board, sharing the position with another student. She won’t exactly be a stranger on the board: Her father, Howard Goldberg, is a member.

Midgard Properties, Inc., which was founded by Jeff Lustig and Thomas Federman, along with the economics company, GRA, Inc., founded by Aaron Gellman, were saluted with Recognition Awards by the Jenkintown Borough Council for their longstanding
efforts in revitalizing the borough.

Artist/designer Jonathan Mandell’s latest mosaic has been dedicated at the Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., where the art piece was installed during the college’s homecoming weekend. The work details the center’s history over its 10 years in existence and its role at the school.

Joel A. Goodhart, managing partner, BIRE Financial Services of Plymouth Meeting, has been honored with the 2013 President's Cup of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, Greater Philadelphia Group.

Rabbi Arthur Waskow, a longtime central figure of the social activist left, will join iconic feminist/writer Gloria Steinem as honorees at an event benefitting the Shalom Center, which was founded by the rabbi 30 years ago. The gathering, with the theme of “This Is What 80 Looks Like” — both honorees are celebrating their 80th birthdays — will take place on Nov. 3 at Mishkan Shalom.

They Call It Pro Football, written and produced by Steve Sabol, the late co-founder, with his dad, Ed, of NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, N.J., has been added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry. In citing the 1967 film, the premiere feature made by the Sabols, the Library says it “has well earned its characterization as the ‘Citizen Kane’ of sports movies.”

Ronald L. Panitch of Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP has been chosen Lawyer of the Year 2014 in the field of litigation/patent by Best Lawyers.


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