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Stars of David Week of 2/2/2012

February 2, 2012 By:
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Mimi Stillman

For those not keyed in to Puxatawny Phil this morning, here are some "Stars" who cast their own huge shadows -- and this one comes with a serenade: Mimi Stillman -- flautist with the mostest? The acclaimed local musician and founder/guiding spirit of Dolce Suono Ensemble is shepherding her group to the concluding Mahler 100/Schoenberg 60 presentations this weekend in Haverford and Philadelphia before heading up the turnpike for their New York premiere on Feb. 6. ...

Movin' on up -- well, at least to the suburbs. That's Uri Monson, past exec director of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority in Philadelphia, now on to Montco, where he has been named the county's chief financial officer. (Not a biggee of a commute; he lives in Wynnewood.) Monson was part of the transition team for new commissioners Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards. ...

Say it ain't so, Joe: A video tribute to "Joe Paterno: Legends Never Die" features a song composed by Barrack Hebrew Academy senior Rebecca Dadi, asked to contribute the tune by a Penn State friend. "Let Me Tell You ( You're OK)," Dadi's piece -- you can hear her singing it at: www.youtube.com (search Dadi) -- was originally recorded, with the assistance of Barrack alum/music man Michael Bihovsky, to honor her grandmother prior to her death of breast cancer. ...

It's a grand night for Oscar, Oscar, Oscar -- and Geoffrey Richman. A member of moviedom's "Melrose Park Jewish Mafia" is having his golden moment as the short film he edited,Time Freak, has been given the nod for an Oscar nom. ...

OK, so he didn't make it to the 2011 World Series -- well, neither did the Phillies -- but former Phitin' reliever Michael Schwimer did make it to the winner's circle at his alma mater University of Virginia, whose baseball team celebrated its 10th annual Step Up to the Plate fundraiser with the former Phil taking part in a panel discussion. ...

The winner this Sunday -- New York or New England? Nothing new to note that no matter which team takes the Lombardi Trophy, NFL Films will come out a champ. So who better to honor for any given Super Sunday of football than NFL Films' Steve Sabol, just saluted as a member of the Class of 2012 of Champions: Pioneers & Innovators in Sports Business, an honor accorded by Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal. And Sabol's not the only one able to do a dance in the end zone -- although his local co-champ may prefer a net to football posts: Ed Snider -- the man at the core of Comcast-Spectacor and those surging Flyers -- also was among the elite named to the Class act. ...

With the Super Bowl this Sunday, it seems natural that Morris Wenick would be chanting Dee-Fense, Dee-Fense. But he has been for years; the 80-year-old Atlantic City resident, after years of living in Philly, recently received a letter of commendation from Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for his heroics defending the country during World War II -- for which Wenick previously received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal. Appropriately, Wenick spent his post-military career as a much-heralded employee of the U. S. Department of -- you got it! -- Defense.

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