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Stars of David Week of 3/22/2012

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Spring is sprung, the grass is riz, "Stars" wonders where the flowers is. No need to wonder where the good news is: Ducat's due -- Lee Ducat, founder of the National Disease Research Interchange and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, just was saluted at an NDRI dinner -- didn't have to check the sugar levels on what was offered, "Stars" bets -- with Arthur H. Rubenstein, professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, making the award presentation. ...

The rest of the NL better seek cover when the Phillies start to tear up the league this season -- but who do the Phitins go to when they need cover themselves? Ron Nissenbaum and his company Humphrys-CoverSports has just been named official tarp man (not the Obama kind) for the Phils, providing coverings for the entire field of Citizens Bank Park. So next time there's a rain delay and the crew comes out, know that it's Nissenbaum and company that's got it covered. Now, if he could only cover the team's hitting. ...

How now, Dow Jones? Good one to ask seems to be Morgan Stanley Smith's Eric Salmansohn: The Philadelphia brokerage's senior veep financial adviser has been named to Barron's own moneyball, its listing of America's Top 1,000 Advisors: 2012 State-by-State. So, Eric, any chance of an Enron comeback? ...

Good foundation to build on as they might have said at the Steel Pier about this board walk: Betsy Leebron Tutelman has been added as a board member of the Philadelphia Foundation. ...

Wait -- one more! Lori K. Shemtob is now on the advisory board of Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania. ...

And teachers at Swarthmore College get a high-five for their status these days. The estimable suburban Philly school heads the list of "Kiplinger's Best Value in Private Colleges," liberal arts division. Value is as value does; at close to $53Gs annually, that's no small matzah ball hanging out there. But then again, Penn comes in at No. 7 in the list for private universities at more than $53,000 a year, so Swarthmore begins to look like a real bargain. (Right, parents?) Anyone remember when Temple U. tuition was $450 a year? Of course, during that time, Abe Lincoln didn't have to use the subway; he could walk to school. ...


Caddy Shak? Well, she must certainly need someone to help her lug those 1,200 pairs of shoes around. Indeed, Beth Shak of Bryn Mawr (and now The Today Show) has been deemed owner of the largest private shoe ensemble in the nation. ("Stars" considers it the Imelda Marcos Memorial Award.) So says Thierry Daher, whose film God Save Her Shoes helped establish her as sole expert on the topic. Shak's also a noted pro poker player; one can only surmise her winning ways help foot the bills with some walk-around money. ...

Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker of E. Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker, LLC, has been chosen as a lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, serving the legal studies and business ethics department. ...

Eugene Kontorovich, who's a member of Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study, as well as a law prof at Northwestern U.'s School of Law, addressed congressional staff aides in Washington, D.C., on Palestinian Arabs' attempts to win the public relations war against Israel in international forums.

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