Sunday, July 31, 2011


Jerry Blavat

With a firm commitment to programming that’s both live and local seven days a week, Kool 98.3 (WTKU-FM) will re-launch August 1st, with a refined format of hit songs from the 1960s through the ‘80s played by a lineup of personalities whose names and voices are familiar to radio listeners in southern New Jersey and throughout the Delaware Valley, station officials announced today.
“Our goal is to position Kool 98.3 as South Jersey’s Greatest Hits Station among all age groups,” said Dave Coskey, president of Longport Media, LLC., which purchased Kool 98.3 along with four other local radio stations in May.
Paul Kelly, a respected broadcasting executive with extensive experience both as a programmer and behind the microphone, has been named Director of Operations for Longport Media and will oversee the development and rollout of the changes, Coskey added.

“One of our primary goals in creating the new format for Kool was to offer our listeners programming and a playlist that’s compelling,” Kelly said. “We want to become the station that people look forward to listening to not just during the work-week but on weekends, too.”

Kool 98.3’s new format will include an all-star team of area disc jockeys and on-air talent who are among the region’s most respected and recognizable radio personalities and who have entertained radio audiences for decades.

The Kool 98.3 Morning Wake Up with Dave & Tina is the perfect way to start your day - with a smile on your face. David Allen Pratt has been a part of South Jersey radio for over 20 years with his unique brand of humor and an uncanny knack for making his listeners a big part of his show. Now, Dave’s going back where he came from: To mornings on Kool 98.3. Count on Dave to bring a fresh and funny slant on the pertinent happenings of the day, like which celebrity was arrested the night before, or who Hugh Hefner's next special gal will be! Tina Owen, another South Jersey radio veteran and daughter of regional radio great Al Owen, joins Dave in the studio with updates on the local news everyone is talking about, plus a female perspective on Dave’s antics! Also featured on Morning Wake Up with Dave & Tina will be NBC40 chief meteorologist Dan Skeldon's exclusive weather forecasts, great prizes and giveaways. And we’ll wrap all of this around South Jersey’s Greatest Hits, all designed to get you up and going!
During the midday hours, seasoned radio veteran Jennifer Scott returns to KOOL weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Scott’s voice is as comfortable as an old friend - perfect for getting you through your work day.

Taking the reigns during the weekday afternoon drive from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. is Jackson T. Chase, one of the area’s most recognized and familiar voices. Chase made his local radio debut in 1971 as the morning drive personality on WMID - The Jersey Giant - which was the region’s premier station of its time. Chase has enjoyed a long career in the market and remains one of the most trusted voices in South Jersey radio.

Finally, one of the most iconic figures in the history of Delaware Valley radio wraps up each weekday. Jerry Blavat, the legendary “Geator with the Heator,” slides behind the microphone and brings his inimitable style and encyclopedic knowledge of music to Kool 98.3 Monday through Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
On weekends, Kool 98.3 is committed to offering a lineup that’s as strong as its weekdays, Kelly emphasized.

“So many stations have given up on live programming on weekends,” he said. “Yet weekends are when we have the most visitors in South Jersey. It’s when we’re out running errands, going to the beach or taking care of things around the house. We consider the weekends every bit as important as weekdays.”
To that end, KOOL 98.3 has recruited Dick Fennessy, whose resume includes stints at Philadelphia’s 1970s powerhouse WFIL along with stations at the Jersey Shore, to anchor Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Then Mike Bowe, who spent more than 25 years as the morning and afternoon drive-time host on Philadelphia’s WMGK, will take the 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. shift.

“We’re reuniting Mike and Dick with the music that they know best,” Kelly added. “Their familiar voices and upbeat styles will be a welcome addition to everyone’s weekend.”

Kool 98.3’s listeners will wake up to another familiar voice every Saturday morning. After an extended side trip into the business world, Kim Martin returns to the South Jersey airwaves Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. with her casual and conversational style.

And on the first Sunday of every month, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., another voice and face familiar to Delaware Valley radio and television audiences will see his broadcasting career come full circle. Atlantic City native Tom Lamaine, whose media career began at WOND in the early 1960s, will revive “Tom Lamaine’s Memory Lane,” the show that launched his radio career and continued when he took the program to WIP radio in Philadelphia in the late 1960s. Lamaine went on to enjoy a long career at KYW-TV CBS3’s “Eyewitness News” in Philadelphia, where he became the market’s first professional meteorologist to anchor the weather until his retirement from television last year.

Add national music hit-maker Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 Countdown The 70’s to the weekend line-up and its clear Kool 98.3’s weekends are just as powerful and entertaining as weekdays.

Kool 98.3 listeners will also hear ‘round-the-clock weather forecasts from meteorologist Dan Skeldon, whose reports will include daily beach reports with the UV tanning index, water temperatures, wave conditions and tide schedules - all the essentials for the well-prepared beach-goer. Boaters will also hear Skeldon’s marine forecasts and boating forecasts for local waters, too.
Additionally, Kool 98.3 will feature Curtain Call entertainment reports by Emmy-award winning journalist David Spatz, whose one-minute updates offer the inside scoop on entertainment in Atlantic City and throughout the region. It’s the go-to source for those looking to plan their week.

All of the programming will be wrapped around local headlines to create region’s most comprehensive radio source for information and entertainment.
“When we re-launch Kool 98.3, everyone from local residents to South Jersey visitors can tune in seven days a week and hear live and local content from some of the leading on-air personalities in our region,” Kelly said. “We’re going to be the most entertaining radio station in South Jersey.”

The KOOL 98.3 Line-Up

(Effective 8/1/11)
Monday through Friday
6a-10a KOOL 98.3’s Morning Wake-up with Dave & Tina
10a-3p Mid-days with Jennifer Scott
3p-7p Jackson T Chase
7p-9p Jerry Blavat

6a-10a Kim Martin
10a-2p Dick Fennessy
2p-7p Mike Bowe
7p-9p Jackson T Chase
9p-11p Jerry Blavat

6a-7a The Beatle Years
7a-10a Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 the 70’s
10a-2p Dick Fennessy
2p-7p Mike Bowe
7P-9P Tom Lamaine’s Memory Lane (first Sunday of each month)


Formed in May 2011, Longport Media, LLC, is a communications company owned and operated by investors from the Atlantic City and greater southern New Jersey area. Longport Media is committed to presenting quality programming that is informative, entertaining and provocative. There is a strong commitment to serve our community as responsible neighbors in part by giving a voice to non-profit groups and community organizations. Longport Media took control of radio stations WOND, WMGM, WTKU, WWAC and WBSS on May 13, 2011. Collectively, our stations inform and entertain virtually every demographic in southern South Jersey. These five stations are now programmed and broadcast live 24-hours a day from Green Broadcast Plaza in Linwood, N.J.


Kathryn Stockett

Viola Davis

Bryce Dallas Howard

Bryce Dallas Howard along with Kathryn Stockett, Viola Davis and others, attended The Los Angeles Screening and Panel Discussion of "The Help" held at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Stadium 14 in Los Angeles, California.

Photos By: RD / Orchon / Retna Digital


Nina Hartley

Janice Dickinson

Adrianne Curry

Adrianne Curry along with Nina Hartley, Janice Dickinson and others, were snapped at the Playboy TCA Event at the famed Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California.

Photos By: RD / Jackson / Retna Digital


Alice Cooper

Jailed Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper was snapped a his photo shoot at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada the other day.

Photos By: RD / Kabik / Retna Digital

Saturday, July 30, 2011


John Lithgow

James Franco

Rupert Grint

Freida Pinto

Tom Felton

Tom Felton along with Rupert Grint, John Lithgow, James Franco, Freida Pinto and many more stars attended The Los Angeles Premiere of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

Photos By: RD / Orchon / Retna Digital

Friday, July 29, 2011



In a season that has already seen a plethora of over-the-top galas, sizzling cultural events and sumptuous dinners, this weekend is the Grand –Daddy of summer of them all with three of the hottest tickets to celeb studded galas for truly worthy causes. If you were ever going to loosen your purse strings, this is the weekend to do it!

Kelly Ripa

Donna Karan, Kelly Ripa, Emma Stone & Ariel Foxman Prep for Super Saturday

Since Donna Karan first launched Super Saturday in memory of the late much loved fashion editor Liz Tilberis, this ultimate garage sale of designer duds has become one of the best and most popular summer charity events in the Hamptons. This year, Emma Roberts and Kelly Ripa will join with Karan, Ariel Foxman and InStyle to host this super sale to benefit The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF). It takes place on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at Nova’s Ark Project in Water Mill, New York from 1:00PM – 6:00PM with a special preview hour beginning at Noon.

The big draw is the one-of-a-kind designer garage sale which pulls in savvy shoppers from all over the East Coast. The LIRR trains will be jammed in the morning with gals prepped for the experience of shopping on a polo field – wearing easy to remove garments and flat shoes to try on the merchandise from over 200 prominent designers including: Donna Karan, Judith Lieber, Theory, Jimmy Choo, Pratesi, Robert Rodriguez, Diane von Furstenberg, Elizabeth & James, Haute Hippie and Ralph Lauren. For the fourth consecutive year, the “Designers A to Zoe” booth by Rachel Zoe will feature luxury designers such as Kara Ross, Rag & Bone, Marc Jacobs, Elise Overland, Jean Paul Gaultier and Etro among others/ Beware it can get like a soccer scrum at times with buyers tugging on the last DVF wrap dress in size 6! For participation information, contact


Russell Simmons

Simmons Family Hosts 12th Annual Art for Life

Layer that evening, Rush Philanthropic will celebrate the Twelfth Annual Art for Life East Hampton benefit event! Each year hundreds of friends, supporters and A List celebs have joined Russell Simmons, Danny Simmons, Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons and Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation ay Russell’s estate to celebrate the creative energy of New York City youth and honor exemplary individuals for success in their respective fields and good works to better the community.

This year they will honor Grammy winning recording artist Mary J. Blige, Kimberly B. Davis, President JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Oz Garcia, Nutritionist & Author Tamara Mellon, OBE, Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Jimmy Choo and Edward Norton,, Actor/Filmmaker, Crowdrise Co-Founder. CNN’s Soledad O’Brien will host and Star Jones will serve as the Rush Kids Auctioneer.

Powerhouse Jennifer Hudson will perform, as will dazzling violinist Miri Ben-Ari and featured artist is Kara Walker.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Kimora Lee Simmons and Djimon Hounsou will serve as Honorary Chairs. Event Chairs are Lala Anthony, Marc J. Leder, Katie Lee, Esther Silver-Parker, Uma Thurman and Patricia Velasquez. All of the money raised at this event will support thousands of underserved New York children. Close to 800 industry leaders from the entertainment, arts, business and philanthropic communities attend the event each year.

If you are planning on attending do know that Russell is very strict about the dress code – In past years, anyone not wearing white the attire requested was banished to the parking lot. This year it’s a little trickier with the dress code requesting attendees to wear “Sun-Kissed Saffron & Red Jade”. Keep that in mind when you’re tearing through the racks at Super Saturday Individual tickets from $1,500 and Tables of 10 from $15,000To become a sponsor of purchase tickets, please contact: Tracey Doolin, Inez Weinstein Special Events, Inc at 212.254.6677 or


Isaac Mizrahi

Great Chefs

The Great Chefs Dinner on Sunday at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton ranks as my all time favorite food event of the season, Launched by a handful of celebrity chefs to honor their colleague the late Jeff Salaway, the event has morphed into the must attend event of the year for serious foodies - and why not with such world class chefs at the stoves such as Jonathan Waxman, Joseph Realmuto, Marc Meyer Josh Capon, Claudia Fleming, Marc Forgione and more. Best part of all proceeds go to the Jeff Salaway Scholarship Fund at the progressive Hayground School which Jeff co-founded with his wife Toni Ross, Barry & Susan Sonnenfeld, Roy & Brenda Scheider, Jonathan Snow and several others committed to the philosophy that art is at the center of life not the periphery.

This year, fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi will be the guest "chef" and will be making dessert Tequila cherry chocolate chip ice cream. There's an overwhelming amount of food at this event, which is divided into two parts: It kicks off with a cocktail hour and then there's a full sit down dinner afterwards in the school’s Jeff’s Kitchen.

The Chefs Dinner series is the primary fundraiser for Bridgehampton's own Hayground School and an annual tribute to the late Jeff Salaway, a widely respected and beloved restaurateur and one of the school's co-founders. The 2010 event raised $200,000 for Jeff's Kitchen and the Jeff Salaway Scholarship Fund. Says Nick & Toni's Toni Ross, "Jeff believed that the growing, preparation and sharing of food is a primal human experience and the foundation of family and community." Jeff's Kitchen is a full service professional kitchen and classroom fitted with top-of-the-line Viking appliances and a new pizza oven. Classes in nutrition, food science and cooking are held there for both children and adults. Completing the facility, recently a professional Farmtek greenhouse was erected by Hayground students, staff and friends with funds provided by Slow Food.

To reserve pre-sale tickets contact Samantha Dettmer at 631-537-7068, ext. 113 or email at or


Tovah Feldshuh

Tovah Feldshuh Recreates Prime Minister Golda Meier in Golda’s Balcony

Sunday evening check out the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center presentation of “Golda’s Balcony”. Starring Tony & Emmy Award-nominated Tovah Feldshuh, this breathtaking tour de force is a portrait of Golda Meir, a Milwaukee schoolteacher who became Prime Minister of Israel in 1969. The play encapsulates the story of the birth of Israel in the wake of the Holocaust and its endless struggle for peace. After 17 months of standing ovations on Broadway, this award-winning show set the record for the longest running one-woman show in Broadway history and promises to be a deeply moving and unforgettable night of theatre. Box Office or call 631 288-1500.

Photos By: Walter McBride/RD/Dziekan/Retna


Claire O'Connor

I am so sad to say my friend Claire O'Connor of almost 30 years, has died of cancer. This is such a huge loss to everyone that knew and loved her.

I've been wandering the streets of Hells Kitchen for a few hours now, crying and crying about what a wonderful person this world has lost and what a beautiful friend I have lost. I kept walking back and forth in front of her apartment on West 44th street, and I don't know why. Maybe it was to feel close to her, knowing that she has walked the same pavement for so many years, to know these were the doors she walked through millions of times, I don't know. I just know that in this world of such horrible people, Claire was a Saint. Claire cared about people and she loved and watched over her friends. She was also the most talented publicist and everyone in the media world adored Claire.

I could talk to Claire as a friend. She would give me advice or tell me what I could do to make my life better. When I had no photo jobs, she would have me hired for her clients, knowing how much I needed the business. At times, I knew she really didn't need a photographer, but she wanted me to make money. She watched out for me and she was a true friend.

She never told me how sick she was. I don't think she told anyone. Early this year, she announced to me that she wanted to quit smoking. She wanted those plastic cigarettes to help her, so I ran over and brought them to her. Claire knew I had everything to quit, the patch, plastic cigarettes and just about everything else. She knew I wanted to quit, but I was just not ready. She emptied her house of all her smokes and gave them to me. I was in shock when months later, she still had not had a smoke. I was proud of her, I wished I could be as strong.

A few months ago I kept trying and trying to reach Claire. I got no return calls and I was concerned. Finally she calls. She said she broke her arm, that she was OK and not to worry. She disappeared again. I left message after message and finally I get another call. She said she was fine, that she needed a operation on her arm and while she was there she had a back procedure. She sounded good. I called her again the next day and she sounded horrible. She said she was in such pain. I told her I was right down the block. I said I can bring you anything, soup, food, just name it. Claire said she had family there to help her. I told her how much I love and adored her and we ended the conservation as I could tell she was in so much pain.

The other day I called her home. Claire's sister Maureen answered and wanted to know who I was. I told her and she said she was trying to get Claire to go to the hospital and she did not want too. She asked for my number and I gave it to her. I just thought to myself, that there must be complications from the surgeries, I had no idea it was cancer.

Tonight I get a message from her husband, Rock Star Adam Bomb. He said Claire has passed away. I tried to reach him, but none of the phones are being answered. I can understand that. I called several friends of Claire's. Everyone is crying and everyone is in shock. No one knew what Claire was going through. She was a strong Irish woman. She always wanted to know how we were doing.

Most people who read Times Square Gossip, know that a few years ago I took in a homeless kid who has had a very abused life. Claire was at every one of his birthdays except for this year. She said she could not come because of her arm, but she sent over cards for me and the kid. Each card had cash in it. My card said worlds best dad.

Claire had a wonderful life and a wonderful family. Her husband Adam is a great guy and her two daughters are gems. Claire had it all. A great business and a great family. I always said to her, I don't know how you do it all. She was very proud of her kids. She was very proud of her family. She always told me. And I was very lucky to have a friend like Claire O'Connor. I was very proud of her. Rest in peace my friend!


The wake for Claire is this Monday August 1 at Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home (1076 Madison Avenue at 81 Street), from 2-5 PM and 7-9 PM. Her family is requesting flowers.

And her funeral will be on Tuesday August 2 at 10 AM at St. Thomas More (65 E. 89th Street).

Thursday, July 28, 2011


Jordin Sparks

Together with GiltCity, Forevermark, the new diamond brand from the De Beers group of companies, celebrated its upcoming launch in New York City with an exclusive "Diamond Connoisseur Retreat" Pop-Up Boutique & Masterclass event at Milk Gallery.

American Idol Winner Jordin Sparks came to check out the pop-up boutique experience and attended a Forevermark Diamond Masterclass. She looked stunning in Forevermark diamonds, including Forevermark Diamond Earrings, Premier Gem for Forevermark Fancy Yellow Diamond Ring, and Premier Gem for Forevermark Diamond Line Bracelet.

Showcased alongside the classic Forevermark diamond designs available for sale were special designer collaborations by some of the jewelry designers most beloved by Hollywood, such as Hoorsenbuhs and Me & Ro. Many of Hollywood's leading actresses, including Michelle Williams, Lea Michele, Angie Harmon, Elizabeth Banks, Rashida Jones, Gwyneth Paltrow and Uma Thurman have already donned Forevermark on the Red Carpet this year. Forevermark will officially launch in the United States in Fall 2011, and will be available in a variety of independent and national retail locations.



Taxing Kathy Posner

I have written about how I cannot figure out mathematically how the coffers of the State of Illinois benefit from all of the tax incentives that Governor Pat Quinn bestows on companies who threaten to leave. One of the reasons is because Quinn has given tax breaks to companies who do not even pay corporate taxes to the state. Instead, their incentive is calculated by the fact that the companies do not have to give the state their employee paycheck state income tax withholding. These companies just get to pocket that money because of an option that Quinn added to the Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) program.

The first company that Quinn gave that new option to was Motorola Mobility. . Motorola threatened to move out of state unless they got a tax break. Since they already, through clever loopholes, avoided paying any corporate state sales tax, they got a $100 million future break from paying the employee state income tax withholding.

All the tax breaks that corporations have been getting reminded me about how I did not agree last year with the summer state sales tax moratorium for back to school shopping. I wrote two factual mathematical blogs on why I did not like the plan. The legislature passed the plan, despite my clear (not to mention loud) objections. One blog in May and one in July.

State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo) was the sponsor of last year’s bill, so I called him and asked if the state sales tax moratorium would be happening again this year. I figured if the Governor were giving tax breaks to large corporations, he would certainly be aiding us “little guys”, to stimulate back to school shopping. While I did not agree with the program, it certainly seemed fair to let it continue. I was wrong. (Not really… since we all know that I am never wrong, you, my faithful readers, know that I was merely being satirical.)

Franks told me, “Quinn does not understand basic economic theory. Cutting taxes spur consumer spending. The empirical evidence shows that back to school sales tax holidays are a net revenue generator for the state. Whereas corporate welfare to multi-national corporations who by and large pay little or no state taxes is a net loss to the state.”

People should remember this when they vote in the next gubernatorial election. Quinn has been giving hundreds of millions of dollars to corporations who do not pay any state corporate tax, but, at the same time, he would not bring back the summer sales tax moratorium for the citizens of the state. Large donations from these corporations to Quinn’s campaign fund might fuel his personal economy, but we “little guys” have the votes.

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Insider Secrets HBO's Entourage - Behind the Wardrobe on What Ari Gold is Wearing!

Adrian Grenier

The premiere for the highly anticipated final season of HBO’s hit original series Entourage aired on Sunday, with many fans anxious to see how the popular show will end. The must-tune-in series features charming Vince (played by Adrian Grenier), driven ‘E’ (played by Kevin Connolly), endearing Lloyd (played by Rex Lee), and fan favorite Ari Gold (played by Jeremy Piven) in his signature Domenico Vacca look and wardrobe. “We were able to do something really special for Jeremy’s character this season,” says designer Domenico Vacca. “We had a bit more time than the other seasons and we went through the script of each episode and tailored Ari’s wardrobe to the many important life changing moments that the character goes through. I wanted to try something new and give his look more power…define his style. This season, we are introducing double-breasted and three-piece suits. We also wanted to define the character as somebody who not only dresses well, but recognizes style. Fabrics of the shirts, suits, sport jackets and pants are very fine and colors include different shades of greys and blues, two of Domenico Vacca’s signature colors. Also, we played with intricate details such as pink lapels on single-breast jackets, ticket and patch pockets on sport jackets, 9 folds on ties and our 2 button spread signature collar on shirts.” The show has been nominated for 25 Primetime Emmy Awards, 14 Golden Globe Awards and 6 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Dressed in celebrity designer and friend Domenico Vacca’s garments (both on screen and for red carpet events), Actor Jeremy Piven has won three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. Jeremy Piven, Jerry Ferrara and Entourage creator Douglas Reed Ellin were all dressed in Domenico Vacca at the premiere of season 8 held at the Beacon theater in New York City, July 19, 2011.


Domenico Vacca's innovative and luxurious high end label offers its clientele an array of timeless and exceptionally chic collections across three lines: Domenico Vacca, Vacca and DV Denim. By combining the best of Italian craftsmanship and tailoring, superb fabrics, and an impeccable fit with a modern flair, the Domenico Vacca men and women's collections are based on the Italian tradition of authentic sartorial luxury craftsmanship and luxury, being referred to by US and International fashion insiders as "the Ferrari of clothing". Boasting an impressive industry following, Domenico Vacca designs have been featured in numerous films and TV Series such as: HBO's Entourage (Jeremy Piven-Season 1 through 8, NY premiere July 18, 2011); Direct TV's Damages (Glenn Close-Season 1 through 4, premiering July 2011), Transformer 3: Dark of the Moon (John Malkovich, June 2011), The Lincoln Lawyer (Marisa Tomei, March 2011), American Gangster (Denzel Washington, November 2010), just to name a few. The brand is also a celebrity favorite of stars including: Ashton Kutcher, Colin Firth, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Mickey Rourke, Renee Zellweger, Scarlett Johansson, Sean "P Diddy" Combs, Selma Hayek, Seth Rogan, Will Farrell and Usher.

For further information on designer Domenico Vacca and his three lines: Domenico Vacca, Vacca and DV Denim, please visit

Boutique Locations:

New York City
Fifth Avenue
781 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY
(212) 759.6333

Madison Avenue
702 Madison Avenue
New York, NY
(212) 421.8902

Los Angeles
Rodeo Drive
474 N. Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA
(310) 247.0325

Palm Beach
313 ½ Worth Avenue
Palm Beach, FL
(561) 655.7299

United Kingdom
109-125 Knightsbridge
Kensington, London
+(020) 7730 1234

Parcel One
The Pearl Qatar
Doha, Qatar
+(974) 495.3876 x1061

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The Driver’s Seat

62 Jobs Lane
Southampton Village, NY
(631) 283-6606


The Drivers Seat

A local favorite since its establishment in 1960, The Driver’s Seat Restaurant embodies the effortless style of East End dining, perfect for those looking for the quintessential experience. Sunlit and airy, the eatery—now owned by restaurateur Irma Herzog—offers a menu of traditional American fare, peppered with a selection of International cuisine. New for the 2011 summer season, The Driver’s Seat has revamped its interior with modern renovations, using owner Irma’s own personal aesthetic and vision. Redesigning the restaurant’s back patio, as well as landscaping a beautiful garden with live flowers, Irma has given The Driver’s Seat a refreshing change to the classic Hamptons’ staple.

With Executive Chef Hortensia Martinez at the wheel, guests will find classic summer favorites including: Lobster Roll Sandwich, Baked Clam Casserole, Mexican quesadillas and fajitas, and their famous Driver’s Seat Burgers. Purchasing all of their ingredients from local farmers and preparing dishes onsite, The Driver’s Seat ensures that Hampton locals and vacationers alike enjoy the freshest dishes possible.

Open year round, seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the venue is a must visit during the week, offering indoor and outdoor Happy Hour from 5:00PM to 6:00PM—try their signature Long Island Ice Tea, a Southampton favorite with The Driver’s Seat’s own sour mix—and Sunday Brunch featuring a complementary homemade Bloody Mary and or Mimosa from 11:30AM to 5:00PM.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Karen Gillan

Matt Smith

Matt Smith along with Karen Gillan and others, attended The Stars of Dr. Who, as they Signed Copies of Series 6 DVD Release held at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles, California.

Photos By: RD / Orchon / Retna Digital



Reeve Carney

FIRST ACT NO; SECOND ACT A GO -- We finally ventured forth into Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark last night at the Foxwoods Theatre and found a show, while particularly interesting on several fronts, literally hanging by a thread in the first act; re-bounding promisingly in the second, but overall, a show that sort of reboots the whole Spider-Man myths rather poorly. Sad to say, but, most of the reviews were spot-on. There's really not a show here, but rather, a wonderful series of images and sets by the visionary Julie Taymor; who, depending on what story you choose to believe, either was the victim of a horrible artistic-meltdown, or unceremoniously fired from the show. Wherever the truth lies, her work, her vision … is nothing sort of breathtaking and tremendous. The weaving sets seemingly bounce up and down, but come together at every corner; let's say it now, her work (be it the wonderful Lion King still on the boards; or the movie Across The Universe) is unique, special, and magical. Dazzling to a fault … that, is really the essence of this poorly plotted show: creating a miasma of sound and vision. The whole flying portion of the show is really in only a handful of scenes. Honesty, all the wires, pulleys, and harnesses … make it seem far less magical than it sounds like on paper. Let's face it: man doesn't fly … and, unless you fortunate enough to be able to have CGI in your show or movie, it don't work! Case closed. Reeve Carney as Peter Parker/Spidey is just adequate. I got the distinct feeling he is a fine performer, but, clearly in the wrong show. Jennifer Damiano as Mary Jane Watson … again, tremendously capable, but this is not the right show for her either. The SM myths differs dramatically from both the original comic as well as the three SM movies … and, here again, I completely don't understand why that was done. It was one thing to twist it for the movies, but here, why twist it again? Truth be told, the original rendering of the comic was so long ago, I have trouble now even recalling now the exact facts. Patrick Page as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin is the star of the show. The campiness he exudes is not only tremendous, but exactly what this lumbering shows needs. The music is a mystery all together; sure, they're some dynamite songs, with “Rise Above” and “Picture This” standing heads and tails above the rest, but where do songs like “A Freak Like Me Needs Company” and “Sinestro” come from? I just saw Bono and The Edge on David Letterman last week, where they confessed some misgivings about the songs … boy, they ain't kidding. I like U2 … I really do, but the majority of these songs couldn't even make it on radio. I really rather surprised. And, the scene where the Goblin tried to make a phone call and is constantly put on hold, the music that comes on during the waiting is U2's “Beautiful Day.” Funny? Not really. Actually quite sad and tacky. The audience was packed with tourists and with ticket prices starting at $149.00 and up (and, t-shirts for $40.00) ; someone is raking in the cabbage. I still contend that once this behemoth was proposed and signed, sealed and delivered; they had no choice but to move on with the production. At times the whole event reminded of Paul Simon's Capeman which was literally sliced-and-diced by the critics when it first came out. Ten years later, it was re-imagined and everyone loved it. The only difference between that show and this one, is that Simon's show had a real story and a passion for telling it. Here … no way. Barren, banal and not beautiful. Broadway ... beautiful, but a beast through and through. One final thought: The place was packed with tourists ... who talked throughout the show. Do they not know manners? I was flabbergasted! Really, very tacky folks!


Think heavy metal guitar is a thing of the past? Guitarist Kyoji Yamamoto hasn't been in the U.S. since 1978 (with his then-band Vow Wow) and is now set for two shows in New York City on Saturday, September 24 at Klub 45 in midtown Manhattan. Appearing with him will be Karl Wilcox, drummer for the legendary Brit-band Diamond Head. Says Kyoji, “I will take you all to a different dimension of the instrumental guitar world.” We've been listening to his song “The Story of A Little White Whale,” on his recent album release via City Boy Records: Voyager ... and, its brilliant! It's sort of like Emerson, Lake and Palmer all over again – "Karn Evil 9" … remember that delicious track? City Boy's Bruce Pegg is very excited, "A show like this will be really well received, no question. Kyoji is excited and will put together a spectacular presentation., It'll be history in the making for sure!"


Ringo Starr

GOT TO SAVE BANGLADESH --- From our colleague Roger Friedman comes word of the 40th Anniversary of George Harrison's Concert For Bangladesh. Back in 1971, Harrison and friends (Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, Bill Pretson, Bob Dylan) launched the show which paved the way for the co-called charity concert. I remember several years back when I received the brilliant DVD of the show; sure, it was somewhat dated, but just an amazing assemblage of talent, led by the canny Harrison. Itunes is showing the film for free from July 30th-August 1. That summer of 71, as Roger reminds, was also the summer of Paul McCartney's great second solo album Ram. My favorites from the concert, were Harrison and Russell singing “Beware of Darkness,” Harrison's own“Wah Wah,” “Something,” and the songs with Dylan, with Russell on bass and Starr on Tambourine. Also stellar, his “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” with Clapton on guitar. Brilliant! Btw: I still have my original vinyl version of the concert on Apple Records; a treasured collectible for sure. If you've never seen this, this is one for the books.

Photos By: RD/Kirkland/Walter McBride/Retna


In this weeks Steppin' Out magazine, Kate Major talks to celebrity journalist Chaunce Hayden to lash out at Dr. Drew for "setting her up" to look bad on Season 5 of Celebrity Rehab. To make matters worse next weeks episode is rumored to make Kate look even worse than this past weeks train wreck!

Kate Major In Steppin Out Magazine

Chaunce Hayden: How surprise where you to watch Dr. Drew call you an alcoholic and addict during this past weeks "Celebrity Rehab"?

Kate Major: I’m appalled that Dr. Drew who is supposed to be a professional would say those things about me. It’s completely out of line. I really can’t get over the fact that he would judge me like that and make me look like an addict and an alcoholic in front of the whole world. I have no respect for him at all. If I have failed a drug test or tested for alcohol than fine. He can say what he wants. But to just make these things up is just wrong. I wasn’t even a patient of his. He just completely embarrassed me and I feel I have nowhere to turn to defend myself. My family saw it. Now I have to defend myself against something that is so unfair and so untrue. I think Dr. Drew should worry about his own marriage and his own issues because he certainly isn’t perfect. They made me look like a crazy person and I can only imagine it was for ratings. But why me and not the other family members?

I am considering legal action but I don’t want to throw more fuel into the fire and give it more attention. At the same time I feel very helpless. I’m so hurt that a professional doctor could ruin my image and evaluate me without even knowing me or treating me. I never heard of such a thing. I’m definitely not going to let it go. I would really like an apology. But I don’t think he would ever do that. I would love to face him face to face and tell him how I feel. It’s slander and it’s defamatory. It’s just not right. It’s definitely had an impact on me. I just don’t see how he can get away with it. I moved away to get away from all the negative media attention and I was so happy. Now all this stuff comes up from last March and it’s just destroyed me.

Any last words for Dr. Drew?

Just leave me alone. Don’t have dinner next to me and be nice to my face than stab me in the back. I was drinking Diet Coke all night while we were having dinner. He’s just a quack doctor. That’s how I look at him. Just publicity hungry, fake quacked out doctor. I know you need drama for reality TV but you don’t ruin a person’s reputation like he does to all his patients. I don’t know how he gets away with it. No professional doctor that I know would ever do that.

He described you as an addict and an alcoholic. That’s pretty hardcore on national television.

I was very pissed off. Are you kidding me? I signed a waiver to be on the show for the family weekend, but I never thought they would use a personal phone call between me and Michael. I had no idea they were going to portray me that way. How can Dr. Drew diagnosis me when I was never drunk in his presence. They never gave me a Breathalyzer and they never treated me for anything. I don’t know if I should sue them or not. But I can tell you Dr. Drew definitely owes me an apology. I went on the show to support Michael and they made me look like an addict and an alcoholic.


Bridgehampton Polo Club Celebrates Opening Day With Cuisine From Southampton Social Club

Celebrity Hotspot Southampton Social Club

The sporting event that epitomizes a quintessential summer afternoon in the Hamptons returned Saturday, July 23, 2011 with the 15th Anniversary Season of Bridgehampton Polo, featuring delectable innovative American cuisine from celebrity hotspot Southampton Social Club. The event took place at Two Trees Farm with guests Russell Simmons, designer Betsey Johnson and daughter Lulu, Real Housewives of New York star Cindy Barshop and Jean Shafiroff, chair of the 53rd Annual Southampton Hospital Summer Gala, staying cool under the new, exclusive VIP Tent while nibbling on bites and taking in polo matches. Proceeds from Bridgehampton Polo Club will go to benefit the Bridgehampton Childcare and Recreational Center. Luxury prohibition speakeasy meets Hampton’s style social club at Southampton Social Club, a reinvented Hampton staple brought to you by restaurateur Ian Duke and partner David Hilty! The restaurant offers East End foodies an innovative American menu by Executive Chef Matt Creason and is frequented by celebrities including journalist and talk show host Barbara Walters, model and TV personal Beth Ostrosky Stern, author and talk show host Chelsea Handler, basketball player Dennis Rodman, Brit singer Estelle, models Jessica White and Lisalla Montenegro, E!'s The Spin Crowd Jonathan Cheban, celebrity chef and author Katie Lee, Real Housewives of New York City stars Kelly Bensimon and Ramona Singer, actor Kyle MacLachlan, Gossip Girl’s Tika Sumpter and New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, just to name a few! Southampton Social Club is located at 256 Elm Street in Southampton, NY. You can call (631) 287-1400 for information or go to their website.

Photo By: T.H.E. Fitzgerald Photography




Ryan Gosling

I've never been a huge fan of Steve Carell ; never really got into the antics on The Office in terms of breaking the fourth wall , but in this, his new movie Crazy, Stupid, Love, with an all-star cast firing on all cylinders, he nails a performance that will leave you breathless. A rather brilliant script with some novel twists and turns and an all-star performance by Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love is just crazy good fun! Emily (Julianne Moore) announces to long-time husband Cal (Steve Carell) she wants a divorce … over dinner. Cal jumps out of the car on the way home and tells his family that he'll be moving out. He begins to hang out nightly at a local bar, which he confesses he's been by a million times, but never stopped in. He's observed at this bar by Jacob (Ryan Gosling), who appears to have more than his share of available women on a nightly basis. He calls Cal over and offers to turn him into something of a chick-magnet. Reluctantly, Cal agrees and so begins the task of turning Cal around. Funnily enough, the first step is getting Cal to buy his correct suit size! Turns out, he's been buying his clothes a size too big for decades … great line! Along the way, Jacob meets reserved-lawyer Hannah (Emma Stone) who thirsts for a wedding proposal from her boss Richard (Josh Groban) … and, who has just by chance met Jacob in the very same bar, with her friend Liz, brilliantly played by Liza Lapira. All these twists and turns come together with a most satisfying hook; it's at once totally unexpected, then comes together perfectly. I won't reveal how it ends, but it is a hopeful one. I also want to call out the young actor who plays their son Robbie (Jonah Bobo) ; he is absolutely terrific. It's also a nice dynamic that the son's relationship with their parents is honest, rather than just funny and a throwaway one. The scenes with him, and there are several, are in many ways the highlights of the movie. It's grand that these scenes are as serious as all the others. Bravo! The script by Dan Fogelman is just brilliant; fast-paced, evocative … and, funny. Its actually one of the best written movies I've seen since Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris. Carrel, Moore, Gosling, Stone ... these are without a doubt their best performances ever with a most charming, in every way, script. Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon are here too and deliver some nice flourishes with their roles. Bacon's role is a tad different than his last several efforts; here more comedic than you would think; and, he's great! Even Groban delivers a nice turn, as the rather weasel-y lawyer. The direction by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa is efficient and serviceable to the script in the best way possible. Besides all the comic antics, this is a script and movie to listen too. In many ways, THE movie of the summer. For a most pleasurable time, check this one out. It's at the top of my list so far!

Photos By: Sara De Boer/Retna


Shonda Rhimes

Fabio Viviani

Jessica Collins

Lisa Vanderpump

Singer Kaya Jones

Lisa Vanderpump along with Jessica Collins, Shonda Rimes, Fabio Viviani, Singer Kaya Jones and others attended The GLAAD Hancock Park: Top Chef Invasion held at a Private Residence in Los Angeles, California.

Photos By: RD / Orchon / Retna Digital

Tuesday, July 26, 2011




Karen Levy With Paula Baglides

Brittany Hutt With Chris Malach

Barbara Regna

The Porsche Design Group hosted an exclusive event that gave guests an inside look at its new fall collection. The soirée took place on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at the new Porsche Design Shop located on Madison Avenue. Guests enjoyed Boschendal Shiraz Vintage 2009 and Boschendal Chardonnay Vintage 2009 wines and Hint water provided by The Beach House as they browsed the wide array of must-have items for the 2011 fall season. Those in attendance had the opportunity to purchase from the luxury line of Porsche products before they are available in stores.


As one of the leading luxury brands in the world, Porsche Design crafts high-end products that fall in line with exceptional style and design philosophies. All products are crafted with impressive technical innovations combining functional, timeless and purist designs and are sold exclusively in Porsche Design stores, shop-in-shops, top-quality department stores and luxury retail outlets. The new location on Madison Avenue allows Porsche Design to showcase its passion to the world. To learn more about the products and history, visit

Photos By: Gregory Partanio Of


New Reality TV Star & Owner Of Rasputin Restaurant & Cabaret Marina Levitis!

Marina Levitis

Set to star in the upcoming new reality show Russian Dolls—premiering Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 10.30PM (after Project Runway) on the Lifetime Network— Rasputin| Restaurant and Cabaret owner Marina Levitis knew she wanted to show the world more about her heritage! Emigrating from Rostov, Russia in 1988 with her parents and brother, Marina grew up with many Russian traditions. Wanting to embrace and share her Russian roots, Marina found it difficult to find a venue that blended her Russian flair with New York style! “I went to places that didn’t capture that Russian-American experience I craved,” explains Marina. “It was extremely frustrating!”

Moving to New York’s Brighton Beach with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband, an opportunity came that could only be described as fate! Rasputin| Restaurant and Cabaret was being sold and the owners suggested that Marina purchase the property. Realizing the opportunity for an extravagant modern Russian experience, Marina bought Rasputin to create a one-stop nightlife venue, similar to types on the Moscow scene. “In Russia, everyone knows that Rasputin means glitter and glam. It’s the best,” explains Marina. “I knew that if I was going to do this it would have to be better…it would have to be extravagant!” Trademarking the name Rasputin in the United States—with the help of husband and Rasputin’s Director Michael Levitis—Marina revamped and reopened Rasputin’s doors in 2007.

Today, Rasputin Restaurant and Cabaret is known for its take on New York City meets Russian nightlife and style. With Marina’s leadership and vision, Rasputin has become a one-of-a kind supper club, featuring a prix-fixe contemporary Russian menu, highlighting traditional dishes with a unique French spin, such as Steak Tartare á la Rasputin, Black Caviar with Mini Blini & Creme Fraiche, Rack of Baby Veal with Saffron Wild Rice and Black Truffle Polenta Tempura Style. Guests can also enjoy an elaborate cabaret performance, exclusive to Rasputin, titled Pure Emotion, which includes tango dances, instrumental performances and aerobatic numbers. In addition, Marina has also formed The Rasputin Band, a ten member ensemble featuring five singers, which hits the stage and performs live music until 3:00AM, as food continues being served—in true Russian style—till 1:00AM!

Along with ownership of Rasputin and caring for two children, Marina is involved in numerous charitable organizations including Chabad's Children of Chernobyl, Russian American Jewish Experience, UJA-Federation of New York’s Russian Division and OR Movement, just to name a few.

For more information Rasputin Restaurant and Cabaret, please visit http Rasputin | Restaurant and Cabaret is located at 2670 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.



Story By: Edward Callaghan

Champagne tastings, Polo, Charity Galas and nightclub bashes lured the celebrities and socials from their posh seaside palaces this weekend.

Emeril Lagasse

Emeril Lagasse Toasted at Chefs & Champagne

The James Beard Foundation honored highly acclaimed chef, TV personality and multi James Beard Award winner Emeril Lagasse at the foundation's annual summer fundraiser at Wolffer Estate Vineyard the Chefs and Champagne Dinner The event featured culinary offerings from a select group of more than 40 fine chefs, from all over the nation, and many from JBF award-winning restaurants. The super foodie fete attracted not only Martha Stewart but a dapper looking Richard Gere.


Betsy Johnson

Nacho Figueras & Fellow Players Return to Two Trees Farm

Despite losing sponsor Mercedes Benz, polo came back again this year to Two Tree farms. Top polo player & face of Ralph Lauren was once again in the saddle to the delight of guests like Russell Simmons, Betsy Johnson & daughter Lulu, Jean Shafiroff and Kelly Klein. As always, a portion of entry fees are donated to a local charity. This week the charity was the very worthy Bridgehampton Childcare and Recreational Center headed up by my dear friend Bonnie Cannon.


Hunt Slonem

Calvin Klein Steps Up For ACRIA

The A List art & fashion crowd turned out in full force Saturday night, at photographer Steven Klein's house in Bridgehampton for ACRIA -- the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America -- 2011 annual Cocktails at Sunset.

The top shelf crowd was no surprise given the heavy weight committee that included Andre Balazs, Andrew Benedict, Ross Bleckner, Sandra Brant, Nan Bush & Bruce Weber, Bob Colacello, Francisco Costa, John DeStaphano, Gaby & Gian Paolo DeFelice, Tonne Goodman, April Gornik & Eric Fischl, Deborah Hughes, Calvin Klein, Kelly Klein, Steven Klein, Leslie Klotz & Mary McBride, David Maupin, Jack Pierson, Isabel Rattazzi, Cynthia Rowley & Bill Powers, Andrew Saffir, Stewart Shining, Ingrid Sischy, Stefano Tonchi, Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman.

Also on hand to support ACRIA’s life saving work were polo great Nacho Figueras and his gorgeous wife Delfina Blaquier, ina Cho, Dawne Marie Grannum, Tripoli Patterson, Robert Verdi, Lauren Ezersky and Yigal Azrouel.

In addition to spectacular trip packages and other once-in-a-lifetime experiences, the silent auction featured incredible work by some of the world's most celebrated and talented artists: Ross Bleckner, Nina Bovasso, Dan Colen, Candida Hofer, Ryan McGinley, Angel Otero, Herb Ritts, Stephen Shore, Hunt Slonem, Donald Sultan, Spencer Tucker, and Massimo Vitali.

ACRIA is a leading HIV research and education organization. ACRIA tests the newest HIV therapies; undertakes cutting-edge research to understand better who has HIV and how to keep people with disease healthy; provides life-saving HIV health information to disadvantaged communities around the world, and strengthens community-based groups through a comprehensive technical assistance program.


Kimora Lee Simmons

Social Life Toasts Cover Girl Kimora Lee Simmons

Social Life’s Justin Mitchell & Devorah Rose popped the corks to toast this week’s cover girl Kimora Lee Simmons at The Beach House this weekend.


Lauren Bush

Navy Beach & Moët Ice Imperial Host FEED Pop-Up
Shop With Lauren Bush

Navy Beach and MOËT Ice Imperial partnered with activist and model Lauren Bush to host a special FEED ( pop-up this past Sunday. Guests – including Lauren’s main man David Lauren could help ’FEED the World’ by purchasing a FEED bag, t-shirts, FEED 5 bracelets, teddy bears and scarves. A limited edition bag, the FEED 10 ’Moët Navy Beach Picnic’ bag, perfect for a picnic lunch and bottle of MOËT Ice, was also available for purchase. Navy Beach will continue to sell the FEED 5 bracelets through the end of July. Each bracelet purchased provides 5 school meals to a child in need through the United Nations World Food Programme’s School Feeding program.


Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg Confirms Jurassic Park 4 in the Works

No Hanging around the pool at his East End estate, Steven Spielberg was on the other side of the country making his first-ever appearance at San Diego Comic-Con today, and talked plenty about The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn .As always the award winning act ahs a raft of projects on his plate including War Horse, Lincoln, Robopocalypse. But the big news came when he confirmed to the crowd that Jurassic Park 4 is in the works, too:

We have a story," Spielberg told 6,000-plus fans in the San Diego Convention Center. "We have a writer who is writing the treatment and hopefully we are going to make Jurassic park 4 in all of our foreseeable futures, hopefully in the next two or three years."

The director then took a long trip down memory lane, thanks to audience questions. Among the things Spielberg revealed were that he produced but perhaps wished he has directed American Beauty (though he credited the great job done by Sam Mendes). Also, that he perhaps had the best time producing "Bob Zemeckis' three Back to the Future movies.


Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin Continue with His Philanthropy to Two More Hamptons Institutions

Just a few months ago, Alec Baldwin presented Guild Hall of Eats Hampton with a check for $250,00 from his Capital One commercial deal. Now we hear he has gifted the Hampton International Film Festival with a similar amount. The announcement of Baldwin's gift - from the proceeds of his credit-card commercials - took place shortly before he and his girlfriend Hilaria Thomas attended the fest's screening of "Page One: Inside The New York Times at Guild Hall in East Hampton As you might remember he has hosted the Festival’s Summer Doc series at Guild Hall. Next on his list is the East Hampton Library who recently named him Founding Co-Chair of its acclaimed literary event The Authors Night Series.


Michael Bolton

Michael Bolton Added to List of HEAT Benefit Guests

We hear soulful crooner Michael Bolton will be joining in honoring Kim Cattrall, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb at the July 30 HEAT event, hosted by Steven Klein at the West Kill Farm, with emcee Rosanna Scotto. Donna Karan and Laura Linney are the Honorary Chairs. All event and auction proceeds benefit one of our favorite charities Southampton Hospital’s Ellen Hermanson Breast Center, Ellen’s Well and the Ellen Hermanson Foundation, all for breast cancer patients and their families.


Jeremy Piven

Jeremy Piven Celebrates Early

Though his birthday is actually July 26, Jeremy Piven aka Ari Gold of Entourage fame celebrated his birthday in high style at the posh Ciroc Cabana Club in Bridgehampton.

Photos By: Sara De Boer/RD/Leon/Dziekan/Kabik/Retna