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Stars of David Week of July 21, 2005

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A "Friends" and family plan? Hold the phone! Bala Cynwyd's Marta Kauffman, co-creator of "Friends," is serving in the same exec role for a new WB dramedy this fall - "Related," about a quartet of sisters in New York. Wonder where they go for a coffee break? … Viva Las Veggies! Amy and David Lieb have opened Viva the Chef, which instructs kids how to cook healthily - with options of attending a summer cooking camp ("Hello, Muddah, hello Fadduh/Here I am at/Camp Granola") - at the store in Bryn Mawr. (Bryn Mawr? Save a celery stalk for Marta!) In the spirit of public service, "Stars" volunteers to taste-test all the low-cal chocolate snacks. … Forget Kevin Costner's sinkable "Waterworld" - Eliana Bennett's is definitely bound to be much better. In fact, you can see for yourself Friday morning, July 22, at 8:30 when the youngster makes a splash at the Katz Jewish Community Center in Cherry Hill, N.J., with her "10 Chai Swim" - 180 laps (3 miles) - as the project for her September Bat Mitzvah. The junior Maccabi medal winner is afflicted with Celiac disease - an inherited autoimmune disorder affecting the digestive process; all funds raised will go to the Celiac Disease Foundation and Israeli Mogen David. Lapping it all up with oceans of pride are Sima and Jonathan Bennett, her folks. Touch the wall - touch the heart, Eliana! … For art's sake - and business, too: Lynne and Harold Honickman received the G. Fred DiBona Jr. Individual Leadership Award, presented by Independence Blue Cross, at the Arts & Business Council Volunteers of the Year honors luncheon, in which the couple was saluted for their landmark efforts on behalf of the local arts scene. … Friends, Romans, readers - lend "Stars" your ears! Alan Poul of Wynnewood has directed a segment of HBO's upcoming epic about Julius Caesar-era "Rome." Wonder who gets final cut. … Stars advisory: Norman Batansky of Wachovia Securities has been named to membership in the firm's "premier advisors program." … Why not make your Mark with a mitzvah? Friends and family of Mark Allen Friedman have formed a foundation and are honoring his incredible life with a 5k run/walk on Sunday, Sept. 18, with funds earmarked to battle melanoma, which took Mark's life at the age of 34, and other skin cancers. It's all taking place at Tyler State Park. … In the Money - that's Moorestown, N.J., which has just been named "Best Place to Live" in the nation by the mag, besting such other obvious candidates as Strawberry Mansion and Logan. Well, maybe "Stars" lives too much in the past. … Another winner: MossRehab, named as one of the tops - it came in 10th - in what it does by U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Hospitals." But, wake up the kids to hear about this: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was lauded as the No. 1 in pediatrics. And, as long as the stars are out, here's one for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, which made the mag's Sweet 16 Honor Roll - best of the best - coming in at No. 15. Or, as they say in the biz, how sickeningly consistent. … It's the circle of life for the Rotary Club of Philadelphia: Attorney David Marion, former chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, has been inducted as prexy of the local Rotary Club. Among the many family members attending the Union League event - including the Meadowbrook resident's wife Roz and children, Louis, Charles and Hilary - was David's brother Arthur, celebrating his 70th birthday that day. Hope David didn't think he could get out of a birthday present. … Ya gotta love Philadelphia native son Jonathan Shestack's title for the new movie he co-produced: "Bickford Schmekler's Cool Idea." With a name like Schmekler, it's gotta be cool.

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