Newsmakers the Week of December 18, 2014

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A local benefits adviser is saluted with the Leadership Philadelphia Connectors & Keepers Award while a much-honored longtime NBC10 reporter calls it quits.

Scott Solomon has been named a recipient of the Leadership Philadelphia Connectors & Keepers Award. The organization “mobilizes and connects professionals to serve the community” and is geared to those between ages 25 and 35. Solomon is senior adviser, Digital Benefit Advisors.

Lu Ann Cahn, an award-winning reporter at NBC10 for 27 years, has announced she will be leaving the station to pursue other interests, which includes a book-promotion tour for her self-help effort, I Dare Me. Part of her tour reportedly will include taking part in the Polar Bear Club dip in the Atlantic Ocean in Atlantic City on Jan. 1.


Joanne Soslow, who serves as co-chair of the Morgan Lewis Securities Practice, has been named a 2014 Woman of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

World-renowned melanoma expert Dr. Lynn N. Schuchter of the Abramson Cancer Center at the U of P has been named recipient of the Louis During Outstanding Clinical Specialist Award. She is the C. William Robinson

Professor of Hematology and Oncology at the cancer center. Also making medical news at Penn: Rachel M. Werner, who serves the Perelman School of Medicine as associate professor of medicine as well as associate professor of health care management, has been named the recipient of Perelman’s Samuel Martin Health Evaluation Sciences Award.

Jerry Kaplan of Ohev Shalom of Richboro has been named “Man of the Year” by the synagogue’s Men’s Club and was feted at the gathering of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs/Middle Atlantic Region at Congregation Beth El in Voorhees, N.J. “Chef Jerry” is in charge of Ohev Shalom’s in-house catering.

Rich Kaufman, a Brooklyn native, and Philly’s Kenneth Keating are the new owners of what had been the Famous 4th Street Deli’s site on Rittenhouse Square, which is now renamed Kaufman’s, also a deli. The original 91-year-old Famous on Fourth Street remains owned by Russ Cowan, who took it over in 2005.

Eli Kulp, who operates the Philly restaurant High Street on Market, was a focal point of a recent article in the Wall Street Journal on the exploding popularity and diverse flavors of hummus; the paper also printed an adapted recipe for his squash hummus.

Andrew Finkelstein has been designated by Health Partners Plans as its vice president for compliance and its Medicare compliance officer.

Montgomery County’s Dr. Joseph B. Breitman has been honored by the American College of Prosthodontists with its Private Practice Award for “outstanding and substantial contributions to the specialty.” The presentation was made at the 44th annual gathering of the ACP in New Orleans.

Jordan Greenberg has been named senior sales and leasing agent at the firm of Zommick McMahon Commercial Real Estate.

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