Newsmakers the Week of April 9, 2015

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Comedy writing legend Kenny Solms, who grew up honing his wit and lit talent in Elkins Park as part of a prominent Philadelphia Jewish family, will do a signing and discussion of his new book, Bits: A Comedy Writer’s Screams of Consciousness, April 17, at 7 p.m., at the Barnes & Noble in Willow Grove. The Cheltenham High/New York University grad, whose bevy of awards includes a Peabody among the Emmys, has written for some of TV’s most famous comedians; he helped create and scripted The Carol Burnett Show, a longtime friend of his. Solms’ other credits include specials for Julie Andrews and Beverly Sills. His work, as evidenced in his book, has never been limited to TV; he has made a name for himself on Broadway as well, co-writing the book with erstwhile partner Gail Parent for Lorelei, which had its 1974 pre-Broadway run in Philly, as well as the revue of Perfectly Frank, featuring Frank Loesser’s classical sounds.

Chairman of the Casino Reinvestment Authority, as well as a noted philanthropist, James B. Kehoe will be feted by the Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center of Margate, N.J., at its April 18 gala for his contributions to the Atlantic County community through public advocacy, economic development and charitable endeavors.

Major Philadelphia real estate developer and communal leader Bart Blatstein has announced plans for a revitalization and reconfiguration of the Pier in Atlantic City, to be dubbed the Playground. Modeled on such iconic locales as Bourbon Street in New Orleans, the site will host new shops, a bowling alley, a music venue and a hub of bars and restaurants, to start unfolding by July 4. Blatstein and casino architect Paul Steelman announced the plans at a news conference held at the Pier.


Judith S. Beck, president of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy in Philly, has co-authored, with her daughter, Deborah Beck Busis, the institute diet program coordinator, The Diet Trap Solution: Train Your Brain to Lose Weight and Keep It off for Good.

Dr. Eric E. Shore,  founder of Shore Legal Group, LLC, has been honored with the Client Distinction Award, presented by legal service directory publisher Martindale-Hubbell. He was cited for “excellence in quality of service, overall value, responsiveness and communication ability.”

Jon Waxman, owner of Lee’s Hoagie House of Abington since 2000 — 18 years after he first started working there — will celebrate the site’s 35th birthday on April 11, rolling back prices to what they were in 1980.

Jodi Bromberg, who left Philadelphia 16 months ago to assume the role of president of InterfaithFamilies, has moved on up to the title of CEO.

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