Barbed Wire: Philadelphia Zoo

WNEP-TV’s dapper Dave Bohman snagged the lone local Emmy during this past Saturday night’s 29th annual mid-Atlantic awards ceremony held at the chic and swell Loews Hotel down Philadelphia way.

Not one to miss the chance to infiltrate the velvet-roped sanctum of a celebrity-infused soiree, yours truly showed up brandishing a counterfeit ticket which allowed me to brush up against television glitterati types as they collectively sipped no-calorie vodka spritzers while noshing on ice cubes garnished with fresh basil.

As the manic media types snidely nodded to one another while starving themselves for the camera, I simply couldn’t devour enough bacon-wrapped scallops and deep-fried wontons passed out by surly service staffers who actually sniveled when I slid an entire plate of coconut-shrimp in my faux Fendi bag.

Dont’ they know there’s nothing quite as delightful as devouring ice cold crustaceans in the morning?

And while Bohman snagged his coveted statue for "Best General Assignment Report within 24 Hours," sadly, there was no brotherly love for his station siblings, ravishing reporter Ryan Leckey and fab photographer Corey Burns, who were both up for an elusive Emmy in the Spot News category.

Ryan, by the way, looked simply dashing in an elegant white tuxedo topped off by his signature stand-up coif. Let’s just say Ryan rocked the red carpet and then some.

WVIA-TV also went home lacking a prize even though the station was up for two awards: Best Entertainment Program for a Bucknell Candlelight Christmas and a Best Director nod for production manager Ben Payavis.

They, too, would be denied the coveted statue.

Sister Philadelphia stations CBS3 and CW Philly apparently had a lock on this year’s Emmy Awards, together taking nearly a quarter of the 74 prizes. Interestingly enough, those two stations also had the most members on the judging panel. Me thinks that’s not just a coinky-dink.

And it was no coincidence that I popped into Cold Stone Creamery on Montage Mountain to snag a super scoop of ice cream dished out by a tasty team of local politicos this past Tuesday night. As part of the sixth annual Make-A-Wish Ice Cream Social, Cold Stone owner Dr. Kevin Olsen - a heart throb of a heart doc – and the sweet and petite Suzi Bellenzini hosted an evening of celebrity scoopers in the form of Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty, Taylor Mayor Rich Bowen, Old Forge Mayor Michele Avvisato and Moosic Mayor Jim Segilia.

While supporters showed up in droves, the dream cream team served up slabs of happiness to outstretched hands as they raised funds for a most worthy cause. With so many scrumptious selections to choose from, I decided on a Janet Evans sundae served up with style by hizzoner himself, Mayor Doherty.

While I’m not exactly sure what the distasteful concoction was made of, I do know it was loaded with bitters and a splash of egg (on face), and it was entirely lacking in nuts.

Whatever you do, just don’t ask for a Nancy Krake snow job.

Meanwhile, I’ll forever remain warm and fuzzy for that goddess Debbie Dunleavy, the former WYOU glamour anchor who was recently recognized at a Glenmaura Golf Club High Tea as a "Great Woman of NEPA." Debbie, for those not in the know, is getting married this Saturday for the first time ever and the blushing bride still proves as sexy and serene as a fresh-faced teenager. A double Mazel Tov to you, darling.

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