At Philly2Philly, we call it as we see it. No bias, no funny stuff. The views and opinions of Philadelphia and sometimes beyond, brought to you by the everyday people of Philadelphia. Just how you like it, but sometimes not the way it's always delivered by certain forms in the media. Don't get me wrong, you'll never see us knock any of those guys (or girls). However, sometimes, you just need an alternative choice to mainstream media, and that's what we're here for. This site (much like our Constitution but a LOT less serious) is for the people, by the people, and from the people of Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. If we think it's interesting, chances are you guys might think so as well. There's a little something here for everybody, and we're just getting started. We don't have all the answers, but we'd love to hear your suggestions. This is YOUR site too, and what you say and how you feel is important to us. We wouldn't have it any other way. In order to become the preferred online destination of the Philadelphia area, we will strive to appeal to many demographics. Philly2Philly.com not only gives readers an escape, but also captures the spirit of the city of Philadelphia.
Philly2Philly.com is not just a website.... it's an experience.
Dennis Bakay is the content director for Philly2Philly.com. A 2001 graduate of Temple University with a degree in Film, Dennis is the owner, founder, and editor in chief of Phillypurge.com. Dennis has been a writer his entire life, beginning with his first science fiction story at the age of six. He has also worked in IT and graphic design and enjoys creative jobs.
Dennis' other talents include filmmaking and photography. His aspirations include building an internet media empire and continuing to work with film. He would like to raise the profile of Philadelphia in the world of filmmaking by drawing from his experience along with his connections. Bakay was born and raised in the town of Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
Christine 'Lecki' Tarlecki has been an entertainment contributor for Philly2Philly.com since its inception in 2009, writing on fashion, food, theatre, music and travel, in addition to starting her "Slice of Suburbia" and Slice of Suburbia: Shore Towns" columns.
Christine resided in Brooklyn, NY, as an extra in several movies and reporting on fashion, most notably Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, as well as Philadelphia Fashion Week, for the past several years. Upon moving back to PA, Christine resides in Phoenixville, PA, and Avalon, NJ, where she is at work constantly- freelance writing, teaching swimming or teaching writing classes.
From St. Pius X HS to Kutztown University, Christine graduated with a double major in English and Professional Writing, with minors in Marine Science, Public Relations and Communications, as well as a semester studying theater in London. Christine has been writing her entire life and isn't slowing down anytime soon, and welcomes pitching an idea over an espresso martini or a good glass of wine. Christine is constantly reinventing herself, and is always looking for her next story.
Steve Olenski is our Creative Guru. Often over-caffeinated, Steve is truly one of a kind. He is an award-winning writer, born & raised in Philly.
The youngest of 6, Steve cut his "sports-fanatic-teeth" holding a wire hanger, trying to get a better reception on a B&W TV in the early 1970s while watching Flyers Playoff Games from the Spectrum --- long before the advent of Cable TV. He's come a long way since then, he now only has to hold the hanger every OTHER game.
Joe Vallee is the manager of day-to-day operations for Philly2Philly.com. Joe is a former Phillies batboy and a 1996 graduate of Bishop Eustace Prep School in Pennsauken, New Jersey.
In 2000, Joe graduated from St. Joseph's University with a degree in English and a minor in Business. He previously managed Vallee and Bowe Cadillac in Woodbury, New Jersey, which was the dealership his family owned and operated for over 60 years. Joe has had a varied career in businesses and restaurants as well his years playing on the local music scene.
Joe brings a strong entrepreneurial spirit to Philly2Philly.com and will make sure every person attending a Philly2Philly.com event leaves with a memorable and enjoyable experience. Joe also founded DisgruntledFans.com, a web site geared towards the disenchanted but passionate Philadelphia sports fan. He currently resides in West Deptford, New Jersey.
Aileen Bannon is a freelance photographer in the Philadelphia area. Her professional experience lies in event, portrait, architectural, and art photography.
She also holds a Bachelor's of Architecture, has been working and continues to work in the architecture field and is a LEED accredited professional.
Aileen has extreme enthusiasm for travel and exploration. She is always looking for the new, the bizarre, and the beautiful; constantly inspired by life and her surroundings. This passion shines through in her photography. Always with camera in hand, she is probably out shooting as we speak.
Jesse Lorenz is our Utility Infielder or as he likes to also refer to himself, our Swiss Army Knife. The latter may be more appropriate because in addition to being a world-class graphic designer, he has a sharp and biting wit that he is never reluctant to use on anyone or anything that gets in his proverbial crosshairs.
Billy V has brings years of experience and insight to the Philly2Philly team. He has been a TV sports anchor in the Philadelphia area for 18 years with the last 12 coming at Fox 29. He’s also had stops at Channel 10, Channel 12, plus at other television markets around the country. He has also served as the pre-game host for all Seventy-Sixers games in the past and also has acted in films, TV shows and commercials. Bill is won the Emmy Award Winner for best Sports Anchor for 2008 and 2009. (Mid-Atlantic region, covering all of Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Delaware.)
"I think Philly2Philly.com is one of the best websites I've seen, locally or nationally," says Vargus. "The people behind it are true Philadelphians, which means, among other things, die-hard sports fans who demand the best from their teams,” said Vargas. “I think I was one of the few TV sports anchors who was not afraid to voice my honest opinions, and I look forward to a chance to do that again on Philly2Philly.com."
Diane Cooney is a consultant specializing in marketing and communications. She works with her brother James at their company, Perceive Media Group (www.perceivemediagroup.com). She has an MBA from Villanova University, and a BA in Biology and English from Immaculata University. She’s currently working on her thesis as part of a MA, Communications, also at Villanova, which is where she met Philly2Philly colleagues Brian Lynch and Michael Fino. She shot her first documentary short about a local open mike night, as an assignment in one of her grad classes.
Her writing experience includes corporate communications, public relations and freelance writing for magazines. She is also a registered yoga teacher, and she teaches at a local YMCA.