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Is EX- AMC star Jack Scalia in trouble over MIA funds & tax returns for 911 charities?

The New York Post broke a story over the weekend involving former All My Children star, Jack Scalia (Ex-Chris Stamp) involving tax trouble and funds centering on charities the actor started directly after 9/11.

According to the NY Post, “Scalia raised more than $100,000 for military vets and 9/11 victims, yet paid out little — and now claims he doesn’t know what happened to the money. The IRS yanked the tax-exempt status from Scalia’s 9-11-01 Lest We Forget group because it failed to file a single tax return in its decade of existence. And his Operation American Spirit charity, founded to help wounded vets, was suspended by California authorities because of lapses in paying taxes and fees.

Scalia started the 9/11 charity in New York soon after the terrorist attacks. Scalia, who now lives in California, told The Post he “wanted to do something to help.”  He claims the group collected cash through events such as autograph signings, but he said he had no memory of how much or where it went. “A little bit came in and went back out,” he said. The group was never incorporated in New York and never registered with the Attorney General’s Office, a requirement for soliciting donations in the state. It never filed a tax return, either.

Scalia  started Operation American Spirit in 2007 and boasted to the press that he would raise $100 million. He organized a 1,500-mile bike ride in 2007 along the West Coast to raise awareness of wounded vets and made stops at VA hospitals. But the group fell far short of Scalia’s goal, collecting $88,937 in 2007 and $14,490 in 2008, according to its tax filings. The nonprofit claims it distributed just $5,000 in grants in 2008 to help injured vets, but tax filings provide no details on the recipients of the cash.

Scalia, who is listed as president of the organization, said he didn’t know who got the money. “I was riding my bike and being the spokesperson,” he said. “I don’t know that end of it.” The charity was based at a sprawling estate and private golf course in Rancho Mirage, Calif., once owned by Edra Blixseth, who dated Scalia. Blixseth declared bankruptcy and is reportedly at the center of a criminal probe involving millions in loans she took out. Her former assistant was a board member of Operation American Spirit and her bookkeeper, who is also said to have been questioned by the FBI, incorporated the charity.”

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Eric Longabardi
Eric Longabardi

The NY Post and others are very late to this story

Nearly 2 years late …

The story was first broken by THE ENTERPRISE REPORT in Los Angeles.

Read those stories here:

EXCLUSIVE: JACK SCALIA AND OPERATION AMERICAN SPIRIT: NOBLE CAUSE OR CHARITY GONE BAD THAT LEFT U.S. WAR VETS ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD?

http://theenterprisereport.typepad.com/news/2009/11/scalia-operationamericanspirit.html

UPDATE: JACK SCALIA AND HIS CHARITY OPERATION AMERICAN SPIRIT: THE MONEY TRAIL

http://theenterprisereport.typepad.com/news/2010/03/update-jack-scalia-and-operation-american-spirit-the-money-trail.html

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The Chew Cancelled After 7 Seasons; A Slice Of Justice For All My Children Fans?

Karma is a bitch! ABC announced yesterday that the foodie series The Chew has been axed after seven seasons. 

The Chew lost significant viewers when ABC fired main co-host chef, Mario Batali after reports of alleged sexual harassment over many years. Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, and Michael Symon have remained the regular series hosts.

In addition, The Chew dropped 17% with women in the 18-49 demo and this has been its least watched season since its debut in 2011.  As ABC Daytime fans know, The Chew replaced iconic soap opera All My Children, when ABC made the decision to cancel the beloved soap and replace it with the food show.

So, let’s take a look at the numbers: All My Children lasted 41 years, while The Chew lasted 7 seasons. Hmm …

ABC noted that The Chew will cease production at the end of this season, but will continue to air until September with all-new episodes in June.  In addition, ABC announced that Good Morning America will expand to three hours.  Thus, switching up the ABC morning line-up.

So, are you glad that The Chew got fried?  Is this justice for All My Children fans who miss their beloved Pine Valley?  Comment below.

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All My Children Alum Kim Delaney Joins The Cast of CHICAGO FIRE!

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Pine Valley’s Jenny Gardner, who is all grown up and had a successful career in primetime television and films, has landed a primo role on NBC’s hit drama, Chicago Fire!

Casting news has revealed that Kim Delaney is joining the show in Season 6 where she will play the role of Jennifer Sheridan, the mother of Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney).

According to Deadline, Kim’s new role as Jennifer Sheridan is described as “warm, scripture-quoting and church-going. At one point she may have partied like it was 1979, but now it looks like she’s on the path of the straight and narrow. If you ask her, she’s moved on from the past, namely her messy divorce from her ex-husband Benny (Treat Williams), but old habits die very hard.”

Chicago Fire is currently on hiatus until after the Winter Olympics, when it begins again on March 1st.  As viewers know, in the last episode prior to the break, Kelly and Casey (Jesse Spenver) were seen jumping off a roof of a building while it was in flames in an exciting cliffhanger. (more…)

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TAINTED DREAMS Season 2 To Bow December 21st!

Tainted Dreams is back with a second season offering from Daytime Emmy-winning director and series creator, Sonia Blangiardo!

Beginning December 21st, the next chapter of Blangiardo’s the soap behind a soap, will be available for streaming on Amazon and Amazon Prime. (season one is also currently available on Amazon)

This series, which was nominated for five 2017 Daytime Emmys, follows the behind-the-scenes drama of a fictitious soap opera titled Painted Dreams.  Many soap opera notables have roles in the online series including: Alicia Minshew, Michael Lowry , Austin Peck. Terri Ivens,  Walt Willey, Kelley Menighan, Grant Aleksander, Bobbie Eakes, Natalia Livingston, Marnie Schulenburg, Nathan Purdee, Colleen Zenk, James DePaiva, Tonja Walker, Ilene Kristen, and the late Larkin Malloy . In addition, Jessie Godderz of Impact Wrestling and Big Brother fame, and Dina Manzo of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, also appear.

In a statement, Sonia Blangiardo said that she is “excited to take everyone along these characters’ journeys in Season 2, as they evolve and deal with ever increasing professional and personal turmoil.”

Fore more on Tainted Dreams visit their official website here.  (more…)

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