The Remy rundown

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / August 5, 2009

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Jerry Remy’s son says his father is feeling much better - he’s cancer-free, in fact - but it remains a mystery when, or even if, the elder Remy will be back in the booth during Red Sox games. Asked about his dad, Jared Remy told the Globe: “He’s getting better. The cancer is gone. He’s starting to walk a little and get his lung span back.’’ In May, Jerry Remy surprised his legion of fans by taking an indefinite leave of absence to recuperate from lung cancer surgery. In his absence, NESN enlisted a whole slew of replacements - 25, in all - including Dennis Eckersley, Dave Roberts, and Bob Montgomery. Remy himself isn’t talking about his status, and neither is NESN. “Out of respect for his privacy and as a matter of policy, NESN does not discuss private information about employees, such as health,’’ station spokesman Gary Roy told us in an e-mail yesterday. “At this point, we do not have a timetable for when Jerry plans to return to the booth.’’ Jared Remy, meanwhile, will not be returning to Fenway, where he had worked as a security officer. The younger Remy was fired after being implicated in steroid use.

Leno to hit town
Jay Leno will be in Boston next week to hype his new show on NBC. The Andover native and Emerson alum will perform at the Cutler Majestic Theatre Tuesday at 4 p.m. Tickets will doubtless be tough to get, and Emerson staff and alumni are being given first crack. Leno’s nightly 10 p.m. show debuts this fall.

Working on birthday doesn’t crimp his style
Betsey Johnson was celebrated in absentia Sunday as a bevy of beauties wearing some of the designer’s latest fashions walked a makeshift runway at the Marina Bay Beach Club. Working on his birthday, salon guru Marc Harris did the models’ hair. “There’s a combination of different textures, a lot of crimping going on, and some rolled bangs,’’ Harris told us. “Betsey Johnson’s got a very cool, whimsical, sexy but flirtatious feel about her clothing - a lot of fun.’’

Another night on the town
How many nights a week is Mayor Tom Menino out? With Boston World Partnership president Mark Maloney, Hizzoner hosted a party at the Liberty Hotel the other night, and guests included former Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston CEO Linda Whitlock, Northeastern president Joseph Aoun, Sonicbids president Panos Panay, Style Boston’s Terri Stanley, Boldfacers founder Lisa Pierpont, Boston Ballet’s Katie Rutledge, and State Street’s Ron Logue.

No ordinary ‘Joe’
These are happy days at Hasbro, the Rhode Island-based company that created the iconic G.I. Joe toy. Monday, CEO Brian Goldner hosted a premiere of the new movie “G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra’’ in Warwick, and actress Rachel Nichols made the scene. The event, a fund-raiser for Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Bradley Hospital, also drew director Stephen Sommers and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Nichols got her first look at the 3 3/4-inch action figure of Scarlett, the character she plays in the movie.

Ryan’s mister clean
Atlanta magazine has nothing on former Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan. The publication tried to get some dirt on the Falcon for an August cover story titled “The Case Against Matt Ryan,’’ but there was no dirt to be found. The mag admits that after much investigating, it turns out that Ryan is nice, polite, modest, and frugal. Atlanta wide receiver Roddy White is quoted in the piece as saying, of Ryan, “He don’t even have a gameday car,’’ a show-off vehicle for the day of a game. “We are trying to work on him. Even when we go out to dinner, he wants to watch the tab.’’ Looks like we brought him up right.

Piven steps in the ring
How far will Jeremy Piven go to promote his new movie “The Goods’’? All the way to Connecticut, apparently. The “Entourage’’ Emmy winner was at Mohegan Sun the other night to serve as guest host of WWE’s “Raw’’ with his “Goods’’ costar Ken Jeong, who has been in Massachusetts filming “Furry Vengeance’’ with Brendan Fraser and Brooke Shields. The highlight of the night was when Piven tried to take down WWE star (and West Newbury native) John Cena with a dramatic wrestling dive from the ring’s top rope. Cena wound up catching Piven in his arms like a little baby. Cute.

Frankie’s fan club
“Jersey Boys’’ cast member Joseph Leo Bwarie was surrounded by friends and family - 150 of them - following Sunday’s show at the Shubert Theatre. An Emerson grad, Bwarie plays Frankie Valli in the touring production of “Jersey Boys.’’ The after-party was held at Finale Desserterie at the Park Plaza. . . . British balladeer Billy Bragg followed up his weekend performance at the Newport Folk Festival with a visit to Berklee, where he treated students to a songwriting clinic. . . . “Today’’ types Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will sample Legal Sea Foods goodies today on the occasion of National Oyster Day.

Marcella Bombardieri of the Globe Staff contributed. Read the Names blog at Names can be reached at or at 617-929-8253.

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