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the wall after its official dedication last week at World Communications Charter School, 501 S. Broad Street , excites her son -- Grammy Awardwinning drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson. Thompson joined the entire Roots roster in South Philadelphia to unveil the six-story-high, 60-foot-wide

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mural. Thompson, who is as close to a modern-day cultural icon as one can find, said he remembers busking for change on the corner of Broad & South Street in the early ’90s. “This is an amazing turnaround, that on South Street we’re getting immortalized some 21 years later,” Thompson told a packed crowd of family, friends and fans. “I’m going (Cont. Page 2)

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by Rory McGlasson Business development in South Philadelphia is booming with news a new community bank on S. Broad Street and shopping mall in Grays Ferry are on the way. City and state officials helped community leaders to break ground at patch of

barren land at 30th & Grays Ferry Avenue, Tuesday that will be home to a Rite-Aid and Bottom Dollar food store. On S. Broad Street tomorrow, Valley Green Bank will unveil its new South Philadelphia branch at 1536 S. Broad Street. (Cont. Page 2)

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Roots Mural Unveiled On South St. (Cont. From page 1) to come back when there is nobody here, and take a closer look at the mural, so I can let it sink,” he said. The multistory mural located on the back wall of the Charter School is titled “Legendary”. It features all past and present band members, album covers, cassettes, and depicts the 20-year history of the hiphop band. Students at World Communication Charter HS joined the band, Mayor Michael Nutter, the mural artists, and City Mural Program Dir. Jane Golden at its unveiling. “We think and we hope that we captured the wonderful spirit of The Roots,” Golden said. “It hits close to home for me that this is in South

Philadelphia,” said Roots co-founder Tariq “Black

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson Thought” Trotter. “This is my part of town. It’s an honor and a blessing. “This is one of the great-

est moments of our career,” he said. “I’ve forever driven the streets of Philadelphia wondering, when are we getting our mural?” The unveiling event was like a coming home, family affair for Jacquie Thompson. “I’m proud of my son every day,” Thompson said “But this mural is very special to us all.” Thompson, a former singer, said it was nice to see her uber-busy son and some familiar faces, including the doctor that delivered her son at University of Pennsylvania. “My son has been around the world, and seen it all, so he’s not too easily impressed, but this mural really impresses him.”

SCRUB TIME! TARIK “Black Thought” Trotter jokes with Mayor Nutter how he once got busted for graffiti as a teenager, and a judge ordered him to paint city murals as punishment. Trotter joined Mayor and bandmates to dedicate a mural which celebrates his hip-hop band.

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Business Development On Rise (Cont. From page 1) Valley Green Bank, CEO, said the bank has already loaned over $20 million in the community -- prior to the Broad and Tasker Street official opening -- which is on Monday, Jun. 10. In addition, this is the first community bank not founded in South Philadelphia to open in the area in approximately 20 years. Developer Peter Miller, president of the Wyomissingbased Carlino Commercial group, confirmed at a news conference on Tuesday, construction will begin at 3.1 acre site at 30th & Grays Ferry Avenue. Miller said construction will begin on the 18,000-

square-foot Bottom Dollar site on Jun. 10 and construction should be completed by November 2013. Between 30 and 40 full- and part-time jobs will be created at the Bottom Dollar store. Miller said a lease with Rite-Aid has been agreed. The Rite-Aid will move from 31st & Reed Street to Grays Ferry Avenue. It should create between 20 to 50 jobs. The two construction projects will create 100 construction jobs, Miller said. Miller added the Bottom Dollar store will provide “healthy competition” with the Pathmark, which is located across the street at the Grays Ferry strip mall. Councilman Kenyatta John-

son, who supports the project, called it a “vision of hope for the Grays Ferry Community. “I’m excited about the jobs,” Johnson said. The proj- TARIK “Black Thought” Trotter signs autographs for stuect provides game full em- dents of World Communications Charter School, 512 S. ployment -- what's not to Broad Street, at The Roots Mural dedication. Photos by Rory McGlasson like?” COUNCILMAN KENYATTA Johnson joins community leaders and developers and state officials at groundbreaking of Grays Ferry Project on TuesPhoto by day. Rory McGlasson

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by Joe Shaheeli Marjorie Margolies looks good on paper. Since losing her seat due to voter indignation over delivering the one vote by which President Bill Clinton saddled a big incometax hike on all taxpayers, she’s maintained a high profile. Now she wants to regain the seat she lost back then as representative of the 13th Congressional Dist. in Pennsylvania. Can that profile translate into the votes she needs to overcome announced primary

opponents State Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Northeast) and State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery)? Both have strong followings in the 13th by virtue of their respective offices. In addition, Brendan has the support of the City’s Democratic organization for this goaround. Margolies is the President of Women’s Campaign International, a group that provides advocacy training for women throughout the world. WCI

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was the first international organization to bring Bosnian and Serbian women together. Its trainings in Africa led to the doubling of women in several parliaments on the continent. WCI has gone to some of the most dangerous places in the world – from Afghanistan to Sri Lanka, Bosnia-Herzegovina to Columbia – to train, encourage, and empower women. And in each of these missions, she has brought a team that has included young women from the United States to carry on the mission of WCI for generations to come. Margolies’ career has been a career of firsts: one of the

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first woman television journalists on the ground in Vietnam; the first unmarried US citizen to adopt a foreign child; the first woman ever elected to Congress from Pennsylvania

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in her own right; the first Democrat since 1916 elected from Pennsylvania’s 13th Dist. During her term in the House, Marjorie co-sponsored and fought for passage of legislation that is still relevant: the Family & Medical Leave Act, the ban on assault weapons, and increased federal funding for women’s health care. In 1995, Marjorie served as director of the United States State Rep.

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delegation to the United Nations 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, which created a global commitment to achieving equality, development and peace for women worldwide. Marjorie is currently teaching at the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, (Cont. Next Page)

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fice. Mr. Williams’ dynamic career shines as an example of success and pride for him, his family and the School Police.” Boyle has become a household name in much of the 13th, through his service as the 170th Legislative Dist. member, to which he was elected in 2008. He has also set up liaisons with other House members in the Montgomery Co. portion of the District. Boyle packs clout among fellow Democrats in the House because he heads their campaign committee. Not missing vote-getting beats either, Daylin Leach has carried off the endorsement of the United Automobile, Aero-

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space & Agricultural Implement Workers of America. “It is with great enthusiasm that the members of the UAW endorse Daylin Leach to replace Rep. Allyson Schwartz in Congress,” said Scott Adams, Director of UAW Region 9. “Since he was first elected to the Pennsylvania legislature in 2002, Daylin has demonstrated unmatched support for working families in Southeastern Pennsylvania. In countless instances, he has led the fight in Harrisburg to protect the middle class and preserve workers’ rights, while spurring economic development and creating more jobs. Our members know that he will bring the

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same fight to Washington that he’s known for in Harrisburg.”

Obama Must Heed Voter Sentiment President Barack Obama may not find polls very interesting, since he can’t run for a third term. But he needs to heed public polling sentiment if he doesn’t want to go down in presidential history as one of this country’s lesser stars. For the first time since his second term began, one of the major polls showed him joining the Congress on the minus side of the ledger in voter sentiment. He’s slipped down to

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the latter below 20%. This is based on Quinnipiac University’s national polling. The President’s biggest drop is among independent voters, who give him a negative 37-57% score, compared to a negative 42-48% May 1. That’s due, says Peter Brown of the Quinnipiac Polling Institute, to “overwhelming bipartisan support for a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS. Voters ap-

Anybody who ever ran for office in this city for almost the past four decades knew they had a friend in Dennis Kelly, Elections Registration Bureau supervisor. He always had time, no matter how busy the demand on his office and staff, to patiently answer questions from candidates. He died recently at the age of 62. Dennis was a longtime member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, Div. 87, and had the 4th degree conferred in 1997. He was a member of the Sons of American Legion Squadron 40 and was extremely proud to be a member of the Honor Guard, Danville American Legion Post 40.

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Although Memorial Day has passed, you can still show your support for veterans through a new license plate. The plate is inscribed with the phrase “Honoring Our Veterans” and features an image of the American flag and a bald eagle. The cost is $35, of which $15 goes to the Veterans Trust Fund. This fund is used to support and assist Pennsylvania veterans and their families. To learn more about this plate or to set up an appointment with Veterans Services Coordinator Joe Buckley, please call my office at 215-695-1020. Parkwood Shopping Center 12361 Academy Road, Phila., PA 19154, 215-281-2539 8016 Bustleton Avenue Philadelphia PA 19152 215-695-1020

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parently don’t like the idea of Attorney General Eric Holder investigating the matter himself, perhaps because they don’t exactly think highly of him. Holder gets a negative 23-39% job-approval rating.”

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(Cont. From previous P.) Marjorie lectures at universities throughout the country. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a CBS News Foundation Fellow at Columbia University, Marjorie began her career as a television journalist at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia. For two decades, Marjorie was a journalist with NBC and its owned and operated stations both in New York and Washington, D.C. She was a contributing correspondent to the “Today Show”, “Sunday Today”, “A Closer Look” and CNBC. In the meantime, looking to add to his voter base, Boyle keeps doing the right things in his district. He recently honored Lorin Williams for his 38 years of service to the school district in a variety of capacities. Upon presenting the citation, Boyle said, “His valiant career spans roles as a night patrol officer, an investigator, a supervisor for the Weapons Scan Division, and working with the Dist. 4 Regional Of-

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MRS. MARIE Washington, 89 years old, was oldest senior in attendance at Senior Expo at Kipp Charter School hosted by State Rep. Ron Waters, who presented her with copy of his Older Americans Month Resolution. Photo by Martin Regusters, Leaping Lion Photography

MARCIA MARTIN, VP of Gateway Health which was event’s corporate sponsor, takes time out for this photo with State Rep. Ron Waters. Photo

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FORMER police dispatcher and wounded Vietnam veteran paraplegic Jim McGuire is pictured with owner of ClosetsByDesign, Charles Waterman and Cay Evans, ClosetsByDesign designer, who donated complete remake of his home’s closets, making them more accessible for him. With McGuire is his wife Lorraine.

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SOLEMN march up Columbus Boulevard, led by piper, brought Philaposh members to Penns Landing to fight for occupational safety and health. There labor activists commemorated workers who died on the job in Delaware Valley last year as Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, 3rd from right, gave invocation.

STATE SEN. Christine M. Tartaglione, left, was honored by Institute on Disabilities at Temple University for her work in promoting assistive technology access for disabled Pennsylvanians. Presentation took place at Institute’s 40th anniversary celebration. At right are Celia S. Feinstein and Amy S. Goldman, co-executive directors of Institute.

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ization of neighborhoods targeted by the City, testing new opportunities and approaches for assisting low- and very lowincome families, and increasing the number of units available to income-eligible individuals who are disabled, homeless or have special needs. PHA is accepting proposals for the program through the end of 2014. Developers and others interested in viewing the RFP can request a copy by following the instructions posted at http://www.pha.phila.gov/b usiness-opportunities.aspx.

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to extremely low-income households (less than 80% of area median income). Operating subsidies could go as high as $550 per month. Applicants to the subsidy program may also request capital funds to support the acquisition or new construction of units to house families eligible for public housing. The unit-based operating subsidy program also has the goals of increasing affordable housing opportunities in neighborhoods not impacted by poverty, fostering the revital-

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The Philadelphia Housing Authority has launched the formal process to form new development partnerships as part of its “6 in 5” Initiative, which is designed to create or preserve 6,000 affordable-housing units over the next five years. The agency has issued a request for proposals for a local unit-based operating subsidy program to assist developments that serve low-income households. The subsidies may be used for existing, newly constructed, or renovated housing units, and will provide longterm financial assistance to property owners. “The severe reduction in federal funding for affordable housing makes these types of partnerships critical to our success,” said Kelvin A. Jeremiah, president and CEO of PHA. “For too long, we operated on our own. We cannot meet the need for affordable housing in Philadelphia by ourselves.” The RFP (formally known as P-004278) invites proposals from property owners and developers with existing units and new construction that are or will be available for rental

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Republican-Controlled Chambers Move To Kill Traffic Court Philadelphia Traffic Court is the objection of disaffection by the Republican controlled Gen-

eral Assembly and proved it as the House voted 117-81 to approve a constitutional change to

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eliminate the court. It was strictly a party-line vote as far as the Republicans were concerned. The bill had passed the Senate easily last month. It must now pass another session of the General Assembly before it goes on a statewide referendum for the voting public to decide. A more-crucial bill, transferring Traffic Court duties to the Municipal Court, was expected to pass the House by approximately the same margin as this paper went to press. This one is expected to go to the Senate for speedy approval and onward to the Governor,who is expected to sign it. State Sen. Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware), the Majority Leader, has been the architect and chief sponsor of the legislation. He defended his effort by saying, “Only Philadelphia has a Traffic Court.” In the meantime, Traffic Court’s primary winners are in limbo. They campaigned for months, only to be told their goal to win a seat in Traffic Court is being wiped out.

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Especially concerned was Congressman Bob Brady (DPhila.) , chairman of the Democratic City Committee. He understood the Republicans were calling for a party-line vote on the killing legislation, especially since it appears the General Election vote — with a 7-1 Democratic plurality — would literally guarantee wins by the three

Democratic nominees, Omar Sabir, Marnie Aument Loughrey, and Donna DeRose, against the two Republican nominees, Ella Butcher and Chris Vogler. Brady said, “I am deeply concerned. Every avenue to save Traffic Court is being explored. It is a shame the Republican-controlled Assembly does not un-

derstand the ramifications of its actions.” Observers of this effort to eliminate Traffic Court as a Philadelphia institution is seen as a Republican strategy, hoping to weaken the Democrat City Committee, and use the Court’s recent problems as another reason to support Republican candidates.

St. Maron’s Dedicates Huge Catering Hall SOUTH PHILADELPHIANS now have available to them spacious catering hall which was dedicated Sunday as Monsignor Sharbel Community Center adjacent to St. Maron’s Church at 10th & Ellsworth Streets. Over 300 attended dedication and official opening of huge community center by Bishop Gregory Mansour. For hallrental info call (215) 334-1884.

Police Surveillance Cameras Flunk Commit a crime in Philadelphia and chances are you were seen by a police surveillance camera. But sadly

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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL) Case No.: INC1207805 NOTICE TO DEFENDANTS: The Testate and Intestate Successors of Val Jay Janelunas, deceased, and all persons claiming by, through or under Val Jay Janelunas; The Testate and Intestate Successors of Joseph C. Janelunas, deceased, and all persons claiming by, through or under Joseph C. Janelunas; All Persons Unknown, Claiming any Legal or Equitable Right, Title, Estate, Lien or Interest to the Property described in the Complaint adverse to Plaintiff’s title, or any cloud on Plaintiff’s title thereto; Does 1-50. YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: Douglas Humphrey, an individual and sole successor and heir to the Estate of Diana Janelunas Humphrey. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp, or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. The name and address of the court is: Superior Court, County of Riverside, 46200 Oasis Street, Indio, CA 92201. The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney, is: Christopher Kelley, SBN# 86229, Attorney at Law, 9562 Winter Gardens Blvd., # D-287 Lakeside, CA 92040. DATE: 11-6-2012. By, C R (C. Regalado), Deputy. The property the above-referenced summons relates to is the land in Riverside County bearing parcel number 685-060-007, legally described as 1.60 Acres M/L IN POR NW ¼ of SCC 30 T4S R6E.

Alan Butkovitz, a followup audit of Philadelphia’s police surveillance cameras found only 32% of the sampled cameras were functioning properly. The followup audit included a sample of 31 installed cameras to review the quality, performance and functionality. Following the release of the Controller’s initial surveillance camera audit last June, it was projected that 90% of the cameras would be working by September 2012. “This means that at any given time when crime is occurring around our city, only a third of the cameras are able to capture criminal activity,” said Butkovitz. The Controller’s observations of the video footage captured by the non-fully functioning cameras included the following: Condensation and water in camera domes and on the lens, making it impossible to identify people or objects; images with jagged, pixilated edges when the camera captures movement, making it difficult to read licenses plates or otheroidentifying items; Objects such as traffic lights and trees blocking visibility; and no image at all, rendering only a pink screen.

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Letters • Letters • Letters other for wrongful use of civil proceedings: (1) He acts in a grossly negligent manner or without probable cause and primarily for a purpose other than that of securing the proper discovery, joinder of parties or adjudication of the claim in which the proceedings are based.” Not one bill in which Larry was the prime sponsor has become law. John H. Morley, Jr. Casey Anti-American? I am an American-born citizen, and a Palestinian. Last May, I attempted to travel to Palestine through Israel (which is the only way to visit my homeland). Instead, I was turned away in Tel Aviv, jailed overnight, and put on the next plane back to the US. My entry wasn’t barred because I’m a Quaker, or a mother. I was turned away because I am Palestinian.

What was more shocking, when I called the US State Dept. they told me that, regardless of citizenship, if I “wasn’t Jewish,” they couldn’t help me. And if we don’t act now, this de facto US tolerance of Israeli racial profiling could become the law of the land. Sen. Bob Casey — our Senator — is co-sponsoring SB 462, the “United States-Israel Strategic Partner Act of 2013.” This sweeping legislation includes a visa waiver agreement with Israel that no other country in the world has. It would give Israelis the right to enter the US without a visa, while preserving Israel’s “right” to deny entry to any American-born citizen. And the record shows that “anyone” means Palestinian Americans, Arab Americans, Muslim Americans, and even Jewish peace activists. This bill is an affront to basic principles of equality and dignity. And it’s further evidence of the overwhelmingly biased US approach to Israel — a policy that harms all Americans. Sandra Tamari

Jun. 6- Evening Reception for State Sen. Mike Stack at La Veranda, 30 N. Columbus Blvd., 5:30-7 p.m. RSVP (717) 213-4300. Jun. 7- “Third Time Is The Charm” annual golf outing fundraiser for State Rep. John Taylor at Torresdale C.C., 3801 Grant Ave., registration 10:30 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m., shotgun 2:30 p.m. For info (215) 545-2244. Jun. 7- Judicial candidate Ella Butcher Holds Court at United Republican Club, 3156 Frankford Ave., 5-8 p.m. All donations welcome, good food, special guest bartenders, 50/50, raffle prizes. Jun. 8- Asian American Association of Business Owners & Professionals Golf Outing, Bensalem C.C., 2000 Brown Ave., Bensalem, Pa. Tee time 1 p.m. Lunch and dinner in-

cluded. For all info as to sponsorship opportunities and golfing call Monish “Mike” Patel (267) 716-5932. Jun. 9- 80th Birthday Party Brunch for Olney HS of Jan. 1951, looking for classmates to join in celebration. For info (610) 783-6494 or email Sjacquies933@Gmail.com. Jun. 9- State Sen. Larry Farnese hosts Spring Fling at Water Works Restaurant, 640 Water Works Dr., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jun. 9- Fundraiser for DA Seth Williams at The Residences, 2 Liberty Pl., 57th fl., 5:30-9:30 p.m. Jun. 10- CATCH Golf Classic at Old York Rd. C.C., 801 Tennis Ave., Spring House, Pa., registration 8 a.m., breakfast 8:30 a.m., shotgun 10 a.m. Award banquet, silent auction and shootout 3 p.m. For info CATCH, Inc. (215) 735-7435. Jun. 10- Women in Politics Reception for Allyson Schwartz for Governor at Radisson Plaza Warwick

Hotel, 17th & Locust Sts., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jun. 11- State Rep. Rosita Youngblood holds Expungement & Pardon Clinic at Triumph Baptist Ch., 1648 W. Hunting Park Ave., 6-8 p.m. Jun. 12- June Jamboree & Fathers Day Party congratulating primary winners Judge Ken Powell, Anne Marie Coyle, Ella Butcher, Chris Vogler, Terry Tracy and Danny Alvarez at Paddy Whacks, 150 South St., 6-9 p.m. For info Annie cpcity@comcast.net. Jun. 13- Republican City Committee Fundraiser on Installation of New Chairman State Rep. John Taylor at the Phoenix, 1600 Arch St., 6-9 p.m. Tickets $250, $500, $1,000 and up. Checks payable to Republican City Committee. 1700 B. Franklin Pkwy., lower level, Phila., PA 19103. Jun. 14- State Rep. Stephen Kinsey hosts Seniors Center In The Park at 5818 Germantown Ave., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Farnese’s Law You reported on May 23 State Sen. Larry Farnese had introduced a bill that would reduce strategic lawsuits against public participation. Last year I ran against Larry and he sued me to remove my name from the ballot. The judge refused to allow voter testimony related to the authenticity of their own signatures and removed my name from the ballot. Instead of protecting the rights of people, Larry deprived 1,200 people of the right to nominate a candidate and deprived me of the right to be a candidate. Pennsylvania already has a law that does what his bill intends. It’s called the Dragonetti Act, 42 Pa.C.S.A. §8351. It states in part, “A person who takes part in the procurement, imitation or continuation of civil proceedings against another is subject to liability to the

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Mayor Michael A. Nutter addressed the General Assembly at a press conference in Harrisburg, to advocate for increased funding for Philadelphia public schools from the Commonwealth, and for the passage of legislation enabling the City to provide new revenue to the School District and a student-weighted funding formula for all school districts in the Commonwealth. Joining him were Dr. William Hite and other educational leaders. Following the press conference, they visited with key legislators from both parties and both houses. It might not be too late, since the budget is now the main topic on the legislative calendar. His pitch was, “Greater Philadelphia is the fifthlargest metropolitan area in the United States of America. Philadelphia is essential to the economic growth of Pennsylvania, and high-quality education is essential to a skilled and competent workforce. One in every 11 children in Pennsylvania – nearly 200,000 students - attends a Philadelphia public school, underfunded. The School District currently faces a $304 million structural deficit. This hurts all public school students – district and charter alike.” We laud him on his initiative and his pleas for additional funding for a minimum of $120 million should not fall on deaf ears. How the city’s youth fares affects the Commonwealth as well.

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Old St. Mary's Celebrates 250th Year

OFFICIATING at ceremonies marking 250th anniversary of Old St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on S. 4th Street in Society Hill was Archbishop Chaput and members of Commodore John Barry Association of New York. St. Mary’s Photo by Teresa Isabella Cemetery holds remains of Commodore Barry.

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MAYOR Michael Nutter with host of civic leaders cuts ribbon on

COUNCILMAN Mark Squilla and Teresa Isspanking new Cedar Village Apts. near 9th Street Italian Market, abella stand next to historical marker signifying developed in conjunction with CDC linked to St. Maron’s Church. event, which will be dedicated in near future. Marker was initiated by Celeste Morello.

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CEDAR VILLAGE pays tribute to historic Lebanese Maronite community of S. Phila. but it rents to seniors of all creeds and ethnicities.

STATE REP. Cherelle Parker, 200th Legislative Dist., and Gateway Health Plan sponsored “Living Life to the Fullest” 1st annual Senior Luncheon and Resource Fair at W. Oak Lane Senior Center. Einstein Healthcare, Eye Institute, SEPTA and Walgreens were also sponsors. From left are Carol Allen, Gateway Health Plan; Parker; Carol Bush, Gateway Health Plan, luncheon keynote speaker; and Dr. John Cacciamania, CEO, Chestnut Hill Hospital.

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MAYOR Michael Nutter talks about ending homelessness for veterans following a meeting with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, right; Phila. Housing Authority President & CEO Kelvin Jeremiah, left; and one of the formerly homeless vets. Donovan announced $349,362 federal grant to PHA for rental assistance with VA providing case management and clinical services to homeless vets.

8th Ward GOP Honors Cohen REPUBLIC A N 8thWard L e a d e r Lindsay Doering confers award to longstanding GOP act i v i s t Suzanne Cohen at Candidates Night.

8TH WARD’S Candidates Night reception attracted Republican stalwarts Denise Furey, 5th Ward Leader Mike Cibik, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, John Partain and Gabriela Guaracao.

INVOLVED in bringing 64 new rental apartments at Cedar Village for seniors over 55 years of age were State Sen. Larry Farnese, Father Vincent Farhat, Councilman Mark Squilla, Father Mike Marone, PIDC’s Natalia Buckley and Denise Eddis.

FORMER City Revenue Commissioner Keith J. Richardson is now Managing Director of Philadelphia Housing Authority Development Corp. He will direct development of additional public-housing units and mixedincome and mixed-use projects and commercial activities.

HONORED guests at Cedars Village opening included Lee Esposito, president of St. Maron CDC, right, his wife Mary Ella, and attorney Dennis George.

COBBS CREEK Community Environmental Education Center was praised by School District Superintendant Dr. TOGGED in stylish pink cardigan for Susan G. Komen Walk William Hite for introducing inner-city youths to fast-grow- For Cure was State Rep. Dwight Evans. CONTRASTING in ing green-science careers as State Sen. Anthony Williams and blue was husky runner former Gov. Ed Rendell. Photos by Leona Dixon Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell listen.

Commander Honored On 91st Sheriff Hosts Ward Meeting Artists Against Hunger

WARD 49B Leader Ann Brown congratulates Al Willis, commander of Roche Post 21 American Legion, on his 91st birthday, and presented with a “Deputy Sheriff” badge by State SHERIFF Jewell Williams, Democratic ward leader in the Sen. Anthony Williams, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and 16th Ward, addresses committee people and residents at a Photo by Rory McGlasson State Rep. Ron Waters. Photo by Joe Stivala community meeting in N. Phila.

FOOD TRUST, DaVinci Art Alliance and others joined to use art as a way to raise money to fight hunger. At exhibit were organizers Linda Dubin Garfield and Susan DiPronio with Moe Brooker of Mayor’s Commission of Arts.

Cars Benefit Horsepower Brownlee Hears Mill Ck.

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FIRST Conference exploring historical and cultural contribution of sports and its impact on race and gender brought STATE REP. Michelle Brownlee held town-hall meeting at together Drew Brown, Temple University PhD student and Mt. Olivet for Mill Creek residents, filling them in on her conference organizer; Dr. Richard E. Lapchick, (National fight for school funding and other important issues in Har- Consortium for Academics & Sports; and Dr. Thabiti Lewis, risburg this month. Lending attentive ear was Councilwoman author of Ballers of the New School: Race and Sports in America, all of whom spoke. Photo by Martin Regusters, Leaping Lion Photography Photo by Rory McGlasson Jannie Blackwell. DREXEL University celebrated achievements of Dr. Stephen R. Cox, at its Annual Provost Award Dinner. Dr. Cox is founder, co-principal investigator and project director of the National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. During last 18 years Alliance has been responsible for graduating over 11,000 African American, Latino and Native American engineers and scientists with BS degrees, 3,000 MS degrees and 350 PhDs from a nine-university consortium. Pictured with Dr. Stephen Cox at award presentation, seated, are Veniece Keene, LSAMP chief of staff; Hon. Nadine Overton, judge COMCAST CARES DAY brought out 200 volunteers to of Federal District Court, Verna Cox, Dr. Linda Powell, paint interior of Blankenburg ES. From left are Principal LSAMP Community College of Phila.; and Annette MurMalika Savory Brooks, State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, ray. Standing, from left, are Tony Regusters; Hon. James Comcast Dir. of Government Affairs Sharon Powell and Fire Deleon, judge of Municipal Court; Dr. Stephen Cox; Louis Battalion Chief and President of Valiants’ Inc. Eric Fleming Rhodes, Jr.; Hon. George Overton, judge, Court of ComPhoto by Martin Regusters, Leaping Lion Photography. Photo by Martin Regusters, Leaping Lion Photography and firefighters. mon Pleas; and Curtis Murray.

Drexel Honors Dr. Stephen R. Cox

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STATE SEN. Mike Stack presents “Best In Car Show” award to Doris Dixon, owner of 1970 Silver Cadillac, at special benefit held on Mechanicsville Road. Proceeds from family fun day went toward Parkwood Therapeutic Riding Center. Joining Stack and Dixon are Sarah DelRicci and Sarah O’Neill.

Painting Over Blankenburg School

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WELCOMING City Councilman Dennis O’Brien to SpArc were, from left, Denise Taylor Patterson, director of Phila. Individual Disability Services and Laura Princiotta, CEO of SpArc Phila. O’Brien visited Cultural Arts Center & Training Center to see PDDC clients working to fill contracts with companies. Photo by Bonnie Squires

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fibrosis. Without a lung transplant, she is not expected to survive the summer. As lungs from child donors are rare, her doctor has asked that she be considered for an adult lung. However, current regulations preclude her from being considered for available lungs until all eligible adult recipients have seen served, even if their needs for transplants are not as immediate. Toomey is calling on Secretary Sebelius to intervene in order to save Sarah’s life. Sebelius stated on Tuesday it would be inappropriate for her to amend the rule. Interesting which Health & Human Resources rules she is willing to violate and the ones she feels she must obey. In her mind it is okay to mace private insurance companies (that she regulates) for funding to roll out her informational campaign for Obamacare. But she finds it inappropriate to expedite the amendment of an arbitrary rule to save the life of a Sarah and other children in her predicament. Toomey and the rest of the Pennsylvania delegation are back in D.C. this week. Local CONGRESSMAN JIM GERLACH (R-Montgomery), as a member of the Ways & Means Committee, has a front-row seat to an unfolding drama concerning the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups for inappropriate and apparently illegal additional scrutiny when those groups applied for 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 status. One (Cont. Page 15)

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US SEN. PAT TOOMEY was in Philadelphia last Friday. He appeared on a local television station talking about the need for Health & Human Resources SECRETARY KATHLEEN SEBELIUS to help 10-year-old SARAH MURNAGHAN of Delaware Co. Sarah needs new lungs owing to her severe and debilitating cystic

If you’re a regular reader of this column, you’ll know that few things get on my nerves more than watching politicos show off their abilities to be of two mouths on any issue. One of the issues that our Political Chattering Class tends to do this the most with is the issue of education. While one mouth is singing from the Whitney Houston songbook (“I believe the children are our future…”), the other is giving us straight Flava Flav (“I can’t do nuttin’ fo ya man!”) The side with nothing to offer, in case you’re wondering, is the side that’s been asked to help school districts do what they need to do better by passing off a few more shekels … something they can’t do because, hey, there’s a tax cut for fracking, building stadiums, or some other rich man’s profit center that must be provided. Never do we hear this duet of one from our Political Chattering Class more than at this time of year. Why? Because it’s School Budget Time and there seems to be something about words like “millage” that turns even the most-honest politico into someone most parents would like to hit with a sledgehammer. As school districts look at what they have to work with and find themselves singing the Peggy Lee classic “Is That All There Is?”, they find themselves hoping for some muchneeded assistance. Nowhere is that hope more evident than here in the School District of Philadelphia, a district with a budget hole so deep that those who climb through it can grab a shrimp from the barbie. In the Commonwealth’s largest district, a district that (Cont. Page 15)

Yo! Here we go again with this point of view sent to me by a reader. One day I had lunch with some friends including Bob, who was about 69 years old. All in all, a pleasant bunch. When the menus were presented, we ordered salads, sandwiches, and soups, except for Bob who said, “Ice cream, please; two scoops, chocolate. Along with heated apple pie,” Bob added, completely unabashed. I wasn’t sure my ears heard right. We tried to act quite nonchalant, as if people did this all the time. But when our orders were brought out, I didn’t enjoy mine. I couldn’t take my eyes off Bob as his pie à la mode went down. The other guys couldn’t believe it. They ate their lunches silently and grinned. The next time I went to lunch, I called and invited Bob. I had tuna; he ordered a parfait. I smiled. “You amuse and confuse me,” I said. “How come you order rich desserts, while I feel I must eat sensible food?” He laughed and said, “I am tasting all that is possible. I try to eat the food I need, and do the things I should. But life’s so short, my friend, I hate missing out on something good. “This year I realized how old I was.” He grinned, “I haven’t been this old before. So before I die, I’ve got to try those things that for years I had ignored. I haven’t smelled all the flowers yet. There are more fudge sundaes to wolf down and kites to be flown overhead. There are too many golf courses I haven’t played. I’ve not laughed at all the jokes. “I’ve missed a lot of sporting events. I want to feel ocean spray on my face. I want to sit in a country church once more and thank God for His grace. I want peanut butter every day spread on my morning toast. I want untimed long-distance calls to the folks I love the most. I haven’t cried at all the movies yet, or walked in the morning rain. I need to feel wind on my face. I want to be in love again. “So if I choose to have dessert, instead of having dinner, then should I die before nightfall, I’d say I died a winner, because I missed out on nothing. I filled my heart’s desire. I had that final chocolate mousse before my life expired.” With that, I called the waitress over. “I’ve changed my mind,” I said. “I want what he is having; only add some more whipped cream!” So be happy. Remember: While money talks, chocolate ice cream sings!

VETERANS: 150 returning WORLD WAR II vets will return from an HONOR FLIGHT to the Washington WW2 Memorial on Jun. 20. If you can, be at St. Kevin’s Church Hall in Springfield, Pa. to welcome them home!!... Congressman Bob BRADY’S RESOLUTION TO HONOR the SERVICE of Koreans who fought in Vietnam is heartwarming; 325k served there over the course of the war’ 5k were killed, 11k injured. Many still suffer effects. The ALLYSON for Governor website IS SET UP AND LOOKIN’ GOOD.... The political tricks mentioned in my last column come from the Book of NULTY (Circa 1960s). THIN SKIN: Did Mayor NUTTER show irritability over the charge some city cameras were not operational? City CONTROLLER Alan Butkovitz made the charge. Let’s see, we elected BUTKOVITZ to be our watchdog. We EXPECT him to ALERT us to any irregularities. KEEP doing your job, Alan! Thin skin is reminiscent of the “RUMPOLE” Public TV series. Rumpole spoke of his wife as “SHE WHO MUST BE OBEYED.”... PEOPLE: Hal ROSENTHAL and wife SUE are still in Israel after an exciting tour that included the Rachel grave, the Nabi Moses site, and a cave where Abraham is said to be buried. The wedding in ICELAND of Dr. Mark Watkins of Philadelphia caused a flurry of internet messages. A popular and smart physician, he has many well-wishers.... The Editorial zap at State Attorney general KATHLEEN KANE over her settlement of the HERSHEY Case – the reason many fatcat CEOs whose zeal contributed to our economic downturn (Cont. Page 16)

STATE REP. ED NEILSON is leading the way on dyslexia awareness. He held a joint press conference this week with STATE SEN. SEAN WILEY “to bring attention to the ever important issue of dyslexia as a learning disability.” It’s a great issue for Neilson because several charter schools in his legislative district are focused on special-education needs. Specialeducation needs are responsible for complexities in the public-education system and additional expenses. With the current fiscal crisis looming in Philadelphia with regard to School District “finding”, new solutions for both treatment and funding are necessary. Special education is crucial in the School District’s $300 million shortfall. MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER, SUPERINTENDANT WILLIAM HITE and CONTROLLER ALAN BUTKOVITZ spent a day in the capitol rallying support to close this deficit and generate more state and city funding. Needed is $120 million from Harrisburg. The chances of them receiving anywhere near that amount of money is slim to none, and Slim just left. However, several legislators are working on finding the funding somehow. STATE SEN. MIKE STACK and STATE REP. CHERELLE PARKER have introduced legislation to collect nearly a half-billion dollars in delinquent taxes. The City would receive the ability to attach liens, take and sell properties, and garnish wages in order to collect the taxes. The City has claimed for the last several years it does not have the weapons it needs. If this legislation passes, there will be no excuses. COUNCIL PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE is generally supportive of this type of legislation but is wary of using garnishment as a tool. But STATE SEN. SHIRLEY KITCHEN is working on the means test for using the garnishment tool. The intent of the legislation is not to hurt poor people but rather to collect taxes from people who clearly are in a position to pay them. In fact, businesses owe nearly $100 million in delinquent property taxes. COUNCILMAN BOB HENON has been a leader on collecting property taxes in Philadelphia and intends to have several events focusing on delinquent property owners throughout the city. Henon continues to gain kudos for his skills in Council. He has been a leader on the AVI issue and also on the delinquent-tax issue. (Cont. Page 16)

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Legislators Work To Make Home Invasion Serious Felony With home invasions on the increase, State Rep. John Sabatina and State Sen. Michael Stack (both D-Northeast) unveiled respective pieces of legislation to curb that crime at the Philadelphia Police Headquarters together with Ditrict Attorney Seth Williams and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsay. Both legislators will be pushing their legislation through to increase penalities and jail imprisonment time up to 40 years where it can be proven the intent was to rob the family rather than just a house burglary attempt. “Home invasion is a serious problem that’s on the rise around Pennsylvania,” Sabatina said. “Specifically in Philadelphia, numerous communities, including Olney, Mayfair, Holm Circle and Rhawnhurst, are dealing with criminals who simply aren’t

POLICE COMMISSIONER Charles Ramsay praises efforts by Rep. John Sabatina and Sen. Michael Stack to pass legislation raising criminal penalities for home invasion. Looking on is DA Seth Williams. afraid of the consequences of imum security facility, or 10 years for a second offense or this crime.” Sabatina’s bill would clas- if the victim is older than 62. Stack’s bill increases those sify home invasion as a firstdegree felony with a minimum penalties. penalty of five years at a max“Strengthening the penal-

In The Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County Civil Action – Law No. 130402296 Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure Reverse Mortgage Solutions, Inc., Plaintiff vs. The Unknown Heirs of Helen C. Case, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant To: The Unknown Heirs of Helen C. Case, Deceased, Defendant(s), whose last known address is 10850 Ellicott Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154. This firm is a debt collector and we are attempting to collect a debt owed to our client. Any information obtained from you will be used for the purpose of collecting the debt. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff, Reverse Mortgage Solutions Inc., has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to No. 130402296, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 10850 Ellicott Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154, whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County. Notice: You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford one, go to or telephone the office set forth below. This office can provide you with information about hiring a lawyer. If you cannot afford to hire a Lawyer, this office may be able to provide you with information about agencies that may offer legal services to eligible persons at a reduced fee or no fee. Phila Bar Assoc., One Reading Center, Phila., PA 19104, 215-238-6333. Community Legal Services, Inc., Law Center North Central, Phila., PA 19140, 215-227-2400/215-981-3700. Michael T. McKeever, Atty. for Plaintiff, KML Law Group, P.C., Ste. 5000, Mellon Independence Center, 701 Market St., Phila., PA 19106-1532, 215.627.1322.

ties for home invasion crimes will send a message that these crimes will not be tolerated and help ensure the safety of our residents in Philadelphia,” Ramsey said. Both bills will impose sentences and fines on any person could be convicted of home invasion if he or she knowingly enters, attempts to enter, or remains unlawfully in a dwelling with intent to commit a violent crime. “Few crimes are as frightful as home invasion,” Williams said. “Our homes should be our safe havens. But home invasions not only rob victims of their hard-earned belongings, but also their sense of security. I applaud the efforts of Rep. Sabatina and his colleagues to make our communities safer.” “This crime is uniquely insidious and calls for a more severe characterization,”

Stack said. “We need a specific home invasion offense and I’m glad to work with Rep. Sabatina, Commissioner

Ramsey and District Attorney Williams to achieve this in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.”

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MASTERY Charter School in Kingsessing, which was founded in honor of State Sen. Anthony Williams’ father and predecessor Hardy Williams, celebrated anniversary with packed auditorium of proud parents as Senator saluted school’s leadership.

In The Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County Civil Action – Law No. 121203245 Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure Midfirst Bank, Plaintiff vs. Unknown Heirs of Dolores A. Norton, Deceased & Harry Welmon, Solely in His Capacity as Heir of Dolores A. Norton, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant(s) TO: Unknown Heirs of Dolores A. Norton, Deceased, Defendant(s), whose last known address is 6827 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19142. This firm is a debt collector and we are attempting to collect a debt owed to our client. Any information obtained from you will be used for the purpose of collecting the debt. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff, Midfirst Bank, has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to No. 121203245, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 6827 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19142, whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County. Notice: You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford one, go to or telephone the office set forth below. This office can provide you with information about hiring a lawyer. If you cannot afford to hire a Lawyer, this office may be able to provide you with information about agencies that may offer legal services to eligible persons at a reduced fee or no fee. Phila Bar Assoc., One Reading Center, Phila., PA 19104, 215-238-6333. Community Legal Services, Inc., Law Center North Central, Phila., PA 19140, 215-227-2400/215-981-3700. Michael T. McKeever, Atty. for Plaintiff, KML Law Group, P.C., Ste. 5000, Mellon Independence Center, 701 Market St., Phila., PA 19106-1532, 215.627.1322.

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(Cont. From Page 12) the Commonwealth itself has owned lock, stock and largely empty barrel since 2002, money is so incredibly tight that there may not be a Public League unless some money’s pulled together. Last week, the district passed a preliminary budget that cut, well, just about everything. Teachers? Yep. Nurses? Gone. Guidance counselors? Gone, too. Afterschool activities? Fuhgettaboutit…. Of course, the folks on the School Reform Commission, a body that is a result of that Commonwealth takeover I mentioned earlier, say this budget isn’t the last word. They say they’ll be able to restore some of these cuts once the Commonwealth gets its budgetary act together. Forgive me if I don’t share their optimism, mostly be-

cause I believe any Commonwealth that denies health care to its citizens despite getting a nearly 100% contribution from the federal government, cuts aid to people with disabilities that need said aid to live, and happily gives millions of dollars to an industry that fouls the air, pollutes the water and has money to burn, literally, could really care less about whether our city’s children can read and write. Don’t believe me? Then you haven’t been paying attention over the 11 years. At all. You see, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania tends to view the School District of Philadelphia in the same way a really spoiled four-year-old views a pet. It may not like the pet. It may treat the pet so badly that it borders on abuse. It may occasionally leave the pet lying on the front porch barely alive. But that spoiled four-yearold would rather that pet die

than let the next-door neighbor’s kid, a kid that cries every time it sees this poor, abused pet and wishes he could help, give that pet the love and care it needs. You’re probably wondering who the next-door neighbor’s kid is in this scenario. Well, that would be us, the citizens of Philadelphia. Our School District is a pet that’s about to die from the abuse and neglect of the fouryear-old kid that is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It needs help. It’s bleeding and battered. But the adults, most notably Mayor Michael Nutter, City Council, and the brain trust that is the Philadelphia Delegation sit back and watch the School District and it’s kids get beaten beyond recognition and refuse to call the ASPCA (the federal courts) and demand the return of local control. (Cont. Page Page 16)

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crowd was able to be outside and enjoy the club’s great view of the Delaware River. Also on Wednesday, the Philadelphia Republican Leadership Council held its monthly meeting, which drew over 70 people. PRLC Chairman Mike Cibik announced he would be stepping down as chairman and asked that anyone interested in running for that or any other PRLC office contact him. He expects to hold elections in the next few months. Given the recent election of John Taylor as Chairman of the RCC and the expectation there will be a détente in the party’s civil war, the PRLC may change. The members of the PRLC had been on the insurgent side of the fight some of its functions may be incorporated into the RCC. Next Wednesday, Jun. 13, Taylor will be hosting a fundraiser for the RCC at the Rooftop at the Phoenix, 6-9 p.m.

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(Cont. From Page 12) of the more-outrageous IRS requests was the demand for a letter from a pro-life group. An IRS agent asked the group’s board to attest they would not protest near Planned Parenthood sites. I guess this IRS agent slept through the civics class that covered the 1st Amendment. As the drama continues to unfold, the importance of Gerlach’s question last Friday to the outgoing head of the IRS will hopefully be answered. Gerlach asked, and most of us want to know, who in the Obama Administration knew of these actions and when? Last Thursday, the 8th Ward held a reception at the Racquet Club. The keynote speaker was CONGRESSMAN MIKE FITZPATRICK (R-Bucks). Current 8TH WARD LEADER LINDSAY DOERING introduced Fitzpatrick. Doering also

presented former ward leader and state party member SUZANNE COHEN with token of the ward’s appreciation. The event was well attended, including long-time Cohen allies, former Republican City Committee CHAIRMAN VITO CANUSO, RCC GENERAL COUNSEL MIKE MEEHAN and COMMITTEEWOMAN PATRICIA MATTERN. Other party activists at the event were WARD LEADERS MATTHEW WOLFE and MIKE CIBIK, as well as COMMITEEPEOPLE MONIKA CZAPLA, DENISE FUREY and JOHN PARTAIN. Last Wednesday, STATE REP. JOHN TAYLOR held a fundraiser at the Quaker City Yacht Club. WARD LEADER BILL PETTIGREW, a longtime member of the Yacht Club, was instrumental in obtaining the location for the event. Thanks to the nice weather, the

(Cont. From Page 12) MARJORIE MARGOLIES, the recently declared congressional candidate, has scheduled a fundraiser for Park Restaurant in Center City Philadelphia. The three categories of potential contributions are $50, $250 and $1,000. It remains to be seen if her ability to fundraise is as high as it was 20 years ago when she was actually in Congress. The fundraiser is being hosted by Center City’s DR. NICK RUBIN.

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(Cont. From Page 12) (some say it was greed), did not go to jail; it is because you cannot convict someone for BAD JUDGEMENT. The Hershey case is the same. KANE can’t get blood from a stone to satisfy the writers. It is that TIME again. After a quarter century, the BRADY BUNCH BEACH BLAST parCRYING NEED for civil-law representation for poor city- ties will again be held in Andwellers was weighed in Senate Law & Justice Committee glesea, N.J. on Jul. 20 at 4 hearing at Phila. Bar Association, led by State Sens. Mike p.m. This year it will be held Stack and Stewart Greenleaf. Numerous experts testified, in WESTY’S on Olde New among them Judge Margaret Murphy, at mic, who super- Jersey Avenue.... WELL vises Common Pleas Family Division, and Chief Justice Ron DONE to Capt. Jim ROCHE, Castille, right. outgoing president of the PILOTS Association for Bay & River Delaware. He worked hard to make dredging a reality. CAPT. Ward GUILDAY takes the helm of the group and will oversee the post-Panama

Canal upgrade impact on river traffic. Welcome aboard! And from JOE DOC, JR.’s PHILLY LABOR page: State Rep. John TAYLOR holds little hope for NUTTER’S taxenabling legislation to provide money for the schools. MAYOR, do not be averse to trimming the FAT at the top of the School District ladder. Go to big 1%-type salaries. The Governor saying that he had not been able to find Latinos to work for him … but there are MANY qualified Latinos. Maybe they do NOT want to work for the Administration (?)... This week began many ODUNDE Festival events culminating with the festival at 23rd & South Streets on Sunday, and a reception for the Ambassadors of SENEGAL and CAPE VERDE. A business seminar including Consuls

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(Cont. From Page 15) Meanwhile, the School District continues to die. Or should I say the part of the district that isn’t controlled by private corporations does. The charter schools, many of which should have been closed, continue to chug along in all of their under-regulated glory. Earlier this week, a townhall discussion about Philadelphia acquiring an elected School Board was held. But you can’t have an elected School Board until someone calls Animal Control and gets the abused pet that is our School District out of the reach of the Commonwealth’s gang of spoiled four-year-olds. However, you’d better act fast. Otherwise, they’ll be nothing left to save.

PUBLIC NOTICE The Philadelphia Housing Authority will hold the PHA Pension Board Meeting on Friday, June 7, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., at The Philadelphia Housing Authority 12 S. 23rd Street Multi-purpose Room Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kelvin Jeremiah President & CEO

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