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Trash and debris collapses wall at a vacant property on 1500 block of Marston St.; destroys neighbors backyard by Rory McGlasson

JOANNE Kopaczewski found the wall in her backyard had been turned into rubble on Saturday after a wall collapsed at the vacant property opposite her home, owned by an absentee landlord. Kopaczewski, 59, has lived on the 2800 block of Dickinson Street for 24 A CONCRETE WALL Collapsed at 1500 block of Marston Street on Satyears. urday, Jun. 7 and brought down backyard wall at Joanne Kopaczewski’s 2ND DIST. COUNCILMAN Kenyatta Johnson; State Rep. Jordan Harris; The wall had caved in because Grays Ferry Home, 2800 Dickinson Street. Jay Goldstein, president and CEO of Valley Green Bank; Algot F. Thorell, (Cont. Page 2) Photo by Rory McGlasson Jr., chairman of Valley Green Bank; and Mayor Michael A. Nutter cut ceremonial ribbon at Valley Green Bank’s newest bank branch in South Philadelphia.

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Valley Green Bank Opens On South Broad Street There's a new community banker on South Broad Street. Valley Green Bank opened its new South Philadelphia branch at 1536 S. Broad Street on Monday. The branch fills a void for local customers after the longtime Beneficial Savings Bank on Broad and Snyder Avenue closed last month. On Friday, Mayor Michael Nutter joined Valley Green Bank’s President and CEO Jay Goldstein to cut the ceremonial ribbon in the presence of local elected officials, business and civic leaders, customers, neighbors, bank employees and board members, and friends. Originally the location was an old Continental Bank. It became a PNC Bank branch in the 1980s, then a Blockbuster Video store through the 1990s, and more recently it served as an office for a public-service agency. “We have already estab-

lished quite a following in South Philadelphia,” said Goldstein. “We’ve made more than $20 million in loans in this community over the last two years before evening opening the branch.” In his remarks, Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter recognized Valley Green Bank as a major player in lending more than a half a billion dollars into the region’s business community helping small businesses grow, thrive and create jobs. He also cited the Bank’s record for being a good neighbor by supporting civic and neighborhood organizations. “Community banks are so vital to the revitalization of our neighborhoods,” said the Mayor. “And Valley Green Bank has been a real leader in that regard, lending in Philadelphia throughout the financial downturn and playing a signif-

icant role in improving the economic climate in the City.” In addition, students from neighboring Philadelphia HS for the Creative & Performing Arts and Mastery Charter School’s Thomas Campus performed during the program. To support its relationship building in the neighborhood, Valley Green hired three executives with longstanding ties to South Philadelphia, starting with Regional President Bob Marino in 2010 and Vice Presidents Howard Briskin and Frank Pizzo in 2011 and 2012 respectively. All three were born, raised and spent most of their professional lives fostering banking relationships in South Philadelphia. For its new branch, Valley Green Bank relied on Philadelphia’s Metcalfe Architecture & Design for that firm’s design es-

thetic and expertise in helping the Bank repurpose the property. “I love working with Valley Green,” noted Alan Metcalfe, founder and president of MAD. “The Bank gave us the freedom to reinvent how to modernize a structure within the context of the neighborhood’s sensibilities.” As part of its neighborhood focus, Valley Green takes great pride in fostering banking relationships with charitable organizations in the City. “All of the members of our Board of Directors serve on nonprofit boards in Philadelphia. We believe this commitment to giving back should extend to the Bank as well,” noted Goldstein. “We not only support nonprofits with charitable donations, but we are a leader in nonprofit lending, particularly to those underserved by the big banks here in town.”

One of those organizations is Women Against Abuse. “As a nonprofit organization working to end domestic violence in Philadelphia, Women Against Abuse recognizes the critical role of partnerships and community engagement,” said Jeannine L. Lisitski, executive director. “We are pleased to be a Valley Green Bank customer, and appreciate their responsiveness and enthusiasm in working collaboratively with us in creating a safer city.” Since 2005, Valley Green Bank has brought in $275 million in deposits from more than 6,500 customers. It has leveraged those deposits to make $500 million in loans to more 1,500 businesses, nonprofits and individuals. Today, Valley Green Bank is one of the fastest-growing and mostprofitable banks in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

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(Cont. From Page 1) garbage, construction debris, mattresses, cylinder blocks and rodents (including a possum) living at 1502 Marston. Debris had built up so much in the last four years, amid the weeds had grown a 20-foot tree. The roots of the tree and the trash finally pushed down a 7-foot brick wall -- taking Kopaczewski’s wall down with it. “I almost had a heart attack when I saw the mess,” Kopaczewski said. “I’m just pleased my granddaughter and dog were not out there when it collapsed.” It’s no surprise for Kopaczewski and a few neighbors. They have been asking the City to help with the plethora of vacant properties on the 1500 block of Marston Street for years. The home at 1502 Marston Street has been vacant for the

last four years. According to city records, the home is owned by Luis Orlando Ayabarreno of Fort Bragg, N.C. Calls to Ayabarreno were not received at press time. After her wall collapsed, Kopaczewski called the City’s emergency 311 hotline. Some neighbors said they were not surprised when they saw the hole in the back of her house, and a backyard full of rubble. “Whose house will be next?” said block captain Ellen Uditski. With the help of some neighbors, Kopaczewski called Licenses & Inspections about the incident, as well as the office of 2nd Dist. Councilman Kenyatta Johnson on Monday morning. A representative from Johnson's office contacted L&I.

Two L&I officers visited the dilapidated property on Tuesday morning. The City has since issued Ayabarreno a 30day violation order to clean-up the property. If the landlord does not clean up the mess in 30 days, he will be fined $300 per day. “We have been crying out for help for the last four years in regards to the houses on the 1500 block of Marston Street," said Michelle Yayyay, of the 2800 block of Dickinson Street. “There is black mold growing on the mattresses, and walls between several houses. “These issues we are facing are not only a fire and safety hazard but also a major health hazard. “My two children, along with other neighbor children,

are asthmatic patients. We need help before something tragic happens.”

On Wednesday, officials from the Philadelphia Fire Dept. visited the site.

ELLEN UDITSKI, block captain of 2800 block of Dickinson Street, stands at alleyway between 1500 block of Marston and South 28th Street. Ella says she’s been fighting for years with City to help clean blight, mess and debris along 1500 block. Blight brought down a neighbor’s wall in her backPhoto by Rory McGlasyard over weekend.

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because of team sports.” Dr. Steingard also said Tony Luke provided 300 sandwiches early that morning for the volunteer medical doctors and medical students from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Jefferson Medical College and Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Steingard thanked Dr. John Salvo, Dr. Andy Collier, and Dr. Mark Zimmerman from the Philadelphia Orthopedic As-

sociation. Also from the Heart Center of Philadelphia, many thanks went to Dr. Jack Gorden, Dr. Steven Nierenberg, Dr. Glenn S. Cooper, Dr. David Shipon, Dr. Brian D. Fedchin and Dr. Mital Sheth. The PCOM InterMedical Association in Pulmonary also was there with Dr. John Similaro, Dr. Mike Zendetto and Dr. Dan Parente who graciously gave their time.

CHELSEA Dolchin, Mitch Budman, Dr. Jerry Steingard, Vickie Miller, Ellen Dolchin, N.J. Superior Court Judge Steven M. Holden, Dr. Mark Testa and Dr. Mike Wolf were among 450 volunteers at Athlete Health Organization’s annual student athlete’s health initiative at Phila. School District building. Photo by Maria Merlino

A Taste of South Philly Tickles Taste Buds South Philadelphia’s social event of the year, the Bob & Debbie Pantano Taste of South Philly was huge success. This year the event the event took place at Neumann-Goretti HS. More than 40 vendors along with a “Taste of Home” competition, featured parents serving up the best dishes from their kitchen with a scholarship as first prize for their student. Beer aficionados were offered a special selection of Stella Artois United Savings Bank CFO, Michael Matozzo, 2nd Dist. Councilman Kenyatta courtesy of Penn Distribu- DISHING up some lasagna from Scannicchio’s ARE Marc Varelli, Lori Gib- Johnson, United Savings Bank Chairman, John Nigrelli, host Bob Pantano, son, Christine Varelli and Lexa Gibson. Photo by Maria Merlino tors. Photo by Maria Merlino and 1st Dist. Councilman Mark Squilla.

Hosting with her husband, Debbie Pantano embraces good friends, Jane Scafici, PRESIDENT of Neumann/Goretti HS, John Murowski, Ath- Elsie Iannuci Fernandez, and letic Director, Pat DiPilla, girls basketball Coach Letty San- Michele Ciliberto. Photo by Maria Merlino Photo by Maria Merlino torelli Principal, Robert Sele.

AMID crowd of politicians at Eggs & Kegs Breakfast held at Doc’s Union Pub last week, 1st Ward Leader John J. Dougherty tooktime to surprise Leah Dougherty with a cake covered in pink roses for her 9th birthday. Her brother Kenneth, 7, can’t wait to dig into scrumptious confection. Photo by Maria Merlino

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by Maria Merlino Dr. Jerry Steingard, founder of the Athlete Health Organization, was exhausted and exhilarated at the same time at the end of a long 12-hour day last Saturday. “We saw 1,117 teenagers and found that 10 had anomalies in either heart, pulmonary, concussion or orthopedics. The school system will now follow up on them. No child should die

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Court Challenge Could Save Traffic Court State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas (D-N. Phila.), along with the rest of the City’s caucus in the General Assembly, has expressed opposition to Traffic Court abolishing legislation (SB 333 and SB 334) which were scheduled to receive approval by both chambers this week. A court challenge to the legislation is rumored to be in the making, with expert attorneys on constitutional law filing on behalf of the primary winners for Traffic Court

from both parties. Thomas said, “There is no need to destroy traffic court because of a history of corruption. A newsletter issued by state Supreme Court Justice Ron Castille in 2012 cited problems in the courts from the local to the state level and there was no call for abolishment.” Working in tandem, both bills, said Thomas, would end Traffic Court. They will also “require Philadelphia Traffic Court officers to be members of the Pennsylvania Bar, while

27th Ward Dems Fête Mary Goldman

HONORING lifetime achievements of former Democratic 27th Ward Leader Mary Goldman, dignitaries gathered at Restaurant School. From left are Ward Leaders Marcia Wilcox and Congressman Bob Brady, current 27th Ward Leader Carol Jenkins, judicial candidate Giovanni Campbell, Goldman, Councilman Jim Kenney and Phila. Dir. of Federal Affairs Terri Gillen. overburdening a Municipal be members of the PennsylvaCourt system that is already nia Bar implies judges who are overworked.” lawyers would not be subject Thomas also noted requir- to misconduct. He added, ing new Traffic Court judges “Nothing could be farther from

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27TH WARD Democrats bequeath $500 to Friends of Clark Park at their ward party. Shaking are FoCP President Erin Engelstad and 27th Ward Leader Carol Jenkins; seated, from left, are FoCP members Barbara Nolan; Andre, Beatrix & Amy Bowers; and Seamus O’Toole. the truth, as we can see with instead of abolish, Philadelthe recent sentencing of Judge phia Traffic Court. “I am proJoan Orie Melvin and the past posing Traffic Court masters misconduct of other judges on that would be limited to being the State Supreme Court.” fact-finders instead of Traffic Thomas said the General Court judges. They would Assembly shouldn’t “impose also be elected. Traffic Court rules on Philadelphia County masters would only be able to different from other counties conduct hearings, then would in this regard.” present their findings to MuThomas has offered nicipal Court for final decision amendments to the Pileggi and conclusions of law.” package that would reform, (Cont. Page 5) State Rep.

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An alleged call by Mayor Michael Nutter to then-City Commission Chair Stephanie Singer Schmidt on election day last November to allow provisional ballots be counted at the end of that presidential election voting day was turned down. It was reported the Mayor had hoped to build up the vote for President Barack Obama. The profusion of provisional ballots led to criticism from all sides. But City Chair Anthony Clark and Deputy Chair Al Schmidt both agree that call showed the need for the Commissioners to continue as a bipartisan and independent office, not subjected to any pressures. Of the 27,355 provisional ballots, only 5,263 were properly registered voters whose names weren’t in the books, according to a City Commission analysis.

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(Cont. From Page 4) “My proposal would streamline all cases before Philadelphia Traffic Court without placing an undue burden upon Municipal Court and does not require a constitutional amendment,” Thomas explained. It would continue as an administrative court with final conclusions of law being made by Municipal Court. Hopefully this would address allegations of judges making and accepting third-party requests for preferential treatment.” The legislation is expected to be on the Governor’s desk for signature since the Republican-controlled General Assembly is united behind the court-killing legislation introduced by State Sen. Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware). Washington Endorses Margolies For 13th State Sen. LeAnna Washington (D-Northwest), whose State Senate district comprises 20% of the 13th Congressional Dist., has endorsed Marjorie Margolies in her bid for Con-

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Highly respected former JURY COMMISSIONER GERARD P. SHOTZBARGER was honored with the dedication of the naming of a Jury Assembly Room in the Criminal Justice Center on Jun. 6. Jerry Shotzbarger was a terrific human being who passed away well before his time. The dedication of the assembly room was a small gesture of thanks for his large contributions to the legal community. The HON. PAMELA PRYOR DEMBE presided over the ceremony. Welcoming remarks were made by JURY COMMISSIONER DAN RENDINE, ESQ. Keynote speaker was JUSTICE SEAMUS P. MCCAFFERY of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Family remarks were made by GEORGE SHOTZBARGER, the loving brother of Jerry. Also in attendance were Jerry’s wife SUSAN, a nurse, and their three kids: WILLIAM, who currently studies law at Syracuse University; MARY, who teaches elementary school in Maryland; and MARGARET, who is going to pursue nursing at Penn next year. MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER once again made his trek to Harrisburg to lobby the Philadelphia Senate delegation on his budget plans for the Philadelphia schools. It seems every year the schools are in fiscal crisis and this year is no different. But this year Nutter has a better plan to restore sanity to the district. He also has a better Superintendent in DR. WILLIAM HITE. Dr. Hite has better interpersonal skills than many of the previous head honchos and is a former teacher and principal. But the main question is: Will the Republicans in Harrisburg support more funding for Philadelphia schools? Most of the other Senators are supportive of public education in their districts but are wary of any new funding for Philadelphia. The district is already closing schools and furloughing teachers and assistant principals. Schools are cutting art, music, and tutoring. The kids of Philadelphia are really being shortchanged. The other big question is: Will all the Philly leaders support the Mayor’s taxing-empowerment plan? He wants to do an increase in the liquor-by-the-drink tax, which has not been popular with most of the Philly legislators. He also would like to increase the cigarette taxes, which may have the votes to pass. The reason the tobacco tax may get support is that Pennsylvania still has significantly lower tax rates for tobacco then surrounding states, including the states that border Philadelphia. It is interesting to note the Mayor’s delegation consisted of eight to 10 people. His lobbying (Cont. Page 46)

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Yo! Here we go again with a passionate rant by Charlie S. US Mail streetcorner “Cluster Mailboxes” are being proposed to save money and cut mail-carrier jobs! (Huh?) Here’s what I envision if this Cluster Box becomes a reality. It’s really not that unreasonable to imagine the endless parade of negative possibilities this so-called solution would create because after all, we are in the BIG city of Philadelphia, not in some isolated senior citizen’s trailer park in Arizona where getting mail is a reason to stay alive, or along a rural route in Cornstalk, Indiana where everyone is nice, minds their own business and says, “How’d ya do!” If you put US Mail “Cluster Boxes” out there on our street corners within a radius of three blocks from our homes, here is just a small example of what will set up shop next to, or in the general proximity of them. Hookers and Johns in need and in the act of, drug dealers and buyers and all the festivity that show brings, scam artists, vendors of all kinds selling various “goods”, thugs lying in wait to settle old scores or to collect street debts. There will be panhandlers and a variety of nice beggars needing your “change”, smelly homeless bums leaving little bodily presents for us to step on and slip on, mentally insane idiots-wackos in need of some good friendly conversation and a cigarette or three, cowardly thieves waiting like seagulls to pick on the bones of our helpless senior citizens, gun-toting robbers staking out for a good target to relieve of their valuables and maybe a life or two, identity thieves and illegal undocumented aliens waiting to snatch and grab our mailed bill statements so they can become “us” better than OURSELVES and buy all the stuff we wish we could in our names (and we get billed and have to prove we didn’t do it). Resourceful burglars with cordless devices, who will open those clusters like a hot knife through butter, believe me I know! I saw all of these things and more, and more, and more. Oh yeah, and within a day or two of installation, these clusters will be unrecognizable as mailboxes as the graffiti gremlins will do their thing and create just another unwanted public eyesore! All of this and more will happen and when it does, all the powerful, intelligent shoulders will shrug and lip service paid. We didn’t create this America, YOU did!

Sad news for those who knew and worked with Democratic 1ST WARD LEADER GEORGE BADAME. He passed away at age of 69. He is survived by his son Paul, wife Mary and mother Emma. Funeral services are scheduled this Monday at Monti-Rago, with Mass following Tuesday morning at St. Rita Shrine, Broad & Ellsworth at 10:30 a.m. Those wishing additional info can email Mary at GeorgeMare@horizon.net. George followed COUNCILMAN JIM TAYOUN as ward leader in 1992 and held that post until his resignation to take on more teacher’s chores in 2001. Everyone who knew George knew he was extremely solicitous and DID HIS BEST for every endorsed Democrat ticket during those years. GET KIDS and adults who need to take the G.E.D. TEST to DO IT NOW! G.E.D. testing will pass into FOR-PROFIT hands in 2014, and prices WILL INCREASE BEYOND ability of many to pay for it. DO IT NOW!... A.V.I. PROTEST is PORTRAYED by some writers as largely over. The few First-Level Reviews are NOT a BAROMETER of this. A smaller portion of homeowners got increases. Why would those with no increase file? Do they think the public is dumb? It’s a baloney, BLARNEY statement! City Council Bill 130123 insures that nonprofits file an annual report with the assessment office stating that lands used by them REMAIN in charitable use. Get behind this measure. Exempts should pay in lieu of taxes as well. How about a bill on this, COUNCIL?... As the legislature appears to want to end OUR TRAFFIC COURT, we wonder how (Cont. Page 46)

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Republican candidate for Mayor? Time will tell. In the meantime, eyes are on the Republican City Committee to see if it makes any serious effort to support its two citywide candidates, TERRY TRACY (for Controller) and DANNY ALVAREZ (for District Attorney). The RCC is holding its first unified fundraiser tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Phoenix, 1600 Arch Street. Minimum contribution is $250. Rumor has it that former BAIL COMMISSIONER TIM O’BRIEN has been asked to play a key role in raising funds for the near penniless organization. If funds are going to be forthcoming, this elephant credits the hard and often-thankless work of Republican officeholders John Taylor, BRIAN O’NEILL, DENNY O’BRIEN, DAVID OH and AL SCHMIDT. Councilman Oh and Commissioner Schmidt have been in the news continuously since being sworn in. Last Saturday the United Republican Club was the site of yet another party. MIKE BARKOVICH was the ringleader in organizing a watching of the Belmont Stakes. The room was packed with members of the herd including United Republican Club PRESIDENT TOM MCCANN, WARD LEADER MATT WOLFE and Republican activist DUNCAN GROVE. Last Wednesday, the Keystone Club went to Washington. (Cont. Page 45)

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The increasing number of news articles and op-eds criticizing MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER’S performance begs the question, will the newly reorganized Republican City Committee under the leadership of STATE REP. JOHN TAYLOR and EXECUTIVE DIR. JOE DEFELICE, offer a credible and well-funded

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City Controller Alan Butkovitz has released the audit of the provisional ballots used in the 2012 presidential election and found about 40%of these 27,306 ballots cast occurred because of pollworker mistakes or errors in the creation of polling books. “Our Office sought to determine the reasons for the widespread use of provisional ballots after there was a 116% increase in ballots cast from the 2008 election,” said Butkovitz. Of the total 10,591 that were cast in error, 4,899 were from voters that were in the poll books at their correct polling place, but they should not have voted by provisional ballot. Another 4,827 provisional ballots were cast due to errors in the printing of the supplemental polling books. According to Butkovitz, 9,078 voters cast provisional ballots because they went to the wrong polling location. More notably, 70% of them went to an improper polling place that was not in a geographical proximity to where they were registered. “Provisional ballots are an important part of the election process because they serve to ensure an individual’s right to vote,” said Butkovitz. “City

Commissioners need to work with state officials to identify and correct the cause of errors in the printing of the poll books.” The Controller’s auditors found 7,637 ballots were cast by ineligible voters, who were not registered in Philadelphia Co., no longer in the system due to failing to vote in the past two federal elections, or who already had cast a vote on a voting machine. “The election process is a cornerstone to our democracy,” said Butkovitz. “The voters should be confident that all aspects of the process are implemented fairly and competently.” Other problems identified with the processing of the provisional ballots included the following: • 79 ballots still in their sealed envelopes that were never counted. • 73 ballots that were inappropriately counted but should have been rejected. • Ballots that were not properly counted but should have been counted in six random samples. When compared to Allegheny Co., which has a similar number of registered voters, voters there cast 3,812, or 61% less, provisional ballots than in Philadelphia. (Cont. Page 47)

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law.” Additionally, Stack said SB 913 would the elected school board would be allowed to pass a resolution of no confidence on the superintendent. The Mayor, however, would decide if that resolution would be fulfilled. Taxing authority and the ability to incur debt would continue as powers of City Council and the Mayor only, under the legislative proposal. However, the school board would be required to write an annual budget plus a five-year spending plan. And, the board would have the authority to approve labor, service and other contracts. “I think we need to have faith in the voters, parents, students, and teachers to make the right choices on how to govern the school district,” Stack said. “I think we need a change, and I think SB 913 is the vehicle to get us where we need to go.”

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elected school board. “The school board would be unpaid, nonpartisan, and locally elected from nine districts throughout the city,” Stack explained. “Every 10 years, the districts would change based on the census. Members of the school board would serve 4year terms.” Stack said he believes replacing the SRC with a publicly elected school board would get people to the table in the Philadelphia School District who truly care about public education. If adopted, the Senator said Philly’s Mayor and City Council would still play a significant role. “The Mayor will appoint the School District Superintendent,” Stack said. “The Mayor would also be able to fire the Superintendent at any time and for any reason that does not violate state

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Philadelphia’s five-decade long practice of appointing people to oversee the city’s school system has failed, said State Sen. Mike Stack (D-Northeast). “It is time for Philadelphians to decide how city schools operate.” He said SB 913 would return a locally elected school board to Philadelphia. “Each reiteration of the Board of Education was supposed to increase accountability, transparency, and improve fiscal oversight. Instead, we have had year after year of dysfunction, fiscal crises, and schools that fail our students,” he told the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Education. Stack said the School Reform Commission, which is made up of three people appointed by the Governor and two by the Mayor, needs drastic reform itself. “The SRC fails the accountability and transparency test because it is not elected by the taxpayers. Therefore, it is not accountable to parents, students, and certainly not the taxpayers. It is only accountable to the governor or mayor who appoints them,” Stack said. Stack said the evidence for filling the city’s school system with publicly elected directors – the district’s failure in 20112012 to reach target graduation rates and overall academic performance to its crippling deficit – is overwhelming. Stack said his legislative proposal would replace the School Reform Commission with an

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Heard on the Hill / in City Hall Taylor Bill Strengthens Blighted Property Act The House Urban Affairs committee has reported out State Rep. John Taylor’s (RKensington) HB1363, to amend the Abandoned & Blighted Property Conservatorship Act making vacant lots eligible for reclamation, and designating a building as vacant if it’s been unoccupied for 12 months. It also changes the definition of “party in interest” from a resident or business owner within 500 feet of the blighted building to within 2,000 feet of the building, and allows a nonprofit corporation to undertake a conservatorship action in Philadelphia for projects within a five-mile radius, as opposed to the current one-mile radius. All these changes will make it easier for Philadelphia to recover problem vacant properties.

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O’Brien Bill Lessens AVI Impact On Homes

Legislation authored by State Rep. Mike O’Brien (DKensington) to help city homeowners impacted by the Nutter administration’s Actual Value Initiative was passed by House lawmakers this week and sent to the Senate for consideration. According to O’Brien, the House passed two other bills (H.B.s 388 and 391) last month related to helping Philadelphians affected by AVI. O’Brien’s bill (HB 390) would offer relief to residents who have lived in their homes for decades but who do not have the resources to pay higher tax bills as a result of new and much higher values, such as the elderly on fixed incomes. Philadelphia would be required to use age and financial need when considering relief for long-term owneroccupants, often referred to as gentrification relief, through 2023. The city would continue to have the authority to use age

and financial need in 2024 and beyond if it chose to do so, just as every other county in the commonwealth is authorized to do. “Gentrification is meant to improve and revive established and historic neighborhoods, not to tax people out of their homes,” O’Brien said. “My bill and others like it will do a lot to relieve a burden that was quickly, and with much disorganization by the city, placed on Philadelphia homeowners.” McGeehan: Rebates Extended Six Months

Hailing it as a benefit to taxweary property owners, State Rep. Michael McGeehan (DNortheast) reports the application deadline for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has moved from Jun. 30 to Dec. 31. Older adults and residents with disabilities now have an additional six months to apply for a standard rebate of up to $650, McGeehan said, with qualifying homeowners eligible for supplements that could boost that number to $975. “With escalating school property taxes a concern in Philadelphia and throughout the Commonwealth, it makes sense for everyone who is eligible for a rebate to apply,” McGeehan said. “The extra six months gives folks who qualify an additional window to get some financial relief.” Those applicants must be age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded from those calculations. McGeehan said about 600,000 households are expected to benefit from the program, with rebate distributions for the 2012 tax year beginning

on Jul. 1. Council Moves Green Bill On BIRT Regs

City Council is deliberating two bills sponsored by Councilman at Large Bill Green that clarify the potential Business Income & Receipts Tax and real-estate liability of nonprofit corporations and require them to annually certify their tax-exempt status and the exempt status of real estate they own. “This is an issue of fairness,” Green said. “These institutions benefit us, but they also benefit from city services that have a real, hard cost to taxpayers. These measures do not change the existing law, but we have a fiduciary obligation to the taxpayers of Philadelphia to treat the commercial activity outside their nonprofit mission same way we treat others engaging in similar activities.” Many of Philadelphia’s taxexempt nonprofit institutions have grown, expanded and morphed into complicated, multifaceted organizations and in some cases the nature of their activities has expanded beyond their traditional, nonprofit mission. Almost one-third of Philadelphia properties are currently exempt from property taxes – one of the highest rates in the nation and one that has only gone up in recent years. Clarke, Henon, Oh Team For Assessment Clarity

Council President Darrell L. Clarke (4th Dist.), Councilman Bobby Henon (6th Dist.) and Councilman at Large David Oh have unveiled a bill modifying the Office of Property Assessment’s duties and powers for the purpose of significantly increasing the transparency and objectivity of the property-assessment process. The Council President said, “There are significant and legitimate concerns about the City’s assessments as relates to

the Actual Value Initiative. A fair and accurate assessment is not possible when OPA does not know how many bathrooms are in a particular home, for example.” “This bill would require OPA to make freely available a full explanation of its methodology. It also requires OPA to post details of individual assessments on the City’s website,” Clarke continued. Tartaglione Supports Budget Alternative

State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Kensington) has joined her Democratic colleagues in support of a budget alternative that improves funding for schools, social services and job creation while holding the line on broad-based taxes. “Gov. Corbett and House Republicans want Pennsylvanians to believe that the weakest among us must continue to suffer in order to balance a budget,” Tartaglione said. “The plan we presented shows that by properly aligning priorities and using strategies that work, we can grow our economy through targeted investment while balancing the budget.” Tartaglione said the Democratic plan includes $212 million more for education, $125 million more for job creation along with support for small cities facing economic distress. “This budget gives the administration a clear choice between favoring corporations or supporting the working families of Pennsylvania,” Tartaglione said. At Tartaglione’s request, the plan nearly doubles funding for assistive technology devices that help get Pennsylvanians with disabilities back into the workforce and fully restores the New Choices/New Options program, which helps train displaced homemakers for new careers.

LeAnna Washington Lauds Military Heroism

State Sen. LeAnna Washington (D-Northwest) spoke at “A Salute to the Veterans,” an event hosted by State Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D-Northwest), which honored veterans from Northwest Philadelphia. She expressed her gratitude for the sacrifices that soldiers make each and every day. Washington noted Northwest Philadelphia is home to a large number of minority veterans, many of whom have not received enough support and care after they returned home. Neilson Introduces Dyslexia Legislation

State Rep. Ed Neilson (DNortheast) and Sen. Sean Wiley (D-Erie) have introduced legislation to create a pilot program to provide evidence-based early screening and other intervention services for children with risk factors of dyslexia. The legislation establishes a Dyslexia Screening Pilot Program in at least three school districts. “If left undiagnosed or untreated, dyslexia can have a devastating effect on a child’s performance in school and later in life,” Neilson said. “Screening and intervention efforts have been shown to offer these children a real opportunity to overcome this challenge and have a real chance at leading a successful life.” Wiley agreed, saying, “The evidence-based intervention that will be provided by this program will help children reach their full potential. The program will also be a great relief to many parents that don’t currently have the proper resources to help their child overcome this condition.” Dyslexia, also known as developmental reading disorder, is a reading disability that occurs when the brain does not

properly recognize and process certain symbols. It is believed 15-20% of the entire United States population displays at least some symptoms of dyslexia, although it often goes undiagnosed for years and sometimes is not formally recognized until adulthood, if ever. Sen. Williams’ Bills Seek State Funding For Schools

State Sen. Anthony Williams (D-W. Phila.) put another solution on the table for children in Philadelphia, offering to boost the School District’s coffers with a pair of bills that would increase the liquor-by-the-drink tax and authorize a cigarette tax for the city. SB 944 would authorize the City of Philadelphia to level a 10-cents-per-cigarette tax ($2 per pack) and send that revenue to the ailing School District of Philadelphia. SB 945 would allow Philadelphia City Council to increase the drink tax from 10% to 15%. Those dollars also would also go to the district. “Every child needs and deserves a school that fully functions, and the way things are going, few children in Philadelphia would have that this fall,” said Williams. “The district is strapped for cash and it desperately needs the revenue these so-called sin taxes would generate. Besides, we’ll sabotage the ability of our children to learn, grow and become the productive citizens we all hope they will become. And we’ll tank our city’s future in the process.” Mayor Michael A. Nutter has asked for increases in the drink tax and the creation of the cigarette tax. Williams responded with legislation that would provide the taxing authority the City needs to collect the new revenue.

Rev. Nash, now 45, refers to the parishioners of his Church Faith & Deliverance Outreach Ministries, 1510 W. Stiles Street. His ministries, also using their own money, tore down housing adjacent to them. It has slowly but successful gotten rid of the drug image that had plagued that neighborhood for generations. Rev. Nash understands his group might be considered to be “under the radar”. That is why he’s started a campaign to let Philadelphians know of the work his group does. For instance the MAP CDC offers its surrounding community a host of services, not otherwise available to them. It’s operating as a NAC office without the funding. It stays busy from Monday through Friday dispensing bags of food and clothing to

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the impoverished. Every third Saturday, the poor and needy turn out for a first-class complete hot dinner. He has a tight relationship with Philabundance and Share, which are food banks. The services offered, says Rev. Nash, cover utility problems, rental and mortgage assistance, helping the homeless get proper shelter, helping seniors with various health-care referrals and applications and promoting literacy among adults and youth as well as helping them find jobs. “We are using every opportunity to create jobs for this community. “But that takes money,” states Rev. Nash. “We are on United Way’s list of recognized charities,” he notes. “We are number 49454 and we need those businesses involved in the city CDC Tax Credit Program to shine their light on us and become our partners. We’re not big, but we are super-efficient in what do, with a church full of people who believe in helping their community, whatever the sacrifice.” One initiative approved by Rev. Nash is a collaborative partnership between developer Steve Kauffman, of Community Ventures, to build 10 affordable houses at 16th & Master. “It’s going to be a

EVERY 26 seconds a student drops out of school -- nearly one million students every year. These City Year corps members were part of class of 255 who worked to stem dropout crisis in Philadelphia. Keynote speaker was SRC Chairman Pedro Ramos ensuring every child has the opportunity to walk across the stage at graduation.

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well-landscaped development,” he said, “the homes will have off-street parking, and they will be adjacent to a community park.” Nash thanks those who have come to learn of the success of his group’s efforts and made contributions. They include Jonathan White, Temple Town Reality; Maz Group; Nick Pazola City View Pizza. “So please give us a helping hand with your tax credits, so we can help others,” mpleads Rev. Nash. He can

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Keeping people from being hungry is one of intermissions of Rev. Lewis C. Nash, Sr., a holistic Christian minister. With that purpose he formed his Mankind Against Poverty Holistic Community Development Corp., better known in the community as MAP. It’s located at 1533 W. Stiles, a very-busy community-outreach office, which was once a dilapidated shell of a house. Giving him the boost was Council President Darrell Clarke who was able to cut the red tape with the Redevelopment Authority, a project that began in 2008 and slowly moved to a ribbon cutting in August 2010. “It took us longer than we would have liked, but we had no funding. It was parishioners’ sweat equity that made it happen.”

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Apprentices Prove Worth In Harrisburg; Rep. Neilson Addresses Their Rally Hundreds of union buildingtrades apprentices, coordinators and instructors from 20 different Building Trades crafts visited the State Capitol Tuesday on Apprentice Awareness Day in Pennsylvania to educate elected officials on the value of union run apprentice training programs as a career path to stable, middle-class jobs. Fran Sirianni, the president of the Pennsylvania Building & Construction Trades Council, noted opportunities for employment in family-sustaining jobs in the construction industry depend on workers having training in technical skills and job safety. “There are over 8,100 active building-trade apprentices being educated for tomorrow’s work force right now in Pennsylvania, that is over 80% of all apprentices in the construction industry in this state,” said Sirianni. “The highly technical and complex jobs required to func-

tion in the work environment of the future depend on haaing a well-trained work force. That is what the apprentice programs provide to the state’s economy.��� Sirianni added, “Apprentice Awareness Day is a way for recent high-school gaduates, technical-school graduates, veterans and our elected officials to learn about opportunities in the construction industry and the importance and value of our apprenticeship and training programs. It is also a great way for apprentices to meet their elected officials.” State Rep. Ed Neilson (DNortheast) spoke at a rally supporting apprenticeship programs like those offered by the Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council. He was an electrician apprentice. “Personally, I wouldn’t be here today without the experi-

ence I gained from my time as an apprentice,” Neilson said. “As a state, we need to better fund these programs because of the many opportunities they can offer the youth in our state.” Democratic Representatives and Senators joined Neilson at the rally to show their support for the apprenticeship programs, and their opposition to attacks on unions. Neilson said he was concerned about attempts to repeal the prevailing wage, and the lack of investment in the state’s transportation infrastructure. “Last week in Philadelphia, we all saw what happens when untrained, unskilled workers are used instead of union workers,” Neilson said. “That heartbreaking tragedy could have been avoided if a properly trained individual was operating the machinery.” All Pennsylvania Building Trades apprentice programs are

funded through a cooperative effort between different crafts’ unions and employers and they are designed to provide apprentices with lifelong skills and careers. These labor-management organizations emphasize skills training and job safety. They served as a valuable asset to Pennsylvania’s economy because they cost apprentices nothing to attend. They provide immediate job opportunities both during training and upon completion of the rigorous courses in different trades. The rally, which was strongly attended by union workers, officials, and current and past participants of apprenticeship programs, was held in the Capitol Rotunda during the heat of budget season to encourage members of the General Assembly to protect union rights, and to invest in programs that would offer career training.

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Summer is here and already over the last three weekends, violence and death in Philadelphia has taken center stage. Staging a pushback of their own is One Day At A Time, an anti-HIV/AIDS group, which has planned two weekends of activity focusing on “stopping the violence”. A march will take place on Saturday, Jun. 22, starting at 3 p.m. at Broad & Lehigh. Tomorrow, at an 11 a.m. press conference outside Mt. Peace Cemetery at 3111 W. Lehigh, Mel Wells and members of One Day At A Time, Mothers In Charge, Mothers United Through Tragedy, Inc., Men United for a Better Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Anti-Drug/AntiViolence Group, and representatives from Police and District Attorney, will participate. From 6 to8 p.m. on Friday, the community is invited to watch ODAAT’s Overcomers and the District Attorney’s Avengers go head to head in a basketball game.

In The Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County Civil Action – Law No. 130203357 Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, Successor in Interest by Purchas From the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as Receiver of Washington Mutual Bank f/k/a Washington Mutual Bank, FA Successor in Interest to Washington Mutual Home Loans, Inc., Plaintiff vs. John Doe, Owner or Any Unknown Persons Having or Claiming an Interest or Title to the Subject Premises, Binh Pham & Troung Pham, Mortgagors and Real Owners, Defendants To: John Doe, Owner, or Any Unknown Persons Having or Claiming an Interest or Title to the Subject Premises, Binh Pham & Troung Pham, Mortgagors and Real Owners, Defendants, whose last known address is 6646 Greenway 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, JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, Successor in Interest by Purchas From the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as Receiver of Washington Mutual Bank f/k/a Washington Mutual Bank, FA Successor in Interest to Washington Mutual Home Loans, 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. 130203357, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 6646 Greenway 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. Community Legal Services, Inc., Law Center North Central, 3638 N. Broad St., Phila., PA 19140, 215-2272400/215-981-3700. Phila. Bar Assoc., One Reading Center, Phila., PA 19104, 215-238-6333. 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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Message from Charles G. Kopp, Esq. Chairman of the Board Philadelphia Regional Port Authority

As Chairman of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, I am proud to once again present to readers of the Philadelphia Public Record, the 2013 annual supplement in salute of the Port of Philadelphia. I am sure you will find the information here of great interest as we celebrate all of the exciting activity on the Delaware River waterfront as it relates to the maritime industry. As chronicled on these pages every week, the Port of Philadelphia is making history with the continued deepening of the Delaware River shipping channel. The breathtaking strides we have made in the last several years are the culmination of hard work and steadfast determination to

Charles G. Kopp, Esq. keep our Port competitive and ready for new business. We are deepening the 103mile shipping channel from 40-to-45 feet, and I am pleased to report that with the successful completion of what is referred to as “Reach D,” we now have finished about 60 percent of the project. This is an enormous accomplishment when you consider that just a few years ago, this project’s outcome was in doubt. Why are we doing this? Quite simply, shipping lines

are building larger vessels, and these ships need deeper water. Without it, the cargo and the jobs will vanish. That’s why we have fought this battle on every front, and we will not rest until the project is completed. There are many people to thank for their help and support, including government, business, labor and the local maritime operators. I am respectfully declining to list them only because there is a high risk of unintentionally omitting a good friend or colleague. But I would be remiss if I did not point out that in early 2011, when we were desperately seeking federal funds to continue the project, it was Gov. Tom Corbett who stepped up with $15 million to enable us to deepen a significant portion of “Reach B.” His decisive leadership at this critical juncture allowed us to continue the project.

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Over 33 Year Practicing Maritime Law

Without those funds, who knows what would have happened. Gov. Corbett has been a supporter of this project since his days as Pennsylvania Attorney General. When he had the opportunity to back it up, he did so. Much the same can be said about our friends in the Pennsylva-

nia and Delaware Senate and Congressional delegations. In addition to this exciting project, we invite you to learn more about our sprawling terminals and busy piers, as well as our bustling auto processing center filled with brand new Hyundai and Kia vehicles. We are also “full

steam ahead” at the Southport Marine Terminal, where groundbreaking developments are imminent. All of this is being done to both preserve our legacy as America’s greatest port city, and to ensure a vibrant economy with family-sustaining jobs.

RAW SUGAR bags get a hefty lift off ship to one of PRPA’s docks. It’sone of many products coming to Philadelphia from around the world.

new ones to the Port of Philadelphia. Daily, as you drive along Delaware Avenue past our many facilities, you will see mainstay cargoes such as automobiles, fruit, and containerized cargoes being handled (to name a few of our longtime cargoes), as well as many new cargoes, such as sugar. And all of these cargoes, old and new, maintain and support family-sustaining jobs for the residents of Philadelphia and the surrounding region. I’ll hope you’ll enjoy the stories and anecdotes related to these cargoes, as presented to you by Public Record Publisher Jim Tayoun and his staff in this year’s Port Supplement. Clearly, our project to deepen the Delaware River’s main shipping channel to 45 feet and our bold initiative to build a new marine terminal, Southport, are our biggest news

items this year. Aside from proudly telling you our deepening project is now 60% complete and actual construction

related to Southport is imminent, I’ll let our esteemed Chairman, Charles Kopp, talk further about these projects in

his own greeting (you’ll also read about them throughout the pages of this supplement). I’d rather concentrate on the atti-

tude of our port and all the great people in it, because without that attitude, this port wouldn’t be the success that it is today.

Kopp Credits Gov. Corbett

(Cont. From page 14) the Chairman said, “The Port expects thousands of good-paying jobs to come to Philadelphia once the deepening of the Delaware River is completed. The future for the Port looks extremely bright as an economic engine for the production of good-paying jobs for the working families of Pennsylvania.” “The establishment of new funding streams is another way Gov. Corbett may want to assist the Port’s efforts”, Kopp continued. “Gov. Corbett has been working with the legislature to develop innovative, more-efficient ways to fund the Port in the future, such as the development of a ‘multi-modal’

fund that could fall under the Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation. This could provide regular, more-predictable funding to the Port, while ultimately lowering costs to PRPA and its terminal operators.” Returning to the main topic of his announcement, Kopp concluded, “But it’s been our capital program where the State’s commitment has truly stood out. $120 million is being spent to make structural improvements, improve safety, expand rail infrastructure, add on-dock storage, retrofit our cranes, the list goes on and on. And I want to add one important fact: Like our deepening project, if the

Commonwealth didn’t see capital funding as an investment that will pay off, we wouldn’t have seen a dollar of those funds. Our capital program will result in continued support by the Port’s current customers and the attraction of new carriers, who will bring new labor-intensive cargoes to the Port of Philadelphia. “We’ve already seen this when state support helped bring Hyundai and Kia here in 2010, and I’m positive it will continue to bring new carriers and new business to the planned port expansion at Southport, to the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal (e.g., Horizon) and to our other fine

facilities in the near future.” The PRPA is an independent agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charged with the management, maintenance, marketing, and promotion of publicly-owned port facilities along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, as well as strategic planning throughout the port district. PRPA works with its terminal operators to modernize, expand, and improve its facilities, and to market those facilities to prospective port users. Port cargoes and the activities they generate are responsible for thousands of direct and indirect jobs in the Philadelphia area and throughout Pennsylvania.

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by James T. McDermott, Jr. Exec. Dir. PRPA As we move into warm weather and an eventful summer season full of fun for our friends and families, here at the Port of Philadelphia we’re happy for many other reasons, too. Our cargo business is healthy, our river is being deepened to make us more competitive with other ports, and numerous expansion and improvement projects are on the horizon. So with that backdrop, I’m very pleased to welcome you to the Philadelphia Public Record’s annual supplement about the Port of Philadelphia. We certainly have a lot to tell you about this year. As you will see in these pages, the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority and its terminal operators continue to work to retain and expand our existing cargoes and to attract

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Corbett Welcomes Growth Of Chilean Fruit Imports

Underscoring the importance of his recent trade mission to South America, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, the Chilean Agricultural Minister Luis Mayol Bouchon and senior Chilean agricultural officials came to Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia to observe the unloading of the Bahia Castillo, a refrigerated cargo ship carrying thousands of tons of fresh Chilean fruit to the United States and Canada through the Port of Philadelphia gateway. As part of the event, approximately 10,000 lb. of Chilean fruit were donated to Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger-relief organization, which loaded the fruit for immediate shipment to its local distribution center. This donation helped Philabundance provide muchneeded produce to hundreds of families in need in the Delaware Valley.

Chilean exporters and Holt Logistics have donated more than three million pounds of Chilean fruit to Philabundance and its national partner organization, Feeding America, during the most recent growing season. “On behalf of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Chilean Minister of Agriculture for joining me here,” said the Governor. “Our growing trade partnership with Chile provides Pennsylvanians and people throughout the region with year-round access to affordable fresh fruit. “The opportunities for expanded trade with Chile and other Central and South American countries will continue to deliver outstanding products, generate significant numbers of good jobs throughout the region, and continue the growing momentum of the Port of Philadel-

phia as an economic gateway to a significant portion of American population.” Corbett’s recent Commonwealth Jobs Trade Mission included visit to Chilean ports. Chile counts the United States as one its largest strategic trading partners in the Western Hemisphere and has a long-standing free-trade agreement with the United States. “The Chilean fruit trade is vital to the Port of Philadelphia,” said Leo A. Holt, on behalf of Greenwich Terminals, Inc., which operates the Packer Marine Terminal under a lease with PRPA. “The Governor’s recent trade mission lays the foundation for expanding our partnerships with countries throughout Central and South America, which means that we will have the chance to import more fruit and other commodities that strengthen the region’s economy in the process.”

GOV. TOM CORBETT welcomes Chilean Agriculture Minister Luis Mayol Bouchon to Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. Corbett and Phila. Port officials hosted a delegation from Chile to S. Phila. facility. Gov. Corbett said Port has enough space to add more perishable products from S. America. Photo by Rory McGlasson Joining Corbett and Mayol & Livestock Service; Fer- Joaquin Tagle, agricultural atBouchon at the event, in addi- nando Astaburuaga, interna- taché, Embassy of Chile; and tion to Holt, were Gustavo tional-affairs coordinator, Pedro Bejares, agricultural Rojas, national director, Of- Office of Studies & Agricul- specialist, Agricultural Office. fice of Studies & Agricultural tural Policy; Jose Pedro The parties were joined by Policy; Benjamin Leaven- Arana, press officer, Minis- Charles Kopp, chairman of worth, Chilean consul in ter’s Cabinet; Ronald Bown, the PRPA, and other port and Philadelphia; Anibal Ariztia, chairman, Chilean Associa- regional officials. national director, Agricultural tion of Fruit Exporters; (Cont. Page 18)

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Gov. Tom Corbett’s Visit To Chile Bears Fruit

(Cont. From Page 16) Pennsylvania and Chile have a shared history of interchange and understanding. The Ports of the Delaware River are the largest nexus of arrival for fresh Chilean fruit in the world, including excellent and nutritious commodities such as grapes, apples, pears, peaches, plums, nectarines and apricots as well as summer citrus products. Additionally, the largest international chamber of commerce of its kind, the Chilean American Chamber of Commerce, recently celebrated its 25th year in Philadelphia. “The Republic of Chile is proud to work with our natural and longstanding trade partner in the United States,” said Tagle. “The Delaware River Gateway has long been synonymous with excellent

Chilean products-most visibly fresh fruit but with deep connections to our forest products, copper, seafood and world famous wine exports. Of the many millions of bottles of wine sold in Pennsylvania each year, 28% comes from Chile.” Chile’s agricultural miracle has propelled it onto the world stage and for half a century has been an inspiration for development models. As its industry has diversified and matured, so has the Chilean economy and international outreach. With products including grain, forestry, meat protein, fish and fresh fruit, Chile stands at the front ranks of innovation, energy and dedication to excellence. Pennsylvania has dedicated increasing resources to the infrastructure that is required

Corbett On Board With Philadelphia Port

GOV. TOM CORBETT, frequent visitor to Port of Phila., continues to back critical port initiatives such as Delaware River Main Channel Deepening Project and Southport Marine Terminal Project. Standing to Governor’s left is PRPA Chairman Charles Kopp, whom he picked to chair PRPA Board. Deeper channel, new facilities and other planned development at Port will lead to more jobs and greater economic impact for Phila. and surrounding region.

to continue this trajectory of growth, as the world has moved to more and more containerization of products, and as the Panama Canal expansion project nears completion, the Commonwealth has doubled down on transportation and been at the front of the fight to deepen the Delaware River. The Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, operated by Holt Logistics, is the largest of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority’s cargo facilities. Equipped to handle both dry and refrigerated container cargo, the facility sits on 106 acres and has six vessel berths immediately below the Walt Whitman Bridge in South Philadelphia. The facility has on-site FDA, USDA and US Customs services.

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Things are happening at the Port of Philadelphia International Longshoreman’s - Local 1291 and the ILA is proud to be partAssociation of it all! No one can miss all theDear greatBrother things going on at the Port right now: we’re deepening our shipping channel to 45 feet. We’re and Sisters, moving forward with Southport, the first major new marine terminal in decades. We’re aggressively attracting new cargoes while continuing our dedication to our existing business. And we here at ILA Local 1291 are proud to be at the center of The Executive Board of ILA Local 1291 would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our memeverything, helping our many allies in the maritime industry to make this Port all it can be now and in the future! bers and workers and their families for all their hard work and sacrifices they made during this last So, as we make continued progress, theenjoying ILA wants to take in a moment to thank andworkplace salute those allies, without year. Our Local is increases many areas of our and we because are taking the steps everyone working together, alltowould be lost! we want to use this opportunity to acknowledge these fine individuals necessary prepare for a So, future that should be considerably brighter than our past. and organizations:

WithRegional your support, this Executive Board will be able to continue to pursue new business The Philadelphia Port Authority US Senators Bob Casey and Patrick Toomey relationPRPA’sships manyinfine Congressman Bobcontinue Brady to support politianterminal attemptoperators to capture and control an ever growing cargo base and The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers State Senators Mike Stack and Larry Farnese cians who promote the special and best interests of ILA Local 1291. Our fellow unions and their hardworking memberships State Representatives Bill Keller and John Taylor Governor Tom Corbett Our many other allies in government

Regionally, the single most important labor issue is the “45 Main Channel Deepening Project”. And, will last generate but not least, the fine of ILA Local 1291, This project thousands of membership long term family sustaining jobs this area so desperately who safely, quickly, and expertly move the world’s cargoes every needs. We, as Labor, have to collectively endorse this project and use ourday! influence and membership votes against politicians who oppose it.

Let’s all continue to move forward!

Business Agents John Lafferty, Darryl Larke, and Sonny Howlett Trustees Michael Brennan and John Mulgrew • Sergeants-at-Arms John Powers and Keith Browning

God Bless You! God Bless America! God Bless die workers who make this country so great! Support Union Labor for a better America! Sincerely and In Unity, President- Boise Butler Ill Vice- President — Jack Hatty Secretary Treasurer — Martin Mascuilli

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Business Expansion, Investment Mark Busy Year For Holt The Ports of The Delaware River saw an increase in new business during this past year as Holt Logistics Corp. and its clients participated in several ventures aimed at increasing capacity and efficiency in shipping to and from the Philadelphia region. Holt Logistics Corp. leadership was at the forefront of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s effort to drive new business into the Port of Philadelphia. President Leo A. Holt and a team of Holt representatives joined Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and administration officials in March 2013 on a trade mission to South America aimed at increasing trade partnerships with various strategic allies in the region. The fruits of this trade mission were realized in two separate but related developments with major implications for Holt Logistics Corp. client Greenwich Terminals LLC at the Packer Av-

enue Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia. In April 2013, Gov. Corbett and leadership from PAMT welcomed the first vessel from Jones Act shipping giant Horizon Lines, which agreed to relocate its Northeast port of call from Elizabeth, New Jersey to Philadelphia for at least the next 10 years. Horizon vessels will call on Philadelphia once a week, providing major freight service from Puerto Rico to the Northeastern US. The move by Horizon is expected to create in upwards of 400 direct and indirect jobs for port and related industries, and inject over $3 million in tax revenue into the local economy. “This is a big win for our Port and our region,” said David Whene, president of Greenwich Terminals LLC, operator of the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. “Packer provides Horizon Lines with

excellent and efficient service, allowing Horizon to serve its customers more effectively. And for us, Horizon provides a great new direct trade connection with Puerto Rico.” In May 2013, the Governor returned to PAMT, this time along with a delegation of agricultural officials, including the Minister of Agriculture from the Republic of Chile, who together announced new strategic partnerships aimed at increasing trade of perishable and nonperishable goods between the two countries. The Ports of the Delaware River are the largest nexus of arrival for fresh Chilean fruit in the world, including nutritious commodities such as grapes, apples, pears, peaches, plums, nectarines and apricots as well as summer citrus products. The Holt family’s half a century of friendship with Chile played a key role in facilitating the agreements based upon

their clients’ impeccable track record of on-time service. “The Chilean fruit trade is vital to the Port of Philadelphia,” said Leo A. Holt, on behalf of Greenwich Terminals, Inc. “The Governor’s recent trade mission lays the foundation for expanding our partnerships with countries throughout Central and South America, which means that we will have the chance to import more fruit and other commodities that strengthen the region’s economy in the process.” The Horizon service opportunity emerged solely through the commitments of the Holt family, and the support of the administration in Harrisburg is crucial as the Port of Philadelphia continues to prepare for the finishing of the Delaware River Deepening project, which as of this May is over halfway complete. When finished, the deepening of the Delaware

channel from 40 to 45 feet will allow for larger ships and more cargo to flow through the port. Holt Logistics Corp. is responding to the increased port traffic by engaging in infrastructure and technology improvements aimed at increasing efficiency both on and off the terminal. The return from the brink resulting from the Great Recession affected the Ports of the Delaware River. Nonetheless, Holt Logistics Corp.’s clients were able to weather the unfavorable business conditions by increasing organizational efficiencies and controlling costs, all while supporting their excellent work forces. For the 2012 calendar year, Holt Logistics Corp. reported increases in total container volumes as compared with 2011. Furthermore, the flow of Hyundai and Kia automobiles through PAMT continues to grow, with a total of 270,000 auto-

mobiles having already come through the terminal in the 2011 and 2012 calendar years. Showing a commitment to the larger local community, Holt Logistics Corp. oversaw several charitable endeavors during the past year. In the fall of 2012, following the devastation wrought to the region by Superstorm Sandy, Holt Logistics Corp. partnered with private- and public-sector port businesses and agencies throughout the tristate region to host three simultaneous donation drives in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, with donations benefiting New Jersey charitable relief organizations including the Salvation Army and the United Way of Monmouth County. During the winter and spring months of 2013, Holt Logistics Corp.’s customers found themselves in the midst of a potentially catastrophic (Cont. Page 35)

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In Shipyard Business, ‘Small’ Is Relative by Tony West Every busy transportation hub needs a repair shop. When it comes to ships, these customers come on a grand scale and so do the shops. Rhoads Industries started out bashing metal in Kensington 75 years ago and has grown to do complex fabrication for a wide range of industries at plants in Huntingdon Valley and Northeast Philadelphia. In 2010, Rhoads Industries saw an opportunity to provide sophisticated service for the maritime sector and opened a new division at the burgeoning Navy Yard, Rhoads Marine Industries. The Port of Philadelphia is visited by more than 1,000 vessels a year – and is a potential gateway to every other ship on earth. Rhoads hired retired Admiral Joe Hare to develop new lines of work to service this trade. It negotiated leases with Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. starting in June

TWO HUGE catamarans are being converted from civilian ferry service to deploy US Marines at Rhoads Industries’ Navy Yard facility.

2010 at the foot of S. Broad Street. It now operates from four buildings, two piers and a drydock. Business developed swiftly. From $600,000 revenue in the second half of 2010, Rhoads Maritime went to $3.6 million revenue in 2011 and hit $10.3 million last year, with up to 200 employees at peak times. “We have slowed down a bit this year,” noted Hare, “because we have become more cautious with what business we take and the owner does not like to grow fast. But now we have a customer base.” Rhoads Maritime Industries brings an array of manufacturing machine skills to its mar-

ket. It can tap its parent’s experience in industrial services to diverse factories around the Delaware Valley. A full line of specialized steel fabrication – plate rolling, welding and assembly – is part of the company’s heritage. In addition, a building at the Navy Yard is now devoted to coating systems (painting and sandblasting) Hare was chosen to develop the military market for Rhoads. Dept. of Defense procurement is a world unto itself with which the Admiral was familiar. With the Navy now a neighbor, Rhoads was able to move into new lines of work. Rhoads has built several

large hyperbaric test chambers for the US Air Force. These monsters run up to 4o-ft. square and weigh 88 tons. They simulate the absolute vacuum of outer space. There was no room for error in making 10 nuclear brine containment tanks for the Dept. of Energy’s Savannah site, which is charged with managing 34 million gallons of contaminated brine left over from nuclear-weapons manufacture during the Cold War. Electrical-mechanical manufacturing is a Rhoads specialty. In the maritime business, this comes in handy for assembling turbines and propulsion systems. Rhoads has assembled the HTS superconducting motor for the Navy, a futuristic device which requires cryogenic coolant plumbing as well as precision wiring and machining. It has built several other custom ship turbines under subcontract to Northrop Grumman. One job involved a

92-ton generator and a 74-ton turbine. Some of its turbines have been installed in the aircraft carrier George Bush. Non-military neighbors have also found uses for Rhoads’ skills. The Aker/Kvaerner shipyard has turned to Rhoads to fabricate exhaust gas modules and bulkheads for cargo ships and liquid-bulk tankers. The military market is worldwide, however. Rhoads has delivered turbines to the Norwegian Navy and worked on Aegis missile launch systems for the Japanese Navy. Size is crucial for certain maritime jobs and Rhoads has it physically. Its Building 16 alone has 85,000 square feet, with a 90-foot ceiling and a 150-ton overhead crane. Its Pier 5 is 737 feet long with a deepwater draft of 25-30 feet. Its drydock is 718 feet long and 28 feet deep. For massive components, Rhoads’ dockside presence at the Navy Yard vastly simpli-

fies the task of transporting finished goods. They can be easily shipped from one of the company’s own piers or barged to another pickup site along the Delaware River, Hare explained. Pier V is being readied to receive a Greek vessel for repairs soon. Next to it at Pier 2, a spectacular job is underway. Two giant catamarans were built for oceanic ferry service between the Hawai’ian Islands. After the ferry line went out of business, the Navy acquired them to as transport ships for Marines. These twinhulled vessels are being converted from auto-passenger duty to carry 1,000 Marines each, with heavy equipment, at 50 mph. Rhoads is refurbishing the interior and repainting the exterior of these vessels, which will lead the world in rapid maritime troop deployment. When complete, they may be the fastest vessels ever to leave the Port of Philadelphia.

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FRUIT FROM CHILE is seen here arriving at PRPA’s Tioga Marine Terminal this past winter. If you enjoy grapes and many other fruits in winter, chances are they came from South America and entered US through Tioga Terminal or another facility along Delaware River. Together, River’s ports continue to be gateway for imported fruit. Though much of Port of Phila.’s fruit cargoes are moving via containers, much cargo is still handled in breakbulk fashion, as seen here. Tioga Marine Terminal is operated by Delaware River Stevedores and its very-busy President Robert Palaima.

Port Extends Relations With Australia

ON 10TH anniversary of the original agreement, Phila. Regional Port Authority renewed its Partner Port relationship with Australia’s Port of Melbourne. Signing agreement are Port of Melbourne’s CEO Stephen Bradford, and PRPA’s Executive Dir. James T. McDermott, Jr. Looking on are PRPA’s Marketing Dir. Sean Mahoney, Operations Dir. James Walsh, Special Projects Dir. Lisa Magee, Deputy Executive Dir. John Dempsey, Engineering Dir. Mike Scott and Governmental & Public Affairs Dir. Don Brennan. Both ports maintain information exchanges aimed at improving efficiency, safety, and economic growth.

Casey Support

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PRPA Executive Dir. James T. McDermott introduces US Sen. Bob Casey to discuss his continued support of Delaware River Main Channel Deepening Project. Project, more than 60% completed, will deepen Phila.’s shipping channel from 40 to 45 feet opening it to bigger ships now being used to carry cargo. Behind McDermott are Casey, Maritime Exchange President Dennis Rochford and Deputy Mayor/PRPA Board Member Rina Cutler.

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From Where We Get Our Press Rolls

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DID YOU KNOW when you’re reading a newspaper, magazine, or catalog, there’s a good chance paper it was printed on entered US through PRPA’s Forest Products Distribution Center at Piers 78, 80, and 74, located on Delaware River at foot of Snyder Avenue? This state-of-the-art terminal, run for more than two decades by Brown family, is especially known for its expertise in handling fine coated paper stock from Scandinavian countries, which is used to print magazines, highend catalogs and business brochures. Even with advent of internet and other electronic information, print medium is still very popular and this terminal is still very busy. In fact, it is always finding new business; for example, paper used to manufacture children’s juice boxes is a big cargo at Forest Products Center these days!

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Our Opinion... What Makes Our Port Grow!

The Port Of Philadelphia is unique among the navigable inland water ways in the world. The continuing dredging of the Delaware River’s shipping channel to a depth of 45 feet, demanded by today’s huge ships, its facilities serviced by three Class I railroads – CP Rail, CSX, and Norfolk Southern – and the proximity of its Terminal facilities to I-95 and I-76, combine to make this an ever more-popular destination for the world’s shippers. Its inland location, sheltered from the vagaries of weather suffered by other East Coast ports, and its ample warehousing and other service, make it economical for shippers as they wish to reach Canadian and Western US destinations. The Port consists of a series of marine terminals, each with specialized capabilities. The 112-acre (0.45 km2) Packer Marine Terminal handles containers, steel products, frozen meat, fruit, heavy lift projects, and paper. The 116-acre Tioga Marine Terminal welcomes the fruit business and also handles containers, breakbulk cargo, and steel. Pier 84 is a dedicated cocoa-products facility. Five piers, including Piers 38, 40, 78, and 80 comprise the Port’s forest products center, handling newsprint, wood pulp, lumber, coated paper and other forest products. Today it handles a large amount of containerized traffic, ranking it near the top 10 of ports in that category. The port is the #1 perishables port in the United States. The combined ports along the Delaware River, which include Philadelphia and Wilmington, together rank #3 in the US for steel imports, and are among the nation’s key entry points for forest products and cocoa. The dredging of the river coincides with the widening of the Panama Canal, and the expected increase in traffic. Regulating its growth, refurbishing its many terminals and warehousing facilities, and working well with organized labor is the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, headed by experienced Executive Dir. James T. McDermott, Jr., its capable Board under the chairmanship of Charles Kopp, and a staff of dedicated professionals who constantly maintain hands-on supervision of every operational facet under their authority. Under this administration, the Port continues to grow. The advent of the newly created South Port addition, where a major terminal is now being created from portions of the old Naval Yard and formerly unusable finger piers, is designed to handle the “post-Panamax” shipping which will soon flood in from the Pacific Ocean. We salute this Port’s administration, knowing it has not missed any opportunity to maintain and continue to add to the thousands of family wage-sustaining jobs for which it is responsible.

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,

Letters No More Charters If the public-school system is at 67% capacity, as an editorial in the Philadelphia Public Record states, then first close the underachieving charter schools and place a moratorium on new charter schools opening. In good management, the outsourcing of charter schools should go first. Then fill your seats in the basic areas of the system which are owned by the public. And of course, stop closing the public-school system. K. Kenneth Heard

$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 Ctr. In The Park at 5818 Germantown Ave., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jun. 14-16- Annual St. Maron’s Lebanese Cultural Festival on Ellsworth St. between 10th and 11th. Free. For

Not So Funny I watched in disbelief “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” on my local diner’s TV. The plot was: The staff of the bar kidnapped two innocent people after tying them up in the trunk of a car and knocked one of them out with a blow to the head, with no involvement from the police! And we wonder why children commit atrocities? Kidnapping can get you four to 20 years in jail. This is comedy? Shame on FX and anyone who would sponsor such a show! Joseph DuPont

info (215) 389-2000. Jun. 15- S. Philly HOMES selling dinners at 1444 Pt. Breeze Ave., 11 a.m.-4 pm. Includes fish & turkey. hot dogs, sausages. Donation: $7 for sandwich; $11 for dinner. Jun. 15- S.W. Phila. Red Hatters host “Forever Young” Senior Prom at Embassy Suites, 9000 Bartram Ave., 59 p.m. For info (215) 9371880. Jun. 15- Celebration of Fatherhood hosted by State Rep. Jordan A. Harris and Yesha Ministries at Chew Plg., 18th & Ellsworth Sts., 2-7 p.m. Family fun, free food, health resources. Jun. 17- Phila. Tea Party Patriots (So. & C.C.) meet at Prudential Bank Bldg., 1834 W. Oregon Ave., 7 p.m. Parking & entrance in back. For info (215) 208-9790. Jun. 18- Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel, III, Episcopal Diocese of Pa., celebrates service of Welcome and Installation for Rev. Canon D. Peter B. Stube, chaplain of Port of Phila. and Exec. Dir. of Seamen’s Ch. In-

stitute at Chapel of the Redeemer at Institute, 475 N. 5th St., 11 a.m. For info Ronnie Barlow (215) 940-9940 x106. Jun. 18- Fundraiser for Councilman Mark Squilla at Hilton Gardens, 11th & Arch Sts., 6-8 p.m. Buffet, open bar, entertainment. For info Joyce (215) 651-2319. Jun. 19- Fundraiser for Councilman David Oh at Zarwin Baum, 1818 Market St., 13th fl., 5:30-8 p.m. Jun. 20- Fundraiser for N.E. Victim Services at Chickie’s & Pete’s, 11100 Roosevelt Blvd., 6-8 p.m. For tickets (215) 3323888 or email office@nevs.org. Jun.20- Mercy Bariatrics Weight Loss program at Mercy Philadelphia Hosp., Exec. Dining Rm., 1st fl., 501 S. 54th St. To register 1 (855) 5377968. Jul. 20- GOP Chair John Taylor hosts Beach Ball Party at Coconut Cove, 400 W. Spruce Ave., N. Wildwood, N.J., 2-6 p.m. Tickets $35. RSVP by Jul. 15 (215) 5452244.

Rickmers-Linie Service Coast of South America. That’s an exciting area to do business, ripe with opportunities, and now we’ll be in the thick of it.” In Rickmers-Linie’s own announcement about its new service, Rickmers Chief Operating Officer and Managing Dir. Ulrich Ulrichs said, “Having introduced our Round-The-World ‘Pearl String’ service with an eastbound rotation 10 years ago, we are convinced the time to start up a similar concept in the other direction has now come. This move further confirms our commitment to, and trust in, the Asian and South American Markets.” In addition to the Port of Philadelphia, RickmersLinie’s new Westbound Round-The-World service will call ports in Yokohama, Masan, Xingang, Shanghai, Singapore, Cape Town, Buenos Aires, Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Vitoria, Savannah and Houston. Rickmers will employ two to three multi-purpose

heavy-lift vessels for the new service. Project cargoes will be the primary cargoes handled, including turbines, machine parts, air exchangers, and other large items used in the building of factories and other major construction projects. Rickmers-Linie is one of the world’s leading specialists in the global transportation of breakbulk, heavy lift, and project cargo by sea. With regular sailings and reliable schedules, the company has set new industry standards. The Round-The World “Pearl String” service (which has called Philadelphia’s Tioga Marine Terminal since 2008) connects the core businesses of the world. Liner services between the US, Europe and Middle East/India, as well as special charter sailings on demand, add value for globally active customers. Rickmers-Linie’s new Westbound Round-TheWorld service is the newest addition to the carrier’s roster of services.

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Charles G. Kopp, Esq., Chairman of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, has announced Rickmers-Linie, a regular carrier at the Port of Philadelphia since 2008, is expanding its service here with the addition of a Westbound Round-The-World Service that will connect markets in Asia, South America, and North America. PRPA Executive Dir. James T. McDermott, Jr. praises efforts of Governor and federal and The new monthly servstate legislators for continued funding of port improvements and dredging of Delaware River. ice has cvommenced and will complement Rickmers’ fortnightly Eastbound Round-The-World “Pearl String” service at the Port. Like the earlier service, the new westbound service will call at PRPA’s Tioga Marine Terminal, which is operated by Delaware River Stevedores, Inc. “This is wonderful news for the Port of Philadelphia,” said Kopp. “Not only will the Port’s connections to Asia be enhanced, but it’s extremely exciting that we’ll have a new service that will serve emerging markets along the East

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Tioga Terminal Ships Autos Out

A little-known but important part of the auto shipping market has recently come to the Port of Philadelphia – outbound used cars. Delaware River Stevedores is now loading one vessel a month at the Tioga Marine Terminal which it manages. The carrier is Eukor, said DRS President Bob Palaima. “We’re

loading about 300 vehicles a month, going to West Africa,” said Palaima. “We’ve done a couple of ships already and hope the business will grow.” Certainly this market will grow. While US government export statistics are not easy to interpret, even in 1999 the value of used-vehicle exports totaled $941 million. Industry

observers say it is much larger today. A boom in demand for automobiles throughout the developing world means hundreds of millions of consumers there will buy vehicles that are no longer of interest to the American driver. PRPA was of great assistance in landing this business for DRS, Palaima noted.

URBAN Engineers participants raised $1,700 for the March of Dimes "2013 March for Babies" event. pants raised $1,700 for the Dimes estimated that more great cause,” said Urban’s than seven million people in Orla Pease, PE, PTOE, who cause. Since 1970, the March of 900 communities across the helped organize the firm’s participation. “Knowing our Dimes has been holding the nation participated. “What a great turnout for efforts will go toward helping annual event in communities nationwide, raising more than the event. Numerous members make a difference in the lives $2 billion to “benefit all ba- of Urban and their families of local mothers and their babies.” This year the March of come together to support a bies is a great feeling.

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Members of Urban Engineers participated in the March of Dimes’ “2013 March for Babies,” a familyoriented event featuring a three-mile walk and five-kilometer run along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Leading up the event, participants were encouraged to raise money in support of the March of Dimes mission, “To improve the health of babies JOINING Aker Shipyard boilermaker Fred Chamberlain by preventing birth defects, was Congressman Bob Brady in Navy Yard. Brady and State infant mortality, and premaRep. Bill Keller meet with union workers at one of many port ture birth.” Urban’s particievents they attend.

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The South Philadelphia Public Record Newspaper Has brought you for the last 12 years a panoramic view of activities, developments and projects that have affected and will affect your lives in the Philadelphia Region We congratulate All those involved in making this a great port!

Holt Logistics approached the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority about advertising the port in trade publications such as the Journal of Commerce. When they realized advertising dollars were scarce, the idea for a coalition was formed. “We need to look at the big picture,” Sorbello said, noting each company was only marketing itself individually. “We need to get the business here, and we need to work together to do it. After that, we can internally compete for it.” Ship Philly First formed in February with six members and quickly grew to 15, at which time new membership was temporarily halted. Each member contributed $2,500 to get the organization off the ground. Since then, Ship

First Philly has hired a marketing firm to develop a Web site (www.shipphillyfirst.com), advertising and trade show promotional items. An advertisement promoting the Port ran in the Feb. 21 issue of the Journal of Commerce. Thomas J. Holt Jr., president of Astro Holdings, Inc., which leases PAMT under a long-term concession with the PRPA, said the organization will tout as selling points the Port’s 300-year history, its status as one of the United States’ Strategic Military Ports, the upcoming dredging of the Delaware River, efforts to acquire and develop the Southport Marine Terminal, and its status as having the largest refrigerated capacity in the nation – a major advantage in the competition for handling and repacking perishable prod-

ucts. Holt said the creation of Ship Philly First represents a major philosophical change for entities at the port. “It used to be every man for himself,” he said. “But we’ve realized we’re all in this together, and there are many similarities. Most of our members are family-owned and operated and have been in business for generations. This is a game-changer for the Delaware River business community. This is one united message from the major port, warehousing and trucking providers in the region. That message is: We want your business here and we will work together to ensure you receive unmatched service and attention. We all understand the needs of our clients.”

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More than a dozen companies involved in operating and servicing the Port of Philadelphia have joined together to form Ship Philly First, an organization created to exclusively promote the port and its service providers both domestically and internationally. Ship Philly First President Fred Sorbello said the organization’s mission is a simple one: promote the port, thereby increasing opportunities for everyone who does business along the Delaware River. “There are no dinners, no fundraisers, no golf outings,” said Sorbello, who is president of Mullica Hill Cold Storage. “It’s about getting down to business.” Sorbello said the idea for Ship First Philly developed when he and representatives from

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We’re Still Top Of Hill With Cocoa Beans Tonnage records continue to be broken with cargoes of cocoa beans arrived at the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority’s cocoa-bean-handling facility at Pier 84. The newest record breaker came in just before Valentine's Day as 20,003 gross metric tons of cocoa from the Ivory Coast and Ghana, two of Africa’s major cocoa pro-

ducers, were discharged from the vessel Atlantic Tramp. Why the Valentine’s Day connection? Because cocoa beans are eventually turned into tasty treats such as chocolate cake, candy bars, ice cream coatings, and- of course- those luscious treats found in heart-shaped boxes. “The cargo represents the single biggest cocoa cargo to

ever arrive at the Port of Philadelphia, and indeed the United States,” reported Harvey Weiner, president of Dependable Distribution Services, the company that has operated Pier 84 for two decades. The cargo arrived on the Atlantic Tramp, a vessel owned by Olaf Dimter of the Hamburg-based company Unicargo. Unicargo’s vessels

frequently deliver large cocoa bean cargoes to the Port of Philadelphia. The Port of Philadelphia has become a central hub for cocoa beans in recent years in large part due to the high concentration of cocoa processors and chocolate manufacturers in the Philadelphia region and throughout Pennsylvania. This cargo was principally destined for two particular processors: Arthur Daniels Midland in Hazleton, Pa. and Barry Callebaut in Eddystone, Pa. These two operations ground and processed the beans, thini-

tial stages in their eventual transformation into a variety of chocolate products. Once unloaded from the Atlantic Tramp into Pier 84, trucks transported the cocoa beans to Hazleton and Eddystone. A small amount of the cargo was also destined for other US destinations. “It’s quite amazing,” said Weiner. “At any given time, 70 to 80% of the entire country’s cocoa inventory in stored in the Philadelphia region, with major quantities of that coming through Pier 84. It

really is a huge part of the Port’s business.” Port officials concur, citing recent improvements to keep Pier 84 safe and efficient. “Commonwealth of Pennsylvania dollars are regularly spent to upgrade and improve our cargo facilities,” said PRPA Executive Dir. James T. McDermott, Jr. “We’re now making state-of-the-art upgrades to the sprinkler system at Pier 84, to protect the important operation there. Cocoa is a mainstay cargo for the Port of Philadelphia, and we want to keep it that way.”

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BULK HANDLING is way cocoa beans are loaded and unloaded these days, but there often is a need for bags to be carried on the backs of the ILA Local 1291 Longshoremen when need arises. Fast turnaround, ample warehousing has helped reduce turnaround time for these ships.

PHILA. Regional Port Authority’s Community Affairs Liaison Tummona Fisher, seen at far right, recently gave port tour to group of business students from Temple University. They visited Pier 84, the Port of Philadelphia’s dedicated cocoa-bean facility. Port of Philadelphia is a major gateway for cocoa beans destined for United States, mainly due to many cocoa bean grinders and processors located throughout our region (those operations help turn cocoa beans into candy and other chocolate products). Special thanks to Harvey and Ari Weiner (Ari is the gentleman at the far left) for taking time from their busy schedules as Pier 84 terminal operators to speak to students that day!

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Leaders Brought Together By Odunde

PHILA. PORT does $18 million of business annually with several African nations. Celebrating African trade for weekend of annual Odunde festival brought these leaders together in City Hall: from left, Senegalese Ambassador Cheikh Niang, Cameroonian Ambassador Joseph FoeAtangana, Odunde organizer Oshunbumi Fernandez, Cape Verdean Ambassador Maria da Veiga, Guinean Ambassador Blaise Cherif, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and Mayor’s Commission on African & Caribbean Affairs Chairman Stanley Straughter.

PHILA. Regional Port Authority Board Member and ILA Local 1291 President Boise Butler talks with Ann Cohen of the Sustainability Workshop, a project-based school headquartered at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Behind them is shipping container donated to the school by Holt Logistics, operators of PRPA’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. School's students, drawn from Grade 12 students throughout School District of Phila., converted container into soil-free hydroponics unit, successfully growing lettuce in photo at right. The Sustainability Workshop has received numerous accolades and awards for its many student projects aimed at improving quality of life, especially in underprivileged areas.

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MEMBERS of International Longshoremen’s Association unload fruit at Tioga Marine Terminal. Port of Phila. produces thousands of family-sustaining jobs for residents of Delaware Valley.

Port Handles Auto Imports

HYUNDAI AND KIA automobiles continue to arrive at Port of Phila. in ever-increasing numbers. Offloading and preparing their new automobiles gives shippers fast turnaround time.

VESSEL approaches Phila. Regional Port Authority’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, which has been operated by Holt family for more than two decades. Port’s largest facility, Packer Avenue handles a variety of containerized and non-containerized cargoes. Terminal’s regular cargoes include frozen meat, other perishables, steel, project/heavy-lift cargoes, military cargoes, automobiles and general cargo (usually containerized). Hundreds of vessel calls annually keep Port’s labor force busy at Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, which is located at foot of Oregon Avenue in S. Phila.

Why Port Needs Continual Funding

CHECKING OUT dredging operations were Phila. Regional Port Authority staffers Don Brennan, Joe Menta, Lisa Magee and Nick Walsh. “Reach D” of Delaware River Channel Deepening Project channel is now completed. A deeper river will allow the Port of Phila. to welcome larger and deeper-draft vessels to the Port’s many cargo facilities, increasing job numbers and other economic impact.

What propels the Port of Philadelphia to seek continued federal and state funding is the fact the world’s shippers are seeking more efficiency and economy from the ports they use. Container carriers are increasingly ordering megaships capable of handling more than 8,000 20-foot-equivalent container units, especially on the Asia-Europe trade lane. Shippers and carriers look-

ing to reach the North American East Coast with post-Panamax ships must transit the Suez Canal because, as their name implies, they are too big to sail through the Panama Canal. But with Panama’s decadelong canal-expansion project set for completion in 2015, the giant vessels will be able to add the Panama Canal to their route options. This will boost Philadelphia’s Port as one of key shipping destinations.

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THIS IS ONE of several dredge vessels deepening Delaware River’s main channel to 45 feet. Dredging has been done in phases with 60% of river’s bed dredged down to depth needed to accommodate huge ships wanting to use Port of Phila.

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Ports around the world are preparing for the onslaught of these mega-ships, dredging harbors and investing in super post-Panamax cranes that can reach across 22 or more rows of containers to expedite loading and unloading operations. The Port is nearing the completion of the necessary dredging for which it needs continued funding. Now comes the need to find the funds for those super-cranes.

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Port Awaits Completion Of Deepened Delaware River Channel The steady and rapid dredging of the Delaware River Main Channel Deepening project is due to a healthy partnership between the Corps of Engineers and the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority. During this endeavor, Gahagan & Bryant Associates, Inc. is providing dredging-engineering, cost-estimating and construction-management support to the PRPA team. GBA is a unique engineering firm that specializes in providing consulting and engineering services for a variety of projects, including port development, dredged material management, hydrographic surveying, coastal engineering and construction management. There were several significant events that occurred in the past year to continue to deepen the Delaware River shipping channel from 40 to 45 feet. The project received federal funding as part of both the Corps’ federal Fiscal Year 2012 work plan and funding

PUMPING thousands of cubic yards of river-bottom mater to shore is Dredge DREDGE Stuyvesant is hard at work on Stretch D, which lies between Delaware and New Jersey. Illinois as part of channel-deepening project managed by GBA, Inc. in FY 2013. With the receipt & Dock to perform the dredg- ing of $18.5 million, was ing template depth of 45 feet. 1.8 million cubic yards, will of the federal funds and ing work for Reach A. The awarded to the Dutra Dredg- A total of about 1 million be placed on Broadkill Beach matching funding by PRPA, construction contract for ing Group to perform the cubic yards of material was to reestablish the beach envithe Corps awarded two con- Reach A began in September dredging operations for Reach dredged. The material was ronment, create a dune system struction contracts to continue 2012 and was completed in D. The Reach D contract placed at the Corps of Engi- to protect the community and the project’s construction. The February 2013. It covered a began in February 2013 and neers Artificial Island CDF in establish habitat for horseshoe project was also included in 9.5-mile area between the was completed in May 2013. New Jersey. crabs and endangered bird and the FY 2014 President’s Walt Whitman Bridge and the Reach D is an 11-mile stretch The third contract which turtle populations. Presuming Budget. A total of $20 million Philadelphia International Air- of the river from Artificial Is- has just been advertised, the reasonable bids are received, was included in his budget to port. About 1.3 million cubic land, N.J. to the vicinity of Broadkill Beach contract, will the contract will begin in early continue the work. yards of material was dredged Woodland Beach, Del. A hop- dredge a 15-mile stretch ex- September 2013 and extend Several dredging contracts and placed nearby at the per dredge, the Stuyvesant, tending north from the mouth thru Jan. 31, 2014. The comhave been awarded and com- Corps of Engineers Confined was used to conduct the of the Delaware Bay. Bids are pletion of this contract will pleted this year. The first of Upland Disposal Facility at dredging; also a drag barge scheduled to open in summer mean approximately 70% of these was for a total of $15.1 National Park, N.J. was used to level any high of 2013. The material from the modified channel will have million to Great Lakes Dredge The second contract, total- spots remaining in the dredg- the channel, approximately been completed.’

other East Coast ports, are deepening their channels. This increased cargo traffic will bring vessels that are larger, with deeper drafts, to our region. The Delaware River Main Channel Deepening Project will not only serve PRPA facilities at the Port of Philadelphia, but many other public and private maritime facilities along the Delaware River in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Numerous studies have demonstrated that a deeper Delaware River, in addition to protecting existing market share, will substantially expand jobs and economic impact for the regional maritime industry and the related industries that support it. PRPA is an independent agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charged with the management, maintenance, marketing, and promotion of publicly-owned port facilities along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, as well as strategic planning throughout the port district. PRPA works with its terminal operators to modernize, expand, and improve its facilities, and to market those facilities to prospective port users. Port cargoes and the activities they generate are responsible for thousands of direct and indirect jobs in the Philadelphia area and throughout Pennsylvania.

DO YOU REALIZE Phila. Wholesale Produce Market in S.W. Phila. has been up and running for more than two years already? Serving both the general public and commercial buyers since March 2011, the PRPA’s first major non-port facility is truly an impressive site, and Public Record readers are encouraged to travel out to Essington Avenue to see it firsthand. Seen here is reception held in major interior space of facility back in 2011. It is totally refrigerated to protect its fruit and produce.

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course of the “Reach D” phase, which was performed without incident, about 1 million cubic yards of dredged material was removed and deposited at the US Army Corps of Engineers Artificial Island disposal site in New Jersey. With the exception of some boulders and cobbles that are to be removed, Reach D is now essentially complete, said Lisa Urban Magee, PRPA’s director of special projects and the agency’s chief environmental engineer. Pennsylvania Govs. Tom Corbett and, before him, Edward G. Rendell have been staunch supporters of the project, assuring that PRPA has had sufficient funding for its share of the deepening. PRPA is an independent state agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PRPA is now working with its allies, including Gov. Corbett and state and federal officials from both Pennsylvania and Delaware, to secure the remaining funding needed to complete the project. The next portion of the project, lower “Reach E” in the Delaware Bay, has recently been advertised and is scheduled for award this summer. The expansion of the Panama Canal in 2015 is expected to greatly increase shipping traffic along the U.S. East Coast, one of the major reasons PRPA, and many

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With the completion in late May of “Reach D”, an 11-mile stretch of the Delaware River’s main shipping channel in Delaware, the Delaware River Main Channel Deepening Project is now about 60% complete, reported officials of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority this week. The deepening project, funded by both the federal government and its local sponsor, PRPA, will ultimately deepen 102 miles of the Delaware River shipping channel to 45 feet. “After years of discussions and hurdles, it’s wonderful to finally see steady progress on this critical project,” said PRPA Chairman Charles G. Kopp. “A deeper shipping channel will allow us to welcome a wider variety of cargo vessels to the Port of Philadelphia. Other ports are also deepening their channels, and it is so important that we do so as well.” Since the first dredge vessel began work in spring of 2010, “Reach C” (12 miles); a 4-mile stretch of “Reach B”; and most of the 11 miles comprising “Reach A” have already been completed. The Delaware River Main-Channel Deepening Project is being performed by the US Army Corps of Engineers in partnership with PRPA and private dredging contractors that it selects through a public bidding process. During the

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Northeast Gets Another Jordan Responds To Layoffs Red-Light Camera Corner The Philadelphia Parking Authority has activated its newest red-light cameras in Northeast Philadelphia at the intersection of Byberry & Worthington Roads. This intersection has been the site of several fatalities. Upon review, the PPA, along with the Philadelphia Streets Dept. and PennDOT revamped this intersection to create a much-safer environment for the drivers and pedestrians who pass through this intersection. The red-light cameras are just one part of making this intersection safer for all who use it. The improvements include the installation of the following: a new mast arm for the traffic signals (replacing the old-type standalone traffic signals), new handicap ramps and new pedestrian countdown signals. Also, curb cuts were realigned and crosswalks were repainted. The warning period for these cameras is 45 days. Drivers found in violation will receive warnings in the mail during this grace period,

which ends on Wednesday, Jul. 24. After this time period, violators will face a $100 fine. These new cameras make the total number of red-light cameras in Philadelphia 111. The cameras are located at 25 different intersections. “Red-light running puts everyone in danger — including other drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. We are glad to see more cameras coming to the city since safety is this program’s top priority,” said Vince Fenerty, PPA’s executive director. “And with violations going down, it shows intersections are safer once these cameras are present.” The Pennsylvania General Assembly gave PPA the power to establish a RedLight Camera Program in the city of Philadelphia. In 2005, PPA began equipping intersections with cameras that monitor traffic and automatically photograph vehicles that drive into an intersection after the light has turned red. Philadelphia’s Red-Light Camera Program was re-

cently extended until 2017. The Red-Light Camera intersections now include: Grant Avenue & Roosevelt Boulevard, Red Lion Road & Roosevelt Boulevard, Cottman Avenue & Roosevelt Boulevard, 34th Street & Grays Ferry Avenue, Broad Street & Oregon Avenue, Broad Street & Hunting Park Avenue, 58th & Walnut Streets, Broad & Vine Streets, Broad Street & South Penn Square, Broad Street & John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Henry Avenue & Walnut Lane, Rising Sun & Adams Avenues, Aramingo Avenue & York Street, Aramingo & Castor Avenues, Lindbergh Boulevard & Island Avenue, Welsh Road & Roosevelt Boulevard, Southampton Road & Roosevelt Boulevard, Mascher Street & Roosevelt Boulevard, Levick Street & Roosevelt Boulevard, Rhawn Street & Roosevelt Boulevard, 9th Streets along the Boulevard, Academy Road & Grant Avenue, Woodhaven & Knights Roads, Bustleton Avenue & Byberry Road, Byberry & Worthington Roads.

PFT President Jerry Jordan said, “We are seeing what a ‘doomsday’ budget looks like for Philadelphia’s schoolchildren, and how our city’s educators are paying the price for a deficit we didn’t create. The 2,409 layoffs announced this week represents not only hardworking educators who face the very real prospect of joining the ranks of the city’s unemployed, but the loss of essential programs that our children need to receive a quality public education. “The School District will say these layoffs are a tough but necessary part of financial rightsizing. We say these cuts are an unconscionable action that deprives children of sports, art, music, counselors, librarians, nurses and other vital programs and services. The impact of these layoffs will hurt our city’s poorest children, the ones who rely most on public education to provide a foothold to a better future. “These cuts are beyond unnecessary — they amount to an immoral act that no Philadelphia taxpayer should tolerate. Everyone who is able to should join us in Harrisburg on Jun. 25 as we demand our elected leaders do their jobs and prop-

erly fund public education. “It’s time to stop balancing the budget on the backs of school employees and students. It’s time to move away from year after year of deficit

emergencies and cutbacks. It’s time to move toward a funding formula that adequately and consistently supports highquality public education for our children.”

Farnese Toasted At Water Works

IMPORTANT backers of State Sen. Larry Farnese gathered at Water Works Restaurant for stylish fundraiser. From left are Farnese, PFT President Jerry Jordan and Teamsters chief Danny Grace.

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Continuing Joseph Cirella’s observation about the term “respect” (See Part 116), he said the word “has almost gone from our society.” Also, the word respect has largely been ignored and forgotten with regard to today’s pop music scene, i.e., inventive melodies, great harmonies, voluptous tones, and elegant rhythms—essence of memorable music. Here is a list of “absurdities” that have gone unnoticed, and pertain to mayoral foolishness by politicians representing Philadelphia, New York City, and the President of the United States concerning today’s (so called) popular music: ABSURDITY No. 1: It is absurd for the mayor of the city of Philadelphia to rehire the same “one note” pied piper from the 2012 Labor Day weekend— rap festival, now for the 2013 Labor Day weekend, the 42 year old JAY Z.

ABSURDITY No. 3: Mayor Nutter appears to be bowing to New York’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, and the New World Order Boys by hiring this non musician New Yorker, and disrespecting local musicians for this particular weekend event which honors outsourced labor. ABSURDITY No. 4: City Hall’s management style is why our city has been denied a recognizable Philadelphia song for decades. I wonder how Philadelphia’s founder, WILLIAM PENN, would have responded to Mayor Nutter’s entertainment choice in reference to his “Holy Experiment?” If Mayor Nutter’s selection of ‘music’ fits into the category of aboriginal (meaning: “from the earliest days, first” vis-a-vis a performer reciting dirty poetry in a monotoned voice, accompanied by rhythm with high voltage), these adjectives would also describe his Honor’s musical taste: backward, undeveloped, crude, primitive, and uncultivated. “You’ve Got a Friend in Pennsylvania” —Nicola Argentina (c) 2013

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projects have kind of gone by the wayside. Add that to the fact city workers haven’t had a contract for the entirety of Mayor Michael Nutter’s Administration and you have a recipe for, well, some weededout dude hitting a building with a crane, causing said building to fall down, kill six people and injure 14, and make a lot of commuters on the 36 trolley angry when they can’t get off at the 22nd Street stop for a week. District Attorney Seth Williams promises to leave no stone unturned (no, I’m not kidding, that’s what dude actually said) in his investigation of this tragedy. This should be interesting…

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ABSURDITY No. 2: Said “single note rapper” has negatively changed many in society with recorded lewd lyrics, i.e., “IF I OWE YOU I’M BLOWIN YOU TO SMITHEREEENS/ *CO____CKER* TAKE ONE FOR YOUR TEAM/ AND I-NEED YOU TO REMEMBER ONE THING... I CAME, I SAW, I CONQUERED/ FROM RECORD SALES, TO SOLD OUT CONCERTS/ SO MUCH *F__ER* IF YOU WANT THIS ENCORE/ I NEED YOU TO SCREAM, ‘TIL YOUR LUNGS GET SORE.”

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(Cont. from Page 7) The club, a fundraising arm of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, met with the Pennsylvania Republican legislative delegation to Washington (with the exception of CONGRESSMAN BILL SHUSTER, who was in an important committee meeting). Philadelphia-area Republicans who travelled down to Washington included Chester Co. SHERIFF CAROLINE “BUNNY” WELCH, Philadelphia WARD LEADER MIKE CIBIK, Montgomery Co. Jury Commissioner candidate MERRY WOOD and Philadelphia activist DENISE FUREY. SEN. PAT TOOMEY discussed his frustrations in trying to get Health & Human Resources SECRETARY KATHLEEN SEBELIUS to revise an

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