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Vol. 66 NO. 44 ■ October 31, 2013 Happy Halloween HALLOWEEN HOUSES ■ Decorations are on full display this week as residents prepare for the costumed trick-ortreaters ready to come knocking for something sweet. See page 20. Subtraction problem NO RESERVATIONS ■ La Stanza, 2001 W. Oregon Ave., returns to the spotlight as chef and Passyunk Square resident Ted Nephew shares his recipe for Scallops with Fettuccine. See page 24. SPORTS ■ A West Passyunk football squad scored its school’s first postseason triumph. 37 AD Dickinson ickinson S Square q are W West est a and nd a W Whitman hitman school are adjusting to having parted with key personnel. ■ By Joseph Myers Fourth-grade teacher and building representative Kathleen Kramer had her room nearly doubled through the district’s decision to shuffle teachers at Vare-Washington School. She and the other outraged figures held a rally last week in front of their elementary site. P h o t o P r ov i d e d b y Stephanie Shane Review Managing Editor “I t’s like a natural disaster where you lose so many members of your family at once,” Principal Joanne Capriotti said Monday morning at Vare-Washington School, 1198 S. Fifth St. “It’s going to be a challenge, but we’ll do our best to move forward.” Already adapting to newness through the spring decision by School District Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite Jr. to relocate enrollees and programs from Abigail Vare School, formerly 1621 E. Moyamensing Ave., which she led for nine years, to George Washington School, whose programs Landscaping a greener path he and the School Reform Commission elected to cease, she began handling more change last week, as her employer’s leveling process cost her and her 375 learners 6.1 teachers. Having expected to part with three figures because of the practice that reconciles summer enrollment and staff projections with first-month roster tallies, Capriotti and her colleagues are working to keep the students enamored with their studies and to intensify their attention to each pupil’s needs. The local professionals had believed the district would move instructors three weeks ago as another attempt to deal with its debt crisis, which See LEVELING page 10 >> The neighborhood could add a park to complement its other thriving components. 8

South Philly Review 10-31-2013

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