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Remembering Gold Star families By Tom Waring Northeast Times

The Michael Strange Foundation last weekend held its 12th workshop for Gold Star families. More than 30 families who lost a loved one in service to the country took part in a series of activities, all designed to continue to help in the healing process. All meals, travel and lodging are paid by the foundation. U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Strange, a cryptologist on SEAL Team 6, died in August 2011 when his helicopter was shot down by the Taliban in Afghanistan. In all, 30 Americans and eight Afghans were killed, along with a SEAL dog. Strange, 25 when he died, grew up in Wissinoming and joined the Navy after graduating from North Catholic in 2004. A funeral Mass was celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Charlie Strange, Michael’s father, started the foundation, with the help of his wife Mary and others. One of the weekend highlights took place Saturday at the recently renamed CTR1 Michael J. Strange Post 6617/Bustleton Memorial American Legion Post 810, at 9151 Old Newtown Road. The event included food and music. Each family spoke of their lost loved one and received a trophy that included a gold star. “Gold Star families are a national treasure,” said Pat Mudge, who served with Strange in the Navy.


The family of Michael Strange, along with Mickey Morandini. Kevin McCarthy explained the history of the Star- and illnesses. They were described as loving God, Spangled Banner and led the crowd in the singing family and country, with many inspired by the terof the anthem. rorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Their deaths were Families in attendance lost their loved ones in a variety of ways, including combat, accidents, suicides see REMEMBERING / Page 8

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Job well done, Rick Gross

Thank you for the article and photo regarding the grotto at St. Bartholomew Church in the April 27 issue of the Northeast Times. It was a beautiful story. Mr. Gross is a man much to be admired and respected. Our community and country desperately need men of his caliber. I am not surprised he is a veteran of the Vietnam War. Dedication and sacrifice were not uncommon among men who served there. J.A. ZAleski Bustleton

States rights

It appears that the Supreme Court will decide against Roe v Wade and send the abortion rules back to the states where 26 states (a majority of states) have laws banning some sort of abortions now. The Democrats say it will hurt the poor minorities. If they can pick black women for jobs just because they are black, they can see that all minorities get more money, as not to make them poor. The Democrats would never improve the poor people’s status because then they would erode their base. Let each state vote as to how to handle abortions. Majority votes in each state wins like they taught us in school about democracy. MAyer krAin Modena Park

Promises, promises

The May 17 Pennsylvania primary election offers an opportunity to heal our divided republic. A cursory reading of the letters to the editor displays absence of common courtesy, as writers criticize another’s position. First, we need to accept that we have differences, and the reality of a functioning democracy is that everyone can’t have what they want. How might we achieve the greatest good for the greatest number of citizens? The primary, and the Nov. 8 general election, allows citizens to vote for the leaders they believe will represent them. But do we know if and how a candidate will support citizens’ ideas and interests? We have been bombarded with TV ads where candidates talk and talk, but say nothing. Hence, we have no idea if and how a candidate will serve the citizens’ interests. I found promises by a number of the candidates to be confusing. Granted, they make some big promises, but no details are offered how the promise can be delivered. Allow me a few illustrative examples: • One ad shows a Senate candidate’s brother and mother extorting their proficiency with guns; yet the

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR candidate then declares he is pro-gun and pro-life. A bit confusing, as CDC data from 2020 reveals that 45,222 people died from gun-related injuries in the U.S. • A gubernatorial candidate proposes to cut gas tax in half; maybe he will first double the gas tax by executive order; and then rescind it; and, voila, he did cut the gas tax in half. • A TV personality says elect him to the Senate, and he’ll fire Dr. Fauci. Perhaps this candidate needs to know that a senator doesn’t have that authority. I urge voters to take their responsibility seriously and don’t give in to glad handing. Joseph Morris Somerton

Ironic? You bet

Mr. Michael A. Podgorski’s brilliant note to this page (Beware Russian disinformation and those who spread it, 4/20) prompted a response from a Mr. John Farley (4/27) - a letter that featured several questions for Mr. Podgorski. I do not know Mr. Podgorski, but Mr. Farley’s questions for him deal with matters of such timely relevance that many of us who read this page may feel inspired to respond to them. The following are several of Mr. Farley’s questions for Mr. Podgorski, and my own responses: Q: “Who are you, sir, to decide what’s in my mind, or in my heart?” A: Well, who does Mr. Podgorski, or any of us, have to be other than folks who can read? Assuming that Mr. Farley’s words to this page are from his mind or his heart, we all know what is in his mind or his heart, from having read his words in black and white on this page as he exercises his right to free speech. Q: “Who are you to decide what speech is real or fake, or even Russian disinformation?” A: Here again, who does Mr. Podgorski, or any of us, have to be other than not brain dead to see through the lies and disinformation tyrants use to maintain power? Mr. Putin says his troops do not kill Ukrainian civilians. Those of us not brain dead know that this is fake news. Q: “Who are you to insinuate that three taxpaying neighbors of the Northeast are doing the dirty work of Mr. Putin?” A: Mr. Podgorski does not need to “insinuate,” as Mr. Farley reveals what’s in his mind and heart when he says that, “Someone down in Florida” might call Mr. Podgorski’s warnings to us “fake news!” We all know that Mr. Farley is referring to Mr. Trump, who, in March of 2018 sent a note to Mr. Putin, congratulating him on his winning reelection. This when the rest of the free world

knew that Putin’s win was a complete fraud, based on his autocratic stranglehold on power. And, Mr. Farley forgets what the rest of us remember: That on the eve of Mr. Putin’s war on Ukraine, Trump said that Putin is “pretty smart. He’s taking over a country.” (fundraiser, Mar-A-Largo Club, Palm Beach, Florida, Feb. 23) Mr. Farley’s letter is mostly in defense of his right to free speech. Mr. Podgorski’s letter is not at all an attack on this right, but rather a warning that this and other rights are taken from us under dictatorships such as Mr. Putin’s. Mr. Farley’s support for Mr. Trump aids indirectly, or directly, Mr. Putin’s “dirty work.” Ironic, don’t you think? rolAnd WilliAMs Pennypack East

Contradictions, inconsistencies

In response to Mr. Farley’s last two opinion pieces, I hope readers are taking note of several glaring contradictions. In typical fashion, his April 13 piece lists a litany of grievances of the radical right. Farley scolds would-be candidates to leave our kids alone, raising the specter of the politicization of children, and yet Gov. Ron DeSantis just signed the “Don’t Say Gay Bill” in an attempt to limit the free speech of LGBTQ+ Americans – signing the bill in front of children – a bill that effectively attacks the free speech of certain other children. In addition, recent censorship efforts by Republican school boards and state Houses across America have resulted in over 1,500 ordinances/laws that ban books, of which the common denominator seems to be whether the books align with the radical right’s political agenda. To be clear, none of this has to do with Critical Race Theory, which is not taught until students are of college age, at which age they can typically vote, sign up for military service and get an abortion – all without parental consent. These are not kids. Farley wrote “leave the kids alone” and yet he politicized them for his own political ends. Farley wrote that we must respect all forms of free speech, yet his party is attempting to pass laws to curtail the free speech of America’s marginalized communities. So who is politicizing kids? Who is banning free speech? Radical Republicans, like Farley. Further, let me disabuse Mr. Farley of his false notions of free speech. In fact, it is the government’s role via the courts to determine what is and what is not constitutionally protected free speech. For example, if a person were to incite a riot that did grievous damage to the U.S. Capitol – that’s not likely protected free speech and will probably be determined by the courts in the coming months. Further, the First Amendment does not obligate social media platforms to extend anyone Please see OPINION / Page 7

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In appreciation of teachers and Catholic education Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez last week celebrated a Mass for Catholic education at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul as part of National Teacher Appreciation Week. Students and staff from schools throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia were in attendance. •• Archbishop Nelson Perez with Archbishop Ryan’s (from left) Amy Zarzatian, Carly Walsh, assistant principal for student affairs Kaitlin Freiling and Steven Gramlich.


➤ Continued from Page 6 the right to say whatever they want, whenever they want. Like all services, you agree to their terms and you use their product according to their terms. Or you don’t. If a platform deems your speech, for example, as “hate speech” and they kick you off, then that is their decision to do so. The First Amendment does not apply because no entity of the government is attempting to abridge your free speech. So sorry Mr. Farley, but not sorry, because your free speech is highly contextually dependent and is not unlimited in the way you have so ignorantly described. No doubt you believe in your own good intentions. Like you, I support a free and democratically selfdetermined Ukraine, but just because you don’t believe your points of view align with Russian disinformation does not mean that they don’t align with Russian disinformation. Free speech comes with the added burden of grasping the larger context in which we responsibly disseminate our political views. Instead of making any sort of admission, you attempted to cloak your statements in the immunity of unlimited free speech. This thinly veiled ruse was apparent to any astute reader, and you again exposed the contradiction of what you write on one hand about supporting Ukraine and then write on the other that echoes Russian disinformation. Beyond these self-evident contradictions, and your obvious attempt to avoid responsibility for what you have written, your piece is filled with a series of silly recriminations. Unlike you, I do not resort to questioning a person’s patriotism; I deconstruct your writing in order to expose its logical inconsistency – on display for all readers. Michael a. Podgorski Fox Chase

Send the bums a message

When you go to the polls this year, please remember. Remember the empty shelves at your local grocery store. Remember the higher costs of chicken, eggs, bread, milk. Remember the price of gas going up over $2.50 per gallon for each gallon of regular gas since 1/20/2021. Remember the $33 billion that the federal government say it needs right now for emergency funding to fight the COVID-19 pandemic with more tests, masks and vaccines that are suddenly in short supply. Remember the $83 billion of taxpayer military equipment left behind to help arm the Taliban in Afghanistan. Remember the rising crime in neighborhoods throughout the entire region and frankly in the whole country. Remember your wives, sisters, daughters and granddaughters who go from store to store in the middle of the night searching for baby formula for their newborns. Remember all of this. Then remember to vote and punish the arrogant leaders who only remember you and me on Election Day. Send them all a message. A message they will always remember and a permanent message that these bums can and will never forget. Please go out and vote like your life depends on it, because it really does. John Farley Somerton

Personal responsibility, please

There was a food problem at Mitchell Elementary School that too little free breakfast and free lunch food arrived, and no cafeteria workers were on hand to serve

it. The principal paid for pizza herself and the staff bought plates and juice. One teacher gave out an emergency stash of granola bars and apple sauce. Couldn’t parents at the very least be called in to serve their own children let alone feed them in the first place? This is an example of “entitlement” rather than personal responsibility. What did the children do for the 18 months that COVID closed the school? When I attended my neighborhood elementary school, mothers came to the schoolyard at recess with milk and cookies. We came home for lunch. We were also just as poor. One memory I vividly have is that we had only day-old bread and butter to eat and I said, “I’m hungry. What’s for dinner?” and my father said, “Bread and butter.” I said, “I don’t want bread and butter.” He replied, “Then you’re not hungry.” Desperate people reluctantly signed up for “relief” (a temporary fix), which was a terrible embarrassment. Today it is called welfare. All families were poor. My recently unemployed father and uncle who lost their jobs to returning WWII veterans took the train to Los Angeles to look for work. Back in multiracial North Phila., about 75 years ago, parents were responsible for feeding their own children. In junior high for lunch, parents might give a child 2 dimes for a lunch platter of a hot dog , baked beans, a container of milk and the best brown betty imaginable. Those who could not afford the 20 cents brought their lunch in a brown paper bag, which they carefully folded for use the next day. There was no such thing as a free lunch. For some kids, this was their only meal of the day. At Lincoln H.S. where I taught for 32 years, we had a BWAFWHO drive (Because We Are Fortunate We Help Others) to provide food and clothing at Christmas time. Unfortunately, times have changed. Mel Flitter Somerton


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Parkwood Gold Star father Jim Kuhn, Charlie Strange.

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the worst days of their families’ lives. Families thanked Charlie and Mary Strange for remembering them. “This is a group nobody wants to be a part of,” Zelda Billingsley said of being a Gold Star mother. “But things like this really help.” “I don’t want to be here, but I’m honored to be here,” said Heidi Hannah, who lost a son. “I’m super grateful to Mary and Charlie.” Parkwood’s Jim Kuhn lost his son, Devin, in a 2018 training accident in Oregon. Devin Kuhn, a 2013 graduate of Archbishop Ryan, served in Afghanistan and was preparing for a second deployment. “He’s loved and missed,” his dad said. “He was a great son.” Among those in attendance were Municipal Court President Judge Pat Dugan, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; former Lt. Gov. Mike Stack; Phillies ambassador and former second baseman Mickey Morandini; and legislative candidate Mark LaVelle, a longtime foundation supporter who brought Stock’s pound cakes for the families. Dugan, who married Charlie and Mary (and jokingly apologized to Mary), said that people who fought in World War II and worked toward the war effort are rightly known as the Greatest Generation. But he said those who fought in Korea and Vietnam and in the Global War on Terrorism deserve the same title. “The torch has been passed,” he said. Morandini, who autographed baseballs for the families, was moved. “The stories that I just heard really touched me, that’s for sure,” he said. “God bless all of you and God bless the United States.” Plaques of appreciation were given to motorcycle clubs Stars and Stripes Bars and Pipes, Hellraisers and Centurions for their support of the foundation and other military causes. •• WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2022

Dillon, Oropeza debate the issues By Tom Waring Northeast Times

Residents of the 5th Senatorial District on Tuesday will elect a replacement for former Sen. John Sabatina Jr., now a Common Pleas Court judge. The candidates are Democrat Jim Dillon, who works as a grant compliance officer with the School District of Philadelphia and runs the Hoops 24-7 basketball academy, and Republican Sam Oropeza, who works in real estate and heads the nonprofit Rescuing Streets Through Clean Ups. Though the election is taking place on the same day as the primary, all registered Democrats, Republicans, independents and third-party voters can vote in the race, and can cross party lines to vote for either candidate. Both candidates appeared at a debate Monday night in front of a large crowd at Max Myers Playground, sponsored by Take Back Your Neighborhood and ably run by moderator Nancy Ostroff and timekeeper Fran Woodruff. Among those in attendance at the debate were state Rep. Jared Solomon, former City Controller Alan Butkovitz, former Councilman Rick Mariano (who asked a question), congressional candidate Aaron Bashir and legislative candidate Mark LaVelle. Dillon, 43, is a graduate of Our Lady of Calvary, Holy Ghost Prep and Notre Dame, where he played basketball. He has two daughters who attend Our Lady of Calvary and cares for his mom, who has breast cancer. He’s focused on putting more police on the street, taking illegal guns off the street and raising the hourly minimum wage from $7.25 to $15. Oropeza, 36, is a graduate of Monsignor Bonner and Williamson Trade School and a former boxer and MMA fighter. He has two children who are homeschooled and lives in Bridesburg. While he calls Dillon a “very nice guy,” he believes he has more of a commitment to the job, as Dillon replaced his older brother Shawn on the ballot after he failed to file a statement of financial interest with the state ethics commission. If Oropeza wins, he would have to move, since redistricting has moved the 45th Ward to the 2nd district. Dillon shot down a rumor that he will step aside in 2024 to allow his brother to

run, with party backing. He described himself as new to the race but not new to the neighborhood., with a personal connection, not a political one. “I’ll be running for re-election,” he said. One debate question asked candidates to list their endorsements. Dillon named Gov. Tom Wolf, U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, SEIU, District Council 21, the Laborers, Sprinkler Fitters 692 Jim Dillon with Chris Guest, of Laborers District Council and IBEW Local 98. “These are all people who care greatly about the community,” he said. A later question from the crowd asked Dillon if he agreed with the guilty jury verdicts of former Councilman Bobby Henon and Local 98 boss John Dougherty, and he responded that he could not say because he is not a lawyer. Oropeza named state Rep. Martina White, Councilman David Oh, former state Rep. John Taylor, FOP state troopers Lodge 37, the Temple Police Association, Local 22 firefight- Sam Oropeza with supporters Carmen and Lorraine ers and paramedics, Galone. ChamberPAC and the PA Pro-Life PAC. jobs. Both candidates “A parent should always have that want better schools. choice,” said Oropeza, adding that a good “There’s completely not enough education helps people escape poverty. money,” said Dillon, adding that many Both candidates favor lower small busiprincipals are leaving the school district because they cannot adequately do their ness taxes, oppose safe injection sites but


favor treatment for opioid users and are concerned with abandoned vehicles and absentee landlords. Dillon said 311 has to be improved, and Oropeza said he’d work with the city to address the crisis. They both would like to see many renters become homeowners. Dillon wants warnings before tougher penalties for people shooting off late-night fireworks, while Oropeza would like to see more Town Watch groups and confiscation of illegal ATVs. On crime, Dillon wants a gun court while Oropeza received loud applause when he criticized District Attorney Larry Krasner and said he would introduce articles of impeachment for, among other things, poor treatment of victims. He said Dillon would not be effective on the issue because he’d be in a caucus with ultra-liberals like Sen. Nikil Saval who’ve backed the DA. Dillon described himself as not a “Jim Kenney or Larry Krasner guy.” “We endorsed Carlos Vega (for DA),” he said. “We canvassed for Carlos Vega.” The two former successful athletes agreed with the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which passed the state House. It would prohibit biological males from competing in female sports. “I would completely be for it,” Dillon said. On the proposed UPS plant at 1 Red Lion Road, the candidates agreed that the site in a residential neighborhood is not ideal. Oropeza favors opening up natural gas pipelines that would result in good-paying union jobs. The candidates want more of an emphasis on trade programs. “I’m going to be a big advocate for it,” Dillon said. “I believe in a trade school education, especially in Philadelphia. You can make good money working in the trades,” Oropeza said. The candidates differ sharply on abortion, which is legal in the state up until 23 weeks of pregnancy. Dillon wants them to be safe, legal and rare. “Abortion is a matter of personal choice,” he said. Oropeza said 12 years of Catholic education taught him life is valuable and precious. He’ll protect life and oppose any effort to legalize partial-birth abortion. “I’ll never, ever allow somebody to kill a baby at 24 weeks,” he said. •• NE 1-7


80 years of the St. Hubert Bambies By Tom Waring Northeast Times

St. Hubert High School last week celebrated its 80th anniversary at a gala at the Water Works. The school opened in the 1941-42 academic year. Perhaps the highlight of the night, captured on Facebook Live, was an announcement that the Connelly Foundation was donating $500,000 for the Connelly Arts and Design Center. School president Lizanne Pando, on the job since 2016, accepted a check from Connelly’s Timothy Durkin. Of that sum, $150,000 must be matched by the school. That proved to be no problem, as people in the crowd immediately pledged $55,000 and a couple appearing in a pre-recorded video pledged $150,000. Also at the May 4 event, Pando announced collaborations with Manor College and La Salle University as part of St. Hubert’s Pathway to Educational Partnerships. Juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to earn college credits. The evening featured the fifth annual fashion show; artwork; student orchestra performances; raffles; videos; an “80 Years of Sisterhood” slideshow; prayer from board chairman, the Rev. Carl Pieber; and appearances by cheerleaders, flag football players and members of the robotics club. Pat Ciarrocchi, a board member and former Channel 3 news personality, was the emcee. Among those in attendance were principal Gerry Laskowski, state Rep. Mike Driscoll, city elections commissioner Lisa Deeley (class of 1984) and city Department of Parks and Recreation commissioner Kathy Ott Lovell (class of 1992). Boathouse Row and the PECO Energy building were lit in honor of the occasion. •• 10

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From left: Sophomore Alivia Murphy, junior Kyleigh Taylor and freshmen Gia Gradel and Sophia Sermarini.

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Sewing teacher Jill Smith (right) and her students. NORTHEASTTIMES.COM

From left: Senior Marissa Carr and freshmen Megan Cahill and Charlotte Knott and their Bambie Botz robot Sofia, delivering hors d’oeuvres to guests. WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2022


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Campaign Chatter — Voters to have their say Tuesday By Tom Waring Northeast Times

Voters will head to the polls Tuesday to elect new members of City Council and state Senate and nominate candidates for state and federal office. The top local race is the special election in the 5th Senatorial District. Democrat Jim Dillon faces Republican Sam Oropeza. The seat has been vacant since the beginning of the year, when John Sabatina resigned to become a Common Pleas Court judge. Republicans control the Senate, 29-20. As for the 6th Councilmanic District seat, vacant since Bobby Henon resigned in January, Democratic state Rep. Mike Driscoll is the only candidate. Statewide, Republican Sen. Pat Toomey is not running for re-election. The Democratic candidates are Alex Khalil, Conor Lamb, Malcolm Kenyatta and John Fetterman. The Republicans are Kathy Barnette, Mehmet Oz, George Bochetto, Jeff Bartos, Dave McCormick, Sean Gale and Carla Sands. Gov. Tom Wolf is prohibited from seeking a third term. Democrat Josh Shapiro is unopposed in the primary. The Republican candidates are Lou Barletta, Doug Mastriano, Nche Zama, Dave White, Melissa Hart, Bill McSwain, Charlie Gerow, Joe Gale and Jake Corman. There are three Democrats running for lieutenant governor: Austin Davis, Ray Sosa and Brian Sims. Nine Republicans are running. They are Clarice Schillinger, James Jones, Rick Saccone, John Brown, Chris Frye, Jeff Coleman, Russ Diamond, Carrie Lewis DelRosso and 12

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From left: Mark LaVelle, Bill McSwain, Anne Marie Muldoon, John Toomey, Sam Oropeza. Teddy Daniels. In the 203rd Legislative der-based references? In the 2nd Congressional District, the Democratic Should the Educational District, Democratic candidates are Yusuf Supplement to the Rep. Brendan Boyle and Jackson, Anthony Bellmon Philadelphia Home Rule Republican Aaron Bashir are and Heather Miller. No Charter be amended to unopposed. Republican filed. remove all gender-based referState Sen. Tina Tartaglione City voters will also be ences? is unopposed in the primary asked the following four quesShould The Philadelphia and general elections. So are tions: Home Rule Charter be state Reps. Martina White, Ed Shall the Philadelphia amended to establish the Fair Neilson, Jason Dawkins and Home Rule Charter be Housing Commission as an Jared Solomon. amended to revise the compo- independent commission to In the 172nd Legislative sition of the Zoning Board of administer and enforce statDistrict, Bob Stewart is chalAdjustment by increasing the utes and ordinances concernlenging Rep. Kevin Boyle in number of mayoral appoining unfair rental practices and the Democratic primary. The tees from five to seven; by certain other matters concernRepublican candidate is Al requiring Council confirmaing the landlord and tenant Taubenberger. Independent tion of the mayor’s appointrelationship and to adjudicate Tedi Kotori is also running. ments; and by specifying disputes related to such matIn the 173rd Legislative qualifications that appointees ters? District, which Driscoll is must possess, including a vacating to run for Council, demonstrated sensitivity to •• Democrats Pat Gallagher and community concerns regardPete McDermott are squaring ing development and the Bill McSwain, a Republican off in the primary. There is no protection of the character candidate for governor, met Republican candidate. of Philadelphia’s neighborwith supporters Friday night In the 177th Legislative hoods? at Cannstatter’s. The crowd District, Democratic Rep. Joe Should The Philadelphia included ward leaders and Hohenstein and Republican Home Rule Charter be legislative candidates Sam Mark LaVelle are unopposed. amended to remove all genOropeza and Mark LaVelle. NORTHEASTTIMES.COM

McSwain said the race is down to four candidates, including him. The others are Doug Mastriano, Lou Barletta and Dave White. A former U.S. Attorney, McSwain spoke of his opposition to heroin injection sites, sanctuary cities and no-excuse mail-in ballots, support for voter ID, updated voter rolls, school choice and increased funding for police and prosecution of rioters and the alleged killers of police Sgt. James O’Connor. Terri O’Connor, the slain SWAT member’s widow, introduced McSwain at his campaign kickoff and appears in a TV ad for him filmed in her home. McSwain calls District Attorney Larry Krasner “my mortal enemy.” He has proposed a constitutional amendment that would have the governor appoint Philadelphia’s district attorney. The proposal would have to pass the House and Senate in two consecutive sessions, then be approved by state voters, as soon as the May 2023 primary. “That would pass overwhelmingly,” he predicted. And if it does pass? “Krasner’s out of here by May,” he said. McSwain blamed the city for misplaced priorities, citing the plastic bag ban at a time of a high murder rate. The winner of the primary will face Democrat Josh Shapiro, the state attorney general, who is unopposed. McSwain called Mastriano, “Josh Shapiro’s hand-picked candidate,” pointing to the Democrat’s TV commercial and mailer that includes statements about Mastriano intended to endear him to Republicans voters. McSwain predicted he would beat Shapiro by double digits. •• WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2022



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St. Hubert Catholic School announced the construction of an arts and design center on the school’s campus, as well as partnerships with Manor College and La Salle, where the high school students can earn college credits. The announcement came at St. Hubert’s 80th anniversary gala, but these projects have been in the works for much longer. Lizanne Pando, president of St. Hubert, said the arts and design center has been in consideration for six years. The center – which will begin phase I of construction this summer – received the final $225,000 it needed at the gala. “A lot of research goes into decisions like this. So we have a board of limited jurisdiction, a board of trustees and the archdiocese. When you put forth an idea, you have to research it and back it with the data,” Pando explained. According to a St. Hubert spokesperson, 40% of the school’s alumnae 20

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are in healthcare, and 23% in business. However, Pando said she believes that regardless of what field they choose, St. Hubert students find value in art. “We have such strong sciences because a lot of the girls go into healthcare,” Pando said. “Everyone six years ago was all about, ‘STEM, STEM, STEM.’ But you can’t pull the

arts out of this. We’re so entrenched in the arts. Learners that come into St. Hubert often are very artistic in their approach to their learning, so we made it STEAM.” The center will take up the first floor of the current St. Hubert school building, and feature various technologies such as embroidery machines, app design tools, art tablets, sound booths,


3D printing, interactive white boards and photo equipment. In addition to nurturing students’ creativity, St. Hubert plans to help their young women get ahead. By partnering with Manor College and La Salle, St. Hubert can now offer classes in Allied Health and Entrepreneurship for college credit. Their dual-enrollment system ensures that the students are still getting high school credits for these classes, enabling them to graduate on time and up to a whole semester of college ahead. “We’re so excited because I feel that, before the pandemic, education at the college level was starting to be questioned in a lot of ways, and what we were seeing was the financial burden was limiting a lot of the options for our students. This will be some fees but not large college fees,” Pando explained. The classes will be taught on campus, and students will earn a certification in their area of study. Pando said she believes students will benefit from the support of the St. Hubert structure when students try their first collegiate-level course. “You’re still with your friends, you’re still going to lacrosse practice and games, you’re still playing basketball, or in the sewing club. You’re still keeping the high school experience alive but you’re really furthering your education and securing it in a way that can get you a career right out of high school, which a lot of students are choosing to do,” she said. Students who enroll in the Manor program at St. Hubert and then attend Manor College after graduation will have their LPN, or Licensed Practical Nurse degree, in just one year. “That’s a $45,000 job with insurance. For somebody who is really trying to financially boost themselves, and is going towards nursing, this is an incredible staircase to get them there,” Pando said. Registration for these partnership programs is complete and the classes are totally full, while the first phase of the arts and design center should be complete in September 2023. •• WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2022


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2 Dems hope to succeed Driscoll in 173rd By Tom Waring Northeast Times

Two Democrats will be on the ballot Tuesday in the 173rd Legislative District, seeking to succeed Rep. Mike Driscoll. Driscoll is unopposed as he runs in a special election on Tuesday in the 6th Councilmanic District, a seat vacant following the resignation of Bobby Henon. Running to replace Driscoll are Pat Gallagher, his chief of staff, and Pete McDermott, a teacher, Mayfair activist and ward leader. No Republican qualified for the ballot. Driscoll will resign before joining Council, meaning there could be a special election in the summer, with the winner serving about four months. Gallagher is a graduate of St. Martin of Tours, Cardinal Dougherty (class of 1992) and Temple, with a degree in political science. He’s owned a cheesesteak shop in Manayunk and a bar in Center City, worked in the workers’ compensation field and spent three years as an aide to City Councilman Frank Rizzo, handling constituent services. A Tacony resident, he spent eight years working for Driscoll before resigning in early March to run for the seat. He credits Driscoll with doing a good job while serving in the minority party. “Mike’s expertise and guidance will help me hit the ground running,” he said. If elected, he will keep Driscoll’s office at 8760 Frankford Ave., since it is centrally located under the new district lines. He believes Driscoll assembled a strong staff. “I’m hoping to keep them,” he said. Gallagher has the official party backing, with support from ward leaders Connie Dougherty, Pat Parkinson and Henon. He’s also supported by the building trades, the AFL-CIO and the police and firefighters and paramedics unions. As the son of a retired police officer, the FOP Lodge 5 nod was special. “That meant a lot to me,” he said. Gallagher, who is also running for committeeman in the 65th Ward, 14th 24

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Pat Gallagher Division, has sent seven campaign mailings to voters. He is pro-choice on abortion and favors a larger focus on vocational education in high schools and more funding for law enforcement and commercial strips. “I’d love to start reinvesting in our business corridors on Torresdale and Frankford avenues,” he said. His overall focus would be on the district’s neighborhoods, all east of Roosevelt Boulevard, generally from Tacony to Torresdale. “Constituent service is as important as any piece of legislation in Harrisburg,” he said. McDermott is a graduate of St. Matthew and Father Judge (class of 1992). He worked in engineering and construction management before becoming a teacher. He teaches career and technical education at Ben Franklin High School and recently became part-owner of Gaeta’s Tomato Pies, in Rhawnhurst. He lives in Sandyford Park with his wife and young daughter. During the campaign, he said he’s knocked on thousands of doors, including in the rain. McDermott is the zoning officer for the Mayfair Civic Association and thinks he can do more in elected office. He’s had some successes, including keeping a seventh prison out of the 19136 ZIP code and stopping proposed

Pete McDermott rooftop music and valet parking at the restaurant complex at Brous and Cottman avenues. “They were the right choices for the neighborhood. You’ve got to do what’s right,” he said. McDermott, Democratic leader of the 64th Ward, said he would be a proactive representative when it comes to constituent services. He’d open a centrally located office, convenient to senior citizens and with parking. “I’m a local guy. It all starts at home. You’ve got to service the constituents,” he said. McDermott said the constituents will be his boss. “I’m going to be an employee of the people,” he said. McDermott is pro-choice on abortion and is looking forward to, if elected, having input on future riverfront development. While he believes jobs are important, he thinks a better option would be to build housing, similar to Delaire Landing and Bakers Bay. “It can all be duplicated. We have the possibility to do that at least once more,” he said. As the city is phasing out the tax abatement on new construction, McDermott wants to act sooner rather than later. “There’s no time to waste. Zero,” he said. ••


SCHOLARS The Northeast Times would like to congratulate the following college graduates, students who were named to their school’s dean’s list, and area residents who recently received special honors. Albright College student-athlete Massiel Del Orbe earned the Student Athlete Advisory Committee Sportsmanship Award award as a member of the softball team during a ceremony on May 3. A graduate of Northeast High School, Del Orbe is studying business administration and psychology. •• Kyle Zayas was a member of the cast for the Albright College Theatre production of The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow. A member of the Domino Players Company, he played Mr. Marcus. Zayas also performed in Albright's end-of-year Sing On! choral concert on Saturday as a member of the Lion Chorale, Roaring Lions and Lions' Pride. A graduate of Swenson Arts and Technology High School, Zayas is majoring in music industry studies and theater. ••

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Maternity BVM Elementary School, 9322 Old Bustleton Ave., will hold registration for Pre K to Grade 8 on Tuesday, May 17, and Wednesday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Financial aid money is available to qualified families. For registration and more information, go to or contact advancement director Mike McDonough at 215-908-3329 or mmcdonough@maternitybvm. net. ••

Ryan class of ‘72 reunion

The Archbishop Ryan Class of 1972 will hold its 50-year reunion on Friday, June 10, at the Philadelphia Ballroom, 2014 Hornig Road. For tickets and/or to make a contribution to the Class of 1972 Scholarship Fund, go to ••

Job and career fair May 25

A Job and Career Fair at the Toben Center, 7222 Castor Ave., will take place on Wednesday, May 25, from 1 to 5 p.m. Employers will be recruiting for jobs in the fields of manufacturing, health care, transportation, law enforcement, administrative and more. Interviews will be scheduled on the spot by employers. Interested applicants should bring their resumes for review. Job seekers should come dressed appropriately. Several career/trade schools will also attend the event for people who are looking to learn a career or to change their current one. The event is hosted by the Northeast Learning Center and supported by Philadelphia Works. Call 215-745-0141. ••

Help Karen and the Brain Aneurysm Foundation Karen’s Bowling Alley Rally will take place on Saturday, May 28, from 6-9 p.m. at Thunderbird Lanes, 3075 Holme Ave. The evening will celebrate how far Karen Murphy has come in five years since being diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. Tickets per bowler cost $30 for a 21-and-older drink wristband or $20 for non-drinkers. The price includes three hours of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, soda and open bar for people with wristbands. There will be gift basket raffles and a 50/50. Sixty percent of proceeds will go to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation in Karen’s names. Forty percent of proceeds will go to Karen’s recovery, medical bills, rehabilitation and effort to return home. For more information, go to

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Synagogue gala in May

Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai, 4301 Tyson Ave., the oldest synagogue in the Northeast, will be celebrating its 97th anniversary with a gala on Sunday, May 22, at the Bensalem Country Club. All present and past members and friends are invited. Call 215-969-5346. ••

Car show at PACS

The students of the Community Hero Outreach program at Philadelphia Academy Charter High School are organizing the first PACHS Car Show on May 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school, 1700 Tomlinson Road. Admission is free. The cost is $20 to enter a car in the show. All proceeds from the show will go to Shamrock Reins, a nonprofit organization that provides equine-assisted activities and therapies for veterans, active-duty members, first responders and families of fallen heroes. Rain date is May 22. Register a car by emailing ••

Penny Party on June 4

St. Stephen Orthodox Cathedral, 8598 Verree Road, invites the community to an all-ages Penny Party on Saturday, June 4. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Calling starts about 7 p.m. Admission is $5, which includes homemade desserts, coffee and tea. Hot dogs and snacks will be available for sale, and there will be prizes and raffle baskets. ••

Fight night Friday at Parx

Karl Wylie, a 29-year-old lightweight fighter from Coatesville and a former Golden Gloves winner, will be making his professional boxing debut at Parx Casino on Friday, May 13. Joe Hand Promotions is producing the live boxing event, which will also feature a six-round heavyweight bout between Sonny Conto (9-0, 7 KOs) and Justin Rolfe (7-3-1, 5 KOs). Shinard Bunch (18-1-1, 15 KOs) will look to continue his 18-fight undefeated streak when he competes in an eight-round super-lightweight fight. Super featherweight Jordon Murphy (2-0, 1 KO), originally from Bensalem, will fight in a four-round super-featherweight bout. Christopher Burgos (3-5-1, 1 KO) will face Philip Davis (2-5-1) in a six-round lightweight contest. Tickets at $50, $75 and $125 are on sale at

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Community Day in Holmesburg

The Mount Zion Baptist Church of Holmesburg, Welsh Road and Erdrick Street, will be hosting a free Community Day for all ages on Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be free vendors, health assessments, food, games, giveaways and children’s activities. Call 215-624-8869. ••

Learning center receives grant

Incredible Kids Learning Center Inc., 180709 Cottman Ave., is one of 30 small businesses throughout 14 states that is receiving a $10,000 grant through Citizens Bank’s ‘Small Business Community Champions’ program. The Incredible Kids Learning Center provides child care services and serves as an educational database for children ages 6 weeks old to 13 years old, and has proposed to use the funds to outfit and transform available space for the social and human services component of their program. This would provide trauma counseling, case management, life skills coaching, crisis intervention, early childhood intervention, teen parenting workshops, birthing classes and workforce development and training. The awards went to women- and minority-owned businesses. ••

Music fest lineup set

The Pennypack Music Festival will take place this year at Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road. Admission is free. There are picnic tables, but you can bring your own chairs. No pets or outside food, drink or coolers. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Shows are Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Gate opens at 5 p.m. June 1: Romeo Delight [tribute to Van Halen]; June 8: Lecompt; June 15: HotLanta [tribute to the Allman Brothers]; June 22: Black Dog [tribute to Led Zeppelin]; June 29: The Launch [tribute to Queen]; July 6: Steal Your Face [tribute to Grateful Dead]; July 13: Jamison, Bogside Rogues [Irish Night, Ed Kelly’s birthday celebration]; July 20: Idol Kings [tribute to Journey]; July 27: Definitely Leppard [tribute to Def Leppard]; Aug. 3: Let’s Ride [country rock]; Aug. 10: Kick it Out [tribute to Heart]; Aug. 17: Philadelphia Freedom [tribute to Elton John]; Aug. 24: Starman [tribute to David Bowie]. ••


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Miller makes difference on, off fields By Joe Mason Times Sports Editor

Maggie Miller doesn’t know her name, but she’ll always remember her. During Miller’s darkest day, she got a boost from a nurse at Penn Presbyterian Hospital after her dad, Officer Edward Miller, was shot three times in the line of duty. Now a senior at Nazareth Academy High School, Miller never forgot that, and she wants to do the same for people. She wants to be there when people need a hand. “I always wanted to be a cop,” Miller said. “But my dad was shot in 2016 on duty. When we went to the hospital, we went to see him. I saw the blood on his wound and how gruesome, it drew my attention and I paid attention to my dad and the nurse, how she helped him, the bandages, and watching her work was great. He’s doing fine, he’s great. He got promoted to be a detective. “I was so nervous, but she took great care of him and she would talk to me, tell me what they were doing. She was just making us all feel better. I never forgot that and after that, I decided I wanted to be a nurse.” Miller has a future all planned out, but her present is pretty awesome, too. Miller is a two-sport star at Nazareth, playing soccer and lacrosse. She’s always on the move, running from one sport to another, and when she’s playing, there are few who are more active than the Winchester Park native. In lacrosse, she’s a midfielder by trade, which is perfect for her because she likes to do a little bit of everything. That means a lot of running, which is also fine with her. “I’ve played every position, but I’m best at midfield and I love running, I’m a really hyper-energetic person,” Miller said. “I’ve played everything. Defense, offense, I played goalie. I’m not good at that. We won, but I thought I played horrible. But I love 26

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Two-sport star: Nazareth senior Maggie Miller will play soccer and lacrosse at Neumann University next year. playing anywhere, and midfield is perfect for that because you get to do everything. “I love it because I get to go offense and defense and help team on both. I’m better on the outside because I can one-hand it and catch it. I’ll do whatever we need, wherever I can help, I want to be.” She’s the same way in soccer. “I didn’t start playing lacrosse until third grade or fourth grade. I was playing softball and I wanted to try it. I loved it. Soccer? I’ve played that since I could walk. I’ve always loved soccer. I played that for as long as I can remember. And I play midfield there, too. I just like running around and doing whatever I can do.” She won’t be the first in her family to play college sports. That would be mom Officer Kimberly Zerah-Miller, who played Division I field hockey and softball at Temple. “My mom went to St. Hubert, she’s

the best role model for me, she’ll always be my role model, she cares about everyone before herself,” Miller said. “She taught me to put others before myself. She’s a very good and strong woman. She’s a police officer, too.” That attitude has certainly rubbed off on her daughter. And she’s following in mom’s footsteps next year in terms of being a two-sport athlete. She’ll still be doing a lot of running. Next year Miller will play both sports at Neumann University. She committed during her junior year and for her, it was the perfect place. “I love it because it’s close to home, but I can still live on campus,” Miller said. “It’s a great school, I get to play both lacrosse and soccer, I didn’t have to pick one, and it has a great nursing program. So it had everything I was looking for.” It sounds like an aggressive schedule, but Miller is prepared.


After all, she’s had quite the schedule during her high school days. Playing two sports doesn’t seem like it would give you a lot of time for other activities, but somehow Miller found time to do a few others. She was involved in Student Council, Naz-A-Thon Committee, open house representative, Athletes Helping Athletes, Panda Pals, Dance Club, Irish Panda Club, Cancer Awareness Club, Kindness Club, Panda Stand Up, Ping Pong Club, Paws for a Cause Club, NAZ Compliments Club and the Decorating Club. Good thing she likes running around. She’s also a lifeguard at Winchester Swim Club. “I think I’m ready to play two sports and study nursing,” Miller said. “I’m motivated because a lot of people tell me you can’t do it. I want to prove to them I can. I know it will be hard, but I want to do it, so I’ll give it everything I have.” Miller’s best should put her in position to succeed in both athletics and academics. She’s proven throughout her high school career that she can handle huge workloads, and she’s quite motivated to make a difference both at Neumann and beyond. It all comes back to the nurse at Penn Presbyterian. ”She was so helpful,” Miller said. “I was so young, but looking back, I was young and I was so fragile when it came to that. I was in utter shock. The nurse got my mind off it. She helped me and was patient even though I was so scared. “It’s definitely a reason I want to be a nurse, she made my dad laugh, made me laugh, let me know we’d be safe. She took care of everyone, not just my dad. It was pretty cool. “I’m not sure what kind of nurse I’m going to be, there are a few options. But I want to help people. I want to make them feel like she made me feel.” •• WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2022


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Nick Shiffler loves playing second base. But recently he was asked to play a new position. He was happy to do it. Shiffler is a junior at Father Judge High School, and he’s one of the leaders on the team, both on and off the field. Early in the season, his teammate, shortstop Brooks Henderson, got banged up. After missing a little time, he was ready to come back to the lineup, but to work him back in, the Crusaders moved Shiffler to shortstop and Henderson to second base while he recovers. “His arm was sore, so we switched positions,” Shiffler said. “I play shortstop in summer leagues, so I’m just picking up where I left off last year. “I like playing second base more than shortstop, but I love shortstop, too. It’s going really well. When someone goes down, you have to pick up your teammate. I love playing with Brooks, we have great chemistry. If you can play shortstop, you can play second, it’s the same thing. It’s a lot easier when you have good chemistry with the other infielders.” Shiffler isn’t just performing in the field. He’s also having a year at the plate. Shiffler is among the leaders in most offensive categories for the Crusaders. He leads the team with a pair of home runs, he has eight hits, seven RBIs, four stolen bases and leads Judge in slugging percentage. Behind his heroics, the Crusaders are 7-3 in a very tough Catholic League. But he believes the success has been from a number of reasons, starting with the guys on 28

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Bat man: Nick Shiffler has led the Crusaders to a 7-3 record in the PCL. the mound. “We have a lot of talent, and we’re playing well together,” Shiffler said. “As of now, I think the main strength comes from our pitching but I feel like as soon as our bats heat up, with our pitching, we can win a lot of games. We always knew Dave (Rodriguez) and John (Westfield) could beat anyone, and Tim (Gress) is doing really well.” The Crusaders are firing on all cylinders and only improving. They’ve won three straight, including triumphs over top teams Neumann-Goretti and Germantown Academy. Their

last loss was a great game, but it ended with Judge falling to La Salle 4-3 in 10 innings. The more this team plays together, the better they’re doing. And that’s good news for this year and next. Judge is a very young team. While there are some very important seniors on the roster, the bulk of the team consists of underclassmen. Almost all of them will return next year, meaning the Crusaders should be in the mix to win the Catholic League championship in 2023. But they’re not looking ahead. In fact, the only thing on their minds this year is NORTHEASTTIMES.COM


bringing home a championship in June. “Honestly we have to play together, because we have good chemistry and we all play hard for each other,” said Shiffler, who grew up in Mayfair and now lives in Bustleton. “If you get out, you can’t take it to the next at-bat. We have the talent, we have the pitching, the bats the gloves, we have to put it together every game. Against La Salle we had three hits, and lost in the 10th inning. We could have won that game. “We are a young team. We were a really young team last year, and this year, a lot of

the team is sophomores and juniors. The seniors are great, too, but there’s not that many of them. We’re a really young team with a lot of talent.” Not only are they talented, they’re not afraid to put in the work. Most of the team works at the sport all year round. In fact, the sport has the full attention of most of the roster, including Shiffler. Sometimes that hard work results in pretty heated competition. “I used to play basketball, and I liked it, but I wasn’t the best and I thought if instead of putting 50 percent into baseball and 50 percent into basketball, I would just put all that work into baseball. “I think one of the reasons we’re starting to hit is because when we would work out, we would versus our pitchers. It helped them and it helped us. If you can hit off our pitchers, you can hit anyone. They made us better.” The hard work also builds chemistry. Shiffler plays summer ball for the Bucks County Generals and a few guys from Judge play on that team. The more they play together, the better they are. “Our chemistry is on point,” Shiffler said. “We always grew up on the same team. When you hit the big field, you go to showcase teams, and originally we all split up, but now we’re all back and playing together.” Now it’s just a matter of keeping things going and preparing for the playoffs. Shiffler thinks that won’t be a problem. “Our goal is to win the championship, that’s the main one, and at least make it to (the state playoffs),” Shiffler said. “We want the seniors to win, and we want to win together.” •• WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2022

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Pastino has the Ragdolls rolling By Joe Mason Times Sports Editor

Sabrina Pastino has a lot in common with her twin sister Samantha. They love hanging out together, they are each other’s best friends, and they always support each other. But when it comes to sports, they don’t always see eye to eye. “I love softball and she loves soccer,” said Pastino, a junior left fielder on the Archbishop Ryan High School softball team. “It’s good though, I like having softball for me and she loves having soccer for her. I go to her games, I go to almost every single one of them. She comes to mine, too, but I go to more of her games than she goes to mine. But we are always there for each other.” Let’s hope Samantha enjoys watching playoff softball, because the way the Ragdolls are playing, there will likely be a lot of postseason games again for Ryan. The defending Catholic League champs were hit hard by graduation. The Ragdolls didn’t return a lot of veterans this year, so it would have made sense for the team to struggle early before the girls found their footing. Didn’t happen. The Ragdolls were great from the start and now sit at 8-1 with one game remaining in their Catholic League schedule. They sit atop the tough league heading into the final week of the season. “It was hard to do well because we had seven starting seniors graduate, and they were really good leaders,” Pastino said. “A lot of girls had to move around. We have a lot of girls who didn’t play before come back and they’re playing really well. And a lot of people are playing different positions, so we’re still learning to play together.” Pastino is one of those players playing out of position. She’s a natural first baseman, but Ragdolls coach John Kidwell needed to reshuffle the lineup and the new card has Pastino playing in the outfield. It’s been a slight adjustment for Pastino, who did log some time when 30

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Defending champs: Sabrina Pastino, a returner from last year’s PCL champion Archbishop Ryan, is one of the top hitters in the Catholic League. she was younger in left field, so she’s getting more and more comfortable with her new role. “I like first base more, but for Ryan they needed me to play left field, so I’m trying,” Pastino said. “It’s a big difference but I’m doing pretty good. I played a lot during winter workouts, so I got some experience there. “I was good with giving away my position. I played it all last year, every game, but if I had to give up to someone, I was glad to give it up to Mya

(Diorio). We help each other. If I can help her, I’ll definitely do it. “I knew coming in I was going to play there, so it gave me time to prepare. It’s going pretty well, I think I’m doing OK. I played it a lot when I was younger, like 10 or 11, so I think I still got it. I’m still getting better.” So are the Ragdolls. During Catholic League play, they’ve had just one hiccup, a loss to Conwell-Egan, the team Ryan knocked off in the Catholic League


championship game a year ago. That loss kept the Ragdolls from posting back-to-back undefeated seasons, but they’re still on pace to finish atop the standings, which would put them in great shape to repeat as the champs. That’s the goal, and according to Pastino, it’s a very achievable goal. “It’s very important for us to win and get off to a good start because last year we had so many seniors, people thought we wouldn’t be as good,” said Pastino, who lives in Torresdale. “We’re proving to people we are the same team, the same mentality, we’re getting the job done. It would be big if we could win this year because I don’t think people expect us to.” If they do win, she won’t just be helping the team on the field. She’ll be sharing it with all of the fans. Pastino runs the team’s Instagram account, where she posts pictures and vidoes of the season. She’s not the one shooting them, she’s busy on the field, but after games, she takes control. “A lot of kids my age use (Instagram) more than Facebook,” said Pastino, who is also a member of Athletes Helping Athletes. “And I love AHA, it’s so much fun. We play soccer, T-ball, whatever. We just have so much fun playing together. It’s a great experience for them and for us.” When she’s not uploading highlights to Instagram, she’s providing them on the field. She’s hitting .652 with two home runs, four doubles and three walks. One of her hits was a grand slam that helped the Ragdolls knock off Archbishop Wood in a close game. “I think I’ve grown a lot as a player, and as a leader,” Pastino said. “I came in as a freshman and I got in two practices, a scrimmage and one at-bat (a single). After that it was shut down because of COVID. “Last year I got comfortable and this year I’m more comfortable as a leader. I’m proud of the team, I think we’ve done really well so far and we’re going to keep working. I don’t think people expected us to be this good. We just want to keep doing well.” •• WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2022



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NOTICE OF STORAGE UNITS PUBLIC SALE The following public sale shall take place online on or after May 15, 2022: at to satisfy the liens of Frank Leone, PO Box 296, Abington, PA 19001, 215658-0123, on Occupant's stored property. 6352-6360 (Rear) Morton St, 19144: Card Edwards #15 4817 Mulberry St, 19124: Gary Palmer #79 MERCHANDISE FOR SALE For Sale


Extra Space Storage will hold a public auction to sell the contents of leased spaces to satisfy Extra Space’s lien at the location indicated: 12005 Roosevelt Blvd. Philadelphia, PA. 19154; (215-514-2704) on May 26, 2022 at 12:00P.M.(Noon) A22 Alberta Eason; B15 Darren Arnold; 1361 George Willard Waidelich; 711 Tyrone Smith; and 1532 Charles Nixon. The auction will be listed and advertised on Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the above referenced facility in order to complete the transaction. Extra Space Storage may refuse any bid and may rescind any purchase up until the winning bidder takes possession of the personal property.


Extra Space Storage will hold a public auction to sell the contents of leased spaces to satisfy Extra Space’s lien at the location indicated: 11501 Roosevelt Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19154, May 26th 2022 at 12:45 PM 2365 Gabreil Rushing, 2124 Albert Viktorov, 2050 Adrienne Jones, 2303 Diarah Loatman The auction will be listed and advertised on Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the above referenced facility in order to complete the transaction. Extra Space Storage may refuse any bid and may rescind any purchase up until the winning bidder takes NM-00493387 possession of the personal property.

ABOVE ALL SALVAGE INC. 6700 New State Rd. Phila. 19135 A Public Auction will be held at Above All Salvage, Inc., 6700 New State Road Philadelphia, PA 19135, to be auctioned MAY 11TH, 2022 The vehicles will be sold as is and all sales are final. Cash only. Per Chapter 73. MVC. STOCK# MAKE VIN# 9696651 HYUNDAI 5NPE24AF7FH152119 9853560 HYUNDAI 5NPEC4AB8DH760156 9690333 DODGE 2C3CDXBGXDH622051 9540234 DODGE 3C4PDCAB0ET191658

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