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William J. Brennan has been in plenty of courtrooms, representing some high-profile defendants, over the course of a nearly 34-year career practicing law. But Brennan knew the significance of his latest big case — as one of the lawyers representing former President Donald Trump in his U.S. Senate impeachment trial. Just four presidents have faced impeachment trials in the Senate: Andrew Johnson in 1868, Bill Clinton in 1999 and Trump last year and earlier this month. “This was history unfolding before our eyes,” Brennan said. And Brennan had a front-row seat, joining David Schoen, Michael van der

Veen, Bruce Castor and Julieanne Bateman in securing an acquittal for Trump on one count of incitement of insurrection for the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Brennan, 63, had no idea in 1987 when he graduated from Temple School of Law that he’d be part of such a monumental case, describing himself as a “rowhouse kid from Northeast Philadelphia representing the president in an impeachment trial.” Brennan spent his early years in Kensington before moving to the Far Northeast. He graduated from St. Anselm Grammar School, then Archbishop Ryan High School in 1975. He would go on to receive an undergraduate degree from La Salle before entering law school. see BRENNAN / Page 6

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➤ Cont. from Page 1 His well-known cases have included priests, a Traffic Court judge and a George Washington High School graduate charged with prostitution in a bid to secure tickets to a Phillies World Series game in 2009. So, how did he come to be part of Trump’s team? The former president chose Castor, a former Montgomery County district attorney, to join the Alabama-based Schoen to lead his defense. Castor recently joined van der Veen’s law firm, and brought him on board. Brennan is friends with van der Veen, and agreed to join the defense. Bateman, too, works for van der Veen’s firm. Brennan does not have much of a background in politics, other than a bid for committeeman in the 66th Ward in 1978 on the same ballot as a proposed Home Rule Charter change to allow Mayor Frank L. Rizzo to seek a third term. Trump’s lawyers saw the trial as simply representing a client. “This was in no way some type of partisan political mission,” Brennan said. Trump was not in Washington for the trial. Brennan said attorneys spoke with the former president on the phone, but not often, adding that he never asked them to bring up alleged fraud involving the presidential election. Brennan said the defense focused on the following arguments: the Senate lacks jurisdiction to try a former president; Trump enjoys First Amendment rights to speak; and the trial lacked due process. This was no ordinary trial, in Brennan’s view. He pointed out that it was only after the trial wrapped up that House 6

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Democratic managers decided they wanted to call witnesses. In addition, he pointed out that the trial was presided over by Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, who not only had a vote but was widely expected to vote to convict Trump. “It was a proceeding,” Brennan said, as opposed to a traditional trial. Brennan’s assignments were to be the clock manager and the liaison with Capitol Hill staff. That was fine for the father of seven, who has been married for 35 years to his wife Sue, whom he met at La Salle. “I wanted to keep a low profile in the midst of a storm,” he said. The defense team met with Republican Sens. Mike Lee, Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz. Separately, Brennan interacted with others involved in the trial. He described Leahy as a “total gentleman.” He referred to Maine Sen. Susan Collins as “very kind and gracious.” And he said Stacey Plaskett, a House impeachment manager from the Virgin Islands, was a “professional.” Trump announced the defense team on Feb. 1, just eight days before the start of the trial. Brennan does not agree that an acquittal was a slam dunk. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said. “We worked around the clock. It was a lot of pressure, but it was fun. It was a good team for a last-minute call to duty. It was a massive undertaking. We did a good job.” Brennan conceded the House managers got off to a good start with an emotional speech by Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin about the Jan. 6 incident. That’s when he said Castor called an audible, following Raskin with remarks intended to be “damage control” as opposed to a fullthroated defense. “It did what we wanted to do,” Brennan said of Castor’s

Bill Brennan speech, “turn down the temperature in the room.” The Senate is deadlocked at 50-50, and two-thirds, or 67 senators, would have needed to vote guilty for a conviction. Brennan figured no Democrats would vote to acquit, since all Democrats voted to convict in Trump’s first impeachment trial. The defense expected they would

lose some Republicans, since six of them — including Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey — had earlier voted that the trial was constitutional. Brennan said one key was to win the vote of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, which they did. The final vote was 57 guilty, 43 not guilty. In the aftermath, Brennan

was dismayed that protesters gathered outside van der Veen’s Chester County home, terrorizing his wife by throwing eggs, smashing windows and painting “traitor” on the driveway. As for the trial itself, Brennan said the Philly-based law team did its job. “In the end,” he said, “the client was pleased.” ••

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Lock him up

It is interesting to hear Gov. Cuomo blame the deaths of the nursing home patients on God. I guess what we should do is arrest God and put him in jail. The only problem is finding a jail big enough. After all, God is an immense entity. Mary E. GoldEn Chesterfield

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It’s amazing that a company (Moderna) that is based in Massachusetts can’t deliver its product on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of last week. The bad weather was in the South and the Midwest. Mr Biden’s rollout seems to have a few bumps in the road. Thankfully, the media won’t chew him up for all these miscues like they would Trump. His vaccinating 1.5M is going to go to the wayside like his 5 days of school went to 1 day. At least he is keeping his special-interest groups happy while Americans are dying waiting for the vaccine. Maybe he should move the National Guard protecting the Capitol to aid at the injection sites. richard donofry East Torresdale

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Can’t anyone under Mayor Kenney do their job properly? So far the list was the police commissioner, the DA and the health commissioner. Now we must add School Superintendent Hite, who didn’t have money to make the schools safe for asbestos and mold removal. Hite has so many management people (chiefs, executive directors, directors and managers) at high salaries, he now doesn’t have enough money to properly pay the lowest-paid teachers in the state nor purchase better equipment for COVID safety than some cheap fans. When his contract is up next year, Hite must go. MayEr Krain Modena Park

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR in obtaining the CV-19 vaccines in North and West Philadelphia when no other options seemed available. Personally, I believe the frustration in our community is that there is no mass vaccine, walk-up opportunities accessible in our ZIP codes for our seniors to avail themselves such as the Black Doctors Consortium provides. This is NOT the fault of the Consortium. bur rather a failure by the city or private entities right here in NE Philly to “step up to the plate.” The Consortium is compassionate, well organized and, most importantly, has responded to vaccine requests in a timely and positive manner. We are jealous … this is what WE want also in Northeast Philadelphia. In the same breath, we do have Councilmember Bobby Henon and the Holme Circle Civic Association providing a great service to our seniors in acting as “matchmakers” in locating vaccine providers for our desperate seniors who have reached out to both. And yes, we now have local hospitals offering the vaccines. However, trying to find a provider on your own has been a nightmare, especially for those seniors without computer skills and who have devoted countless hours re-dialing phone numbers to supermarkets with no success. Seniors add their names to countless “request lists,” not knowing when or even if these requests will be honored. In addition, family members should not have to station themselves at their computers at midnight or 5 a.m. hoping to “snag” a vaccine appointment for their mom or dad from a pharmacy chain, and not knowing if its ultimate location will be miles from their parents’ home. In the meantime, we watch on the news media the organized administering of vaccines in churches and centers in North, West and South Philadelphia. There is talk of such a planned venue in the parking lot at either the FOP 5 Lodge or at the Plumbers’ Union in NE Philadelphia -- this cannot come soon enough. Our seniors deserve better than what they have been experiencing. ElsiE stEvEns Holme Circle

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According to the news, COVID virus cases have reached 100 million worldwide. And here we are today, as Joe Biden makes an executive order to prohibit the use of “China” to identify the virus as the China virus

because it is racist against Chinese people. I repeat, we have 100 million cases, and we must be silent from where it came from after what the world went through for the past year? The scientific community has always named and identified diseases from their origins: the West Nile virus, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Legionnaires’ sisease, Lassa Fever from Lassa, Nigeria, the Ebola virus from Ebola River in Congo, the Zika virus from Ziika Forest of Uganda, Japanese encephalitis and, of course, the most famous of all, German measles. But somehow we will offend the Chinese if we call it the Chinese virus? Weren’t the Chinese wearing face masks long before the world started wearing one because of the outbreaks of the Hong Kong flu and the swine flu decades ago? This is political correctness gone haywire. A silence culture started to silence our speech and to silence our history. A culture that is erasing history by removing statues, renaming high schools by eliminating names of Washington and Lincoln, and getting rid of sports names such as the Redskins and the Braves. So I conclude that next time for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, are we banned from bringing out our best China for our guests? Chinese takeout anyone? al UlUs Somerton

No equity in vaccine distribution

I am so tired of hearing about the necessity of the COVID-19 vaccine going to groups described as “underserved communities.” Do you know what is the most neglected group? Senior citizens, especially those who live in the Northeast. When the city published its first list of vaccine sites, there was only one north of Oxford Circle. The Fev. 21 Inquirer had an article about prioritizing shots in certain ZIP codes. There were also pictures of people, of any age, standing in long lines in the cold and snow at the Liacouras Center all night to get the vaccine, which is being given on a first-come first-served basis. What happened to the state’s priority list? My husband and I both have medical conditions in addition to being in our 80s and are on about 20 lists, for months, for places as far away as Easton and Bethlehem. This is hardly equitable treatment for a group that is deemed to be at highest risk by the CDC. roMona flittEr Somerton

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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. Widener University announced students from the Center for Graduate and Continuing Studies who achieved dean’s list recognition for fall 2020. The dean’s list recognizes full-time students who earned a grade point average of 3.50 and above for the semester. Local members of the dean’s list are Cristin Piecyk, majoring in organizational development & leadership and Kristen Steever, majoring in Allied Health. •• More than 2,000 high-achieving scholars have been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2020 semester at Northampton Community College. The honor is reserved for students who have completed a minimum of 6 credits and achieved at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. The following local students have earned their spot: Elba Mendoza, an early childhood education major, and Shakema Stevens, a psychology major. •• Ursinus College announced 732 students made the dean’s list for the fall 2020 semester. Among the

honorees is Ryan DiVergilis, a social sciences major in the class of 2024. DiVergilis is a Somerton resident and Archbishop Wood graduate who plays on the Ursinus football team. •• The University of Alabama placed 98 student-athletes on the 2020 Fall Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, including Christian Barmore, a defensive tackle on the national champion football team. To earn a place on the honor roll, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.0 or better grade point average based on the 2020 spring, summer and fall terms. Barmore is a graduate of Neumann-Goretti. He also attended Abraham Lincoln and Delaware Valley Charter. He was the defensive MVP of the national title game and is expected to be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft. •• More than 8,400 students qualified for the fall semester 2020 dean’s list at Ohio University. Students included Hisham Abumounshar and Ekaeka Iyoho, both in the College of Health Sciences and Professions. Students must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average for the semester with a schedule of classes totaling at least 12 hours to achieve this distinction. •• Kamille Freitas, a student at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s

Florham Campus, located in Madison, New Jersey, has been named to the dean’s list. To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must carry a 3.2 or better grade point average out of a possible 4.0 and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 letter-graded hours. •• Stephanie Ye was named to the dean’s list at Rochester Institute of Technology for the 2020 fall semester. Ye is in the microelectronic engineering program. Undergraduate students are eligible for dean’s list if their GPA is greater than or equal to 3.40 for 12 credits of graded coursework. •• Edinboro University celebrated the academic success of nearly 600 students during virtual undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies. The following local students earned degrees: Adam Ernest Tartaglia (Master of Arts in Counseling) and Breyonna Neal (Master of Social Work). •• Josiah Findley, a sophomore computer science major at Grove City College, has been named to the Dean’s List with High Distinction for the fall 2020 semester. Findley is a 2019 graduate of G.W. Carver High School Engineering Science and is the son of John and Caroline Findley. Students eligible for the Dean’s List with High Distinction have a GPA of 3.85 to 4.0.

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•• Kutztown University has conferred degrees for more than 480 students for the 2020 fall semester and 2021 winter session. The following local students have been awarded degrees: Nyairah Flowers (Bachelor of Science in Public Administration, Summa Cum Laude), Tamara A. Jennings (Bachelor of Science in Computer Science/Information Technology, Combined Master of Science), Christian O’Connell (Bachelor of Science in Information Technology) and Destiny Rose (Bachelor of Science of Business Administration in Finance). •• Cedar Crest College announced Sierra Lockhart was inducted into the Delphi Society for the fall 2020 semester, in recognition of outstanding academic achievements. Delphi is the college’s honor society for undergraduate students. Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 at the end of their junior year or their senior year are recognized as members. •• Widener University announced students who achieved dean’s list recognition for fall 2020. The dean’s list recognizes full-time students who earned a grade point average of 3.50 and above for the semester. Local students are:

The city, at press time, reported 112,284 confirmed coronavirus cases. An interactive map of cases broken down by ZIP code can be found at phila. gov. There have been a total of 3,057 deaths in the city. Of those deaths, 1,136 have been in nursing homes. To find testing sites, go to https://www. phila.gov/covid-testing-sites/#/. Mask wearing remains required in all businesses, and the state has issued an NORTHEASTTIMES.COM

Business major: Joseph Nescio; criminal justice: Ryan Galiczynski, Erika Huston, Melissa Nagel; elementary education: Nina Lopez; history: Patrick Carolan; psychology: Theresa Glackin, Regina Hicks, Jada Rivera, Noelle Vogelman, Stephanie White; robotics engineering: John Gill; civil engineering: Julia Boyle; biology: Nicholas Dicicco, Noah Kaminsky; accounting: Mary Darrah, Michael Ercolino, Lambert Thomas, Erica Wagner; finance: Griffin Barnes; management: Ryan Bivenour, Shea’lyn Hubbs; nursing: Casey Bivenour, Julianna Costello, Riley Finn, Sierra Gwalthney, Giavana Pace, Colin Roberts, Karly Smith, Dylan Vega, Shirli Kulli; social work: Kylie Francis, Jameelah Roberts; finance/ management/analytics: Evan Davis. •• Northampton Community College welcomed the following new or returning students for the start of the spring 2021 semester: Andrea Ferreira, Ahman Jackson and Christopher Taliaferro. They are among more than 7,600 students studying over 100 majors and programs at NCC locations in Bethlehem Township, Monroe County, Southside Bethlehem and online. ••

order requiring masks while out in public. Statewide, there are 915,018 cases in all 67 counties, with 23,614 confirmed deaths, including 12,228 in nursing homes or personal care facilities. Philadelphians looking for the latest local information on the coronavirus can visit phila.gov/COVID-19. Residents with questions can call a 24-hour helpline at 800-722-7112. Or, text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates to your phone. •• WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2021


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Don’t forget the victims, Krasner The Protect Our Police political action committee is criticizing District Attorney Larry Krasner for holding a Feb. 17 online fundraiser with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and singer John Legend, hours after eight people were shot in Olney. Nick Gerace, president and founder of Protect Our Police PAC, released the following statement: “As Philadelphia burns, Krasner fiddles. More than 2,400 Philadelphians were shot last year, but DA Larry Krasner was only focused on shooting his reality TV show and writing his memoir about how awesome he thinks he is. It’s apparent he believes he is a celebrity and last night proved that once again, as he went live on Zoom and raked in more money from outside the city. It’s almost a shame more victims of violent crimes in Philadelphia can’t afford to donate thousands of dollars to his campaign -- maybe then they’d get his attention.” Homicides in Philadelphia skyrocketed in 2020, and the rate is even higher this year. Seventy-five percent of Krasner’s 2020 donations came from outside Pennsylvania. ••

Nazareth has new surgeon Dr. Paul H. Steinfield has joined Nazareth Orthopedics at Nazareth Hospital. Steinfield specializes in adult joint reconstruction and hand surgery. He will join Dr. Bradley Fink and Dr. Christopher Selgrath in caring for patients at the following location: Nazareth Orthopedics, 2630 Holme Ave., Suite 200. To make an appointment with Steinfield, call 215335-6270. ••

Gale brothers running statewide Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale is seeking the Republican nomination for governor in 2022. Sean Gale, his brother, is running for the GOP nod for U.S. Senate. Gov. Tom Wolf is prohibited from running for a third term. Sen. Pat Toomey has decided to not seek a third term. Joe Gale said the only path to victory in each race is with a candidate who is pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-small business, pro-shale, pro-pipeline, pro-Trump and not controlled, influenced or endorsed by Republican Party bosses. He blamed the Republican-controlled legislature for passing the nation’s highest gasoline tax and the nation’s longest universal mail-in voting period. As governor, he would eliminate Pennsylvania’s 50 days of no-excuse mail-in voting and mandate that photo identification be shown at the polls on Election Day. In Washington, D.C., Sean Gale would oppose pay-toplay politics and open borders. ••

Moderate Dem joins Senate race Lew Tapera, a King of Prussia resident who has worked in retail for more than 33 years, is seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. 12

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Water dept. wants big rate hike The Philadelphia Water Department filed a request with the Philadelphia Water, Sewer and Storm Water Rate Board to increase water, sewer and stormwater rates and charges 16.9 percent over two successive years. One of the reasons for the request is to offset lower collection rates. Customers can learn about participating in the rate process at www.phila.gov/water/rateboard. ••

White wants schools open State Rep. Martina White (R-170th dist.) opposes the decision to delay opening Philadelphia’s public schools. “The Democrats in charge of Philadelphia have failed our children again,” White said. “The safety concerns of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers that are causing the delay should have been addressed months ago. All parties involved should have been able to reach a consensus and reopened.” If the majority of public school students do not return to in-person instruction on March 1, White said, the legislature must pass school choice legislation. White blames Gov. Wolf for refusing to appoint members to the Charter Appeals Board, which is preventing charter schools from attempting to increase enrollment. ••

Tarken rink finally reopens Tarken Ice Rink, 6250 Frontenac St., has reopened. The rink will host public skate hours on evenings and weekends. Public skate is free. Youth and adult ice skates are available to rent for $3 or $4. Residents must register online in advance for all ice rink activities this year. All ice rink staff and visitors must wear masks at all times. Locker rooms will not be open to the public. Residents can find public skate times and register at https://www.phila.gov/2021-02-04-public-skate-beginsat-parks-recs-ice-rinks/. ••

Clothing and jewelry sale The Classroom Thrift Shop, 4301 Tyson Ave., sponsored by the women of Temple Menorah Keneseth NORTHEASTTIMES.COM

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UFCW backing Fetterman In a unanimous vote, the executive board of UFCW Local 1776 has voted to endorse Lt. Gov. John Fetterman for U.S. Senate in the Pennsylvania election. Wendell Young IV, president of UFCW Local 1776, said, “As John always says when he meets with our membership, “The union way of life is sacred. We need elected leaders who will go to Washington to fight for that sacred right, which is collective bargaining and the ability for workers to join and form a union.” UFCW 1776’s members support Fetterman’s leadership on the evolving cannabis sector. Fetterman is seeking the Democratic nomination. Young said, “2022 is an incredibly important election year. We need to elect a governor to continue the great work Tom Wolf has done for our commonwealth. We need to elect and re-elect candidates to state offices that will push for policies that will benefit working families. And finally, we need to replace Pat Toomey with a candidate who can advocate day one for the values and ideals Pennsylvanians expect out of their elected officials, and we are proud that our local believes that candidate is John Fetterman.” ••

Virtual basket bingo

Redeemer Lutheran Church will hold a virtual basket bingo on Sunday, March 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is $20 for 10 rounds of bingo. You will have six cards per round. The prize for the first nine games will be a gift basket of varying themes. The grandfinale prize is a cash prize. All proceeds go to benefit the ministries of Redemption Lutheran Church. Everyone is welcome to play. Visit www.redemptionphiladlephia.org/bingo or call 215-342-2085 to sign up by March 1. ••

Philabundance takes over KleinLife meal program

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Abramson Senior Care pivots during pandemic ➤Since shutdown, the medical adult day center located in Somerton has pivoted to offer meal and medication delivery and telehealth. By Logan Krum Northeast Times

It’s been almost a full year since the last time Maria Marano was able to take her husband to Abramson Medical Adult Day Services. Due to the COVID19 shutdown many places were forced to close and remain so, including adult day centers like Abramson Senior Care, located at 12003 Bustleton Ave. For people like Marano, it posed a challenging adjustment. Marano’s husband Carmine was diagnosed with early onset dementia in summer 2019, and Maria worries he may wander off on his own if he isn’t being watched. After being recommended to call Abramson Senior Care she was able to place him there the very next day, where he received care until shutdown. When that happened, the staff at Abramson Senior Care knew they had to find new ways to help out their 75 Northeast Philadelphia-based clients and their 5,000-total customer base, program administrator Lana Pozdnyakov said. “We started to call every single person, every single client and family just to gather information and figure out what people need,” she said. They found that most of their clients needed food and medication in the first few months of the pandemic. They partnered with KleinLife to expand the community center’s meal delivery program, adding their participants to the more than 1,000 people the program already served. Meals were delivered by staff members who pivoted their roles and also a group of loyal volunteers. Nurses and practitioners also reached out to clients to make 16

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➤Police are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the driver who struck and killed Saixiang Lin, 60, at St. Vincent Street and Summerdale Avenue last November. By Logan Krum Northeast Times

Police have announced they are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the identification of a man involved in a fatal hit and run last November.

On Nov. 10 around 5:50 a.m., a person driving a 2005 to 2009 white or silver Chevy Uplander struck and killed a woman at the intersection of St. Vincent Street and Summerdale Avenue. The victim was later identified as Saixiang Lin, 60. The driver fled the scene. Video obtained by police showed the driver, a man wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt that covered his face, exiting the vehicle and walking back toward where Lin was struck. The man returned to his vehicle about 20 minutes later and drove off. “After she passed away, there’s nothing we can do for her anymore except justice,” said Joy Lin, Saixiang’s daughter-in-law, during a virtual media advisory held Feb. 19. NORTHEASTTIMES.COM

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THE CRIME LOG As reported by Northeast Detectives. Does not include homicides, sexual assaults, narcotics offenses or other specific crimes investigated by special police units. All locations listed by block, not by exact address. 2nd Police District There were 11 robberies. Kenneth Jenkins, 30, was arrested Feb. 9 following a robbery with a handgun at a department store at 2300 Cottman Ave. Robberies on the street involved handguns happened at 1400 Kerper St. (Feb. 4), 900 Princeton Ave. (Feb. 5), 1300 Passmore St. (Feb. 6), 900 Saint Vincent St. (Feb. 8), 6000 Lawndale St. (Feb. 8), 600 Anchor St. (Feb. 11) and 7300 Bustleton Ave. (Feb. 14). Other robberies happened at 5800 Rising Sun Ave. (Feb. 4), a retail location at 2100 Cottman Ave. (Feb. 14) and a doctor’s office at 2300 Cottman Ave. (Feb. 5), all of which involved handguns. There were 12 aggravated assaults, which resulted in four arrests. Assaults on the street took place at 2300 Cottman Ave. (Feb. 4, Alex Gavin, 22), twice at 1400 McKinley St. (Feb. 5) and twice at 1100 Princeton Ave. (Feb. 6) and 5200 F St. (Feb. 8), all of which involved handguns, an incident with a knife at 4500 Roosevelt Blvd. (Feb. 10), and an assault with another weapon at 1100 Englewood St. (Feb. 4, Durrell Downing-Wright, 38). There were domestic assaults at private residences at 1100 Gilham St. (Feb. 7, David Ahamefula, 18) and 7900 Langdon St. (Feb. 1, Imani Brookins, 22), and an assault with another weapon at 900 Sanger St. (Feb. 11, Miguel Berrios, 26). An assault took place at a restaurant at 7800 Castor Ave. on Feb. 5. Edwin Santiago, 40, was arrested Feb. 3 following the burglary of a private residence at 2100 Disston St. Other burglaries happened at a private residence at 600 Adams Ave. (Feb. 12) and an attempt at public housing at 5500 Hill Creek Park (Feb. 9). There were 44 thefts, which targeted 19 vehicles (including five stolen vehicle tags and a stolen car phone), 17 businesses, seven street thefts and a hotel/ motel. Two arrests were made. 7th Police District A gas station at 13000 Bustleton Ave. was robbed with a knife on Feb. 7. There were six aggravated assaults, which resulted in four arrests. Assaults 18

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The Northeast Times provides an overview of crimes reported to the four police districts in the Northeast. The details are based on reports compiled by the Northeast Detectives division of the Philadelphia Police Department. including incidents with handguns on the street at 400 Hoffnagle St. (Feb. 4, Jamar Gantt, 36) and 500 Tomlinson Road (Feb. 8); domestic assaults at apartments at 1200 Fuller St. (Feb. 13, Robert Corsaro, 39) and 13600 Philmont Ave. (Feb. 14); a domestic assault at a private residence at 9100 Old Bustleton Ave. (Feb. 10); and a domestic assault at a factory/warehouse at 8400 Bridle Road (Feb. 6, Joseph Pizzileo, 27). An apartment house at 2000 Michener St. was burglarized Feb. 11. There were 24 thefts, which targeted 11 businesses, six vehicles (including three stolen vehicle tags), five street thefts, a private residence and an apartment house. Two arrests were made. In addition, three vehicles were reported stolen, and three were recovered.

at private residences at 8000 Crispin St. (Feb. 1, Marcus Cruz, 59) and 8700 Torresdale Ave. (Feb. 5), an assault with a handgun at a shopping center at 1400 Franklin Mills Circle (Feb. 7), an assault with no weapon on the street at 9500 Leon St. (Feb. 1) and an assault at a prison facility at 8100 State Road (Feb. 3). There were three burglaries that happened at an apartment house at 2600 Willits Road (Feb. 2), a gas station at 12000 Roosevelt Blvd. (Feb. 8) and a bank at 2500 Welsh Road (Feb. 1), as well as an attempt at a private residence at 9400 Kirkwood Road (Feb. 4). There were 30 thefts, which targeted 15 vehicles (including two stolen car phones and a vehicle tag), 10 businesses, three street thefts, a private residence and a hospital. Two arrests were made.

8th Police District There were two robberies. Jessica Bates, 35, and John McLeish, 34, were arrested Feb. 4 after a robbery on the street at Morrell Avenue and Keswick Road. A vehicle parked at 2600 Welsh Road was robbed with a handgun Feb. 8. There were eight aggravated assaults, which resulted in three arrests. Assaults happened at apartment houses at 8500 Marsden St. (Feb. 9, Barry Smith, 35), 12000 Abby Road (Feb. 3, Kameryn Stevens, 23) with a handgun and 8700 Frankford Ave. (Feb. 14) with a knife. Other assaults included domestic assaults

15th Police District There were nine robberies, all of which took place in the street. These happened at 4400 Oakmont St. (Feb. 7), 6600 Torresdale Ave. (Feb. 10), 4200 Magee Ave. (Feb. 3) and 3000 Nesper St. (Feb. 7), which involved handguns, 4800 Oxford Ave. (Feb. 2) which involved a knife, and 7400 Frankford Ave. (Feb. 3), 7600 Cottage St. (Feb. 5), 6900 Keystone St. (Feb. 11) and 4100 Elbridge St. (Feb. 7), which did not involve weapons. There were 16 aggravated assaults, which resulted in three arrests. Blessen Sessay, 19, was arrested Feb. 1 follow-

ing a domestic assault and two assaults with handguns at a private residence at 3300 Meridian St. Matthew Hoffman, 24, was arrested Feb. 3 following a domestic assault at 1400 Rosalie St., and Raymond Zheng, 26, was arrested Feb. 11 following a domestic assault on the street at Disston Street and Brous Avenue. Assaults on the street with handguns happened at 4100 Torresdale Ave. (Feb. 7), the intersection of Princeton Avenue and Marsden Street (Feb. 6), twice at 1800 Sanger St. (Feb. 8) and 4100 Greeby St. (Feb. 10); an assault with another weapon at 4300 Cloud St. (Feb. 2); an assault with no weapon at 6200 Charles St. (Feb. 12) and a domestic assault at 2000 Fraley St. (Feb. 8). Other incidents include a domestic assault at an apartment house at 6400 Marsden St. (Feb. 8), a domestic assault at a private residence at 3200 Teesdale St. (Feb. 3) and an assault with a knife or other weapon at a mental institution at 7900 State Road (Feb. 9). There were nine burglaries, which targeted private residences at 3500 Oakmont St. (Feb. 3), twice at 1300 Arrott St. (Feb. 3 and 4), 3100 Glenview St. (Feb. 8) and 3500 Shelmire Ave. (Feb. 8). Other burglaries happened at an apartment house at 1400 Sellers St. (Feb. 4), a retail location at 4300 Aramingo Ave. (Feb. 10), an office building at 7500 Torresdale Ave. (Feb. 3) and outside at 4100 Aramingo Ave. (Feb. 3). There were 67 thefts, which targeted 27 vehicles (including 11 stolen vehicle tags), 22 businesses, eight private residences, seven street thefts (including a pick-pocketing), an apartment house, a SEPTA elevated station and a bicycle. Five arrests were made. ••

Man sentenced for bank and business robberies Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Gerald Griffith, also known as “Jerry Porecca,” 47, was sentenced to nine years and two months in prison and three years of supervised release by District Court Judge Nitza I. Quinones Alejandro for a nearly six-month-long crime spree during which he robbed eight banks and businesses. In December 2019, the defendant pleaded guilty to two counts of bank robbery, two counts of armed bank robbery and four counts of Hobbs Act robbery. The charges, the U.S. Attorney’s office said, arose from a drug-fueled crime spree

from July to December 2018, during which Griffith robbed or attempted to rob four separate banks as well as four convenience or grocery stores, all in Philadelphia. The defendant’s series of robberies began on July 9, 2018, when he attempted to rob the BB&T Bank at 6633 Roosevelt Blvd. by threatening to blow up the bank, and then robbed the Firstrust Bank at 9309 Krewstown Road about 10 minutes later, again by verbal threat. In addition, Griffith robbed the ShopRite grocery store at 6301 Oxford Ave. that summer. ••

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Evangelist loved family, friends By Joe Mason Times Sports Editor

If you met Matt Evangelist, you really didn’t have a choice, you had a friend. Whether it was someone he met as a kid growing up in Frankford, someone he knew through bartending or someone he knew playing or coaching sports in the area, Evangelist had a way of leaving an impression on everyone he came in contact with. And that’s why so many are mourning right now. Evangelist, who lived in Parkwood, passed away after a nearly three-month battle with coronavirus. He is survived by his wife Karen, two children Matthew, 9, and Jenna, 11, as well as his father Mario, sister Diane Grimmie, brothers Mario, Mark and his wife Carole, and Michael and his wife Michelle, as well as his in-laws Tom and Kathleen Malone, Jay and Shannon Boss and Brian and Rachel Boss, and his third child, his dog Harley. But the pain spread far beyond his family. Evangelist had friends all over the world, but his territory was Northeast Philly, and everyone is in mourning. Evangelist is forever a Pioneer. But every school would have been proud to call him one of their own. Evangelist graduated from Frankford High School in 1986, and he was one of the top athletes to ever come out of the school. He was a stud two-way football player and also a great baseball player. But once he graduated, he did his best to help every high school in the area. He coached football at Northeast and Esperanza, and helped out with Frankford Boys Club. He would always go out of his way to attend benefits for North Catholic. He also made his fair share of friends from Dougherty and Judge. If he could help a kid, he jumped at it. 20

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Family first: Matt Evangelist loved his family, including wife Karen, daughter Jenna and son Matthew. “Matt was such a competitor, and he always gave his personal best to anyone he could help,” said his friend and former teammate at Frankford, Mike Libacky. “He was a quarterback and he could throw, man. But he overcame a lot. “When he was younger, he was born with two club feet. For the first six or seven years of life, in and out of Shriners Hospital for surgery. If you looked at him, his one leg was like a pencil. But I can tell you this, it never

stopped him. You would never know. He brought it. You got hit by Matt, you wouldn’t be able to tell. He was such a competitor. “After high school, he just wanted to help. We were Frankford guys, but North guys would call us imposters because we went to their events. Then he was a bartender, so he made friends with Judge guys, guys from all over the area. He knew everyone. I’m telling you, if you went on a plane with him, someone would yell, ‘Yo Matty!’

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Everyone knew him and everyone was his friend.” Evangelist had a lot of close friends, but his inner circle was his family and friends like Libacky, his business partner Franny “Mack” McIntyre and bar owners he worked with, including Frank Woltemate, of Harrington’s, and Jerry Curran, who owns Curran’s. “Matt was the most loyal person I’ve ever met, and he was the calmest person no matter what happened,” McIntyre said. “We were business partners, he would bartend and I would DJ, and then we started a sports apparel business, EMAC’s, and he would always calm me down if we were having a problem. He was so cool. Always even keeled. We were partners, but now I’m partners with his family because he would do the same. “We were friends from the neighborhood, then we ran in the same circles after high school. When he was sick, I told her not to tell him because he was a Frankford guy, but all of North Nation was praying for him. She would laugh. I put it on the North Catholic Facebook page, and everyone loved him. He was one of us, even though he was a Frankford guy.” Evangelist’s passing hurts even more because it was so shocking. He was in great shape, he always took care of himself, he never smoked. He got coronavirus, and it severely attacked his lungs. He went in the hospital shortly before Thanksgiving, and battled the virus until the very end. He had good days and bad days, but 36 hours before he passed away, he was put on the lung transplant list. People thought the worst was over, but two days later, he was gone. “It was like he was fighting Mike Tyson, he went 15 rounds with him and he got hit with an uppercut right before the bell,” McIntyre said.

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Anderson gets the point of working hard By Joe Mason Times Sports Editor

Jahmir Anderson has learned a lot since joining the team. But long before he became a member of the Northeast High School basketball team, he was taught something that has certainly helped him on the hardwood. “I think the biggest thing I learned was how to be responsible, and I learned that from my mom,” said Anderson, a senior point guard for the Vikings. “Just doing the things you need to do to be good. Taking care of things. You have to do it in school, in everything you do, and you have to do it in basketball, too.” It’s certainly paid off so far for Anderson, who lives in Olney. Anderson is a four-year player for the Vikings. After playing junior varsity his first two years, and absorbing the system, he stepped in last year as the team’s starting point guard and he’s been the coach on the floor for coach Steve Novosel. “I worked with coach for a long time, I’ve been here the whole time, so I learned a lot from him, and I know what he wants to do,” said Anderson, who can play either guard position. “I’m usually the point guard, but it’s the Public League and a lot of teams press, so you have a few people bringing the ball up. I don’t care what position they have me at. “I try to do the thinking for everyone, know what everyone is supposed to be doing. We aren’t that young, we have a few seniors, but most of the guys are new to the team, so they need help learning the plays. Especially this year because we didn’t play together much (during the summer and preseason). But they’re good, I’m just helping them when they need it.” So far, the Vikings have needed all of Anderson’s leadership because they’re off to an 0-2 start, but he knows that’s not terrible. Sure, it would be nice to win a game already, but it’s 2021 and nothing is normal, so it makes sense Northeast has some work to do. Coronavirus shut down all in-school activities last March, and Anderson and his mates weren’t able to see much of each other until basketball practice started a few weeks ago. The Vikings, like all schools, are still doing remote learning, so after putting

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High hopes: Jahmir Anderson believes the Northeast basketball team can have a successful season this year. in a hard day of work at home with their studies, they meet up at the school for practice. “Instead of going to the gym from school, we go after we’re done,” Anderson said. “It’s not too different. But it’s good to get back. It’s fun being around everyone and playing basketball. I wanted to have a season because it’s my last year here. “It’s been good so far. We lost two

games, but we’re getting there. We need more practice and we had some games canceled because other teams didn’t have enough practice time in, so we got to practice more. I think after we have a few more practices, we’ll be where we need to be. But we aren’t there yet.” Anderson is still not where he wants to be, either. But he’s doing his part to get there. A capable scorer, this year his biggest

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contribution to the team will be getting the ball to his teammates. That means sacrificing statistics for potential wins. He was quick to sign up for that role. “I like playing point guard, I like making sure everyone is happy,” Anderson said. “I like playing shooting guard, too. I’d say it’s equal. But on this team, for us to win, I have to be the point guard, and I like that. I want to win. Whatever they need, that’s what I’ll do. If it helps us win, that’s good.” Anderson stays busy learning everything he needs to do for the team to be successful. He also stays busy away from the court. After school, where he maintains good grades, and practice, Anderson heads to Wal-Mart, where he works stocking shelves. He’s also busy thinking about his future. Right now he’s unsure what he’ll do next year. He’s considering going to college, where he would like to play basketball and major in business. He’s also pondering trade school. “There’s a lot of things I’d like to do, but I would like to do something with my hands,” Anderson said. “Maybe be a mechanic. I like cars, and people always need them. But I like business, too. I’m not really sure what I’m going to do.” No matter what he does, he won’t go too far because he is very close with his family, which includes an older sister, a younger sister and two younger brothers. “I’m real close with them,” Anderson said. “My youngest sister is 5 and youngest brother is 3. But my other older brother is 11. He’s a pretty good athlete. He plays basketball and runs track. I like being around them all. We’re all really close.” He hopes his family can follow along during his final year at Northeast. And he hopes he gives them something to cheer about. “I just want to win as many games as we can, get into the playoffs and maybe win a championship,” Anderson said. “We’re good. The other guys are learning quickly. And coach lets me help them a lot. When I talk, they listen, too, so it’s good. “When I was younger, I learned from the guys who were around (the system). Now I’m trying to do what I need to do to help them.” •• NE 1-7

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There were times local teams asked him to play quarterback. They got him for his arm, but it was his heart that helped them the most. “He was the best flag football player around,” Woltemate said. “I was a rusher, and he was my quarterback. Younger guys from Dougherty would ask me to get a quarterback, and I’d bring him. They loved him. They loved the way he played, but he had a way about him. People just wanted to be around him. “He was the most loyal person and

the calmest person no matter what happened. If there was a fight at the bar, he would make it calm down, he just had that way about him. A great father. Always even keeled. And everyone wanted to be around him.” Evangelist was very competitive on the field, but away from it, he was very caring. And he loved to give back. That’s why he started a toy drive every year for children at Shriners Hospital. He had help, but it was his baby and he was proud of the success of it, and he made sure the patients got exactly what they wanted. “It wasn’t your normal toy drive, his Toys for Tots was off the charts, it was the best,” Libacky said. “When he would go down there with a truck, they would roll out the red carpet. They don’t usually let people on the floor, but he wanted to get close to the kids so he would know what kind of gifts to give them. He would think of certain kinds of gifts. And when people would donate gift cards, he would go up to parents at the hospital and say ‘Here, go have dinner.’ People from other countries, it didn’t matter who they were. Black, white, Chinese, gray, whoever they were, he wanted to help. “He wanted to help them because he was there. He was one of those kids. He wanted to help those kids and make sure they were taken care of.” “The toy drive will continue, I can promise you that,” Woltemate said. “It’s not even a question. We’ll do it because that’s what he would do. We all love him so much, we’re going to continue doing it to help people and in his honor. It’s what he would do.” Evangelist brought that passion to everything he did. It’s why he was successful in football, both in playing and coaching. It’s why he was successful as a husband, father and friend. It’s why he was great at running a toy drive to help others. And it’s why he was such a great bartender. He worked at bars across Northeast Philadelphia, including the Red Rooster, Lazy Joe’s, Curran’s, the Rhawn Pub and the FOP, and at Seaport Pier in North Wildwood, New Jersey. “Matty E was the ultimate family man,” said John Little Jr., of Seaport Pier. “When it comes to the bar business, Matty was a rare breed. He treated every place he worked like it was his own and every guest as a friend. He will

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be greatly missed as a true example of hospitality but most importantly as a friend to us all.” “Matt would put his own money on the bar to buy drinks for people,” Libacky said. “He would buy people drinks from his money, not from the bar. Bars were so lucky to get him because he was honest. You could trust him. He wasn’t a 10 model, a young girl. He was a bald guy, but bars loved to hire him because he was the draw. People loved going to hang out with him.” “We were a great team,” McIntyre said. “A North guy and a Frankford guy. I was the DJ, he was the guy who everyone wanted to be around. Just a good guy. He loved his family, he loved them. It’s hard for everyone, but it’s so hard for his family.” Everyone misses him, but everyone is happy that he was in their life. And he’s not the kind of guy you’ll ever forget. “Matt was loved because when you were around him, he made you feel important,” Woltemate said. “I told guys who maybe played two or three football tournaments with him, and they’re crying. They didn’t know him well, but they knew him enough to know they loved him.” “Matt was the kind of guy who truly cared about people.” Libacky said. “We joked he was a professional mourner because he would go to so many funerals. When someone’s mom or dad would die, even if he didn’t know them, but knew someone close to them, he would go to be supportive. “There will never be a guy like Matt. He lived his life to make others happy and to help people. A lot of people lost their best friend. That’s the kind of guy he was.” ••

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City of Philadelphia Public Hearing Notice The Committee on Children and Youth of the Council of the City of Philadelphia will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at 2:00 PM, in a remote manner using Microsoft® Teams. This remote hearing may be viewed on Xfinity Channel 64, Fios Channel 40 or http://phlcouncil.com/watch city council/, to hear testimony on the following items: 210034 Resolution authorizing the Committee on Children and Youth to conduct hearings examining the relationship between the property tax exemption for wealthy nonprofits on the School District’s budget and the resulting environmental hazards in School District facilities on the health and safety of Philadelphia’s most vulnerable children. Speakers interested in giving testimony on any of these legislative matters must call 215 686 3420, or send an e mail to nick.spiva@phila.gov by 3 p.m. the day before the hearing and submit the following information: • • •

Full name Callback telephone number where you can be reached Identify the resolution number that will be addressed

Speakers who submitted the above information within the required time frame will be telephoned during the public hearing and invited to the remote hearing. They will be given additional instructions by the Committee Chair once they are connected. Immediately following the public hearing, a meeting of the Committee on Children and Youth, open to the public, will be held to consider the action to be taken on the above listed items.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: The following self-storage Cube contents containing household and other goods will be sold for cash by CubeSmart, 4391 Aramingo Avenue Philadelphia PA 19124, to satisfy a lien on March 9, 2021 at approximately 7:45pm at www.storagetreasures.com Ikram Willams unit # 937 Brenna Anne Collier unit #1134 Franisco Rodriguez unit #1228 Sam Miletto unit # 1237 Janice Brown unit # 1321 Debrah Shipley unit #1621 Marquise Reynolds unit # 1803 Dalia E. Amaro unit # 1808 Legal Notices

ESTATE NOTICE Williams, Joseph., dec'd. Late of Philadelphia, PA Administratrix: Tammie Williams, c/o Law Offices of Raymond M. Bily, Jr., P.C., 1243 Easton Road, Suite 101, Warrington, PA 18976

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I’VE NEVER UNDERSTOOD WHY MY HUMAN WON’T LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT HER LEASH. I THINK SHE’S AFRAlD OF GETTING LOST. BUT IT’S OK, I KIND OF LIKE SHOWING HER AROUND.

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CROSSWORD THEME: MARCH MADNESS ACROSS 1. Theories 5. T in Greek 8. Tarzan's mom, e.g. 11. Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, e.g. 12. Ingredient in talcum powder 13. Spectator 15. 5,280 feet 16. Tiny river 17. Note taker 18. *Last NCAA basketball winner 20. Any day now 21. Antiquarian's concern, pl. 22. Diana Ross and Michael Jackson movie, with The 23. Saw a nightmare 26. Caribbean rattles 30. Witch's spell 31. Flocked-to destinations 34. Goo or slime 35. Plural of ostium 37. Leo mo. 38. Eurasian goat-like antelope 39. Showing signs of use 40. "Yo, ____!" 42. *Nothing but it 43. Wrap a baby 45. *____-elimination 47. Outrage 48. Fraternity K 50. One of the Bridges 52. *____ 1 schools only 55. ____less but pennywise 56. Decanter 57. In a frenzy 59. Threesome 60. Turkish monetary unit, plural 61. Dumpy establishment 62. Common conjunction 63. New York time 64. Male deer

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