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Feds give $6-mil grant for HIV-cure study By Angela Thomas

SERVICE INDUSTRY: LGBTs stepped up in record numbers to volunteer for the annual MLK Day of Service Jan. 20, including supporters from the William Way LGBT Community Center and Radical Faeries, shown here tagging clothes at Philly AIDS Thrift. Story and more photos, pages 8-9. Photo: Scott A. Drake

Kane, Corbett dropped from MontCo case By Jen Colletta A judge last week agreed to separate requests from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and Attorney General Kathleen Kane to be removed from a case challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini dismissed both as defendants from a case filed in September by a group of same-sex couples who received marriage licenses from CORBETT Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes last summer. The couples are calling on the court to issue a ruling on the validity of their licenses and on the constitutionality of the state’s law prohib-

iting same-sex marriage. Health Secretary Michael Wolf will remain as the sole defendant. Kane announced last summer that she would not defend the state’s ban on samesex marriage in a suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. Pellegrini, who is also presiding over that case, dismissed her from that suit, and she has also filed similar requests in other pending challenges to the state law. Corbett argued that he was an improper party to serve as a KANE defendant and that Wolf’s involvement would suffice. Pellegrini dismissed the pair from the case following oral arguments last Thursday morning in Harrisburg. ■

With the support of a multimillion-dollar federal grant, several local organizations are taking part in a groundbreaking study that aims to develop a cure for HIV. The Wistar Institute, in partnership with Philadelphia FIGHT, the University of Pennsylvania, University of California and Merck, is undertaking a trial study based on a therapeutic strategy that has already shown promise at reducing HIV-1 virus levels. Dr. Luis J. Montaner, a professor at The Wistar Institute and director of Wistar’s HIV1 Immunopathogenesis Lab, and collaborators received a four-year, $6.2-million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and

Infectious Disease of the National Institutes of Health to support the study. Montaner said his team has been pursuing the grant for several years. “There is a lot of preamble before the award is given,” he said. “We have been chasing the opportunity to do this study since 2011.” The study is based on a prior pilot trial in which a protein called interferon-alpha was shown to reduce persistent HIV-1 in patients being treated with antiretroviral therapy. The grant will pay for the management of the clinical and administrative expenses of the study and for laboratory follow-up, which will allow researchers to calculate the study’s outcome. Montaner said the team will perform an initial evaluation of the study in mid-2016, PAGE 21

City: Trans litigant can’t seek punitive damages By Timothy Cwiek Bobbie E. Burnett, a transgender library assistant who’s suing the city for workplace bias, wants the opportunity to seek punitive damages. But the city maintains Burnett shouldn’t have that opportunity, because the antibias law in effect during the relevant time period didn’t authorize punitive damages. In civil-rights cases, punitive damages are awarded to promote social justice, and because of their deterrent effect. They can be quite sizable, though they’re also subject to reduction on appeal. Recently, Burnett’s attorneys filed a motion asking U.S. District Judge C. Darnell Jones 2d for permission to seek punitive damages from the city. “Evidence has shown that punitive dam-

ages under the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance are appropriate,” the motion states. The motion cites several bias incidents allegedly experienced by Burnett, including being issued unfair performance evaluations, being banned from a public restroom and being prevented from working with children. All of those bias incidents were perpetrated by Burnett’s supervisors, according to the motion. “Any one of these actions, or series of actions, is sufficient to cause an average member of the community to exclaim, ‘Outrageous!’” the brief states. But city attorneys note that a punitivedamages provision wasn’t included in the ordinance until June 2011, well after Burnett allegedly suffered workplace PAGE 20 bias.

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12th Street Gym, 204 S. 12th St. • 13th Street Gourmet Pizza, 209 S. 13th St. • AACO, 1101 Market St., 9th floor • Action AIDS, 1216 Arch St. • Apt. & Townhouse Rentals, 304 S. 12th St. • ASIAC, 1711 S. Broad St. • The Bike Stop, 206 S. Quince St. • Bioscript Pharmacy, 1227 Locust St. • Cafe Twelve, 212 S. 12th St. • Charlie Salon, 203 S. 12th St. • City Hall NE Entrance • Club Body Center, 1220 Chancellor St. • Com-Har Living Room, 101 S. Broad St., 14th floor • Criminal Justice Center, 1301 Filbert St. • Cut Salon, 204 S. 13th St. • Danny’s Bookstore 133 S. 13th St. • Dignity/St. Lukes, 330 S. 13th St. • Dirty Frank’s Bar, 13th & Pine sts. • The Foodery, 10th & Pine sts. • Fusion Gym, 105 S. 12th St., 2nd floor • Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St. • I Goldberg, 1300 Chestnut St. • ICandy, 254 S. 12th St. • Independent Hotel, 13th & Locust sts. • Mazzoni Clinic, 809 Locust St. • Midtown II, 122 S. 11th St. • More Than Just Ice Cream, 1119 Locust St. • Pa. AIDS Law Project, 1211 Chestnut St., 12th floor • Paolo Pizzeria, 1336 Pine St. • Parker Hotel Lobby, 261 S. 13th St. • Phila. FIGHT/Aids Library, 1233 Locust St., 5th floor • Phila. Family Planning Commission, 260 S. Broad St., 10th floor • Planned Parenthood, 1144 Locust St. • Sansom Cinema, 120 S. 13th St., basement • Santa Fe Burrito, 212 S. 11th St. • Scorpio Books, 202 S. Juniper St. • Sisters, 1320 Chancellor St. • Spruce Street Video, 252 S. 12th St. • Packard Apartments, 317 N. Broad St. • Safeguards lobby, 1211 Chestnut St. #610 • Salon K, 1216 Locust St. • Sansom Cinema, 120 S. 13th St. • Sante Fe Burrito, 212 S. 11th St. • Tabu, 200 S. 12th St. • Tavern on Camac, 243 S. Camac St. • Toast, 12th & Spruce sts. • Triangle Medicine, 253 S. 10th St., 1st floor • Uncles, 1220 Locust St. • Valanni, 1229 Spruce St. • Venture Inn, 255 S. Camac St. • Voyeur, 1220 St. James St. • Westbury, 261 S. 13th St. • William Way LGBT Community Center, 1325 Spruce St. • Woody’s, 202 S. 13th St. •


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LGBT Youth Supplement BACK IN ACTION: Javontae Lee Williams (right), organizer of the Chocolate Mixer, greeted the party’s first guest, Ben Robinson, Jan. 16 at Ladder 15. The monthly networking event had been on hiatus since the end of 2011 but made a triumphant return, with about 150 men turning out to mark the occasion. “It was a really great networking event; people are really excited about Chocolate Mixer being back,” Williams said. The event will be held the third Thursday of each month at Ladder 15, whose employees Williams said were “astounded” by the success of last week’s event. “It’s not a gay bar, but that’s one of the strong points of Chocolate Mixer. It’s been outside the Gayborhood so it brings people onto the other side of Broad Street and there’s that level of visibility, which is priceless.” Photo: Scott A. Drake

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MD moves forward with trans bill By Angela Thomas Maryland could become the next state to offer nondiscrimination protections for its transgender and gender-nonconforming residents. On Jan. 14, state Sen. Rich Madaleno (D) introduced the Fairness for All Marylanders Act, which would ban discrimination based on gender identity or expression in employment, housing and public accommodation. The state already has protections based on sexual orientation. The bill will be heard in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Feb. 4. That committee rejected the legislation last March. This year’s version has 25 cosponsors in the Senate, and Del. Luke Clippinger (D) has announced his intent to introduce a companion piece in the House of Delegates, which approved the legislation in 2011. Organizations like Equality Maryland and Maryland Coalition for Trans Equality have made this piece of legislation a top priority for 2014. Currently, only one city and three counties in Maryland include protections for transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals. Baltimore, along with the counties of Baltimore, Howard and Montgomery, ban trans discrimination. Also, 23 of the

state’s top-25 employers offer trans-inclusive nondiscrimination policies, including Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, Verizon, Giant Foods and Marriott International, Inc. According to the 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, 18 percent of transgender Marylanders had lost a job because of discrimination based on their gender identity, and 42 percent said they had experienced other difficulties at their place of employment. About 17 percent of transgender residents in the state reported being denied housing and 54 percent said they had been harassed in public places, such as restaurants, retail spaces and theaters. The law will not affect employers with 15 or fewer workers, or religious institutions, schools, associations or apartment complexes with fewer than five units. It is legal in 32 states to discriminate on the basis of gender identity and expression. Equality Maryland, Maryland Coalition for Trans Equality and the Human Rights Campaign will host a lobby day from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 17 at Lawyer’s Mall in Annapolis. For more information, visit ■

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Judges strikes down voter-ID law By Angela Thomas A Pennsylvania judge last week struck down the controversial voter-identification law, declaring it unconstitutional to mandate individuals to present their photo identification before voting. Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard L. McGinley ruled in a permanent injunction that the law would burden individuals who want to vote but could not obtain the proper ID. McGinley also wrote in his opinion that the free ID cards distributed in lieu of state-issued driver’s licenses or ID cards are often difficult to obtain. The state has not announced if it will appeal the ruling to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Opponents of the measure have argued it could have a detrimental impact on low-income Pennsylvanians, minorities and elderly voters, as well as transgender and gender-nonconforming voters whose physical appearance may not be identical to the photo on their ID. Mazzoni Center legal director David Rosenblum said the ruling is a big victory for the LGBT community.

“It was up to the person at the polls to decide whether your photo ID was an accurate representation of you, and if somebody shows up and they don’t look like their photo or they have a different gender marker, they could have been turned away,” Rosenblum said. “Not everyone can change their driver’s licenses or photo IDs.” In his 130-page decision, McGinley stated that voting laws were made to guarantee a “free and fair election” and that the voter-ID measure did not comply with that. “The right to vote, fundamental in Pennsylvania, is irreplaceable, necessitating its protection before any deprivation occurs,” the judge wrote. “Deprivation of the franchise is neither compensable nor reparable by after-thefact legal remedies, necessitating injunctive and declaratory relief.” Gov. Tom Corbett first signed the bill into law in March 2012. A group of Pennsylvania citizens, including one transgender resident, sued the state, and the case came to trial last summer. In 2012, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson temporarily blocked the implementation of the law. ■



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Penn welcomes first federal Latina judge By Angela Thomas University of Pennsylvania Law School’s LGBT student organization is preparing to stage its second-annual symposium focusing on issues impacting the local LGBT community — with a visit from a national legal figure with Philadelphia ties. Lambda Law will present “Gay PA” from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 14 at the school, 3501 Sansom St., exploring such issues as employment discrimination, conversion therapy and juvenile detention. The event’s keynote speaker is U.S. District Judge Nitza Quiñones Alejandro, the first openly gay Latina elected to the federal bench and a former Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas judge. Symposium director Rick Mula said Quiñones Alejandro can relate to the struggles that LGBT Pennsylvanians face.

“She is going to be somebody who can tell us about the challenges she faced as a marginalized woman getting a prestigious and powerful position,” Mula said. “And I think for me, it sort of creates hope that, as frustrating as it is to see areas where the LGBT movement is not seeing progress, there are areas where things are changing. It is meaningful that an open lesbian of color can be appointed to district court.” In addition to Quiñones Alejandro’s address, the symposium will feature a number of panel discussions. Mula said that, with state Rep. Brian Sims introducing a measure to ban conversion therapy last fall, and with the state’s ongoing lack of discrimination protections for the LGBT community, organizers wanted to bring those issues to the attention of attendees, who he noted sometimes only hear about marriage equality. “We wanted to focus on the issues that



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are relevant to the things going on in Pennsylvania,” he said. “Penn is known as being inclusive and supportive of the LGBT community. I think it is important to continue that and promote culture of inclusivity and discussion at law school. We want to draw attention to topics people don’t hear about through typical news media.” Panelists will include Mazzoni Center legal director David Rosenblum, Philadelphia Commission for Human Rights deputy director Reynelle Staley, New Jersey-based attorney Robyn Gigl, Attic Youth Center executive director Carrie Jacobs and therapist Monique Walker, Peace Advocacy Network campaign director Ed Coffin and Philadelphia Department of Human Services commissioner Anne Marie Ambrose. The event also will feature an update on ongoing marriage-equality litigation in the state, as well as a career fair and reception.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Mula said he hopes participants, both LGBTs and allies, walk away with a moreenlightened idea of what marginalized segments of the community face, and the steps being taken to address those issues. “I hope people will come away with a renewed sense of passion about the most marginalized people in the LGBT community,” he said. “I think when popular news media focuses on marriage, they lose sight of people like youth who are in juveniledetention centers being harassed or people who cannot find employment because of their gender identity and/or sexual orientation. I think those things are more life-ordeath than other issues.” For more information or to register, visit ■

LGBT arts programs awarded By Angela Thomas Last week, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance awarded grants to 62 arts groups and artists, including two LGBT programs. The organization dispersed $92,375 in grants to programs in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. The grants were provided by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, a regionalized funding program of the Pennsylvania Council of Arts, with additional support from PECO. Project Stream grants are worth up to $2,500 and this year, two LGBT groups were among the winners: Brat Productions and The Bearded Ladies. The average Project Stream award is $1,489. Founded in 1996, Brat Productions is a theater company that works with new artists in nontraditional venues to produce contemporary shows and re-envisioned classics. The Bearded Ladies was founded in 2010 as an experimental cabaret group that deals with the politics of popular culture, sex, gender and artistic invention. Bearded Ladies artistic director John Jarboe said the cabaret is a queer company that always involves some sort of gender performance. The group received a grant of about $1,800 to support its project “Parades! Parades! Parades!” which will involve street performances.

“Bearded Ladies is trying to break down the boundaries of access to arts and culture,” Jarboe said. “We are taking our works to the streets this spring and fall. Each show we are doing will have street-performance elements to them. This grant is going to help us pay performers, costumes and allow us to do these large-scale parades to bring new audiences to our work and our work to people who aren’t normal theatergoers.” The group is currently producing three shows: “Marlene and the Machine”; “Andy: A Popera,” a project in partnership with Opera Philadelphia; and “Wide Awake: A Civil War Cabaret.” Cultural Alliance interim executive director Michael Norris said these grants, while small, can have a huge impact on the community and the art scene. “These PPA Project Stream grants fund projects that directly impact schools, seniors and community-based projects around the Greater Philadelphia region,” Norris said. “They reflect the core principles of the Cultural Alliance’s Ground Swell Community Engagement work, using the arts to fuel positive civic development.” For more information on the Cultural Alliance, visit For more information on Bearded Ladies and Brat Productions, visit or www.bratproductions. org. ■

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News Briefing Gay man’s killer seeks freedom Frank R. Chester, who participated in the grisly slashing death of gay artist Anthony Milano in 1987, continues to seek his freedom, despite an unfavorable ruling from a federal judge. In 1988, a Bucks County jury found Chester and Richard R. Laird guilty of firstdegree murder, second-degree murder, kidnapping and related offenses. Chester seeks to have his convictions overturned on the basis that his trial attorney didn’t represent him adequately, but U.S. District Judge C. Darnell Jones 2d recently denied Chester’s request. On Jan. 2, attorneys for Chester filed a 21page brief, asking the Third Circuit Court of Appeals to consider the case. “We believe that our justice system can do better than to allow a criminal conviction to stand when the evidence establishes that the defense attorney was laboring under so many crippling personal and professional crises — including the inherent conflict of interest posed by the lawyer’s own pending criminal charges — that the jury was deprived of all the information it needed to reach the right verdict,” said Daniel A. Silverman, an attorney for Chester. In court papers, prosecutors insist that Chester had adequate legal representation during his trial. Chester, 45, remains on death row at the state prison in Graterford. Laird, 50, remains on death row at the state prison in Franklin Township.

PAC to discuss Morris case The Nizah Morris case will be discussed at next week’s meeting of the city’s Police Advisory Commission. Morris was a transgender woman who became a homicide victim in 2002, shortly after entering a Philadelphia police vehicle. The PAC has numerous Morris documents that the city Law Department claims are off-limits to the public. The meeting will be held 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at 990 Spring Garden St., seventh floor. The Morris case will be discussed during the public-comment portion, which is the

first item on the agenda. In a related matter, additional groups recently endorsed a state probe into the Morris case, including Keystone Progress, Equality Pennsylvania, GALAEI and the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Organization for Women. Members of the Justice for Nizah committee want state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane to intervene. Jordan Gwendolyn Davis, a J4N member, helped obtain NOW’s support. “The National Organization for Women considers as its core principles the safety of all women, racial justice and the inclusion of the transgender community,” Davis told PGN. “The actions of the Pennsylvania chapter show that all women must work together for a world where all women are safe.” — Timothy Cwiek

Del. chorus brings it back with hits The CAMP Rehoboth Chorus will host two special performances at 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Road 271 in Rehoboth Beach, Del. The CAMP Rehoboth Chorus will perform “Oh What A Night — Back to the ’50s and ’60s” for its winter concert, taking on hits from the Beach Boys, “Jersey Boys” and the Motown era. Music and artistic director Doug Yetter and accompanist David Zipse will lead the performances. Tickets are $20 and can be bought at or by calling 302-227-5620. — Angela Thomas

Stimulus to fundraiser for William Way Stimulus Productions will present its fourth-annual Winter Wonderland Ball this weekend to raise funds for William Way LGBT Community Center. The event will be held from 10 p.m.-3:30 a.m. Jan. 25 at Voyeur, 1221 St. James St. The party will include a red-carpet entrance and music by DJs Jovi Baby, NiiLo and Kash, as well as go-go dancers and other live performers. Guests are encouraged to dress up for the occasion. Cover is $10 all night. For more information, visit ■ — Jen Colletta

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Obituary Jesse J. Phillips, hotel employee, 54 By Angela Thomas Jesse J. Phillips, an employee at the Sheraton Hotel at 17th and Vine streets, died Jan. 6 at Pennsylvania Hospital of throat cancer. He was 54. Phillips, a resident of South Philadelphia, graduated from South Philadelphia High School in 1979. He worked in the room-service department in the Sheraton Hotel for the last 17 years. His longtime roommate, Jeff, said Phillips’ cancer had been in remission but, sadly, the disease returned and spread. Phillips and Jeff met several years ago at the Venture Inn, one of Phillips’ favorite Gayborhood venues, along with Knock. Jeff said Phillips was someone who enjoyed the little things in life and could get along with anyone he encountered. “He was just a good guy — one of the best guys you could meet in life,” said Jeff. “He liked to listen to music, eat in fancy restaurants, travel and work. He never bothered anyone.” Phillips had a passion for collecting music and had a vast CD collection. “He loved Elton John, classical music and, for a young guy, he loved all types of music: He loved Doris Day and Frank Sinatra. He loved everybody.” Jeff said Phillips was an avid traveler. “We used to go on a vacation once a year. He had many favorite places, including New York. He would go five to 10 times a year and bought a lot of his CDs in New

York. He also loved to visit Princeton.” Phillips joined union Local 274 last year and immediately became an active member of the organization, which represents hotel workers. “He was kind of like a spokesman for the group,” Jeff said. “He would always speak up and was never afraid to say what he felt for him and his workers.” Jeff said Phillips also was an active member of the LGBT community in Philadelphia. “When there was anything to do with gay rights, gay marriage, he always wanted to get involved. He wasn’t ashamed of it,” he said. Phillips will be remembered for his kindness and integrity, said his roommate. “He was honest and always nice to people. I don’t think he said a bad word about anybody.” Phillips is also survived by his sisters, Marsha and Georgianne, and nieces and nephews. Phillips was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon. ■

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LGBTs roll up sleeves for MLK Day By Jen Colletta The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was observed by countless Americans on Monday, and Philadelphia’s LGBT community turned out in force to pay tribute to King and another civil-rights leader.

About 100 people participated in the inaugural MLK Day of Service Jan. 20, with headquarters at William Way LGBT Community Center. And LGBT volunteers participated in countless other projects across the city, including remodeling a West Philadelphia recreation center led by the Black Gay Men’s Leadership Council.

At the center, volunteers started turning out before the noon kickoff time, said organizer Anna Aaegenes. “We thought we’d have people stopping in and out throughout the day but the level of participation and people’s dedication really exceeded our expectations,” she said. “People came early and most stayed the

entire day. They were really eager to help out and put in a lot of work.” Volunteers had the option of participating in a wealth of community projects. Some sorted and delivered donations to Philadelphia AIDS Thrift and others worked at PAT. Groups of volunteers helped assemble more than 1,000 safe-sex kits organized

ONE FOR THE TEAM: (CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT) #TeamBayard participants gathered Jan. 20 for an end-of-day recap and thank you from organizers SharRon Cooks and Paul Farber at William Way LGBT Community Center; dozens prepared GALAEI safer-sex kits; and Jesse dug in for the count. Over 100 volunteers turned out for the first-ever Gayborhood MLK Day of Service. Photos: Scott A. Drake

by GALAEI, while others assisted in completing mailers from Hearts on a Wire, which corresponds with transgender and gendervariant inmates. Some volunteers scoured the Gayborhood and picked up trash, while still others helped organize materials in the center’s library. “I personally was blown away by how excited and willing people were to help out,” Aaegenes said. “From the most menial task, picking up trash on the street, people were just happy to help out and about the service project overall.” Many of the volunteers reconvened at William Way late in the afternoon for a reception honoring Bayard Rustin, the openly gay advisor to King who is largely credited with organizing the March on Washington. Aaegenes said organizers had been hoping to stage a teach-in at Girard College focusing on Rustin but, since it was the event’s first year, they held off. But last week’s suc-


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cess will likely enable an even larger event next year, she said. “I think we have enough people now who want to support this that we hopefully can do two locations next year.” Also successful was BGMLC’s day of service at James L. Wright Recreation Center on Haverford Avenue. Ten men pitched in to give the venue a “BGMLC makeover,” said group member Javontae Lee Williams. The group painted walls in the basketball court, redid bleachers, updated bathrooms and cleaned windows. They plan to return over the summer to complete painting that required scaffolding and help the organization fundraise to install a new floor for the basketball court. “The rec center is utilized by a lot of people in the African-American community and part of our mission at BGMLC is to build collaborations with the community, be they gay or straight,” Williams said. “So this was really important for us. There was the service project in the Gayborhood, but


we wanted to go for something more off the beaten path.” After the project, BGMLC members gathered for a networking happy hour at Sutton’s Parlor. Williams called the day a “tremendous success.” “It was a great wrap to a fantastic day,” he said. Aaegenes said that, in addition to the tangible results that came from the service projects, the day allowed for countless networking opportunities. “You could really see the connections being made,” she said. “There were people sitting at tables stuffing envelopes with someone they never met before, and that was great to see. A lot of people were already engaged in the community, but there were also a lot people who were newly engaged or who wanted to learn about how to help out in the neighborhood, so that was exciting. Generally the sense was that people were inspired by one another and that was the hope.” ■

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Creep of the Week

D’Anne Witkowski

Chris Christie


Days of our lives This week, PGN is launching a new monthly feature entitled “Day in the Life Of,” tracing the personal and professional stories of some local LGBTs — with multifaceted aims. First, “Day in the Life Of” is rooted in the notion that all people — from all walks of life, with all levels of involvement in the community, employed or unemployed — have an interesting story to tell. It’s easy for many people, LGBT or not, to get wrapped up in the mundanity of life and lose sight of their own individual uniqueness or the uniqueness of the life they’re living — slogging through the day until they can punch out, or getting bogged down with errands and obligations. Becoming distanced from one’s own individuality, and the potential it fuels, especially in a fast-paced city like ours, isn’t hard to do — but it’s a trend that should be discouraged. So “Day in the Life Of” in one sense is an effort to refocus individual and community attention on the notion that each of us has the ability to make contributions — and those contributions should be valued, no matter their size and scope. The feature is also an attempt to illustrate just how diverse our LGBT community is. The community is often painted with the same stereotypical brush — producing tiring adages like gay men are hair stylists and lesbians are gym teachers. But the reality is that LGBT people work across every field, from blue-collar to white-collar and everywhere in between. “Day in the Life Of” will show how some members of our community actually spend their days: working behind a desk, bagging groceries, running companies, arguing in a courtroom, slinging drinks or innumerable other activities. PGN staff will spend time with each subject wherever he or she focuses their time — in an office, classroom or other setting — to learn what a day in their life truly is like. There was a time when LGBT people were forced into certain occupations, and forced out of others. But LGBT young people today deserve to see that sexual orientation or gender identity should not be considered impediments to attaining their goals, whatever they may be. Instead, it is through the telling of these stories that “Day in the Life Of” aims to show that embracing one’s true identity is a step on the path to self-fulfillment. ■

We can all sleep easier now knowing that it is still a huge pain in the ass for transgender people in New Jersey to amend their birth certificates. Hero Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have allowed transgender people to have their birth certificates reflect their actual gender without having to undergo the big “sex-change operation.” It’s important to note that not all trans people have had or want to have genderreassignment surgery. This is something a lot of non-trans people do not understand. At all. But such surgery is super-duper expensive and rarely covered by insurance. Not only that, but getting all intimate with a doctor’s scalpel is serious stuff with the possible negative effects any surgery carries, including possibly eliminating sexual sensation. Not to mention the fact that some trans folks would still like to have kids, thank you very much, regardless of the physical manifestation of their kid-making parts. Now, for folks who are not trans, Christie’s veto might not seem like a big deal. And in the grand scheme of things, it isn’t. This is an issue that impacts a very small number of people and most of the folks in New Jersey have not had their lives changed one bit by Christie’s veto. Of course, one could also make the argument that since this bill, in fact, would directly impact such a small number of people, vetoing it is a pretty shitty thing to do. What this bill would have done is afford an additional shred of decency to the way we, as a society, ultimately treat trans people. This is a population that is discriminated against in so many ways and whose very existence is either completely denied or held up as an example of perversion by the anti-LGBT right. But Christie says no. “Unlike many other states, New Jersey already has an administrative process in

place to streamline applications to amend birth certificates for gender purposes without court order,” Christie’s veto statement reads. “Under the proposal before me, however, the sponsors seek to alter the amended birth-certificate application process without maintaining appropriate safeguards.” It’s true. New Jersey is better than many when it comes to amending birth certificates. But why should trans people have to settle for Christie’s definition of “good enough?” And what are the “appropriate safeguards” Christie is referring to? Well, he doesn’t want to see people amending their birth certificates left and right in order to commit terrorism or whatever. “A birth certificate is an important legal document,” Christie offers helpfully. “Birth certificates are often required to complete myriad security-related tasks. Accordingly, proposed measures that revise the standards for the issuance of amended birth certificates may result in significant legal uncertainties and create opportunities for fraud, deception and abuse, and should therefore be closely scrutinized and sparingly approved.” That’s right. All of these “trans” people are probably just a bunch of scammers. And Christie should know a scammer when he sees one, am I right? Heck, with all of his talk about “fraud, deception and abuse,” I thought he was talking about his own administration rather than using his veto power to further discriminate against a vulnerable minority population■

Of course, one could also make the argument that since this bill, in fact, would directly impact such a small number of people, vetoing it is a pretty shitty thing to do. What this bill would have done is afford an additional shred of decency to the way we, as a society, ultimately treat trans people.

D’Anne Witkowski has been gay for pay since 2003. She’s a freelance writer and poet (believe it!). When she’s not taking on the creeps of the world, she reviews rock ’n’ roll shows in Detroit with her twin sister.

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Should Councilman Green’s seat be an LGBT seat? Gov. Tom Corbett has nominated There most likely will be a special elecPhiladelphia City Councilman-at-Large tion to replace Green’s at-Large seat. Bill Green to head the School Reform Special elections are all about party control. Commission, which seems to be a someAnd in this case, there is almost a consensus what-controversial decision. As journalaround two candidates at present. Neither ist Tom Ferrick writes about the move on is LGBT, and we continue to wonder why a AxisPhilly, “So far, I have found only two political party that has counted on our community support for years has not supported people who were delighted with the decian LGBT candidate for Council. sion. One is Gov. Corbett. The Well, the chances for it hapother is Bill Green.” pening this time are not good, While others have their reaas a party election — which sons for opposing the move, we in the LGBT community this will be — is used to clean up some party mess, and that are just pleased to have Green mess is an inter-party fight in move along. In what many the Northeast. So expect a wardmight call his exit interview from City Council (he still has leader candidate. (If that fight in the Northeast does not materialto be confirmed by the state Senate) before resigning, he told ize, and other communities start the Philadelphia Inquirer last putting in candidates, then at that Sunday that one of his major point we should revisit the idea of running an LGBT candidate.) achievements was his support of LGBT rights. That leaves the LGBT comMany of us in the LGBT community out in the cold again. The Mark Segal good news is that party leaders munity might challenge that, and that challenge would stem have clearly heard us. And in from one vote. Last year, Councilman-atthe next Council race, we expect that one Large Jim Kenney introduced the nation’s of the at-Large Democratic candidates for most comprehensive LGBT-rights legislaCouncil will be LGBT. This community has tion. It updated current nondiscrimination the power to make that a reality. All one has legislation and offered first-in-the-nation to do is look at the nine LGBT people who tax credits for companies that provide ran and won citywide races. Use Common trans-inclusive health-care coverage and Pleas Court Judges Ann Butchart and Dan domestic-partner benefits, as well as a host Anders as examples. Our community knows of other trans-focused reforms. The LGBT how to raise the funds and get support from community was very invested in this legisnumerous communities and ward leaders. lation, which passed overwhelmingly. But The point is, this seat is not the opportunity. Green has the distinction of being the only Which takes us back to Bill Green. We Democrat on Council to vote against it. If wish you well in your new position. After Green wishes to have a political life after the SRC, he needs to make amends with the all, it’s about Philadelphia’s future, our children. ■ LGBT community. But this column is not about Green or the Mark Segal, PGN publisher, is the nation’s SRC. This is about who should replace him on Council. And, thus far, there is no LGBT most-award-winning commentator in LGBT presence on City Council. media. He can be reached at

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Street Talk What LGBT celebrity would make a good politician? “Ellen DeGeneres. She’s a woman of the people. Everyone can relate to her. She’s someone who Nina Prester can lift the marketing coordinator country’s Bella Vista spirit, because she’s so talented. She would definitely improve the country with her positive message.”

“Billie Jean King. I admire her courage in breaking down barriers for women. She was a pioneer in Marci Prester the 1970s. events director And she Bella Vista continues to make waves to this day. Anyone who’s bold enough to do what she did has to make a good politician.”

"Wanda Sykes. I’ve had Thanksgiving dinner with her. She’s very down-to-earth, and a good communicator, especially with young Eric Bowers people. She cook could be very Upper Darby persuasive with the masses.”

“RuPaul. She’s been around for so long. She must have the breadth of experience that would be suitable for Jessica Hall politics. She bartender holds herself Northeast regally Philadelphia and never complains. And she doesn’t bad mouth her critics. You need a thick skin to be a politician. I could never do it.”

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Your right to know A decade or so ago, I was sitting across from a local newspaper reporter as she interviewed me about my work on the Transgender Day of Remembrance. It was a pleasant discussion, going over the usual slew of questions: Why did I create this project? How has it grown? And so on. Then the interview took a turn. The reporter suddenly decided she wanted to see photos of me from before my transition, wanted to know my birth name and, yes, wanted to know my surgical status. She was a bit put-off when I explained that these were things I simply do not offer up in interviews. I don’t think these questions are relevant to the work I’ve done. A week later, I opened the newspaper and read the article. More than half of it

was not about my work, but about me. It talked about a photo of me pre-transitioned spied in my bedroom and referred to that as “the old Gwen.” It painted a tale of me as having dirty-blond hair and “chipped pink polish on her nails” and talked about my love of “lots of dark eyeliner.” For the record, I don’t tend to wear polish and wasn’t that day. I wear a modest amount of eyeliner. Oh, and my hair is probably best described as a mediumbrown, albeit somewhat graying. It was at that moment, as I read this article about me, that I knew exactly why I did not answer questions about my past name or, for that matter, the configuration of my nether regions: If I had, these would be peppered within that article, presented as

the “true” me, while the point of the article — my work on anti-transgender violence and murders — would be swept even further to the margins. It’s a given: As transgender people, we often face discrimination. We face it any time someone determines that we don’t live up to whatever expectations another has on our gender. We might get catcalls and sneers. We might get poor service. We could lose a job. In the worst cases, we could be beaten, raped or killed. Is it any wonder that many of us choose to not disclose our transgender status to the world at large? Yet in a world where Facebook mines us for advertisers and the NSA scoops up all our communications, privacy is an increasingly rare commodity.

On a recent episode of Katie Couric’s eponymous talk show, an interview with transgender celebrities Carmen Carrera and Laverne Cox went south very quickly. “Your private parts are different now, aren’t they?” asks Couric of Carrera. Carrera shut that down quickly, but Couric pressed along similar lines later in the piece with Cox. While both handled these intrusive questions with poise and grace under pressure, the whole piece felt more like a train wreck than the “teachable moment” Couric claimed after the fact. I feel it’s also important to note that Couric had couched the interview — before Carrera and Cox were onscreen — with lurid warning of a “shocking transformation,” teasPAGE 25



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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Feb. 7 Combating health disparities is at the core of our mission at Mazzoni Center. Our history as an organization is deeply interwoven with the history of the AIDS crisis. As the disease has evolved, so has our approach to prevention, testing and treatment. We work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and the Health Department here in Philadelphia to ensure our approaches are reflective of the latest data, and are reaching the people who are at the greatest risk. We know that men who have sex with men represent more than half of new HIV infections in the U.S.; within that group, CDC and local data tell us that MSM of color are infected at highly disproportionate rates, with young men Vernon of color (ages 13-24) being at the highest risk. In 2010, for example, African-Americans accounted for an estimated 44 percent of all new HIV infections among adults and adolescents, despite representing only 14 percent of the U.S. population. More than one-third of newly diagnosed MSM in 2010 were MSM of color.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is Feb. 7, an annual national HIV testing and treatment community-mobilization initiative, with organizers planning activities and events in thousands of locales around the U.S. The goal is to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment within African-American communities. What can you do? • Get educated. Learn how to protect yourself from HIV/AIDS. Remember that HIV is 100-percent preventable. • Get tested. Knowing your HIV status can save lives! This is particularly critical for those who are sexually active and those at high risk of contracting HIV. • Get involved. Raise awareness Brown about HIV in your community. Donate your time and support organizations that work in African-American communities. • Get treated. If you are living with HIV or are newly diagnosed, get connected to treatment and care services. Seeing a doctor and receiving care, and taking prescribed HIV

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transwomen of color who have sex with men, and is based on the Social Network Strategy, which recognizes the importance of peer influence in impacting behavior. Through T.R.I.P., we work to engage individual “ambassadors,” whose goal is to support, refer and empower their friends and associates regarding prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and overall sexual health and wellbeing. The program has been evolving over the past two years, and we are working now to build a Community Advisory Board, which will help us plan bimonthly social events to celebrate MSM of color and our trans-identified sisters, build community, encourage testing and empower our individual members to take ownership of their health. We feel it’s important to create spaces where men of color of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life, can talk openly about their lives and the factors influencing their behavior — including cultural, social and religious norms, racism and homophobia, HIV/AIDS and relationship dynamics. The reality is that even in 2014, many MSM of color face an extra burden of racial discrimination, cultural barriers to health care and social stigma related to their sexual orientation or behavior. Through educating our community about the risks of HIV infection, engaging individuals to act as agents of positive change and empowering them to take control of their health and wellbeing, we can begin to address this health crisis that is threatening too many of our brothers (and sisters). National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a good reminder of the work that needs to be done to reach these goals — not just on Feb. 7 but throughout the year. For a full list of locations offering free HIV testing on Feb. 7, go to: To learn more about T.R.I.P. and how you can get involved, contact Vernon Brown at 215563-0652 ext. 204 or vbrown@mazzonicenter. org. ■ Vernon Brown is the Community Health Recruitment/T.R.I.P. Coordinator at Mazzoni Center.


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To-dos for LGBT parents and allies in 2014 ples, same-sex parents should be recognized The year 2013 saw tremendous progress as legal parents with or without marriage. in marriage equality, which is a wonderful We absolutely need the right to marry — but thing — but it also comes with the risk that we also need the right not to be married and we think our gains in marriage are sufficient still have our parental status honored. Some to protect ourselves and our families. Here, couples may choose not to wed because they then, are some things for LGBT parents and don’t believe in it as an institution, because our allies to focus on as we advocate for our they are waiting to have enough families in 2014. money for a celebration or for Recognize that marriage alone other reasons. Regardless, the chilisn’t enough. Marriage equality can give same-sex parents dren of these families deserve the and our children important legal and financial protections of protections, as well as a satisfyhaving two legally recognized paring emotional sense of equalents. ity. As the case of two married All this means that we must Iowa moms fighting to put the continue to work for adoption, nonbiological mother’s name foster-care rights and recognition of de facto parents (those on their deceased child’s birth who have been acting as parents certificate proved, however, marriage equality alone may not for a substantial time) even as we guarantee parental rights. (The move forward with marriage. This moms eventually won their case, Dana Rudolph can happen in the several states but it was a long and harrowing that explicitly restrict adoption process.) or fostering by same-sex and/or Not only that, but as soon as married unmarried couples, and in the many where same-sex parents step into a non-equality the legality is uncertain. It could also happen on the federal level: The Every Child state or country, any parental rights based on Deserves a Family Act, which would block the parents’ marriage (as opposed to those federal funding of entities that discriminate based on second-parent adoption or court on the basis of sexual orientation or gender order) may not be recognized. Let’s remember that 29 states still have constitutional identity in adoption and foster care, has been amendments banning recognition of married introduced in both houses of Congress for the same-sex couples. Until all states and counsecond time, and has bipartisan support. Go tries honor our marriages, marriage alone to and see if your senators and cannot guarantee our parental status. representatives are cosponsors. If not, drop Additionally, just like different-sex couthem a note to explain why it is important to


your family that they sign on. Continue advocating for safe and welcoming schools. In addition to pushing for political change, we must continue helping schools, camps and other children’s programs make all children feel welcome and safe, regardless of their family structure. Human Rights Campaign’s Welcoming Schools project, GLSEN, PFLAG and Teaching Tolerance all have good resources on how to have productive conversations with teachers and administrators about developing school policies and classroom activities that respect and include all families. Keep broadening people’s views of what LGBT parents look like and how we live. We are not all white, upper-middle-class urbanites, despite what common media images may convey. Demographic data shows that LGBT parents are more likely to be living in poverty than non-LGBT ones. Same-sex couples of color are more likely to have children than same-sex white couples. And the state with the highest percentage of same-sex couples raising children? Mississippi, with 26 percent. How to change people’s views of us? Part of the solution is visibility, although we have to realize that the risks for LGBT parents in some circumstances may prevent easy visibility. Those of us who can be visible, however, should be, with the recognition that we must always advocate for those who can’t. Part of the solution, too, is encouraging the depiction of all types of LGBT families in the media, including news media as well

as fiction books, films and television shows. ABC Family’s “The Fosters,” which shows a biracial couple raising a mix of biological, adoptive and foster kids, is a step in the right direction. Let networks know via letter, email or social media what you think of their coverage of LGBT families, and let your book purchases (and online ratings of them) show publishers LGBT-inclusive children’s books are worth their while. Use our position as parents to advocate for broad LGBT equality. Our interests as LGBT parents intersect with the interests of other parts of the LGBT community when it comes to topics such as employment nondiscrimination and transgender equality, as well as marriage. As parents, we can play an important role by showing how these issues impact (or could impact) our children and their peers. It’s an old marketing cliché, but sometimes people are swayed by arguments related to children when they are immune to other persuasion. The far right has learned this lesson; let’s not let them own this argument. Those are some big to-dos, on top of all we have purely as parents: fixing dinner, doing laundry, tending scraped knees, reading stories and all the rest. Still, we’ve made it this far under worse odds. Here’s wishing all of us a 2014 full of love, joy and greater equality. ■ Dana Rudolph is the founder and publisher of Mombian (, an award-winning blog and resource directory for LGBT parents.


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Day in the Life Of ...


a cheesesteak-shop owner: Geno Vento

By Jen Colletta

he said. “Dad had his own way of doing things and when I was growing up, he would always say, ‘I’ll show you later’ or ‘I’ll tell you how to do this tomorrow.’ So I know I can’t run it exactly like Dad did. But I always say, ‘What would Dad do?’ or ‘What would Dad say?’” While Vento shares his father’s devotion to the store, he said he has committed, as owner, to having some nonworking hours in his week. “My dad worshipped that store. No matter where we were, at home, in the car — he would constantly talk Geno’s, Geno’s, Geno’s. He would eat, sleep and drink Geno’s. When I’m at work, I’m at work, and when I’m out of there, I want to enjoy life.” Vento’s father was synonymous with the shop, a figure who embodied the gritty, working-class feel of South Philly — and who raised some eyebrows and ire with his controversial “When ordering, speak English” sign several years ago. But, Vento said, his dad was not as tough as his reputation. “He was very much a family man. He did everything he could for me and my mother. He never had us want for anything,” Vento said. “But that came with a compromise. Instead of being at all of the social events or family outings or sports games, he had to work because he didn’t want us to want for anything. But his bark was bigger than his bite. Believe it or not, he was a big teddy bear.” Both of his parents handled his comingout at age 19 relatively well, Vento said. “I didn’t exactly come out at Thanksgiving dinner, like, ‘Mom, pass the stuffing. I’m gay.’ But a lot of people said they kind of knew already and nobody really cared. My parents were a little shocked at first; they were just worried about me being happy and enjoying my life. And I think there was an element of worrying about Geno’s Steaks and what people would think. But

Every person has a story to tell. And “Day in the Life Of” seeks to tell the unique stories of LGBT people working across all fields in the region. In this new monthly feature, PGN reporters will spend a day on the job with an out LGBT worker — from sanitation staffers to CEOs to secretaries — to find out what a day in their life is really like, and how they bring their own personal experiences to their professional environment. While “Day in the Life Of” highlights each subject’s individual contributions to the region’s workforce, it also is meant to illustrate that success — however one defines it and on whichever path of life one wants to attain it — should be fueled, not impeded, by embracing one’s true identity. “I had a very long relationship with Cheez Whiz. We met all the time, sometimes late at night. On the weekends. It was a long relationship. But we divorced about a year-and-a-half ago.” Geno Vento may not indulge in the caloric nightmare that is Cheez Whiz anymore, but that’s not to say he’s not exposed to it: As the owner of iconic Geno’s Cheesesteaks in South Philly, Vento spends several days a week surrounded by the tempting ingredients of one of the city’s staple foods — which makes his recent near-100-pound weight loss all the more impressive. Vento, 42, took over ownership of Geno’s after the 2011 death of his father, Joey, who founded the shop in 1966. While Vento said the transition has had its challenges, he’s been able to rely on his 25 years in the family business — as well as the foundation laid by his father — for guidance. Vento joined the Geno’s team at age 17, working the window, operating the register and grilling food. “I didn’t really have a set job at that time,” he said. “I just sort of picked what I wanted to do each day, but most of the time I was on the register.” Apart from a few other side jobs over the years, Vento spent more than two decades in the busy, bustling stand, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Now, Vento is at the shop three or four days a week, overseeing the well-oiled operation that is Geno’s. It was a job he had, in a sense, been destined for: Vento’s father named him after the shop. As owner, Vento now wears a number of hats. He is tasked with responding to requests for community donations and participation in fundraising events, as well as handling celebrity visits to the shop. Geno’s has been graced by the likes of Mariah Carey, Sylvester Stallone, Britney Spears and countless other big-name Philly visitors, many of whom Vento hosts at the “celebrity table” inside the shop, adorned


with pictures of Vento, his father and other Geno’s employees with celebs over the years. Among the most memorable guests, Vento said, were Michael Buble and Neil Patrick Harris. Less glamorous is the internal work; Vento processes payroll, ensures equipment functionality and supervises employee productivity. The latter has never been an issue, he said. “The workers are like family. I basically grew up there, and there’s some people who’ve been there 30, 40 years and who saw me grow up,” he said. “People come in and do their jobs. People have been there so long so it’s not like I have to keep going over how we do things. If we get a new

process for cleaning a fryer or something, I’ll review it with everyone. But everybody has their own job and that’s what they focus on.” Even though Geno’s had a ubiquitous presence throughout his life, transitioning from worker to owner has had a learning curve, Vento said. His dad died suddenly of a heart attack in August 2011, and his mom lost her battle with cancer in March 2013, conditions that didn’t make for the ideal takeover of a business with such a unique reputation as Geno’s. “I lost my mom and dad within two years, and had this empire kind of dumped on me to run. So taking over the business was scary, but it was enlightening too,”



they saw I was still the same person, still acted the same way as my dorky self always did, and it eventually was no big deal.” While his coming-out didn’t present a significant hurdle, another lifelong challenge did: his weight. Having grown up in an Italian household, Vento joked that his house was always stocked with

cakes and cookies. “God forbid family came over and we didn’t have something for them to eat.” He developed poor eating habits from a young age. “I guess I was an emotional eater. I would eat when I was happy or sad. But I’d also eat when it was sunny or when it was snowing out. I didn’t discrimi-

nate.” Entering the family business as a teenager certainly didn’t help. While at work, he would often grab a handful of fries while running from window to window, or roll up a bit of steak with cheese as a snack and then stop for pizza or Chinese food for dinner after his shift ended. At his heaviest, he topped out

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at over 360 pounds. But, Vento said, the passing of both of his parents made him reexamine his life. “When I lost my dad it was an eye-opener. I was so out of breath, tired all the time. And I lost my mom too, and at that point, I was like, I gotta do something for myself. I felt like I had always been doing things for other people, for family and friends, and I needed to do something for myself.” Vento underwent lap-band surgery and overhauled his eating and exercise habits. To date, he’s lost 92 pounds, and is planning to shed another 25. Vento now works with a personal trainer at Optimal Sports and swims at the pool at his Penn’s Landing complex; before his recent knee replacement, he was swimming 100 laps, three times a week. He’s also incorporated sensible foods — oatmeal, fruits, granola, yogurt — into his diet, bringing healthy snacks to work with him. But he still allows himself to periodically indulge, even in his business’ staple product. “I’ll still let myself have a cheesesteak, even though I can only have a half of one now. But I’m human and not perfect: There are days where I’m going to have cookies or ice cream or pizza. And then the next day, I just have to work out harder. It’s like a chess game; you have to plan your moves,” he said. “And what works for me may not work for someone else. It’s a recipe that you have to find. But every day is not going to be perfect; you still


have to enjoy your life.” Apart from his exercise regime, Vento also devotes nonworking time as a co-producer of “The Calamari Sisters” — a popular comedy show starring a pair of female impersonators who are putting a new spin on Italian cooking. Vento hopes to also put his own spin on his namesake — to an extent. He recently installed a new 8-foot cheesesteak sign on top of the building. He said he may change other decor, or alter the colors of some of Geno’s eyecatching neon signs. But, largely, he plans to leave the iconic shop as is. “I’m going to run it the way it is. I may make little tweaks here and there and change some things in time. But why fix what’s not broken?” ■ Know someone with an interesting job? PGN is looking for LGBT people willing to let us into their 9-5 (or other hours!), so we can share what a day in your life is like with our readers. Email with suggestions for or more information.



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Gayborhood Crime Watch The following incidents in the Midtown Village and Washington Square West areas were reported to the 6th Police District between Jan. 6-12. Information is courtesy of 6th District Capt. Brian Korn; Stacy Irving, senior director, Crime Prevention Service; Center City District; the Police Liaison Committee and Midtown Village Merchants Association. To report crime tips, visit or call 215-686-TIPS (8477). Follow the 6th District on Twitter: @PPDBrianKorn INCIDENTS — At 8:45 p.m. Jan. 10, someone stole a wallet from a woman’s handbag on the back of her chair inside Rice & Mix, 1207 Walnut St. Security video showed the suspect to be a black male, about 35, with a dark complexion and beard, wearing a black hat and blue coat and jeans. For a video of the incident, visit http://blog.phillypolice. com/2014/01/wanted-suspectsfor-multiple-thefts-in-the-6thand-9th-districts-video/. — At 6:25 p.m. Jan. 10, a woman set her iPhone down at the cashier’s booth in the subway concourse at 1100 Market St. when a male she knew stole it and fled. The victim has identified the suspect to Central Detectives.


— At 12:35 a.m. Jan. 9, a pizza deliveryman left his 1997 Honda running as he made a delivery in the 200 block of South 12th Street. When he returned, the car had been stolen. On Jan. 11, 24th District officers arrested a male in the 3100 block of Custer Street who was operating the victim’s vehicle. The 33-year-old suspect was charged with auto theft and related offenses. — At 10:50 p.m. Jan. 11, Sixth District Officers Keller and Rossi were called to a disturbance inside Woody’s, 202 S. 13th St., and found a male being ejected who was in possession of a quantity of illegal prescription narcotics pills and marijuana. The 34-year-old suspect with a South Philadelphia address was charged with possession of a controlled substance. — On Dec. 19, someone held up the Republic Bank, 833 Chestnut St., with a demand note. On Jan. 9, members of the Major Crimes/FBI Violent Crimes Task Force arrested a male for this and three other bank robberies in Philadelphia between Dec. 19Jan. 3. The 32-year-old suspect with a West Philadelphia address was charged with multiple counts of federal bank robbery.

— At 3:20 p.m. Jan. 10 outside 1200 Market St., SEPTA Police arrested a man for cutting another man on the chest. The victim was taken for treatment for minor injuries, and the suspect was taken to Central Detective Division for processing. The victim refused to cooperate or prosecute. The suspect was not charged. — On Jan. 11, the Sixth District Narcotics Enforcement Team set up surveillance at 10th and Market streets, and observed a transaction outside 942 Market. The alleged seller, a 27-year-old homeless male, was charged with illegal narcotics sales. A quantity of prescription narcotics pills and cash were confiscated. SUMMARY ARRESTS — At 3:35 a.m. Jan. 9, Sixth District officers issued a citation for a summary offense inside 132 S. 10th St. — At 10:45 a.m. Jan. 11, 6th District officers issued a citation for a summary offense outside 1302 Walnut St. — On Jan. 12, Sixth District officers issued a citation for a summary offense at 1 a.m. outside 1300 Chancellor St. and at 4:40 p.m. outside 1200 Chestnut St. ■

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“The punitive-damages provision of the [ordinance] was added by legislative amendment and only became law in 2011, many years after the factual circumstances of [Burnett’s] case and several years after the filing of her lawsuit,” the city contends in its legal brief. City attorneys also maintain the amendment can’t be applied retroactively to cover workplace bias prior to June 2011. Before the amendment, litigants could seek “exemplary” damages from the city, but those damages were capped at $300 per violation. The city doesn’t contest Burnett’s right to seek compensatory damages, though it denies any wrongdoing in the matter. In a related matter, Burnett’s attorneys asked Jones to exclude trial testimony that’s based on hearsay, including a claim that Burnett refused to perform job duties until she consulted with her attorneys. At press time, Jones hadn’t ruled on Burnett’s punitivedamages and hearsay-exclusion requests. Burnett, 57, has worked as a library assistant for the city for 22 years. She had gender-reassignment surgery in 2001, but her personnel records still refer to her as a male. Burnett filed suit against the

city in September 2009, after receiving three favorable rulings from the city’s Commission on Human Relations. According to Burnett’s lawsuit, she had been transferred to eight different library branches, passed over for advancement and unfairly restricted in her interactions with patrons. Slurs hurled at Burnett by some staffers included “freak,” “man in woman’s clothing” and “nigger,” according to the lawsuit. On one occasion, when Burnett expressed wishes for a nice weekend to a coworker, the employee responded with, “Burn in hell,” according to the suit. Additionally, Burnett maintains, some staffers went out of their way to avoid contact with her, and they avoided touching objects she might have touched. Her lawsuit alleges constitutional violations of right to due process, equal protection under the law, freedom of expression and other rights. She’s also suing under Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for alleged discrimination due to her gender. Burnett also alleges that four of her coworkers intentionally inflicted emotional distress upon her, which is prohibited under state law. If settlement discussions are unavailing, a jury trial is expected later this year. ■



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Double Dipping Double Standard City’s double-dipping rules hurt some, help others


appy New Year. You’re fired. That’s how 13 city employees rang in the new year: summarily fired from their part-time jobs with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department for violating the city’s Home Rule Charter. And what was the violation? A charter provision that prohibits city employees from working full time for one government agency and, at the same time, holding a part-time job with another city agency. In March Philadelphia’s inspector general launched an investigation of these employees at the request of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mike DeBerardinis. The employees are 10 schoolteachers, two U.S. Postal Service employees and one worker in the state attorney general’s office. All 13 worked as part-time employees at city recreation centers. So here’s what we’ve got: a schoolteacher works all week in the classroom, then, to make ends meet, takes a part-time job on weekends working the desk at a city recreation center. The problem with this arrangement, says Philadelphia’s Inspector General Amy

Kurland, is that this technically violates a Home Rule Charter provision designed to protect the city’s municipal pension fund. In announcing the results of her investigation, Kurland released the following statement: “The dual-employment prohibition is an important tool to prevent people who already have a government job from looking to the city for a second pension.” Kurland went on to tell Metro: “If someone is a schoolteacher, they’re full-time for the School District, he or she is also accumulat-

“The dual-employment prohibition is an important tool to prevent people who already have a government job from looking to the city for a second pension.”

ing a city pension. It’s sort of double dipping.” And it’s sort of not. These firings turn the definition of double dipping on its head. And we are a town that knows a thing or two about the double dip; it became an art form under the city’s DROP program, also designed to limit outof-control pension costs by encouraging attrition through lump sum buyouts. The double dip was created by a loophole in the law that allowed elected officials and senior administration officials to resign for a day, take the lump sum buyout then get rehired into the same job at the same salary. That’s double dipping. What the Kurland 13 did was not. None was accused of receiving a second salary for the same work. None was accused of being a ghost employee in the part-time rec center job. It didn’t matter to the kids at the rec centers that the guy at the desk on Saturdays was delivering the mail on Mondays and it shouldn’t matter to Kurland. Kurland says it matters because “[o]ur city’s underfunded municipal pension system is one of the biggest challenges Philadelphia faces. The dual-employment

City Controller Alan Buckovitz has launched an investigation into administration officials double dipping.

prohibition is an important tool to prevent people who already have a government job from looking to the city for a second pension.” Mayor Nutter, true to his dogmatic form, chimed in: “Every city employee must follow the rules and be held accountable when they do not.” Really, Mr. Mayor? Every city employee? How about those at the top of the city’s food chain? J. Matthew Wolfe , a Republican ward leader in West Philadelphia, asked himself the same question and found some surprising (or maybe not so) answers. In a letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Wolfe writes: Continued on page 2

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“The inspector general found 13 employees. I wondered what I could find…I just went to the city website:… [and] found one quickly: Richard Negrin, the managing director. He also holds down the job…of deputy mayor for administration and coordination. Then I found another: Alan Greenberger, the director of commerce. He is also the deputy mayor for economic development. And then there was Donald F. Schwarz, the health commissioner. He is also the deputy mayor for health and opportunity.”

Our take: the only difference between these top administration officials and the part-time rec center employees is that the former are, in fact, double-dips (defined as two payments for the same work) created by Mayor Nutter to circumvent the salary caps for these positions set by the Philadelphia code. The part-time rec center employees are just hard-working folks trying to make ends meet. The charter, the mayor and the inspector general need to understand the difference.

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Following Art’s Pathways Old City gallery owner taking on contemporary global approach by Sheila Simmons

Roman Breaks Through roll is obviously a very good team but I think we also showed we can be a very good team as well. I was pleased with poise that we showed. We never panicked and we won a big game.” Roman’s core guys, Penn State commit Shep Garner (10 points), Drexel commit Rashann London (9 points), Tre Wilkerson (6) and Manny Taylor (20 points, 13 rebounds), essentially outplayed Carroll’s group of superstars Derrick Jones, Ernest Aflakpui, Austin Tilghman and David Beatty. Taylor in particular played the finest game of his career, helping to offset Carroll’s dynamic duo of Jones (17) and Alfakpui (6). He added nine rebounds and one blocked shot. “We had a game plan upfront and Manny and Tre did a great job,” said McNesby. “We obviously challenged them to play strong in the paint. We took Manny out of the starting lineup for a couple

Florcy Morisset, owner and founder of Vivant Art Collection in Old City. Photo by Sarah J. Glover

of games because he has too big of a body to only get two or three rebounds a game. We thought he could figure it out on his own and step up. I think both he and Tre were hearing about how good the Carroll big guys were. I think they wanted to show that they are pretty good, too.” Roman looked shaky in a three-point opening win over Lancaster McCaskey in a Playby-Play Tip Off Classic on Dec. 7. Roman’s season ended with a second-round district upset loss to Norristown. “I think experience is the biggest reason we’ve improved,” said McNesby. “When you practice, play and hang out with the same core guys for awhile and they are talented, you expect to become better. This win was really nice for all of us but I told them enjoy this today and let’s move on tomorrow. We have a lot of basketball yet to play this year.”


meet Florcy Morisset at her Old City art gallery, on the eve of the four-year anniversary of the 2010 earthquake that killed tens of thousands of people in Haiti and reduced parts of it to rubble. Raised in New York City, but conceived in Haiti, the 32-year-old owner of Avant Art Collection is mentally preparing herself for the memorial services, for work on Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia’s Haiti Relief fund, for phone calls and personal reflections. But don’t expect her to dwell long on Haiti’s misfortunes, or its long-time reputation as a poor and politically corrupt island. Morisset is naturally programmed on “Forward.” She is seemingly hardwired to focus on her native country’s light and vibrancy. “Haiti is beautiful,” she says firmly, looking back on a visit when she was 14 years old. “I remember it being so warm, and people being so friendly, the culture being rich and the food so good. A lot of time people only see Port-au-Prince. But there are so many beaches, sandy beaches — with white sand.” Morisset opened Vivant seven years ago at 60 N. Second Street, initially with the idea to market Haitian art, before deciding to include indigenous art from Africa, Latin America and other Caribbean nations. So Vivant became both a gallery and meeting space with a mission to “educate and empower its guests with the legacy and messages of indigenous

art, art makers, and the cultures that gave birth to them.” “There were so many other countries that people don’t know about,” she says. After exposing customers and visitors to lots of the “naïve” and “voudoo” styles characteristic of Haitian art — and the indigenous art of other cultures — Morisset this year wants to roll out contemporary work. “I want to show culture in a young, contemporary way,” she says. “I’m seeking to work with artists who are really cool, funky, cutting-edge, leadingedge.” She’s also moving towards “ideas where you have bigger funding budgets, artists, musicians.” She says, “Seven years, and it’s all about reinventing ourselves and still growing the art.” Recently in Miami she curated Black: The Art of Color during Art Basel. And she spends half her time in D.C., cultivating opportunities in a more solidly funded art scene. It’s not that she’s pulling back from her Philadelphia community. She understands she still has a niche on Philadelphia’s Gallery Row. “If you walk around Old City, you’re not seeing diverse art,” she says. But she adds, “The whole idea of being global and mobile, is really important. I really want to grow the brand. Art is global, and it’s an international business.”

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First District Plaza, 3801 Market Street, at 10:00 AM. (EST) Conditions of Sheriff’s Sale for JUDICIAL/FORECLOSURE SALE Ten percent of the highest bid for each property auctioned ���� ������ ��� ���������� ��� ��������� check, attorney’s check or money order with the Sheriff by each bidder when his bid is registered, provided that in no case shall less than Six Hundred Dollars ($600.00) be deposited, otherwise upon failure or refusal to make such deposit, ���� ������� ������ ����� ���� ������� of his bid and the property may be offered again and sold unless a second bid has been registered, then, the second highest bidder will take the property at the highest bid price. Additionally, where there is active bidding, the highest bidder, and the second highest bidder, if any must post the entire amount of the cost of the distribution policy for the property at ������������������������������������ attorney’s check or money order with the Sheriff. The balance of the purchase money must be deposited in certi���� ������� ����������� ������ ��� money order together with a Deed poll for execution by the highest ������� ��� ���� �������� ��� ���� ������ within 30 days from the time of the sale. An extension of time for an additional 30 days may be granted at the discretion of the Sheriff upon receipt of written request from the buyer requesting the same, except when a second bidder has been duly ������������������ ��� ���� ����� ������� does not complete settlement with the Sheriff within the thirty (30) day time limit and a second bid was registered at the sale, the second bidder shall be granted the same thirty (30) day time limit to make settlement with the Sheriff on his second bid. Thereafter, the Sheriff shall be at liberty to return the writ to court. A second bid must be registered on any property immediately after it is sold. The second bidder must present the same amount of deposit that the highest bidder delivers to the Sheriff at the sale. An extension of time under no circumstances will be granted or honored by the Sheriff whenever a second bid is registered on a property at the sale. ������������������������������� each property shall be a sum suf������������������������������������cluding advertising, all taxes, water rents and municipal claims due to the City of Philadelphia. If there is no other bid price above the opening bid price, the property shall be sold by the auctioneer to the attorney on the writ at that price. The deposit by any bidder who fails to comply with the above conditions of sale shall be forfeited and the funds will be applied to the Sheriff’s cost, then to any municipal claims that the City of Philadel-






phia has on the property. Finally, if a balance still remains, a Sheriff’s Distribution Policy will be ordered and the money will be distributed accordingly. No personal checks, drafts or promises to pay will be accepted in ������������������������������������� checks or money orders made payable to the Sheriff of Philadelphia County. The Sheriff reserves the right to grant further extensions of time to settle and further reserves the right to refuse bids from bidders who have failed to enter deposits on their bids, failed to make settlement, or make fraudulent bids, or any other behavior which causes disruption of the Sheriff Sale. Said bidders shall be so refused for the sale in which said behavior occurred and for said further period of time as the Sheriff in his discretion shall determine. The Sheriff will not acknowledge a deed poll to any individual or entity using an unregistered ���������� ����� ���� ����� ��� ���� discretion, require proof of identity of the purchaser or the registration ��� ���������� ������� ���� ���� ��� ��� ������������� ���������� ����� ������ be forfeited as if the bidder failed to meet the terms of sale. All bidders are advised to remain at the sale until after the last property is sold. The Sheriff reserves the right to re-sell any property at any time before the end of the sale, upon the successful bidders’ failure to tender the required deposit. The Sheriff reserves the right to postpone or stay the sale of any property in which the attorney on the writ has not appeared and is not present at the sale. Prospective purchasers are directed to the Web site of the Philadelphia Bureau of Revision of Taxes, (BRT) brtweb.phila. gov for a fuller description of the properties listed. Properties can be looked up by the BRT number – which should be cross checked with the address. Prospective purchasers are also directed to the Room 154 City Hall, 215-6861483 and to its website philadox. and to its website at where they can view the deed to each ����������� ��������� ���� ���� the boundaries of the property. PROSPECTIVE PURCHASERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR DETERMINING THE NATURE, LOCATION, CONDITION AND BOUNDARIES OF THE PROPERTIES THEY SEEK TO PURCHASE. The BRT # refers to a unique number assigned by the City Bureau of Revision of Taxes to each property in the City for the purpose of assessing it for taxes. This number can be used to obtain descriptive information about the property from the BRT website. Effective Date: July 7, 2006

(30) Days from the date of the sale of Real Estate. Distribution will be made in accordance with the Schedule unless exceptions are ����� �������� ������� ���� ����� ����� thereafter. ����� �� ���� ���� ������� ��� ���� non-professional readers who do not understand the meaning of the �������� ���� ������� ���������� ���� defendant’s names, we make the following. EXPLANATION ���� ����� ����� ���������� ��� each notice is that of the defendant in the writ whose property is being sold. All Writs are Writs of Executions. The letters C.P., Court of Common Pleas; O.C., Orphans’ Court; Q.S., Court of Quarter Sessions; C.C., County Court - indicate the Court out of which the writ of execution issues under which the sale is made: S. 1941. 223. means September Term, 1941. 223, the term and number of the docket entry; the ��������������������������������� of debt; and the name following is that of the attorney issuing the writ. Attention is called to the provisions of Act No.104, approved July ����������������������������������� properties which are used, designed or intended to be used by three or more families, or of commercial establishments which contain one or more dwelling units, to deliver to the buyers of such properties a use registration permit at the time of settlement, under certain terms and conditions. Sheriff Sales are not subject to provisions of the said Act and the Sheriff will, therefore, not deliver use registration permits in connection with any sales conducted by him. Very truly yours, JEWELL WILLIAMS Sheriff City and County of Philadelphia

2013 No. 00611 $126,644.26 McCabe, Weisberg, & Conway, P.C. 1402-304 ������������������������ ������������������������� ���������������������������lor and John J. Taylor, husband and wife C.P. December Term, ������������������������������� A. Dietterick, Esq., Kimberly A. �������������������������������� ������������������������������� Ralph M. Salvia, Esq., Jaime R. ������������������������������������������������ 1402-305 3421 Aldine Street 19136 ������������������������� ������������������������� C.P. April Term, 2012 No. 1031 ��������������������������������� �������������������������������� Joel A. Ackerman, Esq., Ashleigh ��������������������������������� Esq., Jaime R. Ackerman, Esq., ����������������������������� ��� 1402-306 ���������������������������� ������������������������� ����������������������� Saunders C.P. July Term, 2013 ������������������������������� Eisenberg, PC 1402-307 ���������������������������� ������������������������������ ������������������������������� �����������������������������ceased C.P. June Term, 2013 No. ������������������������������ �������������������� 1402-308 ������������������������� ������������������������������� ���������������������������� ����������������������������� h/w C.P. March Term, 2013 No. �������������������������������� Esquire 1402-309 ������������������������ ������������������������������ �����������������������brosano, Francis N. Ambrosano, Sr C.P. December Term, 2009 ����������������������������� ������������� 1402-310 ���������������������������� ������������������������ Together with all right, title and interest to a 0.747% undivided interest of, in and to the Common Elements, as more particularly set forth in the declaration. ���������������������������� C.P. July Term, 2011 No. 01396 $177,197.74 Phelan Hallinan, ��� 1402-311 3466 Helen Street 19134��������������������������� ���������������������������� C.P. September Term, 2012 No. ������������������������������������� 1402-312 ������������������������ 1901 62nd wd. 1470.02 Sq. Ft. ����������������������������� �������������������������������� ����������������������������� ��� 1402-313 ������������������������� ���������������������������

����������������������������� C.P. November Term, 2009 No. 02163 $126,773.23 Phelan Hal���������� 1402-314 ����������������������������� �������������������������� ��������������������������� Thomas C.P. March Term, 2013 ����������������������������� ������������� 1402-315 ����������������������������� ��������������������������� OPA#131229300 Tamar R. Devine aka Tamar Devine C.P. September Term, 2012 No. 00349 ������������������������������� 1402-316 2022 Margaret Street 19124�������������������������� ��������������������������� Fiadino aka Scott Fiadino C.P. August Term, 2013 No. 03394 ������������������������������� 1402-317 ����������������������������� ����������������������������� ������������������������� Trantas C.P. July Term, 2012 ����������������������������� ������������� 1402-318 ������������������������ ������������������������������ OPA#102141600 Donte Julia C.P. August Term, 2013 No. 03064 ����������������������������� ��� 1402-319 ����������������������������� ���������������������������� ������������������������������ ������������������������������� ���������������������������� ������������� 1402-320 ������������������������� �������������������������� �������������������������� Santee, Jennifer Santee C.P. January Term, 2012 No. 00446 ����������������������������� ��� 1402-321 ������������������������� 3222 23rd wd. 3422.40 Sq. Ft. OPA#234270200 Mary Anne Pietrak C.P. July Term, 2013 No. ������������������������������������� 1402-322 ������������������������ ��������������������������� ������������������������ Rykard, in her capacity as adminstrtrix and heir of the estate of ������������������������������� in his capacity as heir of the estate of John D. Dorsey. Unknown heirs, successors, assigns, and all persons, firms, or associations claiming right, title, or interest from or under John Dorsey, Deceased. C.P. November Term, ��������������������������� �������������������� 1402-323 ��������������������������� ������������������������������ ����������������������� Williams C.P. April Term, 2013 ���������������������������� ������������� 1402-324 ����������������������������� McMahon Avenue 19144-

��������������������������� ����������������������������� successors, assigns, and all persons, firms, or associations claiming right, title, or interest from or under Alvarah V. Selby, deceased. Michele Small, in her capacity as heir of Alvarah V. Selby, deceased. C.P. April Term, �������������������������� �������������������� 1402-325 440 West Susquehanna Avenue ������������������������������� �������������������������� ���������������������������� ���������������������������� ������������� 1402-326 �������������������������� ������������������������������ ���������������������������� Helen Hull C.P. March Term, ��������������������������� �������������������� 1402-327 ����������������������������� 4402 44th wd. 1161.12 Sq. Ft. ������������������������� Turner C.P. August Term, 2009 ����������������������������� ������������� 1402-328 ������������������������������ ������������������������������� ������������������������������ �������������������������� �������������������� 1402-329 ������������������������������� ����������������������������� ��������������������������� ��������������������������� �������������������� 1402-330 720 South American Street ������������������������������ Ft. OPA#023111420 Christopher Elliott C.P. May Term, 2010 No. �������������������������������������� 1402-331 �������������������������� 2011 61st wd. 1742 Sq. Ft. ����������������������������� successors, assigns, and all persons, firms, or associations claiming right, title, or interest from or under Standford F. Jackson, deceased. Sharyn Jackson, in her capacity as heir of Stanford F. Jackson, deceased. Kelly Whittier, in her capacity as heir of Stanford F. Jackson, deceased. ������������������������������ as heir of Stanford F. Jackson, deceased. C.P. December Term, �������������������������� �������������������� 1402-332 ���������������������������� �������������������������� OPA#433120400 Andrea �������������������������������� ���������������������������� ������������� 1402-333 ������������������������ ���������������������������� ������������������������� �������������������������������� September Term, 2013 No. 00634 ������������������������������� 1402-334 ������������������������������� ���������������������������� OPA#041197000 Jacqueline C.

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www.Officeof Philadelphia SHERIFF’S SALE OF Tuesday, February 4, 2014 1402-301 �������������������������� ��������������������������� ����������������������� Pshenitsyn C.P. June Term, 2013 ����������������������������� ������������� 1402-302 ������������������������������ ������������������������������ �������������������������� Thompson, Catherine C. Thompson C.P. November Term, 2012 No. 01293 $131,712.29 Phelan ������������� 1402-303 ������������������������������ wd. row w-off/str 2sty masonr; ��������������������������� ���������������������������� Kenneth Delany C.P. June Term,







������������������������������� ������������������������������� ������������������������������� 1402-335 �������������������������� ��������������������������� ������������������������ ������������������������������ C.P. May Term, 2013 No. 01034 $103,413.93 Phelan Hallinan & ������������ 1402-336 ��������������������������� ������������������������������ ������������������������� C.P. May Term, 2012 No. 01444 ����������������������������� ��� 1402-337 ������������������������� 1420 62nd wd. 943.04 Sq. Ft. ������������������������������ �������������������������������� ������������������������������� 1402-338 ������������������������� 4907 47th wd. 1666 Sq. Ft. ���������������������������� aka Freda Ebba C.P. March Term, ��������������������������� �������������������� 1402-339 ���������������������������� ������������������������������ ������������������������ Shapley, Catherine Mary Shapley ������������������������������� ����������������������������� ��� 1402-340 ����������������������������� ����������������������������� ����������������������������� C.P. February Term, 2013 No. ������������������������������������� 1402-341 ������������������������ ����������������������������� �������������������������� Moody C.P. June Term, 2013 ����������������������������� ������������� 1402-342 2944 North Taney Street 19132�������������������������� ���������������������������� ������������������������������� ������������������������������� 1402-343 2729 Wharton Street 19146����������������������������� ������������������������������ �������������������������������� C.P. August Term, 2010 No. ������������������������������������� 1402-344 ���������������������������� ���������������������������� ������������������������ E. Watson, in her capacity as executrix and devisee of the estate of Cynthia A. Durrant C.P. ��������������������������� ������������������������������� 1402-345 ��������������������������� ����������������������������� OPA#441201300 Debbie Anne ���������������������������� C.P. June Term, 2013 No. 01219 ������������������������������� 1402-346 ������������������������� ���������������������������� �����������������������������

Dixon, Janel Dixon-Worrell ������������������������������� ������������������������������� 1402-347 ������������������������ ����������������������������� OPA#312031200 Anthony Opalka, Kathleen Opalka C.P. ������������������������������� ������������������������������� 1402-348 ������������������������� ������������������������� ���������������������������� C.P. February Term, 2013 No. �������������������������������������� 1402-349 �������������������������� ����������������������������� ��������������������������� ������������������������������� No. 02933 $90,274.11 Phelan ������������� 1402-350 3490 Weikel Street 19134�������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������� ������������� 1402-351 4930 Pulaski Avenue 191444131 13th wd. 1773.46 Sq. Ft. OPA#133121700 Anthony Jackson C.P. February Term, 2013 ����������������������������� ������������� 1402-352 ���������������������������� ����������������������������� Ft. OPA#101407300 Marguerite �����������������������������cinthe C.P. March Term, 2013 ����������������������������� ������������� 1402-353 ������������������������������� ����������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������� ������������� 1402-354 3620 Richmond Street 19134��������������������������� �������������������������� aka James R. Rispo, Sr. C.P. �������������������������� ������������������������������� 1402-355 ������������������������� ������������������������������ OPA#602074900 Karen R. Snead, in her capacity as heir of Mary ����������������������������� heirs, successors, assigns, and all persons, firms, or associations claiming right, title, or interest ������������������������������ deceased. C.P. February Term, �������������������������� �������������������� 1402-356 �������������������������� ����������������������������� �������������������������� Rascoe C.P. April Term, 2013 No. 01376 $203,964.07 Phelan ������������� 1402-357 ��������������������������� ��������������������������� OPA#343327100 Curtis Singleton C.P. February Term, 2013 No. ��������������������������������������

1402-358 ��������������������������� �������������������������� ������������������������������ aka Paula Acotsa, Ulyses Alberto Acosta C.P. May Term, 2013 No. ������������������������������������� 1402-359 ������������������������� ������������������������������ ���������������������������� C.P. May Term, 2013 No. 00466 ������������������������������� 1402-360 4910 A Street 19120-3926 ������������������������� OPA#421293700 Diana P. Santiago C.P. March Term, 2013 ���������������������������� ������������� 1402-361 �������������������������� ������������������������������ ������������������������ Munguia aka Katherine French ������������������������������� ������������������������������� 1402-362 ������������������������� ������������������������������ ��������������������������� Doretha Kidd C.P. March Term, ��������������������������� �������������������� 1402-363 ������������������������������� ������������������������������ �������������������������simer C.P. February Term, 2012 ���������������������������� ������������� 1402-364 ��������������������������� 40th wd. 16’ frontage x 62’ depth ���������������������������� ��������������������������� C.P. October Term, 2009 No. ���������������������������� ������������������������ 1402-365 �������������������������������� ��������������������������� Deriec Dorman and Tamica Oglesby-Dorman C.P. Au�������������������������� ������������������������������� PC 1402-366 4707 Frankford Avenue 19124 ������������������������� ������������������������� Permesardian and Tariq Adham ������������������������������� ������������������������������� PC 1402-367 7211 Eastwood Street 19149 ������������������������� ����������������������������� C.P. July Term, 2013 No. 01374 �������������������������� P.C. 1402-368 ���������������������������� ������������������������� ������������������������� Overwise C.P. January Term, ��������������������������� ������������������� 1402-369 ������������������������������� ������������������������� ������������������������� Rawls C.P. December Term, 2012 ����������������������������� �����������

1402-370 ������������������������������ 62nd wd. 1320.17 Sq. Ft. ��������������������������� Parker C.P. July Term, 2013 No. ������������������������� ����������� 1402-371 ����������������������� ���������������������������� ���������������������������� and Tyrone T. Evans, Jr C.P. ���������������������������� ��������������������������� P.C. 1402-372 ���������������������� ��������������������������� ��������������������������� ������������������������������� ��������������������������� P.C. 1402-373 ��������������������������������� ������������������������������ ��������������������������� ������������������������������ �������������������������� P.C. 1402-374 ���������������������������� ������������������������� ���������������������������� ������������������������������� ��������������������������� P.C. 1402-375 ������������������������� ������������������������� ���������������������������� C.P. March Term, 2013 No. ������������������������� ����������� 1402-376 �������������������������� ������������������������� ������������������������� Wallace C.P. June Term, 2013 �������������������������� ��������������� 1402-377 ����������������������� ���������������������������� ������������������������� Ward C.P. March Term, 2013 No. �������������������������� ����������� 1402-378 ����������������������������� ������������������������� ��������������������������� C.P. January Term, 2009 No. ������������������������� ����������� 1402-379 ������������������������� 34th wd. 1440 Sq. Ft. ��������������������������� C.P. July Term, 2010 No. 00009 ��������������������������� P.C. 1402-380 ���������������������� 19139 3rd wd. 1040 Sq. Ft. ��������������������������� C.P. October Term, 2012 No. ������������������������� ����������� 1402-381 ���������������������� 34th wd. 1391.40 Sq. Ft. ���������������������������� Andrews C.P. June Term, 2013 �������������������������� ��������������� 1402-382 2640 South 66th Street 40th wd.

��������������������������� The unknown heirs, executors, of ����������������������������������� ������������������������������� ���������������������������� Eisenberg, PC 1402-383 243 Regina Street 19116 ���������������������� ����������������������������� ������������������������������� ���������������������������� Stern & Eisenberg, PC 1402-384 ������������������������ 60th wd. (formerly part of the 46th wd.) 1392 Sq. Ft. ����������������������������� C.P. January Term, 2013 No. ������������������������� Eisenberg, PC 1402-385 ������������������������������ ������������������������������ ������������������������������������������������������������ Stern & Eisenberg, PC 1402-386 ���������������������� 19143 60th wd. (formerly part of the 46th wd.) 1214 Sq. Ft. �������������������������� ���������������������������� ������������������������������� Stern & Eisenberg, PC 1402-387 �������������������������� ����������������������� Ft.; res condo 2sty frame ����������������������������phy C.P. September Term, 2013 ������������������������������ Weisberg, & Conway, P.C. 1402-388 ����������������������������� ��������������������������������� ����������������������������� ������������������������������ of the estate of Marianne JeanPierre, deceased, mortgagor, and real owner C.P. April Term, 2012 ����������������������������� Weisberg, & Conway, P.C. 1402-389 469 East Pleasant Street 19119 22nd wd. 1406 Sq. Ft.; row b/gar ��������������������������� Filbert Francois C.P. February Term, 2009 No. 02202 ������������������������������ & Conway, P.C. 1402-390 �������������������������������� ������������������������������� ���������������������������� �������������������������������� Nancy J. Piccolo C.P. May Term, ����������������������������Cabe, Weisberg, & Conway, P.C. 1402-391 ������������������������������ ������������������������������� ������������������������� �������������������������� ������������������������������� ���������������������������� ������������������������ 1402-392 34 South Salford Street 19139 ��������������������������������� ���������������������������� and Chantia D. Rose aka Chantia Dill-Rose C.P. April Term, 2013 ����������������������������� ��������������������������� 1402-393 2431 Reed Street, Unit 2

19146 36th wd. North side of Reed St intersection of Reed ���������������������������� �������������������������� ������������������������������ ��������������������������� James W. Hennessey, Esq., ������������������� 1402-394A ����������������������������� ����������������������������� Subject to Mortgage Subject to Rent Ed’s Investment Properties C.P. March Term, 2012 No. ����������������������������lespie, Esquire 1402-394B �������������������������������� ���������������������������� to Mortgage Subject to Rent Ed’s Investment Properties C.P. March Term, 2012 No. 02232 ������������������������������ Esquire 1402-395 2106 N Marvine Street 19122 ������������������������������ ����������������������������� ������������������������������ �������������������������� ���������������������������� ����������������������������� 1402-396 ������������������������� ��������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������ ��������������������������� ������������������������������ray, Esquire, O’Kelly Ernst & ����������� 1402-397 ��������������������������������� ���������������������������������� ������������������������������ C.P. April Term, 2010 No. 04140 ��������������������������� Esq., Klehr Harrison Harvey ������������� 1402-398 ������������������������ ���������������������� ����������������������������� ��������������������������� Scott A. Dietterick, Esquire and/ ���������������������������� 1402-399 �������������������������� 10th wd. 1264 Sq. Ft. ����������������������������� �������������������������������� A. Dietterick, Esquire and/or ������������������������� 1402-400 16 N Dewey Street 34th wd. On the west side of Dewey Street at a distance of 110 feet northwest from the north side of Markey ����������������������������������� ft 0 in Subject to Mortgage Mary Penn C.P. January Term, 2013 ����������������������������� M. Hladik, Esq. 1402-401 249 W Harvey Street 19144 ���������������������� ���������������������������son C.P. March Term, 2010 No. ��������������������������� Offices, P.C. 1402-402 1330 East Hunting Park Avenue 19124 33rd wd. 1079.93 Sq. Ft. �������������������������man C.P. June Term, 2013 No. ���������������������������� Offices, P.C.







1402-403 �������������������������� ������������������������� �������������������������� McPherson, also known as Veronica A. Florence-McPherson and the United States of America C.P. October Term, 2012 No. ����������������������������� ��������������� 1402-404 4660 Torresdale Avenue 19124������������������������������ ����������������������������� �������������������������������� March Term, 2012 No. 00703 ������������������������������� 1402-405 1117 East Hortter Street ����������������������������� �������������������������� ��������������������������������� ��������������������������� �������������������� 1402-406 ������������������������� ���������������������� ������������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������� Macintosh C.P. March Term, �������������������������� �������������� 1402-407 ����������������������������� 1423 40th wd. 1740 Sq. Ft. OPA#401199000 Dahn Dennis ������������������������������ ������������������������������� 1402-408 �������������������������� ����������������������� Ft. OPA#121174900 Andrei Moiseyev C.P. March Term, 2010 ���������������������������� ������������� 1402-409 1904 Plymouth Street aka 1904 1/2 Plymouth Street aka 1904 �������������������������� ��������������������������� ��������������������������� as sole owner C.P. May Term, ������������������������������� A. Dietterick, Esq., Kimberly A. �������������������������������� ������������������������������� Ralph M. Salvia, Esq., Jaime R. ������������������������������������������������ 1402-410 ��������������������������� ��������������������������� ���������������������������� June Term, 2013 No. 02379 ������������������������������� 1402-411 ������������������������� �������������������������� ������������������������� ��������������������������������� September Term, 2013 No. 00694 ������������������������������� 1402-412 94 Roselyn Street 19120������������������������������ ����������������������������� C.P. September Term, 2009 No. ������������������������������������� 1402-413 ����������������������������� �������������������������� ����������������������������� C.P. August Term, 2013 No. 00991 $36,373.74 Phelan Hal����������

1402-414 �������������������������� ����������������������������� ��������������������������� Rispo C.P. June Term, 2013 No. ������������������������������������� 1402-415 2227 West Dauphin Street 19132-4704 16th wd. 1170 Sq. ��������������������������� ������������������������������� ����������������������������� Dietterick, Esq., Kimberly A. �������������������������������� ������������������������������� Ralph M. Salvia, Esq., Jaime R. ������������������������������������������������ 1402-416 6224 Mascher Street aka 6224 North Mascher Street 19120 61st ������������������������������� Subject to Mortgage Jeannette ������������������������������� joint tenants with the right of survivorship C.P. July Term, ������������������������������� A. Dietterick, Esq., Kimberly A. �������������������������������� ������������������������������� Ralph M. Salvia, Esq., Jaime R. ������������������������������������������������ 1402-417 ��������������������������� ��������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������� �������������������������������� �������������������������������� Joel A. Ackerman, Esq., Ashleigh ��������������������������������� Esq., Jaime R. Ackerman, Esq., ����������������������������� ��� 1402-418 ���������������������������� 2122 49th wd. 1024 Sq. Ft. ������������������������� ������������������������������ ������������������������������� Scott A. Dietterick, Esq., ������������������������������� ������������������������������� Marin, Esq., Ralph M. Salvia, Esq., Jaime R. Ackerman, Esq., ����������������������������� ��� 1402-419 ����������������������������� ��������������������������� ������������������������� ������������������������������� Zahava Fisch C.P. December Term, 2011 No. 2447 $73,043.23 Scott A. Dietterick, Esq., ������������������������������� ������������������������������� Marin, Esq., Ralph M. Salvia, Esq., Jaime R. Ackerman, Esq., ����������������������������� ��� 1402-420 ����������������������� ������������������������������ ������������������������� Mortgage William Mangum C.P. ����������������������������� $42,660.12 Scott A. Dietterick, �������������������������������� Joel A. Ackerman, Esq., Ashleigh ��������������������������������� Esq., Jaime R. Ackerman, Esq., ����������������������������� ���

1402-421 ������������������������������ ������������������������������� Subject to Mortgage James Dunn ������������������������������� ��������������������������������� �������������������������������� Joel A. Ackerman, Esq., Ashleigh ��������������������������������� Esq., Jaime R. Ackerman, Esq., ����������������������������� ��� 1402-422 ����������������������� ���������������������������� ���������������������������son C.P. October Term, 2009 No. ��������������������������������������������������������������� Esq., Joel A. Ackerman, Esq., ������������������������������� M. Salvia, Esq., Jaime R. Acker������������������������������ ������������� 1402-423 ��������������������������� ���������������������������� ������������������������������ ��������������������������� ��������������������������������� �������������������������������� Joel A. Ackerman, Esq., Ashleigh ��������������������������������� Esq., Jaime R. Ackerman, Esq., ����������������������������� ��� 1402-424 ������������������������ ����������������������������� ������������������������� Suwannarat, as sole owner C.P. ������������������������� ��������������������������������� �������������������������������� Joel A. Ackerman, Esq., Ashleigh ��������������������������������� Esq., Jaime R. Ackerman, Esq., ����������������������������� ��� 1402-425 ��������������������������� ���������������������� ������������������������� Mortgage Wilburt E. James ������������������������������� $120,604.27 Scott A. Dietterick, �������������������������������� Joel A. Ackerman, Esq., Ashleigh ��������������������������������� Esq., Jaime R. Ackerman, Esq., ����������������������������� ��� 1402-426 ������������������������������� ������������������������������ Subject to Mortgage Penny T Dovak C.P. January Term, 2011 ������������������������������ Dietterick, Esq., Kimberly A. �������������������������������� ������������������������������� Ralph M. Salvia, Esq., Jaime R. ������������������������������������������������ 1402-427 ������������������������������ ������������������������������� Subject to Mortgage Regina S. Jones, as sole owner C.P. ����������������������������� $60,432.44 Scott A. Dietterick, �������������������������������� Joel A. Ackerman, Esq., Ashleigh ��������������������������������� Esq., Jaime R. Ackerman, Esq., ����������������������������� ���

1402-428 ��������������������������� ������������������������������ ���������������������������� as sole owner C.P. May Term, �������������������������������� A. Dietterick, Esq., Kimberly A. �������������������������������� ������������������������������� Ralph M. Salvia, Esq., Jaime R. ������������������������������������������������ 1402-429 ���������������������������� ������������������������������ ������������������������������� �������������������������� Rashid, wife and husband, as tenants by the entirety C.P. May Term, 2012 No. 2233 ��������������������������������� �������������������������������� Joel A. Ackerman, Esq., Ashleigh ��������������������������������� Esq., Jaime R. Ackerman, Esq., ����������������������������� ��� 1402-430 ������������������������� ���������������������� ������������������������� Mortgage Charles A. Sudler, Jr ������������������������������ �������������������������������� �������������������������������� Joel A. Ackerman, Esq., Ashleigh ��������������������������������� Esq., Jaime R. Ackerman, Esq., ����������������������������� ��� 1402-431 1140 Passmore Street 19111����������������������� ����������������������� A. Varghese and Annamma Raju, husband and wife C.P. ����������������������������� $126,493.73 Scott A. Dietterick, �������������������������������� Joel A. Ackerman, Esq., Ashleigh ��������������������������������� Esq., Jaime R. Ackerman, Esq., ����������������������������� ��� 1402-432 4334 Vista Street 19136 41st wd. ��������������������������� ���������������������������������� January Term, 2011 No. 1431 �������������������������������� �������������������������������� Joel A. Ackerman, Esq., Ashleigh ��������������������������������� Esq., Jaime R. Ackerman, Esq., ����������������������������� ��� 1402-433 ��������������������������� ��������������������������� ������������������������� Mortgage Daryl Pray, administrator of the estate of Susan Pray C.P. June Term, 2009 No. 00311 $60,674.37 Scott A. Dietterick, �������������������������������� Joel A. Ackerman, Esq., Ashleigh ��������������������������������� Esq., Jaime R. Ackerman, Esq., ����������������������������� ��� 1402-434 2430 South 11th Street ���������������������������� ����������������������naurato, as sole owner C.P. �������������������������� ���������������������������������

�������������������������� Esq., Joel A. Ackerman, Esq., ������������������������������� M. Salvia, Esq., Jaime R. Ack������������������������������ ��������������� 1402-435 ������������������������ �������������������������� ��������������������������� Christy and Angela N. Christy C.P. November Term, 2011 ������������������������������ Dietterick, Esq., Kimberly A. �������������������������������� ������������������������������� Ralph M. Salvia, Esq., Jaime R. ������������������������������������������������ 1402-436 ��������������������������� ����������������������� 19143 40th wd. 1712 Sq. Ft. ����������������������� Matakanure C.P. March Term, �������������������������� Scott A. Dietterick, Esq., ������������������������������� ������������������������������� Marin, Esq., Ralph M. Salvia, Esq., Jaime R. Ackerman, Esq., ����������������������������� ��� 1402-437 �������������������������� ��������������������������� ������������������������� ��������������������������� and Tanya Covington, as joint tenants with the right of survivorship C.P. May Term, 2012 ������������������������������ Dietterick, Esq., Kimberly A. �������������������������������� ������������������������������� Ralph M. Salvia, Esq., Jaime R. ������������������������������������������������ 1402-438 ��������������������� ���������������������������� ������������������������� Mortgage Robert Markowski C.P. December Term, 2011 No. �������������������������� Dietterick, Esq., Kimberly A. �������������������������������� ������������������������������� Ralph M. Salvia, Esq., Jaime R. ������������������������������������������������ 1402-439 1727 West Colonial Street ������������������������� Sq. Ft. OPA#171349200 Daniel Smith Ramsey C.P. August Term, 2012 No. 01362 ���������������������������� ��� 1402-440 �������������������������� ��������������������������� ����������������������������� C.P. December Term, 2011 No. �������������������������������������� 1402-441 7123 Torresdale Avenue ���������������������������� ����������������������������� and Michelle Daut, as tenants by the entireties C.P. May Term, �������������������������� Scott A. Dietterick, Esq., ������������������������������� ������������������������������� Marin, Esq., Ralph M. Salvia,

Esq., Jaime R. Ackerman, Esq., ����������������������������� ��� 1402-442 764 Uber Street aka 764 North ��������������������������� ������������������������������ Subject to Mortgage Carl Peterson and Sylvia Peterson, his wife C.P. March Term, 2011 No. 3603 ��������������������������������� �������������������������������� Joel A. Ackerman, Esq., Ashleigh ��������������������������������� Esq., Jaime R. Ackerman, Esq., ����������������������������� ��� 1402-443 4779 Tampa Street 191204621 42nd wd. 2630 Sq. Ft. ����������������������� ������������������������������ ���������������������������� ������������������������������� 1402-444 604 Van Kirk Street 19120��������������������������� ����������������������������� C.P. August Term, 2012 No. �������������������������������������� 1402-445 ������������������������������ ������������������������ Ft.; row b/gar 2 sty masonry ���������������������������sler C.P. November Term, 2010 ������������������������������ Weisberg, & Conway, P.C. 1402-446 3467 Richmond Street �������������������� ����������������������� ������������������������ Mortgage Subject to Rent 3467 Richmond Real Estate Ventures, ���������������������������� ��������������������������� ����������������������������� ������������������������������ ���������� 1402-447 ������������������������ ���������������������������� ��������������������������� �������������������������������� ������������������������������ 1402-448 ������������������������������� On westerly side of Corlies ��������������������������������� from the northerly side of Tasker �������������������������������� 0 in OPA#364422600 Rodger Abbott C.P. June Term, 2013 No. �������������������������������� Esquire 1402-449 ����������������������������� ��������������������������������� �����������������������������roy Thompson C.P. April Term, �����������������������������Cabe, Weisberg, & Conway, P.C. 1402-450 �������������������������������� ������������������������������� Subject to Mortgage David A. ���������������������������� his wife C.P. September Term, ��������������������������� Scott A. Dietterick, Esq., ������������������������������� ������������������������������� Marin, Esq., Ralph M. Salvia, Esq., Jaime R. Ackerman, Esq., �����������������������������


1402-451 ��������������������������� �������������������������������� ���������������������������� Watson C.P. May Term, 2013 ������������������������������ Weisberg, & Conway, P.C. 1402-452 ����������������������� ���������������������������� ������������������������� ����������������������������� C.P. February Term, 2009 No. ������������������������� ����������� 1402-453 ��������������������������������� ������������������������������ MIT MEY C.P. April Term, 2013 ����������������������������� ����������� 1402-454 ����������������������������� On the southeast side of Chatham St, 112’ 7-1/4 in, northward from the northeast side of Indiana Avenue; front 14 ft 4 in; depth ������������������������������� Caraballo C.P. September Term, ��������������������������� ����������������������� 1402-455 ��������������������������� 42nd wd. 1200 Sq. Ft.; row b/gar ��������������������������� �������������������������ber Term, 2012 No. 00967 $64,421.76 McCabe, Weisberg, & Conway, P.C. 1402-456 ������������������������������ ������������������������������ Sanayyah H. Miller C.P. �������������������������� �������������������������� P.C. 1402-457 ������������������������������ wd. on southwesterly side of Howell St, 100 ft 0 in northwestwardly from the westerly corner of Howell and Tullp St; front 30 ft, 0 in; depth 140 ft ��������������������������� to Mortgage Paul E. Voit C.P. ��������������������������� ���������������������������� Esquire 1402-458 ����������������������������� 34th wd. irregular dimensions ���������������������������� ��������������������������� December Term, 2012 No. 01333 ������������������������������� ��������������� 1402-459 43 West Johnson Street ���������������������������� ����������������������� Jones and William Jones C.P. July Term, 2012 No. 003620 ������������������������� Rosenstiel Esquire, Heather Riloff, Esquire 1402-460 6141 Wheeler Street 19143 40th wd. 1072 Sq. Ft. ��������������������������� C.P. August Term, 2011 No. ���������������������������� Von Rosenstiel Esquire, Heather Riloff, Esquire 1402-461 1326 East Airdrie Street �����������������������������






���������������������������� C. Harris, as sole owner C.P. March Term, 2012 No. 1314 �������������������������������� �������������������������������� Joel A. Ackerman, Esq., Ashleigh ��������������������������������� Esq., Jaime R. Ackerman, Esq., ����������������������������� ��� 1402-462 ������������������������������� ������������������������������ Victoria Renee Allen C.P. November Term, 2012 No. 00676 �������������������������� P.C. 1402-463 ����������������������� ��������������������������� ������������������������� Quici and Kelly Ann Quici C.P. ���������������������������� �������������������������� Rosenstiel Esquire, Heather Riloff, Esquire 1402-464 ������������������������ ���������������������������� ���������������������������� �������������������������������� �������������������������� Rosenstiel Esquire, Heather Riloff, Esquire 1402-465 4249 Romain Street 19124 ������������������������� ���������������������� Moore C.P. July Term, 2012 No. ������������������������� ����������� 1402-466 ������������������������������� 26th wd. All that certain lot or piece of ground, situate on the ���������������������������������� distance of two hundred eighty������������������������������� southward from the south side of Ritter Street in the Twenty-Sixth (fomerly part of the forty-eighth) ward of the city of Philadelphia. Containing in front or breadth on �������������������������������� ���������������������������� extending of that width in length or depth eastward between parallel lines at right angles to the ������������������������������� feet (47’) feet to a certain three feet (3’) wide alley leading north-ward into Ritter Street and Southward into another 3 feet wide alley leading westward into ������������������������������� to Mortgage William Carbo C.P. August Term, 2013 No. 03464 $177,116.22 Anthony R. ������������������������������TASIO, & EDWARDS, P.C. 1402-467 2409 West Cumberland Street ������������������������������� ����������������������������� C.P. March Term, 2013 No. ������������������������� ����������� 1402-468 �������������������������� 19142 40th wd. 2012 Sq. Ft. ���������������������������� Valgene West C.P. October Term, ��������������������������� ����������������������� 1402-469 ���������������������������� �������������������������

������������������������ ��������������������������� May Term, 2010 No. 04021 ������������������������������ 1402-470 774 South Hicks Street ��������������������������� ���������������������������� C.P. March Term, 2010 No. ���������������������������� Offices, P.C. 1402-471 ������������������������� ������������������������������ Manolita I. M. Evans C.P. �������������������������� �������������������������������������� 1402-472 ������������������������� ������������������������� ������������������������� ����������������������������� C.P. August Term, 2010 No. ��������������������������� Offices, P.C. 1402-473 ����������������������������� ������������������������������ ������������������������������ ������������������������������� ���������������������������� ��������������� 1402-474 ������������������������� �������������������������� ������������������������ Cuculino aka Angelo Cucolino C.P. July Term, 2010 No. 01941 ������������������������������ P.C. 1402-475 4930 Knorr Street 41st wd. ������������������������������ John C. Kuhn C.P. August Term, ��������������������������� �������������������������� 1402-476 610 Morris Street 1st wd. 1024 ��������������������������� Kim Karng and Cham Sok C.P. ���������������������������� $207,033.60 Milstead & Associ��������� 1402-477 133 East Maryland Street ������������������������������� ���������������������������� Michael Smith C.P. July Term, ��������������������������� ����������������������� 1402-478 ���������������������������� ����������������������������� ������������������������������������������������ ������������������������������������� 1402-479 �������������������������������� ������������������������������ �������������������������������� E. Mitchell C.P. February Term, 2012 No. 00034 $139,426.06 �������������������������� 1402-480 ������������������������� 1312 17th wd. 1744 Sq. Ft. ��������������������������mian Wilson aka Damian Chris�������������������������������ministratrix and heir of the Estate of Damian Wilson aka Damian Christopher Wilson. Unknown heirs, successors, assigns, and all persons, firms, or associations claiming right, title, or interest

from or under Damian Wilson aka Damian Christopher Wilson, deceased. C.P. May Term, 2009 ����������������������������� ������������� 1402-481 4430 McKinley Street 41st wd. ��������������������������� Subject to Mortgage Property of William J. Dearden, Personal Representative of the Estate of Maryanne Dearden aka Maryanne ������������������������������ ������������������������������ ���������������������������� 1402-482 ������������������������������ ������������������������������ Walter R. Heller and Mary Heller C.P. March Term, 2013 No. ������������������������������ �������������������� 1402-483 2716 North 23rd Street 19132����������������������������� OPA#111370200 Frank W. ��������������������������������� his capacity as heir of the estate ���������������������������������� in her capacity as heir of the ��������������������������������� ����������������������������������� ��������������������������������� ���������������������������������� ��������������������������������� �����������������������������sors, assigns, and all persons, firms, or associations claiming right, title, or interest from or �������������������������������� C.P. January Term, 2012 No. ������������������������������������� 1402-484 ������������������������������ ������������������������������ Rosemary DiStefano C.P. July Term, 2012 No. 04767 ��������������������������� ����������������� 1402-485 �������������������������������� ��������������������������� Harold Wingfield C.P. February Term, 2013 No. 000122 �������������������������� ����������������� 1402-486 ����������������������� ������������������������� ����������������������� Sorasky, Mindy Sorasky C.P. September Term, 2013 No. 01611 ����������������������������� ��� 1402-487 6107 Harley Avenue 40th wd. ����������������������������� Thomas William MacNeal aka Thomas William MacNeal, III and Denise R. MacNeal C.P. ������������������������������ �������������������������� ����������������� 1402-488 2131 Carver Street 19124����������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������� ������������� 1402-489 ������������������������� ���������������������� ��������������������������ington C.P. February Term, �����������������������������

�������������� 1402-490 �������������������� ����������������������������� ����������������������� ����������������������������� ��������������������������� �������������������������� ����������������� 1402-491 ���������������������� ������������������ ������������������������ OPA#011214200 John E. McNamee C.P. July Term, 2012 ����������������������������� ������������� 1402-492 ������������������������� ��������������������������� ��������������������� �������������������������������� C.P. October Term, 2010 No. �������������������������������������� 1402-493 ������������������������� 60th wd. 1600 Sq. Ft. ���������������������� heirs, successors, assigns, and all persons, firms, or associations claiming right, title, or ������������������������������� Norman C.P. July Term, 2013 �������������������������� �������������� 1402-494 ����������������������������� �������������������������� ��������������������������� ����������������������������� ���������������������������� ������������� 1402-495 ����������������������������� Marlow Street 19124 62nd wd. ����������������������������� Wayne Johnson, Jr. and Angela R. Johnson C.P. June Term, ��������������������������� ������������������ 1402-496 �������������������������� 62nd wd. (formerly part of the ����������������������������� ��������������������������� �������������������������� Torres, Jr. C.P. July Term, 2013 No. 001207 $116,412.73 Amy �������������� 1402-497 1236 Robbins Street 19111��������������������������� ������������������������� ��������������������������� ����������������������������� ������������� 1402-498 �������������������� 19143 40th wd. 1136 Sq. Ft. ����������������������������� Roberto Cooper, and Dorothy Morris C.P. August Term, 2013 �������������������������� �������������� 1402-499 ����������������������������� 3717 41st wd. 1203.60 Sq. Ft. OPA#411312900 Kevin Miller ������������������������������� ���������������������������� ��� 1402-500 ������������������������� 36th wd. 1104 Sq. Ft. �������������������������� C.P. April Term, 2013 No.

003439 $112,633.31 Amy �������������� 1402-501 ����������������������������� ���������������������������� Sq. Ft. OPA#102219200 Tamara ����������������������������� 2012 No. 03763 $24,401.44 �������������������� 1402-502 7330 North 20th Street ���������������������������� ������������������������ Stevenson aka Yvonne Steven���������������������������� Stevenson-Noble (real owner) C.P. September 2013 No. ������������������������������ A. DeNardo, Esquire 1402-503 ������������������������ ��������������������������� Sq. Ft. OPA#171126100 Kennard Henderson, Maxine Henderson aka Maxine D. W Henderson C.P. September Term, �������������������������� �������������������� 1402-504 1260 North Alden Street �������������������������� ���������������������� heirs, successors, assigns, and all persons, firms, or associations claiming right, title, or interest from or under Constance Torrence, deceased C.P. June Term, 2012 No. 3639 ����������������������������� 1402-505 4131 Dungan Street 19124��������������������������� ����������������������� Shelton C.P. September Term, 2012 No. 00039 $63,306.21 �������������������� 1402-506 ������������������������� ������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������� C.P. August Term, 2012 No. ���������������������������� Esquire 1402-507 ����������������������� ���������������������������� ���������������������� ����������������������������� ��������������������������� �������������������� 1402-508 ������������������������� ��������������������������� ������������������������ Morris C.P. March Term, 2013 ���������������������������� ������������� 1402-509 ������������������������ ��������������������������� ���������������������� Capers C.P. September Term, ��������������������������� �������������������� 1402-510 ���������������������� ���������������������������� �������������������������� Maurice Upshur, Zina Upshur C.P. September Term, 2013 No. ���������������������������� Offices, P.C. 1402-511 ����������������������������� ���������������������������� ����������������������







Edward Smith aka Edward A. Smith, Vanessa Smith aka Vanessa Allen Smith C.P. September Term, 2013 No. ���������������������������� Offices, P.C. 1402-512 ������������������������������ ������������������������������ ������������������������������ �������������������������� ����������������������� 1402-513 1234 Christian St 19147 2nd wd. Front 16’, depth 100’ �������������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������� ������������������������������iel P. Murray, Esquire, O’Kelly ������������������� 1402-514 4111 Claridge Street 19124 ������������������������� ���������������������������� ��������������������������������� ��������������������������������� Member C.P. July Term, 2012 ������������������������������� Esquire 1402-515 3010 Aramingo Avenue 19134 ������������������������ ��������������������������� C.P. July Term, 2013 No. 003002 ����������������������������� 1402-516 ���������������������� 19143 46th wd. 1392 Sq. Ft. ����������������������� Muhammad C.P. July Term, 2013 �������������������������� �������������� 1402-517 �������������������������� 64th wd. (formerly part of the ������������������������������� ���������������������������� ������������������������������ ������������������������������ 1402-518 ������������������������ ���������������������������� ���������������������������� ������������������������������� ����������������������������� 1402-519 ���������������������� ���������������������������� ���������������������������� III C.P. September 2013 No. ������������������������������ Esquire 1402-520 1970 W Hunting Park Avenue ������������������������������ ������������������������ Smith C.P. July Term, 2013 No. ����������������������������� Esquire 1402-521 10011 Ferndale Street ���������������������������� ������������������������ ������������������������������ ������������������������������� Esquire 1402-522 2001 Hamilton Street, Apart������������������������ wd. Together with all right, title, and interest to a 0.747% undivided interset of, in and to the Common Elements, as more particularly set forth in the Dec����������������������������� Colombo C.P. February Term,

��������������������������� �������������������� 1402-523 646 Alcott Street 19120 ���������������������� ������������������������ Johnson aka Dorleatha M. Johnson C.P. July Term, 2013 No. ��������������������������� Esquire 1402-524 ��������������������������� ��������������������������� ��������������������������� �������������������������ten C.P. September Term, 2013 ����������������������������� ������������� 1402-525 614 West Rittenhouse Street ���������������������������� ����������������������� ����������������������������� �������������������������� ��������������� 1402-526 �������������������������� ������������������������������ ��������������������������tox C.P. November Term, 2012 ���������������������������� ������������� 1402-527 ������������������������ ��������������������������� �������������������������� ������������������������������ ������������������������� ����������� 1402-528 �������������������������� �������������������������� OPA#392077600 Joey S. Fang, Yun F. Huang C.P. April Term, �������������������������� �������������������� 1402-529 ���������������������������� �������������������������� OPA#433394000 Albert Harrell, Jr C.P. October Term, 2010 No. ������������������������������������� 1402-530 ����������������������������� ������������������������������ Carlos Olivo C.P. April Term, �������������������������� ������������������� 1402-531 ������������������������ ������������������������� ������������������������ Knable aka Robert Knable, Amy Knable C.P. August Term, 2012 ���������������������������� ������������� 1402-532 ������������������������ ���������������������������� 19141-4021 49th wd. 1167 Sq. ��������������������������� Haywood C.P. July Term, 2013 No. 01466 $67,117.00 Phelan ������������� 1402-533 �������������������������� ������������������������� ����������������������slosky, solely in his capacity as heir of Joseph Koslosky, Jr., deceased and Marianne Toner, solely in her capacity as heir of Joseph Koslosky, Jr. deceased ������������������������������ ��������������������������� P.C.

1402-534 ������������������������������� ���������������������������� ������������������������������� Norma Wilcox, in her capacity as heir of Elaine Mack aka Elaine ����������������������������� heirs, successors, assigns, and all persons, firms, or associations claiming right, title, or interest from or under Elane V. Mack aka ��������������������������������� ��������������������������� ����������������������������� ��� 1402-535 �������������������������� ��������������������������� ������������������������� Chambers Jiles and Jasmine Jiles C.P. October Term, 2009 No. �������������������������� ����������� 1402-536 1026 Westview Street 19119 ������������������������ ������������������������� ��������������������������� C.P. March Term, 2013 No. ���������������������������� Offices, P.C. 1402-537 �������������������������������� ����������������������������� Subject to Mortgage Sharon Holmes C.P. July Term, 2012 No. �������������������������������� ���������������� 1402-538 ����������������������������� ������������������������� Mortgage Jerrome R. Stinnie and Manuela T. Stinnie C.P. July Term, 2012 No. 04662 ���������������������������� �������������� 1402-539 �������������������������������� ������������������������������� Subject to Mortgage Sui Dan Jones C.P. September Term, 2013 ������������������������������ �������������������������� 1402-540 ������������������������������� ������������������������������ to Mortgage Yelena Shokh C.P. August Term, 2012 No. 02226 ��������������������������� �������������� 1402-541 ����������������������� ������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������� ����������������� 1402-542 ���������������������������� ��������������������������� Subject to Mortgage Edward Crawford C.P. July Term, 2012 ����������������������������� ���������������������� 1402-543 ������������������������������ ����������������������������� ������������������������������ Rosania aka Jennifer Rosania C.P. May Term, 2010 No. 03020 ������������������������������ P.C. 1402-544 ������������������������������� ������������������������������ ������������������������������� Monica Fennelly C.P. July Term,

��������������������������� ������������������������������ 1402-545 ��������������������������� ������������������������������ Subject to Mortgage Anthony Jordan C.P. July Term, 2012 No. �������������������������������� ���������������� 1402-546 ������������������������ s/d conv apt 2sty masonry ����������������������� Watson C.P. June Term, 2012 No. ���������������������������� ��������������� 1402-547 ������������������������������ ������������������������������� ����������������������������� Tillson C.P. September Term, ���������������������������� Stern & Eisenberg, PC 1402-548 ����������������������� ��������������������������� ���������������������������� W. Davis, Wilford E. Morton ������������������������������� ����������������������������� ��� 1402-549 ��������������������������� ��������������������������� OPA#222249300 Mary Douglass aka Mary Ann Douglass C.P. ������������������������� ����������������������������� ��� 1402-550 ����������������������� ����������������������������� ������������������������� Hinton, Jennifer Hinton C.P. December Term, 2012 No. 04006 $219,137.43 Phelan Hallinan, ��� 1402-551 4226 Ormond Street 19124 33rd ������������������������������ ������������������������������� ������������������������������ ��������������� 1402-552 6209 Hasbrook Avenue 19111 ������������������������� ������������������������ Elwell C.P. April Term, 2013 ����������������������������� ����������� 1402-553 609 North Wilton Street 19131 44th wd. 1004 Sq. Ft. ��������������������������� ������������������������������ ������������������������������ P.C. 1402-554 4037 North Darien Street �������������������������� �������������������������� ����������������������������� ���������������������������� April Term, 2013 No. 02241 �������������������������� P.C. 1402-555 �������������������������� ������������������������� ������������������������� ������������������������������� ����������������������������� ����������� 1402-556 ������������������������ �������������������������� ���������������������������-

������������������������������ ������������������������������� ������������������������������ P.C. 1402-557 6912 Old York Road 19126 ������������������������� ����������������������� Johnson C.P. May Term, 2010 ����������������������������� ����������� 1402-558 ������������������������ ������������������������������ ���������������������������� C.P. September Term, 2013 No. ��������������������������� Offices, P.C. 1402-559 ������������������������� ���������������������� ������������������������� Rios C.P. May Term, 2013 No. �������������������������� ����������� 1402-560 ��������������������������������� �������������������������� ������������������������������� ������������������������������� ����������������������������� �������������������������� Tenuto and Michelle Tenuto C.P. ����������������������������� �������������������������������� Esquire 1402-561 ������������������������� ��������������������������� ��������������������������� C.P. January Term, 2011 No. �������������������������������������� 1402-562 �������������������������� ������������������������������� �������������������������� Sostre C.P. June Term, 2013 No. ����������������������������� Von Rosenstiel Esquire, Heather Riloff, Esquire 1402-563 242 North Creighton Street 19139 44th wd. 1140 Sq. Ft.; row ���������������������������� Property of 242 North Creighton ���������������������������� September Term, 2013 No. 00773 ������������������������������� Conway, P.C. 1402-564 ��������������������������� 2949 33rd wd. 602 Sq. Ft. �������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������� ������������� 1402-565 6230 Torresdale Avenue 41st wd. ������������������������������ Subject to Mortgage John R. Klemick C.P. July Term, 2013 ������������������������������ ����������������� 1402-566 ������������������������������ ������������������������������ OPA#611214100 Juan Coreano C.P. March Term, 2013 No. 03660 $230,120.09 Phelan Hal���������� 1402-567 ��������������������������� ������������������������������ ���������������������������� ������������������������������� �������������������������������

����������������� 1402-568 1124 O’Neil Street 19123������������������������� ���������������������������chio C.P. September Term, 2013 No. 00123 $62,013.20 Phelan ������������� 1402-569 �������������������������� ������������������������� ������������������������������ ������������������������������� �������������������������������������� 1402-570 4041 Dungan Street 19124��������������������������� OPA#332420600 Naeem ������������������������������� ����������������������������� ������������� 1402-571 ��������������������������������� ��������������������������� ������������������������������� ���������������������������� Martha E. Von Rosenstiel Esquire, Heather Riloff, Esquire 1402-572 13049 Trina Drive 19116�������������������������� ������������������������� Edwards, Warren Edwards C.P. ������������������������������ ����������������������������� ��� 1402-573 4134 Cambridge Street 19104 ������������������������� ���������������������������� C.P. February Term, 2009 No. ��������������������������� Von Rosenstiel Esquire, Heather Riloff, Esquire 1402-574 ���������������������������� ������������������������ ����������������������������� ������������������������������ Phillips C.P. March Term, 2013 ����������������������������� ������������� 1402-575 �������������������������������� ��������������������������� �������������������������������������������������� $93,723.13 Robert W. Williams, Esquire 1402-576 ���������������������������� ������������������������������ OPA#463249900 Anthony Haye C.P. July Term, 2009 No. 03092 ������������������������������� 1402-577 ������������������������� ��������������������������� �������������������������������������������������� June Term, 2013 No. 001623 ������������������������� Rosenstiel Esquire, Heather Riloff, Esquire 1402-578 ������������������������ 19131 4th wd. 602 Sq. Ft. �������������������������� C.P. September Term, 2013 No. ������������������������� ����������� 1402-579 166 Convington Road 19120 61st wd. 1944 Sq. Ft. ����������������������������� C.P. February Term, 2010 No.







�������������������������� ����������� 1402-580 6614 Chew Avenue 19119 ������������������������� �������������������� ����������������������������� ������������������������� ��������������� 1402-581 ��������������������� 31st wd. (formerly part of �������������������������� ��������������������������ter C.P. February Term, 2012 ���������������������������� ����������������� 1402-582 ���������������������� ��������������������������� ��������������������� Thomas C.P. April Term, 2013 �������������������������� ��������������� 1402-583 ������������������������� ������������������������� ����������������������� ��������������������������� �������������������������� ��������������� 1402-584 6626 Dicks Avenue 19142 ������������������������� �������������������������� ���������������������������� ������������������������� �������������������������� P.C. 1402-585 ������������������������� �������������������� ���������������������� ���������������������������� �������������������������� ��������������������������� Esquire 1402-586 1346 North Dover Steet 19121 29th wd. 700 Sq. Ft. ����������������������� ���������������������������� �������������������������� ����������������������� 1402-587 ����������������������������� ����������������������������� ������������������������������ Hart Civil Division June 2013 ���������������������������� ��������������������� 1402-588 ����������������������������� 21st wd. On southeasterly ��������������������������� �������������������������� ������������������������������ ������������������������������� ������������������������� Mascieri C.P. June Term, 2013 ���������������������������� S. Schuman, Esquire 1402-589 6611 Eastwood Street ������������������������� �������������������� Arrington aka Tracey N. Arrington C.P. May Term, ��������������������������� �������������������������� 1402-590 611 E Mt Pleasant Avenue ���������������������������� ������������������������ ������������������������� �������������������� ����������������������

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�������������������������� ���������������������������� ������������������������� ������������������������� 1402-603 2443 South Hicks Street ����������������������� ������������������ �������������������������bonaro, Daniel F. Carbonaro C.P. April Term, 2013 No. ���������������������������� Offices, P.C. 1402-604 ����������������������� ������������������������ ����������������������� Payne aka Julu M. Payne C.P. July Term, 2013 No. 02666 �����������������������fices, P.C. 1402-605 ���������������������������� ���������������������������� ���������������������� heirs, successors, assigns, and all persons, firms, or associations claiming right, title, or interest from or under Valerine Thomas aka Valerie E. Thomas, deceased. Valerine Thomas aka Valerie E. Thomas, deceased. Jerrold Thomas known heir of Valerine E. Thomas aka Valerie E. Thomas, deceased. Ramon Thomas, known heir of Valerine E. Thomas aka Valerie E. Thomas, deceased. C.P. June Term, 2011 No. ���������������������������� Offices, P.C. 1402-606 ���������������������������� ��������������������������� �������������������������� C.P. April Term, 2013 No. ������������������������������������� 1402-607 �������������������������� �������������������������� ��������������������������� Matthews C.P. July Term, 2013 ����������������������������� ������������� 1402-608 ������������������������ ��������������������������� ��������������������� ����������������������������� ����������������������������� ������������� 1402-609 ��������������������������� ������������������������� ������������������������� Mortgage Subject to Rent Fox ���������������������������������������������� ����������������������� ���������������� 1402-610 3606 Hartel Ave 64th wd. (formerly part of the �������������������������� ���������������������������� ����������������������������� ������������������������� �������������������������berg, PC 1402-611 ����������������������� 31st wd. 1072 Sq. Ft. ���������������������� heirs of Florence Ferretti aka Florence A. Ferretti C.P. �������������������������

������������������������������ PC 1402-612 ��������������������������� 19144 12th wd. 2412 Sq. Ft.; semi/det 3 sty masonry ����������������������� Haskins C.P. August Term, �������������������������� McCabe, Weisberg, & Conway, P.C. 1402-613 ���������������������������� ������������������������ ������������������������ley C.P. May Term, 2011 No. ��������������������������� Offices, P.C. 1402-614 6211 Race Street 19139 ���������������������� ������������������������� Caldwell C.P. May Term, 2013 ���������������������������� Eisenberg, PC 1402-615 ���������������������� �������������������������� �������������������������bell C.P. April Term, 2013 No. ������������������������� ����������� 1402-616 2366-70 N. 4th Street ���������������������������� �������������������������� Inc C.P. May Term, 2010 No. ��������������������������� ������������������������ 1402-617 ������������������������������ ������������������������� ���������������������������� ���������������������������ert Shirley C.P. April Term, ��������������������������� ������������������� 1402-618 ��������������������� �������������������������� Sq. Ft.; row 2sty masonry ������������������������ Hopkins, executrix of the estate of Richard R. Hopkins, Jr, deceaed mortgagor and real owner and Richard R. Hopkins, Jr. C.P. June Term, 2013 No. ������������������������� Weisberg, & Conway, P.C. 1402-619 ������������������������������ ������������������������ Ft.; row b/gar 2sty masonry �������������������������� C.P. September Term, 2013 No. ������������������������� Weisberg, & Conway, P.C. 1402-620 6922 Theodore Street 19142 ������������������������� ����������������������� Ofori and Deborah Riley C.P. December Term, 2007 No. ������������������������� ����������� 1402-621 3343 Rand Street 19134 33rd �����������������������������������������������������lene Williams, known surviving heir of Nannie M. Clanton, deceased mortgagor and real owner, Nannie M. Clanton and all unknown surviving heirs of Nannie M. Clanton, deceaed mortgagor and real owner. C.P. �����������������������������

����������������������������� & Conway, P.C. 1402-622 212-20 Race Street, Unit �������������������������� Ft.; res condo. 4sty masonry ���������������������� MacIntosh C.P. July Term, 2013 No. 02007 $273,960.96 McCabe, Weisberg, & Conway, P.C. 1402-623 ��������������������� ���������������������������� ���������������������� heirs, executors, and devisees of the Estate of Daisy M. Taylor C.P. March Term, 2013 ���������������������������� & Eisenberg, PC 1402-624 3417 Rhawn Street 19136�������������������������� Ft. OPA#642300100 Rona J. McHarris aka Rona McHarris C.P. November Term, 2010 No. 02617 $293,411.34 Phelan ������������� 1402-625 ������������������������� ���������������������� ����������������������� ������������������������ ���������������������� ��������������������������� $204,226.64 Stern & Eisenberg, PC 1402-626 4340 North Orianna Street 19140 7th wd. 690 Sq. Ft. ���������������������� ������������������������ ��������������������������� ������������������������� ��������������� 1402-627 ������������������������� ������������������������ ���������������������������� C.P. July Term, 2013 No. ����������������������������� Esquire 1402-628 �������������������������� ��������������������� ���������������������� �������������������������� C.P. September 2012 No. ��������������������������� Esquire 1402-629 ���������������������������� ������������������������� ������������������������� Kelly C.P. May Term, 2013 ��������������������������� ����������������� 1402-630 ������������������������� ��������������������������� ����������������������� ����������������������������� ����������������������������� ������������� 1402-631 �������������������������� ���������������������� ����������������������� ����������������������������� ���������������������������� & Eisenberg, PC 1402-632 43 West Upsal Street 19119 ������������������������� ��������������������������� ����������������������� ���������������������������

����������������������� Esquire 1402-633 6003 N 11th Street 19141 49th wd. 6721.20 Sq. Ft. ������������������������� ��������������������������� ��������������������������� $130,771.06 Jay C. Scheinfield, Esquire 1402-634 933 East Sharpnack Street ���������������������������� ������������������������� Caldwell C.P. May Term, 2013 ����������������������������� Eisenberg, PC 1402-635 ���������������������� 19143 46th wd. 1792 Sq. ������������������������� Richardson-Fountain, Adminstratrix of the Estate of Hattie ��������������������������� ������������������������� Stern & Eisenberg, PC 1402-636 �������������������������� West 66th Avenue 19126��������������������������� ������������������������� C.P. July Term, 2012 No. ������������������������� ������������� 1402-637 �������������������������� ��������������������������� ��������������������� Kramer C.P. August Term, ��������������������������� �������������������� 1402-638 ������������������������� ������������������������������ �������������������������� Young C.P. June Term, 2013 ���������������������������� ������������� 1402-639 �������������������������� wd. 1120 Sq. Ft.; row b/gar ��������������������������� ������������������������ ���������������������������� ������������������������berg, & Conway, P.C. 1402-640 3106 Knorr Street 19149 ������������������������� �������������������������Callum C.P. June Term, 2013 ����������������������������� H. Fox, Esq 1402-641 ����������������������������� 31st wd. 743 Sq. Ft.; row 2 �������������������������� Christina Thompson C.P. February Term, 2013 No. �������������������������� Weisberg, & Conway, P.C. 1402-642 1723 Harrison Street 19124 �������������������������������� ���������������������������� Property of Marsha Fletcher known surviving heir of Mattie Fletcher, deceased mortgagor and real owner C.P. August Term, 2013 No. 01924 ����������������������������� & Conway, P.C. 1402-643 ���������������������� 19134-2211 7th wd. 917 Sq. Ft. OPA#073014100 Jorge ���������������������������





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Mount Saint Joseph’s Prevails Continued from page 12 of events and getting exposure for our kids. This will help us in our quest for a championship, which is the ultimate goal. You have to play in these games to get you ready for those PIAA (AAAA state playoffs games) which are super tough to win.” Meanwhile, the Neumann-Goretti girls’ team is a force to be reckoned with. The Saints (14-0) are the Philadelphia area’s most underrated team after a huge win over Life Center (NJ) in the Girls’ Scholastic Play-by-Play Classic. Neumann-Goretti is playing like a team that could win its first Catholic League girls’ title in history as well as a PIAA AA state title. “I hear a lot of chatter about this,” said Letty Santarelli, Neumann’s coach. “But as I tell our girls, we haven’t won anything yet. We won one small title, the city AA title, last year. We have never won the Catholic League or a state title. So until we accomplish something major, there isn’t really anything to focus on except what we are doing right now.” At the same time, Santarelli is excited about what the team is doing. “I’m really happy about our progress right now. The girls are learning from me every day

and I am learning from them. We have nine Division I prospects on this team and they are working hard every day. We play well together, all the girls are doing well in school, and it’s a fun environment every day.”

“...there really isn’t anything to focus on except what we are doing right now.” Santarelli scheduled many tough games this year for Neumann. The team has answered with wins in tournaments in Maryland and New York and Sunday’s impressive win over Life Center. The Saints’ coach said the team’s success is based on the standout play of point guard Ciani Cryor, one of the team’s many future college players. “We really are putting the ball in her hands and letting her make decisions,” she said. “Everything else just flows from there. But we have to remember that these are

teenagers. Sometimes they have good days and sometimes they have bad days. We are having mostly good days now so it’s exciting.” Andrea Peterson, a former Archbishop Carroll and Drexel star, has joined the staff as an assistant coach. Santarelli said that is making a huge difference. “She was a talented player and is a talented coach,” she said. “Our kids have responded to her teachings, which is great. I love having her be part of the program.” Neumann was ousted in last year’s PIAA AA playoffs but pundits think the Saints will be the favorites this year to win it all. And that may go for the league title, something that has been reserved for Archbishop Wood, Archbishop Carroll and Cardinal O’Hara during recent years. Santarelli said, “It’s nice that we are receiving attention and people are noticing what we are doing. When I took over the program, I just had the expectations of playing hard and working towards getting better every day and that is the same now.”

PLAY-BY-PLAY CLASSICS ALUMS SUCCEEDING Many former competitors of the Scholastic Play-by-Play Classics are playing for nationally ranked Division I programs this year in men’s basketball. Syracuse freshman Tyler Ennis (St. Benedict’s (N.J.)) is perhaps the best newcomer in all of college basketball. Teammates Trevor Cooney, Rakeem Christmas and B.J Johnson also played in the Philadelphia-based Play-by-Play Classics. Ohio State gets a lot of scoring from Life Center (N.J.) forward LaQuinton Ross. Top-ranked Arizona is paced by Rondae Jefferson, who is one of the country’s top sixth men and a future NBA lottery pick. Wisconsin’s Trayvon Jackson, the son of Jimmy Jackson, also is blossoming for a top-five team. Finally, Duke’s Amile Jefferson is the team’s top big man this year. He played at Friends’ Central and in several Play-by-Play events.

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Living the LUSH Life Skin is “in� at the grand opening of the LUSH spa. by HughE Dillon

LUSH took their LUSH Spa concept and brought it to North America by opening two spas in New York City and Philadelphia. Last week they held a grand opening party for their Philadelphia location, and gave tours of the new space.







1. Jamill James,, Marisa Peal and Brandi Hall, LUSH director of brand communications. 2. Beka, Laura, Jacklyn, Alexa, Jil and Ashley. 3. Gregory McKemma, Natalie Torriero and Wendy Grant. 4. Maria Z, Jessica Lopez and Jade Barnes. 5. Rachael Perry, Miche Whitehouse and Leyla Papazian. 6. Ian M. Crumm and Melody Wright. Photos by HughE Dillon


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Belated Holiday Cheer Cescaphe hosts their post-season party by HughE Dillon

Cescaphe hosted their employee holiday party last week. Yes, holiday party. It’s commonplace for hospitality companies to have their holiday parties in the slower months like January, or sometimes in the summer. The Cescaphe party was held at a warehouse in Northern Liberties with a Gatsby/speakeasy theme.







1. Tyrone Biotton and Ibn Keys. 2. Colleen Ianni, Fritz Jenlouis and Justin Hoffman. 3. Jim Hummel, Ray Burg (Shipley Enterprises Event Planning & Event Services; they do all that great drapery at the Cescaphe events – I love what they do at the Curtis Center) and Lilly Lozano. 4. Ed Eberto Fernandez with the ladies from Jewelz Entertainment. 5. Jonathan Doherty and Ed Doherty. 6. Sara Fernandez (Beautiful Blooms) and Megan Kearney (Cescaphe). Photos by HughE Dillon

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Mount Saint Joseph’s Prevails in Classic Scholastic Play-by-Play Classic features old rivalries and new contenders by Jeremy Treatman


Play-by-Play Classic founder Jeremy Treatman with MVP Sammy Stipa of Spring-Ford at Philadelphia University. Photo by Sarah J. Glover

he 13th Annual Girls Scholastic Play-by-Play Classic may host 18 games and 36 girls’ teams from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York. But one game stands out every year, Mount St. Joseph’s versus SpringFord. Each has played against the other eight straight years in the showcase. Mt. St. Joseph’s (11-1) upset the Philadelphia area’s top-ranked team SpringFord (11-2) 39-34 at Philadelphia University in the event’s marquee game. Mt. St. Joseph’s and Spring-Ford remain top threats to win PIAA AAA and AAAA state titles this season. Mt. St. Joseph’s was ranked third prior to the contest.

“The defense was great by both teams,” McDaniel said.

Adam Balk, director of the Play-by-Play Classic, with MVP Alex Louin of Mount St. Joseph at Philadelphia University. Photo by Sarah J. Glover


“It was a great game,” said SpringFord assistant coach Mickey McDaniel. “This game has been a highlight of our season for eight years now. They got the best of us on Saturday. Some of our seniors got in foul trouble and we had a freshman and sophomore guard playing big minutes. The only way you learn in that situation is by playing in that situation. I don’t think we did anything wrong. I just think John wouldn’t let us execute.” John is John Miller, Mt. St. Joseph’s

renowned coach. The one-time La Salle women’s coach implemented a tight man-to-man defense on the Rams and forced Spring-Ford into mostly contested shots without good looks at the basket. “The defense was great by both teams,” McDaniel said. “It was another classic game between the two teams in front of a big crowd and on the big stage. Unfortunately, they executed better than us this time. Their defense stopped our penetration and we couldn’t run our normal crisp offense.” McDaniel’s team had lost to Archbishop Malloy (NY) previously. The Rams are playing a national schedule with games in three states. Last year, the team accepted an invite to play in Hawaii. “It’s great we are getting recognition everywhere and invites,” he said. “We enjoy playing in these types Continued on page 9

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hroughout the summer, basketball aficionados discussed ad nauseum what would be better this year: NeumannGoretti or Archbishop Carroll? No one, it seemed, mentioned Roman Catholic, a third team that is equipped with top personnel as well. Most pundits declared before a game was played that either Neumann or Carroll would win a Catholic League title, a District 12 title and a PIAA AAA state title this year. But Roman Catholic may have thrown a wrench into that thinking. The Cahillites (10-2, 4-0) shocked everyone but themselves with a thrilling 54-46 win over Carroll (92, 3-1) Sunday at Philadelphia University. Carroll previously had just an overtime loss to national power Oak Hill Academy and was ranked in the top 10 in many national polls.

“It’s definitely one of the best regular season wins I’ve been part of...”

Neumann-Goretti girls basketball players Christina Abowora (left) and Felicia Alyeotan. Photo by Sarah J. Glover

“It’s definitely one of the best regular season wins I’ve been a part of, especially in the Catholic League,” said Roman coach Chris Monsey. “When you think about it, we have four key guys who have now played maybe 50-60 games together. CarContinued on page 2

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Media Trail Gay Repubs try to make history Yahoo News reports three Republicans are trying to make history this fall. No Republican has ever been openly gay when first elected to Congress, but candidates in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and California hope to be the first. None has an easy path. Each must defeat a Democratic incumbent and confront passionate divisions within the GOP about how they live their lives. The Republican Party is trying to soften its tone on divisive social issues, but many religious conservatives see homosexuality as immoral. The candidates include Dan Innis, a former New Hampshire business school dean, and former San Diego City Councilman

Carl DeMaio. Former Massachusetts state Sen. Richard Tisei is expected to run again for the northeastern Massachusetts congressional seat he narrowly lost in 2012. Democrats have eight openly gay members serving in Congress.

Oregon: Cake refusal violates gay couple’s rights According to The Oregonian, Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries has determined that a suburban Portland bakery violated the civil rights of a same-sex couple by refusing to bake a cake for the women’s wedding. Agency spokesman Charlie Burr said Jan. 17 that investigators found evidence that Sweet Cakes by Melissa unlawfully discriminated against the couple based on their sexual orientation. The state will oversee a conciliation process to see if the parties can reach a settlement. Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman of Portland say they were denied a wedding cake last January by the bakery’s owners, Aaron and Melissa Klein. The Kleins’ lawyer, Herbert Grey, says

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his clients will participate in the conciliation process but maintain their original stance. They have said they were practicing their right to religious freedom.

HBO holds reception for gay couples wed in Utah ABC News reports that, though they are not considered legally married by the state of Utah, several gay and lesbian couples were feted with a wedding celebration as part of HBO’s promotion of its upcoming documentary on gay marriage, “The Case Against 8.” The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival Jan. 18, chronicles two gay couples battling against Proposition 8, the California law approved by voters that banned gay marriage. It was eventually declared unconstitutional. After the documentary’s debut, a celebratory reception was held featuring the two couples at the center of the legal fight, along with the film’s directors. It also featured gay couples at the center of a gay-marriage battle in Utah. There was champagne and a wedding cake celebrating their unions, although the legality of them is in dispute.



ABC Family show grateful for negative attention According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the people behind the ABC Family show “The Fosters” say that criticism from a conservative group contributed to it getting off to a strong start. The show, which premiered last summer, features a biracial lesbian couple with a household of foster children. The Nielsen company said Jan. 17 that the show’s first episode since last summer was seen by 1.9 million people on Jan. 13 and was cable’s top show among females ages 12-34, its target audience. Peter Paige, who is an executive producer along with Jennifer Lopez, said that a protest by the group One Million Moms about the show was equivalent to an endorsement. The group had complained that the show was trying to “redefine marriage.” Attempts to contact the group were unsuccessful. Paige said he was grateful for the attention. ■ — compiled by Larry Nichols

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International Gay Russian protester detained at Olympic relay A gay Russian protester was detained Jan. 18 for unfurling a rainbow flag during the Olympic torch relay as it passed through his hometown of Voronezh, 560 miles north of Sochi, where the games will begin Feb. 7. Photos uploaded by his friends show Pavel Lebedev pulling out the flag and then being detained by Olympic security personnel, who wrestled him to the snow as they waited for police to arrive. Lebedev, reached by phone, said he was still in the police station and undergoing questioning. “Hosting the Games here contradicts the basic principles of the Olympics, which is to cultivate tolerance,” he said, citing growing homophobia in Russia as the main reason for his protest. A ban on propaganda of “nontraditional sexual relations” that was signed by President Vladimir Putin into law in June has provoked widespread international outrage from critics who believe the legislation discriminates against gays. In the wake of that backlash, Russian authorities have put limits on the right to protest during the Sochi Olympics, which


will run until Feb. 23. A presidential decree initially banned all rallies in Sochi from Jan. 7-March 21, but Putin later rescinded the ban to allow demonstrations at venues determined by the Interior Ministry.

Arrests spreading under Nigeria antigay law Arrests have spread across Nigeria as dozens more people perceived to be gay have been rounded up and questioned, activists said Jan. 17, describing another wave of police attention unleashed by a wide-ranging new antigay law. In recent days, more than 30 people have been arrested, with an increasing number coming from the West African country’s Christian southern states. Until Goodluck Jonathan signed the law, prosecution of gay people had largely been centered on the predominantly Muslim north, where gays have long been punished under Shariah law. “The arrests are all over. It’s no longer just in the north,” said Ifeanyi Kelly Orazulike, executive director of the Nigeria-based International Center for Advocacy on Right to Health. “Police are not telling us what the charges are, and people are scared.” He said that at this point, some of those arrested may have been released, but not without being forced to give names of others who may eventually be implicated. Nigeria’s more-than 160-million people are almost equally divided between the north and mainly Christian south, with a widespread condemnation of homosexuality throughout the country. Gay people can

get lynched and beaten to death, or legally executed by stoning for the offense under the Islamic Shariah law that prevails in nine of its 36 states. Sodomy was already illegal, but the bill signed into law Jan. 7 bans all gay associations and gay marriage, with penalties of up to 14 years’ imprisonment for marriage. Arrests had been made before, but not at this magnitude, Orazulike said. “It’s obviously the law,” he said. “People want to leave and you don’t blame them. They are asking us about the exit choices.” Orazulike made clear that his organization isn’t in a position to help them flee, but that they can provide advice and counseling. In the first conviction of a gay man since the law was signed, Mubarak Ibrahim was found guilty of sodomy and whipped 20 times Jan. 16 in a northern Nigerian Shariah court. He was among 12 men, 11 Muslims and one Christian, who have been arrested by police since Christmas for belonging to a gay club. The speed of the arrests is worrying, said Andre Banks of All Out, a global gay-rights organization. “The key question is who is calling for these arrests, and who, if anybody, has the ability to stop them,’’ Banks said. “Rarely do you see a bill executed with such efficiency.” The law has brought widespread condemnation from abroad, including the United States, Britain, Canada, the European Union and the United Nations. Banks called on the international community to intervene and for world leaders to put pressure on Nigeria.

Brazil: Gay teen murdered by skinheads A gay teenager was tortured and murdered by a gang of skinheads near the stadium that will host the World Cup opening ceremony this summer. Kaique Batista dos Santos, 16, had all his teeth pulled out with pliers and was battered to death in a murder that has shocked LGBT activists in Brazil. The victim’s sister, Tayna, said, “These thugs enjoy beating and torturing with their bare hands and they are pleased to take the lives of homosexuals.” Kaique had attended a party in a gay nightclub before he disappeared. His wallet and mobile phone were stolen. Party organizer Cristiano Pacheco, 32, said the incident was “utterly horrific.” “He was a quiet kid, everyone loved him. Plucking teeth, iron bars — how can people do that?” he said. “It is very upsetting for us to lose someone so dear in our family. Kaique was very young and hardly knew what life was.” The 16-year-old’s body was found about a mile away from the Sao Paulo stadium. The venue is hosting the opening ceremony of the World Cup on June 12. A vigil will take place in memory of the fallen teenager in Sao Paulo on Jan. 24. The Department of Public Safety said it would not comment on the torture because the report is “confidential.” ■

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ing up that her guests were “born a man” with as much taste as Maury Povitch or Jerry Springer. Meanwhile, author Caleb Hannan, in a piece written for ESPN-produced sports website Grantland, tells the story of Dr. Essay Anne Vanderbilt, aka “Dr. V.” The piece speaks of the golf putter she developed, but quickly veers away from this, focusing on who the “mysterious” Dr. V is. This after Vanderbilt herself made it clear that any article she would be involved in would “focus on the science and not the scientist.” Hannan was unsatisfied with this and pressed on, digging deep into Dr. V’s background — and eventually discovered that she, too, was transgender. His narrative changes here. Vanderbilt, the “mad scientist” behind a piece of golfing equipment, becomes a “troubled man.” Hannan outs Vanderbilt to her business associate and sets the stage for Vanderbilt’s final letter to Hannan — and Vanderbilt’s suicide. Hannan claims to be “writing a eulogy for a person who by all accounts despised [him],” yet his article is little more than a hit piece that outs a transwoman and leads directly to her death. There is this attitude that transgender people need to provide our histories — and our genital status — to anyone on demand. It’s at the heart of everything from schoolyard taunts to any challenge of our identities. It is as if people expect they have the right to know our history and the appearance of the most intimate parts of our bodies. I would never go up to any other woman and start a conversation about when they became a woman and how their genitals behave differently now than when they were children. That would be the height of impropriety, let alone be more than a little creepy. Yet this is exactly what it is like to ask a transgender person about their bodies, with an added dash of threat — as if you added, “If your answer does not satisfy my curiosity, I will treat you very badly” to the end of your request. For the sake of Dr. Essay Anne Vanderbilt’s memory, this needs to stop. Transgender people have a right to privacy, just as any other person. Our histories are ours and ours alone to choose to share. They may no longer be demanded of us. You have no right, nor need, to know. ■ Gwen Smith keeps her lips zipped. You can find her at

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Suzanne Westenhoefer‛s life of laughs Out comedian brings hilarity to New Hope By Larry Nichols Out comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer plans to keep us warm with laughter when she performs this weekend at New Hope Winery. O n e o f A m e r i c a ’s most recognized openly gay standup comedians, Westenhoefer is no stranger to New Hope — and said she likens the town to another LGBT favorite when she describes it to friends. “The only way it’s easy is if they have been to Provincetown,” she said. “Then you can say it’s like Provincetown with more antique stores. They need a few more cabarets and it could be Provincetown.” Westenhoefer is focusing on live performances after co-starring for two seasons on the romantic comedy series “We Have To Stop Now” with Cathy DeBuono and Jill Bennett. The comedian said the series probably won’t film anymore episodes. “Sad to say, I think it’s not going to happen for a third year. We are very upset because people were into it, but the lead couple broke up and they were kind of the executive producers. In that Hollywood fashion, when they fell out of love with each other, the project kind of dies with them.” The demise of “We Have To Stop Now” comes at

an inopportune time, as independently produced series like “Orange is the New Black” are riding a wave of interest thanks to outlets like Netflix. “A ny t i m e y o u g e t smaller-subset shows that break out, it absolutely brings attention to all the other things that are going on,” Westenhoefer said. “The thing about web series is they are hard. You have to go online, sign up and pay. With Netflix, that’s making it easier for people for sure. They are getting an idea that they can get good programming that way. That’s only going to help any web series. It’s not like watching TV the way we used to.” Westenhoefer said most of the projects she gets approached to do these days involve web series or podcasts. “Sometimes it’s constant and weird and other times there’s nothing and I feel like nobody loves me because I’m a sad comic like that. But I would say more these days, it’s definitely web-based and podcasting because that’s where the success and money is. Television is so ... I mean, ‘Orange is the New Black’ didn’t happen on television. They’re still doing a lot of the same old things on television and they are still doing programming that’s pretty much either for the really old or the really young.” She added that the LGBT cable networks could lead

the charge in creating new LGBT programming, but they haven’t yet. “Netflix and any kind of web series or podcast are willing to go there,” said Westenhoefer. “I’ve been weirdly disappointed. Logo is not creating anything and we thought they would. I’m not sure if it’s not successful. They’ll do ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ and that’s it. They stopped doing ‘The Big Gay Sketch Show’ and now Kate McKinnon is on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ I don’t know why, but they are not much for creating new programming. They only want to buy things that have already been done. Most of us don’t have a sitcom that was syndicated on NBC that we can sell to Logo. “I’ve never understood why they are not creating gay programming or a gay talk show. Fortune Feimster and Ross Mathews from ‘The Tonight Show’ and Butch McManus, who is on ‘The Queen Latifah Show,’ they are friends of mine and we’ve all tried to work with Logo and really haven’t had much success. If you do a special and someone else tapes it, they buy it and they show it. Now a lot of these people who they could have had a chance to work with are going to get way too big for Logo. It seems like a waste and a missed opportunity. But I don’t run Logo. They won’t let me.” With the increasing number of



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izing. They have black nights, ladies nights, Latino nights, but that’s always going to be the way.” Even with the visibility of LGBT comedians in these more-enlightened times, it seems there are more instances of mainstream comics getting into trouble with sometimes antigay material. Westenhoefer said comics should be able to express themselves freely, but also should own up to it when they take things too far. “In general, I don’t like to see comics back

them. That’s kind of the idea.” Westenhoefer said she had a few comedic trailblazers of her own as influences. “I listened to a lot of comedy albums when I was a kid so it was like George Carlin and Robert Klein and Lily Tomlin,” she said. “But Lily, she’s more than a standup. She blows us all away with the characters and the one-woman shows. When I started doing standup, I was doing straight clubs in Manhattan and I knew of Kate Clinton, but I didn’t know any other gay comics at the time. I knew that she definitely showed me it was possible. She wasn’t performing in the straight clubs yet. But I knew that I wouldn’t get shot, I guess. It seems funny to say that now, but that was 1990. It’s hard to believe that there was this time where it was absolutely not accepted. It was not that long ago that a club would book you and you were not allowed to talk about being gay. Most major comedy clubs will have a gay night, which is a little ghetto-

down from what they’ve done,” she said. “I wouldn’t want to see comics backing away from their opinions and their jokes. But if you get out there and you say something cruel ... and cruel is different from mocking someone because that’s what we do. But if you said something cruel, you said it. Are you going to stand by it or jump in and say, ‘Maybe I went too far and I didn’t mean it that way’? I know for me personally, I mock people. I mock myself. I mock my family. I mock my partner. But I don’t want anyone feeling bad after what I did. What’s the point in that? But if you have an intention of a joke and it went too far, then people need to lighten up a bit and remember it’s comedy. That’s the point.” ■

openly gay comedians finding mainstream success since she started in the industry, Westenhoefer was humbled to discover some of them listed her as an inspiration. “That’s really embarrassing for me,” she said. “But I did do a show in Long Beach and Fortune opened the show for me. She made this very long, impassioned speech about how I was the reason she knew she could do standup. It was very humbling and sweet and it blew me away. I hope that any comic who started after me thinks I helped

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Suzi Nash

David Grimes: Forward-thinking fashion on Fabric Row “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” — Mark Twain No offense to any nudists out there, but Mr. Twain is right. Clothes play an important part in our society, whether you’re a “Project Runway” fanatic or prefer to wear your nearest relatives’ hand-me-downs. (Side note: I remember my father once complaining, “It’s bad enough that my two sons steal all my good clothes, I didn’t know I’d have to fight you for them too!” But I digress ... ) What you present to the world says a lot about you. And for you stylish gents, there’s a new place in town to buy your fashionable attire. Armour Philadelphia is the creative brainchild of David Grimes. A fashionable and affordable menswear store, the boutique’s name was inspired by “the historical concept of armor, a commonly used protective military uniform for men (and women) forged in battle.” I popped down to Fabric Row to visit Grimes in his store and was surprised to see a number of interesting shops springing up all around, like Bus Stop shoe boutique and Moon & Arrow vintage and art. It looks like Fabric Row is designing a whole new look for itself. PGN: You’d been living in New York for a bit but you’re originally from Philly, correct? DG: Yes. Born and raised in Philadelphia, around Eighth and Spring Garden. I went to Roman Catholic High School and then undergrad at Penn State for marketing and then grad school at Temple. So I’ve always had ties to Philly, even when I was working in New York. I was working for American Express for several years but I kept a house in Philly and commuted three days a week. That got to be a bit much so I rented a place in Brooklyn and stayed there during the week. PGN: What did you do for AmEx, and can you fix my credit? DG: [Laughs.] No, I was basically in human resources, which is what I got my master’s degree in. I had a few different jobs here in Philly, at a travel company and a couple of financial institutions, before landing at AmEx. PGN: What about the family? DG: I have an older brother. He’s five years older than me and lives in California. My parents are both retired. My mom worked for CoreStates Bank for 30 years, and my dad worked in maintenance at Melon Bank and TRW. They met when my mom was 16 and my dad was 20. They married four years later and celebrated their 54th anniversary last September.

PGN: That’s impressive. What traits do you get from them? DG: From my mom I get the desire to always want to learn and experience new things. She always encouraged me and my brother to travel and meet new people, try new things. My dad is a very laid-back kind of guy with a very nice and gentle disposition. It’s not a trait, but my dad was really into jazz. We always had it playing in the house. At the time, I didn’t enjoy it but as I’ve gotten older I’ve really developed an appreciation for jazz. Now I just love it. PGN: What things were you into as a kid? DG: Even as a kid I was into dressing well and looking sharp. When I look at old pictures, I can tell I was very aware of the importance of presenting a nice appearance, which was something my parents taught us. PGN: My father is the same way. He still puts on a dress shirt to go to the doctor because he feels he’ll get better treatment. And both of my parents are still appalled to see people get on an airplane in sweatpants. I’d imagine you were raised with the same mentality. DG: Totally. I do now have an appreciation for dressing comfortably on long flights; it’s not like it used to be when airplanes had lounges and plenty of leg room. But there are ways to be comfortable without having to go to the extremes of sweatpants! Comfortable khakis instead of dress pants, etc. PGN: Describe a fun memory with your brother. DG: [Laughs.] My mom will hate me telling this story. We loved Easter and my brother and I really enjoyed dying the eggs. My mother would take the eggs and arrange them to make a really nice centerpiece on the table. One particular Easter Sunday morning, my mother had the table all set for company later that night but we were really hungry, so we decided to eat the eggs. My mother was on the phone and when she found out what we were doing, she remained calm to the person she was talking to and then lost it as soon as she hung up. She beat the crap out of us as soon as she got off the phone! My brother was giggling in the corner because she got to me first. It wasn’t so funny then, but we laugh about it now and tease her about getting so bent out of shape for eating her Easter display. PGN: Do you have much extended family? DG: Yes, my father just had one brother but my mom is the youngest of 11 chil-

dren, so I have lots of cousins. And since so many of her siblings were older than her, she made friends with women in high school and college who became like family, so I have a lot of additional “play” aunts and cousins. PGN: With that large a family, any other gay folks? DG: It’s funny, I have a very early memory of going to a family wedding when I was about 11 or 12 years old. Even at that time, I hadn’t addressed what it was yet, but I knew there was something different going on with me. It was a big church wedding and reception for one of my cousins and I remember her older brother kept to himself the entire time. I asked my mom what was up with him and my parents — in very hushed tones — told me that he lived in Washington, D.C., and that he was a dancer. They whispered that he wasn’t very close to the family and that he was “funny,” which back then was a euphemism for

being gay. I found myself fascinated by him: He was very tall and attractive with a dancer’s body and the whole mystique of living in D.C. and making a living as a dancer. He was so exotic and foreign, I wanted to interact with him but couldn’t bring myself to. I could tell there was some sort of taboo attached to him and since I was just starting to wrestle with my own attractions, I was afraid of the stigma rubbing off on me.

Since I’ve gotten older and have been out for some time, I’ve asked my mom about him but apparently he’s remained in D.C. and lost touch with the family. It was a sore subject with his parents and he was considered the outcast. I really regret that I never had the chance to have a connection with him. There was something really cool about him and the thought that he might be like me would have been helpful growing up. PGN: Is he still alive? DG: I have no idea. Maybe now that you have me thinking about him again, I’ll try to look him up. PGN: Keep me informed, I’d love to hear about it. How did you come out to the family? DG: After I graduated from college, I met my first boyfriend. I’d dated girls up until that point. Like most first relationships, it was very intense. I was still living with my parents but when we started getting serious I moved in with him. Since, as far as they knew, he was just a friend who came out of nowhere, my parents knew something was up. One day my mother just point-blank asked me. I told her I was gay and there were tears, crying, “I didn’t bring you into this world for that ... ” Blah, blah, blah. I didn’t talk to my father for about two weeks. My brother in California was acting as a mediator and it was a very traumatic time. But eventually they got it and came to realize that though my sexuality doesn’t define me, it’s a big part of who I am and if they wanted to be a part of my life, they’d have to accept it. We have a fantastic relationship now and they love my partner. Actually they’ve loved and accepted my last two partners. Photo: Suzi Nash

PGN: So how did we get from HR to Armour? DG: Well, I was in the corporate rat race for a number of years and decided that I wanted to come back to Philly permanently. In Brooklyn, there were a number of great men’s boutiques that carried cool independent and emerging designers, but I couldn’t find anything like that in Philly. We used to have places like Urban Guerilla and Xog in the late



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Get Out and Play


Scott A. Drake

Participating as a spectator helps the sport Two compelling opportunities to make a difference in Philadelphia sports programs Major-league sports aficionados know the significance of having a strong home-team fan base. The Phillies crowd is sometimes referred to as the 10th man. In a football game, the fans are the 12th man. In either case, the reference and evidence suggest that having the support of fans is like having an extra-player advantage. Supporting your team sport in some way other than wearing a jersey and snapping on the cable box sometimes means being part of the crowd and cheering in person. It gives the athletes, spectators, sponsors, staff and decision-makers something tangible. And it can make a difference. The final at-home competition of the recently terminated Temple gymnastics program is Feb. 15. There are still regional battles in Piscataway, N.J., and Collegeville and, while there is still the East Coast Athletic Conference championship on March 22, this is the last time we have a chance to be visible at a regular meet at Temple. Then there’s Circus Warehouse in New York that understands the need for this excellent program and T H E W O R L D W I L L C O M E TO G E T H E R


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OUTSTANDING IN THEIR FIELDS: Despite the disappointing showing, there was a lively discussion at the first-ever LGBT-focused break-out session at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America convention Jan. 17 in Philadelphia. The panel was led by Cornell University student Atticus DeProspo (inset from left), Bryn Mawr College head women’s coach Erin DeMarco, Mike Bryant of the Center for Leadership in Athletics at University of Washington and Dan Woog, head men’s soccer coach at Staples High School in Westport, Conn. The panel topic was “Create Safe Space for LGBT Athletes: Be a Winning Coach.” Photo: Scott A. Drake


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’80s, early ’90s, but it’s a bit lacking now. I figured it would be a good time to resurrect the men’s boutique since more men, straight and gay, are getting attuned with how they look and present themselves. PGN: The whole Ryan Seacrest metrosexual thing? DG: Yes. And I wanted to not only offer clothes that guys wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else in the city, but I also wanted a place where I could showcase art and a place that gave back to the community. It’s been two-and-a-half years in the making. I quit my job in September of 2013 and opened Armour in November. PGN: What things do you do to give back? DG: The main organization we work with is MenzFit, an educational nonprofit that helps local underprivileged men find jobs. People can stop by the store and re-gift or donate their gently used men’s accessories (ties, belts, cuff links, shoes, unused socks). They’re a great organization. They help the guys with job-interview preparation, career development and apparel so they can be dressed appropriately for job interviews. You’d be surprised how much being able to look the part helps boost a person’s confidence. PGN: What would one find in your boutique? DG: I have a lot of clothes from established designers, but I also love having the opportunity to showcase designers who are up-and-coming. Currently we have several exciting indie design-


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ers like Prospective Flow, WRK and Circle of Gentleman. We have T-shirts from a South African brand, Magents, and accessories run the gamut from hats from Goorin Bros. to Matt & Nat vegan bags and totes. For the really dapper gentleman, we have pocket squares from Ikire Jones and bowties from Mad Handsome. Currently we have artwork from Brian Bazemore on the walls and we’ll be showing new artists on a rotating basis. PGN: What’s a piece of fashion advice for our readers? DG: It’s important to be aware of the trends in fashion, but not necessarily important to follow them; they may not work for you. You need to find your own sense of style. For me, I like my look very laid-back and easy so that it doesn’t look like a lot of thought was put into it. PGN: What’s on the horizon for this spring? DG: Believe it or not, I’m seeing a lot of muted colors, lots of grays and blacks, where in the past few seasons the emphasis has been on color. This year for the urban guy there are a lot of fashions designed to let you be mobile, clothes designed so you can ride your bike or walk and get around the city. Another trend is for designers to incorporate technology into the clothing. Right now I’m selling winter hats that have earbuds built into them, that sort of thing. This spring I’m going to be introducing men’s underwear and shorts, so we’ll have some fun events here with hot guys modeling the clothing.

PGN: [Laughs.] Or lack thereof ... DG: Yes! We’re kicking it off with a party for Philly Black Gay Pride during Penn Relay weekend. PGN: Do you have people come in and say, “Make me over?” DG: Not really, most of our customers are already pretty fashion-forward. They know what they want and have their own sense of style. I will have people come in with a shirt or suit and want me to help them find a tie or accessory to match. PGN: How did you find this place? DG: It was kind of a fluke. I’d been planning to try to find a place in Midtown Village and ran across an ad in Craigslist for this place. I came down, loved the store and saw the potential in this neighborhood. I met a lot of the other business owners down here and really loved the vibe I got from them. Everyone works together. There’s a bike shop down the block that lent me a vintage motorcycle to put in the front-window display. It’s a great conversation piece to get people into the store! This area is really changing. There are all sorts of new shops opening up here. It’s not just a place for fabric anymore. PGN: And your partner Eric is your partner in life too? DG: Yes. We’ve been together for about six years. They say with any successful start-up business you need to have help and he’s been great. His background is visual merchandising so he’s my creative director and he writes a wonderful blog on the website called “The Fabric of a Man.” He still lives in New York, so he had to

sign up for a long-distance relationship and having me give up my cushy corporate job. It’s a lot but it’s been really good. PGN: What’s a style era you’d like to go back to? DG: The ’60s and that whole London-mod era, very monochromatic, with the boots and slim-fitting pants and ties and dark turtleneck shirts. It speaks to my sense of style. That or the ’70s with the bellbottom pants and cool collars. PGN: What song would you want as your theme song? DG: There’s a group called Prefuse 73 that samples instrumental theme songs from old ’70s shows, like police dramas. They have one song called, “Drum Machine, Cello and Headwrap.” I’d like to do a commercial for Armour someday and use that for the music. PGN: What was your most flamboyant outfit? DG: I have pictures of me from back in the second or third grade, and I looked like I was one of The Jackson 5! I had a big afro with the vest and the bowties and the flowery shirts that you see in the old videos. PGN: Now that’s something I’d like to see in the store window! ■ For more information on Armour, visit To suggest a community member for Family Portrait, email portraits05@aol. com.


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Viewers get ‘sex ed’ with short-film series By Ray Simon PGN Contributor Movie-lovers curious to get a glimpse of alternative depictions of sexuality in cinema are sure to enjoy “Radical Sex Education Films from San Francisco’s Multi-Media Resource Center,” a screening of 10 short movies playing at International House Jan. 30. The evening’s program is part of “Free to Love,” a five-week series examining the impact of the sexual revolution on film. According to Herb Shellenberger, who curated the event, the MMRC was an arts organization run by Ted McIlvenna and Laird Sutton, two Methodist ministers who viewed human sexuality as central to their ministry. In the early 1970s, they began to produce, collect and distribute sex-education films. Sutton made many films himself, and his work is indicative of MMRC’s house style: straightforward depictions of sexual behavior shot in idyllic settings and accompanied by groovy music. The MMRC also included explorations of the body and sexuality made by experimental artists like lesbian filmmaker Barbara Hammer and gay director James Broughton. Originally, these short films were intended to be shown to ministers, social workers and sex therapists. Between the mid-1970s and the early ’80s, they were screened in church basements, university classrooms and even prisons. But the movies are extremely rare and have seldom been seen since then. Shellenberger views the MMRC as part of the larger social and cultural movements that swept America beginning in the late 1960s. “The sexual revolution I see as a time when the emphasis was to give people their own agency over their sexuality, to explore themselves and their bodies and their sexuality in a way that was very fluid, open and honest,” he said. “And that’s what the people who started the MMRC encouraged. They thought that by showing people these films, they would be in touch with how other people were in touch with their own sexuality, in touch with their own sexual practice and hopefully encourage the viewers to be open and honest with themselves.”

That frank attitude extends to the subjects that the MMRC tackled, such as the relation of aging and disability to sexuality, topics that both Hollywood and the porn industry avoided. Its movies also differ from mainstream sex-education films in their naturalistic, nonjudgmental take on what is depicted as ordinary human behavior.

Shellenberger identified Sutton’s “Rich and Judy” and Constance Beeson’s “Holding” as good examples of this approach. “They’re what were referred to by the organization as ‘pattern’ films,” he said. “That means that the filmmakers chose their subjects — whether the subject was a single person or a couple or a group of people — and they said, ‘We’re going

to film you. We’re going to try and be as unobtrusive as possible. You show us your sexual pattern, your sexual activity, as if we were not here.’” The MMRC’s collection also included playful films, like Greg Von Buchau’s 1971 animated feature “Love Toad.” Using stopmotion technology, Von Buchau puts two frog-shaped beanbags through a cartoon Kama Sutra of sexual positions, all accompanied by the moans of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin’s salacious 1969 duet, “Je t’aime ... moi non plus.” The MMRC used humorous features to lighten the mood, and it’s easy to imagine that audiences appreciated the levity. What viewers made of the MMRC’s highly subjective films is anyone’s guess, but Shellenberger views this aspect of the organization as key to its radical nature. “I think that the most interesting part of this organization is not only that they produced their own low-budget, quick, veryinteresting films, but that they took films by independent artists — and often pretty experimental films at that — and placed them in this context of sex education, sex therapy, which is kind of a utilitarian use for these films, and I can’t really think of any other ways that that has been done before,” he said. In addition to the pleasure of sharing this work with other movie-lovers, Shellenberger hopes that the screening will help to rescue these artifacts of the sexual revolution from oblivion. “A major part of what I hope to accomplish in screening films and programs, especially when they are rare films like these, is an act of film preservation,” he said. “There are films that maybe haven’t screened in 30 or 40 years. If you put them in the context of a current screening today, they’re going to be shown in a cinema to an audience, but not only that, they’re going to be placed in our program catalog, on our website. All these people’s names and the names of the films are now going to be on Google.” Viewers can learn more by reading Shellenberger’s thoughtful essay on the MMRC, which is part of the catalog accompanying “Free to Love.” It comes with a DVD featuring three MMRC films. For more information, visit www. ■

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Megu Sushi, mega success By Larry Nichols We made another trip to the suburbs, this time to New Jersey, for a visit to Megu Sushi, 300 Young Ave. in Moorestown — and further proved our theory that ethnic cuisine in slick suburban shopping centers can give similar downtown restaurants a serious run for their money. The Moorestown restaurant is one of three Megu locations in New Jersey and, judging from the food, there could easily be another two or three locations in its future. This location has calming and minimalist décor that lends itself well to the theme of the restaurant. Megu Sushi strikes a nice balance between americanized Japanese dishes and the more visually complex dishes for adventurous diners. For mainstream tastes, the hibachi chicken ($16) is a solid dish of seasoned chicken, rice and fresh grilled vegetables. The Japanese wonton soup is amazingly good ($6), brimming with crunchy vegetables and exceptional dumplings with a meaty filling that is hand-chopped and hearty, instead of the finely minced stuffing that is more commonplace. Those dishes are great for introducing your average diner to the restaurant. Yet it was the more aggressive dishes that lit a

fire under our palettes ... literally. But in a good way. These dishes had more advanced presentation and flavor combinations. The live-scallop sashimi ($MP) was visually dazzling with a slow-building spicy flavor. It was like Poseidon himself sent us an elegant piece of the sea for our dining pleasure. Equally spicy and texturally complex was the tuna tartare ($11.95), which has a potent kick and the added wow factor of toasted seaweed to make things interesting. The spicy squid ($8.95) was pleasantly tender in a kimchi sauce that lingers long and hot on the tongue. On the sushi menu, the Godzilla roll is aptly named. Most sushi restaurants have a Godzilla roll on their menu and interpretations vary. Megu’s version ($9.95) is the most decadent version we’ve experienced. The crispy roll was drizzled with spicy and sweet sauces and topped with two different kinds of caviar. It might seem like overkill, but it’s a very tasty slab of a sushi roll. Dessert came in the form of tempura-fried ice cream ($6), whose creamy, crunchyglazed goodness was a nice way to end a sushi feast. Even though it’s located way out in the suburbs, Megu Sushi isn’t too far east for an excellent taste of the Far East. ■

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Lights! Ham-era! Action! Martha Graham Cracker and a host of other performers are featured at Pig Iron Theatre Company’s annual benefit cabaret, 7 p.m. at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; 215922-6888. Lez Zeppelin The all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band performs 8 p.m. at Sellersville Theatre 1894, 24 W. Temple Ave., 215-257-5808. The Pixies The alt-rock band performs 8 p.m. at The Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St.; 800745-3000. Darkman The action/ adventure film is screened 9:45 p.m. at Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610917-0223. Winter Wonderland Ball Stimulus hosts its fourth-annual winter party 10 p.m.3:30 a.m. at Voyeur, 1221 St. James. St.; 215-735-5772.

Sat. 01/25 The Secret of Kells The animated film is screened 2 p.m. at Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610917-0223. The Academy of Music’s 157th Anniversary Concert and Ball The Philadelphia Orchestra per-

forms with special guest R&B star Jill Scott 7:30 p.m. at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5847.

Lipstick Mondays A weekly drag show featuring a changing roster of queens takes the stage 9 p.m. at The Raven, 385 W. Bridge St., New Hope; 215862-2081.

Reverend Horton Heat The rockabilly band performs 7:30 p.m. at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; 215-922-6888.

Sun. 01/26 Harold and Maude The 1971 darkcomedy film is screened 2 p.m. at Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610917-0223. Curtis Symphony Orchestra The orchestra performs 3 p.m. at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5847.

Tue. 01/28 DIVA CONCIERTO: R&B singer Jill Scott will deliver a special guest performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra as part of The Academy of Music’s 157th Anniversary Concert and Ball, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-790-5847.

Ranson Riggs The author of “Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s

Peculiar Children” hosts a reading 7:30 p.m. at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; 215-567-4341.

Bruce in the U.S.A. The Bruce Springsteen tribute band performs 8 p.m. at Sellersville Theatre 1894, 24 W. Temple Ave., 215-257-5808.

Wed. 01/29 4W5 Blues Jam Local musicians get down, 7 p.m. at World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del.; 302-994-1400. Bob Egan The pianist and singer performs 8 p.m. at the Rrazz Room, in The Ramada New Hope, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; 888-5961027.

An Acoustic Evening with Robin Zander The Cheap Trick singer performs 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del.;

Mon. 01/27 302-994-1400. Free Quizzo & Board Game Night Roll the dice, 7 p.m. at World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del.; 302-994-1400.

The Philadelphia Jazz Project The monthly jazz show starts 7:30 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215222-1400.

TRAILBLAZER TO TRAILBLAZER: Out R&B singer and instrumentalist Meshell Ndegeocello performs a show celebrating the music of Nina Simone, 8 p.m. Jan. 29 at World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del. For more information or tickets, call 302-994-1400.

Thu. 01/30 Lady Antebellum The country group performs 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; 215389-9543. Roque Wilson The comedian performs 8 p.m. at the Rrazz Room, in The Ramada New Hope, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; 888596-1027. The Burlesque Show The new event kicks off 9 p.m. at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa Music Box, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; 609-317-1000. Bob and Barbara’s Drag Show The outrageousness begins 11 p.m. at Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South St.; 215545-4511.

Fri. 01/31 The Doobie Brothers The classic-rock band performs 8 p.m. at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, 777 Harrah’s Blvd.; 609-4415000.

Jay-Z The rapper performs 8 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; 215389-9543.

Back to the ’80s Show with Jessie’s Girl The 1980s tribute band performs 9 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215222-1400.

Meshell Ndegeocello The out R&B singer performs 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del.; 302-994-1400.

Janelle Monáe The R&B singer performs 9 p.m. at Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa Music Box, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; 609-3171000. ■


Opening Bryan Batt The actor and Broadway veteran performs Jan. 24-25 at the Rrazz Room, in The Ramada New Hope, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; 888-596-1027. Diary of Anne Frank Media Theatre presents the story of a family hiding from the Nazis, Jan. 29-Feb. 16, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. 50 Shades! The Musical The musical inspired by the wildly popular book, Jan. 30-31 at Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800. Karen Akers The cabaret singer performs Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at the Rrazz Room, in The Ramada New Hope, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; 888-596-1027. Radu Lupu Joins Yannick The Philadelphia Orchestra performs Jan. 30-Feb. 1 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

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Tribes Philadelphia Theatre Company presents the story of a deaf man and his family who talk a lot but hardly even listen, Jan. 24-Feb. 23 at Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St.; 215985-0420.

The Surrealists: Works from the Collection Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of the museum’s unique collection of great masterpieces and lesserknown works of the movement through March 2, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.

Closing Barbarism A queer, gender-upending multimedia exhibition through Jan. 31 at Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St.; 215922-3456.

Continuing Beautiful Thing Mauckingbird Theatre Company presents the story of a boy who falls in love with the boy next door through Feb. 2 at the Adrienne Skybox, 2030 Sansom St.; www.

From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly, Beyond the Icon James A. Michener Art Museum hosts an exhibition tracing the unique path Grace Kelly took from Philadelphia to Monaco through Jan. 26, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown; 215-340-9800. DISCIPLINARY ACTION: “50 Shades! The Musical,” a parody stage production of the bestselling erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey,” comes to town Jan. 30-31 at Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-790-5800. Photo: Clifford Roles

Driving Miss Daisy Walnut Street Theatre presents the story of the stage adaptation of the award-winning film through Feb. 2, 825 Walnut St.; 215-5743550.

Menagerie Painted Bride Arts Center presents a solo mixed-media installation by Lynette Shelley through Feb. 16, 230 Vine St.; 215-235-3405.

Gabrielle Revlock The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents a show by the comedic Philadelphia choreographer through Jan. 25 at Harold Prince Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; 215-8983900. Tchaikovsky Week 3: The Violin The Philadelphia Orchestra performs through Jan. 24 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5847. ■

Free To Love: The Cinema of the Sexual Revolution More than 60 commercial and underground films dedicated to the sexual revolution are presented through Feb. 15 at International House Philadelphia’s Ibrahim Theater, 3701 Chestnut St.; 215387-5125.

BLONDE HAM-BITION: Martha Graham Cracker and a cavalcade of performers will be on hand for “Lights! Ham-era! Action!,” the annual benefit cabaret for Pig Iron Theatre Company, 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St. For more information or tickets, call 215-922-6888.


Live Cinema/Fiona Tan: Inventory Philadelphia Museum of Art presents a multiprojection installation inviting viewers to consider museum collections, as well as the human compulsion to capture the transience of time and lived experience, through March 23, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100. Marc Newson: At Home Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of furnishings by the influential designer, through April 20, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.

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Worth Watching ROLLING ON RED CARPET: Fashion experts Kelly Osbourne (from left), Joan Rivers, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos critique what was worn at the Grammys on a special episode of “Fashion Police,” 9 p.m. Jan. 27 on the E! Network. Photo: E!/ Timothy White

READY FOR THEIR CLOSE-UP: Host Ryan Seacrest (from left) and judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. watch hopefuls audition on a new season of “American Idol,” 8 p.m. Jan. 29 on Fox. Photo: Fox/Michael Becker

DANCING MACHINES: Electro-danceproducing robot superstars Daft Punk perform on the Grammy Awards, 8 p.m. Jan. 26 on CBS.



WATCHING OUT: Patrick goes on a date with Richie and Dom has an encouraging reunion with Ethan on the new gay-themed series “Looking,” 10:30 p.m. Jan. 26 on HBO.


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ACT-UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) meets 6-9 p.m. every Monday at St. Luke and The Epiphany Church, 330 S. 13th St.; 215-386-1981; www.actupphilly. org. Delaware Valley Chapter, Americans United for Separation of Church and State seeks activists and supporters of church-state separation. Holds monthly meetings and events; Equality Pennsylvania holds a volunteer night the second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m., 1211 Chestnut St., Suite 605; 215-731-1447; Green Party of Philadelphia holds general meetings the fourth Thursday of the month except August and December, 7 p.m.; 215-243-7103; Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club meets seasonally;


Library Book Club meets to discuss a new book 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the William Way Center. Men On Tap, an LGBT group that performs with choirs, organizations and at the Fringe Festival, rehearses Mondays at 8 p.m. at The Bike Stop, 206 S. Quince St.; Philadelphia Freedom Band, an audition-free LGBT band that does concerts and parades, rehearses Mondays 7-9:30 p.m.; Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus rehearses 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays; 215-731-9230; Philadelphia Gay Men’s Opera Club meets to share and listen to recordings 6:30 p.m. the last Saturday of the month; 215-732-7898. Philadelphia Voices of Pride, Philadelphia’s first mixed GLBT chorus, rehearses 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the William Way Center; Queer Writer’s Collective workshop and discussion group meets 3-5 p.m. the fourth Saturday of the month at the William Way Center. Reading Queerly, open to all women and genderqueer/ trans people, meets 6:45 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.


Gay Bridge Club non-beginners group meets Monday 25 p.m. at the William Way Center; reservations required. Call 215-732-2220. Gay-friendly Scrabble Club meets 6-11 p.m. in the P.I.C. Building, 42nd and Locust streets; 215-382-0789. Gay Opera Guys of Philly, a new group for opera appreciation, meets the last Sunday of the month at 2:30 p.m. in Roxborough/Andorra area; 215-483-1032. Humboldt Society: Lesbian and Gay Naturalists meets the second Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the William Way Center; 215-985-1456; Independence Squares LGBT square-dance club, modern Western square dancing. Monthly open house. Tuesday classes in the fall; Lutheran Church, 2111 Sansom St.;; Male Oenophile Group forming to discuss, appreciate and taste various wines. Will meet once a month to investigate the nuances and glories of the fermented grape. Call 267-230-6750 for more information.[?]Left voicemail. Mornings OUT LGBT Senior Social activities for senior gay men are held every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the William Way Center. PhilaVentures, Philadelphia’s LGBT outdoor group, meets for hikes in Wissahickon Valley and Valley Forge Park;


Brandywine Women’s Rugby Club meets for Tuesday and Thursday practice at 8 p.m. Greenfield Park, West Chester; City of Brotherly Love Softball League serves the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Games are played Sundays, beginning in April, at the Dairy and Edgeley Fields in Fairmount Park; Frontrunners running club meets 9:30 a.m. Saturdays for a run and brunch. Lloyd Hall, No. 1 Boathouse Row; Philadelphia Falcons Soccer Club LGBT and allies; indoor season starts Nov. 4 at Guerin Rec Center and runs through the end of March, every Monday 8-10pm and Sat 2-4pm; Philadelphia Fins Swim Team, male and female swimmers, meets 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Friends Select School and 10:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays;

Philadelphia Gay Bowling League meets 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays September-April at Brunswick Zone, 1328 Delsea Drive, Deptford, N.J.; 856-889-1434; Greater Philadelphia Flag Football League games played Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at FDR Park. For more information please visit Philadelphia Gryphons Rugby Football Club seeks players, all skill levels welcome; meets 7:45 p.m. Thursdays at Columbus Square Park, 1200 Wharton St.; 215-913-7531;; Philadelphia Liberty Belles women’s semi-pro fulltackle football league holds fall tryouts; Philadelphia Liberty Tennis Association plays yearround, all skill levels welcome; philadelphialibertytennis. com. Philadelphia Firebirds women’s football team seeks players; Philadelphia Women’s Baseball League seeks players, all skill levels and ages welcome. Practice is Thursdays, 7 p.m. at Marian Anderson Recreation Center, 17th and Fitzwater streets, with games on Sundays 2:30 p.m.;; contact Narda Quigley, (day) 215-991-5995 or (evening) 301-919-1194. Philly Gay Hockey Association Philadelphia Phury seeks players; 917-656-1936; Philly QCycle LGBT bicycling club promotes organized recreational riding for all levels in the Greater Philadelphia region. Contact the organization via Facebook. Rainbow Riders of the Delaware Valley motorcycle club meets regularly; 215-836-0440; com/group/rainbowridersdv/. Rainbow Rollers gay and lesbian bowling league meets 7:45 p.m. Tuesdays at Boulevard Lanes in Northeast Philadelphia; Spartan Wrestling Club, the gay wrestling team, meets 6:30-9 p.m. Mondays (no August practice) at the First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St.; 215-732-4545;


AIDS Law Project provides free legal assistance to people with HIV/AIDS and sponsors free monthly seminars on work and housing; 1211 Chestnut St., Suite 600; 215-587-9377; BiUnity, Philadelphia-area social and support network for bisexuals, their family members and friends. http:// Delaware Valley Pink Pistols for LGBT people dedicated to legal, safe and responsible use of firearms for self-defense; meets 2 p.m. the third Saturday of the month at Classic Indoor Range, 1310 Industrial Blvd., Southampton; 610-879-2364; Delaware Pride holds planning meetings 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the United Church of Christ, 300 Main St., Newark; 302-265-3020; Haverford College’s Sexuality and Gender Alliance holds open meetings 10-11 p.m. Mondays during the school year in the lounge in Jones Basement at Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave.; 610-896-4938. Men and Women for Human Excellence support group meets from noon-2 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of the month at 26th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue; 267-273-3513; Long Yang Club Philadelphia social organization for gay Asians and their friends holds monthly socials; www. Our Night Out, a casual social networking party of LGBT professionals, friends and colleagues, meets in a different Philadelphia hot spot each month. To receive monthly event invitations, email; more information on Facebook. Philadelphia Bar Association Legal Advice offered 5-8 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month; 215-238-6333. Philadelphia Prime Timers club for mature gay and bisexual men and their admirers meets regularly; primeti Philadelphians MC Club for leather men and women meets 7:30 p.m. the first and third Monday of the month at The Pit at The Bike Stop, 201 S. Quince St.; Rainbow Amateur Radio Association ARRL-affiliated, weekly HF nets, quarterly newsletter; Silver Foxes, a social and educational group for gays and lesbians 50 and older, meets 3-5 p.m. the fourth Sunday of the month at the William Way Center. SNJ Queers meets monthly for queer/queer-friendly folks in South Jersey to mix and mingle. Search for SNJ Queers on Facebook; contact Wendy at 856-375-3708 or

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Community Bulletin Board Community centers

■ The Attic Youth Center 255 S. 16th St.; 215-545-4331; For LGBT and questioning youth and their friends and allies. Groups meet and activities are held 4-7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and 48:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. Case management, HIV testing and smoking cessation are available MondayFriday. See the Youth section for more events.

■ Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at the University of Pennsylvania 3907 Spruce St., 215-898-5044; center@dolphin. Regular hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; noon-6 p.m. Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Summer hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

■ ActionAIDS: 215-981-0088 ■ AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania: 215-587-9377 ■ AIDS Law Project of Southern New Jersey: 856-933-9500 ext. 221 ■ AIDS Library: 215-985-4851 ■ ACLU of Pennsylvania: 215592-1513 ■ AIDS Treatment Fact line: 800662-6080 ■ Barbara Gittings Gay and Lesbian Collection at the Independence Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library: 215-685-1633 ■ The COLOURS Organization, Inc.: 215-496-0330 ■ District Attorney LGBT Liaison: Helen “Nellie” Fitzpatrick, 215-6869980,

■ Rainbow Room — Bucks County’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Allies Youth Center 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays: Salem UCC Education Building, 181 E. Court St., Doylestown; 215-957-7981 ext. 9065

■ William Way Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center 1315 Spruce St.; 215-732-2220; Hours: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Peer counseling: 6-9 p.m. Monday through Friday Library hours: noon-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; noon-3 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Friday; noon-6 p.m. Saturday. Volunteers: New Orientation: First Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.

Key numbers

of Lesbians and Gays (Philadelphia): 215-572-1833

■ Equality Pennsylvania: 215731-1447;

■ Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations: 215-686-4670

■ Equality Forum: 215-732-3378

■ Philadelphia Lesbian and Gay Task Force: 1-877-pride-2000

■ GALAEI: A Queer Latin@ Social Justice Organization: 215-8511822 ■ LGBT Elder Initiative: 267-5463448; ■ LGBT Peer Counseling Services: 215-732-TALK ■ Mayor’s Director of LGBT Affairs: Gloria Casarez, 215-6862194;; ■ Mazzoni Center: 215-563-0652; Legal Services: 215-563-0657, 866-LGBT-LAW; Family & Community Medicine: 215-563-0658 ■ Parents, Families and Friends

■ Police Department liaison — Deputy Commissioner Kevin Bethel: 215-686-3318 ■ Philadelphia Police Liaison Committee: 215-760-3686 (Rick Lombardo); ■ Philly Pride Presents: 215875-9288 ■ SPARC — Statewide Pennsylvania Rights Coalition: 717-9209537 ■ Transgender Health Action Coalition: 215-732-1207 (staffed 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 6-9 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays)


Anonymous, free, confidential HIV testing Spanish/English counselors offer testing 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday at Congreso de Latinos Unidos, 216 W. Somerset St.; 215763-8870. ActionAIDS Provides a range of programs for people affected by HIV/AIDS, including case management, prevention, testing and education services at 1216 Arch St.; 215-981-0088; GALAEI: A Queer Latin@ Social Justice Organization Free, anonymous HIV testing from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1207 Chestnut St., fifth floor; noon-6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Washington West Project, 1201 Locust St.; 215-851-1822 or 866-222-3871; www.galaei. org. Spanish/English HIV treatment Free HIV/AIDS diagnosis and treatment for Philadelphia residents are available from 9 a.m.-noon Mondays (walk-in) and 5-8 p.m. Thursdays (by appointment) at Health Center No. 2, 1720 S. Broad St.; 215685-1821. HIV health insurance help Access to free medications and confidential HIV testing

■ Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia Board meetings at 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at 100 S. Broad St., Suite 1810; free referral service at 215-6279090; ■ Greater Philadelphia Professional Network Networking group for area business professionals, selfemployed and business owners meets monthly in a different location throughout the city; www.; 215-922-3377. ■ Independence Business Alliance Greater Philadelphia’s LGBT

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays at 13 S. MacDade Blvd., Suite 108, Collingdale; Medical Office Building, 722 Church Lane, Yeadon; and 630 S. 60th St.; 610-586-9077. Mazzoni Center LGBTQ counseling and behavioral health services, HIV/ AIDS care and services, case management and support groups; 21 S. 12th St., eighth floor; 215-563-0652; www. Mazzoni Center Family & Community Medicine Comprehensive primary health care, preventive health services, gynecology, sexual-health services and chronic-disease management, including comprehensive HIV care, as well as youth drop-in (ages 14-24) 5-7p.m. Wednesdays; 809 Locust St.; 215-563-0658. Washington West Project of Mazzoni Center Free, anonymous HIV testing. Walk-ins welcome 9 a.m.-9 pm. Monday-Friday, 1-5p.m. Saturday; 1201 Locust St.; 215-985-9206.

Professional groups Chamber of Commerce, providing networking, business development, marketing, educational and advocacy opportunities for LGBT and LGBT-friendly businesses and professionals; www. IndependenceBusinessAlliance. com; 215-557-0190; 1717 Arch St., Suite 3370. ■ National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter of NLGJA, open to professionals and students, meets for social and networking events; www.nlgja.

org/philly; ■ Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus Regional organization dedicated to promoting LGBT tourism to the Greater Philadelphia region, meetings every other month on the fourth Thursday (January, March, May, July, September and the third Thursday in November), open to the public; P.O. Box 58143, Philadelphia, PA 19102; www.philadelphiagaytourism. com; 215-840-2039.


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