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Vol. I No. 123

Keeping You Posted With The Politics Of Philadelphia

December 23, 2010


Daily Record

Trevor’s Next Miracle

ZZZZZ HE KEEPS ON GIVING: Mike Barnes, marketing director of Philadelphia Developmental Disabilities Corp.; Norma Carter, president of PDDC; Trevor Laws, Eagles defensive tackle who contributed to the Miracle at Meadowlands win; and Bruce Hulick, executive director of The Arc of Phila. and PDDC, joined huge Holiday Open House celebration at The Arc on Tuesday for a gift exchange and luncheon for 50 PDDC clients with developmental disabilities. Katie O’Brien, a student at Mt. St. Joseph’s Academy, and her sister Ashley, a student at St. Joseph’s University, presented a check for $1,000 which they had raised with a girls’ basketball game. Photo by Bonnie Squires


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Gov. Christie Is Scrooge, Not Santa New Jersey voters have a big “Bah, Humbug!” for Gov. Christopher Christie as 54% see him more as Scrooge while 28% see him more as Santa Claus, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday. Republicans see Gov. Christie as Santa Claus 47-36%, but the Scrooge label comes 71-15% from Democrats and 54-29% from independent voters, the independent Quinnipiac University poll finds. There is a small gender gap under the mistletoe as women say Scrooge 57-26% and men apply the title 52-30%. The Scrooge label runs from 4738% among voters at the shore to 61-25% in the South Jersey Philadelphia suburbs. “At this Christmas season, we turned to Charles Dickens and Clement Clarke Moore for inspiration,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “We seem to have inspired voters, especially Democrats, to say their Governor could use a visit from the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Maybe next year, Gov. Chris.”

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City’s Congressional Delegation: Keep Nutter The three members of the United States House of Representatives who represent Philadelphia have endorsed Mayor Michael Nutter’s reelection bid. Congressmen Chaka Fattah and Robert Brady, and Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz emphasized the need for a “no-nonsense problem-solver” who “understands how to work with ... the federal government to get results for Philadelphia.” “I have enjoyed a great working relationship with each of these members of Congress,” said Nutter. “They understand what it is at stake for the City of Philadelphia during these challenging times, and I am grateful for their support. We have worked together to help create jobs, improve our high school graduation rate, increase capital investments in green energy, and preserve our cultural institutions.” Schwartz described Nutter as “an outspoken champion for the City who has successfully attracted new business development and federal investments, while promoting innovative ‘green’ policies, and improving basic education. He understands how to work with President Obama and the federal government to get results for Philadelphia.” Brady pointed to Nutter’s leadership during the nation’s economic 22 DECEMBER, 2010

downturn as a reason for his endorsement. “Mayor Nutter was dealt a tough hand – an economy in free fall with collapsing revenue. He has made the tough choices that real leadership demands and deserves our support for another four years,” Brady said. Fattah cited his collaboration with Mayor Nutter on one of his principal policy objectives – increasing access to higher education. “From his first day in office, Mayor Nutter set ambitious goals focused on improving the life chances of Philadelphia families – from access to higher education to creating programs that protect home ownership,” he said.

Mayor Announces Details Of Mummers Parade Mayor Nutter, elected officials and Mummers Parade representatives announced details of the 2011 Mummers Parade. The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Broad Street & Washington Avenue and proceed toward City Hall. Bleachers will be provided for spectators along Broad Street so they can enjoy the most fan-friendly Mummers Parade in its 110-year history. Families are encouraged to bring their children to the parade’s six Performance Zones that will line Broad Street. 22 DECEMBER, 2010

DJ entertainment, food and bathroom facilities will be made available at the following six locations: Broad & Shunk Streets, Broad & Wolf Streets, Broad Street & Washington Avenue, Broad & Pine Streets, Broad & Sansom Streets and 15th & Market Streets. “The performance zones are a winwin for everyone,” said Mummers Association President Bob Shannon. “Fans will get more comfort and better views, and more people than ever will get to see the performances we work so hard on all year long.” The Mummers Parade will feature five divisions, each with its own unique tradition. The Comics, a division that satirizes hot political issues and pop culture will step off at 10:00 a.m. at Broad Street & Washington Ave. The Comic Wench Brigades will follow at 10:30 a.m. The Fancies will then perform at Broad & Moore Streets and at 11:00 a.m. the String Bands will perform at Broad & Shunk Streets. The Fancy Brigades will perform at 1:30 p.m. at Broad Street & Oregon Avenue. The City Hall Grand Stand Entertainment Zone, one of the six Performance Zones that is located at 15th & Market Streets, will provide ticketed bleacher seating for spectators. Tickets for this seating will be sold for $19 per person to assist with operational costs. Tickets for the City Hall Grand Stand Performance Zone can be purchased at: THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD

The Fairmount Park Welcome Center, 16th & JFK Boulevard; (215) 683-0246; or at The Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market Streets, (215) 9657676. Tickets will also be sold for two Fancy Brigades competitions at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The first competition will begin at 12:00 p.m. and the second competition will take place at 5:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 1 (800) 298-4200. For more information, visit

Casey Urges Help For Food Banks

US Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) spearheaded a letter signed by 13 of his Senate colleagues urging the Obama Administration to provide a sustained level of funding for the Emergency Food Assistance Program, which provides funding for food banks to purchase nutritious foods and to help transport and deliver that food to those low-income Americans in need at no cost to them. Federal support for TEFAP is estimated to drop off by at least $100 million this fiscal year. “Without a sustained commitment from the federal government to provide an increased level of support for emergency food assistance |


throughout FY 2011, our nation’s food banks may find themselves

ill-equipped to meet an increasing demand throughout the coming

new year,” wrote the Senators.

Sen. Washington Launches Billboard Campaign Against Domestic Violence

State Sen. LeAnna Washington thanked Clear Channel radio for its on-air Public Service Announcements on disaster preparation, domestic violence, literacy and local events. Clear Channel has also generously donated billboard space in the following locations to keep the efforts strong in the fight against domestic violence: Washington Avenue, north side, 20 feet east of Cleveland and facing west; Girard Avenue, south side, east of Belmont and facing east; Wayne Avenue east side, south of Windrim and facing north; Cottman Avenue, north side, east of State Road and facing west; Ogontz Avenue, north of 75th Street and facing south.

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All City of Philadelphia offices will be closed and City services curtailed on Christmas Day, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010 and New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2011 — both legal holidays. Streets Commissioner Clarena Tolson reminds residents trash and recycling collections will be collected on their normal weekly schedules, ending Friday, Dec. 24 and Friday, Dec. 31. There will be no inTHE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD

terruption in collections, because the holiday falls on a weekend when trash collections do not normally take place. All District Health Centers are closed on Christmas Day, as are all branch offices of the Department of Licenses and Inspections; the North and Northeast Municipal Service Centers; the Marriage License Bureau; all Department of Recreation facilities; the Free Library of 23 DECEMBER, 2010

Philadelphia and all of its branches and the executive offices of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, as

well as its Violations branch, at 9th & Filbert Streets.

Girls’ High Choir Sings For The Season Philadelphia HS for Girls World Language and Service Clubs including Pan-African, AfricanAmerican, Asian, French and Indo-Pak clubs, as well as the Stu-

dent Union, Athletic Association, and the Gospel Choir will sing “Songs of the Seasons” Student Concert tomorrow from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Philadelphia HS for Girls 1st floor auditorium.

Jan. 27Edward J. Lowry, founder of Phila. Veterans MultiService & Education Ctr., will be honored on retirement at Waterfall Rm. in Plumbers Local 690 Union Hall, 2791 Southampton Rd., Cocktails 6-8 p.m., followed by Tribute Program. Tickets $65. Order by phone (215) 238-8050. Event Chair Ed Keenan, Board Chair Jim McNesby and Exec. Dir. Marsha Four.

Keller Will Head Dems On Labor Committee State Rep. Bill Keller (D-S. Phila.) has been appointed to serve as Democratic chairman of the House Labor Relations Committee for the 2011-12 legislative session. The appointment was made on Tuesday by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny). The Labor Relations Committee reviews legislation on issues such as the state’s minimum wage, unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, building and construction codes, and workplace health and safety. The committee also has oversight responsibility for the Department of Labor and 23 DECEMBER, 2010

Industry. “We need to protect existing jobs and create new living-wage jobs in Pennsylvania,” Keller said. “While we work to build a positive climate for business, we also must work to ensure fair wages and job conditions for the people who drive our economy – the workers. That’s always been a priority of mine, and it will be a major focus of my work as Democratic chairman of this important committee.” Keller will assume his chairman post when lawmakers are sworn in for the 2011-12 legislative session on Jan. 4. THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD



Lowery Brown Holds Open Houses For Kids

ZZZZZ STATE REP. Vanessa Lowery Brown hosted more than 1,000 children at Holiday Open Houses” in her District, which takes in parts of W. and N. Phila. Tuesday evening’s event was at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Strawberry Mansion; last night, the Rep came to HS of the Future in Parkside.

CHEERFUL ELVES at Open House were David Epps, left, and Ameer Harris. All kids enjoyed holiday snacks and giveaways. For parents, there was information about State-sanctioned programs to help young people. 6|


23 DECEMBER, 2010

Wrestling’s For Everyone

KELLY LEECH, a senior at Franklin Towne Charter HS, posted a win in high-school wrestling match – the only girl on her team! She is daughter of Public Record photographer Harry Leech.

No Wine Shots At Supermarkets State Auditor General Jack Wagner will conduct a special performance audit of the sState Liquor Control Board’s wine kiosks, which malfunctioned and were shut down 23 DECEMBER, 2010

Tuesday night until early next year. Wagner said his audit would focus on whether the Pronto Wine Kiosks, which are inside 30 supermarkets across the state, are delivTHE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD

ering the customer convenience and additional revenue that the Liquor Control Board touted when it awarded a contract to Simple Brands LLC of Conshocken. |


Blue Man Group’s Tricksters, Scientists, Shamans Bring Unique Rhythm And Movement To Philly by Adam Taxin Blue Man Group, a touring version of the popular multimedia production, opened last night at the Merriam Theater on Center City’s Avenue of the Arts, running for a limited engagement through Sunday, Jan. 2. Formed in Manhattan in 1987, Blue Man Group features three nonspeaking characters of similar height who are dressed in black while covered in blue grease paint, with latex caps that give them the appearance of being bald. An accompanying band plays tribal rhythms while the performers take the audience on a journey which the production itself describes as “funny, intelligent and visually stunning.” General Judd, a Blue Man performer for the last 12 years (who, over separate performances, changes which characters he plays) describes the characters as “very curious and cautious” in how they move. “It creates a unique way of moving.” Regarding the three characters, Judd points out they “are very similar, but they all have their own unique personalities [trickster, scientist, hero/shaman], which creates the rift somewhat throughout the 8|

show. [You’ll have] two characters on the same page and one character deciding to do something else, so as to create these funny interactions between them.” Dave Traver, music director and guitar player for the national tour, mentions that the characters not only communicate in their actions, “but they’re highly competent drummers.” According to Traver, one of the most common reactions among audience members, especially parents, after seeing the show is: “We didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t even want to come. I just brought my kids, but it was not what I expected, and I was very pleased by the whole experience” The current production mixes classics from previous productions with new content. This is the group’s first theatrical production, THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD

as opposed to arena rock show, to tour North America. While the production now in Philadelphia is Blue Man Group’s only touring show, Blue Man Group currently has shows running in New York, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Orlando (Universal Studios), Berlin, Tokyo, Vienna and on the Norwegian Cruise Line’s “Epic.” Adam Taxin can be contacted via Facebook or at

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