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Keeping You Posted With The Politics Of Philadelphia
February 11, 2011
LT. GOV. JIM CAWLEY, seated at right, was keynote speaker at 122nd annual Germantown Republican Club Lincoln Day Dinner at Union League last night. Joining him at head table were City Commissioner Joseph Duda, seated left, and standing, Rev. R.T. Jones, 9th Ward Leader Frank Hendrie, emcee David Richards and Republican City Committee Chairman Vito Canuso.
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Radar On The Northern Border: Casey Urges Feds to Combat Increased Airborne Drug Smuggling With recent reports showing incidents of drug smuggling along the northern border increasing, US Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) today joined a group of border-state Senate colleagues in sending a letter to urge federal authorities to deploy military-grade radar technology to combat the illegal smuggling of drugs into the United States from Canada. The letter to Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged the two federal agencies to deploy proven military radar technology to stop drug smugglers who use small aircrafts along the northern border.
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“Drug trafficking into Pennsylvania that is feeding crime and gang activity must be stopped,” said Casey. “A multi-pronged attack is required to catch drug smugglers or terrorists before they can cross the border over Lake Erie into Pennsylvania or other northern states.” The letter, signed by Casey and Sens. Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.), Sherrod Brown (D-Oh.), Jon Tester (DMont.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Kirsten Gillibrand THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD
(D-N.Y.), pointed to the success of Operation Outlook, a pilot program run between 2005 to 2008 involving cooperation between DHS and the Dept. of Defense. Operation Outlook used sophisticated military radar technology along the Spokane, Wash. sector of the northern border to catch low-flying aircraft that would otherwise not have been caught with the current technology used by DHS. According to the Border Patrol, Operation Outlook “successfully identified air-related smuggling trends and patterns and organizations active in cross-border criminal activities” along the Spokane sector. The senators are urging the feds to resume and expand the program. The Senators also urged that radar technology be included in the northern border counter-narcotics strategy currently being developed by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The office is required to develop such a strategy as part of the Northern Border Counternarcotics Strategy Act, passed by Congress last year. The increases in illegal drug smuggling across the US-Canada border represent a real and serious threat. The Government Accountability Office released a report in November 2010 signaling “cross-border use of low-flying aircraft to smuggle drugs has been much higher 11 JANUARY, 2011
than indicated by the number of drug seizures.” In addition, a recent report from Hearst Newspapers indicates “drug gangs ratcheted up shipments” of illegal drugs over the border during the last decade. Given the success of Operation Outlook and given the alarming increase in smuggling activity along the USCanada border, the senators wrote that they “stand ready to help with any legislation necessary to further … [the] mission of protecting America.”
Deputy Mayor Schwarz Gets Major Medical Award
whose outstanding contributions have promoted the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health. “Through the Nathan Davis Awards, the AMA salutes government officials who go above and beyond the call of duty to improve public health,” said AMA Board Chair Ardis Dee Hoven, MD. “Award winners come from every branch of government service and are a testament to the important role public officials play in creating and implementing health policy that benefits Americans.”
Donald M. Schwarz, MD, deputy mayor for Health & Opportunity and Commissioner for the Philadelphia Dept. of Public Health, was honored by the American Medical Association with the top government service award for an elected statewide official, the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service. He was presented with the award at a dinner in Washington, D.C. as part of the AMA’s National Advocacy Conference.
“I am deeply honored to receive this distinguished award,” said Dr. Schwarz. “The caliber of my fellow nominees is truly inspiring; I am humbled to have been included among the candidates this year. The American Medical Association continues to be the authority on promoting the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health in our Nation, and I am delighted that my work in Philadelphia has been recognized by their membership.”
Dr. Schwarz was nominated for the AMA award by the Mayor of Philadelphia Michael A. Nutter. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the Dr. Nathan Davis Awards.
As deputy mayor and health commissioner, Dr. Schwarz oversees chronic disease, environmental health, infectious disease, maternal and child health services, and eight comprehensive primary care health centers in the City of Philadelphia. Spearheading Get Healthy Philly, a $25.4 million federally funded effort to address the two leading causes of death in the City – tobacco use and obesity — he has substantially expanded access to smoking-cessation medications through health-insurance benefit changes and distributed more than 5,000 one-month courses of nicotine patches. In addition, he has dramatically increased the availability of healthy and affordable foods in Philadelphia by equipping over 400 corner stores to sell produce and lean meats. Under his leadership, Philadelphia implemented the strongest menu-labeling law in the country, requiring not just information about calories, but also sodium, fat, and carbohydrates.
“It was an honor, and truly my pleasure, to nominate Deputy Mayor Schwarz for this award,” said Mayor Nutter. “Dr. Schwarz has been a respected physician in the Philadelphia community for decades, and as a member of my Administration, he has served as an expert on a wide variety public health issues. Under his leadership, the City of Philadelphia is becoming a happier, healthier, and more energetic place to live and work.” Dr. Schwarz is one of seven honorees chosen this year to receive the AMA Award. The award, named for the founding father of the AMA, recognizes elected and career officials in federal, state or municipal service 11 FEBRUARY, 2011
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Feb. 11Fundraiser Reception for Council candidate Lawrence Clark at Rose Tattoo Café, 19th & Callowhill Sts. Feb. 11Manayunk on Ice winter festival featuring Ice Carving Competition. Free 3-day festival runs through Sunday. Fire & Ice Kickoff featuring an ice bonfire, 5 p.m. Feb. 12Councilman Curtis Jones hosts Petition Workshop at Pinn Memorial Baptist Ch. Founders Hall, 2251 N. 54th St., 10 a.m.-12 m. RSVP Samantha Williams (267) 2090171. Feb. 12Fundraiser for Sandy Stewart for 6th Dist. Council at SmokeEaters Pub., 7681 Frankford Ave., 7-10 p.m. $40 ticket at door. Donations to PO Box 8937, Phila., PA 19135. Feb. 13Volunteer petitioners for Sherrie Cohen for Council meet at Tavern on Camac, 243 S. Camac St., 4-7 p.m. Free food. Feb. 13Kickoff Petition Party for Danny Savage for 7th Dist. Council at Juniata G.C. Banquet Hall, 1391 E. Cayuga St., 6-8 p.m. For info (267) 281-3838. Feb. 15Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell launches reelection campaign at 1st Dist. Plaza, 3801 Market St., 1 p.m. Feb. 152nd Dist. Council candidate Barbara Capozzi hosts Petition Party at Galdo’s, 20th & Moyamensing Ave., 5-7 p.m.
In January 2008, Dr. Schwarz was appointed commissioner of the Philadelphia Dept. of Public Health and deputy mayor for health and opportunity, following previous public service as Principal Coordinator for the Health Dept.’s Injury Prevention Program and Title V Advisor for the Department’s Division of Maternal and Child Health. Throughout his career, Dr. Schwarz has served on numerous public committees and advisory boards including the Mayor’s Commission for Children, the Child Welfare Advisory Board, and the Youth Violence Task Force. Prior to his appointment in 2008, Dr. Schwarz enjoyed a distinguished career as a pediatrician, hospital administrator, and nationally recognized researcher in adolescent risk behaviors. Presently, Dr. Schwarz is implementing an electronic health record in the Philadelphia Prison System and the Philadelphia Health Dept.’s eight public-health centers, which serve 85,000 patients annually. He launched the development of a citywide electronic prenatal-care registry, the first of its kind in the nation, and as the H1N1 pandemic loomed, Dr. Schwarz and his Division of Disease Control orchestrated the receipt, delivery, and tracking of over half a million doses of vaccine to at-risk Philadelphians.
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Verna Tyner Kicks Off Campaign For Council’s 8th Dist. Yesterday, Verna Tyner announced that she is a candidate in the 2011 Democratic Primary for Philadelphia City Council in the diverse 8th Dist. Tyner is an accomplished neighborhood activist and former Chief of Staff to the late At-Large Councilman David Cohen and At-Large Councilman Bill Greenlee. Tyner has the endorsements of Greenlee, State Sen. Shirley Kitchen, State Sen. LeAnna Washington, State Rep. Mark Cohen, The Hon. Al Stewart, 9th Ward Leader John O’Connell, the 11th and 17th Wards and hundreds of residents across the 8th Dist. Verna Tyner launched her campaign with a series of news conferences in the communities of Chestnut Hill, Mount Airy, Germantown, West Oak Lane and Nicetown before formally announcing her campaign this evening in Tioga where Tyner has lived for 40 years. Verna Tyner began her day in front of J.S. Jenks School, a K-8 public school in the heart of Chestnut Hill. “We cannot tolerate any cuts in funding for our schools,” said Tyner. “While we fight for the necessary resources for our students, 11 JANUARY, 2011
we can pick up the slack by pushing for more community involvement in our schools.” Tyner also called for a District-wide youth summit, to get high-school and college students and young workers to discuss issues of safety, recreation, after-school educational opportunities and partnerships with the private, public and nonprofit sectors to advance an environment conducive to a healthy community for our youth. Community-approved economic development is a plank of Tyner’s platform. She visited the thriving Community Acupuncture of Mount Airy and the abandoned Germantown Women’s Y. At each location, Tyner stressed the importance of thriving small businesses, responsible development, and ending the property neglect, sweetheart deals and abuse of power that has resulted in rampant abandoned lots and neglected properties. “On my watch,” said Tyner, “We will help and support new businesses like CAMA throughout the District and will not tolerate any more debacles like the now bankrupt Germantown Settlement. “We must sell unused City-owned property to responsible individuals, investors and nonprofit developers,” said Tyner. “And there must be a community-approved plan to renovate the properties. This will lead to positive development, permanent jobs and more tax revenue.” Tax revenue is critical because Philadelphia’s budget is teetering and State support for schools and social services is going to be sharply cut this year. Tyner believes we must work with other cities and communities throughout the Commonwealth to keep cutbacks to a minimum.
Tyner believes revenue begins with fairness and we must begin with large corporations that do business in the City, but that are located elsewhere, paying their fair share. Tyner also wants to see City agencies and departments working more efficiently and effectively. Tyner wants to fill the gaps in the City budget and services with more institutions like the St. Catherine Laboure Medical Clinic, where she held a news conference in Germantown. The clinic is funded entirely by individuals, corporations and grants from foundations and religious organizations. In 2010, the clinic was visited approximately 3,400 times by approximately 700 patients. “We also can’t let precious City dollars go to elected officials,” said Tyner. “I am not supportive of elected officials taking advantage of DROP. The program was designed for hard-working public workers and City efforts to anticipate their retirement. It is wrong, fiscally irresponsible and unethical for our elected officials to join DROP while running for another term.” The central theme of Tyner’s campaign was repeated throughout the day. “When I become Councilperson,” said Tyner, “I intend to lead the District in an unprecedented organizing effort to achieve community unity and use the power of people to come up with creative ideas to solve problems.” Tyner’s 16 years serving the residents of Philadelphia as a senior staff member in City Council have left her uniquely qualified to bridge the gap between City government and the neighborhoods it serves. She understands how to improve the quality of life for residents of the 8th Dist. by working both inside and outside government.
“We cannot afford more cuts to vital social services,” said Tyner when she visited the Phillip Murray House on Old York Road, the home of many senior citizens and the Nicetown-Tioga Branch Library. 11 FEBRUARY, 2011
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Damon Roberts Practises The Candidate’s Touch GREETING one of his youngest supporters is attorney Damon Roberts, first announced candidate to replace Anna Verna in 2nd Council Dist., here at his fourth fundraiser in Jet Wine Bar on South Street. Mother Heather Pieters is delighted, but 8month-old Massimo Alessi seems to take campaigning in stride
Professional Women’s Round Table Announces New Leaders Professional Women’s Roundtable – a nonprofit providing networking, leadership, educational and personal growth opportunities to a diverse group of emerging women business leaders in the Greater Philadelphia region – announced new officers and board members. They are: Officers Melissa Dietrich, President Dietrich is regional account executive for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Sitting on the PWR board since 2010, she serves on the Volunteer Committee for the Vision 2020 Conference and the Occupational Advisory Committee for the Technical College Hs, among other community positions. Dietrich is a resident of E. Coventry, Pa. Jennifer L. Lemert, MS-FNP, Vice President ; Chair, Events Committee Lemert is a family nurse practitioner at Pennsylvania Presbyterian Medical Center’s emer6|
gency department. A member of PWR’s board since 2010, Lemert resides in Ardmore, Pa. Shari Nathanson Rosenbloom, PhD, Treasurer Rosenbloom is director, Failure Analysis and Biomedical Devices, at Corrosion Testing Laboratories, Inc. (Newark, Del.). Among other professional leadership positions, she chairs the Blue Ribbon Committee for the Philadelphia Liberty Bell Chapter of the American Society of Metals. Rosenbloom is a resident of Wynnewood, Pa. Elizabeth Ireland, Secretary Ireland is senior manager at Grant Thornton LLP. In addition to sitting on the board of WOMEN’S WAY, she is the Philadelphia office leader of Women@Grant Thornton, the firm’s initiative to recruit, retain and promote client-serving women. Ireland is a resident of South Philadelphia. Liza Herschel, Chair, Board Development Committee
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Herschel is a senior consultant for SDI Communications. In addition to sitting on the board of PWR and co-chairing its Events Committee since 2009, she is a member of the board of the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. Herschel resides in Manayunk in Philadelphia. Members Caroline Bean, Co-Chair, Public Relations/Communications Committee Bean is the national media relations/social media manager at the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation. Sitting on the committee for the Southwest Center City Run, Walk & Roll 5K fundraiser, she is a resident of Philadelphia. Amara M. Briggs, Chair, Sponsorship Committee Briggs is vice president and relationship manager, Commercial Banking for Citizens Bank, Philadelphia. She also serves on the board of The Neighborhood Club of Bala Cynwyd, Pa., where she resides.
Karen Moustafellos, Co-Chair, Ambassador, Membership and Sponsorship Committees Moustafellos is CEO and co-founder of Elements and Alloys Inc. A member of the board of DOCOMOMO (Documentation and Conservation of buildings of the Modern Movement), she is a resident of Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia. In addition to Dietrich, Lemert and Herschel, existing board members are Anne Marie Aaronson, Esq. (partner, Dilworth Paxson), chair, Membership Committee, and Alexandra Kane-Weiss (associate vice president, StarToplin), chair, Public Relations/Communications Committee. Founded in 2002, PWR seeks to enhance business development and other professional development skills. For more information on PWR and its networking/leadership programs, visit pwroundtable.com or contact (215) 628-9844.
Christie Mills, Member, Events Committee Mills is corporate secretary/treasurer for Karr Barth Administrators, Inc. A member of the board of both the Philadelphia Doctorsâ€™ Chamber Orchestra and the Roxborough Symphony Orchestra, she resides in Springfield, Delaware County, Pa.
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