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February 15, 2011

Philadelphia Daily Record

Jags Forever

50TH ANNIVERSARY of the Jaguar XK-E – which sports-car enthusiasts still swear by – will be honored at Simeone Museum in the Airport Automall at a monthlong exhibition which opens this Saturday, Feb. 19. See page X. 15 FEBRUARY, 2011

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State GOP: Obama’s Budget Doesn’t Cut It Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason issued the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s Budget for the 2011/2012 Fiscal Year:

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“After unveiling another bloated budget, President Obama has proven two things to the American people. First, he does not care about the dire financial situation our country currently faces and second, he is clearly ignoring the message Americans tried to send Washington, D.C. last November that they care about our country’s future. “Democrats’ out-of-control spending has created a budget deficit that is projected to reach $1.6 trillion in 2011. We’re now at the point where the size of the federal debt is projected to exceed $15 trillion in 2011, thus equaling the size of the entire American economy. We need to cut spending, and we need to do it now. “Congressional Republicans have already pledged to make over $100 billion in cuts immediately are in the process of creating fiscally solvent budget that makes more-profound spending cuts. No one has claimed cutting spending will be easy, but American taxpayers deserve leaders that have the courage THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD

to make tough decisions to move our country forward. I hope President Obama will follow suit.”

Farnese: Republicans Are Wasting Time On Social Issues State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-S. Phila.) today called upon the members of the legislature to focus their attention to the immediate needs of Pennsylvanians. “We have been in session from six weeks now under a new governor and new leadership in the General Assembly, under some of the most difficult financial times we’ve seen,” Farnese said. “The two pieces of legislation that have advanced through committee faster than anything else are SB 3, to restrict abortion coverage under a health insurance exchange that won’t even exist for three years and SB 9, an immigration bill. “In short, the priority has been given to wedge social issues, not the most pressing issues facing Pennsylvanians right now.” Farnese said those pressing needs are: adultBasic – funding for adultBasic is expected to run out this month.SB 420, introduced by State Sen. Mike Stack (D-Northeast), would use the legislative 15 JANUARY, 2011


leadership surplus to extend funding for this program. “We understand funding is short,” Farnese said. “As Democrats, we are asking, ‘How can we continue this program? How can we get it done? Our Republican colleagues don’t think the question even needs to be asked.” Jobs – Farnese said the focus needs to be on getting Pennsylvanians back to work. The Senate Democrats are working on a jobs program, but Farnese said that there is legislation, such as the 15-year tax-abatement bill for construction in depressed areas, that could spur jobs in the construction industry. Farnese added Republican members have similar bills. Marcellus Shale – Farnese said Marcellus Shale is “the biggest boon to the Pennsylvania economy in decades.” He added there are many different viewpoints on the issue, but that the legislature should be discussing how the environment can be protected while the State receives its fair share of revenue from natural-gas extraction. Farnese added his Republican colleagues often talk about running things like the private sector. “In the private sector, you take the best ideas from your competition and your industry and you put them to work in your business,” Farnese said. “Every other State has a severance tax on gas extraction, we don’t. It should be on the table.” Farnese added that there are many good ideas on both sides of the aisle and legislators should be debating these issues and moving these bills forward instead of adjourning for two weeks.

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Sen. Williams Backs Nutter’s Reelection Following a discussion with students at Boys Latin of Philadelphia Charter School on education and leadership, State Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D-W. Phila.) voiced his support for Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s reelection bid. The two publically stood together outside the school at 5501 Cedar Avenue. There, they spoke of a partnership built on the common ground of improving education, and related issues of job security, community development and the city’s economic health. Mayor Nutter has “done right by the city. He has done right by its budget,” Williams said. “I am proud to stand here with him today.” Williams called Mayor Nutter an “effective leader” and a friend. The setting of the day’s announcement was notable, as Nutter attended the school as a youngster when it was a Catholic grade school.

Mayor Announces $1M In Block Grants Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the recipients of the 2011 Neighborhood Economic Development grants, which are funded by $1 million in Community Development Block Grant funding. The grants support the completion of community development corporation capital projects. The Commerce Dept. awarded grants to these nine organizations with the goal of supporting economic-development projects in neighborhoods throughout the city. The selected projects are in areas that meet CDBG funding eligibility requirements targeting low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. This event is part of Jobs Week — a series of jobs-related economic-opportunity events held throughout the city announcing the development, retention and expansion of businesses.

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Feb. 10State Sen. Anthony Williams hosts free energy forum at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 50th & Woodland Ave., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 10Phila. Unemployment Project Happy Hour at Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom St., 5-8 p.m. $5 door donation includes beer, wine and appetizers. For info (215) 557-0822, ext. 102. Feb. 10Germantown Republican Club hosts Lincoln Day Dinner at Union League, 140 S. Broad St., 6 p.m. Honoree and speaker Lt. Gov. James Cawley. Tickets $65. For info Jack Morley (215) 389-1768. Feb. 10Fundraiser for Judge Kenneth J. Powell, Jr., at Union League, Lincoln Memorial Rm., 6-8 p.m. Tickets $125. For info Nora (267) 251-2779. Feb. 10Friends of Damon K. Roberts host wine tasting at Jet Wine Bar, 1525 South St. 6-7:30 Suggested donations $25 up. For info Lisa Robinson (267) 3340244. Feb. 10Phila. Young Democrats Meetup at R2L Restaurant & Lounge, 2 Liberty Pl., 37th fl., 6-8 p.m.

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The NED grants reflect the Administration’s commitment to assist businesses, revitalize neighborhood commercial areas, stabilize and expand employment in the city, and eliminate blight. Awardees were selected through a competitive process in which professional staff from Commerce, RDA, OHCD Planning, and City Council. The awards range from $50,000 to $350,000 and will be utilized for economic-development planning, pre-development and development activities. The $1 million in funding will help the organizations leverage $106 million in additional public and private investments. These projects are expected to create 368 permanent jobs. Throughout the week, Mayor Nutter has hosted a series of jobs-related economic opportunity events announcing the development or expansion of businesses in Philadelphia. On Tuesday, the Mayor attended the groundbreaking of 600 North Broad Street, a mixeduse venue that will create 39,000 square feet of new, commercial space. He also announced that GlaxoSmithKline will move their Philadelphia operations to a new, $80 million, LEED Platinum-certified facility at The Navy Yard. Later during the week, the Mayor highlighted the expansion of Urban Outfitters’ headquarters, which will be expanded into two buildings at The Navy Yard. The expansion will bring 1,000 permanent jobs to the THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD

city over the next three years. On Thursday, the Mayor delivered remarks at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s annual Mayoral Address. “These awards demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that Philadelphia remains a wonderful place to live and to visit, for all kinds of people up and down the income spectrum”, said Kevin Dow the Commerce Dept.’s COO.

2011 Neighborhood Economic Development Grant Recipients: Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp.: Development of an eastern tower located at 1001-1011 Vine Street. The proposed development will include a multi-purpose community center, ground-floor retail space, and residential space. Creation of 50-75 jobs after development. The Enterprise Center: Construction of the Center for Culinary Enterprises on the site of a vacant supermarket property located at 310 S. 48th Street. The CCE will be a comprehensive food-business incubator – a powerful engine for creating jobs and new community-based food businesses, engaging youth, helping to overcome critical foodaccess obstacles, and serving as a hub of accessible food-industry resources. Creation of 101 proposed full-time jobs. 15 JANUARY, 2011


People for People: Renovation of an unoccupied twostory facility to be used for retail space. The space will house the PFP Café which will create 60 unemployed, underemployed, and/or dislocated welfare-to-work clients with hands-on job-readiness management-training to help to prepare those interested in starting their own small business and will provide two full-time positions and one part-time position. The development will be located between Broad Street & Fairmount Avenue. Creation of 1 full-time job.

Chinatown Thanks Citizens Bank

Beech Interplex: Development of International House, a mixed-use facility located close to the Temple University campus. Located on the 1500 of Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Creation of 200 full-time jobs. Esperanza: Development of a mixed-use facility also containing an educational and arts center. Creation of 8 full-time jobs. Community Legal Services: Construction of a fourstory building to be used as offices for Community Legal Services. he development will be located at 1402-1412 Erie Avenue. Creation of 2 full-time jobs. Mt. Airy USA: Predevelopment and construction of the Mt. Airy Transit Village. The development will be located at Washington Lane & Chew Avenue.

CITIZENS BANK was recently presented with Community Service Award by Phila. Chinatown Development Corp. in recognition of many years of support for Chinatown community. At ceremony from left are City Councilman Frank DiCicco, Mayor Michael Nutter, Cecilia Moy Yep of PCDC and Dan Fitzpatrick, President & CEO of Citizens Bank, accepting award.

Cheri Honkala Will Run For Sheriff – To Halt Evictions Cheri Honkala, veteran advocate for the poor and homeless, will announce her run for Sheriff on a noevictions platform. Honkala says she is running in order to keep struggling Philadelphia families in their homes.

Center in the Park: Predevelopment resources to support engagement of a consultant(s) to establish a community internet café and performance venue business along the Germantown-Chelten commercial corridor. The project will provide five full- and part-time Blaming a lack of accountability and excess bureaupositions. cracy in the current Sheriff’s office, Honkala says millions in federal funds secured to help families stay in Korean Community Development Services Corp.: their homes have been wasted. After appealing to Corridor beautification, façade improvement and corbanks to restructure loan payments for families facing ridor greening. The activities will take place at 5th foreclosure, Honkala says she was forced to run in an Street & Roosevelt Boulevard. effort to stop people from being evicted. “I’m running for Sheriff because something needs to be done to address the plague of home evictions facing too many poor and working families in Philadelphia,” said Honkala. 15 FEBRUARY, 2011

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Honkala founded the Philadelphia-based Kensington Welfare Rights Union 1991 to house and feed Philadelphia’s poor. In 1998, she launched a national umbrella organization called the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign to advocate for the human rights of people struggling with issues of poverty across the country. Honkala will kick off her campaign on Thursday morning. She is expecting endorsements by President Henry Nicholas of the Hospital Workers’ Union; President Joe Dougherty of the Iron Workers’ Union; Jim Moran of Philaposh; Thomas Paine Cronin, former president of District Council 47; and Hugh Giordano of the Green Party.

Museum Exhibit Features Britain’s Sexiest Sports Cars Over 30 rare, unusual and beautiful sports and racing cars manufactured in England will be on display at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum Feb. 19Mar. 13. Titled the “Best of Britain,” the show features a tribute to the Jaguar XK-E – which many feel is the sexiest sports car ever built – on its 50th anniversary. The show will have seven E-Type models on display, including one of every significant version built from 1961 to 1974. The “Best of Britain” show is included with regular museum admission, $12 adults, $10 seniors, $8 for students. Children under 8 are admitted free. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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For more information call (215) 365- 7233, or visit the Web site at: www.simeonemuseum.org. The public is invited to a “Push-Start” Launch Party this Saturday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Food includes English Pub fare: Shepherd’s Pie, Bubble and Squeak, and sliced Leg of Lamb sandwiches. Wine and beer is also included for the $25 ticket, which must be bought in advance at www.simeonemuseum.org. Other British sports/racing cars in the show include a 1950 Aston-Martin DB2, four models of Lotus racing sports cars from the 1950s and a very rare 1926 Morgan “Aero.” The Museum is located at 6825 Norwitch Drive, directly in back of the Airport Automall and five minutes off Interstate 95. Detailed driving directions are on the Museum’s website. The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation and encompasses many of the most-significant racing sports cars ever built. The Museum, which has been open to the public since June 2008, differs from most other automotive collections in that the cars are used to tell a story: that competition and racing improves the breed. Like Philadelphia’s famed Barnes Foundation collection of paintings, the Simeone Foundation exhibition is a personal collection, driven by a singular vision and specific ideas about how the collection should be arranged and exhibited.

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