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Vol. II No. 24 (184)

Keeping You Posted With The Politics Of Philadelphia

March 17, 2011

Philadelphia Daily Record

Singing For Breakfast

JUDGE JIMMY LYNN offers his version of “The Wild Colonial Boy” at his legendary St. Patrick’s Day breakfast at The Plough & Stars in Old City this morning. More pictures page 2.


Starting St. Patrick’s Day With The Judge

THE PLOUGH & THE STARS started jamming at 7:30 a.m. this morning as Judge Jimmy Lynn’s traditional Irish breakfast got underway. Music was rolling all morning…

…AS WELL AS STEPDANCING by numerous area schools.

THIS ATTRACTIVE BARMAID Holly (complete with body art for the occasion) kept Guinness as well as coffee flowing at one of Phila.’s premiere Celtic establishments, which offered a lavish breakfast buffet with rare Irish treats.

MANY FOLKS showed up sporting the green, all sorts of ways.

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MOVERS AND SHAKERS always flock to Judge Lynn’s breakfast. He was flanked here by Teamster leader Dan Grace, right, and Councilmanic at-Large candidate Lawrence Clark – who was boasting the luck of the Irish himself, having drawn #7 spot in the 20-person race for five Democratic at-Large nominees just yesterday. (See next story.)

ALSO ENJOYING some luck was IBEW activist Bobby Henon, right, who drew #1 ballot spot in his quest to replace retiring Councilwoman Joan Krajewski in 6th Council Dist. (helped along by Josh Morrow, left, and Brian Stevenson).

MERRY GREEN JUDGES were Joe Waters and Jimmy Lynn. Lawyers and politicians took turns offering a ballad or a recitation.

MANY A CAMPAIGNER made it a point to stop by Judge Lynn’s breakfast, such as Jeff Hornstein here, who is running hard in a wild-and-wooly Democratic 1st Council Dist. primary race.

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Ballot Positions Drawn; Some Get Sweet Spots, Some Are Buried

Mar. 17Judge Jimmy Lynn’s Salute to St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast at Plough & Stars, 2nd & Chestnut, 7:30-11 a.m. Tickets at door $25. Mar. 17Public Record invites all to join as it marks its 12th year in existence and its selection of Samuel Staten, Jr., as “Public Servant of the Year 2011” at Galdo’s Catering, 20th & Moyamensing Ave., 6-9 p.m. Expect a merry good time! Open bar, international buffet. For info John David (215) 755-2000 or (267) 2596654. Mar. 17- State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop hosts an workshop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at John C. Anderson Cultural Center, 5301 Overbrook Ave. For more information, contact Rep. Bishop’s office at 215-879-6625. Mar. 17— Annual; AOH Charity Breakfast at Fado. 7 a.m. Followed by Memorial celebration at Irish Memorial, Front and Chestnut. For info call Tom McCourt, AOH DSivison #1, Commodore JOhn Barry Division, 215-939-0951. Mar. 18Democratic 57th Ward St. Patrick’s Day Beef & Beer at Paddy Whack’s, 9241 Roosevelt Blvd., 7-11 p.m. Tickets $35. Checks payable to Friends of the 57th Ward, 3810 Dartmouth Pl., Phila., PA 19136. For info (267) 773-3251. 4|

Over 100 candidates picked ballot positions in Courtroom 676 under the supervision of a three-judge panel yesterday. The bottom result expected is at least 20 who drew poor ballot positions in crowded primaries are expected to withdraw by the weekend. Councilman at Large Bill Greenlee must be doing something right. Four years ago, he drew the second ballot position and now, in this field of 20, he pulled the numberone position in the Democrat race for Council at Large. The Democrat at-Large Council candidates following Greenlee in order of their appearance on the ballot were Isaiah Thomas, Ralanda King, Michael Jones, Blondell Reynolds Brown, Sheree Cohen, Lawrence Clark, Humberto Perez, Alexander Wilson, Janis Mason, William Green, Denise Ripley, Ralph Blakney, James Kenney, Francis Graff, Jr., Andrew Toy, Edward Nesmith, Daryl LaFountain, Louis Borda and Wilson Goode, Jr. Republican at-Large candidates in order of their appearance on ballot: Michael Untermeyer, Malcolm Lazin, Joseph McColgan, David Oh, Denny O’Brien, Al Taubenberger, Frank Rizzo, John Giordano, Elmer Money and Stephen Odabashian. Mayor Michael Nutter may be successful in knocking off the petiTHE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD

tions of Milton Street. If he doesn’t, he will place second on the ballot to the former State Senator. John Featherman pulled number one and Karen Brown will place second on the Republican ballot. Joshua West will be unopposed as Sheriff on Republican ballot. In the Democrat ballot drawing, first position was John Kromer, followed by Jacque Whaumbush and Jewell Williams. Incumbent Ron Donatucci pulled one in the race for Register of Wills on the Democrat column, followed by Lamont Thomas and Benson Williams. Only Republican filing was Linda Bateman. For City Commissioners on the Democrat side, Warren Bloom pulled number one, followed by Michael Bell, Ivy Staten, Bernard Talmadge, Stephanie Singer, Anthony Clark and Chairlady Margaret Tartaglione. On the Republican side, pulling first was Joseph Duda, followed by Marie Delany, Al Schmidt and James Mugford. The crowded Democrat field for one Traffic Court finished as follows: Christine Solomon, Carlene Clarke, Donna Laws, Robert Turek, Najee Samuel, Steven Morris, Jeffrey Travelina, Richard Hoy, Fred Mari, Marnie Aument Loughery, Michael Horsey, Omar Sabir, Lewis Harris, Jr., John Adams and José Figueroa. Lewis Harris, Jr. 17 MARCH, 2011


will be the only Republican on ballot. 1st Dist. Council: 4 DemocratsVern Anastasio, Joseph Grace, Mark Squilla and Jeff Hornstein. No Republican filed. 2nd Dist. Council: 6 DemocratsTracey Gordon, Richard DeMarco, Barbara Capozzi, Damon Roberts, Vincent DeFino and Kenyatta Johnson. One Republican: Ivan Cohen. 3rd Dist. Council: 3 DemocratsTony Ophax King, Alicia Burbage and Jannie Blackwell. No Republican filed. 4th Dist. Council: 1 Democrat, Curtis Jones. No Republican filed. 5th Dist. Council: Democrat Suzanne Carn topped Darrell Clarke. No Republican filed. 6th Dist. Council: Democrat Bob Henon topped Marty Bednarek. Only Republican filed is Sandra Stewart. 7th Dist. Council: 3 DemocratsDaniel Savage, followed by Juan Rodriguez and Maria QuiñonesSánchez. 8th Dist. Council: 10 DemocratsGreg Paulmier, Cindy Bass, Andrew Lofton, Robin Tasco, Howard Treatman, Fay Dawson, Verna Tyner, William Durham, Jordan Dillard and Donna Gentile O’Donnell. No Republican filed. 9th Dist. Council: 5 DemocratsRahim Dawkins, Marian Tasco, Thomas Lamont, Sabriya Bilal and Bobby Curry. No Republican filed. 17 MARCH, 2011

10th Dist. Council: One DemocratBill Rubin; one Republican-Brian O’Neill. Court of Common Pleas: Sean Kenney, Diana Anhalt, Jon Irvine, Vincent Johnson, Angelo Foglietta, Robert Kline, Daine Gray, Christopher Mallios, Barbara McDermott, Harry Levant, Anne Marie Coyle, Maria McLaughlin, Joe O’Neill, Jim DiVergilis, Stephanie Sawyer, Joyce Eubanks, Vinnie Giusini, Carolyn Nichols, Dawn Tancredi, Michael Fanning, Pat O’Keefe, Marvin Williams, Danny Rendine, Drew Aldinger, Ted Vigilante, Kenneth Citrino, Eddie Wright, Charlie Ehrlich, Giovanni Campbell, Roger King, Kenny Powell, John Christmas, Michael Medway, Meredith Seigel-DiClaudio, Lauri Kavulich, Stephen Negro, Joe Waters, Sayde Ladov and Lopez Thompson. Municipal Court: Marvin Williams, Mark Colluzzi, Mike Fanning, Bob Coleman, Anita Smith, Kenny Powell, Vincent Johnson, Marie McLaughlin, Tom Fitzpatrick, Robert Kline, Jim DiVergilis, Drew Aldinger, Dawn Tancredi, Nycole Watson and Meredith Seigel-DiClaudio. The winds of victory in the 1st Councilmanic Dist. shifted heavily to one of four challengers as forces loyal to four-term Councilman Frank DiCicco moved to follow his lead in endorsing Mark Squilla, long-time loyal committeeman in Ward Leader Matt Myers’ 39B Ward.

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Casey Amendment Passes To Guard MBEs, WBEs From Contract Trickery The US Senate yesterday passed by an amendment to the Small Business Innovation Research reauthorization bill introduced by US Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) to help small businesses. The amendment, which passed by a vote of 99-0, will prevent contractors from adding subcontractors to bids without the intention of following through to deliver work to listed sub-contractors. “Supporting small businesses is vital to creating jobs and continuing our economic recovery,” said the Senator. “This amendment will help businesses by protecting them from fraud and providing support for them to grow and create jobs.” This amendment is in direct response to concerns Casey has heard from small businesses in Pennsylvania, in particular women business enterprises and mi-

nority business enterprises. Currently, prime contractors frequently list MBEs or WBEs as sub-contractors on their bids in order to strengthen their applications, at times without the knowledge of the MBE or WBE. When a contract is awarded, the MBE or WBE are then unaware of their inclusion in the contract and do not receive the business. This amendment will: • Require subcontractors identified on a solicitation for a competitive proposal made by an executive agency be notified by the prime contractor before the application is submitted. • Establish a reporting mechanism that allows a subcontractor to report fraudulent activity by a contractor.

Toomey Moves To Halt Taxes On Greenhouse Gases, Med Tech Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) signed on as a cosponsor to two amendments to protect Pennsylvania jobs from onerous regulations and taxation. The first amendment, the Energy Tax Limitation Amendment (amendment #183), will prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from circumventing the legislative process and imposing an energy tax on greenhouse gases. Such a tax would be devastating for Pennsylvania citizens and businesses by increasing the cost of all energy consuming activities, the Senator warned. 6|

Independent studies have found a cap-and-trade energy tax would cost Pennsylvania tens of thousands of jobs, hitting the state’s manufacturing, coal, and natural gas industries particularly hard. The second amendment, amendment #210, will eliminate the 2.3% excise tax on medical device companies contained in President Barack Obama’s health-care law. This tax will especially impact Pennsylvania, a leader in the medical research field, with 576 medical device companies employing 22,200 people. Another 80,000 Pennsylvanians work for suppliers THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD

and companies that support the medical device industry. “In this time of high unemployment, the President and his Administration’s insistence on enacting obstacles to job creation is baffling,” Toomey said. “I cannot stand idly by while Pennsylvania companies and workers are hurting. These two pieces of legislation will help Pennsylvania’s companies thrive, expand and hire new workers.”

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Kitchen: Budget Plan Balanced On Backs Of Middle Class, Poor State Sen. Shirley Kitchen (D-N. Phila.) said Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget plan will be balanced on the backs of middle- and low-income Pennsylvanians at a time when many families are still struggling in this economy. The budget plan, announced last week, does not call for tax increases, but slashes education funding. Specifically, it calls for a 52% reduction for the 14 State colleges and four State-related colleges, including Temple University, which lies in Kitchen’s Senate District. “Cutting higher education funding kills the dreams of hard-working families and puts success out of reach for so many young men and women,” Kitchen said. “Schools will have to raise tuition to make ends meet, which will only put a further strain on students who want to go to college. Instead of

investing in our future, this budget closes the door to a disproportionate amount of families.”

of Philadelphia uses this funding to fund all-day kindergarten classes in the public schools.

The $550 million in basic education cuts will not save taxpayers money, Kitchen added. Instead, the taxpayers will feel the pain when their school districts raise property taxes to make up for the loss.

“Study after study shows early education sets an important foundation of learning for our youngsters. Children are now starting their education as early as age 3 in preschool, yet we’re going to put our 5- and 6-year-olds’ kindergarten education in jeopardy with this budget,” Kitchen said.

“This budget is being balanced on the backs of working people, young people, children and poor people,” Kitchen said. “It is unconscionable the Governor proudly proclaims his budget is balanced without raising taxes, when we all know that the effects will trickle down and eventually hit hard-working families in the wallet.” In addition, the $260 million in Accountability Block Grant cuts will hurt our youngest students, Kitchen said. The School District

Kitchen also blasted the Governor’s silence on adultBasic, the State’s basic health-care program for low-income working individuals that expired on Mar. 1 due to insufficient funding. It did not receive a reprieve in the Governor’s budget plan. “It makes no difference to these people that there will be no tax increases, because they’re more concerned about not having health care.”

PSEA President Urges Teachers To Consider Pay Freeze PSEA President James Testerman calls the union’s action a sign of good faith.”

by Tom Joseph Keystone State News Connection With Pennsylvania’s new Governor calling for a $1 billion cut in funding for public schools, the head of the Pennsylvania State Education Association is urging teachers to seriously consider a one-year pay freeze. The request to keep salaries where they are comes from Gov. Tom Corbett. 17 MARCH, 2011

“We really felt that we needed to come down and try and find solutions that would maintain class sizes and academic programs, like kindergarten, for children.” Testerman says he has sent a letter to union locals statewide, encouraging dialogue on the pay freeze

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and other ways to save money.” “These are contracts that are between local associations and school districts, so the decision and the conversation really has to happen there. It’s my role to advise local leaders about how to proceed.” Testerman says the pay freeze won’t come close to curing Pennsylvania’s budget woes. He advises the Governor and lawmakers to start looking at revenue enhancers that haven’t been tapped into yet – for instance, Pennsylvania’s status as one of the top 15 states for natural-gas production.

“We’re the only State that doesn’t have a severance tax for natural resources. We’re the only State that doesn’t tax smokeless tobacco; we’re the only one of two States that don’t tax cigars. And then we need to take a look at the tax loopholes in this Commonwealth for corporations.” Pennsylvania’s public schools have made marked academic gains in the past several years, Testerman points out, and now seven out of 10 students are going on to higher education.

SRC Endorses Ackerman’s Picks To Run Renaissance Match Schools The School Reform Commission voted yesterday to affirm Superintendent Arlene Ackerman’s recommendations on the matches of external turnaround teams with six District Renaissance Match Schools. The recommendations made by Dr. Ackerman were strongly guided by the recommendations made by the schools’ School Advisory Councils. SCHOOL

The SACs, in partnership with parents and community members, met and interviewed representatives of turnaround teams to identify which teams would best meet the particular needs of the schools. Then they provided the District with their top turnaround-team preferences.

for the Renaissance Match model under the Renaissance Schools Initiative, the District’s program to turn around chronically low-performing schools. These Renaissance Match schools, and the turnaround teams approved for them today, are:

The six schools were designated TURNAROUND TEAM

Birney Elementary School

Mosaica Turnaround Partners

Clymer Elementary School

Mastery Charter Schools

Gratz High School

Mastery Charter Schools

King High School

Mosaica Turnaround Partners

Olney East High School

Aspira, Inc. of Pennsylvania

Olney West High School

Aspira, Inc. of Pennsylvania

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The District will now work with the turnaround teams to develop charter agreements for these schools. It is expected the SRC will vote to approve these agreements in April. Turnaround teams will immedi-

ately start preparing for the 20112012 school year. While all six schools will become charter schools operated by their respective turnaround teams, all will continue to function as neighborhood schools. Parents and community members will be assured the

school will provide guaranteed admission to current students, as well as students who live in the neighborhood catchment area as space allows. The school will continue to serve all students, including those with IEPs and English Language Learners.

Keep My Community Together! Pleads N. Philly Ward Leader The Democratic 42nd Ward Leader, Elaine Tomlin, has sent a letter to the ranking Democrat on the State Redistricting Committee, State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), asking him to place her Olney and Feltonville communities together when new District lines are drawn for the General Assembly.

“There are lots of ways of making Districts that have equal populations but turn out very unfair anyway,” wrote Tomlin. “‘One person, one vote’ says nothing about the shape, ethnicity or economic makeup of Districts.

“In the 42nd Ward community we have 25 precinct divisions,” continued Tomlin. “Prior to 2000, we had the 1990 census, after which our precinct divisions were more compact. One legislator had 23 divisions and two legislators had one each. This allowed for more togetherness in our Ward community. After the census of 2000, the 42nd Ward community was sliced into five legislative Districts. And not one of the legislators lives in the 42nd Ward community.

Tomlin told the Senator, “The slicing of our Ward has not been working for the public good of our community. We have not had anything done substantial in the past 10 years.” She cited the example of Olney HS, which she complained has gotten “no monetary investment” for 10 years. “This has caused many families who live in the community to seek education 17 MARCH, 2011

elsewhere in the city,” she said. The community also suffers from a shortage of youth and senior activities and social services, she added.

“The way District lines are drawn can keep a community together,” Tomlin averred. “We are tired of being split apart. We no longer want cracking in the 42nd Ward community; it has diluted our strength for 10 years. Please help; we are tired of unresponsive representation.”

“We are asking for your help to ensure that the lines are drawn in the public interest of our community. I would like to also testify at a commission hearing. Please inform me when the hearings will be held.”

Butkovitz Uncovers Careless Overtime In Streets Dept. City Controller Alan Butkovitz yesterday released the Dept. of Streets audit for FY06-09 that found $120,000 in overtime costs that were paid to employees in error. The Controller’s auditors conducted a payroll sample that uncovered overtime payments during fiscal years 2006 through 2008 were made to employees who worked only 7.5 hours in a day, instead of the City-required eight hours. Auditors found workers starting at 8:30 a.m. and taking a one-hour lunch were receiving overtime after 5 p.m., instead of after 5:30 p.m.

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According to Butkovitz, “Our sample findings initiated a full-scale review to identify the total extent of the problem.” Using computer-assisted techniques to uncover the extent of all incidents where employees were improperly paid for a half hour of overtime, the Controller’s auditors determined approximately $120,000 was overpaid to these employees. After interviews with the Streets Dept.’s unit that prepared the payroll, it was discovered the staff, including the unit’s supervisor, were misinformed about the proper application of the civil service regulation for overtime. There were no instances of improperly paid overtime found in fiscal 2009, as the Department stated to the Controller’s auditors once they became

aware of the problem, they took immediate action to remedy it. The Controller’s report also noted while improvement was made in the process for verifying streetlight electric bills, it still needed to reconfigure its streetlight inventory in a manner that would make it easier to verify monthly bills. Fourteen percent of the Department’s $6.3 million equipment inventory was missing and unaccounted for, but remained on the Department’s books since the Controller’s last report The Streets Dept. continued to show some improvement in the recycling-diversion rate from 6.1% in June 2006 to 11.5% as of June 2009. It’s still below the mandatory rate of 35-40%.

CHOP Scores Grant For Childhood Obesity The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia announced yesterday it has received a pledge of $10 million from the Foundation for a Healthy America, a nonprofit entity created by the non-alcoholic beverage industry. The effort, which was spearheaded by the non-alcoholic beverage bottlers and distributors in the Philadelphia area, will focus on the expansion of childhood-obesity prevention and research programs. “We’re proud to be working with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on a new initiative for the community that builds on a long history of service and philanthropic endeavors by the beverage industry,” said Susan Neely, president and CEO of the American Beverage Association. “We’re particularly excited about this initiative because of the positive impact it can have on children both in Philadelphia and nationwide. The 10 |

children’s-hospital network will work to implement the fact- and research-based approaches to reducing or preventing childhood obesity developed in Philadelphia, throughout the country.” Under the grant agreement, CHOP will retain absolute clinical and research independence. “We are extremely grateful for this grant from the Foundation from a Healthy America which will allow CHOP to expand the reach of education and obesity awareness to thousands of additional young people and their families in our service area,” said Steven M. Altschuler, MD, CEO of CHOP. “At a time when obtaining research funding is becoming more challenging, this support will produce tangible benefits for thousands of children in our region and beyond.” THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD

The grant will support expansion of CHOP’s Healthy Weight Program services into additional neighborhoods of Philadelphia and into new clinical areas with the goal of more than tripling the number of patient visits each year. With new staff, an obesity research agenda, and education and training protocols for health-care providers, services will be expanded into the CHOP Care Network. The expansion of research at CHOP Research Institute will include support of clinical studies that will be submitted for publication in peer-reviewed literature. The research is intended to spur evidence-based obesity-prevention programs and make advancements to clinical guidelines and policies related to obesity that will improve care and help to secure insurance funding for obesity prevention and treatment. 17 MARCH, 2011


“The beverage industry is an active corporate citizen in Philadelphia and we continue to support a strong and vibrant community,”

said Francis McGorry, president of the Beverage Association of Philadelphia. “Our industry’s track record speaks volumes about our

unwavering commitment to the members of our community and the families of Philadelphia.”

Student Aid Workshop Held By Roebuck Tonight There will be a no-charge Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Workshop today at The Enterprise Center, 4548 Market Street, 1st floor. It is being co-sponsored by State Rep. Jim Roebuck (D-W. Phila.) and College Access program – West. The workshop will run from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Learn about different types of student aid available. You may complete your FAFSA forms on the spot. Income-tax assistance will also be offered. There will be complimentary food and giveaways. For information, call (215) 476-2227.

Veteran Politico Addresses G’town GOP

ADDRESSING Germantown Republican Club on Mar. 14 was Hon. James Tayoun, publisher of the Philadelphia Record. He spoke about challenges facing Republican Party in Phila. and factionalism among local Democrats. Tayoun formerly served as City Councilperson, State Representative and Democratic ward leader. Pictured with Tayoun, 2nd from right, are Germantown Republican Club officers, from left, Stretch Hendrie, David Richards, Carol Mack and Calvin Tucker. Founded in 1888, the Germantown Republican Club is oldest GOP club in nation. 17 MARCH, 2011

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Opera For Kids: Curtis’s The Cunning Little Vixen Opens At Kimmel

by Adam Taxin The Curtis Opera Theatre, in association with Kimmel Center Presents and the Opera Company of Philadelphia, opened its three-performance run of The Cunning Little Vixen last night at the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater. The two-hour opera, with music and adapted libretto by the Czech composer Leoš Janáček, is based on a daily-comic novella by fellow Czechs Rudolf Těsnohlídek and Stanislav Lolek. The story of The Cunning Little Vixen revolves around the “circle of life” with a female fox at its cen12 |

ter, and it is in many ways thematically similar to The Lion King and its predecessor-in-spirit Bambi. The opera’s subject matter involves animal interaction with humans, mating, the reality of carnivorousness, gossip and freedom vs. captivity. (In terms of the last of these, one scene suggested the series of scenes in the Roots mini-series in which Kunta Kinte must come to grips with his enslavement.) As one would expect from Curtis students who are training for careers in opera, the performances are strong, including the required dancing and other stage movement. Soprano Elizabeth Reiter is charming and

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conveys appropriate moodiness as the Vixen (a role which will be played on Friday night by Elizabeth Zharoff). Bass-Baritone Brandon Cedel as the Forester (which will be played on Friday night by Allen Boxer), baritone Jarrett Ott as the poacher Harasta and mezzo-soprano Shir Rozzen as the Forester’s wife are among the numerous Curtis students demonstrating tremendous vocal talent.

children to opera, the reality is advance tickets are sold out; there are only a limited number of single seats available for the production’s two remaining performances. $10 tickets will be on sale at the Kimmel Center Box Office tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. night performance and at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday for that day’s 2:30 p.m. performance. --------------------

Although the animal characters, colorful costumes and the inclusion of children of the Pennsylvania Girlchoir as “Little Vixens” all help make The Cunning Little Vixen a perfect opportunity to introduce

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Adam Taxin, a Center City attorney, can best be contacted via Facebook or at adamtaxin@gmail.com.

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