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Vol. II No. 78 (238)

Keeping You Posted With The Politics Of Philadelphia

June 8, 2011

Philadelphia Daily Record

Be Kind

PHILLIES 2nd baseman Chase Utley, left, and his wife Jennifer applaud as Mural Arts Program Executive Director Jane Golden, center, speaks during dedication of “Kindness to Animals� mural at 22nd & Dauphin Streets in N. Phila. Students from nearby Pratt ES helped Utleys paint mural on home owned by Phila. Housing Authority. Principal Denise Young and students are shown to right of Ms. Golden. Utley Foundation is dedicated to educate community about proper treatment of animals.


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American Diabetes Ass’n honors Michael A. Rashid, president of AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Cos., as 2011 Father of the Year honoree at 1200 Awards Dinner at Loews Hotel, cocktail reception 5:30 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m. Jun. 17Annual Health Tech graduation at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, 3601 A St., 10 a.m. Funded by Kal & Lucille Rudman Foundation. RSVP Barbara A. Liccio (215) 4275398. Jun. 29PRO-ACT 2-hr. workshop on “How to Talk to Your Legislators & Get Them to Hear You, ” at 6 p.m. at PRO-ACT Recovery Training Ctr., 444 N. 3rd St., Suite 307. Again on Sat., Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. at the same location. Free. Call William Webb (215) 923-1661.

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Williams: SugarHouse Casino Accepting Bids For Printing Materials State Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D-W. Phila.) announces that SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia is now accepting proposals from qualified printing firms for promotional printing materials. “This is a great opportunity for local printing businesses, start-up or established,” Williams said. “And I’m encouraging those businesses to take part in the bidding process.” As a member of the State House, as chair of the Black Elected Officials of Philadelphia Co., and as State Senator, Williams has remained steadfast in his view that if gaming came to be in Pennsylvania, it needed to be as beneficial as possible to as many constituents as possible. The most likely area that impact would be positively felt would be economically – not only through job creation, but also vendor contracting, which could multiply employment opportunities.

“We know that thriving small businesses keep communities stable and people employed,” Williams said. “In this climate, we’re looking to every industry to provide viable Pennsylvania firms – including those owned by women and people of color – ample and fair chance to compete. “Creating and sustaining these kinds of opportunities will help ease economically stressed communities in Philadelphia and elsewhere onto surer footing. And that’s good news for the Commonwealth,” Williams added. For more information and an application, contact Michelle Cook at mcook@sugarhousecasino.com and include the Request for Proposal (RFP) number MKC05252011 and the applicant’s company name in the e-mail. Submissions are due Wednesday, Jun. 16 at 9 a.m.

Earn Money with Streets’ Tire Cleanup The Streets Dept. is proud to announce the return of the Tire Round-Up Program. The six-week program will take place on the following Saturdays: Jul. 16, Jul. 23, Jul. 30, Aug. 6, Aug. 13 and Aug. 20. The hours of operations will be from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Only registered Block Captains, organized community/civic organizations, Town Watch organizations, and Partnership Recycling Groups who are registered for the Tire Round-Up Program and received an ID number are eligible for participation. The Tire Round-Up Program is an excellent opportunity for block clubs and community groups to

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raise funds and at the same participate in neighborhood clean-ups and beautification efforts. This year’s program will kick off on Jul. 16. The Tire Round-Up Program was developed by the Streets Dept.’s Sanitation Division to address the serious problem of illegally discarded tires in Philadelphia. The program serves as one of several Streets Dept. programs that support the Mayor’s initiative to make Philadelphia the “greenest” city in the country. Since the inception of the program in 1995, registered participants have collected approximately 222,042 tires.

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Piles of tires pose both a fire and health risk, as they are highly combustible and provide breeding grounds for rodents and mosquitoes. By collecting illegally discarded tires and properly disposing of them, participants help to eliminate the health risk and reduce the amount of materials that contribute to the deteriorating conditions of our city neighborhoods. To participate in the program, residents may call the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC) at (215) 685-3981. An agreement form will be mailed to each participant that must be completed and returned to the Streets Dept. Once the completed form is received by the Streets Dept., an |

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ID # will be mailed out for participation in the program.

tered participants to drop off tires at each site will receive a Tire Round-Up t-shirt.

The deadline for participants to register is Friday, Jul. 1. Registered participants are offered a “tire bounty” of $.50 for each illegally discarded tire they collect and drop off at one of the designated sites around the city. The tire dropoff limit will be 1,000 tires per group. Reimbursement is limited to up to $500 per registered participant. Participants are urged to use their proceeds from the Tire Round-Up Program for worthwhile community projects. The first ten regis-

Tires from auto-repair shops, mechanic shops, car dealers and private storage lots are required to be disposed of by the merchant, for a fee. These tires will not be accepted at the dropoff sites. For more information regarding the Tire Round-Up Program or any other Streets Dept.-related issue, please contact the Customer Affairs Unit at (215) 686-5560. For all City services, please call 3-1-1.

Philadelphia Latino Labor Leader Wins Residency Award Local Latino labor leader Fabricio Rodriguez received a prestigious Windcall Residency this year acknowledging him as an exceptional social-change professional. Fabricio Rodriguez first started fighting for workers’ rights as a young sub-surface miner in Juneau, Alsk. in 1998. His father and he led an organizing effort which won guaranteed lunch breaks for the workers in that mine. Rodriguez continued his activism as a student at Arizona State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. In 2002, Rodriguez moved to Philadelphia to become executive director of Philadelphia Jobs with Justice, a coalition of organizations fighting for workers’ rights. At the helm of Jobs with Justice, Rodriguez led efforts to fight back against the anti-immigrant law that was passed in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. In 2008, Jobs with Justice also won a $150,000 class actionlawsuit against the MOPACK meat-processing facility in Souderton, Pa. after the company violated 4|

the rights of five Latino workers. During his tenure at Jobs with Justice, Rodriguez also made his mark as a social entrepreneur when he founded the independent labor union, the Philadelphia Security Officers Union. The PSOU signed their first collective bargaining agreement for 130 security officers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The agreement will result in more than $500,000 in new wages to the museum security guards over the next three years. Rodriguez, who continues to play a role with the PSOU, has just transitioned from Jobs with Justice to found a new innovative worker center called the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Philadelphia (Philly ROC). Philly-ROC is the newest worker center to open within the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-U) network and joins New York, Chicago, Detroit, New OrTHE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD

leans, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington, D.C. in improving the rights of restaurant workers. In 2010, Rodriguez was also awarded a Fellowship from the Center for Progressive Leadership. The Windcall Residency has been awarded to only 56 individuals since 1992. Winners include Van Jones, former White House advisor on green jobs; Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials; and Stewart Acuff, organizing director of the International AFL-CIO. “Fabricio is one of our nation’s most important Latino labor leaders,” says Miguel Concepcion, former state director of Democracia and nonprofit consultant. Rodriguez plans to take his threeweek residency in September at a remote cabin in the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. Once in the cabin, Rodriguez says he plans to “Pause, reflect and get ready for my next project with 7 JUNE, 2011


Philly ROC and the next phase for the PSOU.” Rodriguez says that he will also

spend some of his time planning a book that he hopes to write about how working people can win their rights in the work place through

non-traditional, grassroots strategies.

Brown’s Family Shoprite Key Sponsor To W. Oak Lane Jazz Fest As final preparations are made for the upcoming 8th annual West Oak Lane Jazz & Arts Festival, the Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation reports 13 local businesses are already supporting the annual festival. Brown’s Family Shoprite will again serve as a principle sponsor of the event. The festival is proud to announce the addition of several new sponsors representing nationally known brands and organizations; these are Chevrolet, Dyson, Bottom Dollar Food, Susan G. Komen On The Go™ mobile experience and Zipcar. Chevy is the Official Vehicle of the West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival. Other returning sponsors include Fineman, Krekstein & Harris, State Farm Insurance, PECO, Colgate, Verizon Wireless, Community College of Philadelphia, Health Partners, the City of Philadelphia and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The festival’s media partners are WPHL 17, Clear Channel Radio, YelpPhiladelphia and WRTI. The festival is being co-produced by Lifeline Music, Everett & Associates and World Village Management, LLC. Featured this year are dozens of award-winning, internationally renowned artists including Chaka Khan, The Men of Soul (featuring Jeffrey Osbourne, Peabo Bryson, Freddie Jackson and Howard Hewett), Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, Chrisette Michele, Chris-

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tian McBride, Tia Fuller, Roy Ayers and many others. “Just a couple weeks out and we already have more than a dozen national and local businesses supporting the festival,” said Rick White, co-producer of the West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival. “We’re proud to have such great sponsors on board without which this event would not be possible.”

In addition to the musical performances, the festival will feature the popular Marketplace filled with unique, hand-crafted, original art creations and exhibitors from across the country that have been selected to deliver a multicultural mix of jewelry, clothing, photography, paintings and much more. Attendees can also enjoy the diverse array of cuisine from around the globe and around the corner. Local eateries participating include Relish Restaurant and Victoria’s Kitchen, as well as Green Soul and Sweets by Sonya, both of which opened last month. In total, more than 60 food vendors and market exhibitors are participating. For more information regarding sponsorship or exhibition opportunities, contact Rick White at (215) 9279546. The West Oak Lane Jazz & Arts Festival is Philadelphia’s Music and Culture Festival. For more information about the Festival, go to www.westoaklanefestival.com.

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Colonial Castor Family Celebrates 275 Years in Philadelphia A national reunion of the Castor family of Philadelphia commemorating the 275th year since Hans George Gerster (Castor) arrived in Philadelphia in 1736, will be held Aug. 12-14, 2011 in venues throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. Philadelphia’s Castor Avenue

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honors the Castors’ colonial roots and achievements. The event will be held at the Radisson Philadelphia Hotel, Northeast in Trevose, with workshops, speakers, and tours, featuring a program at the Historical Society of Frankford, where Castor family archives and artifacts are housed which document 12 generations of the Castor

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family in America. Registration required; for more information contact Robert Castor bcastor16@msn.com.

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