Vol. II No. 119 (279)
Keeping You Posted With The Politics Of Philadelphia
August 10, 2011
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LOCAL TEA PARTY activists hailed favorite son Sen. Pat Toomey for being chosen one of three Republican Senators to sit on a deficit-fixing Super Committee. Story page 3.
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Aug.11Friends of Ron Donatucci hold Delaware River Cruise at Independence Seaport Museum Terrace Ballrm., Columbus & Walnut Sts., 6:30-9:30 p.m. $145 per person. For info (215) 271-1667. Aug. 11St. Edmond’s Parish hosts Fish Fry celebrating St. Edmond’s 100th anniversary. at 21st & Snyder Ave., 58 p.m. Cost $10. For info (215) 334-3755. Aug. 11Fundraising event for Republican Council at Large candidate David Oh in Library Lounge at Union League, 140 S. Broad St., 6-8 p.m. Special guest Anthony Szuszczewicz, Chairman, CEO and
President of Polonia Bank. Music. Contributions $100 to $1,000. RSVP by Aug. 8 to Eunice Lee (215) 561-2000. Aug. 12-13 Nicetown CDC hosts Give Back Festival at Nicetown Park, 4300 Germantown Ave., starting with Boxing Exhibition on Friday. Aug. 13Celebration of 20th reunion of IBEW Local 98 retirees and active members at Keenan’s in Anglesea, N. Wildwood, N. J. Starts 4 p.m. Aug. 13State Rep. Angel Cruz hosts Seminar on How To Buy At Sheriff Sales, 2 p.m. at his officve, 3503 N. B Street, Corner of Tioga. Unit 7. Plenty of parking. All invited.
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Toomey Is Selected To Sit On Super Committee US Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement on the announcement that he will be selected to serve on the super committee created by the Budget Control Act: “I am deeply honored for the opportunity to serve on this bipartisan committee and to be part of the important work we will be doing. In light of last week’s events, with the nation’s credit downgrade and the deep drop in the markets, it is all the more imperative that this committee do its job effectively and come up with a product that both tackles our debt crisis and can help revive our failing economy. “Despite the difficulties ahead, I am committed to tackling this challenge and am hopeful that we can produce a proposal that seriously reduces our nation’s deficits and grows our economy. Throughout the debate over the debt ceiling, I stressed that we need a solution that achieves the dual goals of putting our government on
a path toward a balance budget, and maximizing economic growth and enabling us to create the jobs we badly need. I remain committed to both of these vital goals.”
be counted on to propose solutions that put the interests of all Americans ahead of any one political party.”
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who selected Toomey, said, “From his first day in the US Senate, Sen. Toomey has demonstrated a deep understanding of fiscal matters and is a leader on budget and deficit issues. He drafted a budget proposal that was widely supported by the Republican caucus and was actively involved in the recent debt limit debate. His years of experience in the financial sector and on the House Budget Committee will also serve him well in his new role, along with an unwavering commitment to the principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility. The American people know that we cannot dig ourselves out of this situation by nibbling around the edges, and I am confident that the Senate Republican appointments to the joint committee can
The Independence Hall Tea Party Association held a press conference this afternoon at 16th & JFK Blvd. to discuss its efforts to get Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) appointed to the Senate Super Committee on the Budget. “Sen. Toomey was a clear leader in the attempt to prevent the downgrading of America’s credit rating,” said Association President Teri Adams. “The Senator authored a proposal that would have balanced the federal budget in nine years. It was rejected in the Senate in a mostly party-line vote. “Toomey also co-sponsored the Association backed Cut, Cap and Balance Act. He has demonstrated his commitment to solving our national budget crisis.”
Pa. Green Party Opposes Privatizing Wine And Spirit Shops The Steering Committee of the Green Party of Pennsylvania has taken a firm position against privatization of PA Wine and Spirit Shops. Green Party chair I.K. Samways of Allegheny Co. organized this poll and said, “The Green 10 AUGUST, 2011
Party is leading the opposition to Republican control of our Commonwealth, and I am very pleased the Green Party will stand firmly against this anti-union legislation.” On Jul. 13, the Pennsylvania THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD
House of Representatives began consideration of HB 11, which will privatize the wholesale and retail operations of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. This legislation will end PLCB’s payment of annual profits into the |
State’s Treasury. It will also terminate more than 3,000 jobs for workers who make union wages and receive middle-class benefits. The Green Party Steering Commit-
tee voted in favor of a resolution opposing HB 11. Vivek Ananthan, treasurer of GPPA and chair of the Green Party of Philadelphia, said, “Privatization at every level has
been a failure in this country. Why would privatization of liquor stores to be an exception? Rampant capitalism is the cause of our Himalayan-like deficit.”
Fattah Addresses CORE Recipients Congressman Chaka Fattah (DPhila.), founder of the CORE Scholarship Program, will spoke to college-bound Philadelphia students at the CORE Scholarship College Sendoff celebration this morning at the Cira Center across from 30th Street Station. Fattah founded the CORE Scholarship Program – College Opportunity Resources for Education – in
2004 in partnership with the City of Philadelphia and the School District of Philadelphia. Since then 21,308 Philadelphia high school graduates have received almost $33.5 million in “last dollar scholarships” through spring 2011 to help pay for their first year of studies at participating colleges, universities and community colleges in Pennsylvania.
CORE Scholarships are unique in that every recent graduate from a Philadelphia high school – public, charter, private, parochial – receives assistance toward first year college tuition and expenses. The program has even awarded scholarships to home schooled and cyber-schooled Philadelphia youth who complete high school studies.
State Tops The Nation In Child-Support Take For the fifth consecutive year, Pennsylvania has led the nation in child-support collections in both current support and collections on arrears. For every $100 ordered as support for a Pennsylvania child, county-based Domestic Relations Offices collect in excess of $83. This rate significantly exceeds the
national average of $62 collected for each $100 owed. The Federal Government awards financial incentives to states for performance in five critical areas of Child Support. For the second straight year, Pennsylvania is the only state that is scheduled to re-
ceive the maximum financial-performance incentive in all five areas. The above performance news is especially noteworthy at this time of year as Gov. Tom Corbett has declared August to be Child Support Awareness Month.
Hungry At Lunch? Try LOVE Park The food-truck frenzy in LOVE Park gets kicked up a notch with its newest addition: The Latin Farmer Gourmet Food Truck!
LOVE Park’s Marketing team is proud to introduce the newest member of the growing family of food trucks, The Latin Farmer!
LOVE Park’s tradition of bringing fresh food to the citizens of Center City has been chugging along since fall 2010. Each day, a new variety of savory and sweet trucks dazzle visitors while live music plays and visitors enjoy the park.
“Latin Farmer Gourmet Food Truck is a sustainable, local and responsible approach to Latin food. We want to introduce everyone to the types of food we grew up eating, but in a more conscious way. We try our hardest to use fresh ingredients, biodegradable
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and compostable supplies, and use local products and resources as often as possible in efforts to minimize our footprint while also giving back to our community. We look forward to feeding and meeting as many of you as possible!” according to the Latin Farmer. Lunch is served Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to about 2:45 p.m. Also, Summer in LOVE free concerts provide music to enjoy 10 AUGUST, 2011
while visitors watch the fountain, and other visitors! The Welcome
Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and offers tour tickets,
gifts, souvenirs and information on all things Philadelphian.
Nicetown CDC Honors Councilwoman Miller Nicetown CDC, community leaders, and the community at large will honor Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller Saturday at Nicetown Park starting at 6 p.m. She is being honored “for her career-long commitment to Nicetown by bringing in over $50 million in development projects and other services to the community.” Three years after Councilwoman Miller was sworn into office (1996), Nicetown CDC was founded and a strong alliance was formed between the community organization and Miller. With Miller’s assistance, this
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young but aggressive nonprofit transformed Nicetown in ways most could not have dreamed of. NTCDC developed projects and programs ranging from housing and small business development to social service delivery. Through Miller, NTCDC was also able to obtain planning grants from the Department of Commerce that allowed them to focus on Nicetown’s commercial corridor. NTCDC also developed affordable housing in 2005 with three small residential units in the historic area of Nicetown. Since then, there has been a progressive effort to stabilize and improve the existing housing stock in Nicetown, beginning
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with the blocks that connect directly to the commercial corridor. In 2009, NTCDC began its first “green” housing rehabilitation project, which was ready for its first-time homebuyer in late summer of 2010. Recently, the NTCDC began is its largest housing project, known Nicetown Court, a low-income housing tax credit development project which has 37 affordable rental units and 4,000 square feet of commercial space on the street level.
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