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Vol. II No. 130 (290)

Keeping You Posted With The Politics Of Philadelphia

August 29, 2011

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REACHING OUT to younger Philadelphians, SEPTA, in conjunction with Transit Workers Union, graduated its Summer Youth Program Friday at Wyoming Avenue shop in N. Phila. Fifteen high-school junior and seniors spent summer as interns, learning about electrical, mechanical and automotive careers. SEPTA managers told students their transit agency often promotes from line positions.


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The Philadelphia Public Record Calendar Aug. 27Ironworkers 401 hosts Summer Festival at Keenan’s in N. Wildwood, N.J., 3 p.m. Sep. 2Friends of Quibila Divine hold Fish Fry at Lou & Choo’s, 21st & Hunting Pk. Ave., 5-10 p.m. Platters $10. For tickets (215) 225-7241. Sep. 3State Sen. Anthony Williams’ Neighbor to Neighbor Summer of Peace 2011 Cookout at Eastwick Park, 74th & Lindbergh Blvd., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free food. Family fun. Adults’ and children’s activities. For info (215) 492-2980. Sep. 5Tri State Labor Committee and Philadelphia AFLCIO annual Labor Day Parade & Family Fun Day, starting at Sheet

Metal Workers, Columbus Blvd. & Washington Ave., 9 a.m. Sep. 101st Nat’l Organizational Policy Summit at School District Bldg. Main Audit., 440 N. Broad St. to fight for additional federal and State funding, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For info Dr. Churchville (215) 848-8511 or Mr. Adams (215) 397-2734. Sep. 10Billy Meehan Clambake at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd., 4-8 p.m. $100 per person. For info Carmella (215) 561-0650. Sep. 10Jobs with Justice and DC 47 President Emeritus Gary Kapanowski hold Sustainer Soiree in Sir Francis Rm. at The Drake, 1512 Spruce St., 7 p.m.-12 a.m.

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Toomey Asks For Disaster Relief After Irene Today, US Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) sent a letter to President Barack Obama supporting Gov. Tom Corbett’s request for a major-disaster declaration for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania stemming from damages suffered in Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Pike, Wyoming and Wayne Cos. as a result of Hurricane Irene. A major-disaster declaration would allow these counties to access emergency aid through the Stafford Dis-

aster Relief & Emergency Assistance Act. “A number of counties in our state were hard hit by Hurricane Irene, and I am hopeful the President can issue a timely disaster declaration to help speed up the recovery process. Also, I am grateful for all of the hard work and dedication of Pennsylvania’s first responders, National Guardsmen and volunteers during this storm. Their efforts to protect lives and property deserve our thanks and appreciation,” said Toomey.

Legislators Blast Obama On Deportation Cases State Legislators for Legal Immigration, founded by Pennsylvania State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), denounced the recent executive order of the Obama administration to re-prioritize and individually review more than 300,000 illegal-alien deportation cases. The new mandate will require the Dept. of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to review all current deportation cases, as well as new cases, to weed out the “lowpriority” illegal aliens. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel were also instructed in a memorandum dated Jun. 17, 2011 to use “prosecutorial discretion” when determining whether to pursue a deportation case. The memo includes a list of “positive factors that should prompt particular care and consideration” including: indi25 AUGUST, 2011

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viduals present in the United States since childhood; pregnant or nursing women; and minors and elderly individuals. “This deplorable act of treasonous deceit circumvents the balance of power established by our Founding Fathers in Article 4, Section 4 of the US Constitution, established to protect all 50 states against invasion,” said Metcalfe. “Halting the deportation process to individually review each and every deportation case is a premeditated executive action to obstruct all deportations in favor of blanket amnesty.” According to a recent Rasmussen Report poll, 61% of likely US voters believe gaining control of the border is a more important immigration reform measure versus only 31% who favor amnesty as a top priority, a margin of 2 to 1. |

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Parker: Seniors Must Apply For Property-Tax Freeze State Rep. Cherelle L. Parker (DNorthwest) is reminding low-income seniors to apply for the 2012 real-estate tax freeze. The deadline to submit applications is Oct. 14, 2011. Seniors who applied in the past are not required to resubmit an application. “New applicants will see savings reflected in their 2012 Real Estate Tax bill,” Parker said. “In this time of a tightened economy and fixed incomes, I want everyone eligible to take advantage of this opportunity. Seniors, residents 65 or older, with low incomes may be eligible for

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special real-estate tax provisions if their total income is $23,500 or less for a single person or $31,500 for a married couple. If you are approved, your tax rate will freeze at its level on the date your application is accepted. The tax freeze application is available online at http://www.phila.gov/revenue/Real _Estate_Tax.html or a hard copy may be picked up at Parker’s constituent-service office, 1536 E. Wadsworth Avenue. In addition to the application, applicants should include documentation of proof of age. Examples of

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proof of age are a Social Security award letter, a driver’s license, or a birth certificate. Any document that clearly shows a date of birth will be accepted for consideration. “Do not send original documents,” Parker said. “A photocopy will do.” The completed application must be sent before Oct. 14 to the Philadelphia Dept. of Revenue, P.O. Box 53190, Philadelphia, PA 19105. Anyone with questions may contact the department at 215-6866442 or Parker’s constituent service office at (215) 242-7300.

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It Was ‘Fore!’ For Bill Rubin For The 10th

SUPPORTERS of Bill Rubin pitched into his candidacy for Northeast’s 10th Council Dist. last Friday at a fundraiser golf outing at Juniata Golf Club.

Seniors ‘Fair’ Well At St. William’s

JOINT SENIOR FAIR was organized in Lawncrest Friday at St. William’s Church by State Sen. Shirley Kitchen and State Rep. Mark Cohen. It enjoyed a huge turnout – including non-senior Ward Leader Bill Dolbow.

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Former Justice O’Connor Will Anchor Constitution Day Festivities Two hundred and twenty-four years after its signing, the US Constitution continues to make headlines. Signed on Sep. 17, 1787, the document established the many inherent rights and freedoms “We the People” enjoy today. This year, the National Constitution Center’s Constitution Day celebration will take place on Friday, Sep. 16, featuring a wide array of inspiring and educational activities, and the unveiling of a rare constitutional document. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will join the Center to participate in several engaging events, including a reading of the Preamble to the US Constitution and a naturalization ceremony. Amway is the national presenting sponsor of Constitution Day at the National Constitution Center and lead underwriter of Constitution Hall Pass: Freedom of Expression, a free, educational webcast broadcast to classrooms around the country. Admission to the Center is free that day, courtesy of Beneficial Bank, the local presenting sponsor of Constitution Day. “The US Constitution continues to spark discussion, challenge thought, and inspire action as much today as 224 years ago,”” said National Constitution Center President and CEO David Eisner. “When it comes to American politics, policy and justice, every day 6|

is Constitution Day. Still, it is great to have one day set aside for ‘We the People’ to remember how central the Constitution remains in our lives.” “The Constitution articulates our democratic system and our fundamental rights,” said Justice O’Connor, “but it is ‘We the People’ who guarantee their survival. Today, in schools all around our nation, young people are learning to become tomorrow’s citizens. As my colleague David Eisner suggests, however, every day should be Constitution Day –especially in our schools.” Beginning on Constitution Day, visitors to the Center will have the opportunity to view the ‘Birth Certificate of the Constitution’, an original John Dunlop copy of a resolution stating that the United States Congress had ‘Resolved Unanimously’ Sep. 28, 1787, to transmit the Convention Committee report (Constitution) to the several Legislatures. “Without this compromise resolution, the Constitution’s eventual ratification would not have been set in motion,” says Tom Lingenfelter, historian and president of Heritage Collectors’ Society in Doylestown, Pa. This rare artifact will be on view in the Center’s main exhibition, The Story of We the People, through Oct. 7. Justice O’Connor will lead 224 students from Constitution HS in a rousing reading of the Preamble at THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD

8:45 a.m. on the Center’s Outdoor Terrace. Following the reading, the National Conference on Citizenship will unveil the findings of the 2011 Civic Life in America report during a press conference at 9:30 a.m. in the John C. Bogle Chairman’s Room. The Civic Life in America report is produced through a partnership between NCoC and the Corp. for National and Community Service, and tracks and measures the civic habits of Americans in an effort to strengthen civic participation in communities across the country. Additionally, a new report on civic learning entitled “Guardian of Democracy: The Civic Mission of Schools” will be released by NCoC, the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, Annenberg Foundation, and the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement. At 10:00 a.m., the late Abel Meeropol, a Jewish high-school teacher from the Bronx who penned the hauntingly powerful, pre-civil-rights-movement poem “Strange Fruit,” will be added to the American National Tree, a popular exhibit inside The Story of We the People that tells the stories of 100 Americans whose actions have helped write the story of the Constitution. A response to the racist brutality against African Americans, Meeropol set the words of his poem to music, with the legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday serving as vocalist.

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