Vol. II No. 140 (300)
Keeping You Posted With The Politics Of Philadelphia
September 15, 2011
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Sep. 15Senior Fair sponsored by State Rep. Brendan F. Boyle at Klein JCC, 1100 Jamison Ave., 11 a.m.2 p.m. For info (215) 342-1700. Sep. 15President John McNesby and FOP Lodge 5 host City Council candidates at 1336 Spring Garden St., 5:30 p.m. By invitation. Sep. 15Mario Lanza Institute & Museum will be beneficiary of 3-tenor concert featuring Viktor Antipenko, Luigi Boccia and Maurice El Zein at Settlement Music Sch., 416 Queen St., 7 p.m. Ticket $25. For info (215) 238-9691. Sep. 1611th Ward Fish Fry at Lou & Choo’s, 21st & Hunting Pk. Ave., 5-9 p.m. Tickets $10. For info V. Tutie Edwards (215) 228-3134. Sep. 16Fundraiser for Bill Rubin, Democrat candidate for City Council 10th Dist., at Ashburner Tavern, 8400 Torresdale Ave., 5-8 p.m. Tickets $25. For info Ed McMullin (215) 510-0444. Sep. 17Ward Leader John Sabatina hosts Fall Picnic, in conjunction with Democrat Wards 35, 53, 55, and 63 at Burholme Pk., Central Ave., from 1:30 p.m. $35 donation. Sep. 17Autism Beef & Beer Fundraiser at EOM Club, 138 Moore St., 7-11 p.m. 50/50 raffles, silent auction. Tickets $30. Call Mina Deever (215) 427-1133 or email email@example.com. Sep. 18Northeast HS 62nd Reunion Brunch for January/June ’49 classes brunch at Crowne Plaza THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD
Hotel, Trevose, Pa., 10 a.m.-2 .m. For info Jay Silver (215) 6981556 or Phil Klear (856) 9855811. Sep. 18Korean Folk Festival for Children at John Russell Field, 7420 Penrose Ave., Elkins Pk., Pa. 1-5 p.m. Free. For info (215) 884-8443. Sep. 20Republican S. Jersey Coalition hosts candidates forum Sep. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at N.E. Sheraton, 9461 Roosevelt Blvd. Confirmed candidates include Karen Brown for Mayor, Al Schmidt for City Commissioner and David Oh for Council at Large. Free for members and $20 for “e-team and nonmembers”. For info (610) 667-1263. Sep. 22-24 Ch. of Epiphany of Our Lord annual Italian Festival 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday. Pasta Dinner reservations needed for Thursday Night pasta dinner. Call Mina (267) 240-1992. Sep. 22Fundraiser for Council candidate Al Taubenberger at SmokeEaters Pub, Frankford & Sheffield Aves., 7-10 p.m. Live music with the Scattered Marbles, dinner buffet, beer and wine. $40/person, $75/couple. For info Lou (267) 505-2182 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sep. 25Vendemmia Wine & Food Festival, Girard Park, 21st & Porter Sts., 2-7 p.m. supporting Students of Italian heritage in S. Phila. For info www.vendemmifoundation.org.
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Casey Bill Helps Veterans Purchase Small Businesses US Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) today reintroduced the Help Veterans Own Franchises Act (S. 1540), a bill that establishes a tax credit for veterans who purchase a franchise. Congressman Aaron Schock (RIll.) introduced a version of this bill in the House of Representatives. “Veterans have made innumerable
sacrifices in defense of our country, yet despite their training and experience, many are struggling to find employment in today’s labor market,” said the Senator. “This important legislation will help ensure veterans who fought for their country do not have to struggle to find a job when their service is complete. Franchises offer our veterans a path toward realizing the
dream of small business ownership and stimulate economic growth by cultivating America’s small businesses.” The bill provides a tax credit to veterans who choose to purchase a franchise and open a business in their local community, equal to 25 % of the remaining franchise fee. The credit is capped at $100,000.
Fattah Announces Philadelphia Will Get $3 Million To Combat Lead Poisoning Congressman Chaka Fattah (DPhila.), a senior appropriator on the House Appropriations Committee, announced the City of Philadelphia and partner agencies will receive $3 million for lead abatement. The grant from the US Dept. of Housing & Urban Development goes to the City Health Dept. for a Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration program to continue to provide lead-safe housing to families with lead-poisoned children. The program will evaluate 250 homes for lead paint and hazards, eliminate hazards in 244 homes, conduct outreach and education and provide individualized training to residents. “My goal is to have the City of 25 AUGUST, 2011
Philadelphia lead-free. Today’s grant of federal resources is the latest of many that we have worked for through the years to help City health officials address this problem,” Fattah said. “Lead poisoning hits especially hard on our newest and poorest residents living in old, poorly maintained buildings where landlords have been lax about their tenants’ safety. It’s been shown conclusively that poor children growing up in a lead poisoned environment can have their educational prospects and learning abilities permanently stunted. We can and must remove this threat to our children’s life chances.” The city will be partnering with the National Nursing Centers Consortium, the Southeast Asian MuTHE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD
tual Assistance Agency Coalition, the Neighborhood Interfaith Movement, Community Legal Services, the Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations (Concilio), the Homeowner’s Association of Philadelphia Co., the Apartment Association of Greater Philadelphia, the Philadelphia YMCA, the City’s Office of Housing & Community Development, the Philadelphia Housing Development Corp., Federation Early Learning Services; Rebuilding Together Philadelphia, Public Citizens for Children and Youth, the Philadelphia Gas Works, the Energy Coordinating Agency, Division of Chronic Disease Control, and Division of Maternal Child & Family Health.
Stack Criticizes Republican Attempt To Ditch State Majority In Electoral College State Sen. Mike Stack (D-Northeast) today blasted the Senate Republicans’ proposal to change the Electoral College voting process. Pennsylvania presidential electors cast all votes for the candidate who wins the state’s popular vote, but under Senate Republican Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi’s plan, presidential candidates would receive one vote for each Congressional district he or she wins. “This is a blatant attempt to usurp the voices of the voters and gerrymander the voting process,” Stack
said. “Pennsylvania is typically a battleground state and has been trending toward voting for Democratic presidential candidates, but we have a Republican governor and Republican-led Senate and House who want to place political priorities over the collective voice of the voting public. “They need to stop gerrymandering and start focusing on the real issues affecting Pennsylvania, like the lack of funding to our schools and infrastructure, the increasing poverty rate and the growing number of uninsured adults,” he said.
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Womenâ€™s Society Kicks Off Campaign Season
GENEVIEVE SOCIETY held its first political reception of election season last night, hosted by Abbe Fletman, Esq., at her law firm, Flaster Greenberg. Waiting for women elected officials and women candidates to arrive are, from left, members Eleanor Dezzi, Judith Mondre and Fletman. Photos by Bonnie Squires
ARRIVING for Genevieve Society reception are, from left, Gail Inderwies, Lynn Yeakel, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Rev. Bonnie Camarda and Sandy Sheller. Society encourages women to run for elective office. Penna. Society will be the site of next reception for the group. 15 SEPTEMBER, 2011
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New ‘Parklet’ To Be Tried In Center City The Center City District and Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities will participate in PARK(ing) Day tomorrow with a demonstration project at 17th Street & JFK Boulevard. Two parking spaces will be transformed into a landscaped area, showing the potential for what could be a major streetscape and transportation enhancement project for both JFK Boulevard and Market Street from 15th to 20th Street. The two parking spaces will be richly planted and become a welcoming space for pedestrians as part of an initiative to improve the livability of these two corridors for workers, residents, and visitors. Representatives from the CCD and MOTU will be on hand to explain the concept to enhance the environment along JFK Boulevard and Market Streets for walkers, cyclists and pedestrians. Plant material will be generously donated by Fine Garden Creations and Seravalli Construction.
CCD President and CEO Paul Levy noted, “The CCD began working with property owners and building managers on both JFK Boulevard and Market Street in 2009 to identify potential improvements to the on-street environment. The stakeholders were clear in their desire to enhance these corridors with new planted medians as well as make the region’s core commercial district more competitive by improving accessibility for bicyclists while maintaining adequate traffic flow and loading operations.” Following a series of analyses conducted for CCD by consultants JzTI and Parsons Brinkerhoff, a preferred option emerged that included a separated cycle track, the retention of three 10-foot-wide travel lanes, new landscaping, and parking and loading on both sides of the streets. These improvements will enable the region’s largest employment center to build on its existing transit-oriented strengths by
adding state-of-the art bike lanes and improved pedestrian crossings. The planted medians can also provide stormwater management benefits as well. “We have a vision for a JFK Boulevard and Market Street that represents a truly complete street. The power of this vision is that it incorporates all types of travel. In addition, it retains all parking and loading zones in a way that is safe and convenient. In mid-October, we will test the impact on both streets of removing a single lane of traffic,” said Rina Cutler, deputy mayor for transportation & utilities. During the two-week test, Streets Dept. traffic engineers and CCD personnel will observe the capacity and overall environment of the streets to ensure that traffic functionality is maintained. Onstreet parking regulations will remain in effect and no parking spaces will be impacted.
Hughes Hands $12 Million Check To Bakers Centre State Sen. Vincent J. Hughes (DW. Phila.) presented a $ 12 million check to the Bakers Centre (formerly known as Bakers Square) economic-development project. The Bakers Centre shopping complex is located in the Hunting Park West section of Philadelphia at the former headquarters of the famed Tasty Baking Co. 6|
The $12 million that Hughes was instrumental in securing is funded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. The $60 million Bakers Centre project will bring 350 construction jobs and approximately 700 permanent jobs. Bakers Centre is a 220,000 square foot, expansive shopping complex THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD
encompassing 30 acres located on Hunting Park Avenue, Fox Street & Roberts Avenue. This development is a part of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission Redevelopment Initiative. “We all heard the President’s ambitious and driven American Jobs Act proposal that he submitted to Congress this week. We know jobs 15 SEPTEMBER, 2011
are the number-one priority in the minds of my constituents, of Pennsylvanians and of the all Americans,” Hughes said. “Certainly, this economic development project provides great resources for the community, but it also brings with it valuable, necessary jobs at a time when they are so badly needed. Investing in projects like
Bakers Centre has great rewards. With the state as a partner, we can turn communities around.” Bakers Centre will be anchored by a 71,000 square foot Brown’s ShopRite supermarket owned and operated by Brown’s Super Stores. Brown’s Super Stores operate several ShopRite supermarkets in
Philadelphia and are known for their efforts to increase the availability of affordable, healthy foods in under-served, urban communities. The mixed-use urban redevelopment project is being developed by Metro Development.
Justice O’Connor Pays Tribute To Constitution Day Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will join 224 students from Constitution HS in a reading of the Preamble to the US Constitution in honor of Constitution Day – the 224th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.
Remarks will be provided by David Eisner, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center; Jori Hartwig, VP of marketing for Amway; and Gerry Cuddy, president and CEO of Beneficial Bank.
This ceremony is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. tomorrow at the National Constitution Center’s Outdoor Terrace, 525 Arch Street.
The Preamble Reading kicks off a day-long Constitution Day celebration at the National Constitution Center. Admission to the
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Center is free on Sep. 16, courtesy of The Beneficial Foundation. Amway is the national sponsor of Constitution Day at the National Constitution Center. For a complete list of Constitution Day events at the Center, visit www.constitutioncenter.org/constitutionday.