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Vol. II No. 172 (332)

Keeping You Posted With The Politics Of Philadelphia

October 31, 2011

Philadelphia Daily Record

Little Ward Of Horrors

33RD WARD DEMOCRAT COMMITTEE is a fun-loving bunch. At their merry pre-election Halloween party at Juniata Golf Course, many committeepersons came dressed up for trick-or-treating, among them, from left, Robert Fallen, Ward Leader Donna Aument, Theresa Fallen and Steve Aument.

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Oct. 31Democrat City Committee throws Autumn Cocktail party at Penn’s Landing Caterers, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets $150. RSVP by Oct. 21. For info (215) 241-7804. Nov. 1Republican City Committee Fall Cocktail Party at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd., 6-8 p.m. Tickets $125. For info Republican City Committee (215) 561-0650. Nov. 1Latinos for David Oh at Orlando’s Gallery, 433 W. Girard Ave. Contribution $100, $250 or $500. For info Eunice Lee (215) 561-2000 or Nov. 2OpportunitiesPA hosts fundraiser with National Homeless Youth Awareness Month at Univ. City Science Ctr., 3711 Market St., 5-9 p.m. Ticket $30. For info (215) 779-6827. Nov. 3State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop hosts Energy Workshop & Lunch at Calvary Baptist Ch., 6122 Haverford Ave., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For info (215) 879-6625. Nov. 3Community Conversation with State Rep. Rosita Youngblood at Nicetown CDC, 4300 Germantown Ave., 6-8 p.m. Nov. 3Rally for Council candidate Al Taubenberger at Village of Cottage Green, Ashton & Willits Rds., 7 p.m. For info (267) 507-4282. Nov. 3Victim/Witness Services of South Phila., Inc. will host Beef & Beer fundraiser at EOM Hall, 138 THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD

Moore St. Ticket $25 in advance and $30 at door. For info Alison Sprague (215) 551-3360 or Nov. 3Annual Fall Reception University City Republican Committee at Mill Creek Tavern, 42nd and Chester. Tickets $30. VIP Tickets $50. For info J. Matthew Wolfe, 215-387-7300. Nov. 4State Rep. Jewell Williams’ 16th Ward Fish Fry at Lou & Choo’s, 21st & Hunting Pk. Ave., 5-9 p.m. Donation $10. For info Andrew Smith (215) 609-5876. Nov. 5St. Edmond Parish holds Back in the Day Celebration in honor of its centennial at church hall, 21st St. & Snyder Ave., 7-11 p.m. Buffet dinner, beverages, and sweet table. Dancing, a live DJ, door prizes, and lots more. Tickets $25. Open to all. For info (215) 334-3755. Nov. 5Party with a Purpose Cabaret for Quibila Divine at Dowling’s Palace, 1310 N. Broad St., 9 p.m.2 a.m. BYO food & drinks. Tickets $15. For info (267) 2940-6968. Nov. 6St. Malachy Parish Benefit Concert featuring Mick Moloney on mandolin and banjo and his friends in honor of Robert F. McGovern, at Church, 1429 N. 11th St., 2 p.m. Free parking in schoolyard. Reception follows. Free will offering. For info Mary Courtney (215) 7631305. Nov. 10Community Conversation with State Rep. Rosita Youngblood at Germantown YMCA, 5722 Greene St., 6-8 p.m. 31 OCTOBER, 2011

O’Brien Gets Action On Safe Parking At Casinos In the wake of a tragedy at SugarHouse Casino when a child who had been left unattended in a parked car died while the responsible adult was inside gambling, two measures of State Rep. Mike O’Brien (D-Kensington) will receive a first hearing on Wednesday by the House Gaming Committee. O’Brien’s HB 120 establishes leaving a minor under the age of

14 unattended in a vehicle when the vehicle is on property owned, leased, or controlled by a gaming licensed facility or its affiliate as a third-degree misdemeanor and requires written notification of the violation to be provided to the director of the County children-andyouth-service agency of the county in which motor vehicle operator resides within 48 hours of the violation.

HB 121 authorizes the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to levy fines against licensed facilities for two or more violations of an individual leaving a minor under the age of 14 unattended at the same licensed facility in a one-year period and requires slot-machine licensees to post a warning regarding the penalties of leaving children unattended in vehicles.

Americans For Democratic Action Endorses Across The Aisle Americans for Democratic Action, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, has announced its endorsements for City Council, City Commissioners, and for the judiciary. For the five City Council at-Large positions held by the majority party, ADA supports Democratic incumbents Bill Green, Bill Greenlee, James Kenney, Blondell Reynolds Brown and Wilson Goode. For one of the two minority Party seats on City Council, ADA endorses State Rep (and former House Speaker) Republican Dennis O’Brien (R-Northeast).”While we don’t often endorse Republicans,” said ADA Board Chair Glenavie Norton, “we feel that Rep. O’Brien will bring a wealth of experience to City Council, a passionate concern for the city of 31 OCTOBER, 2011

Philadelphia and for education, and connections to the Harrisburg leadership which can be very helpful for Philadelphia at this time.” For City Council Dist. 8, ADA endorsed Democrat Cindy Bass, and for Dist. 7, Democrat María Quiñones Sánchez. For the positions of City Commissioner, ADA also crossed party lines, endorsing Republican Al Schmidt and Democrat Stephanie Singer. “Al Schmidt offers great experience in auditing the functioning of government programs,” said Norton, “while Stephanie Singer has a strong fiscal background. Both candidates wish to modernize and streamline citizen access to information, voter registration and polling places, as well as create greater transparency and accountability to the public THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD

within the City Commissioner’s office.” For the judiciary, ADA endorses Democrats Kathryn Boockvar for Commonwealth Court, and Democrats Diana Anhalt and Barbara McDermott for Philadelphia’s Common Pleas Court. Founded in 1947, ADA is the oldest liberal political organization in the country. Since 1951, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter has been a vigorous and vocal voice for progressive values and good government, and makes its candidate endorsements in that spirit. “As an organization supporting good government,” Norton emphasized, “ADA backs all of these candidates as people who will get the job done.”



3 Lawmakers Speak At Children’s Alliance Luncheon

CONGRESSMAN CHAKA FATTAH addresses corporate partners of Phila. Children’s Alliance as PCA Executive Director Chris Kirchner, DHS Commissioner Anne Marie Ambrose and John Sherlock of Chartis US, a corporate leader in community service, listen. possible. nonprofits like the Children’s AlThe nonprofit Philadelphia Children’s Alliance hosted a luncheon liance. Payton has partnered with PCA for its Corporate 20 Bridge to since last year to make sure child Fattah is the senior Democrat on Healing partners last Friday. Those sexual-abuse victims were inthe House Appropriations Subpartners include Independence cluded in State legislation about committee for Commerce Justice Blue Cross, Chartis US, Ameriallowing expert testimony for sexScience and related agencies, Health Mercy Family of Compaual-abuse cases. nies, McGladrey, Harmelin Media, which oversees funding for the Dept. of Justice. DOJ provides The Hartford-Catalyst 360 and The Children’s Alliance provides a significant funding for the ChilJohn Kennedy Dealerships. one-stop shop where victims of dren’s Alliance under the Victims child sexual abuse go to experiPCA is the city’s cutting-edge cen- of Child Abuse Act. This funding ence a kid-friendly environment ter for processing and interviewing allows the Children’s Alliance to all children who are suspected vic- be a regional leader and trainer for and talk to highly specialized forensic interviewers who coorditims of child abuse. other child-advocacy centers so nate with DHS, Philly SVU, and they can become as robust and the DA’s office so the child Congressman Chaka Fattah (Dstrong of a program as PCA. doesn’t have to relive what hapPhyla.), Congressman Mike Fitzpened to them by retelling each inAfter touring the Children’s Alpatrick (R-Phila.) and State Rep. dividual agency. This approach not liance recently, Fitzpatrick has Tony Payton (D-Kensington) only benefits the child victim, but spoke to the Corporate 20 Partners been an advocate for making sure also saves the City money by coabout their connection to the issue the Children’s Alliance funding does not drop and that it resumes ordinating the agencies to work toof child sexual abuse and to the gether and capture a solid Children’s Alliance. They also will 2010 levels to ensure they can interview instead of their each address the importance of govern- continue to serve as many child doing their own. ment and corporate support for abuse victims in Philadelphia as 4|


31 OCTOBER, 2011

Blackwell Comes Home To Richard Allen

KEYNOTE SPEAKER at 19th annual Senior Citizens Banquet thrown by Original Richard Allen Committee at Gladys Jacobs Manor in W. Poplar, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell was glad to reunite with Richard Debrest and other Committee members. Blackwell, like many of Phila.’s distinguished community leaders today, grew up in Richard Allen Homes.

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Kroc Center Hailed For Openness To Intellectually Disabled

P.A.R. PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. Shirley Walker joins staff of Kroc Community Center and Salvation Army Developmental Disabilities Program to confer Center’s award for openness to intellectually disabled. Philadelphia’s Ray & Joan Kroc people participated in the conferServices at the Kroc Center inCommunity Center was honored ence. clude fitness equipment, swimfor its commitment to people with The Kroc Center’s winning nomiming, day care, music, visual and intellectual disabilities - ensuring performing arts studios, worship nation came from Maureen accessibility and inclusion for McGlinchey, director of the Salva- and performance space, a comthem as members of the center and tion Army Developmental Disabil- puter lab, culinary arts, adult eduas part of its workforce. cation, job training, a community ities Program, who praised the garden and many other unique ofPAR honored Major Willie Mae Center for its outreach to the disferings. Lyle and staff of the Kroc Commu- ability community “years before nity Center with the 2011 Employer of the Year Award on Wednesday during its annual conference in Harrisburg. PAR is Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism & Intellectual Disabilities, a statewide nonprofit association whose members provide services to more than 51,000 individuals with autism or intellectual disabilities. An estimated 500 6|

the building was completed, to ensure accessibility and inclusiveness from the ground up,” said McGlinchey. “The team not only worked to ensure accessibility needs were met, but also that job creation and development at Kroc encompassed those with disabilities, as well as other underemployed residents in the community.” THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD

Three gentlemen from The Salvation Army’s DDP have been employed by the Center since March 2011. DDP’s job coaching staff assisted in the initial training and employment preparation process and continue to support the men weekly, assisting in skill development and job adaptations. All three gentlemen were recently offered additional days and hours, which 31 OCTOBER, 2011

Karl Palmer and Alfred Williams have already begun. Karl and Alfred were on hand to help Major Willie Mae Lyle accept the Center’s award Wednesday morning.

abilities, Kathryn Susano-Morris was named PAR’s 2011 Advocate of the Year.

“Kathy’s tremendous effort in protecting and preserving providers’ “It is amazing to learn what the rights to hold title to the real estate Kroc Center has been able to acthey purchased and used for procomplish in its first year of operagram purposes benefits the entire tion,” remarked Shirley Walker, community services system,” said President and CEO of PAR. Walker. “Through negotiations with State and County officials, “I know Karl, Alfred and Stanley enjoy their jobs and appreciate the after a decade of dispute and discussion and four years of lawsuit, independence and financial supthe matter is now resolved. Someport they have provided,” added one with lesser resolve, or sense of McGlinchey. “Not to mention the opportunity to spend time and have humor, might have given up years fun with members of their commu- ago. nity!” “Private ownership of real estate is For her decade of advocacy on be- the most cost-effective option for half of people with intellectual dis- the Commonwealth and it provides

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much greater stability for individuals with intellectual disabilities than renting,” said Walker. “Private ownership helps assure that homes have the necessary accommodations that people with disabilities need, and that homes are safe and well-maintained. This is a win for taxpayers.” PAR is a nonprofit charitable organization and the only statewide provider association dedicated solely to intellectual disabilities and autism. Its mission is to build the capacity of the private sector to fully support Pennsylvanians with autism and intellectual disabilities according to their needs.



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