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Vol. XV No. 40

Issue 626

October 3, 2019

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A HISTORIC MARKER was placed at Weccacoe Playground to commemorate the site of the original burial ground of Mother Bethel Baptist Church. More pics P. 2 Photo by Wendell Douglas


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STATE REP. Elizabeth Fiedler, R, held a community discussion panel on the opioid crisis at E. Passyunk Community Center. Presenters were, L-R, Roland Lamb, Destinie Carranella and Tina Curtion. Photos by Wendell Douglas COUNCILMAN Mark Squilla made an appearance at the installation of the historical marker at Weccacoe Playground to commemorate the Mother Bethel burial ground. Photos by Wendell Douglas

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Jannie Blackwell

ouncilwoman Jannie Blackwell will complete 28 years of service as West Philadelphia’s 3rd District representative on City Council this year. She followed her husband Lucien Blackwell, who rose to become congressman in 1992. With her departure goes a lifetime of fearless public service embedded in Philadelphia’s Civil Rights era. Jannie was a 9th-grade English teacher at Lea School, which Lucien’s children attended, from 1968 to 1974. Lucien, then a State representative, stepped up his political game in 1975 to win a seat on City Council. Lucien was instrumental in stemming the West Philadelphia gang wars of that era, often by bringing youths into healthy boxing clubs. It’s a

COUNCILWOMAN Jannie Blackwell wielding an award from Laborers’ International Union of North America – one of many she has earned during her career.

tradition the councilwoman continues to this day. “God must have put me in this office to serve people,” Blackwell commented, “because he meant me to marry Lou. It was all a part of my learning to love public service.” Blackwell grew up in the Richard Allen Homes Philadelphia Housing Authority project in North Philadel-

phia. It has been her lifelong mission to fight the housing plight that her low-income constituents face. Sitting on the PHA board, Blackwell drove the redevelopment of the Mill Creek neighborhood withattractive working-class housing. Her Christmas party for thousands of homeless Philadelphians, held annually at the (Cont. Page 10)


Laura Princiotta

n a sense, Laura Princiotta danced her way into her job. Newly moved to Philadelphia in 1989, she ran a dance studio. One of her students worked at what was The Arc of Philadelphia, an agency serving developmentally disabled people in the community. The student tipped off Princiotta to an opportunity to do a choreographed program for her clients. Soon, she was on staff full-time. She was director of support professionals, aiding what are now called intellectually disabled persons to succeed in the workplace. She moved into vocational evaluation, successfully expanding The Arc’s network of employment partners. Then she stepped up to be-

LAURA PRINCIOTTA: “Provide the resources to ensure that all people are safe, and that they have the ability to live the life they want.”

come chief operating officer. Today, Princiotta is CEO of what has become SpArc Philadelphia – a complex organization serving 500 Philadelphians at any time, with 135 employees and a budget of $12 million. Its headquarters on Westmoreland Street in North Philadelphia hosts 300 trainees;

200 more receive offsite support at their places of employment in food service, child care, environmental services, clerical work, packaging, and assembly jobs. SpArc services take in not just low-IQ clients but neurodiverse autism-spectrum people who may be well-suited for technical tasks yet not gifted at applying for jobs or navigating workplace protocols. These can be highly paid jobs, ranging up to $65,000/year. Princiotta has placed clients with Ernst & Young, Willis Towers Watson & Vertek. SpArc’s programs are not limited to employment. A full range of social and cultural experiences are built into its offerings. (Cont. Page 10)

Congratulations to the honorees Women Leading the Way 2019 Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Lynette Brown-Sow, Deborah Freedman, Hon. Maria McLaughlin, Loraine Ballard Morrill, Anne Bovaird Nevins, Laura Princiotta,

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DEBBY FREEDMAN: “Our whole model is that we do not want to be seeing the same clients over and over.”

public funding sources. Freedman has set an audacious mission for her agency: to preserve home-ownership among Philadelphia’s working class and thereby transfer intergenerational wealth. Philadelphia is famed among cities for its high proportion of blue-collar home ownership. But low-income families are faced with many chal-


he challenge: a blocksized former school building in the middle of a residential neighborhood in South Philadelphia; eight stories high, 340,000 square feet of space, on the National Register of Historic Places – but fronting narrow streets, with minimal parking. How to come up with a practical new function for it? Rising to that challenge: Scout, an urban design and development practice started eight years ago in London, England. Scout’s co-founder and managing partner, Lindsey Scannapieco, had deep roots in South Philadelphia. “My parents got married in St. Rita’s,” she notes. She also has deep roots in real estate: her family runs Scannapieco Development, a prominent

builder in the city and South-

LINDSEY SCANNAPIECO: “Philadelphia is attracting people who want to make it better.”

eastern Pennsylvania. Scannapieco attended London School of Economics, earning a master’s in city design. “I was interested in placemaking and contextual development,” she says. With her partner, Emma Rutherford, Scannapieco engaged in creative projects reimagining public spaces for the runup to the

2012 Olympics in London. Scannapieco moved back to Philadelphia in 2014. The next year, she acquired the vacant Bok Vocational High School building and launched a $21 million project that really had no precedent in this city. She rejected the idea of residential conversion. “In South Philadelphia, there already is a lot of residential, so there is no need for new residential condos,” Scannapieco explains. “But there is a need for places to work.” Scout thereupon redeveloped the building as a beehive of small workplaces. True to Bok’s vocational history, scout favors light manufacturing, but its 160 tenants span a wide range of artistic and service businesses (Cont. Next Page)


lenges when they try to pass on inherited real estate. Freedman wants to combat these, she says, in order to “preserve the fabric of the community.” Under her leadership, CLS has worked to be out in the neighborhoods at community meetings, trouble-shooting. Housing is a key area of legal hazard for Philadelphia’s poor. In addition to home ownership, CLS puts a lot of effort into representing clients in evictions. Freedman has held several positions at CLS, including deputy director, managing attorney of CLS’s North Philadelphia office and managing attorney of CLS’ Family Advocacy Unit. In these management roles, Freedman’s (Cont. Next Page)

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n a city with a high poverty rate like Philadelphia, Community Legal Services plays an outsized role in providing lawyerly guidance and assistance to one-quarter of its residents. The person who makes it all happen is CLS Executive Director Debby Freedman. Under Freedman’s leadership, CLS has grown significantly over the last four years. Its role is to provide for civil law what the Defender Association of Philadelphia does in criminal law: to provide vital legal support for those citizens who cannot afford to pay for it. CLS helps over 10,000 low-income Philadelphians a year. Freedman is helped by donations from 120 highpriced Philadelphia law firms and a complicated host of

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(Cont. From Prev. Page) work centered on improving CLS’s supervision and evaluation systems, team building, resource development, tech-

nology, implementing new practice tools, staff training and compliance. In her current leadership role, Freedman is trying to drive her agency toward a more ambitious goal. “Our whole model today,” she said, “is that we do not want to be

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seeing the same clients over and over.” Instead, she wants CLS to grapple holistically with the problems that a low-income family is facing and apply multimodal social services to move them past the need for acute legal interventions.

A major challenge for these families is criminal-justice reform. The over-prosecuting and over-incarcerating of low-income Philadelphians has crippled tens of thousands of families. Freedman has worked on a bipartisan ba-

sis in the forefront of the new wave of criminal-justice legislation She consulted on the Clean Slate Bill that sealed 30,000 old criminal records, making it easier for ex-offenders to find sustaining jobs. CLS collaborates with numerous elected officials. State Sen. Sharif Street was an intern there as a law student and State Rep. Donna Bullock, a staff alumna, sits on

its Board of Directors. Councilmembers Darrell Clarke, Helen Gym, Curtis Jones and Maria Quiñones-Sánchez have been critical to CLS’s lobbying work. Freedman counts herself lucky. Ten years ago, she was a widow and a single parent. Today, she is a breast-cancer survivor. “I am glad to be in a position to help others today,” she says.

Lindsey Scannapieco

ect took creative financing. Scannapieco got a loan from a local bank. She took advantage of a historic-preservation tax credit and aid from Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. Currently she is trying to wangle a state grant to repurpose the old school auditorium. “Bok has a lot of projects within it. The building is a mini-city. It is never going to be totally done,” Scannapieco said. Scannapieco is a model new urbanist, favoring bikes and public transit over automobiles. “I live in South Philadelphia and walk to work,” she said. “So do 70% of our tenants. My world is a small one. Our neighbors are invested, our tenants are invested.” Scannapieco is a big hometown booster. “Philadelphia is in the midst of an exciting time,” she said. “The city is attracting people who want to make it better.”

(Cont. From Prev. Page) as well. Scannapieco ticked off just a few: “We have architects, glassblowers, costume designers, a tattoo parlor, Korean skin care, a kombucha brewery. Ars Nova Workshop, a contemporary-music series, is based here. There is an English-language teaching agency. Jefferson University is opening a wellness center.” In fact, things are going so well that there is now a waitlist for to become part of the Bok community. Continuing South Philadelphia’s heritage as a port of entry for immigrants, 38% of Bok’s tenants are foreign-born. Bok fosters community with a popular seasonal rooftop bar, a Mediterranean restaurant and a play space for children. Piecing together the proj-

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Scanlon Visits SpArc

CONGRESSWOMAN Mary Gay Scanlon spent time visiting SpArc Philadelphia in Hunting Park, meeting with Laura Princiotta, its CEO. The agency is now offering services in Scanlon’s congressional district in Delaware County, in addition to Philadelphia. The discussion revolved around services for people with intellectual disabilities, employment concerns and funding issues. Photo by Bonnie Squires

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Lynette Brown-Sow & Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell

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for receiving the

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Leading the Way Award!

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Leading the Way 2019 - Sponsored by: Loraine Ballard Morrill Salima Suswell


or almost two generations of Philadelphians, listening to the radio has meant being touched by Loraine Ballard Morrill in some way. Since beginning at Power 99 as the news director on Jan. 13, 1983 – the ageless Morrill remembers her start date like it was yesterday – she has been the Northern Star of the airwaves. Morrill, the director of news and community affairs for all six of iHeartRadio’s Philadelphia stations, is still the voice of the newscasts – including breaking news – for them, and she is also the host of the weekly public affairs programs “Insight” and “What’s Going On.” It’s a far cry from her days at the University of Maryland student-run ra-

LORAINE BALLARD MORRILL: “I discovered that information is a great way to serve a community.”

dio station and from her first job as news director for a Boston public radio station, but Morrill still appreciates her journey, especially how she has been the first woman of color in her position at every station she has worked at, and how her persistence and success have allowed her to use the power of radio to benefit the community listening to her

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and her colleagues. Early on in her career, she says, “I discovered that information is a great way to serve a community. A well-informed community is able to make the best kinds of decisions for themselves. That’s how I got engaged in the radio thing: I can take information that hasn’t always been available to everybody and provide an outlet for that, and also give people a platform to share what they do and how they’re helping people.” One of the ways she ensures this collaborative relationship between stations and listeners remains strong is by supporting community groups and maintaining a constant presence at events. For (Cont. Page 12)


n argument could be made that Salima Suswell owes her successful career to her daughter Laila. If it weren’t for her thenschool-aged child’s reluctance to leave her friends and her hometown, Suswell wouldn’t have turned down an offer to rise up the ladder with the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where she was a senior litigation specialist. As Suswell tells it: “I was doing health care fraud investigations for the US Attorney’s Office here and they asked me to move to Washington, D.C. My daughter wasn’t thrilled at leaving Philadelphia, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to start my own firm.” That firm, Evolve Solu-

SALIMA SUSWELL: I thought it was the perfect opportunity to start my own firm.”

tions, has become one of the city’s go-to political consultancies, specializing in project management, government relations, community engagement, and event production. In other words: It’s a long way from Suswell’s childhood dream of becoming a lawyer, which she was on track to do until her decision to leave the U.S. Attor-

ney’s office – and to heed the advice of a number of her lawyer friends, who advised her in no uncertain terms that she would be better off pursuing her J.D. In fact, she began Evolve as a way to package legal services like litigation and trial services, but she quickly found that her background in the city’s political arena – including work with Committee of Seventy and her long friendship with state Sen. Sharif Street – led to her current specialization. In addition to consulting for a number of mahoffs in the city and state, Suswell has made a name for herself as a tireless advocate for her nonprofit work, especially for the city’s Muslim community. In addition to (Cont. Page 10)

hen it comes to the rapid-fire developments of the events leading up to and encompassing the U.S. House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon wants you to know that those on Capitol Hill are just as glued to their news sources as everyone else. “People are afraid to go to lunch because something might happen!” she says with a laugh. Scanlon is better positioned than most: As the vice-chair of the House’s powerful Judiciary Committee, she has a front– row seat to history and, as anyone who has watched her grill Special Counsel Robert Mueller, then-act-

CONGRESSWOMAN MARY GAY SCANLON: “People are afraid to go to lunch because something might happen!”

ing U.S. Attorney General Matt Whitaker, and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski can attest, she takes her role as public servant as a sacred trust. It may seem like a meteoric rise for Scanlon, who, while only in office since

the 2018 midterm elections, is not technically a freshman: She won the special election for the old PA-7 seat vacated in disgrace by Pat Meehan, as well as concurrently winning the new Fifth Congressional District seat, which includes parts of Philadelphia, all of Delaware County, and a sliver of Montgomery County. As a result, she was seated two months earlier than the rest of her Blue Wave counterparts. But upon closer inspection, it is merely the next phase in a life devoted to public service. She pithily explains her decision to run for Congress in 2018 as a natural outgrowth of her “anger management problem.” “About 15 years ago, I ran (Cont. Page 10)

Anne Bovaird Nevins


ou may not immediately recognize the name Anne Bovaird Nevins. You may not be able to quickly explain what the abbreviation PIDC stands for. But you have been impacted by the work of Nevins and her employer – maybe when you bought your groceries in Oxford Circle, or when you finished the Broad Street Run at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, or engaged in any kind of retail transaction in virtually any corner of Philadelphia. And that’s fine by Nevins, the chief strategy and communications officer for the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, the city’s sui generis public-private economic development entity. In fact, as she points out, PIDC’s tagline, emblazoned right underneath its

ANNE BOVAIRD NEVINS: “We are focused on trying to achieve an economy in Philadelphia that is diverse, inclusive and grow-

logo, is “Driving growth to every corner of Philadelphia.” As befits her title, Nevins is on the front lines of PIDC’s efforts to find the people, businesses and neighborhoods that can most benefit by the organization’s powerful mix of financial products, a massive

real estate portfolio, and support systems for virtually every aspect of doing business in the city – and to make sure that for businesses of all stripes, from those just starting out to multinational conglomerates looking at staking out a presence in the nation’s sixth-largest city know just what the city and PIDC have to offer. “We are focused on trying to achieve an economy in Philadelphia that is diverse, inclusive and growing,” Nevins explains. “We always need to be figuring out what will work – what’s happening in Philadelphia, and, just as importantly, what’s not happening in Philadelphia.” To that end, she and her team concentrate on helping entrepreneurs of color, and (Cont. Page 10)

Maria McLaughlin Lynette Brown-Sow


aria McLaughlin’s judicial career has come full circle. As a law student at the University of Delaware Law School, McLaughlin clerked for a Pennsylvania Superior Court judge. Today, she is one herself. Judge McLaughlin has traveled a long way from her roots in Overbrook Park. The daughter of blue-collar parents who did not go to college, she graduated from West Catholic Girls High School and made her way to Penn State on a cheerleading scholarship. She remains an indefatigable cheerleader for her native city, raising two children here as she has continued her lifelong commitment to public service. When McLaughlin got out of law school, she went

JUDGE MARIA McLAUGHLIN: “It is an awesome responsibility. Sometimes when you come home, you lose sleep over it.”

to work at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, then headed by trailblazing DA Lynne Abraham, the first woman to hold that post. McLaughlin remembers Abraham with admiration and gratitude: “She was very strict but gave people many opportunities, especially to wom-

en.” McLaughlin stayed with the DA’s Office for 19 years, rising to become a chief assistant DA in charge of family law. She supervised 18 to 20 attorneys and clerks while still trying cases herself. It was work she loved and believed in, calling it “a great way to make a difference in our city.” McLaughlin’s mentor lost the Democratic primary in 2009 to Seth Williams. In 2010, McLaughlin girded her loins and started a campaign for First District judge. “It was the scariest thing I had ever done,” McLaughlin related. That’s because Philadelphia law requires City employees who run for any municipal office to quit their city jobs. A divorced (Cont. Next Page 12)


n a life filled with successes, Lynette BrownSow readily admits that she might have finally found something she has failed at: retirement. Last year, after a lengthy, multifaceted career spanning politics, entrepreneurship and education, BrownSow retired from her perch at Community College of Philadelphia, where she had spent 22 years as the school’s vice president of marketing and government relations. But, as the longtime commissioner and chair of the board of the Philadelphia Housing Authority – one among a litany of Brown-Sow’s other board memberships across the city – concedes, the break just didn’t take. “I took a little time off in July and August” of

LYNETTE BROWN-SOW: “The important thing is to help people and bring them along. I realized it wasn’t my time to retire.”

last year, she recalls, “and I found myself saying, ‘What should I be doing now? What should I be doing now?’ I struggled with whether I should be sitting down somewhere, but the important thing to me is to help people and bring them along. I realized it wasn’t my time to

retire.” That’s why, in addition to consulting for CCP and working with clients in need of corporate and board development and crisis management through her company, L.M. Brown Management Group, Brown can often be found shuttling from one board meeting or another: In addition to her role with PHA, she sits on the board of directors of City Trusts, the massive municipal nonprofit oversight entity, where she serves Girard College; Youth Advocates Program (both in America and Ireland); and Women of Destiny, her brainchild to develop new generations of women of color for leadership roles in the public and private sectors. (Cont. Page 13)

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Mary Gay Scanlon

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(Cont. From Page 9) women and immigrant entrepreneurs. “There is a lot of data that nationally and here in Philly, there are a lot of disparities between business formation and growth for businesses owned by women, people of color and immigrants,” she says. “There is an untapped opportunity to meet the needs of these entrepreneurs and, by meeting their needs, to grow Philadelphia’s economy.” Nevins’s infectious blend of boosterism, wonkish detail and almost evangelical

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Laura Princiotta

(Cont. From Page 4) What is now SpArc was founded in 1948 by parents of what were then called “retarded children.” In that era, their children were often denied schooling or any other form of publicly supported assistance in growing up; if the families couldn’t manage their special needs, the children were often shipped off to large, isolated institutions where they might linger for the rest of their lives. Princiotta’s career has coincided with a sea change in thinking on how to cope with the intellectually disabled. It begins with a change in language. SpArc promotes the idea of “neurodiversity” – that human beings come in a wide range of mental skills,

belief in the power of economic development to make Philadelphia into a constantly improving version of itself is hard to resist, the result of someone who clearly loves what she does and the people and city that she does it for. It comes as no surprise that this is far from the first time she has been involved in improving the public sector. In Philadelphia alone, she has held key roles with the Kimmel Center, and as director of development for Historic Philadelphia, Inc., where she raised the funds to renovate Franklin Square. Her positivity and enthusiasm extend even to what could be seen as a loss for the city: the ultimately unall while being capable of participating in meaningful aspects of society. Today, the goal is to emphasize how valuable these individuals can be to America. Princiotta is in the forefront of this movement to marginalize and ignore them no more. While Princiotta’s agency is open to all Philadelphians, its location in an economically challenged North Philly neighborhood means that it serves many clients with few other resources. Princiotta has been touched by the way public-sector leaders, chief among them State Sen. Sharif Street (D-N. Phila.), have rallied to raise governmental funds to back SpArc’s work. “I love this place; it’s what I do, it’s who I am,” said Princiotta. “I have so much love and respect for the people who are working in this field.

successful bid to bring Amazon’s massive HQ2 – and its tens of thousands of promised jobs – to the metropolitan area. Bidding for HQ2 “brought together the best minds from across the spectrum to best position the city for Amazon,” she explains. “It also allowed us to pitch the Philadelphia story in a new and compelling way and it has now been repurposed for broader use: We de-Amazonified the platform and now use it for all forms of communication with businesses, investors who may be coming to Philadelphia or are already here and want to communicate how great the city is.”

(Cont. From Page 4) Convention Center, s a staggering accomplishment that none of her colleagues can match in scale. Blackwell has served on City Council as majority leader and as chair of the Finance, Education and Housing Committees. She has been active in subcommittee work for the disabled as well as for African and Caribbean immigrants. A tireless worker, Black-

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But every year, the more we need, yet the fewer resources we have. We hope that the legislative powers that be can provide the resources to ensure that all people are safe, and that they have the ability to live the life they want.”

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(Cont. From Page 9) for the school board in my town” of Swarthmore, she recalls. “I was perturbed, shall we say, at a school construction project at the school my kids were attending. I wasn’t planning to run for Congress, but after the 2016 election, there was this cascade of issues – civil rights issues, voting rights issues, immigration issues – I didn’t want to play defense anymore.” Despite the continuing impeachment saga and its related constitutional crises taking up a significant por-

tion of her time, Scanlon continues to hew to a legislative agenda that echoes her commitment to the priorities of both her and her constituents, including a continuing focus on pushing the Senate to take up background check legislation passed by the House, easing the burden of paying for higher education – Pennsylvania has the highest incidence of student loans in the country – and defending the Affordable Care Act from sustained attacks by the Trump administration. Scanlon is already gearing up for the fights ahead, including running for reelection next year and helping her colleagues and fel-

low candidates in the state into office. “What was distinctive about the class I came in with was there were a lot of people who felt called to service, people not necessarily involved in politics but who were active in their communities like me,” she says. “It’s an interesting hearkening back to what the founders believed we would have, which is that the House is the people’s House, with people coming together from all over the country and bringing their diverse talents and interests. I’m hopeful we can keep that civic level engagement up. We can’t be complacent about our government.”

well is out in her district most nights of every month in the year, listening to her constituents. She takes few vacations. The councilwoman has been a recipient of numerous awards – “Every week I get one,” she said with aplomb. Working across the aisle is a core of Blackwell’s philosophy. Even in a town as Democratic as Philadelphia, she has worked well with its lone Republican District Councilman Brian O’Neill (10th District) on a Section 8 housing issue. “As long

as you respect one another, you can get good work done,” she said. But there are millions of stories in a big city like Philadelphia. “Experience teaches you that people have different ideas in different communities,” Blackwell stressed. Her successful political career has been dedicated to knitting her West Philly constituency together with the power and the promise of the city as a whole, “to move neighborhoods forward together.” Her union credentials are impeccable. Her husband

Lucien began his career at the port as a leader of International Longshoremen’s Union Local 1291. Blackwell rates her biggest success as pushing through a minority set-aside program whereby the City, the School District and the unions have committed to a 50%-minority recruitment for young trainees. Blackwell will cede her seat to newcomer Jamie Gauthier in 2019. “I am grateful to have served for 45 years,” Blackwell said. “It is a blessing, which God has allowed me.”

15,000 participants coming to Fairmount Park to enjoy the holiday festivities. “The holidays are a great way to promote unity in the community – that’s why I started it,” Suswell explains. “I’m proud that I’ve been able to accomplish the things I have for the community. Growing up, it wasn’t a common thing to be an African American Muslim – I love to see the community flourish.” The Southwest Philadelphia native, who also serves in a leadership capacity on a number of nonprofit boards, including as the first Muslim woman to serve

on the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, the Council for Advancement of Muslim Professionals, and the CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Committee, is hoping that her latest venture will also serve the city’s burgeoning Muslim population. She recently started a second for-profit company, Halal Meals Resource, Inc., to provide meals that are in accord with Islamic dietary restrictions. And about that fateful decision to stay in Philadelphia – it worked out for her daughter, Laila, as well – she recently joined her mother’s company in a full-time capacity.


Salima Suswell (Cont. From Page 8) running point for the inception and execution of the annual City Hall Iftar Dinner, she was instrumental in getting the School District of Philadelphia and some charter schools to recognize the two Eid holidays on the calendar, and, in her biggest success to date, creating the Philadelphia Eid in the Park Festival, which held its inaugural celebration earlier this year, with more than

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(Cont. From Page 10) single mother with two teenage boys didn’t know

how she would survive. “But I have always lived my life by taking risks – and been successful at it,” she said. “Not making money was something I was used to from child-

hood.” McLaughlin won the Democratic Party nomination and was elected in 2011, serving on Common Pleas Court. It was a major career change.

“It is very different from being a litigator,” she said. “Now I was the decision-maker. It is an awesome responsibility. Sometimes when you come home, you lose

sleep over it.” She remarried, to former City Controller Jonathan Saidel. In 2017, she took another plunge and ran statewide for Superior Court. McLaughlin set as her goal visiting all 67 counties, driving as far as Wilkes-Barre after court on weekdays and hitting more-distant places on weekends. “I would be hearing cases from all across the commonwealth, so I had a duty to see all these places and get a sense of their circumstances, which can be very different from Philadelphia,” she affirmed. McLaughlin’s personal touch carried the day on Election Day. She came in

first in a field of nine, doing well everywhere. As Superior Court judge, McLaughlin is no soloist. She works in panels, usually of three colleagues – mostly in Philadelphia but frequently appearing around the state. A panel is expected to decide on 45 cases a day; then each judge must write 15 of its opinions. “There’s no Republican and no Democrat business,” McLaughlin said. “We discuss heatedly but also listen. Then we go out to dinner with each other.” McLaughlin ardently defends the system of electing judges. “Those are people’s lives that we decide,” she said. “They should have a say.”

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(Cont. From Page 8) example, in just the near future, she will make sure that iHeartMedia stations will produce live broadcasts from the Lupus Loop, the Kidney Walk, the March of Dimes and the AIDS Walk. That last event has a special significance for Morrill: She has been covering the disease and its effect on patients, loved ones and the surrounding community since the first rumblings of an epidemic were felt back in the early 1980s. “When I came to Philadelphia, I would venture to say I was one of the first people to begin doing stories on HIV and AIDS around 1983,” she recalls. That kind of commitment to the issues that make up – and can sometimes tear at – the social fabric hasn’t gone unnoticed. In Morrill’s office, a five-tiered shelf fairly

groans under the weight of awards and honors presented to her good works – “And there are more at home!” she exclaims – including her favorite, a small plaque declaring her ActionAIDS’ “Favorite Straight Person” for 2012. Morrill is a rarity in an industry notorious for short tenures, but her longevity has given her ample opportunity to assess the state of American media – and she is cautiously optimistic, despite the current climate. “I grew up when Uncle Walter would deliver the news,” she remembers. “Now, there are so many different platforms and avenues for information, we are still trying to navigate that. I’m inspired by the depth and variety of information that’s out there. We just need to be more educated and more discerning – what is true and what is not true.”

actions. The Philadelphia political legend inspired Brown-Sow to get involved and, at age 13, she managed her first campaign office – the first stop in a career that has seen her run all of Hardy Williams’s campaigns and those of politicians ranging from Dave Richardson, Wilson Goode, Ed Rendell and Michael Nutter. She even ran the first campaign of hardy Williams’s son, Anthony Hardy Williams. She has also worked in city government, managing the transition teams for both Mayors Rendell and Nutter, and served as deputy mayor of administration

for Mayor Rendell’s first administration. Today, while BrownSow takes evident pride and satisfaction in all of her good works, she holds a special place for Women of Destiny, which she launched nine years ago with a group of like-minded friends. “We were talking one day and realized; When we leave these jobs, who is taking them?” she says of the mentorship program. “My role is to open the door for younger women and to make sure they have a seat at the table – and help them understand what the table is.”



(Cont. From Page 11) The drive to participate in and contribute to the betterment of the city and its citizens has been part of Brown-Sow’s makeup since she was a girl in West Philadelphia. In addition to growing up in a household with a policeman father who went on to become one of the founders of the Philadelphia Guardian Civic League and a mother who rose through the ranks to help create the first home ownership program at the Philadelphia Housing Authority, BrownSow saw the difference that family friend Hardy Williams made through his

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THE CHAMBER of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia makes an annual trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with lawmakers and advocate for policies that will help the local and regional economy. Last week, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey gave them an update on his work in the Senate, including expanding background checks to all commercial sales of firearms. He also spoke about efforts to reform trade policy so that American businesses can sell to new foreign markets and American consumers who buy from overseas aren’t punished with high tariffs.

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BY JOE SHAHEELI wo Philadelphians were among four working the Democratic State Committee get-together, looking to run for State Auditor General in 2020. That post’s current occupant, Eugene DePasquale, is term-limited and running for Congress. Former City Controller Alan Butkovitz and former Deputy Mayor Nina Ahmad have been giving the race serious attention. Also pumping hands were Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb and former Lancaster County congressional candidate Christina Hartman. Butkovitz’s qualifications are impeccable and he would command the loyalty of City

Since Philadelphia has a high poverty rate (around 25%), that could win him a strong talking point should he decide to run for mayor that year, to succeed Jim Kenney. “We charge people in poverty the highest levels of taxation… and it’s all coming from City wage tax,” Domb said. “They can’t put food on the table.” The amount at stake could run to $43 million. Poor families might get a check of up to $1,700. Given the City’s current fiscal health, that number looks affordable now. It didn’t, though, when Councilman David Cohen got a similar measure passed in 2004. After his death, City money managers stalled implementation and finally saw to its repeal. This time around, the fate of Domb’s proposal may lie in the hands of fellow Council members who, like him, are considering a mayoralty in their future. There are several. Should they get behind it,

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Committee. Ahmad would make a strong appeal to the rising progressive faction and might cash in on the “Year of the Woman” mood. But a harsh reality of statewide politics is that when two Philadelphians compete, they split the Philadelphia vote, clearing a path for a single Midstate or Southwestern candidate. These regions unite behind their own. In a four-way race, then, we would put our money on Lamb. If the two Philadelphians got together and flipped a coin for one to drop out, then our city would stand a better chance of electing one of our own. But Ahmad and Butkovitz are both political animals, so that seems, even though wise, unlikely.


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EVERYDAY PEOPLE BY DENISE CLAY he theme for this week’s edition of “Everyday People” is Ladies First. By the time you get to read this today, the folks here at the Public Record will be putting the finishing touches on the Leading the Way 2019 event, which will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Joint Board, 22 S. 22nd Street. Emceed by State Rep. Joanna McClinton, this event will honor a group of women from the political and


uses of social media, networking, and, at the end of the day, libations courtesy of the folks at Fine Wine & Good Spirits. (Personally, the wine and spirits networking session is one of my favorite parts of the conference. In addition to getting into some really great conversations with a lot of high-powered women over a variety of cocktails, I also get some great ideas for my annual Holiday Dinner and alcohol pairings columns. The wines are especially helpful.) This year’s keynote speakers included Jesmyn Ward, the author of this year’s “One Book, One Philadelphia” selection, Sing, Unburied, Sing, Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, and Ava DuVernay, director of the Emmy-award winning Netflix mini-series, “When They See Us”, a movie about the Central Park Five, a group of young men of color accused of a (Cont. Page 23)

BY JOE SHAY STIVALA don’t know about you, but I am SO WEARY of all the jabber on the so-called “improper” purchase of the new voting machines. Now we have the CITY CONTROLLER audit whose sad timing arrived with the GOOD NEWS that the new voting machines have expedited the demise of non-handicap-accessible voting places. The new machines sit on wheels so that they must be rolled into a polling place at street level or by ramp. They appear to be the size of the old Jamestown Machine, which was




ormer City Controller and mayoral candidate ALAN BUTKOVITZ has indicated that he’s interested in running for State auditor general. One of the most-anonymous jobs in State politics is auditor general. The case in point is EUGENE DePASQUALE. He held a job for eight years and most people would still ask: Who? But Butkovitz was in office for a number of years and he probably can’t take life without it At one time the 54th Ward leader had a close

who PUT PHILLY DOWN 17 - stop researching what it means to be poor – or writing about it! HELP those in need! They CANNOT EAT research or newsprint! A reporter wrote that Councilwoman Maria QUIÑONES-SÁNCHEZ has asked Councilman Bobby HENON to step down. It went on to say that Sánchez is the FIRST member to call for it. I was not aware of any others? Would the story be thought to encourage others? It might help Sanchez fundraising to make the call (?). Hmm. And opinion in the media said that there was no gain having Philly police live in the city. What are their cigarettes? Brett MANDEL has published a treatise on CORRUPTION. The work clearly explains the true meaning of a word that is bandied about so much, that it lost meaning. Editorials use it freely. It is (Cont. Page 19)

relationship with Local 98. That association seems to have grown cooler after the first JIM KENNEY run for mayor. Butkovitz’s main problem against Kenney was that he couldn’t come anywhere near matching Kenney in funding. Campaigns are entrepreneurial ventures for the most part. It’s about raising capital and demonstrating to other investors that one is formidable. In other words, it takes money to make money. Sometimes candidates just show up with funding. That was the case with Kenney, who had powerful forces of labor behind him. Once Kenney had a bankroll in his corner, it was easy to raise money. Very few candidates for public office are naturally good fundraisers. And those that are have strong personalities, like ED RENDELL. Who the heck wants to call people and beg for money all day long? But that’s often what it takes. BOB

BRADY was one of the key people at the JOE BIDEN fundraiser in Center City. Rendell was there and most accounts describe him as looking unhealthy. He is another one of those politicians who just can’t take being out of office. Chester County STATE SEN. ANDY DINNIMAN showed guts in taking on the natural-gas industry with the Mariner One pipeline. The pipeline runs right through residential areas in Chester County. The current administration in Harrisburg has been playing patty-cake with the gas industry. It’s been a wink-andnod affair. The neighbors and the majority of Chester County residents object to the pipeline but so far the only elected leader that has stood up has been Dinniman. But a recent court decision found Dinniman did not have standing to sue the owners of the pipeline. Highly respected 58th (Cont. Page 19)


non-profit worlds, including Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Lynette BrownSow of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, Deborah Freedman of Community Legal Services, the Honorable Maria McLaughlin, iHeart Media’s Loraine Ballard Merrill, PIDC’s Anne Bovaird Nevins, spArc’s Laura Princiotta, Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon, Scout LTD’s Lindsey Scannapieco and Salina Suswell of Evolve Solutions. Tickets are $40 in advance, and $50 at the door. If you don’t want to pay the extra $10, go to https:// On Wednesday, I spent the day at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women. The two-day conference includes a workplace summit (that happened on Tuesday) and a bunch of professional and personal development sessions on everything ranging from leadership and branding to the best


also on wheels. So while the City Controller audit will make Rebecca RHYNHART famous for 15 minutes, Philadelphia is a city which has evermore ELIMINATED voting difficulty for handicapped. To that I say all hail City Commissioners Lisa DEELEY and Al SCHMIDT – a bipartisan partnership for progress! I am also tired of reading that Philly is the poorest city in America. The recent GOOD NEWS that a U.S. Census error means that 15,000 LESS of our citizens live in poverty was welcomed! I GOOGLED for the poorest city. CBS News page said it is Detroit, Mich. The richest: Mission, Tex. Time magazine gave it to Milwaukee and Philly Gazette says Homedale, Idaho. Wikipedia gives it to Indian reservations. I Googled cities over 500,000 in population recently and found that Philly and Milwaukee were third. To those

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ast Thursday, COUNCILWOMAN MARIA QUIÑONES-SÁNCHEZ (7th District) became the first member of City Council to call on COUNCILMAN BOBBY HENON (6th District) to step down in light of the federal corruption case against him and other officials at the Electricians’ Union. She is not the first politician to call for him to step down. Actually, she is the fourth, and that is a pathetic statement about our city. Where are the other Democrats on Council?

committee assignments. Democrats in Harrisburg have tried to remove Democrat STATE SEN. DAYLIN LEACH from the legislature without sufficient legal evidence against sexual misconduct allegations. Quiñones-Sánchez said she believes that it’s up to voters to decide whether he is on Council. Henon won the Democratic primary in May without opposition. Why did no one challenge him the primary? Are they waiting for him to be convicted and not have to deal with the wrath of the unions still backing Henon? While this is a heavily Democratic district, it is one that I believe could vote for the right Republican in the right circumstance. Pete Smith is well known in the area as the former head of the Tacony Civic Association. The federal indictment documents outlines Henon’s alleged criminal acts. (Cont. Page 23)

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City Council at-large candidate MATT WOLFE was the first politician to ask for Henon to resign or at least for his fellow Democrats on City Council remove him from Democrat leadership. Republican candidate for District Council PETE SMITH (Henon’s district) has hammered the questions about Henon’s behavior. Another Democrat was also critical of Henon when he considered running in the primary against Henon, but has been silent on the topic after he decided not to primary Henon. Where are the rest of the Council candidates? Yes, I know that one is innocent until proven guilty, but the allegations and the publicly available evidence against Henon are pretty detailed. When CONGRESSMAN CHAKA FATTAH was indicted but not yet convicted, his fellow Congressmen (in concert with his fellow Democrats) stripped him of his

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esterday was the second day of October. You could be forgiven for checking your calendar upon reading the forecast or walking outside. In a depressingly, increasingly familiar case of climate déjà vu, it was another temperature broken record: 92 degrees Fahrenheit. Despite the GOP majority in the General Assembly, President Trump and an embarrassingly large number of fellow GOP trough-feeders continuing to spin that global warming is nothing to

centives for new construction to become LEED-certified as practitioners of sustainable, energy-efficient development. Even PECO has gotten into the act, via programs like its trade-in program giving customers $75 for getting rid of their old energy-hog appliances. But it’s not enough. We need our government and corporations to step up – and step up now. There is no Planet B. In memoriam: We, along with all who were blessed enough to have met him, mourn the loss of George Chavanne. A truly one-of-akind part of the city’s publishing landscape, George knew more about what was going on in Philadelphia – and where to eat while talking about it – than just about anyone else. He will be missed.

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worry about – and based on their average age and income bracket, for them, they are telling the truth, since most of them can afford air conditioning and will be dead long before the truly bad times arrive – well, take a look at the thermometer. Philadelphia is on the front lines of this crisis. A densely populated city like Philadelphia, with too few cooling trees and too many heat-creating factors like traffic, industry, and air conditioners, will experience the ill effects of global warming more quickly and more severely than smaller cities and towns. There have been positive steps forward, to be sure: a commitment to putting more electric vehicles on the road, both in the city fleet and by SEPTA; the well-received Solarize Philly program; and in-

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was reading “City Hall Sam” (Sept. 26) and read about Woman from the Northeast part of Philly. Strong woman candidates and elected woman: Sen. Tartaglione, State Rep. Martina White, Councilwoman Krajewski, State Rep. Fran Weston, Commissioner Marge Tartaglione. Very nice! But! I guess two other N.E. women were forgotten: Commissioner Lisa Deeley and Philadelphia’s first female sheriff (me). Barbara Deeley

s a proud member of the community, this letter brings me, retirees and some members of the Guardian Civic League deep concern in the way news is covered and reflected within African American leadership in the City of Philadelphia. Former Guardian Civic League President and former Sheriff John Green pled guilty to charges that were presented during his time leading the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office. In a court of law, Green mentioned that he was destitute. Due to this fact, I chaired and hosted the effort alongside past presidents Jimmy Ghee, William Blackman and some of the retirees of the Guardian Civic League. I went to Rochelle Bilal with a heavy heart, asking her to allow the retirees of the membership to host and fundraise for John, knowing (Cont. Page 22)

MARK your CALENDAR Oct. 3- State Sen. Christine Tartaglione hosts Senior Expo at Lawncrest Rec, 6000 Rising Sun Ave., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For info: (215) 533-0440 or (215) 29104653 (Spanish). Oct. 3- Asian American Chamber of Commerce hosts Awards Banquet at Sheraton Univ. City Hotel, 3549 Chestnut St., Cocktails 5 p.m., Dinner & Awards 6-9 p.m. Keynoter: Daniel Hilferty. For info: Oct. 3- Phila. Public Record hosts “Leading the Way 2019” at Phila. Joint Bd., 22

NAZARETH HOSPITAL revealed its recently renovated intensive-care unit during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. During the ceremony, Nazareth Hospital representatives were joined by State Sen. John P. Sabatina Jr. and former Lt. Gov. Mike Stack. Nazareth received $1.6 million from the Commonwealth to help fund operations over a five-year period of time. Sabatina presented a Pennsylvania state flag to Nazareth President Dr. Michael Magro, who said, “By upgrading not only the unit’s infrastructure and medical equipment, but also the unit’s appearance, we will be able to better care for our community by providing a space conducive to healing.” L-R, Dr. Magro, Catherine Cardillo of Trinity Health, Stack and Sabatina.

S. 22nd St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Honoring 10 leading women. Cocktails, Hors d’Oeuvres & Awards. Tickets $40 in advance, $50 at door, 10 for $350. Ticket website: For info: Melissa Barrett (215) 7552000, ext. 5. Oct. 3- State Sen. Anthony Williams hosts Healthy Awareness Season Zumba at R. Allen Prep Charter Sch., 2601 S. 58th St., 6 p.m. For info: Kevin Fassett (215) 492-2980. Oct. 4- St. Casimir Ch. hosts “Fall into Bingo” at EOM Athletic Ass’n, 144 Moore St., 6 p.m. Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 at door. 10 rounds of Bingo, wine & cheese, desserts, coffee. Lap Game Prize: $100; Coverall Prize: $500 + gift basket. For info: Liz Aros (215) 465-3440. Oct. 5- Philly Indigenous Peoples Day Festival is hosted at Belmont Plateau, open 11:30 a.m., Grand Entry at 1 p.m. Native American dancers, mu-

sicians, story-telling and family activities. Bring a chair or blanket. Vendors: Vanessa (267) 601-1528 or (215) 391-5783. Oct. 5- State Sen. John Sabatina hosts Fall Picnic at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd., 12-4 p.m. Family Friendly, children welcome free! Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at door. Payable to “Committee to Re-Elect John Sabatina Jr.,” 121 S. Broad St., 4th fl., Phila., PA 19107. Sponsorships available. For info: (267) 534-3450. Oct. 5- State Rep. Donna Bullockhosts Girard Ave. St. Festival at 2600-2800 Girard Ave., 12-6 p.m.Live music, vendors, community oprganizations, government services. For info: Brandie Kessler (717) 787-7895. Oct. 7- State Sen. Anthony Williams hosts New Voting System Demonstration at S.W. Comm. Development Corp., 6328 Paschall Ave., 4-7 p.m. For info:

(215) 729-0804. Oct. 7- State Sen. Anthony Williams hosts Healthy Awareness Season Personal Training at Kingsessing Rec, 4901 Kingsessing Ave., 7 p.m. For info: Ethel Waters (215) 4922980 or Ethel.Waters@ Oct. 8- State Sen. Anthony Williams hosts Healthy Awareness Season Line Dancing with Chris Blues at Universal Audenreid Charter H.S., 33012 Tasker St., 6 & 7 p.m. For info: Ethel Waters (215) 4922980 or Ethel.Waters@ Oct. 9- State Sen. Anthony Williams hosts New Voting System Demonstration at Global Leadership Acad., 52nd & Pine Sts., 1-4 p.m. For info: (215) 729-0804. Oct. 10- State Sen. Christine Tartaglione hosts Senior Expo at Mayfair Com. Ctr., 2990 St. Vincent St., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For info: (215) 533-0440 or (215) 2910-4653 (Spanish). (Cont. Page 23)


(Cont. From Page 17) Ward Democratic COMMITTEEMAN TOMMY JOHNSON departed for City Committee in the sky. Tommy was a kind and generous person who sported a cowboy hat most of the time ... an ode to his upbringing in Texas. He attended many Demo-

cratic fundraisers and was a smiling face at his polling location consistently. Tommy used to brag that he had received last rites three times. He continued to work his polling place and get votes for Democrats for years and was called home at the age of 88. Tommy will be missed. A true gentleman and great Democrat.

the history of our city – all SADLY IN STORAGE. The City wants to give it to Drexel University, while City Hall is largely vacant. The former Family Court at 1801 Vine Street was to be a home for many small city struggling museums. It lies vacant. The long-running Ukraine-Whistleblower scandal “cake” has Rudy

GIULIANI as topping. He exhausts me. “SLIPPERY EEL” are words that come to mind when I think of him. ALL HAIL Kathy SCOTT, whose slate took over the AFSCME leadership of the city’s largest municipal union! You under-estimated her if you think she was in retirement. Top people like Mike BONNETTI are

already at work. Will Judy 19 HOOVER return? The old Jamestown voting machine listed candidates left to right. Two Jewish men sought re-election, but were dead LAST on the horizontal ballot. They won by getting Jewish voters to vote as in HEBREW – from right to left! L’SHANA TOVA! T HE P UB L I C R E CO R D

many travails of Sherrie COHEN, you have to conclude that she is made of hardy stock, and her desire to SERVE is great! As in the old Ford commercial – there is a COHEN in your future! The recent story on the bell from the old Stetson Hat factory indicated that the now closed City Museum has 130,000 artifacts on

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(Cont. From Page 17) offered at parties, seminars and groups where like-thinkers share it with like-thinkers. Of course, Real corruption can be found in third-world countries. Use of the word is not often accompanied by evidence. So Brett’s work is WELCOMED! A City WARD LEADER gets my congrats: Peter McDERMOTT -- three years with the Philly School District. And former Ward Leader Marcia WILCOF for 10 years at Jefferson School of Population Health! Hats off to Aleida GARCIA for 14 years at Jefferson Health! Also: Joseph SLOBODZIAN after 14 years at Temple University. Phil MIGLIARESE with 19 years at his Sporting Club! Father Christopher WALSH completed a year at Bishop McDevitt. Dan COLINS now has 15 years with the School District. And Kimberly MALLATRATT with 16 years at KDM Marketing! I met Carmen CABRERA years ago when her sons served in our Navy Cadet unit. Later, I served with them in the Army. You could tell a lot about her by

her children. She moved from Philly to Bayamón, P.R., and then to Orlando to be with her son, REY. Carmen has now made her final move to Heaven where we will meet her again one day, before God. A SUPER night was the Fundraiser Gala of the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces! They raised about $537k last year. A great team of Dr. Zeff LASSINGER, Carl DAVID and Scott SIGMAN, Esq. were on hand. Judge Teresa CARR DENI’S book: YOUR GRANDFATHER WENT TO WAR, follows her dad through World War II. I have read many books that included letters by the soldier and sailor. This writing does not stop there, and covers the war and life growing up in Tacony between the Carr and Deni families. Regent Press published it. It is fun to read. The news feature on plans to develop a city center in the Navy Yard puts the town center alongside the famed Chapel of FOUR CHAPLAINS. There are at least four seven-story warehouses for condo conversion as soon as the market can absorb them. If you have followed the

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Oh Backers SEIU Talks Office Strike Pack Club SEIU led a noisy march through Center City as it threatened a strike by office cleaners. Photos by Wendell Douglas

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SUPPORTERS of Councilman David Oh’s re-election campaign turned out in number at the Racquet Club in Center City. Joining Oh, L, were Fernando Torres and singer Harrianned Chaurel, who performed at the affair. Photos by Wendell Douglas

STATE REP. Chris Rabb took a selfie with SEIU leader Gabe Richards.

MAYOR Jim Kenney came out to support the union.

STATE REP. Elizabeth Fiedler began to stoke her campaign chest with a fundraiser at Brigantessa on E. Passyunk. In attendance were David Mercer, C, and Dan Muroff. Photo by Wendell Douglas

DOMINIQUE BERNARDO, R, CEO of Variety – the Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley, honored Laborers’ Local 332 Business Manager Sam Staten, Jr., shown here with his wife Toni, for his trail-blazing efforts to create productive jobs for the intellectually disabled.

Fiedler Fuels up Staten Honored

L-R WERE Eric Hayes, Corinthia Johnson, Betty Thompson and Tom Shoener.

CYDNEY CRIMMINS was flanked by son Peter, Jr. and husband Peter, Sr.

Cohen Campaigns Carpenters for Moore

ERNESTINE BISTRO shared a moment with municipal-civics expert Tommy Massaro.

SHERRIE COHEN pursued her appeal to get on the November councilmanic ballot as an independent all the way to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Her supporters held a fundraiser for her last week at the Toasted Walnut in Center City. Photo by Wendell Douglas

10TH DISTRICT councilmanic candidate Judy Moore picked up the coveted endorsement of the Keystone Mountain Lakes United Council of Carpenters. L-R, Mungu Sanche, Mike Hand, Moore, William Sproule, Michael Campbell and James Hocker.

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o! Here we go again with this story about the Hills – Bob and his new wife Betty – who were vacationing in Europe, near Transylvania. They were driving in a rental car along a rather-deserted highway. It was late and raining very hard. Bob could barely see the road in front of the car. Suddenly, the car skids out of control, swerves and smashes into a tree. Moments later, Bob shakes his head to clear the fog. Dazed, he looks over at the passenger seat and sees his wife unconscious, with her head bleeding! Despite the rain and unfamiliar countryside, Bob knows he has to get her medical assistance.

on an adjoining table. After a brief examination, Igor’s master looks worried. “Things are serious, Igor. Prepare a transfusion.” Igor and his master work feverishly, but to no avail. Bob and Betty Hill are no more. The Hills’ deaths upset Igor’s master greatly. Wearily, he climbs the steps to his conservatory, which houses his grand piano. For it is here that he has always found solace. He begins to play, and a stirring, almost haunting melody fills the house. Meanwhile, Igor is still in the lab tidying up. His eyes catch movement, and he notices the fingers on Betty’s hand twitch, keeping time to the haunting piano music. Stunned, he watches as Bob’s arm begins to rise, marking the beat! He is further amazed as Betty and Bob both sit up straight! Unable to contain himself, he dashes up the stairs to the conservatory. He bursts in and shouts to his master: “Master, Master! The Hills are alive, with the sound of music.” I am so sorry ... but you really should’ve seen that one coming.


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Bob carefully picks his wife up and begins trudging down the road. After a short while, he sees a light coming from a large, old house. He approaches the door and knocks. A minute passes. A small, hunched man opens the door. Bob immediately blurts, “Hello, my name is Bob Hill, and this is my wife Betty. We’ve been in a terrible accident, and my wife has been seriously hurt. Can I please use your phone?” “I’m sorry,” replied the hunchback, “but we don’t have a phone. My master is a doctor; come in, and I will get him!” Bob brings his wife in. An older man comes down the stairs. “I’m afraid my assistant may have misled you. I am not a medical doctor; I am a scientist. However, it is many miles to the nearest clinic, and I have had a basic medical training. I will see what I can do. Igor, bring them down to the laboratory.” With that, Igor picks up Betty and carries her downstairs, with Bob following closely. Igor places Betty on a table in the lab. Bob collapses from exhaustion and his own injuries, so Igor places Bob

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Letter in Defense of Rochelle Bilal

(Cont. From Page 18) at the age of 72 years old his family would suffer through this process. Knowing the kind of woman Bilal is – forgiving, compassionate and ethical – I asked her help to allow us to conduct this function at the Guardian Civic League, not knowing the crucial implications that would arise because of who she is and what office she is seeking. ‘The “Philly Clout” is described on Twitter as “people, power and politics. You know stuff. We want to hear about it” is an example of what readers regard as questionable reporting of the fats and his so called political “intelligence”. On Sept. 20, Chris Brennan wrote a scathing article about the current president of the Guardian Civic League, Rochelle Bilal and her comparison to former

president of the Guardian Civic League, John Green. In this piece entitled “Philly’s next sheriff is throwing a party for a former sheriff before he goes to prison,” Brennan indicated untruths and a blatant disregard for the truth that need to be immediately corrected For example, in the article he stated, “She will follow the quaint city custom of throwing a party for a corrupt politician headed to federal prison. She’s asking for “generous donations.” False. Bilal at no point verbally or in social media post ask the public to provide generous donations. What she did was take our flyer and post it on her personal Facebook page and not of the active organization Facebook page. Because Bilal did not respond to Brennan in the

fashion he deemed fit, he then decided to use her personal Facebook posts to act as if it’s “her voice” on this particular issue to provide the public with a distorted point-of-view for the next incoming Democratic nominee, first elected African American woman to govern the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office. Moreover, Brennan’s approved print article posted inside the Philadelphia Daily News on Sept. 20 had an even more-stunning review of Brennan’s insight , this time with a new header, “Little going-away party, from one sheriff to another,” featured with a 1/4-page photo of Bilal and Green side by side. The personal attacks on Rochelle Bilal, especially for someone who stands for change and prosperity for all, is not only unsettling

but disparaging. Lastly, when the fundraiser was held to help support Green’s family on Sept. 21, another reporter wrote a piece, Rob Tornoe. Upon his arrival, he indicated he was there to cover the fundraiser. Shockingly, as a reader of his previous work; he covers sports, so seeing him at a political event was perplexing, to say the least. Nonetheless, upon his arrival, we gave him a printed program of Green that indicated his accomplishments and why we, the retirees of the Guardian Civic League, were saluting him for his previous community impact. When I read his digital piece, “Donations welcome at a salute to Philly ex-sheriff – before he goes to prison,” where there was no mention of the program submitted to him to correct the record that Bilal

hosted, championed and pretty much promoted the event on the Guardian Civic League behalf – I was again shocked and disappointed. This letter is to provide an in-depth contextual review of the narrative being individually created by your staff writers to provoke the public to do what they’ve elected not to do on May 21, 2019 which is, get rid of the sheriff’s office. This issue of presumptuous corruption goes be-

yond the initial damage it has already caused Bilal as the current president of the Guardian Civic League and as an elected Democratic nominee for Philadelphia sheriff. It has ruined the initial hope for many of the 66,000-plus voters who elected her on May 2019 and to her family. Harold James Retired State Representative and Guardian Civic League member

PUBLIC NOTICE DECREE NISI – Phila. Orphans’ Court O.C. No. 454 DE of 2008/Control No. 194101, Estate of Norman J. Ewing: Notice is hereby given that on 9/20/19, it was decreed nisi that title to the property located at 6360 Torresdale Ave, Phila. PA 19135 is in the name of Dawn Ewing-Ferry, Executrix. If no exceptions to decree are filed within three months, the decree shall be confirmed absolutely. By the Court, John W. Herron, J. Karen Conn Mavros, Esquire

Come Celebrate! 2019 PUBLIC SERVANT OF THE YEAR Councilmember

Cherelle Parker

The Philadelphia Public Record is pleased to honor Philadelphia City Councilmember Cherelle Parker as the 2019 Public Servant of the Year.

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Councilmember Parker has proudly served the Ninth Council District in Philadelphia since being elected in 2015. Before that, she made history by becoming the youngest African American woman to ever be elected to the state House, where she also served as chair of the Philadelphia delegation. Known as a passionate, results-oriented coalition-builder, Councilmember Parker has focused on championing policies to help the working class, senior citizens, women, children, and families alike. She has fought vigorously to address home preservation, neighborhood stabilization, job creation, economic development and equitable schools. As one of the most effective advocates for Philadelphians and the City of Philadelphia in office today, Councilmember Parker is an inspiration both for what she has achieved thus far and what she aspires to achieve in the future. Please join us for a premium open bar, hors d’oeuvres and dinner Thursday, November 21st, 2019 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Galdo’s, 20th & Moyamensing Avenue, Philadelphia Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door or tables of 10 for $450 Buy Tickets online: Please join us in honoring her accomplishments by purchasing a congratulatory ad in the Public Servant of The Year Special Issue.

Please send your ad to or call Melissa Barrett, 215-755-2000 Ext. 5 21 S. 11th Street, Suite 205 • Philadelphia PA 19107 Please make checks payable to the Public Record Newspaper

On October 10th, 2019, we will honor Philadelphia’s Italian-American Community

Please join us in saluting their contributions to our fair city! Please send your ad to or call Melissa Barrett, 215-755-2000 Ext. 5 21 S. 11th Street, Suite 205 • Philadelphia PA 19107 Please make checks payable to the Public Record Newspaper

MARK your CALENDAR (Cont. From Page 18) Oct. 10- State Rep. Joanna McClinton is hosted Cocktail Reception at Bellevue Strategies, 200 S. Broad St., Su. 410, 5:307 p.m. Contribution levels: Sponsor $1,000, Patron $500, Friend $250. Payable to “Friends of Joanna McClinton,” P.O. Box 16668, Phila., PA 19139. For info: Derek Smock (215) 353-7463 or Oct. 10- State Sen. Anthony Williams hosts Healthy Awareness Season Zumba at R. Allen Prep Charter Sch., 2601 S. 58th St., 6 p.m. For info: Ethel Waters (215) 492-2980 or Oct. 11- NAACP Phila. hosts Gala Awards Reception at Nat’l Mus. Of


(Cont. From Page 17) rape it took years for them to be exonerated from. It was a pretty good day that included a lot of inspirational words and insight from a bunch of people who know a lot of different things. It was also part of a really good week where women were able to have their moment in the sun.

American Jewish History Ballrm., 4th & Market Sts., Reception 5:30 p.m., Awards 7 p.m. Guest honoree: Julianne Malveaux; honorees Cherelle Parker, Marian Tasco & Sean Parker. Urban Guerilla orchestra, food by Keven Parker. Tickets $150. For info: (215) 455-1011 or www.philadelphianaacp. org. Oct. 11- Keystone Mtn. Lakes Carpenters hosts Scholarship Fund Golf Outing at Harbor Pines G.C., 500 St. Andrews Dr., Egg Harbor, N.J. Golfers $500, Foursomes $2,000. Sponsorships available. For info: Oct. 13- Columbus Day Parade starts at Broad & Morris Sts., 12 m. For info: Steve Lauer (215) 6863458. Oct. 13- 42nd Ward Democratic Committee hosts Night-Out-Cabaret at Concilio Ha., 141 E. Hunting Pk. Ave., 5-9 p.m., DJ, rock music. Tickets $20, candidates $100. BYOB & food, $3 setups. For info: Rochelle Arrington (267) 4713621


(Cont. From Page 15) Prudently, Judge McCaffery has formed a “Women for McCaffery” group, touting endorsements by Planned Parenthood and several women Democratic leaders. The group has a Twitter feed: @McCafferyForSuperiorCourt. His communications team is collecting testimonials at Joseph@

Moore Racks up Union Endorsements

Democratic candidate in the 10th Councilmanic District Judy Moore now claims the backing of several key unions. Moore has flipped Philadelphia Firefighters’ & Paramedics’ Local 22, who also had previously supported 40-year incumbent Brian O’Neill. Other union endorsements include SEIU, 1199C and 32BJ, UFCW 1776, AFSCME DC 47, Plumbers Local 690, Boilermakers Local 13, Transport Workers Local 234, and Communications Workers Local 13000. Judy Moore is the Democratic candidate for City Council in the 10th District.

Born in Northeast Philadel- 23 phia, she lives in the neighborhood of Normandy with her kids and her husband, a Philadelphia Police Officer.

Register to Vote– NOW!

To vote in November, make sure to register to do so by this coming Monday. Pennsylvanians have until Monday, Oct. 7 to register to vote. Potential voters have plenty of options to become registered, according to state officials, with the easiest being the use of Pennsylvania’s new online voter-registration system. Be a full citizen!


(Cont. From Page 17) The primary target of the FBI investigation was the BUSINESS MANAGER of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98, JOHN DOUGHERTY. Henon was clearly the second target – and not an insignificant one. The indictment was over 160 pages and included 116 counts of criminal acts. But judge for yourself. Unlike a lot of legal documents, the indictment is entertaining reading and easily understood by the layman. Apparently, the Democrats on City Council are weighing whether to keep Henon on as majority leader after the November election. Why are they waiting until after the election if they are concerned about him retaining his leadership? Quiñones-Sánchez said, “Ultimately the people of the district vote him in. It doesn’t mean that the Council people should vote him into leadership.” Henon’s legal problems have been known for months. Why have they not acted to date? Henon on Thursday said he planned to seek reelection as majority leader. Henon’s only comment to Quiñones-Sánchez’s words was, “I have no reaction to

Maria’s comments.” Losing his leadership position on Council may be the least of Henon’s problems. Blowing off Quiñones-Sánchez may be easy, but he probably will have to explain to the courts what he did for Local 98 for his ongoing salary since taking his seat in City Council. Ultimately, he will have to answer to people who will not be looking at taking away his perks as Democrat Leader on City Council, but people who may be looking to make him a guest of a federal facility (and I am not talking about HUD housing). He might have to explain why he persuaded the Office of Licenses & Inspections to shut down the installation of MRI equipment at Children’s Hospital. CHOP had the nerve to use non-union installers for MRI equipment. CHOP explained that they needed to use the manufacturer’s installment team or jeopardize the warranty. This appeared not to matter to Henon, who then sicced L&I on the hospital. Democrats pretend to be out for the weakest people in our society. I guess the children who missed out for a period of time on the use of these diagnostic tools do not fit into those to be protected.

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