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Campbell Mourned Councilman Curtis Jones was the first to come out and salute the life of his predecessor, Carol Ann Campbell, who passed away yesterday afternoon after illness. He said, “It is a sad day in Philadelphia. A titan has transitioned. She was well respected by friend and foe alike. During her tenure in City Council she was responsible for several important pieces of legislation. “She was an advocate for the less fortunate. She challenged the status quo and had a distinguished career learning her trade from her late father Edgar Campbell. She will be remembered as an advocate for those things she believed in.”
by Tony West The streets of Philadelphia were 350 weapons safer this week, after a program helped their owners prepare for a peaceful Thanksgiving holiday instead. A “Goods for Guns” exchange was held at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church on 54th Street in Wynnefield. The event was sponsored by Congressman Chaka Fattah, Council Members Curtis Jones, Jr. and Blondell Reynolds Brown, Philadelphia Safety Net and the Police Dept. Other gun-exchange projects have involved cash rewards for firearms turned in. This exchange was a little different. Jeffrey Brown of Brown’s
RECOGNIZING his support of trauma and behavioral health programs in Philadelphia, Congressman Robert A. Brady received Making an Impact Award at Temple University Hospital. Award was presented by Impact Services Corp. and Temple University Health System. Here Brady, center, accepts award from Joseph W. “Chip” Marshall, III of TUHS, left, and John MacDonald of Impact Services. Photo by Joe Labolito, Temple University
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Family ShopRite donated a $100 gift certificate to his supermarket chain, just in time for Thanksgiving shopping. That meant 350 families will be able to feast gratefully next week – and thousands of Philadelphians can walk their streets a little more securely. “Some of the items people brought in were junk,” said a spokesman for Hughes, “but the vast majority of the weapons we removed from private possession were capable of serious harm.” All people who turned in guns did so in complete anonymity, with no questions asked. Radio stations 103.9, 107.8 and 100.3 The Beat continuously announced the giveaway, which lasted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Cont. on Page 6)
City’s Capitol Clout Fades by Joe Shaheeli Mayor Michael Nutter had been hoping to get some additional funding from Harrisburg. After this month’s election, that hope will come a little harder. The Republicans picked up two Senate seats, solidifying their majority at 30-20 in that body. Philadelphia’s delegation, all Democrats, must scramble to bring attention to the special needs and interests of their constituents. In the past, Philadelphia’s leverage was often wielded by the Minority Chair of the Appropriations Committee, which, in the hands of the redoubtable State Sen. Vincent Fumo, proved strong enough to win many a concession from his Republican peers. That lever is gone now. With Fumo’s retirement from the Senate, the Minority Appropriations Chair is up for grabs as Senate caucuses fill this and all other leadership roles today. A strong effort is underway by (Cont. on Page 2)
INSPECTING firearms turned in at Goods For Guns program at St. Barbara’s Church, Wynnefield, are State Sen. Vincent Hughes and Police Capt. Photo by Ron Allen Singletary.
Philly’s Women Lawmakers Lead
by R. George Linton State Rep. Rosita Youngblood wasted little time putting together her new team as president of the National Order of Women Legislators. The Northwest Philadelphia politician has tapped two of Philadelphia’s most prominent political leaders to join her when she is formally inaugu-
rated in Florida this week. At a City Hall announcement, Youngblood joined City Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell, who will serve as regional director, and the both saluted State Sen. Shirley M. Kitchen, who will serve as the Pennsylvania state director. (Cont. on Page 2)
NEW National Foundation for Women Legislators' President State Rep. Rosita Youngblood tells reporters why group appointed Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, left, to her committee, at City Hall press conference last week. Youngblood is joined by Blackwell, State Rep. Babette Josephs and Councilman at Large Bill Greenlee.
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Shifting Powers On Hill Youngblood Leads
State Rep. Dwight Evans … Philly’s bulwark (Cont. from Page 1) Philadelphians to retain their traditional control of that position, or at least to throw their weight behind a Philadelphiafriendly candidate. Hometown State Sen. LeAnna Washington is vying with Allegheny Co.’s Jay Acosta for this post. If the city coalition brings enough votes to the table, it will retain this important chair. But we will not soon see another Fumo. That leaves the city’s prospects for additional funding with little muscle and in dismal shape as other budgetstrapped jurisdictions around the state, many in Republican hands, clamor for aid amidst a looming fiscal crisis. The news isn’t much better in the House, even though – or perhaps because – it is now firmly in the control of Democrats. With Philadelphia losing, for the first session in a long time, the crucial Speakership of the lower chamber, it will no longer be so easy to steer legislation toward the city’s concerns.
Now the Anthracite Region is emerging instead as a bastion of leadership in the House. On Tuesday House Democrats in caucus elected State Rep. Keith McCall of Carbon Co. (Jim Thorpe) as incoming Speaker. McCall, who was Majority Whip in 2007-09, has massive seniority in the House. Most recently he chaired the Transportation and Consumer Affairs Committees. The new Majority Leader will be State Rep. Todd Eachus of Hazleton. A rising star in the House, Eachus earned his spurs as Chairman of the House Democratic Campaign Committee, which did well in the late General Election. Democratic losses in the Southwest due to Bonusgate were more than made up for by several strategic wins in Southeastern Pennsylvania, including that of Brendan Boyle in Northeast Philadelphia. Credit goes fairly to Eachus for these victories, in which he showed a deft and sound working relationship with the Southeast. Connections between Southeastern and Northeastern Pennsylvania are traditionally strong, so the city delegation should be easy going to McCall and Eachus for assistance. State Rep. Bill DeWeese of Southwestern Pennsylvania, tarred by the Bonusgate scandal, had been squeezed out of the
Majority Leader Todd Eachus … a rising star Majority Leadership even though he retained his seat in a close election, and threw his alliances behind McCall instead. DeWeese will take over McCall’s post as Majority Whip. Although both were reelected comfortably, neither Speaker Denny O’Brien nor State Rep. John Perzel will wield Republican leadershipduring this term. That makes two fewer Philadelphians on the bridge of the ship of state. The city’s political future in the House is not lost, however. As Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, State Rep. Dwight Evans’ clout only mounts with the passage of time and a larger majority. The “Big Man” has done a stellar job turning up State funds for city projects in the past and he will doubtless continue to do so. He will be rejoined on that Committee by Republican Minority Chair Mario Civera of Delaware Co., ensuring State appropriations with a Southeastern regional twist will get a kind hearing in the New Year.
Scarnati Adds Lt. Gov. Role Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati of Jefferson Co. will be the next Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The swearingin and transition of Scarnati will occur due to the passing of Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll. Under the constitution Scarnati must hold both Lieutenant Governor and State Senate positions at the same time. “While I am proud to serve as the next Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth, my emotions are significantly tempered due to the passing of
Catherine Baker Knoll,” Scarnati said. “She was a champion for working families and a true leader for Pennsylvania. Her presence and commitment will be sorely missed.” Scarnati also said he sees little conflict in being from a different political party than the Governor. In fact, numerous other states currently have Governors and Lt. Governors of differing parties. "On behalf of all Pennsylvania, Midge and I extend heart-felt sympathy to Catherine's family,” said Gov. Ed
Rendell, “as I commemorate in commemorating the passing of one of the strongest, most dedicated public servants in Pennsylvania's history. She will be deeply missed. "Even as she fought cancer in recent months, she remained upbeat and dedicated to serving the Commonwealth," he said. "Catherine was a very passionate and exuberant advocate for many worthy causes. Her passing is a tremendous loss for the many people whose lives she touched."
(Cont. from Page 1) The announcement kicked off the 2008 National Foundation for Women Legislators' Annual Conference. The conference will be held today through Sunday in Sarasota, Fla. Youngblood will lead the oldest and largest women’s legislative membership organization in the country, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. The group works directly with the National Foundation for Women Legislators to provide educational resources and public policy materials to female elected officials at all levels of government from every state. "I am honored the members of the Order and NFWL have entrusted me with the responsibility of leading both organizations throughout this next year," Youngblood said. "I am looking forward to continuing my work with colleagues across the nation to address vital public policy issues, including the need for resources to combat substance abuse, improve schools, increase access to health care and help reenergize local economies through innovative community and State initiatives, including investments in strengthening telecommunications and clean energy development." "Rep. Youngblood is an articulate and impassioned leader," said NFWL president and CEO Robin Read. "In this historic election year, the country has shown we are ready for women’s leadership at all levels of government, be it on the Presidential stage, in State Houses and Senates across the country, or on local school boards and City Councils. "NFWL and the Order work with every level of government to ensure women elected officials have every tool at their disposal to introduce and implement sound and effective public
policy," Read said. "We are looking forward to Rosita’s leadership in the foundation, and I am confident she is going to contribute to making the next year one of the most exciting and productive years that NFWL has seen yet." Youngblood said the NFWL's mission is to provide strategic resources to women leaders for leadership development and effective governance through conferences, seminars, issue education materials, professional and personal relationships, and networking at both the State and Federal levels. Blackwell said she was honored to join Youngblood and Kitchen on the board. Also at the City Hall announcement was State Rep.
Babette Josephs. She was celebrating her own recent appointment after the Women Legislators' Lobby announced her as new state director for the organization. WiLL is a nationwide nonpartisan network of women legislators that works to influence legislation and budgetary policy at the Federal and State levels. One of every three women legislators belongs to WiLL. "I am proud to serve as a WiLL state director, to work with women from all 50 states to amplify our voices, promote leaderships and support an agenda that promotes true homeland security and prosperity for both Pennsylvania and the nation," Josephs said.
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AMONG Clover Club attendees were Judge Brad Moss, Dr. Joseph Toland and Republican City Chairman Vito Canuso.
Unions Host Charity Night Looking for something to do this Thanksgiving weekend? Forget about spending hundreds of dollars at fancy restaurants around town. Come with your partners, or bring the entire family to Finnigan’s Wake Saturday, Nov. 29, for a good live band and a good time … for a bargain price of $25! Union tradesmen will join host Rich Mancini of Mancini Productions to put on a family-style get-together in Northern Liberties. The beefand-beer gala is to raise money for the Veterans Comfort House and for the families of our fallen Fire and Police officers. Fundraiser runs 4-7 p.m. at Finnigan’s Wake. It’ll sport a live band, open bar, good food, and all the trimmings for $25. “It’s a chance for our entire brother and sisters and their families to get together and in return give a little back to our fallen officer and our veterans,” said Mancini. For more info, call Mancini at (610) 505-0842 or Doug Baron at (267) 718-2472.
ENJOYING Clover Club mirth at luncheon were Sean Reilly, Gilbert White and Dan Tancredi.
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HONORING State Rep. Frank Oliver with plaque for tireless support for Berean Institute in Francisville are, from left, Councilman Bill Greenlee; State Sen. Shirley Kitchen; Berean leader Dr. Lorraine Poole-Naranjo; Oliver; and housing activist Nellie Reynolds.
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Firearms Are Turned In For Thanksgiving Feast T H E S E TWO pistols in State Sen. Vinc e n t Hughes’ palm look like toys for dolls. But one is a 36caliber and the other a 22-caliber weapon.
(Cont. from Page 1) Founded last year by Fattah and Hughes as street violence was reaching a crescendo in many neighborhoods, Goods For Guns has turned into a system. The program has been responsible for recovering over 2,300 guns since its inception. Once the guns are turned in, they are logged and melted down. If a gun is found out to have played a part in a crime, it is fully investigated. For some who attended the
exchange, the event was full of poignant personal meaning. Present were members of the family of Police Officer Patrick McDonald, who was slain in North Philadelphia with an illegal firearm while attempting to apprehend a felon. Also witnessing the gun exchange were relatives of Miles Mack, a West Philadelphia adult mentor who was murdered on a Mantua playground when a gunbattle
erupted between teenagers. For these families, as for too many others, there’ll be an empty chair at the table this Thanksgiving – one that can
never be filled. But if other Philadelphians cast their weapons away, even those who mourn will be touched by a blessing.
CHEERING successful gun turn-in are, from left, State Sen. Vincent Hughes, Congressman Chaka Fattah, survivors of playground shooting victim Sandy and Deeon Mack, Councilman Curtis Jones, and community activists Bilal Qayyum and Ray Jones.
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SHADOWBOXER stopped in Fishtown’s 15th Round the other day and saw “Irish” Brian McGinley. The bar filled with boxing memorabilia is owned by Billy Abel, Sr., who boxed professionally in the early 1950s. McGinley was a popular Fishtown Welterweight who thrilled fans at the legendary Blue Horizon in the 1980s. However, Brian wasn‘t reminiscing about his professional boxing career. All he could talk about was the prospect of Tacony’s Joey Dawejko turning professional. Dawejko is a 14-time Amateur Boxing Champion with a 5212 record. Last month he dominated Switzerland’s Ergun Mersin to win Gold at the 2008 Youth World Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico. In 2007, he won the National PAL and Eastern Trials Championships and is considered one of the top amateur boxers in the country. Dawejko was even chosen as one of Hasim Rahman’s sparring partners for his recent fight against James “Lights Out” Toney. SHADOWBOXERS source inside the Rahman training camp said Joey did very well boxing with the former Heavyweight Champion.
Wow! Was the SHADOWBOXER impressed with Joe Calzaghe’s unanimous decision over Roy Jones, Jr. to retain his Ring Magazine Light-Heavyweight Championship this past Saturday at Madison Square Garden! The unbeaten Welsh superstar showed no sign of shell shock, as he was making only his second US appearance and fighting before a boisterous crowd in the Mecca of boxing. Jones started fast, dropping Calzaghe in the first round. But the Welshman weathered the storm and had Jones’ eye gushing blood by round seven. He went on dominate the final rounds. Where each boxer goes from here remains to be seen. The 36-year-old Calzaghe, who improved to 46-0 (32 KOs), could retire and join the exclusive list of unbeaten World Champions. That’s what former World Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis thinks Calzaghe should do, as he told the BBC, “Joe’s beaten everyone and has nothing else to prove.” As for Jones, who moved to 52-5 (38 KOs) and will no doubt be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, his future is uncertain. He’ll turn 40 years old in two months, and said he will go back to Pensacola and talk with his team about his options.
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DROVES of supporters turned out at VA Hospital Fall Fling to raise $8,000 to fund vital volunteer services, led by Mary Badame and Melissa Heinlein of voluntary services committee at Hospital. Volunteers play growing role in service delivery for nation’s veterans.
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Jerry Segal Makes Speedy $ For Magee JERRY SEGAL, right, welcomes fellow patient Penna. Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron Castille to fundraiser for Magee Rehabilitation Hospital held at Simeone Foundation Museum in S.W. Phila.
Buoniconti, Magee Plan Ballpark Event Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis will host the annual Raise a Glass for a Cure event at the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park. The fundraiser is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 20 at 6:00 p.m. It will support spinalcord injury research at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. Those attending the event will be treated to gourmet food stations, tours of Citizens
Bank Park, and silent and live auctions. Scheduled to mingle with event-goers are Philadelphia notables such as Eagles rookie sensation DeSean Jackson, former Eagles Vince “Invincible” Papale and Ike Reese, former Penn State Football Player Adam Taliaferro, the voice of the 76ers Marc Zumoff, the Eagles Cheerleaders, and the mascot of the 2008 World Champion Phillies: the Philly Phanatic.
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SHOWING UP in a good cause to support Magee Rehab are Jerry Segal, left, event’s organizer, and Kerry Pacifico, II of Pacifico Motors.
Yo! Here we go again with this subject: Natural Highs. Think about each of them, one at a time, before going on to the next one. Please make sure you tell all your friends about them. It will make you feel good, especially the thought at the very end. Falling in love / Laughing so hard your face hurts / No lines at the supermarket / A special glance / Getting mail / Taking a drive on a pretty road / Hearing your favorite song on the radio / Lying in bed listening to the rain outside and having no place that you must be / Hot towels fresh out of the dryer / Chocolate milkshake (vanilla or strawberry) / A bubble bath / Giggling / A good conversation. Lying on a warm beach / Finding a $20 bill in your coat from last winter / Laughing at yourself / Looking into their eyes and knowing they love you / Midnight phone calls from a friend that last for hours / Running through lawn sprinklers / Laughing for absolutely no reason at all / Having someone tell you that you’re a special person / Laughing at an inside joke / having friends / really good friends / Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you. Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep / Your first kiss (either the very first or the first with a new partner) / Making new friends or spending time with old ones / Playing with a new puppy / Having someone play with your hair / Sweet dreams / Hot chocolate with little marshmallows / Road trips with friends / Swinging on swings / Making eye contact with a cute stranger / Making chocolate chip cookies, then eating them / Having your friends send you homemade cookies / Holding hands with someone you care about. Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change / Watching the expression on someone’s faces they open a much-desired present from you / Watching the sunrise / Watching the sunset / Getting out of bed every morning and being grateful for another beautiful day / Knowing somebody misses you / Getting a hug from someone you care about deeply / Knowing you’ve done the right thing, no matter what other people think. If you have experienced any of these natural highs, you know how fantastic they make you feel. It is truly amazing. And to be made aware of these small things and the joy that they bring (Cont. Page 14)
We regret the passing of the very fine public servant and longtime Democrat KATHY BAKER KNOLL. She has in the past served with distinction as the Treasurer of the Commonwealth and currently was serving as Lieutenant Governor. She had a warm, outgoing personality and handled every position to which she was elected with a touch of class. The City of Philadelphia and the Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Philadelphia are sustaining a real loss with the retirement of Chief Federal Defender MAUREEN KEARNEY ROWLEY, who has been with the office 24 years, many of them as Chief. The office is highly regarded for the efficiency and competence of its attorneys and its success in meeting its mission. Rowley has been in the forefront in effecting changes in the administration of the Federal Criminal Justice System and for recruiting highlevel attorneys to do the job. It looks like the firm of Elliott Greenleaf is first out of the starting block for celebrating the arrival of the Christmas season. Its annual party will be at the Union League on Dec. 8, beginning at 5:00 p.m. The Brehon Law Society will open the holiday season on Dec. 1 with its annual party downstairs at the Vesper Club, announced JOHN O’MALLEY, who is its President. JUDGE JIMMY LYNNE, past president of the Brehons, is contemplating a run for one of the Appellate Court openings next year. He appears to be firm in his decision to run for Commonwealth Court. Another luminary of the Brehon Law Society, PAST PRESIDENT PAM DEMBE, has been elected by her fellow judges as the President Judge of Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. It was a close election, 50-something to 30-something, her principal opponent being JUDGE JACQUELINE ALLEN. JUSTICE SEAMUS McCAFFERY was the principal speaker at the Benson Table, a club within a club at the Union League. His brother DAN McCAFFERY is among a group of four who are casting their hats in the ring for District Attorney next year. The other three are DAN McELHATTON, SETH WILLIAMS and BRIAN GRADY. The current District Attorney has indicated she does not intend to run for reelection. STATE SEN. MIKE STACK ran ahead in his Senatorial District of the Democratic Pres(Cont. Page 14)
Snooper’s BIG STORY: Last Wednesday, The Board of Judges for the Court of Common Pleas held a Special Election to name its new President Judge. Selected was a very good choice in the person of HON. PAMELA PRYOR DEMBE. Judge Dembe is one who enjoys an impeccable reputation, one of HONESTY and DEDICATION. I know how hard she works, and also know how this young LADY is perceived by her Judicial Colleagues. She is the one, as the new PRESIDENT JUDGE, to bring The 1st Judicial Dist. into the 21st Century. The Public Record congratulates her, and we’re here to help her in any way we can. Snooper’s “White Out” Bureau: Yes Chief, I did it again last week. I had mentioned the names of LOUIS and GERMAINE, and I incorrectly stated what great gentlemen they are – only to find out Germaine is a wonderful young woman. She is the coworker with Louis at The Airport, A-West. I should have just said JENKINS and PECK. Again, sorry for the error. Where is your man Charlie? Snooper’s “Joke Of The Day”: How many of you watched the ridiculous, self-serving interview with Goode’s “don’t show up for work” Chief of Stiffs? She had ‘the gall’ to say she works harder than her ‘white counterparts’. Excuse me ‘MISS NO-SHOW’, at least your ‘white counterparts’ show up for work and don’t need their bosses to protect them. Admit it, you’re THE RACIST, and all your actions keep proving my point. Why you haven’t been fired is really A JOKE. Anyone else would have been fired, just like those who worked for THE B.R.T. Same scenario! The raises your ‘Boss’ gave you, for what did you earn them? Snooper “Update” Files: I guess I hit ‘the nail on the head’, this according to my Emails last week. Many of you agreed with me 100% concerning The Mayor’s ridiculous BUDGET CUTS. No, I do appreciate the many offers for me to come and speak to your various groups, but you don’t need me; after all, The Mayor has provided you with enough ‘fodder’ to talk about. So you do what you must do. PROTEST and keep doing it. I have always said, “DON’T LET THEM GRIND YOU DOWN”. Snooper‘s PERSON OF THE WEEK: He happens to be one of the nicest gentleman in this City, and he needs your help. JOHN McGRATH, Jr. has a SPECIAL PROJECT that requires your help, and he needs it NOW! The Philadelphia Veterans’ Comfort Home presently houses 11 Veteran patients and thanks to the Building Trades Council, for supplying the many volunteers to help maintain this home for all these Veterans. Yes, we do have Ironworkers, Elec(Cont. Page 14)
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I admit on Election Night, I paid a lot more attention to the Presidential, Senate and House races than I did to the various ballot questions that voters had to consider. But as Americans were smashing one glass ceiling that night, another one was not only being reinforced, but getting some bulletproof glass. Californians approved Proposition 8, an amendment to the State’s constitution that takes away the right of gays and lesbians to marry. The California Supreme Court had given them that right earlier this year, and many gays and lesbians, most notably “Star Trek’s” George Takei (Mr. Sulu), comedian and talk-show hostess Ellen DeGeneres and singer Melissa Etheridge took advantage of the opportunity. I don’t know what’s going to happen to these marriages now, but the fact Proposition 8 was passed caused people to take to the streets nationwide on Saturday, waving signs that said things like “Stop the H8” and “Gay is the New Black.” And they were mad. You had Rev. Jeffrey H. Jordan of the Metropolitan Community Church, who was there to not only lend his voice to the chorus of no, but also to say those in California who blame the state’s Black community for Prop. 8’s passage (seven out of every 10 Black voters was in favor of the proposition) need to chill out. “We know marriage is a civil right and we will not stop until everyone is treated equally,” he said. “But we need to renounce putting the blame on any group of people.” You also had Myra and Joe Taksa, advocating for their gay son. Myra, the president of Philadelphia’s chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, said she just wants for her son what she and her husband have: a lifetime partnership. “We were devastated,” she said when asked for reaction to the amendment’s passage. “My husband and I have been married for over 20 years. But I took my wedding ring off when the first of these laws were passed. It felt like it was burning my finger. Marriage is a civil right, not a special one.” I think it’s about time that we as a nation took a long look at the Constitution and started really following it. Now, what do I mean by that? Simply, it’s time we stopped putting people in prison camps without charges. It’s time we stopped telling women what they can and cannot do with their bodies. (Cont. Page 14)
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Our Opinion ... Time To Recover
The Public Record • November 20, 2008
During the General Election, much was made of the excessively partisan spirit that has dominated American political life in recent years. At times, indeed, it seemed “bipartisanship” had become just another campaign issue for the two parties to hammer each other with. In truth, bipartisanship is almost a contradiction in terms during a campaign. When two parties are competing for votes, partisanship is normal and healthy. It is not always healthy, however, in everyday politicking. Lobbying, policy-making and law-writing require partisan perspectives, to be sure; but much of what governments must deal with on an everyday basis truly can’t be captured within the slogans of either the right or the left. That’s particularly true when it comes to governing a large city. No city is an island. Philadelphia’s needs are mostly meat-and-potatoes services that can’t be handled in a “Democratic” or “Republican” way – just in a competent or clumsy way. Resources for civic problems and aspirations are spread across the political spectrum, and the act of bringing home the bacon requires political pros who can deal pragmatically with both sides. As the new political season dawns, we should be looking for leaders who can reach across the aisle in a spirit of creativity and respect do what needs to be done.
Another Opinion Frank Discussion
by Kevin Kelly The Loyal Opposition My Grandmother taught me there are only two races of people in this world, the “decent” and the “indecent”. She lived her life with my Pop on Cobbs Creek Parkway in West Philly, a predominantly Black neighborhood. My Nan and Pop were loved in their racially diverse neighborhood and their home was always open to everyone. That’s how we were raised, and those values were instilled in us from day one. To be honest, however, after a steady stream of murder and turmoil in our city over the years, I barely noticed an article in one Friday’s paper: “2 dead, 3 critical in
and morals in many parts of our Philadelphia community are hard broken; period! If you disagree with that statement, a realism gulf separates us and we will never agree on anything so please, stop reading. If you’re still reading, I want to re-open the comments section: Comments • If you take God out of the discussion, you get Godlessness. What happened in that West Philly playground at 10:30 p.m .Thursday night was Godless. Ridicule at your peril. • By all accounts Miles Mack, who was brutally murdered, was a member of the decent race. God bless his soul and his family. We need more men like him standing up in our neighborhoods. • The two killers in hoodies are members of the indecent race and, when caught, should be quickly and permanently removed from our society. • Anyone who witnessed the murders knows who did it, and doesn’t inform police is a member of the indecent race.
You will one day have to answer for your silence. Shame! • The cornerstone of our society, the family, is broken in many of our neighborhoods. We have generations of unwise and unwed children having children. This has led to a crisis of values; many of our children don’t have them or get them from the wrong places. It’s by no means exclusive to the African-American community. • Poverty, education, illegal guns, may add to the problem but a lack of good values, instilled by adult parents, is the real crisis. Wise parents generally raise good kids. If I am branded a “racist”, that means “comments are closed” and Miles Mack, a good man and member of the decent race, has died in vain. Unfortunately, he won’t be the last. Kevin Kelly is a resident of Northern Liberties and a member of The Loyal Opposition, a Republican policy group focused on issues facing the city (www.phillyopposition.com).
Nov. 18- N.W. Fund reception to launch Fund for Families at The Gathering Place, 6755 Germantown Ave., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 20- Cal Thomas is speaker at 14th annual Valley Forge Leadership Prayer Breakfast, Crown Plaza Valley Forge Hotel, 260 Mall Blvd., King of Prussia, starts 6:30 a.m. Tickets $30. For info call (610) 325-6999. Nov. 21- Chris & Speedy Morris host Benefit Comedy Show for Sgt. Patrick McDonald’s family @ Kennan’s Valley View Restaurant, 468 Domino La., 6:30 p.m. dinner & beer, 8 p.m. showtime. Tickets $50. For info call Kennan’s (215) 483- 8085 or Speedy (215) 483-8588. Nov. 22- State Sen. Shirley Kitchen hosts free Mortgage Foreclosure & Public Utility Clinic at 8th St. Baptist Ch., 3760 N. 8th St., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 22- Benefit for ailing Police Officer Emil Bucceroni at Mummers Museum Hall, 2nd & Washington Ave., 8-12 p.m. Full open bar, buffet, music. Tickets $30. Contact Charles
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W. Phila. playground shooting”. Like so many I’ve become almost numb to it; nobody I know there ... please pass the cereal. What I did notice later in the day was Philly.com online had posted a “comments are closed” notice regarding this story at 9:42 a.m., after only 22 rapidfire comments by energized readers. Why close the comments? Too racially charged, I guess ... didn’t want to go down that road. But a truly honest and frank discussion about the state of affairs in our city is exactly what’s missing. By “honest and frank”, I don’t mean a superficial PC exchange that never gets down to sensitive core issues, never gets heated, doesn’t offend anyone, won’t assign responsibility, and everyone leaves singing Kumbaya. The problems we face are massive, generational, and won’t be cured by some politician’s new government program. Politicians trade in the currency of votes, not solutions, so look elsewhere for answers. The culture, values,
Bucceroni (856) 904-4650. Nov. 25- Lehigh Co. Executive Don Cunningham’s fundraiser featuring Gov. Ed Rendell at Water Works, 1 Boathouse Row, 5-7 p.m. Donation $250. RSVP by Nov. 21 to Linda@DonCunningham.org or (610) 997-8182. Nov. 26- State Rep. Cherelle Parker and Kitchen of Love host pre-Thanksgiving Day dinner for families at Upper Room Baptist Ch., 7236 Ogontz Ave., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. All community members are welcome to attend. Nov. 29 - Union tradesmen join Mancini Productions to familystyle beef and beer at Finnigan’s Wake, 3rd & Spring Garden Sts., 4-7 p.m. Fund-raiser for Veterans Comfort House and families of fallen Fire and Police Officers. Live band, open bar, food and trimmings for $25. For info call Rich Mancini (610) 505-0842, Doug Baron (267) 718-2472 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Nov. 29- Glen Foerd Leadership Award Dinner honors Al Taubenberger at Glen Foerd, 5001 Grant Ave., 7 p.m. Donation $100. For info call (215) 632-5330. Dec. 6- State Sen. Shirley Kitchen hosts free Mortgage Foreclosure & Public Utility Clinic at Holy Trinity Bethlehem Presbyterian Ch., 1100 W. Rockland St., 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
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Stack Adds More Green To CCP Growth
STATE SEN. Michael Stack presents an extra $1 million grant to Community College of Philadelphia President Stephen Curtis to tack onto $30 million expansion announcement at 12901 Townsend Road site. Photo by Harry Leech
by R. George Linton State Sen. Michael Stack brought with him more than a shovel, when he joined over 200 people as the Community College of Philadelphia broke ground on a $31 million expansion and redesign of its Northeast Regional Center, 12901 Townsend Road campus. He brought some green with him. Stack announced he had obtained an additional $1 million
in State money for the expansion project, much to the surprise and delight of those in attendance. The multifaceted project is expected to create the first nationally certified, green college facility in Philadelphia. US Sen. Arlen Specter, who helped the College obtain a $1.6 million Federal grant for the project, was on hand to assist Stephen M. Curtis, the president of CCP, in celebrat-
ing the momentous event, which was attended by a host of other dignitaries. “I like what I see at CCP,” Specter said. “I very much appreciate the tremendous work you are doing here.” Congress Members Allyson Schwartz and Patrick Murphy, who were unable to attend, also assisted the College in getting a Federal grant for the NERC project. Using cutting-edge, ecofriendly technology and construction methods, the College plans to build a new 58,000square-foot, three-story building, which will be adjacent to the College’s existing 60,000square-foot Northeast Regional Center. Work on the NERC is expected to be completed in 2010. The NERC expansion and redesign is the first of two major construction projects the College will launch this fall. The second is a $56 million re-
development of the College’s Main Campus. This project will include a new Pavilion Building and substantial renovation of portions of the College’s Mint, Bonnell and West buildings, all on or near 17th & Spring Garden Streets. Work on the Main Campus construction project is scheduled to start in November and be completed in 2011. All of the new buildings and renovations are designed to enhance the educational experience for the College’s 34,000 students. Both NERC and Main Campus projects will include cutting-edge, green features and are expected to qualify for a silver rating under the LEED standards set by the US Green Building Council for new construction. They are expected to become the first LEED-certified higher-education facilities in the city. The NERC addition will pro-
US SEN. Arlen Specter is flanked by State Rep. John Sabatina, Jr. and N.E. Phila. Chamber President Al Taubenberger at CCP expansion announcement. vide state-of-the-art classrooms tion, several new programs and technology that will enhance will be offered at the NERC, learning opportunities for stu- including emergency medical dents. The additional space will technology, computer forennearly double the NERC poten- sics, health-services managetial enrollment capacity to 2,850 ment, biotechnology, bioprocessing, and business and full-time students. Once completed, the proj- industry training. ect will enable the College to A key component of the address enrollment demand NERC expansion and redesign and to enhance current pro- is a geothermal heating and gram offerings in accounting, cooling system. This was business, culture, science and made possible by a landmark technology, education, justice, $1.6 million grant from the US liberal arts, honors and man- Dept. of Commerce’s agement, Curtis said. In addi(Cont. Page 13)
to replace every lightbulb in every apartment it manages with Compact fluorescent bulbs in the last 18 months, a move that has saved millions of dollars in energy costs over the last two years.
Residents at Wilson Park, a low-income senior citizens development in South Philadelphia, took part in an energy conservation class, Tuesday night. At the class, PHA Execu-
Green Friday Lights Hill Chestnut Hill is not waiting until Black Friday to start the holiday season; instead, the community is naming Nov. 21 “Green Friday”! A traditional treelighting ceremony will be held at Germantown & Highland Avenues at 5:30 p.m., but with new, energyefficient LEED lights. This year Chestnut Hill will have its largest display ever, with 135 trees and over 100,000 lights. Green represents more than just the holiday spirit; it will
also be a celebration of Chestnut Hill’s dedication to an eco-friendly “green” initiative. The Mummers will be on hand to kick off the evening – the strut will start at 5:00 p.m. Guests can enjoy an evening of warm cookies, hot chocolate, candies, caroling, the Christmas Brass, and special holiday friends! Shoppers on the Avenue will also receive Chestnut Hill’s reusable shopping bags in support of the season. Chestnut Hill invites
guests to continue to share in its holiday traditions throughout December with Stag & Doe Nights Wednesdays, Dec. 3, 10 & 17, 6-9 p.m. Many Chestnut Hill stores will offer free gift wrapping, wine and cheese, cookies and hot cocoa, and sounds of the season, all enjoyed by holiday revelers filled with merriment and the Christmas spirit. Shoppers can also feel good knowing they are supporting local businesses by choosing the Avenue over the mall.
WILSON PARK resident Bessie Hagwood installed a new compact fluorescent bulb, part of a move that has saved PHA millions of dollars in energy costs over the last couple of years. tive Director Carl Greene said the bulb-replacement program is working, and that PHA has installed the bulbs at nearly all of its family developments. “One of the ways we stretch our dwindling dollars is
CCP Expands Green (Cont. From Page 12) Economic Development Administration. The grant also will help support a new Institute for Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing, which will offer certificates in bioprocessing (fermentation) and process technology (process control/petrochemical) at both the Colleges NERC and Main campuses that can lead to an Associates degree in Applied Science and Engineering Technology. The Institute will also offer skill upgrading for incumbent workers. A recent report by The Milken Institute – a publicly
supported, nonpartisan, independent think tank – documented Philadelphia is among the elite centers of the country for growth and potential in the Life Sciences. The expanded NERC also will include a significant amount of seminar and technology-rich space that can be used to address the educational needs of the Northeast Philadelphia business community. It will link Northeast businesses to services offered by the College’s Corporate Solutions which is based on the Main Campus. It will also offer new educational opportunities such
Protesting Pollution and will allow neighborhood organizations and individuals to express their concern. The meeting will be hosted by the Cecilian Center for Earth, Arts and Spirit and by Northwest Greens, a non-partisan neighborhood organization. It will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 100 Carpenter Lane (at Cresheim Road) in West Mount Airy. For more information, please telephone (215) 843-4256 or email email@example.com.
energy use. It also will be fitted with recycled carpeting and linoleum, have a green roof and use daylight harvesting to maximize natural light in learning areas. The decision to build to LEED standards is expected to place the College at the top of the class among the city’s higher-education institutions in addressing environmental issues that contribute to global warming. Combined the two projects will approximately $87 million, about half of which will come from the State.
one of the easiest things people can do to help improve the environment,” he said. The US Dept. of Housing & Urban Development is fully behind this effort as well. Deputy Regional Director Brenda Laroche said, “That’s why we’re especially proud of the Philadelphia Housing Authority and its efforts to make its public housing units energy efficient.” Greene says the bulb-replacement program is the most dramatic part of PHA’s “Conserve Energy – Preserve Public Housing” program. “We’ve also been conducting energy-conservation classes for residents on a regular basis for two years now, and we have placed posters at all of our developments, reminding residents of basic, simple energy-saving actions they can take.”
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Anti-Litter Education Cleaning and Greening Conservation Environmental Education Parcel Maintenance Recycling “Cleaning/Greening the Neighborhood One Block at a Time”
The Water Dept. has been dumping sewage into the Monoshone Creek, and neighbors are upset. The Monoshone is a recreational stream which runs alongside Lincoln Drive through historic Rittenhouse Town and into the Wissahickon Creek. There will be a meeting with representatives of Mayor Nutter, his Managing Director and the Water Dept. This meeting will be chaired by Michael Quintero-Moore, special assistant to City Council,
as a Small Business Management certificate program and Real Estate Appraisal workshops. There also will be new student amenities, including expanded dining services and an expanded bookstore. The NERC addition will have a green roof, and its geothermal heating and cooling system will utilize the difference between the underground and surface temperatures to regulate building temperature. The savings on utilities means the geothermal system will pay for itself in about six years. The building also is designed to harvest the maximum amount of daylight possible, to reduce the need to use lights. A stormwater-management system will collect rainwater runoff from the green roof and from nearby residential homes for use in flushing systems in the NERC, reducing water consumption and managing stormwater runoff from the campus and neighboring residences. At the College’s Main Campus, the new Pavilion Building will include some of the same sustainable features, but will not have a geothermal system. Instead, the building will rely on a high-performance exterior skin to reduce
through technology. If technology allows us the opportunity to save two-thirds or even more of the energy used to light a bulb, we are certainly going to take advantage. In fact, when we took a close look at compact fluorescent bulbs, we decided this is a tool we couldn’t pass up,” said Greene. Greene also said he is pleased that by PHA’s taking the lead in this campaign, other governmental agencies and the general public have followed the example. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Donald Walsh commended PHA for its move. He challenged all citizens to make the switch. “When you consider nearly 20% of our nation's residential electricity use goes toward lighting our homes, changing a lightbulb to one that carries the Energy Star label is
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by R. George Linton The Philadelphia Housing Authority has taken the slogan, “Change a Light, Change the World” to a whole new level. The agency has managed
Changing Lightbulb At PHA Saves Millions
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Out & About (Cont. From Page 9) And it’s time we stopped denying folks who are gay and lesbian the right to pursue some happiness by getting married. Let’s be honest here. There are a lot of things that allowing gays and lesbians to marry would prevent. The suicide rates would go down because gays and lesbians wouldn’t feel the need to shoehorn themselves into a life — a heterosexual life — that doesn’t fit them. The rates of HIV would go
down, particularly in communities of color, because folks wouldn’t have to be on the socalled “down low” anymore. You could be with the person you love and not have to hide it. But the best reason I can come up with for why samesex couples should be given the right to get hitched is because none of the reasons folks have given me for why it shouldn’t be allowed make any sense to me. One reason I’ve been given more than once is that churches would be forced to perform gay ceremonies if a law allowing them were
passed. No, they wouldn’t actually. Another reason I’ve heard is that being gay or lesbian is a choice, and thus these men and women could choose to be straight and join the rest of us. That makes no sense. For someone to just wake up and make such a decision would imply that person likes to be discriminated against, sometimes beaten, disowned, and all of other “fun” stuff that can sometimes come with being gay or lesbian. What I hear most often, though, from anti-same-sex marriage forces is that allow-
ing lesbians and gays to participate in marriage would besmirch the institution itself. To me, that’s funny – mostly because I know straight folks that have done more harm to marriage than gay people could possibly do. I mean, Michael Jackson found someone to marry him twice. And don’t even get me
Snooper (Cont. From Page 9) trical workers, Plumbers, Roofers, Carpenters and many other UNION MEMBERS. These volunteers help to keep this ‘home’ in livable condition. JOHN needs MONEY if he’s to continue to do what he must – help these VETERANS! Snooper’s MAILBAG: Whew, I definitely heard from all those good people in CHINATOWN and they too agreed with me regarding that ‘UNWANTED’ Casino. City Council did the usual rush-itthrough and waited till after the elections to do it. Yeah,
City Hall Sam (Cont. From Page 9) idential candidate BARACK OBAMA. JOE TYGH, a longtime committeeman in the 58th Ward, is currently recovering from back surgery. HENRY WINKELSPECHT, another committeeman, who spent the entire campaign working at
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start looking toward a change in the country, that we also start seeing a change in a few other things, most notably our national proclivity to break what I consider a golden rule — live and let live. Especially when it comes to letting folks live as man and wife, or man and man, or wife and wife. ready running for this position in the upcoming Primary Elections. Speaking of the Elections, I would be remiss if I didn’t CONGRATULATE The Board of Elections, especially its Chairperson HON. MARGE TARTAGLIONE and all her professionals, for a job WELL DONE in those recent General Elections. The leading contender in the upcoming District Attorney’s race seems to be Dan McCaffery. Seth Williams was there for a while; however, that has changed. I’m sure there will be more candidates as we get closer to it. Thanksgiving. DOUGLAS MAIER has been named chief financial officer for Wills Eye Hospital. He’s moving over from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing. another natural high. Enjoy them as often as you can. And always remember this: Lord, keep Your arm around my shoulder and Your hand over my mouth. AL LUDEN, left, was one of hundreds of family friends who supported Jim & Mary Simpson at Finnigan’s Wake fundraiser in memory of their daughter Megan SimpsonBurke, who died of breast cancer.
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David Auto’s Driving Away The Cold…
Passing The Torch
David Chrysler/Jeep and Grays Ferry Community Council join forces this Thursday to keep area children warm with brand-new winter coats. As the temperature dips and cold winter winds approach, David Chrysler/Jeep will donate 68 children’s winter coats to Grays Ferry Community Council. The coats, in various sizes and colors, will be distributed to boys and girls from St. Gabriel’s at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at Grays Ferry Community Council headquarters, 1501 S. 29th Street. The donation was made possible through a program initiated by Auto Dealers Association called Driving Away the Cold. David Chrysler/ Jeep is located in the Philadelphia Airport Automall at 6729 Essington Avenue. It can be reached at (215) 492-0500.
THE ENTERPRISE CENTER’S President Della Clark, left, enters her building with keynote guests San Francisco DA Kamala Harris and Phila. Mayor Michael Nutter at Passing The Torch ceremony to salute intergenerational transmission of business skills. “PASSING The Torch” of Black business acumen is founder George Beach of George Beach, Inc. with his son Matthew Beach, who is moving into 2ndgeneration leadership. OLD FRIEND Manny Green of International Brotherhood of Electricians, left, congratulates Robert Blackwell, whose family firm Blackwell Consulting was one of three minority-owned companies honored by The Enterprise Center in University City.
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Holiday entertainment, including a ‘Village,’ on the way gins the Thanksgiving weekend, we suggest a few events to consider. Christmas Village New to us is ‘Christmas Village in Philadelphia,’ an outdoor holiday market coming to Dilworth Plaza (on the west side of City Hall), from November 27 (Thanksgiving) until December 24 (Christmas Eve). Vendors in more than 50 wooden booths, set up to look like a medieval village, will be selling European food and drink, international holiday gifts and ornaments as well as arts and crafts. The site will be lighted, and local choirs and musical ensembles will be performing. Santa will also be there. After a sneak peak on the 27th and the official opening on the 28th, the village hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. until it closes. Admission is free. To learn more, contact German Amer-
ican Marketing Inc. at 215627-2332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanksgiving plus As usual, there will be many special activities for the Thanksgiving weekend. Among these is the opening of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition,’ based on the popular C. S. Lewis books and the film series, at the Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., on Friday, November 28, with Family Days planned in December. Call 215-448-1200 to learn more. The beloved Enchanted Colonial Village, with its scenes of holidays past, will open for a month at Please Touch Museum, in its new location at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, on Friday, November 28. To find out more, call 215-581-3181. A Thanksgiving Dino Weekend is planned at the Academy of Natural Sci-
Ruth Russell ences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, from Friday to Sunday, November 2830, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a dinosaur show at 11 a.m. and a live bird show at 2:30 p.m., plus a chance to make a prehistoric craft to take home. To learn more, call 215-299-1000. The National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., on Independence Mall, is presenting ‘Thanksgiving: An American
Celebration,’ which tells how U. S. presidents have marked the occasion, from Friday to Sunday, November 28-30, noon to 4 p.m.; this event is free with museum admission. For information, call 215409-6600. Watery ways Meanwhile, The Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center (FWWIC), 640 Waterworks Drive, is preparing for a busy weekend with two programs. ’Pipes and Pipelines,’ on Saturday, November 22, from 2 to 4 p.m., is designed to introduce families to the route of water — where it comes from and how it gets to, and into, local homes. This program is free, suitable for all ages, and does not require registration. ‘Liquid Assets,’ a 90-minute documentary on the country’s urban and rural water infrastructure will be shown on
Sunday, November 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. For further details and directions, call 2 1 5 - 685-0723 or visit www.fairmountwaterworks.org. ‘Greatest Hits’ A Family Gallery Tour (ages 6-10) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and the Parkway, on Sunday, November 23, reminds us that kids are never too young to learn to appreciate art. On the tour, ‘Greatest Hits,’ children and their parents will explore the theme and find works of art to go with it. Same-day walk-up tickets are needed and are limited. Also that day is Drawing Together for all ages in the galleries from noon to 2:30 p.m. Both programs are free after museum admission. To learn more, call 215-235-7469 or visit www.philamuseum.org. (Cont. Page 22)
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by Ruth R. Russell Last Sunday evening we recuperated from the Eagles’ game by watching a Harry Potter movie. Yes, the book and films have been out for several years, and most of our family and friends have either seen/read these fanciful tales. In fact, we gave one of our grandsons a book each time a new one came out and he now has a complete set. So, in some anticipation, we sat down with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and I must say we were enthralled with the imagination of the author and the skill of the actors, many of them children. Certainly this shows that quality entertainment is still available, and we are fortunate that in this city we have many cultural attractions that will offer quality entertainment for all ages during the holiday season. Since next Thursday be-
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Northeast Philly lass a powerhouse at new 10 Arts by Len Lear Jennifer Carroll, who grew up in the Somerton section of Northeast Philadelphia, is small, thin, pretty and could pass for a college sophomore, although she insists she is 33. But despite her diminutive, seemingly delicate stature, Jennifer is a powerhouse in the highly competitive, macho local restaurant industry. The deceptively demure and soft-spoken Ms. Carroll, who hardly looks like a drill sergeant, is the chef in charge of running 10 Arts, the recently opened, posh restaurant in the palatial lobby of the Ritz Carlton Hotel. This is a job that in the not-too-distant past would have always gone to a man, probably one from Western Europe. Professional kitchens have long been bastions of sexist, intimidating behavior towards women. “There’s certainly still
some sexism you face in this job,” said Jennifer, who appears to weigh not much more than 100 pounds, “but I’m strong, and I stand up for myself. I’m sarcastic. Some women (in this business) do let the boys push them around, but I don’t. Sexism doesn’t bother me; I can deal with it. I have to work harder and faster to get the job done. If there is something heavy to lift or some other (physically demanding) task, I always say I’ll do it.” The lobby of the Ritz Carlton Hotel (right across the street from City Hall), where the new 10 Arts restaurant is situated, is extraordinarily impressive to all but the most jaded observer. Its 16 huge marble columns, made of white-gray marble from the same Tuscan quarries that were used by Michelangelo and other Renaissance sculptors, surround a rotunda which
supports a 100-foot-wide dome that was designed to look like the Pantheon in Rome. Having dinner in this setting, you can’t help but feel you deserve to be pampered at least as much as a US Senator. “I realize I am very lucky to work here,” said Jennifer, whose ultimate goal (like that of almost every other young chef) is to open her own restaurant. “In fact, it’s unbelievable. I know that I will never work in a place like this again in my lifetime.” When Jennifer was growing up in Somerton, no one could have predicted she would wind up running a restaurant in the Ritz Carlton. “My dad was a steak-and-potatoes guy,” she said. “My mom took cooking classes and wanted to be more adventurous, but my dad would have none of it, so our meals were pretty basic — protein, starch and Del Monte
Len Lear canned vegetables.” Jennifer originally planned to go to law school, but after one year at Catholic University and two years at St. Joseph’s University as well as working part-time in restaurants, she realized that her destiny would not be found in law libraries or courtrooms. She informed her mom that she would be dropping out of St. Joe’s and enrolling in the Restaurant School of Philadelphia. “She
said, ‘You’re crazy, but you have to follow your heart.’” After graduating from the Restaurant School, Carroll became the first female sous chef at Sonoma in Manayunk. She subsequently worked in other restaurants in Philadelphia and San Francisco before landing at New York City’s ultra-chic Le Bernardin. “Everyone starts at the bottom at Le Bernardin,” said Jen, “no matter how much experience you may have.” Le Bernardin, run by famed French chef Eric Ripert, is the only restaurant ever to earn the New York Times’ highest rating of four stars 10 years in a row. When the Ritz Carlton in Philly asked Ripert to open a restaurant in their spectacular lobby this year, he selected Jennifer Carroll to run it. “She has been so good and so energetic,” said Michael Walsh, the hotel’s general
manager. “If we ever need Eric, he’ll come right down from New York, but thanks to the way Jennifer is running the kitchen, we’re getting a great reputation as one of the best restaurants in the city.” Needless to say, 10 Arts does not have fast-food prices, but at Happy Hour you can get a cocktail for $10, which is par for the course these days, and something from the bar menu that will not break the bank. I would highly recommend the warm soft pretzels ($8), an amazing creation from Jennifer that is served with a sublime creamy cheddar sauce, jalapeno jam and Dijon mustard. And a great buy from the dinner menu is the brook trout entree with a heavenly hazelnut brown butter sauce ($26). For more information or reservations, call 215-5238000 or visit www.10arts.com.
RECEIVING proclamation from City Council President Anna Verna in honor of more than 40 years of public service is S. Phila. State Rep. Harold James. All photos by Donald Terry
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BEVY OF distinguished peers in Penna. House of Representatives joins their senior colleague Harold James at retirement party: from left, Dwight Evans, James, Mark Cohen and Jewell Williams.
CITY LEADERS by the score arrived at Sheet Metal Workers Hall on Columbus Boulevard top pay tribute to retiring State Rep. Harold James. Among his many friends were, from left, State Sen. LeAnna Washington with the Representative, Council President Anna Verna, Sheriff John Green and State Rep. Jewell Williams.
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MAYOR Michael Nutter, who came to pay tribute to retiring State Rep. Harold James, is framed by appealing bouquet of James’ daughters, from left, Ebony-Lynn James, Dawn C. Blyther, Shelena & Karen James.
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Art in City Hall eyes environment The City of Philadelphia’s Art In City Hall exhibition program is celebrating its 56th juried group exhibition for local emerging and professional artists with a ‘Green Exhibit.’ This display highlights 45 Philadelphia area artists whose works reflect issues and concerns about the environment. Many of the pieces are made of recycled and environmentally friendly materials and found objects. The exhibit runs through January 23 on the second and fourth floors of City Hall, northeast corner. The 45 participating artists are:
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Lauren Abshire, David Stanley Aponte, John Awad, John Baccile, Catherine Bath, Shawn C. Beeks, Sandra Benhaim, Ellen Benson, Tegan Brozyna, Chad Chaney, Michelle Ciarlo-Hayes, Carol Cole, Slott L. Dickson, Jeff Downey, Karen Frank, Melissa Maddonni Haims, Jacob Hellman, Lynda Hubbell, Walt Hug, Lydia Hunn, John Jonik, Martha Knox, Diedra Krieger, Lisa Learner, Valerie Linhart, Nicholas Maimone, Paula Mandel, Maria Maneos, Paul Maraldo, Tecu”Mish Munha’Ke, Toni Nash, Carlos Pascual, Dolores Poacelli,
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Alex Queral, Brooke Schmidt, Gregory Farrar Scott, Don Simon, Stan Smokler, Sarah J. Steinwachs, Rosalind Sutkowski, Carol TaylorKierney, Jim Williams, Arleen Race Wolf and Drew Zimmerman. The exhibition was juried by the Art In City Hall Exhibitions Committee made up of local arts professionals. For the first time in over 20 years, the exhibition also highlights new display cases in its public halls that were fabricated with green in mind. With the exception of the plexi-glass front, the environmentally friendly materials include recycled lumber, compact fluorescent bulbs and low VOC paint. Art In City Hall, begun in 1984, is a collaborative effort between the City of Philadelphia’s Dept. of Public Property and the arts community. It is supported by an independent Advisory Council made up of arts professionals and private citizens.
DECORATIVE ARTS Holiday Show at Allens Lane Art Center in W. Mt. Airy through December 23. For hours and information, visit www.allenslane.org.
Drowning in leaves and worried about cutbacks in the city’s leaf gathering program? For the fourth year, the University Coalition is providing leaf rakers to raise money for Habitat for Humanity, which helps local families to build or rehabilitate their houses. The Coalition (students from Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania and Temple University) is sponsoring a
Rake-A-Thon on Saturdays, November 22, 29 and December 6, and Sundays, November 23, 30 and December 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the donation asked is $15 per person per hour. To make an appointment, send email with name, address, telephone number and time and date preferred to email@example.com. For more information, visit www.rakeathon.org.
SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA Sealed proposals will be received by the School Reform Commission at the School Administration Building located at 440 North Broad St., 3rd Floor, Office of Capital Programs, Philadelphia, PA 19130-4015, until 2:00 P.M., on Tuesday, December 9, 2008. A non-refundable fee for each set of bid documents is as scheduled. The School District will only accept bids from companies that have been placed on its current Pre Qualified Contractors List as shown at psit.org. All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications. _________________________________________________________________________________ FEE BUDGET B- 004 (C) of 2008/09* General Contract Conwell School $ 250,000.00 $100.00 Stair Modifications 1849 E. Clearfield St. *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on November 25, 2008 at 9:30 A.M. _________________________________________________________________________________ Specifications and/or plans and contract documents may be examined and copies thereof obtained from the School Reform Commission, 440 North Broad Street, 3rd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Information as to contract documents, etc., may be obtained at the above address, or telephone 215400-5225. Make checks payable to the School District of Philadelphia. The School Reform Commission reserves the right to reject any and all bids and make the awards to the best interests of the School District of Philadelphia.
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The Committee on Rules of the Council of the City of Philadelphia will hold a Public Hearing Thursday, December 4, 2008, at 9:00 AM, in Room 400, City Hall, to hear testimony on the following items: 080837
An Ordinance amending Section 14-304 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “‘C3’ Commercial District” by amending the floor area requirements for hotels, all under certain terms and conditions.
An Ordinance to amend the Philadelphia Zoning Maps by changing the zoning designations of certain areas of land located within an area bounded by Tacony Street, Homestead Street, Milnor Street extended, and Dark Run Lane.
An Ordinance to amend the Philadelphia Zoning Maps by changing the zoning designations of certain areas of land located within an area bounded by Girard Avenue, Front Street, Spring Garden Street and Sixth Street.
Immediately following the public hearing, a meeting of the Committee on Rules, open to the public, will be held to consider the action to be taken on the above listed items. Copies of the foregoing items are available in the Office of the Chief Clerk of the Council, Room 402, City Hall. Patricia Rafferty Chief Clerk
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by Al Lane Last week my newspaper pal, Quentin (education), sent me a children’s book to review called A is for Art Museum. The previous work
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(Cont. from Page 17) More at Please Touch Weekend events continue for Please Touch Museum in its new home at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic (formerly North Concourse Drive). This weekend, young visitors will find magician Tom McDonnell again performing his interactive show in the Please Touch Playhouse at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., on Friday and Saturday, November 21 and 22. The Give & Take Jugglers will visit the museum the same days and also on Sunday, November 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the juggling and family-oriented comedy for which they are noted. Admis-
sion is charged. For more information on programs, call 215-581-3181 or visit www.pleasetouchmuseum.org. ‘Gratitude Journal’ Learn how to create a handmade paper book, with a decorative cover, at a family workshop at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Broad and Cherry Streets, on Saturday, November 22, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and then record inside what you are grateful for, as a Thanksgiving tribute. This session is free to members and free with Academy admission for non-members. For further details, call 215972-2061. Email news for CitiLife to firstname.lastname@example.org.
My wife, Lois, said that it was a waste of good postage to send me a book about art because my idea of fine art is the comics’ section in our daily newspaper. Be that as it may, upon reading this book I discovered a charming child’s primer chock-full of colorful images from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Written for children ages 2-5, it is designed to inspire them to see not only art in the museum but also art in the world about them. Co-written by Katy Friedland, Manager of Family and Children’s Programs, and Marla K. Shoemaker, Senior Curator of Education, both at the Art Museum, the book is a product of their shared experiences and expertise. From ‘A is for Art Museum’ to ‘Z is for Zebra’ parents and children can interact as they turn the pages. A work of art is shown on the right hand page, while the facing page (on the left) con-
tains the text for each letter and ends with a question, which can be the basis for a game. Parents and children can play “I spy,” “Seek and find” and “Compare pictures” while learning about art and the alphabet. Even I acquired a greater appreciation for the artwork at our local museum, and learned a few new letters of the alphabet, which I plan to use in future columns to impress my loyal readers. With the holiday season upon us, you need not look further for a very special gift for the young person in your life. I already have a copy for our youngest grandson, David, and look forward to enjoying it with him. Published by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in association with Temple University Press, hard cover, 64 pages, with 37 full color illustrations, $16.95, available at local bookstores and Temple University Press, telephone 215-204-8787.
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