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JOEY VENTO, owner of Geno’s Steaks, donated $40,000 to the “save the mummers” fund.

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Finding The Best New Year Party New Year’s Eve house parties are nothing new. Walk down any street on the evening of Dec. 31 and you’ll find an open door with revelers inside. However, I think I found one of the oldest continuous family New Year’s Eve parties in South Philadelphia. “It started because my mother

The South Philadelphia Public Record erroneously reported Pat’s Steaks had donated $20,000 to the Savethemummers.com campaign to keep the Mummers Parade alive. Our staff misread a challenge issued by Joe Vento, owner of Geno’s Steaks, who doubled his initial commitment of $20,000 to $40,000 at an “11th-hour rally” to save the Mummers Parade. Vento said to those attending the press conference at the Mummers Museum he added the second $20,000 hoping “My neighbor, Pat’s Steaks, would join in with at least a $20,000 contribution.” Our staff misread the report from the museum, erroneously crediting Pat’s with a $20,000 donation. Pat’s PAT’S Steaks did not donate any money to owner Frank Oliveri did not respond to the challenge and “save the mummers” fund. made no donation.

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‘Tiny Rascal Gang’ Growing Menace Community Takes Them On by Rory G. McGlasson A group of civic leaders has banded together to stop a violent gang that continues to terrorize South Philadelphia. The gang known as the “Tiny Ras-

First In A Series cal Gang” or TRG has seen its membership rise in the last 10 months. Now it is targeting schools and pub-

PARTYING South Philly Style is Nicole De Simon and DJ Jimmy Rossoni among others. Photo: Maria Merlino wanted all of us at home that night,” sprightly octogenarian Phyllis Lerro tells me. “There were 10 children in the family, seven boys and three girls. It was a typical Calabrese family, with my father working two jobs. We all lived in a three-story row home at (Cont. Page 4)

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lic parks to recruit members, take over area gangland and reap havoc across one of the city’s most populous areas. The City’s Criminal Intelligence Unit targeted TRG members last summer and warned individuals and their leaders they were being watched, but it hasn’t stopped the gang from violently patrolling South Philly. After nine months, TRG has increased its numbers. Now a group of community leaders have stepped in to help the Police bring them down. The six-month-old Southwark Civic Association has devised a local “Crime Map” to monitor crime it believes is directly connected to TRG. The SCA launched its own website last month (www.southwarkcivic. com) which directs you to a crime map where residents can report their crimes. Then the group sends this information to the 3rd and 4th Police Dists. Neighbors can go on line and detail any crime they witness or fall victim to. The Crime Map is almost two (Cont. Page 2)

...Rev. Richard Powers Rev. Powers is among a plethora of worthy senior citizens’ whose names have been sent into the South Philadelphia Public Record as candidates to be named for recognition of their volunteer work to help those in need. This effort is to have a day in January every year, starting in 2009, honoring the best of close to 300,000 seniors in the greater Philadelphia area. The ultimate goal is to have the state recognize such a day in honor of all seniors. (Cont. Page 2)

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‘Tiny Rascal Gang’ (Cont. From Page 1) months old. It has recorded 13 incidents thus far, including two muggings. Vandalism, however, dominates the chart. Two Christmas trees were set on fire in the Point Breeze section. There have been eyewitness reports of cars vandalized by the TRG, according to the Crime Map data. “The Police are not doing enough,” charges Gene Van Arsdale, a member of the SCA and the person who devised the Crime Map. “That’s why we have joined together a coalition of civic groups, public and private schools that have come together to try and solve the problems.” Elected officials like Councilmen Bill Green and Bill Greenlee and State Rep. Bill Keller are all behind the Crime Map. They have attended civic meetings hosted by the local crime fighters. However, Police officials believe the map risks causing “hysteria,” as one departmental insider put it. They note the Philadelphia Police Dept. already provides online and paper reporting options you can use to inform them of quality-of-life complaints and to alert narcotics activity occurring in your neighborhood. The "Tiny Rascal Gang" is the largest Asian Ameri-

Senior Eleven (Cont. From Page 1) We know there are South Philadelphians out there living their golden years to the fullest. Do you know somebody that makes the Senior Eleven best? If so, call either Lois Bartella (215) 791-5049 or Al Boccella (267) 269-4046.

can street gang in the United States. The gang originated among Cambodian refugees living in Long Beach. TRG has roots in South Philadelphia dating back to the mid-‘90s. Gang tags have popped up on corners near 16th & Moore and 6th Street, near another gang known as D-Block. The TRGs are now targeting DBlock and another Asian gang, Asian Boyz, for their territory. According to residents, TRG is based out of two South Philly rowhomes, one at 7th & Emily Street, and the other at 16th & Moore.

Gang members have moved into Marconi Plaza and are targeting area schools. Police District officials say the gang is being monitored by the Criminal Intelligence Unit. But the SCA, school Principals at Bok HS and Southwark ES and neighboring townwatch groups say that’s not enough. “We’re all afraid,” said SCA group leader Karen Brown. “People are really afraid of this gang. If we don’t nip it in the bud now, it will escalate in the spring and once the weather gets better it will be out of control.”

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(Cont. From Page 1) 11th & Carpenter. It was so much fun! My sister would be dancing in the middle of the street, wearing red bloomers, lifting her skirt up for laughs. This was in the 1940s. I took over the party in 1951. It continued for another 52 years in South Philly, and then we took it to Atlantic City for three years at our shore house. Now my niece Carol has it at her home on 15th Street.” Carol Rossoni and her cousin Theresa Novello begin preparations for the shindig around Thanksgiving. “That meeting is also a party!” declares Novello. “We divvy up the work,

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make supply lists, and get a general feel for the event.” “Everything is home made,” adds Rossoni. “We know who makes good roast pork and good roast beef. Everybody brings something to keep costs down.” I can attest the buffet is magnificent! The basement has been turned into a discotheque, spinning mirrored ball included. Fortunately, the disc jockey, Jimmy Rossoni, of All Occasions DJs, is a member of the family and lives in the house. The room is crowded with good cheer and dancers in funny hats. “I’ve been doing this for three years,” he tells me. “You can’t beat the intimacy of a rowhome basement.” Back in the living room I get a little more history. Ernie Castaldo is proud to inform me he’s the first male grandson. “My mother is 96 years old and the eldest. This is her first year she’s not in attendance.” Vincent Novello, who recently lost his twin brother, reminisces about the early days. “We

would be up all night. The men took over the downstairs and the women were upstairs. Everybody played cards all night and gambled. To tell you the truth, the girls were the biggest poker players. Nobody went to sleep that night. In the morning we would have breakfast and watch the Mummers.” I’m touched by the closeness of this family. How do

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Mummers Parade Timing All Wrong by Maria Merlino The Mummers Parade started way too early for the string bands. To me, it had nothing to do with the weather but everything to do with timing. I suggest next year the parade begin at noon. People are used to the String Bands marching late in the afternoon. Everyone is having breakfast, recovering from hangovers or tending to the children in the beginning hours. Give us a moment or two to get our act together and we’ll be out there rooting for our favorites, no matter how frosty the weather.

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Seth Deals His Cards At Office Opening Seth Williams opened the campaign office for his second try at the District Attorney’s job with a fine eye for symbolism. The office, at 1500 Sansom Street, was headquarters for the Obama for Change volunteer organization in Philadelphia. Williams, who was an enthusiast for Obama as early as 2004, played a key role in the local Obama campaign in 2007-08. Many of his former allies from that campaign have been recruited to support Williams as he seeks to replace his former boss Lynne Abraham, whom he narrowly missed toppling in the 2005 primary. Williams also attracted to his opening 22nd Ward Leader Vernon Price from Northwest Philadelphia and State Rep. Tony Payton, Jr. from Frankford. An important contingent of followers from the South Philadelphia business community showed up, as did a number of Center City-based attorneys. Union strength was evident also as Transport Workers

Union’s Jim McBride vowed Williams would get his members’ backing. Former Councilman Angel Ortiz introduced the candidate. Williams made clear his campaign will echo Obama’s call for change. Under the current DA, he charged, “Philadelphia has one of the highest murder rates in the country – and one of the highest rates of murders not cleared by the DA’s Office.” Dan McElhatton Issues Challenge In Preparation for the May 19, 2009 Democratic primary, former Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney and Philadelphia District Councilman Daniel P. McElhatton issued a challenge to his potential Democratic rivals, “let’s go out into the community and talk with voters about our qualifications, experience, integrity and judgment. Then let them decide who they want to be responsible for fairly administering criminal justice in Philadelphia for the next four years and beyond.”

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STATE SEN. Mike Stack’s staff surprised him with a pretzel sign. His niece and nephews couldn’t wait to dig in.

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WAITING to congratulate newly installed members of legislature are, from left, Bill Dando, AFSCME; Bethany Bob, AFL-CIO; Rick Bloomingdale, AFL-CIO; and Pat Halpin-Murphy, AFT-PA. Photo by Bonnie Squires

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PENNA. AFL-CIO’S Bill George finds himself flanked by State Reps. SENIOR State Rep. Jim Roebuck welTony DeLuca, left, and Rep. Mike comes newly installed colleagues Vanessa Brown and Kenyatta Johnson. McGeehan. Photo by Bonnie Squires

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MEDICAL RECORD Pennsylvania medical associations and hospitals are worried this month will see the beginning of an exodus of doctors from the state. There is nothing to hold them back. The Mcare relief and the Mcare abatement, which Gov. Ed Rendell had in-

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forms that will put an end to rampant lawsuit abuse.” Those reforms include capping non-economic damages on medical-liability jury awards as well as capping attorney contingency fees. In the meantime, high rates of medical insurance continue to take a toll on health quality and service.

The market for credit postbankruptcy is huge. Moreover, you are a better credit risk to lenders after you file than you are before you file. Although bankruptcy may legally be reported to your credit report for up to 10 years, you can begin to reestablish your credit immediately. Remember, "credit" is your ability to borrow money. Lenders consider many factors while determining whether to loan you money, but most importantly, they consider your debt-toincome ratio. Some financial institutions actively solicit

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think of the hurt feelings of non-Christians in the stands who feel excluded when the Christian hordes launch into the Lord’s Prayer! “It’s not a legal issue, but a sensitivity issue,” says Jay Kaiman of the Anti-Defamation League in Atlanta. So the Lord’s Prayer is now insensitive? Interesting. Lots of people take the Lord’s name in vain without worrying about Christian sensitivities; Christians seem to be the only minority Hollywood doesn’t mind offending — or positively delights in offending. If only liberals would read the 1st Amendment as closely as they do the 2nd Amendment. They insist “the right to keep and bear arms” is qualified by the purpose of “a well- regulated militia.” Why, when it comes to separating church and state, do they ignore the words “Congress shall make no law respecting”? Why do they think “Congress” — the legislative branch of the Federal government — means state and local governments and their schools? Why do they pretend the slightest encouragement of religion amounts to an “establishment of religion,” when

the specific historical meaning of “establishment” is so clear — as witness the fact Congress itself has always had chaplains to open sessions with a prayer? Which suggests another question. Why don’t liberals fret about transgressions of the 10th Amendment as much as they worry about transgressions of the 1st? Is that limitation on the Federal government’s powers less important, less comprehensive, less binding, less central to the very nature of this Republic? While the 1st Amendment has become the subject of Talmudic elaborations, the 10th Amendment has dwindled into a dead letter. The great principle of dividing and dispersing power — the very genius of the original American system — is at least as vital to freedom as the specific protections of the 1st Amendment; in fact, it includes them, since if the Federal government were confined to its enumerated powers it would have no authority to infringe freedom of religion, speech, press and assembly. If we took the 10th seriously, we wouldn’t need the 1st.

Calendar Jan. 8- 37th Ward’s El Amor Mapenzi Brawne Ali honors Police Officers Tyshaan Williams and Annamae Law at 1007-A W. Lehigh Ave., 4-7 p.m. RSVP Diane Bridges (367) 441-0899. Jan. 17- Mothers United Through Tragedy leads Walk For Life marching to City Hall from Broad & Spring Garden Sts., assemble 1:30 p.m. Rain, shine, sleet or snow! For info call (215) 227-5331. Jan. 17- State Rep. Ron Waters presents 191st House Dist.’s Community Service Awards Gala & Banquet at Renaissance Philadelphia Airport Hotel, 500 Stevens Drive, 5 p.m. For info (215) 748-6712. Jan. 19- Earthquake Moore leads community cleanup at New Fellowship Missionary Baptist Ch., 66th & Woodland Ave., 10 a.m.; Playing For The King youth basketball, 1 p.m.; historical reenactment march, 5 p.m. For info call Paul (215) 3862696. Jan. 28- Phila. Commercial Development Corp. presents Retirement Planning for Small Businesses at 1441 Sansom St., Suite 300, 6-7:30 p.m. For reservations call (215) 790-2200 or email events@pcdc1.com.

Jan. 28- Fundraiser for Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 1201 Filbert St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Call Jeff Felder for info (267) 8092626. Jan. 29- State Sen. Shirley Kitchen hosts Standards of Excellence accountability training for nonprofits in 3rd Senatorial Dist. at Learning Center/Temple Univ. Health System, Hunting Park Ave. & Stokley St., 9 a.m.-12 m., registration 8:30 a.m. Free for 3rd Dist. nonprofits, $30-40 for others. To inquire about registration call (215) 2276161 or email to kwaters@pasenate.com. Jan. 29- State Rep. Babette Josephs, Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, others on redistricting public forum at 1st Unitarian Ch., 2125 Chestnut St., 7:30-9:30. Jan. 30- Grand Opening Community College Ctr. for International Understanding and Biennial Magazine Breakfast, 8 a.m., Ctr. for Business & Industry Rm., C2-5, 18th & Callowhill. Apr. 25- German American Police Association honors Geno’s Joe Vento as Man of Year at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd. For details call President Jim Schwartz (856) 236-2286.

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by Joe Sobran At times you get the feeling liberals regard prayer as a threat to the 1st Amendment. The US Supreme Court has led the way, moving from the position public-school prayers are unconstitutional to its latest refinement, the view student-led prayers at public high-school football games are also, by extension, unconstitutional. After all, the loudspeakers are paid for with public money and the prayers are uttered with the implicit

approval of the school. This new addition to the liberal Deposit of Faith has provoked a reaction, especially in the South, where folks tend to feel separation of church and state must not be construed to mean separation of church and football. Now the people in the stands are praying aloud together in defiance. Needless to say, the New York Times is in an editorial lather about it, seeing these prayers as the seeds of another Spanish Inquisition. The Paper of Record admits voluntary prayer is probably constitutional, but feels that that doesn’t make it less menacing. Or less unmannerly: Just

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Pennsylvanians have the unique ability to directly elect their representatives to the judiciary from the District Court level up to and including the Supreme Court. Every year someone, usually a self-proclaimed ‘blueribbon’ panel, decides it is time to push legislation through the General Assembly to end our right to vote for the judiciary. They suggest other blue-ribbon panels that will make choices from those seeking ascension to the various benches. They claim this will remove partisanship and end the influence of the political parties over the tenure of the judges. Under the current system, they say, judges need constantly to curry favor from their political parties in order to insure their reelection efforts. We expect these meritorious-selection committees to bang the cymbals and press harder for their way of selecting judges. They have the ammunition. Several members of the 1st Judicial Dist. (Philadelphia) have been reprimanded. These include Judges on the District (Traffic) Court, Municipal Court and Court of Common Pleas. Only one of them was accused of indiscretion in judicial rulings, however. The Philadelphia Judiciary is peopled with jurists who have earned stellar reputations throughout their tenure. They have brought a great deal of credit to the Philadelphia bench and justified the wisdom of the voters in electing them to the bench. This will not stop those who would use the recent decisions handed down concerning a handful of our judges to campaign against voter selection of all our judges. We ask our readers, all voters, and many of them involved in the election of judges, to continue to defend the right of the voters to make the choice of who sits on our judiciary. We don’t need to see that process taken from public scrutiny and hid behind a select-panel procedure. In elite, closed-door arenas like these, it’s whom you know, not what you know, that will determine who gets to don a judge’s robe.

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Page 11 Usually, the first few weeks of the New Year make most Americans (and even naturally pessimistic Philadelphians) feel at least cautiously optimistic. On first blush, though, the beginning of 2009 isn’t looking so hot. The Gross National Product is down. Unemployment is up. Philadelphia is looking at some serious financial setbacks, which will be made even worse by the fact the current version of the Pennsylvania Legislature has folks from the Alabama Section of Pennsylvania running the Senate’s Appropriations Committee. To make things worse, Congress can’t seem to decide whom to seat, and every time I turn around another building on the Gaza Strip has been leveled by an Israeli rocket, leading to the deaths of hundreds of people who were doing mundane things like shopping for groceries, taking their kids to school, or finding shelter because their house was leveled in the last bomb blast. That the skies have been gray and cloudy over our fair city the last few days appears to be an omen. But even though it’s hard to be a “glass is half full” kind of person in this current environment, Americans really need to try at this point. Why? Because only the optimism of common Americans is going to save our bacon here. So.... I’m going to be optimistic about the fact at least for now the City isn’t shutting down 11 libraries. Sure, Mayor Michael Nutter is mad about this and says it’s not a good thing because now he’ll have to cut staff at all of the city’s libraries and may also have to lay folks off. But I see it as a chance for him to do something he didn’t do before he made this decision: talk to people about other alternatives. Instead of complaining about how unwilling these folks are to compromise, Mayor Nutter, how about engaging them? In the end, you all might be able to do something that benefits everyone. It’s a new year. Give it a shot. I’m also going to be optimistic about the new State Legislature. Sure, we no longer have State Sen. Vince Fumo to make sure Philadelphia gets its fair share of Pennsylvania’s tax monies. Nonetheless, I’m going to believe, at least for right now, we’ll have folks in charge who realize if you let the City fall because you believe all it needs is to be leveled by a nuclear warhead – then you’re screwing over the entire state. You may not like this, but Pennsylvania needs Philadelphia to survive. (Cont. Page 18)

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Yo! Here we go again with this tale that was sent told to me by one of my readers, Joanne P. Are you ready? Once upon a time, in a small town in South Jersey a fire started inside a local chemical plant and in a blink of an eye it exploded into massive flames. The alarm went out to all the fire departments for miles around. When the volunteer firefighters appeared on the scene, the chemical-company president rushed to the fire chiefs and said, “All of our secret formulas are in the vault. They must be saved. I will give $50,000 to the fire department that brings them out intact.” But the roaring flames held the firefighters off. Soon more fire departments had to be called in as the situation became desperate. As the firemen arrived, the president shouted out the offer was now $100,000 to the fire department who could bring out the company’s secret files. From the distance, a lone siren was heard as another fire truck came into sight. It was a volunteer fire company composed mainly of Italians, all of whom were over the age of 65. To everyone’s amazement, the little run-down fire engine, operated by these Italians, passed all the newer sleek engines parked outside the plant ... and drove straight into the middle of the inferno. Outside, the other firemen watched as the Italian old-timers jumped off, almost inside the flames, and began to fight the fire with a performance and effort never seen before. Within a short time, the old-timers had extinguished the fire and saved the secret formulas. The grateful chemical-company president joyfully announced for such a superhuman feat he was upping the reward to $200,000, and walked over to personally thank each of the brave, tough, elderly Italian firefighters. All the local TV news reporters rushed in after capturing the event on film, asking, “What are you going to do with all that money?” “Lemme tella you,” replied Lorenzo, the 70-year-old fire chief, “da firsta ting we a gonna do is fixa da no-good brakes on dat sonna-ma-beecha firetruck!”

Snooper’s Salutations Bureau: It is with great pleasure, that I wish ALL OF YOU, our loyal readers, “A HAPPY NEW YEAR”. My sincerest thanks for your loyalty. Yes, this old newspaper has survived another successful year and I would be the first to tell you, without you, this would never have happened. We welcome all those readers from The Olney Times, The News Gleaner and The Breeze. PLEASE consider us as your NEW NEWSPAPER. We welcome your participation, and also ALL your insights into making us a better newspaper for all of you! Snooper’s New Year Predictions: The Mayor, HON. MICHAEL NUTTER, can expect more problems and these will come from a very unexpected source. The Mummers’ fiasco will continue to ‘haunt’ him, and will leave him vulnerable in a lot of other new situations. City Council will have a lot to answer for this year, and they will not get away with what happened last year because they will be held accountable for all their nonsense. I also see some serious problems for them too. HEY, the former Mayor, John Street, will have problems with some of his own ridiculous actions, especially those involving THE CASINOS! Snooper’s EMAILS: Here’s one I just had to pass along to all of you. IS FUMO GOING TO JAIL? My answer is quite simple. I can’t see him getting away with these indictments against him. My answer is he definitely will be going to JAIL. For how long? Snooper’s MEMO: To all of my loyal readers: Yes, you can get me on my new Email address – ‘snooper2@live.com’. Please send me your comments, your local news and especially anything the rest of my readers would be interested in knowing about, like GOSSIP! Remember, anything you send me is between both YOU and ME. I will NEVER reveal any of my EMAIL sources, so don’t be afraid to send it to me. Thank You! Snooper’s F.Y.I. Files: I must let our misinformed Mayor know he has his facts concerning The HOMICIDE RATES all wrong. Mr. Mayor, where do you get your facts from? Because the last figures we have contradict what you have been telling us. The Homicide Rates are ‘skyrocketing’ and it’s not getting any better, Mr. Mayor. How can you tell us ‘the crime rate’ has decreased since last year? What medications are you on? Yes, you speak with ‘forked tongue’. You don’t fight crime by cutting Officers of the Police Dept. MAKES NO SENSE TO ME! (Cont. Page 18)

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The candidates for Appellate Judge positions are starting to emerge. Common Pleas JUDGE TERESA SARMINA, who has been a Common Pleas Judge for 11 years (how time flies), is seeking election to the Superior Court. JUDGE JIMMY LYNN has declared for the Commonwealth Court and well-known trial lawyer STEVE POLLACK is a candidate for Superior Court. Philadelphia trial lawyer JOE WATERS is a candidate for Judge of the Municipal Court. Sitting JUDGE PAT DUGAN, who is just back from his second tour of duty in Iraq, is seeking a full term as a Municipal Court Judge. JIM LLOYD, the brotherin-law of former CONGRESSMAN BOB BORSKI, plans to fill for Municipal Court. Also seeking a full term is JUDGE TOM NOCELLA. For Common Pleas, TOM MARTIN, who has been longtime volunteer attorney for City Committee, is seeking a 10-year term. For District Attorney a former City Councilman, DAN McELHATTON; the brother of Supreme Court JUSTICE SEAMUS McCAFFERY, DAN McCAFFERY; and SETH WILLIAMS are all seeking the spot for District Attorney which is being vacated by LYNNE ABRAHAM. JUDGE LEON TUCKER has expressed an interest in the office in the event a vacancy occurs and it is filled by the Board of City Judges choice. Rumor has it Lynne Abraham will be an active candidate for the US Senate in 2010. This would be difficult for her, since she has a longtime friendly relationship with the Republican incumbent ARLEN SPECTER. Also mentioned for the US Senate are STATE SEN. MIKE STACK and the host of the network news show “Hardball” CHRIS MATTHEWS. The members of the General Assembly who were elected in November were all sworn into office in Harrisburg. Among those taking the oath of office were State Sen. Mike Stack, who has recently been designated vice chairman of the minority on the Appropriations Committee, and newly elected STATE REP. BRENDAN BOYLE, who won a highly contested seat vacated by longtime incumbent GEORGE KENNEY. With the death of veteran public servant KATHY BAKER KNOLL, the presiding officer in the Senate is now the leader of the Republican majority. It is an interesting anomaly that in the event the office of Governor is vacated, presently occupied by Democrat Ed Rendell, a Republican would take over as Governor. As each day passes and the change of leadership in the White House becomes more certain, the expectations for Barack Obama increase (some would say unrealistically) to effect the commencement of the recovery of the economy. Obama is more and more expected to be a “miracle worker.” Stay well in the New Year. Look out for “black ice.”


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CitiLife King Day service, African American exhibit & weekend options by Ruth R. Russell When a local civic leader came into the newspaper office where I worked in 1996 with the suggestion of a ‘Day On’ for Martin Luther King’s birthday, we were all rather dubious. Would people with a holiday on King Day be willing to give up their leisure to work in community service? The answer has been a resounding “yes,” and over the last 13 years more than 400,000 volunteers have participated just in this region. Plans are already underway for January 19, 2009. In addition, this year MLK 365 will begin to give people a chance to volunteer all year round, according to Todd Bernstein, president of Global Citizen and director of MLK 365 & the Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service. Call 215-665-2475 or visit www.mlkdayofservice.org to learn how to become involved.

‘America I Am’ Just in time for King Day on the 19th and the presidential inauguration on the 20th is the opening of a major new exhibit, ‘America I Am: The African American Imprint,’ at the National Constitution Center (NCC), 525 Arch St. on independence Mall, on Thursday, January 15. The show will focus on contributions of African Americans to the USA and feature more than 300 artifacts including a first edition of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the personal effects of Malcolm X and the door key to the cell where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” Between January 17 and 20, NCC will present a celebration of African American “firsts,” while on January 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., NCC is offering a variety of activities for all ages as well as a chance to help

Ruth Russell the needy. For more information about the exhibit and the many events planned, call 215409-6700 or visit www.constitutioncenter.org. Helping pure water A different way to be a Martin Luther King Day helper is to come to the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center (FWWIC) on Monday, January 19, between 10 a. m. and 1 p.m. Here volunteers will focus on environmental health issues related to

water by creating a temporary art exhibit, ‘Caring for Your Watershed,’ for visitors to view. FWWIC is located at 640 Waterworks Drive and is generally open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. To learn more, and for directions, visit www.fairmountwaterworks.com or call 215-685-0723. W e ’ l l h a v e some more King Day o pt i o ns next week. Swordfighting Day Meanwhile, looking to this weekend, we see that the popular Narnia Family Fun Days continue at the Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., with ‘Swordfighting 101’ on Saturday, January 10, at 11 a.m. Also featured will be live Caricature Painting at noon, Cross & Shield and Eco-wheel craft activities and ‘Chronicles of Thunderstorms’ at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. All events are keyed to Narnia and include live ani-

mals, music, face painting and a children’s book hour. Admission is free with general Sci-Pass tickets. Call 215448-1200 or visit www.fi.edu for more information. Preview & Poe 200th The Free Library of Philadelphia will present noted Edgar Allan Poe actor David Keltz, as the famed author, and Park Ranger Helen McKennaUff, as his fiancée Helen Whitman, at the Central Branch, 19th and Vine Streets, this Saturday, January 10, at 1 p.m., in anticipation of Poe’s 200th birthday celebration. The official Friends of Poe bicentennial birthday party will take place next Friday evening, January 16, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the building of the German Society, at Seventh and Spring Garden Streets, across from the Poe House. There will be a performance and a tasting of wines mentioned in Poe’s

works as well as a look at the exhibit, which opens on Saturday, January 17, at 2 p.m., with a talk by a Poe scholar. This heralds a year of events. For complete information, call the Poe National Historic Site at 215-597-8780 or visit www.nps.gov/edal. Secret Agent 23 Skidoo Dodge Caravan Peanut Butter and Jams will welcome Secret Agent 23 Skidoo at World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., on Saturday, January 10. The show starts at 11:30 a.m.; doors open at 11. This performer mixes traditional funk, blue grass, reggae and blues with classic hip hop, and adds a cast of entertaining characters, for a sound that parents and kids can relate to. Admission is charged and a kid-friendly buffet is available (not included in ticket price). For complete details, call 215222-1400 or visit www.worldcafelive.com. Email news for CitiLife to ruth@phillyrecord.com.


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For $25, Mexican dinner and dance the night away by Len Lear Beginning on January 18 (and continuing every third Sunday of each month) Paxia will be offering a three-course meal for $25, with a chance to dance it off with dance instructor Tim Cartlidge, of Society Hill Dance Academy. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. with dance lessons to follow. Space is limited, so reserve your spot early and put on your dancing shoes! Paxia is a Mexican BYOB which opened July 8, 2008, at 746 Christian St. in the Bella

Vista section of South Philadelphia, formerly home to another Mexican eatery, Molcajete Mixto. Paxia also has a monthly house music party on the last Monday of every month, beginning at 10 p.m. For just a $5 cover, they have a disc jockey, free beer while supplies last and a late night menu until midnight. Housemade mixes are also available. Outside alcohol is permitted for guests 21 and older. Paxia serves authentic

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New photographs by David Graham will be on exhibit at in the Carolyn Fiedler-Alber Gallery at Allens Lane Art Center, 601 W. Allens Lane, January 9-February 20. An artist/lecture fundraiser ($20) with Graham will take place at 6 p.m. on the 9th, followed by

the opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Visitors and prospective students will be welcome at an open house on Saturday, January 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information about classes and programs, call 215-248-0546 or visit www.allenslane.org.

Mexican cuisine with a focus on the flavors of Mexico City. The menu was created by co-owner Chef Dionicio Jimenez and executed by co-owner Chef Ismael Torrez. Paxia, which means “peace” in Spanish, uses the vivid colors of Mexico both on the walls and tablecloths. Large enough to seat 100 guests, it has a cozy feeling with hardwood floors, adobe pottery, woven Aztec tapestries and Mexican figurines. A small shop in the back of the restaurant sells Mexican imports — glassware, bowls, artifacts and artwork. It also offers brunch on Saturday and Sunday with a help-yourself Bloody Mary, Mimosa and Sangria bar for $8 per person. (You provide the alcohol, and they provide the rest.) For more information,

Len Lear call 215-413-0171 or visit www.paxiaphilly.com. Prime Rib at sub-prime price The Prime Rib, 1701 Locust St., is one of the area’s top steakhouses where you can normally pay between $35 and $50 just for an entrée, but starting this week until January 24, you can enjoy a three-course meal for $35 every evening starting at 4:30 p.m. You can start your

dinner with a Caesar salad or roasted tomato soup with choices of entrée including roast prime rib of beef or grilled Atlantic salmon, all served with string beans and mashed potatoes. For dessert you can pick from an assortment of housemade desserts including chocolate mousse and cheesecake. For more information or reservations, call 215-7721701 or visit www.theprimerib.com. Beer-Tasting Saturday World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., which is known primarily for their live music concerts but which also serves up some pretty good vittles, will be conducting a “Winterfest Beer Tasting” this Saturday, January 10, from 1 to 4:30 pm. Tickets are just $30, and admission will include lots of local and national brews as well as a self-serve buffet.

Many of the dishes will also be made with beer; for example, Victory-braised short ribs; Flying Fish-steamed fennel sausage; Not your Mom’s pot roast; brisket with Riverhorse; Dogfish chicken wings; Sierra Nevada potato salad; Yards’ chocolate cake; hot dogs, Bavarian-style; pretzels, vegetables with dips, and assorted cheeses. A variety of stouts, porters, winter seasonals, and special holiday brews will be available for your consumption. There will also be live entertainment. All customers will also be given a complimentary sixounce World Café Live logo pilsner glass. A World Café Live spokesman told me that only 100 tickets would be sold for this beer-tasting/pigout. For more information or to get tickets, call 215-222-1400 or visit www.worldcafelive.com.


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service as the foundation of City government. Now all Philadelphians can access information or City services day or night,” said Mayor Michael Nutter. “Residents, businesses, or visitors – no matter who you are, you can get help whenever you need it.” 311 is intended to increase internal and external government accountability. 311 callers and walk-ins will receive a tracking number, allowing them to follow-up on their service request. They will also be given a specific time frame in which to expect the service to be provided so that they have clear expectations of when and how their request will be answered. “By clarifying customer service standards and streamlining the service order process, 311 will provide information and City services smarter, faster, and better,” said Managing Director Dr. Camille Barnett. “All citizens deserve a government they feel they can rely on for information and service requests. 311 is a simple way to meet that need.”

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Ringside With The Shadowboxer Cunningham Wants Rematch! On Dec. 11, 2008, boxing fans witnessed arguably one of the fights of the decade when Philadelphia’s Steve “USS” Cunningham defended his IBF Cruiserweight Title against Poland’s Tomasz “Goral” Adamek at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. After 12 amazing rounds of action, Cunningham relinquished his championship by a closely split decision. Cunningham, who started boxing in the Navy, wants to prove while his ship may have been hit, it wasn’t sunk. SHADOWBOXER has learned only three weeks after this epic battle, he has returned to training at the James Shuler Memorial Gym in West Philly and wants an immediate rematch. The problem is the fight was Cunningham’s mandatory defense and there was no automatic rematch option in the contract. Therefore, the only way he will be able to get a chance to re-

gain his title is if the boxing public demands one. And it appears that is exactly what is happening. Because boxing fans deserve the opportunity to see two of the best cruiserweights in the world go at it again, a petition for an immediate rematch has been posted on the website www.wewantarematch.com. So far, signatures have been collected from all over the United States, the United Kingdom, Poland, Canada, Australia, France, and Germany. Speaking of Philadelphia fighters who have returned to training, SHADOWBOXER has also learned John Pawlowski has resumed training at the Harrowgate Boxing Club following his impressive win on Vernoca Michael’s annual Holiday Children’s boxing show at the legendary Blue Horizon. Pawlowski stole the show that evening with his 23-second knockout of fellow Philadelphian John Goldwire.

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COUNCILMAN Frank DiCicco, 2nd from left, in Comic garb, is congratulated as he marked his 50th year as a marcher in the Mummer’s Parade. Saluting him are Dan McCaffery, Jim Harrity, Jr., and Jim Harrity III.

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On The Streets During New Year’s Day Celebrations Down With Two Streeters

VIPs TRAVELING down to famed Two Street Parade included John J. Dougherty, Sr., Charles Bernard, Dan McCaffery and Judge Kevin Dougherty. Photo by Joe Stivala

CONGRESSMAN Bob Brady, who led drive to fund Mummers Parade, led the String Band division up Broad street. With him are Bob Shannon of Quaker City, and Golden Slipper’s new Capt. Anthony Mazzone.

A TOAST to readers of Public Record was given by J u d g e Michael Sullivan and Hon. C h a r l e s Bernard at the conclusion of 2 Street parade events.

ENJOYING New Year’s Day gala at home of Henry Nicholas, head of Local 1199C, are Council Members Bill Green and Blondell Reynolds Brown. Photo by Joe Stivala

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Sensing they need to keep their anti-casino options open, State Sen.-Elect Larry Farnese, State Rep. Mike O’Brien and other State legislators have filed a petition with the State gaming board. They are objecting to a request filed by HSP Gaming L.P., the developer of the SugarHouse Casino in Fishtown, which seeking an additional year to get slot machines in operation. The lawmakers believe HSP has not timely addressed foreseeable challenges involved in developing the present waterfront site. Their petition asks the Pennsylvania Gaming Control

Board to deny HSP’s request for the extension, saying it has not complied with the law requiring the company to get 1,500 slot machines up and running at the former Jack Frost Refinery, or at a temporary location within one year after getting its license. State Sen. Michael Stack and State Reps. Bill Keller, John Taylor and Mike McGeehan were those joining O’Brien and Farnese in the petition. Farnese explained, “SugarHouse has steadfastly insisted on developing the proposed site and has not considered exploring another location or a temporary site. HSP should have foreseen certain major

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land-use problems and planned and acted accordingly. Meanwhile, the people of my District are not benefitting from the revenue the slots should have been generating.” According to O’Brien, HSP has made little progress developing the proposed site or exploring a temporary site in order to comply with the law. “HSP always had the right to ask for a temporary site, as other licensees have done,” O’Brien said. “But they did not. “The problem with this particular licensee is their site has major land-use problems that in all likelihood will not be resolved quickly, if at all. HSP is an experienced gaming business that should have foreseen these issues.” Bob Sheldon, president of SugarHouse, sees their action as counterproductive to the intent of the gaming legislation. “With the City finding itself in financial distress and having to close pools, libraries, etc., those legislators should be fighting on our side to allow us to create jobs and produce millions in tax dollars.”

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Out & About (Cont. from Page 11) I’m even going to be optimistic enough to think the Philadelphia delegation is going

to have a strong enough spine to remind their colleagues of this fact when Budget Appropriations time happens. I’m going to believe they’re going to say stuff like, “Hey, you jok-

ers took over the School District of Philadelphia. If it’s yours, you’ve gotta pay for it,” or, “Would you rather have the kids learning stuff in the libraries and possibly heading to Penn State or Kutztown State to go to college, or would you rather have them come to Reading, start drug labs, and make their money that way?” (Having lived in Reading for a while, I know for a fact that this last one is possible.) I’m going to be optimistic enough to believe the 111th Congress is going to take enough time out of its personal game of musical chairs to realize getting President-Elect

Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package together and passed as soon as possible is necessary for us to even begin the climb out of the grandiose financial hole in which we find ourselves as a nation. While I personally believe it’s too taxcut-heavy at a time where folks need to pay for what they use, it’s a start. Like I said, we’ve gotta be optimists here, or we’ll be royally screwed. So, despite my being a transplanted Philadelphian, embodied with all of the pessimism that includes, I’m going to be optimistic about what’s ahead.

SNOOPER (Cont. from Page 11) Snooper’s “HIGH FIVE”: How about those MUMMERS? They did show this City just how important they are, and they put their monies where their mouths are. The ordinary folks of this City of Brotherly Love did it for them, not anyone from “The City”. Congressman Hon. Bob Brady really embarrassed the Administration, along with Joey Vento of the famous Geno’s Cheesesteaks. Hey, why not share the millions of dollars they made for this City with their PARADE? Let’s give them 75%; after all, “The City”

contributed NOTHING to it. Snooper’s Good Charm Bureau: Tell me, what got into those EAGLES? I have never seen them play like they did against DALLAS, and score as easily as they did against them. McNabb really showed ALL OF US what he’s really all about, and that’s being one of the best you can be! Hey, I don’t care what they do in the upcoming PLAYOFFS, just remembering proudly what they did to DALLAS. Yes Philadelphia, hold your heads up high. Who knows what can happen, and how far they can go? Hey, all of you, just remember what THE PHILLIES did this year.


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Tourism Fund, for a year-todate total of $42.1 million; and $15.9 million for the Race Horse Development Fund, bringing the total for the year to $101 million. Acting Secretary of Revenue Stephen H. Stetler said sales tax receipts totaled $638.1 million, less than anticipated. Personal income tax (PIT) revenue in December was $734.3 million, $58.1 million below estimate. This brings

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Pennsylvania collected $2.1 billion in General Fund revenue in December, $156.6 million, or 6.9%, less than anticipated. Fiscal year-to-date General Fund collections total $11.2 billion, which is $814.5 million, or 6.8%, below estimate. What did continue to grow was the Gaming Fund’s receipts. That totaled $45.3 million in unrestricted revenues for December. Fiscal year-todate collections for the fund

million, which is $13.1 million below estimate. Non-tax revenue totaled $16.5 million for the month, $13.4 million below estimate, bringing the year-to-date total to -$107.4 million, which is $266.6 million below estimate. In addition to the General Fund collections, the Motor License Fund received $177 million for the month, $12.6 million above estimate. Fiscal year-to-date collections for the fund total $1.2 billion, which is $99.9 million, or 7.6%, below estimate.

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