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“The good things we do must be made a part of the public record”
F.O.P. Lodge 5 President John J. McNesby announces support of the Police Union of Seth Williams for DA and Alan Butkovitz for Controller, on his right, and judicial candidates Fran Shields and Anna Marie Coyle, among a full slate.
April 16, 2009
MUSLIM League of Voters threw its 250,000 membership behind Daniel McCaffery in the race for District Attorney at its Masjid Muhammad in Germantown. They also endorsed Brett Mandel in City Controller race. Imam Jamil Abdullah said, "We proudly endorse someone who is very much one of us: the son of an immigrant who has worked hard for everything he has, a man who speaks for the excellence of all humanity, a man of conPhoto by Daoud Starling viction and justice who will truly be a voice for the victim."
Cops Endorse Williams; Muslims Back McCaffery
Brady Says It For All of Us Congressman Robert A. Brady this week said the passing of Harry Kalas marks the end of an era. “Harry Kalas was a Philadelphia institution. For almost 40 years we have listened to Harry. He made play-by-play sing and his voice could put you inside the stadium, whether you were watching the game on TV or you were stuck in traffic and listening on your car radio. This is a sad day for our city and all Phillies fans,” the Congressman commented.
Traditional voting patterns are disappearing in the District Attorney’s race for the Democratic Nomination in the May 19 election. The Fraternal Order of Police on Tuesday endorsed Seth Williams for District Attorney. At the same time
Dredging Means Jobs! Gets Final Green Light The Army Corps of Engineers has concluded the proposed deepening of the Delaware River poses “no significant adverse environmental effects” in a newly released environmental assessment (EA). The new EA paves the way for the commencement of project construction and the thousands of family-supporting jobs that will accompany increased commerce along the Delaware River. “This Environmental Assessment confirms what the Philadelphia Re-
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Black Legislators Seeks End To ‘Rogue’ Officers
several miles away in the Germantwon section of the City, the Muslim League of Voters announced it was
asking its 250,000 members to supThe Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus has sent a letter to Philadelphia port Daniel McCaffery for District Mayor Michael Nutter decrying the recent allegations of abuses and civil rights Attorney. Early Black clergy group endorseviolations by members of the Philadelphia Police Dept. Recent treatment of State Rep. ments have gone to Williams, but the Jewell Williams by Police as he tried McCaffery Campaign team anto ask police about an incident he was nounced it will have major Black witnessing helped trigger this re- clergy groups’ endorsement in the (Cont. Page 2) (Cont. Page 2) The three United Food and Commercial Workers locals that represent nearly 3,000 workers in the PennsylTRI-STATE MALL Claymont, Delaware vania Wine and Spirits Shops have reached a tentative joint agreement (302) 798-7079 with the State and its other major 5 Minutes from Comm. Barry Bridge, Naaman’s Rd, Turn Left, Next to K-Mart unions to avoid the need for rolling Winston Marlboro Camel Salem furloughs as the Commonwealth ad$ .49 $ .50 $ .49 42 46 45 Carton Carton Carton dresses its current budget crisis. Monarch Kool Liggett $ .49 Wendell W. Young, IV, president $ .99 $ .99 Carton of UFCW Local 1776 and chair of the 45 Carton 38 Carton $37.49Carton $47.99 (Prices Subject to Change) • SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING: Quitting Smoking Now Greatly Reduces Serious Risks To Your Health (Cont. Page 2)
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DA’s Race Makes For Odd Couples (Cont. From Page 1) coming weeks. The FOP endorsement of Williams came as no surprise, since it was reported “bad blood” had flowed during the Seamus McCaffery race for Supreme Court. That spilled into this D.A.’s race and changed the course of the endorsement. The Muslims also endorsed Brett Mandel for City Controller as well as Judge Angeles Roca, and judicial candidates Adam Beloff, Joseph Waters, Roxanne Covington and Jonathan Irvine. The FOP endorsed a full slate including incumbent City Judge Jimmy Lynn for Commonwealth Court. For Court of Common Pleas, they endorsed Judges Dan Anders and Angeles Roca, Elinore O’Neill Kolodner, Anne Marie Coyle, Beverly Muldrow, Fran Shields, and Roxanne Covington. Incumbent City Controller Alan
Butkovitz won its support. In Municipal Court, the FOP slated Judge Patrick Dugan and Joseph Waters and did the unusual by asking its members to vote no on Nov. 3 against Judge Craig Washington, in Municipal Court. McCaffery earlier welcomed Williams back to the race, saying, “I look forward to debating him on the issues that matter most to voters — fighting crime and corruption”. He said his challenge was not meant to knock off Williams. “Judge Tereshko went further than we expected by simply kicking Williams off the ballot and not letting him amend his reports to show his ‘reimbursements’ were indeed income. Now I hope Seth will take this opportunity explain why his personal and campaign finances are not in order. Hopefully, Seth Williams will answer the question of how a candidate for DA
ALL SMILES are Seth Williams and Controller Alan Butkovitz on their receiving endorsement from FOP President John J. McNesby. who had to admit under oath in Philadelphia. He is also backed by the he must use his mother's credit card to make purchases be PHA police. trusted to run such a critical In the last two weeks, he $30 million agency.” has received the backing of Williams this week also the Black Clergy of Philadelpicked up another major en- phia and Vicinity and Philly dorsement from a law en- for Change, one of the city’s forcement group when he was leading progressive groups. McCaffery has locked up endorsed by the Guardian Civic League Inc. of Philadel- the endorsements of the phia, a local chapter of The Philadelphia Council of the National Black Police Associ- AFL-CIO and the Building ation. The Guardian Civic Trades Association. YesterLeague represents more than day he received the official 2,500 African American ac- backing of the Fire Fighters tive and retired police officers union.
DA CANDIDATE Dan McCaffery tells Amir Suetwedien Muhammad he appreciates endorsement of Muslim League of Voters. Growth Web site was altered Toomey Gearing Up to delete a reference to his For Specter Battle work selling derivatives for Pat Toomey resigned this the firm Morgan Grenfel Fiweek as president of the antinance Inc. “Why did you seek tax Club for Growth, clearing to omit this fact as you ready the decks for his expected priyour Senate campaign?” mary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter wrote in a letter faxed Specter. The advocacy group to Toomey at the Club for said in a statement that Growth’s Washington headToomey was leaving to “purquarters. sue other opportunities.” ForMark Harris, a spokesman mer Rep. Chris Chocola will for Toomey, brushed off the be the group’s new president. question as a rehash of Specter this week pressed Specter’s attack ad and an irToomey to explain why his relevant issue. “How many biography on the Club for times has the biography on
Rogue Cops Must Go Covington Builds Support (Cont. From Page 1) sponse. Williams was handcuffed and taken to District despite the fact he identified himself as a State Legislator. "It is this body's position that while public safety is and should be a top priority, it should never come at the expense of individual civil rights," PLBC Chairman Ronald G. Waters, said in his letter. "While the PLBC has the greatest respect for the
vast majority of Philadelphia police officers who, with integrity, put their lives on the line each day for our safety, it is unacceptable to turn a blind eye to those rogue officers who violate our laws and disregard individual civil rights. PLBC Secretary State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson also made a statement regarding the behavior of the officers involved. "Philadelphia Police Offi-
cers are public servants and it's never acceptable for them to act in a disrespectful manner when dealing with the public," Johnson said. The PLBC has requested Nutter convene a meeting of Philadelphia leaders and stakeholders to begin the process of healing community wounds and rebuilding the community's trust in the Police Dept. The caucus is actively exploring possible
UFCW Avoid Layoffs (Cont. From Page 1) committee that represents UFCW Locals 1776, 23 and 27 in negotiations with the Commonwealth, announced the tentative agreement to UFCW members. The agreement covers UFCW, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the Service Employees International Union. “The agreement is good for the members of each of our unions and good for the citizens of the Commonwealth,”
Young said. “It avoids rolling furloughs and balances in a fair way the needs of the State, and is a fair approach to a fiscal challenge that if left unaddressed could impact the welfare of state employees even though they bear no responsibility for the budget shortfalls.” Young said under the agreement the State will restructure its contributions to the Commonwealth’s employee healthcare benefits fund."We especially appreciate our working partnership with Dave Fill-
man, executive director of District Council 13 of AFSCME, and Kath Jellison, president of SEIU Local 668, in forging this tentative agreement, and the cooperation of the Governor and his representatives as we negotiated,” Young added. Local 1776 represents 23,000 members in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York in supermarkets, drug stores, food-processing and manufacturing, government services, nursing homes, professional offices and Pennsylvania’s Wine and Spirits Shops.
LABORERS lined up in force with their favorite Judicial aspirant distinguished attorney Roxanne Covington. From left, they are Ken Washington, Alvin Harris, Local 332 Business Mgr. Sam Staten, Jr., Covington, Carl Jackson and Local 332 President Cory Robinson.
ENJOYING fundraiser at Sullivan’s for Roxanne Covington were, from left, Covington, Councilwoman at Large Blondell Reynolds Brown and Domenick Cippolini. Photo by Patricia Hawkins
BREAKFAST fundraiser for Roxanne Covington at Laborers’ Hall showed serious union support, including, from left, Operating Engineers Business Mgr. Butch Bennett, Cement Masons Business Mgr. Mike Fera, Covington and Operating Engineer/21st Ward Democratic Leader Lou Agre.
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PHA Now Using $timulus Fixing Homes, Creating Jobs The complete renovation and energy upgrading of 300 houses and apartments will be the first of several projects the Philadelphia Housing Authority will complete with the $90 million in stimulus funds approved this year by Congress and signed by the president. Work will begin immediately on the properties, located on scattered blocks throughout the city. These units would sit vacant if not for the influx of these new Federal dollars. Cost of the
renovations will average about $100,000 per house or apartment and will include installation of highly energy-efficient heaters and water heaters, windows, doors and insulation, Energy Star appliances and new roofs. “This project will have two immediate benefits, the most obvious being 300 homes for low-income families who will pay rents based on their income. The other benefit is that the improvements to these homes will up-
Feds Damp Down Religious Displays The Menorah and Christmas Creche will probably end their annual appearances at Independence National Historical Park. Every year around Christmas time, both the Menorah and Christmas Nativity Scene would appear to commemorate their respective holidays in the Park, near the Visitor’s Hall. But that ends with a letter each group has received from Cynthia MacLeod, Superin-
tendent of the Park. She writes, a “new policy at Independence National Historical Park regarding signs and displays in the park requires all displays and signs be attended at all times.” This policy, she says, “was included in the 2009 Superintendent’s Compendium. It is similar to policies that are found in the regulations of National Park sites across the country.”
grade the quality and property values of entire blocks,” said PHA Executive Director Carl Greene. PHA has hired Hunter Roberts Construction Company to manage the 24-month project, and is working closely with the city’s building-trade unions to ensure a diverse workforce. Renovation of the 300 scattered properties is the largest of the stimulus-backed projects, but there will be at least five others. The Plymouth Hall senior building at 22nd & Tioga Streets, vacant since being destroyed by fire in 2004, will be rebuilt. The building had featured 72 units, but will be converted to 53 modern apartments. Upgrades include high-efficiency water heaters, windows and insulation, solar panels for heat, a “green” roof to prevent excess water run-off, and Energy Star appliances. Project completion time is 24 months. PHA will build 25 twostory quad-plexes for disabled citizens on vacant land the agency owns at various locations. Each structure will include four handicap- acces-
DRS Has Website Change Delaware River Stevedores, Inc., one of the largest cargo-handling companies operating in the Mid-Atlantic region, announced the launch of their new website, www.d-rs.com. The overhaul introduces a more customerfocused, interactive website that better showcases the company’s 100+ years of experience as a full-service stevedore and marine-terminal operator. The new site includes video clips from DRS representatives and terminal managers, as well as maps, driving directions and technical data useful to shippers and receivers. Visitors to the site will also find information on the company’s operating locations, major cargoes, and cruise terminal. “Our old website lacked personality,” said Robert Palaima, DRS president. “By
revamping the site, we were able to introduce more information on our variety of services, as well as showcase the expertise of DRS management.” DRS provides full-scale terminal stevedoring operations at five locations in Philadelphia, Camden, N.J. and Wilmington, Del. Jointly
owned by Ports America and SSA Marine, DRS is the largest employer of the International Longshoreman’s Association on the Delaware River, last year supplying nearly one million man-hours. DRS corporate headquarters are located in Center City Philadelphia.
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sible apartments, including vertical lifts to the secondfloor units. Features include high-reflective roofing, solar hot water and electric, highly efficient water heaters, windows and insulation as well as Energy Star appliances. Completion will take 36 months. PHA will totally rehab or build new 23 homes on Markoe Street in West Philadelphia. Completion of this block will mark the final area of the sprawling Lucien E. Blackwell Homes community. These homes will be built to the highest energy standards, in some cases using the facades of the exist-
ing homes, and include solar panels for hot water and Energy Star appliances. PHA will upgrade the sprinkler standpipes in 18 high-rise buildings from the current dry system to wet to comply with current safety codes. This work will take 36 months to complete. PHA will upgrade energy systems at 31 of its buildings. The work includes electrical, heating, plumbing, and mechanical systems as well as elevators. The result will be improved efficiency with the ability to monitor and control all the buildings’ systems remotely. Completion of this work will require 36 months.
$5M Boost For Airport CONGRESSMAN Bob Brady thanks US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood yesterday, at announcement of $5 million in federal funds for Phila. International Airport under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
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never got the bail. She’s concerned about family, community and safety. The rash of police killings and the abuse that continues to occur from repeat criminals is what prompted her to get into the race. “I realize I’m an underdog. I’m lucky to have the Republican endorsement. That’s a cushion. I need to build on that and know there are many concerned Democrats, worried over the same problems.” In fact, a lot of her early support has come from police and firefighters and their families, especially those who
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“My mother didn’t raise me to be a quitter,” says Anne Marie B. Coyle, the pretty lady with a map of Ireland. You can’t miss she’s a St. Patty girl, especially when she smiles. That’s been her answer to those who wonder why she hasn’t withdrawn from the Judicial race for the Court of Common Pleas on the Republican ticket because she will wind up pretty far down in the voting machine. This week she received the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 and Firefighters Local 22, no small achievements. A busy attorney, working with Steve Marino, Esq., down in South Philadelphia, she has been focusing on family law. Prior to that she spent over 15 years in the District Attorney’s office, covering the gamut of crimes found in
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nomic Recovery dollars to American families. Fattah joined Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack as the Secretary chose Philadelphia’s historic and innovative Reading Terminal Market to announce the dramatic expansion for SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, a benefit that provides healthy food for low-income families. “We are celebrating a significant ‘win-win’ for the American people today with Stimulus money boosting our economy by sending nutritious food directly to the kitchen tables of our neediest families,” the Congressman said. SNAP will receive $20 billion over five years under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which Fattah voted for in Congress. About $700 million additional is coming to Pennsylvania, including $200 million for the Philadelphia area. The higher benefit, which began Wednesday, Apr. 1, will mean an extra $80 a month in nutritious food.
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AT PRESS conference are Phila. School District CEO Dr. Arlene Ackerman; Mayor Michael Nutter; incoming School Reform Commission chairman Robert L. Archie Jr., Esq.; and Gov. Ed Rendell. Outgoing chairman Sandra Dungee Glenn has been named by Rendell to State Board of Education.
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OUTGOING School Reform Commissioner Martin Bednarek listens to Mayor Michael Nutter and Gov. Ed Rendell at press conference announcing new appointments to the SRC. Seated next to him, from left, are continuing members Dr. Heidi Ramírez and Denise Armbrister, and newly appointed members Johnny Irizarry, Robert Archie Jr., Esq. and Joseph Dworetsky, Esq. Photos by Bonnie Squires
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Local 634 Keeps Ties Members of Local 634 turned out to vote overwhelmingly last Saturday to stay in UNITE HERE and leave the Philadelphia Joint Board. This vote affirms the Mar. 6 decision of their Executive Board. They also presented petitions signed by over 1000 Local 634 members, representing a majority of the entire bargaining unit. The meeting had been
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called by Lynne Fox for the Easter holiday weekend. It was convened by President Doris Smith at 10 a.m. Those assembled voted overwhelmingly in favor of staying with UNITE HERE and leaving the Philadelphia Joint Board. After the Local 634 meeting adjourned, Lynne Fox, Philadelphia Joint Board manager, convened a second meeting. “Now is the time to put all this behind us, and to focus on negotiating our contract with the School District. We need to be working together now, to fix the problems that need solving in our schools. SEIU should stop invading our union and show us all some respect,” said Doris Smith, president of Local 634, UNITE HERE. Local 634 represents approximately 2,000 cafeteria workers and noon-time aides in the Philadelphia School District. The School District recognizes Local 634 UNITE HERE, not the Philadelphia Joint Board. The Philadelphia Joint Board recently voted to leave UNITE HERE and has affiliated with SEIU. UNITE HERE represents 450,000 members in the US and Canada, including over 75,000 food-service workers working in airports, universities, museums, offices, and in the school districts of Chicago, Philadelphia, and schools in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
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nomic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C., and the Keystone Research Center in Harrisburg, finds that unionization raises the wages of the average service-sector worker in Pennsylvania by nearly 9%. Nationally, unionization raises the average servicesector wage by 10.1%. “In many people’s minds,
unionization is linked to manufacturing jobs — to well-paid work in industries like steel production and auto making,” said Mark Price, PhD, KRC’s labor economist. “But today, more than three-quarters of all jobs in the country are service jobs, and there, as in other sectors, unions provide important benefits,” Price added.
In Pennsylvania, according to the study, more than 77% of the workforce is in service-sector jobs, and the unionization rate in those jobs is 14.7%. The median wage for unionized workers in the service sector in Pennsylvania is $19.31, while for non-union members it is $14.27. Service-sector jobs include health-care, child-care,
and food service workers; clerks, housekeepers, janitors — essentially all jobs except those in agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining, manufacturing and construction. The new report, “Unions and Upward Mobility for Service-Sector Employees,” is available online at http://www.cepr.net/documents/publications/unions-
service-2009-04.pdf. It analyzes data on workers from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey, covering the years 2004 through 2007. The study found that the impact of unions on servicesector employees in lowwage occupations was especially substantial. For workers in the 15 lowestpaying jobs, unionization raised wages by 15.5%.
Pat Meehan Puts It Together ‘Tea Party’ Draws 300 The Meehan for Pennsylvania Committee announced today it has retained a team of professionals to assist with Pat Meehan’s Gubernatorial exploratory committee. Chris Mottola is a nationally recognized political media consultant. Mottola has designed media campaigns for Republicans across the country and political spectrum. The New York Times praised his “national reputation for winning” and some of his recent clients include Sen. John McCain, former President George W. Bush, Gov. George Pataki, Sen. Arlen Specter and the Republican Governors Association. Mike Hudome is president of MH Media, a respected force in Republican politics producing television and radio advertising for candidates for political office, leading trade associations and state GOP party committees. Hudome was a founding member of Foxhole Productions, the creative team for McCain’s campaign for President, and he
led the effort for the McCain comeback in New Hampshire. Hudome’s advertising was called “authentic” by Ad Week, “powerful” by the New York Times, and “effective” by NBC News. He has held senior positions at the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and he served as Executive Director of the Delaware Republican Party. Craig Snyder is managing partner of Ikon Public Affairs. Snyder has 25 years’ experience, and his career has spanned nearly every facet of public affairs including running for Congress in 1992, serving as a public-policy specialist with the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and chief of staff to Specter, and assisting numerous campaigns with advertising. Vince Galko has worked in Pennsylvania Republican politics for over a decade. He was executive director of the Republican State Committee, and served as campaign manager for Hazleton Mayor Lou
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Barletta in his run for Congress. He was named regional administrator for the Dept. of Education by President George W. Bush. He also served on the staffs of Sens. Rick Santorum and Arlen Specter and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. In 2004, Vince was deputy executive director for Bush-Cheney ‘04 in Pennsylvania, and in 2006, Campaigns & Elections magazine named Vince as one of its 10 Rising Stars. He is a senior associate at IKON Public Affairs. Tony Fabrizio was chief pollster to Bob Dole’s ’96 Presidential campaign and over the past 20 years has worked for scores of Senators, Congressmen and Governors. Fabrizio’s experience in electing and reelecting Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a potential 2012 Republican Presidential candidate in the face of a huge Democratic tide in a Democrat-leaning state, will be invaluable in Pennsylvania in 2010.
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Pennsylvania workers, like workers across the nation, have seen their wages stagnate or grow slowly in recent decades. But a report released last week shows being in a union significantly boosts the wages of Pennsylvania workers employed in service industries. The report, released jointly by the Center for Eco-
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HUNDREDS OF PROTESTERS gathered in Love Park yesterday at lunchtime “Tea Party” to protest the Obama Administrations excessive government spending. Many protesters held flags, and signs chanting “repeal the pork.”
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Rep. Waters Finds Good Answers At Keystone Mercy STATE REP. Ronald G. Waters takes a moment to have picture taken with Keystone Mercy Health Plan associate Sharon Roberts-Hawthorn. Roberts-Hawthorn is a member of Care Coordination team at Keystone Mercy, and she resides in Waters’ District. Waters paid a visit to Keystone Mercy Health Plan for question-and-answer session with associates. He toured Operations and PerformRx call centers.
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With the economic challenges facing the state and nation, maintaining access to quality, affordable health care is becoming a critical issue, especially for the most vulnerable citizens who rely on Medicaid. Medicaid is a taxpayerfunded public health-insurance program that finances essential health care and long-term care for children, the elderly and the disabled. In Pennsylvania, roughly 2 million residents — almost half of them children — are served by Medical Assistance, the State’s Medicaid program. Concern for these 2 million Pennsylvanians brought State Rep. Ronald G. Waters of the 191st Legislative Dist. to Keystone Mercy Health Plan’s offices. Waters is a top-ranking member of the General Assembly, serving as chairman of the
Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. During his visit, the lawmaker saw how the Medicaid program is administered, and he was able to ask questions of Keystone Mercy staff who work directly with Medicaid recipients. Keystone Mercy is a Medicaid managed-care plan serving more than 300,000 people in Southeastern Pennsylvania. In the Representative’s District, it serves the majority of individuals and families on Medical Assistance. “Rep. Waters understands this is an issue of extraordinary importance, and he should be commended for the attention he’s focusing on helping his constituents and our most vulnerable residents,” said Jay Feldstein, DO, corporate chief medical officer, Keystone Mercy Health Plan. “Each new
STATE REP. Ronald G. Waters recently attended a question and answer session with associates at Keystone Mercy Health Plan. Pictured with Waters, front row center, areDassociates who reside in his district. report about our struggling medical outcomes, while also economy, and the families it af- controlling costs. The comfects, underscores the urgency pany’s success has made it the of ensuring a stable Medicaid largest Medicaid managed care plan in the state. managed-care program.” A well-funded Medicaid program guarantees access to affordable health care for the state’s most vulnerable residents, while a well-managed program saves taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Keystone Mercy showed the representative how it coordi- Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha nates care to help increase ac- Sorority, Inc., century-old Hiscess to doctors and improve torically Black Greek Lettered Organizations, have teamed up to address issues on the minds of Philadelphia’s youth: sexual health and social well-being. For the past 18 years, these two organizations have provided an open forum, affectionately called Project Alpha/Project AKA, for teens ages 13-17, to assemble and Continued Excellence in Service to our Community discuss their thoughts about sexuality, healthy relationships • Member of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and other social issues. and American Bar Associations This year’s Project Alpha/Project AKA will be • Former Philadelphia Chief Assistant held on Saturday, Apr. 18 at City Solicitor Thomas Jefferson University (Alumni Hall), located at 1020 • Highest Legal and Ethical Rating as Locust Street in downtown voted by my peers in the legal community Philadelphia. The event begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. and ends • Spent entire legal career fighting at 3:00 p.m. Project Alpha/Project AKA for the rights of injured individuals is a free event for both teens and parents. The program in• Former Teamster Driver cludes four workshops for teens titled, “HIV/STD 101”, “Gender Roles”, “Pregnancy Prevention/Abstinence/STIs” and “Dating and Relationships”. tic ocra To register for this event, m e D imary please e-mail project-alphaPr 19th firstname.lastname@example.org for a regMay istration form or call (215) 871-4147 or (215) 745-1922 for With late uncle Congressman and Ambassador Tom Foglietta Paid for by Committee to Elect Angelo Foglietta Judge more information.
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R.I.P. Harry K. With the passing of sportscaster Harry Kalas, Philadelphia loses a great civic spokesperson and servant of the people. In his own way, Kalas was a Hall of Famer who played a precious role in bringing our city together. If we at this newspaper did our job one-tenth as well as Kalas did his, year after year, game in game out, we too could sleep well when the Great Game finally ends and the stadium lights wink off.
Apr. 18- W. Phila. Democratic Club’s Grand Opening at 101 N. 52nd St., 3-5 p.m. Meet & greet candidates. For info call ((215) 921-4832. Apr. 18- Joey Giardello Fundraiser at Veteran Boxers Assoc., 2733 E. Clearfield Ave., 3-7 p.m. $30 donation. For info (215) 462-8111. Apr. 19- Brett Mandel for Controller Fundraiser at Grey Lodge Pub, 6235 Frankford Ave., 4-6 p.m. Donation $50. For info call (215) 545-1809. Apr. 20- Brehon Society to honor President Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe at Union League, 5:15-7:30 p.m. $45. Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. RSVP by Apr. 15 to John J. Apr. 21- Fundraiser for Judge Angeles Roca at Wilson, Johnson & Zuber, 1 S. Broad St., Ste. 1830, 5 p.m. Apr. 21- Fundraiser for Judicial Candidate Joe Waters at Chiarella’s, 11th & Tasker Sts., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets $125. For info (215) 2189076. Apr. 21- Cheese & Wine Fundraiser for Judge Angeles Roca at Wilson, Johnson & Zuber Law Firm, 1 S. Broad St., Suite 1830, 5 p.m. Contributions $100, $250, $ 500. RSVP Van Fleet Wilson, Esq. (215) 988-9277. Apr. 22- Judge Earlene Green campaign kickoff,
Ocean City Restaurant, 231 N. 9th St., 7-9 p.m. For info call (215) 236-0828. Apr. 23- State Sen. LeAnna M. Washington, Penna. Housing Finance Agency and Penna. Dept. of Banking host free Financial Literacy and Housing Assistance Workshops at Center in the Park, 5818 Germantown Ave., 10 a.m.-12 m., and Emanuel Recreation Ctr., 8500 Pickering Ave., 6-8:30 p.m. Confirm now, seating may be limited. Refreshments. Call (215) 242-0472. Apr. 23- Fundraiser for State Rep. Rosita Youngblood at Finnigan’s Wake, 3rd & Spring Garden Sts., 6:30-9 p.m. Tickets $100. For info (215) 745-4306. Apr. 23- 2nd steering committee meeting for the North Broad Street Commercial Corridor Improvement Plan, 7 pm, Fountain Ballroom at The Yorkhouse, 5325 Old York Road.Steering Committee members and all Logan stakeholders invited. Apr. 24- Philly Young Dems candidates’ Meet & Greet happy hour at Public House at Logan Square, 1801 Arch St., 6-8 p.m. Free food and drink specials. $50 for candidates. Contact Mike Ellis (215) 8683914 or Matt Henley (215) 485-7132.
Apr. 24- Beef ‘n Beer for Anne Marie Coyle For Judge at Ashburner Inn, 8400 Torresdale Rd., 7-10 p.m. Tickets $35. DJ, beer, wine, soda. Mail donations to Committee To Elect Anne Marie Coyle, 222 Greendale Rd., Phila., PA 19154. Apr. 24- State Sen. Anthony Williams presents Steppingstone Scholars Gala at Please Touch Museum, N. Concourse & Memorial Hall Drs., 7-12 p.m. Tickets $250. For info call (Christine Beady (215) 599-0353, ext. 23 or visit email@example.com. Apr. 25- German American Police Association honors Geno’s Steaks’ Joe Vento as Man of Year at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd. For details call Jim Schwartz (856) 236-2286. Apr. 26- Mothers United Through Tragedy March (whatever the weather). Rally 2:30 p.m. at Broad & Spring Garden, followed by walk to City Hall, release of 333 balloons commemorating violent killings in 2008. Apr.28- Committee to Elect Judge Jimmy Lynn For Commonwealth Court Golf Outing, Juniata Golf Course, 1391 Cayuga St. Wendell Young III, chairman; cochairs Thomas J. Kilkenny,
Jr., Plasterers Union Local 8; Dan Grace, Teamsters Local 830; Keith Holmes, PGW Local 686; Bob Heenan, Operating Engineers Local 542l; and Pat Gillespie, president, Phila. Building Trades. Registration and lunch at 10:30 a.m. with Shotgun at 12 m., followed by dinner in Club House. For info call Fred Santarelli (267) 825-3403 or Kevin Warner 1 (717) 9395976. Apr. 29- Fish Fry for DA candidate Seth Williams at Lou & Choo’s, 2101 W. Hunting Pk. Ave, 5-9 p.m. For info (267) 549-1113. Apr. 29- Nino Tinari and other lawyers host reception for Angelo Foglietta for Judge of Court of Common Pleas. 5:30-7:30 p.m., 1528 Walnut St., 4th Floor. Make out checks to Committee to Elect Foglietta Judge. Apr. 29- Councilman Bill Greenlee invites all to attend free In the Plaza Arts Festival featuring Minas, music of Brazil, at Kimmel Ctr. Commonwealth Plaza Stage, 260 S. Broad St. Apr. 30- Fundraiser for State Rep. John Taylor at 1630 Latimer St., 5:30 p.m. $250, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. May 1- Councilwoman (Cont. Page 35)
Apr. 16- Phila. DA Candidates Forum hosted by with Phil Goldsmith, CeaseFirePA, Community College Bonnell Building (17th near Spring Garden St.), 6-7:30 p.m. Apr. 16- Matt Myers hosts Democratic 39B Ward Spring Festival at E. O’Malley Boys Club, Front & Moore Sts., 6 p.m. Tickets $50. For info (215) 467-4643. Apr. 16- Al Schmidt Republican For City Controller fundraiser at Loew’s Hotel, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Committee: Robert Asher, Fred Anton, Steve Harmelin, Charles Kopp, Michael Meehan and State Rep. John Perzel. Requested contribution $250 individual, $500 PAC. For info
call (215) 885-2177. Apr. 17- Southwark Civic Association hosts fundraiser at Colanzi Café, 1301 W Moyamensing Ave., 6-8 p.m. Free food, cash bar. $20. Call (267) 246-6347. Apr. 17- State Rep. Rosita Youngblood hosts Open House at 5736 Greene St., 12 m.-3 p.m. Refreshments. For info call (215) 849-6426. Apr. 17- Brett Mandel for Controller Fundraiser at Rembrandt’s Restaurant, 23rd & Aspen Sts., 6-9 p.m. Donation $50. For info call (215) 545-1809. Apr. 18- Ann Brown hosts Democratic Ward 40B’s Candidate Party at Roche Post, 6400 Paschall Ave., 12-4 p.m. $50. Apr. 18- State Sen. Mike Stack hosts Education & Job Fair at Holy Family University, 9801 Frankford Ave., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. All invited. For info (215) 281-2539.
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This spring is a busy political season. We urge our readers to check the Calendar on this page and take note of all the events that are going on. More than that – we actually urge you to attend at least one of them. Some events are free. Open houses and forums to meet and greet them are an easy and effective way to learn what issues are stake and how individuals who propose to deal with them differ. Two important City races in the May 19 primary are for the Democratic nominations for District Attorney and Controller. These two jobs, which are completely separate from the Mayor’s administration, get far less attention from the average voter than they deserve. One of them is vital to crime control, which is the single biggest concern of the average Philadelphian; the other is vital to budget control, which is busy gobbling up every public service in sight. Eight competent, thoughtful people are vying for these two jobs. If you learn who they are and why they’re running, you’ll make yourself a better citizen. If there is a candidate you already believe in, attend their fundraiser and pitch in. Money lubricates the wheels of democracy and it is a citizen’s moral duty to support candidates for public office with financial backing at times, just as we contribute to other worthy causes.
I put a call in to John Dougherty, Business Manager of IBEW Local 98 to find out the components that go into the recipe of accomplishment that the EOM Athletic Association has had in the neighborhood. “To all of us who grew up as part of the EOM community, it’s not a surprise that EOM has produced so many lead-
ers,” he articulates. He adds, “In addition to a love of sports and a respect for academics, EOM instilled in us an understanding that we had a responsibility to give back to the community where we lived and played.” What was the crucible? “For me, EOM was a family tradition. My dad was the long-time treasurer and the coach of
EOM’s City Championship baseball team. My brother Kevin and sister Maureen who coached her four kids there, are also long-time fixtures at EOM. All of us learned the best way to never forget where we came from was to never leave.” Any serving suggestions? Dougherty adds, “That commitment to a region and its people is
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what public service and leadership are all about.” It’s after school on a weekday and shouts of children playing in the after-school activities can be heard above the history lesson I’m getting from Ed McBride, EOM President of 42 years. In 1961, two men, “Shoie” Sisman, director of the 4th & Shunk Playground and Joe Fieger, the first athletic director, got together with the EOM Men’s Club to initiate a kiddie football team. The Men’s Club sponsored the first team, eponymously called EOM. Their team colors? Green, white and gold. Almost immediately, additional teams were added and five years later, there were five teams competing in the five weight divisions of the Philadelphia Athletic League. In the early ‘70s, under a brand-new, officially incorporated name, the EOM Athletic Association undertook the development of a big parcel of land at Front & Moore Streets. With the tremendous support of the community, both the Pennsport and Whitman Civic Associations, and scores of Mummers organizations, the complex was completed in stages. McBride, whose sustenance during his tenure, was his late wife Evelyn’s concern, patience and understanding about the EOM, as well as her willingness to pitch in with the work. “I miss her so much”. He poignantly recollects. “We were married 26 days short of 50 years. I miss her so much. We were boyfriend and girlfriend since we were 10 years old. We lived on Fitzgerald Street all that time.” In her memory, a cere-
EOM ALUMNI John Dougherty, State Rep. Bill Keller, Judge Kevin Dougherty, Ed McBride, Judge Walter Olszewski, Judge Michael Sullivan and John Keenan. mony took place on a very cold stant. I’m proud to have been Jan. 25, her birthday, and a plaque part of it and even prouder of my was installed on the front wall of father to make it a better place; the building. to be and have role models for Success stories abound here. the thousands of successful citiThe children of the working- zens it teemed out. People give class neighborhood, who grew here. And take part. The easiest up in EOM and had positive role thing is to complain, but it takes models to emulate, now have po- effort, time and commitment. sitions in society that only hard Good examples are shown to the work and good character can children from a young age. This achieve. is a class act organization. When Chief of Staff to New Jersey my mother died, John Gov. Jon Corzine is Ed Dougherty put the wheels in moMcBride, Jr. His character was tion to get a bronze tablet and shaped by the lessons learned at delicate it on her name. My EOM. “My father had triumphs brothers Dan and Greg were part and failures with EOM. There of the reception. It’s all about was a fire in the early ’80s that friendship and camaraderie.” burned part of the building and Traffic Court Judge and Conmany of the fundraising events troller of EOM Robert Mulgrew had to be cancelled while they went through EOM and then rebuilt. The athletic programs spent 15 years as a coach. “If slowed down but rebounded with you keep a kid off the street and a new enthusiasm. Where I am be a good influence, the time today is because I made a big spent with them is invaluable. commitment to play sports. I had They come home, do hometo lose weight, stick to the game work, get dinner, have practice plan and practice. That’s a big from 6:30 to 8:30, and fall asleep sacrifice for a kid, but there were in bed by 10. There is a ‘giveenough other boys there, and back’ attitude. Our fathers did it seeing how the coaches gave of for us and we do it for our chilthemselves, we did it. It never dren. Our President Ed McBride occurred to me not to go into is always open to new ideas and public service. There is lot more not iconoclastic. We created a lot temptation today, but for 42 of upstanding citizens, like John years the EOM was and is a con- Paylor the International VP of ILA and State Rep. Bill Keller.” My phone rings. It’s Judge Kevin Dougherty. “I wanted to add something to the story. As a Family Court Judge, I see the worst that life has to offer. What we had, what makes the cream rise, outside of solid parents, were the men of EOM. They were mentors before mentoring was even known about. EOM is a blessing in our neighborhood. The sports and the athletics, coupled with the combination of community responsibility and the fundamentals of civic pride, all go toward forging outstanding members of the community that are willing to gave back and not hold back. We are now three generations and our foundation was laid by Mr. McBride.”
court, when lawsuits are filed by or against the Commonwealth. Commonwealth Court is made up of nine judges who serve 10-year terms. The president judge is chosen by his or her colleagues for a five-year term. The court generally decides cases in three-judge panels and sits in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. This spring the court has attracted bipartisan interest. Six Democrats and three Republicans are vying for their parties’ nomination in the May 19 primary. Two candidates from each party will compete in November. Commonwealth Court is, among lawyers at least, called the “People’s Court.” It hears a wide range of cases, such as eminent domain, in which a government wants to take private land; disputes over elections, municipal law, zoning, historic preservation and the environment; banking and in-
surance; and regulatory issues and public utilities. It was the first legal arena where challenges to the 2005 legislative pay raise were brought. About a quarter of its cases involve disputes over unemployment compensation, for people who have lost jobs, and workers compensation, for workers hurt on the job. The Republican candidates are Harrisburg attorney Kevin Brobson, Mt. Lebanon attorney Al Frioni and Patricia McCullough of Upper St. Clair. The Democrats are Pittsburgh’s Dan Bricmont, Barbara Ernsberger and Linda Judson. Judge Lynn, who has been on Philadelphia Common Pleas Court since 1991, is the only sitting judge among the nine candidates. He and Bricmont are the two who won the endorsement from the Democratic State Committee. The other Philadelphian is Pollock, who has 32 years of experience practising law.
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Of six Democrats vying for two seats on the Commonwealth Court this May 19, two are Philadelphians, making it the first time in recent memory more than a handful are seeking to be seated on that statewide bench. The Philadelphians are Judge Jimmy Lynn and attorney Stephen Pollock. It was Commonwealth Court that decided last week to reinstate Seth Williams on the ballot for DA Democratic primary race. This court, which was established in 1968, is unlike any other state court in the nation. Its jurisdiction is limited to matters involving State and local government and regulatory agencies. Litigation focuses on banking, insurance and utility regulation and laws affecting taxation, land use, elections, labor practices and workers compensation. Commonwealth Court also acts as a court of original jurisdiction, or a trial
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Unlike those on the left who suffer from Bush Derangement Syndrome (or BDS), an ailment columnist CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER describes as “the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the Presidency — nay — the very existence of GEORGE W. BUSH“, let me be the first to thank PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA for letting the United States Navy SEALS rid our planet of three terrorist pirates this week. We conservatives would be wise not to follow in the footsteps of the emotionally and morally challenged leftists by falling into a similar version of (ODS) Obama Derangement Syndrome. While we understand 98% of Obama’s policies are destructive to America, we lose all credibility if we refuse to give credit where it is due. Well done, Mr. Obama! Now please show some moral courage by addressing the real problem. Allow our merchant ships to arm and defend themselves from the evil that surrounds their vessels. If you do, I’ll be here with a full bag of kudos for you. Remember, when it comes to dealing with bad guys, it’s better to be feared than to be loved. Three rounds between their eyes is a good start but I assure you, this isn’t over yet. If you missed the Loyal Opposition City Controller debate last Saturday, you missed a fantastic event. Special thanks for providing the venue to our friends at the IAFF Local 22, the men and women who “run into hell to do heavenly work.” Our own TONY WEST joined the Bulletin’s CHRIS FRIEND and Northeast Times’s TOM WARING as they peppered the candidates with hardball questions concerning our City finances. Candidates AL SCHMIDT, BRETT MANDEL and JOHN BRAXTON covered topics ranging from the potential sale of PGW, to the controversial DROP program, to the current lack of Charter-mandated audits, and everything in between. Most of the conversation centered around the poor performance of the conspicuously absent ALAN BUTKOVITZ, Philadelphia’s current Controller. Mr. Butkovitz didn’t even bother to respond to the opportunity to appear before the voters, despite numerous phone calls, e-mails, and certified mailings extending an invite. While we understand Mr. Butkovitz’s not wanting to face the fire and defend his record in front of constituents, common courtesy requires a response to a proper invite … at least that’s what my mother taught me. The big news from the event was statements from both Mandel and Braxton they would not support Butkovitz should they lose to him in the primary, because they believe his performance has been extremely harmful (Cont. Page 32)
Yo! Here we go again with this great tip from the internet. By now, I suspect everyone is familiar with www.snopes.com and/o www.truthorfiction.com for determining whether information received via email is just that: true/false or fact/fiction. Both are excellent sites. From the folks who understand best: Read and heed, use or lose this advice from Snopes.com. MEMORIZE THIS! Any time you see an Email that says forward this on to 10 of your friends, sign this petition, or you’ll get bad luck, good luck, or whatever, it almost always has an Email tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and Emails of those folks you forward to. The host sender is getting a copy each time it gets forwarded and then is able to get lists of ‘active‘ Emails addresses to use in SPAM Emails, or sell to other spammers. Almost all Emails that ask you to add your name and forward on to others are similar to that mass letter years ago that asked people to send business cards to the little kid in Florida who wanted to break the Guinness Book of Records for the most cards. All it was, and all any of this type of Email is, is a way to get names and ‘cookie’ tracking information for telemarketers and spammers – to validate active Email accounts for their own profitable purposes. You can do your friends and family members a GREAT favor by sending this information to them; you will be providing a service to your friends, and will be rewarded by not getting thousands of spam Emails in the future! If you have been sending out (FORWARDING) the above kinds of Email, now you know why you get so much SPAM! Do yourself a favor and STOP adding your name(s) to those types of listings regardless how inviting they might sound! You may think you are supporting a GREAT cause, but you are NOT in the long run. Instead, you will be getting tons of junk mail later! Plus, we are helping the spammers get rich! Let’s not make it easy for them! Also, Email petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress or any other organization. To be acceptable, petitions must have a signed signature and full address of the person signing the petition. P.S. When you send Emails to people with their names in the TO: box, “anyone” and “everyone” can get their hands on your Email list. Do your friends/family a favor and send your emails out in the BCC box. And that includes anything that you might want to send to me.
Mondays stink. The weekend’s over, you’re back at work, there’s almost always a meeting to go to with people who make boiling in oil preferable to their presence and there’s never anything good on TV unless there’s a Phillies game or a first-run episode of “CSI Miami” or “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” on. But this Monday really stank up the joint. Skunks, landfills, and the Rohm & Haas plant in Bristol Township in the summertime had nothing on the stench of this Monday. First of all, Monday found me in a New Jersey hospital sitting next to my mom. Mom, the biggest baseball fan I know and the one who inspired my love for the sport, has been battling congestive heart failure for the last couple of years. She’s usually beating it, but on Monday it had her in the hospital and hooked up to things. Secondly, while watching the Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 9-8 in Mom’s hospital room, I found out Harry Kalas, the voice of the team for most of the years I’ve been listening to Phillies baseball, died. He was 73. Kalas was getting ready to do his usual play by play at Nationals Park in Washington on Monday when he collapsed. The cause of death has been ruled as heart disease, officials say. There were a whole host of tributes paid to Kalas on Monday as news of his death hit the Delaware Valley. Most of the folks said that he died doing what he loved and if you ever heard Kalas do play by play for the Phillies, you could believe that. I remember the 1980 World Series because the Phillies won it, but because I wasn’t paying as much attention to baseball on the radio as I do now, I didn’t know that Kalas, the late Richie Ashburn, and Andy Musser, the Phillies broadcasting team at the time, didn’t get to call the games. Because of an ironclad contract between Major League Baseball and the network broadcasting the game, NBC I believe, local broadcasters couldn’t get in on the 1980 World Series fun. Despite the protests of Phillies fans, and a raft of petitions, the voices of Kalas, Ashburn and Musser were silenced when Tug McGraw got the final strikeout to end the game and start the Championship Parade. (Cont. Page 24)
Snooper’s FUN STUFF: I thought I would give you my version of the famous 10 Countdown as seen on National TV. Ten hints you might be an ALCOHOLIC: #10-You lose arguments with inanimate objects. #9- You have to hold on to your lawn to keep from falling off The Earth. #8- Your job is interfering with your drinking. #7- Your doctor finds traces of blood in your alcohol stream. #6- All your friends are in AA, or better yet in rehab. #5When you can focus better with one eye closed. #4- When upchucking becomes a relief. #3Every woman you see has an exact twin. #2- You fall off the floor. Here’s the NUMBER ONE hint you might just be an alcoholic: The parking lot seems to have moved while you were in THE BAR! Tell me, which one of these EXCUSES do you use? Snooper’s Entertainment Center: For all you “Dancing with The Stars” enthusiasts, this is for you. Every SATURDAY from 9 a.m. till 1:30 p.m. you can go to The 1st Unitarian Church, 22nd & Chestnut Streets, and DANCE the night away. Get this: All you’ll need is a partner and a FIVE-DOLLAR donation. Ages from 18 and above are all WELCOMED! Go, you will really enjoy yourself and have a great time doing it too. Snooper’s Horoscopes: This one is for APRIL, are you ready for this one? (ARIES): Your demand and needs in LOVE will continue to remain strong, especially in April, but may NOT be answered as you would like for the time being. Matters improve after midmonth, however; by MAY, you’re getting exactly what you want! Remember, a ‘lover’ does have your best interest at heart, but you may be sending out ‘confusing’ signals. A relationship from the past could capture your attention. This will happen around the 21st. From mid-April, the focus will be on MONEY and POSSESSIONS. You will experience a surge in personal ENERGY and CONFIDENCE. This will happen near the end of the month. Play 174 in The LOTTERY! Snooper BEWARE: To all you scumbags, criminals, and all those wannabees, I got something for you. Yes, the Police Commissioner, CHARLES RAMSEY, has put together a SPECIAL TASK FORCE that is coming to your neighborhood. These Police Officers will be very visible, especially in all those “high crime areas”. Let me tell you, this has been a long time coming and it’s about time. This will be a SPECIAL OPERATION that will be targeting all those areas where crime is running rampant. Let all of your friends know, these (Cont. Page 32)
“Without Commerce receiving audit reports, there’s no oversight as to how grant money is being used. This is a recipe for abuse and fraud. In the case of Federal and State grants, money might have to be returned in the absence of an audit,” he said. Along with the absence of audit reports for grants and no documentation with the GAAU, the Controller’s audit again found Commerce delayed depositing checks. The deposit of a payment from the same entity discovered in the fiscal 2005 audit was again delayed. The previous audit found a deposit of $162,000 was delayed for 57 days. An additional five other deposit delays, three of which were for $500,000, were included in the fiscal 2007 audit. “The City continues to lose money when depart-
ments fail to deposit checks in a timely fashion,” said Butkovitz. “According to the Government Finance Officers Association Cash Management Committee, a 24-to-48 hour deposit requirement is reasonable and prudent. It’s a practice the City needs to adopt.” Cleveland has a charter provision that requires all payments to the City be deposited by the Treasurer within 24 hours. Baltimore also has a similar policy that requires all checks be deposited within 24 hours. “In our current financial situation, the City cannot afford any lost interest because checks are not being deposited in a timely manner,” said Butkovitz. “If other Cities can make deposits within 24 hours, there is no reason why Philadelphia cannot do the same.”
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City Controller Alan Butkovitz’ audit of the Commerce Dept.‘s Auditor’s Report for FY2007 and 2006 found the Department failed to obtain audit reports for grants totaling $12.2 million. “By failing to receive audit reports, Commerce has put itself and the City in the difficult position of having violated key provisions of millions of dollars in grant money, that may necessitate the city having to pay the money back,” said Butkovitz. “According to the City’s Grants Accounting and Administration Unit, which collects and maintains all grant money audit reports, Commerce did not file the required audit reports for a variety of 2007 grants that were advanced by Commerce to various agencies,” he said.
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Kirkland Honors Keystone Mercy Plan State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland recently presented a citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to Keystone Mercy Health Plan for its efforts to reduce health care disparities among African American women. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives citation, introduced by Kirkland, noted, “Keystone Mercy Health Plan recognizes that
this is a nation of diverse cultures, languages and lifestyles, and it is essential for health plans to know the health risks and vulnerabilities of special populations and design programs that reach out and improve the quality of those members' lives.” In 2000, Keystone Mercy Health Plan, the largest Medicaid managed care plan in Southeastern Pennsylvania,
created a faith-based, wellness program for AfricanAmerican women called the Health Ministry Program for Women. The program is sponsored by the Health Ministry Coalition including the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition, Keystone Mercy Health Plan, Eli Lilly and other community-based organizations.
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Naccarato is a principal with the engineering firm of O’Donnell & Naccarato. His community activism with the Tacony Civic Association, Tacony Community Development Corp. and Tacony Historical Society culminate in his primary focus in reestablishing Tacony as one of Philadelphia’s premier neighborhoods. Bernard ‘Bud’ Newman is the president and CEO of Newman & Co., Inc., a business that includes Newman & Co., Inc., US Recycling & Mill Corp. Slabinski is an integral part of the Bridesburg community. Slabinski Funeral Home has been in operation since 1917, where he now serves as Supervisor. Slabinski is also president of both the Bridesburg Community Development Corp. and the Bridesburg Business Association, in addition to membership on the board of Bridesburg Boys & Girls Club.
ATTORNEY Dawn Tancredi is seen here with her campaign team for judgeship before announcing she has withdrawn from the race. From left are Phil McFillin, Tancredi, Mike Mattioni and Don Cristinzio.
Jane G. Pepper, long hailed as a champion of a more-beautiful community and the maestro of the magnificent Flower Show, has been selected as Drexel University College of Medicine’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership as its honoree for its 7th annual Woman One Award Ceremony. The event has been scheduled for Monday, Apr. 27, at 5 p.m. at the Rittenhouse Hotel. Co-chairing the event are J. William Mills,
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III and Dorrance H. Hamilton. Previous winners include Estelle Richman, Leslie Ann Miller, Dawn Staley, Suzanne Roberts, Risa Lavizzo Mourey and Stephanie Naidoff. The Woman One Award is present annually to a woman, who by the influence of her action and the excellence of her example inspires woman of all ages to reach for the highest standards of health, leadership and service to others.
Senior Facility Groundbreaking
ATTENDING groundbreaking of Pensdale II senior living facility in Roxborough recently were, from left, Mayor Michael Nutter, State Rep. Kathy Manderino, State Sen. Vincent Hughes, Director of Journey's Way Cyndee Wishovsky, Director of Interac David Bolin, Chairman of Interac John McGovern and Councilman Curtis Jones.
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The Delaware River City Corp. has announced the addition of five members to its board of directors. “We are very pleased that Joseph Martz, Frank A. Mayer III, Anthony Naccarato, Bernard Newman and Joseph Slabinski accepted our offer to join DRCC’s Board of Directors,” said DRCC Chair Bob Borski, a former Congressman. “This is an auspicious time for DRCC as we continue to move forward with the design and construction of the North Delaware Riverfront Greenway in Northeast Philadelphia. “Three of the gentlemen, Joe Martz, Bernard Newman and Joe Slabinski, served previously on the board, and we are grateful for their return. Frank Mayer has been our pro-bono legal counsel since the organization was founded, and Anthony Naccarato has long been supportive of DRCC in his role as a community activist. Their knowledge of our mission, our goals and our projects will help to insure that our plans for the riverfront are brought to their best and fullest fruition,” said Borski. Martz is executive director of the Board of City Trusts. He served in the cabinet of Gov. Rendell as Secretary of Administration; senior VP and managing director of government services for Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., and managing director of the City of Philadelphia. Mayer is a shareholder with Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney P.C. and co-chair of the firm's financial crisis team and financial institutions practice. His practice focuses on complex issues and transactions facing regulated for-profit, and nonprofit enterprises as well as public-private partnerships. He recently acted as chair of Mayor Nutter’s transition team with respect to the Office of the Finance Director, and helped lead the transition team with respect to Philadelphia’s Law Dept. Mayer was the former corporate chair and tax chair of the Philadelphia Law Dept.
Drexel’s Coll. Of Medicine To Honor Jane G. Pepper
Tancredi Team Farewell DRCC Expands Board of Directors
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Re-Elect City Controller
"There is no question that Mr. Butkovitz takes his job very seriously. The only reoccurring criticism of him from the media, seems to have been that the Controller may have been — quote unquote — “too energetic.” There may be other reasons that people may be supporting Alan Butkovitz . . . , but for me, his energetic, committed, sensitive to small and minority businesses, and courageous enough to pave his office into non-traditional public service areas — is good enough for me. Especially in a severely weakened economy, when we need to watch every penny, the City of Philadelphia needs to reelect Alan Butkovitz." - Mr. A. Bruce Crawley Mr. A. Bruce Crawley is president and principal owner of Millennium 3 Management, Inc. He served as chairman of the board of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau for five years. He was a co-founder of the Convention Bureau's Multicultural Affairs Congress and a founding member of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation. In 1993, Crawley founded Philadelphia's African-American Chamber of Commerce and served as that organization's chairman for 13 years. Paid for by Friends of Alan Butkovitz for Controller - Lisa Maire Deeley, Treasurer
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IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS PHILADELPHIA COUNTY CIVIL ACTION - LAW MARCH TERM 2003 NO. 4726 NOTICE OF ACTION IN MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE Washington Mutual Bank FA Plaintiff vs. JOHN DOE, et al Mortgagor and Real Owner Defendant TO JOHN DOE, et al MORTGAGOR AND REAL OWNER, DEFENDANT whose last known address is 1139 S. 8th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147. THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR AND WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT OWED TO OUR CLIENT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM YOU WILL BE USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING THE DEBT. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff Washington Mutual Bank FA, has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to MARCH TERM 2003 NO. 4726 wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 1139 S. 8th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147 whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County.
NOTICE You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint or for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS PAPER TO YOUR LAWYER AT ONCE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A LAWYER OR CANNOT AFFORD ONE, GO TO OR TELEPHONE THE OFFICE SET FORTH BELOW. THIS OFFICE CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT HIRING A LAWYER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO HIRE A LAWYER, THIS OFFICE MAY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT AGENCIES THAT MAY OFFER LEGAL SERVICES TO ELIGIBLE PERSONS AT A REDUCED FEE OR NO FEE. COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES, INC. Law Center North Central 3638 North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19140 215-227-2400 or 215-981-3700
Rabbi Solomon Isaacson’s Annual Fundraiser Honors Sen. Michael Stack
STATE SEN. & Mrs. Michael Stack are presented Senator’s Man of Year award from European Immigrant Benevolent Association and Congregation Beth Solomon Community Center. Award presenters DISTRICT ATTORNEY Lynne Abraham were Rabbis Solomon Isaacson and his son was recipient of Jo Cooper Memorial Foundation Award. Shloime Isaacson.
BIAGIO DiSIMONE, whose uncle saved over 7,000 Jews by giving them exist visas in Italy RABBI Solomon Isaacson presents award during World War II, congratulates Police to Jennifer & Matthew McManus for their Commissioner Charles Ramsey, who received many contributions. an award at dinner.
JONATHAN Saidel, left, and Controller Alan Butkovitz, 2nd from left, add their congratulations to DA Lynne Abraham, Rabbi Isaacson, State Sen. Michael Stack and Commissioner Charles Ramsey.
PHILADELPHIA Public Record Editor and Publisher Jim Tayoun and his wife Dolores are presented Community Award by Rabbi Isaacson.
PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION One Reading Center Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-238-6333 Michael T. McKeever Attorney for Plaintiff Goldbeck McCafferty & McKeever, PC Suite 5000, Mellon Independence Center 701 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106-1532 215-627-1322
AMONG ATTENDEES were Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and Campaign Consultant Maurice Floyd.
COMMONWEALTH COURT candidate Stephen Pollock and Dr. Ruth Horwitz enjoyed gala evening.
Loyal Opposition, a Republican City think tank. All three challengers charged Butkovitz has been sidestepping audits of departments that are required by law. “We haven’t seen an audit of Fairmount Park, for instance, since 2005,” fumed Mandel. The incumbent is going easy on departments with politically connected heads, he said. Of those that are being conducted, they asserted, too many are frivolous “gotcha audits” that are released to garner media attention rather than effect substantive changes in government operations. “Butkovitz is having trouble getting information out of the School District now, because he just tries to embarrass it,” Braxton stated. The result, agreed the contenders, is a Controller’s Office that isn’t producing the goods, precisely when it is most needed. Schmidt racked up his accounting expertise in the US Congress’s highly regarded General Accounting Office. There, he said, an expenditure of $1 resulted in savings of $114 to the Federal government. “By Butkovitz’s own reckoning,” Schmidt said,
“ARM AROUND” his missing opponent Controller Alan Butkovitz, challenger Brett Mandel joins Judge John Braxton and Republican Al Schmidt in forum at Fire Fighters Hall. “the City Controller’s Office Michael Nutter, by extending saves $8 of City money for the period over which its unevery $1 it spends. That’s him funded liabilities are amorpicking his own figures. It’s tized from 20 to 40 years. not good enough.” “That’s just kicking the can The challengers stated the down the road,” Mandel said. Controller can take a firmer The assumption of an 8.25% stand on waste and abuse. “He rate of investment on the Penhas the authority to stop pay- sion Fund “will be rare going ment on any checks,” said forward,” added Braxton. Schmidt. “As Controller, I’ll But City pension costs are never sign off on another check way out of line, Schmidt said, to the Eagles until they pay the and must be addressed in conCity the $8 million they owe. tract negotiations. “In If I find any City agency split- Philadelphia, the cost per emting invoices, I won’t sign off ployee is $13,000 a year,” he on these payments.” said. “In other cities it’s All three men defended the $9,000 a year and in the pubunderlying goal of the DROP lic sector as a whole, $4,500.” program but spoke sternly Mandel wants to make the against its use by elected officials. All three tore into the proposal to balance the Pension Fund, developed by Butkovitz in company with Mayor
City budget more transparent to ordinary citizens. Huge hundred-million-dollar lump figures for departments like the Police and Health & Human Services are impossible to evaluate. “I will post on the Controller’s website an itemized breakdown of every expenditure in every department,” he promised. Braxton stressed political skills count as much as a grasp of numbers in the Controller’s job. “I would do more than propose changes,” he said; “I would then sell my changes to the 17 people in City Council. What is needed is an honest broker who knows how to work with others. To Schmidt, what’s broken is the highly politicized nature of the Controller’s job. “As a member of a Party that is cut out of most power-broking that’s been going on, I believe I will be the most independent public servant,” he explained. Of course, no one wants to be too independent in politics. Mandel has won the endorsements of Councilman Frank
DiCicco, State Sen. Larry Farnese, and State Reps. Tony Payton and Kathy Manderino, which may win him favor from progressives. Braxton has received the blessing of Bishop R. T. Jones of Jones Memorial Community Church of God in Christ and other prominent pastors. Their allies pale, though, in comparison to Butkovitz’s unparalleled political connections. A former State Representative and long-term Democratic 54th Ward Leader, the incumbent has assiduously cultivated all wings of the Democratic Party organization for many years. He enjoys the approval of the overwhelming majority of labor unions and will experience no shortage of campaign funds. That’s a steep hill for a challenger to climb. In the event both Braxton and Mandel fail to knock Butkovitz off his perch in the May primary, both men said they would enter into talks with Schmidt to explore supporting him in November.
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by Tony West The biggest presence in the room was the candidate who wasn’t there, as three seekers for the post of City Controller held forth in a forum last week. Incumbent Alan Butkovitz loomed over the courteous debate between three men who want his job. Agreeing more often than not on policy, his two opponents in the Democratic primary, former Judge John Braxton and former Director of Financial & Policy Analysis in the Controller’s Office Brett Mandel, as well as former Republican City Committee Executive Director Al Schmidt, who is unopposed in his primary, united to slam Butkovitz’s execution of his office. All three challengers are hoping the current City budget crisis will sharpen public interest in the City’s top auditing position. The Controller’s job is one that generally doesn’t grip the popular imagination. But as layoffs, closures and cutbacks dog municipal services, numbers with lots of zeroes behind them may matter more to voters in 2009, and give them a taste for change. The forum, held at the Fire Fighters Hall at 5th & Willow Streets, was organized by the
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COMMON SENSE COURAGE UNVEILING $5 million campaign to fund arts groups are, from left, S. Jersey Cultural Alliance President Cindy Lambert, Arts & Business Council of Greater Phila. President Karen Davis, donor Bill Mills of PNC and President of Greater Phila. Cultural Alliance Peggy Amsterdam.
VINCE GIUSINI MAY 19TH DEMOCRAT COURT OF COMMON PLEAS PAID FOR BY VINCE GIUSINI FOR JUDGE. MICHAEL A. DEFINO, ESQUIRE-CHAIRMAN KEN GIUSINI-TREASURER
FOR HIS SERVICE to Philadelphia’s arts, M a y o r Michael Nutter congratulates PNC’s Regional President Bill Mills, right.
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Out & About (Cont. From Page 14) But baseball fans that have gotten to hear their local broadcasters call their team’s World Series victories have Phillies fans to thank. Because of the protest, Major League Baseball relaxed the broadcasting rules to allow local broadcasters to do the playby-play for the World Series on the radio. Although it would be another 28 years before Kalas could get another chance,
legions of Phillies fans were probably as happy for him as they were for the team when Phillies closer Brad Lidge struck out the Tampa Bay Rays Eric Hinske and he got to proclaim the team “2008 World Champions of Baseball!” (I’d also be willing to bet that most folks, fed up with the droning of Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, turned down the volume on their TV sets to hear the radio broadcast. I know I did.) It’s sad to know that as the Phillies defend the
World Championship Kalas won’t be around to let us all know if a ball is “Outta here!” or if the Phillies have an exciting come-frombehind win. I know listening to the radio broadcasts of the Phillies won’t be nearly as much fun for me. But I’ll always have the memory of sitting in my car on S. Franklin Street and hearing Kalas call the final out of the World Series. That his colleagues gave him that honor was the ultimate sign of respect. There’s going to be a me-
morial service for Kalas at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday. Gates open at 8 a.m. and tickets will be given on a first-come, first-served basis for the service at 1. There will also be a tribute to Kalas before the Phillies game against the San Diego Padres on Friday night. But something tells me that I’m not going to ignore my 5:45 a.m. alarm this Saturday. After all, how many memorial services can you attend wearing a baseball cap?
GRAVELY concerned about impact of violent video games on youth, State Rep. Ronald Waters, 2nd from right, convened Pennsylvania House committee hearing in City Council Chamber. He joined by colleague Louise Bishop, left.
by Michael A. Cibik, Esquire American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: Should you file bankruptcy if most of your debt has been charged off? Answer: Debt that is “charged off” simply means the creditor has written the debt off (as in written it off as a loss on their taxes, or turned it into their insurance company as a bad debt, etc.) but in no way affects the collectability of the debt. If the creditor later collects on a charged-off debt, they have to
claim the money they receive as income on their taxes since they wrote it off earlier. The “charged off” debt does not mean “forgiven”. Therefore, you still owe the debt. A subsequent collection agency that may later purchase the charged-off debt can sue you in court, get a judgment, and levy on your assets. However, a bankruptcy would stay all these legal proceedings and eventually discharge the debt. Next week’s question: Will bankruptcy discharge your student loans? Attorneys are both board certified by the American Bankruptcy Certification Board. Chapters 7/13 & Stop foreclosures, creditors harassments, lawsuits, garnishments, and sheriff sales.
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BRINGING vital info about mortgage negotiations and foreclosure survival to N. Phila., Metropolitan Board of Realtist joined State Rep. Jewell Williams, 5th from left, to community seminar at 1421 W. Susquehanna Avenue.
Kitchen Guides Business
MINORITY BUSINESS symposium in Wachovia Bank boardroom organized by State Sen. Shirley Kitchen drew 50 eager participants as presenters coached serious entrepreneurs on opportunities and methods. From left are Keith Ellison of Urban League of Phila. Entrepreneur Center; Kim Anderson of African-American Chamber of Commerce; Marjorie Anderson of Greater Phila. Minority Business Strategic Alliance; Jim Roundtree of Penna. Convention Center Authority; Kitchen; and James Sanders and Michael Bing of Minority Business Enterprise Center.
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will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 18, at the Campus Center at Holy Family University, located at 9801 Frankford Avenue. This event is open to high-school juniors and seniors, adult workers, and adults who are looking to get back into school or learn more about different careers, education, finan-
cial aid or training opportunities. It is one of many sponsored by Stack throughout the year. Many draw huge crowds and can be found at the Northeast Armory. More information on future events scheduled by the Senator can be had by calling his office at (215) 281-2539.
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Students and adults who are exploring new avenues to find their professional path to success are invited to participate in State Sen. Mike Stack’s free upcoming education and job fair. Scores of employers will be on the scene as well as many state education counselors. The Path to Success: Education and Job Fair
Jewell Fuels Mortgage Forum Stack Opens Job, Education Fair
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New ADA Board Premiers
AMERICANS For Democratic Action introduced its 2009 Board of Directors at 1st Unitarian Church. They are Karen Bojar & Rick Bojar, DeWitt Brown, Bruce Caswell, Mary Goldman, Sean Dorn, Tatiana Granados, Carol Jenkins, Haile Johnston, Treasurer Robert Jordan, Greg Harvey, Chairwoman Jean Haskel, Gaetano Piccirilli, Liz Roberts, Hal & Sue Rosenthal and Debra Weiner.
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ALAN BUTKOVITZ, left, delivers fiery speech to progressive Philly For Change meeting at Tritone as its Chari David Sternberg emcees.
Zoo Helps Haven From Violence As most nonprofit leaders understand, relationships are everything. Therefore, it was no surprise a chance meeting at an Independence Foundation grantee forum led to an exciting collaboration between America’s first zoo and one of the country’s oldest women’s service organizations. The Philadelphia Zoo will be hosting Women In Transition on Mother’s Day in a collaborated effort to create awareness about domestic violence. In an economic climate
where key partnerships can bolster multiple organizations, it’s a match made in heaven. “Nearly 85% of our clients have children, often with more than one child living multi-generationally in the same home. We wanted to have a day that embraced families in all shapes and sizes, in addition to celebrating mothers. The Philadelphia Zoo offers the perfect place to do just that,” reports Women In Transition Director of Development and Public Rela-
tions Janelle McCoy. On Sunday, May 10, Women In Transition will provide staffed tables with information for women and families seeking help for domestic violence and/or substance abuse; community education curriculum and workshop availability, including information about the Women’s Anti-Violence Education program; and staff on hand to discuss the variety of programs designed to help women transitioning into
safer lives. A program to discuss and demonstrate self-defense skills will be presented to participating Girl Scouts. Tickets to this event, partially underwritten by the Philadelphia Zoo, will include price of admission, parking, boxed lunches, and a donation to Women In Transition. These tickets are only available directly through Women In Transition. For ticket information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.helpwomen.org/zoo after Apr. 5.
LARGE CROWD turned out at Philly For Change meeting to case primary season, including, from left, Marc Stier, DA quester Seth Williams, Damon Roberts and Andy Toy.
Chinatown Corp. Salutes Ox
USHERING in Year Of The Ox, State Sen. Larry Farnese felicitates Phila. Chinatown Development Corp. Executive Director John Chin.
LION DANCERS bring good luck to PCDC’s Chinese New Year celebration at Ocean City Restaurant.
HIGHLY PLACED Judicial candidate Diane Thompson enjoys spirited debate with key Obama For Change veteran Josh Uretsky.
COMMUNITY organizer Andy Toy and Judge Brad Moss crack up together at jolly Chinese New Year party.
DOYENNE of Chinatown civic life, Cecelia Moy Yep takes to mic to commend her community for pulling together.
DRAWN like moths to flame of political fever, State Sen. Larry Farnese and Judicial hopeful Sharon Losier watched Controller candidates go at it on South Street.
NOTICE You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint or for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS PAPER TO YOUR LAWYER AT ONCE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A LAWYER OR CANNOT AFFORD ONE, GO TO OR TELEPHONE THE OFFICE SET FORTH BELOW. THIS OFFICE CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT HIRING A LAWYER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO HIRE A LAWYER, THIS OFFICE MAY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT AGENCIES THAT MAY OFFER LEGAL SERVICES TO ELIGIBLE PERSONS AT A REDUCED FEE OR NO FEE. COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES, INC. Law Center North Central 3638 North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19140 215-227-2400 or 215-981-3700 PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION One Reading Center Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-238-6333
NOTICE You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint or for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS PAPER TO YOUR LAWYER AT ONCE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A LAWYER OR CANNOT AFFORD ONE, GO TO OR TELEPHONE THE OFFICE SET FORTH BELOW. THIS OFFICE CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT HIRING A LAWYER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO HIRE A LAWYER, THIS OFFICE MAY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT AGENCIES THAT MAY OFFER LEGAL SERVICES TO ELIGIBLE PERSONS AT A REDUCED FEE OR NO FEE. COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES, INC. Law Center North Central 3638 North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19140 215-227-2400 or 215-981-3700 PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION One Reading Center Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-238-6333 Michael T. McKeever Attorney for Plaintiff Goldbeck McCafferty & McKeever, PC Suite 5000, Mellon Independence Center 701 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106-1532 215-627-1322
Michael T. McKeever Attorney for Plaintiff Goldbeck McCafferty & McKeever, PC Suite 5000, Mellon Independence Center 701 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106-1532 215-627-1322
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TO JOHN DOE, et al, MORTGAGOR AND REAL OWNER, DEFENDANT whose last known address is 2312 Belgrade Street Philadelphia, PA 19125. THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR AND WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT OWED TO OUR CLIENT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM YOU WILL BE USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING THE DEBT. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK FA, has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to APRIL Term 2005 No. 3691 wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 2312 Belgrade Street Philadelphia, PA 19125 whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County.
IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS PHILADELPHIA COUNTY CIVIL ACTION - LAW JULY TERM 2003 NO. 3056 NOTICE OF ACTION IN MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, FA Plaintiff vs. BACH NGUYEN, and Any Unknown Persons Having or Claiming an Interest or Title to the Subject Property, et al Mortgagors and Real Owners, Defendants TO BACH NGUYEN, and Any Unknown Persons Having or Claiming an Interest or Title to the Subject Property, et al, MORTAGORS AND REAL OWNESR, DEFENDANTS whose last known address is 1230 South 7th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147. THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR AND WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT OWED TO OUR CLIENT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM YOU WILL BE USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING THE DEBT. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, FA, has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to JULY Term 2003 No. 3056 wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 1230 South 7th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147 whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County.
IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS PHILADELPHIA COUNTY CIVIL ACTION - LAW APRIL TERM 2005 NO. 3691 NOTICE OF ACTION IN MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK FA Plaintiff vs. JOHN DOE, et al, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant
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MEDICAL RECORD State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland recently presented a citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to Keystone Mercy Health Plan for its efforts to reduce health care disparities among African American women. The Pennsylvania House
Kirkland Honors Keystone Mercy Plan of Representatives citation, introduced by Kirkland, noted, “Keystone Mercy Health Plan recognizes that this is a nation of diverse cultures, languages and lifestyles, and it is essential for health plans to know the health risks and vulnerabilities of special populations and design programs that reach out and improve the quality of those members' lives.”
In 2000, Keystone Mercy Health Plan, the largest Medicaid managed care plan in Southeastern Pennsylvania, created a faith-based, wellness program for African-American women called the Health Ministry Program for Women. The program is sponsored by the Health Ministry Coalition including the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs
Coalition, Keystone Mercy Health Plan, Eli Lilly and other community-based organizations. A component of the Health Ministry program, the 40-Day Journey, focuses on the family through a six-week educational series emphasizing nutrition, exercise, medication compliance and water intake.
STATE REP. Thaddeus Kirkland, left, presents a citation from Penna. House of Representatives to Keystone Mercy Health Plan for its efforts to reduce health-care disparities among African American women. Tonya Moody, Heidi Chan and Corey Coleman of Keystone Mercy Health Plan accepted award.
Detect Colon Cancer Early Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the US, with 151,500 cases reported in 2003. Along with 57,000 deaths. About 75% of cases develop after age 45. In most cases, the cancer arises from a polyp, an abnormal mass of tissue that develops on the inside wall of the colon or rectum. According to the National Cancer Institute, a common symptom of colorectal cancer is a change in bowel habits. Symptoms could be some-
thing as simple as: • Diarrhea or constipation • Gas pains, cramps or feeling full or bloated • Feeling very tired all the time, or losing weight for no reason • Nausea or vomiting. Of course, these symptoms don't necessarily indicate cancer. In fact, early cancer does not usually cause pain. That's why it's a smart idea to stay on top of your #1 strategy. Dr. Russell Blaylock (Cont. Page 29)
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Shigella Is On The Rise The Philadelphia Dept. of Public Health is warning the public about Shigella, an intestinal infection that has become a common cause of diarrhea among young children in Philadelphia. The bacterium Shigella causes diarrhea, fever, stomach pain, nausea and vomiting. While most cases resolve without treatment, it can be a serious infection for children, and may cause bloody diarrhea or result in hospitalization.
is to detect colon cancer early. Dr. Blaylock agrees. Even better, he knows you'd rather prevent it from taking root in the first place. Because once you have colon cancer, you could be faced with a whole host of problems: • Endless rounds of tests and medical procedures • Surgery (even possible removal of your colon, requiring a permanent colostomy bag to collect fecal waste) • Chemotherapy or radiation therapy, with side effects like fatigue, nausea, vomiting, hair loss, pain, mouth sores, and infection • An inability to work or enjoy your favorite activities • Waiting to see if your cancer recurs. He states, “There's a very strong correlation between colon cancer and a poor diet.” Of course, many other factors are involved — factors that can either work for you or against you. Plus, there are the myths and misconceptions. For example.... Fiber reduces colon cancer, right? Not necessarily. Some types of fiber actually increase your risk.
As the economy remains unsteady and Pennsylvanians continue to cut back their expenses, the Pennsylvania Dental Association is stressing the need for people of all ages to keep up with their oral health care. “The PDA understands how difficult it is for families and individuals to make ends meet in economic hard times, especially those facing job losses,” said Dr. Thomas W. Gamba, president of PDA. “Trying to save a little money by postponing regular dental checkups could result in serious oral health problems that could cost thousands of dollars in the long run. Maintaining good oral health is the most cost-effective approach.” PDA has no statistics on whether more Pennsylvanians are avoiding dental checkups because of the economy. However, GallupHealthways recently released the results of a 2008 poll of more than 355,000 Americans. It indicates 34% — or more than one-third — of Americans did not visit a dentist last year. Pennsylvania was close to the national average, at 32%. Dentists are concerned that 2009’s
numbers, which will reflect the economy’s impact, will result in even more patients avoiding dental visits. “Some patients may feel that if they aren’t in pain, then there’s no need for a checkup. That is not correct,” said Dr. Andrew J. Kwasny, president-elect of PDA. “Patients need to come in for checkups to catch and prevent problems, which otherwise could quickly advance into painful tooth disease and costly treatments.” For example, a patient with a minor toothache may decide to treat it with numbing gel rather than visit a dentist. That toothache could be the symptom of tooth decay, and the longer it remains untreated, the more likely it will later require a root canal and crown. The tough economic times could also be causing an increase in another dental problem called bruxism,
more commonly known as teeth grinding. Frequently linked to stress, which increases during bad economic times, bruxism often remains unnoticed by most patients until their dentist brings it to their attention. Left untreated, a bruxing patient will rapidly wear down his or her tooth enamel, then the layer underneath, ultimately causing teeth breakage. Caught early by a dentist, however, bruxism is easily treatable. “Avoiding the dentist is not a good way to save a few bucks,” said Dr. David A. Tecosky, a member of PDA’s Council on Communications & Public Relations. “Checkups aren’t just about preventing cavities, dentists also check for more serious conditions like cancer and jaw diseases. Lack of treatment can also lead to health problems beyond oral health, or exacerbate existing ones like diabetes and
heart disease. Poor oralhealth care can compromise one’s ability to eat, to smile, or even to get a job.” Dentists advise patients to come in for a checkup every six months. In between visits, their most important general recommendations are that patients: • Floss at least once a day • Brush teeth twice daily for at least two minutes each time • Remember to brush all tooth surfaces, as well as the tongue. PDA also urges patients concerned about the cost of a checkup to contact their dental practice, as many offices are willing to work out a payment plan. Pennsylvanians may also check out PDA’s website, which features a directory of free and low-cost dental clinics around the state. For more information, visit PDA’s website at www.padental.org.
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(Cont. From Page 28) offers a rundown on this illness. It takes about 10 years for a polyp to develop into cancer. That's the good news. According to Dr. Blaylock, Newsmax medical editor of The Blaylock Wellness Report, recent campaigns for early diagnosis by testing your stool for blood, and by having regular colonoscopy exams after age 40 have reduced death from colon cancer — but not the incidence of colon cancer itself, which is on the rise. Most doctors will tell you that the best chance for a cure
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IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS PHILADELPHIA COUNTY CIVIL ACTION - LAW MAY TERM 2003 NO. 3227 NOTICE OF ACTION IN MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK FA PLAINTIFF vs. JOHN DOE, ET AL, Mortgagor and Real Owner Defendant TO John Doe, et al, MORTAGOR AND REAL OWNER, DEFENDANT whose last known address is 6437 Saybrook Ave Philadelphia, PA 19142. THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR AND WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT OWED TO OUR CLIENT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM YOU WILL BE USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING THE DEBT. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK FA, has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to MAY TERM 2003 No. 3227 wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 6437 Saybrook Ave Philadelphia, PA 19142 whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County .
NOTICE You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint or for any other claimed or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS PAPER TO YOUR LAWYER AT ONCE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A LAWYER OR CANNOT AFFORD ONE, GO TO OR TELEPHONE THE OFFICE SET FORTH BELOW. THIS OFFICE CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT HIRING A LAWYER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO HIRE A LAWYER, THIS OFFICE MAY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT AGENCIES THAT MAY OFFER LEGAL SERVICES TO ELIGIBLE PERSONS AT A REDUCED FEE OR NO FEE. PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION One Reading Center Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-238-6333 COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES, INC. Law Center North Central 3638 North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19140 215-227-2400 or 215-981-3700 Michael T. McKeever Attorney for Plaintiff Goldbeck McCafferty & McKeever, PC Suite 5000, Mellon Independence Center 701 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106-1532 215-627-1322
IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS PHILADELPHIA COUNTY CIVIL ACTION - LAW MARCH TERM 2005 NO. 3896 NOTICE OF ACTION IN MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A., AS ACQUIRER OF CERTAIN ASSETS AND LIABILITIES OF WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK F/K/A WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, FA FROM THE FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION ACTING AS RECEIVER Plaintiff vs. JOHN DOE, ET AL, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant TO: JOHN DOE ET AL, MORTGAGOR AND REAL OWNER, DEFENDANT whose last known address is 7429 Elmwood Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19153. THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR AND WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT OWED TO OUR CLIENT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM YOU WILL BE USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING THE DEBT. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A., AS ACQUIRER OF CERTAIN ASSETS AND LIABILITIES OF WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK F/K/A WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, FA FROM THE FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION ACTING AS RECEIVER, has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to MARCH Term 2005 No. 3896 wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 7429 Elmwood Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19153 whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County. NOTICE You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint or for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS PAPER TO YOUR LAWYER AT ONCE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A LAWYER OR CANNOT AFFORD ONE, GO TO OR TELEPHONE THE OFFICE SET FORTH BELOW. THIS OFFICE CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT HIRING A LAWYER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO HIRE A LAWYER, THIS OFFICE MAY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT AGENCIES THAT MAY OFFER LEGAL SERVICES TO ELIGIBLE PERSONS AT A REDUCED FEE OR NO FEE. COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES, INC. Law Center North Central 3638 North Broad Street • Philadelphia, PA 19140 215-227-2400 or 215-981-3700 PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION One Reading Center • Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-238-6333 Michael T. McKeever Attorney for Plaintiff Goldbeck McCafferty & McKeever, PC Suite 5000, Mellon Independence Center 701 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106-1532 215-627-1322
All the votes have been counted and the 2009 Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame class has been announced. Nine new members will be officially enshrined at the Hall’s annual induction ceremony on Sunday, May 17 at Romano’s Caters. This week SHADOWBOXER features the first of a series on this year's inductees. It’s been 50 years and both have passed, since North Philadelphian’s Garnet “Sugar” Hart and Charley Scott stepped into the ring at Philadelphia’s Convention Hall. The fight was on Oct. 19, 1959 and it was for the Pennsylvania Welterweight Championship. Scott defeated Hart by 9th-round TKO. Hart lost the number-one welterweight world ranking with the defeat. But he would be linked with Scott for engaging in such a savage affair, that many boxing historians still believe it was one of the greatest fights ever in Philadelphia. In death, as in life, the two will once again be linked together. Hart and Scott will both be posthumously inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame as part of the 2009 class. It must be destiny, but these two will share the spotlight one more time.
Redistricting created a huge gap in the 190th House Dist. of West and North Philadelphia. Many residents of the Strawberry Mansion Community believed they were being abandoned over the years, until State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown responded to “cries for help” and has since begun to unite these communities. Fairmount Park divides the 190th and it has been a goal of the newly elected legislator to address many of the issues and concerns of Strawberry Mansion, where many seniors at a community meeting were given an opportunity to reach out to the team of volunteers from Lowery Brown’s West Philadelphia office, located at 4601 westminster Avenue. Many seniors voiced concerns about their inability to pay rising utilities were terrifying as expressed by many.
STRAWBERRY MANSION Business Association members welcome State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown. Among those identified are Willie Ferrell, Rev. William Hamilton, Pastor Willie Wilson and Rev. J. Norris.
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Fifty Years Later, Hart And Scott Linked Together Again!
Rep. Brown Crosses ‘The Bridge’
Ringside With The Shadowboxer
CITY OF PHILADELPHIA Public Hearing Notice The Committee of the Whole of the Council of the City of Philadelphia will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, April 23, 2009, at 4:00 PM, at the Mount Airy Church of God, 6401 Ogontz Avenue, Philadelphia, PA to hear public testimony on the following items: 090212
An Ordinance adopting the Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2010.
An Ordinance amending Chapter 10-700 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Refuse and Littering,” to increase the amount that must be paid in response to certain code violation notices to avoid initiation of further proceedings, under certain terms and conditions.
An Ordinance amending Chapter 19-1300 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Real Estate Taxes,” by revising the real estate tax rate, under certain terms and conditions.
An Ordinance amending Chapter 19-2700 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Sales and Use Tax and Hotel Occupancy Tax,” by revising the rate of tax, under certain terms and conditions.
An Ordinance amending Section 10-1001 of Title 10 (“Regulation of Individual Conduct and Activity”) of The Philadelphia Code relating to the fees charged by the Commissioner of Records by modifying the amount of such fees, under certain terms and conditions.
An Ordinance amending Chapter 10-700 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Refuse and Littering,” to require certain businesses and property owners either to pay a fee for City waste hauling or demonstrate that the business or property owner has a private provider of waste and recycling disposal services; all under certain terms and conditions.
Resolution providing for the approval by the Council of the City of Philadelphia of a Revised Five Year Financial Plan for the City of Philadelphia covering Fiscal Years 2010 through 2014, and incorporating proposed changes with respect to Fiscal Year 2009, which is to be submitted by the Mayor to the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (the “Authority”) pursuant to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement, authorized by an ordinance of this Council approved by the Mayor on January 3, 1992 (Bill No. 1563-A), by and between the City and the Authority.
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
An Ordinance to adopt a Capital Program for the six Fiscal Years 2010-2015 inclusive. An Ordinance to adopt a Fiscal 2010 Capital Budget.
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Elephant Corner (Cont. From Page 14) to the city. Mr. Butkovitz responded in the media by characterizing his opponent’s platform as “Reaganite”. If, by “Reaganite”, Alan means fiscally sound, solvent, profitable, and accountable to the voters, we would be blessed and lucky to have any one of these three public servants as City Controller. The event was extremely well attended by voters and media alike despite some nasty weather. City GOP Counsel MIKE MEEHAN was joined by a slew of Ward Leaders including ARTHUR
Snooper (Cont. From Page 14) people, especially the Police Commissioner, really mean business. Hopefully this will help, but more importantly, they need Y-O-U Yes, “OPERATION PRESSURE POINT” is coming to your area; beware! Snooper’s F.Y.I. Files: Councilwoman HON. MARIA QUIONONES SANCHEZ put
BARLOW (13th), ERIC QUICK (60th), PHIL INNAMORATO (65th), MIKE AUDRA CIBIK (5th), BUTTS (16th), ADAM LANG (29th Chair), MATT WOLFE (27th), and KEN POWELL (9th), who is a State Committeeman and pulled 1st ballot position for Municipal Judge this time around. I must admit, the event was as professional as I’ve seen. Next stop for The Loyal Opposition, I’m told, is the first PAT TOOMEY/ ARLEN SPECTER Senate debate. That affair will make the Ultimate Fighter look like tiddly-winks. Until next week, my flat-footed friends. together her own “cleanup crew” that proceeded to clean up the Piccoli Playground. A terrific job was done by her and her crew. She then met with a few LATINO ORGANIZATIONS’ MEMBERS privately and, get this, THE POLICE COMMISSIONER too. She discussed many of her concerns and issues with The Commissioner regarding all her constituents. He told them he personally takes allegations of
misconduct by his Police Officers very seriously and would not tolerate this. This private meeting was held in The City Council’s Caucus Room - City Hall. SNOOPER SPECIAL: Sit down, because you may not like what I’m about to tell you, and get this, IT’S A FACT! Many of the more dangerous crimes in this Country are being committed by ILLEGAL ALIENS. The fact is, many of the more serious crimes, like MURDERS, RAPES, ASSA- ULTS, ROBBERIES and other felonious crimes are in the greatest percentages being committed by these “ILLEGALS”. Check around, read your local newspapers, watch your National TV shows, and that’s all you see and hear about. Look at all those oilcarrying ship hijackings, and see who’s getting away with it. Check out the next big crime and I’ll bet you it was perpetrated by an “ILLEGAL”. When are we going to smarten up? Now they’re going to College and, hopefully, getting “A GREEN CARD”. Why? Snooper’s SAD MOMENT: I, like many of you, happen to be a huge Philadel-
Fattah Seeks Ed Panel
In the six weeks since Congressman Chaka Fattah called on the Obama Administration to establish the National Commission on the Opportunity to Learn, support for the idea has grown to include leading education organizations, civil rights organizations and grass roots associations. NCOL would work with states to address and resolve the issue of resource adequacy. Fattah - recognized nationally as a leader on education reform
W. Philadelphia Dem Club Opens
The West Philadelphia Democratic Club will host the grand opening of its new offices this Saturday at 11 a.m. at 101 N. 52nd Street. In existence since 2001, the West Philadelphia Democratic Club will be hosting candidates as well. The PAC’s phone number is (215) 921-4832. According to Jeffrey C. Felder, the PAC’s treasurer, “Our goal is to ensure candidates know the needs and issues of the West Philadelphia area.”
- said the Commission would identify longstanding disparities in the allocation of educational resources. "We know what it takes for students to be successful," he said. "The truth is, we are providing the least of these resources to students in the greatest need. It's a system that fails our children and ultimately fails our nation." Leading education organizations and civil rights groups agree including, the National Education Association, The Council of Great City Schools and Education Justice at the Education Law Center. In endorsing the Commission, National Education Association President, Dennis Van Roekel said, "This commission is a critical step in the right direction toward ensuring every student has access to the tools and resources that we know are vital to academic success. Regardless of school, district or state, all children should have the opportunity to attend a quality public school and learn 21st-century skills." A host of other organizations
have also endorsed the National Commission on the Opportunity to Learn. They include: The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights; Teach For America ;Education Trust; The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education; The National Council of La Raza; The National Urban League; The Citizens Commission on Civil Rights; The Campaign for Fiscal Equity; The Rural School and Community Trust; The Alliance for Excellent Education; UCLA Professor Gary Orfield, a national expert on educational equity; The Learning Disabilities Association of America; The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center; The Institute for Higher Education Policy; The National Association for the Education of African American Children with Learning Disabilities; The United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society; The United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries; The National Society of Black Engineers; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
phia “SPORTS FAN”. I still can’t believe they are going to tear down THE SPECTRUM. I commend this TV STATION for investigating this because it shows you the other side. There’s nothing wrong with this building; in fact, it could stand for another 10 years, no problem. What it’s all about is M-ON-E-Y, and that’s the bottom line. The hell with all THE FANS. We enjoyed many ‘many sports moments’ there, like HOCKEY, BASKETBALL, THE N.C.A. A.’S FINAL FOUR, PRO WRESTLING, ROCK-n-
ROLL SHOWS, COUNTRY MUSIC SPECTACULARS, THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS, and who could ever forget? THE RUSSIAN HOCKEY GAME. We all were there for all of the above, and no problem. Municipal Stadium, Veterans Stadium and now, last but not least, THE SPECTRUM. Money is the ROOT of all evil, and that’s the bottom line. Snooper’s Favorite TV show: Here is one show I would recommend for all of you to watch, especially all our ANIMAL LOVERS. Watch TV
Channel 41, the show is called “ANIMAL PLANET”. They do a show on our own PSPCA from Philadelphia. They show you just how cruel some people can be to these innocent animals. I watched this one show where they had recovered 28 “fighting” roosters in an abandoned house; really cruel too. WENDY EVANS, Shelter Manager, and GEORGE the BENGAL (“Tiger”) was seen taking these animals and doing whatever they could to save all their lives. CONGRATULATIONS to them and all their professionals! Good job.
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 191304015, until 2:00 P.M., on Tuesday, May 5, 2009. 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- 052 G of 2008/09 Electrical Service Contract Various Locations $50,000.00 $25.00 Emergency Generator Throughout the Service & Repairs School District 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 215-4005225. 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.
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 191304015, until 2:00 P.M., on Tuesday, April 21, 2009. 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- 010 C of 2008/09* Mechanical Contract Samuel H. Daroff $1,900,000.00 $200.00 Boiler Replacement 5630 Vine Street * A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on Aptil 8th, 2009 10:00 A.M. B- 012 C of 2008/09*
Electrical Contract Boiler Replacement
Samuel H. Daroff 5630 Vine Street
* A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on Aptil 8th, 2009 10:00 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 215-4005225. 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.
SEN. LARRY FARNESE presents $50,000 DCED check for renovation of Seger Park playground to Sharri Horowitz and Sabrina Rubin Erdely, Co-Presidents, Friends of Seger Park Playground.
Irvine Fundraiser Draws Many Doc Boosts McCaffery
CANDIDATE for Judge of Court of Common Pleas, Jonathan Q. Irvine is pictured here with wife Christa at his MT. AIRY resident Cecil Johnson and CANDIDATE Jonathan Irvine speaks to famsuccessful fundraiser at Relish East Falls resident Anna Smith gather ily, friends and supporters at fundraiser at Relish. Photos by Martin Regusters, Leaping Lion Photography take-home posters for Jonathan Irvine. restaurant.
MINCING no words, IBEW Local 98 Business Mgr. John Dougherty cites Dan McCaffery’s long family history in law enforcement as one of many reasons to support his candidacy for District Attorney. Dougherty hosted McCaffery at major fundraiser cosponsored by Electrical Contractors of Eastern Pennsylvania at union hall.
Pretzel-Loving Cadets Blondell Boosts Rising Stars
MIKE McALLISTER hosted a reception for Judges Joe Waters and Angeles Roca. Celebrants included Bob Dellavella, Democratic 55th Ward Leader; McAllister; John Sabatina, Esq., 56th Ward Leader; Roca; Waters; Councilman Bill Green; and Shawn Dillon, 66A Ward Leader.
50 CADETS aboard two training ships visited Philadelphia and were treated to several hundred Philly pretzels, among other gifts from the USO, Go Navy Committeeand Navy League. Above, from left, Lts. Irrgang, Talbert, Causee and Dattoli thank Dave Armstrong and Wally Littlewood Photo by Joe Stivala for pretzels.
Photo by Joe Stivala
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COUNCIL PRESIDENT Ann Verna, 3rd from right, hosted packed house as she hosted her annual Bus Trip to Atlantic City. Photo by Joe Stivala
LEADERS of Seger Park Playground join with State Rep. Babette Josephs, center, on occasion of their receipt of major grant to improve this Society Hill facility.
President Verna Boards Bus Farnese, Josephs Deliver $$$
PROUDLY promoting an emerging generation of young women civic leaders, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown celebrated 17 of them at City Hall reception, Promise of Rising Stars, as part of her new Empowerment Forum For Women.
Staff Surprises Rep. Ron Waters www.phillyrecord.com
State Rep. Ronald G. Waters was treated to a surprise birthday party last Saturday by the members of his staff. The popular four-term official was escorted to the Spirit of Philadelphia where he was pleasantly surprised by members of his staff, business associates and a host of relatives and friends. Among those present were his lovely mother Helen Waters; Sam Staten, Jr. business manager of Local 332; Vanessa Brown, State Representative in 190th Dist.; Ducky Birts, president of Ducky Birts Foundation; Mike Basher, community-affairs supervisor of ShopRite; and many others. Among many gifts Waters received that night, he was most appreciative of blanket throw given him by his staff. Throw contained the images of Barack Obama, M. L. King and Waters himself.
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Delaware Dredging Passes Final Handle (Cont. From Page 1) Terminal in Camden, N.J. to the mouth of the Delaware Bay. The EA examined 10 years of data, the findings of the original Environmental Impact Statement and the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. It also reviewed three changes to the project and two to the project area: Dredged material quantities: Since the estimated amount of dredged material to be removed from the channel has significantly decreas ed, the four new upland disposal sites iden-
tified in a 1997 study are no longer needed; Broadkill Beach, Del., sand replenishment: Instead of offshore sand stockpiling as stated in a previous study, the current plan calls for direct placement on the Broadkill Beach of enough sand to replenish and rebuild the beach, following the recommendations of regulatory agencies; Deferment of Egg Island Point, N.J., restoration: Due to significant reduction of dredged material quantities available, resto ration of intertidal habitat adjacent to
Egg Island Point has been deferred; Athos oil spill will have no significant impact on dredged material: A January 2009 report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration concluded the 2004 oil spill would have no significant adverse effect on sediments to be dredged to construct the deepening project and Limiting areas to protect shortnose sturgeon: Since surveys indicate the number and distribution of the federally listed shortnose sturgeon is likely to expand, and could be in the vicinity of the
Marcus Hook rock-blasting area, the Army Corps will restrict and monitor that work, as previously committed in the earlier environmental studies. The Corps will also comply with all recommendations by the National Marine Fisheries Service to minimize any potential adverse effects on the shortnose sturgeon. The Delaware River deepening project has been strongly supported by the public, workers and business leaders across the region. Most recently, the PENJERDEL Council, a
ARAMARK Employees Help Community Center Two Philadelphia community centers will receive a much-deserved face-lift on Apr. 24 when more than 300 employees of ARAMARK, will enhance the facilities at the Lutheran Settlement House, 1340 Frankford Avenue, and North Light Community Center, 183 Green Lane. The day of service is part of ARAMARK's partnership with the Federation of Neighborhood Centers (formerly called the Greater Philadelphia Federation of Settlements), whose 15 member community centers support 45 Philadelphia neighborhoods. The partnership, which was launched in 2008, is part of ARAMARK Building Community, a company-wide initiative that fosters long-term support for local community centers in more than 25 cities. "ARAMARK Building Community allows our employees to use their diverse talents outside of their daily jobs to strengthen the community in a meaningful way," said Joseph Neubauer, chairman and CEO of ARAMARK. "I couldn't be more proud of the amazing results our employees are achieving here in Philadelphia and around the world." A recent study found 61% of Americans believe in the current economic climate, community centers play a more essential role than ever. Respondents note providing
basic needs like food and clothing, affordable childcare and preschool, job training and after school programs are the most important services that community centers offer. The Lutheran Settlement House will receive two new clothing and supply rooms for victims of domestic violence,
while the North Light Community Center's existing computer lab will be turned into a workforce development room. At both centers, ARAMARK volunteers will also refurbish and landscape outdoor garden areas by building vegetable beds, picnic tables, and mural benches.
City Year Greater Philadelphia, a group dedicated to engaging youth in full-time community service and ARAMARK's volunteerism partner, will work side by side with ARAMARK employees on the 62 enhancement projects taking place that day.
PROUDLY MANAGING PENNSYLVANIAʼS INTERNATIONAL SEAPORT SINCE 1990
Philadelphia Regional Port Authority A Promising Future By Championing the Channel-Deepening Project And Substantial Port Expansion
Once Again, We Thank Gov. Ed Rendell For Giving Our Port A Great Opportunity And
John H. Estey, Esq. Chairman
James T. McDermott, Jr. Executive Director
Robert C. Blackburn
Senior Deputy Executive Director
John F. Dempsey
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leading business advocacy group for the tri-state region of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, announced its support, citing the project’s impact on job creation and overall economic development for the region. Last June, the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, the local sponsor of the dredging project, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers signed a Project Partnership Agreement. The project, which is estimated to cost about $277 million, will take five to seven years to complete. PRPA is an independent agency of the Common-
wealth of Pennsylvania charged with the management, maintenance, mar ket ing, and promotion of publicly-owned port facilities along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, as well as strategic planning throughout the port district. PRPA works with its terminal operators to modernize, expand, and improve its facilities, and to market those facilities to prospective port users. Port cargoes and the activities they generate are responsible for thousands of direct and indirect jobs in the Philadelphia area and Pennsylvania.
adult, $3 children. May 11- Democratic City Committee Jefferson-Jackson Party at Sheet Metal Workers Hall, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets $150. For info (215) 2417804.
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May 11- Democratic City Committee Jefferson-Jackson Day cocktail party at Sheet Metal Workers Hall, Delaware & Spring Garden Sts., 5:30-9:30 pm. For info
call (215) 241-7804. May 12- Republican City Committee Spring Reception at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd, 6-8 p.m. Tickets $125.
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BOARD of Democratic Women’s Committee includes, from left, Janet Spleen, Lucrezia Minnitti, Dorothy Gallagher, Diane Thompson, Gwen Collins, Carolyn Harris, Anne Lazarus, Ruth Luse, Susan Rutt, Wilhelmina Moore, Mary Lou Baldys and Roxanne Covington.
37TH WARD Women turned out in multi-generational force at Democratic Women’s Committee Meeting in City Hall: from left, Ward Chairwoman Diane Bridges, young Natasha Mosley, Judicial candidate Roxanne Covington and Ward Leader El Amor Mapenzi Brawne Ali.
THESE Democratic women, attorneys Diane Thompson and Roxanne Covington, are seeking judgeships in upcoming primary.
THE GANG’S ALL HERE: City Democratic Women enjoyed get-together in City Council Caucus Chamber.
Phone: 215-423-2223 Fax: 215-423-5937
Walk In’s Welcomed A.J. Sbaraglia & Toni
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$60 donation for candidates. For info call Aleandra Elliott (267) 616-1064. May 9- Friends of Santore Branch Library host Family Fun Day, at Palumbo Park, 723 Catherine St., 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Donation $5
(Cont. from Page 11) Blondell Reynolds Brown presents Empowerment Forum for Potential of Girls, Promise of Rising Stars and Power of Women at Hyatt Regency Phila. Hotel, 201 S. Columbus Blvd. (at Dock St.), 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Contribution of $100 includes morning workshops and luncheon. For additional info contact Katherine Gilmore at email@example.com or call (215) 686-3438. May 2- CBTU hosts “Ending HIV/AIDS Epidemic In Our Community” at Prince of Peace Baptist Church Community Ctr., 1801 N. 31st St., registration 9-10 a.m., program 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For info call Gwendolyn Johnson (215) 803-4995. May 4- Wine and cheese fundraiser for Judicial candidate Diane Thompson at Berner, Klaw & Watson LLP, 1528 Walnut St., Ste. 1100, 5-7 p.m. Suggested donation $50. RSVP (215) 790-8800. May 7- Clark Park, 43rd and Kingsessing, 5:30-8 p.m. 10th annual Party for the Park. Tickets $75 in advance, $95 at door. For info (215) 243-0555. May 8- Democratic Women of Philadelphia 2009 at Galdo’s, 20th & Moyamensing. $40 buffet/wine and beer. Tickets available at door or call Lucrezia Minnitti at (215) 925-2128. May 8 & 14- Democratic 14th Ward Leader Arthur Green hosts Pre-Mothers Day Cabaret at Barber’s Hall, Broad & Oxford Sts. $10. BYOB. For info call Catherine White (215) 986-7948. May 3- Fundraiser for Judge
Patrick Dugan at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd., 2-6 p.m. Tickets $30. May 5- Wynne-Brook PAC hosts candidates forum at Anderson Cultural Ctr., 54th & Overbrook Ave., 6-8:45 p.m.
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rier. While working at Le Bec Fin after graduation from Drexel, Chip won the MidAtlantic “2004 Young Chef Rotisseur Competition” and came in second place in the national competition. Chip has also been recognized as a “rising star” by Gastronome magazine and was recently nominated for the “rising star chef award” by the prestigious James Beard Association. Chip started the Charles Roman Catering firm in 2004, and in November of 2006 he opened Blackfish restaurant to keep himself busy during the slower catering months. But Roman got a lot more than he bargained for with Blackfish, with its seafood-oriented, progressive American cuisine with
French influences. Last year I almost fell out of my high chair when I read Philadelphia magazine’s list of the region’s top 50 restaurants and saw Blackfish was number 3, way ahead of such icons of gastronomy as Le Bec Fin and Vetri. (It was also named “Best New Restaurant in the Suburbs” by Main Line Life.) Blackfish, a BYOB, is located in a Conshohocken storefront previously occupied by an Italian restaurant called Maya Bella, which was kind of dark. Blackfish is just the opposite. Except for wooden floors, almost everything is white — the walls, paneling, tablecloths, lampshades, plates, etc., giving the place a Spartan, Clockwork Orange kind of look along with recessed lighting and high ceilings. But the monochromatic décor and multi-hued food conflate with one another to produce a memorable experience. Chip Roman has obviously found his sweet spot.
During a recent visit, one appetizer, salmon smoked on the premises, was served with a deep-fried egg, crispy potatoes and sour cream ($14). It is pricey, but the day after having this dish, you begin to miss it like dry earth misses the rain. An appetizer of octopus, parsley puree, tomatoes, olives and charcoal ($14) was also sublime. (Roman uses some ingredients like charcoal and tree bark that you just won’t see in any other restaurant’s dishes.) An entrée of ravioli dumplings stuffed with prosciutto and short ribs, accompanied by toasted butter and crispy sage ($24), was so meltingly tender, one could not tell where the meat stopped and the sauce began. An esthetically presented plate of pristine mahi-mahi was accompanied by velvety crushed potatoes and irresistible escarole ($30). Desserts of warm chocolate cake brimming with homemade chocolate ice
Len Lear cream ($8) and vanilla beignets with spiced anglaise ($9) were delightful epilogues to this savory story. Our server, Harold Best, has been serving customers at area restaurants and catering firms for 25 years, and it shows. He’s a real pro. Blackfish is the food equivalent of a late Mozart piano concerto with its harmonic invention and seemingly artless and uncluttered — but memorable — lack of embroidery. Like Mozart, Roman is elevating the art of simplification to new heights. Portions are not as
big as one finds in most restaurants these days, and prices are serious, but so is the food. A Blackfish experience is not just a slice of life but the whole pie. And that’s the whole tooth and nothing but. Every Monday Chip Roman creates a four-course chef's tasting menu for $45 per person (plus tax and gratuity). The menu focuses on a single ingredient each week such as asparagus or beets, which are represented in every dish. Blackfish, at 119 Fayette Street in Conshohocken, serves lunch Tuesday through Friday and dinner Monday through Saturday. You can bring your really good wines you’ve been saving for a special occasion. There is a huge municipal parking lot on Fayette Street on the right, one block before you reach Blackfish. For more information, call (610) 397-0888 or visit www.blackfishrestaurant.com.
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by Len Lear We’ve all heard the saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” After dining at Blackfish in Conshohocken, however, I would update the saying to read: “When in Conshohocken, do as Roman does.” (This column normally focuses on restaurants in or near center city and South Philly, but Blackfish is definitely worth a trip on the Schuylkill Expressway. Most of its customers come from Philly and the Main Line.) “Roman” is 29-year-old Charles “Chip” Roman, owner/chef at Blackfish, who has been cooking since he was three years old. He attended Drexel University’s Culinary Arts program while also earning a business degree, and he studied with
some of Philadelphia’s top chefs, including Mark Vetri and George Per-
Seafood dishes the reel deal in this Roman empire
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overcrowding to the extent that plans to open classes for grades 7 and 8 there are in jeopardy. “We were extremely happy back in November when we dedicated the new Primary Education Center at Forrest anticipating a turning point for meeting the community’s educational need,” said McGeehan. But after the recent an-
nouncement to parents Forrest will not be able to accommodate the 7th and 8th grades as planned, McGeehan decided to reach out to Ackerman with a possible solution. “I believe the answer is right in front of us,” McGeehan said in a letter to the superintendent. “Forrest would be able to expand as planned; children would be able to at-
tend school in their neighborhood; the community wouldn’t be faced with a vacant eyesore; and the Archdiocese would realize a positive revenue flow.” McGeehan’s letter urged Ackerman to approach the Archdiocese in an effort to resolve the frustration, anxiety and confusion being thrust upon many parents in his District.
Most Catholics Optimistic About Future Of Church Special to the Public Record In the face of some difficult issues – including the ongoing sex-abuse scandal, a priest shortage, dwindling parish memberships and church closings – a surprising number of Catholics revealed a good amount of optimism for their religion, according to the latest 2009 Le Moyne-Zogby Contemporary Catholic Trends survey. When asked whether they were optimistic or pessimistic about the future of the Church, 36% said they were very opti-
mistic, and 37% replied somewhat optimistic. A minority of respondents, then, were either somewhat (18%) or very (5%) pessimistic about the Church’s future. Progressive Catholics are the most likely to be pessimistic, with 40% saying they are somewhat (36%) or very (4%) pessimistic. Only 7% of the self-described Orthodox are somewhat (6%) or very (1%) pessimistic about the future of the Church. “These numbers remind us news headlines are only part of the Catholic religious experience. When asked to reflect on
Fattah Wants To Change Tax Code rent revenue collection system is the most complicated in the industrialized world,” Fattah wrote. The Office of Management and Budget estimates Americans will spend 6.4 billion hours and $265 billion this year alone complying with the obligations of a tax code that now contains more than 66,000 pages of rules and regulations amassed over 96 years. “According to the Congressional Research Service, replacing the current way we collect taxes with a transaction fee has the potential not only to meet current financial obligations but provide enough additional revenue that America could pay off the debt and the escalating deficit,” said Fattah. “That alone is enough to for Treasury and the task force to take a serious look at this very viable solution.”
are largely in agreement about the importance of the Sacraments to their faith, as 64% said they are very important and 23% reported they are somewhat important. Respondents also ranked the Church’s concern for the poor highly, as 61% said it was very important and 29% chose somewhat important. Teachings about Mary as the Mother of God are also ranked highly, 54% saying it is very important and 27% somewhat important to their Catholic faith. Less agreement was found about other elements of the faith. A minority say it is very (24%) or somewhat (12%) important to their faith that the priesthood remain all male, and fewer believe it is very (19%) or somewhat (13%) important for the priesthood to remain celibate. Again we find differences between self-identified Orthodox and Progressive Catholics. Sixty-nine percent of the Orthodox believe an all-male priesthood is somewhat or very important, while only 6% of the Progressives feel it’s important to their faith. Similarly, 61% of those identified as Orthodox say a celibate priesthood is important to their faith, while only 6% of Progressives agree. The Spring 2009 Contemporary Catholic Trends survey polled 3,812 randomly sampled members of the Zogby Interactive Panel Feb. 23-25, including 767 Catholics. Panel members have volunteered to participate in periodic Zogby Interactive polls. The sample is weighted so it reflects the political affiliation, age, race, gender, and education of the US adult population.
Congressman Chaka Fattah has asked President Barack Obama for consideration of his own proposal to transform the costly and confusing US Tax Code. Fattah wants the President to direct the Treasury Department to analyze the objectives embodied within H.R. 1703, the Comprehensive Transform America Transaction Fee Act of 2009, as helpful in pursuing the goals improving revenue collection while reducing both the national debt and the deficit. The Fattah legislation calls for Treasury to conduct a comprehensive analytical study on the viability of eliminating all federal taxes on individuals and corporations and replacing the taxes with a fee on transactions. “Transforming the existing tax code into a simplified alternative is critical to restoring America’s economic vitality. The cur-
the Church, I expect most people think of their personal religious lives, not the national headlines. Religion is experienced most vividly in the parish and the family. In fact, 76% of respondents said family connections are an important aspect of their faith. So, to me, these numbers suggest most Catholics are satisfied with their personal religious lives,“ said Dr. Matthew Loveland, principal investigator of the CCT project. The results were pulled from polling members of Zogby Interactive’s volunteer web panel, a sampling of 3,812 panel members, including 767 self-identified Catholics. Among other findings: American Catholics describe themselves in a variety of ways. For example, given a list of common religious identities, 20% chose Progressive to describe their religiosity, followed next by 11% who chose Orthodox. The least-frequent descriptors chosen were Evangelical (7%), Fundamentalist (4%), and Born-Again (3%). A stark difference emerged between the self-identified Progressives and Orthodox in terms of mass attendance. While 63% of Progressive Catholics attend mass less than once per month, 79% of the Orthodox attend mass at least once a month. Nineteen percent of the Progressives attend mass weekly or more, while 65% of the Orthodox attend this frequently. Catholic panel members were asked to rate the personal importance of a number of elements of their faith. Catholics
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State Rep. Mike McGeehan has called on Philadelphia Schools Superintendent Dr. Arlene Ackerman to initiate a meaningful dialogue with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to explore the possibility of leasing St. Bernard School. St. Bernard will be closing at the end of this school year. The building is directly across the street from Edwin Forrest ES, which is experiencing
McGeehan Has Solution To School Overcrowding
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