Fleet-Footed Cops On The Run To D.C. by Rory G. McGlasson Hundreds of law-enforcement officials were given a South Philadelphia sendoff as they set off on a two-day marathon run from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C, Tuesday morning.
LAW-ENFORCEMENT officials from tri-state area get a South Philadelphia sendoff Tuesday, as they embark on 13th annual Memorial Run to Washington, D. C. from Navy Yard. Run is part of National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Week, which will culminate tomorrow in naPhoto by R. George Linton tion’s capitol.
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The Navy Yard was the starting block as officers from across the TriState Area suited up to pay homage to their fraternal brothers and sisters who have tragically lost their lives in the line of duty. The 13th annual Memorial Run is part of National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Week, which will culminate tomorrow in Washington. The fleet-footed fraternal brothers, from Baltimore, New Jersey, Philadelphia and surrounding counties, took off Tuesday morning down S. Broad Street, past the sports (Cont. Page 2)
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Is Soccer Set To Strike Out Baseball In South Philly? Local Sports Fans Think So
by Rory G. McGlasson Is South Philadelphia ready for a soccer revolution? Soccer fans and sports enthusiasts at large from across the city seem to believe the ‘Beautiful Game’ has found its rightful home The Delaware Valley, with the pro team Philly Union. And contrary to popular belief, PSSST … Have you heard of the new South Philadelphia is full of “footy faMLS Philly team coming in 2010? natics”. (Cont. Page 2)
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A brand-new political action committee will meet tonight in South Philadelphia. The group consists of some wise old heads, and some bright new progressive minds, too. The new South Philadelphia PAC will meet at the South Philadelphia Tap Room at 6–8 p.m. State Sen. Larry Farnese will be special guest at the Happy Hour fundraiser. For more information, please call Gaetano Piccirilli at either (215) 694 4341 or (215) 864 6288.
Spring Fest Spring is in the air, and many local groups are springing into life with events for the family. The Passyunk Square Civic Association are one of them. They will host their annual Spring Festival this Saturday at Capitola Playground, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Activities include a plant sale, PSCA coupon books, and discounts and deals from many local neighborhood businesses. As well as kids activities, there will also be a (Cont. Page 43)
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(Cont. from Page 1) “We call it ‘footy’ where I come from,” said John McCaffery, who lives on Catherine Street, but is originally from Tottenham in North London, England. McCaffery and his family have lived on the 1800 block of Catherine for 10 years, and he is delighted the Delaware Valley has an official majorleague soccer team. The Londoner isn’t the only one pleased the Philadelphia Union soccer team is coming to the region. Scores of fans crowded outside of City Hall Monday, as the Chester-based “Philadelphia Union” unveiled their official name and colors. “I believe the Beautiful game of football will eventually beat out baseball in Philadelphia,” according to Jason Fera. Fera, who played soccer, at Southern HS, coaches youngsters in South Philadelphia at Palumbo Recreation Center. “It seems more young kids want to play soccer than baseball,” he said. “If we had a soccer-only field in South Philadelphia, you would see the game take off like you wouldn’t believe.” It would cost around $100,000 to build a new soccer only field, according to Charles Flo. Flo and Jerry Braden cofounded the Bella Vista Football Club. They are hoping the 2010 Philadelphia Union team will expand their outreach into South Philadelphia community. “Hundreds of youngsters, and adults, especially the growing Latino influences play soccer in South Philadelphia all year-round,” said Braden. “If we had a soccer-only field, the game would be more popular than many other sports. There are hundreds of
old softball fields, but no soccer fields in our area. “We have to find a patch, and use whatever we can. There are soccer field in the suburbs, but there is not one
Jerry Braden co-founded the Bella Vista FC. single soccer field in the City that is dedicated to the sport.” (There is, in fact, a group of soccer fields at the Dairy Field on Fairmount Park.) The City rents the field to adults and youngsters spring, summer, and fall. “I’ve played on the Fairmount fields, and they are poorly maintained,” said William Magee. Mark Cassasanto, cofounder of the South Philadelphia Soccer Strikers, also believes a new field dedicated to soccer would see the game grow in South Philadelphia. The Strikers are made up of youth teams ranging from under-8s through under-18s. They have to play the majority of their games on the road. At the announcement on Monday, Philadelphia Union’s principal owner Jay Sugarman said. “We’re incredibly fortunate to have fans who understand the power of loyalty and unity, and our team identity draws its inspiration from them and from the importance these qualities have played in the history of Philadelphia.” Philadelphia Union will play in a state-of-the-art 18,500 seat waterfront stadium in Chester, Pa. begin-
ning in 2010. The stadium features 30 luxury suites, premium seating, an 11,000 square foot Stadium Club and a 2,000 seat supporter’s club section. Additionally, there is a built-in music stage for world-class music shows and large promenades surrounding the stadium for festivals and tailgates. Season tickets officially went on sale Monday, with seat selection determined by the order in which tickets are reserved. Ticket prices and seating configuration for the under-construction stadium were revealed this week along with team name, logo and colors. Additional information can be found on the club’s new website, philadelphiaunion.com. “The addition of Philadelphia Union to the local professional sports scene is a shining example of the regionalism that I have spoken about since my time on City Council,” said Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. “With a world-class stadium set to stand strong in Chester, Pa. and Philadelphia proudly emblazoned on the club’s jerseys, the world will see the strength and unity of our Greater Philadelphia Region.”
(Cont From Page 1) stadiums, before turning left on Pattison Avenue past the NovaCare center. The runners will arrive in Washington tomorrow morning. Honor Guards from all over the area came out to line the start of the run, as well as bikers, Police Officers and local well-wishers. Beforehand a ceremony took place inside of Terminal One at Navy Yard, where the families of the lost officers handed flags to the run participants.
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MAKING an impression are these members of Sprinklerfitters Local 692. That’s Dennis Cowley, right, and Judicial candidate Fran Shields, left, at entrance to Democratic City Committee Jefferson Jackson Day celebration.
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ELECTION meeting at City Commissioners Offices in City Hall checked off all requirements needed to ensure voters get to their voting places without any problems. “It’s a clear go”, said Chairwoman Margaret Tartaglione, seated between Commissioners Anthony Clark and Joseph Duda. In case you’re wondering, that back of the head in front of picture belongs to Bobbie Lee.
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Congressman Robert A. Brady announced the award of a $286,000 US Dept. of Transportation grant for the Philadelphia Unemployment Project. The Job Access/Reverse Commute grant will fund minivans and drivers to enable the operation of carpool services to provide inner city residents with transportation to suburban jobs. According to a recent
Brookings Institution report in the last decade, nearly all major metropolitan areas, including Philadelphia, have experienced job drain and more and more businesses have moved to the surrounding suburbs. “Sixty-three percent of the jobs in the Philadelphia, Camden and Wilmington area are now located more than 10 miles beyond the cities’ cen-
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Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Managing Director Camille Cates Barnett and other City officials honored police officers and firefighters, including deceased Police Officers (Sgt.) Stephen Liczbinski, Isabel Nazario, Patrick McDonald, (Sgt.) Timothy Simpson and (Lt.) Edward Dohrmann, in the annual City of Philadelphia’s Police-Fire Memorial Service, at the Living Flame Memorial monument at in Franklin Square Park, Sixth & Race Streets. Since the founding of the Philadelphia Fire Dept. in 1871, 285 members of the Philadelphia Fire Dept. and 200 Philadelphia police officers have made the ultimate sacrifice in the official line of duty. “On this solemn day, we remember all of our fallen officers and firefighters who selflessly gave their lives in the service of their city and its grateful citizens,” said Mayor
MAYOR MICHAEL Nutter is joined by Police Commissioner Charles Ramsay and Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers at ceremonies honoring City’s fallen police and firefighters. Nutter. “We will never forget four days before last year’s their sacrifice and we will Living Flame Memorial. He never yield in our efforts to was recognized in this year’s make this a safer city. With a ceremony with his wife and heavy heart, we offer our sym- family present. Sgt. Liczbinski, pathy to all of the families who 39, of Northeast Philadelphia, lost their loved ones – a wife, was a 12-year veteran stationed husband, son, daughter, father at the 24th Police Dist. or mother – in the line of duty. Shortly before his death, Their deaths certainly will not he was promoted to the rank be in vain. I can think of no of sergeant. He sacrificed his more fitting tribute to these he- life in the line of duty when roes of honor who have fallen three robbers fled the scene of in the line of duty.” a bank heist at a branch loWhite doves were released cated inside a supermarket; at the ceremony symbolically one suspect then fired an asto honor the fallen police and sault weapon at Sgt. Liczbinfire personnel. ski when the latter saw the Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski suspects near the bank. (Badge 486) died on May 3,
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HAIL! Hail! The gang’s all here and united behind candidacy of Seth Williams for District Attorney. New coalition of African American ward leaders under banner of United Democratic Ward Leaders includes Gregg Spearman, State Rep. Jewell Williams, George Brooks and State Sen. Anthony Williams, seen here with Seth Williams.
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It’s obvious Congressman Bob Brady is exerting his demand the party unite behind the endorsed candidates in the Democratic Party and they are listening. That was highlighted by the debut of the new United Democratic Ward Leaders, a group of African American party warriors who have come together in a coalition to fill the vacuum created by the withering of the organization once led by the late Councilwoman Carol Ann Campbell. Chairman of the 18-ward coalition is State Sen. Anthony H. Williams, who is credited with doing the groundwork and bringing strength and cohesion to the group. He officiated at the debut, which featured comments from Democratic City Chairman Brady and Edgar Campbell, the brother of Councilwoman Campbell, as well as Mayor Michael Nutter. The presence of many of the endorsed Judicial candidates and the endorsed City Controller Alan Butkovitz sent the message the group was supporting their City Committee ticket, the one they had all agreed and voted for prior to the primary. This officially sets apart a group of African American Ward Leaders from those belonging to the New Progressive Alliance, which has a membership of 14 ward leaders and is headed now by Al Stewart as chair. He took over the helm from State Rep. Frank Oliver, dean of the State’s legislators and head of the Philadelphia delegation to the House, who is now senior advisor. First chair is Clerk of Quarter Sessions Vivian Miller and it includes heavy
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Our Opinion ... It’s D-Day For Voters
This paper is the best judge of what has been happening on the political scene during this primary campaign period, which began last November. We are able to assess accurately the trials and tribulations the many Judicial candidates have been going through, the endorsed and unendorsed alike, and the money they have dished out to motivate various voter groups to help insure their victories. All of them deserve to be winners. Unfortunately there are just so many slots. So it’s up to the voters. Though the District Attorney and City Controller races did heat up a bit, there hasn’t been enough heat applied to boil up voter interest to anywhere near that seen in the last primary race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. So what can we do to perk up voter interest? This paper tries valiantly every week. Alas, the dailies and the main local television stations have done little more than host a couple of DA or Controller forums. Community leadership has tried to interest their residents by hosting forums and there have been many. But in the end, ordinary citizens must call the shots on some of the most important jobs this City needs to fill. So we say now to all of you who will make a hundred excuses as to why you are not voting: Shame on you. Don’t complain about your government, and especially its Criminal Justice System, when you show no interest in casting your vote to shape it.
For Voters, Silence Is Not An Option
by State Rep. Ronald G. Waters On May 19, elections will be held across the state and locally, and the results of these elections will have an inevitable impact on our quality of life. The race for the presidency, which ushered Barack Obama into office as the nation’s first African American president, took great community effort to achieve. The races before us require no less effort. The democracy in which we live requires our participation. Without it we forfeit our right to express our concerns and opinions when they are needed most to guide the decisions of our elected officials. The challenges facing the Commonwealth are no less dire than those facing the rest
of the nation at the present time. We should give these concerns as much attention as we do the others which threaten our quality of life. The District Attorney, City Controller and several Judge positions are in question. These offices are very important to the health and wellbeing of our residents because they directly determine how our citizens are protected, our finances handled and our laws are interpreted. There is no greater obligation for citizens of a democracy than the duty to vote. There are a number of ways in which you can cast your vote. Not only can you cast your ballot at your local polling place, but there are also absentee ballots, alterna-
tive ballots and provisional ballots available for those in need of them. Citizens are encouraged to call the Commissioner’s office at (215) 686-3460 for more information. The state of our economy and safety on our streets depend upon us exercising our right to vote. Please do not stay home and let a few decide for the many. Being silent is not an option for those seriously concerned about the future of this city. On May 19, three important positions will be decided. We should vote for our candidates of choice as if our future depends upon it – because it does.
May 14- Harmonious Volunteer Ctr. & N. Penn Civic Ass’n hosts $1.00 Day Clothing Bonanza at Chalmers Field, 29th & Chalmers Ave, 12-4 p.m. For info (215) 2273622. May 14- S. Phila. PAC hosts Happy Hour Fundraiser at S. Phila. Tap Room, 7 p.m. Special Guest: State Sen. Lawrence Farnese. Host
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Do your own research (in the age of computers this is not hard to do) and base your vote on your opinion. Let's put a stop to the mindless-sheep theory! Karen Brown South Philadelphia
I am a member of the Democratic Women’s group and have taken a close interest in this upcoming May 19 election. There has been more focus on endorsements then platforms and the candidates have beaten each other down to get them. What are endorsements really? Another person’s opinion. Are we mindless sheep that need to base our votes on someone else opinion? Please prove them wrong.
The Pennsylvania Coalition of Charter Schools applauds the appointment of State Sen. Anthony H. Williams to the Senate Committee on Education. For more than a decade,
Sen. Williams has been one of Harrisburg’s strongest voices for public charter schools. As a State Representative, Williams acted without compromise upon his vision of how public-school choice would greatly expand educational opportunities for all of Pennsylvania’s schoolchildren. At that time, he faced much opposition as he worked across the grain of popular opinion. His resolve and steadfastness forged the way to the passage of the Pennsyl(Cont. on Page 40)
$100, Guest $50, Student and Nonprofit Workers $35. Beer, wine and light fare included. Respond to John Sullivan at Southphillypac@hotmail.com or pay at door. May 15- State Rep. Ron Waters hosts Senior Health Fair & Luncheon at Turner MS Gymnasium, 5900 Baltimore Ave., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. For info (215) 748-6712. May 15- Randy Robinson hosts candidates at Elena’s Soul Food Café, 4912 Baltimore Ave., 5-9 p.m. Free. May 15- Beef & Beer
Fundraiser for Diane Thompson at Juniata Golf Club, L & Cayuga Sts., 5:30-10 p.m. Putting contest, raffles. For info (215) 459-7568. May 15- Southwark Civic Ass’n hosts Candidates Night at Big Charlie’s Bar, 11th & McKean Sts., 6-8 p.m. Free food, cash bar. Donations from candidates only. For info (267) 246-6347. May 15- State Rep. Rosita Youngblood hosts Mortgage Assistance Info Workshop at Summit Presbyterian Ch., 6757 Greene St., 6-8 p.m. For info (215) 849-6426.
May 15- Democratic 19th Ward Dinner at Hideaway Hall, 172 W. Ontario St., 711 p.m. Tickets $250. For info Leonard (215) 225-5814. May 16- Earthquake Moore’s Weekend of Peace Motorcycle Run on Broad St., starting 11 a.m. at Broad & Pattison Ave. and then up to Broad & Cheltenham. Celebration follows at State Burners HQ, 52nd & Woodland Ave. DA Lynne Abraham rides with Earthquake. May 17- Marion Wimbush’s Breakfast Meet & Greet at (Cont. Page 35)
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NEW PROGRESSIVE ALLIANCE, older of two Black ward-leader organizations, was very much in evidence at Democratic gala Monday. This group is supporting endorsed Democratic ticket. Seen here are Al Stewart, chair; Clerk of Quarter Sessions Vivian Miller, first vice chair; Gary Williams; and Senior Advisor State Rep. Frank Oliver.
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The Pennsylvania Senate approved a resolution that honors Pennsylvania’s police officers, according to State Sen. Mike Stack. The Senator cosponsored the resolution, which honored “National Police Week” in Pennsylvania, and a “Police Officers Memorial Day” in Pennsylvania. “This resolution pays tribute to our fallen heroes who gave their lives while working to keep our streets safe,” said Stack. “It also recognizes the continuous efforts of our law-enforcement officers, who risk their lives every day to maintain our communities. Pennsylvania is truly grateful for their service.” Stack has worked with State Sen. John Rafferty, the resolution’s prime sponsor, over the past few years to honor Pennsylvania’s police officers. Eight Police Officers in Pennsylvania were killed in the line of duty in 2008, including four Philadelphia Police Officers. “Northeast Philadelphia has been rocked by the deaths of these four Officers, who all lived or worked in our community,” Stack said. “We will continue to honor their bravery, and they will never be forgotten.” Stack and Rafferty participated in a ceremony marking “Police Memorial Day” at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, where the Fraternal Order of Police will honor the memory of the eight Pennsylvania law-enforcement Officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2008, including Sgt. Timothy Simpson, Sgt. Patrick McDonald, Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski and Officer Isabel Nazario from the Philadelphia Police Dept.
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New chef makes Broad St. restaurant pure Bliss
by Len Lear Dan O’Hara, who is just 23, definitely has big shoes to fill (but Dan is 6-foot-4 and was a star wide receiver at Westlake HS in Maryland, so his feet are big enough to fill almost any shoes). Last August, Dan was named executive chef at Bliss, located in the historic Bellevue building at 220-224 S. Broad Street. The shoes (and shows) Dan had to fill were those of South Philadelphia native Francesco Martorella, who opened Bliss in October 2003. Martorella had helmed several upscale restaurants in the area such as Brasserie Perrier and the restaurants in the Four Seasons Hotel and Ritz Carlton Hotel. He has been called “America’s
Super Chef” by Food & Wine magazine, and his cuisine was described by Gourmet magazine as “a cookery course in a capsule.” “I know Martorella was a great chef,” said Bliss’ new owner, Chris Dhimitri, “and Dan may be young, but he is a very talented chef also. I’ll put Dan’s cooking up against anybody’s, and the entire staff thinks he is a pleasure to work with.” Bliss has an all-glass exterior that exposes the twolevel restaurant, which seats 76 indoors and 20 out of doors, to the bustling street life on the Avenue of the Arts. Shades of blue and honey evoke a tranquil environment and contemporary design. Since it opened in 2003, Bliss has been a magnet for patrons of the Academy of Music, Wilma Theater, Kim-
mel Center and Suzanne Roberts Theater, all of which are just a matter of yards from the restaurant. The blood-draining 24/7 life of an owner/chef eventually took its toll on Martorella, and last August the restaurant was taken over by Dhimitri, who previously owned Chris’ Jazz Café on Sansom Street near Broad for 10 years. (After leaving Chris’, Dhimitri owned a restaurant on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten for a year but returned to Philly because “the place was really beautiful, but there was absolutely nothing to do. To take a oneweek vacation there is fine, but if you’re a city guy like me, you get bored out of your mind if you stay there longer than that.”) Interestingly, as we were talking to Chris, he exclaimed, “I’m sorry, but I have to leave because my mother insisted that I bring her some leeks, and I can’t be late. She is 102 years old,
wears no glasses or hearing aid and lives in the same rowhouse where we grew up in Eddystone (Delaware Co.).” A 2006 graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia Culinary School, Dan O’Hara’s menu offers contemporary dishes like a panseared sirloin with potato purée gratin and shallot merlot glaze as well as Asian-inspired food like tuna sashimi with lemon wasabi sauce and an avocado crabmeat roll. Appetizers range from $8 to $12 and entrees from $18 to $33. If our recent experience is any indication, O’Hara’s food doesn’t just talk a good game. It sings like an aria by Verdi. A poached-pear salad was an intricately composed plate embellished by candied walnuts, Maytag bleu cheese and an unerring vanilla dressing with balsamic drizzle ($9). A plate of homemade potato gnocchi, abetted by crab and saffron, was so
Len Lear gossamer it could be called a pasta soufflé ($14). A pan-seared red snapper entrée, draped in Moroccan couscous and squirty caramelized onions and fragrant with saffron, is bound to make diners evangelical about the kitchen staff ($30). And a refined miso-glazed Chilean sea bass’ mild, sweet flavor was enhanced by sprightly mango salsa and delicate black risotto ($32). For dessert, a lemon gelato swirled with limoncello ($8) and warm chocolate Grand Marnier
profiteroles with vanilla pastry cream ($8) were a satisfying last chapter to this culinary story. And we were in accord that Bliss bartender, Sarah Jenkins, has to be one of Philly’s best. We’ve had some way-toostrong cocktails at some great restaurants recently, but Jenkins’ key-lime martini ($11) and double espresso martini ($11) were perfectly blended. We could actually taste the flavors without any accompanying cringe-inducing knockout punches. Parking is a problem, of course, with any restaurant on the Avenue of the Arts. There is reduced price parking at an indoor garage next door, but it’s still $16.50. In a city where new restaurants can lose their mojo in a hurry, Bliss remains, even with a new chef and owner, as reliable and steady as a Rolex watch. For more information, call (215) 731-1100 or visit www.blissrestaurant.com.
this year’s inductees. Eddie “The Clot” Albano was the premiere cut man in the Philadelphia area for nearly three decades. His ability to stop the flow of blood earned him the nickname “The Clot”. This talent saved many of the fighters he worked with from being stopped when they suffered cuts in the ring. He started working as a cut man in 1970
and worked until his death in 1996. Matthew Saad Muhammad, Tyrone Everett, Rocky Lockridge, Mike Rossman and Jeff Chandler were a few of the fighters he worked with along the way. Early in his career, Aliano also worked as a trainer, handling Johnny Gilmore. Aliano will be posthumously inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in the “Non-Boxer” Category.
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STATE REP. Angel Cruz listens to teachers, administrators and students at Edison HS talk about many issues, including sexual-education and -awareness programs.
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Fourth Dist. Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. has introduced legislation needed to place a red-light camera at the intersection of Henry Avenue & Walnut Lane in Roxborough. This will mark the first red-light camera in the 4th Councilmanic Dist. The cameras automatically photograph vehicles that run red lights. Citations will then be mailed to the vehicles’ owners. Before the legislation was introduced, Jones said a comprehensive study of major intersections in the Roxborough and East Falls area was conducted. It was determined the only viable intersection appropriate for the red-light cameras was at the corner of Henry & Walnut. In a 12hour study period, 103 violations at all four approaches were determined. He noted further tests will be conducted in other parts of the 4th Councilmanic Dist. in the near future. Once a camera photographs a vehicle, the images are reviewed four times to make sure there is actually a violation – twice each by the Parking Authority and the Police Dept. Only after those reviews can a ticket be issued. PPA and the City of Philadelphia do not profit from the cameras. The company that provides the cameras is a paid a flat rate per camera per month. After operating costs, income from the program goes to the Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation. In fiscal 2008, PennDOT received approximately $3.18 million from red-light cameras. “Henry Avenue is like a speedway,” said Jones. “It is my hope these cameras will make the street a little bit safer and reduce the number of accidents at this intersection. We plan to look at other intersections throughout the 4th with the hopes of making the streets a safer place for all residents and pedestrians.”
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Snooper’s ALERT: Now City Council has passed the NO CELL PHONE DRIVING BILL, and seen it signed into law by Hon. Michael Nutter, the Mayor, I warn all of you, BE CAREFUL – they are going to ENFORCE this law very vigorously. We have already seen an accident caused by some idiot on her CELL PHONE. Councilmen William Greenlee, Bill Green, IV, and Frank Rizzo have definitely proved their point concerning the dangers of talking on your CELL PHONE while driving. DON’T DO IT. Snooper’s EMAIL Services: This is for Hon. Patrick Dugan, and it comes from THE FULLER FAMILY. They are DOROTHY, CHARLES, BETTY and GUSSIE. Judge, they appreciated your kind words concerning ‘the passing’ of their beloved Brother EDWARD “Mr. Ed” FULLER. They also appreciated your kind advice, and it was well taken. They stated, “We are definitely going to VOTE for this great JUDGE by pushing Button # 51.” He really made us feel very important, and WE won’t forget him either.” Snooper MEMO: This is for HON. FRANK RIZZO. Councilman, we want to let you know about a famous TV Commercial, ‘THE HOVER ROUND. There is a gentleman on this particular commercial the one who states, “No Cost – absolutely no cost to me.” Take a good look at him and tell me he doesn’t look and sound like your great DAD, the late Mayor, HON. FRANK L. RIZZO! Councilman, if there ever was someone who could portray your famous DAD in a movie, it’s this gentleman. Forget PAUL SOVERINO, he’s not even close. Snooper’s TRIVIA UPDATE: I was very surprised to learn many of you knew all these reporters mentioned a few weeks ago. Yes, they were reporters who worked in City Hall. All these gentlemen could be found in Room 212, City Hall. Again, they were Racher, McDonough, McKenna, Fidati, Jacobs, Bellinger, Herbut, Gordon, Ross and Mitchell. Great people! Snooper Sightings: Stopped by Cannstatter on Academy Road. Inside was The Judge Patrick Dugan Affair and it was jam-packed. Check out all ‘the luminaries’ who showed up! They were Eddie Slater, Local 107 Union Board Member; Jim McBride, T.W.U. Union; Mike Lodise, School Police Union President; ‘Big’ John McNesby, F.O.P. President; John McGrath, International V.I.P., The Carpenter’s Union; and, get this, both Larry McDonald, father of Patrick McDonald, and Judy Cassidy, Wife of Chuck Cassidy, both Officers killed in “the line of Duty”. The Judge also had a large contingent of his Paratrooper Buddies too. Stop (Cont. Page 22)
The Pennsylvania State Committee has taken an unusual interest in the election in Philadelphia for Judges. Normally the State Committee does not get involved with the activities in Philadelphia. However, this year it has authored a direct mailing to, presumably, all of the Democratic voters in the City of Philadelphia supporting the action taken by BOB BRADY’S policy committee in recommending a slate of 11 judges for the forthcoming May 19 primary. Interestingly, of the seven candidates for Common Pleas Judge, five are women and three have already taken their seats but still need to win a nominating position in the spring election. The latter three are ANGELES ROCA, DAN ANDERS and JOYCE EUBANKS. On the Municipal Court side there are four candidates supported by the Democratic City Committee, two of whom are already seated, THOMAS NOCELLA and PAT DUGAN. The other two are CHARLES HAYDEN and JOE WATERS. Dugan completed a tour of duty in Iraq before returning to accept the appointment to the bench. Of course he still needs to have the appointment confirmed by the voters nominating him in the spring election. JOE McLAUGHLIN, whose father managed the campaign for reelection of MAYOR JIM TATE, is now director of the Temple University’s Institute for Public Affairs and has an interesting op-ed column in the Inquirer for May 11. Last STATE SEN. MIKE STACK had a very successful fundraiser. It was held at La Veranda, which is a charming restaurant located on one of the former City of Philadelphia piers, in the shadow of the Ben Franklin Bridge. It overlooks a marina and a really attractive Christopher Columbus Boulevard, which is currently loaded with flowering trees and blooming flowers, all compliments of ED RENDELL from his tenure as Mayor of Philadelphia. The approach to this restaurant is really a great tribute to the City. Among those in attendance were the treasurer of the committee, MARTIN WEINBERG, who was formerly a candidate for Mayor of Philadelphia; GABE BEVILACQUA, a past chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association; chairman of the Democratic Party Congressman Bob Brady; well-known Philadelphia trial lawyer JOHN ELLIOTT; HENRY WINKLESPECHT; DR. RUTH HORWITZ and her husband ALAN; ALAN KUSHNER; MIKE McALEER (ward leader in the 66th Ward); JUDGE EUGENE MAIER; GENE SCHWARTZMAN, a member of the SEPTA Board; ROSEMARY RUBINO; (Cont. Page 26)
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Yo! Here we go again with this tale about an American icon created by an Italian immigrant named Amedeo Obici. Amedeo Obici came to America in 1889 at the age of 12. He spoke no English – had only a little money – but he did have one thing that was essential: He wanted to succeed. In 1896, he opened a fruit stand in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He also obtained a peanut roaster. To tempt peanut buyers to buy his shelled, salted and roasted peanuts he added a whistle to his peanut roaster. That, along with the tempting aroma of roasting peanuts, brought him customers and some success. In 1906 Amedeo and his future brother-in-law Mario Peruzzi formed the Planters Nut and Chocolate Co. Amedeo knew a quality product would bring repeat business. He bought and used a ‘glassine’ packing machine in 1912 so his product could be seen through the packing. This simple idea was essential to gaining customers. With this clear packaging, the customers could actually see the product and not just a picture on the label. The ‘glassine’ packer was replaced by a cellophane packing machine in 1932. After the company moved to Suffolk, Va. a 13-year-old boy won the company’s contest for a company mascot. The winning idea was a peanut with arms and legs. With a little professional help, a top hat, spats, cane and a monocle were added and ’Mr. Peanut’ was born. Even to this day it is one of the most recognizable advertising characters in the United States. Amedeo opened a chain of retail stores were his peanut products were sold and ’Mr. Peanut’ made personal appearances. There was also a lot of merchandising stuff about ’Mr. Peanut’ like ’Mr. Peanut’ toys, banks, or even a peanut-butter spreader to spread Planters’ wonderful peanut butter. The Planters Co. introduced a cooking and salad peanut oil. It was made from crushed peanuts and was 100% pure. The Planters peanut bar was introduced in the 1930s and was an instant success. It is still one of the company’s favorite products. And speaking of success – which is what Amedeo Obici wanted the most – Amedeo did indeed succeed. His dream and a lot of hard work made it happen. Of course, his great-tasting peanuts had a lot to do with it and so did ’Mr. Peanut.’ Thank you, Mr. Obici. I love your peanuts and I know many others have loved them for more than 90 years. The world has indeed been going nuts – Planters peanuts, that is.
It’s starting to feel like political season all over again and the 2009-10 election cycles may prove to be the most interesting in a generation. Here are some random thoughts and observations about the surrounding scene. After ARLEN SPECTER defected to the dark side, many in the party were quietly amused as HARRY REID went up to him at once and said “Master!”, kissed him, and the betrayal was complete. The “Senior Senator” is now a Democrat backbencher; low man on the totem pole. “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” The RCC Spring Cocktail Party was held Tuesday night with all the usual suspects. Trunker enjoyed chatting up some Young Guns: NICK MATTIACCI, SAM MIRARCHI, CHRIS VOGLER and, of course, MIKE CIBIK. Rising star JOE DeFELICE was mixing it up with outstanding City Controller candidate AL SCHMIDT, Commonwealth Court candidate AL FRIONI, and was imparting some wisdom to new blood, BRIAN HAUGHTON, who hints he may take a crack at ALLYSON SCHWARTZ this time around. Brian is a Firefighter, small-business owner and Mayfair kid who graduated from Father Judge and LaSalle University. By all accounts a good guy with some fire in his belly. Schwartz is “off the charts” left and her act may grow sour with voters in the 13th Dist. once PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S destructive big-government policies start pelting us with inflation and a further downward economic spiral. In a very exclusive get-together at the Villanova home of MANNY STAMATAKIS, some elected and party heavy-hitters gathered Monday night to listen to the National Republican Congressional Committee Chair, Congressman PETE SESSIONS, outline the strategy for success in Pennsylvania. Focus was on Philadelphia’s surrounding counties and how to take them back. CONGRESSMEN CHARLIE DENT (15th), JIM GERLACH (6th), BILL SHUSTER (9th), TIM MURPHY (18th), Senate frontrunner PAT TOOMEY, along with National Committeeman BOB ASHER, Party heavyweight and Aqua America CEO NICK DiBENEDICTIS and return candidate in the 13th District, and Gold Star Father and Marine Corps COL. TOM MANION were all on hand. Col. Manion was a political novice last round versus PATRICK MURPHY but is a quick study and more than a match for him this time around. Murphy had to spend almost all his money last election holding back this fiery Marine, despite Obama’s coattails, in what should prove to be the last free ride Murphy gets (Cont. Page 23)
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(Cont. from Page 21) the presses, there’s MR. SEAN DILLON, Leader of the 66th Ward. Snooper’s Sports Extra: It has happened again! Young man KILLS his younger BROTHER while hitting a baseball with a METAL BAT. They were simply playing in their backyard, hitting a baseball to one another. Hey, it was an accident, it should have
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NEVER happened. The baseball came off the METAL BAT, hit his BROTHER in the throat and KILLED HIM. I’ve seen so many accidents because of them, it’s got to stop. These bats should be banned because they are dangerous. Metal Bats do not belong in baseball. What’s wrong with the old WOODEN BATS? Yeah, they break too easily. But remember this, these bats don’t cost $80 to $120 dollars like those METAL BATS do. THINK!
SNOOPER’S ELECTION NOTICE: Next TUESDAY, MAY 19, is the day we have all been waiting for: ELECTION DAY. Only 11.3% of the voters will come out for this Primary. We know it’s going to be a real low turnout, which will have an effect on the outcome of the more important races. YOU, all of you, have THE CONTROL on TUESDAY, MAY 19. Use it! STOP complaining. Let your VOICE be heard.
WALLY ZIMOLONG is calling for a new election in accordance with the bylaws. He’s telling anyone who will listen about his plans to make the group more interactive, relevant, and social-networking friendly.
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(Cont. from Page 21) for quite awhile. Word is he spent all but $200K out of $3M defending his seat in an overwhelmingly Democrat year. There is a battle brewing
for the reins of the Philadelphia Young Republicans. While there have been glimmers of life in the this group, C H A I R W O M A N MICHELLE RAJSIC’S tenure expired this April and former State House candidate
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PennPraxis Invites Tonight Philadelphians will be treated to what Philadelphia could possibly change to in the future at a PennPraxis meeting scheduled for this evening at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Penn Institute for Urban Research will host “The Future of Cities: The World, The Nation, Philadelphia” seminar and hear from Mayor Michael
Nutter, Deputy Mayor Andrew Altman and Planning Commission Executive Director Alan Greenberger. Joining them will be Bruce Katz, VP, The Brookings Institute, and founding director of its Metropolitan Policy Program, and Ricky Burdett, director of Urban Age at the London School of Economics & Political Science.
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Rep. Cohen Publishes Monthly Newspaper With each community newspaper that closes, the community it served becomes poorer for that. The groups within that community lose the ability to interact with their neighbors through news releases publicizing their events and meetings. Sensing that loss has been State Rep. Mark Cohen, whose District has lost major weeklies: They include Logan Times, Community News, Olney Times, Northeast Breeze and News Gleaner. To fill the void, Cohen has launched a monthly newspaper to be called Your Community Voice. It’s operating as a nonprofit, with the hope, according to Cohen, “We will be
able to pick up ads in support from other nonprofits who advertise and possibly some larger advertisers.” With a 15,000 circulation, and a minimum of 16 pages, the monthly tabloid will be distributed through Olney, East and West Oak Lane, Somerdale, Oxford Circle, Crescentville, Lawncrest, Feltonville and Logan. Dan Pleis, former general manager of the Olney Times, will be editor in chief. Bill Acuff, of the defunct Olney Times, will be gathering news and taking photos. Sonja Thomas, director of housing retention programs at the Korean Community Development Services Center, will serve as general manager.
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of areas. It’s a huge pipeline through which people travel from the moment of their arrest to prison and the return to civilian life, and it is not smooth. There are many chinks. One sure chink is the fact a few Judges are extremely lenient in their approach to hardened criminals. It’s a slap on the wrist or a probationary sentence at best. Several of those released have made the headlines with the crimes they’ve committed. Yet, though the public is screaming, there hasn’t arisen a cry for community input into ferreting out those Judges and bringing them to the attention of the general public. Who these Judges are is no secret. Other Judges complain about them. So does the District Attorney’s office. Happy to have their clients appear before them are the criminal lawyers defending them. Many Judges sit for 10year terms. But there are always a host of them coming up for retention each year. That’s when the Citizens Watchdog Committee can sound the alarm and call for a “No” vote from the general community. So, until a Watchdog Committee comes into being, those Judges who deserve to be unseated, will instead be retained for another 10 years. Are there any takers? Let us know.
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PROJECT RISE, Reaching and Impacting Small Entrepreneurs, held its Capstone Breakfast at the Enterprise Center. RISE provides existing and prospective entrepreneurs with business education, business services and technical assistance. It is sponsored by Congressman Chaka Fattah through the US Small Business Administration. With Fattah are Agnes Ogletree; Bernadine Hawes, program director, Sandra Dungee Glenn of TEC; and Greg Goldman.
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ANTHONÉ Moore, who has Freedom Fashion, an apparel company, was honored for efforts as an innovative entrepreneurial developer at American Cities Foundation’s Project Rise. With Congressman Fattah are Sandra Dungee-Glenn and Kevin Dow, deputy director of commerce.
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(Cont. from Page 21) ARLENE PETROFF; MARY JANE HAZELL; DIANE CARUSO; Judge Dan Anders; JIM McGINLEY; candidate for Judge ADAM BELOFF; CINDY MARELIA and TONY SZUSZCZEWICZ, chairman of the board of Polonia Bank. A steamship round of beef, three kinds of pasta, chicken, salmon and some tasty cannoli and chocolate cream puffs were served.
The race for a cure was a huge success. It enjoyed firstclass weather. It was ideal for jogging and walking. Over 35, 000 people, men and women, participated. Among those in attendance were eight members of the STACK family: JUDGE FAY, TEESA, EILEEN, CAROL and BETH, as well as Eileen’s daughter CAROLINE; MEGAN NARDI (Teesa’s daughter); KATIE (Beth and Pat’s daughter) and the Judge’s sister MAUREEN ROWLEY. Also there was CHRISTINE HOPE BEL-
OFF, seen giving out literature on behalf of her Judge candidate husband Adam Beloff. Adam picked No. 1 as a Common Pleas Judge candidate, which turns out to be No. 14 on the ballot. He is endorsed by the Inquirer and the Bar Association among many others.
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Two years after he began service in Family Court, Dan Anders has turned out to be a restless sort of Judge. He has taken to the streets of the City, literally, traveling to seven Police District headquarters from Southwest to Northeast to hold Nuisance Courts in the neighborhoods where people live. “At the 18th Dist. in West Philadelphia, I was the first Judge they had seen in seven years,” Judge Anders recalls. He has also put in time at the 3rd, 8th, 12th, 16th, 17th and 35th Dists. It’s a remarkable record for a Judge. Although some have convened Nuisance Courts – now-Justice Seamus McCaffery being famous among them for his stadiumbased hearings at Eagles games – few have gone to so many different locations, over and over. Nuisance Courts are a strictly voluntary, overtime service Judges are encouraged, but never required, to
provide. Judge Anders believes in them fiercely, though. “They make me a better Judge,” he insists. “By going into every neighborhood, I learn how every neighborhood is different. I see the problems each is facing. As a Judge, I make decisions that affect every part of the city every day. I think it is my obligation to inform myself about the conditions the people who come before me are facing.” In Nuisance Court, Judge Anders partners with Police Districts, PAL centers, churches and community organizations to address quality-of-life crimes. These are summary offenses that cannot lead to jail time. Typically they involve unruly young persons who are guilty of disorderly conduct, public urination, open-container violations and loitering. Instead of haling them down to the Criminal Justice Center, which ties up costly
police overtime, Judge Anders can efficiently resolve large numbers of cases at the District stations. Instead of slapping fines on the offenders, he sentences them to community service – cleanups and the like – supervised by responsible individuals in the very Districts where they were cited. “This way, they are doing something good for their community,” Judge Anders explains. “Perhaps also they will discover an adult mentor or get a job referral in the process.” After putting in 20 or 30 hours of service work within 90 days, offenders can get their record expunged. It’s a win-win situation for all. And the word about Judge Anders has gotten around. “Officers who have been involved in the program tell me, when they hear I’ll be coming to the District, the street be really quiet the whole week before.”
Nurses from Northeastern and Temple Hospitals were given some hope there will be relief for them if a bill cosigned by State Sens. Michael Stack, Christine Tartaglione and Shirley Kitchen becomes law. Stack addressed a rally of nurses sponsored by the Philadelphia Local of the Pennsylvania Association of Skilled Nurses and Allied Professionals, in celebration of Nurses Day, in which he informed them SB 742, if passed into law, would require specific nurse-to-patient ratios. He said, “Study after study has
shown that overworked, tired and understaffed health care works are detrimental to hospitals. It is not productive to burn out otherwise talented nurses and it is not fair to you and your patients.” He explained the General Assembly understood that need and passed a ban on mandatory overtime for nurses. Stack said he was outraged at the closing of Northeastern Hospital, saying, “It was the lifeline of the River Wards.” He added he is working with State Reps. John Taylor and Michael O’Brien and State Sen. Larry Farnese to ensure health serv-
ices remain in the community and the nurses from Northeastern remain employed. Speaking to the crowd were Political Coordinator Jerry Silberman and Local President Maureen May.
SEN. MICHAEL STACK addresses nurses marking Nurses Day outside Temple University Hospital. With him are Pennsylvania Association of Skilled Nurses & Allied Professionals’s Jerry Silberman and Local President Maureen May.
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NURSES GATHERED at rally to address speakers and call for relief.
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Republicans Didn’t Miss Arlen Cement Masons Graduate Apprentices REPUBLICAN City Committee Chairman Vito Canuso is all smiles as he discusses excellent turnout of Party faithful at Cannstatter with Ward Leader Kevin Pasquay. He introduced statewide Judicial candidates to crowd, many of them not disappointed by Sen. Arlen Specter’s absence.
FRANK HESS introduced candidate for Conshohocken, Pa. Mayor Bill Pierce to Party faithful.
ENJOYING evening were PRPA Executive Director James T. McDermott, Bob Wilson and Judge Pat Dugan.
REPUBLICAN Counsel Mike Meehan, center, and Ward Leader Dr. Joseph MILLER BEER area distributor Sandy Toland welcome endorsed candidate Judge Mueller shares a moment with candidate Joe Waters and Ward Leader Walt Vogler. Joyce Eubanks to gala.
MIKE FERA, leader of the Cement Masons Union, welcomes VIPs to his banquet GATHERING around Union Mason Local honoring graduating apprentices at 592 Business Mgr. Mike Fera during their Galdo’s. With him are Judge Jimmy Lynn graduation celebration at Galdo’s were and Congressman Bob Brady. these apprentices. Photo by Joe Stivala
MASON’s Business Mgr. Mike Fera admits he’d have a rough time handling union chores without the support of his staff, seen here at Union’s celebrating senior class of apprenticeship graduates. From left are Stephanie Tortorica, Roseanna Lord, Kathy Madonna, Joann Procopio and Mary Zappolo.
ENJOYING reactions of Local 592 apprentice graduates are, from left, Jerry Ford, Business Mgr. Mike Fera, Frank Fera and VP Bill Ousey.
Woelpper’s Welcome AMONG many Republican Ward Leaders ATTORNEY MIKE CIBIK, right, welattending were Matt Wolfe, Susan Haney comes Judge Angeles Roca and Howard and Bill Pettigrew. Goldsmith to gala.
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RECEPTION was held at Doc's Pub hosted by Local 98 for Judicial candidates Sharon Losier, Angeles Roca and Joyce Eubanks. Shown here at reception are Sharon & Picard Losier, 9th Ward Leader John O'Connell and IBEW Local 98 hosts Bob Henon and Eddie McBride.
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OPENING new faith-based mental-health clinic in Cobbs Creek for Liberian American community are, from left, Liberian Behavioral Health Services launcher Samuel AFRO-PERUVIAN dance team perQueelyme, State Rep. Ron Waters and formed in honor of LBHS clinic’s opening LBHS Director Daniel Gayou. to serve Liberian immigrants.
JUDICIAL candidate Donna Woelpper is surrounded by family and supporters at fundraiser hosted by Electricians, Sheet Metal and Sprinklerfitters Unions at Dave’s Famous Deli. Sitting from left are Ward Leaders Pat Parkinson, Bob Dellavella, Mom Woelpper, Woelpper and Register of Wills Ron Donatucci.
VIPs at Deli fundraiser included developer SHEET METAL Union representatives Joe Ed Nesmith, Judicial candidate Angelo Rispo and Bill Smith congratulate Donna Foglietta and ILA President Boise Butler. Woelpper.
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DEPUTY SHERIFF Paris Washington, center, sponsored emergency-readiness training for civilians with aid of National Sheriffs’ Association’s H. Lee Hart and Don Driscoll at Econolodge in S. Phila.
AFL-CIO President Pat Eiding congratulates 401 Ironworker Business Mgr. Joe Dougherty on his Man of the Year" award at the Molly Maguire "Day Of The Hope Photos by Lee Buchanan Award" ceremony.
CARPENTERS Local 1823 and AOH 40 President Brian Coleman, "Man of the Year" 401 Ironworker Business Mgr. Joe Dougherty, Carpenter Gerry Coleman and Judge Pat Dugan are seen at Irish American Labor Leader Of The Year Banquet. Dougherty received prestigious Molly Maguire "Day Of The Rope Award" commemorating 1877 hangings of 20 Irish Americans in Hard Coal Region.
GUEST OF HONOR JOE Doherty is congratulated on his award by South Philadelphia community activist Karen Brown.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY candidate Dan McCaffery is joined by AFL-CIO President Pat Eiding at Molly Maguire award ceremony.
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STATE REP. Michael McGeehan promotes protecting your personal IDs as he sponsors commercial shredder at Linden Avenue Boat Ramp for area residents to shred old personal papers. With him is 65th Ward Committeeman Paul Kauffman.
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BRT Bills Incendiary? Is it out with the old and in with the new? Is it a distancing from the way the political system has interacted with the administration of this city? Has the line been drawn in the sand by the Young Turks? Older heads on City Council, with members who have a long history with previous administrations and who know how the system works and how to work the system for the good of constituents, seem
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to be moving to the backburners, making the new voice of City Council that of the Young Turks. Indicating that is happening slowly but surely are the way bills are being presented by some of the more recent additions to City Council. One prime example was the quick response of Councilman Bill Green to major-media stories detailing how the Board of Revision of Taxes operates.
His legislation is designed to restructure the BRT, saying there is a need for reform. The hallmark of both pieces of legislation is the creation of an independent appeals board, separate from the entity charged with assessing properties throughout the City. Both bills were co-sponsored by Council Members Curtis Jones, Jr. and Maria Quiñones Sánchez. One bill abolishes the BRT in its entirety, placing the ap-
praisal process within a City department. The alternative proposal leaves the BRT in place, but provides that board members would be appointed by the Mayor and City Council, instead of the Board of Judges. Both proposals mandate more transparency and access to data, requiring a greater amount of data to be posted online, including the results of appeals. “Ultimately, the voters will have to approve these
changes,” noted Green. “As Mayor Nutter said in 2003, ‘Isn’t this is the kind of decision that the taxpayers should have an opportunity to decide for themselves, what kind of system they want and how they want [it] to operate and function?’” It’s a bold move on his part. Such an effort, with the magnitude of its impact on the system of how taxes are assessed, will travel slowly through the system to become law. Odds favor its original intent’s being changed with the input of testimony from the very Board the suggested legislative bills want to eliminate. The more the City Council will learn, the more likely will be a metamorphosis in the legislation, and possibly little or no change in the way the BRT’s Board and its employees are picked. What remains obvious is the two dominant Parties in this city need such areas for patronage in order to continue to deliver the votes they need for their recommended candidates. They will have an input into the final shaping of that legislation. Last week, in a joint message, issued by Mayor Michael A. Nutter and City Council President Anna C. Verna, they expressed their concern at newspaper articles
regarding the BRT. “Like many Philadelphians, we are very concerned about recent revelations regarding the BRT. We have known for some time that there needed to be significant change at this organization.… There must – and will be – massive change. Not only do Philadelphians deserve a tax assessment that is fair and accurate, they have to have faith in those trusted to oversee the tax assessment system…. Understanding this, the Nutter Administration and City Council will work together to reform, restructure or dissolve the BRT as quickly as possible.” That returns to the question: Are the Young Turks, in this case particularly Bill Green, playing toreador in the bullring without a sword? Or is he banking on the fact the memories of the committee persons and ward leaders who are employed by the BRT will be short? It could be he feels, by then his performance in City Council will stand him well with voters, leaving him unworried over the animosity expressed by these vote-getters toward his seeming effort to tamper with their livelihoods. They will not hinder his return to City Council, he reckons.
ONE OF DC 33’s largest unions, Local 159, has defected from Joint Council’s endorsement of Seth Williams and gone over to Dan McCaffery in Democratic primary race for DA. Here Lorenzo North, president of Local 159, congratulates McCaffery on endorsement on doorstep of Family Court.
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Green Means Jobs
by Rory McGlasson A group of young men and women from North Philadelphia are getting vocational job training that will bring in some “green” by learning how to be green. City Wide Youth Leadership Agency teamed up with the Pennsylvania Ridge Associates to give 25 students training in weatherization, energy conservation and landscaping. Students who participated in the day-long training programs last week will be referred to City and State agencies, such as the Philadelphia Gas Works and the Philadelphia Housing Authority. “It’s all about providing our young people with the necessary skills to meet today’s needs in the changing
WILLIAM MACKEY teaches weatherization skills to young adults at new City Wide Youth Agency HQ at 1021 Ridge Avenue. Mackey said job training will help students get “green” jobs at City and State agencies. job environment,” said mer Non-Violence CamWilliam Mackey. paign, featuring Sumer Urban Mackey, founder of the Leadership Camp Jul. 6-Aug. agency, recently moved its 14. headquarters to a brand-new For more information, state-of-the-art facility at please call Mackey at (215) 384-4164 or Richard Mobely 1021 Ridge Avenue. CWYLA will also be cel- at (215) 554-7470. ebrating its 17th annual Sum-
presented with a stimulus check representing more than $125 million devoted to rail and other SEPTA improvement projects by US Dept. of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
Sen. Tartaglione Redesigns Her Website For Impaired threatened by recent budget cuts. Tartaglione vowed to bring the perspective of the disabled to the budget negotiations. “I was taught by my parents there is a reason for everything and I’ve come to believe that God’s reason for the accident that changed my life was to make sure there was one person in the General Assembly who sees things from this perspective,” she said. “The accident took away my legs, but it opened my eyes.” For more on PATF, visit Tartaglione’s redesigned website at: www.SenatorTartaglione.com.
opened in November 1984. The Reading Terminal was later incorporated into the Pennsylvania Convention Center. SEPTA Regional Rail service carries over 34 million passengers annually in the Philadelphia area, significantly reducing environmental pollutants from vehicles and roadway congestion.
Legislators Aid Prisoners Four of this city’s legislative caucus in Harrisburg participated in a rally on the Capitol steps to draw attention to the importance of giving ex-offenders a second chance. "The State locks up offenders and then after their release, the public locks them out," said State Rep. Ron Waters, who serves as chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. "Giving ex-offenders a second chance helps them to avoid the culture of street crime and gives them an opportunity to participate in legal activities."
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STATE REP. Jim Roebuck met with, from left, Norma Carter, president of the Arc of Philadelphia, and Bruce Hulick, executive director of the Arc in Harrisburg to discuss issues relating to people with developmental disabilities, including the costing-out study for special education. The Arc of Philadelphia, founded in 1948, provides advocacy services and resource information to individuals, families, and providers so they can make informed choices. Photo by Bonnie Squires
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Speaking in support of Pennsylvania’s efforts to provide new technology to people with disabilities, State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today announced a redesign of her Senate website to make it more accessible for vision- or hearing-impaired constituents. “About a year ago, I found out about software that reads websites for the blind,” Tartaglione told officials and supporters of the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation. “At the same time, I found out many websites – including my own – can be confusing to users of this software because of fancy bells and whistles that look clever, but the software can’t read.” Tartaglione, who has used a wheelchair since a boating accident in 2003, had her site simplified and redesigned to allow programs such as “Jaws” to more easily navigate the content. “Technology has given me more freedom,” she said. “And I’m a passionate advocate for helping people with disabilities recover their independence. I am well aware of the physical barriers to on our public sidewalks and roads, and I’d like to see us all more aware of the barriers on the information highway as well.” Tartaglione made the announcement at a Capitol news conference in support of PATF, a statewide nonprofit that provides low-interest loans to people with disabilities so they can purchase equipment and software that will improve their mobility and get them back to work. The mission of PATF, along with other State efforts to provide technological assistance to the disabled, has been
National Train Day commemorates the final railroad tie that joined 1,776 miles of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railways in 1869 resulting in the nation’s first transcontinental railway. Train service in and around the Philadelphia region played a vital role in the development of commuter rail systems in the United States. Beginning with the Philadelphia, Germantown & Norristown Railroad in 1832, rail service has operated continually in the Philadelphia area. In 1983, SEPTA took over the Philadelphia region commuter railroad from Conrail and began operating the Regional Rail system. The construction of the long-awaited underground tunnel to connect Suburban Station with Reading Terminal, as well as a new station to replace the aging Reading facility, made daily travel into Philadelphia even more convenient and dependable. The Center City Commuter Tunnel and Market East Station
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SEPTA, Amtrak and government officials joined thousands at 30th Street train station to celebrate National Train Day. During the event, SEPTA General Mgr. Joe Casey was
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6 p.m. Tickets $560. For info Yvonne Johnson (215) 5389369. May 24-Jun. 12- Holy Ghost Headquarters Revival Ctr. at The Met, 858 N Broad St., Camp Meeting 2009 - A Year Of Birthing. For info visit www.holyghostheadquarters.org or call (215) 2353662. May 26- Laborers’ District Council Charity Golf Classic in honor of Samuel Staten, Sr. at Spring Mill C.C., 80 Jacksonville Rd., Ivyland, Pa., 10:30 a.m. shotgun. For info (267) 757-0720. Jun. 8- TWU Local 234 Golf Outing “Take Care of Our Own”. For info (215) 9724140. Jun. 10- Shomrim of Phila. & Delaware Valley annual Banquet at Har Zion Synagogue, 1500 Hagys Ford Rd., Gladwyne, Pa., 6:30 p.m. Honorees will be Phila. Po-
lice Commissioner Charles Ramsey, "Person of the Year", and Chief Inspector James Tiano, "Humanitarian of the Year". Tickets $65. Open bar, entertainment and appetizers. Call Mitchell Spritzler (267) 235-1287. Jun. 20- TWU Local 234 Women’s Committee Family Awareness Black Tie Affair. For info (215) 972-4140. Jul. 11- Juniata Golf Club, L & Cayuga Sts., sponsors Independence Day Scramble, starting 8 a.m. $65 per player. 36-hole scramble. Food, prizes, after-golf party with D.J. Mike Fox. Bring your spouse. Proceeds go to Juniata Golf Fdn. Jul. 25- Bartlett Jr. HS Reunion at Galdo’s Catering, 20th & Moyamensing Ave. Tickets $55. For info Claudia Gordon (267) 971-3768 or Diane Davis (215) 4987201.
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Sts., 3-6 p.m. No charge. May 17- Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame Banquet at Romano’s Caterers, Castor & Wingohocking Aves., 4 p.m. Tickets $50. For info Fred Druding, Jr. (215) 462-8111. May 17- Lan Nguyen & others host Reception for Seth Williams at Wokano Restaurant, 1100 Washington Ave., 5-7 p.m. Sponsor $1,000, Patron $250, Friend $100, Guest $50. RSVP by May 15 to Nguyen (215) 215) 2032009 or email@example.com. May 20- 2009 Local 22 IAFF Memorial Plaque dedications for Firemen Richard Iannacone, Bernard McSloy, David Stewart and Aloysius Welch, at Barson’s Deli, Bustleton & Castor Aves., 11 a.m. May 21- Women in Partnership With God’s Scholarship Awards Banquet at City Line Hilton, 4100 City Line Ave.,
(Cont. from Page 14) Oak Lane Diner, 6521 N. Broad St., 9 a.m.-12 m. May 17- Torresdale Boys Club 1st annual Car Show at 4500 Linden Ave., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Car registration $15 due day of show. For info (215) 331-2324. May 17- TWU Local 234 hosts Fundraiser for Joe Waters at Union Hall, 500 N. 2nd St. 1-4 p.m. Tickets $40. Call (215) 972-4146. May 17- Rally for Jimmy Lynn For Commonwealth Court hosted by Congressman Bob Brady at Finnigan’s Wake, 3rd & Spring Garden
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A new website, www.pa2010.com, published by Dan Hirsch horn, has been set up to
cover the 2010 Pennsylvania elections. It will focus on the Gubernatorial, Senatorial
and Congressional races. Several of these races are already eliciting great interest from insiders.
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Needed Repairs Blamed For House Abandonment In City An advisory group of housing advocates has un-
veiled major research findings that show crumbling infra-
structure forces more Philadelphia homeowners from their homes than foreclosure, and urged City officials to use economic stimulus dollars to increase funding for weatherization and major-system repair programs to preserve and create more energy-efficient affordable housing. The advisory committee, representing community development groups, economic development funders and private developers, released two research reports, funded by the William Penn Foundation, on preserving existing housing in the city as well as targeting subsidies for new construction. Besides increased funding, the advisory committee called on the Nutter administration to streamline and integrate the City’s weatherization and Basic Systems Repair Program to benefit increased numbers of homeowners and prevent home abandonment. Using economic stimulus dollars earmarked for energy ini-
(Cont. from Page 14) vania Charter School Act, igniting the fastest growing charter school movement in the nation. Sen. Williams will bring to the Senate Committee on Education wisdom fueled by his broad understanding of Pennsylvania’s entire system of education and his knowledge of how each component — charter schools, school districts, and private schools — are interwoven into and function within that system. His record demonstrates a fierce commitment to hold highly accountable all those who are entrusted with our children’s education — a trait we are confident will continue. PCCS commends the wise judgment of the Pennsylvania Senate for its appointment of Sen. Williams to his new post. Lawrence Jones, President Pennsylvania Coalition of Charter Schools CEO, Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School Southwest Philadelphia
tiatives and green jobs would also lower utility costs to homeowners. “Philadelphia has an excellent opportunity to impact the availability of affordable housing by investing a small amount of money to help homeowners rehabilitate their houses, and at the same time spur the construction sector by generating increased demand for weatherization and home renovation services,” said Nora Lichtash, executive director of the Women’s Community Revitalization Project. “Without intervention, the threat looms that thousands of Philadelphia homes will abandoned, furthering neighborhood decline.” Homeowner Maria Martínez, who lives in a closely knit block of N. 3rd Street in North Philadelphia, said without assistance to repair the front wall of her house, weatherize her front windows and rebuild the staircase to her third floor, she would most likely have to leave her home in the next couple of years. “I have fixed what I could, but my home needs additional major repairs and I am not in a position right now to shoul-
der those costs. People all over the city are struggling to maintain their homes; sometimes there are problems neighborhoods cannot take care of on their own,” said Martínez, who has owned her home for 15 years. Lichtash said 12% of owner-occupied homes in Philadelphia are structurally inadequate, compared to 6% in peer cities, and that once a major system in a house has serious problems – the roof, plumbing or electrical wiring – the property will often be uninhabitable within five years. On average, it costs the City $22,000 to demolish a vacant house – that’s six times more than the average grant to assist a homeowner in repairing their home. It costs about $21,000 a year to house a homeless family in a shelter, and about $40,000 a year for a senior citizen to leave a deteriorating house for a nursing home. “The City can keep thousands of homes viable by integrating the Basic Systems Repair Program and the Weatherization Assistance Programs,” said Karen L. Black, a housing researcher and one of the authors of the reports. “Homeowners now
have to go through two processes that are essentially identical, including waiting periods.” Black said integrating and streamlining the processes would increase efficiently and get more funding into the hands of homeowners quicker. The reports, “Effectively Preserving Philadelphia’s Workforce Housing Stock” and “A Strategic Approach to Building Affordable Housing in Philadelphia,” provide detailed analysis of the status of affordable housing in the city and make several recommendations for building and preserving housing stock for working families. The advisory committee also urged City officials to prioritize affordable-housing subsidies and disposition of public land in neighborhoods where private-development activity has already occurred or where new schools and good public transportation exists. Such action could jumpstart private development of affordable and market-rate housing, committee members said. Jeff Allegretti of Pennrose Services Co., a local developer, said the building industry would benefit from a strategic City initiative to spur
SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA Sealed proposals will be received by the School Reform Commission at the School Administration Building located at 440 North Broad St., 3rd Floor, Office of Capital Programs, Philadelphia, PA 19130-4015, until 2:00 P.M., on Tuesday, June 2nd, 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. BUDGET B- 018 C of 2008/09* General Contract Dimner Beeber Middle School $1,300,000 Roof Replacement 5925 Malvern Avenue * A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held on May 20th, 2009 at 9:30 AM at the site location
B- 030 C of 2008/09* Electrical Contract Laura Carnell Elementary School $200,000.00 Fire Alarm Replacement 1100 Devereaux Avenue * A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held on May 14th, 2009 at 12:00 Noon at the site location
B- 031 C of 2008/09* Electrical Contract Thomas Creighton Elementary School $285,000.00 Emergency Generator 5401 Tabor Road Emergency Lighting * A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held on May 15th, 2009 at 12:00Noon at the site location
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 215-400-5225. Make checks payable to the School District of Philadelphia. The School Reform Commission reserves the right to reject any and all bids and make the awards to the best interests of the School District of Philadelphia.
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(Cont. from Page 1) container gardening workshop; Fairmount Park guided street-tree walk, and a chance to watch a Isaiah Zagar mural being created.
Daughter Erica Tonelli Bonnett with her dad, Center City Pretzel Co. proprietor Tony Tonelli. Photo by Maria Merlino
weekends with slightly shorter hours, his loyal customers line up 20 minutes before opening. Bicyclists, skateboarders and rollerbladers from the Art Museum area congregate there too. With wholesale prices at 25 cents a piece and retail at 35 cents or three for a dollar, there is no way you can go wrong. One of the highlights of his career is when Obama’s campaign manager walked in last year and ordered 40,000 pretzels for the next day. “I was able to do that easily on a day’s notice. They wanted to give one of my pretzels and a bottle of water to the people standing in long lines for the election,” he lets me know. Always keeping up with what his customers demand,
Tonelli listened and now you can have pretzels with dipping sauces. The little cups of cheddar, nacho, caramel and pizza sauces are keep warm in a special unit. Mustard choices are right on the counter. Treating his workers like family and clients like friends, he also has a good heart for the less fortunate. “At the end of the day, any pretzels left are given to various hospices, church’s and shelters. I believe you’ve got to give back.” Center City Pretzel Co. 816 Washington Avenue (215) 463-5664 Mon-Fri: Midnight –Noon Sat: 3 a.m. –noon Sun: 6:30 a.m.-noon
Letters • Letters • Letters
Dear Editor: Last week’s article on the Passyunk Avenue BID needs clarification on one point. No one on the Betterment Committee wants to see the BID dissolved. What we do want is to improve the BID by changing the Bylaws to make the organization more open and responsive. These changes include: Board Members should be elected, not appointed. Business owners should get the same voting rights as property owners. Regular, notified general membership meetings should be required. Membership approval for expenditures over $5,000 should be required. Instead of questioning people’s motives, the BID’s Executive Director Renee Gilinger should hold a meeting updating the membership on the status of the legislation, and on the ramifications for the BID of the Attorney General’s lawsuit against Citi-
zens’ Alliance. When a person as solid as Joe Vento quits your organization, you got problems. Ed Kirlin, South Philly
Trash Talk Dear Editor: We have in this region the first capital of the country, the Liberty Bell, the place where George Washington crossed the Delaware River, the place where the Constitution was born, etc. We have a city that is traveled to by many people from other states and countries. And yet the surroundings which many of these people travel through are very dirty. Littered sidewalks and streets, dirty sewers, trash strewn all over by people putting their home-grown trash along the walkways of every neighborhood … where is the pride? We need to get every neighborhood on board with keeping the city clean and not just Center City. It’s a horrible, disgusting sight. Many of you live in the areas I am talk-
ing about. South Philly, Port Richmond, along the highways, down by the parks you see some of this on the grounds. Everyone should take a ride to see what is going on. What is wrong with us that we not only tolerate crime, but we tolerate the trash in the streets? I have emailed the City and nothing is being done. It doesn't take much to clean up the mess. If the City is crying for money, then we should tax every household and business for the dirt and filth in the streets, and then you will see a perfectly clean town. When you hit people in their pockets they suddenly change their ways. We need to feel pride all over, not just in Center City. I don't care if you rent or own, you should keep the neighborhoods clean and feel the PRIDE. Let's bring it back. I need your help to get the word out, please contact me. Barbara Dahdah-Anderson
Local author Luigi Borda will sign copies of his book Andiamo ... Let’s Go: Luigi Discovers Philadelphia next week. Borda will sign copies 11 a.m.-1 p.m on May 16 at Donatucci Library, 20th & Shunk Streets. Also that day, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., the Donatucci Library hosts a Spring Flea Market and Family Fund Day, and Spaces are still available for $15. Call (215) 685-1755 for information.
which they could be proud. Today, his children Erica, a Villanova graduate, Lorie, a surgical technician, and her husband John Bialoszewski, all contribute time and talent to the operation. I ask Tonelli what is the secret to his pretzels. “Look, pretzels are basically flour, yeast and water. But you get what you pay for. “The flour I use is too good for pretzel-making but it gives you a better taste. Last year when there was a wheat shortage, my flour bill went from $7,500 a week to $24,000 a week. I had to raise my product a nickel and that was hard for me because I don’t like to increase my prices. Flour has come down in price a little, but I’m still paying the flour bill from last year. I have a good relationship with the mills, so they gave me some breathing room. However, it’s going to take me until August to catch up. But my pretzels have a good taste, a long shelf life and the best price. I give them more than what they pay for.” Working from midnight to noon, five days a week and
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My name is Maria and I am addicted to the mustard pretzel. I have to have one everyday. The simplicity of golden brown, soft-baked dough, sprinkled with pure white coarse salt and drizzled with French’s yellow, is really the essence of Philadelphia. It all comes together in the palm of your hand. The ubiquitous treat can be found on every corner and mom-and-pop shop, but if you want to taste pure paradise, get to the Center City Pretzel Co. on the 800 block of Washington Avenue and get one right out of the oven. Oh my God! You’ll never go back to cold pretzels again! In business since 1981, owner Tony Tonelli started out with a hope and a dream. “I never saw a pretzel made until the day I made it,” he reveals. “My wife was scared to death. We put up our home as collateral for a bank loan. I remember my neighbor Mrs. Lucente giving us a word of advice. She said, ‘Don’t be afraid. Mothers will always look to feed their children. Pretzels are cheap and filling. When there is a bad economy or when money is tight, the pretzel business will thrive.’ And she was right!” With hard work, a little luck, and a family friend named Armand who had deep knowledge of the pretzel machinery that was bought used, they eventually produced a pretzel of
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