Who’s Cutest Baby Of All? You Decide!
Vol. III No. 29 (Issue 93)
Galdo’s Hosts Pizza Party If you love pizza or are just curious about it and love to party, meet new people and socialize, grab your family and head on down to 20th & Moyamensing Streets tonight. There’s always something going on during the summer in South Philadelphia, and this year is no exception. Over 20 pizza parlors will bring their best pizza chefs to a taste-off, all-you-can-eat pizza event on Thursday, Jul. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Galdo’s Catering. Co-hosted by King Arthur Entertainment, this pizza Olympic contest will have five celebrity judges who will pick the winners from the following categories: Best Original Pizza, Most Delicious Crust, Finger Licking Sauce, Lean n’ Mean, Sicilian, Most Creative Topping, Best Tomato Pie and Winning White. Tickets available for this event are only $10, which includes all-you-caneat-pizza plus $2.00 draft specials. Things will probably get quite vocal (Cont. Page 2)
The Philadelphia Public Record newspapers are looking for the cutest babies in the city! It could well be the one baby you decide on may well become a future Mayor, or a top union leader, or a major community advocate, and possibly a super educator. We want to let you decide! The Public Record newspapers will kick off the first Citywide “Philadelphia Baby Future Leader Contest”… the search for the future generation of leaders in this city”. It begins with our next week’s edition and ends with our Halloween edition, Thursday, Oct. 29. We will publish all submitted photographs online and a selection in the Philadelphia Public Record and South Philadelphia Public Record, and ask you, our readers and web users, to vote for the cutest.
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Your baby could carry off the title of the Philadelphia Public Record Newspapers’ Cutest Baby-Future Leader of 2009. Go on! You’ve got nothing to lose! Public Record Newspapers, Inc. has teamed up with PNC Bank and many local businesses in the area to give you the chance to win prizes in this great competition. All you have to do is send us your photos which will then be voted for by our readers. There are two categories, for baby girls and baby boys, up to a year old. Each winner will each receive $500 prize, and a photo shoot with a professional photographer. Ten runners-up will also receive prizes. It’s easy to send us your photos: (Cont. Page 2)
July 16, 2009
Fumo Will Be Back Odds Favor Vince Will Return To His Constituency
Save Our Pools
RESIDENTS chant “Power to the people! Treat us all equal!” as they went to Mayor’s Office on econd floor of City Hall Tuesday to ask Mayor Nutter’s to reopen their community swimming pools. Protesters South Philadelphia has seen two community pools close this summer: the Grays Ferry (Stinger Pool), and the Point Breeze (Chew Pool).
by Joe Shaheeli & Rory McGlasson Vincent Fumo will forever be among Philadelphia’s most controversial figures … with fans and foes trailing him all his life. His surprise sentencing proved to be a big pay day for some South Philly bookies who were taking “6 to 5” action on what his sentence would be. No one, according to those in the know, bet below the bottom of the guidelines … 11 years. The bookies are indebted to Vince. Though Fumo will spend a total of 55 months in prison, there is no doubt he will return to Philadelphia a folk hero, much like some of the other political leaders in the past who served their time, but came back with their constituencies relatively well intact. In fact, if it were not for a Pennsylvania law prohibiting felons from holding office, many of them would have easily been reelected to the offices they had held. (Cont. Page 23)
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Free Fresh Food Stamps For Seniors A number of seniors and South Philadelphia families have been eating healthy this week, and you can too! The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is currently providing vouchers redeemable for fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs to senior citizens at approved local farmers' markets, roadside stands and community-supported agriculture programs at the Philadelphia Senior Center at Broad and Lombard. State Rep. Babette Josephs reports the vouchers are still available to seniors in her District starting today at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays at the Philadelphia Senior Center, Broad & Lombard, until they run out. The program began on Monday this week. "This is a wonderful State program that provides quality, healthy, locally grown produce for those who are unable to purchase it, but perhaps need it the most of anyone," Josephs said. "Nutrition is vital for our growing children and our elderly, and this program supports a healthy lifestyle. "These individuals are also given the opportunity to support their local community of hardworking farmers who have chosen quality over profit. One of the farmers' market voucher program's most distinguishing qualities is that it fosters a sense of community amongst Pennsylvanians while helping those who are of poorer means." The SFMNP provides low-income seniors with four vouchers, totaling $20, which they can exchange for Pennsylvania-grown produce. To (Cont. Page 2)
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Executive Board President – Louis Lozzi, Sr. Vice President – Barbara Capozzi, Esq. Secretary – Lou Cerino Treasurer – Reggie Lozzi Executive Director – Edward J. Wright, Jr.
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Growing SPBA Members A.J. Mechanical - John Franklin
New York Bakery - Stephen Candeloro
A.T. Hauling & Cleanouts - Scott Grayson
New York Life - Rosetta Conigliaro
Academy of Sacred Arts - Sr. Paula
Olivieri Jewelers - Daniel Olivieri
Allstate Insurance Agent - Michael Phillips
Oregon Window Co., Inc - Tony Nardy
Alpha Realty Group - Joseph Bianco
P.N.C. Bank - Chad Shank
Armando Rey Jewelers - Armando Rey
P.N.C. Bank - Joanne Baccari
Beneficial Savings Bank - Donna Gallagher
Pacifico Ford - Rocky DeGregorio
Bomb Bombs Restaurant - Frank Barbata
Packer Café Inc. - Pete Ciarrocchi
Capozzi Real Estate - Barbara Capozzi
Ron Patterson, Esq.
Career Link - Basil Gordon Dir.
Penna Burial Company Inc. - Victor Baldi Jr.
Carmana Designs, Ltd. - Annamarie Vona
Petal Pusher Florist - John Vacca
Catch - Ray Pescatore
Phila. Family Medicine - Dr. Joseph DiRenzo
Cedar Shopping Ctrs. Partshps - Bruce Nobile
Phila. Performing Arts School - Joan Pescatore
Century 21 - Stephanie Capocci
Phil’s Excellent Auto Repair - Phillip Rick’s
Century 21 - Albert Perry
Precise Realty - Ray Rizzo
Cheech’s Beef & Ale - Frank Spatocco
Presto Printing - John Savarese
Chickie’s Deli - Henry George
Professional Custom Tailoring - Pat Scioli
Citizens Bank - Darlene Cellucci
Point Breeze Performing Arts - Alfred Brown
Clinical Research Serv. - Tracy Abraham R.N.
Prudential Savings Bank - Nick DiGiannvittorio
Conestoga Bank - Jackie Fitzpatrick
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Creative Financial Group - Tom Hayn
Rizzio’s General Auto Repairs - Mike Rizzio
Real Estate & Land Attys. - Damon K. Roberts &
Scaramuzzi Construction Co. - Frank Scaramuzzi
Simonetta’s Italian Deli - Philip Simonetta
DeFino Law Associates - Vince DeFino Esq.
South Philly Orthodontic Assoc. - Steven Cohen
DeMarino Chiropractic Ctr. - James DeMarino
South Philly Pretzel Factory - Sam Sklaroff
Foot Comfort Center - William Ciampitti Jr.
Southern Auto Tags - Anthony Prisco
Galdo’s Catering - Lou Galdo
Southwark Civic Association - Karen Brown
Gangemi Funeral Home - Vince Gangemi
Spectrum Realty - Mike Guida
Vince Giusini, Esq.
Stolfo Funeral Home - Paul Stolfo
Goebel Insurance Agency - Chris Goebel
Sunoco Oil Refinery - John McCann
Gold Medel Disposal - Lou Gentile
Swan Caterer’s - Carmen D’Aquilante
Goldstein’s Men’s Clothing - Vince Talatta
T.D. Bank - Roseanna Chiappetta
Home Helpers - Ralph Digneo
The Cutting Point - Jerry Masciantonio
Landmark Prof. Design - Vince Mancini
Today’s Styles - John Palella
La Veranda Restaurant - Antonio Cardillo
United Check Cashing - John Shegda
Louis’ Tag Agency - Louis Cerino
United Savings Bank - Denise D’Eletto
Lou’s Automotive - Louis Lozzi Sr.
William Festa Realty - Ed LeClair
M & S. Garage - Sonny Marino
Your Optimal Health LLC - Freddie Ganno
Mason’s Local #592 - Mike Fera
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Micolex Pest Control - Michael Busillo
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(Cont. From Page 1) with lots of laughter and handwaving, but all in good fun. Among parlors taking part include Adrianna’s, Celebre’s Pizza, City Pizza, Francoluigi’s Pizzaria, Key Pizza, Napoli Pizza, Not Just Pizza, Pizzi Pizza, Southview Pizza, Venuto’s Old World Pizza, Ralph and Ricky’s, Pizza Shack, Wolf Street Pizza and Cacia’s Bakery.
clearly here and, if you win, can be easily reproduced in the newspaper. There will be two categories: Cutest Boy and Cutest Girl. The one with the highest number of votes will receive the top prizes. The two winners will be presented with their prize at PNC Bank branch at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Ten runners-up will also win various prizes. By submitting a photograph in this competition you agree to it appearing on our participating website and in the local press. Any photo deemed to be
offensive or inappropriate will not be allowed. Please ensure you get the permission of any persons featured in your photograph. This competition is running in the Philadelphia Public Record and the South Philadelphia Public Record and on their websites at www.phillyrecord.com. Employees of the Public Record Newspaper, or their families, are not eligible to enter. The winner agrees their baby photo and any other relevant details, including address, may be used for promotional and editorial purposes.
Jazzy Matinee At Clef Club
of fun for senior’s groups, couples and singles. For more information, please call Carvel Watson at (215) 548-5894 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Philadelphia Clef Club is producing a series of television tapings of its Jazzy Matinee Luncheon that will be screened at the club. All are invited, with a special appeal going out to senior citizens to come and enjoy a midday respite of a healthy lunch, cocktails and the company of fellow jazz lovers starting Aug. 5 from noon at the Philadelphia Clef Club on the Avenue of the Arts at Broad & Fitzwater Sts. The producers, www.livejazzonthetube.com, assure a weekly non-stop roller coaster
“One Day Of Peace” In Point Breeze The Point Breeze Development Corp. is hosting a music fest in Point Breeze! “Peace in the Park Sound of Music” will take place Saturday, Aug. 1 at 2:00 p.m. till late at Chew Playground. For more information, please call Tiye Thompson at Universal Companies at (215) 732-6518.
Free Food Vouchers
(Cont. From Page 1) qualify for the program, individuals must be 60 or older by Dec. 31, 2009, with a total household income before taxes of less than $20,036 for a single person and $26,955 for a couple. Proof of age and residency also is required. The state’s Farmers Market Nutrition Program also offers food for low-income women who are pregnant or
SENIORS PICK UP VOUCHERS at Philadelphia Senior Center, Broad and Lombard, yesterday for fresh produce. who have a child up to age through Nov. 30. five who is at a nutritional For more information, call risk. Josephs' office at 215-893FMNP operates now 1515.
PARALEGAL graduates of Eastern University applaud their valedictorian Keith Ellis as he acknowledges their triumphant rise from legal incarceration to legal education. visibly aware of the remarkable Defender’s Office, also spoke turnaround in their lives testi- at the graduation ceremony in fied to by their diplomas. City Hall’s Conversation Hall. Moore hoped this program Some of the graduates will will blaze a trail for other ef- intern at the Public Deforts to provide ex-offenders fender’s Office. Others will with meaningful opportunities serve at the National Center to go straight. for Fatherhood Initiative, the “We’re turning students Vocational Specialist Office into taxpayers, as opposed to and the Register of Wills. tax-takers,” Judge Moore The graduates are Bernadette said. “It’s more than a second Brandie, Faith C. Burrell, Ellen chance; it’s about educating B. Crawford, Keith D. Ellis, an unpopular population of in- Yvette K. Kamimura, Tammy dividuals so they’re produc- J. Keitt, April L. Kelly, Mertive members of society.” cedes A. Powers, Ronald E. Deputy Mayor for Public Rivers, Phaedra Saunders, Irma Safety Everett Gillison, whose C. Smith, Robert M. Smith, career is rooted in the Public Kimberly A. Truitt and Tameka
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They had begun their legal training with hands-on experience – on the wrong side of the law. Now they were finishing it in style. Fourteen ex-offenders became the first graduating class of the Paralegal Diploma Program of Eastern University Philadelphia, in partnership with Mayor’s Office of ReEntry. They were the survivors of 20 who commenced the grueling 12-month weekend intensive program, which is designed to “prepare future paralegal professionals with both theoretical understanding and practical skills to work in the 21st-century world of law.” Municipal Court Judge Jimmie Moore was in charge of the program, whose goal was that 75% of those who started would complete the program and find permanent employment as paralegals or continue towards an undergraduate degree. “You have to be the best of the best,” Judge Moore admonished the graduates, who were
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Sharks Circling 2nd Democratic Ward by R. George Linton Since 2002 Tony Palmiere has been fighting to retain his leadership of the 2nd Ward Democratic Executive Committee. The opposition came from diehard loyalists of the late State Sen. Henry “Buddy” Cianfrani, who held that ward’s reigns on and off for three decades. They never could see Tony’s feet as fitting the big boots left behind by the famous “Bald Eagle.” Then, there were the African American committeemen and women who thought for sure their numbers warranted at least someone from their ranks, several of whom several easily qualified to pick up the baton and run with the ward leadership effectively. Finally, into the equation were a growing number of “independent” committee persons, recently moved into the ward, reflecting much of the same type of educated yuppies who had discovered the benefits of relocating
along 2nd Street and the 9th Street market. United, Tony’s foes would have made him an easy one-termer. But they were at odds or not communicating well with each other. So Tony became the easy alternative. Last time around, Councilman Frank DiCicco made a strong effort but, in the old fashion of the 2nd Ward, discovered promises made to his face faded when his back was turned. On the opposite side of that tussle, buttressing Palmiere in the leadership, was the leadership of Local 98 Business Mgr. John J. Dougherty, Jr. Now the sharks are circling again, this time in the middle of the night. An unsigned letter has been shoved into the mailslots and under the doors of those living in the 2nd Ward. The subject is Tony Palmiere. It’s unsigned, was dated Jul. 3, and deplores Tony as a ward leader. Obviously, it is written by someone who understands ward politics, which limits it to one or more of Tony’s
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committee persons. It charges Palmiere with skimming money he received to dole out for candidates on Election Day to his committee persons. They claim he’s kept it for his own private use. Now, because of some grammatical errors in the letter, it is easy to rule out one of the conflicting groups of interest in the ward … the yuppies, who continue to grow in strength and could possibly decide to take the ward for one of their own. Rumor has circulated Tony is planning to give up his seat and not run when ward leadership time comes up. Attempts to reach him have not been successful up to press time.
Keeping Democrats Away From Arlen
Congressman Joe Sestak is using tactics he learned in the military to aid him in his campaign to win the Democratic nomination for US Senate. He’s propagandizing his campaign fundraiser to scare away other Democratic nominees, while at the same time State Rep.
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hoping to woo from Arlen some of the Democratic moneybags who have contributed to the incumbent. Sestak now has over $4 million in his campaign chest. Specter’s next report is expected to close near $10 million. But Sestak feels what he’s gotten shows he is the strongest among the Democrats who have indicated an interest to challenge Specter for the Democratic nomination, bragging he got his cash without the institutional support of the Democratic establishment. Specter has the support of Democratic leaders President Barack Obama, Gov. Ed Rendell and Mayor Michael Nutter, as well as other major Democratic leaders around the state. As of now, Sestak’s strategy could be paying off, since
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Kenyatta Backs Health Bill
State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson reports the House passed legislation he co-sponsored, which will expand access to and improve Pennsylvania's AdultBasic health insurance program. A 2004 Health Insurance Survey conducted by Market Decisions, LLC for the Pennsylvania Insurance Dept. showed more than 745,000 uninsured adults across the Commonwealth, and this number has since grown even more due to rising unemployment.
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Tartaglione Bill Aids Small Businesses State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione is supporting a plan intended to create a fairer business-tax system in Pennsylvania, while helping to balance the budget. Based on Tartaglione’s legislation introduced earlier this year, the Democrats’
plan would close the infamous “Delaware Loophole,” which has contributed to the disappearance of small independent businesses in Northeast Philadelphia. “I remember hardware stores, toy stores, office supply stores and pharma-
Brady Letter Helps Reverse Swim Club In a letter to the president of the Valley Swim Club, Congressman Robert A. Brady asked the club to apologize to all involved and honor the Creative Steps Day Camp’s membership. Stating “We cannot tolerate this level of blatant bias”, the Congressman asked, “What example are we setting for our children? What damage has been done to the children who just wanted to go swimming?” Brady said it is hard to accept the rescinding of the camp’s membership was about space rather than race, because of the initial comments made by the club’s
president. In closing, Brady wrote, “I sincerely hope that the club will have the wisdom to view this situation through the eyes of the children involved, Black, white and Hispanic, and appreciate that America must move past racial intolerance for the good of the nation and its children.” The club has rescinded its earlier decision and this week announced it will accept the Day Camp youngsters. The matter is far from closed. A law suit has been filed and some parents are refusing to send their children back to the siwm club.
cies lining the streets, bustling with business on nights and weekends,” Tartaglione said. “Over the past 30 years, they have disappeared, taking jobs and civic stability with them. Is it a coincidence that large, corporate hardware stores, toy stores, office-supply stores and pharmacies all have Delaware tax shelters?” The Democratic plan would use the revenue recouped from closing the loophole to ease Pennsylvania’s current budget crisis and provide a 20% cut in the Corporate Net Income (CNI) tax rate over five years. The current 9.99% rate – the highest in the nation – would be slashed to 7.99% by 2013-2014, one of the lowest rates among Northeast states. Under the bill, Pennsylvania would become the 24th state to require “combined reporting” of income for corporations, ending the incentive to set up “passive investment companies” in Delaware, where income deState Representative
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rived from copyrights, trademarks, and other “intangible assets” is tax exempt. The corporations often pay their Delaware subsidiaries exorbitant rent or royalties for the right to use logos, patents and ideas, writing off those expenses from the profit they report in Pennsylvania. Combined reporting requires corporations with subsidiaries or affiliates to file a single tax return that lists all of the conglomerate’s business activity, rather than treating each subsidiary as a separate entity. Companies would no longer be able to shift money between subsidiaries to veil profits and avoid paying taxes in a particular state. This bill will not magically restore the neighborhoods of Philadelphia,” Tartaglione said. “But it will send a message to the small businesses in my District, and across Pennsylvania, that we mean business. We mean small business. We mean fair business.” STATE SENATOR
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to go unaddressed. The authors noted less than 1% of 40,000 teachers in the study were ever rated “unsatisfactory.” The Philadelphia story is no different. Out of a teaching force of over 10,000 in the District, only 13 received “unsatisfactory” ratings and only five were removed from the classroom. We cannot hope to close the opportunity and achievement gap without the professional skills and personal influence of great teachers in places where students need them the most. To meet the needs of children and schools fairly, we need the freedom to be flexible in staffing schools and matching the talents of teachers with subject, site and area needs. Is it fair that one child is being taught “the key to success” is filling in the right bubble for the right multiple-choice answer to other people's questions, while another is learning success comes from finding your own voice, thinking critically, and discovering your rightful place in the world? The answer is a simple and categorical “No.”
Jul. 16- Young Democrats hold Meet & Greet Democratic General Election candidates at VFW Post, 24th & Passyunk Ave., next to Bingo Hall, 6-9 p.m. Free admission. Refreshments will be served. Outstanding speakers. Jul. 18- “Tavern Crawl & Block Party" benefits Police & Fire Memorial Plaque Placement Program & PO John Marynowitz. Event hosted by taverns of Port Richmond, 1-8 p.m. Registration at Richmond & Tioga 12:30 (ID req.) $20. T-shirt & wristband. Jul. 21- Come Cruise the Delaware aboard "Spirit of Philadelphia" with friends of Ron Donatucci at 401 S. Columbus Blvd., 6-10 p.m. Price $135. For info (215) 686-6250. Jul. 21- Loyal Opposition Reception hosts Politics 101 Forum featuring Deputy Chair of Republican State Committee Renee Amoore at Racquet Club, 215 S. 16th St., 7 p.m. $20. RSVP email@example.com or (305) 632-3401. Jul. 25- Brady Bunch Beach
Party at Keenan’s, 113 Old New Jersey Ave., N. Wildwood, N.J., 4-8 p.m. $35. Pay at door, or call Democratic City Committee (215) 241-7805. Jul 25- Vincent Woodson Fdn. anti-violence rally at Vernon Park, Germantown & Price Sts., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For info Faye Woodson Dawson (215) 200-8453. Jul. 25- Bartlett Jr. HS Reunion at Galdo’s Catering, 20th Street & Moyamensing Avenue Tickets $55. For info Claudia Gordon (267) 9713768 or Diane Davis (215) 498-7201. Jul. 25- 9th Birthday celebration, “Mardi Gras Under Stars”, for State Sen. LeAnna M. Washington at Belmont Mansion, 200 Belmont Mansion Dr., 6-11 p.m. Contribution $300. Checks payable to Friends of LeAnna M. Washington, PO Box 27013, Phila., PA 19118. Jul. 30- Mike Ellis, president of Phila. Young Democrats, hosts birthday fundraiser at Champagne’s, 21 E. Chelten Ave., 6-9 p.m. For info Ytina Dudley, (215) 485-3899. Jul. 30- Untermeyer for DA Reception, Dark Horse Pub, 421 S. 2nd St., 6 p.m. Free. Aug.7- Chris Wright Legal Defense Benefit at Finnigan’s
Wake, 3rd & Spring Garden Sts., 5-7 p.m. $40. Checks payable to Chris Wright Legal Defense Fund, 2720 Rhawn St., PMB #173, Phila. PA 19152. Aug. 8- Pacifico Car Show, Airport Automall, 6701 Essington Ave., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Rain date Aug. 15. Hosted by Historical Car Club of Penna. For info (610) 389-6400 or (610) 613-9009. Aug. 8- Philadelphia Doo Wop Festival at Penn’s Landing Great Plaza, 1-7 p.m. Proceeds go to Phila. Veterans Multi-Service and Education Ctr. For info (215) 923-2600. Aug. 19- 19th Annual “Stu Bykofsky Candidates Comedy Night” ™ at Finnigan’s Wake, 3rd & Spring Garden Sts., 8 p.m. For info or to donate, visit www.varietyphila.org. Aug. 30- Annual Billy Meehan Clam Bake hosted by Republican City Committee at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd. $95. Sep. 11- Philadelphia River Wards Support Our Troops Rally "Patriot Day hosted by AOH / LAOH Div. 52, Fishtown at Campbell Square, 6:30 p.m. Sep. 13- Wolfe PAC Magic Show fundraiser at 4256 Regent Sq., $50.
by Dr. Arlene C. Ackerman School District Superintendent Teachers are the bedrock of our schools and the single, most important key to student success. To ensure great results, every student deserves a great teacher and every teacher deserves a fair and accurate evaluation process that will strengthen their professional practice without threatening their positions or insulting their capacity to grow and improve. With the best interests of children front and center, the School District of Philadelphia must do everything it takes to recruit the best and the brightest teachers, encourage and reward
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Being in the business of talking with communities, politicians have been pretty clever at picking up webbased technologies. Web pages, listserves, blogs, YouTube and Twitter are now-familiar components of campaigning and constituent service that scarcely existed 10 years ago. Without a doubt, these new media place a stress on the creative planning of staffers. Some of them wish the new stuff would just go away. At the same time, though, others are hungrily sniffing out new opportunities and unturned stones. Each cyber-medium comes with its own advantages and drawbacks. YouTube can spread negative advertising around the world at a cost of zero, but it is difficult for any politician who is not already a celebrity to make positive hay out of this video-oriented tool. And it hasn’t been much help to local public servants. Blogs have become an effective means of communication for local activists. Philadelphia has several blogs that provide forums for aspiring second-tier players to discuss tactics and issues; some have made a name for themselves by assiduous blogging. But it is rare to find elected officials above the level of ward leader that write on blogs themselves. A few of Facebook’s features seem unusually welladapted to retail politics. Users can choose a regional network setting; that makes it easier to target their electoral Districts. And brevity pays on “FB”, so it doesn’t take much labor to put your name before a willing public regularly. Plus it’s free, a boon for tight budgets. It will, however, take creativity to use this medium well. Mindless, perfunctory internet appeals will wind up in the same trashcan with junkmail.
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Former STATE SEN. VINCE FUMO is having a great week. It appears letters from local machine Democrats have swayed US District JUDGE RONALD L. BUCKWALTER to reduce Fumo’s sentence from the Federal guideline of 2127 years down to less than five years. And what the heck? I mean, he was only found guilty of 137 counts of defrauding the State Senate, the South Philly charity Citizens Alliance for Better Neighborhoods and the Independence Seaport Museum. He was also found guilty of trying to obstruct a Federal investigation into his tax cheating. GOV. ED RENDELL was laced with psychotherapy as he wrote, “I do believe, however, we are all complex people,” continuing, “This sometimes-ruthless politician had and still has a sense of social responsibility.” I guess that “sense of social responsibility” kicked in when he wasn’t stealing, lying and being “ruthless.” What a guy! Do you think if you or I defrauded taxpayers and lied about it we’d get the same leniency? Democrats should consult a dictionary the next time they want to use words like honest, forthright, ruthless and socially responsible. Those words can’t possibly mean what they think they mean. But then again, this is Philadelphia; corrupt and contented. Speaking of “honest and forthright” in a proper context we can all understand, City Controller candidate AL SCHMIDT had his campaign-office grand opening last Thursday at 507 S. 2nd Street, followed by a fundraiser sponsored by The Loyal Opposition at Paddywhacks. A fantastic turnout included WARD LEADERS SUZANNE HEANEY (2nd), MIKE CIBIK (5th), AUDRA BUTTS (16th), MATT WOLFE (27th), KEITH TODD (30th), (Cont. Page 9)
Because I’m a dedicated news geek who enjoys the whole “front-row seat for history” part of being a journalist, I’ve had the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor as my soundtrack at the office this week. It’s been awhile since the last batch of Supreme Court confirmation hearings — the hearings for Justice Samuel Alito — and I was particularly interesting in knowing two things: (a) What kind of scrutiny will Judge Sotomayor face, particularly from the Republican minority, and (b) What role will her being the first Latina to be considered for the nation’s highest court play in such scrutiny? The answers: (a) As much scrutiny as a minority party that seems intent on alienating anyone who doesn’t think the 2nd Amendment is the most important part of the Constitution can give, and (b) Race appears to be playing too much of a role, at least to me. I’m glad people are asking Judge Sotomayor questions about her judicial decisions, her temperament, and whether or not she believes in established precedents on such things as abortion rights, gun laws and other important issues. But when you spend more than 30 seconds trying to make this woman apologize for saying her experiences as a “wise Latina” make her better equipped to make some decisions than a white man (something Republicans didn’t seem to mind when Justice Alito brought up the part his experiences have played in his judicial decisions during his hearings) or whether or not a Judge has played nice with her 2nd Circuit colleagues (thank you, Lindsey Graham), you’re wasting time. And you’re also not talking about the issues we really need (Cont. Page 20)
Yo! Here we go again with this interesting tid bit that was sent to me by my friend George L. It concerns a sticky subject – Scotch Tape. Scotch Tape was invented in 1930 by a 3M Co. engineer Richard Drew. When cellophane food packaging was being used more and more, Scotch Tape was developed to insure a moisture-proof sealant. Other tapes at that time required water to activate the sealant on the tape. It was not possible to use this type of tape on cellophane. First-year sale of this tape totaled about $33. Today over 90% of us use transparent tape. One conception of how much tape sold in the United States is to think of wrapping it around the earth about 165 times. Most of it is sold to be used to wrap gifts. As you might guess, about one half of its sales are between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was first called cellulose tape and was made with adhesive in the edges. This was quite sufficient for sealing food packages but not enough to tape other things, as it often fell off. Someone wrote to the company stating the ‘scotch’ boss ought to put more adhesive on the tape and not only on the edges. The 3M Company agreed. They redesigned the tape and renamed it Scotch Tape. The name ‘Scotch’ stuck. The new tape was a great improvement over the old. During the great depression Scotch Tape helped folks to make do by scrapping and conserving. Because Scotch Tape was so popular, the 3M Company actually hired workers during the Depression and did not have any layoffs. During World War II the 3M Co. produced over 100 different types of tape for the government. Scotch Tape production for the civilian market was cut back but not stopped. Their customers were demanding Scotch Tape. After the war, 3M opened a plant in Minnesota and that plant is still in operation. There it produces millions of roles of Scotch Tape in many varieties. I’ll bet almost every home and office in America. There are so many ways to use it that its use is only limited by our imagination. And so, over 75 years later, an idea that at first was not very profitable has held the world together in more ways than just being an indispensable item. Where would we be without it?
A recent poll conducted among the 300 million people who reside in the United States determined there were a total of 146 people who felt that the Obama stimulus plan was not working. Coincidentally, they all happened to be employed by the Federal Government as Members of Congress and, as a further coincidence, Republican Members of Congress to boot. In summary, the only people who are against the plan are the Republicans inside the Beltway. Congress authorized the spending of $787 billion and at this stage only “6.8% of the money has been spent.” These are the words of Republican Sen. John Kyl from Arizona. To rephrase the mathematics, 1% of $787 billion would be $7.87 billion, so, with less than 1% of the stimulating money spent, that is enough for the Republicans to declare the program a failure. Of course there is no need for logic in politics. When George W. Bush was President, the Republicans were falling over themselves to authorize the spending of large sums of public money to bail out the banks. Three months later, they are against any kind of public spending of this nature. By contrast, billionaire Warren Buffett is calling for a second round of spending to stabilize the economy. Buffett, you will recall, has been a phenomenally successful investor. The action of the Republican leadership reminds one of the old jokes that they tell about Brooklyn Dodgers diehard fans who were seated in back of home plate on opening day at Ebbets Field. The Dodger pitcher threw his first pitch and it was a called “ball.” The one fan turned to the other fan and said, “another lousy team.” (Cont. Page 9)
Snooper’s MAN OF THE MONTH: What a pleasure it was to meet and greet this wellknown “ICON OF BUCKS COUNTY”. He’s known as “Big Bear”, former Pro Wrestler, 6 ft. 11 in. and weighing over 270 lb. This gentleman is well respected and does so much for many charities. This pick is easy an easy one– HON. PAUL SCHWANGER. Recently he held a Special CASINO NIGHT to raise monies for THE SHRINER’s CHARITIES, and I can tell you, ‘The Bear’ came through with ‘flying colors’. Yes, it was a night of Entertainment and Casino games, and also a few surprises thrown in. This gentleman is available for any of you who may need help in raising monies; believe me, “BIG BEAR” will do it. Please call him at (215) 659-6706, tell him his friend The Snooper asked you. MR PAUL SCHWANGER has asked me to tell you he’s always available for you. Snooper’s F.Y.I. Bureau: I was told you can’t discuss or, for that matter, mention anything NEGATIVE about MICHAEL JACKSON. Excuse me, but if my memory serves me right, didn’t they flaunt all the negatives about ELVIS PRESLEY, including his DRUG PROBLEMS? Hey, King of Pop was also a true “DRUGGIE” and I’ll admit none of it should have EVER happened to either one. The tragedy of both of these MUSICAL ICONS was they had so much more to give, and WE were all deprived of their amazing talents. Mr. Jackson’s problems will be with us forever, and The Media will not let us forget it. A DARN SHAME! Snooper’s TV Communications Files: We all now use the recent “mandated” DIGITAL TV. I first was absolutely against it. After all, there was nothing wrong with my ANALOG TV. I must admit, now that I have it, I’m beginning to enjoy it. Did you know just about every one of your local TV stations have three outlets? Example: TV-6 has TV6-1, TV6-2, and TV6-3, and you’ll find each one different unto itself. One of my favorites is 35-1 (Mind), 35-2 (The Arts), and also 35-3 (News Info). Yo Chief, they just had HON. BRAD MOSS, a Municipal Court Judge, on TV 35-1. Check out this station, you’ll love it! MIND TV is really for all of you to participate in and get involved. GREAT TV! Snooper’s SPECIAL EVENT: This is one we get to do every year and let me tell all of you, it’s one I really enjoy doing. Yes, it’s “THE GREG HENNIGAR MEMORIAL FOOTBALL TOURNMENT”. Whew, how time does fly? It seems we did this one only yesterday. Greg was the wonderful son of DOUG HENNIGAR, who happens to work for JUDGE BRAD (Cont. Page 9)
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not going to believe what happened next. Someone gets out of the car and deposits a little black kitten smack in the middle of the street. I quickly run to this poor little kitten, who is meowing his head off, and put him in my car. Then I drove to THE SPCA and met with WENDY EVANS and NURSE LAURA. They took the kitten, gave him a bath, and then they surprised me by calling him a very special name, SNOOPER. I was really taken back by this remarkable deed and I hope whoever adopts this little kitten will treat him with KINDNESS. After all, SNOOPER
went through quite an ordeal. Call them at (215) 426-6300. Snooper’s City Servant Of The Month: Yo Chief, you’ll like this one. Last week I needed to call our Councilperson (Quiñones) and she was gone for the day, yet it was only 2:10 p.m. I had a serious problem and I was determined to get someone. I immediately called, “ole reliable”, HON. JACK KELLY’S office for help. Sure enough, someone was there and answered the phone. I asked for The Councilman and I was told he was out in the Districts taking care of one of his constituents. I was
then directed to a young lady named SUSAN and I was starting to feel real good, because this young lady really sounded interested in my problem. It seemed one of our belligerent neighbors knocked down the light in our back alley and, as you may have guessed, no one saw it. We have had three houses broken into and robbed within a few weeks, and now we have no alley light. SUSAN was also concerned and immediately went into action to get us our ALLEY LIGHT. She is the ultimate professional, and a credit to Councilman Kelly’s office, a true SERVANT.
Snooper’s Sports Extra: There is a lot of sadness in the WORLD OF BOXING. Yes, the great ARTURO GOTTI one of the best boxers around, especially in Atlantic City. This is the same GOTTI who we saw in so many “ring wars” in Atlantic City. Boss, he survived all those “ring wars”, only to be a victim of FOUL PLAY. This young fighter was only 39 years of age, and now, GONE! We will really miss this most exciting boxer, and what a great loss to the Sports World. ARTURO GATTI was the former JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION.
ZIMOLONG, Loyal Opposition Chair MARC COLLAZZO along with founder KEVIN KELLY, Chinatown community leader STEVEN ZHU, DA candidate MICHAEL UNTERMEYER, Big Talker 1210 radio personality BEN HANEY, Supreme Court candidate JUDGE JOAN ORIE MELVIN and her sister STATE SEN. MAJORITY WHIP JANE ORIE, attorney LINDA KERNS and scores more. Al spoke from the heart and electrified the room with his oration about why this is a once in a lifetime chance to change course and rescue our city from financial catastrophe. Judge Melvin spoke out against judicial activism and why it’s critical Judges don’t
legislate from the bench but interpret the law as prescribed by our Founding Fathers. All in all, a super event. This old-timer may have just met the future of the local Republican Party. Keep your eye on a young man named STEVE WELCH who has thrown his hat in the ring for the 7th Congressional seat in Delaware Co. Democrat CONGRESSMAN JOE SESTAK may very well have met his match when he faces off against this impressive lad. Steve is a self-made multi-millionaire who now runs his own venture capital fund, DreamIT Ventures. He is a Penn State graduate with
a degree in mechanical engineering and was selected as Philadelphia Business Journal’s Top 40 under 40 and Entrepreneur of the Year. He was awarded the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship to build bridges internationally in early-stage startup communities and has funded numerous local companies. He tells anyone who’ll listen the $300 bucks he gave to Joe Sestak last election was the worst mistake and investment he ever made. As a guy who creates jobs and companies for a living, he should know. Keep your trunks to the grindstone!
(Cont. From Page 8) NICK MARRANDINO (39th), BRUCE HARRIS (44th), VINCENT EMMANUEL (48th), BOB BARILLI (63th), and PHIL INNAMORATO (65th). The room was packed with a “Who’s Who” of the party to include activist JOE EASTMAN, RSC Southeast Director JOE DeFELICE, attorney and former State House candidate WALLY
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(Cont From Page 8) MOSS of MC Court. This year, as always, it will be held at-THE RAMP PLAYGROUND across from Father Judge HS on JUL. 18, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday Morning. Please call SEAN HENNIGAR at (215) 692-2988. Yes, you can be a part of this! Snooper’s ID THEFT Files: Here we go again. Yes, another ID THEFT SCHEME. Now it’s THE INTERNET who helping these IDENTITY THIEVES. There is one I must warn all of you about, known as TAGGED.COM. Whatever you do, please don’t get in-
volved with it. If you do, look out for your IDENTITY. They are very clever as to how they get you to give them all your pertinent information. Oh yeah, it seems to be simple enough: They want to make friends for you, and this is the hook where they get you. They tried it on me, and they’re very insistent on you giving them your information, including your photo and, this is what they really want, your EMAIL ADDRESS. Watch out. BE CLEVER! Snooper “THE HUMANITARIAN”: Boss, I feel good because of what I did today. I’m driving down this street, when all of a sudden the car in front of me stops. You’re
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City Employees To Lose Scheduled Pay Hikes The City of Philadelphia has notified all union-represented and non-represented civil-service employees it will not pay any salary increases, including pay step increases and increases in longevity payments. These measures are expected to save the general fund up to an estimated $8 million this fiscal year. “This is a time of shared sacrifice for everyone in Philadelphia and around the country as double-digit unemployment is predicted to con-
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when a new collective-bargaining agreement is reached through negotiations/interest arbitration with unions for unionized employees, or once the Mayor declares the City’s finances will permit the increases to be paid responsibly for non-represented employees. Exempt employees will again take five furlough days this fiscal year and many exempt administration officials will take up to a 5% pay cut. Nutter has already announced a number of measures to reduce spending, including a 10% pay cut for the Mayor and Chief of Staff; 5% pay cuts for senior administration officials; five furlough days last fiscal year and five furlough days this fiscal year for exempt employees earning over $50,000; together with other measures to reduce the size of the City’s fleet, freeze wage and business taxes, and crack down on delinquent taxpayers. The City’s Five Year Plan assumes $125 million in savings from City employees through work rule-changes and contributions to their own health and pension security.
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tinue to rise for another year,” said Mayor Michael Nutter. “These measures will help us save jobs for City workers and preserve vital public services for our citizens.” The collective-bargaining agreement between the City of Philadelphia and the unions expired on Jun. 30. Based on their length of service with the City and their length of time in a particular job, employees may receive annual increases in their salary as they move through the “steps” in their pay plan. Typically employees move from one step of the pay scale to the next on the anniversary of the day the employee was hired into that position. Some employees also receive longevity payments based on their length of service with the City. Under the moves, which went into effect this week, employees will not automatically move from one step to the next of the pay schedule and will remain at their current longevity level. The payment of any pay step increases and longevity increases will be determined
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STATE SEN. Mike Stack speaks and presents a mock check to students and teachers at Bridesburg Boys & Girls Club. Aetna Insurance donated $20,000 to support scholarships to schools in N.E. Phila. Ten local schools each received $2,000 in Earned Income Tax Credit scholarships, which were administered by Aetna and Bravo Foundation.
Young Dems Take To Road Pennsylvania Young Democrats are on the road, scheduling meetings through the summer in West Chester, Pa. on this Saturday at noon at West Chester Borough Hall, 401 E. Gay Street. Some of those attending will also be canvassing for
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As the City’s union contracts expire, both sides are looking for a way out with facesaving grace. This could probably lead to a month-to-month contract extension in hopes additional revenue can be found. As a way to generate revenue and close the City’s $1 billion budget deficit, City Controller Alan Butkovitz has asked Mayor Michael Nutter to initiate a taxamnesty program for Philadelphia to collect an estimated $800 million owed in delinquent taxes. The last time it was tried, $26 million came in. It would take at least three months to realize revenue from the amnesty program, and what comes in may not be sufficient enough to give the mayor negotiating room. In a letter sent to the Mayor, Butkovitz noted, “I make this recommendation again based on the highly successful results of the amnesty program recently undertaken by the State of New Jersey, which generated more than $600 million paid in back taxes over a relatively short period of time.” The tax-amnesty initiative was part of a tax-discovery report released by the Controller last month. The report included 10 action steps the City can adopt to generate revenue. “With Philadelphia facing a five-year, $1.4 billion budget deficit, the City cannot afford not to make a try at an amnesty program, especially since one launched by the City in 1986 brought in 30,000 of the City’s 100,000 tax-delinquent bills and also collected four times the projected amount, bringing in $26 million. "It is of questionable logic that the City would resort to cutting services without first going after the estimated $800 million in outstanding taxes," said Butkovitz. “As the City continues to confront our worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, I would urge the quick and immediate implementation of a tax-amnesty program for the estimated $800 million in outstanding taxes owed the City of Philadelphia,” said Butkovitz.
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IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS PHILADELPHIA COUNTY CIVIL ACTION - LAW JUNE TERM 2003 NO. 0761 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. Any Unknown Persons Having or Claiming An Interest or Title to the Subject Premises et al Mortgagor and Real Owner Defendant TO: Supeul Tun a/k/a Sapeul Yun a/k/a Satbeul Yun and Any Unknown Persons Having or Claiming An Interest or Title to the Subject Premises, MORTGAGORS AND REAL OWNERS, DEFENDANTS whose last known address is 6317 Greenway Avenue 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 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 June Term 2003 No. 0761 wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 6317 Greenway Avenue 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 above, 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
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IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS PHILADELPHIA COUNTY CIVIL ACTION - LAW Term No. 030402657 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, MORTGAGOR AND REAL OWNER, DEFENDANT whose last known address 7330 Boreal Place 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 Term No. 030402657 wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 7330 Boreal Place 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 above, 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
IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS PHILADELHIA COUNTY CIVIL ACTION - LAW Term No. 090100869 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. Any Unknown Persons Having or Claiming an Interest or Title to the Subject Premises et al Mortgagor and Real Owner Defendant TO: KANITHA SOK and Any Unknown Persons Having or Claiming an Interest or Title to The Subject Premises, MORTGAGORS AND REAL OWNERS, DEFENDANTS whose last known address is 7248 Elmwood Avenue 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 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 Term No. 090100869 wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 7248 Elmwood Avenue 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 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. 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
ADDING their congratulations were Controller Alan Butkovitz and union leader Mike Fera, among many VIPs who attended gala.
JUST RECOVERING from knee surgery, Sheriff John Green’s wife, Michelle, seated, shares a moment with State Rep. Harold James, her sister Clorise Wynn, and Sheriff staffer Wanda Davis.
CHIEF OF STAFF Barbara Deeley welcomes to Sheriff John Green’s birthday party Maurice Floyd, AFT President Ted Kirsch, Mike Fera and PFT President Jerry Jordan.
SHERIFF John Green smiles at birthday hugs he’s gotten from three of his key staffers: Connie Little, Cathy Hicks and Barbara Deeley.
MOTHER AND DAUGHTER Latrice & Pat Bryant helped Sheriff Green with birthday cake.
Flapping Away In Seashore Breeze
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WISHING Sheriff John Green well at birthday party in his honor at Cuba Libre is Democratic DA candidate Seth Williams.
IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS PHILADELPHIA COUNTY CIVIL ACTION - LAW Term No. 030703479 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, WOODLAND FEDERAL REALTY INC & STEVEN NO, MORTGAGORS AND REAL OWNERS, DEFENDANTS whose last known address is 634 Tasker Street Philadelphia, PA 19145 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 No. 030703479 wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 634 Tasker Street Philadelphia, PA 19145 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 above, 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. PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION One Reading Center • Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-238-6333
Happy Birthday To Sheriff John Green
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FLAPPNG in wind, under hot sun are these campaign towels belonging to one politically-active family “down da shore”. Proves campaign towels do have a useful life after Election Day.
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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Sen. Hughes Seeks Your Input In Dropout Battle by State Sen. Vincent Hughes Three years ago, I and my colleagues in the Senate Philadelphia Delegation provided the School District of Philadelphia with $2 million in State grant funds to bolster school-dropout prevention efforts. Specifically, the Dept. of Education monies were targeting two strategic priorities. The first addressed
dropout recovery in seven of the largest neighborhood high schools that suffer from high dropout rates. This group is comprised of Bartram, Frankford, George Washington, Martin Luther King, Gratz, Overbrook, and University City HS. A middle-grades dropoutprevention plan represented the second priority. It involved instituting the Middle Grades Acceleration Program
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ATTORNEY Nino Tinari received special Father’s Day surprise as his caricature was unveiled as latest face to adorn famed walls of The Palm at the Bellevue. After signing his caricature, Nino Tinari was joined by friends and family, including his three daughters. From left are Palm Mgr. Clemente Vargas, Mia Tinari with daughter Taylor Shore, Nino Tinari, Nina Tinari, Carol Tinari and Kim Tinari-Shore.
in all 11 regions of the city to offer added assistance to atrisk middle-grades students and the teachers who are dedicated to addressing their needs. It was my hope this grant would act as a catalyst to draw additional dollars to help in the fight against the growing number of our youth dropping out of school. Failure was not an option back then, and it is not an option now. In a time when the nation’s economy has done a complete nosedive, plunging us into the most difficult economic times since the Great Depression and with our global economic competitors breathing down our necks, it is imperative we prepare and educate those individuals who will determine the future success of this nation to the fullest extent – our children and young people. The education crisis that could severely hinder our nation’s economic future and our future competitiveness in the global arena is the high rate of high-school dropouts across the nation. The level of high-school dropouts throughout the US
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has hit catastrophic numbers. According to America’s Promise Alliance, headed up by former US Secretary of State Colin Powell and his wife Alma, nearly one in three US high-school students fails to graduate. In total, approximately 1.2 million students drop out each year – averaging 7,000 every school day or one every 26 seconds. Among minority students, the problem is even more severe with nearly 50% of African American and Hispanic students not completing high school on time. In April 2009, the Alliance released the report “Cities in Crisis 2009: Closing the Graduation Gap”. The report stated the average graduation rate of the 50 largest cities is well below the national average of 71%, and there remains an 18% urbansuburban gap. Cities in Crisis 2009 finds only about half (53%) of all young people in the nation’s 50 largest cities are graduating from high
school on time. According to 2008 statistics from the School District of Philadelphia, about half of city students who start 9th grade leave before graduation. The District also estimated 47% of its students dropped out in 2008. According to a recent report from The School Reform Commission: Just 39% of city dropouts were employed, compared to 58% of high-school graduates, 70% of those with some college and 82% of those with a four-year degree or higher. Nearly 49% of city residents who were dropouts received at least one government-assistance cashtransfer payment, compared to just 29% among highschool graduates and 14% among college graduates. Statewide, the majority of 18-to-60-year-olds in prisons and jails are dropouts. An estimated 5.1% of the state’s dropouts are incarcerated,
compared to 1.6% of highschool graduates and 0.2% of those with college degrees. High-school dropouts in the city make a combined annual tax payment (including Federal and State income taxes, City wage tax, Social Security payroll taxes, Federal retirement contributions, local property taxes and State sales taxes) of $4,250, compared to $10,320, the mean combined tax payment of all city residents. On average, for every $1 in taxes paid by a high-school dropout in the city, highschool graduates pay $2.19 and college graduates pay $4.04. As we work to solve the State’s budget crisis, we are also looking for ways to push the high-school dropout agenda. Any suggestions you may have would be greatly appreciated. Please go to our website www.senatorhughes .com and connect to the Solutions link. Or you can call us directly at (215) 879-7777.
by Michael A. Cibik, Esquire American Bankruptcy Board Certified
STATE REP. Angel Cruz, standing at right, presents $2.5 million check to ASPIRA for its educational Program. PIRA located in the American Street Corridor. School Principal Evelyn Lebrón and members of student body attended the ceremony. ASPIRA is dedicated to the development of the education and the capacity of leadership of Hispanic youth. Since 1961, ASPIRA has been working to offer programs that stimulate students to remain in the school, and study while developing leadership abilities.
Question: How soon after Chapter 7 bankruptcy can you buy a new house? Answer: First, any bankruptcy must be “discharged” by the court. You also cannot be in any “Credit Counseling” or other programs that take over your finances.
It is actually easier to buy a house than a used car. With a 10-5% down payment plus closing costs, you can almost always find mortgage financing the day after the bankruptcy is “discharged”. Next week’s question: If the person you won a small claims case judgment against has filed for bankruptcy, do you have any options?
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State Rep. Angel Cruz presented ASPIRA of Pennsylvania with a $2.5 million check from the Commonwealth for educative benefit of the community in the District of Philadelphia. “This money given to ASPIRA goes directed to benefit the educative community in my District”, said Cruz, who represents the 180th Legislative Dist. “ASPIRA has done an excellent job with the community and deserves the endorsement of all. We will continue to work together to improve the future of the students of Philadelphia.” ASPIRA’s Executive director Alfredo Calderón thanked Cruz for the contribution, adding noting it will enable ASPIRA to continue offering the level of excellence to the students and to the community it has in the past. The presentation was made at the Antonia Pantoja Community Charter School of AS-
Cruz Presents ASPIRA With $2.5 Million
NCCF Marks 10th Year
KOFI ASANTE, executive director of National Comprehensive Center for Fathers, details 10th Anniversary celebration over WDAS. NCCF has provided fathers, 18+, with a range of services from GED preparation and testing to life skills, parenting training and job development. Photo by Martin Regusters, Leaping Lion Photography
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Food Distribution Center’s New Home On Schedule NEW home of Food Distribution Center’s steel frame gives glimpse of how imposing new Center will be as it sits opposite Airport AutoMall on Essington Avenue. It’s construction is being handled by Philadelphia Regional Port Authority.
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Contractors Complying With State Law More than 22,000 Pennsylvania home-improvement contractors have already registered with the State Attorney General’s office to comply with a new law that goes into effect Jul. 1. The Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act requires contractors who do $5,000 or more in home improvements or repairs in a year to register with the Bureau of Consumer Protection. They must also maintain minimum in-
surance coverage of at least $50,000 in property damage and personal injury liability; and use contracts that contain specific information about their job, including start and completion dates, a complete description of the work and consumers’ rights under the law. Home-improvement frauds are among the highest cause of complaints to the Attorney General’s office, which fielded more than 2,100 complaints in
2008. The new law is intended to make it easier for consumers to avoid the “fly-bynight” or unscrupulous contractors and help authorities track them down quicker, according to Nils Frederiksen, a spokesman for the Attorney General’s office. “It’s going to make it much more difficult for those folks to hide,” he
said. “It has been difficult to find the troublemakers.” Contractors will have to use their registration number on contracts, estimates, proposals and advertisements. Starting Jul. 1, to verify a contractor’s registration with the state, consumers can visit www.attorneygeneral.gov or call toll-free 1- (888) 520-6680.
AAA Insurance is finding many Pennsylvania drivers are cutting back on auto insurance deductibles or coverage in order to save money. But it warns, “Having too little or no auto insurance could create an even worse situation.” The US Dept. of Transportation estimates the typical driver will have a near automobile accident 1-2 times per month and will be in a collision every six years. "We have more uninsured and underinsured drivers on the road right now," said Donna Lee Williams, director of government and industry affairs, AAA Mid-Atlantic.
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"Families looking to save money in these tough economic times can find plenty of ways to their lower insurance premiums without putting anyone in legal or financial jeopardy. Automobile insurance is not just a necessity, but a legal obligation." AAA offers the following tips for getting lower auto insurance premiums. Ask about discounts. Insurance companies usually offer discounts for multiple policies with the same insurer, such as auto and homeowners. Increase the deductible. The higher the deductible, the greater the savings BUT make sure you can afford the deductible in the event of a claim. Check your mileage. A short commute or less-thanaverage annual mileage may qualify you for a lower rate. Shop around. Comparison-shopping is a good idea since premiums can vary. Make sure you check out all the offers thoroughly because the least expensive may not always provide the best service. Adjust coverage on older cars. How much is your car worth? Make sure you understand the difference in coverage before deciding to drop either: Collision coverage - Covers damage to your car as a result of hitting or being hit by another vehicle, or object such as a lightpost. Comprehensive coverage - Covers damage to your vehicle resulting from incidents other than collision, such as theft, flood or hail damage, falling or flying objects, fire, vandalism, riot or civil commotion, breakage of glass, explosion, earthquake or contact with an animal.
Gatti had Philly ties The boxing community is in mourning over the loss of Arturo “Thunder” Gatti who was found dead early Saturday morning at the Dorisol hotel in Brazil. Gatti had arrived at the posh seaside resort of Porto de Galihnas the day before with wife Amanda and one-year-old son. Gatti’s numerous comefrom-behind wins made him an inspiration to so many. Arturo beat many fighters who were more skilled than he was
Robinson in 1988. Gatti-Robinson was named “Fighter of the Year” by Ring magazine. Gatti, 37, was born in Italy, raised in Montreal, but moved to Jersey City, where he traveled to Brooklyn each day to train at the world renowned Gleason’s Gym. He finished his career with a record of 40-9 (31 KO’s), participating in Ring Magazine’s “Fight of the Year” four times and will forever be remembered for his fights with “Irish” Micky Ward. Their epic trilogy will go down in boxing history as three of the most electrifying and exciting fights of all time.
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Arturo “Thunder” Gatti 1972 - 2009
over the years, simply because of his pure determination and desire to win. He exemplified the heart and soul of a Philadelphia boxer, and was a real life Rocky Balboa. The comparison to our city’s most famous fictional boxer wasn’t Gatti’s only link to the City of Brotherly Love. Early in his career Gatti fought numerous times in Philadelphia and even suffered his first loss to Philadelphia’s King Solomon at the legendary Blue Horizon. Philadelphia boxing promoter J. Russell Peltz also worked with Gatti and two of Gatti’s most memorable bout’s were with North Philly’s Ivan
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Culinary revolution makes history at City Tavern by Len Lear John Mariani, famed food/restaurant for Esquire magazine, once warned his readers to avoid at all cost any restaurant that uses the words “Ye Olde” in its name. Otherwise, he said, you’ll probably wind up ordering dishes like “Liberty burgers” or “Poor Richard’s tuna melt” that taste more like cardboard than food. And you’ll probably be served by young people in stockings and breeches announcing, “Would anyone care for a libation?” Up until 1992 this might have been an apt description of City Tavern, the 10-room, 300-seat restaurant at 138 S. 2nd Street which opened in 1773. According to the National Park Service, Thomas
Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, P a t r i c k Henry, Dr. Benjamin Rush, John Adams and other historical luminaries were regular customers. (Adams called it “the most genteel tavern in America.”) Because of its rich history, City Tavern regularly attracts far more tourists than any other restaurant in the city. In the summertime, about 70% of its customers are tourists, although that number drops to about 30% after Labor Day. However, for many years the US Congress, which is responsible for the property since it is on US Park Service land, had a contract with an institutional catering firm. Most of this food was prepared in bulk at a kitchen the size of Scotland, shipped to City Tavern and then reheated for customers. As a result, City Tavern
developed a reputation as a historical cartoon, a sort of culinary Three Mile Island and tourist trap. Recognizing this, Congress awarded a contract in April 1994 (the restaurant had been closed for more than a year), to Walter Staib, one of the nation’s premier restaurant mavens, with a mandate to engineer a culinary revolution at City Tavern. Walter, 62, was born and raised in Germany’s Black Forest region, where he worked in his uncle’s restaurant and butcher shop. Staib received formal training in many of Europe’s finest hotels and restaurants before coming to the US in 1969. Since 1989 Walter has conceptualized and opened more than 450 upscale restaurants worldwide. He has also been the recipient of more than 40 industry honors and awards. But the City Tavern turnaround has definitely not been a Cinderella quick fix. It has
been more like Sisyphus pushing a huge boulder up a hill in Hades. “Hillary Clinton may have forgiven Bill,” explained Walter, “but a lot of people who had a mediocre meal here 15 or more years ago still have never forgiven this place. It’s hard enough to turn a failing restaurant around, but it’s even harder to change its reputation in people’s minds, to persuade them to come back once the mistakes have been corrected.” Staib is so knowledgeable about Colonial cookery (and he is such a “ham”; pardon the expression) that he has appeared in documentaries for The History Channel and A&E. He was also recently selected to host A Taste of History, a public TV show which will be shown in 26 episodes starting in September on WHYY and other public TV stations around the country. We had dinner last Thursday night at City Tavern (and
Len Lear have eaten there several times since Walter took over), and the food and service were top of the line. (And we were stunned at how busy the 300seat restaurant was. We had a 7:30 p.m. reservation and were on time, but we still had to wait more than 20 minutes for a table to open up.) An appetizer of crab cakes “Chesapeake style” ($11.95) seemed to have no filler, and the herb remoulade sauce was absolutely sublime. If there was a worm in the apple, it would have been the basil shrimp appetizer ($11.95),
which was blanketed with so much barbecue sauce that everything else was overwhelmed. The only other negative was that the French fries kept getting attacked by the German sausage. (Ba-daBOOM!) An entrée of tenderloin tips ($23.95) tingled with a mustardy sauce, with the flavor of mushrooms and pliant egg noodles complementing the beef. A dessert of vanilla cheesecake was moist and delicious, unfolding off the plate like a fine silk handkerchief and gliding down the throat like velvet. In addition to Walter Staib’s impressive cooking and TV career, he has written three cookbooks. The latest is The City Tavern Cookbook: Recipes From the Birthplace of American Cuisine (Running Press, $35), which was released May 11. For more information or reservations, call (215) 413-1443 or visit www.citytavern.com.
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Pacifico Ford Hosts Classics Courts Curb Foreclosures Senior Center Wins Award At Second Annual Car Show Pacifico Ford, located in the Philadelphia Airport Automall on Essington Avenue in South Philadelphia, will again host its 2nd annual Pacifico Car Show Saturday, Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Should it rain, the Show will be held the following Saturday. Vintage cars will again on display with well over 100 classics expected for viewing. Pacifico will give trophies awarded by the People’s Choice. “you come, you pick, you choose, and you
tell us and we award the trophies” said Ford General Mgr. Tom Flynn. Those attending will be treated to free food and music by the Bob Burke group. Visitors will also get a host of give aways, as well as those displaying cars. Kerry Pacifico, Jr., said “This is a fun event. Classic owners will get threated to Decades Dash Plaques and other mementoes.” He added more information can be had by going on the web to www.historicalcarclub.org.
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everyone’s right to vote is respected. Issues like making sure we honor what our Constitution says instead of creating laws like the USA PATRIOT Act that pretty much allow us to use it as a piece of toilet paper instead of our founding governmental principals. That’s what we should be focusing on, not stuff that
(Cont From Page 8) to hold the feet of the nation’s highest court to the fire on; issues like whether or not it’s okay for the Executive Branch to be able to torture people in the name of protecting Americans. Issues like making sure
CELEBRATING one-year anniversary of Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Pilot Program are Hon. Annette M. Rizzo, Phila. Court of Common Pleas; Pamela Dembe, president judge; Hon. D. Webster Keogh, administrative judge, Trial Division; and Hon. Ronald D. Castille, chief justice, Penna. Supreme Court Eastern Dist. would be better discussed at one of those rallies where everyone’s in a white sheet and there’s a burning cross in the background. To her credit, Judge Sotomayor handled it well. She answered every question thrown at her with class and dignity. Personally, Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jeff Sessions would have been pimp-
slapped if it were me. But while the hearings went to a place that they didn’t belong, I’m not surprised they took that route. We may have managed to put a Black man in the White House, but America still has racial issues. This week the issue was, can we trust this Latina to make fair decisions in the nation’s highest court? Last week, the issue was, should we let this group of Black and Latino kids go swimming as part of a daycamp at our mostly white swim club? I was hanging out on Huffington Post.com last week
Philadelphia Senior Center, at Broad & Lombard, came up a winner in the 18th annual National Mature Media Awards Program, presented by the Mature Market Resource Center, a national clearinghouse for the senior market. Its “Beat the Heat for New Air Conditioning Unit” campaign received a Bronze Award in the Public Relations Campaign category. Those involved with the design and production of “Beat the Heat for New Air Conditioning Unit” are Senior Development Officer Kory Michael Aversa, Volunteer Coordinator Helen Sunga and former
Development Assistant Matt Connell. "We were delighted to take part in the Mature Media Awards Program this year, and were honored to be selected as a winner," said Aversa. "The Beat the Heat Campaign reached 4 million people and successfully raised funds for a new air conditioner for PSC Main Branch." Nearly 900 entries were judged by a distinguished panel of mature-market experts from across the United States for overall excellence of design, content, creativity and relevance to the senior market.
when I saw the story of the Creative Steps day camp and the Valley Club in Huntington Valley. The organizers of Creative Steps had reserved time at the pool for their kids at a cost of $1,950 for the summer and the kids were on their way to their first swim. That was, until some club members saw this group of Black and brown kids frolicking in the pool and, unbelievably, took offense. According to news reports, racial slurs were slung, white families took their kids out of the pool, and the Creative Steppers were asked to leave. It probably wouldn’t have
made the national press if the head of the swim club didn’t tell a NBC-10 reporter the kids were asked to leave because it was thought that they’d “change the complexion” of the club. But he did, and when the head of the swim club became one of Keith Olbermann’s “Worst Persons in the World”, I knew it was all over. Lawsuits are being filed on behalf of the kids and Sen. Arlen Specter has asked the Justice Dept. to investigate. Meanwhile, these kids have been exposed to something that their parents probably never prepared them for. Some of them, according to the Daily News, are dealing with issues regarding their own skin color. Not cool, in the extreme. These are kids. They didn’t deserve this. But then again, we do this kind of thing to kids all of the time here in America. Maybe they should be watching Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings to see how a pro handles this kind of thing.
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OWNER of Hostaria Da Elio, Elio Sgambati was a spur-of-the-moment idea, we had no vino, but the gracious owner, Elio Sgambati, brought us a couple of stems of perfectly chilled red wine. Craig Mimms, our waiter, set a basket of ovenhot Cacia rolls and a bottle of excellent olive oil on the table. I ask him about the menu. “The food here is genuinely close to what you’re
going to get in Italy. Everyone knows the ingredients inside and out. These are traditional dishes that are a little bit away from the everywhere-flair fusion. Also, each pasta dish is handmade by Elio. He doesn’t buy sheets of dough and call it his own.” We were off to a good start. Sgambati, who began his food career in Naples as a coffee delivery boy when he was 12, loves to meet and greet his patrons. I told him to surprise us with a couple of small plates we could share. He brought out his signature eggplant parmigiana as a starter. Now, I’ve had this dish all over Italy. I can ascertain Elio’s is 100% authentic. The flavors melded and melted in my mouth. Next, grilled calamari over an arugula salad were served. Let me enlighten you about these cephalopods. They like to swim backward by the light of the moon and they are at their sweetest and mellowest right now. They can also vulcanize if over-cooked. These were perfect. The grilling left beautiful caramelized char marks that added an earthy note to the marine flavor. Our last taste was ravioli in a
AL FRESCO Dining at Hostario Da Elio. blush sauce. The plump pil- Sgambati. She was a politicallows were stuffed with a ri- science major at the Temple cotta-and-asparagus filling. I University campus there. We saw the Football Player take stayed in Rome for nine more the last piece of bread and years before coming to soak up the last of the gravy. Philadelphia. Now she has a At this point, Sgambati re- business, The Literary, to proturned to the table and sat with mote books. When I got to us to chat about his history. “I Philly, I worked at La Collina moved to Rome as a teenager and Il Gallo Nero. I also was to work in the Grand Hotel in partnership with a friend in Villa Fiorio. All the aristo- Delaware Co. It was called crats, countesses, actors, and Spigadoro, which translates to many rich people would stay golden wheat. When that there. I started as a bus boy. ended, I opened this place in There is a hierarchy with wait 2001.” staff and it takes a while to Now nearing retirement work your way up. I traveled age, Sgambati looks forward to England, France, Germany to taking a rest from the and Belgium to work as a restaurant biz in the near fuwaiter. I like the atmosphere ture. That would be a loss for and meeting lots of different the city, no doubt, which people. Then I went back to means you better get there Rome and opened up my own pronto! restaurant. That’s where I met Hostaria Da Elio / 615 S. my wife, Vanessa Lloyd 3rd St. / (215) 925-0930
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It was the day before my birthday and my footballplayer boyfriend wanted to do a little pre-celebration with me that evening. He said he knew of a little BYOB on 3rd & South Streets that had “drop-dead” delicious food, and before I knew it, I was sitting at a table for two, in the back garden of Hostaria Da Elio. Since this
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Fumo Goes Down August 31 biguously and found him guilty on all counts. Fumo’s crimes were far worse than those of others – such as Corey Kemp and Rick Mariano – and yet his sentence was dramatically less severe. We are sending the wrong message to those in power that if you abuse the public trust, don’t worry because the punishment will be weak.” Fumo was sentenced to 55 months Tuesday for his Federal corruption conviction. Fumo, a once-powerful South Philadelphia mover and shaker, received the sentence from US District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter, who presided over the five-month trial that ended in March with Fumo's conviction on all 137 counts against him. Fumo, 66, was fined $411,000 and ordered to pay restitution of $1 to the Senate, $676,000 to Citizens Al-
liance. He reports to jail house Aug. 31. Judge Buckwalter called Fumo an “effective” politician but not an “exceptional one” as he read his closing statement, Tuesday in court. Fumo was guilty of a 137count indictment of mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy, obstruction of justice and filing a false tax return. Fumo was found guilty of using State workers to oversee construction of his mansion, spy on his ex-wife and work on his farm. Additionally, Fumo was guilty of using $1 million of state funds and $1 million from his charity for personal and campaign use and commandeering yachts from the Philadelphia Seaport Museum for personal travel. Fumo joins a long list of South Philadelphia-connected politicians sent to jail because of corruption.
However, the length of the sentence seems rather lenient considering other convicted politicians going down for lesser counts and lengthy spells in jail. Unsurprisingly, the cynics among us quickly referred Fumo’s indictment to the “curse of the 1st District.” Over the past 40 years, one Congressman, two State Senators, including Fumo, and two Councilmen, all representing the 1st Senatorial Dist. (or a seat in a different branch of government contained therein) became subjects of Federal investigation. They were Congressman Michael “Ozzie” Myers, legendary State Sen. Henry “Buddy” Cianfrani, and Councilmen Leland Beloff and Jimmy Tayoun. For some reason, they were always first to extend themselves on behalf of their South Philadelphia and the River.
(Cont. From Page 1) Odds favor Fumo to return to some position of political power when he leaves prison. Former US Attorney Pat Meehan put into perspective the outcome of the sentencing that put Federal Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter in boiling water with the local press and the US prosecutors who won what they thought was a conviction bringing with it a sentence of at least 11 years. He said “While I am deeply disappointed in the length of former Senator Vince Fumo’s sentence, we cannot forget that justice was realized and Vince Fumo was soundly convicted for a pattern of criminal behavior. He has been removed from the legislature and is now going to jail. This is a remarkable event that no one thought would happen.” “When the jury spoke back in March, they did so unam-
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