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Peace In The Park

STATE REP. Kenyatta Johnson encourages Point Breeze Youth Development basketball senior league players, who are going on to college, some with the help of basketball scholarships.

by Saddie Agnes Even though the police had an injured roster, it didn’t stop State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson from hosting the inaugural “Peace Not Guns Memorial Basketball Game” without them. The basketball game was supposed to pit kids from the Point Breeze Youth Development against officers from the Philadelphia Police Dept., at Chew Playground, 19th Street & Washington Avenue. The Police Officers had a few injuries on their roster so they had to pull out of the game. But Johnson, who founded the

“Peace Not Guns” organization, scrambled together enough teams for a mini-tourney instead. “The Peace Day is an effort to promote peace and improved community and police relations,” said Johnson. There were many Police Officers in attendance at the peace day. Johnson said the game will be rearranged for a later date. Johnson founded PNG to reduce violence and change the negative behavior of young adults, and he says the league focuses on the importance of education and community involvement to create a sense of purpose in (Cont. Page 10)


Bull Bout

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Kiss Goodbye Vol. III No. 33 (Issue 97)

Bowling For Sports Club A local community leader is asking you to join her at the brand-new PEP Bowl Bowling Alley for a community fundraiser this weekend. Tiye Thompson wants you to bring your bowling glove on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 7:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. at PEP Bowl, Broad & Ellsworth Streets. Reebok, a former sponsor of the Point Breeze Youth Club, seized corporate funding for this nonprofit, educational youth-development program and crippled the continuum to provide professional enrichment to inner-city youth, ages 3-21. (Cont. Page 2)

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by R. George Linton Remember the name Quran Polk! The seven-year-old Grays Ferry native is a musical star in the making. He may only stand 4 feet tall, weigh in at 60 lb., but he has a voice as strong as Pavarotti, The young second-grader attends Christopher Columbus Charter ES at 9th and Christian Streets, where his music teachers have told his mom Joyce he should be on the TV show “America’s Got Talent”. “I knew he was special at birth because he was born with 12 fingers,” Joyce said. “I feel blessed with the gift God has given me.” Quran, when asked what music he likes to listen to, says he listens to his mom’s soul, R&B and Michael Jackson. (Cont. Page 2)

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Two South Philadelphia football stars will be playing in dream land today. Lincon Moranci, of Edward Bok HS, and Daniel Wallace, of South Philadelphia HS, are two winners of the Eagles Youth Partnership program. The high-school footballers are among the “best of the best” of statewide players feted by the Eagles as “Top Achievers”. Moranci and Wallace will visit Eagles Training Camp in Lehighwhere they will watch practice and interact with the players. Earlier this year, the pair were selected to attend a ceremony at the NovaCare Complex based on their (Cont. Page 19)

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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.

Darlene Cellucci Louis Galdo Marge Marziani Daniel Olivieri Mark Rago Vince De Fino Esq.

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

Public Record - Jim Tayoun

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

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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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Money Mailer of Philadelphia - Thomas Cimino

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Monti-Rago Funeral Home - Mark Rago

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Singing Sensation (Cont. from Page 1) “He is a fun-loving little boy with a special God-given talent to light a room with his presence,” Joyce said. “He has the voice of an angel. He will bring you to tears and can quiet a crowded room.” Quran sang two weeks ago at two community events in Grays Ferry and Point Breeze and Wednesday night at the Firehouse at 4th Street & Girard Avenue. He blew the roof off the Firehouse Grill, according to their manager and those lucky enough to be in attendance. He sings in his church choir where he performs many solos, and with the

(Cont. From Page 1) Tiye asks you consider supporting the bowling night or fundraising effort by sending your kind donation of $40 by Monday, Aug. 10. For more information, please call Tiye Thompson at (215) 7326518 x120 or visit

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adult choir as a value member. He is a member of Doug Naismith’s little league team, South Philly Phillies. Quran has sung for Alpha Beta Fraternity at a black tie affair and at Warmdaddy’s restaurant. Polk’s favorite song to sing is “At Last” because he was inspired by President Obama and First Lady Michelle, who danced to that song at their inaugural ball. Polk hopes to one day sing for the President and his wife. Until then, Quran will sing for his church choir, family and several audiences in South Philly.

State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson will hit the airwaves this month on Comcast with the first episode of his legislative-affairs program. He speaks about supporting HB 1, which would improve the State’s adultBasic health insurance program. He explains how his legislation, HB 1414, would order a top-to-bottom study of the criminal-justice system in Pennsylvania to make it more effective and less costly to taxpayers. Johnson’s show will air on Fridays at 3 p.m. beginning Aug. 14 on Comcast Cable Channel 190.

Point Breeze Community of South Philadelphia, Saturday Aug.29 from noon to 8 p.m. For more information, please call (215) 952-3378 or email

family and fun. Coordinator Glenn Wrighten wants you to bring your family and your EPIC spirit to their annual event! Festival will take place Aug. 29 from noon to 6 p.m. at FDR Park. Music, food, fun and games, plus much more, will be provided. All you need to bring is a lawn chair and a blanket. For more information, please call Mr. Wrighten at (215) 468-6111 x25.

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Seniors Beat The Heat

Whitman Friends will host Friends of the Free Library, helping support the community through library services, at Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Avenue on Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. For more information, please call Ashley Jimenez, Friends of the Free Library Community Organizer at (215) 847-4325, or by email at

Mamie Honored Come enjoy food, fun and entertainment at the 1st Annual Community Appreciation Day. This year's event is dedicated to the late Mamie Nichols, who laid the foundation of unity, social justice and economic progress in the

BEATING THE HEAT Street Party, hosted by Phila. Senior Center, celebrated its 60th anniversary last week at PSC Main Branch, 509 S. Broad Street. Seniors, like South Philly native Edna Jackson, got to take home free fans given to them from Philadelphia Flyers legend Bob Boyle, who was special guest at party.

Pacifico Hosts Classics

IT LOOKED like déjà vu when Mayfair Civic Association President Scott Cummings walked to press conference to introduce new book, Former Bodyguard, he’s penned about his life as a bodyguard for celebrities, including the late Michael Jackson. This time, Scott and another bodyguard are escorting a local Michael Jackson lookalike with a death-warmed-over personality.

KERRY PACIFICO, JR. of Pacifico Ford, left, welcomes President Al Bianchi of Historical Car Club of Penna. to Classic Auto Show at Pacifico Ford in Automall. While many were turning in their older vehicles to Pacifico for Federal Clunker rebate, Bianchi’s members were hanging onto theirs!

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COUNCILMAN Curtis Jones, Jr. hosted US Census awareness at Salvation Army, 5501 Arch Street, featuring speakers from the US Census Bureau, community organizations and other elected officials. Here he addresses crowd, reinforcing importance of census to those in attendance.

Michael Jackson? Yes And No

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Palmiere Wants More-Open 2nd Democratic 2nd Ward Leader Anthony Palmiere, Sr. doesn’t understand why people don’t listen. He told the Public Record this week that at one of his ward meetings, he said, “I do not believe Ward Leaders should serve more than two terms (eight years). I explained it was the one way to

insure continued interest in the political system and particularly, in the growth of voter support for the Democratic Party.” He adds, “To those who think I’m running and I’m worried about opposition, they’ve got another guess coming to them. If I wanted to seek reelection, they’d

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have no chance to beat me, no matter how many lies they send out in the form of the poison-pen letters they have been distributing throughout the ward.” Palmiere’s one fear is many of his seasoned committee persons will not seek reelection if he is not seeking the ward leadership. “I am pressing on those to stay the course, since they have been very effective in responding to the concerns raised by the voters of their various divisions.” Tony has refused to answer charges levied by the two letters, one unsigned, the other signed by former ward chairman Joseph Pultrone, about his leadership style. “I accepted Pultrone’s resignation from the ward on Oct. 29 of ’08,” he notes. “He was pressuring me to resign my leadership and anoint

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him as my replacement. That would never happen. I’m a believer in letting voters decide. They’ll get that opportunity by electing the committee persons they trust to represent their best interest when the time comes.” Palmiere said he is fully aware the days of strong leadership in the ward will end with him. “Much of what I did was based on the training I had received as the late Ward Leader Henry Cianfrani as his lieutenant. I now see the 2nd Ward with a changing demographic requiring more leeway to committee people. I will support the ward’s next leader.”

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Brian “Bionic Bull” Cohen will return to the ring tomorrow night to headline a boxing card being held at John B. Campbell Family & Fitness Center in Salem, N.J. Cohen, of 7th & Bigler Streets in South Philadelphia, will defend his WBC Continental America’s Championship against Indiana’s Steve Robin-

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In our last issue, the Public Record story about Nursing School students challenging St. Joseph Hospital’s School of Nursing inadvertently added the word “University” in its lead paragraph. St. Joseph’s University was not involved in any way in this nursing school.

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Yo! Here we go again. I love to travel – anywhere, any time, alone or with friends or family. Of all the trips that I have taken, I often wondered if I had used good manners in those countries I visited and have not inadvertently offended the natives with my ‘ugly American’ mannerisms. So I inquired on the trusty internet and here are some of the good manners from around the world that I found. In Japan: wear a surgical mask in public if you have a cold. In Korea: allow others to pass between you and the person you are conversing with. Don’t make anyone walk behind you. In China: decline a gift a few times before accepting and use both hands to receive or give someone a gift. In Iran: shake hands with children (it shows respect for their parents). In Jordan: leave small portion of food on your plate. Also refuse seconds at least twice before accepting. In Italy: don’t allow a woman to pour wine. (?) In Switzerland: you are expected to buy wine for your table if you drop your bread in the fondue. In Belgium and Luxembourg: avoid sending anyone a gift of chrysanthemums. They are a reminder of death. In Portugal: signal you enjoyed a meal by kissing your index finger and then pinching your earlobe. In Greece: cheerfully participate in folk dancing if invited. In Spain: say ‘buen provencho’ to anyone beginning a meal. In Norway: when a fisherman walks by, spit after (not at) him. It is a way of wishing him good luck. In Finland: if you pass the salt at the dinner table, don’t put in anyone’s hand; put the salt-shaker down and let them pick it up. In Sweden: wait until you’re outside of your guest’s home before putting your overcoat on. In Samoa: spill a few drops of kava – their national beverage – before drinking it. In Fiji: fold your arms behind you when conversing. And this one especially for me – In South Philly: if someone asks me if I am ready to take another trip, anywhere, I always say yes. I was told if you have the money, the time and good health, never turn down an opportunity to travel. Some day you may not have one of these essential items. Then you will be sorry you did not take that trip when you could have – but didn’t.

There are now casinos in Allegheny Co. (on the waterfront); Erie Co.; Monroe Co. (Mt. Airy Lodge); Delaware Co. (Chester Racetrack); Bucks Co. (Philadelphia Racetrack); Dauphin Co.; Lehigh Co. (Bethlehem Steelworks); the state of Delaware; the state of New Jersey, but not in Philadelphia Co. Apparently the administration of MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER is at best lukewarm on the casino questions. Since all Pennsylvania casinos got their licenses at the same time and Philadelphia is the only one that hasn’t developed a viable casino, there is a strong inference the Nutter administration is not interested in the casinos as a bountiful source of new tax dollars. On the other hand, it has a passionate interest in developing the waterfront yet no interest in explaining how the grandiloquent development plans will be financed. With the foot-dragging of the current administration, it seems unlikely there will be any casino development in the near future. Perhaps towards the end of the second term of Mayor Nutter, will progress be made? Immediately, though, there is a ground swell of support for moving I-95 away from the waterfront. The cost has been estimated at $1 billion and probably more. With all of the unused Federal stimulus money still available, wouldn’t it be a good idea to get the planners to focus on I-95 since there is a realistic fund of money available to do it? Surely that beats pie-in-the-sky development of the waterfront with no indication of where the money would come from and strong hints casino revenues are not important. That was an interesting vote of the State legislature on giving Philadelphia the authorization to increase the sales tax in Philadelphia County by 1% up to 8%. Twenty representatives who are not in Philadelphia and, in fact, are in the Western and Central part of the state, voted not to give this authority to Philadelphia so it could gain the power balance its budget. Reason: They were worried that in the event sometime in the future the sales tax would have to be raised statewide, having given this authority to Philadelphia might limit the legislature’s ability to increase the sales tax statewide. This is yet another reason to reapportion the Districts within the state. There are a million more Democrats than Republicans. The Senate, nevertheless, has 30 Republican seats to 20 Democrats. When reapportionment takes place, this inequality should be corrected by making the Senate Districts more nearly reflect the partisan enrollment of the voters.

Snooper’s SPECIAL MESSAGE: This comes from my many E-MAILS and it’s for The Mayor, Michael Nutter. This City is plagued with MURDERS, KILLINGS, GUNS other CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES, and you have the gall to threaten ALL OF US with your nonsense. You want to close FIREHOUSES, you threaten us by telling us you’re going to ‘cut’ our POLICE FORCE. Well Mr. Mayor, try it, and you’ll be in Court so fast your head will spin. Right now, as I see it, you are a ONE-TERM MAYOR. Thank God! I wonder how your family is feeling knowing you are also putting all of them in harm’s way, healthwise, and I might add, safetywise too. Swine flu epidemic and you want to close HEALTH CENTERS. What happened to all the monies you got for MORE POLICEMEN? Snooper’s Recreation Center Fiasco: This is one that is truly unbelievable. Our good friend DOUG HENNIGAR runs this special FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT that commemorates his SON who died as the result of an accident. This year, for reasons none of us can figure out, he was told he could no longer have BEER on THE RAMP PLAYGROUND FACILITIES. Doug asks WHY. It seems no other Charity event, or BENEFITS for POLICE HEROES, ever had this problem. Doug informed us he has held this Football Tournament for SEVEN YEARS. Sean Daley, Peg McCook Tournament, Freddie Adams, all local sports benefits, for those who were brutally killed, never had this problem. They, like Doug, also used Recreational facilities for their many sports games too! Snooper “UPDATE”: We receive a lot of mail and emails and, as you know, I love to answer as many as I can, and I do it with honesty. I received a letter that I really must answer, only because of its content. This woman wanted to know how I select the various people for various AWARDS & RECOMMENDATIONS. Our latest one selected was HON. JIMMIE MOORE of Municipal Court. Again, this is one that was long overdue, because this is one JUDGE who really cares about people, ALL THE PEOPLE. He has this Special Program that gives those who were once incarcerated a chance to make something of themselves. In fact, he gives them a professional skill (PARALEGAL) and an opportunity for L-I-F-E! Snooper’s SOAPBOX: Since I’m beating a “dead horse” regarding GUNS and KILLINGS, let me turn my ‘ire’ to all those IDIOTS who are TEXT-MESSAGING while driving. Hey, if you “idiots” want to KILL yourselves, do it. But why take innocent people with you? How (Cont. Page 17)

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If there’s one thing that I can’t stand, it’s the politics of “politics”. What do I mean by the politics of “politics”? These occur when you have one group of people, a group that’s usually the one that’s out of power or on the opposite side of an issue that almost everyone else agrees on, that tries to keep the policy that they don’t want to happen from happening by doing such things as intimidating folks, retarding debate, and otherwise being obnoxious and uncaring about the hurt they’re causing. As someone who writes about politics, I find myself face-to-face with a lot of the politics of “politics”. But while I generally try not to write about it because doing so only encourages those who practice it, there have been two examples I’ve seen recently that demand I write about them. So here we go. Politics of Politics #1: The Health Care Reform Debate. While I was unpacking in my hotel in Tampa, Fla. last week, I was watching “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC. One of the things she was talking about was the Health Care Reform town-hall meetings Congressmen were holding during the governing body’s summer hiatus. In case you haven’t heard about them, these are events mostly Democratic congressmen are having in their Districts to check their constituent’s pulse on the subject of health-care reform. There are several bits of reform legislation moving around in Congress and these folks are trying to see what form of health care the voters would be most happy with. (Unless, of course, you count single-payer insurance, which no one in Congress or the White House seems to espouse. I understand you don’t want to tick off the insurance companies, but some of us would like to get rid of a system that licenses insurance companies to make those with pre-existing conditions pay through the nose for coverage.) Anyway, instead of providing a way for constituents to get the knowledge they need about health care and providing them with a way to get their voices heard, these town-hall meetings have turned into places where folks spurred on by voices on the right come to interrupt and intimidate. I have no problem with anyone expressing their views. My friend the 1st Amendment says that’s cool and that no one should take that right away from you. Where I have the problem is when protestors are doing so armed with misinformation or are literally just plain armed. For example, protestors have been parroting former Alaska (Cont. Page 16)

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All Aboard Ron’s River Ride

HOST Ron Donatucci welcomes his cousin Angelo Foglietta aboard River Cruise for fundraiser hoisted by Register of Wills.

GOOD OLE friends Ron Donatucci and Al Frattali talk shop on board River Cruise.

S. PHILA. attorney Vince DeFino and Al Frattali join DA candidate Seth Williams on Donatucci River Cruise.

JUDGE ANNE LAZARUS and Joe Waters get ready to drop anchor aboard river cruise.

REGSITER OF WILLS Ron Donatucci made sure he got a photo with his beautiful family on board the boat. Photos by Lee Buchanan

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RECENTLY HEARD AT AN UPSCALE RESTAURANT Letters • Letters Wright’s Wronged Is this America or the Middle East? I can’t believe the Feds could “railroad” Chris Wright into a four-year prison sentence. Out of four defendents, three were convicted of only some of the charges. (Fumo was convicted of over 100 charges, Arnao was convicted of dozens of charges. These two got 55 months and 1 year and a day respectfully). Chris Wright’s charges were “invented” by putting together certain facts that really didn’t belong together. My opinion is the crimes that he was convicted of by a jury didn’t even rise to the level of an expired parking meter. Mayer Krain N.E. Phila.

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Aug. 15- Local 98’s annual Down Under Party at Keenan’s, 113 Old New Jersey Ave., N. Wildwood, N.J., 4-8 p.m. Aug. 18- Delaware Valley Community Health sponsors Merck Patient Assistance Program Enrollment Event at Maria de los Santos Health Ctr., 401-455 W. Allegheny Ave., 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Aug.19- “Stu Bykofsky Candidates Comedy Night” ™ at Finnigan’s Wake, 3rd & Spring Garden Sts., 8 p.m. For info or to donate, visit Aug.20- Fundraiser for Al Schmidt, GOP candidate for Controller, SmokeEaters Pub, 7681 Frankford Av., 6 to 10 p.m., $40. Aug. 27- Judicial candidate Adam Beloff hosts gala at Quartet Club, 1075 Southampton Rd. 7 p.m. $25. Aug. 30- Billy Meehan Clam Bake hosted by Republican City Committee at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd. $95. Sep. 5- State Sen. Anthony Williams and W. Phila. Coali-

tion of Neighborhoods and Businesses host Neighborhood to Neighborhood Street Festival at 49th St. & Baltimore Ave., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Family fun. Live entertainment. All free. Sep.7- AFL-CIO Tri State Labor Day Parade begins at Reed St. & Delaware Ave., 9 a.m., ending at Penn’s Landing followed by family entertainment, live bands and groups. Sep.11- Philadelphia River Wards’ “Support Our Troops Rally” Patriot Day hosted by AOH/LAOH Div. 52, Fishtown at Campbell Sq., 6:30 p.m. Sep. 11- Greater N.E. Phila. Chamber of Commerce annual golf outing, Torresdale Frankford C.C. Registration 10 a.m. Sep. 13- Councilwoman Joan Krajewski’s River Bash at Wissinoming Yacht Club, Delaware & Devereaux Aves. Tickets $30. Includes beer and buffet. 2-6 p.m. For info (215) 624-1872. Sep. 13- Wolfe PAC Magic Show fundraiser at 4256 Regent Sq., $50. Sep. 17- Fundraiser for Tom Knox’ Campaign for Governor at Rose Garden, 19th floor, Park Hyatt, 200 S. Broad St., 6-7:30 p.m. Contribution levels $500, $1,000, $2,000. For

info Hadji Maloumian, (215) 636-0660 or email Sep. 18- 11th Ward’s annual Fish Fry at Lou’s & Choo’s, 21st & Hunting Park Ave., 59 p.m. Tickets $8. Sponsored by V. Tutie Edwards. For info (215) 228-3134. Sep. 19- Family Health & Safety Festival sponsored by State Rep. Mark Cohen at Fisher Park, 6000 N. 5th St. For info Sonya Thomas (215) 200-6144. Sep. 19- Beef & Beer for Grace-White Team, Local 830 at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd., 7-11 p.m. Tickets $30, two for $50. Food, music. Live stringband music. For info Jim Kates (267) 784-5902 or Jim DiVergilis (215) 768-0778. Also meet candidates running in Nov. election. Jonathan Saidel, M.C. Sep. 27- “Jazz on the Green” fundraiser for the Retention of Judge Earlene Green hosted by Kenneth and Ayesha Salaam at 6816 N. 10th St, 2-6 p.m. Oct. 19- Annual Democratic City Committee Fall Cocktail Party at Sheet Metal Workers Hall, 1301 Columbus Blvd., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets $150. For info (215) 241-7804.

State Rep. Mark Cohen will often go where angels fear to tread. But no matter his legislative ups and downs, he’s successfully held on to his seat with little or no competition over the years. So he’s literally impervious to any fallout caused by controversial legislation such as the bill he has introduced which would legalize marijuana for medical use. There are already a host of states that now have such legislation on the lawbooks. They seem to be running well. Cohen’s legislation opens the door an inch to the use of marijuana, which is not considered a “Federal offense” in popular culture although, in fact, it is under current law. But it should not be. If the present law were fully and fairly enforced, half the country would now be in jail for using the weed. Its use is so widespread, it is now more readily available than cigarettes, especially to those minors barred from purchasing cigarettes because of age. Perhaps, if it passes, a new mindset could grow amongst the general population of this state and others as well. We all suffer from the drug epidemic that has inundated this country for years now. It is obvious our prison population, particularly in the state systems, would be reduced if only marijuana were totally legalized, and not just for restricted medicinal use. Extend legalization to all forms of drugs, naturally grown or artificially produced and licit drugs sold illicitly and the epidemic will disappear overnight. This happened when Prohibition was rescinded after literally driving Americans to speakeasies and moonshine-making, leading to the creation and growth of organized crime. Eliminate restrictions on all forms of drugs, no matter how new, whatever the styled use, and place them in pharmacies at very low cost; then the epidemic will dissipate. Like Prohibition, profits will no longer be there for those trafficking in it. Pushers will no longer be on the streets hustling new victims. The money won’t be there. Look at what legalizing the lottery did to the “numbers racket”. We remember when every corner store or bar was occupied by at least one or two number writers or bookies, who turned the bets into a clearing house, which then turned its cash receipts over to an organized crime boss. They are drastically reduced and the door-to-door runners are in the dust of history, thanks to the legal State Lottery. President Barack Obama’s trip to Mexico this past week included serious discussions on how to aid Mexico in its losing battle to drug growers and traffickers. Had their wares been legal, he would not have needed to promise military aid to that country. Three quarters of the Federal prison population would long have since gone back to Mexico, Columbia and other drug-exporting countries. The billions wasted in the national anti-drug effort would have been better used to reduce government expenditures or put to better use in the fields of education and health care. So we look at Cohen’s bill as a first step, but a giant leap toward what needs to become a national goal.

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Chew Playground Peace Day Fun (Cont from Page 1) their lives. “As leader of the Peace Not Guns Caucus in the House of Representatives, I am a firm believer in safe communities in both urban and rural areas,” Johnson said. “I have been involved in similar events like Peace Day, which have been successful in bringing young people and police officers together peacefully and fostering a mutual respect between the two.”

The Peace theme of the fun-filled day included moon bounce, poetry raps and live musical entertainment on offer. Guests included Patti Jackson from WDAS radio. Rep. Johnson is inviting the public to a community appreciation celebration in conjunction with the grand opening of his new Southwest Philadelphia constituent service office. Johnson’s new office is the first State legislative office to

be located in the Southwest Philadelphia section of the 186th Legislative Dist. in more than 20 years. “I am proud to open this new office in Southwest Philadelphia in an effort to serve my constituents better and be more accessible to residents of the different neighborhoods I represent,” Johnson said. The grand opening and community appreciation celebration will take place from

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growth in health-care spending, hypothetically a good thing, However, free health care for all is actually just a front for further destruction of our Constitutional rights. You’ll discover, in fact, the bill appears to be a Trojan horse for socialized medicine, with significant shocks. By the way, members of Congress will be exempt from being forced into this plan. They will have their own. The liberals, Democrats and some Republicans, while forcing you to join the plan, refuse to include themselves. In other words, their better plan gives them freedoms you will be denied. Here are some line-by-line breakdowns: Page 42: The “Health Choices Commissioner” will decide health benefits for you. You will have no choice. None. Page 58: Every person will be issued a National ID Health Card. Page 59: The Federal government will have direct, real-time access to all individual bank accounts for electronic funds transfer. Page 167: Any individual who doesn’t have governmentacceptable health care will be taxed an additional 2.5% of income. Page 195: Officers and employees of Government healthcare bureaucracy will have access to all American financial

Page 425: Government provides approved list of end-of-life resources, guiding you in death. Page 427: Government mandates program that orders endof-life treatment; government dictates how your life ends. Page 429: Advance Care Planning Consult will be used to dictate treatment as patient’s health deteriorates. This can include an order for end-of-life plans. Page 430: Government will decide what level of treatments you may have at end-of-life.

and personal records. Page 341: Government has authority to disqualify Medicare Advantage Plans, and HMOs. Page 425: Government will instruct and consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney, etc. This will be mandatory. It appears to lock in estate taxes ahead of time. Part of this says that you will see a doctor every five years after enrolling in Social Security so as to prepare you for ‘end of life’ options, which they decide.

Page 503, Lines 13-19: Government will build registries and data networks from your electronic medical records. Page 504, Lines 6-10: The “Center” will collect data both published & unpublished (that means your public and your private info). Page 620, Lines 1-9: The Government will define, prioritize, and nationalize your healthcare services. Page 632, Lines 14-2: The Government may implement

any “quality measure” of healthcare services as it sees fit. Page 722, Section 1639: Government mandates doctors must have face-to-face with patient to certify patient for home health services. Page 724, Lines 23-25 and Page 725, Lines 1-5: The same Government certifications will apply to Medicaid and CHIP. Page 765, Section 1711: Government will require preventative services including vaccines.


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In the year 30 B.C., Roman poet Virgil wrote about the conquest of the ancient city of Troy and its citizens, the Trojans. For 10 years the Greeks laid siege upon the metropolis through raw military strength, but failed to conquer it. War hero Ulysses hatched a plot that would allow Greek warriors to secretly infiltrate Troy. He proposed the construction of a huge, hollow wooden horse filled with a select force of men hidden in its belly. They would leave the horse at the gates of Troy as a parting gift, while they pretended to sail away. Accepting the Horse as a spoil of war, the Trojans wheeled it within their walls, never heeding the warning of their high priest as he wailed, “ Equo ne credite, Teucri.”(Do not trust the horse, Trojans!) “Quidquid id est, timeo Danaos et dona ferentes.” (Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks, even bringing gifts.) But no one listened. Instead, they got drunk and fell asleep, thereby giving the tricky Greeks a perfect opportunity to vanquish the city and doom their existence. In today’s lingo, a Trojan Horse is a person or thing intended to undermine or destroy from within. The more than 1,000 pages of the healthcare bill HR 3200 aim to provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the

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STRETCHING for almost a quarter-mile, new Food Distribution Center has seen completion of its metal framing. Being built under oversight of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, the new complex will enable produce wholesalers to easily triple their operations.

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Family-style Sunday ‘Suppers’ for Julia Child fan by Len Lear Chef/owner Mitch Prensky of Supper, 926 South Street, which was recently named to Philadelphia magazine’s “Top 50 Restaurants, 2009,” will be hosting a series of family-style “Sunday Suppers” featuring dishes made from local ingredients purchased that morning at the Headhouse Square Farmers Market, 2nd Street between Pine and Lombard. The dinners, which will be BYOB with no corkage fee (anyone who wants to purchase wines from Supper’s wine list will get them at half-price), will take place Aug. 16, Sep. 6 and Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. The price is $38 per person, some of which will be donated to The Food Trust, which op-

erates 29 farmers’ markets in the region. Growing up in New York, the 44year-old Prensky used to enjoy watching Julia Child (whose career is chronicled in the current hit movie Julie and Julia) on television, but what really “cooked” the most for him was playing jazz music. However, his parents owned a company that sold quiche to restaurants and gourmet food stores, and eventually music was reduced from a vocation to a hobby as Mitch enrolled in the French Culinary Institute in New York. After graduation, he worked in some of Manhattan’s most impressive palaces of gastronomy, such as L’École, Le Chantilly, Mesa Grill and Daniel. In 1995 Mitch moved to our town with his wife, Jennifer, 40, who grew up in

Northeast Philly. They started a catering firm, Global Dish, which garnered numerous awards and for the past 10 years has been the caterer of choice for many corporate and non-profit clients such as the Philadelphia Zoo. Three years ago, though, they catered an event held in a store at 926 South Street (across the street from a Whole Foods Market) which sold Vespa scooters. “When it was over,” said Mitch, “the owner said he could not pay me, but he would give me a Vespa scooter instead. I really liked the scooter, and what choice did I have?” Several months later, Mitch’s scooter needed repairs, so he took it back to the South Street store. “The owner told me he was going out of business and suggested I take over the property and make a restaurant out of it. I guess you could say that was the last weak

moment of my life. I just couldn’t resist the challenge. “Although I was trained in fine dining, I hate the pretension and stuffiness of so many fine-dining restaurants. And the expectation and prices are so high that you’re disappointed if the food is not the absolute greatest. So I figured we would have a restaurant that looked plain — no tablecloths, no carpets, etc. — but with really fine food. We would underpromise and overdeliver.” Of course, in Philadelphia opening a restaurant is like traversing a series of mazes with the City Hall bureaucracy, so it took 21 months, including a fivemonth renovation, to get the proper zoning and a liquor license, quell the trepidation of neighbors, etc. But the Prenskys, who live in nearby Fairmount with their six-year-old Cockapoo, Benny, finally gave birth to their baby, Supper, in late

Len Lear October of 2007. The “urban farmhouse” (the owners’ label) uses whitewashed brick walls, exposed ceiling beams, seeded glass, charming floating hatbox chandeliers, wood floors and tables and other natural materials to create a rustic look. There is an open kitchen and two full-service bar areas on the first and second floors, both with big picture windows looking onto South Street. Almost every dish on the “new American” menu has an unusual combination of

ingredients, textures, colors and flavors. “When people go out to eat,” commented Mitch, “they want to eat something they cannot make at home themselves. Otherwise, why go out?” Some of the dishes we have loved at Supper were the wild mushroom appetizer with a Spanish cheese and whole grain mustard, boneless Moroccan chicken wings with yogurt and explosive spices, and an entree of red drum filet (a mild bass-like fish) with potatoes, leeks, clams and ginger. At Supper, all breads are made in house. They are spectacularly tasty, and all of those not used on any given night are given away to customers. For more information or reservations, call (215) 592-8180 or visit To sign up for one of the upcoming Sunday Suppers, you can also go to

The City of Philadelphia, Division of Aviation is updating the existing Noise Compatibility Program for Philadelphia International Airport. The voluntary process develops, evaluates, and recommends actions that the airport, local municipalities, airlines or the Federal Aviation Administration might take to reduce aircraft noise in the vicinity of an airport. A key part of the Updated Noise Compatibility Program will be the 2008 and 2013 Noise Exposure Maps. They detail which communities are im-

pacted by noise levels of DNL 65 dB and higher. The FAA defines the Day-Night Average Sound level of 65dB as the threshold of noise incompatibility with residential land use. These Draft Noise Exposure Maps are now available for public review and comment online at www.phlpart, or at one of the libraries listed on that site. This list is also available by calling the Philadelphia Airport Noise Office at (215) 937-6750. The comment period extends from Aug. 5 to Sep. 4, 2009.

phia's 39th Ward that is necessary to expand the Port of Philadelphia. The governor would need to authorize the conveyance. Keller, a former longshoreman, said expanding the port would bring at least 25,000 jobs to the city and allow the Port of Philadelphia to become a leading port in the United States. "Conveying this land from the State to the City is the just first but critical

phase of that process," Keller said. "The Port of Philadelphia needs to operate at its fullest capability. Developing this land would bring tens of thousands of new jobs to the city and to local residents. The potential for economic growth spurred by that amount of job development is undeniable. And it's needed now more than ever, given the City's current financial crisis." Keller noted the Port of

Philadelphia surpasses all ports in the United States based on its rail capabilities. "Three Class A rail lines run through the Philadelphia port area," Keller said. "We can harness the power of those rail lines on port property and make Philadelphia and Pennsylvania the leading industrial port on the East Coast." The 39th Ward is located wholly in Keller's 184th House Dist.

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The State House has approved legislation sponsored by State Rep. Bill Keller which would help Philadelphia expand and develop its ports to more business, bringing tens of thousands of jobs to the city. HB 666 would authorize and direct the State to convey to the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development and the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority land in Philadel-

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Out & About (Cont. From Page 7) Gov. Sarah Palin’s assertion the health-care plans include such things as “Death Panels” that encourage euthanasia, and everyone keeps throwing

the word “socialism” around, showing that they have no idea whatsoever what true socialism is. (I won’t get into Rush Limbaugh’s assertion the Obama Administration’s attempts at getting health care

for all are akin to Nazi Germany’s attempts at total control.) But my personal favorite is the dude who came to President Barack Obama’s New Hampshire town hall packing a gun and carrying a sign that

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, September 15th, 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 All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications.

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said something to the effect that the tree of liberty must occasionally be watered with “the blood of tyrants.” Yikes! If you’re going to oppose something, that’s your right. Again, I’d never try and take away anyone’s right to oppose something, no matter how insipid I think their reasoning is. But if you’re going to oppose it, oppose it with facts. Oppose it with an alternative view. Oppose it with simple, basic, common sense, for God’s sake. But opposing it by playing to the paranoia of folks who are still trying to get used to the fact the President of the United States looks more like Will Smith than Harrison Ford only serves to bring us closer to a tragedy that I can assure you America isn’t ready for. So cut it out. Politics of Politics #2: Endangering Owls As anyone who reads this

column regularly knows, I am an alumnus of Temple University. I believe that even if you doubled what I paid to get my undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism from Temple, it would still be a steal because of what that degree has allowed me to do. When I hopped on one of my email accounts last Saturday to see what I’d missed while hearing about the sorry state of my business at the National Association of Black Journalists, I saw an email that detailed a tug of war for state funding that my alma mater is having with State Rep. John Taylor over the closing of Northeastern Hospital. The Temple University Health System decided to close Northeastern to avoid a $15 million loss. Taylor and a group of other legislators representing the area including State Sens. Larry Farnese, Michael Stack and State Rep. Dennis O’Brien are miffed

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, September 1, 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 All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications.

B-037 C of 2008/09*

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* Pre-Bid meeting will start at Frankford High School located at 5000 Oxford Avenue at 9:00 A.M. on August 12, 2009.

B-004 CT of 2009/10* Electrical Contract New IT Core Site Room

Various Locations Throughout the School District



* Pre-Bid meeting will start at Frankford High School located at 5000 Oxford Avenue at 9:00 A.M. on August 12, 2009.

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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because Temple didn’t talk to them about alternatives before making the decision to close the facility. So Taylor has decided to hold up Temple’s $175 million State appropriation in an attempt to get its Health System to change its mind about Northeastern. He says the university and the health system didn’t take him seriously enough when he promised to cut off their funding when they announced Northeastern’s closing. “They took it pretty lightly,” Taylor told the Philadelphia Daily News. “They treated the community like some arrogant, thoughtless private entity, so we’re treating them like an arrogant, thoughtless, private entity.” I’m not going to get into the fact that a fellow Temple alumnus is doing this because it’s not relevant to me. I’m also not going to get into the fact this ties into the whole health-care debate, because insuring everyone could help hospitals that care for the indigent keep from going broke. But what Taylor needs to understand while he’s battling for his constituents by fighting for Northeast Hospital, something he’s supposed to do by the way, he stands to hurt a lot more of his constituents — the parents and students who pay to go to Temple — through his actions. You see if this $175 million doesn’t flow into the Temple budget, tuition is going to have to be raised by about $5,000. One of the kids I mentor at Temple is already scared she’s not going to be able to finish her senior year if tuition goes up even a little. A $5,000 jump isn’t small by any means and will surely lead to her and many of my other kids having to leave school. So on behalf of my Temple kids, I have a favor to ask you, Rep. Taylor. Could you please find another way to express your displeasure with the Hospital system’s decision, a way that doesn’t make it hard for a group of kids who are just trying to get their education to do so? Otherwise, you’re taking out on them something that they had no control over. Where I come from, that’s not cool.

wants to invite all of you, our readers, to come and ENJOY yourselves. See you there too! This will be a SPECIAL REUNION for the 1954 CLASS. Snooper Sightings: Hey Chief, here’s one you’re not going to believe. I had the pleasure of running into both SAL DARIGO and his “singing” sidekick, TONY CARMEN. They were having breakfast at The Casino, along with Sal’s lovely wife. Maltese Room is at 2409 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, Pa. I then stopped into our local SHOPRITE, and here, coming down the aisle, pushing a loaded cart, is none other than HON. GERALD KOSINSKI, well-known Judge of The MUNICIPAL COURT. The Judge stated, “My wife is down the shore on vacation, and as for me, I’m watching THE PHILLIES on TV. Yes, it’s like a vacation for me too.” OK. I also spotted another OFFICIAL, to be unnamed, because he was not with his wife. Snooper’s NORTHEAST SPECIAL: This one is for

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SEPTA broke ground yesterday at Broad & Spring Garden to launch a multi-milliondollar renovation of its Spring Garden and Girard Stations. Congressman Chaka Fattah, who helped bring in money, discusses positive job growth from project, flanked by Councilman Darrell Clarke and SEPTA Mgr. Joe Casey. all of you. CITY YEAR is presenting its 2nd Year of YOUNG HEROES – NORTHEAST! City Year is now accepting applications for YOUTH to participate in the December 2009 YOUNG HEROES program. Call (267) 386-7029 and GET INVOLVED! CITY YEAR is one of Philadelphia’s Best YOUTH PROGRAMS!

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(Cont. From Page 7) can you concentrate on your driving when you are obviously concerned about your TEXT-MESSAGING? You “idiots” must all learn your priorities first, before you go behind the wheel of cars or even trucks. I will never understand their reasoning, for what they do, to me, is RIDICULOUS. Oh yeah, while I’m at it, DON’T USE your CELL PHONES while you’re driving! Snooper Snooping: I started checking out all the TV STATIONS on my digital TV, and I found some very interesting stations. I already mentioned about TV-3, TV6 and TV-10. These all have two other stations connected to them. I then got to find very unusual stations TV-351 (Mind TV), 35-2 and 35-3. I happened to see one of our local celebrities, HON. ZACK STALBERG THE C.E.O of The Committee of Seventy. Zack was quick to praise The City’s BOARD OF ETHICS. He noted its

relentless pursuit of any and all violations, and didn’t hesitate to name names, whoever they were, or wherever they may be. The Board didn’t care! Stalberg seemed pleased and proud to mention “THE CAPS” that have been put on all POLITICAL DONATIONS made to local POLITICIANS. Great! Snooper’s SOCIAL CALENDAR: Sunday, Oct. 25 is going to be a big day for HALLAHAN HIGH SCHOOL. It is going to hold its 55th REUNION at THE MALTESE ROOM in BENSALEM. This information was given me by ELSIE CUNNINGHAM-LYDON, and she told us they’re inviting anyone who attended this famous Philadelphia Educational facility. They’ll have an OPEN BAR, BUFFET, SWEET TABLES, and a lot of other surprises too. JOAN HIGGINS HOGAN (no relation to HULK HOGAN) will be THE HOSTESS for this outstanding event. Please call (215) 393-3458 for any and all INFORMATION! ELSIE also

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(Cont. from Page 1) academic performance, maintaining at least a 3.0 G.P.A. From the larger group, the “Top-Top Achiever” from each school was invited for this VIP day at training camp. The student athletes, repre-

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