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September 24, 2009
State Free-Passes Violent School Kids Donna Cooper Seen Behind Order To Close Safety Office by Nicholas DePace, Jr. Not only is the State Dept. of Education violating the letter of the law, and perhaps the Pennsylvania State Constitution as well, but it is simultaneously putting the safety of our children in danger by shutting down the Office of the Safe Schools Advocate, thereby removing the Philadelphia School District’s major defense against a maelstrom of school violence. This was the sentiment of a statement issued by Pennsylvania Auditor General
Jack Wagner just last week. Initially, veteran observers of Philadelphia school politics suspected the Dept. of Education was carrying out the School District’s covert wishes. Not so, says Jack Stollsteimer, the man who was sacked and should know. According to Stollsteimer, it was the Governor’s office that dropped the axe and the decision was made by Secretary of Planning Donna Cooper, a key aide to Gov. Ed Rendell. Community uproar began when State
PLEASED at HUD grant brought to PHA by US Sen. Bob Casey are Ed Coryell, head of Metropolitan Union of Carpenters, and PHA Executive Director Carl Greene.
Casey Brings $14 Million For PHA Makeover Plan Sen. Bob Casey travelled to South Philadelphia to meet with PHA Executive Director Carl Greene and tour PHA’s Pre-Apprenticeship program as he announced an additional $13.9 million HUD grant for PHA. Joining them was Ed Coryell, head of the Metropolitan Regional Council
of Carpenters. The award is one of many Federal grants that the Authority has aggressively pursued in recent months to enhance its public housing and community-building mission. The funds will help PHA demolish the outdated Paschall Apartments in (Cont. Page 6)
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Reps. John J. Taylor and William F. Keller wrote a letter to Dr. Gerald Zahorchak, secretary of the Pennsylvania Dept. of Education, opposing the closing of the Safe Schools Advocate office for the School District of Philadelphia. The two legislators cited a rise in school violence throughout the School District of Philadelphia, as well as the fact Dr. Zahorchak is not legally permitted to close the Safe Schools Advocate program. Because Zahorchak is in violation of
by Joe Shaheeli The Tom Knox name is very familiar to Philadelphians, thanks to its owner’s hard-fought campaign on television and print media in the city’s last Mayoral election. Now Tom Knox, the man, is hoping to take that familiarity to the next level, running as Philadelphia’s favorite son for the Democratic nomination for Governor in 2010. He’s not the only one greasing the skids for the Governor’s race. Montgomery Co. Commissioner Joseph M. Hoeffel has decided to run for the Democratic nomination for Governor in 2010, positioning himself as the true “progressive” in a growing field of contenders. “I am in the race, and I am ready to ride!” Hoeffel announced in a post on his Facebook page. Hoeffel said he was concerned that other top candidates in the primary would lead the party in a conservative direction. If Knox makes the primary, he’ll face Attorney General Tom Corbett (Cont. Page 2)
the law by this action, the legislators urged the Secretary to promptly address the issue and “correct this situation before the start of the new school year.” Keller says the Commonwealth has taken an office that was very effective under Stollsteimer and shut it down. “I don’t understand why they closed the office. It has been nothing but successful, helping to address the problems of crimes in the School District,” he says, citing the fact there were 15,000 crimes committed in public schools just
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COUNCILMAN Curtis Jones introduced Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Tom Knox at Bellevue Hotel campaign kickoff.
DiCicco Moves To Rescind $500 Trash Collection Fee The $500 fee for trash collections imposed on thousands of small businesses in the city will soon be rescinded. The (probably short-lived) bill was first introduced by the Nutter Administration to help balance a budget in dire need of revenue.
It met with an outburst of tremendous protest from businesses that, in the majority of cases, generated less trash on collection day than an average household. In fact, many businesses receiving the dunning letters were actually non-trash producers. (See Page 3)
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(Cont. from Page 1) last year. In fact, before the office was in place, it was virtually impossible to obtain access to the true statistics regarding school violence. According to Keller, the first way to correct the problem is to learn the actual scope of the problem. Keller adds, “It’s a model that the School District should have been very proud of, and it set a great example for the rest of the country to follow. It’s not something that should have been shut down.” If anything, the high rate of crime within the School District is more of a reason to keep the office open, and there should have been more funding and more attention paid to its functioning, say the supporters of the Safe Schools
Advocate’s office. It was created to give victims and their families a voice that is independent of local school administrators. Taylor says of the School District, “They do not want to let out bad news and, from a policy point of view, if you can’t get a clear view of the problem, then we can’t get a clear view of the remedy.” Stollsteimer urges pupils who commit violent acts should be in a disciplinary facility where they can receive the help that they need. This approach does two things: The schools they left become safe and the kids who go to these schools become a lot better. “In fact, many of the kids who are sent to these disciplinary schools begged to stay there because, for the
first time in their lives, they are succeeding,” says Stollsteimer. “Most of the kids who commit violent acts are not taken away and in my opinion, that’s what has led to a problem,” Stollsteimer adds. He insists it was Cooper, Rendell’s Secretary of Planning, that ultimately decided the office had to be shut down. “The dirty secret in Harrisburg is Donna Cooper runs [much of Gov. Rendell’s administration] ... she certainly runs the Dept. of Education,” charges Stollsteimer. “Education Secretary Zahorchak is just her puppet. She makes the decisions and she is the one who closed our office.” Gary Tuma, a spokesperson for the Governor, says the
budget shortfall had doomed the Advocate’s office: “Facing a revenue shortfall that eventually reached $3.2 billion dollars last year, the Governor was forced to make numerous spending reductions that he would rather not have made. The cuts were at his direction.” Stollsteimer disputes this. Cooper had cited budgetary reasons as an excuse, he charges, because she wanted to get rid of what she considered “a major thorn in her side”. Insiders confirm Cooper is one of the Governor’s most influential and trusted advisors, with powers that run far beyond the writ of her job title. Cooper cut her teeth in public service as an education advocate. She is a former
head of Good Schools Pennsylvania and no one doubts her tenacious drive has played a major role in Rendell’s stubborn campaign to increase school funding. However, Cooper holds firm views on most policy questions and presses them fiercely. As a matter of policy, she is said to oppose special-needs schools and favor mainstreaming instead -- a charge she denies. "For special needs or disciplinary students, the issue is not simply one about the educational setting; in fact, it is more about the school having a reasonable theory of change that will ensure the success of every student in the setting, and over time, the evidence to prove the theory of change works,” Cooper states.
Stollsteimer says he worked very well with Paul Vallas as well as the current Superintendent, even going so far as to say, “I applaud Dr. Arlene Ackerman. For the first time, she has addressed the issue of violence in schools and had done something about it.” The School District has expelled over 150 kids in the last year and hundreds more are in line to receive discipline. But the State may be about to further handicap Ackerman. Plans are being studied to cut off the funding for alternative-education schools. “They can shut me up by closing down my office, and that’s fine. But cutting this funding is a more significant problem,” concludes Stollsteimer.
Can Knox Duplicate Rendell’s Feat? Democratic column in votes totaled in his last statewide race. Not much of a threat, but a dark horse nevertheless, is Scranton Mayor Christopher Doherty. Knox understands the geographic pull for Onorato or Wagner from the western side of the state, and expects Hoeffel to capitalize on his old Congressional District base, which includes all of Montgomery Co. and a portion of Northeast Philadelphia. But he believes his projected TV spending will dwarf their efforts. Knox believes he’ll best
(Cont. from Page 1) who already has blasted off his campaign for the Republican nomination with possible competition in a primary tussle with Congressman Jim Gerlach. His first and most serious opposition will come from Dan Onorato, Chief Executive of Allegheny Co., and a power-house Democratic leader. The 48-year-old attorney has let it be known he is definitely running for the Democratic nomination. Another Democrat heavyweight is Auditor General Jack Wagner, who has headed the
ALLEGHENY’S Dan Onorato marches with Sen. Hillary Clinton in Pittsburgh’s 2008 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Onorato in the middle of the state, with the five-county areas of the Delaware Valley, and those in the Lehigh Valley giving him the kind of voter majorities to surmount what Onorato hopes to gain from Allegheny and Westmoreland Cos. Though he spent several million of his own dollars in the Mayoral campaign, Knox has made it known he’ll spend more if necessary to fuel his Gubernatorial effort. Knox told a crowd of supporters at his opening campaign kickoff this past week at the Bellevue, he was already busy raising additional funds and reaching out to political vote-getters around the Commonwealth. Knox told the group he intends “to bring a new voice to Harrisburg, with a fresh perspective. I’m ready to provide practical solutions to the problems facing our state.” He added, “People will support a candidate who is not dependent on a political career to make a living, an individual who can stand up to special interest groups and do what is right, not what is politically expedient.” Knox blasted the members of the General Assembly for
protecting their WAMs, “walking-around money” used by legislators to fund pet projects in their Districts. He said, “last year alone they spent $220 million, not caring to give up that slush fund to forge a creditable budget.” Voters will like Knox’s promise to tackle the electric bills that will increase in 2011 by 30% in Philadelphia and by 40% throughout the state. Working women are also expected to find his promise to provide equal pay for them an attraction. Knox has several hurdles to overcome locally. He’s following on the heels of once popular Mayor, now Gov. Ed Rendell, whose charisma he doesn’t have. His efforts to attract union support are yet to be tested. None supported him in his campaign for Mayor. They may, if they can pin him down to specifics, in the Governor’s race. A big factor going for him is he will be Philadelphia’s only entry into the Gubernatorial race -- definitely the only one from this area, even if others enter, with the financial resources to be considered “the serious contender”.
OPTIMISTIC Knox supporters included Tony Romeo, Rich Wolff and Susan Helfrich.
TOM KNOX welcomes Democratic Superior Court candidate B a r b a r a Behrend Ernsberger to his fundraiser and kickoff eve.
FORMER POLICE Inspector Alan Kurtz congratulates Tom Knox, indicating Kurtz will be running for Sheriff in 2011 Democratic city primary.
The Committee of Seventy has filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania urging its seven Justices to enforce its 22-year-old ruling requiring State government to fund Pennsylvania’s court system. Seventy’s brief supports a lawsuit against the State, the General Assembly and legislative leaders filed by the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania and nine county governments, including Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Co. Philadelphia has not joined the lawsuit. “We wish Philadelphia was leading the charge,” said Zachary Stalberg, Seventy’s president and CEO, noting the City has the State’s largest Judicial budget, at nearly $100 million, and by far the biggest workforce, with 1,850 employees. “Given immense drain of the courts on a fiveyear budget with a $1.4 billion shortfall, the City has nothing to lose by participat-
ing in this effort. If the State continues to ignore the 1987 decision, we are in the same place we are right now.” According to Stalberg, Seventy’s amicus brief represents the interests of Philadelphians. “Whether or not you believe that the City can legally eliminate the courts, which is what this doomsday budget effectively does, is beside the point,” he continued. “This lawsuit is about getting the State to meet what its highest court says is its constitutional obligation.” Seventy’s brief accompanies a request to the Supreme Court asking for permission to participate as an amicus. The Court is expected to hear oral argument in December. For years, General Assembly leaders have taken the view, with regard to this court-imposed fiscal obligation, that if the Supreme Court wishes lawmakers to spend money, let the Supreme Court find the money.
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(Cont. from Page 1) In response, 1st Dist. City Councilman Frank DiCicco, in whose District several thousand of these businesses operate and who had received hundreds of complaints, has introduced legislation to rescind the earlier act. DiCicco believes the bill will have an expedited hearing and will be moved through Council shortly. The Mayor is expected to sign it, since the State legislature last week permitted his budget to function without drastic cuts. One already senses a sigh of relief to many small-business owners whose bottom line has been hit hard by the recession. Said one of them, “We were being saddled with an additional sales-tax increase while being asked to pay an additional trash-collection fee for the little trash we did generate. Thank God, Councilman DiCicco has seen fit to right an onerous wrong.”
DiCicco Bill ’70 Sues For State To Drop Fee To Fund Courts
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Lentz Favored For 7th District State Rep. Bryan R. Lentz announced the Delaware Co. American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) unanimously endorsed him for Pennsylvania’s 7th Dist. Congressional seat, despite the fact he has not formally announced his candidacy yet and the election is still a full 13 months away. It’s a key
endorsement this early in the process and it demonstrates Lentz’s strength as a candidate while he continues to build his campaign organization. “We unanimously endorsed Bryan Lentz for Congress,” Obie O’Brien, AFL-CIO president, stated. “It was an unprecedented vote because not only was it unanimous, it also came early in the process. We wanted to get behind Bryan quickly because we know him, we trust him and have complete confidence that he will continue to fight for the men and women who are the backbone of our economy when he goes to Washington.” The Delaware Co. AFLCIO has over 7,000 members and family members living and working in the County. The AFL-CIO is a voluntary confederation consisting of over 56 national and international labor unions. The union represents 11.5 million workers, ranging from teach-
ers and firefighters to doctors and laborers. Lentz had been an advocate for working families in the State House. A prime sponsor of the Construction Workplace Fraud Act, Lentz cracked down on construction-industry employers who denied workers’ benefits by misclassifying their status. Lentz is a veteran of the Iraq War and served with peacekeeping missions in the Sinai Peninsula and Bosnia. He was awarded both the Bronze Star for Service and the War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. In civilian life, Lentz served for six years as a prosecutor with the District Attorney’s office, where he prosecuted violent crime. One of just four Iraq War veterans in the State House, Lentz has been a constant and visible advocate for veterans; honoring their service and pushing and promoting job training and education programs to make sure they have jobs when they return. If elected, he will bring this same spirit of service and tough, principled leadership to Washington. The 7th Congressional Dist., which includes most of Delaware Co., along with Southwestern Montgomery Co. and Eastern Chester Co., has formerly been a Republican stronghold. However, the District has been trending Democratic in recent years. In 2006, Joe Sestak defeated Congressman Curt Weldon by 12 percentage points and in 2008 he easily won reelection by 20 percentage points. President Barack Obama also won the District with 56% of the vote in 2008. With Sestak’s announcement, he will vacate his Congressional seat and challenge Sen. Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary, Lentz is poised to carry the Demo(Cont. Page 14)
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PHA Grant To Produce More Jobs (Cont. from Page 1) Southwest Philadelphia and rebuild 100 new housing units and a 4,000 ft. community facility on the site. PHA’s Pre-Apprenticeship program has earned a national reputation for preparing public-housing residents for wellpaying careers in the building trades such as carpentry, electrical work and painting. PHA is currently putting hundreds of local contractors to work on a host of construction and energy upgrade proj-
ects, thanks to $91 million in Federal stimulus funding awarded earlier this year, and some of those workers are Pre-Apprenticeship program graduates. “In these troubling economic times, affordable housing and workforce development are more important than ever,” said Casey. “I’m proud to say that PHA is leading the country in this arena, quickly and effectively administering more than $91 million in Federal stimulus
funds to build quality housing, create jobs and expand economic opportunities here in Philadelphia.” “With great partners like Sen. Bob Casey and HUD, PHA is changing the face of public housing in Philadelphia,” said Greene. “We are improving performance, increasing accountability, and utilizing new technologies to leverage these federal dollars to rebuild more neighborhoods, create more jobs and improve more lives.”
LEFT: shuttered residences in old Paschall Homes will be torn down to make way for modern, more-efficient housing for Philadelphia Housing Authority tenants. RIGHT: Artist’s concept shows new design.
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“Federal stimulus funds and union carpenters are hard at work here in Philadelphia,” said Ed Coryell, head of the local carpenters union. “With help from HUD, Carl Greene and PHA are putting our members back to work, rebuilding communities and improving Philadelphia’s economy.” PHA has worked closely with all the building trades in Philadelphia in building thousands of homes since launching the Pre-Apprenticeship program in 1998. The electrical workers, painters, glaziers (window installers), roofers, plumbers and sheet-metal workers are among the unions working hand in hand with PHA. “This has been an extraordinary partnership between PHA and the building trade unions since day one. Philadelphia’s neighborhoods have seen the positive results that can occur when all sides work toward a common goal,” Paschall Village is a mix-
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PHA’S Pre-Apprenticeship Training ProgramCoordinator George Johnson explains some lab work through which apprentices are training to US Sen. Bob Casey as PHA Executive Director Carl Greene listens in. ture of walk-up units and conditions, and strengthens townhomes in Southwest the neighborhood’s residential Philadelphia. The develop- character. ment’s boundaries are in the Twelve of the 100 rental Elmwood section of the city, units will be handicapped acbordered by 72nd Street, cessible. The development Paschall Avenue, Cobbs will also include a 4,000Creek Parkway and Lloyd square-foot community facilStreet. ity/management office The new low-rise develop- building, including a comment will replace the Paschall puter lab. The development Apartments, which were built will offer 1-, 2- and 3-bedin 1966 and are outmoded and room units ranging in size energy inefficient. The revi- from 686 square feet to 1,360 talized site is designed to im- square feet. They’ll include prove the aesthetics of the central air, washers and dryneighborhood with an attrac- ers, vinyl tile and carpeting as tive network of open space well as a modern kitchen, that creates a greater sense of electric stoves and garbage community, improves safety disposals.
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Please join me for the annual Senior Expo on Friday, October 9, 2009 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The expo is taking place at Cannstatter's, 9130 Academy Road in Northeast Philadelphia. Many federal, state, and city agencies and businesses will be on hand to meet with senior citizens and provide valuable information. Refreshments will be served. Please call 215-695-1020 with questions or to receive more information.
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SUPREME COURT candidate Jack Panella takes time out to ORGANIZER for Grace/ talk with Jimmy Donnelly, who White Beef and Beer Jim Di- was representing Roofers Union Vergilis joins guest of honor at Team Grace reelection party in N.E. Phila. Dan Grace.
WARD LEADERS Bill Dolbow and John Sabatina, Sr. talk about what they would do with a new big-screen TV if they win Chinese auction at JUDGE PAT DUGAN joins Roofers rep Jim Donnelly. Grace/White fundraiser.
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HUNDREDS OF supporters & Teamsters Local 830 members enjoy an evening in support of the Grace/White Slate at Cannstaters in N.E. Phila. Fundraiser featured a standup comedian, DJ music, string band and much more. Grace/White Slate is joined by elected officials, Judges and candidates for (Photos by Lee Buchanan) office for this picture.
Beef And Beer for Grace/White Team Draws 1,000
STATE REP. Michael McGeehan hooks up with soon-to-be MASTER of ceremonies Jonathan Saidel JUDGE Pat Dugan joins Adam Beloff HOST DAN GRACE with Phil FORMER DA candidate Daniel robed judicial candidate Adam rehearses a few one-liners with host Dan and Jim Donnelly at Cannstatter Hughes, VP of United Steel McCaffery, Karen Brown and Grace and attorney Angelo Foglietta. host Dan Grace enjoy spotlight. Beloff. Workers. fundraiser.
Cancer Coalition Honors Sen. Hughes Firefighter Honored State Sen. Vincent Hughes will receive the Pink Ribbon Award from the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition at the PBCC annual statewide conference in Harrisburg on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at its luncheon session at the Harrisburg Hilton & Towers. Hughes is the Democratic chair of the Public Health & Welfare Committee.
Pat Halpin-Murphy, president and founder of PBCC, praised Hughes for being an active partner in raising public awareness about the free treatment for breast cancer available in our state for uninsured and underinsured women who have been diagnosed with the disease. The Senator has participated in community-outreach
events and in press conferences with the PBCC to alert people about Pennsylvania's Breast & Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Program, which is free. Founded in 1993, PBCC has been responsible for outreach, advocacy and education, including the passage of legislative initiatives like the Pennsylvania Breast and
Cervical Cancer Fund, which is a check-off box on the State income-tax form. PBCC is also responsible for mandates requiring insurance companies to pay for in-hospital stay for mastectomy patients. For more information, visit www.pabreastcancer. org or call 1 (800) 377-8828, ext. 107.
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REMEMBERING A HERO! Members and Officers of Local 22 of International Association of Fire Fighters installed a plaque honoring fallen Fire Fighter Captain James A. Ford at Local 22 Union Hall, 415 North 5th Street. Capt. Ford died in line of duty while responding to an alarm on Box 3236 – Randolph & Jefferson Streets. Capt. Ford was assigned to Engine 26. He was Acting Battalion 4 Chief on Dec. 10, 1949 when he was dispatched to Randolph & Jefferson Streets. While responding, Capt. Ford suffered a fatal heart attack. Capt. Ford’s son William was a firefighter at Engine 68 at time of his death. His grandson Bill is currently a firefighter at Engine 40 and his great-grandson John Halligan is a Phila. Police Officer.
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STATE REP. Angel Cruz and AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Cos., which includes Medicaid’s local Keystone Mercy Health Plan, hosted members of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators at City Hall. From left are Flora M. Castillo, VP corporate marketing, AmeriHealth Mercy; Cruz; State Rep. Joseph Miró of Delaware; and State Sen. Bernadette Sánchez of New Mexico. Attorneys are both board certified by the American Bankruptcy Certification Board. Chapters 7/13 & Stop foreclosures, creditors harassments, lawsuits, garnishments, and sheriff sales.
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Humans On Acid: A World's Bellyache
by Liza Field How's your pH these days? If you're on a fast-food diet, heavily-caffeinated, burning up the road and burning yourself out, you may be acidifying your system, according to numerous health researchers. But don't feel alone! All of this high-speed combustion is giving the entire world indigestion, scientists warn, as we embark on one big “acid trip” through our bloodstreams, mountain streams, atmosphere and oceans. To understand the problem, we might begin with human health, since it gets our attention the way mountaintops and oceans don't. The human bloodstream requires a slightly alkaline pH. If it starts to acidify, the blood leaches alkaline minerals from the body's bones to
restore balance. This re-balancing effort takes energy from other life processes, like the immune system – as well as leaching vital minerals. Some research links even slight acidification of the body to cancer, tooth decay, osteoporosis, heart disease, insomnia, irritability and depression. How did Americans begin this “acid trip”? Well, we burned our way into it by refining, processing, beefingup and transporting our food enormous distances, then buying it on-the-go through the car window. Once a more local, plantbased menu (along with plenty of plain-old water), the American diet has moved to highly-processed, acidifying fare sprinkled with additives and pesticides, washed down
with coffee and colas, compounded by acid-producing stress – all leading to decreased pH levels, leaving our engines prone to what oldtimers called “rust”. The pH scale (in case your high-school chemistry is also rusty) runs from 0-14 – acid to alkaline, or “sour” to “sweet”, as American homesteaders used to describe their soil or springs. Ironically, the same energy-burning habits required for so much food processing and transporting have soured not just human health, but the land, water and air as well. In the 1970s, the term “acid rain” evolved to describe acid entering the landscape, largely from coal-fired power-plant and auto emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide. Acid deposition had been occurring since the Industrial
MEDICAL RECORD Revolution, but attracted little study. Then Eastern US mountaintop trees began dying, along with native fish and crawdads. Ecologists realized the eastward drift from various coal-burning power plants was providing a continual acid bath for the Appalachians and Smokies. This acid deposition continues, despite somewhat cleaner emissions, poisoning soil organisms and stressing native plants and trees like sugar maple – now less able to withstand weather extremes, insects or disease. Meanwhile, alkaline-soil minerals like calcium and magnesium get leached away by the constant acid rinse, compounded by nitrogen saturation. With less alkaline-soil buffer, acidified groundwater (Cont. Page 9)
The Megan Simpson-Burke Memorial Foundation is holding its annual fundraiser on October 3rd, 2009 from 7 :00 P.M. 10:00 P.M. at Finnigan’s Wake 3rd and Spring Garden Streets . Tickets are $40.00 and include open bar and buffet. Proceeds benefit the Rena Rowan Breast Cancer Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and funds a scholarship in Megans’ name at the Community Academy of Philadelphia the school where Megan taught. Megan lost her battle with breast cancer at age 30. Together we can make a difference.
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help me write legislation to preserve the quality of dental services already in place and to make incentives so dentists open their practices to the disabled and to the working poor." The resolution also would direct the Committee to determine the availability and need of dental providers, county by county. It also would examine the availability of physically accessible dental offices and dental equipment in those offices for people with disabilities.
by Michael A. Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: How fast can I file for bankruptcy? Answer: While bankruptcy attorneys may be able to file a bankruptcy case on an emergency basis, some may not want to. By the time a typical (not emergency) case is filed, we have copies of bills, appraisals and valuations,
property listings, creditor listings, credit reports, paystubs, tax returns, budgets, etc. We can properly advise our client about how best to proceed, and have a pretty good idea of what to expect during the case as a result. However, in an emergency filing, we usually don’t have this information. All that we have is usually a very hurried summary. The big problem is that “we don’t know what we don’t know”. However, we will handle some emergency filings, depending on the reason and the details. We call these “thin” or “bare-bones” petitions, and they contain the minimum information necessary to get the case filed and stop the foreclosure/garnishment/lawsuit. Detailed schedules need to be filed within two weeks, or the case will be dismissed. Next week’s question: My bankruptcy case was dismissed. What does that mean?
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“belly of the world” – having to digest whatever we drop into them, while still nourishing the planet – then we have unwittingly created an enormous bellyache. We must deal with it before it has progressed to irreversible pathology. Scientists see only one tonic: action – now! A first key to balancing a soured system is to stop pouring acid into it. The reduction of atmospheric carbon should be delayed no longer. This means real effort to shift from our high-carbon energy diet of fossil fuels to solar, wind and hydrogen – while striving for much leaner, more efficient consumption. Reforestation is also vital to carbon absorption. Regenerating native Eastern forest, after clearcutting, will be far more difficult in acidified soil, so mature forest is highly valuable and worth protecting. The question now arises: Won't this kind of nature-balancing prescription sour economies already struggling just to afford human health care? That depends on from where we think our money and health actually come: Are they a result of a dying planet or do they come from a living Earth that can heal? (Liza Field is a hiker and conservationist. She teaches English and Philosophy in the Virginia Governor’s School.)
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(Cont. From Page 8) then frees up natural aluminum deposits and sends them into waterways, where they threaten aquatic species. The acid load itself can make for an unlivable pH in Eastern waters once teeming with trout, mollusks and other natives. Acidified Eastern rivers then damage coastal waters. But here, another acid problem is eating away at ocean life. Over the years, carbon dioxide emissions have not simply retained solar heat and then “floated away”. As carbon comes from the earth, it returns to earth – about 1 million tons per hour landing in the sea. Having now accumulated over 500 billion tons of it, our oceans have grown 30% more acidic than before the Industrial Revolution. What has this done? For one thing, oceans “breathe”. Their inhabitants require oxygen, just as we do. As the forced intake of CO2 rises, oxygen expires from the sea, leaving lower levels for marine life. Meanwhile, corals and shellfish are subject to corrosion by the carbonic acid formed from CO2. Unabated, acidification levels may be intolerable for shellfish by 2050. Their extinction would have a ripple effect on other creatures, including us. If we think of oceans as the
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The House Health & Human Services Committee unanimously approved State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown's resolution which would direct the Legislative Budget & Finance Committee to study and report on disparities of dental care for Pennsylvanians who have disabilities or are working poor. HR 380 is now on the calendar for final approval. "I'm hopeful the resolution will be adopted by the House," said Lowery Brown. "The study would
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Our Opinion ... State Condones Disruptive Students
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Teachers can’t teach if students don’t want to learn. Talk to teachers around the public-school system and they’ll tell you, “It’s not all the students, just a few. But the few get louder and grow in numbers from the 4th grade on.” That proves the adage: “Rotten apples spoil the rest of the apples in the barrel, unless removed.” Suffering with the growing phenomenon of unruly students over the last 30 years has led to the creation of alternative schools. They replaced the earlier disciplinary schools that admittedly did not help disruptive students much. Today’s alternative schools, however, are the last safety net for students who are terrorizing regular schools. An important source for determining who goes to alternative school has been wiped out by a State official, one with a Philadelphia history who should know better – Donna Cooper, Secretary of Planning in the Governor’s office. That’s the office of Safe Schools Advocate. The Advocate, Jack Stollsteimer, believes pupils who commit violent acts need to be sent to a disciplinary facility where they can receive the help they need. He has support from the State’s Auditor General Jack Wagner as well as members of the State House Bill Keller and John Taylor, all of whom are demanding the return of the Advocate’s office, indicating her action was a violation of the law. In fact, before the office was in place, it was virtually impossible to obtain access to the true statistics regarding school violence. Thanks in part to the Advocate’s work, the School District expelled over 150 kids last year, with hundreds more in line to receive similar discipline. Without that office, what happens now?
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tion. They should also discuss upgrading workforce training, seek appropriate adjustments in wages and benefits for workers and modernize America’s manufacturing facilities so we can be competitive in the world market. I am urging you to spend your dollars wisely and stimulate American businesses so they can retool and produce more products for both domestic consumption and foreign export. Together we can reverse today's trend and return to a balance of domestic and imported products in our stores. Take the time to look at the tags on the products you’re shopping for and you will see what I mean. This is a grassroots effort to make people think about how they spend their money and, in the process, help maintain the industries and jobs we have, with the long-term goal of restoring even more jobs in the USA. Consider how you can support the Buy American Made Campaign, especially by seeking out American-made products each time you go shopping.
Sep. 24-25-26- Epiphany of Our Lord Church hosts annual Italian Festival on Jackson St., 12th to 13th. For info Rich Rosati (215) 219-7853. Sep. 24- State Sen. Larry Farnese Invites you to his Senior Expo 2009. Seating’s limited, so call Senator’s office at (215) 952-3121. Free lunch. Health screenings. Sep. 24- Young Involved Philadelphia and Jewish Social Policy Action Network host budget forum at Philadelphia Sr. Ctr., Broad & Lombard Sts. Free admission. Panelists include Ben Waxman, State Rep. Cherelle Parker and David Fair. Sep. 24- State Sen. Christine Tartaglione hosts Senior Expo at Camelot School Excel Academy, 6600 Bustleton Ave., 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sep. 24- Bridge of Courage Fundraiser hosted by WOAR at Park Avenue Banquet Hall, 4942 Parkside Ave, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets $75. For info Estelle Faust (21) 985-3315, ext. 179. Sep. 24- Union leader Joseph Dougherty and State Rep.
fundraiser for retention of Judge Earlene Green, hosted by Kenneth & Ayesha Salaam at 6816 N. 10th St., 2-6 p.m. Sep. 28- Veterans for State Rep. Bryan Lentz hosts fundraiser at Casey’s Restaurant, 812 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne, Pa., 7 p.m. Oct. 2- Tutie Edwards’ 11th Ward Fish Fry at Lou & Choo’s, 21st & Hunting Pk. Ave., 5-9 p.m. For info Tutie (215) 228-3134. Oct. 2- Fundraiser for State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson at Haru, 241 Chestnut St., 6-9 p.m. Support levels $100500. For info (215) 820-7308. Oct. 3- Lewis Thomas Community Cookout, 43rd Ward, for 181st Legislative Dist., at 3600 bl. N. 11th St., 12-5 p.m. Free family fun, food, entertainment. For info Tommie St. Hill (267) 973-5136. Oct. 3- Philadelphia River Wards Support Our Troops Rally at Campbell Sq., Allegheny Ave. & Belgrade St., 12-2 p.m. Oct. 3- Opportunities Industrialization Ctr. marks 43rd year with gala at Convention Hall, 6-12 p.m. For info (215) 236-7700. Oct. 3- W. Phila. HS Class of ’69 40th reunion at Penns Landing Caterers, 1301 S.
Columbus Blvd., 6 p.m. Semi-formal. Tickets $69. Make checks to WP Class of ‘69 Reunion Committee. Mail to Marcel Harris, 5709 Drexel Rd., Phila., PA. 19131. Oct. 3- Megan SimpsonBurke Memorial Fundraiser for breast cancer at Finnigan’s Wake, 3rd & Spring Garden Sts., 7-10 p.m. Open bar and buffet. Tickets $40. For info Jim or Mary Simpson (215) 332-9896. Oct. 4- Italian Festival at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Ch., 1700 bl. S. 9th St., 12-9 p.m. Parade of Saints. Great food, live big-band music. Oct. 4- Vendemmia wine competition and harvest festival at 20th & Pattison Ave., 2-6 p.m. Tickets $40. For info (215) 551-3859. Oct. 4- Germantown Republican Club invites all Republican candidates to 2009 Candidate/Cookout hosted by the Rossmans at 49 E. Mermaid La., starting 4 p.m. Oct. 5- Jefferson Univ. Hosp. offers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction classes on 8 Monday mornings at 211 S. 9th St., Suite 310, 9:30 a.m.-12 m.; on 8 Tuesday evenings starting Oct. 6, 6-8 p.m. There is a fee. For info (215) 955-1376. (Cont. Page 16)
by Michael Blichasz Taxes and regulations on businesses drove many companies abroad in search of cheaper labor, lower taxes and more profit. Some blame government and labor leaders, while others blame the American people for not reacting as they watched thousands of local and national companies pack up and leave America without a major reaction. If people had spoken up over the last 25 years, things would be much different today. It is only now, as we see more and more Americans losing their jobs and stability, that people are reacting and demanding change. Now that so much damage has been done, it will take a lot more effort to turn this difficult situation around. However, it can be done if local and national government officials, leaders of businesses large and small, and labor leaders unite for the benefit of American workers and America’s economy. I’m suggesting government officials, business leaders and labor leaders make plans to meet and set a timeline for ac-
Michael McGeehan host beef and beer for judicial candidate Adam Beloff at Iron Workers Hall, 11600 Norcom Rd., 5:30 p.m. Ticket $25, Table $250. For info Christine at (215) 470-6019. Sep. 25- Friends of Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco host Party For the People at H&H Banquet Hall, 2036 E. Haines St. (at Limekiln Pk.), 8 p.m.12 a.m. BYOB. For tickets call (215) 843-8482. Make checks payable to Friends of Marian B. Tasco, POB 27454, Phila., PA 19118. Sep. 26- United Republican Club Golf Outing at Juniata G.C. 1391 E. Cayuga St., 8:30 a.m., $75. For info (215) 739-7475. Sep. 26- Free “Land Value Taxation Presentation” at Henry George Sch. of Social Science, 10th St. above Bainbridge, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sep. 26- Diane Thompson for Judge Fundraiser Picnic at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd., 1-6 p.m. Lunch & dinner, $40. RSVP by 9/14. Call (215) 548-7565 or email email@example.com. Sep. 26- Street games and R&B free concert at Park West Town Ctr., 52nd & Jefferson, 3 p.m. Free. Sep. 27- “Jazz On The Green”
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“Lord’s Hand” Seen In Pension Reversal
“A great deal of credit goes to the good Lord above,” says Bill Rubin, vice chairman of the Philadelphia Board of Pensions, for delivering intact HB 1828, which gave Mayor Michael Nutter the wherewithal to economically govern his City. That’s because the pension changes amended into the bill by the State Senate found it had no place to go for two weeks while House members were on vacation.
Had they been in session, adds Rubin, “there is no doubt the legislation would have passed and wreaked havoc with the City’s pensions, its pensioners and the unions, representing the pensioners, who could not bargain adequately on behalf of their members.” Rubin explained, “The two weeks gave union leaders, organized here by DC 33 President Herman ‘Pete’ Matthews, along with DC 47
President Kathy Scott, Philadelphia Council of AFLCIO President Pat Eiding and Building Trades President Pat Gillespie, time to locally muster a tremendous lobbying force to reach State legislators.” On the State level, AFLCIO Secretary-Treasurer Rick Bloomingdale led the lobby charge with State FOP and Fire Fighters Unions in support. Rubin stated members of
Philadelphia’s legislative caucus gathered the information passed on to them by labor and began to make sure each legislator understood how crippling would be the Senate’s pension amendments. Given due credit for their efforts in proselytizing their colleagues were State Reps. Bill Keller, John Sabatina and John Taylor. State Sen. Christine Tartaglione worked her Senate colleagues, whom she battled from the begin-
ning, but found herself in the minority in trying to shut down the amendments. The two-week delay created enough pressure so three of the State’s western Republican senators understood they could easily lose the support of their labor base by insisting on the amendments. That erosion created a slide in the Senate away from the amendments. Phone calls, emails and personal visits from DC 33’s Bob Wolpert, Sam Stear and Rubin, as well as the leadership of the various unions involved, helped turn the tide. Tartaglione praised the passage of the Philadelphia financial plan giving the City the tools it needs to faces its problems, while preserving the bargaining rights of public servants. “The plan did not make everyone happy and does not erase future difficulty, but it recognizes the harsh reality facing my City and it fits with the mission of oversight and cooperation,” Tartaglione said during remarks on the Senate floor. “Thanks to the cooperation and hard work of many lawmakers and staff members, the General Assembly now recognizes my City is not made up simply of numbers. It recognizes beneath the
numbers are thousands of men and women in uniform who are sworn to protect and defend us.” “The urgency of Philadelphia’s financial situation was being used to strip workers’ rights across Pennsylvania,” Tartaglione said. “When the bill passed the Senate, the Republican-controlled majority gave us an 86-page amendment to digest in 40 minutes before voting, without any analysis or summary. We Democrats knew the sales-tax portion of the bill for Philadelphia was okay, so we voted for it. When we were alerted by the City’s pension board and the City unions as to the damage that would be wrought with the City pension system, I went to work on the Republican leadership and House members. The Republicans had saddled State and City unions with a bargaining agreement. “The House pulled out the amendments and sent it back after the two-week delay. With the City on the brink of disaster, the Republican leadership decided to leave pension-tampering to the future, rather than take the blame for what was about to happen to the City. They also didn’t want to lose what points they thought they had gained by (Cont. Page 30)
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17,000 Have Seen Untermeyer’s Ankle (Cont. from Page 4) cratic banner into the general election to hold onto the 7th Congressional Dist.
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sional District, has a strong Republican voter-registration advantage. Still, Lentz defeated a 28-year incumbent in 2006 in one of the most expensive and closely watched State House races in the entire Commonwealth. In 2008, voters overwhelmingly reelected Lentz to a second term in the State House with 55% of the vote. 17,000 Voters Have Seen Untermeyer’s Bracelet Candidate for Philadelphia
District Attorney Michael Untermeyer announced more than 17,000 viewers had visited his campaign website (http://www.untermeyerforda.com) since Sep. 3 to track his location (click on Find Mike link) while wearing an electronic-monitoring ankle bracelet. “My opponent has called this a gimmick and I take offense to that,” said Untermeyer. “The real gimmick is my opponent running for of-
fice with virtually one proposal — community courts — that have proven in the past to be unreliable, ineffective and rife with corruption.” Untermeyer says he puts his money — and his ankle — where his mouth is: “We have real proposals for change that can save our City money and combat crime throughout the city.” Untermeyer points everyone knows jails are over-
Our City Not Alone With Budget Crises As cities across the nation struggle to cope with revenue shortfalls in a time of recession, a new study from The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia Research Initiative finds a common theme: big-city mayors have aggressively pursued reductions in labor costs to balance their budgets. The outcome of the hard bargaining between city administrations and municipal labor unions has been a key element
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crowded and cost too much to keep up in their present condition. It’s not the citizens who will fix this, he insists, but public servants — like the District Attorney. “Look at the value of ankle bracelets,” explained Untermeyer. “It costs $98 a day to incarcerate a non-violent criminal compared to the $8 a day for this ankle bracelet I am wearing. Look at the people who are interested in this. That’s no gimmick.”
reduced compensation for all. They’ve been put in such difficult situations because city administrations, in their efforts to make the books balance, are opting for spending cuts more than tax increases — and personnel costs are far and away the biggest item on the spending side. Another key finding of the new report is the budget process, which was supposed to have ended by Jun. 30 in a number of major cities, has continued well past that deadline in several places, including Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Detroit and Baltimore. Among the reasons, beyond the ongoing labor-management dialogue, are revenue estimates that continue to deteriorate; declines in State aid; a tendency to put off hard decisions as long as possible; and, in the case of Philadelphia, the reliance on action by a State legislature that was grappling with budget problems of its own. Philadelphia is one of several cities trying to address their recession-related budget problems in a long-term way. It has no choice in the matter; it must submit a five-year budget plan to a State board created solely to keep watch on the City’s finances. But most of the cities studied expect another round of tough budget choices next year, if not at mid-year, since revenues show little sign of bouncing back. None has undertaken anything approaching a fundamental review of how its government functions or what services it might be able to stop providing — although the size of Detroit’s fiscal problems may force that City to do so.
“For these young people in Summer Bridge, college is no longer the impossible dream,” he added. “These two weeks will jumpstart their upcoming experience at Sayre HS and help make the dream of higher education possible and achievable. And that’s the ticket to all subsequent dreams of success in our society.” The 35 students in Project GRAD’s Summer Bridge Program in Philadelphia have spent the past two weeks familiarizing themselves with high-school procedures and have had a taste of the college experience with visits to the St. Joseph’s and Cheyney University campuses. Fattah is the architect of GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), which has directed more than
$2 billion in college readiness for about six million low-income students since its enactment in 1998. Fattah recently announced the School District of Philadelphia will receive a GEAR UP grant and commitment for almost $27 million over the next seven years. Project GRAD has served 1,200 students over the past two years at Sayre HS and its feeder schools in Southwest Philadelphia. Project GRAD serves 121,000 students in 205 schools nationwide. It provides personalized academic strategies in literacy and mathematics, identification and tutoring to fill specific knowledge gaps, development of College Readiness Centers, parent workshops and home visits to families of 8th and 9th graders, college-scholarship aid and other services.
Although most student aid comes in the form of Federal education loans and grants from colleges, scholarships — with their lure of free money — get a huge amount of attention from students and their parents. If you and your child decide to invest your time in a search for scholarships, it's important to have an organized system to find, apply for, and win, scholarship money. Start with a personal inventory. Most of the information your child will need to fill out a scholarship search questionnaire will be easy to come up with: year in school, citizenship, state of residence, religion, ethnic background, disability, military status, employer, membership organizations, and so forth. Beyond those questions, your child should give some thought to academic, extracurricular,
and career plans. Your child should ask: Do I want to participate in a competition? If so, what are my talents and interests? What subject do I plan to major in? What career do I plan to pursue? Do I want to apply for all types of aid or only scholarships? Answers to these questions will help determine scholarship eligibility. Your child should take time to brainstorm thoroughly — the more personal characteristics your child discovers, the more scholarships she could potentially apply for. Research local scholarships first. In general, the smaller the area a scholarship covers, the better your child's chances of winning. Your child should start at the highschool counselor's office. Counselors will know about scholarships for students
graduating from the local high school. They may also be aware of scholarships for residents of your town, county, and state. Your child's next stop should be the college-aid section of your local public library or bookstore. Look at a range of books about financial aid, including scholarship guides such as the College Board’s Scholarship Handbook, available from College Board’s online store. Then, it's time to start looking at large national scholarships such as Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), National Merit, Gates Millennium, Siemens, Coca-Cola and Robert Byrd. Check Membership Organizations and Employers. Here's an area where you, as a parent, can really help out. Think of all of the organiza(Cont. Page 16)
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Congressman Chaka Fattah, a leading Congressional advocate for the nationallysuccessful Project GRAD program for economically disadvantaged students, addressed Summer Bridge Program graduates as they prepared to enter the 9th grade at Sayre HS. Fattah addressed the students who have completed Project GRAD’s college- and academic-readiness program at the West Philadelphia Regional Center of Community College of Philadelphia. “Project GRAD engages young people in our public schools at an early age to motivate them and create a rigorous college-bound culture,” Fattah said. “It works with students in low-income households where highschool graduation and higher education are often considered out of reach.”
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Penna. Schools Mark Continued Gains In 2009 Nearly 80% of Pennsylvania’s public schools met the required academic goals of the federal No Child Left Behind law for 2009, Gov. Edward G. Rendell and Education Secretary Gerald Zahorchak announced earlier this month. Driving the progress were the school districts that have received the most significant increases in State resources since 2002. These districts have seen an average 37% increase in the proportion of students performing at grade level in reading and math. “Our students are clearly benefiting from our strategic investments in Pennsylvania’s schools,” the Governor said. “If we want these academic gains to continue, Pennsylvania must stay on its course to adequate funding of all schools. We know what works, and we cannot retreat on our progress.” The Governor noted the 50 districts where the State in-
vested the most since 2002 showed an average 41% increase in the proportion of students performing on grade level in grades 5, 8 and 11 – the three grades tested longest. Additionally, school districts where State investments increased by at least $2,000 per pupil collectively reduced the number of students scoring in the lowest performance category by more than 17,500 in those three grades. Rendell said many of the school districts that continue to face the greatest challenges to student achievement are those that lack adequate resources. When student performance is compared to the funding goals identified in the General Assembly’s CostingOut Report, it shows: • An average of 81% of students performs on grade level in school districts that are investing at their CostingOut Report per-pupil target. • School districts with the statewide average per-pupil funding gap have 10% fewer
students on grade level. • School districts with the greatest funding gaps – at least $3,000 per pupil – have one-third fewer students on grade level. Just as significant as the increase in proficiency is the decrease in the percentage of students testing below basic, the lowest performance level. The largest decreases in students testing at this level occurred in districts that have benefited from the greatest increases in State investments since 2002, Zahorchak noted. Historically low-performing students also are making notable gains under the State’s education investment strategies, the Secretary added. In the three grades that have been tested longest, the number of students in the lowest achievement group dropped by more than 30,000 – a 33% decline – from 2002 to 2009. Pennsylvania’s consistent improvement has garnered national recognition. The Center for Education Policy,
a leading national educational-research organization, last month identified Pennsylvania as the only state that saw increases in student achievement in elementary, middle and high schools from 2002 to 2008 in reading and math for all groups of students. “Pennsylvania shows consistent and broad improvement in its test scores,” CEP President and CEO Jack Jennings said in a visit to Harrisburg to release his organization’s report. “Something is going right in Pennsylvania.” In July, Zahorchak announced statewide results of the 2009 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment -- a test
given annually in grades 3-8 and 11 -- that again showed across-the-board gains in student achievement. No Child Left Behind requires every state to evaluate its public schools and districts annually for “Adequate Yearly Progress”, with the goal of having all students performing at grade level by 2014. In Pennsylvania, AYP is based in part on the results of the PSSA. A school or district could make AYP in 2009 in multiple ways, including: • Having at least 63% of its students performing at grade level in reading and at least 56% of students at grade level in math. • Achieving a 10% reduc-
tion in the number of students who scored below grade level in reading or math in 2008. • Making gains that put a school on track to reaching academic targets in two years. A total of 2,443 schools – 78% of all schools in the state – met the AYP targets for 2009. “If Pennsylvania wants its historic academic gains to continue, the State must stay on course to adequate funding of its schools,” the Governor said. Information on the academic progress of districts and schools can be found at http://paayp.emetric.net. For more information on Pennsylvania’s education initiatives, visit www.pde.state.pa.us.
(Cont. From Page 15) tions you have an affiliation with — religious, community service, fraternal, military, union, and professional — and find out if any of them sponsor scholarships for children of members. Don't forget your employer. Many large companies offer scholarships or tuition reimbursement programs for dependent children of employees. Check with your human resources department to see if your company offers such programs. Employers of students such as fast food chains, department
stores, and supermarkets often provide scholarships. Awards related to student employment can come from unexpected sources. For example, there are a number of scholarships for golf caddies. Use a free scholarship search service. A scholarship search company collects information on hundreds of awards and compares your child's student characteristics with scholarship restrictions. Based on answers to a questionnaire, your child will receive a list of possible scholarships. It is up to your child to decide which ones to try for.
You should never have to pay for scholarship information. If you are asked to pay a fee for "exclusive" scholarship leads, there's a good chance the scholarship service is really a “scholarship scam”. Here are some free scholarship search services: Scholarship Search, FastWeb and Sallie Mae. Contact your State department of higher education. Almost every state has a scholarship program for residents; keep in mind, however, that awards are usually limited to students who attend college in-state.
(Cont. From Page 11) Oct. 6- Clover Club Fall Luncheon at Meade Rm., Union League, 140 S. Broad St., 11:45 a.m. Oct. 9- State Sen. Michael Stack hosts Senior Expo at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For info (215) 695-1020. Oct. 10- IBEW Local 98 Hosts annual 2 St. 5K Run & Festival benefiting scholarships for local parochial schools. Start at Moyamensing Ave. & Reed St, 7 a.m. Oct. 10- State Sen. Anthony Williams’ Walking The Walk at Laura Sims Skate House,
63rd & Walnut Sts., stretch 8 a.m., walk 8:30 a.m., health fair 10 a.m.-12 m. For info (215) 492-2980. Oct. 10- 56th & Arch Street Annual Family Reunion Cabaret “Fabulous Fall Affair” at D.C. 33 Union Hall, 30th & Walnut Sts., 9 p.m.-1 a.m. BYOB. For info Butch Murrell (215) 879-6566. Oct.11- Amici Opera Co. performs Aida at St. Nicholas Church Hall, 9th & Pierce Sts., 3 p.m. One performance only. Tickets at door $22. For info (215) 224-0257. Oct. 14- Fundraiser for Mayor Michael Nutter at Sheraton City Ctr., 17th & Race Sts., 5:30-6:30 p.m. RSVP to Scott Freda at Scott@NutterforMayor.com
or call Scott (267) 322-7200. Oct. 15- 21st Ward GOP reception at Keenan’s Valley View Inn, 468 Domino La., 6:30-9 p.m. Donation $40. For info (215) 482-2834 or www.21stwardgop.com. Oct. 17- Phila. Cares Day Volunteer-A-Thon day of service. To register individually or as a team, call (215) 564-4544 or go to www.gpcares.com. Oct. 19- 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. Oct. 22- Firefighters for David Oh for Republican Council At Large at IAFF Local 22 Union Hall, 5th & Willow Sts., 6-8 p.m.
ation, Roman Catholic expanded its campus for the first time in 1996 with the addition of Renaissance Hall. This expansion improved the aesthetic and academic value of the school, which, in turn ,drew the attention of many families throughout the Delaware Valley. Since that time, Roman Catholic has expanded to three additional buildings in Center City. Situated across the schoolyard from Renaissance Hall is the
Roman Catholic Fine Arts Center, the former site of the Catholic High Alumni and Development Offices. Today, the Alumni and Development Offices are housed in the McSherry Annex, a multi-million-dollar expansion that sits just around the corner from Roman Catholic on 13th Street. This expansion includes new classroom space for Roman seniors, a gym for its athletes, and the facilities necessary for a Sports Medi-
cine elective sponsored by the Rothman Institute and conducted by a full-time, certified athletic trainer. Roman students paint the City of Philadelphia purple and gold on a daily basis. The school’s partnerships with Drexel University at Hahnemann Hospital and the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts allow students of the arts and sciences to take courses in a college setting. The Class of 2009 re-
ceived over $18 million in college scholarships – the highest amount in the City of Philadelphia. On average, 95% of Roman graduates continue their education at a four-year institution, earning an average of 17 million dollars in academic scholarships each year. Roman men are prepared not only for college, but for life. Visit Roman Catholic HS today … your future is inside.
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Roman Catholic HS was founded in 1890 through the vision and generosity of Thomas E. Cahill, an unusually industrious Philadelphia merchant. Cahill believed all young men should have the option of a sound Catholic high-school education. His belief planted the seed of the educational opportunity that exists at Roman Catholic HS today. Since the school was founded, more than 30,000 young men have received a high-quality, comprehensive education. Cahill’s vision has been maintained through the dedication of generations of students, faculty, and families and can be seen today in the small miracles that occur daily at Broad & Vine. Today, all roads lead to Roman. A student body of nearly 1,000 young men travels from 122 different schools
throughout the Delaware Valley to receive a quality education at Roman Catholic. Roman’s Center City location offers a developmental experience for the students while Roman Catholic encourages its young men to become a part of the thriving and bustling city that stands outside its door. The graduates of Catholic High make up one of the strongest Alumni Associations in the country. Young men at Roman Catholic bond from the moment they sit down at their first lunch until they march out of the Cathedral singing “The Purple and Gold”. Every day, faithful alumni interact with Roman students while its Development Staff works hard at raising scholarship funds for Roman students. Each year, the Roman Catholic Alumni Association provides over $200,000 in academic scholarships. Led by the dedication and loyalty of its Alumni Associ-
Roman Catholic HS Remains Premier In Archdiocese
Catholic Schools Pay
Choosing a Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia means never having to choose between your children’s academic enrichment and their moral and spiritual development. Our high schools and elementary schools are part of a centuries-long tradition of academic excellence that continues to grow stronger with each passing year. In the latest round of TerraNova testing, our students' test scores were well above the national
TerraNova average in all content areas. Most importantly, in our high schools and elementary schools, students receive this superior academic foundation in safe surroundings where qualified, dedicated teachers also instill moral and spiritual values like compassion, respect for life, and a close relationship with Christ. That’s the true value of a Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
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ON SAME park bench in S.W. Phila. where Malian immigrant where Mamadou Makadji was slain in robbery attempt, Men United For A Better Phila. chief Mark Harrell, left gathers other community leaders to organize civilian patrols in African American neighborhoods.
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A method called “The 7 Whys” was developed by the Toyota Co. in their search for quality excellence in the 1980s. It’s an outstanding technique for getting to the root cause of any problem. You simply continue to ask the question “why?” until the root truth reveals itself. This week, MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER successfully raised the City sales tax by 1% and gained approval to skip paying into the City pension fund for two years. Let’s apply “The 7 Whys” to the premise that doubling the sales tax is bad for the city of Philadelphia. We’ll deal with the pension scam next week. Why is a massive tax increase terrible for the city? Because a 1% sales-tax hike will force many small businesses to close or relocate outside Philadelphia. It will force customers and shoppers, who are trying to save their hardearned dollars as well, to shop in cities where taxes are lower. It will also immediately increase poverty in the city. Why will businesses close and poverty increase? Businesses will close because many small companies are struggling for survival in a terrible economy. These small companies represent 99.7% of all employers. They operate on very slim profit margins (a typical restaurant makes 3-5% profit on sales, for example) and won’t survive this tax increase combined with the reduced customer base that will inevitably result as consumers wisely choose to shop outside the city. Also, a sales tax is the most harmful tax imaginable on the working poor. It affects them directly because it’s an increased tax on the things they buy for their families every day. Since more of their money now goes toward paying taxes versus buying goods, they are immediately poorer. Why is having a small business shut down such a big deal? (Cont. Page 32)
The good news is, Pennsylvania might be on its way to a budget. After months of being the only state in the union without a State budget, Pennsylvania’s lawmakers have apparently struck a deal that would produce a spending plan for the State to follow this fiscal year. It’s less than Gov. Ed Rendell wanted to spend, includes table games (something that will really cause Harrisburg to put pressure on Mayor Michael Nutter to finally get a casino here in Philadelphia) and Republican lawmakers are making noises like they’re going to scuttle it, but it’ll probably pass. But as there always is when you get the good news first, there is also some bad news. The bad news comes in two forms. One, education spending is being cut, so the School District of Philadelphia finds itself having to close a budgetary hole of at least $150 million. And two, one of the ways the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has chosen to close its budget gap is through adding a 6% tax to every ticket that you buy to a play at the Merriam Theater, a Philadelphia Orchestra concert at the Kimmel Center or to the Philadelphia Museum of Art or the African American Museum in Philadelphia for an exhibit. In other words, we’ll give you culture, but you’re gonna have to pay a lot more for it. At a time when cultural organizations such as the Art Sanctuary, the Painted Bride Arts Center, Freedom Theater and others are struggling to find the money to make ends meet while keeping prices affordable, the State decides they should be responsible for helping it out of its financial woes. This (Cont. Page 33)
What are grits? Nobody knows. Some folks believe grits are grown on bushes and are harvested by midgets by shaking the bushes after spreading sheets around them. Other people feel that grits are made from ground-up bits of white corn. These are obviously lies spread by Communists and terrorists. Nothing as good as grits can be made from corn. The most recent research suggests the mysterious “manna” that God rained down upon the Israelites during their time in the Sinai Desert was most likely grits. Critics disagree, stating that there is no record of biscuits, butter, salt, and red-eye gravy raining down from the sky, and that God would not punish his people by forcing them to eat grits without these key ingredients. Grits are formed deep underground under intense heat and pressure. It takes over 1000 years to form a single grit. Most of the world’s grit mines are in South Carolina, and are guarded day and night by armed guards and pit bulldogs. Harvesting the grit is a dangerous occupation, and many grit miners lose their lives each year so that grits can continue to be served morning after morning for breakfast (not that having grits for lunch and dinner is out of the question). Yankees have attempted to create synthetic grits. They call it “Cream of Wheat”. As far as we can tell, the key ingredients of Cream of Wheat are Elmer’s Glue and shredded Styrofoam. These synthetic grits have also been shown to cause nausea, and may leave you unable to have children. As we mentioned earlier, the first known mention of grits was by the Ancient Israelites in the Sinai Desert. After that, grits were not heard from for another 1000 years. Experts feel that grits were used during this time only during secret religious ceremonies, and were kept from the public due to their rarity. The next mention of grits was found amidst the ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii in a woman’s personal diary. The woman’s name was Herculaneum Jemimaneus (Aunt Jemima to her friends.) Following are the 10 Commandments of Grits: I. Thou shalt not put syrup on thy Grits. II. Thou shalt not eat thy Grits with a spoon or knife. (Cont. Page 33)
SNOOPER’S SPECIAL: Today we are being invited to a very special event on THURSDAY, Sep. 24 at THE CAMELOT SCHOOL, 6000 Bustleton Avenue. HON. CHRISTINE (Tina) TARTAGLIONE will be holding her annual SENIOR EXPO. State Sen. Tartaglione holds this event every year and, as I was told, it seems to get bigger and bigger. She will have FREE ENTERTAINMENT, FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS (this is one we ALL should be sure to get), FREE EXHIBITS and FREE FUN FOR ALL! There will also be REPRESENTATIVES from various GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. Again, she is personally inviting ALL SENIOR CITIZENS from10:00 a.m. till 1:30 p.m. Be there! SNOOPER SCOOPER: For all you PRO BOXING and PRO WRESTLING fans, we have confirmed this one by John Forsyth. He told us FRANK TALENT, who was on WNJC RADIO for 4 years, will be back to continue with his awardwinning RADIO SHOW. All you fans may remember he was on every SATURDAY from 2p.m. to 3p.m. John told us he will be back, same time, same day, and most important, same station: WNJC RADIO-1360AM. Yo Chief, tell “The Shadow Boxer” he is welcome to come on Talent’s Show. Tell THE BOSS, he promises to advertise THE PUBLIC RECORD and also The Snooper! You can be a part of this show by calling him at (856) 277-1360. SNOOPER SCOOPER: This is a very unpleasant story, but it’s one that I must write, especially for all our Pro Wrestling fans. MATT LOWRY, an up-and-coming Pro Wrestler (trainee) who was at THE ARENA last Monday Night, DIED doing what he loved to do: learning some Pro Wrestling skills. (Cont. Page 32)
JUDGE FAY STACK was the host for the Gallagher Family Reunion. Her mother MARIE, the eldest of 10, was a Gallagher. It was held at her summer home under ideal conditions. There was not a cloud in the sky. It was a brilliant, sunny day with a very pleasant breeze to make the situation ideal. Over 100 family members appeared, some coming from as far as San Diego, Cal.; Kansas City, Kans.; and Memphis, Tenn., including a big turnout from the as far north as Allentown, Pa. There were some people from Virginia and different areas of New Jersey. MISSY DUNGAN SULLIVAN showed up with her husband BILL. MATT ROWLEY led a small group of authors which included VINCENT GALLAGHER and MOLLY ROWLEY, who is a speech-writer for US SEN. DICK DURBIN, Democrat majority whip. There was a nice turnout among the grandchildren who frolicked in the surf while their parents watched. There was a t-shirt memento of the occasion and a wonderful spread of all kinds of food that you could imagine showing up at an outdoor picnic. JERRY SHOTZBERGER is the new Jury Commissioner as a result of vote of the Board of City Judges. Jerry is exceptionally well qualified for the position. He has been in the past a law clerk for at least three trial judges including ESTHER SYLVESTER, and JIMMY LYNN. Jerry was an outstanding football player at North Catholic HS. He won a scholarship to Haverford College. He was the popular choice of a majority of the Judges. STATE SEN. MIKE STACK was able to take time away from his Harrisburg duties to conduct his ward meeting in 58th Ward. He also was the Grand Marshall of the Tacony Parade. Executive VP of the Phillies MIKE STILES gave a substitute baseball to the little girl’s father who caught a foul ball. He gave it to her on TV, whereupon she threw it back on the field. Stiles is a former assistant DA, Common Pleas Judge and United States attorney. Undoubtedly, Stiles prefers his current job to his former jobs. For a long time, he has been rumored to be on the short list for appointment as a Federal District Court Judge.
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Get Voting For Your Cutest Baby Pelosi Plugs Health Bill The race is on to find the cutest baby among our readers. We have received many cute candidates, and today we will show you some of our newest batch of babies. 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! It's easy to send us your photos: Email your picture to firstname.lastname@example.org; or drop it in at the Public Record Newspapers offices at 1323 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148. To vote for any of the babies listed below please call (215) 755-2000 or cast a vote by email: email@example.com. Voting will run through the end of October. The two winners, a boy and a girl, with the highest votes will each receive a cash prize. After announcing the winners each family will be presented their award at our 11th Annual Anniversary Party at a date yet to be finalized.
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Mariah Rose Mendez-Joziak
Christian Gerard DeFelice
Ricky Trautz WELCOMING US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, right, to Jefferson Hospital to discuss health-care reform are, from left, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz with Congressmen Bob Brady and Chaka Fattah.
City Of Hope Honors Wendell Young, IV
Missouri Rain Hinchey Modglin
CITY Of Hope’s annual Spirit of Life Award Reception honored Wendell Young, IV, president, UFCW 1776 and John Langel, Esq., of Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll. Here holding check for $110,000 raised for charity by evening’s event are Wendell Young, IV, right and his family, daughters Rachel , Nicole, Alexandria and wife Alice.
TWO FORMER City Of Hope Spirit Of Life winners, PFT President Jerry Jordan and PA AFT President Ted Kirsch, congratulate Wendell Young, IV.
Beloff Continues Fundraising
ITALIAN Bistro was scene of fundraiser for judicial candidate Adam Beloff. With him here are Supreme Court candidate Jack Panella, Superior Court candidate Barbara Behrend Ernsberger, and Carmella Mullin, vice chair of Allegheny Co. Democratic Committee.
SUPREME COURT candidate Judge Jack Panella picks up some election advice from Sheriff John Green’s chief of staff Barbara Deeley at fundraiser for Adam Beloff.
Roberts Teaches Wealth Jason Sullivan
Liam Richard Forbes
Delano K. Roberts
Julianna Grace DiRenzo
REAL-ESTATE attorney Damon Roberts, left, at his Center City office introduces millionaire entrepreneur Arthur Wylie to lead seminar on wealth-creation.
MARTIN BEDNAREK spends a few moments with hostess Councilwoman Joan Krajewski.
AUCTIONEER Jerry Aspite kibitzes PRESENT at Krajewski gala were with Councilman Frank Rizzo, who Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and is planning a run for Lieutenant GovWard Leader Matt Myers. ernor in 2010.
BILL IVERS, left, joins Councilman & Mrs. Jack Kelly and Boilermakers Local 13’s Ed Harkins at Krajewski gala.
MAYOR Michael Nutter took a few moments out of his day to share some time with Councilwoman Joan Krajewski at her annual Delaware River fun fest at Wissinoming Yacht Club. Looking on is Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and, wearing his sunglasses, Councilman Bill Green.
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COUNCILWOMAN Joan Krajewski’s annual gathering by the Delaware at Wissonoming Yacht Club brought out scores of friends and supporters despite fact Eagles and Phillies were playing. Seen here with Krajewski are Marty Koslowski and Capitol Auction’s Gabe Piorko.
Krajewski’s Annual Riverfront Party Draws Many
DEMOCRATIC Supreme Court candidate Jack Panella is welcomed to Joan’s gala by Local 830 chief Dan Grace, center, and Angelo Foglietta.
Northeast Ward Democrats End Season At Burholme Park
RHAWNHURST RAIDERS Hall of Famer Dan McCafferey is joined by S. Phila. community leader Karen Brown and Traffic Court Judge Bernice De LOCAL 98 Political Director Bob Angelis at Northeast ward leaders’ annual summer Henon joins Ward Leader Robert Dellavella at Burholme Park. fling at Burholme Park.
JUDGE Joe Waters joins Mike Driscoll, Eddie Donnelly, Jimmy Donnelly, Angelo Foglietta and Jim McBride for this picture.
ALL SMILES at Burholme Park end-ofsummer picnic are Angelo Foglietta, Traffic Court Judge Bernice DeAngelis and Jimmy Donnelly.
DA CANDIDATE Seth Williams joins Erin Woods and her father Judge Joseph Waters.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY candidate Seth Williams is congratulated by Controller Alan Butkovitz at Burholme picnic bash.
STATE SEN. Tina Tartaglione talks COUNCILWOMAN Maria Quiñones Sánchez joins shop with Judge Anne Lazarus at pic- Ward Leaders John Sabatina, Sr., Councilman Bill Green and Rep. John Sabatina, Jr. nic.
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Another Line Seeking Port
SEA STAR SHIPS may soon be seen plying the Delaware. They are, from top left, SS EL Faro, which means lighthouse in Spanish, named after the many Puerto Rican lighthouses. In center is SS El Yunque, named after Puerto Rico’s 28,000-acre rain forest, and El Morro, bottom right, named after Fortress of St. Philip of the Promontory.
More good news is knocking on the docks of the Port of Philadelphia, possibly bringing to it a ship per week. It would mean more work for a Port which, along with others on the East Coast, has felt the receding tide of shipping ebbing away. Looking to bring a ship each week to Tioga Pier in Port Richmond, which is the home for the Chilean fruit ships that annually unload there during the winter months, is the Sea Star Line. It is a privately held company which provides transportation services between the United States, Puerto Rico,
and the US Virgin Islands. It is headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. Sea Star’s ships are building and are registered in the USW, flying the American flag and employing American crews. They are high-speed combination roll-on/roll-off and lift-on/lift-off vessels, among the most versatile in the industry, handling container cargo, automobiles and heavy equipment. It is the only ocean carrier in the trade between the US and Puerto Rico with significant Puerto Rican investors. Whether the shipping line is able to sign on with the Port of Philadelphia will be determined by the fate of two LMSRs, which are tied up at a portion of the Tioga Pier where its two major heavy cranes are located. They are stand-by ships for use by the military.
Registration Deadline Oct. 5 State Rep. Babette Josephs is encouraging residents to make sure they're registered to vote in time for the Nov. 3 general election. The deadline for registration is Monday, Oct. 5. "In this year's General Election, voters will make decisions on Judges from the State level to the local Municipal Court, as well as City District Attorney and Controller," Josephs said.
PROUDLY MANAGING PENNSYLVANIAʼS INTERNATIONAL SEAPORT SINCE 1990
Philadelphia Regional Port Authority A Promising Future By Championing the Channel-Deepening Project And Substantial Port Expansion
Once Again, We Thank Gov. Ed Rendell For Giving Our Port A Great Opportunity And
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Adding to the congestion, if the LMSRs are not relocated, will be the coming of the fruit shipping season. The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, always looking to increase jobs along the water front, is moving to relocate the LMSRs in the near future. This will free up Tioga Pier space to accommodate.
Airport Cell Phone Park Lot Due Dec.
The Philadelphia International Airport will open a cellphone parking lot on airport property by year’s end. The 150-vehicle surface lot will provide a safe area for visitors to wait in their vehicles to pick-up arriving passengers. Located on the asphalt that once carried State Route 291, the lot will be easily accessible to drivers arriving at the airport from all directions. Construction is estimated to cost about $500,000 and will be paid for out of airport funds, not general tax revenue. “We are proud that Philadelphia International is rated highest in customer satisfaction for large airports by J.D. Power and Associates. The addition of this lot is another way to make flying into and out of PHL more convenient than ever before,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. Until the lot opens, those picking-up passengers to use the PennDOT’s Park-nRide/Cell Phone parking lot on Bartram Avenue. In the next few weeks, additional signage will be posted directing drivers to the Bartram Avenue lot. Directions to the Park-n-Ride/Cell Phone parking lot are posted on the airport’s website, www.phl.org. PHL also offers short-term parking for those drivers that wish to meet their arriving passengers in the terminal. Short-term parking is available at all terminal garages for just $3 for up to 30 minutes and $5 for up to one hour.
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Strawberry Mansion Festival
“The Punching Postman” ---Tony Thornton___
NORTH PHILLY Foot Stompers join Mayor Michael Nutter and host Darrell Clarke at Strawberry Mansion festival.
COOKING UP some good eats at annual Strawberry Mansion festival in N. Phila. are Monique Roare, Lawrence Brown, Lynne Tuner, Sylvia Williams and Tes Bennett.
Templeton Smith Draws Backers At Union League
GOP BOOSTERS of Superior Court aspirant J. Templeton Smith met at Union League. Here are, from left, Ken Davis, Phila. Republican Chairman Vito Canuso, Smith and Michele Johnson.
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(Cont. from Page 12) bringing in the final budgetbill lower than originally offered by Gov. Ed Rendell.” Mayor Michael Nutter and City Council agreed to a budget plan in June, and the plan was approved by the non-partisan Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA) in July. But PICA’s unanimous approval was contingent on the State legislature passing enabling legislation. Without such leg-
islation, Philadelphia was facing closure of libraries and parks along with layoffs of hundreds of police officers and firefighters. “Although I have expressed my frustration at seeing my City pushed to the brink by a logjam of problems and priorities and politics, I want to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers for their hard work in reaching this point,” Tartaglone said.
Fed Grant For Project H.O.M.E. Congressman Chaka Fattah has announced a grant of $400,000 to Project H.O.M.E. in Philadelphia for expanding services to the homeless indigent with mental illness. “Sister Mary Scullion is a Philadelphia civic treasure, and I am pleased to support and advocate for her work at Project H.O.M.E. in North Philadelphia and throughout the city,” Fattah said. “We’re announcing the good news that another of her initiatives – to expand recovery and employment opportunities for the homeless mentally ill through Project H.O.M.E. — will be receiving needed resources from the Federal government.” The new competitive award was made by the Center for Mental Health Services of the US Dept. of Health & Human Services for the year from Sep. 30, 2009 to Sep. 29, 2010. The program is expected to continue until 2014 with annual renewals of the grant. Sister Mary Scullion, cofounder and executive director or Project H.O.M.E., at 1515 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, can be contacted at (215) 232-7272.
The boxing community suffered a tremendous loss recently with the passing of Tony “The Punching Postman” Thornton. On Aug. 30, Tony was struck by a bus while riding his motorcycle along Interstate 676 in Gloucester City. He died 10 days later of complications from the internal injuries he suffered as result of the accident. A college boxer for West Chester University, Tony turned professional in 1983 and won his first 18 bouts. He earned the nickname, “The Punching Postman”, because of his day job with the US Postal Service. The ultimate blue-collar fighter, he traveled every day after work for 12 years from his home in Glass-
1959-2009 Punching Postman Passes boro, N.J. to train in Philadelphia. In 1992, Tony traveled to Scotland and lost a decision to WBO champion Chris Eubank. The following year, he would lose another decision to
IBF Champion James Toney. Appearing often at the Blue Horizon, Tony won the USBA Super Middleweight championship in 1995 at the historic fight venue. That same year, he would get his last shot at the title when he was stopped by IBF champ Roy Jones, Jr. in Pensacola, Fla. Retiring after that fight, he finished his career with a 37-7-1 (26 KO) professional record. Although Tony came up short in his three shots at the Super Middleweight world championship, he was a champion person who will be sadly missed by his daughter, Ashley, 22; son, Tony, Jr., 20; ex-wife, Carole; girlfriend, Kim Eikerenkoetter; and thousands of fans. Rest in Peace, Tony.
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gust, which was a 16.3% decrease from a year earlier, just before the economy crashed. But it is possible the law of diminishing declines has set in. (This is a law that I made up, not one that was ever passed by any legislature.) Even five of the seven Pennsylvania slots parlors that have been open at least one year also showed revenue declines in August. “I’m still confident for the long run,” said Chris Jonik, 28, a 2003 graduate of Villanova University who is now a public relations and marketing rep for Caesar’s, Harrah’s, Bally’s and Showboat. “We have so many non-gaming amenities here that they (the slots parlors) do not have, like great spas and restaurants, table games, top-notch entertainment, the finest shops and nightclubs, not to mention the beach. We are still evolving as a complete destination, and we will continue to invest capital to improve the properties.… We recently had 20,000 people attend the Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival (July 30
to August 2), which just goes to prove that when you offer great attractions, people will come.” We absolutely could not believe how crowded the restaurants at Caesar’s were in light of what we’ve been reading about both the recession and the casino decline. By the time we finished lunch one day at Cafe Roma in Caesar’s, for example, the place looked like the 30th Street Train Station, even though it was 2:30 p.m., way past most people’s lunchtime. You would have thought it was 2003, not 2009. We actually prefer the Buddakan in The Pier at Caesar’s to the one in Philly. They both have fabulous food, but the bomb-explosion noise level at the one in Old City, made even worse by the loud techno music, is mind-numbing. You might have to scream to be heard by your partner sitting just a few feet away. The one in Atlantic City, however, has relatively soft music and apparently much better acoustics, so one can actually appreciate
Len Lear the spectacular food. (Also, the bathroom was so clean, I would not be surprised if one of the stalls had an omelet station.) So many dishes at Buddakan are just sublime, but we both agreed that two which should go into the space capsule are the featherlight edamame ravioli in a sauternes/shallot broth ($14), the very definition of culinary heaven, and the spicy wildmushroom dumplings (5) in a magical truffle sauce, which is irresistible — and a bargain at $10. At Continental, which is
right next door, everything blew us away but the wines by the glass and the tuna tartare potato skins, a strange marriage that could use some counseling. On the other hand, it is worth a trip to A.C. just to savor the extraordinary, divine French onion-soup dumplings — six of them that are baked with Gruyere cheese in dumpling wrappers in an escargot-like ramekin ($9). I only wish these were available in gallon jugs. Continental is best known for its salads, and one of the many classics is the arugula and spinach salad with apple slices, pine nuts, goat cheese and a pomegranate vinaigrette ($9). And a “Blonde Bombshell” dessert — a peanut butter cup with creamy chocolate and peanut butter mousse, chocolate crunch and caramel sauce — was also to live for. For more information, call (609) 348-4411 for Caesar’s; (609) 674-0100 for Buddakan; (609) 674-8300 for Continental; or visit www.caesarsac.com.
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by Len Lear You might say the national economy is so bad that atheists are now going to church just for the free wine and wafers. On the other hand, you can’t always believe what you read. The conventional wisdom for the past couple of years is the casino-hotels in Atlantic City are on a slow death march. Even before the economy imploded one year ago, the casinos were bleeding money, largely because of the new slots parlors in Pennsylvania. (Nine are now up and running in the Keystone State, with five more, including two in Philadelphia, scheduled to open.) A few months ago we walked through the casino at Trump Taj Mahal, and it was as quiet as a mouse sleeping on cotton. So when we stayed at
Caesar’s Casino-Hotel Sep. 9-11, we were shocked to find huge crowds in both the casino and the restaurants. I overheard one portly gentleman even complain all of the “Village People” slot machines, obviously his favorite, were occupied (and there were two rows of them). So believing the casino-hotels are on life-support might be a fool-osophy. “I know the press has been saying revenues are way down, but I’ve never seen such a busy restaurant as this one,” said Angelo Rifici, our server at Continental, the Stephen Starr restaurant on The Pier at Caesar’s, a collection of upscale shops and restaurants, “and that’s pretty amazing when you consider that we can ‘only’ seat up to 250 at one time.” According to the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, Atlantic City casinos netted $391.7 million in Au-
Buddakan, Continental in A.C. defying the odds
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Elephant Man (Cont. from Page 18) When small businesses close, the employees who worked there become unemployed. The more unemployed people we have, the fewer shoppers there are, the cost to local government to take care of these
SNOOPER (Cont. from Page 18) Earlier, Mike had told another fellow wrestler and friend in the dressing room he did not feel good, but he still wanted to go out to the ring and learn all the fundamentals, to put together his ‘act’ and also work on a few ‘angles’. He had hoped to perform his act for one of the many Pro Wrestling groups here. Matt Lowry, 22, from what his fellow wrestlers told me, had the makings of becoming, a PRO WRESTLER. Thank God DRUGS had nothing to do with what had happened to
jobless folks increases, which leads to higher deficits, which leads to Democratic politicians calling for higher taxes, which leads to more taxes, which leads to more businesses failing, which leads to more unemployed … and on and on we go down the misery drain. Why would Democratic politicians raise taxes? Because
very few of them have even a basic understanding of the economics just described. None of them could cut the mustard in the real world, which is why they became politicians in the first place. Also, many Democrats want people to be reliant on them for everything, including their paychecks. Why would politicians want
people reliant on them? Because if someone believes they are beholden to a politician, that politician is sure to get their vote. Politicians trade in votes, not solutions, because their true job is to get reelected and save their own job. Why would anyone ever want to be reliant on a politician? Because some people
think they are entitled to things or are just plain lazy. They’ve been convinced they are victims, and it’s easy to think of yourself as a victim or as being entitled. When you do, all your problems are someone else’s fault and you have no responsibility for your own situation. Why would anyone who isn’t lazy, reliant on a politi-
cian, not a “victim”, is hardworking, understands basic free-market economics, has a job, owns a business, employs people, wants the American dream for their family, or wants the best for Philadelphia’s economic future vote Democrat? They wouldn’t! See how insightful “The 7 Whys” are? Arrivederci Trunksters!
him. This has been a bad year for both Pro Boxing and Pro Wrestling. They lost some very talented GREAT professionals. Many people are not aware these two sports, Boxing and Wrestling, are very dangerous, and both are closely overseen by all The State Commissions. They check to make sure all their rules are strictly ENFORCED at every show! SNOOPER’S COMMUNITY SERVICE BUREAU: I must let you all know INDEPENDENCE BLUE CROSS is not only interested in taking care of all your INSURANCE NEEDS but, as I found out yesterday, your COMM
UNITY too. JIM QUIGLEY, along with JOHN B. McCLENNY, leads a group of 50 VOLUNTEERS on one of their CLEAN UP and FIX UP campaigns. They showed up at The Piccoli Recreation Center and they did their ‘magic’. These people all do this on their own time, and most of them are EMPLOYEES of Independence Blue Cross. You too can be a volunteer in this special program, by calling Mr. Quigley at (215) 2414682. They did a tremendous job here today! I congratulate all these people and, I might add, they also do Homeless Shelters. SNOOPER “QUICKEE”:
South Philly invites all our readers to a very special event. TONIGHT, Sep. 24, will be the last CONCERT of the season. This will be held at 2nd & Washington at the “The Mummer’s Museum”. Come see and enjoy one of the famous STRING BANDS as it play for you, 8 p.m. till 10 p.m. It’s FREE. This will be an OUTDOOR EVENT, so make sure you are all prepared for it! SNOOPER’S “SNEAK” FILES: We have been officially informed The Chief, BILL McMONAGLE, will indeed be retiring from DOMESTIC RELATIONS. Apr. 19, 1995 is one day he won’t soon forget. This was the day SEN. RICK SANTORUM came to see him personally; in fact, SANTORUM sent him a wonderful letter. Mc-
Monagle still has it today. This young gentleman had received numerous CITATIONS, PLAQUES, and even a special honor from The Chief of The Supreme Court, JUSTICE RON CASTILLE. Yes, he also received a Special Award from The Philadelphia Bar Association. Chief, in NOVEMBER of 2009 he will be leaving quite a ‘legacy’ for The Domestic Relations Branch of FAMILY COURT OF PHILADELPHIA. We will be there for his RETIREMENT PARTY too. The Public Record also congratulates him and WE wish him well! SNOOPER’S “EVENT OF THE YEAR”: This, without a doubt, is one of the biggest events ever to be held here in
Philadelphia. Yes, it’s time once again for all of us to participate in, and join in THE ANNUAL HERO 54TH SCHOLARSHIP THRILL SHOW. This will happen on SATURDAY, SEP. 26 from 12 NOON till 5 p.m. at THE WACHOVIA COMPLEX at Broad & Pattison. Here’s your chance to show your support for those POLICE OFFICERS and FIREFIGHTERS who gave their lives for us. The proceeds will be used to provide many scholarships for those children of our “FALLEN HEROES”. Come bring children and enjoy “The Philly Phanatic”, “Hip Hop”, “Swoop”, Police Motorcycles and The Fire Rescue Drill Teams. Get tickets at your local Police & Fire Houses!
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making sure its citizens have health care, but it does value making sure these same citizens can carry as many guns as they want anywhere that they want. In fact, Pennsylvania doesn’t value most things that can keep kids from getting into trouble, like education and the arts, but it sure values the prisons it can put these kids into when they fall short. We’re the most Southern of
real thing because they cause cancer, rotten teeth and impotence. Next, add salt. The correct ratio of grit to salt is 10:1 Therefore for every 10 grits, you should have 1 grain of salt.) Now begin eating your grits. Always use a fork, never a spoon. Your grits should be thick enough so they do not run through the tines of the fork. The correct beverage to
serve with grits is black coffee. Do not use cream or, heaven forbid, skim milk. Your grits should never be eaten in a bowl because Yankees will think it’s Cream of Wheat. Leftover grits are extremely rare. Spread them in the bottom of a casserole dish, cover and place them in the refrigerator overnight. They will congeal into a gelatinous mass. Next morning, slice them into squares and fry them in 1/2” of
cooking oil and butter until they turn a golden brown. Many people are tempted to pour syrup onto Grits served this way. This is, of course, unacceptable. I’ll leave you with an Irish blessing before eating grits. “May the Lord bless these grits; may no Yankee ever get the recipe; may I eat grits every
the Northern states, and instead of being ashamed of ourselves for that, Pennsylvania walks around with its chest puffed out, proud of itself for being so terminally backward. Yet we have the unmitigated gall to continue to wonder why our college-graduate population gets out of Dodge as soon as the ink on its newly GENERAL AUTO REPAIRS STATE INSPECTION LUBRICATION
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(Cont. from Page 18) III. Thou shalt not eat Cream of Wheat and call it grits, for this is blasphemy. IV. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s grits. V. Thou shalt use only salt, butter, and red-eye gravy as toppings for thy grits. VI. Thou shalt not eat instant grits. VII. Thou shalt not put ketchup on thy grits. VIII. Thou shalt not put margarine on thy grits. IX. Thou shalt not eat toast with thy grits, only biscuits made from scratch. X. Thou shalt eat grits on the Sabbath, for this is manna from heaven. For one serving of grits, boil 1.5 cups of water with salt and a little butter. (Use milk and they are creamier!). Add 5 Tbsp of grits. Reduce to a simmer and allow the grits to soak up all the water. When a pencil stuck into the grits stands alone, it is done. That’s all there is to cooking grits. To make red eye gravy, fry salt-cured country ham in castiron pan. Remove the ham when done, add coffee to the gravy and simmer for several minutes. Great on grits and biscuits. Immediately after removing your grits from the stove top, add a generous portion of butter or red eye gravy. (Warning: Do not use low-fat butter.) The butter should cause the grits to turn a wondrous shade of yellow. (Hold a banana or a yellow rain slicker next to your grits; if the colors match, you have the correct amount of butter.) In lieu of butter, pour a generous helping of red eye gravy on your grits. Be sure to pour enough to have some left for sopping up with your biscuits. Never, ever substitute canned or store-bought biscuits for the
tive body in action, it didn’t. That’s because Pennsylvania has shown me more than once what it does and doesn’t value. Pennsylvania doesn’t value day care centers, but it does value casinos. Pennsylvania doesn’t value the arts, but it does value professional sports, including the woeful Pittsburgh Pirates. (Tell me again why they got a new stadium.) Pennsylvania doesn’t value
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(Cont. from Page 18) will probably lead to cuts in programs, cuts in staff and even cuts in community outreach, unfortunately. But such things as sporting events, chewing tobacco, or even movies have managed to be spared the surcharge. Granted, the Phillies and Eagles, tobacco manufacturers,
and Hollywood can more than afford to pay their share, but haven’t been asked to. And don’t even get me started on the taxes that businesses haven’t been asked to pay to help balance things. I wish I could say that the Pennsylvania Legislature’s actions in this regard surprised me. But having lived in the Alabama Section of Pennsylvania for many years and also having watched this particular legisla-
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