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PRETZEL FACTORY owner Sam Skarloff and local builder Anthony Valenti said they couldn’t be happier with the reception they have received in the community since opening new Pretzel Factory on Broad and McKean Streets.

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Branching Out! Trees make great neighbors! They don’t play loud music late at night, steal your parking place on your block, and but for a few leaves, leave little trash on your stoop. That’s why a number of South Philadelphia civic associations are branching out together this Saturday, as they embark on a massive volunteer effort to plant over 150 trees in our neighborhood. Responding to an alarming trend of the loss of trees in metropolitan areas, South Philadelphia’s civic groups have teamed up with TreeVitalize, a public private partnership to help restore tree cover, and to protect and restore urban trees at three well-known sites: Columbus Square Park, (Cont. Page 2) Enter Our

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Sam Sklaroff must have gotten the bug from the twists and turns of the computer and technology businesses he was in, because the next thing that seized his fancy was making and selling soft pretzels. Sklaroff, 52, started with his first at Broad Street & Passyunk Avenue and he says, “If I survive this one, I’m planning another two in South Philadelphia. As far I’m concerned, this is its home.” He has the full support and commitment of his wife Lori, and finally admits “the pretzel business was her idea. She was looking for a ‘business

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we could own and grow old in together’.” The Pretzel Factory, now standing imposingly and attractively on the corner of Passyunk Avenue & McKean & Broad Streets is “my first product,” he adds. The building occupies 1,800 square feet per floor on each of its three floors; four apartments take the top two. This is a super-size pretzel factory. His sons Josh and Dylan, who will be the second-shift manager, already report a tremendous walk-in (Cont. Page 2)

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by R. George Linton The Point Breeze community came out to play in a big way to mark the opening a brand new center for our kids! The Point Breeze Youth Development Educational Center, “The POINT”, has officially opened its doors at 1530 Point Breeze Avenue. “We hope everyone will utilize our services and take advantage of the many new academic, social and nontraditional tools of learning we will provide towards the complete galvanization of our community”, said Tiye Thompson, COO of The POINT. She said the center will provide a broad range of services, offering both academic and non-traditional tools of learning, and instill pride, self-esteem and confidence in our youth. (Cont. Page 6)

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TUNING UP TO STRUT! The Quaker City String Band drills under I-95 for this year’s mummers celebration. We Buy Gold & Diamonds

Farnese Helps Combat Hunger State Sen. Larry Farnese wants to make your Thanksgiving holidays a little better. Farnese has teamed up with the free hunger organization Philabundance to provide free emergency food boxes (E-Box) to families facing a financial emergency. The Senator‘s 1st Dist. Office at 1802 S. Broad Street will be one of the pick-up locations for the program. “I am pleased to partner with Philabundance to be part of its effort to combat hunger in our region – especially in my District,” Farnese said.

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by R. George Linton With Thanksgiving around the corner, and the Christmas Holidays close, our local Mummers are getting ready for the big New Year bash … wherever it may be! On any given Sunday morning, and sometimes Saturdays as well, you can catch a glimpse of the members of your favorite band underneath the bridge of I-95, doing their thing! The Mummers Parade still hasn’t officially gotten the green light to strut down Broad Street this year as of yet because of budgetary issues. However, this has not stopped bands like the Quaker City String Band practicing. Watching the string band run its drills under I-95, two neighbors said (Cont. Page 2)

SEN. LARRY FARNESE helps office staff and members from Philabundance stock food in his office on Wednesday morning. “A sinking economy and sky-high unemployment rates have left so many people struggling to feed their families. It’s my honor to open my District Office doors to Philabundance’s E-Box program to serve those in our community who need help the most.” For more information about the E-Box food, please contact 1st Dist. Office at 1802 S. Broad Street or call (215) 952-3121.

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ATTENDING signing of agreement between Korean and Conshohockenbased cyber security firms to provide greater protection at much cheaper cost to governments and businesses were Honorary Korean Consul General E. Harris Baum, CyberSoft Operating Corp.’s Peter Radatti, AhnLab, Inc.’s Phillip Kim, State Sen. Anthony Williams and attorney David Oh.

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Feds Closed Door, But City Welcomes Crèche (Cont. From Page 1) the debut of the Christmas Nativity Scene, across the way on the Plaza of the Municipal Services Building. The Crèche Committee, which sponsors the erection of the Nativity Scene, was informed by the Independence Hall Historical Park it would have to post a “manned” guard around the clock during its display until Jan. 6. Committee Chairman John Kelly said, “That meant after 12 years there was to be no room in the Park for the child Jesus and his manger scene. Their requirement would have meant thousands of dollars for a guard service. To get volunteers to stand in the cold and rain or snow during this period is a nigh-impossible task.” Kelly explained his committee is strictly a volunteer group of a handful of citizens concerned with the effort to keep Christ in Christmas. He said the Committee then wrote to the Managing Director for an application and was told the Crèche would be welcome beginning with its dedication services at 4 p.m. on Dec. 15. The City needs a user fee, plus a $1 million insurance indemnifying the City and its employees. To the rescue, once again, as he has in the past when vandalism necessitated costly repairs to the Christmas Crèche, is humanitarian and philanthropist Kal Rudman, who has again presented a check to cover the new costs the Christmas Crèche Committee must face. Rudman, known for his philanthrophy throughout the Delaware Valley, made it possible to continue the Christmas Crèche tradition by donating to repair the heavily damaged Nativity Scene during two of the Christmas seasons in which it was displayed. Jim Tayoun, a member of the committee, added the commitee’s thanks and gratitude to Rudman, stating, “It is amazing, with all the guards they have stationed at Independence Hall, they could not watch over a Nativity Scene.” Though the Feds have closed the door on the true meaning of Christmas after a period of 12 years, in which the Nativity Scene was on display at Independence Hall Park during that religious season, the City still managed to find a place for Christ in Christmas.

I N K I N G AGREEMENT between cyber security giants are AhnLab’s Philip Kim and CyberSoft Operating Corp.’s Peter Radatti, as host of visitors look on.

CyberSoft, AhnLab Ink Cyber Agreement (Cont. From Page 1) you have to cut cost, and it is better to cut things instead of people. Better yet is the ability to get high quality at a lower price that saves jobs. Anti-virus protection costs large and medium businesses millions of dollars. For example, a company spending $20 million on anti-virus security, because of this teaming agreement, now can spend only $10 million; therefore, that equates to

330-plus jobs saved for that one company. Multiply this by the number of companies in our region and that equals thousands of jobs saved.” The agreement was signed at a reception hosted by Zarwin Baum Devito Kaplan Schaer Toddy law firm, with attorney David Oh acting as master of ceremonies. In attendance were State Sen. Anthony Williams; Korean Honorary Consul General E. Harris Baum, Esq.;

Kwon Il Chang, Korean American Association president; Prof. Hailung Dai, dean of Temple University’s College of Science and Technology; and Anne O’Callaghan, CEO of Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians. CyberSoft has been a US leader in security for nonMicrosoft operating systems like Unix and Linux. AhnLab’s specialty includes security for all Microsoft

systems. This agreement marks AhnLab’s entry into the US and Canadian markets. This will enable the two companies to be able to provide customers with solutions for both Microsoft and non-Microsoft operating systems. CyberSoft expects this teaming agreement will allow it to provide the service customers need much more affordably, thereby reducing costs and saving jobs.

Greene Wins First Secretaries’ Award

(Cont. From Page 1) need housing. Today, PHA provides housing for approximately 10,000 older Pennsylvanians and more than 11,000 people with disabilities. This is a remarkable achievement and there is no doubt he will keep building on this success.” Under Greene’s direction, the Philadelphia Housing Authority has replaced outdated high-rise buildings with more than 6,000 modern low-rise, high-quality homes. He has recreated slum neighbor-

hoods into modern, marketratable housing that, in turn, has sparked a renaissance and housing boom around those communities. In recent years, Greene has focused extra attention on meeting the demands of the market for low-income older Pennsylvanians by developing more units specifically designed for their needs. He has also worked closely with the State to create facilities that serve the elderly and those with disabilities. In fact, all of PHA’s new com-

munities include a higher percentage of accessible units than that required by law. The US Dept. of Housing & Urban Development has noted PHA’s excellent performance under Greene by designating it a “Moving to Work” agency. This designation allows the authority to have more flexibility in program design and use of Federal funds. “Serving disabled and older citizens who need our help is a reward and honor in itself. Being recognized by

the Secretaries for that work is humbling and gratifying,” Greene said of receiving the honor. “I accept the award on behalf of all PHA employees who commit themselves to public service every day.” The Secretaries” Award was established in 2009 to honor individuals and organizations that make extraordinary efforts on behalf of older Pennsylvanians and those with disabilities. The recipient is selected by the Secretaries of Aging and Public Welfare.

for Council at Large. That could put his leadership role in jeopardy, since his announcement has raised eyebrows as to how a member of the Democratic City Committee apparatus would buck the wishes of the District Caucus, whose members indicate they are solidly behind Myers. Veteran State Rep. Curtis Thomas was challenged by Lewis Thomas, no relative, in the last primary for the 181st Dist. It’s definitely going to be a rough-andtumble Thomas-vs.-Thomas slugfest. Daryl LaFountain drew over 100 supporters to a fundraiser at the Fire Fighters Hall last Saturday, drawing a mix of the District to the party. He’s challenging State Rep. Michael O’Brien in the 175th Dist., which has been undergoing a change in the makeup of its population. Though O’Brien’s roots go several generations, he could be facing a fight. One of LaFountain’s heavy hitters is popular Northern Liberties restaurateur Joe Rafter.

to get Jim Gerlach out of his intentioned challenge. So the possibility increases Republican get-out-thevoters will enjoy a chance to involve themselves in a rare opportunity to help make the next GOP nominee for Governor.

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The indictment by the Attorney General of State Rep. John Perzel obviously weakens the former Speaker’s hold on his 172nd Dist. He could elect to remain in the primary, hope to clear his name before the General Election in November and win easily if that should happen. Then again, he may decide it’s time to hand the reins over to someone else and concentrate fully on his defense against the charges levied by AG Tom Corbett. That leaves the Republican City Committee with a heavier burden than it would like to have as it heads into the primary season. Should Perzel decide not to run in the primary and just finish out his term, the City Committee will need to decide who should be his replacement. Names mentioned include Ward Leader Chris Vogler and Joseph DeFelice. Both are very active vote-getters. The RCC also believes it can reclaim the 170th Dist. seat from Democrat State Rep. Brendan Boyle, who took the seat after a third try, made easier when former State Rep. George Kenney took on an enticing offer in private industry rather than choosing to stay around for another bloody challenge from the feisty Boyle. Republicans feel the growing backlash of voters against the Obama administration, City problems and the longdrawn-out State budget battle means some independents will support a Republican challenger to Boyle this time around. So far, none has been named. Should Perzel elect to run, it’s obvious his roots run deep and, depending on the trial schedule, could pull off a victory in November. State Rep. John Taylor is seen as a shoo-in for the 177th Dist. A look at the coming legislative Democratic primary sees at least seven House in-

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(Cont. From Page 3) opponent in the General Election will be Republican nominee Pat Meehan, who is a former US Attorney. Looking to challenge him in the primary are Gail Conner, of Newtown Square, and political consultant E. Teresa Touey. Lentz looks formidable over these two with a war

chest of over $250,000 and a seasoned campaign team already in place. Lentz has already launched his Congressional campaign website,

Lynn Yeakel Wants Sestak Former Democratic US Senate nominee and a

Women’s Way founder, Lynn Yeakel endorsed Democratic US Senate candidate Congressman Joe Sestak last week. Yeakel served as Mid-Atlantic regional director for the US Dept. of Health & Human Services from 1994 to 2000 and as president and chief executive of the first and largest women’s funding federation.

Brown Enters 188th Dist. Race

DARYL LaFOUNTAIN, surrounded by his campaign committee, addresses enthusiastic throng of followers at Fire Fighters Hall in Northern Liberties as he raises funds for his campaign for State Rep in 175th Dist.

BRYANT BROWN made known his efforts to challenge political heavyweight State Rep. Jim Roebuck in 188th House Dist. race, with an initial fundraiser at Mill Creek Tavern. In photo, from left, at reception were Terri Green, Brown, Rasheen Crews and Aracihanna Sharper.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY-Elect Seth Williams, right, after visiting with present and former Prison Superintendents Lou Giorla and Leon King, tells press strong possibilities exist to permit reducing prison population by letting out, under intensive supervision, nonviolent prisoners with technical infractions.

GOV. ED RENDELL holds up obituary in acknowledgment to his friend of 30 years and his first campaign manager, Kenneth Evans, Jr., who was laid to rest at Bibleway Baptist Church. After more than 30 years of faithful service to Sen. Arlen Specter, Evans, a former United Steel and Postal Worker labor representative, also called “The Deputy Senator from PhiladelPhoto by Warren Bloom phia”, died on Nov. 8.

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Union Labor... Building it right for a better and stronger community! Laborers’ District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and vicinity is comprised of four unions: Local 135, Daniel L. Woodall, Jr., James Vail Business Manager L.E.C.E.T. Management Trustee Local 332, Samuel Staten, Jr., Vincent Primavera, Sr. Business Manager L.E.C.E.T. Management Trustee Local 413, James Harper,Sr., Fred Chiarlanza Business Manager L.E.C.E.T. Management Trustee Local 57, Walt Higgins Harry Hopkins Business Manager L.E.C.E.T. Management Trustee Laborers District Council, Ryan N. Boyer, Business Manager. Samuel Staten, Sr., Business Manager Emeritus of the Laborers’ District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and Vicinity and Local 332.

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(Cont. from page 1) The Point will strive to provide preventive measures to avoid self-destruction of our youth so they may have an opportunity to achieve their goals, dreams and aspirations. The POINT has programs divided by gender and sectioned into the following age categories: 10-12, 13-15, 16-18 and 19-21. In partnership with the Christian Street YMCA, it sponsors Saturday Fun Club each week for children aged 513. Girls can enter the ‘Sister to Sister’ Mentorship program. Sister to Sister provides instructional life skills building to strengthen etiquette, hygiene, nutrition and wellness, language, social disposition, and sexual education: understanding your bodies and pregnancy prevention/young mother rearing. Boys can enter ‘Brother to Brother’ program to nurture relationships to deter the current and all too familiar male related

plagues in our society such as but not limited to: drugs, crime, school dropout and their temporary or permanent entrance into the penal system. The POINT also offers“Parent Empowerment Zone” workshops for parents so that they are prepared and capable of continuing the social development process in their

homes. Parents subjects include but are not limited to: Computer Literacy, Job Readiness, Senior Re-Living, Drug & Alcohol Awareness, Emergency Preparedness and Community Involvement. For more information, call the POINT at (267) 773-7304 or visit THE POINT President Kenyatta Bey and COO Tiye Thompson welcome community to the Point Breeze Youth Development Educational Center that is open now. by Donald Terry

STATE SEN. Anthony Hardy Williams, right, joins President of Universal Companies Abdur Rahim Islam; Kenyatta Bey, president of The Point; and Tyie Thompson at ribbon-cutting last week.

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The Daily Grind, a brand-spanking-new coffee shop, merely a week old, is already buzzing with excitement. Besides going gaga over the Lacas coffee and weekly specials, proprietor Marty Fisher is thrilled to bring a unique snack to 19148: the Liège waffle, a handheld confection, which is a truly yummy food experience. These are not your normal waffles like you order in a diner. These are giddy with caramelized sugar glistening on the most delicious buttery-sweet treasure beneath. In Belgium, these are the equivalent to our soft pretzels. Similar to a pizzelle, but thicker, they stand on their own or can be gilded with bananas, nuts or chocolate chips. “Another name for them is a sugar waffle,” explains Fisher. “Our press is direct from Belgium. We hope to satisfy a specific market need with an affordable price and quality production.” With a sleek industrial

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DWH 1272 Page 565 conveyed unto Samuel H. Seldman and Enda his wife, in fee. UNDER AND SUBJECT to certain Condition, Building Restrictions, Rights and Agreements as of record. TOGETHER with the free and common use, right, liberty and privilege of the foresaid driveway as and for a passageway, driveway and water-course at all time hereafter forever, in common with the owners, tenants and occupiers of the other lots of ground bounding thereon and entitled to the use thereof. SUBJECT, however to the proportionate part of the expense of keeping the said driveway in good order and repair. The sale will be held at November 24, 2009 at 9:00 am at the Market Street Entrance of the United States Courthouse, 601 Market Street, Philadelphia. The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development will bid $252,147.12 plus interest, costs and other charges through the sale date. Ten percent (10%) of the highest bid is the deposit required at the sale. The amount that must be paid to HUD by the mortgagors or someone acting on their behalf so that the sale may be stayed is the total delinquent amount of $252,147.12 as of June 30, 2009, plus all other amounts that would be due under the mortgage agreement if payments under the mortgage had not been accelerated, advertising costs and postage expenses incurred in giving notice, mileage by the most reasonable road distance for posting notices and for the Foreclosure Commissioner’s attendance at the sale, reasonable and customary costs incurred for title and lien record searches, the necessary out-of-pocket costs incurred by the Foreclosure Commissioner for recording documents, a commission for the Foreclosure Commissioner, and all other costs incurred in connection with the foreclosure prior to reinstatement. There will be no proration of taxes, rents or other income or liabilities, except that the purchaser will pay, at or before closing, his prorata share of any real estate taxes that have been paid by the Secretary to the date of the foreclosure sale. When making their bid, all bidders, except the Secretary, must submit a deposit totaling ten percent 10% of the Secretary’s bid as set forth above in the form of a certified check or cashier’s check made out to the Secretary of HUD. Each oral bid need not be accompanied by a deposit. If the successful bid is oral, a deposit of ten (10%) percent must be presented before the bidding is closed. The deposit is nonrefundable. The remainder of the purchase price must be delivered within thirty (30) days of the sale or at such other time as the Secretary may determine for good cause shown, time being of the essence. This amount, like the bid deposits, must be delivered in the form of a certified or cashier’s check. If the Secretary is the high bidder, he need not pay the bid amount in cash. The successful bidder will pay all conveyance fees, all real estate and other taxes that are due on or after the delivery of the remainder of the payment and all other costs associated with the transfer of title. At the conclusion of the sale, the deposits of the unsuccessful bidders will be returned to them. The Secretary may grant an extension of time within which to deliver the remainder of the payment. All extensions will be for fifteen (15) days, and a fee will be charged in the amount of $150.00 for each fifteen (15) day extension requested. The extension fee shall be paid in the form of a certified or cashier’s check made payable to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. If the high bidder closes the sale prior to the expiration of any extension period, the unused portion of the extension fee shall be applied toward the amount due. If the high bidder is unable to close the sale within the required period, or within any extensions of time granted by the Secretary, the high bidder’s deposit will be forfeited, and the Commissioner may, at the direction of the HUD Field Office Representative, offer the property to the second highest bidder for an amount equal to the highest price offered by that bidder. There is no right of redemption, or right of possession based upon a right of redemption, in the mortgagor or others subsequent to a foreclosure completed pursuant to the Act. Therefore, the Foreclosure Commissioner will issue a Deed to the purchaser(s) upon receipt of the entire purchase price in accordance with the terms of the sale as provided herein.

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WHEREAS, on September 30, 1992, a certain Mortgage was executed by EDNA SEIDMAN and SAMUEL H. SEIDMAN, as mortgagor in favor of Boulevard Mortgage Company as mortgagee and was recorded in Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Philadelphia County in Mortgage Book: VCS 325, Page: 431; and WHEREAS, the Mortgage is now owned by the Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (“Secretary”), pursuant to an assignment recorded on September 16, 1999 in Book: 515, Page: 399, in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; and WHEREAS, a default has been made in the covenants and conditions of the Mortgage in that the payment due on June 30, 2009, was not made and remains wholly unpaid as of the date of this Notice, and no payment has been made sufficient to restore the loan to currency; and WHEREAS, the entire amount delinquent as of June 30, 2009 is $252,147.12 plus interest, costs and other charges through the sale date; and WHEREAS, by virtue of this default, the Secretary has declared the entire amount of the indebtedness secured by the Mortgage to be immediately due and payable; NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to powers vested in me by the Single Family Mortgage Foreclosure Act of 1994, l2 U.S.C. 3751 et seq., by 24 CFR Part 29, and by the Secretary’s designation of me as Foreclosure Commissioner, recorded on May 10, 1996 in Misc. Book: VCS 850, Page: 013, in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, notice is hereby given that at November 24, 2009 at 9:00 am at the Market Street Entrance of the United States Courthouse, 601 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, all real and personal property at or used in connection with the following described premises (“Property”) will be sold at public auction to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN lot or piece of ground with the buildings and improvements thereon erected. SITUATE in the 52nd formerly part of the Thirty-fourth Ward of the City of Philadelphia, State of Pennsylvania, described according to a Survey and Plan thereof made by George T. Shegog, Esquire Surveyor and Regulator of the Seventh District on March 31, 1941 as follows to wit: BEGINNING at a point on the Southwesterly side of Lenape Road (fifty feet wide) at the distance of three hundred Twenty- three feet and four hundred Fifty-six one-thousandths of a loot measured along the said side of Lenape Road South Twenty-one degrees, Eight minutes, Five and one-tenth seconds, East from the Conshohocken Avenue (one hundred feet wide) (both extended): thence extending from said point of beginning along said side of Lenape Road South Twenty-one degrees, Eight minutes, five and one-tenth seconds, East Twenty-four feet and Three hundred, Seventy-seven one thousandths, of a foot to a point of curve: thence continuing along said side of Lenape Road on the arc of circle curving to the left, having a radius of two hundred forty-five feet, the arc distance of Twenty-two feet and Two hundred Five one-thousandths of a foot to a point: thence extending South Fifty-five degrees, Twenty-four minutes, fifty –nine seconds, West Seventy feet and Nine hundred Eighty-two one thousandths of a foot, crossing a certain Ten feet wide driveway which extends Northeastwardly and Southwestwardly into and from said Conshohocken Avenue to the Southwesterly side of proposed Ten feet wide driveway: thence extending North Thirty- one degrees, Six minutes, Twenty-four and one –tenth seconds, West along said Southwesterly side of a ten feet wide driveway, sixty-four feet, and Twenty-eight one-thousandths of a foot to a point: thence extending North Sixty-eight degrees, Fiftyone minutes, fifty-four and nine-tenths seconds, East recrossing said Ten feet wide driveway. Seventy-nine feet, and one hundred Eighteen one-thousandths of a foot to said Southwesterly side of Lenape Road, and the first mentioned point and place of beginning. BEING No. 2634 Lenape Road. BEING the same premises which John A. Doyle Singleman by Deed Dated 5/16/41 and Recorded 6/5/41 in the County of Philadelphia in Deed Book

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Baby Contest: Votes Come Flooding In For Babies

Vote Now Or You’ll Miss Out!

Giselle Michetti

Zeyna Rodriguez

Ryan Sullivan

Alexyz Gomez

Ricky Trautz

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The race to find the cutest baby among our readers has become so popular, we have had votes from as far as Washington, Oregon and Hawaii! We have received many votes for each one of our cute candidates, and the voting to find the winners is extremely tight as we get to the final weeks of our competition. As readers know, the Philadelphia Public Record newspapers set about looking for he cutest babies in the city! The one baby you decide on may

Mariah Rose Mendez-Joziak

well become a future Mayor, or a top union leader, or a major community advocate, and possibly a superb educator. There is still time for you to decide! You have two weeks left. To vote for any of the babies listed below, please call (215) 755-2000 or cast a vote by email: Voting will run through 5 p.m. Nov. 30. The two winners, a boy and a girl, with the highest votes will each receive a $100 cash prize. We will announce our

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winners in our edition on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009. To vote, either email your vote to; drop it off at the Public Record Newspapers offices at 1323 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148; or call (215) 7552000.

Christian Gerard DeFelice

Jason Sullivan

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Justin Cusack

Delano K. Roberts

Liam Richard Forbes

Mia DeJesse

Mason Slonaker

Madison Lee Mellwig

Chase & Tyler Barrilli

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Victoria Marie

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Our Opinion ... City Is A Victim As Second Shoe Drops

ANOTHER OPINION choices. Race has nothing to do with whether a person engages in risky sexual behavior or shares IV needles with someone else. That is simply bad decision-making. Sicklecell anemia, on the other hand, could be considered a Black disease. One-third of all people that live in Sub-Saharan Africa carry the gene for sickle cell. Sickle-cell is genetically inherited. HIV is acquired overwhelmingly through lifestyle choices. Let’s get the facts straight. The Center for Disease Control gives the following statistics concerning methods of transmission of HIV/AIDS. Out of all cases in the US through 2007: 487,695 - a result of maleto-male sexual contact 255,859 - from injection drug use 71,242 - from male-tomale sexual contact and injection drug use 176,157 -from high-risk heterosexual contacts

Don’t Blame Church For HIV/AIDS 18,266 - tagged as other (including hemophilia, blood transfusion, prenatal exposure and risks not reported or identified). Clearly, the vast majority of cases stem from behavioral choices made by individuals. The second comment came from Judge Glenda Hatchett, who criticized the church for somehow allowing this epidemic to spread. To an African American pastor, a red flag is raised when people misunderstand the role of the church. They want to redefine what the mission of the church is to suit their purposes. The real job of the church is to love all people, no matter what their circumstances. It should not matter if you have HIV/AIDS or cancer or are homeless. “Love your neighbor as yourself” is one of the two great commandments that Jesus gave. We are to assist those in need, encourage those who are down,

and help people to fix the problems they face in life. What the detractors of the church fail to acknowledge is the primary message the Bible gives. All of the lifestyle choices that are shown to cause HIV and AIDS contradict Biblical teaching on living. To put it bluntly, no one wants to hear the true message of living right. They just want you to blindly accept their lifestyle and just help them. The HIV epidemic will only continue to get worse if we ignore the behaviors that cause it to spread. I am willing to show love to those with the disease, but I also have a responsibility to tell them the truth about the lifestyle that got them there. True love means we don’t just provide them with temporary help, we are called to assist them to spiritual wholeness. Joe Green (jgministries@ is a Central Pennsylvania radio-station owner.

Nov. 19- Jewish Labor Committee hosts Labor Human Rights Award reception honoring Sen. Robert Casey and Greg Rosenbaum at 22 S. 22nd St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 20- Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown hosts Bringing City Government to Senior Citizens at NewCourtland Sr. Ctr., 1701 W. Lehigh Ave., 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Nov. 21- State Rep. Ron Waters hosts 60th Street Business Association press conference to encourage residents to support local businesses at parking lot of Super Clean Laundromat, 60th & Locust Sts., 1-3 p.m. Turkey raffles. Nov. 23- Seth Williams with Council Members Jannie Blackwell and Curtis Jones host youth violence seminar at Walter Palmer Leadership Learning Charter Sch., 6th & Poplar Sts., 1 p.m. For info (267) 579-8728. Nov. 23- Sen. Anthony Williams hosts weatherization seminar at 5501 Angora Terr., 6 p.m. For info (215)

492-2980. Nov. 23- City hosts meeting for those interested in new job-creation grant for creative sector at City Hall, Rm. 202, 3 p.m. To apply and view the RFP please visit Applications are due Dec. 18, 2009. Dec. 3- Fundraiser for State Rep. Brendan Boyle at Finnigan’s Wake, 3rd & Spring Garden Sts., 6-8 p.m. Dec. 3- State Rep. Mike O’Brien holds community meeting for residents of his legislative District at George Washington Sch., 1198 S. 5th St., 7-9 p.m. For info (215) 503-3245. Dec. 4- 25th Ward Democratic Christmas Party at Polish Hall, Richmond St. & Allegheny Ave., 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Live music, open bar, hot buffet. Tickets $35. Dec. 5- 55th Ward Democratic Christmas Party at Rauchut’s Tavern, Frankford Ave. & Hellerman St., 2-6 p.m. Open bar, buffet. RSVP by Nov. 27 (215) 335-4004. Dec. 11-13- Penna. Society at Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

by Joseph L. Green This summer I watched a panel discussion regarding HIV/AIDS in the Black community. The statistics are very alarming. Right now, the Black community has the highest percentage of new HIV/AIDS cases in the nation. This disease can be devastating to all those infected with it and those around them as well. I personally have first-hand experience witnessing two close acquaintances die of this disease and it is not a pretty sight. Two comments from the show were inaccurate as well as misleading. The first one came from Phil Wilson, founder and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute. Wilson stated, “AIDS in America today is a black disease.” This is an absurd statement. The HIV/AIDS epidemic, although very sad for all those involved, has nothing to do with race. Over 98% of all cases are due to lifestyle

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The Republicans are still a major force in the General Assembly. They must be contended with, especially in the Senate Chamber, where they are in the majority. When legislation affecting the City needs a lot of push and extensive lobbying to get through both houses, it’s always nice to have a hometown legislator, particularly one in the leadership, who will run the gauntlet for us all. Losing State Sen. Vincent Fumo took away a good deal of the inside machinations for which Vince was noted, and which produced “yes” votes from Republicans who would normally vote “no” on legislation designed solely to benefit this City. With the second shoe was dropped on Speaker Emeritus John Perzel last week by Attorney General Tom Corbett, his ability to promote Philadelphia causes has been slowed, if not irrevocably damaged. Though John was the Republican maven in the House, he was owed considerable chits from Republican colleagues in the Senate. To his gritty credit, Perzel was at his desk voting on legislation this past week. He intends to fulfill his responsibilities despite the crushing indictment. It is also hoped he’ll continue with a defense that could see him freed from this gauntlet so he can full return to a position of influence in the House. With the possibility our city’s Republican presence in the Legislature could dwindle down to two House Seats, those of State Reps. John Taylor and Dennis O’Brien, and no allies besides Democrats in the Senate, Philadelphia will be hard pressed to whip up enthusiasm for legislation it needs for its specific wants. Perzel’s indictment is not one to be enjoyed, even by the most partisan of Democrats. His possible loss as a force in the legislature will be felt by this City’s administration.

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Teenage JOE SICKMAN and Father Joseph Brandt point to handicapped ramp into St. Anne’s Church, built by union labor and donations from businesses. Ramp permits wheelchairbound to finally get to Church services.

“as I long as I can remember.” Her brother was one of three involved in a gang fight in the summer of 1990 that resulted in the killing of Eric Brinkman, who was the same age of her brother. Two other teens who were arrested with Frank pled guilty to third-degree murder. Frank decided to fight the charge, feeling he was innocent. Instead, he re-

Kensington Battles To Save Parish School The alumni of St. Anne’s Parish School in Kensington are spread throughout the greater Northeast and then some, so they may not be aware their beloved school, with its great memories and great teaching, could soon be no more. The parish has been warned it needs to come up with $100,000 in fundraising before the end

Two bills, designed to provide possible parole review for juveniles serving life sentences, have the support of many in this city, particularly Dawn Grazulis, 41, whose brother, Frank, is one of those who began serving a life-term prison sentence while a teenager. Dawn has been campaigning for such legislation since

Is It Time To Lifers: Parole Some?

of the year or face a Catholic Archdiocese edict the school will be closed. That’s why the active members of the St. Anne’s Alumni Education Fund are staging a beef and beer for Sunday, Nov. 29 at Finnigan’s Wake from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person at the door and the event includes domestic drafts, wine, soda, buffet and a comedy act.

In addition, $10 lottery tickets will be sold. They will be raffled off the first of the month for January, February and March. In the meantime, fully aware of the need to serve its growing senior population, St. Anne’s -- through the efforts of Joe Sickman, Sr., chief steward of IBEW Local Union 98, and its pastor, Father Joseph Brandt -- has built a ramp which will permit

wheelchair parishioners an opportunity to get into the basement-church for Mass. Sickman said, “Thanks to Local 98 Business Mgr. John Dougherty and Mike Hand, business agent of Carpenters Local 1050, the ramp-work got underway. Material was donated by Tague Lumber at cost, and Scott Holland, of Stairlighting, LLC, out of Maryland, is coming in to install $2,300 worth of lights for the ramp this Saturday.” He noted the concept for the ramp began with Pauline Trout of Bridesburg. The 72-year-old wanted to start collecting cans to raise funds for the ramp. “At the rate, she and I would be under the old sod before the first piece of lumber was cut,” laughed Sickman. “That’s when I went to the unions.” Father Brandt, in the meantime, was saving money for such a purpose. But now he has been told to use that for other good causes. The ramp will be blessed and dedicated during the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Nov. 28. Father Brandt said, “We are finally able to invite into the church senior handicapped parishioners, friends of St. Anne’s, and we can welcome injured veterans into the church itself, which is something they could not do before.” In the meantime, word is spreading among the alumni to come to the rescue of the school. A fundraiser is scheduled for Dec. 5 at 4618 Milnor Street in Bridesburg, given by Anne Martie Roney-Quinn and Marty Gross from 4 to 7 p.m.

ceived a life sentence. The others are now out on the streets. Frank, presently incarcerated in the Greene Correctional Institution in Waynesburg, hopes his sister’s efforts will get local legislators to support either or both of the bills, which would permit parole review for longtime juvenile lifers. State Rep. Robert F. Matzie introduced HB 1994, which provides possible parole review for juveniles after serving 10 years of the sentence, were under 18 at the time of the crime, and were sentenced from 10 years to life. The other legislation — HB 1999 — was introduced by South Philadelphia’s State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson. It provides for possible parole review for juvenile lifers who were under 18 at the time of the crime and only after reaching 31 years of age. Under this legislation, juvenile lifers now serving sentences could apply for resentencing, which may result in a parole option with their life sentence. “It’s obvious Frank understands what he did was terribly wrong. Today, he is a grown man with mature responsibility. He could be a productive human being on the outside, rather than waste away in prison at great expense to the taxpayers,” says Dawn Grazulis. Frank is one of those, she says, who is “lucky to have a strong family to come home to.” She noted, “Members of

the family visit him every chance we can.” Dawn has been busy gathering petitions for the support of both bills. She adds, “In this time of heavy government spending, looking at cases of adults serving life sentences since their teenage years is a win-win situation. We can give them a chance to become productive citizens and, at the

THEN AND NOW: Photo at top shows Frank, 16, prior to going to jail for life, with younger family members, nephews Timothy and Anthony Grazulis. Today, below in prison garb, he’s with one of his visiting nephews, Stephen.

same time, reduce by millions the tax money needed to feed and keep them in jail.” Those interested is signing petitions or in helping with the effort are asked to call Dawn at (215) 468-0891. CBTU PRESIDENT Mike Daniels, on behalf of CBTU executive board and membership, presents Philadelphia AFL-CIO President Pat Eiding with award at organization’s board meeting in appreciation for his continued support for the Philadelphia Coalition of Black Trades Unionists Chapter, and for his appearing at its Regional #2.

you know it, medicine will look like any other government-run program.” In addition to asking physicians and health-care professionals to wear white coats, scrubs or other uniforms which identify them, Drs. Chastka and Parcella are also asking medical professionals to help provide quality American medicine to those less medically-fortunate than average Americans with a donation of medical equipment, pharmaceuticals or supplies. These items will be donated to The World Surgical Foundation, a 10-year-old Harrisburg-based charity founded by Camp Hill pediatric surgeon Domingo Alvear, which brings teams of doctors, nurses and other volunteers, in addition to tons of equipment and supplies, to Third World countries several times each year. This year, the group brought American health care to Ethiopia, Ecuador and Honduras, performing hundreds of surgeries on people who might not otherwise have had any access to medical care. The group will spend two weeks in February 2010 in Palawan, Philippines. All kinds of medical equipment and supplies are needed.

Pennsylvania’s Million Med March is intended to draw attention to practical alternatives to the massive health-care overhaul planned by members of Congress. According to Dr. Chastka, “We support reform of the insurance industry to make medical insurance more affordable by eliminating statewide monopolies and government mandates. We support legislation to make insurance more portable so peo-

ple do not lose their insurance when they become ill or when they change or lose their jobs. We support reform of the current legal-malpractice system, which encourages frivolous lawsuits with large payouts and lacks penalties for the plaintiffs and their lawyers who file false suits. We want to stop the practice of using doctors as gatekeepers whose job it is to ration care to patients for the profit of insurance companies and, most of

all, we want to preserve the special relationship between a

patient and a doctor from government interference.”

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(Cont. From Page 8) gist, organized the Pennsylvania event “to bring doctors, healthcare professionals and patients together to explore alternatives to the current legislation, which is ruinously expensive and undermines the basic freedoms guaranteed to us in the United States Constitution.” Neither physician has ever arranged anything like this before, but both are strongly committed to preserving the doctor-patient relationship by opposing measures that would give the Federal government more control over the choices doctors and patients make. Says Dr. Parcella, “I don't want the government telling me what bureaucratic cookbook I need to use to take care of my patients.” She questions the experience of the people who wrote the health-care bills currently before Congress: “These are people with no clinical knowledge of how the medical system really works in the real world, because they are bureaucrats. These bills before Congress will place so many levels of bureaucracy between the doctor and the patient, and this will weaken our sacred relationship. Eventually, this breeds mediocrity in the system, and before

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What a mess! Last week, former Pennsylvania House SPEAKER JOHN PERZEL and eight aides, including his Chief of Staff BRIAN PRESKI, became the first Republicans charged in ATTORNEY GENERAL TOM CORBETT’S three-year old investigation into the misuse of taxpayer dollars for personal campaigns. Corbett is a fellow Republican and current Gubernatorial candidate. Perzel is also accused of taxpayer-funded “dirty tricks” against fellow Republicans who voted against him on critical legislation. Among those who felt that sting was STATE REP. CURT SCHRODER, who is currently seeking a US House seat in the Pennsylvania 6th Dist. Schroder may well be rewarded as a result. After facing an onslaught of criticism from Democrats claiming Corbett’s investigation only targeted Donkeys, the latest charges brought against a prominent local Elephant may prove even more problematic for Corbett’s Gubernatorial aspirations. This may be bad for Corbett, but potentially good news for CONGRESSMAN JIM GERLACH, who is vacating the 6th Dist. in order to seek the Governor’s Mansion in 2010. All this poison may also be sweet for STATE REP. SAM ROHRER, an “outside-the-establishment” conservative who had opposed Perzel. Loyal Opposition Chairman MARC COLLAZZO warned recently that Perzel, should he opt to run for reelection, could face a stiff primary challenge. Potential primary candidates for this tossup seat are JOE DeFELICE and PPA’s CHRIS VOGLER of the 55th Ward. On the Democratic side, KEVIN BOYLE (brother of STATE REP. BRENDAN BOYLE), TOM FORKIN of the 55th Ward Democrats, ‘08 nominee RICH COSTELLO and ’06 nominee (Cont. Page 15)

When the subject of State Rep. John Perzel comes up in conversation, my response usually includes a whole bunch of words I can’t repeat in a family newspaper. From the School District takeover to the Parking Authority takeover, Perzel has helped turn things that needed tweaking into patronage havens that either provide inadequate services to our kids or turn the city into a nationally televised joke, complete with nasty meter-maids. So when Attorney General Tom Corbett indicted Perzel, along with a team of his Republicans, in what’s being called the “Bonusgate” scandal, I thought of the words of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King: “Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty, we’re free at last!” I say this because, although he’s still popular in his District, not even the folks in the Northeast would seriously consider sending him back to Harrisburg while he’s waiting to go on trial. When Corbett, one of the names being mentioned for the Republican nomination for Governor next year, indicted a group of Democratic lawmakers on corruption charges last year, I wondered, “Where are the Republicans?” One of the few things that’s truly bipartisan here in Pennsylvania is corruption and you had just as many Republicans doing hinky stuff in Harrisburg as you did Democrats. But, by indicting Perzel, Corbett nailed the Republicans’ version of State Sen. (and new occupant of an Old Kentucky Home, with bars on the windows) Vince Fumo. Like Fumo was for the Democrats, Perzel was a Republican power-broker extraordinaire. He was Speaker of the House for years (Cont. Page 17)

SNOOPER’S STRIKE “AFTERMATH”: Everyone agrees THE T.W.U. Local 234 won big, and I mean big. Yes, they got themselves a fantastic FIVE-YEAR DEAL and now, it’ll be THE CITY WORKERS’ UNION. Let me tell you, my inside source tells me they too will get what they want. If not, look out, MR. MAYOR. To all those who bought their TransPasses: you are definitely entitled to some compensation; after all, it was not your fault S.E.P.T.A. went out on STRIKE. When you purchased your TRANS-PASS you were all entitled to ride their trains, buses, and other assorted transportation for the agreed price you paid. Non-performance is something you should consider. Don’t bend or back down; you’re entitled. SNOOPER’S EMAIL SERVICE: Please, will you all stop whining about THE PHILLIES! Yes, they could have WON all four games, but that’s water over the dam. NEXT, how long am I going to hear about ANDY REID and his hopeless EAGLES? Yeah – DALLAS kicked their butt, so get a life! I want the person who keeps sending me their garbage messages, STOP, because you’re absolutely ridiculous. Don’t threaten me, because if you do, I have something for you and trust me, I don’t sell WOLF TICKETS! SNOOPER’S FUN ACADEMY: How about our beloved CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY? We’re so proud of him and, I might add, he also has a great sense of humor. The recent WORLD SERIES that THE PHILLIES blew was one he won’t forget. Two BALD-HEADED friends of his bet him on the game. The bet was, if Brady lost, he would have to shave his head leaving only a MOHAWK. Brady stated, “Why would I make a bet like this? They had nothing to lose. After all, it looks like they have already lost a few bets.” The Congressman further stated, “I look a lot YOUNGER in a MOHAWK.” Please, Congressman, don’t do it; you’ll start a new trend here! SNOOPER SIGHTING: Traveled up to the Northeast again and I spotted GABE PIORKO, he’s with CAPITOL CAR AUCTIONS. He apparently was in a hurry, along with one of his top professionals, STEVE DYDAK. I too, along with a lot of others, stopped in for the car auction, and Chief, I got a little lucky. I left with a beautiful 2001 Buick Century and, I might add, it had low mileage and was in excellent condition. Yes Boss, I did get a good deal too. GABE has AUCTIONS at least 3 times a week. Give him a call (215)332-2515! (Cont. Page 21)

Yo! Here we go again with this item I found on the internet called “A Brief Guide to American Newspapers” and, in my opinion, it is cute – and possibly true. The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country and who are very good at crossword puzzles. USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don’t really understand The New York Times. They like their statistics shown in pie charts. The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn’t mind running the country — if they could find the time — and if they didn’t have to leave Southern California to do it. The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country and did a far superior job of it, thank you very much. The New York Daily News is read by people who aren’t too sure who’s running the country and don’t really care as long as they can get a seat on the train. The New York Post is read by people who don’t care which people are running the country as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated. The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country but need the baseball scores. The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren’t sure there is a country or that anyone is running it; but if so, they opposeall that they stand for. The National Inquirer is read by people (Cont. Page 21)

MARY JANE HAZELL, the driving force behind the Somerton Civic Association, where she was president since 1989, departed this life after a long battle with a respiratory ailment. She was 76. Mary Jane was the epitome of a responsible leader of a civic association. She did a masterful job of maintaining the residential quality of the Somerton area of Philadelphia. On the other hand, she did not stand in the way of responsible residential builders. She played a large roll in the latest development in the Somerton area, which consists of the units currently being built on the northwest corner of the old Byberry State Hospital tract. She was an activist in the true sense of the word. She had the respect of all of the elective officials who functioned in the Somerton area, including STATE SEN. MIKE STACK, COUNCILMAN BRIAN O’NEILL and STATE REP. BRENDAN BOYLE. In addition, she was a longtime committeewoman in the 58 th Ward Democratic organization and, for a number of years, was its treasurer. She will be missed and it will be difficult to find a worthy successor. Hazell’s funeral service was held at the Fellowship Baptist Church on Worthington Road, where many friends gave their recollections of their experiences with her. The burial took place at Sunset Park in Somerton. Boyle arranged for passage in the State House of a resolution honoring this unofficial “Mayor of Somerton”. Next year will be the scene of another Gubernatorial election, with the completion of ED RENDELL’S second term. Rendell is to be congratulated for his fine service as Governor. Speculation is when his term is done, he will be offered a top position in the Obama Administration in Washington. Currently, TOM KNOX has announced his candidacy for Governor from Philadelphia. Executive Director of Allegheny Co. DAN ONORATO has declared his candidacy as well as STATE TREASURER JACK WAGNER, both from the Western part of the State; and Scranton’s MAYOR CHRIS DOHERTY from the Northeastern part of the State. Former City CONTROLLER JONATHAN SAIDEL had earlier announced he is seeking the office of Lieutenant Governor.


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PITCHING big plans for newly merged Dept. of Parks & Recreation is its Commissioner Michael DiBerardinis, here addressing Penna. Horticultural Society’s Young Friends at Black Sheep Pub in Rittenhouse Square.

IN OUR Nov. 5, 2009 issue, the article “Myers Hosts In South Philly” incorrectly identified Ward Leader Bob Dellavella, left, as “Judge O’Neill.” Judge O’Neill was not present at the event.

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(Cont. From Page 14) TIM KEARNEY are all expected to be making the rounds in the coming weeks. On the GOP side, this may be the first internal test of the strength of the opposition versus the longevity of the old guard. While former City Controller AL SCHMIDT lost the election, you would not know it by the vibes at his electionnight party. The members of the Loyal Opposition were there in full force, showing strong unity. Young Turks KEVIN KELLY, DAVE KRALLE and DeFelice were co-stars to Schmidt, along with the GOP’s most impressive Ward Leaders PHIL INNAMORATO (65th), MIKE CIBIK (5th) and JERRY BROWN (17th). Despite the loss, spirits were high as this crew singlehandedly attained for Schmidt the same 28% the entire GOP City Committee pulled in for HILLEL LEVINSON four years prior. Levinson has since joined the Loyal Opposition and was also in attendance at the event. DA Candidate MICHAEL UNTERMYER was also in attendance with his brilliant

fundraiser JUDY CAMIEL and her daughter KRISTIN as she follows in her mother’s footsteps. City GOP Chairman VITO CANUSO appeared to congratulate Schmidt on a hard-fought race. Trunk Man will be remiss if the “Jens” are left out. Congratulations to JEN FAIL of Untermeyer’s camp and JEN TIS of Team Schmidt for campaigns well run. While Trunk Man was unable to attend, the Union League played host to conservative pundit Grover Norquist. In attendance were Congressional candidate DAMIEN DACHOWSKI and City Council at Large candidate ELMER MONEY. It seems the votes were miscounted in New York’s 23rd Dist. Congressional election. First returns mistakenly gave the Democrat a 5,335vote lead and a concession from Conservative candidate DOUG HOFFMANN. Recanvassing of the polls saw the margin shrink to just 3,026 votes, with over 10,000 absentee ballots yet to be counted. Although it’s a long shot, the election may well go to the Conservative after every vote is counted.

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KAREN BROWN, Penna. Boxing Hall of Fame Chairman John Gallagher, Republican City Committee Chairman Vito Canuso and AFSCME Local 2187’s Dave Krain all came out to support Giardello Statue project.

THE DRUDINGS, Diane, Fred, Jr. and Deacon Fred Druding, Sr., thank Joey Vento for his surprise $5,000 donation at Giardello Statue fundraiser. This is on top of $20,000 Vento previously donated to project.

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Out & About (Cont. From Page 14) until the Democrats took over the House and demoted him. There are a couple of ironies here. One is that Perzel has been indicted for spending $9 million in State funds to enhance Republican get-out-the-vote operations. With all of the shouting and screaming Republicans tend to do whenever Democrats try and get poor folks, working-class folks and union folks to the polls, that he’s going to trial for this

particular bit of business should give Karl Rove fits. The other irony is some of the same Republicans who were cheering Corbett when it was Democrats doing the perp walk 16 months ago are calling on him to resign now because they believe these charges are his way of getting voters to think he’s Gubernatorial material. Democratic politicians in search of ill-gotten handouts caught heck in 2008. In addition to “the Vince of Darkness” getting pinched, the “Bonusgate” scandal led

to a couple of Democratic lawmakers, like State Rep. Mike Veon, along with a host of spear-carriers, being nabbed. Many of them have already pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Veon is heading to court soon. Did the Republicans really think they’d get away scot-free? This is going to be interesting to watch. I can’t wait until the court dates are set. But no matter what happens, whomever the Northeast sends to Harrisburg to sit in Perzel’s seat should be an improvement.

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MRS. JOEY GIARDELLO, 2nd from left, joins with her family in thanking Geno’s Steaks owner Joey Vento for his $25,000 donation at Waterfall Room fundraiser. Because of support of Vento and all those who came out, project is just shy of funds necessary to erect statue of former middleweight champion.

Giardello Statue Enters Final Rounds

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Leo Holt, president of Holt Logistics, will be given the “Friend of Chile” Award by the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce at the annual award

luncheon at the Union League today. Since 1998, the Chamber has recognized an outstanding member of the regional business community with a

strong commitment to fostering increased commercial and trade relations between the Republic of Chile and the Greater Philadelphia region.

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American Family Association is calling for a two-month boycott of Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic, the three stores owned by San Francisco-based Gap Inc., over the company’s censorship of the word “Christmas”. The boycott is part of AFA’s ongoing campaign to encourage businesses, communities and individuals to put Christ back in Christmas. The boycott runs from now through Christmas Day. AFA

has set up a dedicated website at For years, Gap has refused to use the word Christmas in its television commercials, newspaper ads and in-store promotions, despite tens of thousands of consumer requests to recognize Christmas and in spite of repeated requests from AFA to do the same. Last year, Gap issued this politically correct statement to Christmas shoppers: “Gap recognizes that many traditions

are celebrated throughout this season and we feel it is important to display holiday signage that is inclusive to everyone.” “It’s not just a ‘winter holiday’,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon. “For millions of Americans the giving and receiving of gifts is in honor of the One who gave Himself. For Gap to pretend that isn’t the foundation of the Christmas season is political correctness at best and religious bigotry at worst.”

Laborers’ District Council’s Charity Fund will donate $20,000 to the Jenkintown Day Nursery at its Thanksgiving celebration on Wednesday at noon. Samuel Staten, Sr., assistant business manager, LDC and Local 332, will present the check in noon ceremonies in the Qaid Staten Memorial Children’s Garden at the Nursery. The Jenkintown Day Nursery, a nonprofit located at Baeder & Hilltop Roads in Jenkintown, seeks to ensure no child is refused quality early education and care because of the family’s inability to pay full tuition. The story of JDN traces back to 1903, when Mrs. Theodore B. Culver discovered small children left in a barn to fend for themselves while their parents worked. She quickly took action to

THREE microturbines like the one shown above have been installed at Four Seasons Hotel. Using PGW’s clean-burning natural gas, turbines will cut hotel’s energy costs by 30%. PGW President and CEO Craig Dixon said, “When a customer like Four Seasons takes advantage and installs such cutting-edge technology, everybody wins.”

CSX Adds Caring For Widows Shipping Options CSX Corp., one of this city’s major railroad lines, has launched a track-improvement program which Mayor Michael Nutter said “will provide economic and environmental benefits to this city for years to come.” Launching the project were Gov. Ed Rendell, with a $10 million contribution from the State, and CSX Chairman Michael J. Ward, who announced his company was adding $12 million to an additional $10 million from two Federal agencies. They were on the main line that runs alongside Hunting Park Avenue in North Philadelphia. The project is designed to increase clearances underneath 16 bridges which will allow faster, more-efficient rail connection along the Eastern Seaboard and with the Midwest, creating 1,200 direct and indirect jobs. When completed, CSX will boast a double-stack rail corridor which would expand its Philadelphia freight options.

ENJOYING LUNCHEON for firefighters’ widows at union hall in Northern Liberties are, from left, Eleanor Micucci, Fire Fighters’ Local 22 President Bill Gault and Patricia Gainer.

help, finding a safe, warm place for the children and recruiting volunteers to care for them. JDN has been operating continuously since then, serving families who live and work in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester and Delaware Cos. The center has evolved into a nurturing learning environment, rich with opportunities for children’s physical, emotional, social and intellectual growth. JDN offers two-year-old, threeyear-old, four-year-old, prek and kindergarten programming. With 90 children, the center is currently at full enrollment. LDC Charity Fund’s goal

is to raise funds to assist charitable organizations that provide services to the needy in the five-county area of Philadelphia. LDC has been helping members and their families and the community enjoy a better standard of living by providing jobs and benefits since its charter in 1937. LDC believes in the principles on which unionism was founded: a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, and workers’ rights. LDC also believes next-generation unionism must vigorously pursue workers’ rights based on management and union cooperation and the advancement of member education.

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No Spanish food at Garces’ new ‘Whiskey’ by Len Lear You might call chef/entrepreneur Jose Garces the Latino Stephen Starr. Like Starr, for whom he once worked as an executive chef (at El Vez and Alma de Cuba), Garces has an empire of pricey, spectacularly designed showcases that provide not just fine food — with each restaurant very different from all the others — but also with a Hollywood-style panache that is likely to make you tell your friends about the place. Then they will tell their friends, and so on. Of course, one major difference is that while they are both entrepreneurs, only Garces is also a highly talented and creative chef. From Garces’ previous restaurants — Amada, Tinto,

Distrito and Chifa — you’d never have been able to predict what his latest operation would be like. All four other restaurants offer different variations and combinations of Spanish/Latino cuisine, but Jose‘s newest creation, Village Whiskey, at 118 S. 20th Street, an intimate, 30-seat neighborhood bar, serves a wealth of whiskies and cocktails alongside bar snacks, a raw bar, salads, fries and Southern comfort food. There’s not a tortilla, paella or chorizo anywhere in the deck. Village Whiskey features a virtual library of 80 to 100 varieties of whiskey, bourbon, rye and scotch from Scotland, Canada, Ireland, US and even a few Japanese options. For those who want alcoholic drinks other than whiskey, there are wines (with a focus on sparkling wines) and American craft

beers. “I’ve always been a whiskey lover,” said Garces. “It can be enjoyed in so many ways, whether as a cocktail or just sipped on the rocks. Village Whiskey is the kind of place I would want to go to unwind after a long day at work.” An array of 16 house cocktails, developed by bar manager Paul Rodriguez, are divided into two categories — “Prohibition,” or classic cocktails, and “Repeal,” more contemporary, modern takes. “Prohibition” cocktails include an “Old Fashioned” with Noah’s Mill 114-proof bourbon, Italian vermouth, Fee’s Brothers oak-aged bitters, cherry and orange. An example of a “Repeal” cocktail is the “Village Idiot,” Kentucky straight 108-proof whiskey with seasonal black wheat beer and ginger. The cocktails are pricey, ranging from $11 to $18. Some of the straight whiskey prices are up there with the astronauts. Just

one ounce of something called Pappy Van Winkle whiskey, for example, costs $42. (For that price, it should come with a half-ounce of chemically enhanced materials and a gallon of chocolate Haagen Dazs ice cream.) Menu items, crafted by chef Garces and chef de cuisine Dave Conn to complement the properties of whiskey, include seasonal oysters and clams; charcuterie and cheese plates; snacks such as housemade cheese puffs, spicy cheddar popcorn and honey-roasted Smokey Mountain peanuts; and house-cured pickles, served with a cocktail fork in a miniature mason jar. A ground-to-order Angus beef burger, a veggie burger, a bison burger or a Vienna all-beef hot dog with all the trimmings are each served alongside duckfat French fries and Sly Fox cheddar sauce. The menu, which is served all day, ranges widely in price. For example, bar snacks run from about $2 to $15 and

Len Lear pickled items from $4 to $12. You can get a burger for $9, but you can also get one — are you ready for this? — for $24. What you get for that price, along with the burger, is seared goose liver (foie gras), slabs of bacon, mapleglazed onions and a hunk of blue cheese. You should also get a free heart checkup from a cardiologist, since you’ve just consumed more fat and calories than the nation of

Madagascar. The space that houses the library of liquor was designed by Jun Aizaki of Creme Design Collective, the creative force behind Garces’ four other Philly restaurants. (He also has one in Chicago.) Aizaki said he was inspired by American saloons and speakeasies, illustrations of turn-of-the-century social clubs and old-fashioned liquor advertisements. There are dim lighting, posters for various alcohols, a tin ceiling, antique mirrors and leather banquettes. Behind the pewter bar with dark walnut stools, whiskies are displayed like leather-bound books. Last year chef Garces, who was born in Chicago to Ecuadorian parents, produced his first cookbook, Latin Evolution (Lake Isle Press). Village Whiskey is open seven days a week, 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. For more information, visit or call (215) 6621088.


A tri-state coalition of labor and political leaders will rally noon today at Pier 98 Annex, Delaware & Oregon Avenues, to protest civil suits against dredging by States of Delaware and New Jersey.

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HON. TOM CORBETT is going after everybody, and he doesn’t care where the chips will fall, and he is serious. It was painful to see Rep. Perzel being escorted out in handcuffs. Why wasn’t he shown some respect? He does deserve that much. SHAME!

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it. What they’re not telling you is the Barnes Art Collection was a big FLOP where it was, and it won’t change by having taxpayers pay MILLIONS OF DOLLARS to bring it here. I’ll give it a year, if they’re that lucky – watch it! The Mayor found taxpayers’ monies for this, since he loves The Arts! SNOOPER SCOOPER: Here we go again, another probe, another BIGGIE named: HON. JOHN PERZEL, Speaker of The House “emeritus”. Hold on, my sources tell me there’s going to be some more ‘heavy’ POLITICIANS involved in this one before The Attorney General is done.

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(Cont. From Page 14) SNOOPER’S “SHAME” (Sports Dept.): What the heck is going on in all our sports? VIOLENCE seems to be the “order of the day”. Lately, we have seen outrageous violence on the SOCCER FIELDS, males and females. Why didn’t the REFEREES do something about it earlier, when they could have prevented it from happening? Those who choose to do this kind of unsportsmanlike behavior are opening themselves up for criminal charges of assault. They could also be brought in on CIVIL CHARGES too. Why wasn’t that girl who

caused all the ‘mayhem’ thrown out of the game? VIOLENCE is in all our sports, HOCKEY, BASEBALL, SOCCER, BASKETBALL, and it’s happening in both PROFESSIONAL and AMATEUR SPORTS. A Disgrace! SNOOPER UPDATE: It seems the Mayor has done it again. Another money-maker is leaving this City. The Mayor has seen fit to have the DAD VAIL REGATTA leave Philadelphia, because of his “grab a dollar” policies. Question: Now that THE MUMMERS will pay for their own MUMMERS’ PARADE, why don’t they also reap all the monies from their parade will bring into Philadelphia? Please, leave THE MAYOR out; he didn’t want your PARADE anyway. Thanks to him and his ‘greed’, we also lost Philly’s famous COLUMBUS DAY PARADE. What’s next? SNOOPER’S SCAM: The Barnes Foundation found them a ‘sucker’ to get them a new home, which, by the way, we are all PAYING FOR, and I know it’ll be another Philadelphia WHITE ELEPHANT. You can bet on

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