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CHECKING out Warnock Village Green Roof, the second put up by PHA, are Mayor Michael Nutter, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, Sen. Arlen Specter, PHA Executive Director Carl Greene, Congressman Chaka Fattah, PHFA Executive Director Brian Hudson and PHA Commissioner Patrick Eiding.
Waters Notes Legislature Eyes Driving Phone Ban State Rep. Ronald G. Waters revealed this week, “The Pennsylvania General Assembly is working on a statewide ban to curb distracted driving. However, Philadelphia already has a head start.”
THANKS to humanitarian and philanthropist Kal Rudman, Philadelphia Police assigned to Eagles-Redskins game were treated to an excellent Chinese lunch prepared by chef Michael Chow, of Sang Kee Restaurant in Chinatown. Here, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, flanked by Chow and Rudman, looks approvingly at hot platter of shrimp and Chinese vegetables.
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it cut the ribbon on its newest “Green” development, Warnock Village. PHA Executive Director Carl Greene led HUD officials, elected leaders and residents on a guided tour of Warnock Village, giving visitors a firsthand look at some of the energy saving features and green building techniques PHA employed to create North Philadelphia’s newest neighborhood. The opening ceremonies found Sens. Arlen Specter and Bob Casey, Congressmen Bob Brady and Chaka Fattah, Mayor Michael Nutter and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan all applauding Greene for his redevelopment vision as well as his ability to effectively administer more than $125 million in stimulus funds to rebuild neighborhoods and create jobs for Philadelphia families. To date, PHA has awarded over $100 million in stimulus funds to local contractors, which are expected to create more than 3,000 jobs. “Warnock Village is another great example of how the Philadel(Cont. Page 2)
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As of this week, the Philadelphia Police Dept. will begin full enforcement of the hands-free motorist legislation sponsored by Councilmen Bill Green, Bill Greenlee and Frank Rizzo. The bill makes it a violation of Philadelphia Code to use a cell phone without a hands-free device while driving or biking within the City of Philadelphia. Full enforcement comes after a month-long education period during which Police Officers (Cont. Page 2)
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PHA Earning City Green Title (Cont. From Page 1) phia Housing Authority continues to redefine public housing,” said Greene. “Today we are building and operating quality sites with contemporary and accessible designs, advanced technologies, and a host of energy efficient features for our residents.” “Green building can and should be an engine of economic growth and job creation in communities across the country,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “PHA is a model for green building and a leading example in promoting energy efficiency, reducing energy costs, and creating quality, green jobs. I am proud to be part of the grand opening of Warnock Village today, which will contribute to the
clean energy economy right here in Philadelphia, and will also provide a place where residents of this community can safely live, work and raise families.” The first phase of Warnock Village includes 50 rental homes for low-income families. Each unit features central air, carpeting, modern kitchens and Energy Star appliances. Warnock Village is also the first development in Philadelphia to feature fully automatic sprinklers in every unit through a pilot project with the Philadelphia Fire Department. “Warnock Village serves as an excellent example of how public housing can employ green building techniques,” Specter said. “These
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Waters Lauds Phone Ban (Cont. From Page 1) issued warnings to motorists instead of fines. Under the law, violators of the public-safety measure will be subject to a minimum fine of $75 and maximum fine of $300. According to reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a Virginia Tech transportation study, said Waters, “Drivers who talk on their hand-held cell phones are three to four
times more likely to be involved in a crash, and drivers who text are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash.” “I am proud of Philadelphia’s efforts to make our roads a bit safer. I hope Philadelphia’s new ban will encourage the General Assembly to enact distracted driver legislation during this legislative session for all Pennsylvanians,” Waters said.
transformational activities are an important investment that will substantially reduce energy costs for residents and PHA, as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions attributable to energy consumption.” Many of the visitors also toured the second phase of Warnock Village, which is still under construction. It features a three-story, 45unit apartment building for seniors, with office/retail space, a community room and an accessible green roof. The building is scheduled to open early 2010. “Warnock Village is another example of the Philadelphia Housing Authority doing great things for the residents of Philadelphia.” Casey said. “Through their ongoing efforts, PHA continues to be a leader in creating jobs, redeveloping communities and using green building technologies. I’m pleased Secretary Donovan can be with us today to see the work they do firsthand.” PHA is looking to open its second adult day center at the site as part of an ongoing initiative to provide both housing and healthcare services for seniors looking to age in place. In fact, Carl Greene was recently honored by the Pennsylvania Secretaries of Aging and Public Welfare for offering expanded home-based services for seniors and persons with disabilities. "Carl Greene and PHA continue to establish Philadelphia as the leader in providing low-cost, quality homes for low-income residents across this city," said the Mayor. "Not only are we providing new homes to individuals and families in North Philadelphia, we are making these units as energy efficient as possible so that residents' energy bills are lower, and so that we continue our progress, outlined in Greenworks Philadelphia, towards becoming the num-
ber-one green city in the United States." Officials had an opportunity to tour the Phase Two building’s environmentally friendly green roof, PHA’s second. The green roof will decrease storm water runoff and help cool the building in the summer while retaining heat in the winter. In the past four years, PHA has undertaken a number of aggressive energy-conservation and weatherization initiatives which have yielded an estimated $1.6 million in annual energy savings for the agency.
JOINING festive opening of Warnock Village were Councilman Darrell Clarke, State Sen. Shirley Kitchen and Judge Nelson Diaz.
AMONG VIPs were Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, a PHA Board Member; Congressman Chaka Fattah; and Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers, who noted enhanced fire-safety features in the development.
DA Lynne Abraham added her congratulates to PHA Executive Director Carl Greene at opening of Warnock Village.
Housing Agency Answers Audit The City’s Office of Supportive Housing believes it has answered City Controller Alan Butkovitz’s audit that charged the OSH with failure to provide documentation for inspections of Federal Financial Assistance for inspections for $4.4 million in housing assistance funds. Federal regulations require all housing units be physically inspected at least annually to ensure housing-quality standards are met before any assistance is provided. OSH receives the funding for the Shelter Plus Care Program from the US Dept. of Housing & Urban Development. The Shelter Plus Care Pro-
gram, which includes more than 900 housing units located throughout Philadelphia, provides subsidized permanent housing and supportive services to homeless adults, including those with children. Each unit is required to be inspected at least once annually during the grant period. “Because OSH’s programs are funded with Federal monies, they are required to meet all Federal regulations before these funds can be distributed,” said Butkovitz. “Inspections are required to ensure that all housing units are safe and habitable for tenants and their families. Without adequate
documentation that inspections were conducted, there’s no way of knowing if the inspections actually took place.” “OSH management must develop an adequate system for tracking all program housing units that require inspections and ensure that the units are inspected annually.” Its Director Dainette Mintz said, “When the Controller audits us again, he will see we are in total compliance. The time frame in which he audited us was while we were still in a manual operative state. Now everything is automated and easy to find.”
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(Cont. from page 4) announced his campaign for Congress in the 6th House Dist., the seat now being vacated by incumbent Congressman Jim Gerlach who has decided to seek the GOP Gubernatorial nod. Cohen is no stranger to public service, having served as former Gov. Dick Thornburgh’s Secretary of Revenue, not to mention a stint in the Nixon and Ford administrations as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation. Cohen’s star has also shined in academia, as he has served a professor at Georgetown University Law School, professor at Fels Center of Government at Penn, founding Chair of the Public Management Program at the Wharton School, and most recently served as Dean at the Fox School of Business at Temple from 2000-2007. In the private sector, Cohen was Corporate Vice President at ARAMARK and later President of the company’s Government Services Group. He also was President and CEO of Goodwill Enterprises Development Corp. and managed companies in both the US and London. Cohen has set up a web page at www.howardcohenforcongress.com. Cohen joins Republicans
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Manderino Will Not Run Again State Rep. Kathy Manderino announced she will not seek another term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Manderino, who represents portions of Philadelphia and Lower Merion Township, is currently serving her ninth term in the State House, which runs through Nov. 30, 2010. She was first elected to office in 1993 and was a practicing attorney prior to serving her District as a full-time State Representative. “It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to represent the people of the 194th Legislative Dist.,” Manderino said. “working with my colleagues in the House.
Watkins Eyes Lt. Guv Race Republican operative Joe Watkins has decided to run for Lieutenant Governor. While Watkins, a frequent MSNBC contributor, has yet to make a formal announcement, he has launched a website, formed a campaign committee and told GOP leaders he’s in. As a Republican from Southeastern Pennsylvania, Watkins calculates he could provide helpful geographical balance to the Gubernatorial candidacy of Attorney Gen. Tom Corbett. “I just think I have the best background,” Watkins said. “There are a lot of good people running, but I think my background is going to be the best suited to help Tom Corbett.” As a Black pastor from a North Philadelphia church who also has a long history working in electoral politics — he lost a primary against Rick Santorum in 1994 — some Party insiders are thinking Watkins could shake up the electorate to the advantage of the Republicans next year.
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You are also warned that if you fail to file either an acknowledgment of paternity pursuant to 23 Pa.C.S.A. Section 2503 (d) relating to acknowledgement and claim of paternity, and fail to either appear at a hearing to object to the termination of your rights or file a written objection to such termination with the court prior to the hearing, your rights may be terminated under Pa. C.S.A. 2503(d) and 2504(c) of the Adoption Act.
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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. Laborers’ District Council promotes a safe work environment, jobs completed on time and on budget, and represents union members, who are well trained, productive, professional, and take pride in their work. Union labor…building better and safer communities in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties. This ad is presented by LECET The Laborers Employers Cooperation and Education Trust 319 N. 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 Telephone: 215-922-6139 Fax: 215-922-6109 Web: www.ldc-phila-vic.org Administrator, Juan Ramos
A Petition has been filed asking the court to put an end to all rights you have to your child Baby Boy Morrissey who was born on 10/20/09 at Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, as well as any rights M.M. has to Baby Boy Morrissey. The court has set a hearing to consider ending your rights to your child. That hearing will be held on December 17, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. at Courtroom No.14, One Montgomery Plaza, Orphan’s Court Division, Swede Streets, Norristown, PA 19404 before Judge Ott. You are warned that even if you fail to appear at the scheduled hearing, the hearing will go on without you and your rights to your child as well as the rights of M.M. to that child may be ended by the court without your being present. You have a right to be represented at the the hearing by a lawyer. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford one, go to or telephone the office set forth below to find out where you can get legal help.
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by Michael A. Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: Discharge or dismissal — what’s the difference? Answer: Discharge in bankruptcy is good. Dismissal is generally bad. Discharge is what most debtors seek when filing their bankruptcy. Dismissal is what a debtor is generally trying to avoid. The discharge is the injunction granted by the bankruptcy court that keeps the creditors from enforcing their rights to collect personally on the debt. More commonly,
(Cont. From Page 8) you are awarded benefits later on. Your doctor can advise you on whether or not you can continue working and whether a specialist is needed. In the meantime, it is very important you seek legal advice from attorneys who do a lot of workers’-compensation cases. An attorney will meet with you free of charge and inform you about your rights. If you have been denied benefits by your employer, you will need to file a claim petition against your employer in order to get your past and current medical treatment paid and disability benefits for any time you missed from work.
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Laborers District Council Donates JENKINTOWN Day Nursery Executive Director Kim Jones and Board President Gail Madison receive $20,000 check from Laborers District Council 332 Annual Golf Fund. Perry Blackman, CPA, presents check on behalf of LDC Board Members Sam Staten, Sr., Sam Staten, Jr., Daniel Woodall and Ryan Boyer.
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Jones Donates Turkeys
Roebuck Congratulates Gocong
COUNCILMAN Curtis Jones, Jr. and staff continued their Thanksgiving tradition, donating 50 turkeys to needy. Chief of Staff Al Spivey, Jr. gives turkey to a constituent of 4th Dist. COUNCILMAN Curtis Jones’ staffer Madaline Dunn spends time with a constituent during the turkey giveaway.
STATE REP. Jim Roebuck was happy to help Eagles linebacker Chris Gocong celebrate his birthday Friday night at Young Friends of the Arc and Philadelphia Developmental Disabilities Corp. Autumn Harvest reception. Mike Barnes and Bruce Hulick – of the Arc and PDDC – presented portraits of Gocong and Dorenbos, created by PDDC client Dwayne Boone. Sponsors included John Anthony Spa and Salon, Acro Display, Shoprite and J. Photo by Bonnie Squires Pekala Insurance.
Our Opinion ... BRT Barks Back
Another Opinion Cap And Trade Would Hurt Pa.
by Nick DiFrancesco Dauphin Co. Commissioner Candidate, Lieutenant Governor While the President, Congress and the nation remain focused on the debate over health-care reform, residents of Pennsylvania should be closely watching two separate, but nearly identical, climatechange bills moving through Congress. The House version is called the “American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009” and the Senate version of the same bill is the “Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act”. These two pieces of legislation, commonly known as “Cap and Trade”, are being touted by the President and the Democrats in Congress as the solution to global warming. The consequences of these ill-conceived bills are going to far outweigh any potential benefits to our environment. The proposed Cap and Trade legislation is going to
have a widespread and severe effect on the residents of Pennsylvania. A recent report by the American Legislative Exchange Council stated Pennsylvania would be among the top five states hurt by the enactment of Cap and Trade. When considering the different sectors of the economy in our State, it becomes clear why we would be among those which suffer the most. Agriculture still stands as Pennsylvania’s leading industry. Countless family farms still dominate our landscape. These farms already suffer from record-low milk prices. They will not be able to bear the added financial burden of Cap and Trade. It’s no huge secret some of the main expenses for farmers are fuel and fertilizer. Cap and Trade would dramatically increase the fuel costs necessary to keep farm equipment running and our Pennsylvania farms producing.
One of the fastest-growing sectors of the Pennsylvania economy is natural gas. The development of the Marcellus Shale across northern and western Pennsylvania is pumping millions of dollars in revenue into many rural communities. The amazing thing is that gas drilling is not just generating profits for the gas companies and the landowners. It is also sparking life back into the whole economy. Motels that once sat vacant are now filled to capacity with employees of the natural-gas companies. Restaurants that once sat empty now have waiting lines. The economy is starting to boom again, but the full potential of the Marcellus will never be reached if Congress insists on burdening this industry with the regulation and taxation of Cap and Trade. Like farming, this industry needs encouragement.
We should be working to help it succeed, not squeezing it with onerous and unrealistic regulations. The Heritage Foundation recently released a report that predicted Cap and Trade would lead to a 50% increase in natural gas and fuel prices by 2035 and even greater increases in electric rates. Pennsylvania’s struggling coal industry would suffer greatly. These rate increases would do nothing but delay the economic recovery we so desperately need. I urge all Pennsylvanians to closely monitor the Cap and Trade legislation as it moves through Congress. Make certain your voice is heard by our delegation in Congress. This proposal will have a negative effect on every single resident of our state, and each of us needs to get involved.
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.3- Phila. Young Democrats hold forum on Education and Literacy in Phila. at SEIU Office, 42 S. 15th St., #1500, 7 p.m. Dec. 4- 25th Ward Demo-
cratic 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. 6- United Methodist Women Toy Drive at Camphor Memorial UM Ch., 5620 Wyalusing Ave., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 9- Richard Dolan’s free lecture on UFOs and National Security State, Free Library, 1901 Vine Street, Montgomery Auditorium Lower level, 7:30 p.m. No ticket required. For info (215) 5674341.
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We applaud the Board of Revision of Taxes for holding a public hearing this week in response to Councilman Bill Green’s notice of their need to legitimize an agreement made with the City to temporarily hand assessment authority to the City finance director. The Board Members did not vote on the transfer of power at this session, but instead used the meeting to do some barking of their own at the heels of their detractors. Lost in the flood of mismanagement charges, flawed assessments and complaints about political patronage are the credits the Board and its patronage employees have earned in wrestling to revise a system that rested mainly on manual reports. With the changeover to computerization and finally a new program that began moving assessments to 100% of value, the Board has come close to correcting all the inequities that surfaced in a recent series of articles in the Inquirer. BRT Chair Charlesretta Meade used the meeting to flail back, indicating she was angered by the “public flogging” she had taken in the press and by the attacks to which her employees had been subject. Comments by others on the Board notwithstanding, though, we do not commiserate with the Board members. As a newspaper that understands the workings of the Bureau of Revision of Taxes relatively well and which has tried manfully to defend the BRT and its employees, we could not and still do not understand why it elected to be silent when offered ample editorial space to rebut media charges. We believe they cemented themselves to the present course to which they have been steered by the City because of their silence. We will continue to report to our readers the positive programs that have been coming out from the BRT. The Board’s protracted silence, until now, we trust, will end. It has a good story to tell.
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Here Are Your Favorite Babies! Ryan
The five month campaign to find the cutest babies among our readers has come to an end. The Public Record phone lines and emails went into overdrive as thousands of votes came flooding into our offices before voting ended this week.
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The voting was extremely tight, and each candidate polled hundreds of votes. The top vote-getters in our boy and girl categories are Delano Roberts and Mariah Rose Mendez Josiak, who polled over 600 votes each. Each winner will receive a $100 cash prize, plus a $25 Savings Bond. However, thanks to our generous sponsors, we have prizes for next best vote getters. Receiving $25 prizes are: George Banis III, Ryan Sullivan, Chase and Tyler Barilli; and Madison Lee Mellwig, Missouri Rain Modglin and Ann Elizabeth Bernard. We would like to thank all who took part in our competition. We would es-
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pecially like to thank our partners in the business community: Joey Vento of Geno’s Steaks, Henry George of Chickies Italian Deli, Pennsport Physical Therapy Associates, South Philadelphia Pretzel Factory, PNC Bank, and State Reps. Bill Keller and Mike O’Brien and the Philadelphia Phillies. We will be making a presentation of our awards at PNC Bank at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia on Friday, Dec. 18, 2009. Time yet to be decided. For more details, call Rory at (215) 755-2000 or email: email@example.com.
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Sealed proposals will be received by the School Reform Commission at the School Administration Building located at 440 North Broad St., 3rd Floor, Office of Capital Programs, Philadelphia, PA 191304015, until 2:00 P.M., on Tuesday, December 22, 2009. A non-refundable fee for each set of bid documents is as scheduled. The School District will only accept bids from companies that have been placed on its current Pre Qualified Contractors List as shown at psit.org. All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications. FEE BUDGET B-046 (C) of 2008/09* General Contract William H. Loesche ES $2,000,000.00 $100.00 Window Replacement 595 Tomlinson Road *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location on December 4, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. B-055 (C) of 2008/09* General Contract Bleacher Replacement
Central HS Athletic Field $350,000.00 Broad Street and Summerville Ave.
*A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location on December 11, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Specifications and/or plans and contract documents may be examined and copies thereof obtained from the School Reform Commission, 440 North Broad Street, 3rd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Information as to contract documents, etc., may be obtained at the above address, or telephone 215-4005225. Make checks payable to the School District of Philadelphia. The School Reform Commission reserves the right to reject any and all bids and make the awards to the best interests of the School District of Philadelphia.
PLUMBERS UNION champions gather with Commissioner Mike Bradley at Building Trades Softball League awards gala. From left are David Clavin, Brian McCann, Bradley, Ted Beck, Dave Dickson and, in rear, Rick Good, John Liberty and Mike Reahm.
CARPENTERS up for softball award recipients included John DiBerardino, Brian McCann, Paul Bradley, Commissioner Mike Bradley, Don Bell and Jeff Nober. COMMISSIONER Mike Bradley gathers these champions representing various Building Trades locals. From left are Gene Long, Bob Moran, Bradley, Rick Good and Chris Falcone.
LOCAL 57 of Laborers’ International Union of North America awarded $56,000 in scholarships to 22 college students, all children of Local 57 members. They competed for scholarships by writing essays on the challenges President Barack Obama faces. Four students received $5,000, and 18 remaining were granted $2,000. It is largest amount ever given out by Local 57’s Scholarship Fund. In front row, standing, are Business Mgr. Walt Higgins, President Mike Daniels, Secretary-Treasurer Mike Carfagno, Recording Secretary Photo by Estaban Vera, Jr. Fran Foley and Vice President Stanley Sanders.
McMonagle Retires After 40
STATE Senatorial certificate, sponsored by Sen. Michael Stack, is presented to Bill McMonagle on his retirement by Attorney Michael Stack as Judge Ramy Djerassi looks on. He also received a letter congratulating him on 40 years of service to Family Court from Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery.
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PHILADELPHIA Building Trades Softball League Commissioner Mike Bradley shows off award records plaque which chronicles history of champions since League was founded in 1975. Awards were given at gala at Plumbers Hall.
Local 57 Grants $56,000 In Scholarships
Building Trades Softball Champs
MARIO D’Adamo, deputy court administrator of Family Court’s Juvenile Division, introduces retiree award-winning William McMonagle to packed crowd of fellow employees and friends who jammed Finnigan’s Wake. Judge Terry Murphy, seated, was among well-wishers.
You Can Stop The Violence “RISE UP UNITED to stop the violence!” is message DA-elect Seth Williams told youngsters at Walter Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School. Williams shared rostrum with Rodney Muhammed, Rev. Robert Shrine and State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson.
SMILING MEMBERS from Citizens United Warriors celebrate success of 1st annual youth anti-violence seminar held at Walter Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School.
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Hip new ‘Square 1682’: square in name only by Len Lear The new multi-million dollar restaurants just keep coming to Center City, such as Square 1682, which opened in mid-October at 121 S. 17th Street (at Sansom), across the street from the Sofitel Hotel and next door to the new Hotel Palomar. It continues to amaze me that despite the nightmarish economy, spectacular new restaurants keep opening like tulips in April, and one of the most spectacular is Square 1682. Upon entering the bi-level restaurant located in the 80year-old Architects’ Building, one sees a stunning sculpture installation: a hanging block of staggered walnut, suspended by satin bronze chain links — definitely more impressive than any cufflinks
I’ve ever seen. (They must have been purchased at Bed Bath and Beyond My Means.) There is a ground-floor open kitchen and a two-story, semi-transparent, cascading glass wine display, overseen by a painting of a Rubenesque woman reclining. During our recent visit, the first-floor granitetopped bar and lounge exploded with a deafening din from a round of riotous revelers. Sculptural wood-encased geometric stairs lead up to the main dining room on the second floor, where light streams through floor-to-ceiling windows, and a chalkboard wall showcases drawings by local artists. Recessed lighting, bare hardwood tables and cushy banquettes provide a hip, sultry ambience, reminiscent of Stephen Starr’s steakhouse, Barclay Prime, on Rittenhouse Square. You
could not have a bad case of the Mondays here. Executive chef, Guillermo Tellez, 46, a native of Mexico, is no newcomer to the spotlight. He played a chef (typecasting) in the movie My Best Friend’s Wedding, which starred Julia Roberts. He is also no newcomer to challenges. Guillermo moved to the US by himself when he was just 13 and proceeded to try his hand at factory work, landscaping and construction. One day a friend asked him to help wash dishes at an International House of Pancakes. Tellez said that as soon as he first stepped into the restaurant’s kitchen, he was sure he had discovered his life’s work. After several other jobs in the industry, in January, 2007, Guillermo became executive chef at Striped Bass in Philly and director of menu development for the entire Starr restaurant empire. “I’ve traveled all over the world,” said Tellez when he approached our table (he
greeted and chatted up the diners at every occupied table in the dining room, which impressed us greatly), “and I have selected the foods that stood out the most from each area for my menu here. I like bold flavors, which you will find in abundance here. We also work with lots of local farmers and try to make sure that all ingredients are as fresh as possible.” The cocktails we tried from mixologist Jacques Bezuidenhout — orange blossom fizz, morning daiquiri and sweet kir (all $9) — were top of the line, all exploding with flavors. And believe it or not, the sommelier at Square 1682 is named Emily Wines, and she did not get the job because of her name. She is one of only 15 women in the US to attain the rank of Master Sommelier. There are some locally brewed beers available and some good wines by the glass, such as the sprightly Wild Horse viognier ($9). Wines can also be purchased
Len Lear by the half-glass. Most of the dishes we tasted were up there in the culinary stratosphere, such as the seared mini-scallops with soy caramelized pearl onions and divine warm wasabispiked potato puree ($7); sublime non-doughy pillows of potato and sage gnocchi with truffles and parmigiano reggiano ($14); and soft lobster tacos with a compatible marriage of flavors and textures — black bean puree, roasted
pineapple and a zesty sauce ($12). The only appetizer less than stellar was the charred octopus that was rubbery but came with amazing garlicky marinated artichokes ($12). Butternut squash soup was redolent with the depth and elegance of poached lobster ($9), while an indulgent, forktender black cod entree, aesthetically presented in a large brass-like bowl, was swathed in the richness of leek confit and caramelized fennel ($22). A dessert of vanilla bean panna cotta was an awesome combination of eggless custard, blood oranges and pomegranate ($7), while tasty apple cider fritters came with a tasteless vanilla bean ice cream ($7). A cup of decaf coffee had an unpleasant metallic taste. Our server, Tim Farley, who is also a nursing-school student, was very personable, efficient and knowledgeable. For more information, call (215) 568-2525 or visit www.square1682.com.
It took me about nine and a half minutes to get from my house to City Hall for the sixth annual Red Ribbon Awards ceremony on Tuesday. Once I got there, it took me about nine and a half minutes to get up the stairs from the subway platform, get signed in to City Hall, go upstairs to the second floor, find the Mayor’s Conversation Room (I always get lost) and take my seat for the ceremonies. It also took about nine and a half minutes for me to grab a cup of coffee, a cup of juice and say, “Hello” to a couple of friends before the ceremony began. To be honest, I wouldn’t be at all upset with you if you put the first three paragraphs of this column into your “things I could care less about” file. How long it takes me to get to City Hall, find the Mayor’s Conversation Room and grab a cup of coffee isn’t important in the grand scheme of things. But here’s something you should care about: In the same 28½ minutes I spent doing mundane stuff, three people became infected with HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And it is those who work with people hit by that particular Mack Truck whom the University of Pennsylvania Center for AIDS Research’s Community Advisory Board honors each year with the Red Ribbon Award. Master of ceremonies (and past Red Ribbon Award recipient) State Sen. Vincent Hughes helped recognize a group of honorees who have been longtime contributors to a caus which is still important, despite the fact it is only really talked about one day a year. (Cont. Page 20)
ANGELA RUBINO, the mother of ROSEMARY RUBINO, a longtime committeewoman in the 58th Ward, departed this life after a long illness. She was 97. A registered nurse, she practiced nursing until her retirement in the 1970s. The funeral took place at Our Lady of Angels Church in Trenton, N. J. The Rubino family is very large and there was a remarkably large turnout, also due, in part, to the fact her son MORRIS is an officer in a large labor union based in Trenton. Among those in attendance at the viewing were STATE SEN. MIKE STACK, Municipal Court JUDGE FAY STACK, HENRY WINKLESPECHT and CINDY MARELIA. EDWARD J. “ED” BOYLE, JR., a retired vice president from Crown Cork & Seal, Co., Inc., departed this life after a short illness at the age of 70. He is survived by his daughter PAIGE. The eulogy was given by the retired CEO and Chairman of the Board of Crown Cork & Seal BILL AVERY. Both Avery and Boyle were avid collectors of foreign cars. There was a moving Mass of the Resurrection at St. John Neumann Church in Bryn Mawr, Pa. Among those in attendance, in addition to his daughter and her husband STEVE, were BOB TRUITT, GARY BURGESS and RON TOMA, each of whom is a retired senior vice president from Crown. Also among the mourners were ED VEAZY and JOSEPHINE CONNELLY MANDEVILLE and EMILY CONNELLY REILLY, who are daughters of the late JOHN CONNELLY, the dynamic CEO who turned Crown into a Fortune 500 company. KATHLEEN ENRIGHT, longtime committeewoman in the 63rd Ward, and officer with the Philadelphia Teachers Union, departed this life after a long illness. She is survived by her children JACK, TERRY and ROSEMARY. Her husband JIM predeceased her. On the Democratic side, among the ward leaders of long standing, in the 4th Ward, CAROL CAMPBELL has departed this life. In the 8th Ward, NORMAN BERSON has retired and in the 30th Ward, TERRY GILLEN has retired to take a position in the MICHAEL NUTTER administration as chairman of the Redevelopment Authority. Some of the Washington pundits are predicting, at a minimum, the War in Afghanistan will not be resolved in less than 10 years. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA and his advisors should give some serious thought to announcing a schedule for withdrawal with the last American troops to be withdrawn five years from now. The cost of the war is inhibiting the (Cont. Page 20)
Yo! Here we go again with a look at some things that happened in the great year of 1949. Where to start? So many things happened that year. Do you remember the Berlin Airlift? It started when the Soviet Union blockaded the city of Berlin, compelling the Allied forces to fly in more than 2.5 million tons of supplies. The United States joined The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). President Truman’s inauguration was the first to be televised. Joe Palooka finally married his long-time fiancée Ann Howe. William Levitt capitalized on the Postwar housing shortage by converting a potato field in Long Island into a suburban community. The houses he built there sold for $7,990. Six million cars rolled off the assembly line. We bought prepared cake mixes, Oreo cookies and a refrigerated cheesecake made by a Chicago baker who named his products after his daughter – Sara Lee. Gussie Moran jolted the tennis world by wearing, of all things, tennis shorts. Canasta, a card game that came from Argentina, reached fad proportions; 244 UFO sightings were investigated and six day later officials reported there was no convincing evidence of aliens or space craft – they said it was mostly “psychological malfunction”, whatever that means. Billy Graham began to make a name for himself by preaching the Good Book. Iva Toguri D’Aquino – better known as Tokyo Rose – was convicted and sentenced to six and a half years for her World War II propaganda broadcasting. Peter Hodgson, an advertising man, put a useless, rubbery substance into a plastic egg and, in the next five years, sold 30 million units of his “silly putty” – useless? Some of the TV shows that premiered in 1949 were “Captain Video and his Video Rangers” on the Dumont Network, “The Lone Ranger and Tonto”, “The Goldbergs” and “The Quiz Kids”. James Cagney, who starred in White Heat, made this memorable quote: “Made it, Ma, top of the world,” as he reached the top of an oil tank during a shootout. This was just before he was shot and fell off the tank. Twelve O’Clock High, starring Dean Jagger, was indeed high, for he won an Oscar for his supporting role in it. And what a great year it was for one of the all-time great Gene Autry songs – which, by the way, he was reluctant to record. It is still a Christmas classic: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. Great memories? You bet.
SNOOPER’S SPORTS EXTRA: The Blue Horizon is the “Legendary” boxing venue here in Philadelphia. J.R. PELTZ, one of the top boxing promoters in the Country, has suffered another boxing tragedy. FRANCISCO RODRIQUEZ, Bantamweight, fighting for the vacant USBA TITLE, died as the result of a “TKO” in the 10th round of this fight. Peltz stated, “We can’t fault anyone; after all, there was no way of knowing what the outcome would be. This is one of the hazards of boxing, and I’ve seen it all happen before, too many times. Boxing is a dangerous sport.” RODRIQUEZ was taking back to Chicago to be buried. R.I.P. SNOOPER SCOOPER: The Prothonotary’s “Employee of the Year” Award Banquet, held last week at The Waterfall Inn, had a tremendous crowd. HON. PAMELA PRYOR DEMBE, The President Judge - Common Pleas Court, presented AL HALL (Supervisor - Records Room) with “THE EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARD”. Hon. Frederica Massiah-Jackson, the President Judge “emerita”, was there; she has been coming to these affairs for many years. HON. JOSEPH EVERS, The Prothonotary, thanks all those wonderful employees and friends who came. This gentleman is really a “CLASS ACT”. SNOOPER “SHOCKER”: I had the occasion to stop into one of the local Walmarts for their famous BLACK FRIDAY sales. I headed to the appliances to grab one of those five-cup Mister Coffee makers, when someone tapped me on the shoulder. I looked and her name tag said SHARON. She remembered me from taking photos of JUDGE JIMMIE MOORE. She asked me to tell JIMMY TAYOUN we had her name wrong in the story we did a few weeks back. She stated, “I (Cont. Page 17)
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See if you can guess the answer to the following question: What do the Top 10 cities with the highest murder rates, highest poverty rates, highest tax rates, the lowest job-creation rates, poorest schoolperformance scores, and the most population loss all have in common? Give up? They have all been run exclusively by Democrats for at least 25 years. Philadelphia generally finishes either first or second in most of these categories depending on the year. In all fairness, we do have the dubious distinction of being run by Democrats for over 60 years. But that brings up another question. When things get really bad (and they will), which Philadelphia Republican will point out the hypocrisy and lead our citizens out of the darkness? When absurd taxes finally chase the last business from this city, when the City pension fund collapses in 2011, when murders top 500 per year, when over 50% of our freshmen don’t graduate on time, if at all (wait, that one is already happening), who’s going to take the mantle of leadership and bring our city back from the brink? Who will bring common-sense conservative and free-market reforms to the rescue? Who is the one person that comes to mind as our “go-to” guy? With State Chairman ROB GLEASON saying this week, “One of the things I want to accomplish in 2010 is the revitalizing of the Republican Party in Philadelphia, and that doesn’t necessarily include the City Committee,” whom is he talking about? Chance favors the prepared mind. Let’s chew on that cud for a while. In light of the Thanksgiving holiday, most Elephants in Philly seemed to be more concerned with turkey than politics. Of note, however, continues to be the future of the (Cont. Page 17)
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CATCH Marks 30th Anniversary Wadsworth Lights Up
CATCH, INC. marked its 30th anniversary with gala at Union League. Among attendees were Christina Fazio, Coley Murphy and Kelly Posck.
HOSTING CATCH, INC. 30th Year of Service gala were Board Chairman Edward C. Mintzer, Jr., Esq. and CEO Raymond A. Pescatore, MS, M. Ed.
CLAUDIA SHERROD and her husband Roy, of S. Phila. Homes, were among those celebrating CATCH’s 30th anniversary.
STATE REP. Cherelle L. Parker, who hosted Thanksgiving dinner for seniors in her 200th Dist. at Bishop Joseph E. Aiken’s Upper Room Missionary Baptist Church in Oak Lane, seen above, also announces 2nd annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony of Wadsworth Avenue Shopping Center, in 1500 block of Wadsworth Avenue at 5 p.m. Caroling, free food and hot beverages are included. All are invited.
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(Cont. From Page 15) Philly GOP. Word on the street is Loyal Opposition bomb-thrower KEVIN KELLY has ramped up his efforts to change the GOP structure in the city. Questions remain as to who will support this effort. Rumors around town over the past week include three names in the running to take control of the City’s Elephant population: Kelly himself, AL SCHMIDT and JOE DeFELICE. Another question Philly Elephants need to answer is who will get their support in the 2010 primaries. The two notable races are those for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. It seems as if the state GOP has lined up strongly behind ATTORNEY GENERAL TOM CORBETT, but one is left to wonder if those in Philly with strong ties to former
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their stories to any NETWORK who will pay them. Why would any of them ‘condone’ their criminal acts? Ridiculous! These people should go to JAIL for what they did, seriously. SNOOPER “UPDATE”: Recently we learned about Councilman Frank DiCicco and his quest to rid the streets of all these ‘rogue’ bicyclists. I agree 100% with him and I sure hope he is successful. These ‘clowns’ on these bicycles don’t give a darn for traffic rules and, more importantly, don’t give a darn about you. Something has to be done to STOP them and all their reck-
lessness, the sooner the better. I sure hope THE POLICE DEPT. cracks down on all them. F-I-N-E T-H-E-M! SNOOPER’S LATE NEWS BUREAU: (Washington State).Yes, it has happened once again. FOUR POLICE OFFICERS are shot and killed as they sat in a coffee shop working, using their computers. THREE PATROL OFFICERS and their SERGEANT. One of these Officers, SGT. MARK RENNIGER was from Bethlehem, Pa. Det. Troyer stated, “These Officers were executed, shot while sitting in a booth at this coffee shop.” The
perpetrator got away, but the good news is during his killing spree, he himself may have been shot by one of these brave officers. I hope and pray they kill this scumbag! SNOOPER SIGHTING: Spotted LAWRENCE H. GELLER, formerly of the Human Relations Dept. He was playing in one of them 55-andolder softball games. Geller still seems to be upset with Arlen Specter’s ONE BULLET THEORY and, to compound his stupidity, also said it was “A Lone Gunman.” Many well-known lawyers agree there was more than ONE!
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PHIA REGATTA to replace it. Who is giving him advice? He couldn’t do this all by himself; his latest whim is a real joke. Mr. Mayor, tell us who pays for this one? You can’t find any monies for one of Philly’s True Traditions, THE MUMMERS, and their famous NEW YEAR’S DAY PARADE, yet you’ll spend money on this “real loser”. SNOOPER’S BIG SCREWUP: What the heck happened at The White House? I’m referring to the recent scumbags who crashed The President’s Private State dinner. These creeps now want to sell
(Cont. From Page 15) want to know who this BARBARA is you had walking on Market Street, with my husband ‘SMITTY’”? I told her
we did correct it a week later. S N O O P E R ’ S “BLOOPER”: The Mayor is at once again. Now, because he has already lost “THE DAD VAIL REGATTA”, he wants to have a PHILADELSPEAKER JOHN PERZEL will support the man who has set out to take down their favorite son. That leaves moderate CONGRESSMAN JIM GERLACH from the Southeast, ultraconservative STATE REP. SAM ROHRER (who, in 2007, was one of a small handful of Republicans who voted for DENNY O’BRIEN over Perzel for Speaker of the House), and Philly’s own SGT. ROBERT ALLEN MANSFIELD of the Pennsylvania National Guard. Trunk Man’s bet is the Loyal Opposition will support Corbett while the establishment backs Gerlach. This may be yet another time where the City GOP bucks the State GOP-endorsed candidate. Remember the PAUL PANEPINTO vs. JOAN ORIE MELVIN race for Supreme Court in 2009? The City GOP backed Panepinto while Orie Melvin ultimately won that race.
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importantly, to our school system. Unless we can fundamentally reform our school system to provide city residents with the necessary skills and training to earn a living wage and to retain our middleclass population, Philadelphia’s future is grim indeed. “I also am disappointed that the Task Force did not rigorously analyze the proposals Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez and I have made regarding the gross-receipts portion of the Business Privilege Tax. While we appreciate the Task Force was operating under a deadline, and with volunteer resources, the proposals warranted closer examination, including consideration of their impact on those sectors of the economy that offer the most potential for growth.”
PHILA. International Airport’s Acting Director of Aviation Mark Gale, AA, is welcomed to World Trade Center luncheon where he spoke on Airport’s effect on local economy. With him is Center’s Andrea Townrow. AMONG attendees were ILAA Local 1291 Secretary/Treasurer Marty Mascuilli and engineer Chuck Lawrence.
owners one-on-one,” said Bahiya Cabral Johnson of the Welcoming Center. “Over and over, store owners told us they wanted to feel safe and connected to their communities.” While outright violence such as robbery is a serious problem, Cabral Johnson said, “Harassment such as loitering and vandalism is more common. “We wrote the guide for two reasons: First, so storeowners would know what to do if they are being persistently harassed, and second, to give them ideas for how to be less isolated,” she added. The guide is published in English, Chinese and Spanish. Copies are being distributed through local business associations, and are available by calling the Welcoming Center at (215) 557 2626.
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Philadelphia Regional Port Authority A Promising Future By Championing the Channel-Deepening Project And Substantial Port Expansion
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The Mayor’s Task Force on Tax Policy and Economic Competitiveness report is being labeled as “largely rehashing the recommendations of the 2003 Tax Reform Commission, and proposes incremental change that will yield a net gain of only 23,000 new jobs over the next decade and a half,” according to Councilman Bill Green. “This falls far short of the radical change we need to put Philadelphia back on the right track.” Though appreciative of the work the Task Force did in “highlighting the need for the City to make long-overdue investments in technology to bring increased efficiency and productivity to government,” Green added, “My testimony to the Task Force in August noted the business case for these initiatives is compelling: Relatively modest initial-investments will be paid off quickly through efficiency savings, which will yield significant returns for years to come. To put it in stark terms, the train has left the station.” Green states the city’s overall poverty rate is 25%, the poverty rate among the city’s children is 36% and children who are born into poverty are likely to remain in poverty when they become adults. “Unless we make major course corrections and get a handle on the underlying problems, Philadelphia’s poverty rate will continue to increase, reaching 35% in 15 years, and perhaps topping 50% in 30-40 years,” he added. Green charges the Task Force’s report notes that incremental wage-tax reductions made since 1996 have preserved 25,000 jobs, “but it fails to note the city’s poverty rate has increased during this same period, rising from 20.3% in 1990 to 22.9% in 2000 to 24.5% in 2007. “The only way to reverse course is radical and transformative change to our way of doing business and, even more
State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, the nonprofit Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians and the Southwest Community Development Corp. will release a free guide for the City’s small-business owners tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. at the 12th Police Dist., 65th Street & Woodland Avenue. The Merchant Safety Guide features practical information about how storeowners can both protect themselves and improve customer relations. “The economic development of small-business owners in West and Southwest Philadelphia has always been an important priority for me,” Williams said. “The Guide will help local business owners.” “We did a grassroots survey, walking up and down commercial corridors to talk to business
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Green Blasts City Task Force Report
PRPA Commissioner John Estey, center, was one of keynote speakers at “State of Port” luncheon hosted by World Trade Center at Hyatt Regency. He is flanked by World Trade Center Business Development Mgr. Andrea Townrow and its president Linda Conlin.
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(Cont. From Page 15) This year’s honorees were: Jane Shull, executive director of Philadelphia FIGHT for her policymaking efforts; Christopher Bartlett,
director of the LGBT Leadership Initiative and co-executive director of the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund for his contributions to helping the community come together to fight HIV/AIDS; and J. Mason, Education
Specialist for the Bryson Institute of The Attic Youth Center for her work in the area of youth education. This year’s keynote speaker was Timothy Harrison, senior program analyst for the Office of HIV/AIDS
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Policy in the US Dept. of Health & Human Services. State Rep. Tony Payton and Mayor Michael Nutter were on hand to congratulate the winners for their efforts. I’d like to do the same, because being in the trenches in the fight against HIV/AIDS is no joke. HIV/AIDS was one of my first assignments as a reporter and I had to bail on it after two years because it was hard for me to maintain my objectivity. Incompetence, inaction, and prejudice tend to make me want to strangle someone. But for people like Shull, Bartlett and Mason to be able to continue their work and do it well for as long as they have deserves special praise, especially when you consider they’re doing it here in Philadelphia. Why do I single out Philly? Because, according to CDC data released last August, Philadelphians are being infected with HIV at a rate five times higher than the national average. According to those same numbers, 16,000 Philadelphians are living with HIV/AIDS and 1,400 folks a month are getting the news they are HIV-positive. Thing is, these statistics can get turned around in a hurry if w,e as a city, apply ourselves. If we talk honestly with
our partners, our kids and our friends about the importance of safer sex and condom use, it helps. If we get honest with ourselves about the fact people are using IV drugs and needle-exchange programs cut the risk in half within those communities, it helps. If our churches start to remember Jesus came to save and heal His children and that some of His children are drag performers, it helps. If, once these churches absorb this message, they do the
kind of outreach that helps communities nip the insanity that is HIV in the bud, they’ll play a valuable role, especially in communities of color. There are a whole lot of little things we as a community can do to get ourselves one day closer to the time where World AIDS Day won’t need to be commemorated because AIDS will no longer exist. But just like the lottery, you can’t win if you don’t play.
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covered from its recent war to provide a counterweight to the Iranians. The known position of the United States as a friend and ally of Israel should be a sufficient deterrent to any overt actions by the Arab nations. “Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat Please put a penny in the old man’s hat If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do If you haven’t got a ha’penny, then God bless you.”
(Cont. From Page 15) economic stimulus. If the war’s cost item could be reduced significantly, that would strengthen our economy and give investors the confidence needed to invest in the stock market. Since both India and Pakistan have atomic weapons, each should offset the other, using the logic from the European Cold War of mutual deterrence. Iraq should be sufficiently re-
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Delaware Valley region have already waited far too long to receive the economic benefits Congress intended,” the Senator states in the brief. “Any further delays would be contrary to the public interest.” Additionally, Specter argues Delaware has not established any entitlement to an injunction. The hearing is scheduled for Dec. 8. Specter has been actively engaged with the deepening of the Delaware River’s main shipping channel for nearly
his entire tenure in the Senate. Since Fiscal Year 1999, he has helped to secure over $75 million in Federal funding for the project. Deepening the channel is essential for Delaware River ports to accommodate modern, larger vessels and remain competitive in the shipping industry. A 2004 economic analysis estimated $1.15 in economic benefits produced for every dollar spent on the project. The channel’s current depth of 40 feet has been stagnant since 1941.
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The United States District Court for the District of Delaware has granted Sen. Arlen Specter permission to file an amicus curiae brief in Delaware's lawsuit to stop deepening the Delaware River's main shipping channel to 45 feet. In the case, Delaware Dept. of Natural Resources & Environmental Control v. United States Army Corps of Engineers, Delaware has asked the Court to enjoin the Corps from undertaking a Congressionally authorized project to deepen the Delaware River’s main shipping channel. Specter’s friend-of-thecourt brief argues the public’s interest in realizing the economic benefits Congress intended to confer on the Delaware Valley region when it authorized and funded the project weighs heavily against the issuance of an injunction. “The residents of the
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SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA Sealed proposals will be received by the School Reform Commission at the School Administration Building located at 440 North Broad St., 3rd Floor, Office of Capital Programs, Philadelphia, PA 191304015, until 2:00 P.M., on Tuesday, December 29, 2009. A non-refundable fee for each set of bid documents is as scheduled. The School District will only accept bids from companies that have been placed on its current Pre Qualified Contractors List as shown at psit.org. All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications. BUDGET FEE Mechanical Contract Communication Tech. HS $1,200,000.00 $200.00 Boiler Replacement 8110 Lyons Ave. *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location on December 11, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. B-006 (C) of 2009/10*
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Information as to contract documents, etc., may be obtained at the above address, or telephone 215-4005225. Make checks payable to the School District of Philadelphia. The School Reform Commission reserves the right to reject any and all bids and make the awards to the best interests of the School District of Philadelphia.
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