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Who Has The Answers? Why Kids Won’t Learn, Teachers Can’t Teach A surge of interest in the safety and teachability of the City’s public high schools is expected from City Council and the State legislature following reports of Asian students who are targeted daily by roving gangs inside the halls and classrooms of South Philadelphia HS. But will their findings and legislative proposals, if turned into law, be enough to begin to control the mayhem inflicted in schools by uneducated teens unable to learn and unwilling to let others learn? There are good public high schools and bad public high schools. The big problem for this City’s School District is the bad schools are so bad that they outweigh all the good done by the School District as it endeavors to transform students into educated, concerned, responsible citizens. The bulk of the violence is afflicting the “comprehensive” neighborhood schools. That’s where kids with no special academic or career focus and small gains in middle school wind up. They are at risk of low academic achievement and large social problems. A report in the Philadelphia Daily News of Asian students being hounded and pursued through the halls of South Philadelphia HS has raised the ire of legislators, Council Members, the School District Administration and parents. Fortunately for the good students at “Southern” – those normally asked by teachers to “sit in the front rows if you want to learn” – enough safety personnel will appear in the halls for the next few weeks to give them some relief from the students who, singly or in gangs, continue to roam the halls unchecked. Sadly, similar incidents are occurring too often in other high schools, such as Bartram, Germantown and University City, which were called to our attention by teachers. Despite the School District’s claim assaults are down by 50%, students and teachers report many reportable cases are ignored yearly. Therefore we pose some questions and express some of thoughts to our political leaders, asking them to join in with their findings. (Cont. Page 11)

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BRT, Commission Project Online by Tony West

Ever buy a nice, old building in this city with plans to rehab it, only to find it had a historical certifica-

BUILDING TRADES COUNCIL hosted major fundraiser for City Councilman Bill Green in what was seen as message to Mayor Nutter to get moving on projects creating jobs. From left to right are Bob Henon, former Mayor Bill Green, Sr., Councilman Green, PNC Bank President Bill Mills and Building Trades President Pat Gillespie.

tion and your plans to renovate went out the window? Many people have, and their efforts to get waivers from the historical restrictions or to mitigate required costly changes have long imposed large, unforeseen added costs. Well, that’s all history now! A yearlong project just completed by the Philadelphia Historical Commission and the Board of Revision (Cont. Page 2)

Labor Sends Green Message To Mayor by Poindexter Ragland Organized Labor was flexing heavy muscle Tuesday as the Building Trades Council brought out a capacity crowd of its leadership and supporters to deliver a major fundraiser to a City Councilman. It was indeed unusual, since no Councilman or Coucilwoman in the past 50 years has ever had such a united outpouring of union support. The beneficiary was Councilman Bill Green, but the message from those who sponsored the event was to Mayor Michael Nutter. They were waving a Green warning flag to the Mayor, dissatisfied Don’t go speeding around City ers running red lights at the two inover his seeming inability to move Hall, trying to beat the light or know- tersections. projects and developments now on Vince Fenerty, the Philadelphia ing you’ve just crossed the red signal. the drawing boards and create needed You’ll be caught on one of the cam- Parking Authority’s executive direcjobs. eras now ringing the celebrated pub- tor, said this is an extremely high Held at the Cescaphé Ballroom in lic edifice. Effective two days ago, number of violations. “The fact there Northern Liberties, the event was those caught passing the red lights were about 2,900 violations in only marked by strong words from the one month shows red-light cameras will get a $100 fine. City’s top union leaders. The two intersections are located are very much needed here,” Fenerty “People want to be treated fairly. at Broad Street & S. Penn Square, said. “I believe that over time, the That is what we get with Bill Green,” and Broad Street & John. F Kennedy red-light cameras will help change the said Pat Gillespie, head of the Boulevard. behavior of motorists who disregard Philadelphia Building Trades, adIn the first month of the two- traffic signals while driving around dressing 200 guests, many who paid month grace period, approximately City Hall so that other drivers and (Cont. Page 2) 2,900 warnings were issued to driv(Cont. Page 2)

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Labor Lining Up Behind Green! (Cont. From Page 1) as much as $5,000 each to support Green in his future political endeavors. “There is an old Chinese proverb that says the longest journey begins with the first step. This is Bill Green’s first step on the long journey,” stated Gillespie immediately fueling speculation Green may challenge Michael Nutter in the next Democratic Mayoral primary election. Pat Eiding, head of the AFL-CIO, wasn’t about to

City Hall’s On Camera (Cont. From Page 1) pedestrians are out of harm’s way.” Councilmen Frank DiCicco and Jim Kenney both advocated for the cameras to be installed around City Hall. “I’m pleased we have these red-light cameras around two very dangerous intersections,” Councilman DiCicco said. “I think having the cameras in place causes drivers to think twice before running a red light, thus making it safer for pedestrians, and I believe this will only continue now that tickets will be issued.” Other new red-light camera intersections in various areas of the City are in the planning stages. Construction is set to begin on these cameras early next year. The four intersections are located at Henry Avenue & Walnut Lane, Rising Sun & Adams Avenues, Aramingo & Castor Avenues, and Aramingo Avenue & York Street. Chris Vogler, manager of the Traffic Light Camera program, noted, “The intention of these camera placements is to enhance safety for pedestrians. The City Hall cameras come on at a time when those two intersections see an extremely high pedestrian rate of traffic. Both intersections are traversed daily by several thousand pedestrians. Now with the return of the Christmas Village at City Hall, which expects to be visited by over a quarter-million people, the need to keep the intersections safe from errant motorists becomes even more critical.”

commit to a possible entry of Green into a primary fight with Mayor Nutter. As co-chair of the event, he said, “Bill Green has union solidarity solidly behind him. He cares about people and he is who the people want.” Councilman Green wasn’t anywhere near indicating he planned a primary run for Mayor. But he referred to his father, a former Mayor, telling his supporters, “Nothing has changed in the City since my father was Mayor. We are still

having problems funding our pension system; we are having problems with property taxes. We are dragging our heels on new developments.” He pointed to the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority’s inability to make decisions and to get developments up and running, charging the City takes as much as six months to issue a permit to contractors.” “This City is at a crucial point in its history,” he said. Green said he helped lead the battle that prevented the

Nutter administration from raising property taxes and told the audience to look toward January, when he intends to unveil a host of bold initiatives. It was evident labor leaders hosting the unusual event were prepared to rally around Green in whatever political endeavor he wished to enter. They made up the committee sponsoring the party and included Joseph Ashdale, Michael Barnes, Ryan Boyer, Willie Brown, Boise Butler, Lynne Fox, John J. Dougherty,

COUNCILMAN Bill Green calls for a City agenda that includes the words “Do It Now”, citing long delays by present administration in moving on job-created projects now in works. Bill Gault, John McNesby, Kathy Scott, Joseph Sellers,

Sam Staten, Jr. and Harry Williams.

Historical Buildings Go Online At BRT (Cont. From Page 1) of Taxes has, for the first time, made it easy for citizens to find out if any property in the City has been “historically designated”. This information is now just a few clicks away on BRT’s website. In recent years, there have been several cases of people who owned or purchased buildings without being aware of their historic designation,. “The new website functionality provides crucial information on historic designations to prospective buyers and to owners before they alter properties,” said Jonathan Farnham, PHC’s executive director. This knowledge is valuable – and ignorance can be even

more costly. Historic designation dictates that repairs and improvements to building exteriors rely in detail on materials and styles that match the way the building was first built, whether 50 or 200 years ago. These “historic” repairs are more expensive than contemporary state-of-the-art construction solutions. Furthermore, historic buildings may not be demolished in whole or in part, regardless of their conditions. And there are a lot of these properties in Philadelphia – about 21,000, estimated Farnham. Their total net worth is unknown but may exceed $5 billion. Eleven whole neighborhoods are included in Historic Districts that affect every prop-

erty; a 12th one, Parkside, will likely be decreed within a couple of weeks. In addition, thousands of other buildings scattered across the City have been individually declared historic. However, there was, until now, no easy way for an unsuspecting buyer to find out if a property was historic or not. Historic designation is based on technical criteria only architectural experts know; average citizens’ tastes and judgements carry no weight in PHC’s regulatory process. So a building that looks like a dump to an ordinary eye may be an official treasure unbeknownst. PHC has been designating buildings historic since 1955,

yet it only began to computerize its database a few years ago, Farnham said. Furthermore, the agency “had not made efforts to coordinate the addresses it used with those of other City agencies. Some of those agencies also had advanced from printed lists to computers only a few years ago. “It was a perennial problem.” The resulting confusion made it easy for buyers to acquire property without learning it was historically designated, until it was too late. In one widely-publicized case in West Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania picked up an abandoned, derelict nursing home, planning to replace it

PGW Offers LIHEAP Application Help The Philadelphia Gas Works is urging customers to visit or one of its customerservice centers and apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program before the grant money runs out. PGW is also increasing its community outreach so cus-

tomers can learn about the changes to this year’s LIHEAP Cash and Crisis programs. “LIHEAP is very different this year. Customers need to reach out to PGW so they can understand how the program has changed and what options are available to them,” said Cristina Copra, vice president

of PGW’s Office of Customer Affairs. “Unfortunately, one of the things that has not changed this year is the fact that funds are limited. Customers need to act now before it is too late.” The period for LIHEAP Cash and Crisis applications will end on Mar. 15. The ap-

Waters Boosts 60th Street Renaissance State Rep. Ronald G. Waters believes the 60th Street W. Market Business Association’s “poor days” are over. With the decade-old El reconstruction project behind them, he told a group of merchants at a holiday press conference, “The days when 32 businesses were forced to close their shops are over.” Those that did remain in business, he noted, experienced a noticeable decline in their businesses. During the press conference, Waters encouraged local residents to support businesses in the community, a message echoed by Abdul Salaam,

STATE REP. Ron Waters, 2nd from right, congratulates winners of turkey raffle given by 60th Street W. Market Business Associapresident, 60th Street West Market Business Association, and Oscar Young, president.

plication period starts Jan. 4, 2010. However, households without heat may qualify for an exception that will allow them to apply for both. Customers can apply for a LIHEAP Crisis grant at The Philadelphia Co. Assistance Office’s Sedgley District Office at 1348 W. Sedgley Avenue. The PGW centers are open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are located at 1137 Chestnut Street, 4410 Frankford Avenue, 210 W. Chelten Avenue, 1337 W. Erie Avenue, 1601 S. Broad Street and 5230 Chestnut Street. To apply, customers need to bring social-security numbers and proof of yearly income for everyone living in the home. More information is available at and PGW’s LIHEAP Hotline, which is (215) 6846100.

with new construction – only to discover afterward a part of the structure was historically protected. So it cannot be demolished and requires $3 million of restoration to historical specifications before it can be repaired or used. “There were a few similar cases that drew the attention of some Council Members,” said Barry Mescolotto, acting director of assessments at BRT. His agency was the one PHC turned to as the best place to post the historic status of properties. That’s because BRT already maintains a publicly accessible list of all properties in Philadelphia with ownership and tax information (the “BRT Property Search Service” at It is commonly used as a reference by people engaged in real-estate transactions. Database updating on this scale can be a mammoth project. PHC is a small agency with a staff of only seven. All of them pitched into the project. “Over two years, I’d estimate we devoted 2,000 man-hours to it,” Farnham said. Some of PHC’s designated properties had no street addresses on their records; other addresses did not match those currently in use by BRT. On the receiving end, BRT had to spend another 1,000 man-hours or so to redesign its database and input the new information, Mescolotto noted. It wasn’t easy, because BRT had plenty of other work on its plate. It was simultaneously engaged with the Actual Value Initiative – the ambitious reform of Philadelphia’s tax assessment.

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1,500 PACKED Center City Sheraton to attend 2009 Stand Up For Life Dinner and hear keynote speaker Lila Rose, center, seen here with emcee Pat Stanton and Justin Cardinal Rigali.

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2009 Stand Up For Life Dinner

SURPRISED at receiving Defender Of Life Awards were Rev. Nicholas F. Martarano, right, and Rev. John Byrne, both from St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church.

Plastic Bags Now Recycled

DAN McELHATTON, head of Keep Phila. Beautiful, announces new voluntary plasticbag recycling program spearheaded by 30 major retailers. City’s goal is to recycle 25% of all bags.

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FROM LEFT: IBEW Local 98 Business Mgr. John J. Dougherty, Electrician Larry Morrin, Nancy Schaefer and John “Big Doc” Dougherty.

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by Maria Merlino It’s always a packed house at Finnigan’s Wake for Local 98’s Annual Toys and Turkeys fundraising event. Hundreds of members and their friends and families spread over two floors to dance, dine and drink up the spirit of good cheer. “$2.00 Billy from Northeast Philly” (for real, that’s his name) put his big arm around my shoulder and told me a secret. “I’ve known Johnny Doc for many years. He helps people in need. I have also helped people, but the difference is that Doc is a leader, a leader with heart. While so many people are takers, he’s a giver; and we’re lucky to have him around.” Electrician Larry Morrin is with his date Nancy Schaefer. “This fundraiser is for a good cause: buying toys and food for people in our community. So many buy tickets just to support the event but don’t even use the tickets. They just want to help.” I can sense he has more to say and nudge him. Then he relates a shattering event.” He begins, “My daughter Jessica, who is barely out of her teens, was in a terrible car accident in January this year. She sustained major brain injuries. I was a wreck. Now, every month the union has meetings. I attended them, but my mind was on Jessica. Stephen Wolfe, one of the agents, reassured me. He said we were family and that everyone is pulling for me and my daughter. I’m relaxing a bit tonight with Nancy because Jessica is making progress. Now, in walks Johnny, and the first thing he says to me is, ‘How’s Jessica?’.” He shakes his head incredulously. “There are 4,000 members and he remembers one person. He can be tough as nails, but he can also be heartfelt and caring.” New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at IBEW Local 98, 1701 Spring Garden Street.

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Wagner Adds Nicholas To Support List The President of District 1199C of the National Union of Hospital & Health Care Employees, AFSCME, AFLCIO, has announced his endorsement of Auditor General Jack Wagner for Governor. “I back Jack because he’s been a great friend to organized labor who shares our

commitment to a better life for working families,” said Henry Nicholas. “He’s also been a great friend to Southeastern Pennsylvania for years, and he’ll be a Governor on whom we can all count.” District 1199C represents over 13,000 workers in all

fields in the major health-care institutions in Philadelphia. In addition to serving as president of District 1199C, Nicholas serves as president of the NUHHCE. Wagner said he was honored by the early endorsement and excited about the momentum his campaign was gaining. “I look forward to working with Henry and other labor and health-care leaders on the important issues facing Pennsylvania in the months and years ahead.” In making the endorsement, Nicholas emphasized

Wagner’s own union roots. After graduating from high school, Wagner was employed for five years at Duquesne Light, where he was a member of what is now Local 29 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Pittsburgh. He worked as a meter reader, a draftsman and, finally, a payroll clerk. Earlier this year, Local 29 reinstated Wagner as an honorary member in recognition of his work as Auditor General to protect the rights of the men and women of organized labor. As Audi-

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GREETING constituents at Paul’s Run senior living facility in Bustleton is State Sen. Mike Stack, whose District includes highest proportion of seniors in Phila.

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Pharma’s bottom line than for the health of the American people,” cautioning there is “government talk of putting everybody on a ‘polypill’ that combines aspirin, blood-pressure medicine and cholesterol-lowering medication”. He labels the idea, coming from the United Kingdom, as “crazy,” adding, “Cholesterol does not cause heart disease. And taking cholesterol-lowering drugs will not prevent heart attacks or heart disease but will do bodily harm.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging everyone to take two swine-flu shots, as well as the regular seasonal flu shot. Blaylock believes this is overkill. “When the swine-flu story first broke, experts warned it could be the worst flu since the 1918 pandemic that killed more than 50 million people worldwide, including 700,000 Americans. But who were these experts?

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TO: Unknown Heirs of the Estate of DOROTHEA M. ALLEN, Deceased, MORTGAGOR AND REAL OWNER, DEFENDANT whose last known address is 2134 South Frazier Street Philadelphia, PA 19143. THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR AND WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT OWED TO OUR CLIENT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM YOU WILL BE USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING THE DEBT. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff CITIMORTGAGE INC., has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to No. 090803698 wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 2134 South Frazier Street Philadelphia, PA 19143 whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County.

TO: UNKNOWN HEIRS OF CATALINO PADILLA-MELENDEZ DECEASED, MORTGAGOR AND REAL OWNER, DEFENDANT whose last known address is 3009 D Street Philadelphia, PA 19134. THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR AND WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT OWED TO OUR CLIENT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM YOU WILL BE USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING THE DEBT. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff MIDFIRST BANK, has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to No. 091005113 wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 3009 D Street Philadelphia, PA 19134 whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County.

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connectedness and community engagement as effectively as anti-bullying programs and conflict resolution programs, which should be standard in our schools. “There are laws on the books and School District policies to address weapon violations, thefts and assaults on students, teachers and school staff. What’s lacking is consistent enforcement of rules; uniform consequences for violent and disruptive behavior; and research-based remedial programs to address underlying causes, including academic failure, family dysfunction, unmet health needs and psychological and behavioral issues. “Instead of focusing on solely more regulations, tougher reporting requirements and bigger bureaucracies, perhaps we should remember we are dealing with youngsters who need guidance but who can be taught appropriate social skills through non-academic activities, which can also be fun.” Teachers have redoubled their labors voluntarily to compensate for what students are missing. But when they try to invoke discipline, often they find their requests go unheeded. Said one school teacher, the School District is inflicting “cruel and unusual punishment because these kids know they can’t read or do schoolwork above a third-grade level. They are frustrated to death.” Take University City HS. It’s adjacent to the University of Pennsylvania’s campus. It’s the City’s third largest. It has the luxury of having input guidance from the University’s Netter Center. Nevertheless, it is listed among the top half of public high schools with high records of student misbehavior. This school has seven police officers, one sergeant and a slew of security guards, identified by black shirts worn outside or tucked into their pants to control mayhem. Yet mayhem remains unchecked, especially when classes change. Teachers at this school freely admit they are “lucky to get a response to at least one of 20 calls” they make to the School’s administrative staff for follow-ups from parents. Can legislation change this? Maybe it’s time to go back to segregating girls from boys, especially since the upper classes show a high propensity to sexual activity. Teachers’ reports of sexual conduct in class-

rooms are often ignored with no follow-up. One teacher wondered, “Can we begin to militarize our schools in such as way as to enforce uniforms, enforce rules and immediately initiate a consequence for a student’s misbehavior?” That may not be lawful. But how about the constant complaint from teachers that students “open their cell phones in front of you, knowing they were not to be carried in to the classes, and begin to talk into them, daring you to challenge (Cont. Page 14)

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Time For Action In response to the recent attacks on Asian schoolchildren at South Philadelphia HS, I find it inconceivable that a band of students could wander around the halls, and even enter classrooms, looking for targets to attack, without any responsible adult knowing it was happening. I have been in SPHS observing ESL classes on what was formerly the floor dedicated to immigrant students and can attest the hallways are not so big that someone couldn't hear a student, or students, being attacked. The time is long past due for the School District of Philadelphia CEO and the School Reform Commission to take full and complete responsibility, and be held accountable, for ridding all

public schools in this City of who prey on and bully those students who attend school to learn. If the School District of Philadelphia and its accountable officials cannot create a safe learning environment in which any and all children can learn without fear for their safety, it is, and they are, violating a basic civil right of a child to receive an education. At the very least, if any child is physically assaulted, or in any other way denied their civil right to an education, some adult’s head should roll. For the future of this City, the safety of its schoolchildren and the peace of mind of its parents, nothing less can be tolerated. Joe Eastman Coordinator Chinatown Town Watch

Dec. 10- Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity, led by Bishop Audrey Bronson, hosts Community Outreach Summit at Deliverance Church, 2100 W. Lehigh Ave., 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 11-13- Penna. Society at Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Dec. 14- Democratic 2nd Ward Leader Ed Nesmith hosts Christmas Party at St. Maron’s Hall, 10th & Ellsworth Sts.

Dec. 15- Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell hosts Holiday Party for Homeless at Convention Ctr., 12th & Arch Sts., 3-7 p.m. Dec. 17- Loyal Opposition Party at Republican 27th Ward Leader Matt Wolfe’s house, 4256 Regent Sq., 6:30 p.m. Jan. 2- Vaird Fdn. Hosts Read and Lead at P.O. Vaird Boys & Girls Club, 4800 Whitaker Ave., 12, p.m. Feb. 10- Germantown Republican Club hosts guest Attorney General Tom Corbett at 121st annual dinner at Union League, 6 p.m. Tickets $65. For info Jack Morley (215) 389-1768.

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(Cont. From Page 1) One can remain in high school until the age of 21, unwilling and/or unable to learn. So it is not uncommon to find unruly “student” leaders in that age group fomenting gang activity. Some high-school students do not understand the meaning of the word “respect”. Ask their teachers, who find they are subjected to the rudest language and are told to “go f--- themselves.” Some of them are troubled and disruptive because they are homeless. Still others have already earned criminal records, yet slipped through the screening that would normally divert them to alternative schools. Uncontrolled behavior may also stem from the fact teachers cannot lay their hands on students or lecture a student without risking a profane retort, as the culprits gleefully text the moment to their friends. Many kids are showing up with cell phones, even though they are asked not to bring them to school or to put them away until the school day’s end. We understand the confiscation rule is not applied to all. In one high school, the majority of students did not know which member of the administration was the principal. Many kids simply don’t know how to study. Because of this, teachers are now being forced to “teach to the test”. Some leaders have announced new initiatives for ensuring school safety. State Rep. Brendan F. Boyle has urged House action on a bill he’s co-sponsoring, which would require public schools to provide education on teen dating violence. The legislation would integrate dating-violence education into middle- and high-school curricula, and would require school districts to develop an anti-dating-violence policy. PFT President Jerry T. Jordan, who represents 18,000 teachers and staff working in the School District of Philadelphia, believes there are ways school violence can be reduced. He said, “Tougher reporting requirements and more school interaction with law-enforcement officials will not make schools safer, because we can’t legislate safe schools. “We can, however, reduce disruption and violence by providing schools with resources to adequately guide and supervise students; and with school-based programs that engage students, teach social skills through interaction and create a sense of acceptance and belonging to the school community. “In Philadelphia, few public schools today have enough extracurricular activities, like school bands, newspapers, yearbooks, choirs, drama clubs, student government, intramural sports and other extracurricular activities, that encourage student participation, teach teamwork, responsibility and cooperation, and foster a sense of belonging to a community. In addition to being fun, school clubs and extracurricular programs offer the potential to teach respect, cooperation, social

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25th Ward Marks Christmas Holidays WARD HOST Tom Johnson welcomes celebrities to his annual gala. From left are State Rep. Michael McGeehan, Johnson, Mary Isaacson, State Rep. Michael O’Brien and Ward Chairman Pat Christian.

ELICIOUS BUFFET for 25th Ward’s annual Christmas gala was prepared by Committeeman Jim LaValle and his family. Seen here, working over the ovens, are Jim LaValle, Dana Litzmer, Jacklyn Pierce, Joanne Litzner, Georgia LaValle and PACKED CROWD at 25th Ward’s annual Christmas gala Georgeann Sharp. included, from left, Charlie Bernard, Sonya Silverstein, Joe Stivala, Ward Leader Lou Agre, host Tom Johnson, Bill Dell and Jack Kurtz.

CORA Honors Champions

CORA Services paid tribute to 2009 Champions for Children at Union League with $105,000. Jim Harron, CEO of CORA Services, congratulated Attorney General Tom Corbett, Daniel K. Fitzpatrick of Citizens Bank and Rosemary Martin of Cardinal Dougherty HS, as Civic Champions. From left are Anthony F. Chunn, Harron, Corbett, Martin, Fitzpatrick and event chair Gregg Melinson.

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NOWS, Inc., Praise Warriors held public rally at which supporters and celebrities put paint against a giant “Breast Cancer” canvas wall, marking launch of Praise Is The Cure. Inas Shabazz is chairwoman. Community leaders included Natalie Overton, Rina Williams, Jese, Martin Regusters. Photo by Martin Regusters, Leaping Lion Photography

55th Ward Hosts Holiday Party

GREETED at door by Pat Christian and Tom Johnson was Party Chairman Congressman Bob Brady.

ENJOYING festivities were Controller Alan Butkovitz, center; Chief of Staff Lisa Deeley; and host Tom Johnson.

HAVING A JOLLY OLE time at 55th Ward party are Tom Forkin, Bob Dellavella, Angie Dellavella, Mike Driscoll, MEET BILLY DOLBOW’S Angels: Donna DeRose, Angie Dellavella, Anna Angela Leech and Bill Dolbow. Photos by Harry Leech Dillon and Lorri Bednarek.

WARD LEADER Robert Dellavella of the mighty 55th Ward hosts Christmas party. He is joined by Finnigan’s Wake propri- GETTING IN THE Christmas spirit are etor Mike Driscoll and Councilmen Bill host Robert Dellavella, John Sabatina, Sr. and Harry Enggasser. Greenlee and Bill Green.

Sister Gloria CBTU Youth Bowl PRPA, SDDC Officials Meet

SISTER GLORIA Patrone, stationed at St. Rita’s Parish, was honored for her 50th anniversary as a member of the Handmaidens of the Sacred Heart. The event was hosted by her family at Order’s private school in Wyncote.

S.E. PENNA. Greater Philadelphia Chapter of Coalition of Black Trade Unionist’s Youth Committee hosted Bowling Party at Hi-Spot Lanes in Roxborough with 60 attending, one of many family-oriented events scheduled by Committee, whose members are Kenneth Kinsley, chair; Stanley Saunders, co-chair; Deborah Clark, Kim M. Smith and Yvonne Jones.

WHILE INSPECTING military-cargo deployment at Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in S. Phila., members of Military Surface Deployment & Distribution Command visited the offices of Phila. Regional Port Authority in Port Richmond. From left, are PRPA Deputy Executive Director John F. Dempsey Jr., PRPA Senior Deputy Executive Director Robert C. Blackburn, PRPA Executive Director James T. McDermott, Jr., PRPA Chairman of the Board John H. Estey, Major Gen. James Hodge, Lt. Col. Ines N. White and Sgt. Major Willie L. Jacobs. SDDC provides global surface-deployment services to meet nation’s objectives.

MASON’S Union chief Mike Fera was among labor leaders congratulating Sam Staten, Sr. for winning Boys Town of Italy Award.

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CONGRATULATING labor leader Sam Staten, Sr. on being named honoree at 64th annual Boys Town of Italy “Man of the Year” dinner is State Rep. Dwight Evans.

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Building it right for a better and stronger community! COMMUNICATIONS czar Cody Anderson shares a moment with “mentor” Sam PAT & LIZ Eiding were among labor leaders honoring Sam Staten, Sr. Staten, Sr.

ADDING their congratulations to Sam Staten, Sr. were Local 57’s Mike Daniels, SHARING IN Sam Staten’s gala were Marhonorary Boys Town Board Member Dennis ion Wimbush, State Rep. Dwight Evans, Martire and Marion Wimbush. Charles Branch and Tommy St. Hill.

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.

BOYS TOWN of Italy’s Treasurer Mario CHATTING with honoree Sam Staten, Sr. Mele, right, tells Dennis Martire of record are Gail Scarborough and Msgr. Francis turnout for salute to Sam Staten, Sr. Beach.

Rizzo Honors Museum Head years as president and CEO of the nationally recognized museum, where play is the work of children. She unflaggingly fostered the Museum’s mission ‘to enrich the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play’.” Rizzo acknowledged Kolb at a Council hearing. Under Kolb’s leadership,

the Please Touch Museum has grown into one of the top children’s museums in the country. Through difficult and financially challenging times, she succeeded in the effort to develop the Museum and eventually to relocate it to the beautifully restored, historic Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park.

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“A Philadelphia institution, the Please Touch Museum has long been a place where, for countless numbers of children and their families, memories have been made,” Philadelphia Councilman at Large Frank Rizzo said, noting, “It is to Nancy Kolb to whom we owe a tremendous debt of thanks. Ms. Kolb is retiring after 21

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.

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IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS PHILADELHIA COUNTY CIVIL ACTION - LAW Term No. 091004968 NOTICE OF ACTION IN MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION TRUSTEE FOR THE PENNSYLVANIA HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY Plaintiff vs. UNKNOWN HEIRS OF LASELLES MCKENZIE A/K/A LASCELLES MCKENZIE & VALRIE MCKENZIE, as Heir of LASELLES MCKENZIE A/K/A LASCELLES MCKENZIE, deceased Mortgagors and Real Owners Defendant TO: UNKNOWN HEIRS OF LASELLES MCKENZIE A/K/A LASCELLES MCKENZIE & VALRIE MCKENZIE, as Heir of LASELLES MCKENZIE A/K/A LASCELLES MCKENZIE, deceased, MORTGAGORS AND REAL OWNERS, DEFENDANTS whose last known address is 5349 Addison Street Philadelphia, PA 19143. THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR AND WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT OWED TO OUR CLIENT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM YOU WILL BE USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING THE DEBT. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION TRUSTEE FOR THE PENNSYLVANIA HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY, has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to No. 091004968 wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 5349 Addison Street Philadelphia, PA 19143 whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County. NOTICE You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the above, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint or for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS PAPER TO YOUR LAWYER AT ONCE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A LAWYER OR CANNOT AFFORD ONE, GO TO OR TELEPHONE THE OFFICE SET FORTH BELOW. THIS OFFICE CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT HIRING A LAWYER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO HIRE A LAWYER, THIS OFFICE MAY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT AGENCIES THAT MAY OFFER LEGAL SERVICES TO ELIGIBLE PERSONS AT A REDUCED FEE OR NO FEE. COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES, INC. Law Center North Central 3638 North Broad Street • Philadelphia, PA 19140 215-227-2400 or 215-981-3700

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(Cont. From Page 11) them. Don’t try to take away the phone; you’ll place your life in jeopardy.” Laws can be passed mandating permanent confiscation and disposal of cell phones by security officers. How about indemnifying teachers and other school employees from being sued by a student or his parents for any bit of physical discomfort inflicted upon the student? If they try to enforce discipline, they risk a verbal or physical assault. More teachers in problem schools are resigning themselves to the realization they are producing “a workforce limited – and we are not sure they will even be able to do that work – to dishing out fast food,” as one put it.

Maybe excerpts from two letters sent to parents and students LaGreta Bown, principal at Southern, where racially prejudiced behavior bared the crisis that prevails as well in many other public high schools in this City, gives us an indication how timidity has set in at the administrative levels where firm, nononsense decisions were once the norm. One letter, addressed to parents, read in part, “I want to assure you the safety, security and education of all students are my top priorities. I also want to assure you any students involved in this (Dec. 3) incident will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and that these suspensions could result in expulsion.” The other letter, addressed to family members, stated,


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“Effective Dec.7, all electronic devices, including cell phones, are prohibited in the School.” But she indicated they would be returned at the end of the school day. She added, “A second violation will result in the electronic device being confiscated only to be returned to the parent.” Finally, she concluded, “A third time” meant the cell phone would be “confiscated until the school term ended.” Maybe she has summed up the attitude of the School District throughout the system as, “Hurt me once, it’s OK. Hurt me twice, and it’s still OK. Hurt me three times and maybe I’ll do something.” Teachers around the system will tell you, “After the third grade, it starts to get impossible to teach. You spend 80% of your time keeping discipline in the class and the other 20% teaching.” That is why some teachers long ago began advising classes at the beginning of the term, “Those students who want to learn, sit in the front rows. We have to ignore what goes on in the rows behind, so we can teach.” One program has been active in dealing with both aggressors and victims of violent youthful misbehavior since 1977. This citizens’-action group is the Youth At-Risk Violence & Crime Reduction Partnership. This program continues today and is in the process of assisting the Asian students who were victimized at Southern. It constantly reports problems to the School Administration, often before such reports filter their way through the system. At the same time, we just lost another tool for coping with school violence when the Pennsylvania Dept. of Education hastily shuttered the independent Safety Advocate’s office. Maybe it is time to bring this position back to life. Youthful misbehavior has increased since the ’70s. Something needs to be done. We ask you to come up with constructive advice that can be implemented by school administrators or can be written into law – any idea that can help turn around our troubled high schools.

man explained, “My customers asked for it. Philadelphians apparently like spicy food.” Dorfman, 43, grew up in Elkins Park and graduated from Cheltenham HS in 1984. He got into the cheesesteak business after a “boring” career in healthcare consulting for 10 years after graduating from Penn State in 1990 with a Hotel & Restaurant Management degree. After Gary opened Jake’s Philadelphia Cheesesteaks in October 2005, it soon became one of the hottest cheesesteak destinations in a city in love with cheesesteaks. Just for fun, I checked with to see if there were any customer comments about Jake’s. It turns out there were 11 (as of last Friday). Eight gave it five stars; four gave it four stars, and there were none below the four stars. “QueenLetecia” wrote: “What makes it unique or special? Their pork with garlic spinach and provolone!! I

get it every time I go there. No one can beat it, and I love that you can order half a sandwich since I don’t have the room or time to eat a whole one. (Plus, it leaves room for their french fries.) I don’t normally order fries, but I can’t pass up Jake’s fries!“ “totalee001” wrote: “I have never been able to eat a full cheesesteak unless I was pregnant, so I am glad that Jake’s has the option of a 6inch cheesesteak. The steaks are not oily at all, but they are sooooo juicy and delicious. The fries are awesome! The fries are perfectly seasoned, so I don’t have to add anything. I just start eating. The combos are very reasonable, and they have a nice variety of cheeses and other toppings.” In case you’re wondering why the business is called Jake’s and not Gary’s, Jake is one of Gary’s nephews. Gary said he likes the kid a lot and “loves the way Jake rhymes with steak.” Everything on the menu is

Len Lear priced from $4.95 to $9.95. Jake’s Philadelphia Cheesesteaks is open in the food court at Liberty Place from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Mondays through

Saturdays, and from 12 to 6 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call (215) 7511701, email or visit ‘Maru’ is coming Thanks to Chef Ryo Igarashi and his wife, Nicole, who will open Maru Global Takoyaki in January, one needn’t travel to Japan to experience Japanese “street food.” The new eatery will be located at 255 S. 10th Street, near Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. With only (Cont. Page 16)

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by Len Lear The term “some like it hot” just gained new meaning at Jake’s Philadelphia Cheesesteaks inside the food court at Liberty Place in Center City. With the addition of Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce as one of over a dozen free sandwich add-ons at Jakes, proprietor Gary Dorfman instantly tipped the Scovill scale, which measures the hotness of chili peppers, in his direction. Native to the Assam region of northeastern India, the Ghost Pepper (or Bhut Jolokia Chili) was deemed the “hottest pepper in the world” by the Guinness Book of Word Records in 2007. Weighing in at just over one million Scovill units, the heat measured from this chili is more than twice the intensity of the Red Savina Habanero

and 125 times the hotness of Jalapeño peppers. That’s serious heat! You may have to have a checkup with your cardiologist before eating this baby. Founded four years ago, Jake’s is known for free additions to their sandwiches. Customers don’t pay extra for fried onions, mushrooms, spinach, peppers, lettuce, tomato, etc., on their sandwiches. This same principle will apply to orders including Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce. Heat lovers can order increments of four, six or eight droplets of Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce per sandwich. Each customer who orders the hot sauce will be required to sign a contract that confirms they elected to order and consume this brutally hot sauce, and can’t sue Jake’s as a result of any pain they endure. When asked why he added this brutally hot option to his offerings, owner Gary Dorf-

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Laborers, LECET Bring Christmas Cheer The Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust and the Locals of the Laborers’ District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and Vicinity partnered with the Philadelphia Police Commissioner to bring holiday cheer to the residents of the Woodstock Family Center. Children staying at the

Woodstock Family Center, a facility providing emergencyhousing services for adult women and their minor children, were provided with toys and food and entertained with a magician. Santa Claus even stopped by for a visit. “It was a happy, yet sad occasion,” said Samuel Staten, Jr., business manager of Laborers’ Local 332. “It

was evident by the smiles on the children’s faces that they were enjoying the moment. The Laborers’ are proud to have been a part of bringing holiday cheer to these mothers and children.” The Woodstock Family Center is located at 1981 N. Woodstock Street (near Broad Street, between Berks and Norris Streets).

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, January 5, 2010. A non-refundable fee for each set of bid documents is as scheduled. The School District will only accept bids from companies that have been placed on its current Pre Qualified Contractors List as shown at All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications. FEE BUDGET General Contract Mayer Sulzberger MS $2,400,000.00 $200.00 Window Replacement 4725 Fairmount 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-047 (C) of 2008/09*

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.

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FAMED cutman Joey “The Eye” Intrieri, Vinny “Eye”, Joe-Joe “Eye” and trainer Mike McCarney are all part of newMarine Club Boxing Gym.

Ringside With The Shadowboxer With a shortage of boxers in their respective age groups, 9year-old Joe-Joe “Eye” and 10year-old Vinny “Eye” boxed each other last Friday at the legendary Blue Horizon. The “Eye” brothers trained for their bout under the tutelage of their father Joey “The Eye” Intrieri at the new Marine Club Boxing Gym, which opened last month at 15th & Washington. The elder “Eye” is an eight-time cutman of the year and long-time fixture in the

Maru’s Is Coming (Cont. from Page 15) six tables and 17 seats, the restaurant will provide an intimate setting encouraging the kind of one-on-one interaction with the takoyaki master manning the grill that one might have waiting streetside at a food stand in Osaka. All food is made to order in front of diners, and prices will range from just $2.99 to $9.99. Chef Ryo has wielded his

knife in some of center city’s top Japanese restaurants, but he developed a passion for Latin cuisine working for Iron Chef Jose Garces. Nicole, a Philly native, was born into the restaurant business and stayed there. Her mom and dad owned the iconic Walt’s King of Crabs on 2nd Street. There is no phone number yet, but their web site is

local fight scene who, along with partner Rob Myers, opened Philly’s newest boxing gym. Marine Club Boxing Gym is an old-school boxing gym for fitness training, beginners, amateurs and professionals. You’ll see those lacing up the gloves for the first time and rising pros like “Hammerin” Hank Lundy training side by side. Former world champion Buster Drayton also frequents the gym. Open Monday to Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., the gym is very affordable at a rate of only $40 dollars per month. For additional info, contact SHADOWBOXER can’t express how refreshing it is to see a new boxing gym open up in the city, considering the number we’ve lost in recent years. While the days with multiple boxing gyms in every section of the city are in the past, the opening of the Marine Club Boxing Gym proves while boxing may be down, it is not out.

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.

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 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*

B-007 (C) of 2009/10*

Electrical Contract Communication Tech. HS $97,000.00 $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-017 (C) of 2008/09*

General Contract Add B. Anderson ES $2,400,000.00 $200.00 Roof Replacement 1034 South 60th Street *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location on December 16, 2009 at 9:30 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.


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When I was a kid, I was often told when I tried to stay in the room when adults were talking about serious things, or when I asked the kinds of questions a precocious kid like me tended to ask, that it was time for me to stop “trying to mind grown folks’ business.” But just as “grown folks” have the right to admonish kids when they try to take on topics or responsibilities that are too old for them to comprehend or manifest, we, as so-called “grown folks”, should perhaps learn how to stay out of things that are best handled by the kids themselves. The latest example of why grown folks need to stay out of kids’ business comes from the campus of South Philadelphia HS. Unless you haven’t picked up a copy of the Philadelphia Daily News or watched television news over the last few days, you probably know a group of Black kids and Asian kids took a fight that started out in the community into the halls of South Philly High. Needless to say, it got ugly. Kids were suspended with intent to send to disciplinary schools. Asian kids are boycotting school this week in protest of what they consider unsafe conditions at the school. Black kids are feeling like they’re being unfairly singled out. And adults on both sides are encouraging those feelings. Don’t get me wrong. If my kid came home after being the victim of a beating, I’d want something done. And if my kid came home and said that he or she was being profiled despite not having done anything wrong, I’d be more than a little ticked off. But my experience with stuff like this on school campuses is that the best way to solve things is to involve as few adults (Cont. Page 19)

Dec. 7 is the date of the 68 th anniversary of the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. It was a horrible deed and it will never leave the collective memories of all Americans. The battleship Arizona was damaged so badly by the attack that it has been left submerged on the floor of Pearl Harbor since 1941. It is still leaking oil and is still the final burial place of over 1,000 gallant Navy officers and men. A visit to this national memorial is quite impressive. No charge is made. It starts with newsreel footage of the attack. Then, buses are provided to transport tourists to the memorial which contains the names of those who were killed in that action. Hawai’i remains on the front line of military deployment. On any given day on the island of Oahu, there is an average of 60,000 American military personnel on the island. The population of the state of Hawaii, counting all of its islands, is 1,400,000, of which 900,000 live in Honolulu. It is instructive to note that PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA grew up in what is literally part of an “overseas” community of the US military. The Brehon Law Society held its Christmas party last week at Tír Na Nóg, which is located at 1600 Arch Street. There was a very fine turnout and it appears to have been the first Christmas party of the season. The Brehon Law Society is the organization of the Irish American layers in the Delaware Valley, of which JOHN J. O’MALLEY is the President. He is a principal in the law firm of Bolte & Koenig. The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick are holding their Christmas party at Shanachie Irish Pub in Ambler, Pa. on Dec. 15, starting at 5 p.m. A memorial scholarship has been established by the family of MARY JANE HAZEL. She was the longtime president of the Somerton Civic Association. DELORES BARBIERI has been acting president since Mary Jane’s untimely death. STATE SEN. MIKE STACK’S reception at La Veranda was, by all accounts, a financial and social success. Among those in attendance were BOB BRADY, the chairman of the Democratic Party; MARTY WEINBERG; ARLINE PETROFF; DIANE CARUSSO; TOM JOHNSON; and MAYOR MIKE NUTTER.

Yo! Here we go again with this question: Do you remember the comic strip Blondie? She was married to Dagwood Bumstead – right. What was her maiden name? Blondie was and still is the most popular family comic strip in the world. It appears in 55 countries and over 2,000 newspapers. Chic Young started this comic strip in 1930 with a very different story line than it now has. The stars were Blondie Boopadoop (her maiden name). She was a gold-digger looking for a rich husband. Dagwood Bumstead -- believe it or not -- was a playboy, party animal and a polo player. He was heir to the Bumstead railroad fortune and he spent most of his time partying and chasing Blondie. As the depression got more severe, the distributors of the comic strip worried that rich airheads partying would not amuse people anymore and would not read Blondie, so they told Chic Young to recreate the comic strip. In 1933 the strip reappeared. In the new strip, Dagwood and Blondie fell in love, but Dagwood’s parents objected to their marriage and disinherited him. He had to get a job, making him “common folk”. The comic strip’s jokes were about the problems of ordinary life – getting up for work, missing the bus, pleasing the boss, making ends meet and of course the infamous “snack” – the Dagwood sandwich. How about one of my favorite comic strips – Garfield? This great strip was created by Jim Davis, who was too sickly to work on the family farm. His mother supplied him with pencils and paper and encouraged him to draw. After graduating from college, he got a job as an assistant to Tom Ryan, the creator of the comic strip Tumbleweeds. A few years later he tried to sell his own strip, Gnorm Gnat, about an insect. It was turned down because they said no one could identify with a bug. So Davis looked for another subject for his comic strip. He noticed that there were a lot of dogs in successful comic strips – Snoopy, Mamaduke and Belvedere – but there were no cats. So he fashioned a cat character after his big, opinionated, stubborn grandfather James Garfield Davis. He sold it and the comic strip debuted on Jun. 19, 1978 in 41 newspapers. During the 1980s, Garfield became a billion-dollar-ayear industry. For example, between 1987 and 1989, 225 million of those suction-cupped Garfield dolls that attached to your car window or home mirror were sold. I had one; did you?

SNOOPER’S “BIG STORY”: Naturally, it’s THE LAKEWOOD POLICE DEPT. We know FOUR POLICE OFFICERS were brutally executed while they sat in a local coffee shop by a deranged ‘criminal’ named MAURICE CLEMMENS. This defendant should NEVER have been on the streets and you can blame it on GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE. He chose to commute the perp’s FIVE-YEAR sentence. The Governor, refusing to accept the blame for what he has done, instead is now blaming everyone else for what has happened here in this debacle that he has created. LATE NEWS: The Lakewood Police Dept. has confirmed Maurice Clemmens has been SHOT and KILLED. Justice has been served! Please say a prayer for these brave POLICE OFFICERS. May they ALL rest in Peace! SNOOPER’S TRIVIA: Judge Kosinski, get ready, because this one will even tickle your brains. What was the original name of the cartoon by CHARLES SCHULTZ, and what happened to it in 1950? In 1942, United States introduced RATIONING to guarantee a fair distribution of resources, and especially to give PRIORITY to The Military. They then decided to ADD another item on their list for rationing. Give me the name of this item. You may be surprised what it was. In 1971, a famous hijacker named D.B. COOPER was involved in a bizarre incident. I want you to tell me what it was and why everybody is still talking about it, yes, even today! Hint: Washington State’s involved! Here’s a challenge for all of you! SNOOPER’S “What are they thinking”? I’m talking about our famous “malcontent”, ALAN IVERSON. I spoke with one of those guards at The Wachovia. He stated, “Here we go (Cont. Page 21)

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For some it may be the Christmas season but for Republican City Committee, it’s candidates’ season. While Santa's helpers are preparing toys for every good little boy and girl, RCC's ward leaders are finding excellent candidates to run for the State House, State Senate and Congress. Oh what a difference a year makes. For Congress, multiple Republican candidates have expressed interest to RCC in each Congressional district. Could primary fights be far behind? For State House, City Committee expects the incumbents to seek reelection and is seeking candidates in the remaining House Districts. City Committee elections will occur this spring. Leadership is lining up candidates for committee people throughout the City. Let the fun begin. Will Loyal Opposition challenge any RCC candidates or will it continue to back them? Some LO members have even made statements challenging incumbent ward leaders. Unfortunately, they neither live in the City or Commonwealth, nor could some of them find the respective wards if given a map. Finally, while both major Republican Gubernatorial hopefuls have reached out to City Committee for its support, the latest word Trunker hears is RCC is likely to favor proven statewide winner TOM CORBETT, whom it has delivered for twice in the past. Why do African Americans vote almost exclusively Democrat? Why is it taboo for most Blacks to question their blind loyalty to the Democratic Party in their communities? With Democrats having controlled most major cities for decades, are the African American communities in those urban centers happy with the results of their votes? Are they (Cont. Page 21)

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Waters Condemns Racial Intolerance The State House has unanimously adopted a resolution

offered by State Rep. Ronald G. Waters, condemning racial

intolerance and discrimination. Waters said he has a responsibility as chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus to ensure peoples’ rights are not violated

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because of their skin color. Waters also said he decided to write the resolution this summer, with the help of other PLBC members and Majority Caucus Chairman Mark Cohen when he learned that a private swim club in Huntingdon Valley asked more than 60 minority children from Creative Steps Day Camp, a summer camp in Northeast Philadelphia, to leave the pool, even though their parents had paid more than $1,900 to The Valley Swim Club. “We live in a democracy and I am appalled that authorities at the pool would act in such an unprofessional manner to the point where they would kick children out based on the color of their skin. The owners of this establishment placed their personal prejudices before their professional duties,” Waters said. Cohen said he thought it

STATE REP. Dwight Evans is seated with members of Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corp. he founded almost three decades ago, which received Whitney Young Award for Community Leadership in rejuvenating area of West Oak Lane at luncheon sponsored by Urban League. was important to support the skin color and seeing people resolution, especially since as individuals,” Cohen said. Rep. Kenyatta Johnson, this incident occurred so close PLBC secretary, said, “Alto his legislative district. “It is sad that it took an in- though our nation has made cident like children being progress over the years, it’s asked to leave a pool because important for us to realize that of the color of their skin to racial bigotry is still relevant in draw our attention to the lack today’s society. Incidents such of tolerance and racial dis- as the one that took place at crimination that is still blatant The Huntingdon Valley Swim in our nation. However, I am Club this past summer cannot hopeful that this resolution and will not be tolerated.” PLBC member Rep. Joe Prewill help us in our progress toward looking past one’s ston, of Allegheny Co., referred to some of the lyrics of the late singer, Bob Marley, and said, “The color of a man’s skin should be of no more significance than the color of his eyes.” He added, “Unfortunately those days just are not here yet.” Waters said he finds it hard to believe that this kind of discrimination is still happening in 2009, and he hopes his resolution (HR 490) will bring attention to the need for racial tolerance.

Now I understand you guys probably won’t be able to help yourselves. You’ll make your voices heard at every venue possible regarding this situation. You’ll demand stuff that the kids probably wouldn’t have thought of. You’ll use this to try and make hay with your various constituencies. And you’ll make a bad situation much, much worse. So I’m hoping all of you will back off and let the kids and the adults trained to help them solve this particular problem. Let them be the experts for once.

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MAYOR Michael Nutter addressed throng at The Enterprise Center on stimulus opportunities for minorityowned businesses.

(Cont. From Page 17) as possible. Sure, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission should be brought in because inter-ethnic fighting is a hate crime, even if the Philadelphia Police Dept. doesn’t think so (according to School District officials). Also, school counselors and others who work directly with kids going through things like this should be a part of the process. I also like that Southern’s school ambassadors are on the case. It’s what they do. It’s what they’re trained to do.

But with all due respect, all of the other adults need to sit this one out. In case you’re wondering, Black elected officials, and the Chinatown Development Corp., this means you. I say this because when adults enter into situations like this, they mean well. But they bring their own biases, fears and walls into a process that doesn’t need them. This process needs people with open minds, an ability to see both sides, and a desire to live and let live. In other words, it n eed s kids .

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Somewhere in Philadelphia, someone will be snacking on fresh peaches, cherries, nectarines and grapes, freshly picked and quickly delivered to Philadelphia’s Tioga Pier from Chile. That’s because the M/V Capricorn was quickly unloaded by Delaware River Stevedores at the Pier yesterday morning. Over 1,600 tons of fruit were unloaded in just five hours from the ship and are now in warehouses or at distribution stations and on their way to retailers and customers. Robert Palaima, president of DRS, which manages

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DRS Delivers Fresh Fruit In Winter

Tioga Pier, welcomed the first fruit ship from Chile for this winter season, adding, “It’s the first of many coming to our terminal.” It also marks the soon-tobe arrival of another shipper from Chile, the Chiquita brand of fruit, which has decided to replace its normal Wilmington, Del. terminal with Tioga Pier. Palaima, who uses only union longshoremen, noted, “Our record of quick turnaround, careful and gentle handling of perishable and fragile cargo such as fruit, has made us the number-one port stop for winter fruit from

South America.” The decision by Chiquita now makes it the fifth in the number of shippers designating Tioga Pier as their destination terminal for fresh fruit from South America. The others include Unifrutti, Pandol, Sbricco, and Oppenheimer. Palaima estimates it “will increase fruit tonnage received at Tioga by 25%.” Andres Montecinos, port captain for the Chilean Line CSAV, which handles most of the cargo, stated, “We are at home here at Tioga Pier and know fully the quality service we get from the ship to refrigerated warehousing and then via refrigerated trucks to a host of distribution points.” Montecinos, who maintains offices at the Philadelphia Regional Port Building on Delaware Avenue, was instrumental in saving the life of a stevedore who had fallen into the Delaware River last year. Through the efforts of Palaima and the PRPA, the

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FIRST FRUIT SHIP from Chile docks at Tioga Pier, M/V Capricorn sits patiently at Tioga Dockside, its bow reflected in a pool of rainy water as its cargo was quickly unloaded.


DELAWARE RIVER STEVEDORES President Bob Palaima checks out initial fruit cargo as it is quickly unloaded. Port of Philadelphia has become the key destination for Chilean fruit.


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(Cont. From Page 17) better or worse off? I don’t see the benefit to these communities of buying into the politics dished out by the Democrat machine. But I do see how effective it’s been. In most cities, Blacks vote 90% straight Democrat. So my question remains; what’s the appeal? Is it better schools for inner-city kids? No. We graduate barely 50% of our incoming freshman on time if at all. Democrats also oppose school choice (vouchers), denying poor minority parents the ability to choose good

BING! And the lights blinked gaily on, as dozens of trees along Mt. Airy Avenue began to shine as they will throughout the holiday nights. State Sen. LeAnna Washington and State Rep. Cherelle Parker led cheers of community. schools over failing schools. Is it policies that reduce Black-on-Black crime? No. Most cities have seen crime and murder rates skyrocket under Democrat control. Is it that Democrats deliver good private-sector jobs to cities so more minorities have a chance to provide for their families with honest work instead of government checks? No. Most cities are hemorrhaging jobs by the tens of thousands each year. I truly don’t see what African Americans have gained by voting lock-step Democrat for decades. I do, however, see what they’ve lost. Their vote is taken for

granted by both the Democrat and Republican Parties. Democrats ignore them because they know they’ll always get their vote, and Republicans don’t try because they know they’ll never get their vote. And here’s a dirty little secret: Blacks no longer carry the coveted title of “favored” minority within the Democrat Party. That title now belongs to the growing Latino community.

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(Cont. From Page 17) again with his ‘free-loading’ POSSE. He is one of the ‘nastiest’ ball players on THE ’76ers. Now he’s here in his “LAST-CHANCE CITY”, Philadelphia. This year is going to be “HOLY HELL.” SNOOPER (Medical) SCOOPER: No, this did not come from DR. TAYOUN but rather from a reliable source at The Aria Hospital. Please remember what I’m about to tell you, it’s important. Most DOCTORS you see in HOSPITALS do not work for the hospital that you see them in. NO, they are all PRIVATE CONTRACTORS who rent their office spaces from the various hospitals. If you have any complaints about your DOCTORS in the hospital, GO TO THE DOCTOR. Each doctor pays their respective employees who work for them in the various departments in the hospital. Yes, there are some employees who do work for these hospitals, but from what I just learned, NO DOCTORS. More to come! SNOOPER “LATE ITEM”: Hey Chief, your friend FRANK TALENT, who recently RETIRED after 39 years with MUNICIPAL COURT, was presented with a 2’x4’ framed photo that was signed by all the employees of The Court, including some JUDGES. His good friend and “boss” JOE McDERMOTT made this presentation to him. I’m told Judge Brad Moss, who was the emcee of this event, presented Mr. Talent with a very special gift and, naturally, Frank doesn’t want to talk about it, because it was very personal. But yes, he did get a beautiful watch, which McDermott had personally engraved, and he will treasure it! SNOOPER’S EVENT OF THE YEAR: Let’s ALL go to THE ELECTRIC FACTORY and on stage are THE BACON BROTHERS Mike and Kevin. Oh Yeah Boss, I got to meet him, and he kept his promise by coming here to put on a fantastic

show for THE MUMMER’S and he had this place jumping. Yes, he’s very happily married to KYRA SEDGWICK, star of “THE CLOSER”. We must thank LARRY MAGID and all those involved with THE ELECTRIC FACTORY. He came to put on a ‘benefit show‘ to help support ALL THE MUMMERS and their traditional parade. The BACON BROTHERS really love these MUMMERS and they were determined to help. Thanks to our Congressman, HON. ROBERT Brady! “OH DEM GOLDEN SLIPPERS”.

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