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SOUTH PHILA. HS Chinese-American Student Association President Wei Chen and Southern 12th-grader Amina Velazquez join Southern Principal LeGreta Brown, Congressman Bob Brady and Superintendent Arlene Ackerman for Martin Luther King Day Of Service event.
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by Rory McGlasson & Maria Merlino It was obvious what the theme of the day at Southern HS was on Monday: unity. School District administrators, local elected-officials and student leaders joined in for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. “Please wrap your arms around this School,” Superintendent Arlene Ackerman told a packed audience at Triumph Baptist Church on Monday. Ackerman introduced students Wei Chen and Southern 12th-grader
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by Maria Merlino Market traders on 9th Street want to recoup some of the losses they incurred during the last snow storm. The Italian Market will be holding a fundraiser to help replenish the coffers which were used to remove the 21 inches of snow that fell during the Christmas weekend. The event will take place Friday, Jan. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 12 Steps Down on 9th & Christian Streets. “It could have been a real disaster,” Dave Brown, chairman of the event, begins. “I know how much we lost in sales and catering (Cont. Page 17)
by R. George Linton Have you ever wondered where your plastics, aluminum cans, cardboard and newspapers go each week, after you leave them out in your tall blue can? Your recyclables get whisked off to Blue Mountain. That’s not the ski lodges and slopes up-state, rather the City’s recycling hub located at 2904 Federal Street. The South Philadelphia based recycling plant is using your waste, saving the City millions of dollars (Cont. Page 2)
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Amina Velazquez to a packed audience. Chen, Chinese-American Student Association president, and Velázquez both gave presentations at Church during the Martin Luther King Day of Service. Principal Brown said the longstanding issues at Southern HS will be addressed in South Philadelphia. “Mentor our students … just call us; we will respond,” she said. The Martin Luther King Day of Service at South Philadelphia HS (Cont. Page 6)
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Sestak Meets Students by R. George Linton Dozens of health care students got a surprise visit on Tuesday. Delaware Co. Congressman Joe Sestak was in town to speak with members of the Philadelphia Job Corps at 20th Street & Oregon Avenue. The former Navy vice admiral, who is running for Democratic nomination for US Senate, sailed in to South Philadelphia to tout his “Plan for Pennsylvania Families”. Sestak is facing Republican turned Democratic Arlen Specter in the May 17 primary. Most attendees at Philadelphia Job Corps are enrolled in health-carerelated programs. “Thirty-one percent of Philadelphians aged 18 and under are in living in poverty,” Sestak told students. I promise to bring more funding for educational programs such as Advanced Training funding to our cities like Philadelphia.”
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(Cont. From Page 1) and each year in disposal costs. Mayor Michael Nutter and Streets Commissioner Clarence Tolson visited the Grays Ferry plant to see firsthand how brand-new technology turns your recyclables in to gold. The City is on target to achieve a 20-25% recycling rate. In South Philadelphia, this has already occurred during 2009 with a 24% recycling diversion rate. Annual recycling tonnage has increased from 51,000 to a projected 90,000-100,000 tons in FY 2010, which saves the City over $6 million. “Most of our customers’ attitudes about waste management have changed,” said Sean Duffy, VP of Castella Waste Systems. “For many, recycling is a common practice. More and more people are aware of how unmanaged disposal and transfer sites can affect their health and the environment. “Where we once simply tossed waste into unlined dumps, we now build and operate highly technical, stateof-the-art, double-lined regional landfills. Where few, if any, standards existed, today we develop comprehensive waste-management strategies that meet strict Federal, State and local regulations.” Blue Mountain Recycling
presently has two other operating centers and employs over 80 people. They are the sole processor of material collected in the City’s residential curbside recycling program. The success of the South Philadelphia plant will be replicated in the City’s latest recycling program, Recycle Bank, which will begin next month in North Philadelphia. Residents can earn rewards for participating in the City’s curbside program and helping the City to increase its recycling rate. Citywide implementation of the rewards program will be completed in July 2010. The new Philadelphia Recyling Rewards will start up May in South Philadelphia. The City has made great strides in recycling since the introduction of single-stream recycling in 2009 and this new incentive-based recycling program is expected to give another boost to Citywide residential recycling rates. You can also earn personal rewards just for recycling regularly and right. With the new Philadelphia Recycling Rewards program, powered by RecycleBank, the more you and your neighbors recycle the more rewards points you earn. Gift cards, gift certificates, discounts and more can be redeemed (from phillyrecyclingpays.com) How it works: Sign up for a free sticker to place on your
OPERATORS SORT aluminum from plastics at Blue Mountian, 2904 Federal Street. recycling bin; every week you recycle, you get rewards. To sign up for a Recycling Rewards sticker, and to find out more information on how the program works, visit the website, www.phillyrecyclingpays.com. Stickers will be mailed out free. The program is anticipated to bring the City’s recycling diversion rate — the amount of recyclable materials that are diverted away from landfills-to even greater record levels in 2010. Every ton of waste diverted from landfills saves the City about $65. The program is pay for performance and shares the savings for additional tons of recycling collected above and beyond current levels.
Sestak Visits Job Corps (Cont. From Page 1) Sestak told students to hold him accountable in Washington. “It’s simple,” one Point Breeze nursing student said. “Is he going to get us some jobs?” Job Corps recently received Federal Funding from President Obama Recovery Act. Over 370 students cur-
PHILA. JOB CORPS DIR. John DeBlasio welcomes senatorial hopeful Joe Sestak.
rently attend the vocational training school, according to Director John DeBlasio. Twelve Job Corps students will visit the White House later this month. Students will travel to Washington in a new hybrid bus set to arrive in South Philadelphia by the end of the month, according to Mgr. Gail Anderson.
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ing for Governor in July, exciting Democrats who felt they had a chance at taking the seat. His decision unsettles the competitive contest for the 6th Congressional District. Whether Steve Welch will continue to challenge Gerlach in the GOP primary remains to be seen. He’s raised half a million. Democrat Douglas Pike has collected nearly $903,000. Gerlach won a straw poll of local GOP committee members in Chester Co.’s Downingtown area last week, but Republican Steven Welch’s campaign posted a strong showing, with 40% of the vote. It looks here as if Gerlach will face a heavily financed opponent in the Republican pri-
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Hoeffel Revs Up Campaign Effort
Montgomery Co. Commissioner Joe Hoeffel has added Fundraiser Scott Gale to his campaigning signaling his intent to stay in the primary for Governor. Hoeffel had raised about $400,000 in the closing months of 2009, less than half what he had hoped. Gale’s appointment will make a positive change. Allegheny Co. Executive Dan Onorato leads the pack with $8 million. Gale’s party connections at the national level could prove a valuable asset. Aside from previously working for current Sen. Bob Casey and former Sen. Harris Wofford in Pennsylvania, he has helped raise money for current Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine and former DNC chairman Steve Grossman. He has also worked for Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and the late Texas Gov. Ann Richards.
La Fountain Issues Debate Challenge
Democratic insurgent Daryl La Fountain has challenged first-term incumbent 175th Dist. State Rep. Mike (Cont. Next Page)
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Joe Sestak Picks At Specter Support
Unhappy the Philadelphia Building Trades Council, to which his union belongs, has endorsed Sen. Arlen Specter, Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers Local Union 1 President John Phillips announced his support for Joe Sestak’s candidacy. “The true-blue Democrat in this race is Joe Sestak and I fully support his candidacy against the long-time Republican Sen. Specter,” said Phillips. “Joe has been there consistently to back union issues and working families, while Specter has let us down time and again, especially when it matters most. Whoever decided to [make this endorsement] has their heads in the sand.”
GOP Lt. Gov. Race Shrinks By One Former Erie Co. Executive Rick Schenker has withdrawn from the Republican primary for Lieutenant Governor. Schenker stated, “My employment and economic circumstances have changed drastically, causing me to look for employment all over the country.” “If my future employment allows me to stay in Pennsylvania,” Schenker said, “I will continue to support the most viable efforts to challenge corruption in Harrisburg, and I will do everything possible to help elect a Governor that will make reform a top priority.” Gaining momentum among the dozen announced candidates for that office are Bucks Co. Commissioner Jim Cawley, Chester Co. Commissioner Carol Aichele and political operative Joe Watkins. It’s a given Tom Corbett will be the Republican nominee for Governor.
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(Cont. from Prev. Page) O’Brien to three debates throughout the House District starting Mar. 18. He suggests debates be held in Fishtown on that date, Queen Village and Society Hill the following day, and finall one in the ChinatownOlde City area on Saturday, May 15. La Fountain also suggested three variations: a reporter-panel debate, a mutually selected moderator or a town-hall ebate.
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South Philly United For Day Of Service
(Cont. From Page 1) was a gathering of students, teachers, celebrities, civic leaders and clergy. All races and creeds were represented in the Gathering of Unity, including Muni Ratana, Chief Monk of the Preah Buddha Rangsey Temple; Rev. Mark Kelly Tyler, pastor of Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church; State Sen. Larry Far-
nese; and WDAS radio personality Patti Jackson. Student Ambassadors ROTC Commander Reyna Espinol and her best friend, ROTC Julie Ta, both seniors, were anxious to let me know Southern HS was a good school despite all the negative media attention it has garnered over the last few months. “In the spirit of Martin
Luther King, I wouldn’t have a friend like Reyna,” Ta was quick to point out, “because his philosophy made us who we are today. I’m Asian and Reyna is African American, but we see each other as human beings.” Espinol concurs, “Because of a small amount of rude kids, the public sees us as not as an integrated group, but as violent segregationists. It’s totally against what the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached and in what we believe.” 1981 graduate Patty Jackson urged people to follow the
The venerable Muni Ratana addressed crowd at Southern HS. Photo by Maria Merlino
golden rule and “be more kind to one another.” Pastor Mark Kelly Tyler advised the crowd, “The reality is that we have one common creator, we are one common family and we allow petty things to divide us.” “On behalf of the Cambodian community and the Temple, I am very pleased and honored to be here with all of you as a family,” said the venerable Muni Ratana. “The Buddha once said, ‘A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another, the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another, it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden’.” As 1st Dist. Sen. Larry Farnese pinned a symbolic blue ribbon of unity around his arm, he told me he was honored to be part of the dais. “I’ve always had a vision of unity, mutual respect and working together with my fellow citizens. The dream of Martin Luther King will lead
SUPERINTENDENT Arlene Ackerman is surrounded by Southern HS students, ROTC Head Commander Reyna Espinol, James Colson, Amir Butler and Julie Ta. Photo by Maria Merlino
us past this difficult time.” Over 86 volunteers, led by South Philadelphia community leader Tiye Thompson, joined sponsors, community organizers and other volunteers in hosting the 3rd Annual Senior & Youth Inter-Generational Expo at Scottish Rite Towers, highlighting a Day of Services saluting the civil-rights leader. The inter-generational day of festive celebration took place at 1525 & 1530 Fitzwater Street. Activities included a complimentary meal, a youth talent-showcase of acting, singing and musical interpreta-
tion, free health screenings, individual photo sessions, senior storytelling and much more! State Sen. Larry Farnese and State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson were in attendance, as was Police Deputy Commissioner Capt. Bethel.
SOUTH PHILA. HS Chinese-American Student Association President Wei Chen and Southern 12thgrader Amina Velazquez sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” during MLK Day of Service, Monday at Triumph Baptist Church in North Phila.
97-YEAR-OLD Birdie Davis is joined by Tiye Thompson, Patric Wilkerson and nine-year-old Karla Silveira for 3rd Annual Scottish Rite House Day of Service event at 1525 Fitzwater Street.
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ANOTHER OPINION Foxwoods. Its developers had plenty of time to come up with a feasible plan. It’s time for them to play their cards or fold. If Foxwoods developers continue to stall, the developers’ license should be revoked and issued to another group. Another problem is the financial benefit to taxpayers. The table-games tax rate is too low. As our economy recovers, we will likely still have a tight spending plan in the year or years ahead. More gaming revenues should go back to the State to fund the many important programs and services Pennsylvanians need, and to provide tax relief to citizens. Additionally, Philadelphia taxpayers were dealt a losing hand by the Street Administration, which negotiated a payment in lieu of taxes agreement with both SugarHouse and Foxwoods casinos. These agreements are bad deals for taxpayers. The City could lose nearly $60 million over 10 years if the properties had been assessed under the current tax system. Taxpayers should also receive financial benefits from the riparian land SugarHouse Casino will use to operate
A Bad Gamble on. The State deserves its share of funds when the casinos use riparian rights. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania holds riparian rights in a trust for citizens. If a casino is operating on riparian land, the State is entitled to make sure the facility is operating under the best interest of the Commonwealth and provide monetary benefits to the taxpayers. In addition to the financial benefits taxpayers will receive, I am also concerned with how the table-games revenue will be spent by local governments. This information should be posted on a publicly accessible website. This would ensure accountability and transparency. This website will also help local neighborhoods. The table-games bill directed no money to offset the impact the two casinos will have on local neighborhoods and their quality of life. Citizens would use the website to ensure the funding goes to neighborhoods near the casino and to other important services. This legislation was originally written as a gaming-reform bill. However, the
table-games aspect has overshadowed the need for solid changes in our gaming industry. While the new act has many good reforms, it could and should go farther. I plan to set the ethics bar higher for this act by introducing measures which would create additional reforms.
Jan. 21- State Rep. Cherelle Parker with 9th Ward Leaders John O’Connell and Kenneth Powell, Jr. will host 9th Ward town-hall meeting at Jenks MS, 8301 Germantown Ave., 7-9 p.m. For info (215) 242-7300. Jan. 22- Council President Anna C. Verna and State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson host special Energy Workshop at Preparatory Charter School of Math, Science, Technology & Careers, 1928 Point Breeze Ave., 2 p.m. Jan. 22- Friends To Elect Karen Brown host beef and beer at Second Street Annies, Front & Fairmount., 9- Midnight. Tickets $30 Jan. 23- Campaign announcement and opening for State
Rep candidate Lou Agre at 6120 Ridge Ave., 1-2:30 p.m. Jan. 23- Campaign announcement for State Rep candidate Will Mega at Club Diamani, 638 N. 66th St. Cocktails and Announcement: 8-10 p.m. After-Party: 10 p.m.-12 a.m. Jan. 23- Volunteer Kickoff Party for Bryan Lentz for Congresss, Swarthmore Community Center, 715 Harvard Ave., Swarthmore, Pa., 6 p.m. RSVP (484) 472-7638. Feb. 1- Tom Johnson hosts Brady Bunch Winter “Ski” Party at Finnigan’s Wake, 3rd & Spring Garden Sts., 6-9 p.m. Feb. 4- United Way Nonprofit Stimulus Forumf features State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood’s presentation on American Recovery & Reinvestment Act at 1st Presbyterian Ch. of Germantown, 35 W. Chelten Ave., 2-4 p.m. RSVP (215) 849-6426 Feb. 4- Maurine McFarlane,
author of “Release the Prophetic Destiny in Philadelphia, a City Under Reconstruction,” signs book signs at Penn Book Store, 3601 Walnut St., 5-7 p.m., in celebration of Black History Month. For info (215) 898-5965. Feb. 6- 2010 campaign kickoff fundraiser for Mike “Googs” Guglielmelli for City Commissioner at Froggy Carr NYA, 1429 S. 2nd St., 7-10 p.m. Donation $50. Tickets at door. Feb. 10- Germantown Republican Club hosts Attorney General Tom Corbett as guest of honor at 121st annual dinner at Union League, 6 p.m. Tickets $65. For info Jack Morley (215) 389-1768. Feb. 20- Annual National Italian American-PAC Carnevale at Loews Phila. Hotel, 1200 Market St., 6 p.m.-12 a.m. Honorees Sal Patti, Anthony Cagano, Lorraine Ranalli and Donna M. Fluehr.
by State Sen. Mike Stack The new table-games law is a bad gamble for Pennsylvania. It was pushed through following the Governor’s threat he would lay off State workers if a bill wasn’t signed by the first week of January. The political process should not operate that way. There are too many holes in the legislation, especially when it comes to special interests. There is still no measure in the bill prohibiting lobbyists and licensed gaming-entity representatives from having a financial interest in a casino. Allowing lobbyists and their immediate families to have a financial interest can lead to corruption and it is inconsistent with the lobbying-disclosure law, which is intended to prevent contingency-basis lobbying. Under the law, lobbyists cannot receive pay or bonuses contingent upon legislative or administrative action. Why should lobbyists have the ability to exploit a loophole to enrich themselves and their families at the expense of taxpayers? In Philadelphia, there should be no extension for
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There’s an excitement in the air for Republicans they haven’t felt in years, especially in this city, which has been dominated for more than a half century by the Democrat Party. The Obama Administration’s popular approval has dwindled in the polls to below 40%, according to some pollsters. So there is a possibility disenchanted Democrats, hot-to-trot independents and oddball-party adherents could swing elections. Of a voting pool of 1,055,666, Independents have grown to 92,924. Republicans hold at 134,044, and Democrats remain dominant with 828,698 registered voters. Exciting electoral scenarios which not long ago (especially before the Massachusetts senatorial upset) were unthinkable, has some local GOPers believing the time is now to move their Party into a more aggressive mode. Whether or not their efforts will produce some changes within the Party remains to be seen. In any event, there is no substitution for door-knocking, which is where they must truly focus their energies.
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CUTTING ribbon for grandopening ceremony for Frankford Avenue Health Center’s new Pharmacy at 4500 Frankford Avenue were Digna Quiles, Frankford Avenue Heath Center administrator; Sajid Syed M.S., RPh., president, ACRO Pharmacy; State Rep. Tony Payton, Jr.; Ronald Heigler, CEO, GPHA; Dr. Alan Lee; and Dr. Janet Young. Photo by Martin Regusters, Leaping Lion Photography
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JEFFERSON Breast care Center Director Dr. Gordon Schwartz urges regular mammograms for women in the 40s, with support from State Sen. Larry Farnese. Chalfin Simmons, director of breast cancer.” Farnese was joined at the Breast Health Program, Thomas Jefferson University Aria Health Care System. news conference by Dr. BarAccording to the American bara C. Cavanaugh, director Cancer Society, breast cancer of Breast Imaging, Thomas is the most common cancer Jefferson University Hospital; among American women, exDr. Gordon F. Schwartz, di- cept for skin cancers. The rector of the Jefferson Breast chance of developing invasive Care Center; Leslie Stiles, breast cancer at some time in executive director of the a woman's life is a little less Pennsylvania Commission for than 1 in 8 (12%). In 2009, the ACS estiWomen; Elizabeth Goldfield of Susan G. Komen for the mated about 40,170 women Cure; and Dr. Jennifer would die from breast cancer.
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State Sen. Larry Farnese and Philadelphia breast-cancer specialists today urged Congress to keep mammogram funding intact as the national health-care debate moves forward. Farnese criticized a recent study by the United States Preventative Services Task Force that stated women in their 40s do not need a mammogram and that self-examinations hold no value. Farnese has introduced a Senate resolution urging Congress not to follow this recommendation. “Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death among Pennsylvania women, and it is imperative that it is caught early,” Farnese said. “By waiting until women reach 50 years of age before they have a mammogram, we take the chance of reversing the decade-long decline in deaths caused by
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CyberSoft Operating Corporation CyberSoft Operating Corporation is one of the oldest Unix-Linux anti-virus software companies in the world. We are a Pennsylvania based company located in Conshohocken, Pa. Our company operates under the principals of Quality, Service and Cost Effectiveness. We stand by these values of providing very high quality at a lower price which equates to continued standards of excellence under a not-sogood economy. Just recently, a new international teaming agreement between CyberSoft Operating Corporation and the very famous AhnLab of South Korea took place in Philadelphia. We wanted to partner with a company that would enable us to continue our quality and low pricing for all computer system needs not just the UnixLinux market. When you can’t increase income you have to cut cost. It is better to cut things instead of people. Better yet is to get high quality at a lower price that saves jobs. CyberSoft Operating Corporation specializes in anti-virus software for all non Microsoft computers; AhnLab, an international company centered in Asia with Corporate headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, specializes in anti-virus
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How appropriate, after Trunk Man writes about State House elections, that we hear Democrat SPEAKER KEITH McCALL of Carbon Co. is calling it quits after 14 terms in the legislature and only one term as Speaker. One is left to ponder why a Speaker would suddenly leave after only one term. There are several explanations floating around the Commonwealth. First, the age-old story we hear from the political class, when they slip away from the jungle, is they “want to spend more time with their families.” McCall was no exception, when he cited missed baseball games and a plethora of other extracurricular activities. The honorable gentleman from Coal Country was elected to the legislature at the age of 22. Now, 50, McCall has spent his entire adult life in service to the people of the 122nd Dist. It would make a lot of sense if this explanation were true, and who can blame him? Before I start trumpeting partisan rhetoric, let me make quite clear this is where personal beliefs get in the way of my column. The various indictments of McCall’s Speakership come from a menagerie of local Elephants. Trunk Man’s code involves advancing Philly Republicans rather than tearing down those who oppose us. Some speculate the members of the Democratic Caucus are not happy with his leadership – but why? Many recent Speakers from either Party will each go down as historic leaders of the State’s lower house. But it is Trunk Man’s contention McCall’s caucus did not give him the opportunity by his caucus to rank among them. K. LEROY IRVIS, the first African American Speaker of any legislature in the United States, led the fight for human rights in Pennsylvania. MATT RYAN of Delaware (Cont. Page 19)
I have a friend who is a really big fan of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While she is usually one of my most humanitarian friends, I thought about something she said to me as I was writing this column on the benefit held by the Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia at the Vivant Art Collection in Old City. In case you’ve been in a cave for the last week, Haiti, a nation that has the distinction of being among the poorest in the world, was hit by an earthquake that measured a 7.0 on the Richter Scale. Because of this, a significant percentage of the country’s buildings collapsed, including the Presidential Palace in the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Estimates put the death toll at about 200,000. Throughout the week, every knucklehead from Rush Limbaugh to Pat Robertson weighed in with reasons why we should let that island nation pound sand. But to do that would be to deny Haiti’s place in world history, said Yve-Car Momperousse, board chair of the HPP. “Haiti set the precedent for our freedom,” she said. “A lot of the leaders like Frederick Douglass and W.E.B. DuBois would never have been able to do what they did without Dessalines. It is our duty to help.” Thanks to some serious word of mouth (and word of Facebook) about the benefit, more than 400 people came to the Art Collection throughout the evening to drop off a check, drop off supplies, and show some support for those trying to rise from the ashes of the earthquake. A shipment of supplies bound for Port-au-Prince has already made its way to Miami. And unlike most benefits, the (Cont. Page 21)
Yo! Here we go again with one of my favorite cartoon characters – Bugs Bunny. According to some authorities, he is the world’s most popular rabbit. Bugs Bunny was ‘born’ in the 1930s but his character goes further back. Bugs Bunny has at least some of his roots in African American culture as Zumo, a mythical rabbit from Central and Eastern Africa. Zumo gained an audience by being smaller than his oppressors but he always won by turning the tables on them – through cleverness. His tales were told thousands of years before Eastman invented film. Slaves brought tales of Zumo to America, where he became Br’er Rabbit – stories that were retold by Joel Chandler Harris in Tales of Uncle Remus (1880). Other comedians’ bits helped mold Bugs Bunny. Charlie Chaplin’s gesture of the sudden kiss that he plants on someone who is getting too close for comfort was used to upset his adversaries. Bugs used it along with dozens of other Chaplin ripoffs, along with bits from Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton and even Groucho Marks. Bugs used his carrot as a prop, just as Groucho used his cigar. Bugs stole Groucho’s response to an insult – “Of course you know this means war.” In 1937, Porky Pig hunted a screwball duck named Daffy. In 1938 director Ben “Bugs” Hardaway remade this cartoon, using a rabbit that was just as daffy as Daffy. And in 1939 Hardaway tried a different take with a new-looking rabbit he named Bugs Bunny. In 1940 director Tex Avery changed Bugs from a lunatic to a streetwise smart-alecky rabbit with a Brooklyn accent. Mel Blanc, the voice of most of the Loony Toon characters, gets credit for the carrot cruncher’s line, “What’s up, doc?” Carrots were Bugs Bunny’s trademark. Mel, by the way, didn’t like carrots and this legendary line wasn’t complete without the sound of the crunch on the carrot. So during vocal shooting, they paused so Mel could spit out the carrot he had to nibble on while doing the line before going on with the script. In a recording session, Mel went though enough carrots to fill a wastebasket. And here is some trivia for you. The Looney Toons theme song is ‘”he Merry-Go-Round Broke Down”, a pop tune from the 1930s. Loony Toons is a takeoff on Walt Disney’s cartoon series “Silly Symphonies”. Everyone loved that rabbit – how about you?
SNOOPER’S MAILBAG: Hey Boss, guess who I heard from this week? This gentleman was telling me how much he liked THE PHILDELPHIA PUBLIC RECORD. He stated, “Your newspaper is great, especially when you get to read it on THE INTERNET. I speak on behalf of ALL THE MUMMERS when I say how much we all appreciated the nice things you wrote about us. We appreciated the fact you even mentioned THE BACON BROTHERS (MIKE & KEVIN) and I’ll make absolutely sure they get to read it. I want your BOSS to know ALL of us always read your newspaper, and yes, we also read your column too, Snooper! I don’t know, who you are, whether you’re one person, or perhaps others who help to write this column every week, but keep up the good work.” It was GEORGE BADEY. SNOOPER’S COURT TRIVIA: I’m going to name a few Judges; you tell me who they were and what happened to them. Hint: they each did something that made all the newspapers. HON. ANGELO GUARINO, HON. MARVIN HALBERT, HON. STANLEY KUBACKI, HON. ROBERT LATRONE, HON. MERNA MARSHALL, HON. JOSEPH T. MURPHY, HON. EDWARD BLAKE, HON. CHARLES J.LORD. HON. ALBERT SABO, HON. VITO PISCIOTTA, HON. BERNARD SNYDER, HON. KENNETH HARRIS, HON. BEREL CAESAR and HON. BERNARD GOODHEART. What did they do that we all still remember? SNOOPER SIGHTINGS: I stopped by THE LIBERTY DINER on Frankford & Rhawn Street and spotted quite a few people. My eyes couldn’t believe what I just saw. Chief, they have a server who is the ‘spitting image’ of TANYA (Cont. Page 21)
WILLIAM W. “BILL” RIEGER, who served 20 terms in the General Assembly before retiring, departed this life after a short illness. In addition to being State Representative, he was the longtime ward leader in the 43rd Ward. He succeeded as ward leader former Mayor of Philadelphia JIM TATE. He was also the proprietor of Charlie’s Pizza on the Boulevard, near the old Sears building. His wife LUCY predeceased him. She was a Yacovette and the brother of the former ward leader in the 66th Ward, ANGELO YACOVETTE. Rieger was an astute and practical politician. He believed in the maxim enunciated by the former Governor of Pennsylvania DAVID LAWRENCE that “politics is the science of the possible.” When FRANK RIZZO, who was a good friend to him, was running for Mayor of Philadelphia, Rieger knew Rizzo was not popular with Rieger constituents, so he put out a ballot with HARDY WILLIAMS’ picture and name on it. He calculated correctly that Williams could not win. In that election, BILL GREEN was Rizzo’s nemesis. Rieger correctly figured a vote for Hardy Williams would not be a vote for Bill Green, who was also a candidate in the primaries. Speaking of Hardy Williams, he also departed this life at age 78 after a long illness. The Williams family was well known in West Philadelphia. Hardy and his brother were both outstanding basketball players for Penn State University. Hardy was a State Representative from West Philadelphia when he ran for Mayor in 1971. His opponents were DAVE COHEN, FRANK RIZZO and Bill Green. He received almost 50,000 votes in a hotly contested primary, although he lost to Rizzo. He was the first African American to have the strength of character and strong personal courage to run for an important Philadelphia office. CHARLIE BOWSER was the first African American to run as an independent in the General Election for Mayor. Both of these fine public figures capitalized on the notoriety attached to their sports ability to run for public office. Bowser was a successful football player for Temple University. Hardy Williams had a distinguished career both as a ward leader and as a state senator. His son TONY has succeeded him as the State Senator from West Philadelphia. Common Pleas JUDGE GREGORY SMITH is his son-in-law and Hardy played a major role in getting him elected. (Cont. Page 21)
ness, and from park to park, the way was cleared. He did a phenomenal job! It cost $3,000 but it was a deal for us. It was money well spent, but money that depleted our operating account. We’ve been getting individual contributions from merchants, but we still are in the red. Because the Italian Festival is coming up, the worry set in, as we have to pay for it.” Brown explains. “As a group, we thought of all the things we
want to do, such as new signage. For the bigger things, we need State grants, but we certainly can do the little things. We have a whole marketing campaign in the works. With the good weather last weekend, the Market was very busy, but we’d like to see it prosper every weekend.” For those attending the fundraiser, expect a whole porchetta from Cannulli’s, Anthony Biondi as the DJ, discounted beer prices, t-
shirts and prizes. “There is no cover charge. If you want to get lucky, for $10.00 you get an arm length of raffle tickets.” And what are the prizes? “Some really good stuff! We have tickets for the Phillies, gift certificates and gift cards from Tre Scalini, Ralph’s, Villa di Roma, Isgro Bakery, Bibou, Anthony’s Coffee House, Jane’s, Porcini’s and many others. Just come down and have a sandwich, something
Chairman of 9th Street Fundraiser is David Brown; he is also manager of Talluto’s Pasta and Cheese. Photo Maria Merlino
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“Look, if this storm happened on Jan. 3, no one would have cared,” Brown recalls, “but we all realized City services weren’t doing it for us. People started making phone calls to private plow-companies. The prices were lofty and we just couldn’t afford it. Fortunately, we had a friend who came through for us: Mark Leuzzi.” “The cement contractor?” I asked him. “Yes! He had the little Bobcats he uses for his busi-
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(Cont. From Page 1) cancelation, and if you look at the whole picture, the entire Market might have lost upwards of a quarter of a million dollars. Snow is pretty crippling. That’s why we had to get the street plowed ASAP.” Even though the City made the obligatory pass, it wasn’t good enough for customers to get through. After merchants contacted the Streets Dept., City workers were directed to make another run though.
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PRPA Opens Dredging Website The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority has launched a website in support of deepening the Delaware River to 45 feet. The new website www.supportthedeepening.co m — will detail the economic benefits of the project, specify the facts about its environmental impact and counter the sometimes false and misleading claims of opponents. “We are very pleased to announce this new public resource,” said John H. Estey, chairman of the PRPA. “Given the facts about the project and its economic benefits, we believe that fair minds will see the overwhelming need for the deepening project and the tremendous benefits it will bring to the region. That’s
what this site will do: give people the facts about this important project.” The deepening, first proposed almost two decades ago, is projected to create more than 8,000 new jobs and is critical to the long-term economic prospects of Philadelphia-area ports. Other ports across the country, including the Port of Baltimore and Port of New York/Newark, have already either begun or completed deepening projects. The Port of Baltimore recently announced a private-sector investment of $750 million after the deepening. If the Delaware River is not deepened, Delaware River ports will be at a competitive disadvantage.
One key part of the new site will focus on combating the inaccurate and at times false statements about the economic and environmental impact of the project. In the almost 20 years since the project was first proposed, there have been dozens of studies that have determined there will be a positive economic impact and a minimal environmental impact. These reports will be posted along with a continually updated news and information. In addition, there will be a section detailing the strong support the project has won from all over the tri-state region, including major business organizations like the Delaware Chamber of Commerce and the PENJERDEL business organizations and merchants who rely on the ports. “If we’re committed to the future economic viability of the region’s ports, we need to deepen the river to 45 feet.
Failing to do so will drive maritime business out of the Delaware River, along with thousands of family-sustaining jobs,” closed Estey. “After almost two decades, it is time to move forward.” PRPA is an independent agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charged with the management, maintenance, marketing, and promotion of publicly owned port facilities along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, as well as strategic planning in the port district. PRPA works with its terminal operators to modernize, expand, and improve its facilities, and to market those facilities to prospective port users. Port cargoes and the activities they generate are responsible for thousands of direct and indirect jobs in the Philadelphia area and throughout Pennsylvania, as well as numerous other economic benefits.
DRPA Offers New Tool for Jobseekers The Delaware River Port Authority and PATCO announce the launch of its improved employment site. The revamped and expanded employment section provides jobseekers with additional information regarding the Authority, its employment process and offers an email subscription service that allows jobseekers to sign up to receive notifications of job openings directly to their PC or PDA. The employment section of the site was developed by staff to assist jobseekers in navigating through the employment process at the Authority. The site provides useful information about working at DRPA, its history and its commitment to diversity.
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his attempts at pushing through the agendas of others, he has not been identified with any of his own legislative initiatives as Irvis, Ryan, Perzel and O’Brien all were. Because of the tumultuous relationship between House Democrats and Republicans, McCall has been unsuccessful at using his authority to bring unity to the legislature in a time of lethal partisanship as Ryan did. During the prolonged budget battle of 2009, McCall was rarely heard from.
His mark was not left on the budget. His silence in defending Benjamin Franklin’s House of Representatives is disappointing. Where can he be heard defending the integrity of this institution? At a time when the legislature is under a cloud of corruption and investigations, it is the role of the Speaker to Speak for the people. The House, after all, is the House of the people, right? Our House cannot possibly be a corrupt one. The Speaker needs to make peo-
ple feel that sentiment. If certain members are giving it a bad name, the Speaker needs to stand up for our House. We should expect nothing less than outrage by our Speaker in a time when our House is being disrespected by a dishonest few. Mr. Speaker, you’re a good, honest and caring man. You still have a year to correct my complaints. Please do not take this as an indictment of you as a person. It’s an indictment of the system surrounding you. You were chosen to be
the Speaker out of a caucus where you were the only leader left. The deficits I mentioned likely stem from your desire to hold together a fractured caucus; but Mr. Speaker, let the caucus be and hold together a fractured House. We need it and you’re the man in a position to do it. In the remaining year of your term, leave the Democratic leader to tend to the Democratic Caucus. Frankly, neither side of the aisle is proving an ability to lead. We turn to you.
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(Cont. From Page 16) Co. holds the distinction of being a lead architect of the modern legislature. His contributions to the veterinary community will always be remembered through the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary School at the University of Pennsylvania. His ability to bring together Democrats and Republicans in tough times is missed to this day. JOHN PERZEL, the titan from Mayfair, prior to his indictment, was seen as one of the most powerful Speakers in the history of our Commonwealth. His keen political instincts and eye for coalition-building to do the business of the people was, while heavyhanded, effective. Perzel led the takeover of the failing Philadelphia School District as well as orchestrating the unpopular, but tactically brilliant, 2005 pay raise. These were nothing less than Herculean tasks. Most recently, DENNY
O’BRIEN could possibly go down as one of the State’s most historic Speakers. With a slim Democratic Majority, O’Brien gained near-unanimous support from the Democratic Caucus and a handful of Republicans to become the state’s first minority party Speaker. In that position, he pushed through historic rules reforms, Autism Insurance Legislation and a groundbreaking prison-reform package of bills. These four men were visionaries, to say the least. Their Speakerships were peppered with hardships that the trio tackled and beat with ease. McCall, on the other hand, is quite a different story. While seen as affable and fair, his Speakership has proven lackluster at best. But one cannot blame him fully. As he attempted to represent a positive face for his caucus, his caucus left him behind. He has not been given the opportunity to take a hard stance against the corruption in his caucus as O’Brien did. In
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, February 9, 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 psit.org. All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications. BUDGET
B-027 (C) of 2009/10 General Service Contract $75,000.00 $25.00 Trailer Modernization Various Locations B-031 (G) of 2009/10 Mechanical Service $200,000.00 $25.00 Contract ATC Service and Repair Various Locations
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.
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.
Information as to contract documents, etc., may be obtained at the above address, or telephone 215-400-5225. Make checks payable to the School District of Philadelphia.
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It’s no Lai; new Vietnam Cafe is awesome by Len Lear The Lai family has truly lived the American dream, but it started out as a nightmare. Husband and wife Nhu Lai and Thuyen Luu, together with their eight children, fled Communist Vietnam in 1978 by boat to Malaysia. They spent nine months in a UN refugee camp and then boarded a plane from Malaysia to Philadelphia.
Even after they reached American soil, the Lai family faced extraordinary challenges. They lived in West Philadelphia, which housed many Vietnam refugees, but they still felt like strangers in a strange land, as no one in the family spoke English. Eventually, son Benny, who is now 42, went to Lamberton HS and Temple University and became the family’s interpreter. Formerly the owners of a large sandal factory in Saigon that was forcibly taken from
them, the family was accustomed to the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship. It wasn’t long before Benny’s father saw an opportunity in Philadelphia’s Southeast Asian community, which hungered for the culture and cuisine of their homeland. So he began trekking to New York’s Chinatown to purchase ethnic Asian foods, which he sold to neighbors on the street. By making this daily journey, he earned the respect of his vendors, and used his newfound purchasing power to open a small grocery store, Fu Wah, at 47th Street & Baltimore Avenue. During the blueberry season, the family would take a bus in the pre-dawn hours to New Jersey, where they picked fruit alongside migrant workers. Everyone worked hard, and all the money went toward building the business. In 1984, the Lais opened the 28-seat Vietnam restaurant at 221 N.11th St. in Chinatown. Even though it was a typical, sparsely decorated “hole in the wall” ethnic eatery, it featured great authentic cuisine with
recipes from the family’s home kitchen. Increasing sales at the restaurant gave Benny the perfect excuse to drop out of Temple and work there full time. His warm personality added to the restaurant’s appeal. Despite its diminutive size and no-frills decor, the restaurant soon earned a reputation for outstanding food. In fact, it could barely contain all the people who wanted to try out this cuisine that was new to most customers. The parents worked 24/7 to build their two businesses. Then, in 1989, Nhu Lai and Thuyen Luu turned Vietnam over to Benny, who has lifted the family’s dream to a whole different level. The beloved “hole in the wall” at 11th Street near Race has tripled in size and now includes an upstairs lounge, Bar Saigon. When Vietnam started, Benny and his parents made 500 spring rolls a week. Today the restaurant’s chefs make 5,000 spring rolls a week, and the restaurant is now managed by Tina Lai, the youngest of the family’s eight children. Viet-
Len Lear nam restaurant has won numerous awards such as “Best Global Food” from Philadelphia Style magazine and “Best Ethnic Restaurant” from Philadelphia magazine. In true American entrepreneurial style, the Lai family has not rested on their success. Two months ago — Nov. 17, to be exact — they moved Vietnam Restaurant’s tiny neighborhood sister, Vietnam Café, which had been next door to Fu Wah (still in business after almost 30 years), a couple of doors down to a larger space at 814 S. 47th Street, just below Baltimore Avenue. Benny still lives right across the street with
his wife Tammy, whose father, an interpreter for the Americans during the Vietnam War, was killed in the Tet Offensive in 1968, six months before Tammy was even born. Vietnam Cafe, which replaced an Italian restaurant called Abbraccio, can seat almost 170 in three gorgeous dining rooms and at a classy bar. Both the sophisticated look and the awesome food could pass the restaurant off as a Stephen Starr creation, but the relatively low prices tell you it’s not. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but for firsttimers I would recommend the huge bowl of heavenly chicken lemon grass soup ($5.75) and the barbecue platter, which has six different items and is easily enough for two people ($24.95). There is a beef sauce that accompanies it, and it is definitely nectar from the gods. I actually began to drink it by itself. There is a big, free municipal parking lot right in back of the restaurant. For more information, call (215) 729-0260 or visit www.eatatvietnam.com.
City Hall Sam (Cont. From Page 16) At ADAM BELOFF’S swearing-in day reception at McCormick’s & Schmick’s, among the guests was the well-known banker from Polonia Bank, TONY SZUSZCZEWICZ Also present were, from Local 830, its PRESIDENT DAN GRACE, and from the Iron Workers, its PRESIDENT JOE DOUGHERTY. Two weeks ago, CONNIE RODGERS’ last name was misspelled. This is the correct spelling.
they too are also properly trained. The issue was really about these three NEW DOGS who were actually being tested. There is a lot I can’t tell you, for SECURITY REASONS. When you go to The Airport, though, relax; I can tell you this, you are SAFE and SECURE. SNOOPER’S PERSON OF THE MONTH: I chose
MAYOR NUTTER and his Streets Commissioner HON. CLARENA TOLSON. I have nothing but PRAISE for the tremendous job done by the Streets Dept. during our recent SNOWSTORM. These professionals ALL did what they had to do, and we must AGREE they were absolutely fantastic. Did you notice how fast they got all them snow plows out?
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that he had all the answers. In fact, he believed it was his job to serve as an advocate and a helper to those who were less fortunate or didn’t have a loud enough voice of their own. In other words, Dr. King would have been angrier at us if we remembered his birthday instead of remembering those who are hurting, homeless and hungry in Haiti. To think any other way, I said, misses the point of Dr. King’s life. If you are interested in contributing to the Haitian relief effort, here are some places that will be happy to take your donations, your cash, or anything else you might want to contribute: The Office of State Sen. LeAnna M. Washington, 1555-A Wadsworth Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19150. Leon H. Sullivan Charitable Trust, 5601 Vine Street, Unit 9, Philadelphia, PA 19139. The
Office of State Rep. Dwight Evans, 7174 Ogontz Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19138. Vivant Art Collections (monetary donations and medical supplies only), 60 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. For those of us who spend entirely too much time on the ‘Net, you can make donations there as well. UNICEF Care, The Clinton/Bush Haiti Fund (just send them your cash), the American Red Cross, Yele Haiti (Grammy-winning artist Wyclef John’s foundation) and others are accessible via your computer or even your cell phone. And don’t forget: Oscarwinning actor and activist George Clooney is hosting a telethon for Haiti on Friday night beginning at 8 p.m.
(Cont. From Page 16) gathering at the Vivant Art Collection ended with attendees fabricating boxes, packing them, and loading them onto another truck. In other words, the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection has lived up to its name. Now that you’ve read about the benefit itself, I’ll share with you what my friend said and why it stuck with me as I wrote this piece. My friend said, “With all of this talk about Haiti, it’s as if Dr. King has been pushed to the back.” I submit this is exactly the way that Dr. King would have wanted it. In fact, I submit Dr. King probably would have spent his 81st birthday in Haiti had his health allowed it. That’s because Dr. King wasn’t someone who believed
SNOOPER’S ‘TIS THE SEASON’: Here we go again Chief; believe it or not, it’s time for BASEBALL and the N.E. PEANUT LEAGUE. They are one of the biggest SPORTS LEAGUES in this City. FRANK SPATACCO,
President, is to be commended for the tremendous job HE and his PROFESSIONALS do. The Leagues are already getting their welltrained UMPIRES ready; their training sessions will start next week.
Walk In’s Welcomed
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(Cont. From Page 16) HARDING. I went to the back and met up with MR. CHARLES FULLER, who was there with FRANK TALENT, and I have NO CLUE what that was all about. I then met a famous N.E. WARD LEADER who didn’t want to be identified, because he was there with a young lady who wanted to remain ANONYMOUS. As she stated, “ASK ME NO QUESTIONS, I’LL TELL YOU NO LIES.” Oh yeah, there’s more to this one. SNOOPER SCOOPER: Let me first tell all of you, DON’T BELIEVE ALL THE HYPE. At the Philadelphia Airport, there is a lot more than meets the eye. I’m referring to the recent stories concerning SECURITY problems
at The Airport. Remember the issue about THE DOGS? The three dogs in question belong to THE T.S.A. and yes, these dogs were improperly trained. Then you have THE I.N.S. (Immigration & Nationalization Services) dogs. These are really great and highly trained at what they do. We also have the Police dogs, and we know how smart they are, because
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In accordance with Chapter 73 of the Vehicle Code and authorization of the Department of Transportation, there will be a public auction of the below listed vehicles, THURS, January 21,2009 @ 10:00 AM. The location: 7000 State Road, Philadelphia, PA. All sales final. Cash only.
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