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Now It Has Become A Syphilis Pandemic!

Women, 15-29, At Greatest Risk

Three years ago, in May of 2007, the Philadelphia Public Record warned the City in a series of articles a syphilis epidemic was underway. Its Health Dept. didn’t respond to our alarms, so you now

need to add “syphilis pandemic” to the list of problems requiring immediate and serious action by this administration and, in particular, its Dept. of Health. Now the disease is out of hand.

Back then, hard-working and frustrated disease-intervention specialists in the Health Dept. were crying, “We’re in an epidemic.” Nobody listened, but we did, and we reported their complaints in

that series, to no avail. The disease-intervention specialists (DISs) had contracts with the Health Dept. to track down the immediate sex (Cont. Page 2)

Dredging Order Saves Port by Tony West

The first ton of silt dredged from the shipping channel in the Delaware River Monday, to

3 ROOMS of call-center operators are on duty seven days a week for citizens wishing to apply to PHA for a Housing Choice Voucher.

PHA Voucher Holders Can Now Apply Online The Philadelphia Housing Authority announced it would begin accepting applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program on-line, through its Web site The announcement comes as the agency opens its voucher-program waiting list for applications for the

first time since 2000. The application period began Tuesday and closes Monday, Mar. 15. PHA Executive Director Carl Greene said he wanted to make the application process convenient for the thousands of people expected to apply. (Cont. Page 19)

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deepen it by five feet, was a bite felt around the world. Already, maritime shippers have begun to adjust to the news that Philadelphia will stay in the game of international trade for a generation or more to come. “This is a great day for the city, the state and the region as well as the port,” said US Sen. Arlen Specter in a conference call from his Washington office. Together with his colleague Sen. John Heinz, Specter began the arduous process of lobbying to deepen the Delaware River in 1983. Time and traffic have proven their decision was right. John Estey, Chairman of Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, echoed the Senator’s elation, calling the deepening of the channel to 45 feet “the most important project in the history of the river.” It will produce 125,000 jobs, many of them permanent, spread across Delaware, South Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania as far north as Scranton. It will ensure the Philadel-

phia region remains a world-class competitor for trade in the global economy. Even more urgently, though, it will avoid the fate that awaited the

city if the project did not go through. Current trends in seaborne commerce are about to make Philadelphia’s 40foot ports obsolete. If that is allowed (Cont. Page 17)

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Women Vulnerable To Syphilis (Cont. From Page 1) partners of those identified as carrying HIV/AIDS or found to be syphilis-infected and, as a result, carriers of those diseases. The DIS inspectors would then quickly check with those partners and advise them what health precautions they needed to take to free themselves from the infectious disease. Several of them became alarmed when they were pulled off to keep track of how school students were caught up in the chlamydia epidemic. Although this sexually-transmitted disease can curtail the ability of infected girls to bear children, it does not kill as AIDS or syphilis can. The DIS’s best results come when they can immediately contact the newly infected, before they spread their ailment to others. Delays impair their ability to track them and stop them from transmitting disease to others. These courageous public servants fed us the facts for our 2007 series. Yet for that brave act, although we didn’t identify them at the time, these whistleblowers were uncovered, blamed and dismissed. What concerned them most was they had witnessed the tip of an epidemic surfacing: the birth of a baby infected with syphilis. That meant heterosexual women were being infected by a disease associated, of late,

more with male-on-male sex. “The birth of that infected baby told us, based on figures we constantly tracked, we were in a full-blown epidemic,” said Brian Robinson, one of the DISs whose contract was canceled. He and others of the group, under the name of Tuskeegee North Group, are now in federal court suing the Center For Disease Control and the Dept. Of Health over their inaction. Now we learn its spread has worsened, and only because some of those infected have been detected. Because of the continued disregard of health advisories and public announcements, the City finds itself saddled with a growing group of individuals, many identified through case histories as bisexual, who continue to be sexually active despite knowing they are infected with HIV/AIDS and syphilis. Syphilis causes irreversible damage to organs, leading to death, if left untreated. It is a cause of blindness and dementia, and can move HIV into AIDS status quickly. It's the silent disease, often misdiagnosed by doctors not familiar with its symptoms. Revealing this sobering news is a new report from a community group called the Philadelphia Syphilis Advisory Committee. Formed in 2008

from community-based organizations, this committee understood, according to its co-chair, Debra D’Alessandro, MPH, “the need to continue to putting more resources into partner notification, so those individuals could be screened and treated by the Dept. of Health or their own doctors.” That Committee’s report reveals there has been a 360% rise in the number of young women in this city infected with syphilis. Syphilis cases went from five to 23 among young women aged 15 to 29 in Philadelphia when compared to 2008. Additional data indicate these women represent a growing proportion of cases. In 2009, young women represented 10% (23/218) of the total cases. In 2008, they represented only 3% (5/150) of the total cases. Although other metropolitan areas have seen similar rises in syphilis cases, PSAC says it “is particularly troubled by the rise seen among young women, especially since it represents an expansion of disease into new and diverse populations.” Gloria Casarez, Director of LGBT Affairs, Office of Mayor Michael Nutter, City of Philadelphia and member of PSAC, states, “All Philadelphians should be alerted to the current state of syphilis in our

communities and support the efforts of the Philadelphia Dept. of Public Health and medical providers in their quest to eliminate syphilis from Philadelphia. Individuals at risk for becoming infected with syphilis should learn how it is transmitted, use condoms regularly, and get tested for syphilis and other sexually transmitted disease such as gonorrhea, chlamydia and HIV.” Yet it is the very department that turned its Disease Intervention Specialists into chlamydia counters. For those who do not have a health-care provider, they say testing and treatment services are available for free at Health Center #1 (500 S. Broad Street) and Health Center #5 (1900 N. 20th Street) as well as many community-based organizations. PSAC also recommends individuals who are told they are infected with, or suspect they may have come in contact with, syphilis assist PDPH efforts in identifying others who may also be at risk of becoming infected. Those in charge of this area of care refuse to talk to the press. We suggest our readers ask Mr. Jeff Moran, Director of Communications, Philadelphia Dept. of Public Health, "just what the city is doing to curb and end this epidemic"? His number is (215) 685-5244.

What is Syphilis? Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. It has often been called “the great imitator” because so many of the signs and symptoms are indistinguishable from those of other diseases.

How common is syphilis? In the United States, health officials reported over 36,000 cases of syphilis in 2006, including 9,756 cases of primary and secondary (P&S) syphilis. In 2006, half of all P&S syphilis cases were reported from 20 counties and 2 cities; and most P&S syphilis cases occurred in persons 20 to 39 years of age. The incidence of P&S syphilis was highest in women 20 to 24 years of age and in men 35 to 39 years of age. Reported cases of congenital syphilis in newborns increased from 2005 to 2006, with 339 new cases reported in 2005 compared to 349 cases in 2006. Between 2005 and 2006, the number of reported P&S syphilis cases increased 11.8%. P&S rates have increased in males each year between 2000 and 2006 from 2.6 to 5.7 and among females between 2004 and 2006. In 2006, 64% of the reported P&S syphilis cases were among men who have sex with men (MSM).

How do people get syphilis Syphilis is passed from person to person through direct contact with a syphilis sore. Sores occur mainly on the external genitals, vagina, anus, or in the rectum. Sores also can occur on the lips and in the mouth. Transmission of the organism occurs during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Pregnant women with the disease can pass it to the babies they are carrying. Syphilis cannot be spread through contact with toilet seats, doorknobs, swimming pools, hot tubs, bathtubs, shared clothing, or eating utensils.

What are the signs and symptoms in adults? Many people infected with syphilis do not have any symptoms for years, yet remain at risk for late complications if they are not treated. Although transmission occurs from persons with sores who are in the primary or secondary stage, many of these sores are unrecognized. Thus, transmission may occur from persons who are unaware of their infection. (Cont. Page 19)

PGW Rates Remain Low Malik Boyd Enters 198th Race ‘Tooting’ Kenyatta’s Horn (Cont. From Page 1) $1.55 per Ccf to $1.59 per Ccf. The price for PGW’s commercial, industrial and municipal customers will also increase on Mar. 1. “Everyone at PGW understands our customers do not want to pay more for their natural gas. Thanks to our storage and contracting practices, we are able to minimize the increase and purchase the most economically priced natural gas we can for our customers,” said Thomas E. Knudsen, president and CEO of PGW. “In fact, thanks to these very practices, only two of the last seven adjustments, including this one, have been increases.” The company anticipates its rates will remain stable

through the spring, based on current market conditions, producing savings for all of the company’s customers compared to recent years. PGW’s residential natural gas rates are made up of two main components: a supply charge and delivery charge. The supply charge is the part of the bill that reflects the amount of gas used. The delivery charge includes the cost of delivering natural gas to the customer’s meter, distribution system maintenance and customer billing, as well as weather adjustments. The rate will stay in effect through Jun. 1, 2010, when PGW will determine, based on market conditions, whether or not the rate should change.

BOYD HOSTS fundraiser for his campaign to challenge State Rep. Rosita Youngblood in the 198th Legislative Dist. With him in support at Crab House event are Fareeda Mabry, Sheilah McMillan and Julia Culver.

SYLVIA SIMS and Autumn Hall flank Malik Boyd, giving Photo by Robert Mendelsohn him a pretty escort.

STICKING WITH State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson are 36th Ward Committeeman Berresford Gabbadon, left, and town-watch leader Wali Smith. STATE REP. Kenyatta Johnson got off to early start in reelection drive with fundraiser at Ms. Tootsie’s on South St., Among supporters there were, from left, Gregory Davis of Lincoln Benefits Group, School District government-relations expert Joseph C. Meade and real-estate attorney Damon Roberts.

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TEAMSTERS joined Rocky Bryan, Jr., President of Local 929, whose members are on strike at the Philadelphia Regional Produce Market. The union is protesting contract violations now occurring with the Local's Market workers.

Water Dept's Sewer Charges Killer To Big Auto Dealers by Jenny DeHuff What the city's Water Department is calling simple changes to their costs of storm water management, auto mall dealers are calling a threat to their businesses. One car dealership – Pacifico Ford, in the southwest section of the city, was issued a letter from the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD),

explaining the reasons for the water department’s change in the way costs are assessed for storm water runoff. “They’ve come up with a formula that is 10- or 20-times what the water bill [normally] is,” said Kerry Pacifico, owner of Pacifico Ford. “Anyone who has a parking lot with blacktop is going to be subjected to these water

sewer charges,” he said. “Since it doesn’t go through City Council, [the Water Department] feels like they can do anything they feel like.” Water Department officials claim these adjustments are not a new charge to water customers, and do not increase utility revenues for the city. (Cont. Page 22)

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Mike Fera, president/business manager of Cement Masons Local 592, has announced his endorsement for Dan Onorato, Allegheny Co. Commissioner, for Governor in the Democratic primary scheduled for May 18. Named this month, as the

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Philadelphia are likely to join him. “I met with Onorato. He is strong in western Pennsylvania, has the funds to wage a great campaign, and it is my belief he is the only who can beat Tom Corbett.” Fera believes this is the time for labor to make known its intentions, “whether they join behind one candidate or several, does not matter,” said Fera. “What counts is letting the candidates know early where they stand.” Fera’s announcement may presage how the other Locals affiliated with the Philadelphia Building Trades Council will be going. These member unions are bearing the brunt of the economic recession. Many are reportedly leaning toward Allegheny County Executive Commissioner Dan Onorato, but only if State Sen. Anthony Williams, of Philadelphia, steps out of the race for Governor. That is getting to be less likely as time goes on. Williams campaign team reports, though he was late announcing, the Senator has pledges of over $2 million, with more expected. Kevin Boyle Enters Race For 172nd Kevin J. Boyle has announced his candidacy for the

CATERER Lou Galdo gets a thankyou pat on cheek from Philadelphia Public Record’s Public Servant of Year, Union Leader Mike Fera. Galdo, an excellent host, easily accommodated over 400 who attended gala function honoring Fera. 172nd State House District in Northeast Philadelphia. Boyle is the only candidate in the race with the educational, community and professional experience to effectively represent the District. Boyle holds a Master’s degree in education from Harvard University. During his studies, Kevin researched urban education policy, school funding issues and strategies to expand access to college. Much of Boyle’s research into greater accessibility to higher education was incorporated into the “Reach Scholarship” legislation, which State Reps. Brendan Boyle and Tony Payton introduced in the State House last year. For the past three years, he served as Councilman Bill Greenlee’s legislative director, where he was directly involved in the drafting of some

of the City’s most impactful new laws. He joins teacher Dan Collins and Tim Kearney in the Democrat primary. Energy consultant John McDermott, a Republican, plans to challenge Perzel in the primary election. Politics PA: Specter Hits Sestak On Staff’s Pay Citing FEC financial-disclosure forms, Arlen Specter’s campaign on Thursday accused Joe Sestak of paying nearly half of his campaign staffers below minimum wage, a fact it says shows the Congressman is hypocritical about his professed belief that average families and workers make a living wage. It also highlighted the fact Sestak paid three of his relatives, his brother and two sis(Cont. Page 6)

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(Cont. from Page 4) ters, more than the rest of the staffers on the campaign. The Specter campaign calculated minimum wage to come it at $1,256 a month. It said it paid its staffers $3,800 a month on average in the fourth fiscal quarter last year. “This is yet another example of Congressman Sestak’s thinking there’s one set of rules for him, and another for everyone else,” said Christopher Nicholas, Specter’s cam-

paign manager, in a statement. “Sestak needs to explain why he thinks this is acceptable behavior, paying his staff so little that many of them qualify for food stamps.” The Senator’s campaign recently has tried to highlight alleged problems with Sestak’s operation, including recent staff turnover. Sestak has roughly $5 million on hand, money that is essential for the campaign to be aggressive with TV advertise-

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ments in the race’s final stretch. In a statement, a spokesman sought to portray the people working for the campaign as hard-workers committed to electing a principled Congressman to the US Senate. “We are thankful for those staff who have been with the campaign for the last four years, and for the sacrifices they have made,” said spokesman Jonathan Dworkin. “We have a great team and are thankful for everyone who has joined our effort this past year to ensure we have a Senator who will not run from a fight, hide from the public, make decisions based on pure political calculation to save his job and refuse to discuss the policies needed for Pennsylvania’s working families. “Everyone on this campaign could be making a lot more somewhere else,” he said, “but they choose to work hard and make some sacrifices because they know how important it is to elect someone to the United States Senate who shares their principles.” Warren County For Wagner The Warren Co. Democratic Committee has announced its endorsement of Auditor General Jack Wagner

for Governor. “We recognize Jack’s contributions as Auditor General and previously as a State Senator to the citizens of Pennsylvania and all political parties,” said Bernard Hessley, Chair of the Warren Co. Democratic Committee. “We are confident he will continue to put the Commonwealth’s priorities ahead of partisan political expediency. Jack Wagner represents what is honorable conduct by a public servant.” Wagner said he was honored by the endorsement and excited by the momentum his campaign continues to build. “I look forward to working with Bernard and other local leaders on the important issues,” he concludes. Ingargiola To Enter 195th District Race Make it four for sure now in contention for 195th Legislative Dist. seat long held by the dean of the Philadelphia House delegation, State Rep. Frank Oliver. Entering the race as a latecomer, but complete with campaign and money raising campaign teams in place is Anthony Ingargiola. It’s a new move from being a consultant to civic and political groups and individuals, to becoming one himself. He’s got a lot of competi-

STANDING BENEATH mural of her father, Congressman Lucien Blackwell, at 42nd Street & Haverford Avenue, nonprofit leader Audrey Blackwell Watson announced her entry into an increasingly lively primary contest in 190th House Dist. Her announcement may dissuade former State Rep. Tommy Blackwell from entering the race to regain his seat, lost to State Rep. Vanessa Brown when his petitions were found faulty. tion. They include Oliver’s a campaign.” long-time aide and protégé Ingargiola, who is 42, said Michelle Brownlee, Warren “I would not have entered if “Fuzz” Bloom, Chris Rooney Rep. Oliver wanted to run and, until yesterday, Ken again. I was surprised to learn Greenberg. he wasn’t, and that alerted me Greenberg announced yes- to the fact I know this District terday he had to reconsider, well.” He also says he has the saying, “I’ve too much on the support of District Attorney plate now to do any justice to Seth Williams.

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Mar. 4- Fundraiser for Councilwoman and Majority Leader Marian B. Tasco at Penna. Academy Of The Fine Arts, 128 N. Broad St., 5:30 p.m. Host Committee $2,500; Majority Leader $2,000; Majority Whip $1,000; Councilwoman $500; or Commissioner $250. R.S.V.P. (215) 843-8482 or email Mar. 4- State Sen. Larry Farnese Labor Event at Bridget Foy’s, 2nd & South Sts., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets $250. For info Ted Mucellin (610) 730-8622. Mar. 4- Fundraiser for State Rep. Brendan F. Boyle at Phila. Federal Credit Union, 1600 Locust St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. For info Seth Kaplan (215) 760-9021. Mar. 4- State Rep. Jewell Williams fundraiser-reception at Jones Mem. Baptist Ch., 20th & Dauphin Sts., 6-8 p.m. Contributions $50; Patrons $100, Sponsors/PACs $100. RSVP (215) 763-0369. Mar. 4- State Rep. Kenyatta

Johnson Petition Party at Lincoln Post, 1940 Federal St., 6-10 p.m. Mar. 4- 82nd Airborne All American Dinner and Award Ceremony, location TBA, 711 p.m. David H. Oh, Esq., Chairman, Hajdak-Mokan Chapter. For info (215) 5692800, ext. 1157. Mar. 5- Sen. Robert P. Casey hosts Count Down to St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser at Finnigan’s Wake, 3rd & Spring Garden Sts., pre-reception 5 p.m. followed by general reception 6 p.m. Event Chairs Congressman Bob Brady and Local 98’s John J. Dougherty, Jr. For info (717) 645-5100. Mar. 5- Hugh Giordano kicks off his campaign as Green Party candidate for State Representative in 194th Dist. at Holy Smoke, 473 Leverington Ave., 6:30-8:30 p.m. $30 per person. For info (215) 843-4256 or email Mar. 6- State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown’s free celebration of Black History at Greater Bible Way Temple, 1461 N. 52nd St., 12-5 p.m. Mar. 6- Zecharia Sitchen discusses Earth Chronicles Expeditions, End of Days:

Armageddon and Prophecies of the Return at Free Central Library, Montgomery Auditorium, 19th & Vine, 2 p.m. Mar. 6- Attorney Michael Choi hosts reception for Congressman Mike Honda at Island Green, 74 Sunflower Way, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., 5-7 p.m. For info Sunnie Kim (215) 782-2200 or (267) 255-8296. Mar. 10- State Sen. LeAnna Washington and Financial Freedom Network host free Tax Planning Seminar and Tax Preparation Services, at Upper Room Baptist Ch., 7236 Ogontz Ave., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mar. 12- Friends of 58th Ward Democrats host St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Brookside Manor at Somerton Springs, 50 Bustleton Pk., Feasterville, Pa., 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Tickets $40. For info Rosemary Rubino (215) 9643140 or (215) 305-3640. Mar. 17- Judge Jimmy Lynn’s annual St. Patrick‘s Day breakfast at Plow & Stars, 2nd & Chestnut Sts., 7:30-10:30 am. $25. Mar. 18- State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas holds job fair at Bright Hope Baptist Ch. Youth Center, 12th & Cecil

B. Moore Ave., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For info (215) 5603261. Mar. 20- State Sen. LeAnna Washington holds Tax Planning Seminar & Services at Upper Rm. Baptist Ch., 7236 Ogontz Ave., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Refreshments. Free. Limited seating, so reserve seat by calling (215) 242-0472. Apr. 1- Commission Chair Margaret Tartaglione hosts 66th Ward fundraiser at Finnigan’s Wake, 3rd & Spring Garden Sts., 6-9 p.m. Tickets $30. For info (215) 743-4699. Apr. 8- Sheriff John Green’s Annual Prayer Breakfast at 1st Dist. AME Plaza, 8:00 a.m. Free event. Apr. 10- Penna. Golden Gloves tourney kicks off at Blue Horizon, 7 p.m. Tickets $35. For info Joe Hand Promotions 1 (800) 557-4263. Apr. 10- Simon Gratz HS Class of January 1965 mark 45th class reunion at School. Call Charlotte Hatcher Conway for info at (215) 927-1079 or email Apr. 17- Ducky Birts’ Medallion Awards Banquet at 1st Dist. Plaza, 3801 Market St., 6:30 p.m. Tickets $65 each, two for $100.

No Reservations I have been a supporter of Mayor Nutter’s, but I feel his remarks on reserving parking spaces during snow are a disgrace and show a disturbing lack of ability to see the overall implications of emotional rather than logical thinking. Sure, the person who spent two hours shoveling feels en-

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Philadelphians share the reality they all can catch a virus from someone else, be it while in an elevator, a train, an office, at home, in a playground, or a restaurant, or a movie, and so on. So little attention is paid by the majority of us as to sexually transmitted diseases. The lack of concern is buffered by the fact a condom will protect you, even if you indulge promiscuously in sexual activity. There is little in the way of government surveillance that can protect one from getting a sexually transmitted disease. Gone are the community and religious mores which were once bastions of protection, since they frowned upon and, as a result, slowed down sexual activity within the family, among friends, or the community. There are a host of sexually transmitted diseases. Thankfully, most are curable. A medical bullet has not been yet to cure AIDS/HIV, though, but only to prolong the life of one so afflicted. Equally deadly is syphilis. It is called the “silent killer”. Seldom do those afflicted recognize the few early warning signs that physically appear on their bodies. So they continue to infect others. But syphilis is curable, although the longer the infection, the harder the cure. The damage it does to the brain and other essential bodily functions cannot be reversed. That is why we carry our “We-told-you-so Story” on Page One of this issue and why we present this editorial. The government system that was in place within the Dept. of Public Health to curb the spread of syphilis has been tweaked to handle less-notorious diseases. This has been going on for a long time, with the result a lawsuit against that practice is working its way up the federal courts. Regardless of its outcome, little is being done to alert the public to the fact it is getting easier and easier to contract syphilis, depending upon one’s tendency to seek multiple sexual partners. What was reported by us as an epidemic in May of 2007 has reached “pandemic” levels in the world we know of as Philadelphia, a situation which the Health Dept. has not honestly corrected.

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Cardiologist DePace Improves Chances For Heart Treatments Dr. Nicholas DePace, MD, FACC, has come back home after moving his practice to New Jersey several years ago. He had built a major practice in South Philadelphia where he cured hundreds, extending the lives of many cardiac patients. Through those years, South Philadelphians traveled across the bridge to New Jersey to continue to come under his care. His record spoke for itself. It was a magnet. They knew he helped others. They understood he was internationally renowned as a noninvasive cardiologist who specializes in valvular heart-disease management and coronary-artery disease prevention and reversal (regression). He understood the fact they had to travel from South Philadelphia to one of his two South Jersey offices, at times with great difficulty. That practice has earned him the “best cardiac-care doctor in New Jersey”. So he made the decision to come back and open a third office, this one at 2047 Oregon Avenue. It’s open Wednesdays and by special appointments in the evening and on Saturday. Appointments can be made by calling (215) 3398055. Dr. DePace said, “The need to travel out of town to access the best heart care can be a cruel burden on patients and families. It comes at a time when added stress is the last thing you need. So it was time for me to return to my

old base.” A clinical professor at Hahnemann Hospital, DePace is able to bring the resources available there and the Drexel University of Medicine to help his patients. Yes, he is dedicated to bringing the heart to recovery and he does it well. He is the co-author of the bestselling Heart Repair Manual—The Philadelphia Formula For Preventing and Reversing Atherosclerosis. He gives the book, authored by himself and Dr. Steven Dowinsky, to his patients. That book is based on their experiences with over 10,000 heart patients. Always solicitous of the welfare and health of his patients, Dr. DePace immediately puts them at ease. Practicing cardiology since 1983, he tries to treat his patients holistically, naturally, and medically, and when possible, tries to avoid bypass and other invasive procedures. His reputation has been well earned. He integrates a high level of caring, the latest technology and the most effective techniques into treatment so his patients can lead active lives. Dr. DePace’s goal is to provide the most advanced heart-care resources available to area residents. His patients soon become disciples, understanding the need for early detection and the treatments he advocates for each of them. Dr. DePace received his MD degree from the prestigious Mount Sinai School (Cont. Page 9)

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(Cont. from Page 17) of Medicine in 1978. He began his Internal Medicine Residency at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, becoming chief medical resident there in 1981. He completed his cardiovascular training at the Likoff Cardiovascular Institute in 19832 and obtained five board certifications. Dr. DePace obtained the rank of full clinical professor at the Medical College of Pennsylvania at the age of 33, the youngest full professor at that time in Philadelphia. He currently does faculty teaching at Hahnemann University. He is prolific publisher and clinical researcher. He

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Seafood, Aspirins And Other Sources Can Help Repair Hearts, Says Dr. DePace The following is an excerpt from The Heart Repair Manual: The Philadelphia Formula for Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease, a book written by Dr. Nicholas DePace, MD, FACC, and published by W.W. Norton in 1993: There are natural ways to lower one’s cholesterol. These can include implementing soluble fiber, such as oat-

meal, cheerios and oat bran, soy products, plant stanols and sterols, in a diet. Smart Balance is a type of spread that should be used instead of butter and margarine for cholesterol-lowering. One need not jog to have improvement in their biochemical and blood-pressure parameters. Exercising to the point where one walks 50,000 steps a


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week should be sufficient to significantly help one’s cholesterol levels, blood pressure and weight. This requires buying a pedometer and counting the number of steps an individual will take during the course of a week. One should shoot for between 40,000 and 50,000 steps a week or greater. We estimate that 2,000 steps equals one mile. Therefore, to walk 50,000 steps a week means to walk 25 miles. If an individual records their daily walking with a pedometer, this will self-motivate them to achieve that goal each week. This data have been substantiated in the medical literature. Fish is an important product in the diet. Omega III fatty acid is most valuable in decreasing inflammation in arteries and in lowering triglycerides. There has been some data to suggest that it also prevents arrhythmias and stabilizes membranes so that arrhythmias are not as easily induced. Some data suggest

that it even reduces sudden cardiac death. There are supplements for Omega III fatty acids/fish oils, which can be bought over the counter, and there is even a potent prescription available for which your physician can write you. One should consult his or her physician about how much Omega III fatty acid he or she should take, if any at all. Aspirin has protective properties. No studies have specifically shown that aspirin reverses hardening of the arteries. However, studies have shown that it can prevent heart attacks in certain subsets of people. This would totally involve a mechanism of preventing thrombosis when a plaque ruptures or is in the pre-rupture state. We generally recommend that most males over the age of 55 take a low-dose baby aspirin and most females over the age of 65 do this as well. Low-dose aspirin is more effective for preventing heart attacks in males and strokes in females.

Of course, if an individual has a lot of risk factors, they may want to consider taking preventative aspirin at an earlier age. Once a person has established atherosclerosis, unless there is a contraindication, it is generally prudent to take a low dose of aspirin daily. I am also asked, “How do we reverse inflammation in the arteries, or systemic circulation?” If inflammation is extremely important for the progression of atherosclerosis, then it makes sense that eliminating it or controlling it may be very important. Unfortunately, we do not have the answer to this question yet. We have a blood test known as C-reactive protein, which gives us an indication of inflammation in the blood vessels in the body. Medications such as statins can lower it. Exercise, alcohol, wine, weight loss, cigarette-smoking cessation, probably olive oil and other effective dietary measures can lower CRP. Simply lowering cholesterol

aggressively will lower CRP levels. CRP has been found in atherosclerotic plaque lesions; it binds below density LDL particles, is taken up by scavenger cells in the body and increases atherosclerosis when infused into animals experimentally. CRP also induces the expression of other inflammatory particles in the blood. It is interesting that aspirin will only reduce CRP levels in patients with high CRP, but not in healthy people with normal CRP levels. Therefore, aspirin may be anti-inflammatory as well as have an anti-platelet effect. Certain diabetic medications, such as Actos, may also reduce CRP levels. Medications such as beta blockers have also been shown to reduce CRP. Interestingly, hormone replacement therapy has been shown to raise CRP in postmenopausal women, suggesting that it has a pro-inflammatory effect, which is not good. There is (Cont. Next Page)

her risk and improvement with treatment. The simple one, devised by us in “The Philadelphia Formula”, works with the HDL cholesterol number, the LDL cholesterol number, the systolic blood pressure, a stress score calculated from a questionnaire and number of cigarettes smoked. While lowering blood sugar and hemoglobin A1c in diabetics is important, overly-aggressive lowering may actually be a problem, and the jury is still not in on how aggressively to lower blood sugar and hemoglobin A1c in diabetics to prevent the complications of coronary heart disease. However, diabetic control is important, and diet and exercise are cornerstones in that also. It is because of this that we suggest keeping hemoglobin A1c under seven in most diabetics for vascular protection, but not necessarily going extremely low to the point where it could be dangerous to lower sugar control too aggressively. Lastly, there should be some comments made on me-

chanical procedures to open heart blockages. It has been shown that stenting coronary arteries may be no more effective than medical treatment in a large subset of patients with stable symptoms. This makes sense. Simply opening a blockage with a catheter or stent, when the atherosclerotic process is diffuse throughout all the coronary arteries around the heart, is like putting a finger in a dike. Of course, it is not as simple as this because there may be some blockages in very strategic anatomical locations that are very dangerous and need to be opened up. Obviously, if a person is having symptoms, arrhythmias or heart failure, and not getting blood through a critical artery, an angioplasty is often preferable to medical therapy. This is where the cardiologist is important. A cardiologist can risk-stratify a patient and determine whether they are a candidate for aggressive medical therapy, lifestyle changes or not.

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(Cont. From Page 10) still much research needed in this area of information to know exactly which patients need to be treated more aggressively and with what type of medications or lifestyle measures. However, assessing CRP in individuals even with normal cholesterol levels does appear to have some value, and treatment may be effective in lowering it. Prevention and reduction of inflammation will probably translate into prevention and reversal of atherosclerosis. We have come a long way since the recognition of vascular abnormalities by Galen and description of the coronary arteries by da Vinci. While heart disease is still the leading cause of death and suffering in our Western Civilization, there has been a dramatic 50% reduction in many of its complications due to these effective preventative and other treatment modalities that we have just discussed. There are many simple formulas one could use to calculate his or

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Thank SEPTA Workers The historic blizzards (plural) of February 2010 will be a story told and retold for generations, by the thousands of SEPTA employees who battled unimaginable conditions for days on end. Day and night they struggled to keep hundreds of trains, trolleys and buses in operation, and to clear record-

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A Goodwill Idea Some years ago I recall on a TV program the story of how one city took an old empty industrial building, like one of the many in North Philadelphia, and turned it into a place where people brought broken furniture items (such as one often sees in Philadelphia’s trash) and people were employed (a great job boon!) to repair and sell these fixed items. This brought not only jobs, but a reduction in the throwing away of usable, if repaired, items. In fact, it might be great to have folks go around the city and pick up those items that could be salvaged from the trash. Joan Sage (ED. NOTE – In some neighborhoods, people do pick through the trash for salvageable goods.) Send Your letters to:

PHILA. Tea Party drew honks of approval from passing cars at Broad Street & Washington Avenue rally. Diane Reimer is president of Phila. Tea Party Chapter.

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(Cont From. Page 7) Furthermore, disputes over these reserved spaces give those who flout the law with your support the maximum temptation to vent their worst racial, class and antigay sentiments. Where do you propose to put the extra cars when every chair, trash can and cone has its own space? As an elected leader, you should encourage people to obey the law for the benefit of the citizenry as a whole, even if it is annoying to a given individual. John Politis

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Dear Neighbor: Believe it or not another election will be upon us. As neighbors and citizens we all have an obligation and personal interest in electing someone who will represent our needs and the needs of the community. I was born and raised in this area and have deep roots in the community at large. Who am I? • William “Bill” Morris born May, 1970 • Graduate of Archbishop John Carroll High School in 1988 • Served proudly in the United States Air Force and the Army National Guard • Carpenter Since 1995 with Carpenters Local 8 Youth Sports Coach since 1991, serving the Roxborough Eagles, 21st Ward Junior Baseball League, Region 5 Steelers, Cooperstown All-Star Team and currently coaching Roman Catholic High School Football

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In Addition to my involvement with the youth in the community, I have been personally involved in service in other areas such as: • Assisted with the construction of ramps for the handicapped and elderly • Assisted in the construction of a shelter for homeless pregnant mothers • Mentored in the recovery of alcoholics and drugs addicts

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Question: Can a wholly unsecured second mortgage be stripped off in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy? Answer: If the amount of the first mortgage on a property exceeds the value of the property, it is generally accepted

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Folks, it was a slow week in the Elephant Corner. Most Elephants worth their salt were hitting the bricks this week in order to collect signatures for candidates for various offices. As expected, Republicans in Philadelphia are likely getting more knocks at their doors than in previous years. In reaction to the efforts of GOP State Committee to overthrow current City GOP leadership, the City committee officials are finally showing signs of existence. The Philly GOP establishment should be pleased at this effort. Because of the actions of ROB GLEASON, AL SCHMIDT and company, the Philly GOP is finally proving their ability to act. Speaking of circulating petitions, word on the street is all incumbent Philly Elephants are circulating for reelection. This should put an end to rumors that indicted STATE REP. JOHN PERZEL has opted to retire. KEVIN BOYLE, kid brother to STATE REP. BRENDAN BOYLE, has officially quit his job for City Council in order to take on the former Speaker. STATE REPS. DENNY O’BRIEN, JOHN TAYLOR and TOM MURT have also purportedly reached their goals to attain a spot on the May ballot. MARC COLLAZZO has the backing of the GOP ward leaders in the 170th Dist. and should easily attain the necessary signatures to take on freshman Brendan Boyle. Former CONGRESSMAN MIKE FITZPATRICK has already filed double the necessary signatures to take on incumbent PATRICK MURPHY in the 8th Congressional Dist. In the 13th, it will be interesting to see if Philly GOP-endorsed candidate BRIAN HAUGHTON will garner enough signatures to take on Montgomery Co. businessman DEE ADCOCK in the primary in his effort to challenge CONGRESSWOMAN ALLYSON SCHWARTZ.

I made a serious boo-boo last week advising those who were filling and planning to file nomination petitions for the primary. I wrote that an error in any name on the petition would invalidate the petition. That caused some of you to doublecheck with Tim Dowling at Registration Commission, who straightened the record. The only thing that is discounted is the wrong name, not the entire page. In case you haven’t been watching television, listening to the radio, or surfing the web, it is my duty to inform you the 2010 Census is about to commence. The Census is something that’s done every 10 years. The federal government takes the time to count everyone in the United States and get information about you, including the number of people in your family, what kind of work you do, and other things that give the census folks a picture of who makes up Philadelphia. They then take that information and use it to allocate things like political representation and money. It’s a pretty important questionnaire for folks to fill out. The questionnaires are sent to the homes of every man, woman and child in the country. The problem is, they very rarely get sent back to the Census Bureau, so the bureau has been recruiting folks from around the country to go door to door to ask folks the questions that are on the form that they didn’t bother to send back. One of those folks here in South Philly might just be yours truly. On Monday, I took the Census exam. It was 28 questions long and was mostly common sense stuff like alphabetizing, (Cont. Page 23)

The rules of rural Pennsylvania are as follows: 1. Pull your droopy pants up. You look like an idiot. 2. Turn your cap right, your head isn’t crooked. 3. Let’s get this straight; it’s called a ‘dirt road.’ no matter how slow you drive, you’re going to get dust on your Lexus. Drive it or get out of the way. 4. They are cattle. They’re live steaks. That’s why they smell funny to you, get over it. Don’t like it? I-80 goes east and west, I-79 goes north and south. Pick one. 5. So you have a $60,000 car. We’re impressed. We have $150,000 corn-pickers and hay-balers that are driven only three weeks a year. 6. Every person in rural Pennsylvania waves. We think of it as being friendly. Try to understand the concept. 7. If that cell phone rings while an eight-point buck and three does are coming in, we will shoot it out of your hand. You better hope you don’t have it up to your ear at the time. 8. Yeah, we eat taters and gravy, beans and cornbread. We fry our fish after catch’n ‘em. You really want sushi and caviar? It’s available at the corner bait shop. 9. The ‘opener’ refers to the first day of deer season. It’s a religious holiday held on the Monday after Thanksgiving. 10. We open doors for women. That is applied to all women, regardless of age. 11. No, there’s no ‘vegetarian special’ on the menu. Order steak. Or you can order the chef’s salad and pick off the two pounds of ham & turkey. 12. When we fill out a table, there are three main dishes: meats (includes fish), vegetables and breads. We use four spices: salt, pepper, hot sauce and ketchup. Oh, yeah ... we don’t care what you folks in Jersey call that stuff you eat ... it’s not real chili! 13. You bring ‘coke’ into my house, it better be brown, wet and served over ice. 14. You bring ‘Mary Jane’ into my house, she better be cute, know how to shoot, and have long hair. 15. College and high -school football is as important here as the eagles and the Eagles, and a lot more fun to watch. 16. Yeah, we have golf courses. But don’t hit the water hazards – it spooks the fish. (Cont. Page 25)

SNOOPER’S BIG STORY: This story took place in City Council, where HON. JOAN KRAJEWSKI, Chairperson APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, was holding a special meeting. STEVE AGOSTINI, Budget Director, was there to testify on a few bills in front of her committee. The big story happened when HON. BILL GREEN, City Councilman at Large, started to question the Budget Director. Let me tell all of you, Councilman Green ate him up, I mean, he ate Agostini alive, with his many inquisitorial questions. You could actually see the Budget Director squirm as he was unable to give the correct answers to Bill Green’s questioning. I was amazed at the many questions Councilman Bill Green ‘fired’ at STEVE AGOSTINI Merciless! SNOOPER’S PERSON OF THE MONTH: Chief, I hade the pleasure of being invited to DR. RAVI MURARKA (D.V.M.), a fantastic veterinarian. I proceeded to 1030 DeKALB PIKE, CENTER SQUARE, PA. (BLUE BELL). I met DR. MURARKA, and what a true professional! His offices are immaculate, and he has one of the nicest assistants I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He then invited me to watch as he operated on a female “calico” cat, and what he did was unbelievable. This cat had a URINARY INFECTION, which, in some cases, is life-threatening. He operated on this cat for over two hours and let me tell you, what he took out of this cat was unbelievable. He told me, in all years of practice, he’s never seen any thing like it. DR. MURARKA removed a 3.5 pound sack, loaded, from this cat’s stomach. Chief, he even gave me a photo of it – whew! Please call him at (610) 277-3672-NOW! (Cont. Page 25)

The Art Display and Book Signing sponsored by St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing was a social and financial success. Several artists displayed their work, which numbered in excess of 100. The artists included LANA MAIER; DARYL ASHTON; ANINN BANKS; GREG KNIGHT; and author MIKE STACK, present to sign his sixth book. The show was for the benefit of Haitian Relief. Among those in attendance were BARBARA & AL DRAGON; GEORGE & ANN MIRSCH; PETE & SYLVIA MARKS; Common Pleas JUDGE SANDY MOSS and her husband BILL; Gene Maier and his wife Lana; JIM DONNELLY; MARY TERESA NARDI; PAT & BETH STACK; DOUG & DONNA MAIER; well-known journalist FRANK TALENT; CAROL & MARK POGGIO; and EILEEN MIRSCH. There was some tasty finger food and light liquid refreshments, as well as several interesting paintings, sketches and pottery work. It turned out to be a good day after earlier in the week a forecast of more snow. Look for Labor to start flexing its muscles. No real job production has come down from the City’s handling of stimulus funds. They now realize they need to get into the Governor’s seat and the State legislature, at least, candidates who are avowed unionists or declared union supporters, regardless of party affiliation. This is the year that committeepersons are running for election. As a consequence, there is a lot of activity in the wards, getting signatures on their nominating petitions. It will be interesting to see whether the Republican strategy of withholding cooperation with any major legislation has its planned effect to regain the swing seats in the Congress back to the Republican column. The Irish American Business Chamber and Network has selected for its Uachtaran Award NORBERT McGETTIGAN of Maritz Travel CO. at its annual banquet on Mar. 26 2010 at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. During World War II, Norbert received two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart for his services in the European Theatre of Operations. After his honorable discharge, he reopened McGettigan Travel Bureau, which expanded to offices in four states when it was acquired by the Maritz Travel where McGettigan now serves as a consultant. He is probably the best-known Irish American in the Irish American community and has been associated with every significant Irish activity in the Delaware Valley for the last 50 years.

shrugged Specter. Without very specific indications, it is unlikely dredging the Delaware deeper poses an environmental threat. There are two reasons why this is so. First, many other ports have been dredged to a depth of 50 feet; secondly, the Delaware itself is routinely dredged to maintain its 40-foot depth. Is there some toxin in the silt or bedrock of the Delaware that is uniquely dangerous when dredged – compared to the stuff dumped by the Hudson River into New York Bay, or the Susquehanna River into Chesapeake Bay? Opponents have had 35 years to look for it, but have not produced it. Dredging may even help solve another environmental problem of great antiquity in Pennsylvania. In the Anthracite Region of Pennsylvania’s northeastern mountains are massive cavities left by abandoned coalmines of yesteryear. In a creative ploy to defuse New Jersey’s fears its

dwindling wetlands would be smothered under 16 million cubic yards of dredging spoils, Gov. Ed Rendell has arranged for 10 million cu. yd. to fill an enormous stripmine that disfigures Hazleton, Pa. Specter is contributing a piece of legislative legerdemain by pressing an amendment to a federal measure that pays for mine reclamation, so it can be used to fund transporting the Delaware River spoils to Hazleton. As much as $140 million of these funds may be available by 2014, Specter said. And it doesn’t have to stop with Hazleton, Specter went on. By some estimates, as much as 50 million cu. yd. could be accommodated by mine reclamation in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Environmentally, “we can kill two birds with one stone,” Specter pointed out.“We have a place to take the dredged material and also fill for abandoned mines.”

Work on the channeldeepening will create tens of thousands of jobs for many years, in industries that may not be obvious at first glance. Carpenters leader Ed Coryell, for instance, noted his members will be put to work making pilings for the project. Specter estimated removal and transportation of the dredged material alone will provide up to 20,000 jobs. “These are well-paying jobs, $80,000 a year,” he noted. Long-term job growth, however, depends on growth in port business. And most port businesses are very big businesses. Running a commercial shipping fleet is much like running a navy. The latest generation of container carriers cost as much as $20 billion to build. In order to take advantage of economies of scale and reduce operating costs, ocean carriers, particularly container carriers, are building larger and larger vessels. The

newest container ships have capacities of over 10,000 TEUs (20-ft. equivalent units), and the vessels are more than 1,000 ft. long. Port facilities to accommodate them are equally stupendous. In Baltimore, for instance, Ports America has agreed to invest $105.5 million to build a fourth berth at Seagirt. This one will be 50 feet deep, with four new cranes able to handle the massive container ships expected to begin moving through an expanded Panama Canal in 2014. Investments like these take years to organize, plan and deploy. That’s why major shippers are all making decisions today based on where

they need to be in 2020. Likewise, all ports that wish to contend for these shippers’ business in 2030 are taking action today. Overall, the maritime shipping industry is trending toward ever-larger investments in ever-fewer ports. So while a deeper port, shrewdly managed and marketed, can open new horizons for our region’s commerce, its most important accomplishment will be simply to keep this entire industry from being wiped out by more-aggressive cities around us the East Coast. When all the other hotels get HDTV, it’s time for your hotel to upgrade as well. In the end, it is a mission of survival.

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Philadelphia Regional Port Authority A Promising Future By Championing the Channel-Deepening Project And Substantial Port Expansion

Once Again, We Thank Gov. Ed Rendell For Giving Our Port A Great Opportunity And

John H. Estey, Esq. Chairman

James T. McDermott, Jr. Executive Director

Robert C. Blackburn

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John F. Dempsey

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(Cont. From Page 1) to happen, huge amounts of business would be diverted to Philadelphia’s competitors and lost forever. Our main competitors – New York and Baltimore Harbors – are well aware of this fact. Both ports already offer many berths ranging from 42 feet to 50 feet in draft. These are particularly attractive to the burgeoning containerized intermodal trade, which economists say is the wave of the future. These two cities would be more than happy to eat Philadelphia’s lunch. Great political pressure has been applied for decades by interests in other states, especially in New Jersey, by fair means or foul, to throttle the Delaware River Project. Commencement of dredging was delayed until Monday morning when a three-judge federal appeals court upheld US District Judge Sue Robinson’s ruling against a lawsuit by the State of Delaware, which had raised procedural concerns about the project’s environmental safety. “I am happy to see this project moving forward,” said Congressman Bob Brady, who has kept a watchful eye on the port’s fate. “This is the most important job creator for our region and I’m glad the Court saw through the stall tactics of the dredging opponents. This project is environmentally sound and critical to the economy.” Environmental “concerns” have been raised throughout much of the project’s 37-year history. In the end, they haven’t amounted to anything, although New Jersey as well as Delaware authorities have periodically protested dredging presented a vague potential threat, and the Delaware Riverkeeper Maya van Rostum opposes deepening the channel. “Environmental issues were thoroughly checked out by US Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers. The project has passed muster. There have been some court actions; they are now over,”

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Delaware Silt Has Ready Takers Up State

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How does syphilis affect a pregnant woman and her baby

What is the line between syphilis and HIV

What is the treatment for syphilis?

How can syphilis be prevented?

Syphilis is easy to cure in its early stages. A single intramuscular injection of penicillin, an antibiotic, will cure a person who has had syphilis for less than a year. Additional doses are needed to treat someone who has had syphilis for longer than

The surest way to avoid transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, including syphilis, is to abstain from sexual contact or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected.

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The syphilis bacterium can infect the baby of a woman during her pregnancy. Depending on how long a pregnant woman has been infected, she may have a high risk of having a stillbirth (a baby born dead) or of giving birth to a baby who dies shortly after birth. An infected baby may be born without signs or symptoms of disease. However, if not treated immediately, the baby may develop serious problems within a few weeks. Untreated babies may become developmentally delayed, have seizures, or die.

a year. For people who are allergic to penicillin, other antibiotics are available to treat syphilis. There are no home remedies or over-the-counter drugs that will cure syphilis. Treatment will kill the syphilis bacterium and prevent further damage, but it will not repair damage already done. Because effective treatment is available, it is important that persons be screened for syphilis on an on-going basis if their sexual behaviors put them at risk for STDs. Persons who receive syphilis treatment must abstain from sexual contact with new partners until the syphilis sores are completely healed. Persons with syphilis must notify their sex partners so that they also can be tested and receive treatment if necessary.

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What is Syphilis?

Genital sores (chancres) caused by syphilis make it easier to transmit and acquire HIV infection sexually. There is an estimated two- to five-fold increased risk of acquiring HIV if exposed to that infection when syphilis is present. Ulcerative STDs that cause sores, ulcers, or breaks in the skin or mucous membranes, such as syphilis, disrupt barriers that provide protection against infections. The genital ulcers caused by syphilis can bleed easily, and when they come into contact with oral and rectal mucosa during sex, increase the infectiousness of and susceptibility to HIV. Having other STDs is also an important predictor for becoming HIV infected because STDs are a marker for behaviors associated with HIV transmission.

PHA Speeds Filing For Voucher Holders each year as they gain fulltime employment and are able to pay their rent or buy a home without assistance. People leaving the program create opportunities for new applicants. Now that the current waiting list is almost exhausted there is room to accept new applicants. PHA officials estimate they will have received as many as 40,000 applications during the two-week open period. With the demand so great, the wait to move to the top of the list and receive a voucher could be months or years. PHA is encouraging applicants to log onto There is no wait and applications are accepted 24 hours a day for the two-week period. For those wanting to phone in their application, the number is (215) 684-1200. HCV callcenter operators will be on hand 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Whether applying on line or by phone, applicants will need to provide full name, address, Social Security number for head of household, and household income. The Housing Choice Voucher Program is funded by the federal government and managed by PHA. With 17,000 households, it is PHA’s largest program. (The agency also houses more than 14,000 households in its public housing program.) Once the Housing Choice Voucher Program application period closes, PHA will offer the same online application option for its public-housing program.

(Cont. From Page 1) “There is a tremendous shortage of quality housing that low-wage earners, seniors and disabled citizens can afford, so we anticipate receiving a rush of applications during the next two weeks. Rather than having people line up for hours at our offices to apply in person, we developed the online application that’s quick and simple to use,” Greene said. Understanding some families don’t have access to a computer, PHA has also set up a phone center to take applications, staffed by employees from across the agency. On opening day as of 2 p.m., 1,642 applications were taken over the phone. It took an average of six minutes to complete each application. Another 4,405 applications were completed using the on-line application. The Housing Choice Voucher Program helps families and individuals pay their rent to a private landlord. All houses and apartments approved for the program must pass a Housing Quality Standards inspection and all landlords must be licensed and participate in PHA’s full-day property management course. These requirements ensure good property conditions and lessen community concerns. PHA affords residents the opportunity to enroll in economic self-sufficiency programs, so that they can receive job and vocational training and counseling. Hundreds of participants leave the program

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First Judicial District Establishes Court For Veterans The 1st Judicial District officially inaugurated its newest specialty court – Vet-

erans Court yesterday at the Criminal Justice System. This court is expected to

Payton Backers Convene

HEATHER HARAC and Pete Magliocco flank their candidate State Rep. Tony Payton at his fundraiser at Adesso in Center City.

provide tailored services to veterans who are facing challenges while in criminal-justice system proceedings. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron Castille and Justice Seamus McCaffery (both decorated veterans), DA Seth Williams, Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison and Court of Common Pleas President Judge Dembe lauded the court’s debut. The Veterans Court is building on the success of established treatment court programs in Philadelphia and will will oversee a range of services offered to qualified veterans involved in the criminal justice system. Philadelphia Municipal Court Judges Patrick Dugan and Joseph Waters, both decorated veterans, now serve as presiding Judges of Veterans Court. The charge to initiate the Veterans Court in Philadel-

JUDGE Pat Dugan, who, along with Judge Joseph Waters, presides over the Veterans Court, explains why the court is needed for veterans whos cases often do not fit into neat Photo by Rory McGlasson criminal categories. phia and expand similar fice, Office of the Public De- and to perform an assessment courts across the Common- fender and the Court of Com- to establish the appropriate wealth has been led by Chief mon Pleas provided inval- level of care, as well as the veterans’ suitability for an Justice Ronald D. Castille uable assistance. and Justice Seamus P. McThe Philadelphia Veterans array of VA programs, inCaffery, both jurists on the Court will provide veterans cluding any required treatPennsylvania Supreme Court with immediate access to rep- ment (alcohol, drug, mental and also decorated veterans. resentatives from the Veter- health or medical), housing, Criminal-justice partners in ans Administration to job training, job referrals and the District Attorney’s Of- determine benefits eligibility other ancillary services.

Councilwoman Miller Probes Poor DHS Tracking Of Children

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Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller, chair of the Committee On Public Safety, has announced a probe of the Dept. of Human Services in its tracking of children. She introduced a resolution last week empowering her committee and the Committee on Public Health & Human Services to investigate ways

to track and protect those who are going through DHS. She said, "Anyone who fraudulently violates or tampers with evidence shall be

held responsible to the highest degree." Miller noted, “It is unfortunate all across the country cases arise where children

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‘fall through the cracks’ of child-welfare agencies; and, without a true and real tracking system, there is nothing that can be done to verify if and when these children were last seen. It should not take horrific cases such as five-year-old Rilya Wilson, who, in 2002, disappeared after being placed by the State into foster care in Miami, only to find the case worker had admitted to not seeing Rilya in 17 months, but altered her records to indicate that she was "thriving" in placement. Florida's Dept. of Children & Families has been phasing in a child-tracking program that proves technology does exist which allows the caseworker to document each visit to a child by snapping a cell-phone photo of the child. The technology in these special phones not only stamps the picture with the visit's time and date but also uses GPS technology to pinpoint the place where the picture was taken. DHS will soon pilot 25 devices, similar to Florida's, among staffers investigating emergencies involving children under the age of 5.

less other Asian restaurants such as Morimoto and Zama. Schulson was also a chef at Buddakan, and he was the executive chef at Izakaya at the Borgata Hotel/Casino in Atlantic City. The handsome chef has become a media darling with his TV shows, “Pantry Raid” and “Ultimate Cake Off”. His recipe for the Vietnamese hoagie was recently featured on the NBC’s “Today Show”. For more information about Schulson, visit www.michael For more on Sampan or to make a reservation, call (215) 732-3501 or visit Spicy new owner/chef Café Spice, the Indian restaurant at 35 S. 2nd Street in Old City, has a new executive chef/owner, Paul Sankaralingam, who purchased the property late last year and just last week introduced a new, lower-priced menu. Born in Sattur, India, Sankaralingam grew up working in his own family’s restaurants and eventually attended Culinary Col-

Len Lear lege in India. At the age of 21, he moved to Philadelphia to pursue a career in the restaurant business. He started out at Café Spice as a

bus boy and worked his way up to the kitchen and eventually all the way to executive chef by 2003. Chef Paul left in 2006 and purchased the existing Café Spice Express in the Liberty Place Food Court at 16th & Chestnut Streets in 2007. Café Spice Express was so successful that last year Paul was able to buy his original place of employment, Café Spice in Old City. Is that the American Dream, or what? Some of the updated menu highlights include aam paneer tikka, which is homemade cheese stuffed with mango,

mint, fennel and raisin, then cooked in a clay oven ($7); lamb shammi kabab with fennel, chopped ginger, green chili and crushed cumin (Cont. Page 25)

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by Len Lear We’ve all heard the expression, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” but there’s an exception to every rule. Thus, on Friday, Mar.5, as a way of introducing his new lunch menu, chef Michael Schulson at Midtown Village’s modern Asian restaurant, Sampan, 122 S. 13th Street, will demonstrate his exception. On that one day only, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., chef Schulson will offer to every single customer a free pork “bahn mi” sandwich (a kind of Vietnamese hoagie), complete with chips and a nonalcoholic beverage. The entire lunch menu will also be available for purchase. Lunch is served only at the restaurant’s counter seating areas, facing the bar and open kitchen.

L u n c h items normally include a selection of bahn mi in varieties such as Berkshire pork belly with cucumber and carrots; tuna with pickle, cucumber, scallion and Thai basil; and meatball with Thai basil, fish sauce and lettuce. Also on hand are noodle dishes such as shrimp pad Thai with tofu, egg and peanut; and salads such as wild mushroom with goat cheese, puffed rice and truffle; and chicken “bi bim bap” with charred rice, egg and sesame. Prices range from $6 to $9. Chef Schulson has quite an impressive resume. When he was the executive chef at Stephen Starr’s Pod a decade ago on the Penn campus, we absolutely loved his creation of a rock shrimp appetizer, which is still one of our favorite dishes of all time. It is still on the menu at Pod, and it has been copied by count-

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Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch?

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Fattah: USA Can Go Debt-Free Congressman Chaka Fattah has introduced legislation that calls for a penny on every dollar on transactions in the United States economy to be directed to eliminating America’s national debt. The Debt Free America Act offers a dramatic but simple new approach to paying off the debt now escalating past the $12 trillion mark. The breakthrough legislation proposes a 1% fee to be levied on all payment instruments, including cash transactions, checks, credit cards, those processed through the Federal Reserve Bank, and those collected at the point of sale. “Interest on the national debt is an extraordinary burden that will crowd out investments on our critical national priorities such as economic development and education,” the Congress-

man said. “The scope of this challenge requires bold and fresh thinking, but it can be done.” The US economy registered $750 trillion in transactions in 2008, according to the Federal Reserve. The Debt Free America Act would place the penny-on-the-dollar fee on those transactions, except stock trades. In addition, taxpayers would receive a 1% tax credit for gross income up to $250,000 to offset the impact of the fee on middle class, working and modest-income households. The Fattah bill not only puts forth a plan to wipe out the national debt, it also goes after the root causes of the debt by establishing the Bipartisan Task Force for Responsible Fiscal Action to control and limit federal spending. In addition, once the national debt is paid down, the transaction

fee opens the door to broad-based tax reform, the Congressman said. “When enacted, the transaction fee I am proposing will generate sufficient revenue to maintain a fiscally responsible budget and allow the federal government to meet its financial obligations while paying down and ultimately eliminating the oversized national debt,” he said. “The Task Force will, at the same time, change the way we do business in Washington by forcing more responsible fiscal action on our lawmakers and executive branch.” Fattah, an eight-term legislator from Philadelphia and a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services, is an advocate for pay-as-you-go legislation, known as Paygo, which he voted for in the House.

S.W. Philly Eyes Prison Askance

BUILDING SUPPLIER Bob Kempf ponders fate of vacant MAB paint factory across Lindbergh Boulevard from his company, where Vision-Nary Community ReEntry Centers is seeking a zoning variance to build a correctional facility.

300 HUNDRED concerned S.W. Phila. residents came to meeting at Richard Allen Charter School to learn about proposed private correctional facility nearby. Meeting was organized by Gregory Moses of Southwest A.I.D.

Water Dept. Charge Onerous

(Cont. From Page 3) Laura Decomme, spokeswoman for PWD, said the rates will be measured as a “parcel-based” unit, as opposed to the previous, “meter-size-based” unit, and thus the charges could increase. Pacifico said it will affect every parking-lot operator in the city, and that should include the City’s airport lots. Inquiries placed withcity Water Dept. were not re-

turned at press time, but it remains unclear if City entities will be charged with this adjustment as well. “The Philly airport,” said Pacifico, “They should be subjected too. This will put the auto dealers out of business.” According to PWD, stormwater adversely impacts the quality of surface water, as it carries with it pollutants, sediments and other debris. Other problems

like flooding, sewer backups and stream bank erosion are also concerns. “[PWD] said if we didn’t blacktop our lot, the water would go into the ground and we wouldn’t be subjected to [the increase],” said Pacifico. “But we’re wrong no matter what we do. Can we pick up the blacktop? I don’t know, but that’s ridiculous. There’s got to be some kind of consideration.”

Flower Shower A Breath Taker

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(Cont. From Page 16) simple computations, and following directions. It took half an hour to take and I got a 95 on it. (As simple as the test was, I decided if I couldn’t pass it, I was going to quit school, leave town, and join an ashram.) Now this test isn’t without its controversy. For those who believe the government is collecting this information so that they can station a black helicopter over your house and tell the Storm Troopers of the New World Order, the prospect of taking the Census questionnaire scares them in a lot of ways.

by participating in the Census, we have no one but ourselves to blame. Now the folks at the Census Bureau are still looking for folks to help make sure that Philadelphia gets the representation it deserves in the Census. If you’re interested in participating (and getting paid some pretty decent money in the process: Canvassers make $17 an hour). Give the Census recruiters a call at (267) 207-2210. You’ll be glad you did. Some say: Advertisement Is Over-Rated.

But businesses That do not Advertise Will surely meet their Demise Call John David. He can help your business spread the word


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Out & About

In fact, my favorite Crazy Congressperson, Minnesota’s Michelle Bachmann, has said she refuses to fill out the Census. That should serve as enough of an endorsement to the rest of us to fill out the questionnaire. You also have folks who are just plain afraid to fill out the Census form because they’re here illegally, they’ve had a prison experience, or any variety of things that they’d keep away from the eyes of such folks as the Dept. of Homeland Security. I hope to be hired by the Census bureau, not just because I’ll probably lose a few pounds walking around, but also because I realize that this is pretty important. This is a city in need of stuff. If we don’t tell folks what we need

CENTERPIECE of this year’s Phila. International Flower Show is this spectacular hotJAMIE Rothstein’s India Wedding display air balloon, created by Valley Forge featured a giant elephant made out of plants. Flowers, made up of 80,000 dried blooms. Photo by Bonnie Squires

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Ringside With The Shadowboxer

‘Political People Involved’ Group Hosts Meet-&-Greet

Tacony Heavyweight To Impress

ATTENDING Political People Involved event were former State Rep. Harold GREGG KRAVITZ, with Leah James, Albert Littlepage, Kevin Han- Greenspoon, circulating his petitions for nomination for 182nd Dist. Seat, nah and State Rep. Babette Josephs. Photo by Harry Leech was among attendees. Photo by Harry Leech

Rep. Williams Hosts At Lou & Choo’s

2ND WARDERS turning out for meetand-greet were, from left, Katrina Henderson, Shelby Turner, Liz Kennedy and Michelle Hunter. Photo by Harry T Leech

Kearney In Race Again

CELEBRATING Joey Dawejko's 1st-round KO at post fight party at Goodtime Tavern were “Irish” Brian McGinley, Mike Weinberger, Dawejko, Ken Hepworth and Tom "The Sledgehammer" Lawler. If you ask his trainer, forShowing explosive power, mer Kensington professional Joey knocked out Ohio’s Riwelterweight “Irish” Brian cardo Johnson in less than a McGinley, he will tell you minute in the 1st round. flat out that Joey Dawejko is It obviously too early in the future heavyweight cham- Dawejko’s professional caDEMOCRAT Tim Kearney addresses STATE REP. Jewell Williams welpion of the world. reer to see if McGinley’s precomes Mike Horsey, Andrew ENJOYING company of host State Rep. meeting of Greater Bustleton Civic Only time will tell, al- diction will reach fruition, but Cairns and Rev. Suzanne Cairns to Jewell Williams are Andrew & Regina League on why he should be elected to though the Tacony heavy- he certainly appears to be 172nd House seat. Photo by John J. Kline his Fish Fry gala at Lou & Choo’s. Smith and Lashae Hudson. weight continues to impress starting on the right track. as he starts his professional journey. After a stellar amateur career that included winning the US Olympic Eastern trials, the prestigious National PAL Championship and the under19 World Amateur Boxing Championship, he decided to turn professional. Last October, he won a LABOR LEADERS Ryan THROWING his hat in ring for Demosix-round decision over RoyBoyer and John J. Dougherty, crat Governor’s race, State Sen. Anphy Solieau at the Coushatta Jr. show their support for De- thony Williams and his wife are PACKED HOUSE included Fred CONGRESSMAN Bob Brady is conCasino Resort in Louisiana in mocrat Party Chairman and congratulated by Local 98's John J. Druding, Jr., Charlie Bernard, Team- gratulated by Lou Chait, LDC’s Sam his professional debut. It is Congressman Bob Brady at Dougherty, Jr. and Congressman Bob sters leader Daniel Grace, Bob Henon Staten, Jr. and Ward Leader Ed Nevery unusual for a boxer to smith. and Bill Dell. Sunday gala held in his honor. Brady. make his professional debut

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in a six-round fight. The customary transition to the pros starts at the four-round distance and then those who succeed gradually increase the length of their bouts. Nevertheless, Dawejko wanted to jump right into a six-rounder to follow in the shadow of some of the legendary stand-outs like Sugar Ray Leonard, who started that way. Dawejko witnessed his first boxing match at the legendary Blue Horizon and instantly became hooked. He then decided he wanted to take a try at the sport himself. In February, he returned to the legendary venue for his professional hometown debut and wasted no time letting the Philly fans know he is ready for the pros.

LOVELY LADIES flanking Congressman Bob Brady at gala were his wife Debbie and Lisa Deeley.

PARTY CHAIRMAN Bob Brady is flanked by Ward Leader Anne Brown, newly elected Ward Leader Randall Cousar and Committeewoman Janet K. Thompson.

BOB BRADY finds himself surrounded by supporters Pat Christian, Joe Lowry ADDING congratulations were (in rear), Bob Dellavella, Tom Johnson State Rep. Michael O’Brien and and Bill Dolbow. Councilman Darrell Clarke.

S T A T E REP. Louise Williams Bishop gives Congressman Bob Brady a heads up for his leaderSTRING BAND surprised Congressman Bob Brady with ENTERING Finnigan’s were Randall Cousar, ship. Photo by John J. serenade, thanking him for helping keep annual Mummers Commissioner Anthony Clark and Donna AuKline. Photo by John J. Kline ment. Parade alive on S. Broad Street.

Spicy food presented by chef (Cont. from Page 21) ($8.25); Madras fish curry grilled tilapia served over tamarind flavored coconut sauce ($17); and malai kofta vegetable dumplings cooked in cashew almond gravy ($14). Entree prices range from $14 to $22. This full-service restaurant and bar, which can seat up to 130 people, has just begun of-

fering a two-course meal special with choices from the regular menu plus a glass of wine for $22 per person on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights. “Wine Down Wednesdays” include a threecourse $45 prix-fixe menu per couple and half-price bottles from the wine list. Friday nights host live Indian music starting at 11 p.m., and vali-

dated parking is available at the garage next door for $9 Sunday through Thursday and $15 Fridays and Saturday. Lunch is served Friday through Sunday starting at 11:30 a.m., and dinner is served seven nights a week. For more information or reservations, call (215) 6276273 or visit

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 19130-4015,until 2:00 P.M., on Tuesday, March 16, 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. BUDGET FEE B-014 C of 2009/10 Mechanical Contract Watson T. Comly ES $1,700,000.00 $200.00 Boiler Replacement 1001 Byberry Road BUDGET B-015 C of 2009/10

FEE Electrical Contract Boiler Replacement

Watson T. Comly ES 1001 Byberry Road


City. By now, we all know it was he who helped get Mayor Tate reelected too. The Nursing School put this together for the BENEFIT of the HAITIAN FUND! SNOOPER’S “SPEECH OF THE CENTURY”: I wish all of you could have been there for the recent meeting of the NEW JERSEY MUNICIPALITIES last Wednesday. I was there, at the invite of a personal friend, and I’m glad I went. They had their special “guest speaker’, GOV. CHRISTIE. To all you phony politicians, this is one speech you should have heard, and GOV. CHRISTIE told it like it is. He let them know there are NO MIRACLE FIXES, because we have NO MONIES to fund them. He stated, “It’s time for all of you, MAYORS, COUNCILPERSONS and SCHOOL BOARDS, to stop lying and tell your constituents THE TRUTH. Let them know WE, all of us, have got to pull together and stop all this bickering. We are all “partners” and it’s

time to look out for the people who put us where we are today. Tell the people THE TRUTH and they’ll under-

WAFFLEMAN (Cont. From Page 16) 17. Colleges? We have them all over. We have State universities, community colleges and vo-techs. They come outta there with an education plus a love for God and country. They still wave at everybody when they come for the holidays. 18. We have a whole ton of folks in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. So don’t mess with us. If you do, you will get whipped by the best.

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stand what we are doing. Yes, it’s time WE ‘tighten our belts’, and this means all of us.” 19. Turn down that blasted car stereo! That thumpitythump’s not music, anyway. We don’t want to hear it anymore than we want to see your boxers. Refer back to #1. 20. Four inches isn’t a blizzard, it’s a flurry. Drive like you got some sense, and don’t take all our bread, milk, and toilet paper from the grocery stores. You’re not in Alaska. Worst case: You may have to live a whole day without croissants. The pickups with snow blades will have you out the next day. It took a true Pennsylvanian to send this one to me.

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(Cont. From Page 16) SNOOPER’S “UPDATE”: Boss, you wouldn’t believe all the EMAILS I received in regards to TIGER WOODS. Let me further state, “THE ONLY THING TIGER WAS SORRY ABOUT WAS HE GOT CAUGHT”, and that’s the bottom line. Many females, I feel, have a ‘crush’ on him, because they defended him very vehemently, and chastised me for ‘picking’ on him. Yes they said, he is a true ROLE MODEL for all our youngsters. Yo Lady, speak for yourself and not for me. He now wants all of you to feel sorry for him, and FORGIVE HIM for what he has done. Ridiculous! SNOOPER’S CHIL-

lievable and I’m so glad for it. ST.JOSEPH’S SCHOOL OF NURSING held a special BOOK SIGING & ART SHOW. Hey Chief, guess who was there signing all his books? None other than HON. MIKE STACK, Jr., Esq. Yes, he’s the author of some very famous books, i.e., CLOSE PERSONAL FRIEND OF THE MAYOR. This book was truly a political ‘classic’, and if you read it, you’ll recognize many of Philadelphia’s top politicians, including Hon. James H.J. Tate and Congressman Bill Barrett. His “TROUBLE SQUAD” was one of pure genius, and definitely, a MUST-READ book. Mike, besides being one heckuva WARD LEADER Emeritus (58th Ward) is also a well-respected LAWYER in this

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DREN’S BUREAU: Parents, I have something very special for all of you, especially all your wonderful children. Check out THE DINOSAUR TRAIN on TV-23-1. You’ll learn who a PALEONTOLOGIST is; he’s called Dr. Scott. He’ll tell you what and who different DINOSAURS are, what they eat, and where they go. Names like TYRANNOSAURUS REX will amaze you, especially how they came here, and where they all went. This is one of the best CHILDREN’S EDUCATIONAL shows on television. PARENTS, let them watch it, and I guarantee all of you they’ll love you for it. You can watch it on WNJS-DT – 23-1 every day, too. SNOOPER’S HUGE EVENT: This one was unbe-

Phone: 215-423-2223 Fax: 215-423-5937



Information as to contract documents, etc., may be obtained at the above address, or telephone 215400-5225. 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.

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.

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PHILANTHROPIST and humanitarian Kal Rudman hosted firefighters and police officers at his annual Chinese New Year’s celebration at Sang Kee Peking Duck House in Chinatown. He and restaurant owner Michael Chow deliver lunches NEW YEAR’S PARTY guests into police on duty at Eagles’ games. From left are Ernest Har- cluded Isabel Kurtz, her dad, Allan Kurtz and Dennis Scott. gett, Kal and Lucille Rudman and Debbie Deatrict.

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**WEST REGION ONLY: A devoted, married couple promises your baby a beautiful life of unconditional love, security, and endless opportunities. Expenses Paid. Please call Janet and Charlie 800-3153398 AUTOS WANTED **WEST REGION ONLY: DONATE VEHICLE RECEIVE $1000 GROCERY COUPON. NOAH’S ARC SUPPORT NO KILL SHELTERS, RESEARCH TO ADVANCE VETERINARY TREATMENTS. FREE TOWING. TAX DEDUCTIBLE. NONRUNNERS ACCEPTED 1-866-912-GIVE

K & A Auto Salvage Inc. 2160-66 E. Somerset - Phila., PA 19134 215-423-4255 Fax: 215-423-4256 In accordance with chapter 73 of the vehicle Code Authorization of the department of Transportation the Following vehicles will be publicly auctioned @ K&A Auto salvage Inc. 2160 E Somerset St on March 3, 2010@8:00 YEAR MAKE 2000 2003 1997 1997 1997 1996 1999 1999 2005 1998 1996 1994 1999 1997 1997 1998 2001 2000 2003 2000


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