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More Pictures Page 2 LOUIS AND REGGIE Lozzi, left, were honored as 2010 Persons of the Year by South Philadelphia Business Association at its annual Scholarship Fundraising gala. With them, from left, are President Daniel Olivieri, Ex. Director Ed Wright, and Vice Pres. Vince De Fino, Esq.

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by Rory McGlasson A local civic association is threatening to file a lawsuit against the School District for promises they claim have been broken over the handling of the $8 million South Philadelphia Sports Super Site. The facility, located at 10th to 11th streets and Bigler Street to Packer Avenue, opened 18 months ago and was meant to provide South-

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The weak economy, insufficient resources and the lack of knowledge all contribute to the decreasing minority job market, according to one local lawmaker. That’s why State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson will host the Women- and Minority-Owned Small Business Symposium on Saturday at Universal Companies, located at 1415 (Cont. Page 9)


tions,” SPB President Daniel Olivieri said. The Scholarship Committee includes Denise D’Eletto, John Savarese, Jackie Fitzpatrick, Reggie Lozzi and Olivieri. Edward J. Wright was the evening’s toastmaster. The officers for 2010-2011 are Daniel Olivieri, president; Vince De Fino, Esq., vice president; Reggie Lozzi, secretary/treasurer; Louis Lozzi, Sr., past president; and Edward J. Wright, Jr., executive director.

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The South Philadelphia Business Association honored Louise and Reggi Lozzi as their 2010 Persons of the Year at its annual scholarship fundraiser at Galdo’s Caterers. Also honored by the Association were Senior Judge Anthony J. DeFino, Esq. and James J. Tayoun, Sr. with Lifetime Achievement Awards. “This event continues making it possible for our business association to furnish deserving South Philadelphia HS seniors with an opportunity to help finance their college educa-





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ern, Bok and a few other public schools with a sate-of-the-art facility to play sports. However, according to board members of the South Philadelphia Community Civic Association (SPCCA), leaders at the School District have reneged on original agreements made with the old leadership. When former School Dist. Superintendent Paul Vallas was in town, he had a concept of putting money into several school-sports locations, called “super sites”. South Philadelphia, Germantown and North West High Schools were chosen as the three multi-million-dollar locations. Almost two years on, ask the neighbors in South Philadelphia about their local Super Site, and they will tell you it’s far from “super”. Residents’ concerns living in the Site’s surrounding areas have in-

creased over the last 18 months. Noise pollution from the publicaddress systems during football games; traffic issues from buses parked adjacent to row homes; and the loitering of players and supporters from traveling teams are just a few of the concerns, according to SPCCA attorney John Di Georgio. When Paul Vallas wanted to bring the Super Site to South Philadelphia, they approached the Redevelopment Authority, where SPCCA President Anthony Greco works. Greco hosted four community meetings at the Fels center to garner public approval of the proposed Super Site. After the School District decided to move ahead and bring a Super Site to the area, Greco said he had an agreement with the District on three (Cont. Page 2)

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Business Association Honors Four Super Sports Site Concerns Community

COUNCIL PRESIDENT Anna Verna congratulates Publisher Jim Tayoun on receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lifetime Achievement Awardee Judge Anthony J. DeFino receives honor from his son President Daniel Olivieri, Ex. Director Ed Wright, and his son Vice Pres. Vince De Fino, Esq.

(Cont. From Page 1) conditions: The civic association moves into second floor at 1100 building for office; Neumann Gorretti be allowed to use it for football games; and, after a meeting with Msgr. James Connolly, then Stella Maris Principal, Stella Maris could practice and play on the field when available. Greco said the SPCCA got a $50,000 State grant to rehab the office and moved in one year before the site was

opened. But overbooking the facility and a $2,200 price tag for Catholic Schools to use it has enraged local school organizers. SPCCA board members managed to get $300,000 from the Special Sports District, which is where the Super Site is located, via Reps. John Sfressi and Joseph Mancini. Greco says his civic group gave the money to the School Board for its fencing, thanks to the Civic Association.

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According to Greco, problems with the School District started to emerge after Paul Vallas left Philadelphia for Chicago. Marge Wiesner, who was still a director at the School District in 2008, advised SPCCA money was in the school budget for installation of a much-needed irrigation system, otherwise what plagued the old fields were the lack of water turning them into a summer dust-bowl. Other things were supposed to be done, such as netting along the boundaries where the homes sit adjacent to the park. School CEO Arlene Ackerman changed the personal, who dealt with Greco and company. And according to Greco, the new District staff is refusing access for Neumann and no money is there for irrigation. For the Last two seasons, the School District has overbooked the Super Site, and is charging Neumann Gorretti $2,200 per game to use the field. School District officials are supposed to have a committee to meet with the Civic Association, but they haven’t met for two years, according to Greco. “Now we are handling it legally,” he said. “They can’t

be playing baseball without netting. We have gone to zoning board to get the muchneeded netting.” Greco asked the School Board for three days, which was granted before a decision was made on the netting. But it’s now into its second week. This week and last, teams began playing baseball. “That was the final straw for us,” Greco said. “Ackerman’s people refuse to accept the fact that we had a relationship in the past, and we had conditions to be met. The School District was fine with everything under Vallas, but now under Ackerman, it’s all changed. “We were supposed to put in an irrigation system. Money was put into budget for irrigation system, but we are still waiting.” A curb was cut on Bigler Street close to the field, so teams can unload on and off, which the District refused according to Greco. The School District doesn’t have a variance to use the baseball field without the proper fencing. There is no netting covering adjacent homes so there should be no baseball,” Greco said. “We came up with $300,000 for the fencing and (Cont. Page 9)

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Is Street Setting Stage

For Another Run As City’s Mayor? Mayor Frank Rizzo was a two-term Democrat Mayor of this city. He tried for an encore as a Republican one term later, but died before he reached the General Election that would have pitted him against Mayor Wilson Goode. Now rumors are abounding about Mayor John Street’s making a possible return. That’s the hope of dissidents unhappy with the fact Mayor Michael Nutter has hired a rank of deputies to keep ward leaders and other community leaders from involving himself directly in their varied requests. They point to the fact Street showed up at a City Council hearing with a bottle of soda in hand and was quoted as knocking Nutter’s proposal for a tax on sodas and other syrupy concoctions. Now they see him actively supporting his son Sharif Street, also an attorney, in challenging incumbent State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown. If Sharif makes it, some of the shine will rub off on his dad and add more commentary about a possible race for the office of Mayor. However, Street, who has been enjoying life and mixing

in a few trips, is emphatic he doesn’t want “to shoulder a whole lot of problems” again. That’s what he says in a convincing way ... for now, at least. Now, if Sharif becomes a state rep, what that nudge his dad a little more?

Montco Endorses Pam In The 194th District Pam DeLissio, candidate for the 194th House Dist., received the Montgomery Co. Democratic Committee endorsement, which voted overwhelmingly to back her for State Representative in a crowded field. Add to that the endorsement from the Lower Merion Democratic Committee. Meryl Gindin, one of those making that endorsement, said, “Even though the Lower Merion part of the 194th Dist. represents a small portion of the District, I appreciate that Pam reached out to me and assured me that my area is just as important as the rest of the District. I know we will have a wonderful working relationship with Pam when she is elected as our State Representative.” DeLissio also received her first major labor endorsement from District 1199C, an affil-

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Petition Challenges Roil Landscape, Will Leave Scars In Several Wards by Joe Shaheeli Political blood has been shed – not the red stuff that spills from the body, but the kind that is relegated to the wastebasket in the form of nominating petitions thrown out by the courts. It spells the end of the political careers for the majority of those whose petitions were found short of the necessary signatures left after challengers found errors in many of them. It also means some of those challenged won’t just go away; they’ll be at the polls May 18, trying to persuade voters to write in their names – a very slow and arduous procedure. The political scars will carry over for some, even if it means waiting four years to wage a ward-leadership fight, or two years for another State legislative battle. Well over 300 nominating petition challenges were heard by the Philadelphia Court system, starting last Thursday and ending Tuesday. For the most part, they were initiated against committeepersons, newcomers or incumbents, by factions interested in taking over the leadership of wards. This is a normal situation for Democrats, and unusual for Republicans, but both parties were in the courts with challenges. Knocked off in the battle, and with the highest profile because she had just spent big bucks for full-page ads in the Inquirer and Daily News, was Pia Varma, the endorsed Republican challenger to 1st Dist. Democrat Congressman Bob Brady. It was obvious she didn’t

understand the first rule of an effective campaign: “Don’t get thrown off the battle by a court challenge! Get as many signatures as you can yourself and then make sure you check every petition to insure it is in order.” She said she depended on the City Republican Party to get signatures for her, which it does as a matter of fact. But as she was an unknown challenging an obvious winner, there was little incentive for those who held her petitions to get them signed. Many of them did, nevertheless; but she didn’t. Although she was also running as a Republican committeeperson in the 5th Ward with her ally Kevin Kelly, of the Loyal Opposition, she produced few signatures from her division, when a good canvass might have gotten her several hundred within the ward. Some ward fights ended in the courts as Judges threw out petitions of challenger and challenged alike. In a move that underscores the bitterness of these challenges, one committeewoman assailed was Virginia Wilkes. She had lost part of both legs due to diabetes, and was confined to a wheelchair. She is Democrat chairwoman of the 14th Ward, taking that position when Arthur Green replaced State Rep. Curtis Thomas, who had retired as

ward leader. She has been a committeewoman for two decades. She rode her motorized wheelchair over to face the challenge because she wanted to be on time. “The 43 bus didn’t come until after I got to my destination.” The petition was approved within minutes by the Judge, who found the witness against her was lying. Curtis Thomas said he wasn’t behind the challenge. Wilkes said she felt Ward Leader Green was, because she would not be supporting him for reelection in May. Wilkes won’t commit just yet as to whom she is supporting in the 181st battle between 20-year incumbent State Rep. Curtis Thomas and Lewis Thomas, III. In a meeting that took place Tuesday night in the 37th Ward, the largest in the 181st District, the majority of committeepersons present voted to endorse Lewis Thomas. Miss El (as she is known) said, “I will be bound by that vote when I attend the legislative District caucus.” Lewis Thomas, a teacher and school administrator, said he was grateful to receive that vote of confidence. The 181st runs from Spring Garden Street

to Wyoming Avenue and from Broad Street to 4th Street. It takes in Temple University and parts of Northern Liberties. State Rep. Curtis Thomas has represented the District continuously since 1988. One battle that will continue despite challenges was that waged by Democrat 12th Ward Chairman John Connolly. He has taken on the campaign to oust long-time Ward Leader Gregory Paulmier. “It’s me, not Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller,” said John Connolly, “who’s after Paulmier.” He was responding to a previous report on ward fights published in this paper. He had been a strong supporter of Paulmier, he says. But that has changed. “I have answered a draft from the majority of committeepersons in the Ward. I’ve been asked to mount the challenge to his leadership. Greg has not been paying much attention to Ward needs, so he needs this challenge.” Connolly, who has served on the committee level as well for 25 years, is hosting a party at Champagne, on Chelten Avenue off Germantown, Apr. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. (Cont. Page 12)

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1312 South St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Contributions $500-$250. For info Latifah (215) 764-6475. Apr. 1- Loyal Opposition hosts Leadership meeting and national-security briefing at Union League, 7-9 a.m. Also speaking are Lt. Gov. candidates Jim Cauley and Chet Beiler. No charge. A luncheon event is scheduled 12 m.2 p.m. Charge is $36. RSVP Apr. 1- City Commission Chair Margaret Tartaglione hosts 62nd Ward fundraiser at Finnigan’s Wake, 3rd & Spring Garden Sts., 6-9 p.m. Tickets $30. Available at door. For info (215) 743-4699. Apr. 1- Reelection fundraiser for Fraternal Order of Police

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The Politics Of Health healthcare reform. He showed he can steer his way through obstacles from both right and left and deliver on one of the changes he promised. Just how big is this? Can anyone remember just one representative who stood up and shouted down Social Security (1935) or name someone who took to the House floor and argued against Medicare (1965)? There is no statue in the capital to the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, who filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1957. That's the point. Republicans will still have to go before voters in November and show they did something more than hold up a stop sign. By that time, seniors will be receiving rebates to pay for prescription drugs and parents will see their children cannot be prevented from getting health-care coverage because of a preexisting condition. But not all changes will go into effect immediately and there will be increases in both taxes and premiums in the short term. The President and the Democrats will have to

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We’ll be hearing about the Obama Health Plan benefits for the next four years until it kicks in and we can judge for ourselves what the fallout is for the average citizen of this city. Then we will either cry in futile agony or sing its praises and Obama’s for years to come. But what we know of it at this moment, frankly scares us. Two key ingredients were missing from the lengthy legislation which few members of Congress read and understood fully. In their defense, they didn’t have the time, having to settle for executive summary of key points. Those two ingredients were tort reform and adequate input into the legislation from medical doctors. There were cries for inclusion from members of both Federal chambers who are medical doctors, but they were in vain. Tort reform, and it is obvious to everyone concerned, causes medical bills to escalate. That is because every doctor must now make sure he has covered his rump. Even though his training may point to exactly what is ailing his patient, he must now subject that patient to every conceivable test or x-ray. In the end, if he is sued for malpractice by that patient, his defense was he followed the strictest regimen to insure the patient’s problem was uncovered and attended to quickly. Even then, the extremely high insurance coverage he must maintain eventually settles the case – blaming of course, the physician. Doctors themselves are increasingly ignored as human beings. The independent practitioners are being forced into working for hospitals. Medicare is the lowest category of reimbursement for them. The 25% cut in Medicare reimbursement, seen as a good thing by the general press and bill’s supporters, will wipe out their practices. The health-insurance companies have signaled they will reduce their already-low payments by that much as well. Without reimbursement there can be no practice. Hospitals will pick off the practices, absorb them and control from A to Z the quality of care a patient will receive. Mediocrity will definitely settle in and kill what once was the greatest health system in the world.

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This Sunday, the United States was presented with a massive overhaul attempt of our health-care system. Each Philadelphia member of Congress has gone on record quite early in support of each reform proposal. Obviously, this will help BOB BRADY and CHAKA FATTAH, both of whom have among the poorest districts in the state. To be quite honest, for these two men to vote against HRC would be turning their backs on their Districts as their constituents need this most. It’s when we get to the Northeast where the problems begin. Most residents of the Northeast are hard-working blue-collar citizens. Most of these individuals have health insurance through their employers. They work day in and day out for mediocre pay and in return, get a health-insurance plan for themselves and their families. It boggles the mind of a Northeast Philly voter why the government should just give away health care when they work so hard for it. Not only is the government giving it away, but it will be on the backs of, you guessed it, the taxpayers. Where is the tax base in Philadelphia? The Northeast. We all understand the need to find a way to cover more Americans. Life is a basic human right – Thomas Jefferson said so, and far be it from me to argue with him. The current proposals, however, are not the way the residents in Northeast Philadelphia want to go about it. This section of the city is represented by CONGRESSWOMAN ALLYSON SCHWARTZ and CONGRESSMAN PATRICK MURPHY. Both of these individuals are strong proponents of PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA and his agenda. What’s interesting, however, is their strong disagreement with their constituents on this issue and their willingness to vote against their constituents. We shall see, however, if BRIAN HAUGHTON/DEE ADCOCK and MIKE FITZPATRICK can make the case in November. On a history-making vote such as this, one would hope the voters would come out in full force to send a message to the Democrats in Washington that we don’t appreciate being ignored. The AL SCHMIDT Republicans got 19 names on the State Committee ballot vs. 12 for the City Committee. Most of the new names pulled early positions on the ballot, placing MIKE MEEHAN et al. at a decided disadvantage. In 2011 news, it seems as if millionaire former DA candidate (and former Democrat) MIKE UNTERMEYER is poised to jump into the race for City Council At Large. He will be the second declared candidate after ELMER MONEY. Other possible candidates are (Cont. Page 26)

Yo! Here we go again with these questions from the internet that really don’t need to have an answer – but the question itself will get you thinking. For instance: Why is “abbreviation” such a long word? Why are there interstate highways in Hawaii? If a mime is arrested, does he have the right to remain silent? Why is there an expiration date on sour cream? Why is it that when you transport something by car it is called a “shipment”, but when you something by ship it is called “cargo”? Furthermore, what the heck is a free gift -- aren’t all gifts free? Why do they call it a “television set” when you only get one of them? What was the best thing before sliced bread? What is another word for synonym? What is the speed of dark? Why do they call it “necking”? Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways? Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations? If a synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest have to drown also? Why isn’t “phonetic” spelled the way it sounds? Why don’t you ever hear about gruntled employees? If you’re driving a vehicle at the speed of light, what happens when you turn on the headlights? If you throw a cat out of your car window while parked in the mall parking lot or at the drive-in theater, does it become kitty litter? If a cow laughed, would milk come out of her nose? If someone tied buttered toast to the back of a cat butter-side up and then dropped the cat from a height, what would happen? Giraffes have the same number of neck bones in their neck as all mammals, including humans. If you see a cockroach in your house, it’s not true there are 10 more you can’t see – the US Dept. of Agriculture says the number is actually closer to 1,000 to 1. Your fingernails do not grow at the same rate. If you’re right-handed, nails on your right hand grow faster; if you’re left-handed, nails on your left hand will do the same. Here is an interesting thought – the cosmetic surgery performed most frequently on women in the United Stated is liposuction. The second most popular process is collagen. It seems that these patients are rearranging themselves. And these questions you might know the answer to – how many United States Presidents are not buried in the United States? Hmm – oh yeah – the ones that are not yet dead.

SNOOPER’S “DILEMMA”: Whew – I had a proprietor, who happens to own a few SHOPRITE STORES, ask an important question: “Someone please tell me HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO COLLECT THIS TWO-CENTS-AN-OUNCE tax on SODAS? I already had a few other STORE OWNERS ask me the same question. They told me this is going to be a REAL MESS for all of us here, because our CASHIERS must check out all the SODAS to see how many ounces, and then ADD the taxes to their respective bills. My concern is simply, the lines at my registers will be out the door and around the block.” ALL RETAIL SODAS WILL BE TAXED, whether a single bottle or, worse yet, A CASE! The stores, more than likely, will just add the cost of this “outrageous tax” to each and every soda product. They will just pass them all on to ALL OF YOU! SNOOPER’S “APRIL FOOL” SPECIAL EVENT: Someone sent me this EMAIL marked APRIL FOOL! Naturally, I thought it was some clown playing one of his APRIL FOOL JOKES. I opened it and upon reading it, learned it was about a SPECIAL EVENT being held by our good friend HON. MARGE TARTAGLIONE, Chairperson for The Election Commission. This young lady will host “THE 66th WARD FUNDRAISER”. This event will be held at Finnigan’s Wake, 3rd & Spring Garden Streets, from 6 p.m. till 9 p.m. Thursday, APR. 1. Please call them at (215) 743-4699 for any and all information regarding this EMAIL. I’ll be there! SNOOPER’S SPORTS EXTRA: All you EAGLES FANS may remember, a while ago I told you about SHAWN ANDREWS. He was one of the biggest phonies they ever had on The Eagles. Yes, The Eagles wised up and got rid of him; after all, this phony was there for the money only. Stop and think about this do-nothing. He only played in two games and, I might add, he stunk. Thank God they wised up to him. I can tell you THE EAGLES will be doing a lot better without him! Yes, I am still upset THE EAGLES let go one of their greatest runners ever, BRIAN WESTBROOK, and they’ll miss him; just ask JUDGE JIMMIE MOORE! SNOOPER’S COURTROOM BUREAU: The President Judge, HON. MARSHA NEIFIELD, Municipal Court, announced a NEW COURT that will be operating immediately. HON. PATRICK DUGAN was selected to be the PRESIDING JUDGE for this Court Room, which will be known as “VETERANS’ COURT”, and it will be operating in COURTROOM (Cont. Page 26)

GENE JACOBS, who years ago ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for the State House, was recovering nicely from a knee-replacement surgery to the point where he was playing tennis again, but fell while playing tennis doubles. Turns out this time he broke his leg. It never rains but it pours. FRANK OLIVER, who served more then 40 years as a State Representative, has decided not to seek reelection and is stepping aside for his chief of staff to give her a chance to run. Frank will continue to serve as the Democratic ward leader in the 29th Ward. When FRANK LYNCH was elected Senator, that created a vacancy for the General Assembly, which Frank Oliver filled. He did a remarkable job of representing the people of the City of Philadelphia, but particularly the 29th Ward and the 15th Ward. His service was a class act. His legislative district includes Girard College. Talking about Girard College, STATE SEN. MIKE STACK was elected by the Board of City Judges to be a member of the Board of City Trusts. Among the estates which come under the supervision of the Board of City Trusts are the Estate of Simon Gratz, the Mastbaum Estate and the Stephen Girard Estate. The vote taken on PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S universal health-insurance plan successfully was passed in the House of Representatives 219 to 212. There are 435 voting congressman. Thirty-four Democrats did not vote with the President or with the leadership in the House. It would certainly be interesting to see, after the November elections, whether their action in voting no affected the outcome of their elections. It was a remarkable leadership display by the speaker NANCY PELOSI in marshaling the votes needed to pass the legislation. During the days when RONALD REAGAN was President, there was a number of Democratic Congress Members who constantly voted with the Republicans. They were called “Boll Weevil Democrats”. There is speculation as to what the latest crop of Democrats who vote with the Republicans will be called. St. Ignatius Nursing Home is featuring FRANK SINATRA, JR. for this year’s charity fundraiser. It will be a reception at 6 p.m. and a show beginning at 8 p.m. at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street. Tickets are $150 each. For more information, call KARIN PURCELL at (215) 349-8800 ext. 256.

Building it right for a better and stronger community! Laborers’ District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and vicinity is comprised of four unions: Local 135, Daniel L. Woodall, Jr., James Vail Business Manager L.E.C.E.T. Management Trustee Local 332, Samuel Staten, Jr., Vincent Primavera, Sr. Business Manager L.E.C.E.T. Management Trustee Local 413, James Harper,Sr., Fred Chiarlanza Business Manager L.E.C.E.T. Management Trustee Local 57, Walt Higgins Harry Hopkins Business Manager L.E.C.E.T. Management Trustee Laborers District Council, Ryan N. Boyer, Business Manager. Samuel Staten, Sr., Business Manager Emeritus of the Laborers’ District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and Vicinity and Local 332. Laborers’ District Council promotes a safe work environment, jobs completed on time and on budget, and represents union members, who are well trained, productive, professional, and take pride in their work. Union labor…building better and safer communities in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties. This ad is presented by LECET

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account. With the addition of “Sunoco Refinery Alerts” to ReadyNotifyPA, you can now sign up for notifications specifically about the Sunoco Refinery. The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management has provided training to key Sunoco officials who also have the ability to send text alerts when an incident occurs at the refinery that may impact the community. “Sunoco takes its responsibility to the community very seriously. Partnering with the Office of Emergency Management to provide text alerts is an important example of our ongoing commitment to being a good neighbor,” said Thomas Golembeski, Sunoco’s manager of Media and Public Relations.

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 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 I look forward to meeting you as I campaign for State Representative of the 194th District. Please e-mail me with your thoughts on issues that are of importance to you at Sincerely,

Bill Morris Bill Morris

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ages those who live and work in the area to sign up for these alerts at Click on the “ReadyNotifyPA” logo. Select “Click Here to Register”. After you’ve completed the registration process, select “Sunoco Refinery Alerts”. It’s that easy. ReadyNotifyPA is used by the City of Philadelphia to send emergency text alerts, notifications and updates directly to your cell phone, pager, BlackBerry, PDA, iPhone and/or email account. In the event of an emergency – such as a major fire, severe weather or road closures – local officials can send important alerts and updates right to your cell phone, other mobile device or email Sunoco will alert residents about incidents at their refinery in South Phila.

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(Cont. From Page 1) Deputy Managing Director for Emergency Management MaryAnn E. Tierney said, “Both the Sunoco Refinery and the Office of Emergency Management agree that our goal is to keep the public informed when an incident occurs at the refinery, whether it is an emergency or not.” The “Sunoco Refinery Alerts” group will be used when an incident has a public impact, whether or not it is an emergency. Public impact is defined as an incident that may cause odors, noises or visuals that are not normally present in the community. The group will also be utilized to provide alerts about unusual events or activation of the siren system. Alerts may be sent in anticipation of or during an incident. For example, an alert may be sent in advance of construction activity or during the release of an odor. To ensure the public is provided timely and accurate information, Deputy Managing Director Tierney encour-

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Petition Squabbles Running Deep (Cont. From Page 6) The leadership fight for the Democrat 33rd Ward, headed by feisty Donna Aument, seems to be over before it started. Candido Silva, once the leader, filed 32 committee petitions in the 24-division Ward. Aument, who works for the BRT and has challenged the Mayor’s takeover of that agency in court, said, “Ten of his candidates have already signed withdrawal petitions.” Challenges have been heard this week in the following legislative races. When the bloodshed ceases, we’ll pick up the pieces in next week’s edition.

Challenged in the crowded 194th Dist. race were Thomas C. Rolland and Harry Massele. Challenged in the 192nd was Hiram Will Mega Ashantee. Audrey B. Watson was challenged in the 190th, as was Dyheim Watson in the 186th. Lamont Thomas was challenged in the 4th Senatorial Dist. Viveca Gresham, Pamela Pendleton and incumbent John Myers in the 201st were all challenged. Gregg Kravitz, 182nd; Lewis Thomas, III in the 181st; Daniel Collins, Tim Kearney and Karen Rotondo in the 172nd; Anthony Johnson in the 180th; Daryl A. LaFountain and Peter Fiorentino in


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Carson Dee Adcock, Brian Haughton and Joshua Quinter. As of press time, reports on committee challenges within the Ward showed the courts had eliminated five committee petitions in the 1st Ward, two in the 2nd Ward, five in the 5th, one in the 13th Ward, 10 in the 19th Ward and four in the 22nd. Total results will be carried next week.

Cutting Back On Guns ATTORNEY GENERAL Tom Corbett and DA Seth Williams agree Phila. Gun Violence Task Force is making major impact in getting illegal guns off streets. They reported 779 firearms seized with 424 arrested.

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Rendell, Cohen Host Rep. Parker At Comcast Luncheon

“COMCASTIC” Fundraiser! Governor Ed Rendell and co-host David Cohen, executive VP Comcast Corp., join State MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER and co-host Rep. Cherelle Parker at her fundraiser Dr. Walter Lomax, Jr. join State Rep. STATE REP. Cherelle Parker is joined by Kelly Foster, Brenda Cherelle Parker. at Comcast Center. Foster and co-host Councilwoman Marian Tasco.

SEN. ARLEN SPECTER was a surprise visitor to State Rep. Cherelle Parker’s fundraiser at Comcast Center.

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Working Their Way Off Welfare Center programs. Melonease Shaw, president and CEO of TWC, was also recognized for her organization’s work in providing qualified candidates to participate in Keystone Mercy’s Paid Work Experience pro-

by Michael A. Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: Move in with my parents or file bankruptcy? Answer: Don’t try to reclaim your old bedroom, unless you are prepared to do the following: 1. Save enough money while living there. 2. Stay there long enough to completely eliminate

your debt. 3. Possess the discipline to not waste your positive cash flow. On the other hand, if you fail in any of these three requirements, stay right where you are and consider calling a Chapter 7 bankruptcy lawyer to understand your options. Next week’s question: Can a Chapter 13 act as a payment plan with IRS?

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of his commitment and hard work. He was hired within two months by Keystone Mercy as a full-time, permanent employee. “I’ve had other jobs in the past, but the training and encouragement that I received from TWC and Keystone Mercy helped me to discover my full potential, and they continue to provide me with ongoing support,” said Wimes.

MELONEASE SHAW, president and CEO of Transitional Work Corp., was honored by Keystone Mercy Health Plan for her successful efforts. Flanking Shaw are Hillel Levinson, Keystone Mercy’s Anne Morrisey, State Rep. Dwight Evans, and President and CEO of AmeriHealth Mercy Michael A. Rashid.


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For your sake, check out ‘Sake Fest’ by Len Lear As most restaurant patrons know these days, sake is a Japanese alcoholic beverage made from rice. Sake is usually referred to in English as rice wine. However, unlike true wine, in which alcohol is produced by fermenting the sugar naturally present in fruit, sake is made through a brewing process more like that of beer.

To make beer or sake, the sugar needed to produce alcohol must first be converted from starch. But the brewing process for sake differs from beer brewing as well, notably in that for beer, the conversion of starch to sugar and sugar to alcohol occurs in two discrete steps, but with sake they occur simultaneously. Alcohol content also differs between sake, wine and beer. Wine generally contains 9-16% alcohol, and most beer is 3–8%, whereas undiluted sake is 18-20% alcohol, al-

though this is often lowered to around 15% by diluting the sake with water prior to bottling. The origins of sake were actually in China, possibly as far back as 5,000 years ago. However, the earliest written reference to the use of alcohol in Japan is recorded in the Book of Wei, a 3rd-century Chinese text that speaks of Japanese drinking and dancing. Sake is also mentioned several times in the Kojiki, Japan’s first written history, compiled in 712. People apparently used sake for spiritual functions because it altered one’s consciousness. Sake can be enjoyed with cheese, chocolates and all varieties of ethnic foods. Like wines from the Western world, sake is valued for its fragrance, impact, sweet or dry finish, acidity, presence and complexity. To further educate and introduce sake — as well as other Japanese alcoholic beverages — to the region, the 6th annual Sake Fest will be held during the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia.

Len Lear It will take place on Wednesday, Apr. 14, 6-8:30 p.m., at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 12th & Market Streets. Tickets for the event are $59.50

per person in advance online and $69.50 at the door. A portion of the net proceeds will benefit the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia. Participants must be 21 years or older to attend. “Participants attending the Sake Fest will experience dozens of sake varieties and learn how to pair it with any type of food,” said Marnie Old, Sake Fest spokesperson and Center City wine educator and sommelier. “Samples of Japanese and American brands, both premium and rare sakes, will be served, as will regionally micro brewed ‘jizake,’ which means small, regional sake brewer.

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for just $39.95. You can view the full $39.95 menu or get any questions answered at Scotch-tasting event Speaking about pricey steakhouses, on Monday, Apr. 12, Morton’s Philadelphia at 1411 Walnut Street will be hosting a Glenlivet Scotch Tasting event. The tasting will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and the cost is $49 per person, which includes tax and gratuity. A Glenlivet “ambassador” will lead guests through a Scotch tasting with four of The Glenlivet’s single malts. The

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(Cont. From Prev. Page) plement different types of sake.” Although sake is now closely associated with Japan, beer is actually the most popular alcoholic drink in Japan. Western liquor like bourbon achieved steady growth in Japan through the 1970s and saw wide-spread popularity in

the mid-‘80s, particularly with younger, post-college consumers. For more information or to purchase tickets for Sake Fest, visit Lower prices at Ruth’s Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 260 S. Broad Street, (215) 7901515, and 220 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia, (610) 9921818, is one of many steakhouses in Center City that can run up a bill into triple figures very quickly. However, as the recession has done with many other pricey restaurants, Ruth’s Chris has just begun offering an alternative three-course meal

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South Philadelphia’s Irish Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day

(Cont. From Page 1) ents, were the men of EOM. “They were mentors before mentoring was even a known-about. The sports and

the athletics, coupled with the combination of community responsibility and the fundamentals of civic pride, all go toward forging outstanding

members of the community willing to gave back and not hold back.” Irish Spirit The indefatigable spirit of

JUDGE KEVIN Dougherty and his dad John “Big John” Dougherty. the Irish, and its enthusiasm to take on the challenges of a new world, is represented in the Irish Memorial. On St. Patrick’s Day, good friends Tom Pitts, Sam Minatola,

James Donahue, Ken Adams, Jim Terra and Bobby Moe gathered at the site to lay wreaths, plant shamrocks and to hear the blessing. Said Adams, “ Every year, public figures and private citizens take a moment to remember those who lost their lives in An Gorta Mor, “The Great Hunger” or the potato famine of 1845 to1852. There are 44 million Americans of Irish decent, but no matter where you relatives came from, this memorial touches everyone who approaches it.” Marion Wagner, daughter of the late Marine Corps Sergeant, James “Daddy “Wags”

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Wagner, just returned from a trip to the Old Sod. “About 20 years ago, my dad bought a thatched-roof cottage in County Sligo, on the northwest coast of Ireland. Twice a year, I go back and check up on the place and maintain it.” It must be great to be in Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day, right? “No!” exclaims Wagner. “It’s boring! Philadelphia is the place to be on St. Patty’s! I love the Irish people, but they don’t celebrate like we do. It’s more of a religious holiday. I go to Our Lady of Knock and have my confession said there. I also go to an obscure shrine, called the Holy Well of Tobernat. This well is also associated with strict times in Ireland. This was a period where English laws controlled the property, educational and religious rights of the Catholics in Ireland. Tobernalt became a private refuge for the celebration of Mass in the 1700s when the severe laws were applied most cruelly.” Phone: 302-475-4040 Email:

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TEAMSTER PRESIDENT Daniel Grace tells City Council members how soda-tax bill will hurt his union workers.

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Teamsters Vs. Soda Tax

TEAMSTERS say no to Mayor Nutter’s soda-tax bill at City Council hearing.

State AFL-CIO Chief To Retire victories over 16 years. Rick is by far one of the top political strategists in the nation and is the reason we have been so successful in electing proworker candidates. “I also want to thank the staff and employees of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO for helping to make our organization one of the most efficient and productive labor organizations in the state. We have a skilled and dedicated staff who believes in what they are doing for the betterment of our unions and for all working families. I also want to thank my family, my wife, my children and grandchildren for their love and their support. “This is not the end of my activism and advocacy on behalf of the labor movement and the working people of Pennsylvania. I plan to continue helping to lead the fight for good jobs, justice and dignity for all workers. I plan to remain very active both in politics, legislation, organizing, community services, and education programs for working families. It’s been a very rewarding experience both personally and professionally to serve as the president of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO. Our accomplishments are many, but still there is much work to be done.”

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Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President William George has announced his plans to retire as President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO at the conclusion of his term in May of 2010, after serving for 20 years as the top union leader in Pennsylvania. “It wasn’t an easy decision, but it’s the right decision and at the right time,” George said. “I want to thank all of the vice presidents of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Executive Council, both past and present, which I have had the honor and privilege to serve. Without their support, their leadership and their friendship we would not have been able to accomplish so much on behalf of the working men and women of Pennsylvania. In my opinion, the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO is one of the most effective and respected State Labor Federations in the nation, thanks to the energy, activism, and leadership of labor leaders and union members at every level of the labor movement throughout the Keystone State. “I also want to extend special thanks to Secretary-Treasurer Rick Bloomingdale, my partner since 1994, who has played an instrumental role in our political and legislative

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SNOOPER (Cont. From Page 10) 1003 - CRIMINAL JUSTICE CENTER. This Judge was an excellent choice; who better than a VETERAN himself, who

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An Ordinance amending Title 4 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “The Philadelphia Building Construction and Occupancy Code,” by amending Subcode “B” (“The Philadelphia Building Code”), by adding a provision requiring that certain buildings have roof coverings that are white in color or Energy Star rated as highly reflective; and by making conforming amendments to Subcode “R” (“The Philadelphia Residential Code”); all under certain terms and conditions.

Immediately following the public hearing, a meeting of the Committee on the Environment, open to the public, will be held to consider the action to be taken on the above listed item. Copies of the foregoing item are available in the Office of the Chief Clerk of the Council, Room 402, City Hall. Michael A. Decker Chief Clerk

I also keep my ears close to the ground, and I must let you know WE have been hearing nothing but Goodness concerning you. Many of them call you “A FIGHTING JUDGE”. Of course, WE told them you were no longer A BOXER. Yes, a few of them were upset about this Judge, but were delighted to know, you still FIGHT for all of them! SNOOPER’S MAILBAG: This letter comes from PAULETTE HESS, a Committee Member of “The Employee of the Year” Luncheon (Mrs. Hess, WHY are you so early, because it doesn’t happen till MAY 13 over at 34 S. 11 th Street?), says everyone is cordially invited, especially ALL their PARENTS and FRIENDS. We will have a lot of OUR RETIREES and other associated members of The 1st Judicial Dist., including our Judges too. Now is the time to reserve your TICKETS for this annual event. Please call Mrs. Hess personally at (215) 686-2917. I would hope

you will do this as early as possible, because NO TICKETS will be sold at the door. Hey Boss, maybe we should send one of our many photographers for this one! SNOOPER’S WARNING: Here we go once again. “FLASH MOBS” keep popping up, and it seems our STUPID TEENAGERS think it’s the thing to do. Where are all THE PARENTS whose “little darlings” were involved, and joined in the riots? The Police Commissioner, CHARLES RAMSEY, is doing all he can, and he needs your help if they are to be successful. THE PARENTS had better start to wake up. Someone had better STEP UP TO THE PLATE before IT’S TOO LATE, seriously! SNOOPER’S “PERSON OF THE WEEK”: This person is one who really deserves all the recognition we can give her, and I’m sure you’ll agree. She is a CROSSING GUARD who has been at her post for over 29 YEARS. HON. JOHN TAYLOR, State Representative, pre-

sented her with a well-deserved SPECIAL PROCLAMATION. This young lady, stated Taylor, “did her ‘day to day’ tasks, and she did it all in an extraordinary way, with CLASS”. RITA SAVAGE, our distinguished PERSON OF THE WEEK, was also given a special party by The Staff and The Students of RICHMOND SCHOOL. I must let you know about a very unusual coincidence regarding this young lady’s last day working, Chief. IT WAS HER BIRTHDAY!

ELEPHANT CORNER (Cont. From Page 10) incumbent FRANK RIZZO, former congressional candidate ADAM LANG, former Controller candidate Al Schmidt, former STATE REP. GEORGE KENNEY, past candidate DAVID OH, STATE REP. DENNY O’BRIEN and former candidate for Mayor and Congress AL TAUBENBERGER. It should be interesting.

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, April 20, 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


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*A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on March 26, 2010 at 11:00 p.m. Specifications and/or plans and contract documents may be examined and copies thereof obtained from the School Reform Commission, 440 North Broad Street, 3rd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Information as to contract documents, etc., may be obtained at the above address, or telephone 215-400-5225. 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.

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great fit for Sea Star Line.” “To have fiftytwo ships a year that we didn’t have before, that’s really saying something,” said PRPA Executive Director James ELFERO is one of several ships that T. McDermott, Jr. will make weekly visits to Tioga Pier “Over the course of resultings in the creation of more jobs a year, those ships on the waterfront. will provide thousands of ILA operating Officer Frank Peake man-hours to our labor force, extolled the virtues of the new supporting and expanding the service, concluding with the family-sustaining jobs that are following: “Tioga Marine so important to our opera- Terminal is an ideal partnertions. Indirect jobs, business ship because it provides ready revenues, state and local access to highways and intertaxes, and many other eco- modal facilities, quick gate nomic spin-offs will also re- turns, on-site warehouse space, reefer plug availability, sult.” The Port will see many di- heavy-lift cranes, and ample verse, new cargoes as a result space.” PRPA will provide further of Sea Star Line. A typical Sea Star vessel at the Port of information about Sea Star Philadelphia will include car- Line’s new service once it goes such as consumer goods, commences next month. Shippers who have an interest chemicals, and machinery. In the company’s own an- in this new service should nouncement about its new contact PRPA’s Marketing service in Philadelphia, Sea Department at (215) 426-2600 Star Line President and Chief at their convenience.

Birts To Fete Legislators Seven State legislators and three City Councilmen will be honored at the 4th Anniversary Celebration of the Ducky Birts Foundation Medallion Scholarship Banquet. The annual event that enables the Ducky Birts Foundation to distribute scholarships to college-bound students has been scheduled for Apr. 17 at the First District Plaza at 6 p.m. It will be followed by the 2nd annual Ducky Birts Golf Outing on Monday, Apr. 19. The honorees are State Reps. Louise Williams Bishop, Marc Cohen, John Myers, Tony Payton, W. Curtis Thomas and Rosita Youngblood. City Council honorees are Bill Greenlee,

Jim Kenney and Frank Rizzo. For information call (215) 242-1220 or Melba Guy at (215) 432-8445 or (215) 510-1057.

St. Hill Named Youth Leader Timothy St. Hill, 14, a “gifted” program student at Bala Cynwyd MS, has been selected as National Young Leader attended the National Young Leaders State Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa.. The Conference brings together other Young Leaders from the State and the purpose of the Conference is to enhance the leadership abilities of young people. Timothy St. Hill is youngest son of Tommie & Jennifer St. Hill.


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Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Ronald G. Waters said he deplores a racial prank played recently at a Wal-Mart store in New Jersey. Waters said an employee made an announcement over the public-address system of a store in Washington Township, N. J., that reportedly said, “Attention Wal-Mart customers: all Black people, leave the store now.” He said the remark came as a shock to customers in the store and to the public in general. Managers at the store apologized to customers at once, but Waters said he believes it is important for the matter to be further addressed to understand why it happened and what it indicates about American society. “Given that companies such as Wal-Mart have security cameras to monitor and protect their stores, workers and patrons, surely they are able to investigate this incident and determine the guilty party,” Waters said. Waters also said he is concerned about the incident because it happened in southern New Jersey, which is very close to his legislative District in Pennsylvania.

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Peggy Browning Fund Honors Dougherty 82nd Airborne Gathers Its Supporters

GOV. ED RENDELL attended Peggy Browning Fund gala to honor John J. Dougherty and Karen Detamore as “Social Justice Champions.” Fund supports young lawyers studying rights and needs of workers. With Governor, from left, were Sam Pond, former Justice Russell Nigro, John Dougherty, attorney George Bochetto and Erin Young.

DEMOCRAT candidate for Lt. Governor Jonathan Saidel, right, discusses Peggy Browning Fund efforts ENJOYING gala at Sheet Metal Workers Hall were with its Board President Joseph these youngsters flanked by Charles Gibbs, John J. Dougherty, Jr., on left and Brian Stevenson on right. Lurie, Esq.

FY’11 Operating Budget Hearings WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2010 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Bd. Of Pension & Retirement 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. Sinking Fund Commission 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Break 12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Civil Service Commission 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Human Resources Dept. 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Human Relations Commission APRIL 6, 2010 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Fire 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Break 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Philadelphia Prisons 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Police WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2010 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Supportive Housing 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Behavioral Health 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Health Department 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Break 1:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Department of Human Services 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. First Judicial District MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2010 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Park & Recreation 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Break 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Atwater Kent Museum 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Free Library 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Art Museum 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Break 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Public Testimony TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Public Property (Inc. CPO) 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Fleet Management 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Break 12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Water Department 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Streets Department 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Aviation WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Licenses & Inspections 11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Bd. L & I Review 11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Bd. Building Standards 12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. Zoning Bd. of Adjustment 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Break 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. City Planning Commission 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Zoning Code Commission 3:00p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Historical Commission 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. District Attorney

TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Clerk of Quarter Sessions 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Register of Wills 11:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Sheriff 11:30 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. City Commissioners 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Break 1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. City Controller 1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Bd. of Revision of Taxes WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2010 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. City Representative 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 p.m. Commerce & OEO 11:45 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. Office of Arts & Culture 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Break 1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Community College 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. SEPTA TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2010 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Defender’s Association 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Law Department 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Public Testimony (Mt. Airy Church) 6401 Ogontz Avenue TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2010 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Public Testimony Operating Budget 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Public Testimony Operating Budget FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2010 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Public Testimony Operating Budget 12:30p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Break 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Public Testimony Operating Budget 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Break 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Public Testimony Operating Budget SATURDAY, MAY 8, 2010 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Public Testimony Operating Budget SCHOOL DISTRICT TAX REAUTHORIZATION Monday, May 10, 2010 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. School District 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Break 12:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. School District con’t TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2010 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. School District 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Break 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Public Testimony School District 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Public Testimony School District Departmental times are approximations and will vary

APPLAUDING performance of bagpiper band are State Rep. Bryan Lentz and Teamster Walter “Dan” Bosak, founding member of Hajdak/Mokan Chapter, 82nd Airborne.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams addresses banquet crowd.

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Photo by Harry T. Leech

ALL POLITICAL PARTIES were represented at 82nd Airborne gala, as seen by this meeting of Republican City Committee Executive Director Jim Dintino and DA Seth Williams.

SGT. DAVID “Mad Dog” Dolby (Congressional Medal of Honor) with David Oh listening. Photo by Harry T. Leech

AMONG ATTENDEES were Judges Paul Panepinto, Welcoming Center’s Anne O’Callaghan and State Sen. Anthony Photo by Harry T. Leech Williams.

Feds Keep SEPTA In Bind A number of projects vital to SEPTA and its riders will become budget casualties if the federal government does not approve tolling I-80, which spans the state in its northern tier. The Federal Highway Administration is reviewing Pennsylvania’s application to convert Interstate 80 to a toll highway. This is a key component of Act 44, the state law enacted in 2007 to create a dedicated source for transportation funding throughout the Commonwealth. Without I-80 tolls, Act 44 cannot be fully implemented – leaving SEPTA and other transportation agencies throughout the state significantly short on funds needed for operating expenses, infrastructure repairs and other initiatives. SEPTA is projecting a $300 million capital budget for

Fiscal Year 2011 – reflecting cuts of $110 million due insufficient Act 44 funds. The spending plan would leave REVIEWING dire budget straits, SEPTA Board the Authority Members Kevin Johnson and Tom Ellis, Chairwith just man Pat Deon, CFO Rich Burnfield and General Mgr. Joe Casey discuss fare hikes. enough to pay for mandated expenses such as Regional Rail station renovadebt service, vehicle and infra- tions and bridge replacements. SEPTA is following the structure repairs and new recommendations of the Pennequipment. However, SEPTA will not sylvania Transportation Fundhave money for a number of ing and Reform Commission, desperately needed initiatives. which suggests periodic fare To name just a few, the poten- increases. General Manager Joseph tial cuts would force SEPTA to delay or abandon efforts to Casey lamented, “For years, implement new payment tech- our riders have been clamornology, renovate the City Hall ing for us to renovate the City Station and move forward with Hall Station on the Broad plans for Elwyn to Wawa Street Subway. Unfortunately, service. SEPTA would also this $100 million project is lack funding for a number of now jeopardized.

INCUMBENT State Rep. Angel Cruz of 180th Dist. in Kensington and Juniata Park dismissed his challenger’s allegations as inadvertent campaign errors and predicted he would be upheld in court.

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VETERAN Police Officer Benjamin Ramos, left, challenged four duplicate petition sheets circulated by his opponent, State Rep. Angel Cruz, charging “intentional fraud.” His Campaign Mgr. T. J. Hurst stated violations merited Cruz’ disqualification

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ALLIES of State Rep. Angel Cruz gathered in his support outside Hope Center: from left, Democrat 33rd Ward Leader Donna Aument, her daughter Marcie Aument-Loughrey and grandson Aidan Loughrey.

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FIVE AND FIT initiative to influence eating and exercise habits of young children brought together Temple Univ. Intergenerational Center project coordinator Yvonne Thompson Friend and State Rep. Angel Cruz to talk to preschoolers.

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Jewell’s Team Enlightens His District

IN A SERIES of four meetings over last two weeks, like this one at Jones Memorial Baptist Church in North Central, State Rep. Jewell Williams’ staff has been reaching out to community residents with vital array of information about State and local government actions.

Clergy Says No On Trash, Soda Taxes

BLACK CLERGY of Phila. & Vicinity reacted against Mayor Michael Nutter’s proposed tax plan to answer some of City’s budget woes. Black Clergy held meeting in W. Phila. to discuss Mayor Nutter’s proposed plan to fill the gap in the city of Philadelphia budget, via a possible fee on drinks with sugar in them and a possible trash collection fee. At the meeting at Sanctuary Church of the Open Door are Rev. Jim Baker, Rev Lorraine Dennis, Black Clergy President Bishop Audrey Bronson, Rev. Terrence Griffith and Rev. Robert Collier.

Arc Hosts Legislators In Harrisburg by Bonnie Squires The Arc of Pennsylvania held its annual SAGA (Systems Advocacy & Government Affairs) Day in Harrisburg, with addresses by gubernatorial candidates Tom Corbett and Joe Hoeffel. Then the Arc of Philadelphia officers, members and staff, along with other Arc chapters from across the state, visited the Capitol offices of a number of elected officials. State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams also met briefly with representatives of the Arc of Philadelphia. A Legislative Reception ended the day, with dozens of State Senators and State Representatives mingling with Arc constituents at the Hilton Harrisburg. State Rep. Mike Sturla of Lancaster received the Legislator of the Year Award for his advocacy on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities.

ATTENDING Arc of Penna. Legislative Reception were, from left, State Sen. Daylin Leach; Bruce Hulick, executive director of the Arc of Philadelphia; State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown; and Ken Oakes, president of the Arc of Phila.

STATE REP. Mike Sturla, center, receives Legislator of the Year Award from the Arc of Penna. at their annual Legislative Reception. With him are Bruce Hulick, executive director of the Arc of Phila.; State Rep. Jim Roebuck, chairman of House Education Committee; State Rep. Kathy Manderino; and Ken Oakes, president of the Arc of Phila.

SENATOR Mike Stack and Bruce Hulick, executive director of the Arc of Philadelphia, review the Arc’s priority list of initiatives.

GUBERNATORIAL candidate Tom Corbett speaks with Jeanne Downey, VP of the Arc of Penna.; Ken Oakes, president of the Arc of Phila. and a board member of the Arc of Penna.; and Steve Suroviec, executive director of the Arc of Penna.

OARC Hosts Auditions GOP Regulars Celebrate For Its Jazz Festival OARC, the Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corp., will host auditions on Saturday, Apr. 10 for dance groups and individual dancers aged 8 and older who want to help kick off the 2010 West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival with a New Orleans-style brass band parade. Auditions will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Center Court in the Cheltenham Mall, 2385 W. Cheltenham Avenue, in the city’s Northwest section. A panel of judges will chose several groups and individuals to join the UCC Royal Brass Band, which will lead the kickoff celebration with a parade along Ogontz Avenue. This year’s festival, which runs Jun. 18-20, features an all-jazz lineup of

musicians and singers – including The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Diane Reeves, David Sanborn with Joey De Francesco, and the George Duke Trio featuring Al Jarreau. “We are planning to throw beads, twirl umbrellas and generally have a good time celebrating this annual festival, which generates so much community spirit and general interest in the West Oak Lane community,” said Erika L. Griffin, Director of Community and Government Affairs for OARC. To register for an audition, entrants must call the festival hotline at 1 (877) WOL-JAZZ and leave contact information. Callers will be contacted about available audition times.

CELEBRATING strong nominating petition and registration drive at Republican Club in Kensington were Republican Counsel Mike Meehan, Ward Leader Kevin Pasquay, legislative candidate Gary Feldman, Ward Leader and host Bill Pettigrew, and congressional candidate Brian Haughton.

REPUBLICAN Ward Leader and host Bill Pettigrew are seen here with some of the committeepersons and candidates marking a successful nomination and registration drive.

Organized Labor For Farnese

THESE Carpenters and Teamsters add their support to State Sen. Larry Farnese at fundraiser in his honor at Bridget Foy’s.

TEAMSTERS Local 830 chief Daniel Grace is seen here with State Sen. Larry Farnese.

BUSINESS community was represented by Terry Graboyes, right, and Heather Lutzker.

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State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown has moved her constituent service office to 1435 N. 52nd Street in Philadelphia. “We’ve moved a few blocks, but that's all that will change,” Lowery Brown said. “My staff and I will continue to offer outstanding constituent service on a wide range of state programs ranging from Property Tax/Rent Rebate to

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