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Water Department Storm Charges Will Send Some Businesses ‘Down The Drain’ In 2011 Every new rule imposed by State and Federal legislation to help the environment is another way to pick the pocket of the taxpayer. That basically sums up why the City’s Water Dept. is reshaping the way it will bill its users. Stormwater regulations at the State and Federal levels are causing the City to incur both additional capital and operating costs. These go into effect 2011 and some businesses see this date as their breaking point and their time to close shop. While the Water Dept. is implementing ways for those hardest-hit financially to reduce their costs, it is sending notices to all about the increases they are to expect in their water bills. These include greening (digging up asphalt and planting grass and trees where possible), and building underground holding tanks to gather the rainwater and release it slowly into the sewer systems. All these are costly, and even the Water Dept. recognizes many such efforts “will take as much as 10 years to recoup initial costs.” For those customers seeing noticeable increases in their stormwater fees – huge car lots, supermarket parking lots, strip malls, private parking lots, and some fast-food operations – the Department will identify opportunities on their property to decrease the amount of their impervious (cement or asphalt) area and thus decrease stormwater fees. Over the last two decades, stormwater runoff volume and quality has been identified by the EPA as the numberone pollution source to rivers and streams nationwide. The City now has to invest hundreds of millions of dollars over the next decade to better manage combined sewer overflows and stormwater impacts. March’s heavy rains highlighted some of the stormwater-capacity issues in the City, resulting in flooding conditions in several City neighbor-
hoods which call for extensive additional sewer construction and more costs. The Water Dept. has a history of very little onsite stormwater management, maintaining undersized sewers and major sewer overflows. For many years, the Department has recovered the costs for the operation and maintenance of its stormwater system components (pipes, storm drains, pump stations, treatment facilities and billing) through a service charge related to its customers’ water-meter size. Properties with larger water meters are usually larger parcels of impervious land,;that is, land covered by asphalt, pavement and structures which generate runoff. Over a decade ago, the Water Dept. convened a Citizens Advisory Group to recommend to the City more-equitable stormwater charges. The CAC recommended the Department transition from a meter-based stormwater-management charge to one that was property-based. The CAC included representatives of large and small businesses, universities, parking lots, transportation utilities, civic groups, senior citizens, realtors and wateronly customers. Because the impervious factor is the most dominant factor in calculating stormwater runoff, the CAC recommended 80% of the stormwater costs should be recovered based on a property’s impervious area and 20% of the stormwater costs should be based on the property’s gross area. The CAC also recognized that providing a detailed analysis of each of the City’s 450,000 residential properties would be expensive and not provide a significant improvement in the fairness of property-based charge. It recommended the City’s residential properties be treated as a single parcel with grossarea and imperviousness-area
factors. The total costs would be divided among all residences. This recommendation was implemented in the FY 2002 tariff and resulted in a decrease in stormwater costs to residences and other smaller-meter customers. In early 2006, the Water Dept. began the process of validating the City’s parcel data information with the Bureau of Revisions and Taxes database and orthographic (impervious) information. This information was available from a 2004 contracted flyover of the City. Water Dept. staff can now analyze the approximately 80,000 non-residential accounts to determine, on an individualcustomer basis, the stormwa-
ter runoff contribution of each non-residential customer parcel, in order to apply the 80/20 impervious/gross area formula. This work has been completed and is available for the next rate new tariff (planned for a multi-year period beginning in FY 2011). The Water Dept. proposes to transition stormwater charges among its non-residential customer base over a four-year period beginning in FY 2011. This transition will result in more equitable stormwater charges that closely match the cost of managing stormwater runoff from each property. Current calculations show the majority of large meter customers will see a reduction or otherwise
minor impact on the stormwater component of their water and sewer bills. PWD is meeting with individual customers who will see a significant increase in the stormwater portion of their bills to offer site inspections and conceptual designs that, if implemented, will reduce their stormwater charge and the impact to the City’s sewer system. The good news is customers with multiple properties, e.g., School District, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, all City agencies, etc., will not see a major impact, and most often will experience an overall decrease in their stormwater fees. The Department admits upfront costs to parking-lot
owners (survey, infiltration analysis, construction docs, permitting and actual construction) and other large, impervious sites, may result in a 10-year-or-more period for the owner to recover the cost of the investment, thus our recognition for the added incentive of property evaluation program, for which the Department has funded in its FY ’09 and FY ’10 budgets. A property based stormwater-management charge will result, says the Water Dept., “in a fair cost of service” that provides incentives for nonresidential and stormwateronly customers to incorporate green building practices, where practicable, into their sites.
City’s ‘Whitecollar’ Union Members Do Face Dangers by Cathy Scott, President AFSCME District Council 47 The media have described DC 47 members as the “whitecollar” union, which is neither accurate nor descriptive of what our members have to deal with on a daily basis. It creates a mental picture of workers sitting behind desks and pushing papers. But that is not the entire picture, and nothing could be further from the truth. When I talk about the potential dangers our members face, most people are surprised. Due to media coverage, they believe only police and fire personnel are subject to potential violence and major safety issues. So let me highlight some of the dangers our members face, of which the public is generally unaware. Local 2187 represents, among others, social workers, librarians and recreation leaders. What the public does not know is the potential violence these members face while doing what many people consider comfortable and safe jobs. The potential danger is so pervasive that the Union negotiated with the City a workplace violence labor/management committee to address the problem. For example, the general public believes that being a librarian is a comfortable, quiet job in nice surroundings with no real danger at all. As recently as 2008, our librarians were threatened by patrons on at least 75 occasions and assaulted 42 times. Not so comfortable, is it? The general public believes social workers visit families and help them work out their problems. However, the reality is that in many cases, social workers go out to visit families where child neglect and abuse are the order of the day, and they are called out to check on these families at all hours of the day and night, across the entire City.
Our social workers face some pretty horrific situations that cross racial, ethnic and class lines. What it amounts to is this: our social workers, like our police officers, can walk into a life-threatening situation with no hint of danger beforehand. The difference is the only weapons social workers have are a pen and notebook. People think that recreation leaders have a nice easy time of it – supervising swimming kids, keeping an eye on the softballs and basketballs and the arts-and-crafts materials. But that’s not the entire picture, especially when there is a fight on a basketball court over who can play there; or one of our members is threatened because some teenagers get angry over a shortage of recreation equipment. Local 2186 represents supervisors of social workers, librarians and recreation leaders. In many cases, the supervisors face the same dangers as their subordinates. Local 810 represents probation/parole officers who supervise criminal offenders. Some 810 officers carry weapons and are on the street with police. Some 810 officers, who work in the office, have had offenders threaten them with violence. Local 3397 represents the faculty of the Art Institute of Philadelphia, who occasionally face the same dangers as our librarians, but from their students. Local 752 represents animal keepers at the Philadelphia Zoo, who come in close contact with wild animals and for whom safety in the workplace is a major issue. Recently, the Local’s Safety Committee was honored for its effectiveness and persistence on behalf of its members. As you can see, the dangers we face are a major issue for many of our members. Nevertheless, day after day, mostly without firearms or other means of protection, our members provide vital services to the public.
PHILA. Black Public Relations Society presented Milestones: Stories of African American Women in the Media, in PECO Energy Hall. Event was moderated by Dawn A. Roberts, managing partner at KD Communications Group. Panelists were Yashima White Azilove; Candace Steele Flippin; Lisa R. Davis; Felicia Phillips; Sherri Kyle Jones; and Melanie Johnson. Photo by Martin Regusters, Leaping Lion Photography port and cooperation in this process has made this important transition possible,” said Mayor Nutter. “This change will benefit Philadelphia taxpayers and users of the Court system by transforming a paper-driven office into a modern, efficient office using the latest technology.” “We are excited to bring the functions of the Clerk’s Office to 21st-century standards,” said
Judge Dembe. As Prothonotary, Evers presided over the FJD’s change to the mandatory civil electronic-filing program established last year. His office maintains millions of court documents for the Municipal Court, the Civil Trial Division and the Family Court. In a 2004 report, the National Center for State Courts concluded that the 1st Judicial Dist. was
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It’s official! The duties of the Office of the Clerk of Quarter Sessions are now being handled by the 1st Judicial Dist. President Judge Pamela Dembe issued an administrative order placing those functions under the Prothonotary’s Office, headed by Joseph Evers. Evers’ office currently performs similar functions for the Court for civil cases. All current employees of the Clerk of Quarter Session’s Office will remain, but under supervision by the Prothonotary. Mayor Michael Nutter said he sees this as the first step of what will eventually lead to the abolishment of the Clerk’s office. “I would like to thank Vivian Miller again for her years of service to the City. Her sup-
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194th Bubbling All Over District It’s a five-way race for the 194th Dist. primary and all of the candidates have plusses that could get them votes. The five are, according to their position on the ballot, Joshua Cohen, Pamela DeLissio, Keith Newman, Bill Morris and Lou Agre. Agre was first out of the gate when State Rep. Katherine Manderino announced her decision not to seek another term. He brought with him the unanimous endorsement of the ward leaders in that District and a great deal of
union backing. Recently he added an endorsement by the Pennsylvania Association of Nurses. He had picketed with them, as did Congressman Bob Brady, who lifted the morale of the strikers when he joined them last Monday on the picket line outside Temple Medical. Agre’s primary campaign issue — the creation and protection of jobs — is one that has defined his career as an attorney, labor leader and community activist. Following his announce-
ment came that of William Morris, a native Roxboroughite. He enjoys the full support of his uncle, legendary coach “Speedy” Morris, whose name has been mentioned countless times in every household in much of the District, particularly in the 21st Ward. That linkup will get William more votes than he can imagine. Speedy’s induction into the Big 5 Hall of Fame with John Chaney and Rollie Massimino was cause for much celebration in Roxborough. Bill is following in the footsteps of Speedy. He is
now in his third year as coach of Roman Catholic HS’s football team, whose student body includes many from Roxborough and Manayunk. He became another Roxborough icon by logging 12 years as a CYO coach in the football and baseball leagues of that area. He can’t estimate the exact number of kids he coaches in the 194th, but he does say, “It’s well over a thousand and many of them are now able to vote.��� Morris is also a union carpenter and has some support, especially from the rank and file. Solidly behind him are
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(Cont. From Page 4) not one, but two Council Members, decided he knew the problems of the 194th well and understands the nuances of legislative activity better than his competitors. He recently announced his support of a statewide “No Kill” animal-protection law. “No Kill” is defined as a community in which all healthy and treatable animals are saved. The major components of a “No Kill” community include pet-retention programs, VOTE FOR
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Councilman Curtis Jones, who hired Cohen as his deputy chief of staff, a position he resigned to run for State Representative. In a District which includes Roxborough, Manayunk, Wynnefield Heights, West Parkside, and parts of Wynnefield and East Falls in the City of Philadelphia, as well as Lower Merion, Belmont Hills, Bala Cynwyd, Merion, and part of Merion Station in Montgomery Co., Pamela DeLissio, who also hails from the 21st Ward, believes she will have a lock on the suburban areas of the District. That is because she has the endorsement of the retiring incumbent Manderino. DeLissio hopes voters will take a look at her application for State Representative. DeLissio equates this campaign process to a job interview, with the voters as her prospective employer. She brings a unique perspective to the table. She has been a resident of the 194th since 1982; living in Wynnefield, the Penn Wynne section of Lower Merion, and currently in Roxborough. She was administrator of the Roxborough Home for Women for 20 years. She describes the century-old institution as one of the area’s
“better-kept secrets”. DeLissio is now president and chief executive officer of Kearsley Retirement Community. During her time at Kearsley, DeLissio has overseen a vigorous expansion of the community that was held up as national model. She picked up the endorsement of the FOP last week. Keith Newman, a Philadelphia schoolteacher, is presently blogging his way into voter support for the District. In one of his blogs, he states he is “not the Party’s candidate nor am a Union’s candidate. I am the Community Candidate. “I seek the office of State Representative because preparing children to participate in our democracy, in our economy, in our civilization, is the number-one task of government, and for many of our children we have failed miserably to fulfill that responsibility. If we are going to fix education, we need to send educators to Harrisburg.” Many of his blog contributions, especially on YoungPhillyPolitics.com, address education. FOP Lists Primary Endorsements The Fraternal Order of Police Michael G. Lutz Lodge 5 has endorsed the following in the May primary:
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Union Labor... 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.
School-cafeteria workers in Philadelphia still do not know which of two unions will represent them. despite an interim decision made by a hearing office of the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board this past week. The Public Record learned at press time, an appeal would be filed immediately by Workers United, Philadelphia Joint Board, an affiliate of the SEIU. In contention was the election last October of 2300 Philadelphia School District employees who elected to stay in with UniteHere’s Local 634 by a two to one margin. Last week, a hearing officer of the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board upheld UniteHere’s victory. But that does not end the yearlong battle with Workers United, Philadelphia Joint Board, now affiliated with the SEIU. Its officers contend the election was fraudulent. The battle began in March 2009, when the Philadelphia Joint Board, a regional affiliate of UniteHere, attempted to se-
cede and join SEIU. At the same time Local 634’s officers and executive board voted unanimously to stay in UniteHere. SEIU’s appeal prevents the School District from bargaining with UniteHere Local 634, even though their contract expired in October 2009. Negotiations, which began last May, have been on hold due to the raid since last July. Doris Smith, president of Local 634, said, “The members of our local have fought a battle for the past year to keep our local, its history, and our right to fight for our members as School District employees.” That case, according to Workers United, Philadelphia Joint Board, had been filed at the express direction of hundreds of school cafeteria workers, expressing concerns of members claims that UniteHere engaged in improper and unlawful electioneering activity. PJB continued, “The PLRB hearing examiner’s recommended decision, which UniteHere falsely touts as final affirmation of the results of the
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Mike Fera At Golden Gloves Fifty-seven-year-old Mike Fera, business manager of Cement Masons Local 592, will box with Liam Mulvey of the United Kingdom in the Celebrity Match feature at this year’s Eastern Regional Golden Gloves tourney Apr. 10 at the Blue Horizon, 1314 N. Broad Street. Mulvey is a former amateur champ in the United Kingdom in the Cruiserweight division. He stayed close to boxing after his retirement, and is now producing a documentary on legendary Philadelphia middleweight, Bobby “Boogoloo” Watts. Fera and Mulvey have crossed paths at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym. Fera said, “I have seen him spar and he can fight. Since then, I have picked up my training program.” Fera knows he is carrying the US flag, plus his union’s banner. Proceeds from the competition will go to the Joe Hand Boxing
Gym and Computer Lab. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by calling (215) 364-9000.
Theresa Sgrillo Is Honored Last week, SHADOWBOXER reported the 2010 Class of inductees who will be enshrined at this year’s Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame banquet. Continuing with its longstanding tradition, the banquet will also include the honoring of an individual as person of the year. The award is presented each year to an individual who supports and promotes the sport of boxing. Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame Chairman John Gallagher has announced this year’s honoree will be Theresa Sgrillo. The wife of Harrowgate Boxing Club’s Charley Sgrillo, Theresa has been a long-time fixture in the Philadelphia boxing community. Donating her time and energy over the years to the
PAST VETERAN Boxers Association President Hank Kropinski congratulates Theresa Sgrillo on being named Person of the Year. Pennsylvania Veteran Boxers Association, she clearly fits the criteria for the award. In addition, Theresa has also been a staple of the Harrowgate Boxing Club, where she has continually contributed to the gym’s numerous endeavors. The presentation will take place on Sunday, May 16 during the 76th annual Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame banquet at Romano’s Caterers, located at Castor Avenue & Winghocking Street, starting at 4 p.m. For more info, call (215) 465-1778.
Council Needs To Try LVT
by Joe Shaheeli For sure, more taxation is coming to this City’s residents. There is no way out. City Council members are striving to come up with tax proposals of all kinds, including where to make cuts to narrow the major budget shortfall facing this Administration. Proposals are being offered, given a balloon trial, and then shot down. Council Members have nixed proposed trash taxes, soda taxes, and possibly the additional hike in the real-estate tax proposed by Councilman Frank DiCicco. On hand to close much of the hole is the possibilityCity Council will finally adopt the Land Value Tax. It sounds scary, but it isn’t. In fact, it is the only tax that can change the way property rates are figured without worrying about the problems that have occurred at the Board of Revision of Taxes. Presently, taxing buildings has not been the preferred choice. But these taxes provide money for services as trash pickup, police protection and many of the other beneficial things government provides to us. Yet the value of land itself can be another, and better, way to fund our City government. That is what LVT is. It is a fairer alternative to the current system of taxation. Plugging the budget gap this year with LVT could show this is an idea whose time has come. It will help hardpressed homeowners and seniors and those who are having a hard time in this recession. Some people will pay more under Land Value Taxation, to be sure. They are speculators who now hold vacant land idle – land that isn’t occupied by residences of taxpayers or by productive commercial operations. Land speculation isn’t an activity from which the rest of us in the city benefit. If speculators are “driven out of business” by a tax increase, that’s good: They’ll have to either sell their land (and be taxed at turnover) or put it to productive use. Land speculators as a class, however, are in pretty good shape financially, com-
pared to the average Philadelphian. Land Value Taxation is a way to raise public revenue by means of an annual tax on the real value of land itself. “Land” means the site alone, not counting any improvements. The value of buildings, crops, drainage or any other works people have erected or carried out on each plot of land would be ignored, but it would be assumed that all neighboring properties were developed at the time of the valuation; other things being equal, a vacant site in a row of houses would be assessed at the same value as the adjacent sites occupied by houses. An LVT would replace, not add to, existing taxes. Properly applied, an LVT would support a wide range of social and economic initiatives, including housing, transport and other infrastructural investments. It is an elementary fiscal measure that would go far towards correcting fundamental economic and social ills. The value of every parcel of land would be assessed regularly and the LVT levied as a percentage of those assessed values.
The valuation would be based on market evidence, in accordance with the optimum use of the land within the planning regulations. If the current planning restrictions on the use were altered, the site would be reassessed. It is a natural source of public revenue. All land makes its full contribution to the Exchequer, allowing reductions in existing taxes on labor and enterprise. It makes for a stronger economy. If we tax labor, buildings or machinery and plants, we discourage people from constructive and beneficial activities and penalize enterprise and efficiency. The reverse is the case with a tax on land value, which is payable regardless of whether or how well the land is actually used. It is a payment, based on current market value, for the exclusive occupation of a piece of land. In the longer term, this fundamentally new and different approach to revenuewill stimulate new business and new employment, reducing costly government welfare. An LVT, by definition, bears down lightly or not at all where land has little or no (Cont. Page 19)
3 More Red-Light Cameras Going Up Construction is set to begin at three new red-light camera intersections in various parts of the city, the Philadelphia Parking Authority announced. Mayor Nutter approved this expansion of the Red Light Camera Program in June of last year, by signing into law legislation approved by Philadelphia City Council. The three intersections are located at Henry Avenue & Walnut Lane, Rising Sun & Adams Avenues, and Aramingo & Castor Avenues. Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., 4th Dist., was very determined to bring redlight cameras to his district. “The intersection of Henry Avenue & Walnut Lane is high volume and often times high speed. Red-light cameras will help provide a calming ef-
fect and protect public safety, something the nearby residents have been requesting for a long time. I am very pleased to see construction finally begin,” said the Councilman. Construction is expected to be done by late spring. Once construction is completed and after a two-month grace period, drivers found in violation will face a $100 fine. Another new red-light camera intersection is in the planning stages. Construction will begin at the intersection of Aramingo Avenue & York Street once the construction around Girard Avenue at I-95 is completed. The Pennsylvania General Assembly gave PPA the power to establish a Red Light Camera Program in the (Cont. Page 19)
The Democratic Caucus for the 172nd State House Dist., currently represented by Republican STATE REP. JOHN PERZEL, met and unanimously endorsed KEVIN BOYLE as the Democratic candidate. Kevin is the brother of STATE REP. BRENDAN BOYLE, who represents the 170th House Dist. Both Districts are in the Northeast part of Philadelphia. The 172nd is a classic example of a gerrymandered District. It sprawls across six wards from Mayfair, to Holmesburg, to Parkwood, to Bustleton/Somerton. It includes one division in the 66th Ward; three divisions in the 58th; five divisions in the 57th; and one division in the 56th. When John Perzel had a narrow margin of victory (less than 100 votes), he caused the District lines to be redrawn incorporating as many divisions as possible where he had a preponderance of Republican registered voters. Kevin has his work cut out for him as the District has been custom-made to return a Republican to Harrisburg. However, his brother Brendan faced the same problem and managed to defeat his Republican opponent and take the District he now represents. STATE SEN. MIKE STACK, chairman of Caucus, was able to accomplish a coup by defeating the Republican incumbent. At this time of the year, received wisdom, which has declared “this will be a Republican year,” remains to be seen in light of the successes that PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA has achieved with his universal health-care program being enacted into law and the college-loan legislation being changed to make loans cheaper and more available. Did you know that 17 of the 69 Democratic ward leaders are women? And three of the city’s seven State Senators are also women. (Cont. Page 22)
“We’re a winner And never let anybody say Boy, you can’t make it ‘Cause a feeble mind is in your way No more tears do we cry And we have finally dried our eyes And we’re movin’ on up (movin’ on up) Lawd have mercy We’re movin’ on up (movin’ on up)” –“We’re a Winner”, lyrics by Curtis Mayfield, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. “Reggie Bryant has made transition.” With that simple sentence, my friend Nia notified a group of us that radio icon, community activist and journalistic trailblazer Reggie Bryant had lost his battle with cancer Monday night. He was 68. Because Bryant had been battling the disease for a long time and cancer can be a harsh taskmaster, many of us knew that the end was nearing. We knew he had been in the hospital recently and that it didn’t look good. But just because you know on a subconscious level something is about to happen, doesn’t mean once it happens it has no impact on you – especially when that something is the death of someone who made it possible for you and a whole host of others to do something we love. Most Philadelphians knew Bryant through the radio. From his WRTI-FM talk show “Catharsis” to the show he hosted at the time of his death, 900 AM-WURD’s “In Pursuit of Truth”, regular listeners called in to share their perspectives on everything, and I do mean everything, with Bryant while getting his feedback as well. And when you asked Reggie Bryant for his opinion, you got it. Straight, no chaser. “Reggie was an agitator-gentleman,” said Amy V. Simmons, a local freelance writer and playwright. “He had a way of shaking things up, yet making such an articulate argument for his position that somehow you were always made to think critically about your own, and (Cont. Page 21)
Yo! Here we go again with a test for dementia. Below are four questions and two bonus questions. They are very easy but you have to answer them instantly. You can’t take your time; answer all of them immediately. OK? Let’s find out just how clever you really are. Ready? GO! First Question: You are participating in a race. You overtake the second person. What position are you now in? Answer: If you answered that you are first, you are wrong! If you overtake the second person, you take his place, so you are second! Try not to screw up next time. Now answer the second question, but don’t take as much time as you took for the first one, OK? Second Question: If you overtake the last person, then you are in...? Answer: If you answered that you are second to last, you are wrong again. Tell me, how can you overtake the last person? You’re not very good at this, are you? Third Question: Very tricky arithmetic! Note: This must be done in your head only. DO NOT use paper and pencil or a calculator. Try it. Take 1,000 and add 40 to it. Now add another 1,000.Now add 30. Add another 1,000. Now add 20. Now add another 1,000. Now add 10. What is the total? Did you get 5,000? The correct answer is actually 4,100. If you don’t believe it, check it with a calculator! Today is definitely not your day, is it? Maybe you’ll get the last question right … maybe. Fourth Question: Mary’s father has five daughters: 1. Nana, 2. Nene, 3.Nini, 4. Nono. What is the name of the fifth daughter? Did you Answer Nunu? Of course it isn’t. Her name is Mary. Read the question again! Okay, now the bonus round: A mute person goes into a shop and wants to buy a toothbrush. By imitating the action of brushing his teeth, he successfully expresses himself to the shopkeeper and the purchase is done. Next, a blind man comes into the shop who wants to buy a pair of sunglasses; how does he indicate what he wants? He just has to open his mouth and ask; he is blind, not mute! Another bonus question. If you took two (2) apples from seven (7) apples – how many apples would you have? The answer is obvious. If you took two apples from seven apples, you would have – two apples, of course. Pass this on to frustrate the smart people in your life.
SNOOPER SCOOPER: This is one State Representative who is very upset over the recent uncovering of a CLUB inside a Charter school. Yes HON. JOHN TAYLOR could not believe something like this is really happening in one of our Educational Facilities. QUESTION: How did this CLUB get its LICENSE to operate in this CHARTER SCHOOL? Myself, I could not believe something such as a CLUB would be operating out of a school, especially here in Philadelphia. Someone has a lot of questions to answer, especially WHO let them do it in the first place. The Representative was quick to jump on this issue, and you can bet HON. JOHN TAYLOR will get to the bottom of this one. Someone will pay, of this you can be assured. Oh yeah, The School Board is now concerned! SNOOPER’S “SPECIAL EVENT” DEPT.: The annual “JOEY CASEY FOUNDATION” Memorial Banquet. This annual affair will take place on APR. 23 from 7:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. This prestigious event will be held at the famous QUARTETT CLUB on Southampton Road. Please call JOE CASEY at (215) 870-3941 for any and ALL INFORMATION regarding this special EVENT. Frank Spatacco tells me everybody and his brother will be here for this great charitable cause. You can get your tickets @ $40.00, and I suggest you do this as soon as possible. I will do my best to be at this event; after all, JOEY would’ve wanted me there! SNOOPER’S BOXING NEWS: Sorry “SHADOWBOXER”, this is one that I must do. After all, I knew this gentleman for many years and I also worked with his well-known Brother, former Boxing Commissioner HON. HOWARD E. MC CALL. I think it’s about time they put this gentleman (Cont. Page 22)
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Last week, Temple University PROFESSOR JOHN STREET hosted a panel of Republicans from Philadelphia. The topic: which is better, new or old? In the New Corner was AL SCHMIDT, GOP State Committee director of Philadelphia. The old side had recognized City GOP Counsel MIKE MEEHAN. In attendance were representatives from both sides of the issue. Of the new folks, WARD LEADER PHIL INNAMORATO was in attendance with JOE DeFELICE, KEVIN KELLY and Council candidate ELMER MONEY and potential candidate for Council ADAM LANG. Supporting Meehan were AL TAUBENBERGER and BILL PETTIIGREW among many others. Former State Rep candidate MATT TAUBENBERGER was also in attendance. Two weeks ago, Congressional candidate BRIAN HAUGHTON hosted supporters at the SmokeEaters Pub in Northeast Philadelphia. In attendance were Pettigrew, Meehan, Lang and JOE DUDA aide CAMILLE McCOLGAN. Candidate for State Representative MARC COLLAZZO also made an appearance. Just what effect the administration of President Barack Obama will have on the General Election results in Pennsylvania can’t be accurately assessed this early in the campaign on the State and Federal levels. However, the Republicans in the Northeast are intent of adding what Obama faux pas they can find to work up voter resentment in the 170th Legislative Dist. That’s the District long considered a Republican bastion. It was held by STATE REP. GEORGE KENNEY, who retired. The Obama landslide in Philadelphia easily delivered (Cont. Page 22)
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Seth Addresses S.W. Abuse Ctr. Opens W. Poplar Gives Back
DA SETH WILLIAMS took staffers like Laurie Malone, head of Repeat Offenders Unit, to answer citizens’ questions at lively and serious town-hall meeting at Kingsessing Rec Center as part of community-outreach series.
CUTTING ribbon at opening of large new Phila. Children’s Alliance facility on Center Square are, from left, PCA Executive Director Chris Kirchner, Police Deputy Commissioner Charlotte Council, State Sen. Larry Farnese and Mayor Michael Nutter. PCA investigates all allegations of child sexual abuse in city.
GLEEFUL children raced through park across from Laborers Hall after their party to scoop up treasures.
CUNNINGHAM REUNION crew led by Cory Robinson put on fabulous Easter party for 300 W. Poplar youths at Laborers Local 332 hall at 13th & Wallace Streets. They all grew up at Cunningham Rec and “wanted to give something back.”
Eric Diaz Joins Jacoby Donner
Eric Diaz has relocated his transactional real-estate and finance practice from Ballard Spahr LLP to Jacoby Donner P.C. Driven by market conditions and the needs of his clients, Eric has developed a niche practice in the area of
distressed real estate and defaulted mortgage loan workouts. He has facilitated the acquisition and disposition of distressed assets including REO and discounted loan sales, as well as loan modifications and discounted payoffs.
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AFTER MAKING appearances at patrons dinner and at private Central HS alumni dinner, Cosby changed into his tuxedo for the show and his honor. Photo by Bonnie Squires
Rep. Boyle Aids Police Fund GOV. Ed Rendell and Judge Midge Rendell, seated with Harold Honickman, applaud David Cohen, gala dinner chairman.
STATAE REP. Dwight Evans, State Sen. Shirley Kitchen, Jeremiah White and State Rep. Jewell Williams were among those paying tribute to Bill Cosby, Marian Anderson award-winner. Photo by Bonnie Squires
KARL & KAREN Bucchholz and Temple President Ann Weaver Hart and her husband Randy joined in celebration. Cosby praised Temple and his football coach Gavin White for having given him a scholarship despite his SAT scores. Photo by Bonnie Squires
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SOME of crowd in photo above, seen here with State Rep. Mike O'Brien and 2nd Ward leadership at Easter Egg Hunt at 4th and Washington's Jefferson Square Park. In photo below are from left to right Dominic LaFauci, Kimberly Washington, Kevin Price, Douglas Nesmith, Mike O'Brien and Melvin Wade
AMONG GUESTS at Marian Anderson Award Dinner at Kimmel Center were Nino and Carol Tinari and their daughter Nina. Both Carol and Nina serve on Marian Anderson Award Committee board.
Egg Hunt In The 2nd Ward Marian Anderson Dinner Awards Bill Cosby
PHA‘s Executive Director Carl Greene, MAYOR Michael Nutter, his wife Lisa, and Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Lew Katz, another Temple alumnus and Melanease Shaw and Sam Staten, Jr. came long-time friend and business partner of Bill Photo by Bonnie Squires to applaud Bill Cosby. Photo by Bonnie Squires Cosby. PAMELA Browner White, chair of the Marian Anderson Award event, escorts Bill Cosby in his Central t-shirt prior to the award ceremony. Cosby stopped by a Central alumni dinner elsewhere in Kimmel KENNY & Faatimah Gamble Center before changserved on the Marian Anderson ing into his tux. Photo by Bonnie Squires
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Stack’s 40th Annual 58th Ward Party
STATE REP. Brendan F. Boyle’s State Charity Basketball Classic raised this check for FOP Lodge 5’s Survivor’s Fund. Receiving check is Lodge 5 VP Mike Trask. Fifteen teams took part with Resurrection of Our Lord School taking Girl’s Division and Mast Charter School, boys’ division championship. STATE SEN. Michael Stack welcomes Kathy Mongorsky, Tim Leach and INSTALL’s Jack McGrath.
Bishop Talks Crime
STATE SEN. Mike Stack and his dad, author Mike Stack, at right, enjoy company of USW’s Phil Hughes, Pete Marks and, seated, Jim McGinley.
STATE REP. John Sabatina was hosted fundraiser in Center City recently. Guests included N.E. Phila. Ward Leaders Sean Dillon and his father John Sabatina, Sr., along with former Congressman Ozzie Myers.
CRIME is ongoing issue in W. Phila., where State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop staged well-attended town meeting at Calvary Baptist Church in Haddington with Deputy SHARING a moment at 40th anniversary gala were Tina Mayor Everett Gillison and Police Commissioner Charles Hendricks, Michael Paranvino, Cynthia Marelia, Nazario “Jim” Pendelson and Ella Savage. Ramsey, right.
ENJOYING celebration at 58th Ward St. Patrick Day gala were Lou Ferrigno, Rosemary Rubino, Controller Alan Butkovitz and another friend of 58th Ward..
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Our Opinion ... Taxing Times For Us All
The City Administration and City Council are looking for ways to balance a budget that it seems will forever be in shortfall, meaning City tax income will remain unable to match what the City needs to meet its budget requirements. Every conceivable tax has been suggested and some new ones. The latter have proved to be unwise and desperate measures; we hope they will be scrapped. We are asking the City Council and the Mayor to spend at least a few hours with the advocates of the Land Value Tax. It taxes the land and not the buildings. Two decades ago, the LVT came within one vote of passage. Perhaps this time, the learned members of Council will spend enough time to fully understand its benefits and reduce their need to find other tax sources.
BRT Finally Says No! Mayor Michael Nutter remains adamant the Board of Revision of Taxes must go. That position will not be enforced or negated until the voters decide on the question governing its future in the primary ballot. We can easily predict its demise. Unfortunately, that decision by the voters will be guided by inflammatory press reports and little else. No real effort has been made to assess the plusses and minuses of an agency, which found itself victimized by the actions of some of its employees and possibly a Board member or two. The Board wisely refused to extend an agreement, which its members signed under fire, which turned over their assessment powers to the city. If allowed to be tested in the courts, the city would quickly learn such an agreement was not lawful. Alas, no one is listening. The die has been cast. Only an educated electorate can reverse the end of the BRT. Those who are aware of the full story are too few in number and do not have the media muscle to get the true BRT story to the voters.
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Chants of “Burn the City,” vandalism, as well as gruesome and wholesale violence, culminated in another “earthquake of chaos” as youth and adolescents struck fear in Philadelphia business owners and other Philadelphians recently. Three times in more than a month in which these vicious delinquents converged on parts of the city, this time on South Street through text messaging wreaking havoc and leaving a destructive trail of pillaged businesses and splintered bones.
The most potent question that is being asked is, “Where are the parents?” Where indeed! Some youth advocates/ mentors such as me have, in addition, stated due to a “lack of positive parenting,” there is also a decline of resources in place for programs that would be very beneficial to the youth and adolescents. Can they be the future leaders of Philadelphia? At the current pace the only future that our youth and adolescents are facing is an extensive criminal record. Anthony P. Johnson Juniata Park
Apr. 9- Fundraiser for congressional candidate Brian Haughton at SmokeEater’s Pub, Frankford & Sheffield Aves., 7-11 p.m. Tickets $30. For info (267) 3201976. Apr. 10- Local 592 Cement Mason’s Business Manager Mike Fera on calendar at Penna. Golden Gloves tourney kickoff at Blue Horizon, 1314 N. Broad St., 7 p.m. Tickets $35. For info, Joe Hand Promotions 1 (800) 557-4263. Apr. 10- Simon Gratz HS Class of January 1965 marks 45th class reunion at School. For info Charlotte Hatcher Conway (215) 927-1079 or e m a i l email@example.com. Apr. 11- Fundraiser for State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown at Ashay’s Massage Salon, 3911 Lancaster Ave., 2-5 p.m. Donations: Friends $25, Sponsors $50. For info (267) 574-6040. Apr. 14- Cocktail Reception honors Jimmy Dintino at La
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4643. May 3- Taste of South Philly hosted by Bob & Debbie Pantano at Phila. Cruise Terminal, inside Navy Yard. Admission $40. Proceeds benefit Neumann-Goretti HS. For info or sponsorship (215) 465-8437, ext. 229. May 7- State Rep. Bill Keller hosts seniors in his District for free luncheon at Waterfall Room, 2015 Water St., 12 m.-3 p.m. For information call (215) 271-9190 before May 5. May 10- Jefferson-Jackson Day Celebration hosted by Democrat Campaign Commttee at Penn’s Landing Caterers, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets $150. May 11- Republican City Committee hosts Spring Cocktail Party, at Cannstatter Volksfest-Verein, 9130 Academy Rd., 6-8 p.m. Tickets $125. For info (215) 561-0650. May 12- Friends of Angelo Foglietta fundraiser at Ristorante Pesto, Broad near Mifflin. Tickets $125. For info (215) 463-0552. Jun. 28- CATCH, Inc., Golf Classic, Island Green Country Club, 1 Red Lion Rd. For info Joann (215) 735-7435.
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BISHOP Dwayne Royster of Living Waters Church joined six other pastors and numerous community groups outside Shooter Shop in Kensington in prayer on Good Friday meet for prayer “because of disproportionate number of guns sold there that have been recovered from crime.
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taged men in Philly return to work by providing professional interview clothing as well as career development and financial literacy services. (To see more about MenzFit, visit http://www.tracydavidson.co m/menzfit/. You will view a recent news story on MenzFit that ran on NBC TV-10.) For more information, call (215) 772-1701 or visit www.theprimerib.com. Another Center City venue that combines charity with food and drink is Bleu Martini
at 24 S. 2nd Street in Old City, whose neon lights out front make it hard to miss. It offers more than 30 Martinis, they are pricey, and the place can get quite noisy and crowded, like most clubs. I love one review of Bleu Martini on the blog, insiderpages.com, which says in part, “What’s with the ‘Reserved’ signs on every table when you walk in the door? Especially during Happy Hour on a weeknight when the place is empty? Who do you have to be to get a table
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formation, call (215) 9407900. Thai one on Almost everyone who eats out is looking for bargains these days, and one of the best can be found at Thai Chef & Noodle Fusion, 2028 Chestnut Street. There is a three-course lunch special — soup, appetizer and entree — for just $7.95. And the earlybird special — you have to be seated before 6 p.m. — is just $10.95 or $11.95, and it’s also BYOB. The Pad Thai is as good as it gets. This is cheaper than eating at home and more fun. For more information, call (215) 5687058 or visit www.thaicheftoday.com.
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by Len Lear What could be better than enjoying fine food and drinks in a classy setting and helping out some of our less-fortunate neighbors at the same time? That’s what you can do at a couple of Center City venues this week. On Thursday, Apr. 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., for example, you can have com-
plimentary hors d’oeuvres and Happy Hour drink specials (from a celebrity bartender who will remain nameless) at The Prime Rib, arguably the city’s best steakhouse, at 1701 Locust Street. It is not mandatory, but the restaurant is asking diners for a donation of $15, and all money raised will be given to MenzFit, a non-profit organization that helps disadvan-
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All you can drink Another low-profile restaurant that offers some pretty amazing bargains is Novi Bar & Grille at 2001 Hamilton Street. Its clientele comes almost exclusively (Cont. Page 19)
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forward. Once the system has settled down, landholders will not be faced with complicated forms and demands for information. Revaluation will become relatively simple. Land cannot be hidden, removed to a tax haven or concealed in an electronic data system. The LVT, fully and properly applied, eliminates speculation in land value – frequently misrepresented and disguised as “property” or “asset” speculation – the root cause of unsustainable booms, which result periodically in damaging corrective slumps.
The Pennsylvania AFLCIO's 39th Constitutional Convention will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Boulevard, Pittsburgh, Pa., beginning Monday, Apr. 12 through Thursday, Apr. 15. The Convention will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO under the theme “Remembering the Past Defining the Future.” Both national and state political and labor leaders will address the Convention’s General Session, to be held in the Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom located
Locust ‘Vous’ Rendezvous (Cont. From Page 17) from the surrounding neighborhood in Fairmount, but I’m pretty sure people would come from a lot farther if they knew about the prices. For example, during Happy Hour, 5-7 p.m. on Monday through Friday, believe it or not, $10 will buy all you can drink. Obviously it would not be a good idea to overdo it if you are driving. If you’re a little woozy from all that drinking, you can sober up on the food specials, which will definitely not break the bank. For example, Mondays and Tuesdays, a 10-ounce burger and fries is just $5; on Wednesday nights, all-you-can-eat mussels and pasta is $14.95; on Thursday nights, all-you-caneat prime rib and salad is $19.95; on Fridays, it’s buy
one pizza, get one free; and on Sundays it’s buy one entree, get one free. This is definitely the way to fight the recession. For more information, call (215) 563-6363.
Pleasant Rendezvous Locust Rendezvous, known by their fans as “The Vous”, has been at 1415 Locust Street for 21 years, but I have never seen a review or so much as an item on them in any area newspaper or magazine. Yet it is a pretty happening place with bargain prices. Every night they have $2 brews like Beck’s 16ounce cans, $3 brews like pints of winter bourbon cask ale and featured shots like chilled pineapple cherry vodka for $2. At Happy Hour, seven days a week, 5 to 7 p.m., well drinks are two
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STATE REP. John Myers and State Sen LeAnna Washington have teamed up to open a unified campaign office in Germantown for the election. The veteran legislators opened the office lastweekend, which is located at 6734-36 Germantown Avenue. vention. Delegates will be fo- defeating privatization, freecusing on plans for the 2010 dom to organize; work and elections as well as issues of family protections; among othimportance to workers: creat- ers. ing and protecting good jobs; Events include Pennsylvania health care reform; fair trade AFL-CIO/Committee on Politpolicies; retirement security; ical Education, Honorees Dinner and Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Citizen of the Year Award Honoree. along the Boulevard. The most Convention General Session recent red-light camera inter- Schedule (subject to change) is sections are located at Broad as follows: Monday, 3-5 p.m.; Street & South Penn Square Tuesday, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; and Broad Street & John F. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 Kennedy Boulevard around p.m.; and Thursday,9 a.m. -12 City Hall. m.
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on the Third floor of the Convention Center. Invited Speakers are President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, US Sens. Al Franken and Robert P. Casey, Jr., Gov. Edward Rendell and National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Close to 1,000 delegates, representing over 900,000 union members from 43 international unions affiliated with the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, are expected to attend the Con-
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(Cont. From Page 10) value, thereby stimulating economic activity. The necessity to pay the tax obliges landowners to develop vacant and under-used land properly or to make way for others who will. Land Value Taxation deters speculative landholding. Thus, dilapidated inner-city areas are returned to good use, reducing the pressure for building on green-field sites. The complexities of Income Tax, Inheritance Tax, Capital Gains Tax and VAT are well known. By contrast, Land Value Tax is straight-
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Peers Honor PRPA’s Engineering Director Charles J. Lawrence, director of engineering for the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, has been named Engineering Manager of the Year by the Philadelphia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He will be honored on Friday, May 14 at the group’s annual Spring Social and Dinner Dance at Citizens Bank Park. Lawrence, who joined the PRPA in 1985 and was named chief engineer/director of engineering in 2001, is responsible for the oversight of a $15 million capital budget and $4 million operating budget for the ongoing operation of 10 port facilities owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
In addition, Lawrence is responsible for supervising department personnel, developing plans, specifications and cost estimates for all port construction and rehabilitation projects, oversight of contractors and consultants, negotiations with government entities, and ensuring compliance with governmental regulations. He has taken leading roles in numerous projects at the Port of Philadelphia during his 25-year career, always bearing in mind the principle of insureing the safety of the men and women who work at the facilities and maintain the integrity of the cargo they handle. Lawrence is also chair-
M-real Selects Port For Paper Cargoes Over 150,000 tons of new paper products will be heading into the Port of Philadelphia carried in by at least 24 vessel calls for the year. This news, added to the recent announcement by Sea Star Lines it was now using the Port with a weekly ship every Friday beginning in late April to Tioga Pier. John H. Estey, Esq., chairman of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, announced the European paper company M-real, based in Finland, has selected the Port of Philadelphia as its preferred US port of entry for its high-quality paper products. Effective May 7, Wagenborg Shipping BV, a major forestproducts carrier, will begin delivering M-real’s cargoes
PRPA Director of Marketing Sean Mahoney congratulates PRPA Director of Engineering Charles Lawrence on receiving top engineering award. man of the board of the Part- publicly owned port facilities nership for the Delaware Es- along the Delaware River in tuary; a consultant to the Philadelphia, as well as Navigation Commission for strategic planning in the port the Delaware River and its district. PRPA works with Navigable Tributaries; and a its terminal operators to member of the American As- modernize, expand, and imsociation of Port Authorities. prove its facilities, and to He is a former vice chairman market those facilities to of the Limerick Township’s prospective port users. Port Zoning Board and Planning cargoes and the activities Commission. they generate are responsible PRPA is an independent for thousands of direct and agency of the Common- indirect jobs in the Philadelwealth of Pennsylvania phia area and throughout charged with the manage- Pennsylvania, as well as nument, maintenance, market- merous other economic bening, and promotion of efits.
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to PRPA’s Forest Products Distribution Center at Piers 78 & 80. The facility is operated by Penn Warehousing & Distribution Co., Inc. “High-quality paper has long been one of our signature cargoes at the Port of Philadelphia,” said Estey. “So it’s especially appropriate that such a significant piece of new business for our port has now come from that industry.” The new cargo, which previously entered the US via the Port of Baltimore, will result in 18 to 24 new vessel calls per year at Piers 78 & 80, and about 150,000 metric tons of new cargo, according to projections. High-quality paper is shipped in heavy rolls in vessels designed especially for this sensitive cargo. “The excellent reputation of Penn Warehousing & Distribution and its ILA/Teamster workforce, as well as the PRPA’s recent addition of a new warehouse specially designed for paper at nearby Pier 74, were major factors in M-real’s decision to relocate to Philadelphia,” said James T. McDermott Jr., PRPA’s executive director. “This is great news for the Port of Philadelphia, and we intend to provide a high level of service and support for Mreal.” John Brown, president of Penn Warehousing, welcomed the news. “We are delighted by M-real’s decision to come to the Port of Philadelphia,” he said. “Our labor force is specially trained for this work, and our facilities are designed to insure the safety and integrity of the cargo. We look forward to a productive working relationship with M-real.” PRPA will provide further information about M-real cargoes moving through the Port of Philadelphia once vessel calls commence in May.
The two men were among a group of Philadelphia-based journalists who went on to form the Philadelphia and National Associations of Black Journalists. Through these organizations, Bryant made it safe(r) to be both African American and a newsperson at the same time. “Reginald Bryant’s voice inspired and educated,” said Sarah Glover, president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. “He masterfully weaved activism and journalism on his radio shows. Mr. Bryant was a broadcasting giant who had a direct impact on the community and blazed a trail for Black journalists in radio and television. His passing leaves a
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, May 4, 2010. A non-refundable fee for each set of bid documents is as scheduled. The School District will only accept bids from companies that have been placed on its current Pre Qualified Contractors List as shown at psit.org. All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications. FEE BUDGET B-040 (C) of 2008/09* General Contract John Story Jenks ES $250,000.00 $ 100.00 Door Replacement 8301 Germantown Ave. *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on April 8, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Specifications and/or plans and contract documents may be examined and copies thereof obtained from the School Reform Commission, 440 North Broad Street, 3rd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Information as to contract documents, etc., may be obtained at the above address, or telephone 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.
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 psit.org. All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications. BUDGET B-018 (C) of 2009/10 Mechanical Contract William H. Loesche ES Boiler Replacement 595 Tomlinson Road
B-019 (C) of 2009/10 Electrical Contract Boiler Replacement
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FEE $1,200,000.00 $ 200.00
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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.
But there he was. And he was vocal. He made his feelings known about the state of African Americans in journalism and challenged all of us to keep the path he and the others had blazed from getting overgrown and harder to follow for those who come after. While his tone may have been a surprise to some, it
wasn’t to me. Cancer may have beaten him physically, but he never, ever lost his voice. As long as he had that, Reggie Bryant was still in the fight. And because of that, we were, as Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions would put it, all winners. Rest in Peace, Reggie Bryant. You will be missed.
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 psit.org. All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications. FEE BUDGET B-039 (C) of 2009/10* General Contract Spring Garden ES $100,000.00 $ 100.00 Asbestos Abatement 839 N. 12th Street *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on April 9, 2010 at 2:00 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 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.
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 27, 2010. A non-refundable fee for each set of bid documents is as scheduled. The School District will only accept bids from companies that have been placed on its current Pre Qualified Contractors List as shown at psit.org. All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications. BUDGET FEE B-019 (C) of 2008/09* General Contract Kennedy C. Crossan ES $1,200,000.00 $ 200.00 Roof Replacement 7350 Bingham Street *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on April 14, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.
B-022 (C) of 2009/10* Electrical Contract Relight
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FEE $ 100.00
*A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on April 9, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
B-042 (C) of 2008/09* General Contract Door Replacement
William B. Mann ES 5376 West Berks Street
FEE $ 100.00
*A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on April 5, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Specifications and/or plans and contract documents may be examined and copies thereof obtained from the School Reform Commission, 440 North Broad Street, 3rd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Information as to contract documents, etc., may be obtained at the above address, or telephone 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.
void on the radio airwaves in Philadelphia and beyond.” Bryant was also a community activist. From unions, to community organizations, to students and others, if you had his support, it was solid. At last year’s NABJ convention in Tampa, I got a chance to talk to Reggie. I was surprised to see him.
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(Cont. From Page 11) reach some kind of civilized conclusion. He spoke boldly and unapologetically, and people listened, whether they agreed with him or not.” While radio was where Bryant was most renowned, he was more than just a radio commentator. He was also co-host of “Black Perspective on the News”, a show that ran on PBS from 1973 to 1978 and allowed viewers at 170 public television stations to hear commentary from an African American perspective, something rare at that time. His co-hostwas Acel Moore,
editor emeritus of the Philadelphia Inquirer and one of the organizers of a tribute to Bryant last year. In addition to his straight, no-chaser style, Bryant brought a tremendous intellectual heft, Moore said. “Reggie was one of the most intellectual journalists and communicators I ever met,” he said. “He was a great man. He was always reading and thinking deeply. He was a man who was very controversial – you either hated or loved Reggie. He often was not very courteous. But his idiosyncrasies were attributed to his being a brilliant man.” Moore would work with Bryant on another project that would have a long-term impact.
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(Cont. From Page 11) where he rightly belongs, in “THE BOXING HALL OF FAME”. Congressman Bill Green can tell you all you need to know about QUINZELL McCALL, a fantastic Boxing Trainer. Yes, even J. Russell Peltz, a well-known Philadelphia Boxing legend, can tell you many stories about this great GENTLEMAN, and a great HUMAN BEING. God Bless Him and R.I.P. SNOOPER’S GOOD NEWS BUREAU: I want to personally congratulate my good friend MAYOR PALMER of Trenton, N.J.
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He was very upset with the recent RAPE of a SEVENYEAR-OLD GIRL who was ‘pimped off’ by her older Sister (15 years of age) to a bunch of creeps. These creeps brutalized this innocent young girl. Thanks to the Community and its neighbors, they all were caught and arrested by the Police. Get this, TWO ADULTS and THREE
Elephant Corner (Cont. From Page 11) its present holder Democrat STATE REP. BRENDAN BOYLE. So intense is the desire to wrest back the seat, both the Republican City Committee and the State Republican
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TEENAGERS (17, 14 and 11 years of age). Mayor Palmer assured the people there will be more arrests in this case, again, thanks to our Community. I also want to congratulate THE POLICE, DETECTIVES and, of course, THE PROSECUTOR, for a job WELL DONE. Question: Can this incident happen again? Sad to say, Y-E-S! Party headquartered in this city are planning to bury the hatchet into Boyle, rather than into each other as they have been so visibly of late. They are both unanimous in their support of Collazzo’s efforts to take back the seat. The Loyal Opposition, a Republican policy group focused on building the GOP presence in this city, has joined in the effort. “It is truly gratifying to receive such resounding support despite the friction that exists within the Republican Party,” said Collazzo. I have worked my entire political life, and will continue to strive to unify this proud Party so we can bring forth our common message of reform of the existing legislative process.”
SNOOPER’S “HARRISBURG REPORT”: I caught up with her on a local Community TV Station (MINDTV). That was HON. BABETTE JOSEPHS, noted State Representative who first was elected in 1984, and she is still going strong. She stated, “I am here, and I intend to make TROUBLE, and YES, I’m still for LEGAL ABORTIONS. My committee is also working on a BILL to make VOTING easier for everyone.” She represents the smallest District in Philly, and she gets to meet a lot of her constituents while shopping. Yes, BABETTE listens and with her, your VOICE IS HEARD!
City Hall Sam (Cont. From Page 11) The primary election day this year will be May 18. The old axiom, that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, seems to have been justified. The Easter weekend was just perfect, with a couple of days getting into the 80s. A nice change from the snow and rain. Enjoy it!
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Marion Wimbush, a campaign strategist and consultant, strongly believes State Sen. Anthony Williams will become the favorite to take the Democrat nomination for Governor in the May 18 Primary. Long the head of Working Families PAC and Democrats of Oak Lane Team, Wimbush’s PAC contributed $25,000 to Williams’ campaign. “We are sending out a signal to all Philadelphians Williams campaign is ours to lose” said Wimbush. “We need to energize the vote in this city to ensure we have someone who will follow in the footsteps of Gov. Ed Rendell and not throw Philadelphia under the bus.” Wimbush’s Democrats of Oak Lane Team has a long string of successful candidates it has supported, helping deliver strong voter turnouts in the Oak Lane and Ogontz areas. Sen. Williams, though a late entry into the fundraising
efforts in the Governor’s race, starting in January, has raised $1.7 million, most from PAC’s. He has $1.5 million in the bank, and has only spent about $200,000 to date. Leading the field of gubernatorial candidates in money raised is Allegheny Co.’s Dan Onorato, reporting over
$7 million. Trailing below the million mark were Democrat candidates Jack Wagner, Joe Hoeffel and Jack Wagner. Well behind Republican candidate Tom Corbett, who shows $5.8 million, is his challenger State Rep. Sam Rohrer with $172,000 raised and much of it spent.
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the rite of passage that transpired between us. Little did I know that Easter Monday has its roots in a Polish tradition called Dyngus Day or Wet Monday. A boy would sneak into the bedroom of the girl he fancied and awaken her by drenching her with multiple buckets of water. The history of Dyngus Day dates back to the Easter Monday 966 A.D. baptism of the Polish prince Mieszko I. This was a significant baptism because it was taken by the Polish people to mean
that all of Poland was Christian. Since baptism is thought to relate to purification, cleansing and fertility, the idea somehow was adapted into Dyngus Day and boys soaking girls with water. Girls get their revenge the next day by breaking dishes, but today the girls just soak back the men with water. Other fun activities are egg rolling and playfully switching people’s legs with pussywillow branches to recapitulate Good Friday. It is meant as a fun holiday after the
serious holiday of Lent. To celebrate, make a large buffet of traditional Easter foods (kielbasa, ham, fresh breads, eggs). Play polka music, especially “Everybody is Polish On Dyngus Day!”. If you’re single, this is the perfect matchmaking day, as love is all around. What with all the flirtatious trading of water and pussywillow branches, don’t be surprised if these traditions bring you closer to a member of the opposite sex. One more thing, take Tuesday off from work!
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Easter Monday has always been close to my heart. It all started when I was in the 8th grade at Epiphany School and we had that day off. I was infatuated with a strikingly handsome teenage boy of Polish descent. He was tall and thin, with a great
shock of blond hair sweeping across his light eyes. All the girls from 9th & Wolf were in love with him. His nickname? “Clock.” He went to public school, but hookied that day to gather with a group of likeminded adolescents to have fun and maybe experiment with a little romance. I’ll leave the rest to your imagination, but suffice it to say that every year since then, I think of
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