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FESTIVAL-GOERS enjoy 9th Street Market Festival last weekend. Thousands heard great music, sampled delicious foods and reveled in a celebration of Italian culture, while promoting the Italian Market’s charm, history and LENNY & Cheryl Simpson contemplate sampling a roast pork Italian specialty on offer outside of DiBruno’s on 9th Street. tradition as a destination for all to enjoy.

The nation’s oldest outdoor market threw its annual festival last weekend and thousands turned Italian for two days. The 9th Street Italian Market Festival, produced by the South 9th Street Businessmen’s Association, included the Annual Procession of Saints, three different stages of LIVE entertainment, the popular 3rd annual John Marzano Half Ball Tournament fundraiser and food, food and more food! (More Pics page 16)

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All Change At Southern HS SPBA Scholarship Dinner Tickets Selling Fast Tickets are selling almost sold out for one of South Philadelphia muchtalked-about spring galas … the South Philadelphia Business Association Annual Scholarship Dinner. The SPBA will host its 2010 Scholarship Dinner at Galdo’s Catering, 20th Street & Moyamensing Avenue, tonight. There are just a few tickets remaining, available at the door. (Cont. Page 10)

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Otis Hackney Replaces LaGreta Brown As Principal; He Promises To ‘Move School Forward’ by Thomas James A former South Philadelphia HS summer-school assistant has taken on the job of his life. Otis Hackney III will lead Southern next school year, after the School District announced LaGreta Brown had resigned her post. When Hackney takes over the reigns at Southern HS later on Jul. 1, 2010, he’ll become the fifth principal in only six years. School District Superintendent Arlene Ackerman announced last week that South Philadelphia Principal LaGreta Brown will be stepping down and immediately introduced Hackney as her man to lead Southern into the future. In a letter written to the superin(Cont. Page 2)

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(Cont. From Page 1) tendant, Brown stated, “It has become apparent that I have been made the focus of a controversy that continues to impede the education process to the detriment of the students.” Dr. Ackerman identified in April the incoming leader, Hackney, who currently serves as principal at Springfield Township HS, would be her choice to lead the much-maligned school. “I initially interviewed Mr. Hackney as a candidate for one of the Promise Academies, Ackerman said. “The interviewing committee and I were so impressed by him that it determined he was the right person to lead South Philadelphia High next school year.” Hackney, a Philadelphia resident, has worked as a teacher and a principal in various schools throughout the District. His summer assignments include: Principal, Martin Luther King HS; Assistant Principal, South Philadelphia HS; and Principal, Turner MS. He also served as an Intern Principal at Overbrook HS and a Math Teacher and Basketball Coach at Germantown HS. “Having served in South Philadelphia HS as a summer school Assistant Principal, I am looking forward to returning to work with a community that I care about and respect. I’m confident we can move Southern forward,” said Hackney. Hackney is currently the principal at Springfield Township HS. Principal Hackney will finish the school year at his current school and will join the District during the summer. Dr. Ackerman met with South Philadelphia High faculty and staff last week to apprise them of the news. Ackerman said that there is a racial divide among the staff at South Philadelphia HS. She commented after leaving a meeting with teachers to discuss the resignation

and immediate departure of Brown last week. South Philly High students did not know about Brown’s resignation until told by reporters outside the school. “I’m surprised with the news, but it's a good thing she finally left,” said Duc Le, a 17-year-old junior at South Philly High. “She tried to make everything look normal after we were attacked.” Vinh Tong, 19, agreed and looked forward to the future. “Now we need to do what the new principal wants us to do,” he said. Ackerman told reporters Hackney would start as the new principal at South Philly on Jul. 1. Retired District Principal Ozzie Wright will serve as interim principal. The South Philly HS Asian Advocates issued a statement in response to the resignation. They “are hopeful about” the change and “believe the District has missed an important opportunity to engage the

broader community in an important dialogue on finding the best leader for South Philadelphia HS.” "I felt that the school needed new leadership for the fall,” Ackerman said. “I didn’t think that this school, particularly the children, could take a change of principals six weeks out.” “This is a staff that is very troubled and split racially,” she said. “And you cannot have racial divide in the staff, a division in the staff, and not expect it to spill over into the school, which is what it is doing.” “We are going to listen to what the teachers have to say,” Ackerman said. One Southern HS teacher who didn’t want to be named said, “The staff at South Philadelphia High has suffered greatly during LaGreta Brown’s uncertified reign. We look forward to Ozzie Wright’s leadership in the weeks leading to graduation and welcome Otis Hackney back to Southern.”

Who Is Otis Hackney? Otis Hackney III will take over Southern HS on Jul. 1. What can students, teachers and parents expect from him? He was once quoted by Lehigh University’s College of Education News as stating, “Leadership is not a noun, it’s a verb. You are constantly doing something, thinking about what you’ve done or planning what you’re going to do next.” His resume reads for optimism. Points of pride include: * Began his career while still a student at Temple University, working with underprivileged youths in various family support programs in South Philadelphia as well as Philadelphia’s Freedom Schools program. * During his tenure in the Philadelphia School District, developed a reputation as a gifted educator

able to balance the needs of the students, as well as the concerns of parents and teachers at large, urban comprehensive high schools. * In June 2008, at the age of 35, appointed Principal of Springfield Township High School. He is the first African American to serve in this capacity in the Springfield Township School District. Hackney received his BA in secondary mathematics education at Temple University, 1998 and his MEd in educational leadership at Lehigh University, 2006. Among his professional-association memberships and affiliations are the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals.

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Judge Mirarchi, Jr. Philadelphians have lost one of their dedicated Jurists with the passing of Judge Charles P. Mirarchi, Jr. He served 24 years in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and nine years as a senior judge with the Commonwealth Court. He was 85 and lived in South Philadelphia. A graduate from Temple University School of Law, he became a senior partner in the law firm of Mirarchi, DeFino, and Coppolino. The firm produced judges bearing the names of all three partners. While serving as president judge of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges in 1980, he promoted continuing legal education and reestablished the Judicial Ethics Committee, which reviews, instructs and renders opinions. He was instrumental in creating the Widener School of Law and the Men of Malvern.

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The Democrat City Committee and organized labor delivered US Sen. Arlen Specter a two-to-one, 104,331 to 58,960, turnout. But it wasn't heavy enough to make the difference statewide as Specter went down to defeat around the Commonwealth by over 83,000 votes. The 54-46 percentage spread left even the most seasoned political observers stumped. State Sen. Anthony Williams, statewide, pulled in 18% of the vote to finish up in third place with 183,094 votes, ahead of Joe Hoeffel but behind Dan Onorato with 459,530 (45%) and Jack Wagner with 246, 842 (24%). Again the Democrat City Committee and organized labor delivered Williams 79,700 votes in the city. But it wasn't enough. In the city, television and Councilman Bill

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some defectors in the local Party delivered Onorato almost 40,000 votes, while Hoeffel pulled over 20,000 and Wagner over 4,000. Onorato and Sestak will be facing Tom Corbett and Pat Toomey respectively for the State's top two statewide offices, Governor and US Senator. In the races for Lieutenant Governor, as expected, popular Jonathan Saidel pulled in every chit ever owed him, but his third-place ballot position did him in. So did the entry of local Judge Doris Smith-Ribner. H. Scott Conklin won that three-way race with 35.4% (316,192), narrowly eking out a first-place finish over Saidel by less than 5,000 votes with 34.9% (311,538). Endorsed candidate Commissioner Jim Cawley of Bucks Co. led the field of nine Republicans vying for Lt. Governor with his vote of 209,191 for a 26.3% margin. Congressman Bob Brady may face Republican Pia Varma, whose 39 write-in votes (.09%) may not qualify her as the Republican candi-

date in the 1st Dist.; Congressman Chaka Fattah will take on Republican Rick Hellberg; Congressman Pat Murphy will have a rematch against former Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick in the 8th; and Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz will take on Republican businessman from Montgomery Co. Carson Dee Adcock, who bested two others easily. It was also a day for incumbents in the local State Senate and House Primary races. In the State Senate races in the General Election in November incumbent Democrat Christine Tartaglione will face Republican Gary Adam Feldman in the 2nd Dist.; LeAnna Washington will face W. Lamont Thomas in the 4th, and Anthony Hardy Williams will face Rhashea Harmon in the 8th. Republican State Rep. Thomas Murt will face Democrat challenger Robert McGuckin in the 152nd; Democrat State Rep. Lawrence Curry will face Mary Beth Carroll in the 154th; Democ-

rat State Rep. Brendan Boyle will face Republican Marc Collazzo; Kevin Boyle bested Tim Kearney and Dan Collins to take the Democrat nomination in the 172th and will face State Rep. John Perzel who easily beat challenger Joseph Gaynor in Republican Primary; State Rep. Mike McGeehan should have a free ride to Harrisburg without an opponent in the 173rd; the same for State Rep. John Sabatina, Jr. in the 174th; State Rep. Michael O’Brien easily turned aside challenger Daryl LaFountain in the Democrat primary in the 175th to take on Republican challenger Louis Schwartz; easily winning a free wide in November to Harrisburg was Republican incumbent State Rep. John Taylor in the 177th; State Rep. Tony Payton will face Republican Matthew Franchetti in the 179th. In the bitterly fought 180th Dist., State Rep. Angel Cruz barely beat back a strong challenge by Jonathan Ramos (Cont. Page 5)

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You can call Republican City Committee Counsel “Boss Meehan” and he won’t object, after Republican City Committee’s State Delegate slate took 10 of the 12 contested seats from the Republican State Committee’s opposition. Ballot positions were critical, which helped the top two on the ballot, Joe DeFelice and Kevin Kelly, leaders of the Loyal Opposition and the Republican State Committee attempted takeover, to survive the City Republican Committee sweep. Republican City Committee Chairman Vito Canuso said, “The victory showed the strong unity of the Republican City Committee’s rank and file. Now that this test of strengths shows the State Committee has little idea of what is involved with the politics of this city, it is time for

them to reach out for a unity meeting.” An insider report indicated State Chairman Rob Gleason had reached out prior to the primary for such a meeting. Winners of the Republican state committee contests were Theresa Tierney, 6,831; Angela Wechter, 6,745; Christopher Vogler, 6,472; Michael Meehan, 6,365; Anita Zalewski, 6,045; Agnes Tilley, 5,720; Walter Vogler, 5,697; Joseph DeFelice, 5,548; Kevin Kelly, 5,546; Suzanne Cohen, 5,416; Margaret Recupido, 4,997; and Bruce Harris, 4,757. “The amazing part of this race was none of our female State Committee members was in jeopardy from the start, winning handsomely over the closest of Gleason’s female contenders,” said Meehan.


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Republican write-in candidate. State Rep. Bill Keller will face Rep. Stephen Pico in the 184th; State Rep. Bob Donatucci will face Republican Michael Bruno in the 185th; State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson easily dismissed Timothy Hannah and Dyheim Watson in the 186th, where he will face Republican Keith Todd; State Rep. Jim Roebuck gets a free ride to Harrisburg in the General. In another highly touted race, incumbent Vanessa Lowery Brown beat back a close challenge in the 190th Democrat primary from Sharif Street, 3,598 to 3,076, with Audrey Blackwell Watson in first ballot position taking 955 votes. Lowery Brown has no Republican challenger. Neither does State Rep. Ron Waters, unchallenged in the 191st Primary or General Election. The 192nd Legislative fight pitted longtime incumbent State Rep. Louise BIshop against Will Mega who cam-

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– a total of 35. In a ceremony at CCP Center For Science & Industry, Kal Rudman handed CCP President Dr. Stephen Curtis a check for $16,170 to cover these officers’ tuition. In Rudman’s eyes, the investment is well worth it. “Education is important to police work in this age,” he said. “The field has become technically demanding. Also, it gives an officer a point that can improve their pay and promotional opportunities.” To date, the Rudman Foundation has provided 326 officers with grants totaling $122,743.

Dr. Curtis thanked Rudman for his generosity and steadfast support. “Your contribution allows these students to further their education, helping to make them better police officers and an asset to their communities,” he said. Kal Rudman is the founder and publisher of six radioand music-industry publications. His charitable foundation is particularly interested in education and public safety.

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Police officers are hungry for an education. Thanks to Kal & Lucille Rudman, more and more of them are getting one. For many years, these philanthropists have been providing scholarships for officers to attend Community College of Philadelphia, where they can take classes in subjects such as criminology, justice and sociology. Typically, they shoot for 25 registrants per year. This year, though, applicants kept knocking on Capt. William May’s door at the Police Training Bureau. He asked the Rudmans to take extra officers and they agreed

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collect debts) and about what a debtor’s “discharge” in a bankruptcy means. In addition to referring them back to their attorneys, the personal-injury attorney could simply state to them that the debtor’s monies, if any, were being held in trust until the conclusion of the bankruptcy case, and that at that time he would determine what if any payments were appropriately made out of those monies. Unsecured creditors listed in the bankruptcy schedules would have those debts “discharged” and would not be able to collect those monies from the debtor. Next week’s question: Adversary proceedings in bankruptcy -- what are they?

Question: What should my personal-injury attorney do during my bankruptcy? Answer: The creditors cannot take actions to collect debts from the client or from people holding the client’s assets unless and until they get permission of the bankruptcy judge. If a creditor who is listed in the bankruptcy schedules called the personal-injury attorney about getting paid, I suggest the attorney could tell them to talk to their own attorney about the meaning of the “automatic stay” in bankruptcy (meaning creditors cannot take actions to

ber of people are not taking the time to examine their skin for changes that could be warning signs or seeing a health-care provider for a skin-cancer screening. “Each year, more than 1 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States,” said dermatologist Dr. Zoe D. Draelos, professor at Duke University School of Medicine. “Like many cancers, skin cancer is highly treatable if caught early before it spreads. In fact, studies

show that the five-year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 99% – making early detection essential.” However, the survey found more than one-quarter of all respondents indicated never examining their skin for changes to moles and other skin blemishes. Analyzing the data by gender and age, more men than women indicated they never examine their skin. In addition, more young


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Despite the fact skin cancer is the only cancer that can be seen on the surface of the

Asymmetry (one half unlike the other half); Border (irregular, scalloped or poorly defined); Color (varies from one area to another; shades of tan and brown, black; sometimes white, red or blue); Diameter (the size of a pencil eraser or larger); Evolving (changing in size, shape or color).

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adults 18-29 years old (32%) reported never examining their skin than any other age group. To enhance a patient’s ability to detect skin cancer, the Academy advises learning the ABCDEs of Melanoma Detection. The following are characteristics of moles for which individuals should check their skin:

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A Wonderful Day In The Neighborhood Saturday was one of those sunny, clear blue-sky days we haven’t seen in a while. I walked to the fountain at 11th & Tasker Streets, where a swarm of busy folks was giving away Philly souvenirs. It was the perfect backdrop for Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee’s annual public affair. Annette Davis and Block Captain Charles Harrington were signing up representatives of different South

Philadelphia neighborhoods to become leaders in their environs by becoming citizen volunteers. Davis was busily giving away flower seeds, bags and push brooms to the throng, while Harrington let me know that as a Block Captain for four years, he “has served as a liaison between City government and my neighbors by distributing Sanitation Code information and organizing block-cleaning

events”. I spoke with Verizon’s Director of Partnerships, Azim Esmail. They’ve partnered with the recycling program. “Verizon is giving away recycling awards in the form of bonus points,” I’m told by Esmail. “The first 10,000 people who sign up for the recycling program will get 50 bonus points.” This was also the weekend for the Italian Market Festival. It was packed to the gills.

12 Steps Bar & Restaurant took over 9th & Christian Streets with a huge stage and indie music. I noticed this was the year of the stick. Everywhere I looked, I saw people holding skewers of goodies including mangoes, gummy bears, Anthony’s chocolate-covered fruit, Esposito pepperoni and mozzarella balls. It was a brilliant idea! More stick fun came as the

HALF-BALL Champion Philip “Fibo” DeSipio at John Marzano Fundraiser. John Marzano Half-Ball be there. It was nasty stuff. It Fundraiser got underway at smelled like urine. We didn’t St Paul’s Parish lot. Old time know any better, but it was a half-ball player Philip “Fibo” preservative for the rubber. DiSipio explained how the Nowadays the balls are syngame has come a long way thetic. We come to find out from the days of his youth. that the stinky stuff was a car“The pimple balls we used cinogen! But I’m still here, so were the ones with the dots my system was strong. These all around but a big star on players today have it good, top. When you cut the ball but I think my experiences open, a yellow liquid would were a bit richer.”

(Cont. From Page 1) The Cocktail Hour kicks off at 6:30 p.m., with Premier Buffet an hour later at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person. For more information, please call Reggie Lozzi, SPBA secretary, at (215) 3361108).

United In Town To Play Soccer The Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Union have announced they will welcome English Premier League club Manchester United to Lincoln Financial Field this summer. On Wednesday, Jul. 21, 2010, the Red Devils players will lace up their cleats in Philadelphia and take on the Philadelphia Union’s at the Home of the Eagles. “We’re very excited to be a part of such an international event at a world class facility like Lincoln Financial Field,” said Philadelphia Union CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz.

“Manchester United is one of the most successful clubs in the world and to be able to compete against it as the home team on the heels of the World Cup is a truly special experience.” The tour begins on Jul. 16 with Manchester United taking on Celtic F.C. in Toronto and includes games with the Union and the Kansas City Wizards before culminating in Houston as part of the 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on Jul. 28. “It’s great to be going back to North America,” said Manchester United Mgr. Sir Alex Ferguson. “I enjoyed the last two tours there in 2003 and 2004 immensely. The quality of the facilities is outstanding and there is real enthusiasm in the crowds. It’s especially pleasing to be going in a World Cup year, when interest in football will be at its height.” Tickets for this event went on sale on Monday, and can be purchased at, and by phone at (800) 745-3000.

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Privacy In Public

but can keep private the individual will that influences that act. This is a key element of democratic elections. So, too, is jury service a public act. We come to the court when summoned and sit with our fellow jurors through jury selection, a trial, judicial instructions and then deliberation. But the jury room – where deliberation and decision occurs – remains a sacred space. What happens there is not to be made public, until the jury communicates its verdict in open court. Jurors are supposed to feel free to discuss the case, raise questions, and challenge each other in their work to reach a fair, just verdict. People have always been tempted to reveal secrets or to try to get jurors to reveal what’s happening behind closed doors. And today, it’s easier than ever. With just a push of a cell-phone button,

the world can be alerted about what’s happening in a jury room. But just because we have the technology to do something does not mean we should do it. Instead, we should respect the special nature of the jury room and protect it as a private sphere in which collective, public action occurs. Don’t post Facebook updates about what’s happening during the trial or in the jury room. Don’t tweet about it either. Such posts have gotten jurors in trouble, and “friending” between judges, lawyers and jurors is also problematic. Surely, you don’t want to be the cause of a mistrial. Once the trial is over, post or tweet in general terms about what a great experience jury duty was, how glad you are to have served, and why everyone should serve when called. This will demonstrate you did your civic duty and are taking it a step further, by encouraging others to serve. Now there’s a good use of social networking media! This week, we went to the polls to vote in Primary elections. Also, Philadelphia’s 1st Judicial Dist. celebrated jurors as part of the statewide recog-

nition of Juror Appreciation Week. Remember these public acts of civic engagement have a private component. That element actually permits the

continued functioning of our democratic system. So, on Election Day and when you serve as a juror, remember you are engaging publicly in civic actions that have impor-

tant built-in privacy settings. Marks and Goodman are executive director and deputy director, respectively, of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts.

May 20- S. Phila. Business Association hosts its 2010 Scholarship Dinner at Galdo’s Catering, 20th St. & Moyamensing Ave., 6. 30-10 p.m. Tickets $45. For reservations call Reggie Lozzi (215) 336-1108. May 21- Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller hosts Senior Resource Fair at Beloved St John Evangelistic Ch., 4541 N. Broad St., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For info Angelic, Mary or Tamika at (215) 686-3424. May 22- AOH Div. 87, hosts Fundraiser for Sgt. Tom Wallace at 171 Wakeling St., 6 p.m.-????. Tickets $20. For info Crystal Schwartz at Cysntom1711@yahoo. May 26- Phila. Corp. for Aging holds Public Hearing on its budget and programs starting at 642 N. Broad St., 10 a.m. To testify call (215) 765-9000, ext. 5075.

May 26- Jobs With Jutice honors Wendell Young III and others at reception at Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Sq., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets $50, students $30. For info (215) 670-5855. May 28- PRO-ACT offers free Message & Media Training at 444 N. 3rd St., Suite 307, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 31- Memorial Day Commemoration and wreath laying at Washington Sq. Tomb Of Unknown Soldier, 4 p.m. Jun. 1- Laborers District Council 11th Annual Charity Golf Classic in honor of Samuel Staten, Jr. at Spring Mill C.C., 80 Jacksonville Rd., Ivyland, Pa., 10:30 a.m. shotgun follows breakfast. Proceeds benefit Fox Chase Mesothelioma Fund, Jenkintown Day Nursery and Q’aid Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund. Several levels of competition. For info Dana Blackman Brady (267) 757-0720. Jun. 5- Bazaar at St. Matthew A.M.E. Ch., 215 N. 57th St., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For info

Frances McBride (215) 7249297. Jun. 6- Welcoming Center hosts fundraiser celebrating McGillin’s Olde Ale House with ‘Creative Black Tie’ beef&-beer dinner at 1310 Drury St., 6-8 p.m. Tickets $45. For info Katie (215) 557-2845. Jun. 9- Shomrim of Phila. and the Delaware Valley (Police and Fire Org.) hosts 73rd annual Banquet at Har Zion Synagogue, Hagys Ford Rd., Penn Valley, Pa., 6:30-11 p.m. Honoring Joey Vento as “Person Of The Year” and Mindy Marynowitz “Humanitarian Of The Year”. Tickets $75. Hors d’oeuvres, dinner and open bar. Contact Mitchell Spritzler (267) 235-1287. Jun. 10- Tribute to Carol Ann Campbell at Penn’s Landing Caterers, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., dinner to benefit Edgar & Carol Ann Campbell Foundation. $125 per ticket. Full table of 10 $1,000. Entertainment by Amazing Grace. For info

by Lynn A. Marks and Shira Goodman In the Facebook, youTube, Twitter, reality-show age, it often seems there are no lines between what’s private and what’s public. We post mundane details of our day for all to read, next to deep, emotional thoughts that may be more appropriate for revelation to only a select few. We clamor to know the details of the private lives of public figures. Regular people compete on humiliating shows for the opportunity to get “their 15 minutes.” But there remain a few special moments where the public and private spheres intersect and privacy is, in fact, valued. This occurs within the unique province of civic action – the voting booth and the jury room. Voting is a public act. But in doing so, we maintain the privacy of the secret ballot. We participate in a public act,

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Everything changes from the Primary to the General ... strategies, local support. It boils down to which party can best attract the voters for the statewide races. For city legislative races, odds favor the Democrats in most of the Legislative Districts but Republicans in at least two of them. Congressman and Party Chairman Bob Brady showed the Party could deliver to its local candidates in the statewide races for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. Republican Party Chairman Vito Canuso and Party Counsel Michael Meehan showed their State counterpart Rob Gleason he spent too much money to win so little, just two of 12 State Delegate seats. He should focus instead on his statewide responsibilities. We will miss seeing Sen. Arlen Specter on the pages of this newspaper and on television. He did well for all Pennsylvanians. Joe Sestak and Pat Toomey will liven up our dull summer doldrums. We appreciate the fact Dan Onorato had done his homework in the Philadelphia area, chipping away votes from State Sen. Anthony Williams, but we advise him to spend more time around here making friends, assessing the city’s economic strengths and weaknesses, and discovering and promising to support its economic needs. Attorney General Tom Corbett has made those assessments already. This will be a campaign demanding the utmost from both parties.

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Walking around the Independence Ballroom at the Sheraton at 17th & Race Streets, where Sen. Arlen Specter was having his Election Night party, ended up being a Pennsylvania Primary version of “This is Your Life”. By the end of the night, “This is Your Life” would wind up being more fitting than the Senator probably wished it would be. On one side, you had former Republican Mayoral candidate Sam Katz, a man who had supported Sen. Specter since his early political days and who had that support reciprocated by the Senator during his Mayoral runs. He became a Democrat to vote for President Barack Obama and is now an independent because he, like Specter, realized the Republican Party was no longer a place where an East Coast moderate could feel comfortable. “He didn’t think that he had a chance running as a moderate [Republican],” Katz said. “[Specter] has been a great Senator. He’s done a lot of good things. He’s been a good public servant. Arlen’s spent his whole career managing his way through close races.” On the other side, you had young optimists like Abe Haupt, treasurer of the Pennsylvania Young Democrats. While he understood that Democrats might have a problem sending Sen. Specter back to Congress on the Democratic ticket after spending all of those years as a Republican, he also thought that the Democrats could be pragmatic enough to look past it. “The reason why [Sen. Specter] became a Democrat is because Democrats have become the party for moderates,” he said. “People have become disillusioned with government and they’re using Sen, Specter as a scapegoat and that’s not right. Specter has brought Democrats and Republicans together.” But by the time that the returns came in, none of that mattered. Congressman Joe Sestak had won the Democratic nomination for Senate, leaving Sen. Specter as the one without a chair. Sestak will face Republican nominee Pat Toomey for the seat in November. Tears flowed among the people in the ballroom, but Sen. Specter held his head high. Accompanied by his wife Joan, son Shanin and his grandchildren, he took to the podium at around 9:30 p.m. to announce he had conceded the race to Sestak and was looking at life outside of Washington come January. He thanked the members of his campaign staff and then thanked the citizens of Pennsylvania for the chance to serve. (Cont. Page 22)

SNOOPER’S MAILBOX (EMAIL): This comes from a former K-9 Police Officer, LEN “Scooch” ZITO. “Let your people know the action taken by our fellow Police Officer during the recent PHILLIES vs. CARDINALS baseball game was absolutely according to ‘The Book’. Let’s face it, who really knew what this stupid imbecile had in mind when he jumped on to the field? Hey, if he had stabbed one of The Phillies players, there would have been NO ARGUMENT as to what was done. Thank God, we have a sensible Police Commissioner who also agrees with me.” NOTE: I wish OFFICER LEN ZITO was there that night; he would have caught this idiot with no problem. SNOOPER’S EMAIL SERVICES DEPT.: Whew, did I get a lot of #@#!& mail! Chief, you would not believe what caused all this vulgarity? It seems a lot of our readers were quite upset over IMMIGRATION ISSUES. Hey, I honestly believe the law passed in ARIZONA was ‘right on the money’. Let’s face it – WE CAN’T AFFORD ILLEGALS. Stop and think about it. Yes, I’m FOR stricter enforcement of these IMMIGRATION LAWS; after all, we’re the ones who are paying for them. I agree: FEED THE HUNGRY, HOUSE THE HOMELESS, EDUCATE CHILDREN; these we must do first. However, do it here in the good old U.S.A. NO, we can no longer SUPPORT ANY OF THEM, let alone support ourselves. LAWS ARE LAWS! SNOOPER “UPDATE”: PATRICIA McDERMOTT and KATHY RAPONE thank all those wonderful people who showed up for their “EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR” luncheon held last Thursday. Judge Neifield (P.J.) thanked everyone too, also praised all the Court Employees. Supreme Court Justice SEAMUS McCAFFERY came and had nothing but praise for The Municipal Court System. I spotted Judge Moss, Judge Gilbert and one who always shows up, a perennial guest, Judge “MORT” Krase. This year was a little different. There was NO Judge Silberstein, who was always the ‘emcee’. Instead, The President Judge, HON. MARSHA NEIFIELD, did the honors and, I might add, she was absolutely terrific. “Employees of the Year” were KIM OLIVER (Civil) and HARRIETT SCALINI (Criminal). SNOOPER SIGHTINGS: I spotted HON. JOSEPH EVERS, Prothonotary, running from The Criminal Justice Center over to City hall to his ‘other office’. There’s JUDGE JAMES DeLEON heading inside to open his Court. Well, wipe my eyes, I can’t believe I just saw (Cont. Page 22)

Yo! Here we go again with more info on freeze-drying. In a recent column I wrote abut the process of freeze-drying and some its successes and flops. I received requests for more info. So here it is. Freeze-dried eggs were introduced in 1962. Advertisements claimed the eggs could be prepared by cooking with water. Good news, but the testers gave a “neither like nor dislike” rating, and the price – two dozen fresh eggs cost the same as only two freeze dried eggs – was not economical. So they were a financial flop and they really didn’t taste all that good either. Here are some other freeze-dried flops: freeze-dried mushrooms – freeze-dried cottage cheese – freeze-dried milkshakes. None of these products made it. There were many others. However, one industry made good use of freeze-drying – taxidermy – ya know, stuffing and mounting dead animals. In the late 1950s, Smithsonian Institution scientists discovered that by freeze-drying animals instead of skinning and stuffing them, they could produce more lifelike specimens. Freeze-drying reduced labor costs by about 80% – always a consideration with museums. Most museums today freeze-dry their own specimens. There are also companies that freeze-dry pets. Say what – freeze-dried pets? Yep. The freeze-drying process for animals is the same as freeze-dried food, except that the frozen animals are bent into lifelike poses before they are freeze-dried. All the organs remain in place, so the animals retain their original shape. The biggest difference is their weight. A freeze-dried animal weighs about the same as an animal of the same size made of Styrofoam. An animal of 65 lb. or less can take about a year or so to freeze-dry. Bigger animals are still skinned and stuffed – the old-fashioned way. How about this story about a lady in Ohio that had her cat freeze-dried by a local veterinarian after it was run over by a big truck? She said that she can still have her cat just like he was when he was alive – well not quite exactly the same; he is just a little flatter now. Interested in freeze-drying your pet? Check the Yellow Pages for a freeze-drying specialist for your departed pets.

JOE SESTAK has pulled off a remarkable feat in winning the Democratic Primary for the US Senate. He did it against all odds, starting the campaign 30 points behind the incumbent SEN. ARLEN SPECTER. His victory is all the more astounding when you consider the President of the United States; the Governor from the State of Pennsylvania; the other Senator from the State of Pennsylvania; the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia; COUNCILWOMAN AT LARGE BLONDELL REYNOLDS BROWN; and one of the candidates for Governor in the primary, STATE SEN. TONY WILLIAMS, were all for Specter and made phone calls on his behalf. Sestak showed great strength of character in continuing the campaign against what appeared to be hopeless odds. As a former Admiral in the United State Navy, such grit shows the training of the nation’s officers is superb. Now the question is: Can Sestak continue his winning ways and beat the Republican PAT TOOMEY? Sen. Specter had expressed a doubt as to his ability to beat Toomey in a Republican Primary. He had never said one way or another how he would fare against Toomey in the General Election. Of course, PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA could not have been anywhere other then solidly in support of Specter, because Specter supplied the key vote to allow the stimulus program, which was his administration’s cornerstone legislation, to move forward. Specter is still vigorous at 80 and it would seem he would be a natural as Ambassador to the United Nations, the Soviet Union or England. When vacancies occur at the cabinet level it would appear Specter would have the qualifications for Secretary of Defense or Health, Education & Welfare. Prior to the Primary, Specter has said he would campaign for Sestak in the event Sestak was the victor. In light of the circumstances it will be interesting if he revisits that promise. In the race for Governor, as expected, a candidate from the western part of the state DAN ONORATO won the Democratic campaign for Governor. He combined a well-financed campaign which allowed him to be the first candidate on TV, along with a good set of credentials and a handsome appearance. AUDITOR GENERAL JACK WAGNER, who is the best qualified in light of his statewide experience, conducted a credible campaign, finishing second. Onorato received a great deal of help from the Sons of Italy, which is an effective group (Cont. Page 19)

Port of Philadelphia to capture a greater share of waterborne commerce, largely because of its size and access to rail service and major highways,” the Governor said. “In addition, because of the new cargo, Southport represents thousands of good, family-sustaining jobs that will have a positive economic impact on the region.” PRPA Chairman John H. Estey said, “History will show we are at an extremely fortuitous time. Not only do we have our channel-deepening project underway, but with this SFP, we clearly demonstrate Philadelphia has the premier site on the East Coast for new terminal development. Other parcels of this size, backed up by firstclass rail and road infrastructure, simply do not exist on the Eastern Seaboard. We’re very grateful for the continued commitment and strong support of Gov. Rendell and Mayor Nutter in bringing this much-antici-

pated project to fruition.” The PRPA Administration Building was visited last week by Attorney General Tom Corbett, the Republican nominee for Governor. He was given a tour of the facility by the PRPA Board as well as taken on a tour of Tioga Pier to watch ships being loaded and unloaded. Corbett said, “I fully understand the importance of keeping this Port on the cutting edge because it is one of the State’s major economic engines.” The Port’s importance was underlined by a major labor rally for US Sen. Arlen Specter last Saturday at Packer Terminal, just north of Southport. The unions were joined by Gov. Ed Rendell, Congress Members Robert Brady and Allyson Schwartz, State Sens. Michael Stack, Larry Farnese and Anthony Williams, and State Rep. Bill Keller. Labor unions present included ILA, IBEW and Teamsters. The event called attention

PRPA HOSTED Republican candidate for Governor Attorney General Tom Corbett at a “get acquainted with Philadelphia Port” tour. From left are PRPA Board Member Vahan Gureghian, Delaware River Stevedores President Bob Palaima, Corbett, Executive Director James T. McDermott, ILA 1291 Pres. Boise Butler, and Capt. Andres Montecinos. to Specter’s efforts in bringing to fruit the millions of Federal dollars to make the dredging possible. The new Southport terminal will be larger than when first anticipated at 181 acres. State Rep. William Keller, one of the Port’s key proponents in Harrisburg, had for years pushed legislation to deed 360 acres over to the PRPA. He correctly stated 1,200 of the Base’s acreage came from river landfill and belonged to the

State under riparian rights. To accelerate the Southport project, Rendell dedicated up to $25 million in capital funds on May 22, 2009. That investment has funded environmental studies, permitting, land acquisition,

geotechnical work, site preparation, utility analysis, and site access work. A developer for the Southport project will be selected pursuant to a public, competitive selection process administered by the State Dept. of General Services. Interested parties are encouraged to participate in an informational webinar on the Southport project, which is being held today. More information on the Southport webinar and the project itself is available at “This visionary concept will assure the future of the Port of Philadelphia for generations, assuring Pennsylvania a major role in international trade and commerce,” said Estey.

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

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

John H. Estey, Esq. Chairman

James T. McDermott, Jr. Executive Director

Robert C. Blackburn

Senior Deputy Executive Director

John F. Dempsey

Deputy Executive Director Administrative Offices: 3460 N. Delaware Ave. 2nd Fl., Phila., PA 19134 (215) 426-2600 • Fax (215) 426-6800

The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority has finally gotten the go-ahead to develop the area known as “Southport”, just south of its Packer Avenue Terminal. The 239 acres lining the Delaware River were once part of the Naval Base, much of the land used as runways for naval airplanes as well as for housing military base personnel. The green light turned on when Mayor Michael Nutter and the Philadelphia Authority For Industrial Development made the land available to the State and the PRPA. Gov. Edward G. Rendell said the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, working closely with PRPA, is seeking proposals from interested parties to design, operate and maintain Southport. The project will be a public-private partnership, expected to bring millions of dollars of investment to the region. Making this development possible is the fact dredging is now underway on the river to deepen its shipping channel from its present depth of 40 feet to 45 feet. Impetus for this has come from the facts the Port is designated “Military Strategic” by the Defense Dept. and international shipping lines have indicated they will send their bigger cargo ships to the Port when the deepening is finished. The Southport project will add a state-of-the-art marine terminal to the portfolio of PRPA, strategically positioning the region to capitalize on steadily increasing cargo volumes. With improvement in the nation’s economy and concurrent growth in retail sales and distribution supply, the Port of Philadelphia’s internationaltrade volume is expected to grow substantially. Many jobs are anticipated from the Southport project, as well as millions of new dollars in State and local tax revenue. As currently envisioned, the Southport site features superior intermodal opportunities and excellent potential for future growth and expansion. “Southport will allow the

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Wolf Street Gets A Makeover

(Cont. From Page 1) The 1200 block of Wolf Street’s win was due in part to an anonymous essay. In the winning essay, the author references the “dedicated leadership” of 1200 Wolf’s block captain Theresa Jack and the “participation [of] every resident.” The Mayor personally called the block captain, Jack, earlier last week to deliver the news. A block party will be held on the 1200 block of Wolf Street on Saturday, Jun.19 to celebrate the RetroFIT Philly winners, and to kick off the cool-roof installations and energy-efficiency upgrades for the whole block. “I would like to congratulate 1200 Wolf Street and thank all the neighbors who came together to participate in the ‘Coolest Block’ contest,” said Nutter. “Many of the rowhomes that give our city its unique character were built long before today’s energyconscious environment. This contest and today’s legislation will help Philadelphia become

a city of the future and set an example for others throughout the country.” Seventy-four blocks from across the city, with a total of more than 1,600 homes, submitted entries for the contest, which were reviewed by a panel of judges including representatives from local media, environmental organizations, and the building industry. The contest encouraged residents from Philadelphia’s many rowhome neighborhoods to compete to win an energy-efficiency upgrade for their entire block, including an energy-saving cool roof, air sealing and insulation. The contest is a partnership between the City of Philadelphia, the Dow Chemical Co. and the Energy Coordinating Agency of Philadelphia, is the 1200 block of Wolf Street. Dow contributed products and technologies, and The Dow Chemical Co. Foundation provided financial support for the contest. “We feel this effort can be

a blueprint for bringing communities together in the interest of saving energy and improving quality of life,” says Liz Robinson, executive director of ECA. “This contest is just one of many ways we hope to educate all Philadelphia residents about how to reduce their heating and cooling bills, make their homes more comfortable and preserve the historic blocks that make our city unique.” “Our company is committed to using science to increase the energy efficiency of homes and other structures,” said Jerome Peribere, president and CEO of Philadelphia-based Dow Advanced Materials. “Helping to bring communities together to make a positive change for their city and environment is one of the ways we can fulfill that commitment.” Earlier last week Nutter signed a new law, sponsored by South Philadelphia-based Councilman Jim Kenney, which requires all new commercial and residential con-

struction to include reflective roofs, a feature that will reduce cooling costs and energy usage in the city. Unlike traditional black roofs, reflective cool roofs reflect the sun’s rays back into the atmosphere and release absorbed heat. This keeps buildings cooler and lessens the demand for air conditioning by 10% to 30%. On new construction, reflective roofs are comparable in price to traditional roofing materials but average energy savings of 20%.

“This legislation is a simple step to reduce energy consumption and is virtually costneutral for new construction,” Kenney said. “Reflective roofs offer both environmental and financial advantages over traditional roofs and by requiring them, I hope to spur a new wave of more-energy-efficient building practices amongst our city’s construction projects.” “Councilman Kenney has once again demonstrated tremendous leadership on the issue of sustainability which is

crucial to the future of our city,” said Nutter. “I want to thank him and his colleagues in City Council for serving as full partners in our efforts to save money, cut down our energy usage, and become the number-one green city in the United States.” For more information on the RetroFIT Philly contest, visit For more information on Greenworks Philadelphia visit

Italian Festival

NOBODY LEFT 9TH STREET hungry as KATE Lutzo and Jacqueline Olivia Sosal- people enjoyed a slice of pizza , a hot roast ski have a good time at festival on Satur- pork or Italian sausage sandwich at Italian day. Market Festival.

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Where They Were Before And During Primary Day Wimbush Team Packs Oak Lane Diner With Moms And Candidates

HOST MARION WIMBUSH welcomes Sen. Anthony Williams to Oak Lane Diner to meet with patrons who brought their mothers to celebrate their Day. Mothers received free gifts and meal served by elected officials.

MARION STATEN and her family and friend Calvin EdACTING as servers were State Reps. Ron wards were among those waitWaters and Vanessa Brown, State Sen. ing to be served at tables lining Shirley Kitchen’s chief Aide Henry Hill and Broad Street alongside Oak Councilman Jim Kenney. Lane Diner.

BREAKFASTING at Oak Lane Diner in pre-election ritual are, from left, Donald RADIO PERSONALITY Joey “Ducky” Birts, Congressman Bob Brady, Temple comments to diners who’s Councilmanic aide Derek Green and State serving and who’s being served. Sen. LeAnna Washington. Photo by Donald Terry

AN OLD HAND at radio herself, State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop takes to the mic. Photo by Donald Terry

YOUNG E. JAMES HANNA found time to ask Marion Wimbush for his autograph.

V. TUTIE Edwards introduces her mother to Marion Wimbush at Mother’s Day gala at Oak Lane Diner.

PITCHING for support is lieutenant gubernatorial candidate from Phila. Judge Doris Smith-Ribner.

GENIAL HOST of traditional Oak Lane Diner election breakfasts, Marion Wimbush joins two of his favorite ladies, State Sens. Shirley Kitchen and LeAnna Washington.

WURD-AM host Thera Martin-Connelly interviews State Rep. John Myers live outside Oak Lane Diner.

Photo by Donald Terry

Photo by Donald Terry

Photo by Donald Terry

At Famous Deli...

At 3801 1st District Plaza

ENJOYING traditional Election Day Lunch at Dave’s Famous 4th Street Deli were Elliott Curson, Harriet Lessey, Mary Isaacson and State Rep. Mike O’Brien.

SHARING lunch at 1st District Plaza with Philadelphia's son candidate for Governor, State Sen. Anthony Williams, left, were State Rep. Ron Waters, State Sen. Shirley Kitchen and Bill Miller.

LUNCHING with State Sen. Anthony Williams were State Rep. Jewell Williams, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and Alisha Burbage.

Labor Rally Helps Arlen

REGISTER Of Wills Ron Donatucci enjoys election day lunch at Famous Deli with Alan Butkovitz’ key staffer Lisa Deeley and banker Sal Patti.

AT LUNCH with Williams were Emma Chappell and Councilwoman Marian Tasco.

STATE REP. Bill Keller leads a labor rally of union and elected officials including Bob Brady, Allyson Schwartz, Gov. Ed Rendell and State Sen. Anthony Williams, at Port for “Friend of Dredging” Arlen Specter.

endorsements, was done in by a poor ballot position. For State House of Representatives, KEVIN BOYLE bested two rivals in a hotly contested primary fight. He will tackle the challenge of unseating STATE REP. JOHN PERZEL in the fall.

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(Cont. From Page 14) in statewide elections. It was somewhat of a surprise that Williams, who spent as much money as Onorato on TV and radio, managed to finish only third. To be sure, he started late, entering the race only in midwinter. Tony Williams did not appeal to white liberals in the Philadelphia area the way DA SETH WILLIAMS had. In the liberal wards of Society Hill, Rittenhouse Square, the University of Pennsylvania, Roxborough and Chestnut Hill, Tony Williams did not run nearly as well as Seth Williams. JOE HOEFFEL had the support of many women’s groups

and was the only candidate that was “pro-choice.” But he had no money, showing you can’t conquer a large, diverse state without a war chest. Both Tony Williams and Arlen Specter made concerted efforts to get out the Black vote but failed in this endeavor. Williams was strongly supported by CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY, who is the chairman of Democratic City Committee. Once again the political maxim of “short coattails” was proved. The popular former City CONTROLLER JONATHAN SAIDEL finished out of the money for Lieutenant Governor, barely nosed out by SCOTT CONKLIN from the west. Saidel, who had all the

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Kravitz Had Union Support Judge Lynn Honored

GREGG KRAVITZ, who gave State Rep. Babette Josephs a hard run in Democrat Primary for 182nd Legislative Dist., enjoyed support of Ironworkers Local 405 President Sam Malone and Ed Penna, seen with Karen Brown at fundraiser.

COMMON Pleas Court Judge James Murray Lynn, center, receives 26th annual Matthew Carey Award from Emerald Education Center. Flanking Judge Lynn are Phila. Jury Commissioner Gerald P. Shotzbarger and Jim Lewis of Emerald Education Committee.

34 Apprentices Vie In Carpenters Competition

COMPARING NOTES as they watched 34 graduating apprentices compete for 14th year for awards were contractor Tom Clerkin, Metropolitan Carpenters Secretary/Treasurer Ed Coryell and Charles Brock.

AOH #40 Honors Heenan, Boyle

IRISH EYES were smiling at Bridgeman’s Hall in N.E. Phila. last week, as AOH Div. 40 celebrated “Day Of Rope” Annual Awards Dinner. Irish American Labor Leader Of The Year Bob Heenan, and Lifetime Leadership Award recipient Seamus Boyle were two guests of honor othat night. Pictured here are Brian Coleman, Boyle, Pat Eiding, Joe Dougherty, Heenan and Judge Pat Dugan.

ATTORNEY DAVID OH, Common Pleas Judges Gregg O’Keefe and Patrick Dugan, and Traffic Court Judge Mike Sullivan flank guest of honor labor leader Bob Heenan at AOH Div. 40 “Day of Rope” Annual Awards Dinner.

BENEFICIAL Bank’s Charles Keuney found himself flanked by two young ladies who were rooting for their own apprentices to win competition.

Surprised On His 86th Birthday TIFFANY Marshall, an apprentice with Local 8, concentrates on her project in the general carpentry competition.

WOODTURNER Philip Mauser demonstrates intricate art of turning wood to create bannisters, bowls, etc.

EIGHTY-SIX-YEAR-OLD Joe Driscoll, seated at right, had no idea citations from House Of Representatives and City Council were to be read, signaling him out as guest of honor at gala held by Democrat Ward leaders Bill Dolbow and Bob Dellavella at Johnny’s Restaurant. But look on his face when he was named says it all. In photo, with him, seated is State Sen. Christine Tartaglione. Standing are son Joe Driscoll, Jr., Dolbow, Dellavella, son Mike Driscoll, and Ward Leader Christine Solomon.

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STATE SENS. Michael Stack and Larry Farnese met with representatives in banking, accounting, insurance, legal, realty and small-business sectors to discuss how a 4% sales tax levied on accounting, financial, legal, medical and architectural services would impact Pennsylvania taxpayers. Event was held at Independence Visitors Center.

ECONOMIC development and job creation was subject of House Commerce Committee hearing at Wharton School Of Business attended by State Rep. Rosita Youngblood and Chairman Peter Daley.

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with Heather Gleason (Dave’s wife and business partner). Eventually I got together with Heather, and we opened Good Dog in 2004. It was a combination of good luck and knowhow that brought us together.” For those non-beerophiles among us, Philly is rapidly becoming the beer capital of America, and there is probably no more happening pour-house in town than Good Dog Bar, 224 S. 15th Street, which is beehive-busy seven days a week. It might be easier to arrange a lunch date with the Pope than to snag a table at Good Dog Bar during Happy Hour. Those who get claustrophobic in crowds should check out Split Half Pub. Although the menus at the two gastropubs are not identical, Jessica oversees the food at both, splitting her time between the two. Also, there is a huge, free parking lot across the street at 2nd Street & Germantown Avenue, which is like finding a winning lottery ticket while walking down the street.

In addition, a visit to Swift Half (an Irish expression which means “a quick beer on the way home from work”) means you get to visit the extraordinary Piazza at Schmidt’s. This is a huge open-air square, created by developer Bart Blatstein, consisting of a sky-high-priced office/apartment complex, neverending concrete and glass, shops and restaurants (like Swift Half Pub) and a 40-foot high-definition TV screen hung from the side of a building. (In decent weather, crowds gather in the square to watch Phillies games on the giant screen.) The complex is modeled on the Piazza Navona in Rome. While the weathered, livedin, wrinkled Good Dog Bar, like Monk’s Cafe and so many others, looks like a place where you could let your freak flag fly, Swift Half Pub looks more like a national chain restaurant or a Disney World version of an Irish pub. No grunge anywhere. Everything is new and shiny, like the flat-screen TVs, the jazzy juke box, upholstered

Len Lear booths, blond wood tables, dart board, glass wall that looks out onto 48 terrace seats on the plaza, etc. I am told that on a perfect spring evening with a Phillies game on the monster TV, these seats are as prized as diamonds. Most appetizers on the menu (recycled paper bags) are between $5 and $10. Our favorite was the homemade pierogies ($10), about as good as you’ll find west of Warsaw. Four of them, not doughy but soft pockets filled with potato, sauerkraut and goat cheese, and topped with applewood smoked bacon and caramelized onions.

Yummy! The veggie pizza ($8) is another extra-base hit. An entree we thoroughly enjoyed was the fish and chips — lots of flaky cod blanketed with a Guinness beer batter and homemade tarragon-scented tartar sauce, accompanied by crispy, crunchy shoestring Idaho imports fried in canola oil ($16). A side dish of fried pickles with a sweet and sour dipping sauce ($3) is also addictive. Beerwise, there are 10 revolving microbrew taps and 20 or so bottles, and on Monday nights the 10-ounce tappies are only $2 apiece, as are “classic” cans of 16-ounce brews on Tuesday nights. (Assign a designated driver!) A spectacular cocktail (created by a super server named Michael) is the Sweetwater ($10), with raspberry, peach schnapps, blueberry vodka and Sprite. Swift Half is open daily for lunch and dinner, with brunch served on Saturday and Sunday, and Happy Hour seven days a week. For more information, call (215) 923-4600 or visit

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by Len Lear If Jessica O’Donnell ever gets tired of cooking for a living, she should be able to get a job at Verizon making those generic phone tapes that drive us crazy when we call a large corporation or government agency: “This is the XYZ Corp. For the human-resources department, push one. For accounting, push two. For public relations, push three. For questions about your bill, push four. To file a complaint about service, push five. To arrange a new payment schedule, push six. For more options, push seven.” O’Donnell, 32, the attractive, personable executive chef at the one-year-old Swift Half Pub, 1001 N. 2nd Street in Northern Liberties, has a husky, smoky voice, possibly the sexiest voice since Lauren

Bacall and Marlene Dietrich in the 1940s. I have no doubt that if she did in fact make those phone tapes for Verizon, the company’s profits would soar because men (and some women) would be calling MasterCard or the City’s revenue department on a regular basis just to hear her voice. But until Jessica takes my advice, she’ll just have to be satisfied with being one of the city’s most talented new puband-grub executive chefs. A native of Quakertown who wound up working as a saucier at Striped Bass and a sous chef at Avenue B, Jessica is living proof that hanging out at neighborhood bars is not necessarily a road to perdition and moral depravity. “I used to be a regular at Standard Tap in Northern Liberties,” she said, “and while hanging out there, I met Dave Garry (a native of Co. Cork, Ireland), who hooked me up

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(Cont. From Page 14) “It’s been a great privilege to serve the people of Pennsylvania,” Specter said. “It’s been a great privilege to be in the United States Senate. I will be working hard for the people of the Commonwealth in the coming months.” It didn’t take long for peo-


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ple to start breaking down this loss. Some said the Commonwealth wouldn’t maintain its current status in Congress because it will no longer have Specter’s seniority to help it along. Some, like State Rep. Jewell Williams, wondered what Specter’s defeat would mean to the African American community. “We’re going to lose a lot,”

he said. “I would hope that Sestak would be the kind of friend Arlen was to the African American community.” But mostly, the people in the ballroom wanted to pontificate about why Specter won’t be able to call himself that anymore after January. Many in the media said the Senator was a victim of antiincumbent fever. Williams said the electorate wasn’t suf-

ONEY, going into CBS-TV building to promote his new book “BEAT COP TO TOP COP”. He stated he loves being a COP. However, when he was younger, he hated them, especially the New York cops. His book is very interesting, particularly the stories about the former Mayor, HON. ED RENDELL, who is now our Governor. Chief, he didn’t forget the Mayor HON. JOHN STREET, who was the Mayor at that time. He said one thing was very pleased to hear, “I love CHIEF RAMSEY, he’s one of THE BEST and you can ask any Chief of Police, they’ll agree with me. He has the best ‘one-liners’, and just happens to be a very funny guy.” Timoney stated, “He’ll do the job, and he’s one you can always count on to give you 110% ALWAYS!” SNOOPER’S “PRIORITY” EMAIL: Chief, this is a good one, and it comes from a group known as “PHILLY JOBS – NOT TAXES”. I’m told they are sending them all over this City. They stated, “This is the worst time of all to add any NEW TAXES. This BEVERAGE TAX

threatens jobs here in Philadelphia, but The Mayor doesn’t care and, for that fact, neither does CITY COUNCIL. Yes, right now they’re all putting on a show for us the taxpayers, but the ‘bottom line’ is they’ll enact some sort of taxes – you can bet on it. We are a coalition of CONCERNED CITIZENS, i.e., UNION WORKERS, BUSINESS PEOPLE and many COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS, and WE all OPPOSE this ridiculous BEVERAGE TAX. Hey, why not call CITY COUNCIL at (215) 600-0787? Let them know you OPPOSE this TAX. Send them a message and let them know YOU ELECTED THEM TO REPRESENT YOU!

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ficiently energized. However, Garland Thompson, a reporter from Baltimore covering the Specter race, had a different reason for the loss. Using a boxing analogy, Thompson said that Sestak had done what good boxers do: Allow your opponent to help you beat him. The two knockout punches Sestak delivered came in the form of ads that depicted Specter as an opportunist who became a Democrat because the Republicans no longer wanted him, and as a man who would throw sand at an opponent’s military record. Both ads made him look bad and were hard for the Senator to overcome. I’m not going to pretend I’m sorry Specter lost. He’s a decent enough dude, but I have thought for years that there needed to be a change in Pennsylvania’s Congressional representation. Now we’re going to get it. To end this column, I’d like to congratulate Vincent Thompson and Roy Jones for winning their committeeman races. I know you both have a ton of great ideas. I’m glad your communities will now get to benefit from them.

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