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Honoring A Living Legend
July 29, 2010
Will Opening Prison Doors Be The Answer? Page 2
Bringing Healthy Food To PHA Residents Page 13 Mayor Nutter, Honoree Sam Staten, Sr. and Jr. at Convention Center. Photo by Donald Terrry
How ‘70’ Plants Its Seeds!
Entertaining At Airport MIME ARTIST Laura Bertin performs for young traveler in recently opened Terminal E Expansion at Philadelphia International Airport. Photo by Tick McMullin
Down ‘Da Shore’ DEMOCRAT Nominee for Governor Dan Onorato catches up with Congressman Bob Brady and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell at Wildwood gala. More Great Pics P. 14
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GETTING SMART ON CRIME
by Tony West A historic movement is underway in Harrisburg to revisit our underlying model for dealing with crime – and it is being led by one of the men who helped put the current model in place 25 years ago. “Lock them up and throw away the key” isn’t a goodenough answer any more. The new watchword is, “Get smart on crime.” Starting in 1960, an explosion of crime fueled a passion for punishment in American hearts. Legislators vied with each other to press for longer and surer sentences for all classes of offenders. Pennsylvania and the nation went on a prison-building boom; we now lead the world in the proportion of our citizens that are incarcerated. It didn’t work, says State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, who has sat on the Senate Judiciary Committee since 1985 and now chairs it. “Our prison population kept going up and our crime kept going up,” he notes. “Our recidivism rate is 46%. That’s a failed system. We’re spending a lot of money, but we’re not having results and we’re not changing lives.” Now, armed with reams of research, Greenleaf and others, he says, are “working on the system to try to turn it around.” Too many people are in prison for too long; meanwhile, too little is being done either to keep them out in the first place or to keep them from going back for seconds. Today’s high incarceration rates were driven by a generation of patchwork legislation overlaid on the complex criminal-justice system. To cut incarceration calls for equally complex lawmaking. And because the issue is crime, lawmakers proceed with caution. Nevertheless, a broad, bipartisan consensus is shaping up around one core idea: that too many nonviolent offenders are locked up. “We began the push for tougher sentencing to crack down on the big bad guys,” Greenleaf says. “Unfortunately, we caught a lot of little fish in the net.
Nonviolent offenders are the ones who are driving the increase in the prison population. Our sentencing practices are not good and our parole practices are not good.” Sixty percent of Pennsylvania’s inmates do not have a history of violence or any significant drug-dealing activity. Four out of five drug arrests in the state are for possession of illegal substances, while only one out of five drug arrests were for sales. Seven prison-reform bills introduced by Greenleaf, addressing the state’s overcrowded prisons and high rate of recidivism, are moving through the General Assembly. The proposals have been in development since the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Greenleaf chairs, held a public hearing on the issue last November. Greenleaf began introducing legislation in December. Three of these bills – SB 1145, 1161 and 1275 – were approved by Judiciary and passed by the full Senate in June. They are now being debated by the State House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. Two bills passed with near unanimity in the Senate. They would install two programs that have worked well in other states. SB 1145 will require the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing to come up with a risk-and-needs assessment tool for judges that can predict how likely the miscreant is to reoffend, how big a threat to public safety he poses, and also what his rehabilitative needs are. Higher-risk offenders should be slotted toward prison, lower-risk offenders toward alternative punishments. Tools like these have helped drive down prison populations in Virginia and Missouri – while reducing crime rates at the same time. SB1275 aims to ease the pain of harsh automatic reincarceration for all parole violations. In everyday life, not all violations are equal threats to public safety. Currently, a parolee who assaults some-
body will go directly to jail, without passing Go; but so will a parolee who falls behind on his supervision-fee payments. SB 1275 would establish a “violation sanctioning grid” that rates parole violations by severity. The measure mandates less-restrictive sanctions for lowlevel technical violations. Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard estimates 3,000 of the state’s 50,000 prisoners could be released as a result, without increasing recidivism. The third bill took some fire in the Senate before passing; it ran into opposition in a House Judiciary hearing as well, and is sure to be reworked before it comes up for a vote there. SB 1161 is designed to move more inmates out of jail cells and into “prerelease” programs where they can receive rehabilitation for substance-abuse, mentalhealth, education and job handicaps. “It makes little sense to tie up our valuable
and costly prison beds for what, in large part, are lessserious offenders,” Beard testified. The state’s DAs aren’t so sure about that, however, and they have pushed back, complaining as written, SB 1161 could release violent offenders too early. “I believe being smart on crime does not mean being soft on criminals,” Philadelphia DA Seth Williams retorts. “I agree with Sen. Greenleaf that we must reform the criminal-justice system and I hope to find common ground to make changes that will make Pennsylvania safer. However, I do not support the Senator’s current bills. Law-enforcement agencies and victims groups are also strongly opposed. This legislation package is bad for public safety. It would, among other things, provide for early release for violent offenders: those convicted of witness intimidation, statutory sexual assault, homi-
Powerful Senator Wants To Trim Bulging Prisons cide by DUI, aggravated and simple assault, and indecent assault. Violent offenders should not get a break.” Many DAs are also dubious about prerelease programs, which are unsecured facilities where offenders check in and out. “Recent research has shown [they] have inadequate treatment programs,” Williams charges. The House Judiciary Committee this summer will be the arena in which both sides try to work out language to allay these concerns. State Rep. Ron Waters, who sits on this Committee, says this is the key problem. “No member of the House wants to go against the DAs, and nobody wants to look soft on crime,” he says. But he is optimistic it’s a nut the Committee can crack by the time Labor Day rolls around. Perhaps to the surprise of some, it is Democrats who have pressed hard on this issue. SB 1161 drew 20 yeas
from Republicans as opposed to only 9 nays, perhaps reflecting their great respect for Greenleaf’s integrity and craftsmanship. By contrast, Democrats voted 12 to 6 against the measure. However, some Democrat constituencies are hard hit by high incarceration rates and House Dems will likely find a way to take some action on it in the end. Meanwhile, Greenleaf’s four other prison-reform bills are on ice in the Senate Appropriations Committee, waiting to see what happens to the first three in the House. Look for renewed action on them in the fall. As long as the prison population keeps soaring, Greenleaf plans to keep hitting. “This is not rocket science,” he says. “Other states have cut incarceration, cut costs, and done so safely.” NEXT WEEK: the balancing acts of prison reform.
Committee Of 70 Ignores Voters’ Rights In Row Offices by Joe Shaheeli A loose hand-grenade has been dropped into the laps of the City Council Members by Councilman Frank DiCicco, just before that chamber went on summer recess. The bill calls for the Council to pass on a charter amendment to eliminate the offices. Stand on your head or do whatever you want, in the 60year-old history of the City charter, only one Councilpassed amendment failed and that was, “Should a Mayor be able to hold the office for a third term?” The Mayor in question then was Frank Rizzo. The major media and everyone worried about Rizzo managed to get out a huge “No” vote. DiCicco’s reasons are his to explain, but they did not relate to whether or not the City could materially save a couple of million dollars or discharge a few duties more efficiently by eliminating the three row offices that are the Register of Wills, the City Commissioners and the Sheriff.
The bill leaves it to the voters to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for their elimination, without any reasons. Happy to see this happen is Zachary Stalberg, the highly paid president and CEO of the Committee of 70. He’s now able to get good-government types and his surrogates to begin haranguing the Council Members to move on the bill. Yet he has failed to honestly document, line by line, any supposed cost savings, where the efficiencies will come in should the row offices be eliminated. He does not address if the Mayor could better handle their magnitude of responsibilities through lieutenants he will need to appoint at expensive salaries to replace the elected officials. The bill is a godsend for the self-proclaimed election watchdog, the Committee of 70. It justifies 70’s continued existence as a good-government vehicle”, drawing more than enough financial support to insure Stalberg continues to enjoy his $248,733 annual
salary and his Vice President Attorney Ellen Mattleman Kaplan her $115,115 salary. It’s possible his Board might give both of them bonuses. Now let’s look at the foundation on which the Committee of 70 has based its campaign to eliminate these three offices. It’s a report from the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, dated Nov. 2, 2009, entitled A History We Can No Longer Afford: Consolidating Philadelphia’s Row Offices. Found on the third page of the report was this statement: “Past studies have suggested that consolidating the administrative functions of the row offices would lead to better oversight, a reduction in unnecessary layers of management, and cost savings. In 2004, the report of the Philadelphia 21st Century Review Forum, created by Mayor John F. Street, who understood how to use the powers of the Mayor, recommended the formation of a
task force to evaluate whether row offices should be ‘reorganized abolished, or merged into City government. In March 2009, the Committee of 70 issued a report claiming numerous problems with the row offices and recommending their merger into other agencies of the City and 1st Judicial Dist.” So PICA based its report, which called for the termination of the row offices, in part on earlier charges by the Committee of 70. On the same page, PICA admitted proponents of maintaining the current system had merit. “These proponents stated the functions of each of these political entities have a policy component and require interaction with other elected positions. Hence only elected leadership can assure necessary independence.” The PICA report also states, “The City already has the ability to provide oversight and insure accountability via the City Controller, the (Cont. Page 12)
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Onorato Continues To Work City’s Pols Dan Onorato, Allegheny Co.’s Executive and the Democrat candidate for Governor, seems to have a leg up over Republican nominee Tom Corbett, who is being kept busy by his prosecution roles against Dems and Reps as Attorney General. Corbett hasn’t made the Philadelphia scene much, save for fundraisers (some bringing in mighty big dollars). Onorato is pumping the Philly pump, hoping to gain voter allegiance and can be seen everywhere and anywhere, since he knows at least three of the four voters with whom he shakes hands will be Democrats. Corbett’s schedule, for sure, will include an afternoon visit with Republican
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opment. On the tour, Onorato observed both youth and adult learners preparing for careers in the health care industry. “I am the only candidate for Governor who has experience turning around a region and a plan for getting Pennsylvania’s economy back on track,” said Onorato, who has served for six years as Allegheny Co. Executive. “I know how to make our state more competitive for businesses and to ensure that our workforce is well-prepared for good-paying jobs with the skills that businesses need.” Allegheny Co.’s unemployment rate is lower than both the state’s and the nation’s. There are more people working in Allegheny Co. than in any other county in Pennsylvania. “One of the reasons that Allegheny Co. is doing so much better than the state and the nation is because we help workers adjust to the changing economy,” Onorato said. “We’re making it possible for people get back on their feet, while encouraging businesses
NOT many Republican committeepersons in 22nd Ward, but they are here showing their support for Kevin Kelly of Loyal Opposition as their ward leader. Contest committee ruled in favor of Aaron Finestone, however. to create jobs – and that is exactly what I will do as Governor.”
Jet Pilot Kelly Shot Down Again
Kevin Kelly, who can turn a fighter jet on a dime and does so regularly, found he couldn’t hold on to his newlfound ward leadership of the 22nd GOP Ward, as far as the Republican City Commitee is concerned. He held a meeting on Jul. 21 at the United Republican Club at 7:30 p.m.
and was elected ward leader. He notified the Republican City Committee by e mail and hard copy of that effect, along with the newly elected officers of the ward. This was his second meeting for that purpose. He had won at the first reorganization meeting which was contested. The next evening, the Republican City Committee’s Contest Committee scheduled (Cont. Page 6) a meeting of the 22nd. Kelly
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Our Opinion ... Measuring A Lifetime
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How does one measure the merits of a lifetime of a man? It is almost impossible when one tries to measure the goodwill engendered by a giant of the man, Samuel Staten, Sr. His vision has propelled Laborers into the forefront of the Building Trades movement. Who else would have thought several decades ago of the need to establish a school to train general construction laborers, teaching them to understand the demands that would be made of them when they were employed by union contractors? Sam did. He is responsible for training an elite corps of laborers whose training has saved contractors time and money. Who else would sustain a number of charities, as has Sam done over the years, instituting various elements without the Laborers’ Unions to insure those charities would never be forgotten? Who has never said “no” to any legitimate request, be it from an individual, a business or a fellow union local in need? Sam has yet to learn how to use that word. We can go on and on, looking through the momentous career of Sam Staten, Sr., to see for ourselves how he has affected the political climate of this city for the better. Many in the judiciary owe their careers to Sam, as do officeholders in the other branches of government. All of those he has supported successfully have proven to be leaders in their elected careers. We can honestly state, from our decade of providing coverage of this city’s movers and shakers, Sam Staten, Sr. stands above the rest. He is a man with a magnificent soul, capable only of doing good for the rest of us. Prime example of this was the tribute to Sam which packed the Convention Center last Saturday night. Over $200,000 was raised in his name, with all of it going to charity.
A Sorry Economic Mess
Congress is reacting to the ebb and flow of public sentiment as it continues to ignore needed funding for states and cities, which, in turn, anticipated no extra money from Congress, even though the promises were there. So who is to blame for the sorry mess in which our State and City find themselves? The people, the Congress, or our elected officials? Nowhere during the early spring and now midsummer months have we seen any talk of State or City government cutting back on programs they have been funding forever, it seems. As a result, there has been little preparation to reduce budgets by all those entities further down the line that are dependent on public grants. So look for all hell to break loose once again as the State fails to bridge the budget gaps that will create chaos, and even closures, all along the line. How this translates into votes remains to be seen. But, for now, it’s back into the frying pan for all of us who depend on fully funded State and City budgets for their daily bread.
It May Be Summer, But...
You can’t prove it by the candidates who are seeking open offices, nor by those seeking to hold on to their elected seats. They can be seen campaigning everywhere. Included in that list are those scheduled for primaries in May 2011. We wish them well! We’ll do our best to keep you posted about everyone who fits the title.
2 Paths Out Of The Mob
started to distance myself from adult Mob associates here in Philadelphia and New York, after being influenced in a positive way by the late Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, along with activists David Fattah and C.B. Kimmins. I developed into a youthful community activist here in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, John Veasey didn’t follow that path and eventually became a violent adult Mob associate instead. However, he eventually turned FBI witness against the Philadelphia Mob and entered into the witnessprotection program. Today, both of us have worked hard to turn our troubled lives around for the better in assisting those in our communities who are in need.
After watching FOX 29 MOB Talk episode with John Veasey recently and personally talking with Veasey on the telephone recently regarding the episode, I have been reassured violent criminals can truly turn their troubled lives around for the better, with a lot of hard work and positive faith. Today I am a community volunteer with the Philadelphia Police Dept., District Attorney’s Office and the FBI. John Veasey is a respected businessman who assists at-risk youth in his community. It has been a long uphill struggle in turning lives around, but, in the end, it’s been worth the effort. (Greg Bucceroni is coordinator of the Crime Victim Services / Youth Violence & Crime Reduction Partnership)
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1) Never rat or betray the crew; 2) Never steal from the crew; 3) When violence is requested or needed by the crew, everyone targeted goes to the hospital or worse. Juveniles were usually recruited to work with adult Mob associates in developing into future adult Mob associates. In addition, they could “fly under the law-enforcement radar” regarding a variety of Mob-related crime. Simply put, juveniles operated under a different set of laws when being arrested and questioned regarding crime. They were usually overlooked by law-enforcement officials with regards to Mobrelated crime back in the 1970s. By the end of the 1970s and going into the early 1980s, I
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Crowd Sets Sail With Ron READY to board Spirit of Phila. for Ron Donatucci’s legendary dinner cruise were, from left, old friends John Verna, Nat Leonard, Donatucci and Robert Pendino. NEVER ONES to miss a good party were, from left, Ward Leader John Sabatina, Jr., campaign consultant Ozzie Myers, Ward Leader Matt Myers and James Tangert of Register of Wills staff. FIRST to arrive for Register of Wills Ron Donatucci’s dinner cruise were Controller Alan Butkovitz, right, with wife Theresa and IBEW Local 98 Recording Secretary Jim Foy.
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TO: The Unknown Heirs of Sharon N. Mack, Deceased Mortgagor and Real Owner, DEFENDANT, whose last known address is 523 North 56th Street Philadelphia, PA 19131. THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR AND WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT OWED TO OUR CLIENT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM YOU WILL BE USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING THE DEBT. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE OF THE SECURITY NATIONAL MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2006-2, has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to No. 100600395 wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 523 North 56th Street Philadelphia, PA 19131 whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County.
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by Michael A. Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: Does bankruptcy clear IRS debt? Answer: Bankruptcy can clear some types of tax debt. It will not clear a federal tax lien that has attached to your assets. However, when no tax lien has been filed, income-tax debt can be discharged and cleared from your record if some very specific requirements are met in either a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13 proceeding. Not only can bankruptcy clear IRS income-tax debt, it can get rid of state and local income-tax debt as well. Timing is an important issue in clearing a tax debt and there are some other basic steps that must be followed. To discharge income-tax debt, the following rules apply: 1. Your tax returns must have been due three years or more before the petition was filed; 2. Your tax returns have to have been filed more than two years before the petition; 3. The tax you owe must have been assessed against you by the government for at least 240 days before the case is filed; 4. Your tax returns must
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Whoever said 13th Congressional candidate DEE ADCOCK didn’t have extreme support within the local GOP was proven wrong last week. Adcock fans gathered at Smokeaters Pub, just blocks north of CONGRESSWOMAN ALLYSON SCHWARTZ’S District Office, in a sign of unity among Party faithful. In attendance were CHAIRMAN VITO CANUSO, general counsel MIKE MEEHAN, STATE REP. JOHN PERZEL and plenty of ward leaders. Among local party leaders were BOB BARILLI, ADAM LANG, WARD LEADER BILL PETTIGREW, Perzel, newly minted WARD LEADER TOM MATKOWSKI and his predecessor PHIL INNAMORATO. 170th Dist. State Rep Candidate MARC COLLAZZO was also in attendance. From Montgomery Co., County Party Executive Director BRITTNEY TRESSLER showed up with outreach coordinator LAUREN CASPER. Former candidate and pub owner BRIAN HAUGHTON was also there and gave words of support for Adcock. Speaking of the young former 65th Ward Leader, things have been looking up for Innamorato since his election was reversed while he was vacationing in Europe. He is slated to begin his new job as the Philadelphia director of the State GOP’s Victory 2010 committee. It has also been rumored State Committee is refusing to recognize the reversal of his election as 65th Ward Leader. The State Party’s recognition is nothing but token, considering a local ward has no say in State affairs, but it is a clear signal State CHAIRMAN ROB GLEASON has not given up on changing control of the Philly GOP. There have been rumblings Innamorato’s successor is trying to force out committeepersons loyal to the former leader. It’s time for all incumbents to prove themselves in this election for Adcock and our statewide ticket. In at least some of his divisions, he has a popular GOP State Rep in DENNY O’BRIEN to help drive the vote. Will Matkowski reach out to continue working the ward in the way Innamorato started? Trunk Man hopes he does his best.
Yo! Here we go again with this tale of the lava lamp. I remembered them when I saw one for sale at a flea market. My interest was to know just how they worked, so off to the trusty internet to get these facts about them. Edward Craven-Walker visited a pub in Hampshire, England not long after he left the Royal Air Force at the end of World War II. He noticed an odd item behind the bar. It was a glass cocktail shaker containing some kind of ‘blob’ floating in a liquid. He asked the bartender what is was and was told that it was of – of all things – a boiled-egg timer! To operate it, one put the shaker container into boiling water, and then put their eggs into water. As the boiling water cooked the eggs, it also melted the wax in the liquid in the container, turning it into a ‘blob’ of goo that floated to the top of the shaker, indicating the egg was cooked. Craven-Walker saw this as a money-making opportunity. He was going to sell them to the public as a lamp instead of an egg timer. He discovered the inventor, named Dunnet, was dead. Dunnet had died without patenting the egg timer – so Craven-Walker did – as a lamp. In 1965, Craven-Walker introduced his “AstroLight” at a novelty convention in Hamburg, West Germany, where two Americans saw it. They negotiated for the American sales rights to the AstroLight, which they brought to America and renamed them as the “LavaLite.” This fad lamp arrived on the American scene – luckily, just in time for the psychedelic era of the 1960s. It was an instant success. Over 7 million LavaLites were sold around the world each year until the 1970s, when sales, for some reason, dropped (Cont. Page 26)
Last week, President Barack Obama signed legislation designed to better regulate financial institutions. The bill, which includes the creation of a consumer-protection agency, the end of ATM fees, mortgage help for the unemployed, and the ability to break up big banks about to fail, represents a poison pill that financial-service companies tried hard not to swallow. This legislation was a response to the fact allowing financial institutions to do such things as give $100,000 home loans to people making $30,000, create financial instruments that even most bankers don’t understand, and tie all this to the right of banking executives to make the gross national product of a small Third-World country, it can lead to, well, the neartotal collapse of the country’s financial system. It can also lead to bankers doing some really creative malfeasance, such as sending loan checks in the mail to senior citizens who don’t know signing that check can make them lose their homes. Among those present at the Reagan Building signing ceremony (ironic, when you consider the Reagan Administration’s desire to allow businesses to run unchecked was what led to the financial sleight of hand that led to our current crisis) was Councilwoman Marian Tasco. “I contacted the Mayor [Michael Nutter] and asked him if he could get me a spot,” she said. “I also contacted David Agnew, whom I knew from the National League of Cities and who is the President’s liaison on city issues. It was very exciting and I was glad to be there.” In the early 1990s, thanks to the investigative work of ACORN, Tasco spearheaded a movement to get predatory lending addressed by Philadelphia City Council. (ACORN is an agency that now, for all intents and purposes no longer (Cont. Page 27)
SNOOPER ‘SNOOPING’: I have been told HON. ALAN BUTKOVITZ, the City Controller, is still investigating THE CHARTER SCHOOLS in this City. I must tell you, he is not the only one investigating them; so are “THE FEDS”, and this comes from a reliable source. The City Controller is quite busy these days, and it’s because he is also looking into P.G.W. and all of their problems. One big problem I have is, making us pay for people who don’t MAKES NO SENSE! Why not go after them and find out WHY they can’t pay, instead of just putting their burden on us? He did give credit to their MANAGEMENT TEAM; in fact, he gives them one of his highest ratings, especially for their EFFICIENCY and PROFESSIONALISM. Yes, even he will admit things are looking much better for P.G.W. I was taught by MY BOSS, when someone does GOOD, give them recognition. SNOOPER’S ‘POINT OF INFORMATION’: This is one information on which I really want to get ‘the point’ across. Saw an accident at Hunting Park & Whitaker Avenues, and I couldn’t believe what really happened. Two TOW TRUCKS just happened to be on the scene, and before you could blink an eye, they both were running to the cars involved. MYSTIFC TOWING was there first, and I assumed it meant he was entitled to the “TOW JOB”. What happened was unbelievable, and the end of it was, someone was shot. “Point of Information”: If you’re ever involved in an accident, YOU and only YOU make the choice as to who tows your car, no one else but YOU! Now, if you’re incapable, or incapacitated, then and only then can THE POLICE bring in a private tow operator to remove your car. Why, they even allow these (Cont. Page 26)
Could it be true that LATRICE BRYANT is really planning a run for City Council’s 8th Dist.? What a glutton for punishment! Fox 29 News will be punishing on her, unforgiving of boss/beau WILSON GOODE, JR. Can’t wait to see this one. Could JOHNNY DOC be onto something at the DRPA, or is he just trying to warm up to New Jersey GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE, now ED RENDELL is on his way out? It’s reported he had met with the New Jersey governor a few weeks before blowing the whistle on DRPA. He seems to have some very relevant questions, but the timing seems peculiar. Doc, who is the ultimate survivor, knows how to stay on top, always floating just above the surface. Every time you think he is down for the count, he bounces back with even more energy. Time will tell his real motivations on this one, but Christie’s attack on Atlantic City is what we need to watch. It looks and feels like a police raid is going down, but just on paper. Legal papers. Newspapers. Brown paper bags, loaded with paper. Doesn’t feel right. A former and future candidate for City Council At Large and State Representative (in two different Districts) has been seen at various events with his new ‘friend’. Is the ink dry on the divorce yet? Our advice to everybody’s favorite constant candidate: Slow down for a second. It’s hard for us to go from knowing you as ‘Mr. Family Man’ to Mr. ‘Can I Get Your Number’? JONATHAN SAIDEL for City Council in the Northeast? We love it! Who would be better? Nobody has more experience and knows the city better; Jon can get things done.
The BOB BRADY Bunch at the Beach was held at Keenan’s in North Wildwood. It was very well attended, with food galore. There was an excellent turnout of ward leaders. Every Northeast ward leader was present, even though the weather was extremely hot. The band was extremely loud and the crowd extremely vocal. The average time for your ears to get back to normal is about six hours following departure from the party. It was the usual raucous Democratic Party, and the turnout augurs well for Democrats in November. Their candidate for Governor, DAN ONORATO, circulated in the crowd for over two hours. STATE SENS. TINA TARTAGLIONE and MIKE STACK were both very much in evidence. There was a nice tableau gathered around Tartaglione, which included recent candidate for Governor STATE SEN. TONY WILLIAMS, recent addition to the Senate LARRY FARNESE and former STATE SEN. BOB ROVNER. Incidentally, Stack will lead a Senate delegation to Israel in mid-August to measure the effectiveness of legislation adopted in Pennsylvania whereby companies doing business with Iran and Sudan would not be included in the State’s investment portfolio. Another incidental: Stack is a candidate to succeed to the minority leadership in the Senate created by the resignation of longtime SEN. BOB MELLOW. Stack and his lovely wife TONYA are almost next-door neighbors to the Bob Bradys. Before the Brady Bunch got started, the two couples spent a pleasant hour watching the tide come in at the Hereford Inlet. Speaking of Stack, he was the featured speaker at the reg(Cont. Page 26)
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Committee of 70 Knows How To Plant Its Seeds (Cont. From Page 2) Civil Service Commission, a Board of Ethics and the Inspector General. City Council, State and Federal agencies also provide financial and programmatic oversight as well.” The meat of PICA’s critique was based on comparisons to other counties, especially Allegheny, the second-most-populous in Pennsylvania, showing how the change from row offices to management control there re-
duced costs and increased operating efficiencies. Total saving was $1.2 million annually. But Philadelphia is not Allegheny Co. Our city is bigger, and has much-bigger headaches. The Committee of 70 then relied on City Controller Alan Butkovitz’s audits over several years. One of the offices continues to receive an “A” rating from the Controller. Butkovitz’s audits are followups of earlier audits making
specific recommendations. The other row offices have put into effect some of his recommendations, although not all. The Sheriff’s Office, handling millions of dollars annually in revenue, has experienced difficulties in the control of its varied accounts, but continued to make progress with implementing the Controller’s recommendations. Nevertheless, PICA found the Sheriff’s per-capita costs
are only moderately high when compared with other large counties in Pennsylvania. Yet costs, for a sheriff, are not driven by total population. The volume of law-enforcement activities and the volume of property-tax defaults are what really matters. Philadelphia, a large city with high crime and low income, is bound to have a busy Sheriff’s Office, rather than a cheap one, no matter who runs it or how they are chosen.
It is interesting to note the City Controller, now in his second term, has earned wide admiration for the way he has handled his office. It should be noted through all of his audits, Butkovitz has never called for the elimination of any of these three offices. Since Philadelphia’s wheelers and dealers know each other and meet often at various city and state political and social events, Stalberg wouldn’t be the top newsman he is without using every opportunity to shape PICA’s report in the direction sought by the Committee of 70. But PICA’s findings weren’t really strong enough to support its recommendations to eliminate these of-
fices. That conclusion must be left to the voters of this City, not the Committee of 70, to decide “whether the need to improve service delivery and achieve long-term fiscal stability outweigh a desire to maintain” the row offices. City Council has the power to keep the DiCicco bill in Committee, should its sponsor not recall it. Let the voters decide. If there are problems with the row offices, they alone have the right to pass judgment on their officers, every Election Day. The Committee of 70 needs to stop trying to take that prerogative away from them in the name of “good government” while it continues to raise millions for its own coffers.
Betty Harris Seeks Funds For Home
by Nathaniel Lee Betty Harris, founder and CEO of Betty Harris Homes, Inc, a residential and service organization, is raising funds to renovate a three-story row home donated to her organization by a concerned citizen. She is working to make it a place where neighborhood children can be housed in a safe and clean environment. “I know Betty Harris and the work that she does and I support that work. It is one thing to say that you support something but it is another to do something about it. I will be sending Betty Harris a check, I’m putting my money where my mouth is,” said State Rep. Ronald G. Waters,
a long-time supporter of Harris. Also in attendance at a the recent fundraiser she held, were Ward Leader Vivian Miller, Deputy Police Commissioner Steven Johnson and 12th Dist. Community Relations Officer Joe Young. Each spoke about the excellent work done by Harris and expressed continued support. The crowd stood in amazement when two vehicles entered the block and out came Michael Jackson, in full costume (Montrey Williams), who danced and sang to many Jackson songs. Cameras and video recorders were pulled out, and women and children screamed in delight as he performed.
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a way to do it,” said PHA Executive Director Carl Greene. Vinnie Iovine, co-owner of Iovine Brothers, says the idea for the program began at the gym, where he works out alongside Greene. One day, he introduced himself, and Greene proposed the delivery of fresh produce to several PHA sites. “We deliver that same
be eager to try something new. Residents at PHA’s Raymond Rosen development are thrilled to have choices where none existed before. Sharelle Kingwood says Iovine Brothers offers more variety than she would have at other places and the pricing is more affordable. Watermelon is her favorite fruit. Customers who buy at the market have several op-
exact product to 15,000 people a week in the Reading Terminal,” Iovine said, emphasizing the quality and freshness of the produce. The company has partnered in the past with The Food Trust, a nonprofit group that works to improve access to healthy, affordable food and to educate children and families about nutrition. Iovine believes that if price and quality is right, people will
tions for payment. Iovine Brothers will take cash, food stamps, WIC checks, credit, debit, and Electronic Benefit Transfer cards. The “Food for Life” program began operation on Jun. 29 and will continue through September. PHA will evaluate the level of demand for the farmers’ market products and, based on the results, could expand the program to other sites next year.
Sharon Thompson, who lives near PHA’s Raymond Rosen development, takes a look at strawberries on sale. Iovine Brothers Produce visits that site and three others once a week.
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In an era when many Americans eat too many processed foods, the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s Food For Life Program is making it easier for housing residents to obtain fresh produce – a key component for a healthy diet. Many PHA residents live in neighborhoods filled with fast food restaurants with little or no access to the fresh fruits and vegetables needed to maintain a healthy diet. People who live in these “food deserts” often develop obesity and other health-related issues. To provide healthier food options, PHA has partnered with the Reading Terminalbased Iovine Brothers Produce. Iovine Brothers visits four PHA sites one day a week: the Richard Allen Homes on Tuesdays, Wilson Park on Wednesdays, Raymond Rosen on Thursdays, and Greater Grays Ferry Estates on Fridays. The markets operate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “This is a great way for our residents to buy fresh produce at great prices. The fact that so many of them are lining up to buy fruit and vegetables shows that they really do want to eat healthier – they just needed
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Brady Sparks Wildwood With Major Turnout At Keenan’s
SMILING CONGRESSMAN Bob Brady welcomes Tartaglione family and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell to his annual packed Brady Bunch at the Beach gala at Keenan’s in Angelsea. From left are City Commissioner Chair Margaret Tartaglione, Gene Tartaglione, State Sen. Tina Tartaglione, Brady and Blackwell.
IT WAS HOT in Wildwood Saturday, but Congressman Bob Brady, right, spent some time in outdoor pavilion at Keenan’s to chat with Joe Mulvey and SEPTA’s Fran Kelly.
CONGRESSMAN Bob Brady, left, and aide Ducky Birts, right, escort’Brady's mom and niece into the shade at Keenan’s.
ENJOYING GALA were, from left, State Sen. & Mrs. Mike Stack, Chief Deputy Sheriff Barbara Deeley, State Rep. John Sabatina, Jr. and John DelRicci.
VETS ADVOCATE Jim Harrity congratuJUDICIAL candidate Angelo Foglietta gets TWO PEAS in a pod were Councilmen Bill Green lates Basil Merenda on his appointment by and Curtis Jones, who enjoyed Chairman Bob Gov. Ed Rendell as Commonwealth Secre- STATE SEN. Larry Farnese shares a a few campaign tips from Councilwoman photo op with FOP Pres. John McNesby. Jannie Blackwell. tary. Brady’s gala.
SHARING a moment were Democrat City Committee’s Lou Farinella, POPULAR Charlie Bernard, Sr., 2nd from FOP President John McNesby, ComWARD LEADER Ronald Cousar teams up with PARTYGOERS from Northeast included Pat right, enjoys company of Sheriff candidate mission Chairwoman Marge Marilyn Pakech, Fred Druding, Jr. and Margie Parkinson, State Rep. John Sabatina, Jr., Lisa Alan Kurtz, Vince Primavera, Ducky Birts Tartaglione and daughter State SenDeeley, Joe Mulvey and Dan Collins. Renzi. ator Tina Tartaglione. and Councilman Bill Greenlee.
LOCAL 1201 never looked better as its officers brought out their better halves. From SHARING company of lovely Marita Crawford left are President George Ricchezza and wife CAUGHT in crowd were 1st Warders were Leland Beloff and Ward Leaders Tom MaryAnn, Dennis Biondo and Valerie Pedi- Steve Lauer, Ann DeFusco, Michelle Rum- STATE REP. Mike O’Brien and chief of baugh and Gary Cook. staff Mary Isaacson kept busy greeting. Johnson and Ed Nesmith. cone.
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One of the teams selected was a consortium comprising Delaware River Stevedores and Hyundai Merchant Marine America. DRS is a joint venture between Carrix, Inc., and Ports America Group, the two largest independent terminaloperating companies in the United States. DRS has vast stevedoring experience at several major US ports, including the Port of Philadelphia. HMMA, a wholly owned sub-
Rudman Continues Launching Careers have been wonderful friends of the Summer Jazz Institute,” said Marc Dicciani, director of the University’s School of Music. “Their gifts are gamechangers for a number of our students who might not otherwise have been able to attend the institute, where they begin to find their way in the world as artists, thinkers, creators and performers.”
nal, which is envisioned as a state-of-the-art facility strategically positioned to handle growing international trade volumes. The Commonwealth’s Department of General Services (“DGS”) is administering the selection process. “We are pleased by the response to the SFP, and excited by the prospects the Southport project brings to the region,” Rendell said. “These companies that have expressed interest in Southport have solid track records in terminal development, and we look forward to working with them as this process continues.” The Southport Marine Terminal project represents the first major expansion of the Port of Philadelphia in 50 years. Located to the south of the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, it will be supported by three Class One railroads and a network of highways to enhance intermodal opportunities. In addition, the acreage on the site offers excellent potential for future growth and
expansion. “As the nation’s economy slowly emerges from the recession, we are poised to capture a substantial amount of the increasing cargo volumes that will be coming,” said John H. Estey, chairman of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority. “The Southport project offers us not only the opportunity to maintain our competitive edge, but allows us to seek new opportunities and attract new cargo and thousands of family-sustaining jobs.” The next step in the selection process, Estey said, is an intensive is the development of the phase two submissions by the short listed bidders. Based upon the phase two submissions, DGS plans to announce the preferred bidder in Sep-
tember and reach commercial close in November. Today’s announcement is a continuation of the commitment of Governor Rendell and the PRPA to the Southport project. In May 2009, Governor Rendell dedicated up to $25 million in capital funds to accelerate the project. The money has funded environmental studies, permitting, land acquisition, geotechnical work, site preparation, utility analysis and site access work. The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority is an independent agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charged with the management, maintenance and promotion of public port facilities along the Delaware River in the City of Philadelphia.
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Philadelphia philanthropist Kal Rudman, founder of the pioneering music-industry magazine Friday Morning Quarterback, has always had an ear for what makes a hit. He is credited with discovering Hall and Oates’ “She's Gone,” Kenny Rogers’ “Lucille” and Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” among many others. More than 40 years after launching FMQB from his New Jersey basement, Rudman and his wife Lucille continue to open doors for yet-to-be discovered musicians by making it possible for some of the nation’s top high-school artists to attend the Summer Jazz Institute at the University of the Arts. As has been the case for the previous 14 years, the Rudmans recently donated $20,000 to make it possible for dozens of top young jazz musicians from across the country to attend the elite two-week residential program. Each year a number of Summer Jazz Institute students enroll in and eventually graduate from the University of the Arts, many of whom subsequently go on to highly successful careers in the jazz world. At the Jazz Institute, scholarship students refine their craft under the tutelage of top professional musicians. Students work one-on-one with University faculty members – themselves practicing instrumentalists and vocalists who perform across the country – to improve their technique, learn new skills and gain experience playing for an audience. “Kal & Lucille Rudman
sidiary of Hyundai Merchant Marine Co., Ltd., is a major Asian carrier growing by leaps and bounds in both worldwide trade lanes and in the US port industry. The other team selected was SMT Development Partners, principally comprised of the Spanish-based Obrascon Huarte Lain, SA, with support by worldwide port engineering firm CH2M Hill. OHL is responsible for many successful capital construction projects in the international port industry. Also included in the team are the The Judlau and Jay Cashman firms, representing construction and finance aspects of the proposal. The above-listed teams, both of which would be great assets to the Commonwealth’s port industrial plans for the area in South Philadelphia designated for Southport, were selected based upon responses to the first phase of the proposal process, or “SFP”, that was issued May 12, 2010 for the construction and operation of the Southport Marine Termi-
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Less than three months after seeking proposals from interested parties to design, operate and maintain a major new marine terminal in South Philadelphia, Gov. Edward G. Rendell announced today the shortlist of the teams that will continue in the solicitation process in developing a publicprivate partnership that is expected to bring millions of dollars of investment to the region.
DRS One of Two Southport Finalists
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Sam Staten, Sr. Honored For Meritorious Lifetime
STATE REP. Ron Waters presents Labor Giant Samuel Staten, Sr., with citation for his lifetime of community service as supporters gathered at Convention Center to honor his lifetime as a contributor to Labor and countless individuals he has Photo by Donald Terry personally helped .
TERRANCE O’SULLIVAN, general president of Laborers International Union of North America, presents LaRECEIVING honor from State Rep. Jewell borers District Council’s elder statesWilliams, right, and Sheriff’s Chief of Staff man Sam Staten, Sr. with award at Barbara Deeley, Sam Staten, Sr. adds an- packed Convention Center banquet other badge to his luster. Photo by Donald Terry hall. Photo by Donald Terry
500 PEOPLE packed Convention Center to pay tribute to Sam Staten, Sr.’s life and works, FROM LEFT, Kevin Price, Charlie among them, from left, State Rep. Jewell Branch and Doug Nesmith enjoyed soirée in Convention Center. Williams, John McDaniel and Frenchy Risco.
BEAUTY and talent sparkled at tribute to Sam Staten, Sr., drawing forth, from left, the likes of Marcia Penn-Cummings, Diane HANGING out for a memorable evening Williams, Denise Marshall and Council- were, from left, Warren Price, Mark Benwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown. ton and Juan Ramos.
LUCKIEST MAN in Phila. was Sam Staten, Sr. that evening as society ladies flocked to his side: from left, St. Rep. Cherelle Parker, Councilwoman Marin Tasco, State Sen. Leanna M. Washington and Felisha Harris.
Tamica Tanksley, left, and State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown mingled with THE PETE LYDES, Sr. & Jr., made their glamorous crowd at Sam Staten, Sr.’s distinguished appearance in Convention Center. tribute.
PROMINENT Philadelphians of all stripes turned out to honor Sam Staten, Sr., such as, from left, IBEW Local 98 leader John Dougherty and attorneys Nino Tinari and Jimmy Binns.
GOVERNORS present and (hopefully) future flocked to Sam Staten, Sr.’s tribute; that’s candidate Dan Onorato and incumbent Ed Rendell, here joined by Laborers Union political maven Ken Washington.
POPULAR former Controller TURNING out to honor Sam were Herb Tyler, Jonathan Saidel, left, shares a with Steve left, and Ryan Boyer, business manager of Labor- conversation McWilliams of Republic Bank. ers’ District Council.
‘THE BOSS’, State Rep. Dwight Evans, right, joins with Barry DiVergilio, State Rep. Ron Waters and FROM LEFT are Bob Enberle, Renata Raychut, Bernie Elias, Janet & Don Ryder, and Bob Bergman. Waters’ lovely granddaughter.
off the casino floor, you can’t help but be dazzled by all of the maritime design elements such as hand-painted murals, a “fish wall” and ceramics such as classic oyster plates. Two murals of mermaids, each nine feet long and seven feet high, are wrapped around two pillars. The mermaids, dressed in brightly colored jewelry with scales that resemble Tiffany lamps, are depicted in an underwater environment surrounded by various fish, sea turtles and dolphins. Another eye-OK feature is the handcrafted ceramic traditional oyster plates (with indents for shells) that are used for rawbar items. Regarding the food, as the late, great columnist and short story writer Damon Runyan used to say, we enjoyed it more than somewhat. A grilled shrimp appetizer tingled with just the right touch of spice (from spicy sausage) and was punctuated with a kiss of Manchego cheese wrapped in puff pastry ($18). A baby
iceberg wedge had a melange of fresh veggies with a hum of heat from pepper bacon and a cloud of impossibly rich buttermilk dressing ($12). Executive chef Demetrios Haronis insists all of his fresh seafood and produce is purchased from South Jersey farms and fisheries. The fresh seafood entrees in particular “scaled” the heights of gastronomy. A panseared Pacific halibut ($40) was so fresh, I expected it to flounder around on the plate. It was married to a sublime black truffle cream sauce redolent of lobster bisque. A Chilean sea bass Française ($44) exploded with sweet flavor. I thought the Chardonnay peppercorn cream sauce might overwhelm the mild, fork-tender fish, but the peppercorn was judiciously kept in check. Anyone dining at Fin absolutely should be required to Fin-ish the meal with a couple of desserts like the divine banana chocolate torte ($10) and chocolate jubilation cake
Len Lear ($10). I can’t remember the last time my wife and I polished off two complete desserts in a restaurant, but we managed this herculean feat at Fin with two hands tied behind our backs (that’s one hand apiece). The food at Fin is definitely catnip for foodies, as long as customers are prepared for the sticker shock. The night we were there (Wednesday, Jul. 21), they were prepared for it because the place was as full as a bucket of crabs. And an after-dinner drink called Peach Melba ($12.50) was easy on the eyes
and easy on the palate. Fin also has a spectacularly designed (like a ship) raw bar and sushi bar. The wine list includes 50 bottles under $50. A well-priced choice for any of the spicy seafood offerings is the citrusy Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc ($30) from New Zealand, which has become the citadel of this refreshing, summery wine. By the way, the Tropicana parking garage ($5 fee) is the biggest one we have ever parked in. We drove down so many levels and around so many corners to get out, I thought we would probably come right out into South Philadelphia. It has nothing to do with the restaurant, but on the floor of the casino I saw two of the best T-shirt slogans on two male friends (not my friends) that I have ever seen. They were: “I’m not a gynecologist, but I’m willing to take a look” and “Please tell your breasts to stop staring at my eyes.” For more information about Fin, visit www.tropicana.net.
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by Len Lear I don’t get it. Every month or so, I read an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer’s business section declaring revenues in Atlantic City casinos are down 10% or so from six months or a year before, due to the still-sputtering economy and the competing casinos and slots parlors that are popping up throughout Rendell-vania like daffodils in May. (I mention Rendell because he has been a tireless cheerleader in bringing casinos into our state, in return for which he has received big-time campaign contributions.) However, despite these declining revenues in Atlantic City, somehow the casinos manage to come up with enough caviar to invest in new restaurants. For example, the
Atlantic City Casino-Hotel has just opened four new restaurants in the past month, and on May 28 the Tropicana Casino & Resort opened the mammoth, upscale Fin restaurant, whose dining room is so long, the last row of tables may very well be in Margate. Tropicana executives must have some reason for optimism to spend millions for a palace of culinary concertos like Fin, particularly since the 2,100-room casino hotel was not exactly lacking for dining options, with its 20 restaurants and 13 bars and lounges. But now Fin is the only seafood restaurant in Atlantic City with outdoor seating right in front of the ocean. All 156 indoor seats have an ocean view through giant plate-glass windows, and there is outdoor oceanfront patio seating for 24 more. When you enter Fin right
Fin-tastic food, Fin-omenal ocean view
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(Cont. From Page 10) “wreck chasers”, who, by the way, are equipped with the new POLICE RADIOS, to solicit their services from those involved in an accident – this should not be allowed. THE POLICE have a ROTATION LIST and they will select one of them to remove any and all cars from the accident scene. OK! SNOOPER SIGHTINGS: There goes “Coach” JUDGE ROGER GORDON from the COURT OF COMMON PLEAS, and he still looks like he can play baseball! JUDGE JAMES DeLEON, Municipal Court, looks a little beat. No wonder, I see him everywhere, him and JUDGE PAT DUGAN. Look at JOSEPH McDERMOTT, he’s The Director of The Court’s Resolution Units, looks a little slimmer even! I wonder what his wife PATRICIA feeds him; it’s doing “THE JOB”, really! SNOOPER’S “BLUE DISGRACE”: Many Philadelphians still can’t believe what happened to criminal actions involving THREE POLICE OFFICERS. I’m so PROUD
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of Police Commissioner CHARLES RAMSEY, especially his immediate actions in this case. Yes, The Mayor is ticked off, as well as me, and even THE F.O. P. will not represent these THREE CRIMINALS who disgraced their UNIFORMS as well as the entire PHILADELPHIA POLICE FORCE. You can bet there are others involved too! I hope THE MEDIA doesn’t paint all POLICE OFFICERS as criminals. There are thousands of great POLICE OFFICERS in this City, and you better believe it! Yes, The Mayor, HON. MICHAEL NUTTER, has the right to be ‘ticked off’ too! SNOOPER’S SPECIAL MESSAGE: Mr. Bob Mangam, please don’t blame me for the mistake regarding your Son KEITH. One of your ‘associates’ emailed that info to me at email@example.com and I assumed he knew what he was telling me. I will let all your friends know KEITH MANGAM is presently in WEST AFRICA and, as you have written, he’ll be there for TWO YEARS. I commend him for joining THE PEACE CORPS and appreciate his dedication. Thank You for this one! Please let us know where KEITH goes next. Keep us up to date on him. OK! I know his Mom LINDA and Sister KRISTIN are proud of him too!
City Hall Sam (Cont. From Page 10) ularly scheduled meeting of the Northeast Chamber of Commerce. This session was held at Crown Cork & Seal, which provided at its expense the food for the breakfast. Over 150 were present for this affair. Stack let it be known he he was anxious to expand his role in the leadership capacity in Harrisburg. Immediately following, the Senator presented the administration at Nazareth Hospital with a check for $500,000 to cover the cost of acquiring the latest in sophisticated diagnostic equipment. TOM GOLA, the great
Waffleman (Cont. From Page 10) dramatically. But by the late 1980s, sales rebounded and by 1998, worldwide sales were again over two million per year. I think nostalgia had something to do with the new sales. I had a LavaLite. Did you?
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basketball star from LaSalle University and one of the great benefactors of the school, is making a slow but positive recovery from injuries sustained in a fall. He is currently in St. Joseph’s Nursing Home, which is part of Holy Redeemer. June was the hottest June since the government started keeping records in 1834. It appears July will also be the hottest July on record, what with the number of days already that have exceeded 100°. So the moral of the story is: Do not go outside unless you have to, stay close to the air-conditioning, no strenuous activity and drink a lot of fluids. I loved the hypnotic motion; it was irresistible. I was sorely tempted to purchase the lamp I saw at the flea market but didn’t. I should have; for now, as I write this column, I miss my LavaLite. I gotta find another one for sale. I wonder where I can get one just like the one that I had way back when. Hmm....
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from Chicago about the issue of predatory lending when she met him at a fundraiser. “[President Obama] came to town when he was running for the Senate from Chicago,” she said. “He was aware of it, but we were hoping he would be able to do something about it.” Tasco knows Congress didn’t necessarily act because it was the right thing to do. “I’m not sure the legislation would have passed if the market hadn’t collapsed,” she said. “The regulations still have to be worked out and we have to be vigilant. The lobbyists will try to weaken the legislation, so it’s going to be a challenge.” But it’s one Councilwoman Tasco and all of the other activists who advocate for the rights of those victimized by predatory-lending practices are more than willing to take on.
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(Cont. From Page 10) exists, thanks to the very interests that practice predatory lending.) Residents, senior citizens in particular, were being sent “checks” that promised them a few extra dollars to help with home improvements, send grandkids to college, or even provide them with money to travel. But as a series of stories in the Philadelphia Daily News showed, the “checks” these seniors were receiving were actually loans that contained the kind of balloon payments that could lead to one losing a home that had long since been paid off. In 2001, Tasco was able to get a predatory-lending law passed. Described by the National League of Cities as one of the country’s toughest, the ordinance prohibited predatory lenders from doing business with the City and required them
to tell the City the annual percentage rates and points charged on each loan. The penalty for not following these rules was the loss of a lender’s businessprivilege license, fines of anywhere from $150 to $300 a day, the loss of government housing funds and most importantly, the loss of City contracts. Needless to say, the financial industry was far from amused. Neither was Mayor John Street, who refused to sign the bill into law. While it wound up becoming law anyway despite his inaction, Commonwealth Court ruled the law unconstitutional later that year. That was a hard pill for her to swallow, Tasco says. “When the good guys try to correct a wrong, the bad guys always find a loophole,” she said. But that didn’t stop her from trying. In fact, the Councilwoman made it a point to talk to a candidate for the Senate
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