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Fire Fighters Malley, Welsh Remembered… 37 years Later Washington Ave. Plaque Dedicated by R. George Linton The east side of Washington Avenue came to a standstill late last week as two fallen firefighters were remembered – 37 years after their heroism cost them their own lives. Firefighters Robert Malley and John Welsh were killed in the line of duty on Jun. 12, 1973. Police and fire units across the city remembered the South Philadelphia pair with a special plaque dedication ceremony in their honor in front of their family and close friends, as well as former Fire Commissioner Joe Rizzo.

GONE, but never forgotten! Family and friends of fallen firefighters Robert Malley and John Welsh WASHINGTON AVENUE came to stand to salute the former heroes at a standstill as police and firefighters saluted two former firefighters. a plaque dedication ceremony.

In the summer of 1973, Engine 24 and Ladder 5 were dispatched to 13th and Carpenter St. Minutes earlier Engine Ladder 10 and Ladder 11 were sent to 1223 Washington Avenue for a sprinkler alarm at the Frederick Levey Ink Co.A raging fire would destroy the building. Former Commissioner Rizzo calls it one of the saddest days in Philadelphia Fire history. In the early hours of Jun. 13, the bodies of Malley and Welsh were recovered. The City mourned their loss. Today, though, 37 years on, they cele(Cont. Page 2)

‘Food For Life’ Program Comes To Grays Ferry 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 (Cont. Page 13)

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East Passyunk DooWop Festival Biggest Ever One band and two disc jockeys have been added to the list of entertainers for the 5th annual DooWop Festival on E. Passyunk Avenue this Sunday. Local band Impact will play live from 1-5 p.m. at the corner of E. Passyunk Avenue & Moore Street. With this addition, organizerpromise music will be playing all day long from Dickinson to Broad Streets. East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District will be hosting the biggest DooWop since its debut in 2005. The day-long festival is held on East Passyunk Avenue between McKean and Dickinson Streets, just east of Broad Street. The Festival will feature over 100 muscle, classic, antique, custom and show cars, trucks and motorcycles lining a four-block stretch of the Avenue, as well as live music by Chad & Willie, Impact, two DJs, giveaways from WOGL, face painting (Cont. Page 12)

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Taking A Bite Of Crime Turn In A Gun, Get A Free Hoagie by Rory G. McGlasson and Thomas James A local hoagie-store owner is pleased neighbors enjoy his food; now he wants their help to take a bite out of crime. “If we get one gun, we might be able to save one life,” hoagie store owner Richard Pagliarella tell customers inside his Point Breeze store. Best-known in South Philadelphia as Rick, of Ricci’s Hoagies on 11th Street. Pagliarella is offering a free (Cont. Page 2)

GUNS FOR HOAGIES? Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey got behind the counter to help Ricci’s Hoagie store owner Richard Pagliarella hand out hoagies Tuesday. The pair have partnered in a weeklong program that offers free hoagies for anyone who hands in a gun in Point Breeze.


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Free Hoagies For Guns At Ricci’s (Cont. From Page 1) hoagie for anyone who wants to turn in a firearm at his new Point Breeze store. Pagliarella has teamed up with the Philadelphia police department all week at his store located 1247 S. 21st Street. With two days left, nobody has dropped off a gun yet, but the lure of a free hoagie lunch is still on offer for anyone who brings in a firearm. “We are confident that through word-of-mouth and outreach, we might be able to get some firearms turned in,” said Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey at a visit to the store Tuesday. The deal runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day through Friday. Officer Walter Williams and Pamela Canada of the 17th Police Dist. are ready outside in a van for anyone to hand in gun anonymously. “We have had some inquires, but nothing as of yet,”

said Williams, a 17-year veteran of the District beat. “We’ll be here until Friday,” he said. Just days before Pagliarelli opened his new store, a young man was slain directly outside the store front in a 3 a.m. shooting. Riddled with 37 shots, the victim died at the scene. There are holes in the store wall outside and stray bullets hit windows at two houses across the street. Pagliarella said he called the Commissioner’s office straight away with his hoagies-for-guns idea. “If we get one gun, we save one life … it’s as simple as that,” Pagliarella said. Commissioner Ramsey spent Tuesday personally handing out hoagies at the Point breeze store. Ramsey said people can drop guns off, anonymously, from 11 a.m. The program runs until 3 p.m. “No questions will be asked, except what you

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Amateur athletes from across the state converged in Central Pennsylvania this past week to compete among 7,000 athletes for bragging rights at the Keystone Summer Games. Coming back home to South Philadelphia with bragging rights were members of the South Philadelphia Soccer Club. Local soccer stars competed on Team Metro, and netted gold and silver medals for the city, while matched against the best amateur athletes in the commonwealth. “We came up a little bit short last year, and we definitely knew what it would take to get it done this year,” said Steve Anzur. Anzur and teammate, Alex Zimmerman, played on Team Metro’s U16 Boys team that defeated Lehigh Valley for the much sought after gold medal. Similarly, on the U14 Girls 17th POLICE DIST. OFFCIER Walter Williams joins Ricci’s Hoagie Store owner, Richard Pagliarella and staff Metro Team, Julianna Casasanto posted tournament MVP type Thomas Abruzzi and Cindy Beebe. numbers during the two days of want in your hoagie,” please call the Police District match play with two goals and at (215) 686-3388 or Ricci’s three assists. Her effort helped Ramsey said. propel the Metro Team past AlFor more information, Hoagies at (215) 468-7500.

legheny Co. in a wild championship match marred by two weather suspensions and subsequent stops and starts. Before the city girls finally put the match in the win column with a 2-1 result, the match was delayed a total of one hour by the wicked weather. “The lightning shooting through the mountains may have been the scariest thing I have ever seen,” Casasanto said. Also taking home medals, the U18 Boys, represented by Mark Casasanto, Joe Contessa and Juan Cora, battled hard through an injury plagued weekend in an effort to repeat as gold medalists, but eventually settled for silver medals after falling short to Lehigh Valley in the title match. Other members of the SPSC that participated in the 2010 Keystone Games were -- U16 Boys Metro Team: Neil Brassel, KJ McFarlane, Daniel Morales, Billy Stermel and A.J. Townson. U14 Girls Metro Team: Samantha Charlton and Stefani Ulmer.

Firefighters Honored With Washington Ave. Plaque (Cont. From Page brated two of its heroes. Malley, who was survived by his Margaret and three sons Robert, Michael and Kenneth was a local hero along the 2100 block of Frazier Street. On Apr. 1, 1967, Malley saved the life of two small children from and out of control car; he received a heroism award for his actions that day. Fireman Welsh was assigned to Ladder 5. Welsh, who lived on the 600 block of South Bouvier Street, was survived by his wife Mary, and three sons John, Michael and Thomas.

FIREFIGHTERS PAY their respect to South Philadelphia fallen officers, Robert Malley and John Welsh.

COUNCILMAN AT LARGE Bill Greenlee and Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers attended plaque dedication ceremony.

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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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come of Contest Committeesponsored elections holds sway, Kevin has officially lost his leadership in the eyes of the RCC. Offering legal advice to Kelly, GOP 27th Ward Leader Matt Wolfe, Esq. believes two of the contest committee members have challenges of their own from the State-run organization led by Al Schmidt and, according to City Committee rules, are ineligible as members. The same scenario, Wolfe states, occurred in the 65th when Philp Innamorato was ruled out by a Contest Committee. He has produced court rulings going back to 1966 to support his contention. Whether or not he continues to fight for the two in court remains to be seen, though there is some doubt the courts will intervene in a battle within a private Party

receive a payment of $188,873 while Jack Kelly receives $299,163.” Contributions to Elmer’s campaign can be made at or, if you would prefer, checks can be mailed to “The Friends of Elmer Money” at 3651 East Crown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19114.

COUNCILWOMAN DONNA Reed Miller presents Stephen Kinsey with community award at Heath Community expo in Germantown. Kinsey collected the award on behalf of State Rep. John Myers. Photo by Donald Terry battle which has its own rules tions, and begin expending their energies to get our cangoverning such activity. With campaign time now didate for governor elected.” under 100 days, City ComWill Elmer Be mittee Chairman Vito On The Money? Canuso, Esq. remarked, “We In 2011, Republican canlook forward to the time when all our Republicans realize we didate Elmer Money hopes to need to get down to basics, challenge the status quo. The get new Republican registra- Friends of Elmer Money committee has begun building support for his campaign as a STATE SENATOR Republican candidate for City Council At Large. Money stated, “Our two Republican At-Large Councilmen, Frank Rizzo and Jack DISTRICT OFFICE Kelly, have enrolled into the 1555-D Wadsworth Ave. ethically questionable DePhiladelphia, PA 19150 ferred Retirement Option Pro(215) 242-0472 gram. The expectation is that they will retire after their term Fax: (215) 753-4538 expires in 2011. As particiWEB SITE pants within the DROP, Frank Rizzo is scheduled to


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Philadelphian Is Penna. Secretary Long-time Philadelphian and a former Committeeman from the 48th Democrat Ward Basil Merenda now holds two hats in the cabinet of Gov. Ed Rendell. He has held several positions within the Rendell Administration. These include deputy secretary for regulatory programs at the Dept. of State, since joining the department in 2004. Rendell named him Commissioner of the Dept.’s Bureau of Professional & Occupational Affairs in 2004. He has now named him Secretary of the Commonwealth. “I have known Basil for nearly 30 years, first as an undergraduate student and then as a summer legal intern when I was Philadelphia’s district attorney,” said Rendell. “It has been a real pleasure seeing Basil grow and develop into an accomplished attorney with a passion for public service. I fully expect Basil to bring the same work ethic and passion to his duties as secretary.” Rendell noted Merenda has strongly improved consumer protection in his former position with a series of improvements in regulations and the formation of two new boards regulating massage therapists and crane operators. Merenda is now leading a 500 employee agency that oversees a diverse collection of an administrative and regularity bureaus. Prior to his work with the Dept. of State, he served as deputy attorney general for the state of New Jersey. Earlier he served as legal counsel to the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1776.

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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.

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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.


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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)

Jul. 29- Fundraiser for Alan Kurtz For Sheriff at The Prime Rib, 1701 Locust St., 5:30-7 p.m. Jul. 31- Councilmembers Maria Quiñones Sánchez and William K. Greenlee host Helping Hands Community Fair at Casas De Adoración Ministries, Inc., 3520-26 N. Front St., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 7- Sister Clara Muhammad School’s 1st annual Community Festival at Muhammad Park, 46th & Wyalusing Ave., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. For info Wayne Rahman (267) 252-5547. Aug. 7- Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. hosts 4th Dist. Appreciation Day at Belmont Picnic Grove, Belmont Ave.

& Belmont Mansion Dr., 124 p.m. RSVP to Aug. 9-12- State FOP Convention and Elections at Hyatt Regency on Delaware, Columbus Blvd. & Dock St. Aug. 14- State Rep. Ronald G. Waters hosts 2010 Village Family Reunion & Festival at Frances Myers Rec Ctr., 58th & Kingsessing Ave., 12-8 p.m. Enjoy and enter “So You Think You Got Talent” contest. Entry forms at For info (215) 745-6712. Aug. 26- GLBMA Business Breakfast at Warnock Housisng Development, 2862 Germantown Ave., 8-10 a.m. Members free, nonmembers $25. Pre-registration required. Mayor Nutter and PHA Exec. Director Carl Greene to speak.

by Greg Bucceroni Back in the mid 1970s through the early 1980s, John Veasey and I associated with known New York City and Philadelphia organized crime associates like Jimmy Burke, Henry Hill (Lucchese Crime Family, N.Y.C.) and Angelo Bruno (Philadelphia Crime Family), to mention a few. We were juveniles then. Back in those days, the Mob would use juvenile delinquents to assist in the operation of running numbers, stolen property, low- to medium-level violence, in addition to other crimes. The rules were simple:

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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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

5. You must not have been intentionally attempting to evade or defeat the tax when you failed to pay. Next week’s question: Can I pay my creditors even after I received a bankruptcy discharge?

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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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Local Pilot Recovering Well, Donations Sought (Cont. From Page Luckily, he made it through the night in critical but stable condition. The nurses cut his pain meds down to check for coherency, but only the sound of his daughter Annette’s voice roused him into consciousness. The tests were completed and it was found that he had no brain damage. It was a great moment for family and staff. The next morning he was prepared for surgery. The orthopedic physicians advised the family that due to the debris

field on his legs which included parts of the aircraft, paint, mud and grass, an amputation of 12 inches on both legs at about the knee was planned. There were large portions of dead tissue and muscle that were also infected. This would be the first of many more leg surgeries and blood transfusions. With his badly damaged lungs, only the breathing tubes and a thin thread kept him in this world. Son Sean arrived from Florida and good friends brought some holy water from

Knock, Ireland. Prayers were said and the holy water was dabbed on his forehead and hands. Six days later, with the breathing tubes removed, the doctors and nurses are astonished that he is talking and asking questions. His menu consists of ice chips for a sore throat. Annette and Sean attribute his speedy recovery on all the good thoughts and prayers and visits. They are thankful. However, Jim was not yet out of the woods. He was still fighting fever, low blood pressure,

intense pain, poor arterial blood flow and infections to his legs. By the 10th day, he was exhibiting his personality and sense of humor again. He wanted his phone, he wanted to know what was next, Donahue also asked if his teeth were messed up in the crash. He confided in Annette that he’s desperate to get back to South Philly and jokingly laid out his escape plan! The recuperation process includes strength building days. He can brush his teeth with his left hand. He

may be taken out of ICU soon. Jim enjoys visitors. Annette coordinates the times to prevent overlaps so more days are covered. A fundraiser to help with immediate expenses is in the planning stages. For more information,

please contact Annette Donahue at (614) -598-1301. Or by email at: Donations can be made at the following Web site: mdonahue.

THE LATE Tom Pitts, Sam Minutola, Jim Donahue, Kenny Adams and friends from Cookie’s Tavern celebrating St. Patrick’s Day 2010. Photo by Maria Merlino

Doo Wop On Sunday (Cont. From Page 1) for the kids, car memorabilia and other vendors, and the Bang! Boom! CRAFT! Show at the Fountain. The rain date is Sunday, Aug. 8. E. Passyunk Avenue’s award-winning restaurants will be serving special street food and summertime beverages for the day, including grilled Abruzzese specialties and Italian cocktails in Le Virtu’s outdoor garden; fresh smoothies at Fuel; home-made gnocchi and savory sausage and pepper sandwiches from Mamma Maria; chicken or pork Japanese Hoagies and a full sushi menu at Izumi; outdoor grilled Mexican fare from El Zarape; smoked BBQ brisket, pulled pork, baked beans and cole

slaw at Paradiso; and plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy Avenue favorites like Margaritas and quesadillas at Cantina and Adobe Cafe, coffee at B2 and Black N Brew, craft beers and vegetarian and meaty pub fare at the POPE and Lucky 13; and Pizza and Stromboli from Stogie Joe’s and Isabella Pizza. The festival is FREE for attendees, $15 for cars. This event draws thousands and is a fun day for the whole family. E. Passyunk Avenue is home to over 150 independently-owned shops and restaurants, offering an excellent opportunity to stretch your legs and take a stroll up the Avenue. For more information, go to

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phasizing 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 be eager to try some-

thing 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 options 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 will visit Greater Grays Ferry Estates on Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.


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(Cont. From Page 1) other health-related issues. In South Philadelphia PHA is making sure the healthy food is available. 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, it will stop by the 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 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 exact product to 15,000 people a week in the Reading Terminal” Iovine said, em-

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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.

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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

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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

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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 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

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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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