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Local Pol Honors Heroes, ‘Legends’ At Street Festival Some of South Philadelphia’s most recognizable heroes were honored by State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson this week. The lawmaker hosted his 2nd annual Community Appreciation Day in Point Breeze by recognizing individuals who make positive contributions in the community. More than 1,000 came out to celebrate community leaders while enjoying a festive atmosphere of food, fun and entertainment. Among those honored included (Cont. Page 2)
A POLICE CRUISER traveling eastbound on Oregon Avenue early Tuesday morning was struck by another car which was traveling north on Broad Street. Although investigators say it was not immediately known who was at fault, witnesses at the scene said the uninjured driver was talking on her cell phone. The officer in the vehicle suffered injuries to his upper body and was rushed to the University of Pennsylvania. He is in stable condition. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured. Photo by Maria Merlino
WDAS’ Patty Jackson is presented with award by State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson and gubernatorial candidate Dan Onorato.
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Southern HS Changes Sestaks Visit Health Centers (Cont. From Page 1) Strategic changes appear in the shape of a security officer who speaks Mandarin Chinese, and a new after-school arts program run by Asian Arts Initiative. The curriculum now includes classes offering Chinese as a second language. A new in-school center for new immigrants has been developed. And Ackermann notes the pending appointment of an Asian assistant principal will be put in place to make Southern a “place of learning”, as opposed to a place of fear. Ackerman greeted incoming freshmen and their parents for a one-hour opening session, which took place in Room 105 of the school located at Broad Street & Snyder Avenue. “The Class of 2014 here at South Philadelphia and throughout our District holds a special place in my heart,” Ackerman said. “Their graduation year serves as a constant reminder of the commitments we have made to them and to all of our students in the district’s fiveyear strategic plan, Imagine 2014, to build a system of great schools in our city.” The crowded room included parents, teachers, councilors and principals. Big floor fans cooled the air while Ackerman elucidated that she’s “pouring people and resources into making the school a safe environment for all.” South Philadelphia High begins the 2010-11 school year with a new principal. Debbie Wei, of the Office of Multilingual Curriculum and
US senatorial candidate Joe Sestak joined his wife Susan Clark-Sestak in South Philadelphia on Tuesday. The pair visited the Maternity Cares Coalition, MOMobile, Early Head Start location at 2000 Mifflin Street. Then, later in the afternoon, The Sestak’s visited the Greater Philadelphia Health Action's Woodland Avenue Health Center in Southwest Philadelphia for a tour of the premise. The two stops in South Philadelphia were part Susan Clark-Sestak’s tour of community social service organizations in the area. 9TH-GRADE SISTERS Mandy and Mei Hui Huang listen to Arlene Ackerman during Southern HS orientation through translator Van Tsang, center, of Office of Multilingual Curriculum and Programs. Programs, said initially Asian “The first-year Asian stuparents were dismayed that dents will be in small classes they weren’t consulted on the with no more than 25 students pick of Hackney for princi- and two teachers. It will be an pal. However, she is very immersion process of learnhopeful after spending a little ing the English language. time with Hackney. Then in their sophomore “He is a fabulous choice,” year, they can be in the genWei said. “He’s not afraid to eral population with more set the right tone, or get the c o n f i d e n c e . ” job done with all seriousTsang is happy she shares ness.” a nice relationship with the A familiar face in the Superintendent Ackerman. crowd was Van Tsang, who “I love this lady!” Ackerwas a councilor at Southwark mann said of Tsang, who arES for 18 years. Tsang, an rived in the United States immigration expert who is from China more than 20 fluent in four Chinese di- years ago with her family. alects, Vietnamese and Cam- Tsang got her impetus in bodian, is now working as the 1989 when her own daughter assistant to Wei in special got beat up at her school. projects. In my interview “I realized that as an imwith her, she has a good feel- migrant, I was at a disadvaning that there is going to be an tage. I did not understand the improvement. language and had no word “The energy is high and power. I want to tell everyone with parents and community that if you live in this couninvolvement, we can do so try, you have to learn Engmuch to make learning the lish.” main focus.”
RONALD HEIGLER, CEO of Greater Philadelphia Health Action, leads Joe and Susan Sestak on tour of Woodland Avenue Health Center, located at 5000 Woodland Avenue. The Sestaks met with local politicians and community health advocates regarding health-care needs of residents after the tour.
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POINT BREEZE HERO, Ziainey Z. Stokes, an 11-year-old, who has created a peer-mediation program to prevent bullying and the negative effects it has on victims, is given award from State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson and Mayor Michael Nutter at 2nd Community Appreciation Day. SOUTH PHILLY “LIVING legend” and community activist Michael Coard, Esq. pumps up crowd with speech as he receives community award from State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson during Pt. Breeze Festival.
(Cont. From Page 1) WDAS’ Patty Jackson and the Intruders; both proud South Philadelphians who were recognized with the “South Philadelphia Living Legends Award.” “This was an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate each other and our accomplishments,” Johnson said. “We recognized 18 individuals and organizations who are all serving their communities in a positive way.” Johnson pledged to represent the positive change the community desired and remains committed to advocating on behalf of the constituents he serves. Also honored was Ziainey Z. Stokes, an 11-year-old who has created a peer mediation program to prevent bullying and the negative effects it has on victims, as well as community activist Michael Coard, Esq.
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2011 Primary Heavy On Political Minds by Joe Shaheeli Both Democrat and Republican Parties in this city are poised and at the ready to do what they can to generate votes for their gubernatorial and US Senate candidates this November. Though they are going through their pre-election drills and showing up to support their candidates at election and party functions, who will be on Primary slates is the key topic on the agenda when leadership gets together. The most excitement generated may come from the Republican Party, which has seen a major split between the Loyal Opposition, also known as the Pennsylvania Republican Party, and the Republican City Committee. Despite efforts by both sides to bring a positive resolution to their differences, it seems they are farther apart than ever. Mentioned as the Loyal Opposition’s contender for the GOP 3011 Primary for Mayor is John Featherman, wellknown security maven, who has garnered a lot of press for his tips on how to avoid ID
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Reform Commission, is one name surfacing as a strong contender. He reportedly has the support of a good portion of the District’s ward leaders who are leaning toward him. Those close to Bednarek say if he goes, he’ll have a quarter-of-a-million-dollar war chest going for him as well. He himself has been a proven fundraiser. The Bednarek name is strong among the Polskis in the District. Not looking at the race right now is State Rep. Michael McGeehan (DNortheast), who has worked his Legislative District, much of which falls in the 6th Council Dist., to the point where his name has become a household word. Odds are, though, if pressed, he will consider entering the primary on May 17. McGeehan is the long-time leader of the 41st Ward and has a following of fellow ward leaders in the Northeast. Will Brady Contest Mayor Nutter? Municipoll/PoliticsPA
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email Info@GOPriders.com or 1 (888) 489-2460. Short Coattails For President More national polling indicates Pennsylvania remains one of three key swing states as far as the President is concerned. The other two are Florida and Ohio. In Pennsylvania, Obama’s approval is 40% with 55% of voters disapproving of him. Among Republicans, 85% disapprove while just 68% of
Democrats approve and independents go against him by a 63%/32% margin. Only 78% of people who voted for him in 2008 like the job he’s doing while 93% who voted against him disapprove with identical numbers to Florida. Florida shows Obama’s approval is 39% with 55% of voters disapproving of him. Among Republicans, 88% disapprove while just 73% of Democrats approve and independents go against him by a 52%/36% margin. Only 78% of people who voted for him in 2008 like the job he’s doing while 93% who voted against him disapprove. Obama’s approval in Ohio is 42% with 54% of voters disapproving of him. There, 94% of Republicans disapprove while only 79% of Democrats approve and independents go against him by a 58%/33% margin. Only 76% of people who voted for him in 2008 approve while 91% who voted against him disapprove. The famous Zogby poll shows Obama at 44% approval, his lowest to date. Obviously it’s a long way from 2012, but these swingstate numbers for Obama are pretty brutal and underscore why Democrats may lose a whole lot of House seats this year in those states.
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(Cont. From Page 4) Committee Clam Bake at Cannstatter, telling everyone if he is elected Governor, he would make unpopular cuts in State services, even if it meant he would become the State’s first one-term Governor in 40 years. Corbett said steep cuts might be needed in State government. Corbett, the State Attorney General, made it clear his focus is on reducing spending, rather than raising fees or taxes, to deal with financial challenges. “If I only serve one term, I only serve one term,” Corbett said Friday. “I think people want to see you cut – except their program.” Philadelphians Showed Big At Beck’s Rally The Independence Hall Tea Party sent 1500 members and friends on 28 buses to attend Glenn Beck Restoring Honor Rally in Washington. The crowd was estimated at 300,000 by some sources. Others said several thousand. Those who were there said, “Every nook and cranny was filled throughout the Washington Mall. That is closer to 300,000.” Association President Teri Adams said, “The demand was such that we could have sent 40 buses. Our phones were ringing off the hook, with people desperately wishing to attend this rally.” City Republicans Form Bikers Club Are you a Republican with a motorcycle? You are eligible to join GOP Riders MC, a
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IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS PHILADELPHIA COUNTY CIVIL ACTION - LAW Term No. 081103311 NOTICE OF ACTION IN MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE HOUSEHOLD FINANCE CONSUMER DISCOUNT COMPANY Plaintiff vs. Unknown Heirs to the Estate of Elois K. Fulton, Deceased, Harold McCoy, Solely as Heir to Estate of Elois K. Fulton, Deceased, Monte McCoy, Solely as Heir to Estate of Elois K. Fulton, Deceased, Candace McCoy Warren, Solely as Heir to the Estate of Elois K. Fulton, Deceased & Linda McCoy, Solely as Heir to the Estate of Elois K. Fulton, Deceased Mortgagor and Real Owner Defendant TO: Unknown Heirs to the Estate of Elois K. Fulton, Deceased, MORTGAGOR AND REAL OWNER, DEFENDANT whose last known address is 6601 North Bouvier Street Philadelphia, PA 19126. 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 HOUSEHOLD FINANCE CONSUMER DISCOUNT COMPANY, 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. 081103311 wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 6601 North Bouvier Street Philadelphia, PA 19126 whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County.
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Sep. 4- State Sen. Anthony Williams hosts Neighborhood to Neighborhood Street Festival on Baltimore Ave., between 49th and 52nd Sts., gospel hour 11 a.m., daylong entertainment program 12:30-8 p.m. Live acts, games, food vendors. For info (215) 492-2980. Sep. 6- Polish American Festival at Nat’l Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Ferry
Rd., Doylestown, Pa., Labor Day weekend, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 12-8 p.m. Sep. 9- State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop hosts Senior Fair at Pinn Memorial Baptist Church, 2251 N. 64th St., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For info (215) 879-6625. Sep. 9- Come Fly With Marty Foundation hosts Benefit for Marty McCrossen, Waterfall Room, Front & Snyder Sts., 7 p.m. Sep. 10- Fundraiser for David Oh at Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy PC, 1818 Market St., 13th fl., 6 p.m.
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This issue is dedicated to the men and women who lead, form the rank and file, or make up the families of union workers. Although with their backs to the wall in many industries, union leadership and their members have refused, over and over, to concede the hard-earned gains made for workers through the years. Unfortunately, there are some areas of confrontation where even they cannot prevent slippage or loss of benefits, as we have seen with major bankruptcies and the refusal of new owners of formerly bankrupted businesses to contribute to or to honor the pension commitments made to their employees through their unions. We are thankful to union leadership for standing firm wherever and whenever possible. It is an axiom that few families would enjoy decent livable wages if it were not for organized labor. Let’s not forget to whom all of us Americans owe our living wages. Sep. 11- Annual DooWop Festival hosted by Phila. Veterans Multi Service & Education Ctr. Top entertainers include Little Isidore and the Inquisitors, Cornerstone and The Chantels. Admission is free. For more info www.phillydoowopfestival.org. Sep. 12- C o u n c i l w o m a n Joan Krajewski’s Picnic On The River at Wissinoming Yacht Club, Devereaux Ave. & Delaware R., 2-6 p.m. Tickets $30 For info Kathy Price (215) 514-8728. Sep. 16- Sam Katz’s documentary film Phila.: The
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mer” it is not. Instead of crossing our fingers and hoping for the best, why don’t we face the facts? America’s one-sided trade policy has led to disastrous consequences for American workers as countless US jobs have been shipped to places like Mexico or China, leaving Americans to either take jobs that pay much less than the lost jobs or to join the 9.5-12% who are either out of work or out of even looking for work. It’s time for a renewal of economic patriotism to combat
the free-trade juggernaut that has cost us our jobs, our manufacturing and industrial backbone, and has made us far less self-sufficient than ever before in our history. My column http://nathanshrader.com/general/no-economic-patriotism-norecovery/ looks more closely at where our jobs have gone and why we need to act boldly to protect America’s economic interest and restore the pride of blue collar America. Have a great week and Happy Labor Day! Nathan Shrader
Ave., 5-9 p.m. Donation $10. For info Tutie Edwards (215) 228-3134. Sep. 22- District Attorney Seth Williams fundraiser at Phillies Ball Game. Free Drinks and appetizers from 5 p.m. at McFadden’s. Ticket for Ball Game included. For info Zeli (610)-804-0552. Sep. 24- 65th Republican Ward Exec. Committee hosts Fall Bash at Ashburner Inn, 8400 Torresdale Ave., 7-10 p.m. Tickets $20. For info (215) 298-2251. Sep. 24- Reopening of Centro Claver, 3552 N. 6th St., 1 p.m. In attendance is Puerto Rican singer and activist Danny Rivera. For info Altagracia (215) 626-6502. Sep. 25- Democrat 56th Ward Picnic, joined by 35th, 53rd & 55th Wards, Cottman & Central Aves., 1 p.m.dark. Tickets $35. For info (215) 742-8600. Sep. 25- State Rep. Jim Roebuck sponsors Energy Conservation Workshop at West Regional Center of Community Coll., 4725 Chestnut St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Each attendee will receive free energy kit, including efficient light bulbs, shower heads, and weather stripping. Attendees RSVP by Sep. 18 to (215) 307-4917.
Sep. 26- Phila. Ass’n of Black Sports & Culture, Inc. hosts annual Awards Luncheon at Swann Ballroom, 2015 S. Water St. (off Snyder Ave.), 12-4 p.m. Contributions $55 or $500 for table. For info Jay Norman (267) 290-6374. Sep. 29- Friends of Elmer Money fundraiser at SmokeEaters Pub, 7681 Frankford Ave., 7-9 p.m. Donation $20. Sep. 30- State Rep. Rosita Youngblood Chicken/Fish Fry Fundraiser at Lou & Choo’s, 21st & Hunting Pk. Ave. 5pm-9pm. Tickets $10. For tickets and info Sheila (267) 381-0025. Oct. 1- State Sen. Michael Stack hosts Senior Expo from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Nat’l Guard Armory, 2700 Southampton Rd. Residents of 5th Senatorial Dist. can seek info from government agencies, businesses and community organizations. Free refreshments. For info (215) 695-1020. Oct. 2- 50th anniversary of Phila. Council AFL-CIO at Sheraton City Ctr., 17th & Race Sts. Details in future issues. Oct. 2- Fishtown River City Festival at Penn Treaty Park, Delaware & Columbia Aves., 10 a.m.-12 midnight.
Back in June, President Obama and Vice President Biden declared it to be the “Recovery Summer,” indicating their expectation for an economic comeback over the summer months. Here we are, standing at the threshold of Labor Day with a national unemployment rate at 9.5%. Some experts seem to think the actual number is closer to 12% when taking into account the Americans who have given up their search for employment. “Recovery Sum-
Great Experiment shows at Franklin Ct. Underground Museum, 316 Market St., 6:30-9:30 p.m. For info (215) 861-4971. Sep. 18- State Rep. Jim Roebuck sponsors Energy Conservation Workshop at W. Regional Ctr. of Community College, 4725 Chestnut St., 10 a.m.-12 m. Each attendee receives free energy kit, including efficient light bulbs, shower heads and weather stripping. RSVP by Sep. 11 (215) 307-4917. Sep. 18- Phila. Hero Thrill Show outside Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Rain date Sunday, Sep. 19. Tickets $10, $25 for families, available from police, fire stations or online at www.comcasttix.com. For info visit www.herothrillshow.org. Sep. 20- Tri-State Labor & Management Council and City of Hope host Spirit of Life Awards to Larry Christenson and Ralph J. Teti, Esq. at Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. & Dock St., 6 p.m. For info Harry Giordano (800) 3448169. Sep. 21- Al Stewart hosts 11th Ward Fish Fry at Lou & Choo’s, 21st & Hunting Pk.
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IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS PHILADELPHIA COUNTY CIVIL ACTION - LAW Term No. 100200550 NOTICE OF ACTION IN MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION TRUSTEE FOR THE PENNSYLVANIA HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY Plaintiff vs. Unknown Heirs of Elizabeth Hemingway, Deceased & John Hemingway, Solely in his Capacity as Heir to Elizabeth Hemingway, Deceased Mortgagors and Real Owners Defendants TO: Unknown Heirs of Elizabeth Hemingway, Deceased MORTGAGOR AND REAL OWNER, DEFENDANT whose last known address is 546 Queen Street a/k/a 813 South 6th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147. 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 TRUSTEE FOR THE PENNSYLVANIA HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY, 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. 100200550 wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 546 Queen Street a/k/a 813 South 6th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147 whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County.
NOTICE You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint or for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS PAPER TO YOUR LAWYER AT ONCE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A LAWYER OR CANNOT AFFORD ONE, GO TO OR TELEPHONE THE OFFICE SET FORTH BELOW. THIS OFFICE CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT HIRING A LAWYER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO HIRE A LAWYER, THIS OFFICE MAY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT AGENCIES THAT MAY OFFER LEGAL SERVICES TO ELIGIBLE PERSONS AT A REDUCED FEE OR NO FEE. COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES, INC. Law Center North Central 3638 North Broad Street • Philadelphia, PA 19140 215-227-2400 or 215-981-3700 PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION One Reading Center Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-238-6333 Michael T. McKeever Attorney for Plaintiff Goldbeck McCafferty & McKeever, PC Suite 5000, Mellon Independence Center 701 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106-1532 215-627-1322
IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS PHILADELPHIA COUNTY CIVIL ACTION - LAW Term No. 100504493 NOTICE OF ACTION IN MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO LASALLE BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE FOR CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF EMC MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2005-A, MORTGAGE LOAN PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-A Plaintiff vs. The Unknown Heirs of Cornelia Bradley, Deceased & RUTH BRADLEY, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Cornelia Bradley, Deceased Mortgagors and Real Owners Defendants TO:The Unknown Heirs of Cornelia Bradley, Deceased MORTGAGOR AND REAL OWNER, DEFENDANT whose last known address is 3301 North 22nd Street Philadelphia, PA 19140. 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, BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO LASALLE BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE FOR CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF EMC MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2005-A, MORTGAGE LOAN PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-A, 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. 100504493, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 3301 North 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140, whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County. NOTICE You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint or for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS PAPER TO YOUR LAWYER AT ONCE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A LAWYER OR CANNOT AFFORD ONE, GO TO OR TELEPHONE THE OFFICE SET FORTH BELOW. THIS OFFICE CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT HIRING A LAWYER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO HIRE A LAWYER, THIS OFFICE MAY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT AGENCIES THAT MAY OFFER LEGAL SERVICES TO ELIGIBLE PERSONS AT A REDUCED FEE OR NO FEE. COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES, INC. Law Center North Central 3638 North Broad Street • Philadelphia, PA 19140 215-227-2400 or 215-981-3700 PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION One Reading Center • Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-238-6333 Michael T. McKeever Attorney for Plaintiff Goldbeck McCafferty & McKeever, PC Suite 5000, Mellon Independence Center • 701 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106-1532 215-627-1322
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by Michael A. Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: Automatic stay: What is it? And why you don’t want to lose it! Answer: When a bankruptcy is filed the debtor gets an automatic stay. The stay is very important. It prevents your creditors from continuing any attempts to collect on the debts that are owed. While in place, the creditors can’t: * call you in an attempt to collect on a debt; * send you letters or other correspondence to collect on a debt; * file a lawsuit against you, or, if a lawsuit has been filed, the creditor can’t continue with the lawsuit; * start or continue a foreclosure proceeding; or * garnish wages. If a creditor does attempt any collection actions while the stay is in place, then the creditor runs the risk of a court awarding you monetary damages and attorney’s fees
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IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS PHILADELPHIA COUNTY CIVIL ACTION - LAW Term No. 100602634 NOTICE OF ACTION IN MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE CITIMORTGAGE INC. F/K/A CITIFINANCIAL MORTGAGE COMPANY. INC. Plaintiff vs. Unknown Heirs of Martha Lee. Deceased & Althea Lee, Heir to the Estate of Martha Lee, Deceased Mortgagors and Real Owners Defendants
IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS PHILADELPHIA COUNTY CIVIL ACTION - LAW Term No. 090800480 NOTICE OF ACTION IN MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LNV CORPORATION Plaintiff vs. Unknown Heirs to the Estate of Anthony Oliver, Deceased, Francine Peay, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir to the Estate of Anthony Oliver, Deceased & Luciana Banks, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir to the Estate of Anthony Oliver, Deceased Mortgagors and Real Owners Defendants
TO: Unknown Heirs of Martha Lee. Deceased MORTGAGOR AND REAL OWNER, DEFENDANT whose last known address is 1714 Widener Place Philadelphia, PA 19141. 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 CITIMORTGAGE INC. F/K/A CITIFINANCIAL MORTGAGE COMPANY. INC., 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. 100602634 wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 1714 Widener Place Philadelphia, PA 19141 whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County.
TO: Unknown Heirs to the Estate of Anthony Oliver, Deceased MORTGAGOR AND REAL OWNER, DEFENDANT whose last known address is 1827 East Orleans Street Philadelphia, PA 19134. 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 LNV CORPORATION, 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. 090800480 wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 1827 East Orleans Street Philadelphia, PA 19134 whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County.
NOTICE You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint or for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS PAPER TO YOUR LAWYER AT ONCE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A LAWYER OR CANNOT AFFORD ONE, GO TO OR TELEPHONE THE OFFICE SET FORTH BELOW. THIS OFFICE CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT HIRING A LAWYER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO HIRE A LAWYER, THIS OFFICE MAY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT AGENCIES THAT MAY OFFER LEGAL SERVICES TO ELIGIBLE PERSONS AT A REDUCED FEE OR NO FEE. PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION One Reading Center Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-238-6333
NOTICE You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint or for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS PAPER TO YOUR LAWYER AT ONCE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A LAWYER OR CANNOT AFFORD ONE, GO TO OR TELEPHONE THE OFFICE SET FORTH BELOW. THIS OFFICE CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT HIRING A LAWYER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO HIRE A LAWYER, THIS OFFICE MAY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT AGENCIES THAT MAY OFFER LEGAL SERVICES TO ELIGIBLE PERSONS AT A REDUCED FEE OR NO FEE. COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES, INC. Law Center North Central 3638 North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19140 215-227-2400 or 215-981-3700
COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES, INC. Law Center North Central Philadelphia, PA 19140 215-227-2400 or 215-981-3700 Michael T. McKeever Attorney for Plaintiff Goldbeck McCafferty & McKeever, PC Suite 5000, Mellon Independence Center 701 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106-1532 215-627-1322
PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION One Reading Center Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-238-6333 Michael T. McKeever Attorney for Plaintiff Goldbeck McCafferty & McKeever, PC Suite 5000, Mellon Independence Center 701 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106-1532 215-627-1322
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Celebrating Tri-State Labor Day Parade And Labor Day Festival.
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As bad as this recession will have created 200,000 is, the worst in generations, jobs in Pennsylvania upon completion of it would be the program much worse if next year. This Congress and figure doesn’t the President include the indihadn’t acted rect jobs saved quickly by and created approving the downstream. American ReThe benefits covery & of the economic Reinvestment stimulus go beAct during yond job crethe economic ation: like the tailspin. A rePres. Richard Bloomingdale 600,000 unemcent report by State AFL-CIO ployed who rethe Economic extensions in Policy Institute estimates ceived today’s unemployment rates unemployment compensawould be near 16% if the tion; or the 5.4 million PennFederal government hadn’t sylvanians that received tax breaks; and the 1.55 million rescued the economy. The Recovery Act is workers that received addipumping $780 billion into the tional food stamps. While the economic stimeconomy nationwide, with over $26 billion into commu- ulus has brought us back nities across Pennsylvania. from the brink of another Conservative estimates are great depression, more needs that the economic stimulus to be done to increase the de-
President, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO
mand for more jobs. It begins by remembering it was Wall Street greed that caused the worst financial collapse since the Great Depression. Wall Street is responsible for crashing our economy and now that they have recovered and are handing out big bonuses to their top CEO’s and sending billions in credit lines and investment dollars to foreign nations such as China, they should be taxed to help pay for putting people back to work here in the United States and in Pennsylvania. Tax breaks on the wealthiest 2% should also be repealed to generate revenue for jobs. It doesn’t end there. Next year, our State budget will face the worst budget crisis we’ve experienced in the two previous State budgets, due in large part to the sluggish economy and the drying up of Federal economic stimu-
lus dollars to Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania doesn’t have a spending problem; we have a revenue problem. During this most recent budget battle, we pushed hard for legislators to close the tax loopholes that allow big corporations like WalMart from avoiding paying taxes to the Commonwealth to the tune of almost $500 million annually in lost revenue. This is not only unfair to both small business and workers who pay their fair share of the tax burdens, it robs our State from being able to provide for our own citizens and communities and denies much needed investments in our infrastructure for the future. We pushed hard and were successful at getting the Congress to approve $600 million in Federal funds to fill the budget hole, just to prevent additional layoffs of
teachers, police officers and firefighters in communities across Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania also needs to pass this fall the strongest severance tax on extraction of natural gas to fund strong regulation and prevention of environmental catastrophes as well as repair of roads and bridges. What also is needed is that more of the jobs should go to Pennsylvania workers, not out-of-state workers from as far away as Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas. The most direct route to economic recovery is through Main Street, not Wall Street. It’s time our elected officials realize you cannot cut your way back to economic prosperity. It takes investments in communities and jobs. Our economy is supposed to serve people and communities, not Wall Street and corporations.
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More Pennsylvania workers are celebrating the Labor Holiday than in any other state in the nation, but the celebrations are tempered by the recession and high unemployment which over the past year has impacted directly or indirectly over half of the nation’s workforce. If you haven’t lost your job, a member of your family has, or a friend or neighbor. Today, nationwide unemployment is 9.5%, but this doesn’t account for those workers who have exhausted their unemployment and simply have dropped out of the workforce because they are unable to find a job. Here in Pennsylvania, there are over 520,000 unemployed workers, many of whom have been unemployed for 35 weeks or longer. For every new job created, there are five unemployed workers seeking to fill that position.
From: Richard W. Bloomingdale,
Labor Day Message
Saluting All Unions Members And Their Families
LABOR DAY Congressman 1st District Paid for by Committee to Elect Bob Brady
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Local 401 Hosts Summer’s End Party At Keenan’s In Wildwood KAREN BROWN meets up with Joe Dougherty at his summer fest.
HOST Joseph Dougherty, business manager of Ironworkers Local 401, finds himself flanked by Business Agent Edward Sweeney and TWU COPE Director James Mc Bride.
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Are Honored To Have Been Vested By
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LOCAL 401’s Ed Sweeney and his daughter Rebecca enjoy a photo op with President of Ironworkers Local 401 Joseph Photo by Lee Buchanan Dougherty.
Labor Day Salute
State Senator Shirley M. Kitchen Third Senatorial District I salute the hardworking men and women who have greatly impacted the Organized Labor Movement. **************
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An Extra Warm Welcome Awaits All Rank And File
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Labor Day Message From: Pat Eiding
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President, Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO As we commented last Labor Day, it’s not easy to look around and feel optimistic about a lot of things in the world of organized labor. The Pennsylvania budget remains unresolved; thousands of City workers are working under the terms of expired contracts; and national labor-law reform – organized labor’s #1 legislative priority this year – remains unfinished. Despite these dismal notes, each new Labor Day is like a rebirth – the start of Labor’s New Year – and despite all the challenges we face, I do feel optimistic that workers are more energized and mobilized than ever before to achieve true laborlaw reform, comprehensive health-care reform, and to
help rebuild the middle class. Two years ago, in this same column in the 2008 edition of the Labor day salute in the Philadelphia Public Record, the 2008 Presidential election was in full swing and union members mobilized in record numbers to elect a friend of workers to the White House. More importantly, those same union members remained engaged even after November. Union members generated tens of thousands of letters and phone calls to Congress on the Employee Free Choice Act. In Philadelphia, rank-and-file union members met with Senators, written letters to the editor, marched, rallied and protested, all in the
Pres. Pat Eiding Phila. AFL-CIO name of allowing workers without unions the freedom to join one. That’s true solidarity – coming together to fight for something that doesn’t directly affect you because it’s the right thing to do. And now we’re seeing the same sort of grassroots effort succeed in real health-care reform – which will lower costs, increase options and cover everyone – at the national level. Workers are realizing (Cont. Page 21)
(Cont. From Page 20) now, without substantial reform, we cannot hope to lower our own costs; and, perhaps even more importantly, that the kind of country we want to live in is where health care is not a commodity for the wealthy but a right for everyone. Of course, solidarity doesn’t require a national debate on legislative
issues. Every day in Philadelphia, workers are maligned for being union members or mistreated for having the temerity to suggest they need a union on the job. As workers in a working-class city, we should be ashamed when someone suggests that workers are somehow “greedy” because they have employer-based health care and a bit of retirement
security. A generation ago, these things were the norm, not the exception, and the middle class thrived. In order to make that happen again, workers need only recognize that we are truly all in this together – that when our neighbor gets a decent wage, health insurance and a pension, all of us benefit as a result.
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Philadelphia’s Tri-State Labor Parade and AFLCIO Family Festival Date: Monday, September 7, 2009 Time: Ceremony and Parade: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Family Festival: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Location:Parade: Columbus Boulevard from Washington Avenue to Market Street Family Festival: Penn’s Landing Great Plaza Parking:Parking is available at Penn’s Landing Great Plaza for a fee of $10. There will be FREE shuttles that run all day between the start of the parade and the Family Festival. Main Stage Schedule: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Entertaining – The Business 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Entertaining-UGO Other Family Activities: Face Painting; Make and Take Craft; Moon Bounce; Trampoline and Orbitron. Details: The AFL-CIO, the federation of America’s Unions, includes more than 13 million of America’s workers in 65 member unions in virtually every part of the economy invites all to attend this free event. For More Information: Call (215) 665-9800 or (215) 923-2893 or visit www.phillyunions.com. The 22nd annual Labor Day Parade Lineup will include Local unions’ rank and file, Fire Fighters Local 22 Fire Trucks, Teamsters Motorcycles and Trucks; Sheet Metal Local 19; AFL-CIO Float 1; SEIU 1201-1199P-32BJ-668 ; Local 1201 Drill Team; District 1199, AFSCME APRI/CBTU Drill Team; Retirees Bus; AFSCME DC 33 47 CLUW & Local Drill Team; AFSCME DC 33 Retirees Bus; Laborers Local 57-135-332-413 Float & Laborers 57 Drill Team; Laborers Float; IUPAT DC 21; Iron Workers 401, 405 & Operating Engineers 542 Crane. They will be followed by Boilermakers 13; Steelworkers Local 10-1; Phila. & Penna. Joint Board Workers United Drill Team; American Postal W; Philaposh-Newspaper Guild Local 10; Newspaper Guild Local 10; Truck and Van, PFT Local 3. Also in the parade are the Sprinklerfitters Local 692; IAM (Machinists) Local 1776; Elevator Constructors Local 5 Truck ; Elevator’s Truck; Bakery Workers Local 6 Peep Mobile; Insulators & Asbestos Workers Local 14; Roofers Local 30; Vets for Peace; IATSE Local 8; Temple Locals & SPFPA Local 511 Drill Team; AFTRA Trucks (4); IBEW Local 98 Drill Team and IBEW Local 98 Band & Trolley; ILA Local 1291 Drill Team; Steamfitters Local 420; AFT-Faculty Federation; AFL-CIO Float 2; Local 690 and UFCW Local 1776.
Unions Must Continue To Stand Together
Welcome To Labor Day Parade And Family Fest
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Happy Labor Day To All of the Working Men & Women and Their Families From
Jack Keenan and Family Thank All The Unions and Politicians Who Spent Their Summer Events With Us. Now Open All Year Long Where all Philadelphia’s great neighborhoods come to meet and celebrate! 113 Old New Jersey Avenue North Wildwood, N. J. 08260 609-729-3344 www.keenansirishpub.com
Keenan’s - North Wildwood • Keenan’s Irish Pub-Cabana Bar Peggy’s Crab Shack - Angry Jack’s
Jack Keenan and son Scott flank their disc jockey who will be spinning records all through the winter months. When in Wildwood make sure you stop in for the great Keenan hospitality
Charles Erlich Candidate For Judge
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States Show Wide Variation In Government Employment The nation’s 89,526 state and local governments employed 16.6 million full-time equivalent employees in 2009, statistically unchanged from 2008, according to data released by the US Census Bureau. Part-time employees numbered 4.7 million, not statistically different from 2008. Local governments accounted for 12.2 million fulltime equivalent employees, and State governments had
4.4 million. (Local governments include counties, cities, townships, special districts and school districts.) Most full-time equivalent state and local employees worked in education (8.9 million), hospitals (1.0 million), police protection (963,139) and corrections (759,513). Education included employment in elementary and secondary education, employment in higher education, and employment in sup-
port of special programs primarily for adult, vocational or special education that operate outside school systems. In the case of full-time equivalent employment between 2008 and 2009, most states showed decreases in employment. South Dakota’s local full-time equivalent employment increased the most (12.7%). Conversely, Maine showed the largest decrease in full-time equivalent with a decline of 8.3%.
For local government in most states, part-timers were more affected, decreasing 4.0%. Sixteen states saw decreases in local government employment of 8.0% or more, led by South Dakota, which showed a 27.7% decrease. Increases of 8% or more occurred in six states, led by Louisiana (24.3%). For state-government employment, the changes in general were less drastic for both full-time equivalent and part-
time employees. Six states showed increases of 4.0% or higher in full-time equivalent employment, led by Illinois with a 6.2% increase. Simi-
larly, four states showed decreases of 4.0% or higher in full-time equivalent employment, led by Maine with a 6.8% decrease.
TWU’s At A Crossroads In A Hard-Fought Election by Tony West Riven with discord, the union that represents SEPTA workers is heading toward a bitterly contested election on Sep. 24. John Johnson, Jr., a 16year member of Transport Workers Union Local 234, heads the insurgent New Direction Team, which is challenging the incumbent President Willie Brown’s Unity Team. It is his second attempt. In 2007, Johnson’s ticket was ruled off the ballot by Brown and by then-President Jeff Brooks, who has since moved up to a national office. The incumbents cited flaws in the rebels’ petition sheets, according to TWU’s intricate election rules, under which one flaw in one petition by one candidate will disqualify an entire slate. After years of legal parrying, the US Dept. of Labor has stepped in to supervise the 2010 election, because it found merit in our case,” asserts Johnson. It’s an election Johnson has long been looking forward to. “The members of my local deserve better representation,” he says. “We need leadership with a vision that wants to chart a path for our local,” Johnson goes on. “The group in office has had every opportunity to do so, yet they haven’t. That core group is just watching out for themselves.” Poor communications are a hallmark of the Brown Administration, Johnson says. Last autumn’s strike was called without many members’ even being told about it; they reported to work to be faced with their own picket lines. Even worse, Johnson says, SEPTA struck on Election Day, four hours before the polls opened. That may have hurt TWU-endorsed Seth
John Johnson, Jr. … “my whole family’s labor.” Williams in his bid for District Attorney, Johnson says (although Williams cruised to victory regardless). The union hasn’t even produced a newsletter for members so far this year, Johnson notes. Worse, the incumbent Secretary-Treasurer Joe Coccio has never provided a true financial report to the members. “A forensic audit will be conducted when we win,” Johnson stated. Despite repeated calls, neither Brown nor anyone else in the TWU office would discuss the election with the Public Record. They have, however, distributed fiery literature dismissing Johnson’s campaigning as “juvenile, deceptive” and calling him “SEPTA’s hand-piked candidate.” It’s a charge Johnson, who is chairperson for the Track Dept., rejects fiercely. “I come from labor. I am labor. My whole family’s labor,” he says. But the members need better protection, he says, particularly cashiers – a job often filled by workers with injuries that knocked them off the streets. These jobs are threatened by smart-card technology, says Johnson. Porters also risk being outsourced to private contractors. Brown has also made bad deals on health benefits and pensions, Johnson claims.
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Happy Labor Day To All of the Working Men & Women and Their Families From District Attorney
Seth Williams and Staff
HAPPY LABOR DAY From the working men and women of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, the people who brought you this Holiday, and the many benefits you enjoy in your workplace.
The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, representing over 900,000 workers, united in dignity and justice for all workers. Put America and Pennsylvania Back to Work! Take care of families hard hit by the downturn. Rebuild Pennsylvania with Richard Bloomingdale Frank Snyder President Infrastructure improvements. Secretary - Treasurer Help state and local governments. Put people to work doing the work that needs to be done. Organized Labor, bringing good jobs and growth to the City, State and the Nation through collective bargaining, political and legislative action and community services
portantly, this ratio does not measure the number of applicants for each job. There may be throngs of applicants for every job posting, since job seekers apply for multiple jobs. The 5-to-1 ratio means that there is literally only one job opening for every five unemployed workers (that is, for every four out of five unemployed workers there simply are no jobs). The ratio is significantly improved from its peak last November of 6.2-to-1, but there remains a severe shortage of jobs. The ratio of unemployed per job opening is still far higher than at the worst point in the last recession, when its maximum was 2.8 unemployed workers per job opening. In 2007, before the recession started, the
ratio averaged 1.5-to-1. With so many unemployed workers per available job, people who find themselves out of work can be expected to remain unemployed for extremely long periods. In June, nearly half (45.5%) of this country’s unemployed workers had been jobless for over six months, nearly 20 percentage points above the high of all post-war recessions, which was 26.0%, set in the summer of 1983. Furthermore, when calculating the ratio of unemployed-to-job-openings, if we were to include not just the 14.6 million officially unemployed workers, but also the 2.5 million “marginally attached” workers (jobless workers who want a job, are available for
work, have looked for work in the last year but have given up actively seeking work and are therefore not counted as officially unemployed), the ratio would be 5.8-to-1. In June, there were 11.7 million more officially unemployed workers than there were job openings. The employment report released on Aug. 6 showed very slow growth in July – barring changes in temporary Census employment, the labor market added only 12,000 jobs. This rate of growth is nowhere near what is needed to bring the unemployment rate down. It is time for the government to do substantially more to create jobs so that the backlog of unemployed workers in this country can get back to work.
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by Heidi Schierholz Last month the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the June report from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, showing that job openings held roughly steady in June (declining by 2,000), while downward revisions to earlier data reveal that there were 267,000 fewer job openings in May than previously reported. The total number of job openings in June was 2.9 million, while Current Population Survey data for that month shows that the total number of unemployed workers was 14.6 million. This means that the ratio of unemployed workers to job openings was 5.0-to-1, a slight improvement from the revised May ratio of 5.1-to-1. Im-
No Jobs For Four Out Of Five Unemployed
CEMENT MASONS LOCAL 592 CELEBRATES LABOR DAY WITH ALL OUR LABOR FRIENDS
PRESIDENT/BUSINESS MANAGER VICE PRESIDENT/BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVE FINANCIAL SECRETARY/BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVE ORGANIZER APPRENTICE INSTRUCTOR/ORGANIZER FUND ADMINISTRATOR
BILL OUSEY JOSEPH CAUCCI, JR. FRANK FERA JOE DIEHL LOU VOLPE ANTHONY DI SABATO
THIS IS OUR DAY!!!
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Labor Force Owes Much To Unions
CIGAR IN HAND, Mike Fera enjoys retirement party held for him by members of Building Trades. With him are Anthony Di Sabato, Anthony Iannucci, Gary Mesina, and Eddie Penna, Jr. Photo by Lee Buchanan
a bill to establish a Federal holiday in 1894. President Grover Cleveland signed the bill soon afterward, designating the first Monday in September as Labor Day. Today, over 155.1 million people 16 and older are in the nation’s labor force as of May 2009. Thanks to Organized Labor, 83% of today’s full-
time employees, 18 to 64, were covered by health insurance during all or part of 2007. Seventy-seven percent of workers in private industry receive a paid vacation as one of their employment benefits. Americans work in a variety of occupations. Leading the millions group are teachers at 7.2 million, followed by
registered nurses, 2.8 million; customer-service representatives, 1.9 million; chief executives, 1.7 million, and computer software engineers, 1 million. There are 7.7 million workers who hold down more than one job. So-called moonlighters comprise 5% of the working population.
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The first observance of Labor Day is believed to have been a parade of 10,000 workers on Sep. 5, 1882, in New York City, organized by Peter J. McGuire, a Carpenters & Joiners Union secretary. By 1893, more than half the states were observing a “Labor Day” on one day or another, and Congress passed
Colleagues Honor Fera
JOE DOUGHERTY, president of Ironworkers; Karen Brown; and TWU COPE Director James Mc Bride were Photo by Lee Buchanan among labor people in attendance.
Ringside With The Shadowboxer
Union vs. Union Engineers Local 542. Dooley will step into the ring himself that night, as will Ironworkers Local 401 Ed Sweeney. Boxers representing numerous unions have agreed to box in the charity event and more are still needed. So if you’re a union member and a boxer and would like to participate, call Tom Dooley at 267-246-5512. The Harrowgate Boxing Club (1920 E. Venango Street) and the Jack Costello Boxing Club (4900 Longshore Avenue) are supporting the event by opening their doors to union members who are boxing that evening to come to their gyms to train for the bouts. The bouts will be held at the National Guard Armory on Roosevelt Boulevard, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are just $15 and can be purchased by calling Rich Mancini at (610) 505-0842.
Today’s edition of the Philadelphia Public Record honors our great American unions. SHADOWBOXER joins in this tribute by thanking all members of organized labor for their endless commitment to making all of our communities a better place to work and live. One of the greatest assets of the labor movement is the ability of being united behind a common cause or goal. However, on Saturday, Nov. 20, Philly unions will be far from united. They will actually be in battle with each other, literally. A number of union members, who also happen to have boxing backgrounds, will be slugging it out to benefit the Philadelphia Veterans Comfort House. “The veterans have been fighting for us, and now we are going to fight for them,” said Tom Dooley of the Operating
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The History of Organized Labor During the 1850s, improving economic conditions led to the first national labor unions. The typesetters, iron molders, hat finishers, stonecutters, and cigar makers all formed permanent groups. When the Civil War followed, labor shortages encouraged other groups to create their own unions. During and immediately after the war, railroad workers formed brotherhoods; locomotive engineers unionized in 1863, conductors in 1868, and firemen in 1873. Other artisan professions joined in unions but fell victim to the industrial changes after the war. The Knights of St. Crispin started in 1867 as an association of shoemak-
ers; the introduction of shoemaking machinery doomed the union to extinction within a decade. The viability of national unions encouraged the creation of a national organization of labor. In 1866, the National Labor Union was established in Baltimore. It consisted of national unions of various kinds of workers under the general leadership of William Sylvis, head of the iron molders. The union concentrated on national political action, including lobbying for an eight-hour day. The National Labor Union was the first organized labor body in the United States to make contact with its counterparts in Europe. Sylvis’ death in
The founding conference of the CIO was held in Pittsburgh in 1938 at the Islam Grotto. 1869 caused many unions by railroad workers in union would be more suc- ers. The founder of that to withdraw from the or- 1877 harmed the national cessful. They organized union, Eugene V. Debs, ganization, however. In economy and caused more job and skill-oriented later gained notoriety for 1872, the union trans- violence. President Ruther- unions, with central con- his socialist ideas. formed itself into the Na- ford B. Hayes dispatched trol over locals, effective Labor violence reached tional Labor Reform Party federal troops to keep collection of strike funds, new heights during the and fell into decline. The order in West Virginia. and concern only with the 1890s. In 1892, the violent decline was completed by The climax in Pittsburgh immediate economic ob- Homestead strike in Pennthe depression that fol- was a pitched battle that jectives of the workers. sylvania pitted strikers lowed the Panic of 1873. left 26 people dead. The foremost leader in this against Pinkerton detecOf 30 national unions exThe most important movement was Samuel tives, and a number of isting in 1872, fewer than labor union during the Gompers of the Cigarmak- lives were lost. In 1894, 10 survived. 1880s was the Knights of ers Union. the American Railway The economic downturn Labor. The union was orGompers was the driv- Union struck the Pullman led to labor-related vio- ganized as a secret society ing force behind the or- Palace Car Co. Members lence during the 1870s and among garment cutters. ganization of the American of the union refused to 1880s. With the disappear- After the violence of 1877, Federation of Labor in handle trains using Pullance of the miners' union the Knights gained more 1886. The AFL was an or- man cars. Railroad traffic in Pennsylvania, violence followers. After renounc- ganization of autonomous in the United States between miners and the ing its secrecy, the union trade unions, and the cen- ground largely to a halt. hired police of mine own- soon had 19,000 members. tral administration re- Citing the union’s obstrucers resulted. Irish immi- Unlike earlier unions, the solved jurisdiction tion of Federal mail servgrants, labeled “Molly Knights was highly cen- questions and promoted ice and interstate Maguires” by the press, tralized and included all common interests. Gom- commerce, Attorney Genwere blamed and a number professions. By 1886, the pers served as president of eral Richard Olney obhanged for murder. Strikes Knights of Labor was a na- the AFL from 1886 to tained an injunction tional labor union with 1924, with the exception against the union. Debs more than 700,000 mem- of only one year. He was imprisoned, and fedbers. The Knights had a stayed away from inde- eral troops broke the rapid decline, however, pendent political action strike. The right of judges thanks mostly to violence and only lobbied on behalf to issue injunctions to stop connected to the Haymar- of the members. Because labor actions was upheld ket Square riot. By 1893, membership was restricted by the US Supreme Court. it had virtually ceased to to skilled workers, the In June 1905, represenexist as a labor union. The AFL’s membership grew tatives of unskilled workKnights' legacy, however, at a slower rate than the ers formed the Industrial included the creation of a labor force. Workers of the World, or federal Bureau of Labor Unskilled workers were "Wobblies." Socialist inand legislation regulating attracted to socialist organ- fluences in the IWW alienthe settlement of railroad izations or other unions. ated many Americans, strikes. The most notable was the however. During World After 1886, many labor American Railway Union, War I, many of the leaders realized that the open to both skilled and union’s leaders were prosEnglish model of a labor unskilled railroad work(Cont. Page 36)
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is grateful for all the hard work and dedication from all our brothers and sisters that have made the labor movement as strong as it is today.
Martin Mascuilli Secretary-Treasurer Rozell Randolph Recording Secretary Sonny Howlett Business Agent John Lafferty Business Agent John Mulgrew Trustee Michael Brennan Trustee Virgil James Sergeant-At-Arms Keith Browning Sergeant-At-Arms
The Executive Board of ILA Local 1291 would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our members and their families for all their hard work and sacrifices they made during this last year. Although this year produced many down cycles that adversely affected global economics, we know it last and we are taking the steps necessary top prepare for the future.
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Jack Hatty Vice President
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We will continue to pursue new business relationships in an attempt to capture and control an ever growing cargo base and continue to support people and politicians who promote the special and best interests of the International Longshoremen’s Association and union labor as a whole. Now, more than ever, we all have to do everything possible to ensure that the Southport Project becomes a reality and that the maritime community enjoys using the majority of the available developable space. This project will be the local cornerstone for union jobs for years to come if it’s done properly. We also want to send a special thank you to Governor Ed Rendell, Congressmen Bob Brady and Mayor Michael Nutter for their continued support pf the 45’ Main Channel Deepening Project. Union Labor helped to build this country into the greatest country this world has ever known. Be proud of that. Work hard and take care of your family. Take pride in the job you do. Be proud of yourself. God Bkess America! God Bless the union workers who make this country so great! Support Union Labor for a better America! Sincerely and In Unity! President - Boise Butler III Vice-President - Jack Hatty Secretary Treasurer - Martin Masciulli Business Agents - Johnn Lafferty - Rozell Randolph/Sonny Howlett Trustee - Michael Brennan and John Mulgrew Sergeant-at Arms - Virgil James and Keith Browning
Boise Butler President
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carved all the grandeur we behold.” But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic. The First Labor Day The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sep. 5, 1882, in
New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on Sep. 5, 1883. In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country. Labor Day Legislation Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through munici-
pal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From them developed the movement to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on Feb. 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.
A Nationwide Holiday The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday
and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement. The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television. The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our (Cont. Page 42)
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Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Founder of Labor Day More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers. Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and
Labor Day: From Its Birth To National Holiday
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tival at Penn’s Landing on the Philadelphia Delaware River Waterfront. This annual event has enjoyed tremendous success and has expanded in
each of the last six years, to where it runs several hours from its starting place at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall on S. Columbus Boulevard to
the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. The AFL-CIO estimates about 10,000 attendees at the Family Festival, which includes union members
and their families as well as members of the general public. The overwhelming majority of participants and attendees are union members and their fami-
lies from Philadelphia and the immediate surrounding areas of Delaware Valley. Over 100 unions, representing workers from a variety of occupations including those in the private sector, public service and the Building Trades participate in the day’s festivities. This year the unions will include the United Food & Commercial Workers, Fire Fighters, Sheet Metal Workers, Transport Workers, Teachers, Electricians, Plumbers, State County and Municipal Employees, Asbestos Workers, Postal Workers, Steamfitters, Teamsters, Airline Pilots and Flight Attendants, Iron Workers, Communication Workers, Longshoremen, Elevator Const ructors, Stagehands, Bakery Workers, Operating Engineers, Service Employees, Laborers, and many more.
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This year marks the 23rd year of the Tri-State Labor Day Parade and the eighth year of the Philadelphia Council of the AFL-CIO Family Fes-
We Have One Of The Nation’s Largest Labor Day Parades
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The History Of Organized Labor (Cont. From Page 30) ecuted, and the union was largely destroyed. Many members joined more radical groups, including the Communist Party. The first African American-controlled union was the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. By the mid-1920s, more than 20,000 African Americans
worked as porters. The Pullman Co., for which most worked, strongly discouraged its employees from organizing to negotiate for fewer hours and more pay. In fact, those employees who did attempt to form a union found themselves without a job. Therefore, Pullman Co. porters turned to A.
It’s Family Fun Labor Day
FAMILIES turnout in big numbers each Labor Day and Festival as these pictures attest. Every Local member has a dedicated family supporting Organized Union Efforts to maintain decent living standard wages.
Philip Randolph, an African American who was not employed by the company, to organize on their behalf. In 1925, Randolph created the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. However, 12 years lapsed before any significant changes were made. In 1936, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters was officially recognized by the AFL, and a year later, the union received its first labor contract — the first contract between an American company and a Black union — which decreased work hours and increased wages. The first two decades of the 20th century witnessed a changing attitude toward workers. States began passing laws that regulated working conditions and limited child labor. Those laws were tested before the courts, which eventually constructed a formula for their constitutionality. Federal laws friendly to labor were also passed. Most notably, a Dept. of Labor was created in 1913 with William B. Wilson, a former union leader, appointed secretary. During World War I, organized labor supported the war effort and was rewarded by greater input in decisions and policies. After the war, an antilabor movement swept the United States. Court decisions overturned anti-injunction and minimum wage laws. Union membership dropped from 5 million in 1921 to 3.4 million in 1929. Aggressive anti-union activities by employers included expansion of benefits like health insurance to nonunion workers and helped reduce the perceived need for
unions. Communists seeking power in the unions also challenged traditional leadership during this time. When the Great Depression hit in 1929, organized labor was ill prepared. Unions lost members during the depression, but the election of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the start of the New Deal signaled a renaissance for organized labor. Direct grants to states were made, and labor-friendly legislation was pushed through Congress. While putting people back to work, the Federal government also instituted reforms based on those in Europe. Fair-labor standards were established for government contractors, while minimum wages and maximum hours were legislated in 1938. The Social Security Act (1935) provided unemployment insurance as well as old age and survivors' insurance. The National Labor Relations Board was established, and workers were given the right to organize and bargain collectively without interference from employers. Union membership rapidly increased. At the 1935 AFL convention, reformers demanded that workers in mass-production industries be organized. When the majority refused, the dissidents organized the Congress of Industrial Organizations under the leadership of John L. Lewis. Lewis aggressively worked to organize automobile and steel workers. The members adopted the new tactic of sit-down strikes, during which workers refused to leave the factories or do work. Owners were unable to
bring in strikebreakers to continue production. Bloody violence occurred, but by 1941, the major industries were unionized. Labor recognized the debt it owed to Roosevelt and supported his reelection in 1936. When the United States entered World War II, organized labor played an important role in ensuring that production remained steady. Few strikes occurred, although those that did led to a weakening of support for unions. Unions were also faced with the challenge of increasing numbers of women and African Americans joining the workforce. Nondiscrimination was ordered in all government contracts after May 1943, but that was only the first step in opening unions to minorities. After the war ended, labor’s image soon became tarnished. During the economic dislocation after the war, many strikes occurred. President Harry Truman used his powers to deal firmly with those he felt threatened national security, but generally, unions were able to get the wage increases they requested. The discovery of communists among union leaders also harmed unions. Evidence of union corruption was also found. The changing atmosphere toward organized labor was reflected in the passage of the Taft-Hartley Act in June 1947. The act strengthened employers' rights and restricted many union activities. What Do They Mean? Labor Unions = Also known as a trade union, a labor union is an association of laborers with the purpose of gaining better working conditions and
wages. Unions, which are usually organized according to occupation or industry, engage in collective bargaining with employers and sometimes stage strikes. Collective Bargaining = Collective bargaining is the name given to negotiations between employers and labor unions over working conditions and wages. Closed Shop = A closed shop is a company in which all the employees are union members, and being a member of a union is a condition of employment. The employer is required to hire only union members, except in cases where a union member is not available. In such situations, a nonunion worker may be hired with the requirement he or she become a union member once employed. Lobbying = The most common method of shaping public policy in the United States, lobbying embodies the formal, organized attempt to influence legislation. Lobbying is carried out through a variety of means, but for the most part, lobbyists directly contact legislators and their staffs in an attempt to influence congressional votes. Sit-Down Strike = the sit-down strike was part of a new strategy adopted by labor organizers in the 1930s; as the name implies, workers simply sat down in the factory and refused to leave. Workers at companies like General Motors and Firestone effectively used the sitdown strike, as did glass and textile workers, electricians, dressmakers, and waitresses.
Reviewed by Mike Lepore At the time of the mine workers’ strike of 1927-1928, Russellton, Pennsylvania was a company town. Miners and their families paid rent to live in company houses, and they shopped in company stores. The lawmen on the street were the “Coal and Iron Police.” The owners violently resisted the organizational efforts of the the United Mine Workers. The town became what the mine workers called a “bucket of blood,” that is, a site where workers’ efforts to build a union and establish the right to strike was met by violence from company thugs and agents provocateur. Oral history has been conveyed in the families of those involved in the Russellton strike and the mine owners’ violent response to it. The author is the daughter of a coal
newspaper articles. These reports are from the archives of the [Allegheny] Valley Daily News during the period of March 1927 through March 1928. The news dispatches describe union activity and the mine owners’ practice of evicting families to prevent strikes. Republic Mines initiated this reactionary tactic and Monarch Mines soon emulated it. As the newspaper reported, the union quickly built barracks so that the evicted
miners could survive the harsh winter. One of the stories covered is the unsolved killing of a Coal and Iron Policeman. People in our own era too often forget that our grandparents had to put their lives on the line to win every workplace right that they ultimately won. Let’s not rely on the conventional news media to bring attention to the fact that the people who built society’s economic base from top to
bottom have been so frequently denied the enjoyment of the fruits of their own labor. Thomas Jefferson’s observation that “the price of freedom is eternal vigilance” is as true on the industrial field as it is on the political field. In addition to the intrinsic value of Sukle’s book as a suspenseful story, I hope and believe that it will promote greater awareness of the significance of giving our full support to organized labor.
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[Book excerpt from page 17] While the book is based on historical facts and presented realistically, such fictionalized dialogue requires the author to classify the book as a novel. A minor fault of the book is that it is not made sufficiently clear whether certain character names in the story are also fictitious. Each of the 43 chapters begins with one or more headlines and excerpts from real
Buckets of Blood—The Ragman’s War
miner who was one of the organizers of the UMW and also a civil-rights activist. Because the book is based largely on this oral tradition, specific dialogues such as the following must be regarded as fiction: Stan Waloski refused to sign a work agreement and found an eviction notice posted to his house. The next day, he took the notice to the mine office and asked the clerk for an explanation. “You ready to sign a work agreement?” “No. My family of only three persons cannot live on six-fifty a day, so how can we live on six?” “Then you gotta move.” “I pay my rent. Each month I pay,” Waloski said. “Why I get eviction notice?” “Because we need your house for ‘working’ miners.”
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IBEW LOCAL 98 will again have floats, buses, and over 500 in its parade contingent this Labor Day Parade. In Photo are Business Manager John J. Dougherty, Jr., Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, State Rep. Bill Keller and members of Local 98 from last year’s parade.
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tect Social Security with the lame explanation that they are waiting to see what the commission recommends. Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, told reporters his colleagues should show some backbone and courage and take a stand now. Members of Congress should be saying we are opposed to raising retirement age, other cuts, taxes on benefits and privatization. We should state unequivocally that is something we will not support. Also recently, the Economic Policy Institute released its “Top 10 Reasons Not To Raise The Retirement Age.” It’s not David Letterman funny, but then cutting Social Security is nothing to
laugh at. Here are the top two reasons. * Raising the retirement age is a benefit cut, and benefits are already too low. The average retiree receives less than $14,000 a year from Social Security, which is less than the minimum wage. * Raising the retirement age cuts benefits for all retirees, whether they retire at age 62, age 70, or any other age — and it is a cut for retired workers’ spouses, wid-
ows and dependents as well. When the retirement age was raised from 65 to 67, it cut benefits by 13% for workers who retire at 65, meaning they lose, on average, $28,154 over the course of their expected retirement. Raising the retirement age further, to 70, would cut benefits another 19%, costing the average worker another $35,419, for a total loss of $63,573.
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If anybody knows the ins and outs of Social Security, it’s Henry Ballantyne. He was the Social Security Administration’s chief actuary between 1982 and 2000. He recently told a telephone press conference that “Social Security is financially sound…. We don’t need to raise the retirement age.” The press conference, held with several Social Security advocates, addressed the growing number of reports that the Federal budget deficit commission is likely to recommend raising the retirement age and making other cuts when it makes its recommendations after the November elections. That post-election date is a convenient excuse for lawmakers, enabling them to dodge taking a stand to pro-
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Bankruptcies Up; No Work, Action Needed For Jobs 13.1%, respectively, while North Dakota and South Dakota have the lowest rates at 3.6% and 4.4%. This wide variation in joblessness clearly demonstrates the need for policies that target states that have been hit hardest. With five unemployed workers for every one job opening, Congress needs to help the states that need it the most. One example EPI cites is Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s (D-Mich.) bill to provide 20 weeks of additional unemployment insurance for states with 7.5% or higher unemployment (this includes Pennsylvania). Add to that new Commerce Dept. data that find US corporations created more jobs overseas than in this country, and it’s clear – as if it wasn’t before now – we need fast action to create new jobs. As AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has said, “How are we going to rebuild America? With jobs! Who’s going to rebuild America? Working people with jobs.”
How badly do we need our elected leaders to come off their extended vacations and get to work stimulating the economy and creating real jobs? Take a look at two items in the news. First, bankruptcy filings nationwide reached their highest level in five years between April and June, up 11% from the same period in 2009. For the fiscal year that ended Jun. 30, consumer bankruptcies jumped 21%, to 1.51 million, from the previous year. Next, the Economic Policy Institute’s analysis of the state-level jobs and unemployment report released today shows unemployment rates are higher in every state today than they were before the recession began. There are still 11 states with doubledigit unemployment rates. Only two states (Alaska and North Dakota) and the District of Columbia have more jobs today than when the recession began. Nevada and Michigan have the highest unemployment rates at 14.3% and
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Thanks To Unions, Workers Have Rights In Pennsylvania, 900,000 working men and women are represented by 51 international unions, with 1,422 locals in all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. Much of the work of organized labor in Pennsylvania is conducted and coordinated by 34 regional Central Labor Councils across the state. Your Rights At Work: If you work in the United States, you have certain workplace rights guaranteed by Federal
law, whether you belong to a union or not. Unless you are a manager or other exempted employee, you have a right to overtime pay if you work more than 40 hours a week. You have a right not to be discriminated against because of your age, gender, race, religion, or immigration status. You have a right not to be sexually harassed at work. You have a right to a workplace free of recognized health and safety hazards.
Your Right To A Union: Most working people have the legal right under Section 7 of the US National Labor Relations Act to join or support a union and to engage in collective bargaining. Working people all over the United States are joining unions in greater and greater numbers, seeking a voice at work for better wages and benefits, safe and secure jobs and respect. Your right to a union includes the right to: attend
meetings to discuss joining a union; read, distribute and discuss union literature (as long as you do this in nonwork areas during nonwork times, such as breaks or lunch hours); wear union buttons, T-shirts, stickers, hats or other items on the job at most worksites; sign a card asking your employer to recognize and bargain with the union; sign petitions or file grievances related to wages, hours, working conditions and other
job issues; ask other employees to support the union, to sign union cards or petitions or to file grievances. Section 8 of the NLRA says your employer cannot legally punish or discriminate against any worker because of union activity. The employer cannot threaten to or actually fire, lay off, discipline, transfer or reassign workers because of their union support. The employer cannot favor employees who don’t support the union over those who do in promotions, job assignments, wages and other working conditions. The em-
ployer cannot lay off employees or take away benefits or privileges employees already have in order to discourage union activity. Unfortunately, employers routinely mount workplace wars to stop workers from forming unions. The national AFL-CIO’s Voice@Work campaign works to ensure the war of intimidation and harassment against them is not carried out secretly. Voice@Work engages communities in supporting workers struggling to build better lives by gaining a voice at work through union membership.
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to the National AFL-CIO General Board. In addition to his duties within the AFL-CIO, Eiding represents organized labor on a number of civic boards. He is the co-chairman of PALM; sits on the Board of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania; serves on the Executive Committee of Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board; as a Commissioner of the Philadelphia Housing Authority; and a member of the Philadelphia Planning Commission. Eiding is also very involved in the community through a variety of charitable organizations. His favorite charity is the Asbestos Workers Mesothelioma Fund which he helped to develop in 1992 in an agreement between the Insulators union and contractors. The Fund has raised close to $2 million for Fox Chase since its inception. Secretary-Treasurer Ted Kirsch Ted Kirsch is President of AFT Pennsylvania and past
President of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (AFT Local 3). He began his career in 1960, teaching social studies at Thomas Junior HS and taught at a number of schools in the District. He was the first teacher in the City to teach African American History as a major credit course, and he has taught courses on labor history, collective bargaining and theory of the labor movement at the Penn State University. Kirsch is a VP of the American Federation of Teachers. He has been director of the PFT’s Committee on Political Education, chair of the Jewish Labor Committee of Philadelphia, VP of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, and former president of the Pennsylvania Labor History Society. Known as an activist who has the best interests of children and the future of Philadelphia at heart, Kirsch has received dozens of awards from community, educational and humanitarian organizations and sits on the boards of
numerous civic organizations. Recording Secretary Linda Butler Linda Lyons Butler has been a member of the International of Operating Engineers Local 542 for over 20 years. Prior to her election as Recording Secretary of the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO in 1992, Butler served as Apprentice Instructor and Master Mechanic for Local 542. Butler is nationally recognized for her work in integrating women into blue-collar, non-traditional occupations. Her expertise in that area has allowed her to work with local, State and Federal agencies and organizations including the Federal Highways Administration, the US Dept. of Labor and international and local labor unions. She has been featured on ABC’s World News and NBC’s Dateline and has been called upon twice to provide congressional testimony regarding women’s integration and retention into the workforce. Some of the recognition she has received
for her work include the US Dept. of Labor’s Exemplary Public Interest Contribution Award and the Oprah Winfrey Angel Network Award. Janet Hammond Ryder Ryder has been the Vice President of Labor Participation for United Way and the Philadelphia Council AFl-CIO since 2002. For this union member and community activist, a job to combine both aspects was the perfect opportunity to share her talents of organizing, mobilizing and educating with workers throughout Philadelphia. In this role, she is fulfilling her life mission to make a positive difference in the lives of people through her regular daily work. In addition to her dual role with the United Way and the AFL-CIO, Janet also serves on many boards throughout the city. She is the chairperson of Career Link for the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, a Vice President of the Coalition of Labor Union Women, a
Board Member of St. Joseph University Comey Institute; a Vice President of AKA; and most recently was appointed to serve on Mayor Nutter’s Tax Revision Task Force. Janet has numerous honors and awards from her years of service to workers in Philadelphia. Liz McElroy Political Director Liz McElroy joined the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO in February 2006 after several years as an organizer with the American Federation of Teachers. As Political Director, McElroy oversees the Labor to Labor program during political cycles in which union members are trained to educate and mobilize their co-workers. In addition to political mobilization, McElroy works with unions on legislative issues at all levels of government and coordinates Council activities around legislation, workers rights, contract/organizing drives, and other issues vital to the local labor movement.
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Council President Patrick J. Eiding A leader in the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania labor movement, Pat Eiding is active in many civic, charitable and government affairs. Prior to being elected President of the Philadelphia Council AFLCIO in January 2002, Eiding served for over 25 years as Business Manager of the Insulators & Asbestos Workers Local 14 covering Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Eiding has risen through the ranks of leadership throughout his career. His union leadership roles include serving as past President of the Asbestos Workers Middle Atlantic States Conference, and past President of the Mechanical Trades Council in Philadelphia and New Jersey. He currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Philadelphia Building Trades Council, as a member of the Executive Council of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, and as the Northeast Regional representative
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(Cont. From Page 33) traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is
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appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so
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TO ALL UNION CRAFTSMEN IN THE PHILADELPHIA BUILDING TRADES COUNCIL” THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BRIDGE, STRUCTURAL, ORNAMENTAL AND REINFORCING IRONWORKERS LOCAL UNION NO. 401
PROUDLY ACKNOWLEDGES OUR MEMBERSHIP, STAFF AND
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FOR WORKING TOGETHER TO BUILD THE SKYLINE OF THE GREAT CITY OF PHILADELPHIA
Labor is the heart of productivity, the cause of growth and prosperity in our nation and ultimately, the reason for our success. Our labor has earned us much to be proud of- and many accomplishments to speak of- but none are more responsible for our achievements than the rank and file membership of our Union.
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SNOOPER’S “The Feds” UPDATE: Yes, it’s true, “THE FEDS” are all over this City, and they’re in every department. Presently, they’re in the TRAFFIC COURT, the D.R.P.A., C.P. COURT, and still checking out a few more State Representatives, and we know all about our State Representative, HON. BILL KELLER of South Philadelphia. Let me tell you, from what I’ve been seeing so far, you DON’T PLAY with “THE FEDS”, because they are very tenacious and, I might add, very thorough in all their INVESTIGATIONS. SNOOPER’S STATE NEWS DEPT: Pennsylvania is no longer fooling around with all those “DEADBEATS” who owe this STATE PLENTY OF MONIES. This list of TAX DEADBEATS will, hopefully, shame them into doing the right thing – PAYING UP. BEWARE: If you owe STATE TAXES, you had better give them a call at 1 (717) 783-3000, and I personally suggest you DO IT RIGHT AWAY! SNOOPER SIGHTINGS: There’s the Mayor, HON. MICHAEL NUTTER, leaving City Hall with “his entourage” and he looks like he’s in an awful hurry to go somewhere – probably a Community Meeting. This is a gentleman I haven’t seen for quite a while, and I’m looking right at him, as he is going into The Criminal Justice Center: none other than HON. WILLIAM MEEHAN, Judge of the MUNICIPAL COURT. Yes, Chief, I see another Judge, HON. BRAD MOSS; he too is with the MUNICIPAL COURT. I wonder how his wonderful son JOSHUA is doing, because the last time I saw both of them was at a baseball game, and Joshua was the catcher. SNOOPER SCOOPER: Word has it the THE P.H.A. will ask its ‘embattled’ leader, Hon. CARL GREENE, to resign (Cont. Page 51)
Ah, Philadelphia. Our fair city is famous for its history and rich culture. Our wonderful ethnic neighborhoods, accents and hoagies are world-renowned; people flock from around the globe just to say, “I’ve been to Philly!” I’ve been to the Art Museum and done the ‘Rocky’ jog. I’ve been through the cobblestoned streets of Old City and Germantown. I’ve been to South Philly’s Italian Market and the Northeast’s famous Russian delicatessens. And throughout my travels I was safely protected by Philadelphia Police Dept. COMMISSIONER CHARLES RAMSEY and the Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia SIOBHAN REARDON. Wait … what does the Library Director have to do with safety? Not much, but based on her salary and the fact that she makes about $3,000 less than the Police Commissioner, she should consider carrying books throughout the City to hit perps over the head and cuff ’em. Now let’s be clear; Lucky Glenwood is an avid reader and lover of both books and libraries. Writing is like art and good food; it sustains, motivates and enlightens. Our issue is with the salaries of the Police Commissioner in the nation’s fifth-largest city, who is busting his butt and doing the toughest job in the city in my opinion, and then there is the chief librarian, who only seems interested in the main branch of her fiefdom, and not the local branches in the ’hoods, where she seldom goes. Here’s an idea for our ‘supersmart’ MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER: Get rid of her and promote from within! But wait. If she goes, how much will that cost us? Another CAMILLE BARNETT hookup waiting for her? (Cont. Page 48)
The Philadelphia Bar was saddened by the death of Common Pleas JUDGE JOE DYCH. Joe was a compassionate person before he went on the bench. Nothing changed when he became a Judge. In civil matters, he always worked to find a solution to the suit before him and in criminal cases, he worked hard to get a just result. He achieved his heart’s desire when he was appointed to the bench and later elected for a full year of a 10-year term. He had a keen sense of humor and it didn’t take much of an effort on his part to avoid the black-robe syndrome. He was a graduate of West Catholic Hs and maintained his contact with the school to the day that he died. Among the many friends who attended his funeral were PETER BOWERS and his wife MARIA; Common Pleas JUDGE JEFFREY MINEHART; JUDGE JACQUELINE ALLEN; JUDGE SANDY MOSS; JUDGE JEROME ZALESKI; JUDGE VIC DiNUBILE; from the Municipal Court, JUDGE FAY STACK; JUDGE JERRY KOSINSKI; and former President Judge of the Municipal Court LOU PRESENZA. There was a nice turnout from the Christian Brothers community which teaches at West Catholic and LaSalle. President Judge of Common Pleas Court PAM DEMBE was there representing the Court and, of course, herself. JUDGE GENE MAIER and his wife LANA were the hosts for a very enjoyable lawn fête at their summer home in Brigantine, N. J. The theme was the Philadelphia Eagles, so many guests showed up with a garment which identified (Cont. Page 51)
If there is one thing I’ve learned during my time in the newspaper business, it’s that you can get away with a multitude of sins if you’re relatively competent and are willing to eschew all pretense of dignity. I’ve worked with people who have managed to keep their jobs despite telling off their bosses, stealing money, and getting other people to do their work by doing some good, old fashioned, kissing up. I bring this up because of the recent brouhaha surrounding Carl Greene, executive director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority. I had a friend who had worked for PHA a while back, from whom I used to hear stories about the more-abusive aspects of Greene’s personality. From the beginning, his distinctive personality was hard to ignore. I heard about the sexual harassment. I heard about the verbal abuse. I heard about the kinds of behavior, behavior that includes forced financing of parties in honor of the boss and other difficulties the Philadelphia Inquirer says the agency has had to pay $900,000 in lawsuit settlements and legal fees over. But no one had said much in public about Greene’s extracurricular activities, because they were committed while he was turning PHA into one of the best public-housing authorities in the country. Under Greene’s watch, he had turned troubled high-rise apartment complexes into the kinds of public housing that make you want to quit your job and apply for Section 8. Senior-citizen complexes that rival any suburban 55-and(Cont. Page 49)
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Yo! Here we go again with these random thoughts for the day. They were sent to me by Paul D, a reader and I think that you can agree with some – if not all of them. Here we go: 1) I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die. 2) Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong. 3) I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger. 4) There is great need for a sarcasm font. 5) How the heck are you supposed to fold a fitted bedsheet? 6) Was learning cursive really necessary? 7) MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood. 8) Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died. 9) I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired. 10) Bad decisions make good stories. 11) You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day. 12) Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection ... again. 13) I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my 10-page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to. 14) “Do not machine wash or tumble dry” means I will never wash this — ever. 15) I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Darn it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings (Cont. Page 49)
There was one heckuva turnout for the Billy Meehan Clam Bake at Cannstatter on Sunday! The top of the statewide ticket, A.G. TOM CORBETT and JIM CAWLEY, were pumping up the crowd. City Committee EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JIMMY DINTINO was too busy to sit down most of the time. City Council hopefuls DAVID OH and MARIE DELANEY were highly visible. A passel of business leaders like JERRY ASPITE and labor leaders like PAT EIDING paid court to the GOP. And there were, of course, more ward leaders than you could shake a trunk at. The sun shines brightly on a GOP future. Mayoral candidate and two-time congressional candidate AL TAUBENBERGER is the latest in the host of GOP candidates for City Council at Large in 2011. He told supporters he is in fact running, setting up a great battle of Northeast Philadelphians vying for one of two minority seats on the Council. Potential top-tier candidates include former STATE REP. GEORGE KENNEY, incumbent STATE REP. DENNY O’BRIEN and attorney DAVID OH from Southwest Philadelphia. Those men are followed by Taubenberger, Northeast Philly resident ELMER MONEY and former congressional candidate JOE McCOLGAN among many others. Incumbent JACK KELLY narrowly won his race for this seat based on his Northeast Philly base. Should this base be split, an outside candidate can win be default. Where are the Elephants? In light of CARL GREENE’S running of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, where is the deafening cry from city Republicans for a clean house at PHA? In fact, where were city Republicans during the DRPA mess? The only Republicans active on that issue were (Cont. Page 49)
it’s found that he’s in the clear on everything … and that’s a lot of everything … he should probably start packing up that condo he can’t afford anyway, and look for Greene pastures elsewhere.
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(Cont. From Page 47) Maybe we can get rid of Reardon and CARL GREENE at the same time and save the City a bundle.
His operation seemed to shake down half of Philadelphia, or should I say “Feel – A – Delphia”? All of the allegations (and we know they are merely allegations at this point) are quite disturbing. Even if
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(Cont. From Page 47) Montgomery County STATE REP. MIKE VEREB and New Jersey ASSEMBLYMAN DOMENICK DiCICCO. Thanks for looking out for Philly, fellas, it’s mighty kind of ya! But Trunk Man would like to hear the call of the jungle from his hometown herd. It’s tough to imagine a
scenario where Philadelphians throw the Democrats out of power when our party is not doing anything to fix the problems. PHA and DRPA were not Republican-Democrat problems. They were internal troubles that caused greater financial harm to the taxpayers. It is the job of those who want to lead to, well, lead.
you should be nice to everyone, because the people you meet on the way up are the exact same people you meet on the way down. The only difference is, if you’re nice to folks on the way up, they’re more willing to give you a hand when you’re on
lot, is about to be overshadowed by Greene’s alleged slap-and-tickle shenanigans. When Carl Greene is no longer executive director of PHA, something that will probably be the reality 30 days after the Dept. of Housing & Urban Development finishes investigating how much of the $900,000 in lawsuit settlements and legal fees came out of actual PHA funds, the process that got him fired is going to be what’s remembered, not the housing. My Mom (ever notice how often I quote her?) says
(Cont. From Page 47) nine times and goes to voicemail. What’d you do after I didn’t answer? Drop the phone and run away? 16) I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and
the way down. But in the case of Greene, they’re going to be telling their stories to any reporter who will listen. Heck, even his mentor Alphonso Jackson, former HUD secretary, told the Inquirer how abusive he was to subordinates.
Maybe if Jackson had given that information to thenMayor Ed Rendell when Greene was hired, we as a city might not be wondering if we can find someone to sustain the work of the Good Carl while we clean up the mess of the Bad Carl.
then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste. 17) I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call. 18) My fouryear-old son asked me in the car the other day, “Dad, what
would happen if you ran over a ninja?” How the heck do I respond to that? 19) I think the freezer deserves a light as well. 20) I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.
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(Cont. From Page 47) over condo developments, townhouses that were so integrated into the city you couldn’t tell who lived where, and places within developments where the development’s entrepreneurs could ply their trades and create businesses in
which they could employ their neighbors became the norm in Greene’s PHA. Heck, even President Barack Obama took notice. He lauded Greene and PHA for taking the economic stimulus money and putting it to work right away. But here’s the thing. All of that achievement, and it’s a
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Pig out on ribs that will stick to your ribs by Len Lear Shannon Dougherty and Liz Petersen, owners of Home Slice Pizzeria and A Full Plate Café at 1040 N. American Street (Unit 1101) in Northern Liberties, are again hosting the best cookoff in Philly. Their fourth annual Rib Cook Off contest will take place on Saturday, Sep. 11, starting at 12 noon. Judging begins at 2 p.m. and winners will be announced at approximately 3:30 p.m. Professionals and amateurs alike will compete side by side to garner the title of “Best Ribs in the Philadelphia Area.” This year’s competition will include a Professional Division, which of course means restaurant and catering chefs. You can expect last year’s winning teams to be out grilling such as Koo Zee Doo, Sonata and Q BBQ. North Bowl insists they will take home the “Crowd Favorite” prize this year. All teams will compete in
three categories of grilling — ribs, whole organic chickens and a vegetarian item of their choosing. All teams will cook at Liberty Lands Park, 3rd & Wildey Streets in Northern Liberties. The Rib Cook Off is directly followed by the Northern Liberties Music Festival. Guests will be charged $20 per person, which will get you samples from all the contestants, both professional and amateur. To complement all the barbecue, A Full Plate will be providing vegetarian side dishes like macaroni and cheese, roasted beets and Southern slaw. And there will be sweet treats from The Flying Monkey Patisserie. While pigging out with all of the food selections, guests can also vote for “Crowd Favorite” and soak in the music and atmosphere. Judging will take place on the premises. The judges will consist of the Who’s Who in the Philadelphia food blogging scene. The winners will be announced throughout the day. Restaurants and neighbors interested in competing for prizes and bragging rights can
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Len Lear prepared the farm-fresh take on the iconic Philly cheesesteak with ingredients from local farms and purveyors, showcasing the ease with which food lovers can create locally sourced meals at home. The featured cheesesteak included Poses’ own mix of sweet and hot roasted peppers. What does it take to make 1,000 locally sourced cheesesteak samples? Well, 150 lb. of chipped grass-fed organic beef from Landisdale Farm; 50 pounds of organic colby cheese from Mountain Meadows Colby; 25 lb. of organic onions from Landisdale Farm; 25 lb.
of sweet and hot peppers from McCann Farm, and 208 feet of bread from Sarcone’s Bakery. Poses’ locally sourced cheesesteak recipe is available on visitphilly.com/food, where visitors can plan their Philly Homegrown™ experience — farmers’ markets, restaurants, pick-your-own options, Amish treats and Philadelphia faves — from start to finish. Steve Poses was one of the founders of the Philadelphia Restaurant Renaissance in the late 1960s and early ’70s with restaurants like Frog and Commissary. His latest book, At Home by Steve Poses: A Caterer’s Guide to Cooking and Entertaining, is the inspiration for At Home Online, a website and blog filled with tips, guides and recipes for home entertaining. Learn more at athomebysteveposes.wordpress.com. For more information about dining options downtown, visit visitphilly.com or uwishunu.com, or call the Independence Visitor Center at 1 (800) 537-7676.
EXPO. This State Representative has set the date for FRIDAY, OCT. 8 at The COHOX (Cohocksink Recreation Center), located at Cedar & Cambria Streets. It starts at 10 a.m. and will run to 2 p.m. I want everyone to know IT’S FREE and it’ll be a “ONE STOP” information Center for all our SENIOR CITIZENS. He’s been ‘hosting’ this special event for over 25 YEARS, and it seems to get bigger and bet-
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IOR JUDGE RICK JACKSON; Common Pleas Judge Sandy Moss and her husband BILL; and AL & BARBARA DRAGON (he is a very accomplished trial attorney who has just authored a book on the Appalachian Trail.) STATE SEN. MIKE STACK is just back from a very informative trip to the state of Israel. Since a large part of the Senator’s District fronts on the Delaware River,
he has several productive talks with regard to Israel’s using the Philadelphia port for its various exports.
(Cont. From Page 47) and probably will give him monies due him on the rest of his contract. Whew Boss, it seems everybody is coming “out of the woodwork” and going after him. Yes, this gentleman has done a lot of good for so many, and how quickly everyone forgets. I just spoke with a lot of his ‘tenants’, and they’re the first to tell you, “MR.GREENE helped all of us
(Cont. From Page 47) the wearer as an Eagles fan. Among the revelers were BILL MURRAY and his fiancée MARY; JERRY SHANEY and his wife BETTY; JUDGE JIM LYNN and his wife BARBARA; Fay and MIKE STACK (she is the Municipal Court Judge); GENE JACOBS and his lovely wife PHYLLIS; SEN-
ter every year. He wants you to call (215) 425-0901, (215) 744-3009 or (215) 744-2600. SNOOPER SCOOPER: I can’t believe this one, and I’m in awe that I was chosen for this important news. Local Philadelphian KEITH MANGAM, son of LINDA & ROBERT MANGAM, has been officially chosen to give the GRADUATION SPEECH for the PEACE CORPS. This gentleman will be doing this speech in FRENCH and DJULA (local language). He is presently in BURKINA FASO, West Africa and he’ll be there for at least two years for the PEACE
CORPS. The President of the City will be there, as well as many LOCAL DIGNITARIES, for this very important GRADUATION EVENT.
This will be seen on their NATIONAL TV. Yes, you know LINDA & BOB, Mom & Dad, are so proud! Note: So are we indeed!
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to get better housing, and also get us out of them PROJECTS.” We really hope they will treat him fairly and not RUSH TO JUDGMENT. Boss: THE FEDS not only want him, but are after BIGGER FISHES too! SNOOPER’S EMAIL SERVICES DEPT.: This one obviously came from one of HON. JOHN TAYLOR’S “bona fide” constituents. She tells me it is that time once again for his SENIOR
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Termination of Parental Rights in the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Case No. 165-2010 To: Timothy Jones (or any unknown birth fathers of) Baby Seiple A petition has been filed asking the Court to put an end to all rights you have to your child Baby Seiple, who was born on April 5, 2010 in Bethlehem, PA. The Court has set a hearing to consider ending your rights to your child. That hearing will be held in Courtroom No. 14 before Hon. Judge Ott at One Montgomery Plaza located at Swede and Airy Street, Norristown, PA, on Oct. 14, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. You are warned that even if you fail to appear at the scheduled hearing, the hearing will go on without you and your rights to your child may be ended by the Court without your being present. You have a right to be represented at the hearing by a lawyer. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford one, go to or telephone the office set forth below to find out where you can get legal help. You are also warned that if you fail to file either an acknowledgment of paternity or claim of paternity pursuant to 23 Pa. C.S.A. Sec. 5103, and fail to either appear at the hearing to object to the termination to your rights or file written objection to such termination with the Court prior to the hearing your rights may also be terminated under Pa. C.S.A. Sec. 2503(d) and Sec. 2504(c) or Sec. 2511 (a )(6) of the Adoption Act. Contact immediately the Law Offices of Jay H. Ginsburg, at 527 Swede St., Norristown, PA 19401 (610-277-1999), or: Montago Lawyer Referral Service 100 West Airy Street P. O. Box 268 Norristown, PA 19404-4321 Telephone: 215-279-9660
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SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA Sealed proposals will be received by the School Reform Commission at the School Administration Building located at 440 North Broad St., 3rd Floor, Office of Capital Programs, Philadelphia, PA 19130-4015, until 2:00 P.M., on Tuesday, September 21, 2010. A nonrefundable fee for each set of bid documents is as scheduled. The School District will only accept bids from companies that have been placed on its current Pre Qualified Contractors List as shown at psit.org. All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications. BUDGET FEE B-007 (C) of 2010/11 General Service Contract Trailer Modernization $75,000 $ 25.00 Various locations throughout the School District BUDGET FEE B-025 (C) of 2009/10 Electrical Contract Kensington HS $2,000,000 $200 Electric Service 2051 E. Cumberland Street *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on September 2, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.
Information as to contract documents, etc., may be obtained at the above address, or telephone 215-400-5225. Make checks payable to the School District of Philadelphia. The School Reform Commission reserves the right to reject any and all bids and make the awards to the best interests of the School District of Philadelphia.
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Specifications and/or plans and contract documents may be examined and copies thereof obtained from the School Reform Commission, 440 North Broad Street, 3rd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19130.
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