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Larger Than Life A New Look At Big Frank Rizzo; Mural Tribute Observes 90th Birthday

HUGE 9th Street Market mural of Mayor Frank Rizzo was repainted, using latest material available to mural artists, and dedicated Saturday by City’s Mural Arts Program. At ceremony were his son Councilman Frank Rizzo, Jr. and his daughter-in-law Debbie Rizzo.

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With a lick of fresh paint and some redesigning by a world-class mural artist, The Mayor Frank L. Rizzo Mural, located at 9th & Montrose Streets, looms larger than life along the 9th Street Market. A re-dedication ceremony was held on Saturday, which coincided with would have been a landmark birthday for the likable Mayor. Mayor Rizzo was born on Oct. 23, 1920. He died on Jul. 16,

1991. Were he alive for the rededication, he would have been 90 years old. The “Tribute to Frank Rizzo” public mural, located on the wall of the building at 910 S. Ninth Street in the Italian Market, shows a portrait of the Mayor in an Italian Market landscape. This portrait reflected his image as Mayor and Police Commissioner of the City of Philadelphia. The Mural’s imposing presence (Cont. page 2)

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A group of high-school students will host a forum tomorrow morning to talk about why they fought their demons and realized that going back to high school was the right choice. Members of OICA'S Creative Learning Academy, which is an accelerated high school housed inside of South Philadelphia HS, will tell (Cont.page 19)

Washington Ave. Goes Green by Rory G. McGlasson Residents in Queens Village and Pennsport are the first in the city to have a waterfront “green” park on their doorstep. What was once a sea of asphalt at the foot of Pier 53 is now a utopia of green garden space, plush trees and foot path – now known as Washington Avenue Green. (Cont. Page 2)

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COUNCILMAN Frank DiCicco and Mayor Michael Nutter join members of The Delaware River Waterfront Corp. yesterday to cut ribbon at new Washington Avenue Green on the Delaware River at Pier 53.

Pennsport Civic Salute Fire Chief Members of the Pennsport Civic Association are worried their community will be adversely affected by all the negative changes that the City has imposed on the local firehouses. Twenty-three of the City’s 56 fire companies are on the schedule for what is called “rolling brownouts.” Three firehouses a time will be in

service during the day and three at night. The City hopes to save more than $3 million, but at what cost? It could take up to eight minutes for another company to get to a fire if the firehouse at 4th & Synder is closed. Recently, a swift two-alarm fire tore through an apartment building in (Cont.page 19)

Over 2,500 people attended the 2nd annual Cow Chip Bingo event in Grays Ferry. Despite a mix-up with the winning Cow Chip grid winner, organizers said the event met its objective and raised funds for some really worthy cause, and next year will be bigger and better. “So many people helped raise much needed funds for a lot of charities, said organizer, Robert Gormley. (Cont. page 2)

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Mayor Frank Rizzo Remembered (Cont.from page 1) speaks of the former Mayor and Police Commissioner’s central place in the lore and political history of Philadelphia. Frank L. Rizzo was, as S.A. Paolantonio stated in the title of his biography, “The Last Big Man In Big City America.” The Rizzo mural is the excellent work of artist Diane Keller, and was originally completed in 1995. Unfortunately, the ravages of time took their toll on the mural. Jane Golden, the executive director of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, said, “This is a landmark mural that is beloved

AMONG VIPs at dedication were Vince Borelli, Councilman Rizzo, Geno’s Steaks’ Joe Vento, who contributed financially in a big way for the restoration, and Carmen Serafina. by many and we cannot let it sit in a state of perpetual disrepair.” Philadelphia Councilman Frank S. Rizzo, the Mayor’s son, said, “I am grateful for

this outpouring of support nearly 20 years after my father’s death. It’s gratifying that he’s remembered for his important place in Philadelphia history.”

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Grays Ferry Cow Chip Bingo (Cont.from page 1). “The event wouldn't be possible without the help of the Manion Family, the Henrys, the Grays Ferry Community Council Staff and Board, Phelim Dean, the vendors, John Dougherty (Diamond tool), Ron Weber, Billy Gallagher, Members of Satin Slipper, The FOP Survivors fund, our Friend Steve Weiler, Chico Mike and LeeAnn, the 17th Police Dist., and all the sellers and all the men, women and especially children of Grays Ferry.” Gormley said the organizers of the festival want to thank the family of the “real” winning block of our Bingo (W-75). Organizers made a simple human error when they mismatched the winning grid number during the Cow Chip Bingo contest. The wrong winner was presented the grand prize. However, after realizing the

error, organizers presented the “real” winner with the prize later. “It was their patience and trust in us that we would do the

right thing that makes this event and our community worth fighting for, “Gormely said. These guys are our friends and we congratulate them.”

(Cont. From Page 1) The park was officially opened to yesterday morning at a ribbon-cutting, where dignitaries like Mayor Michael Nutter and Councilman Frank DiCicco praised the brand-new space. The Mayor told a small crowd Washington Green is a “preview” of the new green spaces coming along the Delaware, thanks to partners of the Central Delaware Waterfront. “It’s a fantastic example of what you can do with willpower, cooperation, a former industrial site and a lim-

ited budget,” said Joe Forken, VP of the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. The project was made possible in part, thanks to a $500,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation, a $70,000 State Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources grant given to the Philadelphia Water Dept. and a $30,000 Federal Coastal Zone grant. Councilman Frank DiCicco noted a much larger project -- $4.5 million -- will be unveiled at the Race Street Pier, in spring 2011. “Just in time, DiCicco quipped, “for my reelection campaign.”

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Controller Fumbles On Incomplete Sheriff’s Audit

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ACTING SHERIFF Barbara Deeley, 2nd from left, and her administrative staff answer City Controller’s charges. From left to right are, Cathy Hicks, Deeley, Tyrone Bynum, Crystal Stewart and Hope Smart. with all of the bank state- has never denied auditor acments, check registries, de- cess to any information.” posit documents and other Responding to Butkovitz, financial information neces- Deeley then stated, “Derogasary to audit three of the 11 tory comments made by your custodial accounts.” staff created a hostile work He then made a serious environment for our employcharge, which exposes his ees, leading to unnecessary being part of the coalition to tensions, misunderstandings get rid of the City’s remaining and incomplete results.” row offices: “This raises conShe added, “Our review of cerns over the potential risk for the audit period shows there fraud and other impropriety...” were never any considerations a statement without foundation, given to the workload of our slinging mud at the Sheriff’s staff or the limitation imposed office and casting a shadow by our outdated computer sysover the dedication of the tem.” She indicated she was members of the Sheriff’s staff. moving to update the technolHis charges were immedi- ogy to better assist the Conately denied by Deeley. At a troller in future audits. press conference after the She criticized the limited Controller’s charges were re- time the Controller gave her leased, she said, “First and office to respond to inaccurate foremost, this office wants to and misleading statements, make it clear it has always co- and rejected Butkovitz’s quesoperated with auditors from tioning of the Sheriff’s Office the City Controller’s office. It (Cont. Page 30)

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Overlooking The Party Structure

LOOKING TO pay out big bucks was the organization that plastered this sign around polls throughout city. Ostensibly looking for individuals who would get paid as “independent get out the vote” veterans as workers, it sought votes for an unidentified candidate who turned out, after querying, to be Democrat Senatorial candidate Joe Sestak. Didn’t they ever hear of the Democrat City Committee?

tributed to the victories. Wonder if this is a Philadelphia trait, considering the errors which plagued the Phillies and cost them the championship and those which have caused the Eagles to drop from any expectation of being in any playoff. GOP Has Absentee Edge In Penna “Despite fresh polls showing … Joe Sestak making a comeback in the Pennsylvania Senate race, Republicans remain encouraged by a small but potentially crucial datapoint: absentee ballots.” That was the word from Politico, the Washingtonbased online magazine. Its reporter David Catanese noted, “According to numbers tabulated by the State Board of Elections, Republicans hold an 8% advantage over Democrats among those requesting absentee ballots in the commonwealth. Among those who have already returned their ballots, the gap grows wider, with Republicans topping Democrats by 19%.”

Catanese noted, “As of last Friday, 171,860 Republicans had asked for ballots, compared with 155,440 Democrats, giving the GOP a 49% to 41% lead. Republicans held a 56% to 37% lead among the close to 66,000 who have already voted. “While historically more Republicans than Democrats vote absentee, Toomey’s campaign is heartened by the early gap. “‘It’s beyond anything we've historically seen in Pennsylvania. That’s a net 19point move from the Democratic registration advantage,’ said Toomey Campaign Mgr. Mark Harris, pointing to the Democrats’ 11-point partyregistration advantage. “Pennsylvania’s absenteevoting law is one of the most restrictive in the country. Residents may only cast ballots as absentees if they are unable to get out of their homes or not in their voting precinct the day of the election. Absentee ballots usually only comprise about 4% of total ballots cast, said Harris.

“On the heels of a new Muhlenberg College poll showing Sestak with a 3-point lead over Toomey, the Service Employees International Union announced it was dumping $2 million into a getout-the-vote operation. The union plans to deploy 900 of its members to go door to door for Sestak and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Dan Onorato, in addition to $500,000 to fund its get-outthe-vote program in Southeastern Pennsylvania.” Major Labor Groups Endorse Dems Democrats Dan Onorato for Governor and Joseph Sestak for US Senate were among 227 candidates endorsed around the state by the Education Voters of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State Education Association PACE, Conservation Voters, Equality PA, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, SEIU PA State Council, United Steelworkers, Teamsters, Capital Region Stonewall Democrats and Steel City Stonewall Democrats. (Cont. Page 8)

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(Cont. From Page 6) making it a very close election. Looking at past elections, the Republican Party’s top candidates have been historically reluctant to give campaign funds to their organized City Committees. They seem to want to spread dollars to operatives they entrust rather than the existing organizations. If, as reported, they intend to do the same, they’ll be repeating mistakes which proved costly in past elections, losing them legislative seats as well as statewide races. Corbett has raised $22 million with Onorato just behind him with $19 million. Both have earmarked the bulk for television, on which the messages getting dirtier with charges that each candidate’s team is running frantically, to counteract the other’s, at the last minute. It is believed Onorato is pragmatic enough to understand the value of the Philadelphia Democratic City Committee led by Congress-

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36th Ward (Cont. From pagr 7) FOP Taps Hellberg Over Fattah The Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Republican Rick Hellberg over long-time incumbent Congressman Chaka Fattah. “I’m pleased to receive the support of the Fraternal Order of Police,” Hellberg said. “We need our elected officials to be tougher on crime. When I am elected, I will support legislation that does just that.” Hellberg also argues the need to revisit the way the government compensates those individuals who have spent their careers protecting the city. Currently, individuals who receive a pension for their work in the public sector see their benefits cut after taking positions in the private sector to help support their families. Transport Workers Endorse Onorato Transport Workers Union Local 234, which represents over 5,000 public-transit workers in Southeastern Pennsylvania, announced its endorsement

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October 19, 2010 Dear Union Members & Friends of Labor: Only two years ago the citizens of our Country voted the Republican Party out of Washington for being the most incompetent administration in the history of the United States of America. Since then, the Republicans in Congress have done nothing but criticize and vote against every effort made by our new President to put America back together again… never before has an American President been left to face so many adversities with little or no cooperation from the Republican Party. Unbelievably, the eight year dynasty of George W. Bush and his fellow Republicans has driven our nation to its knees. The aristocratic manner in which they governed only served to favor the very rich while ignoring the plights of the average American citizens, ultimately causing economic havoc not only in the United States, but around the world—- all because of the Republicans’ greed for power and the lustful ideals of their corporate advocates. As a direct result of the Republican philosophy of “governing for the rich,” the ‘American Dream” of yesteryear has been diminished almost to the point of extinction for millions of our citizens. Because of the Republican legacy of financial devastation, every day over eight thousand (8,000) American families are losing their homes due to mortgage defaults. For those families the “American Dream” is already lost! Yet the Republicans in Congress continue to support the corporate outsourcing of good American jobs! Thus, the ‘American Dream’ will be lost for millions of other American families who are hanging on by the skin of their teeth with the hope that our government will start working together to turn our Country’s economy around just so they can go back to work. Even though the Democratic Party is working hard to rebuild the economic status of the America we once knew; and, under the leadership of President Barack Obama, we are moving in the right direction, the Republicans would have us believe that only they know the way, when in reality, they are the cause of every problem our Country is enduring today!

It’s time to stand up to their lies and deception and let the Republican Party know that we did not forget who continues to support the corporate outsourcing of American manufacturing jobs through “Tax Free Trade Agreements” that only benefit the corporations. It’s time to stand up against the Republican Party to let them know that we did not forget who supports the corporate exploitation of millions of immigrants, both legal and illegal, who are brought into our Country to replace American workers at less than life sustaining wages. It’s time to stand up against the Republican Party to let them know that we did not forget who lied to the American people to make us believe that the war in Iraq was necessary; when, in fact, it is a senseless and unwinnable conflict that has caused the death and mutilation of thousands of American soldiers and has cost our Country over one trillion dollars to date. And last, but certainly not least, it’s time to stand up to the Republican Party to let them know that we did not forget that the last time they were in power, they allowed their corporate friends on Wall Street to pick pocket the American people out of trillions of dollars in pension funds and other personal investments while at the same time, condoning the CEO’s of those very same corporations to collect billions of dollars in bonuses. Thank God we didn’t permit them to dupe us into investing our Social Security Funds with the same wizards of Wall Street!!! The Republicans are nothing but a bunch of corporate owned politicians that would like the American people to believe that they did nothing wrong…when in fact, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS DONE NOTHING AT ALL FOR THE AVERAGE AMERICAN CITIZEN! Just ask yourself this question: What more can the Republicans do to America that they haven’t already done? Your very own answer to this question should agitate you to the point where you can’t wait until Election Day to cast your vote against any Republican that is a candidate for any office in any branch of our government anywhere in America. Only by exercising our right to vote, can we teach the Republican Party that America belongs to all of her people—-not just the rich! So, for the sake of the “American Dream” please stand up for your country, for yourself and your family, for your job and for your right to a decent way of life. Please go out and vote on Election Day and take your family with you!

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It’s time to stand up against the demagoguery (bullshit) of the Republican Party to let them know that we did not forget who dug the whole our people find themselves in today.

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In 2008 we made the choice to elect a Democratic President…Now is the time to stand up and support him!


October 19, 2010 Dear Union Members & Friends of Labor: Only two years ago the citizens of our Country voted the Republican Party out of Washington for being the most incompetent administration in the history of the United States of America. Since then, the Republicans in Congress have done nothing but criticize and vote against every effort made by our new President to put America back together again… never before has an American President been left to face so many adversities with little or no cooperation from the Republican Party. Unbelievably, the eight year dynasty of George W. Bush and his fellow Republicans has driven our nation to its knees. The aristocratic manner in which they governed only served to favor the very rich while ignoring the plights of the average American citizens, ultimately causing economic havoc not only in the United States, but around the world—- all because of the Republicans’ greed for power and the lustful ideals of their corporate advocates. As a direct result of the Republican philosophy of “governing for the rich,” the ‘American Dream” of yesteryear has been diminished almost to the point of extinction for millions of our citizens. Because of the Republican legacy of financial devastation, every day over eight thousand (8,000) American families are losing their homes due to mortgage defaults. For those families the “American Dream” is already lost! Yet the Republicans in Congress continue to support the corporate outsourcing of good American jobs! Thus, the ‘American Dream’ will be lost for millions of other American families who are hanging on by the skin of their teeth with the hope that our government will start working together to turn our Country’s economy around just so they can go back to work. Even though the Democratic Party is working hard to rebuild the economic status of the America we once knew; and, under the leadership of President Barack Obama, we are moving in the right direction, the Republicans would have us believe that only they know the way, when in reality, they are the cause of every problem our Country is enduring today!

It’s time to stand up to their lies and deception and let the Republican Party know that we did not forget who continues to support the corporate outsourcing of American manufacturing jobs through “Tax Free Trade Agreements” that only benefit the corporations. It’s time to stand up against the Republican Party to let them know that we did not forget who supports the corporate exploitation of millions of immigrants, both legal and illegal, who are brought into our Country to replace American workers at less than life sustaining wages. It’s time to stand up against the Republican Party to let them know that we did not forget who lied to the American people to make us believe that the war in Iraq was necessary; when, in fact, it is a senseless and unwinnable conflict that has caused the death and mutilation of thousands of American soldiers and has cost our Country over one trillion dollars to date. And last, but certainly not least, it’s time to stand up to the Republican Party to let them know that we did not forget that the last time they were in power, they allowed their corporate friends on Wall Street to pick pocket the American people out of trillions of dollars in pension funds and other personal investments while at the same time, condoning the CEO’s of those very same corporations to collect billions of dollars in bonuses. Thank God we didn’t permit them to dupe us into investing our Social Security Funds with the same wizards of Wall Street!!! The Republicans are nothing but a bunch of corporate owned politicians that would like the American people to believe that they did nothing wrong…when in fact, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS DONE NOTHING AT ALL FOR THE AVERAGE AMERICAN CITIZEN! Just ask yourself this question: What more can the Republicans do to America that they haven’t already done? Your very own answer to this question should agitate you to the point where you can’t wait until Election Day to cast your vote against any Republican that is a candidate for any office in any branch of our government anywhere in America. Only by exercising our right to vote, can we teach the Republican Party that America belongs to all of her people—-not just the rich! So, for the sake of the “American Dream” please stand up for your country, for yourself and your family, for your job and for your right to a decent way of life. Please go out and vote on Election Day and take your family with you!

Joseph J. Dougherty

Business Manager / Financial Secretary-Treasurer Ironworkers’ Local Union No. 401

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Sincerely and Fraternally yours, Their goals are not for the people of America, but for themselves and the corporatism they represent. We should know from experience that Republicans will say anything and do anything to deceive the American people in their scheme to regain the power they had taken away in 2008. Maybe they think our entire Country has amnesia!

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It’s time to stand up against the demagoguery (bullshit) of the Republican Party to let them know that we did not forget who dug the whole our people find themselves in today.

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Fall Cleanup Clears Trash Along East Passyunk Ave. Neighborhood

Over 40 residents in East Passyunk area participated in a self-organized alley cleanup last week that saw over 500 lbs trash hauled away. The group focused on six alleys in the area. They cleaned out trash and weeds, boarded up

windows and pruned trees. There was great community spirit and teamwork during and after the event. Some served as organizers, printed and handed out fliers, others located tools, purchased gloves for safety, offered

manual labor and others contributed refreshments for the team. Tools and bags were supplied by the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services Community Partnership Program.

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ANOTHER OPINION branches. The first problem that needs to be addressed is the role of City Controller. That office in no way should have a seat, or appoint people to a seat, to any agency. That office’s responsibility is to audit those agencies and having their own people on a board is an overwhelming conflict of interest. For example, the Controller sits on the pension board.Does anyone expect Controller Butkovitz to issue a report critical of dealings he does on the board? He also has two appointments on the Pennsylvania Housing Authority board. Again, his job should be auditing it, not running it. The same goes for the Pennsylvania Auditor General, who has a seat on the Delaware River Port Authority board. Audit it, don’t run it. The second problem is that we have elected legislators and their appointees sitting on boards that carry out executive branch duties. The legislature’s role is to create the laws the executive agencies work under. Giving it powers to appoint corrodes the separation of powers. The most well

Save With 4 Changes known agency for that is the Philadelphia Parking Authority. The Governor makes the appointments (because it is a State agency), but it is set up in a way where the choices are supplied by the State House and State Senate. The legislature should be reserved to confirming executive appointments, not making them. The third problem is the involvement of the judiciary in the appointment process. They had sole authority to appoint members to the soon-to-be-defunct Board of Revision of Taxes. Instead of the BRT being independent from the other branches, it politicized and corrupted the judiciary. There is one purpose of the judicial branch and that is to run the courts; anything outside of that is a distraction at the least and a conflict at the most. The fourth problem is the heavy use of protected term lengths for appointees and the inability to remove board members. While some may think it helps give the board independence, in reality we don’t want the boards to be independent. We want our elected leaders, the Mayor

and Governor, to accomplish certain goals, goals that change from election to election. Prohibiting the executive branch from replacing people hamstrings them. A simple question is, if we replace a Mayor or Governor, why should we still have their people running the government? Protected terms for board members have the end result of protecting people’s political power bases, not creating independence. When all is said and done, we have a bunch of agencies that receive and spend billions of dollars a year and experience no oversight and no accountability because no one is able to watch the watchers. This needs to change and these are just the beginning of reforms that need to be made to the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter and the Pennsylvania Constitution. It is up to us to push for these reforms and to restore the fundamentals of our government. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Adam Lang is an activist fighting for ethics, efficiency and reform in Philadelphia. He can be contacted at www.adamlang.com.)

Oct. 28- State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson hosts Job Fair & Career Day at Mt. Zion Baptist Ch., 1411 S. 50th St., 10 a.m.3 p.m. For info (215) 952-3378. Oct. 28- State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown hosts Domestic Violence Forum at CCP’s Bonnell Hall, BG-10, Large Auditorium, 17th between Spring Garden and Callowhill Sts., 6-8 p.m. Oct. 28- Rhashea Harmon Fundraiser and Scholarship Fund Raffle at Law Offices of Thomas More Holland, 1522 Locust St., 6:30 p.m. Raffles $3 will go for 3 scholarships. Oct. 28- 1st & 39th Ward GOP host fundraiser at Finnigan’s Wake, 6:30 p.m. Tickets $25. For info (267) 709-1074. Oct. 28- University City Republican Committee Reception at Mill Ck. Tavern, 42nd & Chester, 7 p.m. Hosts Andrew Gentsch, Mark Supple, J. Matthew Wolfe. Tickets $25, VIP Tickets $50. Oct. 29- Cabaret Masquerade Fundraiser for Ivy Staten at Laborers’ Local 332, 1310 Wallace St., 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Tickets $20 ($25 at door), Supporters $100, Friends $500, Underwriters $2,500. Oct. 30- Town Mtg. for Jobs at CCP’s Bonnell Hall, BG-10, 17th St. between

Spring Garden and Callowhill Sts., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Political and civic leaders to attend. Nov. 2- Today’s your day to vote. Not sure of your polling place location? Check this copy of the Public Record closely for your polling place. Nov. 3- Points of Transformation Awards, sponsored by Phila. Mental Retardation Services, at Great Hall of Community College Winnett Student Life Ctr., 10 a.m.-12 m. For info Judy Kresloff at (215) 685-5293. Nov. 6- Testimonial to alto saxophonist Sam Reed at Phila. Clef Club Main Floor, 7 p.m. Tickets $15. For info (215) 339-1974. Nov. 8- Asian American Fundraiser for David Oh at Saigon Maxim Restaurant, 636 Washington Ave., 6-8:30 p.m. Tickets $50. Nov. 10- Phila. Advertising & Business Show, at Crown Plaza Hotel, City Line Av & Rte. 76, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Main ballroom. 790 exhibitors, entertainment, free food. Free admission with business card. Sponsored by ACT. Nov. 10- State Sen. LeAnna M. Washington hosts luncheon at Temptations Restaurant, 220 W. Chelten Ave., 12 m. Women Vets are asked to contact Michele Clark (267) 271-4309. Nov. 11- Fundraiser for Homeless Veterans Outreach at Swanky Bubbles, 10 S. Front St., 6-8 p.m. $20. For info Joe Eastman (609) 290-8803.

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by Adam Lang The many government agencies we have in and around Philadelphia and the way they are organized are key contributors to the disaster that is our local government. Being that we are in the birthplace of our nation and the US Constitution, we would hope the ideas and philosophy behind the formation of our government weren’t so easily forgotten. As anyone who has taken an American civics class, an American history class or knows anything about the Constitution can tell you, our government is based on the idea of “separation of powers”. The idea is that having checks and balances between the legislature, executive and judicial branches helps to keep power broken up between the different branches and to keep each of them accountable. Sadly, Philadelphia and Pennsylvania have for a long time destroyed this framework. A modernization of the City Charter and Pennsylvania Constitution needs to be done to fix the breakdown that has been created because the current setup creates a unification of power amongst the separate

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We usually applaud the audits conducted by City Controller Alan Butkovitz ... but we weren’t surprised at his haste for calling down the Sheriff’s office for its alleged refusal to cooperate with the Controller in his latest audit of that office. His effort this time to single out the Sheriff’s Office as one of his big audits has been defused by the fact he admits the audit was incomplete (so why release it then?), because he refused to receive additional materials provided by the Sheriff’s Office. He then made it obvious he was among those hell-bent to get rid of the Office of Sheriff as one of the County row offices by proceeding to cast a shadow of possible criminal activity. We believe, in his anxiety, the Controller has fumbled away all chances of ever being considered nonpartisan in his audits. The time for a proper, full-fledged audit is at hand. Let it be done with the proper materials, and with proper time allotted to both offices.


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Democrats Rally Around Sestak and Onorato At Annual Pre-Election Gala

WELCOMING Dan Onorato to Democrat City pre-election cocktail party were State Rep. Bill Keller, LDC’s Ken Washington, Local 98’s John J. Dougherty and Marge Davison, Demo candidate for legislator.

ATTORNEY Windella Fox, former Mayor John Street’s chief of staff, caught up with US senatorial candidate Joe Sestak for this photo.

CONGRESSMAN AND PARTY CHAIR Bob Brady welcomes State Rep. Mark Cohen, Ward Leader Shirley Gregory, Cohen aide Sonya Thomas and Brady aide US SEN. Bob Casey shares a moment with Matt Ducky Birts to Democratic Gala at Sheet Metal Workers Myers, Congressman Bob Brady and City Commission Chairwoman Margaret Tartaglione. Hall, which drew 2,000 Party faithful.

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DEMOCRAT State Chairman Jim Burns enjoys taste of Philly congratulations to retiring 37hospitality as he greets State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland and Party STATE Party Chairman Jim Burns, 2nd from left, gets an year veteran of State House earful of Philly and politics from Ward Leader Bill DolChairman Congressman Bob Brady. Frank Oliver. bow, State Rep. Mark Cohen and George Naulty.

CONGRESSMAN Bob Brady checks with his Phila. office chief of staff and Ward ENJOYING gala were State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson, KEN ADAMS shares a Leader Shirley Gregory over former Councilman Lee Beloff, Council President happy moment with US some of the gala’s schedulAnna Verna and George Naulty. ing. Sen. Bob Casey.

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W. PHILA.’S well-known Charlie Branch joins Congressman Bob Brady and Ward Leaders Peg Rzepski, Eleanor El Amor, and City Commission Chair Margaret Tartaglione.

SPENDING moment with US Sen. Bob Casey is Ward Leader Ed Nesmith.

HARD-WORKING gate staff, although seldom acknowledged, deserve this photo as they sped 2,000 attendees through to gala. They are, from left, standing, Christine Bell, Lori Padivoni, IN CROWD were Councilwoman Jannie Yolanda Anderson, and seated, Anna Brown, Blackwell, flanked by State Rep. Jim Roebuck and Jim Eisenhower. Winnie Bradley and Loretta Lewis.

CONGRATULATING State Rep. Frank Oliver on his retirement, 2nd from right, were PFT TEAMING up for this photo were President Jerry Jordan, State Rep. Mark Cohen, Councilman Darrell Clarke, and Congressman and Gala host Bob Brady, and AFT LABOR was much in evidence. Joining LaborState Reps. Louise Bishop and President Ted Kirsch. Oliver will be honored at ers Ken Washington and AFL-CIO Phila. Council President Pat Eiding, right, were State Kathy Manderino. retirement banquet at The Chateau Nov. 27. Rep. Ron Waters and Joe Stivala.

JULIE O’Connell made sure we got the names right between her STATE SEN. Michael Stack STATE SENS. LeAnna Washington and husband 9th Ward Leader John shares election info with Con- Michael Stack, center, enjoy company of Dawn O’Connell and 12th Ward Leader gresswoman Allyson Schwartz. Tancredi and former State Sen. Bob Rovner. John Connelly.

INTRODUCING herself as judicial candidate is Angela Gianpaolo, left, with Elizabeth Saraceno and Karen Brown, who’ll be paving the way. She doesn’t look it, but agewise is eligible to run.

CONGRATULATING Chairman Bob Brady on record turnout were Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and Acting Sheriff Barbara Deeley.

PARTY CHAIRMAN Bob Brady and Ward Leader Emilio Vazquez congratulate Ducky Birts on program book he put together honoring ward leaders which was distributed at gala.


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fect storm. Eleven high schools that play here are on the Federal government’s list of the most dangerous schools in the US. We shouldn’t have to put up with it. “Gun robberies are up 120% after 10 p.m.” She did, however, acknowledge State Rep. Bill Keller, who sat with neighbors on a beach

chair at the entrance of the field. Keller, who was adamantly opposed to the Supersite, said that promises were made to the residents and those promises were broken. Additional meetings with the School Board and SPCCA will be held in the coming weeks to resolve the problem.

Playing With Fire (Cont. from page 1) Pennsport, injuring a resident and displacing 15-20 people. This outraged the community because there could have been fatalities if the brownout was in place that night. For his tireless effect to bring safety and security to his union members, Bill Gault, president of Firefighter Local 22, was presented a plaque from the

Pennsport Civic Association. Unfortunately, Gault was at a fire that evening tending to two of his members who were injured in a Germantown blaze. Firefighter and Pennsport resident John Narkin accepted the plaque on his behalf. Narkin’s wife Becky said, “I’m very proud of my husband and all his fellow firefighters that put their lives at risk day in and day out.”

(Cont. from page 1) their individual stories tomorrow morning. The first session will begin at 11.a.m. and the second forum at 12.30 p.m. at Southern HS. “We are fortunate enough

to have a group of young people come together to talk with our youth about their struggles and the things they did to strive past them,” said Timothy N Tillman, OICA Site Director. The theme of the forum is called “Fighting Failure”. Tillman said, “We want to send a message to the youth that returning to school is just half the battle to fight to not

PENNSPORT CIVIC Association Treasurer Dr. Jim Moylan, presents plaque for Firefighters Local 22 President Bill Gault. Accepting by proxy is firefighter John Narkin.

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With the neighborhood surrounding the South & Bigler Streets up in arms about the increase in crime, vandalism and lack of quality of life issues, a meeting Mastery Charter School at 9th & Johnston Streets. The auditorium was filled with about 100 concerned citizens. Domenick DeMuro, who is a candidate for assistant director for the Sports Complex had his theories on why there is such mayhem. He said, “The football teams are part of the problem,” “We need police protection at the games and for all the games. As

it is now, we just have one officer. When the students and players walk out into the neighborhood, that’s when the trouble begins.” Also in the audience was Chair of the South Philadelphia Community Center Association’s Victor Lanzalone, who takes care of such things as lighting and flags at Marconi Plaza and acknowledges that there is gang activity in the park. “Cambodian gangs come into the park at night. Using guns to intimidate, they steal jewelry, cell phones and wallets from teenagers. We now have undercover police chasing them out. At the tot lot on Bigler Street, neighbors have been putting up with noise and ruckus behavior for years when the teenagers come in

this is happening in our neighborhood, but I do know this: In the last few years, the field has been overloaded with games and attracts thousands of kids that are not from this neighborhood,” said Mitsos-Panvani. “It has become a haven for homeless people, underage drinking, fights and more. It’s the per-

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after dark. We have an idea to put up a locked fence around the playground at closing time. This fence will be opened and closed by the new Fairmount Maintenance crew at the Lakes.” Organizer of the event, Loretta Mitsos-Panvini, who did not want to be photographed for this article, was introduced by civic leader Butch D’Amato, who described her as a “tireless neighbor.” According to D’Amato, Panvini “has been standing up to the thugs that overtake the area on an almost daily basis.” A resident for 47 years, Panvini is not a politician, nor does she belong on any board. However, she and her husband and friends see the property damage night after night, and they are not going to take it anymore. What she is most outraged about is that five teens in the last two months have been robbed at gunpoint. “There are many reasons why

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become another statistic. This is a positive and uplifting story about young people giving back to their community by taking their time to speak and set up mentor/mentee relationships. The forum is to be held this Friday, Oct. 29, 2010 at 11:15 and 12:30 respectively. Fro more information, please contact Tillman at (215) 2710791.

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, November 23, 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. FEE BUDGET B-061 (C) of 2009/10 Electrical Contract W. McKinley ES $165,000.00 $ 100.00 Fire Alarm 2101 N. Orkney Street *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on November 5, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. B-059 (C) of 2009/10

Electrical Contract John Bartram HS $200,000.00$ 100.00 Fire Alarm 8110 Lyons Ave. *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on November 5, 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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A few things every good politician should have learned on their first day on the job: Where their office is, whom they should support, what not to say, where is the restroom, and most important of all, don’t pick fights with reporters! Thus, imagine our surprise when it was reported radio personality MoSHAY LaREN recently blasted veteran STATE SEN. LeANNA WASHINGTON online and on the radio, because the Senator declined to discuss the walk against domestic violence, having been told LaRen is a potential competitor. LaRen says she was given the run-around and treated poorly by the Senator and her staff after repeated attempts to secure the Senator’s interview. Rather than hiding, Washington should have gone on the show, displaying her legendary grace and beauty while under pressure, which is enough in itself to make the competition think twice! CONGRESSWOMAN ALLYSON SCHWARTZ should consider exploring higher office this coming year rather than waiting. Her strong voice on women’s issues, clear grasp and dissemination of legislation and easy-going personality make her a win-win for the future! Usually a player in the background, her recent blitz of commercials reminded us, “Oh! (Cont. Page 33)

Among the myriad of recent invasions of my Facebook page is a button asking me to make a commitment to voting. If it weren’t for the fact just about all my Friends have sent me one of these buttons at least once over the last two weeks, I’d think that they’re a great idea. I have always said one of the things that get people to the polls quick, fast and in a hurry is peer pressure. If it can cause people to take up smoking, why not voting? But while I have a group of Friends who are practically browbeating me to the polls, I am pelted with messengers who are equally passionate in the other direction. They’re telling me not to vote. It seems as if they believe that the Citizens United decision, you know, the one in which the Supreme Court says GlaxoSmithKline has the same free speech rights that I have despite its being (a) an inanimate object and (b) possessive of a million times the money I have, has had its intended consequence: We the people have lost our voice in this government. Neither party represents us. We are the United States of Corporations. This particular message seems to be particularly aimed at (Cont. Page 36)

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Yo! Here we go again with this Halloween question: What is a ghost? The concept of a ghost is based on the ancient idea that a person’s spirit exists separately from their body. Many societies use funeral rituals as a way of ensuring that the dead person’s spirit would not return to “haunt” the living. In the first century AD, Pliny the Younger recorded reported the specter of an old man with a long beard, rattling chains, was haunting his house in Athens. Centuries later, in 856 AD, the first poltergeist – a ghost that causes physical disturbances such as loud noises or objects falling or being thrown around – tormented a family living in a farmhouse in Germany by throwing stones and starting fires, among other things. The ghost of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, has been reported at the tower of London as well as in various other locations. America has its own rich tradition of historical ghosts. Benjamin Franklin’s ghost has been seen near the library of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, and there are reports that the statue of Franklin in front of the society occasionally comes to life and dances in the streets. Some locations seem to lend themselves to a haunting. Abraham Lincoln, formerly a lawyer and Congressman from Illinois, is said to have been seen wandering near the old Springfield capitol building, as well as his nearby law offices. Author Mark Twain is believed to haunt the stairwell of his onetime Village apartment building. Over the centuries, sightings of spectral armies have been reported on famous battlefields around the world, from the English Civil War in the 17th century, the bloody Civil War bat(Cont. Page 36)

SNOOPER “HAPPENING”: First, let me say THANKS to the gentleman who came to help me with a BULLYING situation. I was walking down one of KENSINGTON’S little streets, when I suddenly spotted a youngster being pounced upon by four other youngsters. I quickly ran down the street to aid this kid, who was being pummeled by these four creeps. I grabbed the one who was really beating the heck out of this youngster and threw him up against a car. Suddenly, this one gentleman appeared to help me out. He grabbed one of them while the other two cowards took off. The youngster told us they wanted his fancy BACKPACK, and he thanked the both of us for coming to his aid. He told me this happened to one of his school buddies too. We must all get involved to put an end to BULLIES! SNOOPER’S SPECIAL MEMO: Please forgive me for being a little late, but it is still hurting me bad. Yes, we lost a terrific young LADY, who happened to be the lovely wife of ANTHONY “Tony” ZECCA, and I was fortunate to meet her too. She was a first-class LADY, and she was well respected by everyone, Senators, Congressman, and Mayors, two in particular, MAYOR JAMES H. J. TATE and, of (Cont. Page 33)

The pollsters are reluctant to identify a winner in the race between PAT TOOMEY and JOE SESTAK and in the race between TOM CORBETT and DAN ONORATO. Both Sestak and Onorato are considered underdogs in the races for the US Senate and for Governor and both are Democrats. Pollsters seem reluctant to recognize the momentum there seems to have shifted to the Democrats. It would be helpful if the numbers from the Senate race in 2004 and the Governor’s race in 2006 were used for comparison. No recognition is given to the fact there are a million more registered Democrats in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania than Republicans. If it is the independent voters who are going to determine the outcome, it might help to analyze the number to see the effect independents have had in the Senate and Governor election in the most recent past. Preliminary notices have gone out for Christmas parties. The Caesar Rodney Christmas Holiday Luncheon assembly will take place on Dec. 8 at Harry’s Savoy on Naamans Road on the outskirts of Wilmington, Del. The St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing Board of Directors will meet on Nov. 16 at 4:30 p.m. JUDGE EUGENE MAIER is president and CEO of the school, which received good news when the rating people came in from the NLNAC earlier this month. They have now released an initial five-year accreditation of the school. The Irish Society will hold its annual dinner on Nov. 12 at the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing, with cocktails commencing at 7 p.m. and dinner at 8 p.m. Two honorees are the HON. KEVIN M. DOUGHERTY and SISTER MARY SCULLION, founder of Project H.O.M.E. (Cont. Page 36)

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COUCILMAN Frank Rizzo gives 184th District Republican candidate Stephen Pico some election tips.

CITY COMMISSIONER Joe Duda, second from left, shares few moments of camaraderie with Councilman Frank Rizzo, Debbie Rizzo, and Ward Leader Bill Ivers.

IUPAT DC21 political director Joseph Ashdale, third from left, is EVER POPULAR retired State Senator Hank Salvatore, surrounded by some of his union members.. From left are Tim seated, shares a moment with RCC Counsel Mike Meehan, Crowther, Matt Tryzaska, Joe Barnett, Fran McLaughlin, Tom Bill Cummins, and D.C. 21 Joseph Ashdale. Boetefuer and Mike Tangradi.

LT. GOV. candidate Jim Cawley is greeted by ward leader Cris Vogler prior to taking the stage with other candidates.

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JUDGE and Mrs. John Poserina were among many of the VIPs crowding Canstatters JERRY ASPITE and Michael for Republican City Commit- Untermeyer, Esq., discuss tee's pre election party. coming city primary.

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REPUBLICAN City Committee Executive Director Jim Dintino feels good about prospective Republican victory. In photo, from left, are Bill Ivers, Dintino Corbett's SE PA director John Giordano (acteually caught smiling), and Joe Ashdale.

Jim Dintino Revs Up South Philadelphia GOP

WARD LEADER and Republican City Committee Executive Director Jim Dintino welcomes Speaker Emeritus John Perzel to his annual gala, which set another attendance record at Swan Caterers in Whitman.

Republican Coalition At Racquet Club

FIFTH WARD Republican leader Michael Cibik, Esq., second from left, enjoys election discussions with, from left, John Featherman, who will be seeking Republican nomination for mayor in primary; Rep. Curt Schroder, and Republican candidate for 172nd legislative district, Louis Schwartz.

AMONG Loyal Opposition members in attendance were Walter Mikelburgh, Kevin Kelly, Matt Wolfe and Guy Laren.

REPUBLICAN State Committee's local executive Al Schmidt introduces key note speaker Rep. Curt Schroder at the Coalition fundraiser.

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FLANKING HOST Jim Dintino were Sam Stokes, Sr. and Jim Gill.

ESCORTING Marty McCrossan, left, who received an WARD LEADER Jim Dintino welcomes judicial candidates award from Dintino were committeepersons Billy and Ken Powell and Anne Marie Coyle to his famous gala fundraiser. Marge Strykowski.


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(Cont. From Page 4) fiscal oversight and internal controls. She added, “We are requesting you complete your audit with the disputed copies of documents provided by us before releasing further incomplete findings or recommendations.” The Controller said he was able to examine only three of 11 custodial and related investment accounts with balances totaling over $52.7 million since 2009. Deeley said he had access to those records, but refused to

accept them from the Sheriff’s Office. Deeley has asked the Controller why he is refusing to complete a 2007-2009 audit to determine if there is any justification for his drastic recommendations, which could cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. She also wanted to know why the Controller waited 13 months before officially informing the Sheriff of this problem; why the Sheriff was only given two days to respond; and why his staff refused to remove inaccuracies

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tivirus products are the same. But it is true that all 3rd-party certified antivirus products are the same, in that they have all passed a vigorous test by an independent party. That cannot be said about any of the free products and, unfortunately, about some of the least-expensive products. You also need to be careful, because some expensive and moderately priced computer-security equipment manufacturers have adopted this attitude and use free antivirus in their products. Antivirus testing is a specialty. The skills needed to design antivirus test beds, test plans, test procedures, execute the test procedures and analyze the test results are rare. While there is some overlap within the antivirus industry (in-house QA testers), this is a separate industry. I find product reviews of antivirus products that attempt to review the effectiveness of a product by someone who is not a recognized tester or industry insider to be silly. There are lots of these on youtube. It normally starts with someone saying they downloaded some virus samples from a “hacker website”.

Right there is the first fatal flaw of the test. They downloaded something that they think is a live virus suitable for testing from a website that by its very nature is untrustworthy! A real tester would gather samples from known good researchers, view the binary code of every sample to insure that there is a live virus, then use several tools to confirm their findings. They then build a test bed of appropriate samples for test. Individuals and some magazines have been guilty of similar uninformed testing in the past. How do you buy a good antivirus product? Look for seals on the product from 3rd-party testers. A good product will have at least one and many will have more than one. Some of the best testers in the world right now are Webcoast Lab in the UK and AV Test in Germany. You can feel safe if either or both of these companies certify a product. (Peter Radatti will begin hosting a weekly Tuesday afternoon radio program on WNWR 1540 AM, starting Nov. 30 at 3 p.m., entitled “Between The Minutes”. The talk show invites listeners to voice their thoughts and opinions. It also offers listeners the opportunity to talk with political leaders, businessmen and professionals.)

Need Your Input To Grow City The Philadelphia City Planning Commission is working t create the first citywide comprehensive plan since 1960. PHILADELPHIA2035 is part of the City's larger integrated planning and zoning effort. The development of this plan will coincide with the completion of the Zoning Code rewrite. Two meetings were held earlier this week. Two more are scheduled for next month: Monday, Nov. 8, 6:30-8 p.m. at Richmond Hall, 2619 E. Indiana Avenue. Wednesday, Nov. 10, 6:308 p.m., at Commodore Barry Club, 6815 Emlen Street.


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CANDIDATE Dan Onorato with steelworkrs.

STATE SEN. LeAnna Washington, center, is joined by State Rep. Ron Waters, Jeannine Lisitski, State Rep. Vanessa Brown, Maria Battle, Bill George and Judy Harrington at Washington’s annual “End the Violence” 5k run/walk in Center City last weekend.

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STATE SEN. Anthony Williams draws a smile from host LeAnna Washington at End the Violence Walk.

Freedom Fund Draws Throng CONGRESSMAN Bob Brady’s aide Ducky Birts, center, welcomes top of Democrat ticket to gala: gubernatorial candidate Dan Onorato and senatorial nominee Joe Sestak. TURNOUT of political and social luminaries included, from left, Sid Booker, Reggie Ellis, Barbara Deeley, Harold James, Janet Pina, State Sen. Shirley Kitchen and Ducky Birts.

STATE SEN. Shirley Kitchen rallies marchers at 5k walk as politicos including Mayor Michael Nutter look on at Art Museum steps.

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CITY’S LEADING and oldest civil-rights body is a magnet for dignitaries, among them, from left, State Rep. Ron Waters, Judge Jacquelyn FrazierLyde, State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, Mayor Michael Nutter and Deborah Hopkins.

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Perzel Bill Pushes Slot $ For Cops (Cont. From Page 8) executive experience, and he has not created a single job. We support the candidate who will help bring jobs back to Pennsylvania, and that’s Dan Onorato: the jobs candidate." Boyle Details Opponent's Supreme Court Censure Marc Collazzo, Republican candidate for State Representative, was just censured by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for “professional misconduct.” Essentially, Collazzo was censured for misguiding his clients, a couple whom he reportedly told he had won them

a settlement, when in fact he had not. As a result of this behavior, Collazzo was released by his law firm (see Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court vs. Collazzo). Lou's Moving On! Fifty-three-year Democrat Committeeman Louis DiRenzo, Sr. is moving on under doctor's orders. He tendered his resignation to 1st Ward Leader John J. Dougherty, Jr. this past week. He recalls the highlight memory of his committeeman’s career was being treated to a bus trip, food, premium tickets to the inauguration of Bill Clinton as President and a quickie meeting of his group with the new President,

all compliments of then-Congressman Thomas Foglietta. Edgar Howard Back Home Former City Commissioner and now Chairman of City Council’s Veterans Committee Edgar Howard says not to send any cards to Methodist Hospital, where he spent a week handling his diabetes. He left for home Tuesday and expects to be back at work quickly. Perzel Bill Gives Cops Slots Revenue $$$$

HARRISBURG - Rep. John Perzel announced he has introduced House Bill 2774 which would direct a portion of the revenue generated by

slot machines in Philadelphia to help the city cover shortfalls in its police and fire budgets. “Like the rest of the nation, Philadelphia is facing a very difficult budget crisis,” Perzel said. “To deal with the crisis, the city’s police and fire budgets are being cut. The threat to public safety as a result of those cuts is totally unacceptable.” Under current law, counties hosting casinos receive 4 percent of the gross terminal revenues generated by slot machines. Perzel’s bill would direct that the local share from Philadelphia’s casinos be used to make up the short-

be about $14 million,” Perzel said. “Rather than giving the city a free hand to spend those funds any way they want, my bill will ensure public safety by directing that the funds be used to cover the shortfalls in the police and fire budgets.”

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McGeehan Advises Committee of 70 And Mayor A Close-Knit Team? Grad Loan Deadline State Rep. Mike McGeehan (D-Northeast) reports individuals who graduated from college this past spring and got student loans should be aware of an impending deadline to begin repayment. In November, students who graduated in May are scheduled to begin paying back their loan obtained through the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency. The six-month grace period usually allows the graduate time to find a job and get settled before having to begin repayment. “For those loan recipients who are still unable to find employment, or individuals who still have outstanding student loan balances but have lost their job, there are avenues to pursue through PHEAA that can provide them with flexibility as the job market rebuilds,”

said McGeehan. “The key is to get in contact with a PHEAA customer-service representative as soon as possible and explore the options. “There have been some recent changes to expand the options that could provide viable options for graduates with loan balance difficulties.” McGeehan said it is possible a hardship deferment for payments can be made, though interest on the loan will continue to accrue. More information on the spectrum of repayment options and forms to apply for deferment or forbearance are available online at www.aes Success.org and additional information, including upcoming deadlines and free financial aid workshops, can be found at PHEAA's page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pheaa.aid.

by Joe Shaheeli How does the administration of Mayor Michael Nutter allow the advocacy group named the Committee of 70 to have complete access to the City of Philadelphia’s work force? It's a privilege not afforded any other civic-minded nonprofit corporation. It’s also a privilege quite a few good charity-based nonprofits could well use, since the message sent by the Committee of 70 was received by everyone who is connected to the City’s email system and that is thousands of employees. This was met by surprised City employees, who have never seen any messages from non-City sources communi-

cated to them in this fashion. In the minds of one questioning employee, it was thought the City Administration had anointed “The Committee of 70 as the champion of fair elections in Philadelphia,” inferring his group was the only one that can guarantee a fair election. This was an obvious slap at the dedicated employees and elected City Commissioners, whose long history under the chairmanship of Commissioner Margaret Tartaglione has set hallmarks in modernizing the election process, and in insuring safe and honest elections. Every check and balance to insure elections held in this city have been instituted and

honed well for three decades. The message calling on City employees to volunteer to help the Committee of 70 police this election is obviously a dig at the integrity of the office of City Commissioners. The message, in part, read, “The Committee of 70 aims to be the champion of fair elections in Philadelphia. As a 70 volunteer, you will visit polling places with a partner on Election Day and answer questions from ‘Where’s my polling place?’ to ‘They don’t have my name on the rolls. What do I do?’” – the same questions handled satisfactorily year after year by the elected and appointed members at each of the over 1,860 polling stations in this city.

Zachary Stalberg and his second in command together gross almost $400,000 in salaries, with the rest of staff of a half-dozen or less identified on tax reports as volunteers. One of his bullet points is the abolition of the City’s Row Offices, of which the City Commissioners are one. His ability to create the impression that his group is all that stands in the way of a dishonest election system has enabled him to raise substantial contributions. His aim is to consolidate those offices in the various departments controlled by the Mayor. Which could be the underlying reason why the Committee of 70 was given access to the City’s email system.

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fall in Philadelphia’s police and fire budgets. Any remaining funds would be placed in the city’s general fund. “When both casinos are up and running in Philadelphia, it is estimated that the local share of the slots revenue will

CHARLEY DORSANEO, PennEnvironment; Joe Joyce, Ray Angelini, Inc.; Sen. Larry Farnese; and Michael Neill, Apprentice Training Director at IBEW Local 98 on the roof of IBEW’s solar training center at 3rd & Jackson Streets, where PennEnvironment held a news conference to release its National Solar Jobs Census 2010 Report about jobs in solar in- GOP US Senate nominee Pat Toomey is welcomed to South dustry. This is especially notable for Pennsylvania, which has Philadelphia Republican HQ by John Giordano and Repubthe second-largest number of solar jobs in the country. lican City Committee’s Jim Dintino.

ceivably put an end to the ability of small contractors to handle City contracts. It could also put a dent in the amount of employable aliens now working for these same contractors. The ballot question was introduced by Councilman W. Wilson Goode and approved by the Council. Ballot question 1 gives Council the power to “Require the city, its contractors and financialassistance recipients to provide employees a mini-

mum level of pay and benefits and gives the Council the power to prohibit a business from receiving City contracts or financial assistance if it fails to comply. It will also authorize Council to designate existing City agencies (including itself) or to create new agencies to enforce such provisions. Presently, larger construction companies and union contractors are meeting the new requirements.


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(Cont. From Page 28) There’s Allyson!” COUNCILMAN CURTIS JONES continues to show holding political office can be fun sometimes. At a motivational circus for good kids in Fairmount Park last week, the Council-

man got to preside over the show while riding an elephant. Not even MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER can lay claim to such a distinction, I bet! Everyone who is anyone in political Philadelphia will be busy this weekend, as we head into the final stretch for the general election.

by Michael Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: Bankruptcy planning: 3rd dumb thing NOT to do. Answer: Don’t take money out of retirement to pay off family members. A combination of the prior two bad ideas is a REALLY bad idea. Taking money out of a 401k or IRA to pay back a family loan is the granddaddy of bad ideas when

you are in financial distress. Not only do you incur taxes and penalties, but you have taken money that is protected from your creditors (in a 401k or IRA) and made it free game for those creditors, and for a bankruptcy trustee. Absolutely, positively do not do this without consulting a lawyer. Next week’s question: Bankruptcy planning: 4th dumb thing NOT to do.

dump NANCY PELOSI, their Speaker of the House. Yes, I was told many of them are fed up with her, and they feel it’s her time to GO! They are still upset with her because some of the election losses can be directly attributed to her; she has become a DEMOCRATIC DISASTER. Yes, they will lose a few good men and women, both in THE HOUSE and THE SENATE. Ms. Pelosi has taken them all down the PATH OF RUIN” and it’s going to take a complete shakeup to get everything back in order. Question: Who gets her JET

AIRPLANE? Look out! SNOOPER’S “HELP LINE” DEPT.: Many of you know him as one of MUNICIPAL COURT’S great President Judges. He stepped in and was elected to be the next President Judge, after HON. JOSEPH R. GLANCEY retired. This great JUDGE, HON. ALAN K. SILBERSTEIN, took over and brought the Municipal Court into the new modern era. I’m hoping, with the help of you good people, to have an OIL PORTRAIT of him done, then have it presented to Municipal Court. I really believe this

Judge deserves this great honor, and once again, with your help, WE CAN DO IT! To those who may be interested, please EMAIL me at snooper2@live.com. We would like to have this one, when completed, to be added with all the other portraits that have already been done: Judges CONROY, MARGIOTTI, LATRONE and ANDERSON. This would be a well-deserved honor for him. SNOOPER SIGHTINGS: I was walking down TORRESDALE AVENUE, heading for McDonald’s to surprise

JOHN SODA, former Chief Court Crier for Municipal Court, and I look up and there’s “Big Ed” DONNELLY of The ROOFERS’ UNION. He looks like DAN HAGGERTY of TV fame. I’m told by his many friends, whom I met a short time ago, “BIG ED” is one of the nicest gentleman, and a real pleasure to work for, because he always has your back. The Donnelly Family is well known here in KENSINGTON and FISHTOWN, especially PAT, TOM and of course, “BIG ED”.

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NEW PRESIDENT OF Transportation Workers Union Local 234, John Johnson, Jr. joins his executive board who are officially sworn in by Harry Lombardo, International Executive Vice President at union headquarters. Looking on is former Local 234 president, Jeff Brooks.

WOULD YOU BELIEVE? Not a single ward leader in attendance tipped off State Sen. Tina Tartaglione she was to be guest at her own surprise birthday party. From left are Marty Bednarek, Lorraine Bednarek, John Sabatina, Sr., William Dolbow, Pat Parkinson, Shawn Dillon, Margaret Tartaglione, Peggy Rzepski and Bob Dellavella.

Stack’s Senior Expo Draws Record 2,000

RETIRED MUMMERS were welcomed to State Sen. Michael Stack’s annual Senior Exp at N.E. Armory, which this year drew record-breaking 2,000 attendees.

OFFERING services to seniors were Lisa Deeley of Controller’s Office, and Mark Lopez of DRPA, seen here with State Sen. Mike Stack.

SENIOR FAIR filled hall at Community Academy of Phila. in Juniata Park yesterday. Hostess was State Sen. Tina Tartaglione, here drawing name of lucky raffle winner Gladys Bermudez, right.

POLICE DISTRICTS, community leaders were in attendance and pleased BERMUDEZ’S prize was a vacation in Mexico! It was doto be in this photo with State Sen. Mike nated by Irma Harris and Herman Pettus of Harris Certified Stack. Travel Club.

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SEPTA General Mgr. Joseph Casey and police administration officials inaugurate mural celebrating cops with children, that runs along subway concourse in Center City.

SIMILAR murals, illustrating positive interactions between kids and police, are going up elsewhere in town, like this one at 3rd Police Dist. at 11th & Wharton Streets.

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48TH WARD Republican committeepersons show their support for their US Senatorial Candidate Pat Toomey at reception in South Phila. With Toomey, from left, are Temptresse Browne, Tony McCray, Sr., Ernest Wilkerson, Sr. and Jr., Laura Williams and Tony McCray, Jr.

REPUBLICAN City Committee Chairman Vito Canuso gives US Senate candidate Pat Toomey some encouraging reports.

CONGRESSMAN Bob Brady rallies union troops to get out the vote at labor rally at Independence Hall last weekend.

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fect takes place. “There is difficulty in Pennsylvania in recruiting good candidates to challenge incumbents in many of those areas,” said Dr. Baldino. “It’s tough to find a Republican in Philadelphia to put his or her name on the ballot in an area where they know they are likely to be trounced in an election.” He added, “And if it's tough to get opposition parties to even get names on the ballot, raising money to challenge an incumbent in those heavily partisan districts is even more difficult.” Tim Potts, director of Democracy Rising PA, a citizens’ advocacy group, said the major problem in the state is the legislative Districts which are drawn to practically guarantee to seat is easily won by a certain party. “We have a legislature that has tilted the playing field towards the incumbents to a very great extent,” said

Potts. “The legislative Districts are gerrymandered to make them safe for only one party in many parts of the state.” Potts also said the fundraising advantages afforded to incumbents help them deter political challenges or survive them when necessary. Fundraising levels was one of the few factors which distinguished the more-competitive states from the leastcompetitive states, said Geoff Pallay, one of the authors of the study. Pallay pointed to New Hampshire – the state ranked number one on the competitiveness survey – where campaign contributions in the 2008 State legislative elections totaled only $468,000 across the entire state. In Pennsylvania, many candidates will raise that much by themselves. “If people know it doesn’t cost very much to run a race, they are more likely to put

up a fight and do it,” said Pallay. He said states with terms limits on their legislatures also had more competitive elections, but other factors such as geography, population, and the political party with the majority control had little influence on competitiveness. “Just look at the [Pennsylvania] Senate seats. You have only 50 of them and the races aren’t any more competitive,” said Dr. Baldino. In fact, he added, State House races in Pennsylvania have historically been more competitive than State Senate races. This year, nine of 25 State Senate Districts up for election lack a candidate from each major party. Nearly the same ratios of State House seats – 85 out of 203 – are also uncontested. (Eric Boehm authored this report. He can be reached at Eric@PAIndependent.com.)

The Public Record • Oct. 28, 2010 STATE REP. Michael McGeehan has called for legislative hearings into inability of Curran-Fromhold, one of city’s six prisons, to stop prisoners from escaping. Second prisoner to escape within 11 months killed a well-respected jeweler in an aborted robbery. McGeehan noted failure of prison to launch Phila. ReadyAlert. “No siren was heard, no media was alerted,” charges McGeehan.

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Special to the Record from Pennsylvania Independent – With less than a week before voters go to the polls, many national observers are pointing to Pennsylvania’s congressional races as some of the most competitive, as Republicans battle to win back control in Washington. But the state’s legislative body shows little inclination to change. Pennsylvania ranked as the 37th most competitive state out of 46 states holding elections this year. Out of 228 state legislative seats in Pennsylvania this year, only 134 have races. That leaves 94 races – 41% of the total – in which Republican or Democrat candidates are not facing major-party opposition. The survey was released by Ballotpedia, a Wisconsinbased nonprofit dedicated to researching information on ballot initiatives and elections in the states. Nationwide, there are 6,125 State legislative seats at stake in the 2010 General Election and more than 32% of all candidates for those seats lack major-party opposition, according to the survey. In Pennsylvania, 177 incumbents lacked a primary challenger this year, and only one incumbent – State Rep. Karen Beyer (RLehigh) – was defeated on primary election night in May. Dr. Thomas Baldino, a professor of political science at Wilkes University, said Pennsylvania's high number of uncompetitive elections was a result of the state’s political geography. Since large swaths of the state are strongly conservative, Districts from Pennsylvania’s rural areas tend to vote for Republican candidates and Democrats are unlikely to even try to get on the ballot. In the major cities and suburban areas, where Democrats largely outnumber Republicans on voter rolls, the exact opposite ef-

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than impressed with President Barack Obama because he hasn’t been able to give them immigration reform, they’re certainly not going to vote for the party that gave us Arizona’s “papers please” law. And I can even understand the frustration of the African American former Hill staffer. Still I vote, because I recognize voting is the minimum I can do as a citizen. Many believed when Barack Obama became President Barack Obama, he would create jobs, fix health care, and make America a better place for all of us to live by waving his magic wand. But it doesn’t work that way. When you’re handed a country that has been messed up in ways that no one saw

coming for 12 years (and yes, I am including President Bill Clinton in my list of folks who screwed up this country), it’s gonna take more than two years for things to even begin to turn around. And it’s going to take a Congress backing you up. It’s going to require voters, to make sure Congress is accountable to you. If you take the time to vote, you need to take the time to make sure those you vote for realize just as you put them in that office, you’ll take them out. If you’re not willing to do that, maybe you should sit this one out. But don’t complain when you get exactly what you demanded from your government, which is nothing.

center for paranormal activity is the HMS Queen Mary, a cruise ship built in 1936 for the CunardWhite Star Line. John Smith, the ship’s last chief engineer, also claimed to have encountered the ghost of Winston Churchill, or at least his spectral cigar smoke, in

the Prime Minister’s former stateroom aboard the ship. Having experienced several ghostly specters myself, I certainly do believe ghosts exist. How about you – have you seen a ghost? Drop me a line. Happy Halloween.

Senate. A reception was held at the office of Mitts Milavec this week, which was a financial success. A former three-star Admiral, Sestak has a PhD from Harvard and is the highest-ranking military officer ever elected to Congress. On Sunday, Oct. 17, the combined alumnae of Cecilian’s

Academy, and Saint Mary’s Academy met for lunch at Flourtown Country Club. Although both schools are closed, they meet every other October to celebrate Founder’s Day of the Sisters of St. Joseph. ANNE MIRSCH, DENISE TUMELTY and FRAN D’ANGELO organized the successful luncheon.


An international wine list offers 26 varieties by the glass and wine flights that will allow guests to experience three styles for the price of one. Beer selections include local favorites such as Victory Prima Pils and Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA as well as Affligem Blonde, Tripel Karmeliet and Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout. Liberté is open for lunch and dinner daily, with a latenight menu available until 1 a.m. Afternoon “LiberTea” is served from 2:30 to 5 p.m. The bar is open continuously from 11:30 a.m. until 2 a.m. every day. More information: (215) 569-8300 or www.libertelounge.com. What, you ask, is Kokopelli? It’s a strange name for a restaurant, but within the next few weeks Kokopelli will open at 1904 Chestnut Street, where Little Pete’s held court for many years (and more recently, Pearl). For those of you who never heard the

word before (just about everybody), Kokopelli was the flute-playing, mirthful god of fertility, music and fun for the Anasazi people, a Native American tribe that lived from about 500 A.D. to 1300 A.D. in what is now the Southwestern US. Not surprisingly, Kokopelli will offer Southwestern dishes. Partners Adam Solomon, Kenny Yeretzian and Rich Brenner think that most diners will order on average three dishes per person, which will range in price from $5 to $16 each. “I grew up in the food business, so I know it well enough to break some of the old rules,” said 31-year-old managing partner, Solomon. Kokopelli’s bar will include more than 40 varieties of Tequila, as well as specialty cocktails. For more information, call (215) 557-7510. New pub on Market Street Philadelphia bartenders Shawn Gormley and Nicolas

Len Lear Moore have unveiled what has been cooking on the first floor of the 200-year-old historic property at 120-122 Market Street, on the southeast corner of Market & Letitia Streets. It’s Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant — a 75-seat gastro pub. The space features exposed brick walls, original steel beams, white butcher tile left over from longtime occupant Young’s Meats and about 50 feet of bar top, made from a silver maple tree with ambrosia swirls. “The ambrosia swirls were made naturally by

beetles over several decades,” explained Gormley. Chef Jordan “Red” Sauter, 25, was most recently chefde-cuisine at Northern Liberties BYOB, Modo Mio, from March, 2008, until very recently. Despite his age, “Red” has over a dozen years of experience in the kitchen as well as some strong principles regarding his food. For example, you cannot have his burger “your way.” Sauter insists, “It is only available well done. I’ll serve it without cheese for lactoseintolerant customers, but otherwise it’s served my way.” Sauter’s menu tops off at $20. Some of his dishes are crispy eggplant fries ($6); a seasonal cheese plate with house made garnishes ($16); and a BLT featuring pork belly confit, iceberg lettuce, tomato and pancetta mayonnaise ($11). Saturday and Sunday brunch will be served but no lunch. For more information, visit www.philadelphiabarandrestaurant.com.

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by Len Lear Less than two weeks ago, the Sofitel Hotel at 120 S. 17th Street opened Liberté, a restaurant and lounge serving contemporary, French-inspired food and hand-crafted cocktails in a chic setting that seats about 100. Liberté’s focal point is the oval-shaped central bar where mixologist Marc Yanga and his team shake, muddle and stir hand-crafted cocktails. “Liberté offers French-inspired plates that are easy to share,” said Australian-born Chef Kevin Levett, a veteran of four- and five-star hotel kitchens in Sydney and London. “We incorporate regional ingredients into classic dishes, drawing inspiration from both the local culinary scene and from traditional

French preparations.” M e n u items include charcuterie and cheese selections, with house-cured, domestic and international offerings; seared diver scallops with smoked onion puree and pancetta; house-cured trout with red lentils, lemon confit and crepe chips; Lancaster Co.chicken with red wine and smoked bacon; grilled Maine lobster with romaine, ginger butter and fried dill; Brie cheesecake with walnut crust, strawberry sorbet and cherry compote. Menu items range in price from $7 to $32. Cocktails are a major part of the equation at Liberté. “Hotel bars are the original epicenters of class and cool,” said Yanga, who has worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago and was named “Best New/Upcoming Mixologist” by Time Out Chicago in 2009.

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