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SEVENTEEN-year-old Audenreid HS twins Darrien and Damien Glover join Samir Mackey at Audenreid HS luncheon.

Audenried HS student Onicka Richardson knows how the information-age is changing the way we read, and communicate. That is why the 17-year-old senior submitted a podcast as part of a school poetry contest. Richardson said she chose to read her poem using a video player and submitted it as a podcast because ‘that’s the way information flows now.” “I know that is the way we communicate now, and I just wanted to

be a little different from the rest of my classmates,” Richardson said at a luncheon at the school library. Audenreid H.S. celebrated the success of its “Navigate the Age of Information: Celebrating Libraries, Literacy, and the Age of Information” at the high-school Library. Among the special guests on hand to congratulate the students who participated, were a local politician, a famous basketball coach and two local authors who read to students. (Cont. Page 2)

Artful Clean-Up Council President Anna Verna joined volunteers in Point Breeze to clean up the corner of the soon-to-be Performing Arts Center...............................3

Historical Truth In 1620 Puritan Gov. William Bradford sailed the Mayflower, The true meaning of Thanksgving was born soon after.........3

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STATE SENATOR LARRY FARNESE joined Universal Charter School at15th and Catherine St. to help dish out over 50 turkeys to families in south Philadelphia. We Buy Gold & Diamonds

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Book Smarts Prevent The Plumber Post-Thanksgiving (Cont. From Page 1). State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson was featured guest speaker at the parent and community event. Legendary basketball coach Sonny Hill, Nakea Murray of Urban Teen

Reads, poet and author Will Little, urban fiction author Daaimah Poole, author Dashaun Taylor, and community resident Meeka Outlaw were also at the event.

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The day after Thanksgiving is the single busiest of the year, according to a South Philadelphia plumber. Big holiday-meal preparation and cleanup can lead to a lot of unwanted waste in the kitchen drain and garbage disposal. Also, a house full of holiday guests who require additional clothes washing, showers and toilet flushes puts a strain on household plumbing. "Often, the case is that a house already has partially clogged drains that go unnoticed, until holiday guests arrive and overwhelm the

system," Paul Abrams, a South Philadelphia-based plumber who works for RotoRooter, said. Hectic houses full of people and frantic hosts quickly and easily lead to plumbing problems throughout the holiday season. "Even more problematic is that virtually every traditional Thanksgiving dish is a supreme drain clog culprit," Abrams said. Incoming calls, for kitchen jobs alone, will jump 50% above the average Friday. The four-day Thanksgiving weekend averages a 21% increase over any other Thurs-

day through Sunday period during the year, according to Abrams. However, if you are hosting a feast in south Philadelphia, you can stop a visit from the local plumber by following these clog-preventing tips:

Clog-Free Trimmng Tips • Never pour fats or cooking oils down drains. They solidify in pipes. Instead, wipe grease from pots with paper towels and throw in trash. • Avoid putting stringy, fibrous or starchy waste in the garbage disposal.

Poultry skins, celery, fruit & potato peels, for example, cannot be sufficiently broken down. • Make sure the disposal is running when you put food into it. Don’t wait until it's full to turn it on. • For homes hosting weekend guests, it’s a good idea to wait 10 minutes between showers, so slow drains have time to do their job. • Never flush cotton balls, swabs, hair or facial scrub pads down a toilet. They don’t dissolve and will cause clogs.

Nobody Goes Hungry In South Philadelphia This Thanksgiving Holiday

LISA WHITNEY, Shameka Lamar and Shanea Steele received turkey and the trimmings at Universal Charter school.

SOUTH PHILADELPHIA-based widow Dolores Mackin was one of 80 special guests at Firefighters Union pre-Thanksgiving party. Joining Dolores is union President Bill Gault.

SOUTH PHILLY boxers Mike Rafferty, Frank DeStefano, Fred Druding, Jr., and Angelo Novelli all came out of retirement Saturday night to box in the annual “Turkey Brawl” which raises funds for the Front Street Gym Scholarship Fund.

State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson and his staffers dished out turkeys at his constituent service office on 1600 block of S. Broad Street on Monday afternoon. Debra Hopkins, chief of staff, led distribution on behalf of Representative, who was in Harrisburg.

RESIDENTS line up along 1700 block of Reed Street to receive free turkey and all trimmings from local attorney Damon K. Roberts. Roberts, who owns Center City-based law firm Damon K. Roberts & Associates, teamed up with The Barristers’ Association of Phila. to make upcoming Thanksgiving holiday brighter for needy Philadelphia families with a turkey-basket giveaway.

their hats and shoes, and no beer or tobacco. The biggest myth is that their first harvest festival and ensuing “thanks giving” were to thank the local native population for saving their lives from poor crop yields. What Thanksgiving truly is, what it first was, is a celebration of the birth of free enterprise in America. These pioneers were not only escaping religious persecution in Great Britain by King James, but they wanted to turn their back on the materialistic and greedy corruption of the

Old World. They saw themselves living in a New Jerusalem where devotion to God would be paramount and their community would be built on social altruism and communal sharing. Their goal was very much like Plato’s Republic, where all would work and share in common with no private lands or self-interested acquisitiveness. Their Governor and spiritual leader, William Bradford, wrote The Mayflower Compact, a charter that established just and equal laws for all members of the

community. What greeted them was a cold, rocky, barren and desolate wilderness. More than half of them died that winter. When spring came, life improved a bit but there was no prospering. Even though they worked collectively on the land, the lazy bums came to the fields late to work. They knew that no matter what, they would get an equal share of the bounty. The diligent workers became resentful of these malingerers when they realized that the redistribution of food

would mean less for them and more for the slothful. Consequently, everyone became less energetic in the field. Bradford, who lost his wife that first winter, realized this collectivist system had inherent problems. Surprise! This early form of socialism did not work! The able-bodied young men saw an injustice to work without incentive. Bradford, in a wise decision, gave a plot of land to each family to work and manage. Free enterprise was born and in his words, “it made all hands in-

dustrious, so much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been.” The social experiment of the Plymouth Pilgrims which failed so miserably, lead to the sound realism of entrepreneurship. In other words, the real meaning of Thanksgiving is freedom and the triumph of capitalism over the collapse of collectivism. The Pilgrims also recognized everything is a gift from God and established a tradition to honor His blessings. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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On Black Friday Eve, when we gather with our loved ones and friends to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together and to mark the remembrance of our Pilgrim Fathers and Mothers, we recollect the brave Puritans, who, in 1620, took a leap of faith and crossed an uncharted Atlantic Ocean for two months on the Mayflower, to make a new start, in Plymouth Massachusetts. Since that time, many myths and folklores about these people sprang up, such as buckles on

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COUNCIL PRESIDENT ANNA VERNA joins volunteers to cleanup future point Breese Perfoming Arts Center site at 1600 Point Breeze avenue.

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House Speaker Keith McCall (D-Carbon) has announced a special election to fill the seat of the late Robert C. Donatucci will be held Feb. 1. Donatucci, who represented the 185th Dist., which includes portions of South and Southwest Philadelphia, passed away suddenly on Nov. 9. “The loss of this fine legislator was a shock to his family and colleagues, and has left a void for the people who live and conduct business in his District,” McCall said. “By calling a special election in early February, we will ensure the citizens of the 185th are not without representation for an extended period of time. Also, it allows sufficient time for candidates to come forward and engage the electorate.”

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Candidates for the office will be selected by a process designated by their respective political parties, and the winner of the special election will take office after the results are certified. On the Democrat side, Donatucci’s widow Maria is seriously considering seeking his office. Among Republicans, eyes are on Republican City Committee Executive Director Jim Dintino, whose 26th Ward is one of the GOP’s strongest. As of now, Dintino is looking to remain a kingmaker and not a king. He’s digging deep into Republican ranks to find an Italian American, with popular credentials, to become the challenger.

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can voters, 49%-43% say he’s a dead turkey and in a dead heat with possible Republican challengers Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee. One consolation: He beats Sarah Palin 48%-40%. Romney, Huckabee, Palin and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are bunched together when Republican voters are asked who they prefer for the GOP’s 2012 presidential nomination, the independent survey finds. Democratic voters say 64%-27% they do not want anyone to challenge President Obama for their party’s nomination in 2012. “The Democratic base remains squarely behind President Barack Obama when it comes to his reelection, but his weakness among independent voters at this point makes his 2012 election prospects uncertain,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac’s Polling Institute.

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publicans selected their leadership for next year during secret voting sessions last week. The Republicans nominated Joe Scarnati (Jefferson Co.) to again be President Pro Tempore of the body.The full Senate will vote for President Pro Tempore on Jan. 4. Republicans hold a 30-20 majority in the chamber. State Sen. Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware) was again voted Majority Leader and the post of Appropriations Chair went again to Sen. Jake Corman (R-Centre). State Sen. Pat Browne (RLehigh) was voted Majority Whip for the first time, replacing State Sen. Jane Orie (R-Allegheny), who stepped down from the post in April after allegations of using taxpayer resources for a political campaign surfaced. State Sen. Michael Waugh (R-York) was voted Caucus Chair and State Sen. Bob Robbins (R-Mercer) will serve as Caucus Secretary. On the Democrat side,

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GOP’s Wolfe To Challenge DRPA (Cont. From Page 4) Policy Committee chairman. Kasunic was elected to the Senate in November 1994 but also served as a member of the State House of Representatives. Elected to the leadership team as caucus administrator was State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton). Boscola was first elected to the State House in 1994. She was elected to the Senate in 1998.

GOP’s Matt Wolfe To Challenge DROP Councilman Frank Rizzo’s decision to run for reelection is likely to spur a legal challenge from a Republican ward leader, questioning whether elected officials can run for reelection while sweetening their personal finances in the City’s DROP program. Matthew Wolfe, an attorney and Republican leader of University City’s 27th Ward, says he will contest Rizzo’s effort to get on next year’s primary ballots, on the grounds his participation in the Deferred Retirement Op-

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beginning of his current term. Under the program, he committed to retire within four years, and the City pension program agreed to pay him four years’ worth of pension payments, plus interest, when the four years were up – in Rizzo’s case, a projected total of $194,517, payable in early 2012, according to the City Pension Board. Rizzo said this week he was relying on Diaz’s opinion when he signed up for DROP and wouldn’t have entered it if he thought it would prevent him from seeking reelection. “If Matt Wolfe has a problem with DROP, that’s his opinion,” Rizzo said. “I don’t think it has anything to do with my nominating petitions.”

CITY COUNCIL’S Public Safety Chairwoman Donna Reed Miller, conferring here with Public Safety Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison, said of a recent escapee, “Our first objective should not be to avoid bad publicity, but should instead be to provide the best level of public safety we can to the residents of the surrounding community.”

When DROP was created in 1999, the Rendell administration said it would permit better planning for employee retirements. There was no public discussion of elected officials’ being eligible. But two – Councilwoman Joan Krajewski and City Commissioner Margaret Tartaglione – were allowed to sign up for the program after their 2003 elections. With Diaz’s approval, Krajewski and Tartaglione decided to seek reelection in 2007. Krajewski retired for a day in 2008, collected $274,587 in DROP payments and then resumed work as an elected Council member, with a $117,990 salary. Tartaglione collected $288,136 and continued as the city’s top election

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HUNDREDS wait in fast-moving line to receive a turkey from District office of State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams. More than 600 families received turkeys in time forThanksgiving holiday.

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Because of the efforts of State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, area businessman T.L. Gilliams, Brown’s Family ShopRite and a small army of volunteers, nearly 600 hundred local families will enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. After calling in advance to reserve turkeys, hundreds recently lined up and waited in the November chill to pick them up at the Senator’s Southwest Philadelphia District office. “Hunger is a widespread and growing problem exacerbated by the recession and a persistently high unemployment rate,” said Williams. “This is evident by the overwhelming number of people requesting turkeys this year as compared to previous years.” Williams was able to expand the turkey giveaway this year with the philanthropic support of T.L. Gilliams, who purchased the turkeys. Gilliams heads a private commodities trading firm. Brown’s Family ShopRite provided the turkeys at cost – and donated an additional 100.

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Hughes, ShopRite Give Birds

HUNDREDS of turkeys and festive fixings were given away by Brown’s ShopRite in Parkside to eligible families, thanks to drive organized by owner Jerry Brown, 2nd from right, and State Sen. Vincent Hughes, 3rd from right. Photo by Ron Allen

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Mother Of Thanksgiving Lies Buried Here by Gwen Kaminski There would be no Thanksgiving if not for Sarah Josepha Hale. When we think of Thanksgiving, the traditional story of Plymouth's Pilgrims and Native Americans coming together to give thanks for a bountiful harvest most often comes to mind. This celebration occurred in 1621, while the United States was still a colony under British rule. However, long after America earned her independence, the significance of Thanksgiving remained unrealized. In 1827, Sarah Josepha Hale began a 40-year campaign, lobbying five presidents and numerous Congressmen, to commemorate Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Finally, in 1863, her persistence paid off, when Presi-

dent Abraham Lincoln issued his Thanksgiving Proclamation declaring the last Thursday of every November a national day of thanks. Widowed and penniless at the age of 34 with five small children to raise, Hale was determined to ensure her family’s survival. She became the first editor of the first woman’s magazine in the United States, Godey’s Lady’s Book. She was the first to start daycare nurseries for working women, and the first to campaign for equal education for American girls, helping to organize Vassar College. Hale insisted on the term “domestic science” to describe the noble art of housewifery, and introduced the word “lingerie” into the English language as a way to categorize a woman’s

underwardrobe. She raised money both to complete the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown, Mass., and to preserve Mount Vernon as a national historic site. The author of numerous books and poems, her most famous was included in a collection of children’s poetry entitled “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” Hale died on Apr. 30, 1879 at the ripe old age of 90, and was interred in Section X, Lot 61 at Laurel Hill Cemetery, the first necropolis in the United States to be honored as a National Historic Landmark. Without question, Sarah Josepha Hale earned her peaceful rest at Laurel Hill. In honor of our Sarah Josepha Hale, Laurel Hill Cemetery extends a Happy Thanksgiving wish to you and yours.

Dec. 3- Phila. FIGHT marks 20th anniversary gala at Ritz Carlton. For ticket and other info (215) 525-8628. Dec. 3- Local 98’s annual Toys & Turkeys Fundraiser at Finnigan’s Wake, 3rd & Spring Garden Sts., 7-11 p.m. Tickets $30. Dec. 5- 73rd annual Rev. George Feider Memorial Communication Breakfast hosted by Millay Club alumni of Gorretti-Neumann HS at Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing, 201 S. Columbus Blvd., 9 a.m. Honored will be Penna. State Secretary Basil Merenda and others. Tickets $30. For info (215) 389-0925. Dec. 8- Fire Fighters Local 22 and Police FOP Lodge 5 host plaque dedication honoring 100th anniversary of largest loss of life which killed 13 firefighters, one police officer and two fire horses at Plaza Complex on 2nd St. south of Girard Ave., 11 a.m. For info Jerry Kots (267) 549-6326.

We hope everyone gets a turkey dinner, from the poorest to the richest. But some of our leaders may have to take a bicarbonate or some such remedy to cure the rumbling stomach caused by the aches waiting them. Take President Anna C. Verna, for example. She presides over the oldest legislative body in America, the Philadelphia City Council. She and her 16 other members must be thinking at their Thanksgiving meals of what will become of the orderly meetings, which on rare occasions were a bit disorderly, depending on the audience. The Supreme Court has decided the City Council is not meeting its interpretation of the Sunshine Law. It has ordered the City Council to allow spectators at the weekly meeting of the Council to comment on legislation before it. This, in effect, marginalizes the hard work of committee chairs and their members, who often sit through long hours of testimony as they hear from witnesses for or against legislation before them. Now the City Council, as a whole – meaning all of its members – will be forced to sit through a redundancy of that testimony, because the top Court says those testifying will have a better chance at influencing a change in voting by some of the Council Members who were not on the Committee or in attendance at the Committee hearings. Ignored is the tradition, bills introduced by District Council Members usually receive unanimous votes once they make it to the floor with the recommendation of the Committee that heard the legislation in question. So no amount of testimony will change that routine, aggravating further the ability of the Council to conduct its business in an orderly fashion. Resolutions have taken their toll of members, since many of them are simply congratulatory, yet those receiving them are entitled to their few minutes before the full Council. But these, too, many times, drag out. Not that City Council stands out in this regard. Surely anyone who has sat on a decision-making body of any sort, from a humble nonprofit association up to a corporate board, is well aware bodies like these rely heavily on committee work for fact-finding, including the discovery of public input. If a deliberative Council doesn’t have enough time to discuss legislation in its public sessions – because it is forced to rehash community input instead – then, inevitably, it will shift decision-making to private consultations. Some may complain then Council lacks “transparency”; and they may be right. But if it becomes impossible to conduct public business transparently, rest assured it will be conducted some other way. Perhaps the majority of the Supreme Court lacks the practical, everyday experience that would help them grasp this point. Unless the City succeeds in an appeal for a reconsideration, bringing forth testimony from Council Members, we will be watching stated Council sessions going into the late afternoons and possibly late evenings ... without much changing in the way of outcomes.

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These Lawyers Give Back LAW FIRM of Pond Lehocky Stern & Giordano teamed up with Workers United union to distribute over 200 turkeys to Philadelphiabased families at their N.E. Phila. offices on Saturday.

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WIDOW Dolores Mackin thanks Firefighters Union presiFIREFIGHTERS UNION chief Bill Gault, center, hosts 80 dent Bill Gault for pre-Thanksgiving luncheon. widows of fallen firefighters at Turkey and trimmings banquet, held Monday at Union Hall, 4th & Willows Streets.

Waters Spreads Thanksgiving Cheer

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COUNCILMAN Darrell L. Clarke teamed up with Walmart Stores to distribute 600 turkeys to Philadelphia seniors and their families on Monday. Event marks fourth year CouncilSTATE REP. Ron Waters is joined by Mayor of Sharon Hill man and Walmart have worked together to donate turkeys to Dolores Butler as he distributed turkeys to his constituents local residents in N. Phila. 200 seniors from Martin Luther in W. Phila. With them are Nathaniel Lee, left, and Sharon King Older Adult Center at 22nd & Cecil B. Moore Avenue Clements, right. were among participants.

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STATE SEN. Larry Farnese joined Universal Charter School at 15th & Catherine Streets to help dish out over 50 turkeys to families in S. Phila.


UNICO VOLUNTEERS gathered in S. Phila. at 7th & Pattison Avenue to begin unlaoding a truck filled with turkeys and tixings for distribution to needy families. UNICO is an Italian American fraternity which devotes its time to charities. Yearly it distributes toys, turkeys and cash grants to individuals and organizations.

Williams’ Turkey Drive Feeds 500

STATE SEN. Anthony Hardy Williams is flanked by volunteers and local families who will enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, thanks to Williams’ turkey drive in area. More than 500 families received turkeys in time for Thanksgiving holiday.

Puerto Rican Vets Commemorating

Casey Tells It Like It Is

KEYSTONE HOSPICE executives were among those hailing Gov. Ed Rendell for three decades of public service, at tribute reception in his honor at Kimmel Center, hosted by Greater Phila. Chamber of Commerce. Seen here are, from left, Gail Inderwies, founder of Keystone Hospice; and Caroline Estey King and Susan Segal, staff members. Photo by Bonnie Squires

DAVID COHEN, Rendell’s former chief of staff, now Executive VP at Comcast, enjoyed telling funny stories about Gov. Rendell. He joined a roster of luminaries, including Bill Hankowsky, Mayor Michael Nutter, Ann Ewers and Mike Stiles in praising Rendell’s accomplishments, as well as sharing anecdotes.

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STATE REP. Rosita Youngblood hands one of her assistants one of over 200 turkeys she prepared for distribution to needy in her Germantown area.

Thank You Ed Rendell

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Youngblood Delivers Turkeys

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MEMBERS of American Legion Puerto Ricans Post 840 were among those commemorating Veterans Day in Phila. at Vietnam War Memorial on Dock Street.

SEN. Bob Casey met with Democratic women supporters to discuss issues before US Senate and Congress. Abbe Fletman, Esq., seen here with Senator, hosted meeting at her law firm, Flaster Greenberg, in Center City.

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Finding Common Ground

Speaking To Businesses

PECO hosted Ambassador Andrew Young, seated far left, with members of PECO senior leadership team and company’s African American and Latino employee network groups. Ambassador Young provided an intimate account of his life and his involvement with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

DELIVERING keynote address at Penna.-N.J.-Del. Minority Supplier Development Council was Alejandra Castillo of US Dept. of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency. Three-day event was held at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. With her, from left, are Alfonso Jackson, district officer for MBDA; Wade Colclough, president and CEO of MSDC; and Heyward Davenport, regional director of MBDA.

Photo by Martin Regusters, Leaping Lion Photography

Photo by Martin Regusters, Leaping Lion Photography

Hardy Williams Fund Holds Successful Funder

LEADING PHILADELPHIANS including State Sen. Anthony Williams (D-W. Phila.) and Councilman Frank Rizzo (R) turned out for inaugural fundraiser for this scholarship fund, which has already raised $100,000.

JUST ARRIVING, State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-W. Phila.) greets Lee Tolbert, head of W. Phila. Coalition of Neighborhoods & Businesses.

Polish Festival Draws Many

ENJOYING “Dozynki” Harvest Festival at St. Adalbert’s School in Port Richmond were, from left, Jean McCloskey, Caroline Ciesielka, Director Michael Blichasz, Theresa Romanowski and visitor Carol Truscello.

The Art Of Fundraising

FUNDRAISER for Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown at Sande Webster Gallery in Rittenhouse Square showed support for Councilwoman, a former dancer, among city’s artistic community.

LYNETTE BROWN-SOW addresses first Hardy Williams Scholarship Reception at Convention Center. She is VP of marketing & government relations at Community College.

Seen here enjoying the Chamber of Commerce tribute to Gov. Ed Rendell were, from left, Rob Wonderling, Mayor Michael Nutter, Rendell, Mike Stiles and David Cohen. Photo

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The feud between the state GOP and the Republican City Committee continues. One major responsibility this past Election Day for all urban Elephants was to protect STATE REP. JOHN PERZEL; sadly, the herd did not pull off this assignment. My big ears pick up rumors from Harrisburg that STATE COMMITTEE CHAIR ROB GLEASON may follow through on his longstanding threat to remove CITY CHAIRMAN VITO CANUSO. Ole Trunker understands the passions that run high on both sides; still, he thinks this is not the way to go. Open factional war leads to both factions’ digging in their heels and goring each other with their tusks. This isn’t the way to build strength in the city. In fact, it is likely to weaken the Party’s patronage bases in the Philadelphia Parking Authority, Traffic Court and Regional Port Authority (not to mention an important new toehold in the Delaware River Port Authority), as well as a number of State jobs. Patronage is often abused – by people who’ve never won an election. Properly run, though, a patronage base generates grassroots strength for a political team. City Republicans. Far better if the new Boss Elephant, incoming GOV. TOM CORBETT, would call leaders of both sides – Republican Party of Philadelphia Executive Director AL SCHMIDT could be a good candidate – and tell them the time has come to work out a power-sharing agreement. Speaking of Schmidt, he is also being rumored as a potential at-large council candidate. While many are pleased by this, some in the Loyal Opposition feel as if this is the beginnings of politics as usual. They want Schmidt to focus on his current mission before jumping ship. Either way, this bright and hardworking PhD will continue to grow in influence. (Cont. Page 16)

Yo! Here we go again with this question. Did you ever wonder why turkey on Thanksgiving? According to what traditionally is known as “The First Thanksgiving,” the 1621 feast between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag at Plymouth Colony contained besides waterfowl, a great store of wild turkeys. Many of the foods that were included in that feast (except, notably, the seafood) have since gone on to become staples of the modern Thanksgiving dinner. The use of the turkey in the USA for Thanksgiving precedes Lincoln’s nationalization of the holiday in 1863. Turkey was uncommon as Thanksgiving fare until after 1800. By 1857, turkey had become part of the traditional dinner in New England. Formally, a Thanksgiving dinner in the United States bears a good deal of resemblance to the feast served at Christmas: the centerpiece at both is most often a turkey. In modern times, it is not uncommon to have a television in the line of sight (though usually not in the same room) or a radio within earshot, in order to watch the numerous football games, parades, or television specials on TV, or to listen to the song “Alice’s Restaurant”, which is usually played at noon on Thanksgiving on many radio stations. Thanksgiving is sometimes colloquially called “turkey day.” American turkey growers were expected to raise 270 million turkeys, to be processed into 5 billion lb. of turkey meat valued at almost $8 billion, with one third of all turkey consumption occurring in the Thanksgiving-Christmas season, and a per-capita consumption of almost 18 lb. Non-traditional foods other than turkey are sometimes served as the main dish for a Thanksgiving dinner. Goose, (Cont. Page 15)

There will probably be more than a few of us looking at today’s date and saying, “I know that it says Thanksgiving on the calendar, but I don’t feel all that thankful.” That’s because they won’t have the smell of turkey coursing through the hallways or the promise of a nice slice of pumpkin pie to eat while watching the slate of NFL games promised to us. Because of the economy, Thanksgiving Day is really going to stink for some. Folks who have to explain to their kids why they had to go to the food pantry for their turkey instead of the grocery store like they used to are probably not looking forward to having similar discussions come Christmas time. But is it their fault? First, why do I ask? In the minds of some, people are unemployed and poor because they are, by their nature, bad people. I know if I get one more lecture from my sister about how my “lack of humility” (her words, not mine) has caused me to remain only partially employed, I may use Mom’s sweet potatoes for something other than eating this Thanksgiving. I wonder about that because I look at some of the people in this country who are doing well and they’re not, well, very good people. I mean, former Vice President Dick Cheney is still rich and he’s, to be kind, bad. But to a lot of our leaders, especially the Republicans who are going to be in power for the next couple of years, poor people are the Devil and should be treated as such. Want the latest bit of proof? The Republicans formed a (Cont. Page 15)

SNOOPER’S HOLIDAY MESSAGE: Let me start this week’s column, by wishing and hoping all our readers, and all our advertisers and friends, a H-A-P-P-Y T-H-A-N-K-S-GI-V-I-N-G! We here at The Public Record value each and every one of you, and we might add, NEVER take any of you for granted. We certainly invite any and all of your ‘input’, and we also appreciate your many EMAILS and phone calls. Our website is and our phone number is (215) 755-2000. You can always contact any one of our staff members at this number. Again, we wish all of you a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY; you deserve it too! SNOOPER’S COURT NEWS BUREAU: By now, hopefully, many of you have heard of the death of HON. MORT KRASE, Judge, Municipal Court. I want to personally thank HON. TERRI DENI of Municipal Court for telling us all about him. “Judge Mort”, as he was affectionately known, was especially familiar to all of you who listened to him on WIP RADIO with ANGELO CATALDI. The Judge just loved to teach LAW, especially to those ‘new lawyers’ who would come before him in Courtroom D. He was a “star” basketball player, went to The University of Pennsylvania, and he wouldn’t let anyone forget it. The Court will definitely miss this JUDGE, and also members of The 1st Judicial Dist. We also extend our sincere condolences to his wonderful family, and let me tell you, he LOVED all of them. RIP “Judge Mort” SNOOPER’S “SOUTH PHILLY” SCOOP: I spoke with one of the committeepersons in regards to the death of HON. ROBERT DONATUCCI, former State Legislator. He stated, “Now they must pick someone to fill out BOB’S term; after (Cont. Page 16)

The Urban Affairs Coalition breakfast was the place to be last Friday! Recognized and saluted was our very own newly minted chairman of the Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations Committee for the Democrats, STATE SEN. VINCENT HUGHES. Also in attendance was our always gracious former Chair of Appropriations STATE REP. DWIGHT EVANS, who got much love from the audience as well. Other notables include COUNCILWOMEN MARION TASCO AND JANNIE BLACKWELL, as well as STATE REPS. KENYATTA JOHNSON, TONY PAYTON, VANESSA BROWN and CHERELLE PARKER. Although these Representatives backed Evans’ failed bid to hold onto his position and keep the ever-important financial resources rolling into the City, there were some who didn’t and payback was the word of the day after the vote. Those who voted against Evans are assured of bruised feelings by some of his beneficiaries, who are mad as heck. Evans seems to be taking it like a gentleman, and may have been the fall guy, taking a huge hit for the arrogance and bullying imposed by those around him, using his name. For those people we ask, isn’t it time for us to sit at the table and put all of this behind us? Hasn’t Philly lost enough? And besides, you have to have something to withhold something! What can you do now? We’ve got to calm down, sit down, and then hunker down for the nukes that are getting ready to be launched from Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. This is no time to fight amongst Democrats; we must prepare and get a strong Mayor and Council President elected next year and although (Cont. Page 15)

BOB GALLAGHER, a well-known Chestnut Hill dentist, departed this life after a short illness. He was 86, and maintained homes in Chestnut Hill and Cay Biscayne in Florida. He had many well-known patients, including President Judge Emeritus of the Municipal Court JOSEPH GLANCEY of happy memory. The Brehon Law Society met at the Vesper Club on Nov. 16. The speaker for the evening was the HON. PAMELA DEMBE, President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia Co. The club is composed of Irish American Lawyers in the Delaware Valley. From time to time it meets in Delaware Co. and Chester Co. in addition to Philadelphia. Its Christmas Party will take place on Dec. 1, 6-8 p.m. at Tír Na Nóg (open bar), located at 1600 Arch Street. A $30 charge for non-members and a $20 charge for members. It will be hosting a symposium in Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland, May 11-13. Temple Law School will also be participating. Congratulations to JOSEPH T. KELLY, JR., the new president of the Brehon Law Society. He succeeds JOHN O’MALLEY. The Cold Stove Academy Executive Committee has scheduled a planning session for Wednesday, Dec. 1 at the Lamb Tavern on Springfield Road. Among the executive committee are MIKE CHITWOOD, BOB CURRAN, GENE McLAUGHLIN, JOE O’NEIL, CHARLIE PERUTO and JERRY ZALESKI. The St. Thomas More Society of Philadelphia will sponsor a retreat for lawyers to be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Saturday, Dec. 4, beginning at 10 a.m. RSVP required. Call (Cont. Page 15)

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Del. River Dredging Moves Ahead Despite New Jersey Challenges The more dredging that occurs on the Delaware, the less sound are the arguments by those filing court challenges to the deepening of the river’s famed shipping channel from 40 to 45 feet. US District Judge Sue Robinson, who originally gave the go-ahead signal to begin deepening an 11-mile stretch south of Wilmington, ruled last week the entire project is a go for its length of 102 miles. She had denied a motion by the State of Delaware and environmental groups seeking a stay of the deepening. But it’s obvious the handwriting on the wall doesn’t deter others from filing suits

against the dredging, which will bring larger ships up the Delaware River and provides more jobs in the ports served by the river. Still before US District Judge Joel A. Pisano in Trenton is a similar challenge, this one brought by the State of New Jersey and similar environmental groups. He has set a Dec. 3 deadline for the contending parties to settle differences or he will make the decision himself. Pisano is expected to give a thorough study to Judge Robinson’s 31-page opinion before rendering his decision, since many of the opposition arguments were similar. “This is great news for the

many families that rely on the Delaware River for their livelihood,” said Philadelphia Regional Port Authority Chairman John H. Estey, in response to the ruling. The PRPA, which is the local sponsor of the project, had joined the suit in support of the deepening. “Although there is much more to do to ensure the project’s completion, initial results are promising and today’s decision will help move the project forward,” said Chairman Estey. The $277 million project will deepen the Delaware River Main Shipping Channel from 40 feet to 45 feet from Philadelphia through the Delaware Bay, a distance of 102 miles. The project began in March, when an 11-mile stretch in Delaware waters was deepened. That work ended in September. Plans are underway for the next portion

or “reach,” as they are called, to be deepened. The action to prevent further deepening had initially been filed by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control against the US Army Corps of Engineers. The State of New Jersey, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, the Delaware Riverkeeper, the Delaware Nature Society, the National Wildlife Federation, the New Jersey Environmental Federation and Clean Water Action had filed motions in support of DNREC. The ports of the Delaware River support an estimated 75,000 jobs, generate billions in revenue and wages and contribute more than $150 million annually in state and local taxes. “This is a great day not only for the men and women who work at the Port of Philadelphia, but for the re-

GWEN Snyder, of Jobs for Justice, which co-sponsored labor rally at Love Park with Local 1291, is seen here with ILA President Boise Butler and Local 98 Business Mgr. John Dougherty. (See Page 1) gional economy, too,” said have the capacity to handle James T. McDermott Jr., ex- vessels with drafts exceeding ecutive director of PRPA. 45 feet and both the Port of “We have proven time and New York and the Port of time again, this project is vital Baltimore are currently or to the continuing growth of have recently deepened. To the local maritime industry. remain competitive, Delaware The more cargo we can bring River ports must be able to here, the more jobs we can accept the larger vessels. “If we are going to ensure create.” Advances in technology the future economic viability and improvements in infra- of our ports in the region, we structure internationally need to deepen the Delaware threaten this vital local indus- channel to 45 feet,” said try. As of 2014, the Panama Chairman Estey. “If we do and Suez Canals will both not deepen, the ports along the Delaware are destined to become ‘niche’ ports, with limited cargo-handling ability, ROUDLY ANAGING ENNSYLVANIA S costing thousands of good jobs. If we deepen the chanNTERNATIONAL EAPORT nel, we’ll create thousands of jobs.” SINCE 1990 Future news releases will update the international maritime industry on the progress of the Delaware River Channel-Deepening Project. PRPA, the local match for this federal deepening project, A Promising Future Once Again, is an independent agency of By Championing the We Thank Gov. Ed the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charged with the Channel-Deepening Rendell For Giving management, maintenance, Project And SubstanOur Port A Great marketing, and promotion of tial Port Expansion Opportunity And publicly owned port facilities along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, as well as strateJohn H. Estey, Esq. gic planning in the port disChairman trict. PRPA works with its terminal operators to modernJames T. McDermott, Jr. ize, expand, and improve its Executive Director facilities, and to market those Robert C. Blackburn facilities to prospective port Senior Deputy Executive Director users. Port cargoes and the activities they generate are reJohn F. Dempsey sponsible for thousands of diDeputy Executive Director rect and indirect jobs in the Philadelphia area and Administrative Offices: throughout Pennsylvania, as 3460 N. Delaware Ave. 2nd Fl., Phila., PA 19134 (215) 426-2600 • Fax (215) 426-6800 well as numerous other nomic benefits.






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(Cont. From Page 12) Marie Natalie at (610) 5197013. The Caesar Rodney Society will have its 23 rd annual Christmas Holiday assembly on Dec. 8 at Harry’s Savoy on Naamans Road in

Wilmington, beginning at noon. GINA FURIA RUBEL is a candidate for the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors. In addition to her many talents, she is the daughter of RICK FURIA, well-known Philadelphia trial lawyer.

(Cont. From Page 12) united front in the House of Representatives to block an extension of long-term unemployment benefits. This means there are a lot of folks whose unemployment is going to run out just in time for Christmas. To add insult to injury, the social-service agencies that would normally provide assistance to those who find themselves in situations like this are in almost as much of a financial hole as those they’re trying to help.

So there are going to be a lot of people who are going to be asking the question my Significant Other asked when he didn’t get considered for the latest job he applied for: “God, how have I offended you?” Personally, I don’t think the God I know has the time to punish people because of a bad economy. But to a lot of the “economically self-righteous”, God has a spot in his schedule. Let’s hope these folks never have to find out if they’re “good” enough to stay out of the poorhouse.

Waffleman (Cont. From Page 12) duck, quail or other fowl native to the region where the meal is taking place is used. In a few areas of the West Coast of the United States, Dungeness crab is common as an alternate main dish, as crab season starts in early November. Vegetarians or vegans may have tofurkey, a tofu-based dish with imitation turkey flavor. In Alaskan villages, whale meat is sometimes eaten. Irish immigrants have

been known to have prime rib of beef as their centerpiece, since beef was once a rarity back in Ireland. As you can see, there are many variations to the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. The only answer I can find about the use of turkey for that feast is we eat turkey on Thanksgiving because we try to recreate the meal that the pilgrims ate at the first Thanksgiving meal in 1621. Whatever the real reason is, the turkey is an icon of the Thanksgiving holiday dinner. Happy Thanksgiving!

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(Cont. From Page 12) the jury is out on Council Prez (in my eyes, anyway) for now, one thing we can agree on is this: Dwight Evans for Mayor! Who else can work it in Philly, Harrisburg and (now with what seems to be a good relationship with CONGRESSMAN CHAKA FATTAH) Washington, D.C. The time may be now for Evans to step up and lead Philadelphia! Congrats to Common

Pleas Court JUDGE MICHAEL ERDOS, who has only been on the bench for a minute but is making quite a name for himself as a jurist. We’re looking at your future, Your Honor, and it looks good! Speaking of ‘looking’, if you are looking for perfection in a gossip column, maybe you should look elsewhere! It’s called “gossip”, after all! There is only perfection in heaven. Not on earth, in everyday people or the press, and certainly not in politicians!

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(Cont. From Page 12) all, he did win the election. Everyone is talking about his wife MARIA, and a lot of us agree with our Ward Leader, HON. RON DONATUCCI, when he told us it would be a ‘tribute’ to BOB to have his wife fill his vacant seat.” I’m told they’ll hold a SPECIAL ELECTION to pick someone by NOV. 30 to fill his vacant Seat. Hey Chief, I agree 100% with what was told to me regarding this whole situation; let his wife MARIA have “The Seat”. Please issue THE WRIT

as soon as possible! Next! SNOOPER’S NEWS BUREAU: I was at the recent NEWS CONFERENCE held at THE F.O.P. LODGE #5 on Spring Garden Street. The “Special Guests” for this event were MICHELLE LICZBINSKI, AMBER & KIM PAWLOWSKI and, last but not least, MAUREEN FAULKNER. These wonderful young ladies had one thing in common: Their husbands, all Philadelphia Police Officers, were murdered. OFFICER DANIEL FAULKNER was murdered over 28 years ago, and yet his killer is alive and well. How about OF-

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FICER JOHN PAWLOWSKI, murdered by this scumbag Rasheed Scrugs, who admitted to this murder, yet THE JURY decided he should get LIFE, and not the mandatory sentence for 1ST-DEGREE MURDER, particularly involving the murder of a POLICE OFFICER, which happens to be the D-E-A-T-H PE-N-A-L-T-Y? Question: why a jury, when the defendant already pleaded GUILTY? This decision should be made by the “finder of the facts”, THE JUDGE, why not? TELL ME! SNOOPER’S SOAPBOX FILES: I don’t know about you, and in particular, how you feel about “DOLLARS FOR GUNS PROGRAM”. Let me tell you about one of the ‘Hood’ members who told me he just loves it when they do it. WHY? Because he goes to ‘his boys’ and gives them a few dollars for their old guns. He then turns around and surrenders these same guns for $100 certificates to SHOPRITE. Here’s the best part: He then sells them for whatever he can get, usually $25 to $50 each. He told me they don’t even bother to check

Elephant Corner

(Cont. From Page 12) In this week leading up to Turkey Day, it’s important we remain thankful for those who serve. Whether it be in the military, first responders or civil servants, serving in this day and age is difficult and kudos to all who make the sacrifice.

out your gun; ridiculous. He also told me these MARCHES they have, they’re nothing but a BIG JOKE! He stated, “OUR GANG rules WEST PHILADELPHA because we stick together.” I told all of you before, and I’ll tell you all again, Marches, Prayer Meetings, buying GUNS back, and even other MONEY incentives, won’t STOP the VIOLENCE! SNOOPER’S POST-ELECTION NEWS: Washington is still in a political turmoil as the results of the recent GENERAL ELECTIONS. Yes, even The President admitted THE DEMOCRATS took a real ‘whipping”, and WE got their message. THE REPUBLICANS are going after the Health Reform Bill and they intend to do whatever it takes to overturn it. The President must get together with them; if not, he is going to have a tough row to hoe. The REPUBLICANS must now get ‘their act’ together and do what they have promised; if not, say goodbye too. SNOOPER’S EMAIL SERVICES: This comes from a good friend, who let me know LARRY HOLMES, one of the greatest HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONS, spoke about BULLYING and he really laid it out. He stated, “This starts with THE PARENTS, then the CHILDREN get involved: BROTHER vs. BROTHER, and yes, even SISTERS do it.” “THE CHAMP” then stated, “If

someone is BULLYING YOU let me know about it and I’ll go personally and give them ‘a what for’ with a quick right hand”. There is NO PLACE for this type of behavior, and I agree with THE CHAMPION 100%! SNOOPER SIGHTINGS: HEY BOSS, I had been invited to stop over by NBC-TV 10, where I had the pleasure of seeing GEORGE BADEY, Esq., President of the Mummers’ String Band Associa-

tion; Hon. Sam Katz; and, of course, STEVE HIGHSMITH of NBC-TV. Steve asked Sam Katz the Million Dollar Question: “ARE YOU GOING TO RUN FOR MAYOR AGAIN? Katz, being a little coy, stated, “I might; who knows what might happen, especially considering what has happened in these recent elections?” I must be honest, SAM KATZ really looked great! Who knows what he will do?

HHS Chief Tours Arc

JOANNE CORTE GROSSI, Regional Director of US Dept. of Health & Human Services, made a site visit to The Arc of Phila. and Phila. Developmental Disabilities Corp. Seen here greeting her are, from left, Ken Oakes, president of Arc board; Bruce Hulick, executive director; Grossi; Laura Princiotta, COO of PDDC; and Dan Gill, director of Arc. Grossi toured facility and saw services offered in Training Center, Cultural Arts Center and Music Room. Photo by Bonnie Squires

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Chicken - Chicken parts - Turkey - Turkey parts Ribs - Bacon - Eggs - Hamburgers - Hot Dogs - Sausage Roasters - Box Lots Available In the Heart of Philadelphia’s Italian Market • 1031 South 9th Street (215) 925-9059 • 1037 South 9th Street (215) 629-1796

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, December 21, 2010. A non-refundable 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 All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications. FEE BUDGET B-063 (C) of 2009/10 Electrical Contract Russell A. Conwell $220,000.00 $ 100.00 Fire Alarm 3072 Emerald Street *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on December 3, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. 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. 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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AUTOS WANTED AAAA** Donation. Donate Your Car, Boat, or Real Estate. IRS Tax Deductible. Free PickUp/Tow. Any Model/Condition. Help Under Privileged Children. 1800-597-8311 BUSINESS OPPORT ALL CASH VENDING ROUTE! Be Your Own Boss! 25 Machines + Candy All for $9995. 877-915-8222 All Major Credit Cards Accepted! HELP WANTED TRAVEL, WORK, PARTY, PLAY! Now Hiring 18-24 guys/gals to travel w/fun young biz group. NY LA MIAMI. 2wks PAID training. Hotel/transportation provided. Return guaran-

teed. 1-877-259-6983 HELP WANTED DRIVER Drivers- 100% Tuition Paid CDL Training! Start your New Career. No Credit Check, No Experience required! Call: 888417-7564 CRST EXPEDITED Experienced Tanker Drivers Needed! Increased pay and home time! *Plenty of miles *Steady Freight. Call Prime Today! 1-800-277-0212 CDL-A Drivers: We’ve Never Looked Better! Our package of benefits is the best it’s ever b e e n . Pay,Bonuses,Miles,Equipment. $500 Sign-On for Flatbed. CDL-A,6mo.OTR. Western Ex-

press. 888-801-5295 CLASS A CDL DRIVERS: *Excellent Equipment! *Consistent home time *Great pay/benefits. SMITH TRANSPORT, INC. Call 877-432-0048 DRIVERS: $1,000 Sign-on Bonus! Company, Lease & Owner Operators Needed. $0 Down/ $1 Buyout Lease Purchase! Only 6 months experience required. 800-509-2021 or LAND FOR SALE Potter County - 5 acres adjacent to State Game Lands. Perc, Electric, hard road, $34,900. Owner financing. 800-668-8679.

Do You Have Property In Lebanon and You are Interested In Selling It? Call:


FOR RENT Carriage House with two-car garage. 1300 S. Juniper St. with studio on second floor. Modern, Complete with Washer and dryer. Call

215-868-0532 JS Heating & Air Condition Specialist. Sale on Refrigerant charging, all systems. Sale Price for $255. Full service including filter change. Installation of new system including duct work & heat pump systems. We offer 35% off on all products. Call (267) 580-5318

Trucks For Sale Truck for Sale 1999 GMC VIN# 1GDM7H1C3X1519998

Auction: Dec 3rd@9 am 5590 James St. Phila, PA 19135


Need Documents Translated Call William Hanna 267-808-0287 English - Arabic French - Italian Spanish

Aspite, Inc. Auto Auction Center

7000 State Road • Philadelphia, PA 19135

(215) 335-4884 Fax (215) 333-7793 In accordance with Chapter 73 of the Vehicle Code and authorization of the Department of Transportation, there will be a public auction of the below listed vehicles, THURS, December 2, 2010 @ 2:00 PM. The location: 7000 State Road, Philadelphia, PA. All sales final. Cash only.

STOCK# YEAR MAKE SPV-8484 US-3035 US-3118 US-3497 US-3502 US-3526 US-3528 •••

2005 2002 2004 2001 2000 2000 1997


V.I.N. JH2ME10325M101048 KNAFB121225152283 KMHWF25S94A018247 1FTN21S31EA51915 1G2WP52K6YF338369 1GNDX03EXYD120422 YHGCD5607VA248271

CTRL# 881128 880785 880942 881081 880278 881130 881129

Reliable Handyman Services, Inc. Licensed & Insured Small Repairs to Complete Renovations. Free Estimate. Call Joe: 215817-3732 E-Mail: handy Web:

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ADOPTION/PERSONALS A committed, financially secure couple seeks to adopt. Warm, caring home. Love to travel. Ready to provide a bright and happy future. Expenses paid. Neil and Doak, 888-492-6273. FINANCIAL CASH NOW! Cash for your structured settlement or annuity payments. Call J.G. Wentworth. 1-866-SETTLEMENT (1-866-738-8536). Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau. ADOPTION/PERSONALS ARE YOU PREGNANT? Don’t know what to do? We have many families willing to adopt your child. Please call 1-800745-1210, ask for Marci or Gloria.

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Public Record Classifieds: small ADS BIG Deals

Drivers: $3,000 Sign On Bonus. Route Delivery, Lancaster, PA 56K 1st yr. CDL-A 1yr T/T Exp. Excellent Benefits. 866-823-0259 Drivers-Fairless Hills, PA: Local/Regional Combination $59k/yr, Home Weekly. $2000 Sign-On Bonus! Apply: Call 866-823-0223 x205


LICENSED ELECTRICIAN Over 42yrs experience low prices, fast service 100-amp Circuit breakers $65+ ceiling fans $25+ • Outlets $6+ AC/WD Lines $10+ lic/ins* FHA/VA Cert



Aspite, Inc. Auto Auction Center (215) 335-4884 Fax (215) 333-7793 The following vehicles were declared abandoned by the Philadelphia Police Department. If, after 30 days from the date of this notice, the vehicles are unclaimed, they will be disposed of as provided in Chapter 73 of the Vehicle Code. STOCK# YEAR MAKE



US-3050 2002 PONTIAC 1G2WK52J12F235051 880949

7000 State Road • Philadelphia, PA 19135

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