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JOSEPH RUFFENACK, left, is joined by family members as he received honor by Millay Club executive board members this week. Photo by Dan McClauglin

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by Thomas James The Millay Club of Philadelphia held its annual Communion Rev. George Feider O. Praem. Communion Breakfast this week. The South Philadelphia-based Catholic alumni club honored four special alumni at a packed house inside the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Columbus Boulevard. The Millay Club, the original Alumni Association of Southeast Catholic HS, followed by Bishop Neumann HS, St. John Neumann

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HS and now in its fourth incarnation, SS. John Neumann & Maria Goretti HS, has a focus on raising money for scholarships. The leadership team and the members of Millay Club represent graduates from a school with three names but one spirit. From its meager start, The Millay Club now has over 22,000 members. “The reputation of Southeast Catholic-Bishop Neumann-Saint John Neumann HS is proud, (Cont. Page 2)

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Local Nun Continues Quest To Bring Our Lady Of Guadalupe Mural To South Philly by Rory G. McGlasson and Maria Merlino Saturday will mark the feast day of Our Lady Of Guadalupe. To mark the day, one sister from St. Monica’s Parish will be saying some special Hail Marys. Sister Mary Paula Beiterschmitt claims she witnessed an apparition – she has the photograph to prove it. While on a visit to the shrine of Our Lady Of Guadalupe in 2009, Sister Paula, as she is affectionately (Cont. Page 2)

A local comic shop owner will host a traveling gallery this weekend … just in time for “geeks” to grab a Christmas gift. South Fellini Studios will be on Passyunk Avenue, Saturday, to take its web comics to brick and mortar comic shop. The traveling gallery of original art, tee-shirts and comics will begin its nationwide tour in the creators’ backyard; South Philly Comics. The boutique comic shop situated (Cont. Page 2)

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Ron Panepinto Jewelers SISTER M. Paula Beierschmitt witnessed an apparition when she snapped photograph at shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. She claims an image of Blessed Mother (see right) appeared in her photograph. She believes she has been sent a message from her to build a shrine and mural in South Philadelphia.

by Rory G. McGlasson How many middle-school kids can tell their classmates that one of their best-buddies is a Philadelphia Phillie? That’s what South Philadelphia’s Dante Coccia, Jr. can tell his friends. The young Phillies fanatic is now best friends with star-pitcher Ryan Madson. Madson hung out with nineyear-old Dante Coccia, Jr., earlier this year, after the youngster was named a “Shining Star” by the March of Dimes children’s charity. Madson spent time with Coccia, Jr. in preparation for the (Cont. Page 2)

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Southern HS To Welcome Hip-Hop Stars State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson will join rappers Freeway and Young Chris in perfect harmony to highlight student success and promote nonviolence at Southern High School today. (Cont. Page 2)

HIP-HOP ARTISTS Freeway, left, and Little Chris, right, will join State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson at Southern HS today where these Phila. natives will perform a benefit concert to celebrate nonviolence program.

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Sister Paula Seeks Help For Mural (Cont. From Page 1) known in South Philadelphia, took a quick snap of the shrine of Our Lady. When

(Cont. From Page 1) on Passyunk Square will open its doors from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday for an evening of wine and comics. “This gallery is just one example of the many ways that web and retail can work together to ensure a successful future in the funny-book business,” says Oliver Assiran, the owner of South Philly Comics. “The community is so much bigger and stronger than it’s ever been. It’s a fantastic time in history to be a geek.” South Fellini Studio is a collection of DiY comic creators dedicated to the digital revolution. Beginning in the comic-book industry with Black Cherry Bombshells and LaMorte Sisters for DC Comics Online, South Fellini has also developed Moon Girl and Carnivale De Robotique for Apple distributor Comixology. South Philly Comics is located at 1621 E. Passyunk Avenue. The gallery will be open between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11. For those unable to attend the galleries, South Fellini’s website will have tee-shirts, prints and buttons for sale beginning this Monday. For more information, please contact

she returned to Philadelphia, she found the Lady of Guadalupe had sent her a message: Bring me to my spiritual Home. Sister Paula claims, and she has a rofessional photographer back up her claims, that an image of the Lady appeared from nowhere in the middle of the shrine. She is adamant that the apparition is message from above – Our Lady Of Guadalupe wants to sit in her spiritual home … Philadelphia. Sister Beierschmitt, who is a local artist, sculptor and Sister at St. Monica’s parish, has found the home. She is seeking donations for a mural and shrine she believes will bring a little “peace to the soul of every Philadelphian.” Sister Paula, president and founder of The American Academy of the Sacred Arts, which is located at 16th &

Porter Streets, said she has found a blank canvass on S. Broad Street that will be the home to a mural and shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe – if she can raise the funds. All she needs now is donations to help put the New World’s first apparition of Christianity in her rightful place. She has managed to raise $1,500 thus far, but she needs much more for the project to become a reality. “Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness for all the Americas,” said Sister Paula, who is a renowned artist and sculptor. “The miracle of the cloth defies science,” she said. “The pigment is not attached to the cloth, but lies above the cloth. And only in America is there such a sign.” Realizing the power of this symbol from above, Sister Paula has a mission: “Our country was founded in

Philadelphia. Our forefathers believed in God, honored God, and practiced their faith. They wanted to live freely and in peace, the same intention of God the Father. We are all here to love one another. But putting up an image, we will honor Our Lord. I want to have a mural of Our Lady of Guadalupe painted.” “I drove all around the city, everywhere, looking for a wall. But I couldn’t find one that was suitable. Then one day, I was walking on Broad Street to the bank. I stopped and looked and noticed a blank wall. This is the wall!” There was one problem: She didn’t know to whom the wall belonged. “The building is owned by Dr. Mike Palumbo, a chiropractor, but I was told the owner of the wall was Nunzio Carto, the funeral home director. I

Southern HS To Welcome Hip-Hop Stars Students at South Philadelphia High School successfully completed Johnson’s “Project Succeed Challenge” and have shown considerable progress at implementing a resource awareness campaign for the entire school. As a result, Johnson, Freeway and Young Chris will host a rally and benefit concert to congratulate the students and officially announce their campaign to the entire school this afternoon. “It’s important for us to realize that ignorance is not bliss,” Johnson said. “In order for us to fight against youth violence, we have to make sure all youth have ac-

cess to appropriate resources just as easily as they have access to inappropriate resources.” “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to return to our community and give them what they have given us,” say Freeway and Young Chris. “Education is the key to information and information is the key to success. Both tools are necessary to navigate this business and life in general.” Resources are centered on college attendance, decreasing the dropout rate, peer mediation and other programs and information that support the advancement of high school students.

Both Freeway and Young Chris are natives of Philadelphia and are excited to be a part of Johnson’s campaign, which challenges high-school students, in and around his district, to create a program to help their peers get the resources they need in a timely manner. The event starts at 2 p.m; benefit concert starts at 3 p.m. Southern was on the receiving end of a good deal of unfortunate publicity last year on the subject of violence -unfairly, perhaps, given the same issue bedevils many other city schools. Now, perhaps, it will gain a new reputation, as a beacon of peace.

Prayed to God and said five Hail Marys on the step for the intention of Mr. Carto. I looked up and there was Mr. Carto! I told him about the mural and he said, ‘You have it!’” Thrilled at having his wall chosen for such an honor, Carto, who has been in business since the 1950’s, now with his daughter Natalie E. Guercio, said he is 100% supportive of the project. “I’m supplying the lighting; this will be something good

for the public. In time it can become a shrine. People need someone to look over them.” “We believe her presence in city will be bring good things to the city and country. It’s impossible for her not to do good because she hears every single word that is spoken to her. She does beneficial things for each individual,” concluded Sister Paula. To make a donation or for more information, please call (215) 339-5041.

(Cont. From Page 1) inaugural Comcast SportsNet “Shining Star Awards”, which will benefit the children’s charity at an awards dinner early next year. Coccia was selected because he “symbolizes the mission of the March of Dimes”, according to March Of Dimes spokesperson, Susan Elder. Nine-year-old Coccia was born prematurely with many health risks and has overcome many obstacles. Today, he is living with many health challenges but serves as a “Shining Star” to all who know him. He and all of his family love the Phillies. Dante and his family were invited out to a game courtesy of the Phillies, where Ryan Madson spent time with them prior to a game. The family was treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of Citizens Bank Park, which included the clubhouse, media room, batting cages, and also the opportunity to watch batting practice with Madson. Dante was born four months premature and had a

2% chance of survival. After many setbacks, Dante is now nine years old and has recently won awards for his horseback riding and an art competition sponsored by the Philadelphia School District. Dante’s father Dante Coccia, Sr. is a Philadelphia Police Sergeant and his mom Marla takes care of their three children. The Shining Star Awards will honor Dante and three other children representing the March of Dimes on Friday, Jan. 21 at The Westin Philadelphia Hotel. Those attending the gala dinner will have the opportunity to meet the honorees and bid on sports memorabilia and oncein-a-lifetime opportunities. The evening will feature a video tribute to each honoree documenting the time they spent with a Philadelphia athlete produced by Comcast SportsNet. For more information on the event, please log onto or contact Susan Elder at (610) 945-6050.

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Millay Club (Cont. From Page 1) and every alumus shares in this pride,” said Millay Club Vice President Edward McBride.

about his latest position. “I was a committeeman for 20 years so I know how things operate, but we’re trying to work with everyone and get them energized. This type of event is good for that. Our goal is to see things from a different perspective.” Bill Keller had some sobering thoughts for me. “First of all, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! But our community just lost 300 jobs from the Del Monte union-busting tactics. These were family-sustaining jobs. Their record profits were made on the backs of workers who now must cope with pay that is not a living wage. Our office has been giving out Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for 18 years and I’ve never seen so many people in need. These folks aren’t scamming the system. People are waiting in long lines and in the cold for food. This is America! No one should be hungry or need medical care.”

Friends of the 1st Ward Joe Russo, Marita Crawford, Tom Rumbaugh, Chris Rupe, Vernice Bradley and Tracey Wolf. Photos by Maria Merlino

Vernice Bradley with host John Dougherty.

Patriarch of the Dougherty family John “Big Doc” Ozzie Myers, IBEW Local Dougherty and City Commit- 98’s Bob Henon, State Rep. Bill Keller. tee Charlie Bernard.

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The 1st Ward Christmas party held at Spazzo’s Italian Restaurant was teeming with ward leaders, politicians, friends and family making merry and having a wonderful time. Newly elected to the 1st Ward as leader was John Dougherty, business manager of IBEW Local 98. The room listened intently as he made a small speech thanking everyone for his success. “ I’m excited to be following Joe Hoffman,” he began, “but as I’ve always said ,I have one foot in the past and one foot in the present. I want to thank everyone for the big numbers. We are going to take politics by storm! And no one is going to tell us how it’s going to be! We have new and fresh ideas. We’re going to stay together and grow. The 1st Ward is essential in getting elected. I hope this year has been as good for you as it’s been for me. You have all treated me as if I was your own from the very beginning. You have my appreciation and gratitude.” Another new ward leader, Lee Schwartz from the 48th Ward, was happy to talk

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Mayor Nutter Remains Favorite by Joe Shaheeli Forget all the talk about Mayor Michael Nutter being beatable when he officially announces his decision to run for a second term. Forget the fact former Mayor John Street has been criticizing his performance; and that Councilman Bill Green has the support of a good deal of the Irish political muscle in this town behind him, egging him on to enter a challenge. Forget about any of the major African American officials looking with interest at this race. They won’t go one and one and won’t if a third party gets into the race.

But, there is one thing Mayor Nutter or others should not discount ... the possibility of a Latino American entering the race. If that were to happen, four possible candidates come to mind: Rómulo Diaz, State Rep. Angel Cruz, former Councilman Juan Ramos and maybe, just maybe, Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez. All have experience in City Government and all have acquitted themselves well. There may be more, who are on the radar screen and could become highly visible overnight. Reason is the Latino-community voting bloc continues to grow. The biggest leap was

made during the Obama primary campaign, when Latino leaders nationally moved to register as many of those eligible to vote as they could find. Local Latino registration leaders won awards. There are strong areas in North and South Philadelphia where Latinos have become politically hep. And it is obvious they relate to both the white and black communities, with adherents for all of them in both racial camps. As of now, only one name has come forward, that of Cruz. A committee to study his viability has been organized by long-time activist Oscar Rosario, who “believes it is time for a member of the Latino voting bloc to move into the city’s leadership role. Look at the election roles and you’ll see hundreds of committeepersons with Latino

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surnames. They will deliver the vote.” Still, Nutter will have the campaign resources he needs. While he has cut off the water to many of the old-guard ties, he has cultivated new sources. He needs only now to switch modes, from being the Mayor he wants people to believe he has been, to the Mayor who knows and believes he’s done the best-possible job under the worst of scenarios. Attorney General Seat Draws Interest The Attorney General’s office, soon to officially be vacant, has become the main focus for a number of politicos who could bring renewed interest in filling that seat. Despite the Republicans’ long lock on that seat, there are several Democrats who may be seeking that post. Being pushed hard to give

the seat consideration is Philadelphia’s popular ex-District Attorney Lynne Abraham, who, it is reported, was picking up support at the Pennsylvania Society meet this past weekend. Her key political strategist, Eleanor Dezzi, was seen buttonholing potential supporters. Others interested are Lehigh Co.’s former DA John Romanelli; Congressman Pat Murphy, who will be vacating his District seat; and attorney Dan McCaffery. Pa. Black Caucus Back To Blogging The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus has announced the return of its blog site,, after a long hiatus. Like the PLBC website, the blog will feature press releases, with additional information on PLBC (Cont. Page 6)

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DiCicco Has Company 55th Ward Dems Mark Christmas (Cont. From Page 4) members, news items and issues affecting constituents. “In the new legislative session, with numerous changes afoot in Harrisburg,” said State Rep. Ron Waters, chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, “ we believe the role of the Caucus will be more important than ever.” David A. Love, executive Director of the Caucus, will supervise the blog site. Corbett’s City Picks On Transition Team Gov.-Elect Tom Corbett has a pipeline into the movers and shakers in this city. His Transition Team appointments of these Philadelphians shows he has something of an understanding of who moves whom here. For instance, his local appointments include Ryan Boyer and Juan Ramos, of LDC and LECET, on the

Labor and Industry Committee; Joann Bell, formerly of PIDC, to the Economic Development Committee; Lorenzo North, of Prison Local 159, to the Criminal Justice Committee; PHA Police Union chief Rodney Little to the Committee on Public Safety; and master Carpenter Ed Coryell to the Labor Committee. DiCicco Has Company In 1st Dist. Primary Ceasefire’s Joe Grace will attempt to take his gun curbing efforts into City Council when he shortly announces his plan to challenge 1st Dist. Councilman Frank DiCicco in the Primary. Also planning a run is SEIU’s 32BJ coordinator Jeff Hornstein. There may still be more running for the 1st Dist. Council seat, long considered the action post for development in City Council. Looking forward to the


Observed Democrat BRETT MANDEL in this paper’s 10/7/10 issue: “GOP: Where’s The Party?”. . I am dismayed to see how our local Republican Party has been so totally uninterested in offering any political opposition in a city that needs so much change.. Yet the city’s elected Republicans have been much more “loyal” than “opposition,” offering just about total public silence and no political leadership at all.” --The Philadelphia Oboe Sound System

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challenges is the incumbent, who says, “The more, the merrier.” 186th Looks Ready For Marie Donatucci The local endorsement is already a foregone conclusion for Maria Donatucci to replace her late husband, who died suddenly from natural causes, as the next legislator for the 185th Dist. Seat. Reports are she has the unanimous consensus of the committeepersons in the District, but won’t make the announcement until near the entry deadline. Zogby: Obama Approval Back Up to 42% President Barack Obama’s job-approval rating has climbed back up to 42% after recording his low of 39% in our previous Zogby Interactive poll, and the percentage who say the nation is on the wrong track dropped from what had also been a high for Obama's term, 69% previously, to 63% currently. Obama’s approval among Democrats rebounded from 72% on Nov. 22 to 82% in this most recent Nov. 29-Dec. 1 survey. His approval among Independents fell slightly from 39% to 35%, and remained steady coming in at 7% among Republicans.

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Ringside With The Shadowboxer As SHADOWBOXER previously reported, longtime boxing advocates Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Congressman Peter King (R-N.Y.) have been leading a fight to get a posthumous pardon for former world heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson. In 1908, 100 years before President Barack Obama was elected the first Black president, Johnson became the first Black heavyweight boxing champion. He was later imprisoned for his romantic ties to a white woman. The 2005 documentary Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise

and Fall of Jack Johnson examined the Johnson case. The documentary uncovered the sentencing judge’s acknowledged desire to “send a message” to Black men about relationships with white women. McCain and King have been pressing President Obama to grant the posthumous pardon of Johnson, adding that they hoped the President would be eager to “right this wrong and erase an act of racism that sent an American citizen to prison.” They have also noted both houses of Congress have passed a resolution calling for

Still No Pardon a presidential pardon. Last Friday, the White House announced the first pardons of President Obama’s presidency for nine people and none of the nine were Jack Johnson. Those pardoned by the president were convicted of crimes including cocaine possession and conspiracy to distribute, conspiracy to defraud, counterfeiting, and illegal possession of government property. The White House has declined comment on why these nine were selected by President Obama. Former boxers themselves, McCain and King will continue the fight for Johnson.

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SCORES of children and their parents anxiously awaited their turn with Santa Claus at Laborers’ Local 57 in Northern Liberties on Saturday.

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Our Opinion ... When Push Comes To Shove For the next three months, Philadelphia, the Commonwealth and the nation will share the push-and-shove, giveand-take in their respective legislative bodies as the needs of the people, the demands of long-funded projects, and the need to fund even more and newer initiatives all move to center stage – stepping on each other’s toes in the process. Controlling which way this will happen and what tactics will be utilized to firm up all three budgets, is the economy. Nothing else matters, no matter what the politicos say. If more people are able to find jobs in January and February than have in the past six months, these will be positive signs the recession is truly ebbing. If the unemployment ranks continue to hold at their present peak levels, the legislators will see anticipated revenues nowhere come within reach of the billions of dollars needed for their constituencies. To do anything but bow to the dictates of the economy, will be to fuel more Tea Party sentiment. No matter how they shove from one end, the bottom line pushing against the other will prove stronger ... and that line reads, “No new taxes.”

by Marian Tasco Council Majority Leader On my way home from church on Sunday, I stopped by Fresh Grocer Supermarket in the Germantown community (State Rep. John Myers’ District) to pick up a few things. As I shopped this fully stocked, clean, well-patronized store, I thought about the excuses given by Dwight Evans’ Philadelphia colleagues who voted against him to retain his role as ranking member of the powerful House of Representatives Appropriations Committee and who in turn voted against Philadelphia. Their excuse: “Funds flowed to projects of his allies.” One commented there was “a feeling in the caucus of a growing cronyism.” How short-sighted and unfortunate these “Philadelphians” were so blind. Characterizing Dwight’s efforts to help all of Philadelphia as “cronyism” is a weak, hollow excuse for an old-fash-

ioned political strong-arming. Cronies/Friends! Knowing Dwight Evans these 30 years, I could not fathom how they came to that conclusion. My take on Dwight is that he got into politics to help his neighborhood and all of Philadelphia. Need I remind you, the Pennsylvania Convention Center has been Philadelphia’s strongest economic driver. What about the Pennsylvania students who will benefit from $44 million appropriated annually for scholarship organizations; $22 million for innovative educational-improvement programs in public schools and $8 million for a separate pre-kindergarten scholarship program? And the Pennsylvania Dept. of Education’s $1.7 million for the parent-involvement program of the Philadelphia School District? The loudly touted Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corp. has, for over 30 years, transformed a community which

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Another Opinion was blighted when Dwight became its State Representative. Ask Dwight’s friends and cronies in West Oak Lane, East Oak Lane and Mount Airy if the funds for this widely renowned economic-revitalization effort were a waste of “their tax dollars”. Ask the residents of Haines Street if it was a waste to rehab more than a dozen dilapidated homes (not even in his District). Talk to the folks in North Philadelphia about the investment in Smith Playground. Call the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Avenue of the Arts, the Asian Arts Initiative, the Fairmount Park Commission, the Oak Lane Tree Tenders, the Philadelphia Recreation Dept., Manna, etc., and let them tell you why they are proud to be friends/cronies of Evans. Let’s add to the friends/cronies list the Public Utility Commission’s appropriation of $1.2 million for the employment of employees with disabilities. Don’t forget our thousands who ride public transportation. He introduced $1.3 billion in transportation funding to ensure workers can get to places of employment. And back to my begin-

ning, the Supermarket Initiative which provided for the construction of much-needed supermarkets in North Philadelphia, at 52nd & Jefferson in West Philadelphia, and at 24th & Oregon in South Philadelphia as well as various locations across the entire State. It seems like Dwight has thousands of friends and cronies in Philadelphia and across the State, all of whom have benefited from his leadership as appropriation chair, including the three Philadelphians who admittedly voted against Philadelphia. State Rep. Angel Cruz received $1 million for the Maria Santos Medical Office. State Rep. William Keller received $2.5 million for the Stage Hands Training Center and State Rep. Michael O’Brien received $1.4 million for the William Way House. It looks like they are friends/cronies of Evans too. Dwight Evans’ friends/ cronies should challenge those Philadelphians who voted against Philadelphia to share their friends/cronies list. Time will tell how their betrayal will benefit Philadelphia. Will their list be as wide-ranging as the guy they voted out of leadership? Not a chance!

Dec. 14- Portrait presentation of Hon. Sheldon C. Jelin at City Hall, Room 653, 4 p.m. Reception following in Conversation Hall. Dec. 18- Caribbean Night Happy Hour fundraiser for Lawrence Clark for City Council at Banana’s 876 Lounge, 5500 Rising Sun Ave., 6-9 p.m. Donation $10 includes food.; donate blanket

for homeless and it’s $8. Make checks to Clark4Change, P.O. Box 27154, Phila., PA 19118. Jan. 27- Edward J. Lowry, founder of Phila. Veterans MultiService and Education Ctr., will be honored on retirement at Waterfall Rm. in Plumbers Local 690 Union Hall, 2791 Southampton Rd., Cocktails 6-8 p.m., followed by Tribute Program. Tickets $65. Order by phone (215) 238-8050. Event Chair Ed Keenan, Board Chair Jim McNesby and Exec. Dir. Marsha Four.

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In 2006, with a cruise calendar of 36 ships, the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal was bustling with activity. Now, with only two cruises slated for 2011, the Delaware River Port Authority’s Executive Committee took the prudent step to end DRPA’s role in the cruise business. The full Board is expected to vote on this measure at its Dec. 15 meeting. If approved, effective Jan. 1, 2011, DRPA’s lease of the cruise-terminal building located in the Philadelphia Navy Yard will be canceled. This move will provide the Authority an immediate savings of $627,000 in operating expenses. In addition, $18 million in future capital improvements to enhance the terminal will no longer be necessary. Additional savings in the amount of $2,226,728 will result from the termination of the lease and closure of the facility. DRPA will continue to honor all of its commitments through Jun. 30, 2011, including all previously scheduled events and cruises. At the height of its popularity, the cruise terminal was

a valuable asset, bringing thousands of people to shop, dine, tour and stay in the Philadelphia region. “The cruise business was doing very well for us for a while. However, based on factors beyond our control, it does not make economic sense for DRPA to continue in the cruise business, says DRPA CEO John J. Matheussen. “I would like to thank staff who worked tirelessly over the years to market and promote the cruise terminal.” DRPA entered the cruise

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CITY OF PHILADELPHIA Public Hearing Notice The Committee on Public Safety of the Council of the City of Philadelphia will hold a Public Hearing Tuesday, December 14, 2010, at 10:00 AM, in Room 400, City Hall, to hear testimony on the following items: 100722

An Ordinance amending Chapter 10-818 of The Philadelphia Code to provide that no person shall carry a firearm on public streets or public property unless the person is licensed to carry such firearm by a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, regardless of whether the person possesses a license issued in another state, under certain terms and conditions.


Resolution authorizing City Council’s Committee on Public Safety to hold a public hearing to consider and evaluate the issues surfacing around the Philadelphia Police Department and the conduct of its officers.

Immediately following the public hearing, a meeting of the Committee on Public Safety, open to the public, will be held to consider the action to be taken on the above listed items. Copies of the foregoing items are available in the Office of the Chief Clerk of the Council, Room 402, City Hall. Michael A. Decker Chief Clerk

LONG-TIME labor leader Wendell Young, III shares a moment HOST AFL-CIO President Pat Eiding wel- with Councilman Curtis Jones comes Local 98’s Ed Coppinger and who called Wendell his “boss”, Marita Crawford to Christmas celebration while he was at PCDC and Wenat Sheraton Center City. dell was onits Board.

DECLARING his candidacy for 1st Council Dist. seat in coming primary is Joe Grace, left, of Ceasefire fame, sharing a moment with MAYOR Michael Nutter shares mo- Councilwoman Jannie BlackWard Leader Bill Dolbow and State Rep. John ment with Councilwoman Marian Tasco well and staffer attorney John Sabatina, Jr. Christmas enjoyed buffet. and Judge Lisette Shirdan-Harris.

LDC’s Ken Washington, as well as Bill LORENZO NORTH, left, seen here with Mau- Dolbow, enjoys company of State Sen. rice Floyd and Derek Green, is serving on Tina Tartaglione’s Chief of Staff Kathy Benton. Gov.-Elect Tom Corbett’s Transition Team.

MIX of labor and political leaders spiced up Christmas party. Among them were Jeff Hornstein, Council Members Bill Green and Maria Quiñones Sánchez, UFCW’s John Meyerson, and Ward Leaders Bill Dolbow and John Sabatina, Sr.

Judicial candidate Jim DiVergilis finds himself flanked by his mentor Local 830 chief Dan Grace and arbitration mediator John Gabrick.

FRANCIS Ryan joins DC 47’s Cathy Scott and Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown at party.

SEPTA’s Fran Kelly lines up with Building Trades President Pat Gillespie, Councilman Curtis Jones, ENJOYING AFL-CIO gala were Ward Leader Bill PFT’s Janet Ryder, Local 98’s Bob Henon and Dolbow, Controller Alan Butkovitz, his aide Lisa Bernard Griggs. Deeley and Local 690 chief John Kane.

SHARING stories of long-ago union battles for decent wages were host President Pat Eiding and former Local 1776 chief Wendell Young, III.

PPA Board chief Joseph Ashdale shares a moment with AFL-CIO political coordinator Elzbeth McElroy.

SHARING moment at AFL-CIO Christmas Party with popular State Sen. Christine “Tina” Tartaglione, now in Senate minority leadership position, were Councilman Bill Green, Wendell Young, III, Kathy Benton and Ward Leader Bill Dolbow.

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MAYOR NUTTER and Councilman Bill Green shake hands, to enjoyment of this group attending Phila. Council of AFL-CIO Christmas Party at Society Hill Sheraton. Some see these two as mayoral primary rivals. From left are LDC’s chief Ryan Boyer, Councilman Curtis Jones, Fran Kelly and Register of Wills Ron Donatucci.

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Word is that the Republican City Committee has coalesced around a slate of five candidates for City Council at Large. They appear to be FRANK RIZZO, former candidate for Mayor AL TAUBENBERGER, Corbett campaign staffer JOHN GIORDANO, former Congressional candidate MARIE DELANEY and City Council aide TIM GERARD. Left out of the pack are ’07 near winner DAVID OH and STATE REP. DENNY O’BRIEN. The reformer/State Committee group isn’t going down without a fight, however. With their numerous new ward leaders and committeepersons running their operation, they are looking to make an electoral dent this cycle. They are rumored to be supporting David Oh for Council At Large. We are also hearing rumblings AL SCHMIDT may make a run for the post. It also looks as if JOE DeFELICE is going to make a strong run at taking out City Commissioner JOE DUDA. Duda has long been a City Committee stalwart and many believe he is the only remaining strength in the City Committee with his control of the 66th Ward. Moral of the story is neither side has been able to disentangle their tusks to form a coalition of old guys and new guys. This is a feud that has only just begun. Trunk Man is losing hope. Let me end with some Elephants who did get on the same page. Congratulations to the United Republican Club, which marked its 130th birthday last night at the Society Hill Sheraton. Receiving the annual Meehan Award were Republican National Committeeman BOB ASHER and THOMAS McCANN, who has been the Club’s president for the past three decades. Also at the affair was Lt. Gov.-Elect JIM CAWLEY.

Yo. Here we go again with something from the internet that will boggle your mind . . . I know it did mine. The year is 1910 – 100 years ago. What a difference a century makes. Here are some statistics for the year 1910. The average life expectancy for men was 47 years. Fuel for cars was sold in drugstores only. Only 14% of the homes had a bathtub. Only 8% of the homes had a telephone. There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads in the whole country. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph. The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower. The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour. The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year. A competent accountant could expect to earn $2,000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year; a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year; and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year. More than 95% of all births took place at home. Ninety percent of all “doctors” had no college education. Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned by the press and the government as substandard. Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were 14 cents a dozen. Coffee was 15 cents a pound. Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo. Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason. The five leading causes of death were: pneumonia and influenza; tuberculosis; diarrhea; heart disease and stroke. The American flag had 45 stars. The population of Las Vegas, Nev. was only 30. Crossword puzzles, canned beer (Cont. Page 13)

Although you might not have known it from reading the newspapers or watching the news on television, last Wednesday was World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day is the day that’s been set aside by the folks who set aside those kinds of things to remember that while an HIV-positive diagnosis no longer means you’ll be dead in six months, it’s still out there, it’s still deadly, and there’s still no cure. Let me repeat that last phrase: there’s still no cure. The undetectable viral loads that some with HIV are fortunate enough to have, thanks to the many drug cocktails that have been created to fight the virus, may make you think HIV is no longer a part of our everyday lives, but that’s not the case. There aren’t a whole lot of people here in Philadelphia who know that better than Rashidah Abdul-Khabeer. When I was given the assignment of covering the HIV crisis in Philadelphia’s African American community, Abdul-Khabeer, who was Rashidah Hassan at the time, and the organization she co-founded, BEBASHI (Blacks Educating Blacks About Sexual Health Issues), were among the first sources I acquired. I had heard about the organization on the radio and they seemed to be everywhere I went when it came to helping people to deal with this disease. When Abdul-Khabeer and Wesley Anderson, Jr. started the organization 25 years ago, she thought BEBASHI would eventually be able to move on to tackle other aspects of sexual health among African Americans. “I sort of hoped it would have morphed into something that wasn’t specifically focused on HIV/AIDS,” she said. “I (Cont. Page 13)

SNOOPER’S “BELIEVE IT OR NOT” FILES: This comes from The Federal Government. They want to change all your STREET SIGNS for SAFETY’S SAKE. Never mind costing MILLIONS and MILLIONS of our TAX DOLLARS; yes, they want you, THE TAXPAYERS, to pay for all their nonsense. They say the street signs today are in reality a SAFETY HAZARD, because the printing is all UPPER CASE and actually causes “seeing problems”. Get this Boss, the research for this ‘project’ was conducted by 3-M CO. Chief, here’s ‘the kicker’, and I want you to pay strict attention. THE 3-M CO. will also get the contract; after all, they want all these signs lower case, and they want these signs to be REFLECTIVE so we can all see them at night. BOSS, what genius came up with this one? SNOOPER’S SIGHTINGS: I was really busy this week, and I met and saw a lot of my friends, especially those in CITY HALL. Naturally, The Mayor, HON. MICHAEL NUTTER, was all over this City “doing his thing”. I then spotted HON. MARVIN HALBERT, Senior Judge, Court of Common Pleas, heading towards City, and specifically, up to the 6th floor. Hey Boss, I spotted one of your favorite Judges, HON. FREDERICA MASSIAH JACKSON, and I might add, looking good. HON. JOSEPH EVERS, the Prothonotary and Clerk of Court, was running around all over the 2nd floor, Chief. Seems he’s all excited about his upcoming CHRISTMAS PARTY, one that will happen next week. Yes Chief, the Prothonotary Christmas Party will be WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15 in City Hall ROOM 284. Say hello to STANLEY, DEBBIE, ELAINE and MARC; these people are really THE BEST. (Cont. Page 16)

A note to elected officials and their high-profile staff: an abrupt resignation always raises eyebrows and gives chatty tongues a reason to wag! So it should be no surprise that the recent resignation of one of Philadelphia’s most-politically connected family members drew attention. And now the plot thickens as the City’s Board of Ethics announces a settlement to the issue regarding said staff member. I won’t comment, save to cite one lesson for all to learn: Stone-throwing is a bad habit for politicians to acquire, because so many wind up living in glass houses. One media-hungry elected official has been making the rounds, telling us all how they reformed this and reformed that since taking office earlier this year. But they still haven’t told us who they work for: the voters that elected them, or the ‘powerful sitting high’? The little people or the big gun with his numerous ethical lapses? Note: You don’t have to be a team player if the team is doing something crazy. Individualism comes from within in real leaders. Having lost our power-broker STATE REP. DWIGHT EVANS, some Philly nonprofits are going to have to to polish their fundraising and management acts. Into to breach leaps STATE SEN. ANTHONY WILLIAMS, who is organizing a Boot Camp for Nonprofits at University of the Sciences next Wednesday. Not a bad idea! One last thought on the Christmas Village, or (blank) Village, or Christmas Village (again) issue: Maybe the Mayor or Managing Director wanted it to be named after themselves…. I’m glad they had a change of heart in the end. (Cont. Page 13)

One of the first holiday celebrations of this Christmas season took place at the Union League, hosted by the law firm of Elliott & Greenleaf. It was a packed house in the Lincoln Room of the League. Among those in attendance were the host JOHN ELLIOTT and his partner HENRY SIEDZIKOWSKI. Justice of the Supreme Court SEAMUS McCAFFERY and his brother DAN McCAFFERY, who is a very successful attorney and who recently lost a close race for District Attorney on the Democratic side, were there. Also present were JUDGES BERNIE GOODHEART and JOHN O’GRADY; Common Pleas JUDGE EUGENE MAIER; former Supreme Court JUSTICE JIM FITZGERALD, who later served on the Superior Court and the Commonwealth Court; the Supervising Judge of the criminal division WEB KEOGH; Common Pleas JUDGES MARK BERNSTEIN and JIMMY LYNN; Municipal Court JUDGE JOE O’NEILL; JUDGE FELICE STACK and her husband MIKE STACK, JR.; CHARLES CUNNINGHAM; Common Pleas JUDGE ROBERT REBSTOCK; Municipal Court JUDGE JOE WATERS; Jury COMMISSIONER GERRY SHOTZBARGER. There were several prominent members of the bar including JIM CRUMLISH and TOM ELLIOTT, along with his law partner DEAN PHILLIPS. HENRY (BUD) HURLING, retired Commissioner of Licenses & Inspections, has departed this life after a long illness. His wife TINA had predeceased him. Henry had served on the Zoning Board of Adjustment in Philadelphia. His knowledge of the building and fire codes were legendary. (Cont. Page 16)

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We do have a lot of support and that has helped us in many ways.”


pharmacists said, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels,

and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health.” Eighteen percent of households had at least one fulltime servant or domestic help. There were about 230 reported murders in the entire USA. Today, on the internet, I could send this in an email to thousands of others all over the world in a matter of seconds. Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years; it staggers the mind.

(Cont. From page 13) and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet. There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. Two out of every 10 adults could not read or write and only 6% of all Americans had graduated from high school. Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then

(Cont. From page 13) The bottom line is this: For all of those smart folks working in City Hall, there has been one issue after another. It seems little thought goes into changes, reactions, consequences…. All that brain power, and for what?





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between the ages of 18-34, AIDS is the leading cause of death. Infections among adolescents and senior citizens reentering the dating pool after being widowed or divorced are also rising. Over the last 25 years, BEBASHI has had its challenges. It filed for bankruptcy in the 90s and funding has always been hard to come by. But BEBASHI continues to function due to force of will, says Gary Bell, the organization’s current executive director. “The reason we’re here


(Cont. From page 13) hoped we would have been able to focus on other issues.” But by the time that the organization celebrated its 10th anniversary, AbdulKhabeer realized that wouldn’t be the case. While BEBASHI has also taken on breast cancer, men’s health, an emergency food cupboard and other things as a part of its mission, HIV remained its primary focus because of the toll the disease began taking among those who could afford it least. “HIV settled into the poorest areas with the fewest resources,” said Abdul-Khabeer, who is now deputy director of the Family Planning Council’s Circle of Care. “We were afraid it would expand into those communities and that’s exactly what happened. There is no easy solution to deal with this, but I’m glad BEBASHI has remained in the forefront of this discussion.” For 25 years, BEBASHI has tried to keep pace with a disease that seems to defy every assumption that has been made about who gets it and how for a community whose challenges make treating it complicated. It commemorated that ability to keep going at a 25th Anniversary Gala held at the Hilton Philadelphia on City Line Avenue last Wednesday. The gala, which was cohosted by NBC-10’s Monique Braxton and Radio One’s E. Steven Collins, was a time not only to honor the organization on its 25th anniversary, but was also to honor those continuing the fight against HIV/AIDS. Abdul-Khabeer and Ander-

son were honored with BEBASHI’s Founders Award; Antonio Adolphus, a longtime BEBASHI employee, was recognized; and William “Billy” Butler, Jr. of Community Behavioral Health and Bright Hope Baptist Church, Dr. Walter P. Lomax Jr. of Lomax Health Systems and Black Entertainment Television’s “Rap it Up” Campaign, which provides education to young people on the importance of practicing safe sex, got the John Allen Blue award. For the community it serves, the fact BEBASHI continues to exist is important, says Gary Bell, the organization’s current executive director. That’s because the disease itself is still hitting communities of color at a rate here in Philadelphia that should be making everyone take notice. For African American women

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For Shame (WikiLeaks again) by Peter Radatti President, CyberSoft, Inc. Here we go again with WikiLeaks. It’s hard to understand what the government is doing in allowing WikiLeaks to get access to all this stuff. The first time this happened, shame on WikiLeaks. The second time this happened, shame on the government. Do you want to know how CyberSoft protects its most valuable information? We don’t put it on the Internet. We have a private network with no connection to the outside world where we keep our best stuff. You can’t break in to it from the outside world because it doesn’t connect to the outside world. Simple. Anyone can do it. We learned to do it from the government. Actually, the US Federal

Government invented computer security, so they already know all this stuff. It’s hard to understand how such large leaks could exist unless they either got lazy, an insider “turned” or the Government wanted it to be leaked. All three options are hard to believe. I won’t speculate on why the leaks happened. It is enough to know they did. I did a search on the internet and found a lot of sites have posted reviews of the latest leaks from the State Dept. A great deal of the stuff I read is sort of like watching your elderly neighbor get accidently locked out collecting the morning paper in his shorts, except that this neighbor is a world leader. I guess I just live in the wrong neighborhood to appreciate WikiLeaks.

Sunoco Fuels Relief Deliveries Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization and Sunoco, Inc. will announce future details of their longterm partnership. Sunoco has been a funding partner since 1993, and has been providing Philabundance with all fuel since 2005. The unveiling took place at the Passyunk Refinery at 3144 Passyunk Avenue. Through Sunoco’s loyal partnership, Philabundance was able to launch an Emergency Relief Initiative in 2009, which established a number of direct service programs during a time when the need in our region was so great. At the core of these services is the ability to procure and distribute millions of pounds of nutritious food directly to individuals throughout nine counties. This task would be a challenge without the donated fuel that allows Philabundance trucks to reach those in need across the re-

gion. Since 2005, Sunoco has donated nearly $750,000 in fuel. Philabundance’s fleet of 12 trucks travel about 16,000 miles a month, 192,000 miles a year which translates to approximately $200,000 of fuel each year. The partnership with Sunoco has enabled Philabundance to expand reach and provide emergency food assistance to more residents, including seniors and children. “We cannot thank Sunoco enough for their long term partnership,” said Bill Clark, president and executive director of Philabundance. “Because of their generous sponsorship of fuel for our trucks, Philabundance can distribute millions of pounds of food to 65,000 people each week.” “Our partnership with Philabundance further demonstrates Sunoco’s responsibility to our neighbors,” stated Ruth Clauser, Sunoco’s manager of corporate philanthropy and

SUNOCO’s stepping up to fuel Philabundance food trucks was welcomed. In attendance at launching were, from left, Congressman Robert Brady; Mike Bukowski, Sunoco plant manager; Bill Clark, president and executive director, Philabundance; and State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson. the president of The Sunoco Foundation. “Sunoco is proud to sponsor Philabundance and join them in the fight against hunger in the Delaware Valley.” The unveiling event, attended by Congressman Bob Brady and State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson, celebrated Sunoco’s partnership with

Philabundance and included a “Move that Truck” segment to reveal the Sunoco logo that will be displayed on all 12 refrigerated Philabundance trucks. Employees from both Philabundance and Sunoco as well as policy leaders in the Philadelphia region were in attendance.

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ble at approximately 37% from 2001 to 2004, decreasing to 32.3% by 2007 (most recent data available). In the 37 states with mature HIV reporting systems in 2007, the percentage of persons diagnosed late ranged from 25.0% to 47.2%.

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Approximately 40% of the American population between the ages of 18 to 64 had been tested for HIV, until a census was taken in 2009 which showed that figure had climbed to 45%. The percentage of persons with late diagnoses of HIV infection was sta-

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the Brehon Law Society Christmas Party held at Tír Na Nóg, an Irish gathering spot, were Seamus McCaffery; President Judge of the Common Pleas Court PAMELA DEMBE; Administrative Judge Web Keogh and his wife CATHY; JUDGES BILL MANFREDI, SANDY MOSS, Joe O’Neill and Eugene Maier; and retired JUDGE SHELLY JELIN. Also present were the Chairman of the Board of City Trust JOHN EGAN and the President of the Irish Chamber of Commerce BILL

McLAUGHLIN, and attorneys TOM HUNT, BERNIE McLAFFERY, THERESA FLANNIGAN and her husband PAUL. Also in attendance were Delaware Co. lawyer BOB KELLY, and Irish traveler and attorney DAVID HENNESSY and his wife CHARLOTTE. The five sponsors who underwrote the Christmas party to make it a social success are Streamline Payroll, Emerald Business Supply, Copy Secure, Veritext Service and The Center for Forensic Economic Studies. The Pearl Harbor Day

commemorative committee presented its leadership award to former Philadelphia Police COMMISSIONER JOHN TIMONEY, who is currently touring to promote his book Beat Cop to Top Cop. Among the lunch advisors were NORBERT & DOREEN McGETTIGAN, SIOBHAN LYONS, EDWARD LAST and well-known Irish tenor JOHN GORDON. The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick held its annual Christmas Party at Shanachie Irish Pub in Ambler, Pa. A good time was had by all.

Snooper (Cont. From page 13) SNOOPER MEMO FOR THE BOSS: The young boys and girls from PENN TREATY MIDDLE SCHOOL wanted to thank all those connected with THE PHILADELPHIA PUBLIC RECORD for their special night at The Arena, and PRO WRESTLING. The teacher, MR. STEVE FLEISHER, wrote, “Your newspaper is to be commended for all you have done for these youngsters, and they’re still talking all about what happened.” ROGER, Manager of The ARENA, gave these students the “time of their lives”, seating them in his SPECIAL BOX, even giving them special hot pizzas and sodas. They also were also seated in THE GOLD ROOM seats; these, I’m told, are ‘the best’ in the house!

SNOOPER’S P.S.A.: My Doctor asked me if I could have this newspaper include this item in today’s issue. He asked to have everyone go to their respective DOCTORS to get their annual FLU SHOTS; this is very important. He tells me this year is going to be very important because there is a new strain of FLU that we can take care of, as long as they get their FLU SHOTS as soon as they possibly can. So do it today. SNOOPER’S SCOOPER: We have all been given ‘false information’ regarding the D.R.O.P. PROGRAM. Yes, believe or not, this program actually saved the City money, because it was the employees’ PENSION MONIES being used and not The City’s. Once an employee signed up for this special program, his PENSION MONIES were frozen. TRUE!

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dori chicken (lunch, $12; dinner, $16), fried-chicken coated in cornflakes and served over chicken liver gravy, etc. We recently were invited, along with many other guests, to a menu sampling at JG Domestic. The charcuterie ($16) — two-fisted cold cuts like prosciutto, chorizo and Moroccan lamb with stone ground mustard and sourdough slices — is a dish that verges on a vendetta against the vegetable kingdom (if that is in fact a kingdom). A selection of domestic artisanal cheeses such as bleu cheese, triple cream and sheep’s/cow cheese from Vermont ($16) were yummy in the tummy. And it’s wicked hard to stop eating the large rectangle of wood oven flatbread — like a thin pizza crust with chanterelle mushrooms, shaved cheddar cheese, black

truffle and egg yolks ($12). After tasting the chilled heirloom baby beets (as opposed to grown up beets?) with whipped crème fraîche and molasses vinaigrette ($9), I was as excited as a Bedouin shepherd seeing his first whale. And a recent study revealed that the Kabocha squash with black kale, sheep milk cheese and candied squash seeds ($10) is a spectacularly original and savory dish. (The study was conducted by the University of My Taste Buds.) An entree of prawns had a New Orleansstyle spiced tomato broth that could extend your life expectancy if you ate it every day ($20). On the down side for us were the overly salty hickorysmoked Georgia pecans ($7), the tasteless Andouille sausage in an heirloom potato cassoulet

Len Lear ($8) and the too-fatty Texas wild boar ($22). Drink-wise, there is a selection of craft beers, an allAmerican wine list with 16 wines by the glass ($8–$13) and more than 50 bottles, most from California. Signature cocktails are named after historic rail routes. And there is a 3 to 7 p.m. Happy Hour offering pints for $5, wines for $6 and a selection of cocktails for just $7.

We tried a Sixpoint Pilsner on draft ($6), which we found too bitter; a glass of Chalone Chardonnay ($8), which was lacking in body and after-taste; and Rosenblum Zinfandel ($8), which was lush and bursting with flavor. I would gladly buy several bottles of this modestly priced find. There is a parking garage and an outdoor parking lot next to JG Domestic. The price to park is a ridiculous $21, although you can reduce it to $12 by requesting a discount ticket at the hostess’ desk. Unfortunately, we saw no signs anywhere indicating this. JG Domestic’s actual address is 2929 Arch Street. It is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and dinner only on Saturday. It is closed Sunday. More information at (215) 222-2363 or

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by Len Lear José Garces, who has highoctane ambition but is cooler than a York Peppermint Patty, is now the reigning king of Philadelphia restaurant chef/entrepreneurs (Stephen Starr is not a chef), and as the old saying goes, “Into each reign some life must fall.” (Well, maybe it’s a new saying.) The life falling right now is that of JG Domestic, Garces’ seventh restaurant, which opened in mid-October on the ground floor of the spectacular Cira Center, just yards from the 30th Street Train Station. And it is falling into the embrace of the cocktail crowd, boldface names and young professionals who once filled the Old City nightclubs that have since been hijacked by the bar-hoppers, meatheads and Snooki wannabes. Garces, Philly’s own “Iron Chef” (that’s why he’s our “reign man”) who fully deserves his “itemhood” (his name pops up regularly in local gossip columns), made his reputation first as executive

chef at two Stephen Starr Latin restaurants, Alma de Cuba and El Vez, before creating his own empire of Latin fusion restaurants — Amada, Chifa, Distrito, Tinto and Garces Trading Company — but his latest two ventures, Village Whiskey and now JG Domestic, both American restaurants, prove Jose is no one-trick pony. One reason scene-sters have gravitated to JG Domestic is the spectacular, glitzy space that has made a hairpin turn since it was occupied by chef Daniel Stern’s Rae. “This is our best-looking restaurant,” Jose told us last week. JG Domestic has extremely high ceilings and magnificent columns, vertical gardens, planter boxes, a communal table that features three living trees growing through it, and more. Blandness is not on the menu at JG Domestic. For example, two of the innovative items on the menu are the heirloom crimson popcorn ($5) and the Maine lobster “cappuccino” with a butternut squash dumpling ($14); and Garces really wanders into the culinary outfield with the Ji-

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More Park Land Planned For Us All Building on Philadelphia’s commitment to become the greenest city in America, Mayor Michael A. Nutter has announced a bold plan to make accessible green space in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia over the next five years. Called Green 2015, the City will partner with communities, local institutions, foundations and the private sector to assemble acreage that “connects people to parks” in underserved neighborhoods throughout the City. At the same time, the plan provides an innovative way to boost the City’s compliance with new Federal stormwater regulations that require the City to reduce

stormwater runoff into local rivers and streams. “Green 2015 is a strategy for using green space to improve the lives of our fellow citizens, more than 200,000 of whom have no access to parks today,” Mayor Nutter said. “At the same time, it works as an effective tool for economic development by improving quality of life in neighborhoods all across Philadelphia. “This plan also improves the City’s compliance with the Federal stormwater regulations,” the Mayor said. “But Green 2015 is more than just a way for us to meet this federal mandate. The genius of Green 2015 is that it offers us a way to turn an obligation

Stack Brings Funding For Rush State Park State Sen. Mike Stack joined elected officials, the Rendell administration, the Pennsylvania Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources and Parkwood Civic Association to announce significant State funding to make improvements to Benjamin Rush State Park in Northeast Philadelphia. The $2.7 million in capital budget funding will go toward refurbishing the 275-acre undeveloped park, which has had no major renovations since its creation in 1975. Plans include a new entrance drive and sign on Southampton Road; a park gate; new parking spaces for the gardens, the model-airplane field, and walkers and bikers; a bicycle and pedestrian trail; hose ribs for the gardeners; a water and sewer system; and a comfort station. “These plans will help residents enjoy the wild splendor of our State Park while main-

STUDENTS at Gaithers Grade school support Mayor Michael Nutter’s Green Space announcement. into an opportunity – a chance to make our City a more attractive place to live, work and play for those who live here now as well as those we seek to attract in years to come.” Much of the land targeted for this initiative already is publicly owned and therefore SURROUNDED by three requires no public funds to ac- generations of his descenquire. The City also will rely dants, Rev. James A. Polon private partners like the lard, Sr. of Zion Baptist University of Pennsylvania, Church in Ardmore, Pa. celwhich has pledged to make ebrated 40 years of service in the new, 24-acre Penn Park ministry with a splendid proaccessible for public use, to gram at The Baptist Temple help reach the 500-acre goal on N. Broad Street Sunday, over the next five years. Oct. 10. Photo by Donald Terry

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They’re coming to Philadelphia by sea and land. The Naval Academy will send eight YPs to Philly for the Army-Navy Game. The crew size is approximately 100. The US Army Reserve will send the SS Frank S. Besson, Jr., a 273’ RO-RO. Her crew size is 40. The local welcoming committee will host a party for the USAR crew in Finnigan’s Wake Pub at 7 p.m. The BESSON has a 60’ beam, and two 2,000 hp engines to bring her up to 12.5 knot, with an 8,500 mile range – and 900 short tons of vehicles. Her namesake was a West Point Engineering Graduate who became the youngest BG in the Army. He pioneered the development of the steel-treadway bridge, an Army adoption of the Bailey Bridge – as well as many engineering innovations for the USA. He served with SHAPE in Iran for two years, and rebuilt and ran the Japanese railways after WW2. Tours of the ship will be announced.

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