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Council President Plays Mrs. Claus, Doc Proves Christmas Savior For Less-Fortunate South Philly Kids For Md.-Based Nuns’ Charity PARTNERING with CH2M Hill, an engineering firm, City Council President Anna C. Verna is joined by School Principals from her district who helped deliver bicycles and new coats to needy children. At far right is Chris Lawrence from CH2M Hill. More pictures page 38.

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A South Philadelphia heart surgeon saved Christmas for a group of Baltimore-based nuns this week. Dr. Nicholas DePace, a well-known cardiologist, is also an avid baseball-card collector. When Dr. DePace was told the School of Sisters of Notre Dame was out of pocket over $200, he came to the rescue. In November, the Sisters of Notre Dame, which is based in Baltimore, Md., hosted a fundraiser where it auctioned off a baseball rarity: a Honus

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Saving Your Christmas Santa on the Ave Santa will be making a couple of last-minute sleigh rides along E.Passyunk Avenue, seeking some stocking fillers from local stores, and dishing out a few candy canes to children along the way. Mr. Claus will be posing for photos tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at 1804 E. Passyunk Avenue; he will be dishing out to have candy canes for the kids. Organizers report you can use your own camera or purchase a photo package for $10-25. On Christmas Eve, Father (Cont. Page 2)

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Wagner baseball card. However, the winning bidder failed to stump up the $220,000 he had agreed to after winning the item in November. Dr. DePace surprised the organization this week when he wired the charity the $220,000 for the card, after the original bidder missed his deadline to pay for the cherished card. “I’m ecstatic about it.... I will argue that this Wagner (Cont. Page 2) (Cont. From Page 1)

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RELIGIOUS ACTIVIST Shawn Lawler of the South Philadelphia Prayer Community Center hosted the “3rd Annual Cry To Save South Philly” at Our Place Café, 19th & Snyder. Over 100 South Philadelphians braved frigid weather to attend, including Mike Verdi, James Cialella, Victor DeLuca, Divine Perez, Tony Carangi, Ray Seemans, Michelle Cialella, Nina DeLuca, Barbara Hughes and Patricia Williams.

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Doc Proves Christmas Savior For Md.-Based Nuns’ Charity (Cont. From Page 1) card is the most significant Wagner card because it's the American story about how people just get a baseball card and they hide it in the safe,” Dr. DePace said. “There’s a treasure there, and the treasure comes out, and now the treasure’s going to be shared with tens of thousands of people.” Dr. DePace has been collecting sports memorabilia for 30 years, and he’s a longtime client of Dallas-based Heritage Auctions. A staff member at the auction house reached out to him in early December after the winning bidder missed a 30-day deadline to purchase the card, and DePace agreed immediately to buy it. “God bless him,” said Sister Virginia Muller, the former treasurer of the School

Sisters of Notre Dame, who was entrusted with the card. The School Sisters of Notre Dame inherited their card from the brother of a deceased nun after he died earlier this year. It had been in the man’s possession since 1936 and was unknown to the sports memorabilia marketplace. It’s in poor condition, but collectors prize any Wagner card. The American Tobacco Co. ended production of the card shortly after it began. According to sports historians, Wagner was either upset about his image being used to promote tobacco products or the shortstop simply thought he wasn’t being paid enough. “The Flying Dutchman” played for 21 seasons, 18 of them with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He compiled a .328 career batting average and was

“THE FLYING DUTCHMAN” - The Honus Wagner card, produced as part of the T206 series between 1909 and 1911, is the most soughtafter baseball card in history. About 60 are known to exist, and one in near-perfect condition sold in 2007 for $2.8 million, the highest price ever for a baseball card. DePace paid $220,000 for his card.

one of the five original inductees into baseball’s Hall of Fame. Dr. DePace, a Catholic, said he was moved that the nuns planned to use the money for their schools and ministries for the poor in 35 countries and didn’t want to see them shortchanged. He bid on the card when it was auctioned but thought the price was too high. Now, he feels the price is more than fair.

Muller said the order wasn’t informed until Monday about the snag in the sale. She said she was surprised by the 11th-hour development but said Heritage Auctions handled the matter appropriately. “If we hadn’t received the money today, then I would have been concerned,” Muller said. “They went ahead and pursued someone else. There was no reason for us to know.” Dr. DePace’s vast memo-

rabilia collection includes game-worn uniforms of Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson and Wilt Chamberlain and a game ball from the 1958 NFL championship game between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants, known as “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” He plans to open a nonprofit museum next year in Collingswood, N.J. to showcase his holdings, and will display the card there.

Nina Trattoria Raises Bar On Fine Dining The 9th Street Market is alive and well! Businesses can be run from the same family for 100 years or can still be in their infancy. Nina’s Trattoria is located at the intersection of The Spice House and Anthony’s Coffee Shop. The owner, white-collar criminal lawyer Nick Nastasi is milling about in a white chef’s apron. Why would a successful attorney want to open a restaurant? “I have a passion for cooking, that’s why! At the height of my law practice ,I met the original owner of La Veranda, Roberto Centofanti,” said Nastasi. “He let me cook in his kitchen at night. I created a couple of things that were on his menu. I learned a lot of techniques

and learned a lot of sauces, and I brought that knowledge here plus I’ve been to Italy five times, and in my travels of Italy, I’ve visited every region and eaten in the finest restaurants. I have a vast experience with Italian foods and cooking. Because it’s been a passion of mine throughout my life, I’ve always wanted to have a restaurant.” Named after his mother, Nina, a nonagenarian who died in September, Nastasi said he has used some of her heritage in the kitchen. “Some of the recipes are hers or my Messina born grandmother’s,” Nastasi said. “It will say so on the menu; otherwise the recipes are the ones I’ve collected over the years.”

Nastasi said the menu is “authentically Italian.” He said, “It’s both classic and contemporary Italian. It’s not American-Italian, which is more like the meatballs and such. We will do a boneless skinless thigh, which we marinate and tastes much better when it’s fired on the open flame grill. Our steaks and meats are done on the grill. We have rabbit on the grill which is served with a papperdelli shaped pasta and ragu. We sell out every time. The grill is also used to do our radicchio.” So why did Nastasi pick Ninth Street as his location? “I like 9th Street. I know many of the merchants because I shop here. I looked at (Cont. Next Page)

Santa on Passyunk Avenue (Cont. From Page 1) Christmas will be giving out candy canes and stopping for photos along the avenue before from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, please call Renee Gillinger at (215) 336-1455.

Santa Claus will be making a quick stop on E. Passyunk tonight and again on Xmas Eve as well as the big Day itself.

WAITER Mr. Guido, Proprietor Nick Nastasi Esq., Chef Bill Wilson (not pictured is pasta chef Anuta Zedde). Photo by Maria Merlino

“WOWED” by Ed Coryell’s Carpenters Local 8 contribution of bikes, toys, and clothes for needy in her area is Franny Sowicz of Whitman Council, right. With her, from left, are Carpenters John Rowan, Will Liggins and Mike Pio.

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(Cont. From Page 2) this area for a property as opposed to Passyunk Avenue. I grew up in New Brunswick NJ and moved to Philly when I was 14. I chose 9th Street because I like it and I believe it’s coming back. This was the main drag for all the Italian immigrants. Not being born here, I learned the history of South Philly. My wife is from South Philly. My father-in-law, Judge Anthony DeFino, gave me my first job right out of law school. I was married at the time and his daughter Rose Marie married someone else; eventually we both divorced. It was a number of years before we got together. We’re now married 8½ years. We’re still like newlyweds and we always will be. That is how I feel about my wife. She’s extraordinary. She’s been a judge for 10 years and sits at homicide cases, which is the highest level of achievement on the bench for criminal matters. These are very serious cases. Next November, she’ll be up for another 10-year term.” With chef Bill Wilson, pasta chef Anuta Zedde, and wonderful waiter Mr. Guido to carry out the dream with him, Nastasi wants everyone to know you can call ahead to get what you want if it’s not on the menu, bring your own bottles of wine to drink, have parties of up to 50 people and “looks forward to being here and hope that all South Philly neighborhoods discover us.” Nina Trattoria 910 S 9th St. (215) 574-9995

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Our publisher has been wearing a button that says It’s OK to say, “Merry Christmas.” That basically is what this week’s edition has done ... not only in the saying and the writing, but in bringing you some of the efforts by our local elected and union officials to bring Christmas cheer to many needy youngsters and families. This, they have done with food, clothes, toys, and bicycle donations. Supporting many of them in their efforts were a host of private companies which donated money, staff, or the gifts themselves. These have been too numerous to mention, but we know who they are and, together with their elected officials, thank them. It is obvious we are heading into still-rougher and tougher times, not only economically, but on the world stage, where every step could be a misstep leading us to more military confrontations. So we also look to the Good Lord to help us as we move into the New Year. Our military has served us extremely well and we look for a time when we can move our service men and women away from the hundreds of outposts in which they find themselves throughout the world and bring them back home. To all our readers, our advertisers, our supporters, our political and union leaders, we wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and the best in the coming New Year. side Ave., Suite 5100E 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Jan. 27- Edward J. Lowry, founder of Phila. Veterans MultiService & Education Ctr., will be honored on reDec. 23- Phila. Young De- tirement at Waterfall Rm. in mocrats annual Holiday Plumbers Local 690 Union Mixer at Zesty’s Restaurant, Hall, 2791 Southampton Rd., 4382 Main St. in Manayunk, Cocktails 6-8 p.m., followed 6-10 p.m. by Tribute Program. Tickets Dec. 30- Friends of Coun- $65. Order by phone (215) cilman Curtis Jones, Jr., host 238-8050. Event Chair Ed year-end fundraiser “Curt Keenan, Board Chair Jim Ain’t Crying the Blues” at McNesby and Exec. Dir. Le Cochon Noir, 5070 Park- Marsha Four.

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No Angels I have been a volunteer anti-crime activist here in Philly and New York City for well over 34 years, advocating for victims of crime starting out back in 1977 under then-Mayor Frank Rizzo. Over those many years, I have seen the Guardian Angels come and go here in

Philly and other towns, including N.Y.C. It’s sad Curtis Sliwa has used a tragic concern of a serial criminal in Philadelphia or crime in Camden, N.J. in exploiting the concern to self promote his vigilante group and himself in front of the news media. When the concern is no longer newsworthy, Curtis Sliwa and the Guardian Angels move on to the next national newsworthy event, never fulfilling their commitment to the community regarding the original neighborhood crime concern. Philadelphia and Camden need local activists to sit down with officials on reducing crime and establishing realistic, community-based anti-crime programs, and in developing quality-of-life improvements that work. All other self-promoting persons and groups that choose to exploit crime concerns should not be permitted to sit at the community discussion table. Greg Bucceroni, Coordinator Crime Victim Services/Youth Violence & Crime Reduction Partnership

Local papers have been slamming the Sheriff’s Dept. big time in the past month or so – and for good reason. One recent Inquirer piece, “the high price of the city’s blight” brings to our attention another area of incompetence of the Department. “It takes the Philadelphia

Sheriff’s Department 10-25 years to put a tax-delinquent property up for sale,” according to John Carpenter Jr., deputy executive director of the Redevelopment Authority. “In other parts of the country it takes about three years,” he says. I find it appalling! Incredible, unbelievable, yes; but more so, it seems to border on misfeasance or, minimally, gross incompetence. While I don’t advocate throwing homeowners who are in dire financial straits out without a careful and thoughtful and humane process which would include making sure these people can be transited into some alternative housing, I do believe that this inordinate time frame undermines many of the communities that need the most help. It is clear this incompetence has added an unnecessary and expensive burden to the citizens of this city and also to the city’s image in general. And the damage it does to neighbors of properties uncared for, vacant and often left to deteriorate is a terrible burden to a community. As part of my platform for

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PRESIDENT REAGAN TO AMBASSADOR ANNENBERG (re: Energy Changing Form): "With Nicholas Nickleby's being canceled out of the Forrest Theater's season, the search is on for other attractions to fill in the time. One has been found: Tango Argentino, a surprise hit of last season on Broadway." --William B. Collins, Theater Critic, The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 15,1986

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ter for the good he did, for the service he wrought. I, for one, will dearly miss him.” His loyalty to his staff has also withstood the test of time. As leader of the 29th Ward, the key ward in his District, he knew full well whoever he wished to have succeed him in his seat would easily win the nomination and the election to succeed him. Through the test of time, spanning also almost four decades, working beside him and taking his orders was Michelle Brownlee. She is now the Representative-Elect for the 195th Dist. In January she takes office as his successor, fully committed to the type of community care forged by State Rep. Frank Oliver. A native-born Philadelphian, Oliver was elected to the House of Representatives in a special election on Nov. 6, 1973 and has since been elected to 18 successive terms. His tenure has led him to become the dean of the Philadelphia Caucus as well as one of the oldest serving members in the State House and the most senior African American elected official in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Oliver is a graduate of Dobbins Vocational School; former supervisor of the Food Service Division, Philadelphia Board of Education; a former Deputy Sheriff; a former electrician with the Philadelphia Welfare Dept.; lifetime Member of the NAACP; former Chairman for Democratic Registration in the City of Philadelphia; former interim President of the Emblem Club of the YMCA; and former Treasurer of the Model Cities Neighborhood Council #13. Rep. Oliver’s accomplishments in the General Assembly include serving as Chairman, House State Government Committee (1982-1995),

Chairman, House Health & Human Services (1995-present), Chairman, Pennsylvania Black Caucus (1981-1982), and Board Member, Pennsylvania Minority Business De-

velopment Authority. As Ward Leader of the 29th Ward in the City of Philadelphia, Oliver serves as Treasurer of the Democrat Party in the City of Philadel-

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Want to know the true worth of a man, then talk to the people to whom he gave orders. One who followed them for almost all the 38 years he spent as the Representative of the 195th Legislative Dist. in North Philadelphia was Karen Shaeffer, who was his key secretary in his Harrisburg office. She was asked to furnish the Philadelphia Public Record with a history of State Rep. Frank Oliver’s tenure through those years in Harrisburg. In the letter accompanying the huge packet of material she sent were these words: “What is not in this package, and which he kept under the radar, was the work he did to help the community grassroots groups that came to him to help them with their childcare programs, especially for those who labor to save children at risk. “Rep. Oliver sought to do whatever he could whenever someone asked him for help. He did a lot for people in ways not even recorded and was low-key, especially for an elected official. There is a lot here in this package, but a lot missing too because he is that kind of guy and it was all part of his job – to do whatever he could to help other people. That is what gave him real job satisfaction – helping people. “He loved it here in Harrisburg and loved the camaraderie of his colleagues and staff. He will be dearly missed. His bright smile lit up any room. His cornerstones were about the importance of respect and about honoring your word. He did his very best to abide by these standards. “To know Frank Oliver is to love Frank Oliver. He is a dear friend to many. “It has been a great honor, a joy and a real privilege working with him over the years. My life and many lives are bet-

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FRANK To Know Him OLIVER Is To Love Him

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He Brought In The Supermarkets (Cont. From Page 9) phia. He is the longest-serving African American member in the history of the State legislature and ranks as the senior Member in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. During his tenure, Representative Oliver has sponsored many key pieces of legislation. As Committee Chairman, he determined the success of hundreds of pieces of legisla-

STATE REP. Frank Oliver addresses concerned citizens rallying inside Main Capitol Building.

tion. Some of the issues Oliver addressed personally include initiatives that provided amendments to the Civil Service Act and Human Relations Act; enhancing 1st Amendment freedoms and affirmative-action benefits to women and minorities; legislation providing for community input and control concerning nuisance “Stop N Go’s”; community discretion in the transfer of liquor licenses; and legislation restricting the possession of firearms by anyone 17 and under. Oliver had legislation passed providing for calling cards for inmates to relieve family members and friends of the steep phone bills incurred for collect calls, and crafted legislation that increase penalties for violators of protection of abuse orders. He shepherded in Act 44 of 2003 which lifts the federal ban on individuals convicted of drug felonies from receiving government assistance. This important bill greatly strengthens the ability of the affected individuals to reunite with their

children after being released from prison, while also decreasing the incidence of these same persons’ violating parole, committing new crimes and being returned to prison. Pennsylvania Legal Services honored Oliver with the 2004 Award of Excellence for his work in the sponsorship and passage of this legislation. On a lighter side, Oliver was instrumental in establishing “Pennsylvania” as the State song and in deregulating professional wrestling. A long-lasting benefit to the citizens of his District and the entire City of Philadelphia is now enjoyed because Oliver took the first steps on a long journey that finally brought to inner-city communities the fresh fruit and other produce available through supermarkets. The supermarket chains had long redlined certain areas of the city. His journey ended when he introduced House Resolution 13 in January 2003 which called for an investigation and consideration of the problems

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contributing to the lack of supermarkets in urban areas and other underserved areas. The resolution sought to make supermarkets accessible to those communities lacking them. Oliver’s leadership led to economic-stimulus funds of $150 million designated for grants and loans for supermarket development in underserved areas. Since then, supermarkets have rapidly become the norm in those areas which were considered economically unfeasible. The poor can now get produce cheaper from these markets than through those mom-and-pop stores. Oliver’s service as the Democratic Chairman of the House Health & Human Services Committee set policy on matters of health and wellbeing. Much of its legislative production has benefitted Pennsylvanians. Oliver believes every Pennsylvanian should have access to highquality, affordable health care. He worked unceasingly to provide remedies to press-

ENJOYING friends and political peers, State Rep. Frank Oliver finds himself overwhelmed by turnout at retirement party held at the Chateau recently. ing matters of health care in honor and privilege to reprethe Commonwealth. sent the people of the 195th As with most families of Legislative Dist. Working political leaders, the intrusion with my colleagues in the into his family life over his House, and especially with years of public service has the residents, community convinced both Frank, Jr., groups, organizations and and Shawn, his two sons, to businesses of my legislative shy away from the political District, I believe I have made life. Patient and understand- a positive impact on our local ing through those years has community and on the State. been the woman behind the “As your legislator, I have man, Wilma Wooden. She tried to be a voice for those now has the free time to enjoy who are now always heard by their six grandchildren. lawmakers ... children in In his final legislative need, the poor, people who newsletter, Frank included a are mentally or physically farewell letter to his con- challenged and working famstituents. It reads in part: ilies who need health care and “It has been a tremendous (Cont. Page 17)


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OVER his 37 years in the State Legislature, State Rep. Frank Oliver always found time to host various groups and students from city and his district. With him at State Capitol in this picture were students and friends from Phila. Mennonite School.

REP. FRANK OLIVER A champion for 37 years We salute you!! --Rep. Jim Roebuck

STATE REP. FRANK OLIVER is all OFTEN State Rep. Frank Oliver found himsmiles as he hosted famed vocal group the self sitting beside Governor for the signing of Del-Phonics in Harrisburg. one of his bills which passed both houses.

Thank You Rep. Frank Oliver Rep. Oliver:

Thank you for all your service to the people of the 195th District and to the entire City of Philadelphia.

Rep. Frank Oliver

Councilman at Large, Bill Greenlee Democratic Leader, 15th Ward

Councilman Bill Greenlee

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STATE REP. FRANK OLIVER vacated his seat to make room for his longtime aide, now State Rep.Elect Michelle Brownlee. tee, Oliver directed legislation and oversaw the proposed regulations of the Pennsylvania Depts. of Health & Public Welfare and the Health Care Cost Containment Council, including all of the programs and agencies they supervise. In this post, he was able to get a study aimed at understanding the absence of supermarkets in urban areas, where residents have a high likelihood of suffering from poor nutrition and poor overall health. That study revealed the concerns of corporations that purchase parcels of land to use as supermarkets, as well as the

serious health concerns many urban residents face. These residents have had to shop at small corner stores selling high-priced, sodium-laden, pre-packaged food rather than fresh, nutritious foods. That study produced a series of recommendations and within months, the General Assembly passed and Gov. Ed Rendell signed into law an economic-stimulus package that provides financial assistant to urban and rural supermarkets in underserved areas. Pennsylvania became the first State to create such a development program, authorizing $150 million for planning grants, loans, construction, machinery and equipment purchases for building supermarkets in urban communities. There are many more achievements under Rep. Oliver’s belt. He is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, which was formed during his freshman year in the House. He has helped PLBC grow to where

today it serves as an information and advocacy vehicle to advance the interests of Pennsylvania’s African American, Latino and other minority citizenry. Oliver helped create the House Drug & Alcohol Treatment Caucus to provide a stronger voice for adequate and increased State funding for alcohol- and drug-addiction treatment, educate fellow lawmakers and the public on the issues surrounding drug and alcohol addiction, and act as resource for legislators and other groups working to provide drug and alcohol treatment recovery initiatives in their communities. When asked why the caucus, Frank responds, “A unified voice can make a positive difference and that is what this caucus will aim to provide.” Oliver has been responsible for several other laws that improve people’s lives. He wrote a law that exempts felony ex-offender mothers, who have been convicted on drug charges from the federal ban on welfare,

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(Cont From Page 10) other services to raise a healthy family. I am proud of my many legislative accomplishments in this area. “In our District, I have focused on providing prompt and effective assistance to the many constituents who come to me seeking help with state related problems and other issues. I have worked closely with local businesses and civic and community groups to improve various neighborhoods and business corridors in the District. “The job of a State Representative is diverse and challenging, but most of all, rewarding. I have found that you can make a difference if you are focused on serving other people and improving our Commonwealth. That has been my goal throughout my legislative career. “I would like to thank you all for supporting my work in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and my efforts in the community.” As chairman of the Health & Human Services Commit-

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Rep. Frank Oliver: Honored By Both Chambers

HISTORIC Black history picture is this one with State Rep. Frank Oliver and other famous former State legislators. cash assistance and food collect-call their families, for stamps. He also authored a which a hiring rate was law that allows inmates to charged by the telephone keep in touch with their fami- companies. His law changed lies without having to make the prison phone system so costly collect calls. Before the Corrections Dept. could this law, inmates could only (Cont. Page 19)

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forefront of the effort to retain physicians within the Commonwealth, who were fleeing the state because of ever-increasing insurance rates and diminishing payments by the third-party insurance companies. Through his efforts, many businesses have received State aid, permitting them to continue providing jobs in his district and elsewhere. He also initiated the legislation making the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King a State holiday. His achievements were recognized by Congressman Chaka Fattah, who honored him for his service in the Congressional Record. It reads in part: “State Rep. Frank Oliver is to be honored for his outstanding service and invaluable dedication to the people of the 195th Legislative Dist. of the State of Pennsylvania. “Mr. Oliver recommended a study on ways to improve urban public health, specifically investigating the lack of supermarkets in urban areas. Within months of the study’s completion, the General Assembly passed and Gov. Rendell signed into law an economic-stimulus package that will provide financial assistance to urban and rural supermarkets in underserved areas. Pennsylvania is the first State to create a statewide supermarket-directed development program of this kind. “Also notable in his legislative career is Mr. Oliver’s ‘Healthier Women Today for a Better Tomorrow’ initiative. The plan calls for expansion of family leave, strengthening of domestic violence funding for community outreach to at-

risk families with young children, and providing access to treatment options for breast and cervical cancer. “Rep. Oliver’s extensive legislative accomplishments are a testament to his unwavering commitment to the causes of the residents of the city of Philadelphia and the State of Pennsylvania. For that reason, I am proud to recognize his accomplishments here in the US House of Representatives.”

The State Senate, with Sen. Shirley Kitchen as prime sponsor and signed by all the members of the State Senate Philadelphia caucus, also recognized the work of Rep. Frank Oliver and presented to him a congratulatory resolution, recognizing him for his work in the House, as well as his participation in the community as a lifetime member of the NAACP, his presidency of the Emblem Society of the YMCA, Treasurer of Model

Cities Neighborhood Council 13, Board Member of the Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority, and Treasurer of the Democrat City Committee in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia members of the Pennsylvania Black Leaders Conference joined Oliver to honor him at a Farewell dinner at the Chateau in Northeast Philadelphia on Nov. 27. The event was attended by




37 years of Strong Leadership in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Sincere Commitment to the Citizens of the Commonwealth


Hard Work on Behalf of the People of the City of Philadelphia


A JOB WELL DONE! ATTENDING State Rep. Frank Oliver’s retirement party were former State Rep. and Councilman John White and State Rep. Jewell Williams.

a Who’s Who in political history, including Congressmen Bob Brady and Chaka Fattah, Former State Rep. William DeWeese, PLBC chairman State Rep. Ronald G. Waters and a number of State legislators. Mistress of Ceremony was attorney Crystal B. Powell. Rev. Robert Lovett, of Wayland Temple Baptist Church, gave the invocation and former legislator and Councilman John White, Jr. sang a tribute.

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(Cont. From Page 17) consider alternate methods of billing for the calls. Oliver fought hard and often succeeded in fighting attempts to cut funding for drug and alcohol treatment programs and to increase funding for law enforcement efforts. Within his District, he has held countless workshops aimed to educate residents on health and safety issues, using senior fairs, free flu vaccinations, anti-violence events and free gun locks. He was the key supporter for Berean Institute, the oldest existing academic trade school for minorities. His legislative history is rich. A sample of his efforts included legislation establishing a kinship care program, identification tags for care provides, making sure addicted children would get care regardless of their refusal, fought increased bank fees, establishing a positive point system for drivers who have safety records up to 10 points. He was the leader in battling stop-and-go shops that served beer, giving the Liquor Control Board more power to stop their transfers without community support. He helped bring about the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP. Another accomplishment of his, the Tuition Account Program, allows parents or individuals to purchase tuition credits for future enrollment at Pennsylvania State-owned or State-run colleges or universities at current tuition rates, received his fullest support. Always concerned about the health of all Pennsylvanians, Oliver has been in the

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Rep. Oliver Leaves Rich History Of Legislation

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Congratulations Rep. Frank Oliver On Your 37 Years In Public Service.

You are indeed a servant of the people of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania and your 195 District. Marion Wimbush Working Families PAC

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Yo! Here we go again with this question – and this is a question about a Christmas carol that has always baffled me. What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who will not come out of the peartree have to do with Christmas? This answer was shared with me by one of my readers and I found it interesting and enlightening. Doing some research on the internet, I now know how the strange song became a Christmas carol. Like it or not, Christmas is a religious holiday. But in days of old, they did not have “politically correct” protests. The penalties that were inflicted for breaking the rules were quite severe. From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone (no one knows for sure) during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for you Catholics. It has two levels of meaning – the surface meaning and a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has code words for a religious reality which the children could remember: The Partridge in a Peartree was Jesus Christ. Two Turtle Doves were the Old and New Testaments. Three French Hens stood for Faith, Hope and Love. The Four Calling Birds were the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The Five Golden Rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Bible. The Six Geese a-Laying stood for the Six Days of Creation. Seven Swans a-swimming represented the Sevenfold Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of the Lord). The Eight Maids a-Milking were the Eight Beatitudes. Nine Ladies Dancing were the Fruits of the Spirit (Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control). The Ten Lords a-Leaping were the Ten Commandments. The Eleven Pipers Piping stood for the Eleven Faithful Disciples. The Twelve Drummers Drumming symbolized the Twelve Points of Belief in the Apostles’ Creed. Now this history lesson is finished. I hope I have brought you some information on this beautiful carol and that when you hear it, you will know the hidden meaning of it. Merry Christmas.

As the second term of GOV. ED RENDELL draws to a close, the speculation is underway as to what his future will be. It is unlikely that he will go back to the private sector, since he seems committed to public service. Although he backed HILLARY CLINTON in 2008, he would be a valuable addition to the Obama cabinet. His service as Governor gave him eight years of training in the area of administration, health, education and welfare, and employment. It seems unlikely that if he does go with the Obama Administration, he would seek a position in the Attorney General’s Office for two reasons. One, he would expect to lead the Department. Two, his interest lies more in human resources that in administration of criminal justice and civil litigation of the Justice Department. Some people suggest he might become a “talking head,” political or sports. Any bets? Whoever the Republicans pick for their presidential candidate for 2012, it goes without saying the Democrats will have BARACK OBAMA. Obama is undoubtedly an outstanding public speaker. He is highly intellectual and can maintain his self-control in a heated argument. The fact is the Democrats have the best speaker and probably his opponent will be not as equipped intellectually or as far as experience is concerned as Obama. Does that make any difference? The Democrats had an outstanding public speaker with a lot of experience in government with ADLAI STEVENSON. The Republicans had, in DWIGHT EISENHOWER, a speaker who was inclined to get lost in his syntax but who was twice elected, despite great disparity between speaking skills of Democrats and Republicans. The Pennsylvania Society’s Annual Dinner appeared to show a dropoff in Democratic politicians. Many familiar faces from the past were missing. However, President of the Local 98 of the Electricians Union JOHN DOUGHERTY was there, as well has his principal aide BOBBY HENON. STATE SEN. MIKE STACK and his wife TONYA were there as usual. A new face in the person of STATE REP. MIKE McGEEHAN was seen, as were BOBBY DELLAVELLA, ward leader in the 55th Ward; JOHN SABATINA, ward leader in the 56th Ward; long-time Democrat RICHARD SAND and his wife CATHY; former STATE SEN. BOB ROVNER with his wife CHERRI; and TOM & KATHY LEONARD. National political commentator CHRIS MATTHEWS and his brother JIM MATTHEWS, County Commissioner in Montgomery Co., were those among the crowd as well as well-known tax (Cont. Page 50)

I was all set to write this really upbeat Christmas column. I love Christmas and think that of all of the holidays, it’s the most magical. But on Monday, the day that I usually write Out and About, my life underwent a change that has made my heart too heavy to even think about Christmas right now. Of all of the jobs that I’ve had as a reporter, the one that I hated the most was covering the night police beat. I hated doing that because it’s very rarely any fun. When you’re asked to write about the goings on with the Police Dept., there’s always some kind of mayhem going on. Someone’s been hurt. Or been shot. Or anything else that makes going home, relaxing and forgetting about it next to impossible. I thought about that on Monday as I found myself looking at the website for the Trentonian, possibly one of the worst tabloid newspapers in the country. There was a story about a car accident on I-95 in which an 18-wheeler hit a Chevy. While the truck driver walked away, the person in the car died later that day in Trenton’s Capital Health Center. There were pictures of the car, the damage to the car, and a picture of the victim: a smiling young man in a New York Yankees cap. That smiling young man was my nephew, Phelan. He was killed in that car accident. He was 36. As a journalist, I had no problem with the coverage. It was a bad accident that closed a section of I-95 to traffic for 40 minutes. I’d be surprised if the pictures didn’t hit the papers. But as an aunt, I wasn’t happy. Had I been sent out to cover this accident, it would have been the last story I’d ever write. Why? Because to ask me to come back to work after seeing someone that I love that much involved in something like this would have been it for me. I couldn’t continue to love the job if I had to write about stuff like this all the time. I usually don’t write about my family because you really don’t want to know about them, or about me for that matter. You want to know about politics in Philadelphia’s African American community. But like me, Phelan was a part of that community. He came here when he moved out of his parent’s house. He hung out here. He was an up-and-coming DJ here. He hung out with me here. (Cont. Page 50)

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SNOOPER’S WORLD NEWS BUREAU: Let’s go to BURKINA FASO in WEST AFRICA. They just finished up on their LIBERATION DAY PARADE, it was held on their 50th ANNIVERSARY. Hold it, I just learned there were only 25 AMERICANS who marched in this fantastic parade, and KEITH MANGAM of PHILADELPHIA was one these Americans. I’m sure by now his wonderful parents LINDA & BOB MANGAM (Mom & Dad) are so proud of him, along with his Sister KRISTIN. I was also told KEITH, a volunteer member of THE PEACE CORPS will be in WEST AFRICA for another year – maybe more! SNOOPER’S SPECIAL MESSAGE: (Kensington & Frankford) I know how scared all of you are and, I’m told, very concerned regarding the infamous “KENSINGTON STRANGLER”. I agree with the Police, someone in the neighborhood knows who this creep is, and this person should do “the right thing” and GIVE HIM UP. I would also tell the neighbors to get this scumbag; we need the cooperation of each and every one of you. Be on the lookout for him, and please, do not do anything stupid, because he is very dangerous. Do not try to capture him by yourself. I am pleading with all of you TOGETHER we can get this scumbag off our streets. Hopefully this menace will be caught very soon; maybe TODAY is the DAY! SNOOPER’S CITY HALL “ROUNDUP”: Boss they’re having CHRISTMAS PARTIES all over this place. We told you earlier about the party thrown by HON. JOSEPH EVERS, the Prothonotary, and what a party it turned out to be! I went to another party over at 34 S.11th Street; this one was a Christmas Party for all the employees of The PHILADELPHIA MUNICIPAL COURT. Yes, as expected, many of their JUDGES came to join in on the festivities. The President Judge, HON. MARSHA NEIFIELD, together with HON. BRAD MOSS and, I must tell you, the former President Judge “Emeritus”, HON. ALAN K. SILBERSTEIN, was not there, because he had prior commitments. Naturally, many of their employees told me, they missed HON. MORT KRASE, who recently passed away. A great guy! SNOOPER’S “UPDATE”: I spoke to one of ‘my sources’ at The Pension Board, and they told me what I have been told by others, who know the D.R.O.P. PROGRAM, and what it is all about as far as City Employees are concerned. One thing for sure, as I’ve been told: It’s our City Officials who are responsible for all ‘the bad publicity’ given THE D.R.O.P. PROGRAM. These people should NOT be allowed to participate in this program. Take a look (Cont. Page 50)

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tive experience to bear for a better production of positive legislation in City Council. The early moves by both parties could well determine the outcome of this election. But no matter how the sides shape up, if both parties live up to their reputations as hard workers, this will be a close election.

City and judicial positions need to know they must have their party’s registered with the City Commissioners at its Delaware & Spring Garden office. They need to do well before the Feb. 15 date by which nominating petitions can be circulated. Final date for petitions to be returned to the City Commissioners in City Hall is Mar. 8.

Special Election Set For 185th District

What’s On Joe Sestak’s Mind?

Feb. 1 is the day set for the special election in the 185th Legislative Dist. to fill the vacancy created by the death of State Rep. Robert Donatucci (D-S. Phila.). Endorsed by the Democrats is the former legislator’s wife, Maria Donatucci. The Republicans have given their nod to Lew Harris, leader of the 29th Republican Ward.

He’s either 100% sincere and not a politician, or he’s a politician with 100% savvy be-

hind everything he does. That’s the question being asked as Congressman Joe Sestak crosses the state, appearing in several places in Philadelphia to say “thank you”. The stops were at places he had visited when campaigning. He’s not saying anything about future plans, but is just talking up the problems he’s leaving behind in D.C. But the cynics are wondering if there is a master political plan behind this gigantic effort traversing the state.

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(Cont. From Page 6) the Northeast. His support was key to the election of Kevin Boyle to the State House, unseating long time Republican representative and former speaker John Perzel. McGeehan has been, along with Krajewski, a key force behind the Mayfair MARC, the Major Artery Revitalization Committee, as well as joining Councilwoman Joan Krajewski in the formation of the vaunted CLIP program. It’s not should McGeehan declares, but when he declares. We predict this to become an intensely fought campaign. Bednarek feels he’s been loyal to a fault, and now is the time for him to take his business and leadership acumen to City Council. McGeehan, who has worked patiently to build a larger base than his District in the 6th Dist. Council, equally feels he can bring his legisla-

VIPs attending Marty Bednarek’s Council campaign announcement included Commission Chair Marg a r e t Tartaglione, daughter Sen. Tina Tartaglioneand former Congressman Bob Borski.

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Khyber Pass: take your mouth down South by Len Lear I can remember the days when a bare-bones neighborhood bar was a place where they did not have much in the way of food except for hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches and fries — and sometimes you were afraid to eat those, because you might see some multi-legged creatures who wanted to share your meal but without paying for it. In recent years, however, there has been an explosion in the city of gastropubs — bars that also serve darned good, sophisticated food from talented executive chefs you would expect to find on Walnut Street’s Restaurant Row. Just a few gastropubs that are really kicking butt are Smokin’ Betty’s on Washington Square West; Swift Half Pub and Abbaye in Northern Liberties; Memphis Taproom in Port Richmond; Sidecar and Pub & Kitchen in the Graduate Hospital area; and Devil’s Den,

Royal Tavern and Ugly American in South Philly. The latest addition to this pantheon of pub protagonists is Khyber Pass Pub, 56 S. 2nd Street, which opened on Nov. 18. This will no doubt sound strange to frequenters of Old City who have seen the name Khyber Pass Pub before. In fact, the building has been a bar since the 1850s. It was even open as a speakeasy during Prohibition. It was named Khyber Pass Pub in the early ’70s under the baton of Serrill Headley, who owned it until 1987. Headley had been married to a Pakistani diplomat and moved with him to Pakistan. She hated living in Pakistan, though, and according to the current co-owner, Stephen Simons, “She eventually left her husband and escaped across the Khyber Pass into Afghanistan. She named the bar after a moment of freedom.” Simons’ brother, David, reopened Khyber in 1988. “I worked here, managing the bar and booking bands, until 1991,” said Stephen, “and the

person who took over my job was Dave Frank, who is now my business partner. We bought Khyber Pass Pub in 1997 and christened it The Khyber. Dave Frank and I also own Cantina Dos Segundos, Royal Tavern and Cantina Los Caballitos.” There was live music at Khyber since the 1970s, and for the last two decades it was a rock ’n roll bar, but earlier this year the owners pulled the plug on the music. “There are a lot of reasons why we stopped having music,” explained Simons. “Probably the largest factor was the changing nature of Old City. Punk rock and indie rock clubs often fall victim to gentrification.” Another likely reason was the influx to Old City of “Jersey Shore” types. The owners closed The Khyber for a short renovation and reopened it last month with more emphasis on good vittles and a huge selection of microbrews. They added eight more taps and two beer engines; they expanded and revamped the bottled beer list and added a bunch of bourbons as well. There is a spectacular old

bar in one room and a no-frills dining room in the other with a clever road-sign chalkboard beer list, tin ceiling, hardwood floors and tables, beer signs on the wall and long church pewlike benches against the walls. The new kitchen at Khyber Pass Pub features regional Southern favorites like fried chicken, po-boys, gumbos, briskets and pork butts smoked for 12-14 hours, as well as burgers, fries, wings, chili and other American bar foods. Vegans and vegetarians also have options such as grilled vegan sausage sandwiches, fried green tomatoes and vegan barbecued pulled pork. Salads are $6 to $10; ap-

Len Lear petizers are mostly $3 to $7; sandwiches $10 to $11; side dishes $3 or $4 and entrees $14 to $18. The chef is Mark McKinney, who previously impressed us big-time at Vesuvio and Cantina Dos Segundos in South Philly.

We absolutely loved the rich, spicy, meaty gumbo, homemade cole slaw, barbecued pork ribs with three sauces (the Kansas City-style sauce was drool-worthy), macaroni and cheese and the chicken wings sampler, also with three sauces. The spicy foods in particular go down easy with a Franziskaner ($5.50), a German beer similar in flavor to Blue Moon, and the Yards Stout ($5), a more muscular, full-bodied, dark brew. During Happy Hour (4-6 p.m.), you can get a pitcher of beer for just $10. For more information, call (215) 238-5888 or visit

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, January 18, 2011. A nonrefundable fee for each set of bid documents is as scheduled. The School District will only accept bids from companies that have been placed on its current Pre Qualified Contractors List as shown at All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications. BUDGET FEE B-830 (C) of 2005/06 General Contract General P. Kearny $4,000,000.00 $ 500.00 Multi Purpose building 601 Faimount Ave. *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on January 7, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. BUDGET FEE B-831 (C) of 2005/06 HVAC Contract General P. Kearny $1,000,000.00 $ 500.00 Multi Purpose building 601 Faimount Ave. *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on January 7, 2011 at 9:00 a.m

BUDGET FEE B-832 (C) of 2005/06 Plumbing Contract General P. Kearny $500,000.00 $ 500.00 Multi Purpose building 601 Faimount Ave. *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on January 7, 2011 at 9:00 a.m FEE BUDGET B-833 (C) of 2005/06 Electrical Contract General P. Kearny $600,000.00 $ 500.00 Multi Purpose building601 Faimount Ave. *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on January 7, 2011 at 9:00 a.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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Sonja Thomas is a long-time resident of Philadelphia. Sonja Thomas was raised in South Philadelphia. She currently lives in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Business from Penn State University. She has one son and one daughter. Sonja Thomas is an active member in the following organizations: Salvation Army, The Arc of Philadelphia PDDC, Women’s Way, Stop Diabetes, AIDS Services in Asian Communities. Every year, Ms. Thomas is involved in the community organizing events to benefit the community. She reaches out to the community with the following events: Sickle Cell, Health Fairs, Christmas give-

Sonja Thomas actively helps the community by providing Housing Counseling, Rental Counseling, Utility Assistance, and assisting the Business Community. Her services are provided in her office where she helps individuals one-on-one. Sonja Thomas held the position of director of housing at the Korean Community Development Services Center (KCDSC), where she was a professional housing/credit counselor/employment specialist with a proven record of leadership. In this position, she utilized her professional training, and her long experience in business management. Mrs. Thomas offers a combination of management, strategic planning, development, and communication skills. She has many years of business experience, coupled with a Bachelor of Arts in International Business from Penn State University, where she focused on financial management. Her background and her career in social services are some attributes she possesses. She is highly experienced in all areas of housing for first-time homebuyers. Specific areas of expertise include: 1. Attaining all required approvals

and establishing credit lines 2. Helping clients with her welldeveloped oral and written communication skills 3. Utilizing highly developed negotiating skills 4. Creating common sense approach to problems 5. Acting as a liaison with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, other governmental entities and private lenders This position provided Mrs. Thomas with an ideal opportunity to combine her professional experience in business management with the realm of politics. Mrs. Thomas’ extensive political involvement has sharpened her knowledge of volunteers and their needs, but also her abilities to organize and manage information. For five years,she has planned and organized community events in collaboration with various organizations, service providers and church groups, which included prominent local politicians and business people. She participated in more than forty political campaigns, raised funds, and managed ‘paper trails’ for numerous elections. The image of the political world is stimulating and this work environment has caught and held her attention. This, in addition to her other qualifications, makes Mrs. Thomas particularly well suited for the world of politics. Additionally, over the past sixteen years she has worked in several positions within organizational management. In each position she enjoyed and performed best in the areas of planning and program development.

Mrs. Thomas is well spoken, energetic, confident, and personable, the type of person on whom you will rely. She also has a wide breadth of experience of the type that makes her flexible. She can be placed in a number of contexts with confidence. The level of excellence expected will be met. In most situations decisions must be made within the context of larger business constraints. Throughout her career Mrs. Thomas has strived to keep business issues in the forefront, be it as a housing/credit counselor/employment specialist, working professionally with homebuyers and lenders, or as housing director, allocating resources and prioritizing enhancements to meet strategic objectives. Focusing on business imperatives is a core value of mine, one that Mrs. Thomas brings to every project on which she works. Focusing on Olney, East and West Oak Lane, Summerdale, Oxford Circle, Castor Gardens, Burholme,Rhawnhurst, Fox Chase, Cresentville, Lawncrest, Lawndale, Feltonville and Logan

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Mayor Michael Nutter is shown cutting ribbon with attorney/activist Michael Coard to celebrate the opening of the Presidents House.

The Voice of Angela Murphy

Angela Murphy believes that there is a difference between surviving and enduring. Surviving has victory as an aftermath and when you endure there is no end. Ms. Murphy is an author and motivational

speaker. The title of her book is Crossover to Healing, in it she shares her story involving abuse, neglect, and rejection. What makes her story/book unique is how she takes you on a journey through poetry and captivates the reader with her openess and simplicity as she bears her heart. Angela has been enriching the lives of children as a preschool teacher and for the last 7 years as a foster/ adoptive parent. Over the past 15 years Ms. Murphy has taught preschool at Blair Christian Academy, Children of Promise, All About Kids and has also operated a home day care. She has shared her story

via radio with such personalities as Bill Anderson (WURD-AM) and Patty Jackson (WDAS-FM) and with various blogtalk personalities such as Dedan Tolbert and Bro. Marcus - Elements of Inspiration. As a motivational speaker Ms. Murphy has shared her story with Gaudenzia house for women, New Direction for Women and a host of other womens groups. She has also hosted booksignings in and around the Philadelphia area at various venues and in Maryland, Delaware and New York. Angela believes that though the pain is evident, and the journey is inevitable, the healing is totally attainable!!

SURVIVE OR ENDURE Survive pain. Endure pain WHY? What good is a painful experience? Why can’t we just skip it? What doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger. WHAT?? I have survived awful pain! I don’t feel stronger! Stronger than who? Or what? I feel weak and afraid. I feel weak from the battles and afraid that they’re not over. Why should anyone survive? And why not give up? Maybe I am not yet a survivor. I have stayed alive. I’ve continued on, and I have lasted through. Does that mean I have survived? What about the scars, the bruises and the brokeness? Have I survived? Or have I merely endured??

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Bryant Baptist Church History

The Bryant Baptist Church was founded in 1942 at 601 South 17th Street. At that time the late Reverend Willie Livingston began his struggle to find a building. 1428-30 Bainbridge Street later became our church home. When the Founder Reverend Livingston’s health began to fail, he called upon the Reverend Samuel Walker to act as PastorElect during his illness. His constant prayer was that he lives to see the laying of the cornerstone and dedication, and then he would be satisfied. God granted him his wish. Reverend Walker was installed as Pastor of Bryant after the passing of Reverend Livingston. He served from 1955-1960.

under his leadership the mortgage wasburned. During the thirty years that Reverent Muldrow served as our pastor a number of new auxiliarieswere formed: The Muldrow Gospel Chorus, the Nurses Unit, the #2 Choir, the Rosebud Chorus, and the Progressive Club. He served faithfully and well, and our membership grew. In 1986, Reverend Muldrow’s health began to fail; but God raised good ministers in this church to carry on in his stead: Reverends Leroy Scott, Jr., and Phil Eric Jenkins and later Reverend Emma Kelly. And in November 1991, God called Reverend Muldrow from labor to reward. In 1990, Reverend Lee Jones became Pastor. Her served until 1995 and later resigned. Reverend Leroy Scott, Jr., during those years, in humility and patience, standing steadfast and always abounding in the Will of God, was called to Pastor the Bryant Baptist Church. He was installed in June 1996.

In May of 1960, Reverend James Muldrow was called from New York City and installed to pastor our church and under his leadership two buildings were torn down and the church was extendedto Kenilworth Street, and also

Our former Pastor, Reverend Leroy Scott, Jr., is one of the original sons of the church. Along with his leadership, patience, and the help of his associate ministers: Dr. Velma Shelby-Crawford, Lionel Waters, Leroy and Dorothy Scott, III; Shirley

Davis, Dr. Doris Wilcher; and recently Mark and Tracey Cannon, and lastly, Omar Epps, our church continues to grow spiritually. In 2003, Bryant at 1428 Bainbridge Street was sold and was relocated at 1415 Wharton Street in the Mount Hebron Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. We remained there for three years,

moving into our present location on March 25, 2007. We have been truly blessed in finding our new location, on May 4, 2008, ReverendD. Omar Epps was installed as Pastor and under his leadership, the church has grown spiritually well as in number.

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Prothonotary Joe Evers Hosts Annual Christmas Party

PHILA. Prothonotary Joe Evers hosted CITY COMMISSIONER Joseph Duda finds Annual Christmas party inside of the Law himself in good company alongside Joseph Evers Library at City Hall. Joining him were JUDGES ESTHER SYLVESTER and and Stanley Chmielewski. Alex Bonavitacola join host Joe Evers. Charles Mapp and Frank Talent .

STAFF who helped put Prothonotary Christmas party together: Kristin Wojnar, Joseph Evers, Stanley Chmielewski, Debbie Dailey and Elaine Ratliff.

Howling At Wolfe’s Party

REPUBLICANS and neighbors got together for a rip-snorting Christmas Party at home of 27th Ward Leader Matt Wolfe in University City.

HOST Matt Wolfe, right, welcomes attorney Michael Untermeyer, who is planning a run for City Council.

COLUMNIST Adam Lang, right, was glad to meet 22nd Ward Chair Carol Mack (due to a disputed election, her ward has rival sets of officers).

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N.E. PHILA. DEMOCRATIC WARD Leaders Bob Dellavella and Bill Dolbow join Cheryl Perzel, seated, and City Commissioner candidate Republican Ward Leader Chris Vogler at his fundraiser in Mayfair last weekend.

CITY COMMISSIONER candidate Chris Vogler is flanked by Republican City Committee Chairman Vito Canuso, Carl Ciglar and Jim Hoch during Christmas party funder at SmokeEaters on Frankford Avenue.

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Merry Christmas

From The Veteran Boxers Association

Northwood Civic Association President Barry Howell, leg- Welcoming Port Richmond boxer Kelly Ryan to VBA Old friends catch up as Veteran Boxers Associations endary Philly boxer Stanley “Kitten” Hayward, and Christmas Party is Veteran Boxers Associations President board member Fred Druding, Jr. greets North Philly boxing trainer Billy Briscoe at VBA Christmas Party. Philadelphia Regional Port Authority’s Mark Piotrowski Charley Sgrillo. were all on hand for the VBA Christmas Party.

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ENJOYING festivities at Phila. Regional Port Authority gathering were Senior Deputy Executive Director Robert Blackburn and Mrs. Michael Linton.

PORT SHOP talk kept these three stakeholders busy. From left are Walt Vogler, PRPA Board Member and Teamster leader Shawn Dougherty, and Delaware River Stevedores Robert Palaima.

PORT SHOP talk kept these three stakeholders busy. From left are Walt Vogler, PRPA Board Member and Teamster leader Shawn Dougherty, and Delaware River Stevedores’ Robert Palaima.

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WELCOMING RCC Chairman Vito Canuso to annual Port Gathering at PRPA headquarters, is Executive Director James T. McDermott and his wife Susan.

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PRPA Hosts Port Gathering

PRPA staffers enjoying gathering included Barbara Coleman, Emily Green, Joe Menta, Martha Brennan and Tummona Fisher. DEPENDABLE Distributors Harvey Weiner, king of the cocoa bean, share a moment with Judges Bob Mulgrew and Matt Carrafiello. POLITIC A L TALK was obviously on agenda of John Egan, Sen. Joe Loeper and Rep. Bill Keller.

Fresh Fruit For Your Christmas Table

OFFICIALS of Phila. Regional Port Authority and steamship line CSAV welcomed first Chilean fruit vessel of season to PRPA’s Tioga Marine Terminal on Monday. From left are PRPA Senior Deputy Executive Director Robert C. Blackburn, PRPA Director of Marketing Sean Mahoney, Captain Andrés Montecinos of CSAV and PRPA Executive Director James T. McDermott, Jr. Tioga Terminal, operated by Delaware River Stevedores, is the Port’s prime destination for quality fruits. “With a healthy, productive fruit season on the horizon, and imminent opening of new Phila. Produce Market, now more than ever Phila. will be the major US center for imported fruit,” said McDermott.

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Burbage Aims For 3rd Cohen Seeks Council Hughes And Friends Pack World Café

ALICIA BURBAGE, who has demonstrated leadership at Christian Street YMCA, has already assembled a team of supporters behind her at Mill Creek Tavern in W. Phila. for run for 3rd Dist. Council position.

SHERRIE COHEN, center, attorney and progressive activist, announced her second run for City Council at large last evening at a crowded reception at William Way Center in Center City. With her was her mother, former Councilman Florence Cohen, seated, who held her husband David Cohen’s seat after his death. If Sherrie wins, she will be first Council Member both of whose parents preceded her in that chamber.

SHERYL LEE RALPH and her husband State Sen. Vincent Hughes speak at their annual holiday charity fundraiser held at World Café Live last night. Photos by Robert Mendelsohn


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AMONG HUNDREDS of socialites who turned out for an evening of entertainment in a good cause were, from left, State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, School Superintendent Arlene Ackerman and Council Majority Leader Marian Tasco.

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(Cont. From Page 21) So, I will tell you the following about Phelan Eugene Smith. He loved music. Music was the one constant in his life. He played a variety of instruments and played music at parties around the Tri-State area. He loved to listen to music and knew what good

music sounded like, something he would often share with his aunt. He also wrote music reviews for a time. He was planning on coming to Drexel or Temple to study music production. I was trying really hard to push him toward my alma mater so the two of us would have just one more thing in common. And most importantly, he is possibly the only person in

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my family, including myself, that no one had an unkind word for. Phelan was a beautiful soul whose smile was a constant. When I went on his Facebook page to see where the Trentonian got the picture they used on the Internet, I found tributes to him that said he was a faithful friend, a good surrogate brother, a talented musician, a Los Angeles Lakers fan (okay, so he wasn’t perfect) and someone who would go the extra mile for anyone. I loved seeing that. It doesn’t do anything to take the pain away, but I loved seeing that he was so loved by so many. Next week, I’ll be sharing my annual Year-In-Review column. One thing I can already say about 2010 is it was another year where people

that should be here no longer are. Of all of them, this one hurts the most. Goodbye Phelan. I’ll miss

you for the rest of my life. But I thank you for giving me the honor of being your aunt for 36 years.

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good time was had by all who attended this celebration!

(Cont. From Page 21) attorney JOE MEO and former head of the Philadelphia Stock The Family Court Staff had its usual successful Christmas Party at Finnigan’s Wake. Among those in attendance were JUDGE KEVIN DOUGHERTY, GLENN BOZZACCO, ESQ., ROBERTA TROMBETTA, JUDGES ROBERT REBSTOCK and PAUL PANEPINTO, CHIEF JUSTICE RON CASTILLE, JUDGES DONNA WOELPPER, LISETTE SHIRDAN-HARRIS and ANGELES ROCA, and MARIO D’ADAMO. A

Council President Mrs. Claus COUNCIL President Anna Verna checks out knitted caps and woolen coats to be given to needy youngsters in time for Christmas.

THANKING Chris Lawrence, of CH2M Hill’s Chris Lawrence for his firm’s donations is Council President Anna Verna. CH2M Hill also partnered for a bike distribution with Councilwoman Marion Tasco.


(Cont. From Page 21) at what some of these City Officials have already done to this program. They signed up for the MANDATORY FOUR YEARS, after which they must leave (RETIRE). We already know about some of them, and what they did, namely, the Police Commissioner, City Councilwoman, and now we have four others who joined and plan to stay in their offices. I would tell all the former ‘RETIREES” to do what they have done. WHO CARES?

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CITY SANITATION employee Paul “Earthquake” Moore is not recognizable under his “Community” Santa Claus outfit. He was dispensing gifts to youngsters from a park bench at Wilson Park. Moore is noted for annually raising funds through his Broad Street runs, allowing him to distribute turkeys and clothes to needy.

Santa Comes Early At Franklin Sch.

COUNCILWOMAN MARIAN Tasco gifts 50 bikes to children in N. Phila. at Franklin ES on Tuesday. Now in its fourth year, Tasco teamed up with CH2M HILL to donate bikes to less-fortunate children in four different area schools.

INSTRUMENTAL in arranging Toys for Tots program were Laborers leader Sam Staten, Jr. and CHILDREN engaged in a lively dance contest to LECET Administrator Juan start their holiday party at Laborers Hall at 13th & Wallace Streets. Ramos.

IT SEEMED like magic that these wonderful presents appeared. But Laborers knew a lot of hard work went into them. PRODIGY Director Christine Viteo thanks Juan Ramos and Sam Staten, Jr. for their generosity to her children.

AS EXPECTANT Prodigy children awaited start of festivities, A. J. Hardy, Sam Staten, Jr. and Juan Ramos sat beside the gifts they had brought and in many cases assembled themselves. TAKING their show on the road, Laborers brought their Toys for Tots program to deserving youngsters at Prodigy Learning Center in Tioga. Here they burst into room laden with goodies.

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SAMUEL STATEN, JR., business manager of Laborers Local 332, congratulated Santa’s helper Doug Taylor for his work on children’s party.

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HANGING OUT with Santa (Ducky Birts” Claus at Laborers Hall were, from left, Andy Robinson, Eric Oree and Laborers District Council Business Mgr. Ryan Boyer.

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Clark Goes ‘Bananas’

PRESIDENT’S House, left, was dedicated in Independence Hall National Historical National Park with over 500 in attendance made up of local activists and celebrities. This is approximate shape and size of home in which President George Washington and nine slaves made their abode. Right: performing duties as MC was project director Rosalyn McPherson, who stands beside memorial wall naming slaves who served the President.

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OLNEY restaurateur Michael Brown, left, hosted fundraiser for Council at Large candidate Lawrence Clark at his nightspot Bananas on Rising Sun Avenue.

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