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LABORERS DISTRICT COUNCIL 332, representing 9,000 union members, threw its support to Mayor Michael Nutter for his 2nd term. Event took place in front of new main Broad Street entrance of Convention Center. Wishing him well are President Ryan Boyer and Rep. Dwight Evans, whom mayor credited with making the State's financial commitments for the expansion.
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Council Seeks To Freeze Gas Drilling by Tony West Foes of rapid natural-gas drilling in the Marcellus shale deposits of upstate Pennsylvania are likely to have the votes to pass a City Council resolution next week calling to keep the moratorium on development in the Delaware River headwaters. They have just received key backing from Pennsylvania’s largest gas customer, the Philadelphia Gas Works. The resolution, introduced by Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., was set for passage in a December meeting. But it was pulled at the last minute and rescheduled for a Jan. 27 hearing, to accommodate lastminute negotiations with PGW. Since then, Jones has been trying to get PGW to state it would not purchase gas from Marcellus shale producers. After research, PGW’s parent body, the Philadelphia Gas Commission determined it has the legal authority to take such action.
Jones, who chairs Council’s Committee on Transportation & Public Utilities, now expects little opposition to his measure. It has been strongly promoted by Council Members Maria Quiñones Sánchez and Bill Greenlee, among others. The resolution calls for the moratorium on drilling in the Delaware River Basin to be continued indefinitely, until the US Environmental Protection Agency completes a review of potential hazards stemming from deep-well gas extraction and appropriate regulations are developed – a process that is apt to take years. Gas drilling has caused numerous forms of damage to the environment, as well as costs to local economies. The most-serious incidents involve contamination of the groundwater supply. That’s where Philadelphia comes in. Although Philadelphia Co. has no Marcellus shale, Water Commissioner Bernard Brunwasser has testified 40-50%
of the city’s water supply comes from parts of the Delaware watershed where the gas deposits are found. If Council takes a strong stand on Marcellus gas drilling, environmentalists will be pleased. In itself, though, the action would mean little. The City has no statutory control over drilling; the first tier of regulation lies in the hands of the Delaware River Basin Commission, a four-state body appointed by the Governors of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware, with participation from the Army Corps of Engineers. If DRBC decides it is safe to proceed with drilling, then decisions on well permits and regulatory requirements will be made by the individual states. And DRBC has been placing its review of water safety on a fast track – too fast, in the view of Jones and his allies. Iris Bloom, director of Protecting Our Waters, said, “We can guess they are being
Candidate: Sheriff Office Needed Alan Kurtz, an announced candidate for Sheriff in the Democrat May 17 Primary, says the office of Sheriff “needs to be kept independent and strong.” At a meeting, pushing his candidacy, Kurtz noted, “Sheriff Barbara Deeley is to be lauded for immediately calling for an investigation and audit to insure Sheriff’s funds are properly recorded and errors addressed.” “But, at the same time,” he added, “Though the problems seem many, attempts to eliminate the Sheriff’s Dept. would create more problems than it would solve.” Kurtz cites the Sheriff’s office as the enforcement arm of the courts. “Its independent office insures the non-politicizing of the 240plus jobs in that office. The functions of the Sheriff’s department cannot easily be shifted to other departments. Who would transport the prisoners to and from prisons and then be responsible
for the courtroom security while they are on trial? “The Police Dept. is currently under tight budget and overtime restrictions, and has salaries approximately 30% higher than the Sheriff’s Dept. The Prison System has an ever-worse record of controlling overtime and manpower needs. Who indeed! The Sheriff’s Dept. does an excellent job in this area and, with better deployment and adjustment of shifts, can do it with a lot less overtime.” A former police captain, Kurtz noted, “The Sheriff’s office also judiciously and properly insures all parties involved in the sales and foreclosures of property are treated fairly and equitably. This is primarily because the Sheriff does not have any ‘horses’ in the race; i.e., does not favor the banks or other lien-holders, and can insure the property owner is treated with fairness and respect. Indeed, the Sheriff’s office should be a buffer against
harsh and unfair treatment.” Kurtz believes the Sheriff’s Dept. “has the ability to become very close to financially independent, if not totally independent. To insure this, I plan to eliminate 90% of overtime immediately, enhance the writ service and court orders to reflect market rate and actual costs, upgrading its computers and eliminating unnecessary jobs and combining existing functions.” Hew notes privatizing the serving of writs, warrants, and court orders, “in the real world would be costlier to the taxpayers and less efficient.” Others in the race in the Democrat primary include State Rep. Jewell Williams, a former police officer and former chief of Criminal Operations for Sheriff’s Office as well as community liaison officer for Temple University, Housing Police union leader Rodney Little and a former OHCD director, John Kromer.
pressured by the State of Pennsylvania, which wants the cash from gas development, and by industry which wants to profit from these reserves. The Corps of Engineers has been interpreting its mission as promoting economic development, while ignoring public safety.” But environmentalists argue the City’s political pressure can be valuable. They point to New York City, which also draws its water from the Upper Delaware. After its Council called for a moratorium on drilling, New York State did put one in place shortly thereafter. What worked for the Big Apple may not work for Philadelphia, however. In New York, the City is the tail that wags the dog of the State. But in Pennsylvania, an outgoing Philadelphian Governor is being replaced by Tom Corbett from the shale-rich West. Corbett, a Republican, owes little to Southeastern Pennsylvania votes. And he is sitting atop an enormous budget deficit, having foresworn most ways to gain new revenue. A quick spurt of income would give him some welcome options in his first year. During his campaign, Corbett vowed to expedite the leasing of Marcellus shale wells. The General Assembly holds few friends for Philadel-
phia either these days. Both houses are in firm Republican control this session and few of their leaders in either Party hail from the Southeast. And natural-gas companies invested heavily in the victories of both the Govern and the Republican legislative majority. Thus, there may be a powerful temptation for upstate decision-makers to reap today’s profit while pushing tomorrow’s costs downstream, onto other folks’ constituencies – i.e., us. So environmentalists need all the help they can get politically. They want to persuade a business-friendly Governor to rein in DRBC, for starters. “We want the public to have adequate opportunity to participate in a public-comment period,” Bloom said. At present, DRBC is planning to cut off comment on Mar. 16. And she wants more public meetings – downstream ones specifically, where most water-drinkers live. All three public meetings so far have been held upstream, above Trenton or beyond the Poconos, where people who stand to profit from gas leases live. PGW’s support for the moratorium, therefore, may speak in an industry-friendly way. Its incoming President Craig White is well known and deeply respected by en-
ergy companies and politicians alike. In fact, a PGW oath to renounce Marcellus gas may not be more than a restatement of the obvious. Testifying before a Council joint committee on Sep. 28, last fall, White said, “PGW purchases Gulf Coast gas exclusively and has not contracted with any supplier to purchase Marcellus shale gas in the past or in the future. All of PGW’s current gas contracts are for supply that comes from the area in and near the Gulf of Mexico. “There is currently no practical and cost-effective way to deliver Marcellus shale gas to Philadelphia. Although there are plans to build a natural-gas pipeline that would bring Marcellus shale gas to our area, preliminary cost estimates show that the cost top transport natural gas from Pennsylvania’s shaleproducing areas will be more expensive than Gulf gas, at least in the near term.” But White added at that time, “It is also important to note that the nation’s naturalgas pipeline system, which crisscrosses the entire country, contains gas from a variety of locations, including shale regions. It is literally impossible to separate gas sourced from one area from that of another, as gas molecules intermingle in the transmission pipes.”
Farnese Seeks Early DNA Testing State Sen. Larry Farnese is calling for hearings, increased funding for State Police DNA testing and DNA testing when inmates enter prison instead of when they are released. “Government’s first duty is to protect its citizens,” said the Senator. “Countless people could be hurt or killed while law enforcement and the public wait weeks or months for DNA results. Public safety demands that we do better.” Farnese’s comments follow the arrest of a suspect in the case of the Kensington Strangler. Charges are pending for the rapes and strangulation
murders of three women in Kensington. “The public has been vulnerable all these months while the suspect has been at large. According to published reports, his DNA has been awaiting entry into the database since October because of
this backlog.” As a new member of the Judiciary Committee, Farnese plans to call for hearings on this matter. He is also asking the Corbett Administration to make increased funding for DNA testing a top publicsafety priority.
Free Training At CCP State Rep. Angel Cruz said job training in the green manufacturing field is available to local residents through the Community College of Philadelphia. CareerLink is providing informational sessions about this training at the follow-
ing times and locations throughout Philadelphia: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26 at Suburban Station CareerLink, 1617 JFK Boulevard, 2nd Floor; and 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31 at Northeast CareerLink, 3210 Red Lion Road.
26th and 40th Wards as well as the Boroughs of Colwyn and Darby in Delaware Co. The special election for the voters of the 185th is to elect a replacement for State Rep. Robert Donatucci. who held the office for 30 years, but died suddenly at the age of 58 on Nov. 9. Nominated by the Democrat City Committee to replace him is his widow Maria Patelmo Donatucci, 54, the sister-in-law of Register of Wills Ronald Donatucci, ward leader of the 26th. The City GOP caucused and picked Lewis Harris, Jr., 61year-old veteran in politics
Banning ‘The Box’
COUNCILWOMAN Donna Reed Miller confers with Wayne Jacobs of X-Offenders for Community Empowerment at press conference to push for an end to “the Box” – a section on employment applications asking if the jobseeker has a criminal record. In Phila. 300,000 citizens with a criminal record face routine discrimination because of a criminal record, no matter how long ago or how unrelated to job duties. Councilwoman is introducing Council Bill 100543 to remove this question from job applications. Students in grades K-12 are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the Third Annual Presidential Idol Art and Public Speaking Contests. The awards ceremony is on President's Day, Monday, February 21 at Franklin Towne Charter High School. At the award's ceremony, each winner will receive a savings bond, certificate of achievement, a flag desk set, and breakfast will be given to the winner from each grade, their family, teachers, and principal. Please visit my website at www.senatorstack.com for contest rules and details or call my office at 215-281-2539 or 215-695-1020.
going back to 2004. According to his website, he ran for the 197th Legislative Dist. seat in North Philadelphia in 2004, only to lose heavily to State Rep. Jewell Williams. Not challenged in the 197th race was the fact he was registered since 2003 in the 40th Ward in southwest Philadelphia. In 2003, Harris made news by becoming the North Philadelphia coordinator and opening a headquarters for Republican candidate for Mayor Sam Katz. He has been the CEO of the Wharton Center, Inc., located at 1710 N. 22nd Street, which is home of the United Minorities of Philadelphia Association of Contractors. He again ran and lost as a Republican nominee for City Commissioner in November of 2007. Seen the heavy favorite in this race is Donatucci, with an extensive hands-on experience in City government. She has experienced and understands the needs of the 185th Legislative Dist., having shared those with her husband, who brought those problems home with him. She has had 14 years of experience of adjudicating and investigating parking matters, including public hearings, correspondence hearings and fleet hearings.
Her two children, Thomas, 25 and Diedre, 21, are of the age, she notes, “whereby I am free to devote, as did my husband Bob, to the needs of the 185th. Bob kept me thoroughly briefed on all vital community issues in which he was involved. At many times, when his job duties kept him in Harrisburg, I would meet with community representatives on his behalf to discuss the issues that mattered most to their communities.” Her roots in the district are deep. She is a board member of the American Swedish Historical Museum, on the organizing the restoration of Girard Park, a founding member of the Colon Cancer Alliance, Past President of S.P. Lioness Lions Club and Girard Farms Community Club, among other associations. Harris is a longtime North Philly political operative and businessman who manages the Wharton Centre, which is where Katz set up his campaign office, in the heart of North Philadelphia. It was that move that resulted in an alleged bomb attempt at the headquarters. Harris says he works through the Centre to get jobs for welfare mothers and excons. In previous elections,
he set up campaign offices for John Street, and even Sharif Street, the Mayor’s son who ran for State Rep in 2002. Harris and his wife of 30 years reside in the 40th Ward, in which he is a committeeman. He has three children and 11 grandchildren. His campaign website is lew4rep.com. Insiders report a great deal of activity by the Democrat ward leaders in the District, with the 26th alone reporting
over 500 absentee-ballot applications. The turnout, however, will be small because of the lack of coverage of the election in the general media. The City Commissioners will be conducting Training Seminars for all the Division Election Board Members of the divisions involved in the special election. Classes will be held at South Philadelphia HS, Broad & Snyder Avenue on Jan. 29 beginning at 9 a.m. and on the hour until 3 p.m.
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Tuesday morning, Feb. 1, may prove to be confusing to Philadelphians and Darbyites who are not included in the boundaries that make up the 185th Legislative Dist. They may notice posters, polling data and people mingling around several polling places and wonder if they should check in to their regular polling place to see who is running and what election is occurring that day. They will have guessed right if they live within the 185th Legislative Dist., which has a population of 59, 643 and encompasses South Philadelphia’s
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Homeland Security and the Capitol Police from Washington have heard the phone message left on Martin Bednarek’s cell phone. The 6th Dist. Council Democrat candidate received the message from a male caller who threatened to break both his legs and arms if he didn’t get out of the race in the Primary. Marty called the police and then Congressman Bob Brady, whose name was mentioned in a threatening way by the caller. That brought in the Capitol Police and Homeland Security. In today’s world, threatening a Congressman is serious business, as is threatening a candidate. Brady was not able to identify the caller, but some who heard the tape gave the police their thoughts as to who it may be. Tracking down voice identifications has gotten to be a successful business, but it is
not known how far the security agency will move to make this happen. Said an expert in the field, “It is stupid to leave a message on someone’s cell phone. If they answer, fine. You can make the threat and get away with it. But when the recipient doesn’t answer his phone, you are leaving a hot trail, especially if your voice is as distinct as I was told this caller’s voice was.” The caller threatened Marty with “broken legs and arms” if he remained in the race to replace retiring Councilwoman Joan Krajewski. Marty played the message for the police, who called in Homeland Security. The Capitol Police were called in because the player mentioned the Congressman. Brady heard the message, but was unable to identify the caller, though it is reported
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THIRTEEN of city’s leading Philadelphians have joined forces to support David Oh, seen as a front-runner in Republican Primary for Council at Large, to be one of two Republicans winning in General Election. In photo were Firefighters Union President Bill Gault, Ward Leader Kevin Pasquay, Nazareth Academy Principal Sister Mary Joan Jacobs, United Northeast Neighbors Prexy Glenn Devitt, Dominican Grocers President Danilo Burgos, GPCC Board Member Ken Wong, Welcoming Center Executive Director Anne O’Callaghan, Bernie Strain, Econsult’s Lee Huang, Teamsters’ Dan Bosak, Bishop Leonard Goins, Firefighters Union 1st VP Tim McShea, and Rodney Little, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 106. others who heard the message may have identified the caller’s voice.
Untermeyer Would Accept Appointment To Green’s Seat Michael Untermeyer this week indicated he would be pleased to accept an appointment by Gov. Tom Corbett to fill the unexpired term of Sheriff John Green, should the Senate not confirm Sheriff Barbara Deeley, who has moved to make major changes in that office. Untermeyer, who was in
Harrisburg for the Governor’s Inauguration, said, “Otherwise, I will not run for that office, but will seek a Council at large Seat in the Republican Primary,” He had run for Sheriff against Green as the Republican nominee last time around.
Eighth District Council Seat Now Up For Grabs Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller will not seek reelection to her 8th Council Dist. seat, which she has held since 1996. She intends to maintain her position as 59th R EPRESENTATIVE
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Ward Democratic Committee Leader, saying, “I intend to stay fully engaged in the issues that concern our community and City.” Miller said she is making this announcement now to give potential candidates time to organize campaign efforts. Though she will not endorse a successor at this time, Miller said she intends to support a candidate in the Democratic Primary. “When I became active in community issues in my early 20s and later began working (Cont. Page 6) Councilman Bill
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(Cont. From Page 4) alongside leaders like the late State Rep. David P. Richardson, Jr., I never envisioned being in public office,” the Councilwoman reminisces. “All I wanted to do was to serve and help the community. That is all any of us wanted when we started in this many years ago. I tried to live up to the expectations that Dave and other trailblazers had for us. Though we have made great progress, Dave and others still would not be satisfied. I can only hope my successor will learn the lessons of the past as they chart our course in the future.” The 8th Council Dist. includes the areas of Nicetown, Germantown, Mount Airy, Chestnut Hill, Tioga and Logan. “Our District comprises one of the most diverse areas in Philadelphia and that is what has made it special to
8th Now Open Nesmith Hosts MLK Breakfast represent,” said Miller. “Though constituents in different parts of the District have various priorities, the thing they have in common is their love of Philadelphia and speaking their minds on issues of importance. Those qualities make the 8th District a challenge, but more importantly an honor to represent.” Already in the race are Andrew Lofton and Verna Tyner, with Cindy Bass, who has not filed, but has announced her intention to run, as has Gregory Paulmier.
Onorato Won’t Seek 3rd Term In County Not happy with the figures he saw coming in from his home base in his run for Governor, Allegheny Co. Chief Executive Dan Onorato has let it be known he will not be seeking a third term. State Representative
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consider the run. He is considered a valued asset by the Some Republican City Committee. Democrats, unhappy with Mayor Nutter, have been pressing him to switch and enter their Primary. His answer to both pressure groups is a “Thank you, no. It’s too much for me at this stage of my life.” He’s a young 74.
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On June 5, 1980, the Philadelphia Bulletin asked readers: "ABSCAM: An unfair 'set-up?. . .in the Justice Department's Abscam probe. Ironically, all those indicted are elected officials in or from the Philadelphia--South Jersey area. Our region has become...the Abscam capital of the U.S...Tell us your views on Abscam." The reason for the feedback was because the Bulletin was "out of the loop," but the Inquirer was "inside the loop." Knight-Ridder's Philadelphia Inquirer was silent as to the reason behind Abscam. Why? The answer lies in a one sentence statement published in the January, 1979 issue of Philadelphia Magazine: "The Knight-Ridder newspaper chain, publisher of the Inquirer and Daily News looks to Miami for guidance." In 1986, Knight-Ridder won seven Pulitzer Prizes, the newspaper world's most coveted award, In 1987, the Philadelphia Inquirer won two Pulitzer Prizes for investigative reporting led by Executive Editor, Eugene Roberts. In 1989, Pulitzer Board member, Eugene Roberts, was elected to a one-year term as Chairman of the Pulitzer Prize Board. It is an opinion that President Reagan's buddy, former owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Ambassador Walter Annenberg and "friends" contributed to the demise of "an independent" Bulletin. They wanted a daily print monopoly machine catering to friends. Former Bulletin and Daily News reporter, Art Geiselman, reflected: "We beat the Inquirer all the time, right up to the end. Our stories did more than any other newspaper's to effect social change in this town." The powers-that-be did not want "to effect social change in this town," as does the extinct power base in Philadelphia's Republican Party. "You've Got a Friend in Pennsylvania" EMail: AnnaMarieXOX3@AOL.COM
menstrual periods. An underactive thyroid can cause migraine headaches, cognitive dysfunction, sleep apnea and carpal-tunnel syndrome. These are just a few symptoms that are common and may result from undiagnosed thyroid disease. To achieve wellness, it is imperative these conditions be accurately diagnosed and treated.” The thyroid is a butterflyshaped gland that is located in your neck, at a point that is just above the collarbone. It is
a gland that makes hormones and helps to set your body’s metabolism. While a hormone disorder can affect anyone, nearly 80% of those with thyroid problems are women. Incidents of underactive thyroid increase with age. You can conduct a thyroid “neck check” to home screen for possible problems. To conduct the test, grab a glass of water and a hand-held mirror, and follow these steps: • Holding the mirror, (Cont. Next Page)
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With January slated as Thyroid Awareness Month, this is the perfect time to take note of a condition that plagues millions. Thyroid disorders affect roughly 30 million people, as well as an estimated additional 27 million who have not yet been diagnosed. Make no mistake about it – thyroid disorders and related conditions can wreak havoc on your health and wellness. “If left untreated, thyroid conditions can really do damage to the body,” explains Dr. Lisa Lilienfield of The Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine (www.kaplanclinic.com), located in McLean, Va. “Depending on the type of thyroid condition a person is diagnosed with, they may suffer from weight gain or loss, infertility, fatigue, and more. In women, an overactive thyroid can cause anxiety and panic attacks, as well as hair loss and anemia from heavy, long
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apple, but below it). • Repeat several times. • If you do see any bulges or protrusions, you should consult your doctor about having a thyroid test. foreclosures come from different departments and they don’t talk to each other often. Until the modification is official and finalized, they can still take your house. (If you didn’t guess – once they do foreclose, the modification is probably not going to happen.) If you are set for foreclosure, even if the modification seems likely, get a lawyer. Talk to a bankruptcy or foreclosure defense attorney. You may incur some fees. But calling a lawyer the day before your house is to be sold at foreclosure will make it very hard to find anyone to help. Never bet your house that the mortgage company will help. Next week’s question: Seven tips to help in loan modifications: 6th tip.
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COURT OF COMMON PLEAS PHILADELPHIA COUNTY CIVIL ACTION – LAW TERM NO. 101003021 NOTICE OF ACTION IN MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE US BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE FOR PA HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY, PLAINTIFF vs. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS OF ERNEST L. GRAVES, DECEASED,AND IKIEA PRICE, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Ernest L. Graves, DECEASED, MORTGAGORS AND REAL OWNERS, DEFENDANT(S) TO: The Unknown heirs of Ernest L. Graves, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendants, whose last known address is 439 West Annsbury Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140. THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR AND WE ARE ATTEMTPING TO COLLECT A DEBT OWED TO OUR CLIENT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM YOU WILL BE USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING THE DEBT. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff, US Bank National Association as Trustee for PA Housing Finance Agency, has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a Notice to Defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to No. 101003021 wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located 439 West Annsbury Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140 whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County. NOTICE YOU HAVE BEEN SUED IN COURT. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the above, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and Notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the Court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a Judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint or for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS PAPER TO YOUR LAWYER AT ONCE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A LAWYER OR CANNOT AFFORD ONE, GO TO OR TELEPHONE THE OFFICE SET FORTH BELOW. THIS OFFICE CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT HIRING A LAWYER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO HIRE A LAWYER, THIS OFFICE MAY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUTAGENCIES THAT MAY OFFER LEGAL SERVICES TO ELIGIBLE PERSONS AT A REDUCED FEE OR NO FEE. PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION One Reading Center Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-238-6333 COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES, INC. Law Center North Central 3638 North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19140 215-227-2400 or 215-981-3700 MICHAEL T. MC KEEVER Attorney for Plaintiff Goldbeck, McCafferty & McKeever, PC Suite 5000, Mellon Independence Center 701 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106-1532 215-627-1322
COURT OF COMMON PLEAS PHILADELPHIA COUNTY CIVIL ACTION – LAW TERM NO. 090403963 NOTICE OF ACTION IN MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE J.P. MORGAN MORTGAGE ACQUISTION CORP., PLAINTIFF vs. UNKNOWN HEIRS OF ELLA KANE, DECEASED, MORTGAGOR AND REAL OWNER, DEFENDANT(S) TO: Unknown heirs of Ella Kane, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner Defendants, whose last known address is 5726 Belmar Terrace, Philadelphia, PA 19143. THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR AND WE ARE ATTEMTPING TO COLLECT A DEBT OWED TO OUR CLIENT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM YOU WILL BE USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING THE DEBT. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff, J.P. Morgan Mortgage Acquisition Corp., has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a Notice to Defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to No. 090403963 wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located 5726 Belmar Terrace, Philadelphia, PA 19143 whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County. NOTICE YOU HAVE BEEN SUED IN COURT. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the above, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and Notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the Court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a Judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint or for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS PAPER TO YOUR LAWYER AT ONCE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A LAWYER OR CANNOT AFFORD ONE, GO TO OR TELEPHONE THE OFFICE SET FORTH BELOW. THIS OFFICE CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT HIRING A LAWYER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO HIRE A LAWYER, THIS OFFICE MAY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUTAGENCIES THAT MAY OFFER LEGAL SERVICES TO ELIGIBLE PERSONS AT A REDUCED FEE OR NO FEE. PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION One Reading Center Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-238-6333 COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES, INC. Law Center North Central 3638 North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19140 215-227-2400 or 215-981-3700 MICHAEL T. MC KEEVER Attorney for Plaintiff Goldbeck, McCafferty & McKeever, PC Suite 5000, Mellon Independence Center 701 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106-1532 215-627-1322
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Swearing-In Tidbits ’Round The City On MLK Day Of Service From The Hill Dignitaries Pack Sheraton For Martin Luther King Day
First-termer State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio (DNorthwest) brings a great deal of experience to her 194th Legislative Dist. DeLissio earned a bachelor’s degree in health planning and administration from Pennsylvania State University and has more than 30 years of experience in long-term care and small-business ownership. She has served as administrator for the Roxborough Home for Women and as president of the Kearsley Retirement Community, where she oversaw a $15 million expansion project to provide a continuum of care for low-income adults. For the past 10 years, DeLissio has consulted in the field of longterm care, and also has an nternet and technology- solutions business. In 2005, she was named one of “Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business.” She also has served as a volunteer for a variety of professional and community organizations, often as a member of the board, in-
SWEARING in for his seventh term as the longest Latino representative in the 180th Dist. is State Rep. Angel Cruz (D-Kensington).
cluding the Pennsylvania Association for Non-Profit Homes for the Aging; Intercommunity Action Inc.; Immaculate Mary Nursing Home; the Philadelphia Corp. for Aging; the Mt. Airy Business Association; and Caritas. Boyle Brothers Make History With the swearing in of brothers Brendan and Kevin Boyle (both D-Northeast) into the State House last week, they became the first brothers to serve together in the State House. Brendan was sworn in for a second term to his 170th Legislative Dist. Kevin marked his first as representative of the 172nd. Swearing both in was Superior Court Judge Correale Stevens. O’Brien Enters Third Term State Rep. Mike O’Brien (D-N. Phila.) was sworn in to his third term as 175th Legislative Dist. holder. O’Brien said his priorities include jobs, public education, protecting the health and safety of women, children, the elderly and other vulnerable residents and preserving civil rights for all Pennsylvanians. O’Brien said he also will be watching for legislation coming from House committees that would erode the Pennsylvania Constitution and people's civil rights. O’Brien’s constituent service office is at 610 N. 2nd Street. The phone number is (215) 5033245. Constituents also may contact him through his website at www.pahouse.com/OBrien.
US Sen. Robert Casey, AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies CEO Michael A. Rashid and William Tucker, husband of C. Delores Tucker, founder of Phila. Chapter of Martin Luther King, Jr. Association for Nonviolence, enter banquet at Sheraton City Center Hotel.
POLITICAL AND LABOR leaders in atten- -AMONG head table guests dance included Controller Alan Butkovitz, were Edith Bonnett Bruce and AFL-CIO President Pat Eiding and DC 33 Rev. Lonnie Marshall Blake. President Herman “Pete” Matthew.
Let Freedom Ring YOUNGEST attending at MLK Luncheon was one year old Jamel Lemon, DOING security work for MLK Non Vio- whose mother lence Chapter luncheon attended by Mayor predicted he will Michael Nutter were thee members of female one day be owned Gordy A+A Security Co. mayor.
CHAIRMAN of Phila. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association for Nonviolence Ronald Kaiserman’s family poses with America’s symbol of freedom: from left, Rachelle, Ronald, Max and Shira. Photo by Donald Terry
South Philly Volunteers At Hill, Anderson
AT AMERICAN LEGION Henry Hill Post 385 in Point Breeze, founder Billy Denny hailed S. Phila. community-service volunteers in award ceremony. Photo by Donald Terry
CLEANING UP Marian Anderson Rec Center meanwhile was a team from Penn Primary Care residents, State Sen. Anthony Williams’s staff and Tasker Elite. Photo by Donald Terry
Bishop's Freedom Fest
STATE REP. Louise Williams Bishop, here welcoming Congressman Chaka BISHOP’S MLK event was sponsored by Bravo Fattah, staged her annual gospel power- BROCKINGTON Ensemble was one of 11 dynamic Health. From left are Brenda Price, Tony Clay, house tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King performers at “A Day On, Not A Day Off” who Bishop and Avonne Williams. at St. Joe’s Field House in Wynnefield. stirred souls of 1,000 attendees. Photo by Martin Regusters, Leaping Lion Photography
ATTORNEY Wayne Johns and wife Judge Karen Shreeves-Johns were stageside spectators at State Rep. Louise Bishop’s mammoth gospel service.
GOV. Tom Corbett delivers his inaugural speech on steps of east wing of capitol.
FORMER Gov. Tom Ridge and former Lt. Gov. Bob Jubelirer were among dignitaries participating in Corbett’s inauguration.
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FIRST LADY Judge Marjorie O. Rendell and Gov. Ed Rendell dressed warmly for passing of torch to Corbetts.
At The Corbett Inauguration With Bonnie Squires
ASSEMBLED in “Green Room” in east wing of capitol, waiting to proceed outside for the inauguration of Gov. Tom Corbett, are, from left, Penna. Treasurer Rob McCord; Judge Susan Gantman; Ambassador David Girard-DiCarlo; AMONG first people to congratulate Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, left, are Laura Princiotta and Bruce Hulick of The Arc of STATE SENATE chambers prepare for inauguration of Lt. Carol Aichele, new Penna. Secretary of the Commonwealth; Gov. Jim Cawley. and Steve Aichele, Esq., new Penna. General Counsel. Phila. and PDDC, and State Rep. Jim Roebuck.
STATE REP. Bill LT. GOV. Jim Cawley Adolph is one of new tries out his new desk S.E. Penna. leaders of Republican Party. in capitol.
FORMER Republican State Chair Bob Asher joins up with Frank McCartney, STATE SEN. Sen Chuck McIlhenney, Justice STATE REPS. Tim Briggs and Dwight head of Delaware R. Toll Bridge Commis- Sandy Newman and Lt. Gov.-Emeritus Mark Evans in line to march outside for Gov. Corbett’s swearing-in ceremony. Schweiker. sion, and Suzanne McCartney.
BARBARA & Michael Krancer, Esq. in “Green room” - Krancer had just been named by Gov. Corbett AT CAWLEY’S inaguraas Penna. Secretary of Envi- tion, Singel is greeted by Mayor Michael Nutter. ronmental Protection.
STATE REP. Tony Payton gets ready to brave elements FORMER State Sen. Bob for Corbett inauguration Rovner meets up with new outdoors. Congressman Pat Meehan.
AMONG PAST GOP standard-bearers was Gov. Dick Thornburgh, who showed up with his wife Ginny.
MICHELLE REYES, daughter of Attorney General and now Federal Judge Mike Fisher, arriving with her dad.
BOB ASHER enjoys company of Justice Sandra Newman.
STATE SEN. Anthony STATE SEN. Dominic Pi- JUDGE James & CaroleWilliams discusses an Attorleggi prepares to participate Fitzgerald enjoyed naugural DEBBIE & BILL SASSO ney General run with former were among attendees. in Governor's inauguration. facilities. Gov. Mark Schweiker.
STATE REP. Jim Roebuck and Verizon’s CEO Gail Given had chance to talk about her “thinkfinity” online education resource.
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Our Opinion ... At What Cost Marcellus? Philadelphia is preparing to take a clear stand on the development of natural-gas reserves in its upstate Marcellus Shale region by telling the State it won’t be buying this gas until serious environmental issues are worked out. Most important of these concerns is the hazard the deepwell “fracking” method poses to our region’s water supply, which is drawn from the Delaware River. While most of us like cheap fuel and want more of it – safe water does come first. The city is aided in its bargaining by the fact it owns its own gas utility. Philadelphia Gas Works is empowered to consider public safety in its policies and has no incentive to cut corners. We are still at a disadvantage in dealing for our safety, however. Upstate communities have an incentive to overlook or minimize the risk of lacing our water supply with toxic chemicals. Their logical goal is to cash in on their resource as swiftly as possible; if they can extract the bulk of their wealth before any hidden costs to others are revealed, they can hope to avoid being charged for those costs. Our city’s leaders need to take a clear, bipartisan stand that while we welcome the development of energy in other parts of the state, it’s a mistake to sign a deal before all the costs are on the table – in particular the costs to our region. That gas will still be there, waiting for us, when we learn how to get at it safely.
Home Is For Seniors
by State Rep. Phyllis Mundy The need for a robust home- and community-based service system is a pressing issue not only for Pennsylvania senior citizens but for taxpayers as well. Home- and communitybased services allow individuals to remain in their homes and communities as long as possible, keeping them happier and healthier. These services include, among other things, adult day care, home health, personal care, respite care, transportation, and home-delivered meals. During my tenure as chairman of the House Aging & Older Adult Services Committee, I worked hard to improve access to home- and community-based services, not only because most seniors
want to age in their homes and communities but because it is the right thing to do for our taxpayers. Providing services in the home and community is much cheaper than nursing home care. On average, it costs $57,000 a year to care for a person in a nursing facility, compared to $28,000 in the home and community. That is not to say nursing homes are not an important long-term care option; they are and will continue to be for those whose needs are too great to be cared for elsewhere. They shouldn’t, however, be the be all and end all of how we care for our elderly. Adult day care and senior centers are important components of a strong home- and community-based service system. The availability of adult
day care often means the difference between placing a loved one in a nursing facility or keeping them at home. Senior centers, on the other hand, provide older adults an opportunity to stay connected and engaged with their community. Unfortunately, many counties do not have an adult day care facility, and the ones that do exist often have hours that are not conducive to the work schedule of the older adult’s family. Likewise, the design, program offerings, and meal options at many senior centers are outdated and not in tune with the preferences of today’s seniors. The Dept. of Aging has been working to address these issues. I hope the incoming Governor recognizes the importance of continuing this work.
Jan. 20- Republican City Committee celebrates inauguration of Tom Corbett & Jim Cawley at R2L, 50 S. 16th St., 37th fl., 5:30-7:30 p.m. $500/person, $750/couple. RSVP by Jan. 14. Business attire. For info (215) 561-0650. Jan. 21- State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown hosts Breakfast Mtg. with seniors at Sarah Allen Sr. Ho., 4035 Parrish St., 9 a.m.-12 m. Jan. 24- Phila. Tea Party Patriots NW meeting at Kendrick Rec Ctr., 5822 Ridge Ave., 7 p.m. Speakers are Commissioner candidate Al Schmidt and 6th Dist. Council candidate Sandy Stewart. For info Mike Lodise (2115) 487-0118 or Pat Haraburda (215) 482-7991, or email@example.com. Jan. 24- Rally to reelect Mayor Michael Nutter at Metropolitan Carpenters Union,
1812 Spring Garden St., 2nd fl. Jan. 25- Traffic Club of Phila.’s annual dinner honors James T. McDermott’s Phila. Regional Port Authority as company of year and Jeffrey L. Sustch, Pres. SMS Rail Lines, as Person of Year at Hyatt Regency Ballroom, Penn’s Landing, 6 p.m. For info www.tcphila.org. Jan. 26- Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., Mayor’s Office of Community Service host Fiscal Workshop at Kendrick Rec Ctr., 5822 Ridge Ave., 7-10 p.m. Jan. 27- State Sen. Anthony Williams introduces documentary The Cartel at German Soc. of Pa., 611 Spring Garden St., 7-9 a.m. Jan. 27- Edward J. Lowry, founder of Phila. Veterans MultiService & Education Ctr., has retirement party 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. Jan. 28- Swearing-in Fundraiser for State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson at Union League, 140 S. Broad St., 6-9 p.m. RSVP (215) 820-7308. Jan. 29- Campaign Kickoff for Damon K. Roberts, 2nd Council Dist. Democrat candidate, Ch. of Redeemer, 1440 S. 24th St., 2 p.m. For info (267) 334-0244. Jan. 31- C o n g r e s s w o m a n Allyson Schwartz’s “Thank You For Your Support” reception at Finnigan’s Wake, 3rd & Spring Garden Sts., 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2- Realtors for Alan Kurtz for Sheriff fundraiser at Sampan, 124 S. 13th St., 5-7 p.m. Write checks to Friends of Alan Kurtz, 220 S. 16th St., Suite 201, Phila., PA 19102. Feb. 2- 3rd Dist. Appreciation Night by Friends of Jannie Blackwell at 1st Dist. Plaza, 3801 Market St., 6-9 p.m. Free for committeepersons and ward leaders of 3rd Council Dist.
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When it was announced the entirety of City Council was eligible to take their DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Program) and run if it wanted, I wondered how many folks would actually do that … and how many would take the money, retire for three days, and run for reelection. Well, so far there have been three folks who have decided, at least according to my sources, to take the DROP money and run – but not for office again. One is Councilwoman Joan Krajewski, Councilman Jack Kelly and Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller, the last of whom announced last week she’s taking her $100,000-plus DROP payment and doing something else with her life. It is the Reed Miller retirement that interests me the most. Reed Miller came into Council as part of a wave of elected officials fostered by the late State Rep. David Richardson. She’s been a community activist and was chair of the Philadelphia Black Elected Officials. She’s been involved in public service for more than 30 years. If you’ve paid attention to Council races over the years, Reed Miller very rarely ran without a challenger in the Democratic Primary. This is because, at least according to the folks that talk to me about such things, nobody liked the job she was doing as a Councilwoman. I had one friend who used to come into my office at Temple and complain to me about her on a regular basis. Yet she kept getting reelected. And she usually got reelected with about 30% of the vote in her District. Part of the reason why she kept getting reelected is because while everyone could agree on the fact they didn’t like her, they couldn’t agree on a candidate to take her down. That’s Political Science 101. If you want to get rid of an incumbent, you don’t split the antiincumbent vote. Doing so ensures that incumbent’s reelection. But while Reed Miller is leaving, the folks that constantly run against her still haven’t learned their lesson. As of this writing, I know of at least four people who are running for the Democratic nomination for her seat. The best known, at least right now, is Cindy Bass, senior domestic-policy adviser for Congressman Chaka Fattah. She’s been having fundraisers, campaigning and working the room to try and get the seat she ran for four years ago. (Cont. Page 15)
SNOOPER’S FRUSTRATION FILE: Yep, all you EAGLES’ FANS know exactly how I feel and I know how you feel too. The game was absolutely “disaster in the making”. NO, they can’t blame the outcome of this game on MICHAEL VICK; in fact, the blame can be spread to every member of that team. How many passes were dropped, how many of them came at the worst time, especially the one dropped close to the 10-yard line? THE PACKERS played this game tough because they wanted it more than THE EAGLES. Yes, anything that could go wrong for them did, and it seemed it just wasn’t going to be. The OFFENSE and the DEFENSE played one of the worst games ever, and they picked the wrong time to do it. I have newfound respect for MICHAEL VICK, really great too. He definitely deserves to be back once again with THE EAGLES. SNOOPER’S SPECIAL: Went to HARRISBURG with a good friend of mine and we got to meet and greet a lot of the new members of THE HOUSE. Spoke to one SENATOR who told me he expects BARBARA DEELEY, The Sheriff, to be replaced by one of their own men, A REPUBLICAN. YES, you can call it POLITICS; however, to the victors go all THE SPOILS! Personally, and it’s my honest opinion, BARBARA DEELEY deserves to be The Sheriff. She knows everything about the Sheriff’s Office; why not leave her there? Makes sense! SNOOPER’S EMAIL SERVICES BUREAU: “First, let me congratulate THE SNOOPER and THE SHADOWBOXER for all your kind words regarding the death of a true Philadelphia Icon, the great BENNIE BRISCOE. Definitely he was one of the most feared MIDDLEWEIGHTS in boxing, and one who no one wanted to fight.” This was stated by one of this City’s great fight promoters, J. RUSSELL PELTZ. ‘Bennie’ worked for this City over 30 some years, and everyone who worked with him will tell you he was quite a gentleman, and one who worked his butt off. Philadelphia lost a great boxer – A Legend! Please keep your EMAILS coming (firstname.lastname@example.org) after all, I do read all of them and on many occasions I will print them. Yes, I will check them out before I do print them. Please, if it’s about boxing, send your Emails to our man THE SHADOWBOXER. SNOOPER SCOOPER: Some HIGH SCHOOLS still have their problems, one in particular being BULLYING. Yes Chief, I have been told it’s still going on and, worse yet, this is starting to spread to other HIGH SCHOOLS. We now know it is rampant at THOMAS EDISON
Yo! Here we go again with some cosmic queries that need no answer – the question itself is thought-provoking. Like this: Who needs rhetorical questions? If dolphins are so smart, why did Flipper work for television? If you were to choke a smurf, what color would it turn? Why do they sterilize the needles used for lethal injections? If 7-11 is open 24 hours a day, 365 a year, why are there locks on the door? How can there be self-help groups? What is another word for thesaurus? If it’s the tourist season, why can’t we shoot them? Is it true cannibals don’t eat clowns because they taste funny? When you’re sending someone Styrofoam, what do you pack it in? Speed is relative, right – the top speed attained in the first American auto race in Chicago in 1895 was a blazing 7.5 miles per hour. Why do kamikaze pilots wear helmets? Isn’t it amazing how they get the deer to cross the road at the yellow deer-crossing signs? If women wear a pair of pants and a pair of glasses, why don’t they wear a pair of bras? What would you do if you saw an endangered animal eating an endangered plant? Why do they put Braille dots on the keypad at the ATM drive-up window? Do witches run spell-checks? Twenty-four hours in a day; 24 beers in a case – coincidence? If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation? Did you know it takes about 30 minutes for aspirin to find a headache? What would happen if a man took a menopause medication? How many words do you need to write a book? The book Green Eggs and Ham contains only 50 different words – check it out for yourself. The world’s most popular car color is red, of course. Speaking of color, did you know that according to sleep researchers, only about 5% of people dream in color – do you? Did you know it takes about 21 pounds of milk to make one pound of butter? Does this sound like someone you know?: An ostrich’s eyes are bigger than its brains. Here is a teaser – what US state has only one syllable in its name? Maine. And a final teaser – where is the second most-popular place to eat breakfast in the United States? Answer: the car.
Retired from the Self Help Improvement, the founder and former Chairman of the Board DR. JOE RUGGIERO, was host at an intimate dinner at his home for some active members of the Board of Directors and retired members. Well-known trial lawyer SAM STRETTON was among the guests, as was the current PRESIDENT BOB DELLAVELLA, attorney and Democratic leader of the 55th Ward. CONGRESSMAN MIKE FITZPATRICK was also in attendance, as was MIKE STACK and his wife, the HON. FELICE STACK, retired Administrative JUDGE JEROME ZALESKI and his charming wife EILEEN, were also among the guests. There was an improvised banquet table in the living room and dining room and the guests were cheered by a warm fire in the fireplace. There was an impressive ceremony honoring the memory of DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. Former MAYOR WILSON GOODE and present MAYOR MIKE NUTTER were among the speakers. This marked the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Coincidentally, there will be a ceremony in Rome honoring JOHN PAUL II who has been elevated to the status of Blessed on the path to sainthood. These two saintly men qualify for that title for different reasons, but each was a strong proponent for peace. Interestingly enough, John Paul II was the object of a failed assassination attempt. JUDGE EUGENE MAIER and his lovely wife LANA back from a Caribbean cruise, which included San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. The liner was huge, accommodating 2,500 passengers and a full crew. The Royal Caribbean Line has under construction a monster ship that will accommodate over 6,000 passengers. GENE JACOBS has a theory that there is only one Caribbean Island, and when you sail at night time, a group of longshoremen remove the sign of the island that you are supposed to be leaving and replace it with a sign identifying the island you are supposed to be going to. Affable MARTY BEDNAREK, the retired ward leader of the 64th Ward, is the odds-on favorite to succeed the incumbent, retiring COUNCILWOMAN JOAN KRAJEWSKI. Bednarek was the subject of an anonymous telephone threat. This promises to be a hotly contested primary fight. Maybe the solution is for Joan to run for one more term. The St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing will hold a meeting of the Board of Directors at the school this week. Former WARD LEADER MARGIE HIPPLE KORAL is a (Cont. Page 15)
Lunching With Judge Lynn
down every case, and the bottom line, keeping track of all the monies involved with SHERIFF’S SALES. The Courts have proved they can do ‘the job’; after all, look at what they did with the Clerk of Quarter Sessions problems. She does make a lot of sense! SNOOPER’S “QUESTION OF THE WEEK”: What the heck is going on with this SOCIETY, one that has seen teenagers BULLYING others, FIGHTING others, and FLASH MOBS running rampant? Who is going to stop all this VIOLENCE, and I ask all of you HOW and WHEN? High Schools are ALL IN TURMOIL and it seems NO ONE can stop it. I have never seen the VIOLENCE we are seeing today. The POLICE need all your help if WE have any chance to stop it. The key to all this madness is EDUCATION, UNDERSTANDING and COOPERATION from ONE of city’s monthly institutions is having lunch with Judge Jimmy Lynn. Not running for another judicial post this time around, Judge Lynn urges those who attend his monthly lunch at Vesper Club to “relax.” Some of those in attendance, from left, are Hillel Levinson, Kenny Rowe, Tim Paterno, Jim Hamlet, Al Schmidt, Judge Lynn, Tom DeFruscio and Pat Boyle.
THEM and all of us. These teenagers must be told ENOUGH is ENOUGH and (Cont. From Page 14) we’re not going to take it any Other candidates that have more. PARENTS, talk to your sons and daughters, let thrown their hats into the them know ENOUGH is room officially include Greg Paulmier, who also ran last ENOUGH!
Out & ABout
City Hall Sam (Cont. From Page 14) member of the board. The Friendly Sons of St.
Patrick held its quarterly meeting at the Springfield Country Club, which was well attended. TODD R. PETERMAN, the hard-working president of the Friendly Sons of
time. I’m also hearing rumors about other candidates, but since they’re rumors, I won’t talk about them until I can confirm them. But in any case, it’s gonna be a free-for-all for the seat, which is par for the course. St. Patrick, has resigned and he has been succeeded in accordance with the bylaws by DREW MONAGHAN. Congratulations to both of these fine gentlemen.
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(Cont. From Page 14) HS. My sources tell me it won’t be long before this school will be heard from regarding this, and other serious problems. EDUCATION is the answer, and the sooner they do it, the better it’ll be for every one concerned. High Schools everywhere need to beef up their SECURITY PROCEDURES and again, do it NOW! PARENTS: We need all your help if we are to be successful – BULLYING MUST STOP. SNOOPER SIGHTINGS: Oh no, I can’t believe this. There he is alive and in person, and he is coming over here to me. Remember, I mentioned his name last week after seeing our friend, TONY CARMEN, who mentioned him to me. Chief, I’m sure you heard of him, Mr. DAVE GREAVES; you probably know him as “BUZZ DUZZ”
the plumber. He told me a lot of people saw his name in THE SNOOPER COLUMN. He wanted me to find out who THE SNOOPER is so he could thank him. I met another gentleman, “STAN the MAN” RUTH, and he told me he had known both CARMEN and GREAVES for a long time. Whoa, that looks like it might be HON. GERALD KOSINSKI over there – tell me it’s not him. SNOOPER SCOOPER: It seems everybody and their brother wants to get involved in the SHERIFF’S OFFICE. I have been told by a very reliable source The President Judge of the Common Pleas Court, HON. PAMELA PRYOR DEMBE, with THE SUPREME COURT’S blessings, will take over using her court’s updated COMPUTERS to keep track of all SHERIFF’S SALES. The court’s computer system is one that will be able to track
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The Public Record • Januray 20, 2011
Philly’s only Crocodile now serving Pickles
by Len Lear Crocodile Bar Philadelphia, which opened at 110 Chestnut St. in Old City last summer, is the first and only bar in the city to introduce a “Pickle Back Menu.” What exactly is a Pickle Back? A
Pickle Back is a shot of alcohol chased with chilled pickle juice, rumored to have started decades ago in Russia. Ever since New York City bars started featuring it as a bartenders’ favorite, it has become a surprisingly trendy choice for bar goers across the Northeast, and it is now
available in Philadelphia. “When I realized that this was a growing trend in Manhattan, I immediately wanted to be ahead of the game in Philly and bring something one-of-a-kind to our city,” said Len Wood, general manager of Crocodile Bar Philadelphia. “As bizarre as it may seem, The Pickle Back has been a huge success thus far!” But, at Crocodile, these
aren’t your ordinary Pickle Backs. The Crocodile’s Pickle Back menu takes this seemingly odd combination to another level with eight versions. For $5 each, one can enjoy whiskey, tequila or vodka paired with a plethora of infused pickle juices. Simplest of them all, “The Pickle Back,” is a shot of Irish whiskey followed by a shot of regular chilled pickle juice. Other versions on the
Len Lear menu, however, are not so unadorned. Go bananas for “The Timmaayy,” comprised of Irish whiskey followed by a shot of chilled banana pepper pickle juice, or take on “Da Two Yoots!” for a taste of pepperoni-infused Svedka vodka followed by a shot of cherry-pepper pickle juice. Not in the mood for pickle juice? Crocodile has an abundance of American craft beers on hand, eight on tap and 60 in bottles and cans, to satisfy any beer lover’s craving. Crocodile is currently featuring winter beers, as the menu showcases dark, hoppy and roasted selections alongside the popular domestics and imports. The Crocodile Bar Philadelphia opened last August, a few years after the original Crocodile opened in New York City. In addition to the Pickle Backs (which I do not think are kosher) and brewskis, there is live music, classic game nights, events and daily specials. It is open daily 5 p.m. till 2 a.m. and on weekends 12 p.m. till 2 a.m. For more information, visit www.crocodilephilly.com. Little Fish swims back Mike Stollenwerk, chef and owner of Fish, Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best New Restaurant 2010,” and the soon-to-open Fathom Seafood House in Fishtown, has just reopened his first restaurant — the tiny BYOB, Little Fish. Little Fish closed the doors of its former location in April of 2010 due to structural concerns. Stollenwerk, who owned and operated Lit-
tle Fish for the past three years of a remarkable 13year run, always intended on reopening as soon as possible. Under Stollenwerk’s tutelage, Little Fish earned high marks from local and national critics, and was touted as one of the best seafood restaurants in the country by Bon Appétit magazine. Little Fish’s new space is the former home of Salt & Pepper, 746 S. 6th Street, just a few blocks from its former location. Meanwhile, Salt & Pepper has relocated to 1623 E. Passyunk Avenue. Little Fish’s cuisine features fresh modern seafood in an inviting and pared-down atmosphere. Recent dishes include sturgeon, golden spot tilefish, black cod and Alaskan king crab with rice noodles and hot sour broth, as well as a salad of grilled fresh Spanish octopus. “Queen Village is a great neighborhood to be in, and we’re thrilled to be back,” said Stollenwerk. Chef in charge is now Chad Jenkins, who has worked alongside Stollenwerk for years. Little Fish is open Monday-Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to closing. For years one of the toughest tickets in town was the amazing $28, five-course tasting dinner on Sunday nights only. That deal is back but has been elevated to $33, still quite easy on the wallet. For more information, call (267) 455-0172 or visit www.littlefishbyob.com. Best Thai food One of the best bargains downtown can be found at Thai Chef & Noodle Fusion, 2028 Chestnut Street, which has been named in customer surveys “Best Thai food” in three different recent years. Their lunch special, just $7.95 for soup, appetizer and entree (eat-in only), is undoubtedly one of the best food values anywhere in the Delaware Valley. For more information, call (215) 5687058 or visit www.thaicheftoday.com.
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BUCKS CO. Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick and State Rep. Paul Clymer, Chair of House Education Committee
ROBERT & State Rep. Margo Davidson in line for Gov. Corbett’s swearing-in ceremony.
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AT HARRISBURG Hilton luncheon celebration for incoming Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, he, his wife Suzanne and 2-year-ld son Nicky thank all of his guests and well-wishers.
CERTIFICATES of Extraordinary Personal Action awards by the American Red Cross were presented to Judges Joe Waters and James DeLeon at US Coast Guard Auxiliary HQ on Delaware Avenue. Award was presented for extraordinary actions performed by Waters and DeLeon to save life of a colleague by administering CPR and other life-saving trainings taught by Red Cross. From left are John Mosley, USCG; Judge Waters; Donna Palmieri, COO, SE PA American Red Cross;Judge Judge DeLeon; and CDR Terry Johns, director of CG Auxiliary.
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Judge Nixes N.J. Bid To Halt Dredging United States District Court Judge Joel A. Pisano of the District of New Jersey has rejected New Jersey’s claims the Army Corps of Engineers had acted improperly in determining to move forward with the project to deepen the Delaware River shipping channel another five feet. In November, a federal judge in Delaware rejected a similar legal challenge to the project, dismissing claims by Delaware environmental officials and environmentalists. The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority is the local sponsor of the deepening project, which began in March. The $277 million project calls for deepening the 103-mile shipping chan-
nel from Camden, N.J. to the Delaware Bay from 40 to 45 feet. “We are very happy that once again, a federal judge has looked at the facts, and at the work the Army Corps of Engineers conducted and the process it followed, and agreed there was no reason to stop the critical deepening of the Delaware River,” said PRPA Chairman John H. Estey. “With this pair of decisions, I hope we can continue to move forward and receive the federal funding needed to complete the project.” In January, US District Judge Sue L. Robinson of Delaware allowed the deepening to commence. Between March and September, a 12-mile section
in Delaware waters was successfully deepened. During that time, the Army Corps of Engineers repeatedly tested the water to measure the impact of the removal of the dredged materials. No significant impact was detected. The deepening, first proposed almost two decades ago, is projected to create more than 8,000 new jobs and is critical to the longterm economic prospects of Philadelphia-area ports. Other ports across the country, including the Port of Baltimore and Port of New York/Newark, have already either begun or completed deepening projects. The Port of Baltimore last year announced a private-sector investment of $750 million after its deepening. If the Delaware River is not deepened, Delaware River ports risk being at a competitive disadvantage, said Estey. “Deepening the channel will benefit the entire tristate region, especially the
deepening is critical.” The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority is an independent agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charged with the management, maintenance, marketing, and promotion of publicly owned port facilities along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, as well as strategic planning in the port district. PRPA
tens of thousands of families whose livelihoods depend on Philadelphia area ports,” Estey said. “Not only is the project expected to create $1.35 in new economic benefit for every $1 spent, but an estimated 85,000 familysustaining jobs depend on the completion of the deepening. If we're committed to the future economic viability of the region's ports, the
Inside Your Computer Call Centers Used For Computer Crime Sydney, Australia. Here is how the scam works; you get a call from a professional, well-trained and politecall-center employee who claims to be part of a large, well-known computer company. Currently they are claiming to be part of Microsoft. They then tell you some story about having de-
by Peter Radatti, Pres.& CXEO CyberSoft, Inx There is a new computer scam that is currently hitting Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain. We know about this due to the efforts of computer security analyst Craig Johnston of Optusnet from
PROUDLY MANAGING PENNSYLVANIAʼS INTERNATIONAL SEAPORT SINCE 1990
Philadelphia Regional Port Authority We Continue To Championing the Channel-Deepening Project And Substantial Port Expansion
Congratulating Governor Tom Corbett On His Inauguration And For His Suport.
John H. Estey, Esq. Chairman
works with its terminal operators to modernize, expand, and improve its facilities, and to market those facilities to prospective port users. Port cargoes and the activities they generate are responsible for thousands of direct and indirect jobs in the Philadelphia area and throughout Pennsylvania, as well as numerous other economic benefits.
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tected a serious virus infection on your computer and ask you to login to diagnose the problem. Once you login, they have you open the error log from the Event Viewer and read part of it to them. The error log of any computer is always full of system errors. This is normal. At this point, they will tell you these errors are proof your system is infected with a virus. They will suggest you download a viruscleaner program and install it, or ask you to start a remote access application so they can “fix” the problem. Normally, they ask you for a credit card to pay for it. What happens then depends upon who is doing the asking. A normal crook will steal your credit-card number and download a key logger that will attempt to steal your bank account and password. If you give them remote access, they may download anything of interest from your systems, including your stored userid/password. Since the crooks are using a call-center operation to make the calls, the caller knows everything a normal call center would know, such as your full name, address and phone number. They just take a guess that you have a Microsoft Windows computer, since that is what most people have. Tell them you don’t have a computer and they just hang up and move on to the next individual.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107-3290 2011 NOTICE OF VACANT PROPERTY REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETINGS The Vacant Property Review Committee will meet in the Caucus Room, (Room 401, City Hall) from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on the following dates:
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