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FLANKED by staffers and fellow Council Members, 1st Dist. Councilman Frank DiCicco tells members of press his reasons for deciding not to seek reelection in Democrat Primary. He endorsed Mark Squilla at conference, indicating Squilla has proved his commitment to community service. Story Page 2
APPLAUDING candidacy of State Rep. Jewell Williams as he declares his intention to seek Democrat Primary for Sheriff are, from left, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Laborers Local 332 Business Mgr. Sam Staten, Jr., State Rep. Cherelle Parker and AFSCME D.C. 33 head Pete Matthews. Story Page 8
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DiCicco Endorses Squilla In 1st District, Decides Not To Run For His Fifth Term The winds of victory in the 1st Councilmanic Dist. shifted heavily to one of four challengers as forces loyal to four-term Councilman Frank DiCicco moved to follow his lead in endorsing Mark Squilla, long-time loyal committeeman in Ward Leader Matt Myers’ 39B Ward. DiCicco made that endorsement earlier in the week
when he explained his reasons for not seeking a fifth term to the 1st Dist. Council seat. Mark Squilla, who entered the race several weeks ago, officially announced his campaign kickoff in his “backyard” at Burke Playground, 2nd & Jackson, at 5:30 p.m. last night. Squilla, a past veteran of
campaign fights, acknowledged the support given him by DiCicco at his rally. He is expected to also have the support of South Philadelphia ward leaders from Wards 1, 2 and 39 A and B in his corner. Leaning toward him is Tom Johnson, leader of the 25th Ward. Squilla, pragmatic to the core, said, “I spent much of the weekend, when I got the news of Councilman DiCicco’s withdrawal from the Primary, gathering and checking my petitions. In addition to the wards’ support, I will be concentrating on reaching out to the many I have serviced through the years to involve them in this campaign.” Squilla is president of Whitman Council Civic Association, and a graduate of LaSalle University, and active with several community groups. Married to Brigid, he is the father of four children. Jeff Hornstein, who moved quickly, is said to have garnered the support of Ed Nesmith, 2nd Ward; Mike Boyle, 5th; Maragaet Rzepski, 31st; and Harry Enggasser of the 45th. Hornstein also enjoys the support of State Rep. Michael O’Brien (D-Kensington),
whose district encompasses Northern Liberties, Fishtown and Kensington as well as Old City and Queen Village. Hornstein welcomed the DiCicco announcement and added, his efforts, if successful, will be to reenergize continue on “DiCicco’s efforts to make the Delaware waterfront the jewel it can be.” DiCicco found himself the brunt of anti-DROP sentiments and editorials in the main media, despite the fact he had made it clear had he run successfully for reelection, he would turn over his DROP payment of $424,646 to the City, collecting only his pension payments. Despite the fact a poll commissioned by DiCicco indicated his numbers “showed him with a minimum of 40% of the vote in the worst scenario,” he said, “the negatives due to my enrollment in the DROP program would have required me to raise close to a half-million dollars to get the right message through to the voters and to clear up the mud and misinformation being thrown at me daily.” DiCicco held meetings over the weekend with several ward leaders, including Congressman Bob Brady (D-
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Phila.), John Dougherty, Jr., Matt Myers and Squilla. He agreed it would be easier for all and save a great deal of money if he withdrew. DiCicco’s only request was for Squilla, if elected, to retain some of the “hardworking members of my staff.” DiCicco, who endorsed Squilla to replace him, believes Squilla will continue his tradition of service to the community.” Also expected to benefit from the united front now forming around Squilla is Councilman at Large Jim Kenney, who, along with DiCicco, had the full support of Roseanne Pauciello’s 39A Ward. All three were key supporters of former State Sen. Vincent Fumo. Another at-Large candidate, expected to be on their ballots in the Primary, is Councilman Bill Green. Expected to benefit from the fallout, regardless of ward leader endorsements in the 5th and 18th, is Joe Grace, with a long history in City government and as the leader of a nonprofit which has kept pressure on the rampant sale of guns in the Commonwealth and in this city
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Oh Looks Good In Straw Poll Three-term campaigner for GOP City Council David Oh, Esq., continues to be a lead runner in the uniquely crowded GOP primary for Council at Large. This is the result of a local poll of Republican Committee members. Oh scored 82%. The other winners in the at-Large field were State Rep. Denny O’Brien (R-Northeast), 53%; Malcolm Lazin, 46%; Joe McColgan, 44%; and John Giordano, 42%. City Councilman Frank Rizzo tied with Al Taubenberger for last place with 18% of the vote.
In the only other race where there is expected to be a Republican Primary – the City Commissioners – Al Schmidt took 96% and Marie Delany 38%, with Jim Mugford and Commissioner Joe Duda trailing. In fairness to the incumbents, the poll was conducted by local members of the State Republican Committee and was not circulated among Republican City Committee members. Local 22 Aboard With Frank Rizzo
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and is dear to me,” Councilman Frank Rizzo (R) rejoiced in “the one I have just received from Bill Gault and his firefighters.” Rizzo, who is in his fourth term on City Council, again finds himself in an underdog position with both factions of his party. In answer he notes, “I will be the last man standing come Tuesday night May 17.” Joe Grace Sees Clean Lots Key To Safety
Joe Grace marched into Kensington last week laying out for 1st Dist. Council voters his plan to reduce and prevent violent crime in Philadelphia. A part of his plan would be to restore funding to clean vacant lots that are “breeding grounds for crime.” Grace was joined at the news conference at Jasper & Cumberland Streets by a number of activists from the Kensington community, a once-thriving neighborhood which has been beset by persistent problems associated with crime and gun violence. He seeks $420,000 in City
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retained me to pursue the matter regarding Councilman Rizzo, there are other elected officials in the same situation as him and I have had discussions with a number of individuals and attorneys who have indicated to me that they were considering similar actions against others. “Because it is a matter of
first impression on a legal issue of some significance, I would expect that any decision may be appealed by either side to at least the Commonwealth Court. “As election matters are heard on an expedited basis I thought it better to allow both the court and the litigants see what is going to be filed.”
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Republican Councilman at large Frank Rizzo is being targeted by Republican Ward Leader J. Matthew Wolfe to keep his name from appearing on the primary ballot. Wolfe, in a letter to President Judge Pamela Dembe, charges Rizzo is ineligible to run “due to his voluntary election to enter the DROP Program, which requires that a participant make an irrevocable commitment to separate from City service and retire.” Wolfe charges, “While the City Solicitor has come up with a tortured opinion that an elected official can retire for a day and then be sworn into office for a new term, that view has never been tested in court. The City Solicitor relied upon a re-hire provision in the ordinance, but since elected officials are elected, not hired, we are hopeful that the Councilman will be held to his commitment to retire.” He wrote Judge Dembe his petition, which he filed Mar. 9, is different from many other petitions.”Unlike the traditional challenge in which factual issues arise due to the question of whether individual signatures or affidavits of circulators are valid, there is likely no factual dispute involved in this matter. “This challenge is based upon Councilman Rizzo’s election to participate in the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP). “Certainly the Councilman will not dispute the fact of his entry into the program. “The issue will be a pure legal question as to whether he can run for reelection after his voluntary entry into DROP, which is one of first impression in the state. “I am forwarding this to you in advance in case it makes any difference in your scheduling these matters for hearings. While I currently have only one client who has
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Gordon May Hurt Kenyatta In 2nd State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson (D-S. Phila.), who believes he has the edge in the race to replace retiring Council President Anna Verna, in the Democrat Primary for the 2nd Council Dist., has been given a jolt in his campaign strategy. Tracey Gordon, a wellknown community activist, committeewoman and businesswoman from Southwest Philly, entered the 2nd Dist. primary race officially when she filed 1,700 signatures on her nominating petition Monday afternoon. “I could have gotten more,” she said, “but these are solid and will stand up to any challenge.” Gordon, who has been considered “a disruptive force” in 40B where she is a committeewoman, is no stranger to fights. Her committeeperson election was challenged by Ward Leader Ann Brown, but was restored when she appealed to the Court of Common Pleas. “I’m used to people saying, ‘Stay in line, do what you are told’ to get along, but this is not the time to show a willingness to follow the lead of my ward leader and others. We need to involve the Southwest part of the city more than ever and my candidacy will do that.” She will be the sixth in the race. Ed Thornton, Ward Leader of 40A, who had been
eyeing the race, in the end did not file. But in addition to Johnson and Gordon, attorneys Damon Roberts, Vincent DeFino and Richard DeMarco turned in petitions, as did Realtor Barbara Capozzi. Gordon’s candidacy is expected to cut into the African American voting bloc Johnson believes he can attract. She agreed, saying, “I have received calls demanding I get out for fear of splitting the Johnson votes. But I say to his supporters, he won an election, which caused us to lose the chairmanship of one of the key committees in the House held by former State Rep. Harold James. Now, he wants the whole hog, by running for District Councilman. “He hasn’t shown us much of what he can do for us, except spend State money to enhance
his position with senior meetings and stuff like that. His voters are still shocked at his wanting to seek another office. I don't believe they will be there for him this time. They want him to stay in the State as he promised he would.” Gordon has four adult children, one of them a member of the Police Dept. She lives at 6543 Windsor, in a neighborhood where she has been a block captain for 10 years, winning the Most Beautiful block award in 2002 and, in 2009, was awarded for keeping Philadelphia beautiful. “I have spent thousands of hours volunteering for the community, so much so many of those coming to me thought I held down a city job,” she said. She plans a fundraiser this Friday and Saturday at her home from 12 to 8 p.m.
Taubenberger Runs Again REPUBLICAN who challenged Michael Nutter for mayoralty in 2007, Al Taubenberger drew a throng of fans to a petitionsigning breakfast for his Council race at Cannstatter in N.E. Phila. Joining him here is his childhood friend Ed Gradel.
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Stars, 2nd & Chestnut, 7:3011 a.m. Tickets at door $25. Mar. 17- Public Record invites all to join as it marks its 12th year in existence and its selection of Samuel Staten, Jr., as “Public Servant of the Year 2011” at Galdo’s Catering, 20th & Moyamensing Ave., 6-9 p.m. Expect a merry good time! Open bar, international buffet. For info John David (215) 755-2000 or (267) 259-6654. Mar. 18- Democratic 57th Ward St. Patrick’s Day Beef & Beer at Paddy Whack’s, 9241 Roosevelt Blvd., 7-11 p.m. Tickets $35. Checks payable to Friends of the 57th Ward, 3810 Dartmouth Pl., Phila., PA 19136. For info (267) 773-3251. Mar. 19- 45th Ward St. Patrick’s Day Party at Cannon Ball Tavern, Kennedy & James Sts., 6-10 p.m. Tickets $40. Music, food, 50/50. RSVP by Mar. 12 (215) 743-4703. Mar. 19- Congreso’s 5th Gala Latina Chillin in Chile at Hyatt at Bellevue, 200 S. Broad St., 6:30-10 p.m. For info www.congresso.net.Chile. Mar 24- Fundraiser for Marnie Aument Loughrey at Law Offices of Daniel McCaffery, 2 Penn Center, Suite1030, 5:30-7:30 p.m. For info (215) 427-1645. Mar. 24- Reception honoring Marty Bednarek, Democrat candidate for City Council, 6th Dist., at Historic Glen Foerd on Delaware, 5001 Grant Ave. 7-9 p.m. RSVP by Mar. 20.
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Experience is expensive to come by. It takes years to hone a person to the peak of his or her performance on the job. That is why we do not believe DROP is a nasty word and we stand by our previous editorials which show it did not materially impact the City budget. We printed the facts, discussed the studies and we still come out on the side of the worthiness of the program. But because of DROP and the amounts of disinformation barraging the voter, we are losing good talent, talent garnered by years of experience. The latest loss is the announcement by 1st Dist. Councilman Frank DiCicco, who explained his decision succinctly: “To battle the misinformation, I would need to raise half a million dollars to get my side of the story through to the voters.” His decision follows on the heels of another truly dedicated and experienced veteran of City Council wars, President Anna Verna, of the 2nd Dist. The successors of these two distinguished public servants will have a long way to go to learn what their predecessors have forgotten. We wish the newcomers well, but the city’s sudden loss of the top end of two great learning curves must be borne by their respective voting blocs.
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Party Masses Behind Jewell For Sheriff by Tony West A host of civic leaders gathered in City Hall Tuesday morning to state that, as far as they are concerned, the Democratic Primary contest for the nomination for Sheriff is over. State Rep. Jewell Williams (D-N. Phila.) received the endorsement of racks of officials. Five City Council Members spoke out on his behalf, as did State Sen. Anthony Williams (D-W. Phila.) and three of his peers in the House of Representatives. Two major union leaders – Pete Matthews of AFSCME D.C. 33 AND Sam Staten, Jr. of Laborers’ Local 332 – plunked down their support. Other union leaders were in the room at that moment, but their locals have not com-
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the State Rep. Emceeing the event was NAACP chief Jerry Mondesire, who left little doubt African American Democrats would be drawn to Williams’s candidacy. State Rep. Cherelle Parker (D-Northwest) hailed her colleague’s leadership and his compassion for poor and working-class citizens. Like a drumbeat, this theme was continued by Williams’s other endorsers, who made it clear City Democrats will cleave to the policy instated by former Sheriff John Green many years ago: that the Sheriff’s duties – in particular the vital business of foreclosures and Sheriff’s sales – should always be carried out with an eye to safeguarding the needy, as much as the law allows. Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell also pointedly stressed she was backing, not just Williams the man, but the Office of the Sheriff and all other row offices, like that of Register of Wills Ron Donatucci, who was also present. Few organization Democrats, then, will be backing the campaign of one of Williams’s opponents, John Kromer, a former director of the Office of Housing & Community Development. Kromer is running on a platform to eliminate the Sheriff’s independent elective row office. Kromer would turn over all the Sheriff’s powers to administrator in the court system or in the Mayor’s Office. Williams is no stranger to the Sheriff’s Office, having served as Chief of Criminal Operations in the Sheriff’s Office 1194-2000. He pledged to bring “greater transparency” to the Sheriff’s Office and upgrade its internal controls. One other candidate for this post, Jacque Whaumbush, is also a veteran of the Sheriff’s Office.
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publicans-Incumbent Brian O'Neill. City Commissioners-Democrats-Incumbent Margret Tartaglione, Incumbent Anthony Clark, Ivy Staten, Stephanie Singer, Michael Edward Bell, Bernard Talmadge and Warren Bloom. Republicans-Incumbent Joe Duda, Marie Delany, Al Schmidt and James Mugford. Council At Large-- Democrats-Ralph Blakney, Lawrence Clark, Sherrie Cohen, Incumbent Wilson Goode Jr., Francis Graff, Jr., Incumbent William Green, Incumbent William Greenlee, Incumbent James Kenney, Ralanda King, Daryl LaFountain, Janis Manson, Edward Nesmith, Donna Gentile Oâ€™Donnell, Humberto Perez, Incumbent Blondell Reynolds Brown, Denise Ripley, Isaiah Thomas, Andrew Toy, (Cont. Page 12)
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Twenty-six Democrats and 10 Republicans have filed for the five Council at Large seats to be contested in their respective primaries. With the latest in the candidates list released by the City Commissioners, it is obvious both Republican and Democrat City Committees will be pressed to bring their endorsements in the at-Large Council races, the City Commissioners and all but the 4th and 10th Dist. Council races. Traffic Court attracted 16 aspirants. The following have filed: First District Council-Democrats-Vern Anastasio, Joe Grace, Jeff Hornstein and Mark Squilla. RepublicansNone. 2nd District Council-Democrats-Barbara Capozzi, Richard DeMarco, Vincent DeFino, Tracey Gordon, State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson and Damon Roberts. Republicans-Ivan Cohen. 3rd District Council-Democrats-Incumbent Jannie Blackwell, Alicia Burbage, and Tony OPhax King. Republicans-None. 4th District Council-Democrats-Incumbent Curtis Jones. Republicans- None. 5th District Council--
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SNOOPER’S COMMUNITY NEWS DEPT: My associates and I stopped in to see a few friends at THE WISSINOMING YACHT CLUB! We spotted the famous and “legendary” CHARLIE McMENAMIN, and he really looks good. He introduced my associates to some friends, who were there with him to meet BOBBY HENON from LOCAL 98 (I.B.E.W.). They also got to meet “Big” MIKE DRISCOLL, who owns FINNIGAN’S WAKE on Spring Garden Street. HENON told our associates about CITY COUNCIL and what he hopes to do as a District Councilman. They also met with HON. VINCE GIUSINI, who is seeking a spot for The Common Pleas Court. There were a lot of people from all over this City, namely, TACONY, FRANKFORD, TORRESDALE, PORT RICHMOND and, naturally, WISSINOMING. Yes, they got to meet and greet the famous “Karaoke King”, TONY CARMEN, along with a lot of others, FREDDIE MARI, RANDY AXELROD, ORLANDO RODRIGUEZ, one from J.C. AUTOS (“Johnny”), and DAN McCAFFERY (running for ATTORNEY GENERAL). SNOOPER’S ELECTION NEWS BUREAU: “A word to the wise”, especially all you candidates who are running for various offices in this City. Might I suggest to all of you The Public Record Newspaper and The South Philly Record, since they do cover all the areas you would be interested in, especially to letting the people know WHO YOU ARE and WHAT YOU ARE ALL ABOUT? This is very important. Remember, ELECTION DAY is only a few weeks away. Please let our professionals help you to get your messages where they’ll do the most good, to all those who are voting. This election will see the biggest amount of varCANDIDATES ever and WE can help you get your SPECIAL RECOGNITION so they know who to VOTE for! Please call “Our Man” JOHN DAVID; tell him THE SNOOPER sent you. Do it now. Call him at (215) 755-2000, and I personally suggest you call him right away! The Public Record enjoys a winning edge when it comes to winning for Candidates. SNOOPER’S F.Y.I. Files: This is for you who read this particular column, and happen to like what you read. I was invited, by a close friend of mine, to visit ARIA HOSPITAL (Frankford Division). We got to meet possibly the best ADMINISTRATOR that any hospital would give their “eye tooth” to have– a true PROFESSIONAL too! We met with MR. JOHN QUINN (“The Mighty Quinn”), C.E.O., along with KAREN SOBCZAK, The Director, and BARBARA SALAPATA, she is “the head” Nurse. Let me tell you, we have never met the (Cont. Page 25)
“Excuse me, can you tell me where Room 142 is?” A nice gentleman having a smoke break outside of City Hall directed me to the building’s Room 142, otherwise known as the Center of the Political Universe on Tuesday. I was visiting this manifestation of the Center of the Political Universe because Tuesday was the biggest holiday on the May 17 primary calendar. It was Nominating Petition Turn-In Day. For anyone hoping to run for City Council, Mayor, Sheriff, or any of the myriad other offices available for consideration for the primary, you had to have your petitions into Room 142 by 5 p.m. If you were in line by 5, you could turn in your paperwork. But if you came at 5:01, you were out of luck. Most Tuesdays, I’d probably be in the library studying. But I decided it might be important to be in the hallway with the rest of the reporters this time around, because a lot of the races, particularly the races for City Council Districts, are free-for-alls. On Monday, Councilman Frank DiCicco became the latest of the City Council DROP-ees to yield to the pressure not to run for reelection. He tried to stay on, doing everything from offering to work for free to trying to get the Deferred Retirement Option Program repealed. But in the end, he lost the will to live (politically), so he pulled the plug. (So if you’re keeping score, the City Council people who have opted to stop, DROP and roll are: Donna Reed Miller, Jack Kelly, Anna Verna, Joan Krajewski and DiCicco.) Also, any political occasion that could include a T. Milton Street sighting is worth the trip. Street is the only Democrat who has decided to put his criticism of Mayor Michael Nutter where his political mouth is. Street’s also decided to put every financial transaction he’s ever made into his financial report, something he did because he’s hoping to keep reporters from asking him nasty questions about that stuff. He also brought in twice the signatures he’d need because “the nomination standard is a little bit higher for me,” he said. “When I ran for the Senate, the Senate is usually allowed to decide who is qualified for membership to the body. But in my case, the courts have made that decision. This time, I’m covering all my bases.” While he hasn’t talked with Mayor Nutter, he believes he should be made to defend his record to Street’s constituency – 300,000 ex-offenders and people in rehab centers. (Cont. Page 25)
The Mass of the Resurrection for JURY COMMISSIONER GERARD SHOTZBARGER was celebrated by FATHER DENNIS O’DONNELL. More than 2,000 friends and relatives observed the wake and over 1,000 the morning of the Mass. A huge number of floral bouquets surrounded the casket, a tribute to the many lives that were touched by Jerry. Among the mourners were Municipal Court JUDGE FAY STACK and her daughter CAROL STACK-POGGIO; well-known lawyer FRITZ CICCONE; DEBBIE OWENS; WEB KEOGH, who was the supervising judge for the Common Pleas Criminal Court; MIKE McALEER, who is the top aide to STATE SEN. MIKE STACK, along with his boss himself; the President Judge of Common Pleas Court PAM DEMBE; former Administrative Judge for Family Court ESTHER SYLVESTER; JOHN ELLIOTT and his brother TOM; General Counsel for the Republican Party MIKE MEEHAN; CHRISTINE HOPE BELOFF; retired Senior JUDGE JOE POSERINA and his wife LILLIAN; former Jury Commissioner MIKE McALLISTER; and a host of others from the City. The eulogies were delivered by his daughter MARY and by his brothers, GEORGE, who was long a prosecutor for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, and TOM. The burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery was followed by a luncheon at the Torresdale County Club, where Jerry was a long-time member. He will be missed by a great many people. Contributions can be sent to the “Shotzbarger Children’s Educational Fund”, Philadelphia Federal Credit Union, 12800 Townsend Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154. ANTHONY “TONY” ZECCA departed this life after a long illness. He was a Deputy Mayor and a principal adviser to two Mayors: JIM TATE and FRANK RIZZO. Tony was a “go-to-guy” and Mayors depended upon him to follow through on projects in which they were interested. He will be missed. The St. Patrick’s Parade will be held on Sunday, Mar. 13, which will include the usual route taken by the celebrators. The Brehon Law Society will provide a trolley for the more-senior members of different organizations who wish to parade. JUDGE JIMMY LYNN has been a long-time member of the St. Patrick’s Day observance committee, as has AUSTIN McGREAL. Both of them are expected to take their customary places on the reviewing platform. (Cont. Page 24)
Yo! Here we go again with these thoughts. When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious stories about how hard things were when they were growing up; like walking 25 miles to school every morning ... barefoot ... uphill ... BOTH ways... yadda, yadda, yadda. But now that I'm over the ripe old age of 40, I can’t help but look around and notice the youth of today. Compared to my childhood, you live in a Utopia and you don’t know how good you’ve got it. I mean, when I was a kid, we didn’t have the internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog. There was no email. We had to actually write somebody a letter – with a pen. Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there. Stamps were 10 cents. There were no MP3s or Napsters or iTunes. If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself. Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and mess it all up. There were no CD players. We had tape decks in our car. We’d play our favorite tape and “eject” it when finished. We didn’t have fancy things like Call Waiting. If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that’s it. There weren’t any cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn’t make a call or receive one. And we didn’t have fancy Caller ID either. When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was. It could be your school, your parents, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, the collection agent... you just didn’t know. You had to pick it up and take your chances. We didn’t have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics. We had the Atari 2600 with games like ‘Space Invaders’ and ‘Asteroids. Your screen guy was a little square. You had to use a little book called TV Guide to find out what was on. You were screwed when it came to channel-surfing. You had to get off your chair and walk over to the TV to change the channel, because we had NO REMOTES. There was no Cartoon Network either. We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons. And we didn’t have microwaves. And our parents told us to stay outside and play ... all day long ... you were doing chores. You kids today have got it too easy, and those over 40 will agree with me – right?
not, however, propose a specific measure to put such a freeze into place. Higher education took an even huger hit, proportionately. State and State-related universities, such as Penn State and Temple, will lose half their funding from the State. Medical spending was treated more kindly. Hospitals will face losses of more than $150 million in Medicaid reimbursements. But the Dept. of Public Welfare will receive a bump to allow for higher underlying healthcare prices. The Dept. of Economic & Community Development took a big hit, down from $338 million to $224 million. WAMs or “Walking Around Money” were eliminated, the Governor vowed. But he attributed many of the cuts to streamlining, calling DCED “an agency that, frankly, looked like the back of an old radio. It had parts running every which-way.” Corbett plans to slash its 127 programs to 56. But Corbett also wants to rein in spending on public safety. He put his weight foursquare behind the movement to stop prison construction and reduce the prison population. “We need to think smarter about
how and when and how long to jail people,” he said. “We need to fund additional parole officers to help freed inmates make the transition from the prison yard to Main Street.” In other controversial areas, Corbett was cautious. While he said firmly, “The government should no more run the liquor stores than it should run the pharmacies and gas stations,” he did not rush to sell off the Liquor
Control Board’s vast marketing operation, announcing instead a “task force on privatization.” That’s usually government-speak for kicking the can down the road a year. With regards to Marcellus shale gas development, Corbett spoke of it in stirring phrases as “a resource, a source of potential wealth, the foundation of a new economy – not just something new to tax…. Let’s
make Pennsylvania the Texas of the natural-gas boom.” He did not, however, specifically rule out fees on drillers or gas producers. Fees are a popular euphemism among Republicans who want to raise added revenue without using the Tword. Once again, he appointed a working group – this time a “commission” – headed by Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley – “to oversee how we can build
around this new industry and how we can make certain we do this while protecting our lands, our drinking water, our air and our communities, all the while growing our workforce.” He is giving this commission four months to work in – a window which suggests some core policy choices have not yet been made within his Administration, and are open to input and debate by the legislature.
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by Tony West “The day of reckoning has come,” Gov. Tom Corbett told the General Assembly as his began his budget address. By the Governor’s reckoning, spending must be cut by $900 million in the next fiscal year, down 3% from the current year’s $28.2 billion. He plans to do so without imposing any new taxes, “Because the people have no more to give,” he said. Corbett’s chief target was his predecessor Gov. Ed Rendell’s chief pride and joy: education. Funding for basic education will be cut by more than $550 million, down 10% in one year, reducing spending to 2008-09 levels. Together with other cuts, State education for schools will drop by $1 billion. To ease some of this pain, Corbett offered, not a carrot, but more of a stick by calling for giveback from school workers. “Our calculations show that if public-school employees across the state agreed to a one-year freeze on pay increases, we could save school districts $400 million. That’s $400 million in arts and music programs saved. That’s $400 million in programs spared from cuts,” he said. The Governor did
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Traffic Court Big Draw, Now Come Withdrawals (Cont. From Page 9) Alexander Wilson, Louis Borda and Michel Jones. Republicans-Malcolm Lazin, Joseph McColgan, Elmer Money, John Giordano, Denny O'Brien, Stephen Odabashian, David Oh, Incumbent Frank Rizzo, Alfred Taubenberger and Michael JUDGE KENNETH POWELL, who was honored Untermeyer. at a Union League fundraiser, gets a supportive Mayor--DemocratsSHARING moment with honoree Judge Kenneth Powell were Richard hug from Anne Marie Coyle, who has herself enIncumbent Michael Nutter, Heilberg, left, and Mr. & Mrs. Peter Wirs. tered this year’s judicial primary. and Thomas Milton Street. Republicans-John Featherman and Karen Brown. Register of Wills-Democrats-Incumbent Ronald Donatucci, Benson Williams and Lamont Thomas. Repub-
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found in virtually every organ, tissue, and cell in the body. Massive amounts of glutamate additives are mixed with processed foods to enhance their taste. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is the best known. But more common glutamate additives include such things as hydrolyzed proteins, soy-protein isolates, protein concentrates, whey-protein isolates, carrageenan, caseinates, autolyzed yeast, natural flavoring, broth and stock. to preclude same-sex married couples or couples joined by same-sex civil unions from jointly filing bankruptcy. A Feb. 23, 2011 order from President Barack Obama prevents the Justice Dept. from enforcing this law and now clouds the issue. Same-sex couples might now be permitted to file bankruptcy. At least they should try. The Justice Dept. of the United States of America, which oversees federal bankruptcy cases through its US
Frequent symptoms of MSG exposure include cramping, diarrhea, and nausea — quite severe, in some cases. This might destroy enough of these cells so as to lead to intestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome and chronic constipation. It would certainly worsen the symptoms of such disorders as IBS, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. These glutamate receptors play a major role in colon cancer growth. Trustee Program, vigorously defends DOMA against samesex couples filing bankruptcy and against constitutionality arguments. Or at least it did until President Obama instructed the Justice Dept. to end that practice. Time will tell, but the time is now for same-sex married couples, and those joined under State civil unions, to seek equal treatment under bankruptcy law. Next week’s question: How can bankruptcy help me?
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DEBUTING her campaign posters is 7th Dist. Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, seen here with Sedo Sanchez on her right, and supporters. support the candidacy of Sav- entire Latino community. age in the primary. “They and I feel she has His reasoning is, “I don't be- been missing in action, espelieve she is running. She has yet cially when it comes to the to reach out to me, especially nitty-gritty down in the trenches since I was her mentor and her where the people needed her strongest supporter last time out.” presence and support.” Repeated calls to her office Supporting her is Donna by this newspaper have failed to Aument, 33rd Ward Leader. bring a response, though her “She is a good Council Memstaff was told we were doing a ber, does what is expected of story covering her District race. her and more. What our ward Cruz, a veteran of many leaders need to realize is she primary wars, added, “I went hasn’t come to elected office against the Democrat Party via the ward-leader route. She organization to support her. doesn’t understand the need to This time she must feel there insure ward-leader cooperais no need to communicate to tion. She has served many of insure her continued support, the community groups well not only from myself, but the and deserves another win.”
Gov. Tom Corbett has appointed Philadelphia attorney Charles G. Kopp to the ChairmanCharles G. ship of the Kopp, Esq. Board of the ...PRPA Philadelphia Board Chief Regional Port Authority. He replaces John Estey, Esq., who had been Gov. Ed Rendell’s appointment. No stranger to the Port, Kopp was appointed in 1986 as a commissioner to the Delaware River Port Authority by Gov. Thornburgh. Estey tendered his resignation recently to give Corbett the early opportunity to name his replacement. Kopp has been a member of the law firm Cozen O’Connor since April 2009 as of counsel in the Business Law Dept. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner with Wolf Block LLP in Philadelphia. Kopp has authored numer-
ous articles on tax law for a variety of publications including the Tax Lawyer, the Philadelphia Lawyer and the Journal of Taxation. He also has been a guest lecturer on “Tax Planning for Real Estate Transactions” at Villanova University’s Graduate Tax Program and has been a speaker for the New York University 27th Annual Institute on Federal Taxation; the University of Pennsylvania 9th Annual Tax Conference; the Practicing Law Institute; the 5th Annual Southern Federal Tax Institute; the New York State Bar Association, Subcommittee on Aviation Law; the Philadelphia Bar Association Lectures on Taxation; the Pennsylvania Society of Public Accountants — Philadelphia Chapter; the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants — Philadel-
phia Chapter; and Young President’s Organization, Seminar “Real Estate in the ’80s, A Whole New Ball Game.” Kopp earned his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was an editor of the law review, and his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Amherst College. He is a member of the American, Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. In addition to his other activities, Kopp is a member of the board of trustees of Thomas Jefferson University, and a member of the board of the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute. He served as a member of the Region I advisory board to the Resolution Trust Corp., the board of directors of Provident National Bank and the advisory board of PNC.
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by Joe Shaheeli When 7th Dist. Councilman Dan Savage (D) counted the returns election night four primaries ago, he understood the groundswell that had swept him from his seat and elected the first Latina woman to City Council. He had lost the support of some of his ward leaders and found himself facing the combined forces of the Latino ward leaders in his district. Added to that, he was buffeted by Gov. Ed Rendell, who had pressed hard with financial aid and telephone calls for nowCouncilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez. Move the clock to the present, and it is now the Councilwoman who is facing a slippery slope. As of this writing, she is not expected to receive the endorsement of the majority of the ward leaders in her District. That District encompasses in their entirety Wards 7, 19, and 33 and portions of Wards 18, 23, 31, 35, 37, 42, 43, 53, 56, and one division in 63. Though she has made herself a name as a member of City Council’s “Young Turks” – aligned with newcomer Councilmen Bill Green and Curtis Jones – her press clippings have not been read by the ward leaders and the committeepersons in her District. In fact, of the current crop of District Council Members, she is the only one not a ward leader. According to several of the ward leaders in the District, they have yet to hear from her requesting their support and endorsement. It could be because she had won with an overwhelming number of them against her, but according to those supporting her, “She is the consummate Council Member, doing things in her District that are indeed impressive.” The chief complaint against here is she has not involved the ward leaders to any degree, which hasn’t created any sense of loyalty from many of them. This time around, her Latino base is rendered asunder. Opposing her now is 7th Ward Leader State Rep. Angel Cruz (D-Kensington) who will be instructing his Latino committeepersons to
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Tasco Runs Again – With Major Support by Tony West Endorsers for Marian Tasco showed up in overwhelming force at Mount Airy Church of God in Christ in Oak Lane as City Council’s Majority Leader announced she would run for reelection in the spring Primary as a Democrat. Five of the 9th Dist. Councilwoman’s colleagues – Jim Kenney, Bill Green, Maria Quiñones Sánchez, Blondell Reynolds Brown and Wilson Goode, Jr. – took turns hailing her leadership and guidance. Five of the heaviest hitters in the region’s labor community – Sam Staten, Jr., and Ryan Boyer of the Laborers, Cathy Scott of AFSCME DC 47, Jerry Jordan of the Teachers and Wendell Young IV of United Food Service & Commercial Workers – pledged “whatever it takes,” in Staten’s words, to reelect her to a seventh term. Two Members of Congress – Chaka Fattah and Allyson Schwartz – came to plug her. Mayor Michael Nutter lauded her in his speech as “vital” to solving the city’s problems. And the speaker who finally introduced the candidate to the overflow crowd was perhaps the most-dynamic State Rep in Philadelphia, Dwight Evans. It was like watching someone play a royal flush, card
after card, from the jack on up to the ace. Although Tasco has enrolled in the controversial DROP program, she hasn’t beat around the bush in maintaining it does not require her to retire. A broad wave of public outrage has sparked opponents to try to topple other DROP elective officials in 2011. Tasco’s friends, however, made it clear they would brook no insurrections in the 9th Ward in far North Philadelphia. Jerry Mondesire, publisher of the Sun newspaper and head of the local NAACP chapter, vowed all-out war on anyone who would dare challenge the incumbent. To date, no one has stuck his head up of the trench to do so. (Four challengers did file petitions, regardless.) Tasco, over years, has brought up generations of young activists in city politics and her alumni form a fiercely protective core around her. With both a Primary and a General Election to come, it is still too early to begin the reorganizing of City Council that must take place after Council President Anna Verna, who did take DROP and is retiring, steps down. However, Tasco’s backers made it plain they expect her to play a top leadership role in City Council in the next term.
Henon Boasts Young Blood
POLITICAL ACTIVIST Bob Henon is taking a team he’s honed working for Electricians’ Union to fight for him in 6th Dist. Council Primary race on Democrat side. He promised to bring new blood to this battle, at this campaign party at Diego’s Bar in Bridesburg.
FLANKING Bob Henon are his hosts at Diego’s in Bridesburg, Jim Miller, left, and Steve Pio.
BUSINESS AND LABOR came together behind Councilwoman Marian Tasco in the form of Phila. Federation of Teachers head Jerry Jordan, left, and Family ShopRite owner Jeff Brown (joined here by Mayor Michael Nutter).
FLANKING their mentor Councilwoman Marian Tasco, center, are her colleagues, from left, Wilson Goode, Jr., Blondell Reynolds Brown, Bill Green, Mayor Michael Nutter (who served with her in City Council) and Jim Kenney.
Photo by Martin Regusters, Leaping Lion Photography
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HEAVY labor lineup for Tesco included, from left, Wendell Young IV, Cathy Scott, Jerry MAYOR Michael Nutter, left, enjoys an Jordan, Ryan Boyer and Sam Staten, Jr., intimate chat with State House heavy- Public Record’s “Public Servant of the Year weights Ron Waters and Jewell Williams. 2011” awardees.
MARIAN TASCO brings all to their feet cheering, among them, grocery magnate Jeff Brown, left, and fabled nightlife entrepreneur Sid Booker.
Voucher Fans Want More Than SB 1 by Tony West A dramatic measure to introduce an extra measure of school choice has just worked its way out of Senate committee in Harrisburg. Despite strong opposition from teachers’ unions, SB 1, introduced by State Sen. Anthony Williams (D-W. Phila.), it is expected to fare well on the floor. Its fate in the House of Representatives is murkier, however – and there, the opposition may come from the right as well as the left. This became clear during a panel discussion of SB 1 held by the Independence Hall Tea Party at the Visitors’ Center last Sunday. Although this discussion was restricted to supporters of school choice, many of them were unhappy with SB 1 because, in their view, it doesn’t go far enough. Williams’ legislation would allow some pupils in schools
officially designated as “failing”, to take the equivalent of their share of public-school funding (up to $7,900 in Philadelphia) and apply it to tuition ant any other school, public or private. These pupils would need to have a family income no greater than 130% above the poverty line. That’s not enough for State Rep. Curt Schroder (RChester). “The primary problem is SB provides choice for the few, but not for the many,” said Schroder. Even Representatives who are generally proschool-choice Representatives might shy away from voting for this bill if they judged few of their constituents would benefit from it. They would wind up targeted by teachers’ unions anyway, without winning any votes to compensate for that, he argued. Columnist Chris Freind argued strenuously Harrisburg is ready for a further-reaching
program – school vouchers for all parents. It was defeated only narrowly under the Ridge Administration, he noted, and with Republicans in complete control of the State government today, they should try to go for it all, he said. Rev. Joe Watkins of Philadelphia, a noted conservative who attributes his climb from poverty to a privateschool scholarship, had no problem with school vouchers for all. But he insisted SB 1 was worth having in its own right. “It is a wonderful piece of legislation,” he said; “it is not perfect. But you’ve got to begin somewhere. This will help the children most at risk.” Dom Giordano, the WCAU talk-show host, noted, “I hear enough voices, even from conservatives, to tell me incrementalism is the way to go.” Williams’ measure may also blunt opposition by
African American lawmakers, he said. And a full-sclae voucher plan is less likely to pass constitutional scrutiny. When the measure lands in the House, Schroder warned there will be attempts to extend it and repair other flaws. Voucher proponents may seek to add universal vouchers to the bill, or vote it down. “To scrap or not to scrap? It’s a difficult question,” he said. Schroder also knocked as provision in SB 1 which allows public schools to opt out of the program. Without forced participation, the whole program could break down, he said. Schroder also wants to adjust technical features of the bill. Without cost controls, he said, an influx of new money into the independent-school market could lead to tuition inflation. He wants to see a limit on the amount by which participating schools can jack up their rates.
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‘If You Build It...’ Convention Ctr. Opened In Style
FROM LEFT are Buck Riley, Esq., chairman of Penna. Convention Center Authority board, with some of his fellow Board Members: Nick DeBenedictis, CEO of Aqua America; Jim Matthews, Montgomery Co. chairman of Board of Commissioners; and Councilwoman Marian Tasco. by Bonnie Squires mental Pennsylvania Acad“If you build it, they will emy of the Fine Arts, already come,” must have been the $2.9 billion worth of business motto of the visionaries who has been booked for the newly pushed for the gigantic and expanded center. beautiful expansion of the The new main entrance is Pennsylvania Convention the anchor for economic deCenter. And they must have velopment and investment on been right – because at the N. Broad. The members of ribbon-cutting and dedication the board of the Pennsylvania of the fantastic new facility. Convention Center Authority whose main entrance on N. beamed from the stage in Broad Street faces the orna- front of about 1,000 guests at
the dedication, with authority chairman Buck Riley, Esq., chairman, announcing that the $786 million investment came in on time and on budget. The expanded center is the largest project in the history of Pennsylvania, and Riley praised the locally based firm Keating, as well as Vitetta architects, for their leadership. Union construction, from carpenters, to electricians, to Teamsters, to stage hands, to riggers, etc., was cited for efficiency and quality of the workmanship, which had 2500 workers on the project. Riley noted some of the unions had also added a hospitality section, because the Convention Center now represents the hospitality business, not just renting space. The back story to the funding was also revealed by Riley. At the time the State legislature had appropriated $700 million for construction, the plans, as
it turned out, had never been completed. An additional $86 million was needed in order to complete the project. Riley praised the hoteliers for allowing themselves to be taxed in order to raise the additional funds, after thanking members of the General Assembly who were present for their initial confidence and courage in voting the funding. State Rep. Dwight Evans (DN. Phila.) received special praise from all the speakers for his vision and, as Carl Singley, Esq., vice chairman of the authority, pointed out, for requiring a diversity plan which guaranteed minority and women participation in the contracts. Joe Resta was singled out for special thanks, as he served on a daily basis during the process as the owners’ representative, overseeing the
MAYOR Michael Nutter was emphatic about large-scale economic benefits he expects city to derive from Convention All photos by Bonnie Squires Center’s expansion. entire project. sity legislation. As Singley reMayor Michael Nutter counted, 148 businesses did proclaimed Philadelphia as $528 million worth of work “the hospitality center of the on the project, including 51 US.” Evans called Conven- minority firms with $93 miltion Center CEO Ahmeena lion, and 31 women- owned Young to the stage, calling firms with $60 million. her “the queen mother” and Evans called the new enattesting to her diligence and trance and the new addition success in guiding the center “the gateway of the world,” through all its phases, includ- quoting President Barack ing implementing the diver- Obama: “win the future.”
CITY OF PHILADELPHIA Public Hearing Notice The Committee on Law and Government of the Council of the City of Philadelphia will hold a Public Hearing Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at 2:00 PM, in Room 400, City Hall, to hear testimony on the following items: 110141
An Ordinance repealing Chapter 21-1200 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Police Advisory Board,” and replacing it with a new Chapter 21-1200 that reconstitutes and renames the board as the “Police Advisory Commission,” and, as authorized by the Charter, provides for the Commission’s appointment and the manner in which the Commission and other officers, employees, and agencies shall fulfill their respective responsibilities with respect to the Commission, all under certain terms and conditions. An Ordinance providing for the submission to the qualified electors of the City of Philadelphia of the proposal set forth in a Resolution approved by Council proposing an amendment of The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter relating to the creation, appointment, powers and duties of a Police Advisory Commission; and authorizing the appropriate officers to publish notice and to make arrangements for the special election. Resolution proposing an amendment to the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter to provide for the creation, appointment, powers and duties of a Police Advisory Commission; to provide for concomitant duties in other officers and agencies; and providing for the submission of the amendment to the electors of Philadelphia.
Immediately following the public hearing, a meeting of the Committee on Law and Government, open to the public, will be held to consider the action to be taken on the above listed items. Copies of the foregoing items are available in the Office of the Chief Clerk of the Council, Room 402, City Hall. Michael A. Decker Chief Clerk
STATE REP. Dwight Evans was all smiles as his dream of an expanded Convention Center came true.
STATE REP. Babette Josephs and George Burrell were among huge crowd gathered for dedication of Convention Center II on N. Broad Street.
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MTV’s birth certificate Barricaded bull. From Ayatollah Khomeini’s Public recitatives, “All Western governments Are just thieves.” “Nothing but evil comes from them” The cleric concluded Reagan’s Drew Lewis & Warner/Amex Colluded. This joint venture Brought forth MTV One Republican before Brings you to me. Newsman Charlie Rose Said it best “MTV has many parents” Resulting in government/media incest. 2.27.11
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Sadie Ladov ... a true mover her away from New York, hundreds have benefited from her pro bono work, for which she has won community awards. She had her own firm, but soon realized she had to join a larger firm, “because I needed to bring into my pro bono
work by tapping into other members of my law firm with specialties which these clients needed.” Ladov is a talker who is a doer. She does what she says she will. Her word is her bond. “It was like that when I went to public school, earned a scholarship to college, and continued to give as I moved up the education ladder.” For her, being elected to the Court will “mean taking an economic hit. But it is the ultimate kickback. For me, going on the bench will mean I get the opportunity to deliver the ultimate giveback to the community. I will be calling balls and strikes, keeping the playing field level, making sure those who have and does who don’t have are treated equally.” Sadie Ladov is an active na-
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tive of Northern Liberties, where even dog parks, such as the one at 4th & Poplar, prove contentious. She sat on its ruling board of citizens for a year and actually did the physical shoveling and other work necessary to maintain it properly. She also has roots in Olde City, where she is active on the membership committee of the Society Hill Synagogue. For the last couple of years, Ladov has implemented programs to help lawyers, finding more challenges for the underutilized in her profession. When she realized how big a population of veterans this city had, she moved to reenergize the Bar Association’s Veterans Affairs Committee. “I realized they not only needed decent legal advice, but so did their families, especially those veterans just returning from active duty. I worked to make sure they get the benefits for which they are entitled. With that committee, I put JAG officers together to make sure they got what they needed for their clients.”
Having represented clients at Family Court, Sadie Ladov believes the new Family Court is a must and looks forward to the new facility, now underway. “Though 1801 Vine Street is a beautiful edifice, it is not modern enough to handle the flow of people,” she states. “Most of the litigants go unrepresented, without a clue as to what they need to do. Also, plaintiffs and defendants find themselves in the same elevators and that could lead to unnecessary confrontations. Provisions have been made to avoid that in the new court.” So sure is she the new court building will serve everyone better, she convened stakeholders and put them on a bus trip to New York City to check out the new Family Court houses in Brooklyn and Queens. “That way,” she noted, “the architects, judges,
and engineers with us, were able to see what mistakes were made there, and avoid them here.” She has been active, helping the Bar Association’s Foundation raise dollars which are distributed to 30 legal-service organizations serving indigents who need free legal service. “For the bulk of the people, law is one big mystery,” she says. “My additional responsibility as a judge will be to visit schools and teach the children how the law affects them in every way. Getting to vote, getting a license, is all about the law. You may be saving a kid from becoming a criminal by teaching him about the law.” She has been doing that in the meantime by appearing on television and radio shows demystifying the various aspects of the world of law.
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There’s a busy whoosh around Sadie Ladov. She’s full of the hustle and bustle one imagines a New Yorker goes through daily on the streets of Manhattan. Though she is now marking her 28th year as a Philadelphian, the 55-year-old attorney, still has the New Yorker need to “keep on moving”. That is exactly what she is now doing. She is the first lady Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association to seek election this May 17 primary to the Court of Common Pleas. Sadie Ladov, when elected, will bring a public-service orientation to the bench. It’s natural for her, since she is a doer. “It’s part of my DNA. It is who I am,” she explains. Thanks to her husband, David L. Ladov, a partner at Cozen, O’Connor, who wooed
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RELAXING as petition drive wound down, key supporters of Democrat Councilman Bill Greenlee gathered at Cobra on N. Broad Street to plan next stage of campaign. Among this team are, from left, Ed Sweeney of Ironworkers, Terry Casey of Plumbers Local 690, Joe Dougherty of Ironworkers Local 401, Tom Golden and Joe McMonigle of Plumbers 690, Joe Muldowney of Stantech Engineering, 38th Ward Leader Mark Green and 9th Ward Leader John O’Connell.
GIVE THE GIFT OF NOSTALGIA COUNCILMANIC candidate Sherrie Cohen, center, finished a successful petition party at her HQ on Locust Street. Her team, led by Campaign Mgr. Jeff Yurcan, turned in 5,000 signatures this Tuesday.
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Even the Philadelphia Gas Works, one of the more-efficiently run municipal energy authorities, is reeling from the oil and gas crises in which world economies find themselves. IT has announced it will increase what residential customers pay for natural gas for the net three months. The average residential heating customer will pay about $8.27
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Judges Eye Public Distrust, Financial Woes At Conference by Ruth R. Russell Boosting people’s trust in judges and coping with a sea of red ink were on the mind of Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille at the recent Conference of State Trial Court Judges in Pittsburgh. During the opening session, he shared his concerns with more than 200 judges from across the Commonwealth who were in attendance. Not helpful in any of this, he indicated, was the recent judicial scandal in Luzerne Co. “We are working on this problem,” said the Chief, speculating ethics courses for judges might be helpful, but deciding that by their very training judges are ethical and should not need courses in the subject. “Right now, we are trying to educate the public about judges and the work they do. We want to decrease the number of judges who lose in retention elections,” he said, recalling an election in which one justice lost and another nearly did. “Since then, we have been working with the Bar Associations all across Pennsylvania to increase the number of judges retained. Three justices just lost in retention elections in Iowa, so we’re working very hard to make sure we don’t lose any of our experienced, hard-working judges. “The Bar Associations
have said they are happy to be able to help us,” the Chief reported, adding he was encouraged by recent results. “We are progressing. In the last election, 70 judges were up and we lost only one.” Then he launched into the financial woes of the Courts and noted with a smile that he was “looking to educate the legislature. The Court budget is just 1/2 of one percent of the State budget and the State budget cannot be balanced on the budget of the Courts, which are a separate branch of government.” Castille disclosed that he has met with Gov. Tom Corbett, but is still working to reduce the Courts deficit. “We have a potential shortfall of $12 million but have whittled it down to $9 million,” he disclosed. “We now have no interim judges and magistrates, so we have saved $3 million there. “We have 540 magistrates and have achieved a 10% reduction by reducing the number of magisterial districts by eight. This will save about $1 million, although this is sometimes painful, as some district magistrates do end up running against each other. “We are still looking at unification of clerks, registers of wills and prothonotaries across the State to save money, and we are studying the constables to see if we can rein in the
abuses by some of them.” The Chief added he was still in favor of mandatory judicial education, but was concerned about what it would cost. Philadelphia judges who attended the sessions included: Appellate Courts — Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery and Superior Court Judge Anne E. Lazarus; Common Pleas Court — Jacqueline F. Allen, Daniel J. Anders, Flora Barth Wolf, Adam M. Beloff, Ann M. Butchart, Linda A. Carpenter, Matthew D. Carrafiello, Ida K. Chen, Denis P. Cohen, Kevin M. Dougherty, Alice B. Dubow, Holly J. Ford, Idee C. Fox, Lillian Harris Ransom, Glynnis D. Hill, Marlene F. Lachman, Robert J. Matthews, Sandra Mazer Moss, Patricia A. McInerney, Margaret Theresa Murphy, Arnold l. New, John J. O’Grady Jr., Paul P. Panepinto, Paula A. Patrick, Doris A. Pechkurow, Pamela Pryor Dembe, Shelley Robins New, Rosalyn K. Robinson, Edward E. Russell, M. Teresa Sarmina, Lisette Shirdan-Harris, Karen Shreeves-Johns, Gregory E. Smith, Diane R. Thompson, Leon W. Tucker, Donna Woelpper, Sheila A. Woods-Skipper and John Milton Younge.
PA Conference of State Trial Judges Attendees
ROBERT J. Colville, left, past president of Penna. Conference of State Trial Judges, with John J. O’Grady.
PATRICIA McInerney, left, with Jacqueline F. Allen, center, and Idee C. Fox.
LINDA Carpenter, left, Lisette ShirdanHarris, center, and Karen ShreevesJohns.
ROBERT J. Matthews, right, with Doris A. Pechkurow.
PAUL P. Panepinto, left, with Rosalyn K. Robin- ADAM Beloff, left, with son, center, and Glynnis Robert P. Coleman and D. Hill. Daniel J. Anders, right.
SHELLEY Robbins New, right, and Rita Donovan Hathaway, past SHEILA Woods-Skippresident of Penna. Conference of per, left, with Paula A. State Trial Judges. Patrick.
LINDA K. M. LEON W. Tucker, HOLLY J. Ford, left, joined by Ludgate, chair of SANDRA Mazer Moss, right, and M. Teresa Denis P. Cohen, center, and Meet Your Judges left, and Lillian Harris Sarmina. Marlene F. Lachman Committee. Ransom.
Tartaglione Again Targets ‘Delaware’ State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Kensington) this week renewed her yearslong effort to close the “Delaware Loophole” into a wider Senate Democratic plan to help small businesses compete, reduce corporate tax rates and get Pennsylvanians back to work. Tartaglione said she will focus on what has become an eight-year effort to close the “Delaware Loophole” and lower the State’s corporate net income tax to allow small businesses to prosper and grow. Nearly three-quarters of Pennsylvania corporations pay no corporate income tax, partly because they can set up Delaware subsidiaries that li-
cense logos, trademarks, copyrights and other “non-tangible” – and therefore not taxable – assets. “Over the year, we have seen small neighborhood businesses replaced by mega-corporations that answer only to stockholders,” Tartaglione said. “While Wall Street has already recovered from the recession, the streets of Northeast Philadelphia have not. By reforming the tax system, training workers and giving small businesses a boost, we intend to make sure the recovery reaches every working family.” Senate Democrats have outlined a six-point plan intended to spur creation of thousands
of jobs, trim millions in state spending, and create a workforce ready to thrive in the new economy. The plan, called PA Works, focuses on six key areas: small business, workforce training, critical state investments, clean energy, infrastructure investment, and tax reform. “Pennsylvania is years behind in updating tax laws to keep up with corporate accounting tricks,” she said. “These big chains have been killing our mom-and-pop stores for years and we’ve been helping them do it. If there were ever a time to summon the political courage to take on corporate lobbyists, now is the time.”
ROBERT J. Colville, past president of Penna. Conference of State Trial Judges, left, with Arnold L. New, current president, Thomas M. DelRicci, president-elect, and Margherita Worthington, 2nd VP.
EDWARD E. Russell, right, Conference parliamentarian, and Ruth R. Russell, CitiLife editor of Phila. Public Record.
PAMELA Pryor Dembe, Conference past president, with her spouse David Dembe, Esq.
KEVIN M. Dougherty, right, Administrative Judge, Family Court, and Margaret Theresa Murphy, Supervising Judge, Domestic Relations Division, Family Court.
ROBERT J. Shenkin, left, and Dudley N. Anderson, Conference first VP.
THOMAS M. DelRicci. left, Conference president-elect, and Stephen G. Baratta, Conference treasurer.
CHIEF Justice Ronald D. Castille, left, with Justice Seamus P. McCaffery.
KATHLEEN R. Mulligan, left, with Kim Berkeley Clark, Conference secretary.
Keller Says Sprinkler Code Safety Issue
Stack Warns Nutter Budget ‘Shortsighted’
Kitchen Hosts Tax Seminar
As the deadline nears for individuals and families to file their 2010 taxes, State Sen. Shirley Kitchen (D-N. Phila.) and the Financial Freedom
STATE SEN. Michael Stack joins Dr. Seuss in marking 100th birthday of Dr. Seuss and Federation Early Learning Services at Paley Early Learning Center. Network invite the public to an upcoming free Tax Planning Seminar.The seminar will take place on Thursday, Mar. 24 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Beloved St. John Evangelistic Church, 4541 N. Broad Street (Broad & Belfield Streets). Participants should bring this year’s tax package and/or label, all forms, W-2 and 1099, information for other income, information for all deductions and credits and a copy of last year’s tax return. Cruz Resolution ‘No’ Ackerman Extension
State Rep. Angel Cruz (DKensington) has introduced a resolution (HR 86) urging Mayor Michael Nutter to prevent School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Arlene Ackerman from extending her contract. “In my opinion, extending this contract, with the added bonuses it calls for, is entirely irresponsible in the face of the current fiscal crisis,” Cruz said. “I, for one, am wholly unimpressed with Dr. Ackerman’s performance as superintendent, and I think it’s time for her to part ways with the District.” The resolution calls for General Assembly approval of any contracts, raises or bonuses given to a School District of Philadelphia employee under the Public School Code of 1949. Cruz said the School District of Philadelphia is struggling financially and is cutting $49 million from this year’s $3.2 billion budget and decreasing the budget by at least $400 million next year. “In the midst of layoffs, school closings, hiring freezes,
State Rep. Bill Keller (D-S. Phila.) is speaking out against legislation (HB 377) that would eliminate the building-code requirement all new single and two-family homes have firesuppression sprinklers to reduce fire-related death and property loss. The bill, introduced by State Rep. Garth Everett (RLycoming), was approved by the House Labor & Industry Committee is under consideration by the full House. Keller, Democratic chairman of the committee, said the bill would weaken publicsafety standards considered necessary by building-safety experts. “The bottom line with fire should always be safety and saving lives,” Keller said. The sprinkler code provision went into effect in January and is found in the 2009 International Codes. Keller rallied with firefighters from Philadelphia and around the state in February to bring to the public’s attention to the efforts to weaken Pennsylvania's building code. He said he will vote against the legislation when it is up for final House passage, which is expected next week. Josephs Promotes Women's Day
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives adopted a resolution to observe Mar. 8 as International Women’s Day in Pennsylvania, acknowledging the economic, political and social achievements of women. The resolution (HR 100), introduced by State Rep. Babette Josephs (D-S. Phila.), pays tribute to women and their role in strengthening and connecting communities. “Women comprise more than 50% of Pennsylvania's population, and in March, which is also Women's History Month, it is fitting that we commemorate the struggle for women’s rights and our progress for equality, justice, peace and global development,” Josephs said.
JOINING Democrat candidate Bill Rubin, who is seeking A FORMER Chief Deputy 10th Dist. Democrat Primary post, are Pat Gillespie, Jr., Photo by Harry Leech Sheriff, Jacque Whaum- left, and Bob Coggin. bush, right, is running for Sheriff himself now and believes he knows how to turn that Department around. He was joined by enthusiastic backers at a Vesper Club fundraiser.
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NORTHEAST supporters turn out for Bill Rubin fundraiser at Vesper Club. From left are Rick Caldwell, Jed Todd, Bill Rubin, Rich Johnson, Mike McCarthy, Rob Bevan, Bob Goggins, Mike Roberts, Jim Duckworth and Bill Connolly.
Republicans Mass Up
150 GOP committeepersons turned out on a Saturday mornMARIA PACIFICO, presiing to hear from many candidates at German Society in E. dent of Pacifico Mazda and Poplar, a forum organized by Republican Party of Penna. Hyundai, is first woman to be elected chair of the Mazda National Dealer Advisory Council. She was Vice Chair. She was honored at the 2011 NADA Convention and Expo in San Francisco.
A Cold Breakfast Meeting AT-LARGE GOP Council candidates Malcolm Lazin and John Giordano are shown support from Michael Meehan and RCC Executive Director Jim Dintino. at S. Phila. GOP rally.
BREAKFAST delivery grows cold as General Manager Ross Polinow is on phone with customer and Anthony Piazza, owner of Piazza Honda at Airport Auto Mall has to hear from Corporate headquarters. Both report continued increases in Honda sales.
COUNCILMAN at Large Bill Greenlee and 8th Dist. Democrat candidate Verna Tyner were honored at reception hosted by Ceisler-Jubelirer, LLC at their headquarters. With them, from left, are Rasheed Odrick, Raymond Hughes and Ward Leader John P. O’Connell.
With a Pennsylvania budget proposal not yet firmed and facing a $4 billion deficit it must balance by Jun. 30, State Sen. Mike Stack (D-Northeast) said Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s budget address was short sighted, given the City does not yet know how it will be impacted by the State’s budget plan. “Philadelphia depends on State aid for numerous significant programs, especially basic education,” Stack said. “The Governor’s budget address had a major impact on the City, so I’m baffled why Mayor Nutter wouldn’t wait at least a week before making his budget announcement.” Gov. Tom Corbet this week announced his State budget plans, a week after Nu’ter's. The budget address is typically the first Tuesday of the first full week in February unless there is a new administration, in which case it’s pushed back by one month. “It’s completely possible that Mayor Nutter will have to tear up his plans and start over once the numbers are digested by his administration,” Stack said. “It would have been wiser to postpone his address for a week or two and propose a budget based on the State’s proposal.” Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Phila.) commented, “Mayor Nutter continues to make the tough calls and smart choices on behalf of Philadelphia and its citizens. Today’s FY 2012 budget and five year plan delivered to City Council reflect the realities of our these lean economic times, especially with the expiration of Recovery Act funding.”
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larger class sizes and other cutbacks these large spending decreases will necessitate, Ackerman continues to draw her generous salary of $348,000 and, in fact, can draw an additional $100,000 bonus in accordance with her contract,” he said.
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Need lots of dough? Find it at ‘Le Pain’ by Len Lear In January the bakery and café, Le Pain Quotidien, opened its first Philadelphia location at 1423-25 Walnut Street. Serving traditional, hand-made breads and other baked goods in a café atmos-
phere, the new location is the international company’s fourth US Property. Le Pain Quotidien’s newest bakery and café joins more than 150 outposts worldwide with tableside service or as take-out for patrons who have limited time. A wide selection of soups, salads, tartines (openfaced sandwiches, a house
specialty), pastries and their signature hand-made organic breads will be served. All breads, including wheat, rye, spelt, five-grain and walnut loaves, as well as baguettes, French rolls, brioche, croissants, challah, muffins and more, are baked fresh daily. Other menu items include: Atlantic smoked salmon tartine with chopped dill, scallions and avocado; organic red quinoa salad with arugula, chickpeas and artichoke;
Mediterranean platter of hummus, baba ganoush and taboule; vegetarian quiche with gruyere, spinach, mushrooms and leeks; and pastries such as raspberry tart, cheesealmond Danish and apricot crumble. Prices range from $3.10 to $14.95 for pastries, desserts, small plates, soups, salads and tartines; specialty platters, cheese boards and entrees are $12.95 to $16.95. In addition, the bakery-
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retail products, including single-estate Peruvian coffee beans; Belgian chocolates; jams and fruit preserves; artisanal olive oil; tapenades and other spreads from Tunisia; Italian honey; sea salt and black pepper; and balsamic vinegar. Le Pain Quotidien features a communal dining table where guests are encouraged to linger and socialize over their meal. High ceilings, rustic brick walls, expansive windows and classical music provide a warm atmosphere. Reclaimed wood has been crafted into tables, chairs, counters and displays. Alain Coumont, founder of the company, says he was working as a chef in Brussels in 1990 and “struggling to find bread he felt proud to serve in his restaurant.” As a result, he opened a small bakery, kneading flour, salt and water into the rustic loaves he recalled watching his grandmother prepare as a child. Filling a niche for artisanal breads, Coumont grew the company to include Le Pain (Cont. Next Page)
Greeks bearing gifts The word “opa” is a traditional Greek exclamation of glee, used to express the carefree Greek spirit. Opa is also the name of a Greek restaurant-bar that opened Feb. 10
at 1311 Sansom Street in a building that had long been vacant. The striking design features an expansive bar, dramatic wooden canopy and an intimate banquette area. The owners are a Greek American brother-sister team who grew up in the Philadelphia area, George & Vasiliki Tsiouris, whose family has been in the local restaurant business for many years. Opa’s menu includes traditional family recipes. Among the mezedes (appetizers) are gyros, served slider-style with grilled lamb, yogurt sauce, cucumber, onion and tomato; octopus, cured, grilled and plated with a chickpea fondue and chili oil; and zimi, a baked pita filled with feta cheese. Appetizers range in
price from $3 to $14. Entrees include pastitsio, made with semolina pasta, ground sirloin and béchamel, baked individually in a cast iron pot; bifteki, a feta-stuffed local grass-fed burger topped with a tomato, dill, cucumber relish and served with oregano fries; and striped bass, served with a garbanzo bean soufflé and sautéed spinach. Entrees range in price from $11 to $24. (Executive chef Andrew Brown has been cooking professionally for 20 years.) Opa boasts a 24-seat bar made of river rock that is back-dropped by a canopy constructed of birch branches. A plaster wall houses candle-lit lanterns in colorful recesses, casting a
glow among the back wall and suspended hand-made terracotta fixtures. Tables are made of reclaimed oak. Signature cocktails range in price from $9 to $11. The wine selection focuses mostly on Greek varietals. Opa is open only for dinner Monday through Saturday. For more information, call (215) 5450170 or visit www.opaphiladelphia.com.
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(Cont. From Prev. Page) Quotidien bakery-cafés in locations around the world, including 19 countries. The first American location opened in Manhattan in 1997 and was followed by locations in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Le Pain Quotidien Walnut Street serves three meals a day, including beer and wine, seven days a week. For more information, visit www.lepainquotidien.us or call (215) 751-0570.
Say Opa! To The Greeks Bearing Gifts
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Judges Filing For May Primary Philadelphia will have Judge Paula Patrick filing as a Republican in the contest of Judge of the Superior Court in the May Primary. Her opponent is Judge Vic Stabile in the Republican column. Judge David Wecht is the only De-
mocrat filing. Judge Paul P. Panepinto and Anne Covey have filed in the Republican primary for Commonwealth Court. Democrats filing are Kathryn Boockvar and Barbara Behrend Ernsberger.
Filing for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas seeking Republican nomination are Anne Marie Coyle, Jim DiVergilis, Charles Ehrlich, Lauri Kavulich, Sayde Ladov, Maria McLaughlin, Kenneth J. Powell, Jr., Dawn Tancredi
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, March 22, 2011. A non-refundable fee for each set of bid documents is as scheduled. The School District will only accept bids from companies that have been placed on its current Pre Qualified Contractors List as shown at psit.org. All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications. BUDGET FEE B-071 (C) of 2009/10 General Contract James J. Sullivan ES $300,000.00 $ 100.00 Asbestos Abatement 5300 Ditman Street *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on March 10, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Specifications and/or plans and contract documents may be examined and copies thereof obtained from the School Reform Commission, 440 North Broad Street, 3rd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Information as to contract documents, etc., may be obtained at the above address, or telephone 215-400-5225. Make checks payable to the School District of Philadelphia. The School Reform Commission reserves the right to reject any and all bids and make the awards to the best interests of the School District of Philadelphia.
mocrats Drew Aldinger, Kenneth Citrino, Derrick W. Coker, Martin S. Coleman,, Michael Fanning, Tom Fitzpatrick, Vincent Johnson, Robert Kline, Maria McLaughlin, Meredith SeigleDiClaudio, Anita Smith, Dawn Tancredi, Nycole Watson and Marvin Williams.
(Cont. From Page 10) The Brehons’ St. Patrick’s Day Party will be celebrated on the Monday after the parade and will be help at McGillin’s pub, which was one of the early meeting places for the Brehons when they were starting out their organizations. Beannacht Lá Fhéile Pádraig!
Cawley At Lincoln Day Dinner LT. GOV. Jim Cawley, seated at right, was key note speaker at 122nd annual Germantown Republican Club Lincoln Day Dinner at Union League. Joining him at head table were Commissioner Joseph Duda, seated left, and standing, Rev. R.T. Jones, Frank Hendrie, emcee David Richards and Republican City Committee Chairman Vito Canuso. CAROL G. MACK FINDS herself center of attraction at Germantown Republican Club dinner. With her are Kevin Kelly, Rick Heilberg, John J. Morley and Mayoral candidate John Featherman.
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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, March 29, 2011. A non-refundable fee for each set of bid documents is as scheduled. The School District will only accept bids from companies that have been placed on its current Pre Qualified Contractors List as shown at psit.org. All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications. FEE BUDGET B-062 (C) of 2009/10 Electrical Contract James J. Sullivan ES $200,000.00 $100.00 Fire Alarm 5300 Ditman Street *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on March 11, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
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, March 15, 2011. A non-refundable fee for each set of bid documents is as scheduled. The School District will only accept bids from companies that have been placed on its current Pre Qualified Contractors List as shown at psit.org. All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications.
FEE BUDGET B-072 (C) of 2009/10 General Contract Richard R. Wright ES $800,000.00$ 100.00 Roof Replacement 2700 West Dauphin Street *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on March 16, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. www.phillyrecord.com
and Ted Vigilante. Filing for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas seeking Democrat nomination are Drew Aldinger, Diane Anhalt, Giovanni Campbell, John Christmas, Kenneth Citrino, Mrtin Coleman, Anna Marie Coyle, Jim DiVergilis, Charles Ehrlich, Joyce Eubanks, Michael Fanning, Tom Fitzpatrick, Angelo Foglietta, Vince Giusini, Roger Gordon, Daine Grey, Jr., Jonathan Irvine, Vincent Johnson, Lauri Kavulich, Sean Kennedy, Leon A. King, Robert Kline, Sayde Ladov, Harry Levant, Christopher Mallios, Barbara McDermott, Marfia McLaughlin, Michael Medway, Beverly Muldrow, Carolyn Nichols, J. Scott O’Keefe, Joseph J. O’Neill, Kenneth J. Powell, Jr., Dan Rendine, Stephanie Sawyer, Meredith Seigle-DiClaudio, Fran Shields, Dawn Tancredi, Lopez Thompson, Ted Vigilante, Joseph Waters, Jr., Nycole Watson, Marvin Williams and Edward Wright. Filing for Municipal Court are Republicans Jim DiVergilis (cross-filing), Kenneth J. Powell, Jr., (cross-filing) and De-
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FEE BUDGET General Contract F. Amadee Bregy ES $150,000.00 $100.00 Asbestos Abatement 1700 Bigler Street *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on March 1, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. B-020 (C) of 2010/11
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.
FEE General Contract William T. Tilden MS $150,000.00 $100.00 Asbestos Abatement 6601 Elmwood Ave. *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on March 1, 2011 at 10:30 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.
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.
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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(Cont. From Page 10) “If I can get them to vote, [Mayor Nutter] can’t win,” Street said. On to the District races. The only person not looking at a primary fight is 4th Dist. Councilman Curtis Jones. I’m guessing that’s because his constituency is happy with his performance, and because the late Carol Campbell’s ghost could not get enough petition signatures to run. But everyone else has some hard work ahead, and no group more than the group running for Reed Miller’s old seat. There are 10, count ’em, 10 people running to succeed a City Councilwoman who never won with more than 27% of the vote. This isn’t Greg Paulmier’s first time in the 8th Dist. rodeo. He’s what we might call a perennial candidate for the office and this time, it’s a family affair. “My wife is my campaign manager,” he said. “That’s one difference. I’m not a quitter. This puts me ahead of the pack.” (Someone might want to tell that to Cindy Bass, the aide to
LINGS who have this affliction known as AUTISM. They also want to provide SOCIAL ACTIVITIES for these AUTISTIC KIDS. She told one of my associates about their ‘Special Meetings’ that are always held at the JUNIATA BOYS & GIRLS CLUB 1227 E. Cayuga Street tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. SNOOPER’S SIGHTING: When I saw this young lady, I must admit, I was a little mellow because I remembered her wonderful Dad, the late and great Councilman HON. DAVD COHEN. Let me tell you this, “THE SEED DID NOT FALL TOO FAR FROM THE TREE” and you know what I mean. She is SHERRIE COHEN, the daughter of ‘the late’ Councilman Dave Cohen. Sherrie is taking up where her Dad left off; she is going to run for COUNCIL AT LARGE, and she comes from quite a political family. Her Brother is none other than HON. DENNIS COHEN of Common Pleas Court. MARK COHEN, another Brother, is a State Representative. I also spotted HON. TERRI DENI, Judge from the Philadelphia Municipal Court.
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that HON. FRANK DiCICCO, Councilman, would do the ‘honorable’ thing not to run again, because all his opponents were just waiting “in the wings”. These people knew it would have been illegal and it would eventually wind up in Court for a JUDGE to make the decision, and not someone else’s opinion, especially from the same Party. Yes, this D.R.O.P. PROGRAM was really not meant for City Officials; after all, look how fast these City Council people jumped on it. We have RIZZO and TASCO left, and the people are waiting for them too, also might add, a JUDGE! A CONTRACT is a CONTRACT. SNOOPER’S SPECIAL REPORT: Here we go with a few of my associates and we’re heading to JUNIATA where they started a fantastic NEW ORGANIZATION to help fight AUTISM. We got to meet a young lady named RODRIGUEZ, who mentioned this new group known as “Mothers of Children with AUTISM”. They want to serve, and also support MOTHERS and their SIBhas challengers this time around. However, if anybody besides her opponents wishes to get her out of office, Tasco has four opponents. So Tasco can easily pull a Reed Miller and win with 27% of the vote. In her case, four challengers are almost as good as none.
(Cont. From Page 10) likes of these PROFESSIONALS. I mention this, because, I am sick and tired of hearing all the negativity concerning this hospital. We checked out their I.C.U. facilities up on the 4th floor and we were impressed with everything we saw. Yes, the bottom line is very simple: THEY REALLY CARE about each and every patient, and they make sure they are as comfortable as possible. The I.C.U. UNIT is one of THE BEST in this City, we know, we were there. SNOOPER’S POLICE ALERT: I told all of you a few weeks ago about these “FLASH MOBS”, and you may recall what I stated then, and will tell you once again. Our sources tell us there’ll be plenty more, and they plan to go all over the city. We spoke with one of those involved in the recent “FLASH MOB” incident, and he told me it’ll be hard for THE POLICE to stop all of them. He bragged to one of my associates about knowing exactly where THE POLICE
are, and what they’re going to do. I am sure there are quite a few people, who know these scumbags, and know when it’ll happen again. Please, if any of you hear anything at all regarding a “FLASH MOB” call THE POLICE right away, call (911) as fast as you can tell us where it’ll happen. SNOOPER’S “GOD” WHAT’S HAPPENING FILES: Let’s face it; we all knew it was going to happen sooner or later. A source from The Offices of the Catholic Education told us they’re planning to close at least six or seven PARISH SCHOOLS. It seems the student population at these schools is at an all-time low. One Parish I’m really concerned about is ST. ANNE’S PARISH SCHOOL. This prestigious school is located at 2343 E. Tucker Street in Kensington. Students from this school will now have to go to OUR LADY of PORT RICHMOND REGIONAL SCHOOL, located at 3233 E. Thompson Street. Question: Will your Parish School be the next one to close? SNOOPER’S “I TOLD YOU SO” DEPT.: We knew earlier Congressman Chaka Fattah, who got 5,000 signatures and has the highest name recognition among the candidates.) It also appears the 9th Dist. has learned nothing from its neighbor. The good news is, and I say this only because I love contested elections, is Councilwoman Marian Tasco
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