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April 7, 2011
Charges Fly In 2nd District Endorsements Cleaning Up
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Two Ward Endorsements For Johnson Challenged by Joe Shaheeli State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson (D-S. Phila.) has been picking up ward support for his campaign to replace retiring City Council President Anna Verna as the Democrat contender in the 2nd Council Dist. Battling him hard, despite those gains, are attorney Damon Roberts, political activist and Southwest firebrand Tracey Gordon, and wellknown South Philadelphia businesswoman and community activist Barbara Capozzi. Three wards have indicated their endorsement for Johnson; however, of these, only 40A’s, led by Ed Thornton, has not been challenged. The other two, with a host of dissenting committeepersons, are the 48th and 8th Wards. In the 48th, Committeeman Albert C. Littlepage, who decided not to run for a Traffic Court vacancy due to an overcrowded field, objected to his Ward Leader Lee Schwartz’s
handling of the endorsement process. He said in an email, “We found out the 48th Ward leader had used social media to notify his committee people he had endorsed Kenyatta Johnson a day before the ward was to meet. The exclusion of the committeepersons’ involvement in the process appears to be perpetuated by certain ward members to curry favor from individuals at the expense of the entire 48th Ward community. “How can elected community members be excluded from a significant decision, such as who would be their elected Councilperson for years to come? I must vigorously state this is not about the candidate, but about the principles of the selection process. In order to add integrity and transparency to the process, the voices of all elected committeeperson(s) must be heard!” Eighth Ward committeeman Greg Kravitz emailed his
fellow committeepersons as well as the Public Record to the effect his ward’s endorsement of Johnson was based on an unproven charge of prejudice voiced by a committeewoman prior to the endorsement vote’s being taken. He wrote: “8th Ward Race Baited into Endorsing Kenyatta Johnson.” “Dear Fellow Committee People: Like it or not, above is the headline for the story that was created by our actions last night. But we have the opportunity – and responsibility – to amend our mistake. “I realize some of you reading this email were not able to make last night’s ward meeting, where we chose endorsements for the 5th and 2nd Dist. Council Seats. Here is a brief recap of what happened: “The Committee People representing divisions in the 5th Council Dist. endorsed Darrell Clarke for reelection. When it came time for Com-
mittee People representing divisions in the 2nd Council Dist. to make their endorsement, Committeewoman Margaret Harris, who admittedly rarely speaks up at ward meetings, shared a story she recently heard that characterized 2nd Council Dist. Candidate Barbara Capozzi as a racist. Margaret claimed that the source for her story was extremely reliable and credible. Several Committee People immediately voiced their opposition to holding an endorsement vote without first fully investigating the very serious allegations now on the table. “Despite this, the endorsement proceedings continued, with Ward Chairman Greg Harvey requesting two members of the Committee volunteer to speak on behalf of the two candidates whom he perceived to be viable, Kenyatta Johnson and Barbara Capozzi. No one was asked to speak on behalf of the other two 2nd Council Dist. candidates, Damon Roberts or Tracey Gordon. “Speaking on behalf of Barbara Capozzi, Committeewoman Ellen Chapman took a responsible and ethical approach by simply reiterating her discomfort with taking a vote without first investigating the allegations at hand. “Speaking on behalf of Kenyatta Johnson, Committeeman and State Sen. Larry Farnese chose to ignore the obvious serious matter at hand and focused his comments on why he believes the Committee should endorse Kenyatta Johnson. “Following Larry’s speech, I and others again spoke out against holding a vote until doing our due diligence of investigating the accusations that Barbara Capozzi is racist. Despite this, a vote was taken anyway, resulting in Kenyatta Johnson receiving the 8th Ward Endorsement. “Let’s be clear: This was a character assassination. And contrary to how it may have appeared, the leader of this attack was not Margaret Harris – it was our State Sen. Larry Farnese. It’s clear Margaret
was simply an unknowing pawn in someone else’s chess game. “Larry, you are not only the highest-level elected official in our Ward Committee, but you also volunteered to be the spokesperson advocating that we endorse Kenyatta Johnson. Your actions last night were disgraceful. You gave an impassioned speech on all the reasons why you believe our Ward Committee should endorse Kenyatta Johnson, but when it came to the discussion about whether or not it was even appropriate to hold a vote considering the allegations that had just been made, you were noticeably silent. “The right thing to do would have been to lead. Instead, you chose what you perceived to be the politically expedient path. And in my opinion, you did a major injustice to Kenyatta Johnson and Barbara Capozzi in doing so. I don’t know Kenyatta that well, but he appears to me to be a man of character, and I can’t imagine that he would want to accept the endorsement of our Committee if he knew the means by which his surrogate, you, allowed it to come to fruition. I don’t know Barbara Capozzi that well either, but for her, this matter
transcends a political race – her personal and professional reputation are both on the line. “The likely fallout from this is clear: First, the 2nd Council Dist. race is likely to be very close, and the margin of victory could easily be less than a few hundred votes. Because of that, the 8th Ward endorsement could be a major factor in the outcome of this race. Of the approximately 35 people at last night’s meeting, 18 represented divisions in the 2nd Council Dist. To earn the endorsement, a candidate would have had to receive at least 50% of the votes from those 18 Committee People. Kenyatta won the endorsement with 10 of the 18 votes. If Kenyatta Johnson wins the election, it would be historic, as he would be the first African American to hold this seat in history. However, it would be a shame if that victory is viewed as tainted based on the proceedings from our meeting. “Second, Barbara Capozzi is not only a candidate for public office, but she is also a human being. Professionally, she is a Realtor, a job where your reputation is everything. Barbara Capozzi deserves the opportunity to address last (Cont. Page 3)
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farm some of the areas in the park. Capozzi, a major promoter of the Park, was to be at the meeting. However, she had been having severe abdominal pains and had taken x-rays earlier. Before the meeting started, she received a telephone call from her doctor ordering her to come to the hospital immediately. She did. In fact, when queried, she said, “Our entire board keeps trying to attract people to use the park for all recreational purposes. Much of the time, we find opposition from the City, since the park is used as a revenue source to handle the parking overflow for Eagle games. We would have found him the best places to plant gardens in the Park.” Therefore she could not have made the comments attributed to her by Committeewoman Harris. Forbes was at first unwilling to answer his role in spreading the news of his meeting with the FDR Park Board, fearing “it would get me in trouble.” When advised his comments to others may have influenced the outcome of an important political race, he finally admitted, “Barbara Capozzi was not at the meeting. She could not have said anything to me because she was not there.”
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Notwithstanding a poor ballot position in the Democrat Primary race for Councilman at Large – ninth in a field of 16 – Councilman Bill Green’s chances for reelection look pretty good to many of the heavy players who make a difference between success and failure in the election process. These are some of the city’s major labor unions, representing tens of thousands of hardworking Philadelphians. Leading the group is the Philadelphia Counsel of the AFL-CIO. “Councilman Green earned the endorsement State Rep.
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of the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO because he’s a strong voice for workers and their families on City Council,” said Pat Eiding, president of the Philadelphia Council of the AFL-CIO. “I am proud to receive the support of these local labor unions,” said the Councilman. “Their endorsements reflect my tireless advocacy on behalf of working families and my efforts to help create well-paying jobs in Philadelphia.” Endorsing Green’s reelection as an at-Large Councilman, in addition to the
Philadelphia Council AFLCIO, are the Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council, Philadelphia Mechanical Trades Council, Boilermakers Local 13, Metropolitan Regional Council of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Locals 98, 269, 380, and 654, Elevator Constructors Local 5, Insulators & Asbestos Workers Local 14, Iron Workers Local
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(Cont. From Page 2) night’s accusations not only to have a fair shot at our endorsement, but more important, to clear her name in a mess that we created. “I am not positive on the procedural options that are available for us to reconsider last night’s vote. But considering the circumstances, I think we need to figure it out and take responsible action to make sure our endorsement in this race is fair and legitimate, both in perception and reality. “As a matter of transparency and full disclosure, I do not have a horse in this race, and have not yet made my decision on which candidate to support. I was the Campaign Manager for Vince DeFino, one of the other candidates in this race who has since withdrawn his candidacy. “I apologize for the rather long email, but this is not a matter to be taken lightly.” The Philadelphia Public Record, and others, including the Barbara Capozzi camp, were unable to reach Margaret Harris by phone despite several calls. However, we did learn her source was a volunteer with a New Jersey exchange phone number, by the name of Adam Forbes. He had asked the Friends of Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park, known as FDR Park or The Lakes, for assistance in enabling an Asian group to
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6th Dist. Endorses Henon
THOUGH 6th Dist. Democrat caucus, chaired by 56th Ward Leader John Sabatina, endorsed Bob Henon as their candidate for Council, three of nine wards showed their opposition by not voting. Henon also received the endorsement of former Gov. Ed Rendell. With Henon are supportive Ward Leaders Harry Enggasser, Pat Parkinson, Bob Dellavella, Connie Rogers, Henon, John Sabatina, Sr. and Controller Alan Butkovitz.
Clergy Back Nutter (Cont. From Page 3) ing their faith communities, the Philadelphia Council of Clergy, Inc., and its divisions voiced their support for Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s reelection bid early this week. The endorsement took place at H&H Community Development Center, 2036 E. Haines Street, at the group’s general membership meeting. A nondenominational, multicultural group with about 150 active members out of a membership of about 400, the Council of Clergy cited Mayor Nutter’s accomplishments in public safety and retention of fire and police services during a budget crisis among the reasons for its decision. “We have a lot of senior churches with senior people for whom safe communities are a major concern,” said Bishop Mary Floyd Palmer, first assistant president for the Council and president of the Christian Pastor and Ministers’ Conference. She added of the Mayor, “We wanted to support him.” Bishop Anthony Floyd, Sr., is founder, president and CEO, of the Council of Clergy, which is based at 2644 N. 22nd Street. It annually bestows a number of service awards, such as the Christian Service Award, on residents and area employees and hosts the Christian Pastors and Ministers Conference of Philadelphia & Vicinity.
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Joe Sestak is campaigning. The former Congressman is making it known he intends to run for any one of a variety of statewide suits as they come up on the election calendar. There is no speculation as to which he’d prefer. He’s made his case known in a 23-page press release. Sestak says he could be running for any of the offices that open statewide, complaining there “is a lack of accountability in the offices of Auditor General, Treasurer, Congressmen and Gov. Corbett.” He may take on Pat Meehan (or Gerlach, depending on redistricting). “Pennsylvania is in crisis, and voters deserve responsible, accountable leadership,” said Sestak. “Unfortunately there’s only one of me, so I will give it my best.” Sestak’s announcement comes as he begins his “Local Government Tour” which will bring him to each of Pennsylvania’s 2,565 incorporated municipalities. Democrats To Endorse Citywide On The 11th
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CANDIDATE Tracey Gordon made Inkie pages over weekend as she hosted Voting Power 101, educating voters who attended her event at McCreesh Playground. She is seen here holding Register To Vote sign with supporters in front of machine donated by Chairwoman Margaret Tartaglione and City Commissioners as part of their continuing citywide voter-education program. other story on Page 2 The Democrat City Committee continues to make judicial candidate Michael Fanning one of its endorsements, although he has moved his candidacy from Municipal Court to the Court of Common Pleas.
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John Christmas, counsel to Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, announced yesterday he’s quiting the judicial race. 8th District Finds A Nice Guy In Mix
The second of three “Eyes on the 8th” voter forums was held to discuss candidates for the 8th District City Council seat at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. (Cont. Page 12)
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Count The Impact In City Council! by Alan Krigman Sigmund Freud once told of a panhandler who approached a financier on a street in Vienna for money to buy food. The wealthy man gave him a few schillings. Later, the tycoon entered an expensive restaurant where the mendicant was dining on the house specialty, salmon with mayonnaise. He con-
fronted the beggar, saying “You ask me for food money, then eat more extravagantly than I do.” The man replied, “My doctor told me fish was good for health. And where my health is concerned, money is no object.” The same story can highlight the need for cost-benefit trade-offs on decisions we face today, personally and
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The editorial desk of this newspaper finds itself being flooded with email messages supposedly exposing dirty laundry of one or more candidates. The tighter the races, the more the email. Of course, none of it gets into print, and oftentimes we don’t even bother to check out the validly of the tipster. We leave that to the dailies and television news directors who would like nothing better than daily to report the missteps of incumbents and challengers. We don’t chase the dirty-laundry news, because we feel it is unfair to those in public office and those challengers seeking office. They are dedicated. They do what they can for the public good ... and we, honestly, do not believe there are any rotten apples in the present and future mix of duly elected public servants. So we are asking all campaign managers to resist the opportunity to throw out fact or fictional material they may believe detrimental to the other candidates seeking the same office. Where there are transgressions in the routine march toward election, we then make note of them. Then we make every effort to get both sides to explain the rationale for their activities. This is the newspaper of the electorate, where those seeking or holding public office can put their best foot forward. We must remember those who are elected will swear to uphold the public trust. Let us not unnecessarily taint them with unproven innuendos as they campaign for their respective offices.
collectively. Economics aside, everyone should have all the contemporary comforts and conveniences. And government should provide all conceivable services to promote the general welfare. Yet, fiscal barriers arise. Even in times of plenty, resource limits demand responsible individual and societal spending decisions. In these austere days, incentives to carefully balance costs and benefits are heightened. This step in the right direction can be applied in Philadelphia. City Council ordinances (Cont. Page 32)
Letters • Letters But the old fox outfooled them and won over Bill Stinson that year, and went on to send shockwaves up the spine of Bruce Marks. I’ll never forget, the most exciting win of my life was when everyone left the hall on Torresdale Avenue to Marks’ headquarters. An old-time reporter stayed and, with a grin on his face said, “I’m staying right here, I know Frank, and he always has a trick up his sleeve.” It wasn’t long after, I got a message from my friend Billy
McLaughlin, that we won. And guess what we did. Everyone rushed back into the hall with Frank on a walker leading them, and Bruce was devastated at his now-empty headquarters. Frank had this little division somewhere holding their returns, which put him on top. There was jubilation. Now the moral, Mike is this: Don’t let others do what you must do, or you’ll regret it. Frank Graff
bara Capozzi at La Stanza, 2001 Oregon Ave., 5-7 p.m. Portion goes to Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition. Sponsor $200, Guest $75. For info Stacey Goldman (267) 8886045. Apr. 11 Fundraiser for City Commissioner Joseph Duda at Phila. Quartet C. C., 1075 Southampton Rd., 6-8 p.m. Ticket $250. For info Republican City Committee (215) 561-0650. Apr. 12- S. Phila. Business Ass’n hosts candidates at Waterfall Rm., 2015 Water St., 6:30-9:30 p.m. Open bar, buffet. Ticket $35. For reservations Reggie Lozzi (215) 336-1108. Apr. 13- Grand opening of new 180th Dist. Office of State Rep. Angel Cruz, 3501 B St. in Mall. Apr. 13- St. Patrick’s Day Parade Awards Ceremony at Finnigan’s Wake, 3rd & Spring Garden Sts., 6-9 p.m. Tickets $25. For info Mike Callahan (215) 983-7224. Apr. 13- World Trade Ass’n of Phila. fundraiser for Autism Speaks, honoring 2011 Company of Year, at Cescaphé Ballroom, 923 N. 2nd St., Reception 6 p.m., dinner 7 p.m. Ticket $100. (Cont. Page 28)
Never Quit One must ask oneself why Mike McGeehan gave up his ward-leader status (Mar. 31, 2011, “City Hall Sam”). I once put the same question to State Sen. Frank Lynch, and before he knew it, his own Party didn’t nominate him for reelection. It was the most disheartening call I ever got from him. Not one of his colleagues raised a hand to nominate their lifelong friend, and the list was long. Not even Fumo.
Apr. 7- Oak Lane Team introduces primary Democrat candidates to residents of York House, 5325 Old York Rd., 6-8 p.m. Apr. 8- State Rep. Rosita Youngblood sponsors Career Fair at 1st Presbyterian Ch., 35 W. Chelten Ave., 10 a.m.3 p.m. For info Dayne Cofer (215) 849-6426. Apr. 8- Fundraiser for Jewell Williams for Sheriff at Dockside Condos Community Rm., 717 S. Columbus Blvd., 6-9 p.m. Catered by Kozy Kitchen. Contributions $50$1,000. For info and to RSVP (267) 351-0709. Apr. 8- Join Jerry Blavat “Geater with the Heater” at Beef & Beer for Common Pleas judicial candidate Fran Shields at Emerald Rm. of Sprinkler Fitters Union Ha., 14002 McNulty Rd., 7 p.m.12.a.m. $45 per person, $80 per couple. For info Wayne Miller (215) 671-1692 or Tony Yanni (610) 825-1121. Send contributions to Committee to Elect Fran Shields, Constitution Place, Suite
#515, 325 Chestnut St., Phila., PA 19106-2614. Apr. 8- Mark Squilla for 1st Dist. Council Fundraiser at Shooting Stars Club, 1931 S. 3rd St., 7 p.m. Tickets $30. For info Josh Cohen (267) 290-8836. Apr. 9- State Rep. Cherelle Parker hosts College Fair at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Ch., Family Life Ctr., 2800 W. Cheltenham Ave., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration not required. For info (215) 2427300. Apr. 9- 8th Council Dist. candidate Suzanne Carn holds office Grand Opening at 2015 N. 29th St., 2-5 p.m. For info (267) 334-3916. Apr. 9- Democrat 42nd Ward Candidates Night at Local 6 Bakery Hall, 5416 Rising Sun Ave. (enter on Lima St. through parking lot), 7-11 p.m. Music, food, dancing. Tickets $20, $25 at door. For info Elaine Tomlin (215) 457-4024. Apr. 9- 7th Ward Democrats host Candidates Night at Palladium Night Club, 229 W. Allegheny Ave., 7 p.m.12 a.m. Tickets $25. Includes buffet, beer, soda. For info Carol (215) 360-1524. Apr.11- Fundraiser for 2nd Council Dist. candidate Bar-
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Yo! Here we go again with this Story of Two Pebbles, sent to me from a reader, Bobby S. Many years ago in a small village in India, a farmer had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to a village moneylender. The moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the farmer’s beautiful daughter. So he proposed a bargain. He said he would forgo the farmer’s debt if he could marry his daughter. Both the farmer and his daughter were horrified by the proposal. The cunning moneylender suggested they let Providence decide the matter. He told them he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty moneybag. Then the girl would have to pick one pebble from the bag. If she picked the black pebble, she would become his wife and her father’s debt would be forgiven. If she picked the white pebble, she need not marry him and her father’s debt would still be forgiven. But if she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into jail. They were standing on a pebble-strewn path in the farmer’s field. As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. As he picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed he had picked up two black pebbles and put them into the bag. He then asked the girl to pick a pebble from the bag. If you had to advise her, what would you have told her to do? Careful analysis would produce three possibilities: 1. the girl should refuse to take a pebble 2. The girl should show there were two black pebbles in the bag and expose the moneylender as a cheat. 3. The girl should pick a black pebble and sacrifice herself in order to save her father from his debt and imprisonment. Take a moment to ponder over the story. Well, here is what she did. She put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles. “Oh, how clumsy of me,” she said. “But never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.” Since the remaining pebble is black, it must be assumed that she had picked the white one. And since the moneylender dared not admit his dishonesty, the girl changed what seemed an impossible situation into an extremely advantageous one. Moral of the story: Most complex problems do have a simple solution. It is only that we don’t attempt to think of other possible answers that we think them to be impossible.
There was a shocking news conference called on short notice by the Speaker of the House, Republican JOHN BOEHNER. He congratulated PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA on his forbearance in pushing through the much needed-health program. He stated that his party will no longer object to this very welcome program which benefits the citizens in the United States who need this the most. He then went on to propose the Republicans would support reasonable increases in taxes stating, “It is needed to spur the economy.” He stated that he recognized additional tax revenue is necessary to support the various social-justice programs for the democrats. He also commended the President for saving the banking industry in this country. He recognized the fact President Obama was prescient in concluding the world-wide banking industry was in distress. To illustrate this point, he reminded the reporters who were present that the Greek, Irish and Spanish banks were in serious financial trouble. John Boehner commended the President for his forceful position someone other than the United States should be responsible primarily for the Libyan problem. He said he believed the Obama position had forced NATO to reluctantly take responsibility for the leadership. He confessed the Bush administration had made a serious mistake in “going it alone” in the invasion of Iraq. Relax, Republicans, it’s a belated April Fool’s Joke. HARRY ENGGASSER, long-time Ward Leader and Deputy Campaign Mgr. for STATE SEN. MIKE STACK, is out of the hospital after being treated for a malady related to his healing broken leg. Henry has been a committeeman for over 50 years. Campaign finances seem to be getting a closer scrutiny than ever before as seen by the fact the daily press is reporting the trails of financial contributions in a moredetailed fashion. Sorry to see affable attorney JOHN CHRISTMAS, veteran of the Street Administration and counsel to COUNCILWOMAN JANNIE BLACKWELL, pulling out of the judicial race. He was merely being pragmatic: “Too many candidates and a poor ballot position have done me in.”
SNOOPER’S DILEMMA: This one really bothers us, and we must all face up to it. We all know what’s happening with THE CATHOLIC CHURCH and its PRIESTS. Twenty-nine of them have already been mentioned as involved in the current investigations conducted by The Catholic Hierarchy, and they all have been suspended. I’m told these investigations are far from being over and, in fact, possibly more of these cases will surface as these investigations continue. The Church has already spent MILLIONS OF DOLLARS and there’s no end to it. The Cardinal, JUSTIN RIGALI, has announced the suspension of two more. I know this has cost all of us very dearly, and hopefully, will end soon! SNOOPER’S COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: I am very pleased to inform you, WE have selected FRANK SPACTACCO for this award, and it’s one this gentleman has truly earned. He started THE NORTHEAST PEANUT LEAGUE as a way of getting ‘kids’ off the streets and giving them something to do. He has well over 10,000 youngsters participating in its various SPORTS PROGRAMS. These youngsters, from 9 to 18 years, are involved in BASEBALL and SOFTBALL, and these programs include hundreds of BOYS and GIRLS. The Northeast Peanut League’s Sports Programs are one of the best in the City, and they continue to get bigger and bigger. FRANK SPATACCO is also “The Chief of Security” for The Family Court. Today, the Northeast Peanut League can boast of 100 teams and more participating in their various sports programs. GREAT! SNOOPER’S QUESTION: Did you know, if you are involved in any accident involving ALCOHOL, you will be charged with D.U.I., and this will cost you dearly. Yes, one of the Judges informed me, you can also SUE the bars responsible for serving them. D.U.I. – driving under the influence of alcohol – is a very serious CRIME and the Police are really cracking down on it. There have been far too many young men and women KILLED because of a DRUNKEN DRIVER. State Police have told us, over 25% of those convicted of D.U.I., are under the age of 21, and these senseless killings MUST BE STOPPED. I urge all Parents please inform your “little Darlings” drinking and driving just don’t mix! The State Police informed us, PARENTS must also get involved, or else. Remember, THE SNOOPER, is asking all of you, DON’T DRINK and DRIVE. SNOOPER’S EMAIL DEPT.: What happened to “SHADOWBOXER”? We sent him an (Cont. Page 23)
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One thing I’ve noticed about this year’s Philadelphia political races is that all of the candidates are trying to take the lead in the race via the use of social media. From the moment mayoral candidate T. Milton Street was asked if a Facebook page and a Twitter feed were going to be a part of his campaign outreach to the myriad of social media groups I’ve been added to because of the column you’re currently reading, social media have been a prominent player in this year’s City Council and mayoral elections. There’s been a lot of talk in the form of stories, journal articles and other things about the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to America’s newfound love affair with all things social media. From kids who have lost jobs thanks to a picture from a wild party on a Facebook page (and seen by an employer), to people who have found themselves on the wrong end of a divorce action due to a poorly timed social-media interaction, instances abound regarding the consequences of poorly utilized social media. But my trip on the social-media highway shows a lot of these lessons have gone unlearned – not by the candidates themselves, but by some of their supporters. People supporting various candidates in the races have been saying stuff on their Facebook pages and Twitter feeds that could go a long way toward giving people the wrong impression in a “you are known by the company you keep” kind of way. I say this not because I want to stifle free speech. As regular readers of this column know, I believe the 1st Amendment came down from Mount Sinai right along with the 10 Commandments. Free speech in my world is about as sacrosanct as sacrosanct ever gets. But like all of the other freedoms we enjoy in this country, free speech can have all sorts of consequences if it’s abused. In this particular case, the exercise of one’s free speech can cost his or her favorite candidate votes. Why? It’s because perception can become reality really quickly when dealing with social or any other kind of media. What you say on the internet, despite your best efforts, never completely goes away. You can delete it, cut and paste it, or do anything you want to with anything that’s in your inbox, and someone who is motivated to seek it can find it. So if you say something negative about your opponents, or something that’s even perceived as negative, you may lose some much-needed votes, particularly among those who are tired (Cont. Page 23)
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Pa. Mayors For Grace; Meet Unconventional Candidate (Cont. From Page 6) Winning the “nice guy” accolade by consensus was candidate Bill Durham was described by community members as “a nice guy” and a “community organizer.” Durham has promised to open an office in the 8th Dist., if elected, to be more accessible to the people. “Constituent services will be at the very top of my list,” he said. “And you will not find another elected official in the
city that will work harder for his people than me.” PA Mayors For Grace, He Has Council Plan
It’s nice to have a friendly Mayor in any of the cities you visit within the Commonwealth, but it’s even better when they come out to support your candidacy for City Council, which is what happened to Joe Grace, campaigning for 1st Dist. seat. Even better, they all came to Philadelphia to let Grace
know they mean what they say. Attending an event in his honor were Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray and Reading Mayor Thomas McMahon. The Reading Mayor is chairman of the Pennsylvania Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition. Joining them was former Philadelphia managing director, and President of CeaseFirePA, Phil Goldsmith. Easton Mayor Sal Panto also endorsed Joe Grace.
Grace has revealed a City Council reform package. He was joined by four former members of the Ethics Committee of the 21st Century Review Commission, a panel that drafted the city’s ethics-reform platform in 2004. They were Nelson Diaz, Gregory Harvey, former City Councilman Daniel P. McElhatton and Ethics Instructor Janet Perry. Grace laid out his 15-point plan, which addresses the most pressing ethics and in-
tegrity issues facing City government today – from term limits, to banning outside employment for sitting members of Council, to ending nepotism in hiring practices at City Hall – once and for all. Odabashian’s Not Your Conventional Candidate
A politician’s biography is a kind of sales piece. Every candidate wants to argue his or her life story is a model for public service. Typically, a diligent career path and a razor-keen focus are thought to attract voters. What about those voters, though, who themselves have wandered all over the landscape in the course of their untidy lives? Not everybody’s life is a straight line. For people like these, Steve Odabashian, who is seeking one of five Republican Council at-Large seats, may be one of their own tribe. It’s easier to say what he hasn’t done, than what he has. Odabashian grew up bilingually (English-Armenian) and speaks French and Japanese as well. He worked in Japan for three years. He traded options on the American Stock Exchange. He tutored the GMAT exam in Paris, Miami and Tokyo.
He has sung or played piano on all of the local networks at various clubs around the city. He was a finalist to be the Philadelphia Flyers organist (but was out of town for call-backs). Odabashian was also named Philadelphia’s Best Local Comedian in 2006 by City Paper. Yahoo profiled him for his Andy Reid impersonation. He won a 610 WIP AM radio Philadelphia sports-trivia contest. Another radio contest win got him flown to Phoenix in 2008, where he got to meet Metallica. He has passed the contestant exam for “Jeopardy” and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” several years in a row. And he is captain of Lambda Lambda Lambda, Philadelphia’s only 3-time Quizzo Bowl Champion. In the midst of all this, Odabashian graduated from Villanova Law School, which he talked his way into on the last day of orientation. He wound up as President of its Student Government. Every political candidate needs luck, and Odabashian may have it. “I won a brandnew Toyota 4Runner on VH1’s ‘Name That Video’,” he notes.
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tirely in the United States – who happens to be a 1991 Conference alumna and recipient of a post-graduate scholarship from that Conference to pursue her medical studies. The Higher Education Conference drew 1,000 college students from more than 20 states — its broadest national reach ever. “Conference alumni have gone on to perform the important work of our nation as innovators, inventors, engineers, scientists, doctors and lawyers, and the Confer-
ence will continue that momentum this weekend,” Fattah said. “Momentum is the motto and watchword for the Higher Education Conference. The goal is to bring together underserved students, often from modest backgrounds, to inspire and equip them to reach higher. “There are more than 12,000 alumni of this conference who have gone on to greater things – and perhaps no one has climbed higher and faster from humble beginnings than Dr. Frey,” Fattah said. “She was born in North Philadelphia in modest circumstances to a teenage mom within walking distance of Temple University Hospital.
She went on to become a pioneering pediatric surgeon saving lives at that very hospital, and the head of major department at Temple Hospital.” In the meantime, Congressman Chaka Fattah has introduced significant legislation to close gaps in resources and opportunity between rich and poor in the nation’s public schools. Fattah introduced the Fiscal Fairness Act and the Student Bill of Rights, both of which upgrade and close loopholes in the Elementary & Secondary Education Act of 1965, which is up for reauthorization in the current Congress. Sens. Michael Bennet (D-
Col.) and Thad Cochran (RMiss.) are introducing a companion bill to the Fiscal Fairness Act in the US Senate. Fattah and Bennet, the former superintendent of Denver schools, have previously partnered on other education-reform measures. “Equity in education is not only a civil-rights issue, it is an imperative investment for our national interest and readiness as a competitor on the world stage,” Fattah said.
“To compete, innovate and excel in the world economy, we must have an educated work force – a fully educated work force.” Fattah helped establish the Dept. of Education’s Equity & Excellence Commission, which brings together national education, civil-rights and economics experts who will examine the current state of school-finance equity and propose new strategies.
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Congressman Chaka Fattah marked a successful week of advocacy for educational reform as he keynoted the 25th Anniversary National Conference on Higher Education – which he founded as a young State legislator and where he has participated every February since 1986. The event was held at the Sheraton. The Congressman used the occasion to highlight Dr. Ala Stanford Frey, the first African American female pediatric surgeon trained en-
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A Judicial Candidate Who Understands His Wife Derrick W. Coker is an unusual lawyer: He listens to his wife, Leslie. He had gone to a fundraiser earlier in the year for a friend running for Common Pleas, Tom Fitzpatrick, and returned home to tell his wife about it, asking if she would approve if he threw his hat into the ring for a judgeship. She said, “Yes!” The only problem was he didn’t tell her it was for the lone vacant seat in Municipal Court for which 18 others had filed, especially since there were 10 vacancies for Com-
mon Pleas. But with 45 filing for that, Coker thought his chances were as good for Municipal Court and that is where he wanted to be. “On the front lines!” he says. “A judge can even the playing field by what he sees, setting a path on which whatever case comes before him will run.” Soon to be 55, Coker feels he’s “spent my entire life serving working people, families, many communities, and I strongly feel this is a natural progression. I can take the
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and apply it to every conceivable case that would come to Municipal Court. “I know many Municipal Court judges seek to move up to Common Pleas, and I can understand why. But I don’t think I’ll ever tire of the crush of cases that will be coming before me. I’ll put them in order, set them right, and give due diligence to both the prosecution and defendants alike.” Almost by accident, Coker was born in Derry, Ind., because his mother, who was pregnant herself, had gone
there to take care of her sister, who had just given birth to a baby girl. Other than that temporary visit out of town, Coker is a dyed-in-the-wool Philadelphian. He is a graduate of the Philadelphia school system and has faith in it. He was his class president at Central High and received his Law Degree from Villanova University. He’s worked with LDC 332, Local 120, and was active with the Southwest CDC. He’s also been an active trustee with both 1st Baptist Church of Paschall and Eastwick United
Methodist. He has two children. Coker understands the pragmatism of politics.”You need to serve to earn the support of voters,” he says, “and I’ve done that as a former committeeman in the 46th Ward.” He’s proud of the fact his dad Montie, Judge Gene Maier, and former Congressman Lucien Blackwell were all committeemen together under Ward Leader Frank Patterson. He can be reached at (215)-636-0153 or by email at Dwcoker1@Verizon.Net.
Ducky Birts Foundation Building For Youth The Ducky Birts Foundation will celebrate its Fifth Medallion Scholarship Banquet Saturday, Apr. 16, by honoring 10 of this city’s elected officials and four of its leading couples, at 1st Dist. Plaza, 3801 Market Street. The all-you-can-eat-anddrink gala is sponsored by Brown’s Family ShopRites, the event will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 pm. Being honored are State Reps. Vanessa Brown (DW.Phila.), Kenyatta Johnson (D-S. Phila.) and Cherelle Parker (D-Northwest), Controller Alan Butkovitz, Dr. Arlene C. Ackerman, Register of Wills Ron Donatucci, and
City Council Members Frank DiCicco (D), Bill Green (D), Curtis Jones, Jr. (D) and Maria QuiñonesSánchez (D). Also receiving Medallion Awards are Michael & Medina Rashid, Lloyd & Annette Ayers, Ali & Helen Salahuddin, and DA Seth & Sonita Williams. MC’ing the event will be Thera Martin-Milling of WURD Radio. Tickets are $65 or two for $100. For information call (215) 242-1220, fax (215) 242-1770, or call David Birts at (215) 6057102, or Melba Guy at (215) 432-8445, or Ducky at (215) 510-1057. Featured entertainment will be by Bill Jolly.
The Ducky Birts Foundation was created by longtime activist Ducky Birts, an aide to Congressman Bob Brady. Birts has created a legacy of caring for others, dedicating his career as an entrepreneur and civil activist, for the care, as he says, “of the growth of our community’s most-valuable resource – our children.” His motto is, “Molding tomorrows, promoting education as a means to social justice, equity, self determination and freedom.” Since establishing the foundation in 2006, Birts has awarded many scholarships to students attending Cheyney and Lincoln Universities. Its additional ef-
forts have been to educate youth on economic development and government operations on all levels, along with a Christian basketball program. The Ducky Birts Foundation will also launch its 1st annual health Fair & Gospelrama, which will be held the next day at Zion Baptist Church, Broad & Venango Streets. The Health Fair will be held at 3-6 p.m., followed by Gospelrama, 5-8 p.m. This event is being sponsored by Keystone Mercy Health Plan and Quality Community Health Care, Inc. This event is designed to make those attending of how to protect their
health, targeting diabetes, nutrition, health fitness, gospel dancing, children activities, health screenings (blood pressure, glucose, phlebotomy, body-mass index), and other chronicdisease health-education activity. Two Health Mobiles will be stationed outside the church, with AIDS/HIV testing being conducted by Fox Chase Cancer Center and Mazzoni Center. Speakers at this event will be Dr. Jayne H. Brown, chief clinical officer, Quality Community Health Care, Inc. Diabetes and Its Risks; Dr. Karen James, EdD, CHOM, CNHP, Holistically Yours; and Glen Ellis, Health &
Wellness. Keystone Mercy members are invited to get their annual mammogram and receive a $15 ShopRite Gift Card. To be eligible to get your mammogram and gift card, one must be a KMHP member 1 (888) 765-9585. The Gospelrama Coordinator is Joyce Drayton. Music will be provided by Philadelphia’s finest local gospel groups, choirs, soloist, and special guest. Worship Leader will be Dr. Arlene Churn. Vendors are welcome for the Health Fair and Gospelrama, $40 a table. For information call David at (215) 605-7102. This event is free to the public.
Stack Fights To Retain Sprinklers State Sen. Mike Stack (D-Northeast) joined firefighters, State Reps. Bill Keller (D-S. Phila.) and Michael McGeehan (DNortheast) and other firesafety advocates at a Capitol news conference to discuss the importance of installing sprinklers in new homes. The residential fire-sprinkler requirement as outlined in the 2009 International Residential Code went into effect on Jan. 1 in Pennsyl-
vania. The code requires all newly constructed one- and two-family homes built in Pennsylvania to have a fire sprinkler system installed. The requirement has widespread support from the State Fire Commission, as well as firefighters from across the state. However, a current measure in the House of Representatives (HB 377) calls for eliminating this mandate.
“Hundreds of firefighters have called or emailed me to ask me to oppose any delays or changes to the sprinkler requirement,” Stack said. “This is a public-safety issue. Considering the more lightweight and flammable materials used to build today’s homes, we need extra protections in place to save homeowners’ and first responders’ lives and reduce property damage in the horrific event of a fire.”
Stack said sprinklers will also help douse flames without causing nearly as much water damage as a fire hose, thus protecting a homeowner’s interior and valuables. “I understand smoke detectors will help, but alone they are not the answer,” Stack said. “Sprinklers, alongside smoke detectors, STATE SEN. Michael Stack, together with State Reps. Bill will provide an extra lifesav- Keller and Michael McGeehan, laud legislation which reing safety measure.” quires new homes to have fire sprinklers in every room. They are opposing attempts to end this mandate.
VINCENT PISANO, 25, and his dad Paul, 65, both South Philadelphians, are among thousands nationally proclaiming the world will end May 21, 2011. They’ve taken up the call to spread the word asked of them by “Family Radio” Founder Harold Camping. “It was not time then for the arriving 5/21/11 into book Lord to open our eyes to under- form and began distributing it stand what was fully being said to anyone who asked for it. in the Bible. Now our eyes are Now, daily, not only he, but open, and I hope our listeners’ all the other programs around ears will be open as well.” the clock on Family Radio, There is little doubt it will, are heralding the immediate if one listens to his program- end to be May 21, 2011. ming, especially when he Locally, among his believtakes calls from listeners. ers are South Philadelphians Camping knows the Old and Paul Pisano, 65, and his son New Testaments in the Bible Vincent, 25. Together they as easily as his own name. His can be found carrying posters interpretations don’t often sit proclaiming the end of the well with his callers, but he is world on 5/21/11 and riding in quick to cite Biblical verses to their car which carries signs back up his side of the story. quoting Biblical phrases supSeveral years ago, Camp- porting their contention. ing became convinced of the Both say they strongly benew date for the end of the lieve in what Harold Camping world as he gleaned it from has said. “After all, for years Scripture. He put down all his and years,” said Paul, “he has reasons for the end of times (Cont. Page 25)
DEMOCRAT 12TH WARD’S new leader John Connelly made clear at Champagne in Germantown he aims to run a disciplined, dynamic ward committee. From left are Connelly, Council atLarge aspirants Sherrie Cohen and Ed Nesmith, and Connelly’s pick for 8th Dist. Council seat Verna Tyner.
EVERYBODY WHO’S ANYBODY was at Champagne, including, from left, Ward Leader pat Parkinson, judicial candidate Sean Kennedy, host Ward Leader John Connelly, Verna Tyner and 12th Ward elder statesman Rufus Holmes.
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by Joe Shaheeli The end-of-time signs are everywhere... on billboards, on scores of hand posters carried by believers, on cars, buses, billboards, and on radio. On the internet, websites such as Familyradio.com, ebiblefellowship.com and weanknow.com herald the same end-of-times messages. Toll-free calls are invited for inquisitors seeking more confirmation at 1 (877) 897-6222. They are all proclaiming the end of the world as we know it, beginning with a huge, devastating earthquake in every country when the clock strikes the 12th hour on Saturday, May 21st of this year. And the lines of those beginning to believe it is so are growing across the nation. This is disturbing to Phillies fans, who believe this is the time their five aces will bring them a meritorious world championship sometime in October of 2011. It is disconcerting to thousands of others who are getting the message their plans scheduled after May 21 could be disrupted. But tongue in cheek or not, the word keeps spreading. The source of the word going around the world in many languages and for many years has been Harold Camping, the founder of “Family Radio”, a daily 24-hour religious program heard over 60 radio stations broadcasting in 14 states and overseas. His followers are in the thousands and it is their contributions that fully fund this huge network. Locally it can be heard on WKDN, 106.9 FM. For the last two years, Camping has asked his listeners to volunteer to spread the word by joining national caravans, and doing whatever else they could to attract the attention of a skeptical world, especially here in the states. One would think his declaration would be met with much disdain, since it once had been Camping’s belief the earth would end in the mid ’80s, but that didn’t happen. He explained that by saying the Bible had not yet revealed the full ending to him. He explained,
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Kelly Sees PHA Returning To Core Mission The Philadelphia Housing Authority is moving back to its “core mission,” which is to provide decent housing at the lowest-possible rates to needy families.
With 81,000 tenants under its roofs, the PHA is the fourth-largest housing authority in the country. Over the last 10 years, under the leadership of Carl
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istration, they were able to get the kind of money it needed to renew and change its housing stock as well as implement social programs designed to enable many of its poorer and less-educated tenant families to begin a move into mainstream society. But that has ended. Millions of dollars in stimulus money have now dried up. Federal funding is literally at a standstill as HUD rakes through the debris left by the explosive career of Greene, who, while he set new goals and stratagems for the Authority and did so autocratically, was unable to keep his personal life from wrecking his career and severing his ties with the Authority. Now facing Michael Kelly, his successor, who is on loan from the New York Housing Authority, is the reality of keeping this huge enterprise afloat despite the receding flood of dollars which had earlier permitted it to do so much for its population. Kelly is well fitted for this gargantuan job. He has earned approvals all along his 25 years as a public-housing official, ranging from 10 years as the executive director of the Washington, D.C. Housing Authority and after that as the general manager of the New York City Housing
Authority with its 178,0000 residential units, 11,000 employees and a budget of $3.4 billion in federal, State and local assistance. Kelly believes the management and labor force he hired are “topnotch.” “We need to restore our image as a well run, no nonsense housing authority, earning the respect of the general public and our families alike. “Tenants will begin to see some changes in service, due to the millions in shortfall we will be experiencing as shrinking government budgets affect us. Our tenants are learning the tough choices we are being forced to make,” stated Kelly. “If our budget cuts force us to choose between sending them a plumber to make needed repairs or a social worker, we will be opting for the plumber. That’s our core responsibility, providing and keeping decent housing for our tenants.” Kelly has noted, with some satisfaction, Philadelphia has many nonprofits whose services to poor and needy families were duplicated by POHA programs. “Now with those programs being forced out by lack of funding,” he noted, “We hope many of these will begin to fill in the vacuum for our tenants.” His first moves have been to bring many of the contracted outside legal services back in house. “We need to begin saving where we find the possibilities and this has been a major one.” He also believes tenants need to live up to their responsibilities and he is hoping to revise a contract that will have within it a provision to add a $50 late fee for those who continually fall behind in their rents. “Decent public housing is not a birthright. It is a responsibility for both ourselves and our tenants and we both must live up to what is expected of us.” “Section 8 is under my scope, as well,” he notes. “We are making sure both tenants and landlords understand the rules and abide by them. It is a good program, but it needs to be constantly
monitored.” He is pleased some of the new developments remain on line. One began last week with the demolishing of Norris Apartments, adjacent to the Temple University campus. It will be replaced by the new style housing seen in other PHA developments. Kelly was pleased a new website has been launched. “It will help insure our efforts to make PHA a more-transparent organization.” The website features a customer-focused and userfriendly redesign. It also includes valuable, up-to-date information for applicants, residents, and the public. Kelly noted, “It will serve as a great resource for people interested in learning more about PHA and what we do. We’re committed to improving our communications tools and making information available to everyone.” One of the new features is an interactive map of Philadelphia which shows the locations of PHA developments. Applicants will be able to search by type of development, number of bedrooms and availability of accessible units to find the site that best fits their family’s needs. Interested individuals can also submit an application for public housing, update their information on the waiting list, and track their status online. Each page features a button that links to the Apply for Housing page. For current residents, the website offers a wealth of information regarding resident services and training opportunities to improve their quality of life. The website was also designed with other visitors in mind such as Housing Choice Voucher landlords, vendors, and job seekers. “We know a lot of our residents are technologically savvy, thanks in part to programs offered them by the Authority. The website will allow us to promote resident programs and events in a timely manner,” said Kelly. “I strongly encourage all PHA residents to go online and see what we have to offer.”
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Candidates - “Your Choice”, “Our Choice” Ivy Staten
Common Pleas Judge
Jewell Williams Sheriff of Philadelphia
Bill Green Council-At-Large
Verna Tyner 8th District City Council
Municipal Court Judge
Omar Sabir Edward Nesmith
Traffic Court Judge
Council-At-Large Paid For By:
Kenneth Powell, Jr. Common Pleas Judge
Working Families PAC
Wilson Goode, Jr.
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Democrats Of Oak Lane Team
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Candidates - “Your Choice”, “Our Choice” Ivy Staten
Common Pleas Judge
Jewell Williams Sheriff of Philadelphia
Bill Green Council-At-Large
Verna Tyner 8th District City Council
Municipal Court Judge
Omar Sabir Edward Nesmith
Traffic Court Judge
Council-At-Large Paid For By:
Kenneth Powell, Jr. Common Pleas Judge
Working Families PAC
Wilson Goode, Jr.
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Democrats Of Oak Lane Team
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ENJOYING 82nd Airborne banquet are Debbi Sinni, left, and Julie Harris-McCrey.
PRESENTING Council Citation to 94-year-old Lt. Col. James “Maggie” Magellas, most-decorated Officer in history of 82nd Airborne Div., 82ND AB Ass’n Chairman and Council At-Large candidate David are Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez and Oh, Esq. introduces keynote speaker Penna. Gov Tom Corbett, seated. Photo by John J. Kline Councilman Brian O’Neill. Photo by John J. Kline 82nd Airborne Cohost David Oh joins MC Don Tollefson, Congressman Patrick Murphy and guest of h o n o r “Maggie” at annual fundraiser.
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COMPLETING Veterans night at 82nd Airborne Association’s Dinner were sportscaster Don Tollefson, Municipal & Veterans Court Judge Army Reserve Capt. Pat Dugan, 82nd AB Assoc. Past Chairman Dan Bosak, Councilman Brian O’Neill, 82nd AB Veteran and former Congressman Pat Murphy, and Association’s Chairman and Council At-Large candidate David Oh, Esq. Photo by John J. Kline
82nd Airborne Division-Hajdak/Mokan Chapter Dinner
Brownlee Busy From The Start
LONGTIME aide to former State Rep. Frank Oliver and now State Rep herself, Michelle Brownlee was busy in her office at 29th & Girard as she hosted a breakfast for constituents.
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PHILADELPHIA INDEPENDENT TOWERS & SALVORS ASSOCIATION GOP united for this picture at 82nd Airborne Division annual dinner. They are judicial candidate Anne Marie Coyle, at-Large Council can- Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez didate Al Taubenberger, Judge Paul Panepinto enjoys photo with guest of honor Jim and Al Schmidt, City Commissioner candidate. “Maggie” Magellas.
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Bath Salts May Be Contraband
Following an alert issued by US Sen. Bob Casey, State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-S. Phila.) has introduced legislation banning substances commonly known as ‘bath salts.’ The legislation would add the following chemical compounds to Schedule I of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act: 3, 4—Methylenedioxymethcathinone (Methylone), 3, 4—
by Michael A. Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: Can bad faith or excess income be “cause” to dismiss a non-consumer Chapter 7 case? Answer: As has been often explained, Chapter 7 debtors with primarily business debt,
Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), 4—Methylmethcathinone (Mephedrone), 3— Methoxymethcathinone, 3-Flouromethcathinone, and 4-Fluoromethcathinone. “This is a matter of public safety,” said Farnese. “Bath salts offer a cheap high with deadly results. We need to act now.” Bath salt is a white, powdery substance made up of de-
rivatives of the aforementioned chemicals. The form of speed that is produced by mixing the chemicals induces pharmacological effects similar to those obtained through cocaine use. The products go by names like White Rush, White Girl, Blizzard and others. The labels say they are not ‘for human consumption,’ which keeps them legal.
or otherwise not primarily consumer debt, are not subject to the “means test” adopted in the 2005 bankruptcy-reform act. In fact, they are not subject to any of the provisions of the Bankruptcy Code allowing Chapter 7 cases to be dismissed for “abuse.” Under Section 707(b) of
the Bankruptcy Code, for consumer debtors, “abuse” is presumed if a debtor fails the means test, but a case can also be dismissed for abuse if the “totality of the circumstances” (generally speaking, excess disposable income with, or in some jurisdictions without, other factors) shows “abuse,” or if the “petition was filed in bad faith.” Next week’s question: What about the non-filing spouse and the means test’s marital adjustment?
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In The Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County Civil Action – Law No. 110201466 Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure REVERSE MORTGAGE SOLUTIONS, INC., FOR THE BENEFIT OF BANK OF AMERICA, Plaintiff vs. The Unknown Heirs of David Hayes, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant(s) TO: The Unknown Heirs of David Hayes, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant(s), whose last known address is 4550 Fernhill Road Philadelphia, PA 19144. THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR AND WE ARE ATTEMPTING 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, REVERSE MORTGAGE SOLUTIONS, INC., FOR THE BENEFIT OF BANK OF AMERICA, 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. 110201466, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 4550 Fernhill Road, Philadelphia, PA 19144, whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County.
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again the BASEBALL SEASON has arrived, and I wonder how many of you remember these people and what they did. Here we go, Judge Kozinski: MR. CLAUDE HERRING, GENE KELLY, MATT GOUKAS, CHARLIE SWIFT, BILL DUNCAN, BYRUM SAAM, TOM BROOKSHIRE (besides football), JACK WHITAKER, BILL CAMPBELL, RICHIE ASHBURN (besides playing baseball), HY LITT, and we will have more of these in another column. Yes, what did they do, and who did they do it for? Extra Bonus – how about ANDY MUSSER too, JUDGE? I forgot to mention “The Mighty Three”, JAESON, MARK and CHARLIE!
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(Cont. From Page 11) EMAIL to come to The Arena to be our guest for the 15th Annual GOLDEN GLOVES BOXING TOURNAMENT. Relax, one of my associates showed and gave me the story. This place was packed and we got to meet JOE HAND, SR. and his Son, JOE HAND, JR. and a host of City Officials. We got to meet John ”Doc” Dougherty, I.B.E.W. Local 98; Hon. Bill Green IV; Mike Fera (retired); Hon. Rudy Battles, Boxing Commissioner; South Philly’s great State Rep. Hon. Bill Keller, and a few other City Officials. Everyone was asking for The Shadowboxer too. SNOOPER’S “SPECIAL EVENT”: This turned out to be a huge celebration. This event was the FIRST ANNIVERSARY for the First Judicial District’s Court Clerk’s Office. HON. JOSEPH EVERS, the PROTHONO-
TARY, along with some Court Official and, of course, one of the known JUDGES too. You may recall, they did away with The Clerk of Quarter Sessions, and merged it with The Prothonotary’s Offices. We spoke to many of their employees, and they told us this should have been done a long time ago, it’s really terrific and the working conditions are really great. We spotted HON. SHEILA WOODS-SKIPPER, Supervising Judge. This special event was actually interrupted by A FIRE on the 4th floor of the CRIMINAL JUSTICE CENTER. We learned the HON. PAMELA PRYOR DEMBE, President Judge, could not be here; after all, she was on Court business, and we can’t wait to let her know what she missed: A HOT STORY! Yes, the Public Record’s cameras were there for this event! SNOOPER’S SPORTS TRIVIA “EXTRA”: Once
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Democrats Oak Lane Team Hosts Candidates At LDC
OAK LANE TEAM DEMOCRATS and Volunteers For Change introduced this group of candidates and activists to those attending voter-educational forum at LDC 332. From left are Judge Ken Powell, Wanda Davis, Cody Anderson, Judge Joyce Eubanks, Marion Wimbush, MC Thera Martin-Milling, Traffic Court candidate Omar Sabir, judicial candidate Robert Coleman and Commissioner Ccandidate Ivy Staten. Councilman Bill Greenlee arrived late for this photo.
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(Cont. From Page 15) been preaching God’s word. There is no reason to doubt that he is now the last prophet, sent to warn us of the beginning of this great trepidation.” Could it be coincidental there have been more and more endof-times motion pictures, and ever-increasing television documentaries featuring the popular prophecies of Nostradamus and the ending of the Mayan Calendar which point to the destruction of the earth by Dec. 21 of next year?
Well, nothing happened to end the world in 1000 AD, when the world’s leaders and their people knelt in prayer to be forgiven as the clock struck midnight heralding in the new Millennium. It didn’t happen in the year 2000 either, when computer freaks thought cyberspace would end in a hurry. And the odds are the prayers of the Phillies fans will be heard. They are praying their five aces will bring home the big trophy, and that might get us past May 21.
Burger, which is open until the end of October, include a crispy chicken sandwich and With Love XOXO Strawberry Sundae. April’s Shakeof-the-Month is Orange Creamsicle. Franklin Square’s operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until May 26 and then till 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Thursdays through Saturday) after that. Square Burger, however, opens at 11 a.m. and closes one hour before Franklin Square closes. Historic Philadelphia, Inc.’s programs include the Betsy Ross House, Once Upon A Nation storytelling and Adventure Tours. For more information, call (215) 629-4026 or visit www.historicphiladelphia.org or buy tickets in person at the Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th & Chestnut Streets. Two-Hour Open Bar Rum Bar, 2005 Walnut Street, near Rittenhouse Square, is reinventing Happy Hour every Thursday. Patrons can have their Happy Hour whenever it suits them. Here’s how it works: guests wishing to partake in “Open Bar” can come in anytime during business hours on Thursdays. $20 gets twohours of “The Real McCoy” from the time of purchase of Open Bar! which includes draft beer, house wine and all
well drinks. The “Gold Standard” Open Bar! is $30 and includes all beer, wine and signature drinks, including specialty Mojitos and more. “What’s great about Open Bar! is that guests can imbibe when it works for them,” according to Rum Bar owner and chief mixologist Adam Kanter, “and given the price of a cocktail these days, it’s quite a deal.” For more information, call (215) 751-0404 or visit www.rum-bar.com. Overdose on Empanadas In celebration of National Empanada Day on Friday, Apr. 8, and Easter Sunday, Apr. 24, Cuba Libre, 10 S. 2nd St., will offer a special menu featuring 10 empanadas, including both sweet and savory stuffed pastries. Available now through Apr. 30, the empanadas are an addition to the restaurant’s Cuban menu, and range in price from $8 to $20, for an entree sized empanada. “Empanadas are one of
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by Len Lear Historic Philadelphia, Inc. on Apr. 1 opened its 5th birthday season of family entertainment and food with the reopening of Square Burger and family-oriented attractions at Franklin Square, one of Center City’s most-charming settings, at 6th & Race Streets. All season long, Franklin Square will be celebrating its 5th birthday. Franklin Square was completely renovated in 2006 with a $6.5 million investment by Historic Philadelphia, Inc. The park is just steps away from the Liberty Bell, in one of William Penn’s original five squares. Now a virtual outdoor amusement oasis in the heart of the nation’s most historic few blocks, it features Philly Mini Golf, a renovated vintage marble fountain, playgrounds, the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel and Square Burger. Franklin
Square has been awarded Best of Philly® twice by Philadelphia Magazine. I have not been to Square Burger myself, and the reviews have definitely been mixed. I read all 46 reviews by customers on yelp.com. Seventeen gave it three stars; 14 gave it four stars; six gave it two stars; three gave it five stars, and two gave it just one star. Most complaints are about the high prices and long waits, and most customers seem to think the burgers are good but not great. Here is a typical middleof-the-road three-star review: “Considering the wait and the cost of a burger here, I thought I was going to get the manna of all fast food. Eh. It was a fried-meat patty. What was my alternative? A hotdog cart four blocks away? Nothing to go out of my way for, but if you want to take the kids to the park and get a halfway decent lunch while there, go for it.” New additions to Square
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Taylor PACDC’s Pick The Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations has named State Rep. John Taylor (R-Kensing-
ton) as the 2011 recipient of the PACDC award honoring commitment and dedicated service to advancing meaningful commu-
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nity development in neighborhoods throughout the City of Philadelphia. Taylor was selected for his leadership on the creation and expansion of the Philadelphia Housing Trust Fund and providing new tools to address vacant-property challenges confronting Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. He will receive the award at the PACDC 2011 Gala & Awards Ceremony honoring excellence in Community Development on Thursday, May 19 (from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Hughes Seeks Help For Failing Schools
State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-W. Phila.) introduced legislation this week designed to aid 144 of the worst-performing schools in the Commonwealth. His bill will require districts to turn failing schools over to a charter-school provider with a proven track record or cause it to be operated as a district-run “victory school,” with longer days, and Saturday classes. Lowery Brown Spreads Word On AIDS Plight
State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-W. Phila.) marched in the 4th annual HIV/AIDS March in the Belmont and Mantua sections of the city to help bring attention to the terrible toll the disease has taken on Philadelphia, and the Black community in particular. “AIDS is an epidemic and is spreading through Philadelphia at an alarming rate,” Lowery
Brown said. “The rate of infection in Philadelphia is five times higher than the national average. That’s unacceptable because it is preventable.” Lowery Brown added the disease has hit Philadelphia’s African American community particularly hard. More than 65% of Philadelphians who have AIDS are Black, she said. Cruz’s Office Moves
State Rep. Angel Cruz (DKensington) said his current constituent-service office located on N. 5th Street has moved to a new location. Cruz is moving his office to a new location at 3503 N. B Street (Corner of B & Tioga Streets), Unit 7, in Philadelphia. Cruz expects his office to be closed from Friday through Apr. 6, and is hoping to open at the new location on Apr. 7. All telephone and fax numbers will remain the same: (215) 291-5643, fax (215) 291-5647. Waters Announces PLBC Scholarship Winners
Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Ron Waters (D-W. Phila.) has announced the winners of the 2011 PLBC Scholarship program. The scholarship recipients are graduating seniors who plan to enroll full-time at a college or university in Pennsylvania. The following students will be awarded scholarships at noon on May 10 in the Main Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg. Their sponsoring State Representatives are listed following
each of their names: Britney Davis attending Villanova Univ., Chemical Engineering – Rep. Vanessa Brown; Diana Hernandez attending Duquesne Univ., Nursing – Rep. Mike Sturla, Lancaster; Beth Kaniuka attending Lehigh Univ., Architecture – Rep. Steve Samuelson, Allentown; Jabril Muhammad attending University of Pennsylvania, Materials Engineering – Rep. Dwight Evans, N. Phila.; Raya Saba attending Lehigh Univ., PreMed – Rep. Joe Brennan, Allentown; Ariel Snell attending Bucknell Univ., Biology – Rep. Ron Buxton, Harrisburg; Yentili Soto Albrecht attending University of Pennsylvania, Cognitive Neuroscience – Rep. Mike Sturla, Lancaster; Crystal Tang attending Penn State University Park, Mass Communications – Rep. Ryan Aument, Lancaster; Tony Tran attending Drexel Univ., Biology – Rep. Maria Donatucci, S. Phila.; and Jaela Wesley attending Drexel Univ., International Studies – Rep. Joe Preston, Pittsburgh. Tartaglione Bill Aids State Police
State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione’s (D-Kenington) bill designed to boost State Police training efforts while creating a fairer funding system is now before the full Senate. SB 237 will redirect millions of dollars collected in fines toward cadet-training efforts, while municipalities that provide less than 40 hours of local police coverage would lose their
share of fines collected through State Police traffic stops. “Police coverage is increasingly complex and expensive,” Tartaglione said. “This bill will help ease the coverage complications and financial pressure on the State Police while creating a fairer funding system for all Pennsylvania taxpayers.” Under current law, half of the traffic-enforcement fines collected through State Police patrols in a local municipality are returned to the municipality through a Motor License Fund formula – even if the municipality relies only on the State for police protection. “Taxpayers in hundreds of cities foot the bill for most police services through local property taxes, while more than 1,500 municipalities pay nothing, and get money back,” Tartaglione said. “This puts strain on our most-vulnerable communities and tough economic times make it worse.” O’Brien Details 2011 Autism Mini-Grants
State Rep. Denny O’Brien (R-Northeast) is reminding families about the 2011 Autism Mini-Grants, worth up to $500, for families of children and adults diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. “Services for autism are vital, and these grants offer individuals an opportunity to develop a new skill, participate in a community program or take a college-level course,” said O’Brien. “These grants can really make a difference for the individuals and families who receive funding.”
Joyce Eubanks Has Earned Her Support If judicial candidates belonged to a team, the mostseasoned player among them would be Joyce Eubanks. She has ranking, having served on the Court of Common Pleas in its Criminal Division for a two-year term appointed by Gov. Ed Rendell. Unfortunately for her, when it came time to run for a full 10-year term, she pulled a ballot position. She says, “It was so bad I couldn’t find my name in the crowd.” She’s now again endorsed by the Democrat City Committee, among whom are ward leaders heartbroken she didn’t make it last time. All were of the mind, “She understands fully the responsibilities of a
judge, having served in that capacity and in the past as a long-time public defender.” Joyce is now back in practice full time, kept busy by representing juveniles in delinquent court in the Family Court division and dependent children. Eubanks has been practicing law since 1981. She is most proud, however, of the fact her children have done well despite “the fact they were raised at 20th & Susquehanna, with all the strikes that can be mustered children in a poor neighborhood. My husband invested in their educations, rather than look around for a better neighborhood.” Two of her children are now doctors, one at CHOP and the
other at Temple Hospital. One is a union Ironworker, and the other are working in other cities. She says, “We relied on working with our neighbors to make the area safer for our kids and theirs, and we administered strong family discipline when it was needed.” That discipline is missing, she says, among today’s teenagers, who find themselves in trouble and before the courts. She knows what the problems are, and understands her role as a judge will be to help direct them away from a life that will only cause them great trouble. A lifelong Democrat, Eubanks has been involved in the Party’s activities through the years, supporting many of
today’s successful elected officials, including scores of judges. She was the general Counsel for the African American Democratic Ward Leaders. Later, she was a hearing examiner for City Council, attending hearings involving the distribution of beer licenses to grocery stores. She has been an adjunct professor at Temple Law School for the past 10 years. Her hallmark effort, she says, is having “been for over 30 years as coach, instructor, and mentor of the Temple University Law, Education, & Participation Program, known as LEAP.” She has interacted with hundreds of would-be attorneys through that program.
17 primary election. The investigation was conducted by the Association’s Commission on Judicial Selection & Retention. Garcia noted that the list of “Recommended” and “Not Recommended” candidates is still incomplete. Additional names and ratings will be an-
Winning Votes With Family Smiles REPUBLICAN CITY COMMISSIONER candidate Al Schmidt brought a smiling entourage to opening of his campaign office, which drew a huge crowd. Wife Erin holds daughter Maggie, whose expression has to reveal her thought, “Wow, what a crowd!”, as daughter Gracie grins for photographer.
nounced as investigations are completed on the remaining candidates. The ratings by the 30member Judicial Commission follow extensive study and investigation by the Commission’s own 120-member investigative division. “The Commission will complete more than 40 evaluations of candidates for the 11 open seats on Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court,” said Commission Chair Richard S.
Seidel. “That is an enormous undertaking involving many hundreds of interviews by the investigative division and careful review, consideration and deliberation by the Commission.” The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found “RECOMMENDED” for election to the Court of Common Pleas: Drew Aldinger, Anne Marie B. Coyle, Charles Ehrlich, Michael Fanning, Angelo J.
Foglietta, Vince Giusini, Roger F. Gordon, Jr., Jonathan Q. Irvine, Vincent L. Johnson, Sayde J. Ladov, Harry J. Levant, Christopher Mallios, Jr., Barbara A. McDermott, Maria McLaughlin, Carolyn H. Nichols, J. Scott O’Keefe, Kenneth J. Powell, Jr., Fran Shields, Joseph C. Waters, Jr. The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found “RECOMMENDED” for election to
Municipal Court: Michael Fanning, Kenneth J. Powell, Jr., Vincent L. Johnson. On the State level, the Pennsylvania Bar Association for Superior Court highly recommended Jude David N. Wecht and Recommended Judge Paula A. Patrick and Victor P. Stabile. For Commonwealth Court, it highly recommended Judge Paul Panepinto and Recommended Kathryn Boockvar and Anne E. Covey.
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Rudolph Garcia, Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, has announced the first round of results of the Association’s investigation into the qualifications of candidates for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and candidates for Philadelphia Municipal Court in the May
PA, City Bar Assn’s Rate Judicial Candidates
CITY COMMISSIONER candidate Al Schmidt opened campaign HQ in Mayfair last weekend. Joining Al here are GOP candidates, for Council at Large David Oh, in the 6th Council Dist. Sandra Stewart, and mayoral hopeful John Featherman.
REPUBLICAN candidate for City Commissioner Al Schmidt talks to crowd at opening of his campaign HQ at Cottman & Frankford.
GOP Council-at-Large candidate David Oh enjoys crowd at Al Schmidt’s new HQ.
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30% Of Prison Staff Abused Sick Leave City Controller Alan Butkovitz released the FY2008-09 Philadelphia Prison System audit that led to a wider analysis finding 593 employees out of a 2,116 workforce excessively abused sick leave by having eight or more undocumented sick days. The audit also found management failed to warn 189 of these employees of their excessive sick leave as required.
City regulations require management to warn any employee who uses five or more uncertified sick days. An uncertified sick day occurs when the employee fails to provide a doctor’s note for his or her absence. An employee with eight undocumented sick days is placed on the “Excessive Sick Leave Abuse List.” Auditors also found almost half (658) of 1,400 prison employees with five undocu-
CITY OF PHILADELPHIA The City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia International Airport, is requesting proposals for “Program Management Office (“PMO”) Services“ All proposals are to be submitted to www.phila.gov/contracts/ by May 20, 2011 and also as directed in the REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS. A Mandatory Economic Opportunity Forum will be held on April 11, 2011, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Airport Marriott (One Arrivals Road, Philadelphia, PA 19153 A Mandatory Proposer Meeting will be held on April 26, 2011, 2:00-4:00 PM location is TBD Interested firms are invited to download the RFQ directly from http://www.phila.gov/contracts/ (click under “eContract Philly”) or request the RFP by email to email@example.com.
mented sick days were not warned by management of their excessive sick leave as required. Not only does this practice waste taxpayer dollars, both on the employees in question and in overtime pay to others who cover for them, it poses a real hazard to the prisons. “Having other correctional officers work double shifts on a consistent basis to make up for absent employees results in added fatigue to the workforce, which can lead to potentially dangerous situations inside the prison,” Butkovitz observed.
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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, April 19, 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-027 (C) of 2010/11 Mechanical Contract William F. Harrity ES $1,500,000 $200 Boiler Replacement 5601 Christian Street
BUDGET FEE B-028 (C) of 2010/11 Electrical Contract William F. Harrity ES $150,000 $ 200 Boiler Replacement 5601 Christian Street 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.
(Cont. From Page 9) Call Deborah Ingravallo for information at 1 (856) 6423957. Apr. 14- Fundraiser for Derrick Coker, candidate for MC Judge, at Café Santa Domingo, 3547 N. 5th St., 5:30-8:30 p.m. Apr. 14- Fundraiser for Jeff Hornstein, candidate for 1st Council Dist., at AFSCME/Dist. 1199C Hall, 1319 Locust St. Hosted by Marty Tuzman, DC 47’s Cathy Scott and Rita Urwitz, and Wayne MacManiman, Jr., SEIU Local 32BJ. RSVP Dave O’Hara (257) 603-1480 or Dave@jeffhornstein.org. Apr. 14- Fundraiser for 2nd Council Dist. candidate Barbara Capozzi at Chickie’s & Pete’s, 15th & Packer. For info (267) 888-6045. Apr. 15- Happy Hour for judicial candidate Harry Levant at Ladder 15, 5:30-8 p.m., 1528 Sansom St. Apr. 15- Latino community honors Iris Violeta Colon Torres at Isla Verde Cafe, 2727 N. American St., 6 p.m. Free admission and buffet. Drinks half price. She is poet, news reporter among other accomplishments. Apr. 15- Temple Law Class of ’95 Fundraiser for Joe Grace at Dark Horse Pub, 421 S. 2nd St., 6-8 p.m. For info firstname.lastname@example.org. Apr. 15- Wine & Cheese reception for judicial candidate Nycole Watson, at Soft Illusions Fine Art Gallery, 4203 Main St., 7-10 p.m. Tickets $25 at door. For info Info@email@example.com om. Apr. 15- Beef & Beer for Marty Bednarek, 6th Dist. Democrat Council candidate, 8 p.m. to midnight at St. Dominic’s Marion Hall, 8504 Frankford Ave., 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Tickets $25. Live music by “Formerly Known As”. Apr. 16- Ducky Birts Foundation’s Medallion Scholarship Banquet, 1st Dist. Plaza, 3801 Market St., 6 p.m., sponsored by Brown’s ShopRite. For info (215) 2421220. Apr. 16- Women Organized
Against Rape hosts Community Walk & Speak Out rally at 16th & JFK Blvd., registration 11 a.m. Ends at Visitors Center, 6th & Market Sts. For info Carrie (215) 985-3315, ext. 169. Apr. 17- Ducky Birts Foundation hosts 1st annual Health Fair & Gospelrama at Zion Baptist Ch., 3600 N. Broad St., health 3-6 p.m. and gospel 5-8 p.m., sponsored by Keystone Mercy Health Plan. For info (215) 242-1220. Apr. 18- Fundraiser for Barbara Capozzi for 2nd Dist. Council at Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar, Academy House, 1420 Locust St., 6:30 p.m. Contribution $100. Hosted by Jolly Weldon. For info (267) 687-1161. Apr. 19- State Sen. Larry Farnese hosts Senior Expo at S. Phila. HS, Broad & Snyder Ave. Refreshments and light lunch provided. Seating limited. RSVP by Apr. 8 to (215) 952-3121. Apr. 19- 12th Ward Democrats host Candidates Forum at Lonnie Young Rec Ctr., Chelten Ave. & Ardleigh St., 6-8 p.m. For info John Connelly (215) 760-8912. Apr. 20- Fundraiser for Derrick Coker, candidate for MC Judge, at Soft Illusions Fine Art Gallery, 4203 Main St., 6-9 p.m. Apr. 20- Republican candidates for Mayor and at-Large Council races debate at German Soc., 6th & Spring Garden Sts., 7-9:30 p.m. Apr. 21- 63rd Ward Democrats with Bernice Hill, leader, meet at Pine Village Clubhouse, 8540 Veree Rd., 7 p.m. Apr. 21- Phila. Independent Towers & Salvors Ass’n invites all candidates and interesteted parties to 1st annual Candidates Night at Simeone Antique Car Museum, 6825 Norwich Dr. (behind Airport Auto Mall), 6-10 p.m. Tickets $50. Includes buffet, open bar and multi-million-dollar antique-car collection. Tickets at door or call José (267) 2287231. Apr. 21- 2nd Council Dist. Candidate Forum at Mt. Zion Pentecostal Ch., 1224 Pt. Breeze Ave., 6-7:30 p.m. No questions will be taken from floor. For info Maryum Lee (267) 334-0251. Apr. 22- State Rep. Rosita
Youngblood and Germantown Earn Ctr. host housing and welfare-resource conference at Ctr., 2nd fl., 5538-B Wayne Ave., 2-5 p.m. For info (215) 849-6426. Apr. 22- 1st annual Spring Bash sponsored by 65th Ward Republican Committee at McCullough Hall, 6309 Torrsedale Ave., 7-11 p.m. For info (215) 298-2251. Apr. 23- Fundraiser for Traffic Court candidate Fred Mari at Bonk’s Bar, Richmond & Tioga Sts., 4-7 p.m. $50. Open bar, hors d’oeuvres. For info Mark (215) 990-9352. Apr. 27- Cocktail fundraiser for Bill Rubin, 10th Dist. Council candidate, at DC 33 Banquet Ha., 6th fl., 5-8 p.m. $250 per person. Sponsorships sought. Mail checks to Friends of Bill Rubin, PO Box 52146, Phila., PA 19115. Or via Pay Pal at billrubinforcouncilman.com. Apr. 28- Congressman Bob Brady and Sam Staten, Sr., host cocktail fundraiser for Jewell Williams for Sheriff at Vesper Club, 233 Sydenham St., 5:30-8:30 p.m. Suggested donation $250. Apr. 28- Clover Club celebrates 129th anniversary in Formal Black Tie Dinner at Union League’s Meade Rm., 140 S. Broad St., 6 p.m. For info (215) 735-1060. Apr. 28- Phila. Children’s Alliance Bear Affair at Crystal Tea Rm., 9th floor, Wanamaker Bldg., 6-9:30 p.m. Awards to be presented. For info Dennille Varney 1 (610) 597-9092. Apr. 29- State Rep. Rosita Youngblood hosts Senior Fair at NewCourtland Life, 5457 Wayne Ave., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For info Rochelle (215) 8496426. Apr. 29- Friends of State Rep. Cherelle Parker hold Fish Fry at Champagne, 21 E. Chelten Ave., 5:30-8 p.m. Tickets $10. For info (215) 437-3925, ext. 202. Apr. 29- S. Phila. Realty Board fundraiser for Barbara Capozzi, 2nd Dist. Council Democrat candidate at Galdo’s Catering, 20th & Moyamensing, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets $100. Open bar, buffet, food stations open all evening. For info (267) 8886045. Apr. 29- 59th Ward Dem (Cont. Page 32)
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by Peter Radatti President, CyberSoft MicroSoft 64-bit Windows operating systems include an advanced security feature called the Kernel Mode Code Signing Policy. It is supposed to disallow any unauthorized or malicious driver to be loaded into the system. This is important, because a malicious driver is very hard to get rid of and therefore of special interest to crooks. However, one cybercrook figured out how to get around the feature and created a program called the TLD4 Rootkit. He was very clever in his implementation
of this attack. Instead of a head-on attack, which would fail, he just bypassed the system by changing the boot options of the system to allow unsigned drivers to load. Next time the system booted, he owned it. We can’t blame MicroSoft for this. The attackers always have the advantages of time, surprise and the ability to see MicroSoft’s efforts in advance. Your best protection is to have a very good antivirus program installed before you need it and to make sure you have the MicroSoft update feature turned on and programmed to operate daily.
1ST DIST. City Council aspirant Vern Anastasio tells former Golden Gloves Champion Fred Druding, Jr. he is a huge fan of Golden Gloves program.
VBA PRESIDENT Charley Sgrillo welcomes City Council At-Large candidate Al Taubenberger and Plumbers Local 690 President Francis Dean to Harrowgate Boxing Club fundraiser.
LABORERS LOCAL 332’s Pete Lyde joined former Muhammad Ali bodyguard Yayah Sahir and Mercado Boxing Club’s Dave Bey in giving amateur boxer Hector Bayron some tips before he stepped into ring at Germantown’s Masjid Muhammad.
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‘Reach Stackers’ Come To Packer Terminal Designed to increase container capacity at Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, Holt Greenwich Terminals, LLC is investing $1 million in new storage equipment designed to increase container capacity at the Terminal. Being purchased are additional “reach stackers”, mobile cranes with claw grips that can handle, move and stack shipping containers, giving Packer Terminal the ability to “densify” the safe storage of additional containers onsite. It will free up critically needed dockside storage capacity to support more cargo arriving at the Terminal. The two Hyster YardMaster II reach stackers purchased have the capability of safely
stacking standard containers “five high,” providing dramatically improved storage capacity at PAMT. Densifying the Terminal is an important step in maintaining the momentum for new cargo growth at PAMT and the Port of Philadelphia. Cargo volumes have increased by 10% at Packer in 2010. On Tuesday, the largest container vessel ever to call at a Delaware River Port, the mammoth 6,750 TEU MSC Laura, arrived at PAMT. “We’re constantly upgrading the equipment at the Terminal to provide the best, fastest and most efficient service for our customers,” said Thomas J. Holt Jr., president of Astro Holdings, Inc., which leases PAMT under a
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hosted by the Philadelphiabased transportation company on Apr. 1. Hundreds of customers and passers-by came to SEPTA headquarters in Center City to learn about plans SEPTA has to modernize its fare payment and collection system, during a New Payment Technology Information Session. Attendees browsed displays, watched presentations and asked questions about the “open” fare system they will be using in the not-so-distant future. The New Payment Technology initiative will fully modernize SEPTA’s fare payment and collection system. Riders will be able to pay for travel on trains, buses and trolleys using common retail methods such as bank cards, mobile devices, and other emerging “smart” technologies. It also means a move away from outdated fare instruments such as tokens and paper transfers. A contract for the “Smart Card” initiative – the core New Payment Technology project – is expected to be awarded by early summer. The fare-modernizationrelated work is expected to be completed in about three years.
cross-section of our city together to attain our goals around public safety, education and jobs.” “He’s a great guy, too,” Nutter adds. “I look forward to having his wisdom and community experience on my campaign this year.” Says Booker of his own credentials, “I can be a lot of help in all areas. I have a good reputation across the city. I was with him on the first run. I think he’s doing a good job, for what he has to work with. I don’t think anybody can do any better.” For his newest senior advisor, Mayor Nutter has recruited a savvy businessman whose roots in the business and political community go way back. Booker grew up in Tacony, and at the age of 10 began cleaning and sweeping at a local movie theatre. In his teens, he was promoted to
usher. That was followed by promotions to assistant manager, then manager of the Park movie house, then manager of the Avenue movie house and then manager of the Uptown Theatre. By his 20s, he was general manager of the legendary Uptown. In the mid-’60s, Booker purchased the building at Broad & Belfield. The “Shrimp Corner” became a featured spot, due in part to WHAT morning radio talkshow hostess Mary Mason. Booker, familiar with the entertainment business, also produced a number of acts, including The Tramps, remembered for its role on the soundtrack for the hit film “Saturday Night Fever.” In 1987, Sid unveiled Club LaPointe featuring the plushly decorated facilities on the second and third levels above the Stinger Lounge. Four years (Cont. Page 33)
A HOST OF Council and judicial candidates came out in droves to attend fundraiser hosted by State Rep. Rosita Youngblood in Germantown. Such is Rosita’s pull, she even managed to united dueling candidates in 8th Council Dist., among many others, for this this group shot of 2011 candidates.
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Before Ben Bynum opened the Impulse Disco — whose Mixmaster Mike grew into Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter — he partnered 45 years ago with Sid Booker on a tavern at N. Broad Street & Belfield Avenue. Booker bought out Bynum, transformed the tavern into the legendary Stinger Lounge, and came into young Nutter’s sights as a friend, early political supporter and convener of many a political gathering. Today, Booker’s role with Nutter is more formal. He carries the title of senior advisor to Mayor Nutter for the reelection campaign. “He’s been a great friend to me,” Mayor Nutter offers about a man he’s known more than 30 years. “Sid Booker knows the community. He knows business and how to leverage business goals for the good of the community. He knows how to bring a broad
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(Cont. From Page 28) Committee holds Pre-Primary Beef, Turkey & Beer at Elks Lodge, 210 E. Haines St. Donation $15. Apr. 29-30- 2011 Libertarian Party State Convention at Conference Center, 1411 Liberty St., Franklin, Pa. May 1- Olney HS class of January 1951 is looking for classmates to celebrate 60th reunion. For info (610) 7836494 or email Jacquies933@cs.com. May 2- Former Governor and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge will be
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special guest at fundraiser for GOP Council at-Large candidate David Oh, Esq., at Union League, 140 S. Broad St., 4:30-6:30 p.m. Requested contribution $150 per person, or $250 per couple. RSVP or for additional info Eunice Lee (215) 5612000. May 2- “Taste of South Philly”, hosted by Bob & Debbie Pantano, Millay Club, and Alumni fundraiser for SS. John Neumann & Maria Goretti Catholic HS. $40. Pier 1, Phila. Cruise Terminal, 5100 S. Broad St. Bldg. 3, 6-10 p.m. For info Dorothy Longo (215) 4658457, ext. 229. May 3- Fundraiser for PhillySpells Writing Lab nonprofit, featuring local au-
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thor Lisa Scottoline at Loews Hotel, 1200 Market St., 7:30 pm. Tickets $80 at door or $70 purchased via Pay Pal at www.phillySpells.org/store. May 4- Historical Marker Dedication for Moyamensing Prison at 1400 S. 10th St. For info Celeste Morello (215) 334-6008. May 4- Phila. Jobs With Justice honors AFL-CIO Po-
litical Dir. Liz McElroy, SEIU organizer Cathy Brady, union activist Jim Moran and ILA Local 1291 at William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St., 5:30 p.m. May 4- Fundraiser for Derrick Coker, candidate for MC Judge, at New Palladium, 22 W. Allegheny Ave., 5:30-8:30 p.m. May 7- Pre-Mothers Day
Jazz Brunch hosted by Ed Nesmith for Council at Large, Teamsters Local 623, 4369 Richmond St., 14 p.m. Special guests include Urban Guerilla Orchestra and Co-Pastor Dayna Devine of Family Life Worship Ctr. Tickets $25. For info (215) 9929273. May 157 7 t h Penna. Boxing Hall of Fame
banquet at Romano’s Catering, 1523 E. Wingohocking Ave., 4 p.m. Honoring Mike Fera and Joey Vento. For ticket info Veteran Boxers Association Dir. Fred Druding, Jr. (215) 2212374. May 21A C P S Church hosts Health Fair at 28th & Girard, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For info Eileen Mitchell (302) 438-5593. Free admission.
City Council Should Reckon Costs, Benefits (Cont. From Page 9) and municipal agency rules or fees need opportunities for reality checks. Philadelphia could become a more-attractive place to live, work, and conduct business, were economic impact factored into all proposals for legislative or regulatory enactments. Such a requirement would coerce those who lobby for or introduce such actions to explicitly examine foreseeable costs and benefits. The exercise would surely help anticipate protestations and avoid adverse unintended consequences. It would also afford both proponents and opponents objective grounds on which to offer arguments and recom-
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mendations for improvement. Regardless of your stand on “ObamaCare,” you’ll probably agree health-care reform would be more popular and tolerable had economic-impact analysis been integral to the negotiations rather than performed post facto and presented piecemeal in forums with little or no influence. And more than a few denizens of Broad & Market undoubtedly now wish they’d reviewed economic-impact data before approving the DROP program. Versions of economic-impact assessments are mandatory in several states, including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas and Washington. They
typically dictate that proposals include sections indicating who’ll benefit, who’ll pay or be otherwise unfavorably affected, how, and to what extent. Some also call for analogous projections if the legislation or regulation is not effectuated. An example can be found on a form used by agencies to comply with the requirements for economic impact assessments specified in Vermont Statutes Annotated (VSA) Title 3 Section 838. Among the items requested are: • “[list] categories of people, enterprises, and government entities potentially affected by this rule and estimate for each the costs and benefits anticipated... Costs and benefits can include any[thing] ... which will make
an impact on life without this rule.” • “compare the economic impact of the rule with the economic impact of other alternatives to the rule, including no rule on the subject or a rule having separate requirements for small business.” • “compare the burden imposed on small business by compliance with the rule to the burden which would be imposed by alternatives.” Economic-impact statements represent a policy which is urgently needed and whose time is now. Candidates in the coming election should be prepared to state they’ll support fiscal responsibility in Philadelphia government by endorsing the introduction and passage of an ordinance making this mandatory.
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countless other candidates— successful and otherwise — for the judiciary, congress, local council and the State legislature, the Governor’s office and other posts).” Among some of Booker’s past positions are head of the national organization of Black owners of licensed beverage establishments, National Consolidated Licensed Beverage Association, which has chapters across the nation and in Freeport, Bahamas. He has served as chairman of the Philadelphia United Minority Beverage Association’s board and VP of the Philadelphia branch of the NAACP. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and citations.
Bethesda Project Gala Scheduled Bethesda Project, “A caring family for Philadelphia’s homeless,” will hold its 14th annual Gala and Auction on Apr. 26 at the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. to fund the organization’s emergency shelters, affordable housing, and supportive services. For ticket information, contact Sala Wyman at (215) 985-1600, ext. 208. Hall of Famer Bernie Parent, best known for being the legendary goalie on the Philadelphia Flyers’ championship teams, will serve as the honorary chairman of the Gala, at which time he will announce his support of Bethesda Project. “After my recent visit, I felt compelled to do more for this
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, May 3, 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-008 (C) of 2010/11 General Contract Franklin Learning Center $1,600,000 $ 200 Classroom Modifications 616 North 15th Street *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on April 21, 2011 at 09:00 a.m. BUDGET FEE B-009 (C) of 2010/11 Mechanical Contract Franklin Learning Ctr. $450,000 $200 Classroom Modifications 616 North 15th Street *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on April 21, 2011 at 09:00 a.m. BUDGET FEE B-010 (C) of 2010/11 Plumbing Contract Franklin Learning Center $200,000 $200 Classroom Modifications 616 North 15th Street *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on April 21, 2011 at 09:00 a.m. BUDGET FEE B-011(C) of 2010/11 Electrical Contract Franklin Learning Center $1,000,000 $200 Classroom Modifications 616 North 15th Street *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on April 21, 2011 at 09:00 a.m.
the homeless of Philadelphia,” commented Parent. The event will also include special celebrity auctioneer Joe Piscopo of Saturday Night Live fame. At 16 locations that include permanent and transitional housing and shelter programs, Bethesda Project affirms the dignity of the individual experiencing homelessness. Bethesda Project’s aim is to provide a caring family environment at each of its sites with the supportive services that will help each individual maintain stable housing and meet his or her personal goals.
Founded in 1979, Bethesda Project’s mission is “to find and care for the abandoned poor and to be family with those who have none.” Each year, the organization provides emergency shelter, affordable
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Inmates Celebrate CCP Class Tara Timberman, Reentry Support Project coordinator, Fox Rothschild Center for Law & Society at Community College of Philadelphia; Everett Gillison, deputy mayor for public safety; Louis Giorla, commissioner, Philadelphia Prison System; and inmates’ family
members attended a Course Completion Ceremony for about 16 inmates who attended English 101 and Acting on Apr. 1. The Prison System partnered with CCP and the Defender Association of Philadelphia to offer inmates classes at the Cambria facility.
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(Cont. From Page 31) later, he launched six “Sid Booker Shrimpmobiles,” a few of which are still in service. The program booklet for the 35th anniversary of Booker’s restaurant states, “Few people aspiring to office or active in Philadelphia’s Black political circles have not pressed the flesh, sampled the succulent shrimp (and other delectable goodies from the Stinger Lounge/Club LaPointe kitchens) or hoisted a cold one at a fundraiser hosted at Sid Booker’s busy Broad Street location. Sidney has aided and befriended each of Philadelphia’s Mayors elected in the past 33 years (plus
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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, April 19, 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-003 (C) of 2010/11 General Contract High School of the Future $500,000 $100 Site Improvement Sweet Briar Field, 4021 Parkside Ave. *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location on April 6, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. BUDGET FEE B-800 (C) of 2008/09 General Contract Bridesburg ES $6,500,000 $500 Addition & Major Renov. 2824 Jenks Street *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location on March 31, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. BUDGET FEE B-801 (C) of 2008/09 Mechanical Contract Bridesburg ES $3,000,000 $ 500 Addition & Major Renov. 2824 Jenks Street *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location on March 31, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.
B-802 (C) of 2008/09 Plumbing Contract Bridesburg ES Addition & Major Renov. 2824 Jenks Street
BUDGET FEE $1,200,000 $ 500
*A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location on March 31, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. BUDGET FEE B-803 (C) of 2008/09 Electrical Contract Bridesburg ES $2,300,000 $ 500 Addition & Major Renov. 2824 Jenks Street *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location on March 31, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. Specifications and/or plans and contract documents may be examined and copies thereof obtained from the School Reform Commission, 440 North Broad Street, 3rd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19130.
Information as to contract documents, etc., may be obtained at the above address, or telephone 215-400-5225. Make checks payable to the School District of Philadelphia.
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.
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.
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part 20 of 30 I. ROOTS January 6, 1976: “Dear Mr. Argentina: I would be most interested in any proposal that would increase Republican votes in those that favor the conservative philosophy, especially if it would not increase production costs... If we use your idea you would certainly be compensated for it... I should be delighted to review your idea and get you a quick reaction regarding its possible use by our Committee...” —Norman Bishop, Director of Communications, Republican National Committee
Footnote: “Power is one’s ability to influence the behavior of others.” -- Philadelphia Magazine, September, 1979
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K & A Auto Salvage Inc. 2160-66 E. Somerset - Phila., PA 19134 215-423-4255 Fax: 215-423-4256 In accordance with chapter 73 of the vehicle Code Authorization of the department of Transportation the Following vehicles will be publicly auctioned @ K&A Auto salvage Inc. 2160 E Somerset St on April 7, 2011 YEAR MAKE
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