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by Maria Merlino Do you want your child to have some fun this summer and stimulate their intelligence and creativity at the same time? If so, the Main Line Chinese Culture Center is looking for South Philadelphia-based Asian and non-Asian children, from K-6th grade to participate in a 10-day camp that teaches language instruction, learning KIDS Learn Mandarin culture at Main Line Chinese Culture Chinese culture through an Center Summer Camp. Free spaces are available for South arts-and -crafts curriculum, martial-arts classes and an antiPhiladelphia-based children aged K-6th grade.

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bullying program. The tuition is free and transportation and a meal are included. With support from Congressman Bob Brady (DPhila.), the center was the recipient of a $100,000 federal grant to conduct the “Preparing Philadelphia’s Future Global Leaders” spring and summer program. All instructions are taught by native Chinese Mandarin speakers through entertaining and engaging hands-on activi(Cont. Page 2)

A South Philadelphia Baptist minister was arrested this week on multiple theft-related charges. Rev. Richard Cobb, a pastor at St. Mark’s Baptist Church on the 1200 block of S. 23rd Street, was found guilty of directing a scam that involved posing as a fake Licensing & Inspections inspector. Philadelphia Inspector General Amy L. Kurland, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and District Attorney R. Seth Williams announced the arrest of Brian K. Davis, 33, of Philadelphia and Cobb, 57, of Brookhaven, on multiple theftrelated charges. Posing as an L&I inspector and acting at Cobb’s direction, Davis allegedly collected more than $10,000 from the owner of a property on the 5300 block of Wayne Avenue in Germantown. After the property owner contested a violation issued by a (Cont. Page 2)

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Joey Giardello Statue Packs A Punch Along Passyunk Avenue Over 300 Attend Iconic Boxer’s Dedication Ceremony by Rory G. McGlasson Over 300 South Philadelphia boxing fans witnessed the unveiling of a unique statue on E. Passyunk Avenue. Five years ago, a permanent statue of South Philly’s iconic boxer Joey Giardello was nothing more than a dream; over the weekend, it became a reality. “It has been a long 15-round fundraising fight to bring a lasting monument to celebrate our champion, Joey Giardello back to his spiritual home,” said Fred Druding Jr. a committee member of the Giardello Statue board. “But thanks to the generosity of some of South Philadelphia’s best business and union leaders, we now have it right here.” Over 300 witnessed the unveiling of the statue, which was sculpted by renowned artist Carl Le Votch, including former Cement Masons’ Business Mgr. Mike Fera and cheesesteak czar Joey Vento, owner of Geno’s Steaks. “I’m a huge boxing fan,” Vento said. “Joey Giardello is a South Philadelphia icon and now, hopefully, the statue will serve as a permanent reminder of how great he was.” Touted by many as the City’s greatest middleweight boxer, the life-size statue sits fittingly at Giardello’s South Philadelphia stomping ground, and (Cont. Page 2)

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1904 S. 30th Street • Philadelphia, PA 19145 (215)-336-1108 (215)-336-1149 (fax) Executive Board: President- Daniel Olivieri Vice-President-Vince DeFino Esq. Secretary/Treasurer- Reggie Lozzi Past-President Louis Lozzi, Sr.

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Joey Giardello Statue Ceremony Draws Huge Crowd (Cont. From Page 1) the very heart of South Philly Boxing. The original bronze artwork by Carl LeVotch sits on the triangle of E. Passyunk Avenue, S. 13th Street & Mifflin Street -- just one block from where the legendary Passyunk Gym stood and two blocks from the former site of the Alhambra fight club, both of which were Giardello haunts during his legendary Hall of Fame career. The statue project is a

non-profit effort, conducted by a partnership between the Veteran Boxers AssociationRing One, the Harrowgate Boxing Club and Philly Boxing History. “The finished statue not only honors Giardello, it is a tribute to boxing itself and a fine public art piece in the middle of the bustling E. Passyunk Avenue district,” Druding Jr. said. “We could not have done this, however, without the help and support of the community.”

AFTER BLESSING Giardello statue, Deacon Fred Druding, Sr. was greeted by Geno’s Steaks Joey Vento, who was one of project’s major sponsors.

FORMER PENNA. Boxing Commissioner George Bochetto, Esq., Joey Giardello Statue Committee member Fred Druding, Jr., former Super-Middleweight Champion Charles “The Hatchet” Brewer, and Veteran Boxers Association President Charley Sgrillo were all smiles at ceremony to unveil Joey Giardello statue along E. Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia.

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BIPARTISAN SUPPORT was evident as Giardello Statue Committee member Fred Druding, Jr. is flanked by GOP Council at-Large nominee Joe McColgan and Democratic Committeeman Sean McMonagle.

GIARDELLO STATUE received strong union support as Operating Engineers’ Tom Dooley is flanked by Cement Masons’ Mike Collazzo and Mike Fera, who were all big supporters of tproject.

Free Summer Camp Places On The Mainline (Cont. From Page 1) ties such as songs, rhymes, projects, movement and much more. Even if you don’t speak Chinese, you are very welcome to apply. Jun Huangpu, a board member of MLCCC of Washington Avenue. Huangpu, a Harvard PhD graduate, who came to the US 20 years ago on a student visa and is now a citizen, wants to give back to the country that gave him so

many opportunities. She said, “People like to hold on to their culture, and what makes diversity work is the sharing and exchanging of these cultural ideals, so that when two groups come together, there is no clashing of the minds or worse, physical confrontation. “We must start at an early age to introduce differences for the greatest societal impact. I want to emphasize that

our organization’s focus is education, providing language and culture education to all residents of the greater Philadelphia region to support their educational and professional aspiration and to enrich our community and to support our region’s economic growth.” The center offers afterschool programs, weekend programs and summer camps. One of their partners is the

Russell Byers Charter School in Center City, where children work together to develop a business plan and get taught the skills to be entrepreneurs and at the same time, enhance the exchange of ideas from students of all backgrounds. If your child would be interested in this camp, you need to fill out the application now. For more information, please call (610) 308-2624.

(Cont. From Page 1) real L&I inspector, contending he already paid numerous fines, L&I checked internal records and found that no payments had been credited to the property. The property owner also said Rev. Cobb had helped him make arrangements to pay an inspector named “Brian” over several months. L&I referred the matter to the Office of the Inspector General, which opened a joint investigation with the Philadelphia Police Dept. The investigation found Cobb had persuaded Davis in early 2010 to help him swindle the property owner.

Cobb told Davis which fines and fees to seek from the property owner while posing as an L&I inspector. Davis allegedly gave Cobb a portion of the proceeds in cash and used some of the money to pay rent. Police arrested Cobb on Apr. 8, 2011. He was charged with theft, criminal solicitation and related offenses. Davis was arrested on Apr. 27, 2011 and charged with theft, conspiracy, impersonating a public servant and related offenses. Cobb and Davis were released on bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Jun. 8, 2011.


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By the end of the Civil war in 1865, the practice of decorating soldiers’ graves had become widespread in the North. The first known observance was in Waterloo, N.Y. on May 5, 1866, and each year thereafter. The friendship between Gen. John Murray, a distinguished citizen of Waterloo, and Gen. John A. Logan, who helped bring attention to the event nationwide, was likely a factor in the holiday’s growth. On May 5, 1868, in his capacity as commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic– the organization for Northern Civil War veterans – Logan issued a proclamation that “Decoration Day” should be observed nationwide. It was observed for the first time on May 30 of the same year; the date was chosen because it was not the anniversary of a battle. There were events in 183 cemeteries in 27 states in 1868, and 336 in 1869. The northern states quickly adopted the holiday; Michigan made Decoration Day an official State holiday in 1871 and by 1890 every northern state followed suit. The ceremonies were sponsored by the Women’s Relief Corps, which had 100,000 members. By 1870, the remains of nearly 300,000 Union dead had been buried in 73 national cemeteries, located mostly in the South, near the battlefields. The most famous are Get-

tysburg National Cemetery in Pennsylvania and Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington. The Memorial Day speech became an occasion for veterans, politicians and ministers to commemorate the war – and at first to recall the atrocities of the enemy. They mixed religion and celebratory nationalism and provided a means for the people to make sense of their history in terms of sacrifice for a better nation, one closer to their God. People of all religious beliefs joined together, and the point was often made that the German and Irish soldiers had become true Americans in the “baptism of blood” on the battlefield. By the end of the 1870s, the rancor was gone and the speeches praised the soldiers of both the Union and Confederacy. By the 1950s, the theme was American exceptionalism and duty to uphold freedom in the world. Alton, Ill. lays claim to the nation’s oldest continuously running Memorial Day parade, since 1868. In 1882, the name of Decoration Day was formally changed to Memorial Day in “memory” and “honor” of those who gave their lives fighting for a common cause, America. This name did not become more common until after World War II, and was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967. (Cont. Page 6)

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All Past & Present Veterans For Their Service To Our Country

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(Cont. From Page 3) In Charleston, S.C. in 1865, freedmen (freed enslaved Africans) celebrated at the Washington Race Course,

today the location of Hampton Park. The site had been used as a temporary Confederate prison camp for captured Union soldiers in 1865, as well

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as a mass grave for Union soldiers who died there. Immediately after the cessation of hostilities, freedmen exhumed the bodies from the mass grave

and reinterred them in individual graves. They built a fence around the graveyard with an entry arch and declared it a Union graveyard. On May 1,

1865, a crowd of up to 10,000, mainly Black residents, including 2,800 children, proceeded to the location for events that included sermons, singing, and

a picnic on the grounds, thereby creating the first Decoration Day-type celebration. Beginning in 1866, the Southern states had their own Memorial Days, ranging from Apr. 26 to mid-June. The birthday of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Jun. 3, became a State holiday in 10 states by 1916. Across the South, associations were founded after the war to establish and care for permanent cemeteries for Confederate soldiers, organize commemorative ceremonies, and sponsor impressive monuments as a permanent way of remembering the Confederate tradition. Women provided the leadership in these associations, paving the way to establish themselves as capable of public leadership. The earliest Confederate Memorial Day celebrations were simple, somber occasions for veterans and their families to honor the day and attend to local cemeteries. Around 1890, there was a (Cont. Page 7)


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(Cont. From Page 6) shift from this consolatory emphasis on honoring specific soldiers to public commemoration of the Confederate “Lost Cause”. Changes in the ceremony’s hymns and speeches reflect an evolution of the ritual into a symbol of cultural renewal and conservatism in the South. By 1913, however, the theme of American nationalism shared equal time with the Lost Cause. Columbus, Miss. at its Decoration Day on Apr. 25, 1866, commemorated both the Union and Confederate casualties buried in its cemetery. The ceremonies and Memorial Day address at Gettysburg National Park were nationally famous, starting in 1868. In July 1913, veterans of the United States and Confederate armies gathered in Gettysburg to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the

Flags flying at Fort Logan National Cemetery during Memorial Day, 2006 Civil War’s bloodiest and most famous battle. The fourday “Blue-Gray Reunion” featured parades, reenactments, and speeches from a host of dignitaries, including President Woodrow Wilson, the first Southerner in the White House since the War. Congressman James Heflin of Alabama was given the honor of the main address. Heflin was a noted orator; two of his best-known speeches were an endorsement of the Lincoln Memorial and his call to make Mother’s Day a holiday, but his choice as Memorial Day speaker was met with criticism. He was opposed for his

racism, but his speech was moderate, stressing national unity and goodwill, and the newspapers, including those who opposed his invitation to speak, praised him. On Jun. 28, 1968, the Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which moved three holidays from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. The holidays included Washington’s Birthday, Veterans Day and Memorial Day. The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. The law (Cont. Page 12)

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Importance Of Ballot Position

tion, she snagged the 10th spot. She had strong support from African American voters and organized labor. Had it not been for his endorsement as well as the number-one ballot position in the race for the sole seat open in the Municipal Court race, Marvin Williams could have easily lost the race to Martin Coleman, who waged a strong campaign with the support of key ward leaders. Long-time City Commission Chair Margaret Tartaglione would have been able to easily surmount the turf war in the 6th Dist. Her support for Martin Bednarek cost her votes from ward leaders pushing for Bob Henon. However, it was easy to see, had she not held the last spot in the seven-candidate race, she could have easily made up the votes she needed to at least come in second. Ballot position helped, but played a secondary role to Party endorsements as all five Democrat at-Large Council candidates came in. Handicapped by poor ballot position had been Bill Green, James Kenney and Wilson Goode, Jr. Bill Greenlee pulled number one, which kept him a winner. Blondell Reynolds Brown did everything right, and added endorsement and her fourth place in the ballot to amass the largest vote of the victors with 65,743. In the Republican race for at-Large council seats, though he ran fifth and was the only unendorsed candidate, Michael Untermeyer made the cut because of his number-one ballot position. Surprisingly, endorsed candidate Malcolm Lazin, in the numbertwo slot, dropped to sixth. It was obvious Party rule held sway here. Unendorsed, the legendary Councilman Frank Rizzo finished seventh. David Oh’s relentless campaigning, plus the endorsement, brought him number one in the total of votes garnered, though he was fourth on the ballot. State Rep. Denny O’Brien (R-Northeast), with a strong neighborhood base, came in second, though number five in the field of nine. In Traffic Court, it was an easy win for 53rd Ward Leader Christine Solomon, who had the number-one ballot position as well as Party endorsement, bringing her a total of 38,276 votes, more than twice the second place finisher Donna Marie Laws, who was third in the ballot position among a field of 14. We won’t conjecture whether John Featherman’s number-one ballot position picked up extra votes. It Became a Cliffhanger. It was positive he and his opponent, Karen Brown, both were supported by divided camps.

May 21- ACPS Church hosts Health Fair at 28th & Girard, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For info Eileen Mitchell (302) 438-5593. Free admission. May 21- Local 57 Business Mgr. Stanley Sanders hosts annual dinner/scholarship dance honoring Mike Daniels at 500-506 N. 6th St., 7 p.m.-12 a.m. For info (215) 768-3856. May 24- Phoenix Salon & Spa hosts Women Empowering Women benefit for Project H.O.M.E., 1600 Arch St., 6-9 p.m. Tickets $60 advance, $75 at door. For info Lauren Millner (215) 2327272, ext. 3045. May 27- Free Clothing and Items Giveaway at Mt. Hebron Baptist Ch., 1415-19 Wharton St. Bring your own shopping bags/carts. Items for men, kids, babies, ladies, home. For info (215) 3368163. Rev. R. Johnson Waller, Jr., Pastor, Sister CP Love, Missionaries Director. Jun. 3- Fundraising Banquet to purchase Asian Service

Bldg. at Ocean City Restaurant, 234 N. 9th St., 6:30 p.m. For info Chairman Mohan Parmer (215) 3178262. Jun. 3- Southwest Coalition hosts Jazz Concert featuring Stickman Tony Trio at Kingsessing Rec. Center, 50th & Kingsessing Ave., 68:30 p.m. Cost $10 including light refreshments. For info Tom Henry (215) 9015639. Jun. 4- Badges of Honor 5 K run in Fairmount Park at 9 a.m. kicked off by Police Commissioner Ramsey, Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers, Prison Commissioner Louis Giorla and Mayor Michael Nutter. Jun. 16- American Diabetes Ass’n honors Michael A. Rashid, president of AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Cos., as 2011 Father of the Year honoree at 1200 Awards Dinner at Loews Hotel, cocktail reception 5:30 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m. Jul. 10- Benefit for Women Veterans hosted by Cathy Santos at Mom’s Kitchen Table Garden Courtyard, 2317 Ridge Ave., 4-9 p. m. For info Cathy Santos (215) 834-4228.

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A rundown of all the positions up for grabs in both the Republican and Democrat primary left little doubt a top pick on the ballot was extremely helpful. You couldn’t tell in the races where the competition was less than three, since Party support made the obvious difference. However, the number-one position did help even those who had no support whatsoever. It became obvious the number-one ballot position meant an extra 600 Republican city votes for Vic Stabile, in number-one slot, who lost to local favorite Judge Paula Patrick in the race for Superior Court. In the Superior Court race, Judge Panepinto picked up 600 more GOP city votes as he occupied the top slot for Commonwealth Court. The Republicans had only 10 candidates for the 10 positions open in Court of Common Pleas. Yet ballot position was obviously important. The exception was popular Anne Marie B. Coyle, fourth on the ballot, who led the field with 10,872. Then the rest followed, with dropoffs in order of their position on the ballot. Jim DiVergilis had the number-one slot, which brought him second on primary day behind Coyle. Then came Fran Shields, Ted Vigilante, Maria McLaughlin, Judge Kenneth Powell, Sayde Ladov and Charles Ehrlich. That showed, even though all 10 were sure of primary victory, voter attention dropped off as the voters pushed levers from one to 10. Among the Democrats, holding number-one on the ballot for Common Pleas, in a field of 38 was Democrat-endorsed Sean Kennedy, pulling in 58,186. Also endorsed was Diana Anhalt, second on the ballot, who saw a drop of over 13,000 votes, coming in at 44,727 votes. Jonathan Irvine, also endorsed, in number three saw a further drop by 4,000 behind Anhalt. Endorsements plus ballot position boosted Maria McLaughlin with 42,971 votes. Charles Ehrlich and Edward Wright, far down in the 23rd and 24th slots, survived only because of their endorsement by Chairman Bob Brady and the Democrat City Committee. Unfortunately for Michael Fanning, J. Scott O’Keefe, and Judges Kenny Powell and Roger Gordon, they were too far down the ballot, though their numbers showed they had Democrat endorsement. Carolyn Nichols bucked the trend. Though 17th in ballot posi-

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Two primary reasons why individual votes matter were found in the closeness of the races in the 2nd Council Dist., as less than four dozen votes separated the victor from the loser, and in the Republican race for Mayor, where the count came in at just 58 votes separating winner from loser, with a couple score provisional ballots yet to be counted. Either result can be challenged. Not even the savviest of analysts could have guessed the finishing scenario in these two races. Had more voters turned out for both races, would the results have been different? No way to know. But we do know voters have no right to complain if their candidates fail to live up to expectations. They only have themselves. Of both major parties, it can be said there was little focus on the endorsed candidates, though the endorsed, for the most part, did come through. What was missing in these and other races were huge numbers of absentee, provisional and alternative ballots that should have been recruited by the ward leaders and committeepersons. The low numbers in this category reflect the lack of motivation and the loss of purpose which once were their guiding hallmarks. When both parties reorganized every two years, instead of today’s four-year terms, more energy was evident, with committeepersons and ward leaders more active and aware of the needs of their constituencies. Maybe that could be the answer to creating more vitality within each Party and, as a result, more voter awareness.


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Page 11 Saint Joseph’s University Law Alumni Chapter recently honored PATRICK SHEA, who is a member of the class of 1979, with its prestigious Gem Award. The occasion took place at the La Buca Ristorante. La Buca is a wonderful dining spot loaded with ambiance and very convenient to Center City strollers. CHARLIE PERUTO is a part owner of this delightful dining spot. The Clover Club celebrated its 129th anniversary on Apr. 17 had its usual black-tie banquet at the Union League. Interesting was the number of undercurrents and crosstides that moved among the members. MIKE MEEHAN, whose family led the Republican Party for years, is one of the officers of the club. Another officer of the club, MIKE CIBIK, is among the leaders of the group of rebels that is attempting to overthrow Mike’s leadership as head of the Republican Party in Philadelphia. This pending fight determined who would be sitting at what table so that in the event of a successful rebellion, they could take credit, and in the event of a failed rebellion, they could wash their hands of the taint which would attach itself to somebody at the losers’ table. The Brehon Law Society, located at 1628 Pine Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103, is currently conducting its annual membership drive. If you are interested in more details, call (267) 7025771. This year, the Brehon plans to have a CLE (Continuing Legal Education) in County Mayo in Ireland.

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Yo! Here we go again with some interesting WW II trivia from Col. D. G. Swinford, USMC, Ret. The first German serviceman killed in WW II was killed by the Japanese (China, 1937); the first American serviceman killed was killed by the Russians (Finland, 1940). The youngest US serviceman was 12-year-old Calvin Graham, USN. He was wounded and given a Dishonorable Discharge for lying about his age. His benefits were later restored by act of Congress. More US servicemen died in the Air Corps than the Marine Corps. While completing the required 30 missions, your chance of being killed was 71%. Generally speaking, there was no such thing as an average fighter pilot. You were either an ace or a target. For instance, Japanese ace Hiroyoshi Nishizawa shot down over 80 planes. He died while a passenger on a cargo plane. It was a common practice on fighter planes to load every 5th round with a tracer round to aid in aiming. This was a mistake. Tracers had different ballistics so (at long range) if your tracers were hitting the target, 80% of your rounds were missing. Worse yet, tracers instantly told your enemy he was under fire and from which direction. Worst of all was the practice of loading a string of tracers at the end of the belt to tell you that you were out of ammo. This was definitely not something you wanted to tell the enemy. When allied armies reached the Rhine, the first thing men did was pee in it. This was pretty universal, from the lowest private to Winston Churchill (who made a big show of it) and Gen. Patton (who had himself photographed in the act). German Me-264 bombers were capable of bombing New York City, but they decided it wasn’t worth the effort. The German submarine U-120 was sunk by a malfunctioning toilet. Among the first “Germans” captured at Normandy were several Koreans. They had been forced to fight for the Japanese Army, until they were captured by the Russians and forced to fight for the Russian Army, until they were captured by the Germans and forced to fight for the German Army, until they were captured by the US Army. You’ve got to love this one. Following a massive naval bombardment, 35,000 United (Cont. Page 30)

Technically, the race for the Democratic nomination for 2nd Dist. Councilperson ended on Monday. After the official vote counts were taken, State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson had bested his closest competition, real-estate agent and community activist Barbara Capozzi, by a mere 46 votes. There was a small amount of votes left to count, but not enough to impact the final result, officials said. Yep, technically Capozzi has now, officially, lost her bid for the 2nd Dist. seat. She’s technically not going to be on the ballot in November. She’s technically going to have to wait for four years to take another shot at the seat. But in reality, I’d hold off on the victory party if I were on Team Johnson. Why? Because of Capozzi’s response to the final tally, which was emailed to reporters on Monday. “We are quite disappointed in the outcome of the count, but I am very proud of the honest and strong campaign that we ran against the ‘machine’,” she said. “As for the final election results, I am considering all options in regards to next steps. It is in the City’s best interests that residents of the 2nd Dist. get the last say in who represents them in City Council.” I didn’t hear of any kind of malfeasance happening in the 2nd Dist. race that might have diluted the voice of the people. But then again, when you have only 20% of the total population of the city even bothering to make its voice heard, something shady could have gone down and no one would have known. It’s that whole “If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound?” thing. But the phrase that really lets me know this might not be the last we’ve heard on this topic is the phrase “considering all options.” That phrase really stands out for me. Especially when you consider the fact Barbara Capozzi, if she wanted to be, could be the Tom Knox of the 2nd Dist. But unless Capozzi knows taking that course of action will lead to the victory she was hoping to achieve, I’d keep my powder dry if I were her, for a couple of reasons. One, the lawyers are going to get paid whether you win or not. I’d feel a lot better about paying lawyers if I won, rich or not. If you lose and you have to hand an election lawyer $10,000, you’re gonna be a little salty, rich or not. Secondly, in four years Capozzi is a logical candidate for a repeat run. But her chances could be clouded by any bitterness sown in the heat of a long-drawn-out challenge in 2011. Race was one factor in the maneuverings which marked this lively race. Attorney Damon Roberts and community activist Tracy Gordon were asked to drop out so there would be one unifying Black candidate to take Capozzi on. Two other white candidates had dropped out prior to that, leaving Capozzi the lone white on the ballot. Racial concerns are, after all, not unknown in our city’s politics – even when two candidates are of the same race! Right now, for instance, a former Mayor is talking about running (Cont. Page 32)

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SNOOPER’S GOOD NEWS DEPT.: To all of you who can read this column, I have some GOOD NEWS for all of you: WE MADE IT. Yes, if you can recall, THE WORLD was supposed to come to an END on MAY 21 and naturally, it didn’t happen. My friend actually thought there was a chance for it to happen, even to the point of selling his house. Those who read THE BIBLE knew this would never happen because THE BIBLE stated, “NO ONE WILL KNOW THE TIME, OR PLACE, WHEN THE WORLD WOULD COME TO AN END.” Guess the Good Lord put it off so the thousands of children who made their “First Holy Communion” on the 22nd wouldn’t be disappointed. SNOOPER’S ELECTION AFTERMATH: I knew those who took THE D.R.O.P. would probably lose, and this was “A NO-BRAINER”. The one candidate I was positively sure would WIN was BOBBY HENON, formerly of the I.B.E.W. Local 98 UNION. I knew he was a WINNER the first time I met him, and I’ll tell you, he is a real gentleman – 100%. There was also another candidate who I thought could NOT LOSE, and he was HON. BILL GREEN, Councilman; this also includes THE BIG ONE in NOVEMBER. I predicted earlier in my columns there would be some CHANGES in City COUNCIL. Now that many of us have survived STEP ONE, we must now get ready for the B-I-G O-N-E on Nov. 4. SNOOPER’S PRO WRESTLING “HOTLINE”:The BOSS himself called me to inform me of the sudden death of my good friend RANDY POFFO. We knew him a lot better as the one of the most popular Pro Wrestlers in the WWWF and THE WWF the WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION. He was a “giant” in PRO WRESTLING, and there was no one better than “THE MACHO MAN” – oh yeah! “RANDY” had a heart of GOLD and he really cared about you, THE WRESTLING FANS. Yes, we will all miss him and his wife, who died earlier (MISS ELIZABETH). He was a “CLASS A ACT” and I’m going to miss his “OH YEAH.” THE MACHO MAN is gone; Rest in Peace RANDY. SNOOPER’S “UPDATE”: We told you last week we have a new JURY SELECTION COMMISSIONER, and he is HON. DANIEL RENDINE. This gentleman was an excellent choice made by THE BOARD OF JUDGES, 1st Judicial Dist., and he’ll start immediately. HON. ROGER KING, Court of Common Pleas, was one of the first to let us know all about this fine JURY SELECTION COMMISSIONER. (Cont. Page 30)


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Time To Fly Flag (Cont. From Page 7) took effect at the federal level in 1971. The Veterans of Foreign Wars and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War advocate returning to the original date, although the significance of the date is tenuous. The VFW stated in a 2002 Memorial Day Address:

A boy holding an American flag during the 2009 National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol “Changing the date merely to 1961. The Memorial Tournacreate three-day weekends has ment golf event has been held undermined the very meaning on or close to the Memorial of the day. No doubt, this has Day weekend since 1976. contributed a lot to the general The National Memorial public’s nonchalant obser- Day Concert takes place on vance of Memorial Day.” the west lawn of the United Since 1987, Hawaii’s Sen. States Capitol. The concert is Daniel Inouye, a World War broadcast on PBS and NPR. II veteran, has repeatedly in- Music is performed, and retroduced measures to return spect is paid to the men and Memorial Day to its tradi- women who died in war. tional date. Sociologists, following the Nevertheless, after some lead of Robert Bellah, often initial confusion and unwill- make the argument that Ameringness to comply, all 50 ica has a secular “civil relistates adopted Congress’s gion” – one with no change of date within a few association with any religious years. Memorial Day endures denomination or viewpoint – as a holiday which most busi- that has incorporated Memonesses observe because it rial Day as a sacred event. marks the unofficial beginning Our American tradition inof summer. This role is filled cludes an obligation to honor in neighboring Canada by the sacrifices made by our naVictoria Day, which occurs tion to earn our freedom. either on May 24 or the last With the Civil War, a new Monday before that date, theme of death, sacrifice and placing it exactly one week rebirth enters the civil relibefore Memorial Day. gion. Memorial Day gave ritMany Americans observe ual expression to these Memorial Day by visiting themes, integrating the local cemeteries and memorials. A community into a sense of nanational moment of remem- tionalism. The American civil brance takes place at 3 p.m. religion, in contrast to that of local time. Another tradition France, was never anticlerical is to fly the flag of the United or militantly secular; in conStates at half-staff from dawn trast to Britain, it was not tied until noon local time. One of to a specific denomination like the longest-standing traditions the Church of England. Inis the running of the Indi- stead, the Americans boranapolis 500, an auto race rowed selectively from which has been held in con- different religious traditions in junction with Memorial Day such a way that the average since 1911. It runs on the Sun- American saw no conflict beday preceding the Memorial tween the two, thus mobilizDay holiday. The Coca-Cola ing deep levels of personal 600 stock car race has been motivation for the attainment held later the same day since of national goals.


loved ones are now names on marble monuments. As you enjoy your Federal holiday, I urge you to include in your festivities a time to remember what Memorial Day truly means. Put down your barbecue tongs and join the families and comrades-inarms, and taste, for just a short time, the sacrifice that the numbers on the walls really mean. I urge you to take your children to a ceremony

honoring those who have fallen. Take them to a Memorial Day Parade. Put a flag on your lawn. I urge you to help a veterans group or, better yet, help a “survivors group”. Throughout the region, find a service honoring our war dead. You don’t know of one? Well, on Memorial Day, the Philadelphia Korean Memorial will hold a memorial service at 11 a.m. and the

Philadelphia Vietnam Memorial will hold a service at 12 p.m. The Korean and Vietnam Memorials are across the street from each other near Penn’s Landing at Spruce & Front Streets. The Vietnam Memorial has 646 Philadelphian fallen on their wall and the Korean Memorial has 610 fallen from our five-county area. Remember, they are not numbers. They are your fel-

low citizens who died in your name. (Judge Patrick Dugan is a Captain in the US Army Reserve. He sits on Philadelphia Veterans Court. An Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran, he is Vice Chairman of 82nd Airborne Association Philadelphia Chapter, member of Veterans’ Advisory Commission and PA AOH Veterans Committee Chair.)

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the “hearts and minds” of Iraqis. His remains now lie in Arlington Cemetery, with fellow heroes such as Philadelphian Vietnam Veteran Medal Of Honor recipient Corp. Michael Crecenz and President John F. Kennedy. LTC Phelan was an Army Reservist killed by a “homicide bomber” who rammed his explosives-filled car into the humvee Phelan was riding in. Memorial Day is about many young Americans, such as 19year-old infantry paratrooper Robert Dembowski Jr., graduate of Council Rock High, who was killed in Baghdad in a small-arms attack. Memorial Day is about 49-year-old Roger Haller, a Maryland National Guard Command Sergeant Major whose helicopter was shot down in Iraq. It’s about 19-year-old Nicole Frye, a Civil Affairs soldier from Wisconsin, who was killed in Iraq by an IED as she drove an un-armored humvee with a plastic tarp for a door. Memorial Day is for 19-yearold Bradli Coleman from Ford City, Pa. who was killed by a mortar as he slept on his bunk in Mosul, Iraq after working the night shift in Task Force Olympia HQ. Memorial Day is about 42year-old Marine Maj. John Spahr, a former Philadelphia All-Catholic quarterback at Saint Joseph’s Prep whose F18 went down in Iraq. Memorial Day is about 21-yearold Patrick Ward from Fairmount, a helicopter machine gunner who did not return from Vietnam. Every day is Memorial Day for the fallen’s families, friends and comrades-inarms. Look into the eyes of Mr. Robert Dembowski, Sr. or a Gold Star Mother and you will see the immeasurable price that some pay for our freedoms. Memorial Day is about the infinite void that each deceased hero leaves. It’s about the Phelan, Cresenz, Dembowski, Frye, Spahr, Haller, Coleman, Ward and countless other families and friends and their everyday pain as they continue through life as their

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by Judge Patrick Dugan Memorial Day is not about politics. Whatever your feelings are about the current war or former wars, remember this: All military personnel take an oath. The fallen swore and gave their lives honoring the following promise: “I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR THAT I WILL SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AGAINST ALL ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC; THAT I WILL BEAR TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE TO THE SAME; AND THAT I WILL OBEY THE ORDERS OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE ORDERS OF THE OFFICERS APPOINTED OVER ME, ACCORDING TO REGULATIONS AND THE UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE. SO HELP ME GOD.” They gave Uncle Sam a blank check with their life offered to answer our nation’s call to arms. The military does not decide to go to war; it just answers the call of our nation. The numbers of those who have died answering that call continue to rise. Consider: 4,456 and counting in Iraq ... 1,582 and counting in Afghanistan ... 58,151 in Vietnam ... 36,516 didn’t return from Korea … 405,399 gave their lives in World War II.... There have been over 1,315,000 military personnel (and counting) who have given their lives for this nation since 1775. A huge number. But Memorial Day is not about the numbers. It’s about the individual human being, the American, the man, the woman, the father, the brother, the spouse, the friend, the son, the uncle and the daughter who answered the call of our nation to deploy into violence, into war. It’s about Upper Darby High graduate LTC Mark Patrick Phelan, a 47-year-old father, uncle, husband and brother who went to Iraq with the 416th Civil Affairs Battalion (Norristown, Pa.), to win

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Corbett Inaugural Committee Cemetery Observances Donates To Military Families To Mark This Weekend

Gov. Tom Corbett’s Inaugural Committee honored United States military service members and their families on Armed Forces Day – May 21 – by donating $125,000 to Operation Homefront in order to assist military families in need. Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to military families and wounded warriors, and this money will specifically help military families in or deployed from the state of Pennsylvania. “Armed Forces Day is a perfect time to remember our men and women in uniform,” said Jen Holman Zaborney, co-director of the Inaugural

Committee. “As a candidate, Gov. Corbett pledged to be an advocate for Pennsylvania’s 1.1 million veterans, the fifthlargest population of vets of any state. This is a fitting down payment on that promise.” “Operation Homefront is very pleased to have the support of the Corbett-Cawley Inaugural Committee, and we look forward to using the donation to help the military families in need as we honor them on this important day” said Peter Stinson, Operation Homefront Delaware-Pennsylvania Chapter president. “As an organization that is run solely on donations, such a generous contribution will

help us assist more families and continue to offer our services.” Armed Forces Day is a single occasion in which all Americans can thank both veteran and current military service members. Armed Forces Day was created on Aug. 31, 1949, in order to honor members from all branches of service. Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers across 25 chapters and has met more than 400,000 needs since 2002. A four-star-rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, and with an A rating by the American Philanthropy Institute, 94% of all donations to Operation Homefront goes to its programs.

Two historic Philadelphia cemeteries will honor our nation’s fallen fighters in events that will be both patriotic and educational. On Sunday, May 29, the traditional Decoration Day service of the Grand Army Meade Post #1 will be recreated at Historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue at 12 noon. All are welcome to attend and participate in the ceremony. Laurel Hill is the site of the first Memorial Day Observance in Philadelphia on this date in 1868. Special bronze veterans’ markers will be dedicated at the graves of veterans. Speakers, ceremonies and pageantry will highlight this special ceremony. Afterwards, the entourage will gather at the grave of Gen. George Meade, hero of Gettysburg, to perform the traditional service to honor all veterans who fell defending

the nation. Wreath-laying, speeches, music and honor guards will enhance the ceremony. Historical groups, veterans, and citizens will participate. Wreaths, military contingents, color guards, music and period civilians are encouraged to participate. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony. Tours of the historic cemetery are also available. Direct any questions to Anthony Waskie at andy.waskie@temple.edu. On Memorial Day itself, May 30, the Veterans Administration’s Philadelphia National Cemetery will stage its own ceremony at 11 a.m. Betty Moseley Brown, associate director VA Center for Women’s Veterans, will be the keynote speaker. Located at Haines Street & Limekiln Pike in Northwest Philadelphia, this is one of the

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original National Cemeteries established in 1862. It was intended specifically to bury those veterans who died in nearby hospitals, but in 1885, the government purchased an additional 13 acres and decided to consolidate and reinter the remains of soldiers which were in numerous small plots scattered throughout the region. Philadelphia National Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. This stunning cemetery provides a walking tour of American military history. Among its notable features are the Mexican-American War Monument, which is a large marble obelisk dedicated to the 38 Mexican-American War veterans buried in the cemetery; the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument, which was erected in 1911, dedicated to the Confederate soldiers interred at the cemetery; and the Revolutionary War Memorial, dedicated to soldiers of the Revolutionary War. Notable interments include Seaman Alphonse Girandy (1868–1941), Medal of Honor recipient for peacetime service aboard the USS Petrel; Louis Santop Loftin, Hall of Fame Negro Leagues baseball player; Maj. Gen. Galusha Pennypacker, Medal of Honor recipient for action at the Second Battle of Fort Fisher during the Civil War and youngest person to hold the rank of brigadier general in the United States Army; and Joseph Sweeney (1884–1963), actor.

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State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson (D-S. Phila.) will be the Democrat candidate in the 2nd Council Dist., squeezing by with a 46-vote margin of victory after the absentee and other ballots were counted by the City Commissioners Tuesday. It’s a heartbreaker for a political novice, but long-time community leader and business real-estate developer, Barbara Capozzi, who waged an uphill fight in a District dominated by African American voters. Capozzi, commented after the official count ended, “I am very proud of the honest and strong campaign that we ran against the ‘machine’. Our votes prevailed in Center City, my home base, and in many parts of South and Southwest Philadelphia. Thousands of

people supported me by voting for me and by donating their time and money to my campaign. I am grateful for their help. I will continue to work as a leader in Philadelphia who fights for neighborhoods and for citizens who want smart, effective government.” Kenyatta will retire from his 186th Dist. seat in December, should he win the General Election in November against Republican opponent Ivan Cohen. It is doubtful if the City Commissioners will hold a special election before the primary due to costs. So the 186th will be on the ballot as a special election and also as an open seat in the primary, open to anyone wishing to seek it. The ward leaders in Wards 2, 27, 30, 36, 48 and 51, and the committeepersons whose Divisions are within the District will pick each major party’s candidate for the special election, which will appear on the primary ballot. The field to fill the seat in the primary will, no doubt, include the individuals named in the special elections as well as

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A truce has been declared between the city’s two Republican Parties, the Republican City Committee and the State Party-sponsored Philadelphia Chapter. At the behest of Al Schmidt, the newly nominated Republican candidate for City Commissioner, 5th Ward Leader Michael Cibik has called off a meeting he had planned to convene of the chapter’s ward leaders, with the agenda of electing its own version of the City Committee leadership. Cibik, whose home in Society Hill has been the scene of many Republican fundraisers for office-seeking members of both factions, said, “Schmidt and other ward leaders have indicated it was not in the best interests of the Republican Party and the Republican candidates on the November ballot to go forward with an election for Chairman at this time. It was Schmidt’s desire that we focus on getting Republican candidates elected in November.” The office of Chairman of

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ticket in much of the Northeast. Isaiah Thomas made good use of his #2 ballot position. He clearly worked hard and showed regional strength in upper North Philadelphia, coming in 3rd in the 49th. He may have a future in District politics in the 9th Council Dist. Second Ward leader Ed Nesmith made the ticket in Black South & Southwest Phila – the 39th, 40th, 48th and 36th. He had a friend in the Far Northeast 57th Ward, where he placed #5, due to Johnny Doc’s influence. But he came in seventh in his own gentrifying ward, which swung heavily toward Toy. In the 1st Dist., Mark Squilla crushed everyone in the 1st and 39th and held his own in the 25th; but he disappeared everywhere else. Jeff Hornstein and Joe Grace split the bulk of the professional wards. Vern Anastasio was invisible outside the 2nd. Hornstein ruled the 31st, Grace the 25th; Grace topped Hornstein in the 5th, Hornstein edged Grace in the 2nd. In the 2nd Dist., Barbara Capozzi rolled out a huge lead in the 39th and in the 26th, where Tracey Gordon took all the Blacks. But Gordon was crushed by State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson in her home 40th. Johnson brought home the 48th and 36th. Capozzi and he tied in the 30th and 8th. In the 5th Dist., Suzanne Carn ran strongly only in the 28th. In the 6th Dist., Mike Bednarek had no areas of strength. Dan Savage only prevailed in the tiny 56th in the 7th Dist. In the 9th Dist., Councilman Marian Tasco’s weakest area was the 49th. In the 8th Dist., Verna Tyner ruled only the tiny 11th, competed in the 13th and 12th, but had a surprisingly strong third place in the posh 9th. Greg Paulmier carried the 12th Ward and was strong in the 22nd and 59th. Cindy Bass turned out a huge vote in the mighty 22nd and took all the other wards. Howard Treatman’s strength was in the 22nd and 59th.

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patch in Lower North Philadelphia. Bell led in three wards. One of his bases was Upper North Philadelphia, with pockets in the Northeast along the Boulevard. He led in his home turf of Point Breeze/Grays Ferry, where Staten rode his coattails. Bell and Staten divvied up West Philly wards – one for you, one for me. The 39th delivered with precision for both incumbents. So did the 26th. Clark was strong in most Black areas, weak in most white areas. In some white “organization wards,” he was dragged along to second place. Clark was weak in the Grays Ferry/Point Breeze neighborhoods, however. A Blair Talmadge vote is diagnostic of the value of an Inquirer endorsement, because that’s the only thing Talmadge did to campaign. Answer: it’s good enough to place in the 2nd, 5th, 8th, 9th, 15th & 22nd. Everywhere else, he wasn’t even a blip. Council Races. In Dem atLarge races, when Black wards wanted to dump a white incumbent, it’d be Jim Kenney, and sometimes Bill Greenlee as well; when white wards wanted to dump a Black incumbent, it’d be W. Wilson Goode, and occasionally Blondell Reynolds Brown as well. Of the two main challengers, Andrew Toy led the entire ticket in the “professional wards” – Center City as well as the 2nd, 30th, 27th and 9th; and he almost topped Greenlee in the 15th. He made the cut in other gentrifier wards like the 1st, 14th, 46th and 24th, 21st, 18th and 25th, 22nd and 59th, as well as the nicer parts of the Far Northeast (56th, 58th, 63rd and 64th). But he sank like a stone in all African American areas. Sherrie Cohen tended also to be strong in areas where Toy excelled. But her strength was much more even. She racked up decent numbers (sometimes making the ticket or “strong sixth place”) in many blue-collar Black wards and made the

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by Tony West A ward-by-ward analysis of Philadelphia’s busy Democrat primary ballots reveals a trove of information about the candidates’ strengths – and where they came up short. Row-Office Races. A John Kromer vote is a good diagnostic of Philly’s “professional class”. Residents of these wards supported Kromer over Jewell Williams for Sheriff, based on his anti-machine, anti-elective “reform” stance. We’re talking about the 2nd, 5th, 8th, 9th, 15th, 25th, 27th, 30th and 58th. Kromer also ran well in the 7th, 21st, 26th & 46th. He also showed strength in the 41st, 45th and 55th, which aren’t Joe College neighborhoods. Everywhere else, State Rep. Jewell Williams ruled as the next Sheriff. Jacque Whaumbush didn’t make a blip except in the 21sr Ward. The City Commissioners’ race was wild and woolly. Stephanie Singer piled up enormous numbers in the professional wards, much larger than Kromer’s. In addition, she ran second to Tartaglione in many Lower Northeast wards where Jewish American candidates typically do well. Singer was bulleted in the 56th, 57th, 58th & 65th, presumably by State Sen. Mike Stack’s team; but the 66th remained staunchly loyal to Tartaglione. Somebody hung Tartaglione out to dry in the 1st. It also looks like Singer was bulleted in the 5th, 6th, 8th, 15th and 30th. Tartaglione was bulleted in the 19th, 7th, 23rd and 45th. A possible effort in the 33rd was weaker. Tartaglione had absolutely no legs in West and Northwest Philadelphia, although she had quite a few friends in Lower North Philadelphia. In the West and Northwest, the typical ward organization went with “Anthony Clark + [Michael Bell or Ivy Staten]”. Each had pockets of strength. Staten led in four wards. Her base was in Oak Lane/Olney/Germantown (thanks to the efforts of the Oak Lane Team), with another

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25% to 50% off food prices at Cuba Libre “Preview Days” with sharply reduced prices before they launch their new menu on by Len Lear It started on May 23 and will continue through Tuesday, May 31. In honor of their 10 years in business, Old City’s Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, 10 South 2th Street, are inviting guests to

Jun. 1. According to owner Barry Gutin, Cuba Libre is currently offering guests 50% off regular lunch, dinner and happy-hour menu prices through Thursday, May 26, and then 25% off brunch,

lunch, dinner and happy-hour menu prices from Friday, May 27, through Tuesday, May 31. Beverages are not included in the special pricing. “This is the best way to reward customers and celebrate our 10 years in Philadelphia while our staff perfects their routine,” said Gutin last week. “Although open to the public during the process, we consider these Previews to be part of our training and therefore won’t charge full price.”

During Preview Days, guests can experience several new dishes chef Guillermo Pernot has created after recent trips to Cuba. There is also a new style of service that includes a greatly expanded first-course selection of more than 25 small plates. The new menu will include items such as seared mahimahi with “forbidden” black rice and squid with Mojito salsa verde and chipotle aioli; and a vegetarian option of

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On Saturday, Jun. 4, 2 to 6 p.m., the Philadelphia culinary world will compete for the title of “Best Burger” at William M. Meredith ES, 725 South 5th Street, in the firstever Philadelphia Burger Brawl to benefit the school. Conceived and organized by Rob & Maggie Wasserman, owners of Rittenhouse Square’s Rouge, 205 South 18th Street, the event will pit top names and landmark restaurants against one an-

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other for several titles, including “People’s Choice,” as voted by the 400 attendees, and “Best Burger,” selected by a panel of celebrity judges. The competition will include chefs from Barbuzzo, Bindi, Lolita, Adsum, 10Arts, London Grill, Midatlantic, and R2L, Table 31, Butcher & Singer, Pub & Kitchen, Good Dog, North Third, Alfa, Royal Tavern, Ladder 15, PYT, Paesano’s and Rouge. The competition will be judged by Food Network host Marc Summers, Mike Jerrick of FOX 29’s Good Day Philadelphia and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell. Guests are urged to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets, $100 per person, can be purchased through www.ticketleap.com. The Burger Brawl will be held at Meredith School in Queen Village, which hopes to purchase 30 Apple laptop computers with the funds raised. More information at (215) 732-6622.

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PHILADELPHIA COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CIVIL ACTION - LAW Term No. 110200500 NOTICE OF ACTION IN MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE CENLAR FSB, PLAINTIFF vs. The Unknown Heirs of James A. Rice, Deceased & ROBIN M. WILLIAMS Mortgagors and Real Owners, DEFENDANT(S) TO: The Unknown Heirs of James A. Rice, Deceased & ROBIN M. WILLIAMS, MORTGAGORS AND REAL OWNERS, DEFENDANTS whose last known address is 258 West Wellens St., Philadelphia, PA 19120. 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 CENLAR FSB, 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. 110200500 wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 258 West Wellens Street Philadelphia, PA 19120 whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County.

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NOTICE You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the above, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint or for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS PAPER TO YOUR LAWYER AT ONCE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A LAWYER OR CANNOT AFFORD ONE, GO TO OR TELEPHONE THE OFFICE SET FORTH BELOW. THIS OFFICE CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT HIRING A LAWYER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO HIRE A LAWYER, THIS OFFICE MAY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT AGENCIES THAT MAY OFFER LEGAL SERVICES TO ELIGIBLE PERSONS AT A REDUCED FEE OR NO FEE. COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES, INC. Law Center North Central 3638 North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19140 215-227-2400 or 215-981-3700 PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION One Reading Center Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-238-6333 Attorney for Plaintiff Goldbeck McCafferty & McKeever, PC Suite 5000, Mellon Independence Center 701 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106-1532 215-627-1322

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RENDELL STIFFED COMPOSER Part 27 On October 13, 1981, Bulletin reporter Matt Damsker, wrote: “While countless homegrown tunesmiths have attempted to pen a Philadelphia song that sticks, none have succeeded.” Thirty (30) years later (and many $millions spent unwisely on silly advertising—e.g., a music conductor photographed in pajamas), local Democrats (and their handlers) have yet to find a musical gem to represent the city of Philadelphia. On June 15, 1998, Barbara Chaffee, Executive Director, Commonwealth of PA’s “Office of Travel, Tourism, and Film Promotion,” wrote: “Dear Nicola:...I have placed a copy of your song, “Philadelphia: The Place that LOVES YOU BACK” in our Philadelphia tourism file. I wish you great success in your efforts with local officials in Philadelphia to adopt and/or market your song...we wish you the best.” In early May, 1998, days before a scheduled meeting in Mayor Rendell’s office— to perform

of 35 the city song with three musicians, and to present a laminated copy of the song to the city — the Philadelphia Exclusive published the song sheet. When the newspaper came out on that certain day, a telephone call from the mayor’s office delivered a message saying the scheduled meeting has been cancelled—with no follow up. On May 18, 1998, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp., wrote: “Dear Mr. Argentina... our current advertising -campaign is focused around celebrity spokespersons...we will not utilize a Philadelphia theme song at this time. ..cc: Mayor Edward-G. Rendell.” Thirteen years later, the city has yet to find a good Philadelphia song. Perhaps, in the recent “marital split” between the mayor and the judge, Honorable Marjorie Rendell used these lyrics from the 1929 musical “Great Day” to the husband that stiffed her, saying: “There ain’t no love at all without a song.” — Nicola Argentina (c) 2011


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Out & ABout (Cont. From Page 11) as an independent against the current Mayor because he doesn’t feel the incumbent is “Black enough”. So while Capozzi would possibly win the battle here, she’d be at war for the next four years. In any case, this whole thing wouldn’t have been necessary if (a) we had the kind of voter turnout that would have decided this race on Election Night and (b) if either of these people had run a better campaign. But they didn’t. So here we are.

Seth Walks The Walk The Worth Of Women DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams toured business corridors of N. Phila. this week as part of his year-round safestreets initiative. Williams started at 5th & Olney Streets to talk with neighbors, police officers and residents about making city a safer place for everyone.

FROM LEFT ARE Larry Platt, editor of Daily News; Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”; Claudia McBride, executive director of World Affairs Council, which hosted Mika for a book-signing and lecture on Friday at Loews Hotel; and former Congressman Patrick Murphy, who is running for next year’s Democratic nomination for Penna. Attorney General. Brzezinski’s book is Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth. Photo by Bonnie Squires

Interparty Congrats

STATE REP. JIM ROEBUCK, a W. Phila. Democrat, congratulated his neighbor Republican 27th Ward Leader Matt Wolfe for successful effort made by Wolfe’s faction, which is allied with Republican State Committee, in last week’s primary. The two met at Clark Park Farmers’ Market.

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Rep. Lowery Brown To Hug Veterans State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-W. Phila.) will hold her second annual “HugA-Vet” rally 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday at Capt. William M. Slowe VFW Post #3090, 5212 Race Street, to honor veterans from North and West Philadelphia. “We owe our veterans a deep debt of gratitude for the sacrifices they made defending the many freedoms we enjoy,” Lowery Brown said. “I’m asking my constituents to join with me so we can all show our appreciation.”

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