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OBITUARY Bert Lancaster: Community Builder Page 2 Why Mark Squilla Became A Bridge Builder Page 5 Page 2
How often do we get to know anyone who has lived through both World Wars, Great Depression, end of equine transportation, rise of air and space travel, and introduction of computer technology? Meet Mrs. Olga Thomas, celebrating her 100th birthday and attributing longevity to “never standing still.”
RECEIVING Distinguished Community Service Award at Original Richard Allen picnic on Lemon Hill last Saturday was project’s veteran committeewoman and watchdog, Virginia Wilks-Sweat, seated.
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Everyone Seems Connected!
by David Lynn On Monday, Aug. 1, the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a story about a City program called Minority Venture Partners at the now-defunct Philadelphia Commercial Development Corp. The program began lending money in 2004, and was shut down in 2009 when PCDC was dissolved by the City of Philadelphia. The article described three people who had received money through the program: Mikel D. Jones, an attorney, who borrowed $150,000 and repaid only $20,000; Melonease Shaw, a public-relations executive who borrowed $150,000 and paid nothing back (note: Shaw disputes this figure, and claims to have only borrowed $90,000); and Troy F. Yancey, a barber who borrowed $90,000 and paid nothing back. The article indicated that loans from the program may have gone to the politically connected. How connected, was your question? We believe we have some answers. Mikel D. Jones has given seven contributions to political committees valued at $12,565, mostly in 2007. We list the yearly totals below: Political Committee Year Amount Fattah for Mayor 2007 $3,000 Friends of Cindy Bass 2007 $7,500 Friends of Curtis Jones, Jr. 2007 $2,000 Friends of Curtis Jones, Jr. 2010 $65 Note: The 2010 contribution to Friends of Curtis Jones, Jr. was an in-kind contribution of a Philadelphia Eagles ticket (Eagles vs. Washington.) We could not find any instance of funds paid to Mr. Jones by a candidate or a committee in the City of Philadelphia. Melonease Shaw is president and CEO of Maven, Inc., which, according to its website, has offices in five cities. Services include government affairs and lobbying, public affairs and community relations, business development and marketing, and political consulting at the local, state and federal levels. It is interesting that a business leader with this much sophistication was, according to the story, willing to repay the money but “found out on the street that PCDC didn’t exist anymore.” Between 2006 and 2011, Melonease Shaw made 39 contributions to candidates and/or political committees in the City of Philadelphia totaling $21,200. We list the yearly totals below: Political Committee Year Amount Friends for Dwight Evans for Mayor 2006 $1,500 Friends for Dwight Evans for Mayor 2007 $1,500 Friends of Blondell Reynolds Brown 2007 $750 Friends of Cherelle L. Parker 2007 $250 Friends of Marion B. Tasco 2007 $500 Nutter for Mayor 2007 $1,500 Citizens for Vincent Hughes 2008 $250 Friends of Darrell L. Clarke 2008 $500 Friends of Marion B. Tasco 2008 $500 Williams for Senate 2008 $250 Citizens for Vincent Hughes 2009 $500 Friends of Blondell Reynolds Brown 2009 $1,000 Friends of Marion B. Tasco 2009 $750 Williams for Senate 2009 $1,000
Citizens to Elect Dwight Evans 2010 $250 Friends of Blondell Reynolds Brown 2010 $100 Friends of Cherelle L. Parker 2010 $500 Friends of Farnese 2010 $1,000 Friends of John Myers 2010 $500 Friends of Marion B. Tasco 2010 $1,000 Williams for Governor 2010 $500 Citizens For Jewell Williams 2011 $300 Citizens For Kenyatta Johnson 2011 $300 Citizens for Vincent Hughes 2011 $500 Citizens to Elect Dwight Evans 2011 $1,500 Friends of Cindy Bass 2011 $1,000 Friends of Curtis Jones, Jr. 2011 $500 Nutter for Mayor 2011 $2,500 Maven, Inc. appears to have been paid $1,000 by Friends of Blondell Reynolds Brown for “Data Base Maintenance” in 2006 cycle 7 (there is no supporting address information for nine records related to Maven, Inc. in the online report.) Maven, Inc. also appears to have been paid $50 for “Database Maintenance” in 2007 cycle 2 by the same committee, but again, there is no supporting information. Friends of Marion B. Tasco paid Maven, Inc. $1,000 for “Office Expense” in 2010 cycle 7. No contributions or receipts were found for Troy F. Yancey in the City’s campaign finance database.
A Response From Honkala Team:
“David, Thanks for your article about Cheri Honkala’s race for Philadelphia Sheriff. As Cheri’s treasurer, however, I must correct you on a very important point. Yes, Cheri Honkala is a declared candidate. She has been since we filed the appropriate paperwork back in February establishing her campaign committee, Friends of Cheri Honkala. At that time, I also notified the Board of Ethics of her candidacy and filled out the forms to get access to the Board of Ethics “SmartClient” system which facilitates the submission of campaign finance reports. We are not behind in any reports to the City, the Board of Ethics, or any other department. As a third party candidate, Cheri will only be competing in the November General Election. Thus, her campaign finance reports are timed around that election. The first report is due September 19th and we will fully intend to file on time. None of the previous deadlines, which apply to the Primary Election, apply to Cheri Honkala’s campaign. I know that in a town dominated by the two-party system (let’s be honest, a one-party system), it’s hard to understand that the rules the Democrats and Republicans follow don’t always apply to the rest of us. I expect a prominent retraction of your accusations and would appreciate more research on your part before you accuse us of financial misbehavior. Hillary Kane; Treasurer, Friends of Cheri Honkala (David Lynn maintains an SQL Server database with approximately 12,000,000 campaign finance records. He also provides free software to run political campaigns. Email him at David@DAL-Services. com.) He said, “She’s right, I’m wrong.
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Obituary Bert Lancaster
Bert Lancaster, long-time Republican committeeman and a member of the Tuskegee Airmen died this past week. Services were held Saturday at Oxford Presbyterian Church, Stenton & Gowen. Born Wilbert Cornelius Lancaster, Jr., he was called “Bert” and “Sonny” by his loved ones. He was passionate about politics. He had received numerous awards and honors throughout the years from a large array of organizations, churches and community groups too numerous to name. He was a very religious man that was committed to his
God, his church and to his family. He died Jul. 26. He was 83. Lancaster was born on Mar. 19, 1928, to Minerva & Wilbert Lancaster, Sr. in Philadelphia. He graduated from Central HS in 1946 and remained an active alumnus. He attended Lincoln University for a year and transferred and graduated from Penn State University where he was extremely active. He was in eight honor societies, on the All-American Track Team, Tri-Dorms president, a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity where he served as president and VP
His spiritual life grew at Grace Baptist Church of Germantown at an early age where his father and grandfather both served as chairman of the Deacon board; the family later moved their membership to Providence Baptist Church, where he was a faithful member for more than 65 years. In the 1950s, he was drafted into US Army Leadership Training School where he was 1st in his class of 216. He was 19th in the class of 262 in his Officer Candidate School. He was a US Army leadership instructor and received the Amer-
Bert Lancaster ...one of a kind ican Spirit of Honor Medal and the Bronze Star for combat in the Korean War in 1952. He retired as a captain. He received a perfect score in USA Physical Fitness Test five times. Before his death, he was still active in the National Guard and was commander for five years. He married his childhood
sweetheart Gloria in 1951 and they had three daughters: Lynne, Penny and Lori. He sold cars for over 40 years and sold as many as 150 cars a month, and was a highly revered member of Ford Motor Co.’s 500 Club. But he always had other interests. He was extremely active in the track world. He and a few of his friends created the Philadelphia Pioneer Track Club and sponsored athletes — many of whom went to the Olympic Games. He was the campaign manager for Michael Mathews when he ran for Mayor of Atlantic City, N.J., and won. He was the Republican Ward Leader for two wards.
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Charter Change Moves Forward
“We the People” campaign to rewrite the Philadelphia City Charter missed its first goal to have a change in who appoints the members to the Government Study Commission which would be authorized if the voters approve the change. Organizers had hoped the designees, which are now Mayor Michael Nutter and Council President Anne Verna, would not be able to name the members of the Commission. They felt politics would come to play. Instead, they were opting for a change with members named by an impartial panel. However, their petition failed to get through the proper channels and the appeal to make the change is null and void, though the campaign to get the proper number of signatures is underway. Instead, We the People of Philadelphia spokesman Peter Wirs said will present over 20,000 signatures to Councilman Bill
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FORMER State Rep. Harold James, center, is congratulated on his birthday by cousins Vincent Green and former Sheriff John Green. Photo by Donald Terry the City Council on Thursday, Sep. 22. If the petitions are validated, the City Council will put the question on the ballot to create the Commission. The last time this happened was in 1949. Nine members were appointed to the Home Rule Study Commission. At least four must be Republicans. No Saturday Mail Could Hurt Campaigns
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Council Districts in Philadelphia. The top-scoring plan will receive a $500 cash prize. Up to four runners up will receive Amazon Kindles. Selected plans may be published in local news-media outlets. Under the City Charter, Philadelphia Council has six months to adjust the 10 Council District boundaries based on the results of the decennial census. Philadelphia Council must ensure that each District has about 10% of the population - 152,600 people by the latest count. Philadelphia Council will host public hearings before the Sep. 9 deadline for presenting a new set of District boundaries. “We don’t want our hometown to be the place that has the worst Districts in the country anymore,” said Robert Cheetham, Azavea’s CEO and president, “and we believe the public can make a positive contribution toward better Districts, better representation and better democracy for Philadelphia.” (Cont. Page 5) State Rep.
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Philadelphia’s Green Party of Philadelphia is unhappily surprised it has one of its own in the general election, contesting the two major candidates in the 8th Council Dist. Brian Rudnick submitted nomination papers to the City Commissioner’s office declaring his run as a Green Party candidate for City Council in Dist. 8 in the November General Election. They are looking a gift horse in the mouth and complaining since he did not have their endorsement. It seems Rudnick circumvented GPOP’s formal process for candidacy approval, which requires the general membership to approve his run for public office. So, since he broke Green Party rules, they are not endorsing him. Talk about being a greenhorn! However, their leadership has endorsed Cheri Honkala for sheriff and Richard Antipuna for City Commissioner. You can fathom out their reasoning by calling (215-) 243-7103 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, Green Party’s Hugh Giordano demands the Philadelphia Police Dept. instruct every citizen who is stopped and frisked with a copy of Citizen’s Complaint Form #75-561 if “that
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School Choice Debate In Northeast Philly
STATE SEN. Michael Stack joins Senate Democratic Policy Committee Public Hearing member State Sen. Lisa Boscola to discuss school-choice legislation, school vouchers and EITC scholarships at Community College of Philadelphia Northeast PANELISTS debate pros and cons of School Regional Center, 12901 Townsend Road. Choice issues at CCP on Tuesday.
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Almost 600 young men and women received their highschool diplomas from the School District of Philadelphia this summer. A total of approximately 700 students completed the requirements to graduate through the District’s 2011 summer program. Speakers at the commencement included Denise Wing,
Director of SLAM, Deputy Superintendent Leroy Nunery, and Lori Shorr, Chief Education Officer for the City of Philadelphia. SLAM provided students with an additional 18 days of learning and the opportunity to recover credits, prepare for the SATs, complete Senior Projects, and transition into new
schools, as well as participate in a number of enrichment opportunities at 104 different sites around the city. As a key component in Superintendent Dr. Arlene Ackerman’s Imagine 2014 Strategic Plan, SLAM has shown the benefits of summer programming for students in the School District of Philadelphia.
Center for Public Policy; Dr. Beverly Cigler, Penn State Harrisburg; John Bell, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau; and Richardson Dilworth, Drexel University. Gov. Tom Corbett said,“(If) we get that on the ballot, I’d be very surprised if it didn’t pass”. Smith’s is one of five bills on reducing the size of the General Assembly that legislators will get at the hearing. Rubin Asks O’Neill To “Play Fair”
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Rendell Hosts Pool Party For Stephanie
Gov. Ed Rendell hasn’t let us know if he plans to dive in at Pool Party he is helping to host for Democrat Nominee for City Commissioner Stephanie Singer at home of Lauri Kavulich and Ed Reitmeyer, 24 E. Bells Mills Road on Sunday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. Other host committee members include Congressman Robert A. Brady, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, State Sen. Larry Farnese, Councilmen Darrell Clarke and James F.
Kenney, John J. Dougherty, Russell Meddin, Gregory Harvey, Richard C. DeMarco, Anthony P. Krzywicki, Drs. Peter &Pamela Freyd (and Special Supporters Mayor Michael Nutter and District Attorney Seth Williams). Contribution: $250 per person. Donate online via ActBlue or by personal check payable to “Friends of Stephanie Singer”.Please RSVP online, by email to email@example.com or by phone at (484) 4690633.
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Speaker of the House Sam Smith urged the House State Government Committee to vote out his legislation (HB 153) to reduce the size of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to 153 members, from the current 203 members. Changing the size of the Legislature requires an amendment to the State Constitution, which means the same bill must be debated
and passed in two consecutive sessions, and subsequently approved by referendum vote of the people of Pennsylvania. It’s a long way to go, but tax payers and the poor economy are building up the presssure. Testifier supporting his legislation before the committee included James Reichley, member of the 1968 Commission on Legislative Modernization; Dr. Charles Greenawalt, senior fellow of The Susquehanna Valley
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1st District: How Squilla Became A Bridge Builder
PREPPING Councilman-to-be Mark Squilla, center, are Council Members Darrell Clarke and Marian Tasco. computer science from LaSalle University. He thinks of himself as an ordinary “Philly guy.” But it’s obvious he’s tacked on a bit more to his personality. He admits what made him different from his buddies at a young age was his desire to learn more about people. “As a youth, I wanted to venture out of my neighborhood and see what other people were doing. And I learned to listen to them if I wanted to know them better!” Squilla grew up around 6th & Porter Streets, played
basketball and tennis at Neumann-Goretti. But he went into areas where he made different friends: around 3rd & Shunk, 2nd & Jackson, and at the Jewish Community Center at Marshal & Porter. He ventured far west to 30th & Tasker, linking up with new faces. Squilla recalls one of his earliest discoveries was “to learn from failure.” He was elected sophomore class president. “That’s when I tried to please everybody. I soon learned a key to failure
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was trying to do just that.” Today, Mark follows the advice of national icon Bill Cosby. He says, “I never met him, and hope to some day. But I remember what he said, ‘Some people will not like you because of what you do, but what you stand for.’“ Also, Mark knows from his many years of community involvement the key to success is leadership. He states, “When you work to get things done in the community, you must work with others as a team; but every team needs a leader. You need strong leadership in order to win, and when asked to lead, I believed I have provided it.” Mark got started in politics by becoming a community activist. He says when the Burke community playground at 2nd & Jackson, started falling apart, with City no longer managing it, he went into action. “It was a place kids in the community needed for their survival, to keep them out of trouble and safe. Fighting to
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keep and improve the playground, I learned needed political clout. So I became a committeman. “We saved the playground by setting up a nonprofit corporation and getting business people involved in supplying much needed resources. It was during this process I really discovered the value of being politically active. Politics can help the communities to get what is needed: parks and playgrounds, housing, good schools, clean streets. You learn to work with other people to get things done.” Mark belongs to numerous organizations, some of
which he is a member of, others of which he has served as an officer. These include Friends of Mifflin Square; Community Service Coordinator; Pennsport and Whitman Civic Communities, Burke Community Playground; and the Mayor’s Office of Community Service. He believes working with Whitman as its president, taught him about looking for innovations. When I asked about this recent Democratic primary campaign for the 1st Council Dist., Mark became very thoughtful. (Cont. Page 7)
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by Hon. Charles Hammock Going from a super community activist who often stepped on the toes of those in power, Mark Squilla has developed into a bridge builder for the divergent communities and views existing in the 1st Council Dist., which he is expected to win easily in the Nov. 8 General Election. Interviewing Mark, it is easy to see why all who know him call him “a high-energy guy, deeply embedded into his community.” A survey among his supporters comes up with the stellar fact he is known as a man who gets things done. His decision to enter the 1st Dist. Council race inadvertently thrust him into the middle of warring community groups. They found him to be the bridge builder that ended their differences. Mark is experienced, well-educated, smart, and a hard-working leader. He is a graduate of NeumannnGoretti HS, with a degree in
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During the campaign ,Mark became a bridge between several warring community and political factions who saw the need to come together if they wanted to have a leader from among them in Council. “I give the credit to them. I kept trying to bring people together, and build trust. I asked them to give me a chance. Finally, they did!” In the May Democratic primary, the results of all his hard work paid off for Mark. He crushed the other opponents, who were tough challengers, defeating his closest rival by more than 3,000 votes. When asked about some of his goals as an elected Councilman, Mark is very direct. He believes “Education is key. Our young people must be properly trained for the future of our city; we need young families who want to come here, stay and work in our city. So the schools must be the best. School leaders must be accountable and open. And lawmakers must provide the finances.” Squilla wants to “grow the tax base.” He believes thousands of new jobs can be created by more investment in our Port. He hopes
to help in Council by pushing investment in the Port area through tax abatements and tax credits as incentives. “We can create international development and a world-class city by investing in our Port area,” he adds. He is committed to “developing the Delaware River Waterfront as a mixed environment that needs a longterm plan while moving through short-term solutions.”
Mark believes, with the election of a new City Council, “We can make the hard decisions now — for the right reasons. This is the perfect opportunity to look at the big picture and to build a foundation on which to move forward.” Mark speaks with loving admiration about his wife and children. “ I am a Philly guy with a great family. I never thought that I would be running for City Council;
but when I decided to do it, and I told my family, they said —‘Go for it!’ My wife Bridget is the greatest. I have four children, three daughters and a son. Over the years, my wife and I have gone back to school, and worked extra jobs. Bridget is my best friend and a loving partner. She does everything to help; even her mother Pat helps me. “My grandparents came
from Italy nearly 100 years ago to fulfill their dreams. I married a wonderful Irish woman and went to great Catholic schools. My wife and I were raised by great parents who gave us love and every opportunity possible. So we try to do the same thing for our children. I want to work hard so every kid and every hardworking parent in my District and in the city can have opportunities to grow.”
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(Cont. From Page 5) He was supported by Congressman Bob Brady and the Democratic City Committee; John Dougherty, powerful leader of Local 98, Electrical Workers Union; the Building Trades Council; and Mayor Nutter, as well as by an unusual alliance between supporters of Vince Fumo and John Dougherty. Mark Squilla was considered by some to be the “machine candidate.” Mark wants to clear the record. He says, “When I decided to run for City Council, I asked everybody for help. I was not a hand-picked guy.” Squilla ran for State Representative in the 184th Dist. in 2004, learning the need for money and big-time supporters. “So I lost; but I learned how to bring people together, and people liked what I did.” Squilla started working with Councilmen Frank DiCicco and Jim Kenney and they helped to bring resources into his communities in South Philly. Mark adds, “I never thought I’d be running for City Council.” When he decided to do so, he was first rebuffed by some leaders. “But I kept on asking them as I moved forward.”
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type of care you should receive. If you’re being given antibiotics before surgery, ask when you will receive them and for how long they will be taken. Traditionally, antibiotics are started within an hour before surgery and stopped within 24 hours after surgery. If hair needs to be removed
from a part of your body that is having surgery, ensure it will be removed with electronic clippers. Razor use can cause infections. Ask what will be done to prevent you from getting blood clots during or after surgery. As people do not move while under anesthesia, they
are at a higher risk of developing blood clots, which can lead to heart attack and stroke. Tell your doctor about all the medications you are taking, including over-thecounter ones, as well as any other health issues you have, as these could affect your surgery and treatment.
Ensure your surgery care team washes their hands before touching you. Always remember it is okay to speak up if you have questions or concerns at any point during your treatment. It is your body, and you have every right to know and understand what is happening.
by Michael A. Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: Can I raise MY debt ceiling? Should I? Answer: While Congress and the White House debate raising the debt ceiling of the nation, many of us just plain citizens wonder if we too should borrow more money to get through our hard times. The questions we need to ask are “Can we borrow more?” and “Should we borrow more?” Lending institutions drastically tightened the availability of credit during the recession, making it harder even for those with an excellent credit rating to borrow. Mortgages,
home-equity loans, car loans, new or increased limits on credit cards all but disappeared. Many people who couldn’t get loans any other way resorted to dangerous payday loans. Now the banks are loosening their credit requirements and are allowing subprime borrowers to again get credit cards. Perhaps the answer to the first question … “Can I raise MY debt ceiling” … is yes. The more important question is … “Should I?” Any time you take on more credit, you should be asking yourself. “What is my ability to repay this (and my other) debt?” Even if you have come through the recession so far
relatively unscathed, the uncertain economy and job market means nobody’s job is safe anymore. Recent college graduates are finding it very difficult to find jobs in their fields, yet they have often burdened themselves with massive student loans and credit-card debt. Bankruptcy still remains an option for people who get to a point where they cannot pay their debts. But there is great danger in relying on creditcard purchases or cash advances to cover normal household operational expenses during tough economic times. Next week’s question: Bankruptcy petition preparers: A really bad idea?
Keep An Eye On UV Safety The Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology offers tips for safe fun in the sun. As you rub sunscreen on to protect your skin this summer, don’t forget to protect your eyes as well. Summertime means more time spent outdoors, and studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and growths on the eye, including cancer.
The Academy reminds Americans of the importance of protecting their eyes from the sun’s harmful rays by wearing proper protection. It also wants to remind the public of the importance of protecting eyes from indoor UV light when using tanning beds. “UV radiation, whether from natural sunlight or indoor artificial rays, can damage the eye’s surface tissues as well as the cornea and lens,” said Karl Olsen, MD,
Pittsburgh-based retinal specialist and PAO secretary/treasurer. “Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the dangers UV light can pose. By wearing UVblocking sunglasses, you can enjoy the summer safely while lowering your risk for potentially blinding eye diseases and tumors. It is important to start wearing proper eye protection at an early age to protect the eyes from years of ultraviolet exposure.”
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At first I figured I’d focus this week’s column on my foray into politics and how it went. But Mayor Michael Nutter reminded me that there are more important things to focus on than my attempt to become the Vice President-Print for the National Association of Black Journalists. On Sunday, Nutter gave a speech at his church that folks in Blackworld are still talking about. He even made CNN’s morning news on Tuesday. As part of that speech, Nutter talked about the recent slate of flash-mob violence that had hit the city. Over the last few weeks, gangs of teenagers with nothing better to do than look for someone to hit, have been going around hitting people in Center City and University City. Folks have been injured as a result, including a newspaper editor whose leg was broken. Because of this, Nutter came to church and admonished parents who weren’t parenting, and their bad-assed kids. He even brought the whole “disgracing the race” argument into it. Then on Monday, Nutter announced that the City was going to crack down on young people who feel compelled to go out into the streets and act a fool in the name of calling themselves a flash mob. (Personally, I’m really glad that they didn’t try that mess while the NABJ convention was going on. I can name at least 12 dudes who are personal friends of mine who would have made them regret their decision. Leading the list would be my Significant Other, who says, “If you’re a kid and you’re going to roll up on a man, you deserve to be beaten like one!”) Nutter refused to allow folks to make excuses for these kids during his Monday press conference and gave perhaps the quote of the year to express his displeasure. “I don’t care what your economic status is in life, you do not have a right to beat someone’s ass on the street," he said. (Now THAT’S a quote.) Among the things that Nutter announced was a 9 p.m. curfew on kids 18 and under in Center City and University City. He also said there would be an increased police presence and that kids who were hanging out the designated 9 p.m. curfew areas without a parent present would have to be picked up at the Round House. Now, don’t get me wrong. I hang out in Center City a lot. I spent most of last week there (Cont. Page 18)
Yo! Here we go again with a quiz that was sent to me by a traveling companion Don. I know that it will bring back some nice memories to you as they did to me. If not – well you are just too young to remember. While this program was on you used a piece of ‘plastic film’ on the picture tube and some crayons to get involved in the plot with its star –Winky Dink and You. Chief Thunder Thud and Flub-A-Dub were characters on this show – Howdy Doody. This purple hound introduced Yogi Bear - Huckleberry Hound. For 40 years Miss Sally entertained and educated kids with this show with her magic mirror – Romper Room. Miss Francis opened this educational kid’s show with a hand ringing a bell – Ding Dong School. One of my favorite shows starred a one-tooth, seasick sea dragon; his buddy, a charming lady and their friends – Kukla, Fran and Ollie. Pre-dating Kermit was Froggy who came to television from a popular radio show. The sponsored featured a kid and a dog in a shoe - Smilin Ed’s Gang. To start the cartoons, Smilin Ed (Andy Devine) would say – “pluck your magic twanger Froggy.” Clarabelle, that silent clown with a horn and a seltzer bottle, changed shows after Howdy Doody. On this show his name was the title of the show. It premiered the same day as The Mickey Mouse Club – Captain Kangaroo. Buttercup, Bullet and Nellie Belle were popular characters on this kid’s cowboy show – as popular as the stars of the show – The Roy Rogers Show with Dale Evans. One of the most popular kid’s shows is set on a street that is named after an herb. It stars (among many others) a large yellow bird of an unknown species and a character that lived in a garbage can – Sesame Street – of course. And here is a real stumper – on what sitcom might you hear phrases like “Hello, Mrs. Bloom” and characters named Uncle David and her husband Jacob – The Molly Goldberg show - Life with Mama. One of the characters who played the violin on Life with Mama had a spin off show that didn’t last long. It was called – Menasha the Magnificent. How did he explain how to spell (Cont. Page 18)
CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY appeared at Temple University’s Fox School of Business this week along with the Lieutenant Governors of New Jersey and Delaware. Brady was there to advise the school on funding initiatives for State-related universities. Chairman Brady continues to show that he is more than the head of the Democratic Party; he is a skilled legislator who knows how to bring home the bacon. That’s why he will likely be successful in next year’s reelection bid against former JUDGE JIMMY MOORE. Operative MARK LOPEZ joined SHERIFF BARBARA DEELEY and LISA DEELEY for refreshments on the balcony in Sea Breeze Court, N. Wildwood. They watched the sunset over the glistening inlet as they discussed the possible Lisa Deeley candidacy for State Representative. Deeley may consider running for the seat of former SPEAKER DENNY O’BRIEN, should he prevail for Council at Large as a Republican. Also mentioned as a possible candidate is FOP PRESIDENT JOHN McNESBY. But McNesby has asserted he is totally engaged as the FOP head. McNesby has showed great skill in working within political circles and fighting for cops. WARD LEADER SHAWN DILLON is also a viable candidate who has expressed an interest in this seat as well. STATE SEN. LARRY FARNESE appeared tan and rested after a week in Los Angeles. Word is Farnese had been seen having dinner with actress LUCY LIU, but City Hall Sam is waiting for confirmation. Also spotted in L.A. for the umpteenth time was STATE SEN. VINCENT HUGHES. Hughes’ wife CHERYL LEE resides there. Many of his detractors find it difficult to believe he can fully engage in funding fights for Philadelphia when the City of Brotherly Love is really his second home. Former STATE SEN. BOB ROVNER hosted Federal JUDGE JOE SLOMSKI at the Union League for lobster night. Rovner’s sons STEVEN and DANNY, both lawyers, joined the festivities. TONYA STACK was seen dancing with COUNCILWOMAN KELLY TOLOMEO at Memories in Margate. Also on the scene were developer CAROL TAMBURINO and her crew of dancers. STATE SEN. MIKE STACK missed the party because he was attending Army National Guard training at Fort Indian Town Gap. The Senator is also a Captain. (Cont. Page 18)
KAREN BROWN, Republican candidate for Mayor, announced she can be found Tuesdays at noon at the Rizzo statue on the plaza in front of the Municipal Services Building. Her first talk was on Aug. 2, when she discussed her views on our public schools. Brown was a teacher. She is critical of tenure and supports merit pay. Brown believes the School Reform Commission has been ineffective and wants to see an elected school board in Philadelphia. She also supports the expansion of charter schools. A combination of the heat and vacations contributed to a small turnout last week. MIKE MEEHAN, who had been criticized for not being sufficiently supportive of Brown, was in attendance. Although MATT WOLFE, Republican leader of the 27th Ward, had backed Brown’s opponent, JOHN FEATHERMAN, in the primary, he was there on Tuesday to show his support for Brown. On Monday night WHYY/Networks, the Daily News editorial board and the Penn Project for Civic Engagement held a workshop designed to encourage Philadelphians to become more involved the upcoming process to redistrict City Council. The City Charter mandates that the City Council review the boundaries of its current 10 District seats in light of the findings of the 2010 census. The workshop was open to all interested parties. A few Republicans were in attendance, including Rizzo staffer MARK COLLAZZO, political activist NATE SHRADER and 2008 candidate for US Congress (2nd Dist.) ADAM LANG. MIKE CIBIK, Republican leader of the 5th Ward who is very interested in redistricting, could not be there as he was out of town. Cibik would like to see a District that would include his ward which is the downtown area east of Broad and the 8th Ward which is the Center City area west of Broad, as well as the near-Center City 2nd 15th and 30th Wards. Currently these neighborhoods which have similar demographic attributes are divvied up between the 1st, 2nd and 5th Council Dists. This elephant doubts Cibik will get his wish. While the Center City areas of the three Districts do not contribute to the power base of any of the these three District Councilpersons, they do help fundraising prospects as the 8th and 5th Wards are among the most affluent in the city. While FRANK DiCICCO and ANNA VERNA, Council representatives from the 1st and 2nd Dists. Respectively, are not up for reelection and as such have less of a vested interest in redistricting, do not expect them to disrupt the status quo. Also, the herd believes the Democratic Party would not like to see a District encompassing these areas, which have a large number of Independents and independently minded Democrats. In such a District, one could (Cont. Page 18)
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Judges Tackle Thorny Topics At State Conference by Ruth R. Russell Good news, bad news and a plea were all in the basket of messages brought to the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges by Justice Michael Eakin at the opening of a four-day meeting in Hershey, Pa. Judge Arnold New (PCSTJ president), from the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, presided over the conference. Reporting for Chief Justice Ronald Castille, of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Eakin said the State budget preparers had finally agreed to increase funding for the courts. “Therefore, the deficit this year will be less than last year, which is good, but there is still a sufficient deficit. We will just have to make do with what we get,” said Eakin. He reminded the nearly 300 judges from across the Commonwealth the budget for the courts is “only 6/10 of 1% of the State budget. Of that, about 83% is personnel for the courts, (positions) largely required by the Pennsylvania Constitution,” he added. His plea was for support for the judges across the state who are running for retention this year. Eakin recalled 2005, when two justices headed the ballot. “One was defeated and the other was narrowly reelected,” he continued, stressing the need for support for able judges. He deplored the idea of voting against people just because they are in office. “I could be voted against if someone had something specific against me, a specific reason, but I shouldn’t be opposed simply because I’m in,” he said. Zygmont Pines, Pennsylvania Court Administrator, also spoke on the importance of the morning program which followed, on “Law, Justice & the Holocaust: How the Courts Failed Germany.” Other subjects explored by the judges at the conference included “There is Nothing Cool About Being a Bully,” “Medicare and Settlements,” “Crimmigration,” “Rule Changes in Orphans Court,” “Mental Health” and “From Personal Liberty to Emancipa-
tion: Pennsylvania’s Impact on the End of Slavery.” Several Philadelphians played important roles at the conference. Besides the president (Arnold New), four judges served as Course Planners: Jacqueline F. Allen, Ida K. Chen, Idee C. Fox and Rosalyn K. Robinson. D. Webster Keogh, administrative judge in trial division, was presented with this year’s Golden Crowbar Award, in recognition of the improvements he made in Philadelphia’s civil-trial and criminal-trial programs. Appellate Court judges from this area who attended included Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, Justice Seamus McCaffrey and Superior Court Judge Anne E. Lazarus. Among the many Philadelphia judges were Jacqueline F. Allen, Daniel J. Anders, Mark I. Bernstein, John L. Braxton, Gwendolyn N. Bright, Genece E. Brinkley, Joan A. Brown, Ann M. Butchart, Sandy l. V. Byrd, Linda A. Carpenter, Matthew D. Carrafiello, Ellen H. Ceisler, Ida K. Chen, Denis P. Cohen, Robert P. Coleman, Michael E. Erdos, Holly J. Ford, Idee C. Fox, Gary S. Glazer, Glynnis D. Hill; Also Elizabeth Jackson, D. Webster Keogh, Marlene F. Lachman, James Murray Lynn, William J. Manfredi, Frederica A. Massiah-Jackson, Robert J. Matthews, Patricia A. McInerney, Jefferey R. Minehart, Sandra Mazer Moss, Margaret Theresa Murphy, Arnold L. New, John J. O’Grady Jr., Joseph D. O’Keefe, Walter J Olszewski, George W. Overton, Paul J. Panepinto; Also Paula A. PatrickJohnakin, Doris A. Pechkurow, Nitza I. Quinones Alejandro, Lisa M. Rau, Robert J. Rebstock, Shelly Robins New, Rosalyn K. Robinson, Edward E. Russell, M. Teresa Sarmina, Susan I. Schulman, Lisette Shirdan-Harris, Karen Shreeves-Johns, Gregory E. Smith, Albert John Snite Jr., Diane R. Thompson, Leon W. Tucker, Donna M. Woelpper, Flora Barth Wolf and Sheila A. Woods-Skipper.
SUPREME Court Justice Michael Eakin, center, addresses nearly 300 judges from across the Commonwealth at recent Penna. Conference of State Trial Judges.
JOSEPH D. O’Keefe, left, Administrative Judge, Orphans Court Division, with Judge Nitza I. Quinones Alejandro.
KEVIN Dougherty, left, Administrative Judge, Family Division, with Diane R. Thompson, center, and William J. Manfredi.
NEWLY elected Conference President Thomas Del Ricci, right, with his wife, Mrs. Thomas M. Del Ricci, and mother, Jennie Del Ricci.
CHIEF JUSTICE Ronald D. Castille, left, with Edward E. Russell, Conference Par- SANDRA Mazer Moss, left, GREGORY E. Smith, left, liamentarian. and Robert J. Matthews. and Idee C. Fox.
D. WEBSTER KEOGH, Administrative Judge, Trial Division, this year’s Golden MATTHEW D. Carrafiello, SHEILA A. Woods-Skipper, FREDERICA A. MassiahCrowbar winner, with his left, and John J. O’Grady, left, and Paula A. Patrick- Jackson, left, with Nitza I. Jr. Quinones Alejandro. wife, Kathy Keogh. Johnakin.
HOLLY J. Ford, left, is joined by Patricia A. McInerney, center, and Ann M. Butchart.
JAMES Murray Lynn, center, with Mrs. Barbara Lynn, left, and Amanda Cooperman.
EDWARD E. Russell, Conference Parliamentarian, with Ruth R. Russell, City Life Editor.
ARNOLD New, right, outgoing Conference President, with his wife, Shelly Robins New.
pursuant to rules established by the City Planning Commission.” RCOs are organized around geographical locations, and not around specific issues. For example, the East Falls Development Corp. could be an RCO; SCRUB could not. A party appealing for a zoning variance to the ZBA is required to notify any Registered Community Organizations in whose boundaries the property in question lies. RCOs then meet with the applicant to discuss the proposed use, though it’s not clear what applicants owe these organizations beyond a meeting. Philadelphia2035 – Philadelphia2035 is the official citywide vision put forth by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. It is the comprehensive plan for Philadelphia 25 years in the future. It’s this plan that the reformed zoning code is meant to enact. PCPC – The Philadelphia City Planning Commission is a 9-member body created in Philadelphia’s Home Rule Charter. The PCPC works to guide the “orderly growth and development” of our city. The commission’s current chairman, Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger, is also a chair on the Zoning Code Commission. PCPC recently released its citywide vision, called Philadelphia2035. PACDC – The Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations is a loose association of community groups from across the city. The association helps communities with economic development, particularly on issues like low-income housing and commercial revitalization. L&I – Licenses & Inspections is the government body that enforces Philadelphia’s zoning code. If you apply for a variance and the Zoning Board of Administration denies it, your refusal will come from L&I. The agency also issues plumbing, electrical, and building permits, among other things.
IRMX, ICMX, I-1/2/3 – Philadelphia’s industrial landscape has changed drastically since the last zoning code update, and the reformed code attempts to account for some of those changes in its categorization of the city’s different industrial districts. IRMX refers to Industrial Residential Mixed-Use, districts including “a mix of very low-impact industrial uses, including artists and artisan industrial, and residential and neighborhood-oriented commercial uses.” ICMX is Industrial Commercial Mixed-Use, which will be used as “a buffer between Industrial districts and Commercial and Residential districts.”
I-1, I-2, and I-3 refer to Light Industrial, Medium Industrial, and Heavy Industrial districts respectively. The scale between light and heavy takes into account such factors noise, odor, vibration and other activities that impact the surrounding neighborhoods. CMX, CA - The reformed zoning code claims, “Philadelphia’s commercial zoning districts are intended to accommodate and promote neighborhood-, community-, and region-serving commercial uses, as well as mixed-use development consisting of commercial and residential uses in the same building or on the same site.” To that
Inside Your Computer No Free Security Lunch by Peter V. Radatti CEO and President of CyberSoft Operating Corp. www.cybersoft.com Recently the IDG News Service has stated that free antivirus programs such as Microsoft’s Security Essentials, Avast Software and AVG have taken the lead in popularity over traditional antivirus companies such as McAfee, Symantec and Trend Microsystems. Market share is now at Avast holding 12.3%, AVG with 12.3%, Avira of Germany with 12.2% and 11.2% for Microsoft. That is the list of free or free-withupgrade-fees products. McAfee is at 4.5% while Trend Micro is at 2.15%. This does not include the open source products, which scored below measurement. In my opinion, they scored low for a good reason. What is wrong with this? Antivirus programs are basically a commodity unless you need a specific feature or have to support a specific non-standard system. You are comparing apples to apples. So why not take a free product, is how most people think. The an-
swer is that there is no free lunch. If you ever do find a free lunch, look for the fish hook, since that is usually the only way it comes. There are some exceptions. Microsoft Security Essentials has increased market share in North America to 15.7%, 11.2% worldwide. If you are a home user or a small business with 10 or less computers and need little to no support, this is good. If you are a business with more than 10 computers then you may not like the deal. This also does not help you if you use Linux, Unix or MacOS. Continuing on the theme of antivirus, our readers are aware that there are many fake antivirus products. Some are free and others cost money. All of them are expensive in that they are used for the purpose of identity fraud. Recently a new fake antivirus program is hitting Microsoft Windows customers who use Firefox for their web browser. According to Sophos, computers that are already infected by cross-site script attacks receive the notice in Firefox while legiti-
end, the ZCC has created six Commerical Mixed-Use districts, numbered CMX 1, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, and 5. CMX-1, -2, and -2.5 are Neighborhood Commercial Mixed-Use districts. CMX-3 ia a Community Commercial Mixed-Use district. CMX-4 and -5 are special Center City Commercial Mixed-Use districts. CA1 is a General Auto-Oriented Commercial District, meant to accommodate “destination-orientd uses in which a large percentae of customers will arrive by automobile.” CDR – Civic Design Review is a committee of the City Planning Commission. (Cont. Page 19) mate notices are only sent via Microsoft Internet Explorer. If you receive one of these notices ignore it and run your antivirus program. You should also make sure that Windows is set to check for and automatically install all updates from Microsoft. Wednesday, Jun. 8, 2011 may someday be remembered as an important date. It was International IP Version 6 day and many companies moved from IP Version 4 to IP Version 6. IP stands for Internet Protocol. It is the most important way in which computers on the internet talk. The internet mostly uses IP Version 4 sometimes called IPv4. The next version is IPv6. IPv5 was never implemented. IPv6 is supposed to bring a lot of new features to the internet. Some of them are easy to understand, such as an expanded space for addresses. This means many more computers can be directly hooked up to the internet, but this actually stopped being a problem a long time ago when something called NAT or Network Address Translation was invented. That allowed one IP address to be shared with many computers. There is supposed to be a lot of security enhancements in IPv6 but there are also a lot of new security concerns. IPv6 is sensitive to how it is configured while the older IPv4 is not (Cont. Page 19)
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ries a number of specific use regulations. The SP-INS district accommodates institutional uses such as hospitals and universities. SP-ENT applies to major entertainment facilities, SP-STA is particular to sports stadiums, SP-PO is used for parks and open spaces, and SP-AIR regulates airports. SCRUB – SCRUB is an acronym created to label the Society Created to Reduce Urban Blight. The organization considers itself a “Public Voice for Public Space,” and provides education, community organization, and legal services for the benefit of maintaining and beautifying Philadelphia’s public spaces. RSD, RSA, RM, RMX – One of the ZCC’s goals was to give the different zoning districts new names which convey more information than the current names. Under the current code, all residential and commercial districts are labeled either R or C, followed by a number. The reformed code provides new names for these districts. RSD, for example, stands for Residential Single-Family Detached, indicating districts which are “primarily intended to accommodate detached houses on individual lots.” RSA stands for Residential Single-Family Attached, indicating districts characterized by attached and semi-detached houses on individual lots, such as twin houses. RM refers to Residential MultiFamily, or districts which “accommodate moderate- to high-density, multi-unit residential buildings.” RMX is Residential Mixed-Use, for districts that have both residential and commercial development, as well as other uses. You can read about all of the new zoning districts in Chapter 14-400 of the proposed zoning code. RCO - An RCO is a Registered Community Organization, which is defined in the new code as “A community organization that is registered with the City Planning Commission and maintains its registration in active status
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by Jared Brey For PlanPhilly As is characteristic of government projects, an alphabet soup of committees, commissions, and stakeholder groups swirls around zoning reform in Philadelphia. If you’re new to the zoning reform process, as I am, these acronyms can be headache-inducing. But it’s important to know what they represent. What follows here is a sampling of some of the most important combinations of letters having to do with zoning reform. ZCC – I think it’s best to start at the end of the alphabet, with the Zoning Code Commission, because it is really the most fundamental component of zoning reform in Philadelphia. The commission was created in 2007 by we, the voters, and has been working on all aspects of zoning reform for more than three years now. The ZCC is a 31-member body made up of various stakeholders and appointees. ZBA – The Zoning Board of Adjustment, a quasi-judicial entity, hears appeals for special exceptions to the zoning code. Under Philadelphia’s current zoning code, too many uses are only allowed by special exception, and the ZBA is overwhelmed. One of the tasks given to the ZCC was reducing the number of cases heard by the ZBA. One way they’ve done that is by making more development by right in the new code which is only allowed by exception in the current one. ZAM – The Zoning Administrative Manual is a document created by the ZCC to accompany the new zoning code. It is a step-by-step, how-to guide for navigating zoning issues in Philadelphia. Though the ZAM is a very handy tool for understanding zoning processes, it is nevertheless not a legal document, and its contents are trumped by the zoning code itself. SP-INS, SP-ENT, SPSTA, SP-PO, SP-AIR – The reformed zoning code includes three Special Purpose (SP) districts. Each one car-
City Has Its Own Alphabet Soup
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Our Opinion ... Until Flash Mobs Go
Looking around for some input as to how to solve today’s latest teenage fad, the violent “flash mob”, we turned to Greg Bucceroni, who has spent half a lifetime as the coordinator of the Crime Victim Services/Youth Violence and Crime Reduction Partnership. His group’s name covers it all and literally he has seen it all. Bucceroni advised us, “Back in the 1970s and 1980s, the term for violent youth groups in Center City was ‘wolf packs’. As today’s violent flash mobs do, these wolf packs roamed Center City and SEPTA trains and violently attacked and robbed many citizens. With the swiftness of a tornado, they quickly struck and vanished into thin air, leaving many terrorized victims living in fear. “Over the last 30 years, our volunteer citizens’ action group has worked with many troubled youths in reducing many of the symptoms which, if left and not addressed, eventually lead into the destructive mindset of these at-risk kids that develops into violence and other youth-related crime.” His advice to today’s beleaguered citizenry is “to remove yourself from the scene immediately, then call 911 and calmly answer all the questions the operator will ask of you, without having to give your name, unless you choose to. When the police arrive at the scene, keep a safe distance until the police gain control of the incident. Afterwards you can choose to identify yourself as a witness 911 caller and provide additional information to the police regarding the incident and the offenders involved. Keep in mind this usually will require you to be subpoenaed to criminal court as a witness when a trial date is set.” Bucceroni told us many times the victims of these violent youth attacks are left beaten, scared and confused and possibly can’t identify their attackers based on the mass violence. The victim needs citizen witnesses to step forward and provide police officials with information regarding the offenders. Another suggestion from Bucceroni was a strong police presence, which just won’t happen without the need for overtime, which is a “no-no” reality with this city’s government. But we feel the flash mobs will rapidly become a thing of the past, until maybe the winter time, and then after a big sports event, as happened in the past. That’s because the Mayor has put all the elements of the criminal-justice system on the same page with the goal to hurt them in the pocketbook and possibly with a prison sentence. Mayor Nutter’s leadership is to be commended. We know Bucceroni and those who voluntarily join him in nightly vigils around the city will be feeling better because they, too, will feel a strong police presence.
Aug.11- Friends of Ron Donatucci hold Delaware River Cruise at Independence Seaport Museum Terrace Ballrm., Columbus & Walnut Sts., 6:30-9:30 p.m. $145 per person. For info (215) 271-1667. Aug. 11- St. Edmond’s Parish hosts Fish Fry celebrating St. Edmond’s 100th anniversary. at 21st & Snyder Ave., 5-8 p.m. Cost $10. For info (215) 334-3755.
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Oh, Woe Is 311
In the space of five minutes, a caller who dials 311 will get an announcement from the Mayor, several plugs for going on line for additional information, music, and finally a ringing as though an operator was about to pick up, then dead silence, followed in a short interval by a hangup buzz ringing in your ears which in effect says the City hung up. A second immediate call had an explanation message, again Michael Nutter wel-
coming you, more phone ringing bringing an ad to go to phila.gov, not once but twice. Then music and finally a ring, and after a total of another six minutes a voice. That pleasant operator could not find the name of the big mahoff in the Nutter administration we were trying to reach. Gone are the days, when.... Jock Kennedy
No Coverage Recently, more than 300,000 people took to the streets to protest under the banner, “The people demand so-
cial justice.” As in the Arab countries, what started as a demand for economic and social justice evolved into a call for the fall of the leader, in Israel’s case the removal of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The demonstrations in Israel have received zero coverage in the United States, which is unbelievable, considering that the size of the demonstrations is larger than demonstrations in every Arab country except for Egypt. So why no coverage? Kamal Nawash
Aug. 11- Fundraising event for Republican Council at Large candidate David Oh in Library Lounge at Union League, 140 S. Broad St., 6-8 p.m. Special guest Anthony Szuszczewicz, Chairman, CEO and President of Polonia Bank. Music. Contributions $100 to $1,000. RSVP by Aug. 8 to Eunice Lee (215) 561-2000. Aug. 12- Annual “Sipping on Seabreeze with the Deeleys” at 270 Seabreeze Ct., Anglesea, N.J., 7-10 p.m. RSVP ASAP (215) 603-2414. Aug. 12-13 Nicetown CDC hosts Give Back Festival at Nicetown Park, 4300 Germantown Ave., starting with Boxing Exhibition on Friday. Aug. 13- Citizens For Bishop hosts Crab Fest for State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop at 2460 N. 59th St., 1-4 p.m. Tickets $150. For info (215) 879-4900. Aug. 13- State Rep. Angel Cruz hosts Seminar on How To Buy At Sheriff Sales at his office, 3503 N. B St., corner of Tioga, 2-4 p.m. Unit 7. Plenty of parking. All invited. Aug. 13- Celebration of 20th reunion of IBEW Local 98 retirees and active members at Keenan’s in Anglesea, N. Wildwood, N. J. Starts 4 p.m.
Aug. 18- Stu Bykofsky’s 21st Candidates Comedy Night at Finnigan’s Wake, 3rd & Spring Garden Sts., 7:30 p.m. Tickets $75. Order by calling Variety (215) 735-0803. Aug. 20- State Rep. Rosita Youngblood hosts 2011 Back to School Community Resource Fair at Burgess Ctr. (rear parking lot) at 200-220 W. Chelten Ave. (cor. of Wayne), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Register K through 8th-graders for free school supplies by calling her office (215) 849-6426 before Aug. 12 while supplies last. Aug. 21- Pool Party for City Commissioner candidate Stephanie Singer at home of Lauri Kavulich and Ed Reitmyer, 24 E. Bells Mills Rd., 6 p.m. Contribution $250. Donate online via ActBlue or check to Friends of Stephanie Singer. For info email firstname.lastname@example.org or (484) 469-0633. Aug. 26- Golf Outing fundraiser for Democrat candidate for 10th Dist. Council candidate Bill Rubin at Juniata Golf Course, 1392 E. Cayuga St., registration 12:30, shotgun start 1 p.m. $80 includes green fees, cart, refreshments and barbecue. For info Tom Dooley (267) 246-5512.
Aug. 27- Ward Leader George Brooks hosts annual Crab & Shrimp Feast to Baltimore Inner Harbor. Bus leaves Progress Plaza, Broad & Oxford Sts., at 1 p.m. $150 package includes bus ride, 4-hour crab and shrimp fest, plus buffet, music and dancing, and open bar. For details call George Brooks (267) 9715703 or Harvey Blanton (215) 232-1142, (215) 833-7085. Aug. 27- Fundraiser for Joe McCloskey Memorial Fund at Quaker City Yacht Club, 7101 N. Delaware Ave., 3-7 p.m. Soda, beer, food, music, door prizes. Tickets $25. For info Michael Sullivan (856) 4617720 or John L. Sullivan (215) 332-4873 or www.goople27thpal.com. Aug. 27- Ironworkers 401 hosts Summer Festival at Keenan’s in N. Wildwood, N.J., 3 p.m. Aug. 27- McPherson Square Park Cleanup, 1-3 p.m. Volunteers welcome. Cleanup is followed by party, crafts, games, karaoke, refreshments and movie screening. For info call (215) 567-4562. Aug. 28- Billy Meehan Clambake at Cannstatter Volksfest verein, 9130 Academy Rd., 48 p.m. $100 per person. For info Carmella (215) 561-0650.
Nikkimah McLaughlin, independent living; Mastery Charter School – Harrity ES, Indiya Glenn, going into 9th grade; Paul Robeson HS – Sakina Brown, college-bound; Penn Alexander – School Ibn-Haneef Nelson, going into 9th grade; St. Francis de Sales – India Piner, going into 9th grade; Spruce Hill Christian School – Gianni Broaster, going into 9th grade; West Philadelphia Catholic HS – Jade Jackson, college-bound; West Philadelphia HS – Christian Southern, college-bound; Lea ES – Dayonnah Stibbins, going into 9th grade.
ing equipment and inventory, and other duties as assigned by the Senior Sanitation Specialist. Interested applicants are encouraged to mail, fax, or hand deliver a resume and cover letter to Logan CDC. Positions will begin August 30, 2011. For more information, please see the job description at www.LoganCDC.org or contact Logan CDC’s Business District Manager at (215) 3021604, ext. 102.
CENTURION Motorcyle Club’s Toy Run from Police Academy to Shriners Hospital on Broad Street included GOP Riders Republican Motorcycle Club. Hundreds of toys were collected for Christmas and given to Hospital. Carrying them to Hospital are GOP bike riders Jeff Axilrod, Bill Shaw and Joe Bruno.
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Each year, State Rep. Jim Roebuck (D-W. Phila.), Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, invites every principal of each school in his West Philadelphia District to select a student for a special honor. Roebuck then provides a certificate for each student, along with an honorarium, at each school’s graduation ceremony. The students are those who contribute special talents to their schools. This year’s winners who were honored in June include the following: HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy –
Logan CDC is seeking candidates for the positions of: Senior Sanitation Specialist—a full-time (40 hours per week) paid outdoor position and includes benefits. Responsibilities include cleaning and sweeping, developing relationships with area businesses, and other special projects as assigned. Junior Sanitation Specialist— a part-time (25-30 hours per week) paid outdoor position. Responsibilities include cleaning and sweeping, track-
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Congress Mulls Donations Hailed by some in Congress as a lifesaver for a bankrupt treasury is legislation recently introduced in Congress. It’s HR 2411 which is titled “Reduce America's Debt Now Act of 2011”. HR 2411 states every worker in America should be allowed to voluntarily have a portion of his wages automatically withheld and sent directly to the Treasury Dept. for the purpose
of paying down the federal debt. Part of the language reads, “Every employer making payment of wages shall deduct and withhold upon such wages any amounts so elected, and shall pay such amounts over to the Secretary of the Treasury....” Odds are there are enough sensible Congressmen and women who will see the folly of this legislation.
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GEORGE A. PRIESTLEY, ESQUIRE Identification No. 23345 • 237 North York Road Warminster, PA 18974 (215) 672-3000 COURT OF COMMON PLEAS MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN RE: ORPHANS’ COURT ADOPTION OF AVA MARIE HENRY 2010-A-0181 NOTICE TO DAVID ANDERSON AND AAILYAH HENRY A petition has been filed asking the Court to put an end to all rights you have to your child, AVA MARIE HENRY. The Court has set a hearing to consider ending your rights to your child. That hearing will be held in Orphans’ Court, Courtroom 14, One Montgomery Plaza 4`h floor, Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania on Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 9:3 0am. You are warned that even if you fail to appear at the scheduled hearing, the hearing will go on without you and your rights to your child may be ended by the Court without your being present. You have a right to be represented at the hearing by a lawyer. 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 to find out where you can get help. This is to inform you of an important option that may be available to you under Pennsylvania law. Act 101 of 2010 allows for an enforceable voluntary agreement for continuing contact or communication following an adoption between an adoptive parent, a child, a birth parent and/or a birth relative of the child, if all parties agree and the voluntary agreement is approved by the court. The agreement must be signed and approved by the court to be legally binding. If you are interested in learning more about this option for a voluntary agreement, 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 to find out where you can get legal help. Montgomery County Legal Aid Office 317 Swede Street Norristown, PA 19401 (215)275-5400
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Curfew Fines Could Be The Answer The 9 p.m. curfew for minors under 18 on Friday and Saturdays and the fines that go to their parents could well be the solution to end flash mob teen violence in Center City and University. Mayor Michael A. Nutter has the cooperation of the District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, Philadelphia Municipal Court, Philadelphia Police Dept. community groups, business owners and other stakeholders. Throughout the remainder of the City, the curfew will remain 10:00 p.m. for minors under the age of 13 and 12:00 a.m. for minors under the age of 18. The Mayor added, “In September, I am looking forward to working with City Council to amend our city’s curfew laws to better anticipate our enforcement needs.”
Minors who are caught breaking curfew will be sent home, brought home or transported to a police station where their parents will be contacted. Minors may be issued a citation with a $100 to $300 fine for a first offense. District Attorney Seth Williams added, “We will be prosecuting these young criminals to the fullest extent of the law. There is no excuse for what they did, and they have brought great shame upon themselves and their families. Let this be a message to any others who think that participating in flash mobs is acceptable or fun.” Philadelphia Sheriff Barbara A. Deeley and Pennsylvania State Rep. Jewell Williams, Democrat candidate for Sheriff, have indicated their strong support for
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the efforts of the City of Philadelphia. “We will not tolerate Philadelphia teens terrorizing our citizens,” said Deeley, the City’s first female Sheriff. “We will, within the power of this office, help to reinforce the calm expected in a city with the history of Philadelphia.“ “I congratulate Sheriff Deeley and Mayor Nutter for stepping up and taking a strong stand against unruly teens. There is nothing amusing about ganging up on innocent people,” said Williams. “We need to stop this unruly behavior before it starts. It is the responsibility of every citizen — parents, grandparents, teachers and neighbors — to help us curb these unruly actions before they begin and another person is endan-
gered.“ Anyone that sees a mob forming, sees a text or Facebook notice about a “meetup” suspicious should immediately call 911 says Deeley. “Sheriff’s vans and buses are available 24/7 to aide the Police Department!” “Being a punk, or hanging out with punks, is not cool,” says Williams who added, “Run with the Flash Mob — Ride with the Sheriff ... straight to jail!” Mayor Nutter also outlined consequences for parents and legal guardians of children who break curfew. Parents, after receiving a first violation notice, will be fined up to $500 for successive violations. These notices and citations will be issued when the parent comes to collect their child from the police
station. If parents do not get their child within a reasonable time, the PPD will contact the Dept. of Human Services to initiate an investigation. Additionally, parents whose child under the age of 18 is found liable or guilty by a court for injury, theft or other criminal acts, parents will be liable to the person who suffered the injury or loss of property. Parents and legal guardians are subject to imprisonment for up to 90 days for repeat curfew violation offenses. Until the beginning of the school year, the PPD will have a greater presence in the targeted enforcement areas. The enforcement will include the Mounted Unit, Bike Patrol and other officers throughout Center City. To support these enforcement efforts, community leaders will volunteer as part of the Safe Corridors campaign. This
campaign will encourage adults and responsible youth from across the region to patrol the targeted enforcement areas and to contact the PPD if violent or suspicious behavior is observed. In the long term, the PPD will continue to work with SEPTA to enhance communication and coordination during “flash mob” attacks. Additionally, the PPD’s SafeCam initiative encourages businesses and residents to register their surveillance cameras with the PPD to assist with the apprehension and prosecution of individuals participating in criminal acts. Business owners and residents can visit https://safecam. phillypolice.com/ to join this program. The City will expand recreation center hours to 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights at approximately 20 centers throughout the City.
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USA BOXING official Wendell Douglas sings national anthem to open up Al Mussachio’s amateur boxing show. Numerous Philly boxers used show as a tune-up for upcoming Lucien Blackwell Amateur Boxing Tournament.
AFTER ANOTHER win, trainer Kenney Mason will enter Irshaad Solomon in this year’s Blackwell tournament. The 12-year old is training out of West Philly’s James Shuler Memorial Boxing Gym.
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McGeehan Pushes Nutter On Ackerman
State Rep. Mike McGeehan, wants an answer from Mayor Michael Nutter regarding his Jul. 22 request for the Mayor to oppose an early buyout of School District Superintendent Arlene Ackerman’s contract. McGeehan said he is cautiously optimistic the Mayor will be in agreement. “I am reminded about the Mayor’s prior stance and opposition to former school chief Paul Vallas collecting a severance package in 2007,” said McGeehan. “Especially in
light of the fact current conditions are far more severe than under Vallas. “Under Ackerman, the School District’s deficit of $629 million is more than eight times greater than what it was under Vallas’s $75 million worth of red ink. And the $180,000 severance payout for Vallas is chickenfeed next to the $1.5 million payout reported to be the potential for Ackerman. So where is the Mayor on this?” McGeehan quotes a 2007 Philadelphia Daily News arti-
cle which reported Democratic mayoral nominee Michael Nutter as saying he was concerned about the Vallas payout. “‘How a district that has a hundred-plus million-dollar deficit could give anybody any extra money is beyond me,’ Nutter was reported to have told an antibudget rally. ‘You cannot get a bonus if you leave a place in fiscal distress.’ “‘This is not some corporate situation where you walk away with stock options,’ he said. ‘This is a school district.
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY’S Fox School of Business hosted White House’s 6th Urban Entrepreneurship Forum. Seen here prior to the series of speakers and panels are, from left, Fox School of Business Dean Moshe Porat; Mayor Michael Nutter; Michael Blake, Deputy Associate Director of White House Office of Public Engagement, who served as M.C.; and Chip Flowers, Delaware State Treasurer, also a panelist. Photo by Bonnie Squires
There are kids who don’t have reading material, they don’t have librarians in the library, they don’t have art and music. Now, some adult is going to walk away with half a million dollars on top of a couple hundred thousand dollars in salary – this is outrageous, Nutter added. “Philadelphians want the Mayor to be consistent. There is absolutely no public support in awarding failure,” McGeehan said. “I hope the AMONG hundreds of attendees at Urban Entrepreneurship Mayor realizes this and deliv- Forum were Andy Toy of Enterprise Institute, and Stanley Taraila of Renaissance Properties. Photo by Bonnie Squires ers.”
Boyles’ Bill Tough On as well as improvements to the state’s roads, bridges, transit operations, rail freight and aviation. The 40-member panel made recommendations that range from increased vehicle registration fees to tolling interstate highways. It is expected the Governor will choose which revenue-raising proposals he wants the General Assembly to consider when it returns in the fall. One of the recommendations, the “Decade of Investment” will eventually include funding: • $1.8 billion for highway and bridge improvement; • $300 million to $400 million for transit; • $300 million to $400 million for local government; • $17 million for rail freight; • $14 million for intercity rail; • $11 million for aviation; and • $12 million for other intermodal investment. Other items under consideration include the statewide expansion of red-light cameras, now only legal in Philadelphia; two-year motor vehicle registration; eightyear driver’s licenses; and an increase in speeding-ticket fees.
Employee Sex Crimes State Reps. Brendan and Kevin Boyle (both D-Northeast) plan to introduce legislation that would prohibit public employees who are convicted of or plead guilty to sex crimes against minors from collecting retirement benefits. “Under this proposal, any public official or public employee who is convicted or pleads guilty to a crime that requires Megan’s Law registration will lose all rights to payment of retirement or other benefit payments,” said Brendan Boyle. “Public officials and public employees are entrusted to serve the best interests of the citizens of the Commonwealth,” said Kevin Boyle. “Committing a sex crime against a child is a direct breach of public trust.” Recently, the Philadelphia Daily News reported that former city employees who have been convicted of felonies, including sex crimes against children, are still permitted to collect pensions. Under current Pennsylvania law, public officials and public employees that are convicted or plead guilty to any crime related to public office or public employment lose all rights to retirement or other benefits or payments. However, there are no provisions regarding loss of retirement or other benefit payments for public officials or public employees who
Murt Urges Students Use PHEAA Website Rep. Thomas Murt has announced the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency has launched a redesign of its career and college planning website, EducationPlanner.org. EducationPlanner includes new content, improved navigation, and more interactive activities, in addition to a more modern look. Some of the website’s new features include: Checklists for career planning, preparing for school and paying for school. Assessments that identify students’ strengths and weaknesses. Career videos. Savings calculators and loan payment calculators. Opportunities to submit questions and receive expert advice in the “Ask a Counselor” section. EducationPlanner offers links to the best career and college planning resources available on the Web. Students can explore hundreds of careers, get information about hundreds of colleges from the College Board and search for scholarships. “I want to urge everyone who is planning for college to visit this new site,” Murt said. “This will make your first experience with PHEAA a positive one. The “Parents” section focuses on their role in helping students transition from high
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State Rep. Dwight Evans D-N. Phila.) noted this week the recommendations made by the governor’s Transportation Funding Advisory Commission are similar to legislation he proposed to the General Assembly in 2010 and he hopes the governor has better luck than he did in getting the recommendations considered. “The bottom line is jobs,” Evans said. “As many as 30,000 living-wage jobs could come out of construction and improvement projects throughout the state.” Evans said some of the recommendations will be more popular among legislators and the public than others but “we need to be thinking about how we pay for the very infrastructure of our communities,” Evans said. “It is imperative we take action on the critical future of Pennsylvania’s trade and commerce.” TFAC presented its final report to Gov. Tom Corbett Monday. TFAC had been tasked with finding an additional $2 billion to $2.5 billion annually for the State’s infrastructure needs. The plan includes modernization and efficiency changes in the way PennDOT conducts business,
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Philly’s most popular BYOB (for good reason)
by Len Lear In 2008 I purchased two gift certificates, $75 each, as Christmas presents for my wife and sister-in-law, respectively, for Matyson, 37 S. 19th St. in Center City. I did so after reading several rave reviews about the upscale BYOB, including a three-bell ringer from the Philadelphia Inquirer’s tough Craig LaBan. Obviously we waited a very long time to use the gift certificates, but the three of us finally did so last Wednesday along with my brother, who lives just a few blocks from the restaurant, and a friend of his. Since the gift certificates did have an expiration date in 2009, the restaurant could have given us a hassle, but they did accept them, explaining that only on Saturday nights do they not accept ex-
pired gift certificates. (The last time we waited a long time to use gift certificates was for Django, which went out of business before we could use them, thus flushing our $150 down the drain. Let this be a lesson to you. If you have restaurant gift certificates, use them up as quickly as possible. You never know when the place may close its doors, even if it’s still doing great business; their lease may be up, and they are hit with a huge rent increase.) Matyson, a 56-seat contemporary American BYOB, was opened in 2003 by Matt & Sonjia Spector, who had previously worked for Stephen Starr. (The name Matyson is a combination of letters from both Matt and Sonjia.) In the fall of 2007, the couple left Philly to open a restaurant in California’s Napa Valley wine country. Rather than close the restaurant, though, the Spec-
tors sold it to their uncle and partner, Butch Puchowitz. Since then, Butch’s son Ben and Brian Lofink, who are both in their late 20s, have run the kitchen, and based on foodies I had talked to as well as reviews and restaurant blogs, the elevated standards set by the Spectors have been maintained. According to the Zagat Philadelphia Dining Guide, Matyson is currently the most popular BYOB in the Delaware Valley among those who have answered their annual questionnaires, and it is the 11th most popular restaurant in the Greater Philadelphia area overall. And the January 2011 issue of Philadelphia magazine selected it as the 40th “Best Place to Eat Right Now” in the Delaware Valley. Right before we took off for Matyson last week, I checked with yelp.com, the most frequently visited restaurant blog. Of the first 20 reviews listed, 14 gave it five stars, and the other six gave it
four stars. After scrolling down some more, I finally found a three-star verdict, not because of the food or service but because of the “noise” and the claim that it was not “romantic.” I would agree with both of these comments, but the noise during our visit was actually not as bad as I expected (from what I had read), and no one gets crazier about ultra-noisy restaurants (like Sampan and Buddakan) than your humble restaurant servant and correspondent. A typical five-star review was from Elizabeth D., who wrote: “Whenever my in-laws visit, I always try and come up with some cool/new/hip place to take them to. This time, however, I thought my fatherin-law would enjoy a classic BYOB, so he could bring his own wine. We had one of the best meals we’ve had in Philadelphia. The service here was impeccable. Pleasant and helpful, without being overbearing. Matyson is small but cozy. I loved telling our neighboring table what I ordered! The food here was truly phenomenal. I loved the special appetizer, pork belly dumplings. My husband had the special entrée that night, hamachi, which he absolutely adored.... The verdict was summed the next morning by my husband: ‘I am still think-
Len Lear ing about that meal.’” Although it is a BYOB, Matyson is by no means inexpensive. Appetizers currently range from $10 (arugula salad) to $15 (corn and foie gras ravioli); entrees from $22 (herbroasted chicken breast) to $29 (potato-crusted Alaskan halibut or lobster-stuffed skate wing), and desserts $8 (housemade ice creams and sorbets) to $9 (seven choices).
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park,” says Matt Bergheiser of University City District, the special-services district which had it built and installed last week. “They have been very successful in San Francisco and New York,” he explained. The idea behind a minipark is not to create green space, but rather to build public areas where people can linger outside; thus the tables and chairs. (It probably helps that a neighboring business is serving up tasty lattes right next to the tables and chairs.) There’s no shortage of parkland in the immediate area, as the mini-park is catty-corner from Clark Park. But it does fit in with a stroll along Baltimore Av-
enue’s lively strip, which runs from 43rd out to 50th Street. And it didn’t cost the taxpayers a dime. The $10,000 was tail end of a large, multiyear grant from the William Penn Foundation to UCD – money which was “repurposed,” as Bergheiser put it, as the grant was being wrapped up. The installation also sports the odd distinction of being the only movable park in Philadelphia. While Green Line owner Dan Thut is not complaining about it so far, UCD can, if it wishes, move it to any other site in the area where neighbors won’t gripe about losing parking spaces, and set it down as easily as a dumpster.
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LINGERING beside – and occasionally leaning against – their new neighborhood mini-park are, from left, Democrat 27th Ward Leader Carol Jenkins, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and State Rep. Jim Roebuck.
by Tony West It’s the size of two cars. We know that, because it takes up two parking spaces on S. 43rd Street, just above Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia. A casual eye might mistake it for a wooden deck with café tables, especially since it’s parked next to a popular sidewalk café operated by the Green Line. Only a couple of planters tucked into its streetside railing betray its true nature: It is a park, officially at least. You can call it a “mini-
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THE MEDIA: “Food Fight! The most over-covered beat in Philly isn’t crime, politics or even sports: Its restaurants... But what, exactly, are we being fed?.. ‘Just shut up and eat.’” —John Marchese, Phila. Magazine, September 2010
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Sealed proposals will be received by the School Reform Commission at the School Administration Building located at 440 North Broad St., 3rd Floor, Office of Capital Programs, Philadelphia, PA 19130-4015, until 2:00 P.M., on Tuesday, August 30, 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.
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Specifications and/or plans and contract documents may be examined and copies thereof obtained from the School Reform Commission, 440 North Broad Street, 3rd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Information as to contract documents, etc., may be obtained at the above address, or telephone 215-400-5225. Make checks payable to the School District of Philadelphia. The School Reform Commission reserves the right to reject any and all bids and make the awards to the best interests of the School District of Philadelphia.
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Nicetown CDC Honors Councilwoman Miller Nicetown CDC, community leaders, and the community at large will honor Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller Saturday at Nicetown Park starting at 6 p.m. She is being honored “for her career-long commitment to Nicetown by bringing in over $50 million in development projects and other services to the community.” Three years after Councilwoman Miller was sworn into office (1996), Nicetown CDC
was founded and a strong alliance was formed between the community organization and Miller. With Miller’s assistance, this young but aggressive nonprofit transformed Nicetown in ways most could not have dreamed of. NTCDC developed projects and programs ranging from housing and small-business development to social service delivery. Through Miller, NTCDC was also able to obtain plan-
ning grants from the Dept. of Commerce that allowed them to focus on Nicetown’s commercial corridor. NTCDC also developed affordable housing in 2005 with three small residential units in the historic area of Nicetown. Since then, there has been a progressive effort to stabilize and improve the existing housing stock in Nicetown, beginning with the blocks that connect directly to the commercial corridor.
In 2009, NTCDC began its first “green” housing rehabilitation project, which was ready for its first-time homebuyer in late summer of 2010. Recently, the NTCDC began its largest housing project, known as Nicetown Court, a low-income housing tax-credit development project which has 37 affordable rental units and 4,000 square feet of commercial space on the street level.
able Republican contenders include current and former Council-at-Large candidates MICHAEL UNTERMEYER, MALCOLM LAZIN and STEVE ODABASHIAN, as well as former Boxing Commissioner GEORGE BOCHETTO. There will be two fundraising events the evening of Aug. 11. DAVID OH will be having an event at the Union League hosted by GABRIELA GUARACAO, MICHAEL ADLER and others. CONGRESSMAN MIKE FITZPATRICK from
the 8th Dist. will be in town during the Congressional break at SmokeEaters, a Northeast Philadelphia tavern owned by firefighter BRIAN HAUGHTON and former candidate for US Congress (13th Dist.). Speaking of SmokeEaters, I missed a merry event there earlier this week which was attended by lots of Republicans both young and no longer young. One of the oldtimers filled me in on it yesterday, though. Philadelphia Young Republicans just elected their new Board of Di-
rectors. Interest was strong and the election was contested. New YR Chairman is STEVEN C. BOC of Parkwood. His Vice Chair is PHIL INNAMORATO, who is a former ward leader. Secretary is OWEN O’CONNELL of Mayfair and Treasurer is MATT GABOR. Rounding out the team are SETH BLUESTEIN (public affairs), BARRY SCATTON (political outreach) and JENNIFER FAIL (events coordinator). Good luck to these up-andcomers in the herd!
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where knuckleheads are terrorizing the populace. Where is the 9 p.m. curfew and increased police presence for them? Do you have to be in a tourist area for the city to care about whether or not someone opens a nice, frosty can of
whip-ass on you? I hope that’s not how it is. That would be disappointing. Especially since that’s not where most of us live.
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(Cont. From Page 9) STATE REP. MARK COHEN has been appearing all over the city recently. Many are asking what he is up to. Recently he appeared at Lincoln HS to help other Northeast public officials stop the establishment of a methadone clinic in Holmesburg. Although Rep. Cohen neither lives in the area nor represents it, his efforts were appreciated if not comprehended.
(Cont. From Page 9) foresee a scenario in which the Democrats put up a weak candidate and the Republicans have an attractive moderate one, resulting in the Republicans’ pickup of another District seat. This elephant believes area Republican ward leaders including Cibik, LINDSAY DOERING (8th Ward) and KEITH TODD (30th Ward) would be strong candidates in a cohesive downtown District. Other vi-
(Cont. From Page 9) as part of NABJ. Had a great time and was really happy nothing stupid went down during that week. But there are other places
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(Cont. From Page 9) his name? It went something like this – Menasha, M as in Menasha, E as in Menasha – Menasha. Do you remember these classics from early television – do you miss them as much as I do? Let me know.
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(Cont. From Page 11) very sensitive. Right now some of the Internet’s more famous websites including Google, Facebook and Yahoo are directly supporting IPv6. My personal recommendation is that you don’t need to care about any of this until such time as your Internet Service Provider tells you to. The only thing you need to know is that this is happening and should not affect you as an internet user. Everyone might remember when the US State Dept. was hacked by Wikileaks. It has happened again, but this time, instead of the target being the US it was the International Monetary Fund. The IMF is an organization of 187 countries and is supposed to stabilize the international monetary and financial systems. The IMF is very controversial with detractors who claiming not only is it no longer needed but it may be harm-
ing the world economy. The FBI is investigating the break-in. Separately, the government of Canada was hacked last February. Interestingly, it was their Finance Dept., the Treasury Board and the Canadian Dept. of National Defense that was hacked. The hackers were traced back to computers in China; however, the Chinese government insisted it had no connection with the attacks. In a surprisingly candid statement, Canadian Treasury Board President Stockwell Day told the Ottawa Citizen newspaper that the breach was not the worst the department has experienced! I think our readers can draw their own conclusions on who is responsible. The fact that internationally, government financial centers and military centers are under attack appears to be a trend.
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Nick Gilewicz has noted, however, CDR is a “process with no decision.” Developers are sometimes required to go through it, but they aren’t required to change their plans because of it. BIA – The Building Industry Association of Philadelphia promotes residential development and construction projects. This group is in favor of passing the new zoning code as soon as possible, as more development is labeled as-of-right than in the current code. BIA is directed by a group of local developers, and membership is open.
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FIRSTRUST Bank employees and the School; District worked to gather 3600 lbs of food to help feed 900 school youth. Collected food from bank’s 24 branches went to Never Say Never Community Center for distribution. Photo by Mario Nascati, of School District.
CARROLL PARK Community Council, Inc.’s annual “Salute to Leadership Awards” went to District Attorney Seth Williams, Thera Martin-Milling, Dr. Curtis A. Jones, Geneva A. Black, Terry Martin, Pastor Zachary Ritvalsky and Alan V. Smith. At event were Councilman James Kenney; Elba Torres-Duca, corporate sponsor of BRAVO Health; Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown; J. Holand Brown; and awardee Williams. Photo by Martin Regusters, Leaping Lion Photography
(Cont. From Page 11) The process — essentially a discussion between developers, professionals, and community members — is triggered by proposals of a certain size and character. The reformed zoning code requires that this committee be composed of two Pennsylvania-licensed architects, one State-licensed landscape architect, a transportation or urban planner, a developer or builder, someone with civic association review experience, and an open seat for a member of an RCO in the area of the proposed project. As my esteemed predecessor
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