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Story Of Greatest Jewish Basketball Team (SPHAS) Told In New History Book The history of the south Philadelphia Hebrew Association’s basketball team -- and the legends it spawned -is depicted in a new book. Author Douglas Stark has penned a book that chronicles the 41-year history of the South Philadelphia Hebrew Association’s basketball team, known as the SPHAS. Founded in 1918, SPHAS was a top squad in the American Basketball League-capturing seven championships in 13 seasons, until it disbanded in 1959. In The SPHAS: The Life and Times of Basketball’s Greatest Jewish

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Team, the first book to chronicle the history of this team and its numerous achievements, Stark uses rare and noteworthy images of players and memorabilia as well as interviews and anecdotes to recall how players such as Inky Lautman, Cy Kaselman and Shikey Gotthoffer fought racial stereotypes of weakness and inferiority while spreading the game’s popularity. “Douglas Stark chronicles some amazing facts about the game of basketball. It is almost inconceivable today, but basketball in its infancy (Cont. Page 2)

NEW BOOK: The SPHAS, The Life and Times of Basketball’s Greatest Jewish Team, details the history of the South Philadelphia Hebrew Association’s basketball team.

A new report has found hunger grips many families in the City – but especially in South Philadelphia. That is why State Sen. Larry Farnese wants to remind you that he is working with Philabundance to provide Emergency Food Boxes (Eboxes) to families in need. According to a new study by the The Food Research and Action Center, many Philadelphia families, including some in South Philadelphia, are among the hungriest in the United States. FRAC is the leading anti-hunger nonprofit in the nation.

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“I want to partner with Philabundance as part of its effort to combat hunger in my District,” said Farnese. “Our sinking economy has (Cont. Page 2)



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‘Waffleman’ Gets His Due! Countin’ On A Miracle A South Philadelphia columnist and author was honored by the Free Masons of North America with its highest honor at a ceremony in Nashville, Tenn. Joseph “Joe Bag-a-Donuts” Sbaraglia, of 13th & Mifflin Streets, whose “Waffleman “column runs each week in the South Philadelphia Public Record, was honored last weekend with the Order of the Purple

JOSEPH “Bag-a-donuts” Sbaraglia received Purple Cross from Free Masons of North America.


Cross, which is the highest honor in York Rite Masonry Sovereign College of North America. Sbaraglia, 72, received the award at its 54th gathering. The Purple Cross is given for outstanding contributions to the world of Freemasonry. He was chosen from 124 candidates in North America. This is but another in the list of Masonic awards and degrees Sbaraglia has received during his 40 years of service. Sbaraglia, is the author of five books filled with nostalgia and his memories of growing up in south Philadelphia during the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. He is well-known by his alias “Joe Bag-a-Donuts”, earned over the years as he would bring a bag of doughnuts to those who were homebound. Sbaraglia has been a Public Record columnist for the past 12 years.

Pennsport Parish Collects Coins To Fix Aging Roof by Maria Merlino & Rory McGlasson

Albert Einstein once said that when the solution is simple, God is answering. The Parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at 3rd & Moyamensing Avenue is hoping that God will answer their prayers. The church needs to raise money (Cont. Page 2)

Jim Stevenson EVERY penny counts at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 3rd & Moyamensing, as Sister Patricia Maureen, IHM joins Michael McGuire, Jenna Ribikauskas, Fr. Finney, Justin Ribikauskas, and Grace Jerlac to count the buckets at Sunday’s ‘Coin-Line For A Cause’ fundraiser. Photo By Maria Merlino If you have been injured on the DOCKS, PIERS, or SHIPS doing loading or repairing work. You need our free advice....We fight for your right to benefits and we never ask you to pay a fee.... We have successfully helped get money for thousands of injured workers over the last 30 years.

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To join as a member of the SPBA, please call: (215)-336-1108

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

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A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned At Sacred Heart (Cont. From Page 1) for roof repairs, and despite the heavens opening with rain on Sunday, the Parish held a very simple fundraiser to kick-off “Coin-Line for a Cause”, from which they hope to collect 140,000 coins to repair a roof. The number is significant because 140 years ago, the Irish immigrants that settled in the area gave their hardearned pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to help build the church and demonstrated their values in faith and education by actually digging the cellar. This has remained the cornerstone of spiritual growth for over a century to the families in the

area. Former and current parishioners are being asked to donate the spare change they have in jars, cans and coins stuck between the sofa cushions to give the Roof Repair Project the momentum it needs. The coins will surround the church in a line. Last Sunday, after the 11:30 Vigil of the Assumption Mass, parishioners, including children, lined the floor of the church with coins. Many more coins are needed to raise the thousands of dollars needed, but since a penny is the start of a million dollars, why not check your coat pockets for any loose change and drop it off to the

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readily available. (Cont. From P.1) E-boxes will usuleft many people ally contain the folstruggling. The Elowing items: hot box program will and cold breakfast help serve those in cereals, shelf-staour community ble milk, canned who need it the meat and fish, most.” canned fruits and E-boxes are vegetables, peanut Philabundance’s butter and jelly, response to the inbagged/boxed creasing emer...State Senator grains, and macagency calls from Larry Farnese roni and cheese. people who need The boxes also contain inimmediate access to food. They are meant to serve as an formation on agencies availimmediate “emergency” able for food assistance on an measure to hold a household on-going basis. E-box recipiover until they can be con- ents must provide basic housenected with additional re- hold and income information, but it is on a self-declared sources and support. E-boxes weigh 30 pounds basis. Eboxes are available by and contain shelf-stable food for three meals for a family of calling Philabundance at 1 four to last for about three (800) 319-3663 for a referral days. The contents of an E- and then picking up a box at box will vary depending on the Senator’s District office at what food Philabundance has 1802 S. Broad Street.

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Carved In Heaven Ray Ghattas, of the Arab Catholic Society, said the vestibule of the church displayed beautiful, handmade olivewood carvings from the Holy Land. Ghattas said 300 families in Bethlehem have workshops and these carvings are a major source of income. Ghattas traveled to churches along the East Coast offering Holy Land made olivewood rosaries, crosses, creche sets, busts, statues and depictions of the Last Supper. The fact that he must leave his homeland to market the detailed woodcarvings illustrates the tough times confronting Palestinian Christians. The artisans who carve the olivewood do not kill the trees, but use dead wood pruned from the trees and dried for at least six months. After the wood

YOUNG Justin Rice begins the coin line inside Sacre heart of Jesus church on Sunday. dries, the artists cut it into different sizes depending on the article they intend to create, then shape it into basic forms then other specialists take over to refine the shape.

Some the trees are from the days of the Roman Empire. Palestinians learned woodcarving from Italian carvers whom Franciscan friars brought to the Holy Land in the 15th century. The craft quickly became indigenous to Palestinian Christians and passed from generation to generation. These families are the descendents of the oldest Christians and have worked for more than 2000 years to protect the Holy sites in Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Nazareth. Although only 2% of the population, they continue to spread the word of Jesus and try to be the bridge between Muslim and Jewish because of the strong belief that Jesus wants us all to live in peace and love each other. For more information, contact the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church at 1404 South 3rd Street. You may call the church at (215) 465-4050. (Cont. page 4)

New Book Is A Slam Dunk (Cont. From Page 1) was a ‘Jewish’ game,” Former Governor and Daily News Sports Writer Ed Rendell said. “The SPHAS is a great read for every basketball fan who cares about the origins and history of the game.” Team owner Eddie Gottlieb and Temple University coach Harry Litwack, bothprofiled in the book, began their careers with the SPHAS. Stark explores the significance of basketball to the Jewish community during the game’s early years,

when Jewish players dominated the sport and a distinct American Jewish identity was on the rise. At a time when basketball teams were split along ethnic lines, the SPHAS represented the Philadelphia Jewish community. This book is an inspiring and heartfelt tale of the team on and off the court. “For three decades, the Philadelphia SPHAS were one of the most important professional basketball teams in America, yet today almost no one knows their name,” said Ben Green, author of Spinning the Globe:

The Rise, Fall, and Return to Greatness of the Harlem Globetrotter. “Hopefully, Douglas Stark’s book, The SPHAS, will change that. With encyclopedic detail, Stark traces the SPHAS’ unique role as an all-Jewish team that survived antiSemitism, the Great Depression, and a world war to leave a lasting legacy in American sport.” Douglas Stark is the Museum Director of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. For more information, please call (215) 926-2154.

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Rootin’ For Rubin

GEARING UP for audacious run to take 10th Council Dist. in November, supporters of Bill Rubin gathered at DC 33 HQ in University City. Among them were, from left, attorney Kevin Greenberg, Rubin, DC 33 head honcho Pete Matthews, 6th Council Dist. candidate Bob Henon of IBEW 98 and State Rep. Tony Payton. those of publisher James FosPublisher Foster was a ter, whose papers cover much last-minute entry, he said, of the District. Rudnick sur- only because of many who vived and will appear as a had come to him, disturbed at Green Party candidate despite the fact efforts to reach 8th the fact the Green Party said Dist. Council Democrat canit had not endorsed his candi- didate Cindy Bass were fruitdacy. Maybe they should less. “She’s in a cave think twice. At least he puts somewhere,” he said. His 875 them in action, even though signatures, 125 over the minhe probably finishes way imum 750, were not able to down on the totem pole in the stand up to a Rudnick chalGeneral Election. lenge. Councilman Bill

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Green Party prior to the May Primary Election, which decided candidates on the Democratic and Republican ballots. Both challenges claimed Antipuna’s filing, therefore, did not meet Pennsylvania State election requirements. The Kensingtonian said, “I think Pennsylvania election law does not allow voters to (Cont. Page 5)

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Rudnick says he hopes to get the Green endorsement from his local and state Green Party chapters at their September meeting. He also extended his regrets to Foster for his challenge, explaining, “I was saddened to see that, in his haste, Jim had collected so many signatures of voters outside the District. I regret having to be the one to address these issues, but until we change the system, the burden of uncovering these deficiencies rests on the other candidates. I am hoping Jim will join with me in opening one small crack in the Democrat Party machine.” As for Rudnick, he is a librarian, video journalist, homemaker and activist making his second run for City Council. He earned Bachelor and Law degrees from Penn and a Master’s in Information Systems from Drexel. For the last 20 years he has lived in Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill. A married father of three children, one grown and married, the other two who attend public schools, Rudnick is per-

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Women have been making history in the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Barbara Deeley has become the first woman in the history of the city to hold that position, which she will leave in December. Now comes Cheri Honkala, Green Party candidate, who becomes the first woman to actually run for Philadelphia Sheriff. Her campaign team filed 4,422 petitions for her to be placed by the Green Party on the Nov. 8 election. Those signatures were not challenged during the seven days after which they were filed, making her an official nominee. The candidate, who just returned from the Green Party’s national meeting in Alfred, N.Y., goes up against heavily favored State Rep. Jewell Williams (D-N. Phila.), who has a history of public-safety service and is thoroughly familiar with the operations of the Sheriff’s office. The Republican candidate is Joshua West. In other challenges, Brian Rudnick, who circulated petitions under the Green Party label, will be the only thirdparty candidate to appear on the ballot in the 8th Dist. Council race. His petitions were challenged, as were

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HOLDING a carved olivewood statue of the Lion and Lamb, Palestinian Catholic Ray Ghattas and his son Isabella Rice, MaryJo Rice, Luke Wolfram help with coin Basil. Photos:Maria Merlino toss at Sacred Heart roof fundraiser on Sunday. CARVED olivewood Christmas Crèche and carved olivewood Last Supper. • 215-755-2000

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City Council is going into the communities to get input on Council redistricting boundaries with meetings scheduled for Aug. 31 and Sep. 6. All citizens are invited to either meeting, regardless of where they live. Wednesday, Aug. 31: 5:00 p.m.-Esperanza Academy Charter HS, 301 W. Hunting Park Avenue (3rd & Hunting Park); sponsored by Councilwoman Maria QuiñonesSánchez (215-686-3448). Tuesday, Sep. 6: 7:00-8:30 p.m.-Einstein Medical Center (Gouley Auditorium), 5501 Old York Road (near Broad & Olney transit center); sponsored by Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller

(215-686-3424) and Councilwoman Marian Tasco (215686-3455). Persons wishing to testify in person at any of the hearings are asked to call the above numbers, or (215) 686-3407, and leave a message with their name and telephone number indicating which hearing they will attend. Written testimony may also be submitted at any time, and will be distributed to each Council Member and made a part of the official record. Written testimony should be e-mailed to, or delivered to the Office of the Chief Clerk of Council in Room 402 City Hall. Rubin Kicks Off 10th Dist. Race

REPUBLICAN Council at-Large candidate David Oh continues to pick up support for his campaign. With him at Union League fundraiser were John Katarina, Ken Wong, Diane Lucidi and Danielle Alderman.

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Newly installed as Gov. Tom Corbett’s successor in his prior job as Attorney General is Linda L. Kelly, who is expected to move quickly to bring several long-delayed prosecutions to the front burner, including the Bonusgate defendants. She won’t try to succeed herself, as tradition warrants for that office. “She is a smart, dedicated, honest prosecutor who knows the law, knows the legal system and knows the needs of the people,” Corbett said after Kelly’s confirmation by the State

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Bill Rubin, Democrat candidate for 10th Council Dist., officially kicks off his campaign this evening at 431 Rhawn Street in the 61st Ward in a three-hour celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. Former Phillies Pitcher Larry Christenson will be on hand. He is challenging longtime incumbent Republican Councilman Brian O’Neill, in what is expected to be O’Neill’s toughest General Election. O’Neill is chair of the three-man minority cau- PENNA. House Education Committee hearings on charter schools, tuition vouchers and other issues regarding funding cus in City Council. of education were held at Temple University’s campus. Roberts Continues Ready to signal hearing were, from left, State Rep. Paul ClyAs Movie Host Damon K. Roberts must mer, majority chairman, and State Rep. Jim Roebuck, mibe eyeing State Rep. Keny- nority chairman. Photos by Bonnie Squires atta Johnson’s soon-to-bevacant 186th Legislative Dist. seat. He continues hosting free outdoor Movie Nights at 17th & Reed Streets beginning at 7:30 p.m., for the next three Saturdays. Roberts was an unsuccessful candidate in the 2nd Council Dist. primary. For info, call Venus Smith at (267) 882-2700.

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(Cont. From Page 4) have freedom of choice in our Commonwealth.” He plans to remain an active Green Party member and may choose to run for election in 2012. Francis Graff, who ran as a Democrat for a Council atLargew slot in the May primary, attempted to run again as an Independent; however, he withdrew from that race this week. The unofficial 2011 list of Independents who have places on the ballot in November includes mayoral candidate Wali Rahman, Green Party Sheriff candidate Cheri Honkala, 3rd Dist. Independent Alicia Burbage, 8th Council Dist. Green Brian Rudnick and Council at-Large Independ-

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Our Opinion ... Why We Need Southport Now

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A few pieces remain to complete the steps which will move forward the plans and preparation for Southport. It’s the name given to the proposed massive expansion of the Port of Philadelphia which is being assembled along Navy Yard property along the Delaware River. A flood tide of container shipping will soon inundate East Coast ports coming aboard today’s modern, huge container ships which, beginning in two years, will be able to traverse the expanded Panama Canal bringing their cargoes east, rather than shipping them, the more expensive way, by rail from the West Coast. When we say thousands of jobs will be created, we mean it. Every comparison in the number of men needed for each container – as seen around the world’s ports – indicates the creation of Southport will bring the numbers of containers guaranteed to make those jobs happen. Southport is a win-win situation. There are no losers. So take the time to read what is happening to make this a reality in this week’s issue, starting on Page 23.

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Aug. 18- State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown holds Job Fair at HS for the Future, 4021 Parkside Ave., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Job-seekers come with resume in appropriate business attire. For info Josh Parsons (717) 772-9946. Aug. 18- Congressman Bob Brady and Ward Leader John Dougherty host fundraiser for Democrat 1st Dist. Council candidate Mark Squilla at La Veranda, 31 N. Columbus Blvd., 5:30-7:30 p.m. For info 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. Reg-

ister K through 8th-graders for free school supplies by calling her office (215) 8496426 before Aug. 12 while supplies last. Aug. 20- State Sen. Shirley M. Kitchen hosts Community Health Fair on Master St. from 15th to 17th Sts., 1-5 p.m., in partnership with Shiloh Apostolic Temple, National Temple Baptist Ch., AME Union Ch., Bible Fellowship Ch. of God, Holy Trinity Deliverance Ch., Hope Matters, 10th Memorial Baptist Ch. and Juanita Rowe Foundation. All invited free. Aug. 20- Operating Engineers Summer Gathering at Keenan’s in N. Wildwood, N. J., 4 p.m. on. 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 or (484) 469-0633. Aug. 26- Golf Outing fundraiser for Democrat candidate for 10th Dist. Council candi-

date 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- State Rep. Michelle Brownlee hosts Back to School Giveaway Kids Day at Strawberry Sq. Mall, 2901 Dauphin St., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free school supplies, health screenings, entertainment. For info (215) 684-3738. Aug. 27- Mantua Community Improvement Ctr. hosts Family Day Festival at 34th & Mantua Ave., 12-7 p.m. Loaded with family activities. Event is supported by Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell and others. 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, 4hour 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- 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. 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) 461-7720 or John L. Sullivan (215) 332-4873 or Aug. 27- Ironworkers 401 hosts Summer Festival at Keenan’s in N. Wildwood, N.J., 3 p.m. Aug. 28- Billy Meehan Clambake at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd., 4-8 p.m. $100 per person. For info Carmella (215) 561-0650. Sep. 3- State Sen. Anthony Williams’ Neighbor to Neighbor Summer of Peace 2011 Cookout at Eastwick Park, 74th & Lindbergh Blvd., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free food. Family fun. Adults’ and children’s activities. For info (215) 492-2980. Sep. 5- Tri State Labor Committee and Philadelphia AFL(Cont. Page 19) • 215-755-2000

Famous stand-up comedian of stage and screen Jimmy Durante, the man with the nose, told a story about how he would lie under a tree and wouldn’t care if the flies and bees were attracted to his nose. One day, while asleep, his nose got stung. He jumped up, waving his hand and chasing the bees and flies away while he hollered, “There’s always someone who spoils it for the rest of us.” In our almost 12 years of service, especially to the political community, we have had a policy of trusting candidates who wanted to advertise. We are the only paper which would accept their ads without demanding payment up front. Try to advertise with the big dailies, television, radio, etc., without paying their tabs up front and you would get an immediate “No, thanks.” However, as Durante said, there come along a couple of newbies in the political arena, who have disregarded our efforts to collect. We know they are not paupers and they earn substantial incomes. But unlike Jimmy Durante, waving everyone off, we will continue to give credit up front. Most of the players – and there were hundreds – who advertised their campaigns did pay. The next-best thing, then, is perhaps to publish soon the names of those who owe us still. We would be performing a public service by warning others away from getting stung by these bees.

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Breastfeeding Helps Keep Kids Slim Breastfeeding helps protect children from obesity. In the US, most mothers want – and try – to breastfeed. Unfortunately, even moms who want to breastfeed have a hard time without hospital support. The CDC Vital Signs report, Hospital Practices to Support Breastfeeding — United States, 2007 and 2009,

shows 95% of hospitals lack maternity care policies fully support breastfeeding moms. Hospitals can do more to make sure every mother can start and continue breastfeeding. With nearly 500 babies born in US hospitals every hour, hospitals play a vital role in helping moms be able

to breastfeed. The international Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative recognizes hospitals that follow the recommended 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding by designating them Baby-Friendly. Some steps include: Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health

care staff. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth. Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated. Practice “rooming in” – allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.

We must take action across the country to help hospitals support mothers to breastfeed. State and local government can set statewide maternitycare quality standards for hospitals to support breast -feeding. Hospitals can partner with Baby-Friendly hospi-

tals to learn how to improve maternity care. Doctors and nurses can include lactation consultants and other breastfeeding experts on patient care teams. Mothers and their families can ask about breastfeeding support when choosing a hospital.

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by Peter V. Radatti CEO and President of CyberSoft Operating Corp. In the past, I have written about international cooperation between policing organizations to take down international cyber gangs. I reported on the first international takedown. You also read about scareware, which is fake antivirus or other fake software that attempts to scare you into purchase of the software or service. Normally this is a fake antivirus product that is actually a hostile program engaged in identity fraud for the purpose of emptying your bank account and credit cards. I am announcing the FBI reports another international take down success! Operation Trident Tribunal is an international effort operated by the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, Lithuania, France, Germany, Latvia and the Netherlands! The international gang of crooks it took down is from Latvia. Having been arrested, they face fines of $500,000 and 10 years in prison. It is estimated 960,000 victims paid them $72 million. Lat-

vian authorities already started the process of seizing the money, which was located in five bank accounts. These guys lost the money, have to pay a fine that they will never get out from under and just lost 10 years of their lives. This is not the end! A second criminal group that used online advertising to spread its scareware was indicted in US District Court in Minneapolis after being arrested in Latvia by the Latvian authorities. This second gang of crooks was led by a 22-year-old Latvian man and 23-year-old Latvian woman. Using a phony advertising agency, they purchased online advertising space on the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s news website for a hotel chain. Once the advertisement was operational on the Tribune’s website, they switched it to install malicious software that caused victim computers to freeze up and generate popup advertisements for their fake antivirus. The scam created $2 million in losses. The defendants face penalties of 20 years in prison; fines of $500,000 on wire fraud, conspiracy and computer-fraud charges. This is in

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Crab-Tastic Night At The Fireside TRAFFIC COURT Judge Mike Sullivan is joined by some seafood gourmets at Fireside Tavern in S. Phila. as he hosted his Annual Crab Night. Ward Leader Lou Schwartz, Councilman-Elect Mark Squilla, Matt Myers, Sullivan and Ward Leader John Sabatina enjoy his seafood. IBEW LOCAL 98 Business Agents Brian Stevenson and Jimmy Foy join Ward Leaders Pat Parkinson, 57th; Ward Leader Bill Dolbow, 35th; and Matt Myers, 39B, for this picture.

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ENJOYING Crab Night were Joe Russo; 35th Ward Leader Bill Dolbow; Traffic Court Judge-Elect Christine Solomon; GOT CRABS? Mr. & Mrs. Stephanie Singer, Commissioner candidate; Bill Dell, Jim Edward Nesmith enjoy sea- Tucker; Angelo Foglietta, Judge-elect; Mike Fanning, Esq.; Photo by Joe Stivala and Pat Parkinson, 57th Ward Leader. food feast.

On Left, STATE REP. LOUISE Bishop hosted her annual summer party at her home in Overbrook. She was joined by her clergy fraternity. On Right, LEGENDARY SINGER BEANIE SIEGLE was star performer at State Rep. Louise Bishop's annual summer party at her home in Overbrook section of W. Phila. On Left, KEYSTONE MERCY Public Affairs Executive Maria Battle joins host, State Rep. Louise Bishop, at her home last weekend for her summer party in W. Phila. On Right, UNION LEADER Kathy Scott shares a moment with hostess State Rep. Louise Bishop.

The man tapped by the federal government to stabilize operations at the Philadelphia Housing Authority over a period of 6-12 months will be staying longer than planned. Michael P. Kelly has accepted an offer to become permanent executive director at Photos by Rory Mc- PHA. His new role will be Glasson made official at a special meeting of the PHA Board of Commissioners at 3:30 p.m. He began his new responsibilities on Aug. 8. Kelly has been on loan to Philadelphia from the New York City Housing Authority, where he has served as general manager since 2009. Through a special arrangement, NYCHA agreed to allow him to serve as Interim Executive Director at PHA while still handling some of his duties in New York. In March, when the US Dept. of Housing & Urban De-

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quarters, 5th & Willow, 1 p.m. Sep. 15- Mario Lanza Institute and Museum will be beneficiary of 3-tenor concert featuring Viktor Antipenko, Luigi Boccia and Maurice El Zein at Settlement Music Sch., 416 Queen St., 7 p.m. Ticket $25. For info (215) 238-9691. Sep. 19- 11th Ward Democ-

rats host Fish Fry at Lou & Choo’s, 21st & Hunting Pk. Ave., 5-9 p.m. Donation $10. For info V. Tutie Edwards (215) 228-3134. Oct. 2- St. Nicholas Church Italian Festival on 1700 block of S. 9th St., 12 m.-5 p.m., with Procession of Saints from St. Nicholas Tolentine Ch. at 12:30 p.m. Family

event. Admission free. Italian food, entertainment, games. Oct. 9- World Premier of modern opera “Adea” by Pennsylvania composer Cynthia Cozette at Lutheran Ch. of the Holy Communion, 2110 Chestnut St., 3 p.m., followed by reception. Freewill offering will be collected. For info (215) 567-3668.

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DC 47 President Emeritus Gary Kapanowski hold Sustainer Soiree in Sir Francis Rm. At The Drake, 1512 Spruce St., 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Sep. 11- Phila. Firefighters Union Local 22 and Penn Treaty Special Services Dist. invite all to attend unveiling of “All the Heroes of 9/11” Memorial at Local 22 Union Head-

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(Cont. From Page 7) CIO annual Labor Day Parade & Family Fun Day, starting at Sheet Metal Workers, Columbus Blvd. &

Washington Ave., 9 a.m. Sep. 10- 1st Nat’l Organizational Policy Summit at School District Bldg. Main Auditorium, 440 N. Broad St. to fight for additional federal and State funding, , 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For info Dr. Churchville at (215) 848-8511 or Mr. Adams (215) 397-2734. Sep. 10- Jobs with Justice and

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SHERIFF BARBARA DEELEY and her daughter Lisa hosted a gala in Angelsea, N. Wildwood honoring 6th Dist. Council candidate Bob Henon. Enjoying event, from left, are Joe Mulvey, Carl Ciglar, Barbara, Bob Henon, Mark Lopez, Lisa and Fran Kelly. ENJOYING cool sea breezes and fine food with hostesses Barbara and Lisa Deeley were Marita Crawford and John J. Dougherty, Jr. PRETTY F O U R SOME included the Deeleys flanked by J o a n n Riverso and Carol Garzone.

LOCAL 98 Business Mgr. John J. Dougherty, Democrat Leader of 1st Ward, with 6th Dist. Council Democrat candidate Bob Henon were big draw at IBEW Local 98’s annual "Down Under" gathering at Keenan’s in Wildwood. With them, from left, were Ed Coppinger, Ken Adams, Shawn Dougherty, Michael Fanmericz and Keith Holmes.

ENJOYING “Down Under” gathering at Keenan’s were Ken Adams, Ken Coluzzi, host Johnny “Doc” Dougherty, AG Democrat candidate Dan McCaffery, and John Dougherty, Sr.

REPUBLICANS and Democrats were in attendance at Local 98’s “Down Under”, including Republican atLarge candidate Joe McGolgan, seen here with host John Dougherty and 6th Dist. Democrat candidate Bob Henon.

STATE REP. Bill Keller meets up with 56th Ward Leader John Sabatina outside Keenan’s.

DAN PELLICCIOTTI and Tim Brown find themselves with WITH host John J. Dougherty, Jr., were Dougherty family members AdminisSHERIFF Bar- Judge Angelo Foglietta, retired Local 98 trative Judge Kevin Dougherty and bara Deeley President Harry Foy and Tim Brown. his dad John J. Dougherty, Sr. and daughter Lisa welcome 10th and 6th Dist. Council candidates Bill Rubin and Bobby Henon.

S. PHILA. was well represented with 1st Ward Chairman Tommy Rhumba, Butch D’Amato, Rep. Bill Keller and Dr. Jim Moylan.

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ENJOYING gala with hostess Barbara Deeley were neighbors Alissa De Maria, and Andrea and Gayle Miraglia. SHERIFF Barbara Deeley, 2nd from left, welcomes to the shoreside gala Debbie & Rick Verrecchio, Tim Gallagher and Cathy Lennon.

POPULAR Register of Wills Ronald Donatucci found a change to his annual Delaware River Cruise to Maritime Museum was welcomed by the crowd attending. Among those were attorneys Sal DiBunda, Basil Merenda, Dawn Tancredi and Charles Golden with their host.

WELCOMED by host Register of Wills Ron Donatucci to his fundraiser at Maritime Museum were Mike ENJOYING a Ron Donatucci quip Duffy and the CR family -- Chrisy, were Carpenters Guy Pigliacelli and Judge Angelo Foglietta. Ron, Mario & Magaret Carosella.

COUNCILMAN Jim Kenney, 6th Council Dist. Democrat candidate Bob Henon and Kia newcar dealer Biagio DeSimone flank host Ron Donatucci on top level of Maritime Museum.

DC 21’s Joseph Ashdale finds himself flanked by 1st Dist. Council Democrat candidate Mark Squilla and Ward Leader Matt Myers.

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Last week this elephant reported, just before our publishing deadline, the results of the Philadelphia Young Republican election. But the herd wanted to know more of what happened behind the scenes, so we did some investigating. The election was held in the lower level party of SmokeEaters Tavern, owned by firefighter BRIAN HAUGHTON. Only YRs, Republicans under 40 years older, were allowed into the meeting. There were probably as many not-so-young Republicans upstairs at the bar waiting to hear the results, including former YR Chairman KEVIN KELLY and Republican candidate for Mayor KAREN BROWN, as well City Council-at-Large candidates DAVID OH and JOE McCOLGAN. Also present were Republican WARD LEADERS MIKE CIBIK (5th Ward) and MATT WOLFE (27th Ward). Missing were MIKE MEEHAN and VITO CANUSO. Some of the herd has been unhappy with Meehan’s failure to recruit a farm team and his lack of interest in the YRs. Approximately 15 YRs were there for the election. As we noted last week, the new YR Chairman is Drexel Law student STEVE BOC. Other officer posts were filled by DENNY O’BRIEN’S Campaign Mgr. PHIL INNAMORATO; AL SCHMIDT’S campaign workers SETH BLUESTEIN and OWEN O’CONNELL; former chairman of the Temple Republicans BARRY SCATTON; and MIKE UNTERMEYER’S Campaign MGR. Jennifer JENNIFER FAIL. Boc and the other elected YR officials are affiliated with the insurgent side of the party, as were most of the other YRs in attendance. There were a few other YRs, including Bill Pettigrew’s protégé JOHN STAHLMASTER, who, while not in the insurgent camp, are supportive of insurgent-backed candidates DAVID OH and Al Schmidt. In recent years, the YRs have been Center City-focused. While the meeting was in the Northeast, one should not assume the YRs are abandoning the rest of the city. Failure to effectively engage other parts of the city, including moderate voters in the affluent wards in Center City and the Northwest, as well as minorities, has contributed to the low Republican registration in the city, in the opinion of some elephants. While Boc is from Mayfair, he attends Drexel Law. Officer ranks include Bluestein, a University of Pennsylvania graduate and 27th Ward committeeman, as well as Fail, Center City denizen, and Scatton from North Philadelphia. Last Thursday night, David Oh, candidate for Council at Large, and MIKE FITZPATRICK, US Representative from Pennsylvania’s 8th Dist., held fundraisers. Some of the herd managed to make both events, including Cibik, Kelly and JOSEPH DeFELICE, leader (Cont. Page 25)

In case you haven’t noticed, folks, Philly isn’t the only place where young people running in the streets and acting like fools has been a problem of late. London has had a flash-mob issue, too. Well, not exactly a flash-mob issue, but folks have been rioting in the streets and burning stuff down a lot of late. The center of the anger in the UK was the shooting of a man by the (usually unarmed) London Bobbies. The shooting is currently under investigation. But so is the coverage of the riots. One of the few Black folks working at the BBC put in a call to the National Association of Black Journalists listserve, asking the organization to intervene. Why? Well, here are some of the highlights: On Aug. 8, the BBC’s phone-in radio program “World Have Your Say” asked listeners if there was a problem with young Black men, a question that implied that the violence going on in the UK was totally and completely the fault of Black Brits. During the Beeb’s program “Newsnight”, historian David Starkey summed up the problem by saying “the whites have become the Blacks,” a reference that was allowed to go unchallenged by the person doing the interview. That lack of challenge raised the hackles of NABJ’s newly-elected President Gregory H. Lee, Jr. “By allowing the comment to go unchallenged, was the BBC agreeing with the inference that becoming black is monolithically synonymous with being violent?” he asked. But what made me personally the most annoyed with the BBC’s coverage was the interview that a BBC presenter (or as we call ’em here, anchor), did with a veteran civil-rights activist named Darcus Howe. During the interview, the anchor, in a move only Michelle Bachmann could appreciate, called this now 70-something civil-rights campaigner a former rioter, something he had never been. He called her an idiot, which, considering the circumstances, was actually kind. But this combination of incidents led the NABJ to send an open letter to the BBC saying that they “raise the question of whether the BBC’s senior editorial ranks need better racial and philosophical diversity to avoid being blind to such insensitive incidents.” Stevie Wonder could probably see it might be time for the BBC to take a less-homogenous route in its news coverage. When you call a senior citizen a rioter because he’s standing up (Cont. Page 25)

The four Goldberg brothers, Lowell, Norman, Hyman and Max, invented and developed the first automobile air conditioner. On Jul. 17, 1946, the temperature in Detroit was 97 degrees. The four brothers walked into old man Henry Ford’s office and sweet-talked his secretary into telling him that four gentlemen were there with the most exciting innovation in the auto industry since the electric starter. Henry was curious and invited them into his office. They refused and instead asked that he come out to the parking lot to their car. They persuaded him to get into the car, which was about 130 degrees, turned on the air conditioner and cooled the car off immediately. The old man got very excited and invited them back to the office, where he offered them $3 million for the patent. The brothers refused, saying they would settle for $2 million, but they wanted the recognition by having a label, “The Goldberg Air-Conditioner”, on the dashboard of each car in which it was installed. Now, old man Ford was more than just a little anti-Semitic, and there was no way he was going to put the Goldberg’s name on two million Fords. They haggled back and forth for about two hours, and finally agreed on $4 million and that just their first names would be shown. And so to this day, all Ford air conditioners show Lo, Norm, Hi, and Max on the controls. So, now you know.... P.S. Don’t lose your sense of humor during these challenging times.

Congressional reapportionment is not just on the horizon, it is happening now. And the State legislature has to draw the maps. CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY needs white constituents badly and may try to head further towards the Northeast. CONGRESSMAN CHAKA FATTAH needs Black constituents and will look to make a deal with Brady. CONGRESSWOMAN ALLYSON SCHWARTZ is sitting pretty. She has all she needs and can deal with others, but on her terms. CONNIE RODGERS is one of the newest Ward Leaders in Philadelphia. She is STATE REP. MIKE McGEEHAN’S handpicked successor, but has shown energy and independence. Her ward, the 41st, is one of the legendary River Wards in Northeast Philadelphia. Could this be one of the wards Brady needs in reapportionment? Brady would have to deal even more with the cry that the Northeast is underappreciated by City Committee. COUNCVILWOMAN MARIAN TASCO joined forces with STATE SEN. MIKE STACK to push for legislation to help PGW emergency responders killed in the line of duty. The bill would put PGW workers in the same category as first responders. It is in response to the death of MARK KEELY, the brave PGW worker who gave his life trying to protect the residents of Tacony. STATE REPS. BRENDAN and KEVIN BOYLE, as well as their colleague JOHN SABATINA, are working with Stack and are also attending the press conference at the Gas Workers Union Hall this morning. STATE SEN. ANTHONY WILLIAMS appears to be recovering nicely from surgery earlier in the year. Rapid weight lose had some observers worried. The Senator appeared to put some weight back on, but still appears slender and healthy. This was bad news for SRC CHAIRMAN ROBERT ARCHIE. Archie received a public, verbal thrashing from Williams for discouraging School District SUPERINTENDANT ARLENE ACKERMAN from attending a recent SRC meeting. Williams appears to be regaining his edge and is still a favorite to succeed MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER in four years. The DEELEYS hosted another party in North Wildwood. SHERIFF BARBARA and her LISA hosted Congressman Bob and his wife DEBBIE on a beautiful moonlit night on Saturday. Also present was the ubiquitous BILL RUBIN, candidate for the 10th Dist. City Council Seat and other luminaries. Rubin must guard against the incumbent leverage game during his race with incumbent (Cont. Page 25)

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Bridges Stymie Port Growth

State Rep. Bill Keller ...strong for Southport

Bob Palaima ...anxious to get started impact of the Panama Canal’s expansion on the East Coast. A push from Brady, former US Sen. Arlen Specter, Gov. Ed Rendell and others succeeded to get approval for the dredging of the Delaware River shipping channel to a depth of 45 feet, five more than the existing channel depth – a matter of life and death for the Port. The deeper channel makes the Port of Philadelphia, the nation’s largest inland seaport, more enticing, bringing cargo further inland – and to the only port with connections to the United States’ three major rail lines. Not all looks rosy for the Port, though. Choking off a good portion of its northern terminals are the port’s

beloved bridges, the Ben Franklin and the Walt Whitman. They just aren’t high enough. And they cannot be replaced, a solution other ports have turned to. Both bridges are immovable. They were not designed to let the anticipated big container-ship traffic through. That bars more than half of the Port’s piers and terminals from the growing traffic of big ships. Channel size was one of the major reasons the hoped-for cruise-line business at the Port’s Cruise Line Terminal withered away and is today unused. All that is left for the big ships is the Port’s Packer Terminal, which already is hard pressed to handle the container-cargo shipping that already enters the Port. Understanding that is what has impelled the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, led by its Board Chairman Charles Kopp and executive director James T. McDermott, along with its federal and State legislative delegations, unions and Port operators, to push for additional accessible waterfront facilities to accommodate the anticipated big-ship traffic. Long in the planning, the PRPA moved to pick up a portion of the waterfront of the now-defunct Naval Shipyard, the first of its kind in the United States. Now operating as the Philadelphia Business Center, with the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard at its western end, the facility is attracting a myriad of businesses that might not otherwise have located within the city. Its eastern end, coupled with a brace of unusable finger piers, has become recognized as the way out of the noose created by the two bridges.

Negotiations have been working their way through legislative bureaucracy, with the final transfers reportedly near, and the new facilities, now called “Southport”, could become a reality. With easily available material from the present dredging operations filling in the space between the piers, the creation of Southport will be rapid. And when it’s done, Philadelphia’s port operations will take a quantum leap upward. Keller estimates the Port here is handling about 500,000 containers yearly. “With Southport a reality,” he adds, “we will be able to service a minimum of 3.5 million containers a year.” He notes, “This is just 3% of the cargo expected to come to the East Coast through the expanded Panama Canal. Based on the manpower now used, that translates into 125,000 new jobs.” Last November, PRPA’s plans for the new Southport marine terminal took a major step forward as the team of Delaware River Stevedores, Inc., and Hyundai Merchant Marine Corp. were awarded its development rights – this after a two-year process with solicited companies bidding on the construction and operation in partnership with the PRPA. The Concession Agreement calls for the construction of a two-berth, 120-acre facility to be completed by 2020 at a cost of $450 million. Studies show that within 10 years of becoming operational, Southport is projected to create thousands of new jobs and inject more than $350 million in new business revenue into the Philadelphia regional economy each

year. Making the site even more attractive is the fact it is the only facility in the United States with immediate access to railheads of the nation’s top rail lines. CSX has its own intermodal facility that terminates at the river and the Packer Avenue terminal. PIDC dedicated about 135 acres to Norfolk Southern, which expanded and built the first phase of their intermodal yard (adjacent to CSX). Where the two rail facilities come together is the point at

which Southport would be built. Though the two bridges have effectively closed the big ships to Port facilities north of them, Southport will give the Port the alternative it needs to survive and prosper. ONE OF PHILA.’S signature landmarks, Benjamin Franklin Bridge and its sister Walt Whitman Bridge effectively landlock much of Delaware River’s Port facilities, as far as nextgeneration superfreighters are concerned. • 215-755-2000

What does the expansion of the Panama Canal mean for the Port of Philadelphia? A phenomenal increase in jobs. “That’s a guarantee,” exclaims State Rep. Bill Keller (D-S. Phila.), whose 184th Legislative Dist. includes much of the Philadelphia Port’s industrial facilities. Keller, who has earned the reputation, along with Congressman Bob Brady (D-Phila.), as the Philadelphia Port’s legislative spokesman, explains, “International container-cargo shippers will be looking to unload in Philadelphia, rather than the West Coast terminals they are now using. Their containers destined to the East Coast suffer added costs, because they then must travel from those West Coast ports over rail to their East Coast destinations.” When completed in 2014, the expanded Canal will provide easy access to the world’s heaviest, largest and longest ships, bringing a flood of opportunities for worldwide shipping companies to reroute their gigantic carriers to those East Coast ports able to handle them. As a result, many East Coast ports have invested or are investing in their infrastructures to insure they can service the mammoth ships. The Port of Long Beach, Cal. sees more demand for the larger ships with cargo destined for the West Coast and is replacing its aging Gerald Desmond Bridge with a higher span. Luckily for Philadelphia and Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, Port terminal operators and the International Longshoremen’s Association, as well as the political leadership of this state and city, have anticipated the

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by Len Lear My favorite part of writing a restaurant column is finding great food bargains that I can pass along to readers, especially during this devastating recession when almost everyone is looking for ways to stretch their dollars. And there are very few bargains we have found better than the barbecue platter, a signature

dish, at Vietnam Cafe, the large, airy, beautifully decorated gem that opened in November, 2009, at 816 S. 47th Street in West Philadelphia’s University City. The menu lists the barbecue platter under “Specials,” and it certainly is, although unlike most restaurant specials, it is a permanent fixture of the menu, as it has been for many years at Vietnam, the Lai family’s other restaurant. Vietnam has been a China-

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town institution for 27 years at 221 N. 11th Street. The dish is a huge, colorful platter filled chockablock with several crispy spring rolls, 12 beef-stuffed grape leaves, a substantial quantity of chargrilled chicken, grilled “meat balls” (that are actually more cylindrical than round), fluffy rice vermicelli, lettuce, carrots, crushed peanuts and ramekins of two sauces that can all be mixed and matched and packed into thin-as-air rice paper to form sandwich wraps. Or you can just eat each item in the $26.95 dinner for two individually. Either way, the two of us could not come close to finishing the food and had plenty to take home for the following night at home. The quantity and quality are truly memorable. (We had the same platter a year and a half ago but apparently forgot just how much food it was.) We had even ordered a spicy shrimp sate entree ($14.95) but wound up taking that home also. Interestingly, Vietnam

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Cafe has an encyclopedic menu with more than 70 selections, but I’m willing to bet a substantial percentage of customers simply order the barbecue platter for two. And it is a perfect match with the “Flaming Volcano,” another huge bowl filled with ice, several liqueurs and fruit juices ($16) that is more than enough for two people. The Lai family, who own Vietnam and Vietnam Cafe, could easily be the subject of a made-for-TV movie. In 1978 Nhu Lai, his wife, Thuyen Luu, and their eight children all left Vietnam on a rickety boat with whatever meager possessions they could carry with them. After drifting in the South China Sea for several days and close to starvation, the family was rescued by good Samaritan seamen and taken to Malaysia, where they spent nine months in a refugee camp. When they eventually arrived in Philadelphia in October 1979, the family of 12 moved into a small apartment at 2nd & Girard in Fishtown. “We had told the landlord there would only be four people living there,” said Benny Lai, one of the eight children and the operator of Vietnam Cafe. “Otherwise, we would have never gotten the apartment. We were so crowded, we had to do our homework in the neighborhood library. I

Len Lear could only say ‘yes’ and ‘no’ in English when we came here.” The family had to move to 47th & Baltimore in West Philly, where they opened a small grocery store in 1982 called Fu Wah. They were so successful that in 1984 they were able to open the 28-seat Vietnam restaurant in Chinatown. By that time Benny was a student at Temple University, but when a server and a kitchen worker quit their jobs at Vietnam, Benny dropped out of Temple so he could help his mother and a brother rescue the restaurant. The three worked 24/7 and literally made 500 spring rolls from scratch one day each week. Eventually, in 1988, because of all their hard work, the Lais were able to hire a kitchen staff and make plans to expand beyond their 28 seats. (The room was so small that diners often had to share

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their tables with strangers.) So in 1990 they purchased the building and in 1996 purchased the next-door building. Their American dream continued as the family transformed the closet-sized 28-seat BYOB into a 120-seat full-service restaurant that includes an upstairs lounge, Bar Saigon. (Instead of the 500 spring rolls they used to make from scratch, they now make 5,000 spring rolls each week.) Vietnam restaurant is currently run by Tina Lai, the youngest of the family’s children, and Benny runs Vietnam Cafe. In addition, the family is planning to open a third restaurant just a few doors from Vietnam Cafe. Benny lives right across the street from the restaurant with his wife, Tammy, and their two sons, Jonathan and Justin. (Tammy’s father, an interpreter for the Americans during the Vietnam War, was killed in the infamous Tet Offensive in 1968, six months before Tammy was even born.) For more information, call (215) 592-1163 (Vietnam) or (215) 729-0260 (Vietnam Cafe) or visit There is a large, free municipal parking lot right in back of Vietnam Cafe.

Elephant Corner (Cont. From Page 22) of the 34th Ward. Fitzpatrick’s event was at SmokeEaters and many of the attendees were from the Northeast, including WARD LEADERS CHRIS VOGLER (55th), BILL IVERS (61st), Bill Pettigrew (54th and 23rd Wards) and Stahlmaster (62nd Ward). BOB CUNNINGHAM of Mayfair’s 64th Ward and Phil

ED NESMITH, JOHN SABATINA, BOB DELLAVELLA, BILL DOLBOW and PAT PARKINSON. Elected officials and hopefuls enjoying the buffet included JIM KENNEY, BILL GREEN, BILL GREENLEE, FRANK DiCICCO, MARK SQUILLA and BOBBY HENON. Judges in attendance included SEAN KENNEDY, ANGELO FOGLIETTA, DIANA ANHALT, CAROLYN NICHOLS and CHRIS SOLOMON. Democrat Attorney General candidate DAN McCAFFERY and Republican candidates JOE McCOLGAN and KAREN BROWN showed up. The Mayor of Allentown ED PAWLOWSKI and over 15 sitting Common Pleas Court, Municipal Court, Traffic Court and District Judges were in attendance Also present was a contingency from Local 98, and the all-knowing and everpresent OZZIE MYERS.

Innamorato and TOM MATKOWSKI of the Far Northeast’s 65th Ward also came to support Fitzpatrick. BETH HEGEDUS, a Fitzpatrick campaign worker, and Karen Brown were also there for the Congressman. David Oh’s fundraiser was at the Union League. The crowd reflected Oh’s broad appeal, including Democratic Council-at-Large COUNCILMAN JIM KENNEY. New YR Chairman Steve Boc and Republican candidate for City

Commissioner Al Schmidt were in attendance. An early supporter of Oh, 45th WARD LEADER KEVIN PASQUAY, and government-relations expert FRANK BUZYDLOWSKI were also in attendance. One notable aspect of this event was the members of the host committee, which included non-city residents including Lower Merion COMMITTEEMAN MICHAEL ADLER. Hopefully, this is a sign Republicans outside of the city are

beginning to realize a weak party in the city hurts our statewide and national candidates, and that it’s time to support up-and-coming city Republicans such as Oh.

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Part 37/45 “The modern Tea Party movement has no leader. It has —R.E. Tyrrell, Jr., The American Spectator, March 2011 no organization.” The Mayor’s Reception Room, located on the second floor of City Hall, is where major announcements are made by the mayor, where citizen initiatives are recognized and honored, and where outside groups can come to lend public presence to their efforts.

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Footnote: In more recent times, the General’s bust was removed and placed in the hallway— between the Reception Room and the Mayor’s Office. A few feet away and accompanying the sculpture was an oversized and decorative boot, about six feet tall. It was since removed, and replaced by a small artifact from Italy.

(Cont. From Page 22) for his community, it might be time for you to think outside the box. But the most interesting response that I got when I posted NABJ’s open letter to my Facebook page was: “Amazingly, Mayor Nutter bypassed such a question and went straight on to blanket condemnation. I’m curious to know what letter NABJ wrote to him.” What my Facebook friend was alluding to was an incident that I’m calling the “Mayor Michael Nutter Takes Black Folks to the Woodshed”


This reception room also the repository of official oil portraits of all former city mayors from the earliest days to the present. But little noticed, and definitely not part of the decorum or of Philadelphia interest, is the bust of General Jose de San Martin... the Argentinean patriot and liberator of Argentina, Chile and Peru... No one knows who presented it to the city or why... The statue carries a great deal of significance for Argentineans, Peruvians and Chileans and now, it appears, it has become very significant for Philadelphians, too.” --The Philadelphia Public Record, July 26, 2001

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tour. If you remember last week’s column, I talked about Mayor Nutter’s speech at his church and the fact that he said that the young flash mobbers who were out wilding were “disgracing the race.” More than a few folks felt like the Mayor, an African American, was seeing them exactly how they felt whites saw them. Which is why my Facebook friend was wondering when and where Mayor Nutter would meet his condemnation from NABJ. I don’t fully agree with my friend, but I can get the point. If we’re going to get on folks across the pond for this kind of thing, charity needs to begin at home.

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(Cont. From Page 22) COUNCILMAN BRIAN O’NEILL. O’Neill is famous for becoming suddenly easy to work with at election time. We must apologize to Lisa Deeley and MARK LOPEZ. We said Mark and she were discussing her possible run for SPEAKER DENNY O’BRIEN’S seat if Denny wins an at-Large Republican Council seat in November. “Wrong,” Lisa admonished, saying she doesn’t live in the District, does not intend to move into that District and is not interested in that seat. She and Mark were discussing what needed to be stocked up for the bar for last Friday’s event, since he was the masterful barkeep for that evening. But don’t count her out of elective office, as she is considered quality candidate material. Photogenic SHARI WIL-

boundaries, though. The big race for November is the minority Commissioner’s spot, which will go to either JOE DUDA, incumbent, or strong challenger AL SCHMIDT. There are major implications for Chairman of City Commissioners: Would Duda support COMMISSIONER ANTHONY CLARK? Would Schmidt support STEPHANIE SINGER? Democrats expect to play a major roll and many of the Democratic “players” have been contacted. Definite positions have not yet been taken, however. Super Ward Leader MATT MYERS and Traffic Court ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE A. MICHAEL SULLIVAN co-hosted a nonpolitical crab and shrimp night at the Fireside Tavern. Among those present at the packed house were WARD LEADERS JOHN O’CONNELL, LOU AGRE, MIKE BOYLE, ED THORNTON, LEE SCHWARTZ,

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LIAMS was seen having lunch at the Capital Grille with local film producer JASON PINARDO. Shari is a model and actress, and wife of Sen. Anthony Williams. She has been pitching a television series entitled “Real Wives of Philadelphia” or, in the alternate, “Real Wives of the Pennsylvania Senate”. There is no doubt such a series would put to shame all the other house wives of New Jersey, Orange Co., D.C., and the rest of the popular series. The action is hot behind the scenes with regard to redistricting Council Districts. The public forum sponsored by WHYY was attended by COUNCIL MEMBERS BILL GREEN and MARIA QUINONES-SANCHEZ. Prizes are being awarded for the best-drawn Districts at Don’t expect any of this to make any difference with regard to the final District • 215-755-2000

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