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Everyone’s Italian On Columbus Day! VALENTINA McCOLGAN, city’s youngest campaigner, was busy promoting her father Joe McColgan at fundraiser in his honor. McColgan is running for Republican City Council at-Large seat. (See Page 20)

Starting Page 3 COMMUNITY activist Paul “Earthquake” Moore says, “It’s time to start breaking their knuckles instead of coddling graffiti artists.” This time, vandals were girls -- Moore points to their names in photo at right -- who marred mural of fallen hero Officer James Finnigan who was killed by armed robbers at a Roy Rogers Restaurant on S. Broad Street. Playground is named after him. It’s second successive year mural has been defaced.

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Few Campaigns Miss Getting Fined by David Lynn A number of committees and candidates were fined during 2011 cycle 3 and the 2011 24-hour reporting period by the County Board of Elections. Fines were as-

sessed for lateness and failure to file. Candidates had from Jun. 7 until Jun. 16 to file cycle 3 reports. 24-hour reporting involves gifts of $500 or more which were received

Sloppiest Campaign Finance Handler by David Lynn The 2011 cycle 4 campaign finance statements are just beginning to dribble in, and although we do not have full data on all campaigns, we have a new award to bestow. This week’s “Sloppiest Filing Job” goes to the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Pennsylvania PAC by a mile. It was the expenses that first caught our attention. There were two bank expenses at Citizens Bank with an address of “unknown.” It’s hard to believe the Chamber of Commerce would not know where their bank is. Further study revealed that one of the expenses was for $9.99 on Aug. 1, 2011 as a “balance adjustment.” A review of the 1,625 expenditure transactions found in the first 2011 cycle 4 FTP folder provided by the City of Philadelphia Dept. of Records FTP site (which holds records for 68 candidates and committees) found no other similar transactions by any other PAC (although we did find a few returned checks.) Apparently, the Chamber of Commerce is the only political organization in town incapable of reconciling its checkbook. Note to Treasurer Joe Mahoney: When your error is divisible by 9, you have probably transposed digits somewhere along the way.

Check with one of the 44 firms listed on the Chamber’s website under Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping and Payroll Services. They may be able to assist you. The committee appears to have made five political expenditures in 2011 cycle 4, including one to Friends of Bob Mensch for $1,000 in “Quackertown” Pennsylvania (you’re killing us, Mr. Mahoney!) We reviewed the receipts filing for the committee, but found it empty. This leads us to believe that the committee is letting its ending balance of $1,266.67 sit idle in a non-interest bearing checking account (sound business practice? you be the judge.) And finally, we note that this is the Chamber’s third filing with the Board of Ethics, even though its first filing in 2011 cycle 1 shows an opening balance of $12,029.32. Perhaps the committee was not giving to city races before now, or perhaps they were filing under a different name. Then again, it’s possible that the Chamber of Commerce, the leaders of the business community, got a late start with the Ethics Board (the Dept. of Records FTP site shows filings back to 2006 cycle 7.) Note: This reporter is a former employee of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce — from the very early 1990s, that is.

Out And About With Anthony Clark TAKING HIS campaign to the streets is City Commissioner Anthony Clark, seen here with Congressman Bob Brady and AFSCME 2187 member and committeeman David Krain.

during cycle 3 and need to be reported within 24 hours of their receipt to the County Board of Elections. Contributions may be reported by “telegram, mailgram, overnight mail or facsimile

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Anastasio for Philadelphia Friends of Marty Bednarek Friends of Michael Bell Friends of Jannie Blackwell Friends of Blondell R Brown Comm to Elect Suzanne Carn Comm to Elect Anthony Clark Clark 4 Change Friends of Darrell Clarke Friends for Marie Delany Donatucci 07 Committee Tracy Gordon for Council Friends of Jeff Hormstein Citizens for Kenyatta Johnson Friends of Curtis Jones

transmission” according to the law. Below is a list compiled by the County Board of Elections of fines assessed and paid to date. Fines are a personal liability of the candidate

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Not Filed 24-Hour

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$2,000.00 $250.00 $750.00 $2,250.00

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$500.00 $250.00

$(250.00) $500.00 $1,500.00

$200.00 $250.00

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$250.00 $750.00

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$40.00 $500.00 $100.00

$1,000.00 $500.00 $250.00 $80.00

$(250.00) $500.00

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Friends of Maria Rizzo 11 Savage for Council Friends of Stephanie Singer Comm to Elect Christine Solomon

$160.00

Friends of Ivy Staten Talmadge and Friends Friends of Robin Tasco Taubenberger for Philadelphia

$40.00 $250.00 $500.00

$200.00

$(200.00) $40.00 $2,750.00 $1,750.00

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$250.00 $250.00 $2,500.00

Friends of Isaiah Thomas Lamont Thomas Friends of Andy Toy Tyner for City Council Untermeyer for City Council

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Lazin for Philadelphia Comm to Elect Janis Manson Joe for Philly Friends of Greg Paulmier for CC Friends of Humberto Perez

Whaumbush for Sheriff Citizens for Jewell Williams

Not Filed Cycle 3

or the treasurer, and cannot be paid by the committee or through contributions to the candidate or committee, nor may they be considered an expenditure of the candidate or committee.

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(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.)

Philadelphia Dentist Receives 2011 Fellowship The Academy of General Dentistry, a professional association of more than 37,000 general dentists dedicated to continuing education, has announced Fred C Haddad DMD, FAGD received the association’s 2011 Fellowship award during the AGD 2011 Annual Meeting & Exhibits in San Diego.

The Fellowship award is presented to dentists who seek to provide the highest quality of dental care by remaining current in their profession. To accomplish this goal, Dr. Haddad completed 500 hours of continuing dental education, passed a comprehensive exam and fulfilled three years of con-

tinuous membership in the AGD. As a recipient of the Fellowship award, Dr. Haddad joins more than 6,500 active AGD Fellows who understand that providing great smiles and good oral health for their patients are the result of going above and beyond basic requirements.

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A Shorter, But Livelier, Columbus Day Parade Philadelphia City Council President Anna C. Verna and Pete Ciarrocchi, president of the 1492 Society, Inc., have announced a shorter route, but a livelier Columbus Day Parade and festival scheduled for this Sunday. The Columbus Day Parade tradition in Philadelphia dates to 1957 when Severino Verna, Jr., the late husband of Council President Verna, and a small group of volunteers helped found the parade. Since that date, Council President Anna Verna, the first woman in the City’s history to hold this office, has continued to be instrumental in ensuring the continuance of Columbus Day parades in Philadelphia. The parade is the highlight of a weekend of festivities commemorating explorer Christopher Columbus and honoring the contributions and culture of Philadelphia’s Italian American community. It also celebrates the rich diversity of Philadelphia’s multicultural mosaic.

Comedian Joe Piscopo ...Grand Marshall In announcing this year’s parade, Council President Verna stated, “I am especially delighted to continue with this wonderful tradition. After missing a parade two years ago, last year it was back – bigger and better than ever. This year’s event promises to be the best ever.” She added, “We are all very grateful for the tremendous effort put forth by Pete Ciarrocchi and the 1492 Society and for the financial support of Greater Philadelphia Traditions Fund, spearheaded by Congressman Robert Brady, with-

out which we could never have made this wonderful community event a reality.” Ciarrocchi, who was instrumental in forming and incorporating the 1492 Society, Inc. last year, commented, “We were very proud to be able to bring back this great parade last year, after its cancellation had been forced the year before for the first time in its 50-year existence. This is our gift to the people of Philadelphia and I can assure you, it will be a great time for everyone. So be sure to bring the whole family out to Broad

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Street on Sunday, Oct. 9.” The 1492 Society, Inc. was founded in March 2010 by a group of concerned community, civic and fraternal leaders to ensure the Columbus Day festivities would continue in Philadelphia for generations to come. The Grand Marshal of this year’s parade is a multi-talented entertainer of international acclaim – and a Philadelphia favorite – Joe Piscopo, who shot to prominence after first appearing as a popular regular on Saturday Night Live beginning in 1980. Since then, he has gone on to great success in television, film, and the Broadway and nightclub stage. He has also used his fame to benefit numerous charitable and community organizations. Proud of his Italian American heritage, Joe co-anchors the broadcast of New York City’s Columbus Day Parade with Maria Bartiromo. Co-Marshall will be Sheriff Barbara Deeley, the first

Hon. Anna Verna ...Council President woman Sheriff in the history of the Commonwealth and the City. She will be retiring from that position at the end of December. In addition to the active participation of the Italian and Italian American organizations, the Columbus Day Parade highlights the famous Mummers string bands and brigades, outstanding highschool and elementary-school marching bands, and many other organizations representing the various ethnic traditions of our great city. In all, over 50 participating bands

and organizations will make the parade an unforgettable experience. The Columbus Day Parade will kick off at Broad & Morris Streets in South Philadelphia at 12:15 p.m. and will be televised live by WPVI-Channel 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The former parade route was from Federal Street. An Italian festival will also be held at Marconi Plaza, Broad Street & Oregon Avenue, featuring great food, dance and music from the diverse regions of Italy from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The presenting sponsors of the 2011 Philadelphia Columbus Day Parade are the 1492 Society, Inc.; the Honorable Anna C. Verna; Chickie’s & Pete’s; P. Agnes Builders; PECO Energy; the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, Order Sons of Italy in America; Philadelphia Federal Credit Union; the Mango Family; Mark Squilla; the City of Philadelphia; and Greater Philadelphia Traditions Fund.

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Leading Italian American Political Leader Retiring Anna C. Verna broke the glass ceiling in Philadelphia politics in 1999 when she became the first woman in Philadelphia’s 300-year history to achieve the Council presidency. She will retire from her post the end of this December, after making a huge difference in her district, the city, and in the Italian American community. In January 2008, she began her third full term as Council President, and her ninth term as a member of the Philadelphia City Council, representing the 2nd Council Dist., which includes Center City, South and Southwest Philadelphia. Anna C. Verna believes in, and lives by, the values of hard work, perseverance and integrity. As Chair of the Finance Committee from 1991 through 1998, she was instrumental in helping to craft and implement the financial plan to restore fiscal stability to a city on the verge of bankruptcy. During that time, Mayor Ed Rendell and his staff depended on her legislative and financial expertise to guide complex bond refinancings through the committee, resulting in savings of over $1 billion to city taxpayers. During her Finance Committee tenure, she investigated excessive spending and costs at the Philadelphia Gas Works, resulting in a complete overhaul of the leadership of PGW and spending practices at PGW. Verna was particularly incensed by the unnecessary spending at a time when PGW leadership was attempting to dismantle programs that assisted truly needy people with their gas bills. Eventually, several PGW officials were charged with improprieties related to spending. Through the leadership and oversight of President Verna, PGW bore more fiscal responsibility and maintained social responsibility through heating assistance programs for the poor and

Hon. Anna Verna ..Council President elderly. President Verna is a strong proponent of tax reductions and a firm believer that Philadelphia’s status as one of the least business-friendly cities in the United States must be reversed in order to propel the city’s economy not only through but into the 21st century. She has been a consistent supporter of wage- and business-tax reductions while remaining firmly committed to public services. President Verna has championed the need to protect the quality of life for Philadelphians from all walks of life. She sponsored the property-tax reform bill that freezes tax assessments and tax rates for low-income senior citizens. To help fight crime, President Verna successfully fought for $6,000,000 in funding in the City’s operating budget for an additional 100 police officers and has been a strong supporter of curfew centers. In December 2006, Council passed a bill she strongly advocated calling for $30,000,000 of the City’s more than $150 million budget surplus to be set aside for the capital-program needs of recreation, police and fire facilities. She has ensured additional funding to improve public education. Verna has sponsored initiatives to investigate dropout rates, to regulate nuisance bars and stop-n-gos in Philadelphia, to institute a citywide ban on public drinking and to fight an ill-advised trash-to-steam project that would have cost the City millions of additional

dollars in trash-removal costs. President Verna has made the renovation of housing stock in neighborhoods and affordable housing a top priority. She has worked with numerous community-based organizations to build hundreds of affordable homes throughout the 2nd Council Dist. and was honored by the Pennsylvania Association of Non-Profit Homes for the Aging as their statewide “Public Official of the Year” for her work in providing affordable housing for senior citizens. She was an early supporter of the Housing Trust Fund, which provides an additional $14 million annually for affordable housing programs in the City of Philadelphia. In addition to her council duties, President Verna is an active member of the Order Sons of Italy in America, Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania and a leading member of Philadelphia’s Italian American community. President Verna is also a member of the Boards of the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia Historical Commission and the Board of City Trusts, which administers all of the City of Philadelphia’s charitable trusts. She has served on the Board of Directors of numerous other charitable and civic boards and associations. She has been knighted by the Republic of Italy and honored with the title, “Commendatore” for her contributions as a leading member of Philadelphia’s social, cultural and civic communities. President Verna has received an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from Chestnut Hill College and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Community College of Philadelphia. Council President Verna and her late husband, Cavalier Severino Verna, are lifelong residents of South Philadelphia.


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Our Opinion ... We Need To Admit....

But, For Now...

Let’s put our cares aside and enjoy being Italian for the weekend and sharing the fun of a great Columbus Day Parade and Festival down at Marconi Plaza, Broad & Oregon. It will be a great afternoon for the entire family.

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Our streets are no longer safe, no matter where they are located in this wide city of ours. We do not have enough police to allow them to better use the manpower they need to curb street crime and vandalism. We have not found an effective way to stop the growing epidemic of wanton destruction now the modus operandi of street gangs. Our political leadership and the religious leadership concerned with this phenomenon continue to seek solutions, but have failed todate. The cry for additional resources, even creating temporary jobs, has not been heard by government on every level because they do not have the money to respond. We have to stop funding nonprofits whose avowed missions are to mitigate youth crime by creating educational, recreational, social, and other means to keep the attention of youth away from crime and wayward leadership on the streets. They have all failed miserably ... and we do mean all. We need to look with growing concern at the third and fourth grades of our public schools and our charter schools to find out which of these classes are being taught well and which of these classes are running amok according to the reports we have been getting. These are potential incubators for future hoods running as wild in the streets as they do in their classes. We need to enforce the right of teachers to criticize the policies of erratic and disoriented principals, especially those in some of the charter schools, imported from other cities by outof-state corporations who have been given the responsibility of running those schools. We need neighbors to band together to patrol their streets ... and, if need be, to bring along some bats, just in case a hard head decides to challenge them. No one group can do the job alone. No amount of money given to any one group will do the job. It is now the time to bring neighborhood control into being, within or outside the fabric of Town Watch.

The high recidivism rate is contributing to a prison boom that is creating a budget crisis of its own. Education is being slashed, and important social programs are cut in the name of shared sacrifice. But prisons are not sharing in the sacrifice. Each year, corrections’ spending is growing. In this year’s budget, Pennsylvania is spending $1.9 billion on prisons, more than double the amount we’re spending on the entire State system of higher education and the four Staterelated universities combined. So our state has decided to choose the State Pen over Penn State, a recipe for fiscal and

moral disaster. We can spend less money on prisons, take those savings and reinvest in practices that have a proven track record of success, such as job training, addiction services, reentry programs, probation and parole, and alternatives for nonviolent and low-risk offenders. And in the process, we reduce crime and make our communities safer. It is a bipartisan solution that works. The alternative is to continue what we’re doing, and end up with a guaranteed strategy for failure. Being tough on crime alone isn’t working, so we must become right on crime.

Another Opinion Getting It Right by State Rep. Ronald Waters State Rep. Jerry Madden – a conservative Republican from the great state of Texas (a State notoriously known for being “tough on crime”) – was in Harrisburg to speak with lawmakers about the prison-reform effort he led that saved the State nearly $2 billion. Regrettably, Pennsylvania has not been so fortunate. Our Dept. of Corrections has quickly become Pennsylvania’s new “debt crisis”. That is why I wholeheartedly support a new vision of criminal-justice policy: Justice Reinvestment.

Justice Reinvestment is a data-driven approach to reduce corrections spending. And the savings are redirected to alternative strategies that decrease crime and strengthen neighborhoods. Pennsylvania is the national leader in prison spending, but with nothing to show for it except for more prison construction. This method is too costly; we cannot afford to build our way out of this problem. Pennsylvania is in the middle of a recidivism crisis. Over half of former prisoners are back in prison within five years, according to data from the State Dept. of Corrections.

gan’s Wake, 3rd & Spring Garden Sts., 6-9 p.m. $25. Call (215) 279-7210. Oct. 6- State Sen. Anthony Williams & State Rep. Ron Waters host Town Hall on Crime at KIPP Phila. Sch., 5900 Baltimore Ave., 7-9 p.m. For info Don Cave (215) 4922980. Oct. 7- S.W. Phila. District Services hosts Candidates Forum at Kingsessing Rec Ctr., 50th & Kingsessing Ave., 6-9 p.m. For info Louis Wilson (215) 275-8296. Oct. 7- Mayfair Civic Ass’n hosts Autistic Endeavors Beef & Beer at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. $30. For info Barbara (215) 360-1569. Oct. 8- State Sen. Shirley Kitchen and Phila. AntiDrug/Anti-Violence Network present voter registration drive at 1701 W. Lehigh Ave., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in rear parking lot. Make a difference. Have your voice heard. Must bring photo identification. Free food, music, giveaways, special appearance by Power 99. For info Kentia (215) 227-6161. Oct. 8- Wine & Cheese Reception for Municipal Court candidate Joyce Eubanks at

Campbell Fdn., 5946 Vine St., 3-6 p.m. Contribution $50. For info Marion Whitlock (267) 240-5967. Oct. 9- Columbus Day Parade and Italian Gala at Marconi Plaza. Parade starts at Broad & Washington and heads south to Oregon Ave. & Marconi Plaza. Food court and entertainment follows on Plaza. 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. Free-will offering will be collected. For info (215) 567-3668. Oct. 10- Fundraiser for Council candidate Bill Rubin at Del Frisco’s Restaurant, 1426 Chestnut St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sponsors $1,000, Supporters $500. Oct. 11- Lunch with Karen Brown For Mayor at Vesper Club, 1 p.m. Guest of Honor Eagles’ Curtis March. $250$500. RSVP by Oct. 7 (215) 279-7210. Oct. 11- Prevent A Child From Abuse fundraiser art at Tavern On Broad at Bellevue, Broad & Walnut Sts., 5:30(Cont. Page 21)

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Oct. 6- State Rep. Kevin Boyle hosts Senior Fair at Mayfair Community Ctr., 2990 St. Vincent St., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Health screenings and more. Oct. 6- Iron Workers Local 401 hosts Mayoral Town Hall

Meeting at Bridgeman’s Hall, 11600 Norcom Rd., 5 p.m. Roofers’ James Donnelly to moderate. General public invited. Oct. 6- Passing The Torch, honoring next generation of entrepreneurs, at The Enterprise Ctr., 4548 Market St., 5:30 p.m. Tickets $125. For info Carissa Jones (215) 895-4016. Oct. 6- Karen Brown For Mayor Fundraiser at Finni-

Mark Your Calendar


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Justice Alito Addresses NJ Italian Americans Hon. Samuel A. Alito Jr., Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, will serve as the keynote speaker at New Jersey Italian and Italian American Heritage Commission’s Eighth Annual Con-

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larly in the legal field. During the program, NJIIAHC will announce the winners of its curriculum renaming contest that was open to New Jersey high-school students.

FRANK RIZZO Lodge will take its place again this year in the line of march, recalling late Mayor’s Italian roots.

CONGRESSMAN Bob Brady will take his Phillies shirt into the parade again this year. He’s seen here with Jody DellaBarba of 1492 Inc. Sponsoring Committee last year.

HAPPY COLUMBUS DAY!

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A number of candidates have been busy raising money for their campaigns. Last week BOB ASHER, Pennsylvania representative to the National Republican Committee and ROB GLEASON, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, hosted an event for AL SCHMIDT, candidate for City Commissioner at the Union League. The $500 ticket price did not dampen attendance. The crowd included some Democrats. TOM KNOX, who ran for mayor in 2007 on the Democratic primary, was there as well as BISHOP LEONARD GOINS of the Pentecostal Clergy Political Awareness Council. FRED ANTON, Chairman of the nonpartisan Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association attended. Also a number of Republican ward leaders, including SUZANNE HANEY (2nd), MIKE CIBIK (5th), LINDSAY DOERING (8th) and MATT WOLFE (27th), were there to support Schmidt. ANNE MARIE COYLE, judicial candidate for the Court of Common Pleas, held a fundraiser at Finnigan’s Wake last Thursday. The crowd was reflective of her broadbased support. There were a number of Republicans there, including WARD LEADERS JIM DINTINO (26th), WALT VOGLER (21st) and CHRIS VOGLER (54th), as well as CAMILLE McCOLGAN of the City Commissioners’ office and mother of JOE McCOLGAN, candidate for Council at Large. Coyle will have top position on the Republican ballot in November. She missed making the Democratic ballot by roughly 400 votes in the primary in May. While it will be difficult for a Republican (not also on the Democratic ballot) to win in this Democratic city, this Elephant believes she has a better chance than other Republicans in recent years. The electorate tends to like females in (Cont. Page 24)

Yo! Here we go again with these fascinating facts. Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean. The banana cannot reproduce itself; it can be propagated only by the hand of man. Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density. The University of Alaska spans four time zones. The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself. In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted. Warner Communications paid $28 million for the copyright to the song “Happy Birthday”. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair. A comet’s tail always points away from the sun. The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent. Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers; that is why it is found in some medicines. The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity. If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day. When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight. In ancient times, strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed. Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside. Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per 100gm. The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year. The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust. Due to earth’s gravity, it is impossible (Cont. Page 25)

If you’re a regular reader of “Out and About”, you probably noticed this space sat empty last week. There’s a reason for that. I usually write this column on Tuesdays. Last Tuesday was when I got a call from my sister with the kind of news you know you’re eventually have to deal with, but that knowledge doesn’t make it any less painful. My mom, Ollie Louise Clay, died last Tuesday. She was 88. I’ve mentioned Mom in this column because she is not only the person who introduced me to baseball, but also because she occasionally gave me the kind of commonsense political analysis that could only come from the daughter of farmers from Paris, Kentucky. But Mom wasn’t really big on politics. She left that to my dad. She probably also wasn’t really big on politics because of all of the stuff my twin brother and I had to clean off of the walls when we’d have our annual Thanksgiving Dinner Political Food Fights. But she had no problem encouraging me to cover politics. She loved it when I told her about my week at the Democratic National Convention, the City Council meetings I’d cover and the other silliness that I’d see covering politics and education. Mom also made sure I had food in my refrigerator during those times when I was short on funds due to an expense check that didn’t come, or worse yet, one that bounced. But most importantly, whenever I was hit with some sort of setback, had some politician say something forcefully nasty to me, or just found myself brokenhearted due to whatever (Cont. Page 14)

THERE ARE a lot of good folks serving as committeepersons in our city, and I ran into a few of them who are on duty for their neighborhood 24/7: IRV VAUGHN, who is also Chairman in the 12th Ward. Quiet devotion to duty. What about my “brother” BIG SAMMY HODGE in 13-17? Don’t forget the dynamo GWEN COLLINS in the 16th.... LABOR UNIONS are sponsoring boxing in the Northeast Armory on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. for just $20. The proceeds go to help the Veterans Multi-Service Education Center, on N. 4th Street. The center does a lot of good for our needy vets. Give what you can to help a worthy cause.... THE COLUMBUS DAY PARADE on Oct. 9 is shortened – starting at Board & Morris – but makes it up in vitality, and a good festa at Marconi Plaza.... THE VIOLENCE OUTBREAK in Grays Ferry was fully investigated by Captain LARRY NODIFF, head of South Detectives. This leadership in “South” gives us hope for conflict resolution.... DEMOCRATS and Republicans alike are not happy when GOP Mayoral Candidate KAREN BROWN was not allowed in the Town Meeting with Mayor Nutter. What are they worried about? (Milton Street did get 25% of the vote with no campaign funds.) It’s an election year – LET HER IN!!!!... Gov. TOM CORBETT is rising in popularity. He is most popular in the Northeast of our state at 50%. The recent floods are given as a reason. But floods cause temporary bumps in ratings. If he is at a peak there, he is lower elsewhere, yes? Popularity? AND THE GOVERNOR’S PRIVATIZATION PANEL is set to study selling of state stores, (Cont. Page 25)

COUNCILMAN CURTIS JONES’ Emerging Leaders fundraiser was a big hit! The house was packed with emerging leaders like COUNCIL MEMBERS MARIA QUINONES SANCHEZ and BILL GREEN, future Councilwoman CINDY BASS, STATE REP. TONY PAYTON and many others. But the highlight of the evening was the stirring public endorsement for DARRELL CLARKE for Council President. What an announcement! Clarke graciously took the floor and thanked Jones and made some nice remarks. Other notables in attendance included former Managing Director LORI JONES, Future State Rep. AL SPIVEY, Future State legislator JOE MEADE, SONTE REAVIS, ESQ. and continuous wannabe-anything WILL MEGA. Missing from the room was State Representative and future Councilman KENYATTA JOHNSON, who was busy dealing with the recent rash of shootings in Point Breeze. We predict Johnson will represent the District as long as he desires…. True leadership dealing with hard issues! One of the City’s ward leaders is reported to be pouting like a 5-year-old over redistricting because they didn’t get their way. With all due respect, get over it and grow up! MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER gets great advice from TUMAR ALEXANDER and LEW ROSSMAN. These two have managed to stay around in City Hall despite whatever change happens in the Mayor’s office. They know how to make themselves invaluable to every occupant of room 214. They’re the best in the ‘Hall’! Why is MICHAEL YOUNGBLOOD still hanging around City Hall? Wasn’t he banned by then-Council President JOHN STREET? While folks smile and are cordial, no one is listening to this guy.

The baseball playoffs have begun and the VIPs have flocked to Citizens Bank Park. One of Southeastern Pennslvania’s top employers for Southeastern Pennsylvania, IBC, hosted PAT GILLESPIE, head of the Philadelphia Building Trades. Also in the box were STATE SEN. MIKE STACK and his lovely wife TONYA. IBC senior executives SDTEVE FERA and CHRIS CASHMAN hosted the VIPs. A few doors down in the Mayor’s Box, STATE SEN. SHIRLEY KITCHEN was accompanied by HENRY HUNTER and enjoyed the big Phils win. 56TH WARD LEADER JOHN SABATINA was decked out in full Phillies regalia, including hat and facepainting. It was unclear whether Sabatina was a guest of the Mayor or the guest of numerous judicial candidates that have sought his affection. Speaking of judicial candidates, former STATE REP. FRANK OLIVER probably should have chosen his words more carefully when speaking to a breakfast gathering last week. Reportedly, Oliver told the 27 candidates for retention they each owed $10,000 to Democratic City Committee, for them to be carried and pushed on Election Day. CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY was not in the room when the instructions took place. City Hall Sam thinks a better way to communicate is in individual private meetings. The Republican at-Large Councilmanic race has received much more attention then it usually does. All five Republican challengers believe they can win. Former Speaker of the House STATE REP. DENNY O’BRIEN and DAVID OH were the early choices for (Cont. Page 14)


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by Joe Shaheeli Republican candidate for Mayor Karen Brown understands how important it is to get face-to-face time with Mayor Michael Nutter. So does the Mayor, who’s making sure it won’t happen. But they came face to face for the only televised debate announced for this campaign, with a taping by Channel 29, to be shown tomorrow night from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. Invited by Channel 29 to view the taping, this reporter saw no blowout. Instead, the feisty Republican candidate held her own, making charges, and delivering a message the "blame game" has to stop. However, Mayor Michael Nutter kept his poise, facts, and delivery explaining the problems of his first administration. It was obvious both were prepared, and surprisingly the debate proved interesting.

Brown, for a neophyte, did well. Mayor Nutter did well. Judge for yourself tomorrow night on Channel 29. At the end of the debate, Brown again challenged the Mayor to a Town Hall tonight at 7 p.m. at at Bridgeman’s Hall, Ironworkers Local 401, 11600 Norcom Street. He declined as was expected. Brown has scheduled still another for Saturday at 6 p.m. at Kingsessing Rec, Kingsessing & 51st St. But with the Mayor not showing up at either, it is not expected she will get the exposure hoped for had he accepted. Yesterday, attorney Matt Wolfe filed a formal complaint on Brown’s behalf against NBC-10, demanding equal time. David Oh Gets Labor Endorsement Iron Workers’ Local 401 has given its coveted endorsement for Council at-Large

candidate David Oh. Local 401 Political Director James Dougherty and President Ed Sweeney handed David Oh a PAC check on behalf of Business Mgr. Joe Dougherty and the membership and one of their t-shirts. US Senate Primary Possible For Casey Brian Kelly, a retired software engineer and former professor from Wilkes-Barre, is planning to throw his hat in the ring against State Sen. Bob Casey. Kelly ran for Congress in 2010, coming in third place (16.8%) behind Congressman Paul Kanjorski (49.4%) and Lackawanna Co. Commissioner Corey O’Brien (33.9%) in the 11th Dist. The author of Obama’s Seven Deadly Sins and Americans Need Not Apply, Kelly’s platform is a laundry list of Tea Party issues such (Cont. Next Page)


Kelly will make his final decision in mid-October, according to his website. Casey won the 2006 Democratic primary with 84.6% of the vote. Ina the meantime, more Republicans are lining up to challenge Casey. First there was Tim Murphy and now Evan Feinberg, 26, a conservative from Washington Co., followed by yet another GOPer, Bedford Co. pharmacist and one-time 2010 candidate John Kensinger, who has decided to enter next year’s GOP primary to face Casey.

Dan McCaffery Announces for AG

Local favorite son Dan McCaffery, Esq., has made it official. He’s finally declared for the State Attorney General’s race, one he had announced he intended to seek from early June. “I am running for Attorney General because I know what I’m doing,” he stated. “I have spent every day of the last 20 years in a courtroom; I’ve never backed down from a fight and never will.” He’s been on the trail unofficially for several months

already, visiting with party leaders and grassroots activists across the state, and believes the response he is getting has reached this point in his campaign. McCaffery is a former Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia and an Army veteran. He is the brother of Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffrey and is familiar to city voters as a result of his campaign for District Attorney in 2009, which he lost to Seth Williams. Others in the Democrat

primary include Lackawanna Co. prosecutor Kathleen Kane and former Congressman Patrick Murphy, who this week received Gov. Ed Rendell’s endorsement for Attorney General. State Sen. John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) is in the race for the Republican nod as is Cumberland County District Attorney Dave Freed. It’s a wide-open race as there will not be an incumbent in the seat. Linda Kelly, now Attorney General, will not seek the office. The GOP has

held the office ever since it became an elected position in 1980. Judge Approves Joining Orie Cases

State Sen. Jane Orie will face one Allegheny Co. jury in two criminal cases, Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning ruled, granting a request from Orie’s attorney, William Costopoulos, during a hearing to join the two cases against her and then delayed jury selection until Feb. 13. A retrial on her original case was scheduled to begin next week.

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(Cont. From Prev. Page) as eliminating the corporate tax and cracking down on illegal immigration. His criticisms of Casey are numerous, but focus on the Senator’s relationship with President Obama. “In this essay, you will learn some things about my opponent since most Pennsylvanians do not know who the real Bob Casey actually is,” he charged. “If you like Barack Obama and his progressive policies, you are ‘gonna’ love Bob Casey.”

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causes fluid to build up around your heart and impact both heart and liver function, became a part of her life and caused her to spend a year in the hospital. We almost lost her a couple of times then. But she got out. And when she did, she made the most of it. Mom traveled. She enjoyed her kids, grandkids and great grandkids. She cooked (Mom made a mean macaroni and cheese) and she sat down in front of her 46-inch flatscreen television and watched everything from Phillies and Eagles games to game shows.

(Cont. From Page 10) had hit me this week, I could go to her and say, “Mom…” And she always had a hug … or a kick in the butt … depending on the situation. Mom had spent most of her life steadfastly avoiding the hospital. In fact, other than things like a broken leg or having a kid, Mom hadn’t spent any time in the hospital for most of my life. That started to change a few years ago. Congestive heart failure, a disease that

Most importantly, she lived. She lived a lot. Recently, cancer, a reoccurring theme in my family, paid Mom a visit. She was about to start treatment for it when she was hospitalized with an infection. Then congestive heart failure said, basically, “I was here first.” My inner 5-year-old has been screaming “I want my Mommy!” every minute of every day since last Tuesday. She was one of the most-consistent, least-judgemental people in my life, and now she’s gone.

But the practical person who saw this strong, beautiful, funny, intelligent woman turn from someone whose independence was legendary to someone whose family was afraid to leave her home by herself, knows she had been through enough and that it was time for her to go be with some people that she’s missed a whole lot: my Dad, her parents, her siblings, and her beloved grandson Phelan. The one thing that folks have told me since Mom’s death is that I and my brothers and sister are reflections of

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(Cont. From Page 10) shoo-ins. Now, JOE McCOLGAN, MICHAEL UNTERMEYER and AL TAUBENBERGER all believe they have a realistic shot at winning. Taubenberger even took the dramatic step of having Democratic heavyweight JONATHAN SAIDEL endorse him. Everyone seems to understand that Republican votes are one thing, but in order to win citywide, Democratic votes are the most important thing. Even Republican boss MICHAEL MEEHAN was quoted as saying whichever Republican gets the most Democratic votes will be on Council. AMATO BERARDI is a pillar of the Philadelphia Ital-

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Since City Democrats are expected to sweep into office this Nov. 8, the only races capturing imagine of Democrats and Republicans are which of the five Republicans running for the two seats open to Republican at large Council candidates will be the winners. We present several of those to you this issue and next week.

by Hon. Charles Hammock It’s good in a way, David Oh, now running for his third attempt to become a Republican City Council at-Large member, did a bit of stumbling this time around. But the press would have you believe he should be walking around with a big A on his chest or, better yet, not run. For those who know David Oh, one of the incidents had to do with gun charges, which were dropped. He had a right to carry and was on his properties. So to those friends, he’s not afraid to fight crime one on one. The second stumble was wearing a Green Beret when he didn’t have full claim to the right. He did spend time in the military, though. He was a member of the 20th Special Forces Group of the Maryland Army National Guard, some of whose members were Green Berets. He would have been smart to wear a regular army veteran’s cap instead of the beret, and he understands that now. But to say he hasn’t earned meritorious valor in this city’s political wars is to deny a man

who has exhibited patience, class, and a can-do attitude after two grueling tries to win the Republican Council at-Large seat. He is now in his third battle, which should have made him a shoo-in until the two bobbles mentioned above. Now he has to scramble to attain his goal. But Oh has a lot going for him. His background is profound. In 1985, a recent law-school graduate, he was appointed Assistant District Attorney by Ed Rendell. After three years he was a fast-rising ADA. Then he resigned from the DA’s office, and joined the United States Army in 1988. Rather than join the legal division (JAG), the path for most lawyers, Oh chose the infantry, finished basic training and became a private. David qualified for Officer Candidate School, was promoted to 2nd LieuCouncilman Bill

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Chinese and Japanese citizens in 1990s. After his military service, Oh managed a successful Center City law practice for 18 years, then merging with the law firm of Zarwin Baum. In 2007, Oh made his second run for Council At Large. On Election Day, against incredible odds, he was a winner by votes on the machine count, only to be knocked out by absentee ballots. He lost by 122 votes. This year, David received the largest number of primary votes of any Republican candidate, 10,672, for City Council. He was asked to reflect upon his reception by his party in this year of controversy among Philadelphia Republicans. His response: “I believe the people constitute the party. So I run to communicate to voters my hopes for the city.” Oh said his primary campaign stressed how the city can become a more global and international city. A first priority for David Oh R EPRESENTATIVE

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is the economy. He wants to increase City revenues. He believes a rising tide lifts all boats. Oh believes the city can capture “overseas money to build what we need in Philly.” He has a unique plan: “I believe we can create an Embassy Row” – a section of the city for the offices of foreign delegations. He says, “We have the space to house international trading partners; a place to enhance international travel and technology exchanges. We can increase tourist dollars.” David Oh, if elected, will be the only member of Council with a law-enforcement background. He believes the quality of life is threatened by violent crimes and the perception it is not safe in Philly. David believes the County Prison System needs pre-trial diversion to help keep nonviolent offenders out of the judicial system.

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late father the Rev. Ki Hang Oh, who established Philadelphia’s first Korean American Church in 1953, followed by the first Korean American social service and education center. While in law school (19821985), David founded a legal services outreach association for the Asian Community, recognizing many indigent Asians, both Chinese and Koreans, needed legal help. He recruited volunteer lawyers. Later, he established a leadership training program and invited local politicians to participate. He worked to establish racial harmony and multicultural dialogues. He was rewarded for his work when the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations presented him with the Human Rights Award in 1985. Later, Oh sponsored several leadership conferences that drew crowds of more than 800 people in the 1990s. Also he led voter registration campaigns for

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tenant, and joined the US Army Special Forces Airborne. David was called to duty during Desert Storm; but before deployment the war ended, and he received an honorable discharge. David says, “I always wanted to serve in the military. I had the education and certain opportunities. So I wanted to share the burden, to contribute; to carry a rifle and defend my country, ready to do my part. I was very proud of our young men in the Special Forces. It’s amazing, these young 18-19-20year-old men and women of all ethnic groups and races. They are ready and willing to go into harm’s way. I learned a lot it was good character development for me.” Today, David Oh is an advocate for citizens’ rights, defender of abused victims, and prosecutor of criminal offenders. David inherited a strong character, dedication and uncompromising values from his

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by Michael A. Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: Is bankruptcy about tough decisions? Answer: Bankruptcy is about making tough decisions. If it was easy, then everyone would do it and the law itself probably would not be effective. Bankruptcy is a give-andtake system. You want to take a discharge of your debt from creditors, but in return you must generally give something – whether it is attorney’s fees, time in going to court, giving of yourself to live on a budget, or sometimes it is giving up an asset. If you cannot afford your home or vehicle, you might just have to surrender that asset in order to obtain your

discharge. The court unfortunately is not going to care whether or not you have worked your entire lifetime to purchase a sports car or your dream home. The court and the creditor just want to know one thing: Can you afford to pay for your asset? If the answer is no, then you may have to surrender that asset. This decision is more prevalent today than at any other time in our history. With unemployment on the rise, people cannot afford to live as they had in the past couple of decades. So if you are getting ready to file bankruptcy or even considering it, you must take a hard look at your assets and decide whether or not you can afford the lifestyle you are currently living or is it time to reset your priorities? It is critical

for your financial and physical health that you set proper priorities. We are seeing a tremendous increase in medical debt for people from the stress of trying to keep their current pace of living. No vehicle, home, collectible or timeshare is ever worth losing your life, marriage or soul. So yes, you may have to surrender a home or that sports car in order to have a successful bankruptcy. Yes, it may be a very tough decision and yes, it may be gutwrenching. However if at the end of the process you can emerge debt-free, sleep through night, and/or stop fighting with your spouse or loved ones, wouldn’t it be worth it? Next week’s question: Can I go to jail for not paying my bills?

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Alexis Brown, executive director of Community Women Education Project; Lakisha Tompkins, owner of Etae

Hair Salon; and Monica Steele-Montgomery, CEO and founder of Silent Tears Foundation.

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Women Still Standing will donate a portion of all tickets sold during the month of October for their “Honoring Our Women Black Tie Gala” to Inflammatory Breast Cancer foundation. IBC is an advanced and accelerated form of breast cancer which disproportionately affects African American women. The IBC Research Foundation is a patient advocacy group who, since 1996, is committed to finding the cause, focusing on research and awareness. On Dec. 3, the “Honoring Our Women Black Tie Gala” will honor four women with the “Endeleo Seeds of Change” Award which recognizes the outstanding achievements of women who are selflessly making a positive impact in their communities. Being honored are Dr. Mary White, executive director of United Methodist Neighborhood Services;

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TANYA Moody, assistantVP at Keystone Mercy, presents shovel to St. Malachy Grade School Pastor Msgr. Kevin Lawrence, signifying Health Group’s delivery of recreational unit to his school. The group has given 13 recreation centers to various educational facilities in Philadelphia area.

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How To Fight Philadelphia’s Bedbugs Philadelphia was recently rated the second-worst city in the country for bedbugs. That’s bad news, but you can fight back. The Environmental Protection Agency has some great information on identifying and treating the problem. Knowing what to look for is the first step in controlling bedbugs. Generally, adult bedbugs are 1/4 to 3/8 inch long, brown in color, with a flat, ovalshaped body; while young bedbugs (also called nymphs) are smaller and lighter in color. When not feeding, bedbugs hide in a variety of places. Around the bed, they can be found near the piping, seams and tags of the mattress and box spring, and in cracks on the bed frame and headboard. If the room is heavily infested, you may find bedbugs in the seams of chairs and couches, between cushions, in the folds of curtains, in drawer joints, in electrical receptacles

and appliances, under loose wall paper and wall hangings — even in the head of a screw. Since bedbugs are only about the width of a credit card, they can squeeze into really small hiding spots. If a crack will hold a credit card, it could hide a bedbug. Bedbugs are very successful hitchhikers, moving from an infested site to furniture, bedding, baggage, boxes, and clothing. Although they typically feed on blood every five to 10 days, bedbugs can be quite resilient; they are capable of surviving over a year without feeding. Check secondhand furniture, beds, and couches for any signs of bedbug infestation, as described below, before bringing them home. Use a protective cover that encases mattresses and box springs which eliminates many hiding spots. The light color of the encasement makes bedbugs

easier to see. Reduce clutter in your home to reduce hiding places for bedbugs. In hotel rooms, use luggage racks to hold your luggage when packing or unpacking rather than setting your luggage on the bed or floor. Check the mattress and headboard before sleeping. Upon returning home, unpack directly into a washing machine and inspect your luggage carefully. Much of the time, a bedbug infestation is only suspected when bites appear on a person. Oftentimes, the bites are misidentified, thus allowing infestations to go unnoticed, which gives the bed bugs time to spread to other areas of the house. When cleaning, changing bedding, or staying away from home, look for such as dark spots which are bedbug excrement, and may bleed on the fabric like a marker would;

eggs and eggshells, which are tiny (about 1mm) and white; skins that nymphs shed as they grow larger; live bedbugs; rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses caused by bedbugs being crushed. Integrated Pest Management is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of commonsense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods like pesticides, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. Non-chemical treatments Wash and dry bedding and clothing at high temperatures to kill bedbugs. Heat infested articles and/or

areas through to at least 113º F for 1 hour. The higher the temperature, the shorter the time needed to kill bedbugs at all life stages. Cold treatments (below 0º F for at least four days) can eliminate some infestations. Again, the cooler the temperature, the less time needed to kill bedbugs. Use mattress, box spring, and pillow encasements to trap bedbugs and help detect infestations. Pesticides are one component of a comprehensive strategy for controlling bedbugs. Several classes of chemicals are registered for use against bed bugs. The chemicals within each class share a similar mode of action, or way in which the chemical affects the biological functions of a bedbug. Getting a pest-management professional involved as soon as possible rather than taking

time to try to treat the problem yourself is very effective at preventing further infestations. Each pest-management company should have instructions for residents on how to prepare the unit for a treatment which will include laundering and cleaning. The PMP will inspect your residence, take apart furniture if necessary and use vacuums, heat and pesticides to treat the infestation. It’s a myth that bedbugs live in dirty places. Bedbugs are not attracted to dirt and grime; they are attracted to warmth, blood and carbon dioxide. However, clutter offers more hiding spots. There are no cases that indicate bedbugs pass diseases from one host to another. Lab tests have shown it is unlikely that the insect is capable of infecting its host. Pesticide applications alone will not eliminate bedbug infestations.


Len Lear 13th Street (at Spruce), but it has a terrific Happy Hour with $3 well drinks, $3 taps and $3 bottled beers from 5 to 7 p.m. every day but Sunday. And you have 16 taps and 50 bottled beers to choose from. The food is nothing to sneer at, either, especially the affordable chili with cheddar cheese, sour cream, red onion and jalapenos ($5), crinklecut Westbury fries ($5) and the beer-battered onion rings ($6). For more details, call (215) 546-5170 or visit www.westburybarandrestaurant.com.

Prayer Allowed You normally think of abbeys in connection with prayer and contemplation, so maybe they should have a praying section and a nonpraying section at The Abbaye at 637 N. 3rd Street in Northern Liberties. One thing they do have for sure, though, like Westbury, is a super Happy Hour Monday through Friday, 4 to 6 p.m., with $2 off all drafts, well drinks for $3, glasses of wine for $5 and $2 for rotating select domestic beer bottle specials. And the Happy Hour menu has nothing over $5, so you can have some pretty decent grub and suds for about $15 or less. For more information, call (215) 627-6711 or visit www.theabbaye.net. Setting a Record We’ve all heard of Bring Your Own Booze restaurants, of course, but the terrific Prohibition Taproom at 501 N. 13th Street has started a BYO night I have never seen or heard of before. Every Sunday night is now BYOV Night

(Bring Your Own Vinyl). So get those old 78-RPM records out of your basement, dust them off and bring them in to Prohibition Taproom, where there is definitely no prohibition on oldies! Not only will they spin your Elvis records that you probably haven’t listened to since 1973, but you also get 20% off your

entire tab. Is this a great idea or what? The next thing you know, you may get 25% off for bringing in your highschool yearbook or your pegged pants or “Bobby Sox.” For more information, call (215) 238-1818 or visit www.theprohibitiontaproom.com.

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by Len Lear Last year I wrote about Seasons 52 in the King of Prussia Mall (160 N. Gulph Road) and how shocked we were to find almost every table occupied on a midweek night (265 downstairs and 120 upstairs). And based on the dozens of comments about Seasons 52 I read on several restaurant blogs, that huge Wednesday-night crowd was quite typical. Seasons 52 is a national chain. The first one opened in Orlando, Fla., in 2003, and there are now 16, including the King of Prussia location (previously occupied by Bennigan’s) that opened in April of 2010. The “52” refers to the fact that in addition to the regular menu that changes four times a year, there is a new list of specials every week. The basic concept of Seasons 52, however, is sheer genius. In a country in which 70% of adults are overweight and at least one-third are obese, no dish on the menu, from the signature flatbreads and appetizers to the entrees and “mini-indulgence” desserts, is more than 475 calories. No wonder the crowds are beehive thick. Last month we had dinner at the other Seasons 52 in the Greater Philadelphia area, which opened at 2000 Route 38 in the Cherry Hill Mall in the spring of 2009. All 16 Seasons 52 have the same basic menu, although each one has its own list of weekly specials. The Cherry Hill location also has a 400-squarefoot outdoor patio. (By the way, we timed it, and it took us exactly eight minutes to get from the Benjamin Franklin Bridge to the restaurant.) I don’t know how they do it, but despite the caloric limit, the appetizer and entrée food portions are no smaller than you would get at almost any other area restaurant. Only the desserts are smaller

than usual (which is probably a good thing). All entrees are under $20, and there are ample entree salads that begin at just $9.95. Seasons 52 also boasts a selection of 100 wines with about two dozen varietals and dozens available by the glass. I would strongly recommend any of the flatbreads, which are a bargain at $4.25 to $9.95; a feather-light ahi tuna appetizer seared rare and served with an ambrosial Asian cucumber salad and sesame crisps ($11.85) and a savory, juicy cedar plank roasted salmon with wholeroasted carrots, asparagus and red bliss potatoes ($17.95). For more information or reservations, call (856) 6651052 or visit www.seasons52.com. Go Westbury, Young Man One sports pub that has definitely stayed under the radar is Westbury at 261 S.

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Taubenberger: Long an icon in the greater Northeast, Al Taubenberger became known to all Philadelphians as the “gentleman campaigner for Mayor”. Though he lost to Michael Nutter, he earned the respect of all by his refusal to engage in mudslinging in that campaign. That basically sums up Taubenberger’s role in his community which he has devoted much of his life improving. Now he is seeking one of two Republican at-Large Council seats in the November election, with an eye toward making the city a better place for all its residents. He has the experience both as a political staffer and now as a jobs and business advocate, and community organizer. Always concerned about his neighbors, Al Taubenberger first was able to help them as a committeeperson in the Burholme section of the Northeast. As a committeeperson, Taubenberger acted as the voice of his neighbors to their local elected officials. His enthusiasm led then Congressman Charles Dougherty to add Al to his staff. He served as Dougherty’s Director of Constituent Services, helping people all over Philadelphia’s 4th Congressional Dist. Taubenberger also served Philadelphia City Council as a trusted advisor. He served on the staff of Councilwoman Joan Krajewski and was chief of staff for Councilman Jack Kelly when Kelly was a District Councilman. In addition to these positions, Taubenberger served as secretary to City Council’s Republican Caucus, where he advised Councilpersons Brian O’Neill, Jack Kelly, and Joan Specter. This period as an advisor to several elected officials has made him intimately familiar with the legislative process and coalition-building for important issues. Since 1991, Taubenberger has served as President of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, a private business organization. As its president, Taubenberger has advocated on behalf of the

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Al Taubenberger ... community minded Northeast’s business community, successfully creating a vibrant business climate, growing the chamber to 900 members, all of whom create jobs. One of his proudest moments is his advocacy for AgustaWestland, an international helicopter manufacturer. In 2004, Taubenberger worked with the Speaker of the Pennsylvania State House to help Agusta open a 40,000square-foot workspace in Northeast Philadelphia, which directly created 60 new jobs. Outside of the office, Al Taubenberger has volunteered countless hours to civic organizations both in his neighborhood and throughout the city. Taubenberger has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Opportunities Industrial Centers, the Northeast Philadelphia Family YMCA, The Philadelphia Zoning Code Commission, the Philadelphia Tax Reform Commission, and the GermanAmerican Steuben Parade. Most recently, he was appointed by Mayor Nutter to the Philadelphia Jobs Commission. As president of Burholme Civic, he has fought to keep his neighborhood free of nuisances and unwanted development, including leading a fight to close down a strip club whose employees dealt drugs. As president of the Burholme Town Watch, he not only leads the group, but also routinely patrols his neighborhood. Taubenberger’s supporters feel strongly he is the only candidate with the experience of actually creating and keeping jobs in Philadelphia. Taubenberger believes that

Philadelphia will have fewer problems with more jobs in the city. “Our focus as a city must be to grow our local economy and to create jobs,” he says. He understands that more than advocacy is needed to bring jobs back to the city. One of his first fights will be to reform the tax code, so property taxes are more predictable and wage taxes are lower. “Philadelphia’s tax code is anti-business. It keeps businesses from bring good-paying jobs to the citizens of Philadelphia,” he notes. Taubenberger will also fight to bring accountability back to City government. “Unaccountability has become institutionalized in City Hall. Everybody says there is a problem, but nobody takes the responsibility. I am going to make sure people know who is in charge,” Taubenberger promises. He will also fight to reform the Philadelphia School District, because he knows an educated workforce will help attract new jobs. He is a product of the Philadelphia school system, attending and graduating from a public grade school, middle school and high school. Taubenberger draws his support from all over this city and across both parties. He has loyal supporters in every neighborhood. He is unanimously supported by the Philadelphia Republican party most recently received the endorsement of former City Controller Jonathan Saidel. Alfred W. Taubenberger is a true Philadelphian. A firstgeneration American, his parents emigrated from Germany and settled in the Burholme section of Northeast Philadelphia. Taubenberger graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor of science in agronomy. He is the father of four children – Matthew, Elisabeth, Sarah, and William. He is also a grandfather to three – Ava, Cecelia, and Alexandra. One little-known fact about is that is that he is a nationally recognized groundskeeper, recognized for his work as head groundskeeper for Friends Hospital.

Making it more than a twoman race for the two GOP minority guaranteed at-Large City Council seats in 49-yearold lifelong Philadelphian, Joseph McColgan. He’s been busy picking up a slew of endorsements, the latest from Fraternal Order of Police President John McNesby. Wherever support is needed, one can find McColgan. He has been a civic leader, community volunteer, dedicated neighbor, and passionate supporter of this city. “Philadelphia is a great city, with great people and great opportunities,” McColgan says, “but what we have not had is great leadership.” McColgan wants to see Philadelphia as it once was — a thriving metropolis where good-quality, family jobs are created to support communities and families; a city where education is the finest in the Commonwealth and the blueprint for others across the United States; a city where entrepreneurs come to start a business and established companies relocate. He believes in order to make Philadelphia the city it once was — the “City of Firsts” – it will take new ideas and a new generation of political and civic leadership. That is why he is a candidate for City Council in 2011. Born in 1962 at Temple Hospital in North Philadelphia, Joe is the middle of three children born to Camille (DeGregorio) and Joseph, who both grew up in Philadelphia and moved to Northeast Philadelphia in February 1962. Today, they still reside in the house where Joe was raised. A United States Navy veteran, Joe has built an accomplished career in Private Banking and Private Wealth Management after having served his country with distinction as an officer in the United States Navy stationed at the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Cal. He returned to Philadelphia from active duty in 1988 and was the endorsed Republican candidate for the United States Congress two years later at the age of 28. While campaigning, many would ap-

Joe McColgan ....eyeing at-Large proach Joe and ask, “Why Congress at such a young age?” McColgan’s response was always the same. “Because I believe in public service and I believe I can do some good.” Despite the uphill battle and the challenges he faced, McColgan ran a tireless campaign that impressed the voters and community leaders. McColgan also offered himself up for public service in 1996, and despite falling short, showed the dedication and sacrifice that has marked his career. McGolgan’s dedication to the community can be seen by his involvement on the local board of “Do the Write Thing”, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to reduce violence and its impacts in the lives of youth across our country, as well as “Prevent Child Abuse America — Pennsylvania Chapter”, whose mission is to

lead the way in building awareness, providing education and inspiring hope to everyone involved in the effort to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children. A graduate of Archbishop Ryan HS in Northeast Philadelphia, Joe went to Villanova University on a full NROTC/academic scholarship, graduating with a bachelors degree in political science, and commissioned as a naval officer upon graduation. Joe earned his MBA from Villanova as well. McColgan and his wife Maria (DiGiorgio) live in the Torresdale section of the city where they are raising two daughters, ages four years and one year. Maria was born in the Italian Market area of South Philadelphia and graduated from Central HS, Temple University and Temple Medical School. Dr. Marie McColgan is the director of the Child Protection Program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, specializing in protecting and caring for children victimized by abuse. She is a tireless advocate for children who are unable to defend themselves. Both are committed to helping abused children, working diligently on behalf of many causes in the area of child protection. The McColgan family lives in the Torresdale section of the city.

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Butkovitz Gives 311 An ‘F’ City Controller Alan Butkovitz has given Philly 311 System an “F”, stating his office found the $6-million-ayear constituent answering service didn’t meet most of the key goals established by the Nutter Administration. Of the more than 1.3 million calls that came into the 311 System in 2010, only 7% were monitored. One of the main missions of the 311 System was to monitor all calls received, classify the category of the call and the type of request, and track how much time it took for the request to be addressed and completed.

“There is no excuse for allowing 93% of all 311 calls to go unmonitored,” said Butkovitz. “The failure to monitor and code these calls is a direct contradiction of one of the main missions of the 311 System.” Another core mission of the 311 System was to alleviate non-emergency calls to 911. Responding to the Controller’s Emergency Medical Service audit that found EMS units arriving late 40%of the time, Mayor Michael Nutter expressed the need for a 311 System to reduce non-emergency calls.


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John Myers’ birthday at 5547 Germantown, 6-9 p.m. Tickets $50. For info Cornelia Swinson (215) 740-8493. Oct. 16- Sheriff Barbara Deeley and Team Jewell Williams, Democrat candidate for Sheriff host Eagles vs. Redskins Fundraiser for Sheriff candidate Jewell Williams at Finnigan’s Wake, 3rd & Spring Garden Sts., 1 p.m. Beer, wine, hot and cold foods. Tickets $50. Make personal checks only out to Citizens for Jewell Williams, 2343 Smedley St., Phila. PA.19132. For info (215) 919-1120. Oct. 16- State Rep. John

Myers celebrates his Birthday at 5547 Germantown Ave., 69 p.m. Appetizers, drinks, music and dancing. Tickets $50. For info Cornelia Swinson (215) 740-8493. Oct. 16-22 Mt. Zion Baptist Ch. hosts 97th annual Church Anniversary kickoff Concert at 50th & Woodland Ave., 3 p.m. Revival will be held Oct. 19-21, 7 p.m. All events free and open to public. For info (215) 724-0619. Oct. 17- State Rep. Michelle Brownlee hosts Older & Wiser workshop for seniors on health care at University Sq., 3901 Market St., 10 a.m.-12 p.m. For info (215) 684-3738.

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CELEBRATING grand opening of new Mantua Square courtyard housing are, from left, State Sen. Vincent Hughes, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and PHA Executive Director Michael Kelly.

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(Cont. From Page 7) 8:30 p.m. Sponsored by Joseph Pultrone. Tickets $50. For info, tickets, and other details Joe (267) 977-3776. Oct. 12- Reception for Chairman House Dem. Campaign Committee State Rep. Brendan F. Boyle and special guest Minority Leader State Rep. Frank Dermody at PFCU,

1600 Locust St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Gold $5,000, Silver $2500 and Bronze $1,000. Checks payable to Friends of Brendan Boyle. RSVP Nicole Simmons, (717) 238-1998, nsimmons@pahdccc.com. Oct. 15- W. Poplar NASC hosts Fall Fashion Show & Luncheon at Zoar United Methodist Ch., 1204 Melon St., 2 p.m. Donation $20. For info (215) 765-0960. Oct. 15- “Deep Roots – John Myers and Germantown” celebration honoring State Rep.

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Guv Plays His Hand; Council Seeks To Sue by Tony West Two important political developments have rocked Pennsylvania natural-gas exploration this week. Gov. Tom Corbett announced on Monday his Marcellus Shale gas-drilling proposals were ready for the legislature. As expected, they track the recommendations of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Committee, chaired by Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley earlier this year, pretty closely. Corbett said he agreed with “94 out of 94 recommendations by the MSAC.

The Governor’s continued to insist all government revenue applied directly to gas production would be called a fee instead of a tax. Lawmakers are waiting to see the details of the Governor’s package. Already, though, dissenters criticized the Governor’s plan for placing too much revenue in the hands of counties, leaving too little to address regional or statewide impacts from fracking. Opposing plans abound in the General Assembly. Senate President Pro Tem Joseph Scarnati (R-Jefferson) has written a measure, SB 1100,

which would assign more fee revenue to the State. (State Rep. Marguerite Quinn (RBucks) has a different bill in the house with the same goal. Other Republicans support an outright extraction tax, among them State Rep. Tom Murt (R-Phila.) and State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery). Greenleaf said “substantial State revenue” would be needed to cope with “an environmental disaster, from the polluting of our water and overall destruction of the environment.” Democrats also took issue. “While I respect the Governor for finally recognizing job cre-

ation must be our top priority and for bringing job training into the public discussion, we need to be clear on one thing: all Pennsylvanians must benefit,” said Democratic Appropriations Chairman, State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-W. Phila.). “That doesn’t happen under the Governor’s proposed plan.” “The Governor’s countyassessed fee approach will create a fragmented patchwork of ‘have and have-not’ communities across Pennsylvania,” said State Sen. John Yudichak (DLuzerne). “We do not apply this type of ‘point of origin’ revenue standard to any other

industry, whether it’s gaming, landfills or our corporate tax structure.” Environmentalist Erika Staaf, who works for PennEnvironment, said the Governor’s plan “allocates impact fee money to environmental cleanup, which, while necessary, is often far more expensive than pollution prevention. Wouldn’t a true fiscal conservative set stringent safety and environmental standards on the front end to avoid expensive cleanup that will likely be paid by taxpayers on the backend?” Staaf also said gas-well setbacks in the Governor’s plan aren’t deep enough to provide the water safety recommended by scientists. Philadelphia is the scene today of another major play in the struggle to regulate the Marcellus Shale. This morning, City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. is introducing a resolution to have

the City join a lawsuit which would prevent any Marcellus Shale fracking in the headwaters of the Delaware River “until a full environmental analysis is completed.” This lawsuit, in the federal Eastern District of New York, was filed by the New York State Attorney General; it has already been joined by the Delaware River Keeper Network and the Damascus (N.Y.) Citizens for Sustainability. Jones’ move is intended to head off action by the Delaware River Water Basin Commission at its Oct. 21 meeting in Trenton, N.J. DRWBC has announced it will propose regulations for fracking in the Delaware River basin, from which Philadelphia’s drinking water is drawn. Clean-water activists fear these regulations will not deal well with hazardous chemicals sometimes discharged after fracking.

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Elephant (Cont. From Page 10) judicial races. She is known and well liked by many Democrats in the Northeast owing to her community activism. Also she has the support of many firefighters and police officers. JOHN McNESBY, the president of FOP Lodge 5, was at the event. Coyle has other union support including members of the Teamsters Union. Joe McColgan held a fundraiser and Eagles gamewatching party at SmokeEaters on Sunday. JUDY CAMIEL managed the event for Joe. The fundraiser had a heavy Northeast Philadelphia crowd including MARC COLLAZZO of FRANK RIZZO’S office and MATT FRANCETTI, Republican committeeman. McColgan

supporters from other parts of the city ventured out in the rain to attend the event, including Jim Dintino and JIM DeVERGILIS. The candidate’s family was there, including his parents and wife DR. MARIA McCOLGAN. Maria is a pediatrician who specializes in abused children. McColgan snuck out of his own party to attend the 30th Ward’s meet-and-greet picnic at the park at 22nd & Carpenter. Al Schmidt and Republican mayoral candidate KAREN BROWN also stopped by for hotdogs. Both McColgan and Schmidt did very well in the May primary in the 30th Ward. WARD LEADER KEITH TODD had a nice turnout despite the light rain. Todd, who became the ward leader in 2010, has been successful in increasing both Republican registration and activity in the Ward.


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risburg could take up to two years or more to change this if approved – a hardship on people! Nutter also wants to get rid of the Board of Revision headed by Judge Alan Silberstein, and replace it with his own panel to hear assessment appeals.... BUT THERE IS CASE LAW which SAYS THAT they can’t hear appeals of their actions. Finance Director Rob Dubow’s Parking Authority Court at 9th & Filbert already wrongly hears its own appeals. And there seems to be many more found guilty than innocent, despite a citizen legitimate beef. So that is why Judge SILBERSTEIN’S BOARD is independent by Order of the Supreme Court. The Mayor wrote a letter to

Waffleman (Cont. From Page 10) for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters. Mickey Mouse is known as “Topolino” in Italy. Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges, because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down. Everything weighs 1% less at the equator. For every extra kilogram car-

Judge Dembe to release Board Member Joe Russo. Supreme Court rules say a member can only be released if a crime while in office occurs. After she released Russo without hearing his testimony, the Mayor then recommended a person to take his place. So if Nutter wants to get rid of SILBERSTEIN ET AL., why doesn’t he write a letter to Judge Dembe – they way he did with RUSSO? High courts have ruled BRT members serve at the pleasure of the Board of Judges.... DON’T forget JEWELL WILLIAMS’ FIRESIDE CHAT event at Chenango, tonight, 6-8 p.m. Meet the next Sheriff!... LOOKING FOR A GOOD JOB WEBSITE? Try www.indeed.com. ried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off. The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements. And last but not least: In 2011, July had 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays. This happens once every 823 years! Now you have something to use in your conversations with friends.

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(Cont. From Page 10) bridges and highways. They know his view on the matter. What do you think that they will decide?... THE ST. PATRICK’S Observance Association’s Golf Outing was held Monday in Paxon Hollow Golf Club for support of our parade. Thanks for support. The next good golf day will be the 1st Ward Tourney.... DRIVERS passing Swanson Street & Snyder Avenue notice no street lighting or traffic lights at the dangerous intersection. It is not a City street. It was given to the mall owner in an ordinance. It is A POTENTIAL ACCIDENT SCENE. Councilman-Elect SQUILLA, get it back....

THE CHINATOWN Community is worried about big assessment increases if the viaduct park is built. It could happen. Council-at-Large candidate DAVID OH says he is in favor of making the tax rate and market values as close to revenue-neutral as possible, and that others in Council agree.... ASSESSMENT TALKS were held between the Mayor and JEWELL WILLIAMS’ legislative delegation over the 100% ACTUAL VALUE ASSESSMENT increase to start after NUTTER is REELECTED. They talked about exemptions from increases for seniors and lowincome people. At present, your income has to be really low to qualify for one – out of date in these times. But Har-

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