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Helping Our Hometown Heroes This Christmas

Christmas Issue

Santa’s Helpers Help Bring Some Cheer To Active Military by Rory McGlasson

Four of Santa’s busiest helpers have sent some very special parcels to our troops overseas. Pennsport youngsters Eric Grady, Phillip Cox, Andrew Foy and John Fagley gave up their time as they joined forces with members of the Synder Avenue USPS to mail out packages for South Philadelphia military, who won’t be home for Christmas. ’Tis the season for giving in the area, but for 24 families, the season will be spent without their loved ones around the Christmas tree. That’s because they are overseas serving the country. However, Deborah Scott wanted to let them know that their people back home are thinking of them this Christmas. That’s why she started a program, Hometown Heroes: Supporting Our South Philly Military. “This program was created to give back to our troops who give everything and make the ultimate sacrifice to fight for our freedom,” Scott said. Scott began collecting items for care packages for the 24 men and women on active duty. To raise (Cont. Page 2)

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Philadelphia is home to a large refugee and immigrant population, especially Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Indonesian, Nepali and When Burmese. YOUNG POSTAL WORKERS Phillip Cox, John Fagley, Andrew Foy and Eric Grady help pack Christmas gifts for active South Philadelphia-area active duty military at Snyder Avenue USPS.

you’re a stranger in a strange land, learning about your surroundings as soon as possible will help the transition (Cont. Page 7)

Where Else? Southwark School hosts a “get to know” for 100 refugees and immiPhoto: Maria Merlino grants.

Why Your Child Should Apply For Every Scholarship Naheemah Salaam, a senior at Universal Audenried High School, was named the winner

ONLY AT A Penna. Society event at Penn Club do you find Govs. Tom Corbett and Ed Rendell side by side. Plenty more pics by South Philadelphia’s own, Joe Stivala. Pages 5, 14, 16, 17.

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Hometown Heroes: Cheerily Supporting Our Troops In Time (Cont. From Page 1) money for shipping costs, and items, Scott came up with the idea of selling shirts, each with the name of the active-duty

member on them. Also, many families hosted fundraisers to pay for items, and to donate care packages. On Nov. 25, Scott arrived at the 3rd & Sny-

USPS CLERKS Michelle Felici and Faith Smith helped pack over 100 packages at the depot for troops.

der Avenue USPS with 70 packages. Scott said, “With the amount of packages I had, I needed some helpers to load and unload them in my car, but not only did these great young men help me, they also were terrific help to the clerks at the Snyder Avenue post office.” Messrs. Cox, Fagley, Foy and Grady helped stamp the necessary documents for overseas travel. Each package has to have a designated name on a package; each package is given flat priority rate, too. The boys put the packages on the tables and hot to load them in the bins, and watched the driver pack them in the truck. “These four boys gave up gave up their free time to show their support of our hometown heroes,” said Scott gratefully.

24 ACTIVEDUTY military officers will get a special Christmas package, thanks to volunteers of the “Hometown Heroes, Supporting South Philly Military Program”.

USPS CLERKS Michelle Felici and Faith Smith helped pack over 100 packages at depot for troops.

Scholarships Reap Dividends For College-Bound Students stated Salaam. She went on the mention how the unique scholarships, such as “scholarships for wearing glasses or for being an African American” helped her win the scholarship. Johnson (D-S. Phila.) launched his scholarshipawareness campaign to focus students’ eyes on on the thou-

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(Cont. From Page 1) of the Have You Done It Yet Scholarship by applying for $107,000 worth of scholarships in a three-month period. Naheemah was the guest of honor at State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson’s Peace Not Guns HYDIY Awards Banquet. “This [campaign] helped me find a lot of scholarships,”

JIM MINACCI, Walmart associate; Frank Pellicori, Walmart store manager; State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson; Naheemah Salaam, scholarship recipient; William Manson, HYDIY Outstanding Educator.

sands of scholarships available to students. The campaign also encouraged students to apply for every scholarship they were eligible to receive by awarding an additional $1,500 to the student who applied for the highest dollar amount of scholarships. Over 1,000 students received information about the campaign, and students applied for over $200,000 worth of scholarships. “Too often, students miss the opportunity to attend college because of the costs associated with it,” Rep. Johnson states. “This campaign helped students through the process of locating and applying for scholarships, and also provided a cash incentive.” High schools that participated in the campaign included Furness, Universal

Audenried, Creative and Performing Arts, Academy of Polumbo and South Philadelphia High School. Rep. Johnson honored Ms. Salaam, as well as the HYDIY Outstanding Educa-

tor and Outstanding Parent, during the Peace Not Guns HYDIY Awards Banquet, that took place Thursday, December 8, at Yesha Fellowship Hall.

Prep Charter Toy Drive

STUDENTS of Prep Charter’s National Honor Society sponsor an annual toy drive for Methodist Home for Children. This year they collected money, enough to buy a record number of toys. At left is their adviser Carm Riggs.

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BABETTE JOSEPHS ...going for 13th

BRIAN SIMS .....challenging Babette

challenger, Brian Sims? Sims, an attorney, who had been Josephs’ treasurer in the 2009 campaign, has declared his intention to challenge her in the Democrat primary this coming April. A gay activist, he was for three years counsel for policy and planning at the Philadelphia Bar Association, a post from which he recently resigned. Readying for this campaign, he has also stepped down as both the President of Equality Pennsylvania, and as the Chairman of the Gay & Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia. A former NCAA football captain at Bloomsburg University in 2000, Sims speaks on issues of athletics, diversity and advocacy to students, athletes and universities. The 33-year-old contender doesn’t buy the claim he’s betraying Josephs. He says he served as her treasurer in the 2009 campaign because friends asked him to do so. “Other than performing that duty, there was little exchange between us,” he states. Currently the managing editor of the Bar’s newest publication, UponFurtherReview, he has also served as the legal editor of M.D.News magazine and as an associate editor of the Philadelphia Bar Reporter. Sims feels Josephs has moved the “LGBT agenda as far as she can and has lost sight of the overall picture of maintaining a very positive progressive stance in the legislature. How Sims’ campaign calling for a change will resound in the gay community, he feels, will not mark the success or failure of his campaign, indicating, “I am well known and personally acquainted with many of the committeepersons

in the 5th and 8th Wards. Several have already signed on my campaign in different capacities.” Josephs has been underestimated through the years, as the crushed aspirations of many candidates through her 12 terms attest. She intends, she says, to make her 13th campaign “my luckiest to date.” Singer Resigns, Farnese Gets 8th

Stephanie Singer, true to her word, is stepping down as leader of the vaunted 8th Democrat Ward in Center City. Committeepersons elected State Sen. Larry Farnese as her

successor. This gives Farnese a major input into his senatorial caucus, a position from which to insure he’ll get party support in his next go around. Singer’s move is impressive. She believes her chairmanship will earn her the support of ward leaders next time around. “I have faith,” she says, “I will be able to win on the merits and I know the 8th Ward will continue to be the independent voting ward it has been under my leadership and that the Senator will honor that aspect of the ward.” Al Schmidt Backs Welch for US Senate

US Senate candidate Steve Welch has the backing of Philadelphia City Commissioner-Elect Al Schmidt. Schmidt, who recently won election as a Philadelphia City Commissioner, had ear-

lier served as executive director of the Republican City Committee of Philadelphia and as senior advisor for Philadelphia for the Pennsylvania Republican Party. Schmidt said, “The people of Pennsylvania will be well served by having Steve Welch as their US Senator. Steve will bring real solutions to getting this economy back on track. He will bring an understanding of what it takes to create jobs, which is desperately needed in today’s economy,” He added, “Unlike our current Senator, Steve will work to create an environment that is friendly to our small businesses. The City of Philadelphia has an unemployment rate that has hovered around 11% for far too long. This city needs a Senator who will focus on creating jobs and not

be a rubber stamp for every failed policy the Obama Administration puts forth.” Welch late last week announced the appointment of Wayne Woodman as his Eastern Pennsylvania finance cochair. Woodman was a top fundraiser for both Congressman Charles Dent and Sen. Pat Toomey. He is currently the GOP Chairman of Lehigh Co. The son of an engineer and teacher, Welch grew up in Chester Co., where he lives with his wife, Nicole, and three children. He has a mechanical engineering degree from Penn State University. Welch started his first major business enterprise, Mitos, in 2001 on a shoe string. Under Steve’s guidance, Mitos developed several critical patents which trans(Cont. Page 4)

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by Joe Shaheeli State Rep. Babette Josephs (D-S. Phila.), long recognized as a Center City progressive and strong ally of the gay community, finds she will be going up against one of that community’s well-known members. A pragmatic, streetwise politician, she is already moving her campaign team into high gear as she seeks to win a 13th term in the State House representing the 182nd Dist. Her first volley was announcing Philadelphia attorney Andrew Chirls, a major player in that same community, as her campaign treasurer. A partner at Philadelphia’s Haines & Associates, Chirls was chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2005, becoming the first openly gay leader in the organization’s 203-year history. He was the first lawyer to represent a plaintiff in an AIDS- or HIV-discrimination case presented to a jury in Pennsylvania, and has been involved in several consumerprotection and class action lawsuits. He was the representative of the AHP Settlement Trust, which administered a $4.3 billion class settlement arising from marketing of the diet drug combination known as Fen Phen. “Babette has been an outspoken advocate and a fearless fighter for equality and civil rights,” Chirls said. “Entrenched Republican legislators are trying to use their majority to roll back all the gains we’ve made over the years, but Babette is there to stop them. She’s built the relationships and power necessary to stand up to the Tea Party and the right-wingers. Babette has been resolute in her commitment to progressive issues, and we need her seniority in Harrisburg.” Now the seniormost woman legislator in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Josephs has proven herself to be a champion of the gay community. But will the big numbers representing gay votes in the 5th, 8th, and 2nd wards remember her leadership? Or will they succumb to the “out with the old and in with the new” clarion call from her

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Committee Aspirant Goes To Court In 40B (Cont. From Page 3) formed the biological drug and vaccine industries. Following his sale of Mitos, Welch co-founded DreamIt Ventures, a new business-accelerator model that has been featured in Forbes, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal as a new model for launching technology companies. In just four years, DreamIt Ventures has helped launch 64 new companies. From this experience, Welch has worked with hundreds of early-stage entrepreneurs to turn their dreams into reality. As an Eisenhower Fellow, Welch spent time in Asia and Europe studying all aspects of economic development, examining how government policy, technology, and culture impact job creation. In 2010, Welch published We Are All Born Entrepreneurs, in which he uses his story and those of over a dozen other entrepreneurs to explain what drives invention, innovation, and job creation. In 2011, he founded the education-technology company KinderTown, a business designed to help parents engage in their children’s education at an early age. Gordon Effort Goes To Court

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Tracey L. Gordon has filed suit against the City’s Democrat Ward Party for “illegally

barring her from taking offices as a committee person in Ward 40B after she was duly elected to that position by the voters in her division,” as she claims. The suit, filed by public interest lawyers Irv Ackelsberg of Langer Grogan & Diver and Mary Catherine Roper of the American Civil Liberties Foundation of Pennsylvania, states, “Ms. Gordon has done nothing that would remotely authorize the Party to dislodge her from her position, nor does the Party have any legal standing whatsoever to even attempt any such thing.” Gordon had been refused entry to the ward’s reorganization meeting after she had claimed victory. Her nomination petition had been challenged, but was reinstated by Judge Idee Fox. Gloria Gilman, acting chair of the Philadelphia Democratic Progressive Caucus, a group started a year ago to “educate committee people as to their duties to their voters and to encourage people to get involved in the election process,” has supported Gordon’s efforts. “Our attempts to get satisfaction for Gordon were ignored by both the City and State Democrat Committees. So the case has gone to court.”

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Gilman, who had been a committeeperson in the 22nd Ward for about a year, had to relinquish that post when she moved. She started the Progressive Caucus, now located at 135 S. 19th Street, Suite 200, because she had learned during that time “many committeepersons do not understand the full importance of their positions.” Gordon, as do the plaintiff’s attorneys, believes there is precedent supporting Gordon. In 1966, a court decision ruled in the Bentman vs. 7th Ward Democrat Executive Committee case, 421PA 1188, 218 A. 2nds 261, State and County Committees had no legal authority to nullify results of an election duly conduction under the provisions of the state election codes. Both Democrat and Republican Parties in this city would be affected by any court decision favoring Gordon. They would have to go back to the rules that govern them and rewrite some of those rules in accordance with the court’s ruling. Odds favor a settlement before the court date, with her being welcomed back into the ward. Union Leader Local 98 Posts Blog

John J. Dougherty, Jr. has an official blog for his union.

Its first appearance was early in December and it began with the message “Welcome to ‘Get In Line, Get Online’ the official blog of Johnny Doc, business manager of IBEW Local 98 and Philly’s biggest fan. This blog will touch on many hot topics of the moment, from sports to politics, from ecology to the economy, from Broad Street to Wall Street. The blog will be a lot of things – informative, intelligent, irreverent, indispensable. It’ll never be boring! Enjoy!” Stay abreast by logging on to BLOG.IBEW98.ORG. He’ll be officially kicking it off in January, but for now you can get an idea of what will be coming your way. Marian Won’t Retire Early

She didn’t make President of City Council, but rest assured, contrary to rumors and a statement by columnist Lucky Glenwood, she is not planning an early retirement. Instead, she is looking forward to her next four year term, “with great anticipation.” “There is so much open to us with this new influx of talented new members. We oldtimers will be able to point them in the right directions,” she said. “We face many more challenges as a City

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The Philadelphia Federation of Young Republicans, along with Councilman Brian J. O’Neil, are conducting a clothing/toy drive for the Christmas season. Toys and clothing can be delivered (preferably new, unopened, but not required) to Councilman O’Neill’s District office located at 1701 Bowler Street, 2nd floor. Scaringi Wins Blair County GOP Women’s Straw Poll

Marc Scaringi, a candidate for the Republican nomination to the US Senate from Pennsylvania, won the Blair Co. Republican Women’s Straw Poll. The vote came following a candidates forum that included US Senate candidates Steve Welch, Tom Smith, Laureen Cummings, and John Kensinger. Scaringi also came out ahead of Sam Rohrer and John Vernon in the poll. The group’s president, Lois Kaneshiki, said, “The poll’s results are significant, because they came after the Sam Rohrer announcement and indicate what a strong impression Marc made on our group.” Scaringi reacted to the news, “It’s very gratifying to win the Blair Co. Republican Women’s Straw Poll. I believe it reflects the growing grassroots support for our campaign’s message, particu-

larly my Free America Agenda, which I’ve been speaking about all over Pennsylvania. It’s time to take our country back from Barack Obama and Robert Casey and restore freedom to America.” Northampton County Endorses Christian

Another GOP candidate for US Senate is David Christian, who has received the endorsement of Dorothy “Dottie” Niklos. “I am pleased to accept Dottie Niklos as my first public endorsement in this campaign. She is a strong Republican leader from Northampton Co. and influential across the Lehigh Valley,” said Christian. “I’m honored and grateful for her support of my candidacy.” Christian added, “Despite the Democratic Party’s having a majority voter registration in her county, Dottie has been a driving force for Republicans and works aggressively to elect Republicans in Northampton. I know she has deep roots in the region and works with many groups and organizations in service to her community. With her on my team, we are closer to winning the Senate primary. With her help, I’m confident we will win.” Sam Rohrer Adds Staff

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Democrats alike were wondering what Furman could have been thinking when she arranged for television cameras to be on the scene when she sent police to grab Commissioner Jim Matthews as he went to a convenience store, bringing him out in handcuffs. There was a lot of discussion about the redistricting maps, with Democrats worried that their majority-Republican colleagues would do a lot of partisan damage along party lines. Tuition vouchers, despite

Gov. Tom Corbett’s calling them “opportunity scholarships” and “education reform,” were also a hot topic. Blank Rome held its annual informative government relations seminar, peeking at the future. Newt Gingrich came in for a drubbing, even from Republican experts. Most interesting was the review of races being ranked by the Cook Report, where Sen. Bob Casey’s seat is considered so secure Charlie Cook does not even list it in his play book. There were 1400 people in

the Waldorf ballroom Saturday night for the Pennsylvania Society dinner, awarding the gold medal to Philly-born astronaut, Dr. Guy Bluford. The dais was filled with luminaries, including former and current Governors and Senators and their wives, convened by Carol Fitzgerald, executive director of the Pennsylvania Society, and chaired by Ambassador David Girard-diCarlo. The voice of talented actress and humanitarian Melissa Fitzgerald was heard as the voice-over of the wonderful

documentary on Bluford’s amazing life and careers, including his being the first African American in space. Bluford proudly claimed diplomas from Overbrook HS and Penn State University. In the current situation, Penn State needs all the help they can get – and Guy Bluford’s endorsement is better than any highpriced public-relations firm! Weekend highlights included the Penn breakfast Saturday, the Temple breakfast Sunday, the Blank Rome reception Friday night at the In-

tercontinental, the Genevieve Society reception Friday afternoon, the Casey fundraiser at the Irish Exit, and the Dilworth Paxson post-dinner reception Saturday night. Oh – and Jerry Blavat and a great band at the IBEW 98 event, which gave out free copies of Blavat’s new book. Just sitting in the Waldorf lobby gave you a glimpse of the movers and shakers, even if we did not have time to get to the Arent Fox, Vince Hughes and Cozen O’Connor events, etc., as we had planned.

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by Bonnie Squires The Waldorf-Astoria was the hub of activity for the 2011 Pennsylvania Society events in New York last weekend. Elected officials, prospective candidates, political consultants and major law firms were prominent in attendance in a swirl of receptions and fundraisers. What were the big issues being discussed? Well, the Risa Furman-Jim Matthews brouhaha took first place, displacing the Penn State sexabuse scandal. Republicans and

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Children’s Hospital Blank Rome Reception At Intercontinental Award Reception

FRIDAY-NIGHT Blank Rome reception at InterContinental Hotel, across from Waldorf Astoria, is always a jam-packed affair. Darrell Clarke, left, incoming President of Phila. City Council, beams as Controller Alan Butkovitz congratulates him.

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CRAIG LEWIS congratulates Congressman Chaka Fattah on his award CHRIS LEWIS, ESQ. and his wife Lisa were on hand to f r o m greet their Blank Rome guests. CHOP.

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THIS MIGHT be the “Cultural Caucus”: Gwen Borowsky, Kathy Epps and Anne Ewer.

GOV. ED RENDELL is a fixture at Blank Rome event, greeting Comcast VP Karen Buchholz and Mary Dougherty of Nicole Miller fame. P E D R O RAMOS, newly named chair of School Reform Commission, sported a sling to most events. He is chatting here with George Burrell.

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(Cont. From Page 1) from new arrival to new neighbor. For two hours last Saturday at the Southwark School, translators and immigrant specialists took the time to inform about 100 adults and children, the very basics of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. It may be common knowledge to us, but a soft pretzel, a cheesesteak and water ice are new and different snacks to the newly arrived. Van Tsang of the School District of Philadelphia and Nicole Prum, a migrant-education coordinator, lent their talents to the group. Along with Tsang, an Asian language mulitilingist, were Burmese interpreter Zing Thluai, Indonesian interpreter Indra, and Same San Min, an interpreter of Karen, a Burmese dialect. Photos of Obama, City Hall, the Liberty Bell, sports teams, boathouse row, Washington D.C., the Art Museum, foods and the state flower were shown and passed around. As a surprise, Tsang provided new coats, book bags and kitchen utensils that were given out as prizes.


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by Michael A. Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: Is bankruptcy the best way to save your home? Answer: You want to save your home. Which is the best way to stop a foreclosure, get caught up on your monthly payments, and save your home? Is it loan modification? A workout? Or a bankruptcy? A recent article, “The

Home Ownership Experience of Households in Bankruptcy” by Professor Sarah W. Carroll, of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Wenli Li, of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, provided the first in-depth analysis of the homeownership experience of home owners in Chapter 13. Its conclusions mirror what most bankruptcy attorneys’ personal experience has been: Chapter 13 is one of the most effective

We may experience heightened feelings of anger, resentment and bitterness toward family members, as painful memories face us head on this Christmas season. But Dr. Michael Barry has spent years conducting clinical research on the link between cancer and negative emotions. “Letting go of bitterness and feelings of unforgiveness at the holidays is one of the best things we can do for our bodies, minds and souls,” Barry says.

The constant stress hard feelings like bitterness, anger and resentment can cause makes our bodies produce stress hormones. These hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, raise blood pressure, heart rate and blood-sugar levels, and reduce the production of natural killer cells — the “foot soldiers” in the fight against diseases like cancer. Barry is director of pastoral care at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia.

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ways to let you save your home. First, the Chapter 13 filing was not always the solution: 28% of filers lost their houses in foreclosure despite filing for bankruptcy. This is typically a result of poor cash flow. If job loss, or illness, continues and there is not enough money coming into the household, the house will be lost regardless of filing bankruptcy or not. Many of the homeowners in this group will end up converting their cases to one under Chapter 7, so that they can wipe out any personal liability for the mortgage(s), as well as most of their other debts. However, when compared with homeowners who did not file, debtors who filed for bankruptcy were able to stay in their homes for, on average, 28 additional months, over two years. This figure includes those who ended up losing their homes. So, if you’re behind on mortgage payments, consider a Chapter 13. It may let you stay in your home a lot longer than other options. Next Week’s Question: How to miss out on discharging credit-card debt.

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ing and 38% proficient in math on a recent Pennsylvania System of School Assessment test. This means, on average, nearly two-thirds of these school students are not being prepared properly to advance into the real world. We have made progress in drawing attention to the failures of these persistently failing schools. But there are some who believe this pool of schools is too large for a lifeline from the Commonwealth. Some believe we should narrow the scope of SB1 even further. To this, Sen. Williams and I emphatically say, “No.” These Bottom 5% schools have historically failed our children, and it is time for a new solution. Thankfully, Gov. Tom Corbett agrees with us and is not willing to give up on these children. We are hopeful the House of Representatives will swiftly take up SB 1 to give these kids a chance and enact one of the most-sweeping educational reform proposals to move through the General Assembly in the past 50 years. We owe this reform to the kids who are trapped in those schools now, and must make the promise to the next generation that we will not fail them.

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Dec.15- City’s Christmas Crèche dedication at NEC of Love Pk., 16th & Arch, adjacent to Christmas Village, 3 p.m. Carols by St. Francis Xavier School students. All invited. Dec. 15- Berean Institute Christmas Open House at 1901 W. Girard Ave., 5-9 p.m. For info (215) 763-4833. Dec. 15- Christmas Celebration in 6300 block Germantown Ave., 6-7 p.m. Corporate and community donations welcome! For more info, to make a donation, A. Neal (215) 438-1768 or A. Alexander (215) 844-9345. Dec. 15- Join Stephanie Singer for an evening of political comedy at “This Is the Week that Is”, 1812 Productions’ yearly political satire. Tickets, $20, cover cost of theater ticket, plus a donation of any size (from $1 up to the legal individual maximum of $2,600). For info John Barber (484) 469-0633. Dec. 17- Volunteers needed to help wrap gifts for Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell’s

Christmas Holiday Party for Homeless. Join her in City Hall Rm. 401, 9 a.m. Call to sign up (215) 686-3418. Dec. 17- Phila. Federation of Young Republicans hosts Christmas Party at Liberties, 705 N. 2nd St., 3-7 p.m. Tickets $20. Dec. 17- Committee to Elect Brett Mandel hosts Auld Lang Syne cocktail reception at 2303 Lombard St., 6-8 p.m. Contributions $100 to $1,000. For info www.brettmandel.com. Dec. 17- Black Professionals Christmas Party at African American Museum, 7th & Arch Sts., 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $50 includes live music, entertainment. For info Earl Harvey (267) 244-3860. Dec. 17- N.W. Futures PAC Christmas Bash at 5547 Germantown Ave., 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $20. BYOB. For info Derek S. Green, Esq., (216) 205-4988. Dec. 20- Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell hosts City’s homeless at her annual Christmas Party at Pennsylvania Convention Ctr., 3-7 p.m. Dec. 20- State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown hosts Winter Wonderland Open House at Sayre HS, 58th & Walnut Sts., 5 p.m. Clowns, facepainting, magic show, child-

safety, constituent services. Santa will come with gifts for children. Free but must RSVP for ticket (215) 879-6615. Dec. 22- State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown hosts Winter Wonderland Open House at HS for Future, 4021 Parkside Ave., 5 p.m. Clowns, facepainting, magic show, childsafety, constituent services. Santa will come with gifts for children. Free but must RSVP for ticket (215) 879-6615. Dec. 29- Friends of Council Majority Leader-Elect Curtis Jones hosts “Black Out Party” at 4130 Main St., next to Manayunk Brewery, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Dress in black. VIP Cocktail 68 p.m. $1,000 host, $500 sponsor, $250 VIP, $50 general admission, guest. For info Dorian Stanley (732) 642-2163. Dec. 30- Kwanzaa Dinner & Show fundraiser to send 50 students to Africa at Imhotep Charter HS, 6201 N. 21st St.,7-11 p.m. Tickets $40; seniors and children under 12, $30. For info Maisha Sullivan (215) 385-0214. Jan. 2- Inaugural celebration for Jewell Williams, Sheriff of Phila., at Horizons Rooftop Ballrm., Sheraton Hotel, 17th & Race Sts. Attire: boots and denim, and party gear. RSVP JewellWilliams2011@gmail.com.

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In the last decade, we have made strides in developing tools that allow us to objectively measure our students’ successes and failures in the classroom. Because of these accountability tools, we have found there are many schools that persistently fail to provide our children with a proper education. These schools fall in what we call the Bottom 5%. SB 1, which I have sponsored along with State Sen. Anthony Williams of Philadelphia, is aimed at these 143 schools that are the poorest-performing in the state. Our legislation focuses on these “worst of the worst” schools and opens up opportunities for students who don’t have options. If there is ever a group in need of opportunity scholarships or “vouchers,” it is these kids who continue,

through no fault of their own, to be trapped by their zip code and consigned to failure because they attend one of the Bottom 5% schools. Critics of our approach argue we will be harming those schools by taking away much needed resources. But I ask you – how much is enough? We have poured millions of extra dollars into these failing schools over several decades and nothing has worked. And speaking of harm – who is harming whom? Many of these Bottom 5% schools are violent places, as evidenced by the crime statistics reported annually by these schools to the Pennsylvania Dept. of Education. How can a child learn or a teacher instruct under these conditions? The simple answer is they can’t. According to data compiled by the Commonwealth Foundation, only 32% of students in the Bottom 5% schools are proficient in read-

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Achieving a ward leadership is a major accomplishment for those aspiring to that party office in both the Democrat and Republican Parties. The office carries with it the opportunity to have a say in who will be the State Representative, Senator and Councilman, among the other offices of government. It also has responsibilities that can be considered major. One of these is to insure every polling place in the ward has a polling place on election, properly staffed and with easy accessibility. Another is to insure the ward’s committee members are following up on the problems brought to them by their constituents. That is why we call attention to the decision of Stephanie Singer, now chairwoman of the City Commissioners. She had pledged to step down from her vaunted position as ward leader if elected. She has kept her word. She has also made it known she has come to know well the duties and responsibilities of the Office of City Commissioner and how dependent voters are on how effectively its responsibilities are handled. We wish her well in her new role along with her other Commissioners, incumbent Anthony Clark and newcomer Al Schmidt.


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by Mayor Michael Nutter During the holiday season, city leaders, small business owners and I would like to remind you to shop locally for your loved ones. Small businesses reinvigorate the local economy, create jobs and give back to your communities. On Saturday, Dec. 17 (or anytime while doing your holiday shopping this month), I would like to encourage Philadelphians to #shopPhilly. Philadelphians can support the city’s locallyowned small businesses and nonprofits while purchasing your

holiday shopping. Then, we would like you to let the world know via Twitter, Facebook, blogs and other social media. The hashtag for the campaign is #shopPhilly so be sure to include it in your posts. We know many of you are already focused on shopping local this season, so we hope that you will tie this in to your existing campaigns. Thank you for your support of Philadelphia’s local economy, and please forward this request to your own networks so we can have as many of our city’s leaders and citizens participating.

Former Councilman Juan F. Ramos, a deacon in the Catholic Church, has fond memories of the late John Cardinal Foley. In 2007, Councilman Ramos sponsored resolution honoring his elevation to Cardinal. In December of that year, Cardinal Foley accepted the resolution on the floor of City Council and also offered the invocation. Foley remembered Juan, now administrator of Laborers Employees Cooperation & Education Trust (LECET), as a parishioner at St. Boniface. He can be reached for further memorabilia at (215) 906-1925.

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This past week, members of the herd migrated to New York City to attend the various meetings and parties surrounding the 112nd annual Pennsylvania Society dinner. While many of the events were not political, there were a number of events geared towards or attractive to Republicans. The first notable event for the herd was Pennsylvania representative to the Republican National Committee CHRISTINE TORRETTI’S party Thursday night at Club Macanudo. Philadelphia-area Republican activists MICHELLE JOHNSON and KAREN ASH were among the attendees that included elephants from all corners of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth Club’s premier event was a luncheon at the Plaza. Keynote speaker was New Jersey GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE. The Commonwealth Club is fundraising group of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania. Attendees from Philadelphia included Republican MICHAEL MEEHAN and his family, activists KEVIN KELLY and DENISE FUREY, as well as WARD LEADER MIKE CIBIK, political commentator FARAH JIMENEZ and publicist BRIAN TIERNEY. Local businessmen DAN DiLELLA and GARY SILVI were also in attendance. Later that afternoon, DiLella and Silvi hosted a fundraiser for their political-action committee, PA Future, at which the keynote speaker was SEN. PAT TOOMEY. The law firm Blank Rome held a roundtable discussion on the development of the Marcellus Shale. The moderator was Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission Chairman and Delaware Co. native ROB POWELLSON. Other Southeastern speakers included LT. GOV. JIM CAWLEY and Secretary of the Dept of Environmental Protection MICHAEL KRANCER. (Cont. Page 18)

Last week, I wrote the Pennsylvania Society hootenanny represented a total lack of respect by the Commonwealth’s political elite for the people they are supposed to represent. Here is another example: the effort by Pennsylvania lawmakers to make our state the latest to have a Voter ID law. In case you’ve been asleep in your basement over the last few months, several states -- states that are, coincidentally, run by Republicans -- have passed laws that require voters to have State-sanctioned identification in order to vote. Folks would be required to show that State-sanctioned ID every time they went to their polling place, no matter how long they had been voting there. Under the current law, you need only present proof you are who you say you are (and live where you say you live) the first time you vote at your polling place, but not beyond that. The idea behind these laws is to prevent widespread voter fraud. Now, being a Philadelphian, I know there’s probably an argument that a law preventing voter fraud is necessary. Dead people have been able to continue exercising their right to vote in this city more than once. But considering whom these laws are aimed at, I think there’s something slightly more sinister afloat. First of all, these laws will make it harder for community groups to register people to vote. The example most cited is what I like to call the “ACORN misnomer.” This is named for the community organization that did such radical things as empower poor people, before being targeted by a right-wing jerk who tried to call himself a “journalist”. You see, as part of their empowering the poor thing, ACORN registered poor people to vote. Most of those poor (Cont. Page 18)

Yo! Here we go again with these thoughts of when I was younger. Adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were when they were growing up. But now I’m at a ripe old age, I can’t help but look around and notice the youth of today. You’ve got it so easy. I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a darn Utopia. And I hate to say it, but you kids today don’t know how good you’ve got it. I mean, when I was a kid we didn’t have the internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog. There was no email. We had to actually write somebody a letter ... with a pen. Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox and it would take like a week to get there. There were no MP3s or Napsters. You wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the darn record store and shoplift it yourself. Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ usually talked over the beginning and @#*% it all up. We didn’t have fancy stuff like Call Waiting. If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that was it. And we didn’t have fancy Caller ID Boxes either. When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was you had to pick it up and take your chances, mister. We had the Atari 2600. With games like “Space Invaders” and “Asteroids”, and the graphics really sucked. Your guy was a little square. You actually had to use your imagination. And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died. Just like LIFE. You were screwed when it came to channel-surfing. You had to get off your butt and walk over to the TV to change the channel. and there was no Cartoon Network either. You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. We had to wait all week for cartoons. And we didn’t have microwaves; if we wanted to heat something up; we had to use the stove or go build a fire. Like if we wanted popcorn, we had to use that stupid Jiffy Pop thing and shake it over the stove forever like an idiot. You kids today have got it too easy. You’re spoiled. You guys wouldn’t have lasted five minutes back in 1960.

Tongues were atwitter at the annual gathering in New York City regarding a prominent law-enforcement advocate and his date, a Sheriff’s Dept. employee who was, until recently, prominently seen around Philadelphia with a civil-rights leader. Different “friends” for different cities, perhaps? Stay tuned. Speaking of the PENNSYLVANIA SOCIETY WEEKEND, the usual big bash on Friday evening was the IBEW Local 98 party at the famed Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Locals in attendance included our new City Council PRESIDENTELECT DARRELL CLARKE (even though he says there is no such title), as well as our new MAJORITY LEADER CURTIS JONES. Of course COUNCILMAN-ELECT BOBBY HENON was the man of the hour and holding court, as were future colleagues COUNCIL MEMBERS MARK SQUILLA, DAVID OH, CINDY BASS and BLONDELL REYNOLDS BROWN, CITY CONTROLLER ALAN BUTKOVITZ and CONGRESSMAN CHAKA FATTAH. Other notables throughout the weekend include MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER, former GOVS. EDWARD RENDELL and MARK SCHWEIKER, former US SEN. ARLEN SPECTER and wife JOAN, and his replacement, PAT TOOMEY. Also making the rounds was DA SETH WILLIAMS, recently separated and soon to be divorced from his wife of many years SONITA. State Republican bigwigs generally kept to themselves, since there were a host of events where they all had to be seen, especially those candidates seeking GOP state party endorsement to take on US SEN. BOB CASEY. Seems like a lost effort given the Democrat’s standing in the polls, which (Cont. Page 18)

JUDGE LYDIA KIRKLAND retired at a big party at Conservation Hall hosted by President Judge of Municipal Court MARSHA NEIFIELD. CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY presented a citation, as did COUNCILWOMAN JANNIE BLACKWELL. Numerous judges attended, including BARBARA GILBERT, DAWN SEGAL, PAT DUGAN, ROSE MARIE DeFINO-NASTASI, SHEILA WOODS-SKIPPER, FRANK REBSTOCK, GENE MAIER, JOAN BROWN, DENIS COHEN and AMANDA COOPERMAN. Philadelphians once again left the City of Brotherly Love for the Big Apple and rubbed elbows with the VIPs and those who want to be big shots. WARD LEADERS BOB DELLAVELLA and BILL DOLBOW supported AUDITOR GENERAL JACK WAGNER at his swanky Waldorf Astoria reception. Also in attendance was City CONTROLLER ALAN BUTKOVITZ. Butkovitz believes he can be Mayor. He is more cerebral than charismatic, but his smarts and bulldog tenacity could be the right ingredients to turn the city around. He could slip through in a crowded primary as MICHAEL NUTTER did. Mayor Nutter was ubiquitous. He attended almost every party JOHN SABATINA, the 56th Ward leader, dined with STATE SEN. LeANNA WASHINGTON at Del Frisco. Also in their party were the lovely LISA SABATINA and STATE REP. JOHN SABATINA, JR. and his wife EILEEN, and RHONDA HILL WILSON, a board member of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority and trial-lawyer extraordinaire. STATE SEN. LARRY FARNESE hosted a dinner at the swanky Brasserie Restaurant with his date. Once again, JOHN DOUGHERTY’S party was among the best. The special guest of honor was “The Geator”, JERRY BLAVAT, who joined in to sing and DJ with the band. On hand for the big bash were Congresspeople BOB BRADY, MIKE DOYLE, ALLYSON SCHWARTZ and STATE SENS. TOMMY TOMLINSON, TED ERICKSON, DOMINIC PILEGGI, MIKE STACK, MIKE BRUBAKER and RICH ALLOWAY. Also seen dancing was State TREASSURER ROB McCORD. The lobby and hallways of the Waldorf Astoria was where all the action was. STATE SEN. TONY WILLIAMS and his statuesque wife SHARI conversed with COUNCILMAN JIM KENNEY. MARK SQUILLA, the newly elected Councilman, enjoyed conversation with developer CAROL TAMBURINO and her daughter SABRINA. COUNCIL(Cont. Page 18)


quality of life in a neighborhood is peace, but peace simply cannot be achieved when there are guns on the streets,” Williams said. “Violence brings fear. It takes the lives of the innocent. It impacts our children’s ability to grow and thrive. It brings our neighborhoods down. Unfortunately, violence is on the rise again in the city.” There are 313 homicides so far in Philadelphia this year — 24 more compared to this time last year, according to statistics from the Philadelphia Police Dept. “We can talk about preventing violence all we want, but at the end of the day, we need to do something,” Williams said. For more information, call Ali Robinson or Don Cave at (215) 492-2980 or visit www.senatoranthonyhwilliams.com.

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A Petition has been filed asking the court to put an end to all rights you have to your child Baby Boy Crowell who was born on 10/12/11, at Hospital of University of PA, Philadelphia, PA as well as your rights R.C. has to Baby boy Crowell. The court has set a hearing to consider ending your rights to your child. That hearing will be held on December 29, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. at Court Room 14, One Montgomery Plaza, Orphan’s Court Division, Swede Street, Norristown, PA 19404 before Judge Ott. You are warned that even if you fail to appear at the scheduled hearing, the hearing will go on without you and your rights to your child as well as the rights of R.C. to that child may be ended by the court without your being present. You have a right to be represented at the hearing by a lawyer. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford one, go to or telephone the office set forth below to find out where you can get legal help. An important option may be available to you under Act 101 of PA Law that allows for and enforceable voluntary agreement for continuing contact following an adoption between an adoptive parent, a child, a birth parent and/or a birth relative of the child, if all parties agree and the voluntary agreement is approved by the court. The agreement must be signed and approved by the court to be legally binding. You are also warned that if you fail to file either an acknowledgment of paternity pursuant to 23 Pa. C.S.A. Section 2503 (d) relating to acknowledgment and claim of paternity, and fail to either appear at a hearing to object to the termination of your rights or file a written objection to such termination with the court prior to the hearing, your rights may be terminated under Pa. C.S.A. 2503(d) or 2504 (c) of the Adoption Act. Lawyer Referral and Information Service 100 West Airy Street, P.O. Box 268, Norristown, PA 19404 (610) 279-LAW1

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LIVELIEST RECEPTION is always John Dougherty’s IBEW 98 event at Waldorf. This year, Jerry Blavat and a great band entertained, and Blavat even gave out copies of his new book. Here Dougherty welcomes Montco Coroner Dr. Walter Hofman and his wife Ethel.

FORMER State Sen. Bob Rovner and Hannah Monblatt talk with Al Taubenberger at IBEW event.

ELEANOR DEZZI, a founder of Genevieve Society; Bonnie Squires, member and one of event’s sponsors; and Judith Mondre and Rev. Bonnie Camarda, both members, were delighted with attendance at their Pennsylvania Society Waldorf reception. GENEVIEVE SOCIETY invites men as well. Here Councilman Bill Green; Cheryl Bullock, Sen. Bob Casey’s regional director in Philly; PECO’s Romy Diaz and State Sen. Larry Farnese make sure to be seen at this event.

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IF YOU KEEP your eyes peeled, you spot VIPs, like Congressman WHEN YOU ASK Congressman Bob Brady to pose for a photo out- Jim Gerlach side IBEW event, he is suddenly a magnet for folks wanting to get and his wife Karen, rushclose to this powerhouse! ing through lobby.

BLANK ROME’S Government Relations seminar in its Chrysler Bldg. HQ Friday at noon is always a highlight of Penna. Society weekend, giving us a peek at next year’s issues and election forecasts. Ashley Davis, Esq., chaired this year's session. Seen here are Blank Rome’s Carl Buchholz, with State Rep. Tony Payton, Phila. Treasurer Nancy Winkler, David Hyman, Esq. and Steven Tang.

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DAN WOFF O R D , State Rep. Mike Gerber and Doug Pike meet up in Waldorf Lobby before some events.

ABBE FLETMAN, ESQ., a founder of Genevieve Society, welcomes Leslie Richards, incoming Montgomery Co. commissioner, an example of WomenPower.

THREE WINNERS from different parties in high-stakes games of Penna. politics shared a moment at Waldorf Astoria Sunday as Penna. Society’s annual get-together swung into high gear: from left, first-term Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley of Bucks Co., Montgomery Co. CommissionerElect State Rep. Josh Shapiro and Gov. Tom Corbett, on their way to Government Relations Seminar.

JUST A FEW BLOCKS from Waldorf is famous Irish Exit restaurant, site for Sen. Bob Casey fundraiser during Penna. Society weekend. Seen here are Jim Cunningham, Sen. Casey and his brother Patrick Casey, at a jam-packed event.

STATE SEN. Dom Pileggi, left, hosted reception Friday night at Waldorf. Here he is seen with Bob Jubelirer.

JIM & N O R A D O W D E i s e n h o w e r manage to find a space at C a s e y fundraiser.

S T E V E AICHELE, ESQ. and Treasurer Rob McCord are seen at Pileggi event.

S T A T E SEN. Mike Stack and his wife Tonya have to get back to Philly for more work after Penna. Society events.

J I M BROWN, Casey chief of staff, hangs out with Rick Welsh and Casey staffer Ari Mittleman at event.

K A T H Y MANDERINO and Ken Jarin find time to talk at Pileggi reception.


MUSIC’S FRAUDSTERS “There’s a sucker born every minute.” —David Hannum, Exhibitor

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MUSIC: 1. The art and science of combining vocal or instrumental sounds or tones in vary melody, harmony, rhythm, and timbre, especially so as to form structurally complete and emotionally expressive compositions. —Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language HIP-HOP: “Music created by scratching (turning a vinyl record by hand), sampling (using parts of existing songs to create new music), and rapping (rhythmic chanting of spoken words).” —“Growing Up With Music, The Amazing Marsalis Family,” C. Murphy, 2002

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HIP-HOP @ SOUTHERN HIGH: “State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson will join rappers... in an effort to promote student success and non-violence at Southern HS next week... Said Johnson, “In order for us to fight against youth violence, we have to make sure all youth have access to appropriate resources just as easily as they have access to inappropriate resources.” —The Public Record, Dec 2, 2010

Footnotes: Sounds that created the violence against Asian students in 2009 are revisited, but in live performance, or government in performance. MUD CAKES: “They (politicians) make a cake (law) out of mud, and cover it with frosting. Then they say, ‘Come and eat’!” —Euglena Genovese, Mother of Super Musicians —Nicola Argentina (c) 2011 “You’ve Got a Friend in Pennsylvania”

name Portofino has been retired. Instead, on Wednesday, Dec. 28, after two nights of dry runs with friends and family, the Walnut Street Supper Club will make its debut at 1227 Walnut Street. The interior facelift now has the property resembling a 1940s-era supper club. There are already two restaurants in South Philly that occasionally have young opera singers who perform when they are not waiting on tables. But the Walnut Street Supper Club will be the only restaurant in the city that will also have servers, bartenders, hostesses and even busboys who, seven days a week, will be singing “The Great American Songbook,” i.e., classic pop songs originated by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Darin, Judy Garland, Perry Como, etc. For several weeks, Ralph’s staff held auditions to find the best singers in the area who also have experience in restaurants. “We will have a pianist at a baby grand piano backing up the performers,” said Ralph. “I think people will love hearing those great songs that bring back so many wonderful memories. And there will be no minimum fees or cover charges, even on the weekend. Our goal is to provide a unique dining experience in a place where celebrations are memorable and all at a good value.” Concerning the food, the

and charitable businesspeople in the Delaware Valley. Every Thanksgiving he feeds between 500 and 700 impoverished and homeless people with a complete turkey dinner, and during the Christmas season he always provides countless free dinners to many nuns in the area. And throughout the

year he is always a soft touch for any legitimate charitable cause. For more information, call (215) 9238208 or visit www.walnutstreetsupperclub.com. (When this article was turned in on Dec. 11, the website was not up yet, but it may be by the time the article runs.)

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Walnut Street Supper Club will offer many of the classic Italian dishes that Portofino was known for, but there will also be American staples like steaks and seafood dishes. The menu prices have also been lowered “to coincide with the current economic conditions.” Homemade pasta entrees will start at $17, for example, and baby back ribs at $18. There will be both floor and mezzanine seating, overlooking the stage where singers will perform. Discounted parking is offered at 1201 Walnut Street, less than one block away, and theater and sports event ticket holders will also receive a discount on their meals. For New Year’s Eve, the restaurant will feature its regular à la carte menu with no additional prices for the holiday. He never wants me to mention it, but Berarducci, in addition to his stellar reputation as a restaurateur, is one of the most generous

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by Len Lear One of the oldest Italian restaurants in the city, Portofino at 127 Walnut Street, which has satisfied customers for 38 years with classic Italian cuisine while hundreds of others have come and gone, has overcome recessions, changing trends and mega-buck chain competitors. But one opponent that might have proved to be the toughest of all is Mother Nature. In August of this year, Hurricane Irene did so much water damage to the building that Portofino had to close its doors. “Despite everything,” said owner Ralph Berarducci, whose restaurant was named for the picturesque village in the province of Genoa on the Italian Riviera,

where Ralph grew up, “we were holding our own this year until that happened. The weather was just a killer.” Nevertheless, although Berarducci, who is 70-ish, was understandably devastated at the physical damage to his beloved restaurant, he now concedes it might have been “a blessing in disguise … It forced me to reexamine the future of the restaurant. Although we were doing decent business, there are so many other fine Italian restaurants in Center City and South Philly, this crisis forced me to think about taking this place in a new direction, which I would never have done if not for all the physical damage.” As a result of a fourmonth renovation and the forced rethinking by Berarducci and his General Mgr. James McManaman, the

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Mifflin Society Throws Humdinger

GOV. MIFFLIN SOCIETY event always tops off Friday evening whirlwind of activities. John Saler, right, of Stradley Ronan, one host of reception, and his wife Christina welcome Dr. & Mrs. Walter Hofman to crowded affair at Waldorf.

L O W E R MERION Commissioner Brian G o r d o n caught up with his New York-based sister Jane at Gov. Mifflin HON. RENEE Cardwell-HUGHES, CEO of Red Cross of S.E. Penna., S o c i e t y caught up with Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley and Gov. Tom Corbett as they left event. Gov. Mifflin Society shindig.

STATE SEN. John Rafferty, right, was one of many prospective candidates making rounds at Mifflin Society affair.

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SEN. PAT TOOMEY and his wife Christine attend JOAN HILFERTY catches up with her Dilworth Paxson after-dinner reception at Wal- friend Terese Casey at an after-dinner reception. dorf.

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PATRICK O’CONNOR, chairman of Temple University board of trustees, and Hon. George Kenney greet guests at Sunday’s breakfast reception at Waldorf, the closing event of Penna. Society weekend.

TOM & KATHY LEONARD, Terry Gillen and Ken Clothen enjoy camaraderie of fellow Penna. Society members.

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UNIVERSITY OF PENNA. always hosts Saturday morning breakfast at Penn Club in Manhattan. Seen here are Dr. Larry & Michele Jameson, President Amy Gutmann, Dean Afaf Meleis and Penn Board Chairman David Cohen and his wife Rhonda.

ANDREW KASSNER, ESQ. greets his former law partner State Rep. Mike Gerber at Penn breakfast.

BLONDELL REYNOLDS BROWN, incoming Majority Whip of City Council, enjoys Penn reception with Michael Pratt, Esq. and Kelly Boyd.

MAYOR NUTTER, whom President Gutmann claimed as an outstanding alumnus, welcomes Cong. Allyson Schwartz and husband Dr. David Schwartz to Penn’s morning chow-down.

PENNA. Secretary of Commonwealth Carol Aichele greets Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, former First Lady of Penna., at Penn breakfast.

READY TO RUSH back to Phila. for senatorial chores were State Sen. Michael Stack and his wife Tonya.

DAVID EISNER, CEO of National Constitution Center, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and Penn VP Glenn Bryan confer at Penn breakfast.

PRESIDENT Amy Gutmann welcomes Sen. Bob Casey and his wife Terese, as well as Montco Coroner and former Penn Med School professor Dr. Walter Hofman.

HON. PATRICK ED & RUTH MURPHY makes RUSSELL drop sure to attend Amy in at Penn break- Gutmann’s Penn ART MUSEUM’S Gail Harrity fast. chats with Susan Jacobson. Club breakfast.

TOM FOLEY, now president of Mt. Aloysius College; Councilman Bill Green; David Thornburgh and Penn’s Greg Rost get in some post-graduate chit-chat at Penn breakfast.

CITIZENS BANK Senior VP Ms. Henri Moore and her husband Anthony are among crowd at Penn Club.

GOV. TOM CORBETT made certain to be seen with President Amy Gutmann at Penn breakfast.

Award Dinner Draws Elite

PUBLIC RECORD Contributing Editor Bonnie Squires and her husband Sami Ouahada at Penna. Society awards dinner Saturday night.

LARRY PITTS, ESQ. and Phyllis Meloff were at same table with Dezzis, Lynne Abraham, Hofmans and Bonnie Squires and her husband at Penna. Society banquet Saturday night.

MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER and Lisa Nutter stop to say hello to Suzanne & Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley at Penna. Society dinner, which honored Phila. astronaut Guy Bluford.

CONGRESSMAN Pat Meehan and former DA Lynne Abraham have a lot in common, despite different party labels.

CAROL FITZGERALD, executive director of Penna. Society, introduces VIPs on dais.

PENNA. SOCIETY honoree Dr. Guy Bluford, first African American in space, receives his award from Society President Ambassador David GirarddiCarlo.


ATTORNEY GENERAL candidate Pat JUDGE Jimmy Lynn with his wife Murphy, right, and David Kralle con- 6TH DIST. Councilman-Elect Bob rushed up from Philly and his annual gratulate GOP’s Karen Brown on her Henon welcomes FOP President John Friday luncheon bash to attend Penna. McNesby to Local 98 reception. fine run for Mayor. Society with a “must” stop at Local 98.

ENJOYING hospitality of Johnny “Doc” Dougherty at COUNCILWOMAN-ELECT Cindy Bass of Local 98 open house at Penna. Society were Bill Dolbow, 8th Dist. with her husband Scott received Bob Dellavella, Richard DeMarco and Judge David Shadding. kudos wherever they went.

COUNCILWOMAN Jannie Blackwell shares a moment at Univ. of Penn. event with Dr. Shirley Clay Green, president of Mercy College, and Tom Twine.

VIPs attending Penna. Society functions included LONG-TIME public servant David Glancey Teamsters’ Dan Grace, AOH President Seamus Boyle chats with Jan Marshall. and attorney Jim DiVergilis.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams was among City’s top COUNCILMAN David Oh wins congratula- leaders at Pennsylvania ConvenENJOYING company of Auditor General Jack tions from Congressman Chaka Fattah and tion. He’s seen here with Ward FIRE CHIEF Bill Dell shares a Wagner, center, were John Sabatina, Jr., Ken moment with Jonathan Saidel. Adams and Bob Dellavella. Leader Bill Dolbow. Sharif Street.

HANDSOME couple was Judge Webster Keogh and his wife Carol.

HOST John J. Dougherty welcomes Council- PROMOTING their possible candiman Bill Greenlee, Mary Isaacson and Sam dacies for judgeship were Marie DiClaudio and Hope Christopher. Staten, Jr. to his gala.

COUNCILMAN Curtis Jones enjoys company of LDC chief Sam Staten, Jr., and Al Spivey.

JUDGE Paul Panepinto and Eleanor Dezzi congratulate Maria McLaughlin on her election to a judgeship.

CONGRESSMAN Bob Brady was kept busy with folks wanting to meet him, but he found time to congratulate Maria McLaughlin on winning a judgeship.

MEET Meehan c l a n w i t h Republican Counsel Michael Meehan in center.

SHARING few moments were Bill Dell, Kathy Scott, Ron Donatucci, and Mr. & Mrs. Sal Patti.

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CONGRATULATING Councilman Darrell Clarke on his election to President of City Council is IBEW Local 98 Business Mgr. and host John J. Dougherty, Jr.

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SEEN at John Dougherty’s Local 98 Open House at Pennsylvania Society were Steve Lauer, Jill Snyder, Brian Stevenson and John Dougherty, Sr.

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Elephant Corner (Cont. From Page 12) As the herd moved into the evening, the events became more festive. Law firm Arnet Fox held a cocktail reception at the firm’s New York office honoring the Pennsylvania delegation to the US House of Representatives. Former US Rep and UPenn graduate PHIL ENGLISH is with the firm and was one of the hosts. While the party was bipartisan, many elephants were in attendance, including Republican activists KAREN CHIZEK and MARY ANN URBAN and WARD LEADER MATT WOLFE. Later that evening, IBEW Local 98 held a reception at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Local 98 BUSINESS MGR. JOHN DOUGHERTY was the master of ceremonies. While Dougherty is a Democrat, he welcomed the herd including COUNCILMAN JACK KELLY and his staffer MATT TAUBENBERGER. Candidate for Council at Large and Matt’s father AL TAUBENBERGER was also there. Republican attorney SCOTT SUIGMUND was in attendance as well as WARD

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LEADERS CHRIS VOGLER, WALT VOGLER and JOE DeFELICE. Saturday morning opened for many with a breakfast at the Penn Club sponsored by UPenn. ROB GLEASON, Chairman of PAGOP and member of the university’s Board of Trustees, was in attendance. UPenn PRESIDENT AMY GUTMANN asked UPenn graduate MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER to address the crowd. After breakfast, the herd moved up Fifth Avenue to the Metropolitan Club for the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association’s conference. Although PMA chairman is Republican FRED ANTON, the event included Democrat speakers including SEN. BOB CASEY. While the hall in which where the presentations were being made was packed, there were as many people networking in the adjacent coffeebreak room. Highlight of the conference for this elephant was Toomey’s comments. He spoke of during why the special congressional committee of which he was a part failed to reach an agreement on how to address the federal deficit. He felt he had found common ground with the Democrats on the committee, but that the Democrats were undermined by more-liberal members of their party outside of the committee. The Pennsylvania Society’s annual awards dinner was in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria. This ballroom is one of the largest banquet facilities in New York and was, as usual, packed for this event. This year’s gold medal awarded was COL. GUION BLUFORD, a Vietnam War Veteran and former astronaut. He was presented with the award by Republican activist and fundraiser DAVID GIRARD-DiCARLO.

Lucky Glen (Cont. From Page 12) show he has strong job-performance approval. Also in his favor is a mighty hefty campaign war chest. PEDRO RAMOS, our new School Reform Commission chairman, cruised around several affairs with his arm in a sling. Hah! And he has hardly started work on the SRC. Just wait and see what he looks like after a year on that job….

Out & About (Cont. From Page 12) people were in inner cities. Most of those poor people were people of color. Another group these laws are aimed at is college students. Under the more-stringent voter ID laws, students would either have to go home or vote as absentees in their home state, instead of being able to vote on their college campuses like they’re currently allowed to do. And last but not least, these laws are aimed squarely at the poor. The cost of a Pennsylvania driver’s license is $34.50. If you don’t want a license, you can get a state ID for $14.50. That doesn’t sound

City Hall Sam (Cont. From Page 12) WOMAN MARIAN TASCO was not discouraged about her failed quest to become Council President. She appeared cheerful and popular as she spoke with TONYA STACK. COUNCILMAN-ELECT BOB HENON appeared at several parties and looked refreshed after his long campaign. Repub-

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