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JORDAN HARRIS won the Primary election in the 186th legislative district on Tuesday.

Jordan Harris and Brian Sims are two young politicians you will get to know a lot more of in the coming months after they both were victorious in their respective campaigns. Tuesday’s primary-election results guaranteed at least one change in theSouth Philadelphia political landscape, but two could win in November’s general election. In the 182nd Dist., long-time incumbent Babette Josephs was beaten by Brian Sims Tuesday, ending (Cont. Page 21)

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South Philly Native Murphy Goes Down Fighting Patrick Murphy held the heart of South Philadelphia Tuesday night. Murphy, a candidate for attorney general got 63.4% of the vote in Philadelphia. However, with a light voter turnout, his opponent, Kathleen Kane took the majority in upstate Pennsylvania. Fueled by a $1.75 million loan to her own campaign, Kane held a cash advantage over Murphy for much of the campaign. Through April 9, she reported a total war chest of $2.06 million. She spent $1.4 million and had a balance of $633,268. Murphy reported a total war chest

of $1.6 million through April 9, campaign finance records showed. He spent $1.2 million and had a balance of $415,002. He had no debt and reported inkind contributions, in which goods or services — but not cash — change hands, of $2,607. At the Fraternal Order of Police Hall, 13th and Spring Garden, Murphy addressed supporters and said that despite his disagreements with Kane on the campaign trail, both candidates "know Pennsylvania will be better off with a Democrat as attorney general. Republican Dave Freed will have his hands full," Murphy said. “Our fight is not over.”

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Local 98’s Brian Stevenson, political consultant Ken Adams, former State Sen. Bob Rovner and Patrick Murphy staffer Andrew Bull at the FOP Hall where Murphy supporters waited for the results of election on Tuesday.

1st Dist. Committeeman, Ed Budwin and Local 98’s Brian Stevenson gave it their bestt shot for Patrick Murphy.

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From the EOM, Joe Rapone Sr., Patrick Murphy, Highway Patrol Officer Joe, ‘Pepe” Rapone Jr. The well known Rapone family mobilized forces for their cousin. Photos: Maria Merlino

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mad, a community organizer with a Penn degree, tackled the 188th Dist., which includes the plum Penn and Drexel campuses, with vigor – and lots of cash. Her money came from State Sen. Tony Williams, who in turn is endowed with wealthy angels in the school-choice movement of which he is an advocate. Roebuck, Democrat Chair of the Education Committee, is a staunch anti-voucher man as is his mentor, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell. Late returns bedeviled this race into Wednesday, but Roebuck turned aside Muhammad’s push in the end

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COMFORTING State Rep. Babette Josephs at DelFrisco’s is colleague State Sen. Mike Stack. With this election ends 28-year career of Penna.’s senior woman legislator.

UPSET VICTOR Brian Sims, who unseated veteran State Rep. Babette Josephs in 182nd House Dist., is congratulated by fiscal activist Brett Mandel, right. Attorney Sims, celebrating at Woody’s Bar in Center City, will become first openly gay legislator in Harrisburg.

by about 55-45%. The incumbent enjoyed the support of the Pennsylvania Federation of Teachers as well as the ward leaders in his district. Tuesday night marked both a win and a loss for Republican aspirant in the Northeast’s 169th Dist. Dave Kralle. The former chief aide to State Rep. Denny O’Brien, the youthful Kralle easily turned aside a primary bid by John McCann, so he will be on the November ballot. Alas for Kralle, he will be running against an incumbent by then-Democrat Ed Neilson, who was unopposed in his own primary. In Tuesday’s special election to fill the seat of O’Brien, who stepped down when he was elected to City Council, Neilson took a longRepublican House seat from Kralle 54-46%. Neilson, a former government-relations specialist for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, was privy to all the resources of his former bosses Gov. Ed Rendell and Local 98 Business Mgr. John Dougherty. Kralle suffered from a fractured and impoverished city Republican Party which can do little to aid its own. This fall will show if the GOP can regain its cohesion enough to take back the seat.

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Biggest win of this primary season went to attorney Brian Sims, who toppled veteran State Rep. Babette Josephs in the 182nd Dist. in the Democrat primary election. This district, which takes in portions of Center City and South Philadelphia, is the center of the gay community has enough strength to favor Sims becoming the first openly gay lawmaker in Harrisburg. Sims is no newcomer to politics; in fact, he was Josephs’ own campaign treasurer in an earlier cycle. But his well-funded race eked out a 52-48% victory in a highturnout contest. Josephs is no piker. She has a 28-year history of battling for progressive causes dear to her constituents. Over time, though, she lost key connections to the district’s crucial 8th Ward. Her Center City communities have seen heavy immigration by educated young voters with no ties to past campaigns and familiar faces. In the end, the victory of 33-year-old Sims over 72-year-old Josephs was a triumph for the younger generation as much as for sexual orientation. A similar youth-vs.-age challenge played out across the Schuylkill in West Philadelphia. Here, though, State Rep. Jim Roebuck, a veteran, fended off a ferocious assault by a youngster who was born when he first went to the State House 27 years ago. Fatimah Muham-

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(Cont. From Page 3) Before covering the rest of the House and Senate races in this City, it is interesting to call attention to the fact Republicans outvoted Democrats statewide and that is because Philadelphia Democrats fell asleep at the switches, save for those seats that were hotly contested. Tom Smith’s victory over the endorsed Republican candidate for US Senate, Steve Welch, and four others, sent a message to the governor his Republican Party is not happy with his reign and Gov. Corbett needs to make peace in Philly if he wants to cut into the expected Democrat turnout here. David Freed, the Republican nominee for Attorney General, will have to campaign hard to beat Democrat Kathleen Kane, who outspent Pat Murphy to become the Democrat nominee for Attorney General. For Auditor General, endorsed Republican candidate John Maher easily bested Frank Pinto and will face incumbent Jack Wagner. It’s Diane Irey Vaughn, the GOP challenger to incumbent State Treasurer Rob McCord. Pairing off in the State Senate races in the city will be Republican Alfonso Gam-

BOTH BROTHERS survived their primaries. But for State Rep. Kevin Boyle, it was a walk-home. Hugs were reserved for State Rep. Kevin Boyle, who defeated an insurrection by 2 to 1. Photo: Kate Clarke

RECEIVING counsel from his boss Councilman Denny O’Brien, Dave Kralle claims victory in primary and assess fall race. Photo: Harry Leech

bone, Jr. against State Sen. Lawrence Farnese in the 1st; going to Harrisburg without Republican opposition in the fall are State Sens. Shirley Kitchen in the 3rd Dist. and Vincent Hughes in the 7th. State Sen. Mike Stack faces a Republican challenge from Michael Tomlinson in the 5th. Hughes has a free ride in the 7th. Back to Congress were Members Bob Brady in the 1st, Chaka Fattah in the 2nd and Allyson Schwartz in the 13th. All face nominal Republican opponents: John Featherman in the 1st, Robert Allen Mansfield in the 2nd and James Joseph Rooney in the 13th. Republican George Weiss swill face State Rep. Brendan Boyle in the 170th; Republican Al Taubenberger will challenge Kevin Boyle in the 172nd. Boyle easily bested Daniel Collins by almost a two-to-one majority in a victory that should send opposition forces a message the Boyle Brothers are here to stay as a strong combo in the Northeast. In the 173rd, Congressman Pat Meehan has a well-deserved ride to Harrisburg unopposed by a Republican candidate. The same goes for State Rep. John Sabatina, Jr. in the 174th and Michael O’Brien in the 175th. State Rep. John Taylor remains the only Republican incumbent in the House,

WITH IBEW Business Mgr. John Dougherty at his back, and an embrace from Councilman Bob Henon, Ed Neilson wins special election in 169th Dist., which now sends an electrician to Capitol Hill. Photo: Harry Leech holding down the 177th. He probably will continue to do so, though he faces a stiff challenge from William Dunbar in November. James Clay, Jr., has to have been born under a lucky star. He became the Democrat heir apparent to State Rep. Tony Payton, when the incumbent’s petitions were successfully challenged. Uncontested in November, he will be headed to Harrisburg. State Rep. Angel Cruz can’t remember when he has had a conflict free primary in the 180th. But he sent a message this time to his most persistent primary challenger, Jonathan Ramos. He beat Ramos by almost 500 votes, increasing his performance from their competition two years ago by over 200 votes.

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He can relax now, without a Republican opponent to contend with in November. State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas continues his grip on the 181st Dist. seat and will not have opposition from a Republican candidate in November. In the 184th, State Rep. Bill Keller continues to enjoy almost unanimous support in that district, unchallenged in the primary and general election. The same can be said of State Rep. Maria Donatucci, who will be returning unchallenged for her first full term. She was elected in a special election last year to fill the seat left vacant by the death of her husband Robert Donatucci. With the strength of State Sen. Anthony Williams and the party organization, Harris

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Jordan easily topped his opposition with over 75% of the vote to become the Democrat candidate in the 186th Dist. He would have been on his way to Harrisburg had he elected to join the race for the special election to fill the void left by Councilman Kenyatta Johnson. That special race was deeded over to former State Rep. Harold James, who will return to his old home on the Hill until Dec. 31. In the 190th, State Rep. Vanessa Brown bested tough opposition from Wanda Logan, Audrey Watson Blackwell and Lemuel Thornton, coming in with 44% of the vote. State Rep. Ronald Waters, chairman of the Pennsylvania Black Caucus in the state House, coasted to an easy win without opposition in the primary and none in the general. Despite using robo-calls, Will Mega suffered a tremendous defeat in his repeat performance to take on State Rep. Louise Bishop in the 192nd. She took 78% of the vote and has no Republican opposition. (Cont. Page 5)

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HAPPY over winning results, State Rep. Angel Cruz is congratulated by ward leaders Donna Aument and Emilio Vazquez.

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(Cont. From Page 4) State Rep. Pam DeLissio out voted Longshoreman Ray Bailey with 7%% of the vote in her 194th Dist., but will faced Linda Wolfe Bateman in the general election. In the 195th, State Rep. Michelle Brownlee captured 58% of the vote over stiff challenges by Andrew Kleeman, Takkeem Morgan and Mike Jones. She has no Republican opposition in the general. In what could be considered an upset, J. P. Miranda, backed by State Sen. Shirley Kitchen, edged out Ms. Jewel Williams, whose dad, Sheriff Jewell Williams, had held the

lenger Numa St. Louis in the 202nd. He has a clear path back to the House in November with no GOP opposition. In the 203rd, State Rep. Dwight Evans crushed Lamont Thomas with 82% of the vote and is on his way back to the House without November opposition. The biggest challenges among Republicans were found in the races for Republican National Convention Delegates. It was obvious the recommended Republican City Committee delegates controlled the outcomes. Winners in the 1st Dist. were Marian Taxin, Chris Vogler and Tom Boggia. In the second, they were Walter Vogler, Calvin Tucker and Lewis Harris. The 13th Dist. victors were William Donnelly, Mike McMonagle and Thomas Jay Ellis. Alternates in the 1st went to William Pettigrew, Thomas Danzi and Seth Kaufer; in the 2nd, to Karen Ash, Fran O’Brien and Lewis Gould, Jr. The 13th Dist. alternates were Steven Boc and Agnes Tilley. Democrat City Committee slates for delegates were all unopposed and all winners.


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STATE REP. Mark Cohen salutes his victory in 202nd Dist. after facing a primary fight against Numa St. Louis.

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JUBILANT Ed Neilson is all smiles outside Chickie’s & Pete’s in N.E. Phila. after winning special election in 169th Dist. Looking on is City Controller Alan Butkovitz.

(Cont. From Page 5) public-corruption charges eligible for early release. The Recidivism Risk Reduction Incentive provides early parole to nonviolent offenders who complete improvement programs in state prison. A state report in January said the law has saved $37 million in prison costs. Former House Speaker John Perzel will be eligible for parole almost eight months early because he qualifies under the law for which he voted. “We didn’t know these possible circumstances” when legislators approved the law in 2008, said former House Speaker Dennis O’Brien. “Clearly, it does apply to them because they are nonviolent offenders.” A judge in March sentenced the Philadelphia Republican to 2.5 to 5 years in prison for approving the state’s purchase of $10 million in sophisticated computer programs used for Republican campaigns. The law makes Perzel eligible for parole in 22.5 months, or February 2014.

REPUBLICAN Tom Smith found support from Phila.’s Independent GOP supporters to help with his win in senatorial primary race where he beat party-endorsed candidate Steve Welch. Smith will face Sen. Bob Casey in general election. Hal Rosenthal Reports Northeast Idiosyncrasy

“This year the Party ballot lists its choices from the President to our State Representative with button numbers. Patrick Murphy, whom we are supporting, stands out in that his name and number are in red. The bullet ballot given out by the unions lists only Patrick Murphy, identifying him as endorsed by Pennsylvania

AFL-CIO and the Fraternal Order of Police. Missing is his button number, reports veteran activist Hal Rosenthal. “Then there is an excellent doorhanger paid for by Local 98’s COPE. It is one of the best I have ever seen. It plays up Murphy and his machine button 105. Besides asking to vote for Allyson Schwartz and Brendan Boyle, it also wants a vote for Bobby Henon for City Council. I suppose 98’s COPE is looking ahead to his reelection three years hence.”

Independents Get Short Shuffle In 169th

Independents, not eligible to vote in the primary for party candidates, were being told in one division in the 169th Dist. they also could not vote in the special election to fill the vacant House seat. That obvious error resulted in some being turned away until election officials jumped in to correct the situation. They could have voted on ballot questions, had they been on the primary ballot. Independents sadly lose a great deal in primaries.

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door. Celebrating retirement of Tom DeFelice after 43 years of teaching and coaching. Former student Jeff Chandler will also be honored. For ticket info Eddie Everett (302) 561-1434. Apr. 29- Block Party On Parkway, between 1600 and 1700, for Phila. Police and Firefighters “Fallen Heoes Memorial” fundraiser, 2-7 p.m. Live Bands, including Police pipe & drum band. $5 cover includes 1st drink. For info (215) 440-4409. Apr. 30- Reception honoring Sen. Robert Casey,Jr., with special guest Susan St. James, at Sheraton, 201 N. 17th St., 5:30 pm. RSVP Aliyah Furman (484) 557-3758 or email afurman@bobcasey. com. May 4- Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Committee hosts annual Contest & Open House at Training Facility, 10401 Decatur Rd., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For info Director Charles T. Brock (215) 8242300. May 5- Historic AME Church’s Rev. Dr. Mary Lou

Moore of “I Can Ministries, Inc.” and Wells Fargo Bank host “I Can Empowerment Expo”, 1at Union AME Church, 1600 W. Jefferson St., 10 a.m.-3p.m. All invited to attend. Activities include financial workshops, breakout sessions for all ages. Family event. For info Dr. Moore (215) 920-8604. May 15- Mothers In Charge hosts 9th Anniversary Celebration at Penn’s Landing Caterers, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., 5:30 p.m. For info Dorothy Johnson Speight, Mothers In Charge, 1415 N. Broad St., Suite 229, Phila., PA 19122. May 17- 1st Annual Spring Social for Chapel of Four Chaplains, 1201 Constitution

Ave., Bldg. 649 in Navy Yard, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $20 Early Bird, by May 16. At door, $25. For info (215) 2181943 or Events@Fourchaplains.org. May 19- Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration at Franklin Sq. Park, 6th & Race, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 23- Jobs With Justice annual Solidarity Reception at District 1199C, 1319 Locust St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. To be honored are Henry Nicholas, Jody Dodd, Jim Savage, Amanda Geraci and Occupy Phila. Jun. 10- St. Edmond’s Parish Centennial Dinner at Penn’s Landing Caterers, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., 2-6 p.m. Ticket $65 with a cash

bar. For info (215) 334-3755. Jul. 23- Filitalia Int’l, together with UNICO Phila. Chapter and Commissione Giovani, presents 2012 Phillies Italian Heritage Night at Citizens Bank Pk., 7 p.m. Tickets $30. Call Christine Macolino (267) 984-2954 or Rosetta Conigliaro (267) 2316887. Email for tickets to rconig812@verizon. net. Deadline for tickets May 1. Paying via Paypal will cost $31. Mention Public Record. Aug. 19- Annual Bill Meehan Clam Bake at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd., 4-8 pm. Ferko String Band entertains. For details call Republican City Committee (215) 561-0650.

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Apr. 262012 Centennial Pk. Celebration honoring Joseph Manko, Ryan Howard and Vanguard at Phila. Horticultural Ctr., Montgomery Ave. & N. Horticultural Dr., 6 p.m. For tickets, etc. Arthur (215) 988-9341. Apr. 26- Black Tie Clover Club Dinner at Union League, 140 S. Broad St., starting 6:30 p.m. DA Seth Williams keynote speaker. Formal. Members seeking info call Clover Club Treasurer Mike Cibik (215) 735-1060 or sign on at www.cloverclub.org. Apr. 26- Phila. Greens’ Presidential Caucus at Buzz Café, 1800 N. Howard St., 7 p.m. Free and open to all, but only registered Green voters may vote. For info (215) 243-7103 or gpop@gpop.org. Apr. 26- Committee to ReElect State Rep. John Taylor hosts Historical Site Cigar & Wine Tasting at Colonial Dames Of Phila., 1630 La-

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Less than 12 to 15% of Democrats and Republicans in this election cast their ballots Tuesday. An outright disgrace. The low turnout favored incumbents for the most part, though one did tumble. See “Pols on the Street”, starting page 3, for the results and the November pairups. Once again Independents learned, unless there was a special election to immediately fill a vacancy or questions on the ballot, they could not vote. An Independent Party does not exist in this city. So wake up and switch to either Democrat or Republican. Then you can voice your independence by voting for someone or not voting for that someone. We will not conjecture on whether a poor voter turnout will show itself in the general election, but we did discern, unless Philly Democrats come out in big numbers, Republicans could easily claim the state. So watch for the advertising barrage coming to the lucky television stations that get most of that money.


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CONGRESSMAN Bob Brady and State Sen. Vincent Hughes marvel at how little $5 can buy as they survey canned vegetable aisle.

Congressman Bob Brady headed a contingent of elected officials, as they joined the Jewish Federation and the Coalition Against Hunger to kick off a weeklong Greater Philadelphia Food Stamp Challenge. Brady and other participants, including Mayor Michael Nutter, State Sen. Vincent Hughes, and State Reps. Vanessa Brown, Cherelle Parker, Brendan

Boyle, Gene DiGirolamo and Tony Payton, were trying to live on a $5-a-day food limit, the average foodstamp benefit. Thanking the Federation and the Coalition for their leadership, Brady said, “The challenge should be taken on the road to Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. to help more lawmakers understand how outrageous cuts in the SNAP/food stamp program are impacting people’s lives and their long-term health. This is going to be a real challenge for me, but I’m only doing it for a week. Poor families have to make do on this budget week and week after week.” On day one of the challenge, the Congressman filled his shopping cart at the ShopRite Market in West Philadelphia. He stocked up on chicken cutlets, a loaf of wheat bread, peanut butter, jelly, milk, rice, spaghetti sauce, pasta, fresh carrots, lettuce, bran cereal and store-brand decaf tea bags. Paying close attention to prices, Brady said, “The

cuts to the SNAP program and Pennsylvania’s means test for the poor will require struggling families to make food choices that may affect the health of their children. This is an assault on the poor and it is stupid.” His bill came to $35.21, but with a discount ShopRite card it rounded out to $35.00. The Food Stamp Challenge is designed to raise awareness about the importance of food stamps (now called SNAP) and highlights the policy issues that affect Pennsylvanians’ access to the program, specifically the 2012 Farm Bill, the federal legislation that funds the program. The Challenge also takes place the week before the planned asset test for SNAP goes into effect in Pennsylvania, which will disqualify thousands of low-income families from food assistance. march 2012 006 CONGRESSMAN Bob Brady and State Sen. Vincent Hughes marvel at how little $5 can buy as they survey canned vegetable aisle.

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link between obesity and chronic pain. It also listed headaches, fibromyalgia, abdominal pain, and other widespread aches as a result of the extra load. “The message here is clear: obesity is not only a risk factor for serious illnesses like heart disease, certain types of cancer, and type 2 diabetes, but it can also lead to chronic pain,” says Phil Nicolaou, owner of Chester Co. Adventure Boot Camp in Kennett Square, Pa. “Relieving the pain is of course important, but what’s even more crucial is treating the underlying cause – obesity.”

The most effective way to lose weight is still the most “common-sense” one, Nicolaou says: a healthy, wholefoods, calorie-restricted diet in combination with regular exercise. “Losing weight often results in partial or complete pain relief, not to mention all the other health benefits,” he notes. However, he suggests people who have obesity-related medical conditions should

consult their healthcare providers before starting a diet and an exercise program. Once the green light is given, “start exercising slowly and gently, increasing the duration and intensity level of your workouts as you become more comfortable and adept,” Nicolaou says. “Of course, your regular fitness program should go hand in hand with a calorie-restricted diet, based on whole grains, fruits and vegetables, low-fat

dairy, and lean protein.” Nicolaou notes certain routines, such as interval training, are particularly effective. “If you keep at it, you will see amazing results as far as weight loss and fat reduction is concerned,” he says. He also recommends flexibility training, which is especially beneficial in relieving chronic pain and decreasing muscular tension, while strengthening joints, tendons and ligaments so they become

less prone to injury. “Don’t wait until those extra pounds you carry around cause you widespread discomfort,” Nicolaou says. “And better yet, maintain healthy weight throughout life to prevent this kind of problem from arising in the first place. To paraphrase the saying: no gain, no pain!”

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We all know obesity is harmful to our health, but a new study shows those extra pounds can actually cause pain in various parts of the body. Researchers at Stony Brook University found that heaviest individuals report the highest rates of pain. That’s because excessive weight puts pressure on the joints, causing back ache and osteoarthritis. These findings confirm the results of an earlier study, carried out at University of California, University of Washington, and the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, which reported the

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This past Monday, MITT ROMNEY held a Town Hall meeting in Chester, Pa. He was joined by SEN. MARCO RUBIO of Florida. The event was held at Mustang Expedited, a trucking company owned by STEPHANIE “SAM” FLEETMAN. CONGRESSMAN PAT MEEHAN was also a featured speaker. There was a small contingent from Philadelphia, including the Republican candidate for US Representative of the 1st Congressional Dist. JOHN FEATHERMAN, Republican Judge of Elections FRAN BYERS, WARD LEADER MATT WOLFE and Republican activist DENISE FUREY. Rubio’s only fostered the belief that he is a contender for the Vice Presidential spot on the Republican ticket in November. Rubio’s comments focused upon our “American exceptionalism.” He noted that although his immigrant parents were not well off, they did not begrudge those more fortunate. They believed that in this country their son had the opportunity to succeed; it appears they were right. Romney noted the President’s desire to increase taxes on successful people is divisive. He specifically said he does not want “transform” America as does the President, but he wants to “restore America” to what made us the greatest country. Romney moved onto the issues – in particular the economy and fiscal policy. He wants to cap government spending at 20% of GDP and move toward a balanced budget. While he noted we need to contain spending, he believes it should not be at the expense of our national safety. He noted our navy is now as small as it was prior to WW1. He believes a strong military is “the best ally of peace.” In response to a question about Obamacare, he stated he

Thankfully, the City of Philadelphia wasn’t hit with a snowstorm before Tuesday’s Pennsylvania Primary. Unlike our neighbors in Western Pennsylvania, we got rained on something fierce on Monday. They got hit with a snowstorm that was sloppy as heck, but managed to warm up just long enough to melt that snow so people could come to vote. Unfortunately, they didn’t come out in droves. At my polling place, I was Number 32…at 7 p.m …. how depressing. But now that the circus that is the Pennsylvania primary has come and gone, leaving us with a mess that might take us until November at least to clean up, what, if anything, have we learned? Here are some of my observations. It is still, for the most part, easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is to unseat an incumbent in Pennsylvania. Fatimah Lorén Muhammad came up short by more than 800 votes in her attempt to unseat State Rep. James Roebuck in the 188th Dist. State Rep. Rosita Youngblood will continue to represent the 198th Dist. after defeating Malik Boyd and Charisma Presley, and State Reps. Mark Cohen and Louise Williams Bishop made short work of their opponents, Numa St. Louis and Will Mega, to retain their seats. While these races followed the rule, there is always one that is the exception. This primary’s exception was Brian Sims, who became the first openly gay legislator elected in Pennsylvania when he defeated 28-year incumbent State (Cont. Page 30)

Yo! Here we go again with some stories of the older crowd. A distraught senior citizen phoned her doctor’s office. “Is it true,” she wanted to know, “that the medication you prescribed has to be taken for the rest of my life?” “Yes, I’m afraid so,” the doctor told her. There was a moment of silence before the senior lady replied, “I’m wondering, then, just how serious is my condition because this prescription is marked NO REFILLS.” An older gentleman was on the operating table awaiting surgery and he insisted that his son, a renowned surgeon, perform the operation. As he was about to get the anesthesia, he asked to speak to his son. “Yes, Dad, what is it?” “Don’t be nervous, son; do your best and just remember if the operation doesn’t go well and something happens to me, your mother is going to come and live with you and your wife.” Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it. When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to your youth – think of Algebra. You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks. One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is a change from being young. Ah, being young is beautiful, but being old is different. First you forget names, and then you forget faces. Then you forget to pull up your zipper. It’s worse when you forget to pull it down. Two guys, one old, one young, are pushing their carts around Wal-Mart when they collide. The old guy says to the young guy, “Sorry about that. I’m looking for my wife, and I guess I wasn’t paying attention to where I was going.” The young guy says, “That’s OK, it’s a coincidence. I’m looking for my wife, too – I can’t find her and I’m getting a little desperate.” The old guy says, “Well, maybe I can help you find her. What does she look like?” The young guy says, “Well, she is 27 years old, tall, with red hair, blue eyes, is buxom, wearing no bra, long legs, and is wearing short shorts. What does your wife look like?” To which the old guy says, “Doesn’t matter. Let’s look for yours.” And this final one especially for me. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder, and Your hand over my mouth!

THE CITY Administration seems to have entered a new era in YOUR REAL ESTATE TAX. The method used to be called FULL VALUE, and is now “Actual Value Initiative” (AVI). Tremble when you hear it. In the past, the City waited for revenue projections before a budget was drawn up. Now they say the City could use $90M in new taxes to cover operations and projects. So raise taxes to get that $90M. You read about this in small towns, when their Council says they need more money since there are 500 new kids in school. But Philly is not a town; it is designated a City of the First Class. Are we “first” class in real-estate tax? Attention CITY COUNCIL, Watchful Waiting is indicated!!!!... Councilman BILL GREEN called for AVI to be REVENUE NEUTRAL when it is initiated. Sounds good. But we have to wait and see how he votes in the end. The ordinance of Councilman MARK SQUILLA could yield the answer. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Local 98 Business Mgr. JOHN DOUGHERTY who is 52 this week. “DOC” is one of a small group of labor leaders who ushered in DEEP IMMERSION of labor into candidate endorsement and their election. He is 200% committed to helping people through various charities, as well as #98 initiatives. BRAVO!... CONGRESSMEN BOB BRADY and Pat Meehan joined Media, Pa. Mayor Bob McMahon, State Sen. Dominic Pileggi and others to announce a WELCOME HOME PARADE for returning troops. The parade and ceremonies start at 3 p.m. on Apr. 28 at State & Edgemont Sts. in Media. See more on: welcomehome2012.org. (Cont. Page 30)

MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER seems to have solidified his position with regards to a second casino license in Philadelphia. The Mayor is now adamantly in favor of it. Previously he was trying to have his cake and eat it too by siding with the good-government anti-gaming neighbors. Now, he’s beating the drum for the economic power that gaming brings to the city. The only problem is the Mayor’s past history of ambiguity. He may not be able to keep the license in the city and try to steer where it is located. Mayor Nutter must now seek the assistance of the Philadelphia Senate and House delegations in Harrisburg, all of whom have differing political and economic agendas. The Chairwoman of the Philadelphia Senate Delegation called a meeting at the Palm recently to discuss the issue. Among those present were STATE SENS. ANTHONY WILLIAMS, MIKE STACK, TINA TARTAGLIONE and LARRY FARNESE. The latter’s senate district will likely be the host for the second casino license. Notably absent was STATE SEN. VINCE HUGHES, who serves as the Appropriations Chairman in Harrisburg. The rift continues to exist between Hughes and the rest of the delegation. Hughes is perceived to be the creation of the Western Senators whom don’t want to share power with Philadelphia. STATE SEN. LeANNA WASHINGTON was unable to attend the lunch at the Palm. Washington continues to recover from treatments for severe asthma. She will soon be at full strength and ready to join her delegation colleagues for battle. Allegheny Co. once again shows it cannot be counted on to carry the statewide endorsed candidate. Most recent example is PAT MURPHY. Pat lost out west to challenger KATHLEEN KANE. Murphy was the endorsed candidate of many Democrats and Democratic Committees, but the numbers show he was not carried by the party organization in the West. Murphy polled well in the Southeast. He cleaned up in Bucks, Philly, Montgomery, and Delaware Cos. Kane is a formidable candidate as the first woman to secure the nomination for an office never won by Democrats. However, her opening salvos could be offensive to rankand-file politicians. She referred to Harrisburg politicians as “little boys playing games” and she indicated she will put politicians in jail. A more enlightened rhetoric would have been to point out that former Attorney General, GOV. TOM CORBETT, used the Attorney General’s office as a political stepping stone. He spent billions of dollars prosecuting politicians for relatively insignificant crimes, while dragging his feet on the crime of the century at Penn State.


diagnostic techniques. Id. Psychiatric signs are medically demonstrable phenomena that indicate specific psychological abnormalities, such as those related to behavior, mood, thought, memory, orientation, development, or perception. Id. Laboratory findings are anatomical, physiological, or psychological phenomena which can be shown by the use of medically acceptable laboratory diagnostic techniques (x-rays, MRIs, etc.). 20 C.F.R. sections 404.1528 (c) and 416.928 (c). SSA must also consider statements or reports about your medical history, daily activities, and the like. 20 C.F.R. sections 404.1529 (a)

by Michael A. Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: What is your right to redemption of personal property? Answer: When you file bankruptcy, all of your property belongs to the bankruptcy estate. You do get a chance to claim some things as exempt and keep them. How about your television? It used to be you could scrape up a few hundred dollars and buy a good TV for cash. Now, buying a television is a major purchase, and you better be prepared to spend upwards of $1,000 to $2,000 or more. Most of us just use the store’s finance options and ob-

ligate ourselves for a couple of years of payments. What happens when you file bankruptcy owing such money on your TV (or a “refrigerator” or “stove” or “washer-dryer,” etc.)? The store still retains a security interest in what you bought. That makes them a secured creditor when you file bankruptcy; and the debt doesn’t simply go away. Usually, under these circumstances, the store or finance company sends a letter “reminding” you they have the right to repossess the television if you don’t continue to make the payments. They’re right, sort of. Bankruptcy affords another

alternative: the right to redemption. Found in Section 722 of the code, the law allows you to offer the secured party (the store or finance company) the fair market value of the television as payment in full. Since this kind of merchandise depreciates dramatically after you buy it, the value may be something quite affordable. My guess is a year-old television that you paid $2,000 for isn’t worth more than a couple of hundred dollars today. So, offer to let them pick it up (they really don’t want it); knowing that if they get pushy you can always file a motion to pay them the couple of hundred dollars that it’s worth and call their bluff. Next Week’s Question: First costly emotion that keeps you in debt and from filing bankruptcy?

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by Michael P. Boyle, Esq. In deciding whether you are disabled, the Social Security Administration must consider all of your symptoms, including pain, and the extent to which they can reasonably be accepted as consistent with the objective medical evidence, including medical signs and laboratory findings. 20 Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) sections 404.1529 (a) and 416.929 (a). Medical signs are anatomical, physiological, or psychological abnormalities which can be observed, apart from a claimant’s statements. 20 C.F.R. sections 404.1528 (b) and 416.928 (b). Signs must be shown by medically acceptable clinical

and 416.929 (a). Your testimony about pain will not by itself establish you are disabled. You must prove you have medical signs and laboratory findings that show the existence of a medical impairment(s) which reasonably could be expected to produce pain and which, when considered with all the other evidence (including statements about the intensity and persistence of pain consistent with the medical signs and laboratory findings), would lead to a finding of disability. Id. SSA will consider all of the medical evidence and then determine which functional limitations due to pain can reasonably be accepted as consistent with the medical signs, laboratory findings, and other evidence to decide how your experience of pain affects your ability to work. Id.

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Q: When is the best time to buy a car? You can ask anyone this question and probably get a different answer. There is some truth to any answer to this question. If you ask me, I’d tell you the best time to buy a car is the end of the month. At the end of the month you are likely to be able to negotiate a good deal, as salesmen are trying to make their quotas. There are many other times you may hear, such as the beginning of the week, at closing or during the holidays. The bottom line … the best time to buy a car is the time that is right for you. Just do your research and check for things like rebates and incentives and your salesman will help you make the best deal for you. Q: How often should I really change my oil? A: We recommend that

you change your oil and filter every 5,000 miles. However, that is just an estimate. It really depends on a variety of factors. If you tend to drive at high speeds in a warm climate, for example, you may have to change it more often. To be on the safe side, we recommend taking your car into your local service department every 5,000 or so miles. (Tom Flynn has been serving automotive customers in CONGRATULATING Congressman Bob Brady at fundOLD FRIENDS of Congressman Bob Brady in attendance, the Philadelphia area for over raiser in his honor at Saloon Restaurant were host Joe BonGeorge Bochetto, Esq. and Leland Beloff flank Lucille Bon20 years as a salesman and giovanni and Rev. Robert P. Shine. giovanni, Esq. then General Manager of Pacifico Autogroup.)


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Council Committee Heeds Cries Of Businesses Over Disparities In New Water Rate Increases by Joe Shaheeli The one City agency that listens to no one, except possibly the Mayor, is the Water Dept. That’s because its Commissioner is empowered by the City Charter to set rates to insure we have enough revenue for that Department to insure we drink safe, sanitary water and we don’t drown in our own waste, which gets flushed into tanks, recycled, and only then returned to the waterways. That’s the way it’s been since the City Charter was voted in by Philadelphians when they approved the City Charter in 1951, which gave the City a constitution, with prerogatives including selfrule, with the blessing of the General Assembly. But the recent steep hikes levied by the Water Dept. in rates and the unevenness in which these rates are being placed on the citizens and businesses in this City have evoked cries from hundreds of small-business owners, with thousands of jobs dependent on them. Those cries for help from what is seen as a Department running amuck without regard to how a business can cope with those rates and survive has brought a rapid response from City Council.

Legislation, requiring a change in the city charter, limiting the way the Water Dept. can set rates, made its way unanimously through the Council’s Law & Government Committee, chaired by Councilman Bill Greenlee. That legislation was introduced by Council President Darrell Clarke. Together with a corresponding resolution, it amends the Home Rule Charter to allow for the establishment of an independent rate-making Board for fixing and regulation water rates. President Clarke said, “When we tax constituents, be it with rates or any other

PACIFICO AUTO GROUP President Kerry Pacifico thanks Committee Chair Councilman Bill Greenlee for Committee’s understanding of plight facing businesses with new stormwater drainage rates are assessed.

way, it is time for us to demand transparency and that is what this legislation is all about.” Last Thursday, Law & Government voted out President Clarke’s legislation, putting it on the fast track for passage through what is seen as a favorable City Council. The Committee had good reason to move the legislation speedily on the Council calendar. A three week series by Managing Editor Tony West in the Philadelphia Public Record highlighted the destructive impact the Water Dept.’s Storm Drainage rates was beginning to have on businesses with cement aprons. The articles illustrated the severity of levies on those companies, especially when compared to high-rise apartments and office buildings, which benefit from lower drainage rates despite the fact the water usage was astronomically higher than many buildings without water service, but saddled with large cement aprons. City Controller Alan Butkovitz, heading the list of business owners testifying at the Committee hearing, said, “For more than a decade water customers have consistently seen their water rates increase. Since 2009, water

rates have increased 18%. Most recently, in February of this year, the Water Dept. proposed a 28.5% rate hike for the next three years. “These water rate increases are on top of the stormwater rate increase, which has sent shock waves to many business owners throughout the city. These new rates will greatly impact on many businesses, and in some cases by hundreds of thousands of dollars.” Butkovitz noted the water drainage rates will make it impossible for businesses to sell their properties or businesses, saying, “There are almost 1,000 businesses greatly affected by those rates. One property owner, the operator of a shopping mall in the Northeast, faces a 900% increase in annual stormwater fees over the next four years. His water bill is going from $97,000 to $930,000.” He noted, “Mid-size and small businesses are not economically capable of absorbing or minimizing these fees.” Lance Haver, director of Consumer Affairs for the City, told the committee in his personal opinion, “The current system where the Water Commissioner acts as the judge of a rate increase his department requests, creates an

LAW & GOVERNMENT Council Committee unanimously moved out legislation to change way Water Dept. makes rate changes. appearance of impropriety and should be changed. Establishing a rate-making process that is unquestionably fair and just will, I believed make it easier for consumers to accept rate increases when needed.” Noting the current ratemaking process was established based on an agreement among the Water Dept., City Council and Community Legal Services in 1992, Andrew Stober, chief of staff of the Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities, said, “The administration was open to further discussion with Council regarding improvements to our process and the

HAPPY at passage of water-rate legislation change by Committee of Law & Government were Jeff Allen, Controller Alan Butkovitz and Stuart Parmet.

manner with which rates are established.” Buoyed by all this have been the businesses most affected, their owners feeling, until this hearing, their futures were bleak at the very best. Members of the newly created Unified Business Owners Association, which formed to protest the change in stormwater charges, were elated at the response to their concerns. Their leadership testified at the hearing how the new stormwater runoff fees threatened to drive companies out of the city, resulting in fewer jobs and less income to the city. UBOA Chairmen Stuart Parmet, of American Box & Recycling Co., and Co-Chairman Jeff Allen, of Allen Brothers Wholesale Distribution, were among those testifying, as was Kerry Pacifico, one of the founders of the internationally recognized Airport Auto Mall and President of Pacifico Ford. The group represents hundreds of local business owners, representing over 10,000 jobs operating in the city of Philadelphia. It pledges to make the voters and taxpayers of this city “the need to vote for the charter change when it appears on the ballot.”


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The first half of the evening opened with “Mind Games”, an energetic piece featuring original music from local beat maker Danny Horowitz. It is followed by “Tell It To God”, a spirited piecein honor of musical legend Whitney Houston. While the first act features all seven company dancers in ensemble, act two features the dancers in smaller groups. The concert continues with a male duet titled “The Groove”, continues with a trio titled “And Then There Was 1” and ends on a high note with “The Pulse”, a rhythmic ensemble piece that concludes the program. After graduation, Lee joined SHARP Dance Co. as a guest artist and was soon promoted to his current role of company member. He has also been a guest artist with Mid-Atlantic Ballet, West Chester Dance Works and Chisena

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(Cont. From Page 1) Josephs’ sservice that dates back to 1985. One familiar face will help Jordan Harris make a transition to Harrisburg. Harold James will get a swansong tenure as he gets a chance to work in Harrisburg and complete the term left behind by Councilman Kenyatta Johnson in the 186th. Harris is likely to succeed in November and take over the legislative seat in 186th Dist. It wasn’t a successful day for South Philadelphia native, Democrat Pat Murphy, who lost his race for attorney general to Scranton-based Kathleen Kane. Kane gets the chance to carry the Demo-

cratic flag in the November general election against Republican David Freed. Another candidate with South Philadelphia roots, Frank Pinto who ran for State Representative in the 183rd Dist. in 1975 – lost to State Rep. John Maher, for the Republican nomination to Auditor General.

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(Cont. From Page 1) FOX 29’s Good Philadelphia Dance Team. He continued his dance training at Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, Philadelphia HS for the Creative & Performing Arts and Ursinus College, earning a BA degree in Dance and Media & Communication Studies in 2010. While at Ursinus, Lee spent three seasons directing the student-run dance company, Escape Velocity. Lee performed three performances at The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street. “The performances combine contemporary jazz dance with soul music to create a memorable, uplifting and entertaining experience for audiences of all ages,” Lee said. Lee, who works at Drexel University is the founder, artistic director and choreographer.

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Why Brown’s ShopRites Benefit You Most! There are ShopRites and then there are ShopRites owned by Brown’s Superstores. What makes the Brown Family-owned ShopRites unique is their constant contributions to the community and the less fortunate in the neighborhoods they serve. An example was the fact President and CEO Jeff Brown has partnered his 10

supermarkets with the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce food waste going to the landfills by the millions of tons, taking seriously the Brown’s Corporate Mission to “Bring joy to the lives of those we serve.” To prove this commitment, the Brown’s ShopRites, from January to March of this year, donated to Philabundance and

other local charitable organizations 42 tons of fresh food, the equivalent of 85,000 meals for the needy of Philadelphia. Brown has been doing this for over 20 years. Included in that partnership is Organic Diversions, a company to which Brown’s ShopRites sent 193 tons of food waste instead of to local landfills. Organic Diversion,

Kal Rudman Remembers Dick Clark by Rory McGlasson Kal Rudman, “the man with the golden ears” and the uncanny ability to pick hit songs, owes much of his own success in the music-industry to Dick Clark, the television host, who helped bring rock ’n’ roll into the mainstream on “American Bandstand”, who died Apr. 18 at age of 82. Rudman, a philanthropist and publisher of six national musicindustry trade journals, including the well known Friday Morning Quarterback, said Clark took him “under his wing” when they both started out. “He took me under his wing professionally, which we both knew not to make public,” Rudman said just minutes after learning his friend Dick Clark had lost his life.

Rudman said, “Dick Clark gave me an explosive start to become known as the ‘man with the golden ears’ and establish the Friday Morning Quarterback, record pop music and the rest of my broadcasting career coast to coast.” Rudman, 82, remembers discussing many songs with Clark that went on to become hits. Rudman recalls “Cowboys to Girls” (One of the first Gamble & Huff hit records) by the Intruders as one he fondly remembers talking with Clark about before it became a hit record. “Since I talked with many of the program Flash Music Directors across the country, we could exchange valuable information and tips” Rudman said. “Dick Clark was the force

that enabled the then ‘baby’ Philadelphia music scene, and it escalated exponentially to one of the most-important centers in the United States.” Rudman said he had known Dick Clark since he worked on WFIL radio. Rudman said he communicated with Clark when he could, but knew his friend felt “uncomfortable talking on the telephone” after his stroke in 2004. Rudman, who only recently overcame heart surgery himself, believes Clark will be known as one the “immortal composers” of all-time. “Dick Clark at the start of teenage pop-music radio format became by far the largest foundation stone of the entire symbiotic radio and record industries,” Rudman said.

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Moore Hosts Peace Weekend

Peace will be the major focus for one special weekend next month when area motorcyclists, roller skaters and special guests once again join Paul “Earthquake” Moore at his 13th annual Weekend of Peace, May 18-19, 2012. All residents are invited to attend the events – a motorcycle ride, roller-skating party and church service – Moore said he designed to bring peace to Philadelphia. The opening activities are from 5-7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18 at the Elmwood Skating Rink, 71st Street & Grays Avenue, where youth and those young at heart are invited to skate for peace. The following morning at 11 a.m., members of the State Burners Motorcycle Club, joined by Philadelphia Deputy Police Commissioner Stephen Johnson and other special guests,

will line up at Broad Street & Pattison Avenue for a symbolic trek up N. Broad Street to Cheltenham Avenue. The idea, Moore said, is to cover Philadelphia from one end to the other, in a quest for peace. Once the bikers reach Cheltenham Avenue, the group will turn around and motorcade back to the stadium area. A reception will follow the ride at the State Burners’ Motorcycle Club House, in the 5200 block of Woodland Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia. Bikers from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area are expected to participate. The Weekend of Peace will close on Sunday with an 11 a.m. worship service and silent vigil at New Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 7001 Woodland Avenue. Moore is an associate pastor at New Fellowship. Police officers and fire-

fighters killed in the line of duty and their families will be honored. “The deaths of those men and women in blue, and of other Philadelphia citizens, are grim reminders to all that gun violence must end,” said Moore. In addition, a wreath will be on display at the skating rink along with the urn of an anonymous person killed in a senseless act of violence. Moore said he hoped that these bold reminders will make children and young adults see what can happen by choosing to behave violently. A donation will be collected when entering the Elmwood Skating Rink. Donations are encouraged to support Weekend of Peace activities. Contact Paul “Earthquake” at P.O. Box 5323, Phila., PA 19142, call at (215) 385-2696 or earth_quake1@hotmail.com.

an organic recycler in Marlton, N.J., turns this food waste into rich compost and can now be found in garden retail sales areas at ShopRite and other garden centers. Brown noted at the Food Recovery Challenge initiative’s launching held at his 52nd & Parkside ShopRite, “Food is the largest waste category going into landfills. They decompose rapidly and become a significant source of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Since working with Organic Diversion, we have diverted more than 170 tons of food waste away from local landfills and placed them into composting bins.” Other environmental efforts launched by Brown’s ShopRites include solar roofing, a bagreuse program, and operating its own recycle center. EPA Regional Administrator Shawn Garvin lauded the Brown Family for its “evercontinuing efforts to helping feed the poor and needy, reduce carbon emissions, and adding to recycling tonnage.”

SHOPRITE owner Jeff Brown watches as EPA Administrator Shawn Garvin inks pact with his 10 stores to increase reduction of food wastes and increase food aid to Philabundance and other food charities.

LAUNCHING Food Recovery Challenge, Brown Family’s 10-area ShopRites begin collaboration with EPA, Philabundance and Food Recovery company to reduce landfill use, were Suzanne Forbes, WakeFern Foods; ShopRite Sustainable Program Director David Deets, Philabundance’s George Matysik, CEO Jeff Brown, EPA Administrator Shawn M.. Garvin and Organic Diversion CEO Rocco D’Antonio.

Rep. Donatucci Hosts Fundraiser

STATE REP. Maria Donatucci, center, is surrounded by friends and families at her first fundraiser. From left are Roseann Smith, OPERATING Engineers’ Jim Sullivan and Linda Baldi, State Rep. Tina Davis and Dier- Rita Donatucci congratulate State Rep. Maria Donatucci on her successful fundraiser. dre Donatucci.

MASONS Union leaders and rank and file were solidly in State Rep. Donatucci’s corner. From left are Jeffrey Wildsmith, President DISCUSSING neighborhood concerns with Anthony Di Sabato, Frank Fera, Business State Rep. Maria Donatucci were Roseann Scairato and Dr. Asif Hussein. Mgr. Bill Ousey and Joe Diehl.

LONG-TIME friend Richard Hoy shares mo- FLANKING State Rep. Maria Donatucci are ment with State Rep. Donatucci and her cam- old neighbors John DiGiorgio, Esq. and Vincent Melchiorre, Esq. paign Treasurer Joe Ianni.


he was 11) and undoubtedly wore togas at one time instead of tuxedos when serving customers. If restaurant families, like wine, get better with age, then the DelBellos should be the Rothschilds of Italian cuisine. At Alberto’s restaurants, meals start out with complimentary homemade matzoh, unlike any I’ve ever tasted. It’s soft, round unleavened bread that’s grilled, sprinkled with herbs and served warm with rich Tuscan olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Those nay-sayers who complain matzoh tastes like cardboard have never tasted this addictive treasure! According to DelBello, “All of the flat breads of the Middle East and India are ancestors of the unleavened bread which the Hebrews carried with them on their exodus from Egypt. Our people did not have time for the long-simmering sauces common in other Italian cooking, so there was nothing to mask the pure flavors of the food. You can individually taste everything. That’s what this cuisine is all about.” The lighter fare so many Italian restaurants offer now

is the kind of food Roman Jews have been cooking for centuries, according to the hirsute-challenged restaurateur, who often motors to work on a Harley-Davidson. Another distinctive characteristic of Alberto’s cooking is his use of truffles in almost every dish. Truffles (loosely translated, “meant for emperors”) are mushrooms that grow underground near the roots of oak or beech trees and can only be located and dug up by specially trained pigs or dogs. There are white truffles in Piedmont and black truffles in Umbria; both are rare and exude an intoxicatingly pungent smell and intense flavor. On the first floor of Il Portico, you will find a palette of deep burgundy and mahogany woods, tufted tapestry banquettes, Renaissance-style art, sparkling chandeliers and a showcase wine cabinet with mostly Italian vintages. But you will not find any antiques. “If you want to see antiques,” remarked DelBello, “go to an antiques shop, and then eat afterwards.” We have eaten at Il Portico many times over the years and have discovered

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA Captain Jesse G. For Sealed proposals will be received by the School Reform Commission at the School Administration Building located at 440 North Broad St., 3rd Floor, Office of Capital Programs, Philadelphia, PA 19130-4015, until 2:00 P.M., on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. A non-refundable fee for each set of bid documents is as scheduled. The School District will only accept bids from companies that have been placed on its current Pre Qualified Contractors List as shown at psit.org. All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications.

Specifications and/or plans and contract documents may be examined and copies thereof obtained from the School Reform Commission, 440 North Broad Street, 3rd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19130.

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of my teeth into air perfumed with the distilled essence of herbs and other zephyr-light ingredients. There are elegant takes on several other warhorses like the satiny consistency of red snapper with pine nuts and raisins ($22.95) and the velvety-tender aged T-bone steak that glistens with spinach and Tuscan beans ($28.95). And a chocolate mousse dessert had us rising through several stratospheres of sin. You might say this is drunk food worth the hangover. One restaurant blogger, R.B., wrote recently on yelp.com about Il Portico: “My favorite Italian restaurant. I’m no expert, but everyone I have taken here has loved the food. Great wine selection, great service and wonderful chefs. I stopped eating Italian food after this place because I was so disappointed in the taste and texture of other Italian restaurants.” For more information, (215-587-7000) or visit www.il-portico.com.

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by Len Lear Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan wrote a few weeks ago there were so many new restaurants in Philadelphia that he could not possibly review them all. And, of course, it’s only natural diners are curious to check out that army of new restaurants. So it’s even more natural that restaurants which have been around for years tend to be overlooked, no matter their pedigree. As I once wrote, most restaurant writers would rather call the FBI and report that their mother is a terrorist than write about an old, established restaurant. And not many have a more-impressive pedigree than Il Portico. Owner Alberto DelBello, 50, a native of Rome, opened his first restaurant, TiraMisu, at 5th & South Streets in 1991 with dishes based on recipes employed by Italian Jews of the 18th century who lived in the Roman ghetto called Il Por-

tico Ottavia. TiraMisu closed three years ago, although Alb e r t o ’ s brother, Sean, recently opened a BYOB of the same name in Berwyn. It received a rave review in the current issue of Main Line Today magazine. In 1994, Alberto opened Il Portico at 1519 Walnut Street on the once-glitzy Restaurant Row and is now the only major-league star from that era still left since Le Bec Fin, Striped Bass, Circa, Susanna Foo and Brasserie Perrier have all closed. In 1997 Alberto opened Il Tartufo at 4341 Main Street in Manayunk, which is still thriving along with Il Portico. In fact, Alberto, along with his seven brothers and sisters and other relatives, own and operate 38 restaurants in New York, Rome, Istanbul, Milan, Bali and Jakarta. For any “foodie,” DelBello definitely has a family tree worth climbing. His ancestors have lived in the Jewish ghetto of Rome for more than 2,000 years (Alberto was brought to the US when

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6th Annual Ducky Birts Foundation Scholarship Banquet COUNCILWOMAN Jannie Blackwell and State Reps. Rosita Youngblood and Ron Waters were among guests at Ducky Birts FounMEDALLION Honoree Lynne Carter is con- dation’s 6th annual Medallion Scholarship gratulated by David and Ducky Birts. Photo: Banquet at 1st Dist. Plaza. Photo: Robert Joe Stivala Mendelsohn

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MEDALLION HONOREE Rev. James Hall is welcomed to Foundation Dinner by Donald “Ducky” Birts.

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JUDITH HASKELL found herself surrounded by Ducky Birts and, at both ends, Mike Bressler and Mark Sanders of Brown’s ShopRites, one of Medallion gala’s sponsors.

LDC’s Sam Staten, Jr., was all smiles as he was kept busy at Foundation gala introducing his new bride-to-be this July. Photo: Joe Stivala

DONALD “Ducky” Birts hosted Medallion Honorees State Sen. Christine Tartaglione and AFL-CIO President Pat Eiding.

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a lack of education. Designed to replace that frustration with an escape ladder to economic self sustaining success is a federal program that for almost half a century

City Real Estate Tax Revenues Big City ControllerAlan Butkovitz' latest economic report reports real estate tax collections have increased 23 percent over the last four years. For the first eight months of FY12, a total of $880.8 million was collected compared to $716 million during the same period in FY08. Of the total $880.8 million in real estate tax collections, $384.1 million went into the City’s General Fund and $496.7 million went to the School District. February’s monthly collections alone totaled $683.5 million, which includes both the City and School District’s portions. The increase in real estate taxes is mainly due to the tax rate increases over the last two years. From 2008 through 2010, the total tax rate was 8.264%, a split between the City(3.305%) and School Dis-

trict (4.959%). The total tax rate in 2011was 9.082% and for 2012 it’s 9.432%. The current 2012 portion split is 4.123% for the City and 5.309% for the School District. The Controller also found the number of properties with real estate payments for an entire fiscal year increased from 471,645 in 2008 to 481,944 in 2011, or two percent. This is also a contributing factor to the increase in real estate tax revenues. Along with reviewing real estate taxes, the Controller’s economic report indicated after four consecutive months of declines the City’s non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by more than a point to 11.2 percent. The unemployment rate for the Philadelphia region increased at about the same pace, from7.6 percent to 8.6 percent.

has been taking care of those youngsters seeking jobs. It's name, naturally and unusual for federal programs, is “Job Corps”. Some call it the best-kept secret of a federal program which has been proving itself since its inception in 1947. There are 125 Job Corps Centers throughout the United States, with the Philadelphia Center ranking high up in all categories. It’s open to any student from anywhere in the city. But there is a hitch. The Philadelphia Job Corps’ Life Institute, located in the old Quartermaster in Building 12 at 2810 S. 20th Street, can only handle 513 students yearly. This Job Corps center has an almost 84% graduate placement record with those graduates earning a starting hourly wage of $9.40 to start. This would be a Godsend to the estimated 19,000 highschool dropouts, according to 2010-2011 reports. Students can not only earn a GED, but move into college-credit courses. They also receive housing, if needed, as well as meals, basic health care, a living allowance, at no cost to them or their families. Topping all this is the fact they get career transition

counseling up to 21 months after graduation. As of this moment, over 117,000 youths, between the ages of 16 to 24 are at or below the poverty level in this city, making them eligible for Job Corps. It gives dropouts and at-risk youth the education and training they need to become employable. All students are assigned a personnel counselor. Essentially what the Philadelphia Job Corps does is help their students get GEDs if needed and training them in one of six areas: Administrative Medical Assistant, Culinary Arts, EMT, Facilities Maintenance, Medical Assistant, and Nurse Aide .... spread over 100 career technical training areas. The curriculum is as much a hands-on learning process as it is classroom tutoring. Job Corps students can be found working with ambulance crews, at Community College, caring for the elderly, in hospitals, and a host of nonprofits. The esprit de corps the students quickly develop has been set at work when students joined the Salvation Army and others in handling local flood damage and cleaning up debris, etc.

The South Philadelphia Quartermaster location is headed by Eardene Lewis.

Deputy Director is Deputy Director. Ms. Lewis can be reached at 267-386-2840.

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There is hardly a family in this city not at wit's end trying to find a decent, worthwhile job for one of its siblings. Try as they may, those siblings find themselves frustrated by

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Look To Job Corps For Answers

SEEKING to aid dropouts and other youngsters who can’t find jobs is the Philadelphia Job Corps Center located in old Quartermaster Depot at 20th & Johnson. Ready to assist are Deputy Director Jim Whitmire; Dr. Patricia Hatten, work based learning specialist CTT manager; and Kenneth Davis, Jr.

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Council Schedules 4th Community Meet City Council will hold its fourth neighborhood hearing on the proposed FY 2013 budget, Tuesday, May 8, at the St. William School (6238 Rising Sun Ave.) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. "Over the last four years, I have had the honor of hosting three community budget hearings in my district," said Councilwoman Marian

Tasco, who represents the 9th Dist. "I realize coming to City Hall in the middle of the day isn't conducive for many working people," Tasco continued. "Having the opportunity to hear from my constituents and knowing that there is a permanent record of their views is invaluable to me."

“As City Council moves closer toward making some extremely tough and painful decisions, it’s even more important we hear from the public,” said Council President Darrell L. Clarke. “We know you want clean parks and safe streets and good schools, but you also don’t want to pay more taxes. Please attend this hearing and help us sort out

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA Sealed proposals will be received by the School Reform Commission at the School Administration Building located at 440 North Broad St., 3rd Floor, Office of Capital Programs, Philadelphia, PA 19130-4015, until 2:00 P.M., on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. A non-refundable fee for each set of bid documents is as scheduled. The School District will only accept bids from companies that have been placed on its current Pre Qualified Contractors List as shown at psit.org. All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications. BUDGET FEE General Construction Grover Cleveland ES $356,950.00 $100.00 Structural Modifications 3710 North 19th Street Philadelphia, PA 19140 *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on April 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. FEE BUDGET B-063 C of 2010/11 General Construction Overbrook ES $492,000.00 $100.00 Roof Replacement 6201-31 Lebanon Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19151 *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on April 20, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. FEE BUDGET B-046 C of 2010/11 Electrical Kenderton ES $369,500.00 $100.00 Elevator Replacement 1500 W. Ontario Street Philadelphia, PA 19140

our priorities in this $3.6 billion budget.” Residents of the 9th Dist. who wish to testify are asked to contact Derek Green at (215) 686-3454 or Derek.Green@Phila.gov. Additionally, citizens may present written testimony at any time throughout the process. This testimony should be sent via email to Chief Clerk of Council Michael Decker, Michael.Decker@phila.gov.P ersons not having access to email or needing further information regarding the process may call (215) 686-3407.

Supporting Councilman Johnson

ENJOYING fundraiser in his honor is Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, center, finding himself flanked by Phil McFillen, hosts Vince DeFino, Esq., and Mike DeFino, Esq., and attorney Vincent Melchiorre.

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA OFFICE OF CAPITAL PROGRAMS The School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Capital Programs is currently accepting Prequalification Applications for the following:

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*A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on April 26, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. FEE BUDGET B-038 C of 2010/11 Electrical General Louis Wagner MS $290,500.00 $100.00 Fire Alarm 1701 W. Chelten Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19126 *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on April 26, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. FEE BUDGET B-014 C of 2011/12 Electrical George Clymer ES $249,300.00 $100.00 New Electric Service 1201 W. Rush Street Philadelphia, PA 19133 *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on April 26, 2012 at 09:00 a.m. Specifications and/or plans and contract documents may be examined and copies thereof obtained from the School Reform Commission, 440 North Broad Street, 3rd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Information as to contract documents, etc., may be obtained at the above address, or telephone 215-400-5225. Make checks payable to the School District of Philadelphia. The School Reform Commission reserves the right to reject any and all bids and make the awards to the best interests of the School District of Philadelphia.

Prime Construction Contractors All Prime Construction Contractors are required to be Prequalified with the Office of Capital Programs in order to pursue Capital Improvement work (excluding emergency work) with the School District. The application process is an open enrollment. However, formal approval is required by the School Reform Commission (SRC). The current application due date is as follows: Prime Construction Contractor Prequalification Application Submittal Deadline – 6/15/12 Anticipated SRC Approval Date – 9/20/2012 Prequalification approval typically occurs three months after the scheduled due date. Professional Design and Service Consultants All Professional Design and Service Consultants and Professional Design and Service Sub-consultants are required to be Prequalified with the Office of Capital Programs in order to pursue Capital Improvement work (excluding emergency work) with the School District. The application process is an open enrollment. However, formal approval is required by the School Reform Commission (SRC). The current application due date is as follows: Professional Design and Services Prequalification Application Submittal Deadline – 9/14/12 Anticipated SRC Approval Date –12/20/12 Prequalification approval typically occurs three months after the scheduled due date. To obtain a Prequalification application go to the following website then click on the appropriate application: http://www.phila.k12.pa.us/offices/psit/prequal.html If you have any questions regarding the pre-qualification process, please send an email to: Gerald C. Thompson, Contracts Manager, Office of Capital Programs at: gcthompson@philasd.org Please Note – The above Prequalification Process applies to Professional Design and Service Firms and Prime Construction Contractors wishing to pursue Capital Improvement work with The School District of Philadelphia, Office of Capital Programs. Vendors wishing to provide goods and other services to the School District should visit The School District of Philadelphia, Office of Procurement at the following website: http://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/offices/p/procurement


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Lunching At Ogontz’ Relish

STATE SEN. Shirley Kitchen, who was un- COUNCILMAN WILSON GOODE Jr., opposed in the Primary election, enjoys com- with Curtis Jones Jr., holds an illegal ballot pany of Councilwoman Marian Tasco. paper he found in 36th Ward in S. Phila.

COUNCILWOMAN MARIAN TASCO discusses her ‘Dancing With the Stars’ charity with dance expert Councilwoman Blondell HOST REP. DWIGHT Evans chats with Reynolds, as candidate Stephen Kinsey looks on. State Sen. Anthony Williams at Relish.

Philly Fighter Honored At City Hall

WBC WELTERWEIGHT World Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia is joined by Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez and Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. as he received City Council proclamation from the Mayor and Council on Monday at Photo: Rory McGlasson City Hall. Philadelphia boxing gym at 10 years old. Garcia defeated Mexican Erik Morales on Mar. 24, 2012 in Houston, Tex. to win the WBC Light Welterweight title. Holding his WBC belt, Garcia (24-0) told family and supporters inside the Mayor’s Reception Room he plans on

defending his title before raising his weight for a potential big pay-day bout with either Mayweather or Pacquiao. After the ceremony, Quiñones Sánchez and Jones hosted Garcia and his family at a luncheon inside the Alex Bonavitacola Law Library at City Hall.

The Qa’id Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund, a division of The Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is accepting applications for the Fall 2012 cycle of scholarships. The Qa’id Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund’s mission is to disadvantaged, deserving students to seek higher education. Applications can be submitted by visiting www.StatenCharitableTrust.org. The Qa’id Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to perpetuate Qa’id Staten’s legacy. Qa’id Staten, the youngest son of Samuel Staten, Sr., Business Manager Laborers’ Local 332, was murdered just months before he was to attend Howard University. In his memory, The Qa’id Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund’s mission is to work to help defray the costs of tuition, books and housing of the sons and daughters of the members of the Laborers’ District Council and eligible students in the five county area who would not be able to attend these institutions without some form of monetary assistance. Scholarships, in amounts up to $2,000, are awarded to high school or college students at the discretion of The Qa’id Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund Committee. Applications are accepted throughout the year and reviewed twice a year. Applications for the Fall Cycle are due by July 1 and awardees will be informed by August 1, so that the funds can be used for the Fall Semester. Applications for the Spring Cycle are due by November 1, and awardees will be announced

by December 1, so that funds can be used for the Spring Semester. Late arriving applications cannot be considered for evaluation until the following cycle. Family of officers and agents of the Laborers’ District Council and its locals are not given any special consideration. Scholarships are also available for programs such as field trips, learning abroad, and other special educational opportunities. These applications will be considered by the board throughout the year. Above deadlines do not apply. “The Qa’id Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund allowed my daughter to travel abroad for an educational trip to Paris and Rome,” said the parent of a High School Senior who received a scholarship to attend an educational trip. “The once in a lifetime experience is something she will remember and cherish forever. I truly thank the Qa’id Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund.” Another scholarshiop reciopient said “I would like to take this time to thank you for awarding me The Qa’id Staten Memorial Scholarship. It has been a contributing factor to my academic success in college. Textbooks alone that are required for my major cost an average of two to three hundred dollars each and many of my courses require more than one textbook. The scholarship has alleviated that financial burden for my freshman year. It has given me the freedom to adjust to college life’“ The mission of The Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust (formerly Laborer’s District

Council Charity Fund), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is to provide a variety of services to the needy and otherwise underserved community members throughout the five county area of Philadelphia. The Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust was known as The Laborer’s District Council Charity Fund until 2011. The name of the charity was changed to honor Samuel Staten, Sr., the man who founded the LDC Charity Fund through a purely unselfish act of charity during his time as Business Manager of Laborers’ Local 332 in addition to Secretary Treasurer of the Laborers’ District Council of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area and Vicinity. Now retired from the Laborers’ District Council and Laborers’ Local 332, Samuel Staten, Sr. continues to work with the charity’s Board of Directors to raise funds to assist a wide range of charitable organizations that provide a variety of services to the needy and otherwise underserved community members throughout the five county area of Philadelphia. The Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust believes in the principles that unionism was founded on: a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, and worker’s rights. The Trust also believes that next-generation unionism must vigorously pursue workers’ rights based on management and union cooperation and the advancement of member education. For more information contact Dana A. Brady at 267-7570726 or Dana Brady PR@aol.com.

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by Rory McGlasson Could Philadelphia’s latest boxing champion be set for superstardom? Danny “Swift” García, the current WBC Light Welterweight Champion, was presented a city citation from Mayor Michael Nutter, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. and Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez at a ceremony in City Council. After the ceremony, Garcia told family and supporters he has his heart set on a fight with either Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao. “I might raise my weight seven pounds so I can fight either Mayweather or Pacquiao,” he said. Garcia, 24, was born and raised in North-Philadelphia to Puerto Rican immigrants. The Philadelphia fighter is another success story from Philadelphia’s Harrowgate Boxing Club. Garcia started training at the legendary

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CITY COMMISSIONER chairperson COUNCILWOMAN MARIA Quiñones Stephanie Singer sports her patriotic haircut Sánchez, State Rep. Dwight Evans and Ben at Relish restaurant with State Rep. Dwight Ramos at Relish. Evans. Photos: Rory McGlasson


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NOTICE OF DEFAULT AND FORECLOSURE SALE WHEREAS, on June 7, 1996, a certain Mortgage was executed by VERONICA SCOTT, as mortgagor in favor of Secretary of Housing & Urban Development as mortgagee and was recorded on June 18, 1996 in Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Philadelphia County in Mortgage as Book 31, Page 452 (“Mortgage”); and WHEREAS, the Mortgage encumbered property located at 5757 Walton Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19143, parcel number 23S22-153; and WHEREAS, Gerry J. Scott died on October 13, 1991. By operation of law, title vests solely in Veronica Scott and Gerry J. Scott is hereby released of liability pursuant to Pa.R.C.P. 1144. Veronica Scott died on June 5, 2010 and Letters of Administration were granted to Dawn Bell on June 18, 2010 by the Register of Wills of Philadelphia County; and WHEREAS, a default has been made in the covenants and conditions of the Mortgage in that the payment due on January 31, 2012, was not made and remains wholly unpaid as of the date of this Notice, and no payment has been made sufficient to restore the loan to currency; and WHEREAS, the entire amount delinquent as of January 31, 2012 is $61,946.43 plus interest, costs and other charges through the sale date; and WHEREAS, by virtue of this default, the Secretary has declared the entire amount of the indebtedness secured by the Mortgage to be immediately due and payable; NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to powers vested in me by the Single Family Mortgage Foreclosure Act of 1994, l2 U.S.C. 3751 et seq., by 24 CFR Part 29, and by the Secretary’s designation of me as Foreclosure Commissioner, recorded on September 29, 2012 in Misc. Instrument #52395684, in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, notice is hereby given that at May 15, 2012 at 10:00 am the Southeast side of Philadelphia City Hall located at Broad Street and Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, all real and personal property at or used in connection with the following described premises (“Property”) will be sold at public auction to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN lot of piece of ground with the messuage or tenement thereon erected situate on the North side of Walton Avenue at the distance of 420 feet Westward from the West side of 57th Street in the 46th Ward of the City of Philadelphia. CONTAINING in front or breadth on the said Walton Avenue 15 feet and extending of that width in length or depth Northward between parallel lines at right angles to said Walton Avenue 60 feet to a certain 3 feet wide alley which leads into 58th Street and Eastward into another 3 feet wide alley which leads Southward into Walton Avenue. TOGETHER with the free and common use, right, liberty and privilege of the aforesaid alleys as and for passageways and watercourses at all times hereafter forever. BEING No. 5757 Walton Street. The sale will be held on May 15, 2012 at 10:00 am the Southeast side of Philadelphia City Hall located at Broad Street and Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development will bid $61,946.43 plus interest, costs and other charges through the sale date. Ten percent (10%) of the highest bid is the deposit required at the sale. The amount that must be paid to HUD by the mortgagors or someone acting on their behalf so that the sale may be stayed is the total delinquent amount of $61,946.43 as of January 31, 2012, plus all other amounts that would be due under the mortgage agreement if payments under the mortgage had not been accelerated, advertising costs and postage expenses incurred in giving notice, mileage by the most reasonable road distance for posting notices and for the Foreclosure Commissioner’s attendance at the sale, reasonable and customary costs incurred for title and lien record searches, the necessary out-of-pocket costs incurred by the Foreclosure Commissioner for recording documents, a commission for the Foreclosure Commissioner, and all other costs incurred in connection with the foreclosure prior to reinstatement. There will be no proration of taxes, rents or other income or liabilities, except that the purchaser will pay, at or before closing, his prorata share of any real estate taxes that have been paid by the Secretary to the date of the foreclosure sale. When making their bid, all bidders, except the Secretary, must submit a deposit totaling ten percent 10% of the Secretary’s bid as set forth above in the form of a certified check or cashier’s check made out to the Secretary of HUD. Each oral bid need not be accompanied by a deposit. If the successful bid is oral, a deposit of ten (10%) percent must be presented before the bidding is closed. The deposit is nonrefundable. The remainder of the purchase price must be delivered within thirty (30) days of the sale or at such other time as the Secretary may determine for good cause shown, time being of the essence. This amount, like the bid deposits, must be delivered in the form of a certified or cashier’s check. If the Secretary is the high bidder, he need not pay the bid amount in cash. The successful bidder will pay all conveyance fees, all real estate and other taxes that are due on or after the delivery of the remainder of the payment and all other costs associated with the transfer of title. At the conclusion of the sale, the deposits of the unsuccessful bidders will be returned to them. The Secretary may grant an extension of time within which to deliver the remainder of the payment. All extensions will be for fifteen (15) days, and a fee will be charged in the amount of $150.00 for each fifteen (15) day extension requested. The extension fee shall be paid in the form of a certified or cashiers check made payable to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. If the high bidder closes the sale prior to the expiration of any extension period, the unused portion of the extension fee shall be applied toward the amount due. If the high bidder is unable to close the sale within the required period, or within any extensions of time granted by the Secretary, the high bidder’s deposit will be forfeited, and the Commissioner may, at the direction of the HUD Field Office Representative, offer the property to the second highest bidder for an amount equal to the highest price offered by that bidder. There is no right of redemption, or right of possession based upon a right of redemption, in the mortgagor or others subsequent to a foreclosure completed pursuant to the Act. Therefore, the Foreclosure Commissioner will issue a Deed to the purchaser(s) upon receipt of the entire purchase price in accordance with the terms of the sale as provided herein.

Election Lunch At Famous Deli

CITY COMMISSION Chairlady Stephanie Singer had swab of her hair dabbed red, white, and blue to commemorate election day. She is lunching with her at 4th Street Deli.

WARD and Labor Leader John J. Dougherty hosted Democrat Attorney General candidate Pat Murphy as election day well-wishers at Famous Deli surprised Dougherty with birthday cake, wishing him best for his birthday which fell Wednesday.

ELECTION DAY regulars at Famous Deli COUNCILWOMAN Jannie Blackwell dis- were the "Irresistible Force" Eleanor Dezzi, cusses primary day events with Councilman her son Chris, DA Lynn Abraham, and her husband Al Dezzi. Mark Squilla and Candidate Pat Murphy.


GHGs. Thus, the environmental benefits the EPA wants will be negated as China and India burn more coal to manufacture products that otherwise would have been produced by American workers. Additionally, he noted the EPA rules that require electric generators to se-

quester carbon emissions are inherently unfair as the technology to do so is nascent and not economically feasible at this time. In response to a question, Romney noted that our European friends would be surprised by the pushback by Democrats to voter ID. For

the most part, they “on the other side of the pond,” as Romney put it, need to produce their national ID to vote. This elephant finds this ironic, as many of the Democrats that are fighting voter ID aspire to move our country closer to the economic structures found in Europe.

May 15, 2012 May 15, 2012 at 10:00 am the Southeast side of Philadelphia City Hall located at Broad Street and Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 NOTICE OF DEFAULT AND FORECLOSURE SALE circle curving to the left, connecting the said Southeasterly side of Northeast Avenue and the Northeasterly side of Red Lion Road both having a radius of 25 feet the arc distance of 46 feet 9314 inches to a point of compound curve on the Northeasterly side of Red Lion Road, being the first mentioned point and place of beginning. The Southeasterly line passing through the center of a party wall between the said premises and the premises adjoining on the Southeast. BEING No. 1001 Red Lion Road. The sale will be held on May 15, 2012 at 10:00 am the Southeast side of Philadelphia City Hall located at Broad Street and Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development will bid $238,305.56 plus interest, costs and other charges through the sale date. Ten percent (10%) of the highest bid is the deposit required at the sale. The amount that must be paid to HUD by the mortgagors or someone acting on their behalf so that the sale may be stayed is the total delinquent amount of $238,305.56 as of February 6, 2012, plus all other amounts that would be due under the mortgage agreement if payments under the mortgage had not been accelerated, advertising costs and postage expenses incurred in giving notice, mileage by the most reasonable road distance for posting notices and for the Foreclosure Commissioner’s attendance at the sale, reasonable and customary costs incurred for title and lien record searches, the necessary out-of-pocket costs incurred by the Foreclosure Commissioner for recording documents, a commission for the Foreclosure Commissioner, and all other costs incurred in connection with the foreclosure prior to reinstatement. There will be no proration of taxes, rents or other income or liabilities, except that the purchaser will pay, at or before closing, his prorata share of any real estate taxes that have been paid by the Secretary to the date of the foreclosure sale. When making their bid, all bidders, except the Secretary, must submit a deposit totaling ten percent 10% of the Secretary’s bid as set forth above in the form of a certified check or cashier’s check made out to the Secretary of HUD. Each oral bid need not be accompanied by a deposit. If the successful bid is oral, a deposit of ten (10%) percent must be presented before the bidding is closed. The deposit is nonrefundable. The remainder of the purchase price must be delivered within thirty (30) days of the sale or at such other time as the Secretary may determine for good cause shown, time being of the essence. This amount, like the bid deposits, must be delivered in the form of a certified or cashier’s check. If the Secretary is the high bidder, he need not pay the bid amount in cash. The successful bidder will pay all conveyance fees, all real estate and other taxes that are due on or after the delivery of the remainder of the payment and all other costs associated with the transfer of title. At the conclusion of the sale, the deposits of the unsuccessful bidders will be returned to them. The Secretary may grant an extension of time within which to deliver the remainder of the payment. All extensions will be for fifteen (15) days, and a fee will be charged in the amount of $150.00 for each fifteen (15) day extension requested. The extension fee shall be paid in the form of a certified or cashiers check made payable to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. If the high bidder closes the sale prior to the expiration of any extension period, the unused portion of the extension fee shall be applied toward the amount due. If the high bidder is unable to close the sale within the required period, or within any extensions of time granted by the Secretary, the high bidder’s deposit will be forfeited, and the Commissioner may, at the direction of the HUD Field Office Representative, offer the property to the second highest bidder for an amount equal to the highest price offered by that bidder. There is no right of redemption, or right of possession based upon a right of redemption, in the mortgagor or others subsequent to a foreclosure completed pursuant to the Act. Therefore, the Foreclosure Commissioner will issue a Deed to the purchaser(s) upon receipt of the entire purchase price in accordance with the terms of the sale as provided herein.

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WHEREAS, on September 25, 2006, a certain Mortgage was executed by MIRIAM F. HAUGHTON, as mortgagor in favor of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. as mortgagee and was recorded on October 11, 2005 in Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Philadelphia County in Mortgage Document ID #51548251 (“Mortgage”); and WHEREAS, the Mortgage encumbered property located at 1001 Red Lion Road Philadelphia, PA 19115, parcel number 155N8-213; and WHEREAS, James Haughton Jr. died on July 9, 1997. By operation of law, title vests solely in Miriam F. Haughton and James Haughton Jr. is hereby released of liability pursuant to Pa.R.C.P. 1144. Miriam F. Haughton died on February 5, 2011 Intestate and is survived by her heirs-at-law, Mary Landy, James Haughton III and Michael Haughton. WHEREAS, the Mortgage is now owned by the Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (“Secretary”), pursuant to an assignment recorded on December 22, 2009 in document #52159338, in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; and WHEREAS, a default has been made in the covenants and conditions of the Mortgage in that the payment due on February 6, 2012, was not made and remains wholly unpaid as of the date of this Notice, and no payment has been made sufficient to restore the loan to currency; and WHEREAS, the entire amount delinquent as of February 6, 2012 is $238,305.56 plus interest, costs and other charges through the sale date; and WHEREAS, by virtue of this default, the Secretary has declared the entire amount of the indebtedness secured by the Mortgage to be immediately due and payable; NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to powers vested in me by the Single Family Mortgage Foreclosure Act of 1994, l2 U.S.C. 3751 et seq., by 24 CFR Part 29, and by the Secretary’s designation of me as Foreclosure Commissioner, recorded on September 29, 2012 in Misc. Instrument #52395684, in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, notice is hereby given that at May 15, 2012 at 10:00 am the Southeast side of Philadelphia City Hall located at Broad Street and Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, all real and personal property at or used in connection with the following described premises (“Property”) will be sold at public auction to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN lot or piece of ground with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, SITUATE in the 58th Ward of the City of Philadelphia, described according to a Survey and Plan of Property made for Victor DeMaio by John Reilly, Surveyor and Regulator of the 4th District dated October 29, 1975 to wit: BEGINNING at a point of compound curve on the Northeasterly side of Red Lion Road (96 feet wide) which point of compound curve is measured Southwestwardly, Southwardly and Southeastwardly on the arc of a circle curving to the left connecting the said Northeasterly side of Red Lion Road and the Southeasterly side of former Northeast Avenue (180 feet wide) having a radius of 25 feet the arc distance of 46 feet 9 3-4 inches from a point of curve on the Southeasterly side of said Northeast Avenue; thence extending Southeastwardly along the Northeasterly side of said Red Lion Road on the arc of a circle curving to left having a radius of 1000 feet the arc distance of 31 feet 2 3-4 inches to a point; thence North 22 degrees 05 minutes 11 seconds East and partly crossing a proposed 15 feet wide driveway which leads Southeastwardly from said Northeast Avenue connecting with a 2nd proposed 15 feet wide driveway which leads Northeastwardly 80 feet 0 3/4 inches to a point on the center line of said 1st mentioned proposed 15 feet wide driveway; thence North 44 degrees 46 minutes 00 seconds West along the center line of said 1st mentioned proposed 15 feet wide driveway and the Southeasterly side of Northeast Avenue; thence South 45 degrees 14 minutes 00 seconds West along the Southeasterly side of said Northeast Avenue and passing partly along the Northwesterly end of said 1st mentioned proposed 15 feet wide driveway 59 feet 6 inches to a point of curve; thence Southwestwardly, Southwardly and Southeastwardly on the arc of a

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(Cont. from p. 10) would do everything to have repealed. He noted the repeal would take time so as soon as he takes office he would grant waivers to all 50 states, similar to the waivers President

fecting businesses. EPA rules regarding the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs) will cause electric prices to rise, making us less competitive and causing more manufacturing to shift to China and India. Those countries have not demonstrated an interest in curtailing the emission of

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Obama granted to his “friends.” Romney believes this law has retarded job growth domestically. Companies are reluctant to hire because of its cost burden. Romney stated new regulations coming from the US Environmental Protection Agency are also negatively af-


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Out & About (Cont. From Page 10) Rep. Babette Josephs in the 182nd Dist. Sims, who served as Josephs’ campaign treasurer during one of her campaigns, decided to run because he believed that the district deserved better representation. “After years of working in Harrisburg and working in Philadelphia it became clear to me that this district could and should be represented so much better in Harrisburg, and rather than be

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upset by it, rather than be bothered by it, I rolled up my sleeves and I got to work,” Sims said. That work became what Sims calls, “the largest, healthiest, most involved campaign” the district has seen for a while. “In order to win a campaign, you’ve got to go out and explain to people why you can do better,” Sims said. “And I’m only one person. What you need … you need delegates, you need representatives that are out there telling friends, talking to neighbors, knocking on doors, telling people why they think that I could do a better job. And what

we saw was this massive amount of volunteers, this massive amount of people that saw better for Philadelphia, that thought that I could be a part of that, and then came out to help us do it.” The 186th Dist. has some issues it needs to work out. We’ll start with the good news first. State Rep. Harold James will be returning to Harrisburg to fill out the unexpired term of the man who beat him for his 186th Dist. seat four years ago, City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson. James had initially put his hat in the ring for the primary itself, but decided to take his special-election vic-

tory and go home after figuring out the seniority he had before leaving the State House had evaporated over the last four years. And let’s be honest here: No one wants to redo freshman year…. The person who will be representing the 186th Dist. will be Jordan Harris, who defeated Damon K. Roberts and Timothy Hannah handily for the honor. Harris, who was the former executive director of the Philadelphia Youth Commission, won with 75% of the vote.“I’m speechless,” Harris said shortly after walking into a room filled with joyous supporters. “Growing up in South

Philadelphia, the only thing that I wanted to do was to make my mom and my grandmother proud. “This is an achievement that I hope will show our young people that they can accomplish their goals and their dreams no matter what.” Which leads me to the bad news. The race for the 186th Dist. seat became better known toward the end for the acrimony involved. From contentious debates, to paint-covered signs at opponent’s campaign offices, the race got a kind of nasty that it shouldn’t have. So it stood to reason the

Philadelphia Police were going to have to make an appearance. Because of a mix-up regarding election-day outreach funds, Philadelphia’s Finest were called to Damon K. Roberts’ campaign offices at Broad & Dickinson to keep campaign workers who were promised money and hadn’t gotten it from storming the Bastille, as it were. Eight police cars were stationed around the office until about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday night. A spokesman for the Roberts campaign says the monies owed will be paid by the end of the week.

at 9th & Filbert Sts. ASAP to arrange a hearing. (This is the office run by Jeremiah Connor) If you then get more tickets after that, call to add them to that hearing date.... MAYOR NUTTER’S ban on feeding homeless in parks reminds me of Scrooge’s remarks on the needy. Nutter has formed a commission to look at food help.

JANNIE BLACKWELL is the equivalent of a City Department on caring for the homeless. You would not need more than one meeting with the Councilwoman. Why STUDY how to feed the homeless? They are hungry NOW? Councilwoman MARIAN TASCO took an unnecessary hammering on the DROP program, and is now full steam ahead with her good deeds. She aided Sickle Cell charities. Good for her.... POLL RESULTS show President Obama and Gov. Christie as both popular with New Jersey residents. Can Christie be happy with this, if you factor in his alleged ambition for the second highest offices in the land? (And maybe first place next

time.) TRAFFIC COURT jurists and others are said to be under a heavy barrage of questions. Why don’t they wrap it up? Many think we know where it is going to end up. They can’t leave emptyhanded. Is their objective to drive jurists off the bench?? That would be a sad slap at the electorate who voted. The investigators are elected by no one. (I think one might come up for a retention vote (?). I visited Traffic Court last week. I did not see Judge Glaser. I hear he walks the hall to insure proper judicial decorum (?). I did see a citizen outside washing part of his car. The judge should have gone outside and told him to stop. It is not proper outside a courthouse.

CARIBBEAN citizens have become a political force in our city this year. Councilwoman Jannie BLACKWELL has been at the forefront of this endeavor. Lyndon Johnson said, “America is one nation, one people.” So let us welcome them and their opinions. JAMAICA WEEK thanks to Jannie, was last week!... Should the CITY CONTROLLER have allowed a Memo (MOU) to cause a few committeepersons to quit the DEM party? I think not. Plan Philly ran an internet story of how the SHERIFF SALES of tax-delinquent homes had now produced a bonanza for the City. How do they define “bonanza”? These sales are moving well, though.... YOU GOTTA hand it to Councilman Bobby

HENON for proposing creative ordinances in Council! His BADNEIGHBOR initiative crackdown on negligent neighbors and absentee landlords is genius. HENON asked for absentee landlords to testify in Council. If they are a no show – they could get a subpoena. HENON has now created the City Hall App: http://www.bobbyhenon.com/the-cityhall-app. The App gives smartphone-users access to City services. This is a great tool for committepersons and civic leaders, citywide! Remember, in all cases, if the City does not respond, call your Councilperson! FIRE COMMISSIONER LLOYD AYERS has been (as usual) busy. His Citizens for Fire Prevention met last week. Ayres announced five new firefighting initiatives, thanks to a FEMA grant he obtained. His FIRE PREVENTION poster and essay contests are in full swing across the City! Bravo!... HATS OFF to State Rep. Louise BISHOP who led the (needed) Lancaster Avenue cleanup! Regrets to her on the loss of her sister. STATE REP. Babette JOSEPHS joined with 60 other lawmakers to push repeal of the terrible Voter ID Act. It is said to be an ill wind from the western and rural part of the state. We should blame William Penn’s “Walking Purchase” that we are one state. They NEED TO UNDERSTAND us.... LOVELY JULIE O’CONNELL is proud of her “BONAVILLA” – an antique trailer-home-camper, which will be pulled to campsites by a ’64 BONNEVILLE. No, you won’t see John and Julie camped out on Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill. It was NICE OF JEB BUSH to tell Republicans to not demonize OBAMA during the campaign. He noted that his Dad respects Obama. And former Presidents recognize the high pressure and toll of the job.

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