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KERRY T. PACIFICO, SR., president of Pacifico Automotive Organization and Pacifico Family Foundation, yesterday gave $2,500 scholarships to area high-school students. Marie and her dad, Kerry, Sr., look over list before presenting over $55,000 in scholarships this year, bringing their 48th year of giving to over $1.5 million. Scholarships are based on academic excellence and financial need. Other pics Page 15.

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THIS watercolor, gouache, pastel and pencil on paper by Maurice Brazil Prendergast, titled Bathers and Strollers, was one of many art pieces sold violating Barnes Museum Trust and which, along with others, is lost to viewers of new Barnes Collection. It sold at auction for $314,500. See insider’s report Page 3.



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Cutting Unemployment Insurance Shortsighted by Rick Bloomingdale President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Since when did some members of Pennsylvania’s General Assembly become so shortsighted that they think it’s good to pass legislation that harms the most vulnerable people? But this would be the consequences of proposals to restore the solvency of our state’s Unemployment Compensation Fund on the backs of unemployed persons. These are the persons who have most suffered from the recent recession and for whom this Unemployment Insurance was established. Our national history reflects a legacy of helping those who need help, instead of saying, “Sorry for your luck,” or “Gee, too bad, if only you worked a few more weeks.” We must get back to the ideal that helping those who need help is the right thing. The Governor has already signed into law a bill which cut UI eligibility and reduced UI benefits for thousands of unemployed Pennsylvanians. Yet less than a year later, the administration urges more cuts which likely

would deprive an additional 50,000 individuals of the unemployment insurance lifeline. When did we get so selfish and shortsighted? Let’s remember employees and employers mutually fund Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Insurance program that benefits all of Pennsylvania. UI helps workers by providing to them essential minimal financial assistance until they can find other employment. The average weekly UI allowance is less than $335 a week, or approximately 50% of the worker’s previously earned weekly wage. The unemployed are not getting rich, nor are they receiving so much money that they can afford to postpone finding a new job. UI recipients use these allowances to pay for their and their families’ bare essentials of life: housing, food, clothing, childcare and transportation to help workers find new jobs. As a result, all Pennsylvanians, including employers, benefit because every UI dollar goes back into local economies and Pennsylvania’s economy. In a way, unemployed persons

are a kind of pass-through of UI to local economies throughout Pennsylvania. Since this is a system primarily funded by employers, the Commonwealth has borrowed $3 billion from the federal government on their behalf, to keep money flowing into the economy. This money most likely saved many businesses from bankruptcy, saving many more workers from being unemployed and needing UI. Now, businesses are being asked to repay that loan. But yet in this crazy political atmosphere that we live in, there are elected state officeholders who want to bail out business and make unemployed workers pay back the loan. Pennsylvania’s UI program originally was intended to be an employerdriven system because employers benefit when unemployed workers have money to spend. Yet the bill for UI increasingly falls on employees. Pennsylvania is one of only three states which require workers to make UI contributions based on 100% of their total wages. On the other hand, employers contribute to UI only on the

first $8,000 of wages paid to employees. They also receive a federal tax credit to offset their contributions. This wage base was implemented in 1984, when the average salary in Pennsylvania was $17,726 (representing approximately 45% of the average yearly wage). Since then, wage levels have increased threefold. In 2012, $8,000 is about 18% of the average yearly wage. Had employers supported a reasonable increase in the taxable wage base when it was proposed three years ago we would not be in this position. And yet the administration wants to further burden 50,000 additional persons who are unemployed due to no fault of their own. This is the wrong solution for Pennsylvania. It’s time to act for the benefit of all. So fairly restore the solvency of the Fund, the taxable wage base must be updated to reflect today’s wage scales. This alone will go a long way toward restoring solvency to Pennsylvania’s UC Fund. In fact, if the taxable wage base had been properly adjusted since 1984, Pennsylvania’s UC Fund would be solvent today. • 215-755-2000

Grade-School Kids Judge Goldilocks In Court by Tony West The courtroom was overflowing with jurors, witnesses and concerned citizens. A lot was riding on the outcome of this case. Especially for Goldilocks. Had she eaten other people’s – I mean bears’ – porridge and broken their chair? Did she have a right to sleep in their bed? Furrowing their brows in the jury box was a panel of a dozen 2nd-graders from Andrew Jackson ES at 11th & Ellsworth Streets. They had been sworn in before Judge Idee Fox to hear the dispute between Goldilocks and the Three Bears in order to celebrate “Law Day”. They were among 350 grade-schoolers who participated in mock trials at City Hall Friday of the legal disputes known popularly as “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”, “Three Little Pigs” and “Jack and the Beanstalk”. Students had received subpoenas at school prior to the event.’ They were welcomed at City Hall’s ceremonial Courtroom 653 by President Judge Pamela Dembe, two City

PRESIDENT JUDGE Pamela Dembe welcomed hundreds of children to City Hall as they prepared to engage in mock trials of various fairytale celebrities. Scott Sigman, right, was one of many attorneys who volunteered to serve as prosecu- ANDREW JACKSON ES 2nd-graders comprised jury in City Hall courtroom; in their hands lay Goldilocks’ fate. tors or defenders in these trials. Council Members and a host of ries deliberated for 15 minutes the judge. She shook all their than usual because many of our families are going through volunteers from the Philadel- to come up with their verdict. hands.” Judge Fox may have been the process of seeking citizenphia Bar Association who were For Andrew Jackson’s helping to make this educa- young citizens, the decision was especially warm because she’s ship right now.” So the school has a vigorous tional experience in American complicated, but they made up a Jacksonian too. South Philly justice come off well. their minds: Goldilocks was not born, she graduated from An- program of exposure to civic “I must ask you not to guilty on one count, guilty on drew Jackson … well, the processes. Last fall, former Judge hasn’t been subpoenaed Supreme Court Justice Sandra form opinions about the facts, two counts. about right and wrong, until It’s not known how to testify, so we won’t say Day O’Connor gave a presentation to Andrew Jackson, even you have heard all that every- Goldilocks reacted to the ver- how many years ago. Courtroom thinking is a swearing in its newly elected one has to say,” admonished dict. Andrew Jackson’s stuJudge Dembe. “Do not rush dents, though (they’re known featured part of Andrew Jack- student government. The year to judgement.” as “Jacksonians”), were very son’s educational experience, before, Judge Midge Rendell – said Principal Lisa Kaplan. former Gov. Ed Rendell’s wife Afterwards, the students happy with the outcome. “We are a very diverse – did the honors. dispersed to 13 different “They loved it,” said their Rest assured, then, courtrooms, where 13 differ- teacher Ms. Wendy Segal. school community,” exent judges were presiding. “They loved being in the plained Ms. Kaplan. “We Goldilocks’ fate was in good After hour-long trials, the ju- courtroom and really loved may be more civic-minded hands.

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the new Barnes Museum paid $600,000 to inventory the collection. Between administration by the original trustees from Lincoln University, who lost their right to control the collection because they declared bankruptcy, and their replacement board, there was a period where I believe some paintings were lost to the general public forever. When seen by former Barnes students, wherever they may be, these paintings could easily be identified. Judge Ott also gave them the right to violate Dr. Barnes’ will by allowing them to sell paintings. The original charm of the Barnes Art program has been destroyed for me. Still, I recommend a visit to the new show to anyone who can afford it. See it for Art’s sake. I am certain you will find a reward for your effort … the wonder of color and light cannot be diminished An Inquirer article by Lita Solis-Cohen on May 26, 1989 indicated “Twenty-two American paintings from the collection of the late Violette de Mazia, who taught art appreciation at the Barnes Foundation in Merion for 60 years, sold for $2.38 million yesterday at Christie’s auction house in New York. “That amount, added to the $5 million paid earlier this month for eight impressionist and modern works and $644,000 paid in April for de Mazia’s furniture and furnishings, brought the proceeds from de Mazia’s estate to more than $8 million.” “De Mazia died in September at the age of 89. She was a longtime assistant to Albert C. Barnes. “De Mazia stipulated in her will that her estate be used to establish the Violette de Mazia Trust, with the income supporting Barnes Foundation publications, art education and scholarships.” I contend she did not have ownership to any one of those paintings, or furnishings, though her cause could be considered by some to be just. The new Barnes Museum is the poorer for their loss. • 215-755-2000

given special gifts to about 20 of her close friends and Barnes supporters over the years, small artifacts from the collection, one of these a collection of Navaho jewelry. This shocked me. I discovered there was no official inventory of the mansion’s collection. She had one painting, but she gave away some, sold some and, after her death, the mansion’s remaining Barnes Collection pieces were sold. In short, what is now available for public viewing at the new Barnes in Philadelphia is not the complete collection. I learned in my research of the Barnes Trust documents, Violette de Mazia had five of the paintings I had seen hanging in her living room. They were sold through Christie’s Auction House without much fanfare. She raised $5 million for a legal-defense fund to defend against the movement to relocate the Barnes collection to Philadelphia. Only the most liberal interpretation of Dr. Barnes’ will could possibly allow her to do this, since he expressly willed, “No paintings are to be sold or moved from my collection.” Rumors of possible theft circulated when an expensive baby grand piano and a Cézanne were noted as missing. The Lower Merion Police Dept. did not investigate. To make accountability even more inaccurate, I learned no official inventory was ever made, as required by Orphans Court. The reason was Dr. Barnes felt none would be necessary, since the collection was never to be relocated or sold. An official inventory would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, requiring services of art experts. I suggested to the Montgomery Co. Commissioners and Judge Ott, they should conduct an inventory before the collection was moved. They would collect close to $2 million in filing fees because of the immense value of the collection. They refused to take action, not wanting to assume responsibility. Judge Ott did not allow me to testify why it was needed. Subsequently the trustees of

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by Ron Taylor Have you ever had the idea that you didn’t want to go somewhere – and then, when you got there, regretted showing up? Despite my press credentials, I decided not to go to the press event opening the new Barnes Art Exhibit in Philadelphia, even though I am a graduate of the Barnes Art Program (1978-79) and have a Master’s degree in art education, and also draw editorial cartoons for the Philadelphia Public Record. I was the only citizen and resident of Montgomery Co., Pa. who tried to defend the Barnes Trust will documents, only to be denied, time and again, “standing” in Judge Stanley Ott’s Orphan’s Court. My credentials were I had been a graduate student at the Barnes and a friend of Violette de Mazia, a trustee and director of education at the Barnes. She lived in the original mansion of Dr. Albert Barnes after Dr. Barnes built a brandnew mansion and museum near to the old mansion. She was allowed to live in the old mansion since she was the senior trustee and literally ran the museum, ruling on everything involving it. As a routine matter, she would take to the old mansion, now her home, her favorite pieces of art, which she used as teaching aids for her students. The mansion was already filled with old antiques and paintings and all were part of Dr. Barnes’ collections. Once, while visiting with her, sitting in the living room on one of her couches, I noticed, to my amazement, all the paintings hanging in the room were original masterpieces. On the floor leaning against the grandfather’s clock was a painting of a nude bust by Renoir. I asked her about it. She said that “was the only painting Dr. Barnes has given me from his collection, I like it so much. It is the only one I own.” Among my talents are those of a researcher and genealogist. I read her will in the Montgomery Co. archives. I was curious as to what it was worth. Her estate appraised it at $600,000. I noticed she had

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An Italian Stallion In 1st Senatorial? They are both lawyers, with basically the same platforms, education, safety, and crime awareness. But what makes them interestingly competitive is the fact both are of Italian extraction and vying for a district where Italian American voters still bear some clout. Incumbent State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-S. Phila.) is the favorite based on his two terms in office, his strong constituency service, and the Democrat dominated registration in his 1st Dist. Alfonso Gambone, also a South Philadelphia-bred attorney, has been laying the groundwork for a Republican challenge to Farnese which hasn’t been seen for a generation. The 34-year-old challenger already has all the pieces of a professional campaign in place – staff, volunteer re-

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Italian champ ... facing Italian challenger economy are linked. As a criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor, I saw the link between education and crime. If we provide the opportunities, that’ll reduce the crime. Most anti-crime legislation is reactive; I want to be proactive, by pushing highschool graduation and job training for offenders and for dropouts at greatest risk". Gambone is a proponent of Earned Income Tax Credits to support low-cost independent schooling, but not for a blanket school-voucher program. “We do need to invest in public education,” he insists, “but when a school is failing a child, we need to provide that

child with options.” With roots deep in city schools – his father taught history and economics at Hallahan for 40 years – Gambone went from St. Monica’s School to St. Joseph’s Prep. Incumbent and challenger differ on many subjects. Gambone is an ardent advocate of Marcellus Shale gas development, which he says will boost Philadelphia’s economy. He would press for a legal environment that would foster entrepreneurs. He likes Gov. Tom Corbett’s plan to privatize the Liquor Control Board; auctioning off its outlets could net up to $1.4 billion, which Gambone says can rebuild infrastructure and restore programs cut in the state budget. As a Democrat in the Senate, odds will find Farnese on the other side. After graduating from Temple Law School, the young attorney served in JAG 2004-2007. He was stationed with the 10th Mountain Division in upstate New York as operational law advisor for 5,000 soldiers, spending a



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year in Baghdad. The candidate is calling for mandatory set-asides for veterans’ small businesses. He also proposes tuition at state universities for any vet at the in-state rate, regardless of their current state of residence. “These are talented people I want to draw to Pennsylvania,” says Gambone enthusiastically. His wife Dr. Rita Carabello is an Einstein family physician in Mayfair. He has a six-monthold son, Alfonso Antonino. Can Gambone catch up with incumbent Farnese? The challenger says diligent outreach can do it. National Young Dems To Convention Here

Philadelphia will host the Summer National Meeting of the Young Democrats of America here Jun. 29-Jul. 1. It’s part of the push to keep the Commonwealth in the Obama column, since Philly voter turnout is key. The program will include a number of guest speakers, political trainings, business meetings and a special newmember orientation. The Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel Philadelphia at 220 S. 17th Street is the host venue. YDA has secured a group rate of $137/night plus tax. To reserve a room, please contact the hotel directly at (215) 7356000 and mention you are with

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William Dunbar launched his general election campaign for State Representative in the 177th Dist. at a press conference this week, attended by State Sen. Mike Stack (DNortheast) and Pastor Kevin Johnson at a small business in the heart of the district. “The people of this district, along with all Philadelphians, have suffered two years of being ignored and persecuted by Republicans in Harrisburg,” Dunbar said. “We have suffered attacks on schools, attacks on reproductive rights, even attacks on our right to vote. These are issues where there is a clear difference between what is right and wrong, and it is unconscionable that any Representative from Philadelphia would vote for what is so blatantly wrong.” Stack called Dunbar “a tireless worker with a record of devoting himself to his community.” Dunbar is among the candidates spawned by Congressman Chaka Fattah, for whom he worked as a special assistant. While working with the (Cont. Page 5)

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STATE SEN. Shirley Kitchen cuts ribbon to opening her 2nd Dist. office, in 35th Ward at 6418 Rising Sun Avenue. Cheering her on are Ward Leader Bill Dolbow and constituents including young Steven Bielawski, a student at Overbrook School for Blind. phy said. staged for three State Rep can“Kathleen is a fierce com- didates State Sen. Shirley petitor. But she also has a vi- Kitchen had supported. sion for this office. We agree Williams’ supporters have inconsumer protection must be dicated their loss would not the cornerstone of this office have lost him any sleep. Is it and that we must do more to the call to become Mayor that protect children from sexual has him mending fences? Judge Delays Orie’s abuse. So now, we Democrats Sentencing Delayed must come together, beat An Allegheny Co. judge David Freed, and deny Gov. Corbett the Attorney General has delayed the sentencing he hand-picked to protect his date for State Sen. Jane Orie radical agenda,” Murphy (R-Allegheny) for two weeks to give both sides additional added. time to prepare to address a Boyles Host Williams At Holocaust Museum motion by the prosecution for Last week State Rep. Bren- her to repay nearly $1.3 mildan Boyle (D-Northeast) held lion that was paid by the Sena news conference in the ate for her defense. Holocaust Museum at Klein Judge Jeffrey A. Manning JCC, located at 10100 Jami- issued the decision after previson Avenue. ously denying a request by In addition to his brother, Orie’s attorney asking for a what interested us most was postponement from the origiseeing State Sen. Anthony nal May 21 date to better preWilliams (D-W. Phila.) in the same picture with representatives from the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center. That follows his appearance earlier at a victory party

Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, these days more popular than the Governor, will address the City’s Republican Women’s Club Luncheon tomorrow at noon at the Vesper Club. Ticket price for the lunch is $32 and can be reserved by calling Karen Brown (267) 246-6347 or Checks are to be made payable to “Friends United For Change”. Tea Party Unites

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6TH ANNUAL Mike Pender Fish Fry was again successful in Lou & Choo’s on Hunting Park Avenue in Tioga. From left are David Goode, 23rd Div.; Big Sammy Hodge, 17th; Mike Pender, 22nd; Joe Russo, consultant; Gene Kennedy, 16th; and Joe Stivala, Public Record.

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(Cont. From Page 4) Congressman, he took a leadership role in the COREPhilly Scholarship Program, which helped over 14,500 highschool students to go to college. Dunbar left to expand his commitment to education as the director of children and youth programs at United Communities Southeastern Philadelphia, providing adequate after-school programming and care throughout the city of Philadelphia. The District, which includes Port Richmond, Bridesburg and Fishtown, and parts of Juniata and Wissinoming, has a heavy Democrat registration which does not seem to pose a problem for long-time incumbent State Rep. John Taylor (R-Kensington).

Hoover on Friday denied DeWeese's request to delay the start of his 2 1/2-to-5-year prison term until Hoover decides if he can remain free on bail while appealing his conviction. Hoover ordered the 62-year-old former Greene Co. lawmaker to surrender to the state Dept. of Corrections this past Monday as scheduled. DeWeese served in the House for 35 years, including a two years as speaker. He was unopposed for the Democratic nomination in his district and remains on the Nov. 6 general-election ballot. A jury convicted him of conspiracy, conflict of interest and three counts of theft for using public resources for political purposes.

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Prior to entering the Senate race, he founded his own very large Tea Party that covers two counties and consists of nearly 600 Tea Partiers. During the race he proudly called himself a “Tea Party guy.” His first stop after the primary was a Tea Party rally. And on the campaign trail he has already espoused just about every Tea Party idea there is. Tom Smith is one of Pennsylvania’s leading Tea Partiers. He is only the sixth Senate candidate in the country to receive the endorsement of the Tea Party Express -- a major national Tea Party group.

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Squilla Fundraiser Draws Big Council Honors Local Press City Council voted on a resolution today designating June as Local Independent Media and ADA Month. It was introduced by Council-

STRONG SUPPORT and an impressive crowd jammed second floor of Valentino's in South Philadelphia to give boost to 1st Dist. Councilman Mark Squilla. In this photo, from ADDING their congratulations were left are Matt Myer, Ted Pagano, Squilla, Willie Seward, Roseanne Pauciello HOST DR. JAMES MOYLAN, left, enjoyed turnout for this event. and Joe Russo. Richard DeMarco and Kevin Carroll. SHARING MOMENT with Councilman Mark Squilla were Joanne Chao and Ken Chan.

woman Jannie Blackwell. The citation read, in part, “An uncompromised press is invaluable to a free and democratic society. Local news outlets serve our community with a special excellence and commitment.” Since “Media mergers, corporate ownership and budget cuts threaten the integrity of local news coverage, the local independent media outlets build the public consensus needed to bring about change; and should be recognized as a key dimension.” The Philadelphia Public Record was among those named in the resolution.

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Legislative Dist. This means more than 50,000 Pennsylvania citizens will go unrepresented in the State House for more than six months. For these reasons, I have introduced legislation (HB 2340) which will put an end to the practice of public officeholders’ running for one office while holding another, or from running for two offices in the same election cycle. My legislation will not affect the current election cycle, but I am concerned about the avoidable cost of special elections. My legislation will not prevent someone from seeking higher office, but it would require a candidate to resign from one position in order to seek another, if the terms of the two positions would overlap. The proposal also would end the practice of candidates’ seeking two offices in the same election cycle. It would cover elected positions at the local, county and state level, including those for congressional seats. In addi-

tion to the General Assembly, in recent years we have seen appointments to fill incomplete terms of the State Treasurer and the State Attorney General. This was the result of people choosing to seek higher office while still holding another elected office. I realize this could be inconvenient for those who use one public office as a steppingstone to another. I know this will not prevent anyone from resigning a position to run for higher office; but I also realize it is long past due for the cost and the confusion related to unnecessary special elections and interim appointments to end. Also, at a time when government is being asked to do more with less, I think this is an easy call. Allegheny Co. and the City of Philadelphia already require officeholders to resign from a public office if the holder intends to seek a different elected public position. There is a risk associated with running for any elected office. First-time candidates often do not have a job that is as flexible as it could be for the purpose of seeking an elected office. Many times, challengers are forced to take leave that has no guarantee

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May 17- Robert Palaima hosts Fundraiser for State Sen. Mike Stack at Spasso Italian Grill, 34 S. Front St., 5:30-7 p.m. Donation: Gold $1,000, Silver $500, Bronze $250. For info Kevin (717) 213-4300. May 17- Spring Social for Chapel of Four Chaplains, 1201 Constitution Ave., Bldg. 649 in Navy Yard, 5:30-7:30 p.m. At door, $25. For info (215) 2181943 or May 17- Celebrity Bartender Night with former Sheriff Barbara Deeley, at La Casa Di Lucia, 14425 Bustleton Ave., 7-10 p.m. May 18- Republican Women’s Club meets at Vesper Club, 223 S. Sydenham St., 12 m. Guest speaker: Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley. For reservations Karen Brown (267) 246-6437. May 19- Delaware River Day at Olde Ft. Mifflin, Ft. Mifflin & Hog Island Rds., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Complimentary admission for active duty military and families with ID.

May 19- State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop hosts annual Spring Fling Kids Health Fair at Shepard Rec Ctr., 57th & Haverford Ave., 12-4 p.m. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. May 19- Delaware River Day at Penn’s Landing, Market St. & Columbus Blvd, 12-6 p.m. Ship inspections, boat shows, free rides. Complimentary admission for active-duty military and families with ID. May 19- City Council sponsors 2nd annual Senior Citizen Prom at Penna. Convention Ctr., starting 6 p.m. Tickets available through local adult centers. Hosting are Council President Darrell L. Clarke, Majority Whip William K. Greenlee and 1st Dist. Councilman Mark Squilla. For info Verna Tyner (215) 686-3446. May 19- Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz and State Sen. LeAnna Washington on agenda at Women’s Christian Alliance 2012 gala at National Constitution Ctr., 7-11 p.m. For info Evelyn Jones Busby (267) 471-2495. May 19- May Fair honoring fallen hero firefighter Joe Konrad at Ryan & Sackett, kicks off 7:30 p.m. Other activities around Cottman &

Frankford. Family fun. May 23- Korean War Veterans salute police, firemen, and service personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan at Korean War Memorial, Front & Spruce Sts., 2 p.m. Sgt. Richard Pinter speaks on meaning of Memorial Day. 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. May 23- Congressman Chaka Fattah hosts Veterans Conference for all veterans at Great Ha., Community College Winnet Student Life Bldg., 17th & Spring Garden Sts. No charge. Benefits assistance. To register (215) 871-4455. May 26- State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown hosts 3rd annual Hug-A-Vet rally at George T. Cornish American Legion Post 292, 4812 Fairmount Ave., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Honoring vets from N. and W. Phila. For info (215) 879-6615. May 28- Memorial Day Services at Washington Sq., Korean and Vietnam Memorials, Bridesburg and Fishtown, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jun.2- State Rep. Cherelle • 215-755-2000

by State Rep. Tony DeLuca (D-Allegheny) The House of Representatives swore in six new members last week, all elected in special elections held in conjunction with the April primary elections. Four of the six will not serve beyond Nov. 30 of this year because they failed to win their party’s primary election. All six of the vacancies occurred because sitting members of the House ran for other offices last fall, in the middle of their two-year terms. Since then, two additional vacancies have occurred in the House. Every time special elections are called, they can cost Pennsylvania taxpayers in excess of $175,000 for each election. Additionally, when members of the General Assembly leave midterm, it often results in their constituents’ going unrepresented for months. For instance, the Speaker just announced a special election will not be held to fill the vacant seat in the 50th

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Philadelphia public schools will be open this fall. Luckily, parents won’t have to home-school their kids ... not that many could. Gov. Tom Corbett, addressing the Chamber of Commerce, indicated his budget had an increase over what had been proposed ... but he wasn’t going to fatten it up to any measurable degree. So the State will come up with some additional money for our financially strapped school district. Then our Mayor will have done everything he can, including increasing hundreds of fees and upping nuisance taxes, while being challenged by City Council on the propriety of raising real-estate taxes. He will deliver many more millions of dollars. The only losers in this scenario are the efforts of individuals to set up small businesses in this city, finding they are being forced to pay several thousand dollars in fees and other costs just to set up small businesses such as grocery stores and restaurants. Also, you must worry many voters will not understand a ballot question which will find its way to the ballot in November wresting sole control to levy water rates from the Water Commissioner. Thanks to the City Charter, the Commish answers to no one when raising rates. The question needs to be approved by you, giving City Council a voice in how rates are levied. Failure to do so will see a rapid erosion of businesses in this city which have cement aprons, small and big. Right now, Comcast Building, our city’s tallest, will pay less in water rates than businesses which depend on trucking facilities to survive, such as supermarket malls and other shopping strips. Their water rates have climbed to the point where most of their profit will be going to the Water Dept. • 215-755-2000

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AREA JUDGES for US International Film & Video Festival included, from left, Samuel Speiser, general manager, WWDB-AM 860; Eleen Matthews, Studio Ten TV/Video producer; Stan Hochman, Phila. Daily News icon sportswriter; Joe Ball, chairman and organizer; Elena Cruz, judging coordinator; Kaitlin Bos, American Advertising Services A.E.; Steve Levy, former Phila. TV anchorman; Roseanne Raffa, John Robert Powers coordinator; and Dawn Bundick, marketing manager, Hard Rock Café.

pState Rep. Kevin Boyle (DNortheast) is advising senior citizens to discard a solicitation offering to complete the application for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for a $39 fee. The solicitation involves a letter asking residents to fill out an enclosed Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program application and return it with a $39 fee to a Harrisburg address. “The State does not charge a fee to enroll in the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, so

this communication is not from a state agency,” Boyle said. “My offices can assist those who need help applying for a property tax or rent rebate for free.” Boyle said several seniors brought to his attention a mailing from a non-government agency identifying itself as the Senior Advisory Center. The company offers to fill out senior citizens’ Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms, and asks for income and homeownership information, as well as a $39 processing fee. Boyle said people with ques-

tions can call one of his offices at (215) 331-2600 for the office located at 7518 Frankford Avenue or (215) 695-1016 for the office located at 7801-A Hasbrook Avenue. The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program provides state rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2011 to eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older; widows and widowers 50 or older; and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security, Supplemental Security or federal Railroad Retirement Tier I income is excluded. The maximum standard rebate is $650. Deadline is Jun. 30.

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MOST-PROMINENT graduate of University of Penna.’s Fels Institute of Government, Congressman Chaka Fattah, returned to speak at its commencement ceremony on Sunday. Fels alumni receive Master’s of Government Administration.

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becomes entitled to disability insurance benefits (or any of the other benefits mentioned in the previous sentence). 20 C.F.R. section 404.1592 (e). The trial work period generally ends with the ninth month in which services have been performed (at the amounts specified above) within a period of 60 consecutive months. 20 C.F.R. section 404.1592 (e)(2). A disabled claimant may qualify for a reentitlement period after nine months of trial work. This means that you may again qualify to receive disability benefits without the need to file a new application. The reentitlement period begins with the first month following completion of nine months of trial work and ends with the earlier of the month before the first month in which your impairment no longer exists or is not medically disabling, or the last day of the 36th month following the end of your trial work period if you were entitled to benefits after December 1987. 20 C.F.R. section 1592a (b)(1), (2)(i) and (ii).

by Tom Flynn and Rocco DeGregorio Q: How can I keep my car windows from fogging? With all the rain we have been having and the humid summer air coming, foggy windows are commonplace. The reason your windows fog is that the temperature of the windows is colder than the humid air. That being said ,there are a few things you can do. First, you can adjust the temperature to warm your windows. Also, you can redi-

rect the airflow to blow towards the floor for a few moments. Lastly, there are some chemicals that offer solutions that leave water repellent on the glass and help alleviate fogging. (Tom has been serving automotive customers in the Philadelphia area for over 20 years as a salesman and then general manager of Pacifico Auto Group. Rocco is key car account executive. Send in question of your own to either of them at 215-492-1700.)

Pacifico Foundation Marks 48th Year of Scholarships Totaling Over $1.5 Million Family-run and family-oriented Pacifico Cars at the Airport Automall yesterday continued to help needy students as they moved on from high school to college. The Kerry Pacifico Family Foundation distributed its largest grant REV. LEON FRISBY, of St. Daniel’s A M C Church, 90, and long-time friend of Kerry, Sr., found himself receiving a check for use by his parish’s students.

to date, with $55,000 being given to students recommended by the faculties of Catholic, charter and public schools. The yearly grantgiving is now in its 48th year.

by Michael A. Cibik, Esquire American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: What is the third costly emotion that keeps you in debt and from filing bankruptcy? Answer: Emotions, not reasons, keep people from filing bankruptcy and starting fresh. Fear, stubbornness, and pride – not as sexy as the seven deadly sins, but those three swirling emotions keep my clients mired in debt long after logic says “quit”. Let’s talk today about pride. “I’m not the kind of person that files bankruptcy,” I often hear. Well, what kind of person is it that files bankruptcy? It’s people who’ve gotten sick, even with health insurance; people who’ve di-

vorced; people who’ve lost jobs; and people who got suckered into believing that the marvels of a consumer society were available to everyone. Bankruptcy is not a moral failing; it’s a legal solution to an economic problem. Look around at the celebrities and the iconic corporations who have all filed for bankruptcy relief. Do we think they are lesser people for starting over? Not usually. Walt Disney, one of the more-famous debtors, is an American hero. What is an emotional decision to file is really exhaustion: When the defensive shield of these corrosive emotions is worn down, and rationality wins out. Next Week’s Question: Don’t file bankruptcy?

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by Michael P. Boyle, Esq. SSA permits a disabled claimant to test her ability to work and still be considered disabled. This is termed a “trial work period”. See 20 C.F.R. section 404.1592. The basic idea is that someone who receives disability benefits may return to work for a period of time before SSA terminates her eligibility to continue to receive cash payments and Medicare benefits. A disabled claimant can work performing “services” for pay for up to nine months in any 60-month period without losing her entitlement to receive benefits. For 2012, any month in which earnings exceed $720 is considered a month of services for an individual’s trial work period. A claimant will generally be entitled to a trial work period if she is entitled to disability-insurance benefits, child’s benefits based on disability, or widow’s or surviving divorced spouse’s benefits based on disability. 20 C.F.R. section 404.1592 (d)(1). The trial work period begins with the month in which a claimant

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AWARDING $55,000 in scholarship aid to students from 22 area high schools are Kerry Pacifico, Sr. and his daughter Maria, continuing 48 years of scholarship aid to area students totaling over $1.5 million. • 215-755-2000

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Sheriff Williams Hosts Foreclosure Sessions CWU Bangs Verizon

SHERIFF Jewell Williams had a hands-on approach to advising those with mortgage problems at his Mortgage Foreclosure Workshop designed to help those seeking to save their homes.

MIKE BROWN, of Northwest Counseling Services, explains some ways foreclosures can be prevented and held up until owners get proper assistance needed to clear their homes of foreclosures.

Candis Pressley Blackwood explains “short sales” to those attending Sheriff Jewell Williams outreach workshop to those facing foreclosures. Photos by Donald Terry

5 TOP VERIZON execs took home $283 million since 2009, yet they’re pressing line workers for givebacks: So runs charge by Communications Workers of America activists, who were distributing leaflets outside Verizon office at Rittenhouse Square.

Rep. Ron Waters’ 9th Annual Senior Lunch Draws Over 500

RECEIVING SPECIAL CITATIONS from State Rep. Ronald Waters for community service were Ted Behr, Jack Byrne, Sylvester Johnson, Nan Barnwell, Huley Barnette, Audrey Harris and Vivian Miller. Photo by Martin Regusters, Leaping Lion Photography

STATE REP. Ron Waters welcomes over 500 seniors to his 9th annual Senior Health Expo & Luncheon which featured food, health information and city services. Photo by Donald Terry

PUBLIC RECORD Editor and Publisher Jim Tayoun and State Rep. Ron Waters flank Gloria Truxon, who represented State Rep. Harold James, at 9th annual Waters’ senior extravaganza. Photo by Donald Terry

OLDEST SENIOR honored, Mrs. Almeta Bower, 102, is presented honorary citation by State Rep. Ron Waters at his 9th annual luncheon for senior citizens. ANNUAL Pinochle Tournament Champions Curtis King Photo by Martin Regusters, Leaping and Purnell Ham receive trophies from State Rep. Ronald Waters. Photo: Martin Regusters, Leaping Lion Photography Lion Photography

FORMER POLICE Commissioner Sylvester Johnson, left, and ward SIGN IN TABLE offered hot and cold beverages for senleader Anne Brown were among VIPs iors as they signed in to Rep. Waters annual luncheon for seniors. Photo by Donald Terry in attendance. Photo by Donald Terry • 215-755-2000

Jordan Gives Testimony Enjoying Super Party

AMONG SENIORS attending State Rep. Ron Waters’ annual luncheon was his favorite sen- LILLIAN GLOVER gets happy hug from State Rep. ior, his mother. Photo: Donald Terry Ron Waters. Photo by Donald Terry

JERRY JORDAN, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, is thanked by State Rep. Michelle Brownlee for giving testimony at a House Democratic Policy Committee this Tuesday at IBEW Local 98 headquarters, 1701 Spring Garden Street. The panel discussion’s topic: state budget cuts. Photo by Rory McGlasson

EX-GOV. Ed Rendell enjoyed his role as honorary chairman of Public Citizens for Children & Youth annual Super Party. His was joined by PCCY Executive Director Shelly Yanoff and Donna Cooper, former Penna. Secretary of Planning & Policy in his administration.

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We’re nearing the summer concert season and it looks as if Philadelphia is going to be Ground Zero for two of the summer’s biggest shows. One is a show that all of us here in the Delaware Valley look forward to each year. It’s the Wawa Welcome America! concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Since the City of Philadelphia finally got wise enough to allow some professionals to put the concert together, in this case, ?uestlove of Philadelphia’s own hip-hop ambassadors The Roots, the shows have been nothing short of awesome. This year’s lineup includes fellow Queen Latifah, Common, Joe Jonas and fellow Temple alum Daryl Hall. The fireworks are going to have a tough time topping this lineup and it’s probably going to be a great time. It’s also going to be free. Gratis. No dinero necesito. Which brings me to the other big show that’s gonna hit our city this summer. Last week’s “Out and About” featured a story about pop superstar Beyoncé and the news she’s about to become an award-winning journalist, thanks to the New York Association of Black Journalists. This week, the other half of the Carter/Knowles household, hip-hop superstar and mogul (he once declared himself not a businessman, but a Business, man) Jay-Z, came to town and announced, with Mayor Michael Nutter beside him, that the Benjamin Franklin Parkway was going to have a second stint as the city’s largest concert venue when the Budweiser Made In America Festival makes its way into town Labor Day weekend. (Cont. Page 18)

Only eight Senate Democrats voted against the state budget that mortally wounds Philadelphia. STATE SENS. TONY WILLIAMS, LARRY FARNESE, LeANNA WASHINGTON, SHIRLEY KITCHEN, MIKE STACK, JUDY SCHWANK, TIMOTHY SOLOBAY and DAYLIN LEACH voted against it. STATE SENS. VINCE HUGHES and TINA TARTAGLIONE argued that restorations to higher education were sufficient to join in on the assault against the city. Both Hughes and Tartaglione voted against using the Legislative Surplus, aka “the slush fund”, to restart the AdultBasic health insurance program for working Pennsylvanians. How does one defend voting against legislative perk money to help working Pennsylvanians get insurance? The FOP achieved a miracle by selling their headquarters on Spring Garden Street and moving to the Normandy section of Northeast Philadelphia. JOHN McNESBY spoke with pride at the groundbreaking. The new hall will provide a gym, catering facilities and convenient parking, instead of the nightmarish situation of downtown. On hand for the groundbreaking were MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER, COUNCILMAN BRIAN O’NEILL, State Sen. Mike Stack, Police COMMISSIONER CHUCK RAMSEY and BOB PANTANO. They were joined by CONGRESSWOMAN ALLYSON SCHWARTZ and STATE REPS. ED NEILSON, BRENDAN BOYLE and KEVIN BOYLE. Nearly 70% of the city’s police live in Northeast Philadelphia. WILLIAM DUNBAR also attended the groundbreaking. He is running for State Rep against incumbent JOHN TAYLOR. Taylor is the last Philadelphia Republican in the legislature. Dunbar also kicked off the opening of his campaign at Hinge Café on Somerset Street. He was joined by a large crowd and his WARD LEADERS DONNA AUMENT, TOMMY JOHNSON and BOB DELLAVELLA. World-renowned sculptor CHARLES MADDEN succumbed to illness this week. He was born and raised in Kensington, where his mother encouraged him in the study of art. It was uncommon for a Kensington kid to choose such a path and Madden achieved greatness. His works are displayed in Rome and Jerusalem. STATE SEN. STEWART GREENLEAF visited the Church of the Nazarene and was surprised to find a Madden sculpture of the Virgin Mary. It turned out that Madden was his Maple Glenn constituent. Madden’s beautiful wife THERESA encouraged him in his art and traveled with him around the world. The funeral mass was at St. Alphonso’s in Maple Glenn. • 215-755-2000

Yo! Here we go again with an oxymoron or a figure of speech by which a locution produces an incongruous, seemingly self-contradictory effect, as in “cruel kindness” or “to make haste slowly.” Got it? I hope you agree with some of them. Is it good if a vacuum really sucks? Why the third hand on a watch is called the second hand? If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know? If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words? Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack? Why does “slow down” and “slow up” mean the same thing? Why does “fat chance” and “slim chance” mean the same thing? Why do “tug” boats push their barges? Why do we sing “Take me out to the ball game” when we are already there? Why are they called “stands” when they are made for sitting? Why is it called “after dark” when it is really “after light”? Doesn’t “expecting the unexpected” make the unexpected expected? Why are a “wise man” and “wise guy” opposites? Why do “overlook” and “oversee” mean opposite things? Why is “phonics” not spelled the way it sounds? If work is so terrific, why do they have to pay you to do it? If the entire world is a stage, where is the audience sitting? If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular? If you are crosseyed and have dyslexia, can you read all right? Why is bra singular and panties plural? Why do you press harder on the buttons of a remote control when you know the batteries are dead? Why do we put suits in garment bags and garments in a suitcase? How come abbreviated is such a long word? Why do we wash bath towels? Aren’t we clean when we use them? Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of the bottle? Why do they call it a TV set when you only have one? Christmas: What other time of year do you sit in front of a dead tree and eat candy out of your socks? Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway? I dunno, why do we? Can you think of any that I missed? For I know that this list is not complete. Some of these oxymorons are really dumb but some are not so dumb; what do you think?

MEMORIAL DAY is coming. It is not about barbecues. It is about REMEMBERING those who fell in service to the nation. Those who were maimed – for them the war goes on, and the returning and yet deployed personnel of all military components. Please TEACH your kids about this! One the neat things that will happen is the Bridesburg Memorial Day Parade on Richmond Street. This most-patriotic neighborhood will host “Big Hank” VANNELLI as a Parade Marshall. Hank is an 88-year-old former police sergeant who is a MARINE hero of the Chosun Battle in Korea. Hank also served in WW2.... The REJECTION of parts of OBAMACARE by Gov. Christie seems like a lot of blustering and politicking. Since Christie is in a campaign mode, I cannot be sure if he is speaking for the N.J. residents or voters. The Supreme Court has yet to rule, and if affirmed, it is the law of the land. Does Christie want to secede from the union? IT IS NICE to talk about the Sunoco refinery as a 1400-acre park, but hundreds of UNION jobs sound better. Philly has more parks than most cities. No one wants a refinery in their back yard, and this one has no back yards. To close a refinery means stress on demand, and higher prices at the pump. HAVE YOU noticed that BP stations are offering 4 cents off per gallon? And with a BP credit card, the savings are bigger per $100 of gas. One fellow boasted of saving 46 cents per gallon – hmmmm?... DEVELOPER assertions of alleged union thuggery sound like young builders feeling their testosterone. Guys filmed on camera have no “I am union” sign. FINALLY a plug for VINCE FUMO in the daily media. Fumo got a bill through the legislature to provide tax relief (Cont. Page 21)

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The Democratic Party is rumored to be engaged in succession planning for NANCY PELOSI, who is 72 years old. The short list includes CONGRESSWOMAN ALLYSON SCHWARTZ. If there you were inclined to vote for the Republican candidate for this seat, JOE ROONEY, you should have greater incentive now. Schwartz’s policy positions and voting record is in lockstep with Congresswoman Pelosi and PRESIDENT OBAMA. It should be noted she was one of the first Democrats to call for N.Y. CONGRESSMAN ANTHONY WEINER to resign after the widespread distribution of his lessthan-tasteful emails highlighting his personal attributes. This elephant assumes Weiner would be on this short list if he had not been stupid enough to email the questionable pictures. Rooney is the underdog in this race. We believe while the district is more liberal than it was when her Democratic predecessor JOE HOEFFEL defeated Republican incumbent JON FOX, it is probably not as liberal as Schwartz. This evidenced by the fact her unknown and grossly underfunded Republican opponent in 2010 managed to capture 43% of the vote. It has been suggested the seat after redistricting has become safer for her as the 13th now has a higher percentage of Democrats, by including more of blue-collar Democratic Philadelphia. This elephant questions whether she, a the liberal elite wife of a suburban cardiologist, will do so much better in North and Northeast Philadelphia than a retired Marine who is currently a Delta pilot. President Obama’s evolution in respect to his opinion on same-sex marriage has crept its way into the Pennsylvania Senate race. A number of Democratic Senators, including BOB CASEY, are distancing themselves from the President’s (Cont. Page 18)

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Elephant Corner (Cont. From Page 17) “evolved” opinion on gay marriage. In the case of some of Senators, including CLAIRE McCASKILL of Missouri, she is wisely avoiding the issue as Missouri recently held a referendum that banned same sex marriage. In the case of Casey, he is moving away from this issue owing to true conviction, in this elephant’s opinion. Casey, a serious Catholic, is conservative on a number of social issues. Unfortunately for Casey, being more liberal on social issues than his opponent TOM SMITH could have benefited him with the more moderate Republicans and independents in suburban Philadelphia, Center City and Chestnut Hill. Where he really would want to distance himself from Obama is on fiscal and energy issues. On fiscal issues, there is no way he can

distance himself from the President owing to this pesky thing called a voting record. In respect to energy issues, he may have some leeway. He did support the building of the Keystone Pipeline, in contrast to the Obama administration’s position. His Keystone Pipeline vote did demonstrate a desire to increase jobs in the energy sector outside of Pennsylvania. However, his record on promoting the advancement of energy-related jobs in Pennsylvania is a mixed bag. He had proposed three separate bills in the US Senate that, in this elephant’s opinion, would have retarded the growth of natural-gas drilling in Pennsylvania and in turn slowed the creation of energy jobs within the state. Also, his proposed legislation would have shifted the oversight of the Marcellus Shale development to the federal government. Typically, the regulation of this Attorneys are both board certified by the American Bankruptcy Certification Board. Chapters 7/13 & Stop foreclosures, creditors harassments, lawsuits, garnishments, and sheriff sales.

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The Family Court of the State of Delaware, In and For New Castle. Notice of Termination of Parental Rights Action. To: Unknown Father, From: Confidential Clerk of Family Court Adoptions from the Heart, Petitioner, has brought a civil action (Petition number 12-13276) against you to terminate your parental rights of your minor female, born: 1/10/2012. A hearing has been scheduled at the Family Court, 500 N. King Street, Wilmington Delaware, on 7/18/2012 at 10:00 a.m. If you do not appear at the hearing, the Court may terminate your parental rights without your appearance. If you wish to be represented by an attorney in this matter but cannot afford one, you my be entitled to have the court appoint an attorney to represent you for free. For more information, please contact the confidential clerk at family court, (302) 255-0244.

type of drilling is done at the state level. He appears to have dialed back on the fracking issue recently. Also, earlier this year he en-

couraged Shell Oil to build a cracker facility in Pennsylvania that would process natural gas. Has he, like the President, evolved on this

issue, or does he realize this is an election year? Outside of the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh areas, being strident on containing natural-gas de-

velopment is not all that popular. It should be noted his opponent in November, Tom Smith, is very well versed on energy issues.

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names, so I don’t feel bad if you’re saying huh?! right about now) is going to give the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania a chunk of the proceeds from this shindig … even though no one knows how big a chunk and how much money that’s going to turn into. But while I appreciate all that, there are a few things that bother me about this. One: It’s gonna cost you some significant coin to come to this event. A special twoday pass is going to be offered to a limited number of folks at a cost of $99 plus fees, but my guess is individual tickets are going to go up real high once those passes are gone. How are you going to charge a large hunk of money for a concert that’s taking place at a venue which has (a) traditionally been the home of free concerts and (b) is surrounded on all sides by apartment buildings with balconies that will allow folks to see Jay-Z and company for free from the comfort of their own homes? And can Philadelphians get a discount for all of the inconvenience this is going to cause us on the last

major holiday weekend of the summer? Two: The City’s coffers have been stretched thin; at least that’s what Mayor Nutter keeps telling municipal employees who have been without a contract for four-plus years. Where is the money to pay for all of the overtime for police, the sanitation department, and all of the other city workers who are going to be needed for this? And three: While I appreciate all the United Way does for the Delaware Valley, doesn’t the School District of Philadelphia need the money more? And why wouldn’t our

Mayor, a dude who knows how hard up the district is, ask for that? If you want to go to the Art Museum, or hit the new Barnes Collection, it’s gonna be a hot mess finding parking, bathrooms or just about anything else. The least we could do is get some money from this hootenanny to pay to educate a gang of Jay-Z’s biggest fans. To be honest, I hope to cover this. But I also hope it doesn’t take more from Philadelphia than it actually gives. We don’t need anymore of that kind of thing. We already have the owners of our sports teams for that….

(Cont. From Page 17) The show, which will be headlined by Jay-Z during one of the two nights that it’ll be going on, is going to be similar to Welcome America!, but on a much larger scale; the kind of large scale that comes with a big beer-company sponsorship. According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Mayor Nutter had a response that reminded me of an old Temple University commercial when asked about the concert: “He’s Jay-Z. He could be in any city or country in the world. He chose Philadelphia.” Okay. I get that. Anything that’s going to give the city some national shine and possibly get us a DVD deal that puts us on a concert network is cool with me. I like seeing the city shine. That’s why I’d love to see the Welcome America! concert nationally televised. I think everyone should see it. I also think it’s kind of cool that Hova (I don’t expect anyone over 40 who isn’t a music critic to know this is one of Shawn Carter’s many nick-

Love Your Park Week

CUTTING RIBBON to unveil new Lardner’s Point Park in N.E. Phila. are State Rep. Mike McGeehan, Councilman Bobby Henon, State Sen. Mike Stack, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Michael DiBerardinis, Delaware River City Corp. head Bob Borski and Congresswoman. Allyson Schwartz. Photo: Rory McGlasson

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WELCOMING inaugural luncheon of Republican Women’s Club at Vesper Club were, seated, organizer Karen Brown, President of PNC Bank Navy Yard Joanne Baccari and Cambodian Human Rights President Janet Seng. Back Row: Standing from left were Republican 16th Ward Leader Mike Powels, Republican 56th Ward Leader Al Taubenberger, GOP Party Counsel Michael Meehan, RCC Chair Vito Canuso, political writer Ned Green, and candidates Mike Tomlinson and Robert Mansfield.

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City Senators Unhappy Over Budget Philadelphia’s State Senators are of one mind when voicing their opinions following the Republican-controlled Senate’s passage of State Budget legislation. State Sen. LeAnna Washington called the approval of SB 1466 by a vote of 38-9 “because this budget plan made less than half of the restorations we need to make Pennsylvania

whole again. And half is not enough. Yet again, we are presented with a budget that continues to forsake our children, hardworking families, and the poor. Although this bill makes some important restorations, it does not do enough to help Pennsylvania recover and prosper.” Democrat Whip State Sen. Anthony H. Williams stated,

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funding, which would do so much for the School District of Philadelphia’s bottom line.” State Sen. Christine M . Tartaglione praised the thousands of civic activists, educators and social-service providers who traveled to Harrisburg over the past two months for helping Senate Democrats force changes in state budget priorities. “The budget framework passed in the Senate still falls short of meeting the goals of job creation and protecting vulnerable families,” she said. “But it’s a sign that people are being heard. The $27.7 billion spending plan proposed by Senate Republicans restores $500 million of the cuts proposed by Gov. Tom Corbett, but still leaves many working families without access to affordable child care or health insurance.” Tartaglione, who sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said the proposal represented a positive shift in the budget debate as Senate Democrats were given an opportunity to provide significant input about their ideas and priorities.

Norris Homes Wins LEED-Green Award The Philadelphia Housing Authority has taken another step into the future with the grand opening of its first highperformance, LEED-certified green development, the new Norris Apartments. This dedication ceremony is little more than a year after the wrecking ball demolished the outdated high rise. The new development, located adjacent to Temple University in North Philadelphia, meets the requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design building certification program. The program focuses on five ke-

yareas of environmental and human health: energy efficiency, indoor environmentalquality, materials selection, sustainable site development, and water savings. LEED standards are nationally accepted for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. “I am happy to announce the completionof this cuttingedge development which represents PHA’s progressive andenvironmentally conscious approach to affordable housing,” said PHA Administrative Receiver / Executive Director Michael P. Kelly.

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(Cont. From Page 17) for older residents in yuppified and rehabbed neighborhoods. Time has moved on and times are HARD. CITY TAX RELIEF is TOO PUNY. Fumo is needed now. With his departure (pushed by the media), we pay higher electric bills as well. What will NUTTER DO ABOUT THIS?... T. MILTON STREET, who, with no money, got 25% of the vote against Nutter (who might be Mayor of the 1%), might discuss real-estate tax relief at his FACEBOOK-announced public meeting to be held at today, 7-8:30 p.m., at 1510 W. Stiles Street. State Sen. Larry FARNESE and State Rep. Brendan BOYLE will attend. A.V.I. REAL-ESTATE TAX INCREASE WATCH: It is hard to discern reality, but it is rumored the CITY is speeding up on property inspections! To rush inspections of 557,000 parcels is mad, and won’t be the correct way! To use OLD SALES with these findings is not professional. Banks, ap-

praisers, assessors use the most recent three years to develop market value. And job-cost amounts on building permits SHOULD NOT be used alone to determine adjusted values.... PAYMENTS in lieu of taxes from nonprofits used to give the City millions, but now it is a few hundred thousands. They CAN AFFORD MORE. Will NUTTER push them? Watchful waiting is indicated. I READ a comment which seemed to boast that Kevin BOYLE won the 63rd Ward against the ward leader who was for his opponent. I thought that the 63rd just had a few divisions in that race. When I talked with the ward leader before the primary, it was not a question of her winning – she knew it would be tough – but she was standing on principle. You have to admire her for that. SHIRLEY KITCHEN stood on principal recently when good conscience would not allow her to vote for a bill. This is John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage revisited. BRAVO to both ladies! And the GOOD NEWS is HAL ROSENTHAL, ESQ.

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BREAKING ground for new Quaker Meetinghouse, from left, were Councilman Bill Green, City of Phila. Chief Cultural Officer Gary Steuer, Councilwoman Cindy Bass, Philadelphia Museum of Art President Gail Harrity, Congressman Chaka Fattah, Irene McHenry of Friends Council on Education, Meetinghouse Campaign Co-Chair Jon Landau and Maura McCarthy of Friends of the Wissahickon. Young shovelers in front are John Mazzaccaro, Isabella Mazzaccaro, Skye Peterson and Ani Peterson. Congressman Chaka Fattah joined with religious, political and community leaders and four youngsters to break ground on a rainy Tuesday for Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting’s new meetinghouse on E. Mermaid Lane in Chestnut Hill. Fattah thanked members of Chestnut Hill Meeting and city’s entire Quaker community for providing a “moral compass” and for inspiring leadership “over causes that never get in the headlines.” Upon completion in 2013, it will be first meetinghouse built in the Quaker City in 80 years.

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New Leasing Provisions Now In Force For PHA Residents The Philadelphia Housing Authority has updated the terms of its leasing agreements for public housing residents. Over 13,000 households that rent housing owned and operated by the agency now face a greater penalty for late rent payments and a swifter eviction process for nonpayment and other lease violations. The terms of the new agreement went into effect on April 1. All affected residents met with their managers before that date and signed the new lease agreement, which PHA has been working on since the middle of last year. The lease was last revised 20 years ago and did not reflect the best practices of the market as it exists today. “The lease is the foundation fo rthe relationship between PHA and its residents and it details the rights and responsibilities of both parties. I want to thank our residents for coming in to sign the new lease and for cooperating with the terms.” said Michael P. Kelly, the agency’s Administrative Receiver/Executive Director. “The

housing authority and our residents have to work together so we canmaintain our properties at the highest level and ensure a safe environment for all.” Keith Caldwell, Executive General Manager of Housing Operations for PHA, said the lease revisions were made after consulting with residents, resident leadership, and Community Legal Services. The agency held 16 community meetings to inform residents of the changes and receive their feedback. “We got complete buy-in,” he said. “The lease is very important. We have staff. We have maintenance. We have repairs. We have to sustain the property and to do that, you have to make sure folks are doing the right thing and that they are being held accountable.” Rent collection is especially important in light of federal funding cuts. PHA collects an estimated $25 million in rent from its residents annually. The fee for late payment of rent was increased from $10 to $20. Caldwell said on-time

payment of rent helps a resident’s credit record, something that’s important if theywant to become self-sufficient and graduate to homeownership. Residents who are experiencing financial hardship or other issues are strongly encouraged to work with their managers. Some of the other provisions allow PHA to: Give less than 30 days’ notice to vacate for health and safety reasons, drug-related or violent criminal activity, or if a member of the household is convicted of a felony Terminate the lease of a family absent from a unit for more than 30 calendar days in a calendar year, unless they have notified the agency Take family members off the lease if they are absent for more than 30 calendar days in the calendar year, down from the old limit of 180 days The lease changes do not affect Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) recipients or those who live at PHA’s newer, tax credit sites, which are privately managed and have different leases.

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