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What Motivates Black Clergy PAC? —Why Are Reports Not Filed?— by David Lynn Black Clergy PAC does not seem to be filing campaign-finance reports with the Commonwealth or the City of Philadelphia. According to the Commonwealth Dept. of State Registered Committee List, the Black Clergy PAC is registered as Filer ID# 2009331. Their registered address is 1608 Christian Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19146. This would seem to indicate the committee was formed in 2009. This address corresponds to the address of First African Baptist Church, where Rev. Terrence Griffith is pastor. According to an official at the Philadelphia Co. Board of Elections, campaign-finance reports have not been filed by any entity with a similar name for several years. A Right To Know request filed with the Commonwealth Dept. of State produced one report that was signed on Apr. 15, 2011. Another Right To Know request asking for other documents dating from 2009 through 2012 was denied on the grounds that the Dept. of State did not have the documents in question. The request was appealed to the Commonwealth Right To Know Office, and again denied on the same grounds. Rev. Griffith was invited to submit information to the Right To Know Office for the appeal. It is unknown whether Committee/Candidate GORDON, ROGER COM TO ELECT Progress 2000 GORDON, ROGER COM TO ELECT JIMENEZ, NAZARIO FOR MUNICIPAL COURT TRENT, EARL W. FANNING, MICHAEL DYCH, JOE FOR JUDGE COM RAU, LISA M. COM TO ELECT JUDGE JIMENEZ, NAZARIO FOR MUNICIPAL COURT COHEN, DENIS ELECT JUDGE DEFINO, ROSEMARIE COM TO ELECT PEW, WENDY FOR MUNICIPAL CT WOGAN, CHRIS CITIZENS FOR SAIDEL, JONATHAN FRIENDS OF BISHOP, LOUISE CITIZENS FOR HEFFLEY, MARILYN FOR JUDGE WILLIAMS, MARVIN L. MULDROW, BEVERLY The Committee to Elect Sharon Williams Losier Friends of LeAnna M. Washington BRONSON, GLENN COM TO ELECT The Committee to Elect Sharon Williams Losier GORDON, ROGER COM TO ELECT GORDON, ROGER COM TO ELECT GORDON, ROGER COM TO ELECT GORDON, ROGER COM TO ELECT GORDON, ROGER COM TO ELECT GORDON, ROGER COM TO ELECT Keeping America Competitive JONES II, C. DARNELL Eubanks, Joyce Com To Elect COLEMAN,GREGORY COM TO ELECT Committee to Elect Ellen Green-Ceisler BERRY, WILLIS Daniel Anders IRVINE, JONATHAN Friends of Judge John Younge Committee to Elect Charles Hayden Gregory A. Coleman, Esq. JUDSON, LINDA FOR JUDGE Committee to Elect Fran Shields

any representative of Black Clergy PAC submitted any additional information to the Dept. of State concerning the appeal. Rev. Griffith, whose email signature identifies him as President of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia & Vicinity, has indicated he believes Black Clergy PAC is in compliance with all campaign finance statutes. When given an opportunity to produce copies of the campaign finance reports in question, Rev. Griffith did not produce any reports, instead indicating “Colliers and Heath” may have more information about previously filed campaign-finance statements. No phone number was provided for either individual, and FreePoliticalSpeech.com was not contacted by either. One campaign finance report was obtained by FreePoliticalSpeech.com. It was not in the form of DSEB-502, but was instead filed as IRS FEC Form 3. It appeared to cover Feb. 1, 2011 to Mar. 31, 2011. This covered part of 2011 cycle 1 and a small part of 2011 cycle 2. It was filed by Robert Collier, Sr. According to the report, Black Clergy PAC received $12,100 during the period filed. The funds came from Nutter for Mayor ($10,600) and Friends of Edward C. Wright Judge ($1,500). Amount $10,000 $50 $50 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $2,000 $200 $60 $240 $60 $60 $120 $300 $500 $500 $55 $60 $60 $60 $26 $37 $10,000 $100 $600 $600 $600 $600 $1,000 $300 $600 $600 $600 $600 $600 $75

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Except where indicated, Black Clergy PAC did not describe the expenditures on the report. Also, except in the case of Monroe Press, Inc., no mailing addresses were provided for the entities that received funds from Black Clergy PAC. In addition, all of the expenditures and one of the contributions listed were outside the time frame for which the report was filed. Finally, total disbursements for the period were listed as $5,512.12, which is not the result one obtains by adding up all disbursements. Cash on hand at the end of the reporting period is listed at $6,588. No outstanding debt was listed. So, what is known about Black Clergy PAC? According to data published by the Dept. of State and the Philadelphia Board of Ethics, multiple candidates claim to have given money to Black Clergy PAC and similarly named organizations. Contributions totaling $120,653 were made by the following PACs: Black Clergy PAC and similarly named entities from 2000 to 2011. They are as follows:

Description CONTRIBUTION CONTRIBUTION SOCIAL EVENT CONSULTING/ENDORSEMENT PRINTING CAMPAIGN LITERATURE PROMOTION ELECTION DAY EXPENSES ELECTION DAY EXPENSES-GET OUT THE VOTE CONTRIB DONATION CONTRIBUTION (EVENT TICKETS) PURCHASE TICKET CONTRIBUTION FOR ATTENDANCE AT BLACK CLERGY EVENT

TICKET - LOAN TO COMMITTEE BENEFIT event ticket purchase INSTALLATION BANQUET ELECTION DAY EXPENSES Contribution LUNCHEON LUNCHEON LUNCHEON BIRTHDAY CAKE LUNCHEON Contribution CONTRIBUTION Ballot election day printing Donation BALLOT GOTV printing expense contribution Printing of ballots. ELECTION DAY OPERATION Donation PRINTING COSTS Ticket to dinner.

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Memorial Day, Our History It is time to read this history at your family Memorial Day outing. Memorial Day is a Federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. Southern ladies’ organizations and southern schoolchildren had decorated Confederate graves in Richmond and other cities during the Civil War, but each region had its own date. Most dates were in May. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been

extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. As a marker it typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. By the early 20th century, Memorial Day was an occasion for more general expressions of memory, as

people visited the graves of their deceased relatives in church cemeteries, whether they had served in the military or not. It also became a long weekend increasingly devoted to shopping, family gatherings, fireworks, trips to the beach, and national media events such as the Indianapolis 500 auto race, held since 1911 on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. Annual Decoration Days for particular cemeteries are held on a Sunday in late spring or early summer in some rural areas of the American South, notably in the mountains. In cases involving a family graveyard where remote ancestors as well as those who were de-

ceased more recently are buried, this may take on the character of an extended family reunion to which some people travel hundreds of miles. People gather on the designated day and put flowers on graves and renew contacts with kinfolk and others. There often is a religious service and a “dinner on the ground”, the traditional term for a potluck meal in which people used to spread the dishes out on sheets or tablecloths on the grass. It is believed this practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the “memorial day” idea. The sheer number of

dead soldiers, both Union and Confederate, meant that burial and memorialization would become important following the war. People in towns, particularly women, had buried the dead and decorated graves during the war. In 1865, the federal government began a program of creating national cemeteries for the Union dead. Following President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in April 1865, there were a variety of events of commemoration. The first known observance of a Memorial Day-type observance was in Charleston, South Carolina on May 1, 1865. During the war, Union soldiers who were

prisoners of war had been held at the Charleston Race Course; at least 257 Union prisoners died there and were hastily buried in unmarked graves. Freedmen (freed slaves) knew of the Union dead and decided to honor them. Together with teachers and missionaries, Blacks in Charleston organized a May Day ceremony covered by the New York Tribune and other national papers. Years later, it came to be called the “First Decoration Day” in the North. Beforehand the freedmen had cleaned up and landscaped the burial ground, building an enclosure and an arch labeled, (Cont. Page 4)

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Memorial Day A Celebration by Many (Cont. From Page 3) “Martyrs of the Race Course”. Nearly 10,000 people, mostly freedmen, gathered on May 1 to commemorate the dead. Involved were 3,000 schoolchildren newly enrolled in freedmen’s schools, mutual-aid societies, Union troops, and Black ministers and white northern missionaries. Most brought flowers to lay on the burial field. Today the site is used as Hampton Park. Historian David W. Blight described the day: “This was the first Memorial Day. African Americans invented Memorial Day in Charleston, S.C. What you have there is Black Americans re-

cently freed from slavery announcing to the world with their flowers, their feet, and their songs what the War had been about. What they basically were creating was the Independence Day of a Second American Revolution.” The friendship between General John Murray, a distinguished citizen of Waterloo, N.Y., and Gen. John A. Logan, who helped bring attention to the event nationwide, was likely a factor in the holiday’s growth. On May 5, 1868, in his capacity as commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic – the organization for Northern Civil War veterans - Logan issued a proclamation that “Decoration Day” should be observed nationwide. It was observed for the first time on May 30 of the same

year; the date was chosen because it was not the anniversary of a battle. Events were held in 183 cemeteries in 27 states in 1868, and 336 in 1869. The northern states quickly adopted the holiday; Michigan made “Decoration Day” an official state holiday in 1871 and by 1890, every northern state followed suit. The ceremonies were sponsored by the Women’s Relief Corps, which had 100,000 members. By 1870, the remains of nearly 300,000 Union dead had been reinterred in 73 national cemeteries, located near the battlefields and therefore mostly in the South. The most famous are Gettysburg National Cemetery in Pennsylvania and Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington. The Memorial Day

speech became an occasion for veterans, politicians and ministers to commemorate the War – and at first to rehash the atrocities of the enemy. They mixed religion and celebratory nationalism and provided a means for the people to make sense of their history in terms of sacrifice for a better nation. People of all religious beliefs joined together, and the point was often made that the German and Irish soldiers had become true Americans in the “baptism of blood” on the battlefield. By the end of the 1870s much of the rancor was gone, and the speeches praised the brave soldiers both Blue and Gray. By the 1950s, the theme was American exceptionalism and duty to uphold freedom in the world. Ironton, Oh., lays claim to the nation’s oldest continuously running Memorial Day parade. Its first parade was held May 5, 1868, and the town has held it every year since. However, the Memorial Day parade in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, predates Ironton’s by one year. Historians have traced how a separate tradition of Memorial Day observance which emerged in the South was linked to the Lost Cause and partially merged into the national day of memory. Historians acknowledge that the Ladies Memorial Association played a key role in that development. Starting in 1866, the Southern states established Confederate Memorial Day, with dates ranging from Apr. 25 to mid-June. By 1916, the Jun. 3 birthday of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was observed as a state holiday in 10 south-

ern states. Across the South, associations were founded after the War, many by women, to establish and care for permanent cemeteries for Confederate soldiers, organize commemorative ceremonies and sponsor impressive monuments as a permanent way of remembering the Confederate cause and tradition. The most important was the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which grew from 17,000 members in 1900 to nearly 100,000 women by World War I. They were “strikingly successful at raising money to build Confederate monuments, lobbying legislatures and Congress for the reburial of Confederate dead, and working to shape the content of history textbooks.” On Apr. 25, 1866 women in Columbus, Miss. laid flowers at the graves of both the Union and Confederate casualties buried in its cemetery. The early Confederate Memorial Day celebrations were simple, somber occasions for veterans and their families to honor the day and attend to local cemeteries. Around 1890, there was a shift from this consolatory emphasis on honoring specific soldiers to public commemoration of the Confederate cause. Changes in the ceremony’s hymns and speeches reflect an evolution of the ritual into a symbol of cultural renewal and conservatism in the South. By 1913, Blight argues, the theme of American nationalism shared equal time with the Lost Cause. The ceremonies and Memorial Day address at Gettysburg National Park became nationally well known, starting in 1868. In July 1913, veterans of the

United States and Confederate armies gathered in Gettysburg to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of one of the Civil War’s bloodiest and mostfamous battle. The four-day “BlueGray Reunion” featured parades, reenactments, and speeches from a host of dignitaries, including President Woodrow Wilson, the first Southerner elected to the White House since the War. (Note: He imposed racial segregation in federal agencies and offices.) James Heflin of Alabama was given the honor of the main address. Heflin was a noted orator; two of his best-known speeches were an endorsement of the Lincoln Memorial and his call to make Mother’s Day a holiday. His choice as Memorial Day speaker was criticized, as he was opposed for his racism. His speech was moderate in tone and stressed national unity and goodwill, which gained praise from newspapers. On Memorial Day the flag is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full staff for the remainder of the day. (Cont. Page 5)

Governor Issues Flag Mast Order Gov. Tom Corbett has ordered that on Monday, May 28, US and state flags should be lowered to half staff from sunrise until noon at state-government facilities across Pennsylvania in observance of Memorial Day. All Pennsylvanians are encouraged to join in this tribute.


Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971. The Veterans of Foreign Wars and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War advocate returning to the original date, although the significance of the date is tenuous. The VFW stated in a 2002 Memorial Day Address: Changing the date

merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed a lot to the general public’s nonchalant observance of Memorial Day. Since 1987, Hawaii’s Sen. Daniel Inouye, a World War II veteran, has introduced a measure to return Memorial Day to its

traditional date. After some initial confusion and unwillingness to comply, all 50 states adopted Congress’s change of date within a few years. Memorial Day endures as a holiday which most businesses observe because it marks the unofficial beginning of summer. Many people observe Memorial Day by visiting

cemeteries and memorials. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. local time. Another tradition is to fly the flag of the United States at halfstaff from dawn until noon local time. Volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries. For many Americans, the central event is attend-

ing one of the thousands of parades held on Memorial Day in large and small cities all over the country. Most of these feature marching bands and an overall military theme with the National Guard and (Cont. Page 12)

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(Cont. From Page 4) The half-staff position remembers the more than 1 million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all. The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed from “Decoration Day” to “Memorial Day”, which was first used in 1882. It did not become more common until after World War II, and was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967. On Jun. 28, 1968, the

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Why We Honor Our Fallen Troops

ON MEMORIAL DAY, A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED IN OUT NATION’S SERVICE WE HONOR THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO FIGHT FOR OUR FREEDON

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Letter • Letter sort of behavior. Yet, I now find myself (now a job seeker) even more irritated by this conduct. Rather than go into the details, I simply ask you look into and ensure that we job-seekers are not subjected to this disrespect and humiliation, when the service offered is not delivered. Needless to say, for most of us, it’s a sacrifice attending Job Fairs and finding, once there, only 2-5% of advertised employers are present. Of those present, tables are manned by staff who are not decision-makers and cannot adequately answer questions about jobs they say they are looking to fill. Last but certainly not least, you find the same employers/presenters at almost every fair. I’ve spoken to many attendees and we agree this farce is ludicrous and an insult, to say the least. Thanks for the time and attention to my complaint. Vernon D. Brown Frustrated Job Seeker

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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- Barbecue and Drinks on the Delaware for State Rep. John Taylor at Quaker City Yacht Club, 7101 N. Delaware Ave., 6-9 p.m. For info (215) 545-2244. May 23- Congressman Chaka Fattah hosts Veterans Conference for all veterans at Great Hall, Community College Winnet Student Life Bldg., 17th & Spring Garden Sts. No charge. Benefits assistance. To register (215) 871-4455. May 24- S.W. CDC’s Executive Board will host reception at Bartram’s Garden, 54th & Lindbergh Blvd., 5-8 p.m. Marking its 25th year of service to Southwest community. May 24- 63rd Ward GOP Fundraiser at 1619 Grant

Ave., 6 p.m. Tickets $50. May 26- State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown hosts Hug-AVet 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., 7th and Locust, Korean and Vietnam Memorials, Spruce and Columbus Blvd, Bridesburg and Fishtown, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 29- Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust holds its Charity Golf Classic at Spring Mill Country Club, Ivyland, Pa. Outing dedicated to memory of James N. Harper, Sr., business manager of Laborers’ Union Local 413. For info www.StatenCharitableTrust.org. Jun. 2- State Rep. Cherelle Parker sponsors legal workshop on Your Right to Know at Finley Recreation Ctr., 7701 Mansfield Ave. For info (215) 242-7300. Jun. 3- Italian National Day, La Festa Della Repubblica, in S. Phila. on E. Passyunk Ave. between Mifflin and Moore Sts., 12-6 p.m. Rain or shine. For info (215) 334-8882. Jun. 3- Congregations of

Shaare Shamayim marks 50th anniversary at 9768 Verree Rd. Event will honor David L. Cohen, Exec. VP, Comcast, with Highest Honor Award (Kol Hakavod) for his service, especially in the Jewish community. Honorary Co-chairs are Gov. Ed Rendell and Hon. Jonathan Saidel. Entertainment by “Broadway Sings”. Event starts at 2:30 p.m. For ticket info and to place ad in Souvenir Commemorative Journal (215-677-1600) or Dr. Ruth Horwitz, Tribute Committee (215) 913-1991. 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. Jun. 15-16-7- Annual St. Maron Church Lebanese Festival on Ellsworth St. between 10th and 11th. Friday from 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. Admission free. All welcome. Authentic Middle East cuisine and entertainment. Jun. 28- Tom Matkowski’s GOP 65th Ward hosts fundraiser at Flukes Bar & Grill, 7401 State Rd. Tickets $40. For info (215) 298-2251. Jul. 21- Fundraiser for State

Rep. John Taylor in N. Wildwood at Coconut Cove, 400 W. Spruce Ave., N. Wildwood, N.J., 2-6 p.m. Cash Bar. For info (215) 545-2244. Jul. 21- Olney HS Class of 1979 Bowling Party at Liberty Lanes, 6505 Market St., Upper Darby, Pa., 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Cost $20. BYOB (beer or wine only). Jul. 28- Brady Bunch Beach Party at Keenan’s in Anglesea, Wildwood, N.J., 4 p.m. Tickets available at door. Aug. 18- 47th Ward Crab & Shrimp Fest to Baltimore leaves Progress Plaza, Broad and Oxford Sts., 1 p.m. Open bar, massive menu. $150. For info George Brooks (267) 971-5703. Aug. 19- Annual Bill Meehan Clam Bake at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd., 4-8 p.m. Ferko String Band entertains. For details call Republican City Committee (215) 561-0650. Aug. 22- Stu Bykofsky’s Candidates Comedy Night at Finnigan’s Wake, 3rd & Spring Garden Sts. Doors open 7:30 p.m. Tax-deductible tickets benefiting Variety Club are $75. For info and tickets Eric Perry (215) 735-0803, ext. 11.

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Poorly Run I’m not one to complain. However, my frustration with Job Fairs has reached a boiling point. I have found there to be a big difference between corporate and nonprofit events of this nature. That difference is the corporate ones start and end at the times announced, unlike their counterparts, nonprofits, which may start on time (often with several employers arriving late), but almost always end earlier than announced. It’s very humiliating when employers start packing up 15, 20, 30 minutes and sometimes even an hour before the scheduled end time. However for both, it seems to be simply a response to policy (participate in X number of Job Fairs per month/quarter/ year). Having been on the other side of the table for several years and with different agencies, this is something I’ve noticed before. I was never one to subscribe to this

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We know of no other way as a nation to come together at one moment on one day to pay homage to the 1,343,812 who gave their lives from 1775 to the present. These lives were lost through a total of 58 wars, skirmishes, occupations, rescues of nations. The most lives lost were in the Civil War: 625,000, followed by World War II with 405,000 dying. That’s the total population of the nation’s seventh largest city, San Antonio, Tex. Those who died came from every corner of the United States and then some, and there is no hamlet or town or city that does not have a war memorial with the names of their loyal sons and daughters. There are many of us who welcome this day as an opportunity to connect to our family members or friends whom we remember, over our lifetimes, have gone to war or on a mission of peace and not returned. There are countless unmarked graves of soldiers in this city who died during the Civil War. We know there are thousands, especially buried at Washington Square, which holds the tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolutionary War. There are thousands more buried under the two parks divided by S. 4th Street & Washington Avenue. So at precisely at 3 p.m. Monday, we invite you to join with all of us who realize the full significance of this day and say your prayers for, or lift a toast to those who gave their lives to us.


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It is said that clothes make the man. What that meant to me was that a man’s wardrobe gives you some insight into the kind of person he is. If a guy is running around in a pair of pants that are two sizes two big and show off his boxer shorts, one might assume if he’s not a member of one of our fine correctional facilities here in Philadelphia now, he probably soon will be. A man in a suit is assumed to be a respectable, hard-working person who can be trusted to do whatever he’s asked to do. But in my line of work, the work of political reporting, I’ve found the kids in baggy pants are probably more trustworthy than the men in pinstripe suits. I could also make a comment about who actually shows their behinds more, but I won’t. I spent Tuesday night with the members of the Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society as they hosted their annual Men in PR & Communications event. The panel discussion, which was held on the set of the 10! Show at the NBC-10 Studios in Bala Cynwyd, was entitled “Man In The Mirror: The Role of Image and Personal Style in the Media”. The panel, which was moderated by Kevin Parker, cofounder of the FBH Modeling Agency and creator of Philadelphia Fashion Week, was made up of German Cuadrado, founder of Men In PR; Reuben Harley, author and creative director of StreetGazing.com; Curran J, creator of the clothing line and blog Kings Rule Together; Jared Michael Lowe, fashion and lifestyle writer and editor and (Cont. Page 33)

Representatives from across the city assembled in front of STATE SEN. LARRY FARNESE’S district office to condemn the Mayor’s latest plan to raise property taxes. The Mayor is proposing to reassess properties across the city, but the result will mean significant increases for most middle-class taxpayers. STATE REPS. MIKE O’BRIEN, MARIA DONATUCCI, ROSITA YOUNGBLOOD, MICHELLE BROWNLEE and BRENDAN BOYLE joined Farnese and STATE SEN. MIKE STACK, and COUNCILMEN BILL GREEN and MARK SQUILLA would fight the AVI Initiative in City Council. The Philadelphia riverfront continues to get greener and more accessible to the people. Politicians cut the ribbon at Lardner’s Point near the Tacony Palmyra Bridge. Former CONGRESSMAN BOB BORSKI has led the initiative to improve the underutilized treasure of the Delaware riverfront. He has been supported by CONGRESSWOMAN ALLYSON SCHWARTZ, STATE REP. MIKE McGEEHAN, COUNCILMAN BOB HENON and Sen. Stack. Also on hand at the ribbon cutting were MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER and his City Parks Director and former State DCNR Secretary MIKE DeBERARDINIS. BOB PALAIMA, the highly regarded president of the Delaware River Stevedores, was one of several shipping executives on hand to support the reelection of Sen. Stack. Attendees included former STATE SEN. JOE LOEPER, CAPT. JIM ROCHE of the Pilots Association for the Bay & River Delaware, DENNIS ROCHEFORD of the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River & Bay, EUGENE MATTIONI of Mattioni, Ltd. law firm, ANDY ECONOMOU of Unifruiti of America and GERALD MURTAUGH of Universal Crane Consultants. COUNCILWOMAN BLONDELL REYNOLDS BROWN is now considering a run for Mayor of Philadelphia. This cannot be taken as good news for either D.A. SETH WILLIAMS or STATE SEN. ANTHONY WILLIAMS, the current front-runners for the 2015 Mayor’s Race. With three African American candidates in the race, the door opens for the candidacy of COUNCILMAN BILL GREEN. What is the effect on the candidacy on CITY CONTROLLER ALAN BUTKOVITZ remains to be seen. Butkovitz’s tenacious tone as City Controller has impressed many. Look for other candidates to consider running. The bigger the field, the fewer votes it takes to win the primary. And whoever wins the primary becomes Mayor McCheese.

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MEMORIAL DAY approaches: All those brave men and women who fell in service to their country should be honored. The best way to do so is to take time out to REMEMBER them. Thank them and know: “They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning – We will remember them.”... JEFFERY LITTLE, Chairman of the Philly 9/11 Memorial Committee, had a big day yesterday when steel from the World Trade Center arrived at the Police Administration Building to be part of the City 9/11 Memorial in Franklin Square. It was a big day for all of us; support their efforts at www.phila911.com. DELAWARE RIVER DAY gets better each year. A lot of free events for young and old. This is the original Penn Praxis concept for the riverfront – “a place for people to gather.” And rediscover the waterfront. Director Tom Corcoran should be proud of the many, many free events for the people – the 99% and the 1%.... Some opposition to the waterfront plan is rising from a civic group over sidewalk width. They really need to look at the proposed demolition of the Walnut-Market Street ramps which bring buses and people to the Penn’s Landing FRONT DOOR. It’s mad, since their concept was for people to walk to the river with street-river connections. Now proposed condos dot the land where people could gather. And taking away two lanes of gridlocked Columbus Boulevard for a trolley? And with more humans on the river, a proposal to move the Coast Guard base to the Navy Yard? Huh? (The Coast Guard lacks the money to move – IF THEY WANTED to move. The big disappointment is the much-praised river trail behind the SHEET METAL WORKERS UNION building: It comes to an abrupt DEAD END??? COUNCILMAN MARK SQUILLA, State Sens. LARRY FARNESE and Mike STACK with State Rep. Mike McGEEHAN lead the charge against implementation of the A.V.I. REAL-ESTATE TAX INCREASE Do we depopulate the city to get it going? Taxpayers who win an appeal before the Board of Revision are finding that the City is appealing the decision when based on the 18% ratio of assessment to market value.... THE PALL hangs the over Traffic Court. Three law agencies investigate ordinary people. Did we work and save for kids to get educated to see some wearing expensive-looking suits, and coiffed hair, down on people who built America? Do they subscribe to the old Hindu Sanskrit: “I am become death,the destroyer of worlds.”???? Shouldn’t the “PPA VIOLATIONS BRANCH” change its name to “CITY VIOLATIONS (Cont. Page 29)

Now here are nine words women use. These words do not mean the same thing to women as to men. Men, be careful when you hear women use these words. Fine: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up. Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means about a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house. Nothing: This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with “nothing” usually end in “fine.” Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don’t do it! Loud Sigh: This is actually a nonverbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about – “nothing”! That’s Okay: This is one of the mostdangerous statements a woman can make to a man. “That’s okay” means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake. Thanks: A woman is thanking you; do not question, or faint. Just say you’re welcome. (I want to add in a clause here – this is true, unless she says, “Thanks a lot” – that is pure sarcasm and she is not thanking you at all. DO NOT say, “You’re welcome.” That will bring on a “whatever.” Whatever: Is a woman’s way of saying ... go to hell. Don’t worry about it, I’ll do it: Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking, “What’s wrong?” For the woman’s response is usually – “Nothing”!

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Last Friday, Republican City Committee had its second Republican Women’s Club luncheon at the Vesper Club. Keynote speaker was LT. GOV. JIM CAWLEY who gave an outstanding speech on what we Republicans need to do this year. He believes we are right on the issues and have great candidates, including MITT ROMNEY for President and TOM SMITH for US Senate. He noted in order for our candidates to prevail in November, all of us need to work to make that happen. There were approximately 50 in attendance, of which onehalf were men. The club has been organized by mayoral candidate KAREN BROWN and PEG RECUPIDO. Recupido is a member of Republican State Committee and is President of the Pennsylvania Federation of Republican Women. DAVID FREED, Republican candidate for Pennsylvania Attorney General, stopped by to say hello to the crowd. Freed is currently the District Attorney of Cumberland Co. Last Thursday evening, the 8th Ward Republican Committee had a fundraiser at the Orpheus Club. The event was organized by WARD LEADER LINDSAY DOERING and Republican activist BARBARA COXE. The event was well attended and included a number of elephants from outside the ward including Philadelphia WARD LEADERS MIKE CIBIK (5th Ward) and MATT WOLFE (27th Ward) and Lower Merion committeemen KEVIN McGOWEN and RICK BROWN. Brown’s wife JENNY ran for County Commissioner in Montgomery Co. last year. She is currently the county chair of Smith’s Senate campaign. The Committee of Seventy published its 2012 Citizens Guide. It contains the list of all Democratic ward leaders in (Cont. Page 29)


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Veteran Coordinator Now At Stack Office (Cont. From Page 5) other servicemen participating along with veter-

ans and military vehicles from various wars. One of the longeststanding traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, an auto race which has been held in conjunction with Memo-

rial Day since 1911. It runs on the Sunday preceding the Memorial Day holiday. A 600 mile stock car race has been held later the same day since 1961. The Memorial Tournament golf event

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has been held on or close to the Memorial Day weekend since 1976. Because Memorial Day is generally associated with the start of the summer season, it is common tradition to inaugurate the outdoor cooking season on Memorial Day with a barbecue. The National Memorial Day Concert takes place on the west lawn of the United States Capitol. The concert is broadcast on PBS and NPR. Music is performed, and respect

is paid to the men and women who gave their lives for their country. Most school districts that had their school year begin in late August will end school on the Friday before this day, while schools that started the school year the day after Labor Day in early September will remain in session until early June. Some sociologists, following the lead of Robert Bellah, often make the argument that the United States has a secular “civil religion” – one with no

association with any religious denomination or viewpoint – that has incorporated Memorial Day as a sacred event. The obligation both collective and individual to carry out God’s will on earth is a theme that lies deep in the American tradition. With the Civil War, a new theme of death, sacrifice and rebirth enters the civil religion. Memorial Day gave ritual expression to these themes, integrating the local community into a sense of nationalism.

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Do You Have An Asthma Action Plan? The number of people with asthma grows every year in the US. According to the CDC: The number of people with asthma grew from 20 million in 2001 to 25 million in 2009, and continues to grow. About 10% of all children are asthma sufferers. Medical expenses associated with asthma increased from $48.6 billion in 2002 to 50.1 billion in 2007. Roughly 40% of uninsured people with asthma can not afford their prescribed medicines, and 11% of those insured cannot. In 2008, less than half of people with asthma reported being taught how to avoid triggers. Of adults, 48% were taught how to avoid triggers

did not follow most of this advice. As the above statistics indicate, there is a major disconnection between those who have asthma and the knowledge needed to control it. Doctors and medical experts urge asthma sufferers to have an “asthma action plan” in place to keep attacks at bay and potentially avoid the medical bills that incur as a result of symptoms and attacks. Dr. Stephen Apaliski, author of Beating Asthma: Seven Simple Principles, wants to make it as easy as possible for asthma sufferers to develop and implement an asthma action plan, releasing Beating Asthma – Asthma Action Plan

app (free, avail. for iPhone, iTouch, and iPad). The app provides an asthma control test to find out how well you are in control of your asthma, as well as a place to track systems and log in pertinent medical information. Once educated, sufferers will be able to better control their asthma and minimize the effects asthma can have on their quality of life, not to mention avoiding emergency hospital visits brought on by attacks. Dr. Stephen Apaliski has been a practicing physician for over 30 years. He first trained as a pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and later as an allergist at Wil-

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MEDICAL RECORD ford Hall United States Air Force Medical Center in San Antonio, Tex. In 1990, he served as a flight surgeon in the first Gulf War. Dr. Apaliski is Board Certified in pediatrics as well as allergy & immunology. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American College of Allergy and Immunology and a Board Member of the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America—Texas chapter. He is also certified by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals as a Certified Physician Investigator.

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NEWARK, Delaware Mayor Vance Funk, far right, and Dennis Phifer, chief of staff to Delaware Co.’s Executive Director, far left, joined Alison Davenport, executive director, of UnitedHealthcare’s Delaware Community Plan and Heather Cianfrocco, N.E. Regional President, UnitedHealthcare Community & State, at UnitedHealthcare’s ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house in their new, expanded office location in Newark. UnitedHealthcare moved to Newark from Hockessin to accommodate growth and to expand its programs and services to support needs of more than 5,000 managed-care beneficiaries in Delaware. Photo by Martin Regusters, Leaping Lion Photography

In The Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County Civil Action – Law No. 120204092 Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure The Bank of New York Mellon f/k/a The Bank of New York, as Trustee for the Certificateholders CWMBS, Inc., CHL Mortgage Pass-Through Trust 2006-3 Mortgage Pass–Through Certificates, series 2006-3, Plaintiff vs. The Unknown Heirs of Eloise Knowles, Deceased & Valerie Hunt, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Eloise Knowles, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant(s) To: The Unknown Heirs of Eloise Knowles, Deceased & Valerie Hunt, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Eloise Knowles, Deceased, Mortgagors and Real Owners, Defendant(s), whose last known address is 6627 North Bouvier Street, Philadelphia, PA 19126. This firm is a debt collector and we are attempting to collect a debt owed to our client. Any information obtained from you will be used for the purpose of collecting the debt. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff, The Bank of New York Mellon f/k/a The Bank of New York, as Trustee for the Certificateholders CWMBS, Inc., CHL Mortgage Pass-Through Trust 2006-3 Mortgage Pass–Through Certificates, series 2006-3, has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to No. 120204092, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 6627 N. Bouvier Street, Philadelphia, PA 19126, whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County. Notice: You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford one, go to or telephone the office set forth below. This office can provide you with information about hiring a lawyer. If you cannot afford to hire a Lawyer, this office may be able to provide you with information about agencies that may offer legal services to eligible persons at a reduced fee or no fee. Phila. Bar Assoc., One Reading Center, Phila., PA 19104, 215-238-6333. Community Legal Services, Inc., Law Center North Central, 3638 N. Broad St., Phila., PA 19140, 215227-2400 or 215-981-3700. Michael T. McKeever, Atty. for Plaintiff, KML Law Group, P.C., Ste. 5000, Mellon Independence Center, 701 Market St., Phila., PA 19106-1532, 215.627.1322.


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ENTERING GALA tent for dinner and show with 1st Lady Susan Corbett & Gov. Tom Corbett are, from left, James Rohr, chairman and CEO of PNC Financial Services Group, with his wife Carolyn. PNC and Comcast Corp. are premier sponsors for inaugural year of the Barnes Foundation on Parkway.

NICHOLAS DeBENEDICTIS, head of Aqua America, greets Hon. Constance Williams, who heads up Phila. Museum of Art board of trustees.

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BARNES FOUNDATION Board Chairman Dr. Bernard Watson with his wife Lois and son Bernard, Jr.

STATE REP. Dwight Evans and Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown meet up with Carolyn and Denis O’Brien, head of PECO. PECO is sponsoring Free Sunday admission once each month at Barnes Foundation for first year.

GOV. ED RENDELL and Judge Marjorie O.Rendell join Bill Hankowsky in Annenberg Court Lobby.

PUBLIC RECORD’S Contributing Editor Bonnie Squires spoke with Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News anchor and managing editor, who served as emcee during Barnes Foundation Gala Photo by George Feder Dinner.

KEN TOPPING, ESQ., Judge Renee Caldwell Hughes, head of S.E. Penna. Red Cross, and Mayor Michael Nutter were among 900 patrons who attended inaugural gala at Barnes Foundation on Parkway. Photos by Bonnie Squires

HON. SANDRA NEWMAN & Ray Perelman talk with Barnes Foundation vice president Joe Neubauer, chairman of ARA, at opening gala of Barnes Foundation.

SEN. ARLEN SPECTER & Joan Specter admired accuracy of placement of impressionist paintings which replicated arrangements in original Barnes Museum in Merion.

AT BARNES FOUNDATION gala dinner in a tent on Parkway grounds are, from left, State Sen. Vincent Hughes and his wife Sheryl Lee Ralph were seen greeting Thelma & Mayor Wilson Goode.

DEREK GILLMAN, president and CEO of Barnes Foundation, makes a point about fantastic Barnes collection.

SHARON PINKENSON takes opportunity to talk to Sidney Kimmel about some of his movie productions while joining crowd at Barnes Foundation opening gala.


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REBECCA RIMEL, CEO of Pew Charitable Trusts, one of prime movers of new Barnes Foundation on Parkway, and Stephanie Naidoff were joined by their husbands at gala celebration.

JAMES ROHR, chairman and CEO of PNC Financial Services Group, with his wife Carolyn are delighted to join with PNC Executive VP and General Counsel Helen Pudlin, Esq., with her husband David Pudlin, Esq., on terrace of new museum.

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JOYCE AND DR. HERB KEAN meet friends Elaine Levitt and philanthropist Gerry Lenfest at Barnes opening gala. AILEEN ROBERTS, who serves as chair of Barnes Foundation Building Committee, and her husband Brian Roberts, CEO of Comcast Corp., made certain Comcast and couple personally were major donors to new museum.

JERRY JOHNSON, principal of Heffler Radetich & Saitta and board member of Bryn Mawr Trust Co. and his wife enjoying the Barnes.

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The Philadelphia Republican Happy Hours once a month First Tuesday gatherings at Paddy Whacks, 2nd & South, and sponsored by 5th Ward GOP Leader Mike Cibik, have given the State GOP’s version of Republican City Committee a most-welcome opportunity to compare notes, plan strategy, and to communicate. Growing in significance as more than a happy hour, is the fact the time serves as a way of comparing notes and strategy. Its evolution now features guest speakers. The group heard Joe DeFelice, the Philadelphia Leadership Council’s Philadelphia State GOP Director, at a Tuesday gathering, discuss Philadelphia election fraud and thevimpact of the new Voter-ID law in the coming general election.

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WILLIAM DUNBAR launched general election campaign in the 177th legislative district at news conference held at 2330 E. Somerset St.

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had gone to press for today’s edition. For sure, the winner will have to be someone who has the blessings of Republican State Chair Rob Gleason. According to one of our insiders in the talks preceding the meeting, It’s believed DeFelice would become the RCC’s executive director and Rick Hellberg, who was a 2010 congressional candidate and is a 21st Ward committeeman, is expected to fill the vacant County Chair. Still the succession to Vito Canuso as chair may not be settled according to a letter

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dominated by bosses. Starting first with the infamous Gas Trust in 1865, the first GOP boss was Matthew Quay at least since 1878, when he relocated to Philadelphia the serve as the County Recorder of Philadelphia. Israel Durham then took over as the GOP boss from 1890 until Jan. 9, 1906, according to the New York Times, under the headline ‘Abandons Claim to Leadership of Philadelphia Machine.’ Durham was briefly succeeded by North Philly GOP James McNichol, who was never able to consolidate his power due to longtime challenges by South Philly GOP machine set up by the Vare Brothers, George, Edwin and William. However, Boies Penrose filled the vacuum and served as the city Republican boss from 1904 until 1921. ‘Yes, but I’ll preside over the ruins,’ was Penrose’s famous reply to a Republican Party reformer’s accusation that Penrose was ruining the party’s prospects for victory by putting up a slate of party hacks with no chance of winning. “After Penrose’s 1921 death, domination of the Republican City Committee (Cont. Page 25)

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State Sen. LeAnna Washington (D-Northwest) this week announced the weekly Friday farmers market with farmer John King has returned outside of her office on the 1500 block of Wadsworth Street. It’s a fun time, providing a chance to meet the Senator, who initiated the Friday sales three years ago, and farmer John King. The farm market hours run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Washington noted while the market is a wonderful place for the community to socialize, it also helps families on budgets stock up on healthy food choices. She said she hopes the market will promote better eating through providing access to inexpensive, nutritious alternatives to the cheap, highly-processed food that many local corner stores stock. “Remedying urban food deserts is not about politics, but about helping the people in our community who cannot get affordable fresh fruits and vegetables,” Washington added. Justice Orie Melvin Hit With Felonies

State Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin has been barred from hearing cases by her fellow justices though she has entered a notguilty plea concerning charges

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she used state staff for political work. Justice Melvin said will vigorously defend “these politically motivated charges.” Melvin, 56, said, “The voters overwhelmingly sent me to the Supreme Court, and I will not resign.” Pennsylvania Bar Association President Thomas G. Wilkinson, Jr. has issued the following statement regarding the developments in the Orie Melvin case: “Every citizen is entitled to the presumption of innocence and has the right to defend against charges and present evidence on his or her behalf. Having said that, the pending criminal charges, if proven, represent a troubling pattern of criminal misconduct that is incompatible with the high standards of professional conduct the organized bar and the Commonwealth have a right to expect of any judge, let alone a member of this state’s highest court. “It is also important to lawyers and litigants that the Supreme Court return to its full complement of seven Justices when hearing cases as soon as possible. We express the hope that the pending proceedings are resolved promptly so that tie votes on pending appeals can be

avoided and the public’s confidence in the integrity of our highest state court will be maintained.” Legislative Surplus Under Public Pressure

It was much more, but now the size of the Pennsylvania legislature’s budget surplus has shrunk greatly down to $120 million. Pressure is building up via media editorials and public activists the money should be used to aid public education and public welfare programs that are suffering budget cuts. According to Assembly leadership, they say their budget surplus keeps them independent. Lawmakers de-

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(Cont. From Page 24) passed onto the Vare Brothers, until William Vare lost his political muscle when he was refused to be seated by the US Senate. Then the City GOP was dominated by William F. Mead, the nominal head of the Republican City Committee, Sheriff Austin Meehan, and to a lesser degree, City Commissioner Morton Witkin. “Mead was soon ousted after the Democrats succeeded in taking over City Hall under the newly enacted 1951 Home Rule Charter. Since then, according to former Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Tom Ferrick, the Meehans have run the city GOP for over 75 years. First, it was Sheriff Austin Meehan, then his son, William Austin (‘Billy’) Meehan, which the Philadelphia Inquirer labeled as ‘the last of America’s old-fashioned political bosses; certainly its last big-city Republican boss.’ (Sep. 14, 1994). Then since 1994, it was Michael P. Meehan, not as chair, but as counsel to the Republican Committee.” It should be noted Mike Cibik was elected as First Vice-Chair of the RCC June 10, 2010, and not contested. The factions will continue with more division and the Republicans seem intent on destroying an opportunity to build registrations toward the Presidential election. If Gov. Corbett doesn’t understand the seriousness of the problem, he could find himself responsible for a weaker

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In The Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County Civil Action – Law No. 120302528 Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure Midfirst Bank, Plaintiff vs. The Unknown Heirs of Geneva R. Hogue, Deceased & Doris E. Hogue, Individually and in Her Capacity as Heir of Geneva R. Hogue, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant(s) To: The Unknown Heirs of Geneva R. Hogue, Deceased & Doris E. Hogue, Individually and in Her Capacity as Heir of Geneva R. Hogue, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant(s), whose last known address is 4941 North 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19120. This firm is a debt collector and we are attempting to collect a debt owed to our client. Any information obtained from you will be used for the purpose of collecting the debt. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff, Midfirst Bank, has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to No. 120302528, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 4941 North 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19120, whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County. Notice: You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford one, go to or telephone the office set forth below. This office can provide you with information about hiring a lawyer. If you cannot afford to hire a Lawyer, this office may be able to provide you with information about agencies that may offer legal services to eligible persons at a reduced fee or no fee. Community Legal Services, Inc., Law Center North Central, 3638 N. Broad St., Phila., PA 19140, 215-227-2400 or 215-981-3700. Phila. Bar Assoc., One Reading Center, Phila., PA 19104, 215-238-6333. Michael T. McKeever, Atty. for Plaintiff, KML Law Group, P.C., Attys. for Plaintiff, Ste. 5000, Mellon Independence Center, 701 Market St., Phila., PA 19106-1532, 215.627.1322.

In The Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County Civil Action – Law No. 120301412 Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure Reverse Mortgage Solutions, Inc., Plaintiff vs. The Unknown Heirs of Cyril J.R. Christopher, Deceased & Cyril Christopher Jr., Solely in His Capacity as Heir of Cyril J.R. Christopher, Deceased, Mortgagors and Real Owners, Defendant(s) To: The Unknown Heirs of Cyril J.R. Christopher, Deceased & Cyril Christopher Jr., Solely in His Capacity as Heir of Cyril J.R. Christopher, Deceased, Mortgagors and Real Owners, Defendant(s), whose last known address is 5652 Diamond Street, Philadelphia, PA 19131. This firm is a debt collector and we are attempting to collect a debt owed to our client. Any information obtained from you will be used for the purpose of collecting the debt. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff, Reverse Mortgage Solutions, Inc., has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to No. 120301412, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 5652 Diamond Street, Philadelphia, PA 19131, whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County. Notice: You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford one, go to or telephone the office set forth below. This office can provide you with information about hiring a lawyer. If you cannot afford to hire a Lawyer, this office may be able to provide you with information about agencies that may offer legal services to eligible persons at a reduced fee or no fee. Community Legal Services, Inc., Law Center North Central, 3638 N. Broad St., Phila., PA 19140, 215-227-2400 or 215-981-3700. Phila. Bar Assoc., One Reading Center, Phila., PA 19104, 215238-6333. Michael T. McKeever, Atty. for Plaintiff, KML Law Group, P.C., Attys. for Plaintiff, Ste. 5000, Mellon Independence Center, 701 Market St., Phila., PA 19106-1532, 215.627.1322.

In The Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County Civil Action – Law No. 120203659 Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure Reverse Mortgage Solutions, Inc., for the benefit of Nationstar Mortgage LLC d/b/a Champion Mortgage Company, Plaintiff vs. The Unknown Heirs of Joe N. Cameron, Deceased, Annette Michelle Cameron, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Joe N. Cameron, Deceased, Linda Hargrow, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Joe N. Cameron, Deceased & Jonathan Cameron, Solely in His Capacity as Heir of Joe N. Cameron, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendants To: The Unknown Heirs of Joe N. Cameron, Deceased, Annette Michelle Cameron, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Joe N. Cameron, Deceased, Linda Hargrow, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Joe N. Cameron, Deceased & Jonathan Cameron, Solely in His Capacity as Heir of Joe N. Cameron, Deceased, Mortgagors and Real Owners, Defendants, whose last known address is 2125 North Melvin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19131. This firm is a debt collector and we are attempting to collect a debt owed to our client. Any information obtained from you will be used for the purpose of collecting the debt. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff, Reverse Mortgage Solutions, Inc., for the benefit of Nationstar Mortgage LLC d/b/a Champion Mortgage Company, has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to No. 120203659, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 2125 North Melvin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19131, whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County. Notice: You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford one, go to or telephone the office set forth below. This office can provide you with information about hiring a lawyer. If you cannot afford to hire a Lawyer, this office may be able to provide you with information about agencies that may offer legal services to eligible persons at a reduced fee or no fee. Community Legal Services, Inc., Law Center North Central, 3638 N. Broad St., Phila., PA 19140, 215-227-2400 or 215-981-3700. Phila. Bar Assoc., One Reading Center, Phila., PA 19104, 215238-6333. Michael T. McKeever, Atty. for Plaintiff, KML Law Group, P.C., Attys. for Plaintiff, Ste. 5000, Mellon Independence Center, 701 Market St., Phila., PA 19106-1532, 215.627.1322.


server called the relationship between the Chairwoman and her fellow Commissioners “openly hostile.” Two concerns drive the dispute: a set of policy changes which some say are impractical and create roadblocks for the smooth administration of staff and elections, and some questionable hires by Singer for her personal staff – the chief power of the Chair in this agency. Singer pushed new requirements for temporary employees – the lifeblood of an agency that mounts massive elections on two days a year, then retreats into maintenance mode for months. Ward leaders have traditionally referred these workers. Singer first insisted these workers be hired independent from the political process; a reasonable move in some public business, but a problem for grassroots politicos. Then Singer insisted these employees furnish résumés and encouraged them to apply online through the City’s jobs website. This didn’t sit well with ward leaders in working-class wards; their pool of temps often has trouble with these qualifications, for positions requiring absolutely no computer work. Then things went from bad to worse. For the Apr. 24 primary, Singer demanded an end to the practice of “double-dipping”: hiring one election official to do two jobs on the election board. In many divisions, it’s not possible to fill the three

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that people submit résumés. We are helping people prepare them. At the least, we are simply asking they write a letter describing their education and abilities.” It may be intra-office turmoil that does in Chairwoman Singer, though. Each Commissioner picks their own staff; the Chair, a few more. Singer’s personal team picks have not won unanimous acclaim and some of them arrived with question marks hanging over their heads. First on board was her campaign treasurer Ellen Chapman, who flubbed several basic filings while Singer was running for office, resulting in hefty fines for her campaign – a largerthan-usual embarrassment for a candidate who has vowed to reform elections and whose job is to run elections. Undeterred, Singer gave Chapman a job as a deputy commissioner. Tracey Gordon, a feisty activist from Southwest Philadelphia, was brought in as “community outreach educator.” Her actual power in

the Commissioners’ Office is said to have bloomed beyond her title. Gordon is a busy online communicator. But she has a checkered job history. She was fired by the Mayor’s Office of Community Services and also dumped as a committeewoman in Ward 40B – an act for which she sued Democrat City Committee Chair Bob Brady. Another Singer pick, Norris Gonzalez, had worked under the previous chair Tartaglione but was let go. Marge was tolerant, but she did not retain employees who didn’t maintain job discipline. Gonzalez is back at work now, for Singer. Matters came to a head

earlier this month, when Singer’s original Chief of Staff Noam Kugelman, a technically skilled worker, was replaced in that position by Dennis Lee. A well-reputed political consultant from West Philadelphia, Lee may bring luster to City Commission’s new interest in voter outreach and education. But the new team hasn’t meshed yet. Considering their Commissioners are at odds with each other, it is hard to see how Commission line staff can work well together. It is not clear how long the Commission can proceed in its current configuration, given the disarray at its top.

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elective and two appointive positions called for: election judge, machine inspector, majority inspector, minority inspector and clerk. In many divisions, for instance, it’s impossible to find Republicans to run for minority inspector. Ward leaders have traditionally done their best to help out and fill these election board positions by dispatching reliable workers to fill empty positions in problem divisions. This must end, decreed Singer. Dismayed, the ward leaders squawked and forced a retreat at the last minute. But ill will was sown. Singer disputed that these moves caused issues. “We heard many dire warnings about problems on election day, but there were no problems out of the ordinary,” she stated. “I have not heard any complaints since the election.” As for hiring, Singer said, “We have not insisted that things be filed online. We have not taken anything away; we are adding a new capability. But we do insist

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by Tony West A bold venture in reform at Philadelphia City Commission is unraveling in a snarl of charges of mismanagement by its Chair Stephanie Singer. Reports from well-placed insiders suggest Singer, who chairs the Commission, has lost the confidence of her fellow Democrat Commissioner Anthony Clark and Republican Commissioner Al Schmidt. Also, several ward leaders from both parties are disgruntled as well, after the new Commission’s maiden run in the April primary. Singer and Schmidt swept into office last November, turning out veteran Commissioners Marge Tartaglione and Joe Duda. Although they belong to opposing parties, both Singer and Schmidt had much in common. Both were young, well-educated and passionate about bringing modernization, transparency and citizen participation to the agency which runs Philadelphia’s elections. Initially, the pair worked together to change some personnel procedures and promised a new look for the agency’s information systems and online. Clark went along. Neither Schmidt nor Clark responded to requests to discuss the Commissioners’ affairs – but simmering tensions within the Commission have recently begun to spill out into the open.except that Schmidt said yesterday neither of them would attend a meeting that was called by Singer yesterday. An ob-

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Black Clergy PAC Receives, But Where Does It Go Committee/Candidate SEGAL, DAWN A SEGAL, DAWN COM TO ELECT Committee to Elect Angeles Roca PATRICK, PAULA COM TO ELE JUDGE TO SUPERIOR CT Committee To Elect Joseph C. Waters, Jr. MULDROW, BEVERLY COM TO ELECT ONORATO, DAN FOR GOVERNOR, LLC ONORATO, DAN FOR GOVERNOR, LLC ONORATO, DAN FOR GOVERNOR, LLC ONORATO, DAN FOR GOVERNOR, LLC NICHOLS, CAROLYN H Friends To Elect Edward C. Wright Judge Ladov,Sayde for Common Pleas Court COKER, DERRICK W Committee To Elect Tom Fitzpatrick LEVANT, HARRY J COM TO ELECT JUDGE NICHOLS, CAROLYN H FRIENDS OF NYCOLE WATSON PHILADELPHIA DEM CAMPAIGN COM OF Friends of Seth Williams GREEN, BILL FOR PHILADELPHIA Green for Philadelphia Friends of Wayne Johns Friends of Juan F. Ramos Friends of Blondell Reynolds Brown Forum 2007 Friends of Scott Cummings David Oh FRIENDS OF Alan Butkovitz Friends of Seth Williams Forum 2007 Friends of Andy Toy Friends of Blondell Reynolds Brown Friends of Cindy Bass Friends of Curtis Jones, Jr. Friends of Darrell L. Clarke Friends of Jannie L. Blackwell FRIENDS Of Marian B Tasco Kenney For Council Nutter for Mayor David Oh Frank Rizzo '11 Committee Friends of Maria Green for Philadelphia Friends of Cheri Honkala

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It should be noted that no other similarly named entity appears listed at the Commonwealth Det. of State, nor does the County Board of Elections have any knowledge of any similarly named entity. It is interesting to note that several of the contributions made by other candidates were described as “endorsement” which would indicate that the PACs who gave the money viewed Black Clergy PAC just like anybody else that could be bought or sold. There is one known instance in which Commonwealth data list a contribution from Black Clergy PAC to a candidate. The contribution was for $1,000 made to Friends for Fatimah in April 2012. Friends for Fatimah is the political committee for Fatimah Loren Muhammad, who opposed State Rep. Jim Roebuck (D-W. Phila.) in April’s Democratic primary. (David Lynn is Webmaster of FreePoliticalSpeech.com. He also provides free software to political campaigns for voter analysis and campaign finance reporting. Contact him at David@FreePoliticalSpeech.com).

Hosting Korean Delegation

WARREN RAINES, representing Congressman Robert Brady, read Welcome Proclamation to Capts. Oliver Linke and Vincent Largetau, of French Navy vessels Etoile and Belle Poule.

WALLY LITTLEWOOD, of Phila. Council Navy League, presents top offering to visitors-- 200 Philly Pretzels -- to visiting French Naval ships. Numerous other items were presented for their visit, including Dave & Buster’s Game Cards. Littlewood is a Marine Corps survivor of USS Bunker Hill, which was hit by bombs and three Kamikaze airplanes. Photos by Joe Stivala

ARMED FORCES DAY was celebrated at Union League with large turnout. Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig. Adjutant General of the Pennsylvania National Guard, greeted fellow 1st Regiment members Al Momjian, Esq.; Bill Barnes, Esq.; and Col. Phil DeHennis.

COUNCILMAN DAVID OH hosted Korean delegation to this city. He greets Mayor Song and Korean Assemblyman Kim at City Hall, while COUNCILMAN David Oh and pushing City as international port Mayor Song toured Penn’s campus destination. and other sites in city.


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(Cont. From Page 11) the city. However, the Committee of Seventy declined to list the Republican ward leaders owing to disputes among members of the party as to who are the leaders of a number of wards. Last year, Seventy published the list that was given to them by the Meehan faction of the party. We believe this departure from the Committee of Seventy’s previous deference to MIKE MEEHAN may in part be owing to the City Commissioners’ recognizing ward leaders different from those included on Meehan’s list. The most-notable exceptions are the 22nd, 59th and 65th Wards. In the 22nd Ward, the City Commissioners recognize KEVIN KELLY, as the leader as does the WARD CHAIRWOMAN CAROL MACK, who has been a Republican committeewoman in the area for 42 years. Kelly was duly elected twice, but the Meehan faction has recognized CALVIN TUCKER. Also, Meehan had anointed Tucker as the head of the African American ward leader caucus. However, a recent meeting of the African American ward leaders elected

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Edgar HOWARD and Izzie FITZGERALD.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week to Police Lt. Heather BERNARD. A fine lassie of a daughter has she. MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS: State Rep. Vanessa BROWN will be at the Cornish American Legion Post for Huga-Vet day on the 26th.... WILDWOOD will host A Celebration of Military heroes on the 27-28th in the Convention Center and at the Vietnam Wall across the street. Overflights by Air Force and Coast Guard, music, top performers, parades, Coast Guard Rifle teams and more.... The TRADITION

continues of the BRIDESBURG and PORT RICHMOND parades on the 28th. Christ Church, also on the 28th, at Ben Franklin’s Grave... And the BIG THREE on the 28th: Washington Square, Korea and Vietnam Memorials. THE MOST-UNIQUE EVENT will be a recreation of the First Memorial Day (Decoration Day) service held in Philly in 1868. It will be on Ridge Avenue at Laurel Hill Cemetery on the 27th (noon). All are invited. Refreshments will be served. It is sponsored by the Ben Franklin Post, American Legion.

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WHAT IS GOOD ABOUT THE CITY: Councilman Bobby HENON supporting the Mayfair Fair. He also is encouraging citizens to tune in City Council sessions. YOU CAN WATCH Council live on Henon’s website: CANUSO, is not recognized by the state party as the Chairman owing to election irregularities when the county party attempted to organize in 2010. Followers of the duel between the two camps to establish their varying claims to legitimacy may find these to be useful program notes as they try to figure out who’s on 1st, etc.

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(Cont. From Page 11) BRANCH”? Its tactics reflect poorly and unfairly on the Parking Authority, which has no control over it…. BARNES GALLERY is now open. The

opening night, with all the cognoscenti assembled and the Mayor in the middle, it looked like a 1% event. A rumor is Nutter wants to be a Congressman when he leaves office, but I think one of the literati might get him a job. LEWIS HARRIS their leader. The City Commissioners also recognize PETER WIRS as the leader of the 59th Ward rather than Meehan’s JOE MESSA. Messa held a meeting at which he was elected leader; however, he did not have a quorum. Wirs held a meeting with a quorum and was duly elected. Another ward of interest is the 65th. DENNY O’BRIEN staffer PHIL INNAMORATO was elected ward leader. However, his election was contested by the Meehan faction in large part owing, in this elephant’s opinion, to his relationship with the insurgent side of the party and O’Brien, who is also not a favorite of the Meehan faction. The City Commissioners believe Innamorato was duly elected. It will be interesting to see what the City Commissioners do in respect to the ward leaders Meehan recently appointed to fill vacancies due to death, as in the case of the 58th, or resignations. According to RCC bylaws, the RCC Chairman can appoint new ward leaders to fill a vacancy. Meehan is not the Chairman and the last Chairman, VITO

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Learn What To Do From The Professionals by Michael A. Cibik, Esquire American Bankruptcy Board Certified

Question: Don’t file bankruptcy? Answer: That’s the cry of the “debt-settlement” industry. They claim they will help you rid yourself of debt without bank-

ruptcy. Sure … but at what cost? There are two types of these companies. One simply takes a portion of your monthly income, negotiates with your credit-card companies to stop or lower interest, and, in return, makes a monthly payment to each company. After several years of

those payments, your debts will be gone. Assuming, of course that you can make all the monthly payments to the credit negotiator and assuming you don’t incur any new debt. Oh yes, you’ll pay them a percentage of your income to do this – often several hundred dollars or more a year. The other type of company takes a monthly payment from

you and saves it. They notify your creditors that they are working to get them paid. Then, once they have 50% or more of the balance owed a credit-card company; they negotiate to pay off the card in full for that percentage. This usually works, although it’s nothing you can’t do yourself; and you are paying a monthly fee to allow the company to do this for you. Since it

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These credit negotiators may not be a “for-profit company,” but you’ll still pay for the service at a hefty monthly amount. Now let’s compare those programs with a simply bankruptcy. You’ll pay your attorney a onetime fee — often less than $2,000 – and your debts will be gone in three to four months. And you’ll start rebuilding your credit score right away. Next Week’s Question: Does surrendering your home in bankruptcy mean it’s not yours?

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If you are a veteran, you may qualify for veterans disability benefits. This article will address veterans’ service-connected compensation. To qualify, you must: show you served in the active mili-

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jovial and he interjects his lifestyle through his personal style.” But does the TastemakerIn-Chief have any stylistic leeway? Both Curran J and Peele say not really. “[President George W.]

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who is going to take care of business.” With the way that the business of politics is going these days, I’d personally like to see some of our politicians hone their style a bit. They’re certainly not getting a lot of work done lately. Maybe a trip to Boyd’s could help….

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Bush and [President Barack] Obama dress pretty much the same,” Peele said. “They present pretty much the same image. People don’t really want a politician that seems too sure of himself when it comes to style.” “[Voters] don’t really want a stylish man,” Curran J said. “They want someone

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(Cont. From Page 11) chief of the blog lowefactor.com; and Sabir M. Peele, founder of the style and fashion website Men’s Style Pro. These men talked about a variety of things including what style in Philly will look like within the next five years (better fitting, but not necessarily different, according to Peele), how to get young men to realize clothes do indeed make the man, (Curran J suggests that young men “Dress the way they want to be addressed”) and how to create your own style brand. But as a political reporter, I wanted to find out what these stylish men had to say about the juxtaposition of style and substance. The men who run our country and how they dress is something that Curran J pays attention to, he admits. While he knows that style isn’t the most important thing on their minds, it’s something that they think about because politicians and their advisers realize that people vote with their eyes first. “You want to get the attention of people who have never thought of voting for you before,” Curran J said. “You want to reach them and to do that, you have to make yourself more attractive. Appearance is everything. There’s nothing worse than a baggy suit.” Before he was better known as the latest in a long line of really steep falls from grace, former Senator and Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards was known as the man with the $400 haircut. Much has been made of former Senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s sweater vests. But for the most part, politicians are a lot like soldiers: They have a uniform and they don’t deviate from it much, according to Peele. “There are two types of politicians,” he said. “One is the charcoal-gray suit politician that wears the powderblue tie and the white shirt and the other is the navy-blue suit politician with a red and blue tie, or a red tie with a white shirt.”

Younger politicians in Congress are taking some stylistic chances because they can, Peele said. They’re opting for a more-tailored look, showing flashes of color, and taking some (small) stylistic chances.

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CITY OF PHILADELPHIA Public Hearing Notice The Committee on Rules of the Council of the City of Philadelphia will hold a Public Hearing Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 10:00 AM, in Room 400, City Hall, to hear testimony on the following item: 120301 An Ordinance continuing the Mt. Airy Business Improvement District beyond its termination date, in an area that generally includes both sides of Germantown Avenue from 6300 to 7631 and certain blocks of streets that intersect that portion of Germantown Avenue and for which Mt. Airy Improvement District, Inc., a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation, is the Neighborhood Improvement District Management Association for the District; approving a final plan and report for the District, including a list of proposed improvements and their estimated cost, and providing for assessment fees to be levied on property owners within the District; authorizing the Director of Commerce, on behalf of the City, to execute an agreement with Mt. Airy Improvement District, Inc. relating to the District; and authorizing Mt. Airy Improvement District, Inc. to assess certain property owners within the District a special property assessment fee to be used in accordance with the approved final plan; all in accordance with the provisions of the Community and Economic Improvement Act, and under certain terms and conditions. This hearing is also being held in compliance with Section 5 of the Community and Economic Improvement Act (53 P.S. § 18105) for the purpose of receiving public comment from affected property owners on the proposed neighborhood improvement district plan for the proposed Mt. Airy Business Improvement District (“District”), a copy of which is attached as Exhibit A to Bill No. 120301. The Council of the City of Philadelphia initiated action to establish the proposed District by enacting Resolution No. 120313 (adopted May 3, 2012). Immediately following the public hearing, a meeting of the Committee on Rules, open to the public, will be held to consider the action to be taken on the above listed item. Copies of the foregoing item are available in the Office of the Chief Clerk of the Council, Room 402, City Hall. Michael A. Decker Chief Clerk

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