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Green Offers Help To Figure Out New Tax, Farnese Withdraws Legislative Opposition Councilman Bill Green believes imposing an Actual Value Initiative tax rate on properties in this city smells. “It is clear the move to actual value without knowing the assessed values in advanced is putting the manure before the horse. It stinks,” he said. In an attempt to clear the fumes, he has published a spread sheet which allows residents and businesses to estimate their potential tax bills should City Council implement the Actual Value Initiative.

On the state level, State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-S. Phila.), who had gathered General Assembly members from the Philadelphia caucus for support for an amendment he introduced to SB 1303, has withdrawn the amendment. It would have changed the way AVI was to be administered. Farnese said it was the caucus’ effort to draw a “line in the sand protecting Philadelphia tax payers from suffering unfairly.” He did so he said because,

after lengthy discussions with Council President Darrell Clarke and the Administration, “I believe the City is now back on a better course in

See Editorial Page 9 its pursuit of fair property assessments, a course I began advocating for more than three months ago.” Green’s spreadsheet shows potential tax liability under various scenarios tied to two

different revenue proposals: (a) the administration’s proposal to raise $94M in additional revenue for the School District from the real-estate tax; and (b) an alternative proposal to raise $40M in additional revenue for the School District from the real-estate tax and $45M for the District from the “use and occupancy tax,” which is paid on occupied commercial/industrial real estate. The scenarios are presented with and without a $30,000 homestead exemp-

tion and gentrification relief. Additionally, the spreadsheet shows the average impact of the proposals for 46 neighborhoods previously chosen for analysis by the administration. “The average neighborhood results provide the big picture, but for your own tax estimate you can enter data on the first tab,” Councilman Green explained. The spread sheet can be had by logging in to m/AVI.

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The members of two United Food & Commercial Workers local unions representing 3,500 men and women who work in more than 600 Pennsylvania Wine & Spirits stores have ratified a new four-year contract with the Commonwealth. Wendell W. Young, IV, president of UFCW Local 1776, said his members and the members of UFCW Local 23 in Western Pennsylvania approved the pact by an 85%-15% margin. Local 1776 represents more than 2,000 Wine & Spirit workers in Southeast, Northeast and Central Pennsylvania. Local 23 and its president, Anthony M. Helfer, represent nearly 1,500 members in stores in the western part of the state.

The contract covers four years starting last Jul. 1, when the previous contract expired, and runs through Jun. 30, 2015. The union, while it lauded the contract, was battling to oppose a bill this week in the House which deliberated the possible privatization of the Liquor Control Board Stores. The need to protect the workers in a changeover to privatization could deter the legislation’s progress through the General Assembly. Young said that the contract continues to contain important protections for members of the bargaining unit including, but not limited to, the obligation of any employer who is operating essentially or substantially the same or similar business in whole or in part

to adopt all of the terms and obligations of the contract. The contract further obligates the Commonwealth to advise any prospective operators that it “is binding in its entirety upon them for the duration of its term.” Young said the new contract provides wage increases in the second, third and final year of the agreement, after a first-year wage freeze. This is consistent with the State’s contracts covering more than 65,000 members of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees District Council 13 and 20,000 members of the Service Employees International Union Local 668. He added the Wine & Spirits contract maintains current health and welfare provisions and pension lan-

Controller’s App Wins Award The National Association of Government Communicators has honored the Controller’s Office with an Award of Excellence for its iPhone app, The Philly Watchdog app. It was recognized for being a special-purpose product that according to one judge, “…was very impressive … and took advantage of new technology to reach out to and connect with citizens.” City Controller Alan

Butkovitz has made his Philly WatchDog app available for Android users to report fraud and waste in Philadelphia. The release of the Android version is in addition to the Controller’s WatchDog app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod that was launched April 2011. The Android app will have the same fraud-reporting capabilities as its Apple counterpart, such as the ability to record video and pictures or

upload stored media, anonymous reporting, GPS to pinpoint location of incident, and a one-touch button to call the Controller’s Fraud hotline. The free app can be downloaded from GooglePlay (Android market). “Whether you own an iPhone, iPad or Android phone, you can join our fight to save taxpayers’ dollars by exposing waste and fraud in city government,” said Butkovitz.

guage, again consistent with AFSCME and SEIU’s contracts with the State. “Considering the economic challenges facing the Commonwealth and the way in which public workers have been under attack in so many places around the country, we believe that we reached an agreement that is fair to our members and to the State,” Young said. “Our members work hard and last year generated more than $513 million in taxes and profits for

the state treasury after all expenses were met. This is a reliable and growing source of revenue for all taxpayers in Pennsylvania. It’s overlooked and understated by those who want to privatize the stores. They don’t care about the positive impact on our state’s economy of the more than 5,000 union and non-union jobs that are tied to the stores, or the nationally modeled role they play in preventing the sale of alcohol to minors or inebriated persons.”

Sen. LeAnna Washington Reports LCB Credit Error State Sen. LeAnna Washington reports the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has become aware of a credit-card processing error that may impact customers and licensees who made purchases in stores between Nov. 23 and Nov. 28, 2011. While processing daily credit-card data, duplicate charges were posted to customer accounts which reflect their original purchase from Nov. 28. This processing error affects only in-store purchases and not items purchased through the agency ecommerce website. No customer personal data were compromised during the processing error.

The LCB is working closely with its banking partner to correct the duplicate charges as quickly as possible and will remain in contact with customers to provide updates. The PLCB has established a dedicated toll-free number, 1 (855) 353-2827, to assist customers with questions or concerns related to any duplicate charges they may have incurred. Updated information will also be available by visiting the PLCB website at The LCB sincerely apologizes for the error and any inconvenience this may have caused its customers.

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for the initial rejection, which surprised just about everyone, was the plaintiffs’ claim gerrymandering remained much in evidence in the House and Senate boundaries offered in the 2011 version. Some improvement is seen in this new version. But, again, not in the northeastern quadrant of this city. That version included the 169th Legislative Dist., long held by Republican Denny O’Brien, who had at one period risen to the ranks of Speaker of the Pennsylvania House. O’Brien, long a favorite of Republicans and Democrats alike and with a

tenure that saw little competition in the primary and general election during his reign, resigned that seat to make a successful run for City Council at Large. Knowing he was vacating that seat, the Reapportionment Commission took the 169th out of Philadelphia and planted it elsewhere in Pennsylvania in the new 2011 map. This scenario remains the same in the revised plan. Not delighted are State Rep. John Sabatina (DNortheast) and his dad, John, Sr., who delivers a strong primary Democrat vote. Welcoming it is newly

elected State Rep. Ed Neilson (D-Northeast), who campaigned with the knowledge his tenure might be shortlived, depending on how the 169th’s boundaries were redrawn and into whose districts they would intrude. Some farsighted political moves were involved, both on the Commission and among legislators, by vested interests. On the way to being approved by the Commission last Friday, an earlier proposed scenario had a good part of the 169th meshing into the 173rd Legislative Dist. seat, long occupied by State Rep. Michael McGee-

han (D-Northeast). It triggered a strong pushback from McGeehan, who won that battle, forcing that remnant to be redrawn to include the 174th. From now until the general election, Neilson is sitting in Harrisburg representing the voters of the 169th, filling the vacancy left by O’Brien’s departure. Come the November election, he will be facing Republican David Kralle for the seat. The victor will need to spend his time planning for another campaign. If it is Kralle, his oppo-

nent in 2014 will be Neilson or Sabatina, Jr. If it is Neilson, then Ed’s primary opponent will be Sabatina, Jr. Then, again, this will depend on how ward and labor leader John J. Dougherty, Jr. decides to throw his weight. Both the Sabatinas and Neilson are well within his sphere of influence. But it is believed Neilson, who earlier had been a leader in Local 98, found his way into Gov. Ed Rendell’s cabinet and was financially powered to the special election win over Kralle, will get Dougherty’s nod. (Cont. Page 5)

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by Joe Shaheeli No matter how the Supreme Court rules on the new redistricting map submitted to it by the Reapportionment Commission, there is no doubt a lot of contention will pit Democrat against Democrat in the 2014 primary for at least one of those House seats in the city’s far Northeast. The latest and, hopefully, final redistricting map of the General Assembly now will be studied by the State Supreme Court, which rejected the first version approved by the legislature. The prime reason given

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Seth’s Fundraiser Draws Sky View Crowd

D.A. SETH WILLIAMS enjoyed a sky-high view with his supporters at fundraiser last evening in 57thfloor penthouse at Residences at Liberty 2. With him are Vincent DeFino and FOP’s Gene Blagmond.

SETH WILLIAMS was glad to welcome his loyal friends Sandy & Jeff Brown of Brown’s Family EVENING drew a swanky set. Enjoying convivial occasion were, from left, ShopRites to his campaign fundraiser at Residences John Barrett, Morris Gocial, Sean Kilkenny, Alyson McDowell and Bennette Harrison. at 2 Liberty Place.

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As a member of the National Guard, I know how important it is to help both active duty soldiers and veterans. That is why I am pleased to announce that a veterans’ services coordinator is available at my District Office at 8016 Bustleton Avenue to assist veterans. Joseph Buckley, a veteran with extensive outreach experience, will be available by appointment to help veterans and their families with various issues, including housing for homeless vets, access to medical services, obtaining deceased vets’ medals for surviving families and more. To set up an appointment, please call my office at 215-695-1020.

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Economic Impact State Board Amends Grad Requirements Of Public Pensions

According to the National Association of State Retirement Administrators applying a standard economic multiplier to measure the effect of additional dollars being distributed into the economy by state pensioners, the stimulus to the Commonwealth’s is great. State and local pension funds in Pennsylvania and other states paid a total of $8.6 billion in benefits to Pennsylvania residents in 2009. Retirees’ expenditures from these benefits supported a total of $13.7 billion in total economic output in the state, and $7.9 billion in value added in the state. $6.5 billion in direct economic impacts were supported by retirees’ initial expenditures. An additional $3.6 billion in indirect economic impact resulted when these businesses purchased additional goods and services. $3.7 billion in induced impacts occurred when employees hired by businesses as a result of the direct and indirect impacts made expenditures. Benefits provided by Pennsylvania’s public pension plans have a sizable impact that ripples across the state. The new report, “Pensionomics: Measuring the Economic Impact of • 215-755-2000

District Honors 10 Students Ten students from nine School District of Philadelphia schools were honored at the 2012 Student Achievers’ Breakfast at School District headquarters Monday. The students, all of which have overcome adversities to remain on track for graduation, will receive a $1,000 scholarship from GCA Services Group. The breakfast, sponsored by Citizens Bank, honored students from Central High School, Dobbins High School, George Washington High School, High School for Engineering and Science, J.R. Masterman High School, PSCAT Ombudsman, Philadelphia High School for Business Technology, South Philadelphia High School, and West Philadelphia Promise Academy.

State and Local Pension Plans,” finds that expenditures made from Pennsylvania’s public pension benefits for 2009: • Had a total economic impact of more than $13.7 billion. • Supported more than 99,383 jobs that paid more than $4.6 billion in total compensation to Pennsylvania’s workers. • Supported more than $1.8 billion in annual federal, state, local tax revenue. • Paid $8.6 billion in pension benefits to 384,834 retirees and beneficiaries. • Had large multiplier effects. Each taxpayer dollar invested in Pennsylvania’s public pensions supported $7.95 in total economic activity, while each dollar paid out in benefits supported $1.59 in economic activity. • Impacted every industry in the state.

The State Board of Education has unanimously voted to consider amending several regulations regarding highschool graduation requirements. The most significant of these proposed changes would be the successful completion of the Keystone Exams as a requirement for high school graduation. The Keystone Exams are rigorous, end-ofcourse assessments. “We must increase the

rigor of our standards and assessments to ensure students are prepared for postsecondary success, whether that is in college or entering the workforce,” Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis said. “With support from Sen. Jeffrey Piccola (R-Dauphin), who serves on the Board of Education and has spearheaded this initiative in the Senate, we are taking steps to ensure Pennsylvania students

graduate high school with the knowledge necessary to be successful.” The proposed changes in the Keystone Exam requirements will expect students graduating in 2017 to show proficiency in Algebra I, Biology and Literature. Two years later, graduates would also be required to show proficiency in Composition. In 2020, graduates would be required to also show proficiency in Civics And

Government exams. Additionally, this proposal provides for the development of five additional Keystone Exams for voluntary use in the subjects of Geometry, Chemistry, Algebra II, US and World History. “This is the first step in ensuring that a high-school diploma will be meaningful and consistent throughout the state,” said State Board of Education Chairman Larry Wittig.

Singer Educates Bartram Students City Commission Chair Stephanie Singer gave the keynote address at a John Bartram HS Voter Education Pep Rally. Commissioner Singer spoke about the importance of not only registering to vote but exercising the right to vote in every election.

“Young people need to know that voting every year, in every election, primary and general, makes them and their communities powerful,” noted Singer. “This pep rally, organized by my Deputy Tracey Gordon, is designed to educate young voters, to show them how and why their

votes matter.” Singer and her staff provided examples to students, through stories and role-playing sessions that taught important lessons in the power of voting, while encouraging the students to consider their networks of influence through their friends, families and

peers. Singer encouraged students to consider to getting involved in their communities. “Voting is a public act even though your vote is private,” Singer told students. “The more people in your community vote, the more attention your community will get from elected officials.”

Champ Bernard Hopkins, NFL’s Raheem Brock Address Seniors Communities in Schools of Philadelphia honored highschool graduates during its 2012 Senior Luncheon with the appearance of two sports celebrities at the Loews Hotel. Over 300 high-school seniors who participated in CIS of Philadelphia’s programs were recognized for graduating and for their commitment to academic achievement. During the luncheon, select students shared their success stories with the audience. Jamil Caldwell, a senior at Mathematics, Civics & Science Charter School and a PFS participant, reflected on how his PFS experience helped him earn the Gates Millennium Scholarship. Jamil explained, “Philadelphia Freedom Schools prepared me for the academic rigor and persistence that I needed when applying for the scholarship, as well as maintaining the grades and activities necessary to qualify.” World Champion boxer Bernard Hopkins keynoted the event, discussing his troubled path and told the students in order to achieve success they must get out of

COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS treated its senior-luncheon attendees with speakers World Boxing Champ Bernard Hopkins and NFL player Raheem Brock. From left are Raheem Brock, Eleshea Smith, Tyree Henderson, Bernard Hopkins, Devon Williams, Damion Cox and Jamil Caldwell. their own way. play professional football, deter them from his goals. He stated, “I was my but never let their negativity Brock’s message to the senbiggest problem; I prevented my success. You all have to make the decision to be sucSheriff Jewell Williams has Title Building. cessful.” Hopkins then added The free seminar will proeach student at the luncheon begun a free seminar over a six-month period to teach invide information on: The will be successful because of dividuals how to bid at a Sheramount of money and docuthe solid foundation that CIS ments required to secure a of Philadelphia has given iff’s Sale. The seminars will be held winning bid; how to pay for them. Jul 10, Aug. 14, Sept. 8, the property if you have the Students were then addressed by National Football Nov. 13 and Dec. 11. They highest bid; how long the League player Raheem will be held at the Office of process will take for the winBrock, who shared people the Sheriff, 1009 S. Broad ning bidder to actually receive told him he was too small to Street, 54th floor, in the Land the deed for the property; and

iors was to never let anyone prevent you from achieving your dreams. As the luncheon came to a close, students left the event feeling inspired and motivated to enlarge their vision for their life. “Today’s event showed me that no matter what problems I face in life, if I stay focused on my goals and dreams I will be successful,” stated Shayante Taylor, senior at The Promise Academy at Martin Luther King HS. These graduates came from PFS, Student Success Centers and the ELECT Teen Parenting Program, a partnership between the School District of Philadelphia and CIS of Philadelphia.

Sheriff Offers How-To-Bid Class On Sales how to recognize, and research the type of property you are seeking to purchase. There will be English and Spanish sessions. For information on the Spanish sessions which will run from 11.30 a.m. to 1 p.m., call (215) 6863948. For English-language seminars, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., call (215) 686-3539.

Peter Wirs, Republican 59th Ward Leader, who said, “The Pennsylvania Legislative Redistricting Commission listened to us and put the 9th Ward back into the 4th State Senate Dist., and removed the 35th Ward. Under the Preliminary Revised Plan, Chestnut Hill was to be put into Vincent Hughes’ 7th Dist., while leaving the rest of the Germantown Avenue corridor in the 4th along with newly added Springfield Township. We argued Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy and Germantown were all historically and geographically linked, and it wouldn’t make sense to have most of Germantown Avenue inside the 4th, then detour while in Chestnut Hill, also to resume in Springfield Township.” Corbett Appoints 4 To Court Here

As reported here last week, Gov. Tom Corbett had agreed to appoint four jurists to the city’s Courts. He nominated, for Senate confirmation this week, to STATE REP. JOHN

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Municipal Court, T. Francis Shields and J. Scott O’Keefe and to Common Pleas Court, Kenneth J. Powell, Jr. and Roger F. Gordon. We had earlier heard Ward Leader Sharon Losier was in the mix, but was bumped by a well-known and well-liked former jurist Judge Gordon. Another appointment by Corbett included the reappointment of Attorney Susan M. McDermott to the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board. Tracey Gordon Case Sets Dem State Rule

Tracey Gordon, of City Commission Chair Ste phanie Singer’s executive staff, who won a court rule reinstating her as a Committeewoman in Democrat Ward 40B after the ward had ruled her out, thanks the Pennsylvania Democratic Progressive Caucus, for a resolution which it initiated at the State Meeting last week. The resolution, adopted unanimously, man-

dates “only one process in effect for the election of Democratic Committeepeople and that the Committeeperson election process has guidelines set forth by the Pennsylvania Dept. of State and state election laws. The resolution makes it incumbent upon all 67 Democrat County Committees to follow this rule. Gordon resigned her committeeship after winning her court battle. Now if a committeeperson, duly elected by voters, cannot be summarily dismissed from the Ward Committee by the ward leader or the majority of committeepeople voting to do so within the ward. Barbara Deeley Candidacy Soon

Though the Democrat City Committee has long lists of aspiring candidates, not many of them bring to the table with them the attributes of Barbara Deeley. Deeley, who climbed through the ranks in public service to become Philadel-


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A Franklin & Marshall College poll shows US Sen. Bob Casey holding a solid lead over Republican challenger Tom Smith. With 412 voters surveyed, Casey’s lead is two to one over Smith, 42% to 21%. Surprisingly, despite the lead, 30% said they did not know enough about Casey to form an opinion. Smith spent more than $3 million of his own money to win the Republican primary over a field of five. Despite that, his recognition is still low since more than 75% of those polled said they knew little about him. The same poll showed President Barack Obama with a 48% to 36% over Mitt Romney. Santorum Still Pushes Agenda

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The premiere of a new documentary called Fear of a Black Republican will be screened tonight at 7 p.m. at the Pearl Theater at 1600 N. Broad Street. Tickets are $10. According to the synopsis: “Filmed and edited over a six-year period, Fear Of A Black Republican examines why there are so few Black Republicans and how this affects the US political system today. From the Civil War to the Great Depression, the GOP was the Party for many African Americans, but today, barely 10% of African Americans consider themselves to be Republican and urban areas are no longer considered competitive parts of America’s electoral map.”

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President. He is hoping to recruit 1 million members with conservative values to band with him as the “Patriot Voices”. He believes his 11-state primary wins show conservatives are on the march and looking for leadership. He hopes to use it to “mobilize grassroots troops.” To sign on, one need only go to www.

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(Cont. From Page 3) Pleased they are out of the mix and will have their party’s support in the 2014 primary are brother State Reps. Kevin and Brendan Boyle (both D-Northeast), who have worked their charm to ensure they continue to have a better grasp on their districts, managing to keep them basically the same as the 2001 version. With all the above, it is possible a court challenge of the whole plan wind up before the Supreme Court … to become Chapter 2 in the sage of “Northeast Confusion.” State Sen. Jay Costa (DAllegheny) summed up the bitter feelings of many around the state by saying, “The final map is the product of a broken and bewildering process in which the public was ignored and negotiation was illusory. The map is a total disappointment.” He was the only Redistricting Panel member to vote against the new plan. Of another opinion was

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Rudman Funds More Med Tech Graduates City Council Members will join the medical community of St. Christopher’s to congratulate 40 Olney Charter HS students as they graduate from the Health Tech Mentorship Program, a school-to-career program. The annual graduation is sponsored by St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Communities In Schools of Philadelphia, Inc., the Philadelphia Youth Network and the St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children. The ceremony, scheduled for tomorrow morning at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, will again see scholarships awarded by the Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation to current and former students. Since 1994 when the program began, the Rudman Foundation has funded new and continuing college scholarships totaling $407,000.

“We are grateful to the Kal & Lucille Rudman Foundation for donating these generous scholarships,” says Barbara Liccio, director of volunteer services and coordinator of the Health Tech Program at St. Christopher’s. “We also thank Communities in Schools of Philadelphia, Inc. and The Philadelphia Youth Network for providing support as the students pursue their dreams and move on to post-secondary education.” The Rudman Foundation is making this donation in conjunction with the Philadelphia Police Dept.’s Operation Sunrise. Operation Sunrise, begun in 1998, is an initiative of the 24th, 25th and 26th Dist. police stations to combat drugs and violence in North Philadelphia neighborhoods. The students receive one-

on-one training from healthcare professionals. Since its inception, approximately 361 high-school juniors and seniors have participated in the program, which boasts a 98% high-school graduation rate and a 96% college-entrance rate. The Rudman Foundation is named for Kal & Lucille Rudman, founders and publishers of the six Friday Morning Quarterback international pop-music magazines based in Cherry Hill, N. J. Now celebrating their 43rd anniversary, the magazines review records and predict the next musical hits for radio stations across the country. “The goal of the foundation is to help people and programs in every walk of life with special emphasis on young people and their education,” adds Kal Rudman. • 215-755-2000

PHA, Wells Fargo Support Home Buying The Philadelphia Housing Authority and Wells Fargo Bank have encouraged PHA residents and others to take advantage of market conditions and prepare themselves for homeownership. Their message is that, despite the economic downturn, this is one of the best times to buy a home if you’re educated and prepared. The Homeownership Month Celebration held Saturday at the University of Pennsylvania’s Houston Hall was aimed primarily at PHA residents, but was open to the public. The agency has helped well over 1,100 residents get into homeownership. Over the years, it has built up partnerships and resources that can help people achieve the American Dream. “PHA is proud of our residents who have graduated to homeownership and we’re committed to assisting more people meet their goals,” said PHA Administrative Receiver/Executive Director Michael P. Kelly. “It requires hard work and patience, but it is well worth it. Homeownership stabilizes neighborhoods and helps families build an asset base.” Farah Jimenez, president/CEO of the People’s

LINDA EMANUEL, former Housing Choice Voucher resident, shared her experience of becoming a homeowner as part of PHA’s Homeownership Month Celebration. She now lives happily with her two children in their home in S.W. Phila. Emergency Center and the keynote speaker for the event, said her group is pleased to be PHA’s partner in helping families move from homelessness to homeownership. “We have seen firsthand how families that PEC has helped to make this transition also impacted the community by increasing owner-occupied properties in residential neighborhoods and increasing assets for families,” she said. Jimenez also said the dream of homeownership has both

promise and pitfalls, but PEC hopes “families will evaluate their readiness and take advantage of the resources available for those that are willing to put in the hard work.” The People’s Emergency Center, best known for helping the homeless, also serves the greater West Philadelphia community through its community development corporation which manages housing and commercial real-estate activities. During the event, prospective homebuyers were strongly encouraged to sign up for housing counseling. Hiram Carmona of the City’s Office of Housing & Community Development said pre-purchase housing counseling is the first step in preventing foreclosures. “Be an informed consumer. Know what you’re buying,” he said. “It’s very important to become an informed consumer. It’s very important to learn the ins and outs of mortgages. We have many programs in the city to help residents become savvier. They’re free to incomequalified residents and they should take advantage of them.” OHCD offers a $500 grant to people who complete prepurchase housing counseling.

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Port Of Philadelphia “A busy, exciting present… and an even more promising future!” • 215-755-2000

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GOV. TOM CORBETT has been instrumental in keeping Delaware River Main-Channel Deepening Project moving. He is seen here at Packer Avenue Marine Terminal announcing release of millions of dollars in state funds to deepen channel. Governor’s announcement brought about release of additional funds for project by the US Army Corps of Engineers and Obama Administration. Seen with him are PRPA Chairman Charles Kopp, far left; former US Senator and continuing dredging proponent Arlen Specter next to Kopp; and Packer Avenue Marine Terminal operator Tom Holt, Jr., far right.

Message from Charles G. Kopp, Esq. Chairman of the Board Philadelphia Regional Port Authority As Chairman of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, I am proud to again present to the readers of the Philadelphia Public Record the 2012 annual supplement in salute of our historic Port of Philadelphia. I am sure you will find the information enclosed within of great interest to you. We have had a busy and exciting year, and I am pleased to be able to share it with you. There are a myriad of activities currently taking place on our working waterfront. Ships carrying a wide variety of cargo from distant lands are docking at our facilities in Port Richmond and South Philadelphia, carrying everything from bananas to automobiles. As the economy improves, our prospects brighten, and the dream of larger ships traversing a deeper shipping channel bringing new cargo begins to take shape as reality. The Delaware River Main Channel Deepening Project is moving full speed ahead, and we have many to thank for it. A large contingent of elected officials, business and labor leaders, and maritime stakeholders have eagerly joined hands to see this project to fruition. To date, we’ve deepened from 40 to 45 feet two significant portions or “reaches” of the 103-mile channel. Over the next 14 months, we expect to deepen two more stretches.

On Feb. 7, the US Army Corps of Engineers announced the allocation of $16.9 million to be spent on the project this year. This came on the heels of Gov. Tom Corbett’s creative and courageous decision to advance another $15 million of state money to maintain the project’s momentum while we pressed for federal funds. On Feb. 13, we learned President Obama’s budget included $31 million for the project. We are working night and day to ensure the House and Senate concur. We are moving forward with the Southport Marine Terminal as well. Site preparation continues at the southern tip of the Philadelphia Navy Yard, where a publicprivate partnership will eventually create a state-of-the-art container facility and new berths. It will be the first project of its kind in the Port of Philadelphia in the last 50 years. Philadelphia’s love of its waterfront dates back as far as William Penn. We have been a major port city for more than 300 years. The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority is determined to protect our legacy and advance the mission of Pennsylvania’s only international seaport. Enjoy this supplement, and to learn more about us, please visit

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Our Opinion ...

The Destiny Of Our Port

A Tax Is A Tax Is A Tax

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Jun. 14- Fundraiser for Councilwoman Cindy Bass at Tavern 17, Radisson Warwick Hotel, 220 S. 17th St., 5-7 p.m. Ticket levels $50 to $1,000. Jun. 14- Creative Class Fundraiser for Councilman David Oh at Walnut Rm., 1709 Walnut St., 5-8 p.m. Tickets $50 up. Special foraArtists, $5 at door. For info John Katrina (215) 2526918. Jun. 15- State Rep. John Myers hosts his final Senior Health Fair at Center in the Park, 5818 Germantown Ave., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For info (215) 849-6896. Jun. 15- Celebrating 60th anniversary of SS United States celebration and stack lighting at Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd., 6:30-9 p.m. Tickets $30. Jun. 15-16-7- Annual St. Maron Church Lebanese Fes-

tival 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. 15-17- Remembering Juneteenth (Freedom Day, Jun. 19), three-day celebration hosted by Berean Baptist Ch., 2425-33 W. Indiana Ave. Rev. James Henry Buck, Jr., pastor. For info (215) 229-8048. Jun. 16- Pre-Father’s Day Brunch sponsored by State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas at St. Paul Baptist Ch. Callahan Ha., 10th & Wallace Sts. All in 181st State House Dist. are welcome to come honor men aged 90 and up. For info Rev. Donna Jones (267) 886-3139. Jun. 16- State Sen. Anthony Williams and State Rep. Harold James host gun buyback at Vare Rec Ctr., 2600 Morris St. $100 gift cards exchanged. No starter pistols, flares or air guns accepted. Jun. 17- State Rep. Ron Waters to field phone calls on WDAS-FM, 105.3, with United Community Action

Nework, lifers of Graterford Prison, 6-8 a.m. Lorraine Ballard Morrill to host program along with Sam Staten, Jr., LDC 332. Jun. 18- Phila. Tea Party Patriots - South Philly Group Meeting at Prudential Bank Bldg,1834 W Oregon Ave., 7 p.m. Entrance through rear parking lot. Jun. 20- Oxford Circle Chapter 1301 of Nat’l Active Retired Federal Employees Ass’n meets at N.E. Older Adult Ctr. at 8101 Bustleton Ave., 12 noon. Jun. 21- Entry-level Job Fair, at Zion Baptist Ch., 3600 N. Broad St., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Over 209 confirmed employers. Breakfast, lunch included. For info Jill Gromen (267) 408-9027. Jun. 22- Cocktail reception for Joe Rooney, Republican 13th Dist. congressional candidate, hosted by Donna Parisi at A Child’s Place, 524 Sugartown Rd., Devon, Pa. Tickets $150-$1,000. For info Maria Diezel (610) 430-0419. Jun. 22- 1st annual Chick or Fish Fry hosted by Congressman Bob Brady, State Rep.

Mark Cohen, Shirley Gregory and 49th Ward at Lou & Choo’s, 2101 W. Hunting Pak Ave., 5-9 p.m. $10. For info Sonja Thomas (215) 2006144, Ducky Birts (215) 5101057, Teresa Tanner (267) 270-8088, Tommy Blackwell (215) 992-4425. Make cecks payable to Shirley Greogry/49th Ward, 5803 N. 12th St., Phila., PA 19141. Jun. 24- Celebration Of The Drum at Hatfield House, 33rd & Girard Ave., 12-7 p.m. No cost. Bring your family, instruments, blankets or chairs. Jun. 27- 14th annual Youth Anti Violence Health Awareness Initiative at Myers Rec Ctr., 58th & Kingsessing Ave., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free event. Jun. 28- Tom Matkowski’s GOP 65th Ward hosts fundraiser at Flukes Bar & Grill, 7401 State Rd., 6 p.m. Tickets $40. For info (215) 2982251. Jul. 7- Councilman Curtis Jones’ Block Captain Boot Camp at Belmont Picnic Grove, Belmont Ave. & Belmont Mansion Dr., 12-6 p.m. Workshops, picnic, games. • 215-755-2000

And it is worse when it gets spread around, or gets heaped on other taxes, whether it is a hike in fees, or in fines, or any other way the government gets to take more out of our pockets. Unfortunately, City Council is on a road to deliver more millions to the city schools. The School District has no additional resources to help it stave off the calamity it faces in reorganization if its budget short fall is not met. So Council has limited choices and is scurrying around to see which tax structure is the least offensive to home-owners and business firms of all sizes, down to the average street vendor. The history of this city in the last three years has seen a steady raise in “temporary” taxes, which still remain, in major fee increases, and in the structure of fines. Its efforts to collect back monies owed has yet to earn a “B” rating; it is still floundering in the “D” range. No matter what plan City Council adopts, Council Members must realize – since perhaps only one or two of them are responsible for businesses where they must pay scores of license fees, payroll taxes, etc., actually do – they will hurt the city’s business community, especially if it goes through with an increase in the use and occupancy tax. An exodus of businesses, many of them marginal at best in this city’s economic climate, will no doubt occur, moving outside the city, though they will continue to service customers in the city. As a result, more tax revenue may be lost than our city’s financial gurus estimate. Not explored at all is the need to trim the costs of government, checking into which of the Mayor’s, the City Representative’s and the Commerce Department’s many executives are truly needed. It may also be time to slice the budgets of a myriad of agencies, not truly vital to the functioning of government, as well as City-funded nonprofits, which often do not prove they do what they were created to do. A saving of several million dollars going this route will mitigate the bitterness of the tax increases we are being asked to swallow.

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As the Port of Philadelphia goes, so goes the City of Philadelphia. The man who knew this best was the city’s founder, William Penn, who established his city at what he thought was the mostbeneficial bend in the river. He was proven right, through the centuries. The city’s fortunes have waxed and waned with the rise and fall of ship traffic through this Port. If called an industry, the Port – its terminals, its government authorities, its unions, and its auxiliary businesses – is the only industry in this city where thousands of decent, family-sustaining wages are the order of the day. Fortunately, for the citizens of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth, the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority has understood this concept and has made it the core of its mission ... to grow the port into the future, preparing constantly for the new opportunities of growth which continually present themselves to those who are ready. We commend the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, led by its Executive Director James T. McDermott, Jr.; its supporting Board of Directors headed by Chairman Charles G. Kopp; and the far-sightedness of Gov. Tom Corbett, who has not dropped the baton passed on to him by Gov. Ed Rendell, as well as the members of our Congressional and US Senatorial caucuses and the unions, led by the ILA, who remain united in their support of this Port. We salute them, as we report their activities, with the special Port issue found in today’s Philadelphia Public Record. • 215-755-2000

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jacent Automobile Processing Facility. Many of you probably know a Longshoreman or a Teamster who efficiently unload and process these cargoes on a regular basis. The regular arrival of bananas from South America keeps Pier 82 extremely busy. Record-size cocoa-bean shipments routinely arrive at Pier 84. Our forest-products center, expanded not long ago with a new warehouse at Pier 74, continues to service high-quality coated-paper cargoes and other forest products from Finland and Sweden. Containers, Chilean fruit, liquidbulk products, and over-dimension cargoes also continued to be regular sights at our facilities during the past year, with some cargoes posting sizable or even dramatic gains over previous years. I’m noting all of the above to let you know, loud and clear, the Port of Philadelphia has weathered the national economic downturn of recent years, and come out stronger than ever. There are still challenges, to be sure, but – more often than not – we’ve been very successful in retaining and expanding our existing cargoes, and attracting new ones. If that wasn’t the case, the support for our channel deepening project and Southport

initiative, both now strongly moving forward, simply wouldn’t have been there. Along those lines, I’d like to close by thanking the numerous state, federal, and local legislators who continue to recognize James T. McDermott the importance of Pennsylvania’s international seaport in Philadelphia, and have stood by us when our projects, both big and small, needed allies, financial assistance, or both. On behalf of the thousands of men and women who daily work at the Port, I sincerely thank you one and all. I hope you enjoy this year’s supplement. Jim Tayoun and his staff have worked hard to bring you a comprehensive update on what PRPA, our terminal operators, port labor, and countless port-related private businesses have been up to during the past year, and I hope you like what you learn. Have a great summer!

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Executive Director Philadelphia Regional Port Authority Once again, the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority is pleased to present, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Public Record, this annual supplement on the Port of Philadelphia. Since our previous report to you last June, great things have continued to happen at the Port of Philadelphia, and business continues to grow in many areas. As Charles Kopp, our hardworking chairman, reported in his own statement, our most exciting activities continue to be the ongoing deepening of the Delaware River’s main shipping channel from 40 to 45 feet and solid progress on the construction of Southport, which will be the Port of Philadelphia’s first major new marine terminal in more than a generation. Updates on these great projects, which will assure the future vitality of this port, appear in this year’s supplement. But these aren’t the only exciting things happening. Our day-to-day port activity includes so many success stories, too. Thousands of Hyundai and Kia automobiles continue to arrive at our Packer Avenue Marine Terminal every week, and are efficiently processed at our ad-

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Message from James T. McDermott, Jr.

Next Piece Of Dredging Project Falls Into Place Oregon Diner. The US Army Corps of Engineers and the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority are partners in this project, with two-thirds of the funding coming from the federal government and one-third from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Richard Pearsall, a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers, said it issued a solicitation for bids for the job on May 29. The scheduled bid opening date is Jun. 28. Work may begin as early as August. The timing is governed in part by environmental concerns, so the dredging will cause minimal disruption to natural cycles of estuarine life. An estimated 1.2 million cubic yards of material from Reach A – mostly sand, silt and gravel – will be pumped to a federally owned Confined Disposal Facility at National Park, N.J. Seventeen miles of channel have already been

deepened, in a stretch from Wilmington, Del. to below Salem, N.J. and the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. That work was completed between March 2010 and January of this year, moving 4.5 million cubic yards of material – enough to cover a square mile more than four feet deep. The channel is much wider as it approaches Delaware Bay, so a lot of material had to be moved. Total cost of the work to date is $37.7 million. Once this contract is complete, the long section between Chester, Pa. and Wilmington must be done. Of more interest to Philadelphians, perhaps, will be the short reach between the Walt Whitman and Ben Franklin Bridges. When that phase of work begins, viewers at Penn’s Landing will find it easy to see a piece of the action. That won’t take place for a while, though. Another round of funding will MAP SHOWS two previous channel-deepening contracts which have been completed, Reach be sought for it once the C and Lower Reach B, as well as the current contract for Reach A which is scheduled to current job is finished. start soon. • 215-755-2000

by Tony West This fall, Philadelphians will be able to see the Delaware River shipping channel being deepened to 45 feet. It probably won’t look different from the routine dredging that is done to maintain the channel’s current 40-foot depth. But the five extra feet of mud and gravel that it pulls out of the riverbed will change the city’s fate. This 11-mile stretch of dredging, from below the airport to the Walt Whitman Bridge (known as “the upper portion of Reach A” in officialese), will prepare a deepwater channel at the mouth of Southport, the site on former Navy Yard land where a port for superfreighters is being developed. When it is finished, the massive container vessels that carry ever-growing amounts of the world’s commerce will be able to sail all the way from Shanghai to South Philadelphia, where their crew can grab a bite at the

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Corbett, Brady, Meehan Praise Bipartisan Efforts McDermott Lauds Support From Many Which Helped To Secure Port Dredging Funds Gov. Tom Corbett and key leaders this week praised Pennsylvania’s US congressional delegation for their hard work in securing additional federal funding for the dredging of the Delaware River and joining the state’s efforts in continuing this critical project for Southeastern Pennsylvania. “By investing in the future of the Port of Philadelphia, we are saving existing jobs and creating tens of thou-

sands of direct and indirect jobs for the region and the state,” said Corbett. “Working with our federal partners, we have now secured more than $60 million for this project since I took office.” The Governor would like to congratulate and thank US Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Congressmen Bob Brady (DPhila.) and Patrick Meehan (R-Delco) and the entire Pennsylvania congressional

delegation for their hard work and great success in keeping this project moving. Approved by the House of Representatives last week was $29.4 million as part of the Environmental & Water Appropriations Act. It is expected to meet with speedy US Senate approval. “I am committed to ensuring Pennsylvania’s place in our global economy. This project is an important step in keeping our markets open to international trade,” said Corbett. The dredging project will deepen the Delaware River’s entire 103-mile main shipping channel from 40 to 45 feet. This long-planned work will ensure the Port of Philadelphia can accommodate larger ships and compete with other ports, particularly The Port of New York and New Jersey and the

Port of Baltimore. Brady graciously accepted the Governor’s praise. “I’ve worked on this issue since the first day I was elected to the House. And I am immensely proud of the bipartisan, tri-state support, and the support of the President and the Army Corps that led to passage of this appropriation.” “I appreciate the support of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in passing this significant funding,” said Meehan. “Thousands of jobs and the economic growth of our region depend on this deepening project. As the only port on the East Coast restricted to a 40-foot shipping channel, our region is put at a disadvantage. Deepening the channel will allow our region to stay competitive and create and retain much-needed jobs.”

As the Delaware River Main Channel Deepening Project moves forward, with the next round of major activity commencing this summer, the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority and its Executive Director James T. McDermott, Jr. commend the many supporters of the project, all of whom were instrumental in making the long-planned deepening a reality.“Throughout this supplement, you’ll see the names of so many of the key players behind what is the most important initiative at the Port of Philadelphia at this time,” said McDermott. “I especially want to single out five people: Sen. Bob Casey, Congressmen Pat Meehan and Bob Brady, Gov. Tom Corbett and State Rep. Bill Keller. Without reducing in any way the importance of our many other allies, I must specifically acknowledge these five gentlemen for the many uphill battles they’ve fought on

behalf of the Port community on this issue.” In February, Corbett advanced $15 million at a critical juncture to maintain the momentum of the project. He publicly supported the project in his budget address as well. Thanks to repeated requests from Casey and Brady, President Obama included $31 million for the deepening in his budget. The Pennsylvania delegation successfully maintained almost all of the money during the highly charged legislative process. The ongoing fight for funding and the organization of the effort has been led by PRPA Chairman Charles G. Kopp. On a daily basis — literally — Kopp has kept everyone’s focus on the prize: deepening the shipping channel to 45 feet. Moreover, Kopp has been instrumental in securing unprecedented cooperation at the highest levels of the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

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Local No. 1291, of the AFL-CIO, acknowledges the contributions made daily by its rank and file in insuring the Port's Terminals remain on the cutting edge of delivering rapid turnaround time for ships, while insuring cargoes are given top handling from ship to dock to storage. Brother Sisters, Regional Port Authority in insuring its Terminal Operators receive our maximum We continue to workDear closely with theand Philadelphia effort and support. Our men and women are well trained and equipped to handle the anticipated tonnage increase resulting from the completion of the Dredging and 45 feetof of ILA the Local shipping channel from the bay and the ocean.all of our memThedeepening ExecutivetoBoard 1291 would likePhiladelphia to take thistoopportunity to thank We are proud ofbers our continued effortsand to insure Port offor Philadelphia growswork in its and role as the Commonwealth Pennsylvania's and workers their the families all their hard sacrifices they madeofduring this last gateway to the world. year. Local enjoying in many ofthe oursupport workplace and we are taking the steps We also appreciate theOur support weis receive from increases our fellow unions and areas proud of we give to them as well. necessary to prepare for a future that should be considerably brighter The continued support of our political leadership is well known and recognized by Local 1291 as wethan noteour Gov.past. Tom Corbett, US Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey, Congressman Bob Brady, state Senators Mike Stack and Larry Farnese and state Rep. Bill Keller and our other legislatorsWith who have pressed for additional continue the dredging to conclusion and to meet all the your constantly support, this Executive Boardfunding will beto able to continue to pursue new business relationPort's growing needs. shipsofintheanPRPA attempt to capture andahead control an ever growing cargo base support politiWe support the focus as it moves diligently in developing SouthPort, and with itand the continue additional to quays and warecians who promotedestined the special interests ILA Local 1291. housing poised to welcome new shipping for theand Eastbest Coast with the of completion of the widening of the Panama Canal. SouthPort will also make accessible rail service to the rest of the country by three continental rail lines which share the same rail head coming out from that new terminal. Regionally, the single most important labor issue is the “45 Main Channel Deepening Project”. And, again, we use this occasion to honor all of the members of ILA, Local No. 1291, for their continued support of the port, for their This project will for generate thousands long term family this area so desperately involvement in community affairs, and their efforts to give theofport a stronger politicalsustaining voice in PA jobs and NJ. needs. as Labor, have collectively project and use our influence and the membership We, as all who earn theirWe, livelihood from a busytoport, realize theendorse benefits this of the new SouthPort, being created from old Naval Base and urge we continue with a united front towho bringoppose it to a successful conclusion as we have been doing with the dredging. votes against politicians it.

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Solar Projects Highlight Busy Year For Holt Logistics Completing the largest rooftop solar installation in North America highlighted a busy year for Holt Logistics Corp. -- a year that saw continued growth and steps taken to ensure a productive future. Consider the following positive news: �The Delaware River federal navigation channel deepening project is funded and moving forward thanks to the maritime community and to Congressional champions such as Bob Brady, Bob Casey and Pat Meehan. � Packer Avenue Martine Terminal container volumes were up 5-6% in 2011 versus 2010. Meantime, Hyundai and Kia automobiles have been coming into PAMT for about 20 months now and the last 10 months versus the first 10 months shows an 8-9% increase in volumes handled. � The amount of steel arriving at PAMT for the last 12 months increased by

28% compared to the prior 12-month period. � The PAMT now handles imported light-rail passenger railcars for Boston’s commuter equipment replacement program because of the excellent service to Hyundai-Rotem, based in South Philadelphia. � In advance of the Panama Canal expansion scheduled to be completed in 2014-15, the PAMT has developed plans that can significantly increase its import/export handling capacity. But the most excitement from the past year can be found on the rooftops of the Gloucester Marine Terminal – a project so big that not only is it visible on Google Earth photographs, but flights arriving at Philadelphia International Airport often get a bird’s-eye view. Known as Riverside Renewable Energy, LLC, the $42 million project consists of 27,526 photovoltaic

rooftop solar panels covering 1.1 million square foot of rooftop. It has a capacity of 9.0 MW – enough to power more than 1,500 homes. The new solar plant has been the focus of national attention because, at construction, it was twice as large as any other solar rooftop installation in North America. The terminal qualified for an $11 million federal taxcredit rebate for its significant investment in the groundbreaking rooftop solar power-plant project, which created 200 jobs during construction and bolsters the many hundreds more port jobs that sustain families at the terminals on the river. In April, Congressman Robert Andrews (D-N.J.) presented terminal officials with an award letter announcing the rebate at a ceremony marking the project’s completion. The Riverside project sits

atop the roof of the terminal’s refrigerated warehouse near the Walt Whitman Bridge on the Delaware River. Operating on a “24/7” basis to service food importers, the terminal is the largest on-dock refrigerated warehouse in the United States and a very large user of electricity. Construction on the solar project began in June 2011 and was completed on budget and ahead of schedule in October 2011. Riverside will generate the equivalent of up to 6080% of the terminal’s power demand. The system is expected to offset more than 8,100 tons of carbon dioxide, approximately the same amount that would be offset by planting 400,000 trees or removing 1,200 cars from the road. The Riverside project is supported by both federal and state incentives for businesses to invest in renewable energy – on the federal level

via the Section 48 Investment Tax Credit and on the state level through the N.J. Solar Renewable Energy Credit for ongoing solar generation from the project. Riverside will sell the SRECs associated with the system to enhance the project’s economic viability. Riverside serves as a pioneering project due to the many obstacles it had to overcome, including technical, legal, environmental, financing and construction issues, such as its high-wind location along the Delaware River, the oversight of the terminal by the Dept. of Homeland Security and the fact the terminal is designated a federal Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site. “A lot of things had to happen to make this project come together, and we enjoyed great teamwork from conceptualization through installation and onto completion,” said Leo Holt,

president of Gloucester Terminals, LLC. “This project positions Gloucester Terminals for future success in an incredibly competitive field and helps ensure plenty of activity for the Delaware River port community.” Meantime, in another move positioning the port for future success, the Republic of Lithuania Port of Klaipėda and the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority in January signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding. That MOU promises to open Philadelphia ports to the European and Asian shipping trade via the ice-free port of Klaipeda, the Lithuanian port city on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. Lithuania’s Transport and Communications Minister Eligijus Masiulis led a delegation of that country’s leaders to meet with state and city officials, as well as Holt and PRPA Chairman (Cont. Page 17)

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Philadelphia Ports Your Efforts Help Improve Our Region

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• Tioga Marine Terminal. Extend the container crane rail and build a 100,000square-foot warehouse for Chilean fruit business. • Forest Products Distribution Center. Build new state-of-the-art paper warehouses at Pier 74 Annex and Pier 80. • Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. Purchase two gantry cranes, extend crane rails, electrification of container cranes and expand a refrigerated warehouse. • Pier 84. Construct a 100,000-square-foot warehouse for additional storage of cocoa beans. • Schuylkill Pier 3. Purchase this site and build a bulkhandling facility for scrap metal and other cargo. The Commonwealth and the PRPA report strong interest among carriers and terminal operators eager to participate in Philadelphia’s growth incentives. PRPA Executive Director James McDermott says the future will hinge on a proven formula.

“Public-private partnerships have been instrumental in past port development and our recent double-digit growth,” he said, adding that the PRPA will continue such cooperative efforts as the most effective way of increasing port business. A. Duie Pyle, which offers services in multiple ports, provides a unique perspective on the projects contemplated under the bond package. “We keep up with port congestion issues throughout the US,” Anna Hummel, director of logistics, explains. “We see these enhancements as an alternative to overcrowding in other ports and an absolute positive. We’re excited about the prospects they hold for increased commerce.” Pennsylvania attempts to weigh every proposed expenditure in terms of impact and return on investment. In its current configuration and at 2006 volume levels, the port impact in terms of personnel, income and tax revenue tops $350 million. The bond package is an investment in more of the same.

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Armed with the promise of a deeper shipping channel, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority wasted little time in putting together a package of improvements in anticipation of improved terminal access. The commitment carries an impressive price tag. The State intends to invest $330 million for immediate port development. This money is in addition to any funds that will be required for Southport or channel deepening. The bond issue will be supported by the Commonwealth and by private beneficiaries of the funds, and will support a number of projects: • Cranes. Purchase new, post-Panamax cranes for the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. • Pier rehabilitation. Upgrade Piers 38, 40, 80 and 82 to secure infrastructure and extend their life. • Pier 82. Upgrade pier infrastructure for a major new fruit account.

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mercial interchanges for cargo flow bound for the Baltic Sea that will benefit from the ice-free nature of Lithuania's prime seaport. Klaipėda is the third largest city in Lithuania and the principal ice-free port on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. The deep-water port connects sea, land and railway routes from east to west in that region, as far as China – the main shipping lines to the ports of Western Europe and Southeast Asia pass through Klaipėda. The port’s annual cargo handling capacity is up to 45 million tons. Also in recent months, Leo Holt was elected chairman of The Jackson Laboratory's Board of Trustees. Holt has participated in the nonprofit biomedical research laboratory's governance since 2004, was elected to Jackson’s Board of Trustees in 2007 and became vice chair in February 2011. The organization supports many trade and charitable organizations including the Mar-

itime Exchange for the Bay & River Delaware, the Chilean American Chamber of Commerce and the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce, The World Trade Association of Philadelphia and the World Trade Center of Philadelphia. In addition they support initiatives in local schools through the renowned BLOCS organization in Philadelphia, high schools and Villanova University. In November 2010, Leo Holt received the Chilean American Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia “Friend of Chile” award and also serves on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board, which advises the US Agriculture Secretary. Another recent example of Holt Logistics’ integration with its clients and their communities was the April hosting of a reception at the Union League honoring Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo, a chamber orchestra founded by Nippon Steel. Kioi musicians trav-

tsunami. The group kicked off their US tour with great energy in Philadelphia and performed a selection of Mozart and Beethoven at the Kimmel Center in the famed Verizon Hall.

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(Cont. From Page 15) Charles Kopp and Executive Director James McDermott. Together, they signed the MOU, which pledges increased support for expanded trade between Philadelphia and Klaipėda. The agreement followed months of extensive discussions between Lithuanian officials and the Port of Philadelphia, led by Krista Bard, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania; Holt; and PRPA leaders. “We live in an increasingly interconnected world, and this agreement significantly improves the Port of Philadelphia’s ability to compete for the cargoes that mean jobs and opportunity for our region,” Holt said. “The Port of Klaipėda is a gateway to greater shipping and trade opportunities throughout Western Europe and Asia, and we are honored that they have selected Philadelphia for this purpose.” Holt Logistics already has begun formulating plans to develop specific new com-

Philadelphia to honor the Holt company’s longstanding friendship with the Nippon Steel and its Arts Foundation and to raise additional support for victims of last year’s

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Urban Engineers Help In Port Clean Up

Volunteers from Urban Engineers participate in “Trash Pickup Day” at PRPA office on N. Delaware Ave. in Phila.

Volunteers from Urban Engineers, Inc. participated in the semiannual “Trash Pickup Day” in April at the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority office on N. Delaware Avenue. For its 15th year, Urban’s team has partnered with PRPA and the Philadelphia Sanitation Dept. to clean up Delaware Avenue. Volunteers find all sorts of debris, included used tires, old vinyl records and shoes. Urban Engineers is a long-time partner with the PRPA, representing many of PRPA’s key waterway projects, such as the planning investigation and design of Packer Avenue Marine Ter- URBAN ENGINEERS crew piles trash and debris at semiminal; and the Pier Rehabilitation at Piers 80, 82, and 84. annual “Trash Pickup Day” at Allegheny & Delaware Aves.

velop Paulsboro to target growth areas instead, with what it styles an “omniport” that can accommodate two to four ships. What’s an omniport? It is a flexible site which can shift between a variety of uses with moderate refitting, and is particularly adapted to the kind of manufacturing Castagnola sees stateside growth in: niche manufacturing or “niche processing”. Typically, these are based on bulk or breakbulk cargoes which receive some value-added processing on site before they are moved somewhere else for final production or assembly. By their nature, niche processing is job-specific, but a typical example is the work of one of SJP’s successful tenants, Camden Yards Steel. This firm imports sheet metal in huge, tight coils for ease of shipment. It then uncoils the metal, flattens it and stamps out sections for end users, all of which is performed in the port facility; and then warehouses them for distribution. It is this kind of manufacturing work Castagnola sees coming from overseas – often coming back after having been outsourced many years ago. A flexible facility can be repurposed in many creative ways. On target vigorously being explored by SJPC, for

example, is the offshore windturbine industry, which is certain to develop in South Jersey. SJPC would like to see the wind turbines assembled at Paulsboro, where components can be easily shipped in and finished products easily shipped out to their nearby sites. “It just makes sense that Southern New Jersey and Paulsboro in particular should be the epicenter of this great

new industry,” maintains Marlin Peterson, who is the new terminal’s project manager. “There is just a natural synergism and resulting cost efficiency of having manufacturing of the turbines, towers and blades in roughly the same footprint as where the developers assemble the components and the transport them out to sea for installation.” Work began on the Paulsboro site last year. To date,

the platforms for the new terminal have been laid down: 325,000 cubic yards have been dredged while 300,000 cubic yards of fill has been placed to elevating the site two to 10 feet – high enough to be above the 100-year floodplain, and also to adapt to the potential for sea-level rise caused by climate change. Maintaining a strong bulk/breakbulk capacity on the Delaware River is a core mis-

sion of the State of New Jersey. While international trade has shifted toward containerization in recent decades, bulk/breakbulk facilities can provide more benefits per ton of cargo to surrounding communities. That’s because they require more handling, thus create more jobs. Steering SJPC toward “niche processing” businesses may create even more jobs. (Cont. Page 22)

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by Tony West Even if the Delaware River channel were never to reach 45 feet – some of our ports have been placing big, independent bets on a brighter future. Take a look at the Jersey side of the river. There, in the Borough of Paulsboro, just below the airport in Gloucester Co., a 200acre, $175 million first phase is moving into the wharf construction of a new facility. When it’s complete, in 2013, the first new Delaware River marine terminal in 50 years will serve (New Jersey hopes) a robust market in bulk and breakbulk products that doesn’t depend on channel-deepening, doesn’t depend on Panama Canal-widening – although it is positioned to take advantage of both. This is the pride and joy of the South Jersey Port Corp., a state agency that manages three terminals – soon to be four, when Paulsboro comes onstream. SJPC has long specialized in bulk cargoes (like cement) and breakbulk cargoes (like plywood). During the global expansion in the early 21st century, its docks had all the business they could handle; they turned away a minimum of 20 ships in 2006. That hasn’t been a problem since the Great Recession struck. “Our volume is down 40%,” notes SJPC Executive Director Kevin Castagnola (although, he said, revenue-wise the port has had a pretty good year. Already, though, he is spotting signs of a turnaround. “We have renewed some business that had stopped coming here because of the economy,” he explains. There is rising demand for steel and plywood, chiefly in the manufacturing sector. A fair amount of Marcellus Shale pipeline material has come into this port. If construction picks up once more, SJPC expects to boom with it. Construction materials are one of its traditional bread-and-butter cargoes. So it has high hopes for Paulsboro. The site’s last use was for a petrochemical facility, a waning industry on the Delaware. SJPC aims to de-

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Paulsboro Is Key To Growth (Cont. From Page 21) That would be fine with SJPC. As a state agency, it seeks to carry out a mixed mission to maximize jobs while optimizing revenues. The corporation is governed by an 11-member board appointed by the Governor of New Jersey. Breakbulk commodity shipments won’t go away and they will always tilt toward

smaller vessels as compared to the container industry. That’s because raw-material exporters tend to be located in less-developed countries and their source can be in relatively isolated areas. Conversely, deep-draft ports favor manufactured-goods that are generated in denser, urban locations, such that economies of scale throughout the supply chain can be achieved.

“However, commodity shipments do have the preference to be larger and heavier,” notes Peterson. “They require more-specialized handling as a result.” What does it take to be a niche-terminal? Peterson says it calls for a sensitive balancing act between infrastructure, labor force and market demand. The SJPC’s goal is to be able to offer any customer

a custom-tailored “linkage” between the ocean, other transportation modes – and the customer’s own internal process, the “black box” as Peterson calls it. Marketing for the Paulsboro Terminal is underway. SJPC has a number of Memoranda of Understanding, which it is working to convert into lease agreements. In common with its sister ports on the Delaware, SJPC is rich with intermodal transportation options. Rail, ship and highway connections are densely interlinked here. “Obviously, the variety of terminals of the different ports along the Delaware have niche interests on certain issues and cargoes,” comments Castagnola. Shippers can always move if they want and like to have options. “Each terminal markets for the shippers to do business at their facilities,” says Castagnola. “But if the business does not come to us, we would rather keep that business in the (Cont. Page 23)

WORK HAS now finished on first phase of new Paulsboro Marine Terminal, which included dredging berths for wharfs.

ONE POSSIBLE use for Paulsboro Terminal sketched out in this conception: offshore wind turbines can be assembled here and shipped directly to their stations at sea off New Jersey coast.

Bringing In Fresh Fruit In Winter

(Cont. From Page 22) Delaware River Complex and not to a competing port in another region of the country.” In a sense, SJPC already has another new terminal on the Delaware – or at least a new name. Its venerable Beckett Street Terminal in Camden underwent a name change in the later part of 2011, to Joseph A. Balzano

Marine Terminal. (Its other two sites are the Broadway Terminal, farther south in Camden, and the Salem Marine Terminal in Salem Co.) The new name marks the sad loss of an old presence. Joe Balzano was the face of SJPC for decades, a man whom the New York Times called “one of the best operators in the world.”

Balzano, who died in October 2011, was honored by having his name bestowed on the facility to which he had devoted his life. The transition to new leadership has been fairly seamless. Balzano’s longtime assistant Castagnola moved into the top spot with little fanfare and the port’s management team remains otherwise intact.

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SHINY new Hyundai and Kia automobile cargoes have been regularly arriving at Port of Phila. since 2010, providing steady employment for the Port’s ILA and Teamster workforce. Cars are unloaded at PRPA’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal and processed at Port’s Automobile Processing Facility.

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FRUIT arriving at PRPA’s Tioga Marine Terminal, during the past 2011-2012 winter fruit season. Tioga Marine Terminal is operated by Delaware River Stevedores, which works with the Port’s ILA workforce to offload fruit from Chile and other destinations and bringing fresh summer fruit to region. • 215-755-2000 • 215-755-2000

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Piloting a Course Toward The Future

by Tony West If dredging gets past the halfway mark in the year to come, Capt. Jim Roche will be relieved. “I’ve spent a lot of time this year talking with elected representatives. We’re not quite over the hump yet,” reports Roche, who is president of the Pilots Association for the Bay & River Delaware. His lobbying has not been in vain, though. President Obama included money for the next phase of Delaware channeldeepening in his budget, and a bipartisan consensus among congressional leaders in the tristate area appears to be holding firm. If all goes well, dredging will start back up this fall. Then Capt. Roche may breathe easier. Obama’s proposal was for $31 million. Its chances look good in the Senate. The Republican-controlled House was a dicier matter; but Congressmen Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) and Pat Meehan (R-Delco) pitched hard for it there and that body approved $29.4 million. Unless the project is blindsided by Washingtonian dysfunction, as Congress crumbles in this election year, the work is funded to restart soon. Careful, cautious advance planning is a pilot’s mission. These skilled independent seamen are the only way ships of any real size can enter the many ports along the Delaware; they must be at the wheel. Like any other agent in the port’s economy, they want shipping to succeed and business to grow. Before they steer a path to profit, though, they must first steer clear of perils. And Capt. Roche is clear about one thing. As ports up and down the East Coast ready deep-draft channels for the expected tide of container commerce from Asia when the Panama Canal expansion is complete in 2014, Philadelphia will be off the beaten path if we don’t complete our own 45-foot channel by then. When the big ships come, the Pilots Association must be prepared for them. Capt. Roche and his colleagues are already looking ahead. “A large part of our job is to figure out how to do things safely,” Capt. Roche notes.

Capt. Jim Roche … bullish on new markets. By and large, the deeperdraft vessels are longer as well. The pilots have been getting practice in handling them. “We have already routinely brought 1,000-foot ships in,” says Capt. Roche, “but they are rare now.” To accommodate more of this traffic, the channel’s many bends are being widened to provide safe passage. The Pilots Association has just initiated a major improvement in safety for the river. It’s the Sector Delaware Bay Intelligent Radar project. PABRD received a federal grant to expand radar traffic-tracking to cover the majority of the river. “We’re going to share this information with law-enforcement agencies for free,” says Capt. Roche. “It will play a very important role in safety and security.” This will be a complex technological and administrative project, the feeding of real-time radar data to a host of agencies simultaneously: three different state governments, the Coast Guard, FEMA and others. If traffic grows, this will provide the Delaware River ports with the tools to grow it safely. For the time being, though – if you want to know what the traffic is like on the Delaware at any given moment, you’d be wise to rely on Capt. Roche’s brain. “Even now, without documentation, I can pretty much tell you everything that’s going on,” he avows. But the traffic Capt. Roche is tracking is much less than he’d like it to be. Pilots’ business is down by 25% from the glory days of 2006, he estimates. Recessions are brutal on ports; when the economy is down, shipping goes down. Whatever happens next, you see first on the river. Like everyone else on the Delaware, he is looking anxiously for signs of a turnaround. Of late, a few more rays of

hope have been peeking into Capt. Roche’s sunny office in Queen Village on Columbus Boulevard. Especially hopeful is the salvation of the ConocoPhillips’ Trainer refinery in an audacious purchase by Delta Air Lines, which plans to make its own jet fuel there. This is an industry first in vertical integration for an airline. The deal shores up hopes for a future for the four other refineries on the Delaware – and with them a future for Philadelphia as an energy port. Energy shipping will only become more expensive as cheap oil runs out. An energized developing world will not stay content with a small share of total fuel consumption and will bid for more juice aggressively in years to come. The Northeast will want reliable access to maritime energy transportation; and few of its ports can compete with Philadelphia in this infrastructure and talent pool. As Capt. Roche sees it, it would be a devastating blow for the tri-state area to let this industry slip away just when it will be most needed. “There will always be a demand for oil,” he points out. A bold experiment like Delta’s is a high-risk business strategy – but it beats junking a refinery and selling it for parts, at least as far as our region is concerned. In the long run, thinks this master pilot, the Delaware River could become a pivotal port for energy markets. He has stuck a finger into the strong northwest wind – blowing from the Marcellus Shale region, where a huge supply of natural gas is being developed. The Marcellus Shale means inbound traffic, which the port has already seen some of: construction materials for wells and pipelines. In the end, though, it promises a fountain of cheap energy – which is great for all of us, except that it needs to be moved cheaply to stay cheap. That’s where ports come in. Right now, fossil-hydrocarbon fuels are inbound to the Northeast. Someday, though, they may be outbound as well. One possible recycling of our existing refinery infrastructure is to develop a liquefied natural-gas plant here, which could take in piped gas from the Mar-

cellus Shale and convert it to a shippable product for overseas markets. Since the long-term outlook for oil prices is severe, the shipping industry, just like the airlines, is a huge petroguzzler looking for an escape hatch. That may come in the form of natural-gas conversion. “Last year, the first natural-gas-powered freighter was built,” he says with a touch of awe. “Emissions regulation has finally caught up with cargo ships.” They are stinkers, by comparison with cars. This may be bad news for shippers, but it’s good news for gas producers, whose fuel burns cleanly. Envision a world in which clean cargo ships cruise the Atlantic – and regularly stop at Philadelphia for a load of cheap local natural gas. This is a channel the Delaware Valley

would be smart to explore in decades to come, says Roche. The Delaware River ports have another key marketing advantage, the Captain points out: Theirs is the largest freshwater port in the world. That’s why the Navy values it for storage (freshwater is less-corrosive than saltwater). Shippers don’t need that so much; but they do like to get out of bad weather. The closer a port lies to open water, the harder it is to manage in bad weather. And the bigger the ship, the more it has to lose from bad weather. The Delaware offers protection from storms because it is surrounded by landmasses. The container super ships of the future are terrifyingly topheavy. Their big risk lies at sea. Once they make it to an estuary like the Delaware, they are safe. So there is good reason to

hope we can sell our ports, Capt. Roche believes. One important market sign is that there are plans to build three new terminals, in three different states: Southport in South Philadelphia, Paulsboro in New Jersey and an expansion for Wilmington in Delaware. They are being built because there is demand. “I don’t see the various ports along the river as being in competition with each other,” says Capt. Roche. The pilot argues that overall, they enhance each other by increasing options for shippers and manufacturers – and more options bring more business to the Delaware Valley region. “I have an optimistic view,” says Roche. “As difficult as the economy is now, there is much to look forward to down the line.”

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA Sealed proposals will be received by the School Reform Commission at the School Administration Building located at 440 North Broad St., 3rd Floor, Office of Capital Programs, Philadelphia, PA 19130-4015, until 2:00 P.M., on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. A non-refundable fee for each set of bid documents is as scheduled. The School District will only accept bids from companies that have been placed on its current Pre Qualified Contractors List as shown at All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications. BUDGET B-024C of 2011/12 General Construction Ceiling Replacement


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Lithuanian Delegation Signs Where Sweet And Syrupy Begins

OFFICIAL relationship between Lithuania’s Klaipeda State Seaport Authority and Phila. Regional Port Authority was established, with hopes of increasing trade between regions. Delegations sign letters of agreement at PRPA office.


RECORDSIZE loads of cocoa beans routinely arrive at PRPA’s c o c o a bean-handling facility at Pier 84, which is operated by Dependable Distribution Services. Here we see “Pacific Tramp” discharging yet another record-size load at facility. Most cocoabean cargoes arriving arrive at our port are destined for the many cocoa processing centers and chocolate manufacturers in Penna. region.

PRPA Reports Cargo Tonnage Increase With 3,993,616 metric tons of cargo handled at the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority’s waterfront facilities in 2011 compared with the 3,628,312 tons of cargo handled in 2010, the Port of Philadelphia marked a solid 10% increase in cargo last year, officials of PRPA reported. Gains in both containerized cargoes and several non-containerized cargoes contributed to this gain. Combined with the 17% increase in cargo in 2010 over 2009, PRPA has re-established and surpassed pre-recession cargo levels. With 2,028,011 metric tons of containerized cargoes handled in 2011 compared to the 1,860,097 tons handled in 2010, container tonnage was up 9% last year. Counted as individual containers, or TEU’s, the 291,091 TEU’s handled in 2011 marked a 6.7% gain over the previous year’s 272,824 TEU’s. Containers move through the Port of Philadelphia at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal and the Tioga Marine Terminal. Many of the Port’s regularly-handled breakbulk cargoes

(all non-containerized cargoes excluding automobiles and liquid bulk cargoes) also experienced big gains in 2011. These included forest products (432,270 metric tons handled, an 11% gain); cocoa beans (111,773 tons handled, a 15% gain); and project cargo (41,996 tons handled, an almost 4% gain). Steel (167,353 tons) and fruit (290,146 tons) performed at about 2010 levels last year. Projections indicate continued growth in breakbulk cargoes in 2012, with several positive developments already occurring. The port’s cocoahandling center at Pier 84 handled a record-size cargo of cocoa beans (19,328 metric tons) in early January as the forest-products carrier Spliethoff Line planned to return to the Port later. The biggest highlight among the Port of Philadelphia’s 2011 non-containerized cargoes was undoubtedly automobiles, due to continuous growth in the Port’s Hyundai and Kia automobile business. With 127,347 Hyundai and Kia automobiles


arriving at the Port of Philadelphia in 2011 compared with the already sizable 68,876 automobiles that arrived in 2010, the Port experienced a dramatic 85% gain to this alreadyhealthy cargo. Counted as tonnage instead of units, 174,978 tons of automobiles were handled in 2011 compared to the 77,350 tons handled in 2010, a 126% gain. In a joint ILA/Teamster operation, automobiles are discharged at PRPA’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal and then processed for eventual further shipment inland at PRPA’s Automobile Processing Facility near the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. With 740,890 metric tons of liquid-bulk cargoes handled in 2011 compared to the 677,553 tons handled in 2010, liquidbulk cargoes demonstrated a sizable gain of more than 9%. More substantial growth is anticipated in this area in 2012 as a result of cooperation on capital improvements and marketing between PRPA and its liquid-bulk-handling terminal operator, Kinder-Morgan.

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DAILY BUSINESS at Port of Phila. often includes business meetings with visiting foreign officials eager to establish or strengthen trade ties. In above photo, PRPA Executive Director James T. McDermott, Jr., left, welcomes head of a visiting delegation from Uruguay.

Fulfilling Needs Of Wildlife PRPA Executive Director James T. McDermott, Jr. and port staffers explore former Jack’s Marina site, located off Street Road exit of Interstate 95. PRPA purchased Jack’s Marina and Marshall Island in river to prepare and reserve lands for wildlife preservation. This will fulfill state and federal regulations related to PRPA’s Southport Project. As PRPA continues building new major marine terminal, “Southport”, in S. Phila., it must simultaneously establish habitats for any displaced flora and fauna at Southport site. Jack’s Marina and Marshall Island will fill this need.

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Learn What To Do From The Professionals by Michael P. Boyle, Esq. Mental retardation may serve as a basis for qualifying for disability or SSI benefits. Listing 12.05 defines MR as “a significantly subaverage general intellectual functioning with

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by Michael A. Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: Filing for bankruptcy again? Watch out for these pitfalls! Answer: If you’re back in debt after a bankruptcy, you’re not alone. With millions of people having gone through the bankruptcy system in the past decade or so, it’s inevitable that at least some will find themselves back in tough times. Add to that the troubles of the past four years or so and you’ve got the makings of a “welcome back” party at the bankruptcy court. In particular, many people think they can’t file for bankruptcy again. This, however, is untrue. Though there are limitations and nuances to consider, you’ll be fine so long as you’re mindful of the pitfalls. Filing Chapter 7 After A Chapter 7 Discharge. Under the bankruptcy laws, you

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The problem of prescription painkiller overdoses has reached epidemic proportions. Overdoses involving prescription painkillers — a class of drugs that includes hydrocodone, methadone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone — are a public-health epidemic. These drugs are widely misused and abused. One in 20 people in the United States, ages 12 and older, used prescription painkillers non-medically (without a prescription or just for the “high” they cause) in 2010. Prescription painkiller overdoses killed nearly 15,000 people in the US in 2008. This is more than 3 times the 4,000 people killed by these drugs in 1999.In 2010, about 12 million Americans (age 12 or older) reported nonmedical use of prescription painkillers in the past year. Nearly half a million emergency department visits are due to people misusing or

abusing prescription painkillers. Nonmedical use of prescription painkillers costs health insurers up to $72.5 billion annually in direct health-care costs. Many more men than women die of overdoses from prescription painkillers. Middle-aged adults have the highest prescription-painkiller overdose rates. People in rural counties are about two times as likely to overdose on prescription painkillers as people in big cities. Whites and American Indian or Alaska Natives are more likely to overdose on prescription painkillers. About 1 in 10 American Indian or Alaska Natives age 12 or older used prescription painkillers for nonmedical reasons in the past year, compared to 1 in 20 whites and 1 in 30 Blacks. Use prescription painkillers only as directed by a health-care provider. Make sure they are the only one to use their prescription

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In The Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County Civil Action – Law No. 090504234 Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure Bank of America, N.A., Successor by Merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP f/k/a Countrywide Home Loans Servicing LP, Plaintiff vs. Sonya Cottman Pearce, Known Heir to the Estate of Janice Wilson, Deceased & Unknown Heirs of the Estate of Janice Wilson, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant(s) To: Unknown Heirs of the Estate of Janice Wilson, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant(s), whose last known address is 728 W. Fisher Avenue, 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 Bank of America, N.A., Successor by Merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP f/k/a Countrywide Home Loans Servicing LP, 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. 090504234, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 728 West Fisher Avenue, 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., 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. 120104346 Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure U.S. Bank, N.A. as Trustee for Green Tree 2008-HE1, Plaintiff vs. Unknown Heirs of Grady Johnson, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant(s) To: Unknown Heirs of Grady Johnson, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant(s), whose last known address is 1205 South Harmony Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146. 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 U.S. Bank, N.A. as Trustee for Green Tree 2008-HE1, 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. 120104346, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 1205 South Harmony Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146, 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., Ste. 5000, Mellon Independence Center, 701 Market St., Phila., PA 19106-1532, 215.627.1322.

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Among the many commodities on Philadelphia manifests, none present a more unique set of demands than perishables. The port, with its international reputation for dedicated facilities and expertise with temperature-sensitive cargoes, handles meat, fruit, dairy products, vegetables, wine and pharmaceuticals. It takes more than just freezer space, although Philadelphia has more than its share. Different products can call for holding temperatures from hard freeze to merely crisp. Others require strict humidity control. And it’s not just a question of how much temperature-controlled storage exists; it’s also an issue of where. At Delaware River terminals, cold warehousing lies as close as 90 feet to the edge of the dock, minimizing exposure to the elements during discharge operations. “We’re maintaining the cold chain to maximize shelf life,” says Bob Palaima, president of Delaware River Stevedores. Geography makes Delaware River ports an ideal entry point for perishables, Palaima says. “Philadelphia offers access up into Canada, to Chicago and the Midwest, and down to the mid-South, all within a day’s truck drive,” he says. He cites a number of other advantages: � Lack of port congestion. � Location near major consumer centers. � A diverse complex of temperature controlled facilities and transportation equipment. � A port community that has responded aggressively as the perishables trade has become more sophisticated. � Perishables experience and a cooperative attitude from government oversight agencies. The aforementioned “complex” comprises 21.5 million cubic feet of on-dock refrigerated warehousing, 2.3 million cubic feet of on-dock freezer warehousing, 1,400 reefer plugs for refrigerated containers, 13 USDA-certified meat-inspection facilities, and millions of additional

cubic feet of freezer warehousing in the port district. In 2006, Delaware River terminals handled nearly 1 million tons of perishables. Leading the commodity roster were more than 450,000 tons of beef imports from Australia and South America. In 2006, Chilean-sourced beef became the newest import to reach Philadelphia. Fruit weighed in second at more than 300,000 tons, with grapes from Chile topping the list. Once again, the channel deepening promises access to a whole new set of targets. As operator of some 40 port-based reefer warehouses nationwide, Preferred Freezers has a keen understanding of this new potential. “We’re encouraging our customers who use our facilities in other markets to move their Philadelphia-based freight to us,” Sales Mgr. Marcello Pisapia says. “Postdeepening, we’ll be trying to bring in the larger ships from Southeast Asia that service these accounts.” Pisapia expects the Pacific Rim to become a prime supplier for seafood and meat entering the port. He cites other forces that are pushing business into the Philadelphia-area reefer complex: “Port congestion in North Jersey and New York is

driving reefer freight toward Philly. Some of our greatest promoters are the drivers who much prefer our faster turnarounds, ease of access and simplified operations versus what they experience farther to the north.” There’s immediate good news on the northbound and southbound trade lanes. Mediterranean Shipping Co. has inaugurated a new container service connecting the West Coast of South America with Philadelphia. This new weekly rotation provides additional capacity for the flourishing meat and fruit trades already moving northbound. Currently, some of largest, fastest refrigerated container vessels in the world call at Delaware River marine terminals. Packer Avenue Marine Terminal has handled ships as large as 4,300 TEUs with reefer capacity of 1,300plus TEUs. Big break bulk vessels also bring large amounts of fruit to the region. An impending channel deepening, bond money allocated for improvements to terminals handling temperature-sensitive products, new deployments from ocean carriers — is there really any chance of Philadelphia losing its position and momentum in the reefer trades? Perish the thought.

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Growmark, PRPA Boost Agriculture Traffic In addition to familiar port activity in the vicinity of PRPA’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal and Automobile Processing Facility, recent business initiatives will soon result in additional activity at Pier 122, located next to the Packer Avenue facility. Specifically, Growmark a multinational agricultural cooperative has signed a lease

extension with PRPA to move agricultural products through Pier 122, with the possibility of other products being handled as well. The lease extension adds vessel activity to Growmark’s operation. Already, this spring has seen the signing of the lease extension, the dredging of the pier, and the completion of other preparatory tasks. PRPA

and Growmark hope to see cargo activity by this summer. “We’re always looking for ways to maximize port activity,” said PRPA Executive Director James T. McDermott, Jr. “In this case, it will be great to see Pier 122, which has such a rich history of activity at the Port of Philadelphia, once again regularly move bulk cargoes in South Philadelphia.”

Quietly operating in the vicinity of the Tioga Marine Terminal, the Tioga Liquid Bulk Terminal regularly moves a variety of liquid-bulk products through the Port of Philadelphia, utilizing PRPA’s Pier 100. Vessels dock at the pier and discharge or receive liquid bulk cargoes via the pipe

bridge running over Delaware Avenue that connects the pier and the tank farm. Operated by Kinder Morgan, the Tioga Liquid Bulk Terminal bolsters business activity at numerous chemical facilities throughout the Delaware Valley and beyond, all of which rely on Kinder

Morgan to handle the products intrinsic to their operations. With the recent closure of refinery facilities along the Delaware River, there is a strong probability of more liquid-bulk cargoes moving through PRPA’s liquid-bulk facility.

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One evening this week, I popped down to the Kimmel Center for the induction ceremonies for new officers of the Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society. PBPERS, which is what it’s known by to most of us, started back in 2000 and is one of the founding chapters of NBPERS, or the National Black Public Relations Society. Like it’s journalistic counterparts, the Philadelphia (and National) Association of Black Journalists, the purpose of PBPERS is to help communications professionals of color find avenues within the wider industry, and as independent contractors, to practice their craft. On Tuesday, the group installed its newest set of officers. The new president of PBPERS is Darisha K. Miller of Ross Associates. I’ve been working with Miller a lot of late because I write a political column, and she does media relations for political candidates. What I like about her is if she has a client she thinks I, and by extension you, should know more about, she’ll flood me with information … sometimes until I cry “uncle!” The new VP for PBPERS is someone that I occasionally have to arm-wrestle for information, Vincent Thompson. I think sometimes he thinks because we’ve been friends for years, he has to make me earn every last piece of information I get from him. But it’s okay because the information is almost always good. Thompson used to be a spokesperson for the School District of Philadelphia, but now he runs his own firm, Thompson Mediaman Communications, and is a committeeperson in the 2nd Ward, 24th Division. Because these two people are really good at their jobs and are really determined to make whatever they attempt to do the best it can possibly be, I know Darisha and Vince will (Cont. Page 34)

Philadelphia will get four new judges from Harrisburg. City Hall Sam hears Democrat FRAN SHIELDS and Republican KEN POWELL would fill two Common Pleas Court slots. Two more Democrats, SCOTT O’KEEFE and ROGER GORDON, will take the Municipal Court slots. Some horse-trading took place between members of the Philadelphia Senate Delegation, CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY and Republican Senate MAJORITY LEADER DOMINIC PILEGGI in order to form this slate. Shields is considered labor’s candidate. Powell is a well-liked Republican in a Democratic City. O’Keefe has paid his dues. Gordon is well liked and has strong backing in the African American community, but his judgeship nearly went to WARD LEADER SHARON LOSIER. Her failure to receive the Philadelphia Bar Association’s endorsement cost her the spot. In the past, Governors have required that endorsement for Common Pleas Court, but not for Municipal Court. However, GOV. TOM CORBETT is now applying the endorsement as necessary for both Municipal and Common Pleas Court. This is unusual in any event. The Governor is conservative and the Philadelphia Bar Association is liberal. The Governor is pro-life and many believe the Bar Association is not only pro-choice, but hostile to pro-life judicial candidates. But politics makes strange bedfellows and the Senate will vote to confirm or not confirm the four judges before breaking for the summer. COUNCIL MEMBERS MARK SQUILLA, DENNY O’BRIEN, BRIAN O’NEILL, BILL GREEN, JANNIE BLACKWELL and BOB HENON voted against MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER’S property-assessment bill, aka the Actual Value Initiative, in Council. How will the votes come down in Harrisburg? STATE SEN. TONY WILLIAMS is leading the charge to reform the city and raise revenue for the School District. It’s a strange position, for he is also the Voucher Champion. Bob Brady was seen having a drink at Chops Restaurant on City Line Avenue with wellknown power attorney JOHN ELLIOTT and his partner JIM CRUMLISH III. Crumlish was the leading lawyer on the successful petition challenge against soon-to-be-former STATE REP. TONY PAYTON. Which, again, leads me to remind all you “know it all” candidates-to-be and some “leave it to the staff” incumbents seem to never realize the importance of personally overseeing their own nominating petitions. All your good efforts can be snuffed out instantly if the court rules in favor of the petition challenger. Rest assured, there will always be a challenger. • 215-755-2000

Yo! Here we go again with some important things that we all need to read about. Read this one over and over until it becomes part of who we are! It will give you information on how to stay young. 1. Try everything twice. On one woman’s tombstone, she said she wanted this epitaph: “Tried everything twice – loved it both times!” 2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches will pull you down. (Keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches!) 3. Keep learning: Learn more about the computer, crafts, and gardening, whatever... Never let the brain get idle. “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s! 4. Enjoy the simple things. 5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with him or her. 6. The tears happen: Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Live while you are alive. 7. Surround yourself with what you love: Whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, and hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge. 8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help. 9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county, to a foreign country, go on a cruise to anywhere but do NOT go to where the guilt is. 10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. Say it: I love you – you are very special to me. 11. Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second chance. 12. Don’t put it off doing something that you have planned to do till later – there may not be a later for you, and if you don’t tell this to at least 4 people - who cares? But do share this with someone. Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of personal battle. Do not add to their problems – they and you have enough to worry about. Wine does not make you FAT ...- it makes you LEAN ... (against tables, chairs, floors, walls and ugly people.) Remember! Lost time can never be found. Life does have an expiration date. Make sure that you live life to its fullest and that you enjoy every minute of it.

MAYOR NUTTER’S health talk in Washington, D.C. was a hit. He has promoted healthy living. It hit me, that old talk, that Nutter might be pushing for a job in the reelected Obama Administration; say the Dept. of HEW?... The Grays Ferry trail link opened. Until connected, links create more difficult police patrol areas – like the dead-end trail in back of the Sheet Metal Hall. Still, they get the administration a lot of PR. The more important story is the lack of computers among the poor. If students in lower grades could start early with a computer, the future of our city might be improved. Two computers developed for third-world countries were developed by major universities. They are cranked up to energize, and cost $100 and $200. They could be purchased for city students by local business leaders at low cost. Junk, you say; well, MITT ROMNEY, while Governor of Massachusetts bought one for each student. We have to start SOMEWHERE. Where is NUTTER on this??? CITY COUNCIL LOBBYIST? Is it needed? Yes. The Mayor has one. This gives him better communication with the legislature, etc., and unfair advantage over Council. Look at the School Reform folks slipping in to talk to lawmakers on control of union benefits…. JEFF HORNSTEIN, Queen Village Neighbors Association President, wrote “Don’t rush the new tax system” in the daily press. He is right not to advocate placing the AVI cart before the data horse. YOU’RE A.V.I. REAL-ESTATE TAX INCREASE: Council President DARRELL CLARKE seems to be leading to a compromise that will solve the budget dilemma. The (Cont. Page 34)

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Last Saturday, MIKE TOMLINSON, Republican candidate for the 5th State Senate Dist., held a fundraiser at Chickie’s & Pete’s on Roosevelt Boulevard. Attendees included Republican WARD LEADERS TOM MATKOWSKI, MATT WOLFE and JOE DeFELICE and activist JOE McCANN. Tomlinson will be facing incumbent Democrat STATE SEN. MIKE STACK in November. Recently there has been a debate going on among African American Republicans as to which side of the intra-party battle is more supportive of African Americans. This issue will be discussed further at an event at Elena’s Soul Lounge at 4819 Baltimore Avenue next Tuesday, Jun. 19. WARD LEADER CALVIN TUCKER claims the insurgents are racist, as they believe KEVIN KELLY is the ward leader of the predominately minority 22nd Ward. CAROL MACK, ward chairwoman and longtime committeewoman in the ward, does not agree with Tucker. She believes Kelly was duly elected to the position twice and not foisted upon them as Tucker implies. The insurgents contend the election that Tucker won was not scheduled pursuant to Republican City Committee by-laws and the vote was thus invalid. Tucker, the herd believes, is smarting as he was appointed to head the coalition of Black ward leaders by MIKE MEEHAN; however, the Black ward leaders met and they elected LEWIS HARRIS, the leader of the 29th Ward, to head the group. Harris is aligned with the insurgents. Harris and a number of other ward leaders were outraged Meehan appointed three white people to replace ward leaders in predominantly Black wards. One ward in question has a duly elected ward leader, VICKY FREEMAN. There were ward (Cont. Page 34)

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Walk The Beat (Cont. From Page 33) split proposal he advocates makes sense. I can’t agree with Bill Green who wants the $94 million from the tax. How can we ACCEPT the $94M quote without investigation?? The FINANCE DEPT. figure needs close checking. One Councilman keeps saying that many homeowners would see lower bills? If you KEEP REPEATING it, what will you say when they get an increase? You WILL be blamed. In his old neighborhood, homes were valued in the 40th percentile. (Philly was not harmed valuewise as much as other cities in the downturn.) So values could be increased over 50%. In

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Councilwoman TASCO’S Ward, values were say 4446%. The market-value increase could be 50% more or less. It was written that some neighbors will likely see a decrease. At this time there is NO “likely.” The good news is that COURAGEOUS COUNCILPERSONS supported the SQUILLA BILL to delay AVI. The write-up on the Court Clerk’s office is a story of the new modernity. It IS more efficient. Joe EVERS and Deputy DAILEY do a top job. But former Clerk VIVIAN MILLER got an unfair bad rap on this issue. When I visited the office, I found mostly new employees there. What happened to the vanished staff??...

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GOV. Corbett’s BIG TAX BREAK to Shell Oil – what else is new? Should Gov. “Corporate” declare of the 99% — “Let them eat cake”? LOUIS AGRE has a 39th Birthday this week. This labor leader and ward leader operates so efficiently and caringly that peers have profound, professional respect for him. Best wishes!... LOCAL 8 IATSE demonstrated outside a medical-association seminar, since a visual company did not pay area wages. It generated much

support.... MIKE CIBIK, ESQ., GOP Ward Leader in Ward 5 continued his GOP Happy Hour in Paddy Whacks. A spirited group, it is. CITYWIDE HANDS ACROSS MILES: Two leading political consultants have united into a partnership. Dwayne Stewart Lilly, and Joe Russo, both with recent wins under their belts, will join all corners of the city. “We are family” is a good theme for this group and their many

friends across town.... ROSE FRANCES WHELAN, saint in the rough, passed at 82. She fought many illnesses and won the good fight. Lord deliver her unto your spirit. Would you believe the ADJUDICATION Branch at 9th & Filbert (Parking Authority run by the City) won’t let you add tickets to an existing payment plan. This is not modern, but dark ages, finance. It’s Marie Antoinette all over again. You know what happened to her. People with

guaranteed paychecks and full bellies, telling others to give up the money.... EDGAR HOWARD is recovering well. He was a top veterans commissioner for the City. That did not stop him from losing his job. He was the perfect match since the job is hard to fill. If you put a VFW guy in there, the American legion, DAV or JWV will be upset. The story goes his desk was packed up and left on his front stoop. No doorbell was heard???

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Darisha and Vince as PBPERS’ new leaders, the Kimmel Center event was also a chance for the organization to honor a few folks. First, the organization saluted its Member of the Year, which was Melissa Thompson, an associate at Ross Associates who handles the organization’s social media outreach. Secondly, PBPERS honored the following people with the newly created President’s Award: • WDAS-FM Radio Personality Patty Jackson was honored for her 30-yearreign as one of Philadelphia’s most-prominent

radio personalities. • Philadelphia NAACP President and Philadelphia Sun publisher J. Wyatt Mondesire was honored for his advocacy work on behalf of the community. • David Brown, VP of sales and community relations for United Healthcare (and one of the founders of PBPERS), was honored for his longtime contributions to the African American public relations landscape. • Chris Blackman, outgoing news director for NBC-10, was also honored for his contributions to the organization. Blackman, who

announced his resignation from the station last week, ends his tenure as News Director on Friday.

(Cont. From Page 33) make great leaders for PBPERS. They’re committed to making the city stand up and recognize that while we have lots of PR firms like Timoney and the like, there are also great firms like Ross & Associates, Cardenas/Grant (which is run by two folks who worked for possibly the toughest Mayor to try to do public relations for, Mayor John Street) KD Communications Group (my friend Dawn Jones Roberts’ firm) and Thompson Mediaman. In addition to introducing

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We Buy Junk Cars

$300 to $400 Cash Paid


Free Towing Same Day Service


• 43 Single Family Homes and 10 Buildable Lots 50% sold absolute regadless of price!

Wanted Late Model Cars & Trucks in need of repair. Up to $5,000. in cash. Same day pick-up

AUCTION: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27TH AT 1PM AUCTION INFO SESSIONS: June 7th & 19th • Noon - 2pm First District Plaza, 3801 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104




"Also Highest Prices Paid for Junk Cars"

Robert L. Dann Auctioneer Lic #AU005609

Say You Saw It In The PUBLIC RECORD • 215-755-2000

Income Producing Rental Properties, Rehab Properties and Residential Lots • 215-755-2000

The Public Record • June 14, 2012

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Philadelphia Public Record