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A Pennsport mummer is on a mission to bring the magic of the Mummers Museum back to life ... one page at a time. Ed Kirlin was busy backstage at the Mummer’s Museum last Thursday. An advisor to the board, he’s part of the mission to renew the effort to revive the museum. He was part of the event sponsored by Welcome America’s “Go 4th and Learn” theme for this year’s Independence Day activities. The Mummer’s Museum, having been contacted by Welcome America, called Kirlin to do a book reading for the hundreds of children expected to show up for the day’s event, that included arts and crafts, give-aways, snacks and other demonstrations. Kirlin, best known (Cont. Page 2)

by Rory McGlasson The Frank Rizzo mural might have to be repainted after vandals defaced it, city officials said. Late Saturday afternoon, vandals splashed the iconic 9th & Montrose mural with graffiti and spray paint, police said. City officials began to clean up early Monday morning. Visitors walking up and down the Italian Market on 9th Street stopped in horror as they witnessed the former Mayor’s face covered in paint and the word “Fascisti” - Italian for Fascists CITY officials clean up graffiti from vandalized Frank Rizzo mural, 9th & Montrose, on - spray painted under Rizzo’s face. “It’s so hurtful and moronic,” said Monday. Vandals splashed paint on depiction of former Mayor and spray-painted "Fascisti" -- Italian for Fascists -- under Rizzo's image. Officials from City Mural Arts said John DiBella, of Montrose Street, who worked on the original mural. “It’s original artist might have to repaint mural if present restoration efforts fail. Photo by Rory McGlasson (Cont. Page 2)

Brady Helps Save Sunoco The Sunoco plant in South Philadelphia has been saved from closure, officials announced Monday. Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group L.P. and Sunoco, Inc. have agreed to form Philadelphia Energy Solutions, a joint venture that will enable the historic refinery to continue operating and save 850 jobs. The refinery, the oldest continuously operating one on the East Coast, processes 330,000 barrels of oil per day into various refined products and was scheduled for shut down in Au(Cont. Page 2)

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The Littlest Mummer, A Philadelphia Story

(Cont. From Page 1) for his Mummer documentary Strut, is slated to read a book he authored called The Littlest Mummer, A Philadelphia Story. “This book is a Philadelphia souvenir. I wrote it in Philadelphia; the illustrator is a former University of the Arts student, Tara Vargas; it’s about a Philadelphia tradition, and it’s printed in Philadelphia by Bill Mooney, a Mummer,” Kirlin said. The book’s theme is about how dreams can come true. “Oh! And also how to do the Mummers Strut!” An actual Littlest Mummer is part of the act. Four-year-old Daniel Fundora, who won 2012 First Prize in the Juvenile Division, is decked out as Captain Jack, in full Mummer Regalia including hat and bandanna, back piece, pirate boots and prop sword. He’s tolerating the gig very well. “He marched with Hog Island Family Brigade,” says

grandfather Bill Halpin, also a Mummer. Kirlin wrote the book for three reasons: to promote the Mummers Parade, to promote Philadelphia with all of its attractions and, most of all, to help fund the Katie Kirlin Wheelchair Sports Program for Children. A hero is an ordinary person doing extraordinary things. Courage is facing the odds. When 10-year-old Katie Kirlin developed a spinal-cord tumor that paralyzed her, she challenged herself to live life to its fullest. While undergoing rehabilitation at the A. I. DuPont Institute, Katie got involved with wheelchair sports. “I saw how great an asset it was both physically and mentally,” said Katie’s dad and Ed’s brother, Joe Kirlin. “She got to compete with children who had similar disorders. Before she passed away in 1989, Katie, through her hard work and total

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MURAL ARTS staffer Nathaniel Lee cleans up Frank Rizzo mural, 9th & Montrose, on Monday, after vandal defaced it. Photo by Rory McGlasson

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(Cont. From Page 1) horrible, he said. “Whoever did this has no respect for the community. It’s political.” “It does not appear to be vandalized by the usual kind of street graffiti artist,” said Nathaniel Lee, staffer of the mural arts. “There is no signature or symbol that usually marks a graffiti artist. They spelled the Italian word for fascist, so maybe it is a political message. Who knows?” Lee, who was first on the scene to help with the cleanup,

said because they have to use a special chemical agent, the mural may need to be repainted. “We have to be overly gentle and not hurt the original mural,” he said. DiBello, worked for 10 years in New York with famed artist Andy Warhol, said, “It’s not kids who did this; it’s something more.” It’s the second time the Frank Rizzo mural has been defaced. In 1999, the mural was vandalized by supporters of Abu Jamal.

AFTER reading his book The Littlest Mummer to a crowd of kids of all ages, Ed Kirlin and his stage buddies, 2012 First Prize Juvenile winner, Daniel Fundora and impromptu guest reader Olivia Andy McFadden are all smiles. Photo by Maria Merlino determination, rose to become a national champion in the 100 meters and she set a new national record in the 25-meter swim.” Kirlin and his wife Roseann began a foundation in Katie’s memory to bring wheelchair

Refinery

(Cont. From Page 1) gust of 2012. The deal secures the region’s fuel supply by continuing the daily flow of 10 million gallons of various fuels, and create 100-200 new, permanent jobs, as well as thousands of construction jobs. Gov. Tom Corbett, Congressman Bob Brady, Mayor Michael Nutter and USW President Leo Gerard joined officials Monday at the announcement. Congressman Bob Brady (D-Pa.) said it was a proud day in Philadelphia and the 1st Congressional Dist. as the deal to save the refinery was announced. Brady said that he has worked every day to find a solution to save the refinery and the jobs of those who work there. “I spent months working with key stakeholders to find a solution that will work for Philadelphia and the region and

sports to young athletes from ages 6 to 18. The foundation, Katie Kirlin Fund, is a 501c3 tax-exempt and also a United Way Donor Option. After 25 years, the fund is seeking additional corporate sponsorship. It started very simply with outright donations after Katie died. “There was a group of longshoremen who, when Katie got sick with her spine paralyzed, started buying sports equipment for the kids. They continued doing it after she died. We have about 40 kids right now,” Kirlin said. “We play in the Carousel House in Fairmount Park. It’s run by the Dept. of Recreation, but we finance it. We give grants to the sports wheelchair team for chairs and other equipment. We also pay for the traveling costs for team Katie’s Komets out-of-town games and many other events and needs. We do have a Golf Tournament, but if more corporations got involved it would be nice

because we could make a bigger difference with yearly donations.” This foundation provides a course that’s proved its worth and stood the test of time. Super star Paraolympian, Amanda McGrory from Kennett Square, went through the program. She is currently one of the fastest wheelchair marathoners in the world and a gold, silver and bronze medal winner in the 2008 Paralympics Games held in Beijing. She’s now focusing on the London 2012 Paralympics. Jul. 4 is a day we remember as the anniversary of our independence from British rule. With liberty in mind, the Katie Kirlin Fund would like to give independence to wheelchairbound children through the world of sports. Katie Kirlin Fund 229 Wolf Street Philadelphia,PA 19148 (215) 336-5303

sometimes those discussions got pretty heated, but I am proud that we are here today to make this important announcement that will save jobs and bring more employment to the area.” Brady added, “This is a perfect example of how labor, business and government can work together to get things done. Everyone from Sunoco’s Brian MacDonald to Carlyle’s David Marchick and Rodney Cohen to Leo Gerard and Jim Savage of USW, to the White House and Gov. Corbett ,worked as hard as they could to make this happen. The best part of this deal is that we’re not just saving 850 jobs. We’re laying the groundwork for thousands of construction jobs, permanent refinery jobs and all the other jobs related to the suppliers and contractors who work with this plant. I couldn’t be prouder than I am to have been a part of this.” Brian P. MacDonald, Sunoco’s chairman and CEO,

said, “This partnership is a great example of what can happen when motivated people think creatively to solve pressing problems. The private sector, government and labor all played important roles in getting this done. This is the best possible outcome for everyone involved: Existing jobs will be saved, new jobs will be created and new business opportunities will be given the chance to develop.” “Today’s announcement is testament to what can be accomplished when the public and private sectors work together toward a common goal; creating job opportunities for current and future generations,” Corbett said. “The Commonwealth’s support of this venture in conjunction with business, labor and all levels of government will preserve 850 direct jobs and thousands of jobs that rely on this refinery’s active operation in the Philadelphia region.”

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Schmidt Donates Raffle Win

Commissioner Al Schmidt ...has a winning way Ward leaders turned out in support of the event from both the Meehan-affiliated and state-affiliated factions.

Will Casey Lead Hold Vs. Smith $$? It is not surprising US Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) maintains a solid lead over Republican rival Tom Smith in the latest

poll from Quinnipiac, which shows him leading the former coal-company owner 49-32%. There has been a noticeable absence of paid media and near-absence of earned media in the race. That always contributes to the benefit of the incumbent, especially when challengers lay back during the summer months, waiting for Labor Day to arrive before spending the bucks. But Casey and Ed Rendell are uncomfortable. Seems Casey’s double-digit leads from several polls still report him just under 50% magic mark, which indicates a slight vulnerability. That final 1% has proven fatally elusive to other incumbents in the past. The former Governor is emailing everyone he can to donate to Casey’s campaign. Rendell wote, “Bob needs our help to keep fighting for Pennsylvanians in the US Senate. (Cont. Page 4)

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Republican City Commissioner Al Schmidt continues to enjoy a winning touch which earned him the prize motorscooter GOP 65th Ward Leader Tom Matkowski raffled off at his ward’s fundraiser Friday night. Matkowski, boasting a registration drive for his ward now reaching over 400 new Republicans, and a staunch member of Republican City Committee, packed Fluke’s at Cottman Avenue & State Road for his fundraiser. Of course, the motor scooter raffle was an immediate draw and brought in a sizeable sum. But that doesn’t end the story. Schmidt presented his winning prize to the young Republican Gianna DiPasquale, the granddaughter of Republican City Committee’s Carmella Fitzpatrick. She was also the youngest Republican in attendance. A strong contingent of

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Can Dems Win Congress? (Cont. from Page 3) Smith has already poured at least $5 million into his own campaign – and on top of the unlimited amounts of money Karl Rove and other outside groups can take from anonymous donors – there’s no end to the amount of false attacks they can sling against Bob. The other side might have special interests’ deep pockets, but Bob has us.” He has heard the report Smith is expected to make a large contribution to his own campaign. He has already donated $5 million to himself for the April primary election. Jim Conroy, his campaign manager, is reported admitting, “Tom is prepared to make another substantial contribution to the campaign.” Smith isn’t only about spending his own money. He has set a goal to raise $20 million in his effort. His net worth makes for deep pockets, estimated at over $60 million. Contributing to Smith’s low numbers is the fact his fellow Republican, Gov. Tom Corbett, is still stuck with a

low approval rating; 50% of voters disapprove his performance as Governor while just 35% approve.

Will Pa. Dems Regain Congressional Majority? In an article in Roll Call, Stuart Rothenberg, editor of the Rothenberg Political Report, poses the question since Pennsylvania is the one state in which the answer could be “improbable”. He notes, “Democrats need to net 25 seats nationwide to win back the majority in November.” How much can Pennsylvania help? Rothenberg explains though Pennsylvania has gone Democrat in the past five presidential elections, the swings were wide between 2006 and 2010. “Democrats gained a total of five House seats in the Keystone State in the 2006 and 2008 elections — one-tenth of their total haul. After the ’08 elections, Democrats held 12 of the state’s 19 congressional districts. Two years later, the numbers flipped, with RepubSTATE REP. JOHN

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EITC Credit Apps Are Made Easier Dept. of Community & Economic Development Secretary C. Alan Walker has announced new changes to the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program, including the consolidation of the two separate business application dates and an increase in tax credits available. This is a result of the new legislation passed by General Assembly. “To simplify the process, staggered application dates for different classes of businesses will be consolidated to one date for all business,” said Walker. “Through a simplified application process and a larger budget, the new changes to the EITC program will benefit both school districts and businesses alike.” Through EITC, eligible businesses can contribute donations to a Scholarship Organization, Educational Improvement Organization,

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WARD LEADER Tom Matkowski AMONG those attending 65th Ward fundraiser were Chris shows off motorscooter won by City Vogler, host Tom Matkowski, Bob Cummings and Calvin Commissioner Al Schmidt at fundraiser at Fluke’s. When we get emails from all Tucker.

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sorts of special-interest groups, we triple-check their stuff before we consider it for publication. One such group, called the Education Action Group Foundation. based in Muskegon, Mich., passing itself off as a “national, nonpartisan organization devoted to school spending reform, etc.,” took a swipe last week with an email criticizing PFT President Jerry Jordan for taking a cruise vacation. It failed to mention, just like his teachers, he is entitled to a vacation. EAGF created the impression he had just gone, when in reality he returned before the primary, and was instrumental in seeing State Rep. Jim Roebuck (D-W. Phila.) got the help he needed to survive a serious challenge. That “education action group” needs to send its executives back to school.

Congrats To Four On Court Benches As reported by us ahead of all the local and state media, and now officially appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett are Hon. Roger F. Gordon and Hon. Kenneth J. Powell, Jr. to the Court of Common Pleas. Appointed to the Municipal Court are Hon. T. Francis Shields and J. Scott O’Keefe.

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(Cont. From Page 4) a physician and Iraq War vet, is a credible challenger, and the district is politically competitive. However, three-term Gerlach has shown his tenacity to hold on to that district for some time. He concludes Republicans who were top Democratic targets in previous cycles seem barely threatened this time.


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“Every one of these candidates, from the top of the ticket to the bottom of the ticket, are very strong supporters of working men, women, and their families,” Bloomingdale said. “They have stood with us on the issues that will further grow our economy and expand our middle class, including: protecting and creating good jobs; collective bargaining rights; public education; community services and retirement security,” Bloomingdale added. “They share our values and our vision for jobs, progress, shared sacrifice, and respect for the value of

work and for working families. This election is our opportunity to keep moving forward, toward economic recovery and an economy that works for all not just the few,” Bloomingdale concluded. “We take our endorsements very seriously,” Snyder added. “They are based on the voting records and the positions of the candidates on the issues involving good public policy, not political par-

ties. These candidates have earned our support by standing with us and our unions in meeting the most difficult economic challenges and attacks we have faced in decades,” Snyder said. “It’s now boots on the ground as we travel the Commonwealth supporting the full slate, and the fact that the road to the White House goes through Pennsylvania,” Bloomingdale concluded. The Pennsylvania AFL-

CIO is the largest labor organization in the state, representing over 800,000 union workers and their families. The endorsements included, for Pennsylvania Attorney General, Kathleen Kane; for Auditor General, Eugene DePasquale; and for State Treasurer, Rob McCord; along with all Democrats running for Congress. For State Senate, all Democrats were endorsed. In the State House races, Democrats

were endorsed for most seats. Republican State Representatives endorsed included Jim Marshall in the 14th; Gene DiGirolamo, in the 18th; Bernard O’Neill, 18th; Frank Farry in 142nd; Mike Vereb, 150th; Thomas Murt in 152nd; Stephen Barrar, 160th; Joseph Hackett, 161st; Nick Miccarelli, 162nd; Nicholas Micozzie, 163rd; William Adolph Jr., 165th; Mario Scavello, 176th; and John Taylor, 177th.

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Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder reaffirmed the endorsement of President Barack Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden by the AFL-CIO in March of this year and the endorsement of US Sen. Robert P. Casey (DPa.) for reelection in November. They also announced the endorsements for statewide row offices and for candidates running for the US House of Representatives, the Pennsylvania State Senate and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

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by Michael P. Boyle, Esq. If the Appeals Council denies your request for review, you may file a civil action in federal district court asking the court to overturn SSA’s denial of your claim for benefits. You must file a Complaint with the court within 65 days after the date listed on the AC denial. 42 U.S.C. sections 405 (g), 1383 (c)(3); 20 C.F.R. sections 404.901, 416.1401. If the 65 th day falls on a weekend day or a federal legal holiday, you have until the next business day that the court is open to file the Complaint. 42 U.S.C. section 416 (j). A civil action shall be brought in the district court

In The Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County Civil Action – Law No. 120301062 Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure Bank of America, N.A. s/b/m to BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP f/k/a Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, LP, Plaintiff vs. The Unknown Heirs of Byaird Edwards, Deceased & Joan Groce, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Byaird Edwards, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant To: The Unknown Heirs of Byaird Edwards, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant(s), whose last known address is 2417 West 78th Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19150. 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. s/b/m 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. 120301062, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 2417 West 78th Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19150, 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.

of the United States for the judicial district in which you reside. 42 U.S.C. sections 405 (g), 1383 (c)(3). You may qualify for “in forma pauperis” status when you file a civil action. You will likely qualify for IFP status, unless you have a substantial source of income, or substantial resources. Keep in mind a judge must decide if you qualify for IFP status. If you do, the court will waive the $350.00 filing fee. If you pay the filing fee, you may be able to recover it if you are successful in obtaining a remand or reversal of the AC denial. If the court grants your IFP Motion, the court will usually order the United States Marshal Serv-

ice to serve the Complaint and Summons on SSA. SSA must serve and file an Answer within 60 days following service of your Complaint. Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(a)(2). As part of its Answer, SSA must file a certified copy of the transcript of the record upon which the findings and decision are based. 42 U.S.C. section 405 (g). The transcript includes all the medical evidence introduced at the hearing and all hearing testimony. SSA files the administrative transcript electronically, meaning you (or, more likely, your lawyer) must download and print the transcript containing the evidence and hearing testimony. The court will enter a Procedural Order that directs you to file a Brief and Statement of Issues in Support of Request for Review within 45 days of service of the Commissioner’s Answer.

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by Fred C. Haddad, DMD Know that guilty feeling that creeps in every time you bite into a piece of chocolate? Turns out it’s all for naught. (Well, mostly.) Recent studies show chocolate is actually good for your teeth – and your overall health. Chocolate contains powerful antioxidants called polyphenols and flavanols. Polyphenols prevent bacteria from turning the sugar and starches contained in chocolate into acids that cause decay. Dark chocolate is particularly high in flavanols – and has more antioxidant power than green tea. The cocoa butter contained in chocolate also packs a healthy punch. It coats your teeth, preventing plaque from sticking to your teeth. Now for the bad news. Chocolate is high in calories; one 1-ounce piece of dark chocolate can contain 150 calories or more. To benefit from chocolate’s goodness, all you have to do is eat three 1ounce pieces a day.


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It’s too late to indicate the Controller’s Business Outlook Survey is full of signs we are slowly strangling the city’s economic base. City Council and the Mayor have already chosen the path of least resistance: more taxes and higher fees. So, maybe with the new School Superintendent in place (who hopefully will order an economic restructuring of the School District’s financial commitments so as not to ask city taxpayers for more funds next time around), more cuts can be effective, beginning a new rollback of at least the Use & Occupancy Tax. Here is a telling reason why. Controller Alan Butkovitz has looked at the latest Business Outlook Survey from the Philadelphia Federal Reserve which shows the broadest measure of manufacturing conditions fell from a reading of 5.8 in May to -16.6 in June, its second consecutive negative reading. The majority of firms reported they expect to spend about the same amount on new plant and equipment over the next six to 12 months. The Controller reports a review of tax revenues for this month found while many of the city’s major taxes were higher than last year’s collections. The Wage/Earnings/NPT collections for the month of May totaled $134.2 million, a 2% decrease in what was collected in May 2011. Monthly sales-tax collections totaled $22.7 million, which is unchanged from the same month last year. Translated, this means city businesses are finding it necessary to retrench wherever they can, with employees the first to go. To our City Council and its Mayor: Economic figures don’t lie. They need to be believed and they need you to react accordingly.

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Grove, Belmont Ave. & Belmont Mansion Dr., 12-6 p.m. Workshops, picnic, games. Jul. 16- Phila. Tea Party Patriots and So. Philly/CC group meet at Prudential Bank Bldg., 1843 Oregon Ave., 7 p.m. Parking and entrance in back. Jul. 21- Fundraiser for State

Foreclosures have been a significant problem right here in the West Oak Lane area. Homeowners may be experiencing mortgage delinquency and facing the threat of foreclosure must be aware there are several opportunities available to assist them in saving their homes from foreclosure. There is help available to get homeowners back on track with affordable monthly mortgage payments. Here are some important tips: Be mindful of all communications from the mortgage company. Open and read all

mail from your mortgage company and respond to their calls. Not responding to their efforts to contact you will only make the problem worse. If you are going to be late or think you may be late making a payment, contact the mortgage company and discuss the problem with them. They can often offer help before it becomes a larger problem. You may find it difficult to discuss your problem with the mortgage company on your own. If so, contact a HUDCertified Housing Counseling Agency, like West Oak Lane CDC, right away. By doing so, you can receive assistance at no charge. There is help available, but often it is essential you seek and apply for assistance within a limited period of time.

Be very careful when seeking help with a foreclosure problem. There are those out there who may offer you assistance, take your money – and in the end do nothing at all to assist you. n fact, once they get your money, they often disappear. When faced with foreclosure and the possibility of losing your home, it can often be embarrassing, stressful and you may experience a feeling of shame. However, what is much more shameful, stressful and embarrassing, is doing nothing at all and eventually losing your home. Remember, services at West Oak Lane CDC (a HUD-certified Housing Counseling Agency) are free and confidential. Tom Stafford West Oak Lane Community Development Corp.

sity Michael J. Hagan Arena, 5400 City Ave. For youngsters 3 to 16 with asthma, heart or weight problems. Hosted by AmeriHealth Mercy Foundation, Keystone Mercy Health Plan and Charlie Mack Party 4 Peace. Call (215) 863-6666 to register.

Jul. 28- Brady Bunch Beach Party at Keenan’s in Anglesea, Wildwood, N.J., 4 p.m. Tickets available at door. Aug. 18- Barrett Rec Ctr. Advisory Board Community Day, 8th & Duncannon Sts., 11 a.m.-3 pm. No charge. Family fun day. All invited. For

info Sheila Bellamy (215) 4574079. Aug. 18- 47th Ward Crab & Shrimp Fest to Baltimore leaves Progress Plaza, Broad and Oxford Sts., 1 p.m. Open bar, massive menu. $150. For info George Brooks (267) 9715703.

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I was pleasantly surprised to see my good neighbor Mrs. Linda Emanuel being honored In the words of Firefighters Local 22 President Bill for completing the PHA rentGault, the arbitration panel award this week was “fair to-own program and would also like to note she lives on and reasonable.” Though the city’s representative on the arbitration panel my block 6500 Windsor Avenue, a Philadelphia More decried the settlement verdict, the panel said it for once and, Beautiful block winner. we hope, for all the City could afford to give the 2,100 fireI would like to congratulate fighters and paramedics their due. Linda and say she is one of We suggest to Mayor Nutter he not appeal this decision. our good neighbors. She reHe will only stand to expend time and more money and, in cently remodeled her front the end, will lose the decision again and continue to smirch lawn and is one of the few neighbors who come out to his reputation. Firefighters, like police, are dedicated to preserving the help us clean the block and public good and are pledged to risk their lives should precar- maintain its cleanliness. She and her family are a breath of ious situations arise to which they are called. fresh air. Raises never reflect this fact, but they should. In this case, I have often criticized PHA the arbitrators decided what’s right is this raise. It is back- for not assisting more residated to Jul. 1, 2009 and will run through Jul. 1, 2013. It dents to own homes instead of brings in an overall 9% raise, eliminates unpaid furlough days renting for generations. I am and increases the City’s payments into the health-care funds glad to see the program is helping young women like for workers and retirees.


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Learn What To Do From The Professionals by Michael A. Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: How to value personal property on your bankruptcy schedules? Answer: Anyone filing bankruptcy must value their personal property on their schedules, including their clothing, furniture, books and pictures, and other assorted knickknacks. Schedule B has categories for all these things and everyone has them, so everyone must list and value them. But how do you do this? We get many calls from people flummoxed by the concept of having to put a value on their personal items. Some people will even state they have none of these items —

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while attending meetings at our office fully clothed. Actually, it’s quite simple in the vast majority of cases to value your personal property on your bankruptcy schedules. Here’s what you do: You do not typically have to itemize personal-property items within a category such as clothing or furniture. We will usually put “Miscellaneous items, no item worth more than $450” on Schedule B unless there is an unusually valuable individual item. However, whether property in a category is listed collectively or not, it must be fairly valued. What value to use? The correct measure of value is “current market value.” This is what a buyer

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would pay now for the item at its present age and condition. Consequently, what you bought your shirt for at Casual Male in the ’90s is irrelevant; what matters is what someone would pay for it now in its used condition. As you might imagine, for many personal items, the current market value is quite low, so usually a common-sense, good-faith estimate that you pull out of thin air will be just fine. However, in case of doubt, browsing Ebay will usually help guide your estimations. The key is to be honest and value property in good faith. If you do this, you’ll be fine. Chapter 7 trustees have no real interest in the standard personal effects most people have. Next Week’s Question: Friends and family cosigned for you; a bankruptcy trap for the unwary? your height. If you have any more questions, give us a call at (215) 492-1700 or visit us at www.facebook.com/pacificoautogroup. Tom has been serving automotive customers in the Philadelphia area for over 20 years as a salesman and then General Manager of Pacifico Auto Group. Rocco is a top auto consultant.

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To continue the festivities long past Jul. 4, the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. is proud to welcome the United States Army Vessel, El Caney to dock at Penn’s Landing from Jul. 68. The Ship’s visit is just in time for the Star Spangled Evening with the United States Army Band, Pershing’s Own, who will perform on the River Stage on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing on Jul. 7 at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. welcomes Pershing’s Own for a return visit to the RiverStage for a free patriotic themed concert at 7:30 p.m. Following this star-spangled evening, there will be a Fireworks salute at 9:00 p.m., over the Delaware River.


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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 31, 2012. A non-refundable fee for each set of bid documents is as scheduled. The School District will only accept bids from companies that have been placed on its current Pre Qualified Contractors List as shown at psit.org. All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications.

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 22, 2012. A non-refundable fee for each set of bid documents is as scheduled. The School District will only accept bids from companies that have been placed on its current Pre Qualified Contractors List as shown at psit.org. All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications.

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Once again, GOV. TOM CORBETT and the Republican-led state legislature delivered a budget on time – something GOV. ED RENDELL did not do in his eight years in office. Concurrent with its deliberations on the budget, the State Senate also approved Corbett’s nominee to fill a vacant position on the Court of Common Pleas with former Republican WARD LEADER KEN POWELL. The budget caused a gnashing of teeth on the part of many Democrats, as it did not allocate, in their minds, enough money to public education. The budget reflects a 3.4% increase ($387 million) in funding of early, basic and higher education over the 2011-2012. The allocation of those funds is an issue and would be an issue even if the overall budget was twice what state legislators and the Governor approved. What this elephant found amusing was the number of “education experts” who took issue with $50 million increase in the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. This program grants tax credits to corporations that donate funds for scholarships for students to go to private school who otherwise would attend the 15% worst-performing schools in the state. Roughly one-third of the schools that qualify are believed to be in Philadelphia. This does not include the poor suburban school districts such as Coatesville and Bristol as well as the City of Chester. Thus this elephant concludes the Southeastern Region will be the biggest beneficiary of this program. Critics of this program include members of the Keystone State Education Coalition. One member complained funds would be better spent by the state’s general fund. It also appears from this coalition’s website that they are not so fond of charter schools. Perhaps they are looking at a different (Cont. Page 13)

By the time you read this column, I’ll probably be getting ready to write my annual critique of the Wawa Welcome America! festivities for this year. I’ll be waking up to go to work and saying to myself, “Man, am I tired…” But after I get off, I’ll be heading out to try and find just the right dress for the We Feed The Homeless Philly Black Tie Fundraiser, which will be held at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday night. The entertainment for the event alone is worth the $40 admission. Two of my favorite groups, Kindred the Family Soul and trombone virtuoso Jeff Bradshaw, will be performing along with DJ Jazzy Joe. The organizers of this event, We Feed The Homeless Philly, are trying to build a center that will allow homeless people to have a place to learn the skills that will help them get closer to having a place to live. Most of us, God willing, will never know the pain of homelessness. Every night, we go into a place with a door, a roof covers our heads and keeps us out of the elements, and we can open our refrigerator doors and find something to eat, even if it isn’t that filet mignon we may have wanted. But that’s not the experience all of us have. In fact, if you go into the concourse underneath City Hall on any given night and walk the hallway from where the Market/Frankford El connects to the Broad Street Line, you’ll see a world of people who come into the concourse before it’s locked up for the night and try and find a space of their own. (Cont. Page 13)

Yo! Here we go again with this statement to think about: THE LAW IS THE LAW. If the US government determines it is against the law for the words “under God” to be on our money, then, so be it. And if that same government decides the 10 Commandments are not to be used in or on a government installation, then, so be it. And since they already have prohibited any prayer in the schools, on which they deem their authority, then so be it. I say so be it, because I would like to be a law-abiding US citizen. I say so be it, because I would like to think smarter people than I are in positions to make good decisions. I would like to think that those people have the American public’s best interests at heart. But you know what else I’d like? Here are some crazy ideas. Since we can’t pray to God, can’t Trust in God and cannot post His Commandments in Government buildings, I don’t believe the Government and its employees should participate in the Easter and Christmas celebrations which honor the God that our government is eliminating from many facets of American life. I’d like my mail delivered on Christmas, Good Friday, and Thanksgiving and Easter. After all, they’re just another day. I’d like the US Supreme Court to be in session on Christmas, Good Friday, Thanksgiving and Easter as well as Sundays. After all, they’re just another day. I’d like the Senate and the House of Representatives to not have to worry about getting home for the Christmas Break. After all, it’s just another day. I’m thinking a lot of my taxpayer dollars could be saved, if all government offices and services would work on Christmas, Good Friday and Easter. After all, they’re just another day. It shouldn’t cost the payment of any overtime since those religious holidays, for they would be just like any other day of the week to a government that is trying to be politically correct. After all, they’re just another day. In fact, I think our government should work on Sundays (initially set aside for worshipping God.) because, after all, our government says it should be just another day. What do you all think?

THE 4th just passed, but Philly is extending its patriotic celebration a week (just as St. Patrick’s events began with a day and turned into a monthlong celebration).Tomorrow, the Army ship EL CANEY (Yes, the Army has ships) passes Fort Mifflin at 10 a.m. to receive a cannon salute from the fort (you have to see the period costumes). Ask for Beth Beatty at the Fort. The ship will then receive traditional gun MILITARY SALUTES from the BATTLESHIP NEW JERSEY and CRUISER OLYMPIA after the City Fireboat MARINE ONE meets the ship at the Walt Whitman Bridge with a water-spray welcome at 10:30 a.m. Come to Penn’s Landing to see all this. The ship will open for free tours at 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Then the crew gets a welcome party in Finnigan’s Wake, and is supported by DAVE & BUSTER’S. More tours on the 7th, and a free concert by the US Army Band at 7:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. If you are not at the shore, get a free day at Penn’s Landing! The Independence Seaport Museum is hosting it.... ALSO on the 7th at Penn’s Landing is the Police and Fire Rowboat Races to combat Autism. Fire Commissioner Lloyd AYERS, Police Commissioner CHARLES RAMSEY, FOP Lodge 5 vs. Local 22 – McNESBY vs. GAULT. This is a 10 a.m.-6 p.m. event which also helps the widows’ fund. SEIU 32BJ LOCAL 1201 gets a hit with the school budget crunch. It is always the little guy that gets hurt. The School District ought to let all see the payroll of directors with Master’s and PhDs.... The word is that cable used for a Niagara Falls tightrope crossing was that of LOCAL 98 IBEW? Local 98 has a top fiber-optics guy who knows his stuff. City Councilwoman CINDY BASS is the leading Council (Cont. Page 13)

Former COUNCILMAN ANGEL ORTIZ has become active in the voter-identification cause. Republicans in Harrisburg have passed legislation that blocks many voters from actually exercising their constitutional right to vote. The former Councilman still holds much sway in the Latino community and has been working with various elected officials and community groups to overturn the law. Speaking of the Latino community, Ortiz’s daughter has achieved high acclaim in the entertainment industry as an actress. She was an integral part of the successful show “Ugly Betty”, and continues to book substantial roles in Hollywood and New York. Nonetheless, recent rumors indicate she may consider a career in politics at some point. There is speculation she could be a candidate for the Pennsylvania State Senate for the 2nd Senatorial Dist. This Senatorial District has the highest population of Latino voters. The 2nd Senatorial Dist. is represented by STATE SEN. TINA TARTAGLIONE. She has been at odds with the Philly Senate Delegation for many years and has had feuds with STATE REP. ANGEL CRUZ and others. Another potential contender might be STATE REP. ED NEILSON. Neilson just won a seat in the House of Representatives to fill the vacancy left by COUNCILMAN DENNY O’BRIEN. He won the seat simultaneously with the redistricting process that was being completed. Under the current plan, his seat would disappear in two years. He could choose to run against STATE REP. JOHN SABATINA, JR.; or he could move to the 2nd Senatorial Dist. as an experienced State Representative. Neilson would be an interesting candidate because of his Local 98 connections. He would certainly be able to gain the financial backing of Local 98 leader JOHN DOUGHERTY. Superlawyer RICH SPRAGUE is now representing CHIEF JUSTICE RON CASTILLE in a lawsuit that tangentially involves former Supreme Court JUSTICE SANDRA SCHULTZ NEWMAN and Philadelphia’s Family Court Building. Sprague has also represented CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY and STATE SEN. VINCE FUMO successfully. Speaking of Castille, Republicans and Democrats alike are speculating on what he will do with the latest redistricting plan. Justice Castille will likely be the deciding vote again with the redistricting plan. He surprised many by rejecting the plan approved by Republicans as unconstitutional. Word on the street is this caused great consternation in Republican circles (Cont. Page 13)


(Cont. From Page 12) They bring blankets and all of their other possessions. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, roughly 39% of the homeless are children under 18. While men make up most of the homeless here in America, women are starting to catch up; 65% of the homeless are women nationwide. Single women with kids are one of the fastest-growing groups of homeless people. Recently, Mayor Michael Nutter made headlines by trying to enforce a city ordinance forbidding groups that feed the homeless from feeding them in public spaces. He caught a gang of flak for that, but he could have avoided it by simply calling his predecessor, Mayor John Street. Nothing says “public-relations nightmare” quite like trying to arrest a group of schoolchildren for feeding the homeless at LOVE Park. Students from the Mathematics, Civics & Sciences Charter School on N. Broad Street were in the crosshairs of the Street Administration for just that. After seeing several articles in the newspaper and televised pieces on the standoff, my guess is Veronica Joyner and her group of kids are still giving homeless folks sandwiches, clothes, and anything else they might need at LOVE Park on Thursday nights…. But while those who help the homeless have their hearts entirely in the right place, I think what We Feed The Homeless Philly is trying to do is probably the better course of action. Why? Because your dignity is the first thing to go when you find yourself in a position where you no longer have a roof over your head. Helping someone find his or her dignity for $40 is cheap.

(Cont. From Page 12) environmentalist. Her waterconservation efforts are commendable!... During the last Council meeting, six Council Members honored a certain citizen. Council President DARRELL CLARKE called them the “silent six.” If the six become a cohesive force, then, along with others, they can get larger issues

(Cont. From Page 12) and Castille will likely be a yes vote this time. If so, the Democrats have likely taken another thrashing and will likely lose two seats from Western Pennsylvania. Senate seats held by JOHN WOZNIAK and JIM FERLO have been converted from Democratic seats to Republican seats and the incumbents will likely have a hard time winning the redrawn seats.

(Cont. From Page 12) school system from Philadelphia’s. Philadelphia District schools according to the Notebook, graduates roughly 60% of its high-school students within six years of their freshman year. The city’s charter schools are at 75% and the Archdiocese’s rate is over 90%. To put the critics’ complaints about the EITC in perspective, the increase in the tax breaks in this year’s budget will bring the EITC program to $100 million for the year, compared to an overall budget of $11.4 billion for education statewide. The complaint is that the tax breaks take money away

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events. It lies empty, too sad. DJ hosts wrestling in Voorhees, N.J. now, but still has his school on Swanson Street. His last event was at the family farm in Townsend, Del., and it was loaded with Philly folks!! LOCAL 98 erstwhile aide de camp JOHN STEVENSON has a birthday this week. HE is a quiet leader that gets profound, professional respect. Happy Birthday to Bill C. at least $7,500 is left in the system if this child is moved into a private school. Now the naysayers will note part of that child’s costs are fixed and are still incurred by the school district. My question is: Why can the Archdiocese charge only roughly $8,000 to educate a high-school student and have a far-superior graduation rate? Not only does the Archdiocese have a higher graduation rate, 92% of their graduates go on to post-secondary education. Additionally, this elephant notes many of the Catholic schools in the city educate non-Catholics from economically challenged families. In particular, West Catholic is mostly non-Catholic and over 80% of the students are eligible for financial aid.

JAMIESON, a rugged-voiced fellow who calls Freemasons to meeting.... Also Joe STEWARD, Esq., a top court master. Happy B-Day to Bill MORAN, who is doing a lot of patriotic deeds in the Union League. CAPT. MIKE McCLOSKEY passed at age 92. He was a top Navy pilot in WW II and retired as a squadron commander in Willow Grove. He became publicproperty commissioner under Mayor GREEN. I joined him in the American Legion and British Officers’ Club. A few years back, word spread Mike had died. He later appeared at many events saying, “How do I look for a dead guy?”… PAT COUGHLAN passed away suddenly at age 56. Pat was once head of Local 274, Hotel Workers Union. He used to say

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he began his career as JOAN KRAJEWSKI’S paper boy. “THERE YOU GO AGAIN,” said Reagan to Carter. It is the same with that Merit Selection of Judges malarkey that rears its ugly head from time to time. This time, the story seems to say Ozzie Myers and Leland Beloff do not have the right to attend a courtroom ceremony? In the USA? The same folks have touted prison rehabilitation. If they slam politics – how do they continue to get so much space? Do they have the political clout to get it?... ANNIVERSARIES: Hal and Sue ROSENTHAL celebrate their 58th! Maureen WOOTEN, aide to Judge DENBY, had a 57th, and was a June bride. Both couples must have married at age five (?).

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heard and approved. STATE REP. MARK COHEN, a lifelong advocate of the minimum wage, and of increasing it, reminds us the law is 100 years old!!... CZW WRESTLING dominates the city which once had three wrestling federations. CZW, under DJ MARKLAND and others, had to move out of the arena at Swanson & Ritner – which was booked for many from the public schools. The scholarships per student are capped at $8,500 for average students and $15,000 for special-needs students. Anecdotally we have heard most of the scholarships are not for special-needs students. The average cost to educate a student in Philadelphia public schools is roughly $16,000. Depending upon the contributing company and its level of donations, the tax credit varies and is rarely 100% of the scholarships. Even if it were 100%, let’s do the math. A corporation donates $8,500 to a student and gets a $8,500 tax break; that means $8,500 less in the state system that could be allocated to educate this child in Philadelphia. That means

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