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FLINT, MICH. is a leader in innovative ways to cope with abandoned land. Its Land Bank is a national model. However, its model is INVITING middle-class Philadelphians to attend first national “Workers Stand For America” labor rally at Eakins Oval not being followed in Phila. on Parkway, this Saturday at 11 a.m., is IBEW Local 98 Business Mgr. John J. Dougherty, Jr., and other officials from AFL-CIO and Teamsters Unions. Story, more pics Page 3 Story Page 2
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Land Bank: Doing It The Right Way by Tony West Philadelphia wants to establish a “land bank” to deal with its vast swaths of abandoned land and derelict properties. This independent government body would work to consolidate all blighted land parcels, now scattered among three different agencies – along with 30,000 private owners. Clever leaders like State Rep. John Taylor (R-Kensington) and Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez are spearheading this program. Desperate citizens plagued by blight will accept almost anything at this point. But are we going about it right? No, comes the answer! In fact, we may be making a crippling mistake. Flint, Mich. is a city that has become a trailblazer in innovative approaches to abandoned land. It had to. This Midwestern burg blossomed into fame in the 1910s as the hometown of General Motors. A hundred years later, it’s famous as the setting of Roger Moore’s biting documentary Roger and Me: a manufacturing city in free fall when its factories (those which survived at all) no longer needed many workers. Where GM once employed 80,000, only 8,000 toil for it today. Its population plummeted from 206,000 in the early 1960s to 102,000 in 2010. Huge factories have vanished, whole neighborhoods have withered. There are 22,000 abandoned properties in its parent county, Genesee Co. Not yet a ghost town, still it is a town where ghosts now outnumber the living. Desperation drove Flinters to reinvent the wheel – or at least the vacant lot. After enabling legislation was passed in 1997, Genesee Co. established a Land Bank with a mission to grab as much dead real estate as possible, clean it up, and resell it or repurpose it by any means necessary, ASAP. It succeeded to a remarkable degree. After 15 years, the Genesee Co. Land Bank has become a national labo-
HOWEVER, abandoned industrial land can be repurposed, MUCH OF Flint Mich. looks like a ghost town, where fac- like this giant pharmaceutical factory on site of former tories and neighborhoods have vanished alike. Fisher Body plant. ratory and a model for man- ing, really. property,” Weiland explains. baly, they would like to be inaging catastrophic urban There is no market to So it can be done. But volved in redevelopment. blight. Its founder Dan build on much of Flint’s land, Flint doesn’t do it the way But the alternative may be Kildee cut foreclosure and however. The land bank Philadelphia is thinking of continued stagnation under a seizure time on delinquent drives numerous community doing it. new shop sign. That’s the properties from six years to groups to sponsor food garLegislation now before criticism leveled against the three. He consolidated tens dens and green lots. City Council which would set politically-controlled land of thousands of abandoned You know Philadelphia’s up a land bank in Philadelphia bank of St. Louis, Mo., creproperties into one body, balky policy for a reputable Co., grants the 10 District ated in 1971. There it was set which now owns one-sixth of homeowner to acquire an ad- Council Members the power up with veto power for local the City of Flint and a good jacent vacant lot? Many trips to veto any transaction our pols. And critics charge it has piece of its suburbs now as to many offices are required, land bank proposes, even a produced little in the 41 years well. He developed ways to and often some greasing of 16-foot lot. This risks killing since. fast-track transfer of these political palms. Not so in the business efficiency of the Another key is funding. lands to responsible new pri- Flint. There it costs $25, is land bank, because its execu- “Make sure the enabling legvate owners with a minimum done in one shop, and takes tive will no longer be making islation provides for an inof fuss – all in a place where 30 days most of the time. final decisions. come stream that will provide the market value of much “The entire process is hanThat’s not how it works in at least a base level of fundland is less than zero. dled here at the Land Bank Flint. There, the Genesee Co. ing to allow for property Kildee was succeeded in and does not involve any Land Bank’s board of direc- maintenance,” Weiland coun2008 by Doug Weiland, a retors contains a representative sels. Poorly maintained propspected manager with deep number of elected officials. erties create bigger costs roots in the city’s automotive But it takes a majority of the down the road and make it culture. In 2011 alone, Weiseven-member board to over- harder to move inventory. land’s Land Bank sold 645 turn a land-bank decision. In There is still time to adjust properties, for $2.8 million, practice, this never happens. Philadelphia’s land-bank outnumbering Sheriff’s sales “Having solid policies and structure. The bill which at 417. It has redeveloped a procedures in place regarding Quiñones Sánchez introduced large abandoned downtown the sale of property removes in City Council is in the hotel as condos and sold off any political interference Committee of the Whole, an empty Fisher Body plant from decisions,” Weiland awaiting enabling legislation site to a generic drug-maker says. in Harrisburg. which now employs 700 and Citizen input is allowed Philadelphia as a whole is will soon reach 1,000 jobs. It for. The Genesee Co. Land in far-better shape than Flint. has demolished 1,700 properBank has an 18-member advi- Its economy is more diverse ties. (Bear in mind this is a sory council on which every and its location can’t be beat. city one-fifteenth the size of Flint’s land bank head city ward and county division In some parts of the city, Philadelphia.) Doug Weiland … no polit- is represented. However, it long-abandoned land is now At the same time, the too must live by the rules for attracting private investment ical interference. Genesee Co. Land Bank land-bank transactions and it with little effort by the public works aggressively to prorarely second-guesses the sector. mote home ownership. It runs other agency, although there management. But other parts of Philadela foreclosure-prevention pro- is a property-transfer affidavit Flint’s message to phia are little Flints in themgram. And it will peddle an that needs to be filed with the Philadelphia, then: Remove selves, though. They will not undamaged, available house City. In a case where there is politicians from the business heal on their own. for a song to anyone with the more than one party inter- of real-estate reinvention as A land bank won’t solve wherewithal to maintain it. ested in the property, we try much as possible. This may all their problems. But it can Upper-middle-class housing to make sure the person get- be a bitter pill for Philly start to push these sick comin Flint can be had for ting the property is the best fit politicians to swallow, espe- munities in new directions – $12,000; substantial frame – someone that does a good cially those whose bases are provided it is given real freehouses on big lots for – noth- job maintaining their current in the badlands. Understand- dom to act.
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AMONG press-conference attendees were IATSE Local 8 President Michael Barnes and State Rep. Bill Keller.
America’s Second Bill of Rights: “We the People want to strengthen our nation, as a beacon of equality, economic opportunity and freedom for all. We hold these rights to be essential to our vision of America and believe that the principles contained therein should guide our government, business leaders, organizations and individuals in our common goal of a just and fair society.
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ROCK & ROLL Hall of Famer Charlie Gracie, lifelong South Philadelphia resident, is welcomed to “Workers Stand For America” press conference by sponsor Local 98 Business Mgr. John J. Dougherty, Jr. Gracie is among artists to perform at Aug. 11 gathering on The Parkway. “This Saturday, more than 30,000 union members and middle-class people from many states and all walks of life are gathering together to show our strength in numbers and vent our frustration at what’s become of American society and the policies that seem geared almost entirely to the well-being of the richest while the rest of us are left behind. This is not a political event, but it is a message to all politicians: ignore us at your own risk.” Also addressing the importance of the Saturday rally were Elizabeth McElroy, secretary-treasurer Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO; Pat Gillespie, business manager, Philadelphia Building Trades Council; Henry Nicholas, president, NUHHCE; and Jerry Jordan, president of Philadelphia Federation of Teachers; The rally is timed to precede both the Republican and Democratic national conventions to insure both national parties get the message. Philadelphia was selected to host the event because it is here the words “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” changed the world. It was in Philadelphia that the Bill of Rights, the most-practical enumeration of fundamental human values, was adopted. That timeless document in-
spired the Workers Stand for America organizers to create a second Bill of Rights, inspired by President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1944 proposed economic Bill of Rights. The architects of Workers Stand for America will call on working people from all walks of life to sign the Second Bill of Rights, which will be presented to delegates at the Republican and Democratic national conventions. Following is the full text of
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Philadelphia’s labor movement has been given the responsibility to host the first annual “Workers Stand For America” national rally this Saturday, Aug. 11. The mission behind the first-of-its-kind event is to kick off a national campaign to change the conversation in America; to counter those forces preaching austerity for the vast majority of citizens and to refocus national attention on jobs, economic opportunity and the restoration of the American dream for all. It will take place on Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 11:00 a.m. until approximately 4:00 p.m. The free event, essentially a middle-class summit of working Americans, will feature live musical performances and nationally prominent speakers. The Workers Stand For America rally is the brainchild of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers President Ed Hill and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, with a big local assist from IBEW Local 98 Business Mgr. John J. Dougherty and other leaders in Philadelphia’s labor community. Earlier in the week, Philadelphia’s labor leaders gathered at Local 98’s Spring Garden Street union hall to promote the importance of the event, the schedule of speakers, and musical performers, including South Philly’s own Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Charlie Gracie, who performed for the labor leaders in attendance. Dougherty, who hosted the event, told the group, “The labor movement gave rise to America’s middle class. Before the hard-won gains of labor, workers had no protections. There were no such things as a 40-hour work week, weekends, paid holidays, benefits or pensions. People have labor to thank for those gains that most people now take for granted. In this current climate, however, we in the labor movement find ourselves fighting just to stay lower-middle class. That’s unacceptable in a nation that was built on generations of labor.
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Will Green Party Ballot Hurt Obama? If Green Party Presidential nominee Jill Stein and her running mate Cheri Honkala’s 35,000 signatures survive challenges, and their Party makes it to the Pennsylvania ballot, they may well have an impact on the outcome of the presidential race in this state. What is raising serious concern for Obama Team leaders here is the fact the Green Party presidential ballot could siphon away at least those many petitioners and possibly more. This has proven to be the case in states where George Nader appeared in the last presidential race. In fact, Obama strategists say, “Nader took away votes we should have had and we, thereby, lost the state.” The Public Record has learned they expect to challenge those petitions in court to offset that possibility. To win a spot for their name on the Pennsylvania ballot, independents and thirdparty candidates have to garner enough signatures to equal 2% of the highest number of votes received by a candidate in a state election the previous year. Signatures can be collected from any voter, regardless of party, so long as he or she has not signed for another candidate for the same office. This year the Green Party
and candidate Bob Casey. These candidates also run the risk of having to pay the legal fees of challengers if their signatures fail to hold up in court. Due to this part of Pennsylvania law, Romanelli currently owes and refuses to pay over $80,000 in legal fees to the Democratic Party. GREEN PARTY presidential nominee Jill Stein, left, shows off stack of petitions with VP Cheri Honkala and state party Chair Carl Romanelli prior to delivering them to Penna. Dept. of State in bid to make state presidential ballot. Photo by PoliticsPA
of Pennsylvania was required to submit 20,601 notarized signatures. The number equals 2% of those received by David Wecht during his 2011 run for State Superior Court. Democratic and Republican candidates must submit only 2,000 signatures. To avoid being struck from the ballot by a court challenge, the Green Party submitted about 15,000 extra signatures. It is common practice for candidates to submit twice as many signatures as are required. “In contrast to Republican and Democratic candidates who are doing everything they can to avoid bringing substance into this campaign, we are giving Americans the alternatives and solutions they have been clamoring for,”
said Stein. The nominee, who is also a physician, teacher of internal medicine and environmental-health advocate, described the current polarized state of American government with pressing urgency. “Current campaigns are confining themselves to details that are not at the core of the problems Americans are facing,” she stated. Green State Party Chair Carl Romanelli’s failed attempt to run for US Senate in 2006 demonstrated the extreme challenge Pennsylvania law presents to third-party candidates. Romanelli, who was required to turn in 67,070 signatures, handed in over 100,000, but was still kept off the ballot by lawyers representing the Democratic Party
Who’s Behind Lottery Privatization Efforts? Officials at the Pennsylvania Lottery celebrated record profits last week. The new Pennsylvania profits report show a $100 million increase in net revenues over the previous year, for a total of $1.06 billion in the fiscal year ending Jun. 30. So who can figure why the Corbett Administration says the record figures aren’t altering the steps they’re taking to pursue a private manager? What big money is coming up with the pressure needed to keep Corbett on a stupid path? Traditionally in America, and particularly in Pennsylvania, one can expect government to screw up a good thing ... trying to get rid of an efficient organization of dedicated state workers whose costs are minimal. A saving grace could be the new figures could impact the burden on applicants, who must show how they’ll be able
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Supreme Court Puts Redistricting On TV The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania will allow its oral argument session on the state’s second legislative redistricting plan to be televised live by Pennsylvania Cable Network from Philadelphia City Hall Courtroom 456, starting at 9:30 a.m. today. A schedule for the 13 appeals has been set. Observers will be admitted on a firstcome-first-served basis. Once the courtroom is full, those not admitted may wait in line to take a seat as those who were seated leave.
Labor Weighs In On Disenfranchised New information compiled by the AFL-CIO belies the original estimate given by the Corbett Administration, which said initially only 1% of people would be affected by voter-ID law and later amended it to 9.2%, or 758,000 people. The AFL-CIO said the number is closer to 20%, or 1.6 million. The information came from compiling and cross-referencing people who don’t have driver’s licenses and people whose licenses will have expired State Rep.
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Dunbar Challenge Will Not Have Taker William F. Dunbar, Democrat candidate for State Representative in the 177th Dist., has sent a formal request to his Republican incumbent State Rep. John Taylor (R-Kensington) proposing a series of three debates to be held in public spaces in three different neighborhoods within the 177th district in the weeks between Sep. 10 and Oct. 26. He argues public debates are an essential part of elections, addressing the issues of the community and providing voters with the necessary information to make informed decisions.
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Odds are against this happening, since there is little political history to show well-known office holders will agree to give lesserknown challengers any forum as public as a debate.
311 App May Appear Soon The city is planning to introduce a 311 mobile app soon and is testing the project. An email has been sent out by Marc Dreyfuss, GIS analyst for Philly311, looking for vol-
CITY COUNCILMAN Mark Squilla, Drexel University Basketball Coach Bruiser Flint and Syracuse University BasSTATE REP. John Taylor welcomes these smiling con- ketball and former Sacks Playground native Scoop Jardin stituents to open house at his Juniata Office in 33rd Ward treated youngsters to some good coaching at Sacks PlayPhoto by Kate Clarke ground, 4th & Washington Avenue. last week. unteers. Those wishing to get involved can reach him at (215) 863-0867 or his cell, (708) 710-1173, or by email at marc.dreyfuss@phila,.gov. This could be a way to increase community effort in combating the present crime epidemic.
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We had promised not to mention Tom Knox as a serious contender for Governor until the time is ripe, but the fall in Gov. Tom Corbett’s popularity among both Democrats and Republicans seems to be making Corbett an easy target. Add to that a recent poll showing Knox ahead of Corbett 45% to 39% and you get the Knox bandwagon leadership being
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the time of or before the order for relief concerning the debtor.” So, if the debtor has a credit card with a zero balance, the issuer of that card IS NOT A CREDITOR, and therefore, the debtor need not disclose his bankruptcy to that credit-card company. But that’s not the end of the story. Card issuers write very onesided credit-card agreements that seem to get modified all the
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time. The Terms & Conditions always include the following language: Default: You and your Account will be in default of this Agreement if: ... you become insolvent, assign any property to your creditors, or go into bankruptcy or receivership…. Cancellation of your Account: We may cancel your Account or suspend your ability to use the Account at any time, with or without any specific reason and with or without prior notice to you as permissible by applicable law. So, even if a debtor has a zero-balance credit card, the issuer has the absolute right to
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fies at a hearing a reasonable explanation for any conflicts between occupational evidence provided by the VE and information in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, and explain in the decision how any conflict that has been identified has been resolved. SSA relies primarily on the DOT for information about the requirements of work in the national economy. According to SSR 00-4p, if there is a discrepancy between the VE’s testimony about what a job requires and the DOT’s description of the job, the ALJ may not rely on the VE’s testimony to find a claimant can perform that job without asking the VE for an explanation. SSR 00-4p holds that occupational evidence provided by a VE generally should be consistent with occupational information supplied by the DOT. DOT job descriptions can be quite useful in undermining
by Michael P. Boyle, Esq. Vocational testimony is often the determining factor in making or breaking a disability or SSI claim. Social Security Ruling 00-4p requires that ALJs identify and obtain from a vocational expert who testi-
the VE’s testimony. For example, suppose the ALJ limits a claimant to only occasional reaching, handling and fingering due to carpal tunnel syndrome. If the VE identifies a job that the DOT describes as requiring frequent reaching, handling, or fingering, the VE’s testimony is inconsistent with the DOT. Or the VE could testify that a particular job is unskilled, where the DOT reveals that the job is semi-skilled. Often, an ALJ will ask a VE to assume that someone is limited to simple, repetitive, routine tasks. This corresponds to level one or two reasoning skills, per the DOT. If a job (such as cashier or surveillance system monitor) requires level-3 reasoning (“Apply commonsense understanding to carry out instructions.... Deal with problems involving several concrete variables in or from standardized situations”), courts will usually hold this is incompatible with a limitation to performing simple, repetitive, routine tasks.
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litical systems. Quality, affordable education should be universally available from pre-kindergarten to college level, including an expanded use of apprenticeships and specialty skills training to prepare Americans for the workplace. “The Right to a Secure, Healthy Future: Americans have the right to a baseline level of health care, unemployment insurance and retirement security, all of which have been badly eroded by the disruption of the social compact that served the nation well for decades. We call on government and private industry together to confront the issues of declining access to health care especially for children, weakening of unemployment coverage, and inadequate pension plans that undermine the ability of working men and women to retire in dignity, even as Social Security and Medicare are under strain and threatened with cutbacks.”
PHILA. AFL-CIO Council Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth McElroy advises Aug. 11 rally will send critical message to both national political parties.
ANTICIPATING record turnout for labor gathering Aug. 11 were press-conference attendees Brian Stevenson, Frank Keel and Building Trades President Pat Gillespie.
Re Adoption of Baby Girl P, (DOB: 2/8/12), No. 2012-A0057 in the Orphans' Court Division, Ct of Com Pleas, Montgomery Cty, PA. To: Unknown Birthfather and/or "Disco". A Petition has been filed asking the Court to put an end to all rights you have to your child, Baby Girl P. Baby Girl P was born 2/8/12 at Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Drexel Hill, PA. The Court has set a hearing to consider ending rights to your child. That hearing will be held in the Courtroom No. 14, 4th Floor, One Montgomery Plaza, Norristown, PA on August 16, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. before the Honorable Stanley Ott. Your presence is required at the hearing. You are warned that even if you fail to appear at the scheduled hearing, the hearing will go on without you and your rights to your child may be ended by the Court without your being present. You have a right to be represented at the hearing by a lawyer. 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 to find out where you can get legal help. Montgomery County. Lawyer Referral Service,100 West Airy St, PO Box 268 Norristown, PA 19404-4321, Phone: 610-279-9660. PA. Act 101 of 2010 further permits court enforceable agreements for continuing contact after adoption between adoptive parents, a child, a birth parent and/or a birth relative of the child, upon written agreement and court approval. For more information, please contact Law Offices of Deborah E. Spivack, Attorney for Petitioner Adoptions from the Heart Adoption, P.O. Box 56182, Philadelphia, PA 19130. 215-763-5550.
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(Cont. From Page 3) Process: Recent initiatives to disenfranchise citizens seek to reduce the rolls of eligible voters and empower money instead of people. We believe these actions constitute an assault on our nation’s democracy and history of heroic struggle against voting restrictions based upon property ownership, religion, race and gender and call for reinforcing our fundamental right to vote. “The Right to a Voice at Work: All workers have the right of freedom of association in the workplace, including the right to collectively bargain with their employer to improve wages, benefits and working conditions. “The Right to a Quality Education: Education is a fundamental bedrock of our democracy, vital to America’s competitive position in the world and the principal means by which citizens empower themselves to participate in our nation’s economic and po-
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Foster Wins Right To Stay On Ballot pendent in every sense of the word, use another name, the bureaucrats threw out his petitions. Required to file as a third-party candidate in the 2nd Congressional District is a minimum of 1,715 signatures. Foster submitted 4,000
signatures. Robert J. Ogborn, who had filed as an independent, a day earlier had 2,000. In real life, there is no such thing as an “Independent Party.” To be “independent” means to belong to no party.
The Family Court of the State of Delaware, In and For New Castle. Notice of Termination of Parental Rights Action. To: Unknown Father, From: Confidential Clerk of Family Court Adoptions from the Heart, Petitioner, has brought a civil action (Petition number 12-13276) against you to terminate your parental rights of your minor female, born: 1/10/2012. A hearing has been scheduled at the Family Court, 500 N. King Street, Wilmington Delaware, on 8/30/2012 at 11:00 a.m. If you do not appear at the hearing, the Court may terminate your parental rights without your appearance. If you wish to be represented by an attorney in this matter but cannot afford one, you my be entitled to have the court appoint an attorney to represent you for free. For more information, please contact the confidential clerk at family court, (302) 255-0244.
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It’s amazing how bureaucrats can screw up a one-car funeral. The State Election Board would have done that to Jim Foster, publisher of the Germantown Chronicle and the Northwest Independent Weeklies, had he not challenged them in court. Foster, the feisty warrior from Mt. Airy, found his petition of 4,000 signatures to run as an independent against Congressman Chaka Fattah rejected because someone else had filed as an Independent. Foster’s explanation he wasn’t running as an Independent Party candidate carried no weight with the State bureau, so he took his challenge to Commonwealth Court. That court ruled the Dept. of Elections must accept his ballot petitions under the designation “Phila. Party”, but if his challenge to the Independent candidate succeeded, he could then take the Independent slot. State election laws prohibit nominees of the same party to appear on general-election ballots, since there is no way to tally those votes. Rather than suggest Foster, who says he is an inde-
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Philadelphians Play Leading Roles At Judicial Conference by Ruth R. Russell Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille stressed the accomplishments of judges throughout the Commonwealth in an opening speech at the Conference of Trial Judges in Hershey. He told the overflow crowd he was pleased with the additional money provided for the courts, although it is still a small percentage of the state budget. The legislature has passed, and the Governor has signed, a budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year, which started Jul. 1. The State funded portion of the budget is nearly $308.2 million, a 3.1% increase over the just-ended fiscal year. The courts continued to bring in more money than they received back. Over a recent five-year period, the State appropriations for the courts were less than $1.5 billion while the collections from criminal courts exceeded $2.3 billion. As usual, the main focus of the conference was education. Those attending tackled subjects such as law and forensics, neurobiology of trauma, nursing-home abuse, and understanding addiction. A session on the causes and nature
of sexual abuse of minors featured a report on this problem in the Roman Catholic Church from 1950 to 2010. A number of Philadelphia judges played major roles in the education meetings. Ida K. Chen was course planner for “Societal Impacts of Mass Incarceration in the 21st Century”. Idee C. Fox was course planner for “Rules and Duties of Guardians of the Court and for Judgments — Just the Beginning”. Jacqueline F. Allen was course planner for “Neurobiology of Trauma”. Rosalyn K. Robinson was co-planner of the course on “Nursing Home Abuse”. Daniel J. Anders and Mark I. Bernstein were on the faculty for “Fit, Frye and Forensics”. Jeffrey P. Minehart was on the faculty for “Justification and the Castle Doctrine” (a recent crimes-code amendment) and Matthew D. Carrrafiello was on the faculty for “Judgments — Just the Beginning”. The Philadelphia judiciary was well represented at the conference. Among the judges (not already mentioned) were Diana L. Anhalt, Genece E. Brinkley, Joan A. Brown, Sandy L. V. Byrd, Linda A. Carpenter, Denis P. Cohen, Amanda
Cooperman, Pamela Pryor Dembe, Alfred J. DiBona, Kevin M. Dougherty, Alice Beck Dubow, Lori A. Dumas Brooks, Charles A. Ehrlich, Michael E. Erdos, Angela J. Foglietta, Holly J. Ford, Jonathan Q. Irvine, Vincent L. Johnson, Sean F. Kennedy, D. Webster Keogh, Richard B. Klein, James Murray Lynn, William J. Manfredi, Frederica A. Massiah-Jackson, Barbara A. McDermott, Maria C. McLaughlin; Also, Sandra Mazer Moss, Margaret Theresa Murphy, Arnold L. New, Thomas M. Nocella, Joseph D. O’Keefe, Walter J. Olszewski, George W. Overton, Paul F. Panepinto, Paula A. Patrick, Doris A. Pechkurow, Lillian Harris Ransom, Lisa M. Rau, Robert J. Rebstock, Annette M. Rizzo, Shelley Robins New, Edward E. Russell, Jacqueline L. Russell, Susan I. Schulman, Dawn A. Segal, Lisette Shirdan-Harris, Karen Shreeves-Johns, Gregory E. Smith, Albert John Snite Jr., Felice Rowley Stack, Diane R. Thompson, Leon W. Tucker, Donna M. Woelpper, Sheila A. Woods-Skipper and John Milton Younge.
ADMINISTRATIVE Judge Joseph D. O’Keefe enjoys company of Kathy Keogh, CHECKING schedules were Judges Robert Judge Amanda Cooperman and Judge Patri- J. Rebstock, Ronald L. Greenblatt and JefPhotos by Ruth Russell frey P. Minehart. cia A. McInerney.
CONFERENCE Parliamentarian Judge Edward E. Russell was pleased his JUDGE Felice Rowley wife and Public Record JUDGE D. Webster Keogh is hap- Stack shares moment Citilife Editor Ruth R. Ruspily flanked by Kathy Keogh and with Judge John Milton sell had time to pose for this Judge Idee C. Fox. Younge. picture with him.
PRESIDENT Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe MAKING a fine trio were Judges shares happy moment Annette M. Rizzo, Marlene Lach- with her husband David man and Karen Shreeves-Johns. Dembe.
CARRYING books to one of conferences were Judges Sandy L. V. Byrd, left, Joan A. Brown and Administrative Judge Kevin M. Dougherty.
JUDGE Edward E. Russell, right, advises Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille of changes in agenda.
COMPARING schedules were Judges Diane CHECKING out activities were Judges R. Thompson, left, and Albert Snite, Jr., William J. Manfredi and Judge Mark I. Bernstein. Holly Ford.
FORMER City Controller Jonathan Saidel, left, enjoys his time with Judge Maria S. McLaughlin and Judge Richard B. Klein.
JUDGE Leon W. S. Tucker is pleased to be in company of Judges JUDGES George W. Overton Jacqueline F. Allen and Nitza and Denis P. Cohen enjoyed breaks in conferences. Quiñones-Alejandro.
JUDGE Rosalyn K. Robinson shares moment with Conference Past President Judge Arnold L. New.
CONFERENCE President Judge Dudley N. Anderson, left, spends moment with State Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin.
JUDGES Dawn A. Segal and Matthew D. Carrafiello enjoy this cordial photo.
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PRPA Board Chairman Tom Kopp congratulates state and city leaders for their dredging efforts.
FULL COURT press by these state and city political leaders has resulted in $46-plus million for dredging to complete Delaware River deepening to Walt Whitman Bridge, opening effort to create new Southport Terminal. In photo are Councilman Mark Squilla, Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, Congressman Bob Brady, State Rep. John Taylor, Phila. Regional Port Authority Executive Director James McDermott, Gov. Tom Corbett, US Sen. Bob Casey, State Rep. Bill Keller and Councilman Bob Henon. Present, but not in picture, was Councilman David Oh.
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, September 04, 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.
FEE BUDGET Chiller Plant Replacement $233,150.00 $100.00 Widener Memorial School 1450 West Olney Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19141 * A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location at the main entrance, on August 21, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. NOTE: All bidders’ questions must be submitted via email to email@example.com no later than August 24, 2012.
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Chiller Plant Replacement Widener Memorial School 1450 West Olney Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19141 * A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location at the main entrance, on August 21, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. NOTE: All bidders’ questions must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 24, 2012.
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Our Opinion ... Land-Office Business The proposal to establish a “land bank” for Philadelphia is the best idea in a long time for one of the most-pressing problems facing this city: blighted and abandoned real estate. The problem is so large, no one has even been able to measure it yet. But it is believed there are about 40,000 parcels of land here which are in violation of code, are unused or are vacant. Many have been in this condition for decades. Scattered thickly across many neighborhoods, they drag down the value of good real estate nearby. Their patchwork distribution prevents rational redevelopment plans for countless blocks. On the whole, though, Philadelphia is a valuable city. Better organized, much of this “lost land” can return to the marketplace and become a source of new wealth. Enter the land bank. By consolidating public decisionmaking in one agency whose sole mission is to clean up and repurpose abandoned properties, it can move swiftly to bring obsolete 19th-century neighborhoods into the 21st century. Land banks are a tested idea. They have produced results in cities with bigger problems than Philadelphia’s. They give us models to learn from and to follow. The best land banks in other states are run as much like businesses as possible. Their goal is to streamline procedures so difficult properties become easy to acquire. They are userfriendly, not bureaucrat-friendly. Their rules are simple, not cumbersome. They keep to a minimum the number of people a prospective land-owner must please. The Land Bank Bill now being studied in City Council has strong support. One key piece, though, has triggered some kick-back. This is the provision that would give a District Council Member the power to veto any transaction, even if it met all standard conditions. Council Members understandably want a say in how their communities repurpose publicly owned land. They should concentrate their concern on drafting good overall policies for the land bank. The last thing a parcel of distressed land needs is a new brake on its redevelopment. It is not Council business to delve into the acquisition of a 16-foot side lot. An exception could be made for Council to double-check developments of unusual size and scope. A proper place to do this is the board of directors of the land bank. A Council Member with valid concerns about a proposal should be able to take it to the board; if those concerns are valid, they can persuade a majority to overturn the land bank’s executive. But the burden should be on the elected official to prove that case, not on the executive to defend a decision which was made by the book.
Letters • Letters Charters Work A recent article entitled “Charter Schools: A School for Scandal?” (Aug. 2) erroneously indicated the Harambee Institute of Science & Technology Charter School ran an after-hours club in the school cafeteria in 2010. At that time, the banquet
facility, which operated separately from Harambee Institute of Science & Technology Charter School, was a separate entity’s sanctioned venue to provide our community with the maximum usage of the limited resources that we have in West Philadelphia. The funds were used solely (Cont. Page 16)
Aug. 10-11- Two-day Give Back Festival hosted by Nicetown CDC marking its 10th anniversary, 4300 Germantown Ave. Aug. 11- Beech Community Services hosts Jazz on the Avenue on Cecil B. Moore Ave. Broad to 19th Sts., 12-7 p.m. Free. Six music acts. For vendor and other info (215) 7638868. Aug. 12- Sid Booker’s pool party (by invitation only) at 1912 Cobden Rd., Laverock, Pa., 2-7 p.m. Kicking off massive voter-ID drive with State Sens. Shirley Kitchen and LeAnna Washington, Congressman Chaka Fattah, Council President Darrell Clarke, Mayor Michael Nutter and several State Representatives. Aug. 15- Happy Hour Fundraiser for City Commission Chairwoman Stephanie Singer at Happy Rooster, SWC 16th & Sansom Sts., 5:30-7:30 p.m. $100-$500. Checks made out to Friends of Stephanie Singer, 250 S. 17th St., #701, Phila., PA 19103. Aug. 16- Mt. Airy Night
Market on Germantown Ave. from Carpenter La. to Mt. Airy Ave., 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Aug. 17- Bobbie Carter Foundation Diabetes Games Night at Park Ave. Banquet Ha., 4942 Parkside Ave., 6-8:30 p.m. Buffet and wine sampling $5. For info Yanina Carter (267) 586-2268. Aug. 17- Friends of Councilman Mark Squilla host fundraiser at Keenan’s Irish Pub, N. Wildwood, N.J., 710 p.m. Tickets at door $35. Mail checks to Squilla for Council, Box 37332, Phila. PA 19148. Aug. 18- Barrett Rec Ctr. Advisory Board Community Day, 8th & Duncannon Sts., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Family fun day. Free. All invited. For info Sheila Bellamy (215) 457-4079. Aug. 18- Voter-ID informational meeting hosted by State Reps. Ronald Waters, Vanessa Brown and Harold James at Sanctuary Church of the Open Door, 5923-41 Walnut St., 12-3 p.m. Refreshments. Aug. 18- 47th Ward Crab & Shrimp Fest to Baltimore leaves Progress Plaza, Broad & Oxford Sts., 1 p.m. Open bar, massive menu. $150. For info George Brooks (267) 971-5703. Aug. 18- Brett Mandel holds
Summer Bar-B-Que Fundraiser at 1026 S. 22nd St., 3-7 p.m. $500 Bulldog, $250 Watch Dog, $100 Guard Dog, $50 Puppy Dog. Aug. 19- Annual Billy Meehan Clam Bake at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd., 4-8 p.m. Ferko String Band entertains. For info Republican City Committee (215) 561-0650. Aug. 22- Stu Bykofsky’s Candidates Comedy Night at Finnigan’s Wake, 3rd & Spring Garden Sts. Doors open 7:30 p.m. Tax-deductible tickets benefiting Variety Club are $75. For info and tickets Eric Perry (215) 735-0803, ext. 11. Aug. 25- Paul “Earthquake” Moore’s “Hands For Peace”. Human-chain formation on Woodland Ave. from 52nd through to 70th St., 8 a.m. Sep. 3- AFL-CIO tri-state Labor Day Parade & Family Festival at Sheet Metal Union Hall, Columbus Blvd. & Reed St., starting 9 a.m., to Penn’s Landing. Free events. Sep.7- Hospital Fire Marshals Association 12th annual golf benefit at Valley Brook C.C., Blackwood, N.J. Entry fee $125 per golfer. Benefit Burn Foundation. For info Bob Shewbrooks (215) 3381052. Sep. 7- Fundraiser for State
Rep candidate Dave Kralle at Paddy Whacks Pub, 9241 Roosevelt Blvd., 7 p.m. Sep. 9- Doo Wop Festival benefiting Phila. Veterans Multi Service & Ctr. at Penn’s Landing, 12-6 p.m. Free. For info (215) 9232600. Sep. 14- Al Stewart’s 11th Ward Fish Fry at Lou & Choo’s, 21st & Hunting Park Ave., 5-9 p.m. Donation $10. For info V. Tutie Edwards (215) 228-3134 Sep. 21- Senior Citizen Expo hosted by State Sen. Mike Stack at National Guard Armory, 2700 Southampton Blvd., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Refreshments provided. For info (215) 281-2798. Sep. 29- Carpe Diem Team presents Forward Together gala for President Barack Obama at Portuguese-American Rosary Ha., 4900 N. Palethorpe St., 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Semi-formal. Live entertainment, food, cash bar, guest speakers. Donation $25 ($30 at door). For info Elaine Tomlin (215) 457-4024, Bill Morris (267) 978-0719, Bob Hayes (267) 679-4499. Sep. 30- Vendemmia celebration of food and wine at Girard Pk., 21st & Porter Sts., 2-6 p.m. Live entertainment.Tickets $45. For info (215) 551-3859.
MANY of Hopper Family members in this picture came up from Shelby, N.C. to meet family members here on City Line. Event was hosted by Philadelphian David Hopper and aunt Edalhia Schenck-Hopper from Shelby. Photo by Leona Nixon
PHILA. Housing Authority's Interim Director Kelvin Jeremiah details what residents can expect under PHA’s trimmed budget to Richard Allen residents at John Street Community Center. He was guest of State Rep. Curtis Thomas, seated, right, who has scheduled several appearances for Jeremiah.
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DAVID FREED, candidate for Pennsylvania Attorney General, was in the Philadelphia area to hold a press conference with the “Women for Freed”. The press conference was at A Children’s Place in Devon, a preschool owned by Republican DONNA PARISI. Freed was introduced by RISA FERMAN, the District Attorney of Montgomery Co. Other officials in attendance included Montgomery Co. SHERIFF EILEEN BEHR and STATE SEN. PATRICIA VANCE. Although most of the attendees at the press conference were women, the candidate for the Pennsylvania 17th Senate Dist., CHARLES GEHRET, was there with his Campaign Mgr. LISA MARIE BRODY, the former executive director of the Lower Merion & Narberth Republican Party. In his remarks to the crowd, Freed stated he would start a Special Victims Unit in the AG’s office, as well as forming a Victim’s Advocate function. He also said he supports the elimination of the statute of limitations for child abuse crimes. Freed believes it is imperative for us to protect the most vulnerable in our society. Recent reversals for the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s redlight camera program may trigger far-reaching changes in that body, which is administered by the Commonwealth and has always been under Republican control. Many in the herd are aware GOV. TOM CORBETT this year can replace two members of the PPA board if he so chooses. It is inevitable some negotiating and jockeying for position will take place, and these events have the potential to affect discussions in Harrisburg. In local races, all Elephant eyes are on DAVID KRALLE, who is campaigning vigorously to regain his boss COUNCILMAN DENNY O’BRIEN’S old State House seat in the Far Northeast. This is a strong Republican district and Kralle has a good shot. He is planning a fundraiser at Paddy Whack’s on Roosevelt Boulevard after Labor Day.
Let me start with a tip on something to do for the weekend. Jazz on the Avenue and the Columbia Avenue Old School Reunion is happening this weekend at Broad Street & Cecil B. Moore Avenue in North Philadelphia. Hosted by WDAS-FM Radio Personality Patty Jackson and TuRae of the Soul Comedy Café, performers giving you the best in jazz, Latin music and reggae will be on hand. Admission is free and DJ Space Bug will be on hand to provide the soundtrack for the Old School reunion. For more information, call (215) 763-8868. This event is sponsored by Beech Community Services with help from Clay Studio, Wagner Institute of Science, Smith Memorial Playground and Play House, Fleisher Arts Memorial, Avenue of the Arts, Inc., Project Home and the Women’s Christian Alliance. Now for another stimulating entertainment that happened last week. It showed that Todd Bernstein, the president of Global Citizen, the body that put together the Martin Luther King Day of Service, is a brave man. And he has a lot more confidence in Philadelphians than I do. You have to, in order to put together a discussion on race and then add free beer to it. And that’s what Bernstein did last week when Global Citizen held its fourth Beer Summit at the Reading Terminal Market. The summit, which is modeled after a discussion that President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden had with Harvard University Prof. Henry Louis Gates and Cambridge Police Officer James Crowley. The summit became necessary when Crowley arrested Gates at his home and, well, the intellectual crap hit the fan. (Cont. Page 15)
Yo! Here we go again with these loony lawsuits. Arsonists sue for insurance benefits after being denied coverage for damages they caused to neighboring building Two Alpena, Mich. men set a fire in their store with the hope of collecting insurance money. They admitted that they intended to simply have a small, smoky fire that would damage their inventory, which apparently wasn’t selling very well, so they could collect on their insurance policy. However, when the fire spilled over into the adjoining store, the men sued the insurance company. They argued they set the fire in their own store; but the fire next door was accidental and therefore they should receive coverage for the damage to the other building. A panel of the state Court of Appeals amazingly reversed the trial court’s decision to dismiss this ridiculous case, but the Michigan Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, eventually reversed the Court of Appeals and ruled that the fire “cannot be characterized as an accident.” Drunken partier sues police for not arresting her After a police officer decided not to take an intoxicated woman into custody, she sued him. She admitted that she could not remember most of the events that night, only that she was too drunk to drive (she also admitted she was too drunk to rely on any promises possibly made by the officer). This case was dismissed by a lower court, and the Appeals Court agreed, ruling that the police officer had no duty to place her in protective custody. Inmate blames State for flatulence, then sues According to a Michigan Assistant Attorney General testifying before the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee, frivolous prisoner lawsuits are overburdening state and federal courts. In Case No. 9650302, a prisoner sued the State blaming the food in prison for his flatulence problem. The Attorney General’s Office estimates the annual cost of defending the State against frivolous prisoner lawsuits to be several million dollars, all paid for by the state taxpayer. Spilled coffee leads to lawsuit against popular Michigan travel stop Oasis Truck Stop, a popular travel stop located at the intersection of M59 and US23 in Hartland, Mich., was sued by a customer who spilled coffee on herself. The makers of the coffee machine and coffee mug were also sued. The customer’s lawyer claimed the coffee (Cont. Page 15)
The RESULTS are in. The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation commissioned a TRAFFIC-FLOW STUDY for Delaware Avenue/Columbus Boulevard. It calls for more turn lanes and adjustment of traffic-light length, which can be too long. Take the long turn wait at Washington Avenue, Reed Street and Spring Garden Street. What about synchronization of traffic signals for better traffic flow? So much auto fuel is burned waiting for the light to change, that Corporation members should buy stock in Arab oil.... The City agreed to remove the bike lanes in CHINATOWN on S. 10th Street – then did nothing, citing lack of funds. As a result, traffic remains very congested and cars out of the single lane are STILL TICKETED! Reprehensible. VOTER ID: The COLWYN, PA ELECTION OFFICIAL who refused to implement the ID law in his borough deserves great credit. People argue over how many voters are affected – TOO MANY. The cost of all that is needed for voter ID EXCEEDS THE OLD JIM CROW POLL TAX.... Riding on AMTRAK into Philadelphia from north or south? Ever notice how this gateway to Philly is littered with tons of trash? A great first impression. Is the L & I Commissioner powerless to get AMTRAK to clean it up? What about summer jobs for kids to do it? PHILLIES Uniforms, logos, background for press conferences, seem to OMIT the word “PHILADELPHIA” from association with “Phillies”. We fans are not ashamed of Philly.... CENTER CITY STREETS should be the showcase avenues for visitors. Ruts, holes, depressions, subsidence – it’s like the old wagon-train days to drive here. Bad on the auto too. Then-Mayor Ed Rendell used to stress im(Cont. Page 15)
CITY COUNCILMAN MARK SQUILLA was recently recognized by a fan at the Phillies game. The fan actually mistook Squilla for actor TERRY O’QUINN. Squilla was disturbed to find out O’Quinn portrayed a murderous stepdad in the Stepfather movies. The actor also appeared on the hit TV series “Lost”. However, Squilla was encouraged to learn that most people consider O’Quinn to be a handsome man. COUNCILMAN JIM KENNEY is considering a run for Mayor. He feels STATE SEN. TONY WILLIAMS should not get a free ride. But would Kenney really give up his council seat to run? The answer is: He may not have to. There is a movement to change the city ordinance that requires Council Members to resign from office before running. If that happens, the field would grow substantially. Clearly COUNCIL MEMBERS BILL GREEN and BLONDELL REYNOLDS BROWN would get into the race; perhaps even COUNCIL PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE would give it a whirl. There is a rumor US SEN. BOB CASEY may want to come back to Pennsylvania to run for Governor against incumbent TOM CORBETT. Why would anyone in their right state of mind want to give up a Senate seat to run for the thankless job of Chief Executive of Pennsylvania? The answer might be: That is the job he truly wants. Corbett appears to be having a rocky time with his fiscal-austerity policies, and could be the only Governor to not be reelected in Pennsylvania history. Other potential candidates for Governor are businessman TOM KNOX, who is 77 years of age; STATE SEN. MIKE STACK; and STATE TREASURER ROB McCORD. If Casey ran for Governor, look for Stack to run to fill his US Senate Seat. HARRY ENGGASSER, 45th Ward Leader, landed a job with CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY. He will be working in one of Brady’s district offices alongside fellow WARD LEADER TOMMY JOHNSON. MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER’S appeal of an arbitration panel’s award for firefighters shows bad judgment. Look for Nutter to take some hits in the upcoming months from a number of politicians that back our heroes. The Workers Stand For America rally by labor will bring many national labor leaders to town, as well as some top Democrats. The event is scheduled for Eakins Oval, rain or shine. If it rains, we know JOHNNY DOC will have enough umbrellas out there to cover the multitude expected.
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Re: "Nixon said Carter is making every possible effort to provide leadership...'I think President Carter is trying very hard to provide substance to the imagery which of course every president is interested in.'' --Former President Richard Nixon, TV Guide, Sept 13, 1978 From: Republican National Committee 310 First Street SE Washington DC 20003 1. September 13, 1978: "Dear Mr. Argentina: This is in response to your letter of September 7th which encloses an invoice to the Republican National Committee in the amount of $25,000. To be very honest, I don't know whether your claim that the RNC should pay you $25,000 is serious or not.. .We had nothing to do with the writing of President Nixon's speech delivered on July 2nd..." Sincerely, Edward Cowling, Executive Assistant to Chairman Brock
(Cont. From Page 14) Armed with beer from the Philadelphia Brewing Co. and snacks, the space in front of the Rick Nichols Room at the Reading Terminal Market was transformed into a place where folks could talk about the one thing no one seems to want to talk about these days. Even though the current Most Powerful Man In The World is Black. Some folks thought this whole “let’s put a Black Dude in the White House” thing would make all of America’s racial issues go away. Hey, we can’t be racist; a Black guy’s our President…. But according to Columbia University Professor and Philadelphia Daily News columnist Marc Lamont Hill, more than 400 years of racial issues aren’t going to go away with one election. In fact, between the Birthers, the Tea Party, and some of the other
Waffleman (Cont. From Page 14) was too hot, yet the temperature of the coffee was shown to be exactly what it should have been according to accepted industry standards. Amazingly, a panel of “objective” mediators appointed by the court suggested a settlement that would have rewarded the customer with $62,500. Later, a jury found the defendants not guilty of any negligence and awarded zero dollars, but only after considerable cost to the defendants.
folks that have sprung up to remind us that we’re not nearly as post-racial as some of us want to believe, we get that message all day, every day. So while we might want to get away from race as a topic, we can’t just yet, Hill said. “We live in a country where even mentioning race can get you in trouble,” he said. “If we can’t even talk about it, we have a problem. I don’t even want to live in post-racial society. There’s nothing racist about identifying race. I want us to have a post-racist society, not a post-racial society.” Throughout the evening, people shared their stories and questions about a possible post-racist society. Black-onBlack crime came up. The part that white supremacy plays in Black-on-Black crime came up. Being authentic when dealing with communities and issues of race came up. And it was all pretty interesting. You’re probably wondering why I’m not going to get into much more about the Beer Summit right now. Well, it’s because I’m saving it for something. Starting Aug. 27, I’m going to be in Tampa, Fla. and Charlotte, N.C. covering the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. In addition to bringing you all of the craziness that goes on at these things, I’ll also try to get some answers to the two questions this summit left me with: Can we be postracist? And what part have politics and media played in our current situation regarding race? It should be interesting.
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(c) June 14, 1979 (San Clemente, CA): To: His Eminence John Cardinal Krol, Archbishop of Philadelphia..."As a small token of my admiration and appreciation for his (Pope John Paul II's) courage, wisdom, and eloquence, I am enclosing a ($5,000.00) contribution for your educational fund." With warm regards, Sincerely, Richard Nixon, The Catholic Standard and Times, June 28, 1979 (1) "As a trained educator, Mr. Nixon's largess of $5,000 to the Archdiocesan Education Fund is suspect." ---John Kirkwood, The Catholic Standard and Times, July 1979 (2) "Richard Nixon...earned the most money, via books and TV interviews, from the scandals of his Administration." PARADE, 7.13.80 —Nicola Argentina (c) 2012 Framer of TEA PARTY MOVEMENT
ENJOYING gourmet spread at 27th Ward Democratic dinner were, from left, Councilman Bill Greenlee, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Ward Leader Carol Jenkins and State Rep. Jim Roebuck.
SOCIALIZING at 27th Ward affair were, from left, 30th Ward Leader Marcia Wilkof, 27th Ward Leader Carol Jenkins and Friends of Clark Park President Erin Engelstad. We Gladly Accept Food Coupons
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(b) November 29, 1978 (PARIS): "I do no intend to fade away... I don't intend to go to San Clemente and live the good life and listen to the waves..." --Former President Richard Nixon, UPI
TWO FORMER Democrat 27th Ward Leaders, Mary Goldman, left, and Nancy Ruane, join current Leader Carol Jenkins, right, at ward dinner party at Walnut Hill Restaurant School. Ruane received appreciation award that night.
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(a) July 3, 1978 (Hyden, Ky.): "Tough talk that isn't backed up by strong action is like an empty cannon." --Former President Richard Nixon, UPI (Helen Thomas)
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(Cont. From Page 14) provements to the city center. Have we lost our dedication to these goals? ED RENDELL’S unfortunate comments on the Obama campaign – did he know the GOP would use it? Should we ask ED when he makes public remarks: “Is there a motive, ED?”... HOW about the Gov. CHRISTIE TV AD where he says he and bipartisan citizens are reforming New Jersey? A campaign ad, but where is the campaign? Is Christie wanting to be selected for VICE PRESIDENT? And who are the “bipartisan reformers?” Who paid for that AD? What reform? Michael KRANCER, the State’s environmental chief, is known for a feisty, aggressive style in support of shale-oil drilling. I guess he won’t have to look far to get a job when the Corbett (Corporate) Administration winds down (the sooner the better).... The developers who decided they could afford the cost of hiring only a HALF UNION work-
force for the job, now seem to say expenses are up. A busy last few days with Arthur GREEN’S Summer Party in New Barber’s Hall. Art is a TOP JAZZ musician. Councilman CURTIS JONES held his annual WHITE LINEN party on South Street – a popular event!... BOB MENDELSOHN, photographer about town, gets much praise for his new Ernest Hemingway look. Lovely 53RD WARD Leader Janice SULMAN and her handsome hubby are earning a lot of praise for photos of their beautiful children on FACEBOOK. STATE REP. CURTIS THOMAS presented awards to students for academic achievement. He now is introducing the PHA Boss to the community…. WEBSITES: Congressman BOB BRADY and Senator BOB CASEY have new sites which will interact with you. Casey fundraising has exceeded all goals! LINKEDIN is featuring the GREATER PHILLY VETERANS’ NETWORK. Vets check it out!
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Letters • Letters • Letters (Cont. From Page 12) for student-centered activities, scholarships, and sponsorships for area youth. However, no events occurred during school days or at any time when students were present. The school discontinued the use of the facility in 2010. It is further unfortunate that the Public Record focused on negative issues involving charter schools. The fact is most independent communitybased charter schools such as Harambee are providing children quality educational opportunities in neighborhoods hit hardest by the School District of Philadelphia’s minority dropout crisis. As a K-8 African-centered elementary and middle school, Harambee has been successful in instilling healthy self-esteem and a
love of learning in children at an early age. By the time they move on to high school, our students are not only thinking about graduation — they are making plans for college. Our students have been accepted into all of Philadelphia’s special-admission schools to include Girl’s High, Central High and CAPA, as well as some of the district’s best public charter schools including Imhotep, Prep Charter, Freire Charter School, Boys’ Latin, and Mastery Charter School. And, had the Public Record examined Harambee’s public record, it would have discovered that since 2008 our state test scores have increased by more than 90% in math and more than 60% in reading on the Pennsylvania System of
School Assessment tests. Nearly 30,000 of Philadelphia’s children and teens remain on charter-school waiting lists desperately hoping for safer environments, smaller class sizes and individualized student attention from teachers. Clearly charter schools are doing something right — something the School District either will not or cannot do. The Public Record should add balance into its reporting and take a look at the many lives changed and opportunities gained by some of Philadelphia’s most economically disadvantaged children through a public charterschool education. Masai Skief CEO, Harambee Institute of Science & Technology
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, August 28, 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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TGIF Salutes Nonprofits
TGIFRIDAY’S Parkway restaurant celebrated its patio opening by saluting Phila. Developmental Disabilities Corp. and other nonprofit organizations. Seen here are, from left, Lisa Nutter; Laura Princiotta, COO of PDDC; State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams; and Daniel Halpern, president of Jackmont Hospitality, Inc., which owns two TGIFriday franchises in Phila. Photos by Bonnie Squires
COUNCILMAN Kenyatta Johnson, 2nd from left, congratulates nonprofit business partners of TGIFriday, PDDC staff members Laurence Kelly, Mattie Harrigan and Tim Green. Three clients of PDDC are currently employed byTGIFriday’s on City Avenue.
RADIANT in white is bevy of lovely ladies with their host: from left, Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez, Margie Green, Jazelle Jones, with husband Councilman Curtis Jones, Pattie Krocvick and Barbara Bridges. FROM LEFT, Pattie Krocvick, City Commissioner Stephanie Singer, birthday boy Councilman Curtis Jones and G e o r g e Krocvick celebrate at Ms. Tootsie’s.
GLAD TO hook up with their buddy Councilman Curtis Jones for his birthday are, from left, Nick DiPiero of 21st Ward and 6th Ward Leader Pete Wilson.
EARLY ARRIVALS for VIP Hour at Councilman Curtis Jones’ White Linen Birthday Party were billboard magnates Dominick Cipollini of Keystone Outdoor Advertising and Barbara Bridges of Clear Channel Communications.
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HONORING America’s Unions and their members who bring the benefits of Organized Labor into all communities! Hosted by Tri-State Labor Day Parade and Family Festival Committee and Philadelphia AFL-CIO
COUNCIL SPOUSES, promenading with Councilman Bill Green at White Linen affair, were T ó m a s Sánchez, Scott Bass and Margie Green.
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SOCIAL EVENT of weekend was Councilman Curtis Jones’ White Linen Affair, drawing, from left, State Treasurer Rob McCord, Keith McCall, State Sen. Vincent Hughes’ aide Willie Jordan, host Councilman Curtis Jones, Councilwomen Cindy Bass and Maria Quiñones Sánchez, and State Sen. Anthony Williams. Photos by Donald Terry
HANGING OUT on Saturday night, political consultant Maurice Floyd, left, and City Controller Alan Butkovitz congratulate Councilman Curtis Jones on another birthday.
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Going Strong At 90 MUNICIPAL COURT Judge Fay Stack attended 90th birthday party for Nick Forgione at Boulevard Diner in Somerton. Forgione, former police officer who became a champion bicyclist and charity fundraiser after being diagnosed with cancer in 1983, is a 58th Ward Democratic committeeman and active parishioner at St. Christopher Church.
Butter Ball Will Be Missed GOP At Paddy Whacks AMONG hundreds of celebrities attending funeral of Joe “Butterball” Tamburro at Basilica of St. Peter and Paul were State Rep. Louise Bishop and Congressman Bob Brady aide Ducky Photo by Birts. Leona Dixon
POLITICS at happy hour continues to draw more Republicans to attend regular Tuesday meetings hosted by 5th Ward Leader Michael Cibik at Paddy Whacks in Old City. Attendees get chance to query and listen to top Republican officeholders.
Pearls Of Wisdom KEYSTONE MERCY'S HEALTHY HOOPS
GRADUATES of Universal Companies’ “Pearls of Wisdom” program are flanked by program founder Faatimah Gamble, left, and Cassandra Wooten of State Rep. Cherelle Parker’s staff, at Universal Institute Charter School. Photo by Martin Regusters, Leaping Lion Photography
KEYSTONE MERCY’s annual Healthy Hoops sports gathering at St. Joe’s University brought out several hundred young asthmatics who learned how to handle their problem and still enjoy sports under watchful guidance of local famous coaches Speedy Morris, Sonny Hill, Bill Foxx and Jimmy Baker.
STATE REP. Louise Bishop chats with Sister2Sister magazine Publisher Jamie Foster Brown at Healthy Hoops expo.
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PHA scholars with PHA Interim Executive Director Kelvin Jeremiah and PHA’s Executive Director of Resident & Community Services Dr. Samuel Little. PHA’s high-school-aged residents who have achieved beyond expectations academically were honored during a Young Scholars Conference at Cheyney University. Thirty-five students attended workshops and participated in fun activities. Dr. Samuel Little, PHA deputy executive director for resident and community services, said the number of PHA residents going to college needs to increase many times over. “Students should think about the process while they’re making their way through high school,” Little said. “We often take care of students who are at risk, but
forget about those who are achieving. We know our developments are filled with talented, praiseworthy, model students.” “We are excited to be working with Cheyney University so PHA residents have a chance to attend college and advance themselves personally and professionally,” said Kelvin Jeremiah, PHA interim executive director. “Higher education is critical in today’s job market. Students must develop high levels of skill, including critical thinking skills.” Cheyney University President Dr. Michelle HowardVital welcomed the group, saying, “We are pleased to
host the Philadelphia Housing Authority at Cheyney University. Both are engaged in the prospects of transforming lives. We hope to eventually enroll some high achieving students who live in public housing.” The PHA Board recently executed a memorandum of understanding with Cheyney University that highlights five other initiatives. They include internships at the agency for three students, an expansion of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program which promotes Internet access for residents, business training for residents, and continuing education for PHA employees.
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