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Why Deepening The Port Effects Everyone by Joe Shaheeli Today’s ships are giants compared to those plying the world’s water ways a scant 20 years ago. They run deeper and are wider. This common knowledge has spurred dredging projects in every major port in the world, with most of the busiest deepening their channels down to 50 feet. That is why the Panama and Suez Canals have gone through further expansion, deeper and wider channels, and bigger locks. All want the big ship traffic and the money that goes with it. In turn, these short cuts for the giant ships now traveling over the world’s oceans have made it imperative for east coast ports —-from New York and Northern New Jersey down to our more Southern Ports— to deepen their waterways. The Commonwealth’s only true seaport— the Delaware River shipping channel— has a problem not experienced by any of the others. It has to deepen 102 miles of channel from the Port of Philadelphia to the Delaware Bay an additional five feet from its present depth of 40 feet to 45 feet. That channel varies in width from 1000 feet in the Delaware Bay narrowing to 400 feet between Philadelphia and Camden. Without that additional dredging effort, the port’s future will become relegated to a back bay of inactivity. Ships would eventually cease to come up the river to the Ports of Philadelphia, South Jersey and Wilmington. Thousands of port related jobs will no longer exist. The city of Philadelphia will lose one of its major economic engines, a major tax producer. But, now, as announced at Gov. Tom Corbett’s

major press conference at Philadelphia’s Packard Terminal last week , the Federal Government has committed to infusing the deepening effort with, it’s share of money with the possibility millions of more dollars available as needed. The push to deepen the channel from Philadelphia to the Delaware Bay began in 1983 when Congress directed the Philadelphia District of the Army Corps of Engineers to determine if it made economic sense to deepen the Delaware an additional five feet from the 40-foot depth it has been since World War II. In 1992, after extensive studies, economic and environmental, the District in 1992 concluded “yes.” And in March 2010, after numerous challenges, many more studies and a series of court decisions, all in the District’s favor, the Deepening actually began in a section of the river south of the Delaware Memorial Bridge. To date, two contracts have been awarded and carried to completion, covering a total of 15.5 miles of channel and approximately 4.5 million cubic yards of material at total cost of $37.7 million. A third contract, for a section of the channel from the Walt Whitman Bridge to south of the Philadelphia Airport, was awarded in July. It will cover an additional 9.5 miles and another 1.2 million cubic yards of material, bringing the totals to 25 miles of channel deepened and 5.7 million cubic yards of material removed. This contract was awarded to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company of Oak Brook, I’ll for approximately $15 million. Mother Nature has chipped in. Not all of the

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HISTORIC deepening project will provide thousands more port jobs along their. 102 miles all of those gional Port Authority, The remaining legal chalmiles, nor the entire width which carries the local lenge to the project by in some sections, will re- weight, has provided about New Jersey and some enquire dredging to get down $41 million for the project vironmental groups was to the 45 foot depth. About while the federal govern- tossed out by a federal ap40 percent of the channel is ment about $50 million. peals court last month. already at that depth or What will be needed to finMuch of the dredging lower naturally. ish the dredging is approx- material will be used to The continued strong imately $160 million more help create the proposed pressure by Pennsylvania in federal funding and $60 Southport Terminal along a and Delaware federal, million in local funding, portion of the old Philadelstate, and local elected offi- bringing final costs to $311 phia Naval Base. That macials, as well as from Port million. terial will create quay and stake holders will be necesOne of the hurdles re- storage space and could sary to push for federal and maining had been what to possibly fall short of the local funds since it is esti- do with the additional 10.2 amount of land fill which mated there will be up to million cubic yards of ma- may eventually be needed. six more contracts awarded terial yet to be removed. Credit goes to the to complete the project. That created contention Philadelphia District of the The commitment of our US with New Jersey, whose US Army Corps of Engisenate and congressional environmental groups con- neers for its cooperation delegations has gotten a tinue to dig up old ground with all levels of governpositive response from the in their efforts to denigrate ment and adjacent commuFederal government, which the quality of the river soil. nities as the work has needs to fund at least 65% Many of the sites now se- progressed. Add to their of the overall cost. lected are still in a position efforts, those of elected ofThe Philadelphia Re- to accept more land fill. (Cont. Page 3)

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competitors easy access to the world’s sea lanes.” Delaware, which originally sued to stop the deepening, now publicly supports it to accommodate larger ships and trade expected to come to the East Coast from Asia after the Panama Canal completes its expansion in 2014. Pennsylvania State Rep. William Keller said the linchpin in securing the federal money - $16.7 million this year and $29.4 million in fiscal 2013 - was getting the support of Delaware lawmakers, including U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D., Del.) and Gov. Jack Markell. Gov. Corbett thanked the many dignitaries attending the conference, citing their efforts were essential to keeping this project moving. They included U.S. Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey; U.S. Representatives Brady, John Carney and Pat Meehan; as well as members of the General Assembly, the City government, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority. He concluded “It is this bipartisan spirit in which people worry less about being a Democrat or Republican and instead focus on being

Pennsylvanians that has brought us to this day.” Philadelphia Regional Port Authority Board Chairman Charles Kopp concluded the press conference saying “We still have a while to go, as the shipping channel is 103 miles long. But this show of support from our government leaders and the maritime industry, and keeping in

mind all that we’ve already accomplished, I can’t imagine that we won’t get this project done on time and on budget, and start reaping the rewards.” PRPA is the local sponsor for the Delaware River Main Channel-Deepening Project, partnering with the federal government to fund the deepening of the shipping channel.

CONGRESSMAN Brady tells U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District Commander Lt. Col. Chris Becking “It has taken 14 years to get to this point, and it took a lot of heavy bi-partisan lifting to move the project along.”

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(Cont. From page 2) ficialdom whose steadfast committment through changes of government has remained unwavering. Among the continued goals in front of all are the need to maintain the efficiency of the Port of Philadelphia as a Defense Department “Strategic Port”, which proved itself in the Iraq War, and the creation of thousands of new jobs resulting from the planned new deep water terminals in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. Gov. Corbett has noted the deepening project should be completed by 2017, adding “Studies have estimated deepening this river channel to 45 feet will create 8,000 to 12,000 direct jobs and spin off as many as 38,000 more throughout the region.” While Corbett is bullish on deepening the Delaware to accommodate bigger ships, promote commerce, and create jobs, his Republican counterpart across the river, N.J. Gov. Cris Christie remains staunchly opposed, citing economic and environmental grounds. In reality, shippers report “His northern terminals do not want to see business taken away by providing their southern

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Voter ID Battle Aids Dem Turnout

by Joe Shaheeli No matter how the Pennsylvania courts decide the legality of the Voter Photo ID law and the “who’s right, who’s wrong” controversy as to the numbers disenfranchised from voting by the State’s Voter ID law, what is sure is the Democrats have created enough fuss to energize their voting base and effectively ensured a massive turnout for President Barak 14TH WARD Committeewoman and 2nd Vice Chair Edna Obama. Until the State Devlin explains current voting procedures to citizen at sen- Supreme Court intervenes, ior center on Fairmount Avenue, as part of voter-outreach challenges to any court deciprogram sponsored by State Rep. Curtis Thomas. sions, will only cloud the validly of the legislation. Not a day has gone by without elected Democrat officials appearing at pop-up forums condemning the legislation. Recreation centers, day camps, Sunday Schools have become sites for get out the vote events. Voting machines are available at most of these events for those who might need a lesson in how to use them. The political conversation is focused on identifying and getting proper IDs for those planning to vote. Many elected Democrats FRESH MAN 8th Dist. City Councilwoman Cindy Bass, 2nd have foregone their vacations from left, was treated to intimate funder event in penthouse to involve themselves in that of developer Jon Orens, center, at 22nd & Arch Streets overeffort knowing well a riled up looking Schuylkill River last evening. Bass discussed busiDemocrat base is one that will ness growth and business roadblocks with her fans, as well come out and push the big D as state of education in Phila.

STATE REP. Ronald Waters and his staff set up mobile office at Grace Court Apartments, an affordable housing complex for senior citizens, and assisted residents with variety of services. They aided seniors in completing birth certificate requests and offered assistance with filling out the free voter ID applications. button. plaintiffs and defendants exThe Republican presence pected to jam the proceedings. in this city has cautiously re- State Sen. Anthony Williams frained from involving itself, and much of the Democrat hoping maybe Democrat senatorial caucus entered as claims of almost a million vot- amicus curia. They contend ers face disenfranchisement “the challenged legislation in was an answer to their this case would deny the exerprayers. cise of a fundamental right to Summer day after summer a significant portion of Pennday, rallies and voter instruc- sylvania’s voters. By the tion courses have bloomed state’s own estimates, the size around the city, especially in of this group exceeds the marthose areas were state senators gin of the statewide victory and representatives see the po- for the winning Presidential tential for a massive turnout. candidate in 2008”. A court decision on the Though arguments about Voter ID legality was ex- the numbers that could be dispected at any time this week, enfranchised conflict in size with a record number of depending upon who is offerState Rep.

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(Cont. From Page 4) efforts, announcing this week it has added more info and instructions to its VotesPA.com, and doing the same on Facebook and Twitter. VotesPA.com features a new layout to assist voters in finding information about which photo IDs are acceptable, and how to obtain a valid ID. Seeking to inform and update voters on the photo requirements of the new voter ID law, state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood and state Sen. Shirley M. Kitchen co-hosted a news conference where they and several voting rights advocates gave a comprehensive overview of that issue. Their efforts have been replicated across the political spectrum by state and city elected Democrats. The City Commissioners have been doing yeoman work in getting out the right information for those in doubt as to the validity of their voter IDs. If the Voter ID case drags through the courts until the election, look for various County Election Boards to provide broad instructions as to interpretations of the law by their poll workers. Expect Democrat controlled Boards, such as this city’s County Commissioners, to allow minor discrepancies in photo ids to be ignored, especially when obvious common sense interpretation by

MEN'S SOFTBALL league trophies stand ready to be awarded to Young Bucks who defeated Seniors at annual softball game, one of many events marking Old Southwark PHA housing reunion week. Co-sponsors included Friends of Sacks, 2nd Dem Ward leader Ed Nesmith, IamFocused.org, Love Fellowship Baptist Church and Phila. 76ers. Among attendees were former neighborhood ENJOYING the South Philadelphia starts Lionel Simmons and 5th Street annual Reunion last Sat- PROVIDING some of the exciting entertainment at Scoop Jardine. urday were Kiesba Haynes, Dou- the 5th Street Reunion were these members of the Photos by Baba Bob Shipman. glas Nesmith and Robert Johnson. KAND-D Band. Photo by Leona Dixon.

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Health Partners of Philadelphia, Inc., the not-for-profit, managed care health insurance organization, is among Modern Healthcare’s 2012 Best Places to Work in Healthcare. Health Partners was recognized by the national magazine as among the 100 most outstanding healthcare employers in the country. Modern Healthcare is a national source of healthcare business/policy news, research and information. Its recognition program honors workplaces that provide employees with the supAttorneys are both board certified by the American Bankruptcy Certification Board. Chapters 7/13 & Stop foreclosures, creditors harassments, lawsuits, garnishments, and sheriff sales.

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tion in an annual consumer survey; is rated as “Excellent,” the highest level possible, by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA); and was the first plan in the nation to receive NCQA’s Multicultural Health Care Distinction. In 2009, the company launched KidzPartners, which provides free or low-cost health insurance to uninsured children and

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Citizens CEO Wins PAL Award

PAL honored Dan Fitzpatrick, right, president & CEO of Citizens Bank, with its 2012 PAL award at annual award dinner. Mayor Michael Nutter, left, said PAL is now in its 65th year of “Cops Helping Kids” making a positive impact on their lives.

Yeadon Mayor Honors Huggins

YEADON MAYOR Delores Butler, left, honored Congressman Bob Brady's Committeewoman and community organizer Kathy Huggins for lifetime achievement at a reception. Huggins, an elected Delegate to the Democrat National Convention from the lst Congressional District. Joining in congratulating Huggins were Jeremy Fern, Legislative Candidate; Marilyn Sawyer, Philly Mayor's office; Kathy Huggins; and 51st Ward Leader Vivian Miller. Photo by Joe Stivala

Solomon Charter Opens Its Doors Solomon Charter School, a new Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved public charter school that will offer a blend of classroom and cyber learning experiences, is opening this September in Philadelphia and accepting applications for enrollment for students entering grades 6–11. The following academic year (2013-2014) will include K – 12. Solomon Charter School is located at 1209 Vine Street in Center City. In addition, Solomon Charter School is currently hosting public in-

formation sessions at the school each Tuesday and Wednesday evening in July and August from 6:00 –7:00 p.m. and other times by appointment. Solomon Charter School is one of the first approved American “hybrid” public schools, a model sometimes referred to as “bricks and clicks.” Studies have shown that combining the best aspects of traditional classroom learning with online classes produce one of the most effective learning environments.


SEVENTH annual Beech Interplex, Inc. Jazz On the Avenue Festival drew thousands to Cecil B. Mooe from Broad to 19th Streets. lined Also stopping by the 2012 Jazz on the Ave. Beech Interplex Pres. Ken Scott escorts Congressman Bob Brady’s Chief of Staff Shirley Gregory and Pa. State Sen. Shirley Kitchen.

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ROBERT KENYATTA and Violin Diva Charisa Dowe Rowe were among performing groups entertaining along Cecil B. Moore Ave. Beech Interplex has leveraged over $1 Billion in community reinvestment funds in the North Philadelphia community. Since 1990, Beech has built over 1,000 units of affordable housing throughout North Philadelphia. Photos by Vincent Thompson/Thompson Mediaman Communications

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CONGRATULATING Beech Interplex, Inc. Pres. Ken Scott on turnout was Pennsylvania Congressman Bob Brady staffer Donald “Ducky” Birts, left.

Worst School Scholarships For Students $50 million can be donated for scholarships beginning in the fall. “These newly-released numbers showing just how many students are trapped in failing schools are a clear indication that more educational options are needed in Pennsylvania,” said Kevin P. Chavous, a senior advisor to the American Federation for Children. “We’re pleased that the Educational Opportunity Scholarship Act will be joining the state’s existing school choice options in the school year ahead.” The new cap for the expanded EITC program, which currently serves more than 40,000 students

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More than 242,000 Pennsylvania students living in the attendance boundary of 414 of the state’s worst-performing schools could be eligible to receive a scholarship to attend the private school of their parents’ choice, thanks to a new private school choice program created last month. A total of 414 schools in 74 school districts are eligible to participate in the Educational Opportunity Scholarship Act, a new scholarship tax credit program signed into law last month to complement the existing—and now expanded—Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. The new program allows children from low- and middleincome families who live in the attendance area of the lowest-performing 15 percent of Pennsylvania schools to receive a scholarship to attend a participating private school. Pennsylvania’s lowest-performing schools are located in 38 different counties across the state, according to the state Department of Education. Up to


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Mortgage Aid Program Back Harrisburg– Governor Tom Corbett reports Pennsylvania has received the $66.5 million cash portion of the previously announced $25 billion state-federal settlement with the nation’s five largest mortgage loan servicers. Pennsylvania’s share of this money will be used to assist homeowners with various housing issues, most notably with home foreclosure, through the Homeowners’ Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program, or HEMAP.

“With the receipt of these funds, HEMAP will now begin accepting applications,” Corbett said. “The foreclosure prevention assistance provided by HEMAP directly helps families in danger of foreclosure. This multi-year funding for HEMAP will not only help troubled homeowners, but will play a role in restoring the health of our state’s housing industry.” HEMAP is slated to receive 90 percent of Pennsylvania’s share of the settlement funding during a multi-year period,

with the remaining 10 percent to be split between consumer protection services provided by the state Attorney General’s Office and legal assistance for consumers related to housing issues. HEMAP will receive an additional $6 million this year to address an anticipated backlog of foreclosure applicants. “We’re grateful to Governor Corbett, Attorney General Kelly and the legislature for making this funding available,” said Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) Executive Di-

rector and CEO Brian A. Hudson Sr. “HEMAP has a proven track record for working to keep families in their homes, which helps communities as a whole. Many families and neighborhoods will benefit from this renewed funding for HEMAP.” Homeowners who are at least three months delinquent on their mortgage may be eligible for assistance through HEMAP. Homeowners interested may contact PHFA tollfree during weekday business hours at 1-800-342-2397.

(Cont. From Page 5) Josephs. Sims To Party Hardy

Rep. Babette Josephs is hosting a party for Brian Sims who defeated her in the Democrat primary for the 182nd Legislative Seat. It’s called a Unification Party. One of the results could be he’ll pick up some of her hardworking staff. The party, open to all is scheduled for Monday. Sept. 17, at 1315 Spruce Street from 6 to 8 p.m. No charge at the door and for info contact Seth Skversky at sethskversky@gmail.com or 215-208-7050. Libertarians Need Many Volunteers

Dr. Tom Stevens, Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania State Chair, needs volunteers in a hurry. He writes “On August 1 we submitted nearly 50,000 petition signatures to get Gary Johnson and Judge Gray on the ballot in Pennsylvania. Only 20,601 signatures were required so we qualified for ballot access and as of now Gary Johnson will be on the ballot. However, on August 8 our petitions were challenged by those we believe are associated with the Republican Party, who fear Gary Johnson will draw votes away from Mitt Romney this November. “In the first stage of this challenge, there is an allegation that 26,000 petition signers were not registered to vote. While

Babette, Sims Rally there are no grounds for this statement, the Court has ordered the Libertarian Party to supply a minimum of 20 individuals each day commencing Monday, August 20, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to check all 26,000 signatures at the Board of Elections to verify whether they are registered voters. If we don’t have those volunteers, we cannot defend this challenge and Gary Johnson will not be on the ballot in Pennsylvania. “The review of the more than 26,000 signatures will take place at the Philadelphia Board of Elections, 520 N. Delaware Avenue under the supervision of Court personnel with the assistance of City of Philadelphia election employees, with the objective of stipulating to the validity or invalidity of these signatures. “I call upon all who can make it to Philadelphia the week of August 20-24, 2012 to volunteer to help. I will be there all five (5) days. It would be very helpful if volunteers can participate for multiple days, but even one day will be highly appreciated. “The Volunteer Coordinator for this effort is Roy Minet, He can be contacted at 717-8986142 (any time of the day or night) or at roy.minet@comcast.net. He will provide you with more details about how to get to the Philadelphia Board of Elections at 520 N. Delaware Avenue”.

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Another Opinion city traffic and guarantee the safety of the passengers. You can’t defend yourself and drive a bus. Many of the loops at the end of the bus routes are in isolated areas. This puts the drivers and passengers waiting in the bus in jeopardy. It’s time for transit workers to be in the protected status. We need to see an increase in the penalty for attacks on transit employees. TWU Local 234 is in full support of the State Bill 236 sponsored by PA Senator Tina Tartaglione bill to protect Transit Workers who are at risk of violence in the workplace. Senator Tartaglione introduced this legislation to add public transit workers to the protected class. This status applies to occupations such as police officers and firefighters. Any attack against someone in this

category is classified as an aggravated assault. I reached out to Pennsylvania representatives to support this Bill. House Representative, John Taylor has committed to introduce a similar bill in the House. Other states have adopted stiffer penalties for assaulting transit workers. It’s time for Pennsylvania to do the same. Legislation addresses one aspect of the problem, but this issue demands immediate and direct action in a variety of ways. TWU will work with SEPTA, and our elected officials to raise the level of protection. I propose to form a Task Force to address violence in public transportation. We must make certain that transit workers and riders are not targets for violence any longer. The Mayor and I talked about this issue. We are exploring ways to prevent future attacks. TWU officers are developing a plan that includes input from bus operators. One idea is to increase security at bus loops. In order to find solutions, TWU will work with SEPTA and the riding public to identify actions to protect the riding public and transit workers.

Aug. 17- Bobbie Carter Foundation Diabetes Games Nightpm at Park Ave. Banquet Ha., 4942 Parkside Ave., 6-8:30 p.m. Buffet and wine sampling $5. For info Yanina Carter (267) 5862268. 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. 20- Rick Hellberg to address local Tea Party members at Prudential Savings Bank, 1834 Oegon Av., parking in rear at 7 pm. All invited. 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. Aug. 25- State Senator Anthony H. Williams invites all to Family Fun Day at Nile Swim Club, 513 S. Union Avenue, Yeadon.. This

event is totally free and will offer swimming, moon bounces, music, food, and a basketball segment. For info call Senator Anthony Williams’ District office at 215.492.2980. 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. 8 - State and City elected officials will honor Philadelphia boxer Kelly Ryan for her accomplishments at the Ringside World Championships at Pennsylvania Veteran Boxers Association Clubhouse at 3 pm. For details, call Fred Druding, Jr. at (215) 221-2374. Sep. 9- Doo Wop Festival benefiting Phila. Veterans Multi Service & Ctr. at Penn’s Landing, 12-6 p.m. Free. For info (215) 9232600.

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by John Johnson Jr., President, Transit Workers Union Local 234 Over 50 assaults on SEPTA employees have been recorded so far this year. This is more than double the 20 assaults documented last year in total. An attack on one operator affects all of us. Bus drivers not just caught in a cross fire, we’re the targets. I operated a bus for 7 years during my career at SEPTA. I had my life threatened at gun point while behind the wheel. Bus drivers have been heroes getting riders out of danger. It’s time to protect these hard working men and women. An attack on the operator puts everyone in the vicinity in danger, the passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians. A bus driver has to operate a forty foot vehicle through

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Unprecedented! A classic! An event long to be remembered! There are more accolades that can be added, but pictures do more to tell the story of what took place at Eakins Oval on the Parkway under the shadow of the Art Museum last Saturday as 44,000 union members gathered to demonstrate their need for a “Second Bill of Rights”. Those pictures will be found on pages 11 and 15 of this issue, a photo memorial of the magnitude of the event that drew union leaders, elected officials, and the rank and file and their families together. Clearly one can understand why Philadelphia enjoys the reputation of being a strong union town where projects go up faster and with lesser costs because of experienced, trained union workers. Commendation goes to the Philadelphia AFL-CIO and its members in the Building Trades. Handling all the chores to insure the thousands gathered smoothly was IBEW Local 98 Business Manager John J. Dougherty. Every DC was involved. None stinted in their contribution to the event’s success. Also to be commended are those out of town unions who understood the meaning of the event, the need to demonstrate the sad economic plight in which the middle class now finds itself. And, kudos to union families, together with toddlers, who joined the march to the Parkway. They understood the rally was for them and their participation showed their gratitude someone was looking after their welfare and interest.


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On Monday US Congressmen Joe Pitts and Charlie Dent were at the Republican PA Party’s Victory office in Philadelphia for a press conference to discuss the Romney/Ryan team. Donna Parisi, local small business owner was there to back the team. Parisi, Dent and Pitts were introduced to the press and the standing room only crowd by David Kralle, candidate for State Representative 169th District. Parisi who owns A Childs Place, a pre-school care company, spoke of the challenges of managing a small business “that she built” in the current economy. She believes that the Romney/Ryan team is the best answer for our economy. Dent and Pitts spoke about their personal experiences working with Paul Ryan in the US Congress. Late last week the Philadelphia Victory office was officially opened with a press conference with Romney’s former Lt Governor, Kerry Healy. Healy after the press conference moved on to a luncheon at the Philadelphia Hilton for the “Women for Mitt”. Healy debunked the Democratic claim that the Republicans are engaged in a war against women. She pointed out that women are very concerned with the economy and the high unemployment rate. She and the women in the room believe that Romney has the skills and experience to turn the economy around. She also noted that Romney not only believes that women are equal, but he has acted on it. He chose a woman to be his lt. governor, one half of his cabinet were women and his long time chief of staff, Beth Meyers was tasked with vetting his possible Vice Presidential running mates. Giving women handouts through entitlement programs may be nice, but giving them key positions is empowering. On Sunday John Fund was in Philadelphia to discuss voter fraud and his new book “Who’s Counting: How Fraudsters (Cont. Page 12)

There are certain things that people associate with Philadelphia, but aren’t necessarily prized by Philadelphians. Add to this list of great things our city has produced but doesn’t always support: Philadanco. Philadanco, which was founded in 1970 by Joan Myers Brown, is considered one of the world’s finest dance companies. The school that preceded it has been training dancers for 53 years and the company itself has been delighting audiences for 43 years. But when it takes the stage to perform here in Philly as part of the Kimmel Center’s Dance Series, it is often does so to empty seats, Myers Brown said. “A lot of people don’t, even the kids that are in my dance school, don’t come see Philadanco,” she said. “In Germany, a guy said, ‘Oh, they love you in Germany. Everybody in Germany knows you. You’re not as popular as Pepsi, but everybody knows Philadanco.’ I thought it was a compliment. Okay, so if they know Philadanco in Germany, what’s wrong with Philadelphia?” Philadanco will celebrate its first Founder’s Day with a performance at the Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park on Friday night at 7. Included in the performance will be D-2 and D-3, the company’s two student ensembles, and guest artists Maurice Hines, Rennie Harris/RHAW, Dance Iquail, and Philadanco alumni including Anthony Burrell, who is currently the lead dancer for Beyonce. The company, which has performed around the world, began as an offshoot of the dance school, Myers Brown said. Because the African American dancers coming out of her West Philadelphia studio were being met with roadblocks, she felt (Cont. Page 12)

Yo! Here we go again with these loony lawsuits from the great Wolverine State, where legal action seems to be the main social activity. Woman sues child after ice-skating collision A 12-year-old girl was skating at a public ice rink in Berkley, Mich. when she ran into another skater and knocked her down, causing a knee injury to the fallen skater. The injured woman sued the girl. The trial court dismissed the case, saying that the child’s manner was not reckless. The trial court stated the accident occurred during an open skating session at the ice rink and there are certain risks that must be assumed by participants in recreational activities, especially on ice, which is in itself dangerous because of its slippery and hard nature. Sadly, a panel of the Court of Appeals reversed the trial-court decision and allowed the case to go to trial. Fortunately for the girl and her family, the Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals, stating, “When one combines the nature of ice with the relative proximity of skaters of various abilities, a degree of risk is readily apparent....” Homeowner sues, saying: “This dust is trespassing!” A Michigan couple sued the owners of a nearby business, claiming that dust, noise and vibrations invaded their property and therefore were trespassing. A jury actually found in their favor, but a Court of Appeals panel overturned the jury’s verdict. The Appeals court stated noise, vibrations and dust are intangible objects and cannot be considered as trespassers. Homeowners sued by cleaning lady who mistakes firecracker for a candle A woman from Grand Haven, Mich. filed a lawsuit for more than $25,000 after she was injured by a firecracker she took from a condominium that she had cleaned. While dining later with friends at a restaurant, the woman lit the firecracker, claiming that she mistakenly thought it was a decorative candle. The explosion resulted in severe injuries to the woman. She sued the owners of the condo for leaving the firecracker behind without a warning on it. The condo owners said they had placed the device, which looks like a “huge firecracker,” in a cupboard to keep it away from the children after someone left it at their house after a party. Bowler’s lawsuit is a real turkey A woman sued a bowling alley, claiming she slipped and fell on an icy pothole which resulted (Cont. Page 12

Now that Michael Nutter has secured his second term, he should be focused on the future. That future may not be in Philadelphia, but in the administration of President Barack Obama. Nutter would be an articulate voice as Secretary of Urban Affairs and Housing or Secretary of Commerce. Many in Philadelphia would be happy to see him go. The administration seems incapable of taking any real action. In addition, it’s common knowledge a lame duck Mayor has only one place to go and that is down, unless he leaves office for a better opportunity. If Nutter leaves soon, who would be left in charge? Under the current city ordinance the President of City Council, Darrell Clarke would become Mayor. If Clarke took over for Mayor Nutter, what would become of the candidacies of Senator Anthony Williams, District Attorney Seth Williams, City Councilman Bill Green, City Controller Alan Butkovitz or any other interested candidate. Clearly Clarke would be able to get a huge heard start, fundraise, make deals, and make friends to such an extent that he would be unbeatable. Look for the rest of the field to beg Nutter to stay. There are those that believe Obama could actually lose Pennsylvania. He must have a huge Philadelphia turnout to win. Some think that the Voter ID law, if it stands, will actually suppress the vote enough to give Romney the state. But it appears that the public is turning against the Voter ID law substantially. Even some conservative Republicans find the law offensive. And most Pennsylvanians find it cynical ploy that defies fair play. The passage of the law may actually have the reverse effect of energizing a higher turnout and better organization by the Democrats. It could increase turnout and improve Obama’s (Cont. Page 12)

THE STAND UP FOR AMERICA RALLY brought 44,000 attendees, national and local labor leaders as well as concerned citizens. The rally has nationally dramatized the plight of the working American (and those unemployed). It will be duly noted at the Democrat Convention in CHARLOTTE, the logistical leviathan holding it together was John Dougherty of IBEW, Local 98., ...LOCAL #19 SHEET METAL WORKERS worked the internet, and put out breaking news on the STAND UP FOR AMERICA RALLY as it happened. BRYAN BUSH, Business Manager, and TODD FARALLY did the lion’s share. JOE RISPO, Political Director, was a top coordinator. Bravo #19! ...ALL SPEAKERS at the event were superb. But BOB BRADY, and a minister from PICA captured the cheers of ALL participants. BRADY is the only congressman with a 100% labor voting record. Brady is supporting the Return to PRUDENT BANKING Act to prevent future fiscal failure. ...HELEN GYM moaned about GOP cuts in education. Not too long ago, she railed against the $8m paid to so-called “political clerks” in the Board of Revision. It took money away from education of our kids, she said. Yet the revenue generated by the BRT made their salary 1/2000th of revenue., Then the clerks became Civil Service, and now it COSTS MORE to pay them - not to mention millions showered on that unit (Now called OPA) for new hires. The $8m was peanuts from the $300-a-week take home pay of the clerks compared to the CORBETT CATACLYSMIC CUTS. ...A rally speaker spoke of how some employers do not honor pay agreements as they feel that the law does not apply to them. Unionists in the crowd then shouted “TELL IT TO THE MAYOR.” They were not LOCAL #22 firefighter members whose award is not implemented. If the mayor “kicks the issue” down a long road, they it will be DUMPED on the NEXT MAYOR. People ask me who I prefer for mayor from the field of candidates. It will be the one who gets a broom, and sweeps clean some appointments now in place. ...HARRY ENGASSER, Ward #45 Leader is set to work for Congressman BOB BRADY in the new areas of the Brady district. BRUZ Harry is tops with constituent service....ED (Cont. Page 12)


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CWA hosted rank and file and out of state members to fill two blocks with marchers on Race Street who proceeded to IUPAT District Council 21 yellow shirted march en masse meet thousands of fellow union members at Workers Stand IBEW member Erin Doherty emceed signing of Workers to Workers Rights rally on Parkway. Police estimated 44,000 for America Rally on Parkway last Saturday. Photo by Paul Gottlieb Bill of Rights at Independence Hall Visitor Center day be- were in attendance. Photo by Joe Stivala. fore massive workers rally on Parkway as Henry Nicholas, National Hospital Workers Director affixes his signature.

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Photos by Joe Stivala.

CONGRESSMAN Bob Brady and Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO President Pat Eiding were among dignitaries attending signing ceremony of Workers Bill CARRYING IBEW Local 98 Banner were members of vanguard of Local's turnout at rally. Local 98 hosted fellow elecof Rights. trical unions from as far west as Ohio. Photo by Joe Stivala.

LDC 332 leaders welcome International General President Terence O'Sullivan to Workers Rights Rally. With him, from left, are Ryan Boyer, business manager LDC; Samuel Staten, Sr., 332; O'Sullivan; Local 57 business manager Walter Higgins, and Local 57 retiree president Michael Daniels.

WELCOMING long time Philadelphian International IUPAT President Jimmy Williams and his son Jimmy,Jr., DC 21 Political Director Joe Ashdale, right, introduces Conwere Congressman Bob Brady and Local DC 21 President LOCAL 57's Mike Carfagno is seen here waiting for march- gressman Bob Brady to Suzi Person, president of DC21's Harry Williams. Young Lions group. ing signals with members of his local. COUNCILMAN BILL G r e e n shows his union support with " B u i l d Union Buy America" shirt. Photo by

Congressman Bob Brady SHERIFF JEWELL Wil- pumps up crowd with pro liams sports pro-union colors union rally cry at Workers United Stand for America. at High noon rally. Photo by Rory McGlasson

Photo by Rory McGlasson

MOM AND DAUGHTER Lisa and Barbara Deeley sport the old school political hats very well at welcome reception. Photo by Rory McGlasson

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WARD LEADER MATT Myers forgot to put on his hat, but John Dougherty Sr., State Rep. Ed Neilson, Former Congressman Ozzie Myers and ILA union leader Kevin Carroll didn't for- LOCAL 13000 President, Jim Gardler and his daughter address CWA Rally on Race Street get to wear theirs at pre-fally party. Photo by Rory McGlasson outside Verizon offices. Photo by Paul Gottlieb

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Over 44,000 people attend Workers United Stand for America at Eakins Oval rally. Photo by Rory McGlasson

PRESIDENT of PA AFL-CIO Richard AFL-CIO President Richard Bloomingdale and Philadelphia AFLTrumka rallies troops at rally CIO Pres. Pat Eiding are delighted with turn out at Workers Stand for on Eakins Oval. Photo by Rory McGlasson America. Photo by Rory McGlasson


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Out & About (Cont. From Page 10) she had to do something. “Ten years after I had my school, the kids I was training, when I sent them out thinking that they were going to do other things, they’d bounce back to me saying we can’t get a job, we go to the white schools and they don’t want us, the Pennsylvania Ballet doesn’t have any black kids and so forth,” she said. “And the girls at that time didn’t leave home,” Myers Brown continued. “You didn’t

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(Cont. From Page 10) in a disc herniation. She claimed no previous back problems, but her medical records showed numerous lower back problems over the past 10 years, and she was diagnosed with lumbar radiculitis the previous year. Bowling-alley league records proved that she completed the remaining 14 WEEKS of the season after the alleged fall. In addition, a meteorologist testified that weather conditions for that day could not have formed ice. A jury determined the bowling alley was not at fault.

leave home until you got married or went to college or something. So they didn’t want to go to New York or California or anyplace. And so, then I said okay, well maybe if I start a little dance group because the Links and the AKAs always want someone to dance for free; to give them something to do and to make them move on. Most of them stayed with me for the first eight years before I had to transition out. And they they started moving into the (Alvin) Ailey Company. At first I was devastated, I was losing all my dancers. But it was a positive relationship between Ailey and myself.” (Editor’s Note: The Alvin Ailey Dance Company is known for featuring some of the best African American dancers in the world. Judith Jamison, a Philadelphia native, recently retired as its artistic director.) And 43 years later, the company is still going strong…but it could use a little help financially. Here’s how you can do that Out and About readers. You can get a ticket (or three, or four, heck, take the entire family) to see Philadanco on Friday night. Tickets are $10 (lawn seats), $15, (family and friends), $25 (general admis-

sion), $35 (Danco alumni seating) and $100 (VIP). Next week: We get ready for the Republican National Convention and all of the fun and frolic it guarantees. I’m looking for just the right biting fly repellant for my trip to Tampa.

City Hall (Cont. From Page 10) performance in the state. The bill’s author State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe certainly didn’t have that result in mind when he worked with Majority Leaders Mike Turzai and Dominic Pileggi to pass the bill through the legislature. Contrary to reports, former State Senator Vince Fumo is doing well in federal prison. He is preparing to leave in less than a year. His federal probation officer has already met with Fumo’s family and his matriculation back to freedom should be a smooth one. What will the once powerful Senator do upon his release? There are rumors he may become a powerful lobbyist and other rumors that he may simply retire to Florida. There are also at least six potential books that could be written about the “Prince”. Only one is currently in the works.

In The Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County Civil Action – Law No. 120503587 Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure Midfirst Bank, Plaintiff vs. The Unknown Heirs of Ethel M. Cooley, Deceased & Joyce Hudson, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Ethel M. Cooley, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant(s) To: The Unknown Heirs of Ethel M. Cooley, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant(s), whose last known address is 6560 North Uber Street, Philadelphia, PA 19138. This firm is a debt collector and we are attempting to collect a debt owed to our client. Any information obtained from you will be used for the purpose of collecting the debt. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff, Midfirst Bank, has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to No. 120503587, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 6560 North Uber Street, Philadelphia, PA 19138, whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County. Notice: You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford one, go to or telephone the office set forth below. This office can provide you with information about hiring a lawyer. If you cannot afford to hire a Lawyer, this office may be able to provide you with information about agencies that may offer legal services to eligible persons at a reduced fee or no fee. Phila. Bar Assoc., One Reading Center, Phila., PA 19104, 215-238-6333. Community Legal Services, Inc., Law Center North Central, Phila., PA 19140, 215-227-2400 or 215-981-3700. Michael T. McKeever, Atty. for Plaintiff, KML Law Group, P.C., Attys. for Plaintiff, Ste. 5000, Mellon Independence Center, 701 Market St., Phila., PA 19106-1532, 215.627.1322.

Elephant (Cont. From Page 10) and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk”. He spoke at the Independence Hall Tea party’s seminar “Wining in 2012: Maximizing the Vote; Minimizing the Fraud”. Fund spoke on a panel emceed by radio host Dom Giordano. Other panelist included local GOP attorney, Linda Kerns and political analyst, Rich Zeoli. Fund’s panel focused on voter fraud and the need for voter ID. A second panel on “get out the vote” included Martin Gillespie, NE Regional Director of the American Majority and Matt Rooney, Esq and founder of saveJersey.com. Last Thursday, the National Republican Lawyers Association (NRLA) had an event at the offices of Blank Rome. The keynote speaker was US

The Beat (Cont. From Page 10) MCBRIDE, EOM Club Leader, had to be in ANGLESEA to Coordinate the Mount CARMEL reunion. JOE FOX, City HIBERNIAN leader, was on hand in Keenan’s for their HUNGER PROJECT FR. Two top men, well respected for caring. GASWORKERS #686 had a top time at their KEENAN’S summer event. ...MARK SQUILLA will be honored in Keenan’s tomorrow night. His first 100 days in office, alongwith Councilman HENON, have been days of lightening accomplishment. Saturday in Keenan’swill feature a DOUBLE HEADER with the Local #98 DOWN UNDER Party, and OPERATING ENGINEERS events. LITTLE FLOWER High School will gather at WESTY’s. Mary FOGG, a graduate, is being talked up to run for Anglesea Mayor. ...JO Joblow, committeewoman from Ward #51,10th Division was on hand to honor 34th Ward Committeewoman Kathy HUGGINS at Mayor BUTLER”S home in Yeadon Borough. Jo Jo is an erstwhile aide to her leader, Vivian MILLER. ...WHEN you read that the CORBETT Administra-

Congressman Pat Meehan. Meehan not only spoke of his experience in Congress as a member of the Homeland Security Committee, but also of his time as a prosecutor both as the US Attorney for Southern PA and District Attorney of Delaware County. Linda Kerns, co-chair the Southeastern PA chapter of NRLA was the master of ceremonies. The event was well attended and attracted a number of nonattorneys including Republican City Committee Chair Rick Hellberg and committeewomen Barbara Coxe and Beth Elkins. Local Republican attorneys in attendance Michael Adler and Chris Lin, as well as ward leaders Lindsay Doering and Matt Wolfe. Next Monday there will be a fundraiser in Meadowbrook for Joe Rooney, the Republican candidate for US Congress, 13th District. The event is notable in that it is

sponsored in part by Bob Asher, a major political fundraiser and one of PA’s two representatives on the Republican National Committee. Four US Congressmen Charlie Dent, Mike Fitzpatrick and Pat Meehan are part of the host committee. The participation of these individuals in the event signals to this elephant the party is taking Rooney seriously, which is more than justified. The incumbent Congresswoman in the 13th District, Alison Schwartz, is vulnerable. Two years ago a grossly unfunded Republican candidate took 43% of the vote. While the district has changed and become more Democratic, the increase in Democrats has largely been in Regan Democratic Northeast Philadelphia. We believe this constituent may relate better to Rooney, the retired Marine pilot, than the wife of a suburban doctor.

tion is appealing rulings by the State’s Office of OPEN Records, you might have shortness of breath. The same is happening in New Jersey. Does anyone know if the GOV had a American History or Civic class back in grade school? ...City Controller ALLEN BUTKOVITZ’S calling the mayor’s 5-year plan “Irresponsible” is right! The mayor’s letter to PICA saying that he will close a health center, cut library hours, and lay off hundreds if he has to pay the Firefighter’s Arbitration Award. This will not make him a lot of friends, and not as many as a kid on Facebook in a single session. ...CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT Darrell CLARKE will monitor the needed rescue of the Divine Lorraine Hotel. Union workers will be NEEDED. How about the BUERY BUILDING at Broad and Erie NEXT, Councilman? Councilman Curtis JONES will open a 2nd district office at 5462 Ridge Avenue..... ...FIRE COMMISSIONER Lloyd AYRES reports that the Fire Department’s drama contest was successfully held at St. Joseph’s University for finalists...AYRES presented a Fire Chief Helmet to his Goodwill Ambassador Child, Yuva Gambir. And the Mus-

cular Dystrophy Association visited ENGINE #54 to make a presentation for their top “Fill-a-Boot” campaign. The association also thanked LOCAL #22 for their help. ...Donald TRUMP turned down a prime time speech offer at the GOP Convention, I said “darn.” Obama might have gained votes.....Judicial candidate MARTIN COLEMAN is a talented musician, and has been playing for VETERANS for years. His next recital is Oct 2nd at the VA Hospital. Thanks for his service to our vets!!. LAWMAKERS: It is warming to see all the energy of REP. Vanessa BROWN on National Night Out, and on VOTER ID Education.... REPS. Mike MC GEEHAN and Louise BISHOP are jumping for joy in behalf of revival of the Mortgage Assistance Program. They are beating the drums for it. REP. Curtis THOMAS was appointed to Select Committee on PROPERTY TAXES. Not a moment too soon. Please study hard any AVI proposed legislation!! ...When is a situation NOT FAIR? a Harvard-London study seems to conclude that it is not so unfair to have money taken, as the way taken - when it makes the taker better off than a victim..


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A Horse And Pony Show centive-based program, is likely a low priority for review. At the same time she says, the City is accountable for reporting the details of contracts with outside vendors. “It’s fair to expect a city policy endorsed by the City is one where there’s readily available public information about what the City is doing, certainly expenditure of public funds. The public should have access to that information,” she commented. Looking for answers, we conducted a survey of 36 Philadelphians on a Sunday afternoon. Diverse individuals in Clark Park in West Philadelphia, and Love Park and Rittenhouse Square in Center City were asked if they had heard of the program and whether they liked it. Two of the 36 persons use the program happily. One middle-aged woman from the Fairmount neighborhood had redeemed $40 in groceries in the past year. Six individuals who have used the program expressed frustration for a variety of reasons, such as difficulty understanding how to redeem points, or not getting phone calls returned from Recycle Bank. Five individuals were signed up but don’t pay attention or track their rewards. Almost half, 17 people, had never heard of the program. Eight others said they had heard of it but haven’t signed up, either because of a lack of interest, time, or the sense they are ineligible because of

their living situation. The vast majority of people claimed to be committed recyclers. These conversations showed the program can serve as an incentive for some recyclers, but it is an afterthought for many. Carolynn Jackson of West Philadelphia said, “I just recycle anyway, it really doesn’t matter anyway. Initially the rewards were really good. I got Fancy Feast cat food. I think I’m probably up to 2,500 points, but I don’t even bother to go on and look.” Sean Dorn of West Philadelphia said Recycle Bank’s “Green Schools” program, which allows participants to donate recycling points to local schools for “green” projects, is the most-appealing part of the program. “I think the idea of having the benefit actually be for community groups, so that people can be like, ‘Yeah, if you recycle, it will go to this good cause,’ would be a better way to do it. But they should do a better job of making it simpler for the community groups, so they can just sign anybody up.” According to McVeigh, several local schools have benefited from this program, including the Springside School in Chestnut Hill, which did a composting project and Lea ES in West Philadelphia, which built a garden. The Green Schools program may well be a good opportunity for Recycle Bank to create a greater impact in Philadelphia’s recycling-diversion rates.

While it can’t answer questions about Recycling Rewards’ overall ability to engage the public, the City is busily ballyhooing a few winners. Last week, Streets Commissioner Clarena Tolson issued prizes for the Recycling Rewards Sweepstakes, which had been conducted this spring. Seven winners were chosen, allegedly for their exemplary recycling habits. Grand prize (a year’s worth of groceries from FreshGrocer) went to Eva Basiura, an elderly woman in Germantown who swore by recycling as the TV camera shone its light on her.

STREETS Commissioner Clarena Tolson presents avid recycler Eva Basiura of Germantown with grand prize: $5,000 worth of groceries from Recycling Rewards program. Not mentioned was number of people who have tried to register with program – but failed or judging criteria used.

No one begrudges an old lady these groceries. But they are no substitute for an audit. Recycling Rewards is just one component of the City’s relatively new comprehensive recycling efforts, in-

cluding single stream recycling and weekly collection. Yet there remains a need for a clear review and evaluation of the program as well as greater accountability, in terms of costs and benefits to taxpayers.

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by Sarah WhitesKoditschek Who is using the City of Philadelphia’s Recycling Rewards program, and how rewarding is it really? In July, we published a story questioning the program’s effectiveness and the quality of rewards offered. We then followed up with the Streets Dept. and Recycling Rewards to find out how many rewards have actually been redeemed, how many people are actively participating in the program and how much the city is paying for the program. We are still waiting for answers. Although Recycle Bank tracks how many stickers they have distributed, “over 200,000,” according to its Philadelphia Account Mgr. Denise Diorio McVeigh, the program does not keep track of numbers of active users. Recycle Bank is a private provider with a “performance-based contract,” meaning the program is paid based on the diversion rate on a district-by-district basis. The Streets Dept. keeps tabs on how well each department is doing in terms of recycling. We requested these figures from the City’s new Recycling Director, Phil Breese, but did not receive them. According to Temple University Political Science Prof. Megan Mullin, the City is limited by the costs of program evaluation, and Recycling Rewards, especially because it is an in-

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DIGNITARIES attending Sid Booker’s annual Pool Party included Legislative candidate J.B. Miranda, Rep. Rosita Youngblood, Sen. LeAnna Washington, Legislative Candidate Stephen Kinsey, Rep. Michelle Brownlee, Sen. Shirley Kitchen, and host Sid Booker. In attendance, but not in pic, was Congressman Chaka Fattah. Photo by Bob Mendelsohn

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Sid Booker’s Pool Party Draws Merry Voter ID Crowd SID BOOKER opened his home for annual pool party, featuring bikini contest, barbecue, karaoke - and for this year a voter ID information table, thanks to co-host Sen. Shirley Kitchen. Booker’s party drew hundreds to his home, including Sen. Kitchen and Senator LeAnna Washing- ATTORNEY Jerry Egan and his ton shown here. Photo wife, Lois, join host Sid Booker at by Rory McGlasson pool party. Photo by Rory McGlasson

MEET SID’S BIKINI GIRLS! Sid Booker is mobbed by girls in bikinis at his house party. The girls participated in a bikini contest. They are Stacey IT WOULDN”T be a Sid Booker cookout if his famous fish SID BOOKER welcomes State Rep. Michelle Jackson, Cookie Long, Apples Woods, Keisha Brown, Pam Collins and fry bus wasn’t parked up on the driveway. Brownlee to pool party. Betty Johnson. Photo by Rory McGlasson Photo by Rory McGlasson Photo by Rory McGlasson

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STATE REPs Mark Cohen, and Michelle Brownlee join Senator Shirley Kitchen and STATE SENATOR LeAnna Washington joins Sid Booker’s political activist Sam Cook for this photo opMEMBERS OF ASIAN Federation of America join co-host State Sen. Shirley sisters, Doris Booker and Tammy Day at pool party. Photo by Rory McGlasson portunity. Photo by Rory McGlasson Kitchen at pool party and barbecue. Photo by Rory McGlasson

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Commonwealth Court Judge Robert E. Simpson, Jr., yesterday gave the green light to Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law, bringing the beginning of an avalanche of criticism from Democrat officials. State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas commented immediately after the decision, “I am saddened by the judge’s decision, but not surprised. It’s hard to decide against something you advanced. Unfortunately, all three branches of government in Pennsylvania

are controlled by one party. It’s very unlikely to get a favorable decision against something the controlling party supports. It’s almost like a runaway government.” Simpson, a Republican, rejected the petitioners request for an injunction against the implementation of the new law. But Thomas voiced, what has long been expected, is the Pennsylvania’s Voter ID law will be battled through the Courts almost to election day.

He suggested opponents of the law should have considered petitioning federal court instead. “We must consider a plan for advocacy that includes Federal Court,” he continued. “Folks need to remember who supported this law and make them pay on Election Day”. Crux of the judge’s reasoning is a voter with an ID problem could still vote by provisional, alernative or absentee ballots.

IT’S Clean up time in the vicinity of 7th and Girard as 47th Ward GOP leader Arthur Barlow, left, Block captain Barbara Andres and Volunteer Patricia Mixon work to remove debris. It’s one of many clean up operations scheduled by Barlow.


IBEW local 98 Business Manager John Dougherty and Building Trades President Pat Gillespie greet AFL-CIO National President AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Photo by Rory McGlasson

ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATE Kathleen Kane is welcomed to pre- Workers Stand for America party by Congressman Photo by Rory McGlasson Bob Brady.

STATE REP. RON Waters is pleased to share historic event with State Rep. Michelle Brownlee and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell. Photo by Rory McGlasson

EDWIN D. HILL , International President of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers welcomes attendees to pre-rally, as host IBEW Local 98 Business Manager John Dougherty looks on.

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CWA Local 13000 leaders gather with Rick Bloomingdale, President, PA AFL-CIO, left in white, and Frank Snyder, Secretary-Treasurer, PA AFL-CIO, Photo by Paul Gottlieb right, in white.

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LOCAL 19 SHEET METAL WORKERS gather in front of buses taking them to Workers Stand For America Rally. SAM STATEN, Jr., standing in middle, enjoys photo on Park- Joining them were International President Joseph J. Nigro, way with dad, Sam, Sr., seated left, and Bob Poulson, center, Special Aide Marc Norberg, Pres. Bryan Bush, Political DiPhoto by Joe Stivala. Photo by Michael Daniels. rector Joe Rispo and Todd Fanaly. and other LDC members at rally.

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RALLYING with Laborers District Council were Gail Scarborough , Pete Lyde, Emmitt Harrity, and Charles Branch.

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COUNCILMAN Bobby "WE ARE ONE" shirt modLOCAL 135 Business Manager Daniel L. DC 21's Big Three readying their rank Henon joins Rep. Kevin Boyle eled by City Controller Alan Woodall, Jr., right, welcomes Salahadin and file are Harry Williams, Jimmy at IBEW Local 98 breakfast. Butkovitz. Photo by Rory McGlasson Farrakan and Willy Sanders to rally. Williams, and Joe Ashdale. Photo by Rory McGlasson

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Learn What To Do From The Professionals by Michael P. Boyle, Esq. The Medical-Vocational Guidelines (the “Grids”) often prove very helpful to claimants. For example, if

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disabled. Assume the same facts, but instead you are 5 to 6 six months shy of turning 50 on the day of the hearing. Are you disabled then? Perhaps. Someone close to reaching an age in which the Grids dictate a finding of disabled may fit into what is known as a “borderline age situation”. 20 C.F.R. sections 404.1563 (b) and 416.963 (b) discuss how the Commissioner is to take into account “borderline” age situations, where a claimant is within a few days to a few months of reaching an age that would trigger application of a favorable Grid rule (see also Program Operations Manual Systems (POMS) DI 25015.005; Hearings, Ap-

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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BUDGET FEE B-016C of 2010/11 Electrical $289,750.00 $100.00 Emergency Generator and Lighting William Dick ES 2498 W. Diamond Street Philadelphia, PA 19121 * A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on August 10 2012 at 12:00 p.m. BUDGET FEE B-049C of 2009/10 Electrical $3,143,000.00 $200.00 Electrical Service and Lighting Upgrade Frankford HS 5000 Oxford Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19124 * A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on August 09, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Specifications and/or plans and contract documents may be examined and copies thereof obtained from the School Reform Commission, 440 North Broad Street, 3rd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Information as to contract documents, etc., may be obtained at the above address, or telephone 215-400-4730. Make checks payable to the School District of Philadelphia.

peals, Litigation, and Law Manual (HALLEX) II–5–3– 2). Both POMS and HALLEX discuss “additional vocational adversity” (AVA) as needed to support a decision that the regulatory age requirement is effectively met at some time before a claimant actually attains the higher age. AVA includes the presence of an additional impairment(s) which infringes upon, without substantially narrowing, the claimant’s remaining occupational base. In Lucas v. Barnhart, 184 Fed. Appx. 204, 206-208 (3d Cir. 2006) (nonprecedential), the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the ALJ committed a reversible error of law by failing to analyze whether Lucas was borderline with respect to his age. The Court held that because the record did not contain factual findings relevant to the regulatory language contained at 20 C.F.R. section 404.1563 (b), regarding whether Lucas was entitled to consideration under Grid Rule 202.06 as a borderline age case, the ALJ’s decision finding Lucas ineligible for benefits prior to his 55th birthday was unsupported by substantial evidence.

by: Michael A. Cibik, Esquire

American Bankruptcy Board Certified QUESTION: Is Tax Withholding the Way to Balance Your Budget? ANSWER: In the last year I’ve had several clients tell me that they changed their payroll tax withholding to claim the maximum deductions because it was the “only way to pay the bills.” It’s a clear example of faulty thinking, and it has potentially dire consequences. People know they shouldn’t, but somehow it seems an acceptable option. If you are doing this, or even thinking about it , it is probably a good indication that you should consider bankruptcy, and it is not a solution. Here’s where the faulty thinking comes in. People tell me they change their withholding so they can pay their bills. Well, if you are changing your withholding so you break even and don’t get a refund at the end of the year, then fine, I’m with you. But if you change it so that you owe taxes at the end of the year, you haven’t paid your bills, you’ve just traded one bill for another. And the

CITY OF PHILADELPHIA CITY COUNCIL Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107-3290 CORRECTION NOTICE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2012 The Economic Opportunity Review Committee, established and constituted pursuant to Phila. Code § 17-1607 and Resolution No. 120184, will hold the remaining meetings for the year 2012 in City Council Chambers (Room 400, City Hall). The committee will meet on the following dates and times: Wednesday, September 12th, 2012, at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, December 12th, 2012, at 10:00 A.M.

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one you’ve traded for is the Big Kahuna, the 600 pound gorilla, the creditor who can garnish your wages, attach your bank accounts, and reach assets no other creditor can reach. They have more power and more tools than virtually any other creditor. So you’re going to choose to owe the IRS? Moreover, the IRS has tools to stop your under-withholding, but they don’t just make you stop. They punish you. If you can’t pay the taxes you owe because you are under-withholding, the IRS may instruct your employer to withhold as if you have zero deductions-withhold the maximum-and they won’t let you change it back. This is called a “lock-in letter.” Then, of course, in every subsequent year that you are entitled to a refund, the IRS will keep your refund to pay the back taxes. And this could be in addition to, not just instead of, a wage garnishment or other collection activity. So, if you were having trouble paying the bills before, imagine how hard it will be when about a third of your paycheck is going to the IRS. If you have been claiming more deductions than you are entitled to so far this year, now is the time to try and fix it, but it’s going to be painful. You can change your deductions so that you will not owe (or won’t owe so much) next April. If you’re under-withholding, it’s a clear sign that you need help. Consult an experienced bankruptcy lawyer, or even a reputable credit counselor, and get some help before you get into debt to the IRS. Next Week Question: How Many Times Can You File Chapter 7 Bankruptcy? Michael A. Cibik, Esquire 215-735-1060 ccpc@ccpclaw.com www.ccpclaw.com


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zoned on the wall. The period of service involved the years of 1958 to 1974. Of Pennsylvania’s 4200 killed in action, approximately 2100 photos are still to be collected. “Problem is”, said Patrone, “many think we are collecting money for the memorial when we contact them. But all we want is a photograph.” Families, friends of these fallen veterans are asked to contact Mr. Patrone at 2506 S. 10th street, Phila.PA

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Photographs Sought For Vietnam Memorial There will soon be faces for the thousands of names of those commemorated on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. They will be posted in a new education center to be erected adjacent to the Memorial. Ground breaking will take place Nov. 11. Robert Patrone, 66, a Philadelphia Vietnam veteran, is among a national volunteer group assigned to collecting the photographs of those who died in that conflict and whose names are embla-

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