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Can Higher Real-Estate Taxes Save Philly Jobs? by Tony West Most Philadelphia neighborhoods are job deserts. And in the long run, a large city cannot survive as a place to live if it does not also offer places to work. This was the gist of a report released by the Center City District which caught the eye of Philadelphia’s decision-makers. It has added steam to an already-tense debate over one of the biggest problems facing City Council this fall: what to do about real-estate taxes. Using creative data tools to count both workers and jobs by City Council district, the report makes clear while Philadelphia has a vibrant private employment sector, it is unevenly distributed across the city. It found just two “employment nodes,” Center City and University City, “account for half of all privatesector employment in Philadelphia.” There are 129 jobs per acre in Center City but only 4 jobs per acre in the rest of the city. “The good news is Philadelphia has a very strong and successful ‘eds and meds’ sector,” explained CCD Executive Director Paul Levy. “The bad news is it can’t be enough to sustain the whole • 215-755-2000

New Democrat Headquarters Now Open The address has changed. But the phone number is the same, and ward leaders need not worry about getting a parking ticket. Party Chairman and Congressman Bob Brady has announced the Democrat City Committee has completed its move from 1421 Walnut Street to its new permanent home at 219 Spring Garden Street. It had moved temporarily to 1900 Kennedy Boulevard in the interim. The phone number remains the same: (215) 241-7800.

city’s workforce.” As a result, more than 40% of Philadelphia’s workers leave the city each day for work. In the end, these workers are likely to leave the city for good, Levy argued. While strong growth around Center City, Penn and Temple, and the Navy Yard helped the city as a whole gain population from 2000 to 2010, half the city’s council districts lost residents. The report did not just diagnose a problem; it offered a prescription: Change our tax system. It noted “66% of our local tax revenue comes from taxing highly mobile wages and profits. By contrast, comparable taxes in New York City comprise only 34% of the mix…. While Philadelphia derives only 17% of municipal tax revenues from real estate, New York City gets 41%.” The CCD report was a calculated shot across the bows of City Council. It is no coincidence that body is just now sitting down for a fall session to come up with ways to implement a massive reform in real-estate taxes known as the Actual Value Initiative. The city’s current property-assessment method, which can be kindly described as fanciful, is badly broken. Mayor Michael Nutter is pushing to base it on a clear percentage of true property values, as soon as these can be determined. The AVI is supposed to be revenue-neutral. Even so, many property-owners would see their taxes go down while some would see their taxes go up sharply. However, the revenuestarved Administration would like to capture more income from real estate in general. CCD’s report provides ammunition for this argument. It is not falling on deaf ears. Since 1995, the City has been gingerly trying to wean itself from its wage tax, which businesses hate. The chairs of Council’s Finance Committee, Bill Green, and Commerce & Economic Development Committee, Wilson Goode, Jr., have been pressing for an extreme makeover of its business taxes. Goode has ordered 20 copies of the report for the

City’s new Jobs Commission. “It echoes the sentiments of previous reports that this City relies too heavily on mobile taxes for revenue. The only way to stem historic job loss is to change what we tax. There is no other valid remedy,” he said. Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez’s 7th Dist., centered in Kensington, is typical of the problem highlighted by the CCD report. A century ago, it was a powerhouse of factories that sustained walkable rowhouse neighborhoods. The industrial land is still there, but the manufacturing jobs have withered. An immediate step to put more weight on property taxes would complicate the AVI discussion, Quiñones Sánchez pointed out. Quiñones Sánchez is a coauthor with Green of bills that would rethink the City’s mobile business taxes. Part of the problem is that much revenue is not captured by a business-profits tax, since large national companies can set up their books so they report little or no profit in the city. This would level the playing field for truly local businesses, she argues. The Councilwoman has not given up on manufacturing in Kensington. “The average manufacturing job pays $50,000 a year,” she noted. Starting next year, the city will begin to phase out the net-profits tax on manufacturers who sell their entire product outside the city. But it is difficult for Philadelphia to do the obvious thing by incentivizing manufacturing real estate with lower rates. That’s because the Pennsylvania Constitution has a “uniformity clause” which compels all real estate to be taxed at the same rate. For this reason, while a move to shift the tax burden toward real estate won’t nick the occupants of an office tower much, land-intensive employers might be hard hit by it. There are a couple of fiddles the City is empowered to make, such as the 10-year tax abatement. “But that’s an allor-nothing thing,” Quiñones Sánchez said. She wants to see to uniformity clause

changed; but that will require years of heavy lifting by the Philadelphia delegation in the General Assembly. Perhaps a shift toward a Land Value Tax would help, she said. This method of taxation is already legal in Pennsylvania and is relied on by many cities. Councilman Bob Henon’s 6th Dist. along the Delaware River is another area that has seen manufacturing jobs vanish. It has 49,535 workers – but only 26,707 private-sector jobs. Less than 10% of its residents have found a job in the district. “I don’t have a solution about this,” Henon admitted, “but we need to have a discussion about keeping businesses. Why should we overburden businesses with a complicated tax structure when they can move three miles across the river and save $3 million?” “But it’s not only taxes,” he continued. “If you’re a business, considering Philadelphia, and you Google it, 75% of what you read is negative.” To draw businesses, Henon said crime and poor schools must be addressed, as well as the pipeline of job training to equip the city workforce for available jobs. Levy agrees with all these points. But they require complex, long-term investments with unreliable funding. Changing the tax structure, on the other hand, is a step we can take right away. Councilman at Large David Oh, who chairs the Global Opportunities & Creative Innovative Economy Committee, also downplays the importance of business taxes as an issue. While he admits jobs have migrated to the suburbs because of taxes, simply changing the taxes won’t bring them back, he maintains. New businesses are looking for the right fit more than for an optimum tax break. And there are simple steps that can be taken. “It’s more important, for instance, that our airport get direct flights to Asia and South America; right now, we have none,” he said. Although Goode is a strong advocate of a shift toward a real-estate revenue base, he acknowledges the

road toward it won’t be short and easy. “It takes a tremendous amount of political will – and a majority of City Council – to either reduce taxes through budget cuts and/or raise revenue from one tax in order to lower another tax. There will be public opposition to budget cuts or tax increases just to shift the tax burden away from mobile taxes,” he said. Councilwoman at Large Blondell Reynolds Brown offered a polite but firm response to the CCD report. “It is a great guidepost,” she said. “I highly appreciate how research drives public policy. It presents a strategic perspective on one course of action – but that is not the only course we can follow. You cannot view a complex issue through one prism.” Reynolds Brown characterized the CCD report as “business-funded,” rather than coming from a nonprofit like the Pew or William Penn Foundation. The Councilwoman called for a “collaborative” approach to job-building that is not weighted in favor of any one group – business owners or property owners. “Change is incremental,” she said. She cited efforts to grow green jobs, and community commercial corridors like State Rep. Dwight Evans’s Ogontz Avenue, as other approaches of equal importance. “This report is a good tool, but it will not be my only tool,” she stressed. Business-funded or not, CCD is emerging as an essential resource for studying urban issues far beyond its main beat, the Center City business and residential communities. The reason is basic: CCD invests in research, at a time when tight budgets leave other city planners strapped. Levy explained, “CCD has had a full-time research person on staff for over a decade looking at employment, housing and retail trends. In 2010 we had already done a report showing how many people from Philadelphia and across the region worked downtown. So this was the next logical step: simply looking at where else in the region Philadelphians went to work.”

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made it clear that these types of deals should not cause unreasonable harm in the marketplace. This special-rate deal has the potential of diverting up to $1 billion in advertising revenues from local newspapers. Preprint advertising is critical for newspapers to continue providing news and information in local communities. In approving the special deal, the Postal Regulatory Commission said it would

help the Postal Service compete more effectively against others for pre-printed inserts. Unlike UPS and FedEx, newspapers don’t compete with the Postal Service. We compete with Valassis and other direct mailers. The Postal Service as a governmental enterprise should serve all mailers in a nondiscriminatory fashion – and not use its monopoly to pick winners and losers in the local competi-

tion for advertising. This special deal will do little to improve the financial condition of the Postal Service. Even the Postal Service’s most optimistic estimates are that it would see at most $15 million in profit over three years from this deal, when it is losing billions of dollars annually. This $15 million estimate ignores the fact the Postal Service will experience massive revenue losses as news-

papers – which mail ad inserts to nonsubscribers – pull out of the mail to cut costs to offset declines in ad revenue as a result of this NSA. According to an NAA survey, newspapers throughout the country will reduce their postage bills by $600 million over three years to lower costs in response to this special deal given to their biggest competitor. In short, this NSA will result in the Postal Service hemorrhaging more

Harris Interactive Poll and the US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform findings which reaffirms what Pennsylvania physicians have known for many years and what other studies have suggested. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey of hundreds of major corporate lawyers has ranked Pennsylvania as having one of the worst lawsuit climates in the nation while corporationfriendly Delaware was the best. The chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform said Pennsylvania ranked No. 40 among the states when judged on the size of awards, administration of cases, competence of judges and rules permitting lawyers to choose favorable jurisdictions, among other criteria. She said, “Pennsylvania’s lawsuit climate and Philadel-

phia’s courts need to improve for the benefit and fairness to all. When you look at this poll, in combination with data-related studies conducted by other organizations, Pennsylvania seems to always rank poorly. That’s not good for anyone, whether you’re a consumer or a business, since it builds an unfriendly and maybe hostile environment between the two parties. “We’re not pointing fingers at any one specific group or profession. Everyone is doing what they are allowed by law to do. What we are saying is that the law needs to be changed to improve the environment in which

we all live. For example, if a physician says, ‘I’m sorry’ to a patient because of a bad outcome, that statement can be used as an admission of negligence. But bad outcomes don’t necessarily equate to negligence. Proper medical care could have been followed, but the results are less than what is normally expected.” Dr. Heine continued, “None-the-less, no doctor is ever surprised when a lawsuit develops out of a situation like this. It’s well known and proven statistically that an overwhelming majority of medical liability claims are dropped, dismissed, or found in favor of the defen-

dant. So don’t be surprised that a case like that would also be dropped, dismissed, or found in favor of the defendant, but only after valuable time and money have been spent.” She added, “Money wasted in unnecessary lawsuits is money that can’t be reinvested into health care. Many physician practices are small businesses. The economic impact of this money lost goes deep through the community. Diverting this money from health care means practices may not be able to buy or upgrade equipment and supplies, or hire new staff. It

money, which will deepen the financial crisis for our nation’s postal system. Congress needs to stop this special-rate deal before it causes significant financial harm to local newspapers. We ask that you encourage your colleagues, including those in the House and Senate leadership, to take legislative action to stop this unfair and inappropriate rate deal before it causes harm in local communities.

Why Doctors Cannot Say ‘I’m Sorry’ in Pennsylvania The exodus of highly qualified surgeons from Pennsylvania has receded over the last decade following the huge disparity in the insurance rates they had to pay concerning muchlower rates in neighboring states. But the number of medical graduates from the city’s vaunted schools and teaching hospitals staying in this city continue to decline. The combination has meant continuing long lines and lengthy delays for patients needing specialty surgeons. Underlining the continuing loss of top medical skills is Pennsylvania Medical Society ne Marilyn J. Heine, MD, a practicing oncologist and emergency-medicine specialist from suburban Philadelphia. She held a press conference to discuss a

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means less charitable care can be provided. It hurts not only your care, but also your local community and economy. As a starting point to improve the health care climate in Pennsylvania, our legislature could adopt an Apology Rule that would allow a doctor to say ‘I’m sorry’ without it being used against him in a court of law as an indication of negligence.” On behalf of doctors and patients, her society is calling on the General Assembly to pass an Apology Rule to allow better working relationships between a patient and a doctor. • 215-755-2000

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The Postal Regulatory Commission – an independent regulatory body – recently approved a US Postal Service proposal that would give one mailer – Valassis Direct Mail – discounts of 22% to 36% to go specifically after preprinted advertising inserts that are currently in newspapers’ Sunday editions. While these special-rate deals, called negotiated-service agreements, are allowed under postal law, Congress

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Will We Remember This Libertarian Candidate? by Joe Shaheeli Joe DeLong, Philadelphia comedian and writer, asked a question in a column he wrote promoting presidential candidacy of Libertarian Gary Johnson. We didn’t try to answer it, but you might. He asks, “In the 2008 election year, there were three other presidential candidates besides Barack Obama and John McCain – each received over 100,000 votes. Name one!” Nevertheless, he is promoting the former two-term Governor of New Mexico and the 2012 Libertarian Party nominee for President. DeLong bemoans the fact few voters will know he’s on the ballot until they enter the polls. DeLong understands “There is media bias. Look who’s buying up the ad times. It’s Democrats and Republicans. That’s just the reality.” The present tightness of the race between the President and Milt Romney has cast both the Libertarian and Green Parties as the “spoilers”, should the race go down to the wire in key states. Both parties are now on the ballot in most states, despite Republican and Democrat challenges. One wonders why Libertarians and Greenies keep climbing the slippery totem

pole of presidential campaigns or field a national figure as their choice. Remember Ralph Nader?

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US Sen. Pat Toomey (RPa.) has blasted President Barack Obama’s job report and the growing national debt. At a news conference held at the Independence Visitors Center, Toomey said Obama has burdened Americans with $5 trillion in new debt and 42 months of unemployment above 8%. “Pennsylvanians deserve a president with a real plan to get our economy on track and who realizes that government belongs to the people, not the other way around,” Toomey said, pointing to a large 13digit display of the $16 trillion national debt. Toomey supplied the division, saying, “That’s over $50,000 for every American.” Signaling Another Heavy Turnout

Retired Navy veteran Joe Eastman reports 1,300 military absentee ballots have been requested to date from the City Commissioners’ Office. In the 2008 presidential election, there were a total of 1,632 ballots requested. With two months to go, that number will possibly surpass that

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Too Short A Speech For Congresswoman Schwartz

Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (D-Phila.) delivered about 90 seconds of remarks at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday, stressing the importance of a strong safety net for seniors. Mayor Michael Nutter did well for himself, Philadelphia and ed-

Supremes Hear Voter Photo ID Challenges

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nia is sure to be a Democrat presidential win? If so, the voter-ID controversy could be credited, since it riled up the Democrat voter base, alerting those who would have normally let this election slide by. Yet there has been a discernible rise in Republican grass roots activity throughout the state and noticeably in Philadelphia, whose Democrat turnout will be crucial to an Obama victory. Obama has a seven-point lead in polling averages in the Commonwealth. We peg the super-PACs from both sides to jump in at the last minute to insure a win or an upset. No one can really take the big-city turnouts for granted. (Cont. Page 5)

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Former South Philadelphian attorney and Mummers Parade point man George Badey is working hard to unseat Congressman Pat Meehan. Kicking back his efforts last week was the endorsement of the incumbent by the normally Democrat-oriented Philadelphia Council of Building & Construction Trades. The group gave as its key reason Meehan’s efforts to help

JOINING DAVID Kralle were 55th Republican Ward Leader John Jenkins, 58th Republican Ward Leader Marc Collazzo, Elmer GIVING State Rep. Tom Murt, 152nd AMONG attendees at fundraiser Money and Joe DeFelice, who is handling Dist., an insight into local GOP politics for David Kralle are congressional candidate John Featherman and is 5th Ward Leader Mike Cibik. Romney campaign in Phila. Elmer Money. Photos by Kate Clarke save the Trainer oil refinery. More and more it looks as Co., which is third-largest redistricting handed down by Badey’s campaign spokes- the General Assembly. His 7th if Eastern Pennsylvania will county in the Commonwealth man Patrick McGarrity does Dist. has been reshaped to lay claim to that seat, pointing with a population of 890,000. not consider that endorsement give him an edge, even though to Montgomery Co. Board Corbett’s continued nomia home run, noting, “several figures in the 2008 election Chairman Josh Shapiro. He’s nations and appointments to constituent unions of the showed Obama taking that growing a high-profile image, various positions show a Building Trades have en- district by 4,000 votes. That is this Saturday cutting the rib- dearth among those qualified dorsed Badey, including the not likely to happen this time bon for Speed Raceway, an from Southeastern PennsylvaPlumbers, Teamsters, Sheet and Meehan fundraising will indoor go-kart race track in nia. Metal Workers, Ironworkers, help deliver him a split vote. Village Mall in Horsham. PennDOT Adds Thursday Evening Hours For IDs Shapiro Looms As Elevator Constructors and He’s getting to be more visiIn response to customer inCorbett Challenger Bricklayers.” ble. A look forward to the comAnother reason, not menThe 38-year-old was terest in obtaining photo IDs tioned but obvious, is labor ing gubernatorial election elected Montgomery Co. for voting, five PennDOT lounderstands pragmatic poli- poses a question for Democ- Commissioner in 2011 and cations in Philadelphia Co. tics. This second go-around rats, but not Republicans. was sworn in and elected will offer extended hours on for Pat Meehan finds him in a That is: Who will be the De- unanimously to chair the Thursday evenings, effective more-comfortable congres- mocrat standard-bearer in that three-member board. He was Sep. 27 through Nov. 8. Secretary sional district, thanks to the challenge to incumbent Re- highest vote-getter for that of- Transportation publican Gov. Tom Corbett? fice in history of Montgomery

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Republican candidate Tom Smith has gotten some traction as he spun through six cities last weekend to push his plans should he succeed in toppling US Sen. Bob Casey. He hopes to attract voters with his platform of a flat tax, cutting tax loopholes, fixing Social Security, etc. But none seems to be hitting at the heart of the Democrat majority in this state. Casey has a comfortable 10point lead in polling.

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by Michael A. Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: What are the risks of co-signing a loan? Answer: Co-signing a loan is a dangerous thing. Too many people end up in bankruptcy due to debts they just co-signed for, so here are a few points worth considering before co-signing for a friend or family member. 1) There is a reason they need a co-signor. A professional lender does not think they will pay the money back. An objective professional (or underwriting standards) arrived at this judgment. Why do you think

you know differently? 2) If they do not pay or miss payments, it will affect your credit. 3) The fact that the debt exists and you are liable for it, in itself, will affect your credit and will limit the amount of other debt you can contract due to your debt/income ratio. 4) In most states, the creditor doesn’t have to chase the primary borrower when they don’t pay. They will usually just pursue the co-signor in court, getting a judgment and attaching the co-signor’s property and wages. This is a real shocker for most people, and I’ve had many, many conversations with people in some Attorneys are both board certified by the American Bankruptcy Certification Board. Chapters 7/13 & Stop foreclosures, creditors harassments, lawsuits, garnishments, and sheriff sales.

stage of disbelief that they, and not the person who they co-signed for, is getting chased for the debt. However, the truth is the co-signor is usually better off financially than the primary obligor and, consequently, is a more-attractive target for a creditor. This I call the “deep pockets theory”. 5) Unless you agree otherwise with the lender, you may not even know if the primary obligor misses payments. They may be afraid to tell you while you are accruing mounting interest and late fees. Co-signing a loan is serious business, and you should think about it as taking on the debt itself, rather than just helping someone out because a creditor is being unreasonable. Once you co-sign a loan, it is your debt, and you should ask whether can afford it and really want to take on the responsibility. Next Week’s Question: Can a person in a coma file bankruptcy?

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Our Opinion ... Kudos To President Clarke

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It’s refreshing to see a leader in this city act as a leader should, making decisions on the spot. That leader is City Council President Darrell Clarke! When he was faced with the fact two of his staff had violated City Council rules and his trust as well, he terminated them. It was the obvious decision and he didn’t hesitate. His action reflects well on City Council and the possibility, should President Obama win reelection and take Mayor Michael Nutter to Washington for his second term as rumored, he could bring that kind of decision making to another role ... that of filling the remaining term of the Mayor.

Shame On Our Citizens We have been reduced to a bunch of sheep, a shepherdless flock milling around the streets of our own killing fields, bleating our protests as we gather around the police tape, markings and dried blood of fellow Philadelphians shot dead on our neighborhood streets. Last weekend, police reported seven were shot and three killed. Only God knows how many more shootings took place, not reported because no one was injured or killed. We have watched as a handful of civilian crime-fighters have patrolled the streets crying for neighborhood support in fighting those who purposefully, and those who randomly kill our neighbors. Their cry to cooperate with the police, to point the finger at the perpetrators and to bear witness against them in the courts, has fallen on deaf ears through the years. Today, it is still not heard, even though their call has become more urgent than ever. Much of this killing is engendered by the drug epidemic destroying this city. With a growing population of junkies and dealers, we have become dulled as to the extent of this crisis. Neither can we blame the police. We aren’t telling them what they need to know to make arrests. So those who kill continue to do so with impunity. Sep. 13- A Call To Action We have become cowards and deserve the fate we now enVoter ID Rally with State Sen. dure.

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thousands of Pennsylvanians likely to be disenfranchised by this law, they should also be mindful of their role as a constitutional check against abuses of power by the legislature and the Governor. These six Supreme Court justices (the seventh has been suspended while she faces criminal charges) may be the only people who can stop this unconstitutional Republican power grab. The Supreme Court is evenly split politically – three Democrats and three Republicans. If the court’s voter-ID decision ends in a 3-3 tie, the Commonwealth Court’s ruling would

the most overt of potential excesses and abuse” – are surprisingly relevant in the voter-ID case. Let’s remember that State House Republican Majority Leader Mike Turzai made this now-infamous remark: “Voter ID, which is gonna allow Gov. Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done.” It doesn’t get more overt than that. Turzai’s comments were a rare moment of political honesty about what the voter ID law truly is – a partisan scam intended to rig a presidential election for the Republican candidate. If that’s not partisan excess and an abuse of power, I don’t know what is. Even the Commonwealth Court judge called Turzai’s statements “disturbing” and “tendentious.” Unfortunately, the judge glossed over Turzai comments. The Supreme (Cont. Page 25)

Kingsessing Rec Ctr., 50th & Kingsessing Ave., 7 p.m. 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. 15- State Rep. Mark Cohen presents Family Health & Safety Festival at Fisher Pk., 5th & Spencer Sts., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Food, music, entertainment, Future League All-Star Game. For info Sonja Thomas (215) 200-6144. Sep. 15- Tacony Historic Parade from Hellerman to Princeton, ending Disston Rec Ctr., 4500 Disston St. Parade Grand Marshal Charlie Gracie. For more info Tacony Historical Society (215) 338-8790. Sep. 17- Fundraiser for congressional candidate John Featherman at home of Mike Cibik, 334 S. Front St., 6-9 p.m. Minimum: $50, couple $75. Check payable to “Featherman for Congress”. For info (215) 280-7455 or Sep. 17- Phila. Tea Party Patriots-S. Philly/CC Group Mtg. at Prudential Bank Bldg., 1834 Oregon Ave. 7 p.m. Parking and entrance in back. For info (215) 208-9790.

Sep. 19- State Rep. Rosita Youngblood hosts Care Fair at 1st Presbyterian Ch., 35 W. Chelten Ave., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For info (215) 849-6426. Sep. 19- Chapter 1301 of Nat’l Active Retired Federal Employees monthly meeting at N.E. Older Adult Ctr., 8101 Bustleton Ave. at 12 noon. For info Steve Tengood (215) 331-5091. Sep. 20- State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop hosts free senior fair connecting seniors with valuable information from local and state agencies at Pinn Memorial Baptist Ch., 2251 N. 54th St., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For info (215) 8796625. Sep. 20- Fundraising Reception for Councilman Kenyatta Johnson at Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th St., 12th fl., 5-7:30 p.m. Sponsor $2,500, Supporter $1,000, Contributor $500, Friend $250. RSVP by Sep. 17. 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. (Cont. Page 25) • 215-755-2000

by State Rep. Ronald G. Waters The moral outrage and national embarrassment over Pennsylvania’s strictest-inthe-nation voter-identification law are well-deserved. But what’s most disturbing about this law is the fact it’s a blatant abuse of power by the controlling party in Harrisburg – the Republicans – for purely partisan political gain. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments today on whether to stop the voter-ID law from taking effect this fall. While the justices should certainly keep in mind the hundreds of

be upheld and voter ID would remain in effect for this November’s elections. That’s why all eyes will be on Philadelphia’s own Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille. A Republican and former Philadelphia District Attorney, Castille has been known to set party allegiances aside in his rulings. Most recently, he stunned political observers by throwing out the Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission’s redrawn state House and Senate district maps. In his written opinion on that case, Castille wrote: “It is true, of course, that redistricting has an inevitably legislative, and therefore an inevitably political, element; but, the constitutional commands and restrictions on the process exist precisely as a brake on the most overt of potential excesses and abuse.” Those words – “a brake on

Anthony H. Williams; Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell; Councilman Kenyatta Johnson; State Reps. Ron Waters, Vanessa Brown, Harold James and Maria Donatucci, along with a host of community organizations and partners at

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by Michael P. Boyle, Esq. Social Security Ruling (SSR) 03-02p applies to cases that involve Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. RSDS/CRPS is a chronic pain syndrome most often resulting from trauma to a single extremity. It can also result from diseases, sur-

gery, or injury affecting other parts of the body. Even a minor injury can trigger RSDS/CRPS. The most common acute clinical manifestations include complaints of intense pain and findings indicative of autonomic dysfunction at the site of the precipitating trauma. Later, spontaneously occurring pain may be associated with abnor-

malities in the affected region involving the skin, subcutaneous tissue and bone. It is characteristic of this syndrome that the degree of pain reported is out of proportion to the severity of the injury sustained by the individual. When left untreated, the signs and symptoms of the disorder may worsen over time. A diagnosis of RSDS/ CRPS requires the presence of complaints of persistent, intense pain that results in impaired mobility of the af-

fected region. SSR 03-2p. Complaints of pain are associated with swelling; autonomic instability, such as changes in skin color or texture, changes in sweating, skin temperature changes, or abnormal pilomotor erection (gooseflesh); abnormal hair or nail growth; osteoporosis; or involuntary movements of the affected region of the initial injury. RSDS/CRPS “can be established in the presence of persistent complaints of pain that are typically out of proportion to

the severity of any documented precipitant and one or more” of the clinically documented signs in the affected region cited in the previous sentence. SSR 032p. If signs and symptoms of

RSDS/CRPS are established by the medical evidence, the hearing judge must acknowledge it as a medically determinable impairment and discuss its impact on a claimant’s ability to work. SSR 03-2p.

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doubt.” Jones viewed the influx of veterans as a public-safety matter, noting, “It was astonishing to find so many soldiers, who are literally heroes, are finding themselves in need when they return home.

Philadelphia needs to coordinate support, services and personal development to properly greet our returning veterans.” Councilman David H. Oh, that body’s only veteran, cosponsored the resolution with his colleagues. He professes it

“provided an opportunity for Philadelphia to showcase how to truly value and respect veterans. Their work ethic, morals, and bravery are the definition of a patriot and it was only fitting to hold this hearing on 9/11.”

How to Buy At Sheriff’s Sale Sheriff Jewell Williams is hosting a series of “How To” seminars at his office in the coming months for those looking to bid at Sheriff Sales. The seminars will be held in the Sheriff’s offices at Land Title Building, 100 S. Broad Street, 5th floor, Sept. 18, Oct.; 8, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11, 2012. The seminars are free and will provide information on amount of money and documents required to secure a winning bid; how to pay for the property if you have the highest bid; how long the process will take for the winning bidder to actually re-

ceive the deed for the property;and how to recognize, and research, the type of property you are seeking to purchase. Seating is limited so please

RSVP to (215) 686-3539. Where: Office of the Sheriff, City and County of Philadel- WISHING Sheriff Jewell Williams, center, the best at his phia 100 S. Broad Street, birthday celebration last week were Charlie Choe, Bill 5thFloor, Land Title Building Richardson, Toby Biddle and Adam Kesselman.

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City Council’s joint committees on Public Safety, chaired by Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. and Housing, Homelessness & Neighborhood Development, chaired by Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell, convened stakeholders at a hearing on the need to prepare for returning soldiers as well as existing veterans in the city and Commonwealth. The hearing created a public record from which the City of Philadelphia can assess the kinds of opportunities, services and support systems needed to ensure the welfare of our soldiers returning to Philadelphia. The Councilwoman is a long-time advocate for those who find themselves in need. She stated, “Adequate housing is essential for healthy families, communities and individuals, and those who have served our country honorably should be supported without a

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Rep. Waters Sees Need To Change Drug Laws State Rep. Ron G. Waters (DW. Phila.), chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, has introduced legislation that would change the drug laws in the Commonwealth. Waters said the legislation would change sections of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device & Cosmetic Act and rewrite controlled substance possession, distribution and manufacturing penalties. “I believe the penalties for some of the drug violations are harsh and we need to reconsider other ways to penalize offenders for their actions,” Waters said. “For example, many offenders convicted for possession of marijuana have been sent to prison. Instead of serving time in overcrowded prisons, an alternative solution could be to send them to a motivational boot camp. It serves as a different approach to discipline of-

fenders, especially the youth. “If alternative solutions are not considered, it will lead to detrimental outcomes for our youth; we will place something on their record that will punish them throughout the rest of their lives. Let’s be more creative in thinking about how to help people turn their lives around to become law-abiding citizens rather than enforce punishment which is very costly and has proven to be ineffective.” Waters said the cost of the current system’s ineffectiveness requires a change in the way the legal system penalizes nonviolent drug offenders. “For every offender that is sent to prison, it will cost the Commonwealth $35,000 per year to maintain the inmate,” Waters said. “Our current system serves as a huge burden on taxpayers because as the prison population increases, taxes in-

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Councilman David Oh spoke to members of his CONGRATULATING new at-Large Councilman David Oh on his Lodge Richard Vaux-Ivanhoe Lodge presentation and answering many questions are Glenn Devitt and John J. on the history and present Kline, Worshipful Master of Lodge. functions of City Council, as all citizens need knowledge on how local governments work and Philadelphia’s City CounUS COAST GUARD cil affects the whole Delaware cutter William Tate Valley. received two checks Politicians have been part from Phila. Council of of this Lodge from the beginNavy League. One was presented to ship’s ning as Brother Richard Vaux commanding officer (1816-1895), a Quaker, lawyer for the Morale & Eduand the workingman’s friend, cation Fund and the was the first Democrat Party other to Sailor of the elected Mayor of Philadelphia Quarter Seaman in 1856, and the third popuBianca Gordon. Tate larly elected Mayor (not apis berthed at Washingpointed by City Council). ton Avenue base, and performs vital work The Councilman described maintaining river and the many problems Mayor sea aids to navigation. Vaux had with City Council, Photo by Joe Stivala then numbering 24 Select Council and 74 Common Council Members. Continuing his pursuit of raising the international profile of Philadelphia, Oh, who is Chairman of Council’s Committee on Global Opportunities & the Creative/Innovative Economy, hosted Jose L. Cuisa, Jr., Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the United States, at a Philippine Business Forum at Temple University yesterday. The event highlighted trade MICHAEL A. RASHID, president and CEO of AmeriHealth Mercy opportunities between and family, were among guests at Evolution Revolution’s 1st annual Philadelphia companies and Eid Gala, which raised funds for humanitarian efforts in Syria and the government and companies Myanmar at Clef Club. Event was hosted by Salima Suswell and in the Philippines.

CONGRESSMAN Chaka Fattah addresses groundbreaking ceremony at &and Dauphin Bus Loop restoration for which he helped SEPTA receive grant from Federal Transit Administration to overhaul facility used by an average of 2,115 riders daily in Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion community. In photo are, from left, SEPTA General Mgr. Joseph M. Casey; City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Chairman, Transportation & Public Utilities Committee; Fattah; Curtis Wilkerson, representing Council President Darrell Clarke; Tonetta Graham, executive director, Strawberry Mansion CDC; State Rep. Gary Williams; and James Fitzpatrick, representing US Sen. Patrick Toomey.

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crease as well. According to the Pennsylvania Dept. of Corrections, the inmate population has increased 25% in recent years, from 40,965 in 2004 to nearly 52,000 in 2011. Drug offenses accounted for 17% of total admission, which equates to nearly 9,000 offenders. New population projections show that this population will inflate by at least another 5,000 inmates by June 2016. “Given these staggering numbers, I believe the Commonwealth needs to reexamine the way that we sentence drug offenders,” Waters said. “If we continue to do nothing about this issue, our current system will fail both inmates and taxpayers.” The bill (HB 2520) has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee. • 215-755-2000

PHILA. Housing Authority PHA Interim Executive Director Kelvin Jeremiah, right, hands new book bag to 13-year-old Harrison Plaza resident Jianni Harper in its “Back to School” initiative promoting school attendance and achievement 5,000 bookbags with supplies to students. Also shown are Oddessa Blocker and Enrico Crispo, center, of PHA Resident Services.

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PHA Interim Executive Director Kelvin Jeremiah, right, shakes hands with 9year-old Jamir Finks as his looks on in Development’s Community Center.

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Wherever you went, whomever you talked to, folks in the Pennsylvania Delegation at the Democratic National Convention had a tunnel focus. Although the President leads in the polls in Pennsylvania by nine percentage points over Republican nominee Mitt Romney, the theme echoed by the Pennsylvania Delegation was pretend you’re behind. Former Gov. Ed Rendell said it. “They need to watch out for this Republican media blitz,” he said. “They have enough money where they could do a big media buy toward the end of the campaign and blow us off the map. The way we can insulate ourselves from that is to get out and go door to door. If we do that, we can withstand the media blitz.” Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chair Jim Burn said it. “Pennsylvania is leaning blue, and is no longer a toss-up,” he said. “The reason it will stay that way is because we will remain diligent. No one should let off the throttle. No one should become complacent. Everybody should continue to maintain their edge. Don’t pay attention to the polls. Don’t pay attention to the pundits’ characterization of our state. Keep moving forward until those polls close. We have the right President with the right message and if we keep moving forward, I like our chances this November.” Even State Rep. Brendan Boyle said it. “I believe you run every race like it’s competitive and you take nothing for granted,” he said “We’re not going to take this for granted.” But G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics (Cont. Page 24)

STATE REP. BABETTE JOSEPHS recently returned from a tour of Turkey. While touring, she locked horns with several university professors from Penn, Temple and Villanova. They had seen a news article about former STATE SEN. VINCENT FUMO’S lawsuit against his former campaign treasurer ANDY COSENZA. The professors’ incorrectly asserted Fumo had been convicted of bribery and extortion. Josephs set them straight “Philly style”. She said the problem with education is that the teachers don’t know what they are talking about. The outgoing State Rep had noted the judge chastised prosecutors for inflating the case with minor counts. They did this out of frustration with not being able to get Fumo for selling his office. Had Sen. Fumo been free, he would have made sure there was a third candidate in the primary election for Rep. Joseph’s House seat. She was always able to win in the past because several candidates split the vote. City Hall Sam heard that the fiery liberal might want to form a government-affairs firm with the brass-knuckle pragmatist once he is released from a federal prison camp in less than a year. STATE SEN. MIKE BRUBAKER is a Republican from Central Pennsylvania. But he was in Philadelphia again recently to raise money from business groups against Democrats. Brubaker recently hosted a Republican fundraiser at the Union League. The bottom line is: Business is essentially Republican. They will say they are Democrats when they need a biggovernment handout. But once they get their handout, they will say they want government out of their business. STATE SEN. ANTHONY WILLIAMS appeared at a forum with SHLOMO MOLLA, the Deputy Speaker for Israel’s Knesset, and YARON SIDEMAN, Israel’s Consul General. Molla emigrated from Ethiopia and explained there is a significant number of Black Israelis. Williams has been a supporter of Israel and the Jewish community. His father HARDY WILLIAMS marched arm and arm with Jewish leaders during the civil-rights movement of the 1960s. But if Sen. Williams is to become Mayor, he will have to walk a thin line. There is also a sizeable African American Muslim community that he must consider. COUNCIL PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE shows that when handed lemons, he (Cont. Page 25) • 215-755-2000

DID YOU WATCH: The Democratic Convention on TV? The one-word description that came to my mind for the GOP confab is not enough for the DEMS. It is two: HUMANITY and CARING. Did you see a dry eye in the place. You might think pols who have served many years would be hardened and uncaring. Not so in Charlotte. And Mayor Julian CASTRO, keynoter. He was LIGHT-YEARS better that the GOP’s Rubio. He has fire.... And Ms. FLUKE, Denounced by Rush; don’t count her out in politics or government. At his ABSOLUTE BEST was BILL CLINTON!! He exposed false claims by the opposition for all to see. When President Obama said this election was about CHOICE – it was not campaign talk. Never before has the choice been more clear: Do we vote for the end of the beginning (and go forward), or the beginning of the end? FACEBOOK at the Convention was abuzz with photos of Ward 9 Leader John O’CONNELL and son LIAM, with Clinton. Clinton then posed with Ward 21 Leader Lou AGRE. Handsome all! JOHN DOUGHERTY was impressed with the KERRY speech! STATE SEN. Anthony Hardy WILLIAMS was ecstatic. A BIG BOUNCE in poll numbers is already evident! NEWSMAX reported the 1% wealth has surpassed the 99%. How about the coal miners who “attended” a Romney Rally and lost pay? Romney now will keep parts of Obamacare. A necessary flip-flop? The GOP and PACs will spend $1.35 BILLION or more to defeat Obama. Four years ago, businessmen in the Union League told me they had backed Obama. Bush debt. Obama then bailed out Wall Street. But then Obama wrote TOUGH regulations so it would not happen again. One cigar-chomping man in the League argued with me over the oil pipeline and environmentalists. He said, “We hire people, they do not.” I asked when he was going to START hiring. It is unpatriotic to hold back hiring until after an election. Why cannot the economy re-cover like it did in the ’80s? We had strong government spending and investment then. Instead, we have large cuts to state and local budgets now. DID NUTTER speak at the convention?? We paid for his aides to go and advise. Did we get the city bill for the Parkway concert?... FIRE COMMISSIONER Lloyd AYERS, with the Philly EAGLES, thanked members of Engine 21, Ladder 24 and Medical 23 for Risk Reduction records in their response area in West Philly. They also paid a visit to the 19th Police Dist. CAPT. Bologna and his officers said hello to “Swoop” and cheerleaders! (Cont. Page 24)

Yo! Here we go again with these things that make me say I am thankful! I am thankful for the wife who says we’re having hot dogs tonight – because she is home with me, not with someone else. I am thankful for the teenagers who is complaining about doing dishes – because that means they are at home not on the streets. I am thankful for the taxes that I pay – because it means I am employed. I am thankful for the mess to clean after a party – because it means I have been surrounded by friends. I am thankful for the clothes that fit a little too snug – because it means I have enough to eat. I am thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing – because it means I have a home. I am thankful for all the complaining I hear about the government – because it means we have freedom of speech. I am thankful for the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot – because it means I am capable of walking to and from my car. I am thankful for my huge heating bill – because it means I am warm. I am thankful for the lady behind me in church that sings off key – because it means I can hear. I am thankful for the pile of laundry and ironing – because it means I have clothes to wear. I am thankful for weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day – because it means I have been capable of working hard. I am thankful for the alarm clock that goes off in the early morning hours – because it means I am alive. And finally, I am thankful for too much email – because it means I have friends who are thinking of me. Pass this on to someone you care about ... I just did.

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Last week, African Americans for Romney held a press conference at the office of the Republican Party of Philadelphia on S. 4th Street. LEWIS HARRIS, JR., leader of the 29th Ward and Chairman of the Philadelphia Republicans of Color (PhillyROCs), opened the press conference. He introduced RENEE AMOORE, the chairwoman of the New Majority Council. Amoore asked the standing-room-only crowd whether we are better off today than we were four years ago. The crowd responded with a resounding “no.” Amoore, a health-care professional and small-business owner, stated the Obama Administration’s health-care law and other regulations are strangling small business irrespective of the color of the owners. Amoore introduced BURGESS OWENS from Romney’s national campaign. Owens spent 10 years as a safety in the National Football League and played on the Oakland Raiders 1980 Super Bowl championship team. Owens received a lot of cheers from the crowd for his unflinching support of Romney, but a few groans when he spoke of playing against the Eagles. In addition to a push to encourage African Americans to vote for Romney, the campaign is focusing on seeking greater support from women and debunking the notion the Republicans are engaged in a war against women. The statewide effort for “Women for Mitt” is being led by BERNADETTE COMFORT, who is also the executive director of the Anstine Program for Excellence in Public Service. The co-chairs of the Philadelphia chapter of Women for Mitt are political commentator FARAH JIMENEZ and ASHLEY VIA, who works for former President of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange and mayoral candidate JOHN (Cont. Page 24)

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Ringside With The Shadowboxer — Philly Honors Ryan

PHILADELPHIANS gathered at Veteran Boxers Association Clubhouse in Port Richmond to honor boxer Kelly Ryan who recently won a Silver Medal at Ringside World Championships. Capacity crowd included her coach and VBA Director Fred Druding, Jr., Councilman David Oh, Ryan, MC Judge Jackie Frazier-Lyde, Charlie Sarillo and City Commissioner Al Schmidt. • 215-755-2000

VBA PRESIDENT Charlie Sgrillo, Councilman David Oh, Carpenters Local 1823’s John McGrath and former Penna. Boxing Hall of Fame Chairman John Gallagher all came out to congratulate Kelly Ryan on her performance in Kansas City at Ringside World Boxing Championships.

STATE REP. John Taylor was unable to attend ceremony due to a family obligation, but he visited his constituent and now Silver Medalist the week before to personally congratulate her.

PROFESSIONAL SINGER Greg DiTeodoro song National Anthem, Epiphany Deacon Fred Druding, Sr. said “Boxers Prayer”, and City Commissioner Al Schmidt offered congratulatory remarks, as part of celebration ceremony honoring Port Richmond boxer Kelly Ryan.

FRED DRUDING, JR. presents his boxer Kelly Ryan with congratulatory citation from Penna. House of Representatives which was sponsored by State Rep. John Taylor.

PROUDLY MARKING 70th birthday of Teamsters Local 830 were its officers and staff. From left are Trustee Jim Brown, Recording Secretary Jack O’Rourke, VP Glen Fulcher, Trustee Ed O’Brien, Office Mgr. Susanne Deluisi, Secretary/Treasurer Daniel Grace, President Chuck White and trustee Tony Mastrone.

Darrell Clarke Tightens Security

STATE SEN Michael Stack presents Senate citation congratulating Teamsters Local 830’s Daniel Grace, secretary/treasurer, on 70th anniversary of Local.

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70TH BIRTHDAY of Teamsters’ Local 830 was marked with major celebration at its local HQ. Enjoying festivities were Business Mgr. Dan Grace, 2nd from left, along with Shawn Dillon, Ward 66A leader; retired Sheriff Barbara Deeley; consultant Mike Kates; Chris Hope, Esq.; the fighting Costello Brothers; and Jim DiVergilis, Esq.

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Uganda Welcomed By City Council

UGANDA Ambassador to United States Perezi Kamunanwire stands next to hostess Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell STATE SEN. Mike Stack honors 90-year-old Frances Nell during welcome in City Council Caucus Room. Also in pic with senate citation as she celebrates birthday at St. Christo- are Francis Senn, Uganda North American President; Stanpher’s Seniors Club in Somerton. Nell worked for Acme as ley Straughter, Mayor’s Commission on African Caribbean a keypunch operator and served as Democrat committee- Affairs; and Brenda Kalema, UNA Vice President. Photo by Joe Stivala Photo by Harry Leech woman for 22 years. COUNCIL PRESIDENT Darrell Clarke tightens security and authorization of city vehicles after two City Council staffers were arrested for DUI while driving city vehicles last weekend. Councilman Clarke fired the two employees after finding out pair drove vehicles without authorization. See Photo by Rory McGlasson Editorial Page 7.

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4-YEAR-OLD Daniel joined his mom Alaynia Sanchez, who is a constituent-services aide for State Sen. Anthony Williams, in welcoming community activist Fred Druding, Jr. to “Family Fun Day”.

PACIFICO FORD joined Feeding America Teams this past week, offering prospective Ford owners a chance to contribute part of their purchase price to help alleviate hunger in America.

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CHAMPIONING Councilman David Oh at Center City funder Monday GLAD to greet Councilman at Large David Oh, night were, from left, Edgardo right, were 3 dozen supporters at his Zarwin González of Taller Puertorriqueño, Baum law office, among them, from left, Robert Impacto publisher Napoleón García and City Commissioner Al Schmidt. Zuritsky, Vince Barrett and Vijay Khanna.

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STATE REP. Brendan Boyle teams up with Holy Redeemer Health System to donate new defibrillator to Somerton Youth Organization, 1400 Southampton Road. Boyle joins registered nurse and Somerton resident Bernice O’Toole to unveil automated external defibrillator inside gymnasium. Photo by Rory

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Controller Finds Abuse In Student Transpasses City Controller Alan Butkovitz today has found the student TransPass program was at risk for theft and abuse, resulting in the potential loss of millions annually. The School District’s $33 million TransPass program provides free transportation to Philadelphia public and nonpublic students by issuing weekly TransPasses to eligible students. School personnel are required to account for every pass distributed and provide a summary with the number of TransPasses received, distributed, and returned for the month. As part of the Controller’s audit, a testing of TransPass activity for one selected week • 215-755-2000

Polling: A major nonprofit pollster, “One Generation Opportunity”, has learned 18-29-year -old voters “want job opportunities, not more dependency.” Paul T. Conway, president of Generation Opportunity and former Chief of Staff of the US Dept. of Labor, said, “The availability of meaningful, full-time jobs that provide the opportunity to be independent and to plan for their future is far more important to young Americans than issues such as student loan rates and further dependency on their parents’ health-care plan. Young people know the root issue is the lack of real job opportunities, not further dependence on government, so that they are better able to provide for themselves, pay back loans, and choose the health care plans that best suit their individual needs.” Conway noted, “This generation is very savvy – they are used to customizing everything from their coffees to their iPhones and do not appreciate the lack of choice in the most significant issues they face: planning for their future and building a career. The more politicians avoid discussing details on how they will get government out of the way of full-time job creation

at four high schools revealed 575 of the4,944, or 12%, distributed TransPasses, could not be accounted for. The unaccounted TransPasses for that one week were estimated at $9,545. Butkoviz noted, “If a loss of $9,545 for one week is indicative of the unaccounted TransPass amount for the rest of the school year, for all schools, then this could result in a loss of millions. “The District needs to account for every dollar spent on student TransPasses and eliminate any risk of theft and abuse. It must enforce all policies and procedures and properly account for all TransPasses when they are distributed every week.”

At all four schools, the vast majority of TransPass distribution listings were not signed by the employees responsible for giving out the passes and checking the students’ names off the list. Personnel at two of the four schools stated they didn’t count the actual number of TransPasses distributed, but rather calculated it based on the difference between the number of passes received and the number on hand to be returned. “The School District cannot afford to guess how many passes were actually distributed by counting only what’s left at the end of the week,” said Butkovitz. “They’re leaving the door wide open for theft and abuse, at the expense

of Philadelphia’s taxpayers. “As we first discovered in our 2008 School District special audit of TransPasses, failing to provide adequate accountability is an ongoing matter that needs to be corrected immediately,” said Butkovitz. “It would be inconceivable if the School District continued to ignore our finding and recommendation and not implement and monitor on a weekly basis the Student TransPass Program.” In addition to reviewing TransPasses, the Controller’saudit found a number of deficiencies relating to student-activity funds at selected schools. While the District had developed a School Fund Manual to provide specific responsibilities

and detailed procedures of student-activity funds, noncompliance with the Manual was a common occurrence at the selected schools. Some of these findings included the following: School personnel for one school’s store were unable to provide the financial records required by the Manual to safeguard against misappropriation of cash. The store manager stated he left cash overnight in the register drawer instead of remitting daily as required by the District’s Manual. Twelve of 20 schools reported negative balances for at least one activity ranging from ($18) to ($16,549), meaning expenditures were made even though there were insufficient funds.

Vets Rally To Save Med Centers ILA Local 1291 will host a rally and fund raiser to support VA Medical Centers this Tuesday, Sep. 18. The daylong event will begin with a rally in front of the VA Medical Center at 3900 Woodland Avenue. In coordination with www.WeServed, veterans will demonstrate against the efforts of Milt Romney to replace guaranteed Veterans care with vouchers. Boise Butler, head of Local 1291, said a fundraiser, following the rally, will go toward national efforts to support VA Medical Centers. That event will take place at Spasso Italian Grill, 34 S. Front Street. Tickets are $25. Checks are to be made out to We Served America. For info and reservations call ILA Local 1291 at (215) 425-5822.

Different Strokes For Different Folks Sex Offenders Still Remain and reverse record high youth unemployment, the more politicians are viewed as either disingenuous or completely out of touch with the day-today concerns of young Americans. It should come as no surprise that young people don’t believe their interests are being represented in Washington and plan on making their voices heard in the presidential election in November.” His polling showed 64% of young people ages 18-29 believe the availability of more quality, full-time jobs upon graduation is more important than lower student-loan interest rates. Sixty-one percent responded the availability of more quality, full-time jobs with health-insurance plans is more important than the ability to stay on their parents’ health-insurance plans until they are 26. In a conservative poll run by Moms Know Best, what was surprising is mothers were concerned about nuclear strategy, President Obama’s conciliatory remarks to Russian President Medvedev in big numbers. The poll was conducted by the Tarrance Group. Polled were 2,500 moms on line with at least one child under 18 at home, split

among Democrats, Republicans and Independents in the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Florida and Virginia. Most of the national polls continue to show a one to two percentage point gap between President Barack Obama and Challenger Milt Romney. In Pennsylvania, it is interesting to note the president holds no less than a five percentage point lead over his challenger. This should portend Pennsylvania as a Democrat win election night, save for the fact Obama has not crossed the 50% mark, with at least 11% undecided.

Eligible For State Pensions Act 140 automatically terminates the pension of state employees who are convicted of, plead guilty to, or don’t contest any one of 22 specific crimes, most of which are related to various forms of corruption including extortion, bribes, theft and perjury. Sex offenses committed while employed by the state are not one of those 22 crimes. State Rep. Eugene DePasquale (D-York) said he hopes to move legislation

Comfort House Fundraiser Set The Philadelphia Veterans Comfort House will hold its 2nd Annual Fall Gala and Veteran Recognition Awards aboard the Cruiser Olympia, docked by the Independence Seaport Museum, Friday, Oct. 12, from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online on the PVCH website or by mailing a check, ticket sale noted, payable to the PVCH. Light dining, music and tours of the Olympia and the submarine USS Becuna are included in the ticket price.

Dress is business casual. Cash bar. Proceeds will go to fund the purchase hot meals and cold weather gear for local homeless veterans during the holiday season. Founded in 1994, the PVCH is supported by individuals, the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, the veterans community, unions, businesses, community groups and volunteers. For additional information contact Executive Director David Kamioner at (267) 2922052.

this fall that would automatically terminate the pension of any state employee who commits a crime that requires registration under “Megan’s Law”, which requires the state to maintain a registry of convicted sex offenders living in Pennsylvania. “People that are this sick and demented to do this, taking away their pension likely isn’t enough to stop them,” DePasquale said. “But (that) doesn’t mean we should reward them with a pension.” Last October, before Sandusky’s arrest, State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-S. Phila.) introduced SB 1290, which, if enacted, would have terminated Sandusky’s pension and those of all other sex offenders convicted after the bill was signed into law. SB 1290 has been sitting in the Senate Finance Committee since the winter. Cameron Kline, Farnese’s communications director, said the Philadelphia Democrat hopes to amend Act 140 this fall but added that passage of SB 1290 before elections is possible only “if it’s something Republicans want to move.”

Act 140 was passed in a decade in which the Justice Dept. ranked Pennsylvania as the most corrupt state in the Union. From kickbacks and bribes, to mail fraud and illegal campaign contributions, Pennsylvania politicians were notoriously crooked. Vince Carocci, who began his 23-year tenure in state politics in 1971 and was the press secretary for former Gov. Robert Casey from 1989 to 1994, said Act 140 was a direct result of that decade’s scandals. “It was an era where things weren’t running well and it naturally lent itself to this kind of reform,” Carocci said. So while Sandusky likely will keep his pension, former Penn State VPGary Schultz and former Athletic Director Tim Curley would lose theirs if convicted of lying about their role in covering up Sandusky’s crimes. Schultz and Curley were both indicted in November on charges of perjury and failure to report Sandusky’s crimes. No trial date has been set.

The Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust believes in the principles of a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, and worker’s rights. The Trust also believes next-generation unionism must vigorously pursue workers’ rights based on management and union cooperation and the advancement of member education. Scholarships, in amounts up to $2,000, are awarded to highschool or college students at the discretion of The Qa’id Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund Committee. Applications are accepted throughout the year and reviewed twice a year. Applications for the Fall Cycle are due by Jul. 1 and awardees will be informed by Aug. 1, so the funds can be used for the Fall Semester. Applications for the Spring Cycle are due by Nov. 1, and awardees will be announced by Dec. 1, so funds can be used for the Spring Semester. Late-arriving applications cannot be considered for evaluation until the following cycle. Family of officers and agents of the Laborers’ District Council

PHILA. Housing Authority will be among groups marking Seniors Week 2012. Others involved include Angela Brown, director of marketing & public affairs, NewCourtland; Rick Spector, community outreach director, Philadelphia Corp. for Aging; ChristineRandall, executive director, Phila. Senior Citizens Resource Center; Kelvin Jeremiah, interim executive director, PHA; Brandon Johnson, program manager, Center in the Park; Lezlie Vaden, outreach & Admissions Coordinator, NewCourtland School of Practical Nursing; Mayor Michael A. Nutter; Lydia Hernandez Velez, Mayor’s Commission on Aging; and Mary Austin, VP of health services, NewCourtland. and its locals are not given any special consideration. Scholarships are also available for programs such as field trips, learning abroad, and other special educational opportunities. These applications will be considered by the board throughout the year. Above deadlines do not apply. One can print a .pdf application and apply (including FAFSA, SAT scores and transcript) to Qa’id Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Black-

man Brady Communications, 506 Corporate Drive W., Langhorne, PA 19047. One can also apply online at FAFSA, SAT scores and transcript must be mailed to Qa’id Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Blackman Brady Communications, 506 Corporate Drive West, Langhorne, PA 19047. The deadline for Spring 2013 is Nov. 1 and awardees will be announced by Dec. 1.

Bradley Cooper Returns Home For The Words

by Nathan Lerner Hollywood hunk Bradley Cooper returned to Philadelphia for a special red carpet and pre-release screening of his latest film, The Words. Outside the Prince Theater, the strikingly handsome six-footer with piercing blue eyes acknowledged the enthusiastic response of onlookers. Adoring female fans visibly swooned. Cooper first gained critical raves for his portrayal of the narcissistic Lothario, Sack Lodge, amidst the hilarity of Wedding Crashers. He followed up with surprise summer smash, The Hangover. Cooper has augmented comedic performances by appearing in more-serious vehicles, such as Limitless, and even an action flick, The A-Team. In The Words, Cooper portrays a struggling novelist, who is confronted with an ethical conundrum. The protagonist exhibits considerable talent, but can’t get anything published. Then one day, he receives a battered briefcase. By happenstance, it contains a dog-eared, albeit-compelling, manuscript.

The unpublished, typewritten tome was drafted decades before by a seemingly deceased author. Will the young writer resist the temptation to claim this long-lost masterpiece as his own? Off-screen, Cooper proved disarmingly introspective and articulate. I asked Cooper how his background as a struggling actor had informed his portrayal of a struggling writer. “Rejection on a daily basis, multiple times, as an actor, starting out and even still to today, is something you have to become accustomed to.” The 37–year-old thespian grew up in the Philadelphia suburb of Rydal. Making The Words gave Cooper the opportunity to reunite with two childhood chums, Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, who co-wrote and co-directed the film. Cooper acknowledged the benefits of working with close friends. (Nathan Lerner, director of Davenport Communications, welcomes feedback at

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Sealed proposals will be received by the School Reform Commission at the School Administration Building located at 440 North Broad St., 3rd Floor, Office of Capital Programs, Philadelphia, PA 19130-4015, until 2:00 P.M., on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. A non-refundable fee for each set of bid documents is as scheduled. The School District will only accept bids from companies that have been placed on its current Pre Qualified Contractors List as shown at All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications.

This is to inform the public that the Philadelphia Gas Commission will hold regular meetings during fiscal year 20122013 on the following dates:

These meetings will be held in the Commission’s hearing room, on the 18th Floor, 1515 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania beginning at 10:00 A.M. Copies of the agenda to be considered at each meeting, will be available on request, prior to each meeting, at the Gas Commission office, 1515 Arch Street, 9th Floor, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. These meeings are open to the Public. Marian B. Tasco, Chairwoman

FEE BUDGET B-064C of 2010/111 General Roof Replacement $3,456,330.00 $200.00 Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush 11081 Knights Road Philadelphia, PA 19154 * A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location at the main entrance, on September 27, 2012 at 10:00 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. The School Reform Commission reserves the right to reject any and all bids and make the awards to the best interests of the School District of Philadelphia. • 215-755-2000

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What began with a senseless killing on the streets of Philadelphia continues to this day to make possible educational opportunities for those in need every year. Making dreams possible is the Qa’id Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is specifically designated to assist qualified students in need as they seek to further their educations. It was established after Perry N. Blackman (long-time union auditor and coordinator of the annual fundraising golf events) and his family generously made a $10,000 donation in memory of Qa’id Staten to an educational institution of Qa’id’s father, Samuel Staten, Sr.’s choice. Qa’id, the elder Staten’s youngest son, was murdered just months before he was to attend Howard University. Staten chose to use the generous contribution to establish the Qa’id Staten Memorial Charity Fund, a charity fund within the Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust (formerly the Laborers’ District Council Charity Fund). The Qa’id Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund’s mission is to help defray the costs of tuition, books and housing of the sons and daughters of the members of the Laborers’ District Council who would not be able to attend these institutions without some form of monetary assistance. The Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust raises the funds for this scholarship program and to assist charitable organizations that provide services to the needy in the five county area of Philadelphia. It has been doing so since the union’s founding in 1937. Samuel Staten, Sr., said the Charitable Trust “chooses charities based on how they relate to our members. We have given to charities that research disease, educate youth, teach life values, provide a safe haven to disadvantaged children and much more. Our events continue to be magnificent successes. The longevity of the golf event and the funds we have raised for various charities prove organized labor can truly make a difference in the community.”

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Elephant Corner (Cont. From Page 19) EGAN. The Montgomery Co. co-chairs are long-time Republican activist PAM LEVY and Lower Merion Committeewoman KAREN ASH. DAVE KRALLE, candidate for State Representative (169th Dist.), held a fundraiser at Paddy Whacks in the Northeast last Friday. The event was packed with members of the herd including CITY COUNCILMAN DENNY O’BRIEN, who had held the 169th Dist. seat four over 30 years. Other attendees included JOE DeFELICE, the head of field operations for the Romney campaign in Pennsylvania, as well as the head of Romney field operations in Philadelphia and chair of the Philadelphia Young Republicans, STEVE BOC. Other YRs, PHIL INNAMORATO, SETH KAUFER and MATT GABOR, were also there. Some older attendees included WARD LEADERS MIKE CIBIK and MARC COLLAZZO as well as COMMITTEEWOMAN MONIKA CZAPLA. Monday night, CITY COUNCILMAN DAVID OH

held a fundraiser at his old law firm, Zarwin Baum. The host committee included a number of notable Republicans including CITY COMMISSIONER AL SCHMIDT, Republican National Committeeman BOB ASHER and Chairman of the Pennsylvania Manufactures Association FRED ANTON. The host committee also included Republican activists from both sides of the party’s civil war, including SUZANNE HANEY, MATT WOLFE, KEVIN PASQUAY, VINCE FENERTY and STATE REP. JOHN TAYLOR. The Pennsylvania Voter ID Coalition, the organization that has been spearheading the move to repeal the state’s new voter-ID law, met on Tuesday Committee of Seventy Executive Director ZACK STALBERG ran the meeting. MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER was also in attendance. Republican Ward Leader and election-law attorney Matt Wolfe, who is supportive of the law, was invited and attended the meeting. The lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law under the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s constitution was rejected by the

Commonwealth Court. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is to hear the coalition’s appeal today. In order to overturn the Commonwealth’s decision, four of the six justices eligible to vote must decide for the plaintiff. A tie vote will uphold the Commonwealth Court’s decision. While the anti-voterID forces are still hoping the Supreme Court will overturn the Commonwealth Court, it appears they have moved on to working to make sure voters have the appropriate ID. Typically the Supreme Court does not review the factual evidence of the case in an appeal of a Commonwealth Court decision, but rather the quality of the legal deliberations. Given the extensive length and what many believe to be the high quality of the Commonwealth Court’s written decision, many legal experts think the law will be upheld. However, this cannot be assured, as the Republican President of the Supreme Court sided with the three Democrats on the court earlier this year and invalidated the redistricting plan for State House and Senate seats.

Out & About (Cont. From Page 19) & Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College and the acknowledged dean of Pennsylvania political research, said Rendell and company were just doing their jobs as people in charge of getting an incumbent reelected. “[Rendell] was giving a traditional warning that a lot of incumbent politicians do,” Madonna said. “He’s thinking like an incumbent, which he has been on a number of occasions as Philly Mayor and as Governor, not to take the election for granted. In other words, he doesn’t want people to leave this convention thinking, ‘We’re so far ahead we can’t lose, so we’ll go home and we won’t put out a firstclass effort.’ You don’t want to rest on your laurels. I think he was being prudent.” Much of that prudence becomes necessary when the impact of the Commonwealth’s new voter-ID law, which is the subject of a hearing in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that’s being held today. You couldn’t talk with anyone in the Pennsylvania Delegation about the November elections without bringing up the subject of the law, which requires voters to have some sort of state-sanctioned ID in order to vote. State Sen. Vincent Hughes sees the law as something that • 215-755-2000

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anyone in the ’hood will recognize as, well, a “jack” move. “This is a straight-up gangsta move and if we let them get away with it, we’re a bunch of chumps,” he said. (For those of you who don’t know what a “jack” move is, it’s where you try and pull the okey-doke on someone.…) Among the most motivated members of the Pennsylvania delegation were State Sen. Vincent Hughes and his wife, actress Sheryl Lee Ralph. The two were a very visible presence at the convention, even appearing on a few national

radio shows. One of the lessons I learned this week is if you’re an African American, and have decided not to vote, the last person you want to hear that information is Hughes’s wife, actress Sheryl Lee Ralph. I made the mistake of asking her about the movement on the part of African American academics like Dr. Boyce Watkins to get Blacks to sit this election out. Her response was explosive and ferocious. Her conclusion: “Get off of your rooty-tooty, rusty-dusty, get registered and vote!”

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the upcoming Emerald Society Dinner. Imagine if Joe BIDEN had to debate the Judge! Whew!... THE HOUSING AUTHORITY release of union members did not read as a well-thought-out move (?). State Rep. Louse BISHOP’S Children’s Choir has now performed at the MET and in Robin Hood DELL. Bishop just held a successful senior expo.... State Rep. Maria DONATUCCI held a helpful VOTER-ID meeting on Island Avenue to explain how to get it. State Rep. BILL KELLER is a multi-tasker. He fought and won for our port, refineries, voter ID, Homestead, and low PACE/Pacenet costs. Stop in his office to meet lovely Lorraine and charming Joy.... LOVELY LISA Deeley in Councilman Henon’s office was motivated by her mom, Sheriff Barbara. Barbara should be considered for a Traffic Court post and keep her law-enforcement talent utilized. HENON’S season opener fundraiser in Curran’s was a dynamite time.... The Southeast ADA will feature Councilwoman Marian TASCO at their fundraiser on Oct. 13.... The Philly GOP had another top Happy Hour yesterday and appointed a budget committee with plenty of “FUREY”.

(Cont. From Page 19) ARE YOU happy burning gasoline at a long red light – working for Mideast oil? While no cars are moving on the green-light street? GOOGLE had announced that it would build a fiber-optic broadband network for a US city. That means one gigabyte a second! Kansas City was selected. Chattanooga already has it. It helps city utilities, and has video and phone service. What Philly could have done with it: REAL-TIME TRAFFIC LIGHTS responding to changes. Police communications, prevention of power outages with a “smart grid”, better rubbish collection and on-road data analysis. Other Mayors applied for it. One jumped into a shark tank for attention, another into a frozen lake. The Mayor of Topeka changed the name of the city to GOOGLE for a day. Nutter? HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Judge Diane THOMPSON and neighborhood organizer PAT CHRISTIAN of Port Richmond! It is an honor to know them.... JOE STEWARD took command of the Family Court Custody Unit. A smart move by the courts. JUDGE JOE WATERS will be an award recipient at

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(Cont. From Page 19) can make lemonade. He turned an embarrassing situation around when two council staffers were arrested for DUI while operating council vehicles. He fired them and overhauled Council’s policy on vehicle usage. Thus, instead of quivering, he acted decisively and showed strong leadership. That kind of

decisiveness would come in handy if MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER leaves to become part of the Obama Administration. The most recent rumor is Nutter would be in charge of implementing Obamacare. It’s hard to imagine which would be harder: implementing Obamacare or settling the contracts of the city-workers’ unions. Maybe that’s why the Mayor wants to leave.



(Cont. From Page 7 Court should not make the same mistake. This law clearly was never about preventing voter fraud, as there have been zero instances of in-person voter fraud in Pennsylvania – the only type of fraud this law would prevent. No, the majority leader of the State House didn’t misspeak, and he wasn’t speaking as just one lone powerless member of the House. He spoke from a position of authority – as the person in charge of legislation in the State House. He just happened to accidentally speak the truth, admitting that the voter-ID law has always been about voter suppression, not voter protection.

This law is intended to suppress the vote of traditionally Democratic-leaning populations – minorities, women, seniors, individuals with disabilities and young adults. It just so happens that most of those groups live right here in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties – Chief Justice Castille’s hometown. This law disenfranchises his neighbors. These are people who are most likely not to have a US passport or a Pennsylvania driver’s license and do not have adequate resources to obtain an acceptable alternative form of identification. This strategic ploy was meant to impact voters within months of its passage, leaving

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PennDOT centers is a serious hurdle for many voters. It is my hope that the Supreme Court – led by Philadelphia’s own Chief Justice Castille – will do the right thing by all Pennsylvanians and stop this undemocratic law – a transparent abuse of power – from being implemented this November. If those six justices fail to stop this sham of a voter-ID law, they will share in the stained legacy this law will leave for future generations. (Ronald G. Waters represents the 191st Legislative Dist. in portions of Philadelphia and Delaware Cos. and serves as chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus).


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(Cont. From Page 7) Sep. 22- Political People Involved presents “Get Out The Vote” Crab Feast at EOM Club, Front & Moore Sts., 4-8 p.m. Donation $20. Proceeds provide transportation for voters in need of help to go to polls. Sep. 27- Organized labor hosts fundraiser for State Rep. Ed Neilson at Spasso Italian Grill, 34 S. Front St., 5-7:30 p.m. For info Jennifer (215) 941-7975 or Sep. 28- Friends of Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco host Party For The People, 8 p.m. to midnight, H&H Banquet Hall, 2036 E. Haines St.(at Limekiln Pike), 8 p.m.-12 a.m. $35 in advance required. Food served from 8:30 p.m. BYOB Cabaret Style. For tickets (215) 437-3294, ext. 209. Make checks payable to Friends of Marian B. Tasco, PO Box 27454, Phila., PA 19118. Sep. 29- State Sen. Vincent

Hughes hosts annual “Show Me All The Money” financial empowerment summit at Crowne Plaza, 4010 City Ave., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Specialists on hand to help get your bills in order, stop foreclosures. Bring utility bills, photo ID and income verification. For info (215) 879-2452 or Tamica Tanksley (215) 879-7777. 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. Oct. 1- Councilman Jim Kenney’s annual Golf Outing at Riverton C.C., 1416 Highland Ave., Cinnaminson, N.J. Registration deadline Sep. 29. For info (215) 520-6953. • 215-755-2000

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