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Marcellus Gas Comes To Town – In More Ways Than One

by Denise Furey A wind of change is blowing through the economy of Philadelphia and the Keystone State – gushing up from deep underground. The Marcellus Shale Coalition held its annual “Shale Gas Insight” conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia to discuss its ramifications. The MSC has 258 members, including drillers, oil & gas producers, engineers, and consultants as well as other materials-, product- and service-providers. The conference’s 33 presentations or panel discussions swung around three themes. First, the relatively newfound ability to economically develop our extensive shale-gas reserves has been a gamechanger in the US energy sector. Second, the Marcellus Shale has and will continue to have a positive and profound effect upon the Pennsylvania economy. Third, we have and must continue to produce shale gas in a manner that has minimal impact upon our en-

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vironment. The abundance of shale gas has contributed to the low price of natural gas, which is about $2.70 per MMBTU currently. (A “million British Thermal Units” or MMBTU is a standard measure of energy in physics.) To put this in perspective, the energy equivalent of crude oil costs roughly $15.00. So if you could run your car on natural gas instead of gasoline, which is produced from crude oil, with engines as efficient as the gasolineburners we now have, the fillup that now costs you $40 would run about $7 instead. Generations of engineering advances would have to be made before such a dream could become a reality. But prices like these are bound to transform our entire economy, which is driven by energy. For the first time, natural gas surpassed coal as the primary fuel used in electric generation in the US this year, owing in large part to its cheaper relative price. Natural gas is a cleaner-burning fuel than coal and on average emits 50% fewer greenhouse gases. The hydraulic-fracturing (fracking) technology that has enabled drillers to economically access shale-gas formations is also being used to develop shale-oil plays in the US. The abundance of these fuels will lead to better energy security in the US, if not energy independence, in the opinion of many conference attendees. XTO President Jack Williams believes our supply of natural gas is sufficient for the US to become a net exporter of the fuel if we expand our liquefied natural-gas processing capacity. Williams further stated shale gas-development “is expected to support 1.5 million jobs in the country and contribute nearly $200 billion to the national gross domestic product by 2015.” Gov. Tom Corbett, in his address to the conference, noted nearly 240,000 Pennsylvanians are employed in the natural-gas industry or an-

cillary businesses. He also stated jobs within the naturalgas industry in the state typically pay $30,000 per annum more than the average earned by other workers in Pennsylvania. A study performed by HIS Global indicates development of unconventional gas contributed $7.1 billion in value-added economic output in the state in 2010 and is projected to increase to $42.2 billion by 2035. The abundance of this gas is a two-edged sword. Excess supply has driven the price of gas to a level that has caused some producers to stop or slow development of new wells. The industry will add 26% fewer wells in Pennsylvania in 2012 than in 2011. Most of the reduction in drilling has occurred in the northeastern part of the state, where the gas is “dry”, which means it is almost all methane. Methane is the gas used in home heating and electric generation. Many of the wells in the western part of the state produce “wet gas”, which has methane but also other carbons such as ethane, which are used by the chemical industry. As we find new uses for natural gas and overall demand rises as the economy improves, the price of natural gas is predicted by IHS Global to rise to $3.00 per MMBTU by 2013 and remain in the $4.00-$5.00 range through 2015. At these prices, natural gas is still a cheap fuel compared to oil and coal. New buyers of shale gas may include the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in Philadelphia. The facility will be run by a new joint venture between the private-equity firm Carlyle and Sunoco. The owners plan to refine shale oil from North Dakota and run the facility with Marcellus Shale natural gas. Other potential “new” uses for natural gas include cars and trucks. Tod Hartje of Chrysler discussed his company’s gas-fired cars, but

noted one of the challenges to increasing sales include the lack of sufficient refueling locations. Clean Energy, the largest provider of natural gas for transportation in the US, plans to open 150 more refueling stations in 33 states by the end of 2013. Clean Energy believes truckers can save on average $1 per gallon by using natural gas rather oil-based products. Clean Energy claims that replacing older trucks with natural gas fired vehicles will reduce carbon dioxide emission by 20-30%. The differential in emissions when comparing new vehicles is closer to 10% according the US Dept. of Energy. Many of the panel discussions included engineers and other technical experts who discussed not only current fracking and related techniques, but evolving products designed to make the process even safer. To date there has been no evidence, according to Michael Krancer, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection, that the fracking process has harmed the aquifers from which Keystone State’s water is drawn. There have been some spills of fracking fluid on the ground surrounding wells, but the environmental impact has been very limited. Despite the enhanced environmental regulations put in place in Pennsylvania earlier this year as well as increased oversight, there remains a very vocal group in the environmental community that claims fracking has already polluted our water and is responsible for methane occurrences in well water. Some of these anti-fracking groups were picketing outside the convention. Klaber asserted their claims are not true and that this “vocal minority has had an undue influence on the debate (about fracking).” The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce sponsored a panel to address “Natural Gas and Public Opinion:

the Philadelphia Story”. Panelists were State Senators Tim Solobay (D-Washington), Vincent Hughes and Anthony Williams (both D-W. Phila.) as well as MSC’s VP of Communications and Policy Steve Forde and former State Senator and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Rob Wonderling. While most of the economic development that has resulted from the Marcellus Shale is outside of Philadelphia, much of the drama has played out in the press here. Forde MSC believes this is in large part owing to disinformation. Solobay and Williams agreed. Williams noted he is an independently minded Democrat. Unlike many other Philadelphia area Democrats, he believes fracking has been and can continue to be done safely. The benefits to Philadelphia of cheap natural gas cannot be ignored, he said. PGW rates are down 48%. Since natural gas is replacing coal as the leading fuel in electric generation, he pointed out this means reduced emissions of greenhouse gas and other pollutants. Williams stated, “If you care about the environment and poor people, then you should not oppose fracking.” How to deal with the negative perception of fracking was a key part of former General Electric CEO Jack Welch’s keynote luncheon comments on Friday. He advised not to spend “too much time trying to convert the unconvertible.” But he stated the industry does need to be “transparent and accurate” and in doing so will counter the negative voices with the facts. Welch suggested the MSC reach out to communities which do not want to lose their shale-gas-related jobs and consumers who benefit from cheap natural gas. He and others noted the industry must be diligent in ensuring there are no material mishaps, because that would only “feed into the negative hype.”

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Polls Driving You Crazy? by Joe Shaheeli We’ve been polled into a confusing and foggy state by the proliferation of national polls telling us everything from President Barack Obama is stone winner, is in a race too close to call, or a probable loser. The same with state polls, some of which predict Democrats winning comfortably by a wide margin, taking back congressional seats and sweeping clean all statewide offices. US Sen. Bob Casey is seen as such a safe bet, he can spend the next month in Florida so as not to make any mistakes. Yet we have received a poll telling us GOP nominee Mitt Romney now trails Obama by a single point. That one was conducted by Susquehanna Polling & Research, finds Obama drawing 48% of Pennsylvanians, while Romney garners 47%. This was an internal GOP poll, whatever “internal poll” means! Though rare for party officials to discuss internal polls publicly, State GOP Chairman Rob Gleason conducted a news conference last Thursday morning to trumpet the poll’s findings. Previous independent polls have maintained Obama’s margin was 8 points, and a

Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll released last week had Obama holding a 9point lead. A We Ask America poll last week showed the President 6 points ahead of his Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the Keystone State. Yet, a Pittsburgh TribuneReview poll, the same time, had Obama leading by just 2 points, a margin similar to the Pennsylvania Republican Party’s report. According to this one, Obama has 47% in Pennsylvania, Romney has 45%. Joining in the polling races was Republican US Senate challenger Tom Smith, whose numbers looked promising with a Susquehanna Polling & Research report he was just 3 points behind incumbent US Sen. Bob Casey with 10% undecided. A Rasmussen Poll showed Smith behind Casey 49% to 42%. In most polls, Casey is viewed favorably by just over half of voters, 51%, and negatively by 39%. Smith’s name ID remains lower but he’s still viewed positively, 47% to 33%. Twenty percent of voters don’t know enough about him to have an opinion. A Mercyhurst College poll indicates 44% remain undecided

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in the senate race. Gov. Tom Corbett has been campaigning throughout the Commonwealth, especially at sites where jobs have been saved or are being created, touting a Romney initiative to make jobs happen, despite the fact his poll numbers show him with the same approval (30%) and disapproval (46%) ratings he received from the Muhlenberg/Call poll taken in August. The only difference is that the number of those with no opinion ticked up from 24% to 25%. As a result of the State Republican Party’s poll results, Chairman Gleason’s announcement the Romney campaign will be running TV ads

in Pennsylvania is not surprising. Well-regarded national pollster John Zogby’s latest commentary took a break from the presidential race to analyze what’s really fueling voters. His conclusion? “It’s not only the economy, stupid.” Voters, Zogby points out, are never one-dimensional in picking a candidate. “Even when the economy is bad, voters are ultimately deciding on their hopes and dreams, both for the present and for their children’s future. Thus, if it is about anything, voting is about values, about principles that we hold closest to our hearts.” No election was a better example of this than 2004’s.

W. PHILA Republican tradition is 27th Ward Leader Matt Wolfe’s annual Penn football party. Joining Wolfe, right, with host of others at his pre-game affair in his University City home are, among others, 8th Ward Committeewoman Barbara Coxe and GOP activist Don Carter.

Zogby himself had surveyed the country in 2003 and noticed the deep divides. His poll of “red” and “blue” states shocked even the veteran statistician. “What was remarkable to me was actually how different the reds and blues were. In red states, 61% of voters owned a gun; only 36% in blue states. Most voters believed in God, but in the red states, three in four identified their God as omniscient and omnipresent, while 51% of blues saw God primarily as The Watchmaker. Voters were 9 points more likely to be single and never married if they lived in a blue state. “In recent days, Americans still strongly disagree about. But there is one area State Rep.

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Finally one Philadelphian, after a long period where city appointees where missing from Gov. Tom Corbett’s long lists of appointments to various boards and authorities, has been named this past week. That’s City Commissioner Al Schmidt, who has been appointed to a vacancy with the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

Senator Sees No Excuse For Peers State Sen. LeAnna Washington, noting PennDOT has extended Thursday evening hours at its five locations in Philadelphia, sees little excuse for committee people and ward leaders to complain on election day they didn’t have enough time to get some of their voters photo IDs. The Senator noted Transportation Barry Schoch’s statement “Since the voter-ID law was enacted, the vast majority of PennDOT IDs for voting purposes have been issued in Philadelphia Co. PennDOT actively monitors customer flow at our 71 driver-licensing centers statewide and since March, special attention has been foCouncilman Bill

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With at least a thousand demonstrations, seminars, rallies and get-out-the-vote gatherings promoting the need for proper voter photo IDs, the State now reports a little over 9,500 have gotten state-issued photo identification cards since Pennsylvania approved its voter-ID law in March. The Dept. of State, which oversees elections, expects that figure to increase before the Nov. 6 election if the law withstands further legal scrutiny, spokesman Ron Ruman said. Officials expect more people to get IDs because of a $5 million education effort and because groups fighting the law have been working to get people registered, he said. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson must issue a new order by Oct. 2 under a Supreme Court deadline. In August, Simpson up-

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CONGREESSMAN Bob Brady didn’t let Achilles tear on his left leg hinder his appearance at his monthly Monday radio show over WURD, this time at Oak Lane. Interviewing him, AMONG radio fans at Oak Lane Diner on left, is Bill Anderson. Joining him were State Sen. LeAnna were Rick Subbio and Ducky Birts. Washington and State Rep. Mark Cohen, among others.

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(Cont. From Prev. Page) In the end, though, that’s who counts. Success or failure will rest on how good are the get-outthe-vote organizations in this city, since as Philly goes, so goes the Commonwealth.

cused on monitoring the impact of the Voter ID law. Extending our hours in the state’s largest county demonstrates PennDOT’s continuing willingness to help customers comply with the voter-ID law.” Washington sees this period as a golden opportunity for door-knocking and canvassing to find and help those still needing a photo ID.


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sistently show Americans and Pennsylvanians support voterID laws by wide margins,” said PAC President Don Adams. “The Supreme Court is trying to wiggle its way out of this issue. Simply put, the Court is neglecting its responsibility.”

shame on you. Look for him to come out after the first of the year, chomping on juicy morsels of decrepit bridges and faulty highways he will charge continue to be ignored by Gov. Tom Corbett and the Republican-controlled General Assembly. He has the name recognition and he’ll work to get it up even higher. We don’t advise others to battle him in the Democrat primary for Governor. He’s the odds-on favorite. Wagner leaves office under term limits at the end of this year, so he’s busy creating a record. His latest is a

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(Cont. From Page 5) tial Independence Hall Tea Party PAC warns it will organize to defeat Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Ron Castille, a Republican, and Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Max Baer, a Democrat, in their respective 2013 retention races, if voter ID is not implemented in the November 2012 general election. “Despite the favorable press coverage that opponents of voter ID have received in the past several months, polls con-

of Law, Democrat Eugene DePasquale, Republican John Maher and Libertarian Betsy Summers said if elected, they will not seek other office during their term. Current Auditor General Jack Wagner and his two immediate predecessors — Bob Casey, Jr. and Barbara Hafer — all ran for Governor while holding the job as the State’s top fiscal watchdog. All three also lost.

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State Rep. Tony Payton, who was eliminated. Turner is a board member of the Wister Neighborhood Council and founder of a community-based television and radio program now in existence for almost 13 years. Her telephone number is (215) 621-9167. She is running a write-in campaign, because she hesitated in filing to meet the deadline to get signatures so she could appear on the ballot. “I did like Tony. When I found out his petition filing forced him out, I said, ‘I’m in!’”


ings or trials. “It’s not a place I’d ever want to be,” he said. From there Jakob, who loves baseball and plays in the Taney League, visited the Criminal Justice Center, where defendants are brought by Deputy Sheriffs via vans from jails around the city and the state. They were held in basement cells to await their hearings that day. Sheriff Williams explained to Jakob, Sheriff’s deputies also handle security at the CJC entrance where jurors, witnesses, lawyers, victims

and their families, judges and their staff pass through metal detectors and security to enter the building. Jakob and Sheriff Williams also visited a Courtroom in the CJC to spend a few minutes watching a trial in progress. “Deputies guard the courtrooms and escort defendants to and from their hearings,” Sheriff Williams told Jakob. At the end of a very educational day, Jakob thanked Sheriff Williams, turned in his badge, hat and armband.

Beech Companies Founder Mourned Philadelphia-based Beech Companies mourns the passing of Floyd W. Alston, the organization’s founding president. Alston, who served as Beech president from 1990-2005, was credited as a business and community development leader who was instrumental in the growth and vitality of North Central Philadelphia. Alston, who would have turned age 87 next month, passed today after a long illness.

Beech Companies President Kenneth Scott stated, “Alston was a business visionary, neighborhood developer and public servant. His lifelong dedication as a community leader is an inspirational example for all Philadelphians”. The first viewing for Alston will take place tomorrow, 5-8 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church of Germantown, 25 W. Johnson Street.

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For Jakob KlemashKresge, 11, a 6th-grade student at the William M. Meredith School, Sep. 19 was a day he’ll remember for a long time. That was the day he held down the office of Sheriff of Philadelphia for the day. It was a whirlwind experience as Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams exposed him to the variety and range of responsibilities under the umbrella of the Office of the Sheriff for the City and County of Philadelphia. After a tour of the Office of the Sheriff at 100 S. Broad Street, Sheriff Williams took Jakob to the Sheriff’s Sale in progress at 3801 Market Street, followed by a surprise visit to Benjamin Franklin HS, Broad & Spring Garden Streets, where Jakob’s father, Raymond Kresge, teaches history. Registering an eye-opening experience was stop at Juvenile Court at 1801 Vine Street, where he saw holding cells where juvenile defendants are detained while waiting to be called to courtrooms for hear-

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Union Labor… Building it right for a better and stronger community! Laborers’ District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and vicinity is comprised of four unions: Local 332, Samuel Staten, Jr., Vincent Primavera, Jr. Business Manager/Co-Chairman L.E.C.E.T. Co-Chairman Local 135, Daniel L. Woodall, Jr., Damian Lavelle Business Manager L.E.C.E.T. Management Trustee Local 413, James Harper, Jr., Fred Chiarlanza Business Manager L.E.C.E.T. Management Trustee Local 57, Walt Higgins Harry Hopkins Business Manager L.E.C.E.T. Management Trustee Laborers District Council, Ryan N. Boyer, Business Manager.

Laborers’ District Council promotes a safe work environment, jobs completed on time and on budget, and represents union members, who are well trained, productive, professional, and take pride in their work. Union labor…building better and safer communities in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties.

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Two Street Bon Voyage Sheriff Hosts Mortgage Foreclosure Seminar WELCOME SIGN says it all as John Brennan’s Shamrock Pub at 2nd & Reed Streets hosted “Bon Voyage Dinner” for visiting Holy Family Boxing Club of Belfast, Northern Ireland. On hand to join Reed Streeters in celebration were USMC’s Daniel Dalin, Irish Boxing Committee Member Fred Druding, Jr., Harrowgate Boxing Club’s Bill Jackson, and past Penna. Boxing Hall of Fame Chairman John Gallagher. Annual competition saw Philly's Harrowgate Boxing Club edge out visting Belfast’s Holy Family Boxing Club at this year’s annual “Irish Boxing” matches by one bout.

Sheriff Jewell Williams continues his campaign to aid those in this city facing mortgage foreclosures. His office will host a mortgage foreclosure prevention seminar at Universal Charter School, Broad & Catherine Streets, this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is one in a series of similar seminars presented to home owners facing financial problems and in need of advice on how to save their properties. “Homeowners have options open to them that can help prevent a court ordered foreclosure or tax sale on their home, “said Sheriff Williams. “With knowledge there is understanding. That’s what this workshop is designed to do.” Topics to be discussed include: Loan modification programs, Short Sales and Second Mortgage Opportunities, Beware of Predatory Lenders, Financial Management and Planning, Selling Before the Courts Order a Tax or Foreclosure Sale, Veterans Home Ownership Eligibility, Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemptions among many others.

Registration is encouraged for this or a future seminar by calling the Sheriff’s office at (215) 686–3530 or (267) 702 5874 (Veterans Support Group of America). VSG is co-sponsoring this seminar.

SEPTA’s Green Earns Fed Grant SEPTA will receive $3 million under the federal Clean Fuels Program to buy new diesel-electric hybrid buses as replacements for use across the five-county system. SEPTA already has one of the nation’s largest fleets of clean-energy buses – and it’s already the nation’s best public transit agency. Clean energy hybrids account for one-third of SEPTA’s fleet of about 1,390 buses. Under terms of the grant from the US Dept. of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration, SEPTA will replace buses that have met the end of their useful life with new 60-foot diesel-electric hybrid buses, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, decrease fuel consumption and save on operating costs.

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Our Opinion ... City Should Tax Nonprofits

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Before the City figures out its new property-tax rate, it needs to tax all the property it’s supposed to tax. And that includes property owned by nonprofits. Philadelphia is lucky to have a strong and growing base in cutting-edge education and health care. It’s one of the reasons the city isn’t like Detroit today. But these top growth industries tend to be nonprofit enterprises. And that causes an imbalance in our body politic. A hospital needs streets and sewers, teachers and cops just like a cookie factory does. But the factory pays taxes to support these public services; nonprofits don’t. For years, Payments In Lieu Of Taxes (PILOTs) were worked out by some large nonprofit institutions in voluntary agreements with the City, to compensate for these services, at least in part. But PILOTs have dwindled in recent years, even as the City’s budget crisis blew up. We can’t go on like this. Fortunately, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agrees. In a landmark decision this April, it ruled a strict test must be applied to nonprofits’ tax-exempt claims. Any activity or property that does not “relieve the government of some of its burden” is subject to local taxation, it ruled. More than 10% of Philadelphia’s land is owned by nonprofits – one of the highest rates in the nation. The property-tax burden they are exempted from amounts to $528 million. (The School District budget hole we have been scrambling to fill throughout this year is just $90 million.) Philadelphia Area Jobs With Justice, organized labor’s lobby for social change, is pressing for immediate action. “When a university like Penn buys a hotel and runs it for profit, or a hospital lets land lie vacant and undeveloped – then, Mayor Nutter is legally obligated to collect property taxes,” its Executive Director Gwen Snyder argues. No one wants to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. These nonprofits are authentic “job creators”, after all. PILOT agreements are traditionally the way municipalities prefer to approach this problem. But it is an approach the Nutter Administration should be aggressive about, and in short order. That’s because the tax structure must be comprehensively redrawn during this year. A tax structure without proper PILOTs in place won’t work. It will unfairly dump costs on other property-owners large and small, and that, in the long run, will destroy jobs too. The Philadelphia Law Dept. and the Office of Director of Finance face many other challenges in these lean times. But this one is worth allocating extra resources to. When budgets are skimpy, an enterprise, whether public or private, must tighten its belt; but it may need to spend extra on its rainmakers. This task is worth the investment. And if it provides jobs to a few more lawyers and accountants … we are glad to see everyone find useful work.

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 jennifer@edneilson.com. Sep. 27- Danny Bonner hosts fundraiser for Republican congressional candidate Robert Alan Mansfield at Bonner’s Irish Pub, 23rd & Sansom Sts., 6-8 p.m. Sep. 28 Re-Elect State Rep.

John Sabatina Golf Outing At Byrne G.C., 9550 Leon St., with reception at 3 Monkeys Cafe, 9645 James St. Shotgun start 9 a.m. $125 with reception, $50 reception only. Sponsors: $250-$3,000. Sep. 28- Marian B. Tasco hosts Party For The People at H&H Banquet Hall, 2036 E. Haines St., 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 help get your bills in order, stop foreclosures. Bring utility bills, photo ID and income verification. For info (215) 8792452 or Tamica Tanksley (215) 879-7777. Sep. 29- 42nd Ward 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) 5513859. 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. Oct. 3- Local 98 hosts Fundraiser for Councilman Mark Squilla at Doc’s Union Pub, 2nd & Mifflin Sts., 5:307:30 p.m. For info Michelle Rumbaugh (215) 528-1810 or Marita Crawford (215) 4109200.

Letters • Letters • Letters • Letters • Letters • Letters • Letters • Letters • Letters the article I disagree with is the section in which you stated, “The one Republican ward which may reach that goal by the end of registrations, was the 64th, led by Ward Leader Bob Cummings with 93.” I do not disagree the 64th Republican Ward may reach the goal of 100 registrations changing from Democrat to Republican, but what I do disagree with is that those 93 changes were

led by Bob Cummings. This statement is inaccurate because it was my group of Young Republicans that got those Democrats to change to Republican, and we were not led by Bob Cummings, but by neighborhood leader Joseph J. DeFelice, Esq. The people who actually went out and got those registration changes were me, John J Jenkins, community activist and member of the

Philadelphia Young Republicans; Brian Caputo, president of the LaSalle College Republicans and member of the Philadelphia Young Republicans; Brian McCann, another member of the Philadelphia Young Republicans; Jude Montone, another neighborhood activist; and Joe, who also knocked on doors and wrote letters to his Democrat friends and asked them to switch parties.

The way we were able to obtain so many registration changes was by highlighting and informing the people of the 64th Ward of the great things that have been occurring in Mayfair, led by Mayfair Civic Association President Joseph J. DeFelice, such as the construction of the Mayfair Memorial Playground at Lincoln HS, the Mayfair Farmer’s Market that began Sunday, Sep. 23,

and the idea of creating a dog park near Lincoln HS, in Pennypack Park. We also obtained over 200 new Republican registrations and changes of address. As you can probably imagine, this was very difficult work led by people other than Bob Cummings, and therefore, I believe those that actually went out and did the work deserve the credit. John J. Jenkins III

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Correcting GOP Record In your article entitled “Forecast: Lower Presidential Vote Turnout? – Registration Figures To Date Trail Behind 2008” (Sep. 20), you stated neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party reached their goals of changing the constituents of their respective wards over to the opposite party. I agree with this statement completely; however, the part of


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Patriotic Homeless

THIS CART carries all worldly possessions of one of city’s homeless, who is poor and without shelter, but still proud, as revealed by its neatness and order -- and patriotism. Photo by LuzSelenia Salas

Palmer Honors Philadelphians

GALLERY of oil paintings honoring busy Phila. leaders over past 50 years was unveiled at Walter Palmer Leadership Charter School. Among those portrayed were Public Record publisher James Tayoun, Sr., Dr. Palmer, Ralph Wynder, Brian Dunn and Charles Kahn.

Johnson Builds Support

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HOSTING funder for Councilman Kenyatta Johnson at Duane Morris law firm were Lamm Realty Group’s Al Williams, left, and Davin Lamm, right, who are commercial real-estate experts. Johnson, 2nd from left, appealed to select group of friends like architect Emmanuel Kelly, 2nd from right.

Honkala Rallies Greens

NATIVE DAUGHTER Cheri Honkala came to William Way Center to fire up Phila. Greens in her campaign as their vice presidential standard-bearer for November. Chris Robinson introduces her and Carl Romanelli, Penna. state chair of Green Party.

Senator Stack Hosts Senior Expo STRUTTING With Seniors! State Sen. Mike Stack joins Three Mummers: Dan Eberhard, Len Giacabetti, and Dave Janot. Stack hosted annual senior expo at Penna. National Guard Armory, 2700 Southampton Road. Seniors turned up in droves to get information from state and city agencies, small businesses and many community orPhotos By Rory McGlasson ganizations.

NORTHEAST PHILA. STASTE SEN. Mike Stack thanks N.E. Philadelphia senior Ruth Rudnick enseniors for their support at annual senior expo, held joys meeting State Sen. at Penna. National Guard Armory, 2700 Southamp- Mike Stack at senior expo. ton Road.

FLYING THE FLAG. Mike Axelrod of Phila. Flag Day Association and Lt. Col. Gary Seifert of Veteran guard 3rd Regiment Infantry show off American flag that sailed on landing ship tank (LST) on Jun. 6, 1944, during WWII Normandy Invasion.

ARMY VETERAN Mike Merchiore gets some advice on programs from State Sen. Mike Stack during senior expo hosted by State Sen. Mike Stack at National N.E. Phila.

ALBERT LONG of S. Phila. entertains seniors dressed as his alter ego, TV personality George Burns, at senior expo. Burns is joined here by Sgt. Matthew Reluga and Erica Phillips.

Parking Day Gives Meters Rest

PHILA. Parking Authority was among 50 groups sponsoring fifth year of Park(ing) Day in which parking spaces in and around Center City were converted into grassy plots with various giveaways, bringing a park look to sections. In photos above, Katie Cordero and Becky Strangfield watch as Henry Duarte revs up generator on bike. In other photo Nicole Jock, Julie Rivera and Dylan Deer dish out lemonade and pretzels.

Health Centers Celebrate

Bringing People To Navy Yard Jobs

FIFTH ANNUAL National Health Center Week Celebration, organized by Health Federation of Philadelphia and Health Partners, presented “Advocate Award” to Congressman Chaka Fattah. At City Hall ceremony were Tom Story, MD, director of ambulatory care, Phila. Health Dept.; Jim Willshier, Penna. Association of Community Health Centers; Fattah; Pat- EXPLORING transportation needs for booming Navy Yard tie Dietch, CEO, Delaware Valley Community Health, Inc.; Ron Heigler, CEO of Greater business center was State Sen. Larry Farnese, along with host of business leaders. Flourishing business park at Navy Phila. Heath Action; and Fred Carey, CEO, Sayre Health. Yard is looking for new ways to bring workers to its jobs. Photo by Martin Regusters, Leaping Lion Photography


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Last Wednesday, STATE REP. JOHN TAYLOR had a fundraiser at Grey Lodge Pub, which is believed by many to be the best bar in Philadelphia. The host committee included people from both sides of the current fight within the party, including JOSEPH J. DeFELICE, Pennsylvania director of election-day operations for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania (PAGOP); STEVEN C. BOC, chairman of the Philadelphia Young Republicans and deputy director of election-day operations; NICK MATTIACCI, ESQ., candidate, State Representative 153rd; DAVE KRALLE, candidate, State Representative 169th; ROMAN SOSALSKI, Philadelphia victory director, PAGOP; BRIAN McCANN, Montgomery Co. victory director, PAGOP; JOHN McCANN, former candidate, State Representative; DR. SETH KAUFER, chairman of the 2nd Ward; JOHN STALMASTER, 62nd Ward Leader; JOHN JENKINS, Republican activist; and BRIAN CAPUTO, president, LaSalle U. College Republicans. Last week GOV. TOM CORBETT appointed CITY COMMISSIONER AL SCHMIDT to the Board of the Philadelphia Parking Authority. The Governor can appoint another person to the board and it is rumored that the individual will be selected by yearend. This is of momentous importance to the City GOP. Tuesday night, a fundraiser was held in Abington for 13th PA Congressional Dist. candidate JOE ROONEY by his fellow Bishop McDevitt alumni, including Philadelphia WARD LEADR MATT WOLFE and Springfield Township COMMISSIONER TOM BELL. Nick Mattiacci was also there. Joe is running against incumbent Democrat CONGRESSWOMAN ALLYSON SCHWARTZ. It appears she is not taking him seriously. She did the same two years ago with DEE ADCOCK, realized at the last minute she was not that far ahead in the polls and unleashed an expensive negative campaign on television. Adcock did not have the money to respond but still took 43% of the vote. Will she be surprised this time? This Friday and Saturday, a number of the herd will be heading to Camp Hill, Pa. for the fall meeting of the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee. The keynote speaker for the Friday evening dinner will be Louisiana GOV. BOBBY JINDAL. The state party meetings coincide with the opening reception for the 2013 class of the Anne B Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series. The Anstine program, initiated 11 years ago, is an intensive training session over 10 months that offers women the information, tools and skills to enhance their political participation. This year’s class of 19 includes five local women: RENEE CHESLER, SHARON GIAMPORCARO and MICHELLE LEONARD of Montgomery Co., as well as DENISE FUREY and GABRIELA GUARACOA of Philadelphia.

Yo! Here we go again with these items sent to me. They are called “idiot sightings”. I think that’s about right – how about you? I handed the teller at my bank a withdrawal slip for $400.00. I said, “May I have large bills, please?” She looked at me and said, “I’m sorry sir, all the bills are the same size.” When I got up off the floor I explained it to her. When my wife and I arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it. We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver-side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked. “Hey,” I announced to the technician, “it’s open!” His reply: “I know. I already got that side.” I live in a semi-rural area. We recently had a new neighbor call the local township administrative office to request the removal of the DEER CROSSING sign on our road. The reason: “Too many deer are being hit by cars out here! I don’t think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore.” My daughter went to a local Taco Bell and ordered a taco. She asked the person behind the counter for “minimal lettuce.” He said he was sorry, but they only had iceberg lettuce. I was at the airport, checking in at the gate, when an airport employee asked, “Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?” To which I replied, “If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?” He smiled knowingly and nodded, “That’s why we ask.” The stoplight on the corner buzzes when it’s safe to cross the street. I was crossing with an intellectually challenged coworker of mine. She asked if I knew what the buzzer was for. I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red. Appalled, she responded, “What on earth are blind people doing driving?!” I work with an individual who plugged her power strip back into itself … and for the sake of her life couldn’t understand why her system would not turn on. STAY ALERT! They walk among us ... and they VOTE.

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TRAFFIC COURT REVISIT – again. The recent Inquirer editorial “Traffic Court is embarrassing” never told to whom it is embarrassing. No poll results were given. It pokes fun at Judge Mulgrew’s attire when the FBI raid on his home occurred. The raid was around 6 a.m. What does the writer wear in the wee hours? It was not connected with Traffic Court…. Former Judge Singletary’s traffic tickets was mentioned – but no mention that the high court examined the issue – and seated him (?). The charge that the Democrats control judge selection is BLARNEY. SINGLETARY was not endorsed by the Dems. He simply won an election…. And it said Judge Solomon flunked the test once. She came off a family death – dwelled too long on the essay portion – and PASSED the second time. TWO RETESTS are allowed in this class for jurists. For that matter, attorneys are allowed to flunk their bar exam and take infinite retests. Judge SULLIVAN was removed as Administrative Judge – but not for any wrongdoing – as Judge Glazer took office. And Judge DeANGELIS was sent packing? I heard she gave a prober “what for” and quit (?). The question of fair hearings – no evidence was presented. District Justices (many GOP) from outside counties also preside in Traffic Court…. We need to get one point straight. Traffic Court Judges need NOT BE LAWYERS. They must attend training and certification, and have a KNOWLEDGE OF THE VEHICLE CODE! As for the call for an overseer? He is already in place. It’s Judge Glazer – who shows no sign of leaving…. Could that editorial writer live in the suburbs? At least Mulgrew should get a correction notice. An apology at best. Writers know their ethical stand should be, “Do little harm.” Even on a slow newsroom day. The entire field of multiple candidates for Mayor would vaporize if Nutter left for a Washington job, and Councilman Darrell CLARKE became Mayor. This would be shades of James H. J. Tate, a regular guy from up in the 43rd Ward who rode the subway to City Hall. As Council President, he became Mayor when Mayor Richardson DILWORTH ran for Governor. The question could then be – next City Council President? JANNIE BLACKWELL, to name one possibility…. A MOVEMENT to lower business taxes in favor of higher real-estate taxes seems quashed with the revelation that Philly business taxes, though complicated, (Cont. Next Page)

CBS 3 weather guy BOB KELLY is a native of Bridesburg. He often plays the role of master of ceremonies at the Memorial Day Parade and has stayed involved with the community. He is also a popular traffic reporter on TV and radio. What makes him unique is he speaks the Philadelphia lingo, i.e., “jam up on the Boulevard” and “gridlock at the Conshie curve.” It’s nice to see a local guy succeed in the Philadelphia media market. WILLIAM DUNBAR is running a fierce race against STATE REP. JOHN TAYLOR in the 177th House Dist. that includes Bridesburg, Kensington and Port Richmond. But Taylor has represented the district for decades and has extremely high approval ratings, and the residents know him personally. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA will carry that district in a landslide, but Taylor will likely still win as a Republican. Don’t rule out Dunbar, but Taylor is just so well known that he will be hard to beat. But the big question is, what is Taylor’s long-term plan? The writing is on the wall. Does he want to continue serving in the State Capitol as the only remaining Republican from Philadelphia, or does he want to move on to better and brighter things? The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce baffled many by picking policy wonk and former STATE SEN. ROB WONDERLING to be the face of their members. Wonderling is an intelligent man and a very good public servant, but he is not even from Philadelphia. The chamber should also be less policy-oriented and more sales-oriented. John Taylor would be a perfect fit to head the chamber. He knows everybody in Harrisburg and Philadelphia political circles and has a strong record of being pro-business and pro-Philadelphia region. Every Democratic politician would like to support Taylor. The current problem with the chamber is that it is owned by the Republicans, even though Philadelphia is a Democratic town. The chamber needs to wake up and smell the coffee. They need to start recruiting more Democrats, or at least support Republicans that Democrats would support, such as Taylor. The noise of election year has not yet reached full volume. But the Attorney General race has gotten hotter. The Republicans are trying to pull a Willie Horton on KATHLEEN KANE by claiming she is soft on rape and sexual-abuse-type crimes. Once again, the Republican have not let the facts get in the way. Their current ads don’t distort the record; they disregard the record entirely. Many Philadelphia politicians attended the Irish Weekend in North Wildwood. JUSTICE SEAMUS McCAFFERY and his brother DAN were seen wearing green. COUNCILMAN BOB HENON was seen conversing with COUNCILMAN BILL GREEN. And BARBARA DEELEY, who used to work for SHERIFF JOHN GREEN before she became Sheriff, was wearing green.


— are serious about reaching a deal,” said Jonathan Gold, VP for supply chain and customs policy at the National Retail Federation. “This extension should provide for a stable holiday shipping and shopping season over the next few months.” Prices will be a bit higher this season, since retailers and other shippers incurred extra costs for rerouting cargo or booking shipments early to avoid disruptions at the height of the annual peak season for holiday imports.

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College Tip State Sen. Larry Farnese (DS. Phila.) is urging folks worried about the rising cost of higher education to think about contributing to a Pennsylvania 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan. “Once enrolled,” Farnese noted, “you will be able to pay for tomorrow’s state tuition at today’s prices no matter when or how much tuition increases.”

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In Memoriam of Irene Dombkiewicz, born January 17, 1925 died March 25, 2012. Who was a loyal and dedicated Democratic Committee Woman for the 25th Ward 3rd Division. Irene dedicated her life for over 45 years to helping her Ward and her neighbors for a better place to live. Born in Poland, Irene came over to the United States in 1948 as a war bride. She married an American solider Casey Dombkiewicz whom she meet in Germany and was married to for over 50 years. She became an American Citizen in 1953 and she was proud to be an AMERICAN. Irene with her friend Dorothy Carlin and Dorothy’s son Chaly diligently worked the polls, canvased for votes and always tried to help out their neighbors. After Dorothy’s passing in 1994 Irene continued on and it gave her great satisfaction to be involved in politics. She uses to say “I don’t care who you vote for, just make sure you VOTE”. She is sadly missed by her large family of 2 daughters, 2 son-in-laws, 8 grandchildren and their spouses, and 10 great grandchildren and the family of the 25th Ward 3rd Divison. She will always be remembered !! “Sto Lat, Pani” See you on the other side.

TERS is the principal honoree at the Emerald Society annual dinner, to be held on 10/26. A grand and great time will be had!... WARD 5 Leader MIKE CIBIK, Esq. has made the city GOP into a lively party. He alerts all to the next GOP Happy Hour is set for 10/10 in Paddy Whacks at 150 South Street, 6-9 p.m. OUR STATE REPS (Ladies in action): State Rep.

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Imports of Christmas goods will wind up on retailer shelves rather than languish in containers on major dock terminals in the US. Retailers are breathing a sigh of relief as they welcome an agreement by the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance to extend negotiations for 90 days past the ILA-USMX contract’s Sep. 30 expiration. “This is a significant step forward, and signals that both sides — labor and management

(Cont. From Page 12) are fairer than in suburbia. Large property-owners would benefit from the shift to the backs of ordinary home-owners. City Council: Don’t let them crucify ordinary homeowners on a cross of gold!! DO YOU WONDER WHY gasoline prices are up at a time when oil per barrel is falling? Could it be the runup to the election?... LABOR IN THE NEWS: Ryan BOYER, Business Manager of Laborers’ District Council, received the Spirit of Life Award at the City of Hope Banquet. It was presented by Sam STATEN, Jr., head of Local 332. Eleanor DEZZI made it all come together again. NICK PICO, retired Business Agent for teamsters Local 107, passed away. Pico rose to Vice President of the local. Peace to the “rock solid” teamster... Delores BOWIE and Audra TRAYNHAM, members of Philly SEIU Local 32, were reported worldwide as knocking on South Philly doors to register people to vote – and vote Democratic. Closer to the election, they will send postal cards to those they spoke with. They even reminded a GOP voter not to forget to vote on NOV. 7 (the day after). Union members will knock on three million doors in a close state. A CLASS fellow is the long-term description of City Councilman Bill GREENLEE. HE exudes trust and caring. And is a powerful leader of Ward 15.... Negative commercials in the Attorney General’s race seem desperate. I met Kathleen KANE at the FOP convention. And I know her hometown of Scranton. That ain’t her in the opponent’s commercials.

CITY COMMISSIONERS: Please use the voter-ID law LOOPHOLE to ensure that electors are not SHUT OUT of the presidential election. Commissioners CLARK and SCHMIDT, help those in need!... Not sure if there was bad taste remaining over the Finnigan’s Wake renovations. At first, it was heated. I heard a computer may have been hacked. But nothing more since. We understand the bills are paid for the MADE in AMERICA Concert. But vigilance is needed to see if any remainder emerges. I have not agreed with the Committee of Seventy of late, but their online suggestion Justice Ron CASTILLE NOT RUN for reelection is great! The judge would reach the retirement age before the end of a new term. I will bet that he WILL run, however…. The annual golf outing in honor of slain police SGT. Joseph LE CLAIRE is on 10/27 at the Bensalem Country Club with a Beef & Beer in Knights Tavern. A very worthy cause. A MEMORIAL service honoring the late jurist THOMAS DEMPSEY is set for 10/17 in the Law Library and Room 653. A wonderful, caring man, jurist and teacher…. VETERANS ROUNDTABLE is to be held in the City Council Caucus Room at 11 a.m. on Sep. 28. Vets, show up with input! JUDGE JOSEPH WA-

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CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY, despite having to use cane due to Achilles tear, took time to shake hands and join Sunoco workers at official launch of Phila. Energy Solutions and its partnership with The Carlyle Group and Sunoco. Brady is credited with saving 850 jobs and creating 100 to 200 new permanent jobs as well as thousands of construction jobs at new refinery venture.

CONGRESSMAN Bob Brady thanks Gov. Tom Corbett for all the work he did in keeping jobs alive at Phila. Energy Solutions -- a partnership with Sunuco and the Carlyle Group.

SUNOCO workers thank Gov. Tom Corbett for help saving their jobs, thanks to new oil venture at S. Phila. refinery.

Boyles Honor Fallen Heroes Go-Kart Speedway Opens

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STATE SEN. Vincent Hughes, right, and Mayor Michael Nutter, left, joined in ribbon-cutting at Dorrence H. Hamilton Center For Culinary Enterprises. The Enterprise Center is connecting food economy to emerging green-jobs sector. Others from left included Asst. Sec. Matt Erskine, US Dept. of Commerce; Rev. Dr. Kevin Johnson, Bright Hope Baptist Church; Andrew Frishkoff, executive director LISC; Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell; TEC President Della Clark; and Mrs. Dorrence H. Hamilton. Photo by Ron Allen

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SAINT-GOBAIN building-materials company, partnered with YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School, marks renoJOSH SHAPIRO, Montco Commissioners Chair, helped vation of first gut rehab building to achieve LEED designaowners of new Speed Raceway cut ribbon on 100,000- tion at 4620 Green Street. Marking occasion were YouthBuild’s Simran Sidhu and Don Pinkney, Ciera RusSTATE REPS. Brendan and Kevin Boyle, along with Phila. square-foot indoor facility in Village Mall and is seen here sum, Janet Milkman, John Crowe of Saint-Gobain, CounFire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers, honored families of fallen congratulating Keith Asplundh, a partner. Speed Raceway cilwoman Cindy Bass, Bernard Hawks, Dorothy Stoneman indoor kart-racing facility in Horsham is largest in country. firefighters Daniel Sweeney and Lt. Robert Neary, with legand Tom Smith. Photo by Bonnie Squires islative citations.

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Red Cross Trains PHA Residents On Emergencies Youngblood Pushes Jobs The Philadelphia Housing Authority and the American Red Cross have held emergency preparedness workshops at PHA sites as part of Emergency Preparedness Month. “Natural disasters and other emergencies can occur anywhere. Our residents need to be prepared to take charge when the unexpected strikes,” said Kelvin Jeremiah, PHA’s interim executive director. “While PHA has always done its best to assist residents during emergencies, they must be able to help themselves until assistance arrives.” Michael Kiley-Zufelt, manager of community resiliency for the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania, briefed resident leaders on the emergency-pre-

MICHAEL Kelly-Zufelt, Manager of Community Resiliency for the American Red Cross of Southeastern Penna., briefs PHA resident leaders on emergency preparedness. The Red Cross is conducting emergency preparedness training at 16 housing authority sites. Housing Authority officials want to make residents aware of what they can do to prepare for the unexpected. paredness workshops. He said idea because many residents many people fail to be pre- are not aware of what is actupared because there is lots of ally needed, especially our denial about disasters. “Peo- seniors,” said Christine Boyd, ple think disasters are things president of the Harrison that happen in other places”. Plaza Resident Council. “I think it’s a very good “They are on medication and

some are disabled. They need all of this [planning] in place, so if they have to escape, they have everything ready at the door or behind the sofa.” Red Cross training emphasizes three things: get a kit, make a plan, and be informed. During the workshops, residents learned what items should be in a disaster supply kit, how to plan an escape from their homes or stay in place, and where to get emergency information. The training also encouraged participants to learn CPR, first aid, and use of a defibrillator when a person’s heart stops beating. Training is now going on at 16 PHA senior sites. For times and locations, visit pha.phila.gov or call (215) 684-5300.

EARLY LINE of job-seekers gathered outside 1st Presbyterian Church on Chelten Avenue to take advantage of job resource companies brought together by State Rep. Rosita Youngblood. AMONG companies offering job opportunities was SEPTA, whose Director of Human Services Daniel Amspacher discusses agenda with Youngblood staffer Danielle Martin.


footsteps of its namesake, the winner of the Richardson Dilworth Award will display an excellence in job performance, professionalism and will reflect the hard work of all City of Philadelphia workers.” Anyone may submit a nomination for the award. Nomination forms are available online atwww.dilworthaward.org. Paper nomination forms can be picked up and submitted at the Fund for Philadelphia Office, Room 708 of City Hall. Nominations will be accepted until Thursday, Nov. 15. Cabinet members, department or agency heads are not eligible for nomination. Nominated employees must have served for three consecutive years and have no recent disciplinary violations. The winner will be chosen by a selection commit-

tee, chaired by Joseph H. Jacovini, chairman of Dilworth Paxson LLP. Members of the selection committee represent the public, private and philanthropic sectors, as well as diverse communities across the City. “I am honored to chair the extremely respected and knowledgeable selection panel for the Richardson Dilworth award,” said Joseph Jacovini. “Richardson Dilworth was a fearless leader of Philadelphia, who believed in and advocated for real opportunities for public employees. The recipient of this award exemplifies this great tradition.” The winner of the Richardson Dilworth Award will receive a $5,000 after taxes cash prize, four tickets to the Mayor’s Box event of his or her choice,

the employee’s name engraved on a plaque on display in City Hall and an honorary luncheon for the winner, his or her family and nominators. The winner of the first annual Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service was Carlton Williams, formerly a Streets Dept. Deputy Commissioner. Williams is now BEN FRANKLIN Post commander Jon Peterson presents the Commissioner for the citation to Major General Wesley Craig, state Adjutant GenDept. of Licenses & Inspeceral of PA National Guard who discussed Guard's contintions. ued involvlement in Afghanistan. Photo by Joe Stivala.

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Mayor Michael A. Nutter has opened the nomination period for the second annual Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service. The Dilworth Award recognizes the contributions of an outstanding current, full-time, executive-branch public employee whose work exemplifies excellence in public service. The Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service is sponsored by Dilworth Paxson LLP and managed by the Fund for Philadelphia. “For Philadelphia public servants, it is not just a job but a commitment to improve a City they love and call home. These dedicated people deserve recognition for their sacrifices, loyalty and integrity,” said the Mayor. “Following in the

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by Michael P. Boyle, Esq. You will qualify for disability or SSI benefits if your condition is severe enough to meet or equal a Listing. Let’s take a look this week at Listing 1.02A.

Listing 1.02 refers to “Major dysfunction of a joint(s) due to any cause” and requires the following: gross anatomical deformity (e.g., subluxation, contracture, bony or fibrous ankylosis, in-

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stability); chronic joint pain and stiffness with signs of limitation of motion or abnormal motion of the affected joint; and findings on appropriate medically acceptable imaging of joint space narrowing, bony destruction, or ankylosis of the affected joint. To meet the Listing 1.02 A. criteria, a claimant must show involvement of one

major peripheral weight-bearing joint (i.e., hip, knee, or ankle), resulting in inability to ambulate effectively. Inability to ambulate effectively means an extreme limitation of the ability to walk, i.e., an impairment that interferes very seriously with a person’s ability to independently initiate, sustain, or complete activities. Section 1.00 B.2. b. (1), 20 C.F.R. Part

Nutter Offers Pension Package Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that the roughly 5,500 civil-service non-represented and exempt employees and first-level supervisors in AFSCME District Council 47 Local 2186 will receive a new compensation/benefits reform package that includes a 2.5 percent pay raise and the reinstatement of step and longevity increases – effective Oct. 1 – as well as health-care adjustments, proposed pension changes and work-rule changes related to overtime and furloughs. The employees who will receive the new compensation/benefits reform package are throughout the executive branch of city government, but also employees in independently elected offices, in-

cluding City Council, the City Controller’s office, the District Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office, the Register of Wills and the 1st Judicial Dist. The net cost to the City’s General Fund of the raises and related changes for the FY 2013-17 Five Year Plan is $17 million, a cost that does not assume the use of any furloughs. The City’s General Fund, which has a budget of $3.6 billion this year and a projected FY17 fund balance of about $60 million, will absorb the costs. “At the heart of this compensation package is a connection between employee pay raises and benefits reform that will move the City toward fiscal sustainability,” said the Mayor.

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While you might not have had a second mortgage or home-equity loan on your house as in my previous article, you did have those other pesky credit cards and miscellaneous debts. Remember those? Well, they’re getting paid something in your bankruptcy plan (or maybe not, if you have a zero-percent plan), but they are still out there. And now they are delinquent because the bankruptcy saved you from having to pay them while you got caught up on your mortgage. Now that your mortgage payment has been made current by the mortgage modification, all that money in your confirmed Chapter 13 plan can go to your unsecured creditors. That will increase their recovery from as little as zero to as much as 100%. So your plan payment does not miraculously go down simply because your mortgage has gone down. The difference is now available for others. You have proven your ability to pay. You might get a sympathetic Trustee or Bankruptcy Judge to allow you to lower

What about converting your case to Chapter 7 to get a simple discharge of your debts? That’s also a possibility, but count on someone challenging that process, since you now have the ability to pay. And that’s why you need a really good bankruptcy attorney who can guide you through the process. Next Week’s Question: Can a bankruptcy continue after death of debtor?

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(Cont. From Page 16) most finished. Oh yeah, the lender says, “don’t worry”, we’ll get to you soon. Sort of like being put on hold with the endless message, But what about your house? Finally, you have to file Chapter 13 to stop the foreclosure which has somehow moved along. So the foreclosure is stopped and your plan of payment has been confirmed by the Bankruptcy Court. But those payments are huge because they are designed to reinstate your mortgage by making up all your back payments and foreclosure costs as well as your current payments in the limited time of three to five years. You are struggling, but you will do anything to save your home. And then one day, after about a year or so, the clouds break, the rainbows appear, and miraculously a mortgage modification arrives in the mail where the lender agrees to lower your payment and reinstate the mortgage as current if you just make your new payments on time. No back payments to be made up.

than plan payment a little bit, but you are not going to get the relief you hoped for. You are stuck in your Chapter 13. Well, what about getting your bankruptcy case dismissed? That’s a possibility, but now those credit cards are also free to pretend the bankruptcy never happened and sue you for the balances due. And given the state of the credit-card industry these days, don’t count on them being so supportive.

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