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Dry Times 2100 Block Of Bainbridge Street Reopens After Water Main Break by Rory McGlasson Three months after one of the largest-ever water-main breaks destroyed a Graduate Hospital-area intersection, residents along Bainbridge Avenue can finally maneuver a little easier. On Tuesday, Mayor Michael Nutter and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson joined a slew of city officials and neighbors to officially reopen the 2100 block of Bainbridge Street. THEN AND NOW. 48-inch break in water-main pipe left giant sinkhole at 2100 Bainbridge Street on Jul. 22. Three months later, intersection is back. (Cont. Page 2) open for neighbors and commuters. Photos by Rory McGlasson TRI-STATE MALL Johnson Will Meet With Point Breeze Claymont, Delaware Developers Over Eminent Domain (302) 798-7079

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Councilman Johnson Refutes ‘Land Grab’ Claims; Will Meet Concerned Developers (Cont. From page 1) Johnson has come underfire from some local developers after introducing a bill -on behalf of the Mayor and the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority -- to acquire dozens of properties through eminent domain for affordable housing. RDA received approval over three months ago to proceed with a plan to build affordable housing in the Point Breeze Urban Renewal Area; south of Washington Avenue to Morris Street, between Broad and 25th. The plan is to acquire 43 properties by the end of the year and develop them in three stages. The problem, according to developers, is they own some of these parcels. Initially there were 93 properties on the list cited by the RDA, but 50 properties have been taken off the list. Of the 43 remaining, 12 of the properties are already owned by the City. The rest are privately owned, but most are vacant, blighted and/or tax delinquent. Seven of the properties owe a total of $40,711 in back taxes. Each of the seven has tax balances over $1,000 (between $1,800 and

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COUNCILMAN Kenyatta Johnson officially reopens 2100 block of Bainbridge Street on Tuesday. Johnson said he is willing to host a meeting with developers concerned with City’s projects in Point Breeze. Photo by Rory McGlasson $11,600). said. the initial process starts with neighborhood.” Local developers have ac“It’s my understanding that the RDA. Feibush believes the City cused the City of “grabbing most of these buildings are “I don’t set the policies. wants to grab the land before the land” and have questioned blighted -- and have been sit- But I support OHCD mission next year, when eminent-dowhy the City does not develop ting blighted for years." and focus on affordable hous- main rules will change. on parcels of land they curJohnson notes it’s the be- ing which I think is a win-win The funds that will be used rently own in the area. ginning of a larger process for for everyone -- especially to acquire the acquisition of “In the area that’s targeted him when it comes to afford- with AVI coming.” the land is $1.7 million of refor redevelopment, there are able housing and creating susA local developer, coffee- stricted funding, which comes not 300 properties,” Johnson tainable mixed-income shop owner Ori Feibush, be- from the federal government. said. affordable housing in his dis- lieves the City wants to “grab Another $2 million comes “The idea is not to snatch trict. the land" unfairly and is lead- under the Development properties from people cur“I have an affordable hous- ing a petition against the bill. Neighborhood Stabilization rently developing either,” he ing program of my own, but To date, 700 people have Program. The RDA is resigned the petition sponsible for picking the land. The bill is crafted by the Johnson noted that if deRDA along with the Office of velopers come forward, they Housing & Commercial De- can be struck off the list. velopment. Since taking over the 2nd “There’s nothing unusual Dist. in January, Johnson said over 100 homes. was pleased the intersection is Residents have had to deal open for neighbors and com- about this,” says Paul he has supported the sale of Chrystie, of OHCD. “The City-owned properties resultwith water and gas shut-offs muters. during the clean-up. The City’s 3,000 mile City supports sustainable, ing in 33 market-rate houses. neighborJohnson said he is thinking On Tuesday, Mayor sewer network is known to be mixed-income Michael Nutter thanked Grad- archaic in infrastructure. hoods, and the process of ac- of posting a meeting for all uate Hospital-area residents Philadelphia has had four quiring parcels to advance developers in the area so to for their patience during the major water-main breaks in that goal is a common one. In address issues and concerns “I’m willing to work with three-month rehab at the 2100 2012, including one in Old Point Breeze, the City is acblock of Bainbridge Street. City two weeks ago at the in- quiring parcels as part of a all stakeholders who have reHe added, however, there was tersection of 3rd & Walnut strategy to preserve afford- spect for the community,” ability in an appreciating Johnson said. still work to be done. But he streets.

Water-Main Break Repaired, Once More You Can Cross 21st & Bainbridge (Cont. From page 1) The intersection of 21st & Bainbridge Streets was hit by a underground tsunami on Jul. 22 after a water main’s 48inch pipe broke. A sea of water rushed out of the ground for over five hours, resulting in the evacuation of about four blocks of residents. The damage left an ugly sinkhole, causing damage to

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he said, and in a one-party town like the City of Brotherly Love that can be a particular concern.” The only thing Stalberg was correct about in the information he sent out on the web is, “The numbers have been out of whack for some time now.” Stalberg told the Pennsylvania Independent, “It just defies logic to think two out of every three people living in the city can be registered to vote.” So Pennsylvania Independent and other media go along believing our City Commissioners and especially its Registration head, Greg Irving, are not doing their work or living up to their responsibility. Stalberg needs to spend

GET-OUT-VOTE effort was launched by Lou Agre, Esq., Leader of 21st Democrat Ward in Roxborough-Manayunk. Making calls were 21st Ward committeepersons, Sheet Metal Local 19, Operating Engineers, and Local 1776 Food Service Worker members.

some time at the Registration Commission offices where workers are pushing six and seven days a week with long hours, to make sure the rolls are as conclusively accurate as they can be. He’ll discover what is involved in ensuring the one 1,600,031 voters registered in this city as of last Monday, will be able to cast their votes. He talks about purges ... the last was in 1994. But purges are no longer allowed. Since then, federal and state regulations have ruled supreme, wreaking havoc in registration rolls. Stalberg ignores the fact, under the Voter Removal Program, voters are entitled to remain on the registration rolls for years without voting, unless it is proven they have moved to another location, or someone comes in with a death certificate to show they can’t physically vote. Irving notes, “Long-time nonvoters can show up to vote, and will be allowed though their affidavit is marked ‘inactive’.” Federal regulations are mainly responsible for keeping inactive and long-gone voters on the registration lists. The Feds say everyone registered can be considered eligible to vote unless they have missed two successive federal (presidential) elections. So

unless address changes kick in, they can remain on the division’s rolls for nine years. Irving noted, “This has kept our lists burdened with nonvoters. We do what we

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by Joe Shaheeli Once again, Committee of 70’s Executive Dir. Zachary Stalberg, well-meaning though his efforts are, continues to spread statistics and facts that reflect adversely on the efforts of the City Commissioners’ Registration Division. His most-recent criticism of the Registration division, as reported in the Pennsylvania Independent internet blog by Eric Boehm, is, “The City has not done enough to trim its voter rolls, to remove inactive voters, dead voters, and former voters who have moved out of the city. Bloated voting rolls increase the chance for fraud to take place,

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Expected to put in appearances, in addition to the hosts, are State Sen. LeAnna Washington; State Reps. Rosita Youngblood, Michelle Brownlee, Cherelle Parker and Ronald Waters; Council Members Marian Tasco, Cindy Bass and Curtis Jones; and candidates for the State House J. P. Miranda and Stephen Kinsey. Mayor Michael Nutter and Congressman Chaka Fattah will attend.

THIRTEENTH Congressional District GOP challenger Joe Rooney took chicken lady and fans to demonstrate incumbent Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz will not debate with him. Her good reason: She is the overwhelming favorite, so why give him a district-wide shot at forum exposure? In case you are wondering, chicken lady was his daughter Sunny.

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Making Up For No Debate (Cont. From Page 3) address to see if they have moved to that address. If that letter is returned, we then send a second letter back to the old address to see if the voter still resides there. If there is no confirmation, we remove them.” To the credit of the author of the Pennsylvania Independent article, he writes, “Believe it or not, even Philadelphia’s bloated voting rolls are better than what is found in many parts of the country. An analysis looked at voter registration and population data for more than a dozen states – focusing on swing states in the coming national election – and found residents of Colorado, Ohio and Missouri should be particularly concerned. If Philadelphia’s 95% ratio of registered voters to voting-age residents defies logic, then the counties in those states that have a ratio of more than 100% should be sure signs of fraud at some level. No counties in Pennsylvania surpass that threshold.” Research conducted by the Pew Center on the States reveals approximately 24 million voter registrations, or 1 in 8, are no longer valid. They also estimate more than

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1.8 million dead people are still listed as voters and more than 2.75 million people are registered to vote in multiple states. Singer Blasts Pa. Dept. Of State

City Commission Chair Stephanie Singer held a press conference to clear up confusion caused by the Dept. of State which continues to run voter-ID ads. She charged they are wrong: “My office has received hundreds of complaints about misleading web pages and TV ads, as well as downright false billboards in Spanish in Latino communities in Philadelphia. We ask all media to give one clear message to Pennsylvania voters: ‘No ID Required for Nov. 6, 2012, except for first-

time voters as usual.’ Sid Booker Pushes Major Vote Rally

Sid Booker, Philadelphia’s famous Shrimp King, and former Undersheriff, will host, together with State Sen. Shirley Kitchen (D-N. Phila.), his annual get-outthe-vote rally in front of his famous eatery and night club Friday, Nov. 2. Not only will voters get a chance to hobnob with at least a dozen of the city’s top state and local elected officials, they will also get a chance to enjoy Sid Booker’s generous hospitality. The rally kicks off at LaPointe, 4600 N. Broad Street, at the intersection of Belfield Avenue at 5:30 and will run until 7:30 p.m.

Long time 177th Dist. incumbent State Rep. John Taylor (R-Kensington) is the city’s go-to guy in Harrisburg with the power that comes with years of service. He is the only surviving Republican legislator and is the city’s best conduit for pushing necessary legislation in a Republicancontrolled General Assembly. He faces this time a Democrat challenger, William Dunbar, who is young, hungry and doesn’t know when to quit. Dunbar, 28, has revisited homes in the District as many as three times and believes President Obama’s coattails will carry him, along with the traction he has developed, to victory. He has pressed Taylor to debate with him, and expected the incumbent to attend a candidate night sponsored by the Northwood Civic Association which was to feature both of them. Taylor was a no-show,

Marking Three Staff Birthdays

DEMOCRAT CITY COMMITTEE staffers marked birthday celebrations of three of their members with cake cutting ceremony honoring friend David Krain, Yolanda Richardson and Charlie Bernard. From left are, standing, Bill Malampy, David Krain, Linda August, Bill Dell, Ward Leader John Connelly, Yolanda Richardson, Ward Leader Ann Brown, Renee Tartaglione and Lou Farinella. Seated from left were Photo by Joe Stivala Bo Amen and Charlie Bernard. with one of his staff attending lenge to Controller Alan in his place. He was report- Butkovitz. That makes him edly in Harrisburg, though the second to enter the race, Dunbar differs. So with two behind perennial challenger weeks left in the election, Brett Mandel. His announcement will add their real debate will be defuel to a smoldering fire cided by the voters. We must note Taylor has among politicos in the Black included in his campaign ma- community, where they see an terial an article written in the opportunity to split the DemoPublic Record extolling his crat vote and bring in a memcareer and his power position ber of Philadelphia’s African American leaders as the next benefiting this city. Controller To Face Controller. Surfacing among Two, Three Or More Black leadership for now is Mark R. Zecca, Esq., sen- Michael Williams, Esq., forior attorney in the City’s Law mer head of city’s Minority Dept., will make it official the Program, and a former memend of this month. He’ll be ber of City’s Law Dept. declaring for a primary chalA Believer State Rep.

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GUEST SPEAKER at Masonic meeting was City Controller Alan Butkovitz, seen here receiving honorary award from Master John J. Kline. With him in photo are, in front row, Mark Burns, Dan Richmond, Butkovitz, John J. Kline W.M., Vincent Fatiga, Fran Manero; and, in rear, Walter Lojeski, Bill Jamieson, John Sullivan, Mike Saba and Greg Saba.

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(Cont. From Page 4) rarer, he is running against endorsed Democrat Jordan Harris in the general election. He’s doing so as a write-in candidate, knows the odds are 10,000 to one against him, but remains optimistic and a believer in miracles. “I know Harris has it locked up. But you never know. People are fed up. They are beginning to realize that leadership picks and anoints whom they want without regard for the concerns of the people. My only problem,” he admits, “is teaching them how to vote a write-in.” To help educate them, Person has been distributing mailers that describe how to write in a vote. He also has a website: markperson.vpweb.com. “I’m pushing and the website is getting a lot of bites, but I know I’m climbing a slippery slope. But it needs to be done.” Person did win a write-in vote. He wrote himself in as Republican Committeeman in

tigation of Jerry Sandusky. Democratic leaders sent a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder asking for a special counsel. “It is clear this case is crying out for an independent eye to carefully review the investigation of Mr. Sandusky by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General,” said Minority Leader Frank Dermody.

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nia’s state parks director who, incidentally, opposed a company’s plans to mine limestone beneath a state park in Southwestern Pennsylvania and objected to the administration’s proposition to allow commercial-timbering operations in state parks. Our parks and forests are not just nice places to play and visit; they protect and conserve unique ecosystems of flora and fauna and their natural habitats. They are Penn’s Woods. From Corbett’s opening salvo in 2011 to this firing of a responsible conservationist, and everything this Governor has done in between, our state just might be ready for a new slogan: “Welcome natural-resource-taking corporate donors. To hell with everyone else.” State Rep. Mike O’Brien Kensington, Center City, S. Phila.

Ward Leader Donna Aument hosts Halloween Celebration at Juniata G.C., M & Cayuga Sts., 8 p.m.-12 a.m., $25. BYOB. Costumes optional. Oct. 26-27- Phila. Vietnam Veterans Memorial 25th Anniversary Name Reading honoring 646 heroes and Candle Ceremony at Front & Spruce Sts., 6:15 p.m. R&R Reception Society Hill Sheraton, 8-10 p.m., $30. Contact VEAPDD214@gmail.com. Followed on 27th with PVVM “Operation Brotherly Love” Parade commencing at Washington Ave. & Columbus Blvd., 9 a.m., ending at Memorial for 25th Anniversary Ceremonies 12-1:30 p.m. Contact Strehle.Lincoln@pvmsec.org. Oct. 27- Walk to End Domestic Violence hosted by State Sen. LeAnna Washington, rain or shine; registration begins 9 a.m., kickoff ceremony 10 a.m. and Walk begins 10:30 a.m. Funds go to Phila.’s only 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline, (866-SAFE-014). $5/person. Register online http://bit.ly/WalkToEndDomesticViolence2012. Oct. 27- Emilio Vazquez’s Democrat 43rd Ward Fish Fry at Black Pearl, Old York Rd. & Erie Ave., 6-10 p.m. Cash bar. Tickets, $10 per person.

Oct. 28- Chuckie Tilley hosts Republican 35th Ward Fundraiser at SmokeEaters Pub, 1-5 p.m. Donations $40. Beer, soda and Eagles-Falcons game. Make checks payable to 35th Ward GOP. Oct. 28- Children’s Sabbath Interfaith Service “Pursuing Justice for Children and the Poor” at Zion Baptist Ch., 3600 N. Broad St., 3 p.m. Guest Speaker: Judge C. Darnell Jones, US District Court of Eastern Penna. Oct. 29- Democrat City Committee holds Autumn Cocktail Party at Sheet Metal Workers Hall, Columbus Blvd. & Reed St., 5:30-8 p.m. Tickets $150. For info (215) 241-7804.

Oct. 29- St. Thomas More So Red Mass at Cathedal SS Peter & Paul, 17th & Parkway, 5:15 p.m., followed by Awards Dinner honoring Judge James J. Fitzgerald at Union League, 140 S. Broad St. Oct. 30- Republican City Committee holds Fall Fundraiser at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd., 6-8 p.m. Tickets $125. For info (215) 561-0650. Oct. 30- Oktoberfest Meet & Greet for Controller candidate Brett Mandel at Kraftwork, 541 E. Girard Ave., 6-8 p.m. $250 Bull Dog, $100 Watch Dog, $50 Guard Dog, $25 Puppy Dog. RSVP mandelforcontroller@gmail.com.

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Following Gov. Tom Corbett’s first full month in office in 2011, I wondered in a letter to news editors whether environmental protection would survive under his administration. At that time, Corbett had already declared his intent to fight a responsible severance tax on natural-gas drillers. He had cheered on his new team of environmental regulators to repeal a policy that required input from the state conservation department on the impacts of drilling on state land. His spokesman had declared it would only be a “matter of time” before Corbett lifted a moratorium put in place by Gov. Rendell on new natural gas drilling in our parks and forests. My question was answered when we heard the news Corbett recently fired Pennsylva-

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You do and we do and all Philadelphians do! No matter how slow or how busy the play, we will all share in a reduction of property taxes which are sure to rise dramatically by this time next year. That’s why State Rep. Rosita Youngblood fought hard to retrieve the ball from others and throw it back into play, insuring Philadelphians did not lose the opportunity to have developers present Harrisburg with plans for a second casino. Others had tried to undo what the General Assembly decided, when it approved two casinos for this city. We just don’t understand the mentality of the editorial staff that now speaks for both the Inquirer and Daily News. In every way and on every other day, they are downplaying the tax help available from a second casino – no matter how busy that casino becomes – and building up a group of antis, so-called residents and businesspersons opposed to Bart Blatstein’s plan to bring new life to the newspapers’ historic old headquarters. Should the Blatstein plan become a reality, more winners will come out of the old Inkie building than the ever-streaming trend of losers who have tried to shape the thinking of Philadelphians for generations. Looking at their product these days, we can see why potential investors shy away from investing in an obvious losing proposition. Today’s two deailies don’t reflect the days when the old Inkie, the Bulletin, the Record and the Public Ledger were this city’s jewels. An extra casino in this city will prove to be an attraction to tourists; will give Philadelphians an opportunity to visit one or the other; will motivate patrons with a change of pace; will create more needed employment; and will spur further development along the lower North Philadelphia corridor. Oct. 25- State Rep. Mark This brake on property-tax increases will really be sweet. Cohen hosts “Loving, Living


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with creditors. In the meantime, the debt-settlement agency will deduct their fees each month out of your monthly payments. Typically, the fee charged is 15% of the outstanding debt. Often, the debt-settlement agency will withhold their fees before engaging any negotiations with any creditors. Assuming that you have paid into the debt-settlement agency enough money, the debt-settlement agency will then attempt to negotiate with your creditors to settle the debt for less than what is owed in one lump sum. A typical settlement with any one creditor is to pay approximately 50-60% of the debt outstanding. So, if on one credit card you owed $10,000, the debt-settlement agency would negotiate pay-

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ing $5,500 and the debt will be satisfied. Of course, you will have also paid the debtsettlement agency 15% of the outstanding debt, which is $1,500. Total payment on this one debt is $7,000. If that were your only debt, then perhaps debt settlement is a feasible option. After all, you are getting a discount (not much of one). However, most debtors are in a significant amount of debt – anywhere from $30,000 up to $75,000 (or more!). If your debt-settlement agency were to settle all of your debts of $50,000 at 50%, you would pay $25,000 on the debts plus you would pay $7,500 in fees, for a total of $32,500. Additionally, while you are paying enough money into the debt-settlement agency to be able to settle with your creditors, your creditors are not getting paid. When they are not getting paid, they start reporting to the credit bureaus (Cont. Page 29)

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Monday night the Veteran Boxing Association, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Republican Leadership Council, sponsored a debate-watching party at the VBA’s clubhouse in Port Richmond. FRED DRUDING, the President of the VBA and club member BEN MANNES were instrumental to the success of the event. The 50-plus crowd included elephants from all parts of the city, with a contingent from the South Philadelphia Tea Party Patriots headed by BARBARA DAHDAH. STATE REP. JOHN TAYLOR, who is also the leader of the ward in which the VBA clubhouse is located, stopped by. Other attendees include WARD LEADERS JOHN STALMASTER, MARC COLLAZZO, PHIL INNAMORATO ward leaders and MATT WOLFE. Pennsylvania Republican Party Philadelphia Victory head ROMAN SOSALSKI led a group of late arrivals following the close of the Victory phone bank for the night. It should be noted that Philadelphia Victory office’s phone bank topped the state last Saturday with the number of calls made. The Los Angeles Times estimated roughly 60 million people watched the debate, which was down from the previous debates. While the topic was foreign policy, both candidates frequently wandered into domestic affairs, in particular the economy. One of the more-interesting jostling between PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA and GOV. MITT ROMNEY occurred when Obama accused Romney of being willing to allow the US automakers to go through bankruptcies that would have lead to the companies being liquidated. Romney claimed he had recommended General Motors and Chrysler should go through managed bankruptcies in which the companies could shed their expensive labor and post-retirement obligation. Romney further noted lower labor costs among (Cont. Page 28)

One conversation that’s been going on much more than usual during this campaign season is whether or not folks in pulpits should have any say in our politics. Because churches are nonprofit organizations, they’re given a special look when it comes to taking a stand on just about anything. Even if it’s something like “Which do you like more, grape or strawberry jam?,” advocating a flavor can lead to a visit from the IRS. Not to say churches follow that rule to the letter. During the heyday of the Christian Coalition … and even to this day, if we’re honest with ourselves, churches, particularly those giving us that Old Time Religion from the right, have been giving out voter guides, and in some cases telling people not only how … but whom to vote for. So when I went to Bright Hope Baptist Church in North Philadelphia last week for a rally sponsored by the local chapter of the National Action Network and headlined by NAN’s founder, the Rev. Al Sharpton, I thought about the ethics of holding what was essentially a political rally in a church. The rally was part of an initiative among churches across the nation called “Souls to the Polls”. As part of this, ministers did voter registration drives, educated parishioners to new voting laws including Pennsylvania’s own voter-ID law and otherwise entreated their flocks to get to the polls on Nov. 6. Now to the naked ear, this sounds like politics coming from the pulpit. As I mentioned earlier, it happens all the time, although we don’t want to admit it. But since everyone’s paying attention this time, the question becomes, “Would this pass the 501(c)(3) test?” (Cont. Page 29)

CITY COUNCIL SERGEANTS AT ARMS: Much ado about nothing. The FIVE gents earn a combined total of $160k. Wow – big money. Rina Cutler, Deputy Mayor for Transportation, gets $160k. I do not know these men, but I can SEE THEM (vs. a Deputy Mayor) and talk to them. A Deputy Managing Director gets $160k. 15 others get from $160-255k or $3.3 million or 103 jobs at $32k (at sergeants at arms pay). ARE THEY NEEDED? You saw photos of Council sessions where the main floor and balcony were filled with upset taxpayers. A Council Member at their desk on the Council floor, with no exit, has to feel uneasy. Why talk of JOB elimination of these ordinary people (even though great leaders came out of that office) in a time when we want to CREATE jobs?... Your AVI real-estate tax increase. The fast-track bill on City setting of the tax rate was not seen by citizens. We won’t know if we have a BEEF with our lawmakers until we get our new market value. State Rep. Michael O’BRIEN’s courageous stand against the bill is right out of Profiles in Courage (JFK). Now ALL EYES WILL BE ON CITY COUNCIL. Council alone has had authority to set the tax rate. THEY MUST NOT ABDICATE the duty to set it. Nutter’s spokesperson seems to say that areas will get reductions. WHERE ARE THESE AREAS? Don’t rely on it. Councilwoman JANNIE BLACKWELL tells of a free 8-week English & Literacy Class for the Fall and Spring 2013 at ACES Multicultural Center, 6401 Elmwood Avenue, on Mondays, 9-11 a.m. It is for parents and guardians of kids in public school. HELP YOUR KID WITH HOMEWORK!... Richard GLAZER leaves the Ethics Board. The Mayor says he has a new job for him – maybe two jobs. Let watch and wait. I thought for a minute they were offering Judge GLASER of Traffic Court a job. The two could switch jobs. The article seeing Philly in new light – kind of a European city – is spot on. What will happen to that glow when AVI hits homeowners? It is not going to be revenue-neutral. Brace yourselves. Hope we do not depopulate.... It gets TIRING to read editorials of patronage, the long-vanished walking-around money, corrupt property taxes. In a nightmare, I see a reporter’s desk with a sheet taped above and elected official names on it. Who to write about on a slow day in the newsroom? (Never mentioned is the Realware Computer Program that was supposed to determine market values starting a decade ago. It never worked and cost US $10 million.) VINCE FUMO moves property ownership around while in prison, read the headline. SO (Cont. Page 28)

Yo! Here we go again with this article sent to me by Rita H., a reader. She says that you are to read it slowly and quietly, think about each item and then then pass it on to someone whom you care for. To realize the value of a sister/brother, ask someone who doesn’t have one. To realize the value of 10 years, ask a newly divorced couple. To realize the value of four years, ask a college graduate. To realize the value of one year, ask a student who has failed a final exam. To realize the value of nine months, ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn. To realize the value of one month, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby. To realize the value of one week, ask an editor of a weekly newspaper. To realize the value of one minute, ask a person who has missed the train, bus or plane. To realize the value of one second, ask a person who has survived an accident. To realize the value of one one/hundredth of a second, ask the person that came in second in an Olympic event. To realize the value of a friend or family member – LOSE ONE. Time waits for no one. Treasure every moment you have. You will treasure it even more when you can share it with someone special. Remember: Hold on tight to the ones you love! The origin of this letter is unknown, but it brings good luck to everyone who passes it on. Do not keep this message; tell it to your friends and family to whom you wish good fortune.

SAM STATEN, JR.’S Laborers’ Union held its annual awards dinner at the Sheraton City Center. The hotel is one of the only unionized hotels left in the city. The main honoree was WALT HIGGINS, Laborers’ Local 57 business manager. Higgins has worked tirelessly to compel the state and federal governments to invest in infrastructure. Infrastructure investment means jobs. Right now, Pennsylvania has a $2.6 billion infrastructure deficit. That means the State should have spent that money to invest in roads and bridges already. Pennsylvania could end the problem of unemployment almost entirely by investing in infrastructure. The Laborers are well trained and would get the job done. And the taxes they would pay would help turn the economy around. GOV. TOM CORBETT sent his best wishes to Walt Higgins and the Laborers. Next, he should send jobs. CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY demonstrated why he is the incumbent at a Delaire Landing candidates forum. Brady told the audience that he was “100% for gun control” and received a thunderous applause. His opponent JOHN FEATHERMAN was nearly booed when he claimed to be “100% for gun-owner rights.” Also attending the forum was mayoral hopeful ALAN BUTKOVITZ, who is not even on the ballot; also the ubiquitous BOB HENON, who is not on the ballot. These condos along the Delaware River in Northeast Philadelphia have 1,100 votes. Needless to say, smart politicians pay attention and show up. The development of the Delaware River Greenway continued. CONGRESSWOMAN ALLYSON SCHWARTZ joined STATE SEN. MIKE STACK, COUNCILMAN DAVID OH, STATE REP. JOHN TAYLOR and DEPUTY MAYOR MICHAEL DiBERARDINIS to open the recently renovated Pulaski Park in Port Richmond. Now, the neighbors of Bridesburg and Port Richmond will have access to the river. They will also be connected to their neighbors in Center City and Northeast Philadelphia. The new park overlooks the river and will connect bike trails that have already been constructed in other neighborhoods. Also in attendance were Public Relations VP DON BRENNAN of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority and LISA DEELEY, the highly respected aide to Councilman Henon. ED NEILSON was the guest of honor at a fundraiser at O’Donnell’s Irish Pub. A packed house included WARD LEADERS SHAWN DILLON and MIKE McALEER and State Sen. Mike Stack.


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Young Dems Lead Union Movement Doc’s Union Pub at 2nd & Mifflin Streets was the place to be to view the three presidential and vice presidential debates this month. One of the more interesting groups that hosted the second 2012 presidential debate was the Young Union Political Professionals. “We want to reach out to the 18-35 professional and working people to further the goals of the labor movement,” said Chris Rupe, 25, director of legislative affairs for IBEW Local 98. “This is somewhat of an unofficial gathering of young people. What we want to do is spread the awareness of the presidential debates, middle class values, unions and what candidate will take us into the future.” Rupe is a University of Pennsylvania graduate and is a fourth-generation union member. Director of Special Projects in the office of Councilman James Kenney, Rich Lazer, 27, worried that his generation may be getting complacent since the Obama election four years ago. “We’re trying to get the young people engaged in the process,” he said. “We have debt from college loans. We have families. We want to hold our elected officials accountable.” I asked him how his generation learns about politics. “Definitely ‘The Colbert Report’ and ‘The Jon Stewart Show’ are very watchable, funny and informative TV programs. They

both bring a message and do it in a humorous way so that the subject is not so stuffy.” The first woman elected as Philadelphia Council Secretary–Treasurer of the AFLCIO, Liz McElroy, commented, “I’m on the cusp of the age group at 40. But being in between the generations, I have seen my parents, grandparents, myself and now the college crowd face issues that are different but also, on another level, the same. We want to work, get married, have a nice existence. But, as seasoned workers retire, the younger workers want to fill those jobs. My goal is not to straddle the two groups but to find the commonality.” Tara Chupka, 28, who is the executive assistant to John J. Dougherty, business manager of IBEW 98, wants to get the young voters out and to have them be more involved. “It’s all about knowledge,” she told me. “And about making the best decision they can make. Every election is exciting. My generation has to pay attention to problems. These didn’t happen overnight. And the answers won’t happen overnight. It’s not about getting a paycheck on Friday and partying all weekend. We must focus on our future.” Another young man focusing on his future is Democratic candidate William Dunbar, 28. This is his first

time running for election. But he has been politically active as a special assistant to Congressman Chaka Fattah. “The biggest thing is to get the 1835 crowd involved in the races. We’re going to be leaders of the next generation. My opponent was elected the year I was born. We’re vastly different in our knowledge of what’s going on in the community. Debates are excellent teaching tools in that they let people hear what the issues are and how they will be addresses. I was supposed to debate my Republican opposition tonight, but he was a no-show. But I’m happy to be here and for the support of John Dougherty and Local 98.”

DEMOCRAT candidate for the State Rep in 177th William Dunbar with his Field Director Sabir Hameen. Photo by Maria Merlino

DIRECTOR of Legislative Affairs Chris Rupe, Philadelphia Council Secretary–Treasurer ofAFLCIO Liz McElroy, Dir. of Special Projects Office of Councilman James Kenney, Rich Lazer.

EXECUTIVE ASSISITANT to Business Mgr./ IBEW Local Union 98 Tara Chupka, and Dir. of Special Projects Office of Councilman James Kenney Rich Lazer.

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Get Ready for ‘Spooktacular’ Weekend There is going to be a “spooktacular” festival along E. Passyunk Avenue this weekend. The Spooky Saturday and Fall Festival, kicks off on Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., on the streets surrounding the Singing Fountain, E. Passyunk & Tasker Street. The E. Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District presents a spooktacular Halloween celebration with fun for children, adults and even Fido too! Spooky Saturday festivities include costume contests, trick or treating, pumpkin painting, cider, pet treats, art lessons and temporary tattoos by Alphabet Academy, 1720 E. Passyunk. Fall Festival celebrates the sights and sounds

of autumn with live music by Willie (acoustic family favorites), We Are Fauna (acoustic rock) and Rooster & Squire (bluegrass). Charm City Movement Arts bring the big top fun with circus performances. Ms. Goody Cupcake (1838 E. Passyunk) will be on hand with deliciously creepy cupcakes that will have children screaming (in delight). Nice Things… Handmade (1731 E. Passyunk) presents a craft show featuring local artists. Stateside (1536 E. Passyunk) will pour seasonal craft beer and have the kitchen open. In the event of rain, Fall Festival music and craft show will be canceled. Spooky Saturday’s costume contest, circus performance and trick or treating will move inside at

Urban Jungle (1526 E. Passyunk). Over 40 artists will be on hand for a craft show organized by Nice Things. Handmade. Future artists will enjoy children’s drawing and art lessons by Young Rembrandts. Tarot-card readings will be provided by Angela Ranalli (Le Virtù’s pastry chef) for $20 a reading. Charm City Movement Arts will present tightwire demos and circus performances for kids of all ages. Alphabet Academy helps children get into the haunting mood with spooky temporary tattoos outside of the Alphabet Aquarium location, 1720 E. Passyunk. For more information, visit www.visiteastpassyunk.com.

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SITTING unperturbed by damp, chilly weather last Sunday was this huge crowd enjoying entertainment at annual St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church festival along S. 9th Street.

TWO members of St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish attend to statues of saints who were garlanded with dollar bills from parishioners and festival attendees SHARING a moment at St. Nick Festival as they were carried in four-block long parade at were Joe Russo and Councilman Mark beginning of festival. and Bridget Squilla. Photo by Joe Stivala

DANCING IN rain was this group of revelers at St. Nicholas festival as Jerry Blavat MC’d music from band stand.


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The third parties could make a difference in some states, à la Ralph Nader, in the presidential election, tilting away needed votes from either presidential candidate. The Green Party, with Dr. Jill Stein and local icon Cheri Honkala have made the most noise and gotten the most

press of the two parties. They claim they are polling over 3% of the vote, which could impact on President Barack Obama’s votes in close states. Both Dr. Jill Stein and Gov. Gary Johnson debated with Larry King hosting this past week, but ironically only those watching Al Jazeera and Russia Today were able to view them, since the major cable networks in the US blacked them out.

CHECKING GUESTS in at 10th Ward Cabaret Night are Fannie Blakely and co-host, 10th Ward Committee Chairwoman Izabella Fitzgerald. Cabaret Night was co-hosted by Ward Leader Edgar Howard, who couldn’t attend party sue to illness. Event was held at St. Raymond's Catholic Photo by Rory McGlasson Church, 1350 E. Vernon Road.

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Look for the other shoe to drop shortly on some of our elected officials. The FBI is billboarding a partnership with the United States Attorney’s Office, the City of Philadelphia Inspector General, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Inspector General, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and the Philadelphia Police Dept. to announce a new initiative aimed at combating fraud and corruption. It’s unlike them to broadcast their intent. The joint initiative includes the launch of a new, toll-free tip line number, 1-855-FBITIPS (1-855-324-8477), and a billboard campaign. It will run for about five months and focus first on Philadelphia Co. targeting fraud and corruption in federal, state and local government agencies. Local Special Agent in Charge George Venizelos commented, “The FBI’S number-one criminal priority is to address public corruption at all levels of government. Every elected official and public servant has a fiduciary duty to provide honorable service to the American public. The public is one of the most effective tools in the battle against public corruption. Anyone who has information

WELCOMING to podium City Commission Chairwoman Stephanie Singer, National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees Local 1199C President Henry Nicholas praised her defense of voting rights at his preelection membership meeting.

LOCAL 1199C President Henry Nicholas, right, gave strong endorsement of City Controller Alan Butkovitz at his membership meeting. Nicholas lauded Butkovitz’s forensic audit of former Sheriff John Green’s office as well as his probe into shady development practices in Temple University neighborhood.

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(Cont. From Page 5) ing them that unless they are newly registered or have moved their registration to a new polling location, they do not need photo ID to vote in the upcoming election. Voters who have been sent this mailer will also receive a robo-call before it arrives and then another after, to reinforce the message. “The ad campaign being run by the State does a poor job of explaining you don’t need a photo ID to vote,” said AFL-CIO State Dir. David Driscoll-Knight. “Countering the confusion in Pennsylvania has been a top priority of the AFL-CIO and is an important part of our get-out-the-vote program.”

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NewCourtland Building New LIFE In North Philadelphia NewCourtland is bringing new life to seniors in North Philadelphia. It did so by officially kicking off its third LIFE (Living Independently For Elders) with a ground-breaking on the site located at 1900 W. Allegheny Avenue. The nonprofit is a provider of community services, affordable housing, a nursing home, education and workforce development for a growing senior population in Philadelphia. Known nationally as PACE, NewCourtland LIFE provides a broad range of health care and other services to seniors in Philadelphia with a focus on keeping them in their own homes and communities. This NewCourtland LIFE Center, slated for completion in 2013, will anchor a five -acre development proposed to include affordable housing. The model is touted for its success enabling sen-

CONGRESSMAN Chaka Fattah addresses groundbreaking ceremonies for NewCourtland at 1900 W. Allegheny as its Dir. of Logistics & Planning Max Kent, Dir. of Marketing & Public Affairs Angela Brown and LIFE Medical Dir. Linda Kurian, MD look on.

iors to avert and/or transition from costly nursing home and hospital care and back into the community where they prefer to live — at a significant savings. “By expanding the availability of housing linked with supportive services like LIFE, NewCourtland, enables older adults to age safely and affordably with dignity and respect — as in-

dependently as possible, for as long as possible — in their own home or community,” said Gail Kass, president & CEO of NewCourtland. Those served by NewCourtland are among Pennsylvania’s fastest growing demographic, i.e., those 55 and older. Nearly 10% of the state’s 3.5 million + seniors reside in Philadel-

phia which maintains the highest proportion of seniors among the nation’s 10 largest cities estimated at 1 in 5 according to the 2010 census. NewCourtland LIFE currently maintains a 12-zipcode service area primarily in the Northwest section of Philadelphia where it’s estimated nearly 2,700 seniors are eligible for LIFE. Of those, nearly 25% reside in 19132 in the community surrounding NewCourtland LIFE at Allegheny. The $5.6 million project represents significant development in Philadelphia which NewCourtland achieved with the support of a variety of public and private funding sources including PIDC, PNC Bank, and $1 million through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, now known as the Pennsylvania Economic Growth Initiative. NewCourtland LIFE

opened its first center in 2007 which it continues to operate out of Germantown House, a senior-housing complex managed by Philadelphia Housing Authority. After experiencing record growth, NewCourtland opened its second cen-

ter earlier this year on its flagship campus, Germantown Senior Community. The NewCourtland LIFE Center at Allegheny is slated for completion in 2013 when development of the housing component commences.

Bringing Minority Suppliers Together

PA-NJ-DE Minority Suppliers Development Council Expo ribboncutting opening at 2012 Procurement Conference & Trade Show Exhibit for Game Changers and Bold Thinkers at Caesar’s Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. In picture are Atlantic City’s Mayor Lorenzo T. Langford; Maurice L. Williams, Board Chair MSDC; and Wade Photo by Martin Regusters, Leaping Lion Photography Colclough, MSDC.


by the time a train engineer spots someone in the track area and sounds the horn -- it’s too late. Impact occurs in seconds. Fox and his team are spreading the word about the dangers of rail trespassing. Four members of the team are certified trainers through Operation Lifesaver, an international nonprofit organization that provides public education programs to prevent collisions, injuries and fatalities on and around railroad tracks and highway-rail grade crossings. “We’ve partnered with Philadelphia’s City Year organization to reach more school aged children, spoken to school bus and motor coach operators, first responders, law enforcement agencies, AARP driver safety classes for adults over age 50 and driver’s-education classes geared toward high-school students working toward getting their driver’s license,” Fox said. “We’ll speak to any group in-

Black-On-Black Crime Confab at the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 12th and Arch Street and is being described by organizers as a “must attend” event for community organizers and urban policy practitioners’ focused on improving the life-chances for African American men. “On any given day in America, in any urban city in America with a large population of Black citizens, someone is shot or killed by another Black citizen. Every year America sees over 51,000 deaths as a result of violence. Over 49% of those murdered are Black,” said Bilal Qayyum, founder of the Father’s Day Rally Committee.

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service area. The goal of each blitz is to teach commuters how to be safe at railroad crossings and to warn of the dangers of trespassing on the rails.

To deter trespassers, SEPTA also installed fencing, audio and visual signals at many regional rail stations. However, it is also imperative for communities to assist with

these efforts. Anyone interested in scheduling an Operation Lifesaver presentation should contact SEPTA Customer Service at (215) 580-7800.

NOTICE OF DEFAULT AND FORECLOSURE SALE WHEREAS, on May 9, 2003, a certain mortgage was executed by Mary R. Brogden, as mortgagor in favor of Financial Senior Funding Corp, a subsidiary of Lehman Brothers Bank, FSB as mortgagee and was recorded in Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Philadelphia County in Mortgage Document# 50751580 (“Mortgage”); and WHEREAS, the Mortgage encumbered property located at 1539 North Robinson Street Philadelphia, PA 19151, parcel number 69N03-81 (“Property”); and WHEREAS, the Property was owned by Mary R. Brogden, by virtue of deed dated April 9, 2003 and recorded September 5, 2003 in Document #: 50751579; and WHEREAS, Mary R. Brogden died on May 11, 2011 and by operation of law, title vested in her two surviving children, Charles Brogden and Lilburne Brogden; and WHEREAS, the Mortgage is now owned by the Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (“Secretary”), pursuant to an assignment recorded on October 6, 2010 in Document# 52267079, in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; and WHEREAS, a default has been made in the covenants and conditions of the Mortgage as Mary Brogden died on May 11, 2011 and in that the payment due on August 6, 2012, was not made and remains wholly unpaid as of the date of this Notice, and no payment has been made sufficient to restore the loan to currency; and WHEREAS, the entire amount delinquent as of August 6, 2012 is $47,600.29 plus interest, costs and other charges through the sale date; and WHEREAS, by virtue of this default, the Secretary has declared the entire amount of the indebtedness secured by the Mortgage to be immediately due and payable; NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to powers vested in me by the Single Family Mortgage Foreclosure Act of 1994, l2 U.S.C. 3751 et seq., by 24 CFR Part 29, and by the Secretary’s designation of me as Foreclosure Commissioner, recorded on September 29, 2011 in Misc. Instrument #: 52395684, in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, notice is hereby given that at Novembrt 14, 2012 at 10:30 am at the Southeast Entrance of Philadelphia City Hall located at Broad Street and Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, all real and personal Property at or used in connection with the following described premises (“Property”) will be sold at public auction to the highest bidder: ALL THAT CERTAIN lot or piece of ground with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, Situate on the Easterly side of Robinson Street at the distance of 182 feet 06 inches Southwardly from the Southerly side of Lansdowne Avenue in the 34th Ward of the City of Philadelphia, County of Philadelphia and State of Pennsylvania. CONTAINING in front or breadth on the said Robinson Street, 15 feet and extending of that width in length or depth Eastwardly between parallel lines at right angles to the said Robinson Street, 96 feet to a certain 03 feet 7/8 of an inch alley extending Northwardly from Media Street into another alley 03 feet 7/8 of an inch wide alley, extending from the said Robinson street to 61st Street. BEING known and numbered 1539 North Robinson Street. BEING BRT #34-2-274500. BEING Plan/Parcel #69N3 81. TOGETHER with the free and common use, right, liberty, and privilege of the aforesaid alleys as and for passageways and watercourses at all times hereafter forever. The sale will be held on Novembrt 14, 2012 at 10:30 am at the Southeast Entrance of Philadelphia City Hall located at Broad Street and Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development will bid $47,600.29 plus interest, costs and other charges through the sale date. Ten percent (10%) of the highest bid is the deposit required at the sale. The amount that must be paid to HUD by the mortgagors or someone acting on their behalf so that the sale may be stayed is the total delinquent amount of $47,600.29 as of August 6, 2012, plus all other amounts that would be due under the mortgage agreement if payments under the mortgage had not been accelerated, advertising costs and postage expenses incurred in giving notice, mileage by the most reasonable road distance for posting notices and for the Foreclosure Commissioner’s attendance at the sale, reasonable and customary costs incurred for title and lien record searches, the necessary out-of-pocket costs incurred by the Foreclosure Commissioner for recording documents, a commission for the Foreclosure Commissioner, and all other costs incurred in connection with the foreclosure prior to reinstatement. There will be no proration of taxes, rents or other income or liabilities, except that the purchaser will pay, at or before closing, his prorata share of any real estate taxes that have been paid by the Secretary to the date of the foreclosure sale. When making their bid, all bidders, except the Secretary, must submit a deposit totaling ten percent 10% of the Secretary’s bid as set forth above in the form of a certified check or cashier’s check made out to the Secretary of HUD. Each oral bid need not be accompanied by a deposit. If the successful bid is oral, a deposit of ten (10%) percent must be presented before the bidding is closed. The deposit is nonrefundable. The remainder of the purchase price must be delivered within thirty (30) days of the sale or at such other time as the Secretary may determine for good cause shown, time being of the essence. This amount, like the bid deposits, must be delivered in the form of a certified or cashier’s check. If the Secretary is the high bidder, he need not pay the bid amount in cash. The successful bidder will pay all conveyance fees, all real estate and other taxes that are due on or after the delivery of the remainder of the payment and all other costs associated with the transfer of title. At the conclusion of the sale, the deposits of the unsuccessful bidders will be returned to them. The Secretary may grant an extension of time within which to deliver the remainder of the payment. All extensions will be for fifteen (15) days, and a fee will be charged in the amount of $150.00 for each fifteen (15) day extension requested. The extension fee shall be paid in the form of a certified or cashier’s check made payable to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. If the high bidder closes the sale prior to the expiration of any extension period, the unused portion of the extension fee shall be applied toward the amount due. If the high bidder is unable to close the sale within the required period, or within any extensions of time granted by the Secretary, the high bidder’s deposit will be forfeited, and the Commissioner may, at the direction of the HUD Field Office Representative, offer the Property to the second highest bidder for an amount equal to the highest price offered by that bidder. There is no right of redemption, or right of possession based upon a right of redemption, in the mortgagor or others subsequent to a foreclosure completed pursuant to the Act. Therefore, the Foreclosure Commissioner will issue a Deed to the purchaser(s) upon receipt of the entire purchase price in accordance with the terms of the sale as provided herein.

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The Father’s Day Rally Committee, a Philadelphia based nonprofit organization that addresses the social ills affecting African American Men will host a national conference on “Black on Black” Crime in Philadelphia tomorrow through Sunday. Expected to attend are Robert Woodson, Sr, president, Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, Washington, D.C., Maniko Lockhart, director, Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, Tio Hardiman, director, CeaseFire, Illinois, and Nisa I. Muhammad, executive director, Wedded Bliss Foundation, Washington, D.C. The conference will take place

terested in learning about rail safety.” In addition to public presentations, the group conducts regular safety blitzes at rail stations throughout SEPTA’s

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by Kristin Geiger, SEPTA Press Officer Tragedy can strike along the railroad. It may seem like a quick shortcut across railroad tracks, an innocent challenge to see who can stay on the tracks the longest before the train passes or a good old fashioned game to see if the train smashed your pennies on the rails -- but it often ends in disaster. In many cases, people are aware of the imminent dangers of crossing the railroad tracks between train stations but do it anyway. Rail trespassing occurs when an unauthorized person or group enters the track area. For some, railroad trespassing can be fatal. “I’ve never seen anyone outrun a train,” Jim Fox, SEPTA’s director of system safety, said. It’s a bad idea to wander into the railroad’s domain. A train traveling 55 miles per hour takes approximately one mile to stop. In other words,

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26th Ward GOP Optimism High At Annual Gala

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Trail Takes Richmond To River

ALLAIRE CORBETT and Tom Stoner PORT’S Executive Dir. Jamie McDermott, left, and govern- were optimistic about Tom Smith’s US mental maven Don Brennan bask in sunshine on new Port senatorial campaign which they discussed Richmond Trail linking neighborhood to river at Pulaski Park. with Ward Leader Jim Dintino’s annual preelection gala at Swan Caterers.

DINTINO presented complimentary photos to guests who had their photos taken in photo booth operated by Rama Holcombe and John Louden. Photos carried 26th Ward GOP logo as memento.

STATE SEN. Mike Stack stressed value of new Port Richmond, trail to his urban constituent neighborhoods – a project supported by Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, left, and a ENJOYING gala were Local 1’s Mike SHARING happy moment were phalanx of city and state leaders. Simon, 39th Ward Leader Joe Durso and Vince Rizzo, Vernon Kulb and Ward Leader Jim Dintino. Richard Koway.

PARTNERING on new Port Richmond Trail were, from left, Phila. Commerce Dept. Development Coordinator Jim SHARING a joke with host Jim Dintino, left, were Donaghy, State Rep. John Taylor and Deputy Mayor Pete Messina, Judy Wright, Pat Dank and Fernwood Michael DiBerardinis. Holland.

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Clover Club With Cibik

GRAND tradition continues at Clover Club’s recent Union League meeting, thanks in part to, from left, Judge Joe Waters, Past President Mike Wallace, Secretary Nancy Maynard, Treasurer Mike Cibik and current President Bill Brennan.

JOINING camaraderie at Clover Club’s annual fall luncheon were, from left, Craig Griff, Lou Lanni, Owen O’Connell and City Commissioner Al Schmidt.

WARD LEADER Jim Dintino welcomes Joe McColgan and Fred Druding, Jr., to his annual preelection gala. Druding reported his dad, Sr., is slowly recovering from stroke.

CONGRATULATING Al Taubenberger, right, on his state legislative campaign efforts, were host Jim Dintino, Camille McColgan and Ward Leader Craig Melidosian.

LABOR leaders dotted gala including Teamsters Local 830 President Dan Grace, center, seen here with host Jim Dintino and attorney Jim DeVirgilis.

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IN THE FAMILY with this pic as sister Irene DiLolle, left, congratulates Mr. & Mrs. Jim Dintino on big turnout.

Cindy Bass Fish Fry

POLITICAL CONSULTANT Bernard Lopez, Sharif Street and State Sen. Shirley Kitchen aide, Henry Hunter flank 8th Dist. Councilwoman Cindy Bass at her “meet and greet” fundraiser held at Reflections Cafe in Nicetown. Photo by Leona Dixon

LARGEST K-8 charter school in Penna., Chester’s Communiy School, with 3,200 students, hear from CEO Dr. David Clark at anti-bullying rally for its more than 1000 fifth-througheighth-grade students, to prevent and promote awareness of bullying and cyber-bullying in the school. Guest attraction was FAMILY, friends and constituents came out in droves to ReGrammy Award-winning songwriter and producer Carvin flections Cafe as Councilwoman Cindy Bass held “meet and Haggins. greet” party in Nicetown. Photo by Rory McGlasson


ENJOYING gala were Mike Daniels, Local LOCAL 332 Business Mgr. Sam Staten, Jr. congratulates 107’s Shawn Dougherty, and SugarHouse’s Walter Higgins and his wife Adele, on Walter’s long history Joe Raffer. of contributions to labor.

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LDC LEADERS and friends gathered for this quick photo as they prepared to honor Local Business Mgr. Walter Higgins and Community College’s Lynette M. Brown-Sow. CONGRATULATING honoree Lynette M. Brown-Sow were From left are Sam Staten, Jr., Herb Tryler, Ryan Boyer, Daniel Woodall, Sam Staten, Sr. and AFL-CIO President DISCUSSING labor legislation in Harrisburg were LECET director Juan Ramos and lobbyist Dan Lucas. Sam Staten, Sr., Dan Woodall and Sabir Omar. Pat Eiding.

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Laborers’ Local 332 Friends Of Labor Marks 26th Charity Dinner

CONGRATULATING Local 57 Business Mgr. Walter Higgins on his receiving Friends of Labor award from Laborers’ Local 332 are Local 57 members Stanley Sander, Joe Lolli, Fran Foley, Ricky Mendes, Bobby McGinn, Earl Christy and Mike Daniels.

WALTER HIGGINS finds himself surrounded by members STATE REP. Louise Williams Bishop of his family for this congratulatory photo on his being hon- shared moment with developer Bart Blatored. stein and his wife Jill.

DISPLAYING City Council Citations presented by Councilwoman Marian Tasco are honorees Lynette Brown-Sow and Walter Higgins, who are congratulated by Sam Staten, Jr. and Sr.

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COUNCILWOMAN Marian Tasco, State Rep. Ron Waters, Kenny Gamble,and Judge ENJOYING LDC 332 fundraiser were Jim & CANDIDATE William Dunbar and Sabir Jimmy DeLeon were among guests at LDC Eileen Lucas and Washington Savings Bank Hameen flank Controller Alan Butkovitz at charity gala. President Martin & Lorraine Bednarek. LDC reception at Sheraton Hotel.

JOINING Family of Sam Staten, Jr. at Local 332 Friends of Labor Dinner honoring Walter Higgins and Lynette M. Brown-Sow were, at right, State Rep. Mark Cohen and Ducky Birts.


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Parole Drags Heels On Walker Report by Rory McGlasson The family of a slain Philadelphia police officer are still waiting on a report from the State Board of Probation & Parole about his murder. It’s been 68 days since police officer Moses Walker, Jr. was slain by an alleged killer who was on “house arrest” – and allegedly was unmonitored by parole officers. Family members were expecting information as a Democratic House Committee Panel met, seeking answers this week. But both panel members and family left with little information, with only a promise of a report. Officer Walker, 40, who was off duty at the time, was slain in August during an armed-robbery attempt. Rafael Jones, 23, who was arrested and charged in Walker’s death, was on parole and supposed to be wearing an electronic device. He later failed a drug test. It sparked a hearing under State Rep. Brendan Boyle (DNortheast). The Board of Probation & Parole had asked Boyle to delay this hearing while it gathered information. Boyle complied, putting it back until last Tuesday. Boyle chaired the panel on Tuesday expecting details of why Jones was left unmonitored during the 10 days he was out of prison. Michael Potteiger, chair of the Board of Probation & Parole, provided few details during his 30-minute testimony. “Parole officers are under too much pressure to look the other way,” said Boyle. He added two Philadelphia-area

parole officers had reached out to him after Officer Walker was murdered. In response, Potteiger told the panel more information was needed before a report could be released. State Reps. Kevin Boyle and Ed Neilson pushed Potteiger to make the report public as soon as possible. In return, he said he would, but some of the information might not be made available to the public. Walker’s family members who were in attendance on Tuesday left perplexed no report was made available at the committee hearing, as had been promised. Both state and county parole agencies have long complained of high caseloads and understaffing, which creates pressures on parole officers to skimp on supervision. Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 President John McNesby, and Angus Love, executive director of Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project, also spoke at a policy hearing. Philadelphia legislators on the panel were Ron Waters, Maria Donatucci, Kevin Boyle, Brendan Boyle, and John Sabatina, Jr. Gov. Tom Corbett has pushed through a 2012-13 budget which contained a 6% increase for Probation & Parole, to $114 million. He has added 60 new staffers since he took office, to 1,204, mostly field officers. But it takes a long time – six months to a year – to bring new officers in this demanding field up to full field performance.

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FAMILY OF SLAIN police officer Moses Walker, Jr. attend Democratic House Committee Hearing on Parole Policies at MaSt Community Charter School. Photo by Rory McGlasson

AT DEMOCRATIC House policy hearing in N.E. Phila. on Tuesday, at MaSt Community Charter School, State Rep. Brendan Boyle tells Penna. Parole & Probation Chair Michael Potteiger: “Parole officers are under too much pressure to look the other way.” Photo by Rory McGlasson

1st Lady Sees School That Works

GUV’S WIFE Susan Corbett visited Feltonville School of Arts & Sciences to investigate how this neighborhood school is achieving high scores. She was greeted at door by City Year volunteers who are part of its successful team. Inside, she toured classrooms and interviewed middle-schoolers.

JUNIATA’S Angel Pizarro congratulates his son Branden Pizarro on becoming #1-ranked Jr. Flyweight Amateur Boxer in United States. As a single father, elder Pizarro knows struggles of doing things on your own, so that’s why Angel has put together a strong team at Front Street Gym to support his son Branden as he embarks his boxing career.

Kitchen Hosts Court Collection Seminar

STATE SEN. Shirley Kitchen hosts information seminar, The Culture of Collection: The New Court Payment with members of Community Legal Services. Two-hour session also featured special documentarily screening of PAY UP! Criminal Justice Debt in Philadelphia. Event was held at Philadelphia Recovery Center, 1701 W. Lehigh Avenue. Photo by Rory McGlasson

Sailor On High Seas Surprises Wife With Birthday Gift From Pacifico Ford

ALFREIDA KENYATTA didn’t know what her sailor husband’s surprise gift for her 29th birthday would be. He was aboard cruiser George Washington patrolling Mediterranean, so she couldn’t grill him. Her family blindfolded her at her home in 5000 block of N. 8th Street. They weren’t talking either. She found herself riding through city, not knowing where to or in what direction. Finally, she was escorted from car by her mother Minelva Still and sister Veronica Still. When she uncovered her blindfold, she was shocked to find herself being greeted by Pacifico Ford Fleet Sales Mgr. Fran Cartafalsa-Broadbent, who welcomed her to take her husband Bilach Omar Kenyatta’s gift, a brand-new Ford, for a test ride.


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Walk The Beat (Cont. Page 26) WHAT, who cares? His prison is located within the borders of the United States, so he is ALLOWED to do it.... Congressman Chaka Fattah was quoted on his opponent: (He) “Isn’t intelligent enough to debate anyone.” I am for Fattah for reelection. His opponent was injured in the Iraq War. He is from my battalion. He spoke in my American Legion Post in the Union League and sounded intelligent to all assembled (?). The GOP opponent to Bob BRADY said he runs to prevent Brady being “anointed.” He won’t prevent BRADY being ELECTED. ACE PHOTOGRAPHER Robert MENDELSOHN has a birthday this week, though ageless and looking more like Ernest Hemingway each year. Bob works for the TRIB!... SEAN STEVENS has resigned

from the City Law Dept. to file for Municipal and Common Pleas Court. He lives in the 38th Ward where his wife is a committeewoman with MARK GREEN, Ward Leader – a young “fresh air” guy. Sean, on Facebook, counts John McNESBY of the FOP as a friend. A RUMOR heard is that McNESBY would be a good candidate for Councilman O’Neill’s seat when he retires. Another popular figure in the Northeast is CIVIC LEADER Mary FOGG.... IN THE BURBS: Sheamus BONNER runs for legislator in the 163. He held a big rally with Teamsters Locals 107 and 312, UAW Local 1069, Ironworkers Local 401, FOP Lodge 112, IBEW Local 614, APSCUF, Steelworkers 12698, Elevator Contractors Local 5, TWU Local 234, and State Corrections Officer’s Assn. Whew! I walked the main street in Lansdowne, and it

looked like Sheamus Street! PHIL PRESS, ESQ. is supporting Mary Jo DALEY to succeed Mike Gerber in the Pennsylvania House. An Oktoberfest party in her honor will be held on the 30th in the COZEN O’CONNOR law firm.... STATE REP. Ron WATERS held a salute in the legislature to the late House Speaker K. LEROY IRVIS. Can the current speaker fill his shoes? PECO sent out incorrect news on voter ID? How? They should have checked with Ed McBride first.... Some folks are suggesting names for nomination as Parade MARSHAL of the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. ONLY the ST. PATRICK’S OBSERVANCE Assn. makes that choice, as well of persons in the RING OF HONOR. They must have helped improve the quality of life in our city. JOHN KLINE engineer, Mason leader, photographer

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SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA Sealed proposals will be received by the School Reform Commission at the School Administration Building located at 440 North Broad St., 3rd Floor, Office of Capital Programs, Philadelphia, PA 19130-4015, until 2:00 P.M., on Tuesday, November 06, 2012. A non-refundable fee for each set of bid documents is as scheduled. The School District will only accept bids from companies that have been placed on its current Pre Qualified Contractors List as shown at psit.org. All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications. BUDGET FEE B-004C of 2010/11 Mechanical Chiller Replacement $591,000.00 $100.00 Albert M. Greenfield 2200 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 * A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location at the main entrance, on October 26, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. NOTE: All bidders’ questions must be submitted via email to charnitchek@phi‐ lasd.org no later October 29, 2012. BUDGET FEE B-005C of 2010/11 Electrical Chiller Replacement $271,400.00 $100.00 Albert M. Greenfield 2200 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 * A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location at the main entrance, on October 26, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. NOTE: All bidders’ questions must be submitted via email to charnitchek@philasd.org no later October 29, 2012.

for the PUBLIC RECORD and Marine, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the date when he was mobilized for the Cuban Missile Crisis by JFK. John was in Guantanamo Bay Cuba (GITMO) at the time.... LAW-ENFORCEMENT

meeting the other night much talk was heard on the Nov. 10 Marine Corps Birthday at Daddy WAGS PUB on Oregon Avenue. Judge Jimmy LYNN – looking great, and Tom LAMAINE will officiate. Lamine was a Navy jet pilot –

trained by Marines. A Memorial to our troops killed in LEBANON was held last Sunday. The 25th ANNIVERSARY of the Philly VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL will take place (Cont. Page 29)

Elephant Corner

them on this? A CNN poll indicated that debate was a draw, but a CBS poll had Obama winning. This elephant believes Obama’s aggressive style contributed to the early claims that he won. However, while his demeanor and tone were not as unsettling as that of VP JOE BIDEN in the debate with CONGRESSMAN PAUL RYAN, Obama was frequently snitty and a times condescending. One of the President’s advantages in this race is that many people like him personally. I am not sure this debate helped in that area. Immediately after the Vice Presidential debate many claimed Biden the winner; however, as the days wore on, people took a better look at Biden’s off-putting behavior and opinions appeared to have turned. Sunday the University of Pennsylvania was the site of the

conservative talk-radio “Battleground States Talkers Tour” with pundits MICHAEL MEDVED, DENNIS PRAGER and HUGH HEWITT. Academy Award winner JON VOIGT joined them. Commentator COLIN HANNA moderated the discussion with these popular conservatives and the audience. Hanna recognized some Philadelphiaarea Republicans in the audience, including Chairman of Philadelphia Republicans of Color LEWIS HARRIS, the President of the Pennsylvania/S. Jersey Republican Jewish Coalition SCOTT FEIGELSTEIN and Candidate for US Congress JOE ROONEY. The 500-plus crowd belied the Democratic accusation that Republican Party is one of old white men. The audience included many young people, women and minorities.

(Cont. Page 26) with recommended management and other changes would allow the companies to emerge from bankruptcy as stronger entities. Romney also stated the government should not be giving these companies money directly but guaranteeing the companies’ new postbankruptcy debt. The President essentially said Romney was not telling the truth. Romney claimed he outlined this argument in an op-ed piece in the New York Times. Well, this elephant went and found the article and yes, Romney’s assertions on Tuesday were the same as those he made in the editorial. Did the President’s staff not do their homework, or were they counting on the mainstream media’s not calling

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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.

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, November 13, 2012. A non-refundable fee for each set of bid documents is as scheduled. The School District will only accept bids from companies that have been placed on its current Pre Qualified Contractors List as shown at psit.org. All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications. BUDGET FEE B-029 G of 2012/13 Mechanical Service contract Various Schools$275,000 $25 Boiler Refractory Repairs BUDGET FEE B-028 G of 2012/13 Mechanical Service contract Various Schools$275,000 $25 Boiler Repairs FEE BUDGET B-059 G of 2012/13 Elevator Service contract Various Schools$950,000 $25 Elevator Repair Service 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.

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.

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in full or take the consequences of not paying such as a lawsuit by that creditor. If a lawsuit is initiated and judgment obtained, then you may still be subject to all afterjudgment procedures such as wage garnishment (if applicable) that a creditor can exert. So, you have just settled with most of your creditors and one is now throwing a monkey wrench into your plans. So there is no guarantee a debt-settlement agency will achieve your goals of getting rid of your debt. But,

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(Cont. From Page 28) Oct. 26-28. Be there. The St. Louis Office for retired Army Reserve and Guard is closed, and has moved to Fort Knox. Call 1 (800) 321-1080…. BIG FIRE DRILL went off well on area campuses, as Commissioner Lloyd AYERS and firemen conducted a drill to get students out of dorms altar for this event were Congressman Bob Brady and State Rep. Cherelle Parker. They both talked about how they hoped President Barack Obama would be given a second term in November. And on that note, I say that Nov. 6 is Election Day. Get out and vote. \With regards to the tax consequences as mentioned above, debts discharged in bankruptcy are not counted as income. While it is true your credit will take a hit – it is bankruptcy after all – once your bankruptcy case is over, you can work toward building back your credit. Next Week’s Question: Bankruptcy won’t stop the calls?

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To: The Philadelphia Oboe Sound System: "The Philadelphia Orchestra was invited to China because Mr. Ormandy, who is a friend of the White House ... put in a request." --Harold C. Schonberg, Senior Music Critic, The New York Times, December 18, 1973

ROOTS: SAUDI ARABIA 1. "NIXON VISITS SAUDI KING AFTER FUNERAL (Cairo, AP)... Former President Richard M. Nixon made an unannounced trip to Saudi Arabia after the funeral here yesterday of slain Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. Nixon met in Riyadh with Saudi King Khaled ...the visit was private...no details on the former president's talks with the Saudi leaders." --The Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct 11, 1981

2. "U.S. Embassy sources in Jidda and Cairo said they did not know the reason for Nixon's visit to Saudi Arabia, but... suggested he might discuss-perhaps on Reagan's behalf--the controversial proposed U.S. sale of the AWACS. ..radar planes to the kingdom." -The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 13, 1981

FRUITS: PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA 1. SAUDI ARABIAN PRINCE FAISAL IN PHILADELPHIA, PA: "We are operating side by side with other -- with the classical banks everywhere we look. ..We have alot of our money with classical banks." --ABC-TV, "Action News", Sunday, October 25, 1981

2. "Prince Faisal met with about a dozen local leaders in Philadelphia--but he would not say when he would make a final decision on opening an Islamic Bank in Philadelphia." --Terry Ruggles, CBS-TV (local) news, October 25, 1981

3. "Faisal came to Philadelphia as the guest of the Islamic Center on Broad Street. But he is also checking the city as a possible site for an American branch office fot his Islamic Bank." -- Gary Majors, Channel 6 "Action News," Oct 25, 1981 4. "At this moment, the opponents of AWACS have less than fifty (50). And that obviously means some senators who are listed as opposed to it--have receded from their opposition of the sale and are re-examining it." --Senate Majority Leader, Howard Baker, CBS (radio) News, October 25, 1981

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safely during a fire. A video debut of “9 Fires” was shown by AYERS and the University of Pennsylvania. State Rep. Louise BISHOP had November named Sarcoidosis Awareness Month – an ailment that can cause paralysis.... Eugene DePASQUALE for Auditor General is said to be Gov. CORBETT’S worst nightmare. We need Eugene to look at Corbett cuts to the poor.

RUMOR #2 is if Romney is elected, he will take Corbett with him. Yeah? That article on how Sandusky’s Victim #1 weighed suicide, as he waited three years for action – NEVER mentioned who the State Attorney General was at the time (?)... First presidential DEBATE was heralded as a Romney win. The second was an Obama victory – but no press heralding followed (?).

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(Cont. Page 29) that you are behind on your payments. Once you are late on your payments, your credit score starts to tank. So, one of the reasons for contemplating a debt-settlement agency (at least I’m paying the creditors’ something – that should help my credit score, right?) turns out not to be so great. There is another nasty potential surprise, as well. If you settle a debt for less than what is owed, the creditor will most likely submit a Form 1099-C to the IRS on the amount of debt that was canceled or forgiven. Based on this 1099, the IRS may wish to treat the amount of debt cancelled as “income to you” for tax purposes! So, if you have a $10,000 debt and pay $5,000 and $5,000 has been canceled, the IRS may treat that $5,000 canceled debt as “income to you”! This could mean you are taxed on $5,000 more income than you received! Granted, if you file a Form 982 and can demonstrate you were insolvent at the time the debt was forgiven or canceled, then the debt may not count as income; but it is your responsibility to file the form. And, it should be remembered, that a debt-settlement agency is trying to settle with all of your creditors. If one creditor chooses not to “play ball” and settle, then you are

even if the debt-settlement agency is able to settle your debts, your credit score will still be in the tank and you are likely to pay a lot of money towards this debt. In comparison, a bankruptcy lawyer can get your debts discharged (assuming you pass the means test and other issues). Creditors do not get a vote. If you are eligible for a Chapter 7 case and, you will come out of bankruptcy debt-free!

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ID law, which Sharpton says was targeted at the coalition that brought President Obama to power: young people, seniors, African Americans and Latinos. If nothing else, these wellfinanced, fairly extensive efforts should remind you of just how important your vote is, Sharpton said. “Why would they do all of this to stop you from voting unless it was important?” he asked. “If somebody’s trying to take something from you, it must be of value. If folk break in your house, they take valuables. So if any of you think voting doesn’t matter, why are they spending all this money to take something from you unless it matters to you?” Among the folks at the

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(Cont. From Page 10) Bright Hope’s pastor, the Rev. Kevin Johnson, believed it would. “We can’t tell them who to vote for,” he said. “But we can tell them to vote.” But while Johnson wasn’t politicking, others were. In his remarks, Sharpton said it was important for the African American community to be engaged at the polls because of what has happened since 2010, a time when they weren’t engaged. While it was nice to celebrate the historymaking achievement of President Obama’s election, some in the African American community stayed at the party too

long, Sharpton said. Because of this, the political hangover has been really nasty, he said. “They didn’t beat us; you didn’t fight,” Sharpton said. “It’s one thing to get whipped. It’s another thing not to show up to the fight. And because you stayed home, the Tea Party took over the Congress and they blocked everything this president tried to do.” In addition to blocking the President’s initiatives, sitting 2010 out has also led to a boldness on the part of the opposition, a boldness that has resulted in attempts to change the rules of the poll, Sharpton said. In order to return to total power, GOP legislatures came up with laws like Pennsylvania’s voter-


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