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Labor Sends Wish List To Santa, Senators
Carpenters Bring Joy To Needy AS PART of AFL-CIO national day of action, Elizabeth McElroy, of Philadelphia Council, leads rally in Center City, as the Grinch, left, collects Christmas cards from seniors. Activists then walked to offices of Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey where they delivered letters, and asked for commitment to no cuts in benefits to Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. Photos by Rory McGlasson
CARPENTERS’ UNION President Ed Coryell, Sr., and his members purchased hundreds of toys and spent this week delivering them to community groups around city for needy families, helping make Christmas merry. Unloading and bringing in toys at Whitman Community Council office are Franny Sowicz, Barbara Leiferst, John Rowan, Ed Twiford, and Bruce Driscoll.
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A Factual Look At Much-Touted, Expensive CHADWICK REPORT
Under the hammer of two probes are “five elected and commissioned judges of the Traffic Court and two Senior Judges who sat regularly prior to the Sep. 11 raid by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” So begins the much-heralded Chadwick Associates report compiled by William G. Chadwick at a reported cost of $400,000, Commision by State S.C. Justice Ron Castile, and presented to Judge Gary S. Glazer who presently resides over Traffic Court operations. At the same time, while you read this, the FBI continues to draw several hundred Philadelphians to a grand jury it hopes will give it enough evidence to come up with indictments of some of those judges. The Chadwick report identifies the judges as “Judges Thomasine Tynes, Michael Sullivan, Robert Mulgrew, Michael Lowery and Willie Singletary; Senior Judge Bernice DeAngelis, and Senior Magisterial District Judge Warren Hogeland of Bucks Co. In addition, this report addressed certain conduct by Traffic Court Judge Christine Solomon, a former ward leader who assumed office in March 2012.” The Chadwick report came to 35 pages, and it “is limited to the conduct of the judges in adjudicating cases,” though the “review identified other areas of concern in the operation of the Traffic Court.” At the same time, the Feds, while some of their investigators deny they have read the report, are probably using the findings in the Chadwick report to guide their questioning before their grand jury. The Chadwick report found “the judges routinely
made, accepted and granted third-party requests for preferential treatment for politically connected individuals with cases in Traffic Court. In some cases, judges granted preferential treatment to violators whose identities or connections they knew even if no express request was made.” To their credit, neither Judges Sullivan nor Solomon agreed to be tried by Chadwick operatives obviously out to crucify them. The Chadwick report was commissioned by Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, who is liaison justice to the 1st Judicial Dist., which is the Philadelphia court system. He did so after search warrants were executed of some of the offices, homes and businesses of Traffic Court employees. The report boils down to the fact judges may have given preferential treatment to some defendants before them, but the report did not determine which of these cases were dismissed by the many mistakes made in the writing of these tickets by police. “Whose word do you take?” is the question before a seating judge in Traffic Court. Is it the individual who is eyeballing the judge, or a summary reading of the ticket by an officer assigned to the court, in lieu of the issuing officer? Most judges would opt to give some deference to the defendant, especially when there are flaws in the description and writing and improper filling out of the ticket by the hurried police officer who wrote the ticket. Since Traffic Court, according to the report, “is not a court of record, proceedings are not transcribed and records of the evidence
presented in court (e.g., proof of registration, licensure and insurance) are not reliably maintained ... the evidentiary basis for most adjudications cannot be determined from the individual case folder.” Neither could its investigators locate “written requests for special consideration, described by numerous employees as
Dissecting Its Traffic Court Probe names on index cards or on database printouts that were passed to judges or their personals.” The report was compiled from the testimony of 42 Court employees, four Traffic Court judges and one Supreme Court justice. It complained some were wary, others reluctant to offer information, probably out of loyalty to the political party which is the source of source of their jobs. This testimony, court employees have related, was elicited under threat of arrest or firing. Nowhere in the report is there any incident of money passing hands in the adjudicating of cases, either by court employees or judges. Though the Chadwick report claims an acquittal rate of 85% for Traffic Court employees and their family members compared to an acquittal rate of 26% for the general public at large, its compilers did not check which tickets were easily dismissed because of faulty handling by the officers who handled the tickets. There are over 100 traffic laws that can easily be broken and just as easily adjudicated, especially when
the defendant presents upto-date proof of registration, insurance, and inspections and repair bills showing the defects that caused the ticket to be issued were corrected. After the federal raid in September 2011, that practice ceased, reports Chadwick. Judges subsequently interviewed indicate they had received requests, but those requests were minimal. Judges have been hearing an average of 300 cases per day. The Chadwick report made much ado over a request it said came from Justice Seamus McCaffery when his wife appeared in Traffic Court. The report found some cases where cousins and immediate neighbors of Traffic Court judges were found not guilty, yet it did not delve into whether those tickets were discharged because of faulty ticket-writing. Nowhere in the report was there an indication serious violations were summarily discharged. Impartial observers see another take in this effort to embarrass Traffic Court and its judges. There has long been an effort to change the structure of the court, seeking a constitutional amendment to prohibit non-lawyers from sitting on that bench, or replace the judges with unelected hearing officers under the City’s Dept. of Revenue, whose only concern would be to insure maximum return to the city treasury as has been done with parking tickets. Another suggestion made by the report was to turn all ticket hearings over to Municipal Court, which is already totally deluged. Contrary to Chadwick’s
report, the “non-favored, non-influential, non-connected” defendants appearing in Philadelphia Traffic Court do not suffer a 71% conviction rate. An accurate court study will show a much lower rate. Thirtyfive percent of those who do not show up are found guilty. Of the rest of the violators who do show for a hearing, 54% are found guilty. Of the 54%, it is admitted over 90% do get points or suspensions lifted or pay reduced fines. What has not been mentioned in the Chadwick report or understood by Justice Castille is Traffic Court judges must make decisions based on a oneminute or two-minute trial, since they handle as many as 300 cases daily. Tickets are discharged for a myriad of reasons, most of them because of faulty ticket-writing by issuing officers. It was obvious Bill Chadwick had the benefit of an advance propaganda machine which terrified employees of Traffic Court. When many were interviewed, they were told if they did not cooperate, they would be terminated. They were not allowed a lawyer or a union representative to be with them during the interrogation. The questions were leading. Traffic Court judges have been more aware of the impact of their decisions than those judges sitting in the higher courts. They know, for instance, auto-insurance companies will increase rates to a defendant of $500 per point they receive as a result of a traffic violation. Their understanding is what had earned Traffic Court its street name as “the Peoples’ Court.”
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STATE SENS. Pat Browne and Tina Tartaglione, left, are escorted into Phila. Council AFL-CIO Christmas Party by LDC’s Ken Washington and PFT’s Jerry Jordan.
Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO Hosts Christmas Holiday Party
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LOCAL 19 Sheet Metal Workers Union leaders join Pat Eiding. From left are Jerry Gontz, business representative; Mike Guinan, assistant business rep; Joe Rispo, political director; Pat Eiding; Brian Bush, assistant business manager; and Tony Ianucci, business rep. Photo by Joe Stivala
ILA Local 1291 President Boise Butler finds himself flanked by John, Sr., and State Rep. SHARING moment with host Pat Eiding John Sabatina, Jr. at Christmas Party. were Frank Sirianni and John Forer.
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An Opportunity To Grow Registrations by Joe Shaheeli Since there are so few Republicans in Philadelphia, GOP leaders in this city should support the efforts of Montgomery Commissioner Bruce Castor to make a strong challenge against Gov. Tom Corbett in the 2014 Republican primary. It would give them an opportunity to “grow a new population” of registered Republicans, provided Castor really goes through with it and actually makes it a campaign. All provided Republicans finally start doing what Democrats have been doing for generations in this city: knocking at doors. They do that in some of the city’s wards, where Republican ward leaders know the importance of one-on-one communication. GOP leadership needs to teach their more-recent appointees and elected ward leaders how to motivate their rank and file into going out, rather than talking the game. Castor, who knows how to make noise and fire up supporters, thinks Corbett is vulnerable. But his differences over Corbett’s policies and lack of action in some areas may not interest voters sufficiently to rouse them from their slumber and toss him out of office. Castor might be remembering he lost to Corbett in the
USW Local Honors Brady
FOR SAVING their refinery jobs, Congressman Bob Brady receives from Local 10-1’s Jim Savage trophy named after him. It is called “Bob Brady Working Class Hero Award”. Presentation was made on Local 10-1 Jim McHugh Memorial Awards Night. David Marchick of Carlyle Group, instrumental in taking over refinery, cited Bob’s effort, saying, “The historic Phila. refinery would be shuttered today but for Bob Brady. He kept his word and more during the process of saving the refinery.” 2004 primary for Pennsylvania Attorney General by 5 points. He didn’t have the party endorsement, which Corbett did. Corbett has a hefty war chest, reported to be over $2 million and growing. He got some more dollar commitments at the Pennsylvania Society weekend in New York City. Castor could pick up support from many of the more-vulnerable members in the General Assembly, who would appreciate a leadership coattail in the general election come November 2014. Castor, 51, was twice elected Montgomery Co. Dis-
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Also sensing a vulnerability in Corbett are Democratic hopefuls. We reported first out was former Dept. of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger. Speculation now surrounds the possible entry into the Democratic primary for governor by Treasurer Rob McCord, US Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), our own State Sen. Mike Stack (DNortheast), Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (D-Phila.) and a host of others. We see Stack or Schwartz easily taking the primary, if the other doesn’t run, because of the ever-increasing Democratic registration in the five Southeast counties. As we see it, Schwartz is better positioned to challenge US Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and will not run. Southeast Dem Delegation Elects Leadership Team
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the State House Democratic Caucus elected new leadership with Rep. Steve Santarsiero (DBucks), chairman of the delegation. Four women made it to vice chairs: Reps. Tina Davis (D-Bucks), Margo Davidson (D-Delaware), Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery), and Pamela DeLissio (D-Northwest). Rep. Matthew Bradford (D-Montgomery) was elected treasurer, and Rep. Maria Donatucci (DS. Phila.) was elected secretary. Santarsiero said the rapid growth of the caucus since 2006 has given the delegation a greater say on budget issues and is helping to foster an environment of change. The delegation now has 21 members, making it both the fastest-growing and largest delegation within the House Democratic Caucus. Freshman members of the Southeast Delegation are State
Reps.-Elect Stephen McCarter, Mary Jo Daley and Mark Painter, all from Montgomery Co.; State Rep.-Elect Mark Rozzi, from Berks Co.; and State Rep.-Elect Patty Kim, from Dauphin Co. Dougherty Gives Book To Pa. Society Guests
Always a draw, Ward Leader John Dougherty’s Local 98 event at Pennsylvania Society Weekend saw guests departing with a gift: the book Victory Lab by Sasha Issenberg. It is a good read for those interested in assessing why elections succeed and fail. Mayor Nutter’s Team Focuses On Election
Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the creation of a fact-finding team to explore issues that arose in connection with the Nov. 6 general election with the goal of making (Cont. Page 5)
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UNITED Republican Club gathered at Sheraton Society Hill to honor State Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, a tireless voice for SA. E. Penna. From left are City Commissioner Al Schmidt, City Committee Chair Rick Hellberg and Pileggi.
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CONVIVIAL Republicans enjoyed merry conclave at Sheraton Society Hill, among them, from left, Jack Rushton, PRPA Executive Dir. Jamie McDermott, and Ward Leaders Joe Samuel and Calvin Tucker. State Rep.
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The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) issued a statement “applauding the citizens of Colorado and Washington who voted to completely legalize marijuana use,” said Glenn Davis, at-large member of the GPOP City Committee. “These referenda bring Colorado and Washington into step with 13 other states which have already legalized the recreational use of marijuana.” “Like alcohol prohibition before it, the criminalization of cannabis is a failed federal policy that delegates the burden of enforcement to the state and local police,” said Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws. Vivek Ananthan, chair of the Green Party, said, “Greens call on the Pennsylvania General Assembly to legalize possession of medical marijuana, industrial hemp, and recreational cannabis. Such legalization would be a good first State Rep.
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The constituent service office of State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood (D-Northwest) has moved to 310 W. Chelten Avenue, down the street from its old location. Youngblood said constituents should make note of the change, so they aren’t frustrated by having to be directed to another location for state-related services and inquiries. “Our goal is to provide a smooth and seamless transition,” Youngblood said. “Our
new office will offer the same level of service and convenience, only it will be in a location a short distance from the old office.” Youngblood said contact information for the new office, which retains the same phone numbers, will be: 310 W. Chelten Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19144. Phone: (215) 8496426, Fax: (215) 849-5476.
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Defense attorneys for suspended State Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin argued in a filing the suspended jurist should not face criminal charges, because activity by court employees is to be regulated only by the judiciary. The lawyers called the prosecution “unprecedented and
constitutionally flawed,” arguing their client is being prosecuted in criminal court for violating an internal court rule. Problem remains, the rules have changed. What used to be condoned in the waging of campaigns by incumbents is no longer acceptable, especially when government employees work on campaigns during office hours.
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(Cont. From Page 4) recommendations that will strengthen the election system in the City of Philadelphia. We believe they’ll come up with the fact the City Commissioners could use more money, with emergency funds transferred to them when the City Commissioners make that call. An unprecedented turnout required more manpower than was available to them from their present budget. Early signs such as absentee-ballot requests and registrations, other than the more than 60,000 duplicates from the anti-photo-ID campaign, did not presage the tsunami turnout. They’ll also find the Pennsylvania Dept. of State failed to include the names in the binders of those voters who required provisional ballots and not the City Commissioners. Problem with some appointees is they are clueless, never having knocked at doors, gotten registrations, checked to make sure polling places were manned, with tables and electricity available, along with rest rooms for the election boards. They have a learning curve to master before assessing the pluses and minuses of how the City Commissioners handled their duties. The Mayor believes his team, led by Deputy Mayor and Managing Dir. Rich Negrin, will identify the problems and potential solutions to the variety of issues identified on – and leading up to – Election Day. Negrin is a good choice. Other members are Jordan Schwartz, deputy chief of staff, Office of the Mayor; Terry Gillen, director of federal relations (qualified for her experience as a former ward leader); Hope Caldwell, chief deputy integrity officer; Nicole Harrington, investigator, Office of the Inspector General; and Kevin Johnson, pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church. The Mayor did thank “the employees of the City Commissioners’ Office for their hard work that day which allowed hundreds of thousands of Philadelphians to cast their votes. I also want to thank the City Commissioners for issu-
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by Deborah J. Cornwall Having cancer or caring for a cancer patient in the family is hard, but cancer during traditionally happy holidays is even harder. It’s a time when each family enjoys traditional shared activities usually characterized by good food, drink, and company. Yet how can you carry out these traditions when you’re in the throes of cancer treatment or even dealing with the aftermath? The most important message from cancer caregivers who have worked through these challenges is to seek normalcy, no matter what the patient’s prognosis. It may sound counterintuitive, but it’s profound. It all stems from the issue of control. Throughout the cancer-
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(Cont. From Page 6) scans, x-rays, etc.) and when consistent with other substantial evidence of record. SSR 96-2p. SSA must give more weight to the opinion of treating sources. 20 C.F.R. sections 404.1527 (d) (1), 416.927(d)(1). Treating sources are likely to be most able to provide a detailed, longitudinal picture of your medical impairment(s) and may bring a unique perspective to the medical evidence that cannot be obtained from objective medical findings alone. 20 C.F.R. sections 404.1527 (d)(2), 416.927 (d)(2). The more your doctor presents relevant evidence to support his opinion, particularly medical signs/findings, the more weight SSA will give that opinion. 20 C.F.R. sections 404.1527 (d)(2), 416.927 (d)(3).
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Protecting your Security & Privacy by: John Featherman With the Christmas season approaching, let’s talk about some smart privacy and security tips to employ.
HOLIDAY OFFICE PARTIES: While the holidays are a festive time, when you are attending an office party, you
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Christmas Security are still on the clock. Think of the office party as a business event rather than as a happy hour. That means: (1) Don’t drink too much. If you’re riproaring drunk, you will regret what you said or did when you find out the next day. And, by all means, if you’ve had too much to drink, don’t drive and drive. (2) Don’t gossip. While office parties appear casual, they are not, and the old adage that “loose lips sink ships” is very true. (3) Dress appropriately. Don’t wear anything too ostentatious, tight, or flesh-revealing. For years, I used to wear flashy outfits, such as hot pink or green chartreuse suits. Unfortunately, my sense of style led to all sorts of trash talk about my seriousness and even my sexual orientation. (4) Don’t tell off-color jokes. There’s a time and a place for those. A bar or a strip club, sure – but not at an officially sanctioned office party – regardless of the location. (5) Don’t hit on a colleague. I once worked in a family busi-
ness, and I was told, “Don’t dip your pen in company ink.” That is crude, yet sage, advice. And finally: (6) Don’t be the last one to leave. VACATIONS: If you’re planning a holiday vacation, don’t announce it on Facebook or Twitter until after you return. Wait to post pictures and stories once you’re home. Criminals do surf on social media, and then they rob you blind. Instead of the old-fashioned way of “casing” a neighborhood for an unattended home, they now browse the internet. While increasing the security settings of your social media will help to keep snoopers out, it won’t prevent sophisticated hackers – especially those that hack into one of your friend’s accounts. So be wise, and be careful what and when you post. SHOPPING: You obviously want to employ the same safeguards you do all year long – such as being safe online and knowing the vendor you’re dealing with. During the holidays, though, there are some additional precautions you should take. (1) If you’re shopping in a brickand-mortar environment, pay attention to your physical security. This is the time of year when pickpockets and thieves have a field day. Specifically, keep an eye on your wallet, smart phones and tablet computers – especially when you’re in busy stores, malls and holiday spots. Don’t ever put any of the above on a store counter. (2) Be careful about downloading holiday ringtones. Some are designed to infect your phones and computers. PARTING ADVICE: This time of year – more than any other – makes you a prime target of criminals, especially in malls, airports, train terminals, and bus stops. Even though you are rushed and have plenty on your mind, be alert to your surroundings. Send fanmail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Come visit him at www.featherman.com. Copyright© 2012 by John Featherman.
SEPTA, Union Team On Sandy SEPTA General Mgr. Joseph M. Casey, left, and Transport Workers Union Local 234 President John Johnson, Jr., look over items donated by Local 234 members and SEPTA to help members of New York’s TWU Local 100 who are recovering from the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Busch/SEPTA
PFCU Credit Christmas PHILA. Federal Credit Union’s mascot Moola Moola surprised Anjali Joy, 5th grader at Calvary Christian Academy, one of winners of credit union’s art competition personal $100 savings account and school supplies for her entire classroom. Credit union partnered with 30 Phila.-area private and public schools to launch art competition designed to teach 3rd- and 5th-grade students importance of starting to save money.
NOTICE OF TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS ACTION RE: Adoption of Baby Boy T (DOB: 5/23/2012) No. 2012-2265 Orphans’ Court Division, Ct of Com Pleas, Lancaster Cty, PA. TO: UNKNOWN BIRTHFATHER/ “STEVE” OR “JAMAL” FROM: CLERK OF FAMILY COURT A Petition has been filed asking the Court to put an end to all rights you have to your child, Baby Boy T who was born 5/23/2012 at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. The Court has set a hearing to consider ending rights to your child. That hearing will be held in the Courtroom No. 4, Third Floor, Lancaster County Courthouse, 50 North Duke Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania on December 27, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. before The Honorable Margaret Miller. Your presence is required at the hearing. You are warned that even if you fail to appear at the scheduled hearing, the hearing will go on without you and your rights to your child may be ended by the Court without your being present. You have a right to be represented at the hearing by a lawyer. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford one, go to or telephone the office set forth below to find out where you can get legal help. COURT ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE, Lancaster County Courthouse 50 North Duke Street P.O. Box 83480 Lancaster, PA 17608, 717-2998041. PA. Act 101 of 2010 further permits court enforceable agreements for continuing contact after adoption between adoptive parents, a child, a birth parent and/or a birth relative of the child, upon written agreement and court approval. For more information, please contact Law Offices of Deborah E. Spivack, Attorney for Petitioner Adoptions from the Heart Adoption, P.O. Box 56182, Philadelphia, PA 19130. 215-763-5550. BY THE COURT: Margaret Miller, JUDGE
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City Council Members have been focusing on key issues and with that fact in mind, we can laud them as they touch on social issues which have long been buried, but need exposure and legislation. One such effort took place this week when Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown commissioned the first of a projected series of Committee hearings on the “modern slavery” now flourishing in this region. Her hearing elicited information from experts as to how woman and children are entrapped into a vicious cycle of slave labor and commercial sex. Extensive resources are needed to provide the kind of investigation and prosecution needed to begin to address this phenomenon. Another need is to honestly admit we have lost the war on drugs, the shackle and chain used by pimps and slaveholders to keep their victims in check. Her committee found no definite solution, bringing out the need for Brown to continue to address these problems when Council returns after the New Year.
A Costly Effort The Chadwick report designed to expose judicial favoritism in the handling of cases by Traffic Court judges was expensive for what was produced. Testimony was taken under duress from employees and judges. We have a copy of it. Reading it, we get the sense it is part of a scheme to change the Traffic Court as it is now constituted. With a heavy brush, the report has smeared the judicial careers of hard-working, honestly concerned and community-minded judges from that Court.
Letters • Letters ReNew program. If this program was INSIDE the prison, many more inmates would have the tools and resources to better be equipped for getting out and staying out. -Randy Kearse, formerly incarcerated, motivational speaker, author of Changin’ Your Game Plan: How I used Incarceration as a Stepping Stone for SUCCESS.
Homeless Vets Need $$ Regarding Sen. Pat Toomey’s effort to salvage clothing for homeless veterans (“Elephant Corner”, Dec. 6),I guess it’s just too much for Toomey to stop helping his Republican allies in Congress to stop obstructing economic recovery and give more aid for the veterans who are homeless, so they aren’t homeless... Ed Harkins
Human Rights Lost Thank you so much for making this known to the
Holiday Reminder Thank you for this informative article. I hope everyone looks at everything they buy this holiday season and put anything and everything “Made in China” back on the Dec. 14-20-21-22 -Christmas-Clothing Giveaway for shelf! everyone in need at Mt.HeDr. Anne F. Corson
Which Were Counted? How will we know which provisional ballots were counted (“Walking The Beat”, Nov. 15)? Would it have mattered more if President Obama had lost the election? This article has more information than Wikipedia. Wow. Michael E. Bell
Another Name For Taxes I think that this Homestead Act is just another way of raising property taxes. My property taxes have gone up from $2,300 four years ago to now $2,900. Where are the tax savings?
Editorial Warning!! Letters from an unidentified informant without any contact information cannot be considered for publication, no matter how valid their contents.
bron Baptist Ch., 1417 Wharton St., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For info (215) 336-8163. Dec. 14- Councilwoman Cindy Bass hosts 1st annual “Party With A Purpose” at 7165 Lounge, 7165 Germantown Ave., 5-9 p.m. Admission $10 with unwrapped toy, $20 without. For info Darlene Boykin (215) 6863424. Proceeds benefit needy children. Donations tax-deductible. Dec. 16- Dan Grace hosts Teamsters Local 830 Christmas Party at DC 21 Union Ha., 11196 Townsend Rd. at Woodhaven, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 17- Phila. Tea Party Patriots Combined S.Philly/ CC Group Meeting at Prudenial Bank Bldg., 1834 Oregon Ave., parking and entrance in back, 7 p.m. For
info (215) 208-9790. Dec. 18- Reception for Terry Tracy, exploring office of City Controller, at Union League, McMichael Rm., 6-8 p.m. Open bar, jazz. Donations $500/$1,000/$2,500. For info (215) 204-7300. Dec. 20- State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown hosts Winter Wonderland at Sayre HS, 5800 Walnut St., 5-8 p.m. Focusing on info about children and youth. Free, but reservations & tickets are required. For info (215) 8796615. Dec. 21- Democratic 45th Ward hosts Christmas Party at Cannon Ball Tavern, 5300 James St., 7-10 p.m. Tickets $40. Checks payable to PAC45. Beer, wine, soda and great food. Dec. 21- Sam Staten, Jr., hosts Local 332 Holiday Party at 1300 Wallace St., 3 p.m. Mar. 2- Italian American Political Action Committee Carnevale at Sheraton Society Hill Hotel, 6 p.m.-12 a.m.
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Reentry Program It’s always nice to hear positive stories about prison reentry “Sen. Williams Saves Reentry Program”, Dec. 6). Politicians are fighting for funds to be used to help those coming back to society. The recidivism rate of people coming out of prison is mindboggling. But what I would advocate is making a fundamental shift from prison reentry (waiting to help an inmate with his/her needs when he/she gets out) to prison pre-entry (preparing inmates to reenter society before he/she gets out). If programs like Philly ReNew were in inside the prisons, preparing and assessing an inmate’s needs before he/she got them, the inmate would have a greater chance at succeeding, once he/she reentered his/her community. It took three years for 400 men to go through the Philly
American public (“ChineseMade Christmas Gifts Are Too, Too Bloody”, Dec. 6)! I came from China and still have friends being jailed in China for their religious beliefs or having thoughts/beliefs that make the Chinese Communist Party fearful of losing control of people’s minds. America used to be very supportive of human rights. But now human rights are secondary to large corporations’ or CEOs’ personal interests (not the American people’s interests). Millions of American people have been put out of jobs by these CEOs’ corporate strategy to offshore jobs to China in order to take advantage of the slave labor used for “Made in China” products. The American people need to know this and put an end to this toxic US-China relationship. Please sign this White House Petition on China’s business of organ-harvesting: http://organpetition.org/
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Council Told PHA Needs To Protect Residents’ Rights Asia Coney is fighting mad. No longer director of Tenant Support Services, Inc., she is still fighting for the rights of the 85,000 residents who call the Philadelphia Housing Authority their landlord. “I’m mad that, without our group to keep them honest, the outgoing and income Boards, which supposedly direct policy for the Authority, will continue to do what is now being done, and that is violate hundreds of rules in the Code of Federal Regulations and continue to violate our 1st Amendment right of association.” Asia explains the new policy at PHA has ignored the rights of tenants to belong to an association, naming the
appearing today at City Council to alert the Council to how PHA is violating the federal dictates insuring residents get representation and their just due. Coney needs to be listened to by the PHA and the City Administration. She came through a scathing firestorm of criticism over her tenure as director of the TSSI, which worked close with the Greene administration. Her credentials are impressive. Investigation by the Feds and State, and an outside agency hired by the PHA, came away without finding anything amiss with the mission operation of the nonprofit, or any abuse of the money it received and money that it raised itself. She recalls, “They came
after us like we are a bunch of terrorists. They took out 14 boxes of records.” Coney has in her possession four volumes of a report on TSSI that had been prepared by PHA’s and turned over to the investigation firm they had hired, Kroll & Associates. “What they found and recorded was the fact we managed our responsibilities to the tenants well and there were no shenanigans anywhere.” She said HUD panicked at the explosive charges levied against Green and “started to clean house, throwing out one of its award-winner residentprogram operations.” When Coney took over TSSI in 1999, she did so from a job as a PHA clerk, with a budget of $14,000. When the group and she were termi-
nated, she turned in over $900,000 that had been accumulated through grant applications, fundraising, and a PHA contract which averaged $240,000 with HUD approval. “We were a win-win operation,” she stated, “with TSSI winning a HUD ‘Best Practices’ award. Our audits passed with flying colors every year, with them periodically awarding this resident group grants.” With the suspension of the TSSI, the burdens it had carried for residents now falls totally on the Resident Advisory Board, 5631 Walnut Street. It is an all-volunteer group. Coney passed on to Council Members a list of violations that had grown in Board practice following the dis-
missal of both Green and TSSI. “We welcome the new Board members, but a lot of mismanagement has occurred including a host of administrative changes which violate HUD laws,” Coney said. “The new mission seems to have put the concerns of residents to the bottom, regardless of what is now being reported. Tenant rights need to return to the top of the PHA Board.” She advises City Council Members to hold up the approval of the new PHA Board until temporary Dir. Kelvin Jeremiah and Estelle Richmond meet with her Resident Advisory Board to rework those regulations which have been imposed and only take away residents’ rights.
Councilwoman Blackwell Hosts 14th Homeless Yule Party
Laborers’ Local 332 Gives Toys
Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell, chair of City Council’s Education Committee and the Committee on Housing, Neighborhood Development & the Homeless, will host her 14th annual Holiday Party for the Homeless at the Pennsylvania Convention Center located at 11th & Arch Streets from 3 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
ASIA CONEY ...voicing resident concerns Resident Advisory Board which has been in existence since 1969. She is now head of that Board. Coney, whose TSSI was eliminated by the PHA following the dismissal of former director Carl Greene, is
This year’s celebration is expected to attract some feed over 5,000 homeless residents from the streets and family shelter system for Christmas. Of the 5,000 expected, 3,000 will be children. They will receive toys, a photo with Santa Claus, and participate in a raffle for nearly 100 bikes, as well as enjoy face painting, crafts,
moon bounces and a DJ. Many will be brought in from neighborhoods through transportation furnished through the Councilwoman’s efforts. Organizers expect 3,000 guests will be children. Additionally, for the first time this year, the Tech Mobile and 40 pop-up hot spots on site will let children use computers to access games and the in-
ternet during the event. Several contributors have agreed to take over 10x10 spaces within the hall and transform the space with décor representing various holiday themes. Entering its fourteenth year, this event has become an annual tradition for many families, civic organizations and students, who want to donate their time and partic-
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Laborers Laud Work of MontCo Commission Chair MONTGOMERY Co.’s first Democratic Commission Chair Josh Shapiro is honored by Laborers District Council for his work in insuring minorities get consideration for contracts and other work-related initiatives launched by County. With Shapiro, from left, are Business Mgr. Ryan Boyer, judicial candidate Daine A. Grey, Jr., Shapiro, Business Mgr./Co-Chair Local 332 Sam Staten, Jr., and Traffic Court candidate Omar Sabir. AFL-CIO President Pat Eiding addresses Josh Shapiro and other labor leaders at reception hosted by Laborers District Council for Montgomery Co.’s first Democratic Chair in a century. Looking on are Local 13 Business Mgr. Dan Woodall, Building Trades Council’s Pat Gillespie and LDC Business Mgr. Ryan N. Boyer.
ipate in the sharing of the holiday spirit. Over 50 volunteers from the West Philadelphia community will serve a traditional holiday home-cooked meal prepared by KeVen Parker, award winner of 3801 Café, and owner of Simply Delicious Catering and Ms. Tootsie’s Soulfood Café. is quick to acknowledge with special thanks those who have contributed to what has become the largest Christmas Party for the needy hosted in the city. She thanks the Convention Center, Comcast, Wells Fargo, The KeVen Parker Co., Tastykake Baking Co., Walmart, Aramark, University of Pennsylvania, Main Line Temple of Beth Elohim, Philadelphia Water Dept., Pugliese Associates, Drexel University, Brandywine Realty Trust, Local 33, The Temple Group, Coca-Cola Co., Fraternal Order of Police, SEPTA, Linebarger Law Offices, People’s Emergency Center, Penn Mutual, Villa, OIC, The Junior League of Philadelphia, PECO, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philly Fight, Masonic Temple, YMCA and the Radnor Group.
The Richard Legree Toys for Tots drive, conducted by Laborers Local 332, will this year bring pleasure to hundreds of needy youngsters. Most of the toys will have been purchased by money donated by members of LIUNA Laborers’ Local 332 from their paychecks. Long a tradition of Laborers Local 332, the annual toy gathering and distribution was renamed the Richard Legree Toys for Tots Event in 2009 in memory of the former LECET administrator. His annual effort brought out a massive response for the Toys for Tots event. was extraordinary. LECET (the Laborers-Employers Cooperation & Education Trust) will distribute the gifts tomorrow at 3 p.m .at Local 332 union hall, 1310 Wallace Street. The children will be entertained by the Magic Man and Sparkles, the Clown. Overseeing the event will be Samuel Staten, Jr., LIUNA Laborers’ Local 332 business manager; Andrew Robinson, LIUNA Laborers’ Local 332 secretary treasurer; and Juan F. Ramos, LECET administrator.
HOST District Attorney welcomes Local Union 332 Sam Staten, Jr., to his second annual Christmas Party in Conversation Hall. Photo by Cathy Santos.
Penn Honors Blackwell Sandy And The Port
COUNCILWOMAN Jannie Blackwell is congratulated by Penn President Amy Gutmann on her being honored by Netter Center for Community.
CAPT. Kathleen Moore, commanding officer of Sector Delaware Bay, left, is welcomed by Tom Metzger, president of Phila. Council Navy League, to Bala Golf Club dinner where she detailed Coast Guard actions before, during and after Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Joe Stivala
PHA Police Hiring
OVER 120 people applied for positions with Phila. Housing Authority’s Police Dept. at a job fair held at PHA offices in Grays Ferry. PHAPD will hire up to 50 new police officers, which would more than double department’s size.
Well Done, Rep. John Myers Brown Rings Bell For SOLE
STATE REP John Myers celebrated his retirement from Harrisburg with family and friends at Temptations in Germantown. Joining him are State Reps. Cherelle Parker, Vanessa Brown, Mark Cohen and Ron Waters; State Sen. LeAnna Washington; Myers; State Rep.-Elect Rep. Stephen Kinsey; State Sen. Shirley Kitchen; and former Councilwoman Donna Photo by Robert Mendelsohn Reed Miller.
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BONNIE SQUIRES, our Contributing Editor, saluted her mother Lil Stein on Lil's 97th birthday December 11!! We're happy to report she's still full of vinegar and stuff which also pro- STATE SEN. Anthony Williams, with host Kenny Gamble, pels her daughter. was among guests at Fashion Show benefiting Universal Cos.’ Pearls of Wisdom and From Boys to Men programs. In photo below are model, Fatima Gamble, State Rep. Louise Bishop and LDC’s Sam Staten.
A Happy Fashion Show 97th
DA Hosts Yuletide Party
RAISING money to support law-enforcement charity SOLE outside Five Below store in Wynnewood, Pa. were State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown and her son Alex, who stood for hours inveigling shoppers to spend for a good cause.
All In The Family
ENJOYING Shawn Dillon’s 66A Ward Christmas Party at Fluke’s are Jackie Huebner, Shawn Dillon, Baby Ava, wife Anna, Dillon, Sr. and Joe Huebner. Photo by Harry Leech
AMONG attendees were Bill Dolbow, Bob Dellavella, host Shawn Dillon, Matt Farrah, Donna DeRose, who is a candidate for Traffic Court judge, Dan McCaffery and Angie Photo by Harry Leech Dellavella.
Schwartz Roots For Blondell Boyle Helps Open Diner 34th Ward Digs Deep For Xmas
STATE REP. Brendan F. Boyle helps cut ribbon opening Four Seasons Diner in his district. Boyle noted diner is second Four Seasons location in N.E. Phila. and would create several dozen jobs.
JUDGE Roger Gordon, center rear, presides over drawing at 34th Ward Democratic Committee party – just to make Christmas cheer arrives in good order for ward’s needy families.
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CONGRESSWOMAN Allyson Schwartz, rising star in national Democratic Party, spoke on behalf of Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown at elite breakfast fundraiser hosted by Portfolio Associates. City Controller candidate Michael Williams, also attended along with other leading power-brokers.
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Last weekend, members of the herd were seen thundering up to New York City for the 144th annual Pennsylvania Society festivities. While the main event is the Pennsylvania Society dinner on Saturday night, there are numerous other auxiliary events. This weekend had originally been for businessmen from Pennsylvania. Now it has a decidedly political feel. The parties started on Thursday night with Republican National Committeewoman CHRISTINE TORETTI’S party at Club Macanudo. Invitations to this event are hard to come by. Philadelphia area attendees at the event included LT. GOV. JIM CAWLEY and Pennsylvania Manufactures Association Chairman FRED ANTON. As Toretti was the founder of the Anne Anstine program, a number of alumnae and current members of the program were there including Philadelphia-area women RENEE CHESLER, DENISE FUREY, GABRIELA GUARANCAO and SHARON GIANPORCARA. The premier Republican event was the Commonwealth Club’s annual luncheon at the Plaza. The keynote speaker was KARL ROVE. As his comments were off the record, we cannot record his sage words. Attendees from the Philadelphia area included Commonwealth Club Board Member MIKE CIBIK, Republican National Committeeman BOB ASHER, former Philadelphia Stock Exchange President JOHN EGAN, Montgomery Co. DA RISA FURMAN and former Montgomery Co. COMMISSIONER JIM MATTHEWS. As Friday advanced towards the cocktail hour, more events for the herd appeared. Blank Rome’s annual party at the Intercontinental Hotel is a nonpartisan event, but a number of elephants were in attendance including TERRY (Cont. Page 17)
Philadelphia now has the distinction of being the place where folks danced down the longest Soul Train Line. Easily breaking the previous record of 211 dancers set by a high school in California, a group of 291 Philadelphians came to the foot of the Art Museum steps and showed off their best (and worst) dance moves in an homage to the late Don Cornelius, creator of Soul Train, who died late last year. “We’re elated, overjoyed, and so very proud to claim this record in Philadelphia’s name,” organizer Sheila Simmons told NBC-10. I got a text message from Mannwell Glenn, one of the organizers of the Soul Train Line with a copy of the certificate from the Guinness World Records people attached earlier this week. The Facebook page for the event blew up almost immediately and footage from the event hit the airwaves. Yay! Now in a city where the First Lady can’t even go to a Christmas-tree lighting without being regaled by city workers who haven’t had a contract in the entire six years her husband has been Mayor, where people as young as four aren’t safe from gunfire, and where the School District has taken broke to a place it’s never been before, it probably looks silly for a columnist who usually writes about serious stuff to be happy about breaking an innocuous world record. But it’s because of this that I am kind of excited about Philadelphia being the answer to a future Jeopardy question. As a city, Philadelphia has really been taking it on the chin of late. Our murder rate is much higher than it ought to (Cont. Page 17)
Yo! Here we go again with this explanation of the feast of seven fishes. I do not claim to know the “official” explanation (if there is one) to the feast. This is what we remember about it. Grandpop Achille would say, “That was the way it has always been done and that was the way it was going to be done on that day ... (PERIOD).” Imagine it is late afternoon on Christmas Eve; the thousand and one things that have to be done for Christmas are completed. Do you still feel like there is something missing in this joyous season? I always do. It seems the religious aspects of Christmas are being lost to crass commercialism. Like it or not, Christmas is a religious holiday. Through the years, it has become a buying frenzy, with a never-ending list of items to get, and things to do. Christmas traditions have been colored green as in $$$, and the real spirit of this day is being lost. The Italians and Italian American families realize it. We Italians are doing Christmas the Med-i-can way according to our means, but we have one tradition that nourishes the religious spirit as well as the body. It is called the Christmas Eve Fish Feast or the feast of seven fish. This annual event is not as strictly structured as the Jewish Seder, nor does it have any rules of religious conduct or sanctions. It is simply a wonderful tradition that gives a little meaning to Christmas and Christianity. On Christmas Eve evening, we eagerly awaited the final preparation of the seven-fish feast. It took a lot of cooking by the ladies to get everything to the table at the same time. Everyone pitched in and helped, as we were anxious to enjoy this feast. As the name implies there were seven courses of fish served. The type of fish and the manner of preparation varied, but I will try to explain the significance of course. The first course was any type of shellfish. Only the poor ate them in the days of Christ. Christians in those times were the poor. Baccalà is codfish and is the next course. Baccalà is filleted and salt-cured to preserve it, as there was no refrigeration in days of old. It was a common fish and a staple of all the people. Like baccalà, Christianity embraces the lives of all people. Stockfish was served next. It is also codfish, but it is sun-dried, like the sun that bore down on the workers in Christ’s time. Christ also labored in the heat of the sun to bring his message to the world. (Cont. Page 18)
The Justinian Law Society hosted a well-attended holiday party at the Ben Franklin Hotel. Some of the best judges and lawyers in the Philadelphia area turned out for this affair. Among them were JUDGES JOE O’KEEFE, GENE MAIER, SHELDON JELIN, DONNA WOELPPER, RICARDO JACKSON, MATTHEW CARRAFIELLO, PAUL PANEPINTO and SANDRA MAZER MOSS. The Justinians are primarily an Italian law society, but it includes many folks who wish they were Italian. A true Italian, the lovely GINA FURIA RUBEL, carried on the family tradition of being active in the Justinians. Her father is the late, great RICK FURIA. He was one of the most-highly regarded Justinian members. Former STATE SEN. BOB ROVNER, not surprisingly, attended and worked the room. Rovner encountered his old friend JUDGE BILL MANFREDI. The lovely JUDY CAMIEL was accompanied by her husband DR. ED CAMIEL. The Camiels are active members of all the best society functions, including, recently the Pennsylvania Society in New York and the Lawyer’s Club in Philadelphia. JUDGE ANNETTE RIZZO continued to be one of the mostpopular judges, as has her colleague ROSE MARIE DeFINO-NASTASI. One of the top Justinians is CARMEN NASUTI, SR. and his son CARMEN NASUTI, JR. has also become very active. Assistant DA JESSICA CONLEY also attended. A day later, the Irish law society known as the Brehons, gathered at Ugly Betty’s. On hand were JUDGES CHARLES CUNNINGHAM, JIMMY LYNN, JOE O’NEILL, WEB KEOGH, JOE O’KEEFE and many others. Among the lawyers and friends were MIKE MCALLISTER, JIM CRUMLISH, PETE MARKS and MAUREEN McLAUGHLIN. The food and holiday cheer was enjoyed by all.
WE READ where the State is investigating $500k that it may have incorrectly paid to a nursing home. The State’s auditors are looking at that payment – good. Then you read on, and the writers tell that the publication has deep new questions over that grant!!! WAIT A MINUTE. Professional auditors did not find the so-called deeper issues??? They did not locate all the documents? The State should have hired the reporters instead (?). Maybe we should wait until the final outcome before judging during this holiday period! Or say, “HUMBUG”.... BIRTHDAY wishes to State Rep. Rosita YOUNGBLOOD; her day is on the 20th! Harry LEECH has his day on the 18th – and is a reason why the TURNPIKE should not be sold! THE PENNSYLVANIA SOCIETY: Right on time each year, a reporter asks why the Society weekend is not held in Pennsylvania. This year, it was said it began so barons of industry could meet in private. You can do that anywhere. (It was for Pennsylvanians working in the Big Apple to celebrate their state each year with other geographically removed Pa. folks). As a lad working in Penn Station, I felt the same way. Now they say youth input is needed. Youth input was always part of the weekend. You can meet anyone of importance in the Waldorf lobby and chat with relaxed ease. The Society midyear lunch, in Pennsylvania, is the site for a youth forum.... ELEANOR DEZZI, leading political consultant, is elated over the birth of new grandchild James Fauls Dezzi, Jr. – the first male grandchild! Bravo! THE DRUG COPS issue has caused such a stir with testimony in doubt. District Attorney SETH WILLIAMS acted in a proper way. It might be better to disband the squad and create a new police division.... SO, how much new business and commerce has the MAYOR’S trip to CHINA brought us here in Philly? What was the cost of the trip versus benefits? State Rep. Vanessa Lowery BROWN is holding holiday open houses to get out information and help sources for kids and youth. Her energy is truly endless.... State Rep. John SABATINA is working with other lawmakers to combat Methadone abuse – which has grown, so that most of us know of it. Thank you, Rep! COUNCILWOMAN Marian TASCO and the GAS COMMISSION should NOT authorize $2.7 million to guide the City through a sale of the Gas Works. The money would be spent on assessing public opinion to the sale and a website on the sale; WHO NEEDS IT? It would (Cont. Page 18)
Present and Future
by: Floyd Wedderburn
Concussions Are Very Real
I was asked recently if I thought Vicks and McCoy were somehow prolonging their concussions because there’s no hope of a playoff berth this season. First, I thought about it and wanted to respond like a fan, but I quickly remembered getting blind-sided by another player so I responded like a player who has had quite a few concussions in his day. Are you kidding me?!?! EARLIER This thing is more serious that day, now than it was when I over in Juplayed. niata at Most players in the NFL L I T C are hard workers and if given Arena, a chance, would try to be on ECC Fitthe field for every play of ness preevery game. More players are sented an taking concussions more seriactionously now than ever. At one packed point in my career, if I told a amateur coach I was seeing stars and/or boxing card that featured many aspiring professionals. feeling a little dizzy, I would Among those were Laurie Schiavo, who got well wishes from get a stare-down like you her sons Alan and Elijah before her bout. wouldn’t believe. I would even
get a few displeased looks from a teammate or two. As if to say, the nerve of me to be concerned about my health and talk to someone who was supposed to be a concerned adult was mindboggling. Let’s just say it happened more often than you would expect. However, under the circumstances of being a taller-than-average lineman and being in a sport where leverage is key, my head was always in the middle of everything and concussion became a part of my daily life. A concussion isn’t what it was 10 years ago. Then, it was more of a reward for being a warrior and having the ability to go through practice with a terribly headache, feeling dizzy, or even on the verge of throwing up. I thought if I wasn’t knocked out cold, why bother the coaches or trainers? I would probably just get a pat on the back anyway. One of the reasons I enjoyed playing football was de-
rived from small pickup games in the middle of a road. I was asked if I wanted to play tackle instead of touch. I shouted out, “Tackle!” faster than “touch” could even come out of my mouth. I was so happy to throw my young, unbreakable body all over the place. It was the first time I ever felt like a machine, running through people, tackling on hard ground and feeling unstoppable. All I wanted to do was hit and hit again. I never thought to put on a helmet despite the danger involved. One of my favorite drills was Man in the Middle. One at time, we would tee off and try to knock the snot out of the guy in the middle. His job was to hold his ground. Another would be the Oline-Dline oneon-one drill. That was a simple strategy to get to the quarterback at will. No one ever stopped to think about the long-term effects that these simply thought-up drills could have on a player. My first concussion was on impact. I literally saw stars and my head felt like I was inside the Liberty Bell and it wouldn’t stop ringing. When I was playing in the
NFL, I couldn’t believe how fast and strong the guys were. Given the size and speed of every athlete and the severity of every impact, every hit and every blow was felt. Every 9 on 7 and every scrimmage felt worse than the last. This leads me to believe that every year new players are coming in bigger, stronger, and faster, with catlike ability, making that impact more catastrophic. All players are susceptible because of the continuous plays and the rigorous pounding. Even though it doesn’t look that way on TV, the small blows to the head could mean ill for a player in a split sec. This happens much more quickly now than it did 10 years ago. We’re living in a better day where Teammates, friends, and family are well aware of the symptoms and the severity of the matter. Hopefully, this will lead them to report such symptoms to team physicians and athletic trainers who could deal with the matter, or at least I hope so. Therefore the next time you decide to ask an ex-NFL player about concussions, keep in mind he just may not remember.
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BRITTANY “BAM” Rogers promoted a nationally televised card this past Saturday at Temple University that featured Philly’s top professional talent, including Jesse Hart, Angel Ocasio and Bryant Jennings, who were all victorious. Brittany’s proud father, Mike Rogers, was ringside to greet former Cruiserweight World Champion, Poland’s Tomasz Adamek, who was in town to promote his upcoming fight with Steve “USS” Cunningham.
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With Joe Stivala At Pennsylvania Society Gathering In New York City
BATTALION Fire Chief Bill Dell paid visit to his New York counterpart, at Battalion 8 while attending Penna. Society gala. Chief John Corcoran and fireman Jose Moreno greeted Dell with an equipment inspection, and best wishes to Philly’s Fire Dept. leaders and fire personnel. Photo by Joe Stivala
COUNCILMAN William Greenlee compliments radio star Bob Pantano on his fine job as emcee for Local 98 Photo by Joe Stivala party.
MAKING POINTS at Penna. Society weekend and planning judicial runs in primary were Timika Lane, for Common Pleas Court, and Omar Sabir of Local 332, for Traffic Court. Photo by Joe Stivala
SHARING this photo at Waldorf Astoria CHOP reception were Eleanor & Al Dezzi and Pat Murphy. Also attending were Ruth R. Russell, CitiLife editor of Phila. Public Record, and her husband, Judge Edward E. Russell, parliamentarian for Conference of State ENJOYING Local 98 gala were Lindsey & Chris, Brigid Squilla, Frank Keel, and Councilman Mark Trial Judges. Photo by Joe Stivala Photo by Joe Stivala Squilla.
CENTER of attraction was Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz and her husband, Dr. David Schwartz, over news she might seek Democratic nomination for Governor. COL. TOM TWINE seen here with his guests. Photo by Joe Stivala
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BEVY of beauties at IBEW 98 reception included COUNCILWOMAN Jannie Blackwell, with RECEPTION for Councilman Bob Cathy Hicks, Joanne Riverso-Natalone, Traffic Chief William Dell and Jon Marshall. Esq., Henon brought out capacity crowd Court candidate Barbara Deeley and her daughter SHARING moment with Councilman Bob Henon including State Rep.-Elect J.P. Lisa Deeley, aide to Councilman Bob Henon. were State Rep. Maria Donatucci and Judge Kenwere seen at several receptions. Photo by Joe Stivala Photo by Joe Stivala Photo by Joe Stivala Miranda. Photo by Joe Stivala neth Powell.
GOPers Much In Evidence
ALSO HONORED with reception hosted by Laborers’ Union was Council President Darrell Clark, seen here with LDC Business Mgr. Ryan Boyer and Local 332 Business Mgr. Sam Staten, Photo by Joe Stivala Jr.
IN CAMERA GLARE were David Cohen, CEO of Comcast-NBC, and Chairman of the University of Penna. ENJOYING various events were Joseph Samuels, Tom Board with Sen. Bob Casey and Rhonda Matkowski, Jimmy DeVirgilis, Esq., Walter Person, and Calvin Photo by Joe Stivala Tucker. They were much in evidence at Penna. Society. Cohen.
GOV. TOM CORBETT and Walter Person exchange thoughts as to why Dems won so big in Penna. at Penna. Society in N.Y.C.
BLANK ROME partner Chris Lewis, Esq., welcomes Phila. City Solicitor Shelley Smith and Matthew Perks to firm’s reception at Penna. Society.
STEVE ALTERSCHULER, CEO of Children’s Hosp. of Phila., honored Joe Pitts with Children’s Champion award as did State Sen. Vincent Hughes.
GOLD MEDAL winner M. Night Shyamalan, film producer and director, is con- ENJOYING chat at Penn Club breakfast gratulated by US Sen. Bob Casey at Penna. were Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz and Society’s formal dinner. U of P President Amy Gutmann.
COMPARING impressions of China at Penn Club reception were Temple University Interim President Richard Englert and Mayor Michael Nutter.
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AT BLANK ROME reception in New York, the annual highlight of Penna. Society annual weekend for political junkies, FORMER Montgomery Co. Chairman Jim Matthews and ATTENDING Local 98 reception were Judge Maria were State Treasurer Rob McCord, and political consultants his wife Karen enjoy meeting up with one of Jim’s classmates McLaughlin, Local 830 Teamsters Leader Dan Grace and Jeff Jubelirer and Larry Ceisler. Photos by Bonnie Squires Hope Bright, Esq., Common Pleas Court candidate. at Blank Rome reception Friday night.
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AT FORUM For A Better Pennsylvania, State Sens. Vincent Hughes and Jay Costa were among Democratic speakers who followed Gov. Tom Corbett with remarks and analysis of budget crunch.
FORMER Congresswoman and Penn Prof. Marjorie Margolies talks to Chris Malios, Esq., and Bill Misnett, MD at Penn Club Breakfast at Penna. Society in New York.
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COUNCILMAN Bill Greenlee, State Sen. Mike Stack and Abbe Fletman attended Genevieve Society event. Stack gave out his HOSTING At Local 98’s traditional dance party COUNCILWOMAN Marian Tasco “Stack 2014” buttons indicating possible run GOV. TOM CORBETT was interviewed live is John Dougherty, seen here welcoming City shares a moment with Attorney General- for Governor while Abbe gave out her run- on Phila. radio station WHAT which broadController Allan Butkovitz and his wife Theresa. Elect Kathleen Kane. cast from Waldorf lobby. ning-for-judge buttons.
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Even With Cancer, Season Can Be Joyful
(Cont. From Page 7) ing trouble keeping food down, or it may be just a few minutes holding hands while favorite holiday music plays. Identify a few key elements of your traditions that you can maintain. James, who has been fighting multiple myeloma for over 20 years, spent three Christmases either in the hospital or away from home as a result of treatments or bone marrow transplants. When he was hospitalized, family members brought a tiny artificial tree with a few artificial ornaments and put it up in his room. They gave him gifts that would make him and others laugh; can you imagine lounging pants with reindeer on them, or a “Bah, Humbug!” sign hanging on the IV stand? His wife even donned a mask and gloves and used pasteurized egg whites to make icing for his favorite holiday cookies while he was in isolation. Maintain some of the traditions, like Christmas Eve Mass and decorated sugar cookies, or lighting the Chanukah Menorah and giving the kids chocolate coins. Keep It Simple Caregivers are often so tired and stressed when the holidays come that even the idea of all of the traditional holiday activities and “fix-
ings” can feel overwhelming. This is an important time to focus on simplicity; don’t even think about buying or doing too much. Only do the part of the holiday that matters the most for you and your patient. That means: At home, if you decorate, bring out only your favorite ornaments. Keep decoration simple, and focus on things that remind you of the good times. Consider postponing giftgiving completely and focus on togetherness. For adults, time with family and friends is usually far more enriching than opening presents. If you must shop for gifts, find ways to do holiday shopping on line or by phone, for things like a decorated tabletop tree or a basket of fruit or cheese goodies. Also consider developing a theme, like “laughter” or “comfort” that can focus giftgiving and divert from the daily stresses of treatment. Think about playing a game with family or friends that will bring laughter and good feelings. Let people do things for you. Keep a notepad handy for noting who brought you things and when you thanked them. You might even want to keep some little bags of Hershey’s Kisses or Ghirardelli mints next to your front door as a thank-you so you don’t
have to write thank-you notes. Keep It Social Remember that the real meaning of the holiday is togetherness, whether that means gathering together family members or getting together with friends. Family and friends bring normalcy. There are two reasons for you to let others help. First, the patient needs friends, now more than ever and especially during the holiday season that represents togetherness. Too many people are afraid of cancer. It’s not necessarily that they think they can catch it from the patient, but they don’t know how to talk to either of you, so they may shy away. Encouraging friends to stay close reminds you of normalcy. Second, no caregiver knows how long the cancercaregiving experience will last. It can last for a few weeks or for over 20 years. You may well need friends and their help a lot later in your caregiving, especially when you get caregiver fatigue. So make sure you reach out to friends and family. If invitations to you both dwindle, invite others to your house. Sometimes friends don’t want to intrude on your privacy, so they stop inviting you out. Make it clear to them you’re determined to maintain
your social connections, even if the visits are shorter or closer to home. Keep It Positive Cancer disrupts your whole life, and sometimes it’s hard to remember the good things, the things you still have. For Carl, that meant learning how to swim even after one leg had been amputated, because he loved swimming almost as much as he loved his wife. For Mike S’s wife, it was making sure the family still got together for each holiday and that they continued to build strong traditions, even though he was fighting terminal pancreatic cancer. For Artie’s daughter-in-law and grandchildren, it was about continuing to leave cookies and milk for Santa Claus. Finally, if you’re dealing with the aftermath, following a patient’s death, and you’re wrestling with how you’ll get through the holidays, be willing to change family rituals. Consider focusing the holidays around family and friends in a new setting. David’s family had had a ritual about Christmas, and after he died, his parents stopped doing Christmas on the East Coast and started doing it in California with their daughter. Another caregiver scheduled a family trip over the holidays, so the patient and his or her loved ones could be to-
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gether in a stimulating new environment that would give them lots to see, do, and talk about other than cancer. Many cancer patients live long and happy lives. Holiday periods nourish their spirits and remind them how much they have to live for. Family caregivers can help lengthen their lives simply by reminding them of normalcy and reducing anxiety. They can do that by
celebrating holidays with zest that keeps things festive, simple, social, and positive. Deborah Cornwall is a cancer survivor with over 20 years of experience as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society at national, regional and local levels. She is the author of Things I Wish I’d Known: Cancer Caregivers Speak Out. Visit www.thingsiwishidknown.com.
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Re: "As an able man will surround himself with well trained and competent men, an ill-trained man often will favor those like himself, who he feels will not be able to excel him." --Arthur Vanderbilt, Editor, "Studying Law," 1955, p. 662 1. CHRISTMAS, 1982: "WASHINGTON--John Terry had his second meeting with President Reagan yesterday. This time the President gave him an award. Not bad for a teenager from West Philadelphia who just seems to have a passion for keeping his neighborhood clean. Terry was chosen to receive a 'Young American Medal for Service' after Reagan learned on a visit to Philadelphia in October John Terry of West Philadelphia 1981 that Terry swept the 5100 block of Pine accepts public service award Street with a push broom three times a week and removed trash from nearby Black Oak Park just because he liked to see it clean." --Compiled by The Philadelphia Daily News, Dec 23, 1982 2. PHILADELPHIA, PA., 1986: "On Theater...With Nicholas Nickleby's being canceled out of the Forrest Theater's season, the search is on for other attractions to fill in the time. One has been found: Tango Argentina, a surprise hit of last season on Broadway, will glide through the last two weeks of November." --William B. Collins, Inquirer Theater Critic, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept 15, 1986 —Nicola Argentina (c) 2012 Framer of TEA PARTY MOVEMENT
Out & About (Cont. From Page 12) be. Our finances are a mess. The folks who are in charge of making sure everyone’s right to vote is protected are too busy fighting amongst themselves to do that. And don’t even get me started on
the federal and state law-enforcement man-hours being used to investigate many of our politicians and even a few of our nonprofits. (Notice I didn’t include the Season of Our Discontent that the Philadelphia Eagles are providing…that would have been overkill…) As a city, we could use a win. We now have one.
And it’s a good one. It’s always good when 291 people make your city look good by doing something everyone loves to do … dance. My Significant Other and I were a part of the line. And to places like New York, Los Angeles, or any other city that looks like it wants to take this record from us, I have two words: Bring It!
ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE, CONGRESSMAN MIKE FITZPATRICK (PA-8), SENS. BOB CASEY and PAT TOOMEY and STATE TREASURER ROB McCORD. Corbett discussed the plans for next year’s budget, which will include a renewed focus on transportation issues. The elephants in the Southeast hope this will include appropriate attention to mass transit. In Fitzpatrick’s opinion, his district is a microcosm of America. He noted his constituents do not want government handouts, but jobs – not government jobs but good private-sector jobs. He believes we need tax policies
and regulations that will bring industry back to his area. Toomey carried on this theme of the burdens of big government, in particular as to how this relates to the “fiscal cliff”. This elephant fears PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA has not yet gotten serious about avoiding the automatic tax increases and spending cuts that will go into effect on Jan. 1 without a compromise. Toomey and other Republicans reluctantly offered to put revenue increases on the table in exchange for entitlement reforms. The President responded by upping the antE, in my opinion, by demanding Congress give him unlimited ability to raise
the debt ceiling. The most-stunning speech at the PMA was given by McCord – not for its substantive content, but rather for the lack thereof. McCord spent roughly 20 minutes saying hello and telling jokes. One would think someone hoping to run for Governor next year would want to make a moreserious showing. The annual dinner of the Pennsylvania Society was as always held in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria. This year’s honoree was filmmaker NIGHT SHYAMALAN. As usual, the event was sold-out despite the ticket price of $350 per person.
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(Cont. From Page 12) TRACY, JAY BOROSKY and City COUNCILMAN DAVID OH. Former US Congressman and University of Pennsylvania graduate PHIL ENGLISH hosted an event at the offices of Arent Fox honoring the Pennsylvania delegation to Congress. The most-attended event of Friday night was IBEW’s party at the Waldorf Astoria, which included politicians from both
Republican activist MICHELLE LEONARD, as well as Pennsylvania GOP Chairman and UPenn Trustee ROB GLEASON. The PMA held its 32nd annual seminar and luncheon at the Metropolitan Club also on Saturday. This event is by invitation only. We heard one Philadelphia City Councilman found out the hard way the PMA did not welcome those without invitations. Fred Anton hosted the event. Pollster TERRY MADONNA was the seminar’s moderator. Speakers included GOV. TOM CORBETT, newly elected
sides of the aisle. IBEW BUSINESS MGR. JOHN DOUGHERTY hosted the event which honored City Councilman and former IBEW Political Director BOBBY HENON. Saturday morning started for some with the UPenn breakfast at the University of Pennsylvania Club. This was a nonpartisan event. Attendees include MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER and COUNCILWOMAN JANNIE BLACKWELL. Our side of the aisle was represented by Ward Leader and UPenn graduate MATT WOLFE and Lower Merion
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Water Commissioner Agrees To Lower Hike Water Commissioner Howard Neukrug has set the new water, sewer and stormwater rates that will become effective on Jan. 1, 2013. Rates will rise 17.5% over three years, which is significantly lower than the department’s original rates request of 28.5% over four years. The Department’s rates are still among the lowest in the region even after the rate increase.
Walking (Cont. From Page 12) also be spent to build support for the sale. Would that be UNFAIR ADVANTAGE with public funds? Also a possible conflict of interest and an effort to guide City Council, which reminds me of a wrestling CHOKE hold on CITY COUNCIL Members. Do NOT SELL the Gas Works, now it is on the road to viability!... Councilman Kenyatta JOHNSON, along with Councilman Bill GREENLEE, has added funding to housing for domestic-violence victims, with 100 new beds! Johnson is holding a holiday food drive, and job fair. He will PUSH hard for the casino location, as proposed by State Rep. Bob BRADY, in his district. Hope he will ALSO “curb” the size of massive curbs, now being built in his district – as mentioned in New York last week. PROVISIONAL BALLOTS: That issue was resolved extremely well, with good explanations and clarity. It took time to count the ballots, BUT it gave our votes meaning; and clamor by one group was much ado about nothing. Thanks to Commissioners Anthony CLARK and Al SCHMIDT.... “THERE
Waffleman (Cont. From Page 12) Squid or calamari is served next and its tentacles symbolize the extensive teaching of Christ. The eel is served next as it symbolizes the speed with which Christianity has spread throughout the world. Whiting or merluzzo was an abundant fish. It represents
The Commissioner’s rate decision is based upon a settlement between the PWD and Community Legal Services -- the public advocate appointed to represent residential customers -- together with other parties in the rate case. The settlement addresses the PWD’s revenue requirements and allocation of costs among residential, commercial and industrial customers. Michael Bowman, the
hearing officer jointly appointed by Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City Council President Darrell Clarke and City Controller Alan Butkovitz to oversee the rate case, issued a report to the Water Commissioner agreeing with the settlement determination and the Water Commissioner endorsed the hearing officer’s report and the spirit of cooperation embraced by all participating parties. The settlement is based on
a three-year rate period (Fiscal Years 2013-2015) versus the four year period originally proposed by PWD. The settlement reduces the revenue requirement from the original PWD proposal by $33 million, from $173 million in the first three year period to $140 million. This change will reduce the average annual increases for a typical customer from 6.5% to 5.5% over the period 2013-2015.
YOU GO again” was the line from Reagan to Carter. State House Majority Leader Dominic PILEGGI wants to change the way the State counts electoral votes. First a rushed VOTER ID, now this? BURY THAT BILL! There is good discussion saying the Governor’s Office of Open Records is not so open. We need to stay on this issue!... Last year in New York, the Guv himself seemed transparent as he entered a party and was gone – we did not see him leave. Maybe it was open-records osmosis? And PRIVATIZE the state lottery – one of the most successful anywhere? Bull! Does the GOP want to sell the Capitol as well?... Local 2186 leader Mike WALSH sued to stop the pay raise to some city workers because procedures should have been followed. Isn’t this the raise that, after taxes, is not so much a raise? Walsh did the right thing for now and the long term. I met Judge Webster KEOGH in New York with his lovely wife, Kathy. I kept thinking of his term as Administrative Judge. It was an ERA OF GOOD FEELING, similar to the period in America when all factions worked for the common good. Operation of law operated well. MAYBE the new BAR ASSOCIATION
Chancellor will help restore that era. I am weary of investigations of jurists, and courts, he said, she said, and the nana-na-na-na stuff.... AND TRAFFIC COURT: They won’t let it go. The courthouse scandal, which seemed to spark the Traffic Court probe, quietly disappears beneath the waves with the $4 million payment. But why? The subtle demand that Traffic Court judges be lawyers can be INSULTING to lawyers who seek Municipal Court and Common Pleas posts to deal with all law, not only the VEHICLE CODE. Forget that baloney proposal to make the test and knowledge of the law very tough for a PEOPLE’S COURT jurist.... And MERIT SELECTION – look at the gridlock and logjam when jurists of merit are proposed to federal courts. The daily press Sunday feature on the Rappaport ticket showed the BAA parkingticket hearing bureau brings in far more money. WHY NOT? What is the conviction rate vs. Traffic Court? The BAA is run by the CITY FINANCE DEPT. It hears its OWN APPEALS. It has been called a subliminal tax. That very same article says citizens, on hearing of the Rappaport ticket, were upset as they
sought justice. Ah, sweet justice. In my 40 years of covering Traffic Court, I saw “justice” as actually seeking a discharge. If you are found guilty – will you be HAPPY? And right on time, as I PREDICTED, the daily press signaled they will screen candidates. This means many stories can be written, due to a spate of candidates. Will lawyers only then be endorsed? Who wants an editorial non-endorsement from a faceless or nameless person who may live in the suburbs (?). When I saw the photo used of Mr. Chadwick, it seemed old, or of poor and grainy quality, and out of focus. On seeing it, all I could think of saying was, “Ah – I confess, I confess.” I do confess to the time in the late 1960s when I belonged to a REFORM DEMOCRATS group. One of the top reformers phoned me to ask if I knew anyone who could “adjudicate” his redlight ticket. I asked him, “Why this fall from grace?” He then hung up.... I read where Philly citizens were “shocked” to discover ticket fixing. I then looked outdoors to see if citizens where shouting their anger from their windows. Only silence. The story provided no statistics to support the claim (?).
the abundance of love that Christ had for all mankind. Smelts are small fish and represent the fact the smallest and humblest of God’s creatures are still loved by Christ. Also served in our home was broccoli rabe. These bitter greens remind us of the bitter times Christ endured in his lifetime. These seven courses are served in many different recipes. Some are delicious
and some are simply tasted, for they may not be one’s favorite food. In some homes they serve 13 fish courses, but seven or 13, the fish must be as fresh as possible and everyone must eat some of each dish. Zia Maria would say, “What-zamad-der, you sick or some-athing? Eat some more fish!” For the Med-i-cans, and anyone else that are curious and want to experience the
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2006 DODGE CHARGER 2B3KA43G46H491944
1986 oldsmobile cutlass supreme5.0 V8, auto., runs and drives good, lots of new parts, needs paint. $1,600.
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(215) 335-4884 Fax (215) 333-7793 In accordance with Chapter 73 of the Vehicle Code and authorization of the Department of Transportation, there will be a public auction of the below listed vehicles, THURSDAY DECEMBER 13, 2012 @ 2:00 PM. The location: 7000 State Road, Philadelphia, PA. All sales final. Cash only. STOCK# YEAR MAKE
US-4761 2000 LINCOLN 1LNHM87A7YY782715 915805 US-4780 2004 SUZUKI JS3TZ92V444108725 915804 US-4782 1995 NISSAN JN8HD17YSW014085 915803 US-4787 2003 MERCURY 1MEFM55S43A611894 915533 US-4800 2002 DODGE 3D7HA18NX2G171378 915806 Last Auction for the year 2012, Happy New Year to everyone. Next Auction January 3, 2013 •••
MANY MORE VEHICLES TO BE ADDED •••
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