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December 20, 2012

Blessings At Christmas At Mt. Hebron Church, Glad Tidings Are Well Received

SANTA and his sequined elf arrive at Mummers Museum to give gifts to Philadelphia schoolkids, at party hosted by 3rd Dist. police officers.

by Rory McGlasson “LOOK at this one, it’s Woody from Toy Story,” says Miss Katie, a volunteer at Mount Hebron Baptist Church ministry, 1417 Wharton Street. Inside the recreation room at the Church, Miss Katie, as she calls herself, places toys from a slew of plastic trashbags onto a table. She places Elmo, trucks, puzzles, jack-knives, an etch-a-sketch and toy trains on the table. These are some of the free items made available at their monthly giveaway. “Blessings at Christmas”, a free clothes, food and toys program, held at Mount Hebron Baptist DEBRA QUINN, of 1800 block of Dickinson Street, picks out Church is proving a much-appreciated program for toy for her son at free giveaway at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, many this month. (Cont. Page 15) 1417 Wharton Street. Photo by Rory McGlasson

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by Rory McGlasson JUAN DELGADO is a police officer who walks the walk in the community and, when duty calls, dances the dance. Just ask the kids, teachers, volunteers and police officers attending the 3rd Dist. holiday party for kids, held at the Mummers Museum, 2nd Street & Washington Avenue. (Cont. Page 2)

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Executive Board- President: Daniel Olivieri Treasurer: Jackie Fitzpatrick

Vice-President: Vince DeFino Esq. Secretary: Gaeton Tavella

Third Police District Hosts Kids’ Xmas Party (Cont. From Page 1) Officer Delgado, or “Ace” as he is best known, found himself surrounded by kids on the dance floor grooving to "Gangnam Style" -- the popular song by South Korean pop star PSY -- during the holiday party. Delgado, police officer Gary Harkins, volunteers, as well as Capt. Ryan, helped organize the Christmas party for a group of over 100 School District kids from four public schools.

The event featured a magician, free lunch, and a visit from Santa, with Rudolph, a snowman and an elf dressed in full Mummers attire joining in. To top it off, Officer Delgado helped Santa and his sequined elf distribute presents to kids. Each kid received a gift and a photograph as a memento. Then the dancing began... Wup. Wup. Wup. Delgado style.

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Santa ‘Community Claus’ Spreads Peaceful Message

by Rory McGlasson ’Tis not every day you walk into a community center and witness Santa Claus playing table foosball. That’s what people at Wilson Park Community Center, 2900 Snyder Avenue, witnessed on Monday. Moore, a portly African American gentleman, doesn’t just dress as St. Nicholas to schooling all comers at table soccer, though. Most people know him in the community as “Earthquake” Moore. In December, he calls himself “Community Claus.” Paul Moore is a former professional boxer – turned anti-violence activist – who has been spreading some Christmas cheer in the community for the last seven years. “If Santa cannot bring some peace to the neighborhood, then who can?” Moore asks. Moore then delves into his red sack full of goodies, and DANCING “Gangnam” Style are local schoolchildren at gives a candy cane and teddy Mummers Museum, 2nd Street & Washington Avenue, with bear to a five-year-old kid outPolice Officer Juan “Ace” Delgado, who helped organize 3rd side the Wilson Park CommuPhoto by Rory McGlasson nity Center. Dist. holiday party for kids. He said, “It’s hard to imagine, but the reality is some of these kids might not see Santa this year.” Moore runs a nonprofit. He gathers donations all year round from private, public and corporate partners. He uses the donations and fills his red sack with toys, trinkets, candies and other yuletide goodies. The former South Philadelphia pugilist spends the entire year spreading his message of peace and anti-violence. If he’s not running around gifting turkeys at SOUTH PHILADELPHIA public-school children enjoy ma- Thanksgiving, he’s marching gician’s tricks at Christmas party hosted by 3rd Dist. Police in some of Philadelphia’s Photo by Rory McGlasson most-violent streets spreading Dist.

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PAUL “EARTHQUAKE” Moore dons his Santa “Community Claus” suit to bring a little cheer to Niko Ortiz, 5, Sira Ortiz, 2, and Allyssa Ortiz, 6, at Wilson Park Community Photo By Rory McGlasson Center, 2900 Snyder Avenue. peace on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He’s an advocate of antigun violence, too. He’s a voice for the homeless, and less-privileged souls from Grays Ferry to Essington Avenue. Dressing as Santa, though, gives him a “chance to bring a smile to kids’ faces.” Also, it’s Moore's way of saying a big thank-you to those in the community who, he says, “work hard behind the scenes keeping peace” in some of Philadelphia’s mostnotorious neighborhoods. It’s rather fitting that in December, a time for reflection and peace on Earth, Moore spreads his own kind of peace in South and Southwest Philadelphia. Moore also visited police officers in the 4th and 12th Dists., as well as public-housing police officers and emSANTA “COMMUNITY ployees. Moore met with children CLAUS” asks Wilson Park inside and outside of Wilson resident Brianna Starks what she would like for Christ- Park Community Center. mas. A new hands-free cell Some were playing basketphone might be on her wish ball, others played him at foosball. Santa won. Photo by Rory McGlasson list.

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Daniel Olivieri will step down as president of the South Philadelphia Business Association at the end of 2013. Olivieri, a local jeweler, told members at the annual Christmas party, held Galdo’s Catering & Entertainment Complex, 24th & Moyamensing Avenue. “It’s my fourth and last year in this position, but I’ll still be involved as much as possible,” he told a packed crowd.

During his tenure, a record amount of scholarships were distributed to local students. Olivieri was instrumental in installing the Daniel P. Olivieri Scholarship. Membership has also risen to its highest level in 15 years. He said, “In this economy, I want to stress the importance of coming out to our meetings. You don’t have to be a member. It’s an awesome opportunity to meet other business owners and to improve your marketing skills.”

SPBA Pres. Dan Olivieri To Step Down Olivieri was full of merriment at the annual Christmas party. “This is the first time we’re having the US Marine Corps Toys For Tots,” he said. “We have to give Lou Galdo credit because he suggested it. “We filled three boxes so far and it’s just so much fun to see all the toys that were donated by our members. We’re also having a 50-50 drawing with the money going (Cont. Page 33)

Christmas Tree Recycling Set Don’t worry about the future of your live Christmas Tree. It will be properly recycled by the Streets Department’s Sanitation Division which initiates its annual pickup of trees from Monday, Jan. 7, through Saturday, Jan. 19. Now in its 25th year, the program was developed by the Streets Dept.’s Sanita-

tion Division to provide citizens with an environmentally safe alternative for the disposal of used trees. Citizens who wish to drop off their trees to be recycled may take it to the Streets Dept. Sanitation Convenience Centers located at 3033 S. 63rd Street, Domino Lane & Umbria Street, and State Road &

Ashburner Street during the two-week program. Trees brought to the site to be recycled should be free of all decorations and untied. Christmas trees with decorations cannot be recycled and will be placed with rubbish. Trees should not be brought to the site in plastic bags.

CONESTOGA Bank Executive Jackie Fitzpatrick, Gaeton Tavella, Sgt .Paul Huerta USMC, Dr. Jim Moylan, Vincent DeFino, Esq., Mark Rago, President Danny Olivieri, Presto Printer’s John Savarese and CPL Daniel Wexler USMC Photos by Maria Merlino

FUNERAL Dir. Victor Baldi III and Board Member Vince Giusini, Esq., are caught up in the joyous occasion.

MARINA Spatocco, Sister M. Paula Beierschmitt, IHM, PNC Bank executive JoAnne Baccari, and MARINA & Cheech Spatocco of massage therapist Linda Mazzotta share some good Cheech’s Beef & Ale raise a glass to the magic of the night. cheer. • 215-755-2000

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Don’t look for any breaks for Christmas or New Year’s, but the City of Philadelphia launched a new website that allows individuals to appeal parking tickets online, including the ability to upload documents in support of their appeal, as well as provides a user-friendly guide to the rules of the parking ticket appeals process. The new website, launched in cooperation with the Philadelphia Parking Au-

thority, also puts into operation changes to the Traffic Code enacted by a City Ordinance passed earlier this year. “We are pleased to launch this new website, which will allow citizens a clearer guide to the process around disputes of tickets, and an opportunity to use other methods to appeal without appearing in person,” said Jeremiah Connors, director of the Bureau of Administra-

tive Adjudication. The new web site can be found at and can also be linked through the City’s Finance Dept. at You’ll probably be found guilty anyway you try, in person or by web. Those hearing officers only follow City Administration rules. They do not represent the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

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GATHERING TOYS for needy kids at Councilwoman Cindy Bass’s party in Mt. Airy were, from left, Anuj Gupta, Bass, judicial aspirant Crystal Powell, Esq. and Mercer Redcross.

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Bass Guests Party For Toys City Website Accepts Parking Ticket Appeals

POSH 7165 LOUNGE on Germantown Avenue was packed with 70 merrymakers as N.W. Phila.’s finest turned out to support Councilwoman Cindy Bass’s holiday charity.

DAN & MELISSA Muroff share Yuletide moment with Darlene Roberson at Councilwoman Cindy Bass’s Christmas party.

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POLITICAL news was mostly full of good cheer for these N.W. Democrats, from left, Henry Hunter, Anuj Gupta and Deputy City Commissioner Dennis Lee.

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Dropping In At Jannie’s Ironworkers Mark Christmas Season

DROPPING in to help Councilman Jannie Blackwell celebrate her office Christmas party were Karen Brown, Councilman Mark Squilla and Councilman Curtis Jones.

IRONWORKERS gathered to mark Christmas holidays. In this photo, from left, are Chris Prophet, Ironworkers BA 401; DA Seth Williams; Karen Brown, Brotherhood president; Sam Malone, president of Ironworkers 405; Ed Penna, VP of Ironworkers 405, and Ed Sweeney VP of Ironworkers 401. Photo by Karen Brown

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Our Opinion ... In God’s Hands

School Closings A Reality The closing of dozens of public schools has long been studied by the School District Administrators and the School Reform Commission. The alternative left to those affected communities is for the parents and the children to press for transfers to schools that are performing well and producing alumni that can easily move up into more demanding high schools and colleges. To demand the School District keep those schools open is unrealistic unless it is accompanied by an equally vociferous demand to shut down the Charter Schools, especially the nonproducers, which have siphoned off millions of dollars annually from the school budget, without direct oversight worthy of the name. The cry for ever more charter schools is the reason why public schools are underpopulated and why resources need no longer can be shared with them.

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) 879-6615. Dec. 20- State Sen. Anthony Williams, Lincoln Day Educational Ctr., State Rep. Ron Waters and State Rep.-Elect Jordan Harris host “Gifts for the Holidays” party for children at Kipp Charter School, 5900 Baltimore Ave., 4-7 p.m. Dec. 21- Democratic 45th Ward hosts Christmas Party at Cannon Ball Tavern, 5300 James St., 710 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. Dec. 22- Political People Involved hosts Christmas Party for Wards 1, 2, 36, 40 and 48 at 22nd St. Cafe, 22nd & Wharton, 6 p.m.12 a.m. Buffet, cash bar. For info Kevin Price (267) 978-4839 or Doug Nesmith (267) 716-5358. Dec. 29- Council Majority Leader Curtis Jones’s’ Black Out Party at Our Lady of Lourdes Sch., 1940 N. 63rd St., 8-10 p.m. Preferred attire black cocktail chic. Food & drink. Donations: VIP $1,000, Sponsor $5600, General Admission $50. For info (267) 225-0118.

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Our cartoon on this page, drawn by our gifted artist Ron Williams (RT), expresses our belief those who were killed in the Connecticut rampage are all in the hands of God. Now angels, both the young and the adults who sacrificed their lives in defending the young, will spread blessings on their little town, whose natives suffer inconsolably. We are now in a rush to curtail the availability of guns. How about violent electronic games, some used by the military to desensitize their trainees to the value of human life? We believe the killer had to have been weaned on many of the thousands of children’s electronic games devoted to killing, to maiming, to senseless destruction. Now guised as gifts for children this season of peace, they are training our children to become potentially senseless killers immune to the value of life. The contents and availability of these games should be regulated. Otherwise, we are destroying our own children with this kind of exposure. If we are sincere about ending the violence now killing our citizenry at random, we will change the way we play.

Another Opinion Human Services Another Opinion Getting Stripped No To Billboards her paperwork is so excessive and invasive, she feels as though Pennsylvania’s prison population is treated with more dignity and respect. This young woman and the thousands of those who rely on human services value their independence, and so should we. Pennsylvania continues to face financial hardships, but we have to be willing to make room in our budget to provide services that can help the physically and intellectually disabled live productive lives. Additionally, we heard one of the biggest issues with human-services providers is when they do not receive payment, vital services cannot be delivered to those who need them the most. While we understand Gov. Tom Corbett values stream-

lining government, paring down the 38 human-services financial-management agencies to one Massachusettsbased company will only slow down the rate that human-services reimbursements are delivered. When these changes are added to the potential sale of the Pennsylvania Lottery to a United Kingdom-based firm, it paints a startling picture for Pennsylvania jobs. We could see further job loss by outsourcing major business to other states and countries, and a loss of quality and availability of an already faltering human services program. This past week, we wrote a letter to Gov. Corbett imploring him to do the right thing and examine ways in

which we can responsibly and adequately deliver human services, while preserving the dignity, privacy, and independence of Pennsylvania’s disabled citizens. We were elected to represent all of our constituents, regardless of their level of independence. Without proper consideration of the obstacles and ramifications that the changes to human services have caused, we stand to do great harm to a vibrant and hardworking community. (Washington represents part of Philadelphia and Montgomery Cos. In the 2011-2012 legislative session, she served as Minority Chair of the Senate Aging &Youth Committee. Wiley will represent most of Erie Co.)

by Philip Browndeis and Lee Quillen Earlier this month, the Rules committee of City Council approved Bill 120920, which will permit a digital wall wrap sign on the Electric Factory building at 7th & Callowhill Streets. Our issue is not so much that we will clearly see the proposed digital sign from our windows; it is in this exercise of power by City Council that it chooses to spot legislate exclusively for the Callowhill Center Associates, the owners of 421 N. 7th Street, rather than expect them to adhere to the new zoning code. Those of us who reside in the effected neighborhoods become mere puppets to this type of legislative tinkering.

For over 10 years, the Callowhill Center Associates have sought a zoning variance for their sign. Last year, former Councilman Frank DiCicco had a similar bill passed by City Council only to see it vetoed by Mayor Nutter because it endangers federal monies coming to the city for the maintenance of Route 76. But the rich and powerful never cease in their efforts to bend City Council to their selfish purposes. Every new ordinance concerning property or revenue presents an opportunity for schemers like Jeff Hornstein, a former City Council candidate, who watch the changes and plot to their advantage. Hornstein concocted a plan to (Cont. Page 31) • 215-755-2000

by State Sen. LeAnna M. Washington and Sen.-Elect Sean Wiley The Senate Democratic Policy Committee met in Erie to conduct a roundtable discussion about the Dept. of Public Welfare’s delivery of human services. At the meeting, we joined Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, as well as Democratic Policy Committee Chair State Sen. Lisa Boscola to hear testimony from intellectually and physically disabled members of the community and their advocates, as well as human services professionals. The discussions brought to light many important issues facing Pennsylvania’s humanservices delivery system. We were especially touched by one young woman from Edinboro, who told us

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President Clarke Hosts Yule Party Local 57 Gives Computers CITY COUNCIL President Darrell Clarke hosted Christmas party in Board of Education building, stressing his emphasis on quality education for students. Seen in agreement are newlyelected State Rep. Jose Miranda, State Rep. Michelle Brownlee and godchild Lakeshia. Photo by Joe Stivala

COUNCIL President Darrell Clarke and 16th Ward Committeeperson Gwen Collins wish State Rep. Rosita Youngblood happy birthday during his Christmas reception. Many happy returns to Youngblood from the LABORERS’ District Council Local 57 annually distributes Public Record! gifts to various institutions and charities at Christmas. Last Photo by week it gave computers to Police Dept.’s Explorers program. Joe Stivala Officers at meeting, from left, are Tom Armstrong, Estaber Vera, President Stanley Sanders, Business Mgr. Walter Higgins and Secretary-Treasurer Michael Carfagno.

POLICE Inspector Christine Coulter joins attorney Jimmy Binns, who handled arrangements and spoke at Local 57’s General Meeting.

RECEIVING donated computers and monitors from Local 57 were these cadets from Police Advisory Program. From left, they are Zachary Merchan, Matthew McLaughlin, Shellon Norton, Cpl. Bryan Coyle who heads the program, Jonathan Dedos and William McGuckin. • 215-755-2000

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NAACP delivered toys to Grand Masonic Lodge of Penna. on N. Broad Street, to be distributed by Lodge members to needy children. Warmly welcoming gifts were Dr. Murphy J. Keller, III, center, Most Worshipful Grand Master of Penna.; Sheriff Jewell X. Williams, Special District Deputy Grand Master for Government Affairs for Masons, center left; and Jerry Mondesire, far right, President of local Photo by Joe Blake NAACP.

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Let’s start this column out with a number: 37. Thirty-seven is the number of schools the School District of Philadelphia announced it would shut down in a press conference last Thursday. New Superintendent William Hite told reporters the reasons for the shutdowns were primarily financial. It makes no sense to keep schools open that are underutilized (read: mostly empty...) and in many cases too old to fix up without considerable expense. Now, I think I should explain here why building maintenance and how much it costs is an issue here. It’s because of how the State looks at it. If a School District builds a new school, it gets reimbursed for most if not all of that money through a funding formula. If you need to repair your building, you can get some money back if the building isn’t too old. Most of the district’s buildings are pushing 100 years old. See the problem? But while building age and occupancy are issues, they’re not as big an issue to parents as what happens to the programs being displaced by the move. For example, will the kids from Bok Technical HS be able to get what they need at South Philadelphia HS? And what about safety? Some of these kids have been traditionally been kept apart for a reason. Will the gang fights that students have in their neighborhoods find themselves in the classroom? These are some of the issues that come up at parent meetings like the one I’m going to at the Martin Luther King HS (Cont. Page 31)

The holiday cheer and good tidings were overflowing at MARK SEGAL’S annual holiday party at the offices of the Philadelphia Gay News. The crowded gathering featured politicos singing a stunning rendition of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. The politicos joining in the fun included CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY, former CONTROLLER JONATHON SAIDEL, City CONTROLLER ALAN BUTKOVITZ and STATE SEN. MIKE STACK. Segal joined the Holiday Choir for the song and the group threw in some perfectly timed leg kicks. Other politicos attending the party, but not joining the choir, were the Congressman’s top political consultant and Wise Man KEN SMUCKLER. Ken was seen talking to former GOV. ED RENDELL’S top political consultant and Wise Man DAVID L. COHEN. There is no doubt that they were engaging and reveling in the electoral success of Democrats and plotting strategy for the upcoming races for Governor and City Row Offices. The ubiquitous BILLY DOLBOW was on hand with fellow WARD LEADER BOBBY DELLAVELLA. Aspiring judge candidate SIERRA THOMAS-STREET was seen speaking to political operative CHRIS MALLIOS. Segal is the outspoken and exuberant leader of Philadelphia’s LGBT community. It was quite a sight to see Segal making remarks using a bullhorn in the PGN newsroom. Mark rarely needs a bullhorn to be heard. Smart, confident and full of vigor, he is a strong advocate for equal rights. Joining Segal for the festivities were fellow gay-rights advocates TED MARTIN, executive director of Equality PA; Equality PA President ADRIAN SHANKER; and PGN Editor JEN COLLETTA. Equality PA has worked to set up a LGBT Caucus within the General Assembly. Most of the Philadelphia House and Senate Delegation have joined. PCN Bank Mid-Atlantic PRESIDENT BILL MILLS was seen working the room at the PGN Holiday party. Mills is a smart, talented chief executive who lives in Philadelphia. Could he be considering a run for Mayor? Bill is a Democrat and would certainly have the support of the Philadelphia business community, not to mention access to their substantial pocketbooks. With his leadership capabilities and ability to fundraise from the business community, CHS believes Mills would be a formidable mayoral candidate. (Cont. Page 31) • 215-755-2000

Yo! Here we go again. Wow! It is almost Christmas. I remember how hard Mom and Dad worked on Christmas Eve to prepare the evening table. Food shopping was more important than gift buying. The gifts were already under the tree – a real tree, not aluminum or plastic. Almost everyone had a real tree that cost about two or three dollars. We decorated the tree with glass balls and other ornaments. It had popcorn strung on strong thread draped on it, and of course, lead-foil tinsel. Dad hated the tinsel, for it always fell on the Lionel train tracks he had set up under the tree, causing the trains to stop running. We were constantly reminded to save our appetites for the feast of seven fish. When all the various dishes were ready, they were served on the dining-room table. There was: antipasto, olives, condiments, cheeses, rolls, Italian bread, fried sweet peppers, hot and really hot fried peppers for the brave or foolhardy. Fish dish after fish dish, cold and hot. Then came the sweets. Mountains of cakes, cookies, biscotti and ambrosia, all homemade. The food was available throughout the evening and later into the night. No one worried about a diet. Later, the men usually started a penny-ante poker game on the kitchen table, which lasted into the early hours of the morning. Around 11:00 p.m., the perishables were put in the icebox and everyone went to church. Christmas Midnight Mass was always crowded. After Mass, we returned home where some continued to eat. The men started the card game again. The youngest kids were put to bed where they wondered what Santa would bring them. They knew that Santa would bring presents for all good girls and boys. Of course they had been good, hadn’t they? Sure they were, just ask them. When he knew we were asleep, Dad helped Santa with his toy chores. After all this, the ladies finally got to relax. It had been a very long day for them and it was now already Christmas day. Where did the time go? Their quiet time didn’t last long, for they had to get some rest. They had a lot more to do on Christmas Day. Christmas mornings always started early. After we all awoke, we gathered around the tree, we were told to open one gift at a time. Sure we did – not. Eventually all the gifts were opened. The paper wrappings were discarded but the ribbons and bows were saved for use (Cont. Page 29)

HOLIDAY SEASON: It is that magical time of year when we want all to be merry. Sadly, many are having a less-thanjoyful time as the INVESTIGATOR GRINCH casts a shadow over their holiday. Are they listening to your phone tonight? Are you guilty until proven innocent by some agency? Those forced to walk in darkness will find comfort from a higher authority. Help cheer THEM. (The GRINCH lacks courage to indict or editorialize during this holiday period.)... BIRTHDAYS: Best Wishes to Pete Kastopoulous, Greek Socrates, Marian MIZIORKO (22nd), in Roxborough, a best friend of animals. Dr. Mark WATKINS (22nd), learned and caring, from West Chester. Kevin PRICE, (23rd), South Philadelphia. Kevin keeps the Walt Whitman Bridge open. Drew ALDINGER, Esq. (24th) of Center City. Last I heard, Drew was with the City Board of Revision. Capt. Russ SCHULZ, Navy retired, who ran Freedom’s Foundation for years. This class guy celebrates on the 24th in Doylestown. How about South Jersey’s Rocco DOCIMO (27th), ladies superhero? Elton CANNON of N. Philly (27th) is a great reason to buy at CVS. Lovely Carol McGonigle GAUDINI, of Overbrook – a loyal worker in the City OPA. Finally, New Year kid Savannah SCHAFFER (South) on the 31st – a bright potential engineer. Please to think of folks like these, or those who have had an effect on your life in this season. I read about the Jersey Pine Barrens in the daily press. This US National Reserve started after a reported altercation between then Gov. Brendan BYRNE (who saved the Pines) and a GOP leader (?). Not much is written of this “Home Place” (that’s what saves it). The last reporter to write a lot (Cont. Page 28)

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Last Sunday afternoon, 100-plus elephants attended the Republican Party of Philadelphia’s Christmas Party at Paddy Whacks on South Street. People from both sides of the party schism were there, including WARD LEADERS JERRY BROWN, STEVE NASEVICH, MATT WOLFE, MARC COLLAZZO, PHIL INNAMORATO, FRANK HENDRIE, DOM CHIAVAROLI, KEVIN KELLY and and TOM MATKOWSKI. Other attendees included long-time Republican Activist CAROL MACK, Republican City Committee CHAIRMAN RICK HELLBERG and Tea Party leader BARBARA DAHDAH. ANNE HAVEY entertained the crowd with a humorous Christmas/political poem. Havey gave special thanks to the interns that assisted her during the election and also thanked COMMITTEEMAN DAVID THOMSEN, who was instrumental in the efforts to identify and recruit electionboard workers. This year, under the leadership of Havey and JOE DeFELICE, the Republican Party of Pennsylvania recruited over 300 minority inspectors to work in polling places that have not seen Republican election-board workers in decades. Philadelphia Republican Leadership Council CHAIRMAN MIKE CIBIK also addressed the crowd. He announced an upcoming speakers series that will commence in January. He also noted DeFelice and LINDA KERNS have brought positive press to the party for their work on the election. DeFelice was named by Politics Pa as one of the top 10 Republican political operatives in the state. Kerns, who organized our legal operations on Election Day, has been in the press both defending the need for voter ID and the need to improve the process for addressing Election (Cont. Page 16)

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Christmas At 2nd Warders

Prothonotary Celebrates Christmas PRESIDENT JUDGE Pamela Dembe and Judge Kenneth Powell were attendees at Prothonotary Holiday Reception hosted by Joseph Evers.

WARD LEADER Ed Nesmith’s 2nd Ward team survey toys they gathered to distribute for Christmas to needy in ward. JUDGES Nitza Among those in photo are Leonard Glasgow, Douglas Ne- Quiñones Alejansmith, Eric Watkins, Kevin Price and Henry McMillan. dro, left, and Jacqueline FrazierLyde flank Prothonotary Joe Evers at his annual holiday reception thanking court workers for their yearlong dedicated efforts.

C O M M O N PLEAS Judges Edward Wright and Nina Wright-Padilla arrive at Prothonotary Christmas Party to be greeted by that office’s affable leader Joe Evers.

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MUNICIPAL C O U R T Judge Dawn Segal gathers for holiday cheer at Prothonotary’s party with her esteemed colleagues Joe Waters, center, and J. Scott O’Keefe.

Oh Hails Vets Healers

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Ducky Birts Fdn. Grants Students COUNCILMAN David Oh presents Council citation to Gene McMahon of Vets Journey Home, a body that provides holistic aid to veterans with psychological wounds.

Boyle Helps Open Diner THE DUCKY BIRTS FOUNDATION provides scholarships to students based on need and merit. Cheney University awardees included, 1st row: Janelle McKelvey (Miss Cheyney), Ducky Birts, Dr. Michelle R. Howard-Vital (University president) and David Birts; 2nd row: Bobby Hunter (C-Club president), Gregory Benjamin (director alumni relations), Kenneth Johnson-Artis, Shayna Miller, Shkera Alston, Desmond King, Barbara Daniel-Cox, Junious Stanton (CUNAA president) and Nancy L. Jones (university advancement VP); 3rd row: Jameel Jefferson, Coach Marilyn Stephens, Jerrod Johnson and Coach Dominique Stephens. • 215-755-2000

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.

Stephanie To The Rescue!

Moving Chancellors Along F I R S T WOMAN Chancellor of Phila. Bar Association Deborah Willig, Esq., welcomes K a t h l e e n Wilkinson, Esq., 6th woman to head up Bar Association in its 210-year history. Wilkinson laid out her plans and initiatives at annual meeting and luncheon at Hyatt at BellePhoto by Bonnie Squires vue.

PHILA. Public Record congratulates Stephanie Marsico as she completes her first year with Fire Dept.’s Medic 18, of the “Northwest Cavalry”. She is daughter of our busy Circulation Mgr. Stephen Marsico.

AMONG Lincoln University scholarship recipients from Ducky Birts Foundation were, from left, Stacy Montgomery, Jhalia Thomas, President Robert R. Jennings, EdD, Ducky Birts, David Birts and Lindsey Harris. Not pictured were Timothy Wall and Dalia Burnett.

Volunteers Sought For MLK Day The Philadelphia Recovery Community Center (PRCC) seeks volunteers to help clean the streets of North Philadelphia on MLK Day, Jan. 21, 2013, a national day of service commemorating the life of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The cleanup is a community service project of PRO-ACT’s Amends in Action committee. “For individuals in recovery, a day of service is an opportunity to make living amends by giving back to the community,” said Cheryl Poccia, volunteer coordinator for PRCC. “Our street-cleaning project is becoming an annual

tradition here at the center, and we welcome community members to join us.” Volunteer cleanup crews are deployed from the center, which is located at 1701 W. Lehigh Ave., Unit 6, in North Philadelphia. Last year’s cleanup efforts began at 8 a.m. and ran until 1 p.m. The center also seeks donations of brooms, shovels, rakes, trash bags and gloves, as well as food items for the volunteers. Interested volunteers should contact Stacie Leap, chair of PRO-ACT’s Amends in Action committee, at (215) 3853131 or email Established in 2007, PRCC is a collaboration between Pennsylvania Recovery Organization-Achieving Community Together (PRO-ACT) and the City of Philadelphia Dept. of Behavioral Health & Intellectual Disability Services. PRO-ACT is the regional nonprofit organization working to mobilize and rally individuals in recovery from addiction, as well as their families, friends and allies in a campaign to end discrimination, broaden social understanding and achieve a just response to addiction as a public health crisis.

“It’s not my business to know your problems. Only that you have a need.” Katie Cromwell, of the 1700 block of Reed Street, said she came looking for a gift for her grandkid. Debra Quinn, of the 1800 block of Dickinson Street, picks out a sweater, trousers and couple of toys for her children. She also donated old clothes that her kids had outgrown. “I was feeling a little blue this year, but this has really cheered me up,” she said. Quinn couldn’t belive she walked out with a good-asnew character from the Toy Story. “My son never stops talking about Woody, I feel blessed.” Mount Hebron Baptist Church is located at 1417 Wharton Street. For more information, please call (215) 336-8163.

KATIE CROMWELL of 1700 block of Reed Street finds MISS KATIE Doe and Chiquita Love sort through clothes, toys toy for her granddaughter at free clothing and toys give- and other donations at Mount Hebron Baptist Church ministry, away at Mount Hebron Baptist Church, 1417 Wharton 1417 Wharton Street, as visitors (right) look through items. Street. Giveaway ends on Saturday. CLOTHES, toys and various free items are available at Mount Hebron Baptist Church, 1417 Wharton Street. Free Christmas giveaway is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thurs. to Saturday.

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(Cont. From Page 1) The five-day free giveaway will end this Saturday at the church. Inside the recreation room, there are nine tables. It resembles a thrift shop. Clothes are piled high on most tables: Shirts, toddler wear, shorts, coats. “We do what we can do as mothers, grandmothers,” Miss Katie says. “We do as best we can.” There is also free bread and muffins at the back for visitors. “Please come and take anything, and everything,” says Chiquita Love, a volunteer, member of the ministry. The group has received donations from their congregation and neighbors. A member of the Philabundence team stops by and leaves food items. Love, who helped organize the giveaway, said, “We need no ID. No questions. Nothing.

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Elephant (Cont. From Page 11) Day complaints. Kerns has been mentioned as a possible candidate for District Attorney next year. Tuesday night, TERRY

TRACY kicked off his campaign to run for City Controller at a reception at the Union League. The crowd included ward leaders LINDSAY DOEHRING, PETER WIRS, SUZANNE HANEY and DENISE FUREY as well as Republican activists

MICHAEL ADLER and GABRIELA GUARACAO. Tracy was introduced by one of his Professors at the University of Pennsylvania, HOWARD COHEN. Prof. Cohen taught at the Wharton School at UPenn and is currently an Associate Dean at

the Fox School of Business at Temple. Cohen is also active in Republican politics in Lower Merion. City COUNCILMAN DAVID OH also addressed the crowd, lauding Tracy as an ideal candidate for City Controller. Tracy told the group he had decided to run for the office, as he believes we need to have a City Controller who actually audits every city agency annually as first step to improving the quality and integrity of city government. This elephant believes Tracy will have an uphill battle against incumbent Democrat ALAN BUTKOVITZ. It is rumored while Butkovitz is running again for City Controller, he only plans to be in the position another two years as he

plans to run for Mayor in 2015. In recent weeks, a number of other Republicans have been surfacing as potential candidates for office in the upcoming municipal elections in November 2013. There are expected to be three open positions on Traffic Court. We hope that given the recent investigation into ticket-fixing by Democratic Traffic Court judges, the people of Philadelphia might give the Republican candidates a more-serious look. The Republicans rumored as interested in Traffic Court are WARD LEADER LEWIS HARRIS, Executive Director of the New Majority Council ELLA BUTCHER, WARD LEADER CHRIS

VOGLER and party activist JIM DeVERGILIS. One does not need to be an attorney to be a Traffic Court Judge; however, DiVergilis is a lawyer. Attorney ANN MARIE COYLE and JUDGE KENNETH POWELL will both be running for positions on the Court of Common Pleas. Powell is currently on the Court of Common Pleas. He was appointed by GOV. TOM CORBETT to compete the term of a judge who resigned. No one has stepped up to date to run for District Attorney against incumbent Democrat SETH WILLIAMS. However, a Facebook page that has been set up to “Draft Linda Kerns”.



TWU LOCAL 234 Jim Tayoun And The Staff of The Public Record Wishes Everyone A Very Merry Christmas

STREET DISCIPLES Ministries lead by Minister Mark Russian and Evangelist Shawn Lawler hosted “Happy Birthday Jesus Party” this past Saturday at Cupper Room Café which was a night of worship that also helped South Philadelphians in need.

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DON’T let the children know, but Ducky Birts, left, dressed up at Santa Claus to give toys and raffle bikes to needy youngsters at Laborers’ Local 332. Elves included Juan F. Ramos, administrator of LECET, his Assistant A. J. Hardy and “Magic Man” Gregory Graham, who amazed children with his tricks.

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Laborers’ Local 332 Beings Christmas Cheer

CHECKING out bikes to be raffled off to youngsters are Ducky Birts and Juan F. Ramos, administrator, Laborers’ Employers Cooperation & Education Trust.

“SPARKLE”, aka Catherine Autrey, was kept busy making balloon hats at LDC Christmas party. Louis Galdo, Sr. President

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GOP Celebrate At Paddy Whacks Shopping Time For Endorsements by Joe Shaheeli Enjoy the Christmas and New Year holidays to the fullest, is the best advice we can give many of our readers in the political game. Because come Feb. 19, nominating petitions will be available for those seeking to run for the offices of Superior, Common Pleas, Municipal and Traffic Courts as well as the District Attorney, City Controller, and Election Board judges and inspectors. The unofficial open court seats are none for Supremes, one in Superior Court, six for Common Pleas, two for Municipal and three for Traffic Court. This won’t be official until the Pennsylvania Secretary of State makes that declaration by Feb. 29 at the latest. The deadline for filing all petitions is Mar. 12. A score of judges will be seeking retention, but they need not worry until the general-election season approaches. That is, of course, if those seeking retention have filed their intentions with the Dept. of State prior to Jan. 7 at 5 p.m. It’s expected at least half a dozen names, all familiar to most readers of this newspa-

per, will appear on the ballot for Traffic Court, despite the hullabaloo generated by probes of those presently sitting in that court. Creating one of the vacancies in Traffic Court is the official removal last Thursday of Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Willie Singletary by Court of Judicial Discipline. Singletary’s lawyer John Summers says Singletary resigned from the bench in February. Shrewdly spending their time enlisting early support for the judicial vacancies listed above are a handful of wise men and women, and we wish them well. Seems Like A Seminar For Women Only....

The National Organization For Women and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Coalition Of Labor Union Women are holding a training session for women who wish to run in the primary to become an Election Board member or to run for committeeperson in the 2014 primary. Scheduled to speak are City Commissioner Stephanie Singer and Norman Matlock, Esq., who is a judge of elections in the 2nd Division of the 9th Ward in Chestnut Hill.

ENJOYING FESTIVITIES at Yule Party were Ward Leader Mike Cibik, Councilman David Oh, Robert Mansfield, Matt Wolfe, Kevin Kelly, Joe Eastman and Elissa ATTENDEES included Lewis Gilchrist, Max Kind, CounPhoto by Leona Dixon Prichett. cilman David Oh and Robert Mansfield. Photo by Leona Dixon

REPUBLICAN Ward Leaders and committee people attended Republican SONGWRITER Annie Harvey, Joe DeFe- Party Christmas get-together at Paddy- WAITING UNTIL next election golice and Mark Collazzo seen here relaxing Whacks. Among them were Ella around are Dr. Seth Kauffer, Linda after grueling presidential campaign. Butcher, A. Lindsay Doering, Esq. and Kerns and Brian McCann. Photo by Leona Dixon Denise Furey. Photo by Leona Dixon Photo by Leona Dixon It’s to be held Jan. 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 1606 Walnut Street. Sounds good, but why have the men been left out? Should we males file a discrimination suit? Anyway, for more info, contact Karen Bojar at or Kathy Black at Castille Possible Retention Target

The rumor mill has started up on the retention judges,

one of whom reportedly is Chief Justice Ron Castille, who is in a fight with one or more of his colleagues, and was asked in an Inquirer editorial to resign the court because of his role in the building of the new judicial building going up north of City Hall. He has some serious, moneyed operatives supposedly engineering a plot to give him a majority of “no” votes. He’s also near the retirement age of 70.

DA Seen Unchallenged, But Controller Will Be

It is doubtful anyone with a basic knowledge of what it takes to wage a serious campaign for elected office will challenge DA Seth Williams in the primary. Though he has some issues, they aren’t enough to warrant a serious challenge. Any challengers will only serve to fuel contributions to Williams’ reelection efforts. The City Controller will have serious challengers, but

they are seen as negating the efforts of each. It is interesting to note the fingerprints of Congressman Chaka Fattah can be found on the shoulders of one of them. Adding to Controller Alan Butkovitz’s list of headaches to eliminate or contend with in this coming primary is a website set up a former employee, (Cont. Page 19)

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Serving Yule Goodies Santa Arrives In A Towtruck! (Cont. From Page 18) Governor’s Vulnerability

Pennsylvania’s Governor’s Mansion has enjoyed the custom of alternating party control every eight years, especially when a member of the opposite party occupies the White House. But that tradition, which began in 1970, could come to an end if the Governor does not begin fence-mending with the pols from his own party first, and Democrat allies second. Toying with privatizing the Lottery is considered a “nail in his coffin” by many, with opponents already saving newspaper headlines that indicate seniors could be the losers if he were to go through with the effort. Corbett will be pilloried by his handling of the Penn State child sex-abuse scandal. Expect the first elected Democrat to the Attorney General’s office, Kathleen Kane, to begin pushing an inquiry into his role. A more-visible primary would be an asset for Corbett, especially if Montgomery Co. Commissioner Bruce Castor is one of his challengers. Campaigning in the primary, though seen as a waste of funds by an incumbent, does serve to keep the candidate in the mind of voters. Lottery Privatization Has New Problem

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Gov. Tom Corbett needs to rethink his efforts to privatize the Pennsylvania Lottery. If he is successful, his election could depend entirely on how successful the awardee is in bringing in many more millions than is now coming into the most successful state-run lottery in the country. If they only come close to current revenue levels, he’ll lose every senior vote. In the meantime, he has been given an easy out. AFSCME Council 13 filed a lawsuit in Commonwealth Court last week to halt lottery privatization, gaming expansion and prevent Corbett from signing on with Camelot Global Services PA LLC, a

SERVING up shrimp and other goodies from Sid Booker’s were his daughter Latrice, right, with friends Tawanda and SANTA’S ELF stands proudly behind 2-block-long cavalcade of towtrucks in Powelton VilLashonda. Sid and State Sen. Shirley Kitchen were busy lage. He and other members of Phila. Independent Towers & Salvors Association presented $1,000 gift donation to Youth Service Inc., led by PITSA President Joe Parenti, right. hosting elected city and state officials at Christmas Party. subsidiary of the lottery man- Bateman actually prevailed from January 2000 until rienced the Washington polit- who stayed. ager for the United Kingdom against the incumbent in three March 2011, rising up the ical crowd and was disap“In the spring of 1980, lottery. wards and multiple divisions ranks to become an inheri- pointed in the quality of our Jimmy Dougherty, a comeLinda Bateman Dies; throughout the City. Bateman tance tax supervisor. Mrs. politicians and their staff and dian and candidate, invited Was Republican Activist made her entry into politics as Bateman also owned and op- was eager to come home and me to the 15th Ward (in FairIt is with deep regret that the Republican candidate in erated several business incu- see what was going on. I mount) Republican Meeting the Philadelphia Republican the 198th House Dist., run- bator ventures in came home November of with Ward Leader Judge City Committee announces ning against Democrat Robert Germantown and Roxbor- 1979 and when I saw the ob- ‘Eddie’ Quinn and I was in. I the passing of Linda Wolfe W. O’Donnell, the former ough, the first being a cafe vious deterioration that took became a congressional camBateman, 12th Ward Leader Speaker of the Pennsylvania theater, the latest being Eflow place in the last nine years in paign manager, trained by the and longtime member, former House in 1984 and again in & Co. Philadelphia and German- National Republican Congressecretary and currently, 1990. She later served as In response to a 2011 town, my home neighbor- sional Committee and became trustee of the historic Ger- campaign manager for the Committee of Seventy ques- hood, I cried, and then I very knowledgeable on party mantown Republican Club. Phillips for Congress and for tionnaire, Linda Wolfe Bate- promised myself that I would building. Bateman is survived by her James for State Representa- man replied why she got try to make a difference to get “I have been helping the five children Maria, Michael, tive, 1980. involved in politics: this city back on track. I Philadelphia Republican Party Matthew, Maurice and Mar“My retail career had wanted the incumbent De- non-stop for 31 years, in one Despite being a lifelong garet. The cause of death was Republican, she managed her brought me to the Washing- mocrats’ control of Philadel- way or another, to get fair heart complications arising husband’s campaign when he ton, D.C. area when my fa- phia to end, because quite elections, improve the quality from a long-term battle with was briefly a Democratic can- ther, Harold Wolfe, asked me frankly, they were not doing of our candidates and hopecancer. didate for Mayor in 1983. to come home and help with a very good job. Population fully put forth some ideas that Linda Wolfe Bateman was She was an employee of his business, a small lunch was leaving and the tax bur- would make Philadelphia betborn May 25, 1952 in the Commonwealth of Penn- and dinner theater next to La den was going up for those ter.” Philadelphia, the daughter of sylvania, Dept. of Revenue, Salle University. I had expeHarold Wolfe, who owned a STATE REP. JOHN small cafe theater near Winter is here, and with the cold SABATINA JR. LaSalle University. 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often have difficulty paying for even life’s basic necessities. The little extras that mean so much to children, such as music lessons, dance lessons, tutoring, summer camp and regular health exams, are often neglected. After filing for bankruptcy, your family budget can afford to give your children much of the nourishment they need to grow into healthy and well-adjusted adults.


garnishment, repossessions and foreclosure will often cause you and your spouse to experience overwhelming stress and anxiety. Your children, even young ones, also feel the stress. It affects their school work and their emotional and physical health Uncontrolled debt often leads to

marital conflict and divorce. The kids become the biggest losers. Filing for bankruptcy will usually relieve the debt burdens and the stress. This will often save a marriage and restore emotional as well as financial security for the entire family. 2. PROVIDING FOR YOUR FAMILY: When you’re paying out all of your income to try to cover your minimum debt payments, you



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bad TPS (throttle position) sensor; bad or dirty MAF (mass airflow) sensor; low fuel pressure (leaky fuel pressure regulator or weak fuel pump); vacuum leaks (intake manifold, vacuum hoses, throttle body, EGR valve); or bad gasoline (fuel contaminated with water or too much alcohol). Sometimes, what feels like a hesitation is actually ignition misfire rather than lean misfire. The causes of ignition misfire may include: Dirty or worn spark plugs; bad plug wires; weak ignition coil; and wet plug wires. Hope this helps. Tom has been serving automotive customers in the Philadelphia area for over 20 years as a salesman and then general manager of Pacifico Auto Group. Rocco is a top automotive consultant.



from going to college, you should consider filing bankruptcy to wipe out your debts, so that you have more money available to help out your college-bound kids, and your credit score can recover by the time you have to get loans to help your kids pay for college. 5. CO-OWNERSHIP AND COSIGNED LOANS: Many parents want to try to help out by setting up joint bank accounts with their minor children. If you have done this, and then file for bankruptcy, you may find your bankruptcy trustee attempts to seize the bank account and use it to pay towards your creditors. There are ways to set up accounts to prevent this from happening. Similarly, if you cosign a loan for your child to help them out, if they ever get into financial difficulty and have to file bankruptcy, your credit score will be negatively affected and you will be hounded to pay the bill. Next Week’s Question: Why file Chapter 7 business bankruptcy?



3. EDUCATIONAL EXPENSES: When you are having financial difficulty, it is often difficult to properly afford your children’s educational expenses. In the 2005 changes to the bankruptcy law, Congress specifically allowed parents to include in their allowable expenses some educational costs for their children under 18 years old. For older children, however, Congress felt paying college tuition at the expense of unsecured creditors should not be allowed. 4. STUDENT LOANS: Several factors should be considered regarding student loans. First, student loans, including parent PLUS loans, are generally not dischargeable in bankruptcy without a showing of undue hardship. The burden to prove undue hardship is very great. Second, if you are in financial difficulty, you may not have a high-enough credit score to get a parent loan to help your child pay for college. So if you are having debt problems when your children are still several years away

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ability to perform the physical and mental activities associated with work performed on a full time basis. SSA does not have to establish that there is a specific job offer awaiting the claimant, or that she would actually be hired at that job by an employer. All SSA has to prove is that the claimant has the physical and mental RFC to perform a particular job or jobs that exist in substantial numbers in the national economy. If a VE testifies that a certain number of jobs exist that a hypothetical claimant can perform within the confines of the RFC formulated by the ALJ, the claimant will lose. Clients will sometimes tell

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by Michael P. Boyle, Esq. In a substantial majority of Social Security and SSI claims, the key to winning or losing is the judge’s finding whether a claimant can perform jobs that exist in substantial numbers in the regional and national economies. To determine this, a judge will generally rely on the testimony of a vocational expert (VE) to identify specific jobs that a hypothetical individual similar in age, education, and work background as the claimant can perform. The ALJ will ask the VE to take into account the claimant’s residual functional capacity (RFC) — that is, the person’s

me, or testify, that a particular job doesn’t pay enough or that they wouldn’t be hired if they applied. Being able to be hired by a real employer, or to make a living wage in the job, does not matter to SSA. You have to give specific reasons why you could not perform on a full-time basis the physical and mental requirements of any job identified by the VE. This means focusing on difficulties with standing, walking, or sitting for extended periods; problems with lifting, carrying, bending, stooping, reaching, handling, and fingering; difficulties with understanding and remembering simple instructions, getting along with the public or with coworkers and supervisors, or problems maintaining attention and concentration; or an inability to handle even low levels of stress associated with work activity.

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immediate symptoms, if they occur continuously over time, their effects can be cumulative, leading to memory problems and dementia, and a much higher risk for a major stroke. This staggering statistic highlights the need for greater awareness of silent strokes, as

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Usually, the symptoms of a major stroke are pretty unmistakable: sudden numbness, tingling or weakness on one side of the body; sudden vision changes; trouble speaking; confusion; sudden, severe headache and balance problems. Experiencing these symptoms always warrants an immediate trip to the emergency room. However, sometimes strokes occur and pass completely unnoticed. During these so-called “silent strokes,” the interruption of blood flow occurs in areas of the brain that do not control vital bodily functions such as speech or movement. For this reason, while they’re happening, silent strokes present either no symptoms or symptoms that go unnoticed or largely ignored. Here’s the real kicker: According to research, approximately 12 million strokes occur every year, and 11 million of those are silent strokes. This means 11 million people are having strokes and most likely don’t even know about it! Moreover, even though silent strokes present no major • 215-755-2000

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Walking (Cont. From Page 11) on it was Rev. Carlton BECK in the Camden Courier Post days. He and his old Chevy covered the dirt roads of Pinelands in the ’30s, under which lie 70 TRILLION gallons of pure water. Thanks also to former Gov. McGREEVEY, who saved the water supply of the Jersey Highlands! It is time to save Cumberland and Salem Cos. from overdevelopment and keep “Jersey fresh” grow-

ing.... LOSSES: Elizabeth PELLICCIOTTI of Grays Ferry was a firm, yet fair, woman with kids in the public service. We lost Rev. Vernon C. NEAL of West Philly. He ministered to many churches in his lifetime, and will be deeply missed by daughter Shellyann and husband Sonte REAVIS, Esq. Mary FOGG, legislative liaison, became a grandmother with the birth of Jason HENRY FOGG. “Jase” weighed in at 7lb. 15 oz. at 21” long!... And Shawn DILLON became a new pop with

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the birth of Sofia DILLON! In both cases mother and child are well, but the father fainted. There has to be a sheet of paper, push-pin holding it to the wall, in some newsroom where it says: This week we will attack Fumo, then Traffic Court, then the Election Commissioners. Sort of long-range planning and insurance against slow news days.... Did you read of Vince FUMO? The feds want more restitution from him to make whole the Citizens’ Alliance. The new group that took over the Alliance got so many assets, that it is not fiscally shattered as some say. Didn’t they sell the Fumo building for $500,000? Though broke, they are still cleaning streets, and planting trees. Boo-hoo. But The Alliance used the free labor of those sentenced by the courts to do community service. From the looks of it, they still are making use of that labor. The new board for the Philly HOUSING AUTHORITY appeared stuck on a nominee that was once a federal prosecutor. There seems to be

too many appointments of people who prosecuted, or who were Inspector General types, OR were ethics experts. It is best if the wisdom of Councilwoman Marian TASCO is heeded on this matter.... What of Gov. CORBETT joining other GOP Governors to reject setting up Obamacare insurance exchanges? This means the federal government will have to set one up. BUT the GOP said they were against BIG federal government?? And the offer giving that power to the states helped offset opponents of Obamacare passage. Flip-flops hurt Romney. The GOP should not follow. LABOR: An opinion piece on UNION DUES argued membership in a union shop should be voluntary. It LEFT OUT that, in such a way, non-union members reap all the hard-fought benefits earned by labor negotiators. I can’t see the REASON for the recent article on JOHN DOUGHERTY, Local 98 leader, in the daily media over events in 2006 (?) How about more HAPPY NEWS?



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surprise. Now that their work is done, I presume they will LEAVE that court. Defense lawyers might say that then the reign of terror (French history again) is over. Amen.... JOHN DOUGHERTY, Councilwoman CINDY BASS and State Sen. Vincent HUGHES have all held a PARTY WITH A PURPOSE – to collect foodstuffs, gifts (toys for kids) for the needy. So did the HIBERNIAN Hunger Project, according to AOH Leader Joe FOX. With the help of Jim TANGE of Shamrock Distribution, 30 volunteers delivered food baskets for a (Cont. Page 31)



Re: “After spending two years and $6 million on its investigation, the House Select Committee on Assassinations concluded that John F. Kennedy ‘was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy. ...The committee’s bewildering finding rested almost solely on one fact: acoustics experts...” —TIME, January 15, 1979

Inner Circle 1. WASHINGTON, DC, 1984: “Dear Mr. Argentina: On behalf of President Reagan, Vice President Bush, and my Republican Senate Colleagues, I am delighted to inform you that at the last membership meeting of the Republican Senatorial Inner Circle, your name was placed in nomination by Senator Baker, and you were accepted for membership. Last year, the Inner Circle had 2,700 members, including, among others John Connally, Gene Autry, Moya Lear, Ted Turner, and J.W. Marriott...”

2. WASHINGTON, DC, 1985: “Dear Mr. Argentina: After speaking with you on Tuesday, I went through my membership lists and discovered that there are 35 Inner Circle members in the city limits of Philadelphia. In addition, there are 21 members in the Pennsylvania suburbs... for a total of 85 Inner Circle members in the tri-state area...” —Bill Sells, Director-Region II, 440 First Street, N.W., Washington, DC, October 23, 1985 3. According to a 1985 letter from the U.S. Postal Service, the city of Philadelphia, PA has fifty-five (55) zip codes. MERRY CHRISTMAS, REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE —Nicola Argentina (c) 2012 Framer of TEA PARTY MOVEMENT

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(Cont. From Page 28) family of six! Marie DOUGHERTY of LOAH 87 was the driving force. Thomas Paine would have said of all of the above that “Those who bear it now deserve the love and thanks of man and woman.” When you read of REALESTATE reassessment, be aware many real-estate concepts are too technical for writers. I wonder if they understand the concept of UNIFORMITY? City COUNCIL should NOT allow the tax burden to be unevenly shifted from commercial properties to the rowhouse homeowner!!... CITY COUNCIL should not allow the RE-

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Out & About (Cont. From Page 11) tonight at 6. I wanted to go to this one because of another number: 18. That’s the number of schools closing in North Philadelphia. As in, a large chunk of the district’s schools in that section of the city. Stay tuned.

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(Cont. From Page 11) Mills and many other business and political leaders gathered in New York City for the annual Pennsylvania Society Weekend from Dec. 6-9. A great time was had by all, but five events stood out. Here are the CHS’s Top 5: 1. JOHNNY DOC’S IBEW Local 98 Party Friday night party at the Waldorf. Reason for the Ranking: Best dance music, best food and a free book. 2. Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Reception, Saturday evening before the Pennsylvania Society Dinner. Reason for the Ranking: great shrimp, great reception room and great

Republicans. 3. Waste Management Party, Saturday night at the Waldorf. Reason for the Ranking: great small room, easy to work the crowd, easy-to-handle appetizers and easy-access bar. 4. AUDITOR GENERAL JACK WAGNER’S Cocktail Reception, Friday evening at the Waldorf. Reason for the Ranking: free ginger brandy takeaways, relaxed atmosphere and, of course, Jack Wagner. 5. Temple University Breakfast, Sunday morning at the Waldorf Starlight Room. Reason for the Ranking: You know you’re leaving, you get to see everyone one last time, and the cheese blintzes are heaven.

they must realize personnel costs make up the majority of the school budget, particularly medical benefits and pension contributions rather than spending that directly benefits their children. They should demand and expect accountability from the School District of Philadelphia for its expenditure of our tax dollars rather than accept money tainted by this corrupt bargain. In City Council, bills are being passed to grant exclusive privileges, to make the rich richer and the influential more powerful, while the rest

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altruism is for the sake of the children of Philadelphia. He calls his charge an “impact fee,” his euphemism for the new price of doing business with City Council. With the bill’s passage, Hornstein will collect an annual fee for service, his 30 pieces of silver for facilitating this deal and thereby establish his reputation as a man of influence. It is hard to blame the parents, who honestly and sincerely care about the education of their children, for casting a blind eye to the source of this money. But

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(Cont. From Page 9) create the Center City North Improvement Coalition, with himself as its political broker. In exchange for supporting the proposed zoning ordinance on behalf of the Callowhill Center Associates, Hornstein expects $500,000 of the revenue generated by the digital

sign for himself to dole out to the parent-teacher associations of the Kearny, Spring Garden and McCall Schools and the West Popular CDC. We do not believe for a moment that the Callowhill Center Associates are so motivated by civic virtue that they are willing to donate $500,000 to charity. And nor do we believe Jeff Hornstein’s DEVELOPMENT Authority to be dismantled. This is a vital agency where Council has some say. They would lose that say if the agency is dismantled, as a rumor says it will be. Council must FIGHT this! The administration already has enough power. The nation has been through a tough time. Adversarial actions between or from elected officials or their aides are NOT POPULAR. Heed the words of Lincoln who asked that we bind up our wounds, and “let us continue the (good) work that we are in.” We have seen politicians work hard to divide us; let them now work equally hard to bring us together. A BLESSED Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa to all!! • 215-755-2000

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hear about. It’s apparently very common for people to hack into your email, Facebook or Twitter accounts, say or do ridiculous things that you will be on the hook for, and leave you with damage that you may never be able to undo. How does it happen, and what can you do about it? Very rarely do people guess your password, as Twitter, Facebook and most popular email providers use stealth security procedures to prevent automatic, computerized, malicious scripts from determining your password by brute force. However, hackers are very good at cracking questions like your mother’s maiden name – which is very easy to Google in this day and age. And they try to answer other security questions that you’re asked if you forget your password. Also, you may have a virus on your computer that allows hackers to capture your keystrokes – and, voilà, they’ve got your password. Those are the most common methods. To combat these hackers, I recommend you: Change your passwords often – and every single time after a hacking episode. At that point, also change the answers to all your security questions. Use anti-virus software to catch any viruses or malware. Contact your friends list, and let them know what happened and that any strange emails or postings from you should be ignored and destroyed. If your friends were sent an email with an attachment or link that they opened, tell them to go through steps 1, 2 and 3 themselves. Send fan mail to Come visit him at Copyright © 2012 by John Featherman.

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The Business Of It All It may or may not be commonplace for a player to understand the business aspects of the NFL. Playing in the NFL can distort one’s comprehension to the extent that he does not look over all the logistics of the contract. If the contract is not paid close attention to, you could be getting escorted off the premises without a dime in your pocket. What are the other possible consequences of failing to not only read but understand the contract? Is there a clause in the contract concerning dedicaGIARDELLO STATUE Committee member Fred Druding, tion? No, there is not. However, Mike Patterson, Jr. greets Mrs. Joey Giardello at book signing of “Joey”, a who contributed to a winning recently published biography of her late husband Joey Giardello at Stogie Joe’s. Today, Stogie Joe’s is a popular tavern organization for eight years along Passyunk Avenue, but at one time was the legendary and decided to delay surgery Passyunk Boxing Gym, where Giardello trained and was the on his brain until January, showed dedication to his team perfect setting for the book signing. and the NFL. For the sake of moral obligation, should the team have taken this show of dedication, as well as the fact that they probably weren’t going to re-sign Patterson into consideration and not cut his paycheck a second time due to an unprovoked illness? Does the Philadelphia Eagles or any other team around the NFL have a moral obligation to their players and their wellbeing anymore or is this game really just about money? There are some players who have a moral code of conduct HOLLYWOOD PRODUCERS have expressed an interest in that holds them responsible to a subsequent movie based on the book Joey, which brought their current team whether they smiles to the book’s author Scott Russell, former Giardello get injured or not. There are a sparring partner Carmen “Bartsy” Bartolomeo, and Mrs. countless number of players Joey Giardello. that get injured during the sea-

son who could take the high road because of their dedication and moral standards and decide to hold off on surgery till the end of the season. When the season starts, it’s very rare that an NFL player goes out on sick leave for the flu or better yet a vacation. They are in it for the long haul, whether they make it to the playoffs or not. Therefore with a severe case of viral pneumonia and the problems, that accrued with Patterson before the season, it’s safe to say what happened to Patterson was not planned. I understand there are contingencies in every contract and even though an agent or player might not agree, it’s still a contract. Due to legalities, an agent who would file a grievance for an incident such as this might get the same results. However because of labor agreements and a player’s contract, he would have a huge bonus coming his way if he plays a certain number of games in a season. Missing the first seven games of the season because of an off-season surgery, followed by tviral pneumonia, and then missing the three remaining games of the season, sort of compromised his contract. Facing the backlash of the fans in support of Patterson, the Eagles’ front office renegotiated his contract. Is it just a natural response for a team to do the right thing, or would it have just been business as usual? • 215-755-2000

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