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January 10, 2013

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SW Community Vows To Plan Its Own School Closures

by Tony West All across the city, families are waking up to the fact 17,000 children will need to find new schools if the School District’s plan to close 37 facilities is carried out. Many have rallied around their neighborhood schools, struggling to save them. It’s a sad game of musical chairs. In Southwest Philadelphia, 19 community organizations are taking a different approach. They want to write their own rules for the game. They know their schools best. In a meeting at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, these groups came together to see if they could develop their own plan for school consolidations, one that covers the entire School District Planning Area Southwest, which stretches from University City to Eastwick. Seven schools are up for closure there. They left the meeting with a new organization – Philly Communities United: Save Our Schools – and vowed to change the way decisions about schools are made. “We as a community want to look over the Boston Consulting Group’s Plan that the School Reform Commission adopted and see if their recommendations are best from our perspective,” explained Saboor Muhammad, who coordinated the meeting. In the end, PCU will prepare its own consolidation plan. “We are recommending certain schools be closed,” said Muhammad. But he affirmed his community has the insight, experience and talent to analyze its school-plant challenges at a grass-roots level. Muhammad is 3rd Dist. Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell’s liaison for Southwest Philadelphia. Blackwell chairs Council’s Education Committee. But the meeting was sponsored and spearheaded by the 19 civic associations, which represent many active bodies in that part of town. Blackwell said her committee would hold a hearing Jan. 23 on the subject. “Maybe we can have an impact on these school

GATHERED to hear community voices on S.W. school closures at USP are, from left, State Sen. Anthony Williams, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, State Rep. Jordan Harris and Woodland Avenue Reunion President Allen Diggs. closings,” she said. along with Paul Robeson in Blackwell was not the only University City. That leaves elected official at Friday’s meet- giant, but underutilized, Baring. State Sen. Anthony tram HS in Elmwood as their Williams (D-W. Phila.) said he main alternative. But many parwas impressed by the coalition’s ents are fearful of it. practical approach. “I tip my hat “Every time I go past Barto the fact you have elected to tram on the trolley, I see cops work with the facts,” he said. there,” said Juanita Blunt. Her State Rep. Ron Waters (D- daughter has Asperger’s synW. Phila.) cautioned the group drome. The girl is bright but some schools were sure to cannot handle large numbers of close. “It doesn’t make sense to people. She did well at Pepper have buildings that were de- and is flourishing at signed for 2,000 students with CommTech. But Blunt dreads only a few hundred students in the idea of sending her to a them,” he noted. But he thought huge, impersonal, unfamiliar fasome schools now on the hit list cility. might be saved. He said parents Tracey Harper, another Pepshould be “part of the equation” per/CommTech mother, in determining not just which agreed. “Some kids don’t do schools should survive, but well in a large environment,” what programs they should pro- she said. Her kids got a good vide. grounding at Pepper, where State Rep. Jordan Harris (D- they were on the honor roll. She S. Phila.) graduated from Bar- maintained Southwest Philadeltram HS, which is not slated to phia is already starved of public be closed. His district takes in resources. “We have nothing, both USP and Wilson ES, no leaders, no role models. which is slated to be closed. “I Why should we have to go all am here just to be supportive the way across town for a good and to listen,” he said. education?” He got an earful. Parents, Anderson was puzzled why educators, ministers and block Wilson, which is safe and close captains were brimming with to his home, is the only elemenhard-edged opinions. But the at- tary school in the Southwest to tendance of so many elective face closure. “It is a great leaders cheered many commu- school,” he said. “The numbers nity members. in the book [PSSA scores and “With people like these incident reports] show the staff politicians coming out, it’s got is doing well compared with the to be big,” said Alexander An- rest of the School District.” If derson, who has two children at Wilson closes, the School DisWilson. “They heard so many trict would have his children go points of views and information. to nearby Lea ES, with which It can change what’s going Anderson isn’t enchanted. He is down in Philly.” pondering a charter or indeThe School District’s plan pendent school, or perhaps for Planning Area Southwest home-schooling. would close three small specialPCU’s founding meeting ized high schools: CommTech drew diverse talents. One such and Motivation in Eastwick, was Dr. Carol Simmons, a re-

tired teacher, administrator and college professor. She is cochair of Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition’s Education Committee. In Dr. Simmons’ eyes, the Pepper campus is a keeper for the School District. For starters, it is one of the youngest plants in the Southwest, built in 1975. It boasts 1.8 million square feet, with baseball, basketball and tennis courts, an instructional kitchen and gardens. A farmers’ market connected to the Eastwick Community Farm uses its space. “I had been hoping to make it a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) school because it is within walking distance of the Heinz National Wildlife Refuge,” she said. The school can hold 1,100; currently it serves 450 students. “What the School District has done is siphon students off from Pepper,” charged Dr. Simmons. She says this campus could accommodate all CommTech HS’ 267 students as well as Penrose ES’ students. The School District’s plan is pushing Tilden MS, next to Bartram, instead, “but the environment is not good there,” she noted. The coalition also takes in Horace Clouden, a veteran school building engineer, who said the School District has no idea how to get the most out of its ageing plants. He asserted good engineers can modify schools to operate more efficiently even at 50-75% capacity. Many PCU activists see their fight as much larger than their neighborhood. They say it goes to the heart of public education’s woes in Philadelphia and across America. “It was not just in Philadelphia, it’s everywhere,” said Jackie Slaughter, a Wilson alumna who is vice president of Westshore Community. “I have family members in D.C. and the same thing’s going on there. It shouldn’t be just about closing the schools but about putting more money into our schools. If they put more money in, the

children would come back.” Michael Nairn, a Penn professor who lives in Squirrel Hill, has been working with Pepper children to introduce them to the Eastwick Community Garden and the Heinz Refuge. “I am a product of the public-school systems and deeply believe in the promise of equality and opportunity for all that public education fosters,” he commented. “Led by the large foundations, Gates and in Philadelphia the William Penn Foundation as well as by large corporate interests, the publiceducation system is being dismantled quickly. “The Boston Consulting Group’s study only furthers this trend through its recommendations. The school closures are being implemented solely on the basis of operating costs with no rigorous thought about the educational consequences.” Dr. Simmons went further: “I would like to see the socalled Master Plan pushed off the table. I would like to see it stopped. It is not fair to students, teachers, administrators of Philadelphia – a rush job. They had a company come from outside Philadelphia with a preexisting master plan and just rubber-stamp it. But it doesn’t make sense to everyone who knows the issues here.” At this meeting, PCU vowed to undertake a flurry of ambitious negotiations aimed at coaching David to beat Goliath. The activists would reach out to other communities which have succeeded in keeping their schools open, as well as to those which are still fighting like they are. They schemed how to network with business and faithbased power bases. They figured out they needed more information from the School District about how decisions were made and jotted down what to ask for. They weighed legal actions with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and the federal Dept. of Justice. The Southwest community groups will vote on their own alternative school-closure plan at a public meeting on Jan. 18, 6 p.m., again at USP.

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Evans Most Sorely Missed ’Round Town

It is obvious State Rep. Dwight Evans (D-N. Phila.), former Appropriations Chairman, was a master at bringing home the bacon for not only his district, but for nonprofits

A Nun As A Judge?

POSITIVE comment continues to roll in supporting Joe Stivala’s proposal Sister James Anne Feerick become a Traffic Court candidate. Columnist Stivala believes Sister Ann would have the crucial ladies’ vote. She’s seen here with Tom O’Mally and Bridie McCafferty families during rePhoto by Joe Stivala ception in her honor at CBS-TV. and others across the city. The action by Gov. Tom Corbett to freeze millions of dollars in funds granted Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corp., much of it garnered through Evans’ efforts, has resulted in that group’s filing a lawsuit accusing the Governor of acting unfairly, causing the cancellation of funds for projects now underway, and rescinding contracts. Yet without Evans pushing for his district nonprofits, Ogontz would not be what it has become, a Mecca for businesses. What is worrying others not directly connected to his district is their need to protect funding received through Evans’s labors. A leader among these is the Urban Af-

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Why don’t government agencies understand how the world of economics truly operates? If the price is right, business is good. But here we go again! Truck traffic on the western end of the Pennsylvania Turnpike declined sharply since officials began increasing tolls annually four years ago. Some worry that the latest increases which have kicked in will drive more trucks onto local roads as truckers seek to avoid higher tolls. Tolls will have jumped 35% for E-Z Pass customers and 71% for cash customers since 2009.

A Super PAC has flooded the homes of Philadelphia supervoters (those voting primary and general elections without fail) with the message: “Tell your Member of Congress to stand with the President and the middle class, not millionaires and billionaires.” It urged recipients to call the congressional House number to be connected to their Member of Congress. We wonder what the cost is to the sponsor – Priorities USA. Another question: Why wasn’t television used this time around? And still another: Will this to continue to fuel a rumor somehow, someway, the President’s team may be trying to come up with a way he can run for a third term without need for a constitutional amendment? His campaign team is still keeping alive its $3 lottery. For every three bucks you donate, you get a chance to win a dinner, lunch, etc. with the president or some other Washington personality.

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Corbett Effort Saves Million$ In Copy Costs

Gov. Tom Corbett’s Innovation Office reports it helped secure $84 million in savings in 2012 through various operational efficiencies. One such triumph: Changing default settings on Dept. of Public Welfare printers, saving a cool $1.1 million in paper and toner costs. Settings were changed on 2,300 printers to print double-sided pages, and 200 to print in black and white. The overall savings came from 15 different initiatives

across several agencies, said Office of Administration spokesman Dan Egan. Another 10 completed initiatives resulted in indirect savings, like cost avoidance. Maybe City Controller Alan Butkovitz and Mayor Michael Nutter might do the same for City copiers and the School District for its many copiers. Lottery Privatization Senate Hearing Set

For those employees worried about an effort to privatize their successful Lottery, rest easy! A Senate committee (Cont. Page 4)

NY’s Tradition With Nicholas ANNUAL New Year’s Day open house in home of Hospital Workers’ Local 1199 Leader Henry Nicholas was again an overflow success. Nicholas is seen in hat behind Superintendent of Schools William Hite and wife Diedree. Also enjoying good fellowship are Judge Frederica Massiah-Jackson and Dr. Evan Quarday. Photo by Joe Stivala

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by Joe Shaheeli Two major minefields can derail the plans of well intentioned candidates to run for elective office the May 17 primary and in the general election in November. They are the Pennsylvania Election Code and the city’s Campaign Finance Law. The Board of Ethics and the City Commissioners’ Office will be helping candidates navigate through the campaign requirements demanded of them by offering them an opportunity to attend one of three classes. The classes will be held at the Board of Ethics offices on the 18th floor of 1515 Arch Street. Dates and times are: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 5 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 14, 1 p.m.; and Tuesday, Mar. 5, 5 p.m. Only requirement is to register. One can do so by sending name, telephone, email and postal address to or via fax to (215) 686-9453. For questions, call (216) 6869450.

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an article published in the daily print media. (Cont. From Page 3) hearing scheduled for later this month could provide the first opportunity for an indepth public review of the Corbett administration’s plan to privatize management of the Pennsylvania Lottery. The Finance Committee plans to meet Jan. 14 to “fully vet the impact of privatizing this massive enterprise.” In the meantime, Camelot, which runs Britain’s national lottery, sticks by its commitment as the sole bidder it can increase the $3.5 million now the high mark achieved by the Lottery. The labor group representing AFSCME Council 13, which has 230 members working for the Lottery, has a counter-plan. It said keeping the Lottery state-run can generate at least $1.5 billion more in profits. Toomey Gets Finance Post

US Sen. Pat Toomey (RPa.) is moving up in the world! The freshman Republican will join the powerful Finance Committee, the first stop for tax-reform legislation and other big-impact legislation. It’s the equivalent of the

House Ways & Means Committee and is responsible for writing tax law. That would include any major tax-reform effort, something both sides of the aisle expect in the coming session. “With our skyrocketing deficits and stagnant economy, I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to enact pro-growth reforms of our inefficient and overly complex tax code and modernize our entitlement programs to make them sustainable for the longterm,” he stated. Toomey once led the influential Club for Growth. He is a former member of the “super committee”, and the chair of the Senate Steering Committee (a policy caucus for conservative Republicans). Brady Urges Airport Benefit Neighborhood

Congressman Bob Brady (D-Phila.) has urged the powers at the Philadelphia International Airport look to benefit its Southwest community neighbors with jobs and to give fair wages for those it now employees as it begins its major expansion. He did so in

Castille A Vulnerable Retention Target

Something about dictators tends to put them in the same rut: They think they own the office. State Supreme Court Justice Ron Castille will be looking for “yes” votes for another 10-year stretch, even though he is a year away from the mandatory retirement age of 70. If he wins, he believes the majority of his peers will be nearing 70 and might want to change the law. Imagine a Castille Court ad infinitum! He might succeed. It is tough to beat a judge running for retention, even though Castille has created a host of enemies during his tenure. Banker Mills Isn’t Mayoral Candidate

Discount the report in one of our columns PNC’s Bill Mills is interested in running for Mayor. “It’s just the opposite,” a close supporter responded to the wave of interest generated by the column. “Bill is a banker and loves what he does.” PLBC Holds Reception For New Members

State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-W. Phila.) was re-

cently joined by colleagues from both legislative chambers and over 300 guests at a reception and ceremony to mark the beginning of Pennsylvania’s 197th legislative session and to take an oath as the 13th chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. “Being elected chairwoman of the PLBC is quite an honor,” Brown said. “I will use my position with the Black Caucus as another tool to advocate on their behalf.” “I am excited about this particular group of members because I believe this may be the most diverse group yet,” she continued. “Latinos, Asians and African Americans are all represented in this session’s PLBC. “From Allegheny to Erie and Lackawanna Co., all over Pennsylvania we stand together because we are one. God bless you all,” Brown concluded. The 2013-14 PLBC includes: Brown, chairwoman; Sen. LeAnna Washington, vice chairwoman; Rep. Stephen Kinsey, secretary; Rep. J.P. Miranda, treasurer; Sen. Shirley Kitchen; Sen. Vincent Hughes; Sen. Anthony H. Williams; Rep. Ronald G. Waters; Rep. James

Roebuck Jr.; Rep. Louise Williams Bishop; Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland; Rep. Michelle Brownlee; Rep. Curtis Thomas; Rep. Margo Davidson; Rep. Dwight Evans; Rep. Cherelle Parker; Rep. Rosita Youngblood; Rep. Jake Wheatley; Rep. Patty Kim; Rep. Jordan Harris; Rep. James Clay, Jr.; and Rep. Ed Gainey. 100 Feet Limit From Polling Site

We supported a candidate in an Atlantic City race one time and were constantly chased from the polls, though we argued by Philly rules, we could campaign 10 feet away from the polling place. But when told we needed to get no closer than 100 feet and shown the yellow marker where we could campaign for our candidate, we had to say, “Forget it.” We kept breaking the rule, until a state trooper showed up. With that, we called it quits, since we could not be effective in reaching voters

going into the polling place. Now that is one of the proposals which will be among several offered up to City Council for approval in the not too distant future. Young Democrats Out Of Existence

Philadelphia Young Democrats has signed off because an organizer couldn’t be found from among the 1,777 groups it has tapped into, in and near Philadelphia. Set up to help President Barack Obama win reelection, the main purpose has been achieved. So the glory is gone! Corbett Names Two From City

Scarce and far between have been the appointments and nominations of Philadelphians to various state commissions, boards and authorities by Gov. Tom Corbett. He’s named two this time around. They are Carol Dubie to the Electronic Recording Commission and Timothy McShea to the Fire Safety Advisory Committee.

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Union Labor… Building it right for a better and stronger community! Laborers’ District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and vicinity is comprised of four unions: Local 332, Samuel Staten, Jr., Vincent Primavera, Jr. Business Manager/Co-Chairman L.E.C.E.T. Co-Chairman Local 135, Daniel L. Woodall, Jr., Damian Lavelle Business Manager L.E.C.E.T. Management Trustee Local 413, James Harper, Jr., Fred Chiarlanza Business Manager L.E.C.E.T. Management Trustee Local 57, Walt Higgins Harry Hopkins Business Manager L.E.C.E.T. Management Trustee Laborers District Council, Ryan N. Boyer, Business Manager. Laborers’ District Council promotes a safe work environment, jobs completed on time and on budget, and represents union members, who are well trained, productive, professional, and take pride in their work. Union labor…building better and safer communities in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties. This ad is presented by LECET The Laborers Employers Cooperation and Education Trust 319 N. 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 Telephone: 215-922-6139 Fax: 215-922-6109 Web: Juan F. Ramos Administrator • 215-755-2000

WENDELL W. YOUNG, III ... fighter for the people tive employee benefits, including comprehensive health-care coverage, pension plans, childcare benefits and highereducation assistance. In 2004, his son, Wendell W. Young, IV, was elected President of UFCW Local 1776, taking office in January 2005. Throughout his career, Young built community alliances to provide a voice for the underprivileged. He was active in both the peace and civil rights movements. From 1995 to 2005, he hosted a popular weekly radio talk-show program, “Talking Unions,” on WHAT 1340-AM. Beginning with John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign in 1960, Young was active in Democratic Party politics throughout Pennsylvania, serving as leader of Philadelphia’s 35th Ward, and as a delegate to eight Democrat National Conventions. In 1972, he headed US Sen. George McGovern’s presidential campaign in Philadelphia, winning the City by 80,000 votes. Young was a St. Joseph’s University classmate of Mayor William J. Green. Both classic rowhouse Philadelphians, in 1986 they joined in support of Gov. Robert P. Casey. Young

was the first Pennsylvania labor leader to support Robert P. Casey, Jr. for Auditor General in 1996, his first run for public office. He was a trusted advisor to both Gov. Casey and Sen. Casey. An early backer of Jimmy Carter, Young served on the President’s Citizens’ Panel on the Panama Canal. He pioneered a labor alliance with the environmental movement as a leader of the Citizens’ Labor Energy Coalition that early advocated for green energy and consumer rights. Throughout his life, having recognized the impact of the global economy, Young was committed to establishing and expanding relationships between the American labor movement and workers’ advocates throughout the world. In carrying out his mission, he went to Brazil, Great Britain, Cuba, Bulgaria, Ireland, Russia, Eastern Europe and Togo, among other nations. In 1979, believing adversaries should dialogue, he was among the first US labor leaders to visit China. In the late 1990s, Young played an instrumental role in establishing the Pennsylvania Welcoming Center, an organization supporting immigrant rights. For many years, Young was active in fund raising activities for his alma maters, Northeast Catholic HS and St. Joseph’s University, and for St. Patrick’s Seminary, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland, where he worked with Ireland’s Cardinals Tomas O’Fiaich, Cahal Daly and Sean Brady. He served on the Board of Directors of Northeast Catholic HS’s Alumni Association, and was involved in numerous charitable and civic activities, including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Peggy Browning Fund, the Variety Club and the Sisters of the Blessed (Cont. Page 6)

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Last Sunday saw long lines of mourners paying their tribute to the memory and legacy of Wendell W. Young, III, long-time leader of the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1776. On Monday, many more attended the funeral Mass at St. Philip Neri Church in Lafayette Hill. Young died last week in his home in Lafayette Hill, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 74 years old. One of America’s mostprogressive labor leaders, Young dedicated his entire life to the pursuit of social justice and the interests of working men and women. At age 16, while a sophomore at Northeast Catholic HS, he began working as a part-time clerk at an Acme Markets store in Northeast Philadelphia. After being encouraged by his father to get involved in the union, Young’s co-workers elected him as shop steward. At the age of 23, in 1962, Young successfully ran for union executive office, and eventually became the youngest labor leader in Pennsylvania. During his 43 years as President of Local 1776, Young expanded the union to include more than 24,000 members. He was nationally recognized as a job creator and as an innovative negotiator. He supported the creation of Super Fresh Markets and the creative employee stockownership bid that saved Acme Markets and thousands of jobs throughout the region. Local 1776 today represents thousands of retail employees, food-processing workers, health-care professionals, office and administrative employees, and employees of Pennsylvania’s Wine & Spirit Shoppes throughout Pennsylvania. Under Young’s leadership, Local 1776 won national acclaim for negotiating innova-

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the loss of Wendell, noting, “He was an outstanding union leader whose life was dedicated to the union movement. Serving as the president of the UFCW Local 1776 for more than 40 years he saved the jobs of thousands of his union members. He was a visionary who never stopped fighting for his membership. Mayor Michael A. Nutter added, “Wendell Young, III was a truly good man. He was always sincere and straightforward, a man who understood



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working conditions for the members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776. In addition, he never lost sight of the greater good of the entire Philadelphia community. I extend condolences to the family, including his son and successor, Wendell W. Young, IV, and to all who admired and benefited from the dedication of Wendell Young, III.” State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-W. Phila.) commented on Young’s passing, saying he was “deeply saddened.” He added, “Young was one of the most-influential leaders in labor relations in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania. “His deep dedication to union members and the labor movement as a whole will be profoundly missed. His progressive leadership and commitment to his members and all working people garnered respect from around the world. “Wendell was a true, legendary hero to the labor movement, the likes of which will never be seen again. My deepest condolences go out to his family.”



the political system and large organizations and who, for two generations, used that uncommon understanding as leader of UFCW Local 1776 to benefit working men and women in the Philadelphia region. “And as passionate as he was about the labor movement, he was always excited about his alma mater, St. Joseph’s University, where he helped found academic programs and avidly supported Hawk basketball. “I extend my condolences to his son, Wendell Young, IV, who has followed his father as the leader of UFCW Local 1776, to Wendell Young, III’s large family and to the labor community, which has lost one of its great leaders.” Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Phila.) called Wendell “a giant of the Philadelphia labor movement, and he was my friend. He was a man of action, a man of compassion and a fighter for social justice. “Wendell Young, III’s success as an organizer was always directed toward creating a better life and improved



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Our Opinion ... When Schools Close … People Must Speak

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Public School Superintendents in major cities have one thing in common ... they all share the hottest seat in town. Faced with federal and state budget cuts, they need to save dollars; and where else to go, than to look within their budgets? Many are taking the heat because the only route to reducing budgets is to clear out the leastoccupied and/or the least-productive schools. We have given our readers in this issue, on Page 2, a look at community reaction to the plan suggested by Superintendent William Hite, Jr. Alternative plans offered by community groups need to be examined as well by Hite and company. There are many families who will be affected by the present list of school closings (which is not to say community-suggested closings will not impact on these families with the same force). We urge all communities to attend school-closing conferences in their neighborhoods. They know their schools best. Some will welcome the closing of one or two schools in their district. We urge Superintendent Hite not to make a final decision without first studying alternative plans, such as that offered by a coalition from Southwest Philadelphia. We recommend parents look to try and save the better of their schools slated for closing, but not all. Something has to give.

Another Opinion Hite’s Plan Is A Mixed Bag changes, however, will require a significant increase in resources. Philadelphia’s public schools are operating under conditions that drastically undermine the effectiveness of what, on the surface, may seem to be “cost-neutral” education proposals. Even the best professional development is little help to teachers given 10-year-old textbooks and one ream of paper per month in their classrooms. A new, less test-focused approach to measuring student achievement is necessary, but is still ineffective for raising the performance of students who don’t have access to computers, libraries and librarians. Classes like world languages, music and art are critical components of a solid

education — but instructors and materials for these programs are not cost-neutral. Making our schools safer is much more difficult if teachers can’t count on support from the non-instructional personnel who have been lost to budget cuts. Our neighborhood public schools are the victim of a decade of deep and sustained cuts to education funding. Over time, these cuts haven’t done anything to improve education, and have led to an exodus from Philadelphia’s public schools that have laid the groundwork for yet another round of building closures. Without more funding, even the most-thoughtful and -comprehensive education-reform plan can never reach its full potential.

Jan. 12- Senior Appreciation Day at DeLink Social Club, 4172 Germantown Ave., 13:30 p.m. Sponsors include State Rep. Rosita Youngblood, State Sen. Shirley Kitchen, Councilman Cindy Bass and 13th Ward Democratic Exec. Committee.

Jan. 12- Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., hosts BlackOut Party at Our Lady of Lourdes School Hall, 63rd & Lancaster Ave., VIP reception 6-8 p.m., general admission 8-10 p.m. Jan. 15- School District Facilities Master Plan Community Mtg. at Martin Luther King HS, 6100 Stenton Ave., 6-8 p.m. N.W. Planning Area. Jan. 16- School District Facilities Master Plan Community Mtg. at Bartram HS, 2401 S. 67th St., 6-8 p.m. S.W. Plan-

ning Area. Jan. 21- Paul “Earthquake” Moore hosts 18th annual MLK Celebration Walk down Woodland Ave. and Community Cleanup. For info (215) 386-2696. Jan. 21- American Legion Henry Hill Post 385 and Universal Charter Schools present “Reflection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”, at Universal Audenreid Charter HS, 3301 Tasker St., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tee shirts will be distributed. Re-

freshments 8:45-9:40 a.m. Jan. 22- School District Facilities Master Plan Community Mtg. at Overbrook HS, 5898 Lancaster Ave., 6-8 p.m. W. Planning Area. Jan. 23- School District Facilities Master Plan Community Mtg. at University City HS, 3601 Filbert St., 6-8 p.m. W. Planning Area. Jan. 23- Phila. Tea Party Patriots (combined S. Philly/C.C. Group) mtg. at Prudential Bank Bldg., 18324 W. Oregon, park-

ing and entrance in rear, 7 p.m. Jan. 24- School District Facilities Master Plan Community Mtg. at Martin Luther King HS, 6100 Stenton Ave., 6-8 p.m. N.W. Planning Area. Jan. 29- Campaign Finance Training presented by Board of Ethics and City Commissioners Office at BoE, 1515 Arch St., 18th fl., 5 p.m. Covering requirements for candidates and political committees. To obtain registration form email

For info (215) 686-9453. Feb. 14- Campaign Finance Training presented by Board of Ethics and City Commissioners Office at BoE, 1515 Arch St., 18th fl., 5 p.m. Covering requirements for candidates and political committees. To obtain registration form email For info (215) 686-9453. Mar. 2- Italian American Political Action Committee Carnevale at Sheraton Society Hill Hotel, 6 p.m.-12 a.m. • 215-755-2000

by Jerry Jordan, President, Phila. Federation of Teachers Dr. William Hite, like many of his predecessors, has put forth a compelling proposal for improving the performance of our public schools. The PFT agrees with many of the ideas put forth in the Action Plan, particularly as it relates to developing richer, better-rounded curricula for our students. The troubling part is that what could be a promising start to meaningful education reform is already jeopardized by a commitment to the “austerity model” of education reform. It doesn’t cost much to form an idea, like changing assessments of student performance or providing more challenging coursework. Providing basic classroom materials and the educators to implement these • 215-755-2000

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Ringside With The Shadowboxer Can the old man prove the boxing establishment wrong once again by turning back the clock one more time? That is the question the boxing world will get answered, now that several sources have reported the IBF has approved the Mar. 9 fight between IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Tavoris Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs) and Philly’s ageless wonder Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 Ks). Hopkins will turn 48 years old in five days, which will make him the oldest boxing world champion of all time if he can beat Cloud. At one time, there would be no question as to who would win this fight, but now the outcome is uncertain. When they step into the ring on Mar. 9, it’ll have been nearly two years since Hopkins last won a fight and he’s fighting one of the better light heavyweights in the division in

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the 18-year-younger Cloud. Cloud may not be a great fighter yet, but he’s young, hungry, and good enough to cause all kinds of problems with Hopkins’ style of fighting. The Hopkins-Cloud winner will have to defend the title next against IBF mandatory challenger Karo Murat. The PHILLY’S BERNARD “The bout will take place in BrookExecutioner” Hopkins belyn at the Barclays Center and lieves age is just a number. will be televised on Showtime.

‘Little Smiles’ Benefits From Lawyer Reception

Little Smiles Foundation, a nonprofit that provides toys, games, computers, VIP outings and concert tickets for children in local hospitals, was the beneficiary of a cocktail fundraiser hosted by Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy PC. Sheriff Jewell Williams and comedian Joe Conklin exhorted guests, raising over $1200 and collecting 150 unwrapped toys for the children Little Smiles Foundation serves. “Having recently been a sponsor of the 5th annual Little Smiles Gala, we wanted to take our support one step further and host a dedicated event for this incredible organization that works in tandem with the Hospital of STAR quality was evident as Champion Joe Frazier’s Children’s youngest son, Derek, center, along with coaches James Cow- Philadelphia,” said managing ard and Ira Thomas, was featured in an episode of “Made” shareholder Mitchell S. Kaplan. on MTV.

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SHERIFF Jewell Williams and Attorney Mitchell Kaplan check out toys raised at Zarwin Baum law firm reception for children in local hospitals.

Toomey Bill Aids Veterans US Sen. Pat Toomey (RPa.) is pushing a bill would require the Transportation Administration to distribute any unclaimed articles at airport security checkpoints to homeless and needy veterans. State Rep. Nick Miccarelli (R-Delaware), State Sen.

Mike Stack (D-Northeast) and City Councilman David Oh, all veterans, joined him at a press conference to discuss the legislation at the Multi Center Veterans’ Old City HQ. A companion measure is awaiting action in the US House of Representatives.

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Inside The NFL by: Floyd Wedderburn For this to happen a second, third, fourth, or maybe a fifth time in a coaching career, it allows a coach to experience what players go through throughout their careers. When the head coach gets fired, his excess baggage that came in with him or he accumulated along the way, gets heavier. Reid’s departure makes for a lot of unemployed coaches, staffers, and others who also have to exit with the old regime. Some have had coaching jobs for years; some are just starting out. You start with the top guns like Mornhinweg and Bowles. Mornhinweg has been here almost 10 years. This is long

needy in the five county area of Philadelphia. The Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust (formerly Laborers’ District Council Charity Fund of the Metropolitan area of Philadelphia & Vicinity) has been helping members and their families and the community enjoy a

enough to have a family and children in the city’s best schools. Although Mornhinwig is only 50 years old, this may be home to him now, even though he is still young enough to go to another team. When you think about Todd Bowles, it makes you wonder if taking the defensive coordinator job was a smart move. Then there is the multitude of staffers from the bottom to the top. Let’s just say there may be a whole lot of packing going on. Players understand the value of a good coach. You try not to think about their losing their jobs. Then again, it’s hard to think about that because your job might be on the line as well. Coming up soon is the draft, when teams go after players they need for their teams. Now appears the

worry about the possibility of the team’s picking a high draft pick at a player’s position; which puts the player on high alert the inevitable may occur. After this point, a player has a limited amount of time to do what he needs to do before he has to pass the torch. While holding on to his current role as starter, his new role now involves teaching the draftee who will most likely take his position. But for now, it time to sing our farewell song to Mr. Reid:“Na, na, na, na! Na, na, na, na! Hey, hey, hey, goodbye….”And see the rest of you next season.

better standard of living by providing jobs and benefits since their charter in 1937. Trust believes in the principles that unionism was founded on: a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, and worker’s rights. The Trust also believes next-generation unionism must vigorously pursue workers’ rights based on management and union cooperation and the advancement of member education. The Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust illustrates that organized labor can truly make a difference in the community! The mission of The Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust is to provide a variety of services to the needy and otherwise-underserved community members throughout the five-county area of Philadelphia. This mission is achieved through a variety of fundraising events and activities. The Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust illustrates the power of organized labor to

make a difference in our community. The Trust was known as The Laborers’ District Council Charity Fund until 2011. The name of the charity was changed to honor Samuel Staten, Sr., the man who founded the LDC Charity Fund through a purely unselfish act of charity during his time as business manager of Laborers’ Local 332 and Secretary-Treasurer of the Laborers’ District Council of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area & Vicinity. Now retired, Staten continues to work with the charity’s Board of Directors to raise funds to assist a wide range of charitable organizations. To find out more about the Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust, visit Qualified students can apply for a scholarship from the Qa’id Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund by filling out the online application. • 215-755-2000

With the Eagles’ season ending on a bad note, the fans are a little reluctant to start relishing their team for next year. On the other hand, with such poor performance in the last game, coaches and players are already thinking about their next move. There are a handful of coaches who know for sure they’re not going to be around next year and the others aren’t so sure if they will be here or not. Players are also in the same boat. A handful of players are almost certain they’ll be around next year, while others have absolutely no idea. Even when you know you’re almost sort of a guarantee, there is a possibility that you can lose your spot to another veteran in an off-season acquisition. One of the hardest things to deal with when playing in the NFL is to worry about where you’re going to be the next week, next month, and most important next year. It’s never an easy transition for a coaching staff to just pack up and leave the team that they called home for 14 years. Coaches like Andy Reid are fortunate to be in the position they’re in. Being the longest-tenured coach in the NFL is a rarity. He’s been around this city for 14 years and when you hang around that long, you tend to get a little complacent, as in any job. Then, when you get that pink slip to pack your bags and head toward the exit, it can be a tough pill to swallow.

Hajj Foundation was organized in memory of a dedicated, intelligent and community-driven young man, Qa’id Staten, who was tragically murdered. The Trust raises funds to assist charitable organizations that provide services to the

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The Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust made a $5,000 donation to the Qa’id Ameer Abdul-Majeed Staten Hajj Foundation. This donation will be used to continue the QAAMS Hajj Foundation’s mission to promote peace, uplift humanity and

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CONGRESSMAN PAT TOOMEY. Hagel was recently nominated by PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA to be the next Secretary of Defense, to replace LEON PANETTA. He will probably face major pushback from his former colleagues in the Senate during the upcoming confirmation hearings. Numerous Republicans, including SENS. JOHN MCCAIN (R-AZ), KELLY AYOTTE (R-NH) and LINDSAY GRAHAM (R-SC) have indicated his stance on various defense issues is too soft. Graham in particular noted a weak US Secretary of the Defense may embolden our enemies. The Republican Jewish Coalition is vehemently opposes his nomination as they have noted his less-than-supportive comments about Israel. Former Homeland Security Secretary and Governor of Pennsylvania TOM RIDGE disagrees and has suggested Hagel would be an appropriate person for Secretary of Defense. Ridge noted that Hagel is a Vietnam War veteran and a recipient of two Purple Hearts. While this elephant does not like Hagel’s views on defense issues, I believe we should have been prepared for this President to nominate someone softer on defense. The President does not need to worry about reelection and I was expecting this move leftward on foreign policy and defense. Hagel may not be the (Cont. Page 11) • 215-755-2000

We in Philadelphia have had a direct personal experience with SEN. CHUCK HAGEL’S bucking the Party. In 2010, Hagel, a former Republican US Senator from Nebraska, was at Independence Square to endorse former CONGRESSMAN JOE SESTAK for US Senate and not the Republican candidate, former

One of the reasons I still listen to WHYY-91FM, despite its glaring lack of programming geared toward people of color, is because I always learn something … and sometimes it changes a perception I’ve always had. This morning, I learned something I didn’t know … and it actually surprised me. Did you know the Fraternal Order of Police is not allowed to garner money for political contributions from its members, nor is it allowed to make any such contributions? No? Well, I didn’t either. Because of the machinations that the city’s politicians make when it comes to getting the endorsement of the FOP, I always assumed said endorsement came with a rather large check. But it doesn’t. According to the story I heard this Tuesday morning, as a means of keeping corruption at a minimum, the City Charter stipulated back in the ’50s that neither the FOP nor the Fire Fighters Union could make political contributions. That has since changed for the firefighters. In 2003, the Fire Fighters Union went to federal court and sued, saying that keeping them from being able to go to their checkbooks amounted to tamping down their right to speak. It’s the same argument Citizens United made to the United States Supreme Court that led to the very decision that gave corporations the same free-speech rights as you and me. Only difference is, with more money comes freer speech, thus banks and oil companies get listened to, while you and I sometimes are ignored. (Cont. Page 12)

Yo! Here we go again with this lesson in anger management. I was sitting at my desk when I remembered a phone call I’d forgotten to make. I found the number and dialed it. A man answered, saying, “Hello.” I politely said, “This is Chris. Could I please speak with Robyn Carter?” Suddenly a manic voice yelled out in my ear, “Get the right f***ing number!” and the phone was slammed down on me. I couldn’t believe that anyone could be so rude. When I tracked down Robyn’s correct number to call her, I found I had accidentally transposed the last two digits. After hanging up with her, I decided to call the “wrong” number again. When the same guy answered the phone, I yelled, “You’re an a-hole!” and hung up. I wrote his number down with the word “a-hole” next to it, and put it in my desk drawer. Every couple of weeks, when I was paying bills or had a really bad day, I’d call him up and yell, “You’re an a-hole!” It always cheered me up. When Caller ID was introduced, I thought my therapeutic “a-hole” calling would have to stop. So I called his number and said, “Hi, this is John Smith from the telephone company. I’m calling to see if you’re familiar with our Caller ID Program?” He yelled, “No!” and slammed down the phone. I quickly called him back and said, “That’s because you’re an a-hole!” and hung up. One day I was at the mall waiting to pull into a parking Spot. Some guy in a black BMW cut me off and pulled into the spot I had patiently waited for. I hit the horn and yelled but the idiot ignored me. I noticed a “For Sale” sign in his back window, so I wrote down his number. A couple of days later, right after calling the first a-hole (I had his number on speed dial), I thought I’d better call the BMW a-hole, too. I said, “Is this the man with the black BMW for sale?” He said, “Yes, it is.” I then asked, “Can you tell me where I can see it?” He said, “Yes, I live at 34 Oaktree Boulevard, in Fairfax. It’s a yellow ranch-style house and the car’s parked right out in front.” I asked, “What’s your name?” He said, “My name is Don Hansen.” I asked, “When’s a good time to catch you, Don?” He said, “I’m home every evening after five.” I said, “Listen, Don, (Cont. Page 12)

The Gov. CORBETT lawsuit of the NCAA was, at first, thought to be the right thing to do –m and clever. As I hear opinions from NON-POLS on this, it is even cleverer. The NCAA was indeed too harsh on the fines and penalties, doing harm to the university as a whole, and on innocent present and future athletes. But the lingering, haunting question over the Sandusky investigation by the then-State Attorney General (Corbett) fills their thoughts. I call upon Attorney General KATHLEEN KANE to investigate! What happened?... You have read the State LOTTERY is a top revenue generator. THE BEST in the Nation! And the Corbett Administration wants to PRIVATIZE it?? If you favor doing so, then tell me your brand of cigarettes? PRIVATIZING of government work IS A PLUM to some company, but government workers do the same job CHEAPER. CALLING VETERANS: John KLINE, W.M., noted Vet and patriot, and PUBLIC RECORD contributor, is asking you to contact your Senators and Congress Members to ask for their vote on the AGENT ORANGE Bill which is known as HR 3612 in the House and S 1629 in the US Senate. Please help!!.... FIRE DEATHS: One news article confused me when it said the two firefighters lost in the Kensington warehouse fire were not included in an official count – which was ONLY civilian deaths. Do the research. POLITICS in the 36th Ward will not be the same. Caring community leader and Democrat Ward Chairman Bernie GUILLETT passed away. With a number of committeepersons in the ward passing on, one wonders what the formidable (Cont. Page 12)

MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER, FIRE COMMISSIONER LLOYD AYERS, STATE REP. MIKE MCGEEHAN and COUNCILMAN BOBBY HENON attended a ribbon-cutting in Tacony for the city’s newest fire station, Engine 38. The firehouse was originally located near Curran’s Irish Pub, but was closed in 2010 due to I-95 construction. The firehouse was relocated and rebuilt at Keystone & Magee Streets. It is the city’s first new firehouse in 15 years and cost $6.7 million to build. It features many clean and green energy-efficiency improvements. Also joining the Mayor for the dedication of the Engine 38 firehouse was over 200 firefighters and firefighter supporters. The firefighters loudly protested the Mayor and his decision to appeal, for a third time, a contract award for the city’s firefighters. The firefighters have been working without a contract since 2009. The issue has been raising anxiety and anger for years. Each appeal by the Mayor seems to up the vitriol in the dispute. Certainly the pressure will be on Nutter to settle the contract. Perhaps Nutter can settle the contract in exchange for his coveted AVI property tax overhaul. If this deal doesn’t work out, expect elected officials to continue keeping pressure on the Mayor to settle the contract. Controller and likely Mayoral candidate ALAN BUTKOVITZ provided several financial analyses showing the City can afford to pay the firefighters contract. A December City Council hearing on the Fire Commissioner’s plan to rotate firefighters to new firehouses every five years featured pointed questions by City Council to the Mayor’s administration. COUNCILMEN BOBBY HENON, JIM KENNEY, DENNY O’BRIEN and DAVID OH fired questions at the City Finance Director and the Fire Commissioner. The questions signaled an escalation in this ongoing dispute. In addition to Philadelphia City Council, the majority of the Philadelphia State Senate Delegation, led by CHAIRWOMAN SHIRLEY KITCHEN, sent a letter to Mayor Nutter urging him to drop his appeal and settle the contract with the firefighters. Another issue that is likely to cause heartburn and angst is School SUPERINTENDENT WILLIAM HITE’S report recommending the closure of several Philadelphia public schools. (Cont. Page 12)

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education through common sense reforms such as retaining teachers based on performance and not seniority. A celebration of Benjamin Franklin’s birthday will be held on Jan. 18, commencing with a Seminar on “Franklin and Diplomacy” with former Presidential candidate and Utah GOV. JON HUNTSMAN at the Franklin House on Chestnut Street. Huntsman will be joined by University of Pennsylvania PROF. BRUCE KUKLICK as well as Republican commentator and La Salle University PROF. EDWARD TUZANSKI. A procession will follow, ending with laying a wreath for Franklin at the Philosophical Society.

Lawmakers: End Fire Dept. Dispute time to accept to the court’s decision and move forward so Philadelphians can continue to receive critical emergency responses.” “This is not how the city should treat our first responders, who put their lives at risk every day in order to keep our citizens safe,” said State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-S. Phila.). “The court has settled this matter in favor of the Fire Dept. The Mayor should honor the court’s decision so we can move on and give our

emergency responders their long-overdue contract.” “It’s been four months since I first wrote to the Mayor about this contract and, since then, firefighter families have had to spend the holidays wondering how long they will wait to be fairly paid,” said State Sen. Tina Tartaglione (D-Kensington). “The more time that goes by, the harder it will be to restore the trust

between these dedicated professionals and the city administration.” “Firefighters are the unsung heroes of our community,” said State Sen. LeAnna Washington (D-Northwest). “We must do everything we can to make sure that they are earning fair, family-sustaining wages that acknowledge their bravery and dedication to our safety.”

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As the contract drama between Mayor Michael Nutter and the Philadelphia Fire Dept. continues to unfold, members of the Philadelphia Delegation of the Pennsylvania Senate are urging the Mayor to withdraw his appeal of a recent court decision to uphold the arbitration panel’s contract award for Philadelphia firefighters and paramedics. “These hardworking public servants run into burning buildings when others run away and they provide emergency medical care. Time and time again, they answer the call to protect us,” said State Sen. Mike Stack (D-Northeast). “It’s wrong and the Mayor’s continuous efforts to fight the contract award must end.” In a letter to the Mayor, the members of the delegation point out the City can afford to pay the firefighters and medics. In addition, the General Assembly gave the City the authority to increase its sales tax to pay for critical city services. “This ongoing court dispute is costing taxpayer dollars and denying our city’s first responders the contract they are legally entitled to,” said State Sen. Shirley Kitchen (D-N. Phila.). “It’s

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with Dilworth Paxson. The Philadelphia Republican Leadership Council will be having monthly breakfast speaker series in 2013. The first event will be on Jan. 24. The keynote speaker will be JOE WATKINS, the newly appointed Receiver of the Chester Upland School District. Watkins worked with the Reagan Administration and for VP J. DANFORTH QUAYLE. Watkins an outspoken proponent of school choice and was most recently the head of Pennsylvania’s chapter of StudentsFirst. StudentsFirst is the brainchild of former DC School Superintendent MICHELLE RHEE, who endeavored to improve

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(Cont. From Page 10) best choice from the herd’s view, but I believe Obama could have recommended worse options. Hagel has demonstrated a level of independence (unfortunately taking a side on issues that I do not share). He is also 66 years old and probably not interested in running for office in four years. Thus he may be more willing to stand up to the President than a liberal and younger Democrat looking to a longer political career. While I often do not agree with him, he has over the years demonstrated he is thoughtful and ethical. Somehow, I cannot

see Hagel doing a tour of the Sunday-morning news relying on CIA “talking points” that cannot pass the sniff test. Specifically I am referring to UN AMBASSADOR SUSAN RICE’S insistence that religiously inspired demonstrators in Benghazi showed up with rocket launchers and spontaneously decided to kill a US Ambassador. Next Wednesday, the 16th, the new year’s first Philadelphia Republican Happy Hours will be held at Paddy Whacks on South Street at 6 p.m. VIC STABILE, who is tossed his hat in the ring to for Superior Court judge this year will be a guest speaker. Stabile is a Harrisburg-based attorney

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Walk The Beat (Cont. From Page 10) 36th will be like after Ward Leader Anna VERNA retires (said to occur at the end of her term). Allies of DOC and Sen. Anthony Williams, along with Dave SHADDING and Kevin HANNAH, could eye the leadership.... MY BAD: Last week I reported JOE RUSSO was rumored to seek the ward leadership of the 1st Ward. It SHOULD have read “2nd Ward.” JON SAIDEL is talked up as the one MAYORAL candidate that could UNITE all factions. He is loved by all ethnic communities, and has the top, needed fiscal qualifications for the job.... COUNCIL: Councilwoman Jannie BLACKWELL been touted as a one-person DHS Department. She can also be praised as a forerunner of promotion of international trade here. Monthly, she partners with a mayoral commission on Caribbean-Africa trade. This week it was a reception for the CEO of UNICEF in Haiti. Councilman Bobby HENON has a great Energy Conservation Workshop ready • 215-755-2000

Waffleman (Cont. From Page 10) can I tell you something?” He said, “Yes?” I said, “Don, you’re an a-hole!” Then I hung up, and added his number to my speed dial, too. Now, when I had a problem, I had two a-holes to call. Then I came up with an idea. I called a-hole No. 1. He said, “Hello.” I said, “You’re an a-hole!” (But I didn’t hang up.) He asked, “Are you still there?” I said, “Yeah!” He screamed, “Stop calling me.” I said, “Make me.” He asked, “Who are you?” I said, “My name is Don Hansen.’” He said, “Yeah? Where do you live?” I said, “A-hole, I live at 34 Oaktree Boulevard, in Fairfax, a yellow ranch-style home and I have a black Beamer parked in front.” He said, ‘I’m coming over right now, Don. And you had better start saying your prayers.’ I said, “Yeah, like I’m really scared,

for his constituents in the Tacony PAL Center, 4401 Aldine Street (St. Bernard’s) on Jan. 20, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Learn what is available. Get advice and help on lowering energy bills.... GREAT to see Judge Frederica MassiahJACKSON at the Henry NICHOLAS New Year open house up on Jefferson Street. The judge DESERVES your retention vote this year!! The word FROGGY CARR apologized for the New Year parade delay can be explained since the unit has 1,100 members! And on TV, I watched PARADE clubs perform, followed by what seemed a dismissive, shrill “Thank you” (move on). Of course you parade directors know how many long, hard hours go into the costume and routine preparations. Don’t you? If not, LEARN!!... On New Year’s Eve, a grand (and cold) birthday celebration was held to celebrate the birthday and wedding celebration of the Civil War Hero, Gen. George Gordon MEADE (played by Professor Andy WASKIE of Temple U.) in Laurel Hill Cemetery on Ridge Avenue. A a-hole,” and hung up. Then I called A-hole No. 2. He said, “Hello?” I said, “Hello, a-hole.” He yelled, “If I ever find out who you are….” I said, “You’ll what?” He exclaimed, “I’ll kick your butt.” I answered, “Well, ahole, here’s your chance. I’m coming over right now.” Then I hung up and immediately called the police, saying I lived at 34 Oaktree Boulevard, in Fairfax, and that I was on my way over there to kill my gay lover. Then I called Channel 7 News about the gang war going down in Oaktree Boulevard in Fairfax. I quickly got into my car and headed over to Fairfax. I got there just in time to watch two a-holes beating the crap out of each other in front of six cop cars, an overhead news helicopter and surrounded by a news crew. Now I feel much better. Anger management really does work.

Out & About (Cont. From Page 10) Just like in Citizens United, the Fire Fighters won. So now, the FOP is trying to do the same. According to reports, word on whether or not the FOP has won its federal suit could come any day now. The FOP is saying keeping them out of the money race amounts to abridging their speech. I don’t know how they’re making that argument because, and let’s be honest here, the FOP makes its voice heard to politicians and thus largely gets what it wants well enough without spending a dime. Don’t believe me? Talk to Champagne toast and a 21-gun salute contributed to a great time (be there at noon next December). Waskie and others will march from 5th & Chestnut Streets to Ben FRANKLIN’S grave for a wreath-laying on the 13th – Franklin’s birthday. All are

any African American politician who has been brave enough to even suggest the trial of journalist Mumia Abu Jamal might not have been kosher. Then ask them how quickly they apologized as soon as the FOP voiced its displeasure. The City is fighting the FOP’s attempt. The City says it’s well within its right to control what its employees do in terms of political participation. I don’t know how this is going to work out, but I’m sort of tired of money taking over politics. When that money is coming from people who can pull you over, cuff you and shoot you legally – I’m sorry, but I get a little scared. welcome to march or watch the free event which includes a Franklin seminar just before the march in Library Hall. Our Ben Franklin Post American Legion is a prime sponsor. A luncheon follows honoring former Gov. John HUNTSMAN.

City Hall Sam (Cont. From Page 10) The school-closing plan has been hailed by Nutter, the SRC and consultants. But the plan has encountered opposition from numerous communities and the elected officials that represent them, including STATE SEN. LeANNA WASHINGTON. She is concerned that School District leaders’ short-sighted focus on budgets harmed their longterm focus on serving children. Washington also notes the school closings would save a small amount of money compared to the monstrous budget deficit, and could be very harmful to the neighborhoods with school closings. Washington is strong and formidable. The district would be wise to work with her. A state report was recently released on problems in the Philadelphia criminal-justice system. The report was

spurred by the Philadelphia Inquirer’s “Justice Delayed” series. STATE SENS. STEWART GREENLEAF, MIKE STACK and LARRY FARNESE have been leaders on this issue and have been pushing for action. The report recommends the courts, state and city focus on improving pretrial services and bail, fight witness intimidation, streamline court procedures, and use technology to improve the prosecution of violent offenders. Supreme Court CHIEF JUSTICE RON CASTILLE and JUSTICE SEAMUS MCCAFFERY have worked along with DISTRICT ATTORNEY SETH WILLIAMS to implement many reforms already. The reforms are improving the criminaljustice system and getting results. Sam believes these three gentlemen will use the report to implement more reforms and make sure criminals get locked up for a long time.

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA Sealed proposals will be received by the School Reform Commission at the School Administration Building located at 440 North Broad St., 3rd Floor, Office of Capital Programs, Philadelphia, PA 19130-4015, until 2:00 P.M., on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. A non-refundable fee for each set of bid documents is as scheduled. The School District will only accept bids from companies that have been placed on its current Pre Qualified Contractors List as shown at All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications. FEE BUDGET Athletic Field Renovations $628,350.00 $100.00 West Philadelphia High School 4801 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19139 * A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location at the main entrance, on January 9, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. B-010C of 2011/12


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To qualify, the child (someone under the age of 18 years) must establish that she medically meets or equals, or functionally equals, one or more of the Listings that appear in the Listing of Impairments. To determine medical equivalence, SSA will consider all the medical evidence and will ask a medical consultant (MC) or psychological consultant (PC) to review the child’s records to see if the

CITY OF PHILADELPHIA The Committee on Rules of the Council of the City of Philadelphia will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at 10:00 AM, in Room 400, City Hall, to hear testimony on the following items: 121033

An Ordinance to amend the Philadelphia Zoning Maps by changing the zoning designations of certain areas of land located within an area bounded by Grant Avenue, Lavender Street, Primrose Road, Holyoke Road, and Academy Road.


An Ordinance to amend the Philadelphia Zoning Maps by changing the zoning designations of certain areas of land located within an area bounded by Miller Street, Madison Street, Belgrade Street and Allegheny Avenue.


An Ordinance to amend the Philadelphia Zoning Maps by changing the zoning designations of certain areas of land located within an area bounded by Orthodox Street, Garden Street, Lefevre Street, Richmond Street, Buckius Street and the Delaware River.

Immediately following the public hearing, a meeting of the Committee on Rules, open to the public , will be held to consider the action to be taken on the above listed items. Copies of the foregoing items are available in the Office of the Chief Clerk of the Council, Room 402, City Hall. Michael Decker Chief Clerk

CITY OF PHILADELPHIA The Committee on Rules of the Council of the City of Philadelphia will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at 10:00 AM, in Room 400, City Hall, to hear testimony on the following item: 120821

An Ordinance continuing the Roxborough District (“District”), a neighborhood improvement district, beyond its termination date in an area that generally includes both sides of Ridge Avenue from Main Street to 7220 Ridge Avenue and certain blocks of streets that intersect that portion of Ridge Avenue; continuing the designation of the Roxborough Development Corporation, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation, as the Neighborhood Improvement District Management Association for the District; approving a plan for the District, including a list of proposed improvements and their estimated cost, and providing for assessment fees to be levied on property owners within the District; authorizing the Director of Commerce, on behalf of the City, to execute an agreement with the Roxborough Development Corporation relating to the District; and authorizing the Roxborough Development Corporation to assess property owners within the District a special property assessment fee to be used in accordance with the approved plan; all in accordance with the provisions of the Community and Economic Improvement Act, and under certain terms and conditions.

This hearing is also being held in compliance with Section 5 of the Community and Economic Improvement Act (53 P.S. § 18105) for the purpose of receiving public comment from affected property owners on the proposed neighborhood improvement district plan for the Roxborough District (“District”), a copy of which is attached as Exhibit A to Bill No. 120821. The Council of the City of Philadelphia initiated action to continue the term of the District by enacting Resolution No. 120836-A (adopted October 25, 2012). Immediately following the public hearing, a meeting of the Committee on Rules, open to the public , will be held to consider the action to be taken on the above listed item. Copies of the foregoing item are available in the Office of the Chief Clerk of the Council, Room 402, City Hall. Michael Decker Chief Clerk • 215-755-2000

Re: "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not as a traitor: he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and all their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city. He infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear." --Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC), Roman Statesman, Philosopher, and Orator 1. November 17, 1980: "Dear Mr. Argentina: Just a short note to say congratulations on your contribution to a great Republican victory Tuesday. You did a fine job, and I believe this election was a continance of the Republican new era our party is experiencing in Pennsylvania. I have enjoyed our association in the past and look forward to working with you in the future." Sincerely. --Drew Lewis, Deputy Chairman Republican National Committee. 2. MTV Annual Report, 1985: "MTV Networks Inc. .the creator of three outstanding successful programming services, has exerted an enormous influence on the cable industry. We are a young, energetic company, not disposed to rest on our laurels. The achievements of 1984 will serve as the foundation for future innovation and growth. We are committed to a prosperous and exciting future for our Company. With all of our good wishes, --Drew Lewis, Chairman of the Board" (The 1st year MTV stock went public, or as actor Sylvester Stallone, said: "You mean--Mucous TV!")

A child who is disabled due to a mental or physical impairment, or combination of impairments, may be eligible to receive child’s SSI benefits.

child’s impairments functionally meet or equal one or more listings. 20 C.F.R. section 416.926a. In determining functional (Cont. Page 14)

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child’s impairments meet or equal one or more listings. 20 C.F.R. section 416.926. If they don’t, SSA will next review the evidence (including school records) to see if the

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to be divided among creditors. If one is paid more, others get less, typically. So favoring one means discriminating against others. The law requires some discrimination. For example if you aren’t paying everyone in full, then you typically have to provide for special “priority” claims to be paid in full. These are things the government has a special interest in – paying the trustee, child support, recent taxes and so on. In other cases, like your home and car, the law often allows payment of these “secured” debts in preferential ways over your other debt because you need those assets to keep going (and putting the money into the pot each month!). But what if the debt is one you can’t wipe out at the end of the typical case, like student loans? Can you pay those in full and “shortchange” the other debts you can wipe out? Sadly, there are only limited ways to do that because it gives you a “head start”, not

a “fresh start”, at the end of your case, according to some. In October 2012, a couple argued they should be able to pay non-priority taxes they could not wipe out in full, not because it would help them out … but because the tax authorities had done nothing wrong and deserved to be paid. The 8th Circuit’s bankruptcy appellate panel did not buy that argument either. See In re Copeland, #12-064 (8th.BAP 11/12/12). So arguing that your sister’s

(Cont. From Page 13) equivalence, SSA examines six domains of functioning. These include: acquiring and using information; attending and completing tasks; interacting and relating with others; moving about and manipulating objects; caring for yourself; and health and physical well being. Id. A child will be found disabled if she demonstrates an “extreme limitation” in one domain or “marked

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