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Residents In Noisy Scrap With Recycling Co.

January 31, 2013


Kenyatta Johnson, Packer Park Residents Protest Against Penrose Ave. Car Crushing Plant by R. George Linton PACKER PARK residents threw the first punch in what might be a long scrap with a Penrose Avenue recycling company yesterday. Fifty PACKER PARK residents and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson held rally outside SPC Corp., metal-recycling comneighbors from the Packer Park community stood with Councilman Kenyatta pany at 2600 Penrose Avenue, on Wednesday. Neighbors are upset with the car-crushing plant for noise it makes Johnson at 2600 Penrose Avenue, home of a New Jersey(Cont. Page 2) -- primarily in early morning hours.

Sore Throat? There’s A Spritual Candle For That by Maria Merlino Having trouble clearing a nagging sore throat? Throw away your mentholyptus drops, and try some spiritual healing instead. While February may be the shortest month in the year, it is packed with holidays both real and pseudo. Of course Valentine’s Day is the major date, the one we all know best, but here are a few more: Groundhog Day, Super Bowl Sunday, Scout Sunday, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, Presidents Day, CANDLES blessed for the feast day and Purim. But it’s Feb. 2 and 3 that of St. Blaise might help clear a sore (Cont. Page 2) throat.

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Kenyatta Johnson Blasts Recycling Co. (Cont. From Page 1) based recycling company SPC Corp. They are angry at the latenight noise the car-crushing plant makes in the area. Johnson wants to help the neighbors, who circulated an online petition against the company, to get the company to move the plant. “The noise pollution from the car-crushing company is totally unacceptable and its operation is destroying the quality of life homeowners in the area,” Johnson said. Johnson is upset that the company, which operates near the bottom of the Platt Memorial Bridge, has gone back on its promise to move. Johnson said SPC promised to move out to New Jersey by the summer, but have applied to renew its operating permit, which expires this July. “It doesn’t look like they want to move to me,” he said. SPC Corp. is owned by Camden Iron & Metal, Inc. in Camden, N.J, one of the largest metal recyclers in the

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CAR CRUSHING COMPANY, SPC Corp., 2600 Penrose Avenue, has enraged local residents with noise it makes scrapping cars in wee hours of night in Packer Park section of South Philadelphia. Residents held rally to make recycling company move from this residential area. nation. Its President Joseph The Enclaves, Siena Place According to Kenyatta operating here in PhiladelBalzano said the company has and Packer Park stood out- Johnson, officials from the phia, according to Johnson. been trying to move out for side of the plant with signs plant said in April 2012 that Johnson said: “The current the last 10 years, but lack of and a circulated a petition that the company would be mov- operating permit for SPC promised state funding, cou- contained over 200 signatures ing back to Camden, its home Corp. expires in July.” pled with a commitment to its against the plant. They are base, after its new shredder Representatives of SPC 75 employees, has stalled the upset because they want to was installed there. The will meet with residents at a move. stop loud explosions and company has since applied to community meeting in FebruResidents of Packer Park, other nuisances. renew its permit to continue ary. Round two.

Sore Throat? Try A Blessing

(Cont. From Page 1) South Philadelphian baby boomers remember best from grade school. Before the Pennsylvania Lottery commandeered Punxsutawney Phil to look for his shadow, a tradition brought over by the Germans, Candlemas and the next day of St. Blaise played a good part in Catholic rites and rituals. “Feb. 2 is the Mass of the Presentation of the Child

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Jesus, Jesus’ first entry into the temple; and it celebrates the Purification of the Blessed Mother,” Sister M. Paula Beierschmitt, president of the American Academy of the Sacred Arts, explains. “After Mass, the priest blesses the candles.” It is the next day, Feb. 3, on the feast of St. Blaise, a 3rd-century Armenian martyr, the patron saint of the throat, that these candles are used. A

physician and a Christian, Blaise was thrown in jail for his beliefs. While there, he witnessed a small boy choking on a fish bone and miraculously saved him. Back in the good ole days, in Epiphany School, Sister Mary Mark, SSJ, and Sister Ann Bernadette SSJ would go around to all the classes and explain the priest would be coming around to bless out throats. This was to protect us

from any ailments. We had to loosen our collars. When Father Gillooley finally arrived, he had two candles that were either in a holder, twisted together or wrapped in red ribbons. One by one, we lined up for the blessing. The candles straddles our throats while he invocated the Latin prayer, “Per intercessionem S. Blasii liberet Deus a malo gutteris et a quovis alio malo.” (“May God at the intercession of St.

Blaise preserve you from throat troubles and every other evil.” ) St. Monica’s Church at 17th & Ritner Streets will be blessing the throats after the 5 p.m. Mass on Sunday Feb. 2 and then again on Monday, Feb. 3. While consecrated candles may not be in your physician’s black bag to immunize you, and it’s too late for a flu shot, a little faith might be just what the spiritual doctor ordered.

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Rooting For Summer

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:

A COLD CHILL swept through the area this week leaving behind a blanket of white dust at Citizen’s Bank Way. That said, it’s only 142 days until the official start of summer, and 63 Photo by Rory McGlasson days until the Phillies home opener at Citizens Bank Park.

A PENNSPORT doctor has been jailed for seven years after being convicted on 18 of 19 counts of running a “pill mill” at 7th & Morris Streets. Richard Minicozzi, 79, of Elkins Park in Montgomery Co., was sent to federal prison on Tuesday for selling prescription drugs Vicodin and Xanax for money to so-called “patients.” District Court Judge J. Curtis Joyner also ordered Minicozzi to pay $40,000 in fines.

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

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Temple University and a Master’s in government administration from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.

What makes a business executive, with a top position in a national clothing chain, want to become the next City Controller ... and to do so as a Republican challenger in a city dominated by the Democratic Party? He’s fully aware of the odds. He tackles them every day in his business world, often jetting to as many as four cities in a single day. If he can muster the financial support to sustain the energy he is investing in this campaign, then he could make a fight of it. Here he explains why he wants to challenge a formidable incumbent: “In my work, if I don’t create a superior customer experience, they will choose to buy elsewhere. If leaders in Philadelphia don’t create a superior living experience for its residents, they will choose to live elsewhere. “I am running for Controller because it is the most important, yet least un-

derstood, of the offices in this city. Our governments’ financial decisions have profound implications in the sense that how we spend our money, where we spend our money, even if we spend our money has a direct impact on the stability of our neighborhoods, the shop opening its doors for the first time, and the young lives in which we invest. “In particular, Philadelphia’s young citizens need a voice in government who understands their generation and its unique challenges. We need energetic, fresh leadership committed to modernizing government, providing better services in a more efficient way, and creating an environment that empowers Philadelphians to thrive. “I intend to use the Controller’s office as a bully pulpit to engage city agencies, state agencies, and the judiciary as part of a collective effort to require all schools that receive public funds to open their books, including both

Butkovitz Gets Heavy Labor Support Terry Tracy ...GOP hopeful traditional public schools and public charter schools. The needs of our families must take precedence over the narrow partisan interests that too often dominate our political landscape. “As a business leader who has run brick-and-mortar retail stores nationwide, I have been successful in a competitive industry where success is determined by the kind of creative management not customary, but certainly necessary in government today. Additionally, I have first-hand experience with the policies cities around the globe are pursuing to attract jobs, residents, and redevelop neighborhoods.” Tracy has an academic background in public policy a BA in Political Science from

Aspiring challengers hoping to dislodge Controller Alan Butkovitz should be aware he’ll amass enough dollars to bury them in primary advertising if need be. Backing him with a major fundraiser is IBEW Local 98 Business Mgr. John Dougherty who is hosting a fundraiser at his union HQ, 1719 Spring Garden Street, Feb. 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m. It’s an all-out push for dollars which could bring anywhere from $75,000 to $125,000, based on other such turnouts. Welcoming committee will include Congressman Bob Brady, Council President Darrell Clarke, Councilman Curtis Jones and Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz. For info call Local 98 Political Dir. Marita Crawford at (215) 4109200. Another labor leader has already come out with a full-

throated endorsement of Butkovitz’s reelection. That’s Henry Nicholas, veteran president of National Union of Hospital & Health Care Employees Local 1199C which, with 18,000 members in the region, is no ally to take lightly.

Honkala, Running Mate Are Off The Hook Green Party 2012 presidential candidate Jill Stein and vice presidential candidate Cheri Honkala were acquitted last Friday in Municipal Court on charges related to their civil-disobedience action at the Fannie Mae office. They packed the courtroom with supporters. Stein and Honkala, along with 50 other protesters, staged a sit-in at Fannie Mae to demand policies that, according to Honkala, would “keep families in their homes.” The protest was originally organized by the Poor People’s Economics Human Rights Campaign on behalf of two Philadelphia families whose homes were threatened by foreclosure. Councilman




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Hon. Amato Berardi On Campaign Trail Support continues to grow for the reelection of Deputy Amato Berardi to the ranks of the Italian center-right People for Freedom in Italy, according to sources from Rome. Berardi, an Italian American political activist, campaigned five years and won a seat to the Italian parliament under a new law which permitted members of the Italian Diaspora in other countries to be represented in the parliament. “Since 2008, my work has been to carry out the inquiries on behalf of the Italians living abroad and promise to continue to do so in the next legislature, strengthening further my commitment, if I could earn your trust again in (Cont. Next Page) State Rep.

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Stephanie Sawyer, a practicing attorney in Philadelphia since 1991, announced her intention to run for Judge of Common Pleas Court in the upcoming May 21 primary election. The campaign kickoff event was hosted by Michael Lambert, Esq. Although Sawyer was originally born in Queens, N.Y., she was raised in Philadelphia. She attended Holy Cross ES, Masterman and then HS for Girls. She earned her undergraduate and law degrees from Temple University. While earning her degrees, Sawyer held a wide variety of jobs, which ranged from being a private tutor, a 1stgrade teacher, and a waitress. Her non-legal work history, among other things, provided her a distinct understanding of the typical Philadelphian which stays with her to this very day. Sawyer began her legal career while still in law school, interning briefly in the District Attorney’s office, the Public State Rep.

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NEW STATE REP. J.P. Miranda is ceremonially sworn in by Judge Carol Simmons at Temple University, using family Bible provided by his grandmother Carmen Miranda who watches proudly.

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(Cont. From Page 6) Manufacturers are now using a somewhat universal type setup called OBD II (On Board Diagnostics). This includes more circuits, sensors, diagnostic capabilities and Trouble Codes, like the one that was stored in the PCM (Power Control Module) memory when you failed to tighten the gas cap all the way.

ing the Social Security fund? According to the Chief Actuary of SSA, benefits are expected to be payable in full on a timely basis until 2037, when the trust fund reserves are projected to become exhausted. At the point where the reserves are used up, continuing taxes are expected to be enough to pay 76% of scheduled benefits. See /ssb/v70n3/v70n3p111.html. The Actuary states the Social The technician who worked on your car came up with a code P0442 or P1442. These codes indicate a vapor leak in the fuel tank. The FTP (Fuel Tank Pressure Sensor) monitors tank pressure and transmits the data to the PCM to be analyzed in order to determine if a problem exists. If the pressures are abnormal due to a loose gas cap or a leak elsewhere in the system, the PCM will turn on the Check Engine light and set the

A part of those reforms included raising payroll taxes. I have advocated here for raising the level of wages and salary subject to the payroll tax, currently capped at $113,700. Doing so would alleviate a substantial part of the funding concerns, without punishing the middle and working class.

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by Michael P. Boyle, Esq. No doubt you have read stories discussing the coming “crisis” with regard to paying Social Security benefits in the not-too-distant future. Some commentators have suggested raising the retirement age to 70; others have urged changing the formula for calculating cost of living adjustments (see last week’s column). Is there really a long-term funding crisis fac-

Security Board of Trustees project that changes equivalent to an immediate reduction in benefits of about 13%, or an immediate increase in the combined payroll tax rate from 12.4% to 14.4%, or some combination of these changes, would be sufficient to allow full payment of the scheduled benefits for the next 75 years. Id. While the continued aging of the baby boom generation is a cause for concern, there is no reason to panic or take dire action. In the 1980s, Congress and the President raised the retirement age from 65 to 67, phased in gradually. appropriate Trouble Code. This vapor leak will release harmful hydrocarbons to the outside air. I hope that answered your question. Don’t forget to visit us on Facebook if you ever have more questions! 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.

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Our Opinion ... For Schools, Do The Math From beginning to end, public schools belong to the public. That is why it is imperative that Philadelphia’s citizens be involved in planning how to downsize its public-school system. While it is the School District’s job and duty to carry out this task, it must be a collaborative effort with its end users. Top-down approaches don’t work in this town. Bottom-up approaches take time, though. And it is not clear the School District has time. Its budget is severely constrained and it cannot hope for easy jolts of bail-out aid from Harrisburg or Washington. A strong movement is building to push for a one-year moratorium on school closures. This would be a good thing, if the School District can afford it. But if it cannot, those who want a moratorium need to craft an alternative funding plan to keep up the spending on surplus space. While the School District’s budget reckoning may be wrong, we cannot close a $71 million shortfall simply by assuming it is wrong. Such a move would deserve an “F”. Critics must beat dubious calculations with better ones. Some schools may be saved, but some must go. Citizen activists must be prepared to name schools for closing as well as schools for saving. The disparate impact of school closures on minority communities is especially worrisome. It probably cannot be avoided altogether, however. That is because the greatest population drops in the city over the last 20 years have taken place in mostly African American neighborhoods of West, Northwest and North Philadelphia. These communities cannot keep all the schools that were built for thousands more children than now live there. • 215-755-2000

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by Jerry Jordan President, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers The danger of being given an agenda and the authority to carry it out is that you run the risk of looking tone-deaf when you push that agenda through despite the public backlash. That is precisely what is happening here in Philadelphia, as the community’s cries to stop the closing of 37 neighborhood schools grows louder. In this case, it is the SRC and the School District that are tone-deaf to the call for more-careful consideration of their plan to close schools, and

to the requests for better explanations of the supposed cost savings of such a move. No community wants to see its neighborhood school closed, but there’s more to the anger than that. It’s bigger than the consternation over the fact that plans were made by people who clearly are not familiar with the neighborhoods where these schools are located. It’s even bigger than the fact that the proposed cost savings are quite small, if they exist at all. No, what really has parents, students, teachers and neighbors upset is that their children’s lives are being

disrupted with no indication that conditions will improve for them in their new schools. A closer look at the Pew Charitable Trust’s “how-to” manual for closing neighborhood public schools plainly states the cost savings and the academic benefits of mass school closings are at best unclear. City Controller Alan Butkovitz raises a number of good questions about the School District’s fiscal projections and how the money saved by closing schools would be used to improve the public schools that remain. These are the issues that the PFT and our allies in PCAPS have been raising since September, and why we — along with a growing chorus of voices — are calling for a one-year moratorium on school closings until an independently conducted impact study can be completed. Included among these voices is Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, who last week introduced a resolution calling for a moratorium on school closings. The resolution was passed by City Council 14-2. What’s the SRC’s response

to all of the questions; to the concerns of the community; to our elected officials’ call for a closer examination of the process; and to all of the evidence that states they are on the wrong track? It’s a done deal. Or, in the words of SRC Chairman Pedro Ramos: “I’d be lying if I said a moratorium was in any way feasible.” Perhaps the SRC thinks the public isn’t paying attention … you know, the way they’re not paying attention to the public.

Jan. 31- State Sen. LeAnna Washington hosts Energy Conservation Workshop at Young Rec Ctr., 1100 E. Chelten Ave., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For info Rachel Moor (717) 787-6781. Jan. 31- House Democratic Policy Committee holds hearing on voter ID at Phila. Business & Tehcnology Ctr., 5070 Parkside Ave. 10 a.m.-12 m. Free and open to public. Feb. 1- Judge Jimmy Lynn

hosts monthly luncheon at Fratelli’s Italian Bistro, 1339 Chestnut St. For info (215) 731-0700. Feb. 2- LGBT holds annual membership election and priorities meeting at Wm. Way Ctr., 1315 Spruce St., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 8-9Democrat State Committee meets at Hotel Hershey, Hershey, Pa. Feb. 8- State Sen. Shirley Kitchen hosts public meeting on 2nd-chance legislation for inmates at STOP, 2534 N. Broad St. Lunch will be served. Feb. 11- IBEW Local 98 Business Mgr. John J. Dougherty hosts fundraiser for Controller Alan Butkovitz at Union HQ, 1719 Spring Garden St., 5:30-7 p.m. PAC $5,000, Gold $2,500, Silver $500. For info Marita Crawford (215) 410-9200. Feb. 13- State Rep. John Sabatina, Jr. hosts Mardi Gras Party at Ladder 15, 1528 Sansom St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets $150. 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. Feb. 15- Phila. Chinatown Development Corp. hosts Chinese New Year Celebration at Ocean City Restaurant, 234 N. 9th St., 5:30 p.m. Feb. 19- Democrat 53rd Ward Leader Janice Sulman hosts Petition Signing Party at Nick’s Roast Beef 2212 Cottman Ave., Banquet Rm., rear, 7 p.m. Donation $100. Refreshments. Feb. 22- Emilio Vazquez’ 43rd Ward hosts fundraiser at A Lounge, 4210 Macalaster St., 6-9 p.m. Tickets $40. Mar. 2- Italian American Political Action Committee Carnevale at Sheraton Society Hill Hotel, 1 Dock St., 6 p.m.-12 a.m. Mar. 5- Campaign Finance Training presented by Board of Ethics and City Commissioners Office at Board of Ethics offices, 1515 Arch St., 18th fl., 5 p.m. Covering requirements for candidates and political committees.

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Gun-Privacy Control? Few issues divide Americans like gun control. This political hotbed has turned Americans against each other – pitting conservatives vs. liberals, Republicans vs. Democrats and ruralites vs. urban dwellers. It’s almost safer to make abortion or gay marriage a cocktail-party discussion than foray into the forbidden land of semi-automatics and Bushmaster XM-15s. Besides, most of us have gun-control fatigue. So I’m not going to take sides in this article. Promise! Instead, I’m going to discuss privacy. Privacy? Whaddya mean? Well, regardless of where you stand in the debate, if you lived in Rockland or Westchester Co. in New York and you possessed a gun permit, you were listed on an interactive digital map on the Website of Gannett’s Journal News – showing your name and exact home address. The Journal News obtained this information through New York’s Freedom of Information Law.

Wasn’t this information private? Nope, not according to the newspaper. Their take, as detailed in a set of frequently asked questions above the map, “There is no right to privacy regarding handgun ownership in New York. State law says that, at a minimum, the names and addresses of all permit holders are public record and must be disclosed.” Reports have emerged quoting a Rockland Co. clerk as saying that up to 25% of the names and addresses on the map may not even be correct. Some Rockland Co. law enforcement officials have also expressed concern that criminals and gang members might seek out the addresses of correction officers and other public servants in order to do them harm. Obviously, a primary concern of opponents of this map is that burglars/robbers might use this interactive tool as a treasure map to avoid homes with gun registrants and take their chances on unlisted homes. While the Journal News didn’t give a public reason for pro-

the release of this highly personal information. Regardless of where you stand on this extremely contentious issue, if the government is required to turn over this obviously private list, it makes you wonder what else is not private. As an educational and revealing exercise, go ahead and conduct a FOIA on … who else but YOURSELF! Do that by visiting for instructions. You may need to invoke the Privacy Act of 1974. Let me know what you find out about yourself. Maybe, with your permission, we’ll let our readers know what you discovered. Send fanmail to Come visit him at Copyright© 2012 by John Featherman.

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The Rev. Phillip E. Ford, son of Henry & Florence Ford, was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Mar. 12, 1930 and was called home on Jan. 25, 2013. Educated in the Pittsburgh school system, Rev. Ford attended Temple University to receive his degree in accounting and Eastern Baptist Seminary to receive his Master’s of divinity. Rev. Ford served honorably in the US Navy, served as a pastor in the Methodist church, was the founder of Phillip E. Ford & Co. and Teachers Tax Service, a professor of math and accounting at Berean Institute and Delaware Co. Community College, and proudly sang on the Royal Priesthood Choir which was founded by his wife. Rev. Ford also participated and supported his wife in community affairs and political activities. Moreover, in his early

years, Rev. Ford worked with Cecil Moore in the civilrights movement and led the desegregation of a public swimming pool in Fredericksburg, Md. while in the US Navy. A lover of poetry, Rev. Ford could recite whole passages from Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Milton, and the Bible, of which he was a scholar. Rev. Ford was truly a remarkable man. Rev. Ford was predeceased by his son, Jonathan Phillip Ford. He leaves to cherish his wonderful memory his loving wife of 43 years, Dr. Vivian Ford; brothers, Robert Brooker (Betty), Clifton Brooker (Sondra), and Moe Brooker (Cheryl); children Jason Ford, Denise Ford-Brown (Michael), and Linton Williams (Nisa); eight godchildren, eight grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends who loved him dearly. Services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, 3723 Chestnut Street. The viewing is 9:00-9:45 a.m. with the service to begin at 10:00 a.m. Interment at Chelten Hills Cemetery, 1701 E. Washington Lane. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Jonathan Phillip Ford Foundation or PO Box 5417, Yeadon, PA 19050.

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ducing the map, the paper has been recognized as being a staunch supporter of gun control and was likely encouraging guncontrol advocates to begin campaigns targeting the legal owners of firearms. Currently, there is no law in New York state or in the federal government that prevents gun owner’s names and addresses from being subject to Freedom of Information Act inquiries. As a consequence, this information can be made public in any form – by the government, any organization (public or private), news outlet, blogger or curious individual. As both a personal-safety issue and a fundamental privacy rights issue, Pennsylvania should take the initiative and pass legislation that will block

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Last week, the Philadelphia Republican Leadership Council held its inaugural meeting of it new “In a Red State of Mind” Speaker Series. The series has eight sponsors including FRED ANTON, the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association, and ROB GLEASON, the Chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania. The keynote speaker was REV. JOSEPH WATKINS, the Receiver of the Chester Upland School District. 5TH WARD LEADER MIKE CIBIK, who is the Chairman of the Speaker Series, opened the event. 27TH WARD LEADER MATT WOLFE introduced Watkins, his friend of many years. The event had roughly 50 attendees, including many new faces from Center City and the suburbs. Watkins was appointed Receiver of the CUSD by the Delaware Co. Court of Common Pleas recently. The CUSD will remain in receivership until December 2015 unless the school district can be turned around earlier. CUSD is a chronically underperforming district that serves a city with residents that are economically challenged. The district has 2,900 students. Most of the students in the city, however, go to charter or private schools – 3,900 of them. Watkins noted that engaged parents have made the decisions to move their children to charter schools. He understands why they did so, but also noted a large portion of the tax money allocated to those students moved with them to charter schools and out of the district. Watkins is an advocate for school choice but believes parents should have the option of decent public schools, which is his new mission In Chester. The next segment of the speaker series will be held at (Cont. Page 20)

There’s a special place in Hell for those who hurt a child. And make no mistake about it a 5-year-girl named Nailiah who was kidnapped from her West Philadelphia elementary school was hurt. When she was found in an Upper Darby park on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s actual birthday by a man named Nelson Mandela Myers on his way to work, little Nailiah was in a t-shirt, trembling from the cold and said just one phrase: “I was stolen.” At the time, no one knew she was hurt. But when a group of community leaders held a press conference announcing the formation of a reward fund designed to produce information on who the hijab-clad woman who took the five-year-old from the Bryant ES at 60th & Cedar, they shared just how much trauma Nailiah had endured during her kidnapping. Let me put it this way: Whenever someone tells me that a child has been harmed and the phrase “it was so bad she needed surgery” comes up, I start to rethink my entire attitude toward gun control. Police are looking for three folks, two women, and a man, in connection with the kidnapping. The reward for any information is now up to $75,000, which many are hoping entices someone to drop a dime on these wretched folks. To try and keep awareness of this kidnapping on everyone’s radar, a group of women has organized a march and vigil to support the Rashid family, Nailiah’s family, at (Cont. Page 20)

Yo! Here we go again with this item that I got this from an “Old Person”, a friend with OLD PERSON PRIDE. I’m passing this on as I did not want to be the only old person receiving it. Actually, it’s not a bad thing to be called old, as you will see. This is cute – I am .not saying you’re old. I am, and proud of it; pass me my cane, please. I never really liked the term “Old Person” but this makes me feel better about it. And if you aren’t one, I bet you know one! Old People are easy to spot at sporting events. During the playing of the National Anthem, Old People remove their caps and stand at attention and sing without embarrassment. They know the words and believe in them. Old People remember World War II, Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Normandy and Hitler. They remember the Atomic Age, the Korean War, The Cold War, the Jet Age and the Moon Landing. They remember the 50-plus Peace-keeping Missions from 1945 to 2005, not to mention Vietnam. If you bump into an Old Person on the sidewalk, he will apologize. If you pass an Old Person on the street, he will nod or tip his cap to a lady. Old People trust strangers and are courtly to women. Old People hold the door for the next person and always, when walking, make certain the lady is on the inside for protection. Old People get embarrassed if someone curses in front of women and children and they don’t like any filth or dirty language on TV or in movies. Old People have moral courage and personal integrity. They seldom brag unless it’s about their children or grandchildren. It’s the Old People who know our great country is protected, not by politicians, but by the young men and women in the military serving their country. This country needs Old People with their work ethic, sense of responsibility, pride in their country and decent values. We need them now more than ever. Thank God for Old People. Pass this on to all of the Old People you know. I was taught to respect my elders. It’s just getting harder to find them. Oh – wait, I am an older person – who would have thought? When you pass this along to an old person, you will feel better, knowing it was the old people who gave us some of the things we have today.

CITY COUNCIL: Councilman Jim KENNEY’S thought the real-estate tax rate ought to be about 1.0 is a GOOD START. The proposed 1.3 would be DEVASTATING to homeowners and commerce! Actually, the tax rate would be best at about $700-800 per $100,000 of the value of your home. Remember, during the Board of Revision era they looked at determining the value of real estate in the marketplace for taxing purposes, not to meet a Mayor’s spending needs. Now with MAYORAL CONTROL of that office (now called OPA or “Ohhh-pah”), the tax rate can be set to give the Mayor ALL he wants to spend. KENNEY correctly says a hard look at HOW the money is spent is in order.... Another CONCERN is the massive decline in voluntary payments to the City in lieu of taxes from large EXEMPT institutions. These payments were once large and civic-minded. Now they pay like the 1%. The Jannie BLACKWELL measure on notification of neighbors, for input on development, had to override a mayoral veto for passage. Councilman Bill Green should NOT have voted with the Mayor on the bill. It can be remembered and might come up in a mayoral campaign…. Kenney is wrong to try to make the Office of INSPECTOR GENERAL permanent. We already have too many investigators. The City CONTROLLER and DISTRICT ATTORNEY already do the job! With too little corruption, they will be tripping over each other. For cases that “fall between the cracks” – set up a SMALL unit with the DA or Controller. The Inspector General’s office says it pays for themselves. How much does the City save when an employee (Cont. Page 21)

CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY has once again come to the rescue. This time he is trying to save the Manayunk Bike Race. The race draws competitors and tourists from around the world. The main sponsor has dropped out and the race was cancelled. The city will lose millions of dollars. MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER has seemed reticent, but Brady is fighting to find funding. What makes Brady so smart is his ability to spot the obvious and go to work on it. It is self-evident that the city cannot lose this race and the revenue. LANCE ARMSTRONG got his big start as a 19-year-old when he won the race. He’s gone on to glory and disgrace since then. STATE SEN. ANTHONY WILLIAMS offered $25,000 of campaign funds toward a reward in the Bryant School kidnapping case. He showed outrage about the lack of progress in the case at a press conference where he was joined by Mayor Nutter. JUDGE SCOTT O’KEEFE is working hard to raise funds to retain his judicial seat. Observers say he has done an outstanding job since being appointed to a vacancy and confirmed by the Senate. WARD LEADER DAN SAVAGE is rumored to be preparing to run against STATE SEN. TINA TARTAGLIONE next year. In addition to Savage, STATE REP. ANGEL CRUZ IS rumored to be a candidate for the 2nd Senatorial Dist. There are fresh rumors that union powerhouse JOHN DOUGHERTY may be considering a run for Mayor. The field informally sits at Tony Williams, COUNCILMAN BILL GREEN, CITY CONTROLLER ALAN BUTKOVITZ, COUNCIL PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE, PNC Bank President BILL MILLS, and perhaps COUNCILWOMAN BLONDELL REYNOLDS BROWN. But Brown will likely be out of the running for recent ethics violations. Because of his private-sector position, Mills must demur in public. Johnny Doc would likely become the immediate frontrunner should he get in the race. No one could bring the campaign-funding clout or the large organization that he does. And a crowded field would benefit him. There are likely to be more entrants in the future. A stimulating rumor holds there may be yet another entrant into the Controller’s race: former Republican COUNCILMAN FRANK RIZZO, JR. – who, in this scenario, would run as a Democrat! The powerful Laborers’ Union has pretty well settled on their judicial slate for the May (Cont. Page 20)

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Elephant Corner (Cont. From Page 18) the Racquet Club on Feb. 21 and former Republican mayoral candidate and current Chairman of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority SAM KATZ will speak.

In order to move forward, Republicans need to change their image in the Philadelphia area. It is easy to blame our image problems on the national party with its poor messaging on social and other controversial issues. However, we need to change locally. The party has been per-

In The Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County Civil Action – Law No. 121003831 Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure Midfirst Bank, Plaintiff vs. Joseph Specht, Jr., Solely in His Capacity as Heir of Joseph P. Specht, Deceased, Maria Agnew, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Joseph P. Specht, Deceased, Mary Bell, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Joseph P. Specht, Deceased, Maryann Specht, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Joseph P. Specht, Deceased, Theresa Kloss, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Joseph P. Specht, Deceased & Unknown Heirs of Joseph P. Specht, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendants To: Maria Agnew, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Joseph P. Specht, Deceased, Mary Bell, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Joseph P. Specht, Deceased, Theresa Kloss, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Joseph P. Specht, Deceased & Unknown Heirs of Joseph P. Specht, Deceased, Defendants, whose last known address is 3912 Lawndale Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124. This firm is a debt collector and we are attempting to collect a debt owed to our client. Any information obtained from you will be used for the purpose of collecting the debt. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff, Midfirst Bank, has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to No. 121003831, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 3912 Lawndale Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124 whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County. Notice: You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford one, go to or telephone the office set forth below. This office can provide you with information about hiring a lawyer. If you cannot afford to hire a Lawyer, this office may be able to provide you with information about agencies that may offer legal services to eligible persons at a reduced fee or no fee. Community Legal Services, Inc., Law Center North Central, 3638 N. Broad St., Phila, PA 19140, 215-2272400/215-981-3700. Phila. Bar Assoc., One Reading Center, Phila., PA 19104, 215-238-6333. Michael T. McKeever, Atty. for Plaintiff, KML Law Group, P.C., Ste. 5000, Mellon Independence Center, 701 Market St., Phila., PA 191061532, 215.627.1322.

ceived by many as a bunch of white guys from the Northeast. Unfortunately, there is a lot of truth in that story, but it is not the whole story. We have more-diverse faces than people think, but we need to reach out to more. We also need to be a party of ideas. This elephant heard a ward leader from the Northeast criticize Republicans in Center City who have “wine and cheese” parties but do not go out and knock on doors as he does. The reference was aimed at the speaker series. Grassroots canvassing is very effective. The personal touch of knocking on someone’s door may be more effective in getting that person’s vote than having him listen to a speech.

There are many, especially in the Northeast, who are lifelong Republicans and are themselves city employees or have family members who are. They may not be interested in hearing a speech on “fiscal responsibility.” That being said, you cannot really knock on doors in Center City where people live in apartments. Canvassers cannot get past lobby doors. You need to draw out those Republicans and perhaps convert some independently minded Democrats and Independents with forums where policy issues are discussed. We need a viable second party which can help bring about badly needed reform in Philadelphia. We can do this

TO: "C.J." and parents or legal guardian of "C.J." A Petition has been filed asking the court to put an end to all rights you have to your child/grandchild Baby Boy White aka Nasir Malik White who was born on 11/24/12 at Hospital of University of PA, Philadelphia, PA, as well as any rights S.W. has to Baby Boy White aka Nasir Malik White. The court has set a hearing to consider ending your rights to your child/grandchild. That hearing will be held on March 28, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. at Court Room 14, One Montgomery Plaza, Orphan's Court Division, Swede Street, Norristown, PA 19404 before Judge Ott. You are warned that even if you fail to appear at the scheduled hearing, the hearing will go on without you and your rights to your child or grandchild as well as the rights of S.W. to that child may be ended by the court without your being present. You have a right to be represented at the hearing by a lawyer. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford one, go to or telephone the office set forth below to find out where you can get legal help. An important option may be available to you under Act 101 of PA Law that allows for an enforceable voluntary agreement for continuing contact following an adoption between an adoptive parent, a child, a birth parent and/or a birth relative of the child, if all parties agree and the voluntary agreement is approved by the court. The agreement must be signed and approved by the court to be legally binding. You are also warned that if you fail to file either an acknowledgment of paternity pursuant to 23 Pa.C.S.A. Section 2503 (d) relating to acknowledgement and claim of paternity, and fail to either appear at a hearing to object to the termination of your rights or file a written objection to such termination with the court prior to the hearing, your rights may be terminated under Pa.C.S.A. 2503(d) or 2504(c) of the adoption act. Lawyer Referral and Information Service 100 West Airy Street, P.O. Box 268, Norristown, PA 19404 (610) 279-LAW1

by either winning seats beyond those designated for the minority party in the City Charter or being strong enough to keep the Democrats on their toes. We have seen some movement in this direc-

Out & About (Cont. From Page 18) Bryant on Saturday at 2:00. It’s a grassroots movement, so organizers didn’t say whether any city officials would be there, but considering the heinousness of this crime, and the fact that it involved a kid, I would hope they’d be there. I’d like to leave you today with something really hopeful. It’s Female Football Frenzy time, and your love of either the San Francisco 49ers, the Baltimore Ravens, or the halftime show with Beyoncé, can go toward helping the American Heart Association. Come on out to the South Philly Bar & Grille at 1235 E. Passyunk Avenue and join your hostess, CBS3/CW Philly’s Kharisma McIlwaine, starting at 6 p.m. for food, fun and football. There will be appearances by the Philadelphia Soul cheerleaders, the ladies of the Philadelphia Lingerie Football League and Kijafa Frink, or as many of us know her, Mrs.

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tions with the rise of new faces in the Party such as CITY COMMISSIONER AL SCHMIDT. To become a more vibrant party we do need are doorknockers “or” policy venues -- we need both. Michael Vick. Tickets are $25 and $10.

City Hall Sam (Cont. From Page 18) 2013 primary. For Common Pleas Court it will be SIERRA STREET and for Traffic Court OMAR SABIR. The only missing piece is Municipal Court, where FRAN SHIELDS is assured of a Laborers’ endorsement should he decide to have another go at it. The Screen Actors Guild celebrated at Dave & Buster’s on Sunday night. The occasion was the SAG awards. Philadelphia has a large contingent of union actors. SAG merged recently with AFTRA; the combined union is large and formidable. The Executive Director, STEVE LESHENSKI, recognized STATE REP. TOM MURT and STATE SEN. MIKE STACK for their work on behalf of the union. Both legislators have moved bills that create fairness for union actors. Stack is also an SAG member.

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City Council will get the values next week. BUT ARE THEY GOOD VALUES? If they do not reflect sales in the last three years of comparable properties and BOOM SALE YEARS of 2006-08 or 200608 mixed with current sales; then they should be THROWN OUT. (It will have been a wasted year.) It is UP TO CITY COUNCIL to check this!! It can be easily done by checking sales. Bankers, appraisers and assessors use the most current three years. The mayoral investigation of the Provisional Ballot issue continues with a MEASLY two hearings for the public,

one in City Hall and another in a church in North Philly. No, not other neighborhoods? It will be interesting to see if the “public” are the usual talking heads, which can be relied on for a quote. Some POLS say the probe is just a TAKEOVER to remove elected Commissioners (?). Can’t they get (or want to) it straight? The Founding Fathers wanted elected officials. If you don’t agree, then MOVE out of the USA! Start making BETS on if a recommendation to eliminate elected Commissioners in favor of drones will be in the final report.

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AMONG the people, talking with them about education and health care, and fixing problems. For Jakarta’s big flooding problems (like Eastwick); he has a plan. Transit, he got federal money. But in Philly, It may be time to change the charter for a stronger CITY COUNCIL, weaker Mayor form of government.... Hats off to State Rep. Mike O’BRIEN, who has been a foremost people’s advocate on your A.V.I. REAL-ESTATE TAX INCREASE. O’Brien grilled the City Finance Director, Rob Dubow, on the delay in presenting your new market value. “Quiet” Dubow said

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a glow from hurricane-relief efforts, he follows Corbett in this endeavor. Lawmakers and citizens: SUE him to stop it. Privatization does not save money, and gives a one-shot big cash high to state coffers. CHRISTIE, who has been low-key of late, will have to return to the old bluster mode if he wants to be a presidential or VEEP candidate.... GOV. CORBETT, in an interview, seemed more concerned for the well-being of the State Attorney General Kathleen KANE in her look at the Penn State matter. He says she needs to be “careful.” He says he did not think that she had “ever been involved in a Grand Jury.” If so, SO WHAT (?). A one-time prosecutor said Kane risks hurting office morale. BLARNEY! He says she could turn up evidence that could undermine pending prosecution actions. If she turns up new evidence, then that is HELPFUL! WHO was voted the Third Best Mayor in the World by the 2012 World Mayor Project? No, it was not Nutter. It is Joko WIDODO, Mayor of Jakarta, Indonesia. “Mr. Fixit”, as he is known, is out

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(Cont. From Page 18) is fired for a between-thecracks case, and sues – then gets his job back – with BACK PAY and benefits? As a POLICE CHIEFS Life Member, I often had lunch with former Inspectors General who had a WEE-sized staff. The size of this unit is much LARGER – more salary and benefits. The KENNEY proposal should NOT PASS. Councilperson MARIAN TASCO has been named to the National League of Cities Community & Economic Development Steering Committee, where she will make policy in the housing, parks, economy and the new field of international business…. MORE HAPPY NEWS: FEB. 6 is the birthday for Milt BORNSTEIN, extraordinary scholar; and State Rep. Brendan BOYLE. Also Judge John BRAXTON – an incredible fellow of unending energy for the common good. On the 7th it will be the birthday of State REP. Kevin BOYLE. No, he was not born a day apart from his brother. The Democrat STATE COMMITTEE will meet on the 8th-9th in Hershey.... State REPS. Louise BISHOP and

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