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Sen. Anthony Williams Named Public Servant Of Year 2013 The Philadelphia Public Record and its sister publication, the South Philadelphia Public Record, this week announced State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams has been named to receive the newspapers’ annual award as Public Servant of the Year 2013. Sen. Williams joins a prestigious list of honorees since the Award was initiated 12 years ago. They include Carl Greene, Councilwoman

Jannie Blackwell, Joseph Egan, Commission Chair Margaret Tartaglione, Congressman Bob Brady, Speaker John Perzel, Carpenters’ Business Mgr. Ed Coryell, Joseph Vento, Mike Fera, LDC’s Sam Staten, Sr. and Register of Wills Ron Donatucci. In this time when public, charter and private schools are facing tremendous financial problems, it was obvious

to the Nomination Board Williams’ fierce advocacy for quality education and school choice has become a source of hope for parents throughout the Commonwealth. He was sworn in to represent the State 191st House Dist. in 1989. In 1998, Williams’ father, State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, retired hours before the deadline to file nominating petitions, allowing Anthony

the opportunity to run unopposed for his father’s seat. The younger Williams had already filed his nominating petitions to run for his House seat, so he remained on both ballots. He declined to take his House seat when he won both elections simultaneously. Williams is the Democratic chairman of the State Government Committee in the State Senate and is a

member of the Education, Banking & Insurance, Finance, and Environmental Resources & Energy Committees, and the Life Sciences Caucus. Williams was elected Democratic Whip In January 2011. Williams is the Ward Leader of the 3rd Ward Democratic Executive Committee. He also chairs the Philadelphia Democratic United Ward Leaders of Color.

Port Shows Over 10% Gain In Cargoes Sheriff Jewell Williams Shields Philly’s Courts

The announcement of an agreement between the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance on a tentative coast wide contract averting the threat of a strike this month adds to more positive news at the Port of Philadelphia. In addition to continuing peace on the labor front, the Port of Philadelphia has shown a healthy 10.42% gain in cargoes for the year 2012 over the previous year. The maritime facilities of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority logged in 4,418,674 metric tons of cargo handled at the Port in 2012 compared to the 4,001,759 tons handled in 2011. “While the national and world economy still challenges our efforts in many ways, our most recent annual cargo statistics again demonstrate that the Port of Philadelphia is on the right track,” said PRPA Executive Dir. James T. McDermott, Jr. “Our 2012 cargo figures not only represent the third year in a row where we’ve seen double-digit growth, but it also means that since 2009 we’ve experienced a more than 30% increase in tonnage. And that’s not only a solid indicator the economy is improving, but especially great news for the thousands of jobs generated by port activity for our region, and the numerous other economic benefits the Port of Philadelphia provides.” Highlights among the Port’s 2012 cargo statistics include the

following: with 197,854 tons handled last year, steel was up 21%. With 47,457 tons handled, project cargo was also up 21%. Sugar, a brand-new cargo for the Port of Philadelphia in 2012, weighed in at 24,331 tons last year. Other cargoes may not have increased as much on a percentage basis, but the sheer amount of cargo handled made their performance just as dramatic, if not more so. This was especially true for automobiles. Automobiles, specifically new Hyundai and Kia cars from South Korea, continue to be a big success story for the Port of Philadelphia since the cargo began arriving here in 2010. With 192,918 metric tons (representing 143,258 individual units) of cars coming into the Port in 2012 compared to the 174,978 tons (127,406 units) that arrived here in 2011, cars were up a healthy 10.25%. In a cooperative effort regularly demonstrating speed, efficiency, and attention to detail, auto cargoes are unloaded by the ILA and processed for eventual shipment inland by the Teamsters. Liquid-bulk cargoes also showed healthy gains, both on a percentage basis and amount of cargo handled. With 1,227,095 metric tons of liquid bulk arriving at the Port of Philadelphia’s Kinder Morgan tank facility in 2012 compared to the 740,890 metric tons that moved through the facility in 2011, liquid bulk – already a

healthy cargo – was up a dramatic 65.62%. Though containerized cargoes were flat (2,003,909 metric tons handled), port customer Hamburg Süd showed a 46% gain in TEU’s handled last year, moving 108,379 units. “The fact the Port of Philadelphia’s 2012 cargo statistics again show healthy gains in overall tonnage is very exciting,” said McDermott. “It’s exciting because we’re currently working to deepen our main shipping channel to 45 feet and build Southport, the first major marine terminal at the Port of Philadelphia in decades. With continuous cargo gains being seen before these projects are even completed, we truly look forward to the day in the near future when deeper water and more facilities are added to our cargo-building arsenal.”

The tragic killing of three people in the lobby of the New Castle Co. Courthouse in Wilmington, Del. is something the Office of the Sheriff of Philadelphia City and County tries actively to prevent, said Sheriff Jewell Williams. Sheriff Williams said, “First of all, I want to offer my condolences and prayers to the families of those killed as well as those wounded in this horrific incident.” He then stated, “The security and safety of the general public, judges, witnesses, defendants and the accused at the Criminal Justice Center, Traffic Court and Family Court here in Philadelphia are all our responsibility and we are constantly training our Deputy Sheriffs and reviewing our se-

curity at each.” “Unfortunately, when someone with a gun is determined to use it, such a scenario is a challenge for even the best security,” he added. The shootings in Wilmington occurred in the lobby of the county court house prior to people going through the metal detector. The lobby of the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia is constantly monitored by uniformed personnel who are trained to respond in an “active shooter” scenario. “We expect to have a bike patrol (two) outside the perimeter of the CJC in a few days, and though we are down in personnel overall, we will continue to keep a uniformed presence in the outer perimeter of the building,” added Sheriff Williams.

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ITALIAN PARLIAMENT’S elections found its Italian American members campaigning for votes at rally in Crown Cork & Seal’s massive lobby. Congratulating Berardi, running for reelection, are Jonathan Saidel, Bob Borski and Ernest DeNofa. Berardi represents Italians in US and Central America in Parliament.

RUNNING MATES with Hon. Amato Berardi, representing Canada and South America, are Domenico Delli Carpini of New York and Sen. Basilio Giordano.

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18.4% of the nation’s total population. Accounting for 3.7 million of the Black population are New York, which led all states as of July 1, 201; Texas; The District of Columbia; and Mississippi. The 1.3 million Black population in Cook Co., Ill., had the largest Black population of any county in 2011. But Fulton Co., Ga., had the largest numeric increase since 2010 (13,000). Holmes Co., Miss., was the county with the highest percentage of blacks in the nation (82.9%). Over 2.3 million are the number of Black military veterans in the United States in 2011. The percentage of Blacks 25 and older with a high-school diploma or higher in 2011 rose to 82.5%, while Blacks 25 and older who had a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2011 climbed to 18.4%. Over 1.6 million Blacks 25 and older, are the

number who had an advanced degree in 2011. Number of Blacks enrolled in college in 2011 was 3.1 million, a 74.0% increase since 2001. Voting brought out more than 11.1 million Blacks. The number of Blacks who voted in the 2010 congressional election, an increase from 10% of the total electorate in 2006 to 12% in 2010. Blacks had the highest turnout rate in this age group in 2008 for the 18 to 24 years at 55%, an 8% increase over 2004. A total of 65% of Black voters came out in 2008 election. Not so good over the last census period, the annual median income of Black households in 2011 was $32,229, a decline of 2.7% from 2010. The Poverty rate in 2011 for Blacks held at 27.6%. Despite this, the percentage of Blacks that were covered by health insurance during all or part of 2011 was 80.5%.

Among households with a Black householder, the percentage that contained a family in 2012 was 61.9%. There were 9.7 million Black family households, with 45.2% with married couples in 2012. Number of Black grandparents who lived with their own

grandchildren younger than 18 in 2011 was 1.2 million. Of this number, 48.5% were also responsible for their care. Nationally, the percentage of households with a householder who was Black who lived in owner-occupied homes in 2011 has risen to 43.4%.

In the job market, the Census found 28.2% of Blacks 16 and older worked in management, business, science and arts occupations. Doing well in Businesses, receipts for Blackowned businesses in 2007, up 53.1% from 2002 to $135.7 billion.

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To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. The first celebration occurred on Feb. 12, 1926. For many years, the second week of February was set aside for this celebration to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, as part of the nation’s bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History Month. Each year, US presidents proclaim February as National African American History Month. There are 43.9 million Blacks in the United States, either alone or in combination with one or more other races, as of Jul. 1, 2011, up 1.6% from the census on Apr. 1, 2010. That number is projected by the Census to grow to 77.4 million by July 1, 2060,

Blacks Gain Over Ten Year Census

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A picture is certainly worth a thousand words. And what better way to celebrate Black History Month than by taking a moment to acknowledge the snapshots of time that represent the struggle and triumph of African Americans through the years? This photo was taken on Sep. 4, 1957 when a 15-year-old Elizabeth Eckford was pursued by a mob on her first day of school at Little Rock Central HS. Eckford was one of the nine students who were the first to integrate the school as a result of the groundbreaking Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case. The group became known as The Little Rock Nine. Although the students were instructed by activist Daisy Bates to wait for her and walk in together, Eckford was uninformed of the new plan when, at the last minute, the meeting place was changed. Because her family did not own a telephone, she was unaware of where the students were congregating and walked up to the school’s front door completely alone. She is technically the first Black student to integrate a white southern high school.

PICTURED from left are PECO President CEO Craig Adams, Phila. City Council President Darrell Clarke and PECO VP of Gas Operations Ron Bradley following PECO’s Feb. 5 African American History Month kickoff event at company’s Main Office Building. Clarke, who served as keynote speaker at event, was presented with photo of PECO’s famed Crown Lights in appreciation. Bradley also serves as executive sponsor of Exelon African American Resource Alliance East, one of company’s eight Employee RePhoto by Martin Regusters, LL Photography source Groups.

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In a Senate resolution unanimously adopted State Sen. LeAnna Washingtoncelebrated the 100th birthday of Rosa Parks. Washington delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor to mark the occasion: “I am humbled and honored to rise today to mark the

Washington Celebrates Rosa Parks’ 100th Birthday 100th birthday of Rosa Parks, the first lady of civil rights. “In one simple gesture – refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery bus – Rosa Parks changed the course of the civil rights in the United States. “Parks’ bravery and civil disobedience sparked a mas-

sive bus boycott until Alabama’s segregation law was changed in December of 1956. “Throughout the years, Rosa Parks has received so many honors, including the Congressional Gold Medal; the Presidential Medal of Freedom; and the Spingarn Award, the NAACP’s highest honor.

“So much has been said about Rosa Parks over the years. I and countless others look up to her as a symbol of how far we have come, but also how much of a difference one person can make on the course of history. “As we celebrate her 100th birthday, I am confident Rosa

Parks’ legacy will live on for centuries.” Sen. Washington noted excerpts from The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis. Rosa Parks had been thrown off the bus a decade earlier by the same bus driver (Cont. Page 8)

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For info Marita Crawford at 215-410-9200. Feb. 20- Republican Petition Signing Party sponsored by all branches of Republican Party at Paddy Whacks, 2nd fl., 150 South St., 6-9 p.m. Special guests: GOP candidates for DA, Controller and Judges. Feb. 21- State Rep. James R. Roebuck hosts Birthday Bash at Warmdaddy’s, 1400 S. Columbus Blvd., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jazz and good food. RSVP (215) 724-2227. Feb. 21- Council’s Got Talent! benefit supports hunger relief by Philabundance at Penna. Acad. of Fine Arts, 69 p.m. Tickets at Philabundance.org/CityCouncil and 100% of sales will go directly toward hunger relief. Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky will MC. Feb. 21- 44th Ward Democratic Executive Committee hosts Jazz & Petition Party, at Danny Banquet Hall, 101 S. 50th St. 6-10 p.m. Featuring Napoleon Black Redeemed and 61st St. Band. Tickets $150. For info (215) 4294819. Feb. 21- 5th Ward Democratic Executive Committee

dinner/fundraiser at Bella Cena, 1506 Spruce St., 7 p.m. Candidates welcome. $100 fee for all candidates. Checks payable to the 5th Ward Democratic Executive Committee. Feb. 21-22- Clothing and Items Giveaways at Mt. Hebron Baptist Ch., 1417 Wharton St., 10 a.m.-2 .m. Items for kids, ladies, men and home and much more. For info (215) 326-8163. Bring shopping bag or shopping cart. No requirements or ID needed. Everything is free to all. 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. Honorees Dr. Frederick Simeone, Janet Cantwell-Papale, Gennaro J. Leva. and Dr. Nicholas L. DePace. 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.

Mar. 6- United Democratic Ward Leaders of Color host cocktail reception at 3801 Market St., 6-9 p.m. Tickets $100, $1,000 per table of 10. Checks payable to C & D PAC, 5409 Addison St., Phila. PA 19143. No corporate checks. Mar. 10- 23rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off at 12 m. from 16th & Parkway. For info Michael Bradley (610) 449-4320. Mar. 12- Capt. James R. Roche, president of Pilots’ Ass’n for Bay & R. Delaware, honored at Spirit of Port Award Luncheon sponsored by Seamen’s Church Inst. at Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall, 11:30 a.m. For info (215) 940-9900. Mar. 15- Pat Parkinson hosts St. Patrick’s Day Beef & Beer at Paddy Whacks, 9241 Roosevelt Blvd., 7-11 p.m. Music – and special dispensation! Tickets $35. Checks payable to Friends of 57th Ward (no corporate checks). For info (267) 773-5251. Mar. 17- Judge Jimmy Lynn hosts St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast at Plough & Stars, 1st block S. 2nd St., 8 a.m. Ad-

mission $25, Students $20, Youngsters under 12 free. Checks made payable to Plough & Stars. For info (215) 588-0046. Mar. 21- Phila. Public Record will hold its 12th annual Public Servant of the Year Award gala at Galdo’s Catering, 20th & Moyamensing, 6:30-10 p.m. Open Bar, cocktail hors d’oeuvres, sumptuous buffet, honoring State Sen. Anthony Williams. Tickets $50; table of 10, $450. Special Supplement will be published in our March 21st issue and distributed that evening as well. For ad and ticket information call John David (215) 755-2000 or e m a i l John@phillyrecord.com. Mar. 23- Elevator Constructors’ Dinner Dance honoring 2012 Retirees at new Mechanics Rm. at 12273 Townsend Rd. Dinner chair Henry J. Sloan. For info (215) 6762558. Apr. 20- Ducky Birts Foundation Medallion Scholarship Banquet at 1st Dist. Plaza, 3801 Market St., 6-10 p.m. Tickets $75, 2 for $125. For info (215) 242-1220.

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nese New Year Celebration at Ocean City Restaurant, 234 N. 9th St., 5:30 p.m. Feb. 17- Young Republicans General Meeting at 529 S. 4th St., 2:30 p.m. Petition distribution and training and dues collections. Feb. 18- Brett Mandel kicks off campaign for Controller at Paradisio, 1627 E. Passyunk Ave., 6-8 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 entrance, 7 p.m., Donation $100. Refreshments. Feb. 20- 1st Ward Democratic Executive Committee hosts Candidate Night at Swan Waterfall Caterers, Snyder & Water Sts. (off Front), 6-9 p.m. Donation $100, Sponsors $250, Hosts $500. Special Guest Robert A. Brady.

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The celebration of Black History Month is really the celebration of an ever-changing, continuously dynamic making of the history of America. This is but one of the many chapters unfurling at the same time and which will be read by students of American history years to come. Philadelphia has contributed mightily, providing sons and daughters who have become legend as they have grown in legion to advancing the cause of this city’s Black citizens. Not a moment or a week goes by that one of its Black elected, labor, community or school leaders does not initiate a movement pushing just causes forward. They bring and broaden opportunity to those without, guiding them in the processes of growth. That is why we squeezed as many of their pictures as we could on page one and titled them as makers of Black History. For every one posted, dozens more were left out. So we ask their forgiveness, though we do try to cover their achievements and activities through the year, not just in this month devoted to Black History. Today, this city’s Black leadership, on every level, is a force with which to be reckoned. It has learned to coalesce its combined strengths, able to change law within a legislative or City Council session, making our institutions more responsible and flexible to what needs to be done. A prime example was the School District’s agreeing to changes in which schools are to be closed. It took to heart the reasons offered predominately by the leaders and rank and file of the Black community – and made history again.


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Honoring Leaders Who Daily Make Black History (Cont. From Page 6) – for refusing to pay in the front and go around to the back to board. She had avoided that driver’s bus for 12 years because she knew well the risks of angering drivers, all of whom were white and carried guns. Her own mother had been threatened with physical violence by a bus driver, in front of Parks who was a child at the time. Parks’ neighbor had been killed for his bus stand, and teenage protester Claudette Colvin, among others, had recently been badly manhandled by the police. Parks was a lifelong believer in self-defense. Malcolm X was her personal hero. Her family kept a gun in the house, including during the boycott, because of the daily terror of white violence. As a child, when pushed by a white boy, she pushed back. His mother threatened to kill her, but Parks stood her ground. Another time, she held a brick up to a white bully, daring him to follow through on his threat to hit her. He went away. When the Ku Klux Klan went on rampages through her childhood town, Pine Level, Ala., her grandfather would sit on

Rosa Parks: Activist the porch all night with his rifle. Rosa stayed awake some nights, keeping vigil with him. Her husband was her political partner. Parks said Raymond was “the first real activist I ever met.” Initially she wasn’t romantically interested because Raymond was more lightskinned than she preferred, but she became impressed with his boldness and “that he refused to be intimidated by white people.” When they met, he was working to free the nine Scottsboro boys and she joined these efforts after they were married. At Raymond’s urging, Parks, who had to drop out in the 11th grade to care for her sick grandmother, returned to high school and got her diploma. Raymond’s input was crucial to Parks’ political development and their partnership sustained her political work over many decades. Many of Parks’ ancestors were Indians. She noted this to a friend, who was surprised when, in private, Parks removed her hairpins and revealed thick braids of wavy hair that fell below her waist. Her husband, she said, liked her hair long and she kept it that way for many years after his death, although she never

wore it down in public. Aware of the racial politics of hair and appearance, she tucked it away in a series of braids and buns – maintaining a clear division between her public presentation and private person. Parks’ arrest had grave consequences for her family’s health and economic wellbeing. After her arrest, Parks was continually threatened, such that her mother talked for hours on the phone to keep the line busy from constant death threats. Parks and her husband lost their jobs after her stand and didn’t find full employment for nearly 10 years. Even as she made fundraising appearances across the country, Parks and her family were at times nearly destitute. She developed painful stomach ulcers and a heart condition, and suffered from chronic insomnia. Raymond, unnerved by the relentless harassment and death threats, began drinking heavily and suffered two nervous breakdowns. The Black press, culminating in JET magazine’s July 1960 story on “the bus boycott’s forgotten woman,” exposed the depth of Parks’ financial need, leading civil rights groups to finally provide some assistance. Parks spent more than half of her life in the North. The Parks family had to leave Montgomery eight months after the boycott ended. She lived for most of that time in Detroit in the heart of the ghetto, just a mile from the epicenter of the 1967 Detroit riot. There, she spent nearly five decades organizing and protesting racial inequality in “the promised land that wasn’t.” In 1965 Parks got her first paid political position, after over two decades of political work. After volunteering for Congressman John Conyers’ long-shot political campaign, Parks helped secure his primary victory by convincing Martin Luther King, Jr. to come to Detroit on Conyers’ behalf. He later hired her to work with constituents as an administrative assistant in his Detroit office.


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Last weekend, some of the Philadelphia herd thundered up the Pennsylvania turnpike to Harrisburg for the winter meeting of the Pennsylvania Republican Party’s State Committee. Philadelphia Republican voters elected 12 people to represent them on the State Committee and a number of them were seen there last weekend including PAGOP Coordinator for Philadelphia JOE DEFELICE; General Counsel of Republican City Committee Mike Meehan: Leader of the 35th Ward AGNES “CHUCKIE” TILLEY; leader of the 53rd Ward CHRIS VOGLER; leader of the 21st Ward WALT VOGLER; and the President of the Pennsylvania Federation of Republican Women, PEG RECUPIDO. Leader of the 27th Ward MATT WOLFE held State Committee member LT. COL. KEVIN KELLY’S proxy. Kelly, an Air Force pilot, was on duty. There were a series of PAGOP committee meetings on Friday including the New Majority Council. Its CHAIRWOMAN RENEE AMOORE could not be there, so NMC EXECUTIVE DIR. ELLA BUTCHER conducted the meeting. Much of the meeting focused on recent successful outreach programs into the Hispanic community, especially in Lebanon Co. DeFelice introduced DANIEL ALVAREZ, who is exploring running for Philadelphia District Attorney this year; also DR. ORALIA GARCÍA DOMINIC, who is on the short list to be the next Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, addressed the group. The annual Lincoln Day Dinner was the highlight of the Friday night. PAGOP CHAIRMAN ROB GLEASON was the master of ceremonies. The keynote speaker was Virginia GOV. BOB MCCONNELL. The event was held in the (Cont. Page 29)

My mom would be happy (and a little shocked) to know I’ve been spending a lot of time at the Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal church lately. Mother Bethel, one of the many stable institutions in Philadelphia’s Black community, has played host to a lot of things I’ve been covering lately. From a discussion held by Temple University’s Center for Public Interest Journalism on coverage of communities of color to a panel discussion on gun violence, Pastor Mark Tyler has made sure that the church is not only the spiritual home for its members, but also a community hub. So when the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists decided it was going to hold its monthly meeting there, and invite members of the community to come and hear from Tyler, Michele Stevenson, executive director of the Christian Street YMCA, and Lois and Bumi Fernandez, founder and executive director of the Odunde Festival, about what they would like to see in terms of news coverage, it made sense. It also made sense that afterward the church remained open so folks could grab some cookies and pizza and watch President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address his second term. When it was brought to his attention that the monthly meeting was scheduled for State of the Union night, PABJ President Johann Calhoun, an editor at the Philadelphia Tribune, decided to extend the meeting a bit. “I try to be accommodating to my members,” he said. “This was a two-for-one for them....” Next week, I'll share the responses from the audience at Mother Bethel with you.

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Yo! Here we go again with this test for us “older kids”. The answers are printed below, but don’t cheat! Answer them first … if you can. 01. After the Lone Ranger saved the day and rode off into the sunset, the grateful citizens would ask, “Who was that masked man?” Invariably, someone would answer,” I don’t know, but he left this behind.” What did he leave behind?______________. 02. When the Beatles first came to the US, in early 1964, we all watched them on The ________ Show”. 03. “Get your kicks, _______________.” 04. “The story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed to ____________. 05.”In the jungle, the mighty jungle, ___________.” 06. After the Twist, the Mashed Potato, and the Watusi, we “danced” under a stick that was lowered as low as we could go in a dance called the “_____________.” 07. “Nestle’s makes the very best _______________.” 08. Satchmo was America’s “Ambassador of Goodwill.” His name was _____________. 09. What takes a licking and keeps on ticking? ______. 10. Red Skeleton’s hobo character was named _______. 11. Some Americans who protested the Vietnam War did so by burning their____________. 12. The cute little car with the engine in the back and the trunk in the front was called the VW. What other names did it go by? __________ &__________. 13. In 1971, singer Don MacLean sang a song about “the day the music died.” This was a tribute to __. 14. We can remember the first satellite placed into orbit. The Russians did it. It was called ______. 15. One of the big fads of the late ’50s and ’60s was a large plastic ring that we twirled around our waist. It was called the ________________. 16. Remember LS/MFT _____ _____/_____ _____ _____? 17. Hey Kids! What time is it? It’s _____ ______ _____! 18. Who knows what secrets lie in the hearts of men? The _____ knows! 06. The limbo 13. Buddy Holly ANSWERS: 01. A silver bullet. 02. The Ed Sullivan Show 03. On Route 66 04. To protect the innocent. 05. The Lion Sleeps Tonight

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DEMOCRAT STATE COMMITTEE met last weekend in Hershey, Pa. By a vote of 199-52, Judge Joe WATERS was endorsed in his run for State Superior Court. Waters once served as a police officer, and his run could signal a wave of police-turnedjurists seeking higher office in the courts (?). Justice McCAFFERY was first. Waters is a good choice!... Congressman Robert BRADY testified before City Council for the casino site to be located on Packer Avenue at 3rd Street. This site has perhaps the largest building footprint, so as to ensure revenues of scale to help the City stay SOLVENT. City Controller Allan BUTKOVITZ attended the casino hearing to ensure the best decision for Philly. How about all the publicity over Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds BROWN and that McDaniel fellow? It is as though SOMEONE does not want the Councilwoman to run for Mayor (?) Then there was an editorial which looked at the McDaniel job at the Airport. It seemed to refer to a bottomless patronage pit there: Why do we need volunteer question-answerers and a director for them in the airport? But there are approximately 100 administration jobs that pay over $100,000 a year (Up to $265,000). That’s near to TWENTY MILLION. And the media and City fretted over $23,000/year “political” jobs in the old Board of Revision of Taxes. Now, I hear six exempt jobs will be appointed there – at $100,000 each (?). Will AVI help pay these wages? Take the Parking Ticket hearing chief at around $130,000. Five thousand $26 Parking Tickets would have to be written to equal that amount! So is “REFORM” replacing ONE FORM OF POLITICS WITH (Cont. Page 26)

JUDGE JOE WATERS had one mission this past weekend: Get the endorsement of Democratic State Committee. Mission accomplished. The quarterly gathering of State Committee took place amid the remnants of a snowstorm at the Hershey Lodge. A late entry to the race for Superior Court predictably emerged. Also predictable was that the challenger was from the West. Many insiders thought the Committee would decide to not endorse. But CHAIRMAN BOB BRADY was able to lead the Philadelphia Delegation and then the majority of other voters to endorse Waters. It remains to be seen if the West will deliver the votes like Philadelphia surely will. Staffers for CONGRESSWOMAN ALLYSON SCHWARTZ gave out free drink coupons at the State Committee reception. This led some pundits to proclaim she’s absolutely running for Governor. In fact, Montgomery Co. CHAIR MARCEL GROEN said, “She’s absolutely 80% sure she is running.” But why would she? She would have to resign her very-important post as House Democratic Campaign Committee’s Finance Chair. She’s on the fast track to leadership. Or she could run against US SEN. PAT TOOMEY. But all of these things go overboard if she gets into the Governor’s race. City Hall Sam thinks she is using the opportunity to float her name to raise even more money. STATE SEN. MIKE STACK is considering a run for Governor and utilized his grassroots style to shake every hand he could. Many delegates commented that he “looked like a Governor.” One chairwoman pointed out that Stack “could not only win the primary but get the moderate votes to actually beat Corbett.” ROB McCORD, the State Treasurer, was his usual affable self and made a nice speech in addressing the delegates. ED RENDELL is a fan of TOM WOLF. Wolf is considering a run for Governor and since he’s very rich, he may be able to self-fund. But look what happened to TOM SMITH who self-funded in the Senate race against Bob Casey. Tom who? Back in Philadelphia, ALAN BUTKOVITZ kicked off his reelection campaign. It was a nice turnout, but it could have been better had VP JOE BIDEN not come to town to talk guns. The VP took a lot of the media and CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY. But Bucko still drew JOHN DOUGHERTY, PAT GILLESPIE, SHERIFF JEWELL WILLIAMS, COUNCILWOMAN MARIAN TASCO, labor leader HENRY NICHOLAS, and WARD LEADERS JOHN SABATINA, BILL DOLBOW, BOB DELLAVELLA and MATT MYERS.


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LUMINARIES flocked to Comcast Center to honor city’s newest leading light among Black women leaders, Dr. Helen Giles-Gee, President of University of the Sciences, center. Dignitaries included State Rep. Cherelle Parker; Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell; Lynn Yeakel, director of Drexel’s Institute for Women’s Health & Leadership; and Councilwoman Marian Tasco.

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POSH RECEPTION at Comcast Center paid tribute to Dr. Helen Giles-Gee, first African American female president of University of the Sciences in Phila. Among attendees were, from left, Linda Chandler, State Rep. Cherelle Parker, Phoebe Cole and judicial aspirant Stephanie Sawyer.

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Councilman David Oh Helps Aspiring Black Filmmakers City Councilman at Large David Oh is using his office and the Council committee that he chairs, which includes the creative and innovative economy, to promote filmmaking in Philadelphia. One of his efforts targets Black filmmaking in Philadelphia under the guidance of his recently formed Black Film Advisory Committee. On Wednesday, Jan. 30, despite the rain and blowing wind, nearly 300 aspiring filmmakers attended an interactive event called The Next Step: Black Filmmaking in Philadelphia.

The event included a panel of Philly’s Who’s Who in the film industry discussing what it takes to break into the industry, along with a networking reception where the aspiring filmmakers could rub elbows with the experienced filmmakers. “The event was a great success,” said the Councilman. “The idea for this event was to showcase Philadelphia filmmakers who have been successful in the industry and have them share their stories and insights with people aspiring to follow that same career path. To have close

BLACK FILM advisory members include, rear, Rel Dowdell, Micheal Dennis and Charlie Mark Alston; front, special assistant to Councilman Oh Kimberley Richards, Oh, Tanya Hamilton, James Elam, Nicole Giles of Greater Phila. Film Office and Jamal Hill.

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to 300 people show up on a rainy, windy night was amazing and showed me we are meeting a need that is out there.” The expert panel included Charlie Mack Alston, entertainment personality and creator of Charlie Mack’s Party 4 Peace Celebrity Weekend; Jamal Hill, writer and director of Streets as well as production assistant for I am Legend and Hancock; Tanya Hamilton, writer and director of Night Catches Us; James Elam, entertainment lawyer, founder of Eternal Crescent Media and producer of several feature films and documentaries; and Rel Dowdell, writer and director of Changing the Game. The moderator of the panel was Michael “Mike D” Dennis, award-winning filmmaker and founder of Reelblack. According to panelist Rel Dowdell, “The Black filmmaking panel discussion event that took place on Wednesday the 30th was by far one of the bestattended, diverse and, most importantly, unifying film events

to take place in our city in a long time. The fact that people in the audience openly said they enthusiastically attended the event from places as far as New York and Maryland just goes to show the passion and sustained interest many have in the survival and universal acceptance of African American films and filmmakers.” The panel discussion was rich in content where panelists provided candid insights into what it took for them to break

into the film industry. They discussed overcoming racial diversity in a business that is still mired in old ways of thinking and prone to stereotyping, the importance of helping each other and especially younger people to get ahead, the downside of a culture that believes bootlegged movies equal success rather than understanding it takes away from box office success that elevates filmmakers, and the power of persistence and creativity to reach their dreams de-

spite any obstacles that may have stood in their way. Another topic of discussion, and one that each panelist agreed on, is that Philadelphia has the most-active community of Black filmmakers than any other large city in America, as evidenced by the standing room only event that evening. Packed into The Painted Bride Art Center at 230 Vine Street, nearly 300 very-enthusiastic attendees came out to hear what the panelists had to say.

Sorority Fashion Show 1926 FOUNDATION and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Omega Omega Chapter presented Afternoon of Elegance, Style & Glamour Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show attended by 800 beautiful, stylish and glamorous women. Pictured here with Lorina Marshal Blake, president Omega Omega Chapter, are guest male models in fashion show Councilman Curtis Jones, Marcus Allen, Kevin Dow, Everett Gillison, Esq., Tony Payton, Joseph Pierce, William Carter, Councilman Curtis Jones and Marcus Photo by Martin Regusters Allen.


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RIBBON-CUTTING of new WIC offices at 1300 W. Lehigh drew vast audience, including State Sen. Shirley Kitchen. Attending were Mark Nicoletti, developer of 1300 W. Lehigh “The Liberty Mall” and Dr. Linda Kilby, executive director of North WIC. This program administers the Women Infant and Children Program around Phila. Photos by Thera Milling

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA REV. TERRENCE D. GRIFFITH checks over notes before addressing standing room only audience as he is sworn in for his second term as president of Black Clergy of Phila. & Vicinity. He thanked pastors and cited advances made by the clergy in the areas of social and educational advancement. Photo by Leona Dixon

REV. TERRENCE D. Grif- CONGRESSMAN Bob Brady and his aide, Ducky Birts, fith, reelected president. headed delegation of city, state and federal elected officials Photo by Leona Dixon in attendance. Photo by Leona Dixon

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, March 12, 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 psit.org. All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications. BUDGET FEE B-027 C of 2012/13Mechanical Boiler $1,901,000.00 $100.00 Lea Elementary School 4700 Locust Street - Philadelphia, PA 19139 * A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location at the main entrance, on Thursday February 21, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. NOTE: all questions are to be submitted in writing on or prior to February 27, 2013 via email to charnitchek@philasd.org and dagonzaga@philasd.org B-028 C of 2012/13Electrical Boiler $480,000.00 $100.00 Lea Elementary School 4700 Locust Street - Philadelphia, PA 19139 * A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location at the main entrance, on Thursday February 21, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. NOTE: all questions are to be submitted in writing on or prior to February 27, 2013 via email to charnitchek@philasd.org and dagonzaga@philasd.org Specifications and/or plans and contract documents may be examined and copies thereof obtained from the School Reform Commission, 440 North Broad Street, 3rd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Information as to contract documents, etc., may be obtained at the above address, or telephone 215400-4730. Make checks payable to the School District of Philadelphia. The School Reform Commission reserves the right to reject any and all bids and make the awards to the best interests of the School District of Philadelphia.

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The Black Clergy of Philadelphia & Vicinity held its Investiture Service installing Rev. Terrence. D. Griffith, president for a second term, together with a cabinet reflecting returnees ands new members. The officers included 1st VP Jay Broadnax, 2nd VP Robert Collier, 3rd VP J. Louis Felton, General Secretary Wayne Weathers, Asst. Secretary Bernice Baxter, Treasurer, Larry L. Marcus, Asst. Treasurer Toni Johnson, Financial Secretary Darian Brown, Chaplain Daniel Black, Chief Marshal Harry Moore, Parliamentarian Reginald C. Johnson, Public Relations/Press Secretary James Baker and Advisor James Moore, Sr.

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CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY introduces City Controller Alan Butkovitz to packed crowd at fundraiser hosted by IBEW Local 98 Business Mgr. John Dougherty, left. Photo by Rory McGlasson

AT BUTKOVITZ’ CAMPAIGN KICKOFF, Ward Leader John J. Dougherty, Jr., spoke of critWARD LEADERS MIKE Doyle and Mike Stack, Coun- ics of ward leaders who fail to note ward leaders are also civic leaders, attorneys, elected officials, cilman Bobby Henon and Ward Leader John Sabatina church-goers, and family-oriented. As participants in the election process, they take part in a assure City Controller Alan Butkovitz of their support for noble undertaking as envisioned by the Founding Fathers. He said, “The nation needs the 1% of the population that lives life for Democracy.” At least a dozen ward leaders can be identified in his reelection campaign. Photo by Joe Stivala Photo by Rory McGlasson this moment of prayer.

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SHERIFF JEWELL WILLIAMS backs City Controller Alan Butkovitz for a third term as the city’s fiscal watchdog.

CITY CONTROLLER Alan Butkovitz kicks off his reelection campaign on Monday in Center City.

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City Controller Alan Butkovitz flexed his political muscle as he officially kicked off his reelection campaign on Monday. The two-term controller kicked off his campaign Monday morning, ending the day with a lavish fundraiser hosted by the IBEW Local 98 union leader John Dougherty at the union’s headquarters. Flanked by some of the city’s most-influential public officials, ward leaders and labor leaders, Butkovitz announced his run for a third term as Controller at the Sheraton Hotel in Center City. He received a host of endorsements from various members of city council including Council President Darrell Clarke, labor leaders John Dougherty, Pat Gillespie and Henry Nicholas, as well as Sheriff Jewell Williams, among many others. At the fundraiser, Butkovitz was endorsed by Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, Congressman Bob Brady and labor leaders Pat Eiding and Pete Matthews. Butkowitz is likely to have three opponents in the May 28 Democratic primary, one of whom is Brett Mandel, who lost to Butkovitz in 2009. Butkovitz called attention to his office’s investigation in 18 charter schools, a thorough audit of the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office and an examination of attempts to circumvent the city’s minority contracting legislation as reasons he should be re-elected. Pat Gillespie, business manager for the Philadelphia Building Trades, served as master of ceremonies for the event and denounced “a number of charlatans” who he said were funding Butkovitz’s opponents. Gillespie assured Butkovitz he will have the bulk of this city’s labor support.

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MAYOR John Linder of Chester addresses crowd attending Black History Month celebration sponsored by Delaware Co. Historical Society.

STATE REP. Margo Davidson was among VIP speakers at annual Black History Celebration which featured the Buffalo Soldiers and the Chester Clippers.

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MASTER OF CEREMONIES Chester Spirit News publisher Paul Bennett welcomed groups including these members of Penna. Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club, long-time sponsoers of charitable events, founded in 1999. Club is founded on legacy of orginal Buffalo Solders of the 9th and Photo by Bill Myers 10th Horse Cavalry.


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Will Schwartz Power End Corbett Reign? by Joe Shaheeli Lots of interesting tidbits came out of the State Parties gathering last week: the Democrats in Hershey and the Republicans in Harrisburg. “Free drink tickets, courtesy of Jim Burn and Allyson Schwartz” read the card passed out among Democrats early Friday, igniting the rumor into near reality the PhiladelphiaMontgomery Congresslady was dipping her toes into the Democratic primary for Governor. She was a no-show, but the word is she is seriously giving it a consideration. Her entry would scare away other announced contenders. She has the support of Marcel Groen, who was quoted as saying, “She’s 80% of the way in.” Barring no other Democrat entry from Philly, she’ll have the support of Philadelphia Co. Democratic Chairman Congressman Bob Brady as well as Groen, who heads the Montgomery Co. end of her congressional district. Other major factors promoting “Schwartz Power” is the fact she has an estimated $ 3.1 million in her campaign chest, along with a Democratic poll

36th Ward GOP Enjoys Lincoln Dinner PHILA. Republicans of Color show PAGOP Southeastern Dir. Joe DeFelice their raffle prizes at Lincoln Day dinner. From left are DeFelice, Ed Jenkins, Byron Johnson, Ella Butcher and 36th Ward Leader Conrad Fuller.

showing she’s way ahead of other potential candidates as well as eight points ahead of Corbett in the same poll. No doubt Schwartz is a mover, having recently been named the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Finance Chair the move seemed less likely. She could challenge US Sen. Pat Toomey in 2016. But he has nowhere the negatives of Corbett and can easily raise more campaign funds as an incumbent. The two best political clubs in the country are the US Senators and the Governors. Taking on Corbett could prove to be an easier ticket to the Governors Club. A Franklin & Marshall poll shows only 26% of registered voters think Corbett is

GLAD TO MEET Governor at Lincoln Day Dinner were, from left, Ella Butcher, Conrad Fuller, Gov. Tom Corbett and Byron Johnson.

doing a good job: just 2% said he’s doing an excellent job, 24% said good, 41% said he’s doing only a fair job, and 26% said he’s doing a poor job. Only 41% of Republicans gave him positive marks. Still, that’s better than the 26% of independents and 16% of Democrats who appreciate his labors. Increasing the possibility of Schwartz’s race is she need not resign and the resulting publicity will make her next congressional run that much easier. Her competition for now could be Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord, State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery), former Congressman Joe Sestak, John Hanger from Rendell’s cabinet, York businessman Tom Wolf, our own Tom Knox

and Cumberland Co. pastor Max Myers. If the Schwartz Power officially announces, we see the others waving her flag. State Sen. Mike Stack (DNortheast), who shares her district, and has support for a gubernatorial run from here and elsewhere in the state, is also said to be considering. But promoting Schwartz up and out instead, makes him the most likely to succeed her in the then-vacant 13th Dist. spot.

Jeff Felder Is Not A Treasurer There are many things one can say good about Jeff Felder. He’s there when you need him and he is an excellent campaign strategist. But the one thing he is not is a treasurer. “I’m not interested in trying

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to keep the financial ends of campaigns straight,” he said, when he called in to explain he wasn’t but Gregory Sterman is the treasurer of the United Ward Leaders of Color, adding Ed “Sonny” Campbell is the leader.

State GOP, Dems Pick Judicial Candidates Good news for Philadelphia came with the report the Democratic State Committee overwhelmingly endorsed Common Pleas Judge Joe Waters for Superior Court. He beat out Allegheny Co. attorney Michael Wojcik on the first ballot, 199 to 62. The Republican Party of Pennsylvania voted to endorse attorney Vic Stabile for Superior Court and reelected Rob Gleason as Committee Chairman. It was obvious the party is the Governor’s most loyal fan club and that Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley was included. Cawley spoke before the Committee lauding the Governor’s job creation stats and his programs. It was rumored Gleason was to have faced competition, but results were unanimous, after a motion by National Committeeman Bob Asher. Attorney Vic Stabile, former Chair of the Cumberland Co. GOP, won the endorsement unanimously. On Feb. 7, Stabile received a rating of “recommended” from the

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There will be a primary and general election for candidates seeking to become judges in the Philadelphia Traffic Court. The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously reported out State Sen. Domenic Pileggi’s (R-Delaware) bills designed to eliminate Philadelphia’s Traffic Court. Nine elected judges and three other individuals were charged on Jan. 31 by the federal government for ticket-fixing within that court. The Senate Majority

Leader argues this is undeniable evidence the court should be abolished. Philadelphia is the only county in Pennsylvania to have its own separate traffic court. State Sen. Anthony Williams (D-W. Phila.), inclined to support Pileggi’s bills, has suggested, without being specific, there are other counties with “favoritism” problems similar to those exposed in the Philadelphia Traffic Court situation. “This is a conversation that should start with Philly, but a lot more needs to be done,” said Williams.

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Former Councilman Frank DiCicco has opened DiCicco Associates, a consulting firm that will work with a variety of companies in their marketing, government relations and public affairs efforts. “The common thread that ties my past and my current professional relationships is my desire to see Philadelphia as a leader in modern technology and innovation and my passion for environmental issues and economic development,” said the former four-term Councilman. “I’m pleased to say that Carl Engelke of Eagle Eye Solutions will be joining forces with us to provide our current and future clients with a team that offers a wide variety of skills and know-how,” said DiCicco.

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lieves will enhance Philadelphia’s disclosure rules to make sure Philadelphia voters have all the information they can get about who’s trying to influence elections in the City. The Councilman’s proposed legislation requires any “person or political committee” that makes an expenditure or contribution for the dissemination of material that includes a candidate’s name or likeness to file a disclosure statement with the City Board of Ethics with the names and amounts of contributions of all those who have “contributed ($100 or more) to the person or committee within the previous 12 months.” Green said, “The issue is how outside expenditures affect the race as a whole – not whether or not it is ‘coordinated’ with a particular candidate or committee. The original intent of our campaign-finance laws was to identify the source of money spent to influence elections in Philadelphia. We cannot allow that to be superseded by individuals or committees spending vast quantities of money from hidden donors and special interests.”

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(Cont. From Prev. Page) Lena Hale Award, two of the Law School’s most-prestigious awards, and was the class commencement speaker. In 1993, Waters was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship in Police Studies. He completed research at the University of Exeter and received an assignment with the London Metropolitan Police Dept. to assist in reviewing their use of force policies. He retired from the Philadelphia Police Dept. in 1998. Victor “Vic” Stabile is an attorney and the managing partner of Dilworth Paxson’s Harrisburg law office, with more than 30 years of experience in commercial and civil law practicing before trial and appellate courts at the state and federal level. Vic has previously served as a Deputy Attorney General for the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office and on the nominating committee for federal judicial candidates in Pennsylvania. Both Vic Stabile Judge Joe Waters were recommended by the Pennsylvania Bar Association for the Superior Court. Vic resides in Carlisle, Cumberland Co., with his wife, Victoria, and their two daughters. Democrats seeking the Lieutenant Governor’s nomination included Harrisburg Councilman Brad Koplinski and State Rep. Brandon Neuman (D-Washington).

news letter named to the top four as “best” Democrats: Marcel Groen, Montgomery Co.; Bob Brady, Philadelphia Co.; Bill Cole, Erie Co.; and Bob Kefauver, York Co. Republicans: Best Chair Emeritus: Ann Wilson, Cambria Co.; Val DiGiorgio, Chester Co.; Robert Kerr, Northampton Co.; and Pat Poprik, Bucks Co.


(Cont. From Page 10) ANOTHER? And is reform expensive? It makes all the malarkey over TRAFFIC COURT seem SMALL POTATOES. GRAND JURY indictments in Traffic Court: REMEM-

BER a grand jury is a PROSECUTOR’S TOOL. No defense lawyer is allowed in – probably the only MISTAKE the Founding Fathers made.... A federal appeals panel recommended to Judge Buckwalter that State Sen. VINCE FUMO pay an additional $800k in restitution. I think that they were quoted

saying they wished he could pay $1.6 million. I thought they wanted Fumo to pay 800k? Too much back and forth. FUMO has always had heart problems, and is allegedly resting over a recent spate of heart pain. I never really heard what the Fumo prosecution cost. Some say $24

million was spent to prosecute a $4 million crime (?). Did we borrow that money from CHINA? Since my grandkids will help pay down the debt, I need to tell them soon if this is so. HAPPY NEWS: Congrats to JOHN DAVID of the Public Record for “doggedly” on Facebook pushing a petition drive to end animal abuse. Thank you!!.... BIRTHDAYS:

SHERIFF BARBARA DEELEY, a sterling civic leader; and my old Army buddy Paul EARTHQUAKE Moore, whose MLK Day clean up of Woodland Avenue was welcome! And a birthday for SELF-HELP Drug Program Director Robert DELLAVELLA, ESQ.; the 55th Ward Leader beats the energizer bunny in civic efforts! ALAS, three lovely ladies

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p.m. TERRY TRACY, who is exploring running for City Controller, is having an event at Bonner’s Irish Pub. Next Wednesday, the monthly Republican Happy Hour will be held at Paddy Whacks on South Street at 6 p.m. A number of the judicial candidates for Common Pleas, Municipal Court and Traffic Court are expected to be in attendance. Next Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m., the Philadelphia Republican Leadership Council will hold the second in its breakfast speaker series at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. The speaker will be former mayoral candidate and Chairman of the PICA Board SAM KATZ.

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(Cont. From Page 10) ballroom of the Harrisburg Hilton. A number of Philadelphians in addition to State Committee members came to hear McConnell’s speech, including former candidate for US Congress (PA-1st) JOHN FEATHERMAN and leader of the 5th Ward MIKE CIBIK. The key events of the full meeting of the State Committee on Saturday morning were election of the leadership of the PAGOP and endorsement of a candidate for Superior Court. Current leadership of Chairman Gleason, VICE CHAIRWOMAN JOYCE HAAS, TREASURER CAROLYN “BUNNY” WELCH, SECRETARY JOHN MCNALLY and ASSISTANT SECRETARY PEG FERRARO were reelected. The only statewide office that will be on the ballot this year is an open position on Superior Court. State Committee endorsed VIC STABILE, who is the managing partner of the Harrisburg office of Dilworth Paxton. It should be noted that Supreme Court PRESIDENT RON CASTILLE will be on the ballot for retention, but he will not have a Democratic opponent, unlike Stabile. Tuesday night, the Germantown Republican Club held its annual Lincoln Day Dinner at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. The President of the Club is the leader of the 9th Ward FRANK HENDRIE. The master of ceremonies for the evening was the former leader of the 9th Ward and currently a Court of Common Pleas Judge, KEN POWELL. Powell, who was appointed by GOV. TOM CORBETT to fill out the term of a former judge, will be running for this position this year. Powell introduced the evening’s keynote speaker JAMES NEVELS, the president of the Pennsylvania Society and former chairman of the School Reform Commission. The Germantown Republi-

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