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SOUTH PHILLY Evangelist Shawn Lawler signs copies of his new book One Step To The Cross at signing session, held at the South Philadelphia Prayer, Community Center, 2115 S 9th Street. Lawler shares his life story that has gone from tragedy to triumph. Lawler’s left behind life of drugs and crime to bring healing across his hometown. In his book, he tells his story of redemption. For more information on Lawler’s work, email southphillywarrior@yahoo.com or call (215) 910-5527.

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Executive Board- President: Daniel Olivieri Treasurer: Jackie Fitzpatrick

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(Cont. From Page 1) (“Bill” to his friends) has vivid memories of his early childhood. “In 1953, when I was four or five years old, I remember my father taking me to Methodist Hospital. We were standing outside, and I saw my mother looking out of a second-floor window holding a baby. ‘That’s your new little sister, Debbie. Isn’t she cute?’ She was cute with a lot of curly hair, but at that moment, I realized, I might have to share my kingdom.” Fedullo’s family has deep roots in South Philadelphia. His paternal grandfather owned the building at Broad & Tasker Streets that now houses the Dolphin Tavern. “During the 1950s, my father ran Fedullo’s Café. We did move to Brigantine, N.J. later

but moved back to South Philly when I was a sophomore in high school. I guess you can say I’ve had dual citizenship!” Graduating from Bishop Neumann in 1967, his classmates included many communication majors. “So many went on to fame, such as Bob Pantano, Don Giordano, Richie Tedesco, Jimmy Zacharia, Pippi DeLuca, Mike DeBenedetto. These guys were all my friends and the Neumann/Goretti dances really were great.” His maternal grandparents had a candy store, Burgio’s, at 11th & Ritner Streets. “They were hard-working people, Paul and Rita. The store opened at 7:30 in the morning. He was a stevedore. He must have worked 19-hour days. He’d come home from

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(Cont. From Page 1) Building 101- Ste. 330. Participating employers include: Amtrak, Walmart, Drexel University, US Airways and PNC Bank. The event has been dubbed the “No Excuses” job fair because job seekers have no reason not to attend. There is FREE Transportation to and from the Philadelphia Navy Yard; FREE resume consulting provided by Pennsylvania CareerLink; FREE workshops and FREE business attire for those who qualify. For more information, contact Roi Ligon at (215) 686-3412.

the docks, eat dinner and tend to the store until 11:00. I remember the kitchen was right off the store but they never closed while eating. Their customers were very important to them.” Fedullo inherited the work ethic. After graduating from Widener Law School in

Delaware in 1976, he became Judge Charles P Mirarchi’s law clerk. “I did that for five years. The judge was very good to me and allowed me to practice. I would go home pick up my wife from law school around 9-9:30, get a few hours’ sleep and begin again. I worked on Saturdays, too.” In the beginning of his career he was a criminal defense attorney. “I had 8-10 years of experience with that. Now I do asbestos work, medical malpractice and product liability.” When sworn in this coming December, Fedullo, who as Chancellor will speak for the 13,000 members of the bar, says, “I would like to make some improvements. For instance, right now when someone runs for judge, it’s either

FATHER JOHN Donia returned to Our Lady of Mount Carmel as Keynote Speaker for the 17th Annual Communion Breakfast sponsored by Holy Name Society. Father Donia caught up with Deacon Fred Druding, Sr. at the breakfast, as the two served their first Mass as a Priest and Deacon together. Today Father Donia serves at Holy Name of Jesus in Fishtown and Deacon Druding at Epiphany of Our Lord in South Philly.

‘recommend’ or ‘not recommend’. If we had a threetiered process, ‘very recommended’ would be added.” Bill Fedullo will be at the Donatucci Library, at 20th & Shunk Streets, Monday, Apr. 29 at noon to give free law advice for Law Week. All of the Law Week activities are under the direction of Bar Association ChancellorElect William P. Fedullo, and are coordinated by the Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division with the help of scores of lawyer-volunteers. The Law Week 2013 CoChairs are Maria E. Harris of the law firm of Martin LLC, and Eileen F. Carroll of the Legal Clinic for the Disabled. The Chair of the Young Lawyers Division is Aneesh A. Mehta of the law firm of Volpe & Koenig, P.C. Legal Advice Live! kicks off Law Week 2013 with dozens of Philadelphia lawyers gathering to provide free, in-person confidential legal advice to the public from 12 to 2 p.m. at four branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia: Central (1901 Vine Street); Ramonita de Rodriguez (600 W. Girard Avenue) where Spanish-speaking attorneys will be available; Haverford (5543 Haverford Avenue); and Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. (1935 Shunk Street). Attorneys will provide answers to legal questions on a broad range of topics including personal injury, medical malpractice, landlord/tenant law, divorce and child custody matters, wills and estate planning, and employment law.

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phia fabrics warehouse. “We vowed to Mike’s family, as we have to all families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty, that we will always stand by them and take care of them. This is the first formal step in that ongoing process,” said Fire Fighters Local 22 President Bill Gault.

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The International Association of Fire Fighters Local 22 announced the establishment of the Capt. Michael Goodwin Memorial Fund. Earlier in the molnth, Philadelphia’s firefighters bid a sad farewell to their brother, Capt. Michael Goodwin, who lost his life battling a massive fire at a South Philadel-

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Heard on the Hill / in City Hall Council President Seeks To Extend Tax Relief Deadline Council President Darrell L. Clarke (5th Dist.) has introduced an ordinance extending the deadline for property owners to apply for the Homestead Exemption, which could mean hundreds of dollars in savings per household after the implementation of the Actual Value Initiative in Tax Year 2014. The ordinance, introduced on Council President Clarke’s behalf by Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. (4th Dist.), would move the deadline from Jul. 31, 2013, to Sep. 30, 2013. According to the Nutter Administration, just 180,000 applications out of 347,777 qualifying properties have been approved for the Homestead Exemption. Owner-occupants are eligible for this relief – which sub-

tracts tens of thousands from assessed property value, thereby reducing tax bills – for their primary residences only. “Over months of holding meetings to explain the Actual Value Initiative,” said Clarke, “my Council colleagues and I found far too many residents who were confused about how their property tax bills would be affected next year. With relief measures currently under consideration by Council, most property owners will actually see lower taxes under AVI.” Council Wants Departments To Work Together On AVI

Councilwoman at Large Blondell Reynolds Brown introduced a resolution calling for hearings to investigate the coordination between various City commissions, departments and agencies on the

AVI. The resolution was cosponsored by Councilwomen Maria Quiñones Sánchez and Marian B. Tasco. During the Office of Property Assessment’s March 2013 budget hearing, it was revealed that many homeowners in the City were not informed, educated or fully aware of the proposed AVI initiative, and out of 340,000 property owners eligible for the Homestead Exemption, only 183,000 applications were received. Evidence suggests that certain categories of homeowners may require additional or alternative methods of outreach, particularly those homeowners who lack regular internet access, including the elderly and low income, and those who have limited English proficiency.

House Committee Approves Philly Tax Relief Package

The House Urban Affairs Committee has approved legislation sponsored by State Rep. Cherelle L. Parker (D-Northwest) and members of the Philadelphia Delegation that would provide property-tax relief for Philadelphia homeowners affected by the city’s AVI. Parker, who is chairwoman of the Philadelphia Delegation, said the bills (HBs 388, 390 and 391) represent months of collaboration among members of the House and Senate delegations, the Nutter administration and City Council. The legislation is known as the Philadelphia Delegation Property Tax Relief Package. It includes: HB 388, introduced by Parker, which would give all

counties additional authority to collect delinquent property taxes in a more timely and costefficient manner. Local governments would be authorized to place liens on real property under common ownership in Pennsylvania when at least one is delinquent in the taxes owed to the home municipality. HB 390, introduced by State Rep. Mike O’Brien (DKensington), would provide relief for people who have lived in their homes for decades but who may not have the resources to pay their increased tax bill, such as the elderly on fixed incomes. HB 391, introduced by State Rep. Mike McGeehan (D-Northeast), would give Philadelphia the ability to provide eligible homeowners with the option to make property-

tax payments in periodic installments. House School Safety Committee Holds Mtg.

The House Select Committee on School Safety & Security, co-chaired by State Rep. Cherelle L. Parker, held its first public hearing to begin reviewing the status of current school safety and security policies and procedures in the commonwealth and making recommendations for change. Members of the committee heard from and had the opportunity to question public officials including Education Secretary Ronald Tomalis and Office of Safe Schools Director Michael Kozup. “After working strategically to organize the structure of the committee and its direction, I am pleased that we are (Cont. Page 8)

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Leon King,II ..from commissioner to judge through the top ballot positions held by independents.” Also an asset is the fact King never turned sour or expressed disappointment at the failed promises of support in his last two times in the Court arena. Many mention, “He’s

never lost his sense of humor, nor every told anyone off. He’s kept them friends.” He is the only candidate who has been involved with communities across the city, ranging from active crime fighters, prison reform advocates, and ex-offenders for the “last ten years.” He has proponents from those groups, people with Philadelphia house hold names such as C.B. Kimmins, Kevin Horne and Malik Aziz. He’s identified with scores of community efforts. They also understand his commitment to insure “equal treatment before the bar for all defendants, whether represented by top lawyers or public defenders.” “That’s my plus,” King says. “With the support of the Democratic Party and many of these city’s activists, I feel this is my time to win a judicial primary.”

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Leon A. King II, well known for having been an innovative Commissioner of the Philadelphia Prison System, believes his third-time run for the position of Judge in the Court of Common Pleas will prove to be the winning effort. Though he’s not gotten a lucky top-of-the-rung ballot position, he believes there are enough people he has helped for the better that will remember him this time around. What King has going for him is he among the six candidates in the huge field endorsed by the Democratic City Committee. That means a great deal this time, since every segment of the Democratic leadership is committed to bringing the “endorsed ticket” to complete victory. King just turned 50 on Apr. 8, but shows all the energy of a teenager. He’s not missed a beat in covering every meeting of ward leaders, committee people, community groups, and civic associations, especially since many of them are upset over the attempt by the mayor to make AVI a reality. His forte is his ability to listen and he does that well, which is the key ingredient to becoming the kind of judge sorely needed today. Wherever he has gone, he’s been acknowledged to be one of the judges backed by the Democratic Party. “It’s a nice feeling,” he says, “and it gives me a sense of being on an even campaign field. I am grateful to the efforts of those leaders within the party who were able to coalesce the endorsement for me.” Last week the Liberty City Democrat Club added him to their list of endorsed candidates. He has the support of District Attorney Seth Williams, State Sen. Anthony Williams and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell. Overall, King feels “A strong united effort for the six endorsed candidates for Common Pleas Court will break

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52nd Ward Opens Its Doors POWERFUL 52nd Ward Democrats held large meeting for its committee people at Pinn Memorial Baptist Church. Courtly Ward Chair Steve Jones, left, welcomed State Sen. Anthony Williams as well as a host of candidates for judicial and City Controller posts.

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Civil War Cripples The City’s GOP For three years now, the City’s Republican Party has been in a destructive civil war, initiated by young Turks who were unhappy over a status quo which they charged contributed to the loss of long-held Northeast seats held by the GOP in the State House. Though positioned with the control of several Authorities, the Party’s registration efforts have proved nil. Now on the brink of self-extinction, both sides are in agreement it is time to end the war. Pressuring them to keep that mind-set has been State Republican leader Rob Gleason. He’s kept up the pressure by supplying the Turks with whatever support he can muster. Also trying to force an end to the strife is Gov. Tom Corbett, who hopes a united Republican City Committee could get him some of the extra votes he will need to return for a second term. It would benefit all Philadelphians if united Republicans assumed the needed role of Loyal Opposition to the Nutter Administration, rather than fighting among themselves. See “Pols on the Street”, page 22. Lowery Brown hosts Prom Gown Giveaway at Greater Bible Way Temple Inc., 1461 N. 52nd St, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Fashion show, safety education. Donations accepted. To donate (215) 879-6615. Apr. 27- Anne Brown’s 40B Ward Democrats present candidates’ lunch at William P. Roche Post, 64th & Paschall Ave., 12-3 p.m. Donation $50. Apr. 27- Ducky Birts hosts annual Health Fair & Gospelrama at Mt. Zion Baptist Ch., 3600 N, Broad St., 12-5 p.m. Apr. 27- Rhythm & Blues Dinner Dance Fundraiser for Traffic Court candidate Lewis Harris, Jr., Wharton Centre Gym, 1712 N. 22nd St., 7-11 p.m. Dinner and music. $25 payable at door. For info (215) 651-4757 or (267) 340-5908. Apr. 27- 10th Ward hosts Spring Fling at Platinum Grill, 7719 Crittenden St., 2-5 p.m. Tickets $30. For info Isabella Fitzgerald (215) 429-8051. Apr. 29- State Rep. Pam DeLissio hosts Town Hall Mtg. on state legislation at Cardozo

Audit., Brith Sholom Ho., 3939 Conshohocken Ave., 10 a.m. For info (215) 482-8726. Apr. 29- Former Sheriff Barbara A. Deeley, Mark Lopez and Bob & Winnie Clowry host fundraiser for Congressman Robert Brady at Winnie’s LeBus Manayunk, 4266 Main St., 5:30-7 p.m. Tickets $100. For info and sponsorships call Barbara Deeley. (215) 9060339 or Mark Lopez (215) 208-4400. Apr. 29- Kevin Price and Democratic 2nd Ward host Buddy Cianfrani Night at Saigon Maxim, 6th & Washington Shopping Mall, 6:30 pm. Candidates invited. Apr. 29- 6th Dist. Councilman Bob Henon hosts Council & City Budget Hearing at Abraham Lincoln HS, 3201 Ryan Ave., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Phila. residents wishing testify should call (215) 686-3407. Written testimony may also be submitted by email to Folasade.OlanipekunLewis@phila.gov. Apr. 30- City budget hear-

ings for public testimony at City Hall, Council Chamber, Rm. 400, 10 a.m.-12 m. and 1-4 p.m. Apr. 30- Dennis M. Powell hosts Fundraiser for Judge Kenneth Powell at Union League, 140 S. Broad St., 5:30-7 p.m. Patron $500m, Friend $2350, Supporter $125. For info Judy Camiel (610) 668-1730. Apr. 30- State Rep. Pam DeLissio hosts Town Hall Mtg. on state legislation at Teletorium, Mandeville Ha., St Joseph’s U., 5600 City Ave., 7 p.m. For info (215) 482-8726. May 2- PFCU hosts fundraiser for judicial candidate Anne Marie Coyle at PFCU, 1600 Locust St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets $100, $250, $500. For info (215) 462-3200. May 2- Fundraiser for Judge Kenneth J. Powell, Jr. hosted by Archer Greiner PC at 1 Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., 32nd floor, 5:30-7:30 p.m. For info Judy Camiel (610) 3040471 or (610) 668-1730. May 2- 37th Ward hosts Candidates Night at St. Mark’s

Ch., 924 W. Cambria St. (at Germantown Ave.), 6-7 p.m. May 2- 7th Ward and 51st State PAC host Candidates and Friends Night at Isla Verde, 2725 N. American St., 6 p.m. For info Carol Evangelista (215) 360-1524. May 3- Contest & Open House sponsored by Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Committee at its Training Facilities, 10401 Decatur Rd., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Family fun. For info Charles T. Brock (215) 824-2300. May 3- AOH 25 hosts “Day Of The Rope” dinner at Ironworkers’ Ha., 11600 Norcom Rd., 7-11 p.m. Honorees include Bill Taylor, Labor Leader Of The Year; Joseph Cleary, Lifetime Achievement Award; and Joe Mullin, Hibernian Of The Year. 4 Open bar, buffet dinner. Tickets $50. May 4- Democratic 6th Ward holds Candidates Mtg. at St. Ignatius Nursing Ho., 4400 Haverford Ave., 10 a.m. For info Phyllis Boggs (215) 8776096. (Cont. Page 26)

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Apr. 25- State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown hosts Prom Gown Giveaway at Greater Bible Way Temple Inc., 1461 N. 52nd St, 3-7 p.m., Fashion show, safety education. Donations accepted. To donate (215) 879-6615. Apr. 25- Fundraiser for Sierra Thomas-Street at Chris’s Jazz Café, 1421 Sansom St., 5-7 p.m. Donations $50. For info Tim Cooper (215) 850-0251. Apr. 25- Historical Site Cigar & Wine Tasting for State Rep. John Taylor at Colonial Dames of Phila., 1030 Latimer St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. For info (215) 545-2244. Apr. 25- PCU-PAC, Michael McAllister, William Brennan & Mike Driscoll host Fundraiser for Judge Kenneth Powell at 1600 Locust St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Patrons

$1,000, $500 Friends, $250 Supporters. For info Judy Camiel (610) 668-1730. Apr. 25- State Rep. Pam DeLissio hosts Town Hall Mtg. on state legislation at Wolcoff Audit., Roxborough Mem. Hosp., 5800 Ridge Ave., 7 p.m. For info (215) 482-8726. Apr. 26- Councilman Kenyatta Johnson hosts Job Fair at Phila. Navy Yard, Bldg. 101, Su. 330, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Over 50 hiring employers. Free shuttle buses from Broad & Oregon along Marconi Park. For info (215) 686-3412. Apr. 26- State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown hosts Prom Gown Giveaway at Greater Bible Way Temple Inc., 1461 N. 52nd St, 3-7 p.m. Safety education. Donations accepted. To donate (215) 879-6615. Apr. 26- S.W. Phila. District Services and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell host Candidates Forum at Kingsessing Rec. Ctr., 50th & Chester Ave., 6-9 p.m. For info Louis Wilson (215) 275-8296. Apr. 27- State Rep. Vanessa


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Union Labor… Building it right for a better and stronger community! Laborers’ District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and vicinity is comprised of four unions:

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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.

(Cont. From Page 4) moving forward with this thorough examination to implement vital changes needed to ensure the safety of all students from kindergarten through graduate school,” Parker said. “The committee received pertinent facts from the experts in their fields, particularly from those in the military and law enforcement. The information we received today is the start of what I trust will be significant progress and protections made on behalf of the students depending on us to enact effective policies and legislation ensuring their safety.” Brownlee On School Safety Committee

State Rep. Michelle Brownlee (D-N. Phila.) has been appointed to the House Select Committee on School Safety, which is conducting a thorough study of school safety and security procedures, with the ability to call witnesses and procure documents, before issuing a report of its findings and recommendations by Sep. 30. “We know too well that schools can be host to violence on a grand scale, but they also see violence in many forms on a weekly or almost daily basis,” Brownlee said. “I’m joined in this committee by colleagues who believe violence, from bullying to gunplay, is unacceptable in any amount.” According to the Pennsylvania Office of Safe Schools, there were 60,160 total incidents of reported school violence in the 2011-12 school year. Of these incidents, 14,829 required assistance from law enforcement and 5,837 led to arrests.

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many obstacles confronting minority students and their families concerning their pursuit of higher education,” Brown said. The scholarships are available for high-school seniors and first-year college students who will be enrolled in a Pennsylvania college or university. Brown said the students applying for the scholarship must be an ethnic minority student, have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, reside in the legislative district of and be sponsored by a PLBC member, and demonstrate leadership qualities. A 500-word essay on the student’s academic plans and career goals must also be submitted. Only the first 250 applications submitted will be considered. The PLBC will award at least five scholarships this year, with a maximum of 10 awards. To obtain an application and more details about the program, students can visit www.pahouse.com/plbc. If they have any additional questions about the PLBC Scholarship Program, applicants can contact Brown’s office at (717) 783-3822. The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, May 22. Tartaglione Blasts Pa. Employment

State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Kensington), commenting on US Dept. of Labor figures showing Pennsylvania with the sharpest rise in new unemployment claims, stated, “We need serious leadership and commitment right here at home. We continue to fall behind the rest of the country in job creation while leading in unemployment claims and the answer isn’t going to be found thousands of miles from the cities, towns and schools that need help. We have the ability, right here, to create a 21st-century economy. “The last two years have been a disaster in terms of where we stand among states in our ability to create jobs and

participate in the national recovery,” Tartaglione said. “Simple solutions, like investment in transportation infrastructure, schools and tax reform are collecting dust while administration officials and hand-picked friends are collecting souvenirs. It’s unthinkable.” Rep. Boyle Seeks Same Day Registration, Vote

State Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Northeast) is seeking to increase voter participation throughout the Commonwealth by allowing same day voter registration. Boyle said his bill, HB 178, would allow a voter to register at his or her polling place on Election Day. Under the bill, the judge of elections would issue a provisional ballot that would be submitted with a same-day voter registration application. Voters would be required to present a valid form of identification, as is currently required by law. Boyle cited a recent report by the group Nonprofit VOTE, which found that in the 2012 election, states with same-day registration had voter turnout rates 12 percentage points higher than states without it. “To ensure a vibrant democracy, we need as close to full participation in our elections as possible,” Boyle said. “My bill will undoubtedly increase voter turnout by allowing people to vote at their polling place on Election Day.” Brendan Awards Cadet Scholarship Grant

State Rep. Brendan Boyle has selected Suzanne Pepe, from his district, to receive the Legislative Appointment Initiative. Enacted by HR 565, the Initiative is aimed at students who desire to become an officer in the US Army. Each Pennsylvania State Legislator can appoint one candidate per year. The winning student receives guaranteed acceptance to Valley Forge Military College in addition to a $12,000 scholarship. Through the program, Cadet Pepe will become (Cont. Page 9)


(Cont. From Page 8) a commissioned officer in the US Army at the end of her sophomore year of college.

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The Pennsylvania Economy League study on Medicaid expansion reinforces Senate Democratic arguments about the benefits of expansion, avers State Sen. Vincent J. Hughes (D-W. Phila.). Gov. Tom Corbett has to decide whether Pennsylvania will join a host of other states – many led by Republican governors – that have agreed to expand Medicaid to serve individuals earning up to 138% of the federal poverty level. Hughes, who is the Democratic chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, charged, “The evidence becomes clearer as one study after another details significant benefit for Pennsylvania citizens, our economy and all taxpayers if the governor would stop waffling and accept the expansion of Medicaid.”

SEN. Bob Casey listens to Maritime Exchange President Dennis Rochford introducing him as Phila. Regional Port Authority executive director James T. McDermott and City Transportation chief Rina Cutler listen at Race Street Pier. Casey announced more federal funds for river’s dredging.

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State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop (D-W. Phila.) said the State House has approved legislation that would help professional licensees and operators and employees of regulated child care facilities to recognize and report child abuse. “These measures ultimately protect children. They give adults who regularly interact with children the tools needed to recognize the signs of abuse and informs them of the proper way to report such occurrences,” said Bishop, Democratic chairwoman of the House Children and Youth Committee. HB 431 would require professional licensees who are mandated reporters of child abuse to undergo child abuse recognition and reporting training as a condition of licensing and certification. HB 432 would require child day-care facility operators and employees who come in contact with children to receive three hours of child-abuse recognition and reporting training every five years.


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Toomey and West Virginia Democratic SEN. JOE MANCHIN had proposed a law that would expand background checks for gun buyers. Toomey did persuade enough Senators to block a threatened filibuster of the bill. However, some of the Republicans and Democrats who had voted to curtain a filibuster, as they believed the bill deserved an updown vote, did not support the bill, including New Hampshire Republican KELLY AYOTTE. Ayotte, like Toomey, is a freshman who has been taking on a leadership role. The herd would not be surprised to see her star rise further. The bill is a far cry from that wanted by the more liberal Democrats in the Senate and PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA. The bill called for expanded background checks for arms sold at gun shows and over the internet. Pennsylvania, like most states, requires gun salesmen to perform background checks to ensure the purchaser is not a felon or mentally ill, but the Commonwealth’s laws do not apply to gun shows for rifles. The Toomey-Manchin bill would not have required that people transferring ownership to family and friends conduct checks. However, the intent of the bill was not to undermine existing straw-purchase laws. More-liberal members of the Senate were outraged the bill did not include a ban on assault weapons and limits on the (Cont Page 29)

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Since his swearing-in to the United States Senate, PAT TOOMEY has taken a leadership roll in that house. Last year he authored and sponsored the Jumpstart our Business Startup Act (JOBS Act) which helps small business access the capital markets. Recently he was not so successful.

Anymore, Americans conduct most of their lives on the internet. You can’t apply for a job at some places or do much of anything else without a web connection. While you can access the ’net at your local public library or on your smartphone if you have the right plan, it’s hard to help your kid with his or her web-based homework if there’s no access to the web at home. Believe it or not, this is a pretty big problem in Comcastland, otherwise known as Philadelphia. Earlier this week I talked with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn about it. She was in town as part of Philly Tech Week for two things. One was a panel on the State of the Black Media put together by 900WURD radio. The other was to help unveil a program that might just help solve the whole digital-divide thing. EveryoneOn, a program designed to make internet access easier for everyone to get, made its Philadelphia debut on Monday. A partnership between the City of Philadelphia, Comcast, Wilco, the Knight Foundation and Connect2Compete, EveryoneOn is a program that provides low-cost computers, internet service and training, said Zach Leverenz, CEO of Connect2Compete. This is an example of what can be done when the public sector and the private sector get together to solve a problem, Clyburn said. “This gives [Philadelphians] a chance to change that divide,” she said. If you want more information on EveryoneOn, you can call 1-855-EVRY1ON or go to EveryoneOn.org.

Yo! Here we go again with this story about a farmer who had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the 4our pups and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy. “Mister,” he said, “I want to buy one of your puppies.” “Well,” said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, “these puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money.” The boy dropped his head for moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer. “I’ve got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to just take a look?” “Sure,” said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle. “Here, Dolly!’ he called. Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly, followed by four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed his face against the chain-link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse. Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then, in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up. “I want that one,” the little boy said, pointing to the runt. The farmer knelt down at the boy’s side and said, “Son, you don’t want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would.” With that, the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe. Looking back up at the farmer, he said, “You see sir, I don’t run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands.” With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup. Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy. “How much?” asked the little boy. “No charge,” answered the farmer, “there’s no charge for love.”

It is good to be back and “kicking” – and on the campaign trail. My foot cast hurt less when I learned that I followed the DEM CHAIRMEN with a similar ailment. And then I saw the leg bandage (including stitches) of 57th Ward Leader Pat PARKINSON. Get well, PAT.... There is nothing like new life, so first congrats go the Apr. 10 birth of Chloe-Rose KRESCHOLLEK, who came to life at 7lb., 2oz. & 20¾” length. Parents are well but grandmom LAURA fainted. Laura, by the way, is a Social Security expert in Congressman Bob BRADY’s office. APRIL is a month for birthdays: Rich DeMARCO, Esq., class lawyer; John DOUGHERTY, IBEW 98 LEADER; T. Milton STREET – who with no cash got 25% of the vote for Mayor (imagine with cash); and energized public servant Obie KERNODLE! Best wishes! Charlie GRAHAM, a respected 36th Ward Committeeman, passed away. Anna VERNA, former Council President, led the mourners. Many await to learn who ANNA will pass the 36th leadership baton to…. IN COUNCIL, Marian TASCO showed what she is made of by obtaining the funding to rehab Sturgis Playground for constituents. The funds seemed quarantined by the man in Room 215 until Marian gave him what-for! Bravo! The rededication of the playground at FDR Park which had been destroyed by fire was curious. A few days after the fire, it was in use by kids. The fire seemed mostly confined to a flooring of flammable wood chips. The burning was not “evil”, just dumb – by a mentally challenged man (it never came out).... A stirring support of America after the Boston Marathon came not out of Washington but from ED McBRIDE on Facebook! Ed is (Cont. Page 18)

The annual DUCKY BIRTS scholarship fundraiser was once again a smashing success. This is the seventh time Ducky has held the event which raises money for students who will attend Cheney and Lincoln University. This year’s honorees included highly regarded LYNETTE BROWN-SOW, legendary Power 99 and other stations radio icon PATTI JACKSON, STATE REPS. MARIA DONATUCCI and MICHELLE BROWNLEE, COUNCILMAN DAVID OH and Laborers’ DAN WOODALL, as well as SUE & HAROLD ROSENTHAL and STATE SEN. MIKE STACK. All of the honorees have supported higher-education assistance for primarily young people of African American background. Ducky and his son DAVID held a fantastic event featuring live music and tons of food. Also in attendance were a number of judicial hopefuls including VINCE GIUSINI and MARNIE AUMENT LOUGHREY. Among other VIPs attending were STATE SEN. ANTHONY HARDY WILLIAMS, CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY, STATE SEN. SHIRLEY KITCHEN and STATE SEN. LeANNA WASHINGTON. The Clover Club held its annual dinner at the Union League. The Clover Club elected as president well-known Philadelphia defense attorney WILLIAM BRENNAN, who was elected by a failure of foresight. The president of the Clover Club is not present when the election takes place. Brennan missed a luncheon and so, by time-honored tradition, was unable to refuse the nomination, to the pleasure of all present. Brennan was a superb master of ceremonies and introduced with great fanfare and eloquence a number of VIPs. Among them were Common Pleas Court JUDGES ED BRADLEY and JAMES MURRAY LYNN, President Judge of that court PAMELA DEMBE, JUDGE JIMMY DELEON, COMMISSIONER AL SCHMIDT and Republican City Committee CHAIRMAN VITO CANUSO. Also present and active with the Clover Club were PICO’s ED McBRIDE, Former PICA boss JOE VIGNOLA, trial attorney ROY DeCARO and attorney NICK CLEMENTE, who is getting around better on his broken foot. (Cont. Page 18)


As medical students and residents made their rounds through the Pennsylvania state capitol one cool April morning, a central message echoed through the halls. An insufficient number of instate residency slots may not be preparing enough future doctors to take care of Pennsylvania’s growing health care needs. “In meetings last fall our medical school deans told us that opportunities for Pennsylvania medical students to complete a residency in our state are limited and need to be addressed,” said C. Richard Schott, MD, president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. “They es-

sentially told us Pennsylvania could help itself and Pennsylvania patients by finding ways to increase the number of training slots within our state’s boundaries.” According to Dr. Schott, Pennsylvania medical students who complete residency programs in Pennsylvania tend to stay in the state after completion of their training. “It’s a logical strategy to try to homegrow more of our state’s doctors,” Dr. Schott said. Dr. Schott added that a lack of residency slots is not the only problem future Pennsylvania doctors face. Medical student-loan debt is

alarming and creating barriers for some to pursue a future in medicine. According to an October 2012 report from the Association of American Medical Colleges, the mean for indebted graduates from the Class of 2012 was nearly $167,000 not including premedical education debt. “We hear on a regular basis that medical students are graduating with significant debt combining their undergraduate and medical school educations,” Dr. Schott explained. “Some of the figures are quite shocking to hear.” Fortunately, it appears some help may be on its way.

According to Pennsylvania’s Acting Secretary of Health Michael Wolf, the state is also concerned. Most recently, Secretary Wolf announced the state would like to add 24 funded residency slots. The state’s also investigating ways to increase medical student loan forgiveness programs in exchange for commitments to practice in medically underserved areas of the state. That pleases Dr. Schott,

and he’s hopeful that these elements stay in the final passage of the state budget. “There’s work to be done, and if we can get this to the finish line, it will help,” Dr. Schott says. “At a time when access to care is in demand and increasing, we need to be thinking about how to grow our health care workforce.” “We’re encouraged to see the Corbett Administration, Acting Secretary Wolf, and

many legislators paying attention to medical student and resident issues,” Schott concluded. The patient-doctor relationship has been the priority of the Pennsylvania Medical Society since its founding in 1848. Today, the physician members continue to focus on better health for all Pennsylvanians. To learn more about the Pennsylvania Medical Society, visit the website at www.pamedsoc.org.

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for Neurosciences, said the time criteria are outdated and deprive many patients of interventions that have been shown to both save and restore lives. “Using time is antiquated. It does not give us valuable information, such as whether the brain beyond the blood clot is viable,” Dr. Liebman said. His comments came during his presentation at the Capital Institute for Neurosciences annual

Conference in Atlantic City. Current guidelines say the intravenous clot-busting medication, tPA, should be given within four and a half hours of the onset of symptoms. Endovascular interventions, such as those with mechanical retrieval devices, should be given within eight hours. But Dr. Liebman, in his presentation, described several case studies of patients who

were treated beyond the time window and who experienced profound improvement. One case involved a 54-yearold woman with what Dr. Liebman described as a life-ending stroke who experienced facial droop and double vision and who arrived at the hospital unconscious. She was beyond the time window but Dr. Liebman proceeded with a stent-retrieval device that is navigated through

DMG: Was It Ali’s Secret Weapon? Muhammad Ali was one of the greatest professional boxing champions of all times. But like most people, when he turned 34 he started getting flabby, short-winded and lethargic. His handlers were concerned he’d lose to some of the younger and more-fit boxers he was scheduled to fight. So his handlers called in Dr. Richard Passwater, PhD, a cel-

ebrated sports nutrition specialist who was known for using nutritional intervention to help whip aging athletes back into shape, including key team members of the aging Washington Redskins football team. For Ali, Dr. Passwater prescribed an exotic nutrient supplement from Russia, then called “Vitamin B-15”, but which is now known simply as DMG.

What You Eat Can Make You Look Really Younger saturated fat. Lighten up on salt. Salt leaves you bloated and can raise your blood pressure, which over time can damage your kidneys, eyes, and brain. Limit sodium to 2,400 milligrams – about 1 teaspoon of table salt – throughout your entire day; less if you already have high blood pressure. Load up on colorful, antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. Your goal: Aim for five to nine servings a day. Vitamin C has been found to keep your skin younger looking, and a 2010 study found eating yellow and green vegetables were linked with fewer wrinkles. Also resveratrol, an antioxidant found in wine and grapes, has been found to reduce the risks of cancer and premature aging. Oily fresh fish like salmon has also been linked to a youthful appearance. Chock full of protein, which can maintain firm skin tone, oily fish also contains omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, which your body needs but doesn’t produce naturally.

plement, because it’s all-natural and is found in plants, food crops and is even made by the liver in the human body. DMG, which stands for dimethylglycine, has been demonstrated through more than 40 years worth of clinical research to dramatically improve the nutritional environment of the cells, tissues and organs of the human body so you can function at more youthful levels, no matter how old you are!

clock, Dr. Liebman said a diagnostic test, CT Perfusion, can be used to determine if brain tissue is viable and the patient would benefit from treatment to remove the clot and restore blood flow. Dr. Erol Veznedaroglu, director of the Capital Institute for Neurosciences, said the guidelines are based on outdated data and are “negligent. We are withholding life-saving therapy to patients and people are dying.” Dr. Liebman also described the newest treatments now being used to treat arteriovenous malformations, or AVMs, and aneurysms. He said multiple interventions now exist, and so patients with brain emergencies should be treated by physicians with access to the full armamentarium of treatments. “You want to be treated using the intervention that is best for the patient and not best for the doctor or hospital,” he said.

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As you already know, a healthy diet is good for you. But even better, it can slow the aging process and keep your face looking fresher. Here are a few healthy-diet ideas to maintain, or recapture, that youthful glow. One of the biggest culprits in premature aging is sugar, at least according to research published in the journal Age earlier this year. In a study of 670 people between the ages of 50 and 70, researchers found that for every increase in blood glucose levels of one millimole per liter, the subjects looked five months older, reports MyHealthNewsDailys.com. Lost your sweet tooth? Manage your sugar consumption. Avoid refined sugars and opt for natural sugars in fruits. If you crave something sweet, try natural sugar alternatives, such as Stevia or xylitol. Also go easy on high-fat meat, high-fat dairy and baked goods, which, besides not doing your skin any favors, can clog your arteries with

As Dr. Passwater tells the story “At age 34, Ali was having trouble training for his Apr. 30, 1976 bout with Jimmy Young in Landover, Md. He was sluggish, unmotivated and getting a little flabby. I was contacted by one of his associates, Gene Kilroy. A blood test revealed he was low in iron, but not yet anemic. “Chelated iron, multivitamins rich in the B-vitamins and extra antioxidant vitamins quickly normalized his blood chemistry. But it wasn’t until I put him on ‘Vitamin B-15’ (i.e., DMG) that he fully regained his stamina and drive.” Ali went on to win his bout with Young. And during an internationally televised interview in Ali’s dressing room just before his May 24, 1976 bout with Richard Dunn from London, the champ held up a bottle of “B-15” to show the world his “secret weapon.” What’s more, in 1978, after five consecutive boxing victories over younger boxers like Young, Dunn, Norton, Evangelista and Shavers, the National Medical Bulletin reported openly that Ali was taking the substance. Shortly after its usage became widespread throughout the 1970s, the FDA moved against DMG and — what else is new? — banned its usage. And for nearly 20 years DMG became impossible to obtain in the US. But in 1994 when Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act), DMG was once again allowed to be sold as a nutritional sup-

the groin to the patient’s brain and the site of the blood clot. The device creates a channel through the clot, restoring blood flow, and then the clot is removed. He showed video of the patient fully mobile and well after the procedure. He described several other cases, including a 62-year-old man who could not move one side of his body. Hours after the intervention, given beyond the window, the patient was able to move all his arms and speak fluently. “I feel certain these endovascular treatments greatly helped these patients,” Dr. Liebman said. “We must re-think this criteria so more people will benefit from the emergency stroke treatments we have today.” Dr. Liebman disputes that time alone can determine if the injury to the brain can be reversed. Instead of relying on the

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In a presentation that challenges current thinking on emergency stroke care, a leading neurosurgeon has said the length of time between the onset of stroke symptoms and arrival at the hospital no longer should be the only criteria to determine whether to proceed with interventions. Dr. Kenneth M. Liebman, director of Neurosurgical Critical Care at the Capital Institute

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City Hall Sam (Cont. From Page 10) McBride and Brennan have similar features and McBride refers to Brennan as “his brother from another mother.” Brennan refers to McBride as his doppelgänger. Each has been told by numerous folks they resemble each other. They made each other’s acquaintance by saying, “Aren’t you the guy everybody says looks like me?”

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by Michael A. Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: Stockton, Cal. Bankrupt; is Philadelphia next? Answer: Cities filing bankruptcy! Chapter 9 bankruptcy, to be exact. Stockton, Cal. set

by Michael P. Boyle, Esq. The recent NPR series, “Unfit for Work: The Startling Rise of Disability in America” (see http://apps.npr.org/unfit-forwork/), mentioned what it termed “The Disability-Industrial Complex”.

by Tom Flynn and Rocco DeGregorio Question: Is this a stupid question? Today I started my car,

the popular PHILLY LABOR WEBSITE sent out a strong admonishment to potential homegrown terrorists (People are taking action instead of waiting for heads of state to say something). It is good to know that Dockworkers are operating under a six-year contract.... Endorsement of “BOYLE for On hand at the Clover Club was Republican Court of Common Pleas JUDGE WEBSTER KEOGH, who is under consideration for the vacant Supreme Court slot. He is one of the smartest and most-likable Republicans in Philadelphia and Democrats would surely find him acceptable to fill the vacancy left by the conviction of JUSTICE JANE ORIE MELVIN. Republicans recently criti-

Congress” is good. Not good is any Boyle attempt to take over leadership of the 63rd Ward – especially during a congressional race (?). Dr. ANDY MILLER, Methodist Hospital Director, keeps earning high praise for quality service in the OR and ER and an Orthopedics Unit of cized STATE SEN. DAYLIN LEACH who purportedly sent GOV. TOM CORBETT a list of acceptable Republican candidates to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. Apparently the list was compiled only by Leach without any input from other Democrats. It appears likely names on Leach’s list would immediately start with negative ratings from the Republican leaders including STATE SEN. JAKE COR-

high reputation.... Mayor Delores Butler of Yeadon is up for reelection against a GOP candidate turned Democrat. She is the LIFELONG Democrat and Grandmom that can GOVERN Philly! Top lawyer Nick CLEMENTE was seen in the MARINE CORPS Law EnMAN, the Appropriations Chairman, and MAJORITY LEADER DOMINICK PELEGGI. Apparently Leach is feeling his oats now that he is a candidate for Congress. But this kind of overreach may end up severely hurting his chances for the seat as well as damaging his precarious relations with his Democratic colleagues and most certainly his Republican colleagues.

forcement magazine during the recent Philly Gala. Nick is a veteran always ready to help others.... Defense lawyer Rania MAJOR’S Contempt zap may have actually helped her campaign for a judicial seat. She SHOWED a caring for her client. The City Integrity Officer’s involvement in a commission meeting does not seem right. She should now do the right thing.... The suspension of Christine Solomon as TRAFFIC COURT judge for three months without pay is just VERY WRONG. Justice McCaffery deserves praise for his dissent. Solomon, a grandmother, came to office AFTER alleged wrongdoing. She allegedly stood up to Judge Glaser and the Chadwick

probe. McCaffery and the high court took AN OATH TO “preserve, protect and defend” our Constitution; ex-Marine McCAFFERY remembered it. I took that same oath a few times, and would love to march Glaser and Chadwick on a 20mile hike, even with my club foot. To hear Council PREZ Clarke regretted voting for mayoral control of the Assessment office (OPA), then wants to take it back, is moot. The Mayor already had effective control before a vote. Mike PIPER of the OPA is reported as second in command there. Incredibly, this New Orleans music buff began his work in the old BRT as one of the alleged “political” clerks – coming out of the 51st Ward!

off the wave last year, joined by another half dozen cities since. How come? Can’t pay the bills, well, duh. Which bills? How about a $900 million shortfall to Calpers, the California State Pension Fund. That for a city with a popula-

tion of 300,000. California state law requires that pensions be funded. Stockton slashed its police and fire departments, halted bond payments, cut employee benefits and adopted an emergency spending plan that cut many city services. But the city continues to pay into the state pension. Many cities, including Philadelphia, have been build-

ing up long-term liabilities, pension and other retiree benefits, with little thought as to how they would be paid. By the time the bill comes due, the politicians are usually gone or retired. Legally, cities, townships, municipalities, counties, et cetera, are creatures of the state – California, Pennsylvania, whatever. That is, they have only such rights as are granted

to them by state law, including the right to exist at all. State politicians usually do not want cities or other entities in their states filing bankruptcy, because they fear it will lower the bond ratings for the state. That is like your FICO score, your credit report. If you do not pay your bills on time, your credit rating goes down. If cities do the same, their bond rating goes

down, and they have to pay higher interest rates to borrow money. Municipal Chapter 9 bankruptcy is a repayment plan. Cities cannot file Chapter 7 and liquidate themselves. Stay tuned; I guarantee, more cities will be filing bankruptcy. Next Week’s Question: Should you buy a car prior to filing Chapter 13?

The story’s clear suggestion is that lawyers looking for clients are to blame for the rise in people obtaining disability benefits. This is complete nonsense and is not based on any factual analysis. To the contrary, a lawyer experienced in handling dis-

ability and SSI benefits will carefully screen potential clients and will proceed to hearing only with cases in which the medical evidence provides a reasonable chance of winning. The bottom line is that we only get paid if we win. This is a powerful incentive to avoid taking on weak or undeserving claims. The NPR story states no lawyer represents SSA at the hearing. This is by design.

Hearings are meant to be informal. The ALJ’s responsibility is to weigh the medical evidence and claimant testimony and decide if the evidence is legally sufficient to justify a finding of disability. Assigning a lawyer to represent the government in each claim would be very expensive and cause even longer delays in claimants obtaining hearings and ALJs issuing decisions. There are about 30

ALJs who sit in three local hearing offices (two in Center City, one in Elkins Park). Assigning a lawyer to every courtroom would cost a minimum of $50,000 per year in salary and benefits, and require additional personnel to obtain and review medical evidence and perform other supporting tasks. That adds up to at least $1.5 million in added costs, just in the Philadelphia hearing offices. Implementing

this nationally would require hundreds of millions in extra costs for an agency that is already significantly underfunded. If a case proceeds to a federal court appeal, SSA employs attorneys to review and defend every case filed. This provides sufficient protection to the taxpayers. Adding lawyers to defend each case at the hearing level thus serves no useful purpose.

since I was having the idle air-control valve problems before I decided to look under the hood. I got nosey and loosened the antifreeze

cap and it spat up at me a bit!... should I expect this? Or am I just too paranoid? I really don’t know that much about cars but I want to learn and I appreciate all your answers. Thanks. Answer: Dear Reader, That is great that you want to learn. Be careful though

and make sure you learn more so you don’t hurt yourself or your vehicle. Radiator caps usually say, “Do not open when hot.” They should say, “Do not open if Hot OR engine running!” There’s a water pump at work pushing the fluid

around the engine for cooling purposes and any time it’s running or hot when shut off, there is a lot of pressure under that cap. Don’t open unless cool, engine stopped and you have a glove or rag on your hand to protect it, please. Also, stand to one side when you

open this cap ... better safe than sorry or hurt. 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.


by Bob Regan, Health e-Tips Newsletter When it comes to buying airtime, billion-dollar drugs like Crestor, Lipitor and Zocor are giving a certain green gecko a run for his money. In fact, these days the only way to avoid the constant onslaught of commercials for cholesterol-lowering statins is to turn off your television. But I’m hoping a new study takes some of the Madison Avenue shine off of these potentially unsafe, and possibly even deadly, drugs for good. Canadian researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 2 million people over the age of 40 who were taking statins, and they found these Big Pharma sweethearts weren’t nearly as friendly to your body as their upbeat commercials make them

seem. In fact, patients on highdoses of statins like Crestor, Lipitor and Zocor were a whopping 34% more likely to be hospitalized with acute kidney injury during their first 120 days of treatment compared to those taking lower doses! Plus, their risk of kidney damage stayed higher for a full two years after they started popping these pills. Statin side-effects aren’t exactly breaking news — previous research has already linked the drugs to muscle pain and weakness and liver damage. But this latest study is a new reminder these pills could be dangerous. No one knows for sure why statins may hurt kidneys, but the fact is they could break down muscles and prevent you from properly digesting food.

flour and oils as well as processed foods. Eating a good diet is important to ensuring a healthy prostate gland. It is important to exercise on a daily basis. Exercise helps every health condition, including prostate problems. Do some form of

exercise daily. Drink plenty of water during the day, but stop at least 3-4 hours before bedtime. Water helps to flush out toxins in the prostate as well as the rest of the body. It is best to minimize your intake of fluids at night, particularly caf-

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Although prostate issues are a common part of aging for men, you can take steps naturally to minimize the increase in your prostate size and optimize your overall prostate health. Eat a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in refined sugar, salt,

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Cholesterol Reducer? (that’s the good kind) by up to 35% while slashing triglycerides in half! Even better, the folks in this study – who were all heart attack patients – dramatically reduced their risk of suffering more heart attacks and strokes just by supplementing with niacin. Statins produce billions in Big Pharma profits every year, but they could be costing you a lot more than just your heard-earned cash. About 20% of statin users quit the drugs because they can’t handle the laundry list of potential side effects, including muscle pain, liver damage, skyrocketing blood sugar, and diarrhea.

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A new report from the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, a top research group, claims niacin is by far the most-effective and -affordable cure for keeping your nagging high cholesterol in check. Niacin – a form of vitamin B3 – has been studied in more than 42,000 scientific papers, and it has produced results time and again that leave Big Pharma cholesterol remedies in the dust. Even better, you can add niacin supplements to your daily routine for less than a dime a pill. In one study published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology, niacin boosted HDL cholesterol


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by Joe Shaheeli The Red Robin of statistics — new and changeover registrations — determining what kind of a turnout will mark this May 21 primary, has lost the bright red chest it had at the beginning and now shows a very dull red. That’s because just over 12,500. new and changeover registrations, have appeared on the books at the close of registration this week. Miniscule, compared to the record registration drive last year energized by the presidential vote and the assault on the voter-ID legislation. That portends one of the poorest turnouts in at least eight years for this off-year

primary election. Neither of the city’s row-office candidates for District Attorney and City Controller have set off sparks. No one is challenging incumbent DA R. Seth Williams in the Democrat primary nor Danny Alvarez in the GOP column. The luster lost is even more obvious when one realizes the City Controller’s race has three challengers going against incumbent Alan Butkovitz, of whom only three-time challenger Brett Mandel is making noise. Still no sparks have been set, even though the four have appeared together in a public forum. GOP candidate Terry Tracy is unchallenged

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B O T H DC33’s Pete Matthews and IBEW Local 98’s John J. Dougherty assured Laborers of their support for Omar Sabir.

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State Rep. John Taylor (RKensington) could well be considered the frontrunner to assume the leadership for the Republican City Committee, should Chairman Vito Canuso decide to retire. Contrary to earlier reports, Canuso has not resigned, though he is considering it for the sake of reuniting the GOP. Canuso fully understands what needs to be done to get this party moving. When he spots that individual, he’s indicated he might step down. In the meantime, one of those could be Taylor, who has managed to reign supreme in Kensington, Juniata Park, Kensington, despite changing demographics and strong opposition in what now is a Democrat-dominated legislative district. His importance to Philadelphia as its only voice in the Republican controlled House has mushroomed. Others have been mentioned. With all the scenarios

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in this primary. That could be explained away. But she has a history with Walmart PACs. In October 2011, she received from Wal-Mart Stores Inc PAC for Responsible Government, Bentonville, Ark., a donation to Schwartz for Congress of $1,000 and again the same amount in March 2012 from the same PAC. Now that she has two other ladies joining the fray, one

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under discussion powered by State GOP Chairman Rob Gleason’s continuous pressure for change, all sides among the divided City agree Joe DeFelice will occupy the executive director’s role. Joe DeFelice, a workhorse straining to keep the herd on its primary mission to win seats, has been rewarded with the office of Executive Director. Should the ranks of division close, he should be able to end the stampede that has kept the Republicans charging at each other instead of fighting Democrats for voter allegiance.

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(Cont. rom Page 21) The most-moneyed and ready to dump $10 million of his own money into the race is Tom Wolf, who has just hired well-known Democratic strategist Mary Isenhour to guide his campaign. She remains a close political ally of former Gov. Ed Rendell, who has yet to indicate his preference in the wide field of po-

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other Democrats give up entering the race, unless they can tap millions of dollars from supporters. Only Sestak has polled higher than Schwartz, but the retired Admiral has not made any moves signaling that he will run. His good showing across the state leans toward him running for Governor. With its immediate past director Mike Barley on his way to manage Tom Corbett’s reelection campaign, the Pennsylvania Republican Party has chosen to move up Bob Bozzuto to Executive Director, from his post as Deputy Executive Director. “Bob has been a key member of my team since 2007 and strategically led our political and campaign efforts that helped to elect Gov. Corbett, US Sen. Toomey, 13 Congressmen, majorities in the State Senate, State House, State Appellate Courts and 51 County Courthouses. With critical races in 2013-2014, we have a team that will deliver important wins, again,” said PAGOP Chairman Rob Gleason. (Cont. Page 23)

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Brett Mandel Has Oak Lane Support Ever active, vote-producer Marion Wimbush and his Democrats of Oak Lane Team are hosting a meet-and-greet at the home of Latrice Bryant, 142 W. Manheim, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. this Friday. His endorsed ticket includes Brett Mandel for Controller. The others are Omar Sabir, Timika Lane, Judge Fran Shields, Martin Coleman, Dawn Tancredi and Vince Giusini. They’ll pick up additional votes thanks to his efforts.

NOW Honors Stephanie For Women Rights Philadelphia NOW will be honoring Commissioner Stephanie Singer and community activist Helen Gym at its annual Spring Fundraiser at Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square, on May 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Donation of $100 is suggested. For info call Tammy Gavitt, NOW President, at (215) 906-2987. Both are being honored for advancing women’s rights.

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court says races for the county offices of jury commissioner won’t appear on the primary ballot, allowing parties to decide who will be candidates in the fall election. The high court’s one-sentence order Thursday upheld a Commonwealth Court judge who two weeks ago rejected a request by the jury commissioners’ organization to establish an expedited schedule for primary races. The legal issue arose after the Supreme Court threw out a 2011 law that had let counties eliminate the office. Forty-two counties did so, but then the justices said the law violated a state constitutional provision restricting laws to a single subject. This week the State Senate passed a replacement jurycommissioner elimination bill. It’s pending in the House of Representatives.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz joined Pennsylvania College Democrats for their final statewide conference call of the semester. Speaking to students from universities and colleges across the Commonwealth, Schwartz said she “announced for Governor just 10 days ago because Pennsylvania can’t afford to stand still.” Schwartz began the call by talking about the affordability of college, saying, “Gov. Corbett made history by attempting to cut funding for higher education by 50%.” The Congresswoman explained Corbett’s position was too extreme even for Republicans, leading to only a 20% cut.

Who’s Kidding Who In Judicial Appointments? Late last week, in an unprecedented move, Senate Judiciary Committee Minority Chairman Daylin Leach (DMontgomery) released a list of five Republican judges he says Senate Democrats would confirm for a Supreme Court

The Judicial Conduct Board has notified District Judge Kelly S. Ballentine she violated a constitutional ruling by discharging three traffic citations “issued to her in 2010”. The Board notified her she needs to answer the charges by tomorrow. First, Phila. Traffic Court, and next the district judges…. Maybe the members of the Judicial Board need to have their driving records checked. Time for pols to put an end to the witch-hunting.

Another Nightmare: Registration Online? Pennsylvania may soon embrace online voter registration. A bill that passed the State Senate proposes just that. “I think it is a common-sense change that encourages people to participate in the process. It’s hard to argue against that,” said Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster), the legislation’s main sponsor. The bill passed the Senate

Pa. Considers Raising Judicial Retirement Age A House subcommittee hearing has examined HB 79, which would raise the required retirement age for justices to 75. The Pennsylvania Constitution states all justices must leave the bench by the end of the year they turn 70. They can continue to serve as a senior judge, which part time, until they turn 78. Seems Keystone State Supremes do have some friends in the legislature.

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during the final two weeks of March, much of it on Mar. 31. He also changed the name of his campaign committee from “Sestak for Senate” to “Friends of Joe Sestak” – though it is still designated as a US Senate campaign committee. It’s expected, as even the near-sighted can see, he will announce for Governor. Sestak has told reporters he intends to return to public service but offering few clues about which office. Sestak, 61, served in the U.S. Navy for over 30 years before his election to Congress in 2006. Physician and activist Dr. Valerie Arkoosh narrowly overcame State Sen. Daylin Leach in an informal survey taking by PoliticsPA which included 1,380 votes. Arkoosh took an even 400 to Leach’s 385. State Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Northeast) came in third with 142 votes, followed by Montgomery Co. Commissioner Leslie Richards with 109 and former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies with 95.

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Former Congressman and Admiral Joe Sestak has raised over $460,000 in the first three months of 2013 – all for an individual who has said he is not sure where his political plans will take him. It’s the first firm indication that he seeks to run for office in the near future. All of the cash came from individual donors – primarily longtime Sestak supporters – most of whom contributed the federal maximum of $5,200. Almost all of the money was reported as having come in

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unanimously. Currently, eligible Pennsylvania voters can go online and print out a registration form that they must fill out and mail, but SB 37 would make the registration process completely available online. It also would allow current voters to switch their address or party affiliation online. Twelve states already have online paperless voter registration. What’s left for political parties to do?

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An internal poll conducted by the Brett Mandel campaign gives this challenger an advantage over incumbent City Controller Alan Butkovitz – and one that grows with voters’ information on the race. Sources inside the Mandel campaign are pleased with the result of a poll conducted by Marc Silverman of 39th Street Strategies, a Democratic firm based in Washington, D.C. The poll found 27% of voters inclined toward Mandel as opposed to 23% for Butkovitz. Another challenger, Mark Zecca, was a distant third at 4%. After information was shared about the candidates about Mandel and Butkovitz’s positions and policies, however, Mandel’s preference score jumped to 56% while Butkovitz’s support dipped to 14%. Mandel staffers say this confirms their campaign strategy of targeting high-information voters in the low-turnout May primary. They’re counting on a strong surge in “read and write” wards to buoy their candidate, who has run before, has published frequently and has good name recognition. Public discontent with municipal government is strong after high-profile fiscal problems with the School District and AVI, and the usually sleepy Controller’s race may stimulate some voters to seek a change. Butkovitz holds most of the

cards when it comes to organizational endorsement and is far from unknown himself, having worked the city’s ward functions loyally. And he has some reform credentials to his credit.

vacancy. He’s been told by Senate Appropriations Committee Majority Chairman Jake Corman (R-Centre) to pound sand.

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inet this coming Monday, Earth Day. The Cabinet will operate in the tradition of shadow cabinets in other countries, such as the United Kingdom and France, responding to actions of the government in office, and demonstrating that another government is possible. The Green Shadow Cabinet includes over 80 prominent scientists, community and labor leaders, physicians, cultural workers, veterans, and more, and will provide an ongoing opposition and alternative voice to the dysfunctional government in Washington, D.C. What Cheri needs to do is increase Green registrations in her own back yard here in Philly.


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Ducky Birts Foundation Gala Proves Strong Political Draw

3 MEDALLION AWARD honorees – State Sen. Mike Stack, Laborers Local 135 leader Dan “Tiger” Woodall and State Rep. Maria Donatucci – were among 15 saluted for public service at Ducky Birts Foundation’s 7th Annual Medallion Scholarship Banquet last Saturday. Honoree photos by Bob Mendelsohn

PEOPLE poured into Ducky Birts’ annual scholarship gala at 1st District Plaza in University City. Among them were, from left, laborers’ veteran Charlie Branch, legendary activists Hal & Sue Rosenthal, Councilman at large Bill Greenlee, and Heesun and Hannah Oh with Medallion Award-winner Councilman at Large David Oh.

LITERARY luminaries of African American community, Earl Harvey of Black Professional News and Robert Bogle of Phila. Tribune, cast their light upon Ducky Birts Foundation’s annual awards banquet.

CITY COMMISSIONER Stephanie Singer, a frequent figure in society, appeared at Medallion STATE REP. Ron Waters, left, enjoyed chat with Scholarship Banquet with her husband Thomas. Charlie Garrett at Medallion Awards affair.

PHILA. TRIBUNE publisher Bob Bogle enjoyed company of Traffic Court hopeful Donna Laws, left, and Medallion-Award winner Lynette Brown-Sow.

GOOD FRIENDS make great scholarship ban- Legendary Hon. Mario Mele chats with quets! From left, David Birts, State Sen. Anthony Common Pleas Candidate, Tracy Roman, Williams, nightclub impresario Sid Booker and during Ducky Birts Foundation event. man of the hour Donald “Ducky” Birts. Photo by Joe Stivala

SETTING standards of elegance at Ducky Birts affair were State Rep. Jim Roebuck with Audrey Johnson-Thornton, who leads historical preservation of Belmont Mansion.

ARRIVING for party at 1st Dist. Plaza were Traffic Court candidate Omar Sabir and Common Pleas candidate Sierra Thomas-Street, who enjoy Laborers’ backing.

CRIME-FIGHTERS Malik Aziz and C.B. Kimmins turned out at 1st Dist. Plaza to toast Ducky Birts’ honorees.

COMMON PLEAS aspirant former Prison Commissioner Leon King was happy to link up with Joey Temple at Medallion Awards affair.

LEGISLATORS and candidates pose in front of Wall of Honor featuring this year’s Medallion Award winMANY judicial aspirants paid court to Ducky Birts’ headliner soners at 1st cial event, among them, from left, Donna DeRose, Henry Dist. Plaza. Lewandowski and Dawn Tancredi.


REPUBLICANS PROVIDED STRONG CONTINGENT AT ANNUAL Clover Club dinner, among them, from right, Temple Student Body President Darin Bartholomew, 5th Ward Leader Mike Cibik and businessman Lou Lanni.

MERRY-MAKERS at Clover Club’s Union League dinner included, from left, Republican Ward Leader Chris Vogler, attorney Jon Anderson and Republican elder statesman Vito Canuso.

SEASONED veterans who have witnessed much Clover Club history are Senior Judge Ed Bradley and his good friend Tom Darcy.

CELEBRATING bumper crop of “baby members” at this year’s Clover Club dinner READY for fun at Union League were, from left, were, from left, Judge Web Keogh of Com- attorney and Irish musician Theresa Flanagan mon Pleas Court, State Sen. Mike Stack, Murtagh, power attorney Thomas Hunt, City Commissioner Al Schmidt and jovial David Dembe. Judge Jimmy Lynn and Carol McHugh. Germantown Day D I S P L A Y I N G from At Vernon Park memorabilia ACES Museum, 5801 Germantown Avenue, at Germantown Day celebration at Vernon Park were Cindy STATE REP. Rosita YoungProgram Dir. COUNCILWOMAN Renee Workman Bass joins up with Cornelia blood had plenty of gifts and inand Joyce Woods. Swinton at Vernon Park cele- formation periodicals to give to bration of Germantown Day. visitors at Vernon Park. Photos by William Myers

Marking 65th Year

STATE SEN. Mike Stack, Israeli Consul Geeral Yaron Sideman, and State Se. Anthony Hardy Williams were among those who participated in Israel’s 65th Anniversary celebration at National Museum of American Jewish History. Photos by Bonnie Squires

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CONVIVIAL at 130-year-old Clover Club tradition were, from left, Judge James DeLeon, State Sen. Mike Stack and businessman Mahn Suh Park.

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Sabatina Hosts Seniors

CONSUL GENERAL of Israel Yaron Sideman, center, welcomes Philadelphia elected officials and friends to the Israel 65 celebration. In photo are Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Councilwoman Marian Tasco and State Rep. Cherelle Parker.

STATE REP. John Sabatina greets seniors at Senior Fair, held at George C. Pelbano Playground in N.E. Phila. Over 200 seniors attended free event, featuring prizes, refreshments and information from state and city agencies, as well as health and safety organizations.

PLAYING THE RIGHT tune! Dozens of N.E. Phila. seniors received special prizes at State Rep. John Sabatina’s Senior Fair. Prizes included food coupons and gift cards.

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COUNCILWOMAN Jannie Blackwell congratulates Lana VINCE GIUSINI was embraced by S. Phila. legal legend Photo by Robert Mendelsohn Judge Anthony DeFino and his wife. Felton-Ghee on her birthday.

S. PHILA. activist Fred Druding, Jr. was pleased to support his friend Vince Giusini in his race for Common Pleas Court judgeship. C H I L D HOOD pals from Packer Park turned out at Galdo’s Catering to contribute to V i n c e Giusini’s campaign for judge.

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INAUGURATING brand-new Daniel Boyle Recreation Center playground in Somerton, 10th Dist. Councilman Brian O’Neill was joined by State Rep. Brendan Boyle, left, and ALL IN the family: judicial candidate Deputy Mayor Vince Giusini proudly joins his mother PROMINENT Funeral Dir. Mark Rago Michael DiBerardinis. and lovely daughter Diane at Galdo’s let it be known he wants to see Vince Catering fundraiser. Giusini become a judge.


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(Cont. From Page 7) May 5- Friends of Marian Tasco host Jazz Brunch at The View, 800 N. Broad St., 1-4 p.m. Live music, bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys. Tickets $65. For info (215) 437-3294. May 5- Judge Kenneth J. Powell Jr. Fundraiser at home of Brian & Sandy Powell, 8440 Ardleigh Street (one block east of Germantown Avenue), 3-7 p.m. Light appetizers, beverages, beer and drinks. Rain date May 19. For info Judy Camiel

(610) 668-1730. May 7- Republican City Committee holds Primary Election gala at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd, 5 p.m. Tickets $125. For info (215) 561-0650. May 7- James B. Shaw hosts fundraiser for Judge Kenneth J. Powell, Jr. at Orpheus Club, 254 S. Van Pelt St., 5:30-7:30 pm. For info Judy Camiel (610) 304-0471 or (610) 668-1730. May 8- Elite Donors Wine & Cheese Fundraiser for Traffic Ct. candidate Lewis Harris, Jr., 1218 Chestnut St., Su. 2901, 68:30 p.m. Donations $100, $200, $300. May 8- Germantown Republi-

can Club celebrates V-E Day at Chestnut 7 Restaurant, 8201 Germantown Ave., 7-9 p.m. Key speaker is Verne Rider, former veterans’ congressional liaison. For info germantownrepublicanclub@gmail.com May 9- 21st Ward GOP hosts Fundraiser at Finnigan’s Wake, 3rd & Spring Garden Sts., 6-9 p.m. Wine, beer, food and friends. Tickets $40. For info Walt Vogler (215) 482-2834. May 10- City Controller Forum sponsored by Greater N.E. Phila. Chamber of Commerce at Wesley Enhanced Living, 8401 E. Roosevelt Blvd., 8:30 a.m. All candidates invited. $10 at door. (215) 332-3400.

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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, May 14, 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 Projects require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications.

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BUDGET FEE B—012 C of 2012/13 General Classroom Modernization $233,000.00 $100.00 E. Washington Rhodes Middle School 2900 W. Clearfield St. Philadelphia, PA 19132 * A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location at the main entrance, on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. BUDGET FEE B—013 C of 2012/13 Electric Classroom Modernization $121,000.00 $100.00 E. Washington Rhodes Middle School 2900 W. Clearfield St. Philadelphia, PA 19132 * A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location at the main entrance, on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. 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 215-400-4730. 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.

May 10- Fish or Chicken Fry sponsored by Beth & Mike Pender, 13th Ward committeeman, at Lou & Choo’s Lounge,21st & Hunting Park. Also marking Beth’s “pre retirement” celebration, 5-10 p.m. Donation $10. Benefiting 3800 Block N. 16th St. May 11- State Rep. Michelle Brownlee hosts Pre-Mother’s Day Celebration at her office, 2839 W. Girard Ave., 12-3 p.m. For info (215) 684-3738. May 11- Ward 40A Democratic Club hosts Beef & Beer at Italo-American Bocci Social Club, 2001 Point Breeze Ave., 7-11 p.m. Donation $50. May 13- Democratic City Committee Jefferson Jackson Cocktail Party at Sheet Metal Ha., 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., 5:30 p.m. Tickets $150. For info (215) 241-7804. May 14- Fundraiser for Common Pleas Court Judge Kenneth J. Powell, Jr. hosted by attorneys George Bochetto and Gavin Lenz at 1524 Locust St., 6-8 p.m. For info Judy Camiel (610) 668-1730. May 14- Fundraiser for DA candidate Danny Alvarez at Paddy Whacks, 2nd & South Sts., 8:30-11:30 p.m. For the young and young at heart. Beer, wine, roast beef and meatballs. Tickets $40, Students $25. May 15- Firefighter Hero Plaq-

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May 17- 33rd Ward Progressive Democrats hold Fundraiser, Juniata G.C., 1391 Cayuga St., 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Tickets $30.00, 2 for $50. For info Donna Aument (215) 3703689. May 18- Asian American Heritage Festival at Franklin Square Park, 6th & Race Sts., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. May 18- Tailgate Party to support State Rep. John Sabatina, Jr. at Taggart Ho., 9961 Frankford Ave., 4-8 p.m. Donations $40. RSVP by May 10 John Sabatina (215) 742-8600. May 18- Rhythm & Blues Dinner Dance Fundraiser for Traffic Ct. candidate Lewis Harris, Jr. at Wharton Centre Gym, 1712 N. 22nd St., 7-11 p.m. Dinner and music. $25 payable at door. For info (215) 6514757 or (267) 340-5908. May 19- Annual Democrats of Oak Lane Team annual Mother’s Day Breakfast at Oak Lane Diner, 6528 N. Broad St., 9 a.m.-12 m. First 100 mothers over age of 50 receive free breakfast and gift. Meet and greet primary candidates endorsed by Democrats of Oak Lane Team.

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Beef And Beer With Anne Marie Coyle ANNE MARIE Coyle drew large, diverse crowd to her Beef-N-Beer, including Boilermakers Local 802’s Tommy West, Teamsters Local 830’s Dan Grace, Veteran Boxers Association Director Fred Druding, Jr., and Community Activist John Fritz.

ANNE MARIE Coyle greets FOP President John McNesby, who was on hand to show his support of Coyle’s quest for Common Pleas Judge.

CITY OF PHILADELPHIA The Committee of the Whole of the Council of the City of Philadelphia will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, April 29, 2013, at 6:30 PM, in the Abraham Lincoln High School Auditorium, 3201 Ryan Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19136, to hear testimony on the following items: 120338 An Ordinance amending Section 19-1307 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Deferrals of Real EstateTax,”by further providing for certain deferrals of payment of a certain portion of Real Estate Taxes due the City of Philadelphia or the Philadelphia School District, all under certain terms and conditions. 120339 An Ordinance amending Title 19 of The Philadelphia Code, by adding a new Chapter 19-2900A, entitled “Special Real Estate Tax Provisions for Low Income Taxpayers,” providing for credits against real estate tax for certain low income taxpayers, under certain terms and conditions. 120651 An Ordinance amending Chapter 19-1300 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Real Estate Taxes,” by reducing the amount of real estate taxes to be exempted for certain improvements to, or construction of, certain residential, commercial, industrial or other business properties; and by reducing the duration of such exemptions; all under certain terms and conditions.

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DEMOCRATIC 2nd Ward stalwarts John Tart and Kevin Price flank Anna Marie Coyle at BeefN-Beer at F.O.P. Lodge 5 Heroes Ballroom in support of her candidacy for Common Pleas Judge.

130141 An Ordinance amending Chapter 19-2900 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Senior Citizen Special Tax Provisions,” by providing for those circumstances where a participant in the tax freeze program authorized by that Chapter would owe less taxes as a result of a reduction in the tax rate or the assessed value of the taxpayer’s property but for his or her prior enrollment in the program; all under certain terms and conditions. 130142 An Ordinance phasing over a period of years the effects of the actual value initiative and authorizing real estate taxes for the City of Philadelphia and the School District of Philadelphia for Fiscal Year 2014 and thereafter by amending Chapter 19-1300 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Real Estate Taxes,”; providing for a tax and tax rate on real property; and by amending Chapter 19-1800 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “School Tax Authorization,” to further authorize the Board of

Education of the School District of Philadelphia to impose a tax on real estate within the City of Philadelphia, and providing for a tax rate; all under certain terms and conditions. 130150 An Ordinance authorizing real estate taxes for the City of Philadelphia and the School District of Philadelphia at a combined rate of 1% for Fiscal Year 2014 and thereafter, by amending Chapter 19-1300 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Real Estate Taxes,” to provide for a tax and tax rate on real property, and by amending Chapter 19-1800 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “School Tax Authorization,” to further authorize the Board of Education of the School District of Philadelphia to impose a tax and tax rate on real estate within the City of Philadelphia; all under certain terms and conditions. 130163 An Ordinance amending Title 19 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Finance, Taxes and Collections,” by amending Chapter 19-1300 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Real Estate Taxes,” by providing for certain deferrals of payment of a certain portion of Real Estate Taxes due the City of Philadelphia or the Philadelphia School District, for owner-occupied properties that are the owner’s primary residence, with a limitation of five years. 130178 An Ordinance to adopt a Capital Program for the six Fiscal Years 2014-2019 130179 An Ordinance to adipt a Fiscal 2014 Capita Budget 130180 An Ordinance adopting the Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2014 130181 An Ordinance amending Chapters 19-1300 and 191800 of The Philadelphia Code Code, entitled, respectively, “Real Estate Taxes” and “School Tax Authorization,” by establishing a tax rate for City rea estate tax and authorizing and establishing a tax rate for School District real estate tax; and by revising the homestead exclusion; all under certain terms and conditions. 130182 An Ordinance amending Chapter 19-1800 of The

Philadelphia Code, entitled “School Tax Authorization,” by amending Section 19-1806, entitled “Authorization of Realty Use and Occupancy Tax,” to further authorize the tax and to set the rate for such tax, all under certain terms and conditions. 130183 An Ordinance amending Chapter 19-1500 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Wage and Net Profits Tax,” by revising certain tax rates, under certain terms and conditions. 130254 An Ordinance phasing over a period of years the effects of the changes in real property assessments determined by the actual value initiative and authorizing real estate taxes for the City of Philadelphia and the School District of Philadelphia for Fiscal Year 2014 and thereafter by amending Chapter 19-1300 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Real Estate Taxes,”; providing for a tax and tax rate on real property; and by amending Chapter 19-1800 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “School Tax Authorization,” to further authorize the Board of Education of the School District of Philadelphia to impose a tax on real estate within the City of Philadelphia, and providing for a tax rate; all under certain terms and conditions. 130190 Resolution providing for the approva bythe Council of the City of Philadelphia of a Revised Five Year Financial Plan for the City of Philadelphia covering Federal Years 2014 through 2018, an incorporating proposed changes with respect to Fiscal Year 2013, which is to be submitted bythe Mayor to the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement, authorized by an ordinance of the Council approved by the Mayor on January 3, 1992 (Bill No. 1563-A), by and between the City and the Authority. Immediately following the public hearing, a meeting of the Committee of the Whole, open to the public, will be held to consider the action to be taken on the above listed items. Copies of the foregoing items are available in the Office of the Chief Clerk of the Council, Room 402, City Hall. Michael Decker Chief Clerk


in Philadelphia much more recently preparing for the upcoming elections for Controller and DA as well as laying groundwork for GOV. TOM CORBETT’S reelection in 2014. COUNCILMAN DENNY O’BRIEN brought the Phillie Phanatic to last week’s City Council session announcing Citizens Bank Park is the first major-league stadium to have accommodations for families with autistic children.

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