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Pa. Keeps SEPTA In Cinderella Garb SEPTA’s capital budget is far below its peer agencies from other states. State funding has reduced it to Cinderella garb. Despite growing backlog of capital needs totaling $4.7 billion, SEPTA’s FY 2013 capital budget is only $304 million. Chart shows SEPTA’s capital funding is one-quarter to one-third that of its peer agencies in New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Boston. See details on Page 2.

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Everyone Suffers If SEPTA Funding Crisis Is Not Resolved SEPTA has a major economic impact on the Philadelphia region and the state as a whole, but these benefits could be lost without new resources to fund vital improvements and other needs throughout the aging transit system, according to a new study. The new report, “Understanding SEPTA’s Statewide Economic Value”, from the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia and Econsult Solutions, examines the Authority’s stewardship of public funds, performance, and economic and fiscal impacts in the context of transportation revenues and expenditures in the region generally and in comparison to those of industry peers and commonwealth agencies. The study’s completion

comes as the state considers solutions for funding transportation throughout Pennsylvania. Economy League executive director Steven Wray and Richard Voith, president of Econsult Solutions, recently presented the study findings to business and civic leaders. “As the legislature considers transportation funding proposals, the information in this report provides context and comparisons to other systems that demonstrate SEPTA’s importance to our region,” Wray said. According to the report, SEPTA provides more value for the funding it receives than other agencies statewide based on ridership. SEPTA recorded 339.3 million trips last year, a 23-year high. At the same time, the money available for

improvement projects is at a 15-year low due to a 25% reduction in capital funding from the state. SEPTA’s capital budget, which funds vital expenditures such as infrastructure improvements, repairs and new vehicle purchases, has remained at approximately $300 million over the last several years. This is also considerably less than the funding provided to similar-sized transit agencies across the country, such as WMATA in Washington, D.C. ($1 billion capital budget), Boston’s MBTA ($800 million) and NJ Transit ($1.1 billion). The report found SEPTA has made efficient use of its state and federal capital funding. SEPTA needs approximately $452 million in additional annual capital funding to address its • 215-755-2000

Butkovitz Report Blasts AVI City Controller Alan Butkovitz has released an independent review of the City’s 2014 full value reassessment that indicates the Actual Value Initiative did not improve accuracy, uniformity and fairness. The Office of Property Assessment’s 2014 taxable property values are highly variable in quality, which is well beyond the standards set by the International Association of Assessing Officers, according to the independent review conducted by Dr. Robert Strauss, a professor of economics and public policy at Carnegie-Mellon University.

The IAAO recommends that the variability, which is actual value of property in relation to the median sales in a selected area, should not be higher than 15%. Dr. Strauss found residential properties actually rose from 82% for the 2013 values to 112% for the 2014 proposed values under AVI. “This report clearly shows the OPA full-value reassessment is actually more inaccurate than assessments under the current system,” said Butkovitz, at today’s press conference. “AVI was supposed to do just the opposite – bring property values closer to

their market values.” The review also found significant evidence that moreexpensive taxable properties are assessed at lower levels than less expensive taxable properties. The study shows that as zip codes become more African American, the median level of residential assessment rises. As zip-code areas become more Caucasian, the median level of residential assessment falls. “The results raise real, serious important questions for any citizen of Philadelphia,” said Dr. Strauss. “There are lots of reasons to get this right – in the short run, and the long run.”

Brady Wants Terrorist Investigation Congressman Robert A. Brady (D-Phila.) has asked US Attorney Zane Memeger to conduct an investigation into the arson at Penn Wood HS in Yeadon and a bomb threat phoned into the Cypress Street campus of the William Penn HS. Yeadon Police Chief Donald Molineux has reported that the message indicated the

school would be “blown up.” The Congressman Bsaid, “We cannot tolerate this level of destruction and threats against our schools, our students and their teachers and administrators. Therefore, I am requesting that there be a thorough investigation by the US Attorney of these dangerous acts and serious threats against this community.

“I have also requested that the US Attorney conduct an investigation into the break-in and arson at the Penn Wood HS in Yeadon that were preceded by multiple threats against the school”, said Brady. “The arson, which caused considerable damage, has now been followed by a telephoned threat to blow up the William Penn HS.”

state-of-good-repair needs over the next 20 years. SEPTA’s significant impact on the regional and state economy should also be kept in mind as work continues on a transportation funding solution. According to the report, SEPTA supports nearly 26,000 jobs, generates $62.5 million in state tax revenue and contributes $3.21 billion in economic impact. Over the long-term, however, SEPTA will not be able to provide these economic benefits without an infusion of new resources, the report warns. The Authority would have to gradually shrink the transit system and eliminate

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services to make ends meet. The impact of these moves would be felt well beyond the 1.2 million riders who rely on SEPTA every day. The Philadelphia region would gradually experience dramatic erosion in jobs, tax revenues and property values as its dense, economically productive urban core becomes unattractive to businesses and residents. There would also be a major impact statewide, with the Commonwealth would suffering from the losses in its most economically productive region as businesses and residents generate less tax revenue and move elsewhere. “This analysis shows how important it is to the regional economy and the Commonwealth as a whole to fund SEPTA adequately,” said Econsult Solutions President Richard Voith. “SEPTA has proven to be an exemplary steward of public funds and continues to be a wise investment for the state.”

Local 1776 ShopRite Members Ratify New Two-Year Contracts Members of United Food & Commercial Workers Locall 776 who work in 16 Greater Philadelphia area ShopRite supermarkets last night ratified new two-year labor contracts. Wendell W. Young, IV, president of Local 1776, said the contracts cover 2,300 workers at ShopRites owned and operated by the Brown, Collins, R&R McMenamin, Colligas, Ammons and Zallie families in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania suburbs. Young said the agreements provide for wage increases and maintain health care, other benefits and pensions for the Local 1776 members. “The negotiations took place as a competitive supermarket-industry environment became even more challenging,” Young said. “Our members have worked for nearly a

year under an extension of a contract that expired last May.” The new agreements run for two years through May of 2014, dating back to the expired agreements. They include letters stating the intent of the union and the owners to begin talks on the next set of contracts later this year, so as to avoid contract extensions when the new agreements expire in 2014.

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HAVING great time at 10th Ward get-together were, from left, Lynn Brown, Phil Gaskins, City Controller candidate Brett Mandel and Ty Moreland. Photo by Leona Dixon

IT’S a big turnout at 10th Ward candidates night. From left are candidates Vince Giusini, Joe Fernandes, Giovanni Campbell,and Timika Lane, candidates for Common Pleas Court; Donna Powell, Committeewoman; State Rep. Dwight Evans; Derrick Coker, Common Pleas candidate; Izzy Fitzgerald, Ward Chair; Henry Lewandowski, Municipal Court candidate; Omar Sabir and Donna DeRose, Traffic Court candidates; Sierra Street, for Common Pleas; and Shoshanna Bricklin, for Municipal Court. Photo by Joe Stivala

10TH WARD Chairperson Izzy Fitzgerald, 3rd from right, welcomes City Controller candidate Brett Mandel, Derrick Coker, Leon King and Sierra Street for Common Pleas, Traffic Court candidate Omar Photo by Joe Stivala Sabir and Common Pleas candidate Tracy Roman.

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6th WARD Leader Pete Wilson was happy to be in this picture with 10th Ward Committeewoman Donna Powell, Ward Chair Isabelle Fitzgerald, State Sen. LeAnna Washington and CommitteePhoto by Joe Stivala woman Peggy Pugh.

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HOSTING college-readiness fair for HS juniors and seniors at USciences was Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, left, joined by, from left, her colleague Jannie Blackwell, USciences President Dr. Helen Giles-Gee and Penn State’s Carolyn Boswell.

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by Joe Shaheeli Republican City Committee chairman Vito Canuso, Esq., brought an end to the civil war that has stymied the growth of the Republican City Committee in a city its young Turks believe is ready for wholesale conversion by disenchanted Democratic voters. He did so Tuesday night at the annual pre-primary gala at Cannstatter by announcing his

intention to retire from his long held post as Chairman, with the suggestion — sure to be adopted when the Republican City Committee meets in little over a week — his successor be strong man State Rep. John Taylor (R-Kensington). A standing ovation followed as the enthusiastic crowd understood his reason, a major move designed to bring an end to a two year tug

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of war between party factions. Joe DeFelice will be the new executive director. Michael Meehan, Esq., will remain as Republican counsel. Taylor has indicated he will fill out the remainder of Canuso’s term, but expects to be replaced when the Republican City Committee reorganizes for a new term. In the process, GOP headquarters will move to Mayfair.

Canuso’s gesture was appreciated in Harrisburg as well. GOP State Dir. Rob Gleason said, “I have always had an open-door policy for anyone who wants to help build the Republican Party in Philadelphia. The State Party has made unprecedented investments to help build the Party and I am glad to continue our work in the City to help great local candidates like

Danny Alvarez, Terry Tracy, Anne Marie Coyle and Judge Ken Powell and our statewide ticket in 2013 and 2014. We are committed to building the Philadelphia Republican Party now and in the future.” Republican candidate for District Attorney Danny Alvarez and City Controller Terry Tracy sounded full of optimism, reminding old timers of the Specter-Gola ticket of three decades ago. They called for the new united Party to reach out to dissatisfied Democrats to support them in November. Both have departed from the old Republi-

can campaign strategy of waiting until Labor Day ends to begin campaigning. Alvarez is flinging arrows at DA Seth Williams with the idea of drawing some of Seth’s base away. He said, “We are made the butt of jokes and known as ‘Killadelphia.’ We are perceived as people content with corruption.” Tracy signaled his Democratic opponent is already eyeing his role as the next Mayor, “the destructive symptom of one-party rule. In other words, the voter is taken for granted.” (Cont. Page 8)

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Our General Assembly needs to realize it has duties which it continues to neglect. A major one of these duties is funding the state’s infrastructure. A corollary is they must fund the public-transit systems on which their voters depend. On Page One is a graph showing how little money SEPTA gets, compared to sister public-transport systems in other cities of similar size. What our Representatives and Senators must realize is SEPTA has to continuously upgrade and repair its massive system, and it cannot do so without state help. A single bridge, needing critical repair, suddenly closed to traffic, can impact SEPTA commuters in a nightmarish way. Yet the voices of the riders remain unheard. Now a study by a major, respected authority, The Economy League, must not only be heard, but it must be responded to, beginning now. The Governor may not believe he has voters in the southeastern region of the state. Yet he still has an obligation, as do the members of the two caucuses from this area, to demand an increase in funding for this well-run, well-engineered and nationally acclaimed transit authority.

Editorial Warning!! Letters from an unidentified informant without any contact information cannot be considered for publication, no matter how valid their contents. (215) 332-3400. May 10- Cedars Village Grand Opening at Ellsworth St. between 9th and 10th Sts. Mayor Michael Nutter, State Sen. Lawrence Farnese and Councilman Mark Squilla in attendance. 11 a.m. 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- Prince Hall Grand Lodge Masonic Temple hosts Candidates Forum at 4301 N. Broad St., 11 a.m. For info Michael Roepel (215) 2925503 or James Williams (215) 416-8832. Arrive by 10:30 a.m. May 11- Sheriff Jewell Williams’ 16th Ward Democrats invite candidates to Ward Meeting at 2332 N.15th St., 11 a.m. 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- Councilman Kenyatta Johnson hosts Mother’s Day Senior Ball at St. Charles Sr. Community Ctr., 1941 Christian St., 2-6 p.m. Mothers honored with free food, music and live entertainment. To reserve a seat call Tiphanie (215) 686-3412 by May 6. 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) 2417804. 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. May14- Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell hosts Demo-

cratic 46th Ward Meeting at Enterprise Ctr., 46th & Market Sts., 7 p.m. 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 Plaque Dedication honoring Laddermen Gilloway and Paxon from Truck 2 and Hosemen Fischer and Murray from Engine 21 at Ladder 02’s Station, 4th & Arch St., 11 a.m. Followed by luncheon at station. May 15- Friends of judicial candidate Sierra Street invite you to Campaign Fish/Chicken Fry Fundraiser at Lou & Choo’s Lounge, 2101 W. Hunting Park Ave., 5-8 p.m. May 15- Friends host Fundraiser for 63rd Ward Committeeman John Duffy at Cottage Green, 9001 Ashton Rd, 6-10 p.m. Will defray new housing costs following

stroke. Tickets $50. For info Linda Gaynor (267) 2577414. Checks payable to Friends of John Duffy, 8932 Alicia St., Phila., PA 19115. May 16- District Attorney R. Seth Williams and 2nd Chance Foundation host 2nd All Faiths Prayer for Peace Breakfast at 1st District Plaza, Grand Ballrm., 3801 Market St., 8 a.m. Ticket $25. Keynote speaker is Bishop Keith W. Reed, Sr., Pastor Sharon Baptist Ch. For info call (215) 792-4158. May 16- Fish or Chicken Fry hosted by Friends of Councilwoman Cindy Bass, at Lou & Choo’s, 2101 W. Hunting Park Ave., 5-9 p.m. Tickets $15. Make checks payable to Friends of Cindy Bass. May 16- Hardy Williams Education Fund hosts Scholarship Award Reception at Tendenza, 969 N. 2nd St., 5:30 p.m. reception, program at 6:30. Comcast VP David L. Cohen keynote speaker. May 16- John Connelly’s 12th Ward Democrats host (Cont. Page 25) • 215-755-2000

May 9- Guest DJ Councilwoman Cindy Bass spins for the Flow at TGI Fridays, 1776 Ben Franklin Pkwy., rooftop patio, 5:30-9 p.m. Donation $10. May 9- State Sen. Anthony Williams and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell sponsor Candidates Forum at 1st Dist. Plaza at 3801 Market St., 6-9 p.m. For info Jeffrey Felder (267) 809-2626. In attendance 3rd, 6th, 24th, 27th, 44th, 46th, 51st and 60th Wards. 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 9- Fish Fry Fundraiser for Donna Laws for judge at Champagne, 21 E. Chelten Ave., 6-10 p.m. Tickets $10. For info Toni Laws.

May 9- Candidates Night at Miracle Temple, 2600 Tasker St., 6-9 p.m. Fish Fry and Chicken Sandwiches $5. For info (215) 334-4430. May 9- 13th Ward hosts candidates at Triumph Baptist Ch., Germantown & Hunting Park Aves., 6 p.m. May 9- Reception for judicial candidate Vince Giusini hosted by Arthur Novello, Esq. at DePasquale Law Offices, 2332 S. Broad St., 6-8 p.m. Patrons $250, Friends $150, Supporters $100. Checks payable to Vince Giusini For Judge. May 9- S. Phila. Business Ass’n Scholarship Dinner gala at Galdo’s Catering, 20th & Moyamensing Ave. Reception 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner. Tickets $50 available at door. For info (215) 868-5502 or 336-1108. 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. • 215-755-2000

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CITY GOP mrked end of era at Cannstatter Tuesday night when Chairman Vito Canuso announced his retirement as party chair to Michael Meehan and the hundreds in attendance.

Sen. Stack Ready To Announce? Not only looking over the field of officially announced entrants into the race to win the Democratic nomination for Governor, Congressman Allyson Schwartz (D-Phila.) continues to build her gubernatorial campaign team with a mind to the expected entry of State Sen. Michael Stack (D-

Northeast). That is what has convinced her to hire Obama Pennsylvania campaign alum Pat Millham, who handled the role of Obama’s political director in the state. That role has given him an insight on where to build, how to draw on Obama supporters to help Schwartz, and a sense of where the strengths are for Stack. One of his primary objectives is to defuse the campaign of Stack, who will be the city’s only candidate in the race, if he enters. Insiders with Stack have leaked the fact the Senator has acquired financial commitments from several deep-pocketed supporters and will announce shortly. His entry into the race, backed by the endorsement of Congressman and Democratic Party Chairman Bob Brady, as favorite son, will hobble her campaign and maybe cripple it. The Sen(Cont. Page 11)

LOCAL 98’s Political Director Marita Crawford escorts judicial candidates Henry “ H e t s i e ” Lewandowski and Jim Crumlish into celebration honoring IBEW 98 chief John J. MARKING Cinco De Mayo celebration with judicial candidate Henry “Hetsie” Dougherty, Jr. Photo by Maria Mer- Lewandowski at Stogie Joe’s were, from left, Tom Rumbaugh, Jim Foy, Lewandowski, Stogie Joe’s owner Joseph Leuzzi, Bobby Thompson, Ed Sweeney lino Photo by Maria Merlino from Ironworkers, Steve Rumbaugh and Charlie Murphy.

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BIPARTISAN civic leaders showed up at serious fundraiser for Common Pleas candidate Anne Marie Coyle in PFCU in Rittenhouse Square. From left are Vince Melchiorre, Esq.; Hon. Joseph Waters; Daniel Grace of Teamsters 830; Coyle; Michael Driscoll, PFCU; Ward Leader Bill Ivers; Jim DeVergilis, Esq.; and Bill Rapone.

SETTING forth from Woody’s on LGBT pub crawl on behalf of Common Pleas candidate Giovanni Campbell, who is endorsed by Liberty City, candidate was flanked by campaign workers Vanessa Montone and Mark Dobbins.

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HENRY LEWANDOWSKI "In all my years in South Philadelphia, I've never known anyone who has devoted so much time, talent and pro bono legal assistance to good causes and good people in need of help than my friend, Henry Lewandowski. His intellect, work ethic and compassionate heart will make Henry an outstanding judge. I hope you'll join me and vote for Henry Lewandowski for Judge of Municipal Court on Tuesday, May 21st."

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Tuesday night, Republican City Committee held its spring fundraiser at Cannstatter in the Far Northeast. CHAIRMAN VITO CANUSO announced at the fundraiser that for the “good of the party” that he would be resigning shortly. Canuso said he would support STATE REP. JOHN TAYLOR for chairman. Taylor is believed to have agreed to serving on an interim basis until June of next year when an election for RCC officers is expected to be held. Typically the RCC holds fundraisers on the Tuesdays immediately preceding the primary and general elections, but owing to scheduling problem with the venue it was held a week early. The event filled one of the larger rooms at Cannstatter, leading one warder leader to observe the party was well attended. A veteran ward leader countered that not too long ago this event would have taken up two rooms. A yet-more-seasoned ward leader reminisced about the BILLY MEEHAN days when this reception would have been held at the Convention Hall of the old Civic Center in order to accommodate the large crowd. Montgomery Co. COMMISSIONER BRUCE CASTOR announced he no longer plans to enter the primary next year against GOV. TOM CORBETT. This elephant believes that this was a smart move for Castor. His bid to take on Corbett was not winning him many friends in the Republican Party. He already has detractors, owing to his disputes with former fellow GOP County COMMISSIONER JIM MATTHEWS. While many treat Matthews more harshly, in particular for siding with the Democrat County COMMIS(Cont. Page 19)

On Tuesday, I spent much of my day on a bus headed to Dover, Del., home of Delaware State University. I was on a college visit with the kids I affectionately refer to as “The Children of the Corn.” (Or as a friend of mine put it to me recently, I should refer to them as “The Children of the Corn Flakes”. This is an urban center, by the way.) We took a bus down from the Performance Learning Center, where I do what can only be described as what community service must look like for a journalist, to the college, where we toured buildings, heard about programs and admissions, and ate lunch in the cafeteria … an experience I had enough of as an undergraduate. This may make me sound like a burned-out educator with a bunch of really bad kids who would make anyone decide to be rendered unable to have children. And I must admit I feel that way sometimes. But then there are days where I feel like I’ve accomplished something because I get a kid that “gets it” and responds accordingly. I feel like a teacher then. This is National Teacher Appreciation Week, so it stood to reason I would talk a little bit about the ups and downs I face when I do my second job. And there are a lot of ups and downs, especially when you work in an alternative program. Probably the biggest down these days is how teachers are expected to perform miracles with no money, little support, and even less respect. (Cont. Page 19)

I read an editorial that calls for the abolition of Traffic Court – meaning the 40 candidates now running for office would be running for nothing. I would call that item reprehensible. The 40-some are spending their money to run. State Rep. Curtis Thomas, before the House Judiciary Committee, asked to give the candidates an “opportunity to serve” and not “destroy faith in the electoral process.” The article did make a BRILLIANT DEDUCTION, however, when it noted most of the candidates would lose – since there are only three openings. As to a winner who owes or owed tickets, or has a shady background, it is up to the courts NOT TO SEAT THE PERSON. This is a flaw in the law, not the court. A flaw that the editorials should have called for repair of. WHY HAVE THEY NOT? In an OPEN SOCIETY, it takes no special courage to write an editorial. The author is faceless and nameless. And do we know if the writer lives in the city, and pays real-estate tax here – or takes the train in from Narberth – to tell us what to think? In the BAA at 9th & Filbert, you can sign up for a payment plan for tickets owed. You go into the room on the right and get started with a CLERK. The form has the amount owed, but NOT the monthly payment from your account. In order to get to the next step, you must sign that you understand the agreement terms. But the terms include the monthly deduction; yet you must sign before you know the amount. Once signed, you go next door to the Adjudication Branch to learn the amount deducted from your checking or savings account. (It might be too much for you to spare monthly)…. A very-inefficient system which should be done ALL AT ONCE in the payments branch. YO Catherine PASTEUR, deputy finance director, and Jeremiah Connor: Maybe we should read the Uniform Commercial Code to make a kinder plan (?). And if you are poor and have no checking or savings, you can’t have a payment plan from BAA? Did Ebenezer Scrooge design that? JOHN BERNARD did us proud by his promotion to detective. A great cop, held in high respect, got a great reception in Maggie’s on the Delaware. Best wishes!! A special “get well” to Vet Leader HAROLD FISHER of Levittown. Without Harold, we never would have built the VETS HOME on Southampton Road.... A super ex-cop, “Big Hank” VANNELLI, (Cont. Page 19)

Yo! Here we go again with this dementia quiz. Good luck with your answers. First question: You are a participant in a race. You overtake the person in second place. What position are you in? Answer: if you answered that you are first, you are absolutely wrong! If you overtake the second person and you take his place, you are in second place! Try to do better next time. Now answer the second question, but don’t take as much time as you took for the first question, ok? Second question: If you overtake the last person, then you are. Answer: if you answered that you are second to last, then you are – wrong again. Tell me sunshine, how can you overtake the last person? You’re not very good at this, are you? Third question: Very tricky arithmetic! Note: This must be done in your head only. Do not use paper and pencil or a calculator. Take 1,000 and add 40 to it. Now add another1,000, now add 30. Add another 1,000. Now add 20. Now add another 1,000. Now add 10. What is the total? Did you get 5,000? The correct answer is actually 4,100. If you don’t believe it, check it with a calculator! Today is definitely not your day, is it? Maybe you’ll get the last question right – maybe. Fourth question: Mary’s father has five daughters: 1. Nana, 2. Nene, 3. Nini, 4. Nono, and??? What is the name of the fifth daughter? (Cont. Page 19)

The years-long battle is over! The State Supreme Court has just okayed the General Assembly’s redistricting plan, which will take effect in the 2014 election. Breathing sighs of relief in Philadelphia are STATE REPS. MARK COHEN (Democrat) and JOHN TAYLOR (Republican), who will run in the districts they wanted. The featured bout will be between incumbent STATE REPS. JOHN SABATINA and ED NEILSON, who have been thrown together into a single district. Analysts will all have much more to say about the new map in weeks to come. Once again our heroes gathered in Harrisburg to salute the fallen police officers from the past year. Philadelphia FOP PRESIDENT JOHN McNESBY was one of the leaders of the event. But most the important participants were surviving family members. Among them were LINDA LORENZO, the wife of fallen Philadelphia Police OFFICER BRIAN LORENZO, and the family of Fallen Philadelphia Police OFFICER MOSES WALKER, JR. The other officers who gave their lives to help keep us safe were OFFICER BRADLEY FOX of Plymouth Township, TROOPER 1ST-CLASS BLAKE T. COBLE and OFFICER AVERY FREEMAN from the city of Chester. The memorial service is always one of the most somber in the state and draws the leading political figures. Those onstage were GOV. TOM CORBETT, ATTORNEY GEN. KATHLEEN KANE, TREASURER ROB McCORD, LT. GOV. JIM CAWLEY, MAJORITY LEADER DOMINIC PILEGGI, DEMOCRATIC LEADER JAY COSTA and House SPEAKER SAM SMITH. LES NERI, president of the State FOP, gave very-touching remarks. Also participating was State FOP VP ROOSEVELT POPLAR, who is a resident of Philadelphia. Democratic COMMITTEEMAN NICK FORGIONE celebrated 30 years cancer-free at the US One Diner. Forgione was surrounded by family members and supporters. Among them were 66B WARD LEADER MIKE McALEER and Municipal Court JUDGE FAYE STACK. Forgione is a former Philadelphia police officer who is now a competitive bicycle rider. He helps raise money for charitable causes and appears to be in his early 70s even though he’s 90. Parkwood Riding Club celebrated another successful year. Its founder and president is (Cont. Page 19)

Corbett Taps McDermott Again For Navigation Gov. Tom Corbett has reappointed James T. McDermott, Jr., to the Navigation Commission, and also as Philadelphia Regional Port Authority executive director. Apart from that, the Governor’s appointments and nominations continue to leave Philadelphia talent high and dry.

Who Will Replace Justice Melvin? The resignation of suspended State Supreme Court

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MEETING at GOP 26th Ward Leader Jim Dintino’s headquarters at 17th & Wolf were ward leaders and key supporters planning for major turnout of Republican voters in S. Phila. this primary. In photo are Joe D’Urso; Nick Marrandino; Dintino; Jim DiVergilis, Esq.; Joseph DiNicolantonio; who received elephant award for most registrations; Joseph DeRita; Andrew Dankanich; Steve Finore; Vince Finore; Terry Quinn; and staffers.

Justice Joan Orie Melvin now leaves Gov. Tom Corbett with less than 90 days to fill the vacancy she left on Pennsylvania’s highest court. Her letter of resignation was submitted a letter to the Governor on Mar. 25, announcing “with deep regret and a broken heart” May 1 as her resignation date. Once the Governor has chosen a nominee, the Senate must confirm the person by a two-thirds vote. That person

will then fill the vacancy until January 2016. The position for seventh justice on the court will be up for election in November 2015. Since political rules and traditions which permitted the use of employees in reelection campaigns have changed and are now prohibited, the former justice and her sister, Janine Orie, were found guilty of continuing the practice. (Cont. Page 16)

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(Cont. From Page 8) ator has been spending weekends and holidays traveling around the state and getting chits which should ensure him the state party’s nomination. It’s a case of swinging back from the way-left world of liberalism to a more-moderate candidate, seen as a winner by pollsters.

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sensor. If there is air in the system, this too may be the cause of the light staying on. It is normal for some of the coolant to come out when the engine is turned off, but it should only fill the reservoir tank. If it overflows, then the sensor may need to be replaced. I would start with the cap and fill the cooling system and allow the engine to warm. If the light stays on, then you will need to try tapping on the coolant reservoir to see if the sensor will come loose; if not, the reservoir will need to be replaced. Our Ford-certified technicians would be happy to help further if you would like to make an appointment on our online you can head to Hope this helped! 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 Michael P. Boyle, Esq. On its website, SSA publishes a list containing “ALJ Disposition Data”. This consists of a chart listing the number of dispositions by every ALJ employed by SSA. The most recent chart covers the period from Sep. 29, 2012 through Mar. 29, 2013, and can be found at appeals/DataSets/ 03_ALJ_Disposition_Data.html. Data for the three hearing offices in the Philadelphia region shows claimants have a muchbetter chance of having their claim approved if their case is assigned to the Elkins Park hearing office. For the sixmonth period cited, the ALJs in the Elkins Park ODAR issued favorable decisions over 70% of the time (1,741 favorable dons versus 742 unfavorables). In the Philadelphia ODAR, ALJs issued favorable decisions in just over 60% of the cases they decided (916 favor-

ables, 596 unfavorables). By contrast, the ALJs who work at the Philadelphia East ODAR issued favorable decisions in less than half the cases they decided (48.87% favorable versus 51.13% unfavorable of a total 1,741 claims). Ten of the 12 ALJs assigned to the Elkins Park ODAR issued favorable decisions 55% of the time or more. Eight of the 12 ALJs assigned to the Philadelphia ODAR issued favorable decisions 57% of the time or more. In the Philadelphia East ODAR, seven of the 10 ALJs issued favorable decisions less than 50% of the time, with one judge under 35%. What does this mean? Each case is unique, as is each ALJ. Results in a particular case depend upon the strength of the medical evidence presented and factors such as age, education, past work history, drug and alcohol use, and the claimant’s credibility. Still, there’s a big difference between an approval rate of 70% and one under 50%. On the whole, I’d rather have my case assigned to the hearing office with the higher approval rate.


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Union Labor…Building it right for a better and stronger community And promoting renaissance of North Broad St. Laborers’ District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and vicinity is comprised of four unions: Local 332, Samuel Staten, Jr., Vincent Primavera, Jr. Business Manager/Co-Chairman L.E.C.E.T. Co-Chairman Local 135, Daniel L. Woodall, Jr., Damian Lavelle Business Manager L.E.C.E.T. Management Trustee Local 413, James Harper, Jr., Fred Chiarlanza Business Manager L.E.C.E.T. Management Trustee Local 57, Walt Higgins Harry Hopkins Business Manager L.E.C.E.T. Management Trustee Laborers District Council, Ryan N. Boyer, Business Manager.

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Baldwin brothers acting family Gary Busey, who continues to have financial difficulty with the IRS Kim Basinger, who bought a town for $20 million right before she was sued for more than $8 million (breach of contract case) Lorraine Bracco, who admitted when interviewed that bankruptcy is a humbling experience Tia Carrere, who was accused of filing bankruptcy to get out of her contract with ABC



by Michael A. Cibik, Esq American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: Do you ever want to live the lifestyle of the rich and famous? Celebrities file bankruptcy too! Answer: In the mid ’80s to early ’90s, a television show, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”, was broadcast in America with its host, Robin Leach, showing the everyday American how the rich and famous lived their lives, often on exotic vacations. Celebrities are often admired, imitated and fawned over in our society. But when you look closely, those celebrities are not any different from the average Joe on the street. However, unlike Joe, who can file for bankruptcy protection and have privacy, celebrities filing for bankruptcy make headlines and fingers get pointed about why or how or what caused financial distress. While the celebrity lifestyle may be quite different from Joe’s, financial distress has the same effect on everyone, and everyone is entitled to a fresh start, no matter how many (or how few) paparazzi stalk them. Listed below are a few (not all) bankruptcies of film and television stars who have filed for bankruptcy protection: Real Housewives of New Jersey: Terese & Joe Giudice, Danielle Staub, Chris Manzo (his company) Real Housewives of New York: Sonja Morgan Real Housewives of Orange County: Alexis & Jim Bellino, Simon Barney, Tammy Knickerbocker, Lynne & Frank Curtin Real Housewives of Atlanta: Lisa Wu Hartwell Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Taylor & Russell Armstrong Real Housewives of D.C.: Michaele & Tareq Salahi Stephen Baldwin, one of the

Gary Coleman, now deceased, but who was once the highest-paid child actor in his era Francis Ford Coppola, who had many box-office successes, also had failures that put his studio at risk Walt Disney, who created Mickey Mouse AFTER his bankruptcy and went on to fantastic success Burt Reynolds, whose bad investments caused his financial distress Zsa Zsa Gabor, who filed bankruptcy after losing a libel suit filed by Elke Sommer Mickey Rooney, who also became a victim of elder financial abuse after his bankruptcy (Cont. Page 19)

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Candidates - “Your Choice”, “Our Choice”

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Under DN Blast They say you haven’t truly arrived in the political big leagues until you have experienced some nasty negative ink. Long-time Republican Commissioner Tim O’Brien received his baptism recently

Lawyers gathered in Union League to honor Tracy Roman in her quest for a Common Pleas judge seat. Tracy’s varied experience is known for fairness before the bar of justice. when the Daily News ran a negative story involving his personal life. He’s joined the club of other political players

in the country who have had the uncomfortable experience of being splattered on the printed wall. But it’s not a deal- or career-breaker. It’s how you respond. O’Brien is a political product of the city’s river wards where pols don’t break very easily. We see O’Brien to continue to make noise in GOP circles. Look for the GOP to benefit by his return to the political arena.

Polls Don’t Count On Election Day! We couldn’t let this primary go by without calling out one poll that shows how misleading a poll can be. A poll conducted by Controller challenger Brett Mandel’s team shows Mandel leading incumbent Philadelphia Controller Alan Butkovitz 27% to 23% with 46% of likely Democratic primary voters are undecided. Four hundred premier • 215-755-2000

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SETTING forth from Woody’s on LGBTupset victory the odds are the undecided pub crawl on behalf of Common Pleas can- Splendid barbecue including leg of lamb was didate Giovanni Campbell, who is endorsed prepared by Brian Lawson of Grad Hospital by Liberty City, candidate was flanked by area for reform Controller candidate Brett campaign workers Vanessa Montone and Mandel, to his right. Scores turned out to sample fare and pitch in their support for Mandel. Mark Dobbins.

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SEEKING support of Ward Leader State Rep. Angel Cruz’s 7th Ward and 51st State PAC were judicial candidates. Cruz is seated, 2nd from left. primary voters were interviewed by DC-based Thirty-Ninth Street Strategies. “Mandel’s name identification is about the same as Butkovitz, which should be worrisome for an incumbent who has held the City Controller’s office for over seven years,” said pollster Marc Silverman. “Mandel is in position to score an State Rep.

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CANDIDATES gathered in Isla Verde on invigorated American Street Corridor as State Rep. Angel Cruz, 7th Ward Leader, hosted Tracy Roman and Jim Crumlish, Common Pleas Court candidates; Jose Figueroa for Traffic Court; Alan Butkovitz for City Controller; Leon King and Photo by Joe Stivala Sierra Street for Common Pleas Court. over Butkovitz if he has the resources necessary to effectively communicate with voters in the expensive Philadelphia media market.” That sounds ominous, but the poll doesn’t indicate

46% will take their cues from their neighborhood Democratic committeeperson who has endorsed Butkovitz, who has been serving as Controller (Cont. Page 19)

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The Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT Philly) is sponsoring a special promotion for National Armed Forces Day. ACCT Philly will offer a free pet adoption for all active, reserve and veteran armed forces members on Saturday, May 18th from 10 am - 5 pm. The event will take place at the ACCT Philly shelter at 111 W. Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia PA. The standard adoption screening process applies and veterans and armed forces members will need to show their military ID.


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Maybe not so well known, was the fact Buddy also did some fighting outside the political arena. Before he embarked on a political journey that would take him to the Penna. State Senate, Buddy was a boxer. Boxers often boxed under different names in those days, and Cianfrani boxed under the name of “Buddy Brown”.

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LIVELY funder at Chris’ Jazz Café in Center helped beef up Sierra Thomas Street’s campaign for Common Pleas hopeful Sierra Thomas Street, joined here by her Campaign Mgr. Ward Leader Pete Wilson, left, and Treasurer Timothy Cooper.

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Acting Democratic 2nd Ward Leader Kevin Price recently held a memorial tribute to the late Henry J. “Buddy” Cianfrani, long-time leader of the 2nd Ward, at Saigon Maxim Restaurant in South Philly where some of his old friends and foes gathered and reminisced about the legendary South Philly politician. Some stories discussed where about some of Buddy’s fights, and anyone who knew Buddy, knows he certainly had his share of them over the years, including some classic South Philly political battles with the publisher of this paper.

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Out & About (Cont. From Page 10) There was a time when being a teacher was one of the noblest things you could do. Now it’s high on the list of thankless jobs

Walking (Cont. From Page 10) is working on getting well. He is just 88 years young. Wally LITTLEWOOD, hero of the Japanese attack on USS Bunker Hill, turned 90 years young. Wally’s company has maintained loyalty to the city for 150 years and not moved out, despite river flooding. JOE DRISCOLL, WW2 Hero, turned 89. His sons Joe and Mike, of Finnigan’s Wake, worship the guy – and rightly so. HAROLD ROSENTHAL, Esq., perennial human rights campaigner, has a birthday; yet Hal and lovely wife Sue are ageless. They are now off to Israel. Mike FERA celebrates a birthday. The former leader of city CEMENT MASONS is

(Cont. From Page 10) SARAH DelRICCI. The club helps children with developmental disabilities to develop through horse riding. Sarah is the lovely wife of well-respected Democratic 66B WARD CHAIRMAN JOHN DELRICCI. Also in attendance

Corey Haim, now deceased, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Haim was best known for his roles in “Lost Boys” and “Lucas”

has brought on heightened speculation as to who will replace her on an interim basis. The appointment will probably run through 2015. The Governor will nominate a candidate who then must obtain the approval of two-thirds of the State Senate. While Republicans are in the majority, they would need the support of seven Democrats to get to the two-thirds. We expect in order to get Senate ap-

proval (especially from Democrats), the candidate would agree not to run for the seat in 2015. President of the Supreme Court and former Philadelphia District Attorney RON CASTILLE has been heard asking for a replacement for Orie Melvin as soon as possible. The Court has been without a seventh judge for roughly a year and this, according to Castille, has contributed to a

people are asked to do for next to nothing, and under less-thanstellar circumstances. Here in Philadelphia, being a teacher is even tougher than it is in most places. From school closings to a contract negotiation that’s coming to resemble a death

match, teachers here have a rough way to go. So I’d like to send a shout-out to my colleagues here at the Performance Learning Center. I applaud you for the job you do and for the progress that you make with kids that are a challenge.

And I’d also like to give a shout-out to the teachers of the School District of Philadelphia, who make the best of an academic climate that’s not always pleasant, and my teacher friends in New Jersey who have to teach under the only Governor that treats ed-

ucation the same way Tom Corbett does: Chris Christie. Happy Teacher Appreciation Day! You deserve your props….

spotted by me really enjoying retirement, when I walk the dog. Mike’s dog is named after his favorite cheese. Public Relations giant FRANK KEEL is wished a happy birthday – a really down-to-earth professional. No snob is he…. On FACEBOOK was a fine tribute to Fire Capt. Goodwin and all first responders by Congressman Bob BRADY. State Rep. Mark COHEN leads again with a proposal to legalize civil/gay unions in our state. It stands out, because Pennsylvania is always lightyears in catching up with the country.... I was happy to hear State Attorney General Kathleen KANE wants a legislative vote on the LCB sale. Local 1776 is mounting a big media campaign against the sale. One study said more liquor will be

sold if we had private liquor stores. REALLY. Who wants the potential for more DUIs? The state GOP is seeing the light when they say no rush to judgement is in order! Councilwoman Marian TASCO spoke of a new Governor next term during her Jazz Brunch. The applause was thunderous, almost lifting the roof at THE VIEW Restaurant at 800 N. Broad. So many seem to want CORBETT out! Including maybe some 115,000 Pennsylvanians knocked off food stamps.... An aside is that 800 N. Broad Street was once a courthouse, and The View was the president judge’s office. The recent press story about bike enforcement and bike lanes is needed! It seems the LEGACY of the NUTTER years will be bike lanes and

grass-covered areas. But the ECONOMIST did not give Philly such good marks in employment gain when comparing American cities.... And thanks to Councilman Wilson GOODE, who spoke of holding up pay raises to non-union City workers while the Firefighters award is not PAID. IATSE 8 Stagehands seem to have been hurt during peaceful protest (?). In the birthplace of Liberty?... After 39 years, Local 19 Sheet Metal Workers went on strike. Let’s back them! PHILLY LABOR’S website again featured THE PUBLIC RECORD…. JOHNNY DOC’S new motorized RAT-Mobile is a sensation! This means increased mobility in labor disputes.

(Cont. From Page 10) Did you answer Nunu? No! Of course it isn’t. Her name is Mary! Read the question again! Okay, now the bonus round, i.e., a final chance to redeem yourself: A mute person goes into a shop and wants to buy a toothbrush. By imitating the action of brushing his teeth, he successfully expresses himself to the shopkeeper and the purchase is done. Next, a blind man comes into the shop who wants to buy a pair of sunglasses; how does he indicate what he wants? It’s really very simple; he opens his mouth and asks for it. Does your employer actually pay you to think? If so, do not let them see your answers for this test! Pass this on to frustrate the smart people in your life! Have a nice day, one and all.

was 66B WARD LEADER MIKE McALEER. Speaking of McAleer, he was elected the new chairman of the Northeast Democratic Ward Leaders. There are 18 Northeast ward leaders; their organization was previously chaired by wellliked COUNCILWOMAN JOAN KRAJEWSKI. Joan recently announced her retirement from her duties as chair.

McAleer called for a new election and schedule it for Randi’s Restaurant in Grant Plaza. Among the ward leaders in attendance were MARGE TARTAGLIONE and her daughter RENÉE, BOB DELLAVELLA, PAT PARKINSON, JOHN SABATINA, BILL DOLBOW, ANGEL CRUZ, EMILIO VAZQUEZ, JAN-

ICE SULMAN and TONYA STACK. Some of the Ward Leaders were opposed to McAleer’s receiving a full four-year term. They argued he should fill the vacancy left by Krajewski of one and a half years. But the great majority supported McAleer for a full four-year term. Now the Northeast Ward Leaders have the challenge of

actually being unified. Over the years, they have threatened to become successful by staying together. Inevitably, though, the group splinters off and supports different candidates. However, the hope has always been, and it remains a possibility, that they will unify in a disciplined way and be much more significant in city and state elections.

Montgomery Co. Commissioner Bruce Castor, Jr. has discovered what other potential Republican would-be challengers to Gov. Tom Corbett are learning. The money well is dry. It’s been drained off by Tom Corbett and his major fundraising bucket brigade, led again by Tom Asher. So Castor has begged off challenging the incumbent in the next gubernatorial primary. His reasons were just and many, but the inability to garner the millions of dollars needed put the last nail in his decision-making.

Don Johnson, another actor who rose to success in the 80s and fell hard in 2004 Margot Kidder, actress, whose mental illness amplified

the financial turmoil in her life in the late ’80s and early ’90s Randy Quaid, another ’80s star, who filed for bankruptcy in 2010, then fled to Canada with his wife and sought refugee Debbie Reynolds, who had to sell her celebrity memorabilia

during the bankruptcy process John Wayne, the “Duke”, was among the top box-office draws for three decades Nadya Shuleman, otherwise known as “Octomom” Heidi Fleiss, aka the “Hollywood Madam”, whose financial troubles continued

post-bankruptcy John Wayne Bobbitt, whose angry wife dismembered him, and who went on to become an adult-film star Casey Anthony, who was found not guilty for the murder of her child while most of America believes

she was guilty Anna Nicole Smith, whose real name was Vicki Lynn Marshall, rose to fame as the 1993 Playboy Bunny of the Year. Next Week’s Question: Is your bankruptcy lawyer trying to torture you?

Waffleman (Cont. From Page 16) since his election in 2005.

Union Takes Liquor Privatization To Public

Wendell Young IV, president of the UFCW Wine & Spirits Council, and head of Local 1776, which represents liquor-store clerks, has taken the privatization fight to the public via radio and television. His union expects to spend over $1 million to get the right message through to the voters. It seems to be working, since the privatization push by Gov. Corbett appears to be losing steam.

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she resigned and this week was sentenced to three years of house arrest and two years probation. She is far luckier than her sister, former STATE SEN. JANE ORIE, who is serving a 2-to-10 year sentence for similar offenses. As part of her sentence, Orie Melvin must write apologies to every judge in the state on the back of pictures of herself. Orie Melvin’s resignation

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(Cont. From Page 10) SIONER JOE HOEFFEL against Castor, many hold Castor at least partially culpable. I believe Corbett would probably win a primary fight with Castor. However, it would be a costly distraction. While the herd recognizes Corbett’s approval ratings are weak, it

sizable backlog. Local names that have been tossed about include Delaware River Port Authority Commissioner and Stradley Ronan attorney WILLIAM SASSO. GOP political operative TIM O’BRIEN continues to make positive political moves. Fresh off his successful fundraiser, he’s made a verygenerous donation to the United Republican Club from the Philly Future Fund which he chairs. He recently was elected to the URC board.

should be noted GOV. ED RENDELL’S ratings at this point in his first term were not a lot better. Rendell went on to win a second term by roughly 20 points. Pennsylvania Supreme Court JUSTICE JOAN ORIE MELVIN was convicted of six counts of public corruption charges owing to her use of her then-Superior Court staff for campaign purposes. Last week

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His Background Is Tailored To Court Of Common Pleas He looks taller than his 6’3” height, and he says, “That’s probably because I am so thin. My father was thin and I guess I have his genes.” What Giovanni Campbell doesn’t say is he keeps in shape. At 47, he could probably put a few of today’s sprinters to shame. The energy he exudes has kept him literally running through the courts for the past 20 years, making a name for himself as a criminal-defense and civil-rights attorney. Since graduating from Temple University School of Law in 1993, Giovanni has involved himself in a host of law associations. In addition, he

GIOVANNI CAMPBELL thanks his hosts attorneys Anthony Zarella and John Pallante at Center City fundraiser for Campbell’s second campaign for Common Pleas judgeship, this time with DCC endorsement. has provided pro bono service with learning differences. His roots are in Panama, a to individuals, organizations, and progressive law interest very-Catholic country, where groups, including champi- his parents named him after oning the rights of students Pope John XXIII. So it was

that Giovanni Campbell came to this country at the age of 12, first to New York and then to Philadelphia, with an Italian-sounding first name. Campbell is a natural for the bench. He writes and speaks fluent Spanish, has taken graduate-level courses in translation theory and language policy. With an African ancestry of West Indian linage, he is well poised to put his feet into the shoes of many who are poor in expressing themselves in English when they appear in court. But except for a tinge of a musical dialect which draws the attention of the listener, he now considers himself a

“blueblood” Philadelphian. He has managed his own law firm shortly after passing the bar. His many hours in trial cases, he believes, guided him to his decision to run for judge. “I saw things happening in the courts, which did little to provide equal justice. I would say to myself, ‘If I were sitting on the bench in this courtroom, I wouldn’t allow this or that’.” He is a stickler for detail and keeping schedules and would impose those requirements on both defense and prosecuting attorneys. His constant concern for the welfare of those who serve is evident in the fact he volun-

teers to help first responders and their spouses with basic estate planning and in participating in the Senior Law Center’s volunteer attorney hotline for indigent senior citizens. He picked number eight in ballot position and, backed by the strong support of the Democratic City Committee which endorsed him, his prospects of being sworn in are bright. He’s busy right now campaigning. “Though it seems I have the wind to my back, I know I’ve got to do my own rowing as well.” Campbell makes his home in West Mt. Airy with his wife of 15 years, Kathy, and two daughters, Chaundra, 9, and Aya, 12.

Rania Major Speaks Language Of Law – And Of The People When most Philadelphia attorneys speak only English, Rania Major can talk to her clients in either German or Spanish, a skill that has helped her as she has worked the city’s streets in her 25-plus years as a Philadelphia attorney. Now, at the age of 51, Rania Major is running for one of the six vacancies in the Democratic primary ballot for Common Pleas Court. She brings to the race a dedication to the American justice system. She loves the law, the American Constitution and it stands for and has learned how it can be misused. Having practiced in the City’s various courts since right out of law school, Major believes she has what it takes to make a judge who will be fair. She has the book smarts by “studying the laws that are newly changed.” She believes she has the street smarts which make her able to work through the phonies and the real people who have sought to be her clients. What has motivated Major into running in a crowded field, without major endorsements, is the belief she can make every voter she approaches understands her goal: “to end making

Rania Major judicial decisions on preconceived notions based upon the charges brought against someone, whether they are a plaintiff or defendant in a civil suit, or whether they are the mother, father or grandparent of a child.” In discussions with her, one learns, “Every case must be heard on its merits, the facts particular to the case and, then, through the application of the relevant laws,” she sees justice served for the litigants before her. Major said, if she is presiding over a jury trial, she believes her role is to oversee the case, know the rules of evidence to make proper rulings, and guide the jurors through

what can be a labyrinth of law so they may do their job well. Major knows the law as well as the most-learned professor in law school. It’s her life, a desire she’s had when she was six years old. At the age of five, she was a reader, easily taking on Shakespeare and some of the other classes. What hooked her, she says, “was the day I began reading a book by a lawyer,” whose authorship she no longer remembers. “It was then I knew my life’s calling.” As busy as she is, especially since she gives much of her time to pro bono cases, she has never stopped reading, especially books covering history, be it law or government. She has spent time studying laws in other countries including at Heidelberg University, London, and in Cairo courts. In most countries, a defendant is presumed guilty and needs to prove their innocence. Each time she comes away more convinced, “Our constitution is heaven-sent, the greatest document of law ever written. We still fight over what it means. But we need to make sure we continue to protect the people.” Major sees a judge’s role is to help lessen crime and pre-

vent recidivism. “We need to understand what the crime was, why it was committed and whether or not we appropriately render the right verdict. We need to truly protect a child in family court, to balance all conflicting interests.” Born near Chicago, Rania’s dad moved the family to Philadelphia in 1987 from North Carolina as Western Electric began its merger with ATT. As a North Carolinian, she is often asked about basketball star Michael Jordan who attended those same

years. She admits not knowing him, but rooting for him. Though practicing law is her 24-7, she does take time out to stay grounded, playing in a variety of sports, arts and glass-blowing. Those who know her agree she is a beacon of hope for many homeless. Others in need have come to her, referred by others who had been in their straits. She not only has welcomed them into her home and cared for them, but has found jobs for them a well. She finds Philadelphia is

the “cradle of freedom, but I don’t see it in our court system. Many are punched through as a number, many get lost in the shuffles.” For the last 14 years, her office has been in the barrio and is currently located at 5th & Indiana. Her experience, she believes, has made her “a peoples’ lawyer and enables me to relate to anyone and to understand the plight of many.” Now Rania Major hopes the many she has helped will come out to vote for her primary day.

Roebucks Host Fundraiser For Yeadon Mayor

STATE REP. Jim Roebuck and his wife Cheryl hosted reception for Yeadon Mayor Dolores Jones-Butler who is seen with campaign manager Dr. Rufus Lynch at Vietnam Photos by Bonnie Squires Café in W. Phila.

ATTENDING reelection campaign fundraiser for Mayor Dolores Jones-Butler were, from left, Caroline Collins, regional director of Penna. Federation of Democratic Women; Yvonne Sawyer, secretary of Yeadon Democratic Women; Jones-Butler; and Audrey Adedunyo, treasurer of Yeadon Federation of Democratic Women. Collins and Mayor Butler are co-chairing 86th statewide convention of Penna. Federation of Democratic Women, which will be held for very first time in Delaware Co., Jun. 27-30, at Wyndham Gardens Hotel in Essington.








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JUDICIAL candidates are kept busy campaigning for votes at various ward meetings and events. At 37th Ward, seen with Wilfredo Rojas, right, were Sierra Street, Rania Major and Leon King III.

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37TH WARD leader El Amor Brawne Ali introduces Traffic Court candidate Marnie Aument-Loughrey at crowded ward meeting at St. Mark’s, 9th & Cambria. LEWIS HARRIS JR., candidate for Traffic Court, and recent changeover from Republican Ward Leader to registered Democrat, answers questions from 17th Ward Executive Committee and its new Ward Leader Raynard Hughes at candidate-evaluation meeting.

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ANNUAL CONTEST was also family-fun day for several thousand who attended daylong event at Carpenters’ Training Facility on Decatur Road. Carpenter apprentice Geoff Alderfar and his family, including two-year-old Brendan, made rounds of all exhibits and enjoy free refreshments.

LUNCHTIME found these young apprentices comparing notes as they competed in annual apprenticeship graduation exercises.

GETTING A LESSON in why safety straps are essential when working in high places is George Henheffer.

BILL SENSKI AND JERRY COUGHLIN have joined ranks of retirees, but remain active in promoting quality of union carpentry.


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CARPENTERS must be well shod and union makes sure they are. Here Drs. Ken Small, Jade Hershmatpour and Julie Presgraves explain what goes into making a proper boot to graduating apprentice.

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UNION CONTRACTORS were pleased to see how well graduating apprentices demonstrate their carpentry skills at annual Apprentice Contest and Open House held at huge Training Facility on Decatur Road. With Carpenters head Edward Coryell, center, are contractors Philip Radomski, Joe Clearkin, Fran Pitrini and Craig Melograno, who are also mem- COMPETING against other apprentices in using metal studs bers of Carpenters Joint was Philip Simpson being judged by Jack Smathers. ApprenApprenticeship Committee. tices competed in various skills taught to apprentices.

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GOP Honor Canuso With Standing Ovation As He Announces Retirement

CHAIRMAN Vito Canuso introduces GOP candidates Dan Alvarez for DA and Terry Tracy for City Controller to Cannstatter crowd as Republican Counsel IN AUDIENCE were Jerry & Maria Aspite and TEAMSTER Dan Grace, center, was joined by labor leaders Mike Krane and Chuck White. Carl Ciglar. Michael Meehan looks on.

REPUBLICAN City Committee Chairman Vito Canuso, who has held that post since 1995, announced his intention to retire as Party Chairman before packed host at Pre Primary fundraiser at Cannstatter. Canuso had succeeded Donald Jamison, who resigned REPUBLICAN crowd gave Chairman Vito Canuso rousing GOP STALWARTS included Councilman Jack Kelly, Bill COUNCILMAN David Oh after being elected to Supe- standing ovation on his retirement announcement in appre- Ivers, Mrs. McColgan and Judge John Poserina. checks in with Teamsters chief rior Court. ciation of his years of service. Dan Grace.

WARD LEADER Vincent Fenerty reIN FROM FLORIDA was Mrs. John calls past memories with John Egan, WARD LEADER Jim Dintino shares AMONG CROWD could be found Ben Haney, Commissioner Perzel, seen here with Vincent Em- who ran for Mayor on Republican happy moment with Republican Coun- Al Schmidt and his wife Erin, unidentified guest, and Dana sel Mike Meehan. manuel and Ward Leader Walt Vogler. ticket. Spain.

END OF ERA as Pat Carr, Carmella “Ms. Republican City Committee” Fitzgerald and retiring chairman Vito Canuso pose ENJOYING festivities were GOP stalwarts Joe Samuel, Brand & Crystal El, at entrance table, a position she manned for his many years as JOINING Councilman Brian O’Neill were Jim O’Connell and Jerry Aspite. and Calvin R. Tucker. GOP head.

Kitchen and Sid Booker host Get Out Vote Rally at Club LaPointe, 4600 N. Broad St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Radio Personality Patty Jackson, Mayor Michael Nutter, Council President Darrell L. Clarke, Congressman Chaka Fattah. May 17- 1492 Society presents “A Night In Italy” featuring Jerry Blavat and honoring Councilman Mark Squilla at Galdo’s Catering, 20th & Moyamensing Ave. Buffet, top-shelf open bar, dancing. $75 per person. Benefits 2013 Columbus Day Parade. For info Vince

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$20 to PAWS. To confirm your dog’s attendance, call Michele DiPietro (215) 6863412 by May 15. May 18- Asian American Heritage Festival at Franklin Square Park, 6th & Race Sts., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. May 18- State Rep. Cherelle Parker hosts Senior Luncheon at W. Oak Lane Sr. Ctr., 7210 Ogontz Ave., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For info (215) 242-7300. May 18- Tailgate Party for State Rep. John Sabatina at Taggart House, 9961 Frankford Ave., 4-8 p.m. Watch Phillies win. $40 ticket or sponsors $500, $1,000, $4,000. For info or call (215) 7428600.

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dates Night at 5542 Chestnut St. Fish fry starts 11 a.m. and candidates 6-9 p.m. Candidates $50. May 17- Sheriff Jewell Williams hosts Democratic 16th Ward Chicken or Fish Fry at Lou & Choo’s, 2101 W. Hunting Park Ave., 5-9 p.m., $10. 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 17- State Sen. Shirley

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(Cont. From Page 7) Candidates Night at Multi-Purpose Rm., Penna. School For Deaf, 143 W. Coulter, 6:307:30 p.m. May 17- 60th Ward Democrats hold Fish Fry and Candi-

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Footnote #1: The $470 million dollar rapper, JAY Z, was given Time Magazine's No. 1 spot; his wife, RE.BEYONCÉ, placed at No. 96; First Lady MICHELLE OBAMA, shows at No. 99; U.S. President , BARACK OSAMA, placed at No. 21. #2: In a separate category: "BEHIND THE 100... The List's Most Powerful Couples", it lists three couples. They are: (a) THE OBAMAS, Barack & Michelle, (b) THE CARTERS, Jay Z & Beyotxe, NEW YORK CITY, and (c) THE XIS, Jinping & Pen Liyuan, Beijing. #3: Listed as one of their "FAVORITE THINGS," both Obamas did not pick the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, but an R & B musician, "Stevie Wonder." However, President Nixon had different values. He chose the "PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA, to perform at his 2nd Inauguration (a Presidential first) instead of D.C.'s National Symphony Orchestra.

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SEAN STEVENS, 3rd from left, was one of 20-plus judicial candidates who addressed Sam Durso, David Sternberg, Fred Druding, Jr. and many others gathered at Tattooed Mom’s for judicial forum organized by Philly for Change. Stevens was no stranger to Tattooed Mom’s, as he was doorman at famed South Street watering hole while in college.

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