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Catholic League Seeks Probe Of Philly D.A.’s Office A series of legal problems attendant to a civil suit against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has led Catholic League President Bill Donohue to call for an official investigation into the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office. On May 9, Donohue sent a letter by priority mail to Anthony P. Sodroski, Disciplinary Counsel-in-Charge of the Disciplinary

Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, requesting an investigation into the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office. Donohue said, “What needs to be settled is whether someone from the office of DA Seth Williams will be receiving a referral fee for his work in connection with the ‘Billy Doe’ civil suit against the Archdiocese of

Philadelphia [Billy Doe v. Archdiocese of Philadelphia, et al., No. 110702430 (Phila. Co. Ct. of Common Pleas)].” Enclosed in the mailing was a copy of the transcript that quotes an exchange between alleged victim “Billy Doe” and attorney Michael J. McGovern. The discussion centers on the DA’s office securing an attor-

ney for “Doe.” Donohue ended his letter by noting the following: “You should know that we are pursuing other avenues of redress in this case. Never in my 20 years as president of the Catholic League have I seen a more-egregious series of legal misconduct stemming from one case. All I am asking from you is cooperation in this

particular matter.” Donahue this week stated, “The Catholic League is not walking away from this issue. From what I have learned from the crackerjack reporting by Ralph Cipriano, the public has been kept in the dark on many aspects of what really happened to three Catholic priests and one Catholic layman.”

Poverty Rate Of City Workers Doubles Under Mayor Nutter by Jake Sternberger A new Temple University study has found city workers in Philadelphia are twice as likely today as they were in 2007 to have incomes that fall below the poverty guideline for a family of four when wages are adjusted for the local cost of living. The author of the study, Associate Professor of Economics Michael Bognanno, said, “The analysis shows that a significant portion of the combined membership of District Council 33 and 47 are below the poverty line set for a sole earner in a family of four. The extent of the membership below the poverty line has roughly doubled since 2007, the period of time in which the membership has gone without a pay increase.” Membership has gone without a pay increase because Mayor Michael Nutter has instead been putting forth budgets that hurt the vital services government-sector employees provide. According to the US Dept. of Health & Human Services, the 2013 poverty guideline for a family of four is set at $23,550. Bognanno’s study used Economic Research Institute data to adjust the HHS national poverty guideline for the cost of living in Philadelphia. As city workers, members of DC 33 and 47 are required to live in the city, which is more expensive than surrounding areas. Because the national lifestyle for a family of four purchased with $23,550 nationwide costs 50% more in the City of Philadelphia, the poverty guideline adjusted for the local cost of living in

Philadelphia is $35,310. The mean salary for the nearly 7,500 members of AFSCME District Council 33 is only $34,626, and 58% of DC 33 members earn less than $35,000 a year. “This report confirms what we’ve been saying all along: Michael Nutter’s refusal to negotiate with the city unions has forced more and more of the city’s workforce to live below the poverty line, which in turn weakens city services,” said Pete Matthews, AFSCME DC 33 president. “By continuing to ignore the collective bargaining process, this mayor has shown his contempt for the dedicated public employees who go to work every day to move the city forward.”

Merging together the data for employees in District Councils 33 and 47, the study found 41.9% earn less than $35,310. In other words, roughly 2/5ths of these employees earn less than the poverty guideline for a sole-earner in a family of four after adjusting for local cost of living. Put plainly, if you saw 10 city workers clearing the streets in front of your home during Hurricane Sandy, four of those workers went home to poverty when their shift ended. When Nutter was elected in 2007, the HHS 2007 poverty guideline for a family of four was $20,650 nationally. Again using ERI data to find the local guideline, the 2007 lifestyle afforded at this income level was

$30,975 in Philadelphia. Because Nutter has refused to renegotiate contracts with AFSCME, wages have remained constant since 2007, allowing Bognanno to determine the fraction of today’s employees who would have been judged in poverty back in 2007. Only 20.7%, or 1/5th, of employees in DC 33 and 47 would have earned less than $30,975 in 2007. This means that under Nutter and his 1% policies, the fraction of workers beneath the poverty guideline has doubled since 2007, going from roughly 1/5th to 2/5ths. “Since Mayor Nutter took office in 2007, the number of city workers living below the poverty threshold has doubled,”

said Cathy Scott, AFSCME DC 47 president. “This is not a coincidence. The Mayor’s policies have protected the city’s wealthiest and most powerful at the expense of the men and women who keep our roads clean, staff our libraries and recreation centers, and ensure that drinking water is clean and safe. As a result, the entire city has suffered.” The Mayor’s recent budget proposal – now before City Council – cuts city services and wages. Not only does this impact the city worker, but it impacts all other residents of Philadelphia. (JAKE STERNBERGER is a recovering/relapsing political operative who covers campaigns and elections.)

Why Anti-Christian Push In Military? Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council based in Washington, D.C., has launched the American Hero Defense Fund to combat “aggressive anti-Christian actions of the Obama administration which are real, documented and escalating.” His documentation follows: 1. January 2010 — The Dept. of Defense orders removal of tiny Bible references on military scopes and gun sights. 2. June 2011 — The Dept. of Veterans Affairs forbids references to God and Jesus during burials at National Cemetery. 3. August 2011 — The Air Force stops teaching the Just War theory because it is based on a philosophy of St. Augustine. 4. September 2011 — The

Air Force Chief of Staff prohibits commanders from notifying airmen of religious programs. 5. September 2011 — The Army issues Walter Reed Medical Center guidelines stipulating that no religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading materials and/or tracts) are to be given to the wounded. 6. November 2011 — The Air Force Academy rescinds support for Operation Christmas Child because it is run by Christians. 7. February 2012 — The US Military Academy at West Point disinvites three-star Army general, decorated war hero, and FRC Executive Vice President, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William “Jerry” Boykin, because he is an outspoken Christian. 8. February 2012 — The

Army orders Catholic chaplains not to read archbishop’s letter to soldiers. 9. May 2012 — The Obama Administration opposes legislation to protect the rights of conscience for military chaplains who do not wish to perform same-sex “marriages.” 10. June 2012 — Obama administration revokes the long-standing U.S. policy of allowing military service emblems to be placed on military Bibles. 11. August 2012 — Lt. Col. Jack Rich of the US Army emails subordinates saying they should be on the lookout for people who share FRC’s values because they are not “Army values.” 12. January 2013 — Obama announces the opposition to a provision in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act

protecting the rights of conscience for military chaplains. 13. April 2013 — Officials briefing US Army soldiers include “Evangelical Christianity” and “Catholicism” along with the terrorist organizations Al-Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood, and Hamas as examples of “religious extremism.” 14. May 2013 — The Pentagon meets with Mikey Weinstein and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation to establish new rules which would restrict the religious freedom of Christian and Jewish military personnel. Perkins is soliciting contributions to match a $70,000 challenge grant for the American Hero Defense Fund. His address: Family Research Council, 801 G Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001. Phone (800) 225-4008.

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Memorial Day At The National Constitution Center will cover the three-day holiday running 10 a.m.-3 p.m. During Memorial Day weekend, the National Constitution Center will pay tribute to those brave men and women by exploring how Americans today honor our military heroes. The National Constitution Center will have extended hours on Sunday, May 26. The Center will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day. From crafts for kids to patriotic karaoke, the National Constitution Center has something for everyone. There will also be a 20-minute interactive program, “Memorials: How a Nation Remembers.” Guests will learn the history of monuments across the country, including Little Bighorn, the USS Arizona and the Lincoln Memorial. The

program will take place daily at 10 a.m., 12 m. and 2 p.m. A free program begins Saturday, May 28 and runs 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. One can hear riveting stories of our nation’s history in the places they actually happened at these 13 benches scattered through the Historic District. “History” Makers takes place 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily from May 28. Meet a person from the past at locations all through the Historic District. “Colonial Kids’ Quest” leaves from the Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th & Chestnut, 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28. This kid-friendly “whodunit” has tour-goers searching for a missing copy of the Declaration of Independence. “Independence After Hours” takes place on Friday, May 27

and Saturday, May 28. Evening walking tour includes a delicious dinner at City Tavern followed by a nighttime visit to Independence Hall to eavesdrop on the goings-on in July 1776. In Franklin Square 12-3 p.m. Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, you can join in free fun and games on the Great Lawn 12-3 p.m. on Monday, May 30. The Square is open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, May 27, Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, May 28. In addition to putting through famous Philadelphia landmarks on the Philly Mini Golf course and taking a ride on the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel, Memorial Day weekend visitors will enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities. Take a train ride around the Square on the Lightning Bolt

Express all weekend long, enjoy face painting. At The Betsy Ross House, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, you can participate in a Memorial Day scavenger hunt through the House and enjoy the Civil Warthemed exhibit, “Rally ’Round the Flag: Civil War Color Bearers & the Flags They Carried”. Wine-bibbers may enjoy “Friday Night Flights” on May 27, 6-8 p.m. It costs $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Panorama Restaurant sommelier William Eccleston hosts and educational wine event featuring cheese, hors d’oeuvres and a wine-tasting discussion. Proceeds benefit the Society Hill Fund, which helps with the beautification and maintenance critical to preserving historic Washington Square. The Arrow Swim Club, 1031 Germantown Avenue,

(215) 606-7402 – the city’s first over-21 private poolside oasis – is allowing all of their members to bring three guests free of charge over Memorial Day Weekend! Rent a luxury cabana at the Northern Liberties club and throw a pool party, Phillystyle! Memberships are still available. In The Piazza in Northern Liberties: Friday, May 27, 6:30 p.m., will feature outdoor boxing – amateur fights hosted by Shalyte Promotions. It’s a seated event, $30 a seat. Saturday, May 28, the Piazza will have a free showing of baseball on the big screen: Phillies vs. Mets 7 p.m. There will be more baseball on Sunday, May 29: Phillies vs. Mets 1 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by the Philadelphia Underground Film Festival, Independence Film Series.

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Top of the agendathis weekend in Philadelphia are parades. One parade sure to draw viewers will be the American Legion Roche Post 21 Memorial Day Parade, which can be viewed at 67th Street & Elmwood Avenue on Sunday, May 29, 1-2 p.m., heading eastward on Elmwood to 64th Street. The larger of the two will be the Bridesburg Memorial Day Parade, starting at Richmond & Juniata Streets, Monday, May 30, 10 a.m. after the memorial service and placing of the wreath. “Hang Free”, a free outdoor DJ party in Fairmount Park, will be held Monday, from noon to dusk. Bring your kids, pets and picnic blankets. It is located on the grassy area on West River Drive just past the Strawberry Mansion Bridge, towards the Falls Bridge.

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Maria Donatucci Saluting All Our Veterans Past & Present On This 2013 2115 W. Oregon Ave Philadelphia PA, 19145

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Not Too Late To Support The 342 Mile Hero Walk by Tom McCourt I am proud to say I will once again be participating in the PA HERO WALK ( This annual event exists solely to raise funds and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. Last year I walked every step of a two-week, 342-mile trek from Center City Philadelphia (I started at the memorials at Penns Landing, linking up with the rest of the team at the Philadelphia Museum of Art) to Lower Burrell, Pa. I was honored to meet and hike with thousands of veterans and veterans’ supporters over the course of two weeks, many of whom walked only an hour, a day or not at all; many just coming out to

show their support for America’s wounded troops. I would like to ask your support, in one of several ways: • Come out and join us for a leg of the walk, no matter how short. Details are posted at • Sponsor me as a walker. Your tax-deductible checks should be made out to PA Hero Walk/Kiski Valley Vets, and mailed to me at: Tom McCourt PO Box 110, Wayne, PA 19087-0110. • Ask your company, union, club, organization or campaign to be a sponsor, either of myself or of the whole PA Hero Walk. Call or email me for details. • HELP ME GET THE

WORD OUT! Most of the team is Pittsburgh-based, and you would not believe the welcome we receive walking into some of the towns along the route. Parades, with bands, fire engines, Harley-riding escorts and flag-waving people lining our route. Veterans of all wars, Blue Star Parents, Gold Star Parents and surviving spouses thanking us, and sitting with us at lunch and dinner. The two-week walk was one of the most heartwarming experiences of my life ... but my hometown came up weak. Our easternmost recognition was at American Legion Post 668 in Wayne, and it is my goal to change that.

Vets’ Groups Busy Giving This weekend will be busy with other veterans’ activities. Post 405 will hold Memorial Day services at Laurel Hill Cemetery on Sunday, May 26 at 12:00 p.m. Post members will be asked to help lay the Post wreath! The Keynote Speaker is David Oh, City Councilman. Also: On Memorial Day itself, Monday, May 27 at 12 noon the Post will conduct services at the grave of Benjamin Franklin and other vet-

erans at Christ Church Burial Ground at 5th & Arch Streets. Benjamin Franklin Post American Legion 405 of the Union League held its May meeting Monday. Nationally renowned historian Jane Peters Estes was its guest speaker. She spoke on the topic of Memorial Day. Veterans Upward Bound, Global Citizen, and Wharton Square 1 saw the need to gather these resources and put them into one easy-to-navigate

website; updating the site weekly to ensure the usefulness and maintenance of the database. Veterans from the fivecounty area in need of varying services can access information according to need. is constantly looking for new resources and encourages organizations to send their information to if they wish to appear on the site. • 215-755-2000


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Tuesday night the Republican Party held a post-primary election party at the United Republican Club in Kensington. The wellattended event probably had more people than were seen at your average polling place saw that day. Voter turnout was low as was expected. As of late afternoon, I heard one of the districts on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus had one voter – the election-board worker. The low turnout was due in large part to the low-profile races on the ballot. Furthermore, on the Republican side there were no primary contests. Our candidates for District Attorney and City Controller, DANNY ALVAREZ and TERRY TRACY respectively were uncontested. The only statewide office on the ballot that for Superior Court had only one Republican candidate, VIC STABILE. In the judicial races we ran no one for Municipal Court; two, ANNE MARIE COYLE and JUDGE KENNETH POWELL, for six open seats on Common Pleas; and two, CHRIS VOGLER and ELLA BUTCHER, for three open positions for Traffic Court. Although there were some contests on the Democratic side of the ballot, in the most high-profile race, for District Attorney, the incumbent SETH WILLIAMS was the only candidate. One would think, given the City’s woeful finances, inefficient bureaucracies and lack of transparency, that the electorate would be eager to replace the current less-than-effective City CONTROLLER ALAN BUTKOVITZ. However, the few voters who turned out overwhelmingly opted for Butkovitz over clean-government advocate BRETT MANDEL and long-time government attorney MARK (Cont. Page 37)

On most Election Days, I’m truly out and about. From visiting polling places all over the city to find out about voter turnout and candidate movements, to sitting in a room filled with people holding beer bottles and watching election returns to seeing disputes about who got who’s “street money” and how effective that money was in terms of getting out the vote, I’m literally running so fast that I bump into myself occasionally. But during Tuesday’s Pennsylvania Primary, I opted to take it slow. In fact, I was so slow, I ground to a halt. I spent the entirety of Tuesday’s primary in the 9th Ward, 12th Division in Northwest Philadelphia. To put an even-finer point on it, I sat in front of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at 7301 Germantown Avenue from about 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. My job: put campaign literature in the hands of voters in the ward. Since it was an off-year election, I didn’t think it would be too hard. I mean, you’re just giving folks the materials they need to help them make an informed decision, right? And it wasn’t hard, per se. Nothing can really be considered hard work if you’re doing it in the bucolic setting that is the Lutheran Theological Seminary; historic buildings, lots of trees and flowers and shade that made Tuesday’s 80+ degree temps feel a lot lower. But it was long because, let’s face it, I had to explain to some friends of mine that there was an election on Tuesday in the first place. Even in a place like the 9th Ward where turnout is among the best in the city, turnout was low. About 130 peo(Cont. Page 37)

Yo! Here we go again with these unwritten laws. Murphy’s Law: If something can possibly go wrong, it will go wrong and it will happen at the worst possible time and cause the most problems. Law of Mechanical Repair: After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you’ll have to pee. Law of Gravity: Any tool or small part, when dropped, will roll to the least-accessible corner. Law of Probability: The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act. Law of Random Numbers: If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers. Law of the Alibi: If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the very next morning you will have a flat tire. Variation Law: If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now (works every time). Law of the Bath: When your body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings. Law of Close Encounters: The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with. Law of the Result: When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t work – it will. Law of Biomechanics: The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach. Law of the Theater: At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle will arrive last. The Starbucks Law: As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold. Law of Lockers: If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers. Law of Physical Surfaces: The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor covering are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet/rug. Brown’s Law of Physical Appearance: If the shoe fits, it’s ugly. Oliver’s Law of Public Speaking: A closed mouth gathers no feet. Wilson’s Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy: As soon as you find a product you really like, they will stop making it. Doctor’s Law: If you don’t feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor and by the time you get there you’ll feel better. If you don’t make an appointment – you’ll stay sick!

CONGRATULATIONS to election winners. To all candidates, thank you for participating in the electoral process! If you HELD a GRUDGE – end it. If you told or spent to cut someone – time to grow up. The fellow who told me the agreed with me NOT TO TRY to oust a ward leader, but is rumored to be looking for committeeperson candidates – read the Bible passage which speaks of people “whitewashed on the outside, but inside full of dead men’s bones.” Forgive and go on.... NEXT YEAR’S run-up to the election will be colored by the WARD LEADER contests. Maybe two in South Philly, one in Southwest, one in North, maybe another in Northwest, and one or two in the Northeast. Councilman Bobby HENON took over Joan Krajewski’s ward in a quiet way. State .Rep. John SABATINA is pushing HARD for homeinvasion legislation, and making good progress against a hated type of crime... State Rep. Mike McGEEHAN’S bill to permit INSTALLMENT payment of real-estate tax is close TO BECOMING law. Great news. AL DEZZI is on the recovery list. Al is the FATHER of The Philly Recycling Program. Get well, Al... DIANNE BRIDGES, the lovely Chairperson of the 37th Ward, is mending after a hospital stay. Get well, not stressed, Dianne. Two Downtowners have birthdays coming: Pat GILBERTI, ace constituent-service worker, has hers on the 29th. Brandon LUTEK, super good guy, celebrates on the 30th. A.V.I. REAL-ESTATE TAX-INCREASE NEWS: I saw an article in the Northeast Times where residents are concerned (Cont. Page 36)

The Sen. Hardy Williams Scholarship Party was a tremendous success. The Chairwoman was the lovely and respected LYNETTE BROWN-SOW. She wore a beautiful white silk, sequined dress. The elegantly dressed guests were there to support the memory of the late STATE SEN. HARDY WILLIAMS and advance higher-education assistance for young people. His son STATE SEN. ANTHONY WILLIAMS has carried on the great tradition and was the main attraction. The event was held at La Tendenza in Northern Liberties. Among the VIPs were power attorney and former SRC CHAIR ROBERT ARCHIE. Also in attendance were media icon BOB BOGLE, the Editor in Chief of the Philadelphia Tribune, DAVID HYMAN; MARTY WEINBERG; DAVID L. COHEN; STATE SEN. MIKE STACK; STATE REP. RON WATERS; and DUCKY BIRTS. Additional interesting VIPs were Republican General COUNSEL MICHAEL MEEHAN; CLAY ARMBRISTER, former Chief of Staff to MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER; potential State Rep candidate JAMES “JIMMY” LEWIS; City COUNCILMAN KENYATTA JOHNSON; and Sen. Williams’ lovely mother. The Mayor made a fabulous speech and CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY was there to support the event. Highly regarded Montgomery Co. attorney STEVE TOLLIVER was the guest of honor at a fundraiser at the Philadelphia Aviation Club. Tolliver was expected to be elected to the Court of Common Pleas in Montgomery Co. Many VIPs attended including REGISTER OF WILLS BRUCE HAINES. JOHN DOUGHERTY hosted his postelection luncheon at the Palm. On hand were COUNCILMAN BOB HENON, STATE REP. ED NEILSON, WARD LEADER MATT MYERS and former CONGRESSMAN OZZIE MYERS. Two judicial candidates backed by Dougherty’s IBEW Local 98 union won the important primary election. These candidates include incoming Municipal Court Judge HENRY LEWANDOWSKI and incoming Common Pleas Court Judge ANNE MARIE COYLE. The November election is a formality for these two candidates and they will take their place on the bench following the fall election. Why is it a formality? In Philadelphia, when one wins the Democratic primary, one wins the office. ALAN BUTKOVITZ also won a third term as City Controller. He beat BRETT MANDEL and MARK ZECCA. Butkovitz was also backed by Local 98. The Controller ran an aggressive campaign that highlighted his accomplishments and his ideas to help Philadelphia. Butkovitz is expected to beat his Republican challenger easily in the fall.

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Governor Tom Corbett and PRPA Chairman Charles Kopp (seen to the left of the Governor) witness a major donation of the Port’s Chilean fruit cargoes to the relief organization Philabundance on May 14.

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No Parade In Port Richmond The changing face of Philadelphia has affected Port Richmond, where every Memorial Day flags were flown and Celebrations were held at veterans’ memorial markers in the area. This year there will not be as Port Richmond Memorial Day, ending a 50-year-old tra-

dition which served as a source of pride within this Philadelphia neighborhood. The necessary money needed just couldn’t be raised this time. “Our local businesses have always chipped in,” said Patty-Pat Kozlowski, former president and current member

Rep. J. P. Miranda 197th Dist. 2243 W. Allegheny Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19132

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of the Port Richmond on Patrol & Civic Association (ProPac) which helps organize the parade. “Port Richmond is made up of mom-and-pop stores. They by far are the ones who come up to the plate for us.” “The parade costs roughly $12,000,” said Kozlowski.

recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (PL 90363) to ensure a three-day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: Jan. 19 in Texas, Apr. 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and Jun. 3 (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee. In 1915, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields”, Moina Michael replied with her own poem: We cherish too, the Poppy red That grows on fields where valor led,

It seems to signal to the skies That blood of heroes never dies.

She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial Day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and coworkers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Later, a Madame Guérin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Michael. When she returned to France, she made artificial red poppies to raise money for war-orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children’s League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium. The League disbanded a year later and Guérin approached the VFW for help. Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans’ organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later, its “Buddy” was selling artificial poppies

made by disabled veterans. In 1948 the US Post Office honored Michael for her role

in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3-cent postage stamp

with her likeness on it. Traditional observance of (Cont. Page 13)

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Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence organized women’s groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, “Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping” by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication, “To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead.” While Waterloo, N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860s tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first. What is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially

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Our Opinion... Hang Our Heads In Shame Just a little over 7% came out to vote primary day. Those were some of the supervoters who usually don’t miss a primary, committee people and their families, and maybe a few others who just stumbled into the polls on their way to God knows where. It was enough to consign the banner “Democracy In Action” to the junk pile. We are all to blame. But the biggest share of the responsibility goes to the television media. They enjoy mass audiences every day and night. Minus the ads for which they charge big bucks, of which were few this primary, there was little or no incentive for them to cover or promote interest in the primary race. If you tuned into their combined news coverage – what they squeezed in between “tornado talk” – you would have been hard pressed to discover there was an election campaign on Tuesday. Their talking heads, in any event, would have been ill-equipped, save one or two, to even comprehend what was at stake in the primary. For instance, had they whipped up voter interest, Philadelphia could have had the possibility of handing Judge Joe Waters a victory in his bid to win for Philadelphia County rare representation on the all-important Superior Court. God bless us all as we continue our plunge into the dark ages of diminished study of civics in our schools and ever-declining voter interest and involvement.

May 24- State Rep. James Clay hosts 1st Senior Fair at Peter Bressi N.E. Sr. Ctr., 4744 Frankford Ave., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 30 vendors will attend. May 25- State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Rosita Youngblood host “Salute to the Veterans” ceremony and open house at Soldiers Monument, Market Sq., Germantown Ave. & Schoolhouse La., 8:45 a.m. PTSD forum, movie Veterans of Color, health screenings, Veterans Resource Ctr., veterans’ citations, Germantown HS ROTC cadets and drummers. Open house, at Treasures Banquet Ha., features Black military history and veterans’ programs.

May 29- Barbecue and Drinks on River fundraiser for State Rep. John Taylor at Quaker City Yacht Club, 7202 N. Delaware, 6-9 p.m. Tickets $40. RSVP by May 24 (215) 545-2244. May 30- State Rep. Curtis Thomas hosts Small Business Opportunity & Resource Ctr. At Temple Univ. Alter Ha., 1801 Liacouras Walk, 9 a.m.1 p.m. Free, but space is limited and registration is required. Registration deadline is May 24. To register, and complete form. For info Marilyn Kai Jewett (215) 5603261. May 30- Jubilee School hosts Roundtable Discussion led by State Rep. Jim Roebuck at Rosenberger Ha., Univ. of the Sciences, 600 S. 43rd St., 9:30 a.m. Students 1st-6th grades ask Roebuck about political issues which interest them. May 30- Action United hosts

Community Meeting at Marian Anderson Recreation Ctr., 17th & Fitzwater, 6:30 p.m., to discuss AVI property assessments and rally support. Call Jordan (570) 856-8283. May 30- State Rep. Michelle Brownlee hosts Town Mtg. at Mt. Olivet Ctr., 642 N. 42st St., 6:30 p.m. For info (215) 684-3738. May 31- State Reps. Michelle Brownlee and Stephen Kinsey will co-host House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on child-care funding at Tabor Children Services, 57 E. Armat St., 10 a.m. Jun. 1- Friends of State Rep. Cherelle Parker host Beef & Beer at 7502 Forrest Ave., 4-6 p.m. Jun. 4- R e e l e c t i o n Fundraiser for DA Seth Williams at The Residences, 2 Liberty Pl., 57th fl., 5:30-9 p.m. RSVP by May 31. For info (215) 300-6481. Jun. 6- State Sen. Larry Farnese hosts Spring Fling at Waterworks Restaurant, 640

Water Works Dr., 5:30-7:30 p.m. RSVP Seth Skversky (215) 208-7050. Supporters $1,000, Friends $2,500. Jun. 6- Evening Reception for State Sen. Mike Stack at La Veranda, 30 N. Columbus Blvd., 5:30-7 p.m. RSVP (717) 213-4300. Jun. 7- “Third Time Is The Charm” annual golf outing fundraiser for State Rep. John Taylor at Torresdale C.C., 3801 Grant Ave., registration 10:30 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m., shotgun 2:30 p.m. For info (215) 545-2244. Jun. 7- Judicial candidate Ella Butcher Holds Court at United Republican Club, 3156 Frankford Ave., 5-8 p.m. All donations welcome, good food, special guest bartenders, 50/50, raffle prizes. Jun. 8- Asian American Association of Business Owners & Professionals Golf Outing, Bensalem C.C., 2000 Brown Ave., Bensalem, Pa. Tee time 1 p.m. Lunch and dinner included. For all info as to spon-

sorship opportunities and golfing call Monish “Mike” Patel (267) 716-5932. Jun. 9- 80th Birthday Party Brunch for Olney HS of Jan. 1951, looking for classmates to join in celebration. For info (610) 783-6494 or email Jun. 10- CATCH Golf Classic at Old York Rd. C.C., 801 Tennis Ave., Spring House, Pa., registration 8 a.m., breakfast 8:30 a.m., shotgun 10 a.m. Award banquet, silent auction and shootout 3 p.m. For info CATCH, Inc. (215) 735-7435. Jun. 10- Women in Politics Reception for Allyson Schwartz for Governor at Radisson Plaza Warwick Hotel, 17th & Locust Sts., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jun. 14- State Rep. Stephen Kinsey hosts Seniors Center In The Park at 5818 Germantown Ave., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jun. 14-16Annual St. Maron’s Lebanese Cultural Festival on Ellsworth St. be-

tween 10th and 11th. Free. For info (215) 389-2000. Jun. 18- Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel, III, Episcopal Diocese of Pa., celebrates service of Welcome and Installation for Rev. Canon D. Peter B. Stube, chaplain of Port of Phila. and Exec. Dir. of Seamen’s Ch. Institute at Chapel of the Redeemer at Institute, 475 N. 5th St., 11 a.m. For info Ronnie Barlow (215) 9409940 x106. Jun. 18- Fundraiser for Councilman Mark Squilla at Hilton Gardens, 11th & Arch Sts., 6-8 p.m. Buffet, open bar, entertainment. For info Joyce (215) 651-2319. Jul. 20- Beach Ball Party at Coconut Cove, 400 W. Spruce St., N. Wildwood, N.J., 2-6 p.m. $35 per person. RSVP by Jul. 15 (215) 545-2244. Jun.20- Mercy Bariatrics Weight Loss program at Mercy Philadelphia Hosp., Exec. Dining Rm., 1st fl., 501 S. 54th St. To register 1 (855) 537-7968.

day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing. In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good Turn, a practice that continues to this day. More recently, beginning in 1998, on the Saturday before the observed day for Memorial Day, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts place a candle at each of approximately 15,300 gravesites of soldiers buried at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park on Marye’s Heights (the Luminaria Program). And in 2004, Washington, D.C. held its first Memorial Day parade in over 60 years. To help reeducate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was

passed on December 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, all Americans “voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps’.” The Moment of Remembrance is a step in the right direction to returning the meaning back to the day. What is needed is a full return to the original day of observance. Set aside one day out of the year for the nation to get together to remember, reflect and honor those who have given their all in service to their country. But what may be needed to return the solemn, and even sacred, spirit back to Memorial Day is for a return to its traditional day of observance. Many feel that when Congress made the day into a three-day weekend in with the National Holiday

Act of 1971, it made it all the easier for people to be distracted from the spirit and meaning of the day. As the VFW stated in its 2002 Memorial Day address, “Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No

doubt, this has contributed greatly to the general public’s nonchalant observance of Memorial Day.” On Jan. 19, 1999 Sen. Daniel Inouye (R-Haw.) introduced bill S 189 to the Senate which proposes to restore the traditional day of observance of Memorial Day

back to May 30 instead of “the last Monday in May.” On Apr. 19, 1999, Congressman Sam Gibbons (D-Fla.) introduced the bill to the House (HR 1474). The bills were referred the Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Government Reform.

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(Cont. From Page 11) Memorial Day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country. There are a few notable exceptions. Since the late ’50s on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3rd US Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a

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Remember and honor all who serve or will serve.

Kinsey, Youngblood Host Veterans Salute State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Rosita Youngblood will hold a “Salute to the Veterans” ceremony and open house in honor of area veterans Saturday at Soldiers Monument in Germantown. The ceremony, which begins at 8:45 a.m. in Market Square at Germantown Avenue & Schoolhouse Lane, will be followed by concurrent workshops that include a PTSD forum, screening of the movie, “Veterans of Color,” health screenings and a Veterans Resource Center. Afterward, Kinsey and Youngblood will honor more than 100 veterans from the Northwest Philadelphia area with citations from the Penn-

sylvania House of Representatives. The ceremony will feature Germantown HS ROTC cadets and drummers. The open house, at Treasures Banquet Hall, will highlight the Tuskegee Airmen and showcase commentary from Vietnam-era and current veterans. Information about veterans’ programs and services also will be available. The event is open to the public, with off-street parking provided for attendees. Media coverage is encouraged. For more information, please contact Kinsey’s constituent-service office at (215) 849-6592.

It’s History There is a myth about the origin of “Taps” that is circulating about the internet. The true story is that in July 1862, after the Seven Days battles at Harrison’s Landing (near Richmond), Va., the wounded Commander of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Div., V Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, Gen. Daniel Butterfield reworked, with his bugler Oliver Wilcox Norton, another bugle call, “Scott Tattoo”, to create “Taps”. He thought the regular call for Lights Out was too formal. “Extinguish Lights” (Lights Out) had been played at the end of the day. Up until the Civil War, the infantry call for Extinguish Lights was the one set down in Silas Casey’s (18011882) Tactics, which had been borrowed from the French. “Taps” was adopted

throughout the Army of the Potomac and finally confirmed by orders. Soon, other Union units began using “Taps”, and even a few Confederate units began using it as well. After the war, “Taps” became an official bugle call. Col. James A. Moss, in his Officer’s Manual first published in 1911, gives an account of the initial use of “Taps” at a military funeral: “During the Peninsular Campaign in 1862, a soldier of Tidball’s Battery A of the 2nd Artillery was buried at a time when the battery occupied an advanced position concealed in the woods. It was unsafe to fire the customary three volleys over the grave, on account of the proximity of the enemy, and it occurred to Capt. Tidball that the sounding (Cont. Page 26)

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City Council Repeats Vets Resource Fair Council President Darrell L. Clarke announced City Council’s Veterans Advisory Commission held a very-successful second annual Veterans Resource Fair yesterday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the courtyard of City Hall. This year, representatives from US Sen. Pat Toomey’s (R-Pa.) office were there to counsel veterans on federal benefits and assistance avail-

able to them. “I’m thrilled to have my office join Council President Clarke and the City of Philadelphia Veterans Advisory Commission in participating in the Veterans Fair,” the Senator said. “I am honored to offer my office’s services to our nation’s heroes and look forward to working with Philadelphia City Council in assisting our veterans.”

Miranda, Brown, Kitchen To Mark Hug A Veteran State Reps. J.P. Miranda (D-W. Phila.) and Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-N. Phila.) and State Sen. Shirley Kitchen (D-N. Phila.) will co-host a “Hug-A-Vet” rally from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at American Defenders Post 968, 2111 W. Tioga Street, to honor veterans from North and West Philadelphia. All three co-hosts are members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. More than 50 veterans from World War II and the Korean War will be honored at the event, and Brown will be recognized along with her committee from the first Hug-A-Vet event, which she originated in 2010. “The number of living veterans from these wars is get-

ting much smaller every year,” Miranda said. “I’m inviting the community to join with me so we can all show our appreciation while they can witness our acknowledgment of their courage and service.” Members of the Philadelphia Police and Fire Depts. will attend, as well as local veterans’ organizations and Boy Scouts. A number of groups with information pertaining to veterans and widows of veterans will also be participating. This is a free family event featuring music, food and entertainment in addition to the ceremony. For more information, contact Miranda’s constituent service office at (215) 9782540.

The Drexel University College of Nursing & Health Professions was there as well offering free and comprehensive medical screenings. Veterans got their blood pressure, vision and blood glucose checked for free, and received screenings for behavioral health indicators including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, addiction and family counseling. “This is Drexel’s second year providing health screenings at the City Council Veterans Resource Fair,” said Assistant Dean Leland “Rocky” Rockstraw. “Our students and faculty are glad to have the opportunity to give back to the men and women who have served our country.” The Council President encouraged veterans from the Greater Philadelphia region to seek out benefits and assistance they earned while serving and protecting the nation. “Men and women who’ve risked the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe deserve our unending respect and gratitude. Unfortunately, this community is all too familiar with issues ranging from joblessness to serious health problems,” Clarke said. “I thank Sen. Toomey, Drexel University, Wawa and our dozens of partners for stepping up and giv-

ing veterans the care and assistance they have earned.” More than 30 organizations will be on hand to connect Philadelphia-area veterans to education, career and job training, health and wellness, and veterans benefits resources. They include: the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, the Philadelphia Dept. of Public Health, American Income Life, Community College of Philadelphia, and St. Joseph’s University. Wawa will provide refreshments and Quiet Storm, an a cappella group comprising veterans, will provide entertainment. Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell (3rd Dist.) and Councilman at Large David Oh, two champions of the veterans community, also encouraged Philadelphia-area veterans to seek assistance at the fair. “Nothing is more impor-

tant than honoring those who have served our country,” Blackwell said. “Council has worked hard in bringing together many service providers that are passionate about providing the needed supports to our vets. We invite you to join us and to all our veterans we say, ‘God bless you.’” Oh added, “With roughly

80,000 veterans in Philadelphia and thousands more expected to return in the near future, this is a great opportunity for the men and women of our city who have served our country to learn about resources available to them from the city, state, and federal levels as well as from private organizations.”

City Honors Centenarians

MAYOR MICHAEL Nutter dances with centenarian Ruth Officer at annual Centenarian Celebration in S. Phila. Photo by Rory McGlasson

Memorial Day Curtails City Services All City offices will be closed and City services curtailed this Monday in celebration of Memorial Day which is a legal holiday. Trash and recyclables will not be collected on Monday. Acting Streets Commissioner David J. Perri urges residents, whose normal collection is on Monday, to

set them out for collection on Tuesday, May 28. Trash and recycling collections will be one day behind schedule for the remainder of the week. All City District Health Centers are closed on Memorial Day, as are all branch offices of the Dept. of Licenses & Inspections;

the North and Northeast Municipal Service Centers; the Marriage License Bureau; all Dept. of Recreation facilities; the Free Library of Philadelphia and all of its branches and the executive offices of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, as well as its Violations branch, at 9th & Filbert Streets.

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TAPS: It’s History (Cont. From Page 14) of ‘Taps’ would be the most appropriate ceremony that could be substituted.” The melody is both eloquent and haunting and the history of its origin is interesting and somewhat clouded in controversy. In the British Army, a similar call known as Last Post has been sounded over soldiers’ graves since 1885, but the use of “Taps” is unique with the United States military, since the call is sounded at funerals, wreathlaying and memorial services. There are no official words to “Taps”. Below are the most popular.) Day is done, Gone the sun, From the hills, From the lake, From the skies. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. Go to sleep, Peaceful sleep,

May the soldier Or sailor, God keep. On the land Or the deep, Safe in sleep. Love, good night, Must thou go, When the day, And the night Need thee so? All is well. Speedeth all To their rest. Fades the light;

And afar Goeth day, And the stars Shineth bright, Fare thee well; Day has gone, Night is on. Thanks and praise, For our days, ’Neath the sun, ’Neath the stars, ’Neath the sky, As we go, This we know, God is nigh.

Honoring Veterans This Memorial Day

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the day after his election win. Republicans nominated Chris Vogler and Ella Butcher. Standard-bearers for the Offices of District Attorney and Controller in November will be Democrats Controller Alan Butkovitz and District Attorney R. Seth Williams against Republicans Terrence J. Tracy, Jr. for Controller, and Daniel Alvarez for DA. Look for Republican candidates to begin a long summer campaign to awaken voter interest. If so, they’ll need to be seen along the New Jersey shore.

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by Joe Shaheeli Democratic City Committee Chairman and Congressman Bob Brady and his leadership team forged a ballot that met with the overwhelming approval of the majority of ward leaders and subsequently their dedicated voters. Democratic voters they brought to the polls accounted for less than 10% of the eligible Democratic registered voters. Together with the Republican turnout, an historic low turnout of about 60,000 was recorded, less than 7% of the city’s eligible voters exercising their right to vote. That worked well for the Democratic ballot, which scored an impressive win. It brought in four, and possibly a fifth, of its six endorsed candidates for the Court of Common Pleas, all three of its endorsed candidates for Municipal Court, and Traffic Court. Still in contention was endorsed candidate Dawn Tancredi, who, with 96% of the divisions reporting as of press time, polled 18,165, running behind Sierra Thomas Street’s 18, 660.

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Sprimp King Sid Booker And Sen. Shirley Kitchen Host Get-Out-Vote Party

SAMPLING OF VIPs and candidates who attended Sid Booker and State Sen. Shirley Kitchen’s annual get-out-vote party included State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, Ward Leader LouAgre, Shirley Kitchen State Rep. Mark Cohen, Booker, successful candidate Timika Lane, State Sen. LeAnna Washington andVeronica Joyner.

ENJOYING Sid Booker’s hospitality at La Pointé, Belfield & Broad were successful candidate Henry Lewandowski, Commissioner Stephanie Singer, successful candidate Timika Lane and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson.

JOINING Sid Booker and State Sen. Shirley Kitchen was City Council Presi- MIXING up primary-race gossip with sucdent Darrell Clarke, who pitched with cessful candidate Giovanni Campbell and others were Ducky Birts and Sid Booker. them need to get out vote.

CANDIDATE Wayne Dorsey and his wife took occasion to treat guests outside Sid Booker by his campaign van. Popcorn was delicious.

Timika Lane Tops Judges

JUMPING for joy, campaign team of Wynnefield attorney Timika Lane, center, celebrate news their candidate topped all others to win seat on Common Pleas Court.

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City Commission Chair Anthony Clark deserves our compliments for his innovative suggestion to put division maps in every place where more than one polling place was gathered. Due to federal handicap mandates, it has gotten tougher for the Commission to find acceptable places with easy entry for handicapped voters. So rec centers, school and church halls have become the norm, with as many as four polling places in one location. His division maps easily identify the voter to where they need to go to vote. Shame on those guys who put together ballots in a hurry. We found several ballots which had the name of the candidate with a different ballot number. Then, again, on second thought, maybe it was done with a purpose…. But, maybe not, since the “NOT SO DUMB” voter really looks for the name and not the number.

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a group running ads critical of Gov. Tom Corbett’s education policies – which also ran ads against four Republican lawmakers during the last election cycle – has never filed a single campaign-finance disclosure document. Why? Because the group Pennsylvanians for Accountability is registered with the Dept. of State as a nonprofit “social welfare” organization. Public-disclosure rules are not the same for “social-welfare” nonprofits funding political ads as for other politically motivated groups. Such organizations are not required by federal or state law to file campaign-finance disclosure documents. Which means no one knows from whence cometh their money to run these political ads.

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(Cont. From Page 27) his role as a Traffic Court judge and then as Court administrator was marked by improvements under his initiative. The Court brought in more money; programs were initiated to help the poor who were fined and couldn’t pay the fines without a payment schedule. This is considered a “partyline vote” with the majority GOP legislators voting in unison to pass the legislation ... and unless our Democratic representatives in the House create havoc on the floor at the time of passage, it seems like a foregone conclusion those elected to Traffic Court will not have an office to occupy. So here’s an idea. If the worst does happen, how about making those elected this primary serve as hearing officers?

campaign has been organized by individuals who don’t want to raise money, won’t be taking out ads, but will be spending all their time on social media and the rest of the web calling for Castille’s ouster. So the Supreme of Supremes has to campaign from now to get voters to say yes to him more than no in his retention election. Working against him is the fact, if reelected to a 10-year term, he’d have to resign after a year, unless his colleagues get the legislature to do their dirty work and amend the law which terminates judicial service for judges reaching the age of 70. Long service creates baggage even for the best-intended public servants. So be it with Justice Castille, a former Philly DA elected to the high court in 1993, retained in 2003 and head of the judiciary since 2008. The grassroots group, Rock the Capital, has released 87 pages of reasons why Castille should not be retained. Author is Tim Potts, founder of Democracy Rising Pa. The report lists incidents in which it claims, Castille was “a co-conspirator in the political shenanigans” of the state.

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Statins May Hurt Kidneys

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

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abled and receive partial SSD or SSI benefits. Generally, you must establish that you have an impairment or combination of impairments that either meets or equals a Listing, show that you cannot return to your past work and cannot perform on a full-time basis other jobs that exist in substantial numbers in the national economy, or fit into a Medical-Vocational Guideline rule based on age, education, past work history, and work capacity. If you received a 100% disabled rating from the VA, SSA must take this into account when ruling on your SSD/SSI application. A disability determination by another government agency is entitled to substantial weight. Kane v. Heckler, 776 F.2d 1130, 1135 (3d Cir. 1985); Lewis v. Califano, 616

F.2d 73, 76 (3d Cir. 1980). If the ALJ reaches a contrary conclusion, the ALJ must offer an explanation of why he rejected the other agency’s finding. Somenski v. Barnhart, 2006 WL 494997*9 (E.D. Pa.); Jones v. Barnhart, 2005 WL 2033383, *9 (E.D. Pa.); Sell v. Barnhart, 2003 WL 22794702, *3 (E.D. Pa.). Even though the ALJ’s role requires her to make her own independent disability finding, case law still requires that she afford another agency’s disability determination substantial weight and explain her reasons for rejecting it.

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fix the immediate problem, if your alignment is off the problem will come back again. You need to evaluate how much tread life you have left on those tires, to help you determine your course of action. May not make sense to balance a set of tires that are almost gone, if you only do local low-speed driving. Save the alignment and balance until you get a new set of tires. If the tires have a lot of tread life left, get them rebalanced and check the alignment. 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 A. Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: What Lenny Dykstra can teach you about the perils of bankruptcy fraud? Answer: Bankruptcy fraud is back in the news, with the indictment of Lenny “Nails” Dykstra on charges of bankruptcy fraud and obstruction of justice. The indictment accuses Dykstra of looting his mansion of furniture, fixtures and memorabilia that belonged to his bankruptcy estate, and selling or destroying those items. Of course, Dykstra’s attorney maintains he did nothing wrong. The story is interesting because of the outsized personality of the undersized major-league player, because

of his reputation as a financial guru to other professional athletes, because of the outsized mansion, and because of the value of the property allegedly looted-$400,000, according to the bankruptcy trustee. It may be tempting to dismiss the case as another instance of wealth and celebrity attracting the attention of law enforcement. It may be tempting to assume that such prosecutions don’t affect the “little guys” who file bankruptcy. Tempting, but wrong. But here’s the thing about bankruptcy: Full disclosure is the price of admission. Period. There are no half measures. You can’t list some of your creditors and leave out others, even if you intend to pay them. You can’t list some of your assets, and keep quiet

JUDGE Kenneth Powell was a singer before he was a jurist. Today he still sings with Orpheus Club, a singing society whose members threw fundraiser for their choirmate at historic Rittenhouse Square clubhouse as he sought election to his Common Pleas Court seat. about others. It doesn’t matter if the asset has no value to anyone but you. You can’t give your property to someone else to hold for you until you get out of bankruptcy. And you can’t file bankruptcy and then sell your stuff, assuming that no one will find out. It’s really simple. As in the old saying -- if you want to play, you’ve got to pay. In case you are wondering whether the little guys get

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charged with bankruptcy fraud, wonder no longer. A hot-dog vendor and a cosmetics saleswoman are two cases that come to mind. The latter case occurred some years ago, but involved an inventory of cosmetics that would have had little or no value to a trustee had the debtor disclosed it, but she ultimately went to jail for concealing assets. Next Week’s Question: Can tax debt help in bankruptcy? • 215-755-2000

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Heard on the Hill / in City Hall House Passes Bills To Aid Philadelphia Taxpayers The State House passed two bills which should give Philadelphia more authority to provide targeted tax relief to homeowners and allow the city to get tougher on tax deadbeats. HB 388 targets tax delinquents by allowing the city to put a lien against all the properties owned by the tax delinquent within the Commonwealth. HB 391 allows Philadelphia to accept periodic payments of property taxes. This is in response to concerns of those people who may not be able to pay such a large bill all at once. The legislation was sponsored by State Reps. Cherelle L. Parker (D-Northwest) and Mike McGeehan (D-Northeast). It aims to address the City’s Actual Value Initiative. Parker, who is chairwoman of the Philadelphia Delegation, said the bills represent months of collaboration among members of the House and Senate delegations, City Council and the Mayor’s office. “These bills help get us closer to providing fairness to city residents as they transition to the new rates under AVI,” she said. The bills now move to the Senate for consideration. Another bill in the package, HB 390, introduced by State Rep. Mike O’Brien (D-Kensington), would require the City to use age and financial need when considering relief for long-term owner-occupants. State Rep. Ed Neilson (DNortheast), noted, “I am calling on the Senate to pass these bills and send them to the Governor without delay, because homeowners deserve this property tax relief.” Rep. Thomas Hosts SBA Seminar

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tend State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas’ (D-N. Phila.) Small Business Opportunity & Resource Seminar. Hosted by Temple University’s Fox School of Business, the free event is being held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 30 at Fox’s Alter Hall located at 1801 Liacouras Walk (Park Avenue at Montgomery). “This seminar is part of the celebration of Small Business Month in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” explained Thomas, Democratic Chair of the House Commerce Committee. “There’s a wealth of resources available to help businesses that people aren’t aware of. This seminar will provide information on city, state and federal agencies and organizations that can help folks get on track and take advantage of these opportunities.”

way for communities to fight blight. The legislation, which has received support across the state, enables any county, city or borough with a population of 10,000 or more to form a land bank to acquire and manage tax-foreclosed and abandoned properties for the purpose of preparing them for reuse. A grouping of two municipalities with populations less than 10,000 would also be permitted to establish and maintain a land bank under the bill. “I want to thank everyone at RLHS for their support,” Taylor said. “We are only able to craft these reforms because of the support from those equally committed to rescuing our city from abandoned properties and those who fail to pay their property taxes.”

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State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood’s (D-Northwest) resolution requiring the Commonwealth to study the allocation of gaming revenue provided to Philadelphia from licensed casino gaming will focus on how city officials can maximize its impact for communities across the city. “The residents of Philadelphia are still facing difficult economic times, and the City itself is still trying to figure out how to close significant budget deficits and deal with poor economic outcomes,” Youngblood said. “Legalized casino gaming has provided nearly $7.5 billion in tax revenue to Pennsylvania, with close to $600 million flowing into the city of Philadelphia since 2006. And that doesn’t include the $880 million earmarked for the Pennsylvania Convention Center that is being paid over a 10year period. It’s time we take a step back and look at how this revenue is used and see if it can be used more effectively.”

State Rep. John Taylor (RKensington) has been honored by Regional Legal Housing Services with its Advancing the Field Award for his work passing land bank legislation in Harrisburg. “I am proud, honored and humbled by this honor,” Taylor said. “Land banking is a critical component to helping the city find new uses for abandoned properties that are blighting our community.” Also honored with the Advancing the Field Award were Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez, the Housing Alliance of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corps. Act 153 of 2012 allows Pennsylvania’s municipalities to create public land bank authorities in order to efficiently acquire, manage, and develop tax-foreclosed properties. Land banks are a creative

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Washington Blasts Lags In Unemployment Comps

State Sen. LeAnna M. Washington (D-Northwest) is blasting the Pennsylvania Dept. of Labor & Industry’s failure to issue first-time unemployment benefits within the required window of time. “I am deeply troubled by the recent reports the Department has not been issuing first-time unemployment payments in a timely fashion,” Washington said. Citing a letter to the US Dept. of Labor report that recently found Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation displayed “continued failure” to provide its claimants with their benefits in a reasonable amount of time, Washington said this is indicative of a wider trend of the Corbett Administration ignoring the middle class and working poor. Recent reports show under the Corbett Administration, Pennsylvania has fallen from 7th to 49th place in the US in job creation, even as the economy recovers and national unemployment continues to drop. “Instead of creating jobs, the Corbett Administration continues to create poverty by making it harder for folks to get benefits like unemployment, food stamps, and emergency cash assistance. This is unacceptable,” Washington continued. Farnese Seeks To Curb Frivolous Lawsuits

State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-S. Phila.) has introduced legislation that will protect groups who are the subject of SLAPPs, or Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. SLAPPs are lawsuits filed against a person or group for positions they take in connection with a matter of public interest. Despite the legal theories supporting a lawsuit, the true purpose of a SLAPP is to deter

critics by burdening them with the costs of a legal defense. Farnese’s legislation will allow those who are wrongfully sued to more-easily dismiss a case or recover attorneys’ fees if they win the lawsuit. “The legal system should protect free speech and not act as a hammer to silence people who speak their mind on important issues and neighborhood development,” said Farnese. “The work that is done by our civic groups is essential to every neighborhood and the possibility that we might start losing these important forums is bad for everyone.” Farnese is proposing the legislation after spiraling insurance costs recently forced the Old City Civic Association to stop weighing in on zoning and liquor-licensing matters and disband after 40 years of existence. Farnese added that he hopes his proposed restrictions on lawsuits will lead to more affordable insurance rates and was especially troubled because Old City had a thorough process for vetting issues before they weighed in publicly like many other groups in the district. Twenty-seven states and the Territory of Guam have already passed anti-SLAPP legislation. In 2000, Pennsylvania passed limited antiSLAPP legislation that applies only to environmental law and regulatory processes. City Council Extends Tax Relief Deadline

City Council has voted to extend the deadline to apply for residential property-tax relief, commonly known as the Homestead Exemption, from Jul. 31, 2013 to Sep. 13, 2013. Owner-occupants are eligible to receive the Homestead Exemption, which could deliver hundreds of dollars in tax savings per household under the Actual Value Initiative in

Tax Year 2014. Council also voted to allow persons who purchase homes within 30 days before the Sep. 13 deadline or shortly after to apply for the Homestead Exemption within 30 days of the date of transfer. The cut-off for such applications is Dec. 1, 2013. According to the Nutter Administration, little over 50% of eligible homeowners have been approved for the Homestead Exemption. Council offices are reaching out to eligible households to inform them of the Homestead Exemption and to assist with the application process. Cosponsors of the deadline extension ordinance, introduced on Council President Darrell Clarke’s behalf by Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. (4th Dist.) on Apr. 18, include Councilwoman Cindy Bass (8th Dist.), Councilman at Large Bill Greenlee, Councilman Bobby Henon (6th Dist.), Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (2nd Dist.), Councilman at Large Jim Kenney, Councilman at Large Dennis O’Brien, Councilman Brian O’Neill (10th Dist.), Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez (7th Dist.), Councilman Mark Squilla (1st Dist.) and Councilwoman Marian Tasco (9th Dist.). Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell (3rd Dist.) and Councilwoman at Large Blondell Reynolds Brown cosponsored the ordinance allowing new home purchases to be Homestead-eligible. With full participation in the Homestead Exemption program, as many as 72% of Philadelphia homeowners could get a property-tax cut next year. That “cut” will still leave most homeowners actually paying more in taxes, however, since AVI will cause most residential property taxes to increase. They will simply go up less with a Homestead Exemption.

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SHERIFF Jewell Williams ran into Tracy B. Roman, candidate for judge on campaign trail. Both saluted Committeewoman Gwen Collins on her upcoming retirement from Register of Wills office, and her tenure with Federation of Democratic Women.

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In The Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County Civil Action – Law No. 130202921 Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure U.S. Bank National Association (Trustee for the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency Pursuant to A Trust Indenture Dated as of April 1, 1982), Plaintiff vs. Unknown Heirs of Lexius Jean Pierre, Deceased & Viviane Bouloute, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Lexius Jean Pierre, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant(s) To: Unknown Heirs of Lexius Jean Pierre, Deceased, Defendant(s), whose last known address is 5521 Miriam Road , Philadelphia, PA 19124. This firm is a debt collector and we are attempting to collect a debt owed to our client. Any information obtained from you will be used for the purpose of collecting the debt. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff, U.S. Bank National Association (Trustee for the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency Pursuant to A Trust Indenture Dated as of April 1, 1982), has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to No. 130202921, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 5521 Miriam Road, Philadelphia, PA 19124 whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County. Notice: You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford one, go to or telephone the office set forth below. This office can provide you with information about hiring a lawyer. If you cannot afford to hire a Lawyer, this office may be able to provide you with information about agencies that may offer legal services to eligible persons at a reduced fee or no fee. Community Legal Services, Inc., Law Center North Central, 3638 N. Broad St., Phila., PA 19140, 215-227-2400 or 215-981-3700. Phila. Bar Assoc., One Reading Center, Phila., PA 19104, 215-238-6333. Michael T. McKeever, Atty. for Plaintiff, KML Law Group, P.C., Ste. 5000, Mellon Independence Center, 701 Market St., Phila., PA 19106-1532, 215.627.1322.

In The Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County Civil Action – Law No. 130300083 Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure US Bank National Association Trustee for Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, Plaintiff vs. William Walker, Solely in His Capacity as Heir of the Estate of Carl R. Walker, Deceased & Unknown Heirs of Carl R. Walker, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant(s) To: Unknown Heirs of Carl R. Walker, Deceased, Defendant(s), whose last known address is 715 West Lycoming Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140. This firm is a debt collector and we are attempting to collect a debt owed to our client. Any information obtained from you will be used for the purpose of collecting the debt. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff, US Bank National Association Trustee for Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to No. 130300083, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 715 West Lycoming Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140, whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County. Notice: You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford one, go to or telephone the office set forth below. This office can provide you with information about hiring a lawyer. If you cannot afford to hire a Lawyer, this office may be able to provide you with information about agencies that may offer legal services to eligible persons at a reduced fee or no fee. Community Legal Services, Inc., Law Center North Central, 1410 W. Erie Ave., Phila., PA 19140, 215-227-2400 or 215-981-3700. Phila. Bar Assoc., One Reading Center, Phila., PA 19104, 215-2386333. Michael T. McKeever, Atty. for Plaintiff, KML Law Group, P.C., Ste. 5000, Mellon Independence Center, 701 Market St., Phila., PA 19106-1532, 215.627.1322.

CITY CONTROLLER Alan Butkovitz celebrates with his wife,Theresa and his family at Election Day victory party, held at Palm Restaurant.

LISA DEELEY, former aide to City Controller Alan Butkovitz congratulates her old boss on reelection victory.

McCaffery’s ‘Fair’ In May

MAY FAIR drew throngs to Clark Park in W. Phila., among them Democratic 27th Ward Leader Carol Jenkins, right, and ward-endorsed winner for Common Pleas Court Dan McCaffery, where they met Cedar Park Neighbors activists Michael Froehlich and Annalisa Yoder.

40A Has ‘Big Beef’

COMMON PLEAS candidates, from left, Jim Crumlish, Giovanni Campbell, Timika Lane and Joe Fernandes were among many office-seekers who showed up to meet Ward 40A’s loyal Democrats who were crucial in this week’s primary election. Campbell, Lane and Fernandes won.

SHARING brief lunch-hour break at Relish in W. Oak Lane were union leader Wendell Young, State Rep. Dwight Evans, candidate Omar Sabir, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Laborers leader Ryan Boyer and Sheriff Jewell Williams.

AMONG celebs checking electionday notes at Relish Restaurant on Ogontz Avenue were Jerry Mondesire, Sam Staten, Jr. and Marion Wimbush.

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LECET Administrator Juan Ramos, foreground right, was moderator interviewing State Sen. Anthony Williams, Sam Staten, Jr., State Rep. Cherelle Parker, State Sen. LeAnna Washington and Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown at Election Day lunch at Relish in W. Oak Lane.

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SEEN walking into Relish were Ken Washington, Keith Dial, Morgan Cephas, Ajeenah Amir and Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr.

OUTSIDE on 4th & Bainbridge corner, POLITICOS on election day have cellINSIDE Famous Deli, IBEW chieftain Local 98 operative Mike Neill, left, greets phones glued to their ears, like camJohn Dougherty received courtesy call South Philly’s Register Of Wills Ron Do- paign strategist Ted Mucellin, as he lunches with State Sen. Larry Farnese. natucci and Councilman Jim Kenney. from Ross Associates’ Billy Miller.

COMMON PLEAS candidate Marty Coleman, right, was escorted to Fa- POLITICAL gossip du jour was on menu at Famous mous Deli by consultant Ozzie Deli for these diners: from left, Lauren Vidas, Mary Isaacson, State Rep. Mike O’Brien and Charlie Kerlin. Myers. Coleman won.

FAMOUS DELI in Queen Village was busy as usual with election-day lunchtime NOT TAKING time out for lunch were City Commis- BLOWING TAPS was this non-vot- schmoozing by city’s political elite. IBEW LEADING green activist David Masur of Pennsioners. Here Commissioner Al Schmidt checks out ing saxophonist for all city’s unin- Local 98 troops made it clear which candi- Environment has intense consult with Johnny dates they were for. volved citizens. Doc. polling place in Firehouse at Broad & Fitzwater. • 215-755-2000

CAMPAIGN maven Kenny Adams, COMMON PLEAS Court hopeful Dawn Tancredi shares left, hears breaking election-day rea moment with IBEW Local 98 Business Agent Brian ports from judicial candidate Hetsie Lewandowski, who wound up winning. Stevenson, key player in union’s political operations.

(Cont. From Page 8) the City has valued their homes TOO LOW. Don’t

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worry; they could get you for 2015 (?). If you WANT TO KNOW the value of YOUR HOME – go to the ZILLOW WEBSITE. Zillow said my home was valued $40k too high!... An article in the daily media said A.V.I. IS A FIRST

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STEP in tax reform in Philly. No one ever decided that reform be done in that order. It seemed like a kiss-up to placing the real-estate tax load on ordinary homeowners. The author neglected to mention his pro-AVI consulting which is often quoted in dailies. Still, you’re left with the impression he is a fresh face. And if your market value is $30k higher than a comparable NEIGHBOR’S, and you have central air – that’s THE reason – and UNFAIR. If YOU only stated in your FIRST-LEVEL REVIEW that your new value is TOO HIGH, you could be told to appeal. An Assessor should be told to look at your property, not to just allow you to file an appeal. We are a nation of APPEAL REMEDIES in steps. Why NOT on A.V.I.? A.V.I. is not about REFORM, it is about CONTROL! The expected 87-page report on why to NOT keep JUSTICE CASTILLE on the bench is all about him. Yet the Chadwick Traffic Court team Report was only a few pages (at high cost) about150 people (?). The “Rock the Capitol” group will try to

oust Castille. How can I join up?... The editorial about TRAFFIC COURT candidate Warren BLOOM might have been written by Rip Van Winkle, because it says that there might be more MISADVENTURES IN THE COURT. The writer’s beard could be six feet long before that happens, however. And it was wrong to say the lone supporter on the House JUDICIARY Committee was State Rep. VANESSA BROWN. I attended their local hearing, and there were many more in support of it – calling it a PEOPLE’S COURT. Transfer Traffic Court to Municipal Court, the article said. There is no dedicated FUNDING TO DO THIS. Muni Court is short three judges for its present work, and we hear they are none too happy to have Traffic Court. And the hearing testimony stated YOU SHOULD NOT SEAT (or allow to run) a judge who has a past record, back tickets and lacks a G.E.D. CHANGE the LAWS, not the court!! Singletary was seated by the High Court. Last week there was mention City Managing Dir. Rich

NEGRIN would make a fine mayor. A famous American has said that a minus to Negrin’s campaign is his link to an unpopular MAYOR. Then a man told me Mayor NUTTER is a great Republican. Hmm. Many ASKED what happened to Mayor NUTTER – a NO-SHOW at the Democrat Jeff-Jax event. Is he not the leader of the City Democrats?... POLLING PLACES have to be handicap-accessible. Since most cannot, they are moved so that the voting majority has to walk prohibitive distances to exercise their voting rights. The Vote COMMISSIONERS should just set up, say two or more handicap-voter locations in each ward – and drive the voter to their polling spot. GOOD KIDS: Victor, son of Theresa Carr DENI, experienced his First Holy Communion – a warm, defining experience. Chase ROMAN hit his first home run, and is he proud. C.J. LEWANDOWSKI pitched a full game in the USSSA National Invitational down in Ole Virginny. A class game. A dozen students turned their chairs around when Gov. CORBETT spoke at

their graduation at Millersburg College. He can be beat, but the DEMS have to be careful, and UNITED on this race.... PHILLY LABOR SITE of Joe DOUGHERTY, JR. says Mayor Nutter has $31m set aside to pay Firemen. I hope the court rules TO PAY THEM! Joe SCHULLE took the helm of Local 22 Fire Fighters. It could now become more politically astute. This is EMS Week. Let us honor these emergency workers who work nonstop. The RAT MOBILE could appear near the 12th Pestronik site; stay tuned.... Local 19 SHEET METAL Workers are still in a strike and have a boycott list that we should follow. A dispute is arising with Temple University union workers over an arbitrator.... Our Airport continues to raise eyebrows – a community group is calling for a look at wages there. SUBARU could set up USA Headquarters at the Navy Yard.... DC 33 is on the verge of a possible strike. How much they can take from the Mayor is a REAL question.

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for Omar Sabir, a candidate for Traffic Court. The 9th Ward didn’t endorse anyone for Traffic Court because it knows there’s a real possibility that Traffic Court probably won’t be on the ballot come November. There’s a bill making its way through the state legislature that would take the candidates off the ballot as part of a plan to get rid of Traffic Court altogether. Thus, my recycling bin has a lot of these ballots in it. But at least I recycle. That’s something. As someone who usually spends time all over the place on Election Day, my Tuesday was a nice change of pace. Will I do it again? Probably not, because I like being on my side of the fence a little better. But as a way to spend a nice day outside, few things beat being a part of democracy. Now if only we could have convinced Pennsylvania’s registered voters of that…

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(Cont From Page 8) ple came to Lutheran Theological Seminary to vote. That was among the highest voter turnouts in the city, according to officials. I was joined by two Democratic Committeewomen (Marilyn and Carolin) and one Republican Committeewoman (Susan, who as it turned out used to work for the late Sen. Arlen Specter). To say these women knew their district would be the understatement of the year. They knew who came out consistently, and what time they usually showed up. They knew who the political celebrities were, folks like David Cohen, CEO of Comcast (and resident of Marilyn’s doghouse for holding a fundraiser for Gov. Tom Corbett), former mayoral candidate Sam Katz. They were also able to talk about Phillies baseball with me, something that they paid just that much more attention to now that Jesse Biddle of Germantown Friends was now a member of one of the Phillies minor-league

teams. (He was one of the team’s most recent first-round draft picks … just so you know….) And they were really cool with most of the voters because Marilyn and Susan had never missed an election. Here’s a few things I learned as I was sitting there watching democracy in action. One: Committee people must have a really thick skin. One voter came to the polls yesterday armed with a grievance about reapportionment that he felt compelled to share. Because he blamed the Republicans for this, he aimed most of his vitriol at Susan, which I thought wasn’t exactly fair. She handled it. But then again, she’s had to take Donald Trump to the airport. She’s used to high-pressure situations (and gasbags) obviously. Two: Despite all efforts to the contrary, there are informed voters out there and many of them are in the 9th Ward, 12th Division. The ballot they handed out for judicial races was a ballot comprised of people who submitted themselves for interviews with ward leaders. They did their homework about the issues.

lieve it is because the voters know something that his peers do not. I believe judicial races are low-visibility races that are determined by a combination of party endorsements and ballot position. I question the value of party endorsements. Democratic City Committee supported six candidates, two of whom were deemed by the Philadelphia Bar Association to be “not recommended,” in other words, less than qualified. Oddly, the two not recommended were Tancredi and King, who failed to make the cut. However, this does not tell me the voters made informed decisions. Street, one of the two elected but not endorsed by the party, was not recommended by the Bar Association. Coyle was recommended. Judges are not supposed to be political. While they are on the bench, they are prohibited from engaging in political activity. So why are they put in office through a “political” process? We need an appointment process similar to what is done at the federal level and in many other states.

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(Cont From Page 8) ZECCA. Democratic City Committee endorsed Butkovitz. Democratic City Committeeendorsed candidates prevailed in both Municipal Court and Traffic Court. Traffic Court candidate and former Republican LEWIS HARRIS lost despite superior ballot position (second) in a race for three seats in a sea of 25 candidates. In the wake of yet another scandal of widespread corruption at Traffic Court, I expect this entity to be eventually dissolved with the judicial functions transferred to the jurisdiction of Municipal Court. Thus, I am not entirely sure why one would want what may be a shortterm job. Democratic City Committee failed to prevail in the Court of Common Pleas race as two of its recommended candidates, DAWN TANCREDI and LEON KING, did not make the cut. The real surprise was the election of Republican Anne Marie Coyle on the Democratic ballot for Court of Common Pleas. Coyle came in third. The

other interloper was SIERRA THOMAS STREET. The Philadelphia electorate does like to vote for familiar names, which may have helped Street, who is the ex-wife of attorney and sometime office-seeker SHARIF STREET, who is the son of former MAYOR JOHN STREET. That said, I was mildly surprised that well-known attorney DANIEL McCAFFERY, who is also the brother of Pennsylvania Supreme Court JUSTICE SEAMUS McCAFFERY, finished fourth even behind Coyle. We attribute Coyle’s win in large part to superior ballot position (first), electorate bias for females in judicial races and support from a number of labor unions. Unfortunately, Judge Powell did not finish in the top six on the Democratic Ballot. Powell had weak ballot position in the middle of the pack. Powell has been appointed to fill out two terms of retiring judges by both GOVS. TOM CORBETT and ED RENDELL. He is highly respected by his fellow judges, in particular, we hear, by Common Pleas PRESIDENT JUDGE PAMELA DEMBE. Yet he cannot get elected. I do not be-

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