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Unions, Democratic Party Disown Mayor e e S t! u I o Y n n n,Sig e h W titio Pe s i Th MAYOR Michael Nutter is at odds with Phila. labor leaders and former political allies who signed petitions Monday to change Act 111, governing arbitration process in Home Rule Charter. Phila. Council AFL-CIO President Patrick Eiding was one of many local labor leaders signing in support of firefighters and paramedics, as Firefighters President Joseph Schulle asks for support to curb Mayor Nutter’s efforts to abort binding-arbitration decisions. Congressman Bob Brady and DC33’s Pete Mathews pledges unity in gathering 20,000 signatures needed to place question on ballot in November. Photos by Rory McGlasson See Pics Page 3, Story Page 7

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Over 3,000 from City’s familyshelter system were treated to barbecue lunch and health examinations by Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, who for 16 years now has invited City’s homeless to share her birthday this year at Love Park. Photos by Rory McGlasson Other pics, Page 19

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Port Of Philadelphia Cargo Up Over 13 Percent With 2,519,967 metric tons of cargo handled during the first six months of 2013 compared to the 2,217,803 metric tons of cargo handled during the same period of 2012, the facilities of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority experienced a 13.62% gain in cargoes handled. If current cargo trends continue throughout the remainder of the year, 2013 will be the fourth straight year of doubledigit cargo growth at the Port of Philadelphia. “The Port of Philadelphia is a very versatile port,” said PRPA Chairman Charles G. Kopp, Esq. in response to the just-released cargo figures. “This is demonstrated by the fact that containers, breakbulk cargoes, and liquid bulk all showed strong gains during the first six months of this year.” Among the highlights of these Year-To-Date cargo figures are the following: With 1,184,147 metric tons of containerized cargoes handled January to June 2013 compared to the 1,002,911 tons handled during that same period of 2012, containerized

cargo tonnage was up a healthy 18%. Counted as TEUs, 168,820 TEUs of containers were handled YTD 2013 compared to the 135,656 TEUs handled during the same period of 2012, resulting in a 24% gain. Breakbulk cargoes (which are cargoes, often palletized, that are not shipped in containers) were overall up a strong 18%, as well, when

SEPTA Sets Rider Record SEPTA has set a new Regional Rail ridership record carrying 36,023,000 patrons during Fiscal Year 2013, which ended Jun. 30. This is a 2.2% increase over the course of the year. Total miles traveled by SEPTA trains, buses and trolleys reached 337.3 miles during the same period. SEPTA’s capital budget is at a 15-year low, less than half of budgets awarded transit agencies in the United States.

comparing the same two periods of 2012 and 2013. This is due in part to healthy growth among the following specific cargoes: With 116,249 metric tons of steel handled YTD 2013 compared to the 89,292 tons handled during the first half of 2012, steel is so far up 30%. Steel cargoes, much of which is destined for the automobile and construction industries, arrives at PRPA’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal and Tioga Marine Terminal. With 209,823 tons of forest products handled JanuaryJune 2013 compared to the 168,012 tons handled during the same period of 2012, forest products, which include newsprint, fine coated paper (used to print catalogs and magazines), pulp, and lumber, were up 25%. These cargoes principally arrive at PRPA’s Forest Products Distribution Center at Piers 78/80 & 74. Cocoa beans experienced a 21% gain, with 86,438 metric tons of cocoa beans being handled January-June 2013 com-

pared to the 71,631 tons handled during the same priod of 2012. Cocoa beans, which are eventually manufactured into candy bars, cocoa powder, and a wide variety of chocolate products, arrive at PRPA’s dedicated cocoa bean handling facility at Pier 84. Fruit (126,121 tons handled), project cargo (21,884 tons handled), and automobiles (96,240 tons) performed at about the same levels during the first halves of both years. Sugar, a cargo that returned to the Port of Philadelphia in the latter half of 2012 after a long absence, continued to make a mark at the Port during the first half of this year, with 23,479 metric tons handled. Sugar arrives at the Tioga Marine Terminal. Liquid bulk cargoes also showed a healthy gain YTD 2013. With 655,448 metric tons of liquid bulk arriving at the Port of Philadelphia January-June 2013 compared to the 611,022 tons handled during the same period of 2012, liquid bulk was up over 7%. Liquid bulk cargoes ar-

rive at the Tioga Marine Terminal and are pumped (via an elevated pipe bridge) to Kinder Morgan’s liquid bulk facility located across the street from the terminal. “With the deepening of the Delaware River’s main channel and our Southport Marine Terminal Project, the Port of Philadelphia is making the necessary improvements to our facilities and infrastructure to assure growth in the future,” said Kopp. “But these impressive year-to-date cargo statistics demonstrate that PRPA and its terminal operators are out there right now building our business, before those enhancements come online. I’m very proud of what this port has been accomplishing in the areas of job creation and overall economic impact to our region. Further, these cargo statistics justify the ongoing support of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and his Administration, who have recognized the importance of their international seaport in Philadelphia with strategic and substantial investment.”

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Is Terry Tracy ‘New Style’ GOP Candidate? by Lindsey Murdah The Terry Tracy for City Controller campaign is emblematic of the growth in the Republican Party of Philadelphia. Recent municipal campaigns conducted by City Commissioner Deputy Chair Al Schmidt and Councilman David Oh forged paths to victory as reform candidates, opening a trail for other reform-minded leaders to run under a revitalized Republican banner. Oh’s victory was helped by Tracy as a regional coordinator, and a few young up-andcomers have already joined the Tracy campaign. “Good campaigns spawn good candidates,” says Tracy. “Our hope is this campaign inspires others to run, demand change, and offer solutions. By any socio-economic meas-

ure, we deserve better. That requires spirited debate and healthy competition for every elected seat in this city. That requires well-informed, wellprepared candidates. The Republican Party of Philadelphia is making huge strides.” Voters are frustrated by what they see as a cumbersome, unresponsive government. One of the things Tracy’s campaign is most proud of is that it has spent quality time in virtually every part of the city. If there is a trend, it is that many voters feel under siege. Yet his volunteers collectively remain optimistic because “they see and believe in the possible,” as one staffer puts it. Our system of government requires adaptation and evolution. A resurgent Republican City Committee is a direct response to the underlying de-

mand for a new vision. The rise of the non-affiliated voter to almost 70,000 strong is a push back on the status quo. Reform-minded Democrat primary challengers are indicative of a shifting Zeitgeist. Now is the time to put those pieces together. So Tracy’s campaign is about a new direction, a new kind of candidate for a new vision of leadership in city government. It will be a key test for the GOP’s revived leadership team this fall. Considering Terry has spent his career running brick-andmortar retail strategy, operations, and store experience for global brands, he starts with a mindset about what Philadelphia needs to do to be attractive to consumers from around the globe. He wants to add diversity in age and professional

background that will breathe life into the city’s leadership. The Tracy campaign seeks to elevate civic dialogue: away from the knee-jerk reaction to raise taxes and toward an honest discussion about inefficiencies in our government; from who is to blame for any given predicament to how do we effectively identify and prevent the next crises; from talking about prosperity to actively encouraging prosperity. For Tracy, leadership is about creative problem-solving, enhancing organizational synergy and executing against a vision, while maximizing every hardearned dollar spent on the taxpayers’ behalf. This is the core responsibility, duty and measure of the City Controller. Dani Howard, a campaign district manager says, “On the trail I am running into a vast

majority of people who are just done with the city as is, Democrat, Republican or other.” Terry Tracy for City Controller or “TT4CC” as his team has nicknamed it, aims to innovate, educate, and elevate by tapping every tactic that is currently changing our understanding of political campaigns in the 21st century. It is the candidate’s job and a test of his or her leadership to get people excited, educated and engaged. Many in the status quo actually count on low turnout, which is the death knell of civic engagement. That can’t be Tracy’s approach. Tactics will range from old school to cutting edge including town-hall meetings, video and social media, technological innovations – and maybe even some surprises.

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JOE SCHULLE, president of Philadelphia Firefighters &Paramedics Union Local 22, speaks to reporters at news conference on Monday at Firefighters Union Hall, 415 N. 5th Street.

TICKLED to join in fight to curb Mayor Michael Nutter’s court challenges to binding-arbitration decisions were Building Trades President Pat Gillespie, DC 33’s Pete Matthews and Local 98 Bus. Mgr. John J. Dougherty, Jr.

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CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY supports Firefighters & Paramedics’ effort to change Act 111 arbitration process in City’s Home Rule Charter. At right are John McNesby, pres- PHILA. LABOR leaders and a host of political alident of Fraternal Order of Police, and Joe Schulle, president lies signed petition on Monday to create new iniof Philadelphia Firefighters & Paramedics Union Local 22. tiative that seeks to change Act 111 arbitration Photos by Rory McGlasson process in Home Rule Charter.

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Labor Unions Fight for Home Rule Charter Change

Democrats Surf To Wildwood For Annual Brady Bunch Beach Party

GUBERNATORIAL candidate Allyson Schwartz made a WELCOMING former City Commission Chairlady Marge AN IRISH presence was obvious as Peggy, Colin and point of checking in with ConTartaglione and State Sen. Christine Tartaglione to his gala Barbara Kelly shared a moment with host Congress- gressman and meeting many is Congressman Bob Brady. man Bob Brady. committee people.

CONGRESSIONAL candidate Marjorie Margolies was happy to rub elbows with Phila. Party leaders Congressman Bob Brady and DA Seth Williams. Margolies announced Team Saidel will run her campaign for 13th Congressional Dist.

DISCUSSING legislation efforts on behalf of labor were State Sen. Christine Tartaglione and DC 21 Business Mgr. Joe Ashdale.

HARRITY family were all present at Brady Bunch Beach Party with sons Shawn and SHARING moment with Congress- BRADY BUNCH includes Congressman Jim, Jr., flanking their dad man Bob Brady were Stephanie Brady’s children Alex, Bob, Jr., Maria and SerJames Harrity. Sawyer and Donna Laws. ena.

GUBERNATORIAL candidate Tom Wolf checks in with Party Chairman Bob Brady and meets up with other candidates as well.

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MAINSTAYS at Congressman and Democratic City Committee Chair Bob ENJOYING gala were Vincent DeFino, AMONG attendees were Brady’s annual get-together each summer Esq. and District Attorney Seth JUDGE Joe O’Neill and Timika Lane con- Democratic judicial candi- in N. Wildwood are Lou Farinella, DAVID KRAIN was quick to Williams, seen here with Congressman gratulate Congressman Bob Brady and his dates Giovanni Campbell Cathy Price, Tom Johnson and Pat assess buffet offered as deliaide Ducky Birts on major turnout. cious and exotic. Bob Brady. Christian. and Sierra Street.


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Corbett Rallies City’s United GOP Troops Wildwood Is Where Political Sides Form

by Joe Shaheeli Wildwood is where the players from both of this city’s major parties meet to greet each other as well as their own supporters each summer. Drawing them there are the breezes, the sand, the surf and most notably the clubs in Anglesea and some of the homes of elected officials and ward leaders in the upper part of North Wildwood. An exception to the rule is the fact Councilman Jim Kenney’s fundraiser, normally a Wildwood destination, will in-

stead be held this Saturday in Margate, N.J. starting at 5 p.m. at Sophia’s Restaurant, 9314 Amherst Avenue. He’s expected to draw a huge crowd. Last Friday night, Councilman Bob Henon was guest of honor at the home of Barbara and Lisa Deeley in Anglesea, right above the splashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. It is the third year the former Sheriff and her daughter hosted a fundraiser for the 6th Dist. Councilman. Each year guests feast on an amazing buffet.

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JACK WELDON, son of PPA General Counsel Dennis Weldon, announced this photo is his kickoff campaign for “Jack Weldon for President 2040”. Young Jack gave Gov. Corbett pen from retired CP Judge Joseph Bruno.

PGW’s Doug Oliver discusses growing gas producCROWD gathered around Gov. Tom Corbett at Re- tion with Gov. Tom Corbett publican rally in Northeast. Governor assured packed at Republican City Commithouse he is running; “Today’s polls don’t count!” tee rally Tuesday night. The next day, the Brady for Ward Leader and former Bunch Beach invitation kicked Councilman Dan Savage at off at 3 p.m. at Westy’s fol- Westy’s. He’s reported to be lowing the 2 p.m. start of State challenging State Sen. Tina Rep. John Taylor’s (R-Kens- Tartaglione (D-Kensington) for ington) annual event at nearby the 2nd Senatorial Dist. in the Coconut Cove. The fact these upcoming primary. two events now occur on the By attending all these same date and close to one an- events, one needed to watch other encourages a visitor to closely, to get a handle on who touch base with both honorees, will be on what candidate’s especially since both hold the side — the declared and the untitle of Party Chair. declared — in the next DemoSunday morning found a cratic primary. MARINA KATS, former concrowd attending a fundraiser Brady’s gathering drew the gressional candidate, indimost gubernatorial and con- cated at Corbett reception she gressional candidates. These may run for 13th Dist. GOP Rep. J. P. (Cont. Next Page) nomination.

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It’s well over the billiondollar mark our Pennsylvania Convention Center, from its beginning to the completion of its expansion has cost the taxpayers of this city and the Commonwealth, as it continues to operate below the level that had been promised to the taxpayers. So far, it’s been more of a lemon than lemonade, as fewer and fewer major conventions are being scheduled in that three-block-long

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Hanger May Clinch Pothead Votes Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate John Hanger should easily pick up the medical-marijuana supporters. He’s released a three-step Marijuana Reform Plan. He will begin to allow medical marijuana to be prescribed to sick patients that need cannabis. He’ll then move to decriminalize in 2015 possession of small amounts of marijuana, following that with regulations and taxes on marijuana sales in 2017 if decriminalization goes well.

Hanger said African Americans are arrested for possession five times more frequently than whites, though usage is almost identical, adding, “It is also time to stop spending $325 million per year of taxpayer money to arrest, prosecute, and jail about 25,000 Pennsylvanians for possession of small amounts of marijuana.”

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able in contributing to the skills that continue to make American union laborers the most productive in their field, also an envy to similar trade unions around the world. Look for quick remedies to the problems that have beset this Convention Center and its board members. Coryell will push for the best answers to the toughest questions and watch a boost of bookings from the nation’s national and international unions, bringing their annual conventions to this city.

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(Cont. From Prev. Page) included Congresswomen Allyson Schwartz (D-Phila.), Tom Wolf, Marjorie Margolies and State Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Northeast). One could easily guess who had the support of IBEW Local 98’s Business Mgr. John Dougherty by the numbers of electricians who appeared or didn’t appear at each of the functions. One easily surmises he’s with Henon and Savage in the upcoming primary.

massive structure. The blame game, for the inability of the City and its administrative sub-branches devoted to tourism and conventioneering, has been played by targeting the city’s various union locals involved in the daily operations of the center. That has ended with the appointment of Ed Coryell, Sr., head of the Metropolitan Carpenters Union, to the 15-member board. He replaces Pat Gillespie, president of the Building Trades Association. What is unique about this is his son, Ed Coryell, Jr., is on the labor bargaining team at the Convention Center. When it comes down to hard negotiations, will one see a father and son banging heads, or well-thought-out decisions? For those who see this as tilting the weight at the Board to labor’s side, think again. The old axiom is what’s good for business is good for labor. Coryell, Sr. has built a pension system for its members that is the envy of most who are saddled with underfunded pensions. His membership continues to grow in times of recession as well as in good times. His apprentice-training programs have proven invalu-


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Controller Alan Butkovitz. The Controller was caustic about the Mayor’s bookkeeping, saying bluntly, “Michael Nutter has stolen money from the firefighters.” Butkovitz charged Nutter’s attempts to wiggle out of binding-arbitration awards are part of a pattern of presenting budgets that falsely claim to be balanced by ignoring the City’s true personnel costs. Estimated costs of Mayor Nutter’s court reruns is well over $1 million. Herman “Pete” Matthews, head of AFSCME District Council 33, which represents the City’s blue-collar workers, has major issues with the Nutter Administration about his own contract. He was talking war, calling the Mayor “meanspirited and vengeful.” While the rest of Philadelphia’s political leadership listened, Matthews said of Nutter, “The voters of Philadelphia overestimated his intelligence and underestimated his arrogance. This is a mistake they must never make about a candidate again.” His union council made moves early in Nutter’s regime thatsaved the Administration hundreds of millions of dollars; Matthews doesn’t feel the Mayor gave him any credit for these pains. For organized labor, city contracts have become a do-ordie cause. “There are 200,000 union members in Philadelphia, said local AFL-CIO President Pat Eiding. “Labor is alive and well in this town; the Mayor will soon be gone.” After the issue of publicsafety arbitration is settled, labor unions will present a united front in pressing the Administration to finish negotiating all its other stalled labor contracts.

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these awards. All administration appeals to date have been rejected by the courts, but Nutter has simply restarted the appeals process each time, leaving the firefighters in limbo. “This charter-change initiative is about ensuring fair and balanced government in Philadelphia,” said Local 22’s newly elected President, Joe Schulle. “This isn’t about politics; it’s about fairness, stability and economic justice for the men and women who protect and serve the citizens of Philadelphia 24/7.” To get this proposal on the November ballot, 20,000 signatures must be turned in by Sep. 21. A substantial task, but several leaders vowed they would get far more than 20,000 signatures by then. Brady, who said he was “ashamed” of the treatment of the City’s firefighters, said, “Every committeeperson in every ward will be circulating these petitions.” Councilman Jim Kenney will introduce a measure in City Council supporting this charter change. Kenney did not attend the press conference but six of his colleagues did. Asked how many votes he thought the measure would get, 1st Dist. Councilman Mark Squilla predicted it would pass unanimously. “It’s not partisan issue, it’s a corruption of the process” outlined by law for the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, said 10th Dist. Councilman Brian O’Neill. “If the Mayor were still in City Council (and I remember when he was), he would be supporting it too.” The charter-change proposal was developed in discussions between Schulle and City

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by Tony West Not stated — but plain as day – is the fact this city’s Democratic leaders have, in effect, deposed the Mayor from any citywide leadership role in his own party. That change occurred Tuesday when a broad-based coalition of Philadelphia’s political and labor leaders formally launched a drive to change the City Charter so Mayor Michael Nutter would be subject to binding-arbitration awards and hobble his ability to constantly appeal them in court. Meeting at the Firefighters & Paramedics Union Local 22 hall in Northern Liberties was a phalanx of City Council Members from both parties, State Senators and Representatives, leaders of the city’s most-powerful public- and private-sector unions, and the Chair of Democratic City Committee, Congressman Bob Brady. The Mayor has been locked in bitter stalemates with city unions since he entered office. The city’s firefighters and paramedics have gone for more than four years without a contract; and they are not alone. Specifically, the proposed charter change would require the Mayor to obtain the approval of City Council before he could proceed with legal challenges to future binding-arbitration awards. Public-safety workers lack the right to strike. In compensation for that, their labor contracts are subject to binding arbitration in the event their union and the administration cannot sign an agreement. But Nutter has stalled implementation of the firefighters’ contracts by repeatedly appealing

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Our Opinion Voter ID, A Tempest Brew

Since voter photo-ID legislation has become a national cry, we must wonder truly how many voters now face disenfranchisement if they don’t have one. We wonder why we are told millions of dollars of federal and state funds spent on national local and television media failed to reach those who needed to be alerted they had to apply. We wonder why the countless rallies across this city and state failed to ferret out the remnant of those who still do not have picture ID. Regardless of what decision comes down in the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court challenge which was in week two as we went to press, we know we need not fear disenfranchising anyone from casting their vote. With that said, can we get all those concerned on both sides of the voter photo-ID controversy to tell us why we saw low voter turnouts in the ensuing elections since the legislation reared its head?

Renewed Marriage Vows Years ago, the Democratic Party and the labor organizations in this city found it served them well to support each other’s interest in many cases where legislative or administrative policies needed to be met for the common cause. That began in the late ’50s and continues to this day. So they were wed, with Democratic politicians learning the joys of support from organized labor and vice versa. Then there came times when strife began to creep in, when the two sides could not reach agreement on core concerns. This is one of those times. The cause at hand is how to treat the City’s public workforce. The decisions of binding arbitrators, backed by law, are being demanded by one side, labor, and opposed by the other, the city administration. Now organized labor and the Democratic Party have decided to curtail the powers of its son gone awry, Mayor Michael Nutter. A move is underway to change the City Charter to limit the Mayor’s authority to reject binding arbitration. There is no middle ground here. Even if the Mayor does heed the call of DC 33 and 47 and Firefighters Local 22 to sit down and end efforts to overturn the awards given to the unions, the need to return power to the people is obvious in this case. An impasse like this cannot be permitted to happen again.

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Jul. 25- Council President Darrell L. Clarke holds Homestead/AVI information session at Kelley School, 1601 N. 28th St., 6 p.m. Jul. 27- Councilman Jim Kenney hosts Beach Bash at Sophia’s Restaurant, 9314 Amherst Ave., Margate, N.J., 3-5 p.m. Tickets $100. For info Lindsey (257) 2752120. Jul. 27- United Republican Club, 3156 Franford Ave., invites all to join SDJ Film Festival, 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Doors open 3:30 p.m. $10 admission at door. For info (215) 739-7475. Jul. 27- Friends of State Rep. Cherelle Parker host Beef & Beer at 7502 Forrest Ave., 4-6 p.m. Tickets $15. Jul. 27-28- Zion Baptist Ch. hosts Empowerment Summit on “Permanent Pathways and Partnerships from Poverty to Empowerment” at 3600 N. Broad St., start-

ing 8:30 a.m. Jul. 30- Council President Darrell Clarke hosts Homestead/AVI information session at Warnock Village, 2862 Germantown Ave., 6 p.m. Jul. 31- Controller candidate Terry Tracy holds town-hall meeting at Holmesburg Rec Ctr., Rhawn & Ditman Sts., 7:15 p.m. Aug. 2- 1st annual GOP BBQ/Pool Party at 6924 Greenway Ave. 5-10 p.m. Free. RSVP needed at www.facebook.com/events/ 1390962847789797 or cpcity7@comcast.net. Aug. 2- Team McNesby hosts Benefit at Keenan’s Irish Pub, 113 New Jersey Ave., N. Wildwood, N.J., 7-10 p.m. Donation $30. For tickets Steve Weiler (267) 249-1486 or Sharon Jonas (267) 767-12078. Checks payable to FBO Team McNesby. Aug. 7- Council President Darrell Clarke hosts Homestead/AVI information session at Fishtown Rec Ctr., 1201 Montgomery Ave., 6

p.m. Aug. 8- State Sen. Tina Tartaglione hosts annual Community Day distributing over 1,000 schoolbags and school supplies at Norris Square, 127 W. Susquehanna Ave., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 9- Golf Outing for State Rep. John Sabatina at Torresdale-Frankford C.C, 3801 Grant Ave., 8:30 a.m. For registration or sponsorship Steve Campanile (215) 460-4697, email Re.Elect.JohnSabatina@gma il.com or mail Committee to Re-Elect John Sabatina, Jr., 7720 Castor Ave., Phila., PA 19152-2702. Aug. 9- Seaside Soirée with Councilman Mark Squilla at Keenan’s Pub, 113 Olde New Jersey Ave., Anglesea, N. Wildwood, N.J., 7-10 p.m. Tickets $30. For info Lindsey (267) 275-2120 or LindseyPerry@fleckconsulting.com. Aug. 10- Local 98 Down Under and Local 868 Gas Workers hold separate events at Keenan’s Pub, 113 Olde New Jersey Ave., N. Wildwood, N.J., 2 p.m.

Aug. 11- Paul Robeson House Museum hosts Jazz Jamboree with Ralph Penn and Friends featuring Juanita Holiday & Bootsie Barns, at W. Phila. Sr. Community Ctr., 1016-26 N. 41st Street, 4-7 p.m. Aug. 12- Council President Darrell Clarke hosts Homestead/AVI information session at 6 pm at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, 101 E. Roosevelt Blvd. Aug. 14- Council President Darrell Clarke hosts Homestead/AVI information session at Cecil B Moore Rec Ctr., 2551 N. 22nd St., 6 p.m. Aug. 174 7 t h Ward Leader George Brooks hosts deluxe coach trip to Baltimore Crab Fest in Inner Harbor. All you can eat of crabs, shrimp & buffet and open bar. Tickets $150. Leave from Broad & Oxford Progress Plaza, 1 p.m. Aug. 21- Stu Bykofsky presents Candidates Comedy Night at Finnigan’s Wake, 8 p.m. Tickets $75. For info Variety Club (215) 7350803, ext. 11.


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(Cont. From Page 6) record, it will stay there for five years. Nearly all banks use Chex Systems to evaluate potential new customers. Chex Systems does not approve or deny account applicants; it is up to the bank to decide how to use the information. However, if you have reported items, it can be quite difficult to get a new checking account. There are a couple of methods you can use to work around

(Cont. From Page 6) these programs are unsustainable and should be cut back. If you read this column regularly, you know I spend a good deal of time refuting the notion that it is easy to obtain SSD/SSI benefits. The use of terms such as “welfare” and “alarming” says a lot about the people promoting these ideas. SSD and SSI are emphatically not “welfare” programs. Eligibility for SSD depends upon an individual’s having worked long enough (and paying into the

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ports. They will typically issue you a prepaid debit card, but many will not grant check-writing privileges. Still, if you need a bank account to pay bills, this might be a viable solution. For many people, living without checks isn’t much of a problem anyway, since most bills can be paid online with a debit card. Life after being reported to Chex Systems can be rather difficult, but with a bit of research, it is possible to get an account … even if you have to adjust to not writing checks. Next Week’s Question: Bankruptcy judges: How are they picked? If you are working and making about $950 a month or more, you won’t qualify. Nor will you be found disabled if you have an impairment that is expected to last less than a year. So if you break a leg and the fracture heals in six months, you don’t qualify for SSD or SSI. Even if you get past these hurdles, you won’t get benefits if you can return to your past job or perform other jobs that exist in substantial numbers in the national economy (unless you are over 50, when age comes into play to an extent). Does this sound like welfare to you?

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Mighty Gives Back Nicetown’s Ivan “Mighty” Robinson had a stellar amateur boxing career and went on to have an equally lauded professional career which included his winning of the USBA and NABF Championships. He also came very close to becoming a world champion in his exciting bout with Philip Holiday, but is probably best known for his two thrilling wins over the late Arturo Gatti. But despite all his successes, Robinson has never forgotten his Nicetown neighborhood and will be back once again to put on an amateur boxing tournament as part of the 11th annual “Give Back” weekend.

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On Monday night, I took in a film that I’m going to tell you about in order to make this week’s column, about the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, make sense. The film I saw was called Fruitvale Station, and the folks at Tabb Management with the help of the Blues Babe Foundation, Landmark Theaters, and City Councilman David Oh’s Black Film Advisory Committee put together the screening. It was followed by a panel discussion featuring attorney Michael Coard, activist Wanda Burton and anti-racism educator Conrad Moore that focused on the pitfalls that can someone befall young Black men when they come into contact with white people who have an inherent fear of them. Kind of like the inherent fear that led to the death of Trayvon Martin last February. It’s this death that took a while for Zimmerman to be brought to trial for; a death that he was later found not guilty of. The protagonist in Fruitvale Station, Oscar Grant, was killed on New Year’s Day 2009 by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer. The officer, Johannes Mehrle, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter because the jury believed him when he said he meant to grab his Taser gun to shoot Grant, and grabbed his actual gun by mistake instead. In case you’re wondering, it’s based on a true story. And while Oscar Grant was who was being talked about in this movie, it could be Amadou Diallo. Or Sean Bell. Or Eleanor Bumpers. Or Rodney King. Or Trayvon Martin. (Cont. Page 22)

City Hall San bummed it to the Jersey shore last weekend. There he found a trio of parties honoring Philadelphia elected officials. Former SHERIFF BARBARA DEELEY hosted a picnic by the sea in Anglesea for COUNCILMAN BOB HENON Friday evening. The well-attended event consisted of ward leaders BILL DOLBOW, BOB DELLAVELLA, JOHN SABATINA, STATE SEN. MIKE STACK, MIKE SULLIVAN, JANICE SULMAN and DAN SAVAGE. Also on hand were well-liked BOBBY GORMLEY, former IBEW PRESIDENT JACK FORD, SEAN DOUGHERTY, MIKE FANNING and a lovely LISA DEELEY. Also on hand were successful judicial candidates MARTY COLEMAN and DONNA DeROSE. It was another successful Anglesea event. Party Chairman and CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY was the guest of honor once again for a blockbuster party at Westy’s. The Brady Bunch once again showed why Bob Brady is the mostpowerful and most-beloved political leader in Pennsylvania. Potential gubernatorial candidates ROB MCCORD and Mike Stack laughed and enjoyed a drink together. COUNCILMAN MARK SQUILLA joined many other elected officials and VIPs including WARD LEADERS MARGETARTAGLIONE, MIKE MCALEER, JOHN DOUGHERTY and SHARON LOSIER. Later that evening, 56TH WARD LEADER JOHN SABATINA and his lovely wife LISA hosted a party in Wildwood Crest. Brady graciously also attended the Sabatina affair which was much smaller in scale then the Westy’s event, yet very fun. It had an impressive amount of ward leaders and Philadelphia politicos. Ward Leader and State Senate candidate DAN SAVAGE was honored at a breakfast event on Sunday at Westy’s. A large crowd was on hand and enjoyed breakfast with Savage. Among the attendees were highly regarded attorney FRED SANTARELLI and his beautiful wife LIDIA. Also on hand were numerous ward leaders and well-wishers. Staying closer to home, STATE SEN. ANTHONY WILLIAMS continued his “Summer of Peace” activities at the famous Nile Swim Club in Yeadon, Pa. Along with hundreds of youths from across his district, which includes much of West & South Philadelphia as well as Delaware Co., Yeadon MAYOR DOLORES JONES BUTLER and its Mayor-elect, REV. ROHAN (Cont. Page 22)

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Yo! Here is an article sent to me by a reader Kim S. that shows that justice can be had with a little imagination. This took place in Charlotte, N.C. It is a true story that won first place in the Criminal Lawyers Award contest. A lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars, 24 in all, and insured them against, fire, theft, earthquakes and floods, among other things. However, he planned to smoke these cigars and did. Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars, the lawyer filed a claim against the insurance company. In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost “in a series of small fires, which indeed they were.” The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason, that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion. The lawyer sued – and WON! Pretty slick move on his part, right? But no, that is not the imaginative part of this tale; stay with me. Delivering the ruling, the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous and that the lawyer had indeed smoked the cigars. But that was only an opinion without any real proof. The judge stated nevertheless that the lawyer held a policy from the insurance company, in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed it would insure them against fire, without defining what is considered to be unacceptable “fire” and was obligated to pay the claim. Rather than endure a lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss of the cigars that perished in the “series of small fires.” Now for the best part: Here is where the imagination kicks in. After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of arson! With his insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the lawyer was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and was sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine for the loss of the 24 cigars. That is the kind of justice that happens only in America. No wonder the rest of the world thinks we’re nuts!

GREAT NEWS: The three candidates who were NOMINATED BY THE PEOPLE to sit in Traffic Court have filed suit! They are capably represented by Sam STRETTON, Esq. The future of the TRIO was clouded by the PILEGGI legislation abolishing Traffic Court. Why did the legislature lead some 35 candidates on to run and spend funds – with nary a peep that they may have no future as jurists (?). The legislation lacked the COURTESY to prepare for such an outcome. When our local lawmakers seemed to suffer a fortitude meltdown and supported the legislation, I asked a Senator why he did not object. I was told to watch him speak out when the bill came back from the House. I am STILL WAITING.... ONLY State Rep. Mark COHEN lamented the loss of elected officials. How a Senator from Delaware Co. can POKE his NOSE into Philly shows the electorate that speaks for us. To allow 35 candidates to run, then abolish the job AFTER the primary election is ROYALIST and REPREHENSIBLE. Oh well, maybe the thinking is that it is better to have GOP hearing officers than Democrat judges (?). Push on, Omar SABIR, Donna DeROSE and Marnie AUMENT-LOUGHREY!... IF TRAFFIC COURT workers at any level who were promised CONFIDENTIALITY if they gave testimony, and then heard their confidentiality WAS LEAKED – that would be unprofessional action at the least, yes? Is it also a breach of personal integrity and credibility of the prober? TAXPAYERS talking to a real-estate assessor (Evaluator) over their A.V.I. INCREASE should ask if the increase was (Cont. Page 22)

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Tuesday night, Philadelphia Republican City Committee sponsored an evening with GOV. TOM CORBETT at the Southampton Room. The event was open to local ward leaders, committee people and volunteers. We expect to see more of the Governor as his team focuses on his reelection campaign. The 300-plus crowd heard the Governor speak of the successes of his first term, including passing four budgets on time without raising taxes. His predecessor did not pass a budget on time in eight years. Corbett pointed out his policies and the actions of the Republican-controlled state legislature have created over 160,000 private-sector jobs. He lauded State Representative and RCC CHAIRMAN JOHN TAYLOR for his outstanding work. Last Saturday, Philadelphia Republicans were seen at the Jersey shore. We heard a number of them were in Avalon in the morning for the wedding of the daughter of former City COUNCILMAN JACK KELLY, including ward LEADERS BILL IVERS, AGNES “CHUCKIE” TILLEY and MATT WOLFE. Other Republicans there included COUNCILMAN BRIAN O’NEILL, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Parking Authority VINCE FENERTY and former candidate for City Council at Large JOE MC COLGAN. The reason we know of the Kelly wedding is that a number of the guests also made their way to State Rep. John Taylor’s annual Jersey shore fundraiser in North Wildwood. The 200-plus crowd enjoyed the afternoon event. Attendees included numerous ward leaders in addition to those from the wedding, as well as RCC General COUNSEL MIKE MEEHAN and Republican candidate for Philadelphia City Controller TERRY TRACY. (Cont. Page 22)


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(Cont. From Page 5) handguns. Additionally, he has obtained state funding to help restore the Philadelphia Police Mounted Unit and works closely with local officials and community leaders to improve oversight of neighborhood nuisance bars. The Senator has worked to expand Philadelphia’s ports and is a supporter of Delaware River dredging. Also to his credit, Farnese has introduced legislation to extend Philadelphia’s property-tax abatement program in blighted areas and successfully led the fight to defeat proposed taxes on the arts and professional services. Farnese serves as the Democratic Chair of the Communications & Technology Committee. “We are delighted Sen. Farnese has joined our firm,” says Gary A. DeVito, chair-

Former Democratic 19th Ward Leader Carlos Matos was unanimously elected last night to head the 19th Ward, replacing Leslie Lopez who officially retired from the post. Congratulations go to Lopez for keeping the ward in fighting trim as well as to Matos, whose voice on behalf of the Latino community will be heard.

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didate when it comes to fighting for working people in Pennsylvania’s 13th Dist. PGW Local 686 is proud to endorse his campaign for Congress.” PGW Local 686 is one of 17 organizations representing working people of Pennsylvania who are supporting Boyle’s candidacy for Congress. Other notable endorsements include IBEW Local 98, Teamsters, Sprinklerfitters Local 420 and Steamfitters Local 692, Boilermakers Local 13, and Communication Workers Local 13000. Boyle has also been formally endorsed by Congressman Bob Brady. “PGW is the largest municipally-owned gas utility in the US, and I am honored to be endorsed by Local 686. As a member of Congress, I will continue my fight to make sure working people have a seat at the table.”


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Deeleys Host ‘Sipping By Shore’ With Councilman Henon

ENJOYING cool N. Wildwood breezes at annual Councilman Bob Henon fundraiser hosted by Barbara and Lisa Deeley were, from left, Chris Creelman, Janice Sulman, John Paone, Barbara Deeley, State Sen. Michael Stack and Jim Foy.

HOSTS Lisa and Barbara Deeley share moment with Councilman Bob Henon and State Sen. Mike Stack at their gala in N. Wildwood.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE was represented by Marcie Hurt, Bob Jackson and Alan Kurtz, sharing a moment with Councilman Bob Henon and Lisa Deeley.

COOL evening Wildwood breeze made it easy for these attendees at Deeleys’ fundraiser for Councilman Bob Henon. From left are Samantha Riebow, Dan McCaffery, State Sen. Mike Stack, Lisa Deeley and DC21 Business Mgr. Joseph Ashdale.

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SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON COUNTY OF CLARK No. 13 5 00272 2 In the Adoption of: ) SUMMONS AND NOTICE JOANNA JACQUELINE ) BY PUBLICATION OF PEPRIEST, ) TITION AND HEARING DOB: 06/24/2013, ) REGARDING TERMINAA Minor Child. ) TION OF ALLEGED FATHER’S PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP TO: Nicholas Rhodes aka Nick Rhodes and any other potential biological father The State of Washington to the said: You are hereby summoned to appear within thirty days after the date of first publication of this summons and defend the above-entitled action in the above-entitled Court, and answer the Petition of the Petitioners, adoptive parents, and serve a copy of your answer upon the undersigned attorney for Petitioners at the office stated below. If you fail to do so, judgment may be rendered against you according to the request of the Petition, which has been filed with the Clerk of the said court. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that there has been filed in this Court a petition praying that your parent-child relationship with the above-named child be terminated. The purpose of the action is to seek an order terminating your parent-child relationship and granting Petitioners’ adoption. The child was born on June 24, 2013, in Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia. The child’s birth mother is Amber Marie Priest. The court hearing on this matter shall be on the 30th day of August 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the Clark County Superior Court of the State of Washington, Family Law Annex, 601 West Evergreen, Vancouver, Washington 98660. YOUR FAILURE TO APPEAR AT THE HEARING MAY RESULT IN A DEFAULT ORDER PERMANENTLY TERMINATING ALL OF YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS TO THE ABOVE-NAMED CHILD. You are further notified that you have the right to be represented by an attorney, and an attorney will be appointed for you if you are indigent and request an attorney. You are further notified that your failure to file a claim of paternity or to respond to the petition within thirty (30) days of the first publication of this notice is grounds to terminate your parent-child relationship with respect to the child. One method of filing your response and serving a copy on the petitioners’ attorney is to respond by certified mail with return receipt requested. This summons is issued pursuant to Superior Court Civil Rule 4.1 of the state of . DATED this 19th day of July 2013. Tabitha L. Koh, WSBA No. 43815 Of Attorneys for Petitioners FILE ORIGINAL RESPONSE WITH: Clerk of Court Courthouse SERVE A COPY OF YOUR RESPONSE ON: Petitioners’ Attorney Tabitha L. Koh Bouneff and Chally 2722 NE 33rd Avenue


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Breakfasting In Wildwood

AMONG those in crowd surrounding state senatorial candidate Dan Savage were, at left, Local 98 Political Dir. Marita Crawford and Councilman Bob Henon.

MONTGOMERY Co. Prothonotary Mark Levy, right, enjoys reunion with Dan Savage supporter IBEW Local 98 Business Mgr. John Dougherty, Jr.

FORMER Councilman Dan Savage is pleased he has support of Ward Leader Donna Aument and Donna’s granddaughter Brianna Loughery.

EARLY BIRDS at Breakfast with former Councilman Dan Savage at Westy’s in Wildwood were Lisa and Barbara Deeley, Jim Crumlish, and Jim Foy.

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NOTICE OF DEFAULT AND FORECLOSURE SALE WHEREAS, on March 11, 1996, a certain mortgage was exe2011 President Street, Philadelphia, PA 19115. BEING Parcel cuted by Ethel Petroff, as mortgagor in favor of Unity MortNumber: 157N4-208. The sale will be held on August 2, gage Corp. d/b/a The Reverse Mortgage Company as 2013 at 10:00 AM at the Southeast Entrance of Philadelphia mortgagee and was recorded in Office of the Recorder of City Hall located at Broad Street and Market Street, PhiladelDeeds of Philadelphia County in Mortgage Book VCS 1917 phia, PA 19107. The Secretary of Housing and Urban Develpage 436 (“Mortgage”); and opment will bid $194,105.45 plus interest, costs and other WHEREAS, the Mortgage encumbered property located at charges through the sale date. Ten percent (10%) of the high2011 President Street Philadelphia, PA 19115, Parcel/BRT #: est bid is the deposit required at the sale. The amount that 157N4-208 (“Property”); and WHEREAS, the Property was must be paid to HUD by the mortgagors or someone acting owned by Ethel Petroff, Trustee for her son Carl Davis, by on their behalf so that the sale may be stayed is the total virtue of deed dated December 28, 1973 and recorded January delinquent amount of $194,105.45 as of April 25, 2013, plus all other amounts that would be due under the mortgage 4, 1974 in Book: DCC 537; Page: 279; and WHEREAS, agreement if payments under the mortgage had not been acEthel Petroff died on November 7, 2011 and by operation of celerated, advertising costs and postage expenses incurred in law, title vested in Carl Davis; and WHEREAS, the Mortgage giving notice, mileage by the most reasonable road distance is now owned by the Secretary of the United States Departfor posting notices and for the Foreclosure Commissioner’s ment of Housing and Urban Development (“Secretary”), purattendance at the sale, reasonable and customary costs insuant to an assignment recorded on October 6, 2004 in curred for title and lien record searches, the necessary out-ofDocument #: 51030364, in the Office of the Recorder of pocket costs incurred by the Foreclosure Commissioner for Deeds of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; and recording documents, a commission for the Foreclosure ComWHEREAS, a default has been made in the covenants and missioner, and all other costs incurred in connection with the conditions of the Mortgage as Ethel Petroff died on Novemforeclosure prior to reinstatement. There will be no proration ber 7, 2011 and that the monthly payments due following her of taxes, rents or other income or liabilities, except that the death have not made and remains wholly unpaid as of the purchaser will pay, at or before closing, his prorata share of date of this Notice, and no payment has been made sufficient any real estate taxes that have been paid by the Secretary to to restore the loan to currency; and WHEREAS, the entire the date of the foreclosure sale. amount delinquent as of April 25, 2013 is $194,105.45 plus When making their bid, all bidders, except the Secretary, interest, costs and other charges through the sale date; and must submit a deposit totaling ten percent 10% of the SecreWHEREAS, by virtue of this default, the Secretary has detary’s bid as set forth above in the form of a certified check or clared the entire amount of the indebtedness secured by the Mortgage to be immediately due and payable; NOW THERE- cashier’s check made out to the Secretary of HUD. Each oral bid need not be accompanied by a deposit. If the successful FORE, pursuant to powers vested in me by the Single Family bid is oral, a deposit of ten (10%) percent must be presented Mortgage Foreclosure Act of 1994, l2 U.S.C. 3751 et seq., by 24 CFR Part 29, and by the Secretary’s designation of me as before the bidding is closed. The deposit is nonrefundable. Foreclosure Commissioner, recorded on September 29, 2011 The remainder of the purchase price must be delivered within in Misc. Instrument #: 52395684, in the Office of the thirty (30) days of the sale or at such other time as the SecreRecorder of Deeds of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, notary may determine for good cause shown, time being of the tice is hereby given that on August 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM at essence. This amount, like the bid deposits, must be delivthe Southeast Entrance of Philadelphia City Hall located at ered in the form of a certified or cashier’s check. If the SecBroad Street and Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, all retary is the high bidder, he need not pay the bid amount in real and personal Property at or used in connection with the cash. The successful bidder will pay all conveyance fees, all following described premises (“Property”) will be sold at real estate and other taxes that are due on or after the delivery public auction to the highest bidder: LAND and premises sit- of the remainder of the payment and all other costs associated uate in the City and County of Philadelphia, and Commonwith the transfer of title. At the conclusion of the sale, the dewealth of Pennsylvania. BEGINNING at a point in the posits of the unsuccessful bidders will be returned to them. Northerly curved line of President Street (56. feet wide), disThe Secretary may grant an extension of time within which to tant 148 feet 4 1/2 inches Eastwardly from the Easterly end of deliver the remainder of the payment. All extensions will be the curve connecting the Northerly line of President Street for fifteen (15) days, and a fee will be charged in the amount with the Easterly curved line of Hoff Street (46 feet wide). of $150.00 for each fifteen (15) day extension requested. The said connecting curve having a radius of 20 feet, said beginextension fee shall be paid in the form of a certified or ning point being in the extended middle line of party wall becashier’s check made payable to the Secretary of Housing and tween premises #2009 and #2011 President Street, thence Urban Development. If the high bidder closes the sale prior Eastwardly along the curved Northerly line of President to the expiration of any extension period, the unused portion Street and curving to the left with a radius of 2280 feet 10 1/8 of the extension fee shall be applied toward the amount due. inches, an arc distance of 32 feet 10 ¾ inches to a point in the If the high bidder is unable to close the sale within the redivision line between, premises #2011 and #2013 President quired period, or within any extensions of time granted by the Street; thence North 4 degrees 21 minute 53 seconds East Secretary, the high bidder’s deposit will be forfeited, and the along the last mentioned division line 116 feet 7 5/8 inches to Commissioner may, at the direction of the HUD Field Office a point in the Northerly boundary line of Plan hereinafter Representative, offer the Property to the second highest bidmentioned; thence North 89 degrees 18 minutes 34 seconds der for an amount equal to the highest price offered by that West along said boundary line 32 feet 0 7/8 inches to a point bidder. There is no right of redemption, or right of possession in the extended middle line of aforementioned I party wall be- based upon a right of redemption, in the mortgagor or others tween premises #2009 and #2011 President Street; thence subsequent to a foreclosure completed pursuant to the Act. South 4 degrees 49 minutes 58 seconds West along the midTherefore, the Foreclosure Commissioner will issue a Deed to dle line of last mentioned party wall and its extensions 114 the purchaser(s) upon receipt of the entire purchase price in feet 4 1/8 inches to the place of beginning. BEING known as: accordance with the terms of the sale as provided herein.


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Out & About (Cont. From page 17) I had wanted to see this movie anyway. I had heard it was a decent pic and it featured Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer as Grant’s mother. But after hearing a weekend of seeing the cacophony of the social-media Marketplace of Ideas at work, I felt I had to see the film. Why? I think the only politician I’ve ever endorsed in this column, Councilman David Oh, said it best before the panel discussion on Monday. “These stories have to be

Walk The Beat (Cont. From page 17) determined by the Evaluator or COMPUTER-GENERATED! APPEAL to the Board of Revision hearing board if you are not satisfied with the answer. BIRTHDAY SOUNDS: Two “collegiate” birthdays: Judy SCHWANK (7-31) of Alvernia U., Reading, and Jen-

told,” Oh said. “Not just for the African American community, but for the community overall.” I kinda wished the Councilman had said this on Facebook because this sentiment needed to be heard in that online community especially. I wished others could have heard this because I’ve learned something very important over the last week or so. I’ve learned the lives of men who look like my dad, my brothers, my nephews, my significant other, and my friends are worthless in the eyes of some. In fact, if I get asked by nifer BRENNAN at Temple U. on Aug. 4! BARBARA HAFER celebrates hers on Aug. 1, and Babette JOSEPHS has one on the 4th! Best Regards! The late Stanhope BROWNE was the REAL planner for Penn’s Landing. But the new “real” planner is PennPraxis. Remember its idea to open up the waterfront by extending

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some member of the “Trayvon Martin Deserved to Get Shot Because Someone Like Me Perceived Him as a Threat” club, “What about Black-onBlack crime?” one more time, I’m gonna need bail money. Because let’s face it. If people didn’t try to work on Black-on-Black crime, there wouldn’t be a new jail springing up every five minutes. (And by the way, why are we allowed to mourn the victims of mass shootings or, as I’ve decided to start calling them, “white-on-white crime,” without having similar discussions?) streets to the river? HOW MANY have been actually opened in the last few years? Existing Race Street was fancied up. Callowhill Street from Columbus Boulevard to 2nd Street is STILL one-way. IS THIS ALL TALK? Proposed

City Hall Sam (Cont. From page 17) HEPKINS, helped the Senator cool the temperature in neighborhoods often troubled by violence. SID BOOKER continues to rally ward leaders to his myriad political functions which he sponsors at his famous Club LaPointé at Broad

Elephant Corner (Cont. From page 17) Detroit just filed for protection under Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code. As the Elephant Corner noted a few weeks ago, the plight of Detroit holds some lessons for Philadelphia. Detroit saw its manufacturing base all but disappear along with the middle-class taxpayers who not only followed the jobs to the suburbs but also took their children out of the city’s failing schools. Sound familiar? There are many who expect state and federal governments to step in and save city-employee pensions and pay for city services. But is that fair? After all, the people in Detroit elected the officials who year after year mismanaged the city. Union members elected union officials who pushed for under& Belfield. He is one of Philadelphia’s living icons who still remains active. Look for a big affair there soon. Another individual in the same category is political activist and campaign consultant MARION WIMBUSH, whose base of operations is across from his office at the Oak Lane Diner where he can be seen every breakfast.

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funded pension plans that everyone just assumed would be paid by future taxpayers. There was a little problem with this assumption – poor public policies transformed a city with a tax base of 2 million people into one of 700,000. Like Michigan, Pennsylvania can step in and force financially failing cities to deal with their problems. We did this forHarrisburg. However, in Philadelphia we have a state oversight mechanism already in place through the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority. PICA can disapprove city

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