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Rain Didn’t Spoil Labor Day Parade

See GOP Clambake and AFL-CIO Labor Day Parade Pictures Pages 13 & 16

RAIN DIDN’T dampen spirits of union marchers on Monday at 26th annual AFL-CIO Tri-State Labor Day Parade and Festival. This is second year rains deluged parade. That is Ironworkers’ Joe Dougherty at parade in 2nd Here to glean info from county commissioners was Presidential photo at right. Commission at Convention Center yesterday as City CommisMore Pics Page 13 -16. sioner Al Schmidt, front left, listens and awaits his turn to testify.

Presidential Commission Seeks Election Info

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Castille Tells Judges’ Conference Of Court Budget Woes by Ruth R. Russell A problem festering in the Philadelphia court system for many years is finally beginning to be healed, Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille told members of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges in Hershey in a good-news/bad-news talk recently. “The fallout from the FBI investigation into Philadelphia’s Traffic Court continues with charges against nine current and former Traffic Court judges, a former court administrator and two businessmen accused of paying off judges or helping clients get tickets fixed,” said Castille. However, he pointed out, with cooperation between the state legislature, the Governor’s office and the courts, “Legislation was passed that effectively moves the operations of Traffic Court into a division of Municipal Court. “Soon cases will be heard by hearing officers, and we expect a curtailing of the illegal practices that for years have created two tracks of justice in Traffic Court,” he added. Continuing the goodnews/bad-news theme, the Chief reported construction of this

city’s new Family Court building is progressing well. “Completion is scheduled for June 2014, and it will be a tremendous improvement for the very-vulnerable people who are served in that setting,” said Castille. Also good news is that reforms in Philadelphia’s criminal courts are continuing and making a difference. As examples, the Chief noted, “More cases are being adjudicated on their merits earlier in the process with fewer listings,” and “indicting grand juries have been authorized to address the serious problem of witness intimidation.” Also, at present there is an Elder Law Task Force formed by the Supreme Court to study the “growing problems involved in guardianship, abuse and neglect and access to justice.” Castille stated, “This is important as Pennsylvania ranks fourth in the nation in percentage of people 65 and older … a number that is projected to continue to increase substantially through the year 2020.” Back to the bad news theme is the budget for the courts. The state budget was signed late at

night on Jun. 30, and once again the judiciary was “shortfunded.” Although the Legislature gave the judiciary a 3% increase over last year, a larger increase than it gave itself, “it is short of our requested needs, and we’re still analyzing the impact,” Castille said. In the meantime, the policy of not filling judicial vacancies will continue. Eighty-five percent of court costs are for personnel and staffing levels which are not high and have remained flat for many years. Castille was obviously annoyed as he contrasted this lack of money with the amount brought in by the courts. “Pennsylvania’s criminal courts alone collect more in fines, fees, costs and restitution annually than is spent in the state judicial appropriation. In the past six years the courts’ state appropriation totaled $1.77 billion while collections exceeded $2.78 billion.” Meanwhile, court unification will continue and this should add to efficiency and save money. Castille said he has issued a final update on the statewide revamping of the court rules and practices based on the Interbank of Juvenile Justice. Included is the requirement that juveniles

have an attorney present during proceedings, and that the use of restraints on a juvenile be prohibited unless it is for the safety of court personnel and the juvenile. In concluding, the Chief noted online court collections have become popular and have topped the $100 million mark, and reminded the judges that there will numerous judicial retentions and elections this fall. He thanked them all for their dedicated service. Nearly 300 judges from across Pennsylvania took part in sessions at the conference. Topics included “Lost in Interpretation: Language Access in the Pennsylvania Courts”, “Mental Health Issues Presented by the Litigants”, “Shaking Up the Family Tree” and “Medical Malpractice”. Philadelphians attending included Judges Jacqueline F. Allen, Diana L. Anhalt, Mark I. Bernstein, Gwendolyn N. Bright, Genece E. Brinkley, Joan A. Brown, Ann M. Butchart, Sandy L. V. Byrd, Linda A. Carpenter, Ellen H. Ceisler, Ida K. Chen, Denis P. Cohen, Amanda Cooperman, Charles J. Cunningham III,

Pamela Pryor Dembe, Ramy I. Djerassi, Kevin M. Dougherty, Alice Beck Dubow, Lori A. Dumas, Charles A. Ehrlich, Angelo J. Foglietta, Holly J. Ford, Idee C. Fox, Jonathan Q. Irvine, Elizabeth Jackson, D. Webster Keogh, Gerard A. Kosinski, Marlene F. Lachman, James Murray Lynn, William J. Manfredi, Frederica A. Massiah-Jackson, Robert J. Matthews, Barbara A. McDermott, Patricia A. McInerney, Maria C. McLaughlin, Jeffrey P. Minehart, Margaret T. Murphy, Arnold L. New, Joseph D. O’Keefe, Walter J. Olszewski, George W. Overton, Paul P. Panepinto, Paula A. Patrick, Doris A. Pechkurow, Kenneth J. Powell Jr., Lisa M. Rau, Robert J. Rebstock, Shelley Robins New, Rosalyn K. Robinson, Edward E. Russell, M. Teresa Sarmina, Susan I. Schulman, Dawn A. Segal, Lisette Shirdan-Harris, Karen Shreeves-Johns, Gregory E. Smith, Albert John Snite Jr., Diane R. Thompson, Leon W. Tucker, Donna M. Woelpper, Sheila A. Woods-Skipper, Edward C. Wright, Nina N. Wright Padilla and Judge John Milton Younge. • 215-755-2000

Pa. Judiciary Sets Out To Measure Problem-Solving Courts’ Performance The Pennsylvania Judiciary is launching a new system across the Commonwealth to track problem-solving court case results that are rehabilitating individuals, making communities safer and saving taxpayer dollars. The specialized software will categorize and capture performance data for individual programs in each county through a sophisticated statewide computer network, known as the Problem-Solving Adult and Juvenile Courts Information System – or PAJCIS. The new system equips an estimated 1,200 judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation officers, treatment providers, court administrators and others with the tools that: assess recidivism rates; determine jail days averted; calculate fines, costs and restitution collected and evaluate community service hours delivered. In ad-

dition the system will quantify such items as the increase in the number of people paying child support and those who have improved their education level by obtaining high-school equivalency diplomas. “This new resource, along with accreditation, is giving the Supreme Court the ability to effectively monitor and administer these programs,” Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille said. “Having empirical data in a centralized place will help these courts make sound management and operational decisions about where to invest limited resources and how to more effectively benefit positively the lives of those who enter the court system with certain life issues that may be resolved.” Problem-solving courts present an alternative to incarceration by placing eligible offenders into supervised pro-

grams of treatment and community service rather than jail. Studies have shown these courts curb prison costs, reduce repeat offenses or recidivism and help address societal ills through treatment rather than punishment. Pennsylvania has 95 problem-solving programs operating in its 67 counties, including drug courts; driving under the influence courts; mental-health courts and veterans courts. A voluntary accreditation process for Pennsylvania’s drug courts was approved by the Supreme Court in 2011 to give counties a way to measure how a problem-solving court’s operations compare to proven nationally recognized practices. Pennsylvania has seen significant growth in the alternative of problem-solving courts, which are tailored to balance local needs and resources, since the first such court was

launched in Philadelphia in 1997. An AOPC Problem Solving Courts Program team developed PAJCIS after nearly five years of planning. The work was

funded in part with a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and incorporated performance measures developed by the National Center for State Courts.

Local 19 Information Line

ANOTHER DEVELOPER attempts to skirt professionally trained sheet metal workers and other Building Trades unions at former Annunciation School, 12th & Wharton Streets. Leading informationline is Bryan J. Bush, assistant business manager, on phone and members of Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 19. Contractor is Air-Tight from Roxborough.

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Labor Day Parade Attracted Suburban Pols by Joe Shaheeli As expected, candidates were seen everywhere at the annual AFL-CIO Labor Day Parade and Family Fund Festival along Columbus Boulevard. Some were under umbrellas, others were drenched, but all waited through the torrential rains to be introduced to the thousands of unionists and their families gathered. Not worried about the rain was Marjorie Margolies, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for13th Congressional Dist. She didn’t mind the rain or being without an umbrella, basking in a recent poll which gave her a wide lead in Representative

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that race. We know such polls do change as other candidates go public and begin advertising. For now, it was a sunny morning. Her own poll shows Margolies at 43%, followed by State Rep. Brendan Boyle (DNortheast) at 15%, State Sen.

Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) at 7% and physician Dr.Valerie Arkoosh at 2%. Thirtyone percent were undecided. Boyle came prepared with a phalanx of campaign workers, all wearing Brendan Boyle for Congress shirts and a sizeable

Hats Off To Joe Ball

TRIBUTE: To mark 57th anniversary of American Advertising Services, now a multi-media marketing firm in Bala Cynwyd, founder and continuing president, Joe Ball, was “knighted” for his leadership. Presenting symbolic crown are office manager, Elena Cruz, of 8 years; Kathleen Newmiller, administrative associate of 32 years, and Brittney O’Rourke, account executive, who is also host of “Music Talk”, one of firm’s three radio shows.

umbrella. Margolies needs to beware a competitor who comes well equipped to a campaign. Democrats from Montgomery and Delaware Cos. showed up to lend their support as well as to keep themselves on the radar screen. These included Commissioner Joshua Shapiro and, from Delaware, Controller David Boonin and Common Pleas Judge Nancy Walker. Adding beauty to the parade were some of our Democratic judicial candidates. We didn’t spot any of the males in this category. Not in the parade, but on the Governor’s front, as expected, State Treasurer Rob McCord is making moves he will announce for that office in the Democrat primary. Hs hiring veteran political hand Sadie Sterner-Restivo

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Brad Koplinski Covers Pa. Counties With his visit to the GDS Fair in Newfoundland, Wayne Co., last Thursday evening, Harrisburg Councilman Brad Koplinski became the first statewide candidate running for any office in 2014 to visit and campaign in all 67 counties. He’s the only candidate for Lieutenant Governor to do so this early in the campaign. Brad is expected in Philadelphia tomorrow and will use the weekend to meet up with as many leaders as possible. He’ll be visiting the Public Record soon after his arrival. Since announcing his campaign in February, Koplinski has driven over 18,000 miles, eaten at diners in every corner of the state and listened to voters in places small and large. “It is exciting to see all of the great places and talk to the wonderful people that make our Commonwealth so special,” Koplinski said. Koplinski also said, “Every county and every voter in Pennsylvania is important. The negative effects of the Corbett Administration are being felt from Adams Co. to Wyoming Co., and everywhere in between. From small towns and big cities, the lives of Pennsylvanians are harder because of

cuts to education, the failure to create more jobs and protect our natural resources and insensitivity to making sure the constitutional rights of all of our citizens are protected. I have been listening to them and they are telling me that we need a change in Harrisburg.” Koplinski wants to turn the Local Government Advisory Committee, which the Lieutenant Governor chairs, into a conduit to listen to and better assist municipalities during financial difficulties and take action to help before they get in trouble. (Cont. next Page)

Rest In Peace

BARBARA “Shirley” Berry, the oldest of her siblings, died last week in Camden, N.J. She is the sister of Donald “Ducky” Birts, aide to Congressman Bob Brady. In 1998, Shirley retired from the Camden Board of Social Services where she was employed for over 23 years. State Rep.

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REPUBLICAN candidates Danny Alvarez for DA and Terry Tracey for Controller showed sharp wits, drawing laughs from huge crowd at Stu Bykofsky’s Variety Club Charity Night at Finnigan’s Wake. Photos by Bill Myers city employees and local politicians she inspired over her decades of service. Philadelphia will miss her much. I will miss her more.” Congressman and Party Chairman Bob Brady added, “She will be missed. You shook her hand and her word was gold. She was one of our giants and will be mourned.”

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WELL KNOWN Bonnie Squires, REPUBLICANS were out publicist and columnist, introduced in force led by City ComYeadon Mayor Dolores Butler to missioner Al Schmidt, Newark, N.J., Mayor and US Sen- Dana Spain and GOP. Deputy Dir. Annie Havey. ate Candidate Kory Booker. HOST Columnist Stu Bykofsky welcomes District Attorney Seth Williams to the stage. He was prepared.

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(Cont. From Prev. Page) With nearly nine months to go before the 2014 primary election, Koplinski will continue to travel the state and will visit each county again. “It is important for the voters to know that they are being heard,” he insisted. “The best way I know how to do that is to go to them. I will continue to work hard to show Democrats and all voters that I am listening to them and would bring their ideas and needs to the State Capital with me.” Councilman Koplinski has worked for former Sen. Arlen Specter, former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former Auditor General Jack Wagner.

she served from 1980 to 2012 a much better place thanks to her service. Councilman Bobby Henon, her successor, recalled Krajewski as a staunch defender of Northeast Philadelphia and a supportive colleague. Henon said, “Her feisty nature and sharp political acumen made her equal parts legendary and approachable as a political leader in the Northeast.” State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Kensington) recalled Joan “as a tireless servant, advocate and a legendary public official who left a legacy few Philadelphians can match. To me, she was a dear friend and mentor, my first boss and a role model. She set the standard for public service, took challenges head-on and spoke from the heart. “In an era of pollsters and focus groups, her blunt honesty and direct approach made her the embodiment of passion for which Philadelphians are widely known. Although she has passed, her influence lives on in the many public servants, • 215-755-2000

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Ringside With The Shadowboxer The Briscoe has become Philly Boxing’s version of winning an Oscar. Voting has concluded and the coveted “Briscoe” awards have been announced. This year’s awards will be bestowed on Oct. 13 at the Veteran Boxers Association Clubhouse in Port Richmond. A Boxing Art Exhibit featuring numerous works of art focused on the Philly boxing scene will also be part of the festivities. Next to receive the award named after legendary Philly middleweight Bennie Briscoe will be Jr.-Welterweight Champ Danny Garcia, who also won the honor last year, and becomes the first fighter to win the award in two consecutive years. Also receiving “Briscoes” will be Bryant Jennings and Maurice Byarm for their Fight of the Year. Jennings won the bout, but both fighters will take home the Briscoe Award for their memorable bout. Jennings will be honored twice, as he also was named Prospect of the Year. The Briscoe Award is a trophy in the likeness of the late Bennie Briscoe, which Garcia, Jennings and Byarm will receive. A new award will also be given out, the “Briscoe Medal” which carries the likeness of Briscoe on its front side and depicts the Liberty Bell on the reverse.

Briscoe Medals were won by the following: KO of the

year goes to Garrett Wilson, Performance of the Year goes to Steve Cunningham, Jesse Hart gets Rookie of the Year and Rasheen Brown takes Amateur of the Year.

TRACEY GORDON, left, and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson staffer Roi Ligon, right, with his girlfriend and a Park Ranger at FDR Memorial in Washington celebrated at 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s famous ‘I have a dream” speech. Attorneys are both board certified by the American Bankruptcy Certification Board. Chapters 7/13 & Stop foreclosures, creditors harassments, lawsuits, garnishments, and sheriff sales.

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The resiliency of organized labor was never more obvious than to those who witnessed and participated in the 26th annual AFL-CIO Tri-State Labor Day and the Family Fun Festival which followed. The torrential rains came yet the huge crowd didn’t melt away. They stayed and heard speakers relate what must be done to cope with a recession – and to grapple with a political leadership that continually seeks labor support, but has ignored the plight of unions in their dealings with the City. “Blame the unions” is the new cry by those hungrily trying to take away hard-earned rights for teachers, firefighters and other municipal employees.

Christians At Bay

Sep. 7- Coach Bingo at St. Anne’s, Memphis & Tucker Sts. Tickets $30. Doors open 4 pm., games begin 6 p.m. You get 12 games, coffee/tea/soda & cake. Can be purchased thru St. Anne’s rectory (215) 739-4590 or Theresa Stahl (215) 425-3219. Sep. 7- Birthday Bash for Sheriff Jewell Williams at Sheraton Downtown, Horizon Roof Top Ballrm., 201 N. 17th St., 9-11:30 p.m. $125$1,000. Checks payable to Citizens for Jewell Williams, P.O. Box 22341, Phila., PA 19110. For info (267) 7020450. Sep. 9- Veterans Golf Outing at Indian Valley C.C., Telford, Pa. to benefit Phila. Veterans Multi Service & Education Ctr., Registration 11 a.m. Registration $125. For info (267) 255-5851. Sep. 9- Fundraiser for Sharon Giamporcaro for Common Pleas at home of Susan Satkowski, 1907 Spruce St., 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets $100. RSVP Denise

Furey (215) 266-4121 or Denise.Furey@Wolfe.Org. Sep. 12- State Reps. Brendan and Kevin Boyle host Senior Fair at Klein JCC, 10100 Jamison Ave., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Light lunch, flu shots, health screening, property and tax-rebate assistance. For info (215) 676-0300 or (215) 342-1700. Sep. 12- Dana Spain hosts Reception & Fundraiser for Controller candidate Terry Tracy at 615 Fitzwater St., 6 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres, white bar & bourbon. Donation $250, payable online at Ugt/Friends-of-Terry-Tracy/. Sep. 12- Zarwin Baum hosts special Meet & Greet cocktail reception with Philadelphia’s key economic and political leaders: DA Seth Williams; Zarwin Baum Of-Counsel and State Sen. Larry Farnese; Council President Darrell L. Clarke; Of-Counsel and Councilman at Large David Oh; and Councilwomen Cindy Bass and Marian Tasco at 1818 Market St., 13th fl., 6-8 p.m. Sep. 13- Al Stewart hosts 11th Ward Fish Fry at Lou & Choo’s, 21st & Hunting Park Ave., 5-9 p.m. Tickets $10.

For info V. Tutie Edwards (215) 228-3134. Sep. 14- Councilman David Oh hosts African American B2B at St. Joseph’s Preparatory Sch., 1733 W. Girard Ave., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sell products, services to City. Sep. 16- Zarwin Baum Law Office hosts Council, State elected officials for Meet & Greet at 1818 Market St., 6-8 p.m. RSVP (215) 569-2800. Sep. 19- Fall fundraiser for Councilman at Large David Oh at Zarwin Baum, 1818 Market St., 13th fl., 5:30-8 p.m. Individual contributions $100-$2,500, PACs $1,000$5,000. Checks to Citizens for David Oh, 5813 Thomas Ave., Phila., PA. 19143. Sep. 19- Watching Eagles with State Rep. John Taylor at Romano’s Catering, 1523 E. Wingohocking St., 8 p.m. $35 ticket includes best-indoor tailgate buffet and refreshments. For info (215) 545-2244. Sep. 21- 56th Ward Democrats in conjunction with the 35th, 53rd & 55th Wards host Picnic at Burholme Pk., Cottman & Central Aves., 1 p.m. Tickets $35, candidates & PACS min-

imum $100. Checks payable to “Friends of 56th Ward”, mailed to 7270 Castor Ave., 2nd fl., Phila., PA 19152. Sep. 25- Friends of Blondell Reynolds Brown host Reception with City Council President Darrell Clarke as featured guest at Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Sq, 6-8 p.m. Tickets $100. RSVP Lindsay (267) 275-2120. Sep. 25- N.E. Ward Leaders host Fundraiser for DA candidate Danny Alvarez at Gen. Grant’s Bar & Grill, 2457 Grant Ave., 6-9 p.m. Beer, wine, dinner. Donation $40. For info Sep. 29- Dr. Gerard Vernose hosts Vendemmia Italian Harvest Festival at Girard Pk., 21st & Porter Sts., 2-6 p.m. Tickets $45 in advance, at gate $55. For info (215) 551-3859 or Oct. 3 & 5- King of Prussia Beerfest Royale held outdoors at Plaza at King of Prussia Mall, parking lot adjacent to Mall Blvd. Thursday Donnerstag: Happy Hour. Live music by The Hoppin’ John Orchestra. Get tickets from KOP Beerfest Royale website: • 215-755-2000

Our national government wants to involve us in a conflict without victory for any side or anyone in the Middle East. Regardless of how that effort is spun, we see it as an escalation leading into a no-win war involving every nation. While the US teeters on military action in Syria, one population is pleading with the West to reconsider: its native Christians. As the situation deteriorates in the Middle East, the Syrian Christian community is exposed, vulnerable and, worst of all, shrinking. Finding themselves in the crossfires of a civil war they did not start, one that threatens to purge the country of a religious population whose only desire is peaceful coexistence with others, members of the oldest Christian churches on earth are fleeing their homeland in droves. Those who haven’t been driven out of the region live in fear of physical attack, maiming, rape, imprisonment, torture and kidnapping. Unfortunately for them, America’s foreign policy has a history of ignoring the plight of Middle East Christians – most recently in Iraq, where their numbers have dwindled from one million people before the Iraq War to less than 400,000 today. In Egypt, the US has stood by and watched as 1,600 year-old churches are destroyed and the church is left, not only without the protection of the government, but also as the extremists’ greatest target. Powerless to stop the persecution, Christians have two options: Flee or be killed. Neighborhoods that were once home to Syria’s faithful are virtual ghost towns now. One local Christian says families rushed to pack up their possessions with “little plan to come back” to where rebels roamed the streets, terrorizing their families. Meanwhile, the brave men and women who refuse to uproot their families continue to ask for help – to no avail. “We spoke to Western diplomats asking for help, and everyone ignored us,” one Syrian Christian said. Unsurprisingly, the Obama administration, which has shown little interest in protecting religious liberties in this country, continues to ignore the rights of Christians overseas. As the Syria debate presses on in Congress, we urge members to take into consideration the plight of these Christians, who are trying to live out their faith in the midst of one of the worst human-rights crises of modern times.

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by Michael P. Boyle, Esq. If you are curious about whether you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, keep in mind that eligibility for SSD benefits depends upon your work history and

how much you paid in Social Security taxes. In general, you must have earned a minimum amount in a quarter ($1,160 in 2013, $1,130 in 2012) for 20 of the prior 40 quarters to qualify to

receive SSD benefits. A person 31 years old or younger qualifies for SSD benefits with coverage in half of the quarters since turning 21. A widow or widower may qualify to receive SSD benefits based on his or her deceased spouse’s earnings record, but must be at least 50 years of age, but no older than 60, at the time he/she applies; not have remarried before dis-

ability began; be able to prove he or she is disabled; and establish the disability began within seven years after the death of his or her spouse. Determining your date last insured (DLI) is critical to your chances of getting SSD benefits. A remote DLI can cause difficulty with you being able to prove you are disabled. If, e.g., your DLI expired at the end of 2009,

you have to establish you were disabled on or before that date. That means the SSA will focus on the medical evidence that concerns your treatment through the end of 2009. If the evidence does not prove you were disabled on or before that date, you will not be found disabled. SSA applies a five-step process in deciding disability status. The first step involves determining if you are engaged in substantial gainful activity

(SGA). For 2013, a non-blind person engages in SGA if she earns $1,040 per month. SGA levels for 2013 for a person who is legally blind amounts to $1,740. A person working at SGA levels will not be found disabled regardless of her impairments. If you currently work, but think you qualify for SSD benefits due to injury or illness, you will have to quit your job in order to receive benefits, or reduce your work income below SGA levels.

by Michael A. Cibik, Esquire American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: Can I file bankruptcy without my wife? Can I file bankruptcy without my husband? Answer: The answer is “Yes, you can file a bankruptcy without your spouse, and even without your spouse’s permission or knowledge.” Of course, there are a few catches. The most important catch is the so-called “means test.” In 2005, when Congress amended the Bankruptcy Code, they decided people who could afford to pay something to their creditors should be more or less forced to work for them for five years. To put it another way: If you make more than the median family income for a family your size, you are presumed to be abusing the bankruptcy system if you try to file a Chapter 7 case and pay nothing to your creditors. Even if you have no assets for your creditors, if you are an above-average earner, your earning capacity is

deemed to be something to which your creditors are entitled. Here’s the catch. Suppose you make maybe $35,000 a year. If you were single, you could easily file a bankruptcy case under Chapter 7. You make less than the median income in most states. Now suppose you were married to a postal worker who makes $60,000 a year and have no children. Even if your spouse doesn’t file, you are considered to have a household income of $95,000 a year, well above the median. Your spouse’s income is included for the means test even if you spouse is not filing along with you. You are entitled to exclude from your non-filing spouse’s income whatever he or she demonstrably spends on himself or herself; this is called the “marital exclusion.” Your bankruptcy will not appear on your wife’s credit report. And your bankruptcy will not affect your non-filing husband’s credit. Next Week’s Question: Why is a Chapter 13 bankruptcy like a marriage?

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that would enable schools to innovate and adapt to meet the needs of students and increase student achievement,” adding, “We plan to remain at the table with the PFT to work toward reaching a meaningful agreement. The current offer from the PFT falls far short of the $103 million in recurring savings our students need and does not include necessary educational reforms of education they deserve. We remain optimistic that a fair agreement can be reached.” “The District is on target to have a safe and successful opening of schools on Sep. 9. PFT President Jerry Jordan said he feels the schools will open without a hitch Sep. 9, while noting, “Negotiations are ongoing. We are making some progress, but still face significant issues to work through. We plan to keep negotiating until we have a fair deal.” Concerned about the ability of schools to open efficiently and safely on Sep. 9, Jordan an-

nounced his intentions to recommend a contract proposal to teachers and school employees that includes forgoing a salary increase and making changes to the current health-care benefits plan. “We know that at current staffing levels the School District cannot assure parents, students and employees that schools will be safe and more than just ‘functional,’” said Jordan. “Every child deserves access to a counselor, a school nurse, a librarian and other services in their schools.” The PFT president said he hoped Mayor Michael Nutter would seize the opportunity to join school employees and community leaders in holding Gov. Tom Corbett accountable for the state of education in Philadelphia and across the state. Jordan said that his recommendations for the wage and benefit concessions were presented and also discussed in detail at the PFT’s general membership meeting Labor Day evening.

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The School District of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers are well into intense negotiations over a multi-year agreement which could bring labor peace and help reduce the chronic budget shortfalls forcing each into combative postures. The School District of Philadelphia has been seeking since January a multi-year agreement with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers to replace the expired collective bargaining agreement. It is asking the PFT to make significant contributions to help address the District’s financial challenges through salary reductions and by making reasonable contributions to their health insurance costs. According to School District spokesman, the $103 million in contributions the School District is seeking from the PFT will enable the District to rehire some teachers and counselors — and strengthen schools. The District also is seeking work rule changes

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LT GOV. JIM CAWLEY was the speaker at Philadelphia Republican Leadership Council’s August Breakfast Series Meeting. The breakfast series is held at the Philadelphia Racquet Club the third Thursday of every month. However, it was pushed back to Aug. 29 to accommodate the Lieutenant Governor’s schedule. The series is free of charge owing to the sponsorship of 10 people, including WARD LEADER MIKE CIBIK and Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association Chairman FRED ANTON. The Lieutenant Governor addressed the crowd of roughly 70 and then took questions. WARD LEADER RICK HELLBERG, who, like Cawley, is a native of Bucks Co., introduced the speaker. Cawley holds undergraduate and law degrees from Temple University. He is a former Bucks Co. Commissioner and worked for STATE SEN. TOMMY TOMLINSON. Cawley chaired the Marcellus Shale Commission, which was a body comprised of regulators, environmentalists, academics and business people who laid the framework for the legislation passed in 2012 that expanded and modernized the Commonwealth’s regulation of the natural-gas sector. Cawley emphasized the outstanding job executed by GOV. TIM CORBETT. Corbett has done what he said he would do: He has delivered three budgets on time with no tax increases. His predecessor GOV. ED RENDELL did not get one budget through on schedule in his eight years in office. Like everyone else in the room, Cawley believes Corbett can and deserves to be reelected. The Lieutenant Governor discussed the need to improve (Cont. Page 18)

Labor Day has come and gone, and with it goes the summer. That means it’s time to start speculating on just about every political race coming up in the next two years. My Facebook page and Twitter feed are all abuzz with people who want to speculate on whether or not Tom Corbett will be the first Pennsylvania Governor to face the indignity of being drop-kicked through the goalpost of one-term governing, on who will be the Democratic nominee, and on who’s happier to see the end of Mayor Michael Nutter’s administration: his critics or His Honor. It’s technically a little over six months before primary season (kind of like duck season, or rabbit season without Elmer Fudd ... unless Tom Knox decides to run...), but folks are already fixated on the horse race in both races. But me? I’m more interested in the issues. The stuff that whoever wins these races is going to be expected to tackle. Where the rubber truly meets the road. If I were just your average Philly voter, here’s what I’d want the folks trying to get me off of my couch and out to the polls to address. 1) Schools: Between the current Governor’s treatment of the School District of Philadelphia, which is akin to a fouryear-old brutally mistreating the family pet, and the current Mayor, who is basically the permissive parent that stands and watches as the four-year-old cuts the pet’s tail off, Philly’s schools have no champions in the halls of power. (Cont. Page 18)

Yo! Here we go again with the following questions were in last year’s GED examination. These are genuine answers (from 16-year-olds). Sent to me by Lisa M. Q. Name the four seasons. A. Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar. Q. How is dew formed? A. The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire. Q. What guarantees may a mortgage company insist on? A. If you are buying a house they will insist that you are well endowed. Q. In a democratic society, how important are elections? A. Very important. Sex can only happen when a male gets an election. Q. What are steroids? A. Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs. (Shoot yourself now, there is little hope.) Q. What happens to your body as you age? A. When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental. Q. What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty? A. He says goodbye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery. (So true.) Q. Name a major disease associated with cigarettes. A. Premature death. Q. What is artificial insemination? A. When the farmer does it to the bull instead of the cow. Q. How can you delay milk turning sour? A. Keep it in the cow. (Simple, but brilliant.) Q. How are the main 20 parts of the body categorized? (E.g. the abdomen.) A. The body is consisted into three parts - the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels: A, E, I, O and U. Q. What is the fibula? A. A small lie. Q. What does “varicose” mean? A. Nearby. Q. What is the most-common form of birth control? A. Most people prevent contraception by wearing a condominium. (That would work.) Q. Give the meaning of the term “Caesarean section”. A. The Caesarean section is a district in Rome. Q. What is a seizure? A. A Roman Emperor. (Julius Seizure, I came, I saw, I had a fit.) Q. What is a terminal illness? A. When you are sick – at the airport. (Irrefutable.) Q. What does the word “benign” mean? A. Benign is what you will be after you be eight. (Brilliant.) Q. What is a turbine? A. Something an Arab or Shreik wears on his head.

LABOR DAY found labor embattled or already IN THE FRAY. Teachers, LOCAL 19, Fast Food Workers, Walmart, City Firefighters 22, Transport Workers 234, Port Drivers – all preparing for a possible strike, work stoppages, demonstrating, in court, or in talks. AFL-CIO President Pat EIDING said, “These are troubled times….” On the bright side, 1.3 million United Food & Commercial Workers will rejoin the AFL-CIO! The oil-drilling boom is good news to struggling area refineries, and to BOILERMAKERS! Apprentices graduated from a program set up by TWU 234 and management. BUT State Rep. Ron Miller, a Republican from York, Pa., is pushing HB 1154, which is said to CRIMINALIZE picketing and any plan to organize a union shop in workplaces. He has been inducted into the Hall of Shame, and accused pushing 17 bills which would lower wages, eliminate 5,000 jobs. IS THIS HAPPENING in 2013? This seems out of the old days of Molly MAGUIRES. York voters might be conservative (?), but this is too much to the right. How does he get elected? “Thou shall not crucify labor upon a crown of gold”, robber barons! Cody Anderson of WURD radio interviewed union leaders at the Labor Festival at Penn’s Landing. The next Cody Anderson WURD “Breakfast with BOB BRADY” radio show will be held in Kensington-Fishtown in the MUG SHOT Diner at 2424 East York Street (off Aramingo) on Sep. 30 at 7 a.m. Come out, meet and eat! DIDJA NOTICE? The Walt Whitman Bridge is looking (Cont. Page 17)

Torrential rains did not dampen the enthusiasm of scores of labor members at the annual Philadelphia AFL-CIO Labor Day Parade. All of the tremendous labor unions of Philadelphia were well represented at the march down Columbus Boulevard to Penn’s Landing. Among the labor leaders on hand were RYAN BOYER and SAM STATEN, JR. of the Laborers’ Union. They worked closely with HENRY NICHOLAS of SEIU 1199C and PETE MATTHEWS of AFSCME DC 33, which represents blue-collar Philadelphia city workers. Matthews cuts a tall, handsome figure and appears to not have missed a beat in the last 20 years. Local 98 labor leader JOHN DOUGHERTY hosted an event near the Old Swedes Church at Christian Street & Columbus Boulevard before marching. COUNCILMAN BOB HENON, STATE REP. ED NEILSON, STATE SEN. MIKE STACK and COUNCIL PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE were all on hand.  Also there was politically active attorney CHARLES GIBBS and State Senate candidate DAN SAVAGE. The parade kicked off at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 union hall on Columbus Boulevard, and the enthusiasm was immense. AFL-CIO President PAT EIDING helped head the parade. Sheet Metal Workers President GARY MASINO helped lead the parade. AFSCME Local 1739 President FRED WRIGHT also marched vigorously. JOHN KANE, business manager of Plumbers Local 690, was in good spirits and led his membership through the stormy weather and to the Great Plaza for the Labor Day festivities. Kane is also the Democratic candidate for the 26th State Senate Seat in Delaware Co. Many members of the firefighters circulated petitions designed to change the city charter. MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER continues his feud with the union by failing to accept two arbitration awards and a Common Pleas Judge ruling. The firefighters’ charter change will enable them to receive the support of City Council and fair treatment during contract disputes. The charter change will end limitless appeals by the Mayor which are designed to break the will of the union. City Hall Sam says it’s time for Mayor Nutter to do the right thing and fund the firefighters contract. By continuing to hold out, he is hurting his agenda and legacy, and losing support within City Council.

Photo by Rory McGlasson

Photo by Rory McGlasson

BRAVING the elements on Labor Day Parade were Councilman Mark Squilla, left, with IBEW Business Agent PRESIDENT Pat Eiding and Parade Coordinator John Brian Stevenson. Photo by Leona Dixon Greer III discuss agenda.

JUDICIAL candidate Sierra Street meets up with congressional candidate Marjorie Margolies.

DELAWAREANS warmly received were Common Pleas candidate Nancy Walker and Controller candidate David Boonin.

Photo by Leona Dixon

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JOE SCHULLE, President of Firefighters Local 22, and LABORERS’ Local 57 loyalists were publicist Frank Keel braved MEMBERS OF PHILA. Federation of Teachers Union MEMBERS of IUPAT Dist. Council 22 march in Mon- preparing to march as usual on Labor Day rain as they awaited kickoff of march in Monday’s Labor Day Parade. annual Labor Day parade. day’s rain-drenched parade on Columbus Boulevard. outside Sheet Metal Workers’ Hall.

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VISTORS were welcomed by State Rep. Curtis Thomas, 2nd from right. They are Sen. Daylin Leach, State Rep. Steve McCarter, Commissioner Josh Shapiro and State Rep. Tim Briggs.

UNION stalwarts gathered for parade: from left, LDC leader Ryan Boyer, DC 33 YOUNG Zachary Henon, son of Councilman Bob IRONWORKERS leader Joe Dougherty, maestro Pete Matthews and Laborers’ ILA Local 1291’s Marty Mascuilli, right, and two union members brought out umHenon, may not have realized it, but he was in some forefront, prepares members for line of man about town Omar Sabir. heavy company as the rain began coming down. Photo by Leona Dixon brellas. march.

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RAIN DID NOT DAUNT “Big Pete” Lyde, Local 332; Retention Judge Jackie Frazier-Lyde; Judge Carolyn Nichols; Pete Wilson, 6th Ward Leader; and Common Pleas Court nominee Sierra Street, Esq. with lovely daughter. Photo by Joe Stivala

SMILES belie downpour at opening of 26th annual AFL-CIO Tri-State Labor Day parade on grounds at Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 Union Hall. Ignoring torrential rain were Bill Rubin, State Rep. Brendan Boyle, Council President Darrell Clarke Photo by Adam Erickson and Councilman David Oh.

UNITED WE Drill Team stopped for a pose dockside as they marched toward Penn’s Landing on Labor Photo by Leona Dixon Day.

STATE SEN. Mike Stack greets people CITY COUNCIL President Darrell Clarke STATE SEN. Tina Tartaglione and team serve COUNCILMAN David Oh shares moment with at Labor Day Parade after party at greets masses at pre-Labor Day parade rally at ice cream to marchers before Labor Day paPhoto by Rory McGlasson rade. Ironworkers Business Agent Ed Sweeney. Photo by Rory McGlasson Sheet Metal Workers Hall. Festival Pier. More Pics Page 16 • 215-755-2000

READY TO MARCH were Kevin Hannah, Operating Engineers: Al Littlepage, 48th Ward Committeeman; Ron Clouser, 22nd Ward Leader; Pete Matthews, DC 33 leader; and Sherman Harris, DC 33.

John Johnson, Jr. president, Transport Workers Union Local 234, has started negotiations early with SEPTA to ensure “We get a contract on time for our members, our families, the riders and the communities that we serve.” He announced, “For that reason, I requested to open negotiations for the TWU Local





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PRIOR TO start of negotiations with SEPTA, TWU Local 234 President John Johnson, Jr. meets with State Rep. Cherelle Parker, State Sen. Tina Tartaglione, State Rep. Kevin Boyle and Councilman David Oh. Joining is Phila. NAACP President Jerry Mondesire, hat in back. Surrounding them are TWU Local 234 Contract Action Team members and VP Carl Greer, kneeling, Recording Sec. Bill Bannon, Jr. to right; and Business Agent Bill Karakitsios, far right.


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noted, “non-economic issues are not addressed because wages and benefits become the priority and there is not enough time. Resolving these issues will improve public transportation. “Our collective bargaining is not just for Local 234 members and our families; it is for the riders, communities and businesses of the five counties served by SEPTA.” Offering their support hoping for successful negotiations were State Sen. Tina Tartaglione (D-Kensington), State Reps. Cherelle Parker (DNorthwest) and Kevin Boyle (D-Northeast), and Councilman at Large David Oh. At a press conference, they noted how important it is for the community that Local 234 and SEPTA secure a contract on time. Johnston concluded, “Often employers blame workers for financial problems, especially in the public sector. However, in this era of social-service cutbacks, the region cannot afford to abandon public transportation, transit workers and riders.TWU members are a vital part of our communities and provide a valuable service.”

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234 and the SEPTA contracts a year before our first contract expires on Mar. 14, 2014.” SEPTA employs over 5,000 TWU members whose jobs range from bus, train, and trolley operators, vehicle and facility mechanics and cleaners, cashiers, clerks, track workers, and many more men and women that keep SEPTA running. These professionals are responsible for the riders’ lives while they are on board SEPTA vehicles and in the stations. Over the past few years, SEPTA ridership increased and TWU Local 234 members continue to provide safe and efficient transportation to work, school, doctor appointments, and shopping. Local 234 members share the award by the American Public Transportation Association who rated SEPTA the number one transit agency in the US. On Aug. 28, TWU started negotiations with SEPTA on non-economic items such as safety, training, and work rules. The negotiations will address the contracts for the City, Suburban and Frontier Transit Divisions. “Too often,” Johnson

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TURNING out in big numbers at 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s march to Washington were members and family members from Laborers’ Local 57 headquartered here in Philadelphia. Led by President Stanley Sanders, they marched into history to make change for all people.



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

Laborers’ District Council promotes a safe work environment, jobs completed on time and on budget, and represents union members, who are well trained, productive, professional, and take pride in their work. Union labor…building better and safer communities in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties. This ad is presented by LECET


The Laborers Employers Cooperation and Education Trust 665 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123 Telephone: 215-922-6139 Fax: 215-922-6109 Web: Juan F. Ramos Administrator • 215-755-2000

In The Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County Civil Action – Law No. 130601327 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. Johanna Ortiz, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Luciano Ortiz, Deceased, Juanita Morales Reyes Ortiz, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Luciana Ortiz, Deceased & Unknown Heirs of Luciano Ortiz, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendants To: Juanita Morales Reyes Ortiz, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Luciano Ortiz, Deceased & Unknown Heirs of Luciano Ortiz, Deceased, Defendant(s), whose last known address is 655 N. 15th Street, Apartment 3, Philadelphia, PA 19130. 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. 130601327, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 2834 B Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134, 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., Philadelphia, PA 19140, 215-227-2400/215-981-3700. 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 191061532, 215.627.1322.



start is on SEPTA’s Website, which has schedule and tripplanning resources. SEPTA recently launched a new School Trip Planner at s-travel-options. SEPTA Customer Service representatives can also provide schedule and trip-planning assistance by phone at (215) 580-7800. The School District and SEPTA strongly encourage parents and students to take advantage of the time between now and the start of school to map out their trips.

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dent travel during the upcoming school year. “As we embark on a new school year, we want to ensure that parents and students feel well informed and confident about their travel” said Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite. “Support from citypartners like SEPTA is invaluable as we work to implement a safe and smooth transition for all students.” The School District is advising students and their parents to plan ahead for school trips. One of the best places to


More than 55,000 of the 134,000 students returning to school on Monday, Sep. 9 will travel to their destination using SEPTA. In addition, more than 300 students will utilize public transportation to travel to a new school this fall due to school closures approved by the School Reform Commission in March. With that on the agenda, the School District of Philadelphia and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority are sharing tips for efficient stu-

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2nd Wet Labor Day Didn’t Damper Spirits Of AFL-CIO Marchers “POOR political leadership” has failed America and this city’s Labor Unions charged Pat Eiding, Phila. AFLCIO President as he challenged crowd at 26th annual TriState AFL-CIO Parade Labor Day.

THICKENING clouds didn’t dampen enthusiasm of Jonathan Saidel, AFL-CIO’s President Pat Eiding and Secretary/Treasurer Elizabeth McElroy.

Photo by Joe Stivala

LABORERS’ 332 T-SHIRT lauds founder Harry Murray and Pioneer Sam Staten, Sr. LDC was out in force supporting all other unions. (Photo by Rory McGlasson)

USING SEPTA bus stop for shelter, this band of musicians provided New Orleans-style jazz to (Photo by Rory McGlasson) passing marchers.

UNION paraders posted this report for marchers to read as they moved through rain a l o n g Christopher Columbus Boulevard.

FIERY Herman “Pete” Matthews set tone for other speakers as well, demanding Mayor Nutter agree to contracts with DC 33 and DC 47. (Photo by Rory McGlasson)

UNDAUNTED by rain were Controller Alan Butkovitz, Pete Williams, Jonathan Saidel and Bill Rubin.

SEEN at Family Fun Festival were Sen. Mike Stack, LDC’s Ryan Boyer, DC33’s Pete Matthews Photo by Leona Dixon and Omar Sabir. • 215-755-2000

Republicans Enjoy Spirit Of Unity At Annual Clambake

REPUBLICAN City Committee Chairman John Taylor welcomes State Vice Chair Renee Amoore to annual Meehan Clambake at Cannstatter in Northeast.

NATIONAL Republican Committeewoman Renee Amore shares moment with Supreme Court Justice Ron Castille and Penna. Republican State Chair Rob Gleason.

Photo by Robert Mendelsohn

Photo by Robert Mendelsohn

ENJOYING festivities were Republican Counsel Michael Meehan, Ward Leader Bill Ivers, Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille and Bob Kurtz.

BASKING in afternoon sun were the Jerry HAPPY at turnout were Mike Cibik, Joe De- Aspites with Dominick Cippollini. Felice, Adam Taxin and Aldridk Gessa.

WELCOMING National Republican Committeewoman and State Vice Chair Renee Amoore onto Cannstatter grounds were 36th Warders Byron Johnston, Craig Marshall, and Conrad Fuller.

TEAMSTERS leader Daniel Grace meets up with GOP Councilman at Large Denny O’Brien and his son Joseph.

WARD LEADER Walt Vogler shares good news with Sheryl Perzel that her husbandJohn is soon to be returning home.

VETERAN 2nd Ward Leader Suzanne Haney was escorted by South Street legend Peter DeFeo.

EVERYONE loves Kaz Nabavi, Kensington tire dealer, including Judges Paula Patrick and Joseph Johnson.

GIVE THE GIFT OF NOSTALGIA Give the 5 Waffleman Books Memories they’ll always Cherish. They will remember you everytime they read them!

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SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA Sealed proposals will be received by the School Reform Commission at the School Administration Building located at 440 North Broad St., 3rd Floor, Office of Capital Programs, Philadelphia, PA 19130-4015, until 2:00 P.M., on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. A non-refundable fee for each set of bid documents is as scheduled. The School District will only accept bids from companies that have been placed on its current Pre Qualified Contractors List as shown at All School District Projects require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications.


BUDGET Structural Modification $1,371,600.00 Bayard Taylor E.S. 3698 N. Randolph Street. Philadelphia, PA 19140

FEE $200.00

* A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location at the main entrance, on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Specifications and/or plans and contract documents may be examined and copies thereof obtained from the School Reform Commission, 440 North Broad Street, 3rd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Information as to contract documents, etc., may be obtained at the above address, or telephone 215-400-4730. Make checks payable to the School District of Philadelphia. The School Reform Commission reserves the right to reject any and all bids and make the awards to the best interests of the School District of Philadelphia.

cause they have been WRITTEN OFF? STATE HOUSE LOBBYISTS get state pensions? They do well, and can afford to live without them.... Gov. “Corporate” CORBETT’S lawyers do not seem to have their plan of attack to counter GAY marriage license issuance by Register of WILLS Bruce HANES. This class guy is holding off an army of resources against him. The numbers of citizens able to get MEDICAID has decreased!  A DISGRACE.  The BIGGEST LOSS of 50 states, beating traditional lows, like Mississippi. The PROFILE IN COURAGE  kudos goes to Councilman Denny O’BRIEN for his “GOVERNOR, YOU CREATED THIS MESS” letter to the editor! Bravo! • 215-755-2000

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more. Keep that date! Councilwoman Jannie BLACKWELL held another “Echoes of Africa” event at the Zoo, promoting goodwill…. The 51st Birthday of Jamaica was marked by a dinner here. At the Shore, the KATIE KIRLIN event again helped kids. The little town in the marsh outside North Wildwood with four-foot-wide boardwalk is KIRLINTOWN. Wildwood saw FINNIGAN’S  New Year’s Brigade party  filled with VIPs.  Business Mgr. Joe Inemer was seen there... When an editorial urged the City to collect ALL delinquent taxes – it AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN. Many accounts are uncollectible.  The City BOASTS that FEWER accounts owe money. Is that be-

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BALONEY. Actually, she is FRESH AIR compared to the same boring education talking heads used by the media. And what of NUTTER not being elected to the DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE? Good, I say. He has enough to do here.  JOAN KRAJEWSKI:  Straight SHOOTER. Gone from us.  BIG SHOES to fill. A loss to Mayfair and to the entire city. Her successor Bobby HENON also shoots straight.... The sad passing of Judge H. Warren

wife left him, so he has a REAL empty chair at home… . We read about what is wrong with the Obama’s student-debt program. My answer is NOTHING!! At least he is ADDRESSING it.  Many Obama detractors seem to AVOID MENTION of the TOO-HIGH interest rates (?).  Note also Sen. Pat TOOMEY seems to support the high rates.  Why, TOOMEY?  BIRTHDAYS:  Shellin HOLDER KEY, one of the finest folks to come out of the 11th Ward, had her day on 8/26!  On Sep. 4, we celebrated one for Judge Carolyn NICHOLS (but not her lovely mom, who is ageless). A double-bubble on the 8th:  47th Ward Leader George BROOKS, fresh from his annual Baltimore bus trip, has his 39th. Randy ROBINSON, Entrepreneur, did not wear a business suit on his day! Thomas NEILSON celebrated on Sep. 2. Was he born a few days after Ed NEILSON?... GOLF, ANYONE?:  The Philly Vets Multi-Service Center golf tourney is on SEP. 9 at Indian Valley Country Club.  Their objective is to eliminate homeless vets here by 2015. Lt. Heather McCREADY tells us the golf tourney honoring slain Police Sgt. Joseph LeClaire is set for OCT. 12 at Bensalem Township Country Club.  SUPPORT BOTH!!... DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF Albert GALSIE of the nation of GHANA had a great time visiting PHILLY, and got high-tech tips from Commissioner Lloyd AYERS. State Reps. BROWN, BROWNLEE and YOUNGBLOOD led by ensuring that  MANY kids got school supplies. So did Local 1199 of Henry NICHOLAS! BRAVO!... COAST DAY is coming to PENN’S LANDING on SEP. 7 and it is FREE!!!  Tugboats, robots, kids’ games, paddleboats, a FREE FERRY RIDE, a free BUS TOUR to the Fairmount Park Kite Festival, and

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(Cont. From Page 12) good, and feeling SAFE – thanks to the IRONWORKERS of Joe DOUGHERTY’S Local 401.... CONTRACT talks with the teachers have begun. The Mayor says their offer is NOT ENOUGH.  These are not ONE-WAY TALKS, I hope (?). The Mayor won’t talk by DIVINE RIGHT – will he? Kia HINTON appeared in three PFT TV ads as a parent of three schoolkids. She was not just reading a script. To claim that – is pure

HOGELAND of Bucks Co., after heart surgery, may be a clue to what stress can do. The man was one of the most-decent and -honorable men you could meet. I did not know him, but observed his professionalism and demeanor on the bench of Phila. Traffic Court.  BEST OF good health to his critics. Did the legislation that abolished Traffic Court trash our sacred Constitution? Candidates run for office, spend savings to run, only to HAVE THE RUG PULLED OUT after they win nomination. Is this really happening in America? Were some lawmakers lacking legal skills, or political, or faint of heart, for this to happen? We were embarrassed before the world by voter I.D. – NOW THIS? All Traffic Court CANDIDATES should sue the  LAWMAKERS individually and severally. Attach the U.S. CONSTITUTION as Exhibit “A”. Remember the EMPTY CHAIR Clint Eastwood debated (supposed to be Obama) at the GOP Convention?  It’s reported that his

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(Cont. From Page 12) our roads and bridges. Approximately 4,000 state-owned bridges are deemed structurally deficient and 9,200 miles of state roads are in poor condition. Shortly before the August break, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives was to consider a State Senate highway-improvement bill but it failed to make it to the floor. The Senate bill, while slightly different from the Governor’s proposal, is supported by the Corbett Administration. The Senate and the Governor hope to raise funds for road and bridge repairs by uncapping the Oil Company

(Cont. From Page 12) If you’re a parent who wants to stay here or a businessman (or woman) who wants a good workforce to fill your jobs, you should ask some tough questions when the candidates come to call. Questions like: What are you going to do about funding? Are you finally going to make the Marcellus Shale and the myriad


Franchise Tax. This tax is imposed on wholesale sellers of fuel. The OCFT charges a variable-rate fee on most carbon fuels. The capped rate now is roughly $0.20 per gallon of gasoline; it was set at a time the Commonwealth did not expect gasoline prices to rise above $1.25 per gallon. The Senate plan would uncap the OCFT over time and would and simultaneously decrease the retail tax applied to fuels. The net effect would be an increase in revenues of $2.5 billion which would be solely used for transportation. Some of the more-conservative members of the House of Representatives see this as a tax of developers pay for the services they’ve been using for free? And why are you paying $400 million for a new prison just outside the city when putting that money toward education is a statistically better investment? And for the mayoral candidates, this question: When are you going to go to court and file the civil-rights lawsuit that will finally get the district out of the clutches of the abusive four-yearold who’s held it for more than 10 years? 2) Violence prevention: A lot of this can be solved with better schools, but there’s more that needs to be done in the area of violence. Stuff like, oh, I don’t know, no longer allowing the NRA to write our gun laws? Providing afterschool and other programs for kids as an alternative? Using some common sense in either of these departments...? 3) Jobs: Nothing stops violence like a job. So ask the candidates what they plan to do about that. Will there be training? You have my permission to slap the mess out of anyone who says “tax break”, “tax cut” or “job creator” when you ask about this because we’ve given so-called “job creators” so many tax breaks and tax cuts that the inequality gap looks more like the Grand Canyon and we can’t fund our schools. No more gimmes. This is just a sampling of what I think the issues are. If you have others, feel free to drop me a line at denisethewriter1 I may use them for a future column.

increase. The Governor and most of the Senate see this as the removal of an artificial cap based on a no-longer-valid assumption about carbon-fuel prices. Cawley is confident a transportation law will be passed in the fall. Cawley stated he was disappointed the Pennsylvania law requiring identification in order to vote is not in effect as of yet. Democratic politicians claim the law is a designed to disenfranchise minorities and the poor. The Pennsylvania law provides IDs at no cost. Also, how do the poor apply for social services

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without providing proof of who they claim to be? Most of our European allies require ID to vote. We all need ID to cash checks, enter most federal government buildings and get on a plane. But Democratic politicians claim there is no need for voter ID as there is no voter fraud. Cawley noted every Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House spoke on the record against the bill, despite the fact numerous polls show a strong majority of all Pennsylvanians want voter ID. Why are they so afraid of voter ID?

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MERYL’S BABEL Part 133/140 Re: "GREATER PHILADELPHIA TOURISM MARKETING CORP." Richard Rys wrote in the summer 2013 issue of Philadelphia Style magazine: "From GPTMC's start in 1996, Levitz has felt inspired to help the city unlock its full potential." GPTMC's President and CEO, MERYL LEVITZ's inspiration "to help the city" and reach "its full potential" needs a federal examination in lieu of last week's seven reasons, and the following: 1. In its "Mission and Impact Statement" to promote tourism in Philadelphia, and "increase the number of night visitors staying in the area," GPTMC launched (10 years ago) a campaign--"GET YOUR HISTORY STRAIGHT and YOUR NIGHTLIFE GAY." (a) After GPTMC spent $1 million in a three year "Get Your Nightlife Gay" period, the city of Philadelphia ranked number ten (10) among seven other cities as a U.S. destination for leisure and business targeting gays and lesbians. (Source: 2012 LGBT travel study by Community Marketing and Insights)

(b) GPTMC's $1 million "Get Your Nightlife Gay" campaign (funded by tax payers) was mainly based on one criteria-"DISCRIMINATION," or the unequal treatment of parties who are similarly situated, or the ability to make or perceive distinctions; perception; discernment, or showing of difference or favoritism. (c) If GPTMC spent the $1 million on an "INTERNATIONAL LOVE SONG COMPETITION" instead of focusing on favoritism and/or perceptions about people, the world would beat a path to the City of Brotherly Love. (d) The city of Paris, France profits from an American song, called: "I LOVE PARIS in the springtime, I love Paris in the fall..." I do not believe the Parisian government spends $10 million tax dollars per year (as Philadelphia does) in order to bring in tourists to their beautiful city, Nor do I believe Rome, Italy spends those amounts when Sandro Rascel composed the 1954 hit Italian pop song, 'ARRIVEDERCI ROMA." Or, I believe the patriotic masterpiece, "GOD BLESS AMERICA" by Irving Berlin was worth $millions$ to the psyche of the Flyer's organization, and Philadelphia sport fans. (To be continued) “You’ve Got a Friend in Pennsylvania” —Nicola Argentina (c) 2013

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