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Saluting Veterans Day 2013 by Tony West Chris Hill was used to coming through for his fellow veterans. He was serving on the board of the Veterans Comfort House in West Philadelphia and rode with the Second Brigade Motorcycle Club, constantly reaching out through both groups to help former service members in need. It was a way of life for him. Then one day, it was his life on the line. His turn. Hill (or “Manchu”, as he is called, the nickname of the historic 9th Infantry Regiment in which he served) came back with his wife and nine-year-old daughter from a vacation in August to discover his Chinatown apartment had been ruined in a fire – by water damage from upstairs. “The sprinkler system ran for two hours,” Hill said. “It collapsed the ceiling above us and the ceiling below us.” Their losses were large: furniture and clothing all shot. Plus they had no home how. And no insurance either. They had let it lapse. But they did have one thing: the network of Hill’s fellow veterans in the Delaware Valley. Enter Joe Eastman, a retired Gulf War naval officer who is now director of veterans’ services at Broad Street Ministry. Homeless veterans in Center City are his special beat; Eastman regularly organizes food, medical care and social services for hundreds, most of them chronically troubled persons. Hill had a good job, working in a lab at the

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. But he was still overwhelmed, a veteran in need. Eastman sprang into action when he heard of Hill’s crisis. Eastman has a special knack for the $20 “beef and beer” fundraiser; he has pulled together a half dozen of them in the last couple of years. He went to Hill and told him he was going to do a

Vets Helping Vets When A Brother Needs Help fundraiser for him. Hill reluctantly agreed. Eastman has deep contacts in Chinatown. “I went to Kenny Poon, the owner of the lounge Tango on Arch Street, and he said, ‘What do you need?’” Eastman related. “So there was no overhead. He threw in all the food, a DJ, karaoke.” Eastman approached Dom Giordano, the big talker on WPHT-AM

radio, and he offered to emcee – about three seconds later. His brother went after sports celebrities and snagged two basketball coaches, the illustrious Phil Martelli of St. Joseph’s and Fran Dunphy from Temple. The Phillies pitched in with a baseball bat, the Flyers with tickets, for a raffle. Councilmen Mark Squilla, who represents Hill’s district, and David

Oh, who is a fellow veteran, made appearances. The Hills are getting back on their feet now. “We’re pretty much on the path back,” Hill said. They’ve replaced their daughter’s clothing and furniture and moved into another apartment in their original building, the old Strawbridge’s warehouse. Mission accomplished. Next mission?

Delaware Valley Vets Pull Together In A Network Of Volunteers Helping Chris Hill was par for the course. Particularly in the Philadelphia area, people have a way of coming together to tackle veterans’ needs. Interventions large and small, often on an informal, ad hoc basis, characterize a culture of mutual support, which local veterans take great pride in. “We’ve done dozens of them, because only we take care of us,” explained Hill. It’s the service code carried into civilian life. “We have raised $20,000 in five or six fundraisers,” reckoned Eastman. “Every time, we have found and appreciated the complete support for veterans in the Philadelphia community. If there is ever a veterans’ need, this city comes together.” City Council has been receptive to pleas for veterans’ assistance, stated Eastman. He mentioned Squilla and Oh in particular, but noted 4th Dist. Councilman Curtis Jones and Councilman at Large Denny O’Brien have also been helpful. “And Council President

Darrell Clarke deserves credit for reestablishing the Veterans Advisory Committee,” he added. This office is now staffed by Wanda Pate and Joyce McKeown. Wanda is a Veterans Service Officer accredited with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. “I can’t think of a time in the last five years when we’ve run into a wall with city officialdom,” Eastman said. “My job’s gotten a lot easier since Wanda and her crew got reenergized.” But local governments can only do so much. The network of veterans’ activists does not wait around for help from on high. They take direct action whenever it is needed. “My particular talents lie in coordinating with other organizations, in email campaigns and in work with the Comfort House and my motorcycle club,” Hill explained. “Our network has a good really good working relationship with disparate vets’ organizations.” Beef-and-beers are one tool. Sometimes Hill just puts out an email blast: Everybody put $5 in an en-

velope and mail to the following address…. Next month, Hill will throw his traditional catered Christmas Party. Price of admission: a pair of tube socks or boxer shorts, to be donated to veterans. Sometimes creative thinking and quick work are what it takes to do the job. “One Friday, a vet’s family approached us at the Comfort House. Their veteran had died and the family had no means to bury him. The unfortunate fact is if you served during peacetime and weren’t injured in service, the government doesn’t owe you any funeral benefits. And the cemetery said, ‘If you don’t bring us cash, we’re not burying him.’” But that didn’t stop the veterans’ activists. They would not abandon a brother in his final hour. Hill dropped everything and got clearance to tap Comfort House relief funds. “I roared over to the funeral parlor at 42nd & Haverford, with the family waiting outside, jumped out of the truck and handed them a

cashier’s check,” Hill said. The veterans’ network does more than just come through for money, Hill went on. They meet service personnel at the airport on their return from Afghanistan – dozens strong – to tell them, “Welcome home!” They deliver Christmas dinners to Gold Star mothers. Once a month they put on a “mini-standdown” at which they feed and clothe homeless veterans, as well as getting them into services. “We work on everything from immediate relief to longstanding help,” Hill affirmed. We offer ‘hand-ups’, not handouts.” Homelessness is a gnawing problem among veterans – a much-bigger problem in most cases than what the Hills faced. There are no good statistics on it, advises Hill, and it is poorly understood. It often goes along with mental problems and substance abuse. Most activists put on finger on Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome as a major cause. (Cont. Next Page)

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them: the Vietnam veterans. Those who fought in that bitter war seldom came home to parades and speeches. Often they were ignored, avoided – sometimes even badgered and criticized by unthinking civilians of that intensely polarized era. As for the VA, its response to these stresses was primitive. Like the citizenry, the government chiefly wanted to forget.

Some of these veterans arrived at the conclusion that they were on their own and that they had to look after each other. They spawned a tradition of self-help that endures to this day. “Vietnam vets deserve the credit for what we do,” Hill said. “They have set the standard for care, by ensuring this generation will not undergo what they did.”

COUNCILMEN David Oh, left, and Mark Squilla flank veterans’ activists Joe Eastman and Chris Hill at fundraiser at Tango in Chinatown to aid Hill, whose family was driven out of its home by fire.

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(Cont. From Prev. Page) For this too, the activists have a network. Using a fund set up by parents of an Iraq War vet who was “lost in the streets”, they can refer a mentally wounded warrior to almost 100 psychologists and psychiatrists who are trained in treating PTSD. These activists say they are driven by those who went before

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This Saturday, members of the 69th Irish Brigade will honor three more volunteers at the new Cathedral Cemetery at Front & Luzerne Streets at 11 a.m. They are Pvt. Peter Glackin, Co. G; 1st Lt. Alexander Lovett, Co. E; and Pvt. Bartholomew Hart, Co H. For more than 12 years, members of the 69th Irish Brigade have gathered to honor 69th veterans and to place stones on their graves.

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noon. Maria Cuomo Cole, Chairman of HELP USA, will be among attendees. HELP USA is the leading national developer of housing and provider of jobs and services for homeless and at risk populations in the country, including families, veterans and victims of domestic violence. HELP has served more than 270,000 people since it was founded in 1986 and today serves more than 12,000 each year at 30 residences across the country. To date, HELP has developed more than 2,500 units of housing, including transitional and permanent supportive service programs.

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More residential housing will be coming to veterans in the Philadelphia area. That announcement will be made at a Veterans’ Day celebration held by Congressman Bob Brady (D-Phila.) and State Sen. Anthony H. Williams (DW. Phila.) at the Robert G. Brady Veterans Center at the HELP Philadelphia Homes in Southwest Philadelphia at 6100 Eastwick Avenue. The Eastwick Avenue HELP USA townhouse development is a 63-unit affordable rental community for families and disabled veterans at risk of homelessness. It opened in summer 2011 and is HELP’s third initiative in Philadelphia. HELP USA’s first two developments, Genesis Square Apartments and Genesis Square Townhomes, provide services and housing for homeless and formerly homeless families in West Philadelphia. The Congressman has been a steadfast supporter of HELP’s work in this city, and will announce details of HELP’s fourth Philadelphia development, which is to be named for Hardy Williams, who served as a Pennsylvania State Senator from 1983 to 1998. The barbecue, flag-raising, and display of new project renderings will take place on Monday, Nov. 11 at 12:00

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panded Pennsylvania marketplace to complement the federal Affordable Care Act. But we can do more, and I pledge to do more by introducing a bill that calls for an increase in the premiums lawmakers pay for our health care. I’m compelled to do so, not only because it could generate small savings in the middle-class health-care markets, but because it’s the right thing to do for those of us who earn a living from tax dollars. My family is no different from any other family in Pennsylvania. I spoke with two constituents of mine recently. Both are a family of four like mine, but what they pay out of pocket for health insurance is astronomical. One family that receives a pay-in from an employer still pays more than $400 a month

for a family plan with a $1,500 deductible. The other family pays 100% out of pocket, and it costs them more than $1,300 a month for a family plan with a $1,000 deductible. When our elected leaders in the state General Assembly and our federal Congress begin discussing affordable health care, they better first convince the people of this country that they are not part of a special society. People living in my district have an average household income of less than $40,000 a year, and they are wondering why elected millionaires continue to receive “Cadillac” health plans while the working poor are being forced to pay premiums sometimes ten times greater than those representing them. Unless examples are set soon by lawmakers on the state and federal levels, the division and mistrust in this country will create an even greater political apathy by ordinary Americans. Haggerty is a Democrat who represents the 122th Dist. in Lackawanna Co.

Nov. 7- State Sen. LeAnna M. Washington offers Veterans Expo at Mt. Airy Ch. of God in Christ, 6401 Ogontz Ave., 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Information and resources from local, state, and national organizations, including employment opportunities, education programs, housing assistance, healthcare benefits, spousal and family benefits, as well as claims information. For info (215) 242-0472. Nov. 7- Gov. Tom Corbett’s team stages Reelection Kickoff at Cpl. John Loudenslager American Legion Post 366, 7976 Oxford Ave., 10:30 a.m. RSVP 569. Nov. 7- Sons of Italy St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi Lodge sponsors Bus Trip to PARX Casino, 1st bus at 7th & Carpenter Sts., 12:30 p.m., 2nd bus at Broad & Reed Sts., 12:45 p.m.; return 6 p.m.

Free parking at Baldi Fun. Ho. lot, Broad & Reed Sts. Tickets $35. For info Ann Mullen (267) 259-3674 or Victor Baldi (215) 888-7051. Nov. 7- 40th Birthday Celebration for City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson at Warwick Hotel (Grand Ballrm.), 220 S. 17th St., 6-9 p.m. $50 Activist, $100 Young Professional (under 40), $250 Friend, $500 Supporter, $1,000 Sponsor, $5,000 PAC Sponsor. For info Nov. 7- State Rep. Ron Waters hosts energy workshop at Turner MS, 5900 Baltimore Ave., 6-8 p.m. Bring your electric bills! For info (215) 748-6712. Nov. 7- State Rep. John Taylor chairs Reception Fundraiser for Portside ArtsMobile at 2531 E. Lehigh Ave., 6-8 p.m. Student art exhibits, refreshments. Guests $100, Couples $175, Sponsors $250, Patrons $500, Benefactors $1,000. Nov. 7- Veteran Pizza Party sponsored by Thank-A-Vet nonprofit at Veteran Safe Haven, 2331 N. Broad St., 7 p.m.

Nov. 8- State Rep. Brian Sims hosts Veterans at Breakfast at Broad Street Ministry, 315 S. Broad St., 9-11 a.m. RSVP Anna (215)246-1501. Nov. 9- Thomas Mifflin Sch. Education Festival at 3624 Conrad St., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 10- Councilman Jim Kenney hosts big-screen watching of Eagles vs. Packers at Finnigan’s Wake, 537 N. 3rd St., 12-4 p.m. Tickets $20 available at door. Nov. 11- C o u n c i l w o m a n Marian Tasco & Lawncrest Community Ass’n host Veterans Day event at Lawncrest Rec Ctr., 6000 Rising Sun Ave., 10:30 a.m. Nov. 14- Carol Tamburino honored by League of Women Voters at Union League, 140 S. Broad St. Tickets $100. For info Jody L. Bender (215) 251-8283. Nov. 16- Philly High School Fair at Armory at Drexel Univ., 3205 Lancaster Ave. on 33rd St., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Parents and middle-school students invited to explore more than 80 high schools for 201415 enrollment. • 215-755-2000

by State Rep. Kevin Haggerty As a state lawmaker I find myself continually disheartened by the inequity among Pennsylvania families’ hard choices when it comes to health care, particularly at a time when there is so much doubt and turmoil in the market for benefits. Yes, I am blessed with a family health-benefit package for which I pay 1% of my salary, as are my 252 colleagues in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Meanwhile, providers are charging families no different than ours thousands of dollars a month for plans that pale in comparison. And yes, we lawmakers are working hard to expand Medicaid to needy families and free up dollars for an ex-

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Philadelphia voters remain the key to who runs Pennsylvania. A big turnout here usually guarantees a statewide office goes to a Democrat. And vice versa, a low turnout almost guarantees a Republican vote. Gov. Tom Corbett noted with satisfaction the Superior Court win by Republican Victor Stabile, a slight margin, but a victory nonetheless. In the worst of times he knows he has a rock-bed solid Republican vole of 666,262 in his favor when he runs in next year’s general election. A couple hundred thousand more and he’s a victor! Democratic Party Chairman Bob Brady understands this. So last weekend he pushed for and got a unanimous endorsement by city Democrats of Allyson Schwartz for Governor and State Sen. Mike Stack for Lieutenant Governor. He hopes that will lead to less infighting in the crowded gubernatorial field, and winnow out some of those now running. With this show of unity, Brady wants to persuade the Democratic State Committee to see it his way. In short, in the end, it is the Philly turnout that will decide who sits in the Governor’s office for the next four years. That is why Philly voters are important. They didn’t come out this past Tuesday and so the only statewide office in contention, for Superior Court, went to a Republican.

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Fitbody Personal Training and Carolyn’s Bootcamp announce the 1st annual Memorial Boot Camp in Honor of SFC Liam J. Nevins, to be held Sunday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Charlestown Park, located at Township Line Road & Cold Stream Road in Phoenixville, Pa. It is to support Raven Henin and her family who just lost their brother and son in Afghanistan. SFC Nevins was killed Sep. 21 in a small arms fire attack in Gardez, Paktia Province, Afghanistan while on his fifth combat deployment. SFC Nevins attended Owen J Roberts in Pottstown and graduated from Bristol Borough HS in Bristol Borough, in 2000. Prior to graduating from high school, SFC Nevins en-

listed in the United States Army under the Delayed Entry Program. It was always his dream to be an elite member of the Brotherhood of Special Forces. Online Donations in honor of SFC Liam J. Nevins can be made by following this link Or bring your donation to the Boot Camp. Make checks payable to the Special Forces Charitable Trust. The Special Forces Charitable Trust honors and supports the active-duty and veteran Green Berets nationwide. It is the primary resource center, who ensures timely and consistent support and services to the Special Forces Association’s 9,500 members, the SF National Guard units, active-duty and veteran Green Berets and their families.

by JoAnne Ruden VP, Holy Redeemer HomeCare & Hospice On Veterans’ Day, we stand with Pennsylvania’s more than 964,000 veterans as they honor fellow service men and women and reflect on their own service to our country. According to the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, one in four dying Americans is a veteran. No matter how much time has passed, veterans carry the experiences of their military service with them, presenting unique challenges at the end of life. Veterans of each war have been exposed to diseases, environmental factors, and personal and public sentiments about their service. A veteran of the Vietnam War does not have the same needs as a veteran of the Korean War or World War II. “We Honor Veterans,” a

partnership between the National Hospice & Palliative Organization and the Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs, is devoted to addressing the needs of aging veterans. Joined by veterans’ partnerships, VA facilities, and volunteers across the country, Holy Redeemer is one of the partners in the program learning ways to identify veteran patients, evaluate the health impacts of their expe-

riences, and determine the benefits that veterans and surviving dependents may be entitled to. This allows our staff to accompany and guide veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending. As we honor and remember those who have served our country on Veterans’ Day, consider showing your appreciation for local heroes by visiting veterans in their

homes or nursing homes. Becoming a hospice volunteer is another way to provide emotional support and companionship to veterans, while assisting their family members with errands and giving respite to caregivers. On Veteran’s Day and throughout the rest of the year, we invite you to join us in thanking the thousands of veterans who have served and protected our nation.

Active and retired members of the United States Marine Corps will gather at Laurel Hill Cemetery to commemorate the 238th anniversary of the founding of the Marine Corps in Philadelphia on Nov. 10, 1775. A service will take place at the gravesite of Brigadier General Jacob A. Zeilin, the first US States Marine non-

brevet general, who served as the seventh Commandant of the Corps from 1864 to 1876. After the service, the cemetery will mark Veterans’ Day with a tour of the final resting places of the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The service and tour will take place on Sunday, Nov.

10 at 11:00 a.m., departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the gatehouse. This event is free and open to the public. Additional information can be found online at or by calling (215) 228-8200.

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Lawncrest Honors Veterans The Lawncrest Community Association will hold its annual Veterans’ Day Services, Monday, Nov. 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the Lawncrest Recreation Center, 6000 Rising Sun Avenue. Supporting the event is the office of Councilwoman Mar-

ian D. Tasco, and the PhilMont Kiwanis Club. A flag-raising ceremony conducted by the Rising Sun VFW 2819 and the CrestLawn American, Legion 832 will kick off the daylong ceremonies. Members of the Philadel-

phia Police & Fire Pipes & Drums will also be on hand to perform. The 5th-grade essay contest winner of “What Would I Tell Our Founding Fathers” from Benjamin Franklin School will read the essay. Free American flags go to the first 100 in attendance.

Commonwealth Honors Puerto Rican Regiment For the first time in Pennsylvania’s history, the Governor’s Office (Major General Wesley E. Craig), State Senate (Mike Stack), House of Representatives (Angel Cruz), Philadelphia City Council (Maria Quiñones Sánchez) and members of the Latin American Post 840 of the American Legion honored the 65th Infantry Regiment (known as

the Borinqueneers). Presenting the Proclamation for the Governor’s Office was the Adjutant General and Commander of the Pennsylvania National Guard, Maj. Gen. Wesley E. Craig. The 65th Infantry Fighting Regiment is the only Hispanicsegregated active-duty military unit in US history. Its soldiers came mostly from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The 65th Infantry played a prominent role in three US Wars: World Wars I and II and the Korean conflict. “This event to honor the 65th Infantry Regiment is exceedingly significant because it’s leading the pathway for other members of the US Congress representing the Commonwealth to Co-Sponsor HR 1726,” said Juvencio Gonzalez, chair, public-relations Committee, Latin American Post 840. HR 1726 was introduced

by Congressmen Bill Posey (R-Fla.) and Pedro Pierluisi (D-P.R.); S 1174 was introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and seven originating co-sponsors (Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Robert Casey (D-Pa.), Rob Menendez (D-N.J.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Fla.). Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Congressman Robert Brady (DPA) are co-sponsors in Pennsylvania. “Today, we can say thanks to our members George and Juvencio for heading our efforts in the region -- we are that much closer to declaring ‘fait accompli’. We ask friends and members of the 65th Infantry Regiment to join us all in this historical event hosted by the Commonwealth,” said Jos M. Melendez, Post Commander for the Latin American Post 840.

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tunity to drive again, which is a major step toward reestablishing their way of life,” said Bill Lawson, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “By supporting Mission: ABLE through retrofitted vehicle donations, Pennzoil is helping re-instill that sense of freedom for veterans who are physically unable to drive a standard automobile.” “Helping veterans get back on the road and regain their sense of independence is a powerful feeling and was an overall rewarding activation for the brand,” said Bree Sandlin, Pennzoil global brand manager. “We couldn’t be more pleased to recognize three deserving veterans again this year and get them back in the driver’s seat and on their way to reigniting their love of the car.” From the overall Pennzoil donation, $150,000 was used toward the specified modifications from each veteran. The retrofitted vehicles received modifications such as hand controls, wheelchair lifts and mounting ramps which were made by the professionals at BraunAbility, the world’s largest manufacturer of wheelchair-accessible vans, ramps and wheelchair lifts. With (Cont. Page 31)

The annual National Veterans Day Observance is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 11 at Arlington National Cemetery to honor all veterans who served and continue to serve in the military. The US Army Military District of Washington will conduct a Presidential Armed Forces Full Honor Presidential Wreath-Laying Ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Tomb of the

Unknowns, to be followed by an observance program hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs in Arlington’s Memorial Amphitheater. A prelude by the United States Air Force Band will begin in the amphitheater at 10:30 a.m. Both the wreath-laying ceremony and the observance program are free and open to the general public. No tickets are needed to attend these

events. Space is limited to standing room only for the wreath-laying ceremony and seating is available on a firstcome, first-served basis in the amphitheater. Attendees are encouraged to be at the Tomb of the Unknowns or seated in the amphitheater by 9:30 a.m. Free parking is available for vehicles in the Arlington National Cemetery Visitor’s Center parking lot from 8 a.m.

to 2 p.m. A free shuttle service will provide transportation to the Memorial Amphitheater beginning at 8 a.m. Walking to the amphitheater is prohibited. After the observance is over, shuttles will provide transportation back to the visitor’s center until 2 p.m. Attendees will be required to pass through a security checkpoint to gain access to the ceremony.

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Pennzoil® is honored to announce the donation of three retrofitted Toyota vehicles to three deserving veterans as part of the continued relationship between Pennzoil and Paralyzed Veterans of America. The 2013 Toyota Sienna XLE vans were unveiled and presented to the veterans prior to the 500-mile race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Each veteran recipient received a vehicle of their choosing, retrofitted to their specific need. Now in the second year of commitment to Paralyzed Veterans of America’s, “Mission: ABLE” campaign, Pennzoil once again retrofitted vehicles for injured veterans so that these honorees can reclaim their freedom and love of driving. Pennzoil donated $250,000 to Paralyzed Veterans of America in 2013, $150,000 of which went to retrofit vehicles for injured veterans, which allows these heroes to revive their independence and love of cars. The recipients of these retrofitted vehicles were selected through the “Love Your Car” program as coordinated by Paralyzed Veterans of America. “We are proud to work with Pennzoil as they give our deserving veterans the oppor-

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9,000 Etched In Sand

Nine thousand fallen Soldiers were etched into the sand on Normandy Beach to Commemorate Peace Day on Sep. 25. British artists Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss accompanied by numerous volunteers, took to the beaches of Normandy with rakes and stencils in hand to etch 9,000 silhouettes representing fallen people into the sand. Titled “The Fallen 9000”,

the piece is meant as a stark visual reminder of the civilians, Germans and allied forces who died during the D-Day beach landings at Arromanches on Jun. 6, 1944 during WW II. The original team consisted of 60 volunteers, but as word spread nearly 500 additional local residents arrived to help with the temporary installation that lasted only a few hours before being washed away by the tide.

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WOLRD WAR II veterans attended a presentation in Union League at Post 405 American Legion where Stan Wojtusik, seated, 2nd from right, told of his battle experiences, and his program to place WW II monuments in various states. Seated are Wojtusik and John Conboy; top, Jon Peterson, Post Commander; Bill Hahn; Richard Kindt; and Photo by Joe Stivala Norbert McGettigan.

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Pols Gather At Relish And Famous Deli For Traditional Election Day Lunch

THIS PHOTO at Famous Deli indicates former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies, left, has supLUNCHTIME drew traditional political gathering port of some of key political leaders as she shares at Famous 4th Street Deli in S. Phila. Here State photo with State Sen. LeAnna Washington, Sen. Larry Farnese and City Controller Alan Richard Sand, State Sen. Anthony Williams, Martin Sobol and Marty Weinberg. Butkovitz share election-day strategy. • 215-755-2000

DEMOCRATIC candidate for Governor Tom Wolf is greeted by Phila. political activist Donald “Ducky” Birts at Relish Restaurant on election day. Photo by Rory McGlasson

COUNCILMAN Jim Kenney shares bright moment with Jesse Brenner and her mother, union leader Lynne Fox, as they enjoy lunch at Famous Deli.

DEMOCRATIC supporter Sid Booker with Sheriff GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE Tom Wolf and Jewell Williams was among VIPs at Relish Restau- State Sen. LeAnna Washington talked politics at Relish Restaurant. Photo by Rory McGlasson rant. Photo by Rory McGlasson

LABORERS Local 332 Business Mgr. Ryan Boyer, Congressman Chaka Fattah, State Sen. Anthony Williams and Laborers Local 332 President Sam Staten, Jr. were at Relish for lunch on Election Photo by Rory McGlasson Day.

FORMER Councilman Juan Ramos meets with Judge Lori Dumas and Laborers Local 332 President Sam Staten, Jr., prior to interviewing them on WURD radio show sponsored by LECET. Photo by Rory McGlasson

COUNCIL PRESIDENT Darrell Clarke with Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. and State Rep. Cherelle COUNCILWOMAN Marian Tasco samples SouthParker outside Relish Restaurant on election day. ern-style cooking at Relish luncheon. Photo by Rory McGlasson

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RADIO HOST for the day Juan Ramos broadcasts COUNCILWOMAN Maria Quiñones Sánchez and live from Relish with WURD 900 team on election Ward Leader Bill Dolbow share moment at Relish Photo by Rory McGlasson day. Photo by Rory McGlasson on election day.

STATE REP. Ron Waters and an elec- COUNCILMAN Mark Squilla and Reg- CHRIS DEZZI, former DA Lynne Abration-day volunteer enjoy lunch at Relish ister of Wills Ron Donatucci were among ham and David Auspitz enjoyed bustling elected officials seen at Famous Deli for atmosphere at Famous Deli. in W. Oak Lane section of Phila. Photo by Rory McGlasson lunch. Photo by Maria Merlino Photo by Maria Merlino

CONGRATULATING Controller Alan Butkovitz at Famous Deli were Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and State Rep. Photo by Maria Merlino Jordan Harris.

DEMOCRATIC candidate for Governor Rob McCord shares a joke with congressional candidate Marjorie Margolies at Relish. Margolies covered both restauPhoto by Rory McGlasson rants.

Tuesday night’s elections weren’t all that much of a surprise. Here in Philadelphia, incumbents Alan Butkovitz and Seth Williams won their races as Controller and District Attorney respectively, something most people probably saw coming from space. Philadelphia sent 10 judges to the bench of the Court of Common Pleas, including four — Sierra Street, Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde, Henry Lewandowski and Joseph J. O’Neill — that weren’t recommended by the Philadelphia Bar Association. Supreme Court Justice Ron Castille was retained … despite some efforts to knock him off. Also, New Jersey voters decided to raise the state’s minimum wage to $8.25 an hour beginning Jan. 1 and will continue to raise the wage every Sep. 1, something I’d kind of knew they’d do. Jersey folks are a lot more progressive than you think. Which kind of makes the fact they’ve re-elected Gov. Chris Christie a little curious. Christie is allegedly a moderate, but if you’re a teacher, a state worker, a union worker, or any working person in need of a little respect, his moderation ends at the tip of his finger. A finger that’s probably going to end up in your face, something that a teacher found out at a Rutgers University football game last weekend. Thanks to the goodwill engendered by his response to Hur(Cont. Page 25)

Many dignitaries attended the funeral of EILEEN BOYLE on Sunday. Eileen was a lovely and proud mother of STATE REPS. KEVIN and BRENDAN BOYLE, and the wife of FRANCIS BOYLE. The elected officials that paid their respects included City COUNCILMAN DENNY O’BRIEN, CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY, STATE REP. BILL KELLER, STATE SEN. MIKE STACK and his wife TONYA and JUDGE CHRIS WOGAN. The Boyle family is an incredible example of the best elements of American society and a true testament to the American spirit. Mr. & Mrs. Boyle were Irish immigrants. They taught Brendan and Kevin the necessary skills of hard work and perseverance, and both parents could not have been prouder of the achievements of their sons. Congressman Brady was able to secure the endorsements for Governor and Lieutenant Governor of the Philadelphia state committee delegation for ALLYSON SCHWARTZ for Governor and MIKE STACK for Lieutenant Governor. Some argue there needs to be geographical balance in a statewide ticket but 65% of the votes necessary to elect Governor and Lieutenant Governor will likely come from Southeastern Pennsylvania. So it only makes sense that the ticket should represent where the votes come from. That is why Congressman Brady’s goal of a statewide endorsement for the whole Southeast ticket makes sense and should be a no-brainer for Democratic State Committee. Among those on hand for the endorsement meeting were former Council President ANNA VERNA; former State Rep FRANK OLIVER; powerful WARD LEADER SONNY CAMPBELL; Northeast WARD LEADERS MIKE MCALEER JOHN SABATINA, PAT PARKINSON AND SEAN DILLON; and SHARON LOSIER attended. The motion to endorse both Schwartz and Stack was made by powerhouse ward leader and IBEW Local 98 head JOHN DOUGHERTY. The aforementioned Doc also provided lunch to City Committee. The Korean War Memorial near Penn’s Landing was the site of a ceremony honoring the 65th Infantry Battalion. The 65th Infantry is a famous Puerto Rican brigade that has served well in many of America’s wars. But the “Borinqueneers” have not been honored in any notable (Cont. Page 28) • 215-755-2000

Yo here we go again with this letter from a farm kid who joined the marines: Dear Ma and Pa, I am well. Hope you are. Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Marine Corps beats working for old man Minch – by a mile. Tell them to join up quick before all of the places are filled. I was restless at first because you get to stay in bed till nearly 6 a.m. But I am getting so I like to sleep late. Tell Walt and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth your cot, and shine some things. No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, fire to lay. Practically nothing. Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there’s warm water. Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc., but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie and other regular food, but tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by the two city boys that live on coffee. Their food, plus yours, holds you until noon when you get fed again. It’s no wonder these city boys can’t walk much. We go on “route marches”, which the platoon sergeant says are long walks to harden us. If he thinks so, it’s not my place to tell him different. A “route march” is about as far as to our mailbox at home. Then the city guys get sore feet and we all ride back in trucks. The sergeant is like a schoolteacher. He nags a lot. The captain is like the school board. Majors and colonels just ride around and frown. They don’t bother you none. This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing. I keep getting medals for shooting. I don’t know why. The bull’s-eye is near as big as a chipmunk head and don’t move, and it ain’t shooting at you like the Higgett boys at home. All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it. You don’t even load your own cartridges. They come in boxes. Then we have what they call hand-to-hand combat training. You get to wrestle with them city boys. I have to be real careful though, they break real easy. It ain’t like fighting with that ole bull at home. I’m about the best they got in this except for that Tug Jordan from over in Silver Lake. I only beat him once. He joined up the same time as me, but I’m only 5’6” and 130 lb. and he’s 6’8” and near 300 pounds dry. Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and join before other fellers get onto this setup and come stampeding in. Your loving daughter, Alice.

WHAT ABOUT that recent article noting unions get taxpayer-subsidized help for politics? The help is just the 21stcentury necessity used by most all Americans and known as PAYROLL DEDUCTION. The TV ads run by the Teachers Union against CORBETT must have been EFFECTIVE to cause this stir (?). The writer mentioned just two teachers and one newspaper which oppose this method. I did not see where teachers are “forced” to agree, as was claimed. It states “taxpayer resources” are used (employer is used to deduct funds from member paychecks) for politics. But payroll-deduction of this sort is agreed upon by management and labor for dues and union operations. And the rest of the world also deducts for their governments, to pay a bill: taxes. This article earned my CRYBABY Award. HIZ HONOR the Mayor goes off on another foreign trip. I cannot remember reading of any COMMERCE or JOBS created by the previous trips.... The demoted FIREMEN watch as fire personnel are advanced or hired by a new civil-service list. I can’t remember during the terms of the last six Mayors, when firefighters overall were so shabbily treated. City Personnel Chiefs should NOT have allowed this to happen! Local 22 should not DAWDLE – and fight them like a DOG on a BONE. The NUTTER panel to probe the methods of L&I is another superpower panel. We need opinions of ordinary people as well.... The NUTTER plan to allow a hotel to divert taxes to pay financiers and other costs has upset other hotels. They (Cont. Page 25)

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and City Controller candidate TERRY TRACY ran serious campaigns but did not prevail. In nearby Montgomery Co., the recent apparent détente between two Republican factions was not enough to pull their two Common Pleas candidates MAUREEN COGGINS and SHARON GIAMPORCARO over the top. In the only statewide race except for the retention voting, Superior Court candidate VIC STABILE defeated Allegheny Co. JUDGE JACK McVAY, JR. by three points. Stabile is a senior partner in the Harrisburg office of Dilworth Paxson and was the chairman of the Cumberland Co. Republican Committee. Stabile came under fire from the Pennsylvania Bar Association for a negative ad he ran about McVay’s engaging in nepotism. Stabile stood his ground as his ad was accurate. While nepotism is not illegal in Allegheny Co., the fact is he placed a relative and his fiancée on the county’s payroll. Once again JUDGE KENNETH POWELL did not succeed in being elected to the bench. Powell has been appointed to fill out judicial potions of retiring judges by both Governors Rendell and Corbett. He is highly respected by his peers in Common Peas but cannot get elected. As this elephant has noted in previous columns, the problem is that we elect judges. In other states, such as New York, (Cont. Page 28)

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Election day held no real surprises. Republican candidate for Common Pleas ANNE MARIE COYLE won handily owing to her ballot position and hard work. She had secured a place on the Democratic ballot yesterday in large part due to her pulling top ballot position in the Democratic primary in May. DAN ALVAREZ • 215-755-2000

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When Leon first came to Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Adult Day program, he was quiet and reserved. He would hang back and watch the activities go on and pretty much keep to himself. He remained isolated but independent. Wheelchair-bound because of chronic health conditions, he began to ask questions that first day and participate a little bit. Slowly, he changed from two days a week to four when originally, he was unsure if he would even enroll at all. Today, Leon displays a strong presence in the Adult Day Program. He socializes; he jokes around, and makes suggestions. He participates in trivia games, discussions and some craft projects. He loves listening to music.

“Mercy Neighborhood Ministries has uplifted my spirit and shown me the way to be a better person … The open arms of acceptance are overwhelming … the staff has made me feel again as a person … I am proud to express the joy, the fun and the excitement that the staff has brought into my life,” he recently commented. Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Adult Day Program is part of Mercy Neighborhood Ministries, a nonprofit human services agency located in Tioga on 1939 W. Venango Street. Mercy Neighborhood Ministries is housed in a renovated warehouse and is made up of three programs: Adult Day Care, Adult Education and Child Care. They are all licensed by the State of Penn-

sylvania and have been part of this North Philadelphia community for over 40 years. Mercy Neighborhood Ministries officially formed in 2003 after many of the Catholic parishes were closing but the needs of those in the neighborhoods still remained. In 2005, they purchased the building on Venango Street and moved into it in 2009. Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Adult Day Care program provides seniors with a safe and active place to go during the week, so they can remaining living in their homes. Mercy can serve up to 57 adults with a variety of health conditions like Leon. Every day there are socializing and stimulating activities for seniors: circle-time (Cont. Next Page)

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Ministries Aids Senior (Cont. From Prev. Page) conversation for the mind, daily movement and exercise for the body, optional spiritual events, as well as a lot of fun … with games, movies, parties and various arts and crafts. In addition, breakfast, lunch and a healthy snack are also provided. The uniquely designed building also provides a lot of natural light for all the rooms including adult day care room. The building is ADA-accessible and user-friendly for seniors in wheelchairs or those who have other ambulatory issues. Volunteer nurses and nursing students from Temple University and Holy Family University interact professionally with the seniors to ensure they are maintaining the highest possible functionality for their life.

Independence Blue Cross Teams With Guardian Independence Blue Cross, the region’s leading health insurer, and Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America, one of the nation’s largest mutual life insurers and an independent leading provider of employee benefits, have formed a strategic relationship to provide Guardian’s specialty insurance products to IBC members and employer groups. The new benefit options — life, short-term disability, long-term disability, accident, critical illness, and cancer insurance — are an important addition to IBC’s line of products as they offer members financial protection from unforeseen hardships and expenses. The benefits will be available to employers with 51 or more enrolled members this • 215-755-2000

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fall for group-plan renewals on or after Jan. 1, 2014. These products will be available to employers with 2-50 enrolled members by mid-2014. “At Independence Blue Cross, we are committed to continuing to present our members and customer groups with flexible and innovative benefit options that meet their unique and individual coverage needs,” said Richard J. Neeson, IBC executive VP and president of expanding markets. “The new line of specialty products complements IBC’s comprehensive line of first class medical plans while offering added income protection when the unexpected happens. This is just one more way that we are meeting the needs of consumers.”

DISTRICT Health Ctr. 10 on Cottman Avenue was renamed in honor of deceased Judge Edward B. Rosenberg. From left are Marc Rosenberg, State Rep. John Sabatina, Louis Simeoni and Bruce Rosenberg.

STATE REP. Mark Cohen pays tribute to Judge Rosenberg along with N.E. Phila. hospital executive Elmer Money.

Keystone First Again Recognized For Multicultural Care Excellence Keystone First, a Blue Cross Medical Assistance (Medicaid) product and the largest Medical Assistance product in Southeastern Pennsylvania, announced has received another Multicultural Health Care Distinction from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Keystone First was recognized by NCQA as an early adopter of the Multicultural Health Care Distinction in 2010. The next year, it became one of the first seven health plans in America to formally receive this prestigious accolade. With this renewal, Keystone First is currently one of only eight Medicaid plans in the country to hold the distinction, which is valid through April 2015. NCQA bestowed the distinction upon Keystone First for its delivery of culturally appropriate care and quality improvement interventions in serving diverse populations. For example, its employees use 55 different languages to communicate with its more than 302,000 members, and it offers health

education programs on prenatal care and other topics that are tailored to the unique needs of the ethnic groups in its membership. “Keystone First serves a very diverse membership, and we place great importance on making sure we meet the unique health-care needs of all our members,” said Russell Gianforcaro, executive director of the Keystone First product. “We are pleased that NCQA has once again recognized our efforts to remove cultural barriers to quality health care.” NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health-care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA is committed to providing health- care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health- care providers and researchers. The Multicultural Health Care program evaluates how well an organization complies

with standards for the following areas: collection of race/ethnicity and language data; provision of language assistance; cultural responsiveness; quality improvement of culturally and linguistically appropriate services, and reduction of health care disparities. NCQA awards distinction to organizations that meet or exceed its rigorous requirements for multicultural health care. “Earning this distinction shows an organization is making a breakthrough in providing excellent health care to diverse populations,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane.

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DA Williams, Controller Butkovitz Roll In As Expected by Joe Shaheeli Tuesday’s general election came to an expected conclusion as the entire Democratic slate swept to victory over their Republican challengers, due to the preponderance of registered Democrats who voted the party line and also to one of the smallest turnouts recorded in recent general election history. Back for another four years were DA Seth Williams and City Controller Alan Butkovitz. Seth will continue to pursue crime, while Butkovitz will keep checking the City’s spending habits as he gives some thought to a mayoral run. Recent polls have shown him to be the most recognizable of projected candidates. But he can’t commit just now, as he’d State Representative

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For the first time in recent memory, one could see the signs of this city’s Republican candidates for Controller and DA around many of the voting polls – especially those for Terry Tracy for Controller. They also were active on the web, Facebook and Twitter. But that was not enough to get them the traction they needed to attract Democratic voters. Tracy’s “Word of Mouth” surge on the internet didn’t produce as hoped. Still, it was an earnest effort. The Republican Party did State Rep.

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get out over 20,000 of its electorate. That is a base on which to build. Gov. Tom Corbett is hoping to see that figure double in the next general election. That said, the Republican City Committee is already on board pushing Corbett for reelection, despite his low polling figures which suggest he could be vulnerable. That depends on whom the Democrats nominate for Governor and how the campaign is waged by both sides. This morning at 10 a.m., with speeches a half hour later, the Republican City Committee campaign to reelect Corbett will kick off at Cpl. John Loudenslager American Legion Post 366, 7976 Oxford Avenue. Corbett and Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, joined by First Lady Susan Corbett, will appear to announce the Corbett-Cawley reelection campaign. On Corbett’s tail will be a moving van sponsored by Pennsylvania American Federation of Teachers with a

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gresswoman Schwartz is seemingly the front-runner for the Democratic nomination in the May 20 primary. In addition to McCord, the field includes wealthy businessman Tom Wolf and Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, former state Environmental Protection Secretaries John Hanger and McGinty, Lebanon Co. Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz and minister Max Myers.

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(Cont. From Page ) again, this time in the mayoral primary. Former Councilman Frank Rizzo, Jr. is changing his registration from Independent to Democrat and will enter the Democratic primary for Mayor. Sources close to the candidate say he will be able to enter the primary with enough of a campaign chest to afford a television advertising blitz. His entry brings the field of possible Democratic nominees for Mayor to five. Seen entering are State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams (D-W. Phila.), Controller Alan Butkovitz, Councilman Jim Kenney, businessman Tom Knox and Rizzo.

He has also picked up the influential Pittsburgh-based union International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 5 with 4,000 members. Mike Dunleavy, the business manager for Local 5, said McCord would be a “unique” candidate. “The combination of Rob McCord’s business and job-creation experience, his education and his values, and his work ethic and proven ability to get things done is what we need at this time to get Pennsylvania moving forward again.” The powerful UFCW Local 1776 in Southeastern Pennsylvania endorsed him earlier, Allyson Schwartz has her own claims to union endorsements, having been given the green light by the Sheet Metal Workers and United Mine Workers of America. The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85 and Pat Gillespie, the business manager of the Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council endorsed Katie McGinty. Philadelphia-area Con-

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Purchaser pays entire transfer taxes, all settlement charges & a 10% Buyer’s Premium to the auctioneer at the time of settlement within 45 days. Real Estate sells “AS IS” with no warranties or guarantees other than being free & clear of all liens & encumbrances. Sells subject to immediate confirmation. BROKER PARTICIPATION INVITED. Inspection: 1 Hour prior to auction. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------AUCTION • Real Estate & Furnishings Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 10AM 9802 Montour Street, Philadelphia, PA 19115 Real Estate Sells at 1PM: Twin Home, 3 BRs, 2.5 tile baths, LR, DR, eat-in kitchen, large recreation rm, garage, open front porch, rear patio, fenced yard, central a/c, laundry rm, office, original owner. Land Area: 3219+ Zoning: R5 Real Estate Taxes: $2557+ Deposit: $3,000 Real Estate Terms: Cash or Certified Funds non-refundable deposit at knockdown w/balance of 10% of purchase price due within 7 days. Purchaser pays entire transfer taxes, all settlement charges & a 10% Buyer’s Premium to the auctioneer at the time of settlement within 45 days. Real Estate sells “AS IS” with no warranties or guarantees other than being free & clear of all liens & encumbrances. Sells subject to immediate confirmation. BROKER PARTICIPATION INVITED. Contents Sell At 10AM Sharp: BR, DR sets & pcs; 40s Retro sofa & chairs; banded mahogany Federal style drum, end & occasional tables; 50s Designer mah chair; 60s kitchen set & day bed; desk; bookcases; file cabinets; vintage 50s console TV; figural &other table & torche lamps; china service; bric-a-brac; glassware; metalware; books; magazines; housewares; clothing; garden tools; ladders. More! Contents Terms: $25 Cash Deposit or CC imprint required for bidder number. Full payment in CASH/VISA/MC/AMEX on auction day. 15% Buyer’s Premium. Inspection: 1 Hour prior to auction. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------GALLERY AUCTION Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 10AM Coins-Stamps-Furnishings-Jewelry-More 2501 E. Ontario St. Philadelphia PA 19134 Coins: (15) Gold Coins- $2 ½, $3, $5; Lewis & Clark $1 (MS62); Morgan & Peace Dollars includes: 1880CC, 81CC, 89CC, 93CC; US half cents, includes: 1794, 1805, 1811, 1856, 1867; Buffalo nickels; 700 silver war nickels; Barber, Mercury & Roosevelt silver dimes; Barber & Standing Liberty Quarters; Liberty head half dollars; plus other graded & ungraded coins. Paper Money: 1886, 99 & 1923 $1 silver certs, 1886 & 1917 $2 silver certs, 1914 $5, Red Seal $2 notes, Confederate notes: includes $100 with slaves in cotton fields; Foreign currency. Stamps: Albums from 24 countries (19th & 20th C); Quantity cancelled & mint singles, plate blocks & sheets of U.S. 19th & 20th C.; Numerous certified U.S., confederate & foreign stamps; large lots of mint & canceled post cards, envelopes & 1st day covers from 19th-20th C.; More! Furnishings: Glass, china, silver, jewelry, graphics, collectables, furniture pieces & sets, lighting, houseware, much more! Inspection: 9AM Auction Day. Terms: 15% BP, full payment auction day in Cash/CC. Information herein was obtained from reliable sources and is for advertising purposes only

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ABSOLUTE AUCTION • 130+ CARS Saturday, November 9th, 2013, 11AM 10 Hainesport – Mt. Laurel Rd, Hainesport, NJ 08036 Red Cross Donated Vehicles to Include: Volvos – 560, J70, 850; Subaru’s –Outback, Legacy, Forrester; Toyota – Corolla, Solara, Camry; Hyundai-Accent, Sonata, Elantra; Honda-Civic, Accord; Nissan-Sentra, Altima, Maxima, Quest; VolkswagenJetta, Passat, Beetle; Mercedes-300E; Ford-Explorers, Expedition, Windstar; Chrysler; Suzuki-Vitora; Jeep-Grand Cherokee; Buick-Le Sabre; Mercury-Mountaineer, Sable; Saab-93; OldsBravada, Cutlass Wagon; Mazda-Protégé, 626; Saturn; Mitsubishi-Galant, Eclipse; Dodge-Durango. More! Note: Most cars in running condition; all with clear titles, all sold “AS IS”. Vehicle Deposit: $100 Cash Deposit per vehicle, 15% Buyer’s Premium. Full payment in cash or certified funds no later than Monday 4PM, Nov. 11, 2013. Inspection: 9AM Auction Day. Directions: 1 Mile west of Rt 38 on Hainesport – Mt. Laurel Rd -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------GALLERY AUCTION Vintage Railroad & Airline Collectibles • Quality Tools November 10th 2013 at 10AM 2501 E. Ontario St., Philadelphia PA. 19134 Vintage Railroad & Airline: 400+ lots to include: Cast iron signs, Bells, Blue prints, Rare locks & keys, Brochures, Vintage photos, Artwork, Calendars, Call boxes, China, Maps, Signage, Lanterns, Time tables, Charts, Books, Train decals, Switch stands, Advertisements, Collectibles & More! These items will be on High End Tools, lumber, hardware & creative works from the estate of prominent wood turner/ cabinet maker William A. Thompson. Furnishings: glass, china, graphics, silver, jewelry, housewares. Much More! Inspect: 9AM Terms: Cash/C C, 15% BP - Full payment auction day. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------**REAL ESTAT E AUCTIONS ** *Residential*Commercial*Properties Will Be Sold Individually on Thursday, November 14th , 2013 at 1 PM at our location 2501 E. Ontario St., Phila., PA 19134 The Phila. District Attorney’s Office Orders Auction of Seized Properties OPEN HOUSE INSPECTION SCHEDULE Monday, November 11, 2013 9AM to 10AM 12 Noon to 1PM 1. 2842 B Street 19134 13. 704 West Tioga Street 19140 2. 3045 North Lee Street 19134 14. 1339 West Pike Street 19140 3. 2803 North Rosehill Street 19134 15. 3851 North Park Avenue 19140 4. 3322 H Street 19134 16. 1625 Rowan Street 19140 5. 1933 East Somerset Street 19134 17. 4231 North Reese Street 19140 6. 2912 Rorer Street 19134 10:30AMto 11:30AM 1:30PM to 2:30PM 7. 2937 Waterloo Street 19133 18. 4108 Cambridge Street 19104 8. 1832 North 28th Street 19121 19. 721 Atwood Road 19151 9. 2931 Waterloo Street 19133 20. 155 West Seymour Street 19144 10. 3105 North Hutchinson St 19133 21. 6447-51 Wyncote Ave 19138 11. 2753 North Croskey Street 19132 22. 240 East Durham Street 19119 12. 1416 West Clearfield St 19132 REGISTRATION: Begins at 10AM. Must show I.D. and secured funds. Title reports may be reviewed at that time. TERMS: $ 3,000 non-refundable deposit in Cash or Certified funds required at knockdown for each property. Balance of 10% due within 7 days. 10% Buyer’s Premium (minimum $500) will be applied to all purchases at time of settlement. Buyer is responsible for all settlement charges and fair market value transfer taxes. Properties sold “AS IS” and subject to any and all liens and encumbrances. Delinquent Philadelphia real estate tax and water bills existing prior to date of settlement will be forgiven, except real estate tax liens that have been transferred by the city to another entity. Properties sell subject to confirmation of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office on or before Monday, November 25, 2013. Settlement by Quit Claim deed is on or before Tuesday, December 31, 2013. No extensions will be granted. All information is subject to verification and no liability for errors or omissions is assumed by Barry S. Slosberg, Inc. Announcements made at auction supercede all printed material. AUCTION • Real Estate & Furnishings Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 4PM 2157 Princeton Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19149 Real Estate Sells at 6 PM Sharp: Masonry row home, 3 BRs, garage, eat-in kitchen, tile bath, full & finished recreation rm, laundry rm, central A/C, gas heat, hrd wd floors, appliances, rear drive, front

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tegrity, professionalism and dedication to excellence of the public servants who work tirelessly on behalf of our great City every day. The nominees for the Dilworth Award are representatives of the many public employees who live in, work for and love Philadelphia,” said the Mayor. “I want to encourage citizens and city employees to nominate public servants who go above and beyond their job description to provide exem-

Mayor Michael A. Nutter has opened the nomination period for the third annual Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service. The Dilworth Award recognizes the contributions of an outstanding current, full-time, executive branch public employee whose work exemplifies excellence in public service. “The Richardson Dilworth Award is an opportunity for the community to recognize the in-


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prize, four tickets to the Mayor’s Box event of his or her choice, the employee’s name engraved on a plaque on display in City Hall and an honorary luncheon for the winner, his or her family and nominators. The winner of the 2012 Dilworth Award was Carlton Williams, who was a Streets Dept. deputy commissioner at the time and is now the Commissioner of the Dept. of Licenses & Inspections. The 2013 award-winner was John Elfrey, director of operations in the Office of Transportation & Utilities. The third winner of the annual award will be announced during winter 2014.

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(Cont. From Page 15) are JUSTIFIED and not JEALOUS as some allege; they just ask for EQUITY. When the NUTTER administration ends, we MUST keep watch to see who HIRES the Room 215 team.... The lawsuit on behalf of the three candidates who were NOMINATED FOR TRAFFIC COURT judgeships has FINALLY been filed. But why so late?? The candidates, along with contributors, must be compensated! And the people who voted in good faith, apologized to. Has anyone ever heard of a scenario where nominated candidates had the people’s mandate “rug” pulled out from under them? FOR SHAME. Will DISTRICT JUSTICES and Municipal Court Judges be next to go? Is this prospect greater if the county is a DEMOCRATIC one? Would hearing-officer replacements be Republican? FOUR BIRTHDAYS are coming up: Tom METZGER, a top printer, who leads the local NAVY LEAGUE, is approach-

One article listed almost $8 MILLION spent with more authorized. Is Tom to be remembered as the LITIGATOR GOVERNOR (?) Does this leave any money for the FOODSTAMP recipients who were cut? His RETHINK of the foodstamp asset test comes too late – people are hungry. Is he to be remembered as the “Let them EAT CAKE” GOVERNOR? One paper wrote a glowing piece on Chief Justice Ron Castille, then an article saying he wants reelection to finish court reforms. WHOA, he should have finished them already. The effusive articles seemed a kiss-up (?). One voter told me he got a ROBOCALL from Ed Rendell asked for a “yes” vote for Castille. Not from me. NO. For Rendell, I remember the Ronald Reagan line to Jimmy Carter: “THERE YOU GO AGAIN….” Judge Pamela DEMBE appears poised to step down as President Judge in the 1st Judicial Dist. It is so sad she did not act on reducing the fee to appeal Parking Violations. What a legacy it might have been. We must hope for the incoming “PJ” to look at it.


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ing 38. Tom is busy with the BIG commissioning ceremony on Mar. 1, 2014 of U.S.S. SOMERSET here. A great honor for our City!... John DAVID, advertising man extraordinaire for the Public Record approaching 39.... Sharmaine MATLOCK-TURNER, C.E.O. of the Urban Affairs Coalition, and Rebecca LaLa WATSON of Lawnside, N.J. celebrate this month! Best Wishes! Thanks to John DOUGHERTY, Leader of Local 98, for keeping a tradition alive. His annual “Pepper & Eggs Brunch” is an old pre-election good-luck tradition. In earlier years, Congressman James “Digger” BYRNE used to serve Mrs. Byrne’s Potato Soup to election workers in Fishtown; after which you went off in good cheer to fight the good fight – in fairness. THANK YOU, election workers. Gov. “Corporate” CORBETT is spending BIG TAXPAYER DOLLARS to implement the sale of the Lottery and Liquor Stores, fight for voter ID, against same-sex marriage, the NCAA, Chester-Upland Schools, and consulting.



(Cont. From Page 15) ricane Sandy (something that’s good or bad depending on where you in terms of cleanup … or if you were a victim of the Seaside Heights fire), a commercial endorsement from Shaquille O’Neal (who hasn’t really had anything to do with his home state’s politics since, well, ever), and the help of the state’s Democrats, Christie won handily. It’s that last one that ticked off Christie’s opponent, Barbara Buono. As the Democratic nominee, Buono thought she might get even some token help from her own party. She didn’t. Almost from the beginning, Buono got blowback from the party bosses, she said. She had chosen Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell of Hudson Co. to serve as the state’s Democratic chair and the bosses squawked. “They could not control him. A choice we both share. At the time, the party seemed about to implode,” she said. “So even though we had the votes to elect

Animal House, “Fat, loud and obnoxious is no way to go through life.…” But on the other hand, Buono should have spoken up about this a lot earlier in this process. While it’s nice to have gone out on a feisty note, the time to let the party bosses have it was during the primary process. Or when Gov. Christie scheduled the special election for the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s seat a month in advance of the general election because he knew that having senatorial candidate Cory Booker on the ballot would lead to more Democrats at the polls, something that would have helped Buono … who was the only Democrat fighting this. Or when freshly elected Sen. Booker decided not to campaign for Buono, something that would have helped make a difference in her race. Doing it now? Well, now it just sounds like sour grapes. It’s probably not. Buono is probably more mature than that. But that’s how it looked in Wednesday’s papers. Buono deserved better than that. So did New Jersey.

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Jason as state party chair of the Democratic Party, I decided that in winning the battle we would have lost the war as I believed the party was cannibalizing itself. And so I took one for the team. The only problem — I realized too late. There was no team.” On election night, as part of her concession speech, Buono let the bosses have it…. “The Democratic political bosses — some elected, some not — made a deal with this Governor despite him representing almost everything they’re against,” Buono said. “They didn’t do it for the state. They did it to help themselves politically and financially. But we did it our way, and I’m proud of that.” Now on the one hand, I can see where Buono is coming from. In a logical world, a world outside of New Jersey politics, the Democratic Party would have put its full weight behind her and helped her run hard against a Governor who was definitely beatable due to a weariness on the part of Jersey residents because, to paraphrase Dean Wormer from the movie

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Council Members Honor TWU Local 234 Willie Brown workers and to thank them for the amazing work they do for the city of Philadelphia. Public transportation is the backbone that allows a large city like Philadelphia to serve residents and the business community alike.”

300 Nurses At Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital Ratify New Contract The 300 Registered Nurses at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, members of the nurses’ union PASNAP, voted unanimously to ratify a new contract that maintains one of the best overall pay and benefits packages in the Philadelphia area. Members voted to approve the new three-year agreement after the union and the hospital concluded negotiations after several long sessions at the bargaining table. Highlights of agreement, effective Nov. 7, 2013, are as follows: A new staffing committee, which includes one nurse from each unit that will meet monthly to better report and resolve staffing issues at the hospital; Wage increases of 2% each of the three years, combined with experiencedbased wage increases: most nurses will see a wage increase of 9-11% over the course of the contract; increased base rate will range from $29.80 per hour for new hires to $48.13 per hour for experienced nurses; Reasonable health insurance cost increases: most nurses will pay approximately 11% of the overall premium cost with the

employer paying the balance and Improvement in tuition reimbursement from $3,000 to $4,000, and $5,000 for graduate tuition. In addition to winning improved wages, benefits, and working conditions, the nurses at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital welcomed nine formerly unrepresented case managers into the union with full parity on wages, health care, pension, and all other aspects of the contract. The case managers’ inclusion in the bargaining unit represents a noteworthy victory for union solidarity and serves as a successful model for other unorganized workers in the area. “Throughout negotiations, we kept our focus on safer patient care, while preserving the high standards for nurses that we as a union have fought for and won over the years,” said Marci Keating, PACU nurse and president of the local union. “We are especially happy to share this victory with our nine brand-new members.”

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Charges Vs. Ironworker Dismissed By Court Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Charles Hayden dismissed all charges against Ironworkers’ Local 401 member Ed Sweeney, stemming from allegations of assault by Sweeney against a Post Brothers’ employee at the controversial Goldtex Apartments site at 12th & Wood Streets in Philadelphia. In a related development, Municipal Court Judge Harvey W. Robbins recently

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When it comes to judges, Keystone Staters have a tendency to vote in the affirmative unless a major ad campaign urges them to vote “no”. That is why the Independence Hall Tea Party PAC effort failed to unseat Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justices Ron Castille (R) and Max Baer (D). The Tea Partiers had hoped to punish this pair seeking retention for their failure to uphold the voter-ID law enacted by the Pennsylvania Assembly and signed by Gov. Corbett. The antis could muster no major television campaign, however. Wayward Committee People, Come Home, All Is Forgiven!

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The United Republican Club of Philadelphia, located at 3156 Frankford Avenue in Kensington, will mark its 133rd birthday as it hosts Gov. & Mrs. Tom Corbett at its fundraiser at the Society Hill Sheraton on Dec. 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. It is the oldest active Republican club in America, originally organized by and for the Republicans in the city’s 25th Ward. Its founders include prominent Philadelphians Albert Webster, Col. Thomas J. Powers and George L. Horn, after whom public schools in the 25th Ward were named.

Phillies Hall of Fame slugger Chuck Klein was a member and captained the URC Bowling Team. Three-term Mayor William B. Stokley and Henry Ortlieb, whose brewery was located in Fishtown, were active members. Many of its other members were successful office-holders. In 1992, fire devastated the club. But within months the club was fully restored and many valuable artifacts recovered, including the famed Meehan Elephant Collection, which was donated to the club by the Meehan family after the death of William A. Meehan in 1994.

The club’s most-valuable possession is the 1902 Alexander Milne Calder sculpture of URC’s Secretary and Civil War hero, Col. Powers. The Governor will be awarded the 9th annual William A. Meehan Public Service Award. His wife, Susan Manbeck Corbett, will be the 3rd annual recipient of the Mary Tierney Public Service Award. Kevin Pasquay, event-committee member, said the Club hopes to raise at least “$25,000 from this event for the Club’s expenses.” For reservations and further information, call (215) 545-2244.

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The Montgomery Co. Council of Republican Women will present their 2013 Liberty Award to Renee Amoore at the Plymouth Country Club, Friday, Nov. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information contact Kathrine Rauch at SUPREME Court Chief Justice Ron Castille and his wife Susan were all smiles as Castille found he had weathered easily a yes and no vote campaign. Unless legislature changes retirement age for judges, he will have to resign after a year.

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ports according to Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele. Although this lapse took place in other counties, Philadelphia candidates dominated the delinquency list. Failing to file on schedule were three retention judges on the Court of Common Pleas: D. Webster Keogh, Rayford Means and Paula Patrick. Running for election to the bench, Democrat Giovanni Campbell and Libertarian Stephen Miller-Miller also didn’t get their paperwork in on time. At the statewide level, Superior Court retention Judge Susan Gantman as well as candidate Jack McVay also did not make the deadline. Election’s over now, people. Time to cross your legal T’s and dot your I’s.

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fallen afoul of their committee’s majority: “I went to a ward committee meeting. Of interest was a legal case that touches on one of the items I addressed at our meeting. “One of our ward leaders was taken to court for removing a committee person for going against the ward. The case moved up in the courts and was about to go to the Supreme Court when an agreement was made. The result was that no committee person can be removed for acts done before their election. “What that means is that when the committee people win in the spring of 2014, they will have a clean slate. No previous election can be held against them. “This is a good thing for many in our ward who gave out other people’s ballots in the primary past. That will not count. Let’s hope we can go forward as a united ward from this point on!”

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TRULY a gifted Irish Lass, Anne Marie Coyle spent election night at Doc’s Union Pub with First Ward Leader John J. Dougherty taking in returns. Her proudest moJUDGE-ELECT Henry ment during day was watchCOUNCILMAN Bob Henon con- Lewandowski brought out ing her failing father, ill with gratulates Judge-Elect Dan McCaf- his family to share good news cancer, demand she take him to the polls so he could vote frey at 65th Ward function. he won. Photo by Maria Merlino Photo by Harry Leech Photo by Harry Leech for her.

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(Cont. From Page 15) and at the federal level, judges are nominated by the executive branch (a Governor or the President) with the approval of a legislative branch. Typically even a Democratic President or Governor periodically appoints someone from the opposing party. However, in Pennsylvania judges are selected by an electorate that see judicial elections as boring

CITY HALL (Cont. From Page 15) way until now. Sen. Stack was able to pass a resolution in the State Senate recognizing their achievements, particularly in Korea versus the Chinese in the Inchon Valley. STATE REP. ANGEL CRUZ was able to pass a similar resolution in the State House and is


and show no interest in reviewing the qualifications of the candidates, leading them to vote primarily on party lines. Sadly, this process led the voters on Tuesday to not vote for probably the mostqualified person in the field, Ken Powell. Last Friday night, the 31st Ward held a fundraiser at the Amvets Hall in Kensington. WARD LEADER VINCE FENERTY ran an outstanding and well-attended event. The crowd included elephants from all over the city. Republican City Committee Chairworking to name a street after the Borinqueneers. Also in attendance to recognize the great achievements of this Latin division were STATE REPS. JOHN TAYLOR, ED NEILSON, MARK COHEN and J.P. MIRANDA. State ADJUTANT GEN. WESLEY CRAIG gave excellent remarks to the crowd.

man STATE REP. JOHN TAYLOR addressed the crowd. One of Taylor’s colleagues from State House of Representatives, NICK MICCARELLI of Delaware Co., joined the festivities. MEGAN RATH, a new face in the party, was there. It is rumored that she might run for the US Congress in the Pennsylvania 1st Dist. against CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY next year. Saturday afternoon MARIA & JOE McCOLGAN held a fundraiser for Republican candidate for Philadelphia District Attorney Dan Alvarez at their home. Attendees included WARD LEADERS WALT VOGLER, MIKE CIBIK, TOM MATKOWSKI, JOE DeFELICE and MATT WOLFE. Former Republican City Committee Chairman VITO CANUSO and current RCC GENERAL COUN-

SEL MIKE MEEHAN were also there. McColgan’s mother CAMILLE McCOLGAN, former Philadelphia Deputy City Commissioner, was also there. Last Wednesday, the University City Republican Committee held a fundraiser at Mill Creek Tavern. UCRC is comprised of a number of West Philadelphia wards. The ward leaders running the event included Matt Wolfe (27th), MARK SUPPLE (46th), ANDREW and GENTSCH (51st) DENISE FUREY (60th). The event was well attended and drew Republicans from other parts of the city including 8TH WARD LEADER LINDSAY DOERING and judicial candidate Ken Powell. BISHOP CLARK, who is from Yeadon, came to the event as she works with churches and parishioners in West Philadelphia.

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, December 3, 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. FEE BUDGET B—002 C of 2013/14 Electrical PCB Transformer Replacement $486,000.00 $100.00 Philadelphia High School for Girls 1400 W. Olney Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19141 * A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location at the main entrance, on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 11:00 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.

by Tom Flynn and Rocco DeGregorio Question: My rear wipers are driving me crazy. I can’t get them to work! Rear wiper motor has been changed and still the rear wiper still does not work. I do not think the cause of your no-wiper is electrical. I

believe that the wiper motor could be running but the pivot is bad and the wiper arm is really not connected to the moving motor. But it could also a fuse or a relay. Have you checked those? It could also be the switch itself. (Cont. Page 31)

by Michael P. Boyle, Esq. Last week, the Social Security Administration announced that the cost-of-living adjustment for all those receiving Social Security benefits will amount to 1.5% for 2014. This results from very modest increases in the price of major goods and services as reflected in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners & Clerical Workers (CPIW). SSA also announced that the maximum amount of earning subject to Social Security taxes (OASDI) will increase from $113,700 to $117,000. SSA estimates about 10 million people will pay higher taxes as a result. The Social Security tax rate on employees will remain 7.65% of gross earnings. This consists of 6.2% for Social Security and 1.45% for

Medicare. The tax rate on the self-employed will continue at 15.3% combined for OASDI and Medicare. While the OASDI tax is assessed only up to the first $117,000.00 of earnings, the Medicare tax of 1.45% is assessed against all earnings. Individuals with earned income of more than $200,000 (and married couples with earned income greater than $250,000 who file jointly) pay an additional 0.9% in Medicare taxes. In 2014, SS recipients who reached full retirement age may earn up to $1,290 per month and still receive full benefits. Substantial gainfulactivity levels will rise to




Notice is hereby given that sealed proposals will be received by the School District of Philadelphia, Office of Capital Programs, from all firms interested in providing Construction Management Services for the above referenced project.

Notice is hereby given that sealed proposals will be received by the School District of Philadelphia, Office of Environmental Management and Services, from all firms interested in providing Environmental and Safety Medical Services. The RFP document and all additional information published as part of the RFP document may be obtained at: All questions must be submitted in writing via email to Francine Locke, Environmental Director, at The Deadline for all questions is 2:00 pm, Tuesday, November 5, 2013. Proposals must be received no later than 5:00 pm, Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at location designated in RFP.

Notice is hereby given that sealed proposals will be received by the School District of Philadelphia, Office of Environmental Management and Services, from all firms interested in providing Environmental and Safety Program Training. The RFP document and all additional information published as part of the RFP document may be obtained at: All questions must be submitted in writing via email to Francine Locke, Environmental Director, at The Deadline for all questions is 2:00 pm, Tuesday, November 5, 2013. Proposals must be received no later than 5:00 pm, Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at location designated in RFP.

The RFP document and all additional information published as part of the RFP document may be obtained at: A non-mandatory walk-thru is scheduled at 9:00 am, Thursday, November 7, 2013 at: Murrell Dobbins CTE HS – We will meet outside of the Main Entrance 2150 W Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19132 All questions must be submitted in writing via email to Gerald C. Thompson, Contracts Manager, The Deadline for all questions is 2:00 pm, Thursday, November 14, 2013. Proposals must be received no later than 3:00 pm, Thursday, November 21, 2013 at location designated in RFP. • 215-755-2000



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State Dept. will not issue passports for people who owe more than that amount. Not infrequently, the celebrity was still making plenty of bucks, but his/her manager/accountant had not been paying the bills … usually, siphoning the money to their own use. His Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing shows 1.24 million in back child support. Hopefully, he can earn more than that on

$1,070 a month in 2014 for non-blind individuals and $1,800 a month for blind individuals. The maximum amount of retirement benefits for a worker retiring in 2014 at full retirement age is $2,642 a month. Estimated average monthly Social Security benefits for all retired workers for 2014 will be $1,294. For disabled workers, the average monthly amount will be $1,148. The maximum monthly payment for individuals receiving SSI benefits in 2014 will be $721. For a couple, the maximum monthly amount of SSI benefits will total $1,021. For more detailed info, check out 4.html.

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by Michael A. Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question:Why did rapper DMX file bankruptcy? Answer: When someone can’t get a passport due to child-support arrears, bankruptcy may be an option. Just ask rapper DMX. This summer, DMX filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy because his child-support arrearage exceeded $2,500, and the

his overseas tour, now that he can get a passport. Child support is not dischargeable in bankruptcy, so it still has to be paid. But the automatic stay allows him to get the passport. Filing bankruptcy was just another event in a bad week for Mr. DMX, as he was arrested for drunk driving just a few days earlier. Usually we hear of big companies, like GM and Chrysler, filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but individuals can file too. In fact, if you owe more than a certain amount of debt, you CANNOT file Chapter 13 paymentplan bankruptcy, and so, you would have to file Chapter 11 to repay the debts. Being that the vast majority of his debt is child support that he has to pay anyway, looks like DMX made the right move. Also the right move to get new management. Next Week’s Question: Should I file a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy? Why consider Chapter 7 bankruptcy? • 215-755-2000

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(Cont. From Page 29) I would start by checking the fuses, then turning the wiper on and checking for voltage at the new wiper motor. If you have voltage going to the motor, there is a chance the new motor was defective, or there could be a bad ground. You might need to find a wiring diagram. When you turn on the rear wiper and you listen, do you hear the

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wiper motor running even though the wiper arm is not moving? This could be a lot of work for yourself unless you are quite adept with your vehicle’s wiring. Depending on what kind of vehicle you have, there could be various other answers. I am sure you want your wipers working with the weather we have been having. We have an easy

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(Cont. From Page 11) these modifications, running daily errands, taking family vacations, getting to work and just enjoying the open road will be easier for the veterans and their families. To find veterans in need, Paralyzed Veterans of America issued a call for entry to each of the organization’s 33 national chapters. Each chapter was asked to nominate one Paralyzed Veterans of America member in need of the retrofitted ride. From there, six finalists were carefully selected and put on the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s website for America to decide. From Jul. 22 through Aug. 2, 2013, thousands of votes were cast and Harlan, John and Terry were chosen as the recipients through the Love Your Car program as coordinated by Paralyzed

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