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Rams Stuff Saints At 79th Turkey Bowl Southern Rams put to bed a 9year losing streak to defeat Neumann-Goretti Saints at the 79th annual Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl. In a surprisingly one-sided game at the South Philadelphia Super Site, 10th & Bigler Streets, the Saints were stuffed 33-6 by the Rams.

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FATHER Mike Marrone, of West Catholic HS, and Sister Stephen Ann Rodriguez, IHM, Principal of St. Aloysius Academy in Bryn Mawr, lead new Catholic school for at-risk students. The Liguori Academy has found a home at SS. John Neumann-Maria Goretti HS. See page 18.

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Rudman Befriends Police Statue ‘Friend’ The iconic bronze statue entitled “A Friend”, which has long salved the ravages of Philadelphia’s extreme weather changes and had been deteriorating in front of Police Headquarters at 7th & Race Streets, has found its own friend in philanthropist and humanitarian Kal Rudman. The Police Dept. and the Office of Arts, Culture & the Creative Economy recently celebrated the restoration of the sculpture in a rededication at the foot of the statue made possible by a donation from Kal & Lucille Rudman. Both attended the event, together with Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, Inge Parks (the artist’s widow) and numerous other officials. The bronze sculpture, by artist Charles Cropper Parks (1922-2012), depicts a standing uniformed police officer holding a small child in his arms, symbolizing the protective role of the police officer in the community. The sculpture was commissioned by the City of Philadelphia Percent for Arts Program. The artist was a native of Wilmington, Del. who attended the University of Delaware and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine

Arts, and created over 500 sculptures during his career. The restoration was undertaken to halt deterioration of the bronze, to improve the appearance of the sculpture, and to prevent future deterioration of the metal. The work was undertaken by the Philadelphia Firm of Materials Conservation Collaborative LLC, and took four weeks to complete. Kal & Lucille Rudman Foundation over the years has proven to be an “honored friend” of the Police Dept. through numerous philanthropic contributions. The statue’s restoration came about after Kal Rudman was personally contacted by Commissioner Ramsey. Rudman acted immediately to the Commissioner’s outreach, no questions asked. They were desperate,” Rudman recalls. “The poor condition of the statue made police entering the Police Administration Building (the Roundhouse) and the employees, who had to look at it every day from the windows, feel the police were no longer considered a friend of the people. “Several campaigns to raise (Cont. Page 18)

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Fords in several family stores in the Philadelphia area. He is a supporter of the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia and W. Philadelphia HS’s automotive program. Through the Pacifico Family Foundation, approximately $67,000 was distributed in 2013 through its annual high-school scholarship awards, bringing the total contributed to over halfmillion dollars since the program began. In addition to the Pacifico Family Foundation, Pacifico also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Auto Dealers CARing for

ENJOYING luncheon supplied by “ally”, which conducts search for top auto dealer in nation, are Joe Pacifico, hostess Debbie Zuniga, of “ally”, and Pacifico Account Executive Rocco DeGregorio.

Kids Foundation. PAA has nominated Kerry T. Pacifico, president of Pacifico Ford Inc. in Philadelphia, for the 2014 Time Quality Dealer of the Year award.

RUDY COUPE, of “ally”, left, presented nomination certificate to Pacifico family at Auto Dealership. Pacifico is in running for Time magazine’s Auto Dealership of Year. From left are Joe Pacifico, Marie Pacifico, Francine Pacifico and Kerry Pacifico.

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Kerry Pacifico is one of a select group of 57 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 97th annual NADA Convention on Jan. 25, 2014. A 1941 graduate of S. Philadelphia HS, Pacifico served in World War II and was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. He returned home and was decorated with the Purple Heart. He joined his father’s Chrysler-Plymouth dealership, and later signed as a dealer for Kaiser-Frazer in Philadelphia at the age of 21. Since then, Pacifico has primarily sold Lincolns and

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by Joe Shaheeli Being a Governor has advantages not afforded to challengers! One is prime time, most of the time. Where the Governor goes, so go the media. Another is the money game. No matter how poor a Governor’s standing may be in the polls, the money still flows in to augment the campaign war-chest. After a few initial blurbs, challengers need to do something creative to get a mention in the main media. So we are suggesting Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls shouldn’t count on any polls showing them presently ahead of Gov. Tom Corbett. Right now, though, the latest poll has confirmed the conState Representative

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REPUBLICAN STALWART Mike REPUBLICAN City Committee Chair PHILA. REGIONAL Meehan presents award to Gov. Tom John Taylor welcomes Mr. & Mrs. Cor- PORT Authority ExecCorbett at United Republican Club an- bett to Phila. for United Republican utive Director James nual award dinner held at Sheraton So- Club annual party in Society Hill. The McDermott and his CONGRATULATING Mr. & Mrs. Tom Corciety Hill on Monday. Award was Gov. and First Lady of Penna. were wife Susan at United bett on their awards at United Republican Club named in honor of Meehan’s father Bill both honored by historic GOP club at Republican Club an- annual dinner are State Rep. John Taylor and GOP operative Annie Havey. Photos by Rory McGlasson party. Meehan. nual holiday party. He’s undone by his poor his performance. sensus. Just 24% of registered Wagner is undeclared but has and Cumberland Co. Pastor Congresswoman Allyson indicated he will make a deci- Max Myers. voters presently approve the job approval rating. Just 24% job he is doing as Governor. of registered voters approve Schwartz (D-Phila.) remains sion soon. With 27% undecided and Sixty-five percent are dissing the job he’s doing as Gover- the frontrunner in polling for The rest of the competitors such a wide field that may nor, versus 65% who disap- the Democratic nomination to for the nomination are neck even become wider, this race him. face Gov. Tom Corbett next and neck. Of registered De- is still competitive for almost Corbett faces an uphill bat- prove. Independents disapprove fall, but it’s still a wide-open mocrats, 10% are for State all of the candidates. All need tle against every one of the Democrats running against 67%-17%. Even most Repub- race. Treasurer Rob McCord; 9% to be reminded, since PennThe latest Public Policy are for Former DEP Secretary sylvania started allowing govhim, the latest Public Policy licans disapprove his job performance, 51-37%, in rating Polling reveals 27% of Dem- Katie McGinty; 8% are for ernors to run for a second Polling survey shows. ocratic voters remain unde- fellow Former DEP Secretary term in 1968, no incumbent State Representative Rep.Maria P. on who they want their John Hanger; 4% are for Al- governor has lost a reelection Stephen Kinsey cided Donatucci nominee to be. Schwartz lentown Mayor Ed battle. 201st Legislative District D-185th District comes in first of the declared Pawlowski; and 2% each are Add, perhaps, still one 5537 Germantown Ave 2115 W. Oregon Ave. Phila PA 19144 candidates with 21% of the for former Revenue Secretary more to the Democratic priPhila PA 19145 Phone: 215-849-6592 vote, Jack Wagner comes in Tom Wolf, Lebanon Co. mary for Governor. It is P: 215-468-1515 Fax: 215-560-1824 F: 215-952-1164 second with 17%. As of now, Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz, Brenda Alton, a pastor’s wife www.pahouse.com/Kinsey and long-standing Harrisburg Councilman State Rep. Cherelle City employee (notably as diA veterans’ services coordinator is now Mark rector of Parks, Recreation & available by appointment at my office at 200th Legislative District (Cont. Next Page)

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JIM HARRITYS, son and father, announce annual State FOP Toy Drive. Some toys collected were prepared by volunteers for shipment to needy families in time for Christmas. invites all to stop in for help Taking a tip from Gov. Ed serve officer, launched a comwith any state-related issue or Rendell, who announced his munity group, Take Back call his office at (215) 331- candidacy for DA and then Your Neighborhood, out of 2600 or (215) 695-1016. His Governor in front of his old his mother’s kitchen five years office also provides a free no- homestead, Solomon will an- ago. Today, more than 500 tary service. nounce from a storefront members strong, TBYN is a Solomon To Challenge headquarters below his child- thriving organization responMark Cohen In 202 hood home at 6601 Rutland sible for everything from Jared Solomon will an- Street in Oxford Circle. block cleanups, to youth pronounce his challenge to State A long-time resident of grams, to reducing crime in Rep. Mark Cohen (D-North- Northeast Philadelphia who is collaboration with local poeast) in the 202nd Dist. of firmly dedicated to serving his lice. Pennsylvania this Sunday at community and his country, A graduate of Swarthmore noon. Solomon, an Army JAG re- College and Villanova Law State Rep.

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Penn plays Widener University in men’s basketball at the Palestra at 7 p.m. this Saturday. Through the generosity of Penn’s Office of Community Affairs and the Athletic Dept., this game has been designated Community Night and complimentary tickets are being offered to West Philadelphia community groups. The University City Republican Committee has a block of tickets that are available to anyone who can attend. To encourage you to come

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to this free event, Ward Leaders Denise Furey and Matt Wolfe will be holding a pregame “tailgate” at their home, 4256 Regent Square, from 4 to 6 p.m., leaving plenty of time to walk over to the game. Whether you have any interest in basketball or not, visitors are welcome to come over for some refreshments. The Palestra is the mosthistoric basketball arena in America and Penn’s basketball program is one of the most successful in the country. Proximity to great college sports is just another amenity of living in West Philly. While we do have a large number of tickets, they are not unlimited. Please RSVP to Matthew@Wolfe.org or (215) 387-7300.

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(Cont. From Prev. Page) Enrichment). Alton announced earlier this year a run at Lieutenant Governor, but with recent meetings and the hiring of major campaign staff and consultants she is sensing an opportunity to move her sights up to the gubernatorial primary instead, especially as she feels she has an edge with African American voters. For the Lieutenant Governorship, she has already won endorsements by State Rep. Patty Kim (D-Dauphin) and York Mayor Kim Bracey. Look for an Alton announcement at a fundraiser she has planned at the Midtown Marriott in New York City to coincide with the Pennsylvania Society gathering.

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by Michael A. Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: Should you use a debt-settlement company? Be aware! Be very aware! Answer: I think the real reason why some people turn to these operations is twofold. First, people generally want to pay their debts and they reason that payment of some of the debt is better than none at all. The second reason is fear of bankruptcy. People are afraid of losing property and of the damage to their credit. While these are legitimate concerns, it does not explain why folks do not seek out a competent professional to advise on financial issues yet they fall hook, line and sinker for some fast-talking snake-oil salesman over the telephone. If you are facing financial issues, seek out a bankruptcy attorney in your area. Just because you seek advice, it does not commit you to filing bankruptcy. Because they are all experienced in all aspects of the debt-collection process and alternatives including bankruptcy, they can offer you meaningful solutions to your financial problems. Next Week’s Question: What are executory contracts and unexpired leases in bankruptcy?

are trying to get a jump start to your career! There are many things you can do to help yourself get started. I don’t know what area you are in, but if there is a tech high school near you that has an automotive program going there for your junior and senior year, that would be a good step in the right direction. After you finish trade high school, there are many tech colleges around that offer au-

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tomotive programs as well. Also, try and get your foot in the door at an auto-body shop for an internship. We often offer internship programs to local students. Check in at our shop or other shops. Most would love to have an eager worker like you as long as you have a work permit and they have an opening for you! Most importantly, never let yourself get discouraged if you get turned down. Always keep learning and trying for your goal! Good luck!


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ONE-YEAR membership at LA Fitness in S. Phila. goes to Karen Jones, winner of State Sen. Anthony Williams’s contest for winner of his monthlong fitness campaign. From left are LA Fitness VP Robert Sargent, Williams, Jones and Gen. Mgr. Ron Stokes. Senator holds large program of diverse exercise programs throughout his S. Phila., W. Phila. and Delaware Co. district every fall.

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Nicetown Gets Nicer NICETOWN COURT II, major affordablehousing development on Germantown Avenue, was opened by Majeedah Rashid, CEO of Nicetown CDC, as Councilwoman Cindy Bass and others listen.

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by Michael P. Boyle, Esq. SSA recently released a “National Ranking Report by Average Processing Time” for its 165 hearing offices (ODARs) nationwide. The Report shows that average processing times (the date the ODAR first receives a case file until the date it issues a disposition, i.e., decision or dismissal) increased by 46 days in fiscal year 2013. The numbers for local and regional ODARs (including national rankings) are as follows: 363 days for South Jer-

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sey (80th); 386 days for Elkins Park (tied for 85th); 387 days for Wilkes-Barre (tied for 88th); 399 days for Philadelphia East (tied for 96th); 446 days for Harrisburg (tied for 127th); and 474 days for Philadelphia (144th). The recent shutdown of the federal government will result in further delays in processing times. A large part of the delays results from Congress allotting almost a billion dollars less per year to SSA for the last three years than the budget re-

quested by the President. If you have an application for benefits pending, keep in mind that it will take a while before you receive a decision. It generally takes SSA from 90 to 120 days to process an initial application. If SSA decides in your favor, it will take a couple more months before you receive payment of benefits. If SSA rules against you, the processing times noted earlier begin only after you appeal your denial and request a hearing before a judge. You can speed up the process a bit by filing a request for hearing promptly after you receive notice of the denial. If you live in New Jersey, you must first request reconsideration of your denial. This adds considerably to the processing time and generally does not result in a favorable determination. If you lose your case at the hearing level, expect a considerable delay (often more than a year) if you file a request for review with the Appeals Council. If you lose before the Appeals Council, it may take a year or longer for a federal court to review your case, if you file an appeal. If you win there, it will take a few months to get a new hearing scheduled.


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Our Opinion Call It By Its Name

a “Merry Christmas”? Is the name of Jesus Christ implied in the greeting to be ignored permanently? Even the Post Office, though it had a beautiful color stamp of the Virgin Mother and Child to mark this specific holiday, chose to use a nonreligious gingerbread-house stamp in alerting households to its shipping regulations for this Christmas holiday. Is it because Christmas is the most widely celebrated religious holiday of the Christian year, observed as a commemoration of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth? Any Happy Holiday greeting has to grate on the nerves of people who recognize the hypocrisy of all who refuse to address Christmas Day for what it is.

Another Opinion Again And Again portant programs. We understand and agree with addressing funding problems in the School District. We believe education should be a major priority for the tax money City Hall collects. We just want to know why the Mayor and Council aren’t treating it as a priority. City Hall spends almost $4 billion a year. Are we to believe every dollar of that is more important than sending more money to the schools? Is the yearly $2 million Council slush fund named “Activities Fund” more important than education? No. Is the yearly $2 million of political payback money (with finder fees!) for Sheriff Sale ads more important than education? No. Is not collecting billions in property taxes more important than education? No. Is the $1.5 million in printer-toner misuse in the Water Dept. more important than education? No. Is $5 million for an iceskating rink in front of City Hall more important than education? No. Is not dealing with the mu-

term budget. It’s a gimmick that just hurts the long-term health of the School District. It is instructive what Clarke does not see as possible solutions. He has never even broached the possibility the City could cut spending in other areas and help fund public education. Republican City Committee would be more than happy to sit down and help with pointing out what in the budget isn’t more important than education if there is difficulty in figuring it out. Nevertheless, public education and public schools are not synonymous terms. Solutions that could help our children include expansion of charter schools or giving vouchers so that parents could consider private schools. However these are other avenues that we do not expect to see Clarke embrace. (Joseph DeFelice is Philadelphia Republican City Committee executive director.)

Dec. 5- State Rep. John Sabatina holds Happy Hour at Happy Rooster, 118 S. 16th St., 5-7 p.m. Tickets $250, Sponsor $500, Host $1,000.RSVP Rachel (215) 742-1582. Dec. 5- Senate candidate Dan Savage holds Fundraiser at Tietra, 15th & Locust Sts., 5:30-7:30 p.m. For info Barbara Deeley (215) 906-0359. Dec. 6- Facebook, AfricanAmerican Chambers of Commerce of Pa./N.J./Del. and Greater Phila. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hold “Small Business Boost” workshop on how to use Facebook at Sheraton Phila. Downtown Hotel, 201 N. 17th St., registration 8:30 a.m., workshop 9-10:30 a.m. Featuring Congressman Chaka Fattah.

Breakfast served. Free. For info Denise Horn (202) 3705114. Dec. 6- State Rep. Cherelle Parker stages Historic Holiday Lighting Ceremony & Shopping Extravaganza at 1500 bl. Wadsworth Ave., 3-7 p.m. Entertainment starts 4:45 p.m. Dec. 6- C o u n c i l w o m a n Blondell Reynolds Brown hosts Bodacious Holiday Bag Swap Bash at Grand Atrium, Phoenix Bldg., 1600 Arch St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. For info Salima Suswell (215) 430-2441. Dec. 7- 1st Archdiocesan Catholic Women’s Conference at Phila. Convention Ctr., 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. All women invited, married, single, and consecrated. Opens with Mass by Archbishop Chaput. For info (215) 587-5000. Dec. 7- State Rep. Michelle Brownlee sponsors Seminar on Affordable Care Act at Highway Tabernacle Ch., 1801 Spring Garden St., 2-4 p.m. For info (215) 684-3738.

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by Joseph J. DeFelice “There you go again.” Council President Darrell Clarke just came out advocating for trying to solve the School District funding problem by raising taxes, again, and performing accounting tricks, again. Not surprisingly, he essentially presented the same failed playbook that Democrats have used for generations and that made Philadelphia the poorest big city in America. Repeating himself, the Council President is coming out for raising the sales tax, while adding a $2 a pack cigarette tax. The last thing Philadelphia needs is a tax increase, even for “sin” taxes, to fix a problem that doesn’t require taxes to be raised. The “temporary” sales-tax increase from several years ago was enacted as an emergency and temporary stopgap in response to the economic problems of 2008 and is set to expire. Instead, as they did with the “temporary property tax” increase, they want to make it permanent to take more from Philadelphians to increase spending on waste and unim-

nicipal-union contract to address pension and health costs to save tens of millions of dollars more important than education? No. We know City Hall wastes by money, doesn’t care about efficiency and only talks about prioritizing spending when it sounds good. In actuality it is “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”. Every time Mayor Nutter and Council President Clarke talk about raising taxes to pay for important program “X”, it is really a bait and switch. The higher taxes don’t pay for the important programs; they pay for the waste, fraud and unimportant programs they don’t fix or abandon. Instead, they want to sell capital assets, i.e., school buildings, and then put that money into the operating budget. This is little different from when the School District borrowed $300 million to fill in the operating budget years ago. It is a debt issue used to pay operating costs. This is like selling your house, still paying the mortgage and using the money to buy food. Sell the buildings, but either pay off debt, which frees up money every year going forward, or reinvest the money into upgrading remaining schools. Don’t take a long term asset to pay off a short-

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The United States Government marks 12 official holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Inauguration Day (every 4 years), Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. Every public and private effort, everywhere, from car ads to beer ads, marks 11 of these holidays by name. But for some stupid reason, a growing trend simply marks Christmas Day as a “Happy Holiday.” So when you wish someone a Happy Holiday, please advise them which of the 12 official holidays are meant for you. What makes it so tough to wish someone


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Monday night the United Republican Club held its annual fundraiser at the Society Hill Sheraton. The event was well attended. The Mary Tierney award for outstanding service by a Republican woman was given to Pennsylvania’s FIRST LADY SUSAN CORBETT. The William A. Meehan award for outstanding service by a Republican man was given to GOV. TOM CORBETT. Republican City Committee Chairman and STATE REP. JOHN TAYLOR was the master of ceremonies. Mrs. Corbett spoke of her almost 41 years of marriage to Tom Corbett. The crowd really enjoyed her description of Corbett’s first run for public office, for Township Commissioner in Shaller Township in Allegheny Co. Mrs. Corbett told the crowd about standing outside their local polling place and asking people to vote for her husband. That day she found out the importance of the personal touch. A number of people told her that voted for Corbett because she asked them to do so. This is a valuable lesson for Republicans in Philadelphia. The personal touch may not be successful for presidential or even gubernatorial elections, but can be very effective on down-ballot positions. The Governor spoke briefly about his connections to Philadelphia. Although he spent most of his life in the western part of the Commonwealth, he was born in Philadelphia. He noted he was the only Pennsylvania Republican Governor born in the City of Philadelphia. He spoke also briefly about his first term in office and his recent success with the passage of a comprehensive transportation bill that includes funding for Philadelphia-area mass transit. A campaign speech was not really (Cont. Page 17)

At just about every place I’ve ever worked, there’s been one feature in my office that has always stood out. That feature is a bucket of baseball bats. I have been collecting miniature baseball bats from majorand minor-league baseball parks since the mid-1990s. At first, it was because these bats, which range in price from $3 to $12, are the cheapest things you can get as souvenirs at the ballpark. But after a while, I started collecting them because they inadvertently sent a message. That message: Leave me alone, and I’ll leave you alone. Granted, I’ve never hit anyone with one of my bats, and I probably never would because they are collector’s items to me. But if the perception that I’ll take one of my collector bats to your head keeps you from approaching me in a way that could lead to something, that works. I bring this up because I may have to start sticking one of my bats into the bag I usually carry when I go to my editing job or some of the other places I go when I’m out reporting. It’s not because of the usual nonsense that I see and hear on SEPTA’s Route 23, a bus so crazy it’s made the folks at SEPTA start following me on Twitter because I make cracks about it. It’s because I have this fear of being knocked out. If you haven’t heard about the so-called Knockout Game, it’s obvious you’ve avoided the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News. It’s all the rage. Apparently, young people have been challenging each (Cont. Page 13)

The PENNSYLVANIA SOCIETY weekend in THE BIG APPLE is coming. The group began a century ago when Pennsy executives working in New York created a dinner to honor our state. At least seven events this year are hosted by Philly law firms: an event for Gov. Corbett, one each by Energy and Shale industries; Also Penn and Temple. PNC Bank’s CEO has one with local VP Sal PATTI on hand. The Gov. Mifflin and Genevieve Societies’ affairs are elegant. Children’s Hospital honors the Children’s CHAMPION JANNIE BLACKWELL! A reception for Council President Darrell CLARKE, State Sen. Mike STACK and congressmen at ESPN is planned. At an apex night with Local 98 IBEW and NECA, Johnny DOUGHERTY can draw as many as the grand dinner hosted by Executive Director Carol FITZGERALD which features Vice President JOE BIDEN! The recent attack by Local 22’s union chief on Commissioner Lloyd AYERS seems like bad advice to this pro-union writer. AYERS is an ordinary fireman of 38 years, rising through the ranks, and holding every job position. He was so adept at firefighting that he has served in TWO administrations. Local 22, in the past, was not so politically savvy. It is now. I have maintained we should bravely name any culprits in the sad demotion issue. AYERS is NOT one. HOW ABOUT Gov. CORBETT selecting names of potential leaders of the School Reform Commission? One was Councilman Bill GREEN. If selected, it would help his chances of becoming Mayor. An article that seemed to BOOST him stated that he had creative ideas – but let’s hear them FIRST. I believe his former aide is now with the School District. She is very creative. Al MEZZAROBA is probably the best selection to head the SRC! His PEOPLE SKILLS are what is needed for the hard work ahead.... The article about the EAGLE Academy (all-male) schools achievements might be a thought. No distracting or showboating for the guys. HAPPY BIRTHDAYS: Larry DeMARCO, suburban pol, had his on the 3rd. The 8th is Charles Mirarchi III’s, counselor of gamblers, big day. On the 9th, Mike “The Energizer KATES has his big 39th. Derek GREEN, ESQ., valuable Council to Councilwoman Marian TASCO, celebrates! The recent sentence handed down to a legislative aide was TOO GREAT (?). She was superior at her constituent-service work and sending the hobbling grandmother to jail for so long (Cont. Page 17)

Yo! Here we go again with this article sent to me by my good friend Richie R. He tells me “Dear Abby” admitted she was at a loss as to answer the following. How would you answer these inquiries? Dear Abby, A couple of women moved in across the hall from me. One is a middle-aged gym teacher and the other is a social worker in her mid-20s. These two women go everywhere together, and I’ve never seen a man go into or leave their apartment. Do you think they could be “Lebanese?” Dear Abby, What can I do about all the sex, nudity, foul language and violence on my VCR? Dear Abby, I have a man I can’t trust. He cheats so much, I’m not even sure the baby I’m carrying is his. Dear Abby, I am a 23-year-old liberated woman who has been on the pill for two years. It’s getting expensive and I think my boyfriend should share half the cost, but I don’t know him well enough to discuss money with him. Dear Abby, I’ve suspected my husband has been fooling around, and when confronted with the evidence, he denied everything and said it would never happen again. Dear Abby, Our son writes that he is taking Judo. I can’t understand why a boy who was raised in a good Christian home turn against his own. Dear Abby, I joined the Navy to see the world. I’ve seen it. Now how do I get out? Dear Abby, My 40-year-old son has been paying a psychiatrist (Cont. Page 17)

JUDGE ANTHONY DeFINO was laid to rest last week. Both the viewing and funeral mass at St. Monica’s in South Philly had overflow crowds of mourners. The events were a celebration of a great man. The number of VIPs who attended are too many to name in their entirety. However, countless neighbors, friends and leaders waited in line on a crowded street of South Philadelphia and enjoy the cold for a chance to pay their respects. Among them were CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY and STATE REP. BILL KELLER. JUDGE WEB KEOGH attended. JURY COMMISSIONER DAN RENDINE was accompanied by his father. JUDGE BILL MANFREDI chatted with COUNCILMAN JIM KENNEY. STATE SEN. MIKE STACK was accompanied by his mom, Municipal Court JUDGE FELICE STACK. JUDGE SCOTT O’KEEFE was accompanied by his lovely daughter. The state legislature passed three separate bills that will help the City of Philadelphia to collect taxes from delinquents. But the big question is: Will MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER and Council implement the legislation in an effective way? There are some Members of Council that feel such legislation is punitive to the poor. But everybody agrees there are hundreds of millions in uncollected taxes every year. And those shortfalls lead to unfairness toward those who pay their taxes on time. Let’s see what COUNCIL PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE chooses to do. In the meantime, Clarke is receiving bad publicity for his mistreatment of MARIA QUIÑONES SÁNCHEZ. Previously she was seen as a close ally of Clarke’s but recently they have been at odds. The reason for the problems is her Land Bank bill. There are many properties that could be sold throughout the city. But because there is no effective way of tracking the properties and assessing their values, they remain dilapidated and unsellable. Quiñones Sánchez’s bill would help solve this problem by busting through red tape and quickly selling the properties. But Clarke is in control of the process and has edged her out. He wants to give Council Members veto power over any sales. He sees it as a way to control development. One of Quiñones Sánchez’s old chums, COUNCILMAN BILL GREEN, may be on his way out of Council. He is still in the running for chairman of the School Reform Commission. He would be an odd choice as a Democrat from Philadelphia, but apparently has the same (Cont. Page 17)


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(Cont. From Page 12) other to walk up to the first total stranger they see and knock said stranger out with one punch. And when I say “knock out,” I mean out cold. Like a mackerel. Gotta be revived and everything. Now if I’ve learned nothing else between teaching college students at Temple and teaching The Children Of The Corn at the Performance Learning Center, I’ve learned you can’t tell young people anything these days. If I had a nickel for every

time I’ve heard the phrase “I’m grown” from someone who can barely shave, I could retire quite comfortably. But I’m gonna tell the young folks playing this game one thing: STOP. I say this because the knockout you save may be your own. I turn 50 in May and what you need to know about folks my age is that we’ve had about enough of your shenanigans. Every time I see a story on my Facebook page about this here “Knockout Game,” it’s usually put up there by some guy my age who prefaces it by saying

“I wish some kid would.…” Now some of these folks have boxed at one time or another. Others are armed. Most are just plain old, garden-variety crazy. In any case, you can take that swing, but your fist might have written a check that your behind can’t cash. Especially if the person you’re swinging at is a short lady with a large afro, glasses and braces. She’s carrying a baseball bat, and she will knock you out with it. You have been warned.

STATE REP. Mark Cohen hosts Eagles party with Matt Jackson, Ducky Birts, Pamela & Walter Grondski, Janice Sulman and Ricci Konczya. Photo by Rory McGlasson

Democrat Women Honor Kane

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STATE REP. John Taylor honored Father Judge senior Joe Galasso with House citation for capturing State Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championship. Joe has amassed an amazing 45 wins and 1 loss to bring his career record to 128 wins and 10 losses. From left, Jim Savage, wrestling coach, Father Judge; Rev. James Dalton, principal; Taylor; Joe Galasso; State Rep. John Sabatina; Renee Galasso; and James Lynch, athletic director.

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Hail To State Wrestling Champ Cohen Hosts Football Party

SUSAN RUTT, chairwoman of selection committee of state Federation of Democrat Women, presents Hon. Kathleen Kane, left, State Attorney General, and State Rep. Maria Donatucci with Outstanding Democratic Elected Official awards. Kane’s deft action on key state issues Photos by Sue Stoltzfus was lauded.

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From South Philly To South China by Fred Druding, Jr. They are about 8,000 miles apart, so very rarely do the worlds of South Philly and South China ever interact. So when this South Philadelphian recently got a chance to go to South China, I jumped at the opportunity. I would be heading to Macau, the site of the mega-bout featuring boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao who was fighting Brandon Rios. This was no small trip, three planes to Hong Kong, then a boat into Macau. This would be my first trip to Asia, so I honestly did not know what to expect. On paper, South Philly and South China couldn’t be more different on every level, but surprisingly, my journey made me realize our two worlds have a lot more things in common than you think. I first realized this at the fights where there were a number of local boxers on the undercard, and although all were preliminary boxers, the amount of enthusiasm and support given was amazing, the attitude was, you’re one of us, and we’re here to support you, just as South Philadelphians get passionately behind our sports figures. Next I would suspect that when talking religion, most people relate China with the

MACAU, CHINA: That’s Two Streeter Fred Druding in Leal Senado Square. Buddhist faith, however, as I explored the streets of South China, I was surprised how many Catholic churches I came across. A local explained to me how each Catholic church is associated with a certain neighborhood in South China, just as each of our Catholic churches are associated with certain South Philly neighborhoods. The South Chinese like parades, and I got the opportunity to see a Dragon Parade in

Macau. While I didn’t see any “Golden Slippers”, the magnificence was certainly reminiscence of South Philly’s beloved Mummers. Although a Japanese food, the South Chinese like their sushi, especially in Hong Kong, where rivalries exist. South Philadelphians love our cheesesteaks, and need I say more, Pat’s or Geno’s? And finally, I wasn’t going to leave South China without a visit to a local bar to have a pi jiu (Chinese for beer), and the bar I visited was a familyand community-oriented business just like so many of our South Philly bars. The owners were so welcoming, if I didn’t know that I was in South China; I could just as easily being sitting in the Shamrock Pub, at 2nd & Reed, they made you feel that much at home. In conclusion, the purpose of the trip was to see Manny Pacquiao, who, after his victory, when asked what he thought about the massive international crowd that had gathered in South China to see the fight, said, “We are all brothers and sisters of the World.” That statement got validated locally as this South Philly “Two Streeter” now has friends on the other side of the world in South China.

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PPA Meter Violations Eased On Saturdays Working with Mayor Michael Nutter and city tourism and hospitality offi-

With The Unions Teamsters Local 820 Chief Dan Grace will be honored at a Christmas meet and greet by PhillyLabor.com at Ironworkers Local 401, 11600 Norcom Road, on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. For information call Joe Dougherty (267) 250-1375.

cials, Philadelphia Parking Authority Exec. Dir. Vince Fenerty announced expired meter violations will not be enforced on Saturdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas after 11 a.m. All other parking violations will be enforced. Fenerty also announced an $8.00 parking rate on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the following Parking Authority parking garages during the holiday season: AutoPark @ Olde City (2nd & Sansom); AutoPark @ Independence Mall (5th & Market);Au-

toPark @ 8th & Filbert; AutoPark @ the Gallery (10th & Filbert); AutoPark @ Jefferson (10th & Ludlow); AutoPark @ JFK Plaza (underground garage 16th & Ben Franklin Parkway). If the patron stays or enters a garage after 5 p.m., the regular posted rates will apply. The Philadelphia Parking Authority is pleased to join with Mayor Michael Nutter and be a part of spreading holiday joy and encouraging shoppers to patronize local Philadelphia merchants during this festive holiday season.

Heard on the Hill / In City Hall Hughes Cuts Ribbon For Bakers Centre

State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-W. Phila.) hailed the ribbon cutting at the Bakers Centre project as a major step forward in creating jobs and economic development in Northwest Philadelphia. Bakers Centre is a 220,000-square-foot, expansive shopping complex encompassing 30 acres located on Hunting Park Avenue, Fox Street and Roberts Avenue. It is the former site of the Tasty Baking Co. The Senator was instrumental in securing more than $12 million in state funds for the project through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. The development is expected to create more than 1,000 new jobs. Bakers Centre is anchored by a 71,000-square-foot Brown’s ShopRite supermarket owned and operated by Brown’s Super Stores. “I am especially proud to be partnering with Brown’s Super Stores on this important project,” said Hughes. “Jeff Brown has been instrumental in bringing high-quality supermarkets to neighborhoods that have been overlooked by other developers. His visionary approach is making Philadelphia a better place.” The $60 million Bakers Centre project is being made possible by an innovative mixture of state, local, and private funding. The lead developer is US Realty Associates, Inc.

ity awarded the grant through its Greenways, Trails & Recreation Program. It will assist the Delaware River City Corp. with finishing construction of Baxter Trail, a two-mile portion of the greenway project. “When completed, the trail will become a trunk line for the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000mile trail stretching from Maine to Florida,” McGeehan said. “I am pleased to have helped secure this important state funding, because this trail will eventually increase access to the Delaware River and its recreational facilities.” McGeehan said the grant will also pay for construction of a 20-foot-high, 1,200-footlong protective wall along the trail to safeguard users from activity at a nearby police shooting range and private gun club. “We are making Philadelphia green again with the work we have done and continue to do to improve and connect the trails that wind through the city,” Stack said. “This will be a great quality-of-life improvement to the region, as have all of trail improvement projects that are either underway or have recently been completed.”

Clay, Youngblood Bills Will Tax Lottery Wins

State Reps. James Clay (DKensington) and Rosita C. Youngblood (D-Northwest) will introduce legislation that could generate hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue to help provide quality education for students across Pennsylvania. Clay and Youngblood have been ironing out the details of a proposal they announced over the summer that would allow Pennsylvania to remove the income-tax exemption for state lottery winnings, and levy a small fee on all gambling winnings collected on both residents and nonresidents of the Commonwealth. Both members believe the proposals could raise as much as $500 million for educational programs that will improve student achievement and build a stronger education system. Clay said he is offering two proposals that would remove an outdated exemption in the State Lottery Law and the Tax Code making it illegal to assess any taxes on lottery winnings. “Pennsylvania is the only state in our region, and only one of two states nationwide, that conduct lotteries but do (Cont. Page 15)

McGeehan: $250,000 Grant For Baxter Trail Project

A $250,000 state grant will enable completion of the Baxter Trail portion of the N. Delaware Riverfront Greenway project, report State Sen. Mike Stack State and Rep. Michael P. McGeehan (both D-Northeast). McGeehan said the Commonwealth Financing Author-

ORGANIZING Spanish-language workshop on kinship care were, from left, Concilio’s Joanna Otero-Cruz, city fostercare expert Julie Cousler Emig, State Sen. Anthony Williams and noted writer Iris Violeta Colón-Torres.


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State Sen. LeAnna Washington (D-Northwest) has lauded the House of Representatives Children & Youth Committee for their unanimous approval of SB 1116, her legislation to streamline and improve the investigation of suspected child abuse, an initiative resulting from the Task Force on Child Protection’s recommendations. “As Democratic Chair of the Senate Aging and Youth Committee – and as a survivor of child abuse – my top priority is to ensure our children don’t have to endure the same horrors I did,” Washington

Sen. Williams Brings Spanish Care Seminar

Recognizing that language barriers can compound the frustrations and concerns for those seeking meaningful legal and behavioral information for the care of loved ones, State Sen. Anthony H. Williams (DW. Phila.) hosted a Spanishlanguage event at El Concilio, one of Philadelphia’s oldest Latino social-service agencies. With a growing constituency whose first language is Spanish, Williams said this free event was needed and necessary. “There are many nonparental and non-biological caregivers in our community needing help,” he told the audience during the event’s kickoff. “It is imperative that you know that you are not alone. Waters Defends ‘In God We Trust’

State Rep. Ronald G. Waters (D-W. Phila.) released the following statement in support of HB 1728, which would require Pennsylvania’s public schools to display the motto, “In God We Trust”: “When former Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase ordered James Pollock, then director of the Mint at Philadelphia and future Governor of the Commonwealth, to prepare a national motto for currency in 1861, and when Congress passed the Act of Congress making ‘In God We Trust’ the national motto in 1864, an important legacy in our nation’s history was forged,” Waters said. “This motto is not divisive, nor does it alienate any particular group of people, as some would suggest; rather, it highlights a heritage and points to a common thread that weaves its way through all of our nation’s historical pieces — our national anthem, our pledge of allegiance, our national flag.”

State Rep. Ronald G. Waters, along with his daughter Laila and children, participating in the Fathers and Children Together (FACT) Program, attended Great Family Gathering event, hosted by Church of Christian Compassion at 1st Dist. Plaza. Photo by Martin Regusters, Leaping Lion Photography Council Pushes Public Participation (SLAPP) Tax-Lien Sales and deters people from filing Philadelphia City Council the damaging lawsuits. has approved a bill introduced “Our civic groups and the by Councilmen Bill Green, organizations who are out there David Oh, Brian O’Neill, trying to improve the quality of Bobby Henon, Jim Kenney and life in our neighborhoods deMark Squilla encouraging serve to tell their story and to Mayor Michael Nutter’s Ad- make sure my fellow legislators ministration to begin sales of tax understand the difficulty they liens on delinquent real-estate have in preventing and dealing accounts and providing impor- with SLAPPs,” said Farnese. tant citizen-oriented protections. Despite the fact very few “This is an important tool bills get a hearing, Farnese felt that we have to both raise addi- it was important to petition State tional funds for the City and Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (RSchool District,” Green said. Montgomery), who is the Re“Using tax-lien sales, we can publican chairman of the bring in an additional $50-60 Judiciary Committee, to hold a million in revenue for the City hearing so more stakeholders and School District.” and organizations can formally The recent Pew report on the weigh in on the legislation. Boyle Presents Citation City’s tax-delinquency situation To Fallen-Officer Group indicated up to $155 million, or State Rep. Brendan Boyle 30% of the estimated $515.4 million in delinquent real-estate (D-Northeast) awarded a citataxes, is collectable over the tion to the Sgt. Patrick McDonnext few years if the City takes ald Scholarship Fund at its advantage of all of the tools annual football tournament. The available to increase collections. fund was established in 2008 by “Lien sales can help us end McDonald’s family after the our City’s unfortunate culture highway patrolman was killed of noncompliance,” Henon in the line of duty. Boyle presented the citation said. “People have a responsibility to pay their taxes and we to Patricia McDonald, Patrick’s have a responsibility to make mother. K. Boyle Collects sure our City and schools get Food For Holidays the funds they are entitled to.” State Rep. Kevin Boyle (DFarnese Pushes Northeast) announced he is Legislation To Protect holding a food drive to benefit Civic Groups State Sen. Larry Farnese (D- local food banks. Non-perishable food donaS. Phila.) is urging the Republican chairman of the tions may be dropped off bePennsylvania Senate Judiciary tween 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Committee to hear his SB 1095, Monday through Friday at eiwhich protects organizations ther of his offices: 7518 Frankfrom Strategic Lawsuits Against ford Avenue or 7801-A Hasbrook Avenue.

Sabatina Circulates ‘Paul’s Law’ Bill

HB 1474, known as Paul’s Law, aimed at prohibiting the discrimination of any potential organ transplant recipient on the basis of physical or mental disability. The measure was introduced by State Rep. John Sabatina (D-Northeast). The legislation is based on the situation of Paul Corby, a 24-year-old autistic patient who was denied a life-preserving heart transplant by the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in 2011. Corby was denied the lifepreserving heart transplant due to the decision by the transplant panel that Corby could not be recommended due to his “psychiatric issues, autism and the unknown and unpredictable effect of steroids on behavior.” Corby is still awaiting a transplant. “There are over 114,000 people in the United States that are on the waiting list for an organ transplant,” Sabatina said. “This list continues to grow and individuals with a mental or physical disability should have the same chance of receiving an organ transplant as any other person on that waiting list.” Waters and FACT Made Turkey Treat

State Rep. Ronald G. Waters (D-W. Phila.), along with children participating in the Fathers And Children Together Program, recently attended the annual Great Family Gathering event, hosted by the Church of Christian Compassion and Pastor Lonnie Herndon. Waters donated a significant number of turkeys to help make the event possible and the FACT children assisted in serving Thanksgiving dinner to the

Sen. Tartaglione: Deadline Near for Tax/Rent Rebates

Eligible residents who need help stretching their budgets have less than a month left to apply for property tax or rent rebates, State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Kensington). “Pennsylvania’s propertytax/rent-rebate program can really help low-income residents who need assistance,” Tartaglione said. “This can make the difference for someone trying to decide if their money should buy food or medicine or go to pay a vital monthly bill, like heat. Don’t wait to apply.” The deadline for applying for this annual reimbursement was Jun. 30 but the state pushed it to Dec. 31. To qualify, homeowners or renters must be at least 65 years old, or 50 years old and a widow or widower, or at least 18 years old and disabled, or permanently disabled during the claim year, which would be 2012. If a homeowner or renter earns less than $8,000/year, they can receive the maximum $650 rebate. Homeowners who make between $18,001 and $35,000 can receive up to $250, while the minimum eligibility for renters is a $500 rebate for those making between $8,001 and $15,000. Proof of age and income are required. Homeowners and renters may call the Senator’s district office for help in submitting their applications. Applications may also be submitted through the Dept. of Revenue’s website: www.revenue.state.pa.us. It costs nothing to apply.

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Washington’s Bill Child Abuse Clears House Committee

said after the meeting. Washington’s legislation overhauls the duties and roles of multidisciplinary investigative teams, the entities responsible with investigating reports of child abuse.

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(Cont. From Page 14) not require the winners to pay state income tax on the winnings,” Clay said. “Pennsylvania’s Lottery is growing each and every year, and we are definitely missing out on an opportunity to raise significant money. It’s a no-brainer!” Youngblood, who is Democratic chair of the House Gaming Oversight Committee, said she agrees that Pennsylvania should look into joining the majority of states and potentially require lottery winners to pay a minimal fee on their winnings. But she also said she believes the State should explore issuing an additional fee on all gambling winnings, which would bring the Commonwealth closer to the percentages required by bordering states. Currently, casino and racetrack winnings are only subject to the state’s personal income tax. “My proposal would require winners to pay an additional 5% fee on all gambling winnings, and would also apply to those who live outside of Pennsylvania,” Youngblood said. “With casinos paying out nearly $28 billion in slot-machine winnings alone, the Commonwealth could generate hundreds of millions of dollars for education statewide, and tens of millions for our School District.”

homeless. “Every year when I attend this event, I am amazed by the outpouring of compassion and holiday spirit that is displayed,” Waters said. “We were able to feed over 5,000 homeless people this year, and there is no doubt in my mind that they are grateful and thankful. “The event was made even more special this year with the addition of the FACT children and their mothers to the volunteer list. FACT serves children with incarcerated fathers.

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Boyle said food banks often run low during the holiday season when demand is high. “With food-stamp benefits being cut for the first time in history, food banks will undoubtedly receive an increase in clients,” Boyle said. “It is important now more than ever that we assist those in need.” Anyone with questions should contact Boyle’s office at (215) 331-2600.


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Sen. Tartaglione Parade Participant Savage Sponsors Hoop Tourney Friends Raise Funds For Dan Savage

WE PUBLISHED this picture last week and indicated State Sen. Tina Tartaglione didn’t make annual Tacony-Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade. We erred. She wasn’t holding up banner because she was shaking hands with her constituents along parade route. She also was busy distributing several Photo by Bill Myers hundred turkeys to needy constituents.

DEMOCRATIC 23rd Ward Leader Danny Savage, right, hosted one-on-one Basketball Tournament at Deni Playground in Frankford for 11U to 14U Boys. Winner for each age group was crowned “King of Deni”. In photo are Coach Ryan Davis, Demetrius Boswell and Tahj Wheeler.

LENDING their support to former Councilman Dan Savage are attorney George Bochetto and former Sheriff Barbara Deeley.

Kinsey, Kappa Alpha Psi Host Turkey Dinner

LOCAL 98 Business Mgr. and leader of the 1st Ward John J. Dougherty, right, and Dan Savage happily flank Lisa Deeley for this picture.

Looks Like War In 2nd Senatorial Primary

STATE REP. Stephen Kinsey joins Jerome Dean, of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, who helped host over 1,000 people a Thanksgiving dinner at 1st Filipino Baptist Church, 5203 N. Broad Street.

THROWING their support to Danny Savage, 3rd from left, JOSEPH BARTON of North Philadelphia signs up for free MEMBERS OF Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity in his coming challenge to State Sen. Tina Tartaglione are turkey dinner at First Filipino Bap- helped organize Thanksgiving dinner at Marnie Aument-Loughrey; Donna Aument, 33rd Ward tist Church, 5203 North Broad First Filipino Baptist Church, 5203 N. Leader; and Pat Parkinson,57th Ward Leader. Photo by Maria Merlino Photo/Rory McGlasson Street. Broad Street. Philadelphia's own Gwen Collins, state President of Federation of Democrat Woman, presents Outstanding Democrat Elected Official to State Rep. Vanessa Brown. Collins also serves as a 16th Ward Com- THANKSGIVING Day, State Rep. Vanessa mitteewoman. Also Lowery Brown served dinner at Bible Way honored was Rep. Baptist Church to hundreds of W. Phila. families like this one who were unable to Maria Donatucci. Photo by Sue Stoltzfus prepare their own – as volunteer Tom Mas- PAST and present members were honored at Montford Point Marines All Milsaro slung trayful of pies to assist her. itary Ball at the Clarion Hotel in Essington, Pa. In photo at top are Bartram Junior ROTC Cadets. In middle photo are Women Veterans who were honored and below Original Montford Point Marines (Living Legends).

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Brady Honors Officers WARREN RAINES, aide to Congressman Bob Brady, presented three congressional citations to SEPTA policemen who found Alfred Bunting with no ID on subway platform at Ellsworth Station. He was identified and taken to hospital where his family was able to be with him as he succumbed to effects of a massive heart attack. Honored were officers Troy James, Patrick Barr, and Douglas Loven. Photo by Joe Stivala

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(Cont. From Page 12) is just COLD.... A fine funeral service was held for Judge Anthony DeFINO with superb eulogy by his son Michael. It will be hard NOT to imagine a world WITHOUT the impeccably dressed judge entering the Justice Center with a sprightly step. A MONUMENTAL MAN for all seasons. Teacher and friend to multitudes. BABE HEFRON, WW2 hero, longshoreman, soldier extraordinary, passed at 90. I will remember him leading the march of WW2 vets to be honored in the great hall of the Union League recently.... GREAT: The Labor MEET & GREET of Joe DOUGHERTY, Jr. of Philly Labor.com, went well! The next one will introduce Teamsters Local 830 leader Dan

was scheduled to elect a new Chairman. I expect STATE REP. MIKE VEREB (150th Dist.) will be elected, as he was the only announced candidate as this newspaper went to press. Some believe the loss of the two open positions on Montgomery Co. Common Pleas in November to Democrats is a wake-up call that the party is dysfunctional. While party registration in the county is more Democratic, the low Democratic turnout in a low-profile election should have given the Republicans an edge if they could have gotten their people out to vote. They did not.

City Hall Sam (Cont. From Page 12) vision for schools as GOV. TOM CORBETT. Corbett’s poll numbers continue to be dismal but the Democrats are currently involved in free-for-all which threatens to become a circus. No Democrat has emerged at as the clear frontrunner and a protracted primary can only lead to negative effects on a future Democratic nominee. Corbett is hoping for a Democrat who emerges from the field battered and weakened – and perhaps too liberal for Pennsylvania’s mainstream voters.

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included politicians from both sides of the isle, fellow jurists and attorneys whom tried cases before him. The internecine fighting within the Montgomery Co. Republican Party was once again in the media with the indictment last week of former GOP County CHAIRMAN BOB KERNS for allegedly sexually abusing an employee of his law firm. He resigned his position as County Chairman when rumors arose that a complaint had been filed. Wednesday night, a countywide meeting of committee people GRACE. It will be held in the Local 401 Hall of Business Mgr. Joe DOUGHERTY, SR. NEEDY kids will be the recipient of 1,000 coats, courtesy of Councilwoman Jannie BLACKWELL.... Jeff HORNSTEIN, part of City Controller Butkovitz’s brain trust, correctly lamented the odd way the legislature dealt with the transportation bill.... Izzy FITZGERALD’s 10th Ward is hosting a LOL Comedy Show on the 13th, a really good time!

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the previous Sunday in a fire in his South Philadelphia home. DeFino served for 19 years as a judge and was a consultant to the District Attorney’s office since that time. He was first appointed to the bench by then-GOV. BOB CASEY and was subsequently elected as a Democrat to Common Pleas. He was known as a courteous yet firm, intellectual, unbiased and ultimately fair judge. The hundreds of people who attended his viewing and/or funeral were a testament to his honorable and outstanding public service and

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(Cont. From Page 12) warranted, as he would have been “preaching to the choir”. He spent most of his time connecting personally with the attendees. A number of elected officials and jurists came to support the URC, including Pennsylvania Supreme Court CHIEF JUSTICE RON CASTILLE, STATE SEN. DOMINIC PILEGGI (Delaware Co.), City COUNCILMAN DAVID OH, former Montgomery Co. COMMISSIONER JIM MATTHEWS

and Philadelphia Common Pleas JUDGE WEB KEOGH. Numerous URC members were in attendance, including but not limited to MIKE BARKOVICH, WALT VOGLER, former RCC CHAIRMAN VITO CANUSO, KEVIN PASQUAY, JACK MORLEY, BILL PETTIGREW, Parking Authority EXEC. DIR. VINCE FENERTY and MATT WOLFE. Last Saturday, retired Common Pleas Court JUDGE ANTHONY DeFINO was laid to rest. He died tragically


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Rudmans Prove To Be ‘True’ Friends of Police (Cont. From Page 2) the money to repair the statue were started, but could not net the funds needed, so they never were able to get it done.” The statue is now restored to its original condition, when it was first installed in 1977. In a response befitting his reputation as “Philadelphia’s Guardian Angel.” Parks, who was on hand at the statue’s original unveiling, returned for the rededication. “It’s remarkable how it changed from all those years of air pollution and whatever, but it looks as if it was just placed here today,” she said. “It looks brand-new. I know Charles would be delighted to be here

today, and he is in spirit.” Commissioner Ramsey, in his rededication speech, lauded Rudman for his latest efforts on behalf of the Philadelphia police: “Kal said he would take care of the job right away,” said the Commissioner. “He never once asked me how much I thought it would cost. “The name of the statue is also the name this Police Dept. has given to Kal Rudman. Our Honorable Deputy Police Commissioner is ‘the friend’ of the Philadelphia Police Dept.” Kal & Lucille Rudman were presented with a large plaque which contained a list of the many contributions they

have given over the years to the Police Dept. Among them are providing annual scholarships for Officers to take courses at Community College of Philadelphia; paying for the purchase and training of K-9 dogs; paying for HarleyDavidson motorcycles; and paying for horses in the park division. In addition to his support of the Police Dept., Kal has helped curb crime another way. Over the past 20 years he has worked closely with John Appledorn of the Citizens Crime Commission, contributing heavily to the rewards for felons tipped on 6ABC and many other CCC programs.

KAL & LUCILLE RUDMAN, holding plaques commemorating their history of contributions as true “friends” of Phila. Police Dept., attended rededication of statue titled “A Friend” at Police Administration Building. In photo are Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey; artist’s Photo by Randex Communications widow, Inge Parks, seated, widow of statue’s sculptor.

Liguori Academy To Open In South Philly Next Year A new Catholic school for at-risk high school students is set to open in South Philadelphia next year. The Liguori Academy, a non-profit Catholic school, will start using space at SS. John Neumann-Maria Goretti HS. and could open Sep. 14, 2014. The academy is the brainchild of Father Mike Marrone, of West Catholic HS, and Sister Stephen Ann Rodriguez, IHM, Principal of St. Aloysius Academy in Bryn Mawr. The pair hosted a special

fundraiser on Monday in Center City with supporters and special guests. “In a time of closure and scandal, this school is one of hope for Catholics who value a Catholic education,” said Christopher Junger, who has been hired as the project director. “When a kid drops out of a Catholic high, he or she is lost and eaten alive.” Jungers said the school will target at-risk students who drop out of the Catholic school system because of academics. Three of its biggest supporters

include District Attorney Seth Williams, a Catholic-school graduate, local businessperson Ray Mira, and union leader John J. Dougherty. A host of community leaders across the Delaware Valley attended Monday’s meeting. “Every child, if it’s academic, can be remedied,” Jungers said. The Liguori Academy already has a home, thanks to Neumann-Goretti. John Murawski, president of NeumannGoretti, said he is pleased the Liguori Academy can utilize

some of the free space at his school. Since the merger of Neumann and Goretti, enrolment has plummeted. Such is the case accross Catholic schools in the region. Marrone, a South Philadelphia native, said the mission behind the new school is grounded in the spirit of Saint Alphonsus Liguori to promote “God’s boundless love” for each student. “We want to empower students critically atrisk academically,” he said. Marrone said he hopes to have the first class at Liguori Acad-

emy on Sep. 14, 2014. For more information,

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FATHER MICHAEL MARRONE is flanked by District Attorney Seth Williams and businessperson Ray Mirra, at La Famiglia Restaurant during fundraiser for Liguori Academy on Monday. Photo by Rory McGlasson

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World War II Hero ‘Babe’ Heffron Remembered by Maria Merlino Edward “Babe” Heffron, a US paratrooper during World War II, who was portrayed in the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers”, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, died Sunday, Dec. 1 from cancer. He was 90 years old. Heffron, thoughtful, humorous and introspective, grew up in Pennsport and went on to write Brothers in Battle and Best of Friends with William “Wild Bill” Guarnere. “I remember the first day I saw him on the field,” said Guarnere. “He was sent as replacements for the 101st Airborne Division in July 1944. He was assigned to Easy Company

of the 506th PIR as a Machine Gunner. He was a little guy and he walked with a strut. I said that guy is from South Philly. He heard me and said ‘Yeah. That’s right!’ He was given a machine gun that was almost his size!” Heffron first participated in the airborne invasion of the Netherlands during Operation Market Garden. During an assault on the town of Nuenen, Heffron and his company took severe casualties, causing them to withdraw and hold a defensive position in the Netherland Crossroads till Nov. 15, when they took a leave at Mourmelon, France. On Dec. 18, he and the Division were immediately sent to the

STATE REP. BILL Keller with Edward “Babe” Heffron earlier this year. Photo by Maria Merlino

Ardennes Forest to replace the 28th Infantry Division and defend the town of Bastogne from the German offensive known as “The

Battle of the Bulge”. While in the military, Heffron won the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. Heffron later found a job at Publicker Industries in for a whiskey distillery. When the company moved to Linfield in 1966, Heffron then worked on clerking cargo on the Philadelphian waterfront, till he retired in 1993. During the fighting, his friend John Julian had been fatally injured by a machine gun. Heffron tried saving him, but wasn’t able to with a German machine gun firing at his position. They were eventually able to recover Julian’s

body, but he had died, and Heffron was deeply affected by it. After the Battle of the Bulge, Heffron would continue to serve all the way to Germany, and would be promoted to Sergeant. Good friend State Rep. Bill Keller knew Heffron most of his life. “I found out about his passing through his daughter Trish, but the news spread quickly from the internet. We worked together as longshoremen. I knew he had been in WWII but never knew what he had been through.” Heffron was also a family friend to Pennsport entrepreneur, Ken Adams. “I grew up around WWII veterans. Babe knew my father. He knew my Uncle George who was killed in battle

in Italy. They all grew up together and played football with the CorSac Athletic Club. When the guys came back from the war, they hung out at 2nd & Washington at the Catholic War Veterans Post. My brother Michael worked with him as a longshoreman. They never talked about the war until the Steven Ambrose book came out, The Band of Brothers. You have to remember that what these men shared, especially if they were in combat, they never said a word about it They didn’twant the family to know. After the HBO series, Babe and Bill Guarnere wrote their book, Brothers in Battle. They wrote about my uncle. There are only 13 members.”


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