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MEMBERS OF IBEW LOCAL 98 gather toys and clothes at 3rd & Jackson Streets on Monday as volunteers prepare to deliver truckloads of toys and food to needy families in area. Volunteer team led Grays Ferry community leader Bob Gormley worked long hours under wet and windy conditions in a steady downpour on Monday to ensure a happy holiday for kids in our Photos by Joe Stivala region. LOCAL AUTO DEALERSHIPPacifico Ford hosted over 100 kids from South and Southwest Philadelphia and gave out free gifts at its annual Holiday party. Children from the area were given toys, food and clothes, and got to meet Santa at their Ford dealership on Essington Avenue.

AT A SPECIAL DEDICATION last weekend, “Wild” Bill Guarnere is surrounded by friends and family at the Soldiers Memorial, 12th & Molleborre Terrace, to commemorate 69h anniversary of Battle of the Bulge. “Wild Bill” lost his leg rescuing a fellow soldier on the field. Four members of “Band Of Brothers” have their names on this granite stone, including South Philadelphian Guarnere. Bill is 13th member still alive from Easy Company’s Band of Brothers. From left: “Murphy” Brown, Oscar Garcia, Joe Ricci, Gene Guarnere, Officer John Smyl, Bill Guarnere, Jr., Harry Photo by Maria Merlino Castiglia and Kenny Taylor.

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South Philadelphia Business Association Oldest Business Association in South Philadelphia – Chartered in 1897 To join as a member of the SPBA, please call: (215)-336-1108

P. O. Box 31425• Philadelphia, PA 19147 (215)-336-1108 (215)-336-1149 (fax) Executive Board- President: Daniel Olivieri Treasurer: Jackie Fitzpatrick

Vice-President: Vince DeFino Esq. Secretary: Gaeton Tavella

Board Members John Savarese Mark Rago

Louis Galdo Dr. Jim Moylan Vince Giusini Bill Ciampitti

Real Heroes Wear Dog Tags by Maria Merlino As the saying goes, “Real heroes don’t wear capes; they wear dogs”. Dec. 16, 2013 marked the 69th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. Last Saturday, at the Soldiers Memorial at 12th Street & Molleborre Terrance, a wreath was laid to remember the heroes from WWII who went off to war for our freedom. Joe Ricci, a retired highway-patrol officer, was so moved by the passing of Edward “Babe” Heffron, a few weeks ago that he put together a memorial service to remember Babe and to also honor, “Wild” Bill

Guarnere, who lost his leg in the Battle of the Bulge from German 88mm artillery shrapnel. Guarnere was attempting to pull from the snow his great friend, Joe Toye, who also lost his leg that very same day. Previous to his injury, Guarnere made a combat parachute jump into Normandy on D-Day and into Holland in Operation Market Garden. His brother Henry was killed in action in Italy in 1944. Bill never forgot how the German army killed his brother and earned the name “Wild Bill” due to his indefatigable fighting and killing of the German enemy.

Also remembered were Easy Company’s Ralph Spina, a medic, and Ralph Trappuzzano, also a medic. Trumpeter Kenny Taylor from the Philadelphia Clef Club played “Taps”. “When I play at these memorial services, I always think about the veterans and the sacrifices they made,” he said. “This is my way of giving back.” As the wreath was laid, Guarnere removed his cap and closed his eyes. He said, “All the things we went through, the Screaming Eagles, Battle of the Bulge, the lives we lost, they are still on my mind.”

“WILD” Bill Guarnere is flanked by friends and family at the Soldiers Memorial, 12th & Molleborre Terrace, last Saturday, to commemorate 69 Anniversary of Battle of the Bulge, where “Wild Bill” lost his leg rescuing a fellow soldier on the field. From left, Gene Guarnere, Officer John Smyl, Bill Guarnere, Jr., Harry Castiglia and Kenny Taylor. Photo by Maria Merlino

A Merry ‘Brady’ Donatucci Hosts Christmas Party At Galdo’s Christmas

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REGISTER OF WILLS Ron Donatucci hosted his annual Christmas Party at Galdo's Caterers, 933 W Moyamensing Ave. Joining Donatucci here is Edgar Campbell III and Congressman Bob Brady.

CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY, center, is flanked by staffers, friends and family at Christmas party held at his S. Photo by Rory McGlasson Broad Street offices.

D I S TRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams joins Ron Donatucci at Christmas party in South Philadelphia.

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sentative districts as well as the councilmanic districts. Also included are the latest voter registration stats of Republicans, Democrats, Independents and others as of August 2013, with a breakdown of the numbers of each party registration for the various election districts. Chairman Clark said,

“This is our initial effort to make it easy for an interested voter to find all the information he could every want in one easy publication.” Free copies are available from any of the offices of the City Commissioners at City Hall or by calling the chairman’s office at (215) 686-3462, -3.

COMMISSION Chair Anthony Clark is all smiles at first official election publication.

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ficial representing this city from all three levels of government, federal, state, and city, as well as the ward leaders of both parties, answers to frequently asked questions, and tons of voter data. Included are the wards and divisions located in each of the Congressional, state senatorial and repre-

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Chairman Anthony Clark Publishes Voter Guide On Election Information

CITY COMMISSIONERS publish first all-encompassing source for those needing answers to electoral -- questions from who their representatives in various offices are, to election dates for those interested in running, as well as contact information for all elected officials.

This city’s voters will be able to know who represents them while they read a host of other critical election information not found in any other guides now available in the city. That’s thanks to the fact City Commission Chair

Anthony Clark has produced the 2014 edition of the Philadelphia Public Guide on Election Information and Voter Information. Listed are election filing dates, the names and addresses of every elected of-

JIMMY CUNNINGHAM’S Asbestos Workers Local 14 donated truckload of bikes to young patients at Children’s Hosp. of Phila.

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ENJOYING Laborers District Council Holiday Party were Cody Anderson and LECET Administrator Juan STATE REPS. Ron Waters and Louise Williams share Ramos. a moment with LDC Local 135 Business Manager Daniel “Tiger” Woodall.

LDC Local 135 Spread Christmas Cheer

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MAKING MERRY at Laborers’ holiday party were, from left, civic activist Omar Sabir, Judge-Elect Timika Lane, and LDC Business Manager Ryan N. Boyer & Mrs. Boyer.

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Laborers District Council Hosts Holiday Gathering

LDC Local 135 Business Mgr. Daniel “Tiger” Woodall, Jr., and his staff gathered around Santa Claus prior to working as his Elves to handle Christmas gift-giving to youngsters at their Norristown headquarters. Santa’s helpers are Bill McLane, Edward Martin, Grace Stockley, Veronica Smith, Tiffany Carter, Tionne Henson, Tiger Woodall, Vernon Woodall with Santa, Jerry Simon. Kyinn Canada looks up and find Santa “is so big”. Some children gather around Santa to thank him and Daniel Woodall.

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Alston-Beech Foundation Awards Nonprofits $20,000

GRANT RECIPIENT Dorothy Johnson-Speight, Founder of Mothers in Charge, Inc., with Ken Scott, President of Beech Companies

N. Phila.), who shared information about the Community Umbrella Agency that will work to strengthen and support families in the 22nd and 25th Police Dists. “I remember sitting down with Floyd Alston and developing this dream,” states Thomas. “We’re excited to be back here in the community and excited to see how well things are going on in this side of town.” Since 2006, the AlstonBeech Foundation have provided grants to support the mission of the Alston-Beech Foundation. The Alston-Beech Foundation will begin accepting proposals in January 2014, for its next cycle of funding. The deadline for proposal submission is Apr. 1, 2014. Please visit www.beechinterplex.com for proposal instructions and to obtain an application.

State Representative Curtis Thomas is seen here at announcement with Ken Scott, President of Beech Companies. ANNOUNCING awards were Ken Scott, President of Beech Companies and Christine Brown, Executive Director of Beech Community Services.

USA BOXING Official Wendell Douglas was one judge who had difficult job of deciding some highly competitive bouts, but in the end, would award Navy a 5-4 win.

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The Alston-Beech Foundation has awarded $20,000 to more than a dozen local nonprofits at the annual Consortium of Cecil B. Moore organizations. Businesses like the African-American Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Fleisher Art Memorial, Mothers In Charge, Inc. and Teenshop, Inc. were presented with a grant to compliment and foster revitalization efforts in the North Central Philadelphia community. “Nonprofits continue to grow and play a greater role in helping to improve the quality of life for our community,” states Ken Scott, president of Beech Cos. “The Consortium was created to pool resources together to help fund that effort, and I’m happy to see that the pool and the number of organizations we can help continue to grow.” Also in attendance was State Rep. Curtis Thomas (D-

NATIONAL COLLEGIATE Boxing Association President Kenneth Cooper is welcomed to Phila. by Veteran Boxers Association Director Fred Druding, Jr., who also thanked NCBA, along with sponsor Rowan Technologies Solutions, for complimentary tickets he received which were distributed to area youth.

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PENNA. CONVENTION Center was site of the 2013 ArmyNavy Boxing Classic where two of our great Armed Forces Academies slugged it out in nine competitive bouts.

Navy Edges Army In Boxing Classic

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City Leaders, Agencies Pool For Students Philadelphia is taking a big step toward improving student success in school by joining the nationwide Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. In Philadelphia, the campaign is supported through a grant from the Barra Foundation. Over the next six months, city agencies and community

groups led by Public Citizens for Children & Youth and the Urban Affairs Coalition will create a multi-year strategy to increase the share of publicschool students reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. The strategy will focus on four specific policies that can boost the share of students

reaching that critical milestone: high-quality earlylearning programs, reduction of school absenteeism, summer reading efforts and alignment of instructional practices from pre-K to 3rd grade. “We know a strong start in school can lead to a lifetime of success,” said Donna Cooper, executive director for PCCY.

Research finds 74% of students who fail to read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade falter in later grades and often drop out before earning a high-school diploma. Currently in Philadelphia, only 10 of the 167 public elementary schools have 75% or more of their students reading on grade level or better, 61 schools have 50%, and an alarming 24 buildings have just 25% of their students meeting this 3rd-grade benchmark. “Improving academic performance and graduation rates in our schools starts with the basics,” said Dr. William R. Hite, superintendent of the School District. “This campaign is exactly what we need to get our children to read at grade level by the end of the 3rd grade.” The Campaign for GradeLevel Reading is a collaboration of foundations, nonprofits, communities and states working to address the

DONNA COOPER of PCCY, addressing a rally, said, “We cannot give every child the education they deserve without increasing our investment at the state and local level and removing our embarrassing status as one of only three states without a fair funding formula.” Photo by Jeff Garis, PA Budget & Policy Center

challenges that keep many children from low-income families from mastering reading. Philadelphia City Council and the Pennsylvania General Assembly received low marks in a report card grading their performance on funding for Philadelphia public schools. City Council earned a “C-,” while the General Assembly received a “D” on the report card jointly released by 10 organizations united in their call for equitable funding for

Philadelphia public schools. In its comments, the report card cited City Council’s desire to help by passing the cigarette tax and advancing $50 million to the schools through the sale of districtowned buildings, but still had many missing assignments including the authorization of the 1% sales-tax increase, passing the Use & Occupancy and liquor-by-the-drink taxes, and failing to eliminate the 10-year property-tax abatement.


Pre-Apprentices Join Trades

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PHILA. Housing Authority held a special ceremony at December board meeting for 14 public-housing residents who graduated from its revamped Pre-Apprenticeship Program. All graduates of program have been hired by PHA and will receive union cards. Agency’s goal is to have 25% of its workforce made up of residents.

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Jordan Blasts US Senate Budget media, in particular the city’s two major daily newspapers, have praised the recent success of the Aker Shipyard while ignoring the company’s treatment of local

workers forgetting the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania gave Aker a $42-million lifeline grant when the company was struggling for survival.

Thank You Labor! PHILA. Public Record’s Ad Dir. John David delivers check to Elizabeth McElroy, Secretary/Treasurer of Phila. AFL/CIO, in thanks for Council’s support, as is done every year, from proceeds gathered through Public Record’s Labor Day Supplement.

Union Workers Protest Akers Employee Policy Local Jobs, Local People, a newly-formed coalition of Philadelphia area workers – union and non-union alike – who have lost their Aker Shipyard jobs to less qualified, out-of-state workers from the deep south, hand billed outside the 8th & Market Street offices of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. This site was chosen because the area around Aker Shipyard is remote and not heavily populated with people and the mainstream

Rep. Rosita Youngblood (District 198)

Wishes you the best for

Merry Christmas Happy New Year

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“With this new federal budget deal, Congress has caused things to go from bad to worse for the school employees who were laid off this year by the School District. First, they lost their jobs. Now they will lose their unemployment benefits after Dec. 28,” Said PFT President Jerry Jordan. “In June, nearly 4,000 Philadelphia public-school employees were laid off due to a fiscal crisis they played no role in creating. Today, too many counselors, nurses, teachers, librarians and non-instructional personnel are still not in our public schools where they belong. “The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers will continue to fight to bring back every laid off employee. In the meantime, we hope the allies of working people on Capitol Hill will revisit this issue and work to make things just a little bit easier for the 1.3 million unemployed Americans when Congress reconvenes in January.”


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Our Opinion Merry Christmas To All Readers of the Philadelphia Public Record know how we feel about this holiday season. Next week it’s Happy New Year. This week it’s Merry Christmas, simple and clear, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. We show a strong disdain to those who lop all our celebrations under “Happy Holidays”. There is no harm in acknowledging the sacredness of a day, whether it is your day or someone else’s. So we wish to all of you who understand this, a very Merry Christmas to you and your families from our staff and our families.

Another Opinion Worse Than Scrooge On Minimum Wage

by State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione Ebenezer Scrooge is ashamed of Pennsylvania. He’s ashamed of this Governor and some leading Republican lawmakers who lack the Christmas spirit and continue to refuse to increase our minimum wage. While many of us are planning at least an average holiday in terms of volume of gifts and size of family gatherings and meals, Pennsylvania’s base hourly wage doesn’t even get minimum-wage earners to the point of being able to enjoy a below-average Christmas. To go “over the river and through the woods” from here to Pittsburgh, it costs nearly $34 if you don’t have E-Z Pass. A minimum-wage worker has to work nearly 5 hours to pay for that trip to grandma’s house. An average Christmas dinner — with turkey and all of the average trimmings — costs about $50. A minimum-wage worker has to work just about an entire day to be able to afford that meal. One of the most-popular gifts this year is the Kindle Fire tablet, which costs about $180. If a minimum-wage worker has a loved one who

likes to read, he’ll have to continue buying used paperbacks because buying that tablet as a gift will take 25 hours of toil for the povertylevel $7.25/hour. President Obama called for an increase in the minimum wage this month. Ten other states, including Ohio, increased their minimum-wage rates and tied them to inflation for 2013. They took out the politics by agreeing that base wage earners deserve to at least be compensated when there is inflation. And five other states, including New York and New Jersey, passed minimum-wage increases effective in 2014. Pennsylvania’s minimum wage has been stagnant since 2009, and our tipped minimum wage has not been raised for 15 years. I was successful in raising the state’s minimum wage to $7.15/hour seven years ago. The federal government then pushed up that floor to $7.25/hour. It’s been far too long since the last increase. I have introduced legislation, SB 858, to increase the minimum wage incrementally to $9.00/hour by 2015. After 2015, my bill would tie minimum-wage increases to the

rate of inflation according to the consumer price index, just like other states have done or are planning to do. I have also introduced legislation to raise the tipped minimum wage from its current $2.83/hour to 70% of the

regular minimum wage rate by 2015. I’m not the only state lawmaker who is proposing to increase the minimum wage, so there is more than enough evDec. 26- Universal Muslim idence and shared opinion that Business Ass’n Network (Cont. Page 24) Mixer at Karima’s Banquet Ha., 1928 W. Hunting Park Ave., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free to members (RSVP mandatory), universal African culture is $120 to nonmembers. For info just as mythical.) (215) 430-2441. I do sometimes wish people Dec. 27- Judge-Elect Timika a merry Christmas, if I know Lane hosts Holiday Victory they’re Christian. But some- Party at Landmark Americana times you don’t know, and Tap & Grill, 2481 N. 54th St., you don’t want to inadver- 6-9 p.m. DJ Aktive (’80s, tently offend someone if ’90s, current). they’re actually Jewish, for in- Dec. 29- Brendan Boyle hosts stance. If you’re sending mass Congressional Fundraiser Eagreetings out (via Facebook, gles Watching at Benny the for instance), a generic greet- Bum’s, Red Lion Rd. & ing is really the only way to Bustleton Ave., 1 p.m. go. And people can tell which Dec. 31- State Rep. Vanessa holiday you mean by what Lowery Brown hosts New time of year it is. Year’s Eve Cabaret at 5022 So, for instance, I wished Lancaster Ave., 10 p.m.-2 some people a “happy holiday” p.m. Music from ’60s to preson Thanksgiving, in case they’d ent. Strand, Bop, Cha-Cha, rather call it Indigenous People’s Line Dance and your own Day like they do in Berkeley. Dance. Tickets $30 in adEric Hamell vance, $40 at door. For tickets Majority Inspector, Ward call Elizabeth (215) 298-1579 59/Div. 21 or (215) 324 5919.

Letters • Letters

Happy Cookiemas Your editorial (“Call It By Its Name”, Dec. 5) makes quite a mountain out of a molehill. Most likely, the Postal Service test-marketed several image combinations and found more people favoring the gingerbread house than the Madonna-and-child. This would come as no surprise, since even most Americans who identify as Christian these days seem to prefer a secular version of the holiday. More pertinent is that they still issue Christmas and Hanukkah stamps at all, despite the 1st Amendment’s clear ban on any “establishment of religion.” (And while some may claim Kwanzaa is ethnic rather than religious, its premise of a

Dec. 31- John Fritz announces for Congressional 13th Dist. at New Year’s Eve Party, United Republican Cl., 3156 Frankford Ave. RSVP FritzForCongress@gmail.com or (215) 792-3898. Jan. 6- Baptist Ministers Conference Installation Service at New Gethsemane Baptist Ch., 917 E. Chelten Ave. Dinner 5-6:45 p.m., service 7 p.m. Host pastor Rev. Samuel B. Jordan, Jr.; outgoing Pres. Rev. Harry Bronson, Pres.Elect Rev. Ronald C. Parker, Sr., pastor of New Macedonia Baptist Ch.. For info Archbishop Anthony Floyd (214) 226-5025. Jan. 9- Councilwoman Cindy Bass hosts Expungement Information Clinic at Triumph Baptist Ch., Germantown & Hunting Park Aves., 6-8 p.m. Jan. 13- Pete Lyde Hosts 70th Birthday Celebration of Champion Joe Frazier at The Enterprise Center, 4548 Market St., 5-8 p.m. RSVP by Jan. 8. For info Pete (267) 303-3203 or Petesoreal@aol.com; or Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde Frazierlyde@Aol.Com. Free.


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Why Jannie Is Santa To The Poor All Year Round Every year, just before Christmas, the city’s poor families, in and out of shelters, know they will find a true Philadelphia Santa Claus in Third District Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell. Many will not be living in her district and will not be able to vote for her if they wanted, but all know they are welcomed as her guests. Every year, Councilwoman Blackwell feeds and presents the hundreds of children among them with presents, clothing for young and old, and great hot food and refreshments for all. She COUNCILWOMAN Jannie Blackwell can be found 4th from is thankful for the many sponsors and hundreds left in this line of servers ready to dish out a variety of deli- ALL appreciative and orderly was this crowd, which stretched cious hot food to her guests. of volunteer elves who help make it work. a block along 12th Street alongside Convention Center.

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SPANKING-NEW BRIGHT bicycles for youths and teenagers were donated by members of the Phila. Fraternal MAGNITUDE of this event can be seen from this photo. BalOrder of Police Lodge 5. Bringing them in were these mem- loons marked off each table and all filled up as gala got un- FREE HAIRCUTS and hairdos for the moms were part of ber along with President John McNesby, right forefront. offerings. derway.

ADDRESSING crowd is Bertha Simmons, whom Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell calls my second mother. “She’d grab my arm and hold me still when she felt I was going off to FAMILIES got to see tables of parents marked and sorted TWO PRETTY elves manned this soda counter, waiting for where I shouldn’t be.” Looking on is MC Mannwell Glenn. for boys and girls by various age groups … a lot of work. the lines to come by.

KICKING OFF entertainment program featuring live musiCHECKING out various bikes was Councilwoman Black- cians and d-jays are Mannwell Glenn and Councilwoman COUNCILWOMAN Blackwell spent first part of day-long event welcoming and directing her guests to happy events. well, indebted to help she received from FOP. Blackwell.


With Sid Booker At Christmas

SUPPORTERS hoping to end homelessness gathered outside Municipal Services Building to mark Homeless Memorial Day, marking the several hundred homeless found dead on streets in recent years,

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FOP President John McNesby, 2nd from left, welcomes Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, State Rep. Mike O’Brien, Mary Isaacson and State Rep. Cherelle Parker to FOP gala for its members.

4-YEAR-OLD John Pawlowski is center of attraction as FOP members gather at annual Christmas Party in their new headquarters on Caroline Road. From left are President John McNesby, Mike Shellenberger, Nick DeNofa, Terry Reed and Kim Pawloski McFillin.

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FOP Hosts Members’ Christmas Party

HOST Sid Booker, center, welcomes to his famous night club La Pointé for his annual Christmas Party Ducky Birts, Councilwoman Cindy Bass, Donna Laws and Irving Jones.

CITY COMMISSION Chairman Anthony Clark, center, enjoys quips between Ducky Birts and host Sid Booker.

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JOINING Host Sid Booker, center, are Rev. Carl Fletcher, Paul Bailey, Pastor Cleveland Edwards, Rev. Elisha Morris and Louise Moss.


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McGeehan Will Not Seek Reelection In 2014 State Rep. Michael McGeehan (D-Northeast), the longestserving State Representative of the 173rd Legislative Dist., is delivering a Christmas Gift to potential aspirants – his legislative seat. He will not seek a 13th term next year. McGeehan, Democratic chairman of the House Transportation Committee, was first elected to the House in 1990. He spent 18 years on the House Labor Relations Committee, spearheading key fire safety and protection initiatives. As Democratic chairman of the House Transportation Committee, McGeehan said he takes particular pride in last month’s House passage of Pennsylvania’s first comprehensive transportation funding package in decades. In fact, his colleagues credit him with its passage. Wards involved are the enState Representative

W. Curtis Thomas 530 W. Girard Avenue Phila., PA 19123 P: 215-560-3261 F: 215-560-2152 Getting Results for the People! www.pahouse.com/Thomas

Rep. Mike McGeehan ... job well done tire 41st, the 55th with 5 divisions, the 62nd with 8 divisions and 65th with 19 divisions, covering a population of 59,644. In a legislative career that spans nearly two dozen years, McGeehan also served as majority chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee. McGeehan said, “I’m extraordinarily grateful to the wonderful people of the 173rd

Rep.Maria P.

Donatucci

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Parker 200th Legislative District 1536 E. Wadsworth Ave. Phone: (215) 242-7300 Fax: (215) 242-7303 www.pahouse.com/Parker

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STATE REP. JOHN

SABATINA JR. 174th District 8100 Castor Ave Phila, PA 19152 T: 215-342-6204

Dist. who’ve elected and reelected me over the last 23 years. Personally knowing and serving a great many residents has been the highlight of my life,” McGeehan said. “I want to acknowledge and thank my family, staff and supporters for the help, dedication and sacrifices they have made on my behalf. I will always be appreciative and feel indebted to them all.” It’s rumored a frontrunner replacement could be either restaurateur Mike Driscoll or Kathy Price, well known for her work as key aide to the late Councilwoman Joan Krajewski. Price hasn’t made a decision yet. Mike said, “I’m in it with two feet and already running fast.” Gremlins Were At Work In Our Newspaper Office

We still can’t figure out why we indicated State Reps. Steve McCarter and Mary Jo Daley State Representative

Stephen Kinsey 201st Legislative District 5537 Germantown Ave Phila PA 19144 Phone: 215-849-6592 Fax: 215-560-1824 www.pahouse.com/Kinsey

(both D-Montgomery) were reported in this column last week as endorsing State Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Northeast) for Congress in the 13th District. The real endorsers were Boyle’s colleagues James Clay (D-Kensington) and Stephen Kinsey (D-N. Phila.). Both Clay and Kinsey are solidly behind Boyle in his effort to fill seat vacated by Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz. We appreciate Adam Erickson’s alert. As of now, word is Brendan will run for both his State House and the Congressional seat in the primary. N.E. Dems Draw Big Crowd At FOP Hall

One might have thought the Democratic City Committee was holding a major Christmas gala at the Police Hall in the Northeast and not just the 17 ward leaders making up that area of the city. That was due to the turnout of supporters of many of the feuding candidates in the districts in that area with their supporters. Also adding to the importance of the event was the appearances of Congressman and Party Chairman Bob Brady;

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SEN. ANTHONY WILLIAMS welcomes Santa Claus to his 3rd annual “Gifts for the Holidays” Party and toy giveaway as he hosted over 200 children and their families from 8th Senatorial Dist. at Turner/Kipp Charter School in STAFF of National Penn’s 21st & Market branch teamed up West Phila. with local nonprofit, Frankie’s World Foundation, area's only nonprofit medical day-care center for children with special health-care needs, to make Christmas memorable for their children, from infants to 12. In photo are National STATER REP. Penn’s David Tamimie, Jon Kelly and Karen Rompolski and Rosita Young- Steven Schwartz, executive director, Frankie’s World Medblood hosted her ical Daycare Center, with some recipients: Jordyn Daileyannual Christ- Phillips, age 5, and Kyree Mitchell, age 4. mas giveaway party for 20 famSTATE SENATOR ilies who received toys, Christmas dinner, food baskets and trees. DISTRICT OFFICE

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woman Allyson Schwartz (DNortheast) has picked up Teamsters Locals 249 and 926 based in Pittsburgh. “From slashing public education by nearly a billion dollars to hurting hard working men and women, Gov. Corbett has led Pennsylvania to the bottom,” said Marc Dreves, Local 926 secretary-treasurer. She continues to lead Corbett in the polls by eight points. In the Lieutenant Governor’s Democratic primary, scratch Northampton Co. District Attorney John Morganelli, the Democratic nominee for Attorney General in 2008 . He will not run; too busy on the farm. Torturing Corbett With Dummy Website

Loyal Republicans who turn to www.tomcorbettfor governor.org for some rousing campaign tools – will be in for a rude surprise. Instead of accolades, it is loaded with aggressive slams on the incumbent Governor’s record. That’s because it is paid for by the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. Its kickoff teaser reads “Watch the Video: Tom Corbett Said He’d Change Harrisburg But He’s Only Made It Worse.” The website becomes progressively less complimentary. Hostile websites designed to trap internet searches are an emerging tool in political campaigns. Ultraconservative State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) has already the target of one, “therealdarylmetcalfe.com”; it drew squeals of pain from the Tea Party warrior, who is not shy about calling other people names.


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PETTY OFFICER Joel Bartholomew, center, is Sailor of the Quarter aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter William Tate, which is main Coast Guard vessel servicing port from its Washington Avenue base. Navy League of Phila. presented check to Coast Guardsman, as well as one to ship’s Morale Fund. Bartholomew is congratulated by Warrant Officer John Herz and Dick Kearney, Navy League. Photo by Joe Stivala

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Making All This Happen…. Birth of Jesus Christ

17TH ANNUAL dedication of Christmas Crèche last Wednesday at NWC of Love Park included dedication and blessing by Rev. James T. McGuinn of St. Agatha-St. James Church and carols sung by students of St. Francis Xavier CHRISTMAS Crèche Committee members Daniel Alvarez, CRECHE COMMMITEE member John Stanton joins honor School. Crèche is erected each year with help from Ancient Pat McCafferty, John Stanton and Rev. James T. McGuinn guard from Knights of Columbus John Thomas, Sr., John enjoyed carol singing. J. Wallover, Jr., and Raymond P. Hill. Order of Hibernians 39 and Knights of Columbus.

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Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown donated thousands of new hats, gloves and scarves to needy children at her 14th Annual Warmth in Winter program at School District HQ.

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LED BY President Joe Schulle, center, Firefighters Local 22 donated snug winter coats to Heston ES students in W. Phila. as part of “Operation Warm” partnership with Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, who lauded their charity.

HOLT LOGISTICS CORP. presented US Marine Corps Toys for Tots program two full pallets of toys in time for Christmas. Toys were donated by Holt and dock workers. From left, P.J. Inskeep, Holt Logistics; Sgt. Peter Oakland, US Marine Corps Toys for Tots coordinator; Staff Sgt. Paul Huerta; Robert Lyons; and Leo A. Holt, president of Holt Logistics.

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MAJOR holiday party at KIPP Charter School in Angora hosted by State Sen. Anthony Williams, right, and State Rep. Ron Waters, center, proffered hundreds of gifts to happy children, including these bikes, courtesy of Delta Sigma Theta girls and CH2M HILL engineers.

ANNUAL Host to Santa Claus and hundreds of youngsters, Sam Staten, Jr., business manager of Laborers’ Local 332, made Christmas happen for hundreds of kids. Look close and you might guess Santa Claus is Ducky Birts, aide to ConPhoto by Joe Stivala gressman Bob Brady.

Parking Authority Employees Deliver Happy Tidings GATHERED TOGETHER for this photo are employees of Phila. Parking Authority before filling several vans with new clothes, toys, and other gifts for over 50 needy families. PPA employees and leadership pool their own resources to purchase gifts each Christmas. Not in group pic was another PPA Sana Claus, right, taking inventory of still more presents to be loaded.


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While this year’s holiday season seemed to be a little truncated and focused on consumerism (hope everyone has checked their credit-card bills for any nasty things that showed up after you whipped out the Master Card at Target…), one thing I’ve noticed about the Christmas season is it seems to be the only time when certain conversations don’t bother us as much. At Christmas time, overhearing a conversation on the 23 bus between a woman and her friend that speaks to a loss of job, being evicted, and asks the question “What am I gonna tell my son?” makes you perk up your ears a little. Not to condemn, but to help. I heard a conversation like this on my way to work on Monday and I found myself going through my mental Rolodex to see whose number I could give this woman. While the weather was unseasonably warm on Monday, it’s still more than a little too cold to have your kids facing a Christmas Day without a warm place to sleep or no knowledge of where food of any kind is going to come from. I wanted to help. But by the time I came up with a number I could give to the woman, she was gone. I hoped she found the help she needed, or that the person who was kicking her out of her home could at least put his or her inner Grinch aside until the end of the week so she and her kid could sleep in a warm bed, eat a meal or two, and enjoy something normal, even if it’s only temporary. I ended up going to a Christmas party that night and as I (Cont. Page 24)

City Hall Sam’s engine was running on fumes last week but he still managed to take in several VIP holiday parties. MARK SEGAL’S Holiday Bash was once again packed. Segal is the leader of a very strong faction of the LGBT community. He is also the editor in chief of the Philadelphia Gay News. His party was attended by powerful US Congressman and Democratic Party Chair BOB BRADY, former city controller JONATHAN SAIDEL, CITY COUNCILMEN MARK SQUILLA and JIM KENNEY, and city CONTROLLER ALAN BUTKOVITZ. The elected officials were once again “persuaded” to lead the singing of the Christmas carols. Fortunately, a crowd of well-wishers joined in to sing, and therefore partially drowned out the politicians’ best attempts at holiday cheer. The other very influential faction of the LGBT community is led by MALCOLM LAZIN. Malcolm is also highly respected and sought after by politicians, but his followers and members were not in attendance at the Mark Segal party. The Democratic House chairwoman STATE REP. CHERELLE PARKER is making moves. She made the trek across the city to the FOP holiday party. Parker is from Northwest Philly but showed up to greet members of the FOP, City COUNCILWOMAN JANNIE BLACKWELL, STATE SEN. MIKE STACK, FOP PRESIDENT JOHN MCNESBY, lobbyist GENE BLAGMOND and political operative CYNTHIA MARELIA. The FOP Union Hall is the newest and most-elite hall in the city. It was the location for the newly chiseled Northeast ward leaders’ holiday party. Its CHAIRMAN MIKE McALEER is one of the first to bring teeth to the organization and the party was also a fundraiser. Among those in attendance were congressional hopefuls MARJORIE MARGOLIES, DR. VALERIE ARKOOSH, STATE REP. BRENDAN BOYLE and STATE SEN. DAYLIN LEACH. Among the ward leaders were BOBBY DELLAVELLA, PAT PARKINSON, Mike Stack, JANICE SHULMAN, MATT MYERS, TOM JOHNSON and BERNICE HILL. Other notable VIPs were STATE SEN. ANTHONY WILLIAMS AND COUNCIL PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE. Williams continues to ride high as the frontrunner for Mayor in 2015, (Cont. Page 24)

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Yo! Here we go again with this explanation of the feast of seven fish. I do not claim to know the “official” explanation (if there is one) for the feast. This is what we remember about it. Grandpop Achille would say, “That was the way it has always been done and that was the way it was going to be done on that day … period.” Imagine it is late afternoon on Christmas Eve; the thousand and one things that have to be done for Christmas are completed. The gifts are wrapped, the appointments for Christmas visits have been made, and you think you are finally done. Do you still feel like there is something missing in this joyous season? I always do. It seems the religious aspects of Christmas are being lost to crass commercialism. Like it or not, Christmas is a religious holiday. Through the years it has become a buying frenzy, with a neverending list of items to get, and things to do. Christmas traditions have been colored green as in $, and the real spirit of this day is being lost. The Italians and Italian-Americans families realize it. We Italians are doing Christmas the Med-i-can way according to our means, but we have one tradition that nourishes the religious spirit as well as the body. It is called the Christmas Eve Fish Feast or the feast of seven fishes. This annual event is not as strictly structured as the Jewish Seder nor does it have any rules of religious conduct or sanctions. It is simply a wonderful tradition that gives a little meaning to Christmas and Christianity. On Christmas Eve evening, we eagerly awaited the final preparation of the seven-fish feast. It took a lot of cooking by the ladies to get everything to the table at the same time. Everyone pitched in and helped, as we were anxious to enjoy this feast. As the name implies, there were seven courses of fish served. These seven courses are served in many different recipes. Some are delicious and some are simply tasted, for they may not be one’s favorite food. In some homes they serve 13 fish courses; but seven or 13, the fish must be as fresh as possible and everyone must eat some of each dish. Zia Marie would say, “What-za-mad-der, you sick or some-a-thing? Eat some (Cont. Page 24)

KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS: For several years it seemed so appropriate to say, “Season’s Greetings” when speaking of Christmas. This year there is so much EASE in returning to “Merry Christmas.” I hear it (and say it) often. If we celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Buddhist beliefs, or read the Koran; they join Christmas in a celebration of the concept of being a good person. Show love to those around you. Share happiness and live peacefully. And the “glow from that fire can truly light the world.” XMAS-TIME BIRTHDAYS: Judge Joyce EUBANKS is a New Year’s Day baby, with Verna TYNER, City Council aide and 11th Ward powerhouse. On Jan. 2 Rev. Anthony STEVENSON, pastor of Four Corners Crusade for Life Church, celebrates. Dawn TANCREDI, Esq. – a future judge – has her day on the 4th. She is joined by former Auditor General Jack WAGNER on that date. Profound, professional respect is heaped on Chris BRENNAN, journalist, and Mike BOYLE, Esq., who both celebrate on the 10th! Mike might be a candidate in the near future. As an expert in Social Security, his Public Record column is widely read. Years of LIGHTNING ended in a day of muffled drums for Chuck PERUTO, Esq. I was involved when they selected him to run for City Controller with Dave BERGER for DA. It should have been the other way around. I learned from him as a fellow Draft Board member. We met in the Board of Revision and at the Police Chiefs Association. A GIANT of a man!... The successful move by George NORCROSS for majority ownership of our daily media does not change a court order, however. (Cont. Page 21)

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Sunday afternoon, Republican City Committee (held a Christmas Party for the city’s Republican ward leaders and other guests at RCC’s new headquarters at Cottman & Frankford Avenues. The party was well attended and the group dined on typical Philadelphia fare, including traditional pork sandwiches. The success of the event was owing to the hard work of RCC EXEC. DIR. JOE DeFELICE and office administrator CARMELLA FITZPATRICK. The party was scheduled to end at 5 p.m. but the crowd lingered. Most left, however, in time to get home to see the Eagles trounce the Chicago Bears. A larger Republican Christmas Party was held at the United Republican Club on Friday night. WARD LEADER MIKE CIBIK and Pennsylvania Republican Party staffer ANNIE HAVEY organized the party. Although Havey works for the PAGOP, her office is here in Philadelphia at RCC headquarters. The party had well over 100 people. While it was scheduled for 6-9 p.m., the party was still going strong at midnight. MIKE BARKOVICH, URC board member, was also instrumental in the success of the event. Sandwiched in between these two Christmas parties was yet another at the home of WARD LEADERS MATT WOLFE and DENISE FUREY in University City. While their event was open to Democrats and other pagans, Republicans from all reaches of the city were sighted. Santa Claus arrived at approximately 8 p.m. and I have it on good authority this Santa Claus was a Republican. The annual event had over 100 people. Upon entering the Wolfe home, partygoers may have noted the flyers on the entry table announcing the (Cont. Page 21)


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1st Northeast Dem Ward Leaders Host Christmas Gala

ENJOYING political tips from long-time Ward Leader Frank Conaway is State Sen. Tony Williams as Brian Eddis, center, listens. They were among hundreds attending NE Democratic ward leaders’ holiday reception at FOP Hall. Photo by Joe Stivala

NORTHEAST Democratic Ward Leaders and Democratic City Committee’s Lou Farinella, right, were among attendees at first Christmas gala held by them at FOP Hall. From left FOP Resident John McNesby welcomes N.E. are Marty Bednarek, Bill Dolbow, Bernice Hill, Mike Boyle, Ward Leaders’ guests Christine Hope, Donna Lorraine Bednarek and NE Chairman Mike McAleer. DeRose and Judge-Elect Anne Marie Coyle.

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FRED MARI, State Rep. Ed Neilson, Mark Lopez, HARRY LEECH took this picture of his fellow join with DCC’s Charlie Bernard and Lou Farinella. workers at Turnpike Commission.

ENJOYING GALA were State Sen. Mike Stack, Omar & Maibah Sabir, Tonya Stack, Judge Faye Stack and Jim Donnelly.

EDGAR “Sonny” Campbell spend moment with Mark HAPPY trio included Joe Russo, Lopez, 13th Dist. candidate Ward Leader Pete Wilson and Rep. Brendan Boyle and Tom Johnson. David Shadding.

215 STILETTOS Reality TV Show member Sphynix Tilley brings smiles to Frank Lazzaro.

MARJORIE MARGOLIES, 2nd from left, 13th Dist. candidate, was happy MIKE MAHOA and Jim Walsh met up to spend moment with Sonny Campwith N.E. Ward Leaders Bob Dellavella bell, Pete Wilson, Joe Malvestuto and Noelle Marconi. and Shawn Dillon.

GETTING to know vote-getters was 13th Dist. Candidate Dr. Val Arkoosh, meeting Jim DiVergilis and Teamsters Local 830 President Dan Grace.

SENATORIAL candidate Dan Savage is sure of this supporting cast, from left, Barbara and Lisa Deeley and Diane Martino.

CONTROLLER Alan Butkovitz, right, at home in Northeast, shares moment with supporters Lisa Deeley and Maurice Floyd.

CITY COMMISSION Chair Anthony Clark details his new voter guide to Mike Boyle, Councilman Bill Greenlee and John Sabatina, Sr.

FORMER CITY COMMISION CHAIR Marge Tartaglione and daughter State Sen. Tina Tartaglione find themselves with admirers.

CONGRESSMAN and Party Chairman Bob Brady meets up with one of his favorite State Senators, Christian Tartaglione.

JARED SOLOMON would like to pick up campaign tips from Councilman Bill Green.

STILL FRIENDS, though facing primary fight, are State Reps. Ed Neilson and John Sabatina, Jr., with Bill Rubin and Sherrie Cohen.

S T A T E REP. Kevin B o y l e , right, enjoys company of Councilman & Mrs. Bill Greenlee.

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all customer repairs and other losses. Luckily, no one was seriously hurt or killed in this accident. The issue of the aged cast-iron pipes is more problematic for PGW. In 2011, a gas-main explosion in Allentown killed five people and is expected to cost the utility, UGI Corp, over $25 million in compensation to those affected. If this happened in Philadelphia, the families of

the five dead people and those who lost their homes would have to share $500,000. And do not assume an accident like that cannot happen here. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission earlier this year fined PGW $500,000 for failing to follow proper procedures in repairing an old main resulting in the death of this employee. PGW was lucky that only one person died in that blast. PGW has roughly

1,250 miles of old cast-iron pipes. According to data from the PUC, 93% of the gas leaks and potential accidents are from cast-iron pipes. Because of the danger and liabilities associated with older cast-iron and unprotected steel pipes, many private-sector water and natural-gas utilities have accelerated the replacement of their older infrastructure. Pennsylvania gasdistribution company UGI

Corp. expects to replace all of its cast-iron pipes within 14 years. Chicago-based People Gas, with a similar aged infrastructure, is looking at 15-20 years. PGW’s current plan is to replace 250 miles over five years. At that pace, it will take PGW 50 years to replace its cast-iron pipes. As long as PGW’s liabilities are capped, do you really expect them to replace the pipes in a moretimely manner?

alarms. Commissioner Lloyd AYERS accepted and praised the gift.... The VETERANS MULTI-SERVICE Center on 4th & Race offers housing assistance, and backed a seminar for veterans and active military to learn how to unlock the potential of LinkedIn for your job search. The HIRING of a consultant by CITY COUNCIL to evaluate a sale of the GAS WORKS is a splendid idea! It felt like a roughshod ride by the administration with large costs to sell-

ing. It is good that COUNCIL shows strength, and is our WATCHDOG! The letter to the editor on AVI was WELL SAID in commenting on the mathematical formula used to value city properties. Some think the unseen formula is a bunch of stars, check marks, and plus and minus signs…. A big spotlight is on building MANUFACTURING jobs in Philly. Made easier by 3-D COPIERS, and rising paychecks in China – plus their rising costs of a 6,000-mile sea

transit. CITY COUNCIL takes the lead on this with members Jannie BLACKWELL, Bobbie HENON and David OH at the helm. Mark SQUILLA is a major PORT supporter. Does NUTTER’S pledge of $2.5m to the DC 47 Health Fund show a preference for one slate? AFSCME ordered new elections after a protest following the ouster of the incumbents.... With State Rep. Mike MC GEEHAN not seeking reelection, is there a way to resolve the SABATINA

-NEILSON race with Neilson in that seat? Outside of Gov. Gifford Pinchot, no one has DONE MORE for Pennsylvania’s environment than McGEEHAN! With congressional attention focused on STRANGE lane closures by the George Washington Bridge Authority, Gov. Christie said he did not like it when “mistakes” are made. WAS IT a mistake? Democrats talk it was political. Now the EBENEZER SCROOGE Section.... Now we

find the CORBETT (or is it Corporate) Medicaid expansion may have costly premiums. Corbett’s poll figures still run low, despite promises of new benefits. The most CURIOUS one is his backing of legislation (why won’t he originate it?) banning discrimination for gays. At the same time in the same-sex marriage case, he is accused of intrusive discovery. Is this a sign of inconsistent behavior or non-coordination between departments – or BAH, HUMBUG?

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pipes that are particularly susceptible to leakage and rupture. The PWD pipe that burst on Monday was cast iron and released 23 million gallons of water. It is estimated that it will take months to repair and local citizens will be facing damages in the millions of dollars. However, PWD as a municipal authority in Pennsylvania has its liability capped at $500,000 per incident. A private-sector utility would probably be liable for

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Elephant Corner (Cont. From Page 19) formation of a political action committee for a potential run by Wolfe for City Council. The water-main break in the Frankford section of Philadelphia on Monday demonstrates one of many reasons why the Philadelphia Water Dept. and also the Philadelphia Gas Works should be privatized. Both have miles upon miles of 100-plus-year-old cast-iron Walking The Beat (Cont. From Page 19) With the LOTTERY so popular and wins so great, we would be STUPID to sell it. Seniors get help and ease the state revenue needed for them.... The notion Philly could have a big oil-tanker train FIRE like Lac-Mégantic doesn’t add up. The Canadian train was parked uphill with brakes off. Thanks to FM GLOBAL for their big grant to the Fire Dept. for hearing-impaired smoke

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hear an air-hiss noise from top of engine. There are no warning lights on. What could be the problem? Answer: The problem could depend on mileage and oil pressure. High miles and diminishing oil pressure are usually a sign of worn main/rod bearings. If you remove sparkplug wires one at a time and when/if the

knocking noise is reduced or disappears, then that’s the location of the worn bearing. A worn wrist pin is usually a double knock. The hissing noise is more than likely a vacuum hose or air-intake hose (tube leading to throttle body) that is leaking. Check the lines and hose thoroughly. Also, check the hose that leads to the brake booster. There’s a check valve either inline with this hose or attached to the brake booster that can go bad. Vacuum leak causes high idle and so does the IAC valve(

idle control solenoid) Bolted to or near the throttle body, remove it and clean with carb cleaner, blow dry with air compressor before reinstalling. If you are not good at DIY, I would recommend bringing it into our Ford service department to have a Ford-certified technician take a look at it. Tom has been serving automotive customers in the Philadelphia area for over 20 years as a salesman and then General Manager of Pacifico Auto Group. Rocco is a top automotive consultant.

ical bills, and not include their credit cards or other debts. The short answer is that they can file, but not just on their medical bills. The slight longer answer explains why. Bankruptcy is all about treating all your creditors in

various classes fairly. For example, the Court doesn’t want to see you pay Aunt Marge the $1,000 she lent you last year and not pay MBNA for the $1,000 you owe them. While you think Aunt Marge deserves the money more than MBNA (actually, I do too), it isn’t fair to let you pick and choose who receives payment, or give them what the Code calls a “preference.” Since medical bills, credit

cards, most personal loans, and some taxes are all considered “general unsecured debts,” they all have to be treated the same way. This means that all of your debt, not just medical bills, has to be included. It also means that you can’t just file on one or two credit cards, or on one judgment. Next Week’s Question: After your bankruptcy: How to have a fresh start.

sex marriage ... to apply right away.” The issue of who qualifies as a same-sex partner who can be paid retirement or survivor benefits based on a partner’s earnings record is a brand new area of law. It will likely take some time to determine who is eligible. While the number of states that have legalized same-sex marriage continues to expand, it is unlikely anytime soon that every state will allow same-sex couples to marry (unless the Supreme Court takes the next logical step and rules that a state’s failure to recognize same-sex marriages violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment). Whether SSA will go ahead and pay benefits to same sex partners in states that have yet to recognize same-sex marriages remains an open question. If you are in a same-sex relationship and think you may qualify for benefits based on your partner’s earnings record, go ahead and file an

application. As SSA states, “Applying now will preserve your filing date, which we use to determine the start of potential benefits.” For more, go to http://www.socialsecurity.gov / same-sexcouples/.

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The Family Court of the State of Delaware, In and For New Castle. Notice of Termination of Parental Rights Action. To: Joel Goldberg, DOB: 7/16/1971 From: Confidential Clerk of Family Court Adoptions from the Heart, Petitioner, has brought a civil action (Petition number 13-34796) against you to terminate your parental rights of your minor male child, born: 8/7/2013. A hearing has been scheduled at the Family Court, 500 N. King Street, Wilmington Delaware, on 1/29/2014 at 1:00 pm. If you do not appear at the hearing, the Court may terminate your parental rights without your appearance. If you wish to be represented by an attorney in this matter but cannot afford one, you my be entitled to have the court appoint an attorney to represent you for free. For more information, please contact the confidential clerk at family court, (302) 255-0244.

by Michael P. Boyle, Esq. Carolyn W. Colvin, the Acting Commissioner of SSA, recently issued a statement clarifying how SSA intends to process payment of Social Security benefits to same-sex couples. The Commissioner reported that SSA “is now processing some retirement and surviving spouse claims for same-sex couples and paying benefits where they are due.” Colvin added SSA is “able to pay some one-time lump sum

death-benefit claims to surviving same-sex spouses.” The Commissioner noted SSA is working closely with the Dept. of Justice to “develop and implement additional policy and processing instructions” for payment of benefits to partners in samesex couples. The Commissioner encouraged those who “are in, or are a surviving spouse of, a same-sex marriage or other legal same-sex relationship, even if you live in a state that prohibits same-

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MAKING MERRY at Wolfe-Furey Christmas party in W. Phila. , Republican policy analyst Adam Lang is flanked by his fiancée Aldridk Gessa and Santa – oops, that’s actually Don Carter.

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GOP WARD LEADER Denise Furey welcomes veteran political aide Dave Kralle to her legendary Christmas Party in University City.

W. PHILA. Ward Leaders Andrew Gentsch and Annie Havey share moment at convivial neighborhood party alongside Clark Park.

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SENATOR Vincent Hughes is seen with his wife Sheryl Lee Ralph, and his Mother, as he hosted Christmas gala at Warwick Hotel raising funds and good items for SHARE Program. Photo by Leona G. Dixon

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City Hall Sam (Cont. From Page 19) but Clarke has been making moves recently. In fact, he had a well-attended fundraiser in New York and sounded very mayoral. Williams is still the frontrunner but Clarke would certainly rise to near the top should he declare his candidacy. Such a matchup would change the mathematics of the whole race. The entry of another African American or minority candidate or prominent white candidate such as Jim Kenney or Alan Butkovitz would make it difficult to calculate how the vote would get divvied up. For those who like to invest, the long shot would be a very attractive bet. City Hall Sam wishes STATE REP. MICHAEL

McGEEHAN good luck on his pending retirement. The 24year State House vet and Transportation Committee Chairman decided to retire rather than run in a newly crafted State House District. McGeehan is leaving at the top of his game. He played a major role guiding a very important transportation funding bill through the fractious State House in November. His legacy will be his focus on neighborhood improvements, businessdistrict improvements, and the 60,000 jobs he helped to create through passage of the transportation-funding bill. Great job and great career, Michael!

Out & About (Cont. From Page 19) ate and drank and had fun with friends and co-workers, the memory of this woman and her situation passed. Later on that night, I got into another one of those conversations that you listen to more closely at Christmas time … and decided to help. But to be the most helpful I can be, I’m going to need an assist from you, the readers of the Public Record. If you’re active in politics even a little, you know Mannwell Glenn. He’s worked on

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(Cont. From Page 19) more fish!” Also, served in our home was broccoli rabe. These bitter greens remind us of the bitter times that Christ endured in his lifetime. For the “Med-i-cans,” and anyone else that is curious and wants to experience the feast, many good restaurants offer this specialty on Christmas Eve. Reservations are usually required as this is a very popular event. This traditional Italian feast is a wonderful way to get the family and friends together and really catch the Christmas (and Christian) spirit – not with a rod and reel, but with ties to our past, and a legacy to our future. So, as Zia Maria would say, “Mange!”

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(Cont. From Page 10) this must happen, and it must happen soon. When Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol,” he said: “Darkness is cheap, and Scrooge liked it.” Darkness IS cheap. Our minimum-wage workers DON’T like it. This legislature and this Governor must depart from the current course. As Dickens said: “If the courses be departed from, the ends will change.”

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campaigns, has been a community organizer and is someone who will help a friend as much as possible. The son of a friend of Mannwell’s, Bernard “Nardo” Franklin, was gunned down while leaving a place called Charlie B’s on Stenton Avenue at around 7 p.m. Saturday night. He was only 25 and, according to Mannwell, was a really good dude.

He has a family that’s grieving his loss, including a live-in girlfriend and three kids. I know a little something about that. You haven’t lived until you have to talk about funeral arrangements for someone too young to be dead at Christmas dinner. Not fun, I assure you. As a gift to Mannwell, I promised him I’d try and help him find out what happened.

So if you have any information on this murder, please email it to me at denisethewriter1@gmail.com. I promise you it’ll be confidential. We’ll get it where it needs to go by any means necessary. Thanks in advance, Public Record readers. Next week: We shut the door on 2013.

In The Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County Civil Action – Law No. 130701732 Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, Successor by Merger to Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota, National Association, as Trustee, f/k/a Norwest Bank Minnesota, National Association, as Trustee for SACO1 Inc. Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 1999-3, Plaintiff vs. John Mason, Solely in his Capacity as Heir of the Estate of Eddie Mae Mason, Deceased, Trudie Mason, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of the Estate of Eddie Mae Mason, Deceased, The Unknown Heirs of Eddie Mae Mason, Kiara J. Robinson, Wykita S. Robinson, Naiser H. Warren-Robinson & Amaris J. WarrenRobinson, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendants To: John Mason, Solely in his Capacity as Heir of the Estate of Eddie Mae Mason, Deceased, Trudie Mason, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of the Estate of Eddie Mae Mason, Deceased, The Unknown Heirs Of Eddie Mae Mason, Kiara J. Robinson, Wykita S. Robinson, Naiser H. Warren-Robinson & Amaris J. Warren-Robinson, Mortgagors and Real Owners, Defendants, whose last known address is 1801 West Champlost Street Philadelphia, PA 19141. This firm is a debt collector and we are attempting to collect a debt owed to our client. Any information obtained from you will be used for the purpose of collecting the debt. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, Successor by Merger to Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota, National Association, as Trustee, f/k/a Norwest Bank Minnesota, National Association, as Trustee for SACO1 Inc. Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 1999-3, has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to No. 130701732, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 1801 West Champlost Street, Philadelphia, PA 19141, whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County. Notice: You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford one, go to or telephone the office set forth below. This office can provide you with information about hiring a lawyer. If you cannot afford to hire a Lawyer, this office may be able to provide you with information about agencies that may offer legal services to eligible persons at a reduced fee or no fee. Community Legal Services, Inc., Law Center North Central, 3638 N. Broad St., Phila., PA 19140, 215-2272400/215-981-3700. Phila. Bar Assoc., One Reading Center, Phila., PA 19104, 215238-6333. Michael T. McKeever, Atty. for Plaintiff, KML Law Group, P.C., Ste. 5000, Mellon Independence Center, 701 Market St., Phila., PA 19106-1532, 215.627.1322.


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In The Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County Civil Action – Law No. 130704442 Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure Nationstar Mortgage, LLC, d/b/a Champion Mortgage Company, Plaintiff vs. The Unknown Heirs of Walter Cywinski, Deceased, Geraldine Cywinski, Walter Cywinski, Solely in His Capacity as Heir of Walter Cywinski, Deborah Lindsay, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Walter Cywinski, Deceased & Charles J. Lydon, Sr., Solely in His Capacity as Heir of Walter Cywinski, Mortgagor and Real Owners, Defendants To: The Unknown Heirs of Walter Cywinski, Deceased, Geraldine Cywinski, Walter Cywinski, Solely in His Capacity as Heir of Walter Cywinski, Deborah Lindsay, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Walter Cywinski, Deceased & Charles J. Lydon, Sr., Solely in His Capacity as Heir of Walter Cywinski, Mortgagors And Real Owners, Defendants whose last known address is 411 Fitzgerald Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148. This firm is a debt collector and we are attempting to collect a debt owed to our client. Any information obtained from you will be used for the purpose of collecting the debt. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff, Nationstar Mortgage, LLC, d/b/a Champion Mortgage Company, has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to No. 130704442, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 6150 Gillespie Street, Philadelphia, PA 19135, whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County. Notice: You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford one, go to or telephone the office set forth below. This office can provide you with information about hiring a lawyer. If you cannot afford to hire a Lawyer, this office may be able to provide you with information about agencies that may offer legal services to eligible persons at a reduced fee or no fee. Community Legal Services, Inc., Law Center North Central, 1410 W. Erie Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19140, 215-2272400 or 215-981-3700. Phila. Bar Assoc., One Reading Center, Phila., PA 19104, 215-238-6333. Michael T. McKeever, Atty. for Plaintiff, KML Law Group, P.C., Ste. 5000, Mellon Independence Center, 701 Market St., Phila., PA 19106-1532, 215.627.1322.

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In The Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County Civil Action – Law No. 130402641 Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee, Successor in Interest to Bank of America, National Association as Trustee Successor by Merger to LaSalle Bank National Association as Trustee for Washington Mutual Asset-Backed Certificates WMABS Series 2006-HE4 Trust, Plaintiff vs. The Unknown Heirs of Terry Avinger. Deceased, Beverly A. Avinger, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Terry Avinger, Deceased, Terry Avinger, II, Solely in His Capacity as Heir of Terry Avinger, Deceased & Tauheedah Avinger, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Terry Avinger, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendants To: The Unknown Heirs of Terry Avinger. Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant(s), whose last known address is 6235 North Woodstock Street, Philadelphia, PA 19138. This firm is a debt collector and we are attempting to collect a debt owed to our client. Any information obtained from you will be used for the purpose of collecting the debt. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff, U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee, Successor in Interest to Bank of America, National Association as Trustee Successor by Merger to LaSalle Bank National Association as Trustee for Washington Mutual Asset-Backed Certificates WMABS Series 2006HE4 Trust, has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to No. 130402641, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 6235 North Woodstock Street, Philadelphia, PA 19138, whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County. Notice: You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford one, go to or telephone the office set forth below. This office can provide you with information about hiring a lawyer. If you cannot afford to hire a Lawyer, this office may be able to provide you with information about agencies that may offer legal services to eligible persons at a reduced fee or no fee. Community Legal Services, Inc., Law Center North Central, 3638 North Broad Street, Phila., PA 19140, 215-227-2400 or 215981-3700. Phila. Bar Assoc., One Reading Center, Phila., PA 19104, 215-238-6333. Michael T. McKeever, Atty. for Plaintiff, KML Law Group, P.C., Ste. 5000, Mellon Independence Center, 701 Market St., Phila., PA 19106-1532, 215.627.1322.

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In The Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County Civil Action – Law No. 130101462 Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure The Bank of New York Mellon as Trustee for Mortgage Equity Conversion Asset Trust 2010-1, Plaintiff vs. The Unknown Heirs of John A. Williams, Deceased & Norman Williams, Solely in His Capacity as Heir of John A. Williams, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant(s) To: The Unknown Heirs of John A. Williams, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant(s), whose last known address is 6446 Chelwynde Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19142. This firm is a debt collector and we are attempting to collect a debt owed to our client. Any information obtained from you will be used for the purpose of collecting the debt. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff, The Bank of New York Mellon as Trustee for Mortgage Equity Conversion Asset Trust 2010-1, has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to No. 130101462, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 6446 Chelwynde Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19142, whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County. Notice: You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford one, go to or telephone the office set forth below. This office can provide you with information about hiring a lawyer. If you cannot afford to hire a Lawyer, this office may be able to provide you with information about agencies that may offer legal services to eligible persons at a reduced fee or no fee. Community Legal Services, Inc., Law Center North Central, 3638 N. Broad St., Phila., PA 19140, 215-2272400/215-981-3700. Phila. Bar Assoc., One Reading Center, Phila., PA 19104, 215-238-6333. Michael T. McKeever, Atty. for Plaintiff, KML Law Group, P.C., Ste. 5000, Mellon Independence Center, 701 Market St., Phila., PA 19106-1532, 215.627.1322.


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