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Volunteers Unite For MLK Day Of Service (Cont. From Page 1) Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. Over 100 people volunteered their time at Horace Furness HS, 1900 S. 3rd Street, on Monday to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Outside students and volunteers cleaned the school -- and on third street. Inside, volunteers painted a mural and posters. Also, volunteers created some neat arts and crafts

-- including bird feeders that will be used at Mifflin Park, 6th & Ritner Streets. The City’s Philly Rising PhillyRising Collaborative hosted many events in the South Philadelphia area. City Managing Dir. Richard Negrin led the events, accompanied by his 8-year-old daughter Mariel as he joined a score of volunteers at a plethora of events. A cleanup event at Hawthorne Recreation

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City Council will hold hearings to investigate Monday's 25th Street Bridge derailment in Gray Ferry. Seven cars of a CSX freight train derailed on the 25th Street bridge on Monday afternoon. Second district Councilman Kenyatta Johnson wants to open talks over what caused the derailment of the train traveling from Chicago to Philadelphia. “I’ve had concerns about the state of our bridges and other vital infrastructure for a while now,” Johnson said in a statement on Wednesday. I have contacted CSX numerous times with the concerns and complaints that have been

brought to my attention by people of the 2nd Councilmanic Dist. and others. “At this moment we do not know what caused the derailment. However, investigations will happen, and we will get down to the bottom of what led to this near-catastrophe. “No matter what the immediate cause of this incident, we know we have a number of bridges that are in need of serious renovation and repair. “I’m thankful that no injuries have been reported in this event and, as we believe, nothing was spilled. However, we cannot disregard this just because the worst didn’t happen.”

Center in Hawthorne was poignant, as the event took place a stone’s throw away from where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visited Hawthorne in 1968. A historical marker honors the civil rights leader at 12th & Carpenter Streets. 1st Dist. Councilman Mark Squilla and community Activist Edward Nesmith joined

dozens of volunteers who helped to clean up Sacks Playground, 4th & Washington Avenue. A similar cleanup at Ralph Brooks Tot Lot, 20th and Tasker Streets, brought out lots of volunteers, too. State Sen. Anthony Williams was a keynote speaker at the Christian Street YMCA, 1724 Christian Street,

on Monday. Christian Street YMCA’s MLK Day Celebration kicked off the centennial anniversary of the Y’s service to the community on Christian Street. YMCA’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will featured youth workshops on subjects ranging from education to male and female imaging.

In The Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County Civil Action – Law No. 130703347 Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure Reverse Mortgage Solutions, Inc., Plaintiff vs. The Unknown Heirs of Marguerite M Bell a/k/a Margueritte M. Bell, Deceased & Margueritte Ford, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Marguerite M. Bell /k/a Margueritte M. Bell, Deceased Mortgagors and Real Owners, Defendant(s) To: The Unknown Heirs of Marguerite M Bell a/k/a Margueritte M. Bell, Deceased & Margueritte Ford, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Marguerite M. Bell a/k/a Margueritte M. Bell, Deceased, Mortgagors and Real Owners, Defendant(s) whose last known address is 1021 East Phil Ellena Street, Philadelphia, PA 19150. 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, Reverse Mortgage Solutions, Inc., 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. 130703347, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 1021 East Phil Ellena Street, Philadelphia, PA 19150, 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, 215-227-2400/215-981-3700. Phila. Bar Assoc., One Reading Center, Phila., PA 19104, 215-238-6333. Michael T. McKeever, Atty. for Plaintiff, KML Law Group, P.C., Ste. 5000, Mellon Independence Center, 701 Market St., Phila., PA 19106-1532, 215.627.1322.

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cuffed, brought to jail, fingerprinted and processed for what most will agree is a relatively minor offense. When arrests are made, the unexpected can happen, especially when dealing with juveniles. We should try to avoid those situations as much as possible and this legislation will help in that regard.” Kenney also cited the harm done to the arrested individuals who end up with police records because of the mandatory arrest requirement for marijuana possession. Mentioning that some states have moved to decriminalize, if not legalize the recreational use of marijuana, Kenney said, “It’s time for a reality check and a recognition that with our limited police resources, we must make smart decisions about what our lawenforcement priorities should be.”

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eliminating the mandatory requirement that police must arrest and process any individual caught with any amount of marijuana, we can free up an estimated 17,000 police hours each year to fight violent crime. That’s over 2,100 8-hour shifts, a tremendous law-enforcement resource that the Commissioner could better utilize.” Saying “there were 4,200 arrests for marijuana possession in the city of Philadelphia in 2012, 563 of which were juveniles,” Kenney described his legislation as “a smart and reasonable measure that recognizes the need to prioritize our limited police resources.” Citing the statistically implied discriminatory nature of the arrests, where 82% of those arrested in 2012 were African Americans, Kenney said, “there is a real consequence to these arrests. People are hand-

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by Joe Shaheeli Some Northeast ward leaders defected last week from State Rep. Brendan Boyle’s (D-Northeast) to Marjorie Margolies in the race for the Democratic nomination for the 13th Congressional Dist. But last night at Morton’s Steakhouse on Walnut Street, over 20 union leaders and at least 10 of the ward leaders in that district gathered for dinner to show their serious support for Boyle. In attendance, and cochairing the event, were Congressman Bob Brady and union and Ward Leader John Dougherty. The invitation, which was sent out by Sprinklerfitters’ chief Wayne Miller, brought out most all of the Local Building Trades State Representative

DCC, Labor Solidly Behind Rep. Boyle leadership, as well as leaders from other local unions, all members of the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO. The show of support came immediately after word of the defection of Elaine Tomlin, Bill Dolbow, John Sabatina, Sr., Janice Sulman and Mike McAleer, chairman of the Northeast Ward Leaders. Two party loyalists expressed dissatisfaction at Boyle’s running for his House seat and the 13th Congressional seat at the same time. They want him to give up the legislative seat. We see it as a major political mistake if he does resign. If they want that seat vacant, they’d need to get him nominated. The dissenting ward leaders are mostly in senatorial districts whose senators have

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U.S. Congressman Bob Brady addresses congregation at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. service held at Bright Hope Baptist Church, 12th & Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Photo by Rory McGlasson fices (City Hall, Rooms 130, He needs to corral his leg132 and 134). islative leaders into underPleasant Obit standing the reality of the For Stupid Bill situation. Elections, especially Once again a judge decided those for statewide seats, are against the State’s voter-ID for the most part run honestly. legislation. It’s hoped Gov. There could be a bit of voterTom Corbett will tell his team influencing in some divisions to forget about it. Just from a where a Republican presence political standpoint, he lost is missing. So the Governor more points and tons of regis- needs to do what should be trations, since it brought out done, and that is push the Dems throughout a summer local GOP to plug those holes. revving up registrations. Democratic Party ChairState Rep.

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17 was the signal that it was time for me to move on.” Joe is taking on some community campaigns, including recognition and restoration possibly of a paved over cemetery for Blacks who died

back in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Gleason Brings In Outreach Director

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(Cont. From Prev. Page) So don’t look for a special election to fill Councilman at Large Bill Green’s seat which is expected to go vacant in near future; the cost of holding that election between a primary or general election makes it unlikely. Odds favor it taking place in the November general election. If Bill does resign to take the chairmanship of the School Reform Commission, look for his seat to be up for voters to decide in the general election this November. Ward leaders in each party would select the candidate who will contest the vacancy.

man Congressman Bob Brady (D-Phila.), seconded by the Democratic members of the House and Senate, called Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley’s decision “an important win in the battle to protect voter rights.” A phalanx of Philadelphia legislators – State Sens. Mike Stack, Vincent Hughes, Christine Tartaglione, LeAnna Washington and Shirley Kitchen along with State Rep. Ron Waters – urged Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane to decline to appeal the Commonwealth Court ruling and asked for an audit of taxpayer money already spent in appealing judicial decisions. She hearkened to their appeal and is leaving the decision up to the Governor.

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Sheriff Jewell Williams’ Positive Changes For 2014 by Sheriff Jewell Williams As I enter my third year as Sheriff of Philadelphia City and County, I am encouraged by the successes of the past two years, and looking forward to even more-positive changes to the office in 2014. Last year was an especially busy one as we began our muchanticipated transition from a system that depended mostly on the physical filing of papers and forms, to a new computer system designed specifically for our needs that will provide unprecedented efficiency and access. We also rolled out our interactive website and began sharing information on everything from real estate listings, to signing up for our ongoing workshops on “How To Buy at a Sheriff’s Sale”. The latest figures for the website show about a million visits last year, and it will soon contain even more updates on process and procedures as well as links to other pertinent information and resources. (Please visit our website at www.officeofphiladelphiasheriff.com for more information). We’ve also returned close to $1 million owed to those whose homes sold for more than the debt on the property, and have added an extra day of sale per month to accommodate the demands of the court. Our new Bike Patrol Unit is putting on lots of miles as it patrols the perimeter of the Criminal Justice Center, and the three dogs that make up our first K-9 unit will be graduating soon and placed on regular duty to sniff out bombs and illegal drugs. Our responsibilities are also expanding in 2014 to include the overall security of the newly built Philadelphia Family Court at 15th & Arch Streets that is scheduled to open in June. This has created a need for more Deputy Sheriff Officers. In response, we are opening up our application process from Jan. 20 to Feb. 7, 2014, to include anyone in Pennsylvania who has received ACT 11, ACT 120 or State Police Certified training within the past three years. Meanwhile, thank you for your support and patience as we continue to make improvements and retool the Office of the Sheriff City and County of Philadelphia to be more efficient, transparent, and professional. Finally, I wish everyone a wonderful New Year full of opportunities and progress.

Jan. 29- Labor Meet & Greet honors Steamfitters’ Business Mgr. Anthony Gallagher at Bridgemen’s Ha., 11600 Norcom Rd., 6-8 p.m. For info

(215) 676-3002. Jan. 30- Phila. Republican City Committee hosts Reception honoring Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, Stratus Rooftop Lounge, Monaco Hotel, 5th & Chestnut Sts., 5:30-7 p.m. Tickets $500 per person. For info (215) 5610650. Jan. 30- Young Philly hosts

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In The Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County Civil Action – Law No. 131100712 - Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure U.S. Bank National Association (Trustee for The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency), Plaintiff vs. Bobbie J. Hengy, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Andrew J. Hengy, Deceased, Edward J. Hengy, Solely in His Capacity as Heir of Andrew J. Hengy, Deceased & Unknown Heirs of Andrew J. Hengy, Deceased, Mortgagors and Real Owners, Defendants To: Unknown Heirs of Andrew J. Hengy, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant(s), whose last known address is 4636 Milnor Street, Philadelphia, PA 19137. This firm is a debt collector and we are attempting to collect a debt owed to our client. Any information obtained from you will be used for the purpose of collecting the debt. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff, U.S. Bank National Association (Trustee for The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency), 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. 131100712, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 4636 Milnor Street, Philadelphia, PA 19137, 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., Phila, PA 19140, 215-227-2400/215-981-3700. 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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bursed over multiple years and $4.5 million in job-creation tax credits to support the $1.2 billion project. According to an econometric study by Econsult, the Commonwealth’s grants will be more than repaid with the more than $80 million in tax revenues just during the construction phase, giving taxpayers a 200% return on investment. The grants must be directed to costs associated to the pubCOUNCILMAN Mark Squilla and Douglas Nesmith particlic-improvement aspects of the ipated in MLK Day of Service at Sacks Playground at 5th & (Cont. Page 17) Washington Avenue.

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Don’t be surprised if the Building Trades Councils around the Commonwealth split heavily for Corbett. Though traditionally supporting Democratic candidates, their locals will be busy working at projects created through Corbett’s efforts. A major job-maker in Philadelphia will be the $1.2 billion Comcast Innovation & Technology Center in Philadelphia. “The transformative investment Comcast has chosen to make with this project will have a strong impact through-

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out the region,” said Corbett. “The Commonwealth’s partnership with Comcast will create more than 20,000 direct and indirect jobs during construction, at least 1,500 new Comcast positions, and energize Philadelphia’s Center City. I believe that it is our people – their creativity, ingenuity, talents and skills – who drive companies like Comcast to make Pennsylvania home.” The Commonwealth has committed to providing up to $30 million in grants to be dis-

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by Michael P. Boyle, Esq. One idea floated in an effort to pass legislation extending long-term unemployment compensation benefits is to fund them in part by preventing people who receive Social Security disability benefits from receiving UC at the same time. Proponents herald this as a way to save $100 million per

year. The idea even appeared in President Obama’s most-recent budget. Here’s my question: is this a good idea from a policy perspective? My answer is no. The purpose of UC is to allow a laid-off worker some means of supporting herself while trying to find other work. While a UC recipient

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It is said our curmudgeonly native son W.C. Fields, who was none too fond of his home town, wished to have engraved on his tombstone, “On the whole, I’d rather be in Philadelphia.” After the last few days, I’m pretty sure that Gov. Tom Corbett doesn’t feel the same way. Gov. Corbett sat uncomfortably (or was it angrily ... I couldn’t really tell in the pictures) as Mayor Michael Nutter excoriated him over education funding at the Liberty Bell during Martin Luther King Day festivities. This was on top of protests that made Gov. Corbett change his plans to go to Central HS and present an award on Friday. Had he shown up at school, he’d have been met by angry parents and activists wanting to discuss the same topic. The Governor called it “theatrics.” I call it “expecting too much.” While I can appreciate Gov. Corbett’s consternation over his last few days in Philadelphia, what did he expect? You cut funding to schools, vilify teachers, and do all sorts of other things with the schools and you expect no blowback? Really? From the people who threw snowballs at Santa? Okay ... on behalf of all of us, I apologize, Gov. Corbett. We’ll play nice ... I promise. While we’re at it – can we interest you in a dandy personal investment opportunity? For an amazingly low cash advance, you can acquire this handsome Walt Whitman Bridge we have here. Look, nobody is forced to like Philadelphia. Hey, W.C. Fields didn’t. But as Governor of the state that contains Philadelphia – which is, like it or not, the economic engine of said state – you need to show up and face our music every now and then.

GOV. TOM CORBETT was scheduled to attend an awards ceremony at Central HS last Friday. He abruptly cancelled the visit and changed the location after hundreds of students and people showed up to protest his devastating $1 billion cut to public education funding. If the Governor can’t handle an event with protestors, he will have a tough time campaigning for reelection. One of the Governor’s negatives is he appears to be stiff and unsympathetic to many voters. He needs to reinvent himself as a caring, grandfatherly figure. But the question is, if he gets scared away from an event by protests, how is he going to connect on a personal level with the voters he needs to win reelection? Seems like a tough task. Corbett was also in town to name FARAH JIMENEZ and City COUNCILMAN BILL GREEN to the SRC. Jimenez was praised by all as a smart pick. Green was nominated by the Governor to be the SRC Chairman, but he did not receive the same level of praise as Jimenez. MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER immediately questioned Green’s commitment to public education and his ability to guide the largest school district in Pennsylvania. As Green quickly found out, this high-level, publicly visible post can be a headache. The Mayor, Governor, City Council, seven State Senators, over 20 members of the State House, and numerous advocacy groups have their own ideas on how to improve Philadelphia’s schools. In addition to these competing ideas, the School District has yearly budget deficits; funding for individual schools have been cut to the bone, with many schools having no nurses or guidance counselors; and the budget depends on a Hail Mary pass from the Harrisburg Republicans. So why would Green, a first-tier rumored candidate for Mayor, want this position? First, it makes him stand out from the pack. Second, the upside is very intriguing. If Green figures out how to improve schools in a district that educates 191,000 students in public and charter schools, he will be a hero, hailed as visionary, and have the inside track for any public office he wanted to seek. If Councilman Green is confirmed to be Chairman of the SRC, what happens to his at-Large Council seat? Council PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE could call a special election to fill the seat. He will consult with City Democratic CHAIRMAN BOB BRADY. Brady and City (Cont. Page 16)

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Yo! Here we go again with these thoughts for you to enjoy. Jeff Foxworthy comments about Iowa: If you buy a TV that doesn’t fit in your car, and the man in the van just parking next to you says, “Just put it in the back of my van, I have to pick up a few things and then I’ll drop it off. What is your address?” And about a half hour later, the van pulls into the driveway, the man helps you get the large box in the house, refuses any form of payment, except “Thank You!”, drives away and you still don’t even know his name – then you live in Iowa. If your local Dairy Queen is closed from September through May, you live in Iowa. If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don’t work there, you live in Iowa. If you’ve worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you live in Iowa. If you’ve had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you live in Iowa. If “vacation” means going anywhere south of Des Moines for the weekend, you live in Iowa. If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you live in Iowa. If you have gone from “heat” to “A/C” in the same day and back again, you live in Iowa. If you can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching, you live in Iowa. If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both unlocked, you live in Iowa. If you carry jumpers in your car and your wife knows how to use them, you live in Iowa. If you design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit, you live in Iowa. If the I-80 speed limit is 75 mph but you’re going 90 and everybody is passing you, you live in Iowa. If you know all four seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction, you live in Iowa. If you have more hours on your snow blower than miles on your car, you live in Iowa. If you find 10 degrees “a little chilly”, you live in Iowa.

I CANNOT BELIEVE that I agree with Mayor Nutter on the SRC Chairman. And does Gov. Corbett select the SRC chair? No democratic vote of the members or public? Some writers seem to be painting GREEN as a SAVIOR of our schools. His family is in real estate. His friend is a former chair of the Board of Revision of Taxes. So sale of closed schools might be expedited – bringing him praise. But don’t be distracted. The real objective is to BETTER EDUCATE our kids! And the SELFLESS act of Green not running for Mayor to take the SRC job (?). His prospects were not great. But he can tout good works at the SRC, as underpinning for a future campaign for Mayor! When you run for a Council seat, voters pick you to finish your term. If Corbett just selected him, fine; but the job was lobbied for. Folks ask if Green is like his grandfather or father. When he first arrived in Philly, ward leaders heard he was like his party chair grandpop. Not so in my book. ALL HAIL Judge McGINLEY’s ruling on VOTER I.D. GOV. Corbett, DO NOT SPEND taxpayer money on APPEAL against wishes of TAXPAYERS and media editorials!... TOP PUBLIC SERVANTS: State Sen. Larry FARNESE got SB 1644 passed in the State Senate ON A.V.I.... State Rep. Mark COHEN, a STATE ASSET, celebrated 24 years in office. Reelect him!.... Lisa DEELEY, aide to Councilman Bobby HENON, finished eight years of city service to constituents. She is one of the TOP TWO in constituent service! The word on the street is that the Assessment office might close the books, and not do any increases for a year (?)... The Board (Cont. Page 16)

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Last Friday, GOV. TOM CORBETT appointed COUNCILMAN WILLIAM GREEN IV and FARAH JIMENEZ to the School Reform Commission. Green, who was appointed Chairman of the SRC, has received most of the attention in large part because he is a Democrat appointed to a key position by a Republican governor. Also Green will need to resign from City Council to take the SRC position. The good news is his views on public education echo those of the Governor and this elephant. He believes strongly in charter schools and is open to vouchers, especially for students in underperforming public schools to attend private schools. Some Republicans are concerned that the limelight of the SRC position may help Green in a future run for Mayor. However, if the SRC enacts the real changes wanted by the Governor, the teachers’ unions and other proponents of the current broken system might be pointing their fingers at a fellow Democrat and not us. Corbett’s selection of Jimenez for the SCR is good for Philadelphia and the Republican Party. Jimenez is the CEO of the Peoples Emergency Center, a not-for-profit that aids the homeless. In this capacity she clearly sees the intersection of homeless and poor education. She is an Afro-Cuban American Baptist with solid Republican values who defies the image that we Republicans do not care about the poor. Jimenez wants better education options and truly effective programs for the poor. The Republican Party in Philadelphia needs more people like Jimenez. Appointing her to SRC enhances her visibility and better positions her for public office. Perhaps we will eventually see Republican Farah Jimenez running against Democrat Bill Green for Mayor.


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tion on Friday. After news broke of the huge protests at Central HS, a Commonwealth Court Judge delivered a moredevastating punch. JUDGE BERNARD McGINLEY ruled Corbett’s signature election law, the photo voter-ID law, violated citizens’ constitutional right to vote. The judge found what most normal and rationale people knew: requiring photo IDs to vote would disenfranchise nearly a half million voters. Furthermore, the judge found absolutely no evidence of the voter fraud this bill was supposed to prevent. his BROOM! Save money – MERGE the IG office into the DA’s office!... A GOOD CHOICE to replace Bill GREEN is Mike DRISCOLL.

Voters will not appreciate the Governor tried to prevent them and their neighbors from voting. The Democratic nominees for Governor quickly pounced on this decision and unanimously railed against the Governor. They smell blood, and they are relentlessly attacking.

The question is whether the Republicans start to smell blood and look for a new candidate for Governor. Perhaps they will look for a more-moderate GOP candidate like retiring CONGRESSMAN JIM GERLACH. The next month will be interesting to watch.

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State Sen. Mike Stack’s (D-Northeast) campaign for Lieutenant Governor is showing a serious effort as his campaign chest starts off with $400,000 in the bank. He has just added Marty Marks as his campaign manager, who has a strong background in Western Pennsylvania and with labor organizations across the state. Philadelphia-based Lindsey Perry, who has worked for Dan Onorato and Mayor

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needs a better communications director and it is understandable why Cameron L. Kline, communications and senior advisor to State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-S. Phila.), is taking a leave of absence from this post. Treasurer Rob McCord has lassoed in Kline to handle the key communications post

in his campaign team as he seeks the Democratic nomination for Governor. (Kline will return to his post should McCord fail to make it.) The State Treasurer has raised $6.6 million between his previous campaigns, a personal donation and other (Cont. Page 18)

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(Cont. From Page 7) project. This includes the plaza area, upgrades and direct connection to Suburban Station, and the widening of sidewalks and roads which will improve access to the area for all Philadelphians. Add that to other job-creators scheduled to be announced during this campaign and you can bet there will be appreciative unions paying him back with votes. In addition, it is reported the Governor is making some deals benefitting Democrat office-holders.

Michael Nutter, joined the Stack team in mid-November as finance director. Stack had originally been exploring a run for Governor, but reorganized his campaign when he decided to run for Lieutenant Governor instead. Although much of the field for Governor is from Southeastern Pennsylvania, Stack is the only LG candidate from this region. A captain in the Pennsylvania National Guard, the four-term Senator has the Philadelphia Democratic City endorsement. Second to him in the funding race is Bradford Co. Commissioner Mark Smith, with

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We reported last week some Democratic activists in the 194th Dist., which serves Roxborough, Wynnefield and Parkside as well as the Bala Cynwyd area, are seeking to draft Capt. David Henderson for State Representative in the May primary in a challenge to incumbent State Rep. Pam DeLissio (D-Northwest). Now it appears the survivor of that primary will face Republican opposition in the fall, at the hands of Billy Pounds. Pounds started raising money last year and appears to have party-leadership support. Upcoming is a Feb. 13 funder at JD McGillicuddy’s in Roxborough. The 194th is a peculiar district comprised of three different neighborhoods – in Roxborough, West Philadelphia and Lower Merion Township – that don’t have much in common with each other. This makes it always ripe for revolution. In the 13th Congressional Dist., which straddles Northeast Philadelphia and Montgomery Co., a Republican primary contest may emerge. Philadelphia’s John Fritz has already announced his candidacy to take on whoever replaces Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz on the Democratic ticket. Now Dee Adcock, the Abington Township businessman who challenged Schwartz in 2010, has indicated he may come back


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George Matysik, newly named president of the National Commodity Supplemental Food Program Association, and campaign manager for challenger Jared Solomon’s efforts to unseat entrenched State Rep. Mark Cohen (DNortheast) in the 202nd Dist., reports positive feedback from Solomon’s free community dinner at Casa Brasil on Bustleton Avenue. The Casa Brasil event was part of a series of “community dinners” the Solomon campaign is hosting throughout the district. Friends of Jared Solomon

Chairman of the Philadelphia Republican City Committee State Rep. John Taylor (R-Kensington) announced that starting on Feb. 1, Joseph Buckley, a resident of Mayfair and a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran, will be holding office hours every Wednesday at RCC. Taylor stated, “I have gotten to know Joe over time and we are extremely excited to have him in our office assisting our veterans with any issues that the face. We owe our freedom to these individuals and if we can help ease their current situations in anyway, we are proud to do it. Joe has wide-ranging experience working in legislative offices throughout the region and I know he can and will bring his extensive knowledge of veterans’ issues to our office.” If you are a veteran and would like to make an appointment to visit with Joe Buckley, please call the RCC office at (215) 561-0650.

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SHERIFF Jewell Williams gets ready to test one of bicycles now in use by his bicycle unit around CJC perimeter as members of unit look on. he wants to muddle the Republican primary is obvious: Corbett is too far left in his view and has been tarred by several major scandals to boot. His announcing he doesn’t intend to spend any money in a primary campaign in which he will not seek contributions, as he asks for volunteers to

circulate his petitions instead, is tantamount to shooting himself where it will hurt him the most. If he succeeds in getting enough signatures to get on the GOP primary ballot for Governor, we predict come the close of polls on May 20 so low will his vote count be, he’ll lose what clout he now has.

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the lender can still pick up the car for nonpayment. The same is true for a home loan. The bankruptcy actually discharges the debt, but the house remains with the lien or mortgage attached. So the owner can’t sell the house without paying off the bank. The only real effect the bankruptcy has in either scenario is the car company or the mortgage bank can’t get any more from the debtor after the bankruptcy than the security. Thus, default on the car payment, the car company gets the car. Don’t pay the mortgage and the bank can foreclose on the house. Next Week’s Question: What is a profile of the typical person who files bankruptcy?


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