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Schmidt’s Voting Report Makes ‘Election History’ by Tony West Decline. That is the chief picture to emerge from City Commission Vice Chair Al Schmidt’s 20-page report on the history of voting in Philadelphia. Turnout at the polls has been steadily slipping since the 1940s and ’50s. This fact and many others are documented in Commissioner Schmidt’s report “Voter Registration and Voter Turnout in Philadelphia 1936 to 2013”. It is an array of charts and graphs that tell a precise story of this city’s voting life over generations, complied from an archive of annual reports compiled from 1936 to 2004, and from the Commonwealth’s SURE system since then. It is accessible and can be downloaded online. When Schmidt took a seat on the City Commission in 2012, he said, he “became aware of an incredible amount of information that was not publicly available in electronic format.” The City Commission had stopped even issuing a printed annual report. Schmidt set his staff to working on mounds of dusty archives to produce this report. In 1936, 94% of registered Philadelphia voters showed up at the polls to cast their vote for President (they preferred Franklin D. Roosevelt over Alf Landon by a 3-to-2 margin). By contrast, only 66% of reg-

istered voters actually voted in the 2012 presidential race. It gets even worse in offyear elections. In 1950, 79% of registrants tuned out for native son Richardson Dilworth’s (unsuccessful) try for the governorship. When another local hero, Ed Rendell, tried again in 1994 (and won), only 52% voted. The last gubernatorial election saw a paltry 41% turnout for an open seat which Tom Corbett won. Mayoral politics? The same. Dilworth’s unsuccessful race against Republican Bernard Samuel in 1947 drew out 76% of the electorate. Back to the future: in 2011, only 20% cared to express themselves on the choice between Michael Nutter and Karen Brown. In sleeper races like those for District Attorney and City Controller, the dropoff has been catastrophic. In 1937, 82% of registered voters cast their vote for those offices; last year, a meager 12% did so. In the 1930s Philadelphia was a one-party town (Republican); by the 2000s it had again become a one-party town (Democrats). One might think interest would climb over time in primary elections. One would be wrong, though. In 1987, 67% of the electorate weighed in on Ed Rendell’s primary challenge to incumbent Mayor Wilson Goode. In 2011, only 11% showed up when Milton Street

challenged incumbent Mayor Michael Nutter. Last year’s primary election set a dismal new low-turnout record of 9%, despite a threeway race for Controller on the Democratic ballot. Here’s the kicker: Voter registration is actually up! Rather, it has remained stable despite a dramatic drop in the city’s population. In other words, any given Philadelphian is much likelier to register to vote today than in the good old days. In 1950, Philadelphia reached its peak population of 2,071,605. Only half of them, 1,059,585, were registered to vote. Sixty years later, the population had dropped by one-fourth, to 1,526,006; yet voter registration was up to 1,063,681. So people register to vote more than ever. They just don’t vote. The Commissioner’s study is good for more than handwringing. Students of elections will find it a mine of useful and intriguing information. Some elections still pump more turnout than others. In 1992, voters, grumpy in the wake of a recession, turned out 73% for the race that turfed incumbent George H.W. Bush in favor of Bill Clinton. Eight fat years later, only 55% took an interest in who would replace him – Al Gore or George Bush. By

2008, a sour national sense of crisis and failure prompted 68% of voters to turn out for the John McCain-Barack Obama contest. Gubernatorial turnout was high (70%) in 1978, when Republican Assistant US Attorney General Dick Thornburgh beat Democratic Pittsburgh Mayor Pete Flaherty. Crime was soaring in Philadelphia then, and Thornburgh, a nononsense crime-buster, polled very well in Philadelphia. Genuine two-party contests favor a strong turnout at the municipal level. 1987 set a modern record of 71% turnout when former Mayor Frank Rizzo took on incumbent Mayor Wilson Goode after Goode’s aerial bombing of the MOVE house had left Philadelphia squirming in the national spotlight. Both men had fervent supporters and equally fervent foes and the race was close – 5-49%. For District Attorney, a modern turnout peak of 38% was reached at the Democrats, by then dominant in the city, pulled out all stops to unseat incumbent Republican Ron Castille with Walter Phillips. Popular Castille held his own, pulling 190, 176 votes. But Castille’s sights were set higher; he retired to campaign for State Supreme Court, where he now sits. Since his time, Republican DA candidates have struggled to win

40,000 votes, so the general election matters little. Lively contests boost primary turnout. The 2008 cycle saw a close, heated race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the presidential nomination. Philadelphians voted in relative droves that spring (46%), the highest rate since 1991. That was the year DA Ed Rendell took the mayoral nomination with 49% of the vote in an exciting four-way race. 1992 saw a six-way Democratic presidential primary that sparked a 39% turnout. The same number was hit in 1994, when a mob of seven Democrats and five Republicans vied for the gubernatorial honors. When Rendell left City Hall in 1999, six Democrats duked it out to replace him, attracting 35% to the polls. This current report is really just the short form. “We kept it at a high level, putting it together in a user-friendly way,” Schmidt explained. But the actual Excel file can generate election numbers down to the ward level for serious researchers. The Schmidt report was prepared with the full approval of Commission Chair Anthony Clark, who called it “excellent work of historical significance.” An electronic copy of the report can be obtained by contacting Schmidt’s office or by visiting his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/commissionerschmidt.

Sen. Washington Leery Of Staples-Post Office Marriage Adding a Staples outlet to a small neighborhood post office is a loser concept, according to State Sen. LeAnna Washington (D-Northwest), who has expressed the concerns of senior citizens to US Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.). Washington, whose district overlaps both Montgomery and Philadelphia Cos., expressed her concern in a letter to him urging he study a pilot program involving the Commonwealth which is allowing numerous small post offices to

operate at Staples stores. She advised Casey, “I am aware that in our ever-changing economy, electronic communication and commerce threaten to reduce consumer demand for the post office; however, so many of my constituents still rely on the postal service to take care of their mailing needs. While I understand our postal system has to change and react to a shift in consumer demand, we still need to preserve this invaluable service while also protecting Pennsylvania’s

hardworking families. “I am especially concerned about the seniors on fixed incomes and low-income families who have contacted me about this issue. Some of them do not have regular access to the internet and could have issues getting to Staples to take care of their business. These folks depend on the mail to take care of their mail and expenses in a timely fashion and we cannot put their lives in jeopardy fox such a move. “In the 4th State Senatorial

Dist. alone I have seen the consolidation of post offices as well as decreased number of postal workers and have heard from many constituents regarding the potential issues this partnership could create. I do not believe this program is in the best interests of the residents of my community nor the Commonwealth. “I am worried that this type of program will lead us to a wholesale privatization of the USPS, which is not something I can support. The USPS has

served our nation proudly. I urge you to work with the USPS to find a better solution that the potential privatization of our postal services. “I hope this letter can open up a dialogue to discuss ways to protect hard-working, middleclass jobs while creating a sustainable USPS that can transition into and thrive in an e-commerce society. Should you wish to discuss this or any other staterelated matter in greater detail, please do not hesitate to contact me at your convenience.”

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REV. WILLIAM B. MOORE, pastor of 10th Memorial Baptist Church and past president of Philadelphia Black Clergy, shares happy moment with Rev. Terrence D. Griffith, pastor of African Baptist Church, who was sworn in to record third term as president of Phila. Black Clergy. Photo by Bill Myers

overdue. One change was removing the impediment to our organization limited the terms for officers, lessening their ability to bring necessary changes to fruition.” The Black Clergy Board Members appointed a By-Laws Committee headed by Rev.

Dr. William Shaw, Pastor of White Rock Baptist Church, a past two-term president of the national Baptist Convention. By-laws were amended over an 18-month process, after which the membership unanimously agreed to the amendments of the by-laws, enabling the

members to again vote for Griffith as president. The Black Clergy organization over the years has made a significant impact on the fabric of the city of Philadelphia, said Griffith. “We have in so many ways restored the integrity of our organization, while at the same time working hard to uplift the people of our community and of our city. We look forward to the next two years, continuing to fight for the citizens of the city of Philadelphia in meaningful ways to bring better education, better housing, reduction in crime and to encourage more people to turn to God.” Worship Leaders at the Investiture Service were Rev. William B. Moore and Rev. James Moore, Sr. Invocation was given by Rev. Louise Williams Bishop. Prayer of Consecration was offered by

Rev. Dr. James S. Allen, founding president. Rev. Griffith is the pastor of the oldest African American Baptist Church in Pennsylvania, 203 year-old 1st African. He is a former Senator of the Grenada Parliament, the author of eight published books, the president of BCPV, a commissioner on the

Governor’s Commission on African American Affairs, board member of the Foreign Mission Board National Baptist Convention USA, Inc., the Mayor’s Work Force Development & Investment Boards and others. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Ann-Marie; two children, (Cont. Page 14)

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Rev. Terrence Griffith was installed for a third term as president of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia & Vicinity last Sunday at the 1st African Baptist Church, 16th & Christian Streets, where he is the senior pastor. Reelecting Rev. Griffith for a third time is a historymaking move for BCPV, the first in its 33-year history. Griffith didn’t realize he would be reelected when, during his first term, he requested a study be made as to changes in the by-laws bringing them up to date. He recalls, “Even while I was still yet a ‘newer’ member of the Black Clergy back in 2008, in reviewing the bylaws I pondered the question of how much of an impact a leader could make limited to only serving a two-year term. I didn’t know back then I would ever be the president of BCPV for a third term. Updating the by-laws was long

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DA Targets Political Shenanigans Long-time District Attorney Lynne Abraham never brought errant local politicians to trial. She was a Democrat and most of those coming into view of her scope were Democrats. Lynne did the best thing for her career, forwarding targets to the State Attorney General or the US Attorney’s office. District Attorney Seth Williams has changed that policy with his indictment of State Rep. J.P. Miranda (D-N. Phila.) and his sister for allegedly breaking State House Ethics Codes, taking kickbacks from an employee, who in essence did not perform the work for which he had been hired. Channel 29 broke the story and the DA ran with it. State Representative

That moves Philadelphia’s entire caucus in the General Assembly under the watchful eyes of Williams’ office. It is interesting to note Assistant DAs E. Marc Costanzo and Frank G. Fina, who played gangbusters with state lawmakers in Harrisburg, are part of the DA’s anti-corruption team. Shame J.P. didn’t heed the advice of his political mentors to play by the rules. His case could serve as a warning to possible new members in next year’s State House, since at least half a dozen, and possibly more, Legislative Districts will have contentious primaries. On one of those districts, the 194th, which spans Roxborough, Manayunk and East Falls, Wynnefield and Parkside, and a chunk of Lower Merion, we learned this week

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that Roxborough activist and former Council candidate Dan Pellicciotti will be the most-serious challenger to State Rep. Pam DeLissio (D-Northwest), who hasn’t endeared herself to the rank and file in the 21st Ward. She has had to appeal to three different segments of society in her diverse district, but she seems to have failed as a juggler, since it is reported State Representative

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Pellicciotti, a strong campaigner, also has the endorsement of Lou Agre, Democratic leader of the 21st, which bring out the bulk of that primary vote. Miranda’s reputation as a Rep is now seriously flawed. Another primary challenger in the 197th, Leslie Acosta, was endorsed Tuesday night by the Democratic Caucus in that District. Also expected to run is Tomás Sánchez, husband of Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez. History has shown endorsements for local State Reps by outside-the-district pols, even-

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

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

Corbett Supports Ending Union Deductions Gov. Tom Corbett has said he would sign legislation barring the automatic deduction of union dues from a public employee’s paycheck. Two bills addressing the issue — one in the state House and one in the state Senate — haven’t come up for a vote yet, but they’ve already set off a wave of debate. Proponents of the bill say they don’t like the idea of government collecting money for unions, which often find themselves in the middle of political battles. Union leaders from the public and private sector have joined forces against the proposed legislation, describing it as an attempt to bust organized labor. David Fillman, executive director of the AFSCME Council 13, called it a “vin-

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Not Closing Schools “Superintendent Hite’s announcement that the district will not recommend closing schools for next year is a validation of the concerns expressed repeatedly over the past year by parents, educators, students and community members in response to the district’s closing of 27 public schools,” said President Jerry Jordan of the Phila. Federation of Teachers. “We can only improve education in the city by strengthening our neighborhood schools, not closing them or

handing them over to charter companies and other private interests. But that improvement can only come when our schools have the resources to provide programs and services like counselors, school nurses, librarians, technology, extracurricular activities and adequate classroom supplies. “As Dr. Hite indicated, closing neighborhood schools and slashing education programs not only jeopardizes the future of our students, but harms future economic prospects for our city. “The district’s decision not to close schools will help stop the bleeding. But Philadelphia’s schools need a sustainable funding formula to begin the healing and ensure that every child in the city has the opportunity to take advantage of a quality public education.”

Labor, Ward Leaders Turn Out For Boyle

13TH DIST. Democratic candidate State Rep. Brendan Boyle, left, was hosted by labor leaders and Congressman Bob Brady at support rally at Morton’s. Turnout was impressive following snowstorm. With him are City Controller Alan Butkovitz, Ward Leader Pat Parkinson, LDC Business Manager Ryan Boyer and Laborers Omar Sabir.

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CONGRESSMAN Bob Brady was in fine form at 40th Ward pre-primary breakfast for which huge throng of committee people turned out, thanks to work of able Ward Leader Anna Brown.

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HOSTS AT 40th Ward breakfast at American legion Roche Post were Ward Leader hosts Anna Brown and STATE SEN. Anthony Ed Thorn- Williams enjoys camaraderie ton. of old friend, Prince Hall Mason Charles Hall.

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LUCKY recipient of bouquet is State Rep. Maria Donatucci, given to her by S.W. Phila. businessman Jim Jenkins. A and 40th Ward B, with their 51 Divisions, increased their (Cont. From Page 4) vote count, the 10th Ward, with its 29 Divisions, still had 10th Ward Democrats a higher percentage of people Hold Record Turnouts Isabella Fitzgerald, acting who voted as compared to regward leader of the famous Dem- istered voters. “Check the records! It is not ocratic 10th Ward in Oak Lane, on behalf of Ward Leader Edgar an anomaly that the 10th Ward A. Howard, has written Com- secured nearly 16% of the vote missioner Stephanie Singer she during this past General Eleccongratulates 40th Ward A and tion. Our past and present perB “for their achievement in im- formance has proven that the proving their getting out the vote 10th Ward does produce and current numbers reflect that fact. effort over the past four years. “While we are happy for “We also thank you for recognizing the proficiency and 40th Ward A and 40th Ward consistency of the 10th Ward’s B’s improvement over the past getting out the vote efforts. four years, the 10th Ward has (Cont. Page 10) While it is true that 40th Ward

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by Michael P. Boyle, Esq. Carolyn W. Colvin, the Acting Commissioner of SSA, recently announced SSA is adding 25 new Compassionate Allowances conditions, including a dozen cancers, bringing the total number of conditions to 225. According to the Commissioner, this program “expedites disability decisions for Americans with the most-serious disabilities to ensure they receive their benefit decisions within

days instead of months or years.” The new conditions include disorders that affect the digestive, neurological, immune, and multiple body systems. Specific conditions being added include angiosarcoma, atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor, chronic idiopathic intestinal pseudo obstruction, Coffin-Lowry Syndrome, giant axonal neuropathy, Joubert Syndrome, malignant renal

disabilities by use of the Compassionate Allowances program. For more information on the program, including a list of all Compassionate Allowances conditions, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowanc es. SSA selects disease to include in this program by “using information received at publicoutreach hearings, comments received from the Social Security & Disability Determination Services communities, counsel of medical and scientific experts, and our research with the National Institutes of Health.”

by Tom Flynn and Rocco DeGregorio Question: What is the difference between regular, semi-synthetic and synthetic oil? Answer: The first difference is what they are made from. Regular oil is derived from petroleum; synthetic is a chemical composition and semi-synthetic is a mixture of the two. When you initially go in for an oil change, you may also notice a relatively large price difference, as synthetic can often be almost double the cost of regular. That does not necessarily mean you are paying more for it, though. Synthetic oil also lasts about three times longer than regular, depending on where and how much you drive. Some manufacturers recommend only the use of syn-

thetic oil in their vehicles as performance vehicles build more heat in the engines than synthetic is more apt to handle. Synthetic has also been shown to produce less resistance in the engine and offer a more-efficient engine using slightly less gas. All of that being said, semi-synthetic is a compromise between the two in all of these areas. If you are still not sure which oil to get when it is time to have it changed, our best recommendation is to follow your manufacturer’s and/or service advisors’ advice. 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.

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If you break the rules that govern your stewardship of a governmental office, know for sure you’re on the cliff’s edge, with termination at trial’s end. The same goes for leadership in any important community role. You’re looked up to with support. But break the rules, and down you go. There is no mercy, no matter the reasons, for your subjecting yourself to jaundiced scrutiny of any kind. In the case of J.P. Miranda, his alleged decision to circumvent the rules, which are the basis of an indictment, were no doubt fueled by his desire to run a quality constituent-response office. But the method the DA claims he chose to ensure his choice of chief of staff broke the rules. At this time, an end seems likely to come, based on the findings of the DA’s Grand Jury investigation, of what was a well-intentioned and promising career.

Why We Like Bill Green’s Appointment

New Red-Light Camera Comes To Northwest

The city’s 26th red-light camera is now on line. The announced its newest red-light camera was activated at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 20. The new site is located where W. Oak Lane, Mt. Airy and Germantown meet in Northwest Philadelphia at the intersection of Stenton & Ogontz Avenues. The intersection of Stenton & Ogontz Avenues is near both the Mt. Airy Church of God in Christ and Wagner MS. The warning period for these cameras is 45 days. Drivers found in violation will receive warnings in the mail during this We look to see a heavier-than-usual primary vote … for grace period, which ends at midnight on Mar. 5. After this the simple reason there are primary contests. Leading time period, violators will face statewide are the mobs vying for Governor and Lieutenant a $100 fine. These new cameras Governor in the Democrats’ column. The Republicans make the total number of redhave at least one challenger to Gov. Tom Corbett. Then light cameras in Philadelphia there will be a minimum of six and possibly a dozen leg- 115. The cameras are located at islative challenges among Democrats. expect more Repub- 26 different intersections. 8th Dist. Councilwoman lican candidates filing than ever before for Legislative seats. Finally there will be committee contests in many Cindy Bass advocated for cameras at this busy intersection. wards where leadership challenges are in the offing. “The safety of my constituents We see it as a step in the right direction: greater inis my primary concern. It is my volvement with the voters. hope that these cameras add to the

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quality of life for residents residing in the W. Oak Lane section of my district while creating an environment for safe travel for all Philadelphians frequenting the Northwest section of our city,” said the Councilwoman. “Red-light running puts everyone in danger. This intersection is close to a church and to a school so it’s imperative that this area is safe for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers alike,” said Vince Fenerty, PPA’s executive director. The General Assembly gave PPA the power to establish a Red-Light Camera Program in Philadelphia. In 2005, PPA began equipping intersections with cameras that monitor traffic and automatically photograph vehicles that drive into an intersection after the light has turned red. The program was recently extended until 2017. The PPA continued its policy in Center City snow emergencies by announcing discounted $5 garage parking rates at its six Center City garages.

Jan. 30- Councilwoman Cindy Bass hosts Crime & Safety Community Mtg. at Corinthian Baptist Ch. Education Ctr., 6100 N. 21st St., 68 p.m. For info (215) 686-3424. Jan. 31- The Community Relations & Engagement Committee of the Southwest Partner’s Networking Dinner, 6 P.M., at Hibachi Grill and Supreme Buffet located 3000 Island Ave. Cost is $15. For info call Tara Smith (267) 251-8301. Feb. 7-8 Democratic State Committee Endorsement Mtg. at Hershey Hotel, Hershey, Pa. Feb. 12- Germantown Republican Cl. hosts Lincoln Day Dinner at Union League, 140 S. Broad St., cocktails 6:30 p.m., dinner 7:30 p.m. Subscription $65. Reduced-rate parking at Midtown Parking Garage. Feb. 13- Gov. Tom Corbett to receive Spirit Of The Port Award at Sheet Metal Work-

ers’ Union Hall. Cocktail reception at 11 a.m., luncheon at 12 m. Feb. 18- Anyone interested in “How To Run For Committeeperson” in this primary is invited to attend a seminar with speakers City Commissioner Stephanie Singer and her Deputy Tracey Gordon at 1606 Walnut St., 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 20- AFSCME DC 47 hosts Next Wave candidates meet & greet at St. Stephen’s Green, 1701 Green St., 5:308 p.m. Available parking appetizer and drink specials. Feb. 20- Councilman Mark Squilla is hosted Fundraiser by members of LGBT community at Rosewood, 1302 Walnut St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. For info Lindsey (267) 2752120. Mar. 14- 57th Ward Democrats host St. Patrick’s Day Beef & Beer at Paddy Whacks Pub, 9241 Roosevelt Blvd., Welsh Rd., 7-11 p.m. $35. For info (267) l73-3251. Mar. 28-30- Penna. College Democrats’ annual state convention at Temple Univ., with gubernatorial debate scheduled for Friday, Mar. 28. (Cont. Page 13)

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Critics who were quick to denounce Gov. Tom Corbett’s appointment of Councilman Bill Green as head of the School Reform Commission failed to appreciate Green’soft-reiterated message that good schools are a magnet, drawing population and smart businesses to this city. Poor schools do just the opposite. Those critics need to tell us what it is they suggest be done to even out the landscape of school achievement so that it mirrors more of the production of our top-level and highly acclaimed schools from kindergarten through high school. We appreciate the end of public-school closings for 2014 as confirmed by public school Superintendent William Hite. We cringed when multi-million-dollar new school buildings became candidates for charter-school occupancy. Hite and Green need to row in tandem to turn each school, no matter where in the city, into such a positive one, parents will clamor to get their children into it. Critics should give Bill Green a chance and support him for now.


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(Cont. From Page 7) consistently and effectively been frontrunners in making sure that we get the job done. We can be proud of our record, not just over the past four years but before and, we expect, beyond.” Rep. City Committee

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Seeks Volunteers

The Philadelphia Republican City Committee is reaching out to “various local Universities to recruit qualified interns in various disciplines to help strengthen our political Party,” reports Exec. Dir. Joe DeFelice. “As a student at LaSalle University in the late 1990s and early 2000s, I was the product of a dynamic internship program which helped foster my career in politics and government. Later in life, as a college professor, I saw the benefit of utilizing the fresh perspective students bring to a political organization and value the relationships I have made with students from area colleges; many of these schools have provided us with the future of our Party and we hope to continue to do so,” he writes. “In the past we have strictly reached out to political-science departments in

order to recruit interns; however, because of the changing landscape in politics, the political operation is just a small part of running a business in this environment. We also realize marketing, finance, communications, technology and journalism majors play a huge role in American and Local Government and would like to incorporate students from those backgrounds into our organization as well.” DeFelice invites those interested to contact him at josephjdefelice@phillygop.co m or call (215) 561-0650. He also commented on the death of former City Controller and basketball star Tom Gola. “He made us proud as an allstar basketball player at LaSalle College as well as in politics, first as a State Representative, then as our City Controller. “The first time I stepped foot at 20th & Olney, the name Tom Gola was staring me right in the face; probably not a day went by that I didn’t see or hear that name at LaSalle University. This man, a product of our city’s neighborhoods, took a tiny Catholic College and led them to be national champs. However, his impressiveness did not stop there as he took his career in dif-

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ership at a fundraiser at G Lounge, 111 S. 17th Street, this evening at 6:30 p.m. Event chair is Dan Kessler. Ready for Hillary PAC, which is both encouraging Hillary to run and assembling a national grassroots army to support her if she does, is ticketing the event at $20.16.

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JASON DAWKINS joins his childhood friend Darrion Schuler at a campaign kickoff event held in Frankford section of Phila. Dawkins seeks Democratic nomination in 179th Legislative Dist. Photo by Rory McGlasson

ferent paths, including one as Philadelphia Republican State Representative and City Controller. He is a true legend who will always be revered by one of his campaign slogans, ‘He [was] young, he [was] tough and nobody [owned] him.’” Hillary’s To Lose, Is The Reflection

“Young Philly Is Ready For Hillary” and it extends an invitation to all to join its lead-

“Democrat President Barack Obama turned his back on law enforcement in Philadelphia and the region by nominating Debo Adegbile to head the Civil Rights Division of the Dept. of Justice,” charges RCC Chair State Rep. John Taylor (RKensington). “I find it absolutely appalling that the President of the United States would not respect the opinions of those that keep us safe. In fact, what is more horrifying is that Danny Faulkner’s civil rights were cut down by a gunwielding radical in the middle of the night while the man convicted of killing him has adopted celebrity status. While the Philadelphia Police Dept. and Maureen Faulkner were still in mourning, Debo Adegbile was keeping Mumia Abu Jamal comfortable and avoiding the death penalty; having this

6TH WARD Leader Pete Wilson took this photo at robing ceremony of Judge Sierra Thomas Street hosted by President Judge Shelia Woods-Skipper, 2nd from left. Joining to congratulate Judge Street are Judges Charles Hayden; Sheila Woods-Skipper; Street; Paula Patrick; and Frank Brady. Robing is time-honored tradition. man oversee the Civil Rights his campaign who recognize his ‘More Jobs, Less Taxes’ Division is disgusting.” Will Corbett War Chest agenda is delivering real results Be Effective This Time? and that he keeps the promises Tom Corbett will kick off he makes to his constituents. election year with $7.5 million We must reelect Gov. Corbett cash on hand, having raised and Lt. Gov. Cawley so we can $6.8 million in 2013. ensure Pennsylvania’s best “We are building a win- days are just ahead.” ning campaign using the latest Corbett did better last year technology and an expansive than the equivalent time in the grassroots network to high- 2010 cycle. He raised $4.2 light Gov. Corbett’s accom- million in 2009. The full 2013 plishments that are growing campaign-finance report is not our economy and creating due to be filed until Jan. 31. jobs,” Campaign Mgr. Mike Corbett leads all of his Barley said in a statement. Democratic opponents with the “Gov. Corbett is thankful exception of Tom Wolf. The for the countless supporters of (Cont. Page 14)

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PHL Local Gaming Guarantees Minority Role The 15th-largest African American-owned business in the United States, H.J. Russell + Co., has been commissioned to target the construction management on the proposed $428 million gaming facility. The potential joint venture, between Bala Cynwyd-based L.F. Driscoll Co., LLC and H.J. Russell + Co., one of five bidders for the available Category 2 casino-gaming license, in Philadelphia, announced the addition of H.J. Russell + Co. to the project team. H.J. Russell is an Atlanta-based construction firm. As part of its previously announced commitment to local workforce inclusion and minority workforce inclusion, PHL Local has committed to goals of 75% local workers,

35% minority workers and 7% female workers. Included in the company’s construction-related supplierdiversity goals, PHL Local Gaming has said it will do 32% of its construction contract revenue with minority firms and 15% with female firms. It has also said all Philadelphia-based firms, regardless of race or ethnicity, will be eligible for a 7% bid preference and all Southeastern Pennsylvania-based firms will be eligible for a 5% bid preference. According to PHL equity participant Joseph Canfora, who also serves as PHL Local’s president, the arrangement would “combine the collective expertise and capacity of Driscoll, the largest regionally based construction man-

agement firm in the Philadelphia area, with completed projects including the City’s tallest structure, the Comcast Center; and the Russell firm, whose recent projects have included the Atlanta Falcons football stadium.” “Perhaps more importantly,” said Canfora, “our approach ensures PHL Local’s ‘Philadelphia First’ economic impact philosophy is carried out. Aside from its extensive general construction market experience, the Russell company will be primarily responsible for ensuring that local minority and female construction firms and suppliers are also appropriately included during the proposed casino’s construction phase.” “We are absolutely confident that utilizing primarily

Philadelphia-area construction firms, and workforces, we can achieve our goal of being able to open the casino at least six months earlier than any other bidder would be able to do so.” Michael Russell, CEO, H.J. Russell, said, “We’re looking forward to being engaged on what would be a transformative project for the city of Philadelphia. We’re also anxious to attract to the project a broad array of highquality female and minority firms, consistent with the goals in the company’s Construction Diversity Plan.” If successful in its bid for the available casino-management license in Philadelphia, PHL Local Gaming, LLC plans to open “Casino Revolution,” a $428 million, four-starquality “destination-caliber,”

250-room hotel and gaming facility. The casino will offer, within 18 months of winning the Category 2 license, 2400 slots, 105 table games, a steak house, a coffee/espresso bar, a high-end Italian restaurant, a 300-seat buffet, a 156-seat café and a covered, 1,600-car garage. PHL Local Gaming has said it is able to open its casino at least six months earlier than any of the other four bidders, producing 600 jobs, $10 million in wages and $42 million in state and city taxes, before any of the other bidders would be able to open for business. Given its 25-acre site, PHL Local Gaming also has emphasized that it has the capacity to expand to the Commonwealth’s 5,000-slot maximum, over time, unlike

any of the other bidders. PHL Local has also announced a plan to introduce the Lower South (LoSo) Entertainment Center, a new, family-focused, recreational and entertainment district, in the current South Philadelphia Food Distribution area, if the company is successful in its bid. The Center would serve as a catalyst and cornerstone for economic transformation in the area, and would include attractions such as food-andbeverage and retail businesses, soccer fields, racquet sports, an indoor swimming pool, a zip-line park, rockclimbing facilities, a golf-driving range, a dry ski/skateboarding park, a water park, and areas devoted to music and live entertainment.


FROM LEFT, Lexie Norcross, editor of philly.com, Maria Papadakis and Leah Kauffman were among huge crowd at pre-concert reception Photo by Bonnie Squires in Academy Ballroom.

NEWLY NAMED head of SRC Bill Green and his wife were among concertgoers. Photo by Bonnie Squires

KATHY & TOM LEONARD were proud Tom’s law firm, Obermayer, MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER and his wife Lisa Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel was listed greeted Temple Health Systems executives Nini among Benefactor Underwriters of the Weisbord, VP, and Dr. Larry Kaiser, CEO. Photo by Bonnie Squires concert. Photo by Bonnie Squires

FROM LEFT, before receiving guests at Academy of Music reception, Allison Vulgamore, president and CEO of Academy; Eliana Papadakis and Joe Jacovini, co-chairs of Ball, get a chance to chat. Photo by Bonnie Squires

JERRY PAPPERT, ESQ., former state Attorney General, and his wife Ellen, were part of Cozen O’Connor contingent at Academy of Music.

Photo by Bonnie Squires

Photo by Bonnie Squires

DR. RUSSEL KAUFMAN, CEO of Wistar Institute, and his wife Jane enjoyed Academy Concert & Ball. Photo by Bonnie Squires

RON & MARCIA RUBIN and Lizzie & Bill Rubin were pleased Rubins’ company, PREIT, was one of Prime Underwriters of concert and ball. Photo by Bonnie Squires

FROM LEFT, Adele Schaeffer, chairman of Academy of Music trustees, welcomes Steve & Julia Harmelin JOHN & CHRISTINA SALER are long-time to 157th annual Anniversary Concert & Ball. supporters of both Orchestra and Academy.

FROM LEFT, Leslie Anne Miller with Christine & Paul Tufano were pleased so many supporters braved snow and ice to attend Academy of Music Concert Photo by Bonnie Squires & Ball.

Photo by Bonnie Squires

Photo by Bonnie Squires

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY President Neil Theobald and his wife knew that the Academy Ball was the place to be Saturday night.

OSAGIE & LOSENGE Imasogie, Esq., enjoy their relationship with Phila. Orchestra and always attend anniversary event.

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HILLEL & CAROL LEVINSON liked spotting political leaders in attendance Saturday night.

FROM LEFT, Jimmy Schaeffer and his wife Nicole Dresnin congratulate Jimmy’s mother Adele Schaeffer, new chairman of Academy of Music Board of Trustees, and her husband Harold Photo by Bonnie Squires Schaeffer.

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FROM LEFT, Sarah & the Hon. Nelson Diaz, Judge Jim & Carol Fitzgerald, and Nancy & Ken Davis were among 1,200 supporters who thronged Academy of Music Saturday night, despite snow and freezing cold Photo by Bonnie Squires weather.

CONGRESSMAN Pat Meehan and his wife made their way down aisle for concert featuring Kevin and Michael Bacon, Philadelphia Orchestra and Grammy-award-winning singeractress-songwriter Jill Scott.

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With the appointment of WILLIAM GREEN IV and FARAH JIMENEZ to the School Reform Commission, I believe it will be more difficult for the opponents of the fundamental reforms needed to improve K-12 education in this city to prevail. Although a Democrat, Green’s views on public education echo those of the Governor and many of the city’s Republicans. He believes strongly in charter schools and is open to vouchers, especially for students in underperforming public schools to attend private schools. Similarly, Jimenez believes public education includes a mix of traditional public schools, charters and vouchers to attend other schools. A recent study by the Pew Foundation noted roughly one quarter of Philadelphia’s population is in the age range 2034 (“millennials”). This is a desirable demographic for our city, as this a taxpaying group that does not on the whole put a drain on city resources. The Pew study noted many of the millennial-survey respondents noted our poor schools are a major reason that they would consider leaving the city. The hue and cry by many is that our public schools are woefully underfunded. Yes, any school district could do more with more money. Is the financial crisis due primarily to a need for more money, or to rather a need to run the schools better? A recent report by the Cato Institute notes, “Philly’s 201314 budget is $3.03 billion, of which $862 million is for charter schools. The district serves 136,000 students in its regular public schools and another 63,000 in charter schools.” That (Cont. Page 17)

I have occasionally mentioned Chris, my Significant Other, in this space. Chris is a sportswriter, which means that unlike the Philadelphia Eagles, he’s going to be at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey’s Mosquito Coast for the Super Bowl this weekend. He was also a political-science major, which means he’s as conversant in my language (politics) as I am in his (sports). But every once in a while, our worlds intersect. For example, when former Eagles lineman Jon Runyan decided he wanted to be Congressman Jon Runyan, Chris was able to fill in the football-related blanks for me. And when I called him as he was traveling to North Jersey to tell him that I was heading to the press conference announcing the arrest of State Rep. J.P. Miranda on political corruption charges, he was able to give me some insight based on the interactions they’d had in various sports-related chat spaces. In a lot of ways, the metaphor of a compulsive gambler with a sports book betting problem works in Rep. Miranda’s case. He and his sister, Michelle Wilson, have been charged with conflict of interest, conspiracy to commit conflict of interest, and perjury in connection with a “ghost worker” who was funneling money to Wilson on Rep. Miranda’s behalf. How does the sports betting analogy work? Here’s how: Miranda was told by the Democratic Caucus he couldn’t hire Wilson because she’s his sister and anti-nepotism rules apply. So he allegedly decided to do it anyway by giving his sister her pay through a guy, Timothy Duckett, who would drive (Cont. Page 16)

Yo! Here we go again with some facts you may not know. It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times! Gold is the only metal that doesn’t rust, even if it’s buried in the ground for thousands of years. Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end. If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off. Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals. Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers. The song “Auld Lang Syne” is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every Englishspeaking country in the world to bring in the new year. Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61%. Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn’t smoke unless it’s heated above 450F. The roar we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear. Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean. The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man. Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density. The University of Alaska spans four time zones. The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself. In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted. Warner Communications paid $28 million for the copyright to the song “Happy Birthday”. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair. A comet’s tail always points away from the sun. The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent. Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers; that is why it is found in some medicines. The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity. If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney (Cont. Page 16)

The idea of citations instead of jail for possession of certain amounts of marijuana by Councilman Jim KENNEY is brilliant. Let’s STOP paying huge sums to incarcerate arrests of this type! AND STOP fining $200 for this arrest. The 1st Judicial Dist. filing fees and fines are TOO HIGH. It gives the impression of a bloated system. Councilman KENNEY, please lower the fine to $50 in your ordinance! Let’s not give the impression the courts are a MONEY DROP.... The BLATSTEIN casino proposal seems to get the MOST PUBLICITY of all the possible casino sites (?). Another proposal that offers to share revenues with our schools and pension funds is a NO-BRAINER win-win for taxpayers. Would the Blatstein casino keep the Inquirer bell tower? There is an awakened awareness that our young new residents, called yuppies or millennials, should have a reason to stay in Philly. It is never explained that a PRIME REASON for them to move and work here (many commute to New York or parts south) is the cost of real estate is LOWER than elsewhere in the megalopolis. And that REAL-ESTATE TAX was lower – until AVI. We TOOK AWAY the reason to stay. Will the next census SHOW DEPOPULATION?... COUNCILMAN MARK SQUILLA gets high marks for legislation allowing you to pay your pre-AVI real-estate tax amount if you filed an appeal. Like Casey at the Bat – is there any joy in “Mudville” (Finance Dept.) over the Squilla ordinance? The notion Councilman GREEN is a man of superior (Cont. Page 16)

Congressional candidate BRENDAN BOYLE was the guest of honor at Morton’s Steakhouse the day after the big snowstorm. Nonetheless, the event was well attended. Among the guests were Wayne Miller, head of the Sprinklerfitters Union; STATE REP. ED NEILSON; and City COUNCILMAN BOB HENON. DWIGHT EVANS continued down the path of a maverick and endorsed TOM WOLF for Governor. What does it mean? Nothing earth-shattering. It just gives Wolf a notable endorsement from a Philadelphia elected official. The nod also puts a thumb in the eye of CONGRESSWOMAN ALLYSON SCHWARTZ, who is endorsed by BOB BRADY and recognized as a Philadelphian. Insiders say Evans could still prove he’s pro-Philadelphia by endorsing STATE SEN. MIKE STACK for Lieutenant Governor. JOHN KANE is the head of the Plumbers Union and running for the State Senate in Delaware Co. Kane is an excellent leader and very likeable. His victory could be a substantial pickup for Senate Democrats. He would also vote with Philadelphia on key issues and bolster the delegation’s influence. The race will be one of the most expensive in the state as Republicans will not likely give up without a fight. The district is also in the backyard of MAJORITY LEADER DOMINIC PILEGGI, who will spend whatever it takes. Ironically, many Philadelphians get along with Pileggi, but they readily admit he would plunge a political dagger in their heart if necessary without hesitation. STATE REP. J.P. MIRANDA was indicted on charges of using ghost employees in his district office. The new State Representative will have a chance to explain himself, but the vultures are already flying around his State Rep seat. BILL GREEN is waiting anxiously for his confirmation to the School Reform Commission. He has detractors among the Philadelphia Delegation and the teacher’s union. JERRY JORDAN, the president of that union, wants to kill the nomination. But confirmation happens with a majority vote, so Green is likely to be confirmed. His support of charters and vouchers has been a sore point for many, but public education could use a fresh view. Green might surprise people.


Capitol Media Center. State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-W. Phila.), chairwoman of the PLBC, announced the theme for this

year’s event is “Civil Rights in America.” “The PLBC wanted to take this opportunity to highlight our people of color who were

Heard on the Hill And City Hall House Returns To Session, Awaits Budget Address

(Cont. From Page 9) Mar. 29- United Republican Club hosts Shrimp Night at 3156 Frankford Ave., 7-11 p.m. $30 for shrimp, beer, wine, music and fun. DJ Tom Schickling; Tracy runs bar until 2 a.m. Reserve tables now.

Taylor Backs Education Funding Commission

State Rep. John Taylor (RKensington) has voted in favor of legislation to create a commission that would reevaluate how Pennsylvania distributes state dollars for basic education. “The basic education formula has been unchanged for more than 20 years,” Taylor said. “This commission would develop a new formula to take into account each school district’s market value/personal income aid ratio, geographic price differences, enrollment levels and local support. “The goal is to collect current information, talk to school officials and other experts, and develop a new way of distributing state funding based on actual student and school data.” The commission would be comprised of equal representation from the House and Senate majority and minority caucuses, along with represen-

tatives from the Pennsylvania Dept. of Education and the Governor’s administration. HB 1738 builds on the ideas adopted in the Special Education Funding. “Education funding accounts for nearly 40% of our state budget,” Taylor said. “It is critical we make sure these funds are distributed fairly.” The commission would be expected to issue a report of its findings and recommendations one year from the date of enactment, following a series of public hearings. Recommendations would not take effect unless enacted by the General Assembly.

Philadelphia. The 2014 honorees were: D’Army Bailey, author, attorney, actor and founder of the National Civil Rights Museum, which opened in 1991 in the Lorraine Motel, site of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King; J.

Whyatt Mondesire, former reporter, newspaper publisher and president of both the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia branches of the NAACP; and Sonia Sanchez, poet laureate, author, educator and recipient of a 1993 Pew Fellowship in the Arts.

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The House of Representatives returns to session next week with a variety of items on the agenda both on the House floor and in committee. With the Governor’s annual budget address just over a week away, the House Education Committee will look at how special-education programs are being funded in the Commonwealth by holding an informational briefing on recommendations made by the Special Education Funding Commission. In December, the commission recommended adopting a new formula based on three cost categories – low (category 1), moderate (category 2) and high (category 3). The formula would also include factors reflecting community differences such as market value/personal income aid ratio, equalized millage rate and small and rural school districts. Last week, by a vote of 187-9, the House passed HB 1738 (State Rep. Bernie O’Neill, R-Bucks), to establish a commission to study and make recommendations for a new formula for distributing state funding to basic education. The commission would

work with school districts and charter operators to develop a funding formula based on the school district’s market value/personal income aid ratio, equalized millage rate, geographic price differences, enrollment levels, local support and other factors.

trailblazers in the ongoing struggle for equal rights for all,” Brown said. “This event salutes those who were willing to lead the battle for equality for African Americans and other ethnic minorities.” This year’s honorees include former Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives K. Leroy Irvis, Philadelphia defense attorney Cecil B. Moore, women’s-suffrage activist Daisy Lampkin, Judge Raymond Pace Alexander and his wife Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, who became the first African American person in the United States to earn a doctorate in economics, and civil-rights strategist Bayard Taylor Rustin. Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa, is the 2014 Distinguished Honoree. The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus also hosted its first 2014 Civil Rights Achievement Awards in

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COUNCILW O M A N Jannie Blackwell and DA S e t h Williams, were among dignitaries in attendance.

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(Cont., From Prev. Page) the mind, but if districts are able to participate in the full fitness curriculum, the results will be dramatic,” Tartaglione said. Schools awarded grants will enable participation in the program for the 2014-15 school year plus the following two years. To learn more about the program, visit www.pyfp.org.

(Cont. From Page 3) Raisa, a staffer in the regional office of US Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), and Mikhail and grandson Jayden.

Sen. Williams Hosts Over 400 pastors attended Mobile App Design the ceremonies. This year Competition marks the 33rd year of the To encourage students to Black Clergy organization’s work together and take the initiaexistence. tive against bullying, State Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D-W. Phila.) is sponsoring an anti-bullying mobile application design contest for students in his 8th Senatorial Dist.’s Philadelphia, Southeast Delaware Co. and William Penn school districts. Classmates of all finalists from each school district will be invited to see an open rehearsal performance by Rennie AMONG LEGISLATORS attending Rev. Griffith’s inauguHarris Puremovement Dance ration were State Reps. Mark Cohen, Brendan Boyle, Jordan Groups and their anti-bullying Harris and Ron Waters and State Sen. Daylin Leach. hip-hop program this spring. Photo by Leona Dixon The winning mobile app will “Tina”Tartaglione was unani- be unveiled at this show and mously endorsed by the 2nd each member of the winning Senatorial Dist. Caucus last (Cont. From Page 10) design team will receive an former Dept. of Revenue Secre- night at Tony’s Pizza on FrankApple iPad 2. tary brought in $12.9 million in ford Avenue. “Parents and adults can say 2013; $10 million of that came Beverly Plosa-Bowser all there is to say about the imfrom Wolf personally. Enters 13th GOP Retired Col. Beverly Plosa- portance of not bullying others, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (D-Northeast) and Bowser has entered another war, but the best solutions to stopping Treasurer Rob McCord raised this one facing more formidable this problem remain with our $6.5 million and $6.6 million odds than those in which she was children,” Williams said. “We respectively. Schwartz carried engaged in her 30 years of serv- are encouraging students to work over $3 million from her previ- ice in the US Air Force and Air together to come up with great ous campaigns. McCord carried Force Reserve. She received a ideas that will not only help them over $1.3 million and donated Bronze Star for her service in and their classmates crush bully$1.7 million of his own money Iraq. ing behaviors, but help other stuThis one is her effort to win dents throughout Pennsylvania to his coffers. Katie McGinty’s campaign the 13th Congressional Dist. as and the United States.”

raised $2.4 million for the Governor’s race in 2013 – at the back of the Top 3 plus Tom Wolf class of viable contenders for the governorship. If the primary winner hasn’t been riddled with gunshot by his Democratic peers, Corbett may need more than he’s hoping to raise to bolster his poll figures to bring him in contention for a second term.

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Cruz’ Newborn Screening Unanimously Passes House

With unanimous approval, the State House has passed on to the Senate legislation authored by State Rep. Angel Cruz (D-Kensington), Democratic chairman of the House Human Services Committee, which adds Krabbe disease and five other lysosomal storage disorders to the list of diseases for which Pennsylvania hospitals must screen newborns.


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Out & About (Cont. From Page 12) him around every once in a while, but actually continue to work in his auto-repair place. This is the bad bet. And he kept making it. Miranda even gave Duckett a $10,000 raise ... a nice chunk of which was designated for Wilson. His “bookie”, Duckett, kept paying his markers, but when Fox29’s Jeff Cole got a tip about this illegal “book”, he started following Duckett around. And like any bookie looking at hard time, Duckett gave Miranda and Wilson up. He

testified to the Grand Jury and got immunity, while the firsterm State Rep and his sister are contemplating jail time. Assuming these charges are valid, this all could have been avoided by the simple act of following the rules. If you can’t hire family, you can’t hire family. The rule is in place for a reason. Trying to get around the rules almost always winds you up on “Action News.” But then again, Miranda would occasionally try to challenge Chris’s football knowledge. Doing that with a guy that can give you stats on Super Bowl III is kinda dumb....

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As far back as June 3, 2008, the South Phila branch library has been selling part of its hook collection to the public at 50c per hard hack, but mostly at the 25c rate. If allotted books were not sold, they were placed on carts marked "FREE" to be taken by whomever wanted them. Since the autum of 2013, this branch’s sale of hooks, magazines, DVDs greatly increased, and accelerated to the point, whereby, about thirty per cent (30%) are gone, and about seventy per cent (70%) of the collection remained as of December 31, 2013. Seen here in the photo is a sampling of cartons containing part of the seventy per cent (70%) of hooks to be shipped to the central library, and further redistributed to the fifty-three (53) other branch sites. When patrons return for the "grand reopening" of the South Philadelphia branch in 2016, this scenario may happen: A "BIG SURPRISE," whereby, this branch may become a "no book library," perhaps purposely designed to spend MORE tax dollars on digital readers-replacing real books that were: (a) sold, (b) given away freely, and (c) driven away forever from this regional branch. Public libraries are in the "loan business." It would be honor able for the Library Director, SIOBHAN REARDON, and Board Chairman, TOBEY GORDON DICHTER, to reconsider, and place a "two year hold" on the 70% "gone with the wind" -- to return to their roots--the South Philadelphia Branch library. This course of action would deflect any appearance of evil. “You Have a Friend In Pennsylvania” —Nicola Argentina (c) 2014

Walking (Cont. From Page 12) intelligence compared to other members of City Council is BALDERDASH. Graduating from Penn does not mean that you are smarter. It means you could AFFORD tuition, and that listing it on your résumé helps more than, say, Community College.... Legislation to reduce the size or eliminate the State Senate used a Ben Franklin quote to justify the action. But that quote described a Senate and House always pulling against one another. The Sashing of the ST. PATRICK’S PARADE MARSHAL will be on Mar. 13 in the Doubletree Hotel. Jim MURRAY was Eagles General Manager, and head of Eagles Fight Leukemia, and Ronald Mc Donald House Founder. So says Bob GESSLER, President of the St. Patrick’s Observance Association.... Capt. Ray McCABE of the St. Patrick’s Retreat will hold the AOH retreat at St. Joseph’s on Feb. 78. So says AOH Prexy Joe FOX. I remember Mayor Tate’s retreat on Holy Week, with Sen. Herbie McGlinchey, Sheriff Murray, and even a Chief Justice.

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Lively. Torresdale Boys Club will hold a St. Patrick’s Auction on Mar. 15-16, says Heather McCREEDY. Support it. Welcome INSULATORS’ UNION Local 14 to the St. Patrick’s Parade! AFLCIO leader Pat Eiding would be proud of his old local. NICHOLAS MAIALE was not reappointed by Gov. CORBETT to head the School Employees Retirement System. A big blooper by the GUV. His NEW selection might consider his reelection.... Joe ZAZYCZNY, former Secretary of Administration under Gov. CASEY, fares well at 78, with two sons who are college leaders. REV. Kevin JOHNSON of powerful BRIGHT HOPE Church may run for Mayor. His last post was at ABYSSINIAN BAPTIST Church in Harlem. Remember, Rev. and Congressman ADAM CLAYTON POWELL was pastor there! He was a very powerful head of Ways & Means Committee.... Paul “Earthquake” MOORE held a MLK procession on Woodland Avenue featuring 1960s

Waffleman (Cont. From Page 12) and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day. When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight. In ancient times, strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed. Strawberries are the

cars and attire! Rev. Damon JONES at Bibleway honored civic leaders Ella DUNN and Joanie NEWKIRK -- well deserved.... HATS OFF to State Rep. Mark COHEN for calling to DISSOLVE the School Reform Commission, and replace it with an elected Board of Education. Let’s DO IT! Local 19 member and 21st Ward Committeeman Todd FARALLY has his birthday on Jan. 28. He is known as the voice of Facebook.... Capt. Jack LIEBERMAN (Navy retired) has his birthday on Feb. 2. Jack, a fine nautical HISTORIAN, is preparing the USS SOMERSET commissioning (Mar. 1) in Penn’s Landing. Marvin BORDETSKY and Milt BORNSTEIN, two pro assessors in the old Board of Revision, have birthdays in five days, while Judge John BRAXTON celebrates his on the 6th. State Rep. Kevin BOYLE has his big day on the 7th.... SAD loss was Cecile DiBONA, wife of Hon. Alfred DiBONA, Jr. Perfect Peace to her. Angelo only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside. Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per 100 gm. The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year. The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust. Due to Earth’s gravity, it is impossi-

PIROLLO died. A cop of 35 years in Internal Affairs, and a Command Sergeant Major in our 103rd Engineers, a class cop and soldier. A plan to use acid water from mines for FRACKING instead of fresh creek water? I can remember the state National Guard cleaning up creeks tainted by leaking mine water with tons of LIME. The PUBLIC RECORD reported recently technology to clean up fracking water is already used in Texas. Don’t take a cheaper way out!.... The amoeba shape of the 6th Congressional Dist., where Jim GERLACH says he will not seek reelection, looks like the ultimate gerrymander for a GOP win. Eleven to 23 months in jail for taking a life seems meager. Two ex-cops were sentenced in that shooting.... The kid who said that his “damaged goods” was done by police, is not required to talk to a police investigation. Investigate anyway...The expulsion of a student wearing an ankle monitor was tied to MSGR. LYNN. Hmmm. ble for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters. Mickey Mouse is known as “Topolino” in Italy. Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down. Everything weighs 1% less at (Cont. Next Page)


away from the school district. Even if the voucher was for 100% of the tuition at the Catholic school, it is still less than half of what we would be spending on the student if he/she remained in the public system. A voucher system similar to that proposed by Pennsylvania SB 1 (which failed to get traction) would only allocate state funding to economically challenged families to send children currently in underperforming schools to private schools. Wisconsin has a similar program for students in Milwaukee. It covers roughly 25,000 students who receive roughly $6,500 each in statefunded vouchers. Last year, the program was expanded to 500 more students in underperforming schools in the rest

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In The Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County Civil Action – Law No. 130704598 Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure Champion Mortgage Company, Plaintiff vs. The Unknown Heirs of Christina N. Jordan, Deceased, Rosemary Jordan, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Peter Glenn and Christina N. Jordan, Deceased & The Unknown Heirs of Peter Glenn, Deceased, Mortgagors and Real Owners, Defendant(s) To: The Unknown Heirs of Christina N. Jordan, Deceased, & The Unknown Heirs of Peter Glenn, Deceased, Mortgagors and Real Owners, Defendant(s), whose last known address is 4045 Old York Road, Philadelphia, PA 19140. 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, 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. 130704598, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 4045 Old York Road, Philadelphia, PA 19140, 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, 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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(Cont. From Page 12) means that the district public schools, which are being destroyed according to many on the left by GOV. TOM CORBETT’S insufficient funding of our schools, will spend $15,941 per pupil. According to Cato, that is roughly $3,000 more than the national average. It should be noted that Washington, D.C. spends $8,000 more per student yet test scores show that those students are behind ours.Thus, is the problem one of solely funding, or is it that we need to reward teacher for performance, not seniority? We should be closing under-capacity schools,

thus spending money on the children and not bricks-andmortar and redundant administrators. The city’s charter schools receive about $2,300 less than the regular public schools, yet their graduation rate is better. District schools, according to the Notebook, graduate roughly 60% of high-school students within six years of their freshman year. The city’s charter schools are at 75% and the Archdiocese’s rate is over 90%. Additionally, over 92% of the Archdiocese’s students go on to post-secondary education. Tuitions at Archdiocesan high schools vary slightly but are mostly in the $6,000 to $7,000 range. The opponents of vouchers and charter schools claim it takes funding

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