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Singing T he Pr aises Of Black Histor y (See Pages 3-11)

January 16, February 20,2014 2014

Fitzpatrick Becomes First Woman To Lead Business Association (See Page 2)

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JILLIAN PIRTLE stands beside portrait of Marian Anderson inside Marian Anderson Residence Museum, 762 S. Martin Street, on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Pirtle, one of 16 Marian Anderson scholars, and who works at the museum, said museum will celebrate 117th birthday of Marian Anderson next Thursday, Feb. 27. Event is one of many Black History-themed celebrations across Phila. area takingMplace to celebrate February as Black History month. For more information, please see our special Black History month section (Pages 3 to 11). Photo by Rory McGlasson

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South Philadelphia Business Association Oldest Business Association in South Philadelphia – Chartered in 1897

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To join as a member of the SPBA, please call: (215)-336-1108

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

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

Board Members John Savarese Mark Rago

Louis Galdo Dr. Jim Moylan Vince Giusini Bill Ciampitti

Banking Executive Jackie Fitzpatrick Leads Business Association by Maria Merlino The first women elected as President of the South Philadelphia Business Association has hit the ground running in her new role. Jackie Fitzpatrick, vice president & relationship manager at Conestoga Bank, says some of her main goals are to increase scholarships for local students, and connect state and city leaders with local business owners. “We want to increase the amount of scholarship money and help our businesses grow in any way we can,” she said. “Every month I’m going to organize a blue ribbon panel of experts, do sympo-

siums of state and city dignitaries or focus on a type of business."

JACKIE FITZPATRICK, of Conestoga Bank.

Fitzpatrick replaces local jeweler Danny Olivieri as president of the business group. “Danny did a wonderful job and is still an executive member of the board,” Fitzpatrick said. “I’m taking the reins from him -- and will be moving forward to make sure that South Philadelphia is a place where businesses will thrive.” Fitzpatrick said she organizing a medical fair, tentatively planned for Mar. 29 at Neumann/Goretti HS. Businesses involved in health or medicine will be there to showcase their service or products, she said.

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CONESTOGA Bank Award Scholar Rita Bucca, center, by Mike Casey, Brian Vandenburg and Jackie Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick wants to increase scholarships as one of her main goals as new president of South Philadelphia Business Association. Photo by Maria Merlino • 215-755-2000

Rizzo Rink No More To Host Rally FRIENDS and supporters of Rizzo Rink, popular Pennsport ce rink underneath I-95, will host a “Rally 4 Rizzo” fundraiser tomorrow. Three-hour event will start at 7:30 on Friday at front of Washington Street rink. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at door. For more information, call George Kilcullen at (215) 685-1593.

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THIRD-WORST winter in Philadelphia history has hit city hard -- particularly tiny streets like the 1500 block of Carlisle Street. Everyone in the area -- including Mario Lanza -- is sick of sight of snow blanketing our South Philadelphia streets. Snow has been a headache for everyone -- none more so than city trash collectors who had to dig through snow to collect trash under snow on Wednesday. Photo by Rory McGlasson

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Brown To Celebrate Black History Legacy

ing on black history will be displayed as well. The event is free and open to the public.

Learn About Black Germans The Black German Cultural Society invites all to a Black History Month movie screening and lecture on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Cliveden House, 6401 Germantown Avenue. Shirley Gindler Price, founder of BGCS, will present a documentary screening on a little-known part of Black History: Black German Children (The Brown Babies) in postWorld War II Germany. The event is free! For additional Information you can go to `

Mann’s Freedom Fest Old-Style Church Revival Invited choirs from across the city will rejoice in song and celebration at “Let Freedom Sing” on Octavius V.

1850. A well-educated man with a dedication to learning, he graduated valedictorian from what is now known as Cheyney University. Catto was insistent on the equality of all men and became a leader of local and national prominence for enfranchisement and civil rights for African Americans. He worked alongside other Black leaders, including Frederick Douglas, to fight for equality. On election day, Oct. 10, 1871, Catto was murdered on his doorsteps for his efforts. Participating ministers, Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller from Enon Tabernacle Baptist (Cont. Page 5)

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Saluting The Achievements Of All African Americans

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State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-W. Phila.) will host an event celebrating Black History Month from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 22 at the School of the Future, 4201 Parkside Avenue. The theme for the event is “Celebrating our Legacy.” The celebration will include a salute to “African American Achievements Past and Present”. The event will recognize: Negro Baseball League, including the Philadelphia Stars and the Negro League Memorial Park located at Belmont & Parkside Avenues; “Lest We Forget” Black Holocaust Museum of Slavery, Richmond Street, which opened in 2002; Aces Museum, Germantown Avenue, which honors minority veterans of World War II; Juneteenth Philadelphia Chapter, recognizing the announcement in Galveston, Tex., on Jun. 19, 1865, that

slavery had been abolished by the Emancipation Proclamation two years earlier, Jan. 1. 1863. “Our heritage continues to shape us today,” Brown said. “Our experiences, beliefs and dreams are all based in part on our past, a past which, for many, includes discrimination, hatred and bigotry. It is essential that we remember where we were as a society and how much progress has been made. These celebrations also highlight those who were willing to fight the status quo and push for equal opportunities for all.” A number of local schools will be participating in the celebration including Rudolph Blankenburg ES, Edward Heston ES, Global Leadership Academy Charter, Discovery Charter, Mastery Charter School at Shoemaker and KIPP HS. Scheduled music performers include Universal African Dance & Drummers Ensemble and Cheney University’s SOUL Stirring Marching Band. Educational exhibits focus-

Negro spirituals, sacred music born out of the African Diaspora experience, praise dancers, and special words from several special guest ministers. On Catto’s 175th birthday and amidst Black History Month, this event presents an opportunity for the community to join together in song and prayer to celebrate the legacy of an early civil rights hero. “Catto’s legacy is, in part, his courageous stand for human equality through peaceful resistance and unwavering perseverance. This community jubilee will feature Negro spirituals that reflect these themes and inspirational messages from three of Philadelphia’s stellar preachers expositing these themes, reminding us all that the legacy of Catto – and its place in the continuing narrative of our nation’s strivings towards equal rights – is still very relevant today,” said Rev. Nolan William, Jr., artistic director of the Philadelphia Freedom Festival. Born in Charleston, S.C. in 1839, Catto settled in Philadelphia with his family in

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Catto’s 175th birthday. On Saturday, Feb. 22 the Mann presents “Let Freedom Sing,” a community jubilee to commemorate the life and legacy of 19th-century African American civil-rights pioneer, Octavius V. Catto. The allNegro Spiritual Church Revival, part of the Philadelphia Freedom Festival, will be hosted by Mother Bethel A.M.E Church from 2 to 4 p.m. “The Mann is thrilled to take the first event of the Philadelphia Freedom Festival on the road through an old fashioned church revival at Mother Bethel. This event will truly celebrate the legacy of Catto in a way people can connect to – through song and fellowship,” expressed Rhoda Blount, project director for the Festival and VP of education and community engagement for the Mann. “This is a new and exciting endeavor for the Mann, and we are delighted to continue to present more events in the future that go beyond the main stage at the Mann.” The program will consist of • 215-755-2000

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Philadelphia, Art Sanctuary, the Charles L. Blockson AfroAmerican Collection, Curtis Institute of Music, History Making Productions, Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church, Temple University Press, the Union League of Philadelphia, and 900-AM WURD, with additional support from the Mayor’s Office of Faith Based Initiatives. For information on Philadelphia Freedom Festival events, please visit The Mann Center for the Performing Arts’ Education & Community Engagement Program is the region’s largest free education program, impacting more than 50,000 young people annually and more than 400,000 since 1997. The Mann’s Connecting Arts-N-Schools program offers city-wide schools a wide array of multicultural performances in music, theater and dance. This gives thousands of students the opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and rhythms of live performances – often for the very first time.

Marian Anderson Center Throws Open House Join The National Historical Marian Anderson Museum & Society on Feb. 27 as it celebrates the 117th birthday of the legendary Marian Anderson with a Cake & Decadent Open House Special. In celebration of Marian Anderson’s Birthday Tour, the Museum on that day is offering half-price admission of $5. Enjoy wonderful birthday cake and pastries as well as amazing celebratory live performances in honor of the occasion. The Marian Anderson Museum is located at 762 S. Martin Street. It will be open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. that day. For more info, visit its website at or call its offices at (215) 732-9505.

As we celebrate Black History Month, let us not forget the sacrifices so many made in the Civil Rights movement which worked to advance equality for all citizens. Let us affirm our commitment and vow to continue our efforts to maintain the gains we have made.

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(Cont. From Page 3) Church; Rev. Dr. James Hall, Jr. from Triumph Baptist Church; and Rev. Dr. Mark K. Tyler from Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church will be joined by their choirs for this joyous afternoon. This program is free and open to the public. For more details, please visit From February through July, the Mann is presenting an imaginative series of original, artistic programming linking the arts with civil rights history, commemorating Catto’s life and legacy. Supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and The Presser Foundation, with additional support from the Lomax Family Foundation, the festival features collaboration with partners from cultural, educational, and ecumenical institutions to provide programs and activities inspired by the rich diversity of Catto’s life. Program partners include the Philadelphia Orchestra, the African American Museum of

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REP. JIM ROEBUCK District Office 4712 Baltimore Avenue • Philadelphia, PA 19143 TEL 215-724-2227

Urban Affairs Coalition Announces Completion Of KEYSPOTS Project phia’s most-vulnerable residents get access to the internet and training on how to use computers. KEYSPOTS took a community-based approach of establishing computer labs and training programs in existing social service organizations who were best equipped to meet the needs of individuals and families requiring assistance. “When we say our approach is collaborative, that’s not just talk,” emphasized Sharmain Matlock-Turner, president of the Urban Affairs Coalition, “KEYSPOTS is a true gathering of equals, all working together to make progress on an issue we care deeply about.” According to Mayor Michael Nutter, “KEYSPOTS has realized that, in the 21st century, digital access is more

than a privilege. It’s a lifeline.” Kahdijah Freeman, a client of the KEYSPOT program, agrees, “KEYSPOTS allowed me to learn more, expand my business, do my job better, support my family better. That’s the power of a computer.” UAC’s grant was one of two grants awarded in Philadelphia by the National Telecommunications & Information Agency under the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. The other grant was awarded to the City’s Office of Innovation and Technology. UAC unites government, business, neighborhoods, and individual initiatives to improve the quality of life in the region, build wealth in urban communities, and solve emerging issues. • 215-755-2000

The Urban Affairs Coalition has announced the successful completion of its $11.8 million federal stimulus grant to bring computer and internet access to low-income Philadelphians. As a result of this grant, over 25,000 Philadelphians received over 230,000 hours of computer training; over 6,000 families became new subscribers to internet at home; and over 5 million awareness impressions were generated about the importance of internet access. UAC collaborated with over 50 organizations to form the Freedom Rings Partnership, which later branded this initiative with the name KEYSPOT. With research indicating as many of 41%-55% of Philadelphians do not have internet at home, the Freedom Rings Partnership was formed in 2010 to help some of Philadel- • 215-755-2000

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E. Wingohocking Ave., 8 p.m.-12 a.m. $50. Dancing, food, open bar. RSVP (215) 545-2244. Feb. 21- State Rep. John Sabatina, Jr. holds Shrimp-APalooza at Harmonia Cl., Orthodox St. & Aramingo Ave., 7-11 p.m. Donation $40, Sponsors $250. Feb. 22- State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown hosts Announcement Breakfast at Park Avenue, 4942 Parkside Ave., 9:30 a.m., announcement 10 a.m. Gubernatorial candidates and elected officials. For info (267) 601-1528. At 3 p.m.

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Historic 1936 Thank you, City Commission Vice Chair Al Schmidt and Chair Anthony Clark, for opening the History Vault (“Schmidt’s Voting Report Makes ‘Election History’”, Jan. 30). It is ironic that the year 1936 was the basis for the 76-year statistical election, registration and voting analysis. In 1947 and ’48 my grandparents, uncles and aunts, active Dems and Reps and in the labor movement, were still discussing the

1936 election. The 1936 general election was a shocker to the Republican Ward Leaders: For the first time their voters “could not be bought.” One committeeman who, for the first time in 20 years, failed to deliver his district, stated, “I lost by three votes, my friends double-crossed me, they taken my money and voted the other way.” Philadelphia voters were given $5 by the Republicans and $2 by the Democrats to vote for respective party can-

didates. Some of those friends perhaps were acting on the principle that determined the choice of one Black woman who, given money by both committeemen, cast her ballot for FDR “because the Democrats were poor, too.” It also came as a surprise to the GOP party workers that their constituents “knew where the second [Democratic] lever was, and pulled that one.” John J. Kline, Rhawnhurst

Lowery Brown hosts Black History Month Celebration at HS of Future, 4021 Parkside Ave. For info (215)879-6615. Feb. 22- State Rep. Cherelle Parker holds Reelection Announcement and Petition Drive at Oxford Pesbyterian Ch., 8501 Stenton Ave., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 26- Fundraiser to benefit St. Patrick’s Day Parade at FOP Lodge 5 Ballrm., 11630 Caroline Rd., 3-7 p.m. Adults $30, children $15. Entertainment, beer, wine, soda and buffet. For info Mary Frances Fogg (267) 228-0418, Joe Fox (215) 429-0193, Kathy Fanning (267) 237-2953. Feb. 27- Labor hosts reception for State Sen. Mike Stack at Finnigan’s Wake, Lincoln Rm., 537 N. 3rd St., 5:307:30 p.m. Platinum $10,000, Gold $5,000, Silver $2,500, Bronze $1,000, Tickets $50. RSVP Lindsey (267) 2752120 or Feb. 27- Ctr. For Families & Relationships hosts Casino Night honoring Councilman Bobby Henon at Tendenza, 969 N. 2nd Str., 6 p.m. Silent auction, extensive buffet,

open bar. Tickets $150. For info (215) 537-5367 or Feb. 28- State Rep. Stephen Kinsey hosts Rappin with the Rep at District Office, 5537 Germantown Ave., 9-11:30 a.m. For info (215) 8496592. Feb. 28- Custodes Pace Lodge 2085 of Sons & Daughters of Italy holds Scholarship Fundraiser at FOP Ha., 11630 Caroline Rd., starting 7 p.m. Grease Band performing. Buffet, beer and wine. Tickets $60 in advance, $65 at door. For info Joe Mer (215) 275-4595. Feb. 28-Mar. 1- P e n n a . Progressive Summit runs at Harrisburg Hilton, 1 N. 2nd St., Harrisburg, Pa., starting with Gubernatorial Debate at 6 p.m. Fri. Closes 6:15 p.m. Sat. For info www.paprogressive Feb. 28- Paul “Earthquake” Moore holds Hands Against Violence Candle Light Vigil at Elmwood Skating Rink, 2406 S. 71st St., 5-7:30 p.m. Mar. 4- Mardi Gras Fundraiser in honor of State Rep. John Sabatina at Ladder 15, 1528 Sansom St., 6-8

p.m. $150 per person. Sponsor $500, Host $1,000. RSVP Rachel (215) 742-8600. Mail checks payable to Committee to ReElect John Sabatina Jr., 720 Castor Ave., Phila. PA 19152. Mar. 5- PhillyLabor.Com Meet & Greet Union Leaders features John McNesby, Fraternal Order Of Police Lodge 5 President, at Bridgeman’s Ha., 11601 Norcom Rd., 6-8 p.m. Host Joe Dougherty, Jr. Mar. 6- AFSCME Local 2186 Retirement Celebration of Michael J. Walsh’s 35 years of serving members at Romano’s Catering, 1523 E Wingohocking St., 6:3010:30 p.m. Buffet with Cash Bar. Tickets $35. Make checks payable to AFSCME Local 2186. For info Rich Morawski (215) 893-3730. Mar. 8- St. Anne’s Social Ha., at Memphis & Tucker Sts., holds Social 4 p.m., Bingo starts 6 p.m. $30 Admittance includes 12 bingo games, coffee, tea, water, soda & cake. BYOB. For tickets Theresa Stahl (215) 425-3219. Mar. 10- Councilman Jim (Cont. Page 27) • 215-755-2000

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. Patron $500, Sponsor $250, Friend $25. RSVP Lindsey

(267) 275-2120 or Feb. 21- State Rep. Stephen Kinsey hosts Rappin with the Rep at St. John Evangelistic Ch., 4541 N. Broad St., 911:30 a.m. For info (215) 849-6592. Feb. 21- Judge Jimmy Lynn hosts Friday Luncheon at American Pub, Downstairs at Center Sq. Bldg., 15th & Market, 12:30 p.m. For info or (215) 686-2614. Feb. 21- “Let’s Dance Night Away With John Taylor” at Upstairs at Romano’s, 1523

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Philadelphia’s history is Black history. There have been African Americans on the Delaware River since the first Swedish colony was planted here, before William Penn arrived. During slavery days, this city held one of the largest communities of free Blacks in America. Throughout the 20th century and continuing to this day, our African American community has contributed hugely to the best in American life. Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson in the 1930s; John Coltrane in the 1960s; Bill Cosby and Patti Labelle in the 1970s; Will Smith in the 1990s — these are only a few of the brightest lights in a constellation of talent, without which no American would recognize our own culture. In government at all levels, Black Philadelphians hold half the positions of responsibility in this town. And it is a town on the move — growing again after a half-century decline of its manufacturing base and widely talked about as the next hot spot in the Northeastern United States. We are confident Black leaders today will continue to play a prominent and successful role in creating the “history” of coming years. • 215-755-2000

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Catto Society Honors Fallen Hero

Suzanne L Haney, Republican leader of the 2nd Ward and long-time community activist, knew where O.V. Catto had lived. Local historian Marcus Mitchell contacted her to get involved and organize local support for the So2ND WARD Republican Leader Suzanne Haney, right, and ciety. She became Society Barbara Hankinson, of O.V. Catto Society, honor heroic Secretary and as 2nd Ward fallen leader in annual ceremonies at Starr Garden, 6th & Leader recruited support, Lombard, with laying of wreaths last Saturday.

while preparing and donating the Catto Society Ceremony Program. Catto’s own 3rd USCT Infantry ‘United States Colored Troops’ and Sons of Union Veterans involvement were crucial. So they contacted the 3rd USCT Infantry and Dr. Andy Waskie, Temple University’s Civil War & Eman-

cipation Studies President and Founder of the General Mead Society, to conduct the ceremony’s military honors. About 10 years ago the O.V. Catto Lodge 20 IBPOEW and its Women’s Auxiliary, named for Phyllis Wheatley, got involved. Their lodge founded 1906 has honored O.V. Catto for over a century. They will have their 111th annual Formal Dinner & Ball on Apr. 12. Mitchell, the 55th Ward Republican Leader, was appointed to Phila.’s Memorial Fund Committee to erect a Catto statue and the Catto Society’s Suzanne L Haney and members placed a wreath to honor the Hero at the 2007 Grave marker dedication Ceremony at Eden Cemetery. The OV Catto Society and their Catto banner marched in Civil War ceremonies, [followed by Chaney University’s Marching Band, successor to Catto’s Institute for Colored Youth], from the Union League to the Parade ground on Wash. Avenue. They have also distributed Society information at Philadelphia’s Black Heritage Weekend each year at Easter at the Civic Center extension. A medal struck in O.V. Catto’s honor at the time of his murder, has been recently revived by the Pennsylvania National Guard at Dr Waskie’s prodding, with an honor ceremony held at the Union League of Philadelphia. Plans are underway to expand Catto Society participation in that ceremony. The Society is working to have a USPS postal stamp issued in honor of

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Catto, by the 150th anniversary of the United States’ 15th Amendment to the US Constitution, which he was instrumental in having ratified in 1870 by the requisite number of Northern states. All are invited to join the O.V. Catto Society and attend future memorial ceremonies at Starr Garden Rec Center, 6th & Lombard, across from Mother Bethel Church, the polling station Catto was protecting in1871, usually held on the last Saturday, closest to Catto’s February birthday. For information contact Haney at

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State Democrats Vote Open Primaries

BIG three at Democratic State Committee in Hershey were Ken Washington and Daniel “Tiger” Woodall flanking Phila. Chairman Bob Brady.

EQUIPPED for harsher, colder Hershey, Pa., weather were Philadelphians Ward Leader Ron Couser, Leisa Rose Rhodes, Cassy Huggins and Kevin Hannah.

WENDELL YOUNG IV, president of Local 1776, UFCW, is congratulated by Marc Stier on his selection as Public Record 2014 Public Servant of Year. Both were in attendance at Democratic State Committee meet- TOP party and labor leaders were seen with Phila. Party Chairman ing in Hershey, with Stier working to get Congressman Bob Brady prior to voting for contenders for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. delegate votes for Allyson Schwartz.

IBEW Local 98 Business Mgr. John J. Dougherty, Jr., welcomes gubernatorial candidate Allyson Schwartz, 3rd from left, at reception his union hosted in Hershey in her honor for DSC delegates. With them are Andrea Baptiste and Local 98 Political Coordinator Marita Crawford.

HIGHLY VISIBLE at Democratic State Committee meeting were Ward GUBERNATORIAL candidate Tom Wolf Leaders Bob Dellavella and listens patiently to advice from a supporting delegate. Bill Dolbow.

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(1) In honor of Black History Month, the Association for Public Art highlights selected public artworks in Philadelphia that were created by African American artists, pay tribute to African Americans, or reflect African American culture. Several descriptions below have been adapted from Public Art in Philadelphia by Penny Balkin Bach. 1. The Labor Monument: Philadelphia’s Tribute to the American Worker (2010) Artist: John Kindness (1951-). Location: Elmwood Park, 71st Street & Buist Avenue, Southwest

Philadelphia. Commemorates the contributions of organized labor nationwide and Philadelphia’s workingclass history. 2. Wilt Chamberlain (2004) Artist: Omri Amrany (1954-). Location: S.E. corner of Wells Fargo Center, 11th Street south of Pattison Avenue. Sculpture of former 7-foot-1 Philadelphia 76er stands 18 feet tall and weighs nearly 3 tons. 3. Joe Frazier (forthcoming). Artist: Stephen Layne. Location: To be installed outside of Xfinity Live, 1100 Pattison Avenue. Currently in progress. Depicts

(4) (3) Frazier during “Fight of the Century” in 1971, when he knocked out Muhammad Ali with a left hook. 4. Dr. J (1989). Artist: Barney Bright (1927). Location: Exterior of Xfinity Live, 1100 Pattison Avenue. Portrays Julius “Dr. J.” Erving in a familiar pose with arm outstretched, holding a basketball in the midst of a layup or slamdunk. 5. Whispering Bells: A Tribute to Crispus Attucks (1976). Artist: Reginald Beauchamp

(1906-2000). Location: African American Museum in Philadelphia, northwest corner of 7th & Arch Streets Thirteen “whispering” bells hanging in open tower outside museum represent the original 13 colonies. The bells derive from a variety of historical sources: ocean-going vessels, Great Lake steamers, fire engines, and railroad locomotives. They are “rung” only by the wind. 6. The Freedom Ring (1994). Artists: Houston Conwill (Artist) (1947-),

Estella Conwill Majozo (Poet), & Joseph DePace (Architect). Location: Spring Garden Street between 17th and 18th Streets. Photo by Wayne Cozzolino. Celebrates the theme of freedom as it relates to peoples and cultures migrating across oceans in

(5) pursuit of refuge in Philadelphia. A “cosmogram” 24 feet in diameter, artwork was fabricated from over 5 tons of Pennsylvania black and midnight gray granite, with hundreds of sandblasted letters.


voters now. Although this scion of a progressive political family has had an illustrious career in the House of Representatives for 40 years, chairing the Majority Caucus until the Democrats lost the majority in 2010, it may have escaped the notice of most

people who will go to the polls this May. Spying an opportunity, Jared Solomon is waging an aggressive campaign for the new 202nd. This 35-year-old wasn’t even born when Cohen first went to Harrisburg. But (Cont. Page 24)

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by Tony West The delayed reapportionment of General Assembly seats, which is taking place this year, has triggered primary challenges for several State House incumbents whose districts aren’t what they used to be. State Rep. Mark Cohen (DNortheast), whose 202nd Dist. once snaked along in the general vicinity of Roosevelt Boulevard from Olney to Rhawnhurst, has been redrawn. Today it is a compact district lying between Robbins Street and Cottman Avenue, from Frankford Avenue to the city line at Cheltenham Township. The result is Cohen is unfamiliar to two-thirds of his

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JOE SHAY STIVALA speaks to President Abraham Lincoln prior to his reenactment of Gettysburg Address at annual Luncheon and Parade held at Union League. Photo by Garrett Smith

Congress, four in State Senate, 12 in the State House, Mayor, City Commission Chair, Council President, eight City Council Members, District Attorney and Sheriff.

Burning Bridges Or Jackpot Win? It’s tough not to believe in the role of a party loyalist when your entire political career has State Rep.

William Keller 184th District 1531 S. 2nd Street


been opposed by the political party to which you belong. Forget about it forever, when you are opposed again by the party for a second term. 2nd Dist. Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez now won’t take a party endorsement for granted; she’ll campaign as though she were an outsider. It was her intensive campaign which ousted Councilman Dan Savage, and easily rebuffed his second try at doing the same to her. Now she believes it’s her time to begin building an empire. For that, she has declared her support for several independent aspirants to the General Assembly, tapping the bulk of her staff for House seats and her husband Tomás for Senate. They include Quetcy Lozada, her chief of staff, who is targeting State Rep. Angel Cruz in the 180th; Jason Dawkins, who will challenge

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Black Republicans Hang Tight At Hershey

REPUBLICAN 36th Ward Leader Conrad Fuller, right, got chance to meet his favorite Governor, Tom Corbett, at Republican State Committee meeting in Hershey, along with fellow 36th Warder Byron Johnson.

first-term incumbent State Rep. James Clay in the 179th; Danilo Burgos, to replace State Rep. J.P. Miranda in the 197th; and her husband, who is challenging State Sen. Christine Tartaglione (D-Kensington), endorsed by Party and Labor. Now turn the clock back to her second-term campaign and one discovers, though Savage had the endorsement, State Rep.


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Quiñones Sánchez was supported by Cruz and by Ward Leader Carlos Matos, whose sister-in-law is Tartaglione. The Senator and her very active political family were be-

PUTTIN’ on the Ritz at Hershey state gathering are 36th Warders from S. Phila. Morris Stevenson, right, and Lavaina Davis with new friend Robert Whitemore.

hind Quiñones Sánchez. That made for an easy win. Her belief in her winning efforts has blinded her to the fact she is burning bridges. (Cont. Page 22)



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by Joe Shaheeli With this issue, the Philadelphia Public Record newspapers mark their annual observance of Black History Month, and point with pride to the fact the 28 African American members holding elected office in the three levels of government, local, state, and federal, from this city have amassed over 300 years of service. The number of years climbs even higher if one includes recently retired State Rep. Frank Oliver, who was dean of the African Americans in length of service in the General Assembly. Many of them have been fully supportive of this newspaper and it is because of them, and our relationship with each, we have firsthand knowledge of what each contributes to their own constituents as well as to voters everywhere. Each in his or her way daily serves constituents, but they also contribute to legislation bettering the lives of all Pennsylvanians. Each has been a stalwart supporter of education. The offices held include one in

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GERMANTOWN Republican Club met Feb. 12 at Union League as heavy snow fell to celebrate life and memory of Abraham Lincoln, first Republican President, and mark 125th Lincoln Day Dinner. Club honored City Republican Chair John Taylor with Lincoln Day Award, City Commissioner Al Schmidt with President’s Cup, City Republican Executive Director Joseph DeFelice with Frank Galioto Community Service Award, and Carmella Fitzpatrick (the First Lady of Republican City Committee) with William J. McGlaughlin III Memorial Award. In photo are GRC President Frank Henrie, Taylor and MC Kenneth Powell.

(Cont. From Page 21) Take Cruz, for example. He was on her side her first two races. He used his team and resources to help her. Now she wants to dump him! Talk about paybacks. Cruz is already lining up his supporters for the vendetta, saying, “She fancies herself as the first Latino Mayor. She could run for that office, but if she wants to run for City Council again, she’ll see my name on the ballot challenging her.” Cruz has one target now: Quiñones Sánchez.

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He is also not supporting anyone in the legislative races around his district. “All those mentioned are my friends.” J.P. Miranda may have his hands full with an indictment State Representative

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on his back, but don’t count him out. The district is more Black than Latino and with more Latinos in the race, the stronger the possibility he will win the primary. In that race will be Ben Ramos and Leslie Acosta, who has Democratic Party endorsement. We see Tomás climbing a slippery slope. Tartaglione’s two district offices account for an average of 1,500 constituent services weekly. He should check for himself before entering his challenge. The Senator (Cont. Page 24)


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If you’re a fan of Looney Tunes, you’ve no doubt seen the cartoon that features a discussion between Donald Duck, Bugs Bunny, and Elmer Fudd over what animals were in season for Fudd to legally shoot at. Was it Duck Season? Wabbit Season? Or was it, as it ended up being in the end, Elmer Season? In any case, bullets flew. I thought of that this week as I started getting notices and invitations to that most anticlimactic of celebrations: the election announcement. Some people had kind of let me know they were running via other venues, such as email. Others posted pictures of them getting petitions signed. But what of the Incumbents, the guys that many of the folks who are sending me their election announcements via email are running against? Well, the Incumbents tend to have actual campaign announcements. Heavy hitters who are supporting them come out and sing their praises. Community leaders they’ve provided assistance to take the microphone. There’s usually a DJ pumping loud, usually old, music. There are snacks … which is good because (a) these things are usually after-work events and you’re going to be there well after dinnertime and (b) people need something to sustain them as they talk petition-signature strategy, and (c) snacks are just nice to have. For example, I went to Monday night’s reelection announcement for State Rep. Jordan Harris. Rep. Harris is running for reelection to the 186th Legislative Dist. seat he won two years ago. (Cont. Page 27)

Long-time Democratic Party loyalist and WARD LEADER EDGAR HOWARD passed suddenly at the relatively early age of 70. Howard’s successful political career included serving as a committeeman, an aide to STATE REP. DWIGHT EVANS, and then rising to succeed Evans as the 10th Ward Leader in Philadelphia’s West Oak Lane neighborhood. He served five terms as Ward Leader. He was elected as a City Commissioner in 2003 and served through 2007. Edgar’s success in city politics was attributed to his easy-going style which garnered him love and respect throughout the city and Democratic City Committee. Among those who attended his viewing and funeral at the Enon Tabernacle Church were STATE SEN. ANTHONY WILLIAMS and STATE SEN. SHIRLEY KITCHEN, CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY, 66B WARD LEADER MIKE MCALEER, 57TH WARD LEADER PAT PARKINSON, his old boss Evans and COUNCILWOMAN MARIAN TASCO. COUNCILWOMAN MARIA QUIÑONES SÁNCHEZ continues to garner headlines and attention with nearly every little move she makes. She is fielding her own slate of candidates for three State House seats and one State Senate seat. One of the candidates for a Senate seat is her own husband TOMÁS SANCHEZ. Sánchez will end up in a three-way race with former City Councilman DAN SAVAGE and incumbent STATE SEN. TINA TARTAGLIONE. She is also fielding a candidate for STATE REP. J.P. MIRANDA’S house seat. The unfortunate Miranda was recently indicted on corruption charges. He has not yet resigned. But Quiñones Sánchez seems to be emerging as the top Hispanic political force in Philadelphia. Whether this status is warranted is irrelevant. The media seems to have given her that title. And in politics, perception is reality. It is unclear who will be most helped by a three-way race for the Tartaglione seat. Tartaglione is working hard and cornering much labor support. But Savage is backed by powerhouse IBEW Local 98 leader JOHN DOUGHERTY. Does Tomás Sanchez benefit from that fight and obtain a road to victory? The saga of the potential civil war between STATE REPS. ED NEILSON and JOHN SABATINA, JR. may be resolved if one of them fills the vacant City Council seat of BILL (Cont. Page 28) • 215-755-2000

Yo! Here we go again with a little humor sent to me by Tony S. It might help to ease the pain of your next trip to the pump – if that’s possible. Try to find something funny in the absurdity of it all – for example the price of gas versus printer ink. All these examples do not imply gasoline is cheap; they just illustrate how outrageous some prices are if you think of them in the gallon equivalent. You will be really shocked by the last one! At least, I was. This will make one think, and it also puts things in perspective to other things we buy. Compared with gasoline, do you think a gallon of gas is expensive compared to these common items? A 16 ounce Diet Snapple $1.29 = 10.32 per gallon; a 16-oz. Lipton Ice Tea $1.19 = $9.52 per gallon; 20-oz. bottle of Gatorade $1.59 = $10.17 per gallon; Ocean Spray in the 16-oz. size $1.25 = $10.00 per gallon. 12 oz. of Brake Fluid $3.15 = $33.60 per gallon; 6-oz. container of Vick’s Nyquil $8.35 = $178.13 per gallon; 4-oz. bottle of Pepto Bismol $3.85 = $123.20 per gallon; the 7-oz. container of Witeout (used to correct typing mistakes) $1.39 = $25.42 per gallon; and a 1.5-oz. bottle of Scope $0.99 = $84.48 per gallon. And this is the real kicker: a 9-oz. bottle of Evian water $1.49 = $21.19 per gallon. What would our grandparents say about paying $21.19 for a gallon of water? And we, the buyers, don’t even know the source of this water. Ever wonder why computer printers are so cheap? So they have you hooked for the ink. Someone calculated the cost of the ink at (you won’t believe it but it is true) $5,200 a gallon. That is five thousand two hundred dollars a gallon. So, the next time you’re at the pump, be glad your car doesn’t run on water, Scope, or Witeout, Pepto Bismol, Nyquil or, God forbid, printer ink! And … if you don’t pass this along to at least one person, your muffler will fall off. Okay, your muffler won’t really fall off ... but you might run out of toilet paper. And here is a nice thought from Dr. Seuss: “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

COVERED WAGON DAYS: Driving on black ice-covered streets in Philly is like a journey across the prairie in the old Conestoga Wagon. Bouncing, sliding, skidding – in the nation’s 5th-largest city. Snow removal in Philly SMELLS badly – AND JUST as business leaders developed a new slogan to promote commerce and tourism in town.... A TV station showed salt trucks lined up end to end in CENTER CITY. Granted, Center City is our hub and needs cleaning; but what about the 99% neighborhoods? And sidewalks around a park or rec center not cleared of ice or snow. Who tickets the City? Our Mayor’s LEGACY of creating parks does it not include their safety. THE HEADLINE that told of School Superintendent William HITE’S bold plan for Philly education, got me wondering why we needed Bill Green as SRC Chair, with his heralded innovative thinking. Two prima-donnas might not work – a CLASH of TITANS maybe (?)... The accord between Council President Darrell CLARKE and Mayor Nutter over plans for the underground parking lot and fountain-park is evidence of a NEWLY ASSERTIVE and powerful City Council. Let’s have MORE of this! AND The Real Estate Tax LOOP, The Homestead, and Councilman SQUILLA’s ordinance seem like evidence that selling of AVI was a FAILURE to those under its YOKE. Taxpayers are not sure how much tax to pay, since their Revenue Dept. Bill may not include the deductions. And did you (Cont. Page 29)

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Last Saturday, the annual memorial ceremony for scholar, soldier and civil-rights martyr OCTAVIUS V. CATTO was held at the Starr Recreation Center at 6th & Lombard Streets, only a few blocks from Catto’s home at 814 South Street. Catto was killed in front of his home in 1871 by miscreants who opposed Catto’s efforts earlier that day to quell rioters who were attempting to bar African Americans from exercising their newly obtained right to vote. The Master of Ceremonies was DR. ANDY WASKIE of the Gen. Meade Society. Catto Society Secretary and Republican WARD LEADER SUZANNE HANEY was instrumental in organizing the event. The keynote speaker was BRIG. GEN. CAROL EGGERT currently with the Pennsylvania National Guard (the Pennsylvania Guard). The Honor Guard was 3rd USCT Regiment which is a charitable organization that helps scouting, the elderly and the needy. They also participate in military reenactments and were dressed in their uniforms on Saturday. Also there was a contingent of Civil War reenactors from the Gen. Meade Society. Waskie, who frequently portrays Gen. Meade, portrayed Republican Dr. Waskie at the ceremony. Catto was a Republican and a number of Republicans trudged through the unpleasant weather to attend the ceremony including Republican and veteran-affairs activist JOE EASTMAN and WARD LEADER MATT WOLFE. Waskie asked Wolfe to address the crowd. Many of the attendees of the memorial service wandered (Cont. Page 29)

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Stack Only Needs City Voter Turnout (Cont. From P. 22) has the bulk of labor endorsements normally involved in her district races. If the Councilwoman wins, then the scenario changes, but her work will be cut out for her.

In the crowded Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor, State Sen. Mike Stack (DNortheast) finds himself in the lead in the all-important money race. Stack raised $362,574 last year as well as carrying over an additional $289,973 from his previous campaigns. Altogether he has $397,134 cash on hand. Crown Holdings’

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John Conway tops individual donor list with $25,000. Stack has hired Seven Points Consulting to do his events, polling, etc. but also spent $1,000 with Perry Consulting. Stack’s campaign has also given $1,000 to Brendan Boyle’s campaign in the similarly crowded Democratic primary for the 13th Congressional Dist. Also running for the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant

Governor are State Rep. Brandon Neuman (D-Washington), former Congressman Mark Critz, Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski, Bradford Co. Commissioner Mark Smith and Harrisburg advisor Dr. Brenda Alton. Neuman will seek two offices this year: reelection to his House seat in the 48th Dist. and the Lieutenant Governor’s office.

So he is paying the price, recently getting a challenger. Republican N. Strabane Township Supervisor Sonia Stopperich announced a shot at his 48th Legislative Dist. seat. She will hammer him for that if he winds up on the statewide ticket.

13th District Race Will Churn Votes 13th Dist. Congressional candidate Marjorie Margolies

continues to reap dividends from her time in Congress. US House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) was a special guest at a fundraiser hosted by Stradley Ronon Chairman William R. Sasso, Senior Counsel Bennett G. Picker and Counsel Josh Shapiro, who chairs the Montgomery Co. Board of Commissioners. In the meantime, Dr. Val(Cont. P. 25)

Redistricting Tempts Challengers In House Races (Cont. From P. 13 this attorney, Army Reserve captain and civic-group leader has been scouring the Lower Northeast meeting people, using a time-honored tactic of offering free dinners. There may be generationalchange issues on Capitol Hill as well. Normally State Reps don’t mess with their colleagues’ political business. But freshman State Rep. Brian Sims (D-S. Phila.), who is of Solomon’s generation, has

taken the unusual step of endorsing Solomon for the 202nd. In the 194th Dist. of Northwest Philadelphia, State Rep. Pam DeLissio, now in her second term, is also looking at challengers. When that seat became vacant in 2010, five people contested for it in the primary. Although DeLissio, like the rest of the field, lived in Roxborough, she had strong business connections across the Schuylkill in Lower

Merion Township, where she was a hospital administrator. Lower Merion support gave her the edge. The new boundaries of the 194th have dropped Wynnefield in West Philadelphia and trimmed a bit of DeLissio’s base in Lower Merion. Added has been the rest of Roxborough (such as Andorra) and important parts of East Falls and East Mount Airy. Now she is facing three

challengers from Roxborough again, well-known union activist Dan Pellicciotti, attorney Sean Stevens and former Army Capt. David Henderson. DeLissio has been busy and visible “along the Ridge” since she took office, but new voters are always wild cards. It must be a comfort to her, though, that three opponents are seeking to take her on instead of uniting behind a single candidate.

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CONGRESSWOMAN Nancy Pelosi, center, Minority Speaker of House, presents citation to State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, chair of Penna. Black Legislative Caucus, and to State Rep. Jim Roebuck, Minority Chairman of Penna. House Education Committee and CCP trustee. Pelosi appeared at Community College to advocate for equal pay for women and to obtain economic security for women workers.

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gresswoman Allyson Schwartz (D-Phila.) the mostconservative member of the Pennsylvania House Democrats. The most liberal is Chaka Fattah (D-Phila.) with a 90.3% rating, followed by Matt Cartwright (D-Luzerne) and Mike Doyle (D-Allegheny). Then comes Bob Brady (D-Phila.) at 81.7% and Allyson with 69%. The vote didn’t differentiate ideological vs. party (Cont. P. 26)

Medicare benefits as part of the Affordable Care Act when it was passed in 2010; the committee cited that work in its endorsement. Arkoosh, who has never run for office, raised $203,089 in the fourth quarter of 2013, and had $643,000 cash on hand – the most in the race, according to recent campaign finance reports.


(Cont. from P. 24) lerie Arkoosh has won the endorsement of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare. “As a physician in Philadelphia’s hospitals, I’ve seen how programs like Social Security and Medicare are more than a promise – they are lifelines,” Arkoosh said in a campaign email announcing the endorsement. “That’s why I’m honored to announce the endorsement of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare – a lead-

ing voice in protecting and expanding Social Security and Medicare benefits for the last 30 years.” Arkoosh also noted she previously worked with the Committee when she was the president of the National Physicians Alliance. They worked together on improving health care for seniors as part of the Affordable Care Act. The National Committee is considered one of the nation’s most-influential organizations dedicated to protect, promote and ensure the financial security, health and the well being of current and future generations of maturing Americans. As head of the National Physicians Alliance, Arkoosh advocated for increasing Attorneys are both board certified by the American Bankruptcy Certification Board. Chapters 7/13 & Stop foreclosures, creditors harassments, lawsuits, garnishments, and sheriff sales.

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times putting oneself on a more-conservative bent.

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Progressives Endorse Hanger In Philly John Hanger’s “People’s Campaign” for Pennsylvania

In The Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County Civil Action – Law No. 131203172 Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure Nationstar Mortgage, LLC d/b/a Champion Mortgage Company, Plaintiff vs. Unknown Heirs of Samuel P. Risolia, Deceased & Francesca Risolia, Solely in Her capacity as Heir of Samuel P. Risolia, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant(s) To: Unknown Heirs of Samuel P. Risolia, Deceased & Francesca Risolia, Solely in Her capacity as Heir of Samuel P. Risolia, Deceased, Defendant(s), whose last known address is 2750 South 18th, Street Philadelphia, PA 19145. This firm is a debt collector and we are attempting to collect a debt owed to our client. Any information obtained from you will be used for the purpose of collecting the debt. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff, Nationstar Mortgage, LLC d/b/a Champion Mortgage Company, has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to No. 131203172, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 2750 South 18th Street Philadelphia, PA 19145, 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. Philadelphia 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.

Governor was endorsed by a leading Philadelphia progressive group and by several community activists who have joined together under the coalition Progressive Philly Rising. “On Feb. 1, community leaders and the working people of Philadelphia are com-

ing together to reclaim our city and our state,” said Todd Wolfson, lead organizer of Progressive Philly Rising. “Many of us are joining John Hanger and his inspiring ‘People’s Campaign’, which has pointed the way forward.” Wolfson said the groups

In The Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County Civil Action – Law No. 131203240 Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure Midfirst Bank, Plaintiff vs. Unknown Heirs of Eleanor Centrella, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant(s) To: Unknown Heirs of Eleanor Centrella, Deceased, Mortgagor And Real Owner, Defendant(s), whose last known address is 2050 South Beechwood Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145. 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, Midfirst Bank, 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. 131203240, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 2050 South Beechwood Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145, 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. Philadelphia 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.

and individuals represented in Progressive Philly Rising “are beginning the process of working together to determine the future of our schools, our economy, our public infrastructure, our environment and our democracy.”

McCord Wisely Quits Gaming Control Board As the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board continues to review applications for a casino license in Philadelphia, State Treasurer Rob McCord – who fought to become a non-voting member of the board’s executive sessions, where such things as casino licenses are deliberated – has announced he won’t participate in those sessions. Concerns had been raised, by some observers of the situation, regarding the ethics – or at least the appearance – of McCord’s being part of those sessions while accepting gubernatorial campaign contributions from law firms that represent gambling and casino interests. Why make enemies? His move makes sense. He has added to his endorsement list the powerful Pennsylvania State Education Association, the Commonwealth’s largest teachers’ union, which boasts 180,000 members and vast monetary resources. The endorsement packs an even-bigger punch in this Governor’s race where DEATH NOTICE THE ESTATE OF ELEANOR M. KROL The letters of Testamentary have been granted to Stanley J. Krol, Jr., who requests that all persons having claims to demands against the Estate of the decedent to make known to the same, and all persons indebted to the decedent to make payments without delay to the Law Offices of Jon Taylor, Esquire, PC, at 2720 East Allegheny Avenue, Second Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19134.

education funding is a focal point. But not all teachers are backing McCord: the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers threw its support behind Allyson Schwartz. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers has not endorsed.

The Longer On TV, The Higher Wolf Polls Tom Wolf’s campaign won an influential Lehigh Valley endorsement today from one of its longest-serving public officials, John Morganelli, who has served as Northampton Co. District Attorney for 22 years. There could be many more as Wolf’s ads for Governor continue to appear on channels around the state. His polling is reportedly markedly climbing as far as recognition is concerned. To his credit, the ads are promoting his family background, his humble nature and his willingness to share profits with his employees. This is the approach that clinched Nutter’s campaign for Mayor. We understand he is hiring several Philadelphia operatives to help him gain support in the city’s Democratic majority bloc of Black voters. Another positive sign for Wolf is the fact Republican State Committee is now targeting him with their press releases. Previously, that honor was reserved for Schwartz. DEATH NOTICE THE ESTATE OF ANNA M. KING The letters of Administration have been granted to Ray King, who requests that all persons having claims to demands against the Estate of the decedent to make known to the same, and all persons indebted to the decedent to make payments without delay to the Law Offices of Jon Taylor, Esquire, PC, at 2720 East Allegheny Avenue, Second Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19134.



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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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just words with him.” Harris himself then took to the microphone and talked about the legislation he’s helped get passed, the things he’s hoping to do if reelected (like a bill that would give graduates of state-owned colleges hiring preference for state jobs), and what motivates him to continue. “I stay motivated by hearing from my constituents, and walking through the neighborhoods and seeing the impact I’ve had on the community,” he said. And yes … there were snacks. I’ve never had a ham and cheese hoagie with cucumbers, but I liked it. So is it Incumbent Season? Challenger Season? No … it’s Primary Season. Pens and paper are about to fly….


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(Cont. From P. 23) Harris’s announcement had all of the stuff you’d expect an incumbent’s election announcement to have. DJ? Check. I knew exactly where to go because I followed my ears. When I walked into the Programs for Exceptional People building on Monday night, I knew I was at a political announcement. There were lots of signs … and bumping music. Heavy Hitters? Check. State Sen. Anthony Williams, State Rep. Maria Donatucci, State Rep. (and head of the Philadelphia delegation) Cherelle Parker, District Attorney Seth Williams, and City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (the guy who used to hold this seat) were on hand to sing Harris’s praises. “I need a partner like Jordan

in Harrisburg,” DA Williams said. “When he calls me, he’s not calling for himself, he’s calling about his constituents. He’s calling about people with records who need them expunged so that they can get jobs. He understands the best way that you can stop crime is by providing a better education.” “Jordan has not forgotten you,” Rep. Parker said. “He works hard for you. He’s always prepared.” Community groups? Activists Antoine Moore of Unity in the Community and Jamal Crandall, spoke up on Rep. Harris’s behalf. “[Rep. Harris] has come out of his pocket to help people in the community,” said Moore, who went to high school with the representative. “He’s helped a lot of people. It’s not



Out & About

Mar. 20- March Madness with State Rep. John Taylor at FOP Ha., 11630 Caroline Rd., 5:308:30 p.m. Tickets $100. For info Joseph J. DeFelice (215) 756-4158. Mar. 20- State Sen. Mike Stack hosts Spring Fling at La Veranda, 30 N. Columbus Blvd., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Spring Chicken $10,000, May Flower $5,000, Spring Breaker $2,500, April Shower $1,000, Polliwog $500. RSVP Lindsey (267) 275-2120 or LPerry Mar. 25- Inaugural Republican City Committee Cigar Night Fundraiser at United Republican Club, 3156 Frankford Ave., 6-8:30 p.m. with Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, State Rep. John Taylor and former Flyer Bernie Parent. Free valet parking. Tickets $95. Benefits Phila. Republican City Committee. Call (215) 561-0650 for more info. Mar. 28-30- Penna. College Democrats’ annual state convention at Temple Univ., with gubernatorial debate scheduled for Friday, Mar. 28. 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.


(Cont. From P. 7) Kenney hosts St. Patrick’s Day Party at Plough & Stars, 123 Chestnut St. (2nd St. entrance), 5:30-7:30 p.m. Food, beverages, dancing, live entertainment. 4 Leaf Clover $2,500, Pot of Gold $12,000, Leprechaun $500, Tickets $50. RSVP Lindsey (267) 275-2120 or Mar. 13- Phila. Public Record honors Public Servant Of The Year for 2014 Wendell Young IV, President UFCW Local 1776. Swan Caterers, 2015 S. Water St., 6:30-9:30 p.m. Buffet and open bar, free parking. Tickets $50. For reservations John David (215) 755-2000 or (267) 259-6654. Mar. 13- Gloria Gilman hosts Fundraiser for Council candidate Sherrie Cohen at 1033 Christian St., 7 p.m. Tickets $50, $100 and $250. For info David Fair (215) 300-7886 or Mar. 14- 57th Ward Democrats host St. Patrick’s Day Beef & Beer at Paddy Whacks Pub, 9241 Roosevelt Blvd., 7-11 p.m. $35. For info (267) 7733251.

Mar. 15- Birthday Celebration with State Sen. Anthony Williams at Hilton Hotel, 4200 City Ave., 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dinner and cash bar. $100 at door. $75 in advance. For private reception RSVP (215) 476-2469. Mar. 17- Judge Jimmy Lynn hosts St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast at Plough & Stars, 2nd St. above Chestnut St., starting 7:30 a.m. Traditional Irish breakfast; music, dancing, songs, poetry, stories, toasts, jokes – join in! Tickets $25 (checks payable to The Plough & the Stars), students $20. RSVP (215) 686-2614 or Mar. 18- Judge Anthony DeFino Portrait Committee hosts Fundraiser at Chiarella’s Ristorante, 1100 Tasker St., 5:30-8:30 p.m. Minimum contribution $50. Checks payable to “The DeFino Portrait Committee”. RSVP Jody Della Barba Mar. 19- FOP hosts Cocktail Reception for Attorney General Kathleen Kane at FOP Ha., 11630 Caroline Rd., 6-9 p.m. Sponsors $500, Supporters $250, Friends $30. For tickets John McNesby (215) 629-3626, Steve Weiler (215) 629-3611, Gene Blagmond (215) 629-3625 or Sharon Jonas (215) 6293631.

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Changing Of Health Watch INDEPENDENCE BLUE CROSS Executive VPt Paul A. Tufano, right, has been namedChairman and CEO) of AmeriHealth Caritas, effective Mar.31, 2014. Michael A. Rashid, left, is retiring as President and CEO of AmeriHealth Caritas.

USS Somerset Heading Here

USS SOMERSET (LPD 25) is at sea! Somerset has left shipyard, and set a course for Phila. She will be commissioned in a gala Penn’s Landing ceremony on Mar. 1, before 20,000+ attendees. Somerset is named for Flight 93 which was commandeered by terrorists on 9/11 and crashed after a passenger uprising over Somerset Co., Pa. Steel from World Trade Center was used to make her.

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(Cont. From Page 23) GREEN. But this is not yet written in stone. Green has resigned his seat, but Council PRESIDENT DARRELL

CLARKE must call for a special election to fill that seat. At the same time, MALCOLM LAZIN, one of the most-prominent LGBT leaders, has claimed the seat should be reserved for the

LGBT community. Others have claimed the seat should be reserved for a woman or a minority. But the masterful Bob Brady will figure out a solution where everyone is a winner.

Walking The Beat

(Cont. From P. 23) over to the Union League, where the Pennsylvania Guard honored its 2014 recipients of the Catto Medal. This medal had not been awarded recently until 2012 when the Catto Society and others clamored for a medal honoring Catto. The medal is awarded to two guardsmen for the exemplary military service and community activities. This year’s awardees were 1ST LT. CHARESE BASTON and STAFF SGT. ROBIN JOHNSON. Republican City Committee held a petition organizing meet-

the video it looked to me like they were FORCED into the scam. I understand the FEDS are no longer allowed to play that game.... The commissioning ceremony of the USS SOMERSET at Penn’s Landing on Mar. 1, looks like standing-room only. Commissioning is a magnificent, time-honored ceremony, and I hear the entire population of Somerset Co. (77k) wanted to attend. WARD LEADERS have birthdays too. On 2/24 we celebrate those of Bob

ing on Monday night at the United Republican Club. Since JOHN TAYLOR assumed the job as RRC Chairman, attendance at the meetings has been far better. The Commonwealth decided to make it easier for us by making the petitions available online and printable on 8½-by-11-inch paper rather than the oversized forms needed for Philadelphia city and party offices. Thank you, SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH CAROL AICHELE. Our Congressional candidates were at the RCC meeting garnering support. There are three US Congressional seats that are partially in the city. RCC has al-

ready endorsed medical-equipment salesperson MEGAN RATH and educator ARMOND JAMES as Republican candidates for the 1st and 2nd Congressional seats respectively. Businessman DEE ADCOCK and retired Air Force COL. BEVERLY PLOSA-BOWSER are vying for the endorsement for the 13th Congressional seat. It is expected that the RCC will have a joint endorsement meeting with the Montgomery Co. GOP as a large part of the district is in that county. JOHN FRITZ, who was also looking to run for this seat, recently withdrew his candidacy and is working for Plosa-Bowser. Adcock has a better-thaneven chance of getting the en-

dorsement as he will probably have strong support in Montgomery Co. (his home) and he has the financial ability to contribute heavily to his own campaign. He also ran for this seat in 2010 and garnered more than 40% of the vote. That being said, 2010 was not a good year for Democrats and the district has since then been realigned and is now more Democratic. Also, I would not count Plosa Bowser out yet. The Republican Party might see an advantage in running a female as many expect former Congresswoman MARJORIE MARGOLIS to be the Democrat candidate for this seat, owing to significant expected support from the Clintons.



In honor of "Black History Month," Ambassador Andrew Young said this in the Introduction of the 2001 book, titled: "A CALL TO CONSCIENCE," a collection of landmark speeches by Dr. King:

DR. M. L. KING “Drum Major for Justice” Years ago, a local writer told me: "CLASSICAL MUSIC IS THE LAST BASTION OF MORAL CULTURE." Dr. King identified himself as the "Drum major for justice, peace, and righteousness," and was dedicated to "moral issues." It is, therefore fitting to think about a larger principle concerning the great orator's heroic efforts, re: 'the universal language of music that overrides the barriers of countries and cultures.' Merging Dr. King's "moral voice" with the collective voice of The Philadelphia Orchestra may be an answer to our social deterioration. “You’ve Got a Friend In Pennsylvania” —Nicola Argentina (c) 2014

NALLY, in this Black History Month, Philadelphia is fortunate to have superior, people-oriented Black legislators. All fought hard and testified successfully against voter ID. Reps. THOMAS and WATERS had the courage to speak out for a “Peoples Traffic Court”. Rep. Vanessa BROWN heads the State Legislative Black Caucus. They are heirs to a CONTINUUM of Black lawmakers of the past, and are a reason we are not Detroit, but a city of candor, caring, competence and commitment!

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"Martin Luther King, Jr., was the Voice of the Century. No voice more clearly delineated the moral issues of the second half of the twentieth century and no vision more profoundly inspired people--from the American South to southern Africa, from the Berlin Wall to the Great Wall of China."

DELLAVELLA, Esq. (55th), Drug Program Director; Matt MYERS (39B), Estate Expert; and Willie JORDAN (44th), Senate Aide. On the 27th, it is Shawn DILLON’S (66A) and Marge TARTAGLIONE’S (62nd). Many happy returns!! It was great to see young John RISPO decked out for his Holy Confirmation – on FACEBOOK. If John is a chip off the old man’s block, he is set for greatness! His dad Joe is capable political director of LOCAL 19 Sheet Metal Workers... FI-

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ish War Vets up there says vets love the guy!... On Feb. 27 at 10:30 a.m., Councilman David OH’S Resolution will declare the “Year of the Veteran”. All vets are invited. Be there in City Council (4th floor, City Hall). ABSCAM in the 1980s — an FBI scheme that hurt good public officials – got a retrospective in the recent news. Then Councilman Harry JANNOTTI, a leader in redevelopment and veterans’ affairs, and Congressman Ozzie MYERS, a beloved constituentservice official, succumbed. On

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(Cont. From P. 23) ever try for a speedy refund from the Revenue Dept. for overpayment?? For Revenue to send adjusted bills to you means DOUBLE POSTAGE costs for them.... And what about taxpayers who filed a FIRST-LEVEL REVIEW months ago? Their adjusted taxes cannot take effect until the Office of Property Assessment signs a certificate of authorization, and sends it to the Revenue Dept. Rumors say this

is happening, but SLOWLY (?). A real SNOWDEN-GATE would be to obtain the HUSHHUSH A.V.I. FORMULA and disclose it to the world on the internet. Looks like Congressman Mike FITZPATRICK got colleague Paul RYAN upset with his plan to stop a slowdown in pension increases to military retirees. TOO BAD. Ryan was a lousy vice presidential candidate. Constituents in Bucks Co. like FITZPATRICK because he cares. My pal Harold FISHER of the Jew-

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by Tom Flynn and Rocco DeGregorio Question: I own a 2004 Taurus with 50K miles on it. While driving, I can feel a slight vibration in my steering wheel. Is this an alignment problem? Reader, If the vibration is most noticeable around 50-60 mph, then it is usually a tire out of balance. If it vibrates all the time, I’d suspect bent wheel or bad tire. The first thing is: How old are your tires and do they have any tread left? One of the ways tires get out of balance, however, is that the alignment is off and the tires tread gets worn away in abnormal fashion. So although balancing the tire might fix the immediate problem, if your alignment is off the problem will come back again. You need to evaluate how much tread life you have left on those tires, to help you de-

termine your course of action. May not make sense to balance a set of tires that are almost gone, if you only do local low-speed driving. Save the alignment and balance until you get a new set of tires. If the tires have a lot of tread life left, get them rebalanced and check the alignment. 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.

by Michael A. Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Court – what goes on with court motions? Answer: Close to one quarter of the motions made on

by Michael P. Boyle, Esq. A person who suffers from an intellectual disability (ID) (formerly known as “mental retardation”) may qualify for disability or SSI benefits. SSA defines ID as “significantly subaverage general intellectual functioning with deficits in adaptive behavior initially manifested during the developmental period; i.e., the evidence demonstrates or supports onset of the impairment before age 22.” The required level of severity for this disorder is met when the requirements in sections A, B, C, or

D of Listing 12.05 are satisfied. Section B requires a valid verbal, performance, or fullscale IQ of 59 or less. Section C requires a “valid verbal, performance, or full scale IQ of 60 through 70 and a physical or other mental impairment imposing an additional and significant work-related limitation of function.” To meet Listing 12.05C, you need to establish a valid IQ score between 60 to 70. The most-commonly used IQ test is the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, 4th Edition

(WISC-IV). The WISC-IV testing encompasses the following: Verbal Comprehension Index (VCI); Perceptual Reasoning Index (PRI); Working Memory Index (WMI); and Processing Speed Index (PSI). The WISC-IV yields a Full Scale IQ (FSIQ) score, based on the total combined performance of the VCI, PRI, WMI, and PSI, and a General Ability Index (GAI), based on six subtests contained in the VCI and PRI. The VCI score corresponds to the verbal IQ (VIQ) score used by the WISC-III; the PRI corresponds to the performance IQ (PIQ) score of the WISC-III. SSA regulations, in the preface to the Listings section pertaining to ID, states a

Chapter 13 day are motions made by the Chapter 13 trustee to dismiss an ongoing, confirmed case. These motions are made because the debtor has not made required monthly or lump-sum payments to the

trustee, or the case has become infeasible, or the debtor has not fulfilled some other requirement. These motions are often adjourned to give the debtor some time to comply with their requirement, or withdrawn if the debtor has already complied, or the case is dismissed. About one-tenth of the motions made are motions by the

debtor (or sometimes the trustee) to modify the terms of the confirmed Chapter 13 plan due to a change of circumstances. This can be from a significant change of the debtor’s income, to the need for more time to sell property. Next Week’s Question: Thinking about filing bankruptcy? Now might be the right time!

claimant’s lowest IQ score is to be used in conjunction with Listing 12.05. Thus, when deciding whether someone who has a valid VIQ, PIQ, or FSIQ score of 70 or below meets Listing 12.05C, the ALJ must use the lowest score. Next week I will discuss how SSA is supposed to evaluate deficits in adaptive functioning.


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