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Staten, Sr. Charitable Golf Classic To Honor Alan Parham The Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust will honor Alan Parham at its 15th annual Charity Golf Classic on Tuesday, May 27, at Spring Mill Country Club in Ivyland, Pa. Alan Parham is administrator of the Laborers’ District Council of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area & Vicinity Benefit Funds. Parham will be presented with the “Making A Difference” Award at the evening banquet. Proceeds from this event benefits various 501(c)3 charities including the Qa’id Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund. Parham has chosen Fox

Chase Cancer Center’s Prostate Cancer Research to receive a share of the proceeds. Since its inception, this event has raised over $1.6 million for various area charities. To become a sponsor, golfer or participate in any way, visit http://statencharitabletrust.org/2014golf.php to download the brochure or call (267) 757-0726 for more information. This event offers a variety of exposure and recognition opportunities. “This year’s honoree, Alan R. Parham, is very special to me,” said Samuel Staten, Sr., founder and trustee of the

trust. “I have watched Alan grow from boyhood, through adolescence, young manhood and into the fine man, husband and father he has become. The son of my late friend and labor brother Woodrow ‘Woody’ Parham, Alan is honoring his father’s memory each day by the professional and caring way he tends to the members and retirees of the Laborers’ District Council.” The mission of The Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust is to provide a variety of services to the needy and otherwise underserved community members throughout the five

county area of Philadelphia. This mission is achieved through a variety of fundraising events and activities. The Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust illustrates the power of organized labor to make a difference in our community. Its name was changed from the Laborers’ District Council Charity Fund in 2011 to honor Samuel Staten, Sr., the man who founded the LDC Charity Fund through a purely unselfish act of charity. That occurred during his time as business manager of Laborers’ Local 332 and secretary treasurer of the LDC.

He had received a cash tribute for his work, and immediately announced he would start a charity to benefit union members and their families with that money. Now retired, Staten continues to work with the charity’s Board of Directors to raise funds to assist a wide range of charitable organizations. To find out more about the Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust, visit www.StatenCharitableTrust.org. Qualified students can apply for a scholarship from the Qa’id Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund by filling out the online application.

by Tony West If their petitions hold up, a host of firefights will liven up two State Senate primary races in Philadelphia as well as most State House races. It’s the year of the challenger, that’s for sure. Spiking ambitions in the 2014 Democratic primary is this is the first election in which redistricting from the 2010 census takes effect. So all incumbents now represent voters who never heard of them before. Some are more vulnerable than others. If there is ever a time for a newcomer to beat them, it is this May. It’s an opportunity that won’t soon recur. These challenges became clear after the last petitions were filed at City Hall on Mar. 11. City Commission’s resident election expert Tim Dowling said on Friday he had already received 70 petition challenges and expected a busy week ahead. Much ink has already been spilled over Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez’ campaign to found her own stable of state legislators in the state’s Latino heartland around Kensington. Her husband Tomás Sánchez is storming State Sen. Tina Tartaglione’s castle, the 2nd Senatorial Dist., alongside 23rd Ward

Leader Danny Savage, a former Councilman. As a rule, three-way races are won by the incumbent, who has strong backing in this case. Of sudden interest, though, is the three-way race against an incumbent in the 4th Senatorial Dist, where State Sen. LeAnna Washington (DNorthwest) has just been indicted by Attorney General Kathleen Kane on charges of using staff time for campaign fundraising. Two credible opponents have filed petitions. Art Haywood has been Cheltenham Township Commissioner since 2009. An attorney specializing in nonprofit work, he received his BA magna cum laude from Morehouse College in 1979, his MSc from the London School of Economics & Political Science in 1981 and his JD from the University of Michigan Law School in 1985. Brian Gralnik is an Elkins Park native. He is director of the Center for Social Responsibility at Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and brings a wide network of regional contacts to his campaign. All three candidates live in Cheltenham in Montgomery Co. Two-thirds of the district’s voters live in Northwest Philadelphia, however, which Washington has been serving

since 1993. That sort of name recognition is tough to overcome, even despite a burst of bad press, among city primary voters. In the 8th Senatorial Dist., State Sen. Anthony Williams (D-W. Phila.) also faces a suburban challenger, Christopher Broach, who in 2012 won 10 minutes of fame as a Colwyn Borough Judge of Elections when he announced he would not enforce the voter photo-ID law. That law has since been put on hold. Colwyn’s tempest-in-a-teapot brand of local politics will not win Broach many votes in the rest of the district, which has been represented by Williams and by his father Anthony Hardy Williams since 1983. Among State House races, it’s a bloodbath in North Central’s 197th Dist., where freshman State Rep. J.P. Miranda (D-N. Phila.) has been indicted by District Attorney Seth Williams for illicitly hiring his sister through a ghost employee. Miranda has no name recognition or major support; this should be a ward leaders’ election. And the Democratic Party has endorsed Leslie Acosta, daughter of former State Rep. Ralph Acosta. But four other candidates have filed. 7th Dist. Councilwoman Maria Quiñones

Sánchez is backing Danilo Burgos; former State Rep. Ben Ramos is back for another go and has some name recognition; and they are joined by another Latino, Juan Rodríguez. In this district, which is 40% African American, Edward Lloyd, Jr., a small-time political activist, may have a decent shot if the other four carve up the Hispanic vote. To spice the struggle, Acosta’s petitions have been challenged. It’s a four-way battle in another North Central district, the 181st, where veteran State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas (D-N. Phila.) is eyeing the petitions of Kenneth Williams-Medley, a Mastery Charter Schools employee; Kenneth Walker, Jr., a resident advisor at Girard College; and Emily Rodriguez, a housing activist with the Women’s Community Land Trust. Thomas has served in office since 1988 and still has some treads left on him; look for these newcomers to be rehearsing for future ambitions. In the Northeast, the 173rd Dist. left vacant by Mike McGeehan has attracted four entrants. Tavern-keeper and veteran political insider Mike Driscoll should have the edge. But Paul DeFinis’ family has run a well-known Holmesburg auto-body business for many

years. Dennis Kilderry should have support from Heat & Frost Insulators Local 14, of which he is sergeant at arms. Arlen Larue, who works for State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-W. Phila.), can tap Prince Hall Masons for support. DeFinis’ and Larue’s petitions have been challenged. Brown herself is facing two challengers in the 190th Dist. Wanda Logan, who opposed the incumbent in 2012, is back for another round. Logan has connections in the city’s nonprofit world through the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition. Isaac Patterson V has been active in charter schools and the national Parent Teachers Association. The new 179th is an awkward district to represent, combining portions of Frankford and Olney. Its representation has been unstable in recent years. Freshman State Rep. James Clay (D-Kensington) was promoted by Ward Leader Danny Savage and knocked off young incumbent Tony Payton after the latter faked his nominating petitions. But Savage has his hands full this year (see above). Going after Clay are Jason Dawkins, a member of Team Sánchez, with significant labor backing, and David (Cont. Page 23)

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BRUCE CRAWLEY …St. Joseph’s alumnus

Maramount Corp., and Chester Community Charter School. The Hall of Fame Award is the highest honor awarded by the Haub School of Business and is a premier event for leaders of the Philadelphia business community. The funds raised through the Hall of Fame dinner directly im-

pact the creative and enlightened work students and faculty can expect at a top business school, enabling the school and the university to be the very best they can be. Crawley, whose firm has been in the forefront of the PHL Local Gaming Casino proposal, has made his mark as an outstanding activist in the African American community, and was one of the founders of the African American Chamber of Commerce, serving as that group’s Chair for 13 years. He also served as the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Chair for five years. He is sought after as a campaign consultant and governmental-communications advisor for many top elected officials. A graduate of the Class

of 1967, Crawley said, “I am delighted to be honored for my career in communications as well as my commitment to the ideals of Jesuit education and Saint Joseph’s University.” A member of St. Joseph’s Board of Trustees, Crawley chairs its market-

ing and communications committee, as well as sitting on other committees. He is well appreciated for his support of St. Joseph students with a scholarship offered through the Ignatian College Connection, which provides support to underresourced students.

Crawley encourages friends to consider sponsorships and to contact Gregory Schmidt, executive director for major gifts, at Saint Joseph’s University. Schmidt’s phone number is (610) 660-2040 and his email is gschmidt@sju.edu.

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The Erivan K. Haub School of Business at St. Joseph’s University has named A. Bruce Crawley to be the recipient of its prestigious Hall of Fame Award. This is the 24th year in which Haub School has recognized distinguished corporate leaders, this year presenting the award Apr. 16 at a reception and dinner at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. Crawley, head of Millennium 3 Marketing Communications, has been in the forefront of efforts to enhance the position of corporations in the areas of public relations, social media management and strategic consulting. His company represents an array of regional and national brands including AmeriHealth Caritas,

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by Joe Shaheeli Our congratulations to Attorney General Kathleen Kane for showing the mettle it takes to make tough decisions. She closed out an Abscam-type investigation that began three Attorneys General before her. The investigation was a farce. It was set up by a wirewearer who was slated for a big-time sentence and armed with small-time financial “birthday” presents, for the most part. In the end, his conviction was blown away and he is scot-free. But now what is left are the scarred reputations of four highly regarded State Representatives, a former judge of Traffic Court and the Attorney General herself. If she weren’t a public official, she could easily sue. In any event, she should explore the possibility. What is sad is the Philadelphia Inquirer, whose circulation keeps slipping, ballyhooed her decision in type so big it looked like a war has been declared. It read, “Kane Shut Down Sting That

Snared City Pols.” The Inky report turned what was an important, responsible decision into a smear of the Attorney General as well, inferring she blew off the sting because caught in it were fellow Democrats, with all of whom she had a political relationship. That newspaper dissed the fact the poor handling of the sting by the Attorneys General who preceded her was the prime reason the FBI had refused to pick up the case. It was her reasoning as well. It definitely was a case of entrapment, as was a similar operation in Abscam sting of 1978-80. That type of investigation considered illegal. It appears the story was fed to the Inquirer by Frank Fina, a former top deputy to Tom Corbett when he was Attorney General. Kathleen Kane, according to other reports, was investigating Fina’s allegedly botched handling of the Sandusky case. The question asked is, “Was Fina trying to muddy up Kane ahead of the release of the Sandusky report?” And Kane does go after

Democrats. She stated, “My record speaks for itself that prosecutions have no political agenda. Of the 11 public corruption cases we have brought so far, the majority involve Democrats. I will not sit back and allow lies from those who seek to destroy the public’s trust in me or my office.” (Cont. Next Page)

Babette Files Nominating Petitions

BABETTE JOSEPHS is congratulated by Tyrique Glasgow after filing her nominating petitions for 182nd Legislative Dist. which she once held, but lost to current incumbent Brian Sims.

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John Kane, a resident of Ridley Township in Delaware Co. and the business manager of the Local Plumbers 690, won’t back down on an endorsement or return a campaign contribution from Ironworkers Local 401. Some of its members have been charged by FBI with crimes ranging from assault to arson after an FBI investigation. Kane, who is on the ballot in the 26th State Senate Dist., is proud of the support he has from “brothers and sisters in the labor movement.” He is running as a Democrat to replace retiring Republican State Sen. Ted Erickson (R-Delaware). The GOP will be fielding Tom McGarrigle, chairman of the Delaware Co. Council. Representative

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‘WE’RE OUT TO WIN,” said Stephen F. Pettit, business manager of Insulators & Allied Workers’ Local 14 ,as fellow members rallied around union brother Dennis Kilderry, who is running for 173rd Legislative Dist. seat vacated by Mike McGeehan. State Rep. Brendan Boyle voting record. She noted he did (D-Northeast), who is running not vote on the following bills: for Congress in the seat being HB 290, Amendments to the vacated by Congresswoman bill legalizing small games of Allyson Schwartz (D-North- chance; HB 1424, Holocaust & east), is also keeping the con- Genocide education mandate tributions he received from for public schools; HR 41, Resolution legitimatizing a “NaLocal 401. Neither condones the ac- tional Day of Prayer”; SB.579, tions of the 401 members. Authorizing funding for the Babette Counts state police; HB 316, Increased Sims’ Absences appropriation for rape and doJust back home after vaca- mestic-violence services; HB tioning with family on the West 1468, Temple University apCoast, former State Rep. Ba- propriation; HB 790, State bette Josephs has blasted back store/liquor privatization; SB at State Rep. Brian Sims’ (D-S. 591, A $45 million grant to Philadelphia) charges he’s Philadelphia public education. served more constituents than She said, “There is no she used to, by whacking his issue more important to our

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State Sen. Mike Stack (DNortheast) has been campaigning around the state to become the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor. Despite that effort, he continues to work for his Northeast district as well as the city of Philadelphia. It shows in the stats so far. He filed 10,000 names on his nominating petitions, and the number of his Facebook friends has climbed to almost 6,000. With over seven years as captain in the Pennsylvania National Guard, he is the only candidate in the race to serve in the Armed Forces. (Cont. Page 9) State Representative

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Margolies, candidate for the 13th Congressional Dist. Her decision to support State Sen. LeAnna Washington (D-Northwest) in the 4th State Senatorial Dist. shows she stands beside her friends and that will definitely get her votes. “LeAnna and I have known each other for 20 years and I have been proud to call her a friend during this time,” said Margolies, noting Washington was the first elected official to endorse her candidacy. “I intend to support my friend through these difficult times.” She has commented, “Sen. Washington’s life’s work has been to give voice to those who need it most. Her advocacy for victims of domestic abuse and at-risk children has set the standard for those who seek to serve in public office.” Former President Bill Clinton will attend an evening gala for Margolies, hosted by Montco Commissioner Josh Shapiro and event chair Darren Clark at the Prime Rib lo-

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(Cont. From Prev. Page) The Inky article did not reveal on any link between gifts and votes. Those Democratic leaders set up by the scam, at the most, might be saddled with a misdemeanor. There is no legal limit on gifts to politicians from lobbyists. They just need to be reported. In this case, no quid pro quo was involved. Shame on the Inky for taking the bait, without first smelling out its source.

city than providing its youth with quality public education. A city that does not fund its public schools has no future.” She noted on Jun. 15, 2013, SB 591, a highly controversial proposal was before the House. It contained a $45 million grant for Philadelphia’s public schools. Sims was absent from Harrisburg on that day. She states, “The primary job of a State Representative is to show up and vote, adding, “No one expects a freshman, especially in the minority, to push through any legislation. However, everyone expects that freshmen and veterans cast votes.” This week, 8th Dist. Councilwoman Cindy Bass endorsed Sims’ reelection bid. The Councilwoman said, “Rep. Sims’ work on women’s rights, reproductive rights, and LGBT civil rights are a refreshing change from the legislation and rhetoric that we constantly hear from Harrisburg. We need more people like Brian Sims in the Legislature to protect women, children, and other vulnerable groups from the dangerous policies of conservatives.”

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by Nat’l Italian American Political PAC at Sheraton Society Hill, 1 Dock St., 6:30 p.m. Honorees Drs. Joseph DiMino and Anthony Infantolino and J.P. Mascaro and family. For info Judy Camiel (610) 6681730. 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. Even Democrats are welcome! Mar. 25- State Rep. Jim Roebuck holds Affordable Care Act Workshop at Rosenberger Ha., 600 S. 45th St. Rm. 101, 7-8 p.m. Free. For info (215) 724-2227. Mar. 27- Friends of Blondell Reynolds Brown host Women United for Progress at Independence Visitors Ctr., Liberty Ballroom, 599 Market St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. For info RSVP

Lindsey (267) 275-2120. Mar. 27- Universal Muslim Business Ass’n holds Networking Mixer with Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. at Masjidullah’s Center for Human Excellence, 7401 Limekiln Pk., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dinner included. Free admission for registered UMBA Members (RSVP mandatory). $15 Ticket cost for non-registered guests. RSVP umbaphilly@gmail.com or (215) 430-2441. Mar. 28- Labor Luncheon for Councilman Mark Squilla at Franco Luigi’s, 1549 S. 13th St., 12-2 p.m. Tickets $100 up. RSVP Lindsey (267) 2752120. Mar. 28-30- Penna. College Democrats’ annual state convention at Temple Univ., with gubernatorial debate scheduled for Friday, Mar. 28. Mar. 29- Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative hosts Eats & Beats Community Meal & Fundraiser at Mantua Haverford Comm. Ctr., 631 N. 39th St., 5:30-8:30 p.m. Music, locally sourced food will fund

HS internships. Mar. 29- Elaine Tomlin hosts 42nd Ward Candidates Night Out at Portuguese American Rosary Society Ha., 4900 Palethorpe Ave., 7-11 pm. Tickets $25, $30 at door. Music, food, cash bar. For info Elaine Tomlin (267) 4965662. 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. Mar. 29— American Lung Ass’n in Penna. holds Fundraiser at Fight for Air Climb, 3 Logan Sq. $25 registration fee, plus minimum $100 in donations. For info Caroline Hutchinson (610) 941-9595, x14. Mar. 30- 13th Congressional

Dist. Candidate Forum at Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Rd., 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. No charge. For info (215) 6771600. Apr. 1- Happy Hour at United Republican Cl., 3156 Frankford Ave., 6-9 p.m. Chance to try out your jokes and win a prize. Free food and parking. Apr. 4- Gov. Tom Corbett receives Spirit of Port Award at Sheet Metal Workers Ha., 1301 S. Columbus Blvd. Cocktail reception 11 a.m., luncheon. Apr. 4- Councilman Mark Squilla is honored at Nat’l Italian Museum fundraiser at Spasso Restaurant, 34 S. Front St., 7 p.m. Tickets $50. RSVP by Mar. 31 Anna DiNardo (215) 820-5840. Silent auction, entertainment. Apr. 5- Pentecostal Clergy will mark 14th anniversary with prayer and fellowship

breakfast at the View, 800 N. Broad St. Tickets $35 per person. For info and ticket sales Dorothy Sturgis (215) 9919830 or Bishop Leonard C. Goins (215) 738-9739. Apr. 10- President Bill Clinton is featured guest at Fundraiser for Marjorie Margolies, 13th Congressional Dist. candidate, at The Prime Rib, 1701 Locust St. inside Warwick Hotel, 12 noon. Early response deadline Mar. 28. For info Fran Katz Watson or Colleen Browne (202) 546-0474 or Linda August (610) 659-5878 Apr. 12- Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell presents Community Wellness Day at 4508 Chestnut St., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free live music, health screenings, fun and exercise, facepainting, chair massages, lunch and giveaways. For info Healthy in Phila. (215) 8984998.

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Mar. 20- March Madness with State Rep. John Taylor at FOP Hall, 11630 Caroline Rd., 5:30-8:30 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 Consulting@gmail. com. Mar. 22- Fundraiser for Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell is hosted at Rhythm’s, 55 Garrett Rd., Upper Darby, Pa., 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets $20 include dinner. For info Kevin Horne (267) 586-3599, Mike Ross (484) 250-9055, Ron Holt (267) 847-0506, Jihad Ali (215) 554-8089. Mar. 22- Carnevale is hosted

among the poorest big cities. And the poor cannot pay the taxes to fund all their needs. Therefore the city needs to entice as many non-poor people as possible to settle in it, as soon as possible. New market-rate housing must remain the engine of urban revitalization here. Frankly, the city has lost too many middle-class neighborhoods and needs to grow some new ones in a hurry. Any efforts to curb neighborhood revitalization risk killing this baby in its crib. Patient work to nurture rebirth is the winning play for neighborhood leaders of all classes. We urge this clever campaign for affordable housing to work in tandem with the Philadelphia Housing Authority and City Planning Commission to preserve as many parcels as possible that are suitable for market-rate development while they assemble affordable-housing projects. Is our political class up to this challenge?

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Location, location, location. Philadelphia’s biggest problem is also its greatest asset: underused real estate where people are neither living nor working. Our 40,000 abandoned lots help nobody. As a city, we should sell as much of this land as possible, as fast as possible. Much of our inner city is now salable at market rate. Grab it while we can, should be our motto. But we should try to retain workingclass neighborhoods close to the Center City job hub. For this reason we welcome the initiative of City Council President Darrell Clarke and the Building Trades Council to seek $681 million in untapped state and federal funding for 1,500 affordable housing units. Mixed-income neighborhoods are a good way for a city to go. Public policy should favor the retention of low-income housing within easy reach of Center City, where the jobs are these days. But it is a fact that Philadelphia is


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Ducky Birts Foundation Marks 8th

The Ducky Birts Foundation Gala, a major charity fundraiser, will hold its 8th anniversary fundraiser in the Grand Ballroom of the 1st Dist., Plaza, 3801 Market Street, on Saturday, Apr. 26. Sponsored by Brown’s Family ShopRites, the event begins with a cocktail reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by a dinner and program. It features an open bar. Donation tickets for the event are $100 each, with two for $150. Checks can be mailed to the Ducky Birts Foundation, 8200 Gilbert Street. Featured entertainment will include The Guiding Lights, Ruby Jones and Family, UCC Royal Brass Band, Sam Lackey and the hottest band on the planet Carnivale. Emcee: Mr. Hollywood – TV Personality and Entertainer. Medallion Award Honorees this year are Hon. Brendan F. Boyle, Steven Scott Bradley, Rev. J. Louis Felton, Matt Funchion, Jerry Jordan, Michael P. Meehan, Bishop Ernest C. Morris Sr., Hon. Mark Squilla and Richard Womack, Jr. Honored Couples working together, “Making a Difference”, will be Robert & Wanda Dickerson, Rev. & Mrs. Terrence D. Griffith, Dr. Murphy J. Keller II & Mrs. Clare Fontenot-Keller, Mr. & Mrs. Sam Staten, Jr., Dr. Mark K. Tyler & Leslie Tyler. The Ducky Birts Foundation was created by Ducky Birts, longtime aide to Congressman Bob Brady, to care for the African American children of this city. His motto is “Molding tomorrow’s leaders today”. Money raised by the Foundation goes to scholarships, which Birts feel is “education as a means to social justice, equity, self-determination and freedom.” Since establishing the foundation in 2006, many scholarships have been awarded for students attending Cheyney and Lincoln Universities. The primary focus is to educate youth (Cont. Next Page)


State Reps. Brendan Boyle and Kevin Boyle (both D-Northeast) submitted their nominating petitions, handing in over 6,300 signatures, with Brendan submitting more than four times what is required to get on the ballot for Congress. Women Carry Dem Banner In House

For the first time in the history of the Commonwealth, a majority of the Democrats running for the Pennsylvania House this year against Republicans will be women according to the House Democratic Campaign Committee. It announced on Thursday that 28 Democratic women will be running in Republican-held House seats in 2014. “We are setting out to change the face of the Legisla-

DA Seth Williams Endorses Billy Smith

Progressive champion and Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has endorsed Billy Smith for State Representative in Pennsylvania’s 164th Dist. over incumbent Margo Davidson (D-Delaware). “We need true progressives in the Pennsylvania legislature who will stand up and be champions for what’s right,” said the

BIRTHDAY greetings went out to Laborers’ District Council leader Ryan Boyer at Replica Creative affair in Center City. Giving Boyer best wishes are Treasurer Rob McCord, who is AMONG well-wishers at Ryan Boyer’s birthday party were, running for Governor, and his Deputy Campaign Mgr. Ap- from left, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Deputy City Commissioner Dennis Lee and attorney Sharif Street. pollos Baker. DA. “I had the privilege of suCandidates for Governor ties, just short of McCord’s Madonna, director of the Center for Politics & Public Affairs at pervising Mr. Smith when he were required to accumulate at 12,500. The latest entrant to the Gov- Franklin & Marshall College. was a prosecutor in Philadelphia least 2,000 signatures, with 100 and I know he will take that coming from each of 10 differ- ernor’s race, former Auditor The weekend convention will General Jack Wagner, came in feature a full day of workshops commitment to excellence and ent counties. justice to Harrisburg as he fights They are ranked here in around 4,700 signatures from 27 on Saturday including guest quantity of signatures, before counties. It’s a challengeable pe- speakers former Gov. Ed Renfor Delaware Co.” Williams’ endorsement of any challenges that may knock tition. Same for Katie McGinty, dell, State Sen. Anthony who filed 5,272 signatures with Williams, State Reps. Brian Smith follows the endorsement those numbers down. Corbett tallied a whopping 100 or more signatures from 14 Sims and Dan McNeill (Dby State Rep. Brian Sims. Lehigh), and Allentown Mayor Schwartz Won 27,747 signatures and received different counties. Petition Numbers Sure to be challenged is Cor- Ed Pawlowski. more than 100 signatures from In the Governor’s race, the 50 different Pennsylvania coun- bett’s conservative challenger big winner in petition numbers ties, and he made sure to get at Mike Guzzardi, who filed just was Congresswoman Allyson least one signature from every enough signatures to get on the Schwartz who thumped the county in the state. ballot, 2,900 signatures with 12 Democratic competition. Gov. Schwartz amassed 22,000 or so counties with more than Tom Corbett beat her by a few signatures, and unlike Corbett, 100 in each. thousand, but that was mostly to she was competing against six Pa. College Democrats Hold Confab At Temple be expected given that he has other Democrats to get them. The Pennsylvania College just one long-shot challenger, According to her campaign, her Democrats are holding their anMike Guzzardi. filing represents 34 counties. State Treasurer Rob McCord nual Convention in Philadelphia, put together 12,500 signatures at Temple University. This convention features a gubernatorial Outreach Manager for Quality from 61 different counties, acdebate at 7:00 p.m. on Mar. 28, cording to an estimate from his Community Health Care, Inc. in Room 200BC of the Howard PHILA.’S POVERTY is a campaign. Keystone First members man-made problem caused Former Revenue Secretary Gittis Student Center on Temple by poor city government, over 40 are invited to get their University’s Main Campus. annual mammogram to re- Tom Wolf was catapulted to attorney Matt Confirmed to attend the de- charged frontrunner status after a televiceive a $15 ShopRite Gift Wolfe, as he announced his bate are Schwartz, Rob McCard. To schedule an appoint- sion ad blitz yielded major leads candidacy for City Council at Cord, McGinty, Wolf and ment, call 1 (888) 765-9585. in three polls and his petition large in May 20 special elecWagner. The debate will be Vendors are welcome at $40 a signature filing shows he filed moderated by Dr. G. Terry tion. Wolfe will carry Repub12,000 signatures from 50 countable and should call (215) lican banner. 605-7102. The Gospelrama will be a spiritually uplifting event with music provided by Philadelphia’s finest local gospel groups, choirs, soloist and special guest. Featuring the Joy Unlimited movement, The Guiding Lights, Willamaze, Mount Airy Church of God in Christ, Sharon Baptist Church MILL CREEK Tavern in W. Phila. was packed and worship leadership by PARTY Chair State Rep. John Taylor joined with supporters of Matt Wolfe in his Council Ruby Jones and Family. This Ward Leaders Andrew Gentsch and Denise bid. Party leader John Taylor shared moment Furey at Matt Wolfe’s campaign kickoff. event is free. with Joe McColgan and Jim DiVergilis.

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(Cont. From Page 5) Add to the fact, with four terms and 13 years in the Pennsylvania Senate, and five years working in Gov. Bob Casey’s administration, the Senator has vastly more experience in state government than any of the other contenders for Lieutenant Governor.

ture in 2014,” said PA HDCC Chair State Rep. Tim Briggs (DMontgomery). “I wanted to recruit better candidates this cycle but I also wanted to focus on recruiting strong women in our most viable seats to address the lack of equal representation in the House. We were more successful than I ever expected and I look forward to making gains towards a Democratic majority.” Briggs said he sees great opportunity for the Democratic challengers running for the House this year with poll after poll showing voters rejecting the policies of Gov. Corbett and the House GOP. Pennsylvania has consistently ranked as one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to the proportion of women in the state legislature, with a mere 17.8% currently occupying seats.

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Ducky Birts Foundation Marks 8th Year members and the community and will include health screenings, targeting diabetes, nutrition, health fitness, children activities, martial arts, vendors, massage therapy. Featured speakers will be Brenda Shelten-Dunston, MPH (How Stress and Trauma Impacts our Health, Effective Strategies For Improvement); Davida Godett (Healthy Thoughts); Dr. Karen James, EdD, CHOM, CNHP (Naturally Treating Aches and Pains); Glenn Ellis (Vital Health Information for Senior Citizens); Dr. Carol Penn (Integrating The MindBody-Spirit Into Your Life); and Bill Young, CHN, CRP (The Truth About Diabetes) and J. Belynda Brown, MBA Integrated Health Services /

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(Cont. From Prev. Page) on economic development and government operations on all levels, along with a sports activities program. The foundation is in the process of launching a capital building fund for a Youth Academy. This year the foundation is also celebrating its 4th annual Health Fair & Gospelrama, on Saturday, Apr. 12, at Mount Airy Church of God in Christ, 6401 Ogontz Avenue, Sponsoring these events is Keystone First. The Health Fair is from noon to 3:00 p.m., followed by Gospelrama, 2:00-5:00 p.m. This year’s theme is “Senior Citizens and Youth Health Awareness”. The purpose of this event to provide health education/awareness to


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Ringside With The Shadowboxer

4-Decades-Plus, Meet Legends This Saturday It’s been more than 40years since Charlie Sgrillo and John Gallagher started working with area youth at the Harrogate Boxing Club, and after all that time, the two are showing no signs of slowing down. Almost every Philly boxer has passed through the famed gym on Venango Street at some point in their career. World Junior-Welterweight Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia learned the ropes at HBC and called the gym his home until just recently when he opened his own gym. While HBC is thrilled at the success Garcia has achieved, it is equally proud of so many of the gym’s boxers who never became world champions, but left the gym becoming champions in life. The gym has long served as a safe haven for numerous youth who have wandered into the gym, often with no direction in life.

Long Icy Winter Boosts Philadelphia Port by Joe Shaheeli Old Man Winter’s grip on the US Midwest and Northeast has been a gift to the Port of Philadelphia. Normal winters freeze the Great Lakes, which make up much of the world’s fresh-water supply. Ships unable to get through to Midwest destinations, even with the help of Coast Guard cutters, turn to open ports such as Philadelphia. Its inland location makes it

more appealing to use than New York or Baltimore Ports since Philadelphia provides a faster transportation due to its interstate and railroad network. This record icy winter has kept the Great Lakes in a frigid freeze, with layers of ice too much for the Coast Guard. As a result, the many break-bulk ships, which carry loose cargo and not containers, have been making a route to this port.

Bob Palaima, president and CEO of Delaware River Stevedores, which operate Tioga Terminal, indicates, “The routes in the Great Lake freeze over. When ice growth stops the cutters, ships turn to us. Container ships use other ports, but break-bulk ships carrying steel, lumber, oil and other loose cargo turn to Philadelphia because we have huge warehouse storage space and the material can be

HBC routinely takes its boxers to compete at various boxing tournaments across the country. This not only gives them the opportunity to compete at a high level, it often gives these young boxers an opportunity to visit a place they never would have been able to visit on their own. However, this travel can become pretty expensive for a small gym like HBC. On that note, HBC will be holding a fundraiser this Saturday at Fran Lee Caterers, which is located at 4556 Almond Street from 7 to 11 p.m. A $35 donation will get you an open bar, food, music, and plenty of good stories from boxers spanning four generations. But more importantly, your donation will help Sgrillo and Gallagher continue the good work they have been doing for more than four IN JANUARY of this year, a number of Phila. Court of Common Pleas Judges joined National Bar Association’s delegation decades. of African American judges and lawyers from across USA, and traveled to Kingdom of Morocco to promote exchange of legal concepts and ideas while examining judicial reform as recently implemented in that nation.

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Philadelphia Common court officials. Founded in Skipper, John L. Braxton, Pleas Judges joined the NBA 1925, the NBA is America’s Genece E. Brinkley, Carolyn Delegation of African Ameri- oldest and largest association H. Nichols, Lillian Harris can judges and lawyers from of African American lawyers Ransom, Lisette Shirdan-Haracross the USA, and traveled and judges. ris and Karen Shreeves-Johns. Local judges included PresThe Midwinter conference of their commitment to putting to the Kingdom of Morocco at the invitation of Moroccan ident Judger Sheila Woods- theme, “The Big Story: Mostudents’ needs first.” With this ratification, CASA members agreed to make substantial changes to past contract provisions, including no across-the-board wage increases over the life of the contract; a modified wage structure; a cost-effective, high quality medical plan; and contributions to health care premiums. CASA members also agreed to modified terms, providing the District with flexibility to use factors other than seniority in the event of administrator layoffs and recalls. The agreement will pro- COUNCILMAN Jim Kenney hosted huge crowd at his annual St. Patrick’s Day gala, welvide $20 million in savings to coming here Teamsters leader Danny Grace and Irish pubkeeper Mike Driscoll, who is runthe District over the full term. ning for a State Rep seat in N.E. Phila.

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School District Signs With Administrators A majority of the 400member Commonwealth Association of School Administrators, which represents the School District of Philadelphia’s principals, assistant principals, and other school administrators, ratified a three-year labor agreement that provides significant cost reductions and work-rule changes. “Our principals have endured significant hardships this school year due to our financial challenges yet remained dedicated to students and families throughout the District,” said Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent. “This contract ratification is another example

shipped out over interstate roads or our major railroad connections.” This winter’s freeze has set records in below freezing temperatures, locking up the Great Lakes Waterway routes to the Midwest longer. One comment from a busy stevedore unloading cargo at Tioga sums up what workers think of Old Man Winter: “Stick around a bit longer, but do it up north.”

Kenney Celebrates St. Patrick In Style

rocco and Black America Working Together on Judicial Reform in 2014”, promoted the exchange of legal concepts and ideas while examining judicial reform as recently implemented in Morocco, which included the creation of a Charter of Judiciary System Reform. American and Moroccan judges shared their views and analyzed issues involving Moroccan and US laws. More specifically, the issues discussed included, the implementation of accountability, transparency, ethics, and the independence of the judiciary. These areas protect the fundamental rights of citizens consistent with the universal values of human rights and the rule of law intrinsic in Moroccan, American and international law.


PUBLIC RECORD Advertising Dir. John David presents check to Wendell W. Young IV, for use by awardee’s favorite charity.

FORMER City Controller Jonathan Saidel, who has been MC for Public Servant of Year for almost a decade, kept crowd in stitches with his commentary.

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CONGRTATULATING Wendell W. Young IV, right, on his selection as Public Servant of Year are Public Record Publisher Jim Tayoun and Donald “Ducky” Birts, aide to Congressman Bob Brady. Photo by Robert Mendelsohn

STATE REP. Maria Donatucci congratulates Wendell Young on his selection as Public Record’s Public Servant of Year 2014.

UFCW 1776 executive Carol Deusebio shares happy moment with Wendell’s mother Katherine and sister-in-law Marianne Fluehr.

LABOR giants AFT President Ted Kirsch and PFT President Jerry Jordan flank State AFL-CIO Richard Bloomingdale as they join hundreds in congratulating Wendell Young IV, president of UFCW Local 1776 on his being named Phila. Public Record’s 2014 Public Servant of Year. (MORE PICS PAGE 20)

TEAMSTERS Local 830 President Daniel Grace joins Rick Bloomingdale in congratulating Wendell W. Young, IV.

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STATE SEN. Tina Tartaglione presents congratulatory State Senate citation to Wendell W. Young IV on his selection as Public Record Public Servant of Year 2014. Photo by Robert Mendelsohn

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At Public Servant Of Year Gala

ILA Local 1291 President Boise Butler, right, shares moment with Business Agent John Cook and guest of honor Wendell Young IV.

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more candidates than committeeperson slots; the other is more challenges to petitions. Both numbers are up this year, Dowling reported. Two committee people, who lead party work in each division, are elected every four years by their immediate neighbors. So the outcomes of these struggles will shape local alliances for some time to come. Elaine Tomlin in North Philadelphia’s powerful 42nd Ward is not retiring. However, her slate is facing a strong organized challenge. There is also a stir in the 28th Ward. Ward fights in the largely Latino 7th and 19th Wards have broken out. Northwest Philadelphia is seeing strong activity in the 22nd Ward; there are smaller fights in Germantown’s 12th Ward and East Oak Lane’s 61st Ward. South Philadelphia is buzzing. One force that is rocking the 36th is rumored to be at work in the 30th as well. East of Broad Street, the influential 1st and 2nd Wards are both at war.

West Philadelphia is quiet, save for a small fight in University City’s 27th Ward. It looks like a concerted power struggle in the middle Northeast, where the 54th, 56th and 64th Wards, clustered around Cottman Avenue, are popping with committeeperson wannabes. In most parts of town, Republicans are lucky to have a proper ward committee, let alone a ward fight. The internecine struggles of the last four years have died down. But in the Far Northeast, there are extra hands in the air for committee person in the 53rd, 56th, 57th, 65th and 66th Wards.

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by Tony West It will be a hot spring for Philly grass-roots politics. Fifteen of the city’s 66 Wards are seeing various degrees of challenge inside the Democratic Party. “Ward fights,” they’re called. “This is a big year for fights,” said Tim Dowling, Philadelphia City Commissioners’ election maven. “Fights” are of different kinds and not all are true warfare. In South Philadelphia’s 36th Ward and in Southwest Philadelphia’s 51st Ward, doyennes Anna Verna and Vivian Miller are contemplating retirement. When elders quit, they may encourage potential replacements to show their stuff by recruiting more committee people. If there are competitors, the result is a flurry of petitions – as both those wards are seeing. Conquest isn’t always the goal of a ward fight. Sometimes a power bloc seeks to grow gently by planting a few seeds in key wards. Two early measures tip us off to a ward fight. One is

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Ward Fights Galore In This Heated Spring

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At Public Servant Gala

TESTIFYING to great buffet was this group hosted by Kaz Nabavi, left. With him are Judge Karen Shreeves Johns, Dr. Ali Nabavi, Arlene Kempin; seated, Judge Carolyn Nichols, Jacquelyne Scott and Jacqueline Dubin.

ENJOYING GALA were Judge Charles Ehrlich, Judge Karen Shreeves Johns and Wayne Johns.

CONGRESSIONAL candidate Dr. Val Arkoosh, LABOR LEADERS Greg Howell, Tom Tosti and right, was welcomed to Phila. Public Record’s gala Tom Herman were among many representing Locals at Swan Caterers by long-time Democrat activists and committee people Hal & Sue Rosenthal. at gala honoring Wendell Young IV.

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Irish Minister of State Honored

DINNEY McGINLEY, Minister of State for the Republic of Ireland, 2nd from right, was VIP Guest for St. Patrick’s Parade. His hosts included John Fox, Observance Assn. Board, and President of City AOH; Peter Ryan, Deputy Consul General; Bob Gessler, St. Patrick’s Observance President; and Tom O’Malley, Association Board Member. Photo by Joe Stivala

Greening Of City Council

CITY COUNCIL hosted St. Patrick’s Day contingent with reading of proclamations commemorating St. Patrick’s Day festivities and Parade. Photo by Tom Keenan


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ber the attorney is on your side: They want the case to go as easily and smoothly as possible. 2. Communicate with your attorney. Make sure they have all the answers to all of their questions. Playing “hide the ball” or “forgetting” to tell them something will only make life harder, your paperwork inaccurate and can potentially be catastrophic. A good attorney will recognize the weak spots of your case, and discuss what can and should be done. Sometimes it

is as simple as waiting a couple of more weeks or months to file and the problem will go away. But if the attorney isn’t told about the issue, they won’t be able to advise you competently. 3. Attend the 341 hearing after reviewing the bankruptcy paperwork and discussing any potential issues with your attorney. While there, answer all questions fully and honestly. If the trustee believes you are hiding something, he will get suspicious and start looking for problems. If you are honest and forthright, everything will go easier. And if you have told your attorney everything, you’ll be prepared (Cont. Page 24)

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by Michael A. Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: What are four steps to a successful Chapter 7 bankruptcy? Answer: A Chapter 7 bankruptcy can be easy or difficult. Here are four steps to making it go quickly and smoothly: 1. Hire a competent knowledgeable bankruptcy attorney that you can talk with. Provide your attorney every piece of information and all of the documents she asks for. Remem-

income” a person can make to $110 per month (money received through means other than work); —Update and index to inflation the amount of “resources” a person or an eligible couple can have to $10,000 and $15,000, respectively (resources is cash or anything considered a liquid asset); —Repeal the provision that prohibits financial, food, and housing support from friends and family; and —Help SSA administer the SSI program more efficiently. The maximum amount that an SSI beneficiary who lives

in Pennsylvania can receive in 2014 is $710 per month. An individual can have resources totaling no more than $2,000 (couples up to $3,000) in order to qualify for benefits. SSA excludes items such as an automobile used for personal use, a house owned by the beneficiary and used as the principal residence, household goods and personal effects, funds set aside for burial expenses, and the like. Only the first $20 of income is excluded from consideration by SSA. Any income, from whatever source, over $20 not specifically exempted by SSA reduces SSI benefits dollar for dollar. See 20 C.F.R. sections 416.1100 et seq., 416.1200 et seq. for more about how SSA treats income and resources.

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by Michael P. Boyle, Esq. US Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Oh.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recently introduced a bill titled “The Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act”. The purpose of the Act is to update the purchasing power of SSI recipients. SSI benefits have not kept pace with inflation, nor have the asset limits been adjusted since 1989. The Act proposes to: — Update and index to inflation the amount of “earned income” a person can make to $357 per month; —Update and index to inflation the amount of “general

low back pain is something everyone seems to experience differently. The best way to find a vehicle that is a good fit for you is to test-drive it. I’m sure as well you would find that it makes a difference how long you drive in the car on a daily basis. We can speak for one model that we carry which we have heard people with back pain say worked well for them. Our recommendation

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Tuesday evening the Commonwealth Club sponsored a reception at the Irish Pub at 12th and Walnut Streets with special guests CONGRESSMEN PATRICK MEEHAN (R-PA7) and MIKE KELLY (R-PA3). Meehan’s district skirts around the City of Philadelphia and includes parts of Montgomery and Delaware Cos. Kelly was a little farther from home. Kelly’s district starts just north of his native Pittsburgh and runs up the western spine of the state through the city of Erie. The master of ceremonies was Vice Chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party JOYCE HAAS. Meehan reminded us despite the fact the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has roughly 1 million more registered Democratic voters than Republicans, we hold 13 of 18 US House of Representative seats and one of two Senatorial positions. He debunked the assertion we hold these seats through gerrymandering. Meehan noted his district is heavily Democratic. Meehan also noted the Pennsylvania delegation is well respected in Washington, D.C. as its members get along. While they do not agree on everything, they try to work as a cohesive group. Kelly took this a step further and criticized fellow Republicans who trash their own. He noted that after every vote there are a group of Republicans who somehow find TV time and use it to criticize other Republicans and House Speaker CONGRESSMAN JOHN BOEHNER (ROh.) in particular. Kelly noted that for the most part we do not see Democratic Congressmen taking House MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI or PRESIDENT BARACK (Cont. Page 26)

On Sunday, the Philadelphia Inquirer had a fairly large story on its front page regarding Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s decision to shut down an investigation that had managed to ensnare a bunch of high-profile members of Pennsylvania’s Legislative Black Caucus. The Attorney General’s Office had centered its sting around a man named Tyron B. Ali, a moderately powered political operative who found himself on the wrong end of the a fraud charge. In fact, it was a $430,000 fraud charge … for which he was given total immunity in exchange for participating in this sting. That alone made this whole investigation suspect. You defraud people for darn near $500,000 and folks give you a wire so that you can have lunch at The Palm with politicians and had also thought of giving you luxury office space as they expanded the probe? Really?! And you get no time? Okay… The sting-ees wound up being folks like State Reps. Vanessa Lowery Brown, Louise Williams Bishop, Ron Waters, Michelle Brownlee and former Traffic Court judge Thomasine Tynes. And they took stuff. Stuff like money. And let’s be honest here, if someone hands you a light-blue box from Tiffany’s, you should assume that it’s probably a gift you shouldn’t take if you’re a politician … unless it’s your birthday and it’s coming from your significant other. (Tynes, who got the $2,000 Tiffany bracelet, could have saved herself some trouble if she just put it up for auction at a political fundraiser. I’m just sayin’.) (Cont. Page 24)

Yo! Here we go again with things from 59 years ago (1955). This trip down Memory Lane will open an eye or two! A little nostalgia goes a long way. These prices were real – I wonder what will be the cost of life 50 years from now? Here are some comments made in the year 1955. I’ll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it’s going to be impossible to buy a week’s groceries for $10. Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won’t be long before $2,000 will only buy a used one. If cigarettes keep going up in price, I’m going to quit; 20 cents a pack is ridiculous. Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter? If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00 an hour, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store. When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon. Guess we’d be better off leaving the car in the garage. I’m afraid to send my kids to the movies any more. Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying, “Damn” in the movie Gone with the Wind it seems every new movie has either “hell” or “damn” in it. I read the other day where some scientist thinks it’s possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas. Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $50,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn’t surprise me if someday they’ll be making more than the President. I never thought I’d see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They’re even making electric typewriters now. It’s too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women have to work to make ends meet. It won’t be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work. I’m afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business. Thank goodness I won’t live to see the day when the government takes half our income in (Cont. Page 24)

PEOPLE: Happy 5th Birthday to Annie McCready BERNARD! The first lassie in 75 years for the Charlie BERNARDS, and smart!... SOFIA Russo struggled to be born, and made it at 6 lb. Baby, Mom and Pop are well, but Grandpop Joe fainted. JOE RISPO, Political Director of Local 19 Sheet Metal Workers, celebrated his Mom’s birthday on Facebook! Best Wishes to her!... It was good to see Traffic Court Judge Christine SOLOMON at the commissioning of the USS SOMERSET. Her sailor son was ordered up from Washington, D.C. to fire a 19-gun salute for Sen. TOOMEY. Garrett SMITH, Vice President of NBCUniversal, is retiring. He lives in Philly, commuting to the Big Apple, so his retirement will be in the Plough and Stars. Donations (no gifts) will go to the WOUNDED WARRIOR Project.... Joe EASTMAN of Broad Street Ministry held a fundraiser for a VIETNAM VET suffering great pain and hardship. It took place in BARLY’S Restaurant at 11th & Arch. State Rep. Steve BARRAR, Chair of the State Vets’ Committee, attended with Scott BROWN, of the City Vets’ Commission. The passing of “Wild Bill” GUARNERE allows Bill to meet his war buddy, BABE HEFFRON. Babe will reacquaint Bill with his Commanding Officer Dick WINTERS. He will find both of them BEFORE GOD. Scott Brown arranged a group salute as Wild Bill’s cortege rounded City Hall. So long friend. Perfect Peace.... Cathy McGee BURNS will be (Cont. Page 24)

City CHAIRMAN BOB BRADY once again resolves a potential bloodbath in the Democratic Party by using his incredible diplomatic skills. He was able to broker a deal whereby incumbent STATE REPS. ED NEILSON and JOHN SABATINA would not have to square off against each other in their newly merged legislative district. Brady was helped by the good fortune of COUNCILMAN BILL GREEN’S leaving to take on the challenge of becoming chairman of the School Reform Commission. Green’s vacancy on Council gave Brady extra chips in the high-stakes poker game. Brady was able to offer Neilson that seat on City Council. Brady summoned the relevant ward leaders this week to City Committee to ratify the deal. These leaders, including MIKE McALEER, SHAWN DILLON and PAT PARKINSON, put their stamp of approval on the plan. It’s Sam’s understanding that Neilson will serve out the unexpired term of Green and then be the endorsed candidate citywide for a full term. This arrangement pleases local 98 powerhouse JOHN DOUGHERTY, who is a strong Brady supporter. Johnny Doc is also a big backer of CONGRESSWOMAN ALLYSON SCHWARTZ for Governor and a supporter of STATE SEN. MIKE STACK for Lieut Guv. There are also several other races where candidates and leaders could’ve been muddled by the perception of mixed loyalties. Now it’s going to be smooth teamwork all around. And the opportunity for many Democratic victories is on the horizon. Stack is the only Lieutenant Governor candidate from Southeastern Pennsylvania. He filed approximately 10,000 signatures and was the first to get on the ballot. This demonstrated his organization and machine is tight-disciplined and ready. The fact that he filed petitions from 13 counties also demonstrates his game is not just in Philadelphia but statewide. In the meantime, Schwartz must feel that her strength in southeastern Pennsylvania is enough to combat the momentum of TOM WOLF. Wolf has been on the air steadily and has soared in the poles. Recently Wolf was endorsed by most of the big shots of Allegheny Co. in the courtyard of Pittsburgh City Hall. One notable exception was STATE SEN. JAY COSTA, who is supporting Schwartz and Stack, both Senate colleagues. (Cont. Page 24)


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showing but is unlikely to win. The Sánchez Effect will get a clear test in the 180th, where State Rep. Angel Cruz (DKensington) is confronted with another staffer of Councilwoman Quiñones Sánchez, Quetcy Lozada, in a stark faceoff where the only obvious issue is fealty to the Councilwoman. Cruz has survived challenges before. He’s favored to do so again. Lozada’s petitions have been challenged. Olney attorney Lamont Thomas (Cont. Page 26)

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she goes off the ballot. Petitioners Nick DiPiero and Sean Stevens, who had planned to run against her, filed with evidence indicating her 366 Cinnaminson Street address, a condominium, is not her primary address. The petitioners claim she does not reside there but at 304 Saddle Ridge Court in Harrisburg, Evidence: she filed a Homestead Declaration in Dauphin Co for a property there. Since 2009, she has obtained and taken the tax benefit from “the Waverly Woods Condominium as her primary residence.” Her application for Homestead Declaration declared she does

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(Cont. From page 2) Hall. Hall’s petitions have been challenged. The race in the 194th Dist. has already drawn attention, where State Rep. Pam DeLissio (D-Northwest) is facing a Roxborough insurgent, David Henderson. Dave has the endorsement of 21st Ward Leader Lou Agre and the support of 21st Ward activist Dan Pellicciotti. DeLissio, whose district twists across two counties, seems to have never understood the need to cement relations with city ward leadership. Now she must face a challenge to her residency. If she loses,

term, she can make him pay for it. But it’s a two-way street: Josephs’ petitions have been vigorously challenged, including by a voter who says his name was forged. In the 188th Dist., State Rep. Jim Roebuck (D-W. Phila.) should enjoy united party backing against real-estate investor Algernong Allen this time. Allen is a popular grass-roots leader in the Cedar Park community and wields connections in Kingsessing as well, so he may make a fair

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198th Dist., where State Rep. Rosita Youngblood (D-Northwest) is being tested by Germantown’s forceful 12th Ward Leader John Connelly. Connelly’s petitions have been challenged. In Center City’s 182nd Dist., Babette Josephs is testing the man who turfed her out of office in the 2012 primary, State Rep. Brian Sims (D-S. Phila.). Josephs is well known in her old district and if Sims has missed any political bases during his freshman

not “claim anywhere else as primary residence.” On top of that, she lists her Harrisburg property as her home on her driver’s license, usually considered essential in a defense when proving residency. An incumbent faces a tough challenge in the 202nd Dist., where State Rep. Mark Cohen (D-Northeast) is facing a wellfunded, well-known, aggressive community activist Jared Solomon in a district much of which is new to Cohen. Also to be watched is the

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Walking The Beat (Cont. From Page 22) Chairman of The IRISH MEMORIAL foundation, taking over from Kathleen SULLIVAN, who accomplished much with little fanfare. Best wishes!... Mary Frances FOGG celebrates 29 years in government, with the City Labor Office, then Redevelopment Authority. She gets things done, and is a motivator! Jim DiVERGILIS, Esq. celebrated one year with the Regional Port Authority. Jim has a bright future! 57TH Ward Leader Pat PARKINSON held a top St. Patrick’s Party in Northeast Paddy Whacks. Pat even provided dispensation for those who were not drinking during Lent.... David HENDERSON of Roxborough is running for State Rep against incumbent Pam DeLISSIO. He says he has support from his ward leader. Class guy.

The IRISH PUB at 20th & Walnut again features a gathering of MEDAL OF HONOR recipients on Apr. 17.Ward 59 Republican Leader Bob MESSA recently passed. He was a Marine in WW II, later a Chief in the Coast Guard, and later volunteered in their auxiliary until age 88 – a year ago!... Two New Jersey lawmakers want to cut trees to reduce forest fires – but trees earn BIG BUCKS for loggers, and the underbrush is the real fire problem. The argument that lives are lost fighting fires is used; that is always a risk, however. And the reason why controlled burns are few is that you can only have them during certain weather conditions to ensure that they STAY controlled. During a forest fire, Pine trees actually SPIT out seeds to insure future growth. Each year I remove TONS of pine needles from the home place for compost. Assemblymen McKEON

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and MORIARITY, let us have a youth corps to clear the vegetation (and help unemployment) instead. PREDICTION: State Attorney General KATHLEEN KANE will weather the firestorm over the cancelled investigation – and she will be STRONGER for it. When you read all the MALARKEY from INVISIBLE sources, you have to wonder if the accusers should leave this city of 1776, as we believe ACCUSERS MUST FACE the party under attack. The mystery sources bring to my mind the words: PUSILLANIMOUS and POLTROON. And get a life!... I read where Judge John HERRON created a Scofflaw Court for no-shows for jury duty, and will preside over it himself. The court will meet four times a year— but Is HERRON retiring in less than a year? So late in game, maybe his successor should be consulted first (?) Can you believe the real need for decent pay in the BOARD OF REVISION is compared to a holdup by some? There are easily 100 persons in City Government earning over $100,000 a year.

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Out & About (Cont. From Page 22) Kane said the case, which featured 400 hours of taped conversations and represented years of work, was so poorly run that it smacked of entrapment and, because of who got caught up in it, racist. Those are both valid arguments. Now let’s keep it real here. If you send someone into West Philadelphia to stage a political sting operation, all you’re gonna get is Black

Waffleman (Cont. From Page 22) taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to government. The fast-food restaurant is convenient for a quick meal, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on. There is no sense going on short trips anymore for a weekend. It costs nearly $2.00 a night to stay in a hotel. No one can afford to be sick anymore. At $15 a day in the hospital, it’s too rich for my

in just one year, thanks to AVI amoeba-like GMAs.... All the while, the City poured MUCHO CASH into the Ofpoliticians. That’s all that’s there. That’s all that gets elected there. Even the folks that represent the University of Pennsylvania section of West Philly, the section that’s the most diverse, are Black. But those who are mad at Kane for not continuing the probe have a good argument too: These folks represent a community that has been traditionally underserved and has had its issues with people who use their offices not to benefit their constituencies, but to benefit

fice of Property Assessment with NARY A PEEP from detractors who sit on their wellpaid lofty perch. themselves. Someone needs to be taken to the woodshed for that. And to be fair, Kane has shown an interest in that. Just last week, she handed down an indictment against State Sen. LeAnna Washington for using Senate staffers to plan her fundraiser/birthday party. But people are going to be keeping an eye on Kane in the African American Political Corruption Dept. for two reasons: One, she’s a Democrat and two, well, she’s a Democrat.

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Stack? The insiders think maybe or maybe not. Nutter continues to carry on negotiations with the Corbett administration over a number of financial pieces including the School District, Convention Center and funding to bring the Pope to Philadelphia. Nutter may still fear that he may incur the wrath of GOV. TOM CORBETT.

(Cont. From Page 22) Now that Allegheny Co. EXECUTIVE RICH FITZGERALD and Pittsburgh MAYOR WILLIAM PEDUTO have endorsed Wolf, isn’t it time that MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER endorse Schwartz and

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Sealed proposals will be received by the School Reform Commission at the School Administration Building located at 440 North Broad St., 3rd Floor, Office of Capital Programs, Philadelphia, PA 19130-4015, until 2:00 P.M., on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014. A non-refundable fee for each set of bid documents is as scheduled. The School District will only accept bids from companies that have been placed on its current list as a Pre-Qualified Contractor approved to perform environmental services. All School District Projects require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications. FEE BUDGET Asbestos Abatement $600,000.00 $100.00 Various Locations * Asbestos Abatement Time and Material General Service Contract. B-001 C of 2013/14

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(Cont. Page 24) for what the trustee will ask. 4. Follow up with your attorney after the hearing. They will know if there are any issues or any more information that the trustee needs. Help the trustee in any way you can to get anything needed to close the case. Remember the trustee is doing their job. Make it as easy as you can and the case will be concluded much more quickly Most Chapter 7 bankruptcies go smoothly and quickly. It’s the ones where the lawyer isn’t fully informed or the debtor is hiding something, that linger on. Make your case easy: Tell your attorney everything. Next week’s question: Why did a bankruptcy petition preparer get hard time?


The draft policies are posted online and will be available for public comment until Friday, Mar. 7. The School District is committed to providing a wide range of schools and programs to meet the diverse needs of all families and sees good charter schools as an important part of the school options available for families in Philadelphia. The ultimate goal of the Authorizing Quality Initiative is to ensure that all charter schools authorized by the District are high-quality options for students. After the public comment period, the District will review feedback and the final policies will be presented to the SRC for approval. The Authorizing Quality

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NOTICE OF DEFAULT AND FORECLOSURE SALE: WHEREAS, on September 21, 2006, a certain mortgage was Ten percent (10%) of the highest bid is the deposit required at executed by Ida Ruth Daniels, as mortgagor in favor of Wells the sale. The amount that must be paid to HUD by the mortFargo Bank N.A. as mortgagee and was recorded in Office of gagors or someone acting on their behalf so that the sale may the Recorder of Deeds of Philadelphia County in Mortgage be stayed is the total delinquent amount of $67,476.56 as of Document #51540293 (“Mortgage”); and WHEREAS, the February 3, 2014, plus all other amounts that would be due under the mortgage agreement if payments under the mortgage Mortgage encumbered property located at 2630 West Master had not been accelerated, advertising costs and postage exStreet Philadelphia, PA 19121, parcel number 10N19penses incurred in giving notice, mileage by the most reason343(“Property”); and able road distance for posting notices and for the Foreclosure WHEREAS, the Property was owned by Ida Ruth Daniels as Commissioner’s attendance at the sale, reasonable and custenants by entireties by virtue of deed dated February 4, 1976 tomary costs incurred for title and lien record searches, the and recorded February 5, 1976 in Book: DCC D-1011; Page: necessary out-of-pocket costs incurred by the Foreclosure 202: and WHEREAS, the Mortgage is now owned by the SecCommissioner for recording documents, a commission for the retary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Foreclosure Commissioner, and all other costs incurred in conDevelopment (“Secretary”), pursuant to an assignment nection with the foreclosure prior to reinstatement. There will recorded on November 30, 2009 in Document #52148898, in be no proration of taxes, rents or other income or liabilities, the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Philadelphia County, except that the purchaser will pay, at or before closing, his Pennsylvania; and prorata share of any real estate taxes that have been paid by WHEREAS, a default has been made in the covenants and the Secretary to the date of the foreclosure sale. When making conditions of the Mortgage (paragraph 9 (b)(i)), as the Proptheir bid, all bidders, except the Secretary, must submit a deerty ceases to be the principal residence of the Mortgagor; and posit totaling ten percent 10% of the Secretary’s bid as set WHEREAS, the entire amount delinquent as of February 3, forth above in the form of a certified check or cashier’s check 2014 is $67,476.56 plus interest, costs and other charges made out to the Secretary of HUD. Each oral bid need not be through the sale date; and WHEREAS, by virtue of this deaccompanied by a deposit. If the successful bid is oral, a default, the Secretary has declared the entire amount of the inposit of ten (10%) percent must be presented before the biddebtedness secured by the Mortgage to be immediately due ding is closed. The deposit is nonrefundable. The remainder and payable; NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to powers vested of the purchase price must be delivered within thirty (30) days in me by the Single Family Mortgage Foreclosure Act of of the sale or at such other time as the Secretary may deter1994, l2 U.S.C. 3751 et seq., by 24 CFR Part 29, and by the Secretary’s designation of me as Foreclosure Commissioner, mine for good cause shown, time being of the essence. This recorded on September 29, 2011 in Misc. Instrument #: amount, like the bid deposits, must be delivered in the form of 52395684, in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Philadela certified or cashier’s check. If the Secretary is the high bidphia County, Pennsylvania, notice is hereby given that at April der, he need not pay the bid amount in cash. The successful 8, 2014 at 9:00 am at at the Southeast Entrance of Philadelphia bidder will pay all conveyance fees, all real estate and other City Hall located at Broad Street and Market Street, Philadeltaxes that are due on or after the delivery of the remainder of phia, PA 19107, all real and personal Property at or used in the payment and all other costs associated with the transfer of connection with the following described premises (“Property”) title. At the conclusion of the sale, the deposits of the unsucwill be sold at public auction to the highest bidder: ALL cessful bidders will be returned to them. The Secretary may THAT CERTAIN lot or piece of ground with the messuage or grant an extension of time within which to deliver the remaintenement thereon erected. SITUATE on the Southerly side of der of the payment. All extensions will be for fifteen (15) Master Street at the distance of Eighteen feet Westwardly from days, and a fee will be charged in the amount of $150.00 for the Westerly side of Taney Street in the Twenty-ninth ward of each fifteen (15) day extension requested. The extension fee the City of Philadelphia. CONTAINING in front or breadth on shall be paid in the form of a certified or cashiers check made the said Master Street Seventeen feet and extending of that payable to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. width in length or depth southwardly between parallel lines at If the high bidder closes the sale prior to the expiration of any right angles to the said Master Street Fifty seven feet to a cerextension period, the unused portion of the extension fee shall tain three feet wide alley which extends Eastwardly into the be applied toward the amount due. If the high bidder is unable said Taney Street and communicates at its Westerly end with a to close the sale within the required period, or within any excertain other three feet wide alley which extends Southwardly tensions of time granted by the Secretary, the high bidder’s deand Southeastwardly and communicates with a certain other posit will be forfeited, and the Commissioner may, at the three feet wide alley which extends Eastwardly into the said direction of the HUD Field Office Representative, offer the Taney Street, (Being premises 2630 Master Street.) BEING Property to the second highest bidder for an amount equal to Parcel: 10N19-343. BEING known as: 2630 West Master the highest price offered by that bidder. There is no right of reStreet, Philadelphia, PA 19121. demption, or right of possession based upon a right of redempThe sale will be held on April 8, 2014 at 9:00 am at at the tion, in the mortgagor or others subsequent to a foreclosure Southeast Entrance of Philadelphia City Hall located at Broad completed pursuant to the Act. Therefore, the Foreclosure Street and Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. The SecreCommissioner will issue a Deed to the purchaser(s) upon retary of Housing and Urban Development will bid $67,476.56 ceipt of the entire purchase price in accordance with the terms plus interest, costs and other charges through the sale date. of the sale as provided herein.

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In re: Adoption of a minor male child (Baby Boy W) (DOB: 10/9/2013), No. CP-51-AP-000005-2014 in the Orphans’ Court Division of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. To: Christopher Smith and/or Unknown Father: A Petition has been filed asking the Court to put an end to all rights you have to your child, a male child born 10/9/2013 at Einstein Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. The Court has set a hearing to consider ending rights to your child. That hearing will be held in the Family Court of the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, Adoption Branch, 1801 Vine Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 2, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. before the Honorable Walter J. Olszewski in Courtroom K. Your presence is required at the hearing. You are warned that even if you fail to appear at the scheduled hearing, the hearing will go on without you and your rights to your child may be ended by the Court without your being present. You have a right to be represented at the hearing by a lawyer. 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 to find out where you can get legal help: Philadelphia Bar Association, Lawyer Referral and Information Center, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, Telephone: (215) 238-6333. Law Offices of Deborah E. Spivack, Atty for Adoptions From The Heart, P.O. Box 56182, Philadelphia, PA 19130 (215763-5550).

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The School District of Philadelphia is seeking public comment on revised charter school policies. The revised policies are the result of more than 14 months of work as part of the Authorizing Quality Initiative, an effort by the District and the School Reform Commission to improve the quality, clarity, transparency, and consistency of the District’s charter school authorizing practices. The Charter Schools Office engaged stakeholders from inside and outside the charter community as it developed standards and policies for charter school application, renewal, monitoring, the Renaissance Charter Schools initiative and the responsibilities of the Charter Schools Office.

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Many Challenged Seats (Cont. From Page 23) runs for office. He tackled 9th Dist. Councilwoman Marian Tasco twice and lost. He tackled Sen. Washington and lost. He tackled State Rep. Dwight Evans and lost. Now he’s tackling State Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D-Northwest), a diligent freshman who knows his way around Harrisburg. Along the Delaware River in the 175th Dist., Center City attorney Sean Sullivan is looking at an uphill climb against

State Rep. Mike O’Brien (DKensington). Bobby Curry is no threat to State Rep. Cherelle Parker (D-Northwest) in the 200th. His petitions have been challenged. Military vet Jeffrey Voice may play on his name as the voice of the people, but his challenge to State Rep. Kevin Boyle (D-Northeast) in the 172nd will upend easily since Kevin has worked his district and is well known to his constituents. His petitions have

been challenged. State Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Northeast) was running unopposed in the 170th Dist.— sort of. However, he is simultaneously pursuing a congressional seat, in which race he has three smart opponents. Out of nowhere, a voter charges 833 of Boyle’s 1,052 State Rep petition signatures are invalid, which would blow him off the ballot. That would force Boyle to run a write-in campaign, which he would surely win – but would drain resources from his race for national office.

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mous. We should be concerned about educating our children and not who’s providing the education.” Wolfe plans to campaign against the amendment to the City Charter that will be on the ballot on May 20. City Council wants to eliminate the City Charter provision that prohibits elected city officials from running for other offices while in

their current positions. He believes it was right that MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER resigned from City Council when he ran for Mayor. Wolfe asked, “Why in God’s name should the taxpayers basically pay them to not do the job they were elected to? Pay them so they can run full-time for a job they’d rather have. It’s just wrong on many levels.”

(Cont. From Page 22) OBAMA to task in the media. This is particularly fascinating as many Democrats are facing reelection challenges this year owing to botched policies and questionable positions taken by Democratic leadership. They have far more reason to trash their captains. Meehan was guest of honor at the Friendly Sons of St Patrick’s gala on Saturday night at the Union League. The Friendly Sons is a nonpartisan Irish group. However, there were several politically active Republicans at the event, including former City Councilman JACK KELLY, Sen. Pat Toomey staffer JAMES FITZPATRICK and former City Council candidate JOE McCOLGAN. University City WARD LEADER MATT WOLFE, who is Republican candidate for the City Council at-Large seat vacated by BILL GREEN, was also there. Wolfe announced his candidacy last Thursday at the Mill Creek Tavern in University City. Wolfe addressed a standing-room crowd. Wolfe realizes he faces an uphill battle, but it is worth the fight. He believes we need a City Council that focuses on the core municipal responsibilities of public safety, pubic education and sanitation. While health and welfare services for the needy are vital, he believes these activities are the responsibilities of the state and federal agencies. He also stated the “terms ‘public education’ and ‘public schools’ are not synony-

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Nixon, Ford, Reagan Made it big Danced to the muse of Walter's jig. Moving quickly, jerkily Up and down In triple time Eagerly waiting to press Wealth's doorbell chime.

Leonore Annenberg Ronald Reagan

Trillions in debt Tax payers last in line Republican president sell-outs Brother, can you spare A dime? Press corps, trap doors Whores, and wars "HAIL TO THE CHIEFS" worship Billionaire mentors. Presidents of the United States Are funny Nancy Reagan When it comes to Walter Annenberg The American people's money. 2-23-14 During the 1960's, the Reagans and Annenbergs bonded. As U.S. President for eight years, Ronald and First Lady Nancy Reagan celebrated 'each New Year' with Ambassador Walter Annenberg, and his First Lady, Leonore. (Observation: The photo shows the hosts are closed mouthed, while their dancing partners are entertaining.)

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