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STATE SEN. Anthony Hardy Williams was first to arrive to congratulate and endorse State Rep. Jim Roebuck, greeting Mrs. Cheryl Roebuck and candidate at opening of Roebuck’s reelection campaign HQ at 4534 Baltimore Avenue. Though on opposite ends of school policies, Williams values Roebuck’s work and support in Harrisburg. More Pics Page 32. Photo by Bonnie Squires

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Election Boards Short-Staffed, Underpaid by Tony West The most-important job in our democracy pays less than minimum wage in Philadelphia. And the customers aren’t even allowed to tip the workers. Approximately 7,500 election-board workers staff the city’s 1,686 divisions twice a year, in the spring and fall. They run the polls from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Since they must show up earlier to set up and stay later to close down and see to it the votes get delivered, they put in a 14-hour day each election. Ideally there should be 8,000; many polling stations are short-staffed. Each division has a board consisting (ideally) of a Judge of Elections, a Majority and Minority Inspector, a Clerk and a Machine Operator. If there are three or more machines, there are usually 2 Machine Operators. Boards designated as needing language assistance also have an Interpreter. For this labor, the Judge is paid $100, the other electionboard members $95 and the translator $75. This amounts to $7.14/hour for the judge and $6.79/hour for the others (don’t even think about the translator). The minimum wage in Pennsylvania is $7.25/hour. Is this a good way to fund a vital civic process? Should we continue to run elections on a pay scale even a french-fry cook would turn up his nose at? Philadelphia City Commission, which handles elections, has long been advocating higher pay for election-board workers. But it is limited in what it can do. It is a strange business even as public businesses go. Its heads are elected independently of the Mayor and City Council; but it has no revenue sources of its own and lives on a budget determined by those other branches of government. City Commission can ask for money but must make do with what it is given. “It is clear that the administration and City Council share this concern. It is only a matter

of resources,” said Commission Vice Chair Al Schmidt. The current City Commissioners came into office in the throes of a recession-borne budget crisis. Their first requests for across-the-board pay hikes for their workers fell by the wayside. This spring, they squeezed a token improvement out of their existing budget, offering $5 bumps for election-board workers who attend 45-minute training sessions, to $25. “Training is critically important,” said Schmidt. “The City Controller has found that to be the case. We completely the revamped election-training process last year to make it a lot better.” But no one expects this increase to change their labor market dramatically. What of next year’s budget? Mayor Michael Nutter has proposed a modest increase of 5.8% in City Commission’s budget for the 2014-15 Fiscal Year, from $8,889,000 to $9,403,000. That’s more than other agencies and departments have been offered; excluding pensions and human resources, which are complicated by the controversial plan to sell PGW and by labor uncertainties, overall city allocations are proposed to go up by 2.4%, to $2,633,000,000. But several other small city functions are being offered million-plus increases. City Commission’s total budget is about one-third of 1% of the City’s total. It’s a rounding error. The Commission’s proposed budget bump would not revolutionize election-board pay; it is allocated for new voting machines. Currently $13.2 million of City Commission’s annual budget is allocated to this purpose. (Actually it spends less because many divisions are short-staffed.) Suppose this pay were to be doubled, to $200 a day for election judges, for instance. City Commission would need a permanent budget increase of

$1.5 million to cover that. To Double Or Not – That Is The Question

Why talk of doubling? Because Commonwealth law permits counties to do that, for one thing, stated Schmidt. And because in some other states, election-day pay already runs higher than $200. Recruiting for boards of election is arcane and complicated. Judges and Inspectors are elected for four-year terms in their divisions. Often, though, nobody runs for some of these offices. In that case, the Republican and Democratic City Committees can petition a Common Pleas Court judge to appoint people. When that fails, these slots can be filled in a “curbside election” on the morning of that election. The Clerk is appointed by the Minority Inspector. The Machine Inspector can be appointed by the City Commissioners but in practice usually by curbside election. Machine Inspectors can live and work in any division. The result is a weird, ad hoc collaboration between City Commission, the Court System, the political parties and grassroots voters. “But the whole idea is to not disrupt election day, keep it running smoothly,” noted Schmidt. City Commission pays these workers but they don’t really “work for” City Commission. The Judge of Elections runs the polling place. He or she is the boss. The Machine Inspector sets the machine. The Majority/Minority Inspectors and Clerk manage the “book” and the “card”. They inspect the photo ID of first-time voters. They see to it each voter signs the poll book and assign a voter number; then the Clerk records this transaction in a separate book. This way there is triple confirmation: The clerk book number equals the poll book number equals the machine number. At the end of the evening, the board shuts down the machines, printing out a machine

tape first. They remove a cartridge from the machine which contains an electronic record of all votes cast. It is put in a sealed bag which a police officer picks up; the officer takes a pouch with cartridge and machine tape inside to remote locations around the city for rapid processing. If all 1,686 divisions had separate staffs, the city would need 8,000 election-board workers. But because many divisions double up in the same polling place, there are opportunities to economize on personnel. Still it’s hard to fill these positions – “and getting harder harder every year,” Schmidt observed. “A challenge even for the majority party.” There were 3,070 Judges of Elections, Majority Inspectors, and Minority Inspectors elected in the 2013 general election. About 2,000 more had to be appointed, by hook or by crook. And election-board workers are an aging crew. Recently the City Commission has been doing a statistical sampling of them. Their average age is 63, their median age 70. “It is a problem, especially in the last few years, as people who had held the position for a number of years retire. It is difficult to find someone to replace them. Most often they cite the hours. It is difficult to get someone in there all day,” commented State Sen. Shirley Kitchen, who is 20th Ward Leader in North Philadelphia. Finding Younger Workers Is Hampered By Low Pay

Younger people find 14hour days daunting too, noted State Sen. Anthony Williams, who is 3rd Ward Leader in West Philadelphia. “It would be nice if all poll workers served out of civic duty, but money does incentivize some,” he said. “This is a society where people who have modest incomes are working two, three jobs.” Now it’s impossible to rely on that labor pool to commit to a low-paying, 14-hour spot-labor as-

signment, he explained. Kitchen wonders if setting up half-day shifts wouldn’t make it easier to accommodate some of this modern labor market. “It’s not a challenge to fill the spots. We have a lot of bodies,” said Pat Parkinson of the 57th Ward in the Northeast. “The issue is, do they have the day off? If they were able to give them a fair wage, more people would be willing to forgo a day’s pay.” “That’s no money for all those hours,” said El Amor Brawne Ali of North Philadelphia’s 30th Ward. “It’s a matter of equal pay for equal work. Whatever they give us, it’s nothing. We (ward leaders) give it back in to them in food or a pack of cigarettes sometimes. I think they give more than they receive.” A serious pay increase at the county level would not solve all our election problems. Rondal Couser, who leads Northwest Philly’s 22nd Ward, is worried Philadelphia will draw wrath from the rest of the state, fairly or not, if it attempts to forge ahead on its own in this way. “I think the State should mandate a fair wage for election boards and not leave it up to the City,” he said. Taking the load off electionday poll work would be a smart move, advised Center City’s 5th Ward Leader Mike Boyle. Many other states spread out voting over days or weeks in advance of that first Tuesday in November; he’d like to see that in Pennsylvania. West Philadelphia’s 27th Ward Leader Carol Jenkins questioned our quirky delegation of polling-place staffing management to party ward committees instead of city bureaucrats. “City Commission has no organizers for election boards, unlike New York, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles,” she pointed out. “A couple of City Commission people have helped me out in crisis situations,” she said; (Cont. Page 33)

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year across Pennsylvania under the leadership of State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (RMontgomery) underscored the great need among the poor for civil legal services. During the hearings, one legal aid provider estimated that the entire system is only helping one out of every 10 persons who qualify for such services. “Every component of the justice system is offering support, but it is the volunteer efforts of attorneys – whether in direct representation of clients or further financial support beyond part of the attorney annual registration fee – that are essential for success,” Chief Justice Castille said. The Chief Justice said every lawyer in Pennsylvania at present contributes $35 to civil legal aid through the Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts portion of annual licensing fees. The IOLTA

Board funds legal services for Pennsylvania’s poor. Unfortunately, interest rates under 1% have had a devastating impact on the annual revenues of IOLTA. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court also has supported civil legal aid by providing new avenues for funding legal services and by setting up a loan-forgiveness program for legal services attorneys funded by pro hac vice filing fees. The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network is the state’s coordinated system of organizations providing civil legal aid for those with nowhere else to turn. PLAN, whose programs provide legal assistance and access to the courts for Pennsylvanians whose family income is less than 125% of the poverty level, is facing a crisis due to a substantial decrease in funds available for civil legal aid.

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During his final year on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille is making his last formal plea to lawyers to support the Commonwealth’s civil legal aid programs by providing pro bono service through direct representation and financial contributions. In a letter to Pennsylvania’s approximately 70,000 registered lawyers, the Chief Justice joined with Pennsylvania Bar Association President Forest N. Myers in calling on attorneys to make a personal commitment to provide pro bono service. The reminder of their ethical duty to provide public service is being widely distributed to the legal community by the courts and PBA. The Chief Justice noted in his letter that Senate Judiciary Committee hearings held last

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10TH ANNUAL Black History Showcase, featuring history, art, literature, theater, music, film, dialogue and more, brought out packed house. Among those were Bro Ron, State Sen. Shirley Kitchen, Bro Bey and Sharif Street. All photos by Leona Dixon

J U D G E Jackie Frazier-Lyde, David Hopper, Pamela Brown and Carrynn Coleman.

Republican Registered Nurse Takes On Sen. Washington A Republican with optimism is Robin Gilchrist, who will oppose State Sen. LeAnna Washington (D-Northwest) in the general election. Now 42, Gilchrist, a Cheltenham native, is a registered nurse, was a firefighter and earlier a first responder, and he has seen the roughest side of medical care. What he sees has convinced him he needs to get into the political arena, to educate the General Assembly membership on what is going wrong with what was once a vaunted medical system in Pennsylvania.

ROBIN GILCHRIST ….determined This is his first try at a political office. He says, “Once the cost of Obamacare sinks into the average voter and they

find out how limited is their professional care spectrum, their frustration grows. That is when I threw up my hands and said it’s time for me to fight from the inside!” He’s not a zealot, he says, but a pragmatist. “I am also a motivator. I know the odds are weighed against me, but I see a strong possibility of successfully taking on this Democratic giant.” Gilchrist has already received the endorsements of the Republican parties in Philadelphia and Montgomery Cos. It looks like he won’t have primary competition.

Meanwhile, Washington will have to contend with Democratic challengers Art Haywood, Cheltenham Township Commissioner, and Brian Gralnick, an activist. “My question to everyone in the district is, ‘Are you content with the way your taxes have skyrocketed?’ and, if they’ve got children in school, ‘Do you believe your children are getting a quality education?’” In his early canvassing, he says, “Democrat and Republican voters in overwhelming numbers, tell me they want change.”

Safety Experts Back Stack Bill

Traffic-safety experts and law enforcement officials are urging passage of State Sen. Mike Stack’s (D-Northeast) legislation that would allow Philadelphia to use automated cameras to enforce speed limits along Roosevelt Boulevard in the city. “If you implement speed cameras as Stack has imposed, I am confident that you will see a reduction in crashes and violations,” said Michael D. POINT Marines, MGYSGT SKIP BROWN and Jonathan Fagin of the Insurance InstiUSMC Joe Geeter and Barry (Jake) Purnell shared sports tute for Highway Safety. DeShong were among paraphernalia from Phila. Assn. Fagin offered results of studcelebrities. of Black Sports & Culture. ies among cities that have in-

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Clay Looks Into Boarding Houses

ADDICTION-recovery facility Dir. John Cooper testifies before House Democratic panel in Frankford, chaired by State Rep. James Clay. Among Representatives inquiring about impact on community of recovery clients in boarding houses were, from left, State Reps. Maria Donatucci, Clay, Mike O’Brien and Ron Waters. Clay is contemplating stiffer regulation.

stalled speed cameras, showing reductions of more than 80% in speeding violations. He and other experts spoke at a hearing hosted by Sens. Stack and Shirley Kitchen (DN. Phila.) of the Senate Transportation Committee, chaired by State Sen. John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) at the Philadelphia Convention Center. The committee is considering Stack’s SB 1211, which authorize automated speed enforcement over 15 miles of highway considered among the most dangerous in America. “I introduced this bill simply to save lives,” Stack said. “It’s encouraging to hear from experts that we have the right idea and their testimony will help guide us through the process of passage and will help convince others of the importance of the effort.” Stack noted the boulevard is dotted with memorials to victims of traffic accidents. “Throughout my entire career in law enforcement, this roadway is, without doubt, the most dangerous I have ever encountered,” said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. “To my knowledge, there is no other roadway like it in the

country.” Ramsey said police are trying to change the culture of racing and high-speed driving on the boulevard. “Current traffic-enforcement tactics alone simply cannot bring about this change,” he said. Testimony at the hearing made clear the case for improved safety through camera enforcement, while most witnesses also noted the value to taxpayers. “This bill is one of those rare opportunities where we

can save lives and improve our transportation system at nearly no cost to the government,” said Jason Duckworth, of the transportation advisory group PenTrans. “This can happen quickly without expending precious public dollars.” “The best way to reduce fatalities is to reduce speed,” said Alex Doty, executive director of Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, “and the best way to reduce speed is with speed-enforcement cameras.”

AT HEARING of Senate Transportation Committee at Convention Center, State Sen. Mike Stack, left, discusses his bill that would allow automated speed-enforcement cameras along Roosevelt Boulevard. Committee Chairman State Sen. John Rafferty, center, and State Sen. Shirley Kitchen also took part.


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with odds against them. So they often shy from the opportunity and the challenge and elect to hold onto their safe seats. Philadelphia is the loser, since we know the state’s elected leaders always favor their home counties whenever possible. Presently, only our caucus members in the General Assembly can run without having to resign from their seats. Examples abound. In this primary, two are Stack, running for Lieutenant Governor, and State Rep. Brendan Boyle (DNortheast), for Congress. The City Charter, our constitution, requires any of our city officeholders to resign if they wish to seek a seat other than the one they now hold. That’s unfair. It also puts them at a disadvantage. They have to break the jinx, unless they’ve had lengthy exposure on state wide television. State Rep.

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STATE REP. Margo Davidson, at podium, and SEPTA General Mgr. Joe Casey, left, announced SEPTA capital-improvement projects in Delaware Co. They spoke near Darby Creek Viaduct, vital span along Media/Elwyn Regional Rail Line. Passage of Act 89 with her support and other lawmakers in photo make repairs possible. With them are State Reps. Greg Vitali, Thaddeus Kirkland and Ron Waters, joined by SEPTA officials and others. Republican Councilman at respect. Luckily, Gov. Tom our voice in all matters where Large David Oh understands Corbett’s business trip to we need support and cooperathe jinx still remains an un- Brazil focused on the city’s tion from Harrisburg includlucky charm. port, resulting in new Brazil- ing public education.” Of course, a prophet has no Oh, who always has his ian shipping to this port startsights on bringing in business ing in June and creating more honor in his own camp, so Oh doesn’t have the support of his from the rest of the world, un- port-related jobs. Oh is right when he ex- party, which is limited to derstands the power of statewide officeholders in this plains, “Resign to run lessens three votes in City Council and one in the State House. State Representative Joe DeFelice, the party’s Rep.Maria P. Stephen Kinsey executive director, “City Donatucci 201st Legislative District D-185th District Council wants to change [the 5537 Germantown Ave 2115 W. Oregon Ave. Phila PA 19144 rule] so they can campaign for Phila PA 19145 Phone: 215-849-6592 a different office while the taxP: 215-468-1515 Fax: 215-560-1824 www.pahouse.com/Kinsey F: 215-952-1164 (Cont. Next Page)

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PROTESTOR Tamara lobbied hard outside Manayunk Brewing Co. to urge Tom Wolf to take stronger stance against fracking – with Easter eggs carrying that message. See Page 1.

statewide candidate from “Philadelphia Co.” a loser. Since then we have been looking for State Sen. Mike Stack (D-Northeast) to break that jinx in his primary bid for Lieutenant Governor. Voters casting ballots for statewide candidates — judges, Attorneys and Auditors General, Treasurer, Governor and Lieutenant Governor — know from which county comes the individual for whom they are voting. “Philadelphia Co.”, under our hometown candidate’s name, often made that name offensive to Pennsylvanians from other counties. We can understand, since we often are blamed for woes around the state. Periodically, some of our city’s elected officials have what it takes to wage a creditable campaign statewide: money, charm and popularity from a job well done. But they know they are in a gamble,

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Energy Expert Briefs GOP (Cont. From Prev. Page) payers are paying them to do their job.” None of Council’s Republicans – Oh, Denny O’Brien and Brian O’Neill – who voted to support Oh’s resolution – attended the meeting of GOP ward leaders. If the voters wisely vote in the change, it will not go into effect until 2016.The policy won’t change until 2016, so it won’t impact the 2015 Mayor’s race; and candidates will still be barred from running in two different races at the same time. The primary effect of the latter provision is that Council Members won’t be able to simultaneously run for reelection and for Mayor. Councilman

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FILLING city Republicans in on crucial oil and gas issues at their speakers’ series was Dr. John Felmy, left, chief economist at American Petroleum Institute. Here he was congratulated by breakfast organizers Ward Leaders Mike Cibik and Denise Furey at Racquet Club breakfast. Sen. Williams, Rep. had his differences with State Roebuck Are Friends Rep. Jim Roebuck (D-W. When Needed Phila.), Democratic Chairman State Sen. Anthony of the House Education ComWilliams (D-W. Phila.) has mittee, when it comes to charter- and public-school policies. State Rep. But make no bones about it, Brendan F. that difference exists only in

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State Rep. James Clay, Jr. (D-Kensington) last week chaired a policy hearing on stronger regulation and guidelines for recovery houses, which are constantly being mistaken for rooming and boarding homes. That’s no small feat for a freshman legislator. The 179th Dist. legislator had HB 2173 on the agenda at Simpson Rec Center within the district of State Rep. John Taylor (R-Northeast). The freshman legislator has learned quickly how to work with and get support from both sides of the aisle for isR EPRESENTATIVE

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Lifetime Holmesburg resident Mike Tomlinson announced his candidacy for the State House seat being vacated by incumbent Mike McGeehan (D-Northeast) to a large group of Republican supporters at the Holmesburg Rec Center. Tomlinson, a father of four daughters and a licensed CPA, believes he brings a fresh neighborhood-oriented vision for the district which stretches from Wissinoming through the Far Northeast. He is lucky he doesn’t have to sweat out a primary which pits two labor-supported Democrat candidates against each other in the May 20 primary. Tomlinson will be paying attention to what Mike Driscoll and Dennis Kilderry have to say about themselves and maybe about each other, in what promises to be a close

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policy and not in allegiance. Williams was among the leaders on board at Roebuck’s opening of his campaign headquarters last Saturday at 4535 Baltimore Avenue. Also in attendance and in support was Dolores Jones Butler, former Mayor of Yeadon, who is Roebuck’s campaign manager.

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battle. Both have the support of labor groups. During his previous campaign, for the same seat, Mike met with 56 businesses. Mike learned, “It is clear that our elected officials act for the benefit of themselves and their special interests but to the detriment of the greater needs of our local economy.” Further, Mike informs, “I will propose legislation requiring the state and county governments to fund pension plans each year and stop pushing this, and other debt, onto our children.” We Predict Inkie Will Endorse Wolfe

Our advice to State Rep. Ed Neilson (D-Northeast) is not to show up when the Inquirer’s editorial board invites him for a sit-down pre-endorsement interview session. They’ve already tipped their hand they didn’t like the fact he was endorsed by the Democratic City Committee “to avoid a legislative district primary battle.” Whatever they ask you, Ed, know they’ll figure out how to twist it against you, since we believe they will endorse Republican nominee Matt Wolfe for the vacant atLarge Council seat. (Cont. Page 25)

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Why Candy May Be Good For You

90-Minute Window All Stroke Allows

People suffering mild to moderate ischemic strokes who get immediate medical treatment can greatly reduce their odds of disability, a new study suggests. An ischemic stroke occurs when a clot blocks blood flow to the brain. According to the American Stroke Association, nearly nine out of every 10 strokes are ischemic strokes. Current guidelines recommend giving a clot-dissolving drug within 4 1/2 hours of stroke onset. However, the new study found that when these clotbusting drugs were administered even sooner — within 90 minutes of the appearance of stroke symptoms — patients had little or no disability after three months compared with patients who got the drugs later. “Despite the time window of 4.5 hours to give clotbusting drugs, there are clear differences between patients treated ultra-early — within 90 minutes — and those treated later,” said lead researcher Dr. Daniel Strbian,

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by Sylvia Booth Hubbard If you’re a candy lover who winces with guilt each time you indulge in your favorite treat, take heart: Candy may actually be good for you. Although dark chocolate candy has the most proven health benefits, other favorites such as peppermint have real advantages as well. So, enjoy your treat — in moderation, of course — and check out the ways candy can improve your health. • Heart disease. Rich, dark chocolate is packed with powerful heart-healthy antioxidant flavonoids. A study reported in the British Medical Journal found that regularly eating chocolate decreases the risk of heart attack and stroke by 39%. Another study found those who ate a chocolate bar weekly reduced their chances of dying from a stroke by 46%. • Depression. Chocolate contains both serotonin, a neurotransmitter that acts as an antidepressant, as well as a chemical called phenylethylamine that enhances mood.


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suffer a stroke. Of those people, about 130,000 die, while many others suffer serious, long-term disability. Dr. Ralph Sacco, chairman of neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, said, “This study adds to the growing evidence

of the importance of treating even mild and moderate strokes as rapidly as possible.” Stroke patients need to get to the closest stroke center right away and get clot-busting drugs started as early as possible, Sacco said.

Rep May Score Rare Win For Dyslexia school systems – but not really, said Neilson. The Pennsylvania Dept. of Education has special funding for reading needs but none specifically for dyslexia. State Rep. Rosita Youngblood (D-Northwest), who has

seen dyslexia in her family, reported at a recent House Policy Committee hearing that effective intervention in dyslexia is apt to cost $30,000-60,000. “It is a complex problem,” she (Cont. Page 11)

viduals with Type 2 diabetes as part of a sensible, balanced approach to diet and lifestyle,” said researcher Steve Atkin, professor of diabetes and endocrinology. “This study demonstrates that it can offer a potential reduction in cardiovascular risk without detrimental risks on weight, insulin resistance or glycemic control.” Chewing gum can be a sweet way to reduce stress. Studies indicate the repetitive action of chewing gum stimulates areas of the mind that increase attention and self-control, while lowering areas related to stress. Chewing gum also increases serotonin levels. Studies at the University of Cincinnati found peppermint helps people concentrate better when taking tests, and some educators are even encouraging their studies to eat a piece of peppermint during tests. and a study at Wheeling Jesuit University found that peppermint made drivers more alert. Peppermint candy made

with real peppermint extract can ease gas and bloating and an upset stomach. A chemical in ginger aids upset stomachs by relaxing the intestinal tract. Carrying a few pieces of ginger candy in your pockets may help with nausea, gas, and other minor stomach upsets, including motion sickness. Researchers at an affiliate of Georgetown University Medical Center found a compound in cocoa beans slows the growth of cancers and speeds their destruction. The chemical, known as GECGC, was the most effective against fast-growing cancers. It showed positive results against colon, cervical, and one line of leukemia cells, and was found to be effective at the concentrations similar to those a person might eat. A British study found two ounces of chocolate was more effective at suppressing chronic coughs than codeine. Chocolate contains theobromine, which calms the vagus nerve, the section of the brain that triggers coughs.

STATE REP. Ed Neilson asks question during testimony about dyslexia at House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in N. Phila. chaired by State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, center.

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by Tony West A freshman State Representative is usually happy to get along quietly in the new club, maybe picking up a few administrative chores for the elders. At last, State Rep. Ed Neilson (D-Northeast) is hoping to make a difference in the lives of 250,000 children. His HB 198 proposes to fund pilot programs in three school systems statewide to provide mass screening for dyslexia and deliver interventions to get affected students reading up to grade level. Neilson knows this can be done. His son Ryan is dyslexic. A bright kid, he nevertheless did poorly in school because he couldn’t read well. And he was miserable. “When you see that as a parent, it frustrates you because you don’t know what is wrong,” Neilson said. But the Neilsons found their way to the Philadelphia Masonic Learning Center, which uses a method called the Orton-Gillingham approach. After 10 months of intensive work there, Ryan was able to read on his own above grade level at age 7. (Orton-Gillingham is a two-year model.) Dyslexia is a learning disorder, but it largely stands apart from other issues like attention-deficit disorder and intellectual disabilities. It is a difficulty in seeing the shapes of letters and learning to associate them with the sounds that make up words. By some estimates, up to 20% of children deal with it to some degree. It is a special-education need, recognized and funded by

(Cont. From Page 7) • Longevity. A study from the Harvard School of Public Health found people who ate candy several times a month lived almost a year longer than those who ate no candy at all. Researchers believed the antioxidant phenol, which is also found in red wine, may be responsible for the increased longevity of candy lovers. They also speculated that cacao, from which chocolate is made, can reduce oxidation of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and can enhance immune function. • Diabetes. A 2011 animal study found a flavonoid in licorice called glabridin reversed learning and memory problems caused by Type 2 diabetes and also improved the memory of non-diabetic animals. In addition, a study conducted at the UK’s University of Hull found dark chocolate increased levels of HDL or “good” cholesterol in Type 2 diabetics. “Chocolate with a high cocoa content should be included in the diet of indi-

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(Cont. From Page 7) an associate professor of neurology at Helsinki University Central Hospital in Finland. “This finding calls for streamlining the processes starting from symptom recognition, ambulance call, transport to hospital and in-hospital treatment,” he said. Each year in the United States, about 795,000 people

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Your Records On Medical Talent and potential are two things that are inherently within every person. It is a shame that some athletes, actors, and other celebrities waste theirs by using drugs. Sadly, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, age 46, became such an example. Hoffman was found dead, with a needle in his

Know The State Of Heroin Use In Penna. arm, heroin bags nearby, and prescription Oxycontin also in the vicinity. Read a story about him anywhere on the internet, a story identifying his brilliance as an actor and the sadness of his passing. Even sadder, most people don’t understand the gravity of the heroin epi-

demic in our country. Studies are finding most heroin addicts started with other “gateway” drugs; 80% of heroin addicts began with an addiction to prescription opioids such as Vicodin, Oxycontin or Percocet. As a parent, coach, teacher, or other child role

model, it’s important to understand the dangers of heroin and other Opiods and have a serious conversation with the children with whom you interact. Here are some facts about heroin usage: It is readily available – if you think it’s not, you are in

serious denial. Pennsylvania has the third-highest instances of heroin use and overdoses in the country. It is easy to use – the purer forms of heroin that are now available can be smoked or inhaled; there is no longer the need to inject it. It is inexpensive – a “hit” of heroin can be obtained for $8-$10 in most parts of Pennsylvania. Once someone is addicted to heroin, it is extremely hard to quit. There are several drugs on the market designed to help an addict get off of heroin. A detox (3-7 days) only gets the drug out of your system, not out of your mind. Staying clean after detox is a lifelong commitment. A long-

term treatment (30-90 days) is often necessary to retrain the addicts’ thinking, and lifelong support is generally necessary. Drug Free Pennsylvania is a statewide nonprofit organization wanting to educate Pennsylvanians to make the right choices for themselves and their children. Straight Talk for Parents seminars provide free invaluable information to parents, caregivers and teachers about starting the conversation with kids, warning signs to look for, finding effective role models, and so much more. In addition, there are several free resources offered on the Drug Free Pennsylvania website: http://straighttalkforparents.dr ugfreepa.org/resources/.

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through the cracks, who drops out, may be dyslexic. Studies suggest 40% of the prison population might be dyslexic.” But dyslexics are often intelligent and can be successful, in school and in life. Jonathan Celli, a student at Widener University and a graduate of a Masonic Learning Center in Lancaster Co., wrote to Neilson in support of HB 198 that its program had spared him from being held back a grade. Now, he wrote, “I am very proud to be writing to you as a Presidential Scholar completing my sophomore year. I achieved

that distinction after an 1830 SAT score that included a perfect score on the writing portion of the exam…. These doors would not have opened to me had I been retained and offering me the same instructional methodologies that did not work again and again, been the path I was forced to follow…. You see, I was only ‘disabled’ within a system that did not make the curriculum available to me in a way I could access it.” As a lowly freshman – and a member of the minority at that – Neilson faced an uphill battle to advance any legisla-

tion. His first step, he noted, was he “went to the pros and said, ‘Tell me how I can help kids; help me write this issue.’” They recommended starting with a set of pilot programs. Before any effort is made to seek across-the-board statewide funding, legislators need proof that successful models exist in public-school settings and that they can be cost-effective. Step two was to find Republican cosponsors and Senate sponsors. When HB 198 was introduced on Apr. 18, 2013, a year after Neilson’s arrival in the House after a special elec-

tion, it had 75 cosponsors, including many from across the aisle, led by State Rep. Nick Miccarelli (R-Delaware). It passed the House on Sep. 24. In the State Senate, Neilson found a partner in Sen. Sean Wiley (D-Erie). He introduced a companion bill, SB 873, on Jun. 5. It enjoyed 37 cosponsors; since the Senate only has 50 members, that was a sign it was a done deal. But the Senate Appropriations Committee is still working on the bill; Neilson says that body has greatly improved it. Aiding bipartisan outreach was the Masonic Caucus in Harris-

burg. Dyslexia is a signature issue for the Masons. But their own charitable programs are under great cost pressure. Two had to close last year, Neilson said. There is a reasonable chance Neilson’s measure will become law by the end of this coming June. Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, has expressed support for this legislation and is likely to sign it. When Corbett came out in favor of it, Neilson stood beside him in public to thank him. “I took some criticism from other Democrats,” he recalled. “But this issue goes beyond party. This is about the kids.”

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(Cont. From Page 9) stated. “There are three different kinds of dyslexia. It has nothing to do with race, nothing to do with poverty, nothing to do with intelligence.” Many public-school families find it goes undiagnosed and many special-ed teachers don’t know what to do about it. Even if they do, successful interventions are time- and labor-intensive. But they make a difference, insisted Neilson. “Research findsthis is what causes a lot of problems,” he explained. “The guy who’s disrupting the classroom, who is full of anger, who falls

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Emergency Doctors Need Help Glaucoma Can Be Arrested From Unwarranted Lawsuits cine providers to the same liability standard as providers who have those advantages is fundamentally unjust and invites a host of unwarranted lawsuits,” Dr. MacLeod stated. The hearing covered HB 804, a bill that would raise the standard of evidence required in medical liability actions involving emergency care. The bill would change the standard from simple negligence to gross negligence and require that errors and omissions related to that emergency care be proven by clear and convincing evidence. The Pennsylvania Medical Society supports HB 804, sponsored by State Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster). In a memo to colleagues

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last year, Cutler wrote, “In cases of true emergencies, doctors and emergency personnel currently are held to the same standard of care for a patient as a doctor or physician who has known the patient for years or even decades. Physicians who have a history of treating the patient often have had time to prepare for certain care plan or treatment.” Cutler continued, “Emergency physicians and emergency personnel do not have that luxury of knowledge about the patient. Often, they must make immediate medical decisions to save the patient’s life without the benefit of knowing if the patient is diabetic, if they have a serious allergic reaction to certain medications or if they have a pre-existing heart condition.” According to Cutler, this new standard, if passed, would not relieve the physician from providing quality care, but balances this responsibility with the amount of knowledge that they have of the patient’s health history. Others testifying in favor of the bill included the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Pennsylvania Section of the American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists.

tion and medical intervention. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that all adults have a baseline, comprehensive dilated eye exam at least by age 40 – the time when early signs of disease and changes in vision may start to happen. The exam, which includes an eye pressure check, may also require a visual field examination – as determined by an ophthalmologist, a medical doctor specializing in the diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases and conditions. For seniors age 65 and older, the Academy recommends having a comprehensive eye exam every 1-2 years, or as directed by an ophthalmologist. Some people are at greater risk for developing glaucoma and may need to see their ophthalmologist on a more frequent basis, specifically for glaucoma testing; risk factors for glaucoma include: • Eye pressure level • Older age • Family history of glaucoma • African ancestry or Latino/Hispanic ethnicity • Thinner central cornea (the clear, front part of the eye covering the pupil and colored iris) • Low blood pressure • Type 2 diabetes mellitus • Myopia • Genetic mutation

David Armesto, MD, PAO’s secretary of public and professional information, states, “The frustrating and scary thing about glaucoma is it typically does not cause any symptoms until it's too late, and then the vision loss is permanent. Glaucoma can be such a frightening and difficult problem when it becomes advanced, particularly since there is no cure. All we can do is prevent further loss of vision, but the more advanced the disease, the more difficult it is to prevent progression. “That’s why it is so vital to assess patients early since our preventative strategies are so effective either with eyedrops or surgical treatment. Regular eye exams with an ophthalmologist are by far the best way to detect and treat this potentially blinding condition.” Seniors who have not had a recent eye exam or for whom cost is a concern may qualify for EyeCare America, a public-service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology that offers eye exams and care at no out-of-pocket cost for eligible seniors age 65 and older. Visit www.eyecareamerica.org to see if you are eligible. To learn more information about glaucoma, visit the Academy’s public-education website at www.geteyesmart.org.

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In front of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Insurance Committee, physicians argued those practicing medicine in a fast-paced emergency department should be held to a different standard of medical negligence than those practicing in a doctor’s office. “Providers (in an emergency setting) must make immediate lifesaving decisions without the benefit of a prior relationship to the patient and often without any knowledge of the patient’s medical history,” Bruce A. MacLeod, MD, president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and a practicing emergency medicine specialist in Pittsburgh, told the committee. “Holding emergency-medi-

More than 2.7 million Americans aged 40 and over are affected by glaucoma, a leading cause of irreversible blindness, yet only half of those affected know they have the disease. In Pennsylvania, it is estimated that nearly 125,000 have the condition. Often referred to as the “sneak thief of sight”, glaucoma has no noticeable symptoms in its early stages, and vision loss progresses at such a gradual rate that people affected by the condition are often unaware of it until their sight has already been compromised. During Glaucoma Awareness Month, the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Ophthalmology advised the public the best defense against developing glaucoma-related blindness is by having routine, comprehensive eye exams. Open-angle glaucoma, the most common form, occurs when tissue in the eye gradually becomes less efficient at draining fluid. As this happens, eye pressure (called intraocular pressure), rises, causing irreparable damage to the optic nerve. Without proper treatment to halt the nerve damage, open-angle glaucoma patients usually lose peripheral vision first, and then they may eventually go blind. Fortunately, most vision loss from glaucoma can be prevented with early detec-


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Our Opinion Election Boards Need Council Help Voters going to the polls on May 20 often do not realize the sacrifices being made by those who greet them at the polls, tell them where to sign and ensure the election machine is ready to take their vote. Those sacrifices are now reaching a tipping point, one where some polls may not be manned in time to open, to give voters get a chance to do so regardless of the time of day, from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Despite the yeoman efforts of ward leaders and committee people from both parties to find election workers, fewer have been coming forward in recent years. This is because their pay amounts to less than the minimum wage they would be guaranteed if doing other work. City Commissioners are doing their best to alert the Mayor and City Council to this growing problem, the dramatic rise of vacancies in the election boards. On the Mayor and the Council lies the responsibility for increasing the pay of those workers. In other counties and states, similar election-board workers can get as much as $200 for their 14-hour day. But the Philadelphia Co. pay is half that at best … not a suitable incentive to become a board member who has to prepare the polls before 7 a.m. and can’t leave until voting paraphernalia and machine results are correctly forwarded to the Commissioners for the official count, often well after 9 p.m.

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Minimum Wage: It’s Time For More by State Rep. Stephen Kinsey It is my duty as a lawmaker to work to raise the minimum wage. In 1963, an hour of work at the minimum wage bought more than seven loaves of bread. Today it buys less than half that amount, and when you apply the same principle of inflation to other costs of living, many employees earning the minimum wage today work until the middle of next month to pay this month’s bills. There are volumes of studies and numerous self-sufficiency calculators on the internet to support those claims – just pick one and be honest with your idea of basic expenses. You’ll most likely find, as I have, that $7.25 per hour is not enough for anyone to stay afloat. Furthermore, when studies show more than three out of

four Americans support a raise in the minimum wage, it’s my duty as a lawmaker to support their will just as I owe solutions to drivers when concrete falls from a bridge. It’s perplexing to me that opponents of raising the minimum wage defend firms that want to pay low wages but dismiss the fact that 40% of fastfood employees nationwide, for example, rely on about $3.8 billion a year in public aid just to get by. In other words, when those companies should be paying an employee enough to eat, have shelter and get to work – regardless of age or household configuration – they are actually subsidizing their labor costs and allowing taxpayers to pick up the tab. That’s using tax dollars for private profit – something I am just as proud to oppose as I am to support the right to a livable wage.

Apr. 24- State Sen. Shirley Kitchen hosts Higher Learning: College Access Fair at Temple’s Howard Gittis Student Ctr., 13th St. & Montgomery Ave., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Reps from schools, workshops on testing, applying & financial aid. Free. For info (215) 227-6161. Apr. 24- State Sen. Larry Farnese’s SB 1095 antiSLAPP legislation faces hearing at Phila. Bar Ass’n, 1101 Market St., 9:30 a.m. “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation” are used against civic organizations, individuals and various groups to deter them from speaking out on a public issue. Apr. 24- Phila. FCU PAC hosts Fundraiser for State Sen. Mike Stack at 1600 Locust St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Gold $5,000, Silver $2,500, Bronze $1,000, Friend $100. RSVP Lindsey (267) 275-2120 or LPerryConsulting@gmail.com. Apr. 24- Commissioner Al Schmidt hosts Bowl-A-Rama

at North Bowl, 909 N. 2nd St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Contributions $100. Make checks payable to Friends of Al Schmidt. For info friendsofalschmidt@gmail.com or 215-528-7779. Apr. 24- Former Welterweight Boxing Champ and 2time Boxing Hall of Fame inductee “Rockin” Rodney Moore’s “Fight To Learn” Program Youth Charity hosts Dinner Banquet to support atrisk children at UFCW Local 1776, 3031 Walton Rd., Bldg. A, Plymouth Mtg., Pa., 6-9 p.m. Tickets $25. For info (215) 514-8748. Apr. 24- 37th Democratic Ward hosts Candidates Night at Warnock Village, 2850 Germantown Ave., 6-7:30 p.m. Apr. 25- Councilman Kenyatta Johnson hosts Spring Job Fair at Myers Rec Ctr., 5800 Kingsessing Ave., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Over 50 employers looking to fill positions, as well as free workshops and résumé consulting. Dress professionally, bring résumés. For info (215) 686-3412. Apr. 25- 13th Ward Democrats hold Fish or Chicken Fry at Lou & Choo’s, 21st &

Hunting Pk. Ave., 5-9 p.m. $10. For info Chris Carn (267) 269-4608. Apr. 26- 10th Ward Democratic Committee hosts Spring Fling at Platinum Grill, 7719 Crittenden St., 2-5 p.m. For info Isabella Fitzgerald (215) 429-8051. Apr. 26- Ducky Birts Fdn. hosts Medallion Scholarship Banquet at 3801 Market St., 6-10 p.m. $100, two for $150. For info (215) 242-1220 or (215) 605-7102. Apr. 26- Taste of Philly featuring Northeast food vendors benefits Cavalry Athletic Ass’n at Calvary Fieldhouse, 4330 Deerpath La., 8-11 p.m. Tickets $30. For info cavalryaa@verizon.net. Tickets available at door. Apr. 26- State Rep. Ronald Waters hosts Fish Fry Fundraiser for new scoreboards for Myers Rec Gym, 58th & Kingsessing Ave. For info Rasheen Crews (215) 300-7823. Apr. 27- Andy Toy invites all to S.E. Penna. Chapter Americans For Democratic Action Award Reception at Fratelli’s Italian Bistro, 1339 Chestnut St., 3-5:30 p.m. Apr. 29- Reception honors

Councilman James F. Kenney at Galdo’s Catering, 1933 Moyamensing Ave., 5:30-7:30 pm. Tickets $100. Sponsorships available. RSVP Lindsey LPerryConsulting@gmail.com or (267) 275-2120. Apr. 29- Philly Labor.com Union Leader Meet & Greet for IATSE 8 President Michael Barnes at DC 21, 2980 Southampton Rd., 6-8 p.m. Apr. 29- Fundraiser for Councilman Bill Greenlee at Jack’s Firehouse, 2130 Fairmount Ave., 6-8 p.m. Tickets $250 up. Apr. 30- Health Partners holds Community Outreach Office Grand Opening at 826 E. Allegheny Ave., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Ceremony 11:30 a.m. Rain or Shine. RSVP (215) 967-4514. May 1- State Sen. Larry Farnese hosts Sr. Health Luncheon at Neumann Sr. Housing, 1601 E. Palmer St., 10 a.m.12 m. May 1- John O’Conner and Hon. Ron Donatucci host reception for State Sen. Mike Stack for Lt. Gov. Campaign at Racquet Club, 215 S. 16th St., 5:30 p.m. May 1- Historical Site Cigar (Cont. Page 26)


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When I moved into Philadelphia, I drove. In fact, I’ve been behind the wheel of a car since I was 16. You had to be if you live in New Jersey because, let’s keep it real … New Jersey’s mass-transit system stinks like one of the state’s former landfills. Since I was working in Bucks Co. when I moved here, I had to keep my car because while it’s better than the system in Jersey, the mass-transit system in Bucks isn’t all that great either. Philadelphia, however, has a fairly decent transit system. SEPTA isn’t perfect; it sometimes runs late and people use it as a toilet from time to time. But I can get a bus any time of night … and they run more than once an hour. I love the convenience of riding mass transit because there’s not always a place to park here in town, or if there is a place, you’ve paid a billion dollars for the spot. Not to mention the ever-present Philadelphia Parking Authority. But one thing I’ve observed riding the many forms of SEPTA transport I take to get around is how much my years driving throughout Philadelphia had insulated me from. And it’s a lot. Being in a car kept me from seeing parents who had no business becoming parents trying to negotiate kids who are basically raising themselves. It kept me from seeing just how much people don’t respect their elders. If I see one more young dude with pants riding so low that they expose his underwear sitting in one of the front seats of the bus while an elderly woman with a cane (Cont. Page 24)

Pennsylvania statewide elections usually pit regions of the state against each other. It’s a classic East vs. West matchup. It’s Philadelphia City Hall vs. Pittsburgh’s City County Building. So the cities will square off once again along with 13 other cities that are competing to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Former GOV. ED RENDELL is leading the Philadelphia effort along with powerhouse movers and shakers CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY, IBEW Local 98 BUSINESS MGR. JOHN DOUGHERTY, and many other influential business and government leaders. So why the full-court press to host the DNC? It’s all about the money. Tourism is Pennsylvania’s #2 industry and its Philadelphia’s #1 industry. It will generate a lot of money, jobs and tax revenue for Southeastern Pennsylvania. The DNC in Charlotte was estimated to bring in $75 million in economic spending in 2012. One of the heavy hitters leading the DNC charge is Congressman Brady. He hosted them all at a luncheon fundraiser at the Prime Rib. Among the big-shot, big-check writers was DAVID L. COHEN. Cohen is a political and business icon in Philadelphia, and perhaps in the nation. Comcast continues to grow and it is a mega-corporation with a global influence. Also next to the Congressman was millionaire philanthropist JERRY LENFEST and power attorney STEVE COZEN. Also stopping by the fundraising event was STATE SEN. ANTHONY HARDY WILLIAMS and STATE SEN. and Lieutenant Governor candidate MIKE STACK. COUNCILMAN JIM KENNEY enjoyed the steak and rubbing elbows with the likes of Sheet Metal Workers’ Union head GARY MASINO and Steamfitters’ Union BUSINESS AGENT ANTHONY GALLAGHER. Seated next to Gallagher was State Senate hopeful and Plumbers’ BUSINESS AGENT JOHN KANE. DOMINICK CIPOLLINI of Keystone Advertising attended the event and chatted with State Rep hopeful MIKE DRISCOLL. Congressional hopeful BRENDAN BOYLE convened a caucus for endorsement purposes of the Philadelphia part of the 13th Congressional Dist. Among the ward leaders on hand were PAT PARKINSON, SHARON LOSIER POWELL and her husband PICARD, LORI & MARTY BEDNAREK, BOB DELLAVELLA and City CONTROLLER ALAN BUTKOVITZ, who (Cont. Page 24)

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Yo! Here we go again with this letter sent to me by Rita M., a reader. A few years ago, I was in the airport at Atlanta, Ga. I heard several people behind me beginning to clap and cheer. Moving through the terminal was a group of soldiers. When I saw the soldiers, it hit me: I’m not the only who still loves this country. Just when I thought I could not be more proud of my country or of our service men and women, a young girl, not more than 6 or 7 years old, ran up to one of the male soldiers, who said, “Hi.” The little girl then asked him if he would give something to her daddy for her. The young soldier said he would try; what did she want to give to her daddy? Then little girl grabbed the neck of this soldier, gave him the biggest hug she could muster and then kissed him on the cheek. The mother of the little girl, who said her daughter’s name was Courtney, told the young soldier her husband was a Marine and had been in Iraq for 11 months now. The young soldier began to tear up. All of the soldiers huddled around them. One of the other servicemen pulled out a military-looking walkie-talkie. He started talking back and forth on it. After about 10-15 seconds of this, the young soldier walked back over to Courtney, bent down and said this to her, “I spoke to your daddy and he told me to give this to you.” He then hugged this little girl that he had just met and gave her a kiss on the cheek. He finished by saying, “Your daddy told me to tell you he loves you more than anything and he is coming home very soon.” The mom at this point was crying almost uncontrollably. The young soldier stood up and saluted Courtney and her mom. That young soldier then walked away. In one last act of selflessness, he turned around and blew a kiss to Courtney with a tear rolling down his cheek. We need to remember every day all of our soldiers and their families and thank God for them and their sacrifices. At the end of the day, it’s good to be an American. Americans who support our troops used to be called the “silent majority”. We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for (Cont. Page 26)

TWO CURIOUS mayoral events were quietly reported: ONE said Mayor NUTTER joined with former Big Apple Mayor Bloomberg in a $50 million drive to end gun violence. Then Nutter issued a memo saying Philly will no longer participate in immigrant holds for deportation. Could this mean that he is preparing a run for higher office once he leaves City Hall?? Feels like it. He certainly will have the support of the oligarchs, and has been called a 1% leader. It may not be enough, since the city oligarchy fails to fill the role set forth by Dr. E. Digby Baltzell in his books on social stratification. Years ago he saw White Anglo-Saxon officeholders waning. He urged an “aristocracy” of distinguished members of minority groups (meaning non-WASP). They would serve the people well. Instead we see indictments of ordinary people by the “suits” and denial of homeless feeding in posh locations. CLASS WARFARE? TOM WOLF was endorsed for Governor last weekend by Council Majority Leader Curtis JONES at Mike Rose’s Brew Pub. Wolf would be like Gov. Milton SHAPP: Business and jobs for Pennsylvania…. TOTALLY missed by the media is that Democratic-candidate supporter-BILLIONAIRE Tom STEYER is looking at helping a Democrat beat Corbett! Yeah!! The new DISTRICT ATTORNEY conviction-review unit raises two questions: If the DA’s office ALREADY has such a unit, why not COMBINE the two? And if they (both or one unit) discover a conviction that has reversal MERIT; HOW FAR will the office go toward reversal – since it is up to a (Cont. Page 26)

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Last Thursday the Republican Party of Philadelphia hosted its monthly breakfast speaker series at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. The guest speaker was DR. JOHN FELMY, the Chief Economist of the American Petroleum Institute. API describes itself as “the only national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural-gas industry. Our more than 550 corporate members, from the largest major oil company to the smallest of independents, come from all segments of the industry.” Felmy works in API’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. However, he is a native of Jersey Shore, Pa. and is a proud graduate of Penn State. He believes his role is to engage and educate the public about the energy sector and in particular about shale gas. He has heard “nonsense” on both sides. He also noted that most Americans know little about the energy sector despite their dependence on its output. He quoted an API survey of “people who believed themselves knowledgeable on energy.” Only 11% knew Canada was our greatest source of foreign hydrocarbons. He stated hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is a process that has been used in the US for 60 years. He also noted that, contrary to the hue and cry of many, there is no proof that the process has caused water pollution. He noted shale formations are significantly deeper than any aquifer and the actual fracking process cannot seep into our drinking water. There have been occasions when spent fracking fluid was mishandled on the surface. But that was not a “fracking” malfunction; it was mismanagement of wastewater which (Cont. Page 26)


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(Cont. From Page 23) tries to adjust herself enough to keep from falling on her face as she’s standing, I’m going to jail for assault. It kept me from hearing every inappropriate conversation possible about everything from baby mama/baby daddy issues to who did what to whom on “Love and Hip

Hop” last night. And it kept me from seeing what happens when you combine poor, homeless and mentally ill, and put people with all three conditions on a bus filled with people trying to cope with their own issues. The Pennsylvania primary is less than a month away. There are issues unique to the City of Philadelphia and there are six people running for the

Commonwealth’s highest office. While this is a primary and the final race isn’t until November, the issues demand we pay attention to everyone who is asking for our vote and how they respond to those issues. On May 12 from noon to 1:30, you’ll have a chance to ask the Democratic candidates their stances on the issues at a

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State House districts include about 60,000 people; State Senate districts include about 250,000 people. DeLissio said the new redistricting plan is still driven by politics. She said she has discussed redistricting at 32 of her 33 Town Halls over the past four years because of how integral it is to the development and passage of public policy that is for the benefit of the greater good and not simply politically expedient or favorable to special-interest

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State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio (D-Northwest), facing a primary battle for the 194th Legislative seat, which takes in Roxborough along with chunks of East Falls and Lower Merion Township, is feeling the brunt of redistricting. She says the Pennsylvania General Assembly must work to remove the inherent conflicts of interest that legislators bring into their process of state redistricting, said DeLissio. Every 10 years, following completion of the US Census, the General Assembly redraws Pennsylvania’s state and federal political districts

within a single district. Districts that maintain the continuity of these communities of interest result in more-accountable and responsive legislators, who can better meet the needs of their constituents. “To fix the process would be a ‘heavy lift’, as it requires amending the state constitution, and because the legislators, some of whom have a vested interest in not changing the process, will need to be pressured by their constituents to do the right thing,” she added.

so that districts are equal in size and reflect changes in population. “The problem in the process manifests when legislators have the ability to draw their own district boundaries and often divide neighborhoods or groups of people in ways that benefit their own electoral needs,” said DeLissio. DeLissio said she believes communities are best represented when their needs can be addressed by keeping communities and neighborhoods

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Elephant Corner (Cont. From Page 23) could have happened with other industrial processes. He believes those who do not follow proper procedures should be sanctioned. API, he notes, has done extensive work on guidelines for best practices for the industry. He also noted API is concerned about the transport of oil, including shale oil. There have been a few train accidents where shale oil from North Dakota exploded upon a derailment. He noted that the accidents were rail acci-

Walking The Beat (Cont. From Page 23) judge to decide??... News on the “sting” or ALI-GATE dribbles out like a leaky faucet. A lot of it is filler material or REHASH. A question: If hot or breaking news is being held back, it could raise suspicion the hold is for headlines or sales (?). Meanwhile, the State Attorney General’s Office continues to fight cases that can be prosecuted, and the Society of Professional Journalists magazine Quill has just published its Code of Ethics. PEOPLE: It was reported Judge Willis BERRY lost his law license for a year. SO? Berry is having a wonderful time restoring old homes. He is

(Cont. From Page 14) and Wine Tasting for State Rep. John Taylor at Colonial Dames of Phila., 1630 Latimer St., 5:30-7 p.m. CoChairs Salvatore M. DeBunda, Esq. and Robert B. Asher. Tickets $250. For info (215) 545-2244. May 1- Dignitaries host Fundraiser for State Rep. Mark Cohen at Chickie’s & Pete’s, 4010 Robbins Ave., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Host $2,500, VIP $1,000, Sponsor $500, Friend $250, Guest $50. RSVP markcohenphilly@comcast.net (215) 375-4307. May 1- Matt Myers hosts

dents and not fracking accidents. In his opinion, transporting shale oil is no more dangerous than shipping chlorine. Felmy believes the shalegas revolution in Pennsylvania is a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” for the state. He believes the ability to economically extract abundant amounts of shale gas has reduced energy costs for each American household by $1,200 annually. He expressed concern that placing an excise tax on shale gas in addition to Pennsylvania’s 9.9% corporate income tax a ONE-MAN REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.... You have to be HAPPY that IBEW Chief John DOUGHERTY is back at the Delaware River Port Authority. He fought for us before and then was out. This time he will fight NOT to increase tolls! Brandi Weimar and Edgar Juarez were wed in WILDWOOD last weekend with the Mayor doing the honors. Proud Pop Harry WEIMAR beamed. This VIETNAM Vet has done much for vets in Cape May Co. and also at the animal shelter.... The American Legion magazine cites Audie Murphy as one of the USA’s most-recognized war heroes. Incredibly, there is a Lt. Audie MURPHY in the state National Guard today. Democratic 39-B Ward Spring Fundraiser at Chickie’s & Pete’s, 1500 Packer Ave. Tickets $50. For info Matt (215) 467-4643. May 2- Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Committee holds annual Contest & Open House at Training Facility, 10401 Decatur Rd., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Five categories. Chosen graduating apprentices compete in general carpenter, interior finish carpenter, floor layer, mill/cabinetmaker and millwright. Many exhibitors. Bring family! For info (215) 824-2300. May 2- Victim/Witness Services of S. Phila. honor Councilman Jim Kenney at its Spring Fundraiser at Fleisher Art Mem., 719 Catherine St., 6-9 p.m. Tickets $50.

would cause drillers to move to Ohio and West Virginia, which also sit on the Marcellus and Utica Shales. Currently drilled wells will not move, but drilling rigs are mobile. The actual drilling process employs far more people than the handful needed to operate a completed well. Felmy noted these well-paying “family-sustaining jobs” would move if the economics is better in other states. Currently we have a gubernatorial candidate, ROB McCORD, calling for a 10% excise tax, which would be And he is deploying to Latvia where Russian forces have been troublesome. He is the son of Charles MURPHY, IBEW 98, Special Projects Coordinator. Congressman Bob BRADY voted correctly to keep Obamacare intact. He RIGHTLY voted “no” to raise from 30 to 40 the hours worked weekly to meet Obamacare full-time worker status. He voted for equal pay for women, and against spending cuts for children.... POLITICS at Bright Hope Church are clouded. But a real settlement could come by the fine hand of church member Marian TASCO. BIRTHDAYS: Gwen COLLINS, North Philly Committeewoman, and first Black State President of the May 2- Fundraiser for councilmanic candidate Matt Wolfe at United Republican Club, 3156 Frankford Ave., 7-10 p.m. Light snacks, cash bar. Tickets $25. May 3- Adam Lang hosts 29th GOP Ward Spring Into Summer BB at 2111 Master St., 3-6 p.m. May 3-4- State Rep. Mike O’Brien holds free Document Shredding at Penn’s Landing Festival Pier, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. May 4- Overbrook HS Classes of 1954, January and June, hold Reunion at Bala G.C., 2200 Belmont Ave., 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Theme: “Taste of Phila.”. RSVP OverbrookHS@aol.com for January class or mel.gerstein@gmail.com for June

the highest in the country. Luckily for us, that tax will not come about unless the Republicans lose control of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives which no one is predicting. I suspect McCord knows this, but that does not appear to stop him from pandering the Southeastern Pennsylvania left. GOV. TOM CORBETT recently appointed Philadelphia attorney LAWRENCE TABAS to be the chairman of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority to replace former mayoral candidate SAM KATZ. Federation of Democratic Women – on the 22nd!.... Then PORT RICHMOND AOH has theirs TODAY!! Followed by T. Milton STREET and John DOUGHERTY on the 25th! Two wise men. It was good to see Joe DOUGHERTY, Local 401 leader, at the Golden Gloves bouts supporting our youth. A real gentleman, he is.... Another class guy just passed: Rabbi Aaron LANDES of Congregation Beth Sholom in Elkins Park. I was proud to serve in the Navy with him. Landes was a bit conservative in his modern Frank Lloyd Wright synagog – but he loved the Lord with all his heart, soul and might. PHILLY LABOR.COM class. May 4- Friends of Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco host Jazz Brunch at The View, 8th fl., 800 N. Broad St., 1-4 p.m. Entertainment with Rob Henderson Group and vocalist Michael Andrews. Brunch buffet with Mimosas, Bloody Marys and wine. Contribution $65. RSVP quickly! Call Jalila Brown or Nedia Ralston (215) 437-3294, ext. 209. May 4- Reelection Reception for State Rep. Cherelle Parker at 621 W. Mt. Airy Ave., 3-5 p.m. May 5- Democratic City Committee hosts JeffersonJackson Cocktail Party at Sheet Metal Workers Ha., 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets $150.

The PICA board was formed in the early 1990s when the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania issued bonds on the behalf of the then-seriously financially challenged City of Philadelphia. The PICA board has five members. The chairman is appointed by the Governor. The other members are appointed by the House minority caucus, the Senate minority caucus, the House majority caucus and the Senate majority caucus respectively. The PICA board is important, as it has the ability to disapprove the City of Philadelphia’s annually issued had its radio debut. Tune in on WWDB 860 AM. Their next Meet and Greet (Apr. 29) features Michael BARNES, LEADER of IATSE Local 8. Also on the 29th is a memorial

Waffleman (Cont. From Page 23) God, country and home in record-breaking numbers. We get no liberal media coverage on TV, to reflect our message or our opinions. Many Americans, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of America supports our troops. Every red-blooded American who supports our men and women could wear something red on every Friday. If every one of us who loves this counFor info (215) 241-7800. May 6- Police & Fire Memorial Service at Franklin Sq. Pk., 6th & Race Sts., 12 m. All invited. May 6- Friends of Matt Wolfe for Council at Large host fundraiser at Racquet Club, 215 S. 16th St., 6 p.m. Tickets $125 each, Host committee $500. Payable PayPal account at stewbolno@comcast.Net. May 7- Greater N.E. Phila. Chamber of Commerce holds “Business Is Blooming” Expo at Holy Family Univ., Frankford & Grant Aves., 12:30 p.m. for luncheon, expo 2-6 p.m. Luncheon keynote speaker 6ABC news anchor Matt O’Donnell. Special appearance by Flyers center Bill Clement. 100 vendors and nonprofits. Expo

five-year plans until the last PICA bonds mature in 2023. Essentially this means the PICA board can veto the City’s budget. Tabas is the General Counsel of the Republican State Committee, which we expect he may resign from, owing to his appointment to the PICA board. He was a long-time resident of Lower Merion who moved into the city roughly two years ago. He is a partner in the law firm Obermayer, Rebman, Maxwell & Hippel and focuses primarily on health-care law. service in KIMMEL Center for “Band of Brothers” member “Wild” Bill GUARNERE, and fundraisers for Councilmen Bill GREENLEE and Jim KENNEY. try share this idea with acquaintances, co-workers, friends, and family. It will not be long before the USA is covered in red and it will let our troops know the once-silent majority is on their side more than ever. The first thing a soldier says when asked, “What can we do to make things better for you?” is ... we need your support and your prayers. Let’s get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example; and wear something red every Friday. If you agree – then send this on. free, luncheon $35 for GNPCC members, $50 nonmembers. For info (215) 332-3400. May 8- Self Help Movement hosts Tribute Reception for Field of Recovery at Pen Ryn Belle Voir Manor, 1601 State Rd., Bensalem, Pa. Program ads available; respond by Apr. 24. For info Robert Dellavella (215) 992-6710. May 10- State Rep. Michelle Brownlee hosts Mother’s Day programs at her office, 2839 W. Girard Ave., 12-3 p.m. Food, entertainment, giveaways. For info (215) 684-3738. May 10- State Rep. Rosita Youngblood hosts Health Fair at Simon Gratz HS Gym, 1798 W. Hunting Pk. Ave., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For info (215) 849-6426.


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School District Recommends Palmer Charter School Revocation

The School District of Philadelphia announced this week it will recommend to the School Reform Commission suspending and revoking the charter for the Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School. The recommendation is based on findings of serious academic under performance for over six years; continual violations of its charter, charter school law and policy;

failure to meet minimal financial standards and audit requirements; and fraudulent billing for students not enrolled at the school for the sum of approximately $770,000 in the 2012-2013 academic year. “This difficult decision was made with substantial evidence that this school is not serving the needs of students and their families,” said Dr. William R. Hite, Superinten-

dent. “We require better student outcomes from a public institution that was granted a charter to educate children. We must use all of our resources towards supporting students in academic success.” If approved by the SRC, the recommendation will suspend pupil payments as of Jul. 1, 2014 and trigger revocation procedures that will include an official hearing before the

THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA 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, May 6th, 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 specification FEE BUDGET B-021 C of 2013/14 General CTE Classroom Modernization $ 175,000.00 $100.00 Kensington Health & Science High School 2463 Emerald Street Philadelphia, PA 19125

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B-022 C of 2013/14 Mechanical CTE Classroom Modernization $ 123,000.00 $100.00 Kensington Health & Science High School 2463 Emerald Street Philadelphia, PA 19125 B-023 C of 2013/14 Electrical CTE Classroom Modernization $ 103,000.00 $100.00 Kensington Health & Science High School 2463 Emerald Street Philadelphia, PA 19125 * A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location at the main entrance, on Friday, April 23rd, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

SRC makes its final revocation vote. The recommendations will be considered by the SRC during its regularly scheduled meeting this Thursday, Apr. 24, at 5:30 p.m. The School District is developing a plan for affected students that will allow them to attend higher performing traditional public and charter schools. Letters will be distributed to parents today about the recommendations and next steps. The Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School currently operates grades K-12 at two locations: the lower school (grades K-4) is in the Kensington neighborhood of North Philadelphia (910 N. 6th Street) and the upper school (grades 5-12) is in the Tacony neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia (5502 Harbison Avenue). The charter school also operates a pre-kinder-

garten program at its Kensington location. In 2010, the school’s charter was renewed by the SRC with an approved enrollment limit of 675 students. Currently the charter en

rolls 1,289 students. This fiscal year the charter school is projected to receive approximately $12.6 million in per pupil payments from the School District and the Pennsylvania Dept. of Education.

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PITCHING IN for Philly Spring Clean Up Day were scores of volunteers along Frankford Avenue in Mayfair, among them Donna Conboy, Laura Lewis, Jillian Johnston and Ken Photo by Bill Myers Dando.

THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA 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, May 6th, 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 specification FEE BUDGET B-016 C of 2013/14 General Interior Stair Wall Reconstruction $100,400.00 $100.00 South Philadelphia High School 2101 S. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19148 * A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location at the main entrance, on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Specifications and/or plans and contract documents may be examined and copies thereof obtained from the School Reform Commission, 440 North Broad Street, 3rd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19130.

Specifications and/or plans and contract documents may be examined and copies thereof obtained from the School Reform Commission, 440 North Broad Street, 3rd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19130.

Information as to contract documents, etc., may be obtained at the above address, or telephone 215-400-4730. Make checks payable to the School District of Philadelphia.

Information as to contract documents, etc., may be obtained at the above address, or telephone 215-400-4730. Make checks payable to the School District of Philadelphia.

The School Reform Commission reserves the right to reject any and all bids and make the awards to the best interests of the School District of Philadelphia.

The School Reform Commission reserves the right to reject any and all bids and make the awards to the best interests of the School District of Philadelphia.


ZARWIN BAUM hosted fundraiser for its associate State Sen. Larry Farnese. Stalwart in support were Gary DiVito, Sharif Street, Farnese and Tony Twardowsky.

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(Cont. From Page 25) are disgusted with the federal government’s inability to produce results. Although Blow’s piece, called “The Self-Sort”, does not directly address the redistricting process, it does present critical data showing why many of our congressional districts are configured the way they are today. Blow cites a 2013 report by two Stanford scholars and a 2012 study by the Pew Research Center which found Americans are electing to selfsegregate by factors such as race and income. A 2013 study published in Education and Urban Society and a report from the Civil Rights Project presented data showing public schools were less racially segregated prior to desegregation than they are today. In short, people are choosing to live in close proximity to people who resemble themselves in a certain way. According to Blow, (Cont. Page 30)

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MAKING MERRY at Farnese funder were, from left, Kevin Boyle, Anthony Mongeluzzo and Mustafa Rashed.

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Awarding St. Pat Parade Divisions (Cont. From Page 29) “This kind of sorting has real-world consequences in terms of behaviors, empathy and socialization,” Blow wrote. It makes sense to add politics and voting behavior into this mix as well. Given that legislative mapmakers must follow guidelines which insist that districts are contiguous, compact, and keep “communities of interest” together, is it any wonder that districts are becoming more homogenous when you also take the act of self-sorting into consideration? In other words, it is very difficult for a mapmaker to draw a politically competitive district that is also compact, contiguous, and preserves a community of interest, since people are clustering around attributes like race, income, and other likenesses that tend to be good predictors for political preferences and party affiliation.

TOP AWARD was given to Jim Murray, former Eagles general manager and creator of Ronald McDonald, who served as Parade Marshal, by President Bob Gessler and St. Patrick’s Observance Association. Congratulating him are Association Board members Mary Frances Fogg; Mike Driscoll, Finnigan’s owner and legislative candidate in 173rd Dist.; and Cathy McGee Burns, Irish Memorial chairwoman. Photo by Joe Shay Stivala

As of Dec. 1, 2014, for instance, DeLissio’s 194th Dist. will include the entire 21st Ward in Philadelphia (it currently includes 35 of the ward’s 45 divisions), 10 divisions of Philadelphia’s 38th Ward (it currently includes one division), and all precincts in Lower Merion’s Wards 3 and

9 and one precinct in Ward 13. Another redistricting edge for incumbent lawmakers is their mailing privileges, which some complain are an unfair advantage. Because the new State House and Senate redistricting maps will be in effect in the coming election cycle, (Cont. Page 32)


by Michael P. Boyle, Esq. Last week, I discussed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that SSA recently published that would require a claimant seeking disability or SSI benefits to “inform us about or submit all evidence known to you that relates to whether or not you are blind or disabled.” The National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives prepared extensive comments about the NPRM. NOSSCR points out current rules already require a claimant to submit material facts and evidence. SSA also has in place rules of conduct that govern what representatives can and cannot do. If SSA believes that a claimant or her representative is withholding material evidence, it can take action against each. As NOSSCR observed: “In every state, attorney representatives are already currently bound by State Bar rules that forbid an attorney from engaging in professional conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or willful misrepresentation.” NOSSCR also noted “the NPRM changes could conflict with State Bar ethics rules regarding the attorney’s duties to the client,” and could

result in disciplinary proceedings against an attorney who complies with portions of the NPRM that are contrary to state-bar ethical rules. NOSSCR also observed the “NPRM would impose a for-

by Tom Flynn and Rocco DeGregorio Question: My rear wipers are driving me crazy. I can’t get them to work! Rear wiper motor has been changed and still the rear wiper still does not work. Answer: I do not think that the cause of your no-wiper is electrical. I believe the wiper motor could be running but the pivot is bad and the wiper arm is really not connected to the moving motor. But it could be could be a fuse or a relay. Have you checked those? It could also be the switch itself. I would start by checking the fuses, then turning the wiper on and checking for voltage at the new wiper motor. If you have voltage going to the motor, there is a chance the new motor was defective, or there could be a bad ground. You might need to find a wiring diagram.

When you turn on the rear wiper and you listen, do you hear the wiper motor running even though the wiper arm is not moving? This could be a lot of work for yourself unless you are quite adept with your vehicle’s wiring. Depending on what kind of vehicle you have, there could be various other answers. I am sure you want your wipers working with the weather we have been having. We have an easy way to make an appointment right on our website at www.pacificocars.com. If you would like to bring your vehicle in, we would be happy to help further! Tom has been serving automotive customers in the Philadelphia area for over 20 years as a salesman and then General Manager of Pacifico Auto Group. Rocco is a top automotive consultant.

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Danielson). The Flores 2013 case states an above-median-income debtor must be in a 60month Chapter 13 repayment plan. What does that mean? Well, in 2005, a new form was created and every debtor with above median income (above average, as determined by the IRS and the United States Trustee’s Office and re-evaluated every six months) must use this new 7-page form, a

for everyday folks. And watching these court cases has been like watching a table-tennis match as the ball bounces back and forth. The 2013 Flores decision finds the debtors must be in a 60-month plan. Thus, even though a debtor’s payments to unsecured creditors will, at least initially, amount to $0 if the debtor has no projected disposable income, the statute requires the debtor to commit to the plan for the duration of the applicable commitment period. Next Week’s Question: Can I raise my debt ceiling? Should I? sexual abuse that a claimant may not want to reveal, and medical treatment not related to the disability claim. NOSSCR noted many claimants will be unable to pay for the costs of obtaining all of the medical records, and that SSA lacks the staff to review all records. Visit http://www.nosscr.org/ for a link to the full comments.

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by Michael A. Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: High-income bankruptcy debtor? Be prepared for a 5-year Chapter 13 plan! Answer: On Aug. 29, 2013, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals court issued a decision in a bankruptcy case dealing with above-average-income debtors; the case name is In Re Flores (Ana Flores v. Rod

Form 22, which applied this new formula taking deductions from the monthly average until the end of the form. At the end of the form will be a number – either a positive number or a negative number. That number determines whether folks should not have to pay their unsecured creditors (a negative number) or should have to pay their unsecured creditors a certain amount (that positive number times 60 months). Over the past eight years, there have been many court cases which tried to interpret what this new formula means mal, court-like process on the SSA disability-determination process, which is informal and nonadversarial” and would apply at every level, including the initial application process. NOSSCR expressed concern about the remoteness and relevance of evidence that a claimant may need to submit under the NPRM. This includes prior criminal behavior, past

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CAMPAIGN kickoff for real-estate pro Algernong Allen’s campaign for State Rep. in 188th Dist. saw turnout of Cedar Park supporters: from left, Sean Dorn with Nora, Allen with Ailey, and Cornelius Carter.

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A LIFE in grassroots politics can be fun and rewarding, Republican City Committee Chairman John Taylor told inaugural meeting of Phila. Teen Republicans in Mayfair. He talked about how his own career started as a student activist.


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(Cont. From Page 30) some sitting lawmakers seeking reelection must appeal to areas they don’t currently represent. But because those lawmakers are allowed to mail certain things to people living in the new areas of the district – even though the legislators don’t technically represent

those people yet – the leading complaint is the mailing privilege gives the lawmakers an unfair advantage against any political challengers. Singer Lauds Pa. County Commissioners Group

City Commissioner Stephanie Singer believes because County Commissioners do the day-to-day work of running their counties – providing 911 services, balancing

budgets and much more – tthey have a lot of common experiences even if they have a wide variety of political views. “One of the great privileges and opportunities open to me since you helped me get elected in 2011 is membership in the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania,” she said. “Curiosity took me to my

first CCAP conference in early 2012. What keeps me invested in the organization are the relationships I am solidifying, not only with Democrats from all over the Commonwealth but also with Republicans who represent a large number of our fellow Pennsylvanians. I believe Philadelphians have a great opportunity to form stronger bonds with our suburban and rural colleagues.”

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“ALL ART ASPIRES TO THE CONDITION OF MUSIC.” --Walter Pater, English essayist, critic, novelist, 1834-1894

There is an unexplained reason why a plaque was centrally displayed on top of President Ronald Reagan's Oval Office desk for eight,.consecutive years. The small plate held these words allegedly penned by the U.S. President himself: "There is no limit to what a man can do, or where he can go--if he doesn't mind who. gets the credit."

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1973 AVENUE of THE ARTS ROOT TEMPLE UNIVERSITY School of LAW: "Dear Mr. Argentina: Thank you for your letter of September 15, 1973. There was obviously no intention on my part to equate all the phases of music with all phases of judo. I apologize for any inference to that effect and your comments are quite appropriate in that regard..... I enjoyed chatting with you and will no doublt be seeing you in the very near future." Keith J. Hey, Director of Admissions, October 1, 1973

1993 FRUITS: MARJORIE RENDELL

Philadelphia's 'Avenue of the Arts', a nonprofit, was officially founded by MARJORIE RENDELL, an appellate federal judge, and former Pennsylvania First Lady, in 1993. However, history failed to record the Marjorie Rendell beginning principle of this city's significant Founder: Avenue "Art Street." Part of the Avenue's foundation of The Arts was based on Walter Pater's arts observation, as quoted above.

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In all honesty, systematically underpaying every line worker is probably not the best way to run an inner-city election. Legitimate concerns are raised at times about the honesty and competency of Philadelphia election. So are illegitimate concerns. Elections, after all, are the business end of politics. Citizens have a right to

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wanted to pump a little more money into the Philadelphia economy, evenly and fairly across the city, you couldn’t find a better way to do it! These jobs are a good stimulus.” Some critics lose sleep over public-employee drones pushing unneeded papers around on dusty desks. But that’s not what election-board workers are. These are ordinary citizens, usually with a larger-than-average social conscience, who

pitch in to keep ours a government “by the people.” They are the people. They are us. Shouldn’t they be paid like us? “Poll workers are the front line of democracy,” said Singer. “The more you pay for work, the easier it is to retain and recruit people and ask them to do what needs to be done.” Deep in the trenches of working-class democracy, Ward Leader Stewart agrees: “If these people were better paid, I could get a whole lot

better poll workers.” This week City Council begins to review and respond to the Mayor’s 2014-15 budget proposal. City Commission Chair Anthony Clark (himself a ward leader, of the 28th Ward), is confident it can administer a meaningful pay increase for

election-board workers if his budget permits it. “Our mission is to run the best election possible for the City of Philadelphia,” he said. “If we are given the resources to carry out this assignment properly, we can give a concrete accounting these monies have been well spent.”

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In re: Adoption of a minor male child Baby Boy M (DOB 3/31/14), To: Unknown Father: It is anticipated that a Petition will be filed asking the Court to put the end to all rights you have to your child, a male child born 3/31/14 at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. The Court will be setting a hearing to consider ending rights to your child. That hearing will be held in the state of Virginia court system. Notification to you is required under Pennsylvania law if you believe you are the father please contact Adoptions From The Heart 30-31 Hampstead Circle, Wynnewood, PA 19096 610642-7200 on or before May 8, 2014. You are warned that if you fail to contact Adoptions From The Heart, termination proceedings will go forward without you and your rights to your child may be ended by the Court. You have a right to be represented in this action by lawyer. If you believe you are the father, 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 at 215238-6333.

TO: Unknown Father of Baby Boy Grice A Petition has been filed asking the court to put an end to all rights you have to your child Baby Boy Grice who was born on 10/21/13 at Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, as well as any rights K.G. has to Baby Boy Grice. The court has set a hearing to consider ending your rights to your child. That hearing will be held on May 29, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. at Court Room 14, One Montgomery Plaza, Orphan’s Court Division, Swede Street, Norristown, PA 19404 before Judge Ott. 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 as well as the rights of K.G. to that 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. An important option may be available to you under Act 101 of PA Law that allows for an enforceable voluntary agreement for continuing contact following an adoption between an adoptive parent, a child, a birth parent and/or a birth relative of the child, if all parties agree and the voluntary agreement is approved by the court. The agreement must be signed and approved by the court to be legally binding. You are also warned that if you fail to file either an acknowledgment of paternity pursuant to 23 Pa.C.S.A. Section 2503 (d) relating to acknowledgement and claim of paternity, and fail to either appear at a hearing to object to the termination of your rights or file a written objection to such termination with the court prior to the hearing, your rights may be terminated under Pa.C.S.A. 2503(d) or 2504(c) of the adoption act. LAWYER REFERRAL AND INFORMATION SERVICE 100 West Airy Street, P.O. Box 268 Norristown, PA 19404 (610) 279-LAW1

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be suspicious and critical of election work. But they don’t have a right to expect superior performance from inferior pay. This is not how the business world works. All ward leaders affirmed what most voters already know: their own election-board workers are conscientious, diligent neighbors who are motivated by civic spirit and social pleasure to meet and help hundreds of their neighbors do something good on a long, grueling day. But if problems ever arise within this system, low pay is guaranteed to make them worse. Afraid these workers make mistakes? Ill-paid workers turn over more and are less experienced. Worried about corruption? Well, who do you think can be more easily corrupted – a $100 worker or a $200 worker? Good government argues for good pay then. Election work is not the right place for belt-tightening in city government. Good economics also argues for good pay. As City Commissioner Stephanie Singer remarked, “That money goes right into Philadelphia neighborhoods. If you decided you

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(Cont. From Page 2) she’d be glad to see civil-service managers take over. How you pay workers – and when – is also important, stated Al Stewart, who leads the 11th Ward in North Philadelphia. “It takes them at least a month to get paid. Sometimes for a November job they get paid in December,” he groused. Most minimum-wage workers at least get paid fast. Schmidt agrees with that. “One key thing is to make sure election-board workers can get paid more quickly,” he insisted. He vows City Commission is looking into ways to streamline this flow. But a workforce of thousands of people in sensitive positions, heavily encumbered by legal burdens, who only show up for work two days a year, is a strange beast. Even its payroll system poses rare challenges to managers.

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