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Heard on the Hill / in City Hall Council Unites To Fight Childhood Obesity City Council kicked off the next phase of the popular Philly Play initiative by recognizing May as National Physical Fitness Month during the stated meeting of Council. Philly Play is expanding from a program started by 6th Dist. Councilman Bobby Henon in 2013. The program – supported by each of Council’s 16 members – will offer children structured opportunities to learn about active play and nutrition at 10 targeted recreation centers across Philadelphia, one in each Council District. “I’m thrilled to be working with my colleagues on Council and the Dept. of Parks & Recreation to promote play,” said 8th Dist. Councilwoman Cindy Bass, chair of the Committee on Parks & Recreation. “Philadelphia is bursting with free places to play and this is a great way

for us to connect our constituents to those resources.” At each of the 10 Philly Play sites, children will participate in special Philly Play programming, including structured play time, skillbuilding activities and interactive nutritional education with the Farm Explorer, a 20-foot mobile farm truck provided by Greener Partners. Philly Play programming will split between two groups: one-hour each day for kids already taking part in traditional recreation center summer camp and one-hour for kids who are not normally in those camps. Programming will vary based on each center’s specific needs, available space, resources and demand. 9th Dist. Councilwoman Marian Tasco, chair of the Committee on Public Health,

added she is interested in participating in Philly Play because it looks at childhood obesity in a different light.“Not engaging in physical activity at a young age can lead to numerous health issues later on,” Tasco said. “Nearly 1/3 of Philadelphia’s children are overweight or obese. Play – and having the opportunity to play – sets the table for a healthy adulthood.” In addition to the recreational center programs, Philly Play will include separate Pop Up Play events around the City, with activities such as biking and swimming, organized through individual Council offices. The program will culminate in a Philly Play Summer Challenge event at the Vogt Recreation Center, where kids from around the City will show off skills they learned over the

six-week program and compete at all skill levels. “Philly Play is a wonderful spotlight on the hard work of our Parks & Recreation staff and volunteers. We’re excited to help bring Philly Play to as many Philadelphia children as we can,” said Michael DiBerardinis, Deputy Mayor for Environmental & Community Resources and Commissioner of the Dept. of Parks & Recreation. Parks and Recreation, an active Philly Play partner, was instrumental in selecting the 10 pilot sites and will assist with Philly Playspecific staff in managing programming at each facility. Philly Play was originally made possible through direct funding from Councilman Henon. Since then, the program has evolved into a public-private partnership to

extend into the current pilot program. Health Promotion Council, an affiliate of Public Health Management Corp., is leading the programmatic design, implementation and coordination along with each Council office. Drexel University will also commit resources to evaluate the program’s effectiveness, particularly over the six-week programming at the camp sites. Henon, though appreciative of the wide support the program has received thus far, promised to continue recruiting support for the initiative. “I’m the parent of two active young boys. Frankly, they have the opportunities to be active and playing constantly, but not all kids in our city have those same chances. This is an opportunity for us to change that,” Henon said.

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Asking For A Prayer For Carhart PGW Offers Rebates by Brendan O’Morchoe National Director of Field Operations Students for Life of America When you are working or volunteering in the pro-life movement day in and day out, you can easily get consumed by the big picture and lose sight of what is happening every day in our nation’s abortion mills. As we worry about money, politics, and time away from family, we can get too immune to the killing. But then you sit next to a late-term abortionist… I was boarding a flight coming home to Virginia from Omaha, Neb. I had been in Kearney speaking to students and local pro-life activists about how to create a Culture of Life in their community and how we are all called to the pro-life movement. Oddly enough, a lot of people asked me how I kept up my busy travel schedule and where I get my passion and energy.

When I sat down and looked across the aisle, I saw none other than notorious lateterm abortionist LeRoy Carhart on his way to kill 3rdtrimester babies, as he does every Sunday morning, at his Germantown, Md. facility. I was face to face with a man who has killed thousands upon thousands of babies with his own hands, who is responsible for the deaths of at least two women and who has so callously defended his business. And I had no idea what to do. What do you really say to someone like that? How can you reach them? I wasn’t sitting close enough to have a conversation as the aisle and his wife were between us. Plus, I felt he would shut me down right away, anyway. I knew I couldn’t sit that close to a man who represented so much evil. My entire body was shaking uncontrollably. So, I asked to be moved up a couple rows where I couldn’t see

him, but he could still hear me. Then for the next two hours, I prayed out loud for his conversion and an end to abortion. When we landed, I waited for him to walk past me, and I called his name. He looked me right in the eye, and I said, “LeRoy, we’re all praying for you.” He mumbled something incomprehensible and stalked off, but I knew I had gotten to him. I’m not the first pro-lifer to confront Carhart and, hopefully, I won’t be the last. Just as with any dialogue or conversation with an abortionrights supporter on a campus, in church, or at work, each of us is only responsible for planting or watering the seed of truth, hoping and praying that it will one day bear fruit. And while we might not always know the impact that our actions have on campuses and communities across the nation, we cannot forget what abortion really is, the lives and souls that are at stake every day across America.

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PGW is introducing Philadelphia to the newest EnergySense program to help residents stand up for greater home comfort and lower energy costs. The new door-todoor campaign includes discounted home-energy assessments, access to significant rebates, detailed information on critical issues in their homes – and what to do about it – and available third-party financing, as low as 0.99%.

“Eighty-five percent of homes across America have at least one critical home performance issue that can affect occupant health, safety, comfort and finances,” said Denise Adamucci, VP of regulatory compliance and customer programs. The entire PGW EnergySense portfolio, available to homeowners, renters and businesses, is available at www.pgwenergysense.com.

PRO-ACT Program Serves City When someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, the disease affects the entire family. Each month PRO-ACT (Pennsylvania Recovery Organization – Achieving Community Together) hosts a Family Addiction Education Program to help individuals and family recognize and address an addiction problem in a spouse, parent, child or other loved

one. Facilitated by trained volunteers who have been in the same situation, these information and support programs run one evening a week for three consecutive weeks at three locations in Philadelphia. Sessions in Northeast Philadelphia meet on the first three Tuesdays of the month, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at CORA Services.

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MAYOR Michael Nutter unveils Welcome America Jul. 4 concert details which will feature performances by The Roots, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Aloe Blacc, Ariana Grande and Vicci Martinez. At announcement are Desiree Peterkin-Bell, city representative & executive director of Wawa Welcome America!; Questlove; Nutter; and Chris Gheysens, president & CEO of Wawa. Photo by Tony Webb, Office of City Representative

HERMAN & MARCIENE Mattleman, left, present Mattleman Award for Excellence in Public Education to State Rep. Jim Roebuck at Americans for Democratic Action S.E. Penna. reception. Roebuck was honored for his “never-ending efforts in support of the cause of public education in Phila. and the Commonwealth.”

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CHILDREN and relatives of city employees from Streets Dept. participated in Take Our Daughters & Sons To Work Day hosted by Mayor Michael Nutter last week at City Hall. That had to have put participating city employees on their best behavior.

ADDRESSING Committee People of 57th Ward is 13th Congressional candidate Brendan Boyle, going where it counts, working with the Get-Out-TheVote champs.

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CHARLEY DORSANEO, PennEnvironment; Joe Joyce, Ray Angelini, Inc.; State Sen. Larry Farnese; and Michael Neill, apprentice training director at IBEW Local 98, on roof of IBEW’s solar training center at 3rd & Jackson Streets, where PennEnvironment released National Solar Jobs Census 2010 Report on jobs in solar industry. This is especially notable for Penna., which has second-largest number of solar jobs in country.

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Mudslinging Backfiring In Democrat Primary by Joe Shaheeli At every forum which invited Democratic gubernatorial candidates have attended, cameramen are present, capturing every smile, frown, and gesture of each, along with their comments and their facial responses to statements made by their contemporaries. Somewhere in the campaign headquarters of Gov. Tom Corbett there is a room dedicated to the viewing of those films and to the splicing together segments that will make each of them look either stupid or monstrous or

whatever is needed to make voters view them with distaste. Fortunately for Corbett, his cameramen are having a field day as a couple of the Democratic candidates, notably Rob McCord, are distinguishing themselves in the art of mudslinging. It’s fodder for Corbett, who is considered by national pollsters to be hanging by a thread. More of this stuff and he’ll role back into office on the back of a wave of disgruntled Democratic voters fed up with the “same old same old”. Former Gov. Ed Ren-

dell and US Sen. Bob Casey tried to get the mudslingers to tone down what they called the increasingly vituperative tone of the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Bob Asher doesn’t back losers! So he’s giving credence to Gov. Tom Corbett’s reelection efforts and doing it in a big way, hosting a fundraiser in Philadelphia which brought in $500,000. Corbett needed that money since he is reported having spent more than he’s been taking in. He’s showing smarts going on television early.

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Corbett’s people are betting on a national swing reported swelling up against Democrats, which could benefit Corbett. A Zogby Report Card about President Obama’s handling of Russia and the Middle East talks collapse, have brought his popularity down to 45% with a 51% disapproval rating, cutting what coattails he had to offer to Democratic candidates this coming general election.

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(Cont. From Page 4) Clergy of Philadelphia & Vicinity. “We have been very impressed with Rep. Boyle’s work in our community. In his time as a state lawmaker, he has demonstrated his commitment to community service,” said Rev. Terrance Griffith, president of the Black Clergy. “We strongly believe he’s the best choice to represent the 13th Dist. in Congress.” Rev. Griffith also noted Boyle’s focus on city community development. “Brendan is the only candidate even talking about the importance of rebuilding urban neighborhoods, which needs to be a top priority for our next member of Congress.” “I am privileged to have the support of the BCPV, who are a distinguished group of community leaders and advocates from across our region,” said Boyle. “Our shared priorities for the 13th Congres-

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COMMUNITY leader Ida Ghee was honored on her 87th birthday during 10th Ward Spring Fling. With Ghee are Jeremiah Mixon, Tom Wolf for Governor aide; Councilwoman Marian Tasco; Council President Darrell Clarke; Nald T. Rainey; Ghee; Izzy Fitzgerald, Leader of Ward 10; TaeZaron Smith; State Rep. Dwight Evans; and Commissioner Art Haywood, candidate for State Senate. Photo by Joe Stivala sional Dist. include access to Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell a quality education for every and President Bill Clinton. child, reducing a growing inDaylin Leach has received come gap and eliminating the endorsement of Lynne poverty in our communities. Abraham, former Philadelphia These are issues that affect District Attorney. every person in our district, “I’m endorsing Daylin and I look forward to the op- Leach for Congress,” said portunity to work with the Abraham. “As a lifelong BCPV in Washington.” Philadelphian who has served The Marjorie Margolies the city as its District Attorney 2014 campaign debuted its for 19 years, I know how imfirst TV ad on air during game portant it is to have strong rep7 of the Philadelphia Flyers resentation in Washington. NHL playoff series. It features We need a tireless advocate Marjorie Margolies, former (Cont. Page 12)


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A notable exception to negative campaigning has been the 13th Congressional Dist. primary. If there has been, let us know; but for now we salute Brendan Boyle, Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, Marjorie Margolies and Daylin Leach for keeping it clean. However, the Democratic gubernatorial primary has gotten dirty, with at least two of the candidates losing their focus on what concerns voters most. In some of our local legislative and senatorial districts, challengers are digging up the dirt and hurling it at incumbents. With this getting to be the vogue, we no longer wonder why voter turnouts continue to decline.

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We’ll Be Getting Winners No matter what, when voting is over primary day, we will all be winners. We see each of the candidates for Governor on the Democratic side of the primary ballot as well qualified. We look for State Sen. Mike Stack to take the driver’s seat for Lieutenant Governor, giving Philadelphia an edge in budget allocations should the Democrats take the gubernatorial seat in November. On the Republican side, we believe Gov. Tom Corbett has done what he promised … especially holding the line on the state budget. He can’t be ruled out of returning with Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley for a second term. We could do worse, but we believe those seeking those offices are proven leaders, no matter who wins.

Letters • Letters Still Sunk

I read your article “Residents Forced To Abandon Sinking Homes” (Apr. 24) in the South Philadelphia Public Record. The people in Logan experienced this same loss when it was discovered that their homes were built on ash. I am trying to figure out who created the injustice in this instance. It could be underground streams that are weakening the foundation of the homes. I wish these homeowners luck, as large amounts of funding and land studies still have not produced a positive resolution in Logan. Michael E. Bell Philadelphia

Double Standard In 2012, a Philadelphia public high-school sophomore was embarrassed by her teacher for wearing a Romney tee shirt to the point that she didn’t want to return to school.

However, if a teacher wears an anti-Tom Corbett shirt to school and tells her 3rdgrade students to vote Democrat for their school, nobody says a word. When my 9-year-old daughter came home from school and said she was upset that her teacher was allowed to wear a shirt that stated Anyone But Corbett, with the letters ABC highlighted, and tell the class about how the Democrats are running to save our schools, I had to tell her in politics, specifically in a one-partyruled city, fair play is not always the way of the world. According to the School District of Philadelphia employee handbook, section 1.3 (General Policies) paragraph F. (Political Activities,) “The Board recognizes and encourages the right of its employees as citizens to engage in political activity. School property and school time, paid for by all the people, may not be used for political purposes.” (Cont. Page 16)

May 8- State Rep. Stephen Kinsey hosts Public Safety Community Mtg. at Belfield Rec Ctr., 2100 Chew Ave., 6-8 p.m. For info (215) 849-6592. May 8- Reception for State Sen. Mike Stack at KTop Asian Fusion Restaurant, 911 Race St., 7:30-9:30 p.m. Suggested contribution levels $1,000, $500, $100. RSVP Lindsey (267) 275-2120 or LPerryConsulting@gmail.com. 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 9- Dennis Kilderry holds Fundraiser at Curran’s Irish Inn, 6900 State Rd., 4-7 p.m. Tickets $30. May 9- Beth & Mike host 13th Ward, 22nd Div. Fish Or Chicken Fry at Lou & Choo’s,

21st & Hunting Park Ave., 59 p.m. Tickets $10. For info Mike (267) 973-0193 or Beth (215) 223-4005. May 9- 66th GOP Ward holds Motown Fundraiser at Taggert Ho., Frankford Ave. & Knights Rd., 5-9 p.m. Tickets $35. For info Ed Stine 267-586-6905. May 9- Reception for State Rep. Jim Roebuck at The Gables, 4520 Chester Ave., 6-8 p.m. May 10- Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and State Sen. Anthony Williams sponsor 60th St. Cleanup, start and return at 406 S. 60th St., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Lunch for volunteers. May 10- Asian Pacific Heritage Month Celebration is held at Franklin Sq., 6th & Race Sts., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 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. (Cont. Page 16)

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The cry for more funding from the School Reform Commission and its demand the City Council add more taxes on an overburdened citizenry leaves us to wonder if they have lost touch with reality. They are making decisions daily without input from Council and from the general public. An example is its announced decision to revoke the charter of the Walter D. Palmer School. We ask why? Why not publish the reasons behind the decision? Who’s to gain? From what we have seen in visits to that charter school, there is no apparent justification for that decision. It’s time the SRC gives us all a good look see for their revocation decision as well as a look into where all the fat is in their budget. We support Dr. William Hite’s efforts to give our public students the best education possible. But, we challenge the continually demand for more millions of dollars without laying it out for all taxpayers to understand.


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March Of Dimes Marches On Local 57 Laborers’ Feat

MARCH OF DIMES March for Babies wouldn’t leave starting gate without annual donation of setup skills by Laborers’ Local 57 members. In dawn’s early light, 2 dozen union brothers began hauling tables, refreshments and supplies, and constructing a stage – everything needed to make a massive charity run/walk work. When all was ready, President Stanley Sanders, Business Mgr. Walt Higgins and Recording Secretary Estebán Vera posed proudly with Local 57 team after giving back to community.

Pennsylvania Schools Get New Tool To Fight Child Hunger High-poverty schools in Southeastern Pennsylvania are now eligible to provide healthy school meals to all of their students free of charge, thanks to a powerful new tool known as the “community eligibility provision”. For the 2014-2015 school year, high-poverty schools can use CEP, which stream-

lines the process to ensure that low-income children have access to healthy meals at school. In Southeastern Pennsylvania alone, 325 public schools now have the green light to use this federal provision to help improve student performance in the classroom. PCCY and the Greater

Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger urge all eligible schools to use CEP to improve access to school breakfast and lunch for lowincome children. Eligible schools have until Jun. 30 to decide whether they will use the provision. “This is an exciting opportunity that schools in our

state should seize,” said Donna Cooper, executive director of Public Citizens for Children and Youth. “Adopting community eligibility can provide significant benefits not only to Pennsylvania’s high-poverty schools, but to the many students that they serve who might otherwise struggle to

get enough food to eat each day.” Community eligibility is available to schools where 40 % or more of students qualify for free meals at school. In the initial rollout of CEP, 4,000 schools in 11 states used the provision. Early results show that community eligibility leads to more chil-

dren participating in school meals, particularly boosting the number of children eating breakfast, an underutilized program that many schools are seeking to expand. In Pennsylvania, 726 public schools can opt to use CEP, according to data provided by the State Dept. of Education.


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Tuesday night there was a fundraiser at the Racquet Club for MATT WOLFE, the Republican candidate in special election on May 20 for City Council at Large. The event was highly successful with over 100 attendees. The honorary host committee included US SEN. PAT TOOMEY and STATE REP. JOHN TAYLOR, both of whom were unable to make the event owning to legislative obligations. CITY COUNCILMAN DAVID OH, CITY COMMISSIONER AL SCHMIDT and Republican City Committee EXEC. DIR. JOE DeFELICE were in attendance, as well as a number of ward leaders including MIKE CIBIK, ANNIE HAVEY, KEVIN PASQUAY, BILL PETTIGREW, ANDREW TERHUNE, ANDREW GENTSCH and WALT VOGLER. Former ward leader LINDSAY DOERING came all the way from North Jersey for the event. Also, there were (shush!) a number of Democrats in the room, demonstrating Wolfe’s appeal to independently minded and “clean-government” Democrats. Wolfe said, “This event was a smashing event and we have exceeded our fundraising goals.” In his address to the crowd he stated his message that he wants “to fundamentally change the way our City governed has caught traction with the media and the voters.” He believes we have lost sight of the three core responsibilities of municipal government of public health (primarily sanitation), safety and education and have spent limited city resources on other programs at the expense of these three key needs. He believes the city is a great place (Cont. Page 20)

You would think you wouldn’t hear the phrase “race card” in a gubernatorial primary election that’s wall-to-wall with white folks, right? But we’re talking Pennsylvania’s Democratic gubernatorial primary, you’d be wrong ... unfortunately. This weekend, a new political ad from State Treasurer Rob McCord trotted out the political deck with the “race card” in it. In this ad, McCord reiterates a charge that he made against current frontrunner Tom Wolf during a candidates’ education forum ... that Wolf is insensitive to racial issues. The charge stems from Wolf’s association with York policeman Charlie Robertson. In 1969, a time when your “Out & About?” columnist was about to enter kindergarten, Robertson and two fellow officers were involved with the murder of a Black woman during a race riot in York. Fast forward to 2001. Robertson, who at the time was vying for his third term as Mayor of York, and his fellow officers are arrested in connection with the woman’s death. Wolf, his campaign chair, stands up for him because they had worked together on neighborhood-revitalization projects in the city. Wolf also says Robertson has renounced the racism of his youth, which is a good thing, because standing in front of a live microphone yelling “Heil Hitler!” in a multicultural city can be the kiss of electoral death. But he didn’t denounce him. And that’s the cudgel that McCord is using to hit Wolf in the head with ... making Con(Cont. Page 24)

Yo! Here we go again with this tip from a reader about Ziploc baggies ... who knew? We went with friends to a restaurant on Sunday for lunch and sat in the patio section. We happened to notice Ziploc baggies pinned to a post and a wall. The bags were half filled with ... water, only water. Each baggie also contained four pennies and all were zipped shut. Naturally we were curious! The owner told us these baggies kept the flies away! So naturally we were even more curious! We actually watched some flies come in the open window, stand around on the window sill, and then fly out again. And there were no flies in the eating area! This morning I checked this out on Google. Below are comments on this fly-control idea. I’m now a believer! Ziploc water bags: #1 Says: I tried the Ziploc bag and pennies this weekend. I have a horse trailer. The flies were bad while I was camping. I put the baggies with pennies above the door of the lodge. Not one fly came in the trailer. The horse-trailer part had many. Not sure why it works but it does! #2 Says: Fill a Ziploc bag with water and five or six pennies and hang it in the problem area. In my case, it was a particular window in my home. It had a slight passageway for insects. Ever since I have done that, it has kept flies and wasps away. Some say that wasps and flies mistake the bag for some other insect nest and are threatened. #3 Says: I swear by the plastic bag of water trick. I have them on my porch and the basement. We saw these in Northeast Missouri at an Amish grocery store and I have used them since. They say it works because a fly sees a reflection and won’t come around. #4 Says: What is the science behind Ziploc bags of water? My research found that the millions of molecules of water present its own prism effect and given that flies have a lot of eyes, to them it’s like a zillion disco balls reflecting light, colors and movement in a dizzying manner. When you figure that flies are prey for many other bugs, animals, birds, etc., they simply won’t take the risk of being around that much perceived action. I moved to a rural area and thought these “hillbillies” were just yanking my city-boy chain but I tried it and it worked immediately! We went from hundreds of flies to seeing the occasional one, but he didn’t hang around long. This is something that I will try. It seems to be an appropriate summer tip as I can’t stand those pesky critters – who knew?

When you start an IRS payment plan, you can tell IRS the amount of the monthly repayment that you can afford. Not so at 9th & Filbert – the BAA (Parking Violations). No signs or notices are posted to find out what the monthly payment will be. And they want about a quarter of the balance due right away? And you have to take the paperwork from one room to another and stand in line. And you need a bank account for BAA to take your monthly payment. Does this leave the poor out? This cannot be modern banking. Is this really the modern, sophisticated arm of the City Finance Dept. of Rob DUBOW and Deputy Kathryn Pasteur? Since the ALI-GATE case files were handed over to DA Seth WILLIAMS, the spotlight is on him. He has to be careful he does not shoot himself in the foot on this one. One opinion is that if he fails, he can argue KANE hurt the case where it could not be salvaged; NAW. Once he proceeds, he has decided he had a good chance. There are NEVER guarantees of victory in ANY case. One “expert” said he could not understand why KANE gave the files to the DA. Well, the spotlight has shifted, has it not? Call it inter-agency cooperation. If the DA allowed Mr. Fina to prosecute or participate, then it might be said it is too personal and rabid-dog an approach. This case was not about taking money to vote against voter ID. The lawmakers were already ON RECORD against it. It is more like making people that would not commit a crime, have cash forced on them to do so. Shades of Ozzie Myers? And Ali has been out of the floodlights due to the rancor. So is he LAUGHING? (Cont. Page 24)

There many VIPs present at the annual Jefferson Jackson event for the Philadelphia Democratic Party at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall, and party chair BOB BRADY was once again in outstanding form. He rallied the capacity crowd to support the entire Democratic ticket for a variety of offices. At the top of the ticket, City Committee has endorsed ALLYSON SCHWARTZ for Governor and MIKE STACK for Lieutenant Governor. Both candidates addressed the raucous crowd and urged them to drum up votes from Philadelphia to win the state. The turnout in Philadelphia will likely be much higher than four years ago because of the significant activity of several campaigns in Philadelphia and in the Philadelphia area. So those who have already anointed TOM WOLF the nominee should pause at least for a moment. If Schwartz can drum up a 25% turnout in Philadelphia and Montgomery Cos., she can win. Schwartz has underwhelmed with her commercials and her overall campaign strategy but she still has a significant number of true believers across the state. And she may be able to tap into large numbers of disaffected women. But she will have to have a flawless last two weeks of the campaign. Stack may have an easier road in that he has the number-one ballot position and is the only candidate from Southeastern Pennsylvania. He will also benefit from being on everyone’s ballot in the region and is the only candidate for Lieutenant Governor on TV. Also on stage were incumbent STATE REPS. RON WATERS, JIM ROEBUCK, LOUISE BISHOP, VANESSA LOWERY BROWN and BRENDAN BOYLE ... who is also the endorsed candidate for Congress in the 13th Dist. Three additional candidates face challenges in the primary. They include STATE SENS. LeANNA WASHINGTON and TINA TARTAGLIONE, both of whom are both challenged in the primary and are counting on loyal committee people to deliver for them. State Rep. and endorsed candidate for City Council at Large ED NEILSON also is counting on the Democratic machine to help deliver votes in the special election. Among the labor leaders at the event were Laborers’ SAM STATEN JR., MIKE (Cont. Page 20)


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Carpenters’ Apprentices Demonstrate Skills At Annual Contest And Open House

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WHAT FASCINATED Rebecca, 8, and her sister Arroya Ryden, 4, seen on page 1 was this scene of diver welding under water, part of training received at Carpenter’s Apprenticeship Training Center.

JUDGE Robert Vose IV grades work of Jack Moore, kneeling, in Resilient Floor Layer Contest.

DRYDEN Diving Co. believes in training given apprentices in Carpenters’ Wharf & Dock Builder apprentice classes. Seen WATCHING apprentice John Keller sanding fine work in here are Dryden family memMill/Cabinetmaker division contest were Moharfi Adoyi, bers. Another user of trained John Hendler, Brandon Maugeri and Christian Johnson. divers is Walker Diving.

LEARNING what’s newest in carpentry tools from Matt Blackie were Thomas Keuper, Ross Kownetsky and Tyler WORKING intensely in Interior Finishing Carpentry Contest are apprentices Joe Farran and Eric Mellon. Flores.

FEED’S ON for carpenters, teachers and apprentices who turned out for grand display of various skills taught at huge Apprentice Training Center.

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SPOT-CHECKING one of apprentice contests is Carpenters’ Business Mgr. Ed Coryell, Sr.

ENJOYING bright sunny day during intermission at Carpenters Training Facility were Matt Atkinson, Shane Dillon, WAVING as he emerges to top of training tank is Ryan May- Matt Darragh, Business Mgr. Ed Coryell, Sr., Pat McGinley ersky after completing successful underwater welding test. and Apprenticeship Training Committee Dir. Charles Brock.


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Local 332, Samuel Staten, Jr., Vincent Primavera, Jr. Business Manager/Co-Chairman L.E.C.E.T. Co-Chairman Local 135, Daniel L. Woodall, Jr., Damian Lavelle Business Manager L.E.C.E.T. Management Trustee Local 413, James Harper, Jr., Fred Chiarlanza Business Manager L.E.C.E.T. Management Trustee Local 57, Walt Higgins Harry Hopkins Business Manager L.E.C.E.T. Management Trustee Laborers District Council, Ryan N. Boyer, Business Manager.

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

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(Cont. From Page 6) for our city — for our communities, our schools, and for good jobs — and I know Daylin will be that advocate.” The Abraham endorsement arrives along with endorsements of Americans for Democratic Action of Southeastern Pennsylvania, State Rep. Tim Briggs (D-Montgomery) and the political blog Daily Kos.

NEIGHBORS and committee persons flocked to first of two Fish & Chicken Fry events held by 13th Ward in Lou & Choo’s Pub. State Rep. Rosita Youngblood, 3rd from right, hosted annual fry. Second Fish Fry, on May 9, will be hosted by ward committee persons to raise funds for summer block Photo by Joe Stivala parties.

Stack On TV; Shows Shale Policy

Fundraiser For Rep. Cohen

Philadelphia State Sen. Michael Stack (D-Northeast) has moved his race for Lieutenant Governor into racing gear with a television buy statewide expected to reach a saturation level the final two weeks of the campaign. “Mike Stack has a message that resonates with voters. We see it when he speaks on the campaign trail and in the way campaign contributors have responded in a strong show of support for his candidacy,” said Marty Marks, campaign manager. Stack, a four-term State Senator from Northeast Philadelphia, has raised $900,000 to date, more than three times as much as his four primary opponents combined. Stack’s fundraising success has put the campaign into position to make an $850,000 media buy in the Commonwealth’s four largest media markets, reaching 90% of primary voters at saturation levels. The four media markets where the ad is airing include Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg and WilkesBarre/Scranton. This week Stack, in conjunction with former Dept. of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger, outlined new Marcellus Shale drilling policy they said will restore the trust in Pennsylvania’s environmental oversight and provide new revenue for schools and protection of natural resources. Stack said he will introduce

CHICKIE’S & PETE’S on Robbins Avenue was scene of fundraiser for State Rep. Mark Cohen. Mark and his sister Sherrie show their appreciation to former Councilman Franny Rizzo and campaign coordinator Ducky Birts. Photo by Joe Stivala

Victim/Witness Services Honors Kenney

VICTIM/WITNESS Services of S. Phila. honored Councilman Jim Kenney at its annual gala at Fleisher Institute. From left are JR Rowan, Linda Colavita, Rich Lazer, Kenney, Keith Jackson, Exec. Dir. Alison Sprague, Detective Jose Valdes, Wei Chen, Lt. Krista Dahl Campbell, Dejah Photo by Wei Chen Park and Irene Benedetti. legislation that leans heavily the existing impact fee. on Hanger’s experience as a This policy stand by Stack drilling regulator and environ- is no idle matter. If elected mentalist. Lieutenant Governor, he The legislation being would most likely step into drafted will focus on an ex- current Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley’s traction tax similar to West shoes as chair of the ComVirginia’s as well as more monwealth’s Marcellus Shale transparency between the in- Advisory Commission. Lorraine & Marty dustry and the public, includBednarek Honored ing the creation of an The Democratic 64th Ward ombudsman position to handle is holding a major fundraiser complaints. Stack said his legislation for Lorraine & Mary will contain a severance tax of Bednarek at Knowlton Man5% that will allow municipal- sion, 8001 Verree Road, ities the flexibility to enact Tuesday, May 13, from 6:30 their own fees, similar to West to 8:30 p.m. Congressman Virginia law, pushing the ef- Bob Brady is heading the host fective rate to 7.2%. The sev- committee which is made up erance tax will coincide with of Council Members, row (Cont. Page 13)


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Judge Jimmy Lynn Host With The Most

Judge Jimmy Lynn’s First Friday Breakfasts are turning out to be a gathering of VIPs past and present and a gourmet gastronomy Italian style. In correcting us as to who wrote “Charge of Light Brigade”, he noted his luncheon last week at Fratelli’s Italian Bistro brought out retired Judge & Judy Wallace, exInky and KYW reporter Ken Buck Shuttleworth, Ward Leader James O’Connell, writer Andy Kevorkian, Military defense Specialist George Kearns and Judge’s wife.

JOINING Adam Lang, 3rd from left, at City Republicans’ seasonal kickoff barbecue in his side yard were Leroy Burke, Aldridk Gessa, Lang and Commissioner Al Schmidt. Photo by Bill Myers

JOHN FRITZ joins City Commission Vice Chair Al Schmidt and his daughters, Maggie and Gracie, at Adam Lang’s Sharswood villa. Photo by Bill Myers

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(Cont. From Page 12) office-holders and ward leaders. It promises to be an impressive event for a great couple.

City GOP Fill Up Vacancies

Republican City Committee Exec. Dir. Joe DeFelice reports the Party has filed 71 new minority inspectors, 25 more than any in any other primary. DeFelice is out to eventually man every division in the city. Independent 9th Ward Goes Its Own Way

Henderson Picks Up More Party Support

Congressman Bob Brady, IBEW Local 98 Business Mgr. John J. Dougherty, Councilman Jim Kenney, and Councilman David Oh hosted a fundraiser for Dave Henderson for State Representative for the 194th Dist. at the Black Sheep Pub in Center City. He’s proving to be a major obstacle to State Rep. Pam DeLissio’s (D-Northwest) ef-

ADAM LANG, center, welcomes 2nd Congressional Dist. nominee Armond James, who detailed why he feels Councilman Chaka Fattah has ignored District’s voters, and RCC Photo by Bill Myers Exec. Dir. Joe DeFelice. forts to hold on to her seat. Another Ward Shows Community Spirit

Some ward committees are now organizing as “Registered Community Organizations” in order to weigh in on zoning issues. They would be wise to emulate other civic associations with community-service projects like the 62nd Ward Democrats. John Danforth reports, “Once again the 62nd Democratic Committee members will be participating in a Wissinoming Park clean up this Saturday, May 10. It starts at 9 a.m. and the park is located at Cheltenham & Frankford Avenues.” Good move, John! The rest of you – go and do likewise.

Challenging Vanessa

ED STONE and Wanda Logan seen here campaigning to get their message across at Booth Manor. It’s another effort by Wanda to take the 190th Legislative Dist. seat.

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The Democratic 9th Ward Leader polls the committeepersons and endorses candidates for the next election based on majority vote. State Rep, Cherelle Parker (D-Northwest) was endorsed by one vote. State Sen. LeAnna Washington (DNorthwest) was not endorsed, but the 9th chose to endorse Brian Gralnick with many abstaining.


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Democrats Charged Up At Jefferson-Jackson Day Rally 5 5 T H W A R D Committeeman Ed Harkins with 173rd candidate M i k e Driscoll.

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CONGRESSMAN Bob Brady, Democratic Party Chairman, waves to cheering crowd as he asked them to lead charge to win gubernatorial nomination for Allyson Schwartz and Lt. Governor nod for Mike Stack.

MAYOR Michael N u t t e r s h a r e s happy moment with W a r d Leader Bob Dellavella. Photo by Harry Leech

WARD LEADER Ron Couser, center, is all smiles as he finds himself surrounded by these lovely ladies and friends. Photo by Joe Stivala

MAN OF HOUR Ducky Birts, seated, is joined by State Reps. Vanessa Lowery Brown, Louise Bishop and Ron Waters, along with Taliah Jones. Photo by Robert Mendelsohn

TEAMSTERS Local 830 President Dan Grace, right, discusses campaign with Ward Leaders Roseanne Pauciello and Mike Boyle along with Christine Hope.

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ROXBOROUGH’s Dan Pellicciotti escorts 194th Democratic-endorsed candidate David Henderson, Kristina Agbayani, Dan, Jr. and Colin Kelly. LOVELY LADIES attending Democratic Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner were D o n n a DeRose, Wendy Handler and T r a c e y Roman.

STRONG DEMOCRATS in attendance were Charles Hannah, Charles Branch and Harold James.

K E V I N HANNAH took time out to say hello to star vocalist Sphynix Tilley. GIVING SUPPORT to candidate Mike Driscoll, right, were John Sabatina, Jr., Bob Dellavella and Jonathan Saidel.

QUICK pose brought together Danon Kennared, Joe Campiso, Dr. Minnie Moore-Johnson, Leonard Johnson and Frank Lazzaro. SCHOOL W O E S were subject of discussion Councilman Frank Rizzo was having with PFT President Jerry Jordan.


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MARCEL Groen and Bill Miller share photo moment with endorsed Democratic candidate Allyson Schwartz.

PENNA. Democratic Chairman Jimmy Burns, center, met up with old friends including State Rep. Louise Bishop and AFT President Ted Kirsch.

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STATE SEN. Christine “Tina” Tartaglione gets wheeled to table by Ward Leader Peg Rzepski.

WARD LEADERS Shawn Dillon and Pete Wilson are happy at turnout.

FLANKING their candidate for Congress Brendan Boyle were Eve- CONGRESSMAN Bob Brady’s Chief of Staff Shirley Gregory chats COUNCILMAN Jim Kenney joins up with Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Lisa Rhodes and Mike Youngblood. lyn Jaffee and Frances Knight. with Ward Leader Mike Boyle and Charlie Bernard.

CONGRATULATING Marty Bednarek, 2nd from left, on May 13 Reception in his honor are FOP’s Gene Blagmond, John Cooper and Al Spivey.

FLOYD Wedderburn gives hug to Dolores Tayoun, his former coworker at Lottery. LEGISLATIVE candidate Leslie Acosta has been getting campaign tips from her dad former State Rep. Ralph Acosta.

CHAIRMEN pause for this photo: Marcel Groen and Congressman Bob Brady.

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STATE REP. Curtis Thomas, right, is assured support of MARK LOPEZ is all smiles being flanked by Kelly Dunn and former Sher- 1199C by President Henry Nicholas and his aide Chris iff Barbara Deeley. Woods.


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(Cont. From Page 7) May 11- World Falun Dafa Day Celebration with free meditation and exercise instruction on green acreage next

to Liberty Bell, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 12-14- Mothers in Charge Nat’l Conference at Phila. Sheraton, 201 N. 17th St., starting 12 noon each day. May 12- E. Parkside Residents Ass’n hosts Candidates Night at Christ Community Baptist Ch., 1224 N. 41st St.,

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(Cont. From Page 7) Is wearing a shirt for or against a person or party considered political activity or free speech? Is it acceptable for one party to express this freedom, but not another? Is this yet another example of how a oneparty system is continuing to destroy the foundation of government in Philadelphia? As long as the continued funding of a failed School District remains a hot topic, I doubt a consensus is on the horizon. Maybe by the time my 3rd-grader reaches her sophomore year, we will have an answer. Dennis Hunter Philadelphia

6-8:30 p.m. For info Calla Cousar (215) 386-9152. May 13- Republican City Committee hosts Spring Cocktail Party at Swan Caterers, Water & Snyder Sts., 5:30-8 p.m. Free parking. Tickets $125. For further levels and other info (215) 389-8888, (215-5610650) or www.phillygop.com. May 13- PhillyLabor.com hosts Meet & Greet with Henry Nicholas, of Nat’l Union of Hospital & Healthcare Employees Local 1199C, at 1319 Locust St., 6 p.m. May 14- Chris & Eleanor Dezzi and Phyllis Meloff, Esq. and Larry Pitt, Esq. host Kenyatta Johnson Night at Palm, 200 S. Broad St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sponsor $250, Guest $150, Young Professional $100. Call WWanda@citizensforkenyattajohnson.com. May 14- Reception is hosted for Councilman Jim Kenney at Ernest Bock & Sons, 2800 Southampton Rd., 5:30-7 p.m. May 14- State Rep. Pam DeLissio holds Town Hall meeting at Wolcoff Audit., Roxborough Mem. Hosp., 5800 Ridge Ave., 7 p.m. May 15- 1st Dist. Police Advisory Council Banquet at Galdo’s, 20th & Moyamensing Ave., 5-9 p.m. For info Russell Shoemaker, Sr., (267) 597-7154.

May 16- Sheriff Jewell Williams hosts Democratic 16th Ward Fundraiser at Lou & Choo’s, 21st & Hunting Pk. Ave., 5-9 p.m. Tickets $10. For info Andrew (215) 609-5876. May 16- Day Of The Rope Dinner at Plumbers’ Union Ha., 2791 Southampton Rd., 7-11 p.m. 4-Hour Open Bar, Dining & Dancing. Honorees: Ed Loomis, Jack Dempsey, Mike Powell, Hibernian Of The Year. Tickets $50. May 16- State Rep. Cherelle Parker hosts Old School Party with DJ Gary O! at Temptations Ha., 218 W. Chelten Ave., 8 p.m.-12 a.m. ’70s, ’80s, ’90s Dance Contests. Tickets $25. For info (267) 415-6019. May 17- 6th annual 5K Run & Walk honors Capt. John Taylor around Pennypack Pk., Lincoln HS & Mayfair, starting at Mayfair Plg., Rowland Ave. & Vista St., starting 7:30 a.m. Pre-reg $20, $25 Race Day. May 20- Election Day! May 21- S. Phila. Lions Club Honors State Rep. Maria Donatucci at Waterfall Rm., Water St. & Snyder Ave., 6 p.m. $60. May 22- State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas presents free seminar on Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program in partnership with Greater Phila. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at

Temple Univ. Fox School of Business, 1801 Liacouras Wk., 9:00 a.m. as part of Thomas’ Small Business Month celebration. For info Marilyn Kai Jewett (215) 560-3261. May 22- Dana Spain and Terry Tracey host fundraiser at Spain residence, 615 Fitzwater St. Recommended contribution $250. Checks payable to Citizens for David Oh. RSVP david@davidoh.com. May 28- Lucien Blackwell Fdn. Presents Guiding Lights of the Community Awards at City Ha., Rm. 202, 8:30 a.m.-12 m. Jun. 11- Summer Rooftop Reception supports Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown at Packard Grande Bldg., 111 S. 15th St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. RSVP Dan Perry (732) 670-3299. Jun. 18- American Red Cross Citizen of Year Award Breakfast honors Daniel J. Hilferty, president & CEO Independence Blue Cross at Loews Hotel, 1200 Market St., 8-9 a.m. Jun. 20- State Rep. Michelle Brownlee hosts Senior Expo at Collegeville Apts., Pavilion Community Rm., 27th & Thompson Sts., 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. For info (215) 684-3738. Jul. 10- State Rep. Michelle Brownlee hosts Senior Expo at Francisville Village, Community Rm., 1510 Poplar St., 10 a.m.1:30 p.m. For info (215) 684-3738.

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questions posed by the ALJ. The answers to the hypotheticals posed to the VE are crucial to the ALJ’s decision. If the VE responds to the ALJ’s questions and testifies that you (or a hypothetical version of you, similar in age, education, and work history) can return to your past work or can perform jobs that exist in substantial numbers in the national economy, you lose. It is essential that the ALJ pose to the VE all of the phys-

emptions apply). They’re also subject to state unauthorized practice of law statutes. As the US Trustee’s office states, “bankruptcy petition-preparers can only type documents and must charge a reasonable fee.” And you’re supposed to tell them

what to type! It’s not a cost-effective use of your hard-earned money. Instead, hire an experienced bankruptcy lawyer to guide you through the process. Next Week’s Question: Can I discharge payday loans in bankruptcy?

ical and mental limitations imposed by the combination of your impairments. A hypothetical question to a VE must reflect all of the claimant’s impairments medically established and supported by the record. Rutherford v. Barnhart, 399 F.3d 546, 554 (3d Cir. 2005); Burns v. Barnhart, 312 F. 3d 113, 123 (3d Cir. 2002). Testimony of a VE constitutes substantial evidence for purposes of judicial review only where the hypothetical question posed by the ALJ fairly encompasses all of an individual’s significant limitations that are supported by the record. Ramirez v. Barnhart, 372 F.3d

546, 552 (3d Cir. 2004). After the ALJ is done questioning the VE, your attorney may do so. If the ALJ does not include all limitations sup-

ported by the medical evidence and by your testimony, your attorney should cross-examine the VE and ask her to consider their impact on your

by Tom Flynn and Rocco DeGregorio Question: I recently purchased a “new” car that had 300 miles on it. Just curious, but how many miles typically are put on a vehicle before it is considered used? Answer: In this situation it seems a better term would be “pre-owned”.

By definition of “used”, many cars on the lot have been previously driven, which makes them seem quite “used”. The defining characteristic, however; between a new and used (pre-owned) car is that a used car has been previously titled. Typically, a new car would have fewer miles unless it was

ability to work. This includes asking about the effects that depression, asthma, or carpaltunnel or degenerative-disc disease expert on functioning. a service loaner or demo model. Service loaners and demo models can have thousands of miles on them but they are listed as such. In terms of financing, registration, etc., the only thing that truly makes a car used is a previous title on the vehicle. 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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by Michael P. Boyle, Esq. If you file a claim for disability or SSI benefits, there is a good chance you will appear at a hearing before a judge (ALJ). At most hearings, a vocational expert (VE) will also appear and testify. The VE has two key roles. The first is to identify past relevant work that you performed and describe to the ALJ the exertional and skill levels of your past jobs. The second is to respond to hypothetical

tion preparers: a really bad idea? Answer: Let’s face it. Folks with financial problems

of anything except serve as data-entry clerks. Most notably, they can’t: • Give legal advice-including advising debtors whether to file or what chapter to file; or • Advise debtors about what exemptions to claim (state, federal, or what state’s ex-

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by Michael A. Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: Bankruptcy peti-

aren’t exactly flush with cash. So it’s tempting to cut corners on legal advice and to opt for the services of a bankruptcy petition-preparer. But as with most things, you get what you pay for. Preparers really can’t – at least if they follow the law – do much

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How To Buy At A Sheriff’s Sale

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Sheriff Jewell Williams wants to help educate potential property-buyers on the bidding process at a Sheriff Sale in Philadelphia. Next Tuesday, May 13, two seminars on navigating this process are scheduled. Sessions are free and open to the public – reservations are

required as space is limited. At 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., a session will be conducted only in Spanish. Please register at www.OfficeofPhiladelphiaSheriff.com (Right hand column under Upcoming Events) to reserve your spot. At 1:00-2:30 p.m., a ses(Cont. Page 19)

In re: Adoption of a minor male child Baby Girl E (DOB 4/22/14), 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 female child born 4/22/14 at Riddle Memorial Hospital in Media, 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 610-642-7200 on or before May 28, 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 215-238-6333.

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In The Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County Civil Action – Law No. 131100812 Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure Green Tree Servicing LLC, Plaintiff vs. The Unknown Heirs of Sarah J Bryant, Deceased, Garfield Bryant, Solely in His Capacity as Heir of Sarah J Bryant, Deceased & Sammie L. Bryant, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendants To: The Unknown Heirs of Sarah J Bryant, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant(s), whose last known address is 5804 Catherine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132. This firm is a debt collector and we are attempting to collect a debt owed to our client. Any information obtained from you will be used for the purpose of collecting the debt. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff Green Tree Servicing LLC, has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to No. 131100812, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 5804 Catherine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143, whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County. Notice: You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford one, go to or telephone the office set forth below. This office can provide you with information about hiring a lawyer. If you cannot afford to hire a Lawyer, this office may be able to provide you with information about agencies that may offer legal services to eligible persons at a reduced fee or no fee. Law Center North Central, 1410 W. Erie Ave., Phila., PA 19140, 215-227-2400/215981-3700. Phila. Bar Assoc., One Reading Center, Phila., PA 19104, 215-238-6333. Alyk Oflazian, Atty. for Plaintiff, KML Law Group, P.C., Ste. 5000, Mellon Independence Center, 701 Market St., Phila., PA 19106-1532, 215.627.1322.


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New Vote Handbooks; Write-In Contest

The Office of City Commissioner Stephanie Singer has created a “Voter’s Guide to the May 20, 2014 Election” as well as “Protect the Vote”, a handbook for candidates and poll watchers. Both booklets are available at Room 132 City Hall and can be downloaded from PATransparency.org. In addition, from now

through May 19 (election eve), Philadelphians are invited to stop by Room 132 City Hall any time between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to enter a Practice WriteIn Vote competition. Anyone who can cast a write-in vote correctly on our voting machine on the first try will earn a certificate of merit and be entered into a drawing for lunch

Matt Myers Hosts 39B Crowd

BEN & SHEERITA Wilson, long-time 39B committee people, join host 39B Ward Leader Matt Myers and Councilman Bill JOINING next City Councilman Ed Neilson, Greenlee at Myers’ annual pre-election center, were Bill Dolbow, Shawn Dillon, Gary Forte and Todd Neilson. fundraiser.

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with Commissioner Singer. “Write-in voting on Election Day is a lot easier if you’ve practiced it already on a real machine,” said the Commissioner. She added, “We’re hearing rumors of lots of write-in candidates. We’re hoping the contest will be a fun, low-key way to make the voting process easier.”

Leaders Join Driscoll Campaign

SHARING moment with Ward Leader Matt Myers, right, were attorney Richard Hoy, 39A Ward Leader Roseanne Pauciello, Domenic DeMuro, his son Salvatore, Joe Russo and Bill Dolbow.

39B SUPPORTERS join Mat Myers, second from right. From left are Bobby Thompson, Vincent Melchiorre, Esq., Kevin Carroll and Ward Leader Bob Dellavella.

WOMEN seem to favor Mike Driscoll’s stand on the issues, and flock to his campaign. Here they simulate the size of his large family of daughters. Photo by Joe Stivala

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TAVERN OWNERS are showing their support for Driscoll. Among them were, from left, Matt Funchion, CEO of Penn Distributors; Eleanor Driscoll (no relation), of Driscoll’s Pub; and Joe Campbell, regional manager for Chickie’s & Pete’s. Photo by Joe Stivala

CONGRATULATING State Rep. Ed Neil- CARPENTERS were in support led by John son, 2nd from left, were John Tart, Kevin Rowan, standing left with State Rep. Ed Neilson. Price and Todd Neilson.

How To Buy At A Sheriff’s Sale

(Cont. from Page 19) sion will be conducted only in English. Please register at www.OfficeofPhiladelphiaSheriff.com (Right hand column under Upcoming Events) Classes are at the Office of the Sheriff, City & County of Philadelphia, 100 S. Broad Street (Broad & Samson Streets), 5th floor, Land Title Building These free seminars will provide information on:

• The amount of money and documents required to secure a winning bid • How to pay for the property if you have the highest bid and when • What are the terms of sale are and what is required of the winning bidder • What is the Right of Redemption and how that may impact a sale • How long it will take for the winning bidder to actually

receive the deed for the property • How to recognize, and research, the type of property you are seeking to purchase Check out the Sheriff’s website to sign up for this and future workshops, find out the dates and property listings of Sheriff’s Sales, deed recordings and other important phone numbers and news you can use at www.OfficeofPhiladelphiaSheriff.com.

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HEAVYWEIGHT Democratic leaders turned out for Mike Driscoll’s event to show their support. With Councilman Bob Henon, left, are potential mayoral candidates Councilman Jim Kenney and Council President Darrell Clarke.


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Elephant (Cont. From Page 10) despite our irrational tax structure and cumbersome regulations. He challenged the crowd to think how much better Philadelphia would be, if we removed these burdens from our citizens and businesses. We believe Wolfe is a voice for change, and people like him are needed on City Council. On Monday, Rutgers University got a little bit of mud on its face. The university had asked former US SECRETARY OF STATE CONDOLEZZA RICE to be this year’s commencement speaker. A group of students organized and called for the invitation to be rescinded, as they called her a “war criminal”. According to the editor of the Rutgers school paper, the student opposition was

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taken more seriously when the faculty also circulated a petition against Rice speaking. Commentary in the school paper read, “The protesting students and faculty also were wise to remind the University that as National Security Advisor to PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH, she participated in the massive war crimes of the illegal and devastating invasion of Iraq….” While she did approve of the use of the waterboarding (a method of interrogation the US no longer uses), it was used selectively – not massively. Additionally, there are many including Democrats who do not believe waterboarding is torture. Furthermore, US Congress, including HILLARY CLINTON, voted on our entry into Iraq. Does anyone believe these students, let alone the faculty, would reject Clinton as a commencement speaker?

I am not surprised that a college age student would take issue with Rice because of her affiliation with the Bush Administration. However, I would expect the faculty to respect her accomplishments as an academic. If she is so evil, why is she at Stanford – a place not known as a bastion of conservatism? Rice showed more class and intelligence than her detractors. On Monday, when she rescinded her agreement to speak, she noted, “Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families” and also stated, “Rutgers’ invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time.” The Philadelphia GOP Spring Cocktail Party will be held next Tuesday, May 13 at the Waterfall Room on S. Water Street at 5:30 p.m.

Many former and current ward leaders and party activists attended the event including former 57TH WARD LEADER FRANK CONAWAY. Conaway looked slender, fit, and ageless. JOHN SABATINA, SR. appeared almost serene. Philadelphia Democratic Party icon SONNY CAMPBELL

was sought after by countless Democratic Party activists. The Carpenters’ Union held its annual apprentice workshop exposition in Northeast Philadelphia. The Carpenters have a top-rated apprenticetraining program and they put it on display for friends, family, contractors and others to behold. Popular Republican STATE REP. GENE DiGIROLAMO joined ED CORYELL at the event. DiGirolamo has offered his own alternative budget to GOV. TOM CORBETT’S. DiGirolamo was recently rated the “world’s worst Republican”. Reportedly he holds this evaluation as a badge of honor. The controversy at the Convention Center continues. The Carpenters recently went on strike in protest of the work rules. Now the Convention Center Authority is attempting to dictate new rules to all the unions to do work there. But the smart money is Ed Coryell will have the last word. He has always been staunchly independent and stands up for the interest of his members. He has always done what he thought was right, regardless of pressure from other unions.

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FBR Travel Committee Co-Chairs Colleen Baillie and Fred Druding, Jr. have a toast in Spain to a successful 2014 FBR Trip and were already making plans for the 2015 FBR Trip where the group will head to Germany to run the Berlin Marathon and then head over to Munich to celebrate Oktoberfest.

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Fishtown Beer Runners and the Spanish Beer Runners came together for a group run across the streets of Spanish Television interviews FBR Granada, Spain. President David April for the local newscast.

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Spanish Media covered FBR’s Trip to their country and the Granada Hoy newspaper captured Rachael Harr’s legendary “Jumping” photo and featured it on the front page.

Granada’s Bicha Trail Running Club showed their hospitality by taking FBR for a stunning and spectacular nighttime run through the Alhambra Mountains.

FBR members Eric Fiedler, Keith Tomaselli, Elka Easter, Colleen Baillie, Kelly Payne, David April, Rachael Harr, Johanna Goode, Anthony LoCicero III, Fred Druding, Jr., and Jennifer Leung join Dr. Manuel Castillo as they overlook world history and one of Spain’s wonders, the Alhambra Palace, which was built in the year 889.

Councilman David Oh and Council President Darrell Clarke signed City of Philadelphia Citation which was presented to Dr. Manuel Castillo by Fred Druding, Jr. at the University of Granada Medical School for the Professors work in “Building Bridges” between Philadelphia and Granada.

FBR Members made sure they made a stop at the famous “La Torre del Oro” while they were in Madrid, Spain. Fred Druding, Jr. welcomes Connecticut filmmaker Justin Wirtalla to Spain, who made the journey for footage for his upcoming documentary “Beer Runners”, scheduled to be released in Philadelphia on September 13, 2014. Beer Runners from numerous chapters are expected to descend upon Philadelphia for the film’s release including those as far away as Sweden.

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Nutter Initiates $12/Hour Minimum Wage Palmer Charter Rejects SRC Revoking License

Mayor Michael A. Nutter signed an executive order initiating requirements for city contracts that, going forward, will mandate that city contractors provide a minimum wage of $12/hour beginning Jan. 1, 2015. The Executive Order also requires contractors meet that same minimum-wage standard for their first-tier subcontractors for the first time in city history. The requirement will raise firsttier subcontractors’ pay to $10.88/hour beginning with contracts sought two weeks from today, and then $12/hour in 2015. “No person who works on city contract should live in poverty. We must create ladders of opportunity, we must give

America a raise,” said Mayor Nutter. “President Obama presented the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, but Congress wouldn’t be swayed by the 35 million hardworking Americans living below the poverty line or without a living wage. So the President took action by signing an executive order requiring federal contractors pay their employees a fair wage and called on Governors and Mayors to do what they could to implement change. I wholeheartedly support the President’s push for an increase to the federal minimum wage and today, I am answering his call to do what I can to support hardworking Philadelphians. While I still hope that there will be movement at the federal level on the minimum wage, I

couldn’t wait. I had to take action, as I have done many times before, and protect the interests of our most vulnerable citizens.” Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr. joined Nutter to witness the signing and Nutter thanked him for his leadership, noting the Councilman has been a champion of livingwage issues in the city for years. “In addition to the Minimum Wage Standard, Councilman Goode also campaigned for health benefits for City contract workers, which was passed and signed into law in 2008. Councilman

Goode has also led the way on a Philadelphia Charter Amendment to make legislation providing for minimum wage levels and benefits for subcontractors. This Amendment, which the Administration supports, will be a ballot question this May. I urge Philadelphians to vote ‘yes.’” Councilman Goode said, “As a lawmaker from a family of sharecroppers, I’m glad to stand with the Mayor as he issues this executive order. I look forward to soon crafting a new law that will raise our City’s wage standard permanently.”

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The Walter D Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School, is fighting back an initiative by the School Reform Commission to revoke its Charter. Founder Walter D. Palmer, after whom the school is named, has asked his alumni and student body to organize a drive to gather a million signatures in defense of the school. Palmer said, “We strongly oppose the disruptive and aggressive actions of the School District of Philadelphia against us. “We are calling on all students, parents and individuals in Philadelphia and around the nation, to join us in a 12month campaign. We want 1 million people to hear our story, sign our petition, and get others to join our movement.” “Remember, the School District of Philadelphia ‘recommended’ revocation of our

charter, but is acting as though our school has already closed. Their actions of calling parents with auto-recordings telling them to move their children out of our school, and constantly allegations about us in the news, is leading people to believe our school will close no matter what. This is unfair to all of us, and surprising that a large, troubled organization would stoop to these tactics.” Palmer began the school in 2000 with the expressed purpose of serving “at-risk children by training children and their families, how to use education for survival, providing skills that will help transform that most of us come from,” he said. He noted the school has 1300 students that come from 17 out of 18 poorest performing zip codes in Philadelphia. Many of the students are below basic in reading and math. The student population is approximately 75% African American, 20% Hispanic/Latino, and 5% Other. Almost 100% are eligible for free and reduced lunch. Some of our families are 300% below the poverty line. Palmer added, “Many of us, and our families, experienced or are aware of abuse, violence, alcohol, drugs, gangs, prison, mental illness, suicide, and death by shooting, in our daily lives. “In spite of the above, at our school, we have approximately 90% daily student attendance in grades K-12, and this year we will graduate our fourth senior class with 100% being prepared for postsecondary transitioning. Our students are the children that nobody wants, and have been referred to as ‘losers’ by a local educational leader. We are aware that we are targeted because we have led the fight for at-risk children and educational reform. The School District of Philadelphia has targeted our school using bullying tactics to close us down and take our building. For information, contact (215) 627-9373 or PalmerLeadership @gmail.com.


surance requirements. Kelvin Jeremiah, PHA President and CEO and David Walsh, PHA Acting Executive Vice President of Supply Chain Management, will address the attendees. The event is scheduled for May 22, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Philadelphia Housing Authority Building, 1800 S. 32nd Street, in 1st-floor multi-purpose room. For more information

about this free event, please call (215) 684-4062 or email ContractingOfficer@pha.phila .gov. Philadelpha Housing Authority is among the largest in the country. It is the landlord for over 85,000 people in developments and scattered sites around the city of Philadelphia. It has rejuvenated scores of older developments and produces a great deal of business.

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The Philadelphia Housing Authority will host a business networking event to provide suppliers with the opportunity to learn how to become a vendor for the agency. Prospective vendors will learn about upcoming contract opportunities, prequalification, submitting proposals, bidding procedures, Section 3 compliance, minority and women-owned business participation, and bonding and in-

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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 13th, 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-030 C of 2013/14 General High School Conversion $202,700.00 $100.00 John L. Kinsey 6501 Limeklin Pike Philadelphia, PA 19138 B-031 C of 2013/14 Mechanical High School Conversion John L. Kinsey 6501 Limeklin Pike Philadelphia, PA 19138

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off base,” Rendell went in on McCord. “I’m here to say that the ad Rob McCord has put on TV alleging that Tom Wolf is insensitive to racism is ... wrong,” he said. “It’s ill-conceived. The ad implies what Tom Wolf did in the Robertson case was analogous to what Donald Sterling and his conduct with the [Los Angeles] Clippers. Tom Wolf is not racially insensitive. He is not a racist.” Rendell went on to say that Wolf was among the business

and political leaders in York battling the city’s problems with racism and that his endorsements from current York Mayor Kim Bracey and other African American politicians across the state, including State Rep. Dwight Evans, should show he’s not a racist. And apparently, McCord didn’t care about any racist leanings Wolf had in 2008 when he took $20,000 from Wolf for his campaign for Treasurer, Rendell said. “Rob McCord is a good

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voicemail from one of Pennsylvania’s foremost thinkers that made him start to break down a little. (Being called a “retard Nword lover” and being told to step off of the ticket can make you do that, I guess.) He then indirectly chided Rendell for putting politics over his attempt to embrace and discuss what has been traditionally seen as a Democratic Party issue. “We’re going to drive this conversation forward. “ McCord said. “My party at its best does not back down on these matters,” McCord said. “My Democratic leaders at their best don’t ask us to walk away or just talk campaign tactics.” When asked if he were going to take Rendell’s suggestion and pull the ad, McCord said no. “I respect Gov. Rendell, but I respectfully disagree,” he said. “Sometimes being a leader means making people uncomfortable. Gov. Rendell won’t be driving my campaign strategy, and I’m going to drive this conversation.” Now on Monday, the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, WURD 900AM, The Philadelphia Tribune, and the Philadelphia Community of Leaders will be holding a forum in which I’m pretty sure the subject of Tom Wolf, Charles Robertson, and their connection will come up. It’s being held at the 1st District Plaza building starting at noon. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free.

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MOUSE-CLICK PATRIOT. On the 16th we celebrate the birth of one of the most-sought, popular PR persons of all time, a modern-day Ernest Hemingway – FRANK KEEL. Also on the 16th, it is Sean STEVENS, Esq.’s day. Sean’s keen eye helps folks in East Falls and Manayunk identify the best for a public office. He will one day make the move for office!... On May 18, Local 98 Business Agent Jimmy FOY has his bday! Jim was on hand to hear Local 98 members on contract terms last weekend.

(Cont. From Page 10) Maybe the Pulitzer is for him? BIRTHDAY WISHES go out to Mike FERA, retired head of the CEMENT MASONS Local 592 (May 14). Mike and pet pup “Scamutz” start each day now, and then Mike is found in the Joe Hand Gym, helping youth build confidence. Also on the 14th – it is the big day for ageless Hal ROSENTHAL, Esq. Just back from Israel, Hal will demonstrate for a cause. He is no stay-at-home,


AT UNITED Republican Club in Kensington, City Council candidate Matt Wolfe joins Gary CITY COUNCIL at-Large candidate Matt Feldman, Mike Barkowich, Eugene Van Ars- Wolfe speaks with supporters at fundraiser held at Racquet Club on Monday. dale and Denise Furey.

SARA Robbertze, Seth Kaufer and Republican Ward Leader Bill Pettigrew joined over 100 at fundraiser for Matt Wolfe on Monday at Racquet Club of Phila.

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Philanthropy Watchdog Examines William Penn Foundation The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy has launched Philamplify, a new project aimed at bursting the “isolation bubble” in philanthropy by delivering honest feedback to grant makers. Philamplify pairs comprehensive assessments of prominent foundations with an interactive website that gathers user-generated commentary on foundation practices. The William Penn Foundation, Philadelphia’s largest

foundation with over $2 billion in assets, is one of the first three grant makers examined by the initiative. Written by NCRP’s director of foundation assessment, Lisa Ranghelli, “The William Penn Foundation: Is Philadelphia’s Leading Philanthropy Back on Track?” highlights the organization’s strengths, which have made a mark on watershed protection, promoting educational opportunities, and fostering arts and culture in Philadelphia. The

report also identifies ways the foundation can boost its impact, including by asserting more public leadership and offering expanded support for advocacy and civic engagement. The report explores in depth many elements of the foundation’s operations, including the recent leadership change and new strategic plan that had some stakeholders worried the foundation’s commitment to underserved communities, equity and community organizing was waning.

“There’s a lot riding on the effectiveness of the William Penn Foundation,” said Aaron Dorfman, executive director of NCRP. “We hope the foundation will consider how our concrete recommendations, which are largely based on feedback from members of its own community, can help it realize its vision for a thriving Philadelphia.” “The William Penn Foundation has played a central role in Philadelphia – providing critical funding for the city’s

arts and culture, offering historic support for improving public education, and creating extraordinary efforts to address the city’s environmental challenges,” said Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Phila.). “As the foundation moves into its seventh decade of philanthropy and leadership in our community, I know it will value the feedback and insight offered by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy’s report.”

In a letter responding to the assessment, William Penn Foundation Managing Dir. Peter Degnan said, “We have long respected NCRP and appreciate [its] dedication to challenging and improving the philanthropic sector. While we strive toward lasting positive impact, we recognize that it is often through external constructive critique that we are able to sharpen and hone our strategies and operational approach.”

Civil War Statue ‘Silent Sentry’ To Be Rededicated

The Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery will hold a public ceremony rededicating the “Silent Sentry,” an historic bronze statue of a Civil War soldier at parade rest, first dedicated in 1883 at Mount Moriah Cemetery in Southwest Philadelphia. For nearly 100 years, the “Silent Sentry” watched over the gravesites of over 90 Union veterans at Mount Mo-

effort to move the monument out of storage and into the limelight. “I am personally thrilled and delighted that the ‘Silent Sentry’ will return to its noble task in guarding the graves of veterans. The story of how this project was launched and the joy of seeing it come to fruition, despite the hurdles, is a great achievement for many supporters and a personal milestone in my career as historian.” Waskie serves as chair of the Silent Sentry Committee. Comprising representatives from MOLLUS, FLHC, and the Gen. Meade Society of Philadelphia, committee members have volunteered their time and talents over the past two years to the task of ensuring the reuse and rededication of this post-Civil War-era

relic. To date, the Friends of Laurel Hill have raised nearly $40,000 in charitable donations from dedicated citizens, public charities and fraternal organizations to fund the costs of rigging and relocation; the construction, installation and inscription of an American granite base upon which the figure will rest; lighting; landscaping; commemorative materials; and the establishment of an endowment to provide for the maintenance and restoration of the monument for generations to come. The Friends invite members of the public citizenry to join them in partnership with MOLLUS, the General Meade Society, supporting military organizations, and esteemed guests for the historic Rededi-

cation of the “Silent Sentry” at Laurel Hill Cemetery on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Noon, rain or shine. Services will commence in traditional fashion, as gathered participants form a parade to the gravesite of General George Gordon Meade, victor of Gettysburg, for a brief ceremony in annual observance of Memorial Day. The first Memorial Day commemoration in Philadelphia took place in 1868 at Laurel Hill Cemetery. The parade will then reform and proceed to the plot of the Grand Army of the Republic Meade Post 1, new location of the “Silent Sentry”, for a seated ceremony that will culminate with the unveiling of the monument. Keynote speakers include Brigadier Gen. Wilbur E. Wolf III, Deputy

Commanding General, 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania National Guard; Richard Wood Snowden, great-greatgrandson of Colonel A. Loudon Snowden, who delivered the keynote address at the first dedication of the “Silent Sentry” in 1883; and Waldron Kintzing Post II, Commander in Chief of MOLLUS. The day will conclude with beer and light luncheon refreshments. Commemorative items, including 9.5” resin replicas of the monument created by nationally renowned sculptor, Andrew Chernak, will be available for sale. The event is free and open to the public; a $5 optional donation in support of Laurel Hill Cemetery’s preservation is suggested and would be much appreciated.

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riah. In the 1970s, the 700pound, 7’2” statue was removed from its base in an attempted theft. It was recovered and repaired by the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, who maintained the monument for decades with the assistance of the Laran Bronze Foundry. In recent years, efforts were made to find a suitable public location for the “Silent Sentry,” in keeping with its original purpose. In 2013, MOLLUS approved its relocation to Laurel Hill Cemetery, where it will resume its duty in guarding the resting places of Veterans of America’s Civil War. Temple University professor and Civil War historian, Dr. Anthony (“Andy”) Waskie, has been leading the


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