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Ringside With The Shadowboxer Philly’s Bryant Jennings is just two fights away from becoming the Heavyweight Champion of the World. On Jul. 26, at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Jennings will fight Mike Perez on HBO and the winner will fight for the WBC Heavyweight Championship vacated by Vitali Klitschko, who in May was elected Mayor of Kiev. The bout looks pretty even on paper, as Jennings is 29, Perez is 28, and both are undefeated. “The WBC is proud to sanction the fight between Perez vs. Jennings as a final elimination fight as part of the WBC tournament in the heavyweight division,” said WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman. “The WBC ordered a tournament between all the top-rated fighters to fight and Perez vs. Jennings will prove to be a formidable

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RECEIVING “BRISCOE” Award at Veteran Boxers Association’s Clubhouse in Port Richmond, Philly’s Bryant Jennings is on verge of becoming Heavyweight Champion of the World. match to find the second Stiverne must make his first mandatory contender of the defense against Deontay WBC heavyweight divi- Wilder and the winner between Stiverne and Wilder sion.” In the opening round of the has been ordered to fight the WBC eliminator, Bermane victor of Perez-Jennings for WBC Heavyweight Stiverne scored a 6-round the stoppage over Chris Arreola. Championship.

PPA Phases Out Smart Cards As announced back in February of this year, the Philadelphia Parking Authority will no longer sell Smart Cards. Valid Smart Cards will only be accepted by kiosks and meters until December 31, 2014. “With the installation of

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511PA Mobile For Road Info People traveling through Pennsylvania can now get better traffic information before and during a trip with PennDOT’s new, free 511PA mobile application. In addition to providing traveler information on the go, the application helps drivers make travel decisions before they leave by linking to the 511PA website, www.511PA.com. The site provides alerts, cameras and more for PennDOTmaintained roadways as well as the Pennsylvania Turnpike. To download the application, visit the iTunes or Google Play stores and search for “511PA”.

over 1,000 kiosks throughout the city that accept credit cards, the demand for Smart Cards has dropped dramatically. Based on the high percard production cost, combined with its near-obsolescence, we decided to end the Smart Card program,” Deputy Executive Director Corrine O’Connor said. The PPA originally partnered with OmPay, LLC — a Philadelphia-based technology firm — in 2001 to offer Smart Cards as a convenient alternative to coins for use in parking meters. O’Connor commended OmPay, LLC for their “innovation and assistance in helping the PPA develop and use cutting-edge technology, which improved customer service by providing an easy and convenient way for customers to pay for on-street parking at meters and kiosks throughout the city.” Smart Cards offer a convenient way to pay for parking at meters throughout Philadel-

phia. The size of a credit card, they are similar to a prepaid phone card, in that money is deducted each time you use your Smart Card. Smart Cards can currently be purchased in $10, $20, and $50 denominations. Smart Cards are available for purchase at nearly 200 retail locations (such as Wawa, Acme, 7-11, Shop Rite, Conestoga Bank). Some newsstands also carry Smart Cards.

Lottery Set For Center City Vending Sites The Dept. of Licenses & Inspections will be accepting applications from vendors until Jun. 20 ,10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Concourse Level of the Municipal Services Building There are 39 vending locations available in Center City and the $50 application fee will be waived. Deadline for submissions is Jun. 20, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. No exceptions. Application Packages for the lottery may be obtained at the License Issuance Unit in the Concourse Level of the Municipal Services Building between 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday-Friday. The lottery will take place on Jul. 7 at 12 p.m. If you are selected, you will be contacted by phone to sign your paperwork. For more information, please call (215) 686-2414.

Streets Dept. Wants To Hear From You The Philadelphia Streets Dept. is asking residents to register their cell phones and email addresses with the department through its website www.philadelphiastreets.com in order to receive real-time messages concerning city services, vital information and news. “Phone calls to landlines are no longer an effective means to communicate with the public, especially during winter weather events when trash collection schedules are impacted,” said Commissioner David J. Perri.

In an attempt to gain feedback on the City’s snow-fighting efforts from this past winter, the Streets Dept. has posted a survey on its website to allow Philadelphia citizens an opportunity to comment on the department’s performance. “Now that spring has begun and we have survived an unusually harsh winter, the Streets Dept. is taking the time to evaluate the effectiveness of its winter storm-fighting efforts,” said Commissioner Perri. “We plan to review the comments for improvements to next year’s snow operations.”

Kane Eyes Neighborhood Assistance State Senate candidate John Kane, who officially became the Democratic challenger for the 26th Senatorial Dist. in May 20 primary, announced if elected in November, he would not only support the Neighborhood Assistance Program Bill but would work to expand it. State Rep. Thomas Killion (R-Delaware) plans to introduce legislation that would expand the NAP tax credit. “This is exactly the type of important legislation that

needs to be a priority in Harrisburg,” said Kane. “The NAP is a vital component in revitalizing our most challenged neighborhoods and helping low-income families and those on a fixed income. As successful as the NAP has been, I will work across party lines to expand the program by increasing the appropriation as Rep. Killion has proposed, but go further by enhancing job training and job placement programs for the unemployed, underemployed,

and military veterans to get people back to work.” Kane has been adamant about raising the minimum wage to $10.10 as quickly as possible, which will also help to revitalize neighborhoods. “People can’t live on $7.25 an hour. A higher minimum wage means more goods and services working people can buy which will improve the economy,” said Kane. “There are a lot of issues that can help our more-challenged communities.”.

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Labor Meet-and-Greet program hosted District Council 47 President Fred Wright and VP Vanessa Fields, 4th & 6th from left, and business leaders. Wright is new-era dynamic labor leader with great people skills and pragmatism and is able to get a contract signed with universal satisfaction. Meet and Greet host Joe Dougherty is 4th from right. Photo by Joe Stivala

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ONCE enemies, now compatriots, are these political representatives of Latino community, gearing efforts to elect Tom Wolf as Governor. From left are Donna Aument, State Rep. Angel Cruz, Leslie Acosta, Emilio Vazquez, Jason Dawkins, Congressman Bob Brady, State Sen. Tina Tartaglione and Carlos Matos. (See Story and Picture Page 4)

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Latino Democrats Closer To Unity, Maybe

by Joe Shaheeli The elected and grassroots leadership of the Philadelphia Latino community was once divided into several groups. Some were led by elected officials, others propelled by nonprofits, and still others by high-echelon members of various mayoral administrations. With them, depending on which was waning and which was waxing, so went the faith of Latino’s elected leadership, in either the General Assembly or City Council. That often led more to defeat as one or more of the elected from that community found themselves caught in the crosshairs in primary feuds. Now the divide is down to two major forces: The group called LEAD (Latino Empowerment Alliance of Delaware Valley), led by 7th Dist. Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez, and a new unity

group now headed by former archenemies State Rep. Angel Cruz (D-Kensington) and Carlos Matos, whose wards, the 7th and 19th, border each other, together, with Emilio Vazquez’ 43rd Ward, and Donna Aument’s 33rd, occupy much of the area in which is concentrated the Caribbean Latino vote in this city. They met last week at the headquarters of the 19th Ward with Party Chairman Congressman Bob Brady in attendance. Keynote speaker at the

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union members, has endorsed Penna. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf. Congratulating him are President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder. Executive Council also announced endorsement of Democratic State Sen. Mike Stack for Lieutenant Governor with endorsements for congressional, State House and State Senate seats to come HOSTING second successful reception for State Auditor on Jul. 14. General Eugene DePasquale,2nd from left, at Union League Corbett Knows He were Eleanor & Chris Dezzi joined by Joseph Jacovini, Esq., Needs Major Facelift Even Gov. Tom Corbett of Dilworth Paxon, and Salvatore De Bunda, Esq. Photo by Joe Stivala knows he is his own worst enemy. Otherwise why would polls show every Democratic candidate who ran for their gubernatorial nomination did favorably when compared to him? A June Quinnipiac University poll has Corbett’s disapproval at 55%. Even more than that (58%) say he does not deserve a second term. Older Pennsylvanians DAVID J. TAYLOR, Jr., of Enterprise Holdings, presents helped carry Corbett to the his group’s check of $3,000 to former Rep. Harold James, Governor’s Mansion in 2010, chairman of NEEED (Networking for Equal Education & but seem poised to help sweep Economic Development) to help needy students in School Dishim out come November. trict. In photo are Harold James; Sallie Clayton, VP of Corbett’s approval with voters NEEED, Raheem Manning of Enterprise Holdings; Daria Ward, NEEED Secretary; Taylor; and Shelina James, over 65 rests at only 33%. Photo by Donald Terry (Cont. Page 26) NEEED President.

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become the “go-to” leader to solve critical city-labor problems as well as to martialing, when necessary, the city’s federal, state and local elected officials behind city needs. He has been called the peacemaker and great compromiser, traits which have seen him called at all hours to bring an end to deadlocks in labor and other disputes. It’s little known he has trained hundreds of University of Pennsylvania students in his course in art of compromise, where he serves as an adjunct professor teaching on weekends.

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by Joe Shaheeli It must have been one of Tom Wolf’s defining moments, walking into a room of this city’s Democratic Ward leaders welcoming him with a standing ovation. They were on his side, the welcome was warmhearted and he returned the same to the members he knew represented what is conceivably the strongest get-outthe-vote organization in the Commonwealth and possibly the country. He told them he intends to spend as much time as he can in this city where he knows almost everyone’s hand he shakes belongs to a Democrat. (See Pics Page 24) In addition, the ward leaders reelected for a record-setting 32 years at the helm of this organization its longest serving chairman, Congressman Bob Brady. Brady advised both Wolf and Lieutenant Governor candidate Mike Stack “not to stray too far from this city. We want you to help energize our troops as well as our voters into realizing the importance of this race’s impact on the future of this city.” Brady, in his tenure, has

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Things are happening at the Port of Philadelphia and the ILA is proud to be part of it all! No one can miss all the great things going on at the Port right now: we’re deepening our shipping channel to 45 feet. We’re moving forward with Southport, the first major new marine terminal in decades. We’re aggressively attracting new cargoes while continuing our dedication to our existing business. And, we here, at ILA Local 1291 are proud to be at the center of everything, helping our many allies in the maritime industry to make this Port all it can be now and in the future! So, as we make continued progress, the ILA wants to take a moment to thank and salute those allies, because without everyone working together, all would be lost! So, we want to use this opportunity to acknowledge these fine individuals and organizations:

The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority PRPA’s many fine terminal operators The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Our fellow unions and their hardworking memberships Governor Tom Corbett

US Senators Bob Casey and Patrick Toomey Congressman Bob Brady State Senators Mike Stack and Larry Farnese State Representatives Bill Keller and John Taylor Our many other allies in government

And, last but not least, the fine membership of ILA Local 1291, who safely, quickly, and expertly move the world’s cargoes every day!

Let’s all continue to move forward! Sincerely and In Unity,

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Our Opinion Wolf-Stack And Philadelphia Votes paign to win the Lieutenant Governor nomination, topping Wolf in vote tallies. The key question is: Will the voters respond to the Democratic ticket’s efforts to energize the vote-getters and the voters to produce the numbers needed, which the city has shown it is capable of in presidential elections? Back in the later part of the last century, legendary Congressman Bill Barrett was asked, “Why do you proliferate your campaign posters and advertise in your local papers when you know you are a shoo-in?” (He was such a shoo-in, the voters elected him after he died!) His answer: “To let voters and committee people know there is an election coming up.”

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If the coming general election were viewed on a television poker show, Gov. Tom Corbett and Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley would be seen as having kings and jacks in their hand. We see challengers Tom Wolf and Mike Stack with a king and a card we can’t read yet. We’re not sure if it’s a king, an ace or a deuce. The reason is that card is being dealt by Philadelphia. If Democratic voters come out in big numbers, meaning over 350,000, then the card becomes a king. Between that number and 300,000 it could be a Jack, then maybe a ten or less. Wolf has come to understand that with his visit to Democratic headquarters. Sen. Stack has been preaching that throughout his cam-

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Could Make Us Money In response to State Rep. Bill Keller’s letter (“A Wise Sale”, Jun. 5, 2014) I feel the 20 years he spent to have the river dredged to bring pineapples up the Delaware River was a “wise” decision. No one has ever taken the stand that PGW

could have been, and may someday be, an “energy-wise” entity that could solve all of the financial problems the City has inherited. The governance structure at PGW should be changed to a for profit entity. It is the neglect of present and past politicians that have “kicked the can” too long. He has failed to see that PGW had the facilities to produce LNG (liquefied natural gas) to supply the Northeastern states. Why do you think 33 bidders came calling? Profit. And replacing gas mains “expeditiously” to me sounds like cutting costs, reducing safety, and surcharging customers. Who is going to help pay for this – the City, State, Feds or the ratepayer? Two things are certain for Philly. There will always be money problems (pension obligations) and the winters will be cold. Well, maybe just one thing could be certain. As far as public meetings as concerned, limits will be in place to have the ratepayers’ voices heard. You do not have to be a financial wizard to realize PGW could be making money for the City, or in contrast, delivering a drastic rate decrease for its customers. I am a retired PGW employee and Democratic Committeeman. Mark A Evans Oxford Circle

Jun. 19- SEPTA commemorates 50th Anniversary “Throwback Thursday” Celebration, inviting public to check out displays of vintage buses, photos at SEPTA HQ, 1234 Market St., as well as to bring what mementoes of their own they have. Starting 11 a.m. Jun. 19- Cocktail Reception supports work of Phila. Police Foundation at FOP Hall, 11630 Caroline Rd., 5-7 p.m. For info (215) 629-3600. Jun. 19- Georgia E. Interdenominational Sch. of Music

15th anniversary celebration at Hilton Phila. City Avenue honors State Sen. Shirley Kitchen, State Rep. J.P. Miranda and Councilwoman Cindy Bass. Jun. 19- State Rep. Jordan Harris celebrates Birthday at Statuz Nightclub, 600 Spring Garden St., 6 p.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. Jun. 21- State Sen. Anthony Williams launches Summer of Peace campaign at Myers Rec. Ctr., 58th & Kingsessing Ave., basketball games 10 a.m.; Block Party at 55th & Chester Ave., 1 p.m.

Jun. 21- Fundraiser for Tracey Gordon at African Cultural Ctr., 5000 Springfield Ave., 1-4 p.m. Dinner and beverage. Donation $20. dinner platter and beverage. Jun. 22- Minister Louis Farrakhan is guest preacher at 1st African Baptist Ch., 16th & Christian Sts., 11 a.m. Marking 205th anniversary. Jun. 26- “Fun Raising” for Megan Ruth, Republican candidate, 1st Congressional Dist. at Phila. Cricket Club, 415 Willow Grove Ave., 6-9 p.m., $100-$1,000. For info John H. Morley, Jr. (215) 389-1768. Jul. 2- Local 22 Firefighters Party at Keenan’s in N. Wildwood, N.J. Insulators Union Party, also at Keenan’s.

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In her “Out & About” column (May 22), Denise Clay said: “That two accomplished, intelligent women like Schwartz and McGinty couldn’t even break 30% in terms of vote totals tells me that at least among the electorate that came out, sexism is alive and well in Pennsylvania.” That is an example of a growing problem in punditry today. It is a “claim -ism first, ask questions later” type of analysis. The writer wants to paint a broad brush of sexism on a large group of people because they didn’t vote the way she wanted without even acting like she looked into the reasons why anyone voted a certain way. (And she even gets that data set wrong. She says “Pennsylvanians,” but only Democrats voted for that race.) This is a microcosm of a very dangerous trend that has been increasing over the years. Making the initial claim that if someone doesn’t succeed or that they aren’t agreed with, it is because of some sort of oppression first and has nothing to do with their own actions or abilities. This isn’t to say -isms don’t exist and don’t impact events, but we need to be very careful about not using it as the default

explanation for someone’s failures and results. It is important because the more people water down the seriousness of these claims, the less people will take them seriously when they are legitimate. One of the reasons it is hard to take that claim seriously is that six months ago (before Tom Wolf even did his ad buy), a friend and I laid out perfectly legitimate reasons why she wasn’t going to win the primary in the current field based simply on how Pennsylvania votes, based on geography. I even projected it wouldn’t be close and that she would lose by 20 points (again, before Wolf ads). Schwartz’s odds of winning were low simply because she was one of two equal-tiered candidates from the Southeast with no similar splits happening in the rest of Pennsylvania. It could have been Mr. Schwartz and the results would have been the same. Adam Lang Republican 29th Ward Leader


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NOTICE TO LEGAL FATHER TO: THOMAS CABELLA or any male claiming to be the legal father of ESTELLA WELSH Estella Welsh was born to Colleen Welsh in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania on February 28, 2014. The mother has surrendered her parental rights to this child for adoption in the State of Georgia, and the Petition for Adoption is pending in the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia. The final hearing has been set for July 11, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. Please be advised that your parental rights and responsibilities, including but not limited to your obligation to support the child, will be terminated upon the finalization of the adoption. Should you choose to file a legal objection to this adoption, you may appear at the hearing and you must show cause why your parental rights to this child should not be terminated. In order to object, you must (1) file notice of your objection with the Adoption Clerk, Superior Court of Fulton County, 185 Central Ave Atlanta, GA 30303, Case No. 2014CV245805; and (2) provide notice of the filing of your objection with counsel for the Petitioners listed below. Lila Newberry Bradley Claiborne & Fox, LLC 60 Lenox Pointe, N .E. Atlanta, GA 30324 404-442-6969

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sports car in order to have a successful bankruptcy. Yes, it may be a very tough decision and yes, it may be gutwrenching. However, if at the end of the process you can emerge debt-free, sleep through the night, and/or stop fighting with your spouse or loved ones, wouldn’t it be worth it? Knowledge is power and the more knowledge you have about filing bankruptcy the more power you will to make a fully informed decision. A decision without surprises or gotchas when you go to court. Next Week’s Question: Can I go to jail for not paying my bills?


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Last Wednesday, Republican City Committee held its organizing meeting. STATE REP. JOHN TAYLOR was reelected RCC Chairman. Other officers that were reelected were VICE CHAIRMAN AGNES (CHUCKIE) TILLEY, GENERAL COUNSEL MICHAEL MEEHAN, TREASURER WALT VOGLER, ASSISTANT TREASURER CALVIN TUCKER, SECRETARY VINCE FENERTY and ASSISTANT SECRETARY KEVIN PASQUAY. SUZANNE HANEY replaced SUZANNE COHEN as Honorary Vice Chairman. LINDA KERNS and MIKE CIBIK were elected to two new positions of Assistant General Counsel and a second Vice Chairman respectively. The term of these offices is four years. In Philadelphia RCC, officers are elected by the ward leaders, who themselves were elected by the committee people, who in turn were elected by registered Republican voters in a primary election. In most other counties in Pennsylvania, the county party officers are elected directly by the committeemen and not by ward leaders. Also in many other counties, the functional equivalent of a ward leader is referred to as an “area leader”. This coming weekend will be the first meeting of Republican Party of Pennsylvania following May’s election of new State Committee members. Philadelphia has 12 members of State Committee; 11 were elected in the May primary and the County Chairman John Taylor is automatically a member. The elected members of State Committee include Chuckie Tilley, ANNIE HAVEY, MONIKA CZAPLA, PEG RECUPIDO, (Cont. Page 23)

I spent my Saturday hearing people talk about weed at the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Fitts Auditorium. Let me explain. State Sen. Anthony Williams had people on all sides of the marijuana legalization debate in the auditorium as part of what he called “The Great Marijuana Debate” on Saturday. There are 21 states where you can use marijuana for a variety of medical problems ranging from glaucoma to anxiety. Today in City Council, City Councilman Jim Kenney will be introducing a bill making possession of a small amount of marijuana an offense punishable by a ticket, not by jail time. Heck, in Colorado and Washington State you can buy and use marijuana recreationally without penalty. So it’s time for Pennsylvanians to at least talk about it, Williams said. “Social perspectives on a on a lot of controversial issues are changing,” Williams said. “This is one of those areas that many of us who came into the legislature over a decade ago never thought we’d be talking about, because we never thought it would be part of the social conversation.” “All of the surveys indicate an evolving perspective on this issue,” Williams continued. “And for me, who is challenged all the time about putting kids in jail with no future, [marijuana possession] eats up a lot of time, money and resources that frankly should go someplace else. Personally, I don’t know how to get from point A to point B yet without having a little more understanding.” (Cont. Page 29)

Yo! Here we go again with this serious item which will make you say, “Pass the biscuits.” It was sent to me by Joan G., a reader from West Virginia. She says when she was a kid, every now and then her mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed. Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don’t remember what I told him that night, but I do remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I’ll never forget what he said: “Honey, I love burned biscuits.” Later that night, I went to kiss daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, “Your momma put in a long hard day at work today and she’s real tired. And besides,-a burnt biscuit never hurt anyone!” I was really impressed by his attitude and remember that conversation till this day. You know, life is full of imperfect things ... and imperfect people. I’m not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. What I’ve learned over the years is that learning to accept each other’s faults and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences is one of the most-important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship. So please pass me a biscuit. And yes, the burned one will do just fine! And please pass this along to someone who has enriched your life... I just did! Remember, life is too short to wake up with regrets. Love the people who treat you right and forget about the ones who don’t. Enjoy life now – it has an expiration date!

NOT A LOT of clamor over the Sixers’ Practice Facility being built in Camden – and not Philly. A shame. We could have assembled the land and given tax breaks. In Philly it is no longer ASTUTE to favor abatements, etc., since most do not have them – though they have done much good. Is the new gym to be built inside the Camden “GREEN LINE” along the river?... Thinking about the Iraqi Green Line, I read where “DUBYA” Bush released 500 Taliban with nary a PRESS PEEP. A new point is that after cessation of hostilities by the USA in Afghanistan, international law says we will no longer have any legal right to hold the remaining Taliban, and they will have less value in trade then. The ERA of GOOD FEELING in the 1st Judicial District was recalled during the portrait unveiling of Judge D. Webster KEOGH. I have never seen more jurists paying homage in Courtroom 653 than for Keogh. One of the best “AJ” judges ever!... WOULD YOU BELIEVE the assertion that CITY COUNCIL is taking its sweet time to act on the sale of the Gas Works? They should not be PUSHED by folks that seem a bit nervous. Please ignore that Grinch talk; don’t be rushed to do the PEOPLE’S BUSINESS!... THERE THEY GO AGAIN. A new attack on Rep. Louise BISHOP in her 80th year. Critics may one day reach that age, and then will know how it feels to be belittled by know-it-alls. Her many years of service include introduction of MANY bills and resolutions. Success as a radio host and minister. The critics cannot fill her shoes. (Cont. Page 22)

TOM WOLF visited Philadelphia Democratic City Committee this week and was received warmly. The gubernatorial nominee was paying respects to all 69 Ward leaders who were recently elected, and mostly paying respects to CHAIRMAN BOB BRADY who was unanimously reelected Chairman of Democratic City Committee by the ward leaders. The loudest applause came when Brady, Wolf, and STATE SEN. MIKE STACK posed for a joint photo. The most-impressive aspect of City Committee is the stature of the ward leaders. Many of them are elected officials. Among them were MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER, REGISTER OF WILLS RON DONATUCCI, STATE SEN. LARRY FARNESE, CITY CONTROLLER ALAN BUTKOVITZ, STATE SEN. ANTHONY WILLIAMS, STATE SEN. SHIRLEY KITCHEN, COUNCILMAN JANNIE BLACKWELL, former COUNCIL PRESIDENT ANNA VERNA and STATE REP. ANGEL CRUZ. This is just to name a few. COUNCIL PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE is also a former Ward Leader and thus eligible to be in the room under all circumstances. This year’s City Committee leadership elections featured three contests, all of which were resolved in favor of the incumbents. Brady was once again elected unanimously because performance counts. Brady is a relentless advocate for Ward Leaders in the Democratic Party. And he is rewarded with loyalty across the board. STATE SENS. VINCE HUGHES and Larry Farnese were spotted at Pittsburgh Pirates game last week. They were representatives from Philadelphia attending the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee fundraiser. The race to succeed BRENDAN BOYLE for State Representative has taken off. But there could be many twists and turns down the road. Nonetheless, some of the names that have arisen as potential contenders are STEVE JACKSON, the former business agent of the Steamfitters Union; JIMMY LEWIS, highly regarded former aide to JOAN KRAJEWSKI and a former executive for the School District; as well as JOHN DEL RICCI, SETH KAPLAN AND ROY BLATT. Some former judges were honored with awards recently. Former PRESIDENT JUDGE (Cont. Page 29)


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Walking (Cont. From Page 10) An energy company wants dismissal of charges for a drilling spill because Kathleen KANE “selectively” prosecuted? After all, they paid a settlement. Cases where there is prosecution and settlement have NEVER occurred before?... You have heard of Gov. CHRISTIE and bridge lane closures, with alleged Hoboken harassment – but little of the PINELANDS PIPELINE vote, with ANOTHER coming. The proposed gas pipeline across the Pinelands is not allowed under the Pinelands Act. A vote is needed for a waiver. Before the last vote, the Jersey state Attorney General’s office told one Pine Commissioner that he could not vote due to a “conflict of interest.” He was AGAINST the pipeline and did not vote. The pipeline was

STILL defeated. Cumberland Co.’s Commissioner for 18 years was Leslie FICCAGLIA. She serves as a local planningboard member (20 years) and Chairperson for seven, and voted AGAINST the pipeline. On Apr. 22, IN A SURPRISE, she was replaced by FREEHOLDERS with a businesswoman. CHRISTIE-Gate? There seems to be a QUIET increase in “No turn on red” signs. Drivers used to turning do not look for the new signs. It is a revenue-surger. Another subliminal tax for us? Look for them; a ticket could await you.... Happy 14th wedding anniversary to 57th Ward Leader Pat PARKINSON and lovely wife Anna Marie. On Facebook it looks as if they married at age 12. SAD loss is Carol DeRose, sister of DONNA. Donna is one of two possible candidates for election to a certain post...

The newly invigorated Chapel of the Four Chaplains in the Navy Yard is having an appreciation picnic this Sunday, starting at 3 p.m. There will be kids’ events, food, and check out the museum displays. All free. Drive to the Navy Yard gate, and the guard will direct you to the Chapel at 1201 Constitution Avenue. Meet the new Chairman, Capt. Louis Cavaliere, and Exec. Dir. Christine Beady. VETS: John CONBOY, 96, of Ridley Park, a Five-BATTLE STAR WW2 soldier, spoke at a high school on DDay and was later cheered at the West Point Society dinner! A VA contractor is looking for vets to share experiences with other vets. Call Clair at (910) 381-3355. State Rep. Steven KINSEY is the leader in honoring area vets, with ceremonies and awards!! BOXING at Harrah’s

(Chester), J.D. RIVERA KOed Kevin Ayaza in the 3rd round during a Joey Eye fight night. He got many cheers, also in S. Philly where he mentors many kids with a top staff in WARRIOR GYM at 1209 Mifflin Street.... Congrats to printer Barry SPECTOR who was elected as 2nd Vice Chairman in the DEM 54th Ward. He is an asset to the POLICE Chiefs Association. Bravo! Larry NODIFF was promoted to Staff Inspector and moved to Internal Affairs after fine work in South Detectives! Capt. Mike RYAN left command of the 3rd Dist. for the same destination. Two great guys who will be missed Downtown!... With the retirement lunch for Rich McKeithan as head of the ASSESSMENT office (OPA), Philadelphian Mike PIPER is at the helm. How about former “2 Streeter” WALTER LORD,

Hillary Book Big Draw HILLARY CLINTON arrived at Free Library to find 1,000 people who had purchased tickets simply to walk past her and have her sign “Hillary” in the book they would receive, and a VIP receiving line which included Mayor Michael Nutter; Council President Darrell Clarke; State Sen. Vincent Hughes; Siobhan A. Reardon, Free Library president and director; and Pat Coulter, president of Urban League. Photo by Bonnie Squires

who is now a Brigadier General in Washington? He will soon take a post with the Reserve Forces Policy Board, reporting directly to the Secretary! HOOAH!... 2 Streeter Johnny DOC and Local 98 joined survivor Councilman Bobby HENON

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conclude this is the same treatment it will probably get when it needs Council approval for developing and/or

expanding the liquefaction facilities on the Delaware; thus I would not blame UIL if it walks from this deal.

In The Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County Civil Action – Law No. 140402660 Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure Nationstar Mortgage LLC d/b/a Champion Mortgage Company, Plaintiff vs. Unknown Heirs of Mary E. Bailey a/k/a Mary Bailey, Deceased, Mary Bailey, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Mary E Bailey a/k/a Mary Bailey, Deceased & Mable Ruth Jones, Solely in Her Capacity as Heir of Mary E. Bailey, a/k/a Mary Bailey, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendants To: Unknown Heirs of Mary E. Bailey a/k/a Mary Bailey, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant(s), whose last known address is 6751 North 17th Street Phila., PA 19126. This firm is a debt collector and we are attempting to collect a debt owed to our client. Any information obtained from you will be used for the purpose of collecting the debt. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff Nationstar Mortgage LLC d/b/a Champion Mortgage Company, has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to No. 140402660, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 6751 North 17th Street, Phila., PA 19126, whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County. Notice: You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford one, go to or telephone the office set forth below. This office can provide you with information about hiring a lawyer. If you cannot afford to hire a Lawyer, this office may be able to provide you with information about agencies that may offer legal services to eligible persons at a reduced fee or no fee. Community Legal Services, Inc., Law Center North Central, 1410 W. Erie Ave., Phila., PA 19140, 215-227-2400/215-981-3700. Philadelphia Bar Assoc., One Reading Center, Phila., PA 19104, 215-238-6333. Michael T. McKeever, Atty. for Plaintiff, KML Law Group, P.C., Ste. 5000, Mellon Inde-

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To continue to pursue an acquisition that probably not will happen and to continue to amass consulting, legal and financial advisory fees is irresponsible. In addition to merger advisory fees, UIL is paying a commitment fee on a $1.9 billion merger bridge financing agreement with Morgan Stanley. I share the Committee of Seventy’s concern that Council’s deliberation on this deal may not be as transparent as I, as a Philadelphia taxpayer, would like. On a recent call with investors, the CEO of UIL stated he was not sure Council intends to share the Concentric’s report with UIL. Of course, UIL eventually can get the report through the Freedom of Information Act. My fear is that UIL may walk from this deal if Council continues to drag its heels and operate in its typical less than transparent manner. The UIL bid in my opinion reflects a premium valuation, and I believe UIL is willing to pay this premium to get access to PGW’s assets on the Delaware River and the proximity of PGW to the Marcellus Shale. UIL may

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Council is claiming it’s doing due diligence by waiting for the report that it commissioned from Boston-based consulting firm, Concentric Energy Advisors. Concentric’s report was due a few weeks ago, but it was not delivered – why? Is that because a well-respected consulting firm could not produce a report on schedule? Or is it because the report told Council something that some members did not want to hear: that the UIL bid is a good deal for the City of Philadelphia? The importance of Jul. 15 is that it is a milestone in the sales agreement by which Council must approve or disapprove the deal, or UIL can walk from the transaction without paying a breakage fee. COUNCILWOMAN MARIAN TASCO stated that the Jul. 15 deadline was devised by the Nutter Administration to put pressure on Council. I was not in the negotiations between the Nutter and UIL, but I would bet that the party that wanted the Jul. 15 deadline for Council approval was UIL. First of all, it is not unusual to have milestones for different regulatory and board approvals in mergers or acquisitions at different points in the process. Second, UIL management would have to be mentally impaired not to have recognized that the greatest barriers to the completion of this deal are certain members of Council, most notably Tasco. UIL has a responsibility to act in the best interest of its shareholders.

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(Cont. From Page 10) DENISE FUREY, DAVID KRALLE, JIMMY DINTINO, Mike Meehan, Calvin Tucker, CHRIS VOGLER and Walt Vogler. The highlight of the State Committee meeting will

probably be the picnic at Hershey Lodge with GOV. TOM CORBETT and LT. GOV. JIM CAWLEY. Philadelphia City Council is likely to retire for the summer this Thursday. I doubt they will vote on the proposed sale of PGW to UIL Corp. before the break.


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DEMOCRAT gubernatorial nominee gets big bear hug from Party Chairman Congressman Bob Brady as he enters Democratic City Committee Headquarters.

Labor leader Ken Washington and REGISTER of Wills Ron Donatucci COUNCIL President Darrell Clark Peter Lyde escort candidate Tom Wolf into City Committee head- 1ST WARD leader John Dougherty does some head-knocking with Mayor and Sheriff Jewell Williams were part of Wolf’s welcoming committee. Michael Nutter. has quick chat with Wolf. quarters.

New 9th Ward Leader Dan Muroff, Esq. WARD Leaders Margaret MAYOR Michael Nutter and is congratulated by Donna Reed Miller, Tartaglione and Shawn Dillon Chairman Brady check on Rondal Couser, Pete Lyde and Sharon share Northeast views. agenda for meeting with Wolf. Losier.

CHAIRMAN Bob Brady congratulates Marcia Wilkof on her easy reelection to 30th Ward leadership.

NORTHEAST Ward Leaders present included Mike McAleer, Shawn Dillon, Councilman Bobby Henon and Emilio Vazquez.

FORMER Controller Jonathan Saidel con- TEAMSTERS chief Dan Grace, gratulates South Philly Ward Leaders right, has moment with popular Roseanne Pauciello, Matt Myers, Anna Verna Ward Leader Ron Donatucci. and Lee Schwartz.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT Darrell Clarke welcomes WARD LEADERS Pete Wilson, George Brooks 2nd Ward Leader Ed Ne- and Mark Green meet up with campaign strategist Michael Youngblood. smith.

SHERIFF Jewell Williams and Brady’s Chief of Staff Shirley Gregory had encouraging words for Tom Wolf and Mike Stack.

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City Council Gives To Schools; Whose Turn Is Next?

by Tony West The City of Philadelphia has done the heavy lifting to fill the gap in its School District’s budget, maintains Council President Darrell Clarke. Now it’s the Commonwealth’s turn. Clarke would, however, like to see greater efforts by the School District and its state-appointed master the School Reform Commission to rein in its costs, scrounge for added revenues – and perhaps open its business practices to outside study. In an interview Monday, the Council President asserted the city’s leaders – from the Mayor’s Office and City Council to the Chamber of Commerce – have forged a united front behind a large boost in the

cigarette tax for Philadelphia alone. That would raise $87 million in revenue. In 2016, the School District would get 70% of that revenue; in 2017, 60%; in 2018, 50%. The remainder would go toward Philadelphia’s woefully underfunded public-employee pensions. Clarke had initially wanted a 50/50 split from the beginning. He compromised to meet School District’s pleas for emergency funding this coming fiscal year. Looking ahead to 2015, Clarke projected increased revenues from other sources would make up for the drop in the School District take from the cigarette tax, by about 7% over four years. A special cigarette tax for Philadelphia Co. would have

to be authorized by the General Assembly, which is facing budget woes of its own as its Jun. 30 deadline approaches. Harrisburg doesn’t always turn an ear to Philadelphia’s cries for help, and the City’s own budget will call for a Plan B if the legislature doesn’t grant this privilege. “But we have united the representatives of the city to speak in Harrisburg with one voice,” Clarke said. He was hopeful lawmakers will let Philadelphia impose painful choices on itself. In the long run, though, Clarke insisted the State must share this pain. He sharply disputed Gov. Tom Corbett’s claim that the overall state contribution to our School District has increased under his admin-

istration, after federal stimulus money is discounted. According to Clarke’s math, the State’s share of Philadelphia costs plateaued during the Rendell administration and is even lower today under Corbett. The City’s contribution to school funding has been steadily climbing during this time, Clarke stated. Clarke has grown testy about the School District’s budgeting practices. On Tuesday, he released a statement claiming “The District is dealing with a current-year budget deficit of its own making.” He charged the School District failed to pick up $50 million allocated to it last year by City Council. “Rather than seize those funds – which remain available to them for the 13 days

left of this fiscal year – the District and School Reform Commission now say they have a current-year budget deficit. The School District and SRC insist they are not accountable to Philadelphia taxpayers, and would instead prefer that taxpayers borrow and pay interest to fill the current-year gap,” Clarke said. Clarke called on the School District to take “timely and efficient” measures to reduce the debt it is carrying and to rid itself of its surplus properties. “Considering City Council is the only funding authority that has consistently increased revenues for the state-controlled School District of Philadelphia over the last four years, this disrespect toward City taxpayers is disturbing

and unfair. While other large cities are enhancing services and infrastructure following the Great Recession, the City of Philadelphia remains in perpetual recession thanks to the School District’s ongoing fiscal challenges. Instead of improving core city functions like public safety, we are looking for more ways to squeeze money from our residents to send to a School District that feels it is not accountable to us,” Clarke concluded. It appears the Council President has drawn a line in the sand for the School District. He will give the School reform Commission’s new chair, his former colleague Bill Green, what he’s asking for – this time. The next year will be different.


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Republican City Committee’s Exec. Dir. Joe DeFelice is supporting the sale of the PGW, with some of its proceeds helping to bail out the city’s public schools. He notes, “Sure, doing that doesn’t fix anything beyond the upcoming school year, but neither do the City Hall’s current plans. But at least using money from the PGW sale would eliminate the continuing indignity of looking for loose change in the couch cushions, immediately end the hostage crisis for this year and finally give parents and kids a summer free of uncertainty. At the same time Philadelphians will end up with a better-run gas company and the city leadership can use the time freed from the usual summer carping and the petty bickering (and of course their vacation) and actually devise a long-term solution for the

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Democratic Lieutenant Governor nominee Mike Stack declined to endorse a candidate for party chair. He’s first to comment on the Kathy McGinty vs. Jim Burn fight brewing over State Democratic leadership. He also emphasized the chances the Democrats have to take back the State Senate where he could potentially be the tiebreaking vote if Wolf were to prevail and the party picked up two seats. Dem Ward Leaders Support Incumbents

Flash returns last week reported in this column no longer hold water. Challenges in the 32nd, 36th, and 51st were heard by Contest Committees appointed by Chairman Congressman Bob Brady. Their reports were heard at the City Committee’s reorganization meeting Monday night, with the ward leaders unanimously voting in favor

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The Philadelphia Republican City Committee unanimously reelected State Rep. John Taylor as Chairman, along with a slate of Executive Committee officers for a fouryear term. They include Vice Chairman Agnes “Chuckie” Tilley; Vice Chairman Michael Cibik, Esq.; Honorary Vice Chairwoman Suzanne Haney; Secretary Vincent Fenerty; Treasurer Walt Vogler, Jr.; General Counsel Michael Meehan, Esq.; Assistant Secretary Kevin Pasquay; Assistant Treasurer Calvin Tucker,

and Associate General Counsel Linda Kerns, Esq. Republican Eddie Stine Spells His Name Right!

He informs us, “The Philadelphia Public Record respectfully doesn’t cover the 66th Ward GOP, so figured I would for them. For the first time in 40 years, the 66th Ward Philadelphia GOP elected a new Ward Leader (Eddie Stine) with (sic) is myself and the youngest Ward Executive Board and Ward Leader in the City of Philadelphia. We have accomplished getting 10% of the vote citywide for Gov. Corbett and filed 10% of the cities (sic) GOP Committee people. I am currently in talks about getting our own publication (Indepen-

dent from the Public Record) for the Northeast. We have been ignored, it is what it is. Keep an eye out for The Northeast Political bulletin. Coming soon. It will be a free publication like the Public Record but it will cover All political activity and news. No one left out because of favoritism from editors. We will also not leave (sic) anyone out just because they didn’t buy an ad. All about fairness.” Oh, really? We quote from last week’s Public Record’s “Pols on the Street” column, “The Republican City Committee reported a host of changes which indicates the City GOP is getting its house in order with leaders where they now belong. Among

these were Ed Stein (our error) in the 66th, replacing Joe Duda….” It’s The Economy, Corbett On Jobs

The Corbett-Cawley campaign this week highlighted national recognition of Gov. Corbett’s “More Jobs, Less Taxes” agenda that has created over 150,000 privatesector jobs since Corbett took office, and has driven unemployment to a five-year low of 5.7%. Area Development magazine awarded Pennsylvania a Silver Shovel for the second year in a row as Pennsylvania’s comeback continues under Corbett. Now his campaign team has to convince the voting public it is true.

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Tartaglione Lauds Apprentice Program With hundreds of union workers filling the Capitol Rotunda, State Sen. Christine Tartaglione (D-Kensington) applauded the apprentice program operated by the Pennsylvania State Building & Construction Trades Council and urged students and others to participate. In the next 20 years, the Senator said Pennsylvania’s construction industry will need about 50,000 new workers to replace the men and women who today are masons, electricians, glaziers, pipe layers and roofers. “The people who will make up that new workforce are right here,” Tartaglione said during a rally held by the council. “They are the apprentices, the coordinators, the constructors and members of the building trades unions that are gathered here today. “Union apprenticeship programs lead to good-paying, long-lasting, successful career in the construction industry where there is a high demand for skilled workers now and in the future.” There are about 7,000 con-

struction apprentices registered in Pennsylvania today and 82% of them, or 6,570, are unionized construction apprentices, officials said. “Without new workers to fill openings in the industry, we will not be able to continue the important and necessary work,” Tartaglione said. “Union apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship training programs make sense because they offer a promising career for young people and they graduate into available jobs and good wages.” Sabatina’s ‘Paul’s Law’ Targets Transplants

State Rep. John Sabatina (D-Northeast) introduced legislation aimed at ending discrimination of any potential organ-transplant recipient on the basis of a physical or mental disability at a news conference on Monday in the State Capitol. Sabatina’s legislation, known as Paul’s Law, is named on behalf of Paul Corby. Corby was denied a life-preserving heart transplant during the summer of 2011 by a transplant panel at Penn

Medicine Radnor due to his psychiatric issues, autism and the unknown and unpredictable effect of steroids on behavior. Sabatina will be joined by several guest speakers, including Karen Corby, mother of Paul; Paul Corby; Maureen Cronin, executive director of The Arc of Pennsylvania; Matt Stinner, self-advocacy engagement consultant for The Arc; Gabrielle Sedor, CAE communications director of the Pennsylvania Advocacy Resources for Autism & Intellectual Disability; Tanya Regli, executive director of The Arc of Philadelphia and parent of a teenage son with autism; and Sabre Townsend, parent of a child with disabilities. Karen Corby started a petition on the website www.change.org which has garnered over 294,000 signatures of support. Despite this, Paul is still awaiting a transplant. Sabatina’s legislation is modeled on similar laws in California and New Jersey.

Legislators and advocacy groups will be in attendance in support of Sabatina’s bill. Property Tax/Rent Rebate Extended

State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-S. Phila.) reports the filing deadline for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to Dec. 31. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Remember to exclude half of your Social Security income when you are calculating your eligibility. The maximum standard rebate is $650 but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost some rebates to $975. Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information are available at www.revenue.state.pa.us, by calling 1 (888) 222-9190 or visiting my district office.


CATCH (Citizens Acting Together Can Help) held an intensive outreach week to bring help to those suffering from depression, especially those with varying degrees of mental illness. Staff and C.A.T.C.H. executives evaluated results at Carlisle & Reed Streets rehabilitation center. From left are Dir. of Mental Health Services John Bumbaca, Betty Lou Turner, Will Segal and CEO and founder Ray Pescatore.

famous outreach programs at its Reed & Carlisle Streets Center in South Philadelphia. Welcomed were those referred to it by other agencies

With the UNIONS Building & Construction Trades Council has been working to maintain the highest standards of safety, training, and quality in construction in the Commonwealth for decades,” said Sirianni. “It is my honor to serve this great organization, and I look forward to continuing our work to preserve and expand good, high quality construction-trades jobs in Pennsylvania with familysustaining pay and benefits.” “Our Council, and our members, have been deeply involved in promoting the use of cost-saving project labor agreements and responsible contractors in Pennsylvania for construction projects like schools, state prisons and other large publicly and privately funded projects. PA BCTC has also been closely involved in the push and development of new technologies, which have the potential to create thousands of new construction, and transportation jobs in Pennsylvania,” said Friedrich. Those reelected include: Vice-Presidents-John Conroy, Asbestos Workers; Raymond

procedure evaluated, but new patients were given the ability to critique as well. Incorporated as a 501c3 in 1978, CATCH assumed re-

continue throughout the city. Its Mental Health Division provides comprehensive clinical services. Through this base service unit function, treatment and other needed services are coordinated to maximize quality care. The goal of the Developmental Disabilities Division is to support persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities in their desire to function. Today, CATCH is involved in delivering child/adolescent outpatient and partial hospital services, developmental disabilities, eremergency services, disabilities services, structural residence service, School District services, and training and employment services.

State Building Trades Leadership Wins Reelection C. Ventrone, Boilermakers; John Mains, Bricklayers; John McCoy, Carpenters; Michael R. Dunleavy, Electrical Workers; Donald Shafer, Elevator Constructors; L. Gary Martin, Iron Workers; Anthony Seiwel, Laborers; Robert Heenan, Operating Engineers; Rocky DeStefano, Painters; Douglas L. Taylor, Plasterers & Cement Masons; Tom Pedrick, Roofers; Gary Masino, Sheet Metal Workers; Kenneth J. Broadbent, United Association; Ryan N. Boyer, Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council; Richard Stanizzo, Pittsburgh Building & Construction Trades Council. Trustees-Scott Heitzman, Electrical Workers; William Brooks, Laborers; AnthonyGallagher, United Association. LIUNA Poll Shows Americans Worried Over Highway Conditions

As the Highway Trust Fund nears collapse, a new national random-sample survey released shows a majority of Americans are worried about unsafe conditions on roads and highways. Nearly three in 10 say poor road conditions have contributed to an accident and two-thirds say

road conditions are wearing down their vehicles. The poll was commissioned to Hart Research Associates by the Laborers’ International Union of North America. Key findings from the survey: 59% of Americans worry about unsafe road conditions due to poor road surfaces – and 27% worry often. Worries are highest in the Northeast (69%) and Midwest (67%) and in urban areas (70%).Of respondents, 28% say road conditions have contributed to an accident involving themselves or someone they know;40% say they or someone they know has almost had an accident or lost control of their car due to poor road surfaces; 69% say poor road conditions contribute to wear and tear on their car. “It’s time to stop sugarcoating this issue,” said LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan. “Americans have real concerns about safety due to the neglect of our roads and bridges. It is the solemn responsibility of Congress to pass a long-term, full-investment Highway Bill this year.”

ASPIRA Report Was Inaccurate

It has been brought to our attention that in our article “ASPIRA Union Effort Fails” (Jun. 12), we incorrectly stated an attempt to form a union at ASPIRA of PA charter schools failed. We have been reliably informed the vote which took place last week was not related to the organizing campaign. In last week’s vote parents at a neighborhood school,

Munoz-Marin ES, rejected an ASPIRA of PA attempt to take over the school, by a vote of 223-70. The quotes from the teachers in the article were related to the ongoing organizing campaign at ASPIRA of PA charter schools. Teachers and staff at the existing ASPIRA of PA charter schools are still working to form their union to get a seat at the bargaining table. The Public Record apologizes for the error. www.phillyrecord.com • 215-755-2000

The incumbent leadership of the Pennsylvania State Building & Construction Trades Council has been reelected to a four year term of office. PA BCTC represents over 135,000 unionized construction workers, along with their families, working together with more than 3,500 construction contractors throughout the Commonwealth. The delegates to the 2014 Pennsylvania State Building Trades Convention, held in Harrisburg, Pa., unanimously elected Frank A. Sirianni as president and Walter A. Friedrich as secretary-treasurer, as well as 19 vice presidents and trustees. Sirianni was first elected in 2002 and was unanimously reelected in 2006, 2010 and again this year. Friedrich was unanimously elected secretary-treasurer in 2006, and reelected 2010 and again this year. Sirianni and Friedrich have been leading the fight to maintain and improve standards and conditions in the Pennsylvania construction industry. “The Pennsylvania State

as well as individuals who were walk-ins, having learned of a place where they could resolve their anxieties. Not only was the entire intake

sponsibility for the provision of mental-health and mentalretardation services for Catchment Area 2B. Under the leadership of its founder and CEO Ray Pescatore, CATCH has since grown in its responsibilities to the community at large. CATCH, as a nonprofit entity, has been recognized by this city’s business and academic region with the prestigious PACE Business Award. It’s newly designed programs continue to strengthen CATCH’s base of offerings which include increased efforts toward the employment of people with developmental disabilities; long-term, interventional, emergency, and geriatric resident programs

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Seasons change and each brings with it heightened depression for those with mental disabilities of one form or another. That population continues to grow with few opportunities for help offered to them. Picking up those forgotten is CATCH – Citizens Acting Together Can Help – which has been a cornerstone and anchor in the South Philadelphia community since 1979 and which will soon be celebrating its 35th anniversary. In all that time CATCH has earned the reputation of being a well-established and credentialed provider of community behavioral health and developmental disability services. It recently held one of its

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Correcting The Record CARPENTERS Guy Pigliacelli points to exhorbitint rates charged by contractors to Convention Center’s exibitors. His unions concessions were never passed on to exibitors who charge three times union-labor rates.


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Laborers Run With Gary Papa Common Pleas Court Goes To Press OFF TO JOIN Gary Papa Fathers Day Run was busload of Laborers’ Local 332 team, bright and early Sunday morning.

PRESIDENT JUDGE Sheila Woods-Skipper of Common Pleas Court introduced educational discussion of court system for benefit of reporters in City Hall.

BEFORE 1st Judicial Dist. press briefing, Court Administrator Joe Evers introduced his team who make things happen: from left, Elaine Ratliffe, Marc Gaillard, Eric Feder, Evers and Steven Wulko.

People Want Penn To Pay Stack, Boyle Cheer New Park EIGHTY W. Phila. residents turned out at meeting organized by 27th Ward Committeewoman Gwen Snyder, also who leads Jobs With Justice, to decry University of Penna.’s refusal to make JOGGING down new footpath at PILOTs (Payments In Rush State Park on site of former Lieu Of Taxes). City is Byberry Hospital were two legislagiving this wealthy institu- FINISHED at last, State Sen. Mike Stack and host of tors whose efforts helped make it a tion a free ride, many dignitaries inaugurates improvements for visitors to reality: State Rep. Brendan Boyle charged. and State Sen. Mike Stack. new Benjamin Rush State Park in N.E. Phila.

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Unveiling of D. Webster Keogh Portrait Brings Appreciative Crowd

RECORD NUMBER of jurists and citizens flocked to City Hall ceremonial courtroom for unveiling of portrait of Judge D. Webster Keogh, well regarded as Administrative Judge. CONGRATULATING Judge Keogh are Vito Canuso, Esq., He and two of his sons are examining portrait. Photo by Joe Stivala and Judge Matthew Carrafiello. Photo by Joe Stivala

PRESIDENT Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper and Judge Dan Anders rem a r k e d J u d g e Keogh’s portrait captured his firmness and kindness. Photo by Joe Stivala

New Renal Care Center Opens Lebanese Festival Brings Folk Dancers To Crowd

RELIANT Renal Care held its open house to welcome patients to its Dialysis Center at 7107 Old York Road. On hand to give patients relaxing time on machines are staffers WILLIAM & HAIFA Hanna, right, were among Heather Bombay, Jeremy Graves, Susan Shaman, RN, Dr Public Record staff enjoying St. Maron’s Annual Lebanese Festival. Photo by Joe Stivala Jana Mallas and Natalie Fitzgerald. Photo by Robert Mendelsohn

CROWD jammed street to watch Lebanese American youngsters perform Dabke line at St. Maron Church’s Annual Festival at 10th & Ellsworth Streets.

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(Cont. From Page 10) OF THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS SANDY MOSS was awarded the Sandra Day O’Connor award. Former PRESIDENT JUDGE WEBB KEOGH had his portrait unveiled at City Hall. Two Philly politicians recently made an attempt to flex electoral muscle. They were COUNCILWOMAN MARIA QUIÑONES SÁNCHEZ and STATE REP. BRIAN SIMS. Quiñones Sánchez backed five candidates in the recent election. She was one for five. Sims, who was the next shining star in Harrisburg and a LGBT champion, was one for four in his electoral slate. Both politicians may learn future lessons and gain alliances and friendships that lead to better results. There can be a huge gap between what the media projects as political clout and how it actually plays out. The media has been in love with both Sánchez and Sims but most wise politicians don’t believe what they read. Philadelphia politics is

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