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COUNCILMAN David Oh escorted his children and two of their friends on a tour of his City Council office over the Thanksgiving holiday. Council members donated turkeys and trimmings to needy people around the city.

Pa. Court Has Vote Riddle It’s anybody’s guess what Commonwealth Court will do Monday when it hears Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s petition to challenge Trump’s victory in Pennsylvania. She claims potential hacking of voting machines, but offers no hard evidence. The court needs to rule by Dec. 13. Gov. Tom Wolf said many counties have already certified their election results “so a recount isn’t possible” in those cases. He also made it clear there’s no indication of anything to invalidate the Nov. 8 General Election results. The state’s top election officer Secretary of State Pedro Cortés says the same. See WHY on Page 4.


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State’s $300 Million Port Investment To Double Container Capacity Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to invest more than $300 million in the Port of Philadelphia’s infrastructure, warehousing and equipment curtails the effort to increase its size, but brings it to the point where it can soon handle larger ships than have been visiting it. “This program will give the Port of Philadelphia the tools it needs to improve its competitive position and create thousands of family-sustaining, middle class jobs while increasing state revenues,” said the governor. “With its major economic impacts throughout the state, my administration understands the value of Pennsylvania’s port asset in Philadelphia.” The program will boost three of the busiest sectors of the Port of Philadelphia, including the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, the port’s automobile-handling operation and the Tioga Marine Terminal. These improvements will result in doubling container capacity at the port, provide increased breakbulk (non-containerized) cargo capacity and bring a substantial increase in automobile-handling capacity. A total direct-job increase of 70% is projected from the current level of 3,124 to an estimated 5,378 direct jobs. Total employment at the port will also increase, from 10,341 to 17,020, and state and local tax revenues generated will increase from the current $69.6 million to $108.4 million annually.

About $200 million will be invested in the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, the Port of Philadelphia’s largest maritime facility. These improvements will include four new electric post-Panamax container cranes, the relocation of warehouses to facilitate container growth and the construction of new ones, and a deeper 45-foot depth at the terminal’s marginal berths, to match the new 45-foot depth of the Delaware River’s main channel. As the latest example of the successful public/private partnerships at the port, Astro Holdings, Inc., the tenant of the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, will also purchase one of the Post-Panamax container cranes for the terminal, as well as dedicating significant privately owned port acreage, in the form of the Holt-owned 40-acre “Publicker” site located next to the Packer Avenue facility, for container growth through Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. Philadelphia Regional Port Authority officials expect these improvements will result in no less than a doubling of the cargo-handling capacity at the terminal, already the busiest and most multi-use terminal at the port. Containerhandling capacity will especially increase, with a 900,000-TEU capacity immediately resulting from the improvements, scalable to exceed 1.2 million-TEU capacity in the future, a significant improvement over the

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terminal’s current 400,000plus- TEU capacity. The larger, deeper-draft container vessels that will be able to reach the Port because of the deepening project (as well as a recently improved Panama Canal) will now find a terminal that is especially prepared for their needs. “Our thanks to the governor for his belief in the ability of the Port to grow and compete,” said Tom Holt, Jr. of Holt Logistics, the parent company of Greenwich Terminals, LLC, which operates Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. “These capital improvements, which we’ll complement with our own additional improvements, will allow us to serve the world’s ocean carriers, and the customers those carriers serve, better than ever before. It will also position us as one of the fastest growing container ports on the East Coast.” The ports’ Automobile Import/Export facility, which currently processes 150,000 cars and employs more than 300 direct workers, will also benefit by receiving about $90 million of the Governor’s Capital Investment program. Since 2010, Glovis America has been the main customer of this facility, located in South Philadelphia adjacent to the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, bringing Hyundai and Kia automobiles on vessels for eventual distribution to dealerships throughout the region. Improvements to the port’s automobile-handling operation will include the addition of 155 paved and fenced acres above the flood plain at the port’s Southport site; the conversion of the former seaplane hangar at Southport into a second auto-processing site; enhancements at the main auto-processing site at Pier 98 Annex; and the establishment of a framework that provides flexibility for use of the land the port needs for containers and automobiles, as determined by market demands. “We are grateful to partner

with the PRPA and the Commonwealth to create a world class destination auto port to that will meet our needs for Hyundai and Kia as well as providing the ability to expand into auto exporting” said Glenn Clift, president and CEO of Glovis America, Inc. “The addition of space and ability to consolidate our foot print at the port improves our ability to make Philadelphia an aggressive cost competitive port. It also ensures our longterm commitment to grow jobs and revenues in the Commonwealth.” Tioga Marine Terminal will be the third beneficiary of the state investment. About

Vietnamese Will Host Vets The Greater Philadelphia Vietnamese Community, headquartered at 2109 S. 7th Street, is inviting all American veterans who served in Vietnam to an Appreciation Dinner event, Dec. 4, at Saigon Maxim Restaurant, 612 Washington Avenue #3b. The celebration will begin at noon and will include cultural entertainment. “It has been over a half of a century, but the Vietnamese never forgot your bravery and sacrifice to fight for our freedom against the Communists during 1954 to 1973,” stated Oscar Vu, chairperson of the organizing committee. He added, “Your uncommon valor had been the subject of abundant literatures and popular cultures such as Hollywood movies. Nevertheless, these efforts would never be able to tell the complete stories of what our Vietnamese freedom-lovers witnessed as we were on the ground with you and how we comprehended the boundlessness of your sacrifices. Therefore, we would like to take this opportunity to say, ‘Thank you’ to you with our deepest appreciations.” Veterans planning to attend should contact Le Quyen Vu at (267) 254-6002 or email to oscarvutruc@gmail.com.

$12 million has been earmarked for improvements to the main on-dock warehouse that has been successfully handling and processing Brazilian wood-pulp cargoes since 2014. A second warehouse at Tioga will be converted into a food-grade warehouse, allowing the port to increase its wood-pulp volumes to meet the demands of Pennsylvania companies. Improved rail access and the purchase of a second mobile harbor crane will also add capacity for Tioga. “Tioga Marine Terminal will have a great future because of these major capital improvements,” said Robert Palaima, president of Delaware River Stevedores, which operates the Tioga facility. “Tioga has always had the reputation of being able to recreate itself from time to time to meet the needs of the market place and address cargo opportunities that present themselves, and these improvements will allow us to continue doing that, and more effectively. They will also allow us to better serve longterm customers that have made Tioga Terminal their home.” “Our thanks to the governor for his great support of our port,” said PRPA Chairman Gerard H. Sweeney. “His determination to reposition the port is the catalyst we needed to take advantage of the channel deepening and position ourselves as a competitive East Coast port. I am so proud of all the great work performed by the thousands of men and women who work hard at the port of Philadelphia every day.” PRPA officials anticipate an aggressive “shovels in the ground” schedule beginning early next year to make these planned capital improvements.“Being good corporate neighbors is of great importance to us, so the port will approach these improvements in an environmentally sensitive manner,” said Jeff Theobald, executive director and CEO of PRPA.

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Betty “Tootie” Stanley, who worked 40 years for the Office of the Sheriff of Philadelphia City & County, died unexpectedly on Oct. 11, leaving a void in the lives of family, friends, co-workers and Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams. “Not only was Betty overflowing with knowledge when it came to the filing of paperwork and procedures regarding the services of the sheriff’s office, she also touched everyone here on a personal level that made you feel special and appreciated,” said Sheriff Williams. “Naming the Main Desk after her is a fitting tribute to someone who gave as much to her work and co-workers as she did her own family,” he continued. Stanley’s sister, Delores Mitchell, echoed those sentiments, saying, “The Sheriff’s Office was her (Ms. Stanley’s) life,” and that she en-

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by Joe Shaheeli We always thought Green Party candidates had a mission of sorts, but also wondered if they’d do better completing it if they supported major-party candidates. But with Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s efforts to rewrite election history by the presidential results in three states, we know now she has no sense of what makes the political process tick, or of how elections are conducted. Otherwise, she would not have included Pennsylvania in that trio. Here is why: The results of the presidential election did not trigger Pennsylvania’s automatic recount statute because the margin of victory was so high. With 100% of the precincts Representative

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COUNCILWOMAN Jannie Blackwell again this year led the charge to feed the homeless and needy over Thanksgiving. She is assisted here by State Sen.-Elect Sharif Street and Rania Major, Esq. Blackwell will now continue with a fundraiser as a prelude to her holiday feeding of 5,000 needy Photo by Jim Harrity in the Convention Center. reporting, Trump defeated Secretary Clinton by 1.17% (a margin of victory of 70,638 votes) – more than double the threshold for an automatic recount. Dr. Stein was defeated by 47.98% by President-Elect

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that from happening. A Pew study from 2012 found 24 million voter-registration records in the United States, or about 1 in 8, were “significantly inaccurate or no longer valid.” The Pew study further found “1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as voters,” that “12 million records contain an incorrect address,” and that “2.75 million people have registrations in more than one state.” However, there is no evi-

dence that these discrepancies result in systematic vote fraud in our times. Voter-registration data are inherently messy, because people are messy – both the people who register to vote and the people who maintain these records.

Untermeyer Will Challenge DA

Michael Untermeyer, who ran against Seth Williams for District Attorney as a Republican standard-bearer, intends to do so again, but this time as a Democrat. He’s learned the

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(Cont. From Page 4) that matter, other than an electrical outlet in the wall. The number of votes cast for each candidate is captured on each individual voting machine, and the vote totals are extracted by removing a cartridge containing the same results that is read into our central reporting sys-

tem. In addition, we conduct an audit of the results in every election prior to certification, as required by the Pennsylvania Election Code, to confirm that the number of votes cast (and captured) on each of these individual voting machines matches the electronic results tabulated by our central reporting system.” What is important to remember, as mentioned in an earlier column, is non-citizens did vote in this election and there is nothing in place to stop

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State SC Veon Decision Major Slap at Ethics Law

Former Democratic State Rep. Mike Veon, who has continued to defend himself against political-corruption charges, has won a favorable ruling

from the State Supreme Court. It threw out his 2012 sentence for using a nonprofit to channel state grants into building his political brand in Beaver County. It also removed his $135,000 judgment in restitution and fines. Veon’s victory was based on his contention there was no “private pecuniary benefit” as established in Pennsylvania’s ethics law. The ruling leaves other convictions against Veon in the Bonusgate case in place as well. House Democratic Caucus (Cont. Page 8)

IN RE: Adoption of Baby Boy M, a minor male child (DOB: 6-8-2016), No. 094 of 2016 in the Orphans’ Court Division of the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County, PA. To: Unknown Birthfather/ “Vic”: A Petition has been filed asking the Court to put an end to all rights you have to your child, a male child born 6-8-2016 at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Chester, PA. The Court has set a hearing to consider ending rights to your child. That hearing will be held in Courtroom “TBA” before The Hon. Kathrynann W. Durham at 201 West Front Street, Media, PA on December 16, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. Your presence is required at the hearing. You are warned that even if you fail to appear at the scheduled hearing, the hearing will go on without you and your rights to your child may be ended by the Court without your being present. You have a right to be represented at the hearing by a lawyer. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford one, go to or telephone the office set forth below to find out where you can get legal help: Delaware County Lawyer Referral Service, 335 West Front Street, Media, PA 19063 (610-566-6625). Law Offices of Deborah E. Spivack, Atty for Adoptions From The Heart, PO Box 56182, Philadelphia, PA 19130 (215-7635550). BY THE COURT: THE HON. KATHRYNANN W. DURHAM, J.


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The news last week that former Democratic Pennsylvania House Whip Mike Veon has been awarded a new trial – after he already lost his position and served time for taking advantage of a nonprofit – is yet another case of prosecutorial overreach. As such, it has been added to the growing mound of evidence that elected officials have become, in the words of one of the state high court justices in the Veon case, victims of “the criminalization of politics.” Veon joins a long list of politicians, including recent highprofile targets like State Sen. Larry Farnese and former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who have been hauled into both criminal court and the court of public opinion for simply doing their jobs according to the traditions and parameters that have been established through centuries of American democracy. As demonstrated by last week’s ruling, this line of pursuit is not working. We are not calling for law enforcement to abandon its efforts to ensure corrupt politicians are removed from the public sphere. Nor are we calling for the canonization of politics as usual; as indicated by last month’s election, that approach is no longer a viable one in the long term. All we ask is that politicians be allowed to do their job – the people’s work – without fear of prosecution for doing so.

Challenging the Results Green Party candidate Jill Stein is contesting Pennsylvania’s presidential election in court. In order to succeed, she must present compelling evidence that vote counts were mishandled or manipulated. This action is not a “recount,” although in theory it could lead to further recounting of votes. Let the court speak.

• Letters Another Opinion Letters Just a Lot of Hite Fattah Helped Many Let’s Do More Than Turkeys this holiday season. I’ve been guilty of it myself, since it has become a bit of a tradition that our constituents now expect. But let’s give them something different next holiday season. Owens says, let’s give them poverty reduction instead of a turkey. While there is no silver bullet, there are policies we can focus on locally and in Harrisburg that will help us attack this pervasive problem. I have spoken in the past about taking a “two-generation strategy” to address generational poverty. To date, the most-effective tool has been the Earned Income Tax Credit. This federal tax credit (Cont. Page 14)

I am writing in support of my friend Chaka Fattah, whom I have I known since 1972 when we had a very serious gang problem here in Philly. I have worked very closely with his parents, David and Sister Falaka Fattah, in the early ’70s, and very closely with him in the late ’70s in reducing gang violence and working in political campaigns. In 1982, I helped to get him elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he served from 1983 to 1988. In 1987, he wrote and got passed into law the Pennsylvania Homeowners Emergency Assistance Program. I helped with his election to the Pennsylvania Senate in 1987, where he served with distinction from 1988 to 1994. In 1991, my friendship with Chaka and his family (Cont. Page 14)

Dec. 1- Visitation BVM School hosts Christmas Concert & Silent Auction at Chestnut Hill Coll., 9601 Germantown Ave., 6-9 p.m. $100. Sponsorships available. For info: Kathleen Britt (215) 634 7280. Dec. 3- State Rep. Stephen Kinsey is hosted Birthday Party at Temptations, #3, 220 W. Chelten Ave., 8-11 a.m. Tickets $50 Dec. 4- Councilman Mark Squilla hosts Eagles vs. Bengals Match Up! at Toll Man Joe’s, 26 E. Oregon Ave., 124 p.m. Free parking. Hail Mary Pass Level $3,000, Touchdown Level - $1,000, Dec. 4- IDAAY hosts Fish Fry Fundraiser at Lou & Choo’s, 2101 Hunting Pk. Ave., 5 p.m. Dec. 6- Mayor Jim Kenney address ESCCP’s Magazine Breakfast at CCP, Center for

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by Otis Bullock This piece was inspired by a recent column written by Ernest Owens in Philadelphia magazine, questioning whether politicians who give out turkeys every year are serious about addressing poverty. The question is a valid one. In a city with more than 400,000 Philadelphians living in poverty and another 200,000 living in deep poverty, Philadelphia holds the embarrassing title of the poorest big city. Instead of focusing on real solutions for poverty reduction, we are seemingly resigned to handing out turkeys. I want to apologize in advance to my wife and all of my friends who gave out turkeys

Finally, the School District has placed a contract offer to the PFT that will cost about $100 million over five years. Obviously, PFT President Jerry Jordan has refused to put it before his members. Superintendent William Hite claims that this is all the money he has, otherwise he would have offered more. On April 22, 2016, the School District reported a oneyear surplus of $134.5 million, which is more than the entire five-year cost of Hite’s offer. On Mar. 24, 2016, the School District stated it wants to make new investments of $440 million. The School District just gave raises of 2% to their nonrepresented personnel. Is it no wonder some people are saying, “Don’t believe the Hite.” Mayer Krain

Business & Industry, Rm. C2, 18th & Callowhill Sts., 9 a.m. Dec. 7- United Republican Club celebrates 136th Anniversary at 3158 Frankford Ave., 6-9:30 p.m. Tickets $125. Checks payable to “The United Republican Club” c/o J. Tsucalas, 1600 Walnut St., Su. 305, Phila, PA 19103. William A. Meehan Award goes to J. Matthew Wolfe, Esq.; Mary Tierney Award goes to State Rep. Martina White. Dec. 8- State Sen. Shirley M. Kitchen is hosted Retirement Celebration at Berean Institute, 1901 W. Girard Ave., 1-3 p.m. at her office, 6511 Ridge Ave., Dec. 8- Phila. AFL-CIO hosts Christmas Party at Sheraton City Centre Hotel, 17th & Arch Sts. 12 m. By invitation. Dec. 14- Phila. Christmas Crèche Committee, with Catholic League, Knights of Columbus & AOH Div. 39, welcome you to the 20th annual Blessing of the Christmas Nativity Crib at 18th & Race (Cont. Page 15)


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Church Hosts Hundreds at Thanksgiving Luncheon (Cont. From Page 6) spokesman Bill Patton said, “It appears to restore a commonsense standard that normal politics shouldn’t be criminalized. Advocacy for one’s district and constituents is a regular part of legislative work.” That was a bipartisan sentiment, with a senior GOP staffer calling the decision a “full rebuke to the ethics overreach that was occurring in the Attorney General’s office.” Veon did enjoy obvious political gains from the Beaver Initiative for Growth. Could that open the door to an appeal from former House leader State Rep. John Perzel of Philadelphia?

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The Republican Party of Pennsylvania has announced it is encouraging all candidates for the State Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth

BISHOP Kermit Newkirk and his wife, Mother Cindy Newkirk, hosted their annual Thanksgiving luncheon for hundreds of people who might not otherwise have enjoyed a turkey meal. Laura Princiotta, CEO of SpArc Phila., presented a certificate of thanks to the Harold O. Davis Baptist Church leaders. SpArc Phila. bused hundreds of their program participants and staff members for the luncheon at the church at 9th Street & Roosevelt Boulevard. Photo by Bonnie Squires

Courts to contact the party immediately for information on upcoming events. Starting in December, state party members will have a series of meetings around the state that will allow candidates to meet grassroots activists and present their qualifications. The Republican

Party of Pennsylvania’s Winter Meeting is scheduled for Feb. 3-4 at the Hershey Lodge. Interested candidates should send a résumé or CV to Political Dir. Cody Harbaugh at charbaugh@pagop.org, or call for more information (717) 234-4901.


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Antoinette Staten … “We are the people’s union.” issues as well as workplace safety. Educating anyone that will listen about the Laborers is Staten’s passion. Staten sees her new role at LECET as that of a marketing executive. Her job is to ensure that contractors, developers and the community are educated about the LDC and its five local unions. “Our product is our skilled members,” Staten states. “That’s really what we are marketing. That’s really the value added for our existing union contractors and those we wish to turn into union contractors and developers.” “More and more contractors are finding how valuable our trained members are,” she says. “Our message is obvious. Union labor is the difference between full success and partial success.” She also sees the growing need to inform the community as to the positive impact the Laborers’ District Council and Locals 57, 135, 332 and 413 have made and continue to make in the five county area. “Our organization is already known for its impact on the political community.

We’ve got a great record at getting those we support elected to various offices,” she notes. “But we also need for the community to know of the good charitable work we do. We are the people’s union.” One of the projects Staten is most excited about is their partnership with WURD. With WURD covering the five-county area, Staten sees it as a way “to promote the benefit of unionism and the wisdom of using union contractors.” She also sees WURD as a great way to enhance community outreach. She says, “We need to make everyone aware: Nonunion contractors come to this city and offer low, non-family-supporting wages, nor is their work comparable to that performed by our members.” She is also looking forward to promoting the advantages of unionized skills training at the soon-to-be opened Laborers’ District Council Education & Training/Apprenticeship school on the site of the former William Penn High School. “It is being designed from the ground up to become the ultimate in training for future construction craft laborers,” she notes. Staten understands why her job is so important. “It’s our members,” she says. “The LDC’s main goal is to help its members fulfill their needs, their aspirations, and their need for decent employment. The only way we continue to do this is by working as hard as we can every day to ensure union construction stays strong and viable in the fivecounty area.”

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Laborers are highly prized employees wherever they are employed. Highly skilled at what is required by everchanging modern construction methods, they know what is needed of them. Today’s contractors appreciate the fact union laborers help them complete their jobs on time and under budget. Today, this city’s Laborers’ District Council and its four local unions have grown to over 6,000 members, all trained to meet today’s skill requirements. Telling this success story is the job of another arm of LDC, its Laborers Employers Cooperation & Education Trust. It’s known to the trades and contractors as LECET, as it continues to promote a safe work environment, making sure jobs are completed on time and on or under budget. This week, the organization moved into a new era with the retirement of Administrator Juan Ramos, a former City Councilman, and the appointment of Antoinette “Toni” Staten. In 2006, Staten began her career with the Laborers’ District Council Benefit Funds at its Prepaid Legal-Services program. In 2013, Toni became a health and safety awareness coordinator for the Laborers’ District Council Health & Safety Fund. During her time at Health & Safety, Staten was instrumental in the continual development, implementation and evaluation of all fitness and wellness programs. She worked closely with health administrators to identify better strategies to reach objective and goals that provided creative and value added classes and services for members. Staten helped establish a new social-media team, including media technicians and content developers that grew the Health & Safety web presence and brand awareness #LaborerStrong. That position placed her in the position to educate union members on important health

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Although all eyes are on the Trump transition and the potential recounts in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, I believe the Democrats need to come to terms with the Republican pickups among state legislatures and gubernatorial seats. It appears that the GOP will have 33 governors, up from 31. What is interesting about these results: The states where the GOP picked up gubernatorial seats – Vermont, New Hampshire and, to a lesser degree, Missouri. The North Carolina governor’s race is still in recount. In January, Republicans will control both chambers in 32 states, up from 30. Democrats will control both state chambers in 12 states, down from 13. Next year, there will be three states where the Democrats and Republicans split control, down from seven. In Pennsylvania, the GOP increased its numbers in both the State House and Senate. In the State House to date, the GOP pickup is two seats, taking the majority to 121 to 82. This could change if incumbent State Rep. Dan Truitt (RChester) prevails in the recount, but for now my numbers reflect a GOP loss of that seat. In the State Senate, the GOP picked up three seats, giving it a veto-proof majority. I am sure GOV. TOM WOLF is not happy about that. Wolf vetoed 17 bills in his less than two years in office. That is more than his predecessors in total did over the prior eight years. The increasing GOP majority in the State Senate was in part owing to Republican WAYNE LANGERHOLC win(Cont. Page 12)

by Denise Clay On May 13, 1985, Philadelphia made national headlines for all the wrong reasons. A group called MOVE was living in a house on the 6200 block of Osage Avenue and being a true pain in the behind to their neighbors on this quiet, residential block. The neighbors went to Mayor W. Wilson Goode for help. They wanted a neighborhood that didn’t smell of raw sewage. They wanted a neighborhood where the wake-up call didn’t come at the wrong end of a bullhorn. Instead, they wound up watching as their houses burned to the ground after a bomb was dropped on 6221 Osage, which is where MOVE was living. “It was a surprise and it was horrifying,” said Gerald Renfro, who still lives with his wife, Connie, on the 6200 block of Osage. “I never thought that the [Philadelphia] Police Dept. would resort to such an extreme action, especially with children in the house. We lost mementos … treasures we had hoped to pass down to our children and grandchildren.” For years, residents of that block in the city’s Cobbs Creek section have had to deal with a conga line of mayoral administrations that either provided them with shoddily rebuilt homes (Goode), home repairs (Mayor Ed Rendell), mass evictions (Mayor John Street), or attempts at eminent domain (Mayor Michael Nutter). They’ve also had to endure the kind of crime that comes with the vacant homes most of their neighbors left when they (Cont. Page 13)

Yo! Here we go again with this to those of us who have children in our lives, whether they are our own grandchildren, nieces, nephews or students. Here is something sent to me by a reader to make you chuckle. Whenever your children are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God’s omnipotence did not extend to His own children. After creating Heaven and Earth, God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing he said was, “Don’t!” “Don’t what?” Adam replied. “Don’t eat the forbidden fruit,” God said. “Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit? Hey, Eve – we have forbidden fruit!” “No Way!” “Do not eat the fruit!” said God. “Why?” “Because I am your Father and I said so!” God replied, wondering why He hadn’t stopped creation after making the elephants. A few minutes later, God saw His children having an apple break and He was ticked! “Didn’t I tell you not to eat the fruit?” God asked. “Uh huh,” Adam replied. “Then why did you?” asked the Father. “I don’t know,” said Eve. “She started it,” Adam said. “Did not!” “Did too!” “Did not!” Having had it with the two of them, God’s punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own. Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed. But there is reassurance in the story! If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom and they haven’t taken it, don’t be hard on yourself. If God had trouble raising children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you? Things to think about: 1. You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next 16 telling them to sit down and shut up. 2. Grandchildren are God’s reward for not killing your own children. 3. Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young. 4. Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said. 5. The main purpose of holding children’s parties is to remind yourself there are children more awful than your own. 6. We childproofed our homes, but they are still getting in.

HOW ABOUT State Attorney General BEEMER not releasing the names on the PORNGATE Investigation list? What was troubling to me was he found no evidence that SPECIFIC CASES had been discussed in the emails. It is NOT ABOUT THAT; it is about it building a potentially TOO-COZY relationship between jurist and prosecutor!! BEEMER also said 60 of the AG Office employees had been disciplined two years ago when the scandal broke! Who was the AG then; who disciplined? KATHLEEN KANE maybe? Funny that the media overlooked the two points (?). Would the fading of PORNGATE be termed MITIGATE-GATE? (I cannot wait until Josh SHAPIRO takes office.) Former Chief Justice Ron CASTILLE wants to be US Attorney. No way! It is time for NEW BLOOD in prosecutorial offices – with creative sentencing – and one not too eager for headlines – and with EMPHASIS on the HEROIN EPIDEMIC here!! Bloggers noted the Family Court construction flub would only rear its UGLY HEAD again if Castille got it.... Enacted legislation allows people to ask the courts to seal their criminal records for minor crimes. It should be AUTOMATIC. And juvenile records are all too often cited by police when questioning ADULTS. It SHOULD NOT be used. Did you read that headline: “DROP remains popular in city”? Of course it does. No need to read 22 paragraphs. Does the press know DROP is too complicated to explain to folks, so it can be easily attacked, despite the fact that it is the employees’ EARNED MONEY.... Happy 40th AN(Cont. Page 12)

The legendary New York Yankees catcher YOGI BERRA coined the phrase, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” And so go the 2016 election results in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. Green Party presidential candidate JILL STEIN was able to raise $3.5 million to fund recounts in these three critical states. Will the recount change the election results? It’s not clear, but it’s worth a shot. It’s always a good idea to make sure every vote is counted. Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court will hold a hearing on Stein’s request for a recount on Monday afternoon. CHS expects Commonwealth Court to make a ruling by the end of next week. PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP and his transition team have been busy vetting cabinet candidates and nominating people to serve in various executive roles. One prominent supporter of Trump who will not be joining the cabinet next year is New Jersey GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE. Many expected Christie to get a cabinet position, but he will not get a cabinet position. He held a press conference in Trenton to announce he wasn’t joining DONALD TRUMP’S cabinet, which is a nice way of saying he wasn’t picked for anything. Christie fell out of favor with Trump and his top aides, but why? When Christie was the US attorney for New Jersey, he prosecuted the father of Trump son-in-law JARED KUSHNER. So many see this as payback. Gov. Christie’s approval rating in New Jersey it’s hovering around 20%, so the people of New Jersey were very eager for him to get out of New Jersey and head down I-95 to Washington, D.C. Alas, they will have to wait another year for Christie to leave Trenton and get out of the limelight. Although Pennsylvania played a pivotal role in handing the presidency to Trump, it doesn’t appear that any Pennsylvanians will be joining the cabinet. CONGRESSMAN LOU BARLETTA from Hazleton was in the mix for transportation secretary. But instead of “draining the swamp,” as Trump likes to say, Trump decided to jump in headfirst and roll around like a pig. He picked SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL’S wife ELAINE CHAO to lead the US Dept. of Transportation. So much for being an unconventional leader; it just seems like the same old mud wallow.


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(Cont. From Page 10) NIVERSARY to Betsy and Bob MULGREW. The love between the two is so great and compares to one in Beethoven’s FIDELIO! At the opera’s end, the Minister of Justice arrives and makes all right. I am behind on BIRTHDAY wishes of regional good

class apex Marian TASCO! The guys come in big with Col. Tom ANGLIM, who finished his walk of Hadrian’s Wall, after a walk across Spain on Camino de Santiago. And Phil PRESS (Montco); Anthony KYRIAKAKIS, Esq. (Center City; Chris PHILLIPS (Univ. Penn); Phillip BONNER (Delco); Jerry DAVIS (down the shore); Ed McBRIDE and Pat BIANCIULLI, Esq. (S.

Philly); Pat PARKINSON (57th Ward Leader) and Garnett LITTLEPAGE of Scotland Yard (Security)! All GRAND FELLOWS! Is next year’s US MARINE CORPS birthday party at Daddy Wags Pub in doubt? The bar reportedly has been SOLD. THOUSANDS have descended on this spot each Nov. 10! We have DELAYED too long; IT IS

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guys and gals: Two LOVELY ladies lead off: Councilwoman Cindy BASS, feeding the needy on Thanksgiving, and Audrey Thornton JOHNSON of the Underground Railway at Belmont Mansion. New is State REP.-ELECT Jared SOLOMON. The ladies continue with Deb GIORLA, who inspired a top prison chief; Danielle HOWLETT Czernakowski, a top mom; and

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TIME to build a replica of TUN TAVERN, the Marine Corps birthplace, for the City and the annual birthday event – with enough ground for 1k active or retired MARINES! I call upon the Marine Corps LAW ENFORCEMENT FOUNDATION to lead the way! Attention, Judge James LYNN and Tom LAMAINE! NOTES OF TESTIMONY: Disturbing reports are heard of appellants in federal criminal cases waiting long months for notes of the trial, long after plunking down THOUSANDS of dollars for them. Those requiring notes for appeal could complete their sentence first.

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(Cont. From Page 10) ning Senate Dist. 35, which had been held by retiring Democrat STATE SEN. JOHN WOZNIAK (D-Allegheny). The Republicans were able to defeat two Democrat incumbents, STATE SENS. SEAN WILEY (D-Erie) and ROB TEPLITZ (D-Dauphin). The shift in the Legislature is in part owing to western counties such as Washington County, which had been solidly Democratic, becoming more Republican. Many of the GOP pickups in the State Senate were from somewhat-moderate Democrats, as in CAMERA BARTOLOTTA’S defeat of former STATE SEN. TIM SOLOBAY (D –Washington) in 2014. Green Party presidential candidate JILL STEIN filed for recounts in three states. In Wisconsin and Michigan, it appears her request for a recount could automatically result in recounts. In Pennsylvania, the process is more complex. Recounts in Pennsylvania are automatic in voting precincts where three voters request the action. It appears that in Philadelphia, roughly 5% of the city’s precincts filed the petitions and it is expected the number of precincts statewide will not add up to enough voters to put much of a dent in PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP’S roughly 71,000-vote lead over

REPREHENSIBLE.... BRAKES on PREDATORY towing is on the way. Legislation by City Council President Darrell CLARKE, William Greenlee and Maria Quiñones SÁNCHEZ is going through the hearing process. Tow operators are required to provide a photo of where the car was BEFORE it was towed. CONGRATS to David KRAIN, who is now a Certified Shop Steward for Local 2187, a great day for Philly Labor!... Sorrow to hear of the loss of Judge Timika LANE’S dad, Richard Thomas HAMILTON III. Perfect Peace to him. HILLARY CLINTON. In order to have a statewide recount, Stein’s attorneys must produce sufficient evidence that the integrity of the voting process was undermined on a rather large scale. The Democratic Pennsylvania SECRETARY OF STATE PEDRO CORTÉS stated there is no evidence of such voting irregularities. A Stein petition for a statewide recount would need to be heard by the Commonwealth Court. Our Democratic Gov. Wolf even doubts there will be a statewide recount. Many election-law experts think Stein’s petition is a stretch. ADAM BONIN, a Democrat and election-law attorney, said while election have “little hitches and glitches, I haven’t seen anything which would cause me to question the results.” He also noted that if we saw anything there, “We would be all over it.” Former Montgomery County COMMISSIONER RUTH DAMSKER, who plans to work on the recount, stated, “I don’t expect the results to change anything.” I then question why she thinks this recount is important. Damsker ran for State Senate this year against incumbent STATE SEN. STEWART GREENLEAF (RMontgomery) and lost. Stein needs to overturn the election in all three states for Clinton to win. If she wanted Clinton to win, why did she run at all? She took votes from Clinton – not Trump.


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monoxide by the city, something that Renfro and the remaining families disputed successfully in court. “Maybe we’ll be able to return to a normal way of living,” Renfro said. Development proposals for the 6200 block of Osage Avenue are due on Dec. 14.

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NOTICE OF DEFAULT AND FORECLOSURE SALE - WHEREAS, on April 12, 2007, a certain mortgage was executed by Virginia Meyers, as mortgagor in favor of Financial Freedom Senior Funding Corporation, a subsidiary of Indymac Bank, F.S.B as mortgagee and was recorded in Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Philadelphia County in Mortgage Document Number 51681157 (“Mortgage”); and WHEREAS, the Mortgage encumbered property located at 4147 L Street Philadelphia, PA 19124, parcel number 104N18-160 (“Property”); and WHEREAS, the Property was owned by Herbert Meyers and Virginia Meyers as husband and wife by virtue of deed dated June 3, 1977 and recorded June 13, 1977 in Book DCC; Page 50; and WHEREAS, Herbert Meyers died on January 12, 2010. By operation of law title vests solely in Virginia Meyers and Herbert Meyers is hereby released of liability pursuant to Pa.R.C.P. 1144. Virginia Meyers died on December 6, 2015 intestate and is survived by her heir-at-law, Stephen Meyers; and WHEREAS, the Mortgage is now owned by the Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development ("Secretary"), pursuant to an assignment recorded on June 3, 2015 in Document Number 52923480, in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; and WHEREAS, a default has been made in the covenants and conditions of the Mortgage (paragraph 9 (a)(i)), as Virginia Meyers died on December 6, 2015, and that upon her death the entire principal balance becomes due and owing, and that no payment was made, and remains wholly unpaid as of the date of this Notice; and WHEREAS, the entire amount delinquent as of September 22, 2016 is $144,956.44 plus interest, costs and other charges through the sale date; and WHEREAS, by virtue of this default, the Secretary has declared the entire amount of the indebtedness secured by the Mortgage to be immediately due and payable;NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to powers vested in me by the Single Family Mortgage Foreclosure Act of 1994, l2 U.S.C. 3751 et seq., by 24 CFR Part 29, and by the Secretary's designation of me as Foreclosure Commissioner, recorded on September 29, 2011 in Misc. Document Number 52395684, in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, notice is hereby given that on December 14, 2016 at 10:00 am at the Southeast Entrance of Philadelphia City Hall located at Broad Street and Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, all real and personal Property at or used in connection with the following described premises ("Property") will be sold at public auction to the highest bidder: All that certain lot or piece of ground with the buildings and improvements thereon erected. Situate on the Easterly side of "L" Street (60 feet wide) at the distance of 367 feet 2 inches Northwardly from the Northerly side of Lycoming Street (60 feet wide) in the 33rd Ward of the City of Philadelphia. Containing in front or breadth on the said "L" Street 16 feet 2 inches and extending of that width in length or depth Eastwardly between lines parallel with the said Lycoming 80 feet to the middle of a certain 12 feet wide driveway extending Northwardly and Southwardly communicating at the Southern end thereof with a certain 10 feet wide driveway extending "L" Street to Dugan Street and at the Northerly end thereof with a certain other 12 feet wide driveway extending from "L" Street to Dungan Street. Being No. 4147 "L" Street. Under and subject to certain Restrictions as of record. Together with the free and common use, right, liberty and privilege of the aforesaid driveways as and for passageways and driveways at all times hereafter forever in common with the owners, tenants and occupiers of the other properties abutting thereof. Subject however, to the proportionate part of the expense of keeping said driveways in good repair. Being parcel number 104N18-160. The sale will be held on December 14, 2016 at 10:00 am at the Southeast Entrance of Philadelphia City Hall located at Broad Street and Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development will bid $144,956.44 plus interest, costs and other charges through the sale date. Ten percent (10%) of the highest bid is the deposit required at the sale. The amount that must be paid to HUD by the mortgagors or someone acting on their behalf so that the sale may be stayed is the total delinquent amount of $144,956.44 as of September 22, 2016, plus all other amounts that would be due under the mortgage agreement if payments under the mortgage had not been accelerated, advertising costs and postage expenses incurred in giving notice, mileage by the most reasonable road distance for posting notices and for the Foreclosure Commissioner's attendance at the sale, reasonable and customary costs incurred for title and lien record searches, the necessary out-of-pocket costs incurred by the Foreclosure Commissioner for recording documents, a commission for the Foreclosure Commissioner, and all other costs incurred in connection with the foreclosure prior to reinstatement. There will be no proration of taxes, rents or other income or liabilities, except that the purchaser will pay, at or before closing, his prorata share of any real estate taxes that have been paid by the Secretary to the date of the foreclosure sale. When making their bid, all bidders, except the Secretary, must submit a deposit totaling ten percent 10% of the Secretary's bid as set forth above in the form of a certified check or cashier's check made out to the Secretary of HUD. Each oral bid need not be accompanied by a deposit. If the successful bid is oral, a deposit of ten (10%) percent must be presented before the bidding is closed. The deposit is nonrefundable. The remainder of the purchase price must be delivered within thirty (30) days of the sale or at such other time as the Secretary may determine for good cause shown, time being of the essence. This amount, like the bid deposits, must be delivered in the form of a certified or cashier's check. If the Secretary is the high bidder, he need not pay the bid amount in cash. The successful bidder will pay all conveyance fees, all real estate and other taxes that are due on or after the delivery of the remainder of the payment and all other costs associated with the transfer of title. At the conclusion of the sale, the deposits of the unsuccessful bidders will be returned to them. The Secretary may grant an extension of time within which to deliver the remainder of the payment. All extensions will be for fifteen (15) days, and a fee will be charged in the amount of $150.00 for each fifteen (15) day extension requested. The extension fee shall be paid in the form of a certified or cashier's check made payable to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. If the high bidder closes the sale prior to the expiration of any extension period, the unused portion of the extension fee shall be applied toward the amount due. If the high bidder is unable to close the sale within the required period, or within any extensions of time granted by the Secretary, the high bidder's deposit will be forfeited, and the Commissioner may, at the direction of the HUD Field Office Representative, offer the Property to the second highest bidder for an amount equal to the highest price offered by that bidder. There is no right of redemption, or right of possession based upon a right of redemption, in the mortgagor or others subsequent to a foreclosure completed pursuant to the Act. Therefore, the Foreclosure Commissioner will issue a Deed to the purchaser(s) upon receipt of the entire purchase price in accordance with the terms of the sale as provided herein.

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by Michael A. Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: Should I file a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy? Why consider Chapter 7 bankruptcy? Answer: Depending on the type of debt you have, Chapter 7 bankruptcy may be the right solution for you. Look to the type of debt you have to decide. Generally, there are three kinds of debt: priority, secured and general unsecured. Priority debt consists of recent tax debt and domestic support obligations such as alimony and child support. Priority debt is not dischargeable in a Chapter 7. Unless it’s paid in full during the case, you still owe it after you get a discharge. Most secured debt, that is, debt where you pledge something as collateral, such as mortgages and car loans, are changed from “recourse debt” to “non-recourse debt.” What does this legalese mean? It means that if the lender could sue you for a deficiency or shortfall after a foreclosure or repossession if the sale of the collateral doesn’t bring in enough to pay the debt in full, the bankruptcy discharge stops them from going after you. All they can go after is the collateral, and if it doesn’t bring in enough to pay the debt in full, tough. You’re off the hook. This means you can walk away from the house or car if you want to. If you don’t want to, just keep the payment current and you’ll be fine. Upon the entry of a discharge, most general unsecured debt-credit cards, medical debt, personal loans, old taxes, tax penalties, foreclosure and repossession deficiencies, unpaid rent, unpaid HOA and condo fees, unpaid utility bills, etc. (but not student loans)-are wiped out. You don’t need to pay these debts at all. A typical Chapter 7 lasts about four to five months from filing to discharge.

walk-through of the 36 properties to see how much work needs to be done to them. In the past, what that’s meant has been the subject of many an argument. The reason why those 36 families cleared out of their homes was because they were told that they were in danger of carbon

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Everyday (Cont. From Page 10) took the city’s $125,000 buyout. “We’ve had to deal with drug dealers, squatters, prostitutes and other things,” Renfro said. “Neighbors have gotten mugged. We’ve even had to dodge bullets. There

have been shootouts here.” But that may be coming to an end. The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority has issued a request for proposals to find a developer to redevelop the 36 homes. On Monday, prospective developers participated in a


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(Cont. From Page 7) for low-income and moderateincome families offsets federal income and payroll taxes these families pay. The EITC lifts over 6 million Americans out of poverty every year. Here in Pennsylvania, we could complement the federal EITC by creating a state and city EITC to further pull thousands of fami-

lies out of poverty in Philadelphia and across the state. State and local EITCs help to offset the regressive effects of income, sales, and property taxes. My wife, State Rep. Donna Bullock, has introduced a legislative package aimed to reduce poverty as well: HB 1883 – TANF Bill: Raises the Temporary Assistance

for Needy Families exemption from 50% to 75% in order to encourage people to work. HB 2306 - PACE Bill: Prevents PACE and PACENET participants from being removed from the prescriptiondiscount program if their income increases solely due to a Social Security cost-of-living adjustment. HB 2300 – Fair Chance Housing Bill: Prohibits land-

lords from asking certain questions about a tenant’s criminal background. HB 2038 – Gives eligible parents eight hours of unpaid leave to attend school-related activities. Parents of children with a disability would receive an additional four hours of unpaid leave. State Rep. Harris has done the same, introducing and passing HB 1984 – the Clean Slate Law: This law automat-

ically seals a person’s criminal record for low-level misdemeanor offenses. Harris is now pursuing legislation that would expunge some nonviolent felonies as well. Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a local Childcare Tax Credit for low-income parents a full year before Mayor Kenney expanded Pre-K options for low-income families. This would give a wage and net-prof-

NOTICE OF DEFAULT AND FORECLOSURE SALE - WHEREAS, on November 24, 2006, a certain mortgage was executed by Flora V. Derrick, as mortgagor in favor of Seattle Mortgage Company as mortgagee and was recorded in Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Philadelphia County in Mortgage Document Number 51584534 (“Mortgage”); and WHEREAS, the Mortgage encumbered property located at 1036 East Mount Pleasant Avenue a/k/a 1038 East Mount Pleasant Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19150, parcel number 502439000 (“Property”); and WHEREAS, the Property was owned Roger D. Derrick and Flora V. Derrick as husband and wife by virtue of deed dated April 27, 1971 and recorded April 28, 1971 in Book PLMCS 251; Page215; and WHEREAS, the Mortgage encumbered Property located at 1036 East Mount Pleasant Avenue a/k/a 1038 East Mount Pleasant Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19150, parcel number 502439000(“Property”); and WHEREAS, Roger D. Derrick died on January 22, 1975. By operation of law title vests solely in Flora V. Derrick and Roger D. Derrick is hereby released of liability pursuant to Pa.R.C.P. 1144. Flora V. Derrick died on October 19, 2015 intestate and is survived by her heirs-at-law, Denise Derrick and Violetta Sanchious; and WHEREAS, the Mortgage is now owned by the Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development ("Secretary"), pursuant to an assignment recorded on May 9, 2013 in Document Number 52636638, in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; and WHEREAS, a default has been made in the covenants and conditions of the Mortgage (paragraph 9 (a)(i)), as Flora V. Derrick died on October 19, 2015, and that upon her death the entire principal balance becomes due and owing, and that no payment was made, and remains wholly unpaid as of the date of this Notice; and WHEREAS, the entire amount delinquent as of September 19, 2016 is $292,660.27 plus interest, costs and other charges through the sale date; and WHEREAS, by virtue of this default, the Secretary has declared the entire amount of the indebtedness secured by the Mortgage to be immediately due and payable; NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to powers vested in me by the Single Family Mortgage Foreclosure Act of 1994, l2 U.S.C. 3751 et seq., by 24 CFR Part 29, and by the Secretary's designation of me as Foreclosure Commissioner, recorded on September 29, 2011 in Misc. Document Number: 52395684, in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, notice is hereby given that on December 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Southeast Entrance of Philadelphia City Hall located at Broad Street and Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, all real and personal Property at or used in connection with the following described premises ("Property") will be sold at public auction to the highest bidder: All certain lot or piece of ground, situate in the Fiftieth Ward of the City of Philadelphia. Beginning at the point of intersection of the Southeast side of Mount Pleasant Avenue (sixty feet wide) and the Southwest side of Rodney Street (sixty feet wide) thence Southwest along Mount Pleasant Avenue one hundred and three feet thence Southeast ninety-eight feet three and three-eighths inches to a point thence Northeast one hundred and three feet to Southwest side of Rodney Street thence Northwest along same ninety-eight feet three and threeeighths inches to beginning. Being No. 1036 Mount Pleasant Avenue. Assessed as 1038 East Mount Pleasant Avenue. Being parcel number 502439000.The sale will be held on December 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Southeast Entrance of Philadelphia City Hall located at Broad Street and Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development will bid $292,660.27 plus interest, costs and other charges through the sale date. Ten percent (10%) of the highest bid is the deposit required at the sale. The amount that must be paid to HUD by the mortgagors or someone acting on their behalf so that the sale may be stayed is the total delinquent amount of $292,660.27 as of September 19, 2016, plus all other amounts that would be due under the mortgage agreement if payments under the mortgage had not been accelerated, advertising costs and postage expenses incurred in giving notice, mileage by the most reasonable road distance for posting notices and for the Foreclosure Commissioner's attendance at the sale, reasonable and customary costs incurred for title and lien record searches, the necessary out-of-pocket costs incurred by the Foreclosure Commissioner for recording documents, a commission for the Foreclosure Commissioner, and all other costs incurred in connection with the foreclosure prior to reinstatement. There will be no proration of taxes, rents or other income or liabilities, except that the purchaser will pay, at or before closing, his prorata share of any real estate taxes that have been paid by the Secretary to the date of the foreclosure sale. When making their bid, all bidders, except the Secretary, must submit a deposit totaling ten percent 10% of the Secretary's bid as set forth above in the form of a certified check or cashier's check made out to the Secretary of HUD. Each oral bid need not be accompanied by a deposit. If the successful bid is oral, a deposit of ten (10%) percent must be presented before the bidding is closed. The deposit is nonrefundable. The remainder of the purchase price must be delivered within thirty (30) days of the sale or at such other time as the Secretary may determine for good cause shown, time being of the essence. This amount, like the bid deposits, must be delivered in the form of a certified or cashier's check. If the Secretary is the high bidder, he need not pay the bid amount in cash. The successful bidder will pay all conveyance fees, all real estate and other taxes that are due on or after the delivery of the remainder of the payment and all other costs associated with the transfer of title. At the conclusion of the sale, the deposits of the unsuccessful bidders will be returned to them. The Secretary may grant an extension of time within which to deliver the remainder of the payment. All extensions will be for fifteen (15) days, and a fee will be charged in the amount of $150.00 for each fifteen (15) day extension requested. The extension fee shall be paid in the form of a certified or cashier's check made payable to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. If the high bidder closes the sale prior to the expiration of any extension period, the unused portion of the extension fee shall be applied toward the amount due. If the high bidder is unable to close the sale within the required period, or within any extensions of time granted by the Secretary, the high bidder's deposit will be forfeited, and the Commissioner may, at the direction of the HUD Field Office Representative, offer the Property to the second highest bidder for an amount equal to the highest price offered by that bidder. There is no right of redemption, or right of possession based upon a right of redemption, in the mortgagor or others subsequent to a foreclosure completed pursuant to the Act. Therefore, the Foreclosure Commissioner will issue a Deed to the purchaser(s) upon receipt of the entire purchase price in accordance with the terms of the sale as provided herein.

its credit, which covers up to the full cost of Pre-K, to families that make less than $34,250. The bottom line here: Systems change is hard. In order to reduce poverty in a meaningful way, we have to attack the systems that are designed to keep people poor. The common theme between Bullock’s, Harris’s and Johnson’s legislative agenda is that they promote work and place more money into the pockets of low-income families. But more importantly, they are attempting to alter the very system that keeps many Philadelphians poor. It’s OK to feed people today while we simultaneously fight for economic justice tomorrow. Otis L. Bullock, Jr. is an attorney and executive director of Diversified Community Services.

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