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he clock is ticking and the dollar signs keep mounting for Foxwoods Philadelphia, who can’t seem to catch a break in its high-stakes plan to bring slots to South Philly. Jan. 27, The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board levied hefty fines against the casino group for missing a Dec. 1 deadline to provide detailed plans for its proposed waterfront entertainment complex at Columbus Boulevard and Reed Street. At the 90-minute meeting, the board set See FOXWOODS page 10


Southern sophomore Bach Tong, left, and junior Duong Ly testified last week before the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations in regards to lingering safety concerns at the school at 2101 S. Broad St.

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inutes after celebrating with her first-period English class Jan. 22 for scoring higher on a standardized test than the rest of their fellow students at Audenried High School, as well as the School District of Philadelphia’s average, teacher Brynn Keller felt powerless.

“About halfway through the period, a group of about 20 students — both male and female — burst into my classroom and jumped one of my female students,” Keller said as she tried to hold back tears during her testimony at last Thursday’s Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations hearing on school violence. “After calling for security, there was nothing I could do but standby and watch the attack.”

The female student ended up on the ground with a male classmate lying on top of her to protect her from the repeated blows. “There was no worse feeling for me as a teacher than to stand helpless and watch my students become victims of violence,” Keller added. Though no one was seriously hurt in that incident, it is the most recent since See SCHOOL VIOLENCE page 8

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Time to change course To the Editor: The president inherited an economic mess, no one disputes this. However, he hasn’t made the situation any better. In fact, it has become worse. We are now at 10-percent unemployment and when President Obama was trying to sell his stimulus package to the nation he promised unemployment wouldn’t go above 8 percent. Yes, GDP grew 5.7 percent the last quarter, but many economists say that number will be revised down and the growth may not continue. I wish the president would go in a new direction and stop spending trillions of dollars. This Keynesian school of thought, as academics call it, has been proven a failure. The main idea of Keynesianism is the government must be active in the economy and should continue to spend in order to stimulate growth. FDR tried this during The Great Depression and unemployment never went below double-digits until after WWII. FDR’s own treasury secretary, Henry Morgenthau, was quoted during a Congressional hearing: “I say after eight years of this administration, we have just as much unemployment as when we started … And an enormous debt to boot.” In other words, the spending didn’t work and they created a huge debt they were forced to deal with. Japan also tried the Keynesian approach and it didn’t work for their economy either. Japan’s debt is expected to reach 197 percent of their GDP. The debt they now own will exceed the amount of goods produced by 97 percent as a result of the spending. This method is not the way you fix an economy. If you want to revitalize an economy do what was done in the ’20s, ’60s and ’80s: Across the board tax-rate reductions including the corporate tax rate, which is secondhighest in the world. The administration also should eliminate the capital gains tax, death tax and AMT tax. This will lead to economic growth. Above all, the administration needs to stop spending money and actually cut from all areas of the government, including wasteful defense projects. We are headed down a road that only ends in economic ruin. I hope the president and the Democrats have

the political courage to change it. Robert Dick South Philadelphia

Safety first To the Editor: On Jan. 11, the Philadelphia fire commissioner, at a hastily called public press conference, touted the reduced number of 2009 deaths due to fire in Philadelphia in a callous effort to legitimize the reductions he ordered a year ago in fire protection, personnel and equipment. Never before, in the proud history of the fire service, has any commissioner attempted such a callous portrayal to try to justify bad public safety policy. Having not been invited to the press conference, I am compelled to respond after the event so citizens, taxpayers, business owners and nonresident employees may have a fuller understanding of this issue. Since ’07, the number of civilian injuries related to fires has nearly doubled. Civilian injuries are at a 10year high. The number of firefighter/ medic injuries has increased from 242 (’08) to 267 (’09). The number of answered calls in stations adjacent to the seven companies closed by Mayor Michael Nutter and Commissioner Lloyd Ayers has increased dramatically, in some instances by 80 percent. Residents, employees and property are not “safer” in light of the reductions in the firefighter staffing nor the reductions in available firefighting equipment nor the cutting of the City budget allotted to fire safety and staffing. While it is possible this statistical anomaly will continue into the future, it is more likely future fatalities will mirror and follow the dramatic recent increase in civilian and firefighter/medic injuries. No fire death is acceptable to any Philadelphia firefighter. And, not to heartlessly adopt the interpretation of the fire commissioner or the mayor, it seems likely the reduction in deaths, taken in light of the increases in injuries, is improved medical care at the scene and afterwards. Firefighters know the value and the costs of medical care, as we are increasingly forced to bear it ourselves. The safety of citizens, the health

of firefighters, the protections of critical Medic coverage cannot be justified by the commissioner’s false claims that reductions in service and coverage will result in fewer deaths, less injuries or reductions in property damage. Life and safety can’t be justified in the name of budget nickel-and-dime cuts in public-safety protections. None of us or our dwellings are budget expendable. Bill Gault President, Philadelphia Firefighters Union Local 22

When tragedy occurs To the Editor: It is a pity that when a tragic situation occurs sometimes negative activity follows. I’m speaking in reference to the many negative incidents and occurrences that surfaced in Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake. Although there have been a great deal of positive involvements with people extending and offering physical and monetary assistance during this devastating situation that has affected people from many areas of the world, there are people who are using the tragedy for personal gain and/or recognition. What a pity it is that people can belittle themselves in a situation like this for the sake of money or fame. I pray continuously for their selfish acts to be removed and replaced with empathy and assisting those in need. Barbara Ann Mary Mack Southwest Philadelphia

Let’s not forget the past To the Editor: With all the bad press recently about South Philadelphia High School, it may not be known, but SPHS has produced Frankie Avalon, Mario Lanza, Marian Anderson, Philadelphia Orchestra members, judges, lawyers and many more famous people too numerous to mention. So, we didn’t do so badly. We at the SPHS Alumni Associa-

Letters tion are proud of our heritage and the current scandal does not distract from the past accomplishments. Dan Podolsky board member South Philadelphia High Alumni

Ladies, please To the Editor: The look of a well-proportioned and reasonably endowed female body completely knocks me right out. But why must it be that far too many women find it necessary to look like a trollop, completely diminishing any hope of demure, gracious and desired femininity? Is it a lack of self-confidence that prompts them to show the curve of their derriere and the impossibility of pulling their skirt down when they sit down because it’s too short? And who says it makes you look more female and desirable to push your breasts up and out to a point of overflow? “If you got it, flaunt it” does not cut it in

all circumstances, particularly in this one. Just take a look at the likes of Courtney Love and her outrageous display of leaving nothing at all to the imagination. Is that truly a pretty sight of what a true woman is supposed to look like? Nothing can compete with a classy, sophisticated and self-confident woman who is not a show-off! I am well-aware this will anger many women, but before you get all bent out of shape you best absorb all I have stated — not out of animosity but rather out of love and concern. Frank Cavallaro South Philadelphia

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drank, we studied, we danced. I told her my entire story, shared the best and the worst of myself with her. Our sophomore year, K tried to kill herself and ended up in the hospital for awhile. I came and visited when I could. I brought her presents and homework assignments, though it destroyed me to see her the way she was. That spring semester, K ended up sleeping with a boy I was involved with. I had never experienced that kind of betrayal from such a close friend before. Even though I eventually forgave her, that was the beginning of the end for us. Our junior year, we started hanging out with different people. I had plans of transferring to a different college and was also seriously dating this one guy. I started hearing from different sources K was dragging my name through the mud and starting rumors about things I never did. She had also started using all of the deep, personal information I had told her as ammo against me. When I confronted her, she lashed out and deeply, deeply wounded me. I have never heard such nasty things come out of a person’s mouth before that were directed at me nor do I ever think I will again. My post-collegiate years have been spent trying to cultivate genuine friendships that will hopefully last a lifetime. Many of these friendships have been created with guys who are like brothers to me … SPR

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hat is believed to have been a verbal dispute between a man and woman allegedly turned violent, with the latter badly beaten and then placed in a medically induced coma. James Beckham, 64, from the 2100 block of Dickinson Street in Point Breeze, was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, possession of an instrument of crime and criminal trespass. At about 5:30 p.m. Jan. 27, officers responded to a radio call for a disturbance at a Wine & Spirits Shoppe at 1446 Point Breeze Ave., where they were met by a 34-year-old bleeding profusely from her face, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. She told police a man struck her in the face several times with a crowbar after an argument, the nature of which police did not make public, that occurred on the 2100 block of Dickinson a short time before. After the alleged attack, the woman and a group of male witnesses chased Beckham, who fled into the liquor store, where police found him hiding in the rear stockroom. Officers recovered the crowbar from a vacant lot across the street from the business, Tolliver said. Medic 40 transported the victim to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where she was placed into the temporary state of unconsciousness. The injured woman sustained several facial lacerations and possible fractures to her facial bones, the detective said.

Violent home invasion A woman was held at knifepoint, bound and robbed in a harrowing home invasion on the 1700 block of South Chadwick Street in Point Breeze. At about 4:30 p.m. Jan. 28, the 51-yearold was home alone and asleep when she was awakened by two men opening her bedroom door, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detectives said. The victim got out of bed and started watching the two, who had moved to another room and began rifling through things. When they spotted her, the duo,

armed with large kitchen knives, chased her into her room, the detective said. The perpetrators held the woman to the ground at knifepoint and demanded money, after which they ransacked her room of $1,500, a cellphone and a PlayStation 3. At one point during the heist, the woman escaped and fled down the stairs, but slipped and broke her right ankle. The men carried her back upstairs, where they tied her up with tape and blankets before fleeing the scene, police said. The victim eventually was able to break free and call police. Other than the ankle injury, which she went to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital for, she was unharmed in the harrowing incident. The men were described as black, ages 25 to 30, about 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-9 with medium builds and wearing fabric over their faces. To report information, call South Detectives at 215-686-3013.

Accused murderer pleads guilty A 16-year-old charged, along with a 19-year-old, of fatally gunning down two teens in Grays Ferry last spring pled guilty to two counts of murder. No sentencing date had been set by press time. Anthony Satchell, 16, of the 2600 block of Dickinson Street, issued the plea Jan. 26 while Anthony Satchell his alleged accomplice, Derek Barnes, from the 1500 block of South Bailey Street, is due back in court Feb. 19, Office of the District Attorney spokeswoman Tasha Jamerson said. Satchell allegedly fired multiple shots at Derek Barnes Dominique Smith, 17, of the 1400 block of South 32nd Street, and Harvey Lewis, 15, of the 1100 block of South 20th Street, with one bullet hitting each in the back of head at 9:47 p.m. April 19 while the teens were on their way home from a friend’s house, police said at the time. Lewis was enrolled in the Philadelphia Police Explorer Cadet Program, which trains young people inter-

Police Report ested in a career in law enforcement. Smith and his friend each were pronounced dead at the scene on the 1600 block of South 29th Street before 10 p.m. A week later, the suspects were nabbed inside their respective Grays Ferry homes due to tips provided to homicide investigators. A 9mm gun was found inside Barnes’ dwelling, albeit police said Satchell was the alleged shooter. According to police, Satchell and Barnes thought Smith and Lewis were from rival area 31st Street, but even after they realized they were not, Satchell still allegedly shot the teens. The two each had been charged with two counts of murder, three counts criminal conspiracy engaging murder, two counts possession of an instrument of crime, various firearm violations and related offenses. Bail was set at $500,000 for each.

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A man who tried to intervene in a brawl between his friend and another man outside a South Street bar wound up stabbed. The 26-year-old received several knife wounds to his right calf and hand, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detectives said. The leg wound needed 12 staples and the hand wound required four stitches at Jefferson Hospital. At about 1:45 a.m. Monday, the victim was outside Mako’s Bar at Third and South streets in Queen Village when he spotted his 23-year-old pal taking a beating from an unknown man, Tolliver said. As the victim went to assist his friend and

began holding on to the attacker in an attempt to stop him, the latter pulled a folding knife and began thrusting it into the 26-year-old. The younger man was not hurt in the incident. The offender was described as white, age 25 to 28, about 5-foot-8 with a reddish beard and wearing a denim jacket. To report information, call South Detectives at 215-686-3013.


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SCHOOL VIOLENCE continued from page 1 the school at 3301 Tasker St., which currently holds ninth- and 10th-graders, opened with a new building last year. Violence in local schools and across the city were the topics Jan. 28 when the Committee on Human Relations convened the first of 11 public hearings to address issues of discrimination that were brought to the forefront when Asian students were attacked Dec. 3 inside and outside of South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S. Broad St., resulting in their eight-day walkout. The Commission’s Executive Director Rue Landau, Chairwoman Kay Kyungsun Yu and commissioners Marshal E. Freeman and Rabbi Rebecca T. Alpert heard almost three hours of testimony at host-site Guerin Recreation Center, 2201 S. 16th St. “It’s frankly shocking to me to hear these stories and the level of violence in existence at this school, as we speak, it seems,” Yu said about Audenried. Jan. 22 resulted in Audenried’s third lockdown of the school year when a fight broke out later that morning on the other side of the building, Keller testified. Later that night and long after closing for the weekend, Tyree Parks, of 33rd and Whar-

Audenried parent Zorita Brown testified she is scared for her child’s life. She said her son, a 10th-grader, was followed home and subsequently attacked at school the following day.

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‘we’re going to settle this here, but don’t send your son to school tomorrow.’ I think that’s very unfair.” Now Brown wants answers since she fears what may happen if her son ever returns to the school. “I need help because my son is not going back to Audenried because his life is in jeopardy,” she said, holding back tears. The school has repeatedly requested additional security, but, as of last week’s meeting, the requests were not fulfilled, Keller said. “It is only a matter of time before there is a retaliation from the events on Friday both inside and outside of our school,” Keller said. “Why are our students not a priority for the school district?” John Frangipani, the district’s chief of school operations, said the district was in talks with Chief Education Advisor Lori Shorr, Deputy Mayor of Public Safety Everett Gillison and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey to address the violence in that area, as well as throughout the district, that has escalated in recent weeks. Inside Audenried, extra police and a climate manager, oversees safety in the building, were set to be in place Feb. 1 with extra officers patrolling the neighborhood. continued on page 11


Every picture tells a story Local sites figure prominently in an interactive Web site that brings memories to life and records them for future generations.

By Lorraine Gennaro

Photos and stories shared on www. include Vietnamese immigrant Thoai Nguyen’s, left, who was co-editor-in-chief of South Philadelphia High School’s newspaper in 1984, and Maria Innocenza Procopio Siciliano’s, who is shown on the steps of her boarding house at 505 Catharine St. circa 1910.

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grandfather Antonio was big on family history. “In my family, family history reigned supreme. My grandfather was the one really into history and the importance of remembering,” she said. When he died in ’79, Meidt inherited all of his family documents. “Then I had this mission of ‘what was I going to do with everything I have?’” she said, adding she did a Web search and found PhilaPlace and Saverino, who encouraged her to contribute. Another local tale is Thoai Nguyen’s, executive director of Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition. In ’75, Nguyen was 9 when his family left war-torn Vietnam. An American resettlement agency relocated them to Seventh and Wolf streets, where the 44-year-old still lives. Nguyen arrived with his mother, Sau Thi, who spoke only Vietnamese, his father Albert, who spoke Vietnamese, English and French, and siblings Jeannie, Janet, Anna, Pauline, Thomas, Boone and Jacqueline. “The adjustment wasn’t so difficult for me. At that age your mind is still very flexible. My ability to learn the language and to learn the culture was easier. I couldn’t say the same for my older siblings or my mom,” he said.

Growing up, Nguyen recalls three major market areas — Fourth Street, the Italian Market and the Seventh Street Corridor, which spans Oregon Avenue to McKean Street and Sixth through Ninth streets. “You had clothing stores, butcher shops, toy shops. You had an egg store — a store that only sold eggs and milk — mom-andpop delis, hosiery shops,” he recalled. A recession in the late ’70s closed most of the corridor’s businesses, but today the area thrives with grocers, mom-and-pop shops, restaurants and cafes opened by the morerecent immigrants from Southeast Asian. “I think the PhilaPlace project tries to honor all the immigrants that have come in the last 200 years. The project itself is valuable in that we are a city of diversity,” he said.

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PRESENTLY, THE SITE’S content is focused on two of the city’s oldest immigrant neighborhoods: South Philly and Northern Liberties. “These were always immigrant, working class neighborhoods. Those neighborhoods have continued to be immigrant and working class neighborhoods even as they gentrify. We wanted to continue telling that story,” Saverino said, adding additional neighborhoods will be added in the future. About 90 of the 200-and-counting stories on the site already, as well as 145 media images out of 1,100 and counting, are locally rooted. Anyone can add their story and/or images to the site, like Donna Meidt, a native of Camden, N.J., who now lives in Tempe, Ariz., did. In 1910, her great-grandparents, Maria and Salvatore Siciliano, opened a boarding house at 505 Catharine St. for just-arriving Italian immigrants. The house operated for about a decade, but the couple lived at that address for 11 more years. A photograph of Maria and some boarders on the dwelling’s steps can be viewed on the site. Meidt said she felt compelled to tell her ancestors’ story because, growing up, her

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ust off South Street before Bainbridge, an old synagogue at 615 S. Sixth St. has been home to the South Street Antiques Market for the last couple of decades — or more. A little further south, a storm-window/ door business now occupies the site once used by Primo Beverages Soft Drink Manufacturing Co., founded in 1900 by Italian immigrant James “Giacomo” Esposito, at 812-814 Washington Ave. These are just two of nearly 90 local haunts that have supplemental pictures, audio and/or video that can be viewed at PhilaPlace’s interactive Web site, www. The site connects histories to places, as well as memories, across time and neighborhoods. “Even though the landscape has very much changed, it can be preserved from this digital record. A lot of the buildings that still exist had a different life in the past,” PhilaPlace Executive Director Joan Saverino, who also serves as director of education and community outreach for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, said.

To tell the stories of yore, PhilaPlace uses multimedia, such as contemporary and historic maps, text of up to 600 words, photographs, audio and video. Site visitors can contribute new content on an ongoing basis and can plot their own stories, regardless of the timeline. Anyone can add a story, photo or video through the “Add A Story” button on every page. How to post is explained on the site, but Saverino said it does require a digitized image and some knowledge of interactive sites. The Historical Society reviews the submissions, but does not edit content. “It’s really to create an enduring record of our history and culture in the neighborhoods. We also wanted to connect diverse audiences so different people who have lived in the neighborhoods can share their experiences in words and pictures. We’re looking to tell the stories of the neighborhoods from the distant past to modern times,” Saverino said, adding, “People can add a story about any era or subject they want and we figure out where to put it.” According to the executive director, the site is the anchor of the PhilaPlace project with neighborhood programming rounding out the mix. Workshops on varying topics, including the free educator session “Mapping Our History” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 10 at The Historical Society, 1300 Locust St., will be held throughout the year. In the fall, trolley tours of South Philly and Greater Northern Liberties will be offered, taking the project back to its roots. PhilaPlace began in 2006 with a grant from the Heritage Philadelphia Program for proposed trolley tours of South Philly and Greater Northern Liberties. The free tours occurred in May of that year. To build the Web site, grants totaling about $500,000 came from Pew Center for Arts and Heritage and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, as well as several other organizations. PhilaPlace maintains the site, which doesn’t have a maximum capacity, so Saverino hopes everyone with a past recollection contributes. “Everybody is sharing their memories and stories. People have been so excited. We have such a backlog now. We’re getting about two stories a week,” she said. SPR

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continued from page 1 the fine retroactively to Dec. 1 to the tune of $116,000 and $2,000 a day going forward, board spokesman Richard McGarvey told the Review. “The other important thing that came out of the hearing was the board issued a motion-to-show-cause,” McGarvey said. “Foxwoods must appear March 3 and explain why they are not in compliance. The board can take further action, up to and including revoking their license. “They were making it very clear that [revocation] was on the table.” ‘Table’ being a most interesting word choice because, Jan. 7, Gov. Ed Rendell signed an act that allows Pennsylvania casinos to add table games. Foxwoods wanted to see the outcome of that bill so its design could include the new addition, including games

such as craps and poker, if passed. Hence, the delay, in part, in not meeting the December deadline, McGarvey said. The allowance calls for tighter access to gaming floors by making it unlawful for anyone “under the age of 21 to enter and remain in any area of the licensed facility where slots machines are operated or the play of table games is conducted,” according to a Jan. 27 board press release. No one under 21 can play table games or slot machines, but the age restriction for entering the gaming floor was 18 prior to the bill’s approval. McGarvey said if Foxwoods submits its overdue plans at the beginning of March there is a possibility the Harrisburg meeting may not happen. Foxwoods attorney F. Warren Jacoby, vice president of the Cozen O’Connor law firm in Center City, did not return phone calls for comment. A call to the firm founder Stephen Cozen also went unanswered. Pennsport resident Rene Goodwin, who was an original anti-Foxwoods activist and remains on the frontlines years later, thinks it’s absurd Foxwoods can’t seem to honor state-mandated deadlines. “How many times can you come before a body and

say the dog ate my homework? ‘We [Foxwoods] haven’t met any other deadline and now we can’t meet the Dec. 1 deadline because we don’t know what’s going to happen with table games.’ Somebody should have reminded them that their license was for slots only, not table games,” Goodwin said. IN DECEMBER 2006, Foxwoods was awarded one of Philadelphia’s two slot parlor licenses. More than three years later, it has yet to break ground — largely due to staunch and unrelenting opposition from neighborhood groups that don’t want a casino in their backyards. In September ’08, Rendell and Mayor Michael Nutter urged Foxwoods to consider relocating to The Gallery Market East at Eighth and Market streets. Foxwoods agreed and, Aug. 28, asked the board to extend its license that expired in May and approve the move. The board unanimously approved the extension, but stipulated Foxwoods build in South Philly. A May 29, 2011 deadline to have 1,500 slot machines in operation was set by the board. Nov. 30, one day before the Dec. 1 deadline to submit plans, Foxwoods approached the board and asked for another extension. Paul Boni, legal counsel for Casino Free Philadelphia, applauds the board for lobbing fines. “I feel it was outrageous that Foxwoods asked for an extension on the deadline, one day before the deadline. That’s insulting to the [board] to ask for an extension on the eve of the deadline. This is really a company that feels it has

an entitlement, rather than a license,” the Society Hill resident said. Also at the Jan. 27 hearing, Foxwoods requested an extension of the Dec. 1 deadline to March 3, Jacoby stated on his client’s behalf, adding the casino group was negotiating with a major investor and that entity would be named in the coming weeks. “The board asked that over and over again [at the meeting] and Foxwoods’ representation chose not to disclose that,” McGarvey said of the investor. Based in Ledyard, Conn., Foxwoods Casino Group (The Mashantucket Pequot tribe) controls 30 percent while lead local investors are New Jersey sports-team owner Lewis Katz, Center City developer Ron Rubin and Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snider. All three have a partnership representing their family charitable trusts and control 70 percent of the project. “When do we stop calling this the Foxwoods project and start referring to it by its real name — the Katz, Rubin and Snider Project,” Boni asked rhetorically, adding the three entities have a much larger stake than the Connecticut-based group. For weeks, rumors have been swirling about the mystery investor. In a published report, Steve Wynn and his Las Vegasbased Wynn Resorts’ was named as the newcomer. Wynn Resorts public relations department did not respond to the Review’s request for comment. “I have no idea who it is,” Boni said. “I am assuming that what Jacoby said is true, that they are meeting with this mystery investor. It really speaks to the desperation of Rubin, Katz and Snider. I cannot imagine that Steve Wynn or another wealthy investor would come into the project without demanding many pounds of flesh. Any new investor has [Rubin Katz and Snider] over a barrel.” Despite the fact it’s been three years and counting since a license was granted and Foxwoods has had problem after problem in its attempt to build, Boni and Goodwin believe the project will happen. “I’m hoping that it isn’t going to happen at this location. I have to say that this community is not anti-gaming. Our community position has always been procommunity. We support good development, the expansion of the ports, development on the ports that is mixed-use. We’re against a development of [Foxwoods] nature being put so close to such a densely residential community. Just on the issue of traffic alone, you have to wonder why someone would want to do that,” Goodwin said. SPR Contact Staff Writer Lorraine Gennaro at or ext. 124. Comment at


SCHOOL VIOLENCE continued from page 8 “A lot of this is deep-rooted in the community,” Frangipani, who began his teaching career at the old Audenried in 1979, said to the crowd. “It’s deep-rooted in gangs. It’s been around for more than 30 years … Dealing with the same issues today, we haven’t done our job as school district folks and as City leaders, so we need to come together on this and we need to put together the plans that we are working on to make change.” THE HEARINGS WILL be held in each district’s region to encourage a dialogue as the commission aims to be part of the solution following last year’s attacks at Southern. “The right school culture cannot happen, though, with the implementation of a single program or even with the conduct of a single public hearing,” Yu said to the crowd. “The challenge of creating a safe school requires an ongoing focus and sustained attention to it.” The next meeting is 4 p.m. Feb. 25 at Myers Rec Center, 58th Street and Kingsessing Avenue, in Southwest. Those who wish to submit testimony may do so in any language by e-mailing it, along with con-

tact information, to hrcommissioners@ Upon completion of the hearings, the commission will report its findings to the district, which is doing its own independent investigation. Southern students, including senior Wei Chen, junior Duong Ly and sophomore Bach Tong, testified before the commission. “At first, we didn’t know anything about organizing, so we just stayed home one day after the fight and everything was forgotten,” Ly, who has been at Southern for two years, said of the October 2008 altercation where six Asian students were attacked outside of the school. With the help of community organizers like Thoai Nguyen, CEO of Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition (SEAMAAC), 1711 S. Broad, about 60 Asian students boycotted the school last month and brought citywide attention to the lingering issue that was glossed over a year before. “People have referred to them as victims, but I don’t see them as victims,” Nguyen said. “I see a transformation from when I met them 18 months ago, transforming from victim to witness to advocate and now to organizer. They organized an effective boycott from a situation where they felt they were no longer safe to go to school.”

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instead of just individually disciplining each action, Tong said. “Most of the time it just keeps happening,” he said, referencing lunchroom linecutting. “Stopping a problem right after it happens doesn’t mean it will not prevent it from happening in the future.” Dwindling funds have drained resources in the neighborhoods as community centers, libraries and pools have either closed or reduced their hours whereas playgrounds are not often safe anymore, Nguyen said. Even for SEAMAAC, less funds from the district, city and state have forced the elimination of programs, but those that remain such as after-school programs for DJing and break-dancing at Andrew Jackson Elementary, 1213 S. Eighth St., have brought students of different backgrounds together, he said. “Black students, African immigrant students, Asian students, Latin students are playing, are having great relationships with one another, are breaking together, are DJing together and they speak to the fact that there are very, very few of these programs around to help them have a venue where they actually can build relationships, build community together,” he said. SPR

The boycott resulted in additional security, as well as programs to promote diversity and resolve conflict. The students do feel safer as a result of the heightened security, but tensions have not yet been resolved, Ly said. “After the boycott, we came back to school and we felt a little safer just because there are tons of cameras installed in every single corner of the school and there’s a lot of security officers in our school,” he said. “That’s the only reason why we feel safe. But the relationship between us and the other students still remains the same. It doesn’t seem better. They all still treat us like before.” While the violence is not always as intense as it was Dec. 3, students still are fearful within the walls of Southern, he added. “[The violence] happens every single day in our school, like in the cafeteria. It happens every day when the students bust in line without [staff] intervening,” Ly said. “We feel scared.” Due to the continued fear, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund filed a complaint Jan. 19 against the district stating it and Southern violated the students’ 14th Amendment, which requires states provide equal protection to all people within their jurisdictions. The aggressive students need to be informed of the hurt caused by their actions,

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lizabeth Stermel might be 10, but she already excels in all fields. The St. Monica fourth-grader has earned First Honors in the classroom and MVP status for the school’s soccer team. Teacher Beth Coleman describes her student as a “star in the making, on and off the soccer field.” “She comes to school each day ready for whatever the day will bring,” Coleman said. “She does well in all her subjects because she works hard at home and in the classroom.” The resident of the 800 block of South Front Street backs up her brawn with brains and good behavior. She is a member of her school’s Four-Star Club, which recognizes personal growth, behavior, effort and study skills. Academically, Elizabeth excels in every subject, but her strategically inclined mind makes math the favorite. “She is willing to help others and loves to teach the class,” Coleman said of her prized pupil.

Elizabeth Stermel The athlete who, Coleman said, “always is happy, easy-going and fun to be near,” enjoys soccer, gymnastics, football and baseball outside of the classroom at 16th and Porter streets. In 2006, Elizabeth was awarded a first-place medal in gymnastics. But soccer seems to be a passion in the Stermel household, as parents John and Mary organize the St. Monica program. Her dad also coaches her

locally based Strikers squad. More importantly, her parents have set a solid foundation for the future. “They taught her many things early in life so she can excel in school and life,” Coleman said. “She learned her times tables from them in second grade.” With a drive to share knowledge, Elizabeth is displaying the early tools for a career in education. “I want to teach children how to do things and show them how to be good people,” she said. Even with a packed schedule, she doesn’t let pressure knock her off her game. “She comes to school early, eager to help out in any way needed,” Coleman said. SPR Elizabeth Stermel will receive a $150 savings bond. If you are a teacher or full-time educator and would like to nominate a student (first through 12th grades), call 215336-2500 ext. 123 or e-mail editor@

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uesday, Tony Enos was set to host the release party for his debut CD, but with the recent devastation in Haiti, the Whitman resident put the celebration on hold. “Well, you know what? I can always reschedule the CD-release party,” Enos, who performed four songs Tuesday including his new single, “Livin’ for the Weekend,” said. “These folks need help now.” The 25-year-old has raised a few hundred dollars for the country still reeling from last month’s 7.0 earthquake from the Jan. 26 sales of his single, “Did It Rite,” off his same-named album available now on iTunes and CD Baby. That number jumped to about $1,000 after hosting the fundraiser at Q Lounge, 1234 Locust St., with the American Red Cross on hand to accept donations. The resident of Third and Durfor streets has been dancing and singing around his neighborhood and along the East Coast since he was a teen. He wrote the 13 tracks for his debut CD, which was released by his own record label, lil’ T Entertainment. Looking out for others in need is nothing new for Enos. He founded a charitable foundation, continued on page 18









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continued from page 16 â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tony Enos â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lord Foundations for HIV and AIDS,â&#x20AC;? in 2008 to bring awareness and raise funds for HIV and AIDS. He will donate 25 cents from each album sale or download and will add a portion of tour sales toward the foundation. Enos promised himself at a young age he would contribute to that health-crisis cause, along with cancer research and domestic abuse, two issues he hopes to devote money to in the future since he knew so many affected by them, he said. Even with everything on his plate, he has managed to balance his interests and endeavors, including an upcoming womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fashion line that he hopes to launch within the next two years. He described it as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a really glamorous, sexy, urban brand,â&#x20AC;? will branch off his brand with lilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; T Fashions. HIS MOTIVATION COMES from Diana Ross, who he heard sing for the first time at age 2. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My parents had brought home an old Diana Ross concert from 1979 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas,â&#x20AC;? the entertainer, who grew up at Fifth and Porter streets, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I

just sat there like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;wow,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when I decided thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I want to do.â&#x20AC;? Multitalented Ross and Janet Jackson were Enosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; biggest inspirations, but his musical abilities were not without legacy. Grandfather Al Lance was part of the doo-wop group Nostalgia Five, which recorded for Columbia Records in the 1960s, and parents Anthony and Lisa also raised his 15-year-old sister, Vienna, to explore her talents. The High School for Creative And Performing Arts, 901 S. Broad St., student has one talent Enos wishes he had: â&#x20AC;&#x153;She blows me away with the way she plays by ear,â&#x20AC;? he said of his little sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s piano and guitar playing abilities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wish I could do that. That would be so much more efficient.â&#x20AC;? After attending John H. Taggart School, 400 Porter St., Enos moved on to North Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Franklin Arts Center, where Enos, a theater arts major, landed his first professional gig at 14 as a backup dancer for techno-singer Marquis, who went solo after singing backup for Amy Grant. Telling the singer he was 18 opened doors to dancing in local clubs, as well as up and down the East Coast. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a talent still present in his hip-hop inspired stage performances.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that constant element of dance,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d bore myself to tears if I just stood there and sang.â&#x20AC;? At 16, he signed his first record contract with a local company, although it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t turn out as he had planned. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was a really messy situation and that put a halt on things for three years,â&#x20AC;? he said of breaking his contract, which resulted in not being able to record for that duration. During his hiatus, Enos performed at every local festival he could, including the Methodist Hospital Talent Show and Pride Fest. Then he embarked on forming his own label in â&#x20AC;&#x2122;06 as a launching pad for his work and, hopefully, for local artists in the future, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The reason I started is because I got sick of waiting for my opportunity to come my way, so I decided to make my own,â&#x20AC;? he said. He had a clear vision of what he wanted and sought to use his own creativity to pen songs, an opportunity he was not given when he started out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was constantly told if you want to be the real deal, you have to write your own music and yadda yadda,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I did it by force and I detested it.â&#x20AC;?

At first, songs never turned out like they sounded in his head, but he soon found his voice and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Did It Rite,â&#x20AC;? a song about leaving a bad seven-year relationship and moving on, along with the rest of the album was the end result. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of the songs [on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Did It Riteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;] are just about dancing and going out and having a good time and that energy. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re feeling good. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re feeling sexy. You have your good clothes on â&#x20AC;Ś Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good record to listen to when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting ready to go out.â&#x20AC;? He released his first single, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Work It Out,â&#x20AC;? in the spring â&#x20AC;&#x2122;08 and followed it up with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good Love (Grilled Ham & Cheese),â&#x20AC;? which received play on WKDU Philadelphia 91.7 FM and Q102, that fall; both are on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Did It Rite,â&#x20AC;? which dropped Dec. 30. The album, a mix of pop, dance and R&B, Enos is excited to see his fans as he kicks off Aprilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 11-city tour that opens in Philly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an amazing experience,â&#x20AC;? he said of being on stage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anything like it.â&#x20AC;? SPR Contact Staff Writer Amanda Snyder at or ext. 117. Comment at

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black miniskirt and high black boots, you almost become a fan of country music. Almost. T or F: Your lover insists you dress like Lady Gaga when having sex.

T or F: Female partners of Tiger Woods have been heard to remark, “I’ve got a Tiger in my tank.”

T or F: The reality show “Jersey Shore” was adapted from your last season in Margate.

T or F: You wish Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien both would go away and take David Letterman with them.

T or F: Unless Ed Snider’s Flyers win the Stanley Cup this year, we should stop addressing him as Mr. Snider. Maybe we should call him, “Hey you!”


John (Channing Tatum) and Savannah (Amanda Seyfried) discover their two-week seaside romance develops into much more, but is it strong enough to survive their separation?

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A Serious Man R Available Tuesday To be honest, as much as I love the Coen Brothers, their latest — the dark Jewish dramedy “A Serious Man” — isn’t exactly my cup of Manischewitz. The troubles that relentlessly afflict Job-like protagonist Larry (Golden Globe-nominee Michael Stuhlbarg) are enormously frustrating, coupled with desert-dry humor and a drab backdrop. Still, I must admire the unwavering uniqueness of the Coens’ vision, not to mention the customary excellence of their filmmaking technique. Though it made me want to yank my hair out, there’s no denying “A Serious Man” is, in retrospect, quite perfect. SPR

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lot can happen in 12 months,” wide-eyed 20-something Savannah (Amanda Seyfried) tells her new Army boyfriend, John (Channing Tatum), just as he is about to deploy for a year-long tour of duty. As demonstrated by “Dear John,” the latest screen adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, a lot also can happen in two hours — perhaps too much. The overly ambitious film begins with John and Savannah’s twoweek courtship on Charleston’s beaches and spans nearly a decade. It arrives at a choppy final act that sees the unpredictable, but awkward, collision of multiple subplots, all of which were undoubtedly better served in the book. The good news is, taken as a whole, “Dear John” is a pretty decent date movie, bolstered by some strong performances and components that will appeal to both sexes. Directed by Lasse Hallström, other than a few mushy Sparksian pitfalls, it largely avoids getting hung up on forceful weepiness. The chief draw is John and Savannah’s long-distance romance, which they maintain via the age-old narrative tool of letterwriting. Tested by tragedies both colossal (9/11) and personal (illness), their evolving bond is presented with more sincerity than one might expect, despite all of the standard-issue pop-song montages. Yet, the real lump-in-the-throat relationship is the one between John and his autistic, coin-collecting father (a wonderful Richard Jenkins), a factor the movie is savvy enough to use to its advantage. The finer points are dependent upon the

two leads’ abilities to transcend the material. Tatum has one deeply poignant scene with Jenkins, but he’s usually straining to deliver dialogue that seems out of sync with his emotions. Conversely, Seyfried is divine, continuing to hone her craft with poise and finesse. Of all the movie’s goings-on, her acting is what’s truly worth writing home about.

T or F: You don’t want the government to run health care, but you’ll kill anyone who tries to take away your governmentrun Medicare.

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Highlights this Week The 2010 Philadelphia International Auto Show runs through Feb. 7. Tickets: $6-$12. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 11th and Arch streets. www. “Becky Shaw” takes the stage through Feb. 7. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. 215-546-7824. www. Fleisher Art Memorial presents works by artist-in-residence George Ferrandi through April 23. 705 Christian St. www. WWE RAW’s “Road to WrestleMania” rolls into town 8 p.m. Feb. 5. Tickets: $15-$70. Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 800-298-4200. Lunar New Year Celebration is noon-4 p.m. Feb. 6. Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd. and Walnut St. 215-413-8655.

Classic Albums Live, featuring Bob Marley’s “Legend,” is 8 p.m. Feb. 6. Tickets: $19.50-$32.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. The Compassionate Animal Relief Effort Inc. holds its second annual “Have A Heart for the Animals” adoption day 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 7. Queen Village Animal Hospital, 323 Bainbridge St. 215-462-1889. Sugar and Spice on Ice sweetens up the Blue Cross RiverRink 1-5 p.m. Feb. 7. Tickets: $8/$3 rental. Columbus Blvd. at Market St. 215-925-RINK. Movie Monday at the Troc presents “Zombieland” 8 p.m. Feb. 8. Tickets: $3. Prizes for best zombie costumes. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215-922-6888. www.the “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber” brings the music of the night Feb. 9-14. Tickets: $20-$80. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215-893-1999.


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George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic: 8 p.m. Feb. 20. Tickets: $29-$45. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-5727650. Editors: 8:30 p.m. Feb. 20. Tickets: $16-$18. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215922-6888. John Mayer: 8 p.m. Feb. 21. Tickets: $51-$76. Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 800-298-4200. www. Verve Pipe: 8 p.m. Feb. 23. Tickets: $21-$23. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215-222-1400. www. Omara Portuondo and The Roberto Fonseca Quartet: 8 p.m. Feb. 23. Tickets: $38.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. www. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Feb. 24-28. Tickets: $10-$90. Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 800-298-4200. www. Flogging Molly: 8:30 p.m. Feb. 26. Tickets: $28-$30. Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. 215-336-2000. www. Twiztid: 9 p.m. Feb. 26. Tickets: $20-$23. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877-598-8696. www.

The Irish Tenors: 8 p.m. March 5. Tickets: $45-$250. Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St. 800-298-4200. Ronan Tynan: 8 p.m. March 6. Tickets: $29.50-$49.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. www. One: 7:30 p.m. March 10. Tickets: $13. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215222-1400. Joe Henry: 8 p.m. March 10. Tickets: $25. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215-222-1400. Harlem Globetrotters: 7 p.m. March 12. Tickets: $20-$106. Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St. 800298-4200. Alice in Chains: 8 p.m. March 13. Tickets: $40-$43. Tower Theatre, 69th and Ludlow streets, Upper Darby. 877598-8696. Phil Vassar: 8 p.m. March 13. Tickets: $32.50-$39.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215572-7650. Harlem Globetrotters: Noon and 5 p.m. March 14. Tickets: $20-$160. Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 800298-4200. Irish Rovers: 7:30 p.m. March 15. Tickets: $29.50-$35. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215572-7650.

Train: 8 p.m. March 17. Tickets: $35-$38.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-5727650. Taylor Swift: 7 p.m. March 18-19. Tickets: $25-$69.50. Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 800-298-4200. Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell and Fabian: 8 p.m. March 19. Tickets: $69.50-$79.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. www. Royal Comedy Tour: 8 p.m. March 19. Tickets: $43.50-$73. Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St. 800-2984200. America: 8 p.m. March 20. Tickets: $39.50-$49.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-5727650. Bon Jovi: 7 p.m. March 23-24. Tickets: $26.50-$132. Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 800-298-4200. George Thorogood & The Destroyers: 7:30 p.m. March 24. Tickets: $39-$59. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215572-7650. Mike Snow: 9 p.m. March 25. Tickets: $18-$21. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877-598-8696.

Jonatha Brooke: 8 p.m. March 25. Tickets: $40. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215-222-1400. www. Michael BublĂŠ: 8 p.m. March 26. Tickets: $49.50-$95. Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 800-298-4200. Los Lobos and Leo Kottke: 8 p.m. March 27. Tickets: $42.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. www. Carlon: 11 p.m. March 27 and April 17. Tickets: $5. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215-222-1400. www.

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Howie Day: 8:30 p.m. Feb. 27. Tickets: $24-$34. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215-222-1400. www. Cage the Elephant: 9 p.m. Feb. 27. Tickets: $11.25-$18. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877598-8696. Fresh Fest 2010: 9 p.m. Feb. 27. Tickets: $42.50-$73. The Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St. 1-800-2984200. Muse: 7 p.m. March 2. Tickets: $35-$59.50. Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 800-298-4200. www. Black Eyed Peas: 7:30 p.m. March 3. Tickets: $46.50-$89.50. Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 800-298-4200. St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Celebration: 7:30 p.m. March 3. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215-222-1400. www. Bob Mould: 8 p.m. March 3. Tickets: $25-$35. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215-222-1400. www. Sesame Street Liveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Elmoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Green Thumb: March 4-7. Tickets: $17-$52. Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbor Blvd., Camden, N.J. 877598-8696.

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W h a t ’s H a p p e n i n g >African American Museum: “Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia, 1776-1876,” ongoing. 701 Arch St. 215-574-0380. >American Swedish Historical Museum: Impressions of Nature,” by Stockholm artists Rachelle Puryear and Lars Nyberg, through May 2; “Nudes by Anders Zorn” and “Material Matters: Samples from the Textile Collection,” both through spring; “Printscapes. 1900 Pattison Ave. 215-389-1776. >AxD Gallery: “Arabesque Expressionism,” through Feb. 6. “Fabricated Stories,” Feb. 12-March 6; Opening reception is 5-8 p.m. Feb. 12. 265 S. 10th St. 215-627-6250. >Bridgette Mayer Gallery: “High Light Rhythm,” through Feb. 27. Opening reception is 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 5; “Nightlife & The Divided Plane,” March 2-27. Opening reception is 6-8:30 p.m. March 5; “New Ceramic Works,” March 30-May 1. Opening reception is 6-8:30 p.m. April 2. 709 Walnut St. 215-413-8893. >Burrison Gallery: “Snow Traces by Francesca Pfister,” through Feb. 19. 3611 Walnut St. 215-898-5994. Clay Studio: Valentine’s Day Date Nights, 7-10 p.m. Feb. 12-13; Clay and Mimosa Valentine’s Day Brunch, noon-3 p.m. Feb. 14; Let’s Get the Wheels Rolling, 6-8 p.m. Feb. 19; Elements of Function, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 29-30. 137-39 N. Second St. 215-925-3453. www. >Congregation Rodeph Shalom: “Wimpel! Wrapped Wishes,” through Feb. 21. 615 N. Broad St. 215-6276747. >Da Vinci Art Alliance: “Text/ Textile,” through Feb. 28; “Confluence,” March 7-28; “Claybody,” March 31-April 30. 704 Catharine St. >Franklin Institute: “Body Worlds and the Brain,” through Feb. 21; “Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt,” June 5-Jan. 2. 20th St. and the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 215-448-1200. >Independence Seaport Museum: “Skin & Bones: Tattoos in the Life of the American Sailor,” through Feb. 7. 211 S. Columbus Blvd. 215413-8655. >Institute of Contemporary Art: “Video Art: Replay, Everyday Imaginary,” through March 21; “Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World),” through June 6.; and “Video Art: Replay, Part 3,” April 23Aug. 1. 118 S. 36th St. 215-573-9975. >International House: “Homeland,” through March 5. 3701 Chestnut St. 215-235-3405. www. Laurel Hill Cemetery Tour: “A Rich Heritage: Celebrating Black History Month Saturday,” 2 p.m. Feb.

27; “The Victorian Celebration of Death,” 2 p.m. Feb. 28. 3822 Ridge Ave. 215-228-8200. >Nexus/foundation:“Supergirl!,” through Feb. 5. 1400 N. American St. 215-684-1946. Philadelphia Art Alliance: “Convergence: Pottery from Studio and Factory” and “En route series,” Feb. 11-May 3. 251 S. 18th St. 215-5454302. >Philadelphia Museum of Art: “Cai Guo-Qiang: Fallen Blossoms,” through March 7; “Notations/Bruce Nauman: Days and Giorni,” through April 4; “Marcel Wanders: Daydreams,” through June 13; “Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal” through July 25; “Arts of Bengal: Wives, Mothers, Goddesses,” through July; Midnight Masquerade Winter Gala, 8 p.m. Feb. 20. Cost: $100-$140; “Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris,” Feb. 24-April 25. 26th St. and the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 215763-8100. Philadelphia Zoo: Great Backyard Bird Count Guided Walks, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Feb. 13; Lovin’ on the Wild Side, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb 13-14; Family Overnight: Who’s Awake in Winter?, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27-10 a.m. Feb. 28; Reader’s Club for ages 2-6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 28; Keeping Up With the Keepers, 9-11 a.m. March 16 and again May 16; Bunny Hop, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 27-28; Zoo Spring Break Camp 2010: I Want To Be a Zookeeper, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 31-April 2. 34th St. and Girard Ave. 215-243-5336. >Please Touch Museum: “Scat Cat’s Junior Jazz Jamboree,” daily through Feb. 26; “Exploring Trees Inside and Out,” through May 2; Rhythm Romp, March 5-7; “There’s Something Under My Bed,” March 5-May 9; Puppet Play Date, March 21. 4231 Avenue of the Republic. 215-963-0667. >Print Center: “Philagrafika 2010: The Graphic Unconscious,” through April 11. 1614 Latimer St. 215-7356090. >Rosenbach Museum & Library: “Moore Adventures in Wonderland,” through June 6; “Friend or Faux: Imitation and Invention from Innocent to Fraudulent,” through July 11. 2008-2010 Delancey Place. 215-7321600. >Smile Gallery: “Another Man’s Treasure,” through Feb. 9. 105 S. 22nd St. 215-564-2502. Sol Mednick Gallery: “Observations & Anomalies,” Feb. 12-March 7; “Drawing the Time in Between,” March 12-April 2; “Fall River Boys,” April 9-May 2; Sophomore photography exhibit, May 7-21; “Brace for Impact: The Aftermath of Flight 1549,” May 28Aug. 7. The University of the Arts, 211 S. Broad St. 215-717-6300.

Live aid

WXPN, the Philadelphia Folksong Society and the Trocadero present “Philly Rocks For Haiti” 7 p.m. Feb. 4. Tickets: $12. Featured bands include the West Philadelphia Orchestra, Black Landlord and Get The Led Out. 1003 Arch St. www.thetroc. com. >University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology: “Righteous Dopefiend: Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America” and “The Goodlands: Young Photographers Inspiring Hope in North Philadelphia,” both through May; “Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania,” through July 11; “21st Annual Celebration of African Cultures” offers music, dance, storytelling, talks and more, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 20. All events free with museum admission: $6-$10. 3260 South St. 215-898-4000. >Vox Populi: Micah Danges and Roxana Perez-Mendez multimedia works; Steven Baldi, Lucas Knipscher and Piper Marshall; Emily O’Keefe and Matthew Osborn, all Feb. 5-28. 319 N. 11th St. 215-2381236. Wentworth Gallery: Jane Seymour showcases her artwork, 7-9 p.m. Feb. 12 and 5-8 p.m. Feb. 13. Court at King of Prussia, 160 N. Gulph Road. 610-337-8988 or 800-732-6140.

Special events >Generation U Fashion Show, a red carpet event by Uranium Film Productions and Aci Nae Boutique, is 7-11 p.m. Feb. 4. Tickets: $100. RSVP required. Cescaphe Ballroom, 923 N. Second St. 484-480-4051.

>Israeli Film Festival lasts six weeks with the first showing 8 p.m. Feb. 6 with “A Matter of Size.” Gershman Y. Broad and Pine streets. 215446-3027. Q-licious, An Annual Benefit and Gala, featuring the Giovanna Robinson Latin Band, a Petticoat Pageant, the annual Q Awards and Giant Puppets, 8 p.m. Feb. 13. Tickets: $65. German Society of Pennsylvania, 611 Spring Garden St. 215-222-6979. Philly to New Orleans, a free Mardi Gras celebration featuring Dixieland music, a parade and Cajun cuisine, is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 16. Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St. 215-922-2317. Elizabeth Gilbert headlines a fundraiser for the Spells Writing Center Feb. 18. Tickets: $50-$125. Loews Hotel, 1200 Market St. Philadelphia Fashion Week struts Feb. 25-27. Tickets: $35-$60. Hotel Palomar, 117 S. 17th St. Philadelphia International Flower blossoms Feb. 28-March 7. Tickets: $13-$23. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. 215988-8899. Jerry Blavat hosts a social 8 p.m. March 6. Tickets: $35. St. Monica’s Monsignor Farrell Hall, 16th and Porter streets. 215-334-1659.

Theater/Dance/Opera >Rain, A Tribute to The Beatles: Through Feb. 7. Tickets: $35-$85. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215893-1999.

>The Prince: Through Feb 7. Walnut Street Theatre Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St. 215-5743550. >Let’s Pretend We’re Married: Through Feb. 14. Tickets: $25-$35. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St. 215-569-9700. >Golden Age: Through Feb. 21. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. 215-985-0420. >City of Numbers: mixtape of a city: Through Feb. 21. The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St. 215-5688079. >The Breath of Life: Through Feb. 28. Tickets: $10-$35. St. Stephen’s Theater, 10th and Ludlow streets. 215829-0395. >The Eclectic Society: Through March 7. Tickets: $10-$60. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. 215-5743550. >Blue Door: Through March 21. Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. Second St. 215-922-1122. www. >The Irish and How They Got That Way: Through April 14. Tickets: $35-$47. Innovation Studio at the Kimmel Center, 260 S. Broad St. 215893-1999. >Respect, A Musical Journey of Women: Through April 18. Tickets: $40-$45. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. Eighth St. 215-925-3769. www. >Flashpoint DNA, Dynamic New Art: Through May 3. Tickets: $35$45. Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St. 215-665-9720. >Bizet’s Carmen: 3 p.m. Feb. 7. Tickets: $10-$22. St. Nicholas Hall, 910 Pierce St. 215-224-0257. Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue: Feb. 23-March 14. Walnut Street Theatre Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St. 215-574-3550. www. Romeo and Juliet: Feb. 25-April 11. Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. Second St. 215-922-1122. www. Annie: Feb. 26-28. Tickets: $20-$70. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215-893-1999. www. Language Rooms: March 3-April 4. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. 215546-7824. Pennsylvania Ballet: “The Four Temperaments,” “Carmina Burana” and “Rodeo,” March 4-13. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215-5517000.

Peking Acrobats: March 7-10. Tickets: $17.50-$27.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215572-7650. Groovaloo, The Hip Hop Sensation: March 9-14. Tickets: $25-$59.50. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215-893-1999. www. Pennsylvania Ballet: “The Crossed Line,” “In the Night” and “The Concert,” March 10-14. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215-551-7000. Fallen Angels: March 16-May 7. Tickets: $10-$60. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. 215-574-3550. Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins: March 19-April 18. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. 215-985-0420. Cirque Du Soleil’s Ovo: April 8May 2. Tickets: $24.50-$112. Big Top at The Avenue of the Arts, Broad St. and Washington Ave. 800-450-1480.

Tours Valentine’s Ghost Tour materializes 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12-14, departing from 10th and Spruce streets. 610587-8308.

COMMUNITY Civic associations/ Town Watches >CCP Townwatch serves Eighth to 13th streets, Snyder Ave. to Ritner St. Meetings held the second Wednesday of the month. Jason, 215-271-2424. Columbus Square Park Advisory Council holds meetings 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month. 12th and Wharton streets. Dickinson Narrows Civic Association holds meetings 7 p.m. the third Monday of the month. George Washington Elementary, Fifth and Federal streets. East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association and Town Watch serves Broad to Eighth streets, Tasker St. to Snyder Ave. Meetings are 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month. St. Agnes Continuing Care Center, Broad and McKean streets. 215-339-0400. Friends of Dickinson Square Park general meeting is 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month. Dickinson Square Park, Fourth and Tasker streets. 215-685-1885. info@

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JCCs Stiffel Senior Center: Thrift shop sells used clothing 10 a.m.-noon Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. 604 Porter St. 215-468-3500.

Churches and congregations St. Simon the Cyrenian Episcopal Church hosts a pancake and waffle dinner noon-6 p.m. Feb. 16. Donation: $6. 22nd and Reed streets. 215-468-1926. The Lighthouse gives away clothes and food 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays. 30th and Wharton streets. 215-463-2434. Mount Enon Baptist Church holds a free lunch program 12:30 p.m. the third and fourth Wednesdays of the month. 500 Snyder Ave. 215-334-2844.

Education/hobbies/ volunteering ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships is looking for volunteers to lead enrichment activities for children one hour a week. 215545-2727.

Health >Introduction to Soulful Line Dancing with Gloria Kingcade: 7 p.m. Feb. 10. Free. Essene Market & Cafe, 719 S. Fourth St. 215-9221146. Zumba Boot Camp and Hatha Yoga Flow classes ongoing. Cost: $5-$10. Bring a yoga mat or towel. Arts Parlor, 1170 S. Broad St. jillianthomason@ Red Ball, hosted by The American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, is 8 p.m.-midnight March 6. Tickets: $175-$275. Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park. 215-299-5491.

Libraries Central Library: Children’s Prints Exhibit, Feb. 15-March 12. Interviewing Skills, Feb. 17. 1901 Vine St. 215686-5322.

Donatucci Sr. Library: computer tutorials for adults and seniors, noon Thursdays; LEAP After-School Program, 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; homework and computer assistance, 3-5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; yoga for adults and seniors, 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; Chess and Board Game Club, 4 p.m. Fridays; arts and crafts, 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays; and Teen Gaming Club, 4 p.m. Thursdays. Hours: Noon-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; closed Sundays and Mondays. 1935 Shunk St. 215-685-1755. Santore Library: Smoking cessation six-week course, 1 p.m. Mondays. 932 S. Seventh St. 215-686-1766. South Philadelphia Library: ESL classes, 12:30-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 1700 S. Broad St. 215685-1866.


Child Care Information Services offers funding and services to help parents find, select and pay for childcare and school-age programs. 1500 S. Columbus Blvd. 215-271-0570. Community Labor Refinery Tracking Committee works on environmental and health issues related to living near the Sunoco Refinery. Meets the second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. Mercy Wellness Center, 2821 Island Ave. 215-640-8800. Diversified Community Services/Point Breeze Family Center offers information/referral services, counseling, parenting and education/computer classes. Dixon House, 1920 S. 20th St. 215-336-3511. Face Your Giants Rap Sessions features group meetings to discuss life experiences and develop relationships 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. 2144 S. Broad St. 267-582-1667. Prancing Paws Animal Rescue is dedicated to saving street cats and kittens.

Reunions >Taggart Elementary for all students, Feb. 6. Sharon or Hollie,

Recreation centers and playgrounds

Support groups

Marian Anderson: Better Days offers HIV/AIDS counseling, contraception, teen workshops and more. 17th and Fitzwater streets. 215-685-6594. Capitolo: After-school program for ages 6-13 3:30-6 p.m. MondayFriday. Cost: $10/week. Ninth and Federal streets. 215-685-1883.

Al-Anon meets 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at St. John’s Evangelist Church, Third and Reed streets; 7:30 p.m. Fridays at 1605 E. Moyamensing Ave.; and 11:15 a.m. Saturdays at Episcopal Church of the Crucifixion, Eighth and Bainbridge streets. 215-222-5244.

Alzheimer’s Association holds a support group for families of people with Alzheimer’s 2-4 p.m. the third Saturday of each month. St. Agnes Continuing Care Center, 1900 S. Broad St. 800-272-3900. Codependents Anonymous meets at Methodist Hospital, 2301 S. Broad St., 6:30 p.m. Sundays. 215-333-7775. Debtors Anonymous meets 7 p.m. Thursdays. William Way Center, 1315 Spruce St. Susan, 610-203-3200. Gamblers Anonymous meets 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Methodist Hospital, Broad and Ritner streets. NARANON for families and friends of addicts meets 7:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Nicholas of Tolentine, 910 Watkins St. 215-808-7422. Philadelphia Multiple Myeloma Networking Group meets 1:303:30 p.m. the second Saturday of the month (except August). Ralston House, 3615 Chestnut St. 215-9471730. Smoking cessation is 4-5 p.m. or 6-7 p.m. the first two Tuesdays and Thursdays of the month. Pennsylvania Hospital, 800 Spruce St. www. Philadelphia Access Center holds Jobs for Life, a biblically based job training program; and Moms’ Group, a biblically based study with free childcare. 1832 S. 11th St. 215-389-1985. Pennsylvania Recovery Organization–Achieving Community Together (PRO-ACT) hosts a family program to help recognize and address addiction 6:30-8:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. 444 N. Third St. 800-2216333. Recovery International for those with stress, anger, sadness, fear or depression meets 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 1831 Bainbridge St. 215-732-2787. www. Supportive Older Women’s Network for ages 60 and over meets 1 p.m. Mondays. JCCs Stiffel Senior Center, 604 Porter St. 215-468-3500. Mercy LIFE (Living Independently For Elders) for caregivers for ages 55 and over meets 6-7:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month. 215-339-4157. Substance Abuse Program meets 9 a.m.-noon and 11 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 1021 S. 21st St. 215-790-9942. Voice It Sistah for HIV-positive women meets 11 a.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Similar sessions held during coffee hour noon-1 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays. YOACAP, 1207 Chestnut St. 215-851-1898. Women in Transition for women hurt by a partner or coping with addiction counsels 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 215-751-1111. www.

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Philadelphia Senior Center: Digital photography class, 1 p.m. Mondays; diabetes support group, 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month; Silver Sneakers fitness classes, 2 p.m. Tuesdays; T’ai chi, 1 p.m. Mondays; Rev Up, 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; yoga, 11 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. 509 S. Broad St. 215-546-5879. www. Samuel S. Fels Community Center: Free exercise program Tuesday and Thursday mornings. 2407 S. Broad St. 215-218-0800. Single Parents Society holds senior dances Fridays, 8-11 p.m. 1430 S. Passyunk Ave. 215-465-2298. South Philadelphia Older Adult Center: Socials every Wednesday, 7-10 p.m., with live music and refreshments. Cost: $7. 1430 Passyunk Ave. 215-952-0547. United Communities Houston Community Center: Emergency energy assistance, ESL and computer classes. Free clothing giveaway 1:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Emergency food cupboard. Houston Center, 2029 S. Eighth St. 215-467-8700. United Communities Southwark House: Bingo, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursdays; karate classes for ages 14 and up, 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 101 Ellsworth St. 215673-1484.

Center for Literacy offers multilevel ESL classes for adults 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Francis Scott Key Elementary School, Eighth and Wolf streets. 215-474-1235. Job Corps STARS Initiative is looking for volunteers to tutor students two hours a week. Darvin, 267-386-2890. Point Breeze Education Center offers “The Point Breeze Charm and Etiquette program” for ages 8-13 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesdays. 1518 S. 22nd St. 215-755-6628. Programs Employing People seeks volunteers to help disabled classes as well as literacy tutors. Broad and Federal streets. 215-952-4292. marnie. Saints in Training, offered by Neumann-Goretti, is a free enrichment program for fifth- to eighth-graders who want to excel in academics and become more involved in school activities. 215465-8437, ext. 250. >Salvatore Terruso Lodge Sons of Italy meets 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. The Prudential Building, 20th St. and Oregon Ave. Rich Vinci, 215-389-7799. Triangle Park needs volunteers for watering and cleaning sessions 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Meet at Sixth and Christian streets. 215-704-7466. 215-574-5050. parkwebadmin@

DiSilvestro: After-school program for ages 5-12 3-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Cost: $25/month. 1701 S. 15th St. 215-685-1598. Guerin: Pinochle, 12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; Ballet, tap and jazz/hip-hop lessons, 5 p.m. Thursdays; After-school program 3-6 p.m. weekdays for ages 5-10; Girl Scouts meet 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays; Ceramics are 7:30 p.m. Mondays. Acting classes through February for ages 8 and adult. 16th and Jackson streets. 215-685-1894. Hawthorne Cultural Center: Linedancersize, 6:15-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and kung fu classes 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays; after-school program for ages 5-12 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Cost: $5/week; drawing, and painting classes 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturdays. Free. Students must provide their own supplies and will be given a list. 1200 Carpenter St. 215-685-1848. Murphy: Aerobic classes 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: $6; Ceramic classes for adults, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays. Cost: $2; sculpture/ceramics classes for ages 12-18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays; Murphy Recreation Center holds an afterschool program 3-6 p.m. MondaysFridays for ages 6-12. Cost: $7/week. 300 Shunk St. 215-685-1874. www. Starr Garden: Yoga for Everyone, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays; Chess Club for ages 5-12, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Fridays; Capture the Flag Games, 3:30-5 p.m. Thursdays; Children’s Film Workshops for ages 7-10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays; Children’s art classes 10 a.m.-noon every other Saturday; and Intro to French classes for adults, 7-8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. Cost: $35; Indoor Soccer at McCall School Gym, 6-7 p.m. through March 17, Mondays, for ages 5-6 and Wednesdays for ages 78. 600-44 Lombard St. 215-686-1782. Tolentine: After-school programs for ages 5-13 Monday-Friday. Van service as well as full- or half-day coverage available. 11th and Mifflin streets. 215-389-0717.

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Grays Ferry Community Council covers 27th and Wharton streets to Moore St. to 34th St. and 24th and Moore streets to Passyunk and Penrose avenues. Service area meeting is 7 p.m. March 23 at William Barrett Nabuurs Center, 28th and Dickinson streets. Nominations for board members and officers will be taken at meeting. Nominations also can be made at the office, 9 a.m.-noon, March 24-26 and March 29-30. 1501 S. 29th St. 215-336-5005. www. Hawthorne Cultural Center holds meetings 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. 1200 Carpenter St. 215-685-1848. Lower Moyamensing Civic Association services Snyder to Oregon avenues and Broad to Eighth streets. Town Watch walks every other Monday. Neighborhood Stakeholders Advisory Committee holds meetings 6-7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. United Communities, 2029 S. Eighth St. Keith Watkins, 215-468-1645 ext. 226. Newbold Neighbors Association meets 6:30-7:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month. South Philadelphia Library, Broad and Morris streets. Passyunk Square Civic Association serves Washington to Tasker, Sixth to Broad streets. General meetings are 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, Passyunk Ave. and Dickinson St. Gold Star Park Clean Up is 10 a.m.-noon the second to last Saturday of the month. www. >Pennsport Civic Association meets 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month. EOM, 138 Moore St. 215-462-9764. Point Breeze Civic Association offers a tutoring program for ages 7-12 in reading, math and English. 1518 S. 22nd St. 215-755-6628. >South of South Neighborhood Association serves the area from Broad St. to the Schuylkill River, South St. to Washington Ave. Meetings are the second Wednesday of the month. >West Passyunk Point Neighborhood Association meets 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. Cafe con Chocolate, 2100 S. Norwood St. 215-498-6891. Whitman Council Inc. holds board meetings 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, 2329 S. Third St. 138 Moore St. 215-468-4056.

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rowing up in an Italian-American household, Erika Bachari sat at the dinner table with a big bowl of pasta and gravy in front of her about three times a week. Now, the resident of the 1500 block of Wolf Street has created her own variations on those beloved family tastes. Her Mini Ravioli, tossed with green asparagus and red grape tomatoes to show off the colors of the Italian flag, shines a healthy spotlight on her proud heritage — and it doesn’t hurt that it’s delicious, either. SPR

Erika’s Mini Ravioli Ingredients: 3 pounds of mini ravioli, prepared according to package directions 3 cloves of garlic, minced 1 cup of extra-virgin olive oil 1 bunch of asparagus, cut into thirds 1 pint of grape tomatoes Crushed red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, to taste Directions: Sauté the garlic in the oil in a large skillet over medium heat until golden brown. Add the asparagus and tomatoes. Cook until the asparagus is tender, about five minutes. Gently toss with the cooked ravioli, careful not to break any. Add the remaining ingredients and serve.

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evil’s Den, 1148 S. 11th St., has a new head chef in Alex Urena. Urena ran his own New York City restaurant, Pamplona, and he specializes in American and European cuisines. Urena has received a variety of honors over the years, including a 2000 James Beard nod for Best New Restaurant and the ’06 Rising Star Chef Award. Also at the Den, in the spirit of the Olympic competition that starts the same day, from 6 p.m. Feb. 12 to the torch goes out Feb. 28, Devil’s Den will tap a different medal-winning beer for each day of the Winter Games in Vancouver. For more information, contact 215-339-0855 or SPR

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But Frank Borda (Franco), of Francoluigi’s (1984) asks “Why be ashamed of our Italian roots?” Francoluigi’s would like to announce that it is “Bringing Italian back to South Philly”, and is proud to be one of the few places left where you can obtain genuine Fried Calamari and Mussels so succulent that the juice will drip down your sleeve in true Italian style. With the recent addition of a Liquor license to accompany the restaurant, Francoluigi’s can finally refer to itself as one of the most traditional Italian settings left in Philadelphia. “When I was a little boy” Franco said “My family and I would go to Fiore’s, to have linguini & clams, and pizza. With that restaurant closed, I feel like I’m carrying on the tradition I was used to when I was young (1960s). But delivering wonderful Italian cuisine back into South Philly is far from the only reason to visit the Francoluigi’s. In addition to sitting down in an elegant yet comfortable table, enjoying your meal while noting the photos of famous artists adorning the wall, you can appreciate a live performance!

Just as Francoluigi dreams to bring a taste of Italy back into South Philadelphia, it also wishes to promote the arts and highlight young and local performers by giving them a venue to enjoy their first tastes of an adoring audience along with the food. Parents are welcome to bring their musically inclined children to the Cafe in order to give them a chance to fulfill their own dreams of performing for a live audience. Not only that, but most of the Francoluigi’s employees, waiters, and bartenders are budding performers themselves. On March 23rd, Tuesday night, Francoluigi’s is proud to present Dinner & Opera Highlights. The stage will be filled with a delightful choir performing some of the most memorable pieces from popular opera to enjoy along with the meal.

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Francoluigi’s features local artists to accompany its meals each night. Jazz, Piano recitals, and Opera highlights are a few of the many performances that take place on a small stage tucked in between the tables of the restaurant. But not only are you entitled to enjoy the music, you’re encouraged to join in.

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nly a few decades ago, South Philly was known almost exclusively for its prime Italian cuisine. Your parents could find a traditional restaurant within walking distance that featured fried calamari, veal parmigiana , and other fine meals with their roots embedded upon the shores of Italy. In time, this phenomenon became known to by many tourists and critics as the South Philly cliché. Rushing to be labeled as anything but, the majority of establishments quickly changed their menus to feature a variety of “Fusion” dishes, abandoning their Italian roots.

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American/Continental 1601 Restaurant/Wine Bar: 1601 S. 10th St., 215-218-3840,, $$ Carmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Country Kitchen: 1301 S. 11th St., 215-339-9613, $ Fuel: 1917 E. Passyunk Ave. 215468-FUEL, $$ Royal Tavern: 937 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-389-6694, $ Sabrinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ: 910-12 Christian St., 215-574-1599, $$ South Philly Bar & Grill: 1235-37 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-334-3300, $

Asian International Smokeless Barbeque: 600 Washington Ave., 215-599-8844,, $

Coffee/CafĂŠ/Sweets Anthonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee House: 903 S. Ninth St., www.italiancoffeehouse. com/anthonysitaliancoffee, 215627-2586, $

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Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Deli: 1626 S. Ninth St., 215-463-6811, $

French Beau Monde: 624 S. Sixth St., 215-592-0656,, $

Italian Centâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Anni: 770 S. Seventh St., 215925-5558, $$ Cucina Forte: 768 S. Eighth St., 215-238-0778, $$ Dante and Luigiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s: 762 S. 10th St., 215-922-9501, www.danteandluigis. com, $$ Karinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant: 1520 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-218-0455, $$ Kristianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ristorante: 1100 Federal St., 215-468-0104,, $$ La Fourno: 636 South St., 215-6279000,, $$ La Stanza: 2001 W. Oregon Ave., 215-271-0801, $$

Mamma Maria: 1637 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-463-6884,, $$$ Marraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s: 1734 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-463-9249,, $$ Mezza Luna: 763 S. Eighth St., 215-627-4705, $$ Ralphâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s: 760 S. Ninth St., 215-6276011,, $$ Saloon: 750 S. Seventh St., 215-6271811,, $$$ Vesuvio Ristorante Bar: 736-38 S. Eighth St., 215-922-8380, www., $$ Victor Cafe: 1303 Dickinson St., 215468-3040,, $$ Villa Di Roma: 936 S. Ninth St., 215-592-1295, $$

Mexican The Adobe Cafe: 1919 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-551-2243, $$ Restaurant La Lupe: 1201 S. Ninth St., 215-551-9920, $$ Taqueria La Veracruzana: 908 Washington Ave., 215-465-1440, $$

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Bomb Bomb Bar-B-Que Grill & Italian Restaurant: 1026 Wolf St., 215-463-1311, $$ Caffe Valentino: 1245-49 S. Third St., 215-336-3033, $$ Johnnieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s: 12th and Wolf streets, 215334-8006, $ La Cucina Varallo: 1635 S. 10th St., 215-952-0504, $$ Francoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s HighNote Cafe: 13th and Tasker streets, 215-755-8903, www., $$ Ralph & Rickeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s: Seventh St. and Oregon Ave., 215-271-6622, $ Ristorante Pesto: 1915 S. Broad St., 215-336-8380,, $$

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Seafood Anastasiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s: Ninth St. and Washington Ave., 215-462-0550, www., $$ Little Fish: 600 Catharine St., 215-4133464,, $$


McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Saloon: Citizens Bank Park, One Citizens Bank Way, 215-952-0300, www., $


JC Chinese Restaurant: 748 Morris St., 215-334-1056, $$

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Italian Criniti Pizzeria and Ristorante: 2601 S. Broad St., 215-465-7750, $$ Barrel’s Fine Food: 1725 Wolf St., 215-389-6010,, $ Italian Bistro: 211 S. Broad St., 215-731-0700, $$ L’Angolo: 1415 Porter St., 215389-4252, $$ La Stanza: 2001 Oregon Ave., 215271-0801, $$ Medora’s Mecca: 3100 S. 13th St., 215-336-1655, $$ Popi’s: 3120 S. 20th St., 215-7557180,, $$ Royal Villa Cafe: 1700 Jackson St., 215-462-4488, $$ Scannicchio’s: 2500 S. Broad St., 215-468-3900, www.scannicchio. com, $$

Although SliCE’s interior atmosphere is simple, the BYOB’s menu features a variety of authentic and classic pizza pies, as well as more than a dozen salads. P h o t o b y A m a n d a T h u r l ow

heat to high, then medium-high and covered it with a lid. Within 10 minutes, Edward, Sandy and I enjoyed crisp, hot pizza. The ingredients held up for an overnight stay in the fridge. The crust was not one bit soggy. Living in Center City is tough for those of us who crave pizza because the only places that deliver make dreadful pies. We all know who the culprits are. Now we have found SliCE. I have the delivery/takeout menu and will place a call whenever the urge for top-quality piz-

Tony D’s Italian Bar and Restaurant: 3540 Wharton St., 215-463-6424, $$

Turkish Dining Divan Turkish Kitchen: 918 S. 22nd St., 215-545-5790,, $$ Cafe Fulya: 727 S. Second St., 267909-9937,, $$. Pennspor t

American/Continental International House of Pancakes: 3 Snyder Ave., 215-339-5095,, $$

Fast Break New York New York Pizzeria: 1400 Columbus Blvd., 215-463-6205, $ Southview Pizza: 367 Durfor St., 215-467-2050, $ Tony Luke’s: 39 Oregon Ave., 215551-5725,, $

za and fresh salads overcomes me. Three tips of the toque to SliCE. SPR

SliCE 1740 Sansom St. 215-557-9299 Cash only Comment on this restaurant or review at www.

Greek/Middle Eastern

Dmitri’s: 795 S. Third St., 215625-0556, $$


New Wave Cafe: 784 S. Third St., 215922-8484,, $$ The Irish Times: 629 S. Second St., 215-923-1103, $$


Ava: 518 S. Third St., 215-9223282,, $$$ Frederick’s Italian Cuisine: 757 S. Front St., 215-271-3733, $$$


La Creole Restaurant & Tavern: 775 S. Front St., 215-467-5044,, $


Anthony’s Saloon: 2351 S. Front St., 215-468-5222, $$ Snockey’s Oyster House: Second St. and Washington Ave. 215-3399578,, $$

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Diner on the Plaza: 43 Snyder Ave., 215-755-7899, $$ Melrose Diner: 1501 Snyder Ave., 215-467-6644, $ Morning Glory Diner: 10th and Fitzwater streets, 215-413-3999, $ Oregon Diner: 302 Oregon Ave., 215-462-5566, $$ Penrose Diner: 20th St. and Penrose Ave., 215-465-1097, $$ South Street Diner: 140 South St., 215-627-5258, $ SPR

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Brunic’s Luncheonette: 17th and McKean streets, 215-755-7645, $ Celebre’s Pizza: 1536 Packer Ave., 215-467-3255, $ Millie’s Luncheonette & Ice Cream: 15th and Shunk streets, 215-467-8553, $ Moe’s Hot Dog House: 2617 Grays Ferry Ave., 215-465-6637, $ Simonetta’s Italian Hoagies: 2510 S. Broad St., 267-324-5758, $ Southview Pizza: 367 Durfor St., 215-467-2050, $ Talk of the Town: 3020 S. Broad St., 215-551-7277, $ Texas Weiners: 1426 Snyder Ave., 215-465-8635, www.texasweiners. com, $

was light, simply fashioned with olive oil and vinegar. There are only a few restaurants that bake authentic, classic pizza: Mama Palma’s, Pizzeria Stella and Zavino. I can add SliCE to the list. This pizza comes to the table fresh and hot, while the crust is thin and crisp. There were so many pies to choose from that we had a tough time making our decision. Classic margherita ($11.50/$16.50) was made with San Marzano tomatoes topped with slices of creamy mozzarella and large leaves of fragrant basil. One bite and I was hooked. It was obvious the imported tomatoes were reduced to rich perfection. Sandy did not care for the basil, but I did. Keeping them whole added to the texture and flavor. Since a reader recommended the clam pizza ($13.95/$19.95), I wanted to sample it. The bakers at SliCE use chopped clams that were sautéed in olive oil. The right amount of mozzarella was used, so it did not overwhelm the flavor of the clams. It was topped with olive oil before it hit the hot oven. The test of a first-rate pizza is how it reheats the next day. We’ve all had leftovers and, more times than not, popping slices into the oven or — heaven forbid — the microwave are the only alternatives. But I tried something new. Since we toted home pizza from SliCE, I brought the pieces to room temperature and set them in a large, dry skillet. I raised the

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always enjoy hearing from readers. Last week, I reviewed Zavino Wine Bar Pizzeria on South 13th Street’s Restaurant Row. The place has everything going for it: Very moderate prices, a warm and welcoming atmosphere, fresh antipasti and tasty pizza made with top-quality ingredients. A reader recommended I try SliCE. There are two locations, one in South Philly at 1180 S. 10th St., and the other is near Rittenhouse Square. Since pizza is a trend now, I thought I should try it. On a brutally cold night, my sister Sandy and I ventured out into the darkness with a bottle of red wine in hand and made our way to 17th and Sansom streets. We were quite surprised when we walked through the BYOB’s door. SliCE is a room with tables and chairs. I assumed people don’t mind the lack of atmosphere. There were five young men sipping beer and enjoying hot, bubbly pizza. Several couples were doing the same. “If the pizza is tasty, I don’t mind the bare ambience,” I said. We sipped our wine and looked over the menu. There are 16 salads on the bill of fare and I noticed the portions were quite generous. We ordered the antipasto ($9.95), which was brimming with an array of fresh, cool ingredients. Crisp bites of romaine formed a bed for the small balls of mozzarella, slightly salty prosciutto, tangy artichoke hearts, portobellos and roasted red peppers. The dressing

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■ El Cid Chili ■ Ingredients:

By Phyllis Stein-Novack food columnist


Before chanting ‘Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints,’ take a page from the cookbooks of Sheila Lukins and Barbara Kafka for some New Orleans-inspired dishes. Then sit back and enjoy the Super Bowl — and all of its commercials, too.

unday, as the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts battle it out in Miami, I might do dinner and a movie. Some of you will watch the game and many of you will woof down hoagies, wings, chips and pizza courtesy of your local stores. If you and a gaggle of friends will be together for the game, why not rustle up a few dishes, open some wine and beer and enjoy tasty, fresh food. New Orleans is famous for two distinct styles of cuisine: Creole, which is based on African and Caribbean influences, and Cajun, whose roots come from French settlers who immigrated to New Orleans from Nova Scotia in the 1800s. I don’t think Indiana is famous for any kind of food. I thought about contacting David Letterman, but quickly nixed that idea. I know his mother, Dorothy, loves to bake pies at Thanksgiving time. Chili has become a Super Bowl favorite because people associate the game with cold weather. I found an interesting recipe in “Celebrate!” by Sheila Lukins, who died in August. She was the author of “The Silver Palate Cookbook” and a number of others and was the Parade Magazine food editor. The recipe was a contest-winner. Since I’ve given you recipes for gumbo and jambalaya in the past, I found one for Dirty Rice — a staple of New Orleans cuisine — in Barbara Kafka’s “Food for Friends.” I watched chef Emeril Lagasse prepare it during the “Iron Chef” episode that featured recipes based on fruits and vegetables from the White House garden. He used it to stuff a boned-out turkey breast. Since the chili contains no beans, I offer you Kafka’s Red Bean Salad with Red Cabbage.

2 tablespoons of olive oil 2 pounds of boneless sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch cubes 8 ounces of lean ground beef 12 ounces of chorizo, casings removed, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1 large onion, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup of chili powder 1 tablespoon of garlic salt 2 teaspoons of ground cumin 1 teaspoon of dried basil 1 28-ounce can of tomatoes, with their juice 1 32-ounce package of beef broth 1 cup of cilantro, chopped 1 cinnamon stick 2 bay leaves 2 green jalapeno peppers, each slit lengthwise in three places 1 tablespoon of yellow cornmeal Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste Freshly grated Cheddar, sour cream and 4 scallions, thinly and diagonally sliced

1 cup of scallions, chopped 1/2 cup each of celery, parsley and green pepper, chopped 1 teaspoon of minced garlic Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

Directions: Place the giblets and one cup of the stock in a small saucepan. Bring to boil, cover, and simmer for one hour. In a separate pot, bring four cups of the stock to a boil and stir in the rice. Cover and simmer until the stock is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 18 minutes. While the rice is cooking, heat the butter and flour in a large pot over medium, stirring occasionally. Cook until a dark, nuttybrown color. Add the onions and cook, stirring from time to time, until tender, about five minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients and remaining stock. Cover and cook over high, stirring frequently, about five minutes. Stir the chicken liver and giblet mixtures into the cooked rice. Check for seasonings. Serves eight.

Directions: Heat the oil in a large heavy pot over medium. Add the sirloin, in batches, and ■ Red Bean Salad ■ brown on all sides, about six minutes per with Red Cabbage batch. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a bowl. Ingredients: Add the ground beef, chorizo and onion to 1 cup of vegetable oil plus 2 tablespoons the pot. Cook, breaking up the beef with the 6 tablespoons of white wine vinegar back of a wooden spoon until browned, about 1 teaspoon of kosher salt plus additional, eight minutes. Return the sirloin to the pot. to taste Stir in all of the remaining ingredients, 1/8 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepexcept for the garnishes. Bring to a boil, per plus additional, to taste reduce to medium-low and simmer, un1-1/2 teaspoons of dry mustard 2 15-ounce cans of kidney beans, washed covered, for two hours. Stir the chili occaand drained sionally, breaking up the tomatoes with a 3 cups of red cabbage, cut into thin spoon. The consistency should be chunky. strips, blanched and well-drained Before serving, remove the cinnamon 1 cup of diced red onion stick, bay leaves and jalapenos. Place the garnishes in small bowls. Directions: Serves eight. Mix the oil, vinegar, one teaspoon of the salt, one-eighth teaspoon of the pepper and ■ Dirty Rice ■ mustard until completely blended. Toss with the beans. Ingredients: Add the cooked cabbage and diced onion. 1 pound of coarsely chopped chicken gibStir well to combine and coat with the dresslets, excluding livers ing. Add additional salt and pepper to taste. 5-1/2 cups of chicken stock Serve at room temperature. 2 cups of long-grain rice 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter Serves eight. SPR 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour 1 cup of finely chopped onions 1 pound of chicken livers, coarsely chopped

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By Mystic Terry Psychic Reader

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18): A neighborhood A jaunt inspires you to experiment in someone else’s shoes. This stretches who you are and might lead to another life direction. Lucky number: 871.


PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20): Work gets a welcome jolt. A surprise financial boost enables getting up-to-date tools. This infuses projects with new possibilities and interest. Lucky number: 692. ARIES (March 21 to April 20): Something heard D knocks your world off its orbit. You may have thought you knew all there was to know about a person,

but, when you find assumptions are wrong, you have a chance to broaden views. Lucky number: 275. TAURUS (April 21 to May 20): There is an unF expected windfall involving another’s finances. If working for an institution, like a university or hospital, perhaps a bonus is coming. This is one step along a changing path. Lucky number: 741.

GEMINI (May 21 to June 20): Someone who hangs G with the same crowd suddenly looks like soul-mate material. This person is probably quite different, but that is what’s attractive. Lucky number: 358.

CANCER (June 21 to July 22): You may be thrown H in the spotlight to show off hard work. This changes everything in the professional sphere. An opportunity is coming. Lucky number: 030.

with you suddenly moves out. The guidance exposes how this is a blessing. Lucky number: 474.

VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22): A partnership exs pands horizons tonight. This may involve encounters with unconventional people who alter the way you look at things. Lucky number: 562.

LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22): A breakthrough d in personal organization impacts finances. It may seem odd at first, but this system benefits money management. Use the approach with other valued things. Lucky number: 136.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21): A crush opens f your mind to new interests. In an attempt to please this person, you discover activities are in line with your

ACROSS 1. Skater’s place 5. Calendar abbrs. 9. Farewell 13. Free-for-all 14. Male escort 16. Affectionate 18. Dental problem 19. Fragrances 20. Greenhorn 22. Vicinities 23. Pamplona cry 24. Pupil’s place 25. Craving 26. Suffix for treat or advert 27. Bookish fellow 28. “Stille __”; German carol 30. Trim and healthy 31. Small salamanders 32. Suffix for count or murder 33. Before 35. Padre’s brother 36. Heat source 37. Mechanical man 38. “Till the __ Time”; Perry Como hit 40. __ back; reimbursing 42. Word with way or where 43. Combined with 45. Comic strip hillbilly 46. Here in Chartres 48. VII times VIII 51. Expensive 52. Repugnant 54. “__ be a cold day in hell...” 55. Go public with 56. Jeopardy 57. Earlier form of a word 58. Author Anita __ 59. Originally called 60. Mac alternatives 61. Estuary 62. Six-pointers, for short 64. Holiday or Hampton 65. Calif.’s time in summer 66. EMT’s skill

before starting the day. Listen to the teachings of an inspirational person. Lucky number: 669.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19): Disclosure of h a family secret arrives at the right time. The news shakes things up in a positive way. Old roles are discarded and new ones may be adopted. Lucky number: 972. SPR

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67. Provide money for 68. Regard as comparable 70. Explosive mount 72. “...__ O. And on that farm there was a pig...” 73. __ for; chooses 74. Late-morning meal 75. __ El Sadat 76. Nav. bigwig 77. Ultimate degree 78. __ up; relaxed 79. Ideal example 81. Ending for real or final 83. List of errors 85. Hawaiian island 86. Paquin’s namesakes 88. .22 or .44 89. Letters before an alias 91. Bankbook abbr. 92. Vowel connectors 95. “The King and I” setting 96. Yrbk. section 97. Pantyhose material 99. Woodwind instrument 100. Insurance co. rep. 101. Feathery accessory 102. eBay offer 104. Word with Fannie or Ginnie 105. City leader 106. First Bourbon king of Spain 108. Newspaperman 110. __ up; bungles 111. __ line; obey 112. Wood joint parts 113. British buddy 114. Monster’s home 115. Grew gray 116. “__ Small World”

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Looking for a quiet girl to live in your home? Then Bitsie is just the lady! Bitsie is a 2-year-old pit bull mix who needs a special family to bring her out of her shell. She is extremely shy, but has been working with our behavior team to learn to love and trust people.

Payton was born on January 13th and weighed 7lbs,, 6ozs. She was 19¼ inches long. Much love peace and happiness to you both. We all love you so much. Love always your many friends and family especially “Aunt” Gianna, “Big Sister” Alyssa and Payton’s “Future Husband” Jayden. Big, wet, sloppy kisses from your best furry friends, Raja and Bitty.

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e would like to thank everyone for their tremendous outpouring of love, sympathy and support during our recent loss. We were overwhelmed by so many who shared our heartbreak and happy memories. We truly appreciated all of your gestures and gifts of comfort.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Fathers are special to their children, Our Father was special to Everyone who met him.â&#x20AC;? His beautiful spirit lives on with us and we are Forever Grateful for his Love, Kindness and gift of a Beautiful Family.

FOR THOSE I LOVE For those who love me..... When I am gone, release me, let me go... I have so many things to see and do. You must not tie yourself to me with tears Be happy that we had so many years. I gave you my love, you can only guess How much you gave me in happiness. I thank you for the love you have shown But - now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time I traveled on alone.

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ELLIE RICCIARDI We would like to thank all our friends who were so supportive in our time of sorrow. All our neighbors on Roseberry St., Teachers and Staff at Taggert Elementary School, Mike from Murphy Ruffinich, Staff at Pennsylvania Hospital. All our friends at the Shooting Stars for their help and support. And a special thanks to Ed and Pat Farmer, Jim and CIndy McCullogh. Again Thanks everyone for your support and love. It was comforting in our time of sorrow. The Katchuck & Ricciardi Families


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HE ONLY TAKES THE BEST God saw you getting tired, And a cure was not to be. So he put his arms around you, And whispered, “Come to Me.” With tearful eyes we watched you, And saw you pass away Although we loved you dearly, We could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, Hard working hands put to rest. God broke our hearts To prove to us He only takes the best.

Mike 5/15/61- 12/11/09 A loving and supportive Husband, Father, and Pop-Pop. A caring and helpful Son, Brother, and Uncle. A wonderful Nephew and Cousin. The most knowledgeable person who ever roamed the earth. The best friend anyone could ever have. He touched the lives of so many and will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. A man of wisdom, knowledge, and praise. A hard worker who always supported his family not only financially, but physically and emotionally. A lover of art, animals, music, cooking, crafts, and cars. A builder, plumber, a jack of all trades. A heart of gold; hands that could conquer any task. The mind of a genius. A generous soul. A man of his word. A selfless, unique individual whose family always came first. A sensitive man whose strong words not only taught a lesson, but had important meaning. In one word, irreplaceable. We thank God for blessing us with such an extraordinary man.




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The only question left to answer is: Who will win?

Super Bowl XLIV Date/Time: 6 p.m. Sunday Where: Miami Who: New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts

Storybook ending A Packer Park native who opened the 2009 season in the NFL’s unemployment line is now in Miami getting ready for the big game. By Bill Gelman Review Managing Editor


Bowlers are needed for a Thursday night league at St. Monica’s Lanes with games starting at 6:30. Call Anna, 215463-8878.


DVYAA is accepting registrations for its spring baseball program at Barry Playground, 18th and Johnson streets, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday. Age divisions are: T-ball for ages 5 to 7; pee wee for ages 8 to 9; majors for ages 10 to 12; and senior for ages 13 to 15. Call 215-468-1265.


A men’s softball league is looking for teams to play weeknights at Murphy Recreation Center, Fourth and Shunk streets. Contact Charlie, 267-784-7599.


Palumbo Recreation Center, 10th and Fitzwater streets, is accepting registration for its 10-and-under in-house basketball league that starts Feb. 12. Participants cannot turn 11 before May. Games are Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. A 15-and-under league starts Feb. 10. Games are Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Players cannot turn 16 before May. Register in-person only. Cost is $30. Call 215-686-1783.


Kyle Eckel, who played college football for the Naval Academy, hopes to win his first Super Bowl ring Sunday night.

SEYAA is accepting registrations for coed T-ball for ages 4 to 6; pitching machine for ages 7 to 8; live pitch for ages 8 to 10 and 10 to 12; Babe Ruth Baseball for ages 13 to 15 and 16 to 19; and girls’ softball for ages 12 to 14 and 15 to 18. The season begins April 18. Register at the Taggart School gym, Fifth and Porter streets, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays or download the form at www.seyaa. com. Call 215-463-8802 or visit www. SPR — By Bill Gelman

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THE SAINTS, WHO are making their Super Bowl debut, are the feel-good story of the year. Four years ago, the franchise was left homeless after Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans. Sunday, the team will try and complete its greatest chapter ever by defeating league MVP Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. New Orleans opened ’09 with 13-straight victories, then won the NFC South title and capped things off by securing the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. While most of the attention from the Jan. 24 NFC Championship contest was centered around Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, who once again came out of retirement for another shot at a ring, Eckel’s squad prevailed

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ew athletes get a chance to play in the pros for their hometown team. But for five games during the 2008 NFL season, Packer Park native Kyle Eckel suited up for the Philadelphia Eagles. Last summer, he went to camp with the Birds, but didn’t make the final cut. The 28-year-old, who previously had played for the New England Patriots, suddenly found himself looking for a new home. Things have worked out just fine for the fullback. Come Sunday, when the majority of players will be on the golf course or home with their families watching Super Bowl XLIV, Eckel will be in the national spotlight with his NFC champion New Orleans Saints. He signed with the organization Oct. 29 and has played in seven games since, including two starts. Although it’s highly unlikely the Episcopal Academy grad’s name will appear on Sunday’s stat sheet, Eckel will be able to say he has played in two Super Bowls. His first was in ’07 when his 18-0 Patriots lost Super Bowl XLII to the New York Giants.

with a thrilling 31-28 overtime win. The Colts, who were the AFC’s No. 1 seed, defeated the New York Jets, 30-17, in the other championship game. SPR

TV: CBS3 Prediction: Colts 24, Saints 21

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saw the appeal when Allen Iverson was rumored to come back. I got it when people were excited to have him, even if his less-than-stellar stats were barely a spark to a stagnant offense. But the All-Star Game? Really? Unlike the pathetic NFL Pro Bowl (currently now being attended by Donovan McNabb in place of Super Bowl-bound Drew Brees), the NBA All-Star Game manages to have some hype and flair around it and, thus, credibility. This disparity is likely due to the nature of the games, basketball’s street roots and the ability to execute on a court with style, unlike football’s more regimented structure. No matter. Why is Iverson an All-Star in 2010? And a starter, no less? If anyone who’s played

is fair game, let’s vote No. 23 back on the team for that matter. OK, OK, current player: Paul Pierce? Rajon Rondo? Steve Nash? Mike Bibby? It’s a popularity contest, right?

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o court coverage this year, where Ryan Howard works out a monster arbitration or anything of that sort. With the late-weekend wrap up of Carlos Ruiz to a three-year deal at $8.85 million, the Phillies have navigated the arbitration circuit and made deals with all eligible players. I’ve always felt Ruiz was a silent hero on the team and, though I don’t know the nuances of baseball, any man that can wrangle the personalities of a prima-donna pitching staff gets mad respect from me. Glad to have you along, Carlos. SPR

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