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THE SPIRIT COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2014

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BRIDESBURG FISHTOWN KENSINGTON NORTHERN LIBERTIES PORT RICHMOND

JANUARY 15, 2014 • Vol. 11 No. 2

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A Sense of Community and Cooperation Universal Magnetism: Neighborhood’s Newest Vintage Shop

by Max Pulcini

  Back in the 1920’s, postindustrial mystics and masters of hypnosis believed that the minds of others could be controlled through the powers of magnetism. In a strange marriage of science and macabre, the 1928 book by Edmund Shaftesbury, “Universal Magnetism,” described unorthodox methods to avoid falling victim to mind control. Pretty trippy thought, right?   In October 2013, a new marriage of (almost) equal intrigue found its way into Fishtown. Universal Magnetism, located at 434 E. Girard Ave., is the neighborhood’s newest vintage shop. Founded by managing partners Reyna Boyer and Shane Dilworth, the store is the product of two separate passions and one larger vision—Dilworth’s love for dusty vinyl records, Boyer’s eye for haute vintage clothing, and the desire to create a place for local artists to develop, design and distribute their wares.   “I wanted to have a record store,” said Dilworth, an avid music fan and vinyl junkie. “I’ve been friends with Reyna for a while now so I invited her to help me design the store. She brought up the idea for the clothing so that was how the two

At Universal Magnetism you can find an impressive and varied assortment of vinyl records spanning all decades and genres. The store also boasts an unique collection of vintage dresses, hats, bags, shoes and accessories. /Photo: Max Pulcini things met.”   “I love finding things and knowing that I just found [some of these pieces of clothing] for pennies,” Boyer said with regards to the collection of garb that she has put up for sale. “This is something I love

and it’s beautiful, so if I can sell it that’s great— if it’s something I can’t wear then I’d love to sell it to someone who can enjoy it.”   In addition to an eclectic array of vinyl (everything from The Cure to The Beach Boys, R&B to Death

Metal) and consigned clothing, Universal Magnetism also carries interesting finds like old books, Iron Maiden mirrors and horror movie memorabilia. Many of the items come directly from Dilworth and Boyer’s personal collections and

originate from the deep recesses of flea markets and bargain bins.   “I do like going through flea markets, I do like flipping records. It’s fun finding that stuff,” Dilworth said. “But I like turning people on to music too and

“The neighborhood is definitely growing and there are people who are into this kind of stuff. If we turn it into something where people know there’s something interesting here they will come in...” ~ Shane Dilworth

different kinds of music, so I’m looking for an avenue to do that. The more eclectic, strange and weird stuff is what we are driving toward.”   “Some of these pieces [of clothing] are really special to me for some reason,” Boyer said. “And if they go back to my collection that’s great, or we’ll sell them online, or they get ripped apart and branded into something else and someone else uses them— that’s OK too.”   In addition to the storefront, Dilworth and Boyer want to foster a sense of community and cooperation within Universal Magnetism and allow for like-minded creatives to gravitate to their shop. Which makes sense— everything in the universe carries a magnetic charge after all.   Like a co-op, Universal Magnetism is aiming to invite other artists and designers into their establishment and use it as a headquarters to create their own clothing and art. In exchange for the workspace, artists will man the store for a few hours a week while also being able to sell what they’ve developed in-house. The owners are open to the idea of allowing local bands and musicians to sell their records at the shop too. see MAGNETISM on page 9

School Choice: Finding the Right School For Your Child by Andrew Campanella

  If you’d like to send your child to a different school next year, now’s the time to start the process of researching your options.   As Pennsylvania prepares to commemorate National School Choice Week later this month at 200 events across the state, many parents will begin evaluating the educational opportunities that are available for their children.   Believe it or not, seats in schools are already beginning to fill up for the 2014-2015 school year. Interest in school choice – the process of actively choosing a public, charter, magnet, private, or online school – is high. That means that waiting

until the spring or the summer to begin researching schools for your children could restrict your options.   No handbook or tipsheet can truly guide parents through the entire process of selecting a school, because choosing schools is an individual experience that will be unique to every family.   However, parents can start by making a list of the attributes that they hope to find in an ideal school. Ask yourself: what’s most important to you and to the academic, social, and emotional well-being of your child? Is it the academic performance of a school, school safety, the instructional methods, the qualifications of teachers, the school’s educational theme, a school’s shared values, or other factors? see SCHOOLS on page 8


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THE LOCAL LENS with Thom Nickels by Thom Nickels

In the 1970s, Philadelphia’s architectural treasure, City Hall, suffered from abuse and neglect. Not only did the portals leading into the courtyard smell of urine, but most of the bathrooms in the building were tagged with graffiti and strewn with trash. At the time, it was not uncommon to find homeless people asleep or changing clothes in one of the bathroom stalls. The shocking state of affairs didn’t seem to bother most in city government. Even “law and order” Mayor Frank L, Rizzo seemed oblivious to the problem. It wasn’t until the administra-

tion of Ed Rendell that a massive City Hall cleanup campaign was launched.   During that time period, City Hall was in such a state of disrepair that architect Louis Kahn called the building “the most disreputable and disrespected building in Philadelphia” (a comment that no doubt referred to the building’s shabby condition), while earlier critics in the 1920s insisted that the structure was inherently ugly anyway. These criticisms for the most part were based on that era’s anti-Victorian bias; it wasn’t until 1983 that people stopped calling for City Hall’s demolition (demolition, in fact, was first suggested a mere 20 years after the building’s

Thom Nickels is a Philadelphiabased author/journalist/ poet, film critic and feature writer for the Spirit Newspapers. completion in 1901).   Demolishing the largest municipal building in the United States that had more than 700 rooms, 88 million bricks, and a 548foot tower (the world’s tallest masonry structure minus a steel frame), not to mention over 250 pieces of intricate sculptures by Alexander Milne Calder and a 27-ton cast iron statue of William Penn atop its tower, was not an option when one considered where the rubble was to be deposited. Such a venture would also cost a fortune. “Too big to maintain and too expensive to tear down,” was a catch phrase during those years.   The 1921 calls for City Hall’s demolition occurred because the pristine white

High Victorian Picturesque, or French Renaissance building, had begun to turn coal black from nearby trains and buildings. It didn’t help that the building was also called “an impediment to traffic.” City Hall, which took 30 years to build, was pretty much out of style by the time the finishing touches were applied. That fact alone is amazing. What had started as a bold architectural experiment with world stage potential was overshadowed by the completion of the Washington Monument and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Both of these projects stole the limelight from the building that the AIA called “perhaps the greatest single

effort of late 19th Century American architecture,” and that poet Walt Whitman (observing its construction from his home in Camden) termed “a majestic and lovely show there in the moonlight… silent, weird, beautiful.”   Construction on City Hall began in 1871 after a year of planning. John McArthur Jr., was selected to design the building. It is said that the Palais des Tuileries and the New Louvre in Paris influenced the design of the building. In 1873, Alexander Milne Calder began the sculpture work; construction on the tower began at this time also. The construction of City Hall had many starts and stops, as funding was a common problem. When McArthur died in 1890, John Ord was appointed the new architect. He resigned three years later over a wage dispute and was replaced by W. Bleddyn Powell.   In 1921, the Philadelphia Police Department recommended lights on the tower to monitor traffic flows. This experiment pleased some when it was initiated several years later, but many on the road could not see the lights. In 1924, a 30-inch, 350-million candle power spotlight from General Electric was put into the north side of the tower, below the clock. The purpose of the floodlight was to catch thieves who might be running on North or South Broad Street.   The building was designed with four separate wings that formed an open courtyard. The large exquisite gold-colored compass on the floor of the courtyard (as common a meeting place as “The Eagle” in Wanamaker’s or Macy’s) was mysteriously replaced with a far less spectacular looking city compass sometime in the 1980s. The original compass was truly majestic and framed like an enormous gold star. The building is supported not by steel, but by stone and bricks reinforced by the same.   “A restoration of the building’s lavish stairway and exteriors, perhaps the nation’s largest ever art conservation effort, is

slowly transforming its dingy main floors into bright granite and marble,” The New York Times reported in 2010.   The Times also reported crumbling marble and “chunks of ironwork and body parts of statues that would occasionally come crashing to the ground.”   In the late 1970s I had the opportunity to take an unofficial tour of City Hall basement, something that could not be done today given the emphasis on security. In the 1970s, however, there were no security checks, and if you knew a City Hall employee you could team up and take an impromptu tour. What stuck me then was all the stored furniture, the old desks, planks of wood, old picture frames and other stored old artifacts seemed to go on forever.   Of course, the highpoint in any City Hall tour is a trip to the tower observation deck. When I’d take these tours with my great aunt as a child I’d always marvel at the very small 5-person elevator that took you close to Billy Penn’s hat. That elevator still exists today. The observation deck, while hardly as grand at the deck atop the Empire State building, is still something to see. Small and intimate, most people enjoy the fact that a limited number of viewers can fit on the deck at once. Like the very un-modern (and slow) elevator to the tower, part of the overall charm here is the fact that this aged apparatus is the same as it was decades ago, give or take a few tweaks. It’s also refreshing and even reassuring to know that everything does not have to be brought up to date.   One building that my great aunt never took me to was Philadelphia’s Masonic Hall. I suppose she had her reasons for that, especially since Catholics in those days were not supposed to join Masonic Lodges (the rules today are not as rigid). In any event, my first tour of the Masonic Temple happened just a few years ago.   Older than City Hall, Philadelphia’s Masonic Temple is considered to see LOCAL LENS next page

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Northeast Catholic Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund Tuition Assistance Grants   Northeast Catholic Alumni Memorial Scholarship

Fund, Inc. will be accepting nominations for tuition assistance grants between now and January 31. The nominees must be the children or grandchildren of dues paying members of Northeast Catholic Alumni Association, Inc.   The Fund awards $261,000 in grants each year. Four grants of $25,000 each are awarded to seniors in high school to attend thirteen specific Catholic universities/colleges in the greater Philadelphia area. Five grants of $15,000 each and five grants of $10,000 are awarded to students in the 8th grade to attend archdiocesan high schools in the Philadelphia archiodiocese, and diocesan high schools in the Camden and Trenton dioceses. All of these grants of $6,000 each and four grants of $3,000 each are awarded to 5th grade students to attend parochial schools in the archdiocese of Philadelphia and in the dioceses of Camden and Trenton. These grants are payable in equal semi-annual installments over sixth, seventh and eighth grades. All grants are awarded on the basis of academic ability and financial need with equal weight applied to both criteria.   The nomination forms may be downloaded from our website: www.necathalumni.org/news. Hit the Scholarship Fund button and the request form button will highlighted in red. Click on that and you can fill in the form online and then hit the print button and mail the form to us, or you can request a form by calling 215-543-1051. The forms must be returned to us at P.O. Box 7005, Philadelphia, PA 19149-005 prior to January 31, 2014.   Since the inception of the Fund in 1968, we have awarded over $4.2 million in tuition assistance for Catholic education.• TELL US WHAT YOU THINK Send your letters and opinions to The Spirit, 1428 E. Susquehanna Avenue, Phila., PA 19125 or email news@spiritnewspapers.com. Letters will not be printed without a name and must have a phone number and address for verification.

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Questions About Total Joint Replacement? Nazareth Hospital Has Answers During Information Classes   Thinking about having a Total Joint Replacement? Scheduled to have a Total Joint Replacement?   You and your family are invited to learn more about Total Joint Replacement   at Nazareth Hospital. The classes will be held on the following: Mon. Morning Classes Begin at 11:30AM: Jan. 27, Feb. 17 (A), Mar. 17, Apr. 28 (A), May 19 (A), June 16, July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15 (A), Oct. 20, Nov. 24 (A), Dec. 15 (A). Wed. Evening Classes Begin at 6PM: Jan. 8, Feb. 5, Mar. 5, Apr. 2, May 7, June 4, July 2, Aug. 6, Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5, Dec. 3.    Classes are held at Nazareth Hospital, located at 2701 Holme Avenue in

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be one of the wonders of the Masonic world.   Few know that the Cape Ann syenite used on the Temple’s Broad and Filbert Streets side was quarried from the Syne in Upper Egypt, where the ancient Egyptians quarried the pyramids and other ancient monuments. The Temple was built according to Masonic tradition: each stone was cut, squared, and numbered at the quarry and then sent to the Temple as a building block.    Freemasonry goes back centuries, at least to the time of the Crusades and to the Knights of Malta and the Knights Templar. While Freemasonry is still a mystery to many people, many of history’s most illustrious men—Voltaire, the Marquis de Lafayette, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and most American presidents— were Masons. Franklin, in fact, became Grand Master of Philadelphia’s Saint John’s Lodge in 1734, only three years after joining at age 25. He remained a Mason for the rest of his life.   Built on a plot of land 149 by 245 feet, the James H. Windrim designed Norman Temple was dedicated in 1873.   The interior of the building is a blend of many architectural styles and influences. The Temple’s many murals are exquisite copies of Egyptian, Greek, Assyrian, and Roman masterpieces of antiquity.•

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Nazareth Hospital’s Endoscopy Department was recently recognized for making achievements in Patient Satisfaction for the Third Quarter from CHE/Trinity Health.

Nazareth Hospital’s Endoscopy Department was recently recognized by the hospital’s Senior Leadership Team for achieving the Gold — Highest Patient Satisfaction Score and Silver — Most Improved Patient Satisfaction Award for the third quarter from CHE Trinity Health. CHE Trinity Health is the parent company of Mercy Health System, which operates Nazareth Hospital.   Patient Satisfaction Scores measure how hospital staff are performing in key areas, including responsiveness, communication, pain management, and room quietness and cleanliness.   Nazareth Hospital’s Endoscopy Department Patient Satisfaction average for the third quarter was 90.2 percent, much above the National Research Corporation Average of 85.7 percent and state average of 83.2 percent.   “I am extremely proud of all the work Nazareth Hospital colleagues and physicians have done to improve and maintain patient satisfaction scores,” said Michael F. Beshel, MBA, MHA, BSN, RN-NE-BC, VP, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer.    To learn more about Nazareth Hospital, call 1.866.NAZARETH (1.866.629.2738).•  

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Fax Number: 215-686-2565. The 26th Police District and RiverWards Crimewatch host Town Hall Meeting Please join us on Mon., Jan., 27 at 7PM at the First Presbyterian Church located at 418 E Girard Ave. Captain Cram of the 26th Police District will present the 2013 year in review highlighting crime statistics and trends.  There will be a presentation followed by a question and answer session.  Representatives will be on hand from the 26th as well as the District Attorney’s office.      

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Rizzo PAL Sports Sign ups Rizzo PAL is currently holding sign ups for the following activities: NERF soccer for boys and girls ages 6-8; In house soccer for girls ages 9-12; Boys in house basketball for ages 9-13; Signups start now through Thurs., Jan. 23. Times are from 3-8PM. There is never a fee to participate in any PAL program. For more info, please contact Officer Ernie, Rizzo PAL Director at 215-426-6583. Soccer Shots: Soccer Fun for Children Soccer Shots is an introduction to the game of soccer for children ages 2-5. This winter they are running a local program in partnership with By My Side Playgroup for a fun preschool recreational program. Soccer Shots has two classes on Tuesday mornings from 10-11:30am at By My Side (1542 E Montgomery Ave.) in Fishtown. Registration is open to the public for ages 2-4 to participate at www.soccershots.org/philadelphia . Bridesburg Rec News Men’s Softball League, Spring and Summer 2014 at Bridesburg Rec Center. Teams only. Wooden Bat League. If possible going to Single Wall Bat. Interested: call Dan at 215-605-6004. Pre-School: Thurs. & Fri. Noon to 2:40PM. Two spots available in the afternoon class. Child must have turned three as of Sept. 1, 2013 and must be potty trained. Toddler Time: Mon. & Thurs. Noon to 2PM. Three spots available in the afternoon class. Child must have turned two as of September 1, 2013. Child does not have to be potty trained. Winter Adult Activities Zumba: Classes all year round. First class for the year is Mon., Jan. 13. Mon. & Thurs. from 7-8PM. Zumba Toning Wednesdays at the same time. The fee for all classes is $4 per class, walk in. Scrapbooking: Held all year round. Come join! Wed. evening 6:30-9:30PM. $5 each time you attend. You only need your photos and a book. We have everything. Ladies Bowling League: Tues. mornings at 9AM at Erie Lanes. Cost is $10 per week including bowling and prize money. Interested? Just come any Tues. morning. All ladies invited to join. More information call 215-6851247, 215-533-6448 or 215-331-9417.

Reach Out and Read! Please donate new or slightly used children’s books to the “Reach Out and Read” program for ill children. Drop the books off weekdays from 9AM to 9PM at Bridesburg Recreation Center. Valentine Bows Bows are available at Bridesburg Rec for $3 each, any weekday 9AM to 9PM. All proceeds benefit the children’s activities of the Center. Pride Banners Available at the Rec Center weekdays 9AM to 9PM. Cost: $3 each. Bridesburg Recreation Center is located at 4601 Richmond St., (215) 685-1247. Free LIHEAP Appts Mon.-Fri., 9-11AM, NKCDC Office, 2515 Frankford Ave. If you qualify for the Low-Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP), stop by NKCDC today. Household income limits apply $17,235 for 1 person, $23,265 for 2 people, $29,295 for 3 people and add $6030 each additional person. Bring proof of income & SSNs for all household members as well as all recent utility bills. For more information, contact at 215-427-0350. Fishtown Rec Center Programs Daisies and Brownies – Mondays, 6-7PM; Men’s Hockey League – Mon.-Tues.-Wed.-Thurs., 6-10PM; Dance Mondays – 6-7:30PM; Tae Kwon Do – Mon.-Wed.-Fri., 6-8PM; Tot Rec. – Tues.-Wed., 9AM-1PM; Ceramics – Tues.-Wed., 6-9:30PM; Zoning Meetings – First three Tues. of the month; FNA Meetings – Third Thurs. of the month; Beautification Meetings – Third Thurs. of the month; Homeless Vets’ Meetings – Third Sat. of the month; Senior Citizen Bingo – Mon. and Thurs., 10AM2PM. For information, call 215-685-9885. Free Kickboxing Classes for Girls Ages 10-17, at Joe Hand Boxing Gym, 3rd & Green Sts. Kickboxing instructors Erin Fennell and Brittani Warner, in conjunction with the Joe Hand Boxing Gym and Computer Lab, are offering free cardio kickboxing classes for girls aged 10-17, every Friday at 5:45PM at 547 N. 3rd St. Combine kickboxing to music with strengthening, cardiovascular conditioning and toning exercises, while focusing on the girls’ self-confidence. Fennell, a certified kickboxing instructor, sees the classes as a building block to help young girls increase help young girls increase their self-esteem. “I think I started gaining self-esteem as a young girl once I started working out, and I think kickboxing had a lot to do with it as well,” said Fennell, a class instructor at Lucille Roberts and L.A. Fitness gyms. All necessary equipment will be provided for free by the Joe Hand Boxing Gym. If interested in joining the class, contact Fennell at (267) 765-6592, or elfennell@aol.com. Rizzo PAL Dance Registration TONIGHT The Rizzo PAL Center will be offering it’s ninth year of dance classes for girls ages 10-17. Signups will be held TONIGHT - Wed., Jan. 15 at 6:30PM, at Rizzo PAL, located at Belgrade and Clearfield Streets in Port Richmond. Classes will be every Wednesday Night for approximately 14 weeks starting Jan. 22. Attendance is mandatory to stay in the program. Class size is limited and is on a first come basis. You must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to register. This will be the ONLY night for registration.There is never a fee to join any PAL program. For more information on any PAL program, please contact Police Officer Ernie Rehr, Rizzo PAL Director at 215-426-6583. NL Arts Presents the First Family Fun/Not to Be Missed Party of The Year Sun., Jan. 19, at Hip Philly in the Piazza from 2-4PM. Fancy Drink Contest, Be a DJ contest, Rainbow Loom Creations Contest (bring you own loom or use ours, Mustache Station, Dance Contest, Twister Contest, Games and Snacks. Happy Hour Lounge for Parents. Admission is free and activity tickets are nominal -$2/each or 6 for $10. Bring a new NLArts friend and receive 4 free activity tickets. Please RSVP by visiting http://volunteersignup.org/MB37P (this is not to volunteer, just to attend the party). Proceeds from the party will benefit NLArts programs such as the Trash Disposal Beautification and Interactive Water sculpture projects. NLArts would like to thank our sponsors -Finnigan’s Wake, 123 East Developers and Callahan Ward Properties. Free Community Dinner at First Presbyterian First Presbyterian Church is hosting a FREE (nostrings-attached) Community Dinner on Sat., Jan. 25, from 4 until 6PM. The church is opening its doors for the community to come in, grab a nice home-cooked meal and be in fellowship with the community. This see CALENDAR on page 15


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Thom Nickels’ Responds to the Comments on His Article Last Week Regarding The Mummers:   The Mummers Parade is as much a part of Philadelphia as is the soft pretzel and Tastykake. Yet the parade has changed, as most of the readers letters seem to acknowledge. (You can view last week’s article and readers’ Opinions and Comments on our website www. spiritnewspapers.com).   Criticism of the Parade in no way implies criticism of the hard work and dedication of individual Mummers. This dedication has always been, and continues to be, stellar.   Regarding the Union League-- Yes, this venerable institution does make donations to the Mummers.   Some letter writers had difficulty with my usage of the term, corporate parade. A corporate parade is a parade that has to deal with too many rules and regulations (and not prize money), as one letter writer suggested when he said, “Each band has a city rep that controls the pace of the Parade throughout the march.” He then goes on to to say that sometimes string bands, swayed by the enthusiasm of the crowd, will play spontaneously, in effect, breaking the rules at the risk of a possible fine. Now, the concept of

a fine for playing spontaneously, which the Mummers used to do all the time, indicates overregulation, and something definitely corporate (corporate as in exercising too much control). In the 60s and 70s (and earlier) individual string bands played wherever and whenever they wished. If parade attendees have to obtain maps in order to find out where the string bands will be playing, or even turn on the news to get this information or search out a flyer from the Philadelphia Visitors and Convention Bureau, what is this if not corporate? Over the years the normal parade viewer, I think, has come to expect a lot of Mummers spontaneity, since unpredictability and “New Orleans style fun” has been the Mummers MO for decades. One letter writer hit the nail on the head when he said that perhaps the parade should be renamed the Philadelphia City New Year’s Parade—with the Mummers.   I received an email, and then a phone call, from an active member of a string band who told me why the parade has become as predictable as the Thanksgiving Day Parade.   “The city is the reason the parade is over by 5 PM,” he said. “The city controls where the drilling areas are along

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the parade route. We used to have 8 drilling areas plus the judging area. But Mayor Nutter turned it into 4, 3 drilling areas with props, U.L. without props, and then the judges.”   My Mummer contact said that the Mummers tried to fight these changes. “Nutter took away the parade on December 2008, a month before the 2009 parade. We fought tooth and nail for the parade. Finally, he gave in, telling us that the parade needs to be over by 5, and had to have only 4 drilling areas, and no more 16 foot props, only 12 foot props. Mayor Nutter sucked the life out of us making the changes he did. But trust me, we will never give up trying to make the parade as it was before.”   So thank you Mr. Mayor for turning the Mummers into a corporate parade. Thank you for making it necessary for parade attendees to obtain maps in order to find out where the string bands will be playing, or even turn on the news to get this information or search out a flyer from the Philadelphia Visitors and Convention Bureau. Thank you for sucking the soul out of the Mummers.•

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  Once you’ve identified what matters most, start looking into the options available to you. In addition to the local public school, you may be eligible to send your child to a school outside of your ZIP code, or in a different school district. Look into nearby charter schools and magnet schools. Don’t leave private and faith based schools off your list! You might be able to find scholarships to cover

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the costs of tuition. And application information. ments and your list of   Finally, make sure to talk for some families, online Private schools and schol- schools in hand, start mak- with other parents – and learning and homeschool- arship programs can be ing appointments to visit to your own children. Ask researched through state the schools. Ask to sit in parents how the schools’ ing work best.   To find the options avail- chapters of the Council on on classes, and make sure administrators treat parable to you, look at infor- American Private Educa- to ask as many questions ents, and whether they mation from the Penn- tion or the National As- as possible of teachers, welcome, or discourage, sylvania department of sociation of Independent the administration, and parental involvement. And education, as well as in- Schools, or through local support staff. You’ll want most importantly, ask your formation on state-based places of worship (for faith- to find out what motivates children about their perthe adults in the building, ceptions of the schools education reform or school based schools). choice organization web-   For a directory of most while also seeing how the that you’ve visited. Find sites. For states with charter schools in your area, along students in the classes out what excites and motiand magnet schools, there with parent rankings and respond to their teachers. vates your child at school, are often state-based as- some performance metrics, Ask yourself: is this a place but also ask about their sociations that provide parents can visit this web- where I’d want to send my worries, concerns and apchild for most of his or her prehensions. directories of these types site: greatschools.org. weekday waking hours? 9, 2011 of schools, THE along withCOMMUNITY   With your list of require-• WEDNESDAY,   Making the decision to SPIRIT NEWSPAPERS NOVEMBER

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  “We are trying to turn this store into a brand and be able to facilitate people with what they are doing with their art,” Dilworth said. “Because at the end of the day they need to sell it and we want to be able to mark and brand our stuff by doing that and teaming up. I’m never going to sit down and design a line of clothing, but I am willing to find somebody who would want to carry my name on something they’ve done. That’s where I’d lend my skills or lend space.” “I’m interested in getting both jewelry and clothing designers in here,” he added, “People that would be willing to put in time at the store and man the store.

Obviously at the end of the day you are trying to make money but I am trying to facilitate something for people to have an avenue to move their product.” Both Boyer and Dilworth have careers separate from Universal Magnetism, so this store is somewhat of a passion project for the two friends. While making some extra change is something that no rational business owner would balk at, this dynamic duo is not looking to turn the store into their primary source of income— they are using it as a vessel for people to find something they consider special, as well as being able to bring in their own ideas, input and art. “The neighborhood is definitely growing and there are people who are into this kind of stuff. If we turn it into something where people know there’s

something interesting here they will come in,” said Dilworth. “It surprises me what people buy… you never know. They won’t look like the person who would want something but they’ll come in wanting a Madonna record… you’re 21 why do you want a Madonna record? But it’s awesome that they are really excited about it.” Maybe that excitement is genuine. Or maybe it’s just some sort of Universal Magnetism mind-control. This writer’s money is on the former. You can visit Universal Magnetism Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to 6:30 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. You can also check Universal Magnetism out on Facebook and online at universalmagnetism.com.•

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Reyna and Shane- Reyna Boyer and Shane Dilworth, managing partners of Universal Magnetism, opened up shop at the corner of Girard and Earl Streets in October 2013./Photo: Max Pulcini

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Rizzo PAL Dance Registration TONIGHT - Wed., Jan. 15 at 6:30PM!   The Rizzo PAL Center will be offering it’s ninth year of dance classes for girls ages 10-17. Signups will be held on Wed., Jan. 15 at 6:30PM, at Rizzo PAL, located at Belgrade and Clearfield Streets in Port Richmond. Classes will be every Wednesday

Night for approximately 14 weeks starting Jan. 22. Attendance is mandatory to stay in the program. Class size is limited and is on a first come basis. You must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to register. This will be the ONLY night for

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1960 film “The Al- Alamo”? amo”? A. Ted Nugent A. John Wayne B. Marilyn Manson B. Clint Eastwood C. Ozzy Osbourn C. Gregory Peck D. Alice Cooper D. Jimmy Stewart   10.What Texas 8. Who or what is sports team was Texas Pete? once co-owned A. a brand of fertil- by former Presiizer dent George W. B. an infamous bank Bush? robber C. a brand of hot A. The Texas sauce Rangers D. the mascot from B. The Houston Texas A and M Astros C. The Dallas 9. What famous Cowboys rock star prompt- D. San Antonio ed an anti-urinat- Spurs ing law after urinating on the his- 11. Located in torical site “The Texas, what is

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• Four (4) residential burglaries during this time: 300 W Oxford (1/2), 2100 Dauphin (1/3), 2300 Sepviva (1/3), 2400 Frankford (1/3) • Thirteen (13) Theft from Autos during this time: 2600 B (1/3), 900 5th (1/3), 2000 Arizona (1/5), 1000 Delaware (1/6), 2600 Webb (1/6), 2600 Albert (1/6), 2600 Le-

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THE SPIRIT COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2014

CLEAN PLATE: Pasta e Fagioli

by Casey Ann Beck

  Soup rarely suffices as a full meal. Restaurants usually offer the classic pairing of soup served with either a salad or sandwich in order to satisfy appetites. This is an especially appealing lunch option for me since it’s not only guaranteed to quench my hunger, it also offers a combination of temperatures, textures and, let’s face it, when you’re unsure what to order, it’s a safe bet.   A big, steaming bowl of soup more often than not provides the oppor-

tunity to have at least a little of everything in one spoonful: flavorful broth, fragrant herbs, a hearty protein (like beans or meat) and healthy veggies. Contrary to restaurant menus everywhere, this Italian pasta and bean soup is substantial enough to serve for a filling dinner, and it will keep you warm on a chilly winter night in the process. Pasta e Fagioli 1 cup dried ditalini pasta 2 ½ cups canned small white beans, rinsed 2 tablespoon plus 2 ½

paste 2 cups chicken broth Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated

cups water 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 pound of ground sausage 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped 2 medium garlic cloves,

minced 10 small fresh sage leaves, finely chopped Leaves from 2 fresh rosemary sprigs, finely chopped 3 tablespoons tomato

  Fill a medium saucepan with 2 ½ cups of water and flavor with salt. Bring to a boil over high heat and add pasta. Boil until partially cooked, about 5 minutes. Drain pasta into colander, reserving pasta water in a large bowl, and set both aside. Combine ½ cup of the beans and 2 tablespoons of water in a food processor and process until smooth. Set aside. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add sausage and cook, breaking with a wooden spoon, until brown. Add onion and cook until soft. Stir in garlic, sage, and rosemary and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in tomato paste and cook until it melts into the other ingredients, about 2 minutes. Thin tomato mixture with 2 cups of reserved pasta water and chicken broth, add remaining 2 cups of beans, and let simmer for 10 minutes. Add pasta and bean purée

to soup, and simmer until pasta is al dente, about 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper, if necessary, and serve, topped with cheese.   This pasta and bean soup dispels any myths that a good soup has to take all day. It’s quick and easy, yet not boring or thrown together without purpose. The flavored and spiced sausage flavors the soup before anything else is even added, with its browned exterior. Thick tomato paste melts into the hot soup base, coating the herbed meat, onion and garlic mixture. The recycled starchy pasta water acts as a thickener for the soup’s liquid, as does the roux-like concoction of pureed beans. Finished with salty, melted cheese, this pasta e fagioli offers comfort by the spoonful, with heaps of perfectly cooked pasta, beans and meat in a tomato based broth.•

Casey Ann is a local foodie and blogger. Check out her recipes and reviews at www. cleanpl8.com

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Good loving homes needed for children of all ages. PLEASE CALL 215-203-8733 or 1-877-nfi4kid or visit online @ www.nfi4kids.org

NKCDC Housing Counselor Counselor works to build healthy communities and expand homeownership opportunities and retention for low and moderate-income households. Counselor’s goal is to provide aspiring homebuyers or struggling homeowners with the skills, knowledge and information to buy and maintain a home, provide them with energy assistance, or resolve their current housing situation. NKCDC Resident Services Coordinator Coordinator provides advocacy and community organizing functions and fosters sustainable living in the greater Fishtown, Kensington, and Port Richmond areas. Coordinator provides capacity-building assistance to residents developing a resident-led civic association. NKCDC Block Programs Coordinator Coordinator administers and coordinates Neighborhood Advisory Committees (NAC) Program of the City of Philadelphia. Coordinator organizes community service briefings, activities, events, and/or workshops that provide educational information on topics relevant to constituents as a means of pursuing neighborhood and community improvement and involvement.

ACCU STAFFING SERVICE P r o d u c t i o n / Wa r e house -1st & 2nd shifts. Great jobs for all and those who are bilingualSpanish. Interviewing now to fill job openings. Must have good work history; pre-screening req’d and 2 forms of ID. PLEASE CALL 215-423-2955 ext. 113 Monday-Friday 8am-4pm

For full job descriptions go to http://www.nkcdc.org/jobs/

Send cover letter, résumé, and writing sample by Monday, January 20th, to Shanta Schachter, NKCDC, 2515 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125, 215-427-1302 (fax) or to sschachter@nkcdc.org (e-mail).

NKCDC Real Estate Development Associate Assist Real Estate Development Director in the implementation of mission-driven, community-based real estate development strategy which includes substantial rehabilitation, new construction, and assembly of land for future development for small and large scale residential, mixed use, and commercial uses. NKCDC’s goal is to promote homeownership opportunities for working families, bring new life to abandoned properties, and create high impact projects for neighborhood revitalization. Send cover letter, résumé, and writing sample by January 30th, to Shanta Schachter, NKCDC, 2515 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125, 215-427-1302 (fax) or to sschachter@nkcdc.org (e-mail).

Customer Service Representative FISHTOWN Small community bank seeks CSR. Must have strong customer skills, be self-motivated and able to multi-task, use Microsoft Word, Excel, and have banking experience.

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JUNK CARS WANTED

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Rooms for Rent. Kensington and Fishtown. Fully furnished, safe and clean. $250 and $350. Call 215-200-2960

FISHTOWN 2 bdrm home $1500/month 215-425-3086

3 BR house for rent, Port Richmond. finished basement, plasma TV in basement, liv. rm., & all BRs. Fully furnished. 215-2034536.

PORT RICHMOND 2 & 3 bdrm homes $900 & $1100/month. 215-425-3086

PUBLIC NOTICE

ELECTRICIANS NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE - OF PERSONAL PROPERTY Notice is hereby given that the undersigned will sell, to satisfy the lien of the landlord, at Public Sale by competitive bidding on January 30, 2014 @ 2pm. Locker Room Self Storage, Inc. Located at 4391 Aramingo Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19124. The personal goods stored in space No:

#1214 – Almanzar, Maria #1625 – Bates, Nigeria #1521 – Cooper, Tracy #125 – Hall, Betty #1607 – McCall, Victoria #1230 – Urbank, Michael #1517 – Urbanski, Felicia

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ESTATE NOTICE ESTATE OF CARMEN FOGLIETTA Late of Philadelphia Letters Testamentary on the above estate have been granted to the undersigned, who requests all persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent to make known the same, and all persons indebted to the decedent to make payment, without delay, to the Executrix, Donna M. Koerz, 1642 Park Ave, Sellersville, PA 18960, or her Attorney, Charlotte A. Hunsberger, Esq., Bricker, Landis, Hunsberger & Gingrich, LLP, 114 East Broad Street, P.O. Box 64769, Souderton, Pennsylvania 18964.

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Apartment for 30xx Frankford Ave. Rent Port Rich- Furnished, nice size. mond. 30xx Cedar $400. 215-941-3000. St. 1BR, first floor, no steps. $775/mo.. + util. 215-4253086.

REAL ESTATE FOR RENT 2 BR house for rent. $900/mo. 2900 bl. off Cedar St. Call Sammy at 201-328-5701.

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#137 – Barclay, Robert #415 – Cookson, Fay #1620 – Gaston, Natalie #1614 – Hardin, Ernestine #1622 – Paziora, Robert #921 – Urbanski, Felicia #937 – Williams, Ikram

Purchase must be made in cash only and paid for at the time of sale, along with a refundable cash deposit. All goods are sold as is and must be removed at time of purchase. Sale is subject to adjournament and we reserve the right to determine an opening bid. LOCKER ROOM SELF STORAGE, INC. (215) 535-8885

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EQUAL HOUSING

All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or intention to make any such preferences, limitation, or discrimination.” We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings are available on an equal opportunity basis. Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia, 866-540FAIR (3247).

TRIVIA ANSWERS: Part One: 5 points each: 1. B. California.   2. D. Kelly Clarkson 3. D. Austin 4. C. squirrel Part Two: 10 points each: 5. C. Tennessee 6. C. a hot dog 7. A. John Wayne 8. C. a brand of hot sauce Part Three: 15 points each: 9. C. Ozzy Osbourn 10. A. The Texas Rangers 11. C. Fort Hood 12. A. Southfork Scoring: Under 50: Trivia Amateur; 50-85: Trivia Buff; 90-115: Trivia Whiz; 120: TRIVIA CHAMPION! Check me out on facebook:  Lisa Winnick Shaat.  Feel free to send me your topic ideas, how you scored, feedback, or book me for your next quizzo party!


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month we’ll be serving meatloaf, with vegetables, mac & cheese, and dessert (with drinks and coffee as well). If you would like to volunteer or find out more information, email at: office@1stpresbykensington. org. 215-739-5695. First Presbyterian Church (418 E. Girard Ave).

 “Hi there I’m Henry! I’m a young boy and have had it a little rough my first year of life. I was found as a skinny stray dog. I am learning lots of great stuff, I used to not be able to sit because I was so excited to see people now, I know what it means when you ask me to sit. I am also learning to come when some one calls my name. It’s a good thing to know! I like to walk along with other dogs and meet them too.    Do you have a dog? If you do, you can bring them to ACCT to meet me. ACCT is located at 111 W Hunting Park Ave., Philadelphia.  Henry (A21642209) is very sweet natured. He would love to snuggle up with you and is very affectionate. Henry could do with a little weight gain but that should not

be a problem because he is not a picky eater at all! He never met a treat he didn’t like!  If you’d like to meet our sweet Henry call ACCT 267-385-3800 (ask for the Lifesaving Department) or email natalie@email.acctphilly. org.•

.. by Sue Senn Pet of the Week is a courtesy of the PHILLY PET HEALTH CENTER, 3365 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19134. Caring, reliable, and affordable veterinary care in the heart of Port Richmond / Kensington!

Questions About Total Joint Replacement? Nazareth Hospital Has Answers During Information Classes
 Thinking about having a Total Joint Replacement? Scheduled to have a Total Joint Replacement? You and your family are invited to learn more about Total Joint Replacement at Nazareth Hospital. The classes will be held on the following: Monday Morning Classes Begin at 11:30AM: Jan. 27, Feb. 17 (A), Mar. 17, Apr. 28 (A), May 19 (A), June 16, July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15 (A), Oct. 20, Nov. 24 (A), Dec. 15 (A). Wednesday Evening Classes Begin at 6PM: Feb. 5, Mar. 5, Apr. 2, May 7, June 4, July 2, Aug. 6, Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5, Dec. 3. Classes are held at Nazareth Hospital, located at 2701 Holme Avenue in Philadelphia, in Marian Conference Rooms A and B. To reserve your seat, call 215.335.6313. You will be asked for your name, telephone number, number of people attending, date of your surgery and name of your surgeon. NL History Exhibit Opens Feb 14; Still Looking for Contributions, Personal Stories and Artists’ Pages   The wonderful History of Northern Liberties exhibit being curated by neighbor and artist Jennifer Baker will be opening in just a few weeks, Fri., Feb. 14. Response to Jennifer›s call for artifacts, personal stories, and pages for the Artists› Book has been great. And Jennifer is still looking for more. So if you have any memento or physical object from NL›s history; if you have a personal story to share; or if you›re an artists who would like to have a page in the Artists› Book - contact Jennifer at jlpbaker@gmail.com. 1202 E. Montgomery Ave.

 

TRIPS Trip to Niagra Falls, New York Join the Happy Travelers on a 4-day Niagara Falls, New York trip from Thurs., June 26 to Sun., June 29. Besides visiting the Niagara Falls and State Park (no passport is needed), there will be a Lockport Canal Cruise & Canalside Lunch, Maid of the Mist Boat Ride, Lockport Caves Cruise, Tasting at Two Wineries, Visit the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Lewiston, NY, visit to the Made in America Store in Elma, NY and much more. Package includes motor coach transportation, 3 nights hotel Holiday Inn Grand Island on the Niagara River, 3 buffet breakfasts, 2 dinners at the Top of the Falls & Como Restaurant, 1 dinner at Casino, taxes and gratuities and baggage handling included. Only $550 per person, double occupancy. For more information and reservations, call Theresa Romanowski at 215-922-1700 or in the evening at 215-4238854. Senior Trip to Branson, MO Senior Ron Aways presents trip to Branson, MO on Sept. 21-26, 2014 for 6 days and 5 nights. Package includes motor coach transportation, accomodations, 5 breakfasts, 3 dinners, 1 dinner cruise with entertainment, 6 shows, visit to Imax Complex, shopping, taxes and meal gratuities and baggage handling included. Only $879 pp/dbl. For more information and reservations call Nancy at 803-720-0310 or Josephine at 215-634-1307.

AVI Updates: Extended LOOP Deadline; Installment Tax Payments  The City has extended the deadline to submit LOOP (gentrification protection) applications by a month, to Feb. 17. In addition, the state has just made it legal Spring Garden Indoor Antique & for the City to allow payment of property tax bills in Vintage Flea Market installments.  For more info on LOOP, visit http:// Center City’s Largest Winter Indoor Vintage Marketplace at www.phila.gov/loop/Pages/default.aspx.

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IN MEMORIAM In Lasting Memory of

Edward L. Girard 04/26/45 – 01/13/82

 Some people knew him as Eddie, Easy Ed, Bubba or as the late Jackie Moore used to say… Large Ed. When younger he was a catcher for the late George Ulmer, Bob Morris and many other greats. He hit the old dead softball many times, over the old pavilion roof in right field. He even hit the Old Hytes Bar on Columbia Ave. and Thompson St., as well as the old basketball court and volleyball court in Center City.  He would almost always get good wood on the ball. Little records were kept of him in the 1950’s, 60’s and early 70’s. He sometimes would play for three teams during the same year. The Girard family and others will not forget him. He should have been placed in the Philadelphia Softball Hall of Fame. The Girard Family

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MDG Parish Bible Study On Wed. evenings until March 12 from 7PM to 8:30PM, Mother of Divine Grace Parish will be conducting a new Bible study. The theme will be Women of the New Testament. In these studies, it is not how much you know but what you don’t know and will learn. Pre-registration is not required but letting us know ahead of your intentions will help us order the correct amount of materials. The cost of this study is $12. Anyone interested call 215-739-0353.

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Paintballing 4 Autism Paintballing 4 Autism will take place at Crusader Paintball, 225 Lincoln Highway, Fairless Hills, PA 19030 on Sun., Feb. 23, 9AM. $36 per person includes Admission, Equipment & 500 Paintballs. Contact Freddie Suarez 267-234-1025 or Billie Suarez 215-796-

the former Fed-Ex warehouse, 9th & Spring Garden. 8AM til 4PM - But Early Birds Welcome! Antiques, Collectibles, Vintage Furniture, Jewelry, Pottery, Artwork, Great Food and Much More! On the following Saturday’s: Jan. 18, Feb. 1 & 15, Mar. 1 & 15. Free Parking / Free Admission / ATM / Food Court / Handicap Accessible. Use 820 Spring Garden Street, 19123 For GPS. www.PhilaFleaMarkets.org.•

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