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|New Bitcoin-based security bounces in trading debut on CMEThe Philadelphia Tribune / 1 h. 40 min. ago more|
NEW YORK (AP) — A new security based on the price of the digital currency bitcoin is trading lower after its debut on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, a week after another such security launched on a rival exchange.
|Latest: Powerful winds raise fire risk as crews battle blazeThe Philadelphia Tribune / 1 h. 55 min. ago more|
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning in Southern California (all times local):
|Lifesaver or distraction? Police split on anti-overdose drugThe Philadelphia Tribune / 2 h. 45 min. ago more|
BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) — The sheriff of Clermont County firmly believes it's a call of duty for his deputies to carry a nasal spray that brings people back from the brink of death by drug overdose. Less than 50 miles…
|Facing misconduct investigation, Panthers owner selling teamThe Philadelphia Tribune / 2 h. 57 min. ago more|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Facing a growing investigation that accuses him of sexual misconduct and using racist language at work, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced Sunday that he will sell the NFL team after the season.
|The Latest: Electricity fully restored at Atlanta airportThe Philadelphia Tribune / 3 h. 26 min. ago more|
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (all times local):
|Man Hears Fiancee's Scream as Robber Brutally Attacks HerPhiladelphia News / 3 h. 28 min. ago more|
A man heard his fiancee's scream on the phone as a robber who had been following her home viciously attacked her. Cliff McBride told NBC10 his fiancee Patricia was at the Rite Aid at 63rd and Race streets in West Philadelphia shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday.
|Power has been fully restored to Atlanta's international airportThe Philadelphia Tribune / 3 h. 33 min. ago more|
ATLANTA (AP) — Power has been fully restored to Atlanta's international airport.
|Sudden power outage creates 'nightmare' at Atlanta airportThe Philadelphia Tribune / 3 h. 35 min. ago more|
ATLANTA (AP) — A sudden power outage caused by a fire in an underground electrical facility brought the world's busiest airport to a standstill Sunday, grounding more than 1,000 flights in Atlanta just days before the start of the Christmas…
|Today in HistoryThe Philadelphia Tribune / 3 h. 55 min. ago more|
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|Power outage at Atlanta airport creates travel headaches for Philadelphia travelers - FOX 29 News PhiladelphiaGoogle News / 5 h. 20 min. ago more|
Power outage at Atlanta airport creates travel headaches for Philadelphia travelersFOX 29 News PhiladelphiaZhong arrived from London for a connection at Philadelphia International. Because of the power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson, one of the world's busiest airports, he was stuck. “I'm thinking about either finding a hotel close to here or just staying ...and more »
|Bitcoin futures slide after trading debut on CMEThe Philadelphia Tribune / 5 h. 22 min. ago more|
NEW YORK (AP) — Another security based on the price of bitcoin, the digital currency that has soared in value and volatility this year, began trading on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Sunday.
|PA Senator Daylin Leach accused of sexual misconduct by staffers - FOX43.comGoogle News / 7 h. 22 min. ago more|
FOX43.comPA Senator Daylin Leach accused of sexual misconduct by staffersFOX43.comPHILADELPHIA, Pa.– A Pennsylvania lawmaker is being accused of sexual misconduct. Several staffers say State Senator Daylin Leach, of Montgomery County, touched them inappropriately and made offensive statements. The newly released reports of sexual ...Ex-staffers: Sen. Daylin Leach crossed line with sex talk, inappropriate touchingPhilly.comWolf: Leach should resign following harassment claimsWHYYall 19 news articles »
|Even more HQ2 hype: Philadelphia sinks on Huffington Post's Amazon HQ2 climate 'vulnerability' listBizjournals.com / 7 h. 35 min. ago more|
If Philadelphia lands Amazon's second headquarters, it's likely because the tech giant didn't take climate change into account. We've seen all sorts of lists speculating about the best suitor for Amazon.com Inc.'s (Nasdaq: AMZN) $5 billion, 50,00-job prize was announced in September, but a pair of professors took a new angle for the Huffington Post: global warming's impact. Philadelphia didn't fare too well in the climate vulnerability rankings, sitting at No. 17. (The above slideshow ranks the…
|Man critically shot during robbery in South Philadelphia, police say - FOX 29 News PhiladelphiaGoogle News / 10 h. 44 min. ago more|
FOX 29 News PhiladelphiaMan critically shot during robbery in South Philadelphia, police sayFOX 29 News PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia, Pa. (WTXF) - Philadelphia Police are investigating a shooting which they say was a part of a robbery and left a man in critical condition. On Sunday, December 17, at the 3600 block of South Broad Street, a 36-year-old was selling sneakers ...and more »
|Temple's on-campus football stadium gaining momentum - Philly.comGoogle News / 11 h. 50 min. ago more|
Philly.comTemple's on-campus football stadium gaining momentumPhilly.comTemple. Temple's on-campus football stadium gaining momentum. Updated: December 17, 2017 — 4:10 PM EST. 25Share; Tweet; Tumblr; Email; Comment; REPRINTS. OWLSFB15-A. Camera icon DAVID MAIALETTI. Temple's head coach Geoff Collins, center background ...and more »
|Need Help With Holiday Shopping? Occasion Station's Got You CoveredPhiladelphia News / 12 h. 47 min. ago more|
At this time of year with spouses, children, and other family demanding your time and attention, it's making it harder and harder to check holiday shopping off of your list. Occasion Station is here to be your extra pair of hands.
|Ex-staffers: Sen. Daylin Leach crossed line with sex talk, inappropriate touchingPhiladelphia News / 19 h. 44 min. ago more|
David Gambacorta is a writer-at-large who focuses on longform storytelling. He started working for the Inquirer and Daily News in 2005.
|Wash High graduate selected for Fulbright programPhiladelphia News / 22 h. 8 min. ago more|
Chelsea Abbas, left, interviews migrant workers in Costa Rica. She'll continue her research over the next two summers as a Fulbright scholar.
|Nevada Democrat Kihuen will not seek re-election after sex harassment accusationsPhiladelphia News / 1 d. 2 h. 35 min. ago more|
FILE PHOTO: Nevada State Senator Ruben J. Kihuen speaks on the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 28, 2016.
|Prosecutors file record number of drug delivery resulting in death chargesPhiladelphia News / 1 d. 2 h. 35 min. ago more|
Determined to attack the opioid crisis, Pennsylvania prosecutors filed a record number of charges this year against those who supplied drugs that caused fatal overdoses. However, there is growing concern prosecutors are losing sight of the law's intent and are locking up addicts, instead of the kingpins it was designed to target, a Sunday Times investigation found.
|Why a Philly Whistle-Blower Is Launching a Journalism Start-UpPhiladelphia Magazine / 1 d. 7 h. ago more|
Even by the biblical standards of come-to-Jesus moments, the day Wendell Potter got woke was nothing short of miraculous, in the old-school, divine-intervention meaning of […] The post Why a Philly Whistle-Blower Is Launching a Journalism Start-Up appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|Why Michael Nutter Thinks He Had the Best Job in PoliticsPhiladelphia Magazine / 1 d. 7 h. 1 min. ago more|
The Rundown Age: 60 CV: 4th District City Councilman (1992-2006); 98th Mayor of Philadelphia (2008-’16) List of current gigs, abridged: Pundit (CNN), professor (Columbia), fellow […] The post Why Michael Nutter Thinks He Had the Best Job in Politics appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|From shootings to hurricanes, pastor turns news into hymnsPhiladelphia News / 1 d. 7 h. 2 min. ago more|
Rev. Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, co-pastor of Overbrook Presbyterian Church, sings one of her hymns as her husband and co-pastor, Rev. Bruce Gillette, listens in their office at Overbrook Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia on Nov. 7, 2017.
|DNYED: The Vanity License Plates PennDOT RejectedPhiladelphia Magazine / 1 d. 7 h. 3 min. ago more|
Over at PennDOT HQ in Harrisburg, it’s somebody’s job to sift through the thousands of vanity license plate applications the agency receives annually to see […] The post DNYED: The Vanity License Plates PennDOT Rejected appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|The Best Thing This Week: Stormy Made a Break For ItPhiladelphia Magazine / 1 d. 7 h. 7 min. ago more|
Man, what a week, huh? Carson Wentz’s knee. The Mystery of Markelle’s Shoulder. The Republican tax plan. The FCC’s war on net neutrality. The Media Men’s Libido […] The post The Best Thing This Week: Stormy Made a Break For It appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|Pentagon has been secretly investigating UFOs for a decadeBig News Network.com / 1 d. 7 h. 36 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON, U.S. - In revelations made by two media publications, it has emerged that the Defense Department secretly set up a program ten years ago to investigate unidentified flying objects, or U
|The seven words Trump has banned the CDC from using...Big News Network.com / 1 d. 9 h. 59 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON, U.S. - The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been handed a list of forbidden words that the Trump administration doesn’t want them to ever use.Accordin
|Slipknot: Will Trump fire Mueller to derail collusion probe?Big News Network.com / 1 d. 11 h. 9 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON, U.S. - With three of U.S. President Donald Trump’s allies, including the ousted former National Security adviser Michael Flynn and one-time campaign manager Paul Manafort, already
|Protest planned after second cyclist struck in Center CityPhiladelphia News / 1 d. 11 h. 43 min. ago more|
Becca Refford, 24, was struck by a truck while riding her bike in Center City. She suffered a broken pelvis, shattered hip and other injuries and is recovering at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
|Northeast, Midwest hit by cold air as Great Lakes region braces for heavy snowPhiladelphia News / 1 d. 14 h. 5 min. ago more|
Residents of the Midwest and Northeast will wake up Saturday morning to a bone-chilling blast of cold air, with a wind chill that will make it feel like the temperature is in the teens and single digits. The good news? It won't last too long, with milder temperatures kicking in later Saturday and continuing over the next few days.
|Battling Thomas Fire has already cost California $97 millionBig News Network.com / 1 d. 15 h. 27 min. ago more|
CALIFORNIA, U.S. - A wildfire, which started in the coastal communities in Southern California, has today become the state’s third largest blaze on record, burning through 256,000 acres and l
|Tonight's Concert Picks: Shamir at the First Unitarian Church, Work...Philadelphia News / 1 d. 16 h. 24 min. ago more|
Recent Philly-via-Vegas transplant Shamir closes out a busy year of touring with a hometown show at the Church tonight, following the release of their new album Revelations last month. Shamir's vibrant and introspective pop songs touch on everything from queer identity to being a millennial, all with a blunt and witty honesty.
|Trigger-happy North Korea gearing for another shocker?Big News Network.com / 1 d. 18 h. ago more|
PYONGYANG, North Korea - As the world united against its nuclear ambitions on Friday, the undeterred nuclear state, North Korea was believed to have shut its ears to the world.Experts believ
|Restored inside and out, East Falls Twin feels like homePhiladelphia News / 1 d. 21 h. 12 min. ago more|
When Jeff and Anne Tirabassi first visited their future home, the East Falls twin was obscured by overgrown trees, and the restoration to-do list began. Item #1: Remove two half-dead spruces and two maples.
|Philly's Anthony Biddle, a life of diplomacy in turbulent times | Philly HistoryPhiladelphia News / 1 d. 21 h. 12 min. ago more|
This month marks 120 years since the birth of Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Jr., a distinguished Philadelphia native who became one of the most respected and accomplished diplomats in U.S. history. Biddle was born on Dec. 17, 1897, to Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle Sr. and Cordelia Rundell Bradley.
|P.J. Whelihan CEO tapped into his childhood dream - owning a barPhiladelphia News / 1 d. 21 h. 12 min. ago more|
During the summers, when Bob Platzer, chief executive and president of P.J.W. Restaurant Group, was a boy growing up Jersey, he'd go to work with his father. On the way home, they'd stop at a bar.
|December 15: Bike share, diversity, inclusion | Counter...Philadelphia News / 1 d. 23 h. 36 min. ago more|
Indego's parent company has created a diversity and inclusion committee, writes Lian Parsons, contributing to Generocity. Bicycle Transit Systems' president Alison Cohen explained that in order to ensure ridership diversity, the company first needed to diversify its staff and leadership.
|Americans view FLOTUS Melania more favourably than TrumpBig News Network.com / 2 d. 4 h. 35 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON, U.S. - In the first year in the White House, the First Lady Melania Trump has emerged as being more popular in the country, than the U.S. President Donald Trump.According to a ne
|GOP rushes to get tax bill to Trump’s desk before ChristmasBig News Network.com / 2 d. 5 h. 5 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON, U.S. - On Friday, Republicans unveiled the final text of their bill to rewrite the tax code and are reportedly hoping to send the bill to U.S. President Donald Trump’s desk before
|Tillerson contradicts North Korea strategy baffling leadersBig News Network.com / 2 d. 9 h. 52 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON, U.S. - Days after America’s top diplomat, the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered unconditional talks with North Korea, he stepped back from his offer.Tillerson&r
|Philadelphia-area drivers brave snowy commute - 6abc.comGoogle News / 2 d. 10 h. 56 min. ago more|
6abc.comPhiladelphia-area drivers brave snowy commute6abc.comCommute grinds to a halt amid snow in Center City. Dann Cuellar reports during Action News at 6pm on December 15, 2017. (WPVI). WPVI. Friday, December 15, 2017 06:35PM. WESTTOWN TWP., Pa. (WPVI) --. It was a slow go on the highways in the Philadephia ...and more »
|After due diligence, Cooper Health says it will not acquire 3 N.J. hospitalsBizjournals.com / 2 d. 11 h. 19 min. ago more|
The deal is off. Cooper University Health Care of Camden announced this afternoon that it will not be acquiring Trinity Health's New Jersey hospitals: Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington, and St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton. On Aug. 31, Cooper signed a Letter of Intent to acquire the hospitals but since then Cooper performed "substantial and exhaustive due diligence." Based on its findings, Cooper said, it decided to terminate the Letter of Intent. Cooper…
|Phillies Sign Indians Slugger Carlos Santana, Trade Freddy Galvis - Patch.comGoogle News / 2 d. 11 h. 50 min. ago more|
Patch.comPhillies Sign Indians Slugger Carlos Santana, Trade Freddy GalvisPatch.comPhillies Sign Indians Slugger Carlos Santana, Trade Freddy Galvis-1; Phillies Sign Indians Slugger Carlos Santana, Trade Freddy Galvis-0; Phillies Sign Indians Slugger Carlos Santana, Trade Freddy Galvis-1; Phillies Sign Indians Slugger Carlos Santana ...Jon Heyman on Twitter: "Sources: phillies agree to deal with Carlos Santana"TwitterMLB Winter Meetings 2017 Wednesday recap: Rumors, trades | Yankees in on Manny Machado, Zack Greinke, Todd ...NJ.comCarlos Santana Stats | Baseball-Reference.comBaseball-Reference.comall 151 news articles »
|Trump tears into ‘disgraceful’ FBI amid intensified probeBig News Network.com / 2 d. 12 h. 11 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON, U.S. - U.S. President Donald Trump tore into the FBI on Friday, merely hours before addressing the the agency’s training academy graduation ceremony. Trump told report
|Did This Sanitation Worker Just Steal a Port Richmond Resident’s Package?Philadelphia Magazine / 2 d. 12 h. 59 min. ago more|
A growing scourge of city living in the Amazon age is package theft. With Christmas right around the corner, not a day goes by without […] The post Did This Sanitation Worker Just Steal a Port Richmond Resident’s Package? appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|Vanguard breaking ground on building large enough for 1,600 employeesBizjournals.com / 2 d. 13 h. 25 min. ago more|
The 240,000 square foot, four-story building is set to be opened by the second half of 2019.
|Jefferson to replace Aramark as 1101 Market anchor tenantBizjournals.com / 2 d. 14 h. 10 min. ago more|
The 16-year deal begins in 2019 and includes more than 220,000 square feet spread over 14 floors, with an option to add six more floors.
|Ben Franklin's venture capital network just got biggerBizjournals.com / 2 d. 14 h. 18 min. ago more|
The Draper Venture Network links more than 17 independent venture funds.
|S. Jersey gas station owner pays employees $1.4M+ in back-pay caseBizjournals.com / 2 d. 14 h. 29 min. ago more|
The owner of six South Jersey gas stations has paid employees over $1.4 million in back pay and damages after a Department of Labor investigation found the owner failed to pay employees the federal minimum wage or overtime. Manjit Guleria has paid more than $1,471,024 in back wages and damages to 24 gas station attendants, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Friday. New Jersey is one of two states barring motorists from pumping their own gas; gas station attendants must operate gas pumps and…
|Kenneth and Faatimah Gamble host 5th Annual “Evening of Style and Grace-School Days Edition”The Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 2 d. 14 h. 32 min. ago more|
ABOVE PHOTO: From left; Award recipient Sharmain Matlock-Turner, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition, Kenneth Gamble, Former Councilwoman Marian Tasco and Faatimah Gamble. Turner was given a Community Service Award. (Photo: Robert Mendelsohn) ALL AROUND PHILLY: Social Scene By Patricia Gilliam Clifford Patricia Gilliam Clifford It was an amazing evening as music icon Kenneth Gamble and his lovely wife Faatimah presented their Fifth annual “Evening of Style and Grace-School Days Edition.” The Gambles, founders of Universal Companies, celebrated 25 years of service to the community. The fundraising event took place at Universal Audenreid Charter High School in South Philadelphia on December 7th. Proceeds from the spectacular fashion show benefit Universal programs including “Pearls of Wisdom,” “From Boys to Men,” and the Universal Audenried Charter High School Culinary Arts Academy, where youth are provided with cultural and entrepreneurial opportunities to help them develop their full potential. The evening began with a reception featuring a variety of delectable dishes prepared by students of the Universal Audenreid Charter School Culinary Arts Academy (“Rocket Catering”). The talented dancers from Universal Audenreid provided wonderful entertainment. I spotted Gary Shepherd of 3rd Floor Media joining the troupe during an impressive line dance. The Gambles honored two outstanding Philadelphians during the event. Sharmaine Matlock- Turner, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition, received the 2017 Universal Community Service Award, which was presented by retired Philadelphia City Councilwoman Marion B. Tasco and Robert L. Archie, Partner at Duane Morris LLP and former chair of the School Reform Commission, was presented the 2017 Universal Community Service Award, by Robert W. Bogle, president and CEO of The Philadelphia Tribune newspaper. “I personally thank Bob and Charmaine for their generous support of my wife’s programs over the years. Their generosity is immeasurable,” remarked Kenneth Gamble. Amirah Munson — a senior at Preparatory Charter School and participant in the Pearls of Wisdom program — and Christopher I. Roberts, a 16-year-old, straight A student at Mathematics Civics & Science Charter School were terrific as mistress and master of ceremonies. Fox29 Good Day co-anchors, Alex Holley and Mike Jerrick emceed, modeled and prepared the audience for an exciting fashion show with head turning styles by Frank Agostiono, Les Richard Menswear and bowties by Malcolm Jenkins of The Philadelphia Eagles. There were also fabulous designs by Drexel University Antoinette Wesphal College of Media Arts &Design. The awesome celebrity models who lit up the runway included Philadelphia City Councilman At-Large, Derek S. Green; 6 ABC news anchor, Sharrie Williams; NBC10 news anchor/reporter, Rosemary Connors; Philadelphia Tribune Magazine Editor, Shonda McClain; ODUNDE CEO Bumi Fernandez; NBC 10 investigative reporter, Harry Hairston and the multitalented Kharisma Mcllwaine, as well as professional models. From left; Robert Bogle, Philadelphia Tribune Publisher, Faatimah Gamble and award- recipient Robert Archie, Esq., Partner–Duane Morris LLP. Archie received a Community Service Award. (Photo: Robert Mendelsohn) Some of the supporters spotted “Around Town in Philly” included WDAS-FM radio alumni and current personalities Gary Shepherd, Mimi Brown, former State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop, Patty Jackson and Derrick Corbett. Others seen enjoying the event included Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Niki Hawkins of 6ABC; Gloria Hawkins, Anna Bostic, William Hegamin, Ameen Ali, Bernard and Jacquelyn Smalley, Loraine Brown Long and Maria and Rudy Battle and Nolan Atkinson, Esq. The following companies are commended for underwriting “An Evening of Style and Grace- School Daze Edition” Edition Fashion Show fundraiser: PECO, Parx Casino, AmeriHealth Caritas, Comcast, Duane Morris LLP, Greater Philadelphia Health Action, Inc., IBEW Local Union 98, Independence Blue Cross, Temple University, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. Congratulations and thank you to Faatimah and Kenneth Gamble and congratulations to the honorees, students, supporters and all involved in this phenomenal event! For more information about Universal Companies, Pearls of Wisdom and Boys to Men Programs, please visit the official website: www.universalcompanies.org, like them on facebook.com/universalphiladelphia, follow on twitter.com/universalphila or on Instagram.com/universalphiladelphia. The post Kenneth and Faatimah Gamble host 5th Annual “Evening of Style and Grace-School Days Edition” appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|City Tap owners head to Nashville with newest restaurantBizjournals.com / 2 d. 14 h. 35 min. ago more|
From the City of Brotherly Love to the Music City, a Philadelphia restaurant brand is expanding to the capital of Tennessee. Conshohocken-based Table 95 Hospitality Group manages eight restaurant concepts, including Center City's Pennsylvania 6, City Tap House and Field House. The restaurant group on Dec. 18 will open a City Tap in Nashville's Broadway strip in 8,500 square feet of space in the 32-story SoBro luxury apartment tower. This will be Table 95's sixth City Tap location after the first…
|Gary Shepherd’s “Buy Black” highlight of the week– Little Jimmie’s Cafe & CateringThe Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 2 d. 14 h. 36 min. ago more|
Finally got a chance to catch up with Jimmie Reed, owner of Little Jimmie’s Bakery Café and Catering, 6669 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. Not only do they provide fresh baked goods daily from the Bake House across the street, Jimmie’s caters all types of events and occasions with delicious menus made from the freshest ingredients. And, Jimmie told me that very soon he will be opening Mt. Airy Produce. This store is next to the Bake House and will have the freshest locally sourced produce at reasonable and competitive prices. Since moving to Philadelphia from North Carolina, Jimmie says he loves this town and has been blessed by the people in it. He makes sure that they don’t cut corners in everything they bake and make. To place a catering order, call him at 267.336.7139. When you stop in, tell him you read about them in the Philadelphia Sunday Sun. Subscribe to the Philadelphia Sunday Sun today. http://www.philasun.com/subscribe/. To support other Black-owned businesses, visit www.buyblackapp.net and PCOL (Philadelphia Community of Leaders) website at www.philadelphiacommunityofleaders.org. Gary Shepherd is President/CEO of 3rd Floor Media www.3fm.fm, A Division of Gary Shepherd Enterprises LLC. The post Gary Shepherd’s “Buy Black” highlight of the week– Little Jimmie’s Cafe & Catering appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|Rabb responds to PPA audits, pushes for Philadelphia to regain local controlThe Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 2 d. 14 h. 39 min. ago more|
ABOVE PHOTO: Rep. Chris Rabb State Rep. Chris Rabb, (D-200th Dist.) released the following statement in response to the Pennsylvania Auditor General’s audits of the Philadelphia Parking Authority: “I am outraged to read that Auditor General DePasquale uncovered such financial mismanagement in the PPA. This potentially has cost the already debt ridden Philadelphia School District $77.9 million, which stripped our children of the educational resources they need and rightfully deserve. How could the PPA Board of Directors allow the former executive director, who the AG rightfully deemed as an ‘unchecked tyrant,’ to continue even after being accused of sexual harassment? This inexcusable ignorance and blatant negligence reaffirms my stance that we in the state legislature should return control of the PPA back to Philadelphia. I have supported legislation (H.B. 874) that would end the state’s reign over the parking authority. Like the SRC, commonwealth control is crippling our city financially. The PPA needs responsible and dependable leadership, not another autocratic regime to run it into the ground.” The post Rabb responds to PPA audits, pushes for Philadelphia to regain local control appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|It’s Almost Time! Shop & Celebrate At Our 8th Annual Holiday Art MarketThe Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 2 d. 14 h. 40 min. ago more|
Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 16/17 Noon Till 6 pm 7165 Germantown Ave. Plan that special surprise with some last minute shopping — all original, unique, handmade crafted goods, keepsakes, and fine art by local Northwest artists that include: Jane Alpern, Denise Benrahou, Bright Star, Sheila & Deborah Brown, Celeste Caruso, Mary Ann Domanska, Judi Eastburn, Christian Johnson, Bettie Joyner Kleckley, Alise Lauren, Ellen Marcus, Sara Mosley, Lucille Norella, Arleen Olshan, Roberto Rashid, Alana Ratliff-Johnson, Mauricio Riano, Paula Rosenwinkel, Merle Slyhoff, Madeline Rile Smith, Patricia Cousins Smith, Nicki Toizer, and Keisha Whatley. This two-day curated art fair will fill you with holiday spirit while searching for that extra special gift. You’ll find jewelry, photography, handmade leather goods, fine art, ceramics, fiber art, botanical art, handblown glass, soaps, lotions and cachets, greeting cards, and more. All while dancing to live music and savoring tasty bites from Little Jimmies while you shop (or just hang out!). And it’s free! So join us, bring your family, as the Mt. Airy Art Garage brings this all together in the best of all possible places. Remember, this isn’t just an art market…it’s a celebration of our local Northwest arts community. The post It’s Almost Time! Shop & Celebrate At Our 8th Annual Holiday Art Market appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|Following unanimous adoption of Kwanzaa resolution, Brown to host celebrationThe Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 2 d. 14 h. 42 min. ago more|
A resolution (H.B. 626) sponsored by state Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, (D-Phila.), designating Dec. 26 through Jan. 1, 2017 as “Kwanzaa Week” in Pennsylvania was unanimously adopted in the House of Representatives. Created in 1966, Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday that celebrates African heritage throughout the world. Rep. Vanessa Brown “Thank you to my colleagues in the House for recognizing the cultural significance Kwanzaa holds for people of African descent throughout the world,” Brown said. “Kwanzaa reflects the resilience of the African-American spirit. It allows us to pinpoint and reconnect with our long lost culture.” To commemorate the holiday, Brown is hosting a Kwanzaa celebration event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30 at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St. The event will feature cultural presentations and performances by local artists to tell African history through storytelling and song. Brown’s staff will be available to answer state-related questions on programs such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. This family-friendly event will be free and open to the community. Attendees must RSVP and receive a ticket to attend by contacting Brown’s constituent service office at 215-879-6615. The post Following unanimous adoption of Kwanzaa resolution, Brown to host celebration appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|Nearly 200 homes make the switch to go solar in first round of Solarize PhillyThe Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 2 d. 14 h. 44 min. ago more|
ABOVE PHOTO: City Council President Darrell L. Clarke (5th District) speaks about the first round of Solarize Philly in Fishtown, while (from left in background) Chris Lewis, Chair, Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA); Laura Rigell, the Solar Manager with PEA, and Councilmember Derek S. Green (At-Large) look on. $3 million invested, 14 jobs created; next round of sign-ups to begin in January City Council President Darrell L. Clarke (D- 5th Dist.), Councilmember Derek S. Green (At-Large) and the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) announced the results of the first round of Solarize Philly, the City’s residential solar program on Tuesday. Since the program was launched in April, 2,200 households have expressed interest, 186 households have signed contracts to install solar on their homes, nearly $3 million has been invested in the region, and 14 new jobs have been created, half of which are held by minorities or women. The PEA oversees Solarize Philly as part of City Council’s $1 billion Philadelphia Energy Campaign, which seeks to advance energy efficiency and clean energy in buildings across the City, collect significant cost savings for property owners and taxpayers, and create 10,000 family-sustaining jobs over 10 years. The PEA is an independent office created by City Council to further clean and affordable energy goals. By offering discount pricing though group purchasing, Solarize Philly is a convenient and affordable way for homeowners to make the switch to solar energy. Solarize Philly offered enrollment from July 1st to October 31st of this year, and referred homeowners to one of three installers chosen in an open and competitive Request for Proposals process: Solar States, KISS Electric, and Moore Energy. On Tuesday, City Council and PEA joined the Office of Sustainability, the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L+I), and PECO at the Fishtown home of participant Kate Zmich. “The strong initial response to Solarize Philly is proof that we are a forward-thinking City of Neighborhoods, eager to protect our environment and invest in our futures by joining the clean energy economy,” Clarke said. “Philly is indisputably a national leader in the transition to clean energy. I’m especially thrilled to see young people emerge from the training program to become Solarize Philly installers. We’re preparing Philadelphians for jobs with strong futures, and investing in communities across the City along the way.” “The success of the first phase of the Solarize Philly initiative is a huge step on the path to a more sustainable city,” Green said. “PEA’s new subsidized financing option will open up the solar economy to more Philadelphians. With 186 households already signed on and nearly two dozen high school students trained in the program, this $3 million investment will undoubtedly yield a remarkable return for our City.” Two of the workers on site at the Zmich home – Katrell Holmes and Maine Robinson –completed solar or other workforce training programs through YouthBuild Philly and PowerCorps PHL. As part of Solarize Philly, PEA partnered with the School District of Philadelphia last summer to train high school students in the basics of solar installation. Danaje Elliott (Overbrook High School ‘17) also participated in training and is now working for Solar States as an installer. “I’m getting new experience and impacting the world. Solar States has a real sense of community that has made me feel welcome,” Elliott said. Councilmember Blondell Reynolds Brown (At Large), chair of the Committee on the Environment, added: “We have good news to share! The good news is that Solarize Philly implemented a training program specifically designed to support young Philadelphians wishing to enter the many careers in the green economy that earn a living wage. In so many ways, going solar is about the future and it is critical that our young people be at the table to seize opportunities for participation in this new and dynamic field.” “We designed Solarize Philly to grow demand for solar in Philadelphia and eliminate barriers that have discouraged Philadelphians from generating their own clean energy,” said Laura Rigell, the solar manager with PEA. “Solarize Philly has proven a powerful tool for economic development, spurring our installers to hire new employees and funding the expansion of solar job training programs. We are eager to create more opportunities for Philadelphians to benefit from the growing solar industry when we reopen Solarize Philly in 2018.” Solarize Philly has raised more than $200,000 for job training and affordable solar options for low- and moderate-income households. These funds will be combined with private donations to offer the “Find Your Power” curriculum to an additional 40 Philadelphia high school students over the spring and summer of 2018. PEA is also supporting the Energy Coordinating Agency and Philadelphia OIC to develop solar training courses available to adults and other students. The next Solarize Philly enrollment period will open in early 2018, with a subsidized financing option available for low- and moderate-income households. All homeowners interested in solar can sign up now at www.solarizephilly.org, and PEA will begin screenings for the second round of Solarize Philly in January 2018. Subsidized financing will be available to 45 households in a pilot program (income guidelines available here), and additional households will receive benefits as funding becomes available. Participants will still be expected to finance a portion of the project, and financing for a variety of credit profiles will be made available. The first group of subsidized households will be selected by April 1st. “Joining Solarize Philly couldn’t have been an easier choice,” Zmich said. “With Solarize Philly, I get a chance to invest my money in line with my values by supporting solar job-training programs in a local school and getting clean energy from the sun. The enrollment process was simple and informative, and now I’m the lucky owner of roof-top solar panels.” PEA worked closely with PECO and L+I to streamline management of applications and approvals associated with Solarize Philly. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar in Your Community Challenge — a $5 million contest within the SunShot Initiative to support innovative and replicable community-based programs to bring solar to underserved communities across the U.S. – provided seed funding for Solarize Philly. The post Nearly 200 homes make the switch to go solar in first round of Solarize Philly appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|“Cool People, Dope Books, Great Coffee…”The Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 2 d. 14 h. 45 min. ago more|
ABOVE PHOTO: Marc Lamont Hill proudly stands in front of the cafe’ honoring his late uncle…Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books. (Photo: Robert Mendelsohn) Through Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books, author, academic and CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill hopes to create a space where everyone can connect. By Denise Clay Thanks to Amazon.com and other online book outlets, there are fewer places to buy a book, curl up in a chair, and read it while grabbing a cup of coffee. Those spaces are even less prevalent in traditionally Black neighborhoods. So when Marc Lamont Hill decided to add opening Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books to a dance card that includes a professorship at Temple University, writing books, and appearing on CNN as someone who sometimes helps us understand a strange political world, everyone took notice. Named for the uncle that inspired Hill’s love of reading, Uncle Bobbie’s is a place that’s warm, inviting and knows exactly where it’s coming from. The SUN met Hill at the education center next door to the coffee shop to talk with him about his latest venture, the idea behind it, and the connections he hopes it fosters. Patrons are already enjoying the reading selections at Uncle Bobbie’s. (Photo: Robert Mendelsohn) SUN: Thanks for taking the time to talk with me today. What were the things that inspired you when creating this space? MLH: I honestly just felt like it was time. I’ve always wanted to have a cool place for Black people to hang out. There was a place that I used to go to called the Crimson Moon. SUN: I think we all went there. It was really popular and a nice place to hang out. When it closed, it made no sense to a lot of us…until we found out her rent was raised… MLH: It was really unfortunate. But (the owner) Koko created something special there and it left a mark on me. The other part of it was the Black bookstore tradition. So Crimson Moon left a mark on me but so did Hakim’s on 52nd Street. So did Basic Black Books, Mahogany Books and the other Black bookstores in the Gallery. They left a mark on me, and I knew that I had an opportunity to recreate something and to create something new. And so, I said what would it mean to mean to mean to mash that stuff up, right? To take the best of Crimson Moon, the great coffee experience and great gathering spot and take the best of the Black bookstore tradition, the best of Hakim’s and Black and Nobel and all these places and put them together, but try to create a sustainable business model, so that I’m not just the cool spot for a week or two weeks, but something that people can enjoy for some time. That’s what I wanted. SUN: Why did you decide to do this on Germantown Avenue? MLH: We deserve cool stuff. SUN: Of course we do… MLH: But I feel like sometimes our business choices don’t reflect that. If I opened this near Chestnut Hill, people would be like,‘Yeah! Of course! Chestnut Hill!’If I opened it downtown, it would be like “Oh, yeah! 20th and Chestnut next to the clubs.’ But, Germantown deserves fly stuff. And Germantown has a need for it. You shouldn’t have to go to Chestnut Hill to get a great cup of coffee. You shouldn’t have to go to Amazon.com to get the book you want…You shouldn’t have to live in Rittenhouse to get a good book. So I said, let’s do something here. I live in Germantown. So why not build where I am? Isn’t that the Temple way? Acres of diamonds in your own backyard? Let’s dig, you know? So I thought that this would be a dope spot, and when I saw that this particular corner was open, it spoke to me. There were other places down the street, but that building, those windows and that corner spot? I walked in there and said‘I need to do this now!’ It wasn’t like I spent a year scouting for bookstores. I was perfectly fine doing TV and teaching and writing books and hitting the road. But I swear to God, I walked in that place and I was like‘That’s the spot that I need. This is where my bookstore is going to be. Bookstores are cool and it’s good for community education and learning and I think that we can do something special there.’ I also ran the numbers and I said that that this place doesn’t stand up without some serious revenue streams coming in. Coffee for me was a business choice, but it was also an ideological and political choice. I could have sold other things and it would have made sense. I could have sold pizza. I could have sold water ice. I could have sold other stuff, I could have serve alcohol and done other things to make people spend money because bookstores are a tough business. SUN: Because people don’t read anymore, as sad as I am to say that… MLH: They read differently. They read on the internet. They get their newspapers for free. They download books on Kindle. They watch the video of a lecture instead of going to it. There are all these ways in which our experience is just different. Literacy looks different. I don’t think that we consume less literacy or that we engage in literate activity any less. I think it’s that literacy looks different and it doesn’t present in a way that makes it easy to have a bookstore. So I thought that I need to sell something else. That I need to do something else to create a functional model. But coffee was also deeply political and ideological. I travel around the world and I spend a great deal of time in the Middle East when I’m not here. And coffee is also the centerpiece of political discussion. It’s also something that connects many cultures from the Middle East to Africa, to Latin America to here. Coffee is part of people’s experience and coffee’s a community building tool, just like a book is. So why not coffee? Coffee and a book go so well together. Coffee and politics go so well together. So let’s do it! So I did that and I said now’s the time because I don’t know of any time where we needed community more. SUN: Why is community so much more important now? MLH: We’re in the Era of Trump. We’re fragmented. People are hurting. People are trying to figure the world out. People are vulnerable, and they’re disconnected, right? Social media is a great thing, but it also means that sometimes…If someone asks you if you’ve talked to someone, you can say ‘Oh, yeah! I talk to them all the time!’ On Facebook, we’re always online and it’s great to connect people. But it also means that I don’t get to physically experience people; I don’t get to experience community in the same ways. And there’s a great need for physical proximity. There’s a need to connect with people. The internet takes people who are really far apart and brings them closer together and takes people who should be close together and pulls them apart. So I wanted to make something that could bring us together and to maybe advance something bigger. SUN: When you say that, what do you mean? MLH: Community building, but also community education. Our slogan is ‘Dope People, Cool Books, Great Coffee.’ The first thing is cool people. I’m trying to advance this idea that we can…connecting and affirming each other’s value and doing it in real time. To me, that’s important. I think that makes us stronger. I think it helps us do better in resisting a dark moment. Black joy is resistance and creating Black joy is part of the political work we do. I hope that Uncle Bobbie’s creates some Black joy. But also community education. The room we’re in now is a community education center. The political work that I want to do in here is about community education. I want to create a place where the community can be empowered. To get ideas. To learn. You can go next door and get some books that I think may make your life better. But it’s not just about selling people books. You can come over here and get financial literacy. We’re going to do first-time homebuyers classes on a regular basis. We’re going to do financial literacy on a regular basis. We have youth poetry slams here. I am trying to help nurture the next generation of young poets. This will become a space where you can come in and experience art. Free films on Fridays for the community on topics that I think are interesting and engaging. We’re going to do author readings here. We’re going to have forums here and community groups can come here and meet. Grassroots organizations can meet here for free. Philly jazz guitarist Monnette Sudler stops in for her coffee at Uncle Bobbie’s. (Photo: Robert Mendelsohn) SUN: Are you surprised that it’s been as successful as it has? MLH: I wouldn’t have opened it if I didn’t think it would be successful, but it has exceeded my expectations. Not everybody, but nine out of 10 people I talked to about this thought it was a bad idea. They thought it was a terrible idea. Because they didn’t think that Black people buy books. Bookstores are closing. You can’t beat Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts. They said Black people won’t support it. We don’t support our own businesses. Everything you would think. I just saw it differently. SUN: So basically, you got every possible objection thrown at you… MLH: Yeah. But it’s early. I’m not claiming victory, but what I thought would happen in terms of Black people supporting and expressing their hunger for books and community, all those things have happened. They’ve just happened faster and more intensely that I expected. And to be honest, every day when I walk in here, somebody walks up to me and says‘Thank you.’And I’m saying hey, I’m thanking y’all for coming and patronizing this business and they’re like thank you for building something that we can come to. Thank you for building a space to hang. Thank for building something where we can build with people and meet with people and share ideas and just feel like we’re at home. And I didn’t expect that. SUN: My experiences with gentrification have always been that there are two ways that I can tell that I’m about to get priced out of my neighborhood: I see a coffee shop and I see a lot of people with dogs. Those are usually the indicators that tell me that I need to start looking for another place to live. The fact that you’re doing this here, in a neighborhood that’s kind of in-between…are you concerned about that? MLH: I made a decision to make a space that everybody can come to, but that is clearly a Black space. If you look at my logo on the window, the cup with the mug with the kind of Black Arts Movement-style writing, the kind of DIY flavor, it adds a certain aesthetic. The big sign with my Uncle Bobbie’s face on it does not fit that aesthetic. I made a conscious choice to use that logo on Germantown Avenue so there would be a Black face on Germantown Avenue, marking it to some extent as a Black space. The books we choose, the fact that sweet potato pie is the primary dessert, that kind of stuff is… SUN: That’s as Black as you can possibly get… MLH: That’s unavoidably, unabashedly, unashamedly Black. And that’s how I wanted it. White people come in, and they’re welcome. And they’re having a great time and they’re feeling the community and enjoying the experience as well. But I wanted it to be clear that I wasn’t building a space so that gentrifiers could come in and swallow it up. The prices here are marked so that you can come in here and pay a $1.85 and get yourself a cup of coffee. I‘m not charging $8 for a slice of pie or $6 for a slice of pie like I could downtown or in Chestnut Hill. And if I priced it like that, I could change who comes in right away; you know, and make the same money, maybe more. But it was important for me to make everything from the menu to the pricing to the books to the music, I wanted it to feel like home to the locals to people who are indigenous to Germantown and indigenous to Philadelphia. SUN: You named this bookstore after your late Uncle Bobbie, who inspired your love of books and learning. Do you think he’d be happy? MLH: Yeah. Yeah, I do. Uncle Bobbie was born in 1917, there’s so much he didn’t get to see. He died in 1994, and I think about the things he didn‘t get to see. He would have wept at [President Barack] Obama’s election. He would have marveled at some of the achievements of Oprah Winfrey, or [outgoing American Express CEO] Ken Chenault. It would have been stunning to him to see some of the extraordinary things that have happened. He was a hopeful person. I think he always thought the world could get better, but he had a critical eye, a critical analysis of the world. And I think that he would be happy to see that we’ve nurtured a space that advances the next generations of dreamers. The next generation of freedom fighters. The next generation of thinkers. He may have been a little uncomfortable with his face on the wall. He wasn’t vain in that way. I don’t think he would have needed for it to be called Uncle Bobbie’s. I think he would have been happy if it was called something else. He just wanted to see a space where Black people could be together and leave the world better than they found it. And to have a little joy while doing it. That would have made him happy. The post “Cool People, Dope Books, Great Coffee…” appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|Angel Tree Prison Fellowship brings the joy of Christmas to children of incarcerated parentsThe Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 2 d. 14 h. 48 min. ago more|
ABOVE PHOTO: Hiram Masons #5 donated 10 bikes! From left: Marc Spearman, Kenneth Carter, Mark Wilson, Keith Johnson, and Andrew Smith. (Photo: Leona Dixon) By Arlene Edmonds Correspondent On Dec. 10, The Angel Tree Prison Fellowship held its annual holiday party for the children of incarcerated parents at the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas on Lancaster Avenue. The initiative — which provides holiday presents for these children — is the primary ministry of the Tree of Life Criminal Justice Ministry at the church. Perhaps no one was more pleased with the collection of more than 30 large trash and shopping bags of holiday presents than Loretta Ferguson, one of the original members of the Ministry. She remembers when the Tree of Life ministry started under the late Cornelius Brown back in 1962. They had all types of holiday drives, but, it was not until about 15 years when the ministry joined with the national Angel Tree Giving Program that they targeted children whose parents were incarcerated. St. Thomas Committee Members: Gwen Cottman (in chair), Loretta Ferguson, Conchetta Brewer (in hat), Linda Holmes-Parris, Kimberly Holmes, Ricardo Bostic, Lynda Tapper-Smith, Lisa Woodley, Adinah Edwards, and Gloria Thomas. (Photo: Leona Dixon) “Before that, we did do some community service programs with Graterford,” Ferguson said. “When we moved to Lancaster and Overbrook, that’s when we had a prison ministry under Gerri Wood. Mr. Brown and Father Anderson used to do some programs with the Episcopal Community Services. Then we developed the Tree of Life Criminal Justice Ministry under Janet Patrick and Richard Lawrence.” “We have been blessed to be involved with the Angel Tree Program back when Mrs. Elizabeth Stanley — who we called Betty or‘Tootie’ — wanted us to do this. We tried things like the After Care program to help those who were coming home from prison and the Children at Risk program working with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters. This is the one that really stuck and is our biggest ministry,” Ferguson said. Prior to Sunday’s Christmas party, inmates were asked to enter their families in the program. After writing a little about their family members on cards, these were then given to those involved in the ministry, members of the church, and others. Many would make a commitment to purchase at least one gift based on the information provided by the family. Loads of gifts under the tree and smiling children–Angel Tree Prison Fellowship accomplished their mission! (Photo: Leona Dixon) “Every Angel Tree program is run a bit differently,” Ferguson said. “I understand some do not have a party. Others just require that you have to show up to get a gift. We have the party, but it is not required you come. Most people do come. But, for those who cannot make it here we arrange to get the gifts to them.” The church’s ministry also does extensive community outreach to insure that all the children get quality gifts. Among the groups that have worked along with the ministry are the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Department, some of the area Masonic lodges, and a group called SWING, Sisters With Interest Never Gone. While the Angel Tree project is under the direction of Gwen Cottman, it works closely under the overall Tree of Life ministry directed by Cottman and Ricardo Bostic. Cottman said that this year’s Angel Tree program could not have been the success it was if it were not for the ministry’s partnerships. She said that a group of older society women called Club Karma came together to donate more than $500. “It was just wonderful that we had the support of the Sheriff’s department,” Cottman said. “I give credit to Crystal Green who worked hard to get donations from the employees. They gave us more than $600. These were mainly smaller donations that added up. My cousin, Tootie, worked there until she (passed) in October of last year. So it was good to receive that manila envelope with all those smaller checks.” Cottman further pointed to the efforts of Mark Wilson, a member of the Worshipful Master Members of Hiram Lodge, No. 5. “They were able to raise enough donations to purchase 10 bicycles. That’s how we were able to raffle off the bikes for the children at this year’s party.” What’s a Christmas party without great food? (Photo: Leona Dixon) Yet Cottman is quick to point out that helping families with incarcerated members is a yearlong ministry at the church where she’s been a member for more than 65 years. She said as soon as 2018 rolls around, the ministry will be collecting toiletries and making what they called “dignity packs” for young women returning from incarceration. “We really try to do what we can to help the children whose parent is incarcerated as well as those who come out of jail,” Cottman said. “We have the “I’m Free” program. We used to have a pen pal club but the prisons stopped that. I think they thought we may have been writing things to help them escape. As far as that (initiative), we still want to bring back the retired teachers who would go into the prisons helping the incarcerated improve their literacy. “I just hope that more will want to donate or start programs like these,” Cottman continued. “When you are around those who were incarcerated and hear their stories, it is an eye-opening experience. They come in all age groups, Caucasian, Blacks and others, and there are women and men. They usually do not want us to look at them (solely) for what they have done, but to focus on what they can do now and will do in the future.” The post Angel Tree Prison Fellowship brings the joy of Christmas to children of incarcerated parents appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|POLS ON THE STREET: PPA Local Control a No-GoPhiladelphia Public Record / 2 d. 15 h. 28 min. ago more|
OPENING NIGHT of the new-enlarged Yards Brewery included a fundraiser for the reelection of Councilman Mark Squilla, C. The kickoff event was held in the new Yards banquet room at 5th & Spring Garden Streets. Trevor Pritchard, L, Yards co-owner, joined the group which included, from L, City Council President Darrell Clarke; Local 98 consultant Kenny Adams; and realtor and 25th Ward Committeeman Kris Walski. Photo by Joe StivalaBYJOE SHAHEELI Everybody who is a Democrat, from Gov. Tom Wolf on down, is calling for the Philadelphia Parking Authority to revert to City government. But it won’t happen. This odd State agency was set up in 2001 under the aegis of powerful Republican State Rep. John Perzel, who argued that it could generate more revenue for the School District under State control. That remains unclear. But his public argument was disingenuous. The real reason for the PPA to come into being was to provide a bipartisan source of patronage jobs. Had public parking garages and street regulatory enforcement remained in the hands of the City, its patronage positions would all have fallen into the hands of Democrats, who, by 2001, were clearly dominant in Philadelphia politics and would remain so for the foreseeable future. But the Commonwealth is inherently purple, with Republicans often in power in Harrisburg. So PPA, as a State agency, will always be able to include some Philadelphia Republicans in its governance and its hiring. Like it or not, patronage is the lifeblood of politics. It is impossible to govern without the ability to reward and advance supporters. Its principle is opposed by civil service, which seeks to remove most government employees from direct political interference. Nobody wants their cop or their trash hauler to be chosen because they worked for a particular candidate. But all public agencies need some political appointments; otherwise, they could not respond to the will of the voters. Patronage does not necessarily imply incompetence, any more than civil-service tests imply competence. As former Mayor John Street once said, “If my person can do as good a job as your person, I’d rather have my person do the job.” Well-run patronage agencies do, in fact, fire employees who were politically referred but who screw up on the job. Poorly run civil-service agencies do, in fact, retain employees that are widely regarded as incompetent. BACKERS of State Sen. John Sabatina, Jr. packed the Blue Duck in Center City. L-R were Ward Leader John Sabatina, Sr., James Scott, Elliott Teitelbaum and State Sen. John Sabatina, Jr. Photos by Wendell DouglasSo the elimination of patronage is a dubious reform strategy. It sounds good, but does not necessarily improve things. Is PPA in need of reform? This may be the case. But it must be reformed by political appointees. So whose appointees? As matters stand, they will be determined by its board of directors. This body currently consists of six members: Chairman Joseph T. Ashdale and Al Schmidt, Andrew K. Stutzman, Al Taubenberger, Russell Wagner and Dr. Karen W. Wrigley. Board members, in turn, are appointed politically. Two are named by the president pro tempore of the state senate, two by the speaker of the state house and two by the governor. Their terms are long, leaving them immune to sudden changes after the results of each passing election. But they give each party a shot at PPA leaders, and thus the jobs they deliver. The odds that Mike Turzai and Joe Scarnati, both Republican, will agree to relinquish this power are nil. So Wolf is free to claim that he wants the agency to be abolished … without any risk that he will actually lose his power over its board. In the meantime, calls for reform ring up and down the Democratic lineup. Wolf said, “In the nearly two decades of mandated state control, the PPA has become an over-bloated patronage pit that wastes taxpayers dollars and has failed to deliver better customer service or stronger organizational function for the people of Philadelphia.” State Rep. Kevin Boyle (D-Northeast) responded to Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s findings that the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s former executive director sexually harassed employees, manipulated leave records, ignored outdated employment policies, and caused the School District of Philadelphia to lose out on more than $77 million in revenue. Boyle called for the state legislature to return control of the PPA to the City of Philadelphia. He is a sponsor of HB 874, which would sunset the Commonwealth’s control of the PPA on June 30, 2018. “The PPA needs serious reform. It should not continue to operate under the leadership of Chairman Ashdale and it would behoove him to resign immediately. As a state legislator, I will continue to push for my legislation that would return the PPA back to the City of Philadelphia.” HB 874 currently sits in the House Urban Affairs Committee. City Council adopted a resolution introduced by Councilman David Oh (at Large) requesting the mayor, the General Assembly and the governor to act to restore control over the PPA and its revenues to the City. The resolution was adopted by a 15-1 vote. UNITED Republican Club issued its annual awards in Kensington. Kate Tierney-Bailey, L, presented an award to School Reform Commission Farah Jiménez. Photo by Wendell DouglasThe incoming controller, Rebecca Rhynhart, has vowed to audit PPA within an inch of its life. Questions of revenue, however, are not wholly germane to this parking agency. The Police Department writes tickets, for instance; but their main purpose is not to raise revenue for the city – rather, tickets are a tool to enforce good behavior. The same is true of parking tickets. PPA’s mission is to protect traffic and facilitate commerce by ensuring adequate parking facilities. Its garages are intended to be less costly than private competitors, placing downward pressure on rates. While it is great that PPA can generate revenue for other public purposes, that is not its mission. Taxes are the correct tools for funding public purposes. The City has an array of taxes to address this goal. If it wishes to raise more money by taxing parking, it can. But it is not the parking authority’s job – or authority – to do so. Casey Refines His Gun Stand At several receptions and town halls recently, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) was asked to explain how his traditional position on “gun control” had evolved. At the Pennsylvania Society weekend, Casey talked about his visceral reaction to the Newtown killing of so many children, the Las Vegas massacre and shooting of hundreds of concert-goers, and the recent Texas church tragedy. He said that his wife and daughters had also urged him to vote “yes” on common-sense gun laws which were coming up in Congress. Casey said, “Congress should take up and vote on legislation to ban military-style weapons, limit the size and capacity of magazines, which contribute to deadly mass shootings, and put in place universal background checks. If Congress continues to fail its most-basic obligation to keep America safe, then these mass shootings will continue to occur.” Casey told supporters at receptions in his honor last month in both the suburbs and Philadelphia that he realizes his votes will leave him open to attack ads next year from the NRA, the Koch brothers and pro-gun PACs. KATREL HOLMES installed a solar panel on a rowhouse in Fishtown as a rollout for the Philadelphia Energy Campaign. Philadelphia Energy Authority Chair Chris Lewis saluted the launch of home solar installation as Councilman Derek Green, L, and Council President Darrell Clarke listen. Photo by Wendell Douglas Sugary Drinks Get State ‘Ade’ Harrisburg may ride to the aid of Philadelphia’s embattled bottlers and merchants who have been hurt by the imposition of the Sweetened Drinks Tax. A bill introduced by State Rep. Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny) would preempt Philadelphia’s tax. It would bar any municipality from levying such a tax. It is unlikely that Mustio, at the other end of the state, cares one way or another about the fate of either shopkeepers or children in Philadelphia. But the beverage industry has deep pockets. While this bill may come up for a show vote, it will be vetoed by Gov. Wolf. Kilkenny Claims Union Backing While Republicans are still in a stew over whom to choose to retain the seat of retiring State Rep. John Taylor (R-Northeast), Democrats are leaping into the fray. Sean Kilkenny has announced his candidacy for State Representative of the 177th Legislative District. Kilkenny says he is the best candidate to represent this working-class district going forward. A lifelong resident of Northeast Philadelphia, Kilkenny attended elementary school at St. Matthew’s and graduated from Father Judge High School. Because he wanted to give back to a school and community that gave him so much, Sean is now a basketball coach at St. Matthew’s parish and a lifetime member of the Mayfair Civic Association. Kilkenny became an apprentice with the Plasterers’ Union Local 8 in 2001. He was elected to the Plasterers’ Executive Board in 2004, serving for 11 years. He was appointed to International Field Representative in 2006. Through this position, he traveled the country fighting to protect families’ livable wages and promote safe working standards. Sean is currently a member of the Operative Plasterers’ & Cement Masons’ Local 592. Kilkenny calls fight for a higher minimum wage, increased resources to address the deadly opiate epidemic, funding to hire more police officers, paycheck protection, and fairer unemployment compensation. He would fight against union-busting “right to work” efforts in Harrisburg. Sean has endorsements from the Philadelphia Building Trades Council as well as Teamsters Local 115. “I would thank to thank the building trades for their unanimous support,” said Kilkenny. “Being a member of the building trades for 16 years, I am humbled by the abundance of labor support that I have received in such a short time. There are a lot of highlighted issues right now but the fight for working families is not highlighted enough. I will be the voice for all working families and unions. Organized labor made me into the man that I am today, stronger labor is essential for the success of the working families in my district.” PUSHING hard on her campaign for the 184th Legislative District in South Philly is journalist Elizabeth Fiedler, holding her son, who was busy raising money from supporters at Mustard Greens in Queen Village. Photo by Wendell Douglas Fiedler Wins Khan’s Backing Elizabeth Fiedler, who is running against State Rep. Bill Keller for his 184th District seat in South Philadelphia, has teamed up with Joe Khan, who ran for district attorney last spring. Khan said, “She’ll be a strong voice for quality health care for all and great public schools in every neighborhood. She is the daughter of public school teachers who understands the importance of educating every child. And she’s a former journalist who has never been afraid to speak truth to power.” “Elizabeth, a working parent with a young family, left a career that she loved in order to mount a grassroots challenge.” He endorsed me as a true champion for progressive values and working people – calling for bold and dynamic change – and said that he is excited for me to continue a recent string of victories by women who ran for elected office, including incoming City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart. “We have much more work to do to reduce the gender inequities in our government.”
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Everyone has their favorite place to eat in Philadelphia. But according to reviewers on Yelp, 30 restaurants stand out above the rest. San Francisco-based Yelp (NYSE: YELP) updated its top dining spots in Philadelphia this month and we bring them to you for the next time you're looking for someplace different for lunch or dinner. These are restaurants that are categorized as a 'Restaurant' on Yelp, based on number of reviews and star rating. As you'll see, this isn't a list of the fanciest restaurants…
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Philadelphia restaurateur Teddy Sourias, whose bars include Bru Craft & Wurst and U-Bahn, expanded his Craft Concepts Group with holiday-themed Tinsel Christmas Pop-Up Bar. We spoke with Sourias about his company's growth.
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Snow Expected For Friday Commute In PhiladelphiaPatch.comSome snow could fall Friday afternoon and cause a slippery evening commute, forecasters are warning. By Kara Seymour, Patch National Staff | Dec 15, 2017 9:18 am ET. 0. Snow Expected For Friday Commute In Philadelphia. Some snow could fall Friday ...and more »
|How ISIS got its hands on U.S. military weapons in SyriaBig News Network.com / 3 d. 8 h. 6 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON, U.S. - A shocking expose has emerged, based on three years of documentation of weapons recovered from the terrorist organization, once known as the world’s most fears and dangerou
|Now’s Your Chance to Tell Philly How to Run Our SchoolsPhiladelphia Magazine / 3 d. 12 h. 2 min. ago more|
In November, the contentious School Reform Commission voted to abolish itself, paving the way for the School District of Philadelphia to return to local control. In […] The post Now’s Your Chance to Tell Philly How to Run Our Schools appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|Cosmo DiNardo, Sean Kratz plead not guilty in quadruple murder case in Bucks CountyPhillyVoice / 3 d. 12 h. 38 min. ago more|
Cosmo DiNardo and Sean Kratz were formally arraigned Thursday in a gruesome Bucks County quadruple homicide case.
|Mayor Kenney Should Embrace the Republican Tax PlanPhiladelphia Magazine / 3 d. 14 h. 55 min. ago more|
I’m a fan of Jim Kenney’s and voted for him. But on taxes, we are not on the same page. That’s because I believe, unlike […] The post Mayor Kenney Should Embrace the Republican Tax Plan appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|Racial disparity in homeownership is relatively better in PhillyPhillyVoice / 3 d. 15 h. 21 min. ago more|
The homeownership rate Philadelphia area among minorities is slightly higher than the national rate. According to Adobo, which gathered its findings using U.S. Census data, 49.5 percent of all minority households are homeowners in the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington statistical region.
|Inspiring community servicePhillyVoice / 3 d. 16 h. 3 min. ago more|
Giving back to the community has been a cornerstone value at Independence Blue Cross for 80 years.
|Farm cow escapes Old City nativity scene, twice, to explore I-95 and parking garagePhillyVoice / 3 d. 16 h. 23 min. ago more|
Stormy the cow, a fixture in a live nativity scene at 4th and Race Streets, felt like exploring Philly.
|Updated Dec. 14thPhiladelphia Public Record / 3 d. 16 h. 52 min. ago more|
Dec 14- State Rep. Angel Cruz hosts Senior Luncheon at Casa Caribe, 173 W. Allegheny Ave., 12-2 p.m. For info: (215) 291-5643. Dec. 14- Sky Community Partners hosts “Stars in the Sky” Awards Reception at African American Museum, 701 Arch St., 5:30-8 p.m. For info: email@example.com. Dec. 14- American Jewish Committee honors NUHHCE President Henry Nicholas at Warwick Hotel, 220 S. 17th St., 5:30 p.m. Wilson Goode, Sr., Ed Rendell & Jim Kenney to attend. Dec. 14- State Reps. Jordan Harris, James Roebuck & Joanna McClinton host Town Hall Mtg. at Richard Allen Charter Sch., 5151 Warren St., 6-8 p.m. Focus on S.W. Phila. issues. For info: (215) 952-3378. Dec. 14- S. Phila. Business Ass’n hosts Christmas party at Galdo’s Catering & Entertainment, 1933 W. Moyamensing Ave., 6:30 p.m. Happy Hour & Dinner. Bring unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. RSVP: (215) 868-5502. Dec 15- State Rep. Angel Cruz hosts Senior Luncheon at Somerset Villas, 200 E. Somerset St.,, 12-2 p.m. For info: (215) 291-5643. Dec 16- State Rep. Angel Cruz hosts Gun Safety Event at 3503 N. B St., Unit 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Safe storage, gun laws and more. Free gunlocks. For info: (215) 291-5643. Dec. 17- State Sen. Vincent Hughes hosts “Party with a Purpose” at 1st Dist. Plaza, 3801 Market St., 3-6 p.m. RSVP: SHAREPartyRSVP@gmail.com. Dec. 20- State Rep. Angel Cruz & State Sen. Tina Tartaglione host “Photos with Santa” at 400 W. Allegheny Ave., Su. 311. Also info on winter-related state services. Dec. 20- State Rep. Joanna McClinton hosts Re-Election Campaign Kickoff Fundraiser at 1518 Bar & Grill, 1518 Sansom St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Honorary host Larry Krasner. RSVP: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/Friends-of-Joanna-McClinton-5. Dec. 21- State Rep. Emilio Vázquez hosts Constituent Meet & Greet at Susquehanna Villa, 1421 W. Susquehanna Ave., 3 p.m. Jan. 9- S. Phila. Business Ass’n hosts “Who’s Hot” 50/50 Scholarship Fundraiser at Popi’s Restaurant, 3120 S. 20th St., Networking 6:30 p.m., Hot Pepper Challenge (Lou Galdo vs. Dr. Steven Cohen) 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20. For info: Gaeton.Tavella firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Camden County really wants your Facebook ‘like.’ Here’s whyPhillyVoice / 3 d. 16 h. 53 min. ago more|
This may seem strange, but they have a very good reason...
|Cow Escapes Old City Nativity Scene Twice Thursday Morning - Patch.comGoogle News / 3 d. 18 h. 3 min. ago more|
Patch.comCow Escapes Old City Nativity Scene Twice Thursday MorningPatch.comThe cow, named Stormy, escaped her nativity scene at the Old First Reformed United Church of Christ at 4th and Race streets in Old City at about 2 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14. Police got the first report of a loose cow at about 2:16 a.m.. Authorities ...Holy Cow! Bovine Escapes Live Nativity in Philly Twice in One Morning; Makes Way Onto I-95, Parking GarageNBC 10 PhiladelphiaCow corralled in parking garage, I-95 after escaping Philadelphia church nativity scene twice | 6abc.com6abc Philadelphiaall 115 news articles »
|Cow Escapes Old City Nativity Scene Twice, Makes a Run for It on I-95Philadelphia Magazine / 3 d. 18 h. 12 min. ago more|
Forget Rudolph – Stormy the cow is going down in history. This morning, Stormy, a brown and white bovine belonging to Old First Reformed United […] The post Cow Escapes Old City Nativity Scene Twice, Makes a Run for It on I-95 appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|Racist posters found around Temple University campusPhillyVoice / 3 d. 19 h. 52 min. ago more|
Several racist posters placed throughout Temple University’s campus were spotted Wednesday night around 8 p.m., containing racial slurs and inflammatory language.
|Drugmaker Teva plans 14,000 layoffs in restructuringPhillyVoice / 3 d. 19 h. 55 min. ago more|
JERUSALEM — Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the world's largest generic drugmaker, on Thursday said it would lay off 14,000 workers as part of a global restructuring meant to salvage its ailing business.
|Police: Estranged husband kills wife, self at Penn State satellite campusPhillyVoice / 3 d. 20 h. 10 min. ago more|
MONACA, Pa. — A woman who worked at a Penn State satellite campus apparently was shot dead by her estranged husband in a university parking lot on Wednesday, and the man then killed himself, police said.
|Opinion: Forcible removal of bulletproof glass will create a war zonePhillyVoice / 4 d. 3 h. 4 min. ago more|
Forcing businesses to remove bulletproof glass is a formula for a bloody disaster. It would force business owners to carry guns which is the wrong approach in neighborhoods already full of too many guns. This proposal doesn’t solve issues, but instead creates more issues in neighborhoods dealing with tough realities. Is it fair to blame beer deli stores for the existence of corner culture?
|Bombing underscores New York subway system's vulnerabilityPhillyVoice / 4 d. 6 h. 10 min. ago more|
NEW YORK — The crude pipe bomb that exploded beneath the streets of New York this week served as a chilling reminder of the vulnerability of the city's subway system, a 24-hour-a-day operation with 472 stations and more than 5 million daily riders.
|Fed boosts benchmark rate for third time this yearPhillyVoice / 4 d. 6 h. 15 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve is raising its benchmark interest rate for the third time this year, signaling its confidence that the U.S. economy remains on solid footing 8½ years after the end of the Great Recession.
|GOP hopes Alabama loss is wakeup call for Trump White HousePhillyVoice / 4 d. 6 h. 19 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump managed to endorse two different losing candidates in the same Senate race, a setback that is highlighting an experience deficit within the White House political team.
|Kentucky lawmaker facing assault allegations kills himselfPhillyVoice / 4 d. 6 h. 20 min. ago more|
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky known for inflammatory Facebook posts comparing Barack and Michelle Obama to monkeys and who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, killed himself Wednesday night. He was 57.
|NBC10 reporter disputes former Miss USA contestant's recollections of TrumpPhillyVoice / 4 d. 8 h. 20 min. ago more|
One of three women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct recalled her story this week from the 2006 Miss USA Pageant on Megyn Kelly Today.
|Believe It or Not, Revel Might Reopen Soon as AC Ocean WalkPhiladelphia Magazine / 4 d. 16 h. 18 min. ago more|
Imagine that you had your dream home built for, oh, say $800,000, and then just five years later, somebody bought it for a little north […] The post Believe It or Not, Revel Might Reopen Soon as AC Ocean Walk appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|Man Dies In Northeast Philadelphia Hit And Run: Police - Patch.comGoogle News / 4 d. 17 h. 59 min. ago more|
Patch.comMan Dies In Northeast Philadelphia Hit And Run: PolicePatch.comThe driver who caused the fatal crash abandoned the vehicle he was driving and fled on foot. Police are on the hunt to find the driver. By Max Bennett, Patch Staff | Dec 13, 2017 9:57 am ET. 0. Man Dies In Northeast Philadelphia Hit And Run: Police ...and more »
|City To Host Hanukkah Celebration On Boathouse RowPhiladelphia News / 5 d. 9 h. 27 min. ago more|
Mayor Jim Kenney, City officials and members of the Jewish community host an event on the first night of Hanukkah, Tuesday, December 12th. MLK Drive will be shut down to traffic between Eakins Oval and Sweet Briar Drive that evening so that attendees can […] The post City To Host Hanukkah Celebration On Boathouse Row appeared first on Philadelphia News | Новости Филадельфии.
|Pennsylvania Snow Totals For Dec. 9, 2017 Storm - Patch.comGoogle News / 7 d. 18 h. 38 min. ago more|
Patch.comPennsylvania Snow Totals For Dec. 9, 2017 StormPatch.comThe storm dropped as much as 7 inches in parts of suburban Philadelphia. See the snowfall totals here. By Kara Seymour, Patch National Staff | Dec 10, 2017 9:07 am ET | Updated Dec 10, 2017 9:09 am ET. 0. Pennsylvania Snow Totals For Dec. 9, 2017 Storm ...and more »
|Preferred Meals co-sponsors party to benefit the homelessThe Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 9 d. 11 h. 8 min. ago more|
Pictured in the photo are Kim Parker, Preferred Meals Resident District Manager, Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell and David Pethybridge, Preferred Meals Senior District Manager. Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell raising funds to feed the homeless at South Restaurant and Jazz Club at 600 N. Broad St. last week. The fundraiser raised money for the Councilwoman’s upcoming Dec. 13 “Holiday Dinner for the Homeless” at the PA Convention Center. Councilwoman Blackwell, in conjunction with Preferred Meals, an Elior Company, one of the title sponsors of the event, along with other sponsors and dignitaries, came together in support of Blackwell’s annual dinner. Preferred Meals provides nutritious meals to students of the School District of Philadelphia and summer breakfast, lunch, snacks and supper meals for the city’s Park and Recreation Department programs. Preferred Meals is committed to the mission of mitigating homelessness and food insecurities for homeless children and families in the City of Philadelphia and the School District of Philadelphia. Approximately $30,000 was raised that will go toward feeding the homeless and providing some luxuries that they do not routinely receive and are unable to afford. Councilwoman Blackwell’s “Holiday Dinner for the Homeless” will take place on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 from 3pm to 7pm at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The post Preferred Meals co-sponsors party to benefit the homeless appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|ELEPHANT CORNER on the Pa. SocietyPhiladelphia Public Record / 9 d. 16 h. 22 min. ago more|
KRIS TOOMEY, daughter Bridget and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, fresh from voting in D.C. on the tax-cut bill.The 119th annual Pennsylvania Society Dinner was held last weekend at the New York Hilton in New York City. For decades, this event was held at the Waldorf Astoria; however, that hotel is undergoing extensive renovations. The event sold out despite its $500-per-person sticker price. Since the dinner’s new venue is smaller than the Waldorf, the event had only 800 people, unlike the Waldorf ballroom, which held 1,200. At the dinner, the society gave its annual gold medal award to the Sheetz family. Sheetzes own a large chain of gas stations and convenience stores throughout Western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The Pennsylvania Society is a nonprofit, charitable organization with over 2,000 members. It is not affiliated with any political party. Its purpose is to honor achievement, to reward excellence and to celebrate service to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. There have been a number of changes in the Pennsylvania Society’s management. ROGER RICHARDS became the 44th president of the Society. He replaced NICK DeBENEDICTIS, Republican activist and former CEO of Aqua America. Richards is the founder and president of Richards & Associates, P.C., a firm, which specializes in corporate and municipal finance and commercial banking. Publicist JULIEN SCRANTON has succeeded longtime EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CAROL FITZGERALD. Scranton is the granddaughter of GOV. WILLIAM SCRANTON and daughter of LT. GOV. WILLIAM SCRANTON. No, the Scrantons did not take their name from the Northeast Pennsylvania city, but rather the city gets its name from the coal and steel business founded by Julien’s ancestors. For the GOP crowd, the weekend started Thursday night at Republican National COMMITTEEWOMAN CHRISTINE TORETTI’S party at Club Macanudo. The event is almost impossible to obtain an invitation to. The event was packed, but this year one could actually get through the crowd without stepping on someone as in the past. Many of the attendees from this event wandered over to Connolly’s Pub for a party sponsored by the Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus Committee. Friday, the Commonwealth Club hosted its annual luncheon at the Rainbow Room. This is a fundraising group for the Pennsylvania Republican Party. The scheduled keynote speaker was VP MIKE PENCE. Owing to the Senate debate and vote on the new tax bill last weekend, Pence could not make the event. PAGOP pulled a rabbit out of the hat by finding a high-profile speaker at the last minute: RONA ROMNEY MCDANIEL, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee. McDaniel is the niece of former Massachusetts governor and 2012 presidential candidate MITT ROMNEY. Following the luncheon, there was an event at 40/40 Club for State Senate MAJORITY LEADER JAKE CORMAN. After Corman’s event, there was a reception at the New York offices of Washington, D.C.-based law firm Arent Fox. The host of the party was former CONGRESSMAN PHIL ENGLISH. English heads Arent Fox’s government-affairs department. In the past, the event honored the Pennsylvania legislative delegation to Washington. However, as members of the House of Representatives and Senate were in D.C. to work on the tax-reform bill, English decided to honor Roger Richards, the new president of the Pennsylvania Society, who lives in English’s former district. Gubernatorial hopeful Republican STATE SEN. SCOTT WAGNER held a reception at the New York Hilton. On the floor below, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE MIKE TURZAI, a recent entrant to the gubernatorial race, held an event at the same time. Many attendees of these events wandered over to Blank Rome’s annual reception at the East Side Marriott. The Blank Rome event is nonpartisan and invitations are hard to come by. Saturday began for a number of Republicans at the University of Pennsylvania’s breakfast at the Penn Club. Many attendees wandered uptown for the PMA’s annual policy briefing and luncheon at the Metropolitan Club. The PMA speaker list usually includes Keystone State senators and the governor. However, this year, U.S. SENS. PAT TOOMEY and BOB CASEY were in Washington. This year, PMA CHAIRMAN FRED ANTON, the host and master of ceremonies in the past, was with us as he passed away recently. Republican gubernatorial hopeful PAUL MANGO had a lunchtime reception at the Starlight Room. Mango is a former consultant with McKinsey. Many his attendees strolled around the corner to Maggie’s Pub for the Bravo Group’s annual event. Bravo Group founder and CEO CHRIS BRAVACOS was a Republican political operative. However, like most lobbying groups, it does also work for Democrats.
|EVERYDAY PEOPLE on the Pa. SocietyPhiladelphia Public Record / 9 d. 16 h. 27 min. ago more|
JOHN FETTERMAN happened to bump into State Sen. Daylin Leach and his family.BY DENISE CLAY Over the weekend, the Pennsylvania Society, meeting a week earlier than usual so it wouldn’t conflict with this weekend’s Army/Navy Game, gathered in New York to hold its annual gathering in New York. Despite the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel’s remodel moving the party to somewhere smaller and most of the usual suspects choosing to sit this one out, it still managed to break a little news while simultaneously poking Pennsylvania’s tourism industry in the eye. (If you really cared about making things better for Pennsylvania instead of having the ultimate big-baller weekend in the Big Apple, you’d hold your shindig here, Pennsylvania Society. The Ritz Carlton is highfalutin enough for your soirée. Keep the money here.) Now that I’ve outlined the eye poke, I’ll get to the news, which, to no one’s surprise, involved former Gov. Ed Rendell. There’s probably not a whole lot that President Donald Trump and Gov. Rendell have in common, but one of those things is a propensity to say whatever they’re feeling, consequences be damned. While Trump chooses Twitter, and the 280 characters it really didn’t need, to spread his gospel, Rendell has a Pennsylvania press corps that will make sure that anything that comes out of his mouth will lead to the kind of headlines read ’round the world. So when Rendell told reporters at the Pennsylvania Society that it might be time for Gov. Tom Wolf to find a better running mate than incumbent Lt. Gov. Mike Stack as he made his re-election bid in 2018, you’d better believe it got noticed. Especially when he followed it up on Monday with a press conference at his old City Hall stomping grounds announcing his support for John Fetterman, the former mayor of Braddock, Pa., in his run for lieutenant governor. Fetterman, who was among those running for the Democratic nomination to replace Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, has decided to throw his hat in the ring against incumbent Lt. Gov. Mike Stack as a champion of progressives, touting an end to income inequality and community policing, among other things. In announcing his support, Rendell cited Fetterman’s experience and ability to do the job. “He revitalized the downtown, reduced the crime rate … Braddock hasn’t had a homicide in five and a half years – an extraordinary record,” Rendell said. But the reason why Rendell broke what I refer to as the Democratic City Committee’s unofficial 11th Commandment, “Thou shalt not endorse a challenger over an incumbent…” was because he felt Stack’s continued presence would impact Wolf’s chances for a second term, calling him a “drag” on the ticket. Now the good news, at least for Fetterman, is that he gets something that his opponents for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor – Stack, Montgomery County State Rep. Madeleine Dean, activist Aryanna Berringer; Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone and Lancaster County Commissioner Craig Lehman – won’t get, and that’s access to the war chest Rendell’s been carrying around since his last mayoral race. But the bad news is, this could cause some unnecessary drama for a campaign that doesn’t really need it. The reason why Stack is in so much trouble with folks is because the family of the former state senator from Northeast Philadelphia has been taking too much advantage of his position. They’ve abused staff at the lieutenant governor’s residence. They’re had too much fun with some of the perks. These are the kinds of things that make folks who barely have pensions and, in some cases, don’t even have jobs get mad and take it out on the first politician they find. In this case, Rendell and others fear that politician could be Gov. Wolf. But while this makes sense, it could backfire because while Rendell appears to have forgotten the Democratic City Committee’s unofficial 11th Commandment, the city’s unions haven’t. Stack is someone they’ve supported for a long time and while this won’t make them organize against him, chances are it might make them mad enough to do their best to organize for him. Unless Rendell’s war chest can help Fetterman offset that, or can help him get those unions to his side, this could all get very interesting … in all the wrong ways.
|WALKING THE BEAT on the Pa. SocietyPhiladelphia Public Record / 9 d. 16 h. 34 min. ago more|
BY JOE SHAY STIVALA NOT TOO LONG ago, you heard loud screaming from the GOP about the OBAMA DEFICIT (really a “Dubya” Bush deficit) and how terrible it was. GOP presidents in the past created deficits – but nothing was said of that. Now the “tax-cut” legislation will create TRILLIONS IN DEFICIT. Republican deficit. The bill is for the rich with Crumbs to SWEETEN it for the middle class. MAKE NO MISTAKE, the Mitch McConnell claim that the cuts will spur an economy is BLARNEY. The loss of Secretary of State Rex TILLERSON will not be good. He was one of the few that had courage to drive his position with the president. He had guts to say when a policy was WRONG. A newspaper published a map of Pennsylvania congressional districts. We all know that the 7th, occupied by Congressman Pat MEEHAN, seems drawn by child scribble, but the 6th, 10th, 11th, 15th and 18th are from the same coloring book! They are occupied by Messrs. COSTELLO, MARINO, BARLETTA, DENT, and MURPHY – all Republicans. Congressman Bob BRADY has an opponent from the Mayor’s Office. This is the second candidate from Room 215 – the first being the City Controller-elect. The REAL STORY is: What does Kenney think? The candidate is from a small, but growing, group of Philadelphians in the Afro-Carib-Asia areas, and the mayor is reaching out to them. MEEK MILL has the support of JAY Z and the SIXERS players – more WEALTHY MEN. A Mill lawyer said that he had never seen a judge disregard the advice of a probation officer or DA. Well, I HAVE SEEN IT. I did not know that judges MUST IMPLEMENT ALL recommendations. L-R WERE Congressman Charlie Dent, Controller-elect Rebecca Rhynhart and Penn’s Jeff Cooper.THERE HE GOES AGAIN: Ed Rendell will support FETTERMAN for lieutenant governor. The revelation came out of the Pennsylvania Society weekend. I joined the Pennsylvania Society a few decades ago, and my memory is that there is a RENDELLIAN BLURB coming out of each year. Rendell is “retired.” It is a tough time when you feel that you have more to give. And STAND BY for the ANNUAL news stories of how the Pennsylvania Society should move to Pennsylvania. EVERY YEAR it fills column inches of newspapers. To the writers, I say: Do your RESEARCH. The SOCIETY was begun by Pennsylvania expats living and working in New York – out of LOVE for our state, and to HONOR our state the best way – from afar. The Pennsylvania Society meets IN PENNSYLVANIA each year – in a different Pennsylvania city. PUT THAT in your news article! I read where Vince FUMO wants to become a major player in local politics again. Good. Sen. CIANFRANI did it. As a senator, FUMO brought BILLIONS of dollars to help our city – and he kept our electric bills the same for a DECADE. His detractors NEVER complained about that. A comment piece mentioned that John DOUGHERTY, Local 98 leader, had leased an aircraft to buzz the Amazon National Offices with a “Select Philly” banner. The article read, “typical Doc stuff.” What does that mean? It does not read like reporting to me; more like CHATTER at a WINE and CHEESE party. Since reporters are NOT EXEMPT from community service, what have the writers done to encourage Amazon? Then the article mentioned that Vince FUMO and Joey MERLINO were in Chickie & Pete’s at the same time. Included was the line: South Philly being South Philly (?). Is this a zap at a whole region of readers and patrons of advertisers of that paper? Or more wine-and-cheese talk – MINUS THE CHEESE?
|CITY HALL SAM on the Pa. SocietyPhiladelphia Public Record / 9 d. 16 h. 47 min. ago more|
L-R, LT. GOV. MIKE STACK stops to talk with former Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, who is now VP for institutional advancement at Temple University.There seemed to be fewer Philadelphia people at the Pennsylvania Society than usual. The venue changed from the elegant Waldorf Astoria to the downtown Hilton. The Waldorf is under construction and is being turned into condominiums, so many traditionalists chose to forgo New York. LT. GOV. MIKE STACK was in high gear and everywhere. He was seen shaking hands with GOV.TOM WOLF at the Reception before the big dinner and also at every party throughout the whole weekend. The pundits believe that crowded field guarantees a dominating Stack re-election. Also seen hanging out together at several parties with Stack were STATE SENS. SHARIF STREET and VINCENT HUGHES. They attended the Friday-night Stevens & Lee party and also hung out at the packed Cozen O’Connor event. It’s great that Temple University had a strong showing at the Society. Their senior LT. GOV. CAWLEY make sure that the Temple cherry and white flies high. University PRESIDENT DICK ENGLERT has very good people skills and remembers everyone’s name. CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD PATRICK O’CONNOR is a skilled executive who always gets the top brass in the room. The Pennsylvania Society dinner honored the Sheetz family. Sheetz is Wawa’s big competitor. Everyone from Philadelphia knows that Wawa is so much better; but the Sheetz family representatives took several sarcastic shots at Wawa and Philadelphia in general. They were kind enough, however, to wish for a Pennsylvania Super Bowl, noting what a great season the Eagles have had so far. Eagles commentator and former GOV. ED RENDELL was seen at the Pennsylvania Society dinner, as was his former CHIEF OF STAFF DAVID L. COHEN. Well-liked Delaware County STATE REP. MARGO DAVIDSON made a favorable impression at many of the parties. Ambitious Northeast Philadelphia Republican STATE REP. MARTINA WHITE had her sister next to her as she attended a number of events. The dinner was lightning quick compared to tradition. The formal event was over by about 8:45 p.m. Former EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CAROL FITZGERALD and her husband, JUDGE JIM FITZGERALD, were supportive and present at all the key events, but it must be noted that the dinner had lost its grandeur from previous years. Philly CONGRESSMAN DWIGHT EVANS was at the 21 Club, as was labor leader Ryan Boyer, who appeared to be friendly with Lt. Gov. Stack. COUNCILMAN KENYATTA JOHNSON worked a crowded room at the Penn Breakfast on Saturday morning. Also seen there was DAVE GLANCEY, the former Democratic chair of Philadelphia, and LYNETTE BROWN-SOW, a member of the Philadelphia Board of City Trusts and vice president of the Community College of Philadelphia. One of the notable events was the appearance of Republican gubernatorial candidate SCOTT WAGNER at the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association event on Saturday morning. Wagner apparently threw bombs and breathed fire all over the usually reserved crowd. Even though the audience is generally Republican and extremely pro-business, Wagner’s comments were seen as way over-the-top. He called Gov. Wolf a liar and a sellout. The strong consensus among people who attended the speech was that Wagner was generally too hard and too much.
|POLS ON THE STREET: Three’s Too Many in the FirstPhiladelphia Public Record / 9 d. 17 h. 2 min. ago more|
DOWN FRONT at the Pennsylvania Society banquet were, seated, Pennsylvania First Lady Frances Wolf and her husband Gov. Tom Wolf, with Joan Hilferty; standing behind them are, L-R, Paul & Christine Tufano and Dan Hilferty. Photo by Bonnie Squires BY JOE SHAHEELI Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District, which takes in most of the River Wards and South Philadelphia along with a good chunk of Delaware County, is preparing for an unaccustomed tussle in the Philadelphia Democratic primary next year. Deputy Mayor of Public Engagement Dr. Nina Ahmad quit her City position to announce a run against Congressman Bob Brady (D-Phila.) in the 2018 Democratic primary. She was an early supporter of Kenney’s in the mayoral race. A Bangladeshi immigrant, Dr. Ahmad is well known in high councils when Asian concerns are weighed. She is a Northwest Philly resident. Dr. Ahmad’s ambitions, though, clash with those of Lindy Li. A Center City resident with a Princeton degree, Li contended for the Democratic nomination to the 6th Congressional District seat in 2016, when she was 26. Li makes no bones that she wants to advance politically; for that matter, neither does Dr. Ahmad. Both candidates have impeccable credentials. But two facts jump out. SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey Knueppel inaugurated the newly renovated 40th Street subway station, which includes elevators, joined by handicapped riders as well as State Sen. Vincent Hughes, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and Congressman Dwight Evans.First: Both of Brady’s challengers are Asian American; but only 5% of the district’s voters are Asian American. Secondly: Neither of them now live in the district. Brady, a vigorous 72-year-old, is in no danger in the 2018 primary. But he can be useful by letting these young Democrats sharpen their teeth against him. His party will need them in years to come. In the meantime, Ahmad and Li may wish to study the art of the deal – Democrat-style. In addition to his other duties, Brady is a ward leader who chairs Democratic City Committee. The path to their future in this city lies partly through their respected opponent. Dr. Ahmad will enjoy the goodwill of Mayor Jim Kenney, whom she served under. He praised her for “connecting with the City’s key constituencies. She has overseen the Office of Black Male Engagement, the Philadelphia Commission for Women, the Millennial Advisory Committee, the Mayors Commission on African American Males, the Philadelphia Youth Commission and the Mayor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs. Nina also helped shepherd the first-ever 2017 State of Women & Girls in Philadelphia summit and report.” MAYOR Jim Kenney attended the annual AFL-CIO holiday party. Kenney is a long-time friend of labor. With the mayor is, L-R, Dave Conway Esq., potential judicial candidate; Rich Lazer, deputy mayor; Pat Eiding, host; Kenney; and Veterans Court Judge Pat Dugan. Photo by Joe Stivala In Taylor’s Dist., Dems 2, Reps 0? State Rep. John Taylor (R-Northeast) is retiring. His Mayfair-Bridesburg-Port Richmond 177th District, long hospitable to working-class Republicans, is now up for grabs. Democrats are salivating. They have a registration edge in this district. Taylor’s constituent service is legendary; for decades, no one in the River Wards bothered to talk to anyone else when they needed to get things done by a humble but competent public servant. But with Taylor out, his district comes into play. Now we’re seeing a Democratic primary fight. Immigration lawyer Joe Hohenstein carried the Democratic banner against Taylor in 2016 and did okay. He’s made it known he wants it even more in 2018. Hohenstein would represent the “progressive” wing – which today refers more to culture than to policy. He appeals to smart young college-educated types – a demographic that’s popping up in parts of the district. Now comes Maggie Borski, daughter of former Congressman Bob Borski. She carries a family name familiar in the Northeast. She’ll have ward support and union support. Intriguingly, Republican City Committee seems stymied over the task of picking a candidate to replace Taylor. As we went to press, RCC campaign mavens could not name a single person they thought worthy to fill Taylor’s shoes. Good luck with that race. League of 1789 Grows Its Presence This body presents an interesting evolution within the Pennsylvania Society. It aims to facilitate minority political influence at the highest levels of Keystone State public discourse. ASIAN American Federation of the United States issued dozens of awards to meritorious police officers at Ocean Harbor Restaurant in Chinatown on Dec. 1. City Controller Alan Butkovitz issued an award to Zhangyuan Chen.This body’s reception, presented by Coca-Cola, honored two dynamic political officials for their public service on Saturday, Dec. 2: N.Y.C Deputy Mayor Richard Buery and Montgomery County Commissioner, Kenneth Lawrence, Jr. With the emergence of bipartisan leaders of color in Pennsylvania and New York, the goal of the League of 1789 is to continue to introduce and celebrate the importance of diversity inclusion during the Pennsylvania Society weekend. Saturday’s reception had an attendance of 150 people that consists of elected officials (PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro; Speaker of the House Mike Turzai; various business leaders of color, and sponsors Coca-Cola, PHMC, Ahmad Zaffarese Law, StoneRidge PMG Advisors, WES Health System, Greenberg Trauig, Loop Capital, Hardwick Law LLC, Cozen O’Connor, Dilworth Paxson LLP, CH2M, Janney, Lyft, Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., LLC, and Vertex Financial. Rendell Goes Big on Fetterman We understand the temptation. How can any Pennsylvania Democrat not swoon over rising star John Fetterman, a huge man who serves as a small-town blue-collar mayor fallen on hard times? State Rep. Jared Solomon, L, participated in a cleanup and beautification effort at Tarken Recreation Center in Northeast Philadelphia this past Sunday. The effort was hosted by the International WeLoveU Foundation. Solomon and participants picked up trash, painted the exterior and installed new nets on the basketball hoops. Fetterman ran an impressive race for U.S. senator in 2016, grabbing 19% of the vote with a budget of about 12 cents. So when former everything Ed Rendell endorsed Fetterman for lieutenant governor in the Democratic primary, he was placing a shrewd bet on the future. But he was definitely not betting on Philadelphia. Why should the brightest star in the Keystone State economy be cut out of Democratic leadership in the Commonwealth? The ex-mayor’s eye may no longer be on the city he once led. It’s too soon to say what the long-term future of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party will be; it must first win key 2020 elections to ensure a place at the redistricting table. Who’s working on this? But retaining the governorship in 2018 will be important to this objective. Commonwealth Ct.: Green Not Chair of SRC Commonwealth Court let stand Gov. Tom Wolf’s removal of Bill Green as Chair of Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission. Wolf removed Green as chair in 2015, immediately after Green led a vote to approve new charter schools in the city. Green filed a lawsuit in 2016 to shield the SRC from political manipulation and to protect the independence of the office of Chair. The suit argued that SRC chair is an independent office and appointees to that office could not be removed without cause. TACONY residents rejoiced when their neighborhood library was rehabilitated. Councilman Bobby Henon, beneath the balloons, played a key role in the grant as well as the rejoicing. Photo by Harry LeechCommonwealth Court’s ruling, written by Judge Joseph M. Cosgrove, acknowledged that Green was removed without cause, stating, “[T]here is no question that Petitioner [Green] has not engaged in any such malfeasance or misfeasance,” but determined that SRC chair is not an independent office entitled to protection from such removal: “Petitioner was not removed from office. While he no longer holds the position of chairman, he is nonetheless a full, commissioned member of the SRC in good standing.” Bill Green released the following statement in response to the court’s decision: “The SRC, while not always agreeing, has worked effectively as a team and accomplished a great deal. It is now settled that Marge Neff and Joyce Wilkerson were and are chair. I will continue to work with Chair Wilkerson to make sure the transition to local control is as smooth as possible. While I don’t agree with every aspect of the ruling, it does not seem worth pursuing this matter further, given last month’s vote to dissolve the SRC. “I want to thank the Fairness Center for taking on this case and acknowledge the hard work of attorneys David Osborne and Karin Sweigart.” ROBERT DELLAVELLA, ESQ., Leader of Ward 55 (2nd from L) is wished a hearty get-well after his recent surgery by participants of the Local 98 Toys for Tots Party in McFaddens at Phillies Stadium. Well-wishers include, L-R, Giovanni Gabrielli, Angie Dellavella, State Rep. Mike Driscoll and Councilman Bobby Henon.“The court has determined that the SRC chair can be appointed or dismissed at the governor’s whim,” commented David Osborne, president of the Fairness Center. “Since Wolf did not also remove Bill as an SRC member, the court ruled in the governor’s favor and dismissed the lawsuit.” Green is a native Philadelphian who has been a member of the School Reform Commission since 2014. He also served as a Democratic city councilman at-large in Philadelphia 2008-2014. Green resigned from city council to join the SRC as chair as a volunteer, giving up his $130,000-a-year council salary and a pension because he believes Philadelphia’s children deserve the opportunity to receive a great education. In the private sector, Green has founded several businesses and represented Fortune 500 companies and start-ups as a corporate lawyer.
|FOLLOWING THE LEADERS: Key Players Meet at the Pennsylvania Society Weekend in N.Y.C.Philadelphia Public Record / 9 d. 18 h. 13 min. ago more|
AT THE ARENT FOX reception, L-R, were Tyler Henry; Loman Henry, new head of PMA; former Congressman Phil English (and Arent Fox partner); and David L. Cohen of Comcast. L-R, DAVID & MARIAN Moskowitz, Councilman Derek Green and Judge Maria McLaughlin. L-R, ALAN HOFFMAN and his wife, Dr. Julie Goldman, welcomed Alphonso David, former Blank Rome attorney, now serving as counsel for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. RAE & JERRY JOHNSON mingle with Holly Kinser at the Cozen O’Connor reception. L-R, MICHAEL HELLER, CEO of Cozen O’Connor, and his wife Lauren are delighted to welcome Nina Tinari Schulson and her husband Michael Schulson to the reception at the 21 Club. Steve Cozen, extreme R, is surrounded by friends and guests at the Cozen O’Connor reception as part of the Pennsylvania Society weekend. KRIS TOOMEY, daughter Bridget and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, fresh from voting in D.C. on the tax-cut bill. L-R, CONGRESSMAN Pat Meehan and Lehigh County D.A. Jim Martin. ALSO IN from D.C. voting were, L-R, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and his wife Terese, with Lori & Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro. L-R, STEWART GREENLEAF, JR. and wife Heather, with Delaware County Democratic Chairman David Landau and his wife Stephanie. ARRIVING at the Hilton Midtown in Manhattan for Pennsylvania Society festivities are, L-R, Bill Ryan and his wife Anastasia, State Sen. Daylin Leach, Alan Kessler, Esq. of Duane Morris and the Hon. Jonathan Saidel. CHATTING in the Hilton lobby are, L-R, Terry Madonna, Gov. Tom Corbett and Rick Welsh. CARLTON STUART congratulates Carolina DiGiorgio, one of City & State PA’s “40 Under 40” winners, at the Pennsylvania Leaders Connection reception, hosted by Al Día. MAYOR JIM KENNEY, L, and Greg Osberg, publisher of City & State PA, at the Leaders reception. LEAGUE OF 1789 hosts joined their honorees. L-R, Maurice Goodman, Greg Davis, N.Y.C. Deputy Mayor Richard Buery, Lolita Jackson, Philadelphia Councilman at Large Derek Green, Montgomery County Commissioner Kenneth Lawrence, Jr. and Darwin Beauvais. L-R WERE Congressman Charlie Dent, Controller-elect Rebecca Rhynhart and Penn’s Jeff Cooper. L-R WERE congressional candidate Dan Muroff, Oliver Mitchell and Peter Yaffe. L-R, DAVID L. COHEN, chairman, Penn board of trustees; President Amy Gutmann; and Provost Wendell Pritchett welcomed guests to the Penn Club reception. DAVID FORDE, ESQ., University of the Sciences, chats with an old friend and colleague Councilwoman Cindy Bass and her daughter Carson. JOHN FETTERMAN happened to bump into State Sen. Daylin Leach and his family. L-R WERE Michael Pratt, former Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and State Sen. Sharif Street. Paul Steinke, L, enjoyed a moment with Councilman Kenyatta Johnson. L-R WERE Rick Young, Penn VP Glenn Bryant and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell. L-R WERE Thomas Young of State Rep. Donna Bullock’s staff; Ken Lawrence, vice chair of Montco Commissioners; and Congressman Dwight Evans. L-R WERE Varsovia Fernandez of Customers Bank, Dianne Semingson and Attorney General Josh Shapiro. TEMPLE President Richard Englert; U.S. Sen. Bob Casey; and Pat O’Connor chairman of Temple’s Board of Trustees. L-R, LT. GOV. MIKE STACK stops to talk with former Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, who is now VP for institutional advancement at Temple University. STATE REP. Madeleine Dean, in white, is about to enter the Temple brunch.
|Southwest Philadelphia area state representatives to host joint town hallThe Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 9 d. 20 h. 2 min. ago more|
ABOVE PHOTO: State Rep. Jordan Harris, (D- 186th Dist.). State Rep. James Roebuck, (D- 188th Dist.) and Rep. Joanna McClinton, (D- 191st Dist.) State Reps. Jordan Harris (D- 186th Dist.), chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and James Roebuck (D- 188th Dist.), and Rep. Joanna McClinton, (D- 191st Dist.), announced that they are hosting a joint town hall meeting to address the unique concerns affecting residents of Southwest Philadelphia. The town hall meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School, 2601 South 58th Street. Harris, Roebuck and McClinton will inform residents of legislative developments in Harrisburg that impact their respective districts. There will also be a “Get to Know Your Rep.” breakout session where residents will be able to ask their representative questions one-on-one. The meeting is open to the community, and constituents with questions should contact Harris’ district office at 215-952-3378, Roebuck’s office at 215-724-2227, or McClinton’s office at 215-748-6712. “We have debated this bill every year that I have been here, and it’s obvious that we have not been listening. Senate Bill 3 seeks to take away a decision between a woman and her doctor. Neither the House Health Committee, nor the Pennsylvania Legislature, have the right to pass legislation that clearly puts women at risk. This is true for men in particular. It’s time to listen for a change to people who are actually experts in the field.” The post Southwest Philadelphia area state representatives to host joint town hall appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|Original Love Park Granite Keepsakes to Be Sold Exclusively at Christmas VillagePhiladelphia News / 13 d. 8 h. 56 min. ago more|
Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (PPR) announced that for the first time ever it will be selling merchandise at the Christmas Village Information Hut at Love Park for the 2017 Holiday Season. Shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase limited-edition collectibles created using materials […] The post Original Love Park Granite Keepsakes to Be Sold Exclusively at Christmas Village appeared first on Philadelphia News | Новости Филадельфии.
|POLS ON THE STREET: Guv’s Race Fuels the Sticks with Safe TalkPhiladelphia Public Record / 17 d. 13 h. 59 min. ago more|
AS THE NATION’S eyes were on the U.S. Senate Republicans’ drive to enact a tax cut this week, Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat, rallied a crowd of protestors outside his Center City office. Many in Philadelphia are concerned the provisions of the Republican plan, which were still unclear at press time, would wind up hurting Pennsylvanians, urbanites and lower-income people disproportionately. Protestors were preaching to the choir at Casey’s door, as he opposes the Republican plan. His Republican colleague, Sen. Pat Toomey, is the one their pleas must move, to be successful. Photo by Wendell DouglasBY JOE SHAHEELI Key battles for the Pennsylvania governorship are being waged midstate in small, quiet cities and rural counties. State Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York), who was first out of the gate in the Republican primary, has unleashed a hard pitch for the Pennsylvania “T’s” Trump voters with a full-throated evocation of the president’s attacks on illegal immigrants – and the cities they often move to. Wagner’s latest release punched all these buttons: “President Trump is fighting hard in Washington to build The Wall, and I’ll be standing with him in Harrisburg, making sure the practices of sanctuary cities won’t be able to harm Pennsylvania families. Take a stand for law and order,” it read. Lest rural voters miss the point, Wagner continued, “Cities run by leftist politicians will be required to respect the federal laws that keep Pennsylvanians safe.” Which cities might those be? “Gov. Tom Wolf has done absolutely nothing to stand up to rogue cities that treat our laws as optional. We need to stand together as Pennsylvanians and say enough is enough when it comes to the dangerous practices of sanctuary cities,” Wagner ended with a drumroll. Wolf riposted with a cheery, constructive pitch of his own – for Trump-country school safety. He announced $5 million in Safe Schools Initiative Targeted Grants this week, which have been awarded to nearly 140 schools, police departments and municipalities. “Whether students are learning in one of our large cities or a rural community, they need a secure and supportive environment to do their best in the classroom,” said the Governor. “This funding enables schools and communities to have the resources they need to keep students safe, and it builds on our commitment to kids, parents and teachers across the commonwealth.” The money will go for identification systems; metal detectors; protective lighting; surveillance and communications equipment; locks and training – lots of hands-on, feel-safe stuff. But notice where it’s being spent. Of this $5 million, 90% will go to counties outside the five-county Philadelphia metropolitan area, which is trending Democratic – even though only 60% of Pennsylvanians live outside our area. This $5 million can generate a lot of whistle-stops for Wolf in precisely the regions where he has to hold Wagner’s margin down. The two Philadelphia schools to receive grants are both independent schools: Philadelphia Cristo Rey Philadelphia and Torah Academy of Greater Philadelphia. COUNCILMEN Darrell Clarke and Bill Greenlee traditionally organize giveaways of turkeys before Thanksgiving to hundreds of Lower North Philadelphia residents of modest means. L-R at Lutheran Settlement House in Fishtown this year were Clarke and Greenlee (3rd from L) with Atria Jefferson nurses Diane Audwarter, Michele Conley, Beautiful Leyden and Jess Satinsky. Photo by Wendell Douglas Kernodle Named to Gaming Control Philadelphia’s Obra Kernodle has been appointed to the Gaming Control Board, Gov. Wolf announced. Kernodle most recently served as deputy chief of staff in the Governor’s Office. “Obra has been an important voice in my administration for improving the lives of all Pennsylvanians and I know he will bring the same dedication and commitment to the Gaming Control Board,” Wolf said. Most recently, before his appointment as a member of the governor’s senior staff, Kernodle was a senior advisor for Gov.-elect Wolf’s transition team. Kernodle worked in Mayor Michael Nutter’s administration as deputy of legislative affairs, helping to coordinate the city’s Actual Value Initiative. In 2012, Kernodle was part of President Barack Obama’s re-election effort as the Pennsylvania S.E. political director. He sits on the boards of Visit Philly and Welcome America. Kernodle is a graduate of Roman Catholic High School. Muroff: Give Conyers the Boot Dan Muroff, a former ward leader running for the Democratic nomination in the 7th Congressional District, took an unusual stand by calling for the ouster of a senior congressman who would become his colleague if elected. But it may be a shrewd move. MAYOR Jim Kenney, R, and Mural Arts Program Executive Director Jane Golden, 2nd from R, celebrated the accomplishments of Mural Arts’ Guild artists at City Hall. The Guild, a paid apprenticeship program, gives formerly incarcerated individuals and young adults on probation the opportunity to reconnect with their community while developing job skills. Through work on creative projects like mural making, carpentry, and mosaics, members of the Guild, guided by artists and other skilled professionals, transform their neighborhoods and themselves. Photo by Wendell DouglasMuroff issued the following statement following the recent revelations regarding charges of sexual-aggression against Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.). “The allegations are extremely troubling,” Muroff said. “No public official, regardless of their past service or accomplishments, can be allowed to use a secret internal process to avoid accountability for serious misconduct. “Using taxpayer funds to silence women who have been harassed or assaulted is a disgrace. This is an absolutely unacceptable use of taxpayer dollars and it should be banned.” Michigan voters are far away. But the Pennsylvania 7th District is largely suburban. It contains many women voters who are shocked by the outburst of media reports on the sexual missteps of prominent politicians across the land. Yet many are independent or lean Republican. Muroff wants to make clear to them that he will come down as hard on fellow-Democrat offenders as on Republicans, thereby assuring this vital bloc he is bipartisan on their burning issue. Can Muroff’s foe, Congressman Pat Meehan (R-Delaware), match him on this? City GOP Sees Hope in Tax Cuts The Republican federal tax plan offers a beacon of hope for struggling middle-income Philadelphians, the leader of the Republican City Committee said this week. “House Republicans passed a bill to cut taxes on businesses and individuals – a big step in the GOP’s effort to overhaul the American tax system. The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act overhauls the U.S. tax code for the first time in 30 years, allowing a middle-income family of four, earning $59,000, to receive a cut of $1,182,” argued RCC Chairman Mike Meehan. “People have been asking how the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act specifically relates to Philadelphians,” he continued. “The second-largest group of Philadelphia’s households falls somewhere around the middle income of $59,000 per year. Thirty percent of the city’s households are making somewhere between $35,000 and $74,999 per year. On these terms, there are potentially a good number of Philadelphians who could be looking forward to a much-needed tax break.” Meehan also held that lower tax rates on businesses will lead to their employing more Philadelphians. “Unemployment rates in Philadelphia have decreased from 2016 to 2017, but Philadelphia still has the second-highest unemployment rate of the 11 counties that make up the metropolitan region, resting right now at 6%. Philadelphia could also benefit from the prospect of companies returning their operations to the U.S. and bid opportunities for the city to host their operations,” said Meehan. Wolf Hails Hometown Thanksgiving History Thanksgiving is traditionally celebrated by charitable recipients, politicians not least among them. Tens of thousands of Philadelphians received emails Nov. 23 or thereabouts with thanks from the pols they had donated to, and gentle encouragement to continue that practice. We saw many of them in our daily inbox. Of them all, we liked best Gov. Tom Wolf’s pitch. THE FIRST official Thanksgiving Day proclamation was issued in 1777, in York, Pa. (The date was set for Dec. 18 that year.)He invoked the fact that his native York was where the first official Thanksgiving celebration was declared, on Nov. 1, 1777. (The celebration took place on Dec. 18.)Kudos for your grasp of history, Mr. Wolf. We reproduce the original text: “Forasmuch as it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to him for benefits received, and to implore such farther blessings as they stand in need of; and it having pleased him in his abundant mercy not only to continue to us the innumerable bounties of his common providence, but also smile upon us in the prosecution of a just and necessary war, for the defense and establishment of our unalienable rights and liberties; particularly in that he hath been pleased in so great a measure to prosper the means used for the support of our troops and to crown our arms with most signal success: “It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive powers of these United States, to set apart Thursday, the 18th day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise; that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts, and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor; and that together with their sincere acknowledgments and offerings, they may join the penitent confession of their manifold sins, whereby they had forfeited every favor, and their humble and earnest supplication that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus Christ, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of remembrance; that it may please him graciously to afford his blessings on the governments of these states respectively, and prosper the public council of the whole; to inspire our commanders both by land and sea, and all under them, with that wisdom and fortitude which may render them fit instruments, under the providence of Almighty God, to secure for these United States the greatest of all blessings, independence and peace; that it may please him to prosper the trade and manufactures of the people and the labor of the husbandman, that our land may yield its increase; to take schools and seminaries of education, so necessary for cultivating the principles of true liberty, virtue and piety, under his nurturing hand, and to prosper the means of religion for the promotion and enlargement of that kingdom which consisteth in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.” Who says a politician ever has to end a sentence?
|Cruz’s Bill Targets Dumping in PhillyPhiladelphia Public Record / 17 d. 14 h. 28 min. ago more|
STATE REP. Angel Cruz announces his proposed bill to reduce illegal dumping in Philadelphia, with State Rep. and Philadelphia House Delegation chair Maria Donatucci behind him.BY JASON GOTTESMAN Rep. Angel Cruz (D-Kensington) and other members of the state House’s Philadelphia delegation are hoping that newly introduced legislation to strengthen trash-dumping enforcement in Pennsylvania’s largest city will improve conditions that have led some to refer to the city as “Filthadelphia.” At a Capitol press conference, Cruz said the problem surrounds the issue of the illegal dumping of trash, especially tires, within the city. “The illegal dumping of tires and other garbage and debris presents environmental and safety hazards, which negatively impact the quality of life for the citizens and visitors of the city of Philadelphia,” he said. “It is also a present financial concern – the cleanup of illegal dumping costs Philadelphia taxpayers $8 million annually.” Cruz noted that the dumping of tires causes issues with standing water inside of the tires that leads to the breeding of disease-laden mosquitoes. He also said that the decomposition of the tires and the potential for tire fires like the massive one seen in 1997 cause negative environmental impacts when the chemicals in the tires become airborne. The legislation he introduced, House Bill 1850, would update Act 227 of 2004, which criminalized illegal dumping as a minor offense by including the illegal dumping of tires within the law’s confines, and place a fine on the illegal dumping of tires at $5,000 per tire, while also seeking to encourage tire recycling and enhanced enforcement of the current law. Violators are also subject to potential forfeiture of the vehicle with which they committed the illegal dumping. The City of Philadelphia is responsible for enforcing the mandates of Act 227. While Cruz noted that most of the illegal dumping is caused by construction companies and mom-and-pop tire shops, he hopes that the increased penalties and enforcement incentives will be enough to scare away potential violators without changing current enforcement practices utilized by the city. “[This] will send a clear message to our neighborhoods and those that are polluting our neighborhoods that you will pay a price for dumping – and it will be a hefty price,” he said. “This is one of the easiest ways we can reclaim our city of Philadelphia from what has become known as ‘Filthadelphia.’” Cruz’s legislation had the support Tuesday of the House’s Philadelphia delegation Chairman State Rep. Maria Donatucci (D-S. Phila.), who said the legislation aims to put the responsibility for illegal trash dumping where it belongs. “It keeps the rest of us free and clear from other people’s trash,” she said. “It’s disgusting when people dump their trash; it needs to be stopped.”