|10 Things to Know for TodayThe Philadelphia Tribune / 53 min. ago more|
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
|The Latest: 42 injured in train crash; None life-threateningThe Philadelphia Tribune / 1 h. 14 min. ago more|
UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a commuter train in suburban Philadelphia (all times local):
|42 Hurt After Train Strikes Train at 69th Street TerminalThe Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 1 h. 31 min. ago more|
Photo NBC10 video NBC10 –A train barreled into another train at one of SEPTA’s busiest terminals overnight, causing what one passenger described as a bloody scene and sending more than 40 people to the hospital. SEPTA officials say a Norristown High Speed Line train was arriving at the 69th Street Transportation Center on Market Street in Upper Darby, Delaware County at 12:10 a.m. Tuesday when it crashed into an unoccupied train that was sitting in the terminal. “I stood up to get off to get ready to get to my bus on time and smack, it hit the other trolley, parked,” Ronnie, a passenger who did not want to reveal his full name, told NBC10. At least 42 people, including the conductor, were injured in the crash and taken to different area hospitals. SEPTA officials say none of the injuries are life-threatening. At least four of the victims are in critical condition however. “My face hit the wall, put a big hole in the wall and I went straight down and I blacked out,” Ronnie said. “There was blood everywhere. The driver is all banged up and there was this one girl bleeding out of her face pretty bad.” Three of the critically injured victims were taken to the Lankenau Medical Center while one was taken to the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. The other victims were taken to Delaware County Memorial Hospital, Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Misericordia Community Hospital, Springfield Hospital and Taylor Hospital. Ronnie also claimed the train was experiencing issues prior to the crash though SEPTA officials have not confirmed this. “I was waiting at Gulph Mills. The train came by, it blew past us about three or four train lengths, stopped, backed up, picked us up,” Ronnie said. “The same thing happened at Bryn Mawr.” SEPTA officials say service between 69th Street and Norristown resumed as regularly scheduled at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday. One of the tracks won’t be operational however so passengers should expect delays. The post 42 Hurt After Train Strikes Train at 69th Street Terminal appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|World reacts to Trump's speech on new Afghanistan strategyThe Philadelphia Tribune / 1 h. 32 min. ago more|
Global reaction to President Donald Trump's speech on the new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan:
|Thirty-three injured in high-speed train incident outside of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia News / 2 h. 28 min. ago more|
T... LINCOLN, Neb. - The Nebraska volleyball team held its annual Red/White Scrimmage in front of 6,028 fans at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday night.
|USS McCain crash is 4th Navy accident in Pacific this yearThe Philadelphia Tribune / 2 h. 46 min. ago more|
The commander of U.S. naval operations has ordered a comprehensive review to get to root causes after the collision this week between a Navy destroyer and an oil tanker near Singapore.
|Multiple injuries in high-speed train crash in suburban Philadelphia, officials say - Fox NewsGoogle News / 3 h. 26 min. ago more|
CBS PhillyMultiple injuries in high-speed train crash in suburban Philadelphia, officials sayFox NewsPennsylvania. Multiple injuries in high-speed train crash in suburban Philadelphia, officials say. Published August 22, 2017. Fox News. Facebook; Twitter; Email; Print. Authorities in Philadelphia early Tuesday responded to reports of multiple people ...SEPTA: 42 Injured After Train Crashes At 69th Street TerminalCBS PhillyDozens injured in high-speed train incident outside PhiladelphiaCNNUPDATE: At least 42 people injured in train crash in PhiladelphiaWSAZ-TVTIME -ABC Action Newsall 89 news articles »
|Posers or terrorists? Deaths put spotlight on neo-Nazi groupThe Philadelphia Tribune / 3 h. 29 min. ago more|
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The friendship of the four young roommates — though cemented in the dark trappings of an obscure neo-Nazi group called Atomwaffen Division — never seemed destined for bloodshed.
|Officials: 33 injured in suburban Philadelphia train crashThe Philadelphia Tribune / 3 h. 48 min. ago more|
UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) — More than 30 people were injured when a train crashed into another train that was parked at a station in suburban Philadelphia.
|The Latest: Car strikes 2 women watching eclipse, 1 diesThe Philadelphia Tribune / 3 h. 53 min. ago more|
The Latest on the total solar eclipse crossing the U.S., from Oregon to South Carolina (all times EDT):
|Deported Mexican man seeks help from judge targeted by TrumpThe Philadelphia Tribune / 4 h. ago more|
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Lawyers for a Mexican man who was shielded from being deported will try to persuade a judge who has been a target of President Donald Trump's scorn that the administration wrongly expelled their client from the…
|Sunoco to lay off nearly 100 in Philly regionThe Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 4 h. 11 min. ago more|
Sunoco’s $3.3 billion sale of 1,100 convenience stores to 7-Eleven will impact nearly 100 employees in the region. According to a notice filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Sunoco LP will lay off 94 employees located at its Newtown Square office by mid-to-late October. The layoffs come not long before Sunoco is expected to close its deal with 7-Eleven’s Japanese parent company Seven & I Holdings by the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017 following regulatory approval, Sunoco spokesperson Alyson Gomez said in an email. “With the sale of our company-owned retail stores, Sunoco LP is concentrating our business model around a simplified wholesale business that provides significant scale and cost efficiencies,” her statement read. The post Sunoco to lay off nearly 100 in Philly region appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|Sold out or not, Vegas will party during Mayweather-McGregorThe Philadelphia Tribune / 5 h. 3 min. ago more|
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor may not have sold out yet, but that won't stop Las Vegas from putting on its party hat.
|Top 25 Heat Check: Who is most likely to flop in 2017?The Philadelphia Tribune / 5 h. 11 min. ago more|
The preseason Top 25 is out and for all those fans feeling good about their team to start the season, there is plenty of history that can spoil the fun.
|Harrisburg overspends, and punishes Pa. taxpayers with new tax increasesPhiladelphia News / 6 h. 46 min. ago more|
After 70 years in business, CC Orlando & Sons family bakery in Overbrook is closing its doors . It's not that customers lost their sweet tooth; Philadelphia's new "soda tax" drove them away.
|Phillies teammates mourn Darren Daulton Big News Network.com / 6 h. 58 min. ago more|
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Larry Andersen took the Phillies charter home from San Francisco after Sundays series finale at ATandT Park, got home around 3 oclock Monday morning, then turned right around and
|Reader Poll: Most want Rizzo statue moved, but where?Philadelphia News / 11 h. 9 min. ago more|
From the more than 1,000 responses to our reader poll, there seems to be broad agreement that the statue of Frank L. Rizzo could find a more appropriate home. But that's where the agreement ends.
|China, North Korea fume at U.S.-South Korea military drill Big News Network.com / 14 h. 40 min. ago more|
BEIJING, China - As the U.S. and South Korea began their joint military drills on the Korean peninsula, China renewed calls for the two nations to suspend the drills. The war games that
|Russia mocks America’s non-immigrant visa freeze Big News Network.com / 15 h. 26 min. ago more|
MOSCOW, Russia - After the U.S. Embassy in Russia announced on Monday that it would implement a visa freeze for Russian citizens - Russian officials have said that it wouldn’t respond to the
|Police Say Lipsticked Man in SUV Tried to Abduct Kid in South PhillyPhiladelphia Magazine / 15 h. 28 min. ago more|
Police say the incident occurred at 24th and Snyder in South Philly. (Photo via Google Maps) The Philadelphia Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify the suspect in an attempted abduction in South Philadelphia. The incident occurred on Sunday around 1 p.m. near the corner of 24th and Snyder. According to police, a man in his 30s pulled his Ford Explorer SUV up to a 13-year-old boy and told him to get into the car. The boy said no, and the man left the scene, traveling east on Snyder. Police describe the suspect as a “heavy set” black man wearing a black dress and a brown wig. They also say he was wearing lipstick. Anyone with information is asked to call Special Victims Unit at 215-685-3251. The post Police Say Lipsticked Man in SUV Tried to Abduct Kid in South Philly appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|Cosby hires Michael Jackson lawyer to defend him in sex-assault retrialPhiladelphia News / 15 h. 38 min. ago more|
Attorney Tom Mesereau, left, has signed on to defend Bill Cosby at his Nov. 6 sexual assault retrial, a spokesman for the entertainer said. Mesereau is pictured here at a May 24 court appearance in Los Angeles for model and Playboy bunny Danielle "Dani" Mathers, who was charged with taking a photo of a naked, 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room and posting it on social media with insults about the woman's body.
|Secret Service out of funds: Trump’s frequent travel blamed Big News Network.com / 16 h. 41 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON, U.S. - In a shocking expose, the Secret Service is believed to no longer be able to pay its agents to carry out its protective mission. The expose, by USA Today revealed tha
|Wells Fargo says regulator is looking into whether bank closed or froze real bank accountsBizjournals.com / 16 h. 42 min. ago more|
Wells Fargo & Co. has informed investors that a regulator is looking into whether the bank prematurely closed accounts that customers used and needed, a year after the bank said it had created millions of bogus ones as part of its controversial cross-selling practices. Reuters reports that Wells Fargo disclosed in an Aug. 3 filing that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is looking into the whether the bank's closure of accounts of active accounts harmed customers. "A Reuters review…
|Man Dressed As Woman Tried To Abduct Teen: Police - Patch.comGoogle News / 17 h. ago more|
Man Dressed As Woman Tried To Abduct Teen: PolicePatch.comPHILADELPHIA – A teenager was nearly abducted Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia by a male who police said was dressed as a woman, according to police. According to police, the attempted abduction occurred at about 1 p.m. at 24th Street and Snyder ...and more »
|Former lawyers for Michael Jackson, Chakah Fattah to lead retooled Cosby legal teamBizjournals.com / 17 h. 12 min. ago more|
A Los Angeles lawyer who defended Michael Jackson in a 2005 child molestation trial and a Philadelphia lawyer who represented former U.S. Rep. Chakah Fattah earlier this year in his corruption trial will lead Bill Cosby's retooled legal team. The 80-year-old comedian announced that Los Angeles-based Tom Mesereau; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis partner Sam Silver; and former federal prosecutor Kathleen Bliss will represent him at his November retrial on sexual assault charges in Montgomery County. After…
|More restaurants on the menu in surging Ardmore dining sceneBizjournals.com / 17 h. 18 min. ago more|
The restaurants are having an impact on the local retailers.
|Saudi ambassadorship is latest job rumor for Trump's Pa. campaign headBizjournals.com / 17 h. 39 min. ago more|
The senior advisor to President Donald Trump's campaign in Pennsylvania, where roughly 44,000 votes helped secure victory for the Republican, could soon be named the U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, according to a New York Times reporter. The Gray Lady's White House correspondent tweeted on Saturday that David Urban is Trump's pick for the job. Urban, a western Pennsylvania native, was previously an attorney with Ballard Spahr in Philadelphia until 1997, when he left the Philadelphia region after…
|Maybe the Solution to the Frank Rizzo Statue Problem Is a Frank Rizzo MuseumPhiladelphia Magazine / 17 h. 47 min. ago more|
Frank Rizzo statue in Philadelphia (File photo) While protesters around the country have been calling for the removal of monuments to the Confederacy, those in Philadelphia have their sights set on a much more modern polarizing entity: Frank Rizzo. Some folks think that the Frank Rizzo statue near City Hall should be obliterated. Melted down. Buried in a landfill. Frank Rizzo, they argue, was a homophobic racist. There’s no place for him in New Philadelphia. Others have suggested a compromise: moving the Frank Rizzo statue to a place like the Philadelphia History Museum, where it could be given some degree of context, said context being something that plenty of people will want to argue about as well. And then there are, of course, no small number of people who believe that the Frank Rizzo statue should stay right where it is. Moving it is offensive and discriminates against them. On Monday afternoon, a large crowd is expected to convene at the statue to call for its immediate removal. A counter-protest was planned and then rescheduled once Mayor Kenney agreed to meet with those who want the Frank Rizzo statue to stay put. Things could get pretty hairy if some counter-protesters decide to show up anyway. We hope it all stays peaceful. But maybe all of this could be solved if Philly were to simply have a Frank Rizzo museum. Now, I realize that this might sound like the worst idea ever to those of you who want to stick the Frank Rizzo statue right next to Jimmy Hoffa, but work with me here. If the people who love the Frank Rizzo statue want to keep it so badly, let them have it. Let them form a nonprofit and raise private funds to open a Frank Rizzo museum in South Philadelphia and move the statue there. It could sit in a warehouse in the interim. No money from the city. I have no doubt that there’s a South Philadelphia property owner who would be only too happy to give a sweet deal to a Frank Rizzo museum. Need carpenters and masons? Plenty of those in South Philly who consider Frank Rizzo to be a hero, not a villain. There’s no shortage of artifacts from the Frank Rizzo era that could be used to fill the museum. That nightstick has to be sitting around somewhere. There could be interactive exhibits as well, like Who Said It: Donald Trump or Frank Rizzo? “A conservative is a liberal who got mugged the night before.” If you answered Frank Rizzo, you’re correct! The museum would also host community events and speakers. Frank Rizzo’s secretary could give a talk on all those pesky South Philadelphia bicyclists. Town hall on South Philly median parking? Where else but at the Frank Rizzo museum. Wedding coming up? Have it in the Crum Bum Courtyard! Remote broadcasts from Chris Stigall, Rich Zeoli, Dom Giordano, and Christine Flowers. Do I have to think of everything? “I think it’s a great idea,” Pat’s Steaks owner Frank Olivieri told me when I floated the concept for the Frank Rizzo museum by him. Olivieri says he’d consider a $5,000 donation toward the effort. Just do me a favor, people: Take the Columbus statue with you as well. Follow @VictorFiorillo on Twitter The post Maybe the Solution to the Frank Rizzo Statue Problem Is a Frank Rizzo Museum appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|U.S. Navy probes destroyer collision, operations paused Big News Network.com / 17 h. 50 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON, U.S. - In what became the second time in two months that a Navy destroyer based at the 7th Fleet’s home port of Yokosuka, Japan, has been involved in a collision at sea - the USS
|The Dead Milkmen will play a Halloweekend show at The TrocPhiladelphia News / 17 h. 51 min. ago more|
It certainly is a good day for Halloween centric concert announcements from Philly punk bands. As Modern Baseball announced its three-night mid-October stand at Union Transfer with a flyer in costume, Philly icons The Dead Milkmen announced gave word that it would headline The Trocadero on Saturday, October 28th - a significant spot for the band, as it is where the band played its first farewell in 1994 and where it headlined on Halloween a couple years ago .
|So Long, Summer: Philly Pools Are Already ClosingPhiladelphia Magazine / 17 h. 51 min. ago more|
The public pool in Francisville. | Photo Credit: Group Melvin Design and Sikora Wells Appel It feels like just yesterday we told you Philly public pools were open. And now, two months after swimming season kicked off, we’re lamenting its end. It might seem early (it always does,) but Parks and Rec started shutting down public pools on August 11th, and by Friday, they’ll all be closed. Now’s your chance to take one final dip of the summer. The following pools will close at 7 p.m. on these dates: Monday, August 21 Francisville (1737 Francis St, 19130) James Finnegan (6900 Grovers Ave, 19142) Piccoli (1501 E Bristol Ave, 19124) Tuesday, August 22 Kingsessing (4901 Kingsessing Ave, 19143) Mander (2140 N 33rd St, 19121) Wednesday, August 23 Bridesburg (4601 Richmond St, 19137) Lawncrest (6000 Rising Sun Ave, 19111) Vogt (4131 Unruh Ave, 19135) Thursday, August 24 Hunting Park (900 W Hunting Park Ave, 19140) Pleasant (6720 Boyer St, 19119) Friday, August 25 Anderson (740 S 17th St, 19146) Awbury (6101 Ardleigh St, 19138) * Carousel (4300 Avenue of the Republic, 19131) Feltonville (231 E Wyoming Ave, 19120) Kelly (4231 Landsdowne Dr, 19131) Lee (4328 Haverford Ave, 19104) Max Myers (1601 Hellerman St, 19149) Samuel (2501 E Tioga St, 19134) * Sayre (5835 Spruce St, 19139) Vare (2600 Morris St, 19145) The following pools have already closed: Amos (1817 N 16th St, 19121) Athletic (1400 N 26th St, 19121) Belfield (2100 W Chew Ave, 19138) Cherashore (851 W Olney Ave, 19120) CB Moore (2551 N 22nd St, 19132) Christy (728 S 55th St, 19143) East Poplar (901 N 8th St, 19123) Fox Chase (7901 Ridgeway St, 19111) Houseman (5091 Summerdale Ave, 19124) Mill Creek (5100 Parrish St, 19139) Morris Estate (1610 W Chelten Ave, 19126) Myers (5803 Kingsessing Ave, 19143) Sacks (400 Washington Ave, 19147) Cohox (2901 Cedar St, 19134) Cruz (1431 6th St, 19122) Dendy (1501 N 10th St, 19122) Mitchell (3700 Whitehall Ln, 19114) Shuler (3000 N 27th St, 19132) Ziehler (200 E Olney Ave, 19120) 12th and Cambria (2901 N 12th St, 19133) Hancock (1401 N Hancock St, 19122) Jardel (1400 Cottman Ave, 19111) Scanlon (1099 E Tioga St, 19134) Stinger Square (3200 Dickinson St, 19146) 39th and Olive (700 N 39th St, 19104) Gathers (2501 Diamond St, 19121) Heitzman (2136 Castor Ave, 19134) Lonnie Young (1100 E Chelten Ave, 19138) Waterloo (2501 Waterloo St, 19133) American Legion (6201 Torresdale Ave, 19135) Baker (5433 Landsdowne Ave, 19131) Lackman (1101 Bartlett St, 19115) McVeigh (400 E Ontario St, 19134) ML King (2101 Cecil B. Moore Ave, 19121) Barry (1800 Johnston St, 19145) Jacobs (4500 Linden Ave, 19114) Tustin (5901 W Columbia Ave, 19151) Cobbs Creek (280 Cobbs Creek Pkwy, 19139) Ford (609 Snyder Ave, 19148) Hillside (201 Fountain St, 19127) Northern Liberties (321 Fairmount Ave, 19123) Penrose (1101 W Susquehanna Rd, 19122) Cione (2600 E Aramingo Ave, 19125) Kendrick (5822 Ridge Ave, 19128) * Lincoln (3201 Rowland Ave, 19136) O’Connor (2601 South St, 19146) * Pickett (5700 Wayne Ave, 19144) Ridgway (1301 Carpenter St, 19147) Schmidt (113 W Ontario St, 19140) Shepard (5700 Haverford Ave, 19131) Simpson (1010 Arrott St, 19124) Chew (1800 Washington Ave, 19146) Murphy (300 W Shunk St, 19148) Follow @ClaireSasko on Twitter. The post So Long, Summer: Philly Pools Are Already Closing appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|Chris Christie No Longer Considering Sports Radio GigPhiladelphia Magazine / 17 h. 53 min. ago more|
Photo by AP/Frank Franklin II. A spokesman for Chris Christie told the Associated Press over the weekend that the lame-duck governor of New Jersey has dropped out of consideration for full-time employment as a sports radio host following the conclusion of his eight-year term in January. “After considering the other options that I have been presented with for post-gubernatorial employment, I declined their request to do additional shows,” Christie said in a statement issued by his office on Sunday. “I made station executives aware that while I would be happy to continue to fill in for (WFAN morning show co-host) Boomer Esiason when asked and when available, that they should no longer consider me as a candidate interested in any job at WFAN when I leave the Governorship. I made that clear to them prior to leaving for my family vacation two weeks ago.” The statement comes on the heels of a New York Daily News story that said Christie is no longer in the mix to replace the legendary Mike Francesa at the New York City-based radio station. The governor has denied the report and instead claims that it was his call to drop out of consideration. WFAN spokeswoman Jaime Saberito told AP that she couldn’t confirm the accuracy of the Daily News piece and the station hasn’t made a decision on its new afternoon host. Thank God we won’t have to put up with that blowhard’s incessant blathering. Remember that time when Christie called Phillies fans “an angry, bitter fan base” and labeled Citizens Bank Park as unsafe? CBP is dangerous? I’m pretty sure Phillies games are the most tame of all the sporting events held in Philadelphia. I thought Christie was supposed to be a tough guy. He’s either extremely misinformed in terms of his sports knowledge or just the ultimate troll. Come to think of it… what sports radio host doesn’t sound like that? Maybe Christie is missing out on his true calling. Follow @jtrinacria on Twitter. The post Chris Christie No Longer Considering Sports Radio Gig appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|Next total solar eclipse coming to Pennsylvania in 2024 - 6abc.comGoogle News / 17 h. 57 min. ago more|
6abc.comNext total solar eclipse coming to Pennsylvania in 20246abc.comA total solar eclipse is an amazing feat of nature no matter what, and parts of Pennsylvania are in for another helping of eclipse in just a few years. ... Portions of Texas, Illinois, Ohio, New York - and yes, even Pennsylvania - in the eclipse's path ...and more »
|Health network acquires South Jersey rescue squadBizjournals.com / 18 h. 27 min. ago more|
'We will maintain existing services and explore opportunities for expansion.'
|Pennsylvania Attorney General Issues Eclipse Glasses Warning - CBS PhillyGoogle News / 18 h. 30 min. ago more|
CBS PhillyPennsylvania Attorney General Issues Eclipse Glasses WarningCBS PhillyHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's top prosecutor wants to make sure people don't get burned by glassed they've bought to view Monday's solar eclipse. Attorney General Josh Shapiro says folks should check to make sure their glasses have filters ...and more »
|Bryn Mawr Bank agrees to invest in region's only African American-owned bankBizjournals.com / 18 h. 33 min. ago more|
This is the second major investment for the only African American controlled and managed bank holding company for United Bank of Philadelphia.
|Rizzo’s Former Secretary Uses Italian Market Facebook Account to Trash Helen GymPhiladelphia Magazine / 18 h. 57 min. ago more|
A since-deleted post to the 9th Street Italian Market’s official Facebook page on Sunday characterized Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym as a bigot for her opinion in the great Frank Rizzo statue debate while simultaneously calling for both her and Mural Arts director Jane Golden’s jobs. The post not only attacked Gym for her quote-unquote “racist” agenda, but it also put forward the wildly irresponsible claim that any opposition to the former mayor’s statue in front of the Municipal Services Building or his mural in the Italian Market is part of some larger conspiracy against Italian-Americans. Give me a break. The author of the rant was none other than Jody Della Barba, Rizzo’s outspoken former secretary and nemesis to all two-wheeled Philadelphians. A half-assed apology post that revealed this fact was also removed from the Italian Market’s Facebook page. Man, these guys just can’t seem to get it right can they? A third attempt to address the hot-button issue remains active, although users are now accusing the Italian Market of deleting replies to their new post – which invites Gym to tour the oldest and largest working outdoor market and also advocates for the relocation of the Rocky statue to 9th Street. Here was Gym’s response: Follow @jtrinacria on Twitter. The post Rizzo’s Former Secretary Uses Italian Market Facebook Account to Trash Helen Gym appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|Sunoco to lay off nearly 100 in region after $3.3B deal with 7-ElevenBizjournals.com / 19 h. 10 min. ago more|
Sunoco's $3.3 billion sale of 1,100 convenience stores to 7-Eleven will impact nearly 100 employees in the region. According to a notice filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Sunoco LP will lay off 94 employees located at its Newtown Square office by mid-to-late October. The layoffs come not long before Sunoco is expected to close its deal with 7-Eleven's Japanese parent company Seven & I Holdings by the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017 following regulatory…
|Stop Waiting in Line for Eclipse GlassesPhiladelphia Magazine / 19 h. 19 min. ago more|
L: The line for eclipse glasses outside Wills Eye Hospital on Monday morning. The much-anticipated solar eclipse will take place just hours from now. Maybe you planned ahead and got some coveted eclipse glasses weeks ago. Maybe you got lucky and landed a free pair last minute (like the hundreds of people who lined up outside Wills Eye Hospital in Washington Square West to snag some on Monday morning). But chances are you’ve procrastinated, and now you’re empty-handed, with no way to defend your eyes from the sun’s partially-covered rays. If that’s the case, we’ve got a state-of-the-art solution for you, and it consists of a bunch of junk you’ve probably got lying around at home: heavy paper (like poster paper of sorts), aluminum foil, scissors, tape, and a paper clip. The Franklin Institute (which will hold a kick-ass eclipse party featuring a limited number of glasses) released a handy last-minute guide to making a “pinhole camera” solar viewing device. It sounds a bit complex, but it actually just resembles the type of paper cut-out projects you make in elementary school. The organization details how to make the pinhole camera on its website (photos included), but it pretty much just involves cutting a square of tin foil, cutting a slightly smaller hole in the center of your poster paper, taping the foil over the hole and using the paper clip (or some other small pin-like thing) to poke a hole in the foil. Then you can observe the sun by putting a piece of plain white paper in the shadow of the foil. Ta-da! If you’re not particularly crafty or if that process sounds headache-inducing, consider trying your luck at the Science Center at 3711 Market Street in University City, which will give out glasses at 1:30 p.m. on Monday as part of an eclipse event. But but warned: it’s probably a much better idea to make the pinhole camera – the glasses at the Science Center will go extremely fast. A spokesperson said they’re limited. UPDATE: A Science Center spokesperson said today’s event has (unsurprisingly) reached capacity, and no additional glasses are available. Follow @ClaireSasko on Twitter. The post Stop Waiting in Line for Eclipse Glasses appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|In a high-tech world, composite sketches still helping police put a face on crimePhillyVoice / 19 h. 20 min. ago more|
Police turn to a decades-old tool when current technology offers them few leads.
|Eclipse 2017: Passengers on Alaska Airlines flight will be first to view eclipseBizjournals.com / 19 h. 22 min. ago more|
Brian Holm, captain of Alaska Airlines' 737 fleet, explains how the Seattle-based carrier partnered with astronomers to construct a route to carry a private charter flight into the eclipse's path 1,000 miles off the Oregon Coast.
|The retail 'glass box' at 1700 Market to be revivedBizjournals.com / 19 h. 23 min. ago more|
The owner of the building is also investing $7 million in upgrades to the lobby and other areas of the office tower.
|What $1,500 a month will rent you in PhiladelphiaBizjournals.com / 19 h. 51 min. ago more|
Searching for a great Philadelphia home without the commitment that comes with buying? Rental properties across the city are stacking up to many newly constructed homes, offering even more housing options for someone hesitant to pony up a down payment. Taking a closer look at rental rates throughout Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Business Journal, with the help of Realtor.com, found what $1,500 per month will get you – whether a 2-bedroom townhome or a cozy studio. Click through the gallery to…
|BWW Preview: All Things Considered, I'd Rather Be in Philadelphia, at the O17 Opera FestivalPhiladelphia News / 20 h. 12 min. ago more|
There are opera festivals and then there are OPERA FESTIVALS, but none that promise to be the equivalent of Opera Philadelphia 's O17, which opens on September 14 for a 12-day run. It combines a dazzling array of the old and new, the well-known and emerging, being produced at prestigious venues around the city, at the Academy of Music, the Perelman and the Wilma Theatres as well as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation.
|Family ties bind together Mount stick squad - Chestnut Hill LocalGoogle News / 20 h. 39 min. ago more|
Family ties bind together Mount stick squadChestnut Hill LocalMount St. Joseph's 2017 field hockey captains: (from left) Ashley Moore, Mary Kate Stefanowicz, and Grace Wallis. (Photo by Tom Utescher). by Tom Utescher. When Mount St. Joseph Academy field hockey coach Tina Reinprecht (mother of Mount grads and ...and more »
|Boston Marathon Dad Mike Rossi Charged With Punching a WomanPhiladelphia Magazine / 20 h. 43 min. ago more|
Mike Rossi in a Philadelphia Police Department photo. Every time we write a story about Mike Rossi, we think to ourselves, Well, that will probably be the last time we write about Mike Rossi. Alas … Rossi, 50, was arrested shortly after midnight on Saturday outside the Wells Fargo Center, which had just hosted a Tim McGraw/Faith Hill concert. According to the Philadelphia Police Department, there was a “domestic incident” in which Rossi allegedly punched a 47-year-old woman during an argument. Police say that an unknown man intervened in the fight, which could explain Rossi’s own injuries, as shown in his mugshot. Rossi has been charged with simple assault. After posting bail, which was set at $1,500, Rossi was released. When we reached Rossi on Sunday night for comment, he directed us to a public Facebook post he made after the arrest. “I have officially hit rock bottom,” he wrote. Here’s the rest of Rossi’s full, unedited post: It’s been a hellish past 2 1/2 years and despite my positive public persona it’s taken a toll on my family and I. Most of it I brought on myself and I take full responsibility. To mask the pain I reached for the bottle and it became an addiction. Now I have to change. Completely. I am sorry to anyone, friends and enemies alike, for anything I said or did to hurt you. Some of the things I’ve done and said are troubling to me. I am going to fight to become a better person and the man my family deserves. I’ll be getting off social media to work on getting better. Rossi first gained notoriety in the Philadelphia area as one of the hosts of the hit 1980s TV show Dancin’ on Air, later settling into private life as a wedding and radio DJ. But in 2015, Rossi became a national headline after taking his kids out of school to watch him run the Boston Marathon. The school principal sent him a letter, scolding him for the unexcused absence, and Rossi’s written response scolding the principal went viral. He was dad of the year for a day or two. Unfortunately for Rossi, his newfound prominence led some to take a hard look at his running times. He was accused of cheating in the race that qualified him for the Boston Marathon, a charge he has repeatedly denied. Things quieted down for a bit until Rossi was arrested at a Kenny Chesney concert in June 2016. He was charged with criminal trespass after he refused repeated police requests to leave an area outside the concert. That record was expunged after Rossi paid a fine and completed a court-run class. Rossi is due back in court on September 18th. Follow @VictorFiorillo on Twitter The post Boston Marathon Dad Mike Rossi Charged With Punching a Woman appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|Man Shot After Pointing Gun At Cops: Philadelphia Police - Patch.comGoogle News / 21 h. 27 min. ago more|
Man Shot After Pointing Gun At Cops: Philadelphia PolicePatch.comPHILADELPHIA – A man was shot several times by Philadelphia Police Saturday Aug. 19 after pointing a gun at officers, according to police. The man was taken into custody and listed in stable condition at a hospital, police said. According to police, at ...and more »
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Martina White at Aldo’s Pizzarama in Somerton. Photograph by Neal Santos Martina White knew this was coming. Less than two weeks before the most shocking presidential election in modern history, the Republican lawmaker was sitting at a gym in Northeast Philadelphia, debating Matt Darragh, a Democrat trying to unseat her from the General Assembly. Then, just as expected, Darragh said the words that have followed White since day one: Donald Trump. He accused her of exploiting the “same sentiments” as Trump and embracing his “direction for the United States.” An activist in the audience saw a connection, too: Standing between two basketball hoops, she waved a sign that read STOP TRUMPMARTINA. White, a bottle-blond 29-year-old who could pass for a Fox & Friends host, tried to change the subject as quickly as possible, dodging a question from the event’s moderator about whether she’s “in the basket of deplorables.” Then she unleashed the cutting ferocity for which she’s known. She attacked Darragh as selling an “extreme agenda.” She accused him of spreading lies, insisting that she sees eye-to-eye with Trump only on certain issues. “I support our law enforcement protecting our communities,” she said. “I do support getting rid of sanctuary cities.” She even mocked her opponent by touting her labor endorsements: “The fact that Matt does not have the full support of our local unions and he is the Democratic candidate is really shocking, right?” To this day, White won’t say whether she voted for Trump. But she’ll talk about sanctuary cities till Ivanka’s 2024 campaign comes to fruition. White is a household name in the city — and Republican elites are eying her as a candidate for statewide office — because she’s leapt into the middle of two big hot-button issues: immigration and police reform. She’s proposed a bill to strip Philadelphia and 18 other counties of $1.3 billion annually because they refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities’ detainer requests. The legislation has simultaneously made her Progressive Enemy Number One and captured the zeitgeist of Red America — a lethal combination for a modern Republican. She told that audience in Somerton last fall that her proposal “protects communities like ours” from a “dangerous policy” and “criminal illegal immigrants.” Plus, she said, Northeast Philadelphians are footing the bill for migrants’ crimes: “Our taxpayers are paying for it!” White rocketed onto the city’s political scene in 2015, instantaneously soaring from no-name 20-something to barrier-breaking, attention-grabbing, forever-polarizing politician. She was the first Republican to win an open House seat in the city in a quarter century, and is currently the youngest female lawmaker in the General Assembly. Her swing district is home to many of the sorts of white working- and middle-class voters who helped send Trump to Washington, D.C., and observers have largely sought to understand White’s ascendancy through the lens of the Trump phenomenon. Mayor Jim Kenney, who made Philadelphia a sanctuary city, told reporters that White is an opportunist who targeted the policy in hopes of attracting Trump fans: “She’s trying to dog-whistle for Donald Trump.” State Rep Brian Sims said in a fund-raising email that “like Trump,” she wants to deport “all” immigrants. In op-eds, pro-immigration activists have written that she is Trump’s “protégé” and that her bills show “the obvious impact Donald Trump and his racist rhetoric is having.” The similarities between White and Trump are unmistakable: They’re both “law and order” politicians who paint sanctuary cities as horrifically dangerous. They have die-hard fans in police unions and building trades. They both got an assist from an inept and corrupt Democratic Party. And neither would be where they are if they hadn’t convinced white working-class Democrats to vote GOP. But is the Trump movement the best way to make sense of White? Would she have lost her seat in Northeast Philly if Trump hadn’t been at the top of the ticket? Is she a one-hit wonder who will tumble down the memory hole if the nation’s Trump fever breaks in 2020? It seems unlikely. Many Americans would like to believe that Trump is a blip in the nation’s history, a Republican fluke. But the truth is that he illuminates fear and divisions that have always been here, inside millions of people and in towns and cities, even the proudly liberal ones. Love her or hate her — and those are the only two ways that people seem to feel about her — White is a homegrown phenomenon. She’s the walking, talking embodiment of a chasm between the Far Northeast and the rest of Philadelphia that has never been closed, and that yawns ever wider in times of economic and racial change. • Martina White where she feels most comfortable: talking to constituents. Photograph by Neal Santos Decades before Trump talked about America’s “forgotten man,” Northeast Philadelphians called their home the “forgotten city.” Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, residents in the Northeast complained that their taxes were too damn high and that they had little to show for it compared to the rest of the city: Their streets had enough potholes to keep a small army busy, the cops were tied up with crime in other neighborhoods, and the trash collection left much to be desired. White is well aware that a similar discontent is still in the air today. When asked why she won office, she says, “People weren’t receiving either the services or the representation that they really wanted, and when they had an alternative … they took note.” So when City Hall rolls out an idea that White thinks is bad for the Far Northeast, she doesn’t hesitate. Her legislation would put a kibosh on Mayor Kenney’s sanctuary-city policy (which, per Pew, has less support in the Northeast than anywhere else in the city). After Kenney persuaded Council to pass a soda tax, White signed on to an amicus brief asking the Commonwealth Court to overturn it, arguing it would drive out Northeast employers like Crown Holdings. And when the city’s police brass announced that they would start releasing the names of cops who shoot civilians within 72 hours, it only took her a few months to introduce a bill to temporarily shield their identities. After all, she represents the Northeast’s Somerton, Chalfont, Bustleton and Parkwood neighborhoods, which are home to many of the city’s police officers and firefighters. The House and Senate adopted her police ID legislation, but Governor Tom Wolf vetoed it, so she’s now trying to pass it again. Both chambers have approved anti-sanctuary-city bills in different sessions. White isn’t the only Northeast politician who’s made a political career out of her neighbors’ sense of alienation. State Rep Kevin Boyle, a Democrat who represents Fox Chase and Rhawnhurst, says, “Martina has tapped into what Hank Salvatore was talking about in the 1980s” as well as an “ancestral DNA in Northeast Philly.” Frank “Hank” Salvatore was the legendary Northeast politician who in 1983 introduced a bill in the state House to secede from the rest of the city. One poll showed that Northeast residents supported the creation of “Liberty County” four to one. Later, Salvatore won a seat in the state Senate by vowing to stand up for his “forgotten city” via chairing the powerful Urban Affairs and Housing Committee. “I would then be in a negotiable position, where the mayor would have to come to me,” he told voters. “I would demand things for the Northeast.” Whether the Northeast truly gets the short end of the stick is up for debate. Sure, there really ought to be a Roosevelt Boulevard subway, and the property tax abatement is sparse there. But other neighborhoods feel just as neglected by City Hall. Another factor in the debate is that the salaries and pensions of municipal workers living in the Northeast make up a huge part of the city budget. Nearly everyone agrees, at least, that the area’s services are better today than they were 30 years ago. But Salvatore’s movement was never just about trash collection. It was also propelled by the Far Northeast’s identity as a place more politically moderate, semi-suburban and white than the rest of the city, says Matthew Smalarz, a Bustleton native and history professor at Jenkintown’s Manor College. He writes that Northeast Philadelphians pushed for Liberty County partly because they were “deeply unsettled by the shifting economy and demographic makeup of the city in the 1980s.” It was the era of white flight, crack cocaine and shuttering factories. More than anything, Smalarz says, they were driven by the 1983 election of the city’s first black mayor, W. Wilson Goode, which “stoked racial anxieties.” Now, as then, things are changing in the Northeast. In 2015, the year that White was elected, the Nabisco factory on Roosevelt Boulevard closed its doors, forever vacuuming the sweet smell of cookies out of the air and, according to local politicians, shipping the company’s good-paying jobs to Mexico. Black Lives Matter was marching in the streets over the death of Brandon Tate-Brown, a 26-year-old African-American who was shot by police during a routine traffic stop in the Northeast’s Mayfair neighborhood. A Pew report found that sections of the Lower Northeast were some of the most diverse immigrant areas in the city, with large numbers of Latino and Asian residents; at the same time, parts of the Far Northeast had seen relatively few demographic shifts, with White’s district remaining 75 percent white. Unlike Salvatore, White hasn’t filed for divorce from the city. But she’s come up with the next best thing in the eyes of her constituents: With the help of the General Assembly, she can effectively veto any local policies she doesn’t like. To her base, she’s fighting back against a city that takes them for granted. But to others, she’s imposing the will of the Far Northeast’s white residents onto a majority-minority city — and robbing Philadelphia of its right to govern itself in the Trump era. • Photography by Neal Santos The grainy 34-second video opens in the middle of a spat. It’s April 2016, and a clutch of activists has shown up unannounced to White’s Harrisburg office. They’re protesting her anti-sanctuary-city bill and clearly dislike the way she addressed them. “So how would you like me to refer to you?” she asks. “As Latinos, as immigrants, as people. Not as ‘these people,’” says Erika Almirón, leader of the pro-immigration group JUNTOS. White insists she’s just done that. “We’re asking you to stop using ‘these people,’” another woman reiterates. That’s when White snaps. “This is what the benefit of being in America is!” she yells. “It’s that you have the freedom of speech! Please leave my office now! I’m not going to be harassed in my own office!” This clip, published by Al Día, was the first time many Philadelphians had heard of White. She’s also gotten headlines for airing an all-white campaign ad and (inadvertently, she says) quoting an organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center identified as a hate group, all of which has given her a reputation as a fiery demagogue. When I meet her in June, though, I don’t find a grenade-tosser so much as a buttoned-up saleswoman. The Suburban Diner, located right off Bustleton Avenue, has drop ceilings, wood paneling, and a $10.99 salad bar. White’s wearing what is more or less her uniform: pantsuit, silver necklace and chain-link bracelet. The French manicure and black eyeliner are also staples. She just got back from a meeting with PennDOT. “Mostly, we just wanted to make sure they’re planning to cut the grass on Woodhaven Road,” she says. “It’s kind of, uh, out of control.” White orders her favorite dish off the menu, the chicken fingers and fries, and I ask how an urban millennial like her became a conservative. “So I would say I’m more of a moderate,” she immediately corrects me. “Not a hard-core conservative.” She sees herself this way because she doesn’t care “what party people are from,” she says. “Am I going to completely disregard a great idea that comes from a Democrat? Absolutely not. We definitely need more legislators who are willing to cross party lines.” White says she works with Democrats often, from Council members to state representatives to the Governor himself. “But in any case,” she continues, “I think once you have a job, and once you get into your life, you come to realize taxes are brutal. That a fair amount of your paycheck goes to the government to be spent on what the government thinks it should be spent on.” According to purity testers on the right, White is indeed moderate: On a scale of one to 100, the American Conservative Union Foundation and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry both rate her in the 50s, mostly because she’s a reliable pro-labor vote. Liberals, of course, would disagree with that analysis, and not only because of her two signature bills. She’s also voted for the GOP’s austere budgets. White is the opposite of a wonk, however. She doesn’t reference The Road to Serfdom while explaining her ideology. She talks much more like, well, a regular person from Northeast Philly — and in 2017’s political climate, that’s a strength to voters. She labels all of her bills as “commonsense” and portrays the people who oppose them as foolish. “How can you swear to uphold the laws of our land,” she says in a rant about Kenney’s sanctuary-city policy, “and then in the very next breath, you don’t do that?” Asked if her legislation stokes fear of immigrants or exacerbates racial divides, she waves away the criticism: “My bills protect all races, all police officers and all legal immigrants.” She insists several times that she is all for legal immigration: “I think it’s great. We need more diversity, and we need to continue to make sure folks who want to achieve the American dream … have that opportunity.” At least, that’s what she’s like when I ask questions in her comfort zone. When I bring up things that White hasn’t ever talked about with reporters, or that could be a liability in her swing district, she’s more guarded — awkward, even. What does she think of the GOP’s health-care bill? “I leave the federal issues to the federal Congressmen,” she says. Gay marriage? “I haven’t taken a position on that.” Immigration reform? “That’s up to the federal government.” For as much as she talks about working with different-minded people, she hasn’t ever sat down with Black Lives Matter or JUNTOS. She is terse, too, when asked what she makes of the high-profile police shootings across the country: “I do not have the facts necessary to formulate an opinion on specific cases, and it would be irresponsible for anyone to do so without them.” White has only been a politician for two years. She hasn’t yet learned the art of schmoozing — how to sound like you’re answering a question without actually answering a question. But some Democrats mistake that for having “no there there,” as one insider put it, and that undersells how calculating and disciplined White can be. She represents a district where Democrats outnumber Republicans two to one, just like Salvatore did once upon a time. Back in 1984, the Daily News wrote that he shrewdly “soft-pedaled his Republican affiliation” in an area so politically purple. When White extols the virtues of bipartisanship and centrism and dodges questions about gay marriage and Trumpcare, she’s doing the exact same thing. • In an era in which candidates are desperate to prove they’re not career politicians, White is the real deal: She was a complete novice when she ran in 2015. She had never worked in government before. Never volunteered for a candidate. Never gone to a protest. Hell, she knew less about the city’s political system than many Philly.com commenters do. A story she likes to tell is that when she first met with Republican leaders to discuss a campaign, they quizzed her on which ward and division she lived in. “I was like, ‘I don’t know what that is,’” she laughs. Growing up, White wanted to do what everyone else in her family did: start a business. Her dad was in real estate. Her great-grandfather — she keeps a black-and-white photo of him on her desk in Harrisburg — owned one of the biggest trucking companies on the Eastern Seaboard. “He was an immigrant from Italy,” she says, “and when he came over here, he sold fruit in the street. Then he bought his first truck.” That White saw firsthand where a bootstrapper’s ethos can get you — and that she was raised Catholic by Republican parents — almost certainly played a role in the development of her ideology. White studied business at Elizabethtown College, and after graduating in 2010 landed a job as a financial adviser for families and small companies. The Great Recession was technically over by then, but its shadow continued to swallow up the American dream. White could see it in real time: “[People] were still struggling, even with two jobs.” Then, in late 2014, a family friend who was a committee person for the Republican Party came to White with an idea: The GOP was looking for a candidate for a special election, since Brendan Boyle, a Northeast Philly state representative, had just won a primary contest for Congress. White should run, the friend told her. A body of research shows that female candidates often have to be asked several times to run for office — and are usually overqualified — before they say yes. White was unusual: She was game immediately. When I ask why she thinks she was the exception to the rule, she acts as if it was a no-brainer: “I just figured it was worth it to fight for the Northeast. These are my friends, my family, my neighbors.” There’s something else that explains why White was so eager: She has a ruthlessly competitive Type A personality. During the 2015 campaign, she knocked on 8,000 doors. The next year: 18,000. Marc Collazzo, a former GOP ward leader, remembers the first time he witnessed the detail-oriented side of White: “I had never seen her bark at anyone before,” he says. “She had a campaign consultant who was helping her with mailings. There was a minor thing that was wrong with it … and she grabbed the phone and said, ‘No! You will change this!’ She wanted it just right.” Collazzo was one of those party bosses who gave White a pop quiz on political wards and divisions. They interviewed three other potential nominees before picking her. “I know it sounds corny, but there was something about her,” he says. “And we all just look out because of our optics. Here is a smart, intelligent, outgoing, attractive female.” Her finance background also came in handy. “What became apparent was that a lot of her sales training was very, very useful,” says State Rep John Taylor, who’s represented his Northeast district since 1985. “I remember taking her to lunch and saying, ‘Could you talk to everybody in this restaurant?’ She said, ‘Absolutely.’ And before she left, she did it.” When the city’s GOP leaders announced that White was their woman for the job, they were bullish about their chances. “Republicans routinely do well in this section of the city,” they said, where residents “are tired of the higher taxes and poor services they have received.” Infighting among White’s potential Democratic rivals, particularly the Northeast’s Boyle, Stack and Sabatina families, cleared her path to victory. A falling-out between police union president John McNesby and Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack led to White winning the support of her most important ally: the Fraternal Order of Police. Now, the state’s power crowd is talking about White’s future. Thanks to her past life in finance, Taylor thinks she could campaign for auditor general in a few years. “The political world’s wide open for her,” he says. Val DiGiorgio, boss of Pennsylvania’s Republican Party, is also talking her up: “Maybe a statewide row office, or lieutenant governor.” If White ever ran statewide, the word “Philly” could sink her chances. Then again, White represents the part of the city that’s most in lockstep with the rest of the state. Come to think of it, many Pennsylvanians feel an awful lot like Northeast Philadelphians do: They, too, gripe that all their money goes to the city, which, in turn, rubs their noses in it by passing nuttier and nuttier laws each year. • White is, yet again, knocking on doors. She does this from time to time, even when she’s not running for office. Just to keep her finger on the pulse of things, she says. On this humid July day, she’s making her way down Cabell and Lester roads, along blocks of tidy, nearly identical garage-fronted rowhomes. Everybody who comes to the door seems to be a cop or a schoolteacher or a veteran. White gives the same bubbly, rapid-fire speech to them all. She introduces herself (“Hello! How are you today? I’m your state representative, Martina White”), hands over a packet of information on government services (“I know some folks are concerned about the opioid epidemic that’s happening across the city, and there’s some resources in here”), says her office has a veteran specialist (“He can help you with all kinds of medical benefits”), and then asks if there’s anything they’re worried about in the city. It’s immediately clear that this is where White feels the most comfortable. She starts winking at people and cracking jokes and goofing off with kids. Many residents recognize her. For some, she’s an all-out celebrity. “We’re Facebook friends! I agree with everything you say!” one teacher says to White as two tots circle her. Another woman tells White her husband is a veteran and a Philly cop; after they part ways, the husband, who is white, bursts out the door. “Any updates on that bill they’re trying to do on officers involved in shootings?” he asks. He’s been following the story of Ryan Pownall, a police officer who in June shot and killed an African-American man named David Jones who was running away. “They put his picture all over,” the man says of Pownall. “If that was me, I’d be a little fearful people were going to come to my house.” “It’s scary!” White agrees, adding that she saw Pownall’s face on faux WANTED posters online. The man says officers would “greatly appreciate” it if her bill passed. “You deserve it,” she replies. “You work really hard, and we want to keep you safe.” Here in the mostly white area of Parkwood, the fact that the city releases the names of cops after they shoot civilians is a real source of anxiety. A few miles away, in African-American neighborhoods in North Philly and West Philly and Southwest Philly, many residents are terrified that they or someone they love will be on the other end of the barrel of a police officer’s gun. They’ve watched over the years as juries have acquitted Philly police officers charged with corruption, and as a local cop with an apparent Nazi tattoo has been allowed to stay on the force, and they’ve wondered: Who’s working to keep us safe? State Rep Jordan Harris, a Democrat who represents Grays Ferry and Point Breeze, worries that White’s bill will worsen already-fraught police-community relations. “Instead of shielding information when these things happen, we should be more open and transparent,” he says. “As a black man in Philadelphia, where I’ve seen systemic racism and oppression, it’s hard for me to want to trust the system. It’s hard for me to want to believe that without light, the system will do what is right.” Many Latino neighborhoods live in a heightened state of fear of police these days, too. In the wake of Trump’s election, JUNTOS has trained undocumented residents about their legal rights when ICE shows up at the door. It has held workshops for teachers at the Philadelphia School District, where students speak more than 120 languages and 10 percent of kids are learning English, on the same topic. Erika Almirón of JUNTOS says White’s anti-sanctuary-city bill is deepening unease in Hispanic areas. In fact, Almirón is speechless when I tell her that White is being talked about as a candidate for higher office. “I’m so angry, I’m sorry … ” she says, trailing off. Eventually she tells me, “Martina White is a far-right xenophobe. It’s scary. The things she talks about actually destroy people’s lives.” The 2017 district attorney’s race showed just how many Philadelphians are crying out for radical criminal justice reform. In fact, it seemed like a direct rebuke of the city’s Fraternal Order of Police when Larry Krasner, a left-wing civil rights attorney who’s sued law enforcement and other government agencies more than 75 times, won the Democratic primary. And even though Krasner, who’s white, ran in a seven-way race with an African-American candidate, he won the majority of the city’s predominantly black wards. White says “police are concerned” about Krasner and that he was funded by a “multi-billionaire” who’s “not an American,” by which she means George Soros. She and the police union are backing Republican DA candidate Beth Grossman, a former prosecutor from the city’s much-maligned civil asset forfeiture unit. When I ask White if there’s anything she plans to do to stop Krasner’s agenda, she says, “Should Krasner win, we’ll take those things into consideration.” Other GOP-controlled states have chilled progressive prosecutors’ plans: In Florida, for instance, Governor Rick Scott yanked a state attorney from several murder cases after she said she wouldn’t pursue the death penalty. Sometimes it seems like a miracle, or a nightmare, that Philadelphia hasn’t cleaved apart already. • An elderly man in a BLUE LIVES MATTER t-shirt raises his hand. For the past 30 minutes, White has been answering questions at a meeting at the FOP’s senior citizens’ home on Byberry Road, mostly about tax rebates and traffic problems and the dance she holds for Northeast Philly’s old folks every year. But this resident has something else on his mind: “Will you marry me?” he asks. The crowd goes wild with laughter. “You think you’re the first man to ask?” White jokes. “How many other ladies got asked the same question in this room?” The women here adore her just as much as the men do. After the event, they crowd around White and ask for copies of a petition urging Governor Wolf to sign her police bill. “Because of the national incidents that have been occurring, police are de-policing,” White says, referring to the so-called “Ferguson effect,” a theory popular among conservatives that says crime is rising due to increased police scrutiny. “They’re afraid!” the mother of a cop agrees. One of the residents, Nancy Jorett, tells me she admires White not only for her policies, but also for having the guts to be a woman in politics: “She’s got what they call in Jewish, I think, ‘chutzpah.’ Most people won’t do what she does. I know I wouldn’t.” White talks a lot about wanting to see more women in government. “We’re more than 50 percent of the electorate!” she often says. If she’s thinking about campaigning to become the first female mayor or auditor general, though, she’s not showing her cards. Per usual. When I ask if she might run for higher office someday, she gives me a canned response: “I’m very happy and very grateful for the opportunity that I have right now as a legislator.” Then she cracks a joke about the latest gossip that she may challenge Congressman Boyle: “I’m sure he was shaking in his boots when that rumor started!” The fact that GOP leaders see White as the future of the party shows that she is much more than an outgrowth of the Trump phenomenon. It’s also a reminder that Trumpism didn’t begin with Trump — and won’t end with him, either. Immigration fears, white identity politics, and a defiant resistance to the most incremental police reforms aren’t some aberration unique to the 2016 election. They’re fundamental parts of the modern GOP. At 29, White could be in office for the next five decades. She very well may play a major role in shaping Pennsylvania’s Republican Party. John Taylor says that contrary to what many Democrats believe, White wields considerable clout in Harrisburg. There’s a theory among some Democrats that White didn’t come up with the ideas for her high-profile legislation herself but instead was given them wholesale by GOP bosses and police union leaders — that she’s a pretty face to sell ugly bills. Taylor insists that’s not true: “Nobody fed her that.” White, too, denies the accusation. She says that after the police department announced its new policy of identifying cops who shoot civilians, she called up FOP Chief McNesby for help writing her legislation. “Go figure!” she says. “He was already trying to come up with something himself!” Whether it was really that coincidental, Taylor notes that White’s two signature bills have passed with bipartisan support: “She’s demonstrated that she can do big things.” After the FOP event, I ask White if she would ever use her influence to, say, secede from the city. Apparently, some Democrats think this is enough of a possibility that they’ve broached the topic with her. “Legislators have come up to me in the past and they’re like, ‘Martina, don’t leave the city. Don’t let your district leave the city,’” she says. “There probably is a desire to leave the city, and that’s why you see people leaving, literally, the city. But there’s a bunch of people who love the Northeast, who love being in quote-unquote Philadelphia and having that as their address and getting to remember the good ol’ times.” Then again … “If it ever came up and the people wanted it,” she laughs, “look out, Mayor Kenney!” Published as “The It Girl of Red Philadelphia” in the September 2017 issue of Philadelphia magazine. The post Martina White: The It Girl of Red Philadelphia appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|The Constitution Center: The Museum No One Cares AboutPhiladelphia Magazine / 2 d. 10 h. 16 min. ago more|
Illustration by Nick Massarelli When was the last time you were excited about the Constitution Center — the 160,000-square-foot behemoth of a tourist attraction on Independence Mall? We asked ourselves, our friends and some random folks that question. No one had an answer. Sure, there was plenty of hopeful hoopla back at the center’s July 4, 2003, opening. There were dignitaries. And news cameras. And national raves at a time before the world had caught on that Philadelphia was cool. The New York Times gushed over the center’s “perfect union of function and form.” There have been a few blips, bleeps and truly important moments there since then, most notably Barack Obama’s election-winning speech on race. But mostly, the center’s profile has been fading like Colonial ink. Who can forget the Princess Diana exhibit, celebrating the life of a dead English princess in a place that’s supposed to honor America’s founding document? More recently, the center spent a ton of money to develop an interactive online Constitution that some cynics scoff looks and feels like your company intranet. And in March, with the Trump administration’s behavior raising all sorts of fascinating constitutional questions, the center opened an exhibit on Prohibition. Yep, the same subject it already tackled back in 2012. Insiders say a lack of vision is causing the Constitution Center to wither from within. A number of key employees have recently jumped ship, including at least four vice presidents in the past year. Attendance is also a long way from the million visitors expected annually when the center opened. “On some days, you can throw a golf ball inside and not even come close to hitting a tourist,” laments one former employee. In 2011, about 810,000 people visited the Constitution Center. Last year, that number had dropped to 650,000 — though less than half actually paid. Constitution Center CEO Jeffrey Rosen says this year’s attendance will likely increase. “Morale is high,” insists Rosen, who’s run the museum since 2013. He adds that America’s “excitement about the National Constitution Center has never been higher.” Still, it can’t help that this spring the Museum of the American Revolution opened down the street to thunderous applause, leaving some to wonder what its success means for the Constitution Center in the long run. “Think about it,” one former employee tells us. “You’re here maybe a day and a half. You go to the Betsy Ross House. You see the Liberty Bell. And then you have a choice: Do you go to the new place that’s actually smart and engaging? Or do you go to the place nobody cares about?” Published as “The Museum No One Cares About” in the September 2017 issue of Philadelphia magazine. The post The Constitution Center: The Museum No One Cares About appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.
|'Free speech rally' cut short after massive counterprotestPhillyVoice / 2 d. 10 h. 34 min. ago more|
BOSTON — Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans converged Saturday on downtown Boston in a boisterous repudiation of white nationalism, dwarfing a small group of conservatives who cut short their planned "free speech rally" a week after a gathering of hate groups led to bloodshed in Virginia.
|Duke University removes damaged Robert E. Lee statuePhillyVoice / 2 d. 11 h. 38 min. ago more|
DURHAM, N.C. — Duke University removed a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee early Saturday after it was vandalized amid a national debate about monuments to the Confederacy.
|Counter protesters flood Boston during Free Speech rally Big News Network.com / 2 d. 16 h. 3 min. ago more|
BOSTON, U.S. - A planned ‘free speech’ rally in Boston was flooded by thousands of counter-protesters on Saturday morning, after the rally took off with several people crowding the city
|Firefighters, lifeguards form human chain to rescue swimmer in Cape MayPhillyVoice / 2 d. 17 h. 9 min. ago more|
Rescuers formed a human chain to help save a man who first tried to help several struggling swimmers return to shore in Cape May Friday afternoon.
|Trump remarks could sidetrack Democrats from other issuesPhillyVoice / 2 d. 19 h. 54 min. ago more|
ATLANTA — President Donald Trump's widely criticized response to white supremacist violence in Virginia has left Democrats in a quandary: how to seize the moral high ground without getting sucked into a politically perilous culture war.
|Boston, cradle of liberty, braces for spirited protestsPhillyVoice / 2 d. 20 h. 24 min. ago more|
BOSTON — Conservative activists and leftist counterprotesters prepared for a confrontation on Boston Common that could draw thousands a week after a demonstration in Virginia turned deadly.
|Schools in eclipse's path seize on ready-made science lessonPhillyVoice / 2 d. 20 h. 28 min. ago more|
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A fourth-grade class at a suburban Kansas City school erupted in wonder when they tried on their solar eclipse glasses for the first time and turned toward the sun for an eclipse "practice."
|Amid statue debate, Frank Rizzo mural vandalized (again)PhillyVoice / 2 d. 21 h. 10 min. ago more|
As the debate over whether the statue of former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo in Center City should go down, a mural of the controversial city official has once again been vandalized.
|Oregon wildfire causes evacuations in prime eclipse zonePhillyVoice / 3 d. 0 h. 46 min. ago more|
PORTLAND, Ore. — Residents of more than 400 homes in a prime eclipse-viewing location in Oregon were ordered to evacuate Friday because of a rapidly growing wildfire that had already closed access to a portion of a wilderness area and a regional highway.
|Police separate some 500 neo-Nazis, opponents at Berlin demoPhillyVoice / 3 d. 0 h. 48 min. ago more|
BERLIN — Some 500 far-right extremists began a march in Berlin on Saturday in honor of the 30th anniversary of the death of top Nazi Rudolf Hess.
|Border agents track drone from sky to drugs on the groundPhillyVoice / 3 d. 0 h. 50 min. ago more|
SAN DIEGO — A 25-year-old U.S. citizen has been charged with using a drone to smuggle more than 13 pounds (5.9 kilograms) of methamphetamine from Mexico by drone, an unusually large seizure for what is still a novel technique to bring illegal drugs into the United States, authorities said Friday.
|New York City subway tiles with Confederate flag look to be alteredPhillyVoice / 3 d. 8 h. 58 min. ago more|
NEW YORK — Transit officials have decided to alter subway station tiles that have a cross-like design similar to that of the Confederate flag.
|Special eclipse glasses selling out quicklyPhillyVoice / 3 d. 10 h. 47 min. ago more|
SALT LAKE CITY — Eclipse mania is building and so is demand for the glasses that make it safe to view the first total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. in 99 years.
|Popular Caribbean Palm brings island and soul food to Germantown Ave.The Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 3 d. 12 h. 54 min. ago more|
Barbque jerk chicken platter with collard greens and sweet potatoes. Credit: Monica Peters Popular Caribbean Palm food truck opens new restaurant at 6114 Germantown Avenue By Monica Peters The Caribbean Palm food truck empire expanded to Northwest Philadelphia—this time with a new restaurant at 6114 Germantown Avenue. The new takeout-only restaurant which opened last month is open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. They also deliver. Initially known for their delicious Caribbean and soul food fare on their trucks at 18th & JFK Blvd. and 36 & Market Sts., faithful foodies can never get enough of the delicious dishes that taste like home. On any given day, you will see a long line of faithful patrons at the trucks from near and far feigning for island and American soul food. (Think candied yams, mac-n-cheese, collard greens, fried fish, oxtails, curry chicken, rice and peas and steamed cabbage to name a few!) Thus, the restaurant. And no worries–the food trucks will still be open for business. “I wanted to use it [the restaurant] as a commissary for my food carts but the public kept asking me to open a restaurant that is also open on the weekends,” said owner Christine Benjamin. Benjamin also stands by Caribbean Palm’s impeccable reputation for great food and customer service at all three locations. “We are friendly and our food is good. And, it’s consistent. You taste the food today and come back ten months from now and you’ll still get the same taste (good food) you had ten months ago. I make sure the food comes out the same. If I mess it up one day I won’t come out with it,” she said in an interview earlier this year with The SUN. Will Caribbean Palm’s famous $6 lunch truck specials be at the restaurant? “Yes,” says Benjamin. “Still the same, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. any chicken that is listed with rice and peas or rice.” The Caribbean Palm takeout restaurant is located at 6114 Germantown Avenue and is open Monday through Saturdays 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Food trucks at both locations 18th & JFK and 36th & Market Sts. are open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can call in advance to place your order. Delivery is also available. The number for all three locations are 267-474-0184 Follow on Facebook @ CaribbeanpalmJamaicanFood, on IG @ caribbeanpalm_jamaican_food and on Twitter @caribbeanpalm1 The post Popular Caribbean Palm brings island and soul food to Germantown Ave. appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|Gary Shepherd’s “Buy Black” highlight of the week, Aug. 20The Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 3 d. 18 h. 58 min. ago more|
We talked right before and right after Weller and Pamela Thomas, owners of Pathfinders Travel, 6325 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia hosted a trip to Cuba. Weller filled me in on their adventure, and about all of the things they plan to do to make the upcoming tours even better. It sounded so interesting that I think I’d like to go. Plus, they have a beautiful magazine you can subscribe to. If you’ve got a vacation destination in mind, call Pathfinders at (215) 438-2140. They will take good care of you. To support other Black-owned businesses, visit www.buyblackapp.net and the 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, Aug. 20 appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|Mayor Kenney releases extended statement on CharlottesvilleThe Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 3 d. 18 h. 58 min. ago more|
ABOVE PHOTO: Mayor Jim Kenney Mayor Kenney released the following extended statement on Charlottesville, adding to his remarks from Saturday. “Yesterday, I watched in disbelief as hundreds of Americans gathered to present a hateful vision of our nation that shuts out rather than includes others. They chanted white supremacist slogans and sought, successfully, to kill those who disagreed with them. To call them anything other than neo Nazis and white supremacists would be a disservice. It would also be dangerous. In another era, we could look to the highest office in the land decry this hatred and denounce a cowardice act of senseless violence. We might expect that our president, led by a strong moral compass and inspired by a responsibility to represent all Americans, would offer words to help heal rather than divide our country. But we do not live in that age and so that duty falls on all of us. Since President Trump began his campaign, Philadelphians have marched, donated and put signs on your lawns and windows. I thank them for embracing a vision of our nation that is rooted in love and unity, not hatred. Now more than ever, we have to actively work to create the American future we want – a future that is diverse and inclusive of different people and ideas. And one in which we acknowledge that hatred based on ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation is not a different political viewpoint – and it is not justified by economics. So, I ask Philadelphians to stay peaceful but to remain engaged. Volunteer in a rec center or school outside of your neighborhood. Become a foster parent. Respect the first amendment rights of your neighbors, but do not hesitate to call out bigotry whenever you see it. Together, these small actions can help create the true intercultural unity that many of us believed we had achieved until the Trump presidency jolted us into reality. All of us have a responsibility to create the future we want. Just saying we oppose something is no longer enough—we have to remind people what we stand for, and work together thoughtfully and compassionately to make it a reality.” The post Mayor Kenney releases extended statement on Charlottesville appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|Councilwoman Cindy Bass’s summer events series contines at 8th District Parks and Recreation centersThe Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 3 d. 18 h. 59 min. ago more|
ABOVE PHOTO: Councilwoman Cindy Bass with State Represenative Stephen Kinsey at the Oldies in the Park event. Councilwoman Cindy Bass’s four-night “Summer 2017 Events Series” continues through August with activities at City parks and recreation centers. Councilwoman Bass (D-8th Dist.) is continuing her free Summer 2017 Events series featuring Showtime at the Apollo on Monday, Jazz in the Park on Tuesday, Oldies in the Park on Wednesday and Friday family movie nights. The series kicked off during the second week of July and the movie nights began in June. “As Chair of the Committee on Parks and Recreation, I want to be involved in creating programming that fits community needs and puts vital neighborhood parks and rec centers to good use,” Councilwoman Bass said. Showtime at the Apollo at Stenton Park, 1701 W. Courtland Street, runs Mondays from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and features MC Derek Lee. The talent show-themed event includes giveaways, prizes and special guests. Residents are encouraged to bring their own chairs. The event will continue every Monday until August 28. Jazz in the Park at Morris Estate Recreation Center, 1610 Chelten Avenue, in collaboration with state Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D-201st Dist.), ends Tuesday, August 15. Residents enjoy food trucks and live musical performances from 6 PM until 9. During the final Jazz in the Park installment, Councilwoman Bass honored The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania with a Council resolution for their outstanding service to the community. Vernon Park at 5800 Germantown Avenue hosts Oldies in the Park where on-air pioneer Gary Shepherd emcees and DJ Darryl Taylor spins classic, old school hits from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Running every Wednesday through August 30, community members can enjoy music and food vendors at the park. “There’s something in the Summer 2017 Events Series for neighbors of all ages,” the Councilwoman said. “Whether it’s a chance for our young adults to showcase their talent at Showtime at the Apollo, Jazz and Oldies in the Park that might attract our more seasoned crowd, or our movie nights showing films rated ‘G’ and ‘PG’ for our younger kids and their families.” Summer Movie Nights are cosponsored by Bringing Everybody Together and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. Logan School, 1700 Lindley Avenue, will host movie screenings through September 1. Councilwoman Bass’s Summer 2017 Events Series comes in collaboration with other organizations and elected officials including state Sen. Sharif Street (D-33rd Dist.), State Sen. Art Haywood (D-4th Dist.), State Rep. Chris Rabb (D-200th Dist.), the Nicetown CDC, Third Floor Media, the Allegheny West Foundation, Sol Unlimited and others. For more information, contact the Office of Councilwoman Cindy Bass at 215-686-9182/83. The post Councilwoman Cindy Bass’s summer events series contines at 8th District Parks and Recreation centers appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|Philadelphia Chinatown Rally: End brutal persecution and illegal organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in ChinaThe Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 3 d. 19 h. ago more|
Falun Gong practitioners from the Greater Philadelphia area held a rally in Philadelphia Chinatown on August 12th, 2017 to help raise awareness about Falun Gong and to clarify the truth about the brutal persecution in China. Falun Gong practitioners setup banners, display boards, passed out flyers and collected signatures towards human rights petitions. Several of them also gave speeches highlighting their personal experiences surrounding Falun Gong and the illegal organ harvesting ongoing in china. Guo, Qiong, who recently came from Mainland China, spoke at the Chinatown Rally: “When I was young, I was very weak and had incurable chronic illnesses. In the spring of 1995, I started to practice Falun Gong and soon regained a healthy body. While the practice teaches people to be good by following truthfulness, compassion and tolerance principals, I developed positive results and my body and spirit was immersed in joy and peace. However, my life was turned upside down when the Chinese Communist Party and then head of the State Jiang Zemin started to persecute Falun Gong in July 1999. In the past 18 years, I was unlawfully arrested over seven times, I was sent to detention center, mental hospital, and so-called ‘brain washing sessions’ at different occasions. I was unlawfully detained in mental hospital and injected with unknown drugs.” Ms. Guo, Qiong, who recently came from Mainland China, spoke at the Chinatown Rally: “In the past 18 years because I practice Falun Gong, I was unlawfully arrested over 7 times, I was sent to detention center, mental hospital, was injected with unknown drugs.” Guo spoke with tears: “In February 2000, I was sent to a mental hospital because I did not quit practicing Falun Gong, the hospital kept me in custody and started to force me to take unknown drugs. At the beginning, I hid the pills under my tongue and then spit them out when no one was around. A nurse soon noticed what I was doing, and they started to force me to swallow those pills. Though I didn’t know what drugs they were, but my body felt very bad and I spit blood several times. I also met a Falun Gong practitioner who was forced to take a high dosage. Her face became black and she could not control her facial muscles… From my personal experience, I knew those were not regular medicines and taking those drugs was excruciatingly painful and it is a form of torture. I was kept at this hospital for 22 days. Every day was very long for me and I felt that I would go crazy if I had to stay one day longer.” “In May 2004, while I was at my workplace, Chinese Communist Party officials from my home district forcibly took me to a brainwashing session which was held at a local hotel. Due to endless fear and pressure from Chinese Communist Party, my parents became very sick and passed away in their 60s in great sorrow. My husband had to work long hours every day to support our family. No one was available to take care of my one-and-a-half-year-old daughter… At the brain washing session, officials repeatedly threatened me to send me to labor camp if I refused to give up my belief. Out of anxiety and endless worry, I lost a lot of hair. I was kept at the brain washing session for over a month. Soon after that, my company forced me to resign because of pressure from the Chinese Communist Party.” There are still countless Falun Gong practitioners who are being persecuted in China like Ms. Guo. “This year, my family came to US on a tourist visa. I was praying all the time for a land with freedom, freedom for religious belief and freedom from fear and persecution. Because of this brutal persecution of Falun Gong, I had to leave my country. Whenever I look back, I would cry and feel extremely painful. I also know that exposing the persecution is my responsibility so that it will be ended soon and more people like me will be saved. I hope that all kindhearted people will take actions to help us end this persecution!” Falun Dafa or Falun Gong is a mind and body cultivation practice practiced at more than 100 countries worldwide. This practice embodies its core teachings based on the highest characteristic of the universe – truthfulness, compassion and forbearance. Since July 1999, the Chinese communist party began persecuting the practitioners of Falun Dafa for their belief in truthfulness, compassion and forbearance. Even today the Chinese government has been systematically illegally imprisoning, torturing and performing live organ harvesting on practitioners of Falun Dafa. The US Senate introduced resolution 220 to express solidarity with Falun Gong practitioners who have lost lives, freedoms, and rights for adhering to their beliefs and practices and condemning the practice of non-consenting organ harvesting, and for other purposes. The post Philadelphia Chinatown Rally: End brutal persecution and illegal organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in China appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|Thousands turn out for this year’s “Jazz on the Ave” Music FestThe Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 3 d. 19 h. 3 min. ago more|
ABOVE PHOTO: From left: Dr. Kenneth Scott, President of Beech Companies and (Rt) Christine Brown, Director of Beech Community Services photographed with this year’s Alston-Beech Scholarship Recipients. (Photo credit: Beech Companies) Rain did not stop the community from enjoying the fun at this year’s “Jazz on the Ave” Music Fest, produced by Beech Community Services. In its 11th year, this annual free event — headlined by award-winning Jeff Bradshaw and Friends — took place on Cecil B. Moore Avenue (between Broad Street and 17thStreet). This year’s line-up included Jeff Bradshaw, with special guests Tony Rich, Eric Roberson, Frank McComb and Glenn Lewis. Mozaic Flow and Suzann Christine was also a part of the main stage performance, with Philly Soul Stock performers at the second stage located at 17th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. “Now in its 11th year, this event has become a community staple that has evolved to a full music fest, with great music, great fans and great vendors,” said Christine Brown, Director of Beech Community Services. Brown was also honored by Senator Sharif Street for 25 years of service to the North Philadelphia community. Vendors, like Sweet T’s and Biscuits Biscuits, enjoyed the success, nearly selling out of vending items. The event also included health vendors and a Kids Zone, where children enjoyed free activities like face-painting and rock wall climbing. Jeff Bradshaw, served as the headliner for this year’s concert. (Photo credit: Beech Companies) Cecil B. Moore — once called Columbia Avenue — is historically known for the lively jazz clubs located there that musical legends frequented. Today, the “Jazz on the Ave” Music Fest continues this legacy and has become one of the must-attend summer concerts of the year, attracting musicians, celebrities, locals and people from across the nation. “We have people come from as far as California to enjoy the music, food and information we provide each year,” states Kenneth Scott, President of Beech Companies. “This event has sustained for 11 years not just because it’s a great family and community event, but because it’s an opportunity to celebrate the great musical history of North Philadelphia that people across the nation have come to appreciate.” According to research, local concerts are a tourism attraction and have the opportunity to bring communities together and instill a sense of community pride and knowledge of their history. In addition, the economic benefits of festivals helps stimulates the growth of tourism and other businesses in the region. To learn more about Beech Community Services, call (215) 763-8868 or visit www.beechinterplex.com. The post Thousands turn out for this year’s “Jazz on the Ave” Music Fest appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|The Souls of Black Folks: Steadfast, Immovable and Relevant!The Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 3 d. 19 h. 5 min. ago more|
ABOVE PHOTO: Philadelphia NAACP president Min. Rodney Muhammad with Yashpal S. Bains at the Philly is Charlottesville March on Broad Street on Wednesday night. (Photo: Solomon Williams) By Minister Rodney Muhammad We returned from an incredible national convention in a way forced to review the principles and true mission of the NAACP. Nothing is more refreshing than the oldest civil rights organization, challenging itself to be introspective, impactful and effective relating to principles and not personalities. The present time has brought a great deal of criticism on the NAACP. Some could be considered warranted, but I find some attacks as failing to consider factors both historical and current. The convention in Baltimore caused the NAACP to assert its right–like every other organization–to define itself, its goals and strategies. Our theme for 2017 is “Steadfast and Immovable.” Steadfast means to be resolute and unwavering. This is an NAACP position against a country and government that is increasing its aggressiveness to set back gains and destroy progressive values in our society. However, we will also have to be steadfast against movements that are proving to have no design for achieving outcomes but only expressing outrage. The NAACP has long since abandoned slogans and protest as the only approach, though both are necessary components in a people’s struggle for justice and parity in a land where hardening attitudes and policies shaped by them are denying both. The second “A” in the acronym NAACP is for advancement. There are times in protracted struggle where advancement proves a lot more difficult, and we see civil rights gains being chipped away, so we adopt a position and decide that we shall not be moved. The present state of politics, the Presidency and current world climate is such a time. The values that the NAACP stands for have not changed. If an organization advocates for justice, fights for equality and believes in progressive values now expressed by several groups, how does it become irrelevant? Because we are not dying in the streets, having our homes bombed, and our throats slit in the night, have we now become irrelevant? Now, because we have offices with fax machines and computers with email capability, we’re seen as bureaucratically absorbed and of no use to the movement. Churches are bureaucratic, with services ongoing, weddings, funerals, and counseling, yet are not considered irrelevant. Government and much of the way we live our lives is routine, yet is not called unnecessary. We like many others having a long history should always revisit strategy and methods of approach, but a lot can be said for keeping your doors open nationwide for over a century without ever closing them. We should not forget that your life might not be in danger any longer for taking up membership in the NAACP, but the coast is only clear because the NAACP cleared the coast! We should not forget that the more blatant hatreds we see displayed before us today have a long history in America, and were given legal form and expression. The NAACP fought long and hard in the courts to destroy the legal basis for Jim Crow and segregation in this country. The 1954 Supreme Court decision that segregation in public schools was deemed unconstitutional, literally set the south on fire in its quest for freedom and demand for equal rights. We made way for Black people to enter many higher institutions of learning, ended “all White” primaries in elections, even as long time Dr. Martin Luther King aide Andy Young said, “the NAACP laid the ground work for Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to begin the non-violent direct-action movement.” As recently as 2016, the NAACP won nine cases in court countering voter suppression. The services our 2,200 branches have provided, and the thousands of phone calls weekly to our branch offices make the case of irrelevancy moot. We welcome constructive criticism, but not the argument that if you have a long existence, somehow your utility has worn out. Age brings wisdom — you cannot get in any other way. We can accommodate public calls to be more vigilant. However, outrage alone–or protest alone with no legal strategy for policy change — leaves one with satisfaction in getting angry, but never ridding society of the thing that produced the outrage. Even organizing boycotts — which was common between the 1940s through the 1960s — has all but been abandoned. We now have a public outcry for justice, while we carry on full cooperation with injustice. I celebrate my right to protest, but my protest is not a celebration. It must lead to something! What organization is demonstrating policy change in America that says to organizations like the NAACP to retire into the dustbin of history? The NAACP at a time like this is sharpening its sword, refitting itself to the principles and values that have yet to be realized by society at large. Racial hatreds are at an all- time high, Supreme Court appointments, guarantee a dismantling of laws designed to protect progressive values. Laws established by the oldest civil rights organization in America, the NAACP. The post The Souls of Black Folks: Steadfast, Immovable and Relevant! appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|Mayor Kenney: Time to discuss future of Rizzo statueThe Philadelphia Sunday Sun / 3 d. 19 h. 5 min. ago more|
ABOVE PHOTO: Frank Rizzo (AP photo) Associated Press The mayor of Philadelphia says the city should discuss the future of a statue of one of his predecessors after reports of possible vandalism and a city councilwoman’s call for its removal. Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney said Tuesday now is the “right time” for a conversation about the statue of Frank Rizzo, a former mayor and police commissioner who critics say reigned over the city when police brutality was the accepted norm. The talk comes days after a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that was sparked by the planned removal of a Confederate statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, and as cities and institutions across the country are tackling how to handle monuments linked to racism and other emotionally charged issues. Philadelphia has long tried to reconcile the complicated legacy of Rizzo, who served as mayor from 1972 to 1980 and who died of a heart attack in 1991. His friends, family and fans remember him as a devoted public servant unafraid to speak his mind. His detractors saw his police force as corrupt and brutal and said Rizzo alienated minorities both as police commissioner and mayor. On Monday, Democratic Councilwoman Helen Gym said on Twitter that the statue should be removed. “All around the country, we’re fighting to remove the monuments to slavery and racism. Philly, we have work to do. Take the Rizzo statue down,” she tweeted. She later said she would initiate a public process around the statue when the city council reconvenes in September. Overnight, a sign reading “Shame on President Trump” was hung around the statue’s neck, and on Wednesday a man from Maplewood, New Jersey, was charged with disorderly conduct for throwing eggs at it earlier in the day. The bronze statue, unveiled in 1999, depicts Rizzo bounding down the steps of the Municipal Services Building. It was donated to the city. Calls to remove the statue aren’t new. A year ago, an anti-police brutality group launched an online petition to take the statue down. A newly launched online petition to keep the statue in place gathered over 11,000 signatures by early Wednesday afternoon. Rizzo’s son told KYW-TV Tuesday that his father was a fair person who treated people equally regardless of race. “I never remember my dad being anything but a fair person. If you broke the law, no matter what color you were, he made sure Philadelphia was protected,” said the former Philadelphia city councilman. “And I would hope the decision makers realize Frank Rizzo should not be in the same conversation as a Confederate general.” The post Mayor Kenney: Time to discuss future of Rizzo statue appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.
|3 Sought In May Homicide In Philadelphia: Cops - Patch.comGoogle News / 3 d. 19 h. 37 min. ago more|
Patch.com3 Sought In May Homicide In Philadelphia: CopsPatch.comPHILADELPHIA – Three men are sought in connection with a May double shooting that left one person dead, according to Philadelphia Police. Police said at about 4:10 p.m. on May 8, two men were shot inside a home on the 1800 block of Master Street.and more »
|OUR OPINION: City Must Be Vigilant Against HatePhiladelphia Public Record / 3 d. 19 h. 49 min. ago more|
SHARING CHARLOTTESVILLE’S PAIN – and the nation’s – was a crowd gathered at this Center City vigil Sunday night for the three people killed during the Unite the Right rally and its aftermath this past weekend. Photo by Salvatore PatroneAny equivocation vanished during President Donald Trump’s eye-popping press conference on Tuesday, when he essentially legitimized white supremacists by putting their actions on the same level as those of the counter-protestors last weekend and, Q.E.D., with their actions and philosophy. He did not just legitimize them in Charlottesville, Va.; he legitimized them in Philadelphia as well. Despite being many news cycles after the horrific demonstrations and violence, our vigilance needs to be constant. When the office of the president of the United States, long considered one of the country’s moral compasses, can’t bring itself to condemn groups that celebrate defeated foes of liberty – when those that fetishize the eras of Jim Crow and slavery, as well as the genocidal bloodlust of the Nazis – we need to take action. This is the City of Brotherly Love, but it is so much more. It is the home of a Black population that comprises almost half of our citizenry; the sixth-largest Jewish population in the U.S.; an LGBTQ community making up 4% of the population; 187,000 Hispanics – fully 12% of the city; and 50,000 undocumented immigrants. Every one of these groups was targeted in Charlottesville, and every one of them will continue to be in the bullseye, especially now that white supremacists have been emboldened by dog whistles that have metastasized into clarion calls of tolerance for their abhorrent beliefs and behavior. And with demographics like these, what better place to launch an offensive than here? You can be sure that hate group leaders will take a page from successful military campaigns and realize that the injury and loss incurred by some of their members will be far outweighed by the acolytes gained. If this sounds familiar, it should: it’s textbook terrorist recruitment of the same variety practiced by ISIS. It’s fitting that a voice that the Nazis were unable to silence should have the last word. Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel noted, “We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
|Hallahan Teaches Leadership with New ProgramsPhiladelphia Public Record / 3 d. 20 h. 1 min. ago more|
HALLAHAN High School’s prime Center City location makes it a natural leader in girls’ education in Philadelphia.Hallahan High School, the oldest Catholic girls’ high school in the country, has made a point of staying in the forefront of secondary education for more than a century. Hallahan has stayed abreast of the latest opportunities in local college partnerships and online offerings, to make the most of its elite Center City location. In the upcoming academic year, Hallahan will introduce two new classes to prepare its graduates for leadership. This fall, the school is adding a full-year statistics class to its math offerings. This is a great elective and one that would be most beneficial to anyone looking to start a career in nursing or other medical or scientific fields as well as education. Offered in response to long-standing interest, the course will be open to 11th and 12th grades. Public Speaking is an incredibly useful course, no matter what you choose for a career. At some point in your life you will be asked to present, and this class can help you understand and practice the strategies necessary for a great presentation. It too is open to 11th and 12th grades. Hallahan will offer four college-level courses in partnership with area colleges. At University of the Arts, Hallahan will be starting its third year in an amazing program, “Spark, Fuel, Ignite.” This program is open to 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students. Students will be working with U of A graduate students and the Philly HOME project to design and build an interactive structure that will be on display during April 2018 throughout the city. The only requirement for this class is that you are an “Outside the Box” thinker. It does not require artistic talent. Students who continue for the second semester of this course can earn college credits. This class is free and meets every other Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the University. Two Cabrini University courses are on offer this year. In the fall semester is “Introduction to Criminal Justice.” This is a brand new partnership for Hallahan. Roman students will be invited to come to Hallahan and take a college course with college credit, taught by Cabrini professors. This course offers a broad examination of the American system of criminal justice. The development and contemporary functions of the three subsystems (law enforcement, judicial system, and correctional system) are analyzed. This course provides the foundation for further criminal-justice studies. The course will take place Tuesdays and Thursday, 2:45-4:00 p.m. It is worth 3 credits. The fee for this class is $300. Here is the big incentive: If you later attend Cabrini, you will receive an annual $1,000 scholarship because you chose to take a Cabrini class before graduation. That’s a possible $4,000 for a $300 investment. In the spring, “Introduction to Media Communications” will be offered. Students are introduced to the latest developments in media communication, as well as to the significance of the 1st Amendment in preserving democratic freedoms. Students learn how the media have developed so that they can be critical consumers and producers of news, advertising, public relations and entertainment. A survey of the changing media landscape of journalism, entertainment, and persuasion, including evolving and emerging sources of news, radio, recording video, film, photography, advertising and public relations provides an overview of media career paths. This course is worth 3 credits. It will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:45-4:00 p.m. Hallahan students can a fall course at Arcadia University, “Introduction to Public Health.” This course provides an overview of public health globally, with an emphasis on the United States. It focuses on the population-health perspective, including the impact on the health-care system and the environment and the specific needs of under-served populations. The course provides an introduction to disease incidence and prevalence, and how the frequency, distribution, and determinants of disease affect how resources are allocated to target health conditions and health disparities. Methods used to detect diseases within populations are described along with educational interventions used to facilitate behavior change and disease prevention. Issues of health-care delivery are included with a discussion of health-care financing, reimbursement, cost containment and utilization. Students are introduced to the social determinants of health promotion and disease prevention, including health communication and informatics, so that they may gain an understanding of the health disparities that exist today and the factors that contribute to this inequity. This is a 4-credit course. The fee is $125 per credit for a total of $500; that is 1/3 of the price charged on campus. For further information about Hallahan’s programing, call (215) 563-8930.
|POLS ON THE STREET: Street Scores a Hit on Gun BillPhiladelphia Public Record / 4 d. 18 h. 27 min. ago more|
STATE SEN. SHARIF STREETBY JOE SHAHEELI Entering the General Assembly as a freshman, in the minority party, is a humbling experience. Ask any veteran lawmaker how much influence he had during the first six months of his career. It’s obvious the freshman’s main job is to keep his nose down and his ears open. Rarely does he get a chance to deal a major piece of legislation even a glancing blow. State Sen. Sharif Street (D-N. Phila.) may have pulled off just such a coup – booby-trapping the mighty National Rifle Association’s chief policy plan for Pennsylvania. Wending a path through the State Senate this spring was SB 383, introduced by State Sen. Donald White (R-Indiana). This bill that would allow school-district employees to carry guns to school. It passed the Senate and is currently before the House Education Committee. The bill reads, in part, “The board of school directors in a school district may establish a policy permitting school personnel access to firearms in the buildings or on the grounds of a school.” The district would be expected to prepare a firearms-safety plan and run it past local law enforcement. A 2008 â€œright-to-knowâ€ law would categorize such information as confidential. That was how White’s bill hit the Senate floor. It was then that senators of both parties were allowed to offer amendments. Street pitched in two key changes to the bill. One was that school personnel would need a carry permit and proof of firearms training to pack heat at school. They would also be required to pass a psychological screening. COME AUGUST, the ‘real business’ of politics takes place at shoreside gatherings – or backyard gatherings like Sid Booker’s pool party in Laverock, where, L-R, Councilman Derek Green, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Congressional Aide Ducky Birts, Sheriff Jewell Williams, DA candidate Larry Krasner and host Booker hung out with hundreds. Photo by Wendell DouglasThese amendments sailed past the deep-blue Senate and are built into the legislation now before the House of Representatives. In its first version, the bill met opposition from the Education Law Center and the Pennsylvania State Education Association, which you could roughly characterize as “progressive” in today’s odd world. But now the National Rifle Association has yanked its support as well – solely because of Street’s amendments. The NRA is a massive financial supporter of favorable Keystone State legislators and no one doubts the core language of SB 383 was drafted by the NRA and signed off on by White. What the NRA chiefly objects to are the Street amendment language. The NRA is adamant that no school-gun policy is acceptable if it requires pistol-packing professors to demonstrate first that they are not crazy and secondly that they can shoot straight. The NRA will work hard to delete the Street amendments in the House. But in doing so, they will be placing moderate suburban Republican House members in peril. These are the most-volatile seats in Harrisburg. How many of them wish to go on record advocating that teachers become marksmen as well, in 2018? Gun violence is a large, long-standing Philadelphia concern to which all its elected officials must respond. Street may have planted an IED in the path of a bill that most Philadelphians don’t want, because they believe it would worsen a local problem with firearms – not in schools, but on the streets. Brady Slams Trump Talk Congressman Bob Brady (D-Phila.) released the following statement on President Trump’s remarks at a news conference on the Charlottesville, Va. tragedy: “President Trump has once again shared his core feelings and once again we are shocked that he chose to defend racists and those who support Nazism rather than the American people.” A LOCAL hair salon got a new lease on life as State Rep. Jared Solomon cut the ribbon to newly renovated Journey Hair Salon on Castor Avenue. He explained how he assisted the owner, Tomika Miles, in receiving $10,000 in grants from The Merchants Fund to help make the upgrades possible. “I am a strong believer that thriving business corridors are critical in revitalizing a neighborhood,” Solomon explained. Kenney Approves Pre-K Head A newly created position in the Mayor’s Office will become a lightning rod for Mayor Jim Kenney’s signature policy. Kenney named Julie Beamon as PHLpreK director in the Mayor’s Office of Education. Beamon most recently served as provider engagement coordinator for PHLpreK, playing a critical role in the initial development and implementation of the city’s free, quality pre-K program over the previous year. Beamon has spent the past several years working with early-learning programs in Pennsylvania to implement best practices and policies. “Julie’s commitment to improving quality in the early childhood education sector, combined with her excellent track record working with pre-K providers and key stakeholders make her an excellent choice for PHLpreK director as we continue strengthening the program,” said Kenney. “She has extensive knowledge of early childhood education at the policy and ground level, and has modeled both leadership and collaboration to advance systemic change in the field.” “I look forward to collaborating with our partners to expand and deepen the impact of PHLpreK, which has already helped so many families and local businesses,” said Beamon. “I am honored to lead a hardworking team that helped to launch the program, and am committed to achieving the Mayor’s vision of ensuring that all Philadelphia children can access quality early education.” “Julie has been critical to the success of PHLpreK in its formative phase,” said Carol Austin, executive director at Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children and chair of the city’s pre-K advisory board. “Julie is the right person to convene stakeholders, coordinate with providers and partners, and lead the City’s effort to give all children the quality, affordable early education they deserve in order to become kindergarten-ready.” ISHAQ SAMAI and Ward Leader Pete Wilson, co-founders of Philadelphia Community Outreach Committee, held an “Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Rally” earlier this month on the 700 block of N. Holly Street in Mill Creek. This corner has been plagued by open-air drug vending. State Sen. Vincent Hughes and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell joined Holly Street neighbors and civic groups in their vigil. Photo by Morgan MillerPrior to working in the Mayor’s Office of Education, Beamon was an Early Learning Program Certification Representative for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning, an Early Intervention Service Coordinator and Special Projects Manager for Elwyn SEEDS, and a Site Coordinator in the Southeast Delco School District. She also taught English for six years in the Abington School District. A graduate of Philadelphia public schools, Beamon earned her BA in English from Howard University and MEd in English education from Ohio State University. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and her son, who is a public-school student. Beamon will have her work cut out for her as she gears up for the first full year of the mayor’s initiative to expand quality pre-K education in the city. If the Sweetened Drinks Tax fails to deliver enough revenue to support the expansion, she will be tasked with managing the gap – and warding off criticisms as the next round of municipal elections approaches. COUNCILMAN Mark Squilla, 3rd from R, held his reception at Keenan’s. Well-wishers included Melania Rowan; Pat Christian, 25th Ward Chairman; Senate aide J.R. Rowan (hubby of Melania); Tom Johnson, 25th Ward Leader; Brigit and hubby Mark; Mary Fogg, Golden Rose; and Kensington youth mentor Mark Marco. Tomlinson Is Sour on Tax One person who is predicting the Sweetened Drinks tax will fail to deliver the goods for pre-K is Mike Tomlinson, the Republican candidate for city controller. He is placing that message at the core of his campaign. In a recent statement, Tomlinson said, “I oppose the sugar tax. It punishes the people due to City mismanagement and corruption. My opponent is a flag-waving supporter of this oppressive tax that hurts the middle and working class just trying to make ends meet.” August is early to be rallying voters But as Republicans face a stiff uphill climb to surmount their disadvantage in voter registrations, Tomlinson cannot waste a minute. He must hope thousands of Philadelphia voters are enjoying their favorite sodas at the shore in August – and will bring their surprise and frustration after Labor Day when they confront the sticker prices for the same items back home. “Vote against this tax on Nov. 7 and give me your vote for city controller,” Tomlinson concluded. Appellate Court Goes Green? In a first for Pennsylvania’s Green Party, a Superior Court candidate will be carrying its banner in the fall general-election campaign. The campaign to elect Jules Mermelstein to the Pennsylvania Superior Court has announced that thanks to the efforts of volunteers across 44 counties, he will be on the ballot for Nov. 7. KICKING OFF the pioneering NaturePHL program at the Cobbs Creek Environmental Center, L-R, were Mike Weilbacher, executive director of the Schuylkill Center; Kathryn Ott Lovell, commissioner, Philadelphia Department of Parks & Recreation; Lauren Imgrund, Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources; Aaliyah Green Ross, director of education at the Schuylkill Center; Tony Ferguson, station director of the US Forest Service’s Northern Research Station; and Dr. Koi Dang, pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s South Philadelphia primary-care facility. Photo by Martin Regusters, Leaping Lion PhotographyMore than 4,300 Pennsylvania voters submitted their signatures for the campaign to nominate Jules for Judge. On July 28, nearly double the signatures needed to place Mermelstein on the ballot were submitted. None were challenged over the following days. Mermelstein has worked as an attorney, and both as a high-school and college government teacher. He spent more than two decades teaching Sunday school to teens and was elected five terms as a township official. In two of Mermelstein’s bids for Upper Dublin Township Commissioner, he was endorsed by both major parties. Now, as a Green Party candidate, Mermelstein believes he will bring much-needed nonpartisan integrity to a judicial system that he sees as plagued by corruption. “As a former criminal defense attorney,” Mermelstein told Green Party members from around the U.S. at a recent national conference, “I am fully aware of the racism inherent in that system. I actually argued a case once to a judge that the Commonwealth hadn’t proven my client guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and his response from the bench in open court was, ‘The fact that your client’s Black makes it worse.’ I took that appeal actually to the court I’m running for and got an order for a new trial before a different judge.” Mermelstein has vowed to travel tirelessly across the state to press his candidacy.
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Aug. 18- State Rep. Emilio Vázquez hosts Pop-Up Constituent Service Office at Norris Sq. Pk., 2100 N. Howard St., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Auto registrations & licenses, birth & death certificates, unemployment compensation & senior services. For info: (215) 457-5281. Aug. 18- State Sen. Art Haywood hosts “SEPTA Day” at 7106 Germantown Ave., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Residents 65+ can get SEPTA Photo ID. Aug. 19- State Rep. Angel Cruz hosts Free Community Shredding at 3503 B St., Unit 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Also assistance on CHIP, Medicaid and property tax/rent rebate. For info: (215) 291-5643. Aug. 19- State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown hosts iBuyBlack Monthly Mtg. at Overbrook Beacon Ctr., 5621 Lancaster Ave., 10 a.m.-12 m. Guest speakers, light refreshments. For info: (215) 247-1545. Aug. 19- Salvation Army hosts Community Resource & Job Fair at 3225 Reed St., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. More than 40 companies & resource agencies. Light refreshments. Bring résumé. For info: email@example.com. Aug. 19- Memorial Block Party is hosted in honor of former Ward Leader Ellen Maenner, 200 bl. Tusculum St., (beside Conrail gulley cleanup project), 12-7 p.m. Aug. 19- State Rep. Morgan Cephas hosts Constituent District day at Tustin Rec Ctr., 5901 W. Columbia Ave, 12-4 p.m. Basketball tournament, live music, games, raffles, giveaways, food and refreshments. For info: Thais Carrero (717) 787-7895. Aug. 19- Ward Leader George Brooks hosts Baltimore Harbor Crab & Shrimp festival, bus at Progress Plaza, Broad & Oxford Sts., lv. 1 p.m. Free lunch on bus. All you can eat, 35 liquors & beer, 6 p.m. Tickets $175. For info: George (215) 235-2235 or Ron (267) 974-7319. Aug. 19- Operating Engineers Union host Summer Bash at Keenan’s Pub, 113 Olde New jersey Ave., N. Wildwood, N.J. Aug. 19- State Rep. Joanna McClinton hosts Birthday Summer Soirée at Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., cocktails 4 p.m., celebration 5-8 p.m. VIP Levels: Gold $1,000, Silver $2,500, Platinum $5,000; celebration levels Young Professionals $50, Supporters $75, Friends $125. Aug. 21- Councilwoman Cindy Bass hosts Showtime at the Apollo at Stenton Pk., 1701 W. Courtland St., 6-8 p.m. MC Derek Lee. Giveaways, prizes. Bring your own chair. For info: (215) 686-9182. Aug. 22- State Rep. Rosita Youngblood hosts Back to School Event at Mercy Neighborhood Ministries, 1939 W. Venango St., 4-7 p.m. Free backpacks for first 150 registrants. Educational, financial and health resources. Must pre-register. For info: (215) 849-6426 or Robyn Moore firstname.lastname@example.org. Aug. 23- Councilwoman Cindy Bass hosts “Oldies in the Park” at Vernon Pk., 5800 Germantown Ave., 5:30-8:30 p.m. MC Gary Shepherd, DJ Darryl Taylor. For info: (215) 686-9182. Aug. 23- 32nd Ward Democrats host “Jazz Under the Stars” at Smith Mem. Plg. & Mansion, 3500 Reservoir Dr., 6-10 p.m. Jazz trios, vocalist, “jazzoetry.” Bring chair (or not). Wine & Beer Bar, first drink free, drink tickets $1. Tickets $30. For info: Gary Williams (215) 906-9009. Aug. 24- State Rep. Emilio Vázquez hosts Pop-Up Constituent Service Office at Save-a-Lot, 2101 W. Lehigh Ave., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Auto registrations & licenses, birth & death certificates, unemployment compensation & senior services. For info: (215) 457-5281. Aug. 25- State Rep. Emilio Vázquez hosts Pop-Up Constituent Service Office at Save-a-Lot, 2101 W. Lehigh Ave., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Auto registrations & licenses, birth & death certificates, unemployment compensation & senior services. For info: (215) 457-5281. Aug. 26- State Rep. Stephen Kinsey hosts “Save, Give, Live,” a personal-finance workshop presented by Urban Seeds, at 5952 Germantown Ave., 10-11 a.m. RSVP: Naja (215) 518-6558. Aug 26- State Sen. Art Haywood hosts Back to School Celebration at Lonnie Young Rec Ctr., 1100 E. Chelten Ave., 12-4 p.m. Aug. 26- State Rep. Angel Cruz hosts Back-to-School Bookbag Giveaway at 1240 E. Erie Ave., 12-4 p.m. Also recycling bins; fire truck & police car; info on finger-printing, redevelopment grants and public safety. For info: (215) 291-5643. Aug. 27- Republican City Committee hosts Bill Meehan Clam Bake at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd., 4-8 p.m. Roast Pig, chicken, clams, chowder, corn, hot dogs, pretzels, water ice, open bar, live entertainment. Tickets $100. For info: (215) 561-0650. Aug. 28- Councilwoman Cindy Bass hosts Showtime at the Apollo at Stenton Pk., 1701 W. Courtland St., 6-8 p.m. MC Derek Lee. Giveaways, prizes. Bring your own chair. For info: (215) 686-9182. Aug. 31- State Rep. Emilio Vázquez hosts Pop-Up Constituent Service Office at Wyoming Br. Lib., 231 E. Wyoming Ave., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Auto registrations & licenses, birth & death certificates, unemployment compensation & senior services. For info: (215) 457-5281. Sep. 1- State Rep. Emilio Vázquez hosts Pop-Up Constituent Service Office at Satellite Office, 1421 W. Susquehanna Ave., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Auto registrations & licenses, birth & death certificates, unemployment compensation & senior services. For info: (215) 457-5281. Sep. 4- AFL-CIO hosts Labor Day Parade, starts at Sheet Metal Workers’ Ha., Washington Ave. & Columbus Blvd. Sep. 8- Councilwoman Cherelle Parker hosts “Calling All Virgos – Birthday Celebration” at Temptations, 218 W. Chelten Ave., 8-11 p.m. Inter-generational old-school party featuring Patty Jackson and DJ Gary O. BOP, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s dance contests; $200 1st-place prize in each category. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at door. Virgos buying tables contact in advance to get listing! Free light buffet, cash bar; can bring own food. Payable to “People for Parker,” P.O. Box 27647, Phila., PA 19118. For info: (215) 500-1679 or email@example.com. Sep. 9- State Rep. Jason Dawkins hosts Women’s Health Fair at N.E. Frankford Boys & Girls Cl., 1709 Kinsey St., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Cancer care, health insurance, opioid addiction, medical equipment, behavioral health, sexual violence, counseling. For info: (215) 744-7901. Sep. 9- Sheriff Jewell Williams is hosted 60th Birthday Celebration at Local 332 Union Ha., 1310 Wallace St., 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Tickets $100. Payable to “Citizens for Jewell Williams,” 2343 N. Smedley St., Phila., PA 19132. Sep. 9- Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 hosts Members’ Picnic at Clementon Pk., Berlin, N.J. Sep. 14- State Rep. Stephen Kinsey hosts Human Services Job Fair at Treasures, 5540 Germantown Ave., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For info: (215) 849-6592. Sep. 14- State Rep. Emilio Vázquez hosts “Meet, Greet, Obtain Constituent Services” at Susquehanna Village, 1421 W. Susquehanna Ave, 3-4 p.m. Sep. 16- Chapel of 4 Chaplains hosts Appreciation Event at 1201 Constitution Ave., Navy Yard Bldg. 649, 11 a.m. Legion of Honor awards, unveiling of World War II Submarine Vets Memorial, Lost at Sea memorial. Free-will offering. For info: (215) 218-1943. Sep. 19- Councilman Derek Green hosts Cocktail Reception at Time, 1315 Sansom St., 5-7 p.m. Tickets $250, Supporters $500, friends $750, Hosts $1,000. Payable to “The Green Fund,” P.O. Box 4984, Philadelphia, PA 19119. RSVP: Kelly Bauer firstname.lastname@example.org. Sep. 21- Phila. Democratic Progressive Committee hosts “Back to Business: Get Involved Happy Hour” at Ladder 15, 1526 Sansom St., 6-8 p.m. Free admission & drink specials. Sep. 27- Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Phila. hosts Award Banquet at Sheraton Univ. City Hotel, 3549 Chestnut St., 5-9 p.m. Banquet catered by Michael Chow’s Sang Kee Restaurant. Tickets $75/person, $135/couple, $650/table. For info: (215) 642-2333. Oct. 1- Vendemmia festival of wine & food is held at Girard Pk., 21st & Porter Sts., 2-6 p.m. Tickets $500 table of 10, $50 advance purchase, $55 at gate. To enter your home-made wine, return the registration form with your entries on Sep. 30, 10 a.m-2 p.m. at Prudential Savings bank Community Rm., off parking lot. 1-3 bottles per person. If possible, bring 2 bottles of each entry. For info: (215) 551-3859. Oct. 3- Pa. Conference for Women features Michelle Obama as Keynote Speaker at Pa. Convention Ctr., Broad & Arch Sts. Oct. 6- State Sen. John Sabatina hosts Senior Expo at Nat’l Guard Armory, 2700 Southampton Rd., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Refreshments. For info: (215) 695-1020. For info: (215) 952-1999. Oct. 6- Sheet Metal Workers Golf Tournament at Northampton Valley C.C., 299 Newtown-Richboro Rd., Richboro, Pa., registration 12 m., shotgun start 1 p.m. Lunch, dinner, prizes. Golfers $100, Hole Sponsors $250. Checks payable to “Local 19 Scholarship Fund.” For info: (215) 952-1999. Oct. 6- St. Casimir Ch. hosts Designer Bag Bingo at EOM, 144 Moore St., 7 p.m. 10 rounds; wine, cheese & desserts. Tickets $30 in advance, $35 at door. For info: Marge Petronis (215) 462-0464. Oct. 19- State Rep. Emilio Vázquez hosts “Meet, Greet, Obtain Constituent Services” at Susquehanna Village, 1421 W. Susquehanna Ave, 3-4 p.m. Oct. 26- SEAMAAC hosts 33rd Anniversary Gala at Univ. of Arts, Solmssen Ct., 6-9 p.m. Oct. 28- State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald hosts N. Housing Conference & Job Fair at W. Oak La. Charter Sch., 7115 Stenton Ave., 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Continental breakfast & lunch. For info: (215) 549-0220. Nov. 2- 182nd Dist. Progressive Caucus hosts Social at Ladder 15, 1528 Sansom St., 6-8 p.m.
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Patch.comMarch And Rally For Charlottesville Tonight In PhiladelphiaPatch.comPHILADELPHIA – A rally in support of the people of Charlottesville, Virginia is planned for Philadelphia Wednesday night after one person and many other were injured during a white nationalist rally Aug. 12 in Charlottesville. The rally will be held ...and more »
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|City Launches ‘Smart War’ on Gun ViolencePhiladelphia Public Record / 11 d. 17 h. 38 min. ago more|
BY TONY WEST After 50 years of excessive gun violence in its poor neighborhoods, Philadelphia has decided to study the problem. That’s good. Council President Darrell L. Clarke appointed Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (D-2nd), Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis and Darrell G. O’Connor, a career FTI expert, the co-chairs of the Special Committee on Gun Violence Prevention. The formation of the special committee, authorized by Council last month, shows collaboration between the Kenney administration, City Council, law enforcement, and community advocates with the goal of achieving meaningful and sustainable reductions in incidents of gun violence in Philadelphia. Members of the Special Committee include Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. (D-4th), chair of the Committee on Public Safety, Shondell Revell, executive director of the newly authorized Office of Violence Prevention; along with 17 other lights in the anti-crime movement, from government officials and agency leaders to street activists. That’s why this committee matters, argues Johnson. Gun violence sounds simple but it is complicated. Therefore the response to it must be complicated as well. We need many heads at the table, listening to each other and working together. “There is no silver bullet,” said Johnson. “We must be diligent and comprehensive; we must make a longterm commitment, over many council and mayoral cycles, to focus on this topic. We have to make it the number-one priority in Philadelphia.” “It” is the gun-violence toll in Philadelphia, which hasn’t been good for a couple of generations now. If the city wants to taste true success, it must drive these numbers down. And the city may have to bear most of this effort. Expect no great relief from Harrisburg or Washington, say the committee’s leaders. “Guns are too easy to get, and we haven’t made much progress nationwide in controlling them, said DiBerardinis. “There are no Uzis made in Point Breeze,” sighed Johnson. DiBerardinis argued, however, that other cities have shown progress against violence as a result of concerted partnerships between City agencies and community members. In Philadelphia, a pilot project in parts of South Philadelphia in Johnson’s district called Focussed Deterrence has been able to move the numbers, providing a model for action. The committee’s first step will be to go to communities in all 10 councilmanic districts and hold town-hall meetings. Its initial mission will be to listen and to learn. “You have to know the social structure of these loosely organized groups in each neighborhood, know who’s connected to whom,” DiBerardinis explained. It’s as important to learn who’s likely to be involved in crime as it is to learn who will help combat it. The next step is to offer a carrot as well as a stick – a path out of the culture of violence. “There must be a set of opportunities and services one could receive if these young men decide to cooperate within the bounds of the program,” DiBerardinis said. “If you want to make a shot of moving out of that world, we’ll help you.” It may take six or seven agencies working together to provide these pathways: police, courts, prisons, human services, behavioral health, education and employment assistance. Some will be public, some private nonprofits. Even addressing urban blight may become a component of an action plan. And then there are the guns. A former director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives is on the team. The Committee has several subcommittees focusing respectively on illegal guns, public health, social services and opportunities, intervention and outreach, victim advocates and program review. There must be follow-through to see which programs work where, and to adapt to changing situations. “This is the forever plan,” insisted Johnson, who has made gun violence his cause since he founded Peace Not Guns as a young activist in 1998.
|POLS ON THE STREET: State Rep Rumbles Are UnderwayPhiladelphia Public Record / 11 d. 17 h. 45 min. ago more|
AS IS HIS tradition, Council President Darrell Clarke gave away hundreds of window fans to senior constituents at Martin Luther King Recreation Center. Photo by Wendell DouglasBY JOE SHAHEELI As if there wasn’t enough happening in the turbulent political waters of 2017, a few of its local mariners already have an eye on the distant beacon of the 2018 primary election. State representative races are the easiest opportunities for newcomers to try to make an entry into elected officialdom. Two adjoining districts, the 184th and the 182nd, have attracted three interested challengers. Together they take in half of Center City and half of South Philadelphia, areas that are seeing an influx of new residents and spiraling property values. These new voters have no loyalty to established representatives; indeed, they are unlikely even to know who they are. They provide fertile ground for insurgents. State Rep. Brian Sims (D-S. Philadelphia) upset an incumbent in 2012 to take the 182nd, which covers Logan Square, Rittenhouse Square, the Gayborhood and Bella Vista. Young and fiery, Sims made his name as Pennsylvania’s first openly gay legislator. He is also restless, having undertaken a brief run for Congressman Chaka Fattah’s 2nd Congressional District seat in the 2016 Democratic primary which was won by the current incumbent, Congressman Dwight Evans. PARTICIPATING in the 9th annual “Nicetown Give Back” community gathering were, L-R, Councilwoman Cindy Bass, Nicetown CDC leader Majeedah Rashid and Black Lives Matter activist Asa Khalif. Photo by Wendell DouglasSo it’s poetic justice, perhaps, that Sims faced a bevy of equally restless opponents in both the 2014 and 2016 primaries. He won with a plurality of 40% in 2016 against three of them. Their leader, State Senate aide Ben Waxman, who reaped 34% of the vote that year, has long been clear he intended to come back for a second round. Late last month, he made that official. A former journalist and staffer for State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-W. Phila.), Waxman now works for Wage Change, a nonprofit action group that advocates voluntary wage increases among small employers. Why the early launch? Waxman’s top need is to discourage others from entering the primary. By establishing an early lead, he hopes to draw other progressives who are disaffected with Sims to his banner before they develop ambitions of their own. Sims enjoys a campaign and is steadily working his base. “There’ll be plenty of time to discuss the many differences between us, but here’s the biggest: My opponent has made it clear over the years that being in elected office is his dream while I ran for office and have been re-elected twice because I have always been focused on fulfilling other people’s dreams,” he said in his latest statement. AN IMPRESSIVE turnout filled a Temple University hall for State Sen. Sharif Street’s Diverse & Minority Business Forum. Business people were given workshops and panel discussions – along with dozens of tables staffed by public- and private-sector vendors, complete with shopping lists. Among presenters were, L-R, Deb McClain of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Brittany Rivera of the Minority Development Council, Sherry Nacci of the Women’s Enterprise Council, Mary Brougher of the US Business Leaders network, Mathew Tharakan of SEPTA and Katherine Peters of PennDOT. Street was joined by Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and Mayor Jim Kenney.State Rep. William Keller (D-S. Phila.), whose 184th District picks up below Sims’ at Wharton Street to take in the Downtown neighborhoods of East Passyunk, Pennsport and Whitman, is in a somewhat different situation. Two first-timers – Elizabeth Fiedler, a former journalist for WHYY, and Nicholas DiDonato, Jr., a former detective, have expressed a desire to boot him out of a seat Keller has held since 1992. They are going about it in different ways. Fiedler, who says education and health care are her key issues, is targeting college-educated young professionals who are changing the demographics of this traditionally blue-collar district with close connections to the port. Organized labor is Keller’s home base and his affiliation with prominent IBEW Local 98 leader John Dougherty is of long standing. Fiedler sees this as a fault. DiDonato comes from a more-typical South Philly background. He has caught onto the latest hot issue in his neighborhood – a proposal by Philadelphia 3.0, which bills itself as a good-government lobby, to eliminate mid-street parking on S. Broad Street. This idea is about as popular in the 184th as burning the American flag and DiDonato has made himself the neighborhood tribune in opposition. It will win him attention and recognition for sure. With two opponents targeting different types of voters, Keller has few worries so far and is keeping a low profile. He knows the votes that count next spring will be rounded up by strong labor and ward organizations, with Local 98 and the 1st Ward in the lead. Brady’s Eyes on 2016 Prize State rep rumbles don’t trouble the Democratic Party chairman, Congressman Bob Brady (D-Phila.) “There’s nothing new here,” Brady commented. “It’s always been like this. People develop an interest in running for office, and it’s their right to do so.” The Democratic City Committee is concerned with ensuring wins for its candidates for district attorney and city controller, Larry Krasner and Rebecca Rhynhart, in the November General Election, when they will be opposed by Republicans Beth Grossman and Mike Tomlinson respectively. While DCC is confident of victory, it wants to leaver nothing to chance. L-R, CONTROLLER CANDIDATE Rebecca Rhynhart, judicial candidates Vikki Kristiansson and Shanese Johnson, Ward Leader Greg Spearman, DA candidate Larry Krasner and Deborah Canty at the 60th Ward’s Urban Arts Gallery. Photo by Wendell DouglasThis year’s primary drew many new voters into the fray. Democrats would like to see them show up again in November – in part for more than local offices. Brady called the statewide judicial races “very important.” There are four seats up for grabs on Superior Court, two on Commonwealth Court and one on the Supreme Court. For Democrats, it is crucial to retain their grip on the Supreme Court because that will give them muscle to prevent another disastrous redistricting in 2021 like the one that crushed them after the 2010 US Census. They want to make gains in the other two appellate venues as well. Philadelphia has a direct stake in two of these elections. Native daughters Judge Carolyn Nichols and Maria McLaughlin are going for Superior Court and Judge Ellen Ceisler is running for Commonwealth Court. Insiders know there is more to courts than legal or political philosophy. Location matters greatly at the appellate level, just as in real estate. When Philadelphia cases and Philadelphia issues are heard, it is essential to all Philadelphians that they have adequate representation on these courts. Judicial races are often ignored by low-information voters. But a judicial candidate’s home county is listed on the ballot, and it is known that some voters in the rest of the state are biased against the City of Brotherly Love. So DCC is hoping for a strong turnout in Philadelphia, preferably with voters pulling the party lever in support of the entire ticket, to counter that and buoy its hometown hopefuls to cruise to appellate seats. THE NEWS IN BLACK AND WHITE. District Attorney candidate Beth Grossman joined pupils of the Northeast Karate Academy at the National Night Out at Lincoln High School. Photo by Wendell Douglas
|Waterworks Restaurateur Lands State Dept. GigPhiladelphia Public Record / 11 d. 17 h. 59 min. ago more|
BY RYAN BRIGGS The State Department has appointed Gladwyne-based political consultant and former Waterworks restaurant owner Michael Karloutsos to a high-profile administrative position. The appointment, first reported in the Greco-American news outlet National Herald, took effect on July 23. Karloutsos will serve as acting deputy chief of protocol after receiving a personal recommendation from then-White House chief of staff Reince Priebus before his ouster last week. “The Protocol Office overall serves essentially as the first line of defense in diplomacy for the United Stated of America. They call it ‘the first hand of diplomacy,’” Karloutsos said of his new position in an interview with the National Herald. “We establish the protocol between the United States of America and every other government around the world with which we engage.” While the Greek American Karloutsos has extensive ties to religious figures in his ancestral homeland, his background is largely centered on local political consulting and international business, not diplomacy. His political connections grew after he relocated from New York City to serve under former Philadelphia schools czar Paul Vallas in the 1990s, promoting charter schools through his agency MAK Consulting. He became known among the city’s political elite for hosting swank fundraisers on behalf of figures like then-Councilman Michael Nutter, who would later become mayor. MICHAEL KARLOUTSOS, 3rd from L, shown here with with Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the Mountain of Olives in Jerusalem, was named to a State Department post. Photo from MAK Consulting’s websiteBut Karloutsos would become best known in Philadelphia for his time at the helm of the troubled Waterworks restaurant, which he reopened in 2006. An upscale eatery that aimed to draw foot traffic to an iconic neoclassical pumping station next to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the venture would end in failure and scandal. Karloutsos, who had never previously worked in the dining industry, said he was brought in to clear out the bureaucratic and political obstacles to making his vision of a waterfront restaurant a reality. But others said he was selected for the plum opportunity – selling high-priced plates next to one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions – precisely because of his political connections. The deal was years in the making, and Karloutsos used publicity stunts to draw attention to the out-of-the way venue, pulling in appearances from ex-Eagle Donovan McNabb, Rocky actor Sly Stallone, and circulating a story that Donald Trump had demanded that his personal spring water brand be added to the restaurant’s bottled “water bar.” Karloutsos’ shrewdest move as a restaurateur was a peculiar deal, revealed by the Daily News, that had the city government pick up Waterworks’ enormous utility bills while the establishment skipped out on local taxes. The tab, which also included free utilities at a café and catering business also operated by Karloutsos, totaled hundreds of thousands of dollars and spanned six years. Karloutsos said he had simply never been billed, but his brother-in-law would eventually plead guilty to skimming funds. A lawsuit filed by another part-owner outlined how the restaurant was failing to cough up business taxes. The business, which garnered mediocre reviews from food critics, ultimately fizzled. Karloutsos converted the space into a catering venue in 2015 and later cut ties with the operation. He returned to consulting and recently hosted a weekly talk show on New York radio station WNYE. The Trump administration has come under fire for its failure to fill numerous diplomatic vacancies at the State Department. Karloutsos, who did not respond to several requests for comment, previously pointed to his political work and attendance at a meeting between Pope Francis and Greek-Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in 2014 to explain his selection. “I think all those things serve as preparation for me to assume the position at this time,” he said. “I thank God I that have good friends within the administration who saw the work that I have done and they felt I was ready to assume that job.”
|POLS ON THE STREET: Shale Severance Tax Breaks New GroundPhiladelphia Public Record / 17 d. 19 h. 23 min. ago more|
COUNCILWOMAN Jannie Blackwell, 2nd from L, held a successful National Night Out celebration on Melville Street in Spruce Hill. She was joined by, L-R, Police Commissioner Richard Ross, Jr.; Kelley Hodge, district attorney; State Sen. Anthony Williams; State Rep. Joanna McClinton; and Police Inspector Derrick Wood. Photo by Joe StivalaBY JOE SHAHEELI No one knows what the final outcome of the Pennsylvania budget saga will be. The House of Representatives has not agreed to the Senate’s latest funding proposal – or indeed on any proposal of its own. But something tends to beat nothing. In the end, we predict the House will find a few Senate items to balk at and then go along with the rest. The long-debated severance tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas is one item that likely will survive in the final package. Although Republicans fiercely resist any new taxes in principle, there is no easier way to find new recurring funds and the $1-billion shortfall is too big to ignore or paper over with finagles. So Pennsylvania will finally join every other gas-producing state in adopting a severance tax on its finite natural-gas resource. CHOPPERING in air support at Lincoln High School was Councilman Bobby Henon. L-R were Miguel Maldonado, Robert Hampton, Officer Joseph Girnius, McGruff (aka Joe Rybakowski), Henon, Summer Love and Aliyah Page. Photo by Wendell DouglasEnergy donors will express their dismay to legislators they have funded for years. But they are unlikely to punish their largely Republican defenders on Capitol Hill. The $100 million tax proposed by the Senate could have been much worse., and industry lobbyists will still need their friends. It was a major victory for Democrats, as well as for some Southeastern suburban Republicans, who have long been hungering for shale-gas revenue to support their own regional needs. State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-W. Phila.), as minority chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, played a key role in negotiating the Senate plan. He was entitled to crow – which he did, with tact. “We have broken new ground with the passage of this funding package because, for the first time in MASJIDULLAH in Oak Lane featured a major Night Out with, L-R, Chris Rabb, State Sen. Art Haywood, State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, judicial candidate Shanese Johnson, Majeedah Rashid with a town-watch award and Anthony Murophy. Photo by Wendell DouglasPennsylvania, a severance tax on Marcellus Shale natural-gas drilling has made significant movement in the legislature,” Hughes said. “Senate Democrats have been working to enact this tax for nearly a decade. It’s long past time for wealthy natural-gas drillers to pay their fair share for profiting off our natural resources. It’s a modest tax, but a tax nonetheless and it will help close the budget deficit without hurting taxpayers. “This revenue package, though imperfect, represents a bipartisan compromise among four of the five key players in budget negotiations — the Senate Democrats and Republicans, House Democrats and the governor,” said Hughes. “It’s not what Senate Democrats would have crafted, but it does include important priorities that we support and that will help move Pennsylvania forward.” President Jerry Jordan also hailed the severance tax, since he sees it as vital to support higher state K-12 funding in years to come. “Our members have written thousands of letters, made calls, and participated in numerous rallies in support of this cause,” he said in a statement. “The modest tax in the revenue package is a recognition that the lucrative shale-drilling industry must finally pay their fair share. “Funding for schools should be a central focus of any revenue package. And the Senate’s recognition that tax on the shale must be a part of that conversation is significant. and an historic step forward that lays the groundwork for future funding for the programs and services that our children deserve,” he continued.
|PUBLIC SERVANTS AT WORK, Aug. 3, 2017Philadelphia Public Record / 17 d. 19 h. 49 min. ago more|
Boyle Seeks to Kill Delays As Pennsylvania deals with yet another frustrating budget impasse, State Rep. Kevin Boyle (D-Northeast) is looking forward, seeking ways to prevent the Commonwealth from finding itself in a similar situation in the very near future. Boyle plans to re-introduce a proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution, requiring the General Assembly to stay in session until a state budget is adopted by both the Senate and the House of Representatives as well as signed into law by the governor. “We are only one year removed from the historical 2015-2016 budget stalemate that lasted nearly nine months from July 2015 to March 2016,” Boyle said. “It appears the General Assembly hasn’t learned its lesson.” Tina Commends AVI Fix State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Kensington) said the bipartisan revenue package adopted by the State Senate would fix the Actual Value Initiative for Philadelphia and is a vast improvement. These elements were part of a broad range of legislation considered by the Senate. Without the approved revenue package, the $31.9-billion General Fund budget approved by the General Assembly in late June would not be balanced. “The changes in the Senate’s version of the Fiscal Code (HB 453) would fix the AVI for Philadelphia, which is important to my district and the entire city,” Tartaglione said. “The language would set the market value, cap future increases and prevent the loss of $270 million in state aid to the School District of Philadelphia over five years.” The AVI fix language would set the maximum market value of property at $47 billion, then cap future increases based on the total increase for all districts. This would limit the amount of increase and help avoid large spikes, Tartaglione noted. STATE REP. Pam DeLissio briefed a large turnout of constituents at Roxborough Memorial Hospital on Pennsylvania’s budget crisis and health-care issues. Photo by Wendell Douglas DeLissio Unveils Health Plan State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio (D-Northwest) hosted over 60 citizens for her 66th town-hall meeting last week to discuss the concepts behind DeLissio’s legislation, HB 1688, the Pennsylvania Health Care Plan, a Medicare-for-all-style single-payer plan. She said the discussion was interactive and informative, as one participant later posted, “I am at a Town Hall meeting on single-payer; first great point; life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness all depend on health and therefore healthcare is a right and not a privilege.” “HB 1688 is not government-run health care,” DeLissio said. “Health-care providers and facilities would remain in the private sector. State government would be responsible for establishing a system in which a single, public or quasi-public agency organizes the health-care financing to support health-care access. Cost controls (including administrative costs, pharmaceutical costs etc.), and citizens having sufficient ‘skin in the game’ are critical components of this plan.” Throughout the USA, single-payer type of legislation has been introduced in 20 states. “It was clear from the discussion that citizens appreciate many of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, and would like to see many of those aspects continue under any revision or new plan, including covering pre-existing conditions, the ability for a dependent to stay on a parent’s plan until 26 years of age and enforcing no lifetime caps,” DeLissio said. McClinton, Bullock Seek Breaks for Prisoner Moms State Reps. Joanna McClinton (D-W. Phila.) and Donna Bullock, D-N. Phila.) will introduce legislation to direct Pennsylvania courts to sentence the primary caretakers of children younger than 18 to individualized community-based sentencing programs. The bill would require judges to determine if an offender is the primary caretaker of a child under 18, and if so, to hand down a sentence of non-confinement for low-level and non-violent offenses as long as they do not carry mandatory minimums. The offender would be required to complete a number of rehabilitative services instead of serving time in prison. “The tough-on-crime stances in our Commonwealth are ineffective and are tearing families apart,” McClinton said. “Yes, individuals who break the law should be held accountable. However, if they have committed a low-level, non-violent offense, they should not be sent to prison where they would lose custody of their child.” Over the past 30 years, the number of incarcerated women in the United States increased by over 700%, rising from 26,378 in 1980 to 215,332 in 2014. More than 60% of women in state prisons are reported to have a child under 18. “Incarcerating women for low-level, non-violent offenses has detrimental effects on children,” Bullock said. “Countless studies show young children with incarcerated parents are more likely to become involved in troublesome activities and to even become incarcerated themselves.” Fitzgerald, Murt on Homeless Rights State Reps. Isabella Fitzgerald (D-Northwest) and Thomas Murt (R-Northeast) have introduced legislation to enact a “Homeless Bill of Rights” to protect fundamental civil and human rights of homeless people. “Homelessness continues to be an issue in many communities across the Commonwealth. Local codes that outlaw loitering, vagrancy, sitting or lying on the sidewalk, begging, eating in public, and other behaviors disproportionately affect homeless people,” Fitzgerald said. Fitzgerald said HB 1664 would protect the homeless population’s rights to move freely in public spaces, and receive equal treatment by all government agencies, employers and health care providers. The legislation would also shield their right to vote and the confidentiality of personal records and information. Murt emphasized there are key rights the homeless population needs to have protected. The Homeless Bill of Rights would establish that no person should suffer unnecessarily, be denied basic rights or be subject to unfair discrimination based on their homeless status. “As the burdens of joblessness grow and the pressures on public resources increase, we have a responsibility to lessen the negative effects of homelessness,” Murt said. ASSISTING State Rep. Jason Dawkins, L, at a criminal-record expungement workshop at St. Mark’s Church in Frankford were Wayne Jacobs, C, and attorney Shane Johnson. Photo by Wendell Douglas Cephas Knocks Wage Bias State Rep. Morgan Cephas (D-W. Phila.) released the following statement regarding Black Women’s Equal Pay Day: “Today we recognize Black women, who must work nearly eight months extra to earn the same amount men do in one year. Among women in Pennsylvania who hold full time year round jobs, black women are paid 68 cents for every dollar compared to every dollar paid to a man. “With countless women of color being the primary breadwinner in their homes, the wellbeing of their children depends on them being paid what they deserve. Female headed households already make several thousand dollars less than the overall median income in the City of Philadelphia simply because they are providing for their family by themselves. This means wage discrimination pushes them even further behind. “As chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus’ subcommittee on Women and Girls of Color, my goal is to ensure the current trend does not continue and that all women see pay equity sooner than later.” Cruz Provides Needle Bins State Rep. Angel Cruz’s (D-Kensington) district office has acquired bio-waste bins in which residents may properly dispose used needles found on the streets and in public places. “There’s been an observed increase in the number of syringes left on the street and in response to an increasing number of complaints and questions from concerned citizens, I’m taking a first step to combat the problem,” Cruz said. “Although most of the used needles from exchange programs are collected and disposed of properly, every year thousands are carelessly discarded outside, creating hazards for the rest of the citizens, including children, first responders and even our pets.” Residents of the 180th Legislative District can drop off needles between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday at Cruz’s office, 3503 N. B St., Unit 7. The bio waste bins were provided by Prevention Point, a private nonprofit organization aimed at promoting health, empowerment and safety for communities affected by drug use and poverty.
|South of South Ponders Safe StreetsPhiladelphia Public Record / 17 d. 22 h. 14 min. ago more|
Police of the 17th District took the time to address the public of Police Service Area 1 at a community meeting. Addressing the meeting were L-R: Sergeant James Ross, Captain Michael O’Donnell, Inspector Joel Dales, Lieutenant Samantha Brown, and Sergeant George Rechner. Photo by Eldon Graham BY ELDON GRAHAM A homicide on July 16 rattled the nerves of residents in a normally placid part of South Philadelphia.Last Thursday, police officers of the 17th District South Philadelphia Division addressed the meeting of the South of South Neighbors Association during a public-service announcement on recent criminal activity in the neighborhood. The Police Community Meeting for PSA 1 (Police Service Area 1) was an opportunity for the community to speak face-to-face with officers. Apart from the shooting at 22nd and Fitzwater streets, violent criminal activity has been moderately low. Inspector Joel Dales spoke for most of the meeting and calmed some of the concerns of a frightened public. “Last year, there were zero shootings in this area,” Inspector Dales said. “This year, it was the very first shooting for the year.” The inspector reiterated that South of South – the neighborhood between South Street and Washington Avenue, Broad Street and the Schuylkill River – is one of the safest neighborhoods in South Philadelphia. However, the inspector did make a point of letting the group of people in the meeting know that there is some nonviolent criminal activity going on in the neighborhood. “There is narcotics activity around here,” Inspector Dales said. “That’s why I brought Sgt. James Ross with me and he can address that issue.” One narcotics arrest has been made in the area at the 2200 block of Fitzwater Street. Sgt. Ross wanted to let people know that if they’re worried about sending in a tip, his email box is always open. “For those of you who are a little leery about making a complaint or calling the tip line, send me an email.” His email address is James.Ross@philly.gov and he checks his email daily. With the police knowing of increased criminal activity they have beefed up patrols on the number of policeman in the area to combat the issue. Police are still looking into the incident at 22nd and Fitzwater streets that left four people shot with one dead. As of today, the shooters are still at large. They are also looking for a possible motive for the slaying. Police did say there was no return fire from the victims. The assailants were described as four males wearing all black, also wearing masks, who got out of two cars and opened fire. Police have considered that this incident might be gang-related, as there are several gangs that operate in and around the South Philadelphia neighborhoods. Inspector Dale did have a message for the meeting: “We are out here, but we can’t be everywhere. This is where we need your help as well. If you see something, someone acting suspicious, call 911. We also have a tip line or you can go on our website Phillypolice.com. On the tip on you will be completely anonymous.” On the chances of catching the shooters, Sgt. George Rechner said, “Our homicide unit is one of the best in the nation. It has a very good clearance rate. Personally, I feel confident. I can’t give any guarantees, though; we do have unsolved homicides. They are really good at what they do and, like the inspector said, we have some really neat tools.” He also made a point of noting that gang activity in the area is “decreasing dramatically.” A few crime statistics were thrown around at the meeting. In the 17th Police District, homicides are down 47% and shootings are down 20%, says the police brass. If the public wants to take things a step further to increase safety in their neighborhoods while also indirectly assisting the police, it is recommended that people register their surveillance camera with SafeCam. SafeCam is one of the Philadelphia Police Department’s contemporary crime-prevention and investigation tools that demonstrates the effectiveness of partnerships between police and the community. Registering your camera not only helps deter crime, but can assist police crime-prevention strategies in your neighborhood.
|City and Festival Officials Announce Plans for Wawa Welcome America! EventsPhiladelphia News / 49 d. 8 h. 46 min. ago more|
Details on entertainment, transportation, parking, security and other activities prior to and on July 4th. Philadelphia is rolling out the red-white-and-blue carpet at the Wawa Welcome America! festival with more than 50 events over six days to observe Independence Day, beginning Thursday, June 29 through Tuesday, […] The post City and Festival Officials Announce Plans for Wawa Welcome America! Events appeared first on Philadelphia News | Новости Филадельфии.