WALKING THE BEAT: Philadelphia Traffic Court Trial Ends With A Snore

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BY JOE SHAY STIVALA/ THE TRAFFIC COURT trial is so BORING, that it can’t make headlines. No revelations. No shocks. No sensationalism to be made. So far just a weekly summary in the media. It is almost unfair to the prosecutors who were assigned…. After the trial ends, we need to ask the State Chief Justice if there is any BLOAT in the courts during his reign (?). Filing fees are sky high. Reform seems to add higher-paying, or more, jobs (?). The FAT in City Hall has been meekly looked at too many times, while nothing in courts.

The GREAT ruling for Sen. Vince FUMO is fair and reasonable. The man has OVERPAID Uncle Sam. Can’t they leave him alone?… ON FACEBOOK a storm of healthy comment was ignited by Sean STEVENS, Esq. over the performers’ language during the 4th of July Parkway concert. Many agreed the HIGH-PAID mayoral staff should have taken steps in advance. And that it should not happen AGAIN! The mayoral note that those offended could have left the concert was a worn-out, antediluvian one. Mayor, we celebrate the BIRTH OF OUR NATION. There is lesson to kids of REVERENCE in celebration of that event.

VOLUNTEERS and neighborhood leaders join Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell as Jannie again fed several thousand homeless to mark her birthday. Photo by Joe Stivala

VOLUNTEERS and neighborhood leaders join Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell as Jannie again fed several thousand homeless to mark her birthday. Photo by Joe Stivala

The Southwest Philly multi-unit fire also ignited ANGER in Liberian American hearts. But the Fire Dept., battle-worn as it is with Room 215 City Hall, responded on time. Thanks to COUNCILWOMAN Jannie BLACKWELL for fostering good relations with the Liberian government, which helped to calm. I don’t know what the Mayor meant about demonstrators having their own agenda?… The halting by the administration of outdoor homeless feeding on the Parkway may have soothed the 1%, but he dare not halt Jannie BLACKWELL’S feeding them under his window in the courtyard.

Also on Facebook, Dan SULMAN igniting talk on Obamacare from neo-cons who want Obama impeached for Obamacare. Dumb. Impeachment is for high crimes and misdemeanors, not something many GOP lawmakers VOTED FOR…. And Donna DeROSE with AFSCME National President Lee Saunders…. Judge Jimmy DeLEON on a barrier island down South…. Judge Abbe FLETMAN at Turk’s Steaks…. Mark LEVY elected to Executive Board of the Register of Wills Assocation…. And Councilman David OH, the new proud PAPA of newborn NANCY!! Nancy is fine, Dad is a little wobbly.

CONVENTION CENTER Board's decision to lock out Carpenters and Teamsters has resulted in continuous demonstrations outside center like this. Demonstrators were barred from using public restrooms. SMG, the private facilities-management firm operating center, is creating problems for exhibitors by continuing lockout.

CONVENTION CENTER Board’s decision to lock out Carpenters and Teamsters has resulted in continuous demonstrations outside center like this. Demonstrators were barred from using public restrooms. SMG, the private facilities-management firm operating center, is creating problems for exhibitors by continuing lockout.

CORRECTION: The HERMIONE tall ship will sail from Roquefort, France to lead a parade of tall ships into Philly in 2015. The original vessel brought Gen. Lafayette to tell Gen. Washington that France would help to fight the British. Hermione participated in the blockade of Yorktown, and British surrender.

Congressional candidate Mary Ellen BALCHUNIS, PhD lost her dear mom. Mom must have been a super person if the Villanova professor is an example…. Beverly Ann KANE passed after an illness. Lovely wife of Judge Hal Kane, she was missed by the many jurists, labor and ordinary folks at her viewing and tribute. She now has crossed that river and rests in the shade of the trees.

And Anthony Joseph OSINSKI, Jr. of Port Richmond has died and was buried with honors yesterday. SEMPER FIDELIS, Marine…. VETS OF THE PERSIAN GULF Theater of Operations from 8/2/90-8/31/91, there is a one-time cash bonus for you. $75 a month, up to $525. An additional $5,000 for those who died (to their family) or to POWs. Info at www.persiangulfbonus.state.pa.us.

HAPPY SURPRISE is that AFL-CIO leader PAT EIDING is cohosting with Joe DOUGHERTY and Joe KRAUS on “Today in PHILLY LABOR Radio” on WWDB 860 AM. Tune in on Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. Phone in (610) 664-4100. Councilman Mark SQUILLA and FOP President John McNESBY have appeared on the show. McNesby looks worried that his kids might spend too much on boardwalk rides (?).

BIRTHDAY CHEER to John STEVENSON of the St. Patrick’s Observance Association and Joe EVERS, Court Administrator. Get those filing fees (part not set by legislature) for parking appeals lower Joe – in your high post…. North Philly Civic Leader Larry CLARK has his day on the 16th. Did Larry go to federal court over towing? Judge DAN ANDERS has his big day on the 17th. Last I checked, he had reelection wrapped up with 5k Facebook friends. Jim NIXON, Esq. of Superior Court has the day on the 18th. Two former coworkers, Pearl McKINNEY and Sandy McKENNA, celebrate on the 19th. Happy Birthday to Judge Fran SHIELDS on the 20th. Also birthday best to Seamus BONNER, himself; Wendell YOUNG, Local 1776 chief; retired prosecutor Eileen HURLEY; Fred MARI, wise pol; Wally RUTHERFORD in West Philly; Bill RUBIN, one of Allan BUTKOVITZ’s Mensa staff; State Rep. Mike O’BRIEN, a lawmaker with guts; P.O. Shane GEESLER on board USS Winston S. CHURCHILL; and BELOVED Jannie BLACKWELL!

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