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POLS ON THE STREET: Welcome Aboard, School Board! Check Lifejackets

BY JOE SHAHEELI Philadelphia crossed a historic milestone when it recovered its own Board of Education, freed from State management as of July 1, 2018. Few are mourning this change, on either side of City Line Avenue. With important exceptions, the City doesn’t trust the State to deliver and the State doesn’t trust the City […]

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PUBLIC SERVANTS AT WORK, Apr. 5, 2018

Sabatina Taps April for Autism Awareness State Sen. John Sabatina (D-Northeast) won a resolution to designate April 2018 as Autism Awareness Month. “It is incredibly important to recognize all those who are on the autism spectrum, as well as their families and caregivers. We need to work to make sure that autism is not a […]

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What Is a ‘Committee Person’?

BY CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY I would like to clarify many misconceptions of what a committee person’s duties are and how valuable they truly are. First, it is a 365-day-a-year, 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week responsibility. They are the eyes and ears in their community. They are the grassroots, boots on the ground of the political parties. They are […]

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In Philadelphia, 2 Giant Cranes Soar into the Future

The first visual affirmation of a new era of growth arrived at The Port of Philadelphia last Saturday. PhilaPort received its first two super post-Panamax cranes at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal after a 90-day journey from Shanghai, China. Manufactured by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries, the new cranes will be 13 feet taller than the […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Congressional Map Finale Brings Peace to Races

BY JOE SHAHEELI When the U.S. Supreme Court definitively denied the attempt to block the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s new congressional map, even some Republicans must have breathed a sigh of relief. At last they knew. It was exhausting for candidates in both parties to try to hold two different districts in their scopes at the […]

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Women and Girls of Color: Year One Is in the Books

BY STATE REP. MORGAN CEPHAS “The Year of the Woman” was a popular label attached to 1992. On Election Day of that year, more women were elected to Congress than ever before. Since then, the contributions of women, even beyond politics, have impacted our culture and continue to move the social needle forward. I’ve heard […]

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WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Women on the Move in South Philly

Dawn Chavous “I’m not in the business of self-promotion,” admitted Dawn Chavous. She’s right: In her field of management consulting, one’s job is to promote others. But Chavous Consulting, LLC has built a quiet reputation since this Point Breeze resident founded it in 2010. The firm handles event planning and operations, fundraising for nonprofits, strategic […]

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Petition Filings Show Many Lively Races in Philadelphia

Fifty-six Democratic candidates filed petitions on Mar. 6 to run in the May primary for state senatorial and legislative seats. As one consequence, the focus of most campaigns this week has been to inspect the petitions in many contested races. Many petitions will be challenged by opponents; if the past is prologue, some will be […]

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[POLS ON THE STREET: S.W. Pa. Squeaker Outcome Ripples Across USA

BY JOE SHAHEELI One thing we learned from Tuesday’s special election in Southwestern Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District is that we don’t yet know for sure who won. Absentee ballots remained to be counted as we went to press yesterday. But the final margin of victory, a few hundreds of votes, guarantees a call for a […]

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Dignitaries Bloom at Philadelphia Flower Show Opening Gala

Friday night, Mar. 2 was the patrons’ Preview Gala at the Convention Center, featuring the 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show, “Wonders of Water,” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. You know you have an important event when Gov. Tom Wolf, Mayor Jim Kenney and many other dignitaries are spotted gazing at the rain forest display and […]

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