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‘This Move Stinks!’  Mummer Mourns

(Second in a Series of Three Stories) BY MARIA MERLINO/ “This move stinks!” exclaimed Bob Trama, president of Trama NYB, brigade founder, whose family has three generations of Mummery under their belts. He founded the brigade in 1994 and marched with mother club Murray ever since. Trama has succinctly expressed his feelings over the String […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Clarke for Mayor – Will He Or Won’t He?

CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE has scheduled a fundraiser for New York City during Pennsylvania Society weekend. Handicappers continue to bet against Clarke getting into the race for Mayor. Their reasoning is that he just has too much to give up in leaving presidency of City Council.   But the same was said about one JOHN […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Republicans Honor Amoore, Fenerty

Tuesday evening, the United Republican Club held its annual fundraiser at the SugarHouse Casino. The United Republican Club is the oldest continuously running Republican clubhouse in the country. Ward Leader Kevin Pasquay is the Chairman of the Board of the URC. REPUBLICAN CITY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN and STATE REP. JOHN TAYLOR joined him on the podium. […]

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Carpenters Union Helps Pink Sisters Mark Their 100th Anniversary

    They are best known as the Pink Sisters and that they live, work, and prayer behind a grated iron fence that keeps them from mingling with the public. Most Philadelphians are unaware of their existence. But to Catholics and Christians of all faiths, many believe Philadelphians believe this city would have long gone […]

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OUR OPINION: The Right Way To Fund Philadelphia’s Schools

  Philadelphia’s major challenge is in public education. Fixing our underfunded, resource-starved schools is a huge and complex task that must be pursued on many fronts. We hope our city’s leaders will start to work on them now, quietly, during the holiday season, so that they can hit the ground running on New Year’s Day. […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: GOP Dignitaries Pitch In For Al Schmidt

GOP Dignitaries Honor Schmidt Public Record columnist Maria Merlino covered GOP 5th Ward Leader Mike Cibik’s hosting of City Commissioner Al Schmidt’s fundraiser and reports, “Many good things were communicated about the young politician with his good work ethic. ‘His wonderful parents raised him well,’ confided wife of nine years, Erin. Chairman of the Republican City […]

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AFL-CIO Draws Record Number Of Labor Leaders and Public Officials

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OUR OPINION: Call It Christmas!

Our beloved cartoonist, Ron Taylor, better known to you as RT, is on a mission to restore Christmas back to this holiday season, which for a bunch of stupid reasons is now labeled the holiday season. In years past, we have moaned and groaned over the growing encroachment of the holiday season in place of […]

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Bartram High School’s Missing Voices Are Its Parents

BY TONY WEST/ Plagued by episodes of violence over the past couple of years, the fate of Bartram HS in Southwest Philadelphia has become a flashpoint of community concerns. As the only neighborhood high school left in that part of town, its woes compound the problems of poverty, poor employment and crime that afflict its […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Singer Faces Toughest Fight

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ City Commissioner Stephanie Singer is deep into her reelection campaign, using her office to gain entry into a host of political events which have little to do with the responsibilities of her office. MAYOR Michael Nutter made good on his promise to Blackhawks Athletics Club who won Pop Warner Championship by bringing […]

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