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Fishtowners Fight To Save Saint Laurentius Church

by Gregory Pacana In Philadelphia’s Fishtown section, a neighborhood that has seen a significant renaissance over the past decade, there is a war being waged to save a 133-year-old iconic church. St. Laurentius Church, founded in 1882 and located at the intersection of Berks & Memphis Streets, is the oldest Polish Catholic church in the […]

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Pols On The Street: Brady’s Team Does It Again!

by Joe Shaheeli No matter what was predicted by the main media, television pundits, especially self-proclaimed experts and political consultants, the Philadelphia Democratic Executive Committee, under the leadership of its longest-reigning chairman Congressman Bob Brady, wiped out most of the high-spending independent candidates who challenged its endorsed ticket. According to primary results the members of […]

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by Tony West The City Commissioners’ Democratic primary race this spring was a rare treat for political junkies. Historically this race goes to the two incumbents. The top dog is named chair of City Committee. Every once in a while, one challenger may bump off the bottom dog. 2011 was an odd year. All three […]

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Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust Golf Classic

Organized labor making a difference in the community at the 16th Annual Charity Golf Classic. Honoree Patrick B. Gillespie, Business Manager of the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO and founder Samuel Staten, Sr., Retired Business Manager of the Laborers’ District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and Vicinity, came together at Spring […]

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Pacifico Scholarship Awards Reach $1.75 Million In 51st Year

The Kerry T. Pacifico Foundation this week presented $122,000 in college scholarships to 93 graduating seniors from 23 schools in the School District of Philadelphia, Chester Upland School District, Lower Merion School, Universal Audenried Charter HS and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It also donated $15,000 to Philadelphia elementary schools. This marks the 51st year in […]

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Pols On The Street: What A Well Oiled Machine!

 by Joe Shaheeli It was obvious as the returns rolled in Tuesday night, money talks, and it did so loudly drowning out the voices of those who thought they were in a campaign. Rolling in clover were Mayor-Elect Jim Kenney and Councilmen at Large-Elect Allan Domb, Derek Green, Bill Greenlee and Councilwomen at Large-Elect Blondell […]

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West Vs. North: Who Will Rule The City Now?

by Tony West In the Philadelphia Democratic mayoral primary, North Philadelphia beat West Philadelphia and City Hall beat Capitol Hill. Jim Kenney, who quit City Council in January after 22 years of service at large, used an extensive network of citywide connections to put together a resounding win over the initial frontrunner, State Sen. Tony […]

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Famous Deli, Relish Philadelphia Host Election-Day Luncheons

Philadelphia tradition says all elected officials must attend brunch at either one of these popular restaurants the day of the primary. Politicians, paparazzi  and people who wanted to be part of the action all gathered at Famous Deli and Relish Philadelphia on Tuesday, May 19 primary election day.      Send article as PDF   

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Pols On The Street: Will Polling, TV Ads Beat Ground Game In Philadelphia Primary Races?

by Joe Shaheeli Old friend John Zogby, a master conductor of international and national polls, reporting on races and trends, informed us the British Polling Council has convened an all-out investigation on how and why the polls failed so miserably to predict the actual outcome of their 2015 election. He reminds us, “Election polling has […]

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S.W. Philly Hungers For Politicians To Hear It

by Tony West Was there a debate or wasn’t there? That’s the note the contentious 2nd Dist. Council race ended on in Southwest Philadelphia – the neighborhood nobody listens to. Ninety people showed up at the Elmwood Skating Rink near 71st Street & Grays Avenue to hear incumbent Councilman Kenyatta Johnson face off against his […]

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