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Korman, long active in Philadelphia as a builder of apartment and home developments, has run into a group of Eastwick citizens who say no to their newest effort to develop an apartment tract around 84th Street bordering the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge. This group includes the Friends of The Bird Refuge, who are truly troubled because the federal wildlife preserve,  […]

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BY LEE STABERT/ Sometimes it starts with a bar. In 2002, John Longacre bought the South Philadelphia Taproom at the corner of 15th & Hicks Streets, envisioning it as a touchstone for an area (East Point Breeze) that had fallen on tough times.  Longacre, whose company LPMG bills its philosophy as “morality-based capitalism,” saw a tremendous amount […]

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BY NATHAN SHRADER/ Last week, one faction within the Philadelphia Republican City Committee – including many ward leaders and individuals whom I consider to be personal friends – held an election and claimed the winner is the rightful chairman of the RCC. The current leaders of City Committee will reject this claim as illegitimate, since only […]

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BY TONY WEST/ A bold venture in reform at Philadelphia City Commission is unraveling in a snarl of charges of mismanagement by its Chair Stephanie Singer. Reports from well-placed insiders suggest Singer, who chairs the Commission, has lost the confidence of her fellow Democrat Commissioner Anthony Clark and Republican Commissioner Al Schmidt. Also, several ward […]

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BY DAVID LYNN/ Black Clergy PAC does not seem to be filing campaign-finance reports with the Commonwealth or the City of Philadelphia. According to the Commonwealth Dept. of State Registered Committee List, the Black Clergy PAC is registered as Filer ID# 2009331. Their registered address is 1608 Christian Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19146. This would seem […]

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The Philadelphia Republican Happy Hours once a month First Tuesday gatherings at Paddy Whacks, 2nd & South, and sponsored by 5th Ward GOP Leader Mike Cibik, have given the State GOP’s version of Republican City Committee a most-welcome opportunity to compare notes, plan strategy, and to communicate. Growing in significance as more than a happy […]

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MEMORIAL DAY approaches: All those brave men and women who fell in service to their country should be honored. The best way to do so is to take time out to REMEMBER them. Thank them and know: “They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: 2 Italian Stallions In 1st Senatorial Dist.

They are both lawyers, with basically the same platforms, education, safety, and crime awareness. But what makes them interestingly competitive is the fact both are of Italian extraction and vying for a district where Italian American voters still bear some clout. Incumbent State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-S. Phila.) is the favorite based on his two […]

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Philadelphia’s State Senators are of one mind when voicing their opinions following the Republican-controlled Senate’s passage of State Budget legislation. State Sen. LeAnna Washington called the approval of SB 1466 by a vote of 38-9 “because this budget plan made less than half of the restorations we need to make Pennsylvania whole again. And half […]

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How Much Do You Love Your Philly Park?

  BY MARIA MERLINO/ There’s no doubt South Philadelphians love their parks. And this week, hundreds of volunteers from Lower Moyamensing to Marconi have been showing their affection for their favorite urban tranquility by volunteering to spruce up their favorite hangouts. Dozens of city employees and hundreds of neighbors participated in the first Love Your Park […]

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