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Holiday Reading by Charles Santore

BY ELDON GRAHAM Charles Santore, the renowned Philadelphia author, stopped by at the Free Library’s Charles Santore Library, located at 7th & Carpenter Streets, last Saturday to share ideas and inspiring personal stories about his life and his work – and to raise money for the library in a book sale. He signed copies of […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER on the Pa. Society

The 119th annual Pennsylvania Society Dinner was held last weekend at the New York Hilton in New York City. For decades, this event was held at the Waldorf Astoria; however, that hotel is undergoing extensive renovations. The event sold out despite its $500-per-person sticker price. Since the dinner’s new venue is smaller than the Waldorf, […]

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EVERYDAY PEOPLE on the Pa. Society

BY DENISE CLAY Over the weekend, the Pennsylvania Society, meeting a week earlier than usual so it wouldn’t conflict with this weekend’s Army/Navy Game, gathered in New York to hold its annual gathering in New York. Despite the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel’s remodel moving the party to somewhere smaller and most of the usual suspects choosing to […]

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WALKING THE BEAT on the Pa. Society

BY JOE SHAY STIVALA NOT TOO LONG ago, you heard loud screaming from the GOP about the OBAMA DEFICIT (really a “Dubya” Bush deficit) and how terrible it was. GOP presidents in the past created deficits – but nothing was said of that. Now the “tax-cut” legislation will create TRILLIONS IN DEFICIT. Republican deficit. The […]

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CITY HALL SAM on the Pa. Society

There seemed to be fewer Philadelphia people at the Pennsylvania Society than usual. The venue changed from the elegant Waldorf Astoria to the downtown Hilton. The Waldorf is under construction and is being turned into condominiums, so many traditionalists chose to forgo New York. LT. GOV. MIKE STACK was in high gear and everywhere. He […]

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FOLLOWING THE LEADERS: Key Players Meet at the Pennsylvania Society Weekend in N.Y.C.

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POLS ON THE STREET: Guv’s Race Fuels the Sticks with Safe Talk

BY JOE SHAHEELI Key battles for the Pennsylvania governorship are being waged midstate in small, quiet cities and rural counties. State Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York), who was first out of the gate in the Republican primary, has unleashed a hard pitch for the Pennsylvania “T’s” Trump voters with a full-throated evocation of the president’s attacks […]

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Cruz’s Bill Targets Dumping in Philly

BY JASON GOTTESMAN Rep. Angel Cruz (D-Kensington) and other members of the state House’s Philadelphia delegation are hoping that newly introduced legislation to strengthen trash-dumping enforcement in Pennsylvania’s largest city will improve conditions that have led some to refer to the city as “Filthadelphia.” At a Capitol press conference, Cruz said the problem surrounds the […]

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PUBLIC SERVANT OF THE YEAR: Ryan N. Boyer, Conscience of the Labor Movement

BY TONY WEST Born at 11th & North Streets in North Philadelphia, not half a mile from his corner office today overlooking Broad Street, Ryan N. Boyer has literally seen the building of our city all his life. In fact, he built the building his office now occupies – along with much else around it […]

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James Tayoun Passes away

BY GREG SALISBURY James “Jimmy” Tayoun, a larger-than-life figure in Philadelphia for decades thanks to incarnations as a city councilman, state rep, restaurateur and newspaper publisher, died Wednesday morning. According to his daughter, Nora, Tayoun, who founded and was executive editor of the Public Record, collapsed as he was getting into a car outside his […]

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