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Today Is the Last Day to Register to Vote!

Today is the last day for you to register to vote in the Nov. 5 general election. You can register in person at the Philadelphia Board of Elections at two locations until 5 p.m.: The Philadelphia Voter Registration Office, 520 N. Columbus Boulevard, 5th floor, until 5 p.m. The Philadelphia County Board of Elections, Room […]

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Rochelle Bilal Was Wronged

As a proud member of the community, this letter brings me, retirees and some members of the Guardian Civic League deep concern in the way news is covered and reflected within African American leadership in the City of Philadelphia. Former Guardian Civic League President and former Sheriff John Green pled guilty to charges that were […]

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Understanding Bankruptcy, 9/26/2019

BY MICHAEL A. CIBIK, ESQ. AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY BOARD CERTIFIED Question: What is the difference between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13? Answer: Chapter 7 is a liquidation bankruptcy. You don’t pay your debts back, but you may have to give up certain property in return. To qualify for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you have to meet […]

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Wolf Administration Approves Funding to Help Homeless Families in Pennsylvania

Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin announced more than $5 million in funding to help homeless families and promote homelessness prevention across the commonwealth. The funding is provided from the Emergency Solutions Grant program. This funding comes on the heels of a recent announcement that the Western Pennsylvania Continuum […]

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Casey, Fitzpatrick Move on Disability

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), ranking member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, along Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) introduced the Stop the Wait Act. After waiting months to qualify for coverage through Social Security Disability Insurance, individuals with disabilities are forced to wait another five months to get a disability check and another two […]

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Understanding Bankruptcy 9/12/2019

BY MICHAEL A. CIBIK, ESQ. AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY BOARD CERTIFIED Question: Question: In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, can I pay one debt over others? Everyone with debts has at least one bill they’d like to pay, even if they can’t pay them all. So, if you are already filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy and repaying some debt, […]

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Adult-Education Classes Enrolling at 9 Community Schools in Philadelphia

Thanks to a partnership with the Office of Adult Education, nine City-designated Community Schools will offer free adult education classes this fall to adult learners ages 16 and older. Enrollment is open now, and classes begin in September and early October. Adult learners can enroll in English as a Second Language (ESL), or an Adult […]

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Gov. Wolf Promotes Charter School Reform

Gov. Tom Wolf joined school district superintendents and education stakeholders in Erie County today to discuss how his three-part plan will ensure charter schools better serve students and taxpayers. Pennsylvania’s flawed and outdated charter school law is known as one of the worst in the nation. “Pennsylvania’s charter school law is failing students, teachers, school […]

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City Announces Updates to PES Refinery Advisory Group

The City of Philadelphia today announced that the newly formed PES Refinery Advisory Group will hold four additional public meetings in August and September. This Advisory Group was established to gather the perspectives of different stakeholders and community members to inform City leaders on the impact of the closure of the PES refinery on Philadelphia […]

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Understanding Bankruptcy 8/15/2019

BY MICHAEL A. CIBIK, ESQ. AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY BOARD CERTIFIED Question: How can your bankruptcy affect your children? Answer: 1. STRESS: Being deep in debt, receiving harassing calls from creditors, being threatened with garnishment, repossessions and foreclosure will often cause you and your spouse to experience overwhelming stress and anxiety. Your children, even young ones, also […]

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