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Apr. 7-            Asian-American Symposium on Housing at Convention Center, Rm. 103ABC, 12th & Arch Sts., 8:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Apr. 7-     State Sen. Vincent Hughes hosts Spring Reception at Clef Cl., 738 S. Broad St., 5-7 p.m. Sponsors $2,500, Supporters $1,000, Friends $500. RSVP by Apr. 2 to (215) 877-7772 or citizensforhughes@gmail.com. Apr. 7-            […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Progressive Group Backs Chaka Fattah

by Joe Shaheeli Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Phila.) has been digging through his district picking up support in some areas and losing some in others. In what would have been a win-win situation for him in the 36th Ward, he was told by a long-time committeewoman, “Where have you been for the past 20 years?” His […]

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Apr. 1-            Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell & S.W. Phila. Dist. Serv. host Candidates Night at Kingsessing Rec Ctr., 50th St. & Kingsessing Ave., 6-8:30 p.m. Free food, sample voting machines. For info Kevin Horne (267) 586-3599 or swpds@aol.com. Apr. 2-            Family Fun Day at Capitolo Plg., 10 a.m., 9th & Federal Sts. Free. Apr. […]

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Mar. 24-         State Sen. Larry Farnese hosts Senior Expo at S. Phila. HS, 2101 S. Broad St., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free health screenings, refreshments and light lunch. Seating limited. RSVP by Mar. 17 (215) 952-3121. Mar. 24-         Phila. Public Record names Council President Darrell Clarke “Public Servant of the Year” at Galdo’s Entertainment Complex, […]

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2016 PUBLIC SERVANT OF THE YEAR: Darrell Clarke, Master Of The Policy Shop

by Tony West Darrell Clarke came of age in a neighborhood with problems, in a city with problems, in an age of problems. Born in 1952 in Strawberry Mansion, Clarke saw the ravages of racism, poverty, injustice and conflict in North Philadelphia. Politics was in the air and on the streets in the 1960s and […]

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In Our Back Yard Under I-95 Thrives A Lucrative Nonprofit

by Eldon Graham Tens of thousands of people drive alongside ILMAC’s work every day — or even park on it – without really noticing it. Some Philadelphia-based organizations do more business behind the scenes than many people realize. Among them is Interstate Land Management Corp., a nonprofit joint venture between the City and State located […]

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Mar. 17-         Judge Jimmy Lynn hosts St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast at Plough & Stars, 2nd St. above Chestnut St., 7:30 a.m. Traditional Irish breakfast, music, dancing, songs, poetry, stories. Be ready with your party piece! Tickets $25, students $20. RSVP Alison Krajewski (215) 783-3709 or judgejimmy@comcast.net. Mar. 17-         State Rep. Rosita Youngblood sponsors […]

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N.E. Philly Leaders May Be Swinging To Boyle In State Senate Race

by Joe Shaheeli A caucus endorsement, so vital in organization politics, is a decision, once made, was considered poured in cement. That was true in the recent annals of the Democratic Party – until last Thursday. It is now in flux in the battle of the 5th Senatorial Dist. The nine ward leaders making up […]

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OUR OPINION: Soda Tax Promises Food Fight In Phila. City Council

Community leaders, small-business owners, labor leaders and citizens have banded together to fight a 3-cents-an-ounce tax on sugary beverages like soda, teas and juice drinks. They charge a 12-pack of soda’s cost would nearly double – to more than $8 – due to the tax; $2.04 tax on a 2-liter bottle would be more than […]

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Mar. 10-11-    State Rep. Leslie Acosta hosts Meet-&-Greets: Thu. at Acosta’s satellite office, 1421 W. Susquehanna Ave., Su. 197, 3:30-5:30 p.m.; Fri. at Esperanza Health Ctr., 4417 N. 6th St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mar. 10-         State Rep. Stephen Kinsey and Councilwoman Cindy Bass host Town Hall Mtg. at Corinthian Bapt. Ch., 6100 N. 21st […]

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