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Events Around Town Will Mark Dr. King’s Birthday

Events Around Town Will Mark Dr. King’s Birthday

Philadelphia’s Martin Luther King Day of Service is the largest such program in the nation. More than 140,000 people will participate in at least 1,800 projects across the tri-state region. Most are coordinated by the Philadelphia-based organization Global Citizen 365. In addition, there will be public performances and educational programs at major institutions. Following is […]

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Running for Judge in Philly – Who Gets Paid?

BY DAVID LYNN Every two years, Philadelphia voters go to the polls in small numbers, and cast ballots for individuals they barely know anything about. These individuals become 1st Judicial District judges serving in Philadelphia County courts, with great power over peoples’ lives. Although the city of Philadelphia has a two-party system in theory, the […]

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WAFFLEMAN: The Feast of the Seven Fishes

BY JOE SBARAGLIA Yo! Here we go again with this explanation of the feast of seven fish. I do not claim to know the “official” explanation (if there is one) to the feast. This is what we remember about it. Grandpop Achille would say, “That was the way it has always been done and that […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Deeley to Head City Commission

BY JOE SHAHEELI There’s a new chair at Philadelphia City Commission. Democrat Lisa Deeley, who was elected to that body in 2015, was nominated as chairwoman by Republican Al Schmidt at City Commission’s monthly board meeting on Dec. 13. Schmidt had always previously supported Democrat Anthony Clark for that post. Chairman Clark had earlier announced […]

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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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POLS ON THE STREET: PPA Local Control a No-Go

BYJOE SHAHEELI Everybody who is a Democrat, from Gov. Tom Wolf on down, is calling for the Philadelphia Parking Authority to revert to City government. But it won’t happen. This odd State agency was set up in 2001 under the aegis of powerful Republican State Rep. John Perzel, who argued that it could generate more […]

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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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