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If one thing were to be said of the reign of Council President Anna Cibotti Verna, it is, “She earned her positions, served them well, and set for them new standards.” Sadly, the era of the first woman to serve as the president of City Council will come to an end when her term winds […]

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Compliments of the City Commissioners—Chair Margaret Tartaglione, Joe Duda, Anthony Clark Prepared by Tim Dowling, Campaign Finance Unit—(215) 686-1508. If you will be submitting Nomination Petitions to place your name on the ballot for the 2011 Municipal Primary, scheduled for May 17, 2011, you are required to adhere to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Campaign Finance […]

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SNOOPER’S UPDATE: Last week I told you all about the COUNCIL MEMBER who is leaving, and she will NOT RUN for her office in the upcoming elections. The reason I mentioned it again, I’m told, is there just might be another COUNCIL MEMBER leaving. It could be one from the Great Northeast, who’s been there […]

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BY TONY WEST/ Foes of rapid natural-gas drilling in the Marcellus shale deposits of upstate Pennsylvania are likely to have the votes to pass a City Council resolution next week calling to keep the moratorium on development in the Delaware River headwaters. The resolution, introduced by Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., was set for passage in […]

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Philadelphia is preparing to take a clear stand on the development of natural-gas reserves in its upstate Marcellus Shale region by telling the State it won’t be buying this gas until serious environmental issues are worked out. Most important of these concerns is the hazard the deep-well “fracking” method poses to our region’s water supply, […]

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Tuesday morning, Feb. 1, may prove to be confusing to Philadelphians and Darbyites who are not included in the boundaries that make up the 185th Legislative Dist. They may notice posters, polling data and people mingling around several polling places and wonder if they should check in to their regular polling place to see who […]

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MARIA DONATUCCI, widow of former incumbent State Rep. Robert Donatucci, knows her District and its politics well. Tuesday morning, Feb. 1, may prove to be confusing to Philadelphians and Darbyites who are not included in the boundaries that make up the 185th Legislative Dist. They may notice posters, polling data and people mingling around several […]

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State Sen. Larry Farnese is calling for hearings, increased funding for State Police DNA testing and DNA testing when inmates enter prison instead of when they are released. “Government’s first duty is to protect its citizens,” said the Senator. “Countless people could be hurt or killed while law enforcement and the public wait weeks or […]

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BY DENISE CLAY/  When it was announced the entirety of City Council was eligible to take their DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Program) and run if it wanted, I wondered how many folks would actually do that … and how many would take the money, retire for three days, and run for reelection. Well, so far […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Say the name “Holt” to anyone who understands the economic power of the Port, and they will answer, “the family that controls the Ports of Philadelphia and Camden.” To some, the name conjures up the image of a business that has undergone more bankruptcies and survived, possibly setting a national record. For […]

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