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The Philadelphia Democratic Progressive Caucus has the potential to become a real force in the Democratic Party and Joe Driscoll’s recent efforts to organize committeepeople is another potential game changer. He has begun with a Facebook group which he describes as: This is a group for committee people of the Philadelphia Democratic City Committee. Members may invite elected or appointed Democratic committee people only. It's a forum for committee people throughout Philadelphia to communicate and share ideas. Historically committeepeople in Philadelphia have never communicated much with committeepeople in other wards. The idea was to communicate through the ward leader, who communicates to the Party Chair. Most ward leaders have viewed each ward as a little island; communication has generally been top-down, vertical—not the horizontal communication Joe envisions. This is the first effort I’m aware of in my almost 3 decades as a committeeperson to bring together committeepeople across the city and to amplify the voice of committeepeople. Now the bad news. The Democratic Party apparently continues to engage in undemocratic prac- tices. Joe discovered that—unknown to most committeepeople – the party rules had been revised and a copy dated March 31, 2014 was signed by Bob Brady and submitted to the Board of Elections. According to the Party bylaws, the following should have occurred in order to revise the rules: RULE XIII REVISION OF THESE RULES Should the County Committee at the time of its organization or at any subsequent regular meeting decide that the rules of the party should be revised or amended, the County Committee shall direct the County Chairman to appoint a committee on the revision of rules for the purpose of revising or amending the rules and direct the committee to make a report in writing to the County Committee at a later meeting. The date shall be fixed by the Chairman of the meeting and notices shall be sent to all members of the County Committee advising them of the date of the meeting called to receive and act upon the report of the committee on the revision of the rules and stating that at this time the committee will make its report to the County Committee and that the County Committee will act on the report. The rules may have been revised without any of the above procedures followed—-thus no discussion of the rationale for the rules, no opportunity for ward leaders and committeepeople to raise objections. Joe Driscoll highlighted the key changes in the March 2014 document. One of these changes is a real victory for democratic forces. From Joe’s summary: Rule VII, Article 1, Section E was amended to include a provision which provides that when a ward committee is considering the removal of a committee person, actions conducted by a ward committee member prior to their election shall not be the basis of a removal. (Thanks to Irv Ackelsberg and Tracey Gordon). Another erodes the power of committeepeople. Change 2 Rule X, Article 1 was amended to change the method in which State Representatives are chosen for nomination in Special Elections. It transfers the power of choosing State Representative nominees from committee people to ward leaders. In the prior version State Representatives would be chosen by a special meeting of the ward (if the district is comprised of one ward) or a joint ward meeting (where the district is comprised of more than one ward). The newly amended version provides that the nominee shall be chosen by ward leader(s) in which the district is comprised (corresponding changes in Rule X, Article 3, Sec- tion C). But none of these changes can take effect if proper procedures for changing the rules did not take place. Over the years the Brady machine has gotten used to doing whatever it wants to do with very little scrutiny. Well, more folks are taking a close look at the Party's modus operandi. Also, some party operatives have claimed that the rules were changed again after the May 2014 primary. Citypaper’s Jim Saksa reported that several ward leaders ( including Alan Butkovitz and Gary Williams) who do not live in their wards claimed that the rules had been changed after the May 2014 primary to remove the residency requirement that ward leaders must live in their wards. According to the Citypaper article, these ward leaders are mistaken: The rules on file at the Board of Elections are unambiguous: Ward leaders must be registered to vote in the wards they represent. And the rules can't just be changed offhand — Pennsylvania Election Code states that party rules are not "effective until a certified copy ... has been filed in the office of the county Board of Elections." But if Butkovitz thinks that "the rules set forth by the Philadelphia Democratic City Committee" are different from those filed at the Board of Elections, he isn't alone. 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So we checked with City Committee chairman Bob Brady. Brady's staffers and Deputy City Commissioner Fred Voigt confirmed the Board of Elections had the official rules — the ones with the residency requirement — and that no others exist. Saksa updated his article on December 31, 2014: The rules were time-stamped March 31, 2014, but they weren't on file in the city Board of Elections, as required. Instead, they were in Commissioner Chair Anthony Clark's office in City Hall… . Kevin Kelly at the Board of Elections said the new rules were delivered to that office on Oct. 22, 2014. Why would Brady revise the rules and then bury them in Anthony Clark’s office? And were these rules revised according to procedures stipulated in the bylaws? In the past party leaders got away with a cavalier attitude towards the rules. Committteepeople for the most part have not had access to the rules and did not know what rights they had. That may be changing as a younger generation of progressives are paying attention and asking questions. Karen Bojar www.the-next-stage.com Page 4 January 8-21, 2015 The Independent Voice The Other Mt. Airy in 19119 Scoop U.S.A. Co-Sponsored East Mt. Airy Neighbors(EMAN) / West Mt. Airy Neighbors(WMAN) Com- munity Meeting, on December 3, 2014, regarding the “up- Are You Looking for a Quality Educational Experience for Your Child? West Oak Lane Carter School is Accepting Applications for Kindergarten Students for Next Year. Visit Our School at 7115 Stenton Ave. Between January 12th and March 13th to Complete an Application. e Lottery to Accept Applicant will be Held at the School on March 23rd. 231 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave Philadelphia, PA 19119 215-247-3535 RoysRugs.com tick” of Crime in East Mount Airy/West Mount Airy Sections of Northwest Philadelphia I attend this type of meeting, at least, twice a year given by these two City Government Sanctioned Civic Organizations. The usual speakers are in attendance at this meetings which begins with the recognition of the, “Movers and Shakers,” of Northwest Philadelphia. After which, it is noted by the meetings Moderator cheerfully that, “we live in beautiful Mt. Airy, one of the best, as well as, diversified neighborhoods in all of Philadelphia”. Then the Moderator for the evening introduces the present Executive Officers of EMAN, WMAN, MUSA, MBD, the 14th District Police Captain and our community’s Elected Officials. Over 100 attendees were present and this meeting. The meeting began as previous ones focused on Quality of Life issues of those that live above Gorgas Lane and in the Lincoln Drive areas of the neighborhood. Several of the homeowners spoke of graffiti, armed robberies in and around the Regional Rail Stations and our retail outlets. The attendees gave accounts of recent cell phone snatchings, murder and breakins of homes and cars The Elected Officials gave their effective albeit “canned responses.” Our Police Captain, after giving his canned presentation, let it be known after all of the venting from the speakers and the attendees that, “we cannot use arresting” (these petty criminals) as a way of solving the constant reoccurrence of these types of offences in this neighborhood. The Police Captain then noted that the Offenders, be they youths or adults, once arrested and processed given the Police Departments “Crime Priority System” that is in place” the criminals will be back out on the street the next day. He went on to drive the point, to the meetings attendees, that criminals usually commit the same type of crimes again and again upon their release from custody. This statement had the effect, on the attendees, as if a Shock Grenade exploded in the center of this cavernous Banquet Hall. There was complete silence for what felt like 30 seconds and confusion was apparent on many of their faces. The audience at this meeting came out of their collective shock and offered some great suggestions and things they do and what we as neighbors can do, to help some of the “Have Not’s” in Mt. Airy to lessen preying on the their “Have’s.”(My words) This was heartwarming for me because usually I am usually the only angry man speaking up for my old neighborhood. Several attendees then asked the usual questions of the elected officials and badgered them for more Employment and Social Services resources that are not available to those who need it most. I have coined an expression that has been honed by my many efforts on behalf of the low income and poverty stricken folks/offenders they are speaking of, “I refer to them as the resident/neighbors of, “The Other Mount Airy.” We live between Gorgas Lane and Duval Streets and Boyer and Cherokee, smack in the gut of the beautiful diverse upper middle class Mt. Airy, Zip Code 19119. For those who don’t know We, the neighbors of the “Other Mt. Airy” are mostly the Working Poor Families, Housing Subsidy Recipients, CCIS Daycare Subsidy Recipients, Rental Dwellers of two massive Low Income Apartment Complexes, Mental Health Consumers, Substance Abusers, Ex-Offenders that live in and around vacant lots and derelict housing stock. Our Absentee Landlords and Housing Programs do not monitor Occupancy in their Multiple Rental Properties in Mt. Airy. The Providers of the Rental Subsidies do not promote nor encourage its Recipients to participate in their respective, Moving to Self Sufficiency Programs, thus perpetuating Generational Cyclical Poverty. The “Other Mt Airy” Absentee Landlords and their Occupants do not clean their backyards and alleyways rendering them impassable and a breeding ground for all the social ills that come with poverty. “The Other Mount Airy” suffers all of the ills of poverty, i.e. Staggering Unemployment, Drug addiction, Child Welfare Issues, Murders, 35 Vacant Lots and Derelict Houses. In the 13th Voting Division, 22nd Ward, on East Sharpnack Street, from the Unit Bock to the 200 Block it looks like post-war Beirut, and we even have our own Soup Line. The Other Mt. Airy has experienced 4 murders in 4 years and there was no offering of Grief Counseling for the multitude of children who saw The Independent Voice January 8-21, 2015 Page 5 a The Other Mt. Airy in 19119 Division” to advocate, lobby and coerce the “Powers That Be” to get some active Social Services back here in Northwest Philadelphia for the less fortunate. In the seven years, since I moved back here to the “Other Mt. Airy”, I have watched good people move into a home, on the block and in a year move out, because of the Quality of Life issues that these unattended to Social Problems, here in Mt. Airy and the Northwest in general are causing. Bill Simon, 2nd Chair, 22nd Ward, 13th Division Committeeman, Block Captain, Member and Founder of the Montana Street Civic Association, 42 year Retired Social Worker, 30 years at DHS, Founder PP&HSG,Inc,. My family moved to Mt Airy in 1949 – as a young man I moved in 1972 on my own and moved Troubled Governance: Neglect at Every Level National Neglect Underscored with intensity in Paris on January 7th is how the long standing process of rationalizing the effect of international terrorism, religious or otherwise, has become the practice du jour of nations; ourselves included. Border security at all levels was first ratcheted down during the Clinton years and continues to this day. Only the most naïve don’t recognize that the wave of unregulated immigration, often lobbied for by business and universities through the 90s, brought us 911. Organized and militarized brutality is now a routine world-wide occurrence, and it is only a matter of time until we feel it again and again. Forgiving and understanding our “enemies” will not reverse the process, nor will open borders. State Neglect Although we tried to make the case in the run up to the gubernatorial election in October, it has now been announced that the state’s fiscal condition is dire. Massive budget shortfalls were already predicted, but even those candidates we heard from during the primaries avoided the issue, and talked in language of fiscal fantasy. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has the second largest population of senior citizens (after Florida) in the nation, but unlike Florida, many are dependent, could not move if they wanted to. In fact they take from, rather than contribute, to the tax base. Add to that the fact that regardless of how many we graduate from the many institutions of higher learning in this state, almost none stay to work here. Twenty-seven cities are in or near insolvency or have already filed a form of bankruptcy. So we elected a new governor from the party opposite the one that has control of the state leg- islature and almost none of this was included in the emotional process of selection. The neglect is at all levels and Governor Wolf cannot run away from reality, nor can the neglectful legislature, both knew it all along – or should have. City Neglect In our last issue we published an editorial with a play on words headline regarding our current mayor as “Nutter Nonsense”, where we critiqued his pompous and self-serving editorial in the Inquirer outlining what qualities the next mayor needs in order to properly succeed him. Arrogance and ego step forward once again for a man who was packaged and sold as the universal savior and the media has had a love fest with him and his propaganda machine ever since. Truth be told, the insider run political machine has paved over, with the help of the media, all manner of neglect and failures during the tenure of Mayor Nutter. Two recently released local accounts from NPR and Philadelphia magazine try earnestly to distance him from the serious and ongoing investigations, indictments and convictions of elected officials and judges who were an integral part of the city and its operations. Nowhere was neglect more obvious and deadly than in the way that the Department of Licenses and Inspections ratcheted down regulatory follow-up and supervision in critical areas since Nutter was elected. To use his own campaign language, “If elected I plan to ‘blow up’ L & I.” Blow it up he did, and the cost in lawsuits paid by the city in the dark and dead bodies spells NEGLECT in capital letters. Jim Foster Editor back into the family home in winter 2006. I regretted it when the season changed but it’s home. Editor’s Note: Local Committeeman and civic activist Bill Simon does all of us a great service by putting the hard facts on the table about the hypocrisy that is Philadelphia’s government in general, and his Northwest Philadelphia East Mt. Airy community in particular. Having lived on the “East Side” and in walking distance from the community Bill describes since the late 1950s (and not far away before that) I can validate what he outlines, and if you have read these pages, I continue to call to task those who talk the talk of good remedial government but actually are part of maintaining the status quo of poverty profiteering and merchandising misery through corrupt non-compliant front CDCs, never ending rent subsidized insider deals for the politically connected developers, and a political system that does all it can to make sure this process never ends. Driving decent wage local jobs and paths to home ownership from the city over 25 years, keeping dependency and poverty alive and well, and then virtually stealing public dollars for projects that pretend to be remedial, but only guarantee more of the same, is the dirty and now not so well kept secret that we will help the Bill Simon’s of this city take public. Jim Foster Editor p.s. This newspaper has its office in Bill Simon’s neighborhoodhood. er ’s Middle Class, Mt. Airy has not seen the worst of it yet. Investors are moving in more and more Unsupervised Poverty Guideline Driven Subsidized Housing Families here in the “Other Mt. Airy.” and the Northwest. Many families in poverty come to the neighborhood with one or many family members who could benefit from immediate Social Services Prevention and/or Intervention. Many poverty stricken families “Don’t Vote”, in Elections so, therefore, “They Don’t Count”, when it comes to the “System” prioritizing their needs. I am asking those of you who do Vote in our, “Beautiful, Diverse, Upper Middle Class Mt Airy,” to assist our, Churches, Social Services Providers, Schools, Block Captains, Committeeman, Ward Leaders, and our Elected Official, here in the, “Other Mt. Airy, 13th Voting Home Repair Service M i ll these bodies lying in our streets. In the Other Mt. Airy one dares not take a stroll on our streets after dark. In Closing, I utterly could care less about the political climate that looms over Northwest Philadelphia and/or why right now, today. Germantown Settlement is gone. The money that funded their many programs is gone. The many great Social Services it committed to the “Have Not’s” of the Northwest are gone. So, the crime rate here will go up and up fueled by the Social Problems of the residents “Other Mt Airy” and the other poverty stricken areas in the Northwest section of this city, in general. Let’s be clear, however, Germantown Settlement did through their many Social Services Programs were consistently helping to ameliorate poverty here in Northwest Philly. So, Beautiful, Diverse, Upper & General Remodeling Bathrooms and Kitchens from $3550+ Designs & Problem Solving by Engineer 30 years experience Insured for Your Protection License #99113 (ask to see everyone’s) Carpentry, Plumbing, Tile Electrical, Masonry, Drywall Decks, Shed, Window, Door 267-225-0050 Quality, Honest, Friendly Service Real Estate Investing Financial Partner YOUR AFFORDABLE HANDYMAN • Light Hauling •Plumbing • Painting • Cleanouts 267-808 -4537 Page 6 January 8-21, 2015 The Independent Voice Opinions & Commentary The Negligence Quotient Yesterday in the German Township Washington Lane commuter station on SEPTA predecessor Reading Railroad taken mid-1950s when all stations on the Chestnut Hill line had ticket office buildings and covered waiting platforms on inbound and outbound tracks. Cars in station were the original electric ones that replaced steam trains in 1932. After the SEPTA takeover, this line was planned for abandonment and station maintenance intentionally neglected, badly vandalized, and then torn down at several stops. Later minimal shelters were erected. Community protests kept the line operating. 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The Independent Voice has a press run of 30,000 copies and is circulated door-to-door throughout Northwest Philadelphia and at selected sites through Philadelphia. The publisher reserves the right to refuse any advertising. All content ©2014 Germantown Newspapers, Inc. All rights reserved. Some full disclosure for our readers. This April the newspaper and interactive web pages we publish and provide will celebrate its 6th year of operation serving Northwest Philadelphia and others. Our focus in this city is those who have an above average interest in a perspective that makes it perfectly clear that the citizens are tolerating a substandard government here and in the state of Pennsylvania as well. In point of fact one of the primary motivations in starting the newspaper was the demise of its over 70 year old predecessor where open opinion pages had allowed me to begin to take on the elected political class and what I aggressively described as the poison they injected into Germantown particularly, and adjacent communities when the occasion presented itself. In fact the front page of our first issue broke, with photo, the story of the fraud the Dwight Evans CDC known as OARC perpetrated by using $750,000 in public money to fund a closed insolvent night club in Mt Airy and bail out noted political associates from their personal debts and never reopen the club. Shortly thereafter the mainstream press picked up the story and that same political machinery has survived investigations, fines and censure, but their back door activity was slowed substantially as related disclosures forced the Democratic Party to remove Representative Evans from his Chairmanship of the Appropriations Committee in Harrisburg even before he would have to step down when Republicans took control. Later investigations forced the return to the state substantial public funds and curtailment of millions in additional funding already promised. In our first months we ran a series outlining the dark history of how the Quaker founded Germantown Settlement was taken over by a group of clever operatives connected to the Democratic Party and manipulated it from being a social service organization to a 27 corporation city and federal funded real estate monopoly that also was given control by elected officials of many of the social services the city provided to the Northwest; with some very cozy patronage jobs as well. The direct political connection to more than one mayor, Redevelopment Authority, and just about every unit of government up through the state and federal level, made much of the Northwest a virtually captive “company town” with former Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller twisting the screws of government daily to keep public money constantly streaming to insider run developers and skimming from the social service agencies in a manner so blatant that no accountant would even consider doing their books for many years. Much of this was finally exposed in a Philadelphia Magazine article published in October 2010, and the primary entities filed for bankruptcy and, with political help, sort of walked quietly into the night after running Germantown into the ground for 20 years. We were the first interview when research for that article was done, and we like to think we had some small part in the demise of Settlement and the fact that Donna Reed Miller did not run again for office; as she could have. That did not stop her from threatening the startup funders of this newspaper, and also sending her Chief of Staff to spread lies about my background while I was an officer of an area community organization, and reportedly using influence with local businesses to stop advertising with us. Since that time we have continued to drive the message home that the one party political machine that runs this city is corrupt to the core and runs what is essentially a gangster government. Other actions taken in recent years raise the strong possibility that political power brokers have used city agencies to try and bankrupt this paper and the jury is still out on some of those actions. Just last week a long term political operative in this city filed a libel suit against us; the first ever. While I am comfortable that we have printed nothing libelous, the purpose of this and other tactics is to try and run us out of funds so the paper and its truth telling will end. For sure you will not find the information, references and details we outline in the mainstream press as it exists in this city today. We are supported by our advertisers and we have been successful in expanding that base over the years, despite some setbacks. Looking at the immediate months ahead we plan some modifications to the direction of reporting and expanding some of the coverage and editorials to issues at the state and nation levels as well as the community and city perspectives we have always focused on. It is the belief of your editor that the political malaise that has poisoned government at so many levels can be measured with a negligence quotient. For it is negligence at many levels that allows the quality of life and responsiveness of government to sink to the new lows we presently suffer with. It is also negligence on the part of the voting citizen when it comes to keeping informed and turning out to vote in every election. Low turnout has been the most used tool of the charlatans who run this city’s political machine that knows the outcome of every election before voting starts. Forget the manipulated press releases, puff stories in the owned and controlled mainstream media about folks like Michael Nutter, and blatant avoidance of anything like real investigative journalism; as with Chaka Fattah and Dwight Evans. It is about outright absence today of easily obtained verifiable facts of wrongdoing or negligence to the point that in many areas of the print or electronic media, they just about tell you they are part of a political agenda or certainly appear as water carriers and image makers for individuals they virtually worship. When it comes to this city and state we have been following certain issues, tactics, policies and practices for years now. Some may say our outcry is repetitive and others say there is no proof, even if basic logic tells you that someone should be looking further as the dots are just about connected. We expanded our message and for about 10 months, from December 2013 until October 2014, when, with a co-host we took the serious issues to the airwaves on WURD radio every Sunday night on a one hour call-in show. The momentum built quickly, we had well known guests who had served respected positions in city government take questions on air; as well as candidates for office. Callers rapidly moved from one or two during the hour program to one every 10 or 15 minutes with either some hard hitting questions or often devastating reports on how Continued on next page The Independent Voice January 8-21, 2015 Page 7 a Opinions & Commentary The Negligence Quotient Continued from previous page their politicians ramrodded the community they lived in. But, it was too much for the powerful. Under some of the strangest circumstances one could imagine, all of a sudden, and just as we were gearing up our subject matter to the issues relative to the November 4th election, all calls stopped. Yes, not one call comes in to what was a vital interactive regularly scheduled political talk show for three weeks in a row. The message was clear -– somebody, or some organization, did not want the dialogue to continue and they knew what we had previewed to discuss in advance of November 4 could interfere with the arranged outcomes they had already choreographed. Now, I don’t have the capital to investigate how the phone lines went dead for that specific hour only and a recorded message told callers that “calls are not being taken at this time,” but I know you don’t build up a following and lose every one of them on cue. So, for the immediate future, and as long as we are allowed the limited use the First Amendment in this city, we will continue to do so. Part of that process will most likely include town hall meetings and fund raisers to keep the spirit of truth and justice alive. Don’t let your committeeperson, ward leader, or elected official tell you that they have no idea what you are talking about when you raise questions you first read in this paper or on the online version. Everyone knows that the corruption is in the bones of the system. Elected officials from Senators on down are serving time, many are recently indicted along with judges. Money laundering at the federal level is connected to one of our congressmen and the old saying really applies here: “if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.” Two close associates of that congressman have already pled guilty and admitted cooperation with federal investigators. We are going to continue to work on solutions. Using the term “Negligence Quotient” to describe all manner of past and current practices we will ask the hard questions, disclose as much detail as we can, and if you’re still contented with corruption, I guess the people will have spoken. Jim Foster Publisher Germantown Newspapers P.S. if you want to be part of the Town Hall plans, please give us a call at 215438-4000 Supreme Court Clarifies Danger of Council Inaction on PGW By Matt Wolfe The state Supreme Court recently came down with an unsurprising ruling that the Municipal Tort Claims Act is constitutional. This is the statute that states that most municipalities are only liable for $500,000.00 for any negligent act. I worked with this statute often when I served as a Deputy Attorney General. Why is this topical right now for Philadelphia? Not to beat a dead horse, but because of PGW. The city itself and PGW are covered by this law. This means that an catastrophe such as a gas main explosion, no matter how negligent PGW was and no matter how much damage is done, that PGW will only be liable for $500,000.00 in damages. Couple this with the fact that PGW has one of the oldest and most decayed pipeline delivery systems in the country. It is reported that nearly two-thirds of its over 3000 miles of gas mains that deliver gas to homes and businesses are "at risk," which means that they are aging cast iron or unprotected steel and more prone to breakage. Some of the pipes date back to the 1800's. Seriously? PGW's plan is to replace all "at risk" pipes by 2100. That's the year 2100. Again, seriously? The case that the Supreme Court just ruled on was particularly horrific. The poor schoolgirl was run over by a school bus due to the school district's negligence. She lost her left leg and suffered other severe injuries. A jury awarded her $14 million. The Supreme Court said that the law is what the law is and it is up to the legislature to change it. And they're right, unfortunately. When there was a gas main explosion in Allentown a few years ago, destroying eight homes and killing five people, UGI, the gas utility there, probably paid out $25 million in damages and fines. The same thing happening here would cause PGW to pay the $500,000.00 into court and the court would split up the money between everyone who suffered losses. Is that fair? One of the reasons that PGW's plan to replace dangerous pipes will take the better part of this century is because they won't have to pay out the true costs of any negligence. Another reason is that they do not have the same access to capital that a private company has. UIL Holdings, the company that won the bid to purchase PGW, committed to speeding up that process dramatically. And, of course, it would have only been in their best interests to do so if they completed the sale. The Supreme Court opinion came down while the deal to sell PGW was still pending. City Council should have approved the PGW sale because the city should not be in the gas business in the first place. City Council should have approved the PGW sale because it is a good financial deal for the city. City Council should have approved the PGW sale because an efficiently run gas utility will spur development and attract businesses and jobs. As the Supreme Court decision drives home, City Council should have approved the PGW sale because it would be unfair for anyone to be harmed by PGW's negligence and not be fairly compensated. Most importantly, however, City Council should have approved the PGW sale because to do otherwise would be put pandering to special interests above the very lives of our citizens. Th is commentary is by Matt Wolfe, a candidate for City Council at Large in the Re publican Primary. www.Wolfe.org www.Wo The Issues with Smart Meters Are Many Dear Editor: Last spring I watched a DVD documentary about ‘smart meters’ entitled “Take Back Your Power.” This documentary details a number of problems with the so-called ‘smart meters’ that the utilities are trying to force on all their customers in Pennsylvania. The issues with ‘smart meters’ are well described and supported in the documentary, available for rent or purchase at http://www.takebackyourpower.net/. Among these problems are: • health problems from exposure to electromagnetic frequencies serious privacy issues • the meters cause fires and the utility denies liability for the fires that their technology has caused • the meters make the grid more vulnerable to failure from such events as hacking These meters are supposed to save money and electric usage but have been found not to. People in Ontario are paying billions of dollars extra for electricity thanks to a flawed ‘smart meter’ program and the abovemarket rates the province pays most power generators, Ontario’s auditor general reported Tuesday, (December 16.) http://www.takebackyourpower.net/news/2014/12/20/ontario-auditor-general-smart-met ers-a-total-flop-900m-over- budget/ Within the past couple of years PECO started installing the ‘smart meters’ in the Philadelphia area. Under Act 129, the meters are to be installed by 2023, but PECO has stated that they want them installed by the end of 2014. Those of us who were aware of the problems with the meters did not allow PECO employees access to remove a functional meter to install their microwave-emitting surveillance device. Many people have sent letters to the Utility protesting the installation of the meters, citing health, privacy, and fire hazards associated with them. I am one of those people. Of course PECO (citing fraudulent or non-existent evidence) denies all of these problems and insists the meters must be installed. Recently I and some of my friends received a 10-Day ShutOff Notice from PECO requiring that we make an appointment to have a meter installed. We find this tactic bullying, abusive, and appalling but, unfortunately, not surprising. Legislation has been proposed to allow an opt-out to the meters in Pennsylvania, as provided in a number of other states, such as California, Colorado, and Maine. This proposed opt-out is currently in the Consumer Affairs Committee. It is going nowhere due to interference by Representative Bob Godshall, the Committee Chair whose son supervises the subcontractors employed by PECO for deployment of the ‘smart meters’ –an obvious conflict of interest. Time is of the essence with this problem. The PECO letter says they can charge up to $1,700 to reconnect a household. People need to be aware that ‘Smart’ is the new ’stupid. ’ Please take action. Louise Francis Philadelphia, PA 19147 Susan Kreider Philadelphia, PA 19144 Page 8 January 8-21, 2015 The Independent Voice America’s Women Veterans Deserve Better By Garry J. Augustine More than a quarter-million American women served honorably in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. These brave women sacrificed much to keep us safe. Now that they are home, our country has a solemn obligation to help them transition back to civilian life. Yet there is mounting evidence that America is not fulfilling this obligation. Based on currently available data, it is clear that our country isn't fully meeting the unique physical, emotional and employment needs of women veterans. When they return home, they receive less support than their male counterparts from government programs primarily designed for men. Today, nearly one in five women veterans has delayed or gone without necessary health 0/.¶V³:KHUH'R:H*R from Here: Chaos or &RPPXQLW\´ &,3¶V,QWHUJHQHUDWLRQDO7DON Friday, January 16th 2015 @ 1:00pm In this intergenerational workshop, facilitated by Michael Obryan, an award winning teaching artist, we will continue to GLVFXVV'U0DUWLQ/XWKHU.LQJ¶VYLVLRQDQGZRUN³:KHUH'R:H *RIURP+HUH&KDRVRU&RPPXQLW\´ZLWKVWXGHQWVIURP Mastery Charter focusing on economic justice and examining how our personal economic decisions can affect our communities. Please Register for the FREE Event Refreshments will be available To register contact the program office at (215) 848-7722 ext 225 or email [email protected] &HQWHULQWKH3DUN*HUPDQWRZQ$YHQXHZZZFHQWHULQWKHSDUNRUJ care in the past year. One in 11 is unemployed. Former servicewomen experience homelessness at between two to four times the rate of their civilian counterparts. It's unacceptable that the women who honorably served our country-our mothers, spouses, sisters and daughtersare at risk. A new report released by my organization, Disabled American Veterans, finds that the federal, state, and community programs to support women transitioning out of military service have serious gaps that put some women veterans in jeopardy. Consider medical care. Today, one-third of the Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers lack a staff gynecologist and 18 percent of VA clinics have yet to hire at least one doctor specializing in women's health. Mental health services for women are severely lacking. Twenty percent of female patients in the VA health system have been diagnosed with a condition resulting from military sexual trauma, which can have devastating, long-term consequences. Nonetheless, one in three VA health centers does not have enough sexual trauma specialists on staff. We are not doing much better when it comes to helping women veterans gain post-military employment. Former servicewomen are highly skilled, with unique life experiences that give them valuable leadership qualities and the knowhow to operate effectively in high-stress situations. Yet the unemployment rate for female veterans has steadily climbed for most of the past decade. What's more, two-thirds of women veterans report that the career service help offered by federal agencies has been sub-par. These problems could soon get worse. The military has started on a major draw-down of personnel. As a result, more than 200,000 current servicewomen are expected to rejoin the civilian workforce in the next five years. Now is the time for action. In our new report, Women Veterans: The Long Journey Home, DAV outlines 27 recommendations that Congress, the Administration, VA and the Departments of Defense, Labor, and Housing and Urban Development can take to strengthen the safety net for women veterans. For starters, veterans' health centers must meet their obligation to provide specialists in women's health. At a minimum, every VA medical center must hire a gynecologist. And efforts to treat and help stamp out sexual assault within the military need to be expanded. To help combat unemployment among women veterans, DoD must take a hard look at the primary program designed to help veterans transition to the civilian labor force: the Transition Assistance Program. The department does not collect data on participation, satisfaction, and outcomes by gender and race. Simply put, DoD cannot tell us if TAP actually helps women veterans successfully transition. Plus, VA and DoD need to develop career guidance programs specially designed for women veterans. Thousands of women answered the call of duty and put themselves at risk to preserve our nation's security. They served this country faithfully. Serving them with greater respect, consideration and care must become a national priority. Garry J. Augustine, a Vietnamera combat-wounded Army veteran, is executive director of DAV's Washington Headquarters. Support Your Local Police Editor: January 9 is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, and the Fraternal Order of Police, Pennsylvania State Lodge, is asking every Pennsylvanian to take time to support our men and women in blue. While this day has been set aside, we appreciate your support any time. Now more than ever, we need to rally around our brave men and women in uniform. Millions of Americans appreciate law enforcement, but it’s important to set aside a special day to recognize the courage and sacrifice made daily by police officers and their families. The statistics are truly sobering. Each day 780,000 police officers across our country put a badge on and go to work knowing they may face extremely dangerous situations. On average, between 105 and 203 officers die in the line of duty each year; 50,000 officers are assaulted in the line of duty each year; and 14,000 officers are injured in the line of duty each year. Whether it’s on January 9 or any other day, you can show your support in a number of ways. Change your social media profile picture to one that supports law enforcement. Wear blue clothing, send a card of support to your local police department or participate in Project Blue Light by proudly displaying a blue light in support of law enforcement. You can even just take the time to thank a police officer when you see him or her. On behalf of all Pennsylvania police officers, I want to thank you for your support. Roosevelt Poplar Fraternal Order of Police, Pennsylvania State Lodge Harrisburg, PA 17110 The Independent Voice January 8-21, 2015 Page 9 a Campaign for 10,000 Children Scholarship Program Announced By Meredith Sonderskov A very exciting kick-off event was held recently at Citizens Bank Park Stadium in South Philadelphia. Ina Lipman, Executive Director of Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia, with support from Chris Gheysens, CEO of Wawa markets, announced citywide availability of applications for 2000 new, fouryear scholarships for K-8th grade students from low-income Philadelphia families. The 250 families who attended enjoyed refreshments provided by Wawa and entertainment by the Phillie Phanatic and Wawa’’s Wally Goose. CFSP is the largest provider in Pennsylvania of scholarship aid for grades K-8 and currently has some 4,500 children in more than 185 area tuition-based schools. These scholarships are need-based and awarded by lottery. New scholarship applications must be received no later than March 1, 2014. Only the first 10,000 applications will be processed and entered into the lottery. CFSP was started in 1998. Privately funded, their mission is to provide financial access to safe high quality tuition-based dŚĞŶĞŝŐŚďŽƌƚŚĂƚ ƚĂŬĞƐĐĂƌĞŽĨĞǀĞƌǇƚŚŝŶŐ͘ īŽƌĚĂďůĞΘZĞůŝĂďůĞ,ŽŵĞĂƌĞ Ϯϭϱ-ϱϮϱ-ϱϰϳϬ ǁǁǁ͘ŵǇǁĂǇŽŶůŝŶĞ͘ŽƌŐ ϳϬϱϭ'ĞƌŵĂŶƚŽǁŶǀĞŶƵĞ schools for students from low-income Philadelphia families. Ms. Lipman pointed out that CSFP students regularly outperform their public school peers in objective in-grade test. They have graduation rates in excess of 96%. The campaign goal is $50 million and $28 million has been raised so far. Campaign partners include many local foundations and corporations. Contact www.csfphiladelphia.org or 215.670.8411 for more information. ^ĞƌǀŝĐĞƐ/ŶĐůƵĚĞ͗ x WĞƌƐŽŶĂůĂƌĞ x ŽŵƉĂŶŝŽŶƐŚŝƉ x ,ŽƵƐĞŬĞĞƉŝŶŐ x dƌĂŶƐƉŽƌƚĂƟŽŶ x DĞĂůWƌĞƉĂƌĂƟŽŶ x ,ĂŶĚǇŵĂŶZĞƉĂŝƌƐ x zĂƌĚtŽƌŬ Page 10 January 8-21, 2015 The Independent Voice Three Wine Trends to Watch for in 2015 by David White 2014 will likely go down as the year that powerful wine critics lost their grip on the marketplace. Last year, many retailers stopped using points to sell wines. Instead “Let Us Make Your Home Your Castle!” Quality & Service at Discount Prices We Install What We Sell Area’s Largest In-Stock Selection Receive $2.00 Off Per Single Roll of In-Stock Wallpaper 8765 Frankford Avenue • 215-332-9300 of "shelf talkers" advertising reviews from publications like Wine Spectator, shops offered handwritten notes praising certain wines. Many restaurants, too, removed points from their menus in 2014. Instead, they decided to educate their servers about wine -- and hire fun sommeliers to chat with guests. Thanks to popular mobile apps like Delectable, wine consumers moved away from critics like Robert Parker and toward fellow enthusiasts with similar palates. This year, look out for three big trends. Champagne will find a spot at the dinner table. Oenophiles have always talked about top Champagne with the same reverence they reserve for the finest wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy. But for most of the past 50 years, everyday Americans poo-pooed Champagne. The good stuff was too expensive and rarely seemed worth it. And the imitations served at weddings -- think Cook's and cheap Prosecco -- was, well, gross. Today, however, consumers are falling in love with Champagne. Shipments to the United States have been climbing steadily since 2009. One reason? Grower Champagne. For years, large producers who purchase grapes from across Champagne and aim to deliver a consistent product each year dominated the American market. Grower Champagne, by contrast, is made by the farmers who grow the grapes. Thanks to a few key importers and America's growing obsession with knowing the source of our food, grower Champagne has been taking off. So big Champagne producers like Moet & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, and Taittinger have upped their games. As more Champagne comes ashore, Americans are finally realizing that no other wine is as versatile. So this year, watch for retailers and sommeliers to start promoting Champagne as an affordable luxury that elevates even the simplest of dishes. Consumers will embrace "universal" wine glasses. In 1958, Riedel, an Austrian glassware manufacturer, released the world's first varietal-specific wine glass. By 2014, the company had convinced many consumers that virtually every wine grape -- from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to Riesling and Malbec -- deserved its own glass. And then, the company released a glass for CocaCola. Soda could no longer be enjoyed straight out of a bottle or - the horror! -- a can. Instead, consumers were expected to shell out $20 for a glass to enjoy America's most iconic beverage. Unsurprisingly, wine enthusiasts are starting to rebel. Restaurants are simplifying their stemware and offering patrons one type of glass for every type of wine. Oenophiles, too, are clearing out their cupboards and moving toward one-for-all glasses. Zalto, an- White’s Wines other Austrian glassmaker, has accelerated this trend. While the company makes a handful of varietal-specific wine glasses, its universal glass has won the most acclaim. This year, expect consumers and industry leaders alike to fawn over Gabriel-Glas. The company produces just one glass, and it has quickly become my favorite. Industrial wine producers will hijack the word "natural." Over the past decade, many wine enthusiasts -- this one included -- have become passionate ambassadors for natural wine. These consumers seek producers who eschew fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides in their vineyards and refuse to utilize sugar, acid, tannins, or other additives -- like oak chips, sawdust, or grape concentrates -- in their wineries. As natural wine proponent Alice Feiring once explained, "[these are] wines made with the goal of nothing added and nothing taken away." Natural wine enthusiasts are best known for promoting unusual grapes from unusual regions, like Ribolla Gialla from Friuli in Italy and Trousseau from the Jura in France. But they've found plenty of wines to love from more traditional regions. And more and more sommeliers and retailers are jumping on the natural wine bandwagon, promoting small producers who bottle with minimal intervention. Legally, however, the word "natural" is meaningless. So this year, look for many of the globe's largest producers to start slapping the word on industrial plonk. These are just three trends to watch for in 2015. 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This anti-conservation spending bill also cut the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) by $136 million for this fiscal year. While the CSP is designed to reward farmers and ranchers who have a history of integrating conservation, EQIP will help them develop a conservation practice for the first time. Both programs support practices such as cover crops, di- verse cropping systems, as well as rotational grazing practices on pasture, rangeland, and cropland restored to a grass-based system. These are the conservationbased farming practices we need more support for, not less. This is especially true in the face of climate change impacts on agriculture, and the increased need to protect and restore water quality. So while they cut the conservation programs that help farmers and ranchers integrate risk management through conservation-based farming practices, they left intact the unlimited federal crop insurance premium subsidies and farm program payments that encourage risk taking and agriculture consolidation by the nation’s largest and wealthiest farms. This is an anti-farmer, anticonservation bill that is representative of crisis-driven legislation stemming from a dysfunctional Congress. Join in and fight for annual spending bills that are forwardlooking, and create opportunity: Center for Rural Affairs. No Pros for New City L&I Board? The Building Safety Oversight Board will recommend changes suggested by The Mayor's Special Independent Advisory Board. Unfortunately the experts that are making the recommendations are , in fact not experts in life safety. The board should be made up of Professional Engineers and Senior Code Officials. The Department of Licenses and In- spections has some of the best trained code officials in the United States. Unfortunately their jobs are made impossible by the constant interference by City Council and the Mayor's office. In addition, all the senior code officials have been removed from their posts at L&I so there is no oversight by professionals. Life Safety has taken a backseat to politics. Inspec- tors have not been able to stop jobs for no permits, unsafe conditions, or unlicensed contractors, if the owner/ developer is a "friend" of a councilperson. What ever happened to hiring a Professional Engineer to run L&I? PE's have something that scares the hell out of politicians. That is a Code of Ethics. Edward Jackson Philadelphia A Family Tradition of Excellence Since 1937 AL JEFFERSON 215-849-4343 BRICK & STONe POINTING Alfred Jefferson is the number one contractor for the tri-state area. If you need complete construction services for your home or business, then he is your go-to guy! Jefferson is the owner of Al Jefferson Brick & Stone Pointing, a family trade since 1937. His late father, Al Jefferson, Sr., initially taught him the business and the art of brick and stone pointing and also wood graining, which is a unique technique of transforming any door (wood or metal) into a beautiful work of art with the appearance of a wood-grained effect that is all done by hand. You have to see it to believe it! Neighbors in Mt. Airy thank him for giving their neighborhood a beautiful face lift and great curb appeal! If you ride through the streets of Mt. Airy, Germantown or West Oak Lane, you are sure to see his famous brick and stone pointing. His signs are seen all over Mt. Airy, Germantown, West Oak Lane and South Philadelphia. For more information, call 215-849-4343 and get a free estimate. You will be so glad you made the call. • Steps • Patios • Ext. & Int. Painting • Concrete Walks Also Custom Door Graining • Rough Cast Cellar Walls • Glass Block Windows Page 12 January 8-21, 2015 The Independent Voice Project Moshen Dance Company presents ‘Artistry Unfolded’ Artistry Unfolded – Performance Showcase will be held on Feb. 21, 2015, at the IDA, 400 Commerce Drive, Fort Washington PA, 19034. There is a $10 ticket fee. Project Moshen Dance Company presents, Artistry Unfolded, a performance series bringing emerging artists from Montgomery, Bucks, and Delaware counties together on one stage. Artistry Unfolded, is an opportunity for choreographers and dancers to showcase their works in progress, creativity, and get audience feedback. Artistry Unfolded, provides another outlet for these young artists to perform and is a great way to network and broaden your audience. You can email them at [email protected] for an application. Deadline is Jan. 31. There is a $15 participation fee due by Feb.1. Project Moshen’s mission is to revive the style of jazz dance in Philadelphia. Combining the artistic side and the commercial side of dance in popular culture, Kelli Moshen blends the two elements together to showcase her fast, intricate, urban style of jazz dance. Project Moshen produces two shows a year, visits schools in the community, and holds master classes all over the Philadelphia area. Through these efforts, Project Moshen hopes to spread their passion, creativity and knowledge of jazz dance to the community and bring the style of jazz back to life in Philadelphia. Project Moshen‘s artistic director, Kelli Moshen, brings together unique and versatile dancers who collectively bring an athletic and urban style to the group. Kelli’s innovative choreography is set to an electric cinematic selection of instrumental music that gives their audience a look into the amazing world of dance. Project Moshen consistently challenges themselves by exploring different boundaries to let their full range of talent and personality shine, performing throughout the Philadelphia area. For more, go to the web at www.projectmoshen.com/artistry-unfolded/ The Independent Voice Tinseltown Talks by Nick Thomas Jean Arthur (1900-1991) was a popular 1930s comedic actress largely remembered today for spirited performances in Frank Capra’s classics, such as “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” and “You Can’t Take it with You.” Her career began in the silent era, with appearances in more than 50 films during the 1920s, but by 1944 she had essentially retired from Hollywood, briefly returning for two more films, including “Shane” in 1953. Surprisingly, despite her often sparkling screen performances, Arthur suffered from bouts of severe stage fright throughout her career which hampered her later attempts at theater and a shortlived TV show. Two decades after leaving Hollywood, Arthur’s interests turned to teaching. January 8-21, 2015 Page 13 a Jean Arthur Goes To Vassar Publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings with Cary Grant and Jean Arthur “Jean arrived at Vassar in 1968,” recalled Evert Sprinchorn, former head of the drama department at historic Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. “The dean of the arts college met her on an ocean liner during a transatlantic crossing and the two struck up a friendship. Jean was going through a difficult period and I believe the dean created the position for her.” During her four years at Vassar, Sprinchorn interacted with Arthur more than other staff, as she was very private. “I found her to be intelligent, unassuming, detesting pomposity, and with a genuine artistic flair,” he said. “I never pumped her for tales about old Hollywood, regrettably, but very occasionally a little tidbit would slip from her lips. Once, she did bring up working with Cary Grant in ‘Only Angels have Wings’ and said he was ‘so silly.’” In addition to being quite shy, Sprinchorn says Arthur was “very, very puritanical.” “You would never hear a swear word come out of her mouth,” he said. “We went to Yale to see a stu- dent-written play which contained some rather salacious scenes. There was nothing really outrageous, but Jean didn’t like it at all.” During her first year, Arthur lived on campus in a small, tworoom apartment. “She furnished it herself and would visit local antique shops for pieces,” Sprinchorn said. “It was very attractive and she had a real talent for interior decorating.” Later, Arthur rented an off-campus apartment where Sprinchorn was occasionally invited for dinner. “We would read scenes together and sometimes have students over if more characters were required,” he said. “I think she was considering a return to the stage.” That never materialized, however, due partly to her battle with stage fright. Arthur’s introverted nature was also evident to Spinchorn when she described encountering Jimmy Cagney in Poughkeepsie. “Cagney had a farm about 30 miles away and loved spending time there," explained Spinchorn. "Jean never met him in Hollywood, so I asked what she said to him. She replied ‘Oh, I didn’t talk PAFA Receives $1 Million Gift for Scholarships A $1 million gift from The Maguire Foundation, longtime supporters of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), will make the highest quality of fine arts training available to the most gifted emerging artists. The donation, the largest gift for scholarships from a single donor in PAFA’s history, will establish The James J. & Frances M. Maguire Scholarship for Artistic Excellence, a full-tuition scholarship for 11 students entering PAFA between 2015 and 2018. The gift will enhance the PAFA's reputation as the leading place for fine arts education by attracting talented and motivated applicants who will go on to become the artistic, cultural and community leaders of the future. "PAFA is honored to offer The James J. & Frances M. Maguire Scholarship for Artistic Excellence. PAFA has a 200-year tradition of educating many of the most renowned American artists, and this new opportunity ensures our ability to continue attracting the most promising student artists. We are very grateful to the Maguire family and its Foundation for this generous grant and the scholarship program it makes possible," stated PAFA President and CEO David R. Brigham. The James J. & Frances M. Maguire Scholarship for Artistic Excellence will greatly increase the school's ability to provide financial assistance to students. At present, PAFA awards approximately $3 million in scholarships annually. James J. Maguire stated, "Frannie and I believe art education is an important balance in life and no institution does it better than PAFA!" Three students will be awarded the inaugural James J. & Frances M. Maguire Scholarships to commence studies at PAFA in fall 2015. Three additional scholarships will be awarded to students entering PAFA in both 2016 and 2017, and two more will follow in 2018, for a total of 11 recipients who will receive these awards through their graduation in the 2021-22 academic year. James Maguire, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Philadel- phia Consolidated Holding Corp., and Frances Maguire, a PAFA National Trustee and alumna, have long been generous supporters of PAFA. The Maguires previously made a naming gift to establish the Frances M. Maguire Gallery in Honor of PAFA Faculty and have supported numerous students at PAFA through the Maguire Scholars Program. For more information about The James J. & Frances M. Maguire Scholarship for Artistic Excellence, visit pafa.edu/scholarships. Nick Thomas teaches at Auburn University at Montgomery, Ala., with features, columns, and interviews in over 450 magazines and newspapers. A Valentine’s Night Out Why: To have fun and give Parents a Night Out to have dinner or simply relax. When: Sat., February 14, 2015 Where: Cuddles-N-Care Day Care center 7707 Germantown Ave. Chestnut Hill PA 19118 Phone: 215 242 3568 Time: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Cost: $25.00 per (cash payments only) child, each additional child(ren) is $5.00 off. Agenda: We will be doing arts & crafts, having pizza, snacks, games, movies, and lots of fun. MUST CALL TO REGISTER, please give child’s name and contact phone number. YOUR CHILD MUST BE REGISTERED BY WED., Feb. 11th. ALL PAYMENTS ARE DUE ON THE DAY WHEN YOU DROP YOUR CHILD(REN) OFF. HURRY THE LIST IS FILLING UP FAST. Kevin ingram r egistered m aster P lumber Office: 215-329-4993 Fax: 267-437-2223 to him!’” Despite her own inhibitions, Arthur wasn’t shy about expressing her disdain for the pompous. “Even though she was distant, Jean was very down to earth and hated people putting on airs,” Spinchorn said. He recalls attending a reception after a play and a woman dashing into the room to be the first to meet Arthur. “[She] obviously thought herself to be terribly important in the community [and] came up to Jean and introduced herself. Quick as a flash and completely deadpan Jean said ‘And I’m Martha Washington!’ to which the woman had no response. It was almost like a Marx Brothers scene.” With greater interest in classic Hollywood today, Sprinchorn said he regrets not pressing Arthur more about her movie career. “But she was there to do a job and we respected her privacy.” [email protected] Water Service Licensed and insured Over 30 years in business Drain cleaning Residential or commercial Heating Free Estimates Curb Traps Bathroom and kitchen remodeled Any Jobs Big or Small 15% Discount for Seniors with This Ad Page 14 January 8-21, 2015 The Independent Voice Green Party Goals for PA Electoral Reform On Friday, January 2, the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) requested the assistance of Governor-elect Tom Wolf in reforming the Pennsylvania election process. Leaders of the Green Party pointed out six reforms which would make elections more just and which would increase the participation of eligi- ble voters. These reforms are already common practice in other states and cities. GREEN PARTY GOALS FOR PENNSYLVANIA ELECTORAL REFORM Approved, January 2, 2015 The members of the City Committee of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, Streets Dept. Christmas Tree Recycling Citizens who wish to drop off their trees to be recycled may take them to the Streets Dept. Sanitation Convenience Centers which are open 8 am to 6 pm from Monday through Saturday and located at: · 3033 S. 63rd Street · Domino Lane & Umbria St. · State Road & Ashburner St. · 2601 W. Glenwood Ave. There will also be Christmas tree drop off sites located throughout the city at 23 designated locations on Saturday, January 10 and 17. To find the location nearest to you, please visit www.philadelphiastreets.com/holiday/2015-christmas-tree-recyclingprogram. Business Services Directory www.gpop.org) hold that fair elections, involving the maximum number of citizens, are the cornerstone of a representative democracy. The members of the GPOP City Committee therefore request that Governor-elect Tom Wolf approve the following electoral reforms. Most of these reforms have already been enacted in cities and states around the nation. Some of these reforms will require legislation, and some will require the cooperation of the appointed Pennsylvania Secretary of State or the elected County Commissions of Pennsylvania's 67 Counties. Open the elections to minor parties Pennsylvania should change the nomination process to allow the candidates of minor political parties (sometimes called "third parties") to participate. A political party should be recognized by the Secretary of State once it has at least 0.05 percent of the total number of voters registered in their party. This process is used in other States, such as Delaware. Following this model, candidates from minor parties, like the two established parties, would have no signature requirement to have their names placed on the November ballot. Currently, the Voters Choice Act (SB 195) would make this reform happen. (That legislation was previously known as SB 21.) End corruption in regulation of elections. The PA Secretary of State and the elected County Commissioners should clean up the electoral process. Pennsylvania's elections should be run by non-partisan committees: no favorites, no endorsements, no ward leaders. The non-partisan committees that manage our elections must be free from political influence, and committee members should not be involved in the management of political parties. Paper record of votes at every polling place The Democratic primary in Philadelphia's Second City Council District was won in 2011 by less than 50 votes. The losers could not demand a re-count because our voting machines do not have a paper record of the vote. THIS IS WRONG. We need voting machines with a verified paper record at each polling place. Decent pay for polling place officials Polling place officials (judge of election, majority inspector and minority inspector) are paid less than minimum wage. THIS IS WRONG. These are the people who insure the integrity of the electoral system and guarantee our right to a fair and honest election. Make sure they receive a decent, respectable wage. Registration and education of new voters Since the Pennsylvania Secretary of State is responsible for the registration of voters, that office should have a department with funding to actively register and educate new voters. This department should focus on the registration of returning veterans, high school seniors, college freshmen and formerly-incarcerated people. Instant runoff voting to achieve majority rule In many of Pennsylvania’s primary and general elections, candidates for state and county office win with less than fifty percent of the vote. For example, in the Democratic primary for Philadelphia's 8th City Council District, the winning candidate in 2011 received only 39% of the vote. The Philadelphia City Commission declared “the winner” to be a person who 61% of the voters had voted against. THIS IS WRONG. We need instant runoff voting (IRV) to determine which candidate has the support of a majority of the voters. IRV is widely used by nations and political parties around the world. Within the U.S., IRV is used in local elections in California, Maine, Minnesota and Massachusetts and in leadership elections within the Green Party. Kristin Combs Recording Secretary Hillary Kane Treasurer Eric Hamell Membership Secretary Bernadette Cronin-Geller At Large Chris Robinson At Large for the City Committee Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) 215-243-7103 [email protected] Become a Guide at the Morris Arboretum ELECTRICIAN SMALL AD SMALL PRICES WE DO IT ALL! 215-925-0606 SENIOR CITIzEN DISCOUNTS MARIO BROS. 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The adult tours are primarily general or garden highlight tours, but they can be geared towards specific topics of interest including sculpture in the garden, Japanese elements, or native plants. The children's tours are most often curriculum based, aimed at teaching groups about trees, pollination, and the wetland among other topics. Guides also welcome visitors, help plan their visits, present guests with topics of interest within the garden, and have even taken visitors back in time on costumed tours of the Victorian garden. Guide instruction has changed quite a bit over the years, too. In the early years, novice guides became familiar with the grounds by taking tours led by experienced guides and Paul Meyer, the Curator of the Living Collections at the time. To hone their skills, these new guides would take field trips to other cultural institutions and gardens. Today's trainees attend a 30 hour course given on 11 days in March. Throughout this time, guides in training learn about plants, the history of the Arboretum, techniques for leading tours, and much more. Each trainee also receives a notebook filled with useful facts and interesting background material. In addition, trainees gain "hands on" experience by leading parts of tours with current guides. During the course, trainees are paired with mentors, who will support and encourage them until they are prepared to give tours on their own. Guides give their time and energy to the Arboretum for many reasons: to learn exciting new things, to be inspired by the beauty of Morris Arboretum, and also to meet staff and other volunteers who believe trees are vitally important to everyone's life. Our very knowledgeable guides promote the Arboretum's mission to their neighbors and friends by encouraging them to visit, volunteer and become members. Even more importantly, guides encourage environmental stewardship in neighborhoods near and far. Active guides at Morris Arboretum are rewarded with learning opportunities such as field trips, lectures and classes, receive exciting awards for volunteering, and make lifelong friends. If you would like to be a part of this actively engaged group, please contact Liza Hawley, Assistant Director Visitor Education, at [email protected] or 215247-5777 x128. The Independent Voice January 8-21, 2015 State Crossword: Famous Trios ACROSS 1. “_____ End,” retailer 6. Down Under bird 9. Obscenity 13. Hang around for 14. Bamboozle 15. Worn by some British soldiers on ceremonial occasions 16. Gang 17. Skirt’s edge 18. Gung-ho 19. *_______, JosÈ and Luciano 21. *Athos, Porthos and ______ 23. Bit of binary code 24. Again 25. Public health approver 28. To give approval in writing 30. African tree 35. Hurts 37. Kind of bean 39. *Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin meeting spot 40. Genealogist’s work 41. Sign of cancer? 43. Unit of pressure named after Torricelli 44. Wife of Abraham 46. Muscle quality 47. ____-fry 48. Type of tax 50. *They officiated LeBron, Wade and Bosh’s games 52. “I ___ with my naked eye” 53. Test choice 55. Denouement 57. *The Good, ___ ___ and the Ugly 60. *Chico, Harpo and _______ 64. Skyward 65. Female forest ruminant 67. Continental divide 68. Recorded 69. “... ___ he drove out of sight” 70. Piquant 71. “Joannie Loves Chachi” actress 72. *___, blue and yellow 73. Earl of _____ DOWN 1. Nordic native 2. Military no-show 3. *Employer of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins 4. *The Bee Gees’ most popular genre 5. Beer garden mugs 6. Reverberated sound 7. *___, Curly and Larry 8. Unnerve 9. One who makes deceitful pretenses 10. *Gaspar, Balthasar and Melchior 11. Luau strings, pl. 12. Craggy peak 15. Marine trade route 20. Of or relating to deism 22. Johnny ___, nickname for a Confederate 24. Twisted Sister: “We’re not gonna take it _______” 25. *_____, Stinky and Stretch 26. English physicist who studied quantum mechanics 27. Make aware 29. Caused by defects in uric acid metabolism 31. Cereals or grains 32. Ink stains 33. A vacation or _ ____ 34. *Robin, Maurice and _____ Gibb 36. Scorch 38. Steak condiment 42. Send to a specialist, e.g. 45. Situation that is ideal for rapid development 49. ___ Gershwin 51. Alarm button 54. Bovine milk dispenser 56. Italian title, pl. 57. Ski lift 58. Arizona Indian 59. Level 60. Turned to the right, like a horse 61. British tax 62. Passionate dislike 63. December stone 64. Downed a sub, e.g. 66. Miner’s bounty Answer on page 17 MLK Day of Service to Mobilize 125k Volunteers The 20th Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service on January 19 is expected to mobilize more than 125,000 volunteers throughout the Delaware Valley in thousands of volunteer activities benefiting the community. The signature site will be at Girard College, 2101 College Avenue in Philadelphia, as in previous years. In addition to kick off events, other programs and activities to be featured at the Girard College site will include aHealth and Wellness Fair, Kids Carnival, featuring stories, art activities and service opportunities for kids ages 5-12, beginning at 9 a.m, Clothing Drives (9 a.m. to noon), led by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Rho Theta Omega Chapter (seasonal wraps like new hats, gloves and socks) and the Zeta Iota Iota Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity (business attire for men). and the Book Drive, led byPhiladelphia READS for school students grades K-12. Also featured at the College Hum Building is the 4th Annual Jobs and Opportunity Fair, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., featuring opportunities to apply for jobs at local employers as well as workshops on job readiness and job seeking. Pre-registration is required for the jobs fair by goinghere. 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Ft. as low as $490 Hot Coats as low as $57 Page 16 January 8-21, 2015 The Independent Voice Arts & Culture Germantown Jewish Centre 400 W. Ellet Street Philadelphia, PA 19119 Monthly Intergenerational Gathering of Women Sponsored by Germantown Jewish Centre’s Women’s Club Sunday, January 11 at 10 AM (offsite at a home in Mt. Airy) GJC is a "community of communities." We are seeking to develop a community of women across the generations, from age 13-90. All those who identify as women are welcome. We tell stories and pass on traditions and wisdom and share in brunch (please let us know what you will bring to share). This month we will discuss: What do you hope to be remembered for? What difference do you want to make in the lives of those around you or in the wider world? For more info and to RSVP [email protected] or 215-844-1507 Ext 19. Germantown Jewish Centre’s People of the Book Group Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 7:15 PM GJC's book group meets monthly and reads fiction and non-fiction books of Jewish interest written mostly, but not solely, by Jewish writers and chosen by the group. For more information, contact [email protected] or 215-844-1507 X 19. Bizarre Talmudic Passages with Rabbi Joshua Gutoff 6-session Adult Ed Class at Germantown Jewish Centre begins Jan. 13 Meets Tuesday nights at 7:30 PM Many know the Talmud as a collection of profound Jewish thought, of nuanced rabbinic argument, inspired spiritual insights. But it's also a treasury of tales of tricksters and demons, of lust and rage, of humor and imagination. In this class we'll look at some of the Talmud's strangest tales and try to understand what they're doing in one of our most sacred texts, and what they tell us about the teachers who helped create the Judaism we recognize today. No experience with Talmud is required. Six Sessions: Tues 7:30-9 pm, meets on Jan 13, 20, 27: Feb 3, 10, 17. GJC Members $75 / Non-Members $100. For more info and to RSVP contact [email protected] or 215-8441507 Ext 19. “The Reality of Racial Justice Today”. 31st Annual Ralph Granger Memorial Shabbat at Germantown Jewish Centre. Saturday, Jan. 17 program at 1:30 PM Join us for a panel of speakers exploring what it means to be black in America in this age of Ferguson and what we can do to work for racial justice in our city and in our country. This annual event honors Ralph Granger, a well-loved and respected former custodian at GJC. Ralph was a Christian African American who was known for his dignity and love for the synagogue. During his life he served as a role model to our community for valuing and respecting differences in others. The Granger Memorial Shabbat continues to pay tribute to his memory, while focusing on current social issues pertinent to the larger community in which we live. For more information, contact [email protected] or 215-8441507 X 19. Germantown Jewish Centre’s Kol Zimrah (monthly musical) Service Friday, Jan. 23 @ 6 PM Please join us for this monthly joyful Friday night service (generally the 4th Shabbat of the month), followed by a wine and cheese oneg. We welcome all who are moved by song to participate in this service featuring new melodies, beautiful harmonies, chanting and percussion. Everyone is welcome. For more information contact 215844-1507, Ext. 19 [email protected] e.org Israeli Dancing at Germantown Jewish Centre Sundays at 10 AM in January (except 1/18) The Germantown Jewish Centre Israeli dance group meets on Sunday mornings throughout the school year. Our repertoire consists mainly of intermediate dances, though we always begin with easier, older dances. There is an emphasis on instruction and review in the earlier part of the session. We are an informal, friendly group, and always welcome new dancers! $5 per session. We meet each Sunday in October. For more info contact [email protected] or 215-844-1507 Ext 19. Laurel Hill Cemetery 3822 Ridge Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19132 Monthly Fourth Friday Tour Series: Hot Spots and Storied Plots In life and in death, we all have stories to tell. Join Laurel Hill Cemetery for an informative overview of Laurel Hill’s long and colorful history, which will include many of the marble masterpieces, stunning views and legendary stories that afford the cemetery its WOW factor. This is the perfect tour for firsttime visitors to Laurel Hill, and anyone else who enjoys beautiful art, scenic nature and fascinating history. “Hot Spots and Storied Plots” will be presented monthly as part of Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Fourth Friday tour series, which take place on the fourth Friday of every month at 10:00am. December’s walking tour will take place on Friday, December 26 at 10:00am, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse. The cost is $8/person general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online at www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org. January 11 AVA presents Resident Artists performing in a free concert: ALL-BRAHMS 3:00 PM Helen Corning Warden Theater, Philadelphia The Academy of Vocal Arts presents a free concert of Brahms Quartets featuring AVA's Resident Artists. Special Guests Anne Schoemaker, Pamela Fay, and Robert Kahn will also perform. The concert will be held on January 11, 2015 in Center City. Luke Housner is the music director of this event. Selections include Opus 64, 92, 112, 91, & 120. -Reserve your seats for AllBrahms at http://ticketing.artsphilly.org/tickets/eventDetails. aspx?id=33740&org=av . The Resident Artists performing in this concert are Jonas Hacker, Hannah Ludwig, Huanhuan Ma, Alexandra Nowakowski, Daniel Noyola, Galeano Salas, Alexandra Schenck, Anthony Schneider, Vanessa Vasquez, and Mackenzie Whitney. They are joined by pianist Anne Faulker Schoemaker and violist Pamela Fay for 2 Songs, Opus 91. Ms. Schoemaker and clarinetist Robert Kahn also perform Clarinet Sonata No. 1. PERFORMANCE LOCATION Helen Corning Warden Theater Academy of Vocal Arts 1920 Spruce Street, Philadelphia PROGRAM 3 Quartets, Opus 64 Vanessa Vasquez, Hannah Ludwig, Galeano Salas, Daniel Noyola An die Heimat ("Heimat! Heimat!") Der Abend ("Senke, strahlender Gott") Fragen ("Mein liebes Herz, was ist dir?") 4 Quartets, Opus 92 Alexandra Nowakowski, Alexandra Schenk, Jonas Hacker, Anthony Schneider O schöne Nacht! Spätherbst Abendlied Warum? 6 Quartets, Opus 112 Huanhuan Ma, Hannah Ludwig, Mackenzie Whitney, Anthony Schneider Sehnsucht Nächtens 2 Songs, Opus 91 Hannah Ludwig, Pianist - Anne Faulkner Schoemaker, Violist Pamela Fay Gestillte Sehnsucht Geistliches Wiegenlied Clarinet Sonata No. 1, Opus 120 Pianist - Anne Faulkner Schoemaker, Clarinetist - Robert Kahn Allegro appassionato Andante un poco Adagio Allegretto grazioso Vivace All Month Long Friends of the Wissahickon Schedules December Walks in the Park and Talks at Cedars House Enjoy January in the Wissahickon, when Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) Trail Ambassadors are offering free hikes in Wissahickon Valley Park and free talks at the Cedars House, located at 200 Northwestern Avenue. Trail Ambassador Walks Registration is recommended for all hikes so that participants can be informed of weather or other emergency cancellations. Unless otherwise specified, Trail Ambassador hikes may use rocky, rugged trails that may be wet and slippery. Wear sturdy shoes or boots with socks. Bring water and a snack if desired. Unless otherwise noted, children over seven years old are welcome if accompanied by a responsible adult. Walks are cancelled in heavy rain. For more information or to register, contact Sarah Marley at [email protected] For updates, go to www.fow.org. Varied Terrains of the Wissahickon Valley with Scott Quitel Saturday, January 10, 9 a.m. to noon Meet at Forbidden Drive and Bells Mill Road Starting from our meeting spot, at the base of the valley, we’ll head up the forested gorge to the open natural area known as Houston Meadow. Discover where a suspension bridge from Roxborough across the gorge to Chestnut Hill was planned but never built. Head down along Cathedral Run, across the Wis- The Independent Voice January 8-21, 2015 Page 17 a Arts & Culture sahickon, up the other side of the gorge, and to a schist barren, upon which Tedyuscung peers across the gorge. On the way back, pass a bubbling cascade that looks like a mountain stream. Winter Fit Hikes with May Dominic and Erin Bendig Sunday, Jan. 11,, 9 a.m. Meet at Valley Green Inn (weather permitting- check www.fow.org for updates) This is an approximately a 4mile hike, at a moderate to fast pace through a variety of trails. Some trails may be rocky and/or slippery so sturdy hiking shoes are a must. This is a kid and dog-friendly (on leash, of course) hike. The goal is to get into the park and see what the winter months have to offer. Join us for these upcoming talks at the Cedars House, 200 Northwestern Avenue, in Chestnut Hill. For more information, contact Sarah Marley at [email protected] How the (North)West was Won with Kris Soffa Sunday, Jan. 11, 2 p.m. Come hear the legend and lore behind the creation of The Upper Roxborough Historic District. This multi-part epic has common Wild West themes, such as westward expansion, gorgeous scenery, abundant wildlife and a volunteer posse. A community continually under threat of development took matters into its own hands. Come learn how grassroots advocacy efforts paid off to protect and preserve land worth saving. An Artist’s View of the Wissahickon Gorge—learning to see water and light from Thomas Schofield with Bruce Wagner and Maureen Flanagan Sunday, Jan. 18, 1:30-3 p.m. The Walter Schofield retrospective at the Woodmere Museum has prompted interesting notions of how an artist looks at the setting, the light, the perspective. This slide show utilizes Schofield paintings and photographs by Bruce Wagner and Maureen Flanagan, primarily focusing on the Wissahickon Valley, to show how the elements of setting, light and perspective. The goal for the slide show is to offer insight on how individuals can look at a setting and respond to it with a particular evocative image. Following the show each of us is invited to step outside and look differently at the Wissahickon and to visit the Woodmere Mu- seum to see the Schofield retrospective. What’s Up with Wissahickon Wildlife in Winter? with Michael Kopena Sunday, January 25, 2-3 p.m. It’s not easy to stay warm and cozy in the depths of winter. Winter isn’t easier for our animal friends in the Wissahickon Valley, and they don’t wear mittens or drink cocoa, though some might fly to Florida. What do they do when the cold wind blows and the snow starts falling? Come get cozy in Cedars house and find out how our favorite Wissahickon Valley inhabitants manage the winter season. Weather permitting we’ll go on a short walk to look for signs of activity, returning no later than 4 p.m. Children are welcome with a responsible adult. Follow FOW on Facebook and Twitter. For more information or to become a member, visit www.fow.org Lunchbox Lecture: A Toasty Tour for the Curious As the days grow shorter and the chill of the winter season settles upon us, Laurel Hill’s 78 acres of enchanting landscape becomes increasingly difficult to traverse by foot. The Lunchbox Lecture series offers visitors the opportunity to tour and explore the Cemetery from the seated comfort of the warm indoors. Feed your curiosity and gather around the fireplace for the first presentation of the indoor lecture series, which will feature an informative overview of the Cemetery’s most historic spots, notorious names, and noteworthy art and architecture. January’s lecture will take place on Thursday, January 8 at 10:00am and guests are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch to enjoy after the program. The cost is $8/person general admission. Tickets may be purchased in advance by phone (215) 2288200 or online at www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org. Advanced reservations are requested and seating is limited. Upon arrival, check in at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse. Monthly Fourth Friday Tour Series: Hot Spots and Storied Plots This is the perfect tour for firsttime visitors to Laurel Hill, and anyone else who enjoys beauti- ful art, scenic nature and fascinating history. “Hot Spots and Storied Plots” will be presented monthly as part of Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Fourth Friday tour series, which take place on the fourth Friday of every month at 10:00am. January’s walking tour will take place on Friday, January 23 at 10:00am, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse. The cost is $8/person general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online at www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org. THE WOMEN’S BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER ONLINE TRAINING CLASSES New 6-week sessions begin monthly These courses are ideal for existing or aspiring entrepreneurs and their employees Choose from over 45 courses in the following categories: * Start Your Own Business * Accounting & Finance * Business Communication * Web Technology * Management & Leadership * Marketing & Sales * Non-Profit & Grant Writing Cost: $99.00 per course Date: New sessions begin January 21, 2015 February 18, 2015 March 18, 2015 To view the complete catalog and to enroll, visit www.ed2go.com/wbdconline For more information call: (215) 790-WBDC (9232) or email [email protected] or visit www.womensbdc.org Thursday, January 8, 2015 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm The Women’s Business Development Center “Orientation and Business Assessment Workshop” 1315 Walnut Street Suite 1124 Philadelphia Cost: Free Pre-registration is required For more information call: (215) 790-WBDC (9232) or Fax (215) 790-9231 or visit www.womensbdc.org This workshop is designed for women interested in starting or growing a business. Participants will complete a business development survey tool, discuss their business needs, learn about WBDC re- sources, and meet other women business owners. Page 18 January 8-21, 2015 classified Advertising Real Estate One Bedroom Apt. 16xx East Duval St. Newly Renovated , Near Transportation $700 .00 dollars monthly plus utilities 215-247-1210 _________________________________ 262 E Cliveden Street Spacious layouts, updated windows, off street parking, w/d on site, gas included! *Ask about our move in specials! * $725.00 +electric $825.00 +electric M.E. INC 215-844-1200 www.elfantre.com _________________________________ Furnished Rooms Clean & quiet, no drugs private entrance Call 267-988-5890 _________________________________ Garden Style Apartment Complex in Mt. Airy. Nice 1 & 2 Bedrooms Utilities included except for electric. 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Call Tyler’s at 215-920-7310 (cell) or 215-844-9272 (store Smart Money Club Monday, January 5, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM until Monday, January 26, 2015 Do You Want to Learn How To Manage your Money? Join the Smart Money Club Join in on the month long series, the Smart Money Club. It will be held every Monday in the month of January on the 5th, 12th and 26th and will set a trend for all other topics through out the month of Mondays. In just five weeks, members will become well versed in financial matters: The ins and outs of budgeting, banking, credit and loans How to keep money safe How to recover from financial losses How to pay yourself first Steps to homeownership and more Mondays from 5:30PM to 7:30PM Location: Pleasant Playground and Recreation Center 6729 Chew Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19119 Corporation Notice Nonprofit Corporation Notice is hereby given that Articles of Incorporation have been filed in the Department of State of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. (1) The name of the corporation is: Village Acupuncture Project. (2) The corporation has been incorporated under the Nonprofit Corporation Law of 1988. (3) The corporation is incorporated for the purpose of improving patients' quality of life by providing substantial support for their health, including the relief of pain, through affordable acupuncture and Chinese herbal services. (4) the corporation's Articles of Incorporation were filed on October 6, 2014. At Vox Populi Stop by on Friday, Jan. 9 from 6 -10 pm for the opening of Surf Club, curated by the Vox artist membership. In Fourth Wall, Chiara No presents Crowning. On Jan. 23 from 7.00 pm, Vox will host a lecture by Marisa Olson, on the history and contemporary landscape of artist 'surf clubs' on the web. A gallery talk will take place on January 25th from 3.00 pm, moderated by Bree Pickering. For detailed information on these exhibitions, artists, and for January programming in AUX Performance Space, visit their website, http://voxpopuligallery.org/ The Independent Voice If You Think It's an Emergency, Go to the Emergency Room By Michael Gerardi Pop quiz: if you're having chest pains, should you go to an urgent care center or the emergency room? The answer should be obvious. Yet according to a new poll, patients suffering from real medical emergencies like this one are not heading to the ER. Seven in 10 emergency physicians treat patients who end up in the ER only after first going to urgent care centers -- and learning that their medical problems were too serious to be treated there. As urgent care centers explode in popularity, it's critical that Americans understand the difference between urgent care and emergency care. Choosing an urgent care center over an ER during a medical emergency could cost a patient his life. There are currently some 9,000 urgent care centers nationwide. These facilities fill an important gap in the health care system for patients who need time-sensitive care but can't wait to see a primary care physician or don't have one. Urgent care centers are often open on weekends and evenings, in addition to normal business hours. Most don't require appointments. They're generally able to provide routine treatment for simple health problems, such as ear infections, strep throat, or sprains, on a first-come, first-served basis. And they often have on-site Xray machines to diagnose simple fractures. Emergency departments, on the other hand, are always open and ready for whatever comes through the door. The sickest patients in an ER generally go to the head of the line. Some emergency conditions are more obvious than others. Most people would not hesitate to go to the ER for a gunshot wound, for instance. But something like slurred speech also requires a trip to the emergency room. It’s a symptom of stroke, which can kill 2 million brain cells a minute. Delaying treatment by even minutes can be the difference between a full recovery and death. Patients may not think that their condition screams "emergency." But even fairly benign symptoms can be warning signs of a lifethreatening condition. Consider abdominal pain. Perhaps it's just an intestinal virus. But it could be a ruptured bowel, which requires emergency, life-saving surgery. It’s an emergency physician’s job -- not a patient’s -- to know the difference. And these emergencies can only be managed at one place -- the emergency department. Part of the problem is that patients are misinformed about the role of urgent care centers. Consumers are often swayed by their relatively low prices and marketing. Indeed, more than half of ER physicians say that urgent care centers in their communities advertise themselves as an alternative to emergency rooms. Take Nason Medical Center, which offers urgent care services in South Carolina. It was recently ordered by the state's Department of Health and Environmental Control to stop using the word "emergency" to advertise itself because it confuses patients. Such intervention by government officials is valid, considering that misinformation can put patients at risk. BroMenn Medical Center in Chicago has reported that since last August, five patients have come to the ER with heart attacks -- after first seeking care elsewhere for their chest pains. Patients can't be expected to diagnose themselves. Those with the symptoms of a medical emergency should go to the emergency department. Delaying critical care by going to the wrong medical facility might make the difference between life and death. Michael Gerardi, M.D., is president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Warning signs of a medical emergency: http://www.emergencycareforyou.org/EmergencyManual/IsItAnEmergency/Default.aspx?id=122 Symptoms of childhood emergencies: http://www.emergencycareforyou.org/EmergencyManual/IsItAnEmergency/Default.aspx?id=124 The Independent Voice January 8-21, 2015 Page 19 a And the Word Is ... at the Gershman Y Contemporary Art Exhibition Inspired by Sacred Texts The Gershman Y kicks off the new year with the art exhibition And the Word Is…, running January 22-May 14. And the Word Is… explores the use of religious text in contemporary art, from the straightforward to the ironic. Bringing together artists from across the country, the exhibition will display Sandow Birk’s work from his American Qur’an series, a sculptural work with Hebrew and English text from Leviticus by Johanna Bresnick and Michael Cloud Hirschfeld, detailed textbased drawings by Martin Brief, Braille-based sculptures connected to well-known Bible parables by Philadelphian David Stephens, Carole P. Kunstadt’s work drawing from the Hebrew Bible, local artist Nicholas Kripal’s installation of one of his word-based floor pieces, and Philadelphian Stephanie Kirk’s documentation of the changing messages found on religious signs. Admission to the exhibition is free. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 9 AM-5 PM and Sundays from 9 AM-2 PM. There will be a free Opening Reception on Thursday, January 22 from 6-8 PM. Sandow Birk is a multi-media artist concerned with themes of contemporary American life. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and The Library of Congress, Washington, DC, and has been featured in exhibitions at the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, CA; The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh; the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and Heidelberger Kunstverein, in Heidelberg, Germany. Johanna Bresnick is a conceptual sculptor based in New Haven, CT. Bresnick received an MFA from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Her works have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco; the Jewish Museum in NYC; the Rose Museum at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; and at the John Slade Ely House in New Haven, CT. Michael Cloud Hirschfeld is a three-dimensional artist exploring themes of morality and the sacred through linguistic communication. His work has been included in exhibitions at the San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Martin Brief, an artist and professor of Studio Art at Saint Louis University, creates conceptual drawings that explore language using material collected from a variety of print and media sources. His Amazon God series is comprised of ink prints, each containing a list of handwritten book titles with the word “God” in the title collected from a search on Amazon.com. In her church signage series, local photographer Stephanie Kirk addresses the textual declarations of religious public signage posted in the front of churches. These signs aim to alert people to the need to attend church and the significance of religion in our lives. Kirk’s work has been widely exhibited, including at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts; Colourworks Photo Space in Wilmington, DE; the International Center of Photography, NY; the Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado; the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY; PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT; Delaware Museum of Art, Wilmington, DE; Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA; and Muse Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. Nicholas Kripal, based in Philadelphia, is Chair of the Crafts Department at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. His work features themes of religious rites and iconography. Kripal has received a Pew Foundation grant and a Pollack Krasner award. Carole P. Kunstadt’s art has been displayed in exhibitions at the Museum of Biblical Art, New York, NY; the Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT; the Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY; the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE; Center for the Arts Gallery, Towson University; and the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, Calgary, Alberta. Kunstadt has been featured in Transforming the Sacred, a mini-documentary by PBS and Off Book. Several collections contain her work. David Stephens is a local abstract artist working in mixed media. Informed by his loss of sight ten years ago, Stephens creates abstract wood constructions with paraphrases from the Bible carved in Braille along their surfaces. His work has been shown extensively, including at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University; and the University of Pennsylvania. His work is featured in the collections of the Slought Foundation, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Howard University. The Gershman Y will host two programs and two artist lectures related to the And The Word Is… exhibition. Shelley Cohney, an acclaimed lecturer on food and Jewish history at the Jewish Museum of Australia and at Melbourne’s William Angliss Institute for Culinary Arts, reveals what Jews in biblical times ate and how they viewed the Land of Israel in Milk and Honey and Other Biblical Smoothies on Wednesday, February 4 at 7 PM. Using biblical and historical sources, Cohney explores why the Israelites may not have wanted to settle in the Land of Israel and examines the origins of the “seven species” of Israel and their connection to cult practices that still impact Jewish ritual today. The Gershman Y is a vibrant arts and culture center located in Center City Philadelphia on the Avenue of the Arts. Committed to sharing the diversity and breadth of the Jewish experience, The Gershman Y welcomes people of all ethnic backgrounds and religious affiliations to explore, participate, and contribute to our rich roster of Jewish arts and cultural programs and community initiatives. 1989 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD BROUGHAM Mint Original Car with 52,000 miles. No winter use. All options working. Perfect tan leather interior and trunk. Recent vinly top, service and inspection. Garage kept. $12,500 Call Jim 215-438-5171 1974 MGB ROADSTER Beautifully maintained garage kept MGB. Last year for chrome bumpers. Excellent condition inside and out. Needs nothing. $9500 Call Jim 215-438-5171 Page 20 January 8-21, 2015 The Independent Voice 19 Ye ars in Busi ness We are a member of the Better Business Bureau with an A + rating.
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