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Bass Wins Dem Dist. 8 Council Primary

East Mt. Airy resident and Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah, Cindy Bass won 39% of the vote in the crowded race for the 8th District Council Seat.  Despite rain and a generally low participation, some divisions in Northwest wards recorded nearly 50% turnout in a race to replace retiring City Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller.  Miller’s four terms began in 1996.

Germantown Y Holds Annual Membership Meeting

On Saturday, May 21, the annual membership meeting of the Germantown Y was held in the cafeteria of the Y residence facility.  Members, board members and the general public attended to review the past year’s activities and vote for new board members.  Some Board Members are rotating off from their three year terms and the efforts of the nominating committee to fill vacancies brought eight candidates forward to fill the volunteer slots.

Wissahickon East Project Hosts Community Park Planning Meeting

The Wissahickon East Project (WEP) hosted a community planning meeting to prepare for the establishment of the first upper East Mt. Airy Community Park, located in the Cresheim Creek valley at the corner of Woodbrook Lane and Anderson Avenue. The meeting was attended by 45 neighbors who engaged in an intensive consensus building process. Participants left the meeting energized, with long to-do lists and a strong commitment to clean and revitalize the wild but neglected land, build trails, make it an oasis for native plants and wildlife and a place for all community members – young and old and of different physical abilities – to enjoy themselves.

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Wayne Jct. Project to Begin; Allen Lane Finished



Although voter turnout city-wide was a disappointing 17-20%, a rainy Tuesday did not deter a much better than average showing in some Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill divisions. The 25th division of the 22nd Ward in East Mt Airy shown here recorded a 45% voter turnout at the SEPTA Stenton Station.  Pictured from left to right are Larry Stewart, Judge of Elections, Kevin Jones, Machine Inspector, and Chris Warfield, Minority Inspector.

Bass Wins Dem Dist. 8 Council Primary

East Mt. Airy resident and Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah, Cindy Bass won 39% of the vote in the crowded race for the 8th District Council Seat.  Despite rain and a generally low participation, some divisions in Northwest wards recorded nearly 50% turnout in a race to replace retiring City Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller.  Miller’s four terms began in 1996.

 Multiple Democratic candidates for this particular council seat have been the norm in past years, with no one coming close to 50% of the total in any recent election. This race began with 11 competing, but was pared down to 7 through challenges and resignations.  By far the largest group fielded for any council race, the group was a classic mixture of background and experience.

 Ms. Bass, who placed 2nd in the last council race, received overwhelming endorsements from recognized elected leadership and those included Congressman Chaka Fattah, Governor Rendell, Mayor Nutter, State Representative Dwight Evans, District Attorney Seth Williams and others.

 Perennial candidate Greg Paulmier of Germantown recorded the second largest vote at 21%, with Verna Tyner of Nicetown in third place at 18%. 

Late entry Real Estate businessman Howard Treatment reportedly spent heavily on TV and other advertising to garner fourth place with 13%.

 Stretching from North Philadelphia to Chestnut Hill, the 8th District represents what is likely the most diverse social and economic strata in the city.

More than average interest in this race was generally considered the motivator for the better-than-average turnout in parts of the Northwest.

 City-wide a turnout of less than 20% was recorded.East Mt. Airy resident and Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah, Cindy Bass won 39% of the vote in the crowded race for the 8th District Council Seat.  Despite rain and a generally low participation, some divisions in Northwest wards recorded nearly 50% turnout in a race to replace retiring City Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller.  Miller’s four terms began in 1996.

 Multiple Democratic candidates for this particular council seat have been the norm in past years, with no one coming close to 50% of the total in any recent election. This race began with 11 competing, but was pared down to 7 through challenges and resignations.  By far the largest group fielded for any council race, the group was a classic mixture of background and experience.

 Ms. Bass, who placed 2nd in the last council race, received overwhelming endorsements from recognized elected leadership and those included Congressman Chaka Fattah, Governor Rendell, Mayor Nutter, State Representative Dwight Evans, District Attorney Seth Williams and others.

 Perennial candidate Greg Paulmier of Germantown recorded the second largest vote at 21%, with Verna Tyner of Nicetown in third place at 18%. 

Late entry Real Estate businessman Howard Treatment reportedly spent heavily on TV and other advertising to garner fourth place with 13%.

 Stretching from North Philadelphia to Chestnut Hill, the 8th District represents what is likely the most diverse social and economic strata in the city.

More than average interest in this race was generally considered the motivator for the better-than-average turnout in parts of the Northwest.

 City-wide a turnout of less than 20% was recorded.

Germantown Y Holds Annual Membership Meeting

On Saturday, May 21, the annual membership meeting of the Germantown Y was held in the cafeteria of the Y residence facility.  Members, board members and the general public attended to review the past year’s activities and vote for new board members.  Some Board Members are rotating off from their three year terms and the efforts of the nominating committee to fill vacancies brought eight candidates forward to fill the volunteer slots.

Board Secretary Conni Bille summarized the agenda and the voting process.  Board Chairman Jim Foster outlined the progress made during the last fiscal year, with the reopening in September as the highlight event. Board Members present and new Executive Director Maurice Walls were introduced to the assembled group.

Foster outlined that after a flood in July 2008, complications with board inactivity and insurance issues, the Y closed and most staff was laid off by December of that year.  A membership-driven Recovery Committee met for several months and worked to restructure and understand the factors that led to the closing.  After some difficulty, a new board was formed in May of 2009 and met every two weeks forward from then until an opening date could be formalized.  Meetings now return to monthly with new committees and an extensive volunteer staff contributing their time in the repair process.  It was explained that the final major step in reopening would be the pool which will undergo the installation of a new liner in June with an anticipated opening by the 4th of July.

Board Member Pam Bracy, Chair of the Nominating Committee summarized the background and qualifications of those who were nominated and ballots were supplied to the membership.  The vote was taken and all those nominated met the minimum number to be accepted.  The board now reflects a total of 16 members with an upper limit of 31.  At least seven members must participate in order for a quorum to be met.

An extensive question and answer period followed from both members and residents wanted to know about plans for future upgrades and programs.  Secretary Bille and Foster fielded most of the questions, along with Executive Director Maurice Walls.

Update on Mt. Airy Streetscape Project

by Elizabeth Moselle

Director of Commercial

Corridor Revitalization

The new trees and new street benches have already been installed along with new street signs. Some areas of new sidewalk have already been poured. Here are some updates on construction activities heading into next week (weather permitting):

On Monday, May 23rd crews started pouring some areas of new concrete between South of Fino’s pizza to the Sovereign Bank.

This will include:

6766-68 Germantown Ave.

6762 Germantown Ave.

6750 Germantown Ave. to the Sovereign Bank driveway

They will also be excavating in front of the Acme market and the area south of Pelham Road on the west side of the Avenue including:

7054 Germantown Ave. and patches heading South between Mt. Pleasant and Segdwick

Acme market.

2 patches of sidewalk in front of 6700 Germantown Ave.

6734 Germantown Ave.

This work will require the temporary closure of a parking lane.

On Tuesday, May 24th the crews poured the sidewalk around the Acme and continue excavation activities:

• From Phil-Elena south along the Avenue on the west side through the Fletcher Townsend Funeral Home driveway (6630-6610).

Area in front of G-town Auto

This work will require the temporary closure of a parking lane.

By Wednesday or Thursday, May 25th/26th

Excavation of sidewalk area on the East side of the Avenue at Good Street (in front of vacant parcel)

(same) Sharpnack Street to Weaver

Tree Pits: The concrete contractors will be fixing/completing the pavers on several of the new tree pits throughout the project area.

Questions or concerns? Contact Mehrdad Vahedi, PennDOT Inspector in Charge at: or Elizabeth Moselle, Mt. Airy USA:; (215) 844-6021. In the event of a construction-related emergency, call Miller Bros. 24-hour line at (610) 279-5686.

Wissahickon East Project Hosts Community Park Planning Meeting

The Wissahickon East Project (WEP) hosted a community planning meeting to prepare for the establishment of the first upper East Mt. Airy Community Park, located in the Cresheim Creek valley at the corner of Woodbrook Lane and Anderson Avenue. The meeting was attended by 45 neighbors who engaged in an intensive consensus building process. Participants left the meeting energized, with long to-do lists and a strong commitment to clean and revitalize the wild but neglected land, build trails, make it an oasis for native plants and wildlife and a place for all community members – young and old and of different physical abilities – to enjoy themselves.

After 12 years of struggle to stop housing development on this six acre Cresheim Creek bed, the planning meeting signifies the neighborhood’s commitment to transform its activism from opposition to the detailed and often physical process of park-building. “We have a wonderful group and a wonderful mission.” Arlene Bennett, WEP treasurer and long-time community activist smiled with pleasure. “We are on a roll! And we will accomplish it all!”

The community’s plans will be discussed with Fairmount Park in early June and WEP expects City Council to accept the land into the Park system by mid June 2011. WEP’s work is strongly supported by Michael Diberadinis, Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, Mark Focht, Deputy Director of Fairmount Park, Friends of the Wissahickon, local elected officials and community organizations.

While six acres is a relatively small piece of land, restoring and protecting the natural environment at this place makes it a corner stone project in (1) the long-term vision of enhancing and adding to the Cresheim Creek green corridor, (2) the Philadelphia Green2015 initiative (to add 500 acres of new park land and make it accessible to all Philadelphia communities) and (3) the protection of the Wissahickon Watershed and our drinking water.

Starting July, after Council’s expected acceptance of the land as Fairmount Park, WEP and neighbors will engage in an intensive clean-up, invasive species removal and trail building campaign that is expected to make some of the land available for recreation by the end of 2011. The park-building work will continue for several years until the vision of a restored, protected, natural and user-friendly park is accomplished.

Background Information: Wissahickon East Project (WEP) is a non-profit volunteer group of community members whose first goal was to stop housing development on six acres of the last remaining wild Cresheim Creek land (corner of Anderson Street and Woodbrook Lane). The land stretches along the PECO power line/old railroad bed to the R7 railroad.

WEP was able to save the land and convinced the owner/developer (DeSouza-Brown) to place a no-building easement on the land, held by the Chestnut Hill Historical Society. WEP’s further goals are to (1) support the land transfer to Fairmount Park in early summer 2011 and (2) build the new park with the help of community members, Friends of the Wissahickon and Fairmount Park.

Wissahickon East Project and the land preservation have been endorsed by many neighbors, local elected officials, community leaders, Philadelphia Park and Recreations Department leadership, and other land and park conservation groups. For more information visit,

Rep. Youngblood Charges Chelten Plaza Developers Violating DEP Regs

State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., is calling for developers responsible for  the creation of a discount retail complex in the historic Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia to immediately cease construction at the site until they comply with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection regulations.

 After sending a letter last month to the state DEP inquiring about potential contamination at the site, and the actions taken by the developers to ensure public safety, Youngblood said she received a response from the agency that clearly shows that the owners and developers of the property violated state regulations. She said the letter from the DEP states that the owners have failed to comply with specific environmental regulations pertaining to the property and have ignored calls from the agency for quarterly progress reports on the viability and safety of the property.

 "At every turn, it seems the developers of 'Chelten Plaza' have misrepresented the truth about this project," Youngblood said. "First, we were promised an upscale, fresh-food grocery store that turned into a discount retail shopping center with a Save-a-Lot and Dollar Tree. Now, after being told at a town hall meeting last month that all state laws have been followed for this project, we find out that the owners are in violation of DEP regulations and have failed to comply with requirements issued by the agency.

 "At the town hall meeting, which was attended by hundreds of community residents, the developers lied right to our faces," Youngblood added. "Until they can prove compliance with state regulations, they need to stop all construction at this site. This is a matter of public safety, and simply, public trust. With all of the lies and broken promises, I think the developers need to rebuild that trust before moving forward with the project."

 Youngblood said the state DEP is currently reviewing enforcement options for the violations incurred by the developers, and the agency expects to issue the appropriate action by the end of this month. 

In addition, Youngblood said she is still working with the city of Philadelphia to determine if zoning ordinances have also been violated by the developers, as well as if proper removal, disposal and handling of asbestos was conducted at the project site.

 "With the revelation that the developers skirted the rules when it came to environmental regulations, we need to make sure that no other violations have occurred," she said. "Again, until all of these questions can be answered, construction at this site must be stopped. Our community deserves better."

Patience Rage: A Dream Fulfilled

“What happens to a dream deferred?” Langston Hughes asked in his famous poem.  “Does it dry up/ Like a raisin in the sun?”

Patience Rage, 58, a Germantown resident for 34 years, bided her time to fulfill a long-held hope.  She worked in many fields and endured hardship before living her dream of having time to study creative writing.

Patience’s thirst for life grew from almost dying in an attack years ago.  “I was 25, married six years with a six-month-old son, Charles,” she says.  “When my family saw me in the hospital, they thought I would never look the same.”  The trauma went beyond that.  “At times the emotional pain seemed unbearable,” she adds. 

The months knitted flesh and bones, but the experience wrought lasting changes.  “I could never go back to being the same person,” Patience says.  “My husband and I divorced when our son was two years old.”

Patience emerged changed in other ways.  Her intuition, compassion and hunger for life deepened and led her, in time, to explore different kinds of work.  She drew on courage, family, faith and versatility in trying a range of jobs.

She cooked meals for farm workers who picked berries in New Jersey to support herself and her son.  Around 1981, Patience started an exterminating company called Lady Bug.  “I was good at it,” she says.  “I had clients like Giovanni’s Room, a downtown bookstore.  It was an awesome little business, but exposure to the chemicals compromised my lungs.”

Ever inventive, Patience launched Hotflashes House Painters in 1985.  “We did interior and exterior painting, and residential and commercial properties.  About the same time, Patience began studying for a bachelor’s degree in human services.

She won the Larry Neal Cultural Series Fellowship in 1984 and 1985, thanks to short stories she had written in a program poet Sonia Sanchez directed at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.  Through the program, Patience met internationally known black writers like Ethelbert Miller, Toni Cade Bambara and James Baldwin.  “Getting acquainted with those writers whetted my appetite to study the writing in depth,” Patience says.  “It helped me believe that I could write one day.”

In the early ‘90s, Patience’s love of cooking and literature dovetailed when she opened she opened Harriet’s, a coffee house for women.  “It was at Ridge and Midvale, near the Expressway bridge,” she says.  “I had exotic coffees and teas and homemade desserts.  Harriet’s featured performers like poet Becky Bertha and showed documentary films like No, which deals with rape.  Harriet’s was a one-woman operation. Though Patience’s mother and sister sometimes helped, the work overwhelmed her and forced her to close. 

Patience’s jobs have included helping to care for the old roses at Wyck, 6026 Germantown Avenue, setting up audio-visual equipment at Rutgers University in Camden, and running an educational program at a shelter for homeless women and their children.  Yet, her most demanding work was deeply personal.  “The hardest job I’ve had by far was raising a son as a single mother,” Patience says.  “It’s hard to find support.”

Despite a jam-packed schedule, Patience volunteered as a rape crisis counselor in the emergency room at Jefferson Hospital and Presbyterian Hospital.  She also gives her time helping young people while raising one grandchild and remaining a key presence in the lives of the other seven.  She has served for four years on the board of the Leeway Foundation, which provides grants to women and transgender artists whose projects promote social change.

Earlier this year, Patience won a scholarship to Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, to work toward a BA in creative writing.  “All of the jobs I’ve had and the troubles I’ve survived will go into my stories,” she says.  “I would like them to appeal to people who’ve had few chances to become literate.”        

Besides school, Patience’s current project is a June 4th benefit concert by Tribe 1, a nationally known group of musicians of which she’s a member.  “There’s a peer counseling process called Reevaluation Counseling, or RC, that helps free people from the limiting effects of emotional hurts caused by racism, sexism and other forms of oppression.  The concert will help cover costs of sending local leaders to an RC leadership development workshop for African heritage people, ‘Black Liberation and Community Development.’  Black Lib has raised up leaders and saved lives, but it costs money for room and board, travel and workshop fees.  The concert and reception, which we’ll hold at Greene Street Friends Meeting, will help to defray those expenses.”

“Tickets are $20 to $100, depending on what people choose to pay.  We would also welcome donations.  

For information, call Patience at 215.848.6496.

Rosemarie Lowe Earns Grad Degree — And Keeps On Growing — at 71

Someday, Rosemarie Lowe of East Germantown will retire for a second time. But don’t expect the 71-year old recent La Salle University graduate to do it soon.

She works as a counselor for Gaundenzia, a drug and alcohol treatment center. When she was hired three years ago, it was with the expectation she would earn a BSW in Social Work — which she did – and then a master’s in the field.

“I love what I’m doing. When I wake up in morning, knowing that I’m going to be happy helping others, it gives me the energy to do what I have to do,” said Lowe.  “I’m thrilled to be able to complete school. I’m amazed I did it. I’m so grateful I had a chance to fulfill a dream in my life.”

Balancing her job and classes required all the energy she could summon.

“It was hard to juggle both,” she said, particularly because Gaundenzia is evaluated three or four times a year. “It was like we were in crisis mode all the time, but thanks to the support I had from my family I managed to face the challenges at work and school,” she said.

Lowe raised three daughters — Gail, Robin and Evelyn — mostly by herself, and all attended college. One is a lawyer, one is a nurse, and one works for an insurance company.

“I think it’s terrific, I’m very proud of her,” said Evelyn Lowe. “My mom is a person who is full of energy and full of faith.  She is so happy to be doing what she wants to do, and doors were opened for her, and that gave her the strength to overcome some obstacles. She never said she couldn’t do it.”

“I felt like a parent: I would tell her to slow down, she was doing too much,” said Evelyn Lowe. “She had her (internship) at Gaundenzia, travelling to New Jersey for her job at the Union Home for Children, and then to school. She has more energy than most people. I’ve never seen anybody like her.”

Rosemarie Lowe worked for the phone company for 26 years, but deep down, “I always wanted to be a social worker.  My parents were always so giving and always helping people,” she said. “I called my mom a social worker because she was helping people who were hungry or homeless.”

She began studying for a degree in social work at another college, but had to return to work and found a job helping teenage girls and their children at Union Home.

From 1993 to 1999, she went with a missionary group related to her church to Nairobi, Kenya,and Uganda. “I was also a part-time missionary to Haiti or a period of 15 years,” said Lowe. “I belonged to a missionary group for foreign missions.”

Eventually, Lowe completed an Associate’s Degree at Philadelphia Community College.

And while driving by La Salle she thought, “Let me go in here and see if it’s possible for me to get accepted.” And she was, but she was apprehensive at first, sitting next to classmates who were 40 or more years younger than she was. 

“Would I be accepted by them, could I keep up with them?”  Lowe wondered. “But I found a real camaraderie and friendship with the other students. I learned a lot from them, but, without bragging, I think I offered them a lot — many times I’d say something in class and they had questions about what I had said.”

Sex, Drugs, and Stocks n' Tolls

 Parents are often more comfortable talking with their kids about sex and drugs than basic finance.

 As astonishing as that sounds, it's exactly what a brand new survey from my company, ING DIRECT, found after examining the financial education habits of hundreds of moms and dads across the country.

 Nearly a third (32 percent) said they were prepared to talk with their kids about drugs and alcohol. Roughly three in ten (28 percent) were prepared to discuss sex and dating. Yet just 26 percent reported being able to talk money and finances with their children.

 This doesn't bode well for America's financial future. Parents are a key source of information about personal finances for children. Establishing good habits early in life is critical to healthy money management in adulthood.

 Parents appreciate this. Our survey found that a full 95 percent believe they're primarily responsible for their child's financial education. Yet less than a third -- 29 percent -- actually consider themselves "excellent" financial role models.

 Combine these findings and a desperate picture emerges -- many children are being deprived of the knowledge needed to develop basic financial literacy skills. This must change. Fortunately, there are a number of easy ways for parents to impart the basic tenets of good money management.

 Consider allowances. Children shouldn't receive cash each week for simply mowing the yard or walking the dog. Instead, allowances should be used to introduce your child to saving -- starting with a piggy bank and eventually graduating to a proper savings account. Along the way, explain how and why you personally save -- and teach your child about the magic of compound interest.

Financial education can also be tied into traditional school. Once a child starts leaning basic arithmetic, use personal finance examples to familiarize him or her with important concepts.

Of course, finance isn't just about mathematics -- it's also about language. A credit card agreement, for instance, can be chock-full of opaque provisions that require a close reading to fully understand. So once your son or daughter moves up to critical reading classes in school, teach them how to translate those skills to documents typical of financial life, like checking account terms, credit card agreements, and mortgage paperwork.

 Help your child create a monthly budget that tracks earnings, spending, and progress toward long-term goals. Ultimately, it's your responsibility as a parent to enforce the terms of that budget and help them stave off impulses toward short-term thinking and spending sprees.

 The next step is helping your child establish a checking account and get a debit card. Don't just pick an account for your child -- have them join you in the selection process. And explain what features they should be looking for, like no minimum balance requirement or monthly fees.

 Keep your child away from a credit card for a long as possible. Plastic makes it too easy to violate a budget and accrue debt. But once it is time for them to get a card, explain what goes into a credit score, and how a low rating can make it difficult to get a car, apartment, or even a job.

 Finally, introduce your child to investing, starting at an early age. Avoid the all-to-popular practice of buying them a government bond for Christmas or a birthday, and then immediately filing it away with little explanation. Start by setting them up with a custodial account. Then purchase your child a handful of stocks, ideally in a company they interact with regularly. Help them track the stock's progress by following relevant news stories and checking the price regularly in the newspaper or online.

 April is National Financial Literacy Month. There's no better time for parents to start a conversation with their children about money management. Passing along basic tips, tricks, and habits at a young age sets them up for a lifetime of financial flourishing.

Arkadi Kuhlmann is President and CEO of ING DIRECT USA.

Multiple Robberies Committed at Same 7-11

Over the course of three weeks, three different robberies have occurred at the same 7-11 store, located at 7720 Ogontz Avenue, in the 14th police district. These robberies may have been committed by the same suspects but police cannot make that determination at this time. Police are seeking assistance in identifying the suspects from all three robberies for which the Police Department has surveillance video available.

First Incident: April 21, 2011 approximately 2:00am
Two unknown males entered the 7-11, suspect #1 who was wearing a painters mask pulled up his black hooded sweatshirt and showed the store clerk the grips of a black colored handgun which was tucked in his waistband. Suspect #2 used his forearm to cover his face walked around the counter. The store clerk became afraid and removed money from the cash register and placed approximately $100.00 on the counter. Suspect #1 picked up the money from the counter and both suspects fled southbound on foot. The store clerk was not injured.

• Suspect Description: #1 Black male, 5’8”, black hooded sweatshirt, burgundy sweatpants armed with a black handgun. Suspect #2 Black male, 5’8”, gray hooded sweatshirt and gray sweatpants.

• To view the surveillance video: Click  or visit

• If you see this male do not approach him, contact 911 immediately.

Second Incident: May 11, 2011 at approximately 12:55am
An unknown male armed with a gun entered the 7-11 demanding money from the employee working behind the counter. While the employee was attempting to stall the suspect by telling him the safe was empty, the employee activated the robbery alarm. Once the suspect realized that the robbery alarm had been activated, the suspect fled the store in an unknown direction.

• Suspect Description: Black male, 6 feet tall, thin build, dark complexion, wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt, brown gloves, black jeans, black glasses and black shoes

• To view the surveillance video: Click  or visit

• If you see this male do not approach him, contact 911 immediately.

Third Incident: May 14, 2011 at approximately 4:10am
Two unknown males entered the 7-11 Store, one of the suspects showed the employee a handgun demanding money from the employee behind the counter. The employee opened the cash register when one of the offenders grabbed the cash register drawer and took approximately $200.00 then fled on foot in an unknown direction.

• Suspect Description: #1 Black male, 6 foot 2 inches, 150 pounds, thin build, black jacket, black pants, with a white hat. #2 Black male, 6 foot 2 inches, thin build, black jacket, black pants.

• To view the surveillance video: Click  or visit

• If you see this male do not approach him, contact 911 immediately.

If you have any information about this crime please contact: Northwest Detective Division Det. Gilbert #9161 at 215-686-3353,3354

Theodore Brownworth, local ad executive and civil rights worker, dies

D. Theodore Brownworth, 79, died May 22 at Chestnut Hill Lodge after a brief illness. His loving life-partner of 16 years, Meredith Kane, was with him when he died.

Brownworth was a long-time Chestnut Hill resident, well known over the years at his favorite haunts of Border’s books, Starbucks, Pastorius Park and Valley Green. He was also a parishioner at St. Paul’s Church, Chestnut Hill.

A life-long Philadelphian, Brownworth was born and raised in East Falls where his family ran Brownworth Photography for three generations. His father was well-known for having photographed the entire Kelly family and doing the first photographs of Grace Kelly and her newborn daughter, Princess Caroline. 

After his graduation from the University of Pennsylvania and a tour in the Navy, he lived in Germantown with his late wife, Elizabeth Moore Brownworth and their two children for nearly 20 years.

Brownworth was one of the early “Mad Men.” As an executive at the iconic N.W. Ayer & Sons advertising company, he managed some of the key ad campaigns of the 1960s, including AT&T. He later moved on to several vice-presidencies at Philadelphia companies, including Lincoln Bank. He also was vice-president in charge of advertising for Big Brothers & Big Sisters.

In addition to his career in advertising, Brownworth was deeply involved in the civil rights movement throughout the 1960s, working with Germantown Unitarian Church and Restoration Unitarian Church in Mt. Airy and their civil rights programs.

With his wife, Elizabeth and Rev. Clinton Collier of Philadelphia, Mississippi,  he was a major force in the Philadelphia to Philadelphia Project, a civil rights campaign linking North and South at the height of the conflicts over voter registration and other rights for African Americans in the Deep South. The group also raised money and provided clothing and other necessities for poverty-stricken African Americans in the South.

As a member of and organizer with SNCC, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and the Socialist Workers Party, Brownworth focused attention on non-violent change with protests, boycotts and marches. Numerous key figures of the civil rights movement were guests in the Brownworth home during those years.

In his later life, with the support of Ms. Kane, Brownworth focused his attention on helping people with drug and alcohol addiction. He also remained an avid photographer and Kane was one of his favorite subjects.

He is survived by his life-partner, Meredith Kane, his two daughters, local journalist Victoria Brownworth, and psychotherapist and social worker Dr. Jennie Goldenberg, of Maine, and his three grandchildren, Joshua, Tirzah, and Shifra Goldenberg.

A private funeral Mass will be said for him June 11 at St. Mark’s Church, Philadelphia.

Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration

Upcoming Services

Sunday May 29th at 11 a.m.; our topic will be “Look Ma No Hands!".  Leading educator, Ron Taffel used this old expression to describe what youth today are trying to say to us. Come hear more about what Archene learned from Taffel’s talk as well as what she has learned from being a youth minister at Cedar Lane. Reverend Archene Turner in the pulpit.

Sunday June 5th at 11 a.m.; “Love and Grace: Religious Exploration Sunday".  The service will be lead by Reverend Katherine Ellis. There will be a potluck lunch following the service.

Visit the website for more information and other activities at

Gloria Galvis

Administrative Assistant

the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration


Mon. & Thurs. 0900-1300

Tuesday 0900-1200

Friday 0900-1400

PH: 215-247-2561

Loan programs available to homeowners facing mortgage delinquency, foreclosure

State Rep. Cherelle L. Parker, D-Phila., said help is available for Philadelphia homeowners having difficulty meeting mortgage payments or facing foreclosure.

 The help is in the form of the Homeowners' Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program and the Emergency Homeowners' Loan Program. Both are administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and are designed to help families who are in danger of losing their homes by providing financial assistance to homeowners unable to make their mortgage payments due to circumstances beyond their control.

Counseling support is available for residents to discuss their eligibility for these programs. The counseling agency will schedule an appointment for the homeowners to come in and fill out an application. This is a free service. There is no cost to apply for this help.

 Additional information, as well as a list of participating counseling agencies, is available on the PHFA website at or by calling 1-800-342-2397.

School District Begins Registering Students for Summer Learning

The School District of Philadelphia will begin registering its students on May 23 for the 2011 edition of Summer Learning And More (SLAM). This summer initiative, which runs from July 5 to July 28 for most students, includes opportunities at 104 school sites around the city for children in all grades. Parents wishing to register students should contact the student’s current school.

 SLAM will provide students with an additional 18 days of learning to recover credits, prepare for the SATs, complete Senior Projects, and transition into new schools.  The School District also plans to offer a number of enrichment opportunities for SLAM students this year in the categories of “Arts in Action,” “Science in the Summer,” and “Sports Camp.”

Among the SLAM Programs are:

 · K-8- all students K-8 are invited to attend academic instruction in the morning, and enrichment programs in the afternoon.

 ·  High School- All High School students are invited to take advantage of the opportunity to recover credits, participate in SAT prep and Driver’s Education classes, complete Senior Projects, and take Core Curriculum classes.

· 8th grade Summer Bridge- 8th graders making the transition into designated high schools in the Fall of 2011 are invited to participate in 8th Grade Bridge, a program that focuses on academic activities and orientation for students in their new schools. 

Registration for SLAM will close June 16.  For more information about SLAM, including times and locations, parents should call their child’s current school, call 215-400-4000.

The Khepera Bennu Dancers’ Annual Recital

The Khepera Charter School Wazuri Parents’ Council presents A Treasure Within - the Khepera Bennu Dancers’ Annual Recital on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at the Independence Seaport Museum Concert Hall, 211 South Columbus Blvd & Walnut Street. The recital will feature theatrical and dance performances based on the contemporary novel A Treasure Within: A Story of Remembrance and Rediscovery by Chike Akua.

 The Khepera Charter School, located in the heart of Mt. Airy, is in its sixth year and continues its commitment to academic and cultural excellence with an end of season performance highlighting the magnificent talent and skill of some of its young scholars. The Khepera Bennu Dancers are named after the Bennu bird of Egypt, which signifies creation and renewal. This year’s program is under the direction of Philadelphia native Theresa Pelicata, a professionally trained dancer and instructor who has spent the last seven years with the Radio City Rockettes. In addition to learning ballet, modern and jazz, students were also instructed in African dance by professionally trained dancers Ama Schley and Eddie Smallwood, members of the Kule Mele African Dance and Drum Ensemble.

 The theme of the recital highlights the struggles of a middle school student who learns his life purpose after a visit from an ancient African spirit. Cleverly adapted from the novel A Treasure Within, attendees can expect to be entertained with exciting dance, ancient insight and conscious judgment.  This years’ production will also feature a special performance by the Khepera Choir accompanied by Chief Academic Officer Baba Alphonso Evans.

Tickets for this event are $20.00 and are available for purchase at the Khepera Charter School, 144 W. Carpenter Lane, Phila., PA 19119, Tuesdays through Thursdays after school hours.

To obtain press credentials and/or interviews for the Khepera Bennu Dancers Annual Recital, contact Danyeal Sellers 215-888-6737 or email

Kitchen, Community Legal Services Offer Seminar on Paying Court Costs

State Sen. Shirley Kitchen and Community Legal Services are offering a free seminar to help individuals who owe or may owe criminal court costs and fines.

 The free seminar, Culture of Collection: The New Court Payment System, takes place on Thursday, May 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lehigh Senior Center, building #6 in the Lehigh Pavilion, 1701 W. Lehigh Ave. in Philadelphia.

 Attendees can find out if they owe money, how much they owe and how they can make payments.

 The Philadelphia Courts have recently stepped up collection efforts for individuals owing costs, fines, supervision fees, restitution and bail to the criminal courts. One in five Philadelphians owe money to the court.

“Individuals who are not current with their costs risk loss of public benefits, wage garnishment, sheriff’s sale and other financial consequences. Forgoing this debt is not a risk worth taking,” Kitchen said. “There are affordable options and payment plans. I encourage everyone who owes payment to the courts to attend this free seminar and learn the steps they need to take.”

 For more information, call Community Legal Services at 215-227-2400, e-mail or visit

Sunday Sessions at LaRose

The Sunday Sessions @LaRose presents a fundraiser for Jordan Williams Sunday, May 29, from 6 to 10 p.m.  at the LaRose Jazz Club, 5531 Germantown Avenue at Schoolhouse Lane.

This session is in support of a “Young One” recently featured on Jordan Williams is an accomplished and talented pianist, who at the age of 16 is well on his way to being the next jazz artist. He has been accepted to the prestigious Berklee School of Music 5-Week Summer Program in Boston. He was also selected by Berklee as one of the six top youth musicians in the country to perform at the TED Conference in Long Beach CA, this past February. He has received an academic/music scholarship to attend the Berklee Summer Program, however, he still needs financial support to attend the program and to cover the cost of housing and food accommodations at Berklee.

The Jam Session costs $5 to get in and donations for Jordan will be welcomed. The event is hosted by Rob Henderson. Contact: Rob at 267-231-6779 or Kim at 215-280-2254

Use Financial Windfalls Wisely

If you're lucky enough to win a multimillion-dollar lottery, you don't need this column; you need a team of legal and financial experts to make sure you don't blow your chance for lifetime financial security. But if you receive a considerably smaller monetary windfall, whether a tax refund, divorce settlement, inheritance or work bonus, there are actions you can take to positively impact on your current financial situation.

First, take a breath. Before going on a spending spree, stash the money in a savings account until you've examined your total financial picture. Weigh existing debts, upcoming expenses and future needs to make sure you apply the money where it's needed most.

Wake up and smell the tax windfall. Working Americans have larger paychecks this year due to a tax break that cuts their share of Social Security payroll taxes by close to one-third. However, a recent poll on the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) website revealed that nearly half of the respondents were unaware of this windfall.

"Some people will see an extra $2,000 in their paychecks this year, but regardless of the amount, put this money to good use while you have it, as the tax cut was only approved for 2011," said Gail Cunningham, spokesperson for the NFCC.

Save for emergencies. To protect your family against the impact of a layoff or other unexpected financial crisis (such as a medical emergency, car accident or theft), set aside enough cash to cover at least six months of living expenses.

Pay off debt. Before investing the money, paying off outstanding debt first might be better – things like credit cards, car and student loans, and home equity loans/lines of credit. Start with debts having the highest interest rates first, then work your way down. But remember: Interest for certain types of loans, such as federally insured student loans, mortgages and home equity loans/lines of credit may be tax-deductible.

Save for retirement. Many people chronically underfund their retirement savings. One relatively painless strategy is to contribute a portion of your windfall into an IRA or 401(k) plan. It's easy to have the money automatically withdrawn from your paycheck or bank account and the tax advantages these plans offer will make your savings grow even faster.

Finance college. If you've got kids, you're probably already worrying about paying for college. Although your own retirement security should come first (you can always borrow for education, but not for retirement), if you do get a windfall, consider opening a 529 Qualified State Tuition Plan or a Coverdell Education Savings Account – two savings methods that offer terrific tax advantages.

Budget. Once you've used your windfall to pay off debt or start a savings plan, don't slip back into bad habits. Numerous free budgeting tools, including interactive budget calculators, are available online at sites such as the U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission's (, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling ( and Practical Money Skills for Life, (, a free personal financial management program run by Visa Inc.

And finally, don't forget to reward yourself for having the discipline to use your financial windfall wisely. I like the 90/10 rule, where 90 percent goes for debt payoff or savings and 10 percent is to splurge on something fun.

Jason Alderman directs Visa's financial education programs. To Follow Jason Alderman on Twitter:

Pushing the Panic Button

Taking two out of three from the Texas Rangers over the weekend was nice, and the Phillies were still in first place heading into the current series with the Cincinnati Reds. However, I think it’s finally time to push the panic button about the anemic offense.

Any questions about Roy Oswalt’s condition were answered when the right-hander hurled a fine game during Sunday’s 2-0 loss to the Rangers. His arm strength is not up to speed yet, but that’s something that will come with time. The veteran displayed his craftiness by using his other pitches to keep Philadelphia in a game that it could have won with some timely hitting.

The roster moves made over the weekend indicate that general manager Ruben Amaro and field boss Charlie Manuel felt a need to do something to wake up the sleeping offense. Outfielder Domonic Brown was recalled from Triple-A on Friday, and second baseman Chase Utley was activated for Monday’s clash with the Reds.

Neither will provide instant relief. Both will need some time at this level before anyone should expect them to start tearing the cover off the ball. And this team will not be at full strength until center fielder Shane Victorino returns.

At this point, Manuel has indicated that Brown will get time in right field, most likely in a platoon, and when asked to compare the likely candidates to start against left-handers, the manager gave a slight edge to John Mayberry Jr. for his speed and defense, which leaves Ben Francisco on the bench or to spell left fielder Raul Ibanez against lefties.

I don’t agree with those who think that Francisco is not an everyday player. I think the outfielder just picked the wrong time to go into a slump. Francisco just seems to be the odd man out in this situation because of bad timing.

One question that remains unanswered is the five spot in the batting order. If Utley is going to hit third, that leaves Manuel several options, but the Brown/Mayberry platoon is not experienced enough. Those guys are better suited for the sixth or seventh slot. Clean-up hitter Ryan Howard clearly needs somebody behind him to provide some protection.

The manager could move Ibanez up from six to five, but the Phillies will then be vulnerable to a left-handed relief specialist to face Utley, Howard and Ibanez in the late innings in tight games. Victorino is also an option for the fifth spot when he returns.

An idea that I floated in a casual conversation a week ago has gathered a tremendous amount of steam. Although infielder Placido Polanco is a prototypical number-two hitter, he is also the best option in the five hole, in my opinion, because he always makes contact. He won’t hit 20 home runs, like most five-spot hitters, but he rarely strikes out.

Think about it. With a little pressure off of his shoulders, Howard may stop chasing pitches out of the zone and force opposing pitchers to throw him strikes, increasing his chances of getting on base with a hit or a walk.

Pitchers might think twice about pitching around Howard knowing that Polanco is going to put his bat on the ball. Depending on where Polanco hits it, Howard could move up to second or third base, or he could even score a run. Makes sense to me.

That’s my opinion. What do you think? ••

Bill McFarland has covered the Phillies since 1991. Contact him at 215-354-3037.

Urban League’s Empowerment Week Focuses on Workplace Diversity

The Urban League of Philadelphia’s 3rd Annual Empowerment Week kicks off on Saturday, May 28 with an exciting array of events, including a gathering of high powered CEO’s to discuss African Americans on corporate boards and a Jobs Summit at which attendees will hear from major Philadelphia companies and employment opportunities.

The week will culminate with the Empowerment Week Gala, where the Urban League will present college scholarships and honor corporate supporters KPMG and Team Clean, Inc.

“We have created a unique menu of events designed to showcase African American business owners and promote African American participation in the workplace,” said Pat Coulter, CEO and President of the Urban League.

The Urban League’s CEO Symposium on Friday, June 3 at 8 a.m. will be hosted by Jerry Maginnis, managing partner of KPMG. Panel members will include CEO’s Lyn Elsenhans of Sunoco, Hal Yoh of Day and Zimmerman, Ken Frazier of Merck and Dennis Glass of Lincoln Financial Group. This is a unique opportunity, not open to the public, for corporate executives to discuss the role of diversity in their organizations.

Other highlights of Empowerment Week include:

Empowerment Jobs Summit – Wednesday, June 1, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Drexel University

Small Business Showcase and Panel – Thursday June 2, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Federal Reserve Bank.

Youth Empowerment Day – Thursday, June 2, at South Philadelphia High School

The Gala will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Saturday, June 4 at 5:30 p.m.

About the Urban League of Philadelphia - Established in 1910, the National Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream. Since 1917, the Urban League of Philadelphia, as part of this national network, provides direct services, research and policy advocacy to help individuals and communities reach their fullest potential. Visit on the web at

Pat Coulter, President of the Urban League,  has held leadership positions in management, business development, executive coaching, and college administration. Before joining the Urban League, she was Senior Vice President of Salveson Stetson Group Inc., a Philadelphia-based executive search firm.

May 28.

Mt. Airy Train Station Concert

The Mount Airy Train Station Concert series features; the huge repertoire of folk, pop, and even show tunes: tight harmonies: and fine voices of Prose from Dover in a free concert on Saturday May 28 from 7-9 p.m at the Train Station, Gowen at Devon St. This outdoor concert is sponsored by Walk a Crooked Mile Books - call 215-242-0854 or check their website, for more information or rain updates. Great food from Weaver’s Way Co-op will be available for sale.

May 30

Matt Paul Basketball.

Free shooting clinic at the Water Tower Recreation Center. All skill levels welcome. For more information, visit or call 610-331-8812.

May 31.

Center on the Hill, PCA Invites Philadelphia Region to “Celebrate Arts and Aging”

Since 2003, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging has held an arts celebration marking Older Americans Month in May. This year, PCA’s “Celebrate Arts and Aging” features three exhibits of works by older artists (age 55+); musical performances by seniors; special senior discounts to museums, theaters and concerts; and art classes and workshops.

Three venues are displaying senior artworks throughout May: the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street; Philadelphia Senior Center, (PSC) 509 South Broad Street;  and Center on the Hill, the place for active adults, at 8855 Germantown Ave, adjacent to the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill.

An artists’ reception will be held at Center on the Hill on Tuesday, May 31 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The receptions, like those previously held at the Free Library and Philadelphia Senior Center, is free and open to the public.

“Over the past eight years of holding this celebration, we’ve found a fascinating diversity among the artists,” Zaremba said. “Some are professionals who have made a living from their art, while others have only discovered late in life that they have truly exceptional artistic abilities.

Those are the most inspirational - people who, after retiring, took a class in painting or sculpture and found a whole new aspect of themselves.”

Throughout May, museums, theaters, and cultural venues are offering special discounts for seniors of 25% off or more. Classes and workshops for seniors are taking place at venues throughout the city.

Discount coupons and schedules of classes and performances are included in the “Celebrate Arts and Aging” supplement of this issue of Milestones newspaper. Throughout the month, updated information on “Celebrate Arts and Aging” activities will be available at ; or from the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040.

June 3.

Nicholas Berg Gallery

Joel Levinson Retrospective; Architecture, Photographs, Paintings and Drawings.

Opening Reception Friday June 3rd 6-9 pm. Shows runs until June 25th.

Nichols Berg Gallery

8611 Germantown Ave


Gallery open Wed-Sat 10-5 and by appointment

June 2.

NIM to Honor Local Artists, Writers and Musicians

On June 2, NIM’s 22nd Annual Assembly, titled this year “Make a Joyful Noise: Creative Hands and Voices,” will host 58 Philadelphia member congregations; roughly 30 will honor artists, musicians and writers from their congregations for outstanding community service. The event will be held at Germantown Jewish Centre in West Mt. Airy (400 West Ellet St.) at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

Keynote speaker Dr. Verolga Nix, leader of the Intermezzo Choir Ministry and founder of the Institute for the Preservation of Africa-American Music will lead the community of communities as they celebrate talented and giving individuals.

George Stern, Executive Director of NIM, stated “For over 40 years, our member congregations have kept us relevant and thriving. We would not have grown to affect one in eight children in childcare programs and one in two long-term care residents in the city of Philadelphia without our member congregations leading the way. The Annual Assembly is our chance to shine the spotlight on them.” Stern noted the broad diversity in culture and religious traditions among the honorees and their congregations.

One honoree, Dr. Jon Pahl, the Director of the Masters in Public Leadership Program at the Lutheran Theological Seminary, has helped local non-profits raise needed funds over the past year through his musical contribution with his band the “Groove Daemons.”

Another honoree, Jabari Johnson, a high school senior spoken word poet and activist from Janes Memorial United Methodist Church, enlivens the social conscience of fellow youth through his healing poetry, showcased in his newly published book. Jabari will be recognized alongside fellow poet Gertrude Johnson, also from Janes Memorial, who turns 100 years old in December.

“Real creative talent is rare; talented individuals who use their gifts to help others, even more so. We are privileged that we have so many talented and caring individuals in our diverse community of congregations,” stated Stern.

June 4.

Pet-A-Palooza at Weavers Way Co-op in Mt. Airy

On Saturday, June 4, from noon to 4 p.m., Weavers Way Co-op in Mt. Airy will be going to the dogs, and to the cats and to all our other nonhuman friends, with Pet-A-Palooza, a celebration of all things pet. In addition to fun-filled activities like Stupid Pet Tricks and informative sessions on pet wellness and  nutrition, this event will also feature exhibitors including pet-sitters, doggy day care, veterinarians, groomers, animal rescue groups, trainers, and all manner of pet-loving peeps. The event will also highlight Weavers Way Co-op’s award-winning pet supply store and its extensive line of natural pet supplies, located at Greene St. and Carpenter Lane, across from Weavers Way’s Mt. Airy store.

There is plenty of fun already lined up but we are still welcoming volunteers and other interested exhibitors. If you are interested in participating in this fun filled event, please contact Anne Workman, Outreach Coordinator, at 215-843-2350, ext. 118 or via e-mail at

June 4.

Trinity Lutheran Flea Market

Trinity Lutheran Church is having an upcoming Flea Market.Trinity Lutheran Church Flea Market will take place on Saturday June 4th from 9 am to3 pm. If  you’re interested in being a vendor, call 215.848.8150.  spaces are available for a donation of $15.  The church is located on the corner of Germantown and Queen Lane.

The market will also offer Fish Platters.  Call in advance and platter will be ready for pickup.  Off-street parking available. Questions?

Call the church office. 215-848-8150.

All proceeds from this and all events goes toward the recognition of Trinity Lutheran Church 175th Anniversary, Sunday November 13, 2011.

June 4.

Canaan Missionary Ministry and Canaan Life Center sponsoring a free Clothing Give-away from 9 a.m to noon. 302 Schoolhouse Lane. Clothing for the entire family — children, men and women. Bring your own bag.

June 10.

New Courtland Alzheimer’s Association Town Hall Meeting.

Join others at the Alzheimer’s Association Town Hall to learn about Alzheimer’s and to better understand this devastating disease. 

Friday, June 10 

8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

NewCourtland Education Center

6950 Germantown Avenue

They will discuss issues about Alzheimer’s that matter most to you and can help the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter understand how best to serve the Afri population’s concerns about Alzheimer’s.

During this open dialogue, attendees will have the chance to share their thoughts about topics that include diagnosis, treatment and medication; legal issues; ccess to resources and transportation; caregiver stress; community involvement, volunteering and advocacy; and clinical trials and research.

Register by Wednesday, June 8, 2011 for this free event. To register, call: 1-800-272-3900.

People’s Choice Concert on June 10 at 8

On Friday, June 18, at 8:00pm, the Folk Factory will have our annual People’s Choice Concert, with the top vote-getters of this year’s Open Stages.  The performers will be The Lindas, Harry Rothwell, Wayne Dunlap, Rick McConnell Jerram, Geoff Simpson, and former UUCR member Drew Calvin.  Tickets are $7-20, sliding scale (half for no or low wage), available at the door.  Doors open at 7:30pm.  Childcare and sign-language interpreting are available by arrangement in advance, preferably by June 6, by calling 215-848-6246.  The concert is wheelchair accessible, but our bathrooms are not yet.  The Folk Factory coffeehouse is located at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration in Mount Airy, at 6900 Stenton Avenue (the corner of Stenton Avenue and Gorgas Lane).  For directions or further information, visit  or call (215) 848-6246.

The Lindas:  Linda Donnelly and Linda Noonan have sung together with Anna Crusis Women’s Choir for a number of years and connected early on with similar tastes in contemporary and traditional folk music and a love of harmonizing.  Marty Spiegel will add his mandolin talents to Linda D’s guitar and Linda N’s harmonies.

Harry Rothwell:  Music of many kinds has enthralled Harry from childhood and uplifted him through all subsequent phases of life, but it was the profoundly stirring sounds ringing out from the dormitory-room sound systems of college days that made him an enthusiastic devotee of folk music. 

It was the heyday of The Kingston Trio; Peter, Paul and Mary; Joan Baez; The Weavers and Odetta.  Their singing not only lifted up many a beautiful melody, but also implored one’s very soul to overcome hatred, war – or any other crime of hurt and injustice.  Such music can move people to foster a better world.  Harry yielded to a years-old attraction to Auto Harps by getting one of his own, so that he wouldn’t have to share all songs a cappella.  He just can’t resist joining in with others to keep on singing out those civil-rights-style songs.  You’re very likely to hear him tell you, “This world still needs them very much – and we’ve got to keep them going strong!”

Wayne Dunlap is an old folky from the 60s.  His favorite artists are Peter, Paul & Mary followed by Ian & Sylvia.  He always wanted to sing and play folk music, but had no voice until he was talked into joining his church choir.  His small son went from putting his fingers in his ears to wanting Wayne to sing him to sleep.  His son later wanted to get a guitar, so Wayne decided to get one too.  Wayne currently sings with Roxborough Male Chorus, and recently discovered the Folk Factory.

Rick McConnell Jerram:  Trained originally in Architecture, Rick McConnell Jerram left the drawing board to follow the heart in 2000.  Now he teaches the inspiring and soulful movement practice of Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms and occasionally performs his heartfelt songs to strummed guitar at the Folk Factory and the Mermaid Inn.  Rick moved from London to Philadelphia in 2008.

Geoff Simpson was raised in Kansas, educated in Pennsylvania and Connecticut, and worked in central Virginia.  He owes his musical inspiration to musician parents and their folk, classical, jazz and rock-and-roll interests.  He found his musical voice somewhere between Neil Young and Bruce Cockburn.  In 2008 he moved to Oxford, England to study and work, and there jumped into the local singer-songwriter scene.  At the end of two years he had written enough songs to fill a CD (O.X.F.D. 2010 A.D.).  He is now back in the Philadelphia area where he frequents a number of open mics.

Drew Calvin has graced the Philadelphia folk music scene since 1995.  He brings to his listeners the experience of a life lived around the world in practically every life condition except rich and famous.  (Prior to Philadelphia he lived for four years in Taipei, Taiwan, where he earned the majority of his income as a street busker.) 

Over the years his music, particularly his original songs, has won him praise from artists such as Robin and Linda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore.  He won first prize at the 1988 Florida Original Folksong Competition and at the 2003 Performing Songwriter’s Contest at the Wildflower Music Festival in Texas.  His music is firmly rooted in blues and country with a strong dash of Woody Guthrie populism and Dylanesque poetry.  He is a powerful, dynamic performer not to be missed.

The Folk Factory, based at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration in Mount Airy, is a forum for people interested in music of all kinds and progressive social change.  Facilitated announcements of progressive events (marches, boycotts, etc.) can be made before the start of each event.  The Folk Factory is an organizational affiliate of the People’s Music Network for Songs of Freedom and Struggle, co-founded by Charlie King and Pete Seeger.  Regular concerts are normally around the second weekend of most months, and an Open Stage/Open Circle is held normally on the fourth Thursday of most months. 

To volunteer or for more information, visit  or call (215) 848-6246.

Cherelle Parker Named to National Honor Roll

In recognition of her commitment to women’s human rights, Representative Cherelle L. Parker has been named to the Center for Women Policy Studies’ National Honor Roll of State Legislators.

Parker is one of more than 700 state legislators who have accepted the Center’s invitation to join its honor roll of lawmakers who have demonstrated their dedication to promoting women’s equality and empowerment.  “We are honored to welcome Representative Cherelle L. Parker to the National Honor Roll. I know that the women of Pennsylvania can count on her determination, knowledge, and political skills to improve the status and condition of Pennsylvania’s women and girls,” Center President Leslie R. Wolfe said.  The Center, founded in 1972, promotes women’s human rights through enlightened public policy; the Center is located in Washington D.C.

“It is an honor for me to join with other legislators across the Nation as we work to improve the lives and opportunities of women and girls in our states,” Parker said. 

Parker’s accomplishments in women’s human rights advocacy include: championing Pennsylvania Act 45 of 2010, prohibiting automatic shackling of pregnant prisoners; introduction of HB 1264, which would permit victims of sexual assault to present expert testimony; selected by the Center for Women Policy Studies to participate in the National Strategic Action Convening on Reproductive Rights; and her work with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, Women’s Way and Women Organized Against Rape.

“While we have accomplished much, we must remember that many women still lack access to education, job training, and work that pays a living wage, health care and quality child care,” Parker said.

Legislators who join the National Honor Roll endorse the Center’s Contract with Women of the USA®, a set of 12 principles that bring home the promises of the international Platform for Action approved by the United States and 188 other nations at the 1995 United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.

The Contract’s principles include: empowerment of women; sharing family responsibilities; ending the burden of poverty; high quality, affordable health care; sexual and reproductive rights; workplace rights; educational equity; ending violence against women; protecting a healthy environment; women as peace makers; honoring international commitments and ratifying the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW); and developing a long-term national plan to implement the Contract’s principles.

Legislators named to the National Honor Roll pledge their “mutual commitment to the goal of equality and empowerment for American women” and agree “to work together to overcome discrimination based on sex, race, class, age, immigration status, sexual orientation, religion and disability.”

Fake L&I Inspector and Accomplice Allegedly Bilk Germantown Man

Philadelphia Inspector General Amy L. Kurland, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and District Attorney R. Seth Williams announce the arrest of Brian K. Davis, 33, of Philadelphia and Rev. Richard Cobb, 57, of Brookhaven, Pa., on multiple theft-related charges.

Posing as a Licenses and Inspections (L&I) inspector and acting at Cobb’s direction, Davis allegedly collected more than $10,000 from the owner of a property on the 5300 block of Wayne Avenue in Germantown.

After the property owner contested a violation issued by a real L&I inspector, contenting that he already paid numerous fines, L&I checked internal records and found that no payments had been credited to the property. The property owner also said that Cobb, a pastor at St. Mark’s Baptist Church on the 1200 block of S. 23rd Street in South Philadelphia, had helped him make arrangements to pay an inspector named “Brian” over several months.

L&I referred the matter to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), which opened a joint investigation with the Philadelphia Police Department.

The investigation found that Cobb had persuaded Davis in early 2010 to help him swindle the property owner. Cobb told Davis which fines and fees to seek from the property owner while posing as an L&I inspector. Davis allegedly gave Cobb a portion of the proceeds in cash and used some of the money to pay rent.

Police arrested Cobb on April 8, 2011. He was charged with theft, criminal solicitation and related offenses. Davis was arrested on April 27, 2011 and charged with theft, conspiracy, impersonating a public servant and related offenses.

Cobb and Davis were released on bail. A preliminary hearing is set for June 8, 2011.

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