From the Independent • Mt. Airy News Stories

August 19, 2010 • MAI.081910.pdf

In This Issue

The Stories

  1. BulletProtest Continues Against Panda House Policies

  2. BulletCurious Jug Brings Two Families Together

  3. BulletTaj Mahal Among the Headliners at This Year’s Folk Festival

  4. BulletDo You Need a New Computer or Just More Memory?

  5. BulletStallone Tries to Make Expendables Real– And Fails

  6. BulletProtest Continues Against Panda House Policies

  7. BulletG’town Y Plans Sept. Reopening

  8. BulletSeminarian Loves Teaching at Freedom School

  9. BulletIce Cream Social at FOW

  10. BulletKeep Those Hydrants Closed!

  11. Bullet‘Salute to Youth’ at Poet-Ify

  12. BulletInsurance for Pre-Exisiting Conditions

Protest Continues Against Panda House Policies

By KARL BIEMULLER

Editor


Among the protestors were Elayne Bender and Liz Macoretta, executive directors of East and West Mt. Airy Neighbors; Muroff, Green, 22nd Ward Democratic Leader Ron Couser, and Jerry Mondesire, owner of the Philadelphia Sunday Sun newspaper whose offices are a half-block away.


On a rainy Thursday morning, August 12, around ten neighborhood residents and  community leaders gathered in front of the Panda House Chinese restaurant at the corner of Hortter Street and Germantown Avenue to protest what they said was the failure of owner Adam Xu to live up to terms agreed to before the restaurant opened on the long-troubled corner.


East Mt. Airy Neighbors (EMAN) President Dan Muroff, who was among the protestors, said,  “This is in direct opposition to what was in the agreement. We knew all the concerns about this corner when we met with him [Xu]. And the first thing they do is violate it?”


Muroff was referring to Xu’s agreeing to, among other conditions, limit the hours of operation at Panda House and close the restaurant at 11 p.m. Those conditions were arrived at last year before EMAN and other community groups would agree to support the opening of the restaurant on the site of the trouble-plagued Corner Deli, also owned by Xu.


He and others charged that the restaurant was staying open to 1 a.m.,  and thus was likely to become a street-corner hang-out spot similar to what the Corner Deli had been.


Derek Green, chair of EMAN’s Zoning Committee, said that he had personally delivered a letter to the Panda House outlining neighbors’ concerns. “We were told that they wanted to meet but nothing’s been set yet,” he said.


Dan Rhoton, president of Pelham Town Watch which was originally formed specifically to deal with problems associated with the Corner Deli,  had said in a previous interview that the protest was the second step in a three-step process. The third step, he said, would be to take the issue to city oficials.    


Curious Jug Brings Two Families Together

By KARL BIEMULLER

Editor


Left: the Gardenhire/Gardner and Hynes families at the August 16 get-together at April Hynes’ home. Hynes, who researched the jug, is second from the right in the group of four in the center. Right: a cake in the shape of the face jug that was found at the Leeds Middle School grounds.


Those who watched the PBS show The History Detectives  on Monday evening, August 16 – or who read the story on page 2 in the August 12 edition of this newspaper - got a look at a fascinating piece of history that spanned centuries, peoples, and continents.


The second segment of the August 16 show (which features experts investigating the background of objects with possible historical significance that viewers have brought to their attention) examined the history of an curious piece of pottery, a “face jug,” that was unearthed in Northwest Philadelphia more than half a century ago. It sat on the mantelpiece of its finder, Germantown resident Robert Strang, for years after Strang, a plumber, dug it up during the construction of Leeds Middle School on Mt. Pleasant Avenue in the 1950s.


The unusually-shaped jug, in the form of a human head with grimacing features, turned out to be one of only a dozen or so that were known to exist. They were created in Edgefield County, South Carolina, in a pottery workshop that was staffed in part by enslaved Africans, later freedmen, who were among the last Africans brought to this country before the Civil War. The ship and crew of the vessel Wanderer smuggled them into South Carolina in 1858, since the slave trade had been outlawed decades previously.


The face jug, and those like it, were described on the show as some of the earliest examples of African American folk art known to exist. It is thought most likely that they were made in the years immediately following the Civil War. They incorporate motifs and themes that were found in African dolls. It is thought that they were used both as grave markers and, when buried by doors, to ward off evil influences, which might account for the burial of the jug at Leeds Middle School.


An investigation of the site of the pottery works in Edgefield County revealed pieces of broken jugs almost identical to the one found here.


But how did this rare object get from South Carolina to Philadelphia? The show, which finished taping in April, didn’t answer that question. 


But later research by Washington Crossing resident April Hynes, granddaughter of Robert Strang, owner of the jug and the person brought it to the attention of The History Detectives, came up with what is very likely the explanation for the jug’s 700-mile journey.


Hynes originally thought that the jug might have been brought to this area by escapees on the Underground Railroad, but the date it was probably made and the fact that escapees almost always traveled as light as possible ruled that out.


Hynes researched the ownership of the piece of property where the jug had been found. It had been the site of a farm owned by a man named Samuel Unruh in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, and later passed into the ownership of a man named Leroy Stockton Wingate. “He was a wealthy realtor and owned the tract for less than a year,” said Hynes. “I found he had a private chauffer, Lewis Gardenhire,  from South Carolina. I began to research him and I found out that he was born in Edgefield County. His wife Leatha was the family’s cook. They lived with Wingate in Lower Merion.”


The Edgefield community was a tiny one, with very few residents, so it is highly probable that the face jug was taken by Lewis Gardenhire with him when he moved north.


Hynes’s research didn’t stop there, however. She began looking for descendents of the Gardenhire/Gardner family (some members later simplified the spelling of the name) and located several in Philadelphia. “We had a really fun reunion just a couple of days ago at the Philadelphia Museum of Art,” said Hynes. The jug is currently on display there along with three others of its type.


Another get-together followed. Hynes invited members of the Gardenhire family to her home to see the show together on August 16 and ten or so came from near and far for the viewing.


Among them was Joan Jones, of Cincinnati, Ohio, who was originally from Philadelphia. She said, “He [Lewis Gardenhire]  was my great uncle on my mother’s side.” When Hynes contacted her branch of the family, said Jones, “I was the person who was the keeper of the history. I was very intrigued and decided to help her in any way I could.”


She came to the area for the reunion, which she described as “really enjoyable, really inspiring.” She and her husband also did some exploration of their own, searching for the house on the former Unruh farm near where the jug had been found. 

“Last week I spent 20 minutes riding up and down the street, asking people where it might be. We were about to give up. But the Germantown Historical Society said the house is there, below the trees.”


They found it, she said, on Rodney Street. “We took pictures, it really took us back in time. This whole experience has been very inspiring for me. I have been told things about the family but really didn’t have connection with the distant past. It’s so inspiring it sent chills down your spine – to see what the family was like … I lived with my husband originally in Philadelphia on Vernon Road, never knowing that we were near where that house was.”


Jones’s sister Evelyn Lewis of Philadelphia also attended and said, “The evening was very exciting. April and her family were very nice, and there were a couple of cousins there we hadn’t seen in years. We talked about the old days and reminisced. I did know [Lewis Gardenhire], I had the opportunity to visit him in his home when I was a little girl. They didn’t talk very much about the past.”


The opportunity was especially memorable for William Gardenhire, who lives in South Jamaica, New York, because he had been cut off from his family’s heritage and roots for years.


“Lewis Gardenhire would have been my great-great uncle, “said William Gardenhire. “I didn’t know anything about him. My father died up when I was eight and my grandfather died when I was 11 and I was totally cut of from my family.”


Some years ago he tried to reestablish contact with his relatives – he went on Facebook and other sites and “nothing happened,” he said. “Then I got an e-mail from April, telling me that she wanted to contact me. She sent me a copy of the family tree that she had.”


The reunion, said William Gardenhire, “was absolutely incredible. I had the opportunity to express feelings that I’d held since I was eight. Here’s this woman I never met before – investigating this incredible-looking jar – and she literally reconnected me with my family.


“The Hynes family opened up their doors to us, they fed us, we had fellowship – we didn’t leave their house until midnight, we had such a good time.”

There is one final twist to the story. The jug is in the shape and roughly the size of a human head and Hynes at one point decided that it should be named. She picked the name “Lewis” - months before she’d ever hear of Lewis Gardenhire.


When she established the connection between Gardenhire and the jug, she e-mailed investigating History Detective Gwen Wright and said, “Gwen, you’re not going to believe this!”


Taj Mahal Among the Headliners at This Year’s Folk Festival

By NATHAN LERNER

Correspondent


The Philadelphia Folksong Society, headquartered at 7113 Emlen Street in Mt. Airy, is preparing for their 49th edition of the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Once again, the event will take place on the Old Pool Farm outside of Schwenksville in Montgomery County. The headliners will include Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and Jeff Tweedy. 


Lisa Schwartz, president of the Philadelphia Folksong Society, has attended the festival for the past 37 years, always as a volunteer and she has developed a strong attachment. She said, “I can’t imagine my summer without the Philadelphia Folk Festival. I would love for everyone to have that same feeling.”


 Schwartz explained, “We try really hard to listen to our audience.  We have a very loyal core and they love our event. We are always getting suggestions for operational changes or additions. Our customers are extremely important to us, so we take what they tell us to heart.”


She added, “This year, a tremendous amount of time and thought was put into creating a contingency plan in the unlikely event that we have the same type of parking and traffic issues that we had last year due to the inclement weather.  We are fully prepared to manage parking with offsite locations and shuttle buses.”


Schwartz addressed the additional challenges posed by the current economic climate, saying, “I think folks are really conservative with their time and their money.  There is no such thing as disposable income for a lot of us any longer … We need to be really relevant with our talent buying and we need to be as customer-friendly as possible.”


The opportunity to camp is a lure to many festival-goers, Schwartz explained. “The campsite ‘families’ that have been created are priceless.  They are the key to differentiating our festival to many others and integral to its fabric.” According to her, “The little neighborhoods that are built for the weekend are just amazing.  They are themed and they have distinct personalities. Each member knows the rules and the traditions of their particular site.”


Schwartz stressed the importance of volunteers. “The volunteer personality of this event is another feature that sets us apart.  We could bring in professional crews that might be more efficient, but that would completely and utterly destroy the organic nature of our fest.”


Schwartz spoke about efforts to make the festival  family-friendly, “We bring in the best in children’s performers and offer special areas and special concerts just for the kiddies.  We have jugglers, face-painter, storytellers, puppeteers, kids crafts. It’s a veritable wonderland for children of all ages.” She opined, “Keeping the children’s activities somewhat separate allows us to offer entertainment to a broad range of ages.  In the campground, we have family areas that are quieter and away from the late night players.”


In 2008, Jesse Lundy and Rich Kardon from Point Entertainment took over the programming of the festival.  Lundy described their approach as, “We target the acts that we think are perfect for the event. Some are available and some are not. This year, we got some A-List talent.” He characterized this year’s line-up, saying, “We focused a little more on the heritage artists like Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson, and Chris Smither. I think we’ll have some surprises, like Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. I’m excited to see how he will be accepted by the audience. I know the kids are psyched!”


It was a coup for the festival to book Jeff Tweedy, a member of the alternative rock band Wilco. The festival represents Tweedy’s only solo East Coast performance this year.


Lundy addressed the evolving taste of festival attendees, “I think that since the Decemberists’ performance at the 2009 festival went over so well, people are more open to some of the contemporary stuff.”


The Philadelphia Folk Festival takes place from Friday, August 20 to Sunday, August 22. For further information about or tickets to the Philadelphia Folk Festival, call 215-247-1300 or (800) 556-FOLK. Alternately, visit their Web site at www.folkfest.org.


Nathan Lerner serves as Liaison for Central Control at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. He welcomes feedback at culturevulture1@aol.com.



The Computer Lady

Do You Need a New Computer or Just More Memory?

By SUSAN GUGGENHEIM


Whenever someone asks me to recommend a new computer, my first thought is, do they want to upgrade because it’s slow or is the machine truly ready for the metal recycler?


To understand when to buy and when to upgrade the memory, we need to learn about how a computer works.  The three main parts of any computer are the computer processing unit (the CPU or brain of the computer), with performance measured in clock speed or hertz; the hard disk drive or the C:\ drive with storage capabilities measured in kilobytes, megabytes or gigabytes; and the memory or RAM with performance measured in bytes, too.


These three major parts work together to perform any computer task or command.  For example, when you double-click on the MS Word program this is what happens:

The MS Word program, which is stored on the hard disk drive in a folder called C:\Program Files\MS Office, is transferred to RAM memory.

The CPU loads the MS Word program data from RAM memory, assisted by the Chipset.

The MS Word program data, now inside the CPU, is processed. The program data includes built-in instructions that tell the computer what to do when you click on menu options like File|Save, for example.

The faster your processor, the faster the work gets done. The more RAM you have installed, the more applications you can open and use at the same time.


Therefore, the speed of the CPU and the amount of installed memory are the two most critical factors of computer performance. To know whether to buy or upgrade, you need to know the speed of your processor and how much RAM is installed. You can find this out by holding down the Windows logo key (usually on either side of the Space bar) then tapping the Pause/Break key (usually above the numeric keypad). In XP, the window below will open (in Vista/Windows 7 it looks different but has the same information):


My processor speed is 2.80GHz, which means that my CPU is processing 2,800,000,000 cycles per second. Today, low end personal computers process at 1.8GHz and higher end at 3.3 GHz. I don’t think you want to upgrade your processor, it’s too difficult a job, but if your computer is processing at less than 1.8 GHz, you would want to consider buying new.


Most new computers are installed with a minimum of RAM. Memory can be upgraded easily, even laptops. My computer had 512MB RAM initially, but I increased it to the 3GB you see above. If you’re buying a new computer, my advice is to buy the fastest processor you can afford, and then upgrade the memory within 6 months of your purchase.  Memory is cheap, and installing it is easy. If your processor is at least 1.8GHz, then consider upgrading the memory by all means. The computer will have a few more years’ life with the added RAM.


Susan Guggenheim delivers technical support, training and data services to NW Philadelphia. Visit her website, www.susanguggenheim-is.com or email her susan@susanguggenheim-is.com for information.


Stallone Tries to Make Expendables Real– And Fails

By ADAM LIPPE

Guest Writer


Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables is a movie a casting director would be proud of, filled to the brim with almost every low budget action star of the last 20 years, all standing around waiting for something to do. And really, after signing up Jet Li, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, etc., how can you blame Stallone for being at a loss on how to use them? Either they’ll all get some sort of character development, guaranteeing a never-ending movie, or strip everything but the essentials, and just try to line the actors up for an Ocean’s Eleven style group photo.


The answer for Stallone is that he did a little bit of each, cheating us on all fronts. The only character with any subplot or backstory is Jason Statham, who goes after his ex-girlfriend’s conveniently abusive boyfriend. Terry Crews is playing someone whose name isn’t even clear until the closing credits.


The resulting imbalance causes you to want more of certain characters who got cheated out of screen time. Dolph Lundgren, as an out-of-control drug addict mercenary, proves that he would make a fantastic villain in some other movie.


And it’s not like the story took precedence; all we get is another in a long line of cold-hearted dictators running drugs out of a poor Latin American country. Stallone and his team are sent in to rescue the anonymous brown people; chaos ensues.


The laziness of the plot would have worked if Stallone, as writer/director, had been willing to really make a throwback to the hilariously dated and godawful ‘80s action films (like Cobra) he made his name on. Stallone tries to turn The Expendables into a real movie, and his patented puppy dog sentimentality takes over. Stallone just wants to be loved; it’s obvious in the Rocky films. But he also has an ego and wants to be taken seriously, hence his recent odes to himself, Rocky Balboa and Rambo.  


If anything, The Expendables is a continuation of 2008’s Rambo, which started with an hour of boredom and padding, and concluded with 30 minutes of cartoon mayhem and a lot of crude CGI. The bullets that cause heads to literally explode are here again, which should have been the tone all along, but Stallone just can’t let his movie be terrible enough to be entertaining. The model should have been Punisher: War Zone, which is a visually stunning movie, filled with ridiculous violence but with a deadly serious tone and hideous dialogue.


The only two actors who know what they are doing are Eric Roberts, appropriately hammy as always, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnold shares a scene with Bruce Willis and Stallone, and unlike them, he’s unforced, charismatic, and not trying to sound tough, therefore he is tough. Roberts is blessed with such smoothness that in the film’s final action scene, as he tries to avoid explosion after explosion, with lots of dirt and foam rubble flying everywhere, he manages to keep his white suit spotless.


Someone’s got to make a sequel about his dry cleaner.


G’town Y Plans Sept. Reopening


Germantown Y board members (left to right) Floretta Tiggett, Pam Bracey and Connie Bille were spreading the word about the re-opening and signing up members at the Peoples’ Festival in Vernon Park on August 14.


The Board of Directors of the Germantown Y is proud to announce a planned reopening for the week after Labor Day. Two years since a flood and management issues closed the fitness portion of the facility, major repairs and upgrades of existing facilities will make it possible for all to renew membership and enjoy the multiple fitness training, exercise equipment and programs that made this facility a long-standing and well-respected Germantown tradition.


Extensive work to the areas impacted by the flood caused by sprinkler system failures have been made. In addition, upgrades have been performed to other areas where maintenance was overdue, as well as modernization of swimming pool systems and general plumbing and fire safety components.


The board of directors that was enrolled in July 2009 have met bi-weekly since that time and focused on serious management, legal, and financial issues that hampered reopening due to circumstances that went far beyond the damage caused by the flood.  At this juncture a partial insurance settlement from the flood damage has been negotiated, and combined with prudent use of reserves and substantial volunteer help, it brings the Y facility to even better condition than when it was forced into temporary closure.


The Y was able to garner legal assistance on both a pro-bono and partial contingency basis in challenging litigation that we believe was without merit or justification, and also initiated counter-claims for recovery of what we believe was substantial unjustified funding outside of the terms of a contract initiated by previous board management.


We want to thank those board members who tirelessly devoted their time and expertise over this last year both at the frequent meetings and outside of those meetings in gathering information and working with contractors, litigators and others. Thanks also are extended to the many volunteers who worked directly on the facility for the common purpose of bringing the Y back to Germantown.


We welcome all to visit the facility and renew memberships in the very near future. An expanded announcement with details will be published in September.


Seminarian Loves Teaching at Freedom School

Ask the 100-plus children in Germantown with whom Ben White has worked this summer, and they likely will tell you he is a man they all look up to—all six feet and four inches up.  White is the summer seminarian  assisting in the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom  School®  and the Drop-In Center at the First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, 35 West Chelten Avenue.  The school is under the sponsorship of The Creative Germantown Initiative (CGI).


Although he spent the first eight years of his life in southern California, White loves Philadelphia, and after being in Germantown for several weeks, he has added the community to his “favorite places” list—and not because he has two brothers living here.

“I love this area, “White says.  “I love its diversity, its mixed-income residents, its housing stock, the kids.”   The latter include the 50 children, ages 5-14, attending the Freedom School and the approximately 60 youth through high school age who have visited the Drop-In Center.


West Philadelphia is also on White’s list.  That’s where he lives with his wife, Gwyneth, who is an executive assistant at the University of Pennsylvania.  The couple are expecting their first child at the end of December just about the time White, at age 27, will receive a master’s degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.


A graduate of Eastern University, White is not a Presbyterian but a member of the Brethren in Christ denomination.  It’s through that affiliation that he came to Philadelphia where his father has planted—or founded—two churches.  The Brethren in Christ Church has a Germantown link with the Brotherly Love Urban Ministries through its daughter organization, the Circle of Hope.


White’s path to seminary and Germantown has been marked with a stint with the Central Mennonite Committee in Mexico, yearly visits to Nevada protesting nuclear tests, and a radical shift in his own thinking by the bombings of the World Trade Center.  Along the way he became more and more aware that urban ministry makes the most sense for effecting change in the world.


“I watched the whole mission field moving into town,” he says.  “The neighborhood is a great missional opportunity.  That’s where the most people can be reached.”  Eventually, White would like to plant churches of about 200-250 people in urban areas in Philadelphia.


At the eight-week Freedom School, he has been one of the chief readers for the children, his stentorian voice ringing throughout the classrooms where each child has read 56 books.  White also is the self-styled chaplain of the school. He feels he is successful in working with children because he sees himself in many of them.  Observing the child in the corner who may be exiled, White moves quickly to intervene to get a conversation going where both of them may gain insight into themselves and their surroundings.        


At the Drop-In Center, White feels he has “gotten on the kids’ radar” as they stop by from 6:00-9:00 PM on Wednesdays and Fridays to play basketball, chat and just hang out.  In the fall, the center will have expanded after-school hours since, as White underscores, many high school students have nowhere to go during that time.


By then, Ben White will be back in Princeton for his last semester at the seminary and awaiting the birth of his first child.  He, however, has assured all the children he has worked with this summer in Germantown that he will be back.


The Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® sponsor organization, founded by Marion Wright Edelman, has served almost 9,000 children in 84 cities and 29 states this summer. The school in Germantown is the first in the area.  Its location at the First Presbyterian Church is in keeping with the church’s desire to use its building for the community in partnership with others, one of the chief reasons for the formation of the non-profit corporate The Creative Germantown Initiative.


For information about the Freedom School call Eileen Jones at 215-843-8811.


Ice Cream Social at FOW

The Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) invites everyone to the Fourth Annual Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, August 25, on the lawn outside their office. 8708 Germantown Avenue, from 3 to 6 p.m. This event features free ice cream, music, activities for the whole family, and the chance to meet with FOW’s staff and volunteers. Members of the Friends of the Wissahickon are encouraged to wear their FOW t-shirts and hats.


The Friends of the Wissahickon, founded in 1924, is a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining the Wissahickon Valley. FOW works in partnership with Fairmount Park to restore historical structures throughout the park, eliminate invasive plant species, monitor watershed management issues, and restore trails throughout the park system with its Sustainable Trails Initiative.


For more information about FOW or the Ice Cream Social, visit www.fow.org or call 215-247-0417.


Keep Those Hydrants Closed!

No matter how hot the summer sun blazes, there is nothing cool about the unauthorized use of a fire hydrant. It’s a bad idea that wastes water, money, and manpower and puts the health and lives of hundreds, sometimes even thousands at risk, according to Philadelphia Water Department Commissioner Bernard Brunwasser.


“The risks of opening a hydrant illegally far outweigh any perceived benefit.  The City offers many alternatives to keep cool responsibly and we urge the public to take advantage of them.  Hydrants are for fighting fires, not for recreation,“ Brunwasser said.

If you see an open hydrant spraying water into the street, or notice an unauthorized attempt to open a hydrant, you can report the incident anonymously by calling 3-1-1. It could save someone’s home, neighborhood, or life.


Illegally opened fire hydrants can:

Lead to dangerous road conditions by impairing visibility and pushing children into traffic.

Decrease water pressure, disrupting service for hospitals, schools, businesses and homes.

Hamper firefighting efforts resulting in injury, property damage or death.

Flood nearby basements and cause damage to homes near hydrants.  The homeowner is responsible for those damages.

Waste 60,000 gallons of water an hour – that’s how much one household uses in a whole year.


For more information about the Philadelphia Water Department visit www.phila.gov/water.


‘Salute to Youth’ at Poet-Ify

Poet-Ify will do its second annual Salute to Youth of the year on Sunday, August 29, 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Germantown Church of The Brethren Fellowship Hall

6601 Germantown Ave.


Join us for our second Salute to Youth in 2010 as we encourage our young people to come share their God-given talents in poetry, spoken word, songs, music and more with others on open mic in a family-friendly atmosphere. Special guests include the mime group Hands For God and the Savior’s Ordered Steppers. Music will be by the MTM Band and refreshments will be served.


For information and tickets call 215-438-POET.


Insurance for Pre-Exisiting Conditions

State Sen. LeAnna M. Washington has announced a new program that offers uninsured individuals with pre-existing conditions quality health insurance. The PA Fair Care program is offered by the Insurance Department and is Pennsylvania’s health plan for uninsured adults with pre-existing conditions.


Washington said.  “It is important that uninsured individuals with pre-existing conditions apply for this critical program.”


PA Fair Care will be administered statewide through a contract with Highmark Blue Shield. Benefits will include preventive care, physician services, diagnostic testing, hospitalization, mental health services and prescriptions.  The cost to enrollees is a subsidized premium of $283.20 monthly.


To be eligible applicants must:  be a U.S. citizen or lawful resident; be a Pennsylvania resident;  have a pre-existing health condition;   be uninsured for the previous six months.


Applications can be completed online at www.PAFairCare.com. Those without internet access may apply with assistance from the toll free helpline,1-888-767-7015 (TTY 1-888-767-7018) Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. More information about the program can be found at www.PaFairCare.com or by calling 1-888-767-7015.


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