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The Independent Voice

6661 Germantown Avenue • Philadelphia, PA 19119

215-438-4000 ª Fax 215-754-4245



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Attention Philadelphians:

Please scroll down and read this NY Times pension report written by Philadelphia resident Mary Williams Walsh.

This critical situation is almost as catastrophic in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. I have been consistently berating both Democrats and Republicans for burying the truth about the condition here. Those who are required by State Law to oversee all the finances of this city have been the most irresponsible in actually burying the facts about the pensions and how the city budget must prioritize and publicize the entire fiscal situation at meetings of the PICA Board. Not only have the pensions not been included, to any significant degree, in the PICA discussions that led to the acceptance of the city budget and five year plan for the last three years, members from Chairman Sam Katz on down went out of their way to make sure the pension statistics and details were kept from the public through the last two elections. In my opinion, the dereliction of duty of this board to live up to what the state statute requires of them demands a proper investigation by city and state agencies immediately.

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Institutional Racism

In Philadelphia, racial minorities have lost ground

It would be disingenuous of me to state that I was not aware early on that ethnic and racial discrimination was part of everyday life in this country, and in my home territory of Germantown and Mt. Airy.  Old enough to remember the community before the first black children were in my grammar school classes, it was the Italians and Jews that were the back-channel targets in a mostly Irish Catholic neighborhood and one not too far from the entrenched white Anglo Saxon ruling class. When the first black families moved nearby enough to attend the schools, the parents whispered new language into their children’s ears.

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Flea Market

August 22

Woodcrest Church

Mt Pleasent & Thouron Ave


Vendors space $12.00, tables $10.00 extra.

Rain date August 29.

Please call 215-242-2227

$$$$ CASH PAID $$$$


Up to $1,100 for car with bad engine. $500 Cash for Any Complete Car With or Without Title

Notary Service Available 


Incorporating the Germantown Chronicle and The Northwest Independent

6661 Germantown Ave • Philadelphia, PA 19119 • 215-438-4000

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Registration Aug 29th

Free Dance Gift when you register. Ballet, Tap & Jazz Girls 6-up

Limited sponsorships available for girls 11 & up (new students only)

Banks Dance 215-869-2006 

5612 Greene Street (Imani Charter School)

House for rent

3 story house.

63xx Burbridge St. Newly renovated 3 bed room 2 baths, washer & dryer included, porch and large back yard. Included is a 3rd floor, 1 bed room apt.

Monthly rent is $1200 plus utilities.

Please call 267-249-2919  or email 

Help Wanted

School Drivers & Attendants Wanted

To qualify- Must pass criminal background,child abuse,drug test. Must have valid PA driver license. Apply in person, 5350 Belfield Ave, Philadelphia, PA  19144. 215-844-4444 option 5

Help Wanted

Looking for experienced and responsible Tow Truck Driver, must have a clean drivers license, medical card, and over 23.  Will need to do some office work, drive wrecker or flatbed and able to work in yard and use computer.  Must be local, have references and be able to tow recovered thefts evenings and on weekends.     Contact Joe (215) 455-5770.

Legal Notice 

Wissahickon Charter School will be holding its monthly board meeting on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.  All meetings are from 6:30-8:30 pm and will be held at the Awbury Campus, located at 815 E. Washington Lane. 

All meetings are open to the public. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 

Tuesday, February 9, 2015

Tuesday, March 15, 2015

Tuesday, April 19, 2015

Tuesday, May 17, 2015

For Rent

Germantown  Area

45xx Fernhill St.

3 Bedroom  house for rent    

newly  renovated $800.00 monthly

1st  month and  last  month, security  

Call  267-625-3832 

For Rent

Comfy 1-2 Bedroom, 1st Floor Apt($640).

Off Broad & Erie, near Temple Hospital.

Tenant must pay all monthly rent + gas + electric.

First month, last month & Security required.

Call Fred at 215-844-6592

Room for Rent

Looking  for roommate in mid-60's to share living space with person in 60's.

Must like peace & quiet.

For info call 215-840-3473

Our Updates. August 24, 2015

Making Peace Around the World … Interview with Senator George Mitchell

by Sabina Clarke

I am on a transatlantic call with former Senator George Mitchell ensconced in the Meridian Piccadilly Hotel in London’s West End near Piccadilly Circus. I want to lapse into a leisurely conversation about The Troubles and his penetrating and insightful book Making Peace (1999) which I devoured. It is a riveting behind the scenes account of  his  coddling , cajoling and patiently listening to  all the dissenting  Northern Ireland parties — their ancient grudges, their laundry lists  of grievances and  their  dramatic ‘walkouts’— while doing a balancing act between the  two governments.


G-town Radio Gets Okay from FCC to become Low Power FM Radio Station.

Drive For the Sky Is Underway.

In January 2015 the FCC granted G-town Radio ( a low power FM (LPFM) license. This special type of license means G-town Radio will be heard throughout greater Northwest Philadelphia at 92.9 FM.



Misuse of public money widespread in Philly

For a number of years my comments in this newspaper and other area publications have told of the misuse of public money and underscored that most often it was done through nonprofits that were in effect fronts.

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Fattah Funds Favored Friends While District Disintegrated

The Second Congressional District represents just about half of North and South Philadelphia, but all of West, Southwest Philadelphia and parts of Montgomery County. It was redrawn after the last census and now includes more of the county, but for most of the 20 years since Chaka Fattah and one wing of the fractured Democratic Party took power away from “Lucien the Solution” Blackwell, the future of Philadelphia from a Congressional standpoint was more in the hands of Chaka Fattah than any other single individual.

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“Racism Is A Sickness” Kicks Off At G-Town Radio on August 2, 2015 at 1pm

“Be a healing part of the conversation about race in America.”

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The Union Exclusion – Part 1

by Olivia Drake

What’s done in the Dark, always come to the Light. Let me, Olivia Drake, the modern day Spook Who Sat By the Door, who chronicled over 2 decades of my experience while working as a steamfitter in Steamfitters’ Local Union 420 (LU 42) light the lamp.?

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Lou’s Views

We welcome the inclusion of Lou Lanni as part of our regular commentary team with this issue. 

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