Archive: December, 2010
For residents of Philadelphia's Eighth Council District, this could be a very New Year, indeed: Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller, first elected in 1996, could be having a change of heart about seeking a new term.
Until recently, all expectations were that Miller wanted to keep her seat.
But last week she told staff she had still not made up her mind - with an almost certain battle in May's primary just five months away.
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Pamela Dembe has ordered a 30-day stay on foreclosure sales by the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office, in the hope that a new federal program coming online in January will help save some of those homes.
Dembe issued an order this afternoon postponing the Jan. 4 sale of owner occupied homes. It's not clear how many fit into this category. It came after City Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell and Curtis Jones Jr. on Wednesday and Thursday urged Sheriff John Green to halt the sales Tuesday at the urging of Hundreds of homes up for foreclosure sale.
The petition is based on the availability of $106 Million in federal funds for Pennsylvania residents to assist with mortgage payments that has not yet arrived at the state, said Frank Keel, spokesman for the courts.
Philadelphia's three area members of Congress are backing Mayor Nutter for another four-year term.
So says a news release emailed this morning by Nutter's re-election campaign.
Since the mayor's support from Allyson Schwartz, Bob Brady and Chaka Fattah is hardly surprising - Brady and Fattah ran against him in 2007 but have worked amicably with him since - the news release is more noteworthy as it is the first real sign that Nutter's campaign is up and running.
You might say the "ones" have it.
Philadelphia on Jan. 1 - that's 1/1/11 - is preparing to host the 111th Mummers Parade, and city officials are billing it as the most family- and spectator-friendly event yet.
For starters, bleachers, bathrooms and food will be available at all six performance areas, which this year also includes Pine and Broad Streets. The others will also be along Broad, at Shunk, Wolf, Washington, and Sansom, and at 15th and Market Streets.
The historic Philadelphia Challenge Cup race will return to Philadelphia as part of this year’s Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta on Saturday, May 14, 2011.
The cup, also, known as the Gold Cup, gained prominence in the rowing world after the Schuylkill Navy commissioned it in 1920 to honor the world champion of single scull rowing. The first winner was gold medalist and Philadelphian John B. Kelly. It has been compared to the Davis Cup in tennis and the America’s Cup in yachting.
Mayor Nutter said he will review a proposed $1.5 million bid from a local philanthropist and real estate entrepreneur for the city-owned Boy Scouts building.
Nutter said he had just heard about the offer Tuesday morning and did not yet know any of the details.
In September, the city had reached an agreement to sell the Logan Square building to the Boy Scouts Cradle of Liberty Council for $500,000 and forgiveness of about $960,000 in legal fees.
In 2008, Stephanie Singer successfully ran as a "reformer" to win election as leader of Center City's 8th ward.
Now Singer is toying with running for a citywide position for the controversial city election commission.
"I am not publicly declaring my candidacy, but I would put the odds at 99 percent," said Singer, who today said she is in the process of forming a political committee to raise money.
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams is going to do some travelling. He has been selected for the Rodel Fellowship Program at the Aspen Institute, which aims to foster “foster values-based leadership,” according to its web site.
The Rodel program brings together what it says are some of the country’s “most promising political leaders.”
Others selected this year include Minnesota State Repr. Sarah Anderson and Delaware State Rep. Tom Kovach.