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The D.A. As Sassy Contestant

Risa Vetri-Ferman is used to campaigning. But her latest campaign is a lot different from the ones she mounts as Montgomery County District Attorney. So is the very sassy photo that accompanies it. She's one of ten finalists in a contest called Women Of Worth, sponored by L'Oreal Paris, which recognizes do-gooders who are making "a beautiful difference" in the lives of others (L'Oreal has to use the word "beautiful," I guess, since it's a makeup company). As a finalist, Vetri-Ferman has already won $10,000, which will aid Mission Kids, the advocacy center she founded in 2009 to help child victims of sex-abuse and their families. The Women of Worth contest has just opened to a national, on-line vote. If Vetri-Ferman nabs the most support, Mission Kids will get another $25,000. Voting starts today, runs through Nov. 21 and you can vote once a day. In L'Oreal world, this is not voter fraud, so fear not. And the only Voter ID you'll need is an email address. To vote for Vetri-Ferman's very worthy cause, click here.

The D.A. As Sassy Contestant

Risa Vetri Ferman.
Risa Vetri Ferman.

Risa Vetri-Ferman is used to campaigning. But her latest campaign is a lot different from the ones she mounts as Montgomery County District Attorney. So is the very sassy photo that accompanies it.
     She's one of ten finalists in a contest called Women Of Worth, sponored by L'Oreal Paris, which recognizes do-gooders who are making "a beautiful difference" in the lives of others (L'Oreal has to use the word "beautiful," I guess, since it's a makeup company). 
      As a finalist, Vetri-Ferman has already won $10,000, which will aid Mission Kids, the advocacy center she founded in 2009 to help child victims of sex-abuse and their families. The Women of Worth contest has just opened to a national, on-line vote. If Vetri-Ferman nabs the most support, Mission Kids will get another $25,000.
     Voting starts today, runs through Nov. 21 and you can vote once a day. In L'Oreal world, this is not voter fraud, so fear not. And the only Voter ID you'll need is an email address.
     To vote for Vetri-Ferman's very worthy cause, click here.
Ronnie Polaneczky Daily News Columnist
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When my phone rings here at the Daily News, nine times out of ten the caller begins the conversation with, “Yeah, so what happened was…”.

Because this is Philly, the caller doesn’t say, “My name is Bob” – or Mary – “and I wonder if I could have a moment of your time?” Philadelphians are too direct for that. They just say, “Yeah, so what happened was…”, and then tumble into a tale they think oughta be shared with a wider audience. I love getting these calls (even the ones where it becomes clear, after 30 seconds, where the caller sowed the seeds of his own misery), because they give me chance to connect with fellow citizens in a way that no other job allows. Well, okay, no other job for which I’m remotely qualified.

That’s why my blog is titled “So What Happened Was…”. To me, it’s the quintessentially Philly way of saying, “Once upon a time.” When I hear it, I know a good story is coming. And I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Ronnie Polaneczky has been an award-winning columnist for The Philadelphia Daily News since 1999, offering a front-steps perspective on every aspect of city life, from the sublime to the stupid. In her past life, she was the editor-in-chief of Atlantic City Magazine, associate editor at Philadelphia Magazine and a fulltime freelancer published in Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Reader's Digest, Men's Health, MarieClaire and others. She lives with her husband, daughter and various pets in the city's Fairmount section, where she dreams of one day singing The National Anthem at an Eagles game. In addition to her column and blog, you can enjoy Ronnie's musings in podcast form here.


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