Future Broadcast Pioneers

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The annual scholarship luncheon of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia is underway at the Bala CC in Wynnefield. 20 students at area colleges and universities are getting the awards.

Philadelphia Futures!

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The Phil’s’ Carlos Ruiz and me bowling tonight at North Bowl in Northern Liberties. Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Domonic Brown and other Phillies and some media types helping to raise awareness and funds for Phila. Futures, which helps low-income students get into college and succeed. Ryan just knocked down 9. Great win for Phil’s today!.

Newest Honorary Member is…

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Murray Comic Club tonight made Wendy Hamilton of SugarHouse Casino an honorary member of Murray!

Mum to the Future

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Murray Comic Club banquet is underway at King’s Caterers. Congratulations to the 2000 Murray club members who took part in the 2014 SugarHouse Casino Mummers parade including these young champions!

Two Steve’s; One Legend

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Hanging with Steve Carlton at SugarHouse Casino, talking baseball, home construction and more.

Mums are On

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The annual Philadelphia Mummers String Band Association banquet is underway at the Union League. 3 inductees into Hall of Fame later and awards to Jan. 1 winners.

Fancy Night!

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Annual Fancy Division banquet is underway at the Waterfall Room in S. Philadelphia. Congratulations to Golden Sunrise and Hog Island winners. Wench Brigade Division banquet is also underway on S. 3rd. Fun Mum night!

New President

Tom Loomis of Woodland String Band was elected tonight to be President of the Philadelphia Mummers String Band Association. He replaces Marty Good who did not seek reelection. The meeting of the 16 association bands happened at the Avalon SB clubhouse.

NBC10@Issue at 11:30 a.m. today

At 11:30 a.m.  Great update coming from Penn’s Kevin Gillen, a real expert on what housing prices are doing in Philadelphia and suburbs, plus David Redlawsk of Rutgers has latest trend in this week’s NJ Senate race, plus we’ll look at a young nonprofit making a difference in kids’ lives. (3 of my guests, David and Vivian Nix-Early & Julia Crawford are in the photo)

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And I will propose perhaps “the” answer to the debt ceiling crisis and tell you where you can get a great pie.  11:30 to Noon today on NBC10. Happy Fall weekend, everyone.

Schools in Crisis and in Tug-of-War

ImagePhiladelphia City Councilman William Green tells me, “I’m not sure that the urgency exists that has been expressed by Dr. Hite.” Bill Green is talking about last Thursday’s stunning, grab-the-establishment-by-the-collar announcement from Philadelphia Schools Superintendent William Hite that the district needs $50 million by Friday, the 16th , or that schools may not open.  Green also says Council President Darrell Clarke should not be made out to be the bad guy in the lack of immediate funding for the PSD. He tells me, “I completely agree with the Council President that it’s (sales tax extension) a bad plan.” Green adds, “We lose our ability in the fall to do something that is more impactful and meaningful.”

As for the $50 million needed, Green, a member of Council’s Appropriations Committee, says he’s seen a commitment from various members of City Council to get the $50 million from some source. That source is the question. Green says of the Nutter Administration’s claim that the city cannot take $50 million from the General Fund, “Well, they’re wrong.”  He also blasts the Governor and the PA Legislature. Says Green, “They failed what they had to do in Harrisburg and once again City Council and the City of Philadelphia is the funder of last resort.”

Schools Advocate Helen Gym, of Parents United, says, “What’s smart about Councilman Clarke’s plan is it puts the onus back on the state.” Clarke wants to transfer unused school properties from the district to the city so that the city can sell them to raise money.  About Dr. Hite’s ultimatum, Helen Gym says, “I was angry but someone needed to draw a line in the sand.”

What’s clearly going on here is that part of the impasse or failure to have sufficient state and local funds is caught up in some desires to have leverage to extract more concessions from the labor unions in the PSD.

Councilman Bill Green believes Hite may get assurance of money soon but actual legislative action won’t come until September.

The scheduled start of school for 136,000 students expected to attend traditional public schools in Philadelphia is September 9th.  The rest of the students in the system, abut 35-percent, will attend Charter Schools.

Photo courtesy of Office of Councilman Green.

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