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!
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)
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.
Philadelphia 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.
As someone who has witnessed the volunteer greatness of Wyndmoor Hose Company #1 as the members serve in many ways throughout the Montgomery County and Philadelphia community, there is yet another reason to honor their success. The fire company has now presented a check for $5,000 to Fox Chase Cancer Center for breast cancer research. Wyndmoor Hose #1 raised the money through its Pink Siren campaign in 2012.
I stopped by Belgrade and Oxford today in Fishtown to say hello again to a legend. Walt Pomroy has been raising donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association for 43 years. He sells hot dogs and soda outside his house for a a buck-50 and has raised more than 90-thousand dollars in those 4+ decades. That’s a lot of kids and adults helped. Thank you, Walt. The MDA Show of Strength airs Sunday night, September 2, 2012 on PHl17.
Before Madonna was booked for the Indianapolis mini concert this weekend, the archival wizards at PHL17, Philadelphia, unearthed the reported 1st ever tv appearance, nearly 30 years ago, by a young and soon to be up and coming singer named Madonna. It aired in 1983 on the program “Dancin’ on Air” on PHl17. This was not long after the release of her first single. There’s so much in this video, it is priceless.