For Helen Clowney, working with and serving the neighbors on her neatly kept, tree-lined block in North Philadelphia has been a labor of love - one that has endured a half-century.

Looking out on the cherry blossoms that brighten the 2200 block of North Woodstock Street, Clowney speaks with pride of the street where she has lived her entire life and served as a block captain for 50 years. She is retiring this spring.

"It's a family block. It's like family. We're very close," Clowney said Thursday.

"If somebody gets sick, everybody steps in and helps," she said. "If they need something, we try to help them get it. It's just a close-knit block."

Last week, Clowney was honored by her neighbors, family, and community leaders at her church, St. Martin de Porres. More than 100 people attended.

Clowney, a widow who doesn't like to discuss her age, said she knew every person living on the block of 70 homes between Susquehanna Avenue and Dauphin Street.

"I can tell you who lives in each house," Clowney said.

And her neighbors know her for her activism, her generosity, and the whistle she blows when calling for them to participate in street cleanups several times a year.

"Miss Helen is one of the icons of this block," said neighbor Paul Richards. "She's going to be sorely missed as our block captain."

When it's time to clean up the block, "she gets out that whistle," Richards said. "She goes from the top of the block, blowing that whistle, and she has a few of the kids knocking on doors."

When the work is done, she gives everyone a treat, Richards said, usually a pretzel and water ice.

He and others said Clowney is known for organizing the street's annual Memorial Day block party.

Another neighbor, Bernice Hines, also recalled Clowney blowing her whistle to call out neighbors for projects.

"She used the whistle to say, 'All you lazy birds, get out here. You're a part of this block. Show your commitment to it,' " Hines said.

Asked what she liked about being a block captain, Clowney said, "It just makes me feel good inside. When we have affairs in the block, we never have any trouble. Everybody is just family."

Clowney noted that she has a cocaptain, Willie Mae Clark, who has worked with her for many years. "She's a very good person, and I think she should be recognized, too," Clowney said.

Clowney, a graduate of Philadelphia High School for Girls who spent her life as a stay-at-home mother with one child, said she enjoyed walking children to school and back home again.

Among her other interests, she said, she enjoys spending time at the Martin Luther King Older Adult Center on Cecil B. Moore Avenue, where she leads a poetry class.

Clowney also likes to cut a few steps doing line dances. She said she enjoys doing the electric slide and the cha-cha slide. "The Baltimore - that's my favorite. They named that one after me," she quipped. "I taught my granddaughter, my son-in-law, and my daughter."

Her son-in-law, Tony Leonard, said Clowney goes to meetings with elected officials in the community and attends monthly meetings with police at the 22d District at 17th Street and Montgomery Avenue. She describes Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams and City Council President Darrell L. Clarke, who grew up in the neighborhood, as "two of my kids."

She is pleased that a neighbor, Jannette Robinson, will take over as block captain. Clowney said the street also has three junior block captains, two boys and a girl.

Clowney said she was stepping down because "I thought it was time enough for someone else to step up to the plate and take my place after 50 years."

Hines, her neighbor, stood on her front steps and looked down proudly.

"You see this block and the way it looks. It looks this way because of her," Hines said. "She has worked hard to keep it intact."


Written by Vernon Clark for the Philadelphia Inquirer on May 6, 2014.

AT-RISK YOUTH have voices too, and InLiquid Art and Design has created an exhibition that reflects those voices.

One of them belongs to Harmony Ellerbe, 14, a seventh-grader at Avery D. Harrington School in West Philadelphia.

Harmony, 14, said her art class had inspired her to write "Violence," a poem about a girl who was raped as a child, who lost her father to gun violence, whose brother was jailed and whose mother was addicted to drugs.

One little girl in a life full of violence, watched her dad get shot, seen her brother go to jail. Living in hell.

And that's just the beginning.

"The poem was about something that was going on with my friend in her life," Harmony said. "I felt bad for her and I was thinking about her.

"In art class we talked about violence, and it just came to me."

She read "Violence" to classmates and other artists at a preview of the exhibition yesterday.

The Traveling Youth Art Exhibition - on display until April 30 at Family Court, on Vine Street near 18th - features art by more than 25 girls and boys, each portraying a vision of community and home.

"Art is a really necessary way of expressing yourself, both positively and negatively," said Rachel Zimmerman, executive director of InLiquid, a nonprofit organization on American Street near Master, North Philadelphia.

The exhibition contains work by students at Edison High School, the Philadelphia Mural Arts Guild, the Harrington School and a program of Moore College of Art. Each visual or poetic artist has experienced the criminal-justice system, spent time in detention or been affected by it.

"I do a lot of social-justice art with my students. It gives students a voice," said Leila Lindo, an art teacher at Harrington on, Baltimore Avenue near 53rd Street.

"I like them to do art about topics that are important to them, and a lot of the time the things that are important to them have to do with social justice and their rights."

Lindo said that Harmony's poem shows how art can be therapeutic. The school's display, "My Neighborhood, My Community and Me," features collages that show boys and girls in their communities.

"It gives students the opportunity to open up and lets them know that they don't have to suppress how they feel and show people their artistic abilities," Harmony said of the exhibition.

The Sheriff's Office is sponsoring the exhibition, to support innovative programs that provide second chances to young people, some of whom have been in detention. InLiquid is putting on the exhibition in partnership with the Juvenile Law Center.

"The vast majority of these young people are from neighborhoods with known gangs, high crime rates and urban blight; they need creative options - including art programs, education and job opportunities," Sheriff Jewell Williams said. "I'd rather see the youth packing pens, paintbrushes, paper, notebooks and computers than packing pistols, shotguns or gang tattoos."

The exhibition can be seen from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will travel regionally after April.


Written by Ashley Kuhn for the Philadelphia Daily News on April 1, 2014.

Por fin la primavera ha llegado y sé que muchos se están preparando para hacer reparaciones urgentes y la limpieza del hogar, después de un invierno extremadamente duro.

Algunos tendrán que invertir mucho dinero en reparaciones mayores que involucran techos, aceras, e incluso la eliminación de los árboles y las cercas caídas.

Por aquellos que ya estan en dificultades económicos para mantenerse al día con sus hipotecas, hay varios programas disponibles para ayudar a aliviar la carga financiera de poner su casa en forma.

La Empreza del Desarrollo de la Vivienda de Filadelfia , por ejemplo, cuenta con un Programa de Reparación de Sistemas Básicos que ofrece reparaciones gratuitas a "los sistemas eléctricos, de plomería y la calefacción de viviendas ocupadas por sus propietarios en Filadelfia", así como "reemplazo libre del techo de una casa si importante interior daños tales como un colapso del techo es evidente ".

Se deben cumplir ciertas restricciones de ingreso y otros requisitos con respecto a la residencia, pero sin duda, el programa vale la pena explorarlo, especialmente si usted es una persona mayor que vive con un ingreso fijo.

Asimismo, la Oficina de Apoyo a la Vivienda de la Ciudad tiene un programa de "Rapid Re-Housing" que "puede incluir la asistencia en efectivo con alquiler, servicios públicos y también depósitos de seguridad".

Otro gran recurso es el de Salvar su Casa de Filadelfia Hotline al (215) 334-4663, que lo prepara con un asesor de vivienda si su casa se ​​encuentra en mora. Este es el primer paso para la aplicación de la posible asistencia del Programa de Emergencia de Ayuda Hipotecaria , conocida comúnmente como HEMAP.

También estamos trabajando en la elaboración de una página de recursos en nuestro sitio web que enumera las agencias y programas que le pueden ayudar no sólo a salvar su casa, pero mejorarlo, y posiblemente aumentar su valor.

Como el Alguacil de la Ciudad de Filadelfia y el Condado, he dado instrucciones a mis empleados para aumentar el número de talleres y seminarios que realizamos en la comunidad.  Para continuar con nuestras clases dos veces mensuales sobre " Cómo comprar una Propiedad en una venta judicial" presentado en Inglés y Español en el 100 S. Broad Street.

Por último, espero con interés a la visita de las cuadras y los barrios individuales a durante el otoño, para apoyar a la Comité de una Filadelfia Más Bella y los cientos de personas que trabajan tan diligentemente para mantener no sólo sus bienes, sino que la comunidad en su conjunto.

PARA PUBLICACION INMEDIATA:
Contacto: Airika Brunson
Teléfono: 215-686-3572

juveniles Filadelfia pintan su camino a una segunda oportunidad

En riesgo el estudiante de arte exposición abre sus puertas en la División de la Corte de Familia

Filadelfia, marzo 25- En asociación con INLIQUID arte y del diseño, la Oficina del Sheriff de la ciudad y el condado de Filadelfia, invita al público a ver la exposición itinerante Arte Joven de iones de comenzar el martes 1 al 30 de abril, 2014 entre el horas de 14:00 y 17:00 en la División de Familia de Filadelfia de la Corte Juvenil de 1801 de Vine Street. La exposición de arte es una oportunidad para celebrar y honrar el talento, la creatividad y la determinación de los estudiantes de escuelas públicas locales que una vez que se vieron afectados por el sistema de justicia de menores, en algunos casos, debido a circunstancias fuera de su control. Su obra retrata la visión de sus comunidades y hogares.

La Oficina del Sheriff patrocina la exposición de arte para apoyar programas innovadores que proporcionan una segunda oportunidad a los jóvenes, algunos de los cuales han sido detenidos. En 2013, la Oficina del Sheriff entregado 7.177 reclusos menores de edad a los tribunales y audiencias de sentencia.

"La gran mayoría de estos jóvenes son de barrios con banda conocida, los altos índices de criminalidad y el deterioro urbano; que necesitan opciones creativas, incluyendo los programas de arte, educación y oportunidades de trabajo ", dijo el alguacil Jewell Williams. "Prefiero ver a la juventud embalaje plumas, pinceles, papel, cuadernos y ordenadores que las pistolas, escopetas de embalaje, o tatuajes de pandillas."

"Me gustaría ver más de estos programas de arte por toda la ciudad, especialmente si se traducen en un menor número de jóvenes que visitan mi casa corte", dice el juez Kevin Dougherty, Juez Administrativo de la División de Familia del Tribunal de Menores. "Desde 2009, el número de detenciones de menores se han reducido en cerca de 3.000, queremos continuar esa tendencia."

La colección de exposiciones de Arte Joven que viaja contiene fromstudents obras de Edison High School, The Philadelphia Mural Arts Guild, la Escuela Primaria Harrington, y Moore College of Arts de aprendizaje a través del Programa Fotografía. Más de 30 piezas están en exhibición, que representa a los estudiantes de todos los estudiantes de grado levels.The fueron elegidos entre los programas de educación artística; cada uno ha tenido experiencia en el sistema de justicia criminal o pasado un tiempo en prisión.

Estos artistas jóvenes estaban involucrados en el arte de decisiones y participan en salidas creativas a través de sus escuelas oa través de organizaciones comunitarias que priorizan el acceso a las artes. The Traveling Show de Arte demuestra que todos los niños y jóvenes en Filadelfia necesitan y merecen tener acceso a estos mismos tipos de programas y oportunidades. Los artistas del programa Mural Arts Guild son antiguos abandonos que han vuelto a ganar su diploma de preparatoria.

La exposición es uno de los programas de menores en la justicia de INLIQUID que incluyen un Programa de Jóvenes Embajadores y el primer registro juvenil clínica de eliminación de antecedentes penales libre en Filadelfia. La clínica es una asociación con Philadelphia Los abogados de la equidad social (plse). La Muestra de Arte Juvenil viaja regionalmente a lo largo de 2014.

"La educación artística juega un papel esencial en la prestación de los jóvenes con las herramientas para entender el mundo y de expresarse", según Rachel Zimmerman, Presidente de INLIQUID. "Al tener a abordar cuestiones relacionadas con ambas dificultades personales y el sistema de justicia a través del arte, que son capaces de aprender de ellos y obtener información crucial desde la perspectiva de la juventud en nuestra comunidad, lo que nos permite lograr una mayor participación de ellos y brindar apoyo."

La exposición se abre al público el martes 1 de abril de 2014 y el 30 de se ejecuta a través de abril de 2014 14:00-5: 00 pm de lunes a viernes.

Acerca de la Oficina del Sheriff Filadelfia

La Oficina del Sheriff, Ciudad y Condado de Filadelfia se ha comprometido a servir y proteger la vida, la propiedad y los derechos de todos dentro de un marco de elevadas normas de ética y conducta profesional en todo momento. La Oficina se encarga de proporcionar seguridad a todos los que entran salas Philadelphia incluyendo, jueces, jurados, demandados, testigos, el personal de la sala del tribunal y el público. También es responsable de gestionar todos Primera Corte de Justicia ordenó las ejecuciones de propiedad - que incluye la hipoteca y los impuestos de ventas, de una manera ética, honesta, transparente y respetuosa al tiempo que ofrece la dignidad a todos los involucrados en el procedimiento.

sobre InLIQUID

InLiquid es un (c) (3) organización sin fines de lucro 501 comprometido a crear oportunidades y exposición para artistas visuales mientras que actúa como un concentrador libre, en línea pública de información artes en el área de Filadelfia. Al proporcionar al público acceso inmediato a ver las carteras y las credenciales de más de 280 artistas y diseñadores a través de Internet; a través de asociaciones significativas con otras organizaciones culturales; a través de actividades y exposiciones basadas en la comunidad; ya través de un extenso cuerpo en línea de información técnica oportuna, InLiquid saca a la luz la riqueza de la actividad de arte de nuestra región, amplía el público, y aumenta su agradecimiento por todas las formas de la cultura visual.

Ten percent of the highest bid for each property auctioned off shall be deposited in certified check, attorney’s check or money order with the Sheriff by each bidder when the bid is registered, provided that in no case shall less than Six Hundred Dollars ($600.00) be deposited, otherwise upon failure or refusal to make such deposit, the bidder shall lose all benefit of the bid and the property may be  offered again and sold unless a second bid has been registered, then, the second highest bidder will take the property at the highest bid price.

Additionally, where there is active bidding, the highest bidder, and the second highest bidder, if any must post the entire amount of the cost of the distribution policy for the property at the time of sale by certified check, attorney’s check or money order with the Sheriff.

The balance of the purchase money must be deposited in certified check, attorney’s check or money order together with a Deed poll for execution by the highest bidder to the Sheriff at his office within 30 days from the time of the sale. Also, if the first bidder does not complete settlement with the Sheriff within the thirty (30) day time limit and a second bid was registered at the sale, the second bidder shall be granted the same thirty (30) day time limit to make settlement with the Sheriff on the second bid. Thereafter, the Sheriff shall be at liberty to return the writ to court.

A second bid must be registered on any property immediately after it is sold. The second bidder must present the same amount of deposit that the highest bidder delivers to the Sheriff at the sale. An extension of time under no circumstances will be granted or honored by the Sheriff whenever a second bid is registered on a property at the sale.

The first bid or opening bid on each property shall be a sum sufficient to pay all Sheriff’s costs including advertising, all taxes, water rents and municipal claims due to the City of Philadelphia. If there is no other bid price above the opening bid price, the property shall be sold by the auctioneer to the attorney on the writ at that price.

The deposit by any bidder who fails to comply with the above conditions of sale shall be forfeited and the funds will be applied to the Sheriff’s cost, then to any municipal claims that the City of Philadelphia has on the property. Finally, if a balance still remains, a Sheriff’s Distribution Policy will be ordered and the money will be distributed accordingly.

No personal checks, drafts or promises to pay will be accepted in lieu certified checks, attorney’s checks or money orders made payable to the Sheriff of Philadelphia County.

The Sheriff reserves the right to grant further extensions of time to settle and further reserves the right to refuse bids from bidders who have failed to enter deposits on their bids, failed to make settlement, or make fraudulent bids, or any other behavior which causes disruption of the Sheriff Sale. Said bidders shall be so refused for the sale in which said behavior occurred and for said further period of time as the Sheriff in his discretion shall determine.

The Sheriff will not acknowledge a deed poll to any individual or entity using an unregistered fictitious name and may, at his discretion, require proof of identity of the purchaser or the registration of fictitious names. The bid of an unregistered fictitious name shall be forfeited as if the bidder failed to meet the terms of sale.

ASSIGNMENT OF PURCHASED PROPERTY

Effective May 15, the purchaser of a property at a Sheriff Sale may assign the property to another party prior to the issuance of a deed.

1. The assignment must be done by a notarized statement describing the transaction
2. A tax compliance letter for both the purchaser (assignor) and the assignee must be provided to the Sheriff
3. The assignee must be present at settlement, when paying the Balance on Sale.

All bidders are advised to remain at the sale until after the last property is sold. The Sheriff reserves the right to re-sell any property at any time before the end of the sale, upon the successful bidders’ failure to tender the required deposit. The Sheriff reserves the right to postpone or stay the sale of any property in which the attorney on the writ has not appeared and is not present at the sale.

Prospective purchasers are directed to the Web site of the Philadelphia Bureau of Revision of Taxes, (BRT) brtweb.phila.gov for a fuller description of the properties listed. Properties can be looked up by the BRT number – which should be cross checked with the address. Prospective purchasers are also directed to the Room 154 City Hall, 215-686-1483 and to its website philadox.phila.gov and to its website at http://philadox. phila.gov where they can view the deed to each individual property and find the boundaries of the property. PROSPECTIVE PURCHASERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR DETERMINING THE NATURE, LOCATION, CONDITION AND BOUNDARIES OF THE PROPERTIES THEY SEEK TO PURCHASE. The BRT # refers to a unique number assigned by the City Bureau of Revision of Taxes to each property in the City for the purpose of assessing it for taxes. This number can be used to obtain descriptive information about the property from the BRT website. Effective Date: July 7, 2006

NOTICE OF SCHEDULE OF DISTRIBUTION

The Sheriff will file in his office, The Land Title Building, 100 South Broad Street, 5th Floor, a Schedule of Distribution Thirty (30) Days from the date of the sale of Real Estate. Distribution will be made in accordance with the Schedule unless exceptions are filed thereto within ten (10) days thereafter. N.B. - For the benefit of our non-professional readers who do not understand the meaning of the letters and figures following the defendant’s names, we make the following.

EXPLANATION

The name first appearing in each notice is that of the defendant in the writ whose property is being sold. All Writs are Writs of Executions.

The letters C.P., Court of Common Pleas; O.C., Orphans’ Court; Q.S., Court of Quarter Sessions; C.C., County Court - indicate the Court out of which the writ of execution issues under which the sale is made: S. 1941. 223. means September Term, 1941. 223, the term and number of the docket entry; the figures following show the amount of debt; and the name following is that of the attorney issuing the writ.

Attention is called to the provisions of Act No.104, approved July 27, 1955, which requires owners of properties which are used, designed or intended to be used by three or more families, or of commercial establishments which contain one or more dwelling units, to deliver to the buyers of such properties a use registration permit at the time of settlement, under certain terms and conditions. Sheriff Sales are not subject to provisions of the said Act and the Sheriff will, therefore, not deliver use registration permits in connection with any sales conducted by him.