Four voters inducted into PA Hall of Fame

Four Northeast residents were honored by state Rep. Ed Neilson for voting in 50 consecutive general elections.

State Rep. Ed Neilson announced that four residents of the 174th Legislative District were inducted into the Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame, which recognizes constituents for voting in 50 consecutive general elections.

The inductees are Barry Lebowitz, Sol Stark, Dennis Stadler and Marlene Nimmo.

Finding eligible Philadelphians was a concerted effort between City Commissioner Lisa Deeley and Neilson.

“Voting in 50 consecutive general elections is no small feat,” Neilson said. “In fact, this is the kind of engagement we need. Every time we vote we make history, we make a difference. That’s why it is so important. If you care about your kids’ education, if you care about health or public safety, you must follow the example of these four committed citizens and make sure that your voice is heard.”

Deeley said, “The democratic process is the cornerstone of our great nation, which is why it was my great privilege to be involved with this induction of four Philadelphia citizens into the Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame. These four voters have enthusiastically lived up to their civic duty and serve as an example for others to get more involved in the electoral process.”

Only 53 citizens from Philadelphia have been inducted in the state’s Voter Hall of Fame out of a total of 23,592 inductees.


The Philadelphia Young Republicans delivered more than 1,000 canned goods and other supplies to the Philadelphia Veterans Comfort House, 4108 Baltimore Ave. in University City

“We are thrilled to be able to provide this donation to the PVCH,” said Ross Wolfe, chairman of the Philadelphia Young Republicans. “One of the major goals for the Philly YRs is having an active presence in and giving back to our community. It is truly great to see so many members and other people involved with our organization utilize their networks to provide for those who have risked their lives for the basic freedoms we hold so dear.”

Wawa, the Fresh Grocer and ShopRite sponsored the event.

The nonprofit house, established in 1994, provides homeless veterans a free place to live while pursuing goals such as full-time employment and securing permanent housing.

“We are so thankful to those in our community who donate to our cause,” said Carl Eppolito, a board member. “As a nonprofit, we rely on the generosity of our fellow citizens to ensure our ability to provide the best resources possible to veterans in Philadelphia. It is really encouraging to see young people and organizations like the Philadelphia Young Republicans take initiative to contribute to helping veterans in Philadelphia.”


The 57th Ward Donkeys & Elephants Team Up for Alex’s Lemonade Stand will take place on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Paddy Whacks Irish Sports Pub, 9241–43 Roosevelt Blvd.

The event is hosted by Pat Parkinson and Brian McCann, the Democratic and Republicans leaders, respectively, of the 57th Ward.

The minimum donation is $40.

The evening will include beer, soda, wine and a buffet dinner. There will be a raffle for a year’s supply of Auntie Anne’s pretzels.

Cosponsors are Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 17, City Councilmen Bobby Henon and Al Taubenberger and city elections commissioners Al Schmidt and Lisa Deeley.

To make an online donation, go to

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.


The Green Party of Philadelphia will meet on Thursday, Nov. 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Shissler Recreation Center, 1800 Blair St. in Fishtown.

There will be a discussion of the results of the 2017 general election.

The meeting is open to the public.

All registered Green Party members are allowed to vote on issues. ••