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State Sens. Mike Stack (D-Northeast)

and Larry Farnese (D-S.

Phila.) joined the Pennsylvania National

Guard yesterday to announce

that significant state dollars will be

made available to provide meals

and comfort to military personnel

and their families who pass through

the Liberty USO Center at the

Philadelphia International Airport.

Stack and Farnese presented a

$100,000 State grant to the United

Service Organizations of Pennsylvania

and Southern New Jersey

(Liberty USO) at a news conference

at the Pennsylvania National Guard

Armory in Northeast Philadelphia.

The funds will be used to provide

meals and morale-boosting programs

to 65,000 soldiers and their

families at the center.

Occupying 5,000 square feet on the

tarmac level of airport Terminal A,

the Liberty USO Center offers servicemen

and women and their families

around-the-clock access to

complimentary meals, Internet,

showers, laundry, bunks, a library,

game room and a home theater.

“Liberty USO understands that our

military and their loved ones need

an ongoing support system, and the

center at the airport provides that

needed support,” Stack said. “The

smallest comforts, like a hearty

meal, a comfortable place to rest, or

an opportunity to relax with family

and friends can bring a little normalcy

to an often chaotic life as a

military family.”

“The military is the noblest of professions,

and while we should express

our gratitude for their service,

we must also take care of them and

their families,” Farnese said. “Liberty

USO provides an amazing service

and is truly a blessing to our

service members and their loved

ones. I’m honored to help provide

state funding that will allow this

center to continue its mission.”

Liberty USO has been serving the

needs of the active duty, National

Guard and reserve military personnel

and their families throughout

Pennsylvania for more than 60

years. “It would be impossible for

the Liberty USO to meet the needs

of our military and their families

without the support of Sen. Stack

and Sen. Farnese,” said Joe Brooks,

president and COO for the USO of

Pennsylvania and Southern New

Jersey. “Through this grant we can

continue to deliver our innovative

morale, comfort and care programs.”

The grant was provided through the

Dept. of Community & Economic

Development.

Mayor Confirms: School Dist. Got On Same Page With Him

The Mayor’s Office has certified that Nutter and the

Philadelphia School District have been sharing information

fully for the past month.

On Jun. 5, 2011, Mayor Michael A. Nutter sent a letter

to the School Reform Commission, the governing body

of the School District of Philadelphia, to express concern

over fiscal and programmatic accountability District-wide

and expressed areas of concern. In his letter,

the Mayor requested additional information to promote

transparency and continued collaboration. On Jun. 9,

Nutter, SRC Chairman Robert Archie, and Pennsylvania

Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis signed a Memorandum

of Understanding to formalize the request for

improved information sharing and coordination among

the City, Commonwealth and Philadelphia School District.

On Jun. 15, the SRC and Philadelphia School District

complied with the request for information.

6 | THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD 14 JULY, 2011

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