Local volunteers honored at Rhawnhurst meeting

Rhawn­hurst NORC presen­ted cer­ti­fic­ates of ap­pre­ci­ation to eight people. From left: Lu­cille Geller, Robert Geller, Florence Knable, state Rep. John Sabat­ina Jr., Ren­ee Po­lan, NORC pro­ject man­ager Abby Gil­bert, Gl­enda Fine and Ed­ward Weick. Jack Be­l­it­sky is miss­ing from the pic­ture. (photo cour­tesy of Ry­an T. Mul­vey)


The Rhawn­hurst Nat­ur­ally Oc­cur­ring Re­tire­ment Com­munity honored eight people last week for their vo­lun­teer con­tri­bu­tions.

The group, formed in 2005, held its monthly meet­ing at the Con­greg­a­tions of Ner Zedek.

Pro­ject man­ager Abby Gil­bert presen­ted cer­ti­fic­ates of ap­pre­ci­ation to state Rep. John Sabat­ina Jr. (D-174th dist.), Jack Be­l­it­sky, Gl­enda Fine, Lu­cille Geller, Robert Geller, Florence Knable, Ren­ee Po­lan and Ed­ward Weick.

Rhawn­hurst NORC as­sists people 60 and older who live in the 19111, 19149 and 19152 ZIP codes. It’s a joint pro­gram of the Arch­diocese of Phil­adelphia’s Cath­ol­ic Health Care Ser­vices and the Jew­ish Fed­er­a­tion of Great­er Phil­adelphia. Ser­vices in­clude trans­port­a­tion and ac­cess to a so­cial work­er.

The honorees give their time in vari­ous ways, in­clud­ing help­ing older folks dur­ing spring clean­ing and win­ter­iz­a­tion days.

In oth­er news from the Aug. 23 meet­ing:

• Sabat­ina re­cently opened a new of­fice at 16 Old Ashton Road in Holme Circle to com­ple­ment his ex­ist­ing of­fice at 8100 Castor Ave. in Rhawn­hurst. The new of­fice is open week­days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tele­phone num­ber is 215-330-3714.

The Le­gis­lat­ive Re­ap­por­tion­ment Com­mis­sion ap­proved a plan that would make dra­mat­ic changes to Sabat­ina’s dis­trict and could set up a 2014 primary battle with Rep. Ed Neilson. Sabat­ina is among those ap­peal­ing the com­mis­sion’s plan to the Pennsylvania Su­preme Court.

In re­lated news, Sabat­ina quashed ru­mors that he will run for a Com­mon Pleas or Mu­ni­cip­al Court judge­ship next year.

A lifelong Rhawn­hurst res­id­ent, Sabat­ina and his staff have been in­volved with NORC since he was elec­ted in 2006, back when Elaine Griffin was the agency’s pro­ject man­ager.

• A Rite Aid phar­macist provided flu shots, while a nurse from the St. John Neu­mann Nurs­ing Home offered blood pres­sure checks. A vac­cin­a­tion against shingles will be dis­trib­uted at the Novem­ber meet­ing.

• Arnie Zi­m­mer­man, dir­ect­or of South Phil­adelphia-based Ad­dus Health Care, spoke about his agency. Es­tab­lished in 1979, Ad­dus is a home health ser­vices pro­vider. Call toll-free 877-233-8744 or vis­it www.ad­dus.com

• Rhawn­hurst NORC will meet again on Thursday, Sept. 27 at noon at Rhawn­hurst Pres­by­teri­an Church, at 7701 Lor­etto Ave. Lunch costs $5. The Com­mit­tee of Sev­enty will dis­cuss the state’s new voter iden­ti­fic­a­tion law. To RS­VP, call 215-320-0351. ••End­Frag­ment 

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