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River Wards help to sup­port dy­ing wo­man’s fun­drais­ing wish

Linda Belz, 30, of Port Rich­mond, is an ovari­an-can­cer pa­tient who is the ter­min­al stages of her ill­ness. Her dy­ing wish, she told the Phil­adelphia Daily News re­cently, was to be able to pay the $9,000 for her own fu­ner­al, so she could leave her fam­ily mem­bers debt-free when she passed.

The River Wards are help­ing grant her wish, and then some.

On­line, about $13,523 has been raised from 350 donors on a go­ page cre­ated by Belz’s friend Jenn Szew­czak.Kid­die Garden Day­care in Fishtown held an all-day bake sale on Tues­day, April 16, rais­ing $950, ac­cord­ing to Betty Beck­er.

“We, just jok­ing, said we’re go­ing to sell some cup­cakes. And people were great. Some people even gave $40 for a pret­zel,” Beck­er said.

The S & C Sweet Fact­ory, in Port Rich­mond, is selling “Lol­lies 4 Linda.” Stu­dents at Penn Treaty Middle School have also or­gan­ized a fun­draiser.

“Lace Up for Linda,” a soft­ball tour­na­ment to be­ne­fit Belz, will be held May 17-19 at soft­ball fields near Port Rich­mond; the spe­cif­ics will be de­term­ined, keep check­ing playph­illys­

And more fun­draisers and char­it­able events are ex­pec­ted to come. Szew­czak said the money ex­ceed­ing the $9,000 would be donated to can­cer re­search.

Dona­tions can be made to the “Linda Belz Be­ne­fit” through any Cit­izen’s Bank Branch, or at: P.O. Box 5920, Phil­adelphia, PA 19137.

Linda Belz’s on­line dona­tions page can be found at go­

NoLibs to get New York-in­spired flea mar­ket for the sum­mer

The Brook­lyn Flea, a pop­u­lar and es­tab­lished flea mar­ket that op­er­ates in the Wil­li­ams­burg sec­tion of Brook­lyn, New York, has an­nounced that they will be set­ting up their tables in the Piazza at Schmidt’s in North­ern Liber­ties start­ing in June and go­ing all sum­mer.

The Brook­lyn Flea will still have the “Brook­lyn” name when it opens in North­ern Liber­ties on Sunday, June 2. It will be held at the Piazza every Sunday all sum­mer.

The Brook­lyn Flea is known for of­fer­ing a “tightly cur­ated se­lec­tion of jew­elry, arts and crafts by loc­al ar­tis­ans and de­sign­ers,” ac­cord­ing to its web site, rather than tak­ing a first-come, first-serve ap­proach to vendors.

Brook­lyn Flea co-founder Alex But­ler told Phil­adelphia magazine that the space was re­com­men­ded to them by New York de­veloper Jared Kush­ner, who re­cently bought a 60-per­cent con­trolling in­terest in the Piazza from de­veloper Bart Blat­stein.

About 20 of the 100 vendors set­ting up shop in North­ern Liber­ties may be from the Brook­lyn area, But­ler said.

Squilla pro­poses delay­ing AVI bills

City Coun­cil­man Mark Squilla (D-1st dist.) has pro­posed a bill that the city not is­sue prop­erty tax bills to any homeown­ers based on their new prop­erty-value as­sess­ments un­der the Ac­tu­al Value Ini­ti­at­ive if they are ap­peal­ing their AVI judg­ment.

“Our main con­cern was that a bill would go out … be­fore the ap­peals pro­cess was com­pleted,” Squilla told News­works. “This [pro­pos­al] would only al­low [the city] to bill the amount of the pre­vi­ous year un­til the ap­peal was com­plete.”

New prop­erty tax bills will be is­sued in Feb­ru­ary. Squilla, who rep­res­ents homeown­ers in North­ern Liber­ties and Bella Vista who have had greatly in­creased prop­erty val­ues due to AVI, be­lieves that not all AVI ap­peals will be pro­cessed by that point.

Un­der cur­rent reg­u­la­tions, homeown­ers with pending ap­peals would have to pay for their new AVI prop­erty value, and would be eli­gible for re­im­burse­ment if their ap­peal led to a find­ing of a lower prop­erty value.

Un­der Squilla’s pro­pos­al, homeown­ers will pay the same tax amount as they paid in last year’s bill un­til their ap­peal is pro­cessed.The pro­pos­al will be dis­cussed fur­ther dur­ing City Coun­cil budget dis­cus­sions.

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