Around town: August 21, 2013

Thrill show tick­ets on sale now

Tick­ets are still avail­able for the 59th an­nu­al Hero Thrill Show to be­ne­fit the fam­il­ies of fallen po­lice and fire­fight­ers, which will be held on Sat­urday, Sept. 21, at the Wells Fargo Cen­ter.

Tick­ets cost $10 per per­son or $25 for a fam­ily and are avail­able on­line at­cast­ Tick­ets are also avail­able at the Hero Thrill Show Of­fice, 1818 Mar­ket St., Suite 3750, and at all po­lice sta­tions and fire houses in Phil­adelphia. Tick­ets will be sold at the gate.

The Hero Thrill Show will en­ter­tain audi­ences from noon to 5 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Cen­ter park­ing lot, with demon­stra­tions by the Phil­adelphia High­way Patrol Mo­tor­cycle Drill Team and nu­mer­ous oth­er po­lice and fire de­part­ment units. Money raised from the event dir­ectly be­ne­fits the chil­dren of of­ficers and fire­fight­ers who were killed in the line of duty through aca­dem­ic schol­ar­ships.

For more in­form­a­tion, vis­it Hero­Thrill­  ull;•

Tours at the Shore on Sat­urday

St. Mar­tin of Tours will hold its eighth an­nu­al Tours at the Shore re­union for alumni, friends and cur­rent and former pa­rish­ion­ers on Sat­urday, Aug. 24, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Keen­an’s Ir­ish Pub, 113 Olde New Jer­sey Ave. in North Wild­wood, N.J.

Tick­ets cost $30 and will be avail­able at the door. Ad­mis­sion in­cludes do­mest­ic bottled beer, wine, soda and food. For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-535-2962. ••

Cottman Av­en­ue I-95 ramp closed this week­end

The In­ter­state 95 north­bound off-ramp to Cottman Av­en­ue (Route 73) will be closed along with the in­ter­sec­tion of Cottman Av­en­ue (Route 73) and State Road this week­end (Aug. 23-26) for road and bridge con­struc­tion. The off-ramp and in­ter­sec­tion will be closed from 8 p.m. Fri­day (Aug. 23) to 5 a.m. Monday (Aug. 26) to al­low crews to re­build half the in­ter­sec­tion and drive steel piles for a sec­tion of the bridge car­ry­ing I-95 over the off-ramp. The week­end work is weath­er de­pend­ent. Dur­ing the week­end ramp clos­ure, mo­tor­ists trav­el­ing north on I-95 who nor­mally exit at Cottman Av­en­ue (Route 73) will be de­toured to the Academy Road off-ramp, from where they will take the off-ramp to Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue and turn right on Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue. Drivers will then fol­low Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue to Cottman Av­en­ue (Route 73).

Dur­ing con­struc­tion at the in­ter­sec­tion, State Road will be closed to through traffic between Friend­ship Street and Bleigh Av­en­ue. Cottman Av­en­ue (Route 73) will be closed to through traffic between Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue and State Road. Traffic on State Road will be de­toured along Mil­nor Street and Bleigh Av­en­ue. Cottman Av­en­ue (Route 73) traffic will be de­toured south on Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue to Prin­ceton Av­en­ue. ••

Le­g­os at the lib­rary

The Bustleton Branch Lib­rary, at 10199 Bustleton Ave., still has two more LEGO Club meet­ings and two more Fam­ily Movie Fri­days com­ing up in Au­gust.

The LEGO Club for ages 10 and up will meet on Wed­nes­days, Aug. 21 and 28, at 2 p.m. with LE­G­Os gen­er­ously provided by the branch’s Friends Group.

Fam­ily Movie Fri­day will be held on Aug. 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. in the lib­rary. Con­tact the branch for film titles and more in­form­a­tion.

The Bustleton Branch may be reached by tele­phone at 215-685-0472 or by the Face­book page “Bustleton Branch-Free Lib­rary of Phil­adelphia.”  ull;• 

Fire­fight­ers win by los­ing

Pound for pound, Phil­adelphia’s fire­fight­ers are bet­ter than the cops – in los­ing weight.

They re­cently won the 27th An­nu­al Weight Watch­ers Battle of the Badges by los­ing a high­er per­cent­age of weight than po­lice of­ficers did. Fire­fight­ers now lead the na­tion’s longest-run­ning weight-loss com­pet­i­tion 14-13.

Weight Watch­ers will sup­ply the win­ners with a Battle of the Badges trophy, a cham­pi­on­ship ban­ner and $10,000 for the Hero Thrill Show.

This year, there were 908 par­ti­cipants in both de­part­ments who lost a total of 5,566 pounds. Over the com­pet­i­tion’s 27 years, 181,198.51 pounds have been lost. ••

Look for Boulevard lane clos­ings

Por­tions of the Roosevelt Boulevard will be closed in­ter­mit­tently un­til Labor Day, when the Streets De­part­ment is ex­pec­ted to com­plete line strip­ping work that began Aug. 11.

Work will take place between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily.

New pave­ment mark­ers will be wider and more re­flect­ive, mak­ing ped­es­tri­an cross­walks and vehicle lanes more vis­ible, act­ing Streets Com­mis­sion­er Dav­id Perri stated in an Aug. 8 news re­lease.•• 

Boyle pro­poses elim­in­at­ing tu­ition

State Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-170th dist.) plans to in­tro­duce a bill to com­mis­sion a le­gis­lat­ive com­mit­tee to con­duct an ana­lys­is of a plan to elim­in­ate tu­ition at Pennsylvania’s pub­lic col­leges and uni­versit­ies.

The plan, pop­ularly known as “Pay It For­ward,” would forgo tu­ition at pub­lic col­leges by col­lect­ing a por­tion of stu­dents’ post­gradu­ate earn­ings over a set peri­od of time.

“With Pennsylvania’s col­lege gradu­ates shoul­der­ing the second-highest level of stu­dent loan debt in the coun­try, the need to take a hard look at our ex­ist­ing sys­tem of fund­ing high­er edu­ca­tion is ur­gent,” Boyle said. “This le­gis­la­tion would ini­ti­ate the pro­cess of con­duct­ing a com­pre­hens­ive, in-depth ana­lys­is of the Pay It For­ward mod­el.”

A bi­par­tis­an group of state rep­res­ent­at­ives and sen­at­ors would over­see the com­mit­tee to ex­am­ine costs, po­ten­tial fund­ing sources and the feas­ib­il­ity of im­ple­ment­ing a pi­lot pro­gram at se­lec­ted Pennsylvania pub­lic col­leges and uni­versit­ies.

Boyle will in­tro­duce the le­gis­la­tion when the House re­con­venes in Septem­ber. He is act­ing after Ore­gon passed a sim­il­ar bill in Ju­ly. ••

Church cup­board needs food dona­tions

Holmes­burg United Meth­od­ist Church’s food cup­board and hot meal pro­grams are in need of canned goods and non­per­ish­able food items. The pro­grams serve dis­ad­vant­aged in­di­vidu­als and fam­il­ies who live in Holmes­burg, Up­per Holmes­burg and May­fair. Donors can drop off items on Wed­nes­days from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church, at 8118 Frank­ford Ave. For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-624-6900. ••

State Reps. want to tap win­nings for schools

State Reps. James Clay and Ros­ita Young­blood are pro­pos­ing a plan de­signed to gen­er­ate hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars in new rev­en­ue to help school dis­tricts across the state.

The concept would al­low the state to levy a fee on win­nings earned from the Pennsylvania State Lot­tery and oth­er forms of gambling.

“We are al­ways look­ing for new rev­en­ue, and this par­tic­u­lar source would not be a bur­den to con­sumers, the poor, small busi­nesses, cor­por­a­tions, work­ing fam­il­ies or any­one re­ly­ing on fixed in­comes,” he said. “It would have no im­pact on the day-to-day lives of Pennsylvania’s res­id­ents, yet it could raise a lot of money. It’s a no-brain­er.”

Clay noted that Pennsylvania is one of three states that does not levy a fee on lot­tery win­nings.

“Pennsylvania is def­in­itely miss­ing out on an op­por­tun­ity to raise sig­ni­fic­ant money that could go a long way in help­ing our strug­gling school dis­tricts,” he said.

City Con­trol­ler Alan Butkovitz en­dorses the plan.

“School dis­tricts across the state are in dire need of a de­pend­able source of rev­en­ue bey­ond the ba­sic edu­ca­tion fund­ing ap­pro­pri­ation,” he said. “This pro­pos­al is ex­tremely well con­ceived in that it will gen­er­ate the rev­en­ue without harm­ing busi­nesses or small-stakes lot­tery play­ers or gam­blers.”

State Sen. Shir­ley Kit­chen is will­ing to con­sider the idea.

“This is an in­ter­est­ing concept that de­serves our at­ten­tion,” she said. “We are al­ways look­ing for ways to gen­er­ate the rev­en­ue needed to help our schools without im­pos­ing an ad­di­tion­al bur­den on tax­pay­ers, and this could be a way to ac­com­plish that. I am eager to see what we can find out about this plan.” ••

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