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 at www.comcasttix.com. 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 HeroThrillShow.org. 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.” ••