Around town: August 28, 2013

Think be­fore the storm

Did part of your street flood be­cause of a clogged cul­vert while Sandy was blow­ing around town last year? Did a tree limb or a big branch hit a power line near your home and knock out your elec­tri­city?

You might want to make a few calls in ad­vance of any storm-re­lated troubles.

We are, after all, only about halfway through hur­ricane sea­son. The last couple years, the really big storms -— Irene in 2011 and Sandy in 2012 -— hit Philly later in the sea­son.

If you lost power dur­ing a big storm, you might want to look at the trees that are near elec­tric lines or util­ity poles on your street. 

“Downed trees, broken limbs and oth­er ve­get­a­tion cause about one third of all power out­ages each year,” said PECO spokes­man Greg Smore.

If you see a tree branch or limb strik­ing a power line or hanging close to one, call PECO now at 1-800-494-4000 to re­quest tree trim­ming. Give the ex­act ad­dress or the closest you can. If part of a tree already is on elec­tric­al equip­ment, call 1-800-841-4141.

Smore said none­mer­gency prob­lems are as­sessed with­in five days. If pre­vent­at­ive work is needed, it will be done with­in eight weeks. Work could be done soon­er if the tree or oth­er ve­get­a­tion is a threat to PECO’s sys­tem.

If you see a clogged sew­er in­let, call 311. Give the ex­act loc­a­tion and identi­fy the prob­lem as best you can. ••

Classroom Thrift Shop to re­open on Sept. 1

The Classroom Thrift Shop, 4301 Tyson Ave.,  re­opens with items re­stocked for fall and winter on Sept. 1. Sponsored by the wo­men of Temple Men­orah Kene­seth Chai, the shop will open at 11 a.m. Store hours will be Monday through Fri­day, 9:30 a.m to 2 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ••

Sign up for after-school pro­grams

Heitz­man Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, 3661 Am­ber St.,  is hold­ing re­gis­tra­tion for its after school pro­gram to be held Monday through Fri­day from 3 to 6 p.m. dur­ing the school year. The pro­gram is $60 per month plus a $15 re­gis­tra­tion fee. 

Also en­quire about the cen­ter’s soc­cer league for boys and girls ages 3 to 8,  Drama Club for boys and girls in grades 1st through 8th, and Men’s bas­ket­ball league,  all tak­ing place this fall as well.  Call 215-685-1244. ••

Hun­dreds at­tend pic­nic or­gan­ized by sen­at­or

Hun­dreds of neigh­bor­hood res­id­ents gathered at Wissi­nom­ing Park on Aug. 20 for a pic­nic or­gan­ized by state Sen. Christine Tartagli­one, where more than 700 donated back­packs were dis­trib­uted to young stu­dents.

“State fund­ing cuts are present­ing dif­fi­cult chal­lenges for loc­al schools and fam­il­ies,” Tartagli­one said. “The neigh­bor­hood pic­nics bring to­geth­er loc­al res­id­ents and vo­lun­teers from com­munity or­gan­iz­a­tions to help get chil­dren ready for school.”

Young­sters also were treated to hot dogs, wa­ter ice and face paint­ing. The event was the first of its kind in Wissi­nom­ing Park for years, ac­cord­ing to the state law­maker, and was pat­terned after a pic­nic held an­nu­ally at Nor­ris Square Park in North Phil­adelphia for eight years.

“We de­cided to ex­pand the out­reach to help oth­er fam­il­ies who are get­ting ready for school,” Tartagli­one said. Nu­mer­ous spon­sors and com­munity part­ners con­trib­uted to the event’s suc­cess. ••

JCC slates hol­i­day ser­vices

As part of its out­reach pro­gram to the Rus­si­an com­munity, the Klein JCC, loc­ated at 10100 Jam­is­on Ave., an­nounced its sched­ule for the Jew­ish high hol­i­day ser­vices.

Ser­vices are sched­uled for Erev Rosh Hasha­nah at 7 p.m. on Sept. 4; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Rosh Hasha­nah, Sept. 5; Kol Nidre, 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 13; and on Yom Kip­pur, Sept. 14, be­gin­ning at 9 a.m.

Yizkor ser­vices on Yom Kip­pur will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the theat­er and noon in Room 218. Even­ing ser­vices will be held at 5 p.m., and after Yon­tif ends at 7:30 p.m., the Havda­lah ser­vice will be­gin at 7:35 p.m. This year’s high hol­i­day ser­vices will be con­duc­ted by Rabbi Robert Rym­shaw of Read­ing.

In ad­di­tion, the Klein JCC will be of­fer­ing a spe­cial Rosh Hasha­nah and Yom Kip­pur ob­serv­ance that Rabbi Sandra Ber­liner will of­fi­ci­ate on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 11, be­gin­ning at 10 a.m., which will be fol­lowed by a hol­i­day lunch and Klezmer mu­sic by Bob Ciz­ik. The spe­cial Rosh Hasha­nah pro­gram is be­ing offered for $2 for mem­bers and $3 for gen­er­al ad­mis­sion. A spe­cial Yizkor re­mem­brance book to re­mem­ber de­par­ted loved ones will be avail­able as part of this event. Cost is $18 for 10 names, with $2 for each ad­di­tion­al name lis­ted. ••

Town watch needs new mem­bers

May­fair Town Watch is seek­ing new mem­bers. New mem­bers will be trained by the city’s Town Watch In­teg­rated Ser­vices. 

For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-435-2506, vis­it may­fair­town­, check out the May­fair Town Watch page on Face­book or email may­fair­town­ ••

Pro­duce vouch­ers avail­able for seni­ors

Phil­adelphia Cor­por­a­tion for Aging is dis­trib­ut­ing Seni­or Farm­ers’ Mar­ket Nu­tri­tion Pro­gram pro­duce vouch­ers as part of its an­nu­al pro­gram to en­cour­age seni­ors to eat more fresh fruits and ve­get­ables. Eli­gible Phil­adelphia seni­ors can re­ceive $20 worth of vouch­ers that can be used to pur­chase fresh Pennsylvania-grown pro­duce sold at cer­ti­fied Farm­ers’ Mar­kets in Phil­adelphia.

In­come-eli­gible Phil­adelphia res­id­ents, who will be age 60 or older by Dec. 31, may re­ceive the vouch­ers at PCA, 642 N. Broad St. in Phil­adelphia (week­days, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), while sup­plies last. Proof of age (60+) and res­id­ency in Phil­adelphia must be presen­ted to re­ceive vouch­ers. To re­ceive the pro­duce vouch­ers, 2013 house­hold in­come must not ex­ceed the $21,257 for one per­son up to $43,568 for four people. Call the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040. ••

State wants mo­tor­ists’ in­put

PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turn­pike Com­mis­sion seek the pub­lic’s in­put on trav­el­er in­form­a­tion through a brief on­line sur­vey, avail­able at and at www.paturn­

The an­onym­ous sur­vey in­cludes ques­tions on the types of traffic in­form­a­tion trav­el­ers find valu­able, how they ac­cess and util­ize that in­form­a­tion and how traffic in­form­a­tion af­fects their driv­ing habits. It also asks for feed­back on PennDOT’s 511PA trav­el­er in­form­a­tion ser­vice and the PTC’s Turn­pike Road­way In­form­a­tion Pro­gram.

PennDOT’s 511PA ser­vice provides traffic delay warn­ings, weath­er fore­casts, av­er­age traffic speeds on urb­an in­ter­states and ac­cess to more than 679 real-time traffic cam­er­as. TRIP provides real-time traffic con­di­tions, weath­er alerts and travel in­form­a­tion on­line, on the road and on your phone or mo­bile device for the 552 miles of the Pennsylvania Turn­pike.  ull;•

U.S. troops could use your used cell phones

City Coun­cil­man Bri­an O’Neill and the non­profit Cell Phones for Sol­diers Inc. are ask­ing Phil­adelphia res­id­ents to help troops call home by donat­ing their gently used cell phones.

Funds raised from the re­cyc­ling of cel­lu­lar phones are used to pur­chase pre­paid in­ter­na­tion­al call­ing cards. So far, the char­ity has provided more than 114 mil­lion minutes of free talk time to ser­vice men and wo­men sta­tioned around the world.

Cell Phones for Sol­diers dis­trib­utes 12,000 call­ing cards each week to mil­it­ary bases, care pack­age pro­grams, de­ploy­ment ce­re­mon­ies and U.S. De­part­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs hos­pit­als.

To donate a gently used phone or for more in­form­a­tion about the pro­gram, call or vis­it O’Neill at Bustleton Av­en­ue and Bowl­er Street (215-685-0432) or the new Fraternal Or­der of Po­lice Lodge 5 Her­oes Hall, at 11630 Car­oline Road (215-437-9167). ••

Bowl­ers needed for Re­sur­rec­tion League

Re­sur­rec­tion Bowl­ing League, cel­eb­rat­ing its 61st sea­son, is look­ing for male and fe­male bowl­ers.

League play be­gins on Tues­day, Sept. 3. Matches take place Tues­days at 8:30 p.m. at Thun­der­bird Lanes on Holme Av­en­ue.

In­di­vidu­als and teams are wel­come to re­gister.

For more in­form­a­tion, call Joe Gess­ner at 215-725-3556 or Kathy Pearce at 215-802-6912. ••

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