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 mayfairtownwatch.org, check out the Mayfair Town Watch page on Facebook or email email@example.com ••
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 www.511PA.com and at www.paturnpike.com.
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. ••