Neighborhood news in brief for the week of August 28

State seeks drivers for sur­vey, new PA li­cense plates made avail­able for vet­er­ans, and more news in brief.

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.  ••

Arch­diocese to host lec­ture series

The Arch­diocese of Phil­adelphia’s Of­fice for Fam­ily, Life and the Laity in Septem­ber will con­tin­ue a spe­cial lec­ture series ini­ti­ated last year by Pope Be­ne­dict XVI. The series presents an op­por­tun­ity for all to come to a deep­er un­der­stand­ing of the true mean­ing of Cath­ol­ic faith, its au­then­t­ic con­tent and its ori­ent­a­tion to­ward the trans­form­a­tion of the world. All lec­tures take place at Saint Charles Bor­romeo Sem­in­ary, Vi­an­ney Hall Aud­it­or­i­um, 100 E. Wyn­newood Road, Wayne, PA 19096.

Dr. Brad Gregory, pro­fess­or of early mod­ern European his­tory at the Uni­versity of Notre Dame, will dis­cuss themes from The Un­in­ten­ded Re­form­a­tion: How a Re­li­gious Re­volu­tion Sec­u­lar­ized So­ci­ety on Sept. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m.

One week later, Mr. Ross Douthat, a New York Times colum­nist, will dis­cuss themes from Bad Re­li­gion: How We Be­came a Na­tion of Heretics, on Sept. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Fi­nally, on Oct. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m., Arch­bish­op Charles J. Chaput of Phil­adelphia will dis­cuss Fire Upon the Earth, A Call to Con­ver­sion and the New Evan­gel­iz­a­tion. ••

Casino to host char­ity run

Parx Casino and Parx Ra­cing at 2999 Street Road in Ben­s­alem will host the second an­nu­al Oc­to­ber­fest 5K Run to be­ne­fit the Found­a­tion for Breast and Pro­state Health on Sat­urday, Oct. 12. Par­ti­cipants will get to run on the le­gendary Pennsylvania racetrack for a truly mean­ing­ful cause.

The Found­a­tion is a Phil­adelphia non­profit and think tank highly re­garded world­wide in the ad­vance­ment of breast and pro­state can­cer re­search and treat­ment. The event will co­in­cide with Na­tion­al Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month.

“Parx has been a gen­er­ous sup­port­er of the Found­a­tion for Breast and Pro­state Health for the past two years, donat­ing time, re­sources and sup­port to our an­nu­al Fath­er’s Day Gary Papa Run,” said Colleen Da­ley, the Found­a­tion’s ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or. “We are thrilled to be chosen as Parx’s 5K be­ne­fi­ciary and to con­tin­ue this won­der­ful part­ner­ship.”

The event is sched­uled to start at 10 a.m. with run­ners trav­el­ing the peri­met­er of the casino and racetrack grounds and fin­ish­ing on the track it­self. Famed an­noun­cer Keith Jones will call the fi­nal lap. There will also be a one-mile fun walk at 9:30 a.m. Cam­er­as will be placed along the course so that sup­port­ers can watch the ac­tion un­fold on the track’s in­field video screens.

Cash wager­ing vouch­ers and trophies will be awar­ded to over­all and age-group top-three fin­ish­ers. Gift cards will be awar­ded in youth di­vi­sions.

Re­gis­tra­tion is avail­able in ad­vance via or on-site at 8 a.m. be­fore the race. ••

Spe­cial vet­er­ans li­cense plates avail­able

Mem­bers and vet­er­ans of the U.S. Armed Forces who have served with a U.S. Mil­it­ary Air­borne Unit or as a World War II Mer­chant Mar­iner can now dis­play their ser­vice with new li­cense plates avail­able from PennDOT.

“These new plates re­cog­nize the ad­ded chal­lenges faced by the brave ser­vice mem­bers who served with our na­tion’s mil­it­ary air­borne units and those who served with the Mer­chant Mar­ines dur­ing World War II,” said PennDOT Sec­ret­ary Barry J. Schoch. “PennDOT is proud to re­cog­nize the con­tri­bu­tions of all of our mil­it­ary mem­bers.”

State le­gis­la­tion passed earli­er this year es­tab­lished the new re­gis­tra­tion plates. The Air­borne plate fea­tures im­ages of jump and glider wings. The Mer­chant Mar­ine em­blem ap­pears on the plate des­ig­nated for its vet­er­ans.

For in­form­a­tion about the new plates and oth­er mil­it­ary plates, vis­it and se­lect the “Mil­it­ary Li­cense Plates” link un­der the “Mil­it­ary Per­son­nel/Vet­er­ans” In­form­a­tion Cen­ter.  ••

—Com­piled by John Loftus

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