Around town: December 18, 2013

Get ready to strut with the Mum­mers

It’s al­most Christ­mas. And, in Philly, that means it’s al­most time for the Mum­mers Parade. 

The an­nu­al strut will kick off  New Year’s Day at 10 a.m. at Broad Street and Wash­ing­ton Av­en­ue. There will be five spe­cial per­form­ance zones as more than 10,000 Mum­mers strut and dance up Broad Street to­ward City Hall. For the ul­ti­mate view of each di­vi­sion’s fi­nal per­form­ance, the Grand Stand en­ter­tain­ment zone on JFK Boulevard between 15th and 16th Streets will fea­ture more than 1,200 tick­eted bleach­er seats.

For thrill­ing in­door en­ter­tain­ment, fam­il­ies can head to the Fancy Bri­gade shows at the Pennsylvania Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. Dur­ing the Fancy Bri­gade Fam­ily Show at noon and Fancy Bridge Fi­nale at 5 p.m., more than 2,500 Mum­mers dressed head-to-toe in se­quined cos­tumes, masks, and makeup stun the crowd dur­ing dy­nam­ic, cho­reo­graphed per­form­ances in front of hand­made back­drops soar­ing 24-feet high.

An­oth­er fam­ily friendly activ­ity for fans is Mum­mersFest at the Pennsylvania Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, a four-day fest­iv­al from Sat­urday, Dec. 28 through Tues­day, Dec. 31, provid­ing a sneak peek in­to the mak­ing of the Mum­mers Fancy Bri­gade Fi­nale.

Tick­ets for the Mum­mers Parade Grand Stand bleach­er seats ($19.50), Fancy Bri­gade Fam­ily Show ($28), Fancy Bri­gade Fi­nale ($23), and Mum­mersFest ($5) are avail­able by call­ing 1-800-537-7676 or can be pur­chased in per­son at the In­de­pend­ence Vis­it­or Cen­ter on 6th and Mar­ket Streets or at the Wel­come Cen­ter on 16th Street and JFK Boulevard. ••

Nat­ur­al gas rates not go­ing up

Phil­adelphia Gas Works nat­ur­al gas rates will not in­crease for res­id­en­tial, com­mer­cial, in­dus­tri­al and mu­ni­cip­al cus­tom­ers this quarter, the city util­ity an­nounced.

The nat­ur­al gas rate re­flects what PGW pays for the gas. The new rate began Dec. 1, 2013, and will stay in ef­fect through Feb. 28, 2014. ••

Christ­mas Tab­letop Cre­ations Work­shop

The Christ­mas Tab­letop Cre­ations Work­shop at Glen Fo­erd on the Delaware is no longer go­ing to be on Wed­nes­day, Dec. 18. Now, the event will be on Sat­urday, Dec. 21, at 10 a.m.

The cost to at­tend for mem­bers is $25 and $35 for non­mem­bers. Pay­ment is re­quired in ad­vance. For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-632-5330 or vis­it www.glen­ ••

Hol­i­day cel­eb­ra­tions at Ad­ven­ture Aquar­i­um

This sea­son at the Ad­ven­ture Aquar­i­um, Scuba Santa re­turns, along with hol­i­day char­ac­ters like Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and Bumble the Ab­om­in­able Snow Mon­ster.

Now through Jan. 1, the aquar­i­um in Cam­den will fea­ture dec­or­a­tions, lights, trees, fall­ing snow and 8,500 an­im­als in more than 2 mil­lion gal­lons of wa­ter.

Scuba Santa will ap­pear on week­ends at 11:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. and week­days at 2:30 p.m. He will be diving in the Aquar­i­um’s Ocean Realm and swim­ming along with sharks, sea turtles and stin­grays.

The story of Rudolph will be told, with Bumble pla­cing the star on top of the Christ­mas tree. Kids will have a chance to write let­ters to Scuba Santa. 

For more in­form­a­tion and tick­ets, vis­it­ven­tur­eaquar­i­ ••

Bank’s found­a­tion donates more than $100K

The Fox Chase Bank Char­it­able Found­a­tion provided over $100,000 to loc­al non­profits in 2013 with $28,500 be­ing gran­ted in the fourth quarter. 

The found­a­tion will provide $16,000 to the Ar­den Theatre in Phil­adelphia to sup­port their spring pro­duc­tion of In­cor­rupt­ible

And, $2,500 will be provided to Path­ways PA to sup­port Path­Ways’ Vo­lun­teer In­come Tax As­sist­ance and Fin­an­cial Path$ pro­grams in Delaware County.

The found­a­tion will donate $10,000 to YMCA of Bucks County to im­ple­ment the Fin­an­cial Lit­er­acy For Adults pro­gram at four YMCA Fam­ily Cen­ters in low in­come areas of Bucks County. ••

‘Driv­ing Miss Daisy’ at Wal­nut Street Theatre

Wal­nut Street Theatre’s In­de­pend­ence Stu­dio on 3 con­tin­ues its sea­son with Al­fred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-win­ning clas­sic Driv­ing Miss Daisy. The play be­gins in Phil­adelphia with pre­views on Jan. 14, opens Jan. 16 and runs through Feb. 2. 

Tick­ets are $30 to $40 and are now avail­able. For tick­ets and in­form­a­tion, call 215-574-3550, 215-336-1234, or vis­it wal­nut­ or Tick­et­mas­ ••

Polon­aise Ball a suc­cess 

On Sat­urday, Nov. 16, the Pol­ish Her­it­age So­ci­ety of Phil­adelphia held its an­nu­al Polon­aise Ball and Awards Present­a­tion at the Tor­res­dale-Frank­ford Coun­try Club in North­east Phil­adelphia.

Mar­ie Hejnosz, pres­id­ent of the Pol­ish Her­it­age So­ci­ety of Phil­adelphia greeted over 100 guests as they all ar­rived.

Broth­er Mi­chael Mc­Gin­n­iss, Pres­id­ent of LaS­alle Uni­versity offered the in­voc­a­tion. After din­ner was served, Ed­ward Turz­anski, Vice Pres­id­ent and Pro­fess­or at LaS­alle was presen­ted the Achieve­ment Award.

This year, Mateusz Stas­iek, a rep­res­ent­at­ive from the Con­su­late in New York, be­stowed to Mr. and Mrs. Bon­ifacy Obst, “The Medal for Long Mar­it­al Life,” and to the Hon­or­able Joseph Za­zyczny, “The Or­der of Mer­it of the Re­pub­lic of Po­land.” 

PKM Dan­cers en­ter­tained guests and mu­sic was providede by the Den­nis Os­to­pow­icz Band.

The even­ing con­cluded with their Chinese Auc­tion, which was sup­plied by many gifts donated by mem­bers and sup­port­ers.

All pro­ceeds from the Polon­aise Ball be­ne­fit the Pol­ish Her­it­age So­ci­ety of Phil­adelphia Schol­ar­ship Fund. ••

Tu­ition-as­sist­ance nom­in­a­tions ac­cep­ted

North­east Cath­ol­ic Alumni Me­mori­al Schol­ar­ship Fund Inc. will be ac­cept­ing nom­in­a­tions for tu­ition as­sist­ance grants un­til Jan. 31, 2014. The nom­in­ees must be the chil­dren or grand­chil­dren of dues-pay­ing mem­bers of North­east Cath­ol­ic Alumni As­so­ci­ation Inc.

The fund awards $261,000 in grants each year. Four grants of $25,000 each are awar­ded to seni­ors in high school to at­tend thir­teen spe­cif­ic Cath­ol­ic uni­versit­ies/col­leges in the great­er Phil­adelphia area. Five grants of $15,000 each and five grants of $10,000 are awar­ded to stu­dents in the 8th grade to at­tend arch­dioces­an high schools in the Phil­adelphia arch­diocese, and dio­ces­an high schools in the Cam­den and Trenton dio­ceses. 

All of these grants are pay­able in equal semi­an­nu­al in­stall­ments over four years. Four grants of $6,000 each and four grants of $3,000 each are awar­ded to 5th grade stu­dents to at­tend pa­ro­chi­al schools in the arch­diocese of Phil­adelphia and in the dio­ceses of Cam­den and Trenton. These grants are pay­able in equal semi-an­nu­al in­stall­ments over sixth, sev­enth, and eighth grades. All grants are awar­ded on the basis of aca­dem­ic abil­ity and fin­an­cial need with equal weight ap­plied to both cri­ter­ia.

The nom­in­a­tion forms can be ob­tained from­ath­ or by call­ing 215-543-1051. The forms must be re­turned at P.O Box 7005, Phil­adelphia, PA 19149-0005 pri­or to Jan. 31, 2014. ••

Co-spon­sors sought for trans­plants bill

State. Rep. John Sabat­ina is col­lect­ing co-spon­sors for House Bill 1474, known as Paul’s Law, aimed at pro­hib­it­ing the dis­crim­in­a­tion of any po­ten­tial or­gan trans­plant re­cip­i­ent on the basis of phys­ic­al or men­tal dis­ab­il­ity. The le­gis­la­tion is based on the situ­ation of Paul Corby, a 24-year-old aut­ist­ic pa­tient who was denied a life-pre­serving heart trans­plant by the Uni­versity of Pennsylvania in 2011.

“While there is a set of na­tion­al stand­ards for trans­plant can­did­acy, some in­sti­tu­tions con­sider highly sub­ject­ive cri­ter­ia, such as men­tal, de­vel­op­ment­al and phys­ic­al dis­ab­il­it­ies,” said Sabat­ina, who had a step-aunt with an in­tel­lec­tu­al dis­ab­il­ity. “Un­for­tu­nately, in­di­vidu­als with dis­ab­il­it­ies have not al­ways re­ceived equal treat­ment when in need of a lifesav­ing or­gan trans­plant. My le­gis­la­tion would end this dis­crim­in­at­ory prac­tice.”

Corby was denied the heart trans­plant due to the de­cision by the trans­plant pan­el that Corby could not be re­com­men­ded due to his “psy­chi­at­ric is­sues, aut­ism and the un­known and un­pre­dict­able ef­fect of ster­oids on be­ha­vi­or.” Cur­rently, Corby is still await­ing a trans­plant. Corby’s moth­er, Kar­en Corby, star­ted a pe­ti­tion on the web­site which has re­ceived more than 289,000 sig­na­tures.

“Our hope is that no fam­ily will ever have to fight for their child’s life be­cause of a men­tal dis­ab­il­ity again,” said Corby. ••

City Coun­cil ap­proves land bank bill

City Coun­cil last week ap­proved a meas­ure that would cre­ate a land bank of aban­doned prop­er­ties that the city could quickly take over and sell.

The bill, sponsored by Coun­cil­wo­man Maria Quinones Sanc­hez (D-7th dist.), passed un­an­im­ously.

Phil­adelphia’s land bank would have the au­thor­ity to ac­quire va­cant, tax-de­lin­quent prop­er­ties through sher­iff’s sale and be­gin the pro­cess of con­sol­id­at­ing title of and mak­ing avail­able for sale the 9,082 va­cant prop­er­ties cur­rently owned by the City of Phil­adelphia, ac­cord­ing to City Coun­cil Pres­id­ent Dar­rell Clarke (D-5th dist.). 

Phil­adelphia’s land bank would be the largest mu­ni­cip­al land bank in the na­tion. •• 

Win­ner takes home $6,500

As part of its An­nu­al Grand Il­lu­min­a­tion fest­iv­it­ies on Nov. 30, Amer­ic­an Her­it­age Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on awar­ded one lucky mem­ber $6,500 to cul­min­ate its year­long 65th An­niversary cel­eb­ra­tion.

Win­ner Wil­li­am Lyle was among 65 fi­nal­ists whose names were chosen at ran­dom throughout the year as the cred­it uni­on com­mem­or­ated its found­ing in 1948 as the Budd Work­ers Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on.

Amer­ic­an Her­it­age Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on is now a $1.33 bil­lion mem­ber-owned fin­an­cial co­oper­at­ive serving more than 700 spon­sor com­pan­ies. 

It is the coun­try’s 137th largest Cred­it Uni­on with over 125,000 mem­bers and 30 branches in Phil­adelphia, Bucks and Mont­gomery Counties. ••

Open house sched­uled for Christ­mas Day

The An­im­al Care and Con­trol Team of Phil­adelphia is host­ing its first hol­i­day open house on Christ­mas day. 

Warm bever­ages and snacks will be served. Par­ti­cipants will be giv­en the chance to make dog and cats toys, kitty blankets, and homemade treats. 

The event will be held on Wed­nes­day, Dec. 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

ACCT Philly is loc­ated at 111 W. Hunt­ing Park Ave.   ••

Amici Op­era Com­pany presents ‘Il Pirata’

The Amici Op­era Com­pany will present Bellini’s Il Pirata on  Sat­urday, Dec. 21, at 4 p.m.

The play will be staged at Re­deem­er U.M.C. loc­ated at 1128 Cottman Ave.

Tick­ets are $25 at the door, $22 for seni­ors and ad­vance pur­chases, $15 for stu­dents, and $10 for chil­dren 12 and un­der. 

For in­form­a­tion and tick­ets, call 215-224-0257. ••

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