Around town (July 3, 2013)

Loc­al at­tor­ney gets lead­er­ship post

Jerry Le­hocky, a found­ing part­ner at the law firm Pond Le­hocky Stern Giord­ano, has been ap­poin­ted pres­id­ent of the Pennsylvania As­so­ci­ation for Justice.

The law firm has three of­fices, in­clud­ing one at 2981 Grant Ave. It formed in 2010 and is one of the Phil­adelphia area’s lead­ing work­ers’ com­pens­a­tion and So­cial Se­cur­ity dis­ab­il­ity law firms.

As pres­id­ent, Le­hocky will over­see the or­gan­iz­a­tion’s mis­sion to pro­mote ef­fi­cient en­force­ment of justice. He’ll rep­res­ent about 3,000 PAJ tri­al law­yers who rep­res­ent vic­tims of vari­ous acts of neg­li­gence.

“Be­ing elec­ted pres­id­ent of this es­teemed or­gan­iz­a­tion is such an hon­or,” Le­hocky said. “It’s es­pe­cially im­port­ant to me be­cause it marks the cul­min­a­tion of more than 20 years of my af­fil­i­ation with this group, in­clud­ing sit­ting on the board and serving as chair of the Work­ers’ Com­pens­a­tion Sec­tion for twelve years. Most im­port­antly, however, it provides an even great­er plat­form for me to help in­jured vic­tims and ad­voc­ate for work­place justice.” ••

North­east grad gets re­alty job in Ocean City

North­east High School gradu­ate Bobby Valeno is a new sales as­so­ci­ate at Gold­coast So­theby’s In­ter­na­tion­al Re­alty, in Ocean City, N.J.

Valeno is known as Dr. Bobby Fin­gers, a band lead­er and pi­ano play­er. He has been a real es­tate in­vestor and op­er­at­or of a home-re­pair con­tract­ing busi­ness.

“We are very happy to have Bobby on our team,” said Burt Wilkins, broker/own­er at Gold­coast So­theby’s In­ter­na­tion­al Re­alty. “He has a great fol­low­ing around this area, and people love him. Bobby has in­teg­rity, great com­mu­nic­a­tion skills and a great work eth­ic. He has an abil­ity to make people feel com­fort­able, plus he has years of ex­per­i­ence buy­ing and selling real es­tate.” ••

Holy Fam­ily, charter school ink pact

Ad­min­is­trat­ors from Frank­lin Towne Charter High School and Holy Fam­ily Uni­versity re­cently signed an agree­ment that enters both schools in­to a col­lab­or­at­ive edu­ca­tion­al part­ner­ship.

Stu­dents from Frank­lin Towne who gradu­ate with a 2.5 grade point av­er­age or high­er are guar­an­teed ad­mis­sion to Holy Fam­ily, with ap­plic­a­tion fees waived.

Frank­lin Towne stu­dents are also able to take classes in which they earn high school and uni­versity cred­its.

The charter school’s em­ploy­ees are also able to take un­der­gradu­ate and gradu­ate courses with waived ad­mis­sion fees and op­por­tun­it­ies for grants. ••

It’s story time on Thursday

The pub­lic is in­vited to take part in Story Time with Miss Es­th­er every Thursday night from Ju­ly 11 through Aug. 29 at the Pennypack Creek Bridge pa­vil­ion, at Frank­ford and Solly av­en­ues. Story time runs from 7 to 8 p.m. The series is sponsored by the Friends of Pennypack Creek Bridge and is geared to kids ages 3-10. The read­ings fea­ture an in­ter­act­ive edu­ca­tion­al fin­ish. ••

Pro­grams for teens at Holmes­burg Lib­rary

Holmes­burg Lib­rary, at 7810 Frank­ford Ave., is of­fer­ing two pro­grams this month geared to teen­agers.

Teens are spe­cially in­vited to the lib­rary from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on the fol­low­ing Tues­days: Ju­ly 9, 16, 23 and 30.

They can play Wii and board games, and cre­ate movie scenes us­ing Le­g­os. A Lego movie awards ce­re­mony will take place on Aug. 6 at 2 p.m.

For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-685-8756. ••

Be care­ful driv­ing on the Fourth

Ac­cord­ing to re­search from the In­sur­ance In­sti­tute for High­way Safety, In­de­pend­ence Day is the dead­li­est day on the road for Amer­ic­ans.

Based on the latest avail­able data, IIHS re­ports that more than 670 people were killed on Ju­ly 4 from 2007-2011.

“There are simple things every­one can do this Ju­ly 4 to stay safe, such as nev­er tex­ting and driv­ing,” said Ju­lia Re­usch, a spokes­wo­man for All­state. “Teen at­ti­tudes are con­stantly chan­ging thanks to the aware­ness ef­forts around tex­ting and driv­ing. However, our re­search found that 44 per­cent of Pennsylvania teen drivers ad­mit to tex­ting be­hind the wheel, which shows a need for more edu­ca­tion.”

Par­ents and teens can pledge to not text and drive by vis­it­ing the X the TXT page on Face­book. ••

Wit or Wit­out? sold to Tony Roni’s own­er

Tony Alto­mare, who owns sev­en Tony Roni’s res­taur­ants, is the new own­er of Wit or Wit­out? Cheesesteaks.

Alto­mare, known as the “king of to­mato pie,” took over the sand­wich shops from Nicole DiZ­io.

“My cheesesteaks at Wit or Wit­out? are the best in Philly. Peri­od,” he said.

Wit or Wit­out? loc­a­tions are 7352 Frank­ford Ave. and 9970 Roosevelt Blvd. (at Red Li­on Road).

Alto­mare plans to open sev­er­al more loc­a­tions, in­clud­ing one later this sum­mer in Hamilton, N.J. ••

City to col­lect haz­ard­ous waste Ju­ly 18

The city De­part­ment of Streets will hold a house­hold haz­ard­ous drop-off event on Thursday, Ju­ly 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the de­part­ment’s train­ing cen­ter at State Road and Ash­burn­er Street in Holmes­burg.

Among the ma­ter­i­als that can be dis­posed of are used oil, oil-based paint, solvents, pesti­cides and car bat­ter­ies.

For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-MU6-5560 or vis­it www.phil­adelphi­­ard­­px ••

Holmes­burg Lib­rary has pro­grams for kids

Holmes­burg Lib­rary, at 7810 Frank­ford Ave., is of­fer­ing a vari­ety of chil­dren’s pro­gram­ming this sum­mer.

Preschool story time will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Ju­ly 9, Ju­ly 23 and Aug. 13.

School-age chil­dren are in­vited to make crafts on Ju­ly 11, Ju­ly 18, Ju­ly 25 and Aug. 1, start­ing at 3 p.m.

On Aug. 12, the lib­rary’s out­door garden will host an even­ing of face-paint­ing, stor­ies, bal­loon art, ma­gic and re­fresh­ments from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-685-8756. ••

‘Wicked’ plays the Academy

The Academy of Mu­sic, at Broad and Lo­cust Streets, will host per­form­ances of Wicked now through Aug. 4. The show is the un­told story of the witches of Oz. Tick­ets start at $40. Call 215-731-3333 or go to kim­mel­cen­­way ••

Phoenix, In­nov­a­tion print­ers merge

Phoenix Litho­graph­ing Corp., the com­mer­cial print­ing di­vi­sion of The Phoenix Group and one of the largest full-ser­vice com­mer­cial print­ing, pack­aging and mail­ing com­pan­ies in the Phil­adelphia area, has merged with In­nov­a­tion Print­ing & Com­mu­nic­a­tions and In­nov­a­tion Mar­ket­ing.

The headquar­ters of both com­pan­ies stand less than 100 yards apart on Car­oline Road in the Far North­east. Barry Green will re­main as chair­man of Phoenix.

Dave Car­penter will serve as pres­id­ent of the com­bined com­pany. Car­penter and fel­low In­nov­a­tion ex­ec­ut­ives Jeff Jones and George Slater will serve on Phoenix’s board of dir­ect­ors. The ex­pan­ded Phoenix Group an­ti­cip­ates about $100 mil­lion in an­nu­al sales. ••

Loc­al group af­fil­i­ates with Temple Health

Pennsylvania Heart and Vas­cu­lar, a 20-per­son car­di­ology group prac­tice with an of­fice at 9501 Roosevelt Blvd., has af­fil­i­ated with Temple Health.

The prac­tice, which serves about 50,000 heart pa­tients each year, also has an of­fice on Old York Road in Jen­k­in­town.

“We will con­tin­ue to provide high-qual­ity car­di­ac care to our pa­tients in their own com­munit­ies, and we wel­come the op­por­tun­ity for our pa­tients, as ap­pro­pri­ate, to have ac­cess to the vast ar­ray of ter­tiary-level car­di­ac care and pro­ced­ures avail­able at Temple, in­clud­ing ad­vanced clin­ic­al tri­als and ro­bot­ic heart sur­gery,” said Dr. Steven Mat­tle­man, one of the pi­on­eer­ing car­di­olo­gists with Pennsylvania Heart and Vas­cu­lar-Temple Health. ••

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