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.philadelphiastreets.com/hazardous-waste.aspx ••
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 kimmelcenter.org/broadway ••
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. ••