Northeast gardeners ready to compete
We’ve got some green competitors here in the Northeast.
Forty-one local gardeners this year are vying for top honors in the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society’s Citywide Garden Contest. Fourteen of them — more than a third are from just one Northeast ZIP Code — 19111 — according to Flossie Narducci, the horticultural society’s educational activities manager.
Last year, 20 Northeast residents placed first place, second or third or got honorable mentions. Local gardeners always do well in the contest.
This year, Narducci said, there are 249 entrants citywide. They compete in several categories, including front- and backyard flower gardens, vegetable gardens and container gardens. Community gardeners participate with vegetable and flower gardens, parks and garden blocks.
Judging is going on now through Aug. 9, Narducci said. Winners will be announced on Sept. 21. ••
Judge students win at Model UN
Before the school year ended, 12 students from Father Judge High School attended the 13th annual USA-UNA World Championship Model UN Conference in New York.
All of the Judge students represented the foreign policy of Austria in the debates. More than 2,000 high school students from across the United States and from 20 nations attended the convention. World affairs were discussed, and Father Judge was the only Philadelphia school to attend.
First-place gavels were won by the delegation of Ryan Weir and Olek Gierczak and the team of Eric Rosario and Dan Fritz. Runners-up were delegations made up of Babar Ahmed, Sean Burns, Frank Leo and Matthew Ginieczki.
The team is coached by the Rev. John Hurley, Douglas Soncini and Jeff Hylan.
In the past, Judge has been the only school to win four team championship awards. ••
Fox Chase Cancer Center ranks high in care
Fox Chase Cancer Center has been ranked among the best hospitals in the nation for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report.
In the just-released 2013-14 rankings, Fox Chase is ranked 30th in the nation in the specialty of cancer case.
“This important national ranking gives everyone at our Center — from physicians to nurses to administrators and even volunteers — a sense of pride in what we do here at Fox Chase every day,” said Dr. Richard I. Fischer, senior associate dean for cancer programs at Temple University School of Medicine. “Everyone’s hard work is certainly reflected in these rankings and gives us even more momentum to build on our already strong mission of prevailing over cancer.”
Additionally, Fox Chase was ranked as high performing in the specialty areas of gynecology, nephrology and urology.
These rankings have been published annually by U.S. News & World Report for the last 24 years. They evaluate hospitals’ strengths in 16 adult specialties.
The rankings have been published at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands Aug. 27. ••
English and citizenship classes
Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave., hosts English classes on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
In addition, the library holds citizenship classes on Fridays from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
There is a small fee for copies of study materials. No classes will be held from Aug 5 through 11 due to vacation time.
Call Jack Burch at 267-872-4934 for more details. ••
St. Cecilia student an essay contest winner
Two students from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia — Sabmatini Simeon, of St. Cecilia Elementary School in Fox Chase, and Vincent Harvey, of Our Lady of Hope Regional Catholic School in South Philadelphia — were winners in the “Do the Write Thing” essay contest sponsored by the district attorney’s office.
They served as National Ambassadors at a recent gathering of winners from across the country in Washington, D.C.
The essay’s theme was violence and its impact on society. Sabmatini focused her essay on youth violence and bullying. Vincent wrote about those who combat violence.
An awards dinner took place in June to recognize the students’ work. ••
Driver safety course for those 50 or older
A state-approved AARP driver safety refresher course will be offered at the Villages at Pine Valley, at 8540 Verree Road.
The course will take place on Aug. 15 from 6 to 10 p.m. and Aug. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
This course will go over how drivers 50 years of age or over can improve their driving skills and prevent traffic accidents. Insurance companies may provide a premium discount to graduates.
The cost is $12 for members with an AARP card and $14 for nonmembers.
To register, call 1-800-818-4747 or visit www.holyredeemer.com/events ••
Volunteers to be honored
State Rep. Kevin Boyle is looking to honor deserving volunteers living in the 172nd Legislative District for their work in improving the community. He recently signed up as a certifying partner of the President’s Volunteer Service Awards program to help promote and award deserving volunteers.
To be eligible for the award, volunteers must live within the 172nd Legislative District and prove their residency. The 12-month service hour requirements for each age group are as follows:
• Kids (5-14): 50 to 74 hours for bronze level award, 75 to 99 hours for silver level award, 100 hours or more for gold level award.
• Young Adults (15-25): 100 to 174 hours for bronze level award, 175 to 249 hours for silver level award, 250 hours or more for gold level award.
• Adults (26+): 100 to 249 hours for bronze level award, 250 to 499 hours for silver level award, 500 hours or more for gold level award.
• Families and Groups: 200 to 499 hours for bronze level award, 500 to 999 hours for silver level award, 1,000 hours or more for gold level award.
In addition, anyone who volunteers 4,000 hours or more over their lifetime is eligible for the President’s Call to Service Award. More information is available by calling either of Boyle’s constituent offices at 215-331-2600 or 215-695-1016. ••
National Night Out coming up
A National Night Out will take place on Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. to promote safety and cooperation with police in the fight against crime.
Held in the Fox Chase Elementary School parking lot, located at 500 Rhawn St., activities will include face-painting.
Free food will be provided. Guests will meet state representatives, police officials, emergency responders, business owners and civic leaders, and will receive information on local, state and federal services. ••
Glen Foerd on the Delaware Tours
Glen Foerd, at 5001 Grant Ave., is open for guided, hour-long tours every Saturday morning at 10:30 and Wednesdays at 11 a.m.
Calling ahead is recommended, but not required. Appointments can also be made for tours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, in which calling at least two days ahead is required.
Tours are not held on holidays or weekends. ••