Around town: July 24, 2013

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://­­pit­als 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.ho­lyre­deem­ ••

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. ••

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