Around town (June 19, 2013)

New red light cam­era in the North­east

The Phil­adelphia Park­ing Au­thor­ity’s new­est red-light cam­er­as were ac­tiv­ated Sunday, June 10, at the in­ter­sec­tion of By­berry and Wor­thing­ton roads, the site of sev­er­al fatal ac­ci­dents. 

The red-light cam­er­as are just one part of mak­ing the in­ter­sec­tion safer, the park­ing au­thor­ity said in a news re­lease. Oth­er im­prove­ments in­clude: a new mast arm for the traffic sig­nals (re­pla­cing the old type stan­dalone traffic sig­nals), new han­di­cap ramps and new ped­es­tri­an count­down sig­nals. Also, curb cuts were re­aligned and cross­walks were re­painted.

The warn­ing peri­od for these cam­er­as is 45 days. Drivers found in vi­ol­a­tion will re­ceive warn­ings in the mail dur­ing this grace peri­od, which ends on Wed­nes­day, Ju­ly 24.  After this time peri­od, vi­ol­at­ors will face $100 fines. These new cam­er­as bring to 111 the total num­ber of red-light cam­er­as in Phil­adelphia. The cam­er­as are loc­ated at 25 in­ter­sec­tions.

The state Gen­er­al As­sembly gave the Phil­adelphia Park­ing Au­thor­ity the power to es­tab­lish a Red-Light Cam­era Pro­gram in the city of Phil­adelphia. In 2005, the park­ing au­thor­ity began equip­ping in­ter­sec­tions with cam­er­as that mon­it­or traffic and auto­mat­ic­ally pho­to­graph vehicles that drive in­to an in­ter­sec­tion after the light has turned red.  Phil­adelphia’s Red-Light Cam­era Pro­gram was re­cently ex­ten­ded un­til 2017. ••

Blood drive slated for June 28

Naz­areth Hos­pit­al will host an Amer­ic­an Red Cross blood drive on Fri­day, June 28, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the hos­pit­al’s Mari­an Con­fer­ence Cen­ter, at 2601 Holme Ave. A dona­tion of one pint of blood is enough to save the lives of as many as three people. Ap­point­ments are re­com­men­ded. To sched­ule an ap­point­ment, call Kar­en Mc­Gin­ley at 215-335-6281. ••

Eng­lish classes at Max My­ers start in Ju­ly

Max My­ers Play­ground, part­ner­ing with Take Back Your Neigh­bor­hood, will hold a new pro­gram, Eng­lish as a Second Lan­guage, be­gin­ning in Ju­ly. Classes will be offered for be­gin­ners and/or in­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents.  

Tu­ition for the 10-les­son pro­gram is $40, which in­cludes all books. There will be a max­im­um of 15 stu­dents per ses­sion. Classes will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the play­ground, loc­ated at 1601 Heller­man St.

Tu­ition must be paid at re­gis­tra­tion in cash. Call 215-685-1242 for more in­form­a­tion. ••

Free skin can­cer lec­ture at Naz­areth

Naz­areth Hos­pit­al will host a free lec­ture, Skin Can­cer: You Can Pre­vent It, on Thursday, June 20, at 4:30 p.m. in the hos­pit­al’s second-floor cafet­er­ia.

The lec­ture will be de­livered by Dr. Har­old M. Gold­man. It will in­clude tips and in­form­a­tion from the Amer­ic­an Academy of Der­ma­to­logy. Re­fresh­ments will be served. To make a re­ser­va­tion, call toll-free 1-866-NAZ­ARETH. ••

Art classes held in Ta­cony

The Diskin-Galla­gh­er Com­munity Art Cen­ter, at 7143 Ed­mund St. in Ta­cony, is start­ing its 10th year in busi­ness. Classes are avail­able for people of all ages. They are held Tues­days, Wed­nes­days and Thursdays in the morn­ing, af­ter­noon and even­ing. Sat­urday classes will start later in the sum­mer.

Stu­dents can learn the ba­sics of draw­ing, paint­ing, pas­tels, wa­ter­col­or and mo­sa­ics. One new class is for moms, dads and kids 2 and older. Those ses­sions will be­gin in Ju­ly. The cen­ter is also open for parties and get-to­geth­ers. To re­gister for classes or more in­form­a­tion, stop by the cen­ter or call 215-624-0437. ••

Charter school host­ing farm­ers mar­ket

New Found­a­tions Charter School, at 4850 Rhawn St., will be host­ing a farm­ers mar­ket on Wed­nes­days from 3 to 6 p.m. through Aug. 28.

Farm­er’s Pride Pro­duce, of Marys­ville, Perry County, will sell fresh fruits and ve­get­ables. The mar­ket will be open rain or shine. For more in­form­a­tion, con­tact Tiffany Searles at 215-624-8100, Ext. 2310 or ••

Guid­ance pro­gram non­profit raises $162,000

The non­profit Phil­adelphia Fu­tures raised $162,000 dur­ing the re­cent 13th an­nu­al Get in the Game char­ity event at North Bowl, in North­ern Liber­ties.

More than 400 people at­ten­ded the bowl­ing and bil­liards event. Phil­lies catch­er Car­los Ruiz hos­ted the event and was joined by team pres­id­ent Dave Mont­gomery and 15 play­ers, in­clud­ing Chase Ut­ley, Jimmy Rollins and John May­berry Jr.

Money was raised by a raffle and live auc­tion. Pro­ceeds go to Phil­adelphia Fu­tures’ col­lege guid­ance activ­it­ies for high school stu­dents. ••

Plan now for Tours at the Shore

St. Mar­tin of Tours will hold its eighth an­nu­al Tours at the Shore re­union for alumni, friends and cur­rent and former pa­rish­ion­ers on Sat­urday, Aug. 24, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Keen­an’s Ir­ish Pub, 113 Olde New Jer­sey Ave. in North Wild­wood, N.J. Tick­ets cost $30 and will be avail­able at the door. Ad­mis­sion in­cludes do­mest­ic bottled beer, wine, soda and food. For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-535-2962. ••

Great­er Phil­adelphia Chor­ale is ready to sing

The Great­er Phil­adelphia Chor­ale will be­gin a series of “Chor­ale Clin­ics” at 7 p.m. on Tues­day, Ju­ly 2, and con­tin­ue each Tues­day even­ing up to and in­clud­ing Aug. 27 at the St. Jerome Church Hall, 8100 Col­fax St.

Dur­ing each clin­ic, par­ti­cipants will learn a dif­fer­ent piece of mu­sic and ex­per­i­ence vari­ous tech­niques for pro­du­cing qual­ity voicing. 

All sing­ers are wel­come. Mu­sic will be provided. The cost is $5 per ses­sion. Light re­fresh­ments will be served. ••

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