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 firstname.lastname@example.org ••
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. ••