Northeast Times

Around town (June 26, 2013)

Re­gister now for tire round-up pro­gram

On Sat­urday, Ju­ly 20, the Streets De­part­ment will kick off its 2013 Tire Round-Up Pro­gram in your area.  Re­gistered par­ti­cipants may drop off their il­leg­ally dis­carded tires at the tem­por­ary tire drop off loc­a­tions at: 51st Street and Wood­land Av­en­ue, and 49th Street and Park­side Av­en­ue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Only re­gistered Block Cap­tains, or­gan­ized com­munity/civic or­gan­iz­a­tions, Town Watch or­gan­iz­a­tions, and Part­ner­ship Re­cyc­ling Groups who have re­gistered for the Tire Round-Up Pro­gram and have re­ceived an ID num­ber are eli­gible for par­ti­cip­a­tion.

To par­ti­cip­ate in the pro­gram, res­id­ents may call the Phil­adelphia More Beau­ti­ful Com­mit­tee at 215-685-3981. An agree­ment form will be mailed to each par­ti­cipant that must be com­pleted and re­turned to the Streets De­part­ment.  Once the com­pleted form is re­ceived by the Streets De­part­ment, an ID num­ber will be mailed out for par­ti­cip­a­tion in the pro­gram.

The Tire Round-Up Pro­gram was de­veloped by the San­it­a­tion Di­vi­sion of the Streets De­part­ment to ad­dress the prob­lem of il­leg­ally dis­carded tires in Phil­adelphia. Since the in­cep­tion of the pro­gram in 1995, re­gistered par­ti­cipants have col­lec­ted ap­prox­im­ately 168,085 tires.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the pro­gram serves as an op­por­tun­ity for block clubs and com­munity groups to earn money for their treas­ury to help with clean­ing and beau­ti­fic­a­tion pro­jects.  Re­gistered par­ti­cipants are offered a “tire bounty” of 50 cents for each il­leg­ally dis­carded tire they col­lect and drop off at one of the des­ig­nated sites around the city.  The tire drop-off lim­it is 1,000 tires per group.  Re­im­burse­ment is lim­ited to up to $500 per re­gistered par­ti­cipant.

Par­ti­cipants are urged to use their pro­ceeds from the Tire Round-Up Pro­gram for worth­while com­munity pro­jects. The first ten re­gistered par­ti­cipants to drop off tires at each site will re­ceive a Tire Round-Up t-shirt.

Tires from auto re­pair shops, mech­an­ic shops, car deal­ers and private stor­age lots are re­quired to be dis­posed of by the mer­chant, for a fee. These tires will not be ac­cep­ted at the drop-off sites.  For more in­form­a­tion re­gard­ing the Tire Round-Up Pro­gram or any oth­er Streets De­part­ment-re­lated is­sue, please con­tact the Streets De­part­ment’s Cus­tom­er Af­fairs Unit at (215) 686-5560.  •• 

7th Dis­trict’s Po­lice Ser­vice Area 2 to meet

Of­ficers from the 7th Dis­trict’s Po­lice Ser­vice Area 2 will meet the pub­lic at 7 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, Ju­ly 10, at the Hayes Play­ground club­house, 9800 Roosevelt Blvd. Res­id­ents can tell of­ficers about prob­lems in their neigh­bor­hoods and hear about po­lice crime-fight­ing strategies. ••

City re­mov­ing aban­doned bikes

The city is con­duct­ing one of its peri­od­ic re­movals of aban­doned bi­cycles now through Ju­ly 11. The pub­lic is en­cour­aged to re­port aban­doned bi­cycles through Philly311. Aban­doned bi­cycles will be tagged by the May­or’s Of­fice of Trans­port­a­tion and Util­it­ies at least sev­en days pri­or to re­mov­al by the Streets De­part­ment.

Aban­doned bi­cycles are those with miss­ing or dam­aged parts, in un­us­able con­di­tion, and that have been locked in the same loc­a­tion for one month or longer. Res­id­ents, busi­ness own­ers, and vis­it­ors should re­port aban­doned bi­cycles by us­ing the Philly311 Smart­phone app, vis­it­ing www.phila.gov/311, or call­ing 311. Re­mem­ber to in­clude a de­scrip­tion of the bi­cycle, its loc­a­tion, any dam­age, and what the bike is locked to (a bike rack, park­ing meter, etc.).

All bi­cycles sched­uled for re­mov­al from racks, posts, and oth­er struc­tures will be tagged with a no­tice to alert the own­er at least sev­en days pri­or to the re­mov­al date. Re­mov­ing aban­doned bi­cycles frees up ex­ist­ing park­ing areas for cyc­lists and keeps scarce side­walk space clear. All aban­doned bi­cycles will be donated to loc­al char­it­ies that spe­cial­ize in re­fur­bish­ing bi­cycles. This ef­fort fol­lows up on pri­or aban­doned bi­cycle sweeps con­duc­ted over the past year in which the Streets De­part­ment col­lec­ted nearly 150 bi­cycles and donated them to Neigh­bor­hood Bike Works and Re­sources for Hu­man De­vel­op­ment.

If your bi­cycle has in­ad­vert­ently been iden­ti­fied as aban­doned, simply re­move the tag and re­lo­cate the bi­cycle to dif­fer­ent bike rack. 

Call the May­or’s Of­fice of Trans­port­a­tion and Util­it­ies at 215-686-5493 if you are un­able to move your tagged bi­cycle or if you have any ques­tions. ••

Cham­ber hon­ors Klein JCC

Al Tauben­ber­ger, pres­id­ent of the Great­er North­east Phil­adelphia Cham­ber of Com­merce, re­cently presen­ted a spe­cial com­mend­a­tion to Sue Ais­trop, dir­ect­or of the Klein JCC’s re­cently opened Well­ness Cen­ter in North­east Phil­adelphia, and Har­vey Spect­or, DO, an Ein­stein Health­care Net­work primary care phys­i­cian board-cer­ti­fied in os­teo­path­ic medi­cine, who heads up the cen­ter’s med­ic­al team.

The Well­ness Cen­ter is be­ing run as a part­ner­ship with Ein­stein Health­care Net­work and of­fers doc­tor’s ap­point­ments, med­ic­al screen­ings, re­fer­rals to spe­cial­ists, health, nu­tri­tion, weight-loss and arth­rit­is aquat­ic pro­grams and in­form­a­tion. Phys­ic­al ther­apy is be­ing provided by Moss­Rehab, a mem­ber of the Ein­stein Health Care Net­work.  In ad­di­tion to Klein JCC mem­bers, the cen­ter is open to res­id­ents of the sur­round­ing com­munit­ies Monday to Fri­day, 9 to 2 p.m. The Well­ness Cen­ter is loc­ated at 10100 Jam­is­on Ave. 

For in­form­a­tion, call Sue Ais­trop at 215-698-7300, ex­ten­sion 110, or email sais­trop@klein­jcc.org. ••

Arch­diocese reaches out to youth on­line

The Arch­diocese of Phil­adelphia re­cently launched a Youth and Young Adult Min­istry web­site: www.Phil­lyCath­oli­cYYAM.org.

The site fea­tures in­form­a­tion and events for Youth and Young Adult Min­istry, which in­cludes col­lege stu­dents.  It is an en­deavor of the Of­fice for Cat­echet­ic­al Form­a­tion, un­der the dir­ec­tion of Fath­er John Ames.  His of­fice is re­spons­ible for or­gan­iz­ing and pro­mot­ing min­istry to youth and young adults throughout the five-county Arch­diocese.

Fath­er Ames sees the new web­site as an op­por­tun­ity to evan­gel­ize youth and young adults in the arch­diocese. “Pope John Paul II, Pope Be­ne­dict XVI and Pope Fran­cis have en­cour­aged the use of mod­ern tech­no­logy in the ser­vice of spread­ing the Gos­pel,” said Fath­er Ames.  “With the help of the Holy Spir­it, this web­site, com­bined with our ef­forts in so­cial me­dia, will ig­nite a re­newed en­thu­si­asm to reach out to young people in par­ishes throughout the Arch­diocese.”

Youth and Young Adult Min­istry seeks to em­power par­ishes to foster the mis­sion of evan­gel­iz­ing and cat­ech­iz­ing youth and young adults and in­crease the pro­fes­sion­al de­vel­op­ment of youth min­is­ters and vo­lun­teers.

Through its di­git­al com­mu­nic­a­tions ef­forts, Youth and Young Adult Min­istry will strengthen its cat­echet­ic­al com­pon­ent and youth min­istry lead­ers will be offered sup­port and re­sources to as­sist them in their work with young people.  The Of­fice for Cat­echet­ic­al Form­a­tion is col­lab­or­at­ing with priests, youth min­istry lead­ers, par­ishes and schools throughout the Arch­diocese to ac­com­plish these goals. ••

‘Grease’ com­ing to the Wal­nut in mid-Ju­ly

The Wal­nut Street Theat­er, at 825 Wal­nut St., is hold­ing per­form­ances of Grease through Ju­ly 14.

The show will fea­ture pop­u­lar songs such as You’re the One That I Want, Grease is the Word, Sum­mer Nights, Hope­lessly De­voted to You and Greased Light­nin’.

Mat­thew Ra­gas and Laura Giknis play Danny and Sandy, mem­bers of the Ry­dell High School Class of 1959.

Tick­ets range from $10 to $95. Call 215-574-3550 or vis­it www.wal­nut­streettheatre.org. ••

‘Wicked’ plays the Academy

The Academy of Mu­sic, at Broad and Lo­cust Streets, will host per­form­ances of Wicked from June 26 to 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. ••

Cred­it uni­on sends first aid sup­plies to Africa

Amer­ic­an Her­it­age Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on re­cently col­lec­ted first aid sup­plies for the Busia Com­pas­sion­ate Centre, loc­ated in rur­al west­ern Kenya.

Em­ploy­ees and board of mem­bers donated and pack­aged band­ages, oint­ments, soaps, hand san­it­izers, ther­mo­met­ers, chil­dren’s med­ic­a­tions and vit­am­ins.

The items were sent to the World Coun­cil of Cred­it Uni­ons, which will de­liv­er them dur­ing its up­com­ing trip to the orphan­age.

The Busia Com­pas­sion­ate Centre is home to 80 young people, ages 3 to 21, many of whom have lost their par­ents to HIV/AIDS. ••

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