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 firstname.lastname@example.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. ••