Around town events (May 15, 2013)

Homestead ex­emp­tion dead­line ex­ten­ded

City Coun­cil on Thursday, May 9, voted to ex­tend the dead­line to ap­ply for res­id­en­tial prop­erty tax re­lief, com­monly known as the Homestead Ex­emp­tion, from Ju­ly 31, 2013, to Sept. 13, 2013.

Own­er-oc­cu­pants are eli­gible to re­ceive the Homestead Ex­emp­tion, which could de­liv­er hun­dreds of dol­lars in tax sav­ings per house­hold un­der the Ac­tu­al Value Ini­ti­at­ive for the 2014 tax year. What the ex­emp­tion will be — $15,000 or $30,000 – has yet to be de­term­ined by City Coun­cil.

Coun­cil also voted to al­low per­sons who pur­chase homes with­in 30 days be­fore the Sept. 13 dead­line or shortly after to ap­ply for the Homestead Ex­emp­tion with­in 30 days of the date of trans­fer. The cut-off for such ap­plic­a­tions is Dec. 1, 2013.

Ac­cord­ing to May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, little more than 50 per­cent of eli­gible homeown­ers have been ap­proved for the Homestead Ex­emp­tion. Coun­cil of­fices are reach­ing out to eli­gible house­holds to in­form them of the Homestead Ex­emp­tion and to as­sist with the ap­plic­a­tion pro­cess.

Nut­ter is ex­pec­ted to sign both bills. ••

Home Run Derby slated for Sat­urday

People of all skill levels are in­vited to com­pete in Sat­urday’s ninth an­nu­al An­drew Far­rell Spir­it of Cour­age Home Run Derby. The char­ity fun­draiser will take place at 9:30 a.m. at George Wash­ing­ton High School.

The cost is $25. Par­ti­cipants will re­ceive a com­mem­or­ative T-shirt.

Pro­ceeds will be­ne­fit Chil­dren’s Hos­pit­al of Phil­adelphia and a schol­ar­ship giv­en to a Wash­ing­ton base­ball play­er who most ex­em­pli­fies An­drew Far­rell on and off the field. Far­rell was a pop­u­lar pitch­er/first base­man for Wash­ing­ton. He played on the team that went un­defeated dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son in 2001. He died in 2004 at age 21 after a long battle with leuk­emia. His No. 25 jer­sey was later re­tired.

To re­gister or for more in­form­a­tion, go to an­drew­far­ ••

Neigh­bor­hood flea mar­ket on Sat­urday

A neigh­bor­hood flea mar­ket and gar­age sale will be open on Sat­urday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 11700 and 11800 blocks of Col­man Road.

The site is near the in­ter­sec­tion of Academy and Comly roads.

New and used items will be for sale.

The rain date is May 19. For more in­form­a­tion, vis­it the Col­man Road Neigh­bor­hood Flea Mar­ket page on Face­book. ••

Farm mar­ket opens in Park­wood on Sat­urday

A new farm mar­ket with three vendors will open in Park­wood at the Third Re­formed Pres­by­teri­an Church on the corner of By­berry and Bar­bary roads from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat­urday, May 18. The mar­ket will be open every Sat­urday un­til the end of Oc­to­ber. ••

Petap­a­looza at Ry­erss on May 19

The an­nu­al Ry­erss Petap­a­looza will take place on Sunday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Burholme Park, at Cottman and Cent­ral av­en­ues.

The event will be held rain or shine.

The day will in­clude pet res­cue groups, ad­op­tion op­por­tun­it­ies, a dog parade con­test, a pet ex­hib­it and treats for pets and hu­mans. Dona­tions of pet sup­plies will be ac­cep­ted. Call 215-685-0544 or vis­it ry­erss­mu­ ••

Anne Frank Ele­ment­ary gets green grant

Anne Frank Ele­ment­ary School in Bustleton on May 10 re­ceived a $1,648 grant from the Re­cyclebank Green Schools pro­gram, which awards schools grant money for stu­dent pro­jects that greened classrooms and com­munit­ies.

The Green Schools pro­jects range from build­ing gar­dens, ini­ti­at­ing re­cyc­ling and com­post­ing pro­grams, build­ing bike racks, cre­at­ing an ar­bor­etum, and im­ple­ment­ing healthy eat­ing pro­grams. Anne Frank’s pu­pils will use the money to re­store the school’s garden and beau­ti­fy the build­ing.  

To learn more about the Re­cyclebank Green Schools pro­gram, vis­it­ To learn more about Phil­adelphia Re­cyc­ling Re­wards, vis­it www.phil­lyre­cyc­ling­ •• 

Cred­it uni­on is a good place to work

Amer­ic­an Her­it­age Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on was named one of the best places to work in a Jobs Now read­er poll by the Bucks County Cour­i­er Times, In­tel­li­gen­cer and Bur­l­ing­ton County Times.

Work­ers were asked to nom­in­ate em­ploy­ers in 20 cat­egor­ies.

The cred­it uni­on was re­cog­nized for “Pro­mo­tion from With­in.”

AH­FCU has more than 121,000 mem­bers and 27 bra­ches in Phil­adelphia, Bucks and Mont­gomery counties. ••

Holy Fam­ily has new vice pres­id­ent

Holy Fam­ily Uni­versity has hired Mi­chael W. Markow­itz as vice pres­id­ent of aca­dem­ic af­fairs, fol­low­ing a na­tion­al search.

Markow­itz is presently the dean of Holy Fam­ily School of Arts and Sci­ences.

“I am truly honored and humbled to have been chosen to fill this po­s­i­tion,” he said. “The op­por­tun­ity to play a lead­er­ship role in the aca­dem­ic fu­ture of Holy Fam­ily is thrill­ing, es­pe­cially as we evolve to meet the needs of mod­ern stu­dents.” ••

Naz­areth Hos­pit­al honored

In­de­pend­ence Blue Cross has named Naz­areth Hos­pit­al as a Blue Dis­tinc­tion Cen­ter in Knee and Hip Re­place­ment.

Blue Dis­tinc­tion Cen­ters have im­proved out­comes for pa­tients and lower rates of com­plic­a­tions and read­mis­sions than their peers.

“It’s an hon­or for Naz­areth Hos­pit­al to be re­cog­nized for the high-qual­ity, high-value joint re­place­ment care we provide to our com­munity,” said Nancy Cher­one, the hos­pit­al’s ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or/ad­min­is­trat­or. “Our or­tho­ped­ic team is ex­cel­lent, and they work to en­sure each pa­tient is well-pre­pared for joint re­place­ment sur­gery and takes an act­ive role in their post-sur­gery re­cov­ery.” ••

Re­gister for loc­al tot pro­gram

Mitchell Play­ground, loc­ated at 3700 White­hall Lane, is ac­cept­ing re­gis­tra­tion for its fall tot re­cre­ation pro­gram.

The pro­gram, for 4- and 5-year-olds, runs Septem­ber through June, and meets Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Fri­days from 9 a.m. to noon. To at­tend, chil­dren must be 4 by Sept. 1, 2013. 

The cost is $140 per month.

At re­gis­tra­tion, $300 is due to cov­er Septem­ber and June tu­ition, plus a non-re­fund­able $20 re­gis­tra­tion fee. 

For more in­form­a­tion, call An­namar­ie at 215-685-9394 between 9 a.m. and noon on week­days. ••

Vo­lun­teers needed for hun­ger study

Phil­abund­ance, the Delaware Val­ley’s largest hun­ger re­lief or­gan­iz­a­tion, is par­ti­cip­at­ing in the na­tion­al Hun­ger in Amer­ica 2014 study, a land­mark study as­sess­ing hun­ger across our na­tion in an ef­fort to find ways to bet­ter serve those in need in our com­munity. 

Vo­lun­teers are crit­ic­al in help­ing col­lect im­port­ant data that will in­flu­ence as­pects of the hun­ger re­lief net­work and help food banks bet­ter un­der­stand the land­scape of need in many com­munit­ies across the coun­try. The data col­lec­ted is used to in­form strategy, pro­grams and oth­er de­cisions across the Feed­ing Amer­ica net­work. It is also used in policy form­a­tion at both the loc­al and na­tion­al level.

Feed­ing Amer­ica mem­ber food banks, in­clud­ing Phil­abund­ance, need en­er­get­ic vo­lun­teers to fa­cil­it­ate a na­tion­wide study of hun­ger. Vo­lun­teers will en­gage with in­di­vidu­als re­ceiv­ing food as­sist­ance, con­trib­ute to in­valu­able re­search on na­tion­al hun­ger and help to af­fect pos­it­ive change in their com­munit­ies. The sur­veys will be con­duc­ted at Phil­abund­ance’s neigh­bor­hood food pantry agency part­ners. 

Vo­lun­teers are re­spons­ible for at­tend­ing a man­dat­ory train­ing ses­sion, trav­el­ing to agency sites to fa­cil­it­ate cli­ent sur­veys and in­ter­act­ing with cli­ents dur­ing the agency vis­it. 

To be­come a vo­lun­teer, email jel­well@phil­abund­ or call 215-339-0900. ••

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