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 andrewfarrell.org ••
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 ryerssmuseum.org ••
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 www.recyclebank.com/greenschools. To learn more about Philadelphia Recycling Rewards, visit www.phillyrecyclingpays.com. ••
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-339-0900. ••