Around town events (May 22, 2013)

Boyles host schools in aca­dem­ic chal­lenge

State Reps. Kev­in and Brendan Boyle hos­ted eight Phil­adelphia and Mont­gomery County ele­ment­ary schools in the 2013 Boyle Aca­dem­ic Chal­lenge at Arch­bish­op Ry­an High School on May 11.

The 2013 champ was Naz­areth Academy, which beat out Phil­adelphia Academy and Our Lady of Cal­vary, which came in second and third.

Also par­ti­cip­at­ing this year were St. Chris­toph­er’s, St. Martha’s, Laura Car­nell, MaST Charter and Present­a­tion BVM. ••

Navy to com­mis­sion ship in Philly

U.S. Navy Sec­ret­ary Ray Mabus has de­cided to have the USS Somer­set com­mis­sioned in Phil­adelphia.

In Feb­ru­ary, Sen. Pat Toomey asked Mabus to put the new Navy ship, which was christened last Ju­ly, in­to act­ive ser­vice in Phil­adelphia.

The ship hon­ors the United Flight 93 pas­sen­gers who fought with hi­jack­ers on Sept. 11, 2001, caus­ing the plane to crash in Shanks­ville, Somer­set County. Some be­lieve the ter­ror­ists planned to crash the plane in­to the Cap­it­ol.

“Somer­set is an im­port­ant ship for the Navy and our na­tion, and com­mis­sion­ing her in the Port of Phil­adelphia will make the event even more mean­ing­ful,” Mabus said. “Once I learned it was pos­sible to com­mis­sion Somer­set in Phil­adelphia, it was the ob­vi­ous choice for me to make.”

“I am de­lighted that Sec­ret­ary Mabus has agreed to bring the Somer­set to Phil­adelphia,” Toomey said. “The ship is named in hon­or of the cour­ageous pas­sen­gers whose ac­tions pre­ven­ted the 9-11 hi­jack­ers from killing many more Amer­ic­ans. Pennsylvania will be priv­ileged to have the ship be­gin her ser­vice to the coun­try in the Port of Phil­adelphia. I am grate­ful to Sec­ret­ary Mabus for his con­sid­er­a­tion.” ••

Y of­fer­ing swim­ming pro­gram

The North­east Fam­ily Y, 11088 Knights Road, will be of­fer­ing ba­sic swim­ming and wa­ter safety skills pro­grams for chil­dren dur­ing Splash Week, June 3 to June 7.

For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-632-0100 or vis­it www.philay­ ••

Get your op­er­at­ic fix May 25

The Amici Op­era Com­pany will present Fe­dora Sat­urday May 25, at 4 p.m. at Re­deem­er United Meth­od­ist Church. 1128 Cottman Ave. 

Tick­ets are $25 at the door. Seni­ors and ad­vance pur­chases are $22. Stu­dents’ tick­ets are $15. Chil­dren 10 and young­er pay $10.

Call 215-224-0257. ••

Ry­erss Mu­seum seeks dona­tions

The Ry­erss Mu­seum & Lib­rary, at 7370 Cent­ral Ave. in Burholme, is seek­ing dona­tions to re­store and re­pair its stained- and leaded-glass win­dows.

Checks can be made pay­able to Save the Win­dows, c/o Ry­erss Mu­seum & Lib­rary, 7370 Cent­ral Ave., Phil­adelphia, PA 19111-3059.

For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-685-0544 or go to ry­erss­mu­ ••

Cooks needed for the home­bound eld­erly  

The Klein JCC is look­ing for groups, schools and in­di­vidu­als to vo­lun­teer to cook meals for the area’s chron­ic­ally ill home­bound eld­erly as part of its home-de­livered meals pro­gram,

The pro­gram provides up to 800 meals weekly to eld­erly people in Phil­adelphia, Bucks and Mont­gomery counties who are sick and/or phys­ic­ally dis­abled and can­not get out to shop or cook for them­selves.

Con­tact vo­lun­teer man­ager Sue Ais­trop at 215-698-7300, Ext. 196 or sais­trop@klein­ ••

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