Volunteer program honors Abraham
Former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham, a partner in the law firm of Archer & Greiner in Center City, will receive the Community Leadership Award from the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at the 42nd Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at Philmont Country Club, 301 Tomlinson Road, Huntingdon Valley, at noon on Thursday, May 9.
Bill England, project director for the Philadelphia area’s RSVP Program, with headquarters at the Klein JCC in Northeast Philadelphia, said that Abraham was being recognized for her long-standing commitment to public service and volunteerism. Also being honored as part of the 42nd anniversary event will be 900 active volunteers who dedicated 45,000 hours of service to 95 nonprofit agencies.
Abraham joined Archer & Greiner after a long career in public service that began shortly after she graduated from Temple University School of Law. She served as Philadelphia’s district attorney for 18 years. While there, she formed a non-profit foundation, Urban Genesis Inc., within the DA’s office to promote community leadership and to provide grants to improve neighborhoods and help the needy.
She continues to work in the private sector to promote legislative initiatives aimed at the prevention of gun violence and curbing activities of Internet sexual predators.
The RSVP program is federally funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service, and additionally receives funding from the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
In Philadelphia, RSVP is sponsored by the Klein JCC located at 10100 Jamison Ave. For additional information, contact England at 267-345-7787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ••
Community Arts Center forming classes
Classes are forming at Diskin-Gallagher Community Arts Center, at 7143 Edmund St. in Tacony.
Drawing, painting, watercolor, pastels and clay classes are open to people of all ages.
The cost is $12 per hour, materials included. Class times are in the morning, afternoon and evening. Call 215-624-0437. ••
Nazareth offers stroke-risk assessments
Nazareth Hospital, at 2601 Holme Ave., is offering free stroke risk assessments every Wednesday in May from 9 to 11 a.m. The assessments will take place in the main lobby. No appointment is required.
May is Stroke Awareness Month. The signs and symptoms of stroke include numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg; confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance or coordination; trouble seeing in one or both eyes; and severe headache with no known cause. ••
SEPTA pushes safety throughout system
To remind the public of the dangers of walking along, playing by or cutting across train and trolley tracks, rail yards and depots, SEPTA held its first “Make the Safe Choice” Safety Awareness Day on Wednesday, May 1.
During the morning rush, 500 Authority employees, City Year corps members and other transit partners distributed educational materials and answered safety questions at more than 160 SEPTA rail, trolley and bus stations, loops and transportation centers throughout the authority’s five-county service area.
Rail fatalities, accidental and intentional, are a national problem.
Through the first four months of 2013, there have been eight deaths involving SEPTA’s Regional Rail and Broad Street lines. That figure puts SEPTA on a pace this year that could exceed the 12 deaths on all modes in 2012. ••
Tobacco tax revenues exceed estimate
Yearly smokeless tobacco tax revenues have totaled $699,210 for fiscal year 2013, which is $68,000 more than the current budget estimate, according to City Controller Alan Butkovitz.
Revenues through the first nine months of the 2013 fiscal year (July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013) are the most collected in one year since the tax was implemented almost three years ago, and there are still three months of revenue collections remaining, the controller stated in a press release last week.
Since the 2011 fiscal year, which was the first reporting year for the tax, it has provided the city with more than $1.6 million in new tax revenues. Cigars, smokeless tobacco, pipe tobacco, rolling papers and other loose tobacco are subject to the tax. Cigarettes and little cigars are excluded. The rate for various taxable items is $0.36 for individually rolled items like cigars and $0.36 per ounce for all other tobacco and tobacco-related items.
The controller said yearly sales tax collections have totaled $192 million, which is a 3 percent increase over the prior year.
Yearly wage, earnings and net profits tax revenues have totaled $1.2 billion, which is a four percent increase over the prior year. ••
Senior artists exhibit their work this month
The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s 11th annual “Celebrate Arts and Aging” begins May 9. Exhibits comprise paintings and drawings; photography; ceramics; sculpture; jewelry and fabric art. Exhibitors include many individuals whose talents blossomed in their later years, along with longtime and professional artists.
Senior artwork will be exhibited at three sites during May: Center on the Hill, the place for active adults, 8855 Germantown Ave.; the Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central, 1901 Vine St.; and Philadelphia Senior Center, 509 S. Broad St.
Throughout May, information on “Celebrate Arts and Aging” will be available at www.phillyfunguide.com/celebrate; in PCA’s Milestones newspaper, which is free and available at locations throughout the city; and by calling the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040.
Park cleanup is this Saturday
The Friends of Ryerss invites the community to participate in a cleanup on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to noon at Burholme Park, at Cottman and Central avenues.
Gloves and tools will be provided.
Visitors will also be able to buy farm-fresh flowers and honey as Mother’s Day gifts.
People of all ages are welcome to make a fan for their mom from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Ryerss Museum & Library.
Call 215-685-0544. ••
Flea market and garage sale is May 18
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. ••
Weight loss program is available in the NE
The Trevose Behavior Modification Program has a few openings in a Thursday morning group that meets in the Northeast. The group for new members begins May 23.
Applicants must have between 20 and 80 pounds to lose.
The program is based on techniques developed at the University of Pennsylvania.
Participants will learn how to lose weight and keep it off permanently.
Call 215-342-5917 or 215-885-1007 no later than May 3 for more information and an application. Completed applications must be received by May 16 to be reviewed and accepted for the class. ••
Students will showcase artistic talents
Philadelphia Academy Charter High School, 1700 Tomlinson Road, will open its doors for a free “Gallery Night” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 17.
This celebration of the arts — the school’s fifth — will showcase the art, photography, culinary, musical, graphic and carpentry talents of the school’s students.
For more information, call 215-673-3990. ••