Around town events (May 8, 2013)

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 weng­land@klein­ ••

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.philly­­eb­rate; 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. ••

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