Around town: November 13, 2013

Soc­cer play­ers sought

Loc­al fe­male soc­cer play­ers are en­cour­aged to try out for a Team USA pro­gram that will be trav­el­ing to com­pete in Ire­land next sum­mer.

The age groups are U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16 and U-17.

The fi­nal rosters will be set in Feb­ru­ary.

To sched­ule a try­out or for more in­form­a­tion, vis­it em­er­ald­cuplim­er­ or email em­er­ald­cuplim­er­ ••

Lawn­crest com­munity group to meet

The Lawn­crest Com­munity As­so­ci­ation is hold­ing a reg­u­lar meet­ing on Tues­day, Nov. 19.

The meet­ing starts at 7 p.m. and the doors will open at 6:30 p.m. It will be held at Saint Wil­li­am’s So­cial hall at Rob­bins Av­en­ue and Argyle Street.

The group will be dis­cuss­ing vari­ous zon­ing is­sues, the Fourth of Ju­ly Cel­eb­ra­tion, Town Watch and the Lawn­crest Re­cre­ation Cen­ter. ••

Cranaleith Hosts ‘A Morn­ing with Judy Wicks’

As part of its Work & Spir­it Series, Cranaleith Spir­itu­al Cen­ter, at 13475 Proc­tor Road in Somer­ton, will host “A Morn­ing with Judy Wicks” on Fri­day, Nov. 15, from 9:30 a.m. un­til noon.

The founder of Phil­adelphia’s land­mark White Dog Cafe, Wicks is an en­tre­pren­eur, au­thor, speak­er and ment­or work­ing to build a more “loc­ally based” eco­nomy. Her re­cent book, Good Morn­ing, Beau­ti­ful Busi­ness: the Un­ex­pec­ted Jour­ney of an Act­iv­ist En­tre­pren­eur and Loc­al Eco­nomy Pi­on­eer, is her mem­oir about her evol­u­tion as a lead­er.

“A Morn­ing with Judy Wicks” will be fol­lowed by re­flec­tion, con­ver­sa­tion and lunch. Cost is $100, which sup­ports at­tend­ance for those with lim­ited means. Her present­a­tion will be held in the Mercy Edu­ca­tion & Con­fer­ence Cen­ter. ••

‘A Night at the Mu­seum’ fun­draiser is Nov. 23

Rhawn­hurst Turn­ing Point’s fun­draiser, “A Night at the Mu­seum,” will cel­eb­rate the cre­ativ­ity of Rhawn­hurst youth by dis­play­ing stu­dent art­work at the Hoff­man Art Gal­lery, loc­ated at Rhawn­hurst Pres­by­teri­an Church, at 7701 Lor­etto Ave.

The event is sched­uled for Sat­urday, Nov. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Light re­fresh­ments will be provided. Dona­tions will be ac­cep­ted. 

RS­VP by Fri­day, Nov. 15. For in­form­a­tion and to RVSP, call 267-601-5147 or email Cheryl Laf­ferty at rhawn­hurstturn­ing­point@ya­ ••

Dead­line nears for grants pro­gram

The Anna T. Jeanes Found­a­tion, which sup­ports Jeanes Hos­pit­al, is ac­cept­ing ap­plic­a­tions for its 2013 Com­munity Grants pro­gram, de­signed to provide fund­ing for pro­jects that pro­mote the health, well­ness and safety of com­munit­ies in the hos­pit­al’s ser­vice areas.

Grants are awar­ded an­nu­ally based on mer­it, com­munity im­pact and fund avail­ab­il­ity. This year’s grants will be awar­ded up to $2,500.

“We are act­ively seek­ing ways to work in con­cert with oth­er or­gan­iz­a­tions to pro­mote healthy life­styles, safety for our neigh­bor­hoods and ac­cess to ser­vices for those who are un­der­served. This grants pro­gram funds these op­por­tun­it­ies,” said Linda J. Grass, pres­id­ent and CEO of Jeanes Hos­pit­al.

The dead­line to ap­ply is Fri­day, Nov. 15. For in­form­a­tion, con­tact Rose­marie Schle­gel at 215-728-2131 or rose­marie.schle­ ••

Youth or­ches­tra holds an­nu­al con­cert series

The 2013-2014 sea­son of per­form­ances for the Phil­adelphia Youth Or­ches­tra and its oth­er en­sembles is be­gin­ning.

The open­ing con­cert is Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. in Ve­r­i­zon Hall at the Kim­mel Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts.

Maes­tro Louis Scagli­one will con­duct the per­form­ance, fea­tur­ing Beeth­oven’s Sym­phony No. 3 (“Ero­ica”), Pic­tures at an Ex­hib­i­tion by Mus­sorgsky, and Ravel’s La valse. Tick­ets are $10 to $20. For tick­ets, call Tick­et Phil­adelphia at 215-893-1999. ••

Up­com­ing North­east cham­ber events

Up­com­ing events are be­ing held for mem­bers of the Great­er North­east Phil­adelphia Cham­ber of Com­merce. 

Aria Health will host a break­fast meet­ing at its Chapel of the True Cross, loc­ated on the grounds of the Tor­res­dale Cam­pus, Knights and Red Li­on roads, on Nov. 20 at 8:30 a.m. Re­gis­tra­tion and net­work­ing be­gin at 8:15 a.m. Dr. Jac­queline Sut­ter, pul­mono­log­ist, and Dr. Richard Chang, thoracic sur­geon, will speak. Dr. Chang’s re­marks will be on the ad­vanced thoracic sur­gery pro­gram at Aria.

New York Life will host an­oth­er free “Lunch and Learn” work­shop at Cafe Michelan­gelo, 11901 Bustleton Ave., on Tues­day, Dec. 3, at noon. In­form­a­tion about re­view­ing tax po­s­i­tions will be giv­en. New York Life rep­res­ent­at­ives will speak and an­swer ques­tions. For in­form­a­tion and re­ser­va­tions, call 215-332-3400.

The GN­PCC’s an­nu­al hol­i­day joint busi­ness card ex­change with the Lower Bucks County Cham­ber of Com­merce will take place at Dave & Buster’s Sports Cafes, 1995 Frank­lin Mills Circle, on Wed­nes­day, Dec. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be com­pli­ment­ary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. RS­VPs are re­quired. Call 215-332-3400.

The GN­PCC will also be cel­eb­rat­ing the 10th an­niversary of its award-win­ning Lead­er­ship De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram in 2014. The theme of the pro­gram is “Lead­ing with Pur­pose.” The pro­gram is de­signed by CCM Train­ing Co., and taught by dir­ect­or Col­lette C. McBrat­ney. Stu­dents are taught per­son­al­ized skills and af­forded ex­ec­ut­ive coach­ing. Pro­jects are de­signed to be im­ple­men­ted at the work­s­ite. Classes are held monthly at Holy Fam­ily Uni­versity’s Wood­haven Cam­pus. For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-332-3400 or email cm­ ••

Phil­adelphia Reads Work­shop starts Nov. 19

The Re­tired & Seni­or Vo­lun­teer Pro­gram (RS­VP) will host a spe­cial Phil­adelphia Reads work­shop to help vo­lun­teers 55 years and older, work­ing or re­tired, learn the skills and strategies needed to teach read­ing to stu­dents in the Phil­adelphia pub­lic schools.

The ses­sion is set for Tues­day, Nov. 19, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Klein JCC, 10100 Jam­is­on Ave.

Ac­cord­ing to Su­z­anne Udell, as­sist­ant dir­ect­or of RS­VP, “The com­pli­ment­ary work­shop will cov­er ef­fect­ive read­ing meth­ods, learn­ing skills and coach­ing strategies and of­fer an open ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion to ad­dress any ad­di­tion­al con­cerns.”

The Phil­adelphia Reads pro­gram is an ini­ti­at­ive of the May­or’s Of­fice of Edu­ca­tion, the School Dis­trict of Phil­adelphia and the Free Lib­rary of Phil­adelphia. 

“Here’s a won­der­ful op­por­tun­ity to en­gage with young people who need help with their read­ing skills, while adding something spe­cial to your own per­son­al skills,” stated Udell. “It’s surely a win-win for every­one.”

Last year, RS­VP had some 900 act­ive vo­lun­teers who ded­ic­ated 45,000 vo­lun­teer hours to 95 non­profit agen­cies in the Phil­adelphia area. RS­VP 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 and is headquartered at 10100 Jam­is­on Ave. 

For in­form­a­tion on at­tend­ing the Phil­adelphia Reads work­shop, re­serve a spot by call­ing 267-345-7787 or email sudell@klein­

Space is lim­ited. ••

NEHS fun­draiser is at Chick­ie’s & Pete’s 

Chick­ie’s & Pete’s will host a fun­draiser for North­east High School on Nov. 21 from 5 to 10 p.m.

Ten per­cent of all food sales will be donated to the high school. There will also be a 50-50.

Chick­ie’s & Pete’s is loc­ated at 11000 Roosevelt Blvd. ••

Speak­er series re­turns to Holy Fam­ily

Ju­dith Gies­berg will dis­cusses Wo­men and the U.S. Civil War at Holy Fam­ily Uni­versity’s Edu­ca­tion & Tech­no­logy Cen­ter on Fri­day, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. 

Gies­berg’s present­a­tion is free and open to the pub­lic as part of the Glen Fo­erd-Holy Fam­ily Uni­versity Speak­er Series. It is fun­ded by Holy Fam­ily Uni­versity and Glen Fo­erd on the Delaware.

For more in­form­a­tion, vis­it www.glen­ ••

NAC to look at shop­ping cen­ter plans

At their Thursday, Nov. 14, meet­ing, mem­bers of the Frank­ford Neigh­bor­hood Ad­vis­ory Com­mit­tee’s zon­ing pan­el will look at a pro­pos­al to put a shop­ping cen­ter at 5201 Har­bison Ave. and at an­oth­er much lar­ger pro­ject planned for the north­ern half of the old Frank­ford Ar­sen­al, 5301 Ta­cony St.

The meet­ing be­gins at 7 p.m. in the base­ment of the Second Baptist Church of Frank­ford, Mead­ow and Mul­berry streets. Those 18 years or older with ID may vote on zon­ing mat­ters. ••

Fun in Frank­ford park

The Friends of Over­ing­ton Park had a suc­cess­ful Fall Fest­iv­al on Oct. 19, ac­cord­ing to the group’s pres­id­ent, Di­ane Kun­ze.

“We had the best Fest ever,” she wrote in an email to the North­east TImes. “So many fam­il­ies came out to the park that we ran out of everything, and had to wrap up a little early. We had a pump­kin patch, chil­dren’s games, a card­board castle, and wanted sta­tion manned by Sher­iff John. Every par­ent wanted a pic­ture of their kids in our wanted cutout. There were lines! We had an apple print­ing craft pro­ject, pret­zels and, of course, candy.”

The park’s next event is Love Your Park  from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sat­urday, Nov. 16. The park will be host­ing a tree giveaway and a tree-care work­shop. Vo­lun­teers will clean up the park, too. ••

‘Hands-on CPR’ lec­ture is Nov. 14

Burholme Com­munity Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation will meet on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. at United Meth­od­ist Church of the Re­deem­er, at 1128 Cottman Ave. (at Lawndale Av­en­ue).

Guest speak­er Tim Hinch­cliff from Burholme Am­bu­lance will give in­struc­tions to the com­munity on “Hands-on CPR.”

Re­fresh­ments will be provided by Quaker Diner, at 7241 Rising Sun Ave., after the meet­ing. ••

Seni­ors get a tax break

The Phil­adelphia De­part­ment of Rev­en­ue en­cour­ages low in­come seni­or prop­erty tax­pay­ers to ap­ply now for the Low In­come Seni­or Cit­izen Real Es­tate Freeze pro­gram. Un­der the pro­gram, the city will freeze the ap­plic­ant’s real es­tate tax li­ab­il­ity at its cur­rent amount. Once ap­proved, if the homeown­er’s as­sess­ment or tax rate changes, their tax bill will not in­crease. If the homeown­er’s tax li­ab­il­ity de­creases, then the bill will de­crease.

To qual­i­fy, ap­plic­ants must be 65 or older, or at least 50 and a wid­ow or wid­ower of someone who was at least 65 at their time of death. The an­nu­al house­hold in­come can be no more than $23,500 for a single per­son or $31,500 or less for a mar­ried couple.

Ap­plic­a­tions and in­form­a­tion about oth­er tax break pro­grams are avail­able via the Rev­en­ue De­part­ment web­site­en­ue or by call­ing 215-686-6442. ••

En­ergy as­sist­ance pro­gram has be­gun

This year’s Low In­come Home En­ergy As­sist­ance Pro­gram (LI­HEAP) began for low-in­come house­holds on Nov. 4. In Phil­adelphia, more than one in every three res­id­ents are eli­gible for LI­HEAP, which means their in­come is at or be­low 150 per­cent of the fed­er­al poverty level. For Phil­adelphia Gas Works (PGW), ap­prox­im­ately 150,000 of its cus­tom­ers are eli­gible for LI­HEAP.

PGW also ad­vises its cus­tom­ers to sub­mit their LI­HEAP ap­plic­a­tions now as the grants are first-come, first-served. Vis­it­ or one of the com­pany’s cus­tom­er ser­vice cen­ters to ap­ply for grant money. PGW rep­res­ent­at­ives will be avail­able to help cus­tom­ers with their ap­plic­a­tions for LI­HEAP at the com­pany’s cus­tom­er ser­vice cen­ters from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the days lis­ted be­low.

To ap­ply, cus­tom­ers need to bring So­cial Se­cur­ity num­bers and proof of house­hold in­come for the last 30 days for every­one liv­ing in the home. More in­form­a­tion is avail­able at­ and PGW’s LI­HEAP hot­line, which is 215-787-HEAT (4328). ••

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