Indoor play day at Tacony PAL
Councilman Bobby Henon, in partnership with the Health Promotion Council, invites the whole family to the Indoor Play Day on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tacony Police Athletic League gym, at 4401 Aldine St.
This event will focus on the wide variety of play activities that families can do indoors. Play stations will focus on yoga, karate, CrossFit, strength training and more. This night is part of the Philly Play! Initiative.
For information, visit www.phillyplay.org ••
Philly bagged leaf program
The city Department of Streets’ 2013 Bagged Leaf and Recycling Program is a citywide effort to collect leaves placed curbside in biodegradable bags only.
The program will begin on Monday, Nov. 11, and will run through Friday, Dec. 20. Bagged leaves may also be taken to the Sanitation Convenience Center located at State Road and Ashburner Street.
For information, call 215-686-5560 or visit www.philadelphiastreets.com ••
Coach Bag Bingo benefits charity
The Board of Governors and Parent Organization are hosting a Coach Bag Bingo benefit for the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Academy Charter High School cafeteria, 1700 Tomlinson Road, on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person. The price includes 16 sheets of bingo, a special bonus game, coffee and dessert, 50/50 chances and basket auction. Tables of 12 can be reserved.
For tickets, call 215-384-4701. ••
15th District’s Officer Krause honored
There are people who are always there when something needs to be done. Last week, members of the 15th Police District Advisory Council honored Officer Sharon Krause as one of those doers.
Krause had served as the district’s community relations officer since 2006. Recently, she assumed a new job as the district’s Comstat officer.
“Without her, the PDAC would not have functioned at all well,” the organization’s president, Mike Thaete, said as members applauded. “It never mattered if she was needed for an event at night or on a weekend, she was there. We would like to honor her for all the years she’s helped us.” ••
Annual Accolades awards celebration
The Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce is hosting a celebration for the Annual Accolades Awards on Friday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m. at Brookside Manor at Somerton Springs, at 50 Bustleton Pike in Feasterville.
The group will be honoring Aria Health with the Crystal Vision Award and Mary Anne Benner with the Fellowship Award. Tickets cost $150 per person and include dinner. The event is black tie optional.
For information, call 215-332-3400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org ••
Rep. Kevin Boyle conducts food drive
State Rep. Kevin Boyle is collecting nonperishable food for local food banks between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at his offices at 7518 Frankford Ave. and 7801-A Hasbrook Ave.
Boyle said food banks often run low during the holiday season when demand is high.
ldquo;With food-stamp benefits being cut for the first time in history, food banks will undoubtedly receive an increase in clients,” Boyle said. “It is important now more than ever that we assist those in need.”
Boyle said his offices collected over 200 pounds of food during last year’s food drive and he hopes to collect even more this year.
For more information, call 215-331-2600. ••
Plaque to be dedicated for Korean War vet
A plaque will be dedicated on Monday, which is Veterans Day, at Campbell Park in Port Richmond in memory of the first soldier killed in the Korean War from Pennsylvania.
The ceremony, set for 11 a.m., will honor Pfc. Stanley A. Gogoj, who lived on East Clearfield Street and attended Northeast Catholic High School. He was a member of the Polish American String Band.
Gogoj, 20, died on June 30, 1950, in Korea. He and 22 other soldiers were killed when their Skymaster transport plane was bombed by North Korean soldiers while it sat on the airport tarmac five days after war broke out.
The public is invited to Monday’s event. The park is located at Allegheny Avenue and Belgrade Street. ••
8th District’s PSAs to meet in November
The 8th Police District is divided into three Police Service Areas, and supervisors of those areas will meet with the public throughout the month to exchange information about area trouble spots and crime-fighting strategies.
PSA 1 will meet at 7 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the Immaculate Mary Home, Holme and Welsh Roads. PSA 2 will meet at 7 p.m. on Nov. 20 at the district, Red Lion and Academy roads. PSA 3 will meet at 7 p.m. on Nov. 21 at the Norcom Community Center, 10980 Norcom Road. ••
Rosary sale to benefit firemen widows
Holme Circle resident Kathy Perpetua will sell her handmade rosaries at a craft and vendor fair on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9-10, at Holy Ghost Prep, at 2929 Bristol Pike in Bensalem.
The fair runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Proceeds from her rosary sales will benefit the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 22 widows’ fund. ••
Orien Reid to speak at Klein JCC event
Orien Reid, former television and radio consumer reporter whose broadcasting career spanned about 26 years, will be the featured speaker for the Klein JCC’s Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon to be held at the JCC, 10100 Jamison Ave., on Wednesday, Nov. 13, beginning at noon.
Reid will speak to about 400 area volunteers who are being singled out for special attention for providing more than 25,000 hours of volunteer service throughout the last year.
Jeanne Joseph, program and volunteer coordinator for the Klein JCC and event chairwoman, said, “We truly have an amazing group of dedicated people who give so much of themselves to help others in need in our community. We could not provide the support services we do without their help.”
For information, call 215-698-7300 or visit www.kleinjcc.org ••
Students get free passes to some museums
City Councilman Brian O’Neill has announced that Philadelphia high school students are now eligible for one year of free admission to some of the city’s museums, thanks to STAMP (Students at Museums in Philly): the Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Family Teen Program.
Students who enroll in STAMP will receive the STAMP Pass, a card that they can present to get some time out of school to visit 12 of the city’s museums including the African American Museum, Barnes Foundation, Eastern State Penitentiary, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, National Constitution Center, National Museum of American Jewish History, Penn Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Philadelphia Museum.
The STAMP Pass is available for free to teens 14 to 19 who live in the city of Philadelphia.
Teens can register for the pass by visiting www.phillystamppass.org
For more information, call one of O’Neill’s three offices at 215-437-9167, 215-685-0432 or 215-686-3422. ••
Holy Family professor gets grant
Anthony Applegate, a Holy Family University education professor, recently received a four-year grant, totaling $100,000, from the Marshal-Reynolds Foundation to study the effects that training in thoughtful responses to text may have on the early careers of pre-service teachers.
Applegate will serve as the primary investigator in this four-year study that involves five East Coast universities (Holy Family, Kutztown, St. Joseph’s, La Salle and Coastal Carolina).
The initial phases of the study will include the preparation and delivery of online modules designed to demonstrate how thoughtful literacy can serve as an organizing principle for literacy instruction at all grade levels. ••
Special veterans license plates available
Members and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who have served with a U.S. Military Airborne Unit or as a World War II Merchant Mariner can now display their service with new license plates available from PennDOT.
“These new plates recognize the added challenges faced by the brave service members who served with our nation’s military airborne units and those who served with the Merchant Marines during World War II,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. “PennDOT is proud to recognize the contributions of all of our military members.”
State legislation passed earlier this year established the new registration plates. The Airborne plate features images of jump and glider wings. The Merchant Marine emblem appears on the plate designated for its veterans.
For information about the new plates and other military plates, visit www.dmv.state.pa.us and select the “Military License Plates” link under the “Military Personnel/Veterans” Information Center. ••