Around town: October 2, 2013

Rev. MacNew earns medal

The Rev. James MacNew, spir­itu­al dir­ect­or at Holy Fam­ily Uni­versity, has been awar­ded the St. John Neu­mann Medal. The medal is presen­ted by the St. John Neu­mann As­sembly #933 of the Fourth De­gree Knights of Colum­bus to a per­son who has demon­strated ex­em­plary ser­vice to God, the Cath­ol­ic Church and the United States.

MacNew served as a U.S. Navy chap­lain from 1983-2003. ••

PECO spends big on cable

PECO is in­vest­ing about $2.5 mil­lion to up­grade 1.2 miles of un­der­ground elec­tric trans­mis­sion cable to help en­sure re­li­able ser­vice for more than 20,000 cus­tom­ers in Phil­adelphia County.

PECO is re­pla­cing a 69-kilo­volt (kV) trans­mis­sion line that con­nects the Holmes­burg sub­sta­tion and the Ta­cony sub­sta­tion in North­east Phil­adelphia. Work began in mid-Septem­ber and is ex­pec­ted to be com­pleted by the end of Oc­to­ber. The new trans­mis­sion line will be in­stalled in the same area as the ex­ist­ing equip­ment, lim­it­ing the amount of ex­cav­a­tion re­quired to com­plete the pro­ject. ••

Wawa store cel­eb­rates an­niversary

Wawa Inc. store at  10550 Knights Road cel­eb­rated its 35th an­niversary on Sept. 24 with a cel­eb­ra­tion. Wawa toasted the gen­er­a­tions of cus­tom­ers and as­so­ci­ates for their friend­ship and busi­ness throughout the years, through free cof­fee all day.  Wawa will also re­cog­nize the Red Cross, with a dona­tion of $86,722.32 all raised through in-store dona­tions by the cus­tom­ers and as­so­ci­ates in PA dur­ing the first quarter of 2013 through in-store coin col­lec­tion. ••

AH­FCU fun­draises for CHOP

Amer­ic­an Her­it­age Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on em­ploy­ees staffed the phones to take con­tri­bu­tions for 98.1 WOGL’s re­cent Love Our Kids Ra­dio­thon.

Bruce K. Foulke, pres­id­ent and CEO of AH­FCU, presen­ted a check for $4,150 to Chil­dren’s Hos­pit­al of Phil­adelphia and agreed to match any dona­tion at branches. Since 1996, Amer­ic­an Her­it­age has donated more than $900,000 to CHOP to sup­port the mu­sic ther­apy pro­gram. It will host a golf clas­sic on Oct. 14 to raise ad­di­tion­al funds. ••

Town Watch spon­sors band

The pub­lic is in­vited to en­joy the an­nu­al Car­din­al Dougherty Alumni Band con­cert on Wed­nes­day, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. at Glor­ia Dei Es­tates, 1304 Rhawn St. (at Dun­gan Road). Fox Chase Town Watch and Hol­i­day Mar­kets will present and spon­sor the show through their suc­cess­ful shop­ping re­ceipt col­lec­tion and re­im­burse­ment pro­gram.

Throughout the year, res­id­ents of Glor­ia Dei save their Hol­i­day Mar­ket re­ceipts and present them to the Town Watch. Hol­i­day Mar­ket re­im­burses the Town Watch for a por­tion of the re­ceipts col­lec­ted. ••

Sup­port group for care­givers

The Rhawn­hurst Nat­ur­ally Oc­cur­ring Re­tire­ment Com­munity (NORC), at 7520 Bustleton Ave., will host a care­giver sup­port group every Wed­nes­day in Oc­to­ber from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Any­one caring for an older adult is wel­come. For more in­form­a­tion, call Vir­gin­ia Harr at 215-426-8610, Ext. 207 or Abby Gil­bert at 215-320-0351. ••

Vo­lun­teers needed 

The Re­tired & Seni­or Vo­lun­teer Pro­gram is look­ing for vo­lun­teers 55-years and older, work­ing or re­tired, to de­liv­er meals to home­bound seni­ors in Cen­ter-City, West and North­east Phil­adelphia.

RS­VP would wel­come any­one who is avail­able for an av­er­age of two hours per week between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Fri­day. 

The Klein JCC’s Home De­livered Meals pro­gram cur­rently pre­pares and de­liv­ers thou­sands of meals an­nu­ally to home­bound seni­ors in the Phil­adelphia area who can­not shop or cook for them­selves. 

Any­one who is in­ter­ested in vo­lun­teer­ing should call Ju­lie Bor­sky at 215-698-7300, ex­ten­sion 191 or email jbor­sky@klein­ ••

Stack host­ing seni­or fair

State Sen. Mike Stack (D-5th dist.) will hold a Seni­or Expo on Fri­day, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Na­tion­al Guard Ar­mory, at 2700 Southamp­ton Road (at Roosevelt Boulevard).

There will be rep­res­ent­at­ives of state agen­cies and com­munity or­gan­iz­a­tions such as the Pennsylvania Lot­tery, the Pennsylvania De­part­ment of Rev­en­ue, the Amer­ic­an Red Cross, vari­ous hos­pit­als and health and hous­ing or­gan­iz­a­tions. Re­fresh­ments will be provided.

Call 215-695-1020. ••

Fit Fest is Oct. 6

Nor­com Com­munity Cen­ter, at 10980 Nor­com Road, will host its sixth an­nu­al Fit Fest and Fam­ily Fun health day on Sunday, Oct. 6, from noon to 4 p.m.

There will be free med­ic­al screen­ings, free mas­sages, yoga, Pi­l­ates, bal­let, tum­bling, nu­tri­tion­al in­form­a­tion and re­cipes, giveaways, a spe­cial mem­ber­ship of­fer to NCC for $10 a month and rep­res­ent­at­ives from more than 20 or­gan­iz­a­tions. 

Live mu­sic will be provided by Raised on Ra­dio. Fit­ness demon­stra­tions such as Zumba, Pilox­ing and Bok­wa will run every half-hour. 

The day will also in­clude re­lays, raffles, face paint­ing, ca­ri­ca­tures, sports clin­ics and kar­ate demon­stra­tions.

For more in­form­a­tion, call Laura at 215-698-3060 or vis­it­ ••

Somer­ton nat­ive earns hon­or

Somer­ton nat­ive and George Wash­ing­ton High School gradu­ate Dan Cal­houn was re­cently named Ad­vert­ising Dir­ect­or of the Year by the Loc­al Me­dia As­so­ci­ation.

Cal­houn is mar­ket­ing and ad­vert­ising dir­ect­or for the Phil­adelphia Gay News. He was nom­in­ated by pub­lish­er Mark Segal. Cal­houn is be­ing honored this week at the Loc­al Me­dia As­so­ci­ation’s fall con­fer­ence in St. Louis. ••

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