City to begin collecting leaves
The Streets Department’s 2013 Bagged Leaf and Recycling Program will begin on Monday, Nov. 11, and will run through Friday, Dec. 20. The program is a citywide effort to collect leaves placed curbside in biodegradable bags only.
· Only leaves in biodegradable paper bags will be collected. Leaves set out in other bags or containers may be collected as rubbish.
· Set leaf bags curbside next to trash and recycling on your trash day.
· Do not mix trash or other recyclable materials with bagged leaves. This contaminates leaves and makes them unfit for recycling purposes.
· Use as many bags as needed, maximum 40 lbs. each.
· The Streets Department does not provide biodegradable bags.
· No collection will occur on a city holiday.
· Bagged leaves may also be taken to any of the three Sanitation Convenience Centers: 3033 S. 63rd Street (63rd & Passyunk Ave.), Domino Lane and Umbria Street, or State Road and Ashburner Street.
For more information, call 215-686-5560 or visit www.philadelphiastreets.com. ••
Klein JCC looking for helpers
The Klein JCC is looking for individuals and organizations to fulfill Hanukkah wish lists for needy families throughout the area. The holiday gift drive is being conducted as part of the JCC’s Adopt-A-Family program. According to Mallory Hanfling, director of the Klein JCC’s Heart-To-Heart program, which coordinates the annual holiday program, “Every year, we receive holiday wish lists from area families who cannot afford to observe and celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights in the full spirit of the holiday with the traditional gift giving. We in turn seek out individuals and organizations to adopt a family and fulfill their holiday wish lists.”
If you are interested in adopting an area family in need as part of your holiday gift-giving, contact Mallory Hanfling at 215-893-7300, Ext. 135 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The eight-day Jewish Festival will begin at sundown on Wednesday, Nov. 27. The Klein JCC is located at 10100 Jamison Ave. The website is www.kleinjcc.org ••
Comedian will perform Nov. 2
From Comedy Central and the Sopranos, Buddy Fitzpatrick will perform on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Bensalem Knights of Columbus, at 1193 Gravel Pike in Bensalem.
Fitzpatrick will be joined by Ed McGonigal and Vince Valentine, from Defending the Caveman.
Tickets cost $40 per person or $75 per couple. For tickets, call Tom Peters at 215-901-1244. ••
Showtime Charities concert
The performers of Showtime Charities Inc. will be in concert on Monday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at La Casa Di Lucia, at 14425 Bustleton Ave. in Trent Plaza in Somerton.
Tickets cost $20 and are tax deductible. There also will be raffles All proceeds benefit the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Organization.
The Linda Creed Epstein Foundation was founded in 1987 by friends and family of Linda Creed Epstein, a Philadelphia songwriter who died at the age of 37 after waging a 10-year battle with breast cancer. One of the many songs she wrote was The Greatest Love of All, made famous by Whitney Houston.
Linda Creed was the first local organization to address breast cancer as a serious and widespread disease threatening the lives of women and men in the Delaware Valley. The Linda Creed motto is “Fighting breast cancer with heart, but our vow is we will be there until breast cancer is not.”
To get tickets, volunteer, make a donation or for more information, call 215-677-6111.
Showtime Charities will be back on stage on Dec. 9 at La Casa Di Lucia for a’ production that will benefit Shriners Hospital for Children. ••
Schwartz to host benefits counselors
To ensure seniors have access to the wide range of benefits available through Medicare, U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz (D-13th dist.) will be hosting counselors from APPRISE — Pennsylvania’s free health insurance counseling program — during Medicare’s open enrollment period. Each year during the open enrollment period, which ends on Dec. 7, seniors have a chance to make changes to their Medicare Advantage or Medicare prescription drug coverage plans for the following year.
Medicare’s annual open enrollment period should not be confused with the new Health Insurance Marketplace designed to help people who do not have any health insurance. The Insurance Marketplace will not have any effect on seniors with Medicare.
During Medicare’s open enrollment period, seniors have the option to: change from traditional Medicare to Medicare Advantage Plan or from Medicare Advantage Plan to traditional Medicare; switch from one Medicare Advantage Plan to another; switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan that doesn’t offer drug coverage to one that does; join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan; switch from one Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to another; or drop Medicare prescription drug coverage.
On the following dates, counselors from APPRISE will be available in Schwartz’s district offices from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for 30- to 45-minute meetings: Nov. 13, Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 at the office at 7712 Castor Ave., and Oct. 29, Nov. 4, 5, 18, 19, 25, 26 and Dec. 2 and 3 at the office at 801 Old York Road, Suite 212, in Jenkintown.
To schedule an appointment, call 215-517-6572. Only scheduled appointments will be allowed. ••
Household hazardous waste drop-off set for Nov. 2
The city Department of Streets will hold its last Household Hazardous Drop-off event of the 2013 season on Saturday, Nov. 2. The event will be held at Delaware Avenue and Wheatsheaf Lane. Residents may drop off materials from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
As an added incentive for those residents who have signed up with Philadelphia Recycling Rewards to earn points for recycling, Recyclebank is sponsoring a new Recycling Rewards Points opportunity for residents who drop off household hazardous waste at any of the Household Hazardous Waste events. Participants will receive a card with a code to get 25 points.
Household hazardous waste can also harm the environment. One gallon of used oil can contaminate 1 million gallons of freshwater. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average household can accumulate up to 100 pounds per year of oil base paint, used oil, solvents, pesticides, car batteries and other hazardous household wastes. These materials can be safely disposed of by taking them to a Household Hazardous Waste event.
Checking product labels for these key words can identify household hazardous waste: toxic, flammable, corrosive and reactive. As a reminder, latex or water base paint is not hazardous and can be placed in the regular trash if the paint is dried up or solidified with an absorbent material, such as kitty litter.
Trained staff will be on hand to sort and properly package materials dropped off for disposal. No waste materials generated by a business will be accepted.
For additional information, visit www.philadelphiastreets.com/hazardous-waste.aspx or contact the customer affairs unit at 215-686-5560. ••