Around town: October 23, 2013

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.

&mid­dot; Only leaves in bio­de­grad­able pa­per bags will be col­lec­ted. Leaves set out in oth­er bags or con­tain­ers may be col­lec­ted as rub­bish.

&mid­dot; Set leaf bags curb­side next to trash and re­cyc­ling on your trash day.

&mid­dot; Do not mix trash or oth­er re­cyc­lable ma­ter­i­als with bagged leaves. This con­tam­in­ates leaves and makes them un­fit for re­cyc­ling pur­poses.

&mid­dot; Use as many bags as needed, max­im­um 40 lbs. each.

&mid­dot; The Streets De­part­ment does not provide bio­de­grad­able bags. 

&mid­dot; No col­lec­tion will oc­cur on a city hol­i­day.

&mid­dot; 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.phil­adelphi­ ••

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 mhan­fling@klein­

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.klein­ ••

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.phil­adelphi­­ard­­px or con­tact the cus­tom­er af­fairs unit at 215-686-5560. ••

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