Rosaries for widows’ fund
Kathy Perpetua, the Holme Circle woman who sells handmade rosaries to raise money for the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 22 Widows Fund, will appear at two upcoming craft shows.
On Saturday, Oct. 12, Perpetua will be at Nazareth Academy High School, at 4001 Grant Ave. The craft fair and bake sale runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On Saturday, Oct. 19, she will be at Father Judge, at 3301 Solly Ave. The fair goes from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Perpetua will be set up in the gym at both schools. ••
Literacy center opens site
The IHM Center for Literacy has opened at the site of the former St. Bernard School, at 7341 Cottage St. Almost 200 individuals registered to take classes. To register or for more information, call 215-338-3120. ••
Bustleton library offers programs
The Bustleton Branch of the Free Library, 10199 Bustleton Ave., will present the following October programs:
• LEGO Club for children 10 and under on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.
• LEGO Club for children over 10 on Thursdays at 7 p.m. An adult must be present with each child under 12.
• English Conversation Group with Howard on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
• E-book Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 11 a.m. and Thursday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. Participants must bring ID, library card and an e-book reader.
• Bravo Health for Seniors on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 1:30 p.m.
• Storytime for children ages 2-1/2 to 5 on Wednesdays, Oct. 23 and 30, at 10:30 a.m. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.
Contact the library at 215-685-0472 for information. ••
Sign up for free trees
Philadelphians are invited to sign up for free trees. The trees are available for yards or sidewalks.
Catholic school gets grant
The Healy Education Foundation awarded St. Katherine of Siena School, located on Frankford Avenue in Torresdale, a $20,000 grant.
St. Katherine’s winning proposal highlighted its enrollment growth of 11 percent; the opening of two pre-kindergarten classes; formation of a 21-member board; contact with more than 5,000 alumni; and introduction of an annual fund. The proposal provided an action plan and budget for upgrading marketing materials; implementing data management systems; and creating an advancement team to achieve the school’s public relations goals and represent its mission. ••
New church meets at NE High
City Reach Philly, a new unconventional church, opened last month at Northeast High School. More than 150 people attended the opening service.
Maj. Mark Novales, an active soldier in the U.S. Army, and his wife, Wanda Novales, CEO of Pan American Academy Charter School, are the pastors of this new congregation.
Meetings are held every Sunday at 11 a.m. in the auditorium of Northeast High School, at 1601 Cottman Ave.
Children are welcomed to take part in a City Reach Kidz program. City Reach Philly recently conducted a school supply and backpack giveaway, park cleanup days and a free block party for the area around Tarken Playground.
For information, contact 215-917-4422 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Cityreach Philly page on Facebook. ••
Cut for the Cure is Sunday
The 14th annual Cut for the Cure will take place on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at New Image Hair Salon, at 2522 Welsh Road (at Roosevelt Boulevard) in the Tremont Shopping Center.
Owner John McDonald and his staff welcome men, women and children to have their hair cut for $15. Payment can be made by cash, credit card or personal check. Proceeds will go to breast cancer research at Fox Chase Cancer Center, prostate cancer research at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the Veterans Comfort House in West Philadelphia.
The day will also include individual and family portraits for $15. Food will be sold. And there will be raffles for baskets filled with prizes. Other activities will include a disc jockey, karate demonstrations, a dunk tank and performances by a jump rope team.
All participants in the benefit are eligible for a free soda from Jake’s Wayback Burgers at 9173 Roosevelt Blvd.
To make a contribution, send a check payable to Cut for the Cure Inc. to New Image Hair Salon, 2522 Welsh Road, Philadelphia, PA 19152.
Call 215-676-5540. ••
Open house at Benjamin Rush
The Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush, at 11081 Knights Road, will hold an open house for students and parents on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Sessions are 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Guests must reserve a spot. Go to www.rushartsonline.org or call 215-281-2603. ••
Henon to host biking event
City Councilman Bobby Henon (D-6th dist.) is sponsoring “Biking with Bobby” on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m., starting at the Lincoln High School parking lot at 3201 Ryan Ave.
Produced in partnership with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, Biking with Bobby will feature free raffles for a new bike, passes to the Bike Expo and more. Kids and parents will also ride along with Councilman Henon around the Lincoln Loop and take part in a presentation on safe bike practices in the city. More information on Councilman Henon’s Philly Play! initiative is available at www.phillyplay.org. ••
Museum has spooky events
Ryerss Museum, at 7370 Central Ave., has a spooky October planned for visitors. On Saturday, Oct. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., Ryerss will offer its first ever public photography opportunity. Visitors may explore and photograph the stained glass cupola and other attractions. Admission costs $20. Call for reservations.
On Thursday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., children are invited to Trick or Treat at Ryerss. Kids may enter through the front door, if they dare. A treat will be waiting for those who do.
In addition, throughout the month, museum visitors will be asked to nominate their choices for the most spooky, scary and creepy objects at the museum.
Finally, Ryerss will continue two projects. The museum is raising money to repair and restore the cupola windows. Donations should be made payable to “Save the Windows” in care of Ryerss Museum and Library. Also, the museum is still compiling recipes for a new cookbook. Contributions are welcome. Recipes should be sent with short descriptions and commentary to email@example.com with “Recipes c/o Ruth” in the subject line.
Call 215-685-0544 for information or visit www.ryerssmuseum.com. ••
Orleans sets training program
Orleans Technical Institute, at 2770 Red Lion Road, is accepting applications for its skills-training program in property maintenance and weatherization.
The trades program begins in October. It is free for Philadelphians 18-21 who have dropped out of high school. Participants who complete the 16-week program receive a diploma. Classes are held weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. GED preparation classes are held twice a week.
Students learn basic skills in carpentry, plumbing, electrical and weatherization. Transportation money is provided.
For more information, contact 215-728-4707 or firstname.lastname@example.org ••
Sabatina urges action on bill
State Rep. John Sabatina (D-174th dist.) urged the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to take quick action on his bill that would toughen the penalties for home invasion after the bill was moved out of the House Judiciary Committee.
“Home invasion is a crime which continues to plague our state, and my legislation is aimed at curbing this epidemic of violence in our area,” Sabatina said. “This is an appalling crime which robs individuals not only of their possessions, but also of their sense of security in their own home. People who would commit this act need to understand the harsh consequences that await them.”
House Bill 1296 would classify home invasion as a first-degree felony with a minimum penalty of five years at a maximum-security facility, or 10 years for a second offense or if the victim is older than 62.
Under the bill, a person could be convicted of home invasion if he or she knowingly enters, attempts to enter, or remains unlawfully in a dwelling with intent to commit a violent crime.
“In Philadelphia, numerous communities, such as Holme Circle, Rhawnhurst and Mayfair, have dealt with the issue of home invasion over the past year,” Sabatina said. “By passing my legislation, we’re letting the residents of Pennsylvania, specifically our seniors, know that we have their safety in mind and are working to deter would-be criminals from violating the law.” ••
Nutter to address NE Chamber
Mayor Michael Nutter will address the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Knowlton Mansion, at 8001 Verree Road (at Rhawn Street) in Fox Chase.
Registration and networking will start at 11:30 a.m., with lunch beginning at noon. Tickets cost $35 for members and $50 for non-members.
To make a reservation, call 215-332-3400 or email email@example.com
Or, mail checks to GNPCC, 8601 Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19152.
Earlier this year, Nutter canceled three planned appearances in front of the business group. ••
Church to conduct health fair
The United Methodist Church of the Redeemer, at 1128 Cottman Ave. (at Lawndale Avenue), will hold a health fair to honor 80 years of service by Burholme Emergency Medical Services. The event will take place Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Burholme EMS was founded by UMC Redeemer members Philip “Doc” Beaumont and Emily Beaumont.
The health fair will include many participants from the health services community providing free information and screenings. Among the many participants will be the fire department, which will be taking applications for free smoke detectors. Burholme EMS will be providing free blood pressure tests, and Jeanes Hospital will be providing vouchers for glucose testing and other screenings.
Many other participants will be there with free handouts and information. The Philadelphia Protestant Home, PGW, PECO and many other health-related service providers will attend. Shop-Rite, Giant, Pathmark and Al’s Corner Deli & Catering will be providing healthy refreshments.
Contact Rich Garber at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-346-7230. ••
Update on employment law
Former Philadelphia City Councilman Daniel P. McElhatton, an attorney with McElhatton Foley P.C., presented his annual “Employment Law Update” at a recent breakfast meeting of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. The event was held at Stein Your Florist Co., 7059 Frankford Ave.
McElhatton, who recently was elected vice chairman of the GNPCC board, spoke about the ongoing changes in employment law, and highlighted his remarks with stories, anecdotes and personal tales about his firm’s experiences in this field.
McElhatton Foley P.C. is located at 1600 Market St., Suite 2500. More information is available at www.mcfol.com
The next scheduled GNPCC breakfast meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 15, when Independence Wealth Strategies will present “Developing a Financial Wellness Program for Your Employees,” at Deer Meadows Retirement Community, 8301 Roosevelt Blvd. The event, which begins at 8:30 a.m., is free for GNPCC members and prospective members. Call 215-332-3400. ••
Raising awareness about dyslexia
State Rep. Ed Neilson, (D-169th dist.) is sponsoring a resolution and hosting a rally at the Capitol with the Pennsylvania Dyslexia Legislative Coalition.
Last week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted H.R. 430, a resolution authored by Neilson that designates the month of October 2013 as “Dyslexia Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.
ldquo;Dyslexia is a serious but manageable issue affecting about 15 percent of our population,” Neilson said. “I sponsored this resolution to bring attention to the issue, so that we can continue working together to find a solution.”
To commemorate the start of the awareness month, Neilson teamed up with the Pennsylvania Dyslexia Legislative Coalition to fill the Capitol with children and adults living with dyslexia, their families and friends. Attendees were given the opportunity to stand at a microphone and declare to the world that they, or someone they love, battle dyslexia.
ldquo;When a parent learns that their child has dyslexia, it can be a very isolating experience,” Neilson said. “I know that when my son was diagnosed, it felt like my wife and I were dealing with it alone. That’s not true of course, but that’s how it felt. So I wanted to host this awareness day to let everyone in the state know that they are not alone. There are people in Harrisburg who are ready to fight for them.”
Neilson is also the prime sponsor of H.B. 198, which recently passed the House and would create a pilot program to provide early screening and intervention services for children with risk factors of dyslexia. House Bill 198 currently awaits consideration from the Senate, but Neilson said he is confident his colleagues would support him in this important initiative.
Dyslexia, also known as developmental reading disorder, is a reading disability that occurs when the brain does not properly recognize and process certain symbols. The condition often goes undiagnosed for years and sometimes is not formally recognized until adulthood, if ever. ••
Vet to speak about Nuremberg Trials
Dr. George Sakheim, a World War II veteran, will speak about his experience as an interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials during a presentation and reception on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at La Salle University’s Dan Rodden Theater.
The event is being sponsored by the Delaware Valley Translators Association (DVTA) in partnership with the Hispanic Institute at La Salle and CETRA Language Solutions. It will look into the historical events that took place after World War II and the Holocaust.
The Nuremberg military tribunal prosecuted nearly two-dozen top Nazi leaders between November 1945 and October 1946. Apart from its historical and political importance, the tribunal also laid the groundwork for the interpreting profession as we know it today.
Sakheim was born in Hamburg, Germany, later lived in Frankfurt and Berlin, and fled with his mother from Nazi persecution to Palestine in 1933. In 1938, he came to America, where he attended Columbia University, New York University and later Florida State University.
During World War II, he served in military intelligence, handling prisoner of war interrogation with the 104th Infantry Division in France, Holland and Germany. After the war, from October 1945 to May 1946, he was an interpreter at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial. He was named a Chevalier in 2008 by the French Legion of Honor, and most recently his photographs from the Nuremberg Trials were added to the collection at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.
To register for the free event, visit www.dvta.org and click the “events” link to see a calendar of events. ••
Scouts to do some urban camping
The Cradle of Liberty Council Boy Scouts of America will host a traditional camping weekend for more than 400 Philadelphia scouts and scouters from Oct. 11 to 13, marking the council’s first city-based camping exercise in 40 years.
The encampment will occupy the 15-acre Lighthouse Field at Front Street and Erie Avenue. Participants will come together for a weekend of camping, Scout activities, competitions, campfires and fun.
“Many of our city-based scouts don’t often get the opportunity to experience camping in the wilderness, so we decided to bring the scout camp experience back to the city,” said Brian Wallace, a Cradle of Liberty volunteer and Philadelphia Encampment director. “On Saturday afternoon, we hope the public will visit to see first-hand what Scouting is all about.”
The main events will include archery, pioneering, emergency preparedness, cooking, camping, first aid and other core Scout skills. Other attractions will be rope bridges and a two-story pioneering ferris wheel. On Saturday evening, Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers will preside over a special campfire.
In addition, Cradle of Liberty Council will launch its annual Scouting for Food drive. Visitors are encouraged to bring canned goods to the encampment that day. The effort benefits food pantries and hunger relief agencies in the region.
Visit www.colbsa.org for information about the encampment and scouting in Philadelphia or call 215-768-9936. ••
Legislators make hard point with softball
State Rep. Ed Neilson, (D-169th dist.) last week joined legislators from both sides of the political aisle to bring attention to the issue of hunger in Pennsylvania by playing in the first Capitol All-Stars Softball Game.
“A recent study found that 17.6 million American households deal with hunger on a regular basis,” Neilson said. “Many of those households are right here in Pennsylvania, and I think it is important to bring awareness to this issue.”
On Sept. 30, two teams, which were created by loosely dividing elected officials based on geography, met at Metro Bank Park on City Island in Harrisburg for a game of softball. Neilson played for the East team, which was captained by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, and House Minority Leader Frank Dermody. The West team was captained by Speaker of the House Sam Smith, and Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa.
All proceeds from the event benefited Feeding Pennsylvania and Hunger-Free Pennsylvania. Both organizations are dedicated to relieving hunger for the more than 2 million Pennsylvanians in need through their statewide network of affiliated food banks, food pantries and other hunger relief organizations.
“Nearly one out of every six Pennsylvanians is at risk of hunger. While many in our state go without, others throw perfectly good food away,” Neilson said. “The average family of four throws away food valued between $1,350 and $2,275 every year. There is enough food to go around. We just have to do a better job at making sure it gets to those who need it most.”
After a competitive showing from both sides, the West team won with a score of 8-1.
“It doesn’t matter what the scoreboard read after the game,” Neilson said. “I think the real victory here is that so many of us were ready and willing to bring attention to a serious issue in our state.”
Neilson said organizers plan to hold the Capitol All-Stars Softball Game annually. ••
Volunteers needed to deliver meals
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is looking for volunteers 55 years and older, working or retired, to deliver meals to homebound seniors in Center City, West Philadelphia and the Northeast.
Julie Borsky, assistant director for RSVP, stated, “We need volunteers with their own vehicles who can deliver meals to homebound seniors … 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, would be most welcome.”
The Klein JCC’s Home Delivered Meals program currently prepares and delivers thousands of meals annually to seniors who cannot shop or cook for themselves.
The program also features Cook for A Friend, which is largely dependent on charitable groups that cook meals, which are then packaged by volunteers and frozen for delivery.
Anyone interested should contact Julie Borsky at 215-698-7300, Ext. 191, or email@example.com
Last year, RSVP had around 900 active volunteers who dedicated 45,000 hours to 95 nonprofit agencies in the Philadelphia area.
In Philadelphia, RVSP, sponsored by the Klein JCC, is headquartered at 10100 Jamison Ave. in the Northeast section of the city. ••
History Fair scheduled for Oct. 26
The Northeast Philadelphia History Network will present a History Fair at Holy Family University on Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Campus Center. Highlighting the event will be a presentation by Dr. Robert Selig on the 1781 march by George Washington’s Revolutionary army and their allies under French Marshal Rochambeau.
Present-day Frankford Avenue was along the route that the troops marched in summer 1781 from Newport, R.I., to Yorktown, Va., where they defeated the British to win American independence. While military officers stayed overnight at the former Red Lion Inn, near present-day Frankford Avenue and Knights Road, the enlisted men camped on a hillside near the present-day Holy Family University.
The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route (W3R) presentation will begin at 2 p.m. with the unveiling of a banner marking the historical site. Selig’s presentation will continue until about 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend. The Campus Center is on Stevenson Lane, just east of Frankford Avenue, at the university. ••
Plenty of fall plans at Torresdale library
The Torresdale Branch of the Free Library, 3079 Holme Ave., will present the following programs this fall:
• Friends of Torresdale Library meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to join the group and assist in planning future events.
• Preschool Storytime on Thursdays, Nov. 14 and 21, and Dec. 12 and 19, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Children will be entertained by stories, puppets, coloring and more. Limited to children ages 2 to 5 accompanied by an adult. Space is limited.
• R.A.D. Book Club meets on Saturdays, Nov. 9 and Dec. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. Activities include books, crafts, snacks and community service for children in third through seventh grades, with a Kiddie Corner for younger ones. Contact leader Khadijah Johnson via firstname.lastname@example.org.
• LEGO Club on Saturdays, Nov. 16 and Dec. 21, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Bricks will be provided. Visitors must bring their imaginations. Open to children of all ages.
• Fourth annual “Boo-ling” Party on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 2:15 to 4 p.m. Listen to spooky stories then enjoy a round of “boo-ling” and a snack at Thunderbird Bowling Center. Costumes are encouraged, as long as they are safe for bowling. Open to children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Space is limited.
• Zombie Apocalypse on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Get in the Halloween spirit with scary stories, snacks and zombies. Open to all children.
• ASAP Chess Club on Saturdays, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Open to chess enthusiasts of all ages. Learn to play or challenge other players to a game.
• Third annual Craft Show on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get a head start on holiday shopping with handcrafted gifts, goodies and treats.
For information, call 215-685-0494. ••
Church to host flea market
Crescentville United Methodist Church, at 412 Sentner St., will hold a flea market and bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, the church is sponsoring a trip to see a Christmas show at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster on Dec. 10. The cost is $100, which includes transportation, shopping, a buffet lunch and gratuities.
The bus will leave at 8 a.m. at the church and return at about 7:30 p.m. Reservations must be made by Nov. 3. For more information, call Sue Snyder at 215-885-7069 or the church at 215-745-7115. ••
Polanaise Ball slated for Nov. 16
On Saturday, Nov. 16, the Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia will be holding its annual Polonaise Ball and Awards Banquet at the Torresdale-Frankford Country Club, at Frankford and Grant avenues.
This year’s honoree is Edward A. Turzanski, adjunct professor and assistant vice president for government and community relations at La Salle University. His commentary on national security, intelligence and political and diplomatic affairs is regularly heard over more than four dozen media outlets across North America and on the BBC’s World Service, CBS and CTV News in Canada, and Fox News Channel and National Public Radio. There will be a cocktail hour, dinner and dancing, in addition to entertainment provided by the PKM Dancers and a Chinese auction throughout the evening.
This is the society’s annual fundraiser, and all proceeds benefit its scholarship fund. Scholarship awards are given yearly to worthy students of Polish-American heritage. In 2013, the Society awarded $5,000 worth of scholarships to five students. The Polish Heritage Society is 40 years old.
For reservations and information, contact Jean Joka at 215-483-0193 or email@example.com ••
Educational partnership for young people
Peirce College and Year Up’s Professional Training Corps program have partnered to help young adults earn a college degree.
An estimated 45,000 Philadelphians ages 18 to 24 are jobless, not attending school and do not have a degree beyond a high school diploma.
Peirce College is based in Center City and caters to working adults.
Year Up invites young adults to visit www.yearup.org to learn about the initiative. The program is accepting students 18-25 who have a high school diploma or GED. Classes will start in January.
Students will complete up to 27 credits at Peirce and participate in a full-time internship at a Fortune 1000 company in Philadelphia. They will also benefit from a range of support services, including professional development, networking opportunities and life coaching.
“Peirce College and Year Up share the same philosophy: to provide a supportive, career-focused environment that can help students reach their personal and professional potential,” said Uva Coles, vice president of student services at Peirce. “Combining Peirce’s career-related courses with a comprehensive, full-time Year Up internship provides students the opportunity to develop professional skills and accelerate their careers, while building relationships with highly respected companies in the region.” ••
Honor for St. Christopher’s Hospital
The American Diabetes Association recently awarded the Section of Endocrinology at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children its Educational Recognition Certification.
The certification is awarded to organizations that offer diabetes management education that meets the ADA’s National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education.
“No one, especially a child, wants to get diabetes,” said Barbara Morrison, a Somerton resident and coordinator of the hospital’s diabetes education program. “Still, the disease is more than just taking an injection of insulin once a day. There’s knowing the action and peaks of insulin, carbohydrate counting, glucose monitoring and more. We applied for the ADA Education Recognition Certification because we want patients and families to have the most up-to-date and accurate information on how to best manage the disease and stay healthy.”
According to the National Institutes for Health, about 215,000 American children have diabetes.
To learn more about diabetes management education at St. Christopher’s, call 215-427-8100. ••
Language firm lands honor
CETRA Language Solutions has been recognized by Philadelphia 100 as one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the region for the fifth time.
“We are working hard to create an environment that makes sustained growth possible,” said Jiri Stejskal, president and CEO of CETRA. “Repeated appearance on the Philadelphia 100 as well as Inc. 5000 lists validates our culture that nurtures healthy relationships grounded in respect, kindness, open-mindedness, integrity, creativity and enjoyment.”
CETRA is in Elkins Park. It provides language solutions to governments and businesses, including translation, interpretation, American Sign Language, website and software localization, multilingual typesetting, voice-overs and transcriptions in more than 100 languages.
The company has a worldwide network of more than 5,000 professional linguists. It specializes in serving the marketing research and legal industries as well as the life sciences and military sectors.
For more information, visit www.cetra.com ••