Back to school the theme of Sept. 14 event
The 13th annual Back to School Festival takes place Sept. 14 at 900 E. Howell St. The community event is sponsored by the Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association and the Oxford Circle Mennonite Church. It will include face painting, children’s activities, grocery and school bag giveaways, a prayer tent and more. Calvary Church of Souderton will be providing free dental cleaning and screenings for children under 18. There will also be health screenings, exercise training and cooking demonstrations. The festivities begin at noon and end at 4 p.m. ••
Reading club begins Sept. 14
Children’s librarian Alberto Pagán-Ramírez and the Children’s Department of the Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave., will host Mr. Pagán’s Reading Club for Boys on 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14. Boys ages 9 to 12 are invited to participate. Children will listen to and discuss stories followed by games and activities. Library members are eligible to win prizes including books. For more information, call 215-685-0509. ••
Public invited to visit 55-plus community
Westrum Development is hosting a “Mums and Crumbs” lunch event at The Arbours at Eagle Pointe on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.
The active adult 55-plus community is located at Southampton Road and Roosevelt Boulevard in Somerton.
Guests will be treated to lunch and a tour of homes and the new two-story community clubhouse, which includes an outdoor heated pool and spa, fitness center and pub.
A Realtor will be on hand to assess home values.
The carriage ranch, villa ranch and single-family homes start at $274,990. Homeowners can take advantage of the city’s 10-year tax abatement program.
For more information, call 215-698-4540 or visit www.westrum.com ••
Irish Fall Festival set for Sept. 19-22
The 22nd annual Irish Fall Festival will return to North Wildwood, N.J., from Sept. 19-22.
The festival, commonly known as “Irish Weekend,” is designed to celebrate Irish culture and heritage.
A golf tournament is scheduled for Sept. 19 at Wildwood Golf & Country Club in Cape May Court House. To reserve a spot, call 1-800-IRISH-91.
On the evening of Sept. 19, there will be a USA vs. Ireland amateur boxing card in a tent at Olde New Jersey and Spruce avenues. Tickets are available at the door or in advance by calling 215-465-1778. Irish merchandise vendors will line Olde New Jersey Avenue from Sept. 20-22. There will be live music all day.
On Sept. 21 at 8 a.m., there will be a 5K run on Olde New Jersey Avenue.
On Sept. 22, a Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, at Glenwood and Atlantic avenues. A parade will follow from 24th and Surf avenues to Spruce and Olde New Jersey avenues.
For more information, visit www.cmcaoh.com ••
PGW rates dip
Natural gas rates will decrease slightly for Philadelphia Gas Work’s residential, commercial, industrial and municipal customers, the city-owned utility recently announced. The new rate reflects what PGW pays for the gas. The rate for residential customers, for instance, will be adjusted for the next three months from its current $1.49 per hundred cubic feet to $1.41 per hundred cubic feet for residential customers. With this rate decrease, the cost for an average PGW residential customer equals the same period last year. On an annualized basis, the average residential customer using 850 Ccf, will lower their PGW bill by approximately 4.7 percent per month and equates to savings of $68 per year.
PGW reviews its gas rate quarterly and determines, based on market conditions, whether it should change. The new rate began Sept. 1 and will stay in effect through Nov. 30. ••
Catholic Charities partners with Phils
Catholic Charities Appeal will partner with the Philadelphia Phillies for Catholic Charities Night as the Phillies host the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7:05 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from tickets purchased through a dedicated link will go directly to the appeal.
Orders must be placed by Sept. 13 and must be purchased via the website www.phillies.com/catholiccharitiesnight.
If 500 tickets are sold, CCA will have the opportunity to select representatives to throw out the first pitch and perform the national anthem. Seating will be in the outfield sections 101-107 at $38 per ticket, pavilion sections 201-207 at $30 each, pavilion deck 306-310 at $28 each and pavilion deck 301-305 at $20 each.
Every year, CCA feeds, clothes, shelters and educates more than 200,000 people across the Philadelphia region, regardless of their faith. Care is provided for homeless, elderly, disadvantaged youth and developmentally delayed through more than 80 social service programs. Visit catholiccharitiesappeal.org for information. ••
Garden festival blooms on Sept. 21
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Fall Garden Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, on the parade grounds of the Navy Yard at the foot of Broad Street in South Philadelphia.
The festival will feature shopping, gardening demonstrations, live entertainment, local food and beer garden, harvest contests and activities for the kids.
The Marketplace will feature plants, tools, garden accessories, home décor, craft items, and keepsakes from the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show. The PHS Garden Store will have a variety of plants for sale.
Winners of the PHS City Gardens Contest, which attracted 249 entries this year, will be announced on the festival stage. The festival will also feature bus tours of the transformed Navy Yard, which includes historic buildings, docked battleships, state-of-the-art research facilities, and post-industrial landscapes – all in an environmentally sustainable community with gorgeous river views.
PHS members and anyone who joins the PHS family at the festival will be entitled to discounts throughout the event, including free plants, in addition to the year-round benefits of membership.
For more information, go to www.phsonline.org.••
New weight restrictions on bridge
The state-owned bridge that carries Frankford Avenue across the Frankford Creek in the Northeast is among 63 roadway bridges in the five-county Philadelphia region that have been posted with new or lowered weight restrictions intended to slow their deterioration and ensure motorist safety.
Those 63 bridges are among about 1,000 structurally deficient bridges in Pennsylvania that PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch authorized for new or lowered weight restrictions. The restrictions will also apply to 48 county and locally owned bridges in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
PennDOT has taken this step because legislative inaction on transportation funding left uncertain the department’s ability to repair or replace these bridges, according to an Aug. 23 statement issued by the state agency. The lower weight limits will help extend the service lives of these deteriorating bridges.
The Frankford Avenue Bridge at Frankford Creek (not to be confused with the historical bridge over Pennypack Creek) now has a 33-ton limit. Four other Philadelphia bridges were also limited, as was the U.S. Route 13/Bristol Pike bridge over St. Francis Creek in Bensalem, the Old Street Road bridge over the SEPTA West Trenton line in Trevose and the Church Road bridge over a SEPTA rail line in Cheltenham.
Visit www.dot.state.pa.us and click the Bridge Information link for a full listing. ••
Cohen opens new office on Castor Avenue
State Rep. Mark Cohen (D-202nd dist.) recently moved his constituent service office previously located at 6001 N. Fifth St. The new address is 7012 Castor Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19149. The new phone number is 215-342-6340. The office hours remain 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. The fax is 215-342-6344.
Cohen’s other office remains open at 7601 Castor Ave., Room 200 in the Glendale Office Center, Philadelphia, PA 19152. The phone number is 215-342-2167. Office hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. ••