Around town: September 11, 2013

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 ••

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 ••

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.phil­­olic­char­it­ies­night.

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 cath­olic­char­it­ies­ap­ 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 d&ea­cute;cor, 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.phson­••

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 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. ••

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