Around town: September 25, 2013

PFCU hold­ing art com­pet­i­tion

The Phil­adelphia Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on re­cently kicked off its second an­nu­al art com­pet­i­tion for Phil­adelphia-area stu­dents in third, fourth and fifth grades. The Back-to-Sav­ings Art Con­test is de­signed to teach chil­dren the im­port­ance of start­ing to save money at an early age.

Win­ners of the con­test will re­ceive school sup­plies for their en­tire classroom along with a $100 per­son­al sav­ings ac­count. The dead­line to sub­mit entries is Oct. 18. Six fi­nal­ists will be named. On Nov. 1, the art­work from the fi­nal­ists will be pos­ted on PFCU’s Face­book page for the pub­lic to vote on through Nov. 15. Two win­ners will be an­nounced on Nov. 18. The of­fi­cial con­test entry form is avail­able at­tosav­ings ••

Be­ne­fit for Nicky at Cur­ley’s Pub

Cur­ley’s Pub, at 8929 Krewstown Road in Bustleton, will host a “Nick­els for Nicky” be­ne­fit on Sat­urday, Sept. 28, from 3 to 7 p.m. The cost is $25 and in­cludes draft beer, well drinks, soda, food and disc jockey Jerry Sul­li­van. There will also be a 50-50 draw­ing.

All pro­ceeds be­ne­fit the Gor­ski fam­ily for un­paid med­ic­al ex­penses.

Nicky, 11, the third-old­est of five chil­dren in his fam­ily, was dia­gnosed with mi­to­chon­dri­al dis­ease in Oc­to­ber 2009. The dis­ease pre­vents food from be­ing con­ver­ted in­to life-sus­tain­ing en­ergy in the af­fected per­son’s body. It leads to or­gan and multisys­tem fail­ure. There is no cure.

For more in­form­a­tion, call 267-301-6927. ••

Ros­ary sale to be­ne­fit fire­men wid­ows

Holme Circle res­id­ent Kathy Per­petua will sell her hand­made ros­ar­ies at a craft and vendor fair on Sat­urday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29 at the United Ger­man Hun­gari­an Club, at 4666 Bris­tol Road in Oak­ford, Bucks County. The fair runs from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sat­urday after the Steuben Parade. Sunday hours are noon to 5 p.m.

Per­petua will set up in­side the club­house. Pro­ceeds from her ros­ary sales will be­ne­fit the In­ter­na­tion­al As­so­ci­ation of Fire Fight­ers Loc­al 22 wid­ows’ fund.

Oth­er vendors will be in­side and out­side on the grounds. The fair is part of UGH’s Ok­to­ber­fest. Activ­it­ies in­clude face-paint­ing. For more in­form­a­tion, con­tact 267-566-7239 or clpro­ll@ve­r­i­ ••

Be­ne­fit for Christ­mas stock­ing gifts

The an­nu­al be­ne­fit for the Harry Bodkin Stock­ing Fund will take place on Sat­urday, Sept. 28, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Ed­ding­ton Room, at 1444 Brown Ave. in Ben­s­alem.

There will be mu­sic, a buf­fet, beer and soda. Mixed drinks will be avail­able at a cash bar. Tick­ets cost $30 in ad­vance and $35 at the door. The price is two for $55.

All pro­ceeds will be used to make and dis­trib­ute Christ­mas stock­ings for res­id­ents of the Wes­ley En­hanced Liv­ing re­tire­ment com­munit­ies at Pennypack, Burholme and Up­per Mo­re­land.

To re­serve tick­ets or for more in­form­a­tion, con­tact 215-806-3129 or jander­ ••

Cottman and Boulevard bridge re­pairs

The Pennsylvania De­part­ment of Trans­port­a­tion re­cently began a two-month con­struc­tion pro­ject to re­hab­il­it­ate the struc­tur­ally de­fi­cient Cottman Av­en­ue bridge (State Route 73) over Roosevelt Boulevard (U.S. Route 1). 

Crews will work for about two months to re­pair the bridge’s de­teri­or­at­ing con­crete sup­port abut­ments. Fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of this $500,000 pro­ject, the bridge will no longer be struc­tur­ally de­fi­cient.

Dur­ing con­struc­tion, the north­bound and south­bound Roosevelt Boulevard ex­press (in­ner) lanes that run un­der the Cottman Av­en­ue bridge will be re­duced from three lanes to two from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. Crews will work Mondays through Fri­days. Mo­tor­ists should al­low ad­di­tion­al time for travel be­cause slow­downs will oc­cur.

The bridge was built in 1967 and is 102 feet long and 91 feet wide. It has two spans and prestressed con­crete box beams. PennDOT will re­hab­il­it­ate five oth­er bridges as part of a $4 mil­lion con­tract with Road-Con Inc. of West Chester, in­clud­ing Mill­brook Road over Wood­haven Road (State Route 63) in the North­east. ••

Hen­on’s Fall Fest set for Sept. 28

City Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on (D-6th dist.) will host his in­aug­ur­al Fall Fest on Sat­urday, Sept. 28, along the 6700 and 6800 blocks of Tor­res­dale Ave. in Ta­cony.

The event will fea­ture street fair activ­it­ies; free healthy fam­ily checkups; in­form­a­tion on new health in­sur­ance en­roll­ment from re­gion­al health part­ners; a farm­ers’ mar­ket; a Zoom­Dance ac­tion-ad­ven­ture sta­tion; and a gi­ant obstacle course.

Hen­on wants his new ini­ti­at­ive, Philly Play!, to high­light the im­port­ance of phys­ic­al activ­ity and play as pre­vent­at­ive health meas­ures to ele­ment­ary-aged chil­dren.

The pro­gram will also look to im­prove ac­cess­ib­il­ity to free and low-cost health and well­ness re­sources.

“The best way for our chil­dren to learn the im­port­ance of a phys­ic­ally act­ive and healthy life­style — and set the tone for a health fu­ture — is to do so to­geth­er with their fam­il­ies,” Hen­on said. 

The ini­ti­at­ive will co­ordin­ate free city re­sources already avail­able — like play spaces, re­cre­ation­al cen­ters and walk­ing paths — with events such as the up­com­ing fest­iv­al, Bik­ing with Bobby and a Make the North­east Your Play­ground cam­paign.

For more in­form­a­tion, vis­it www.philly­ ••

Au­thor to dis­cuss Ir­ish ri­ots

Au­thor Ken­neth W. Mil­ano will dis­cuss his new book The Phil­adelphia Nat­iv­ist Ri­ots: Ir­ish Kens­ing­ton Erupts dur­ing the Wed­nes­day, Oct. 2, meet­ing of the North­east Phil­adelphia His­tory Net­work at Pen­nepack Baptist Church, 8732 Krewstown Road, at 7 p.m.

In his book, Mil­ano re­vis­its spring 1844 when ten­sions between newly ar­riv­ing Ir­ish im­mig­rants and mem­bers of the anti-im­mig­rant Nat­iv­ist Party boiled over in­to the streets of Kens­ing­ton with three days of ri­ot­ing. Two Cath­ol­ic churches burned to the ground as did sev­er­al res­id­en­tial blocks, a con­vent and a Cath­ol­ic school. Some of those who at­temp­ted to flee the dev­ast­a­tion were shot. 

Mil­ano launched the book loc­ally on June 20 at St. Mi­chael’s Church, Second and Jef­fer­son streets. It is avail­able via Ad­mis­sion to the Oct. 2 present­a­tion is free and open to the pub­lic. ••

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