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 at www.pfcu.com/backtosavings ••
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 firstname.lastname@example.org ••
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 email@example.com ••
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.phillyplay.org ••
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 amazon.com. Admission to the Oct. 2 presentation is free and open to the public. ••