Around town: April 9, 2014

City Coun­cil­man in­tro­duces new de­lin­quent tax meas­ure

City Coun­cil­man Dav­id Oh in­tro­duced a bill to auto­mat­ic­ally trans­fer de­lin­quent tax ac­counts to a qual­i­fied third party to en­sure great­er per­form­ance in col­lect­ing more than $500 mil­lion in de­lin­quent taxes.

“With more than half a bil­lion dol­lars of de­lin­quent taxes owed to the city, only about one-third is ac­tu­ally col­lect­ible be­cause they have been de­lin­quent for so long,” Oh said. “We can­not let this trend con­tin­ue.”

The bill re­quires any tax de­lin­quency that reaches 366 days without en­ter­ing in­to a pay­ment ar­range­ment will auto­mat­ic­ally be trans­ferred to a qual­i­fied third-party law firm or col­lec­tion agency. It also states that any de­lin­quent tax­pay­er who enters in­to a re­pay­ment ar­range­ment and sub­sequently de­faults on their agree­ment will im­me­di­ately go to a third-party col­lect­or as well.

“The lack of ac­tion on the part of our city in col­lect­ing taxes is in­ex­cus­able,” Oh said. “If we can­not col­lect taxes in a timely man­ner, then put­ting that in the hands of a private en­tity is the best course of ac­tion. We will be more suc­cess­ful in get­ting money from Har­ris­burg when we demon­strate that we are col­lect­ing out­stand­ing taxes and fix­ing the prob­lem in our col­lec­tion sys­tem.” ••

Bobby Hen­on wants you to text his of­fice about is­sues

City Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on in­vites con­stitu­ents to send text mes­sages to his of­fice about vari­ous is­sues.

The tele­phone num­ber is 215-392-6606.

“Tex­ting is the most per­vas­ive way of com­mu­nic­a­tion, but it’s also a way for my of­fice to have an on­go­ing con­ver­sa­tion with con­stitu­ents,” Hen­on said. “Rather than just talk­ing at them, we can talk with them.”

Hen­on’s of­fice also re­leased a map show­ing vari­ous vi­ol­a­tions, re­fus­als, re­voc­a­tions and deni­als to the Board of Build­ing Stand­ards, the De­part­ment of Li­censes and In­spec­tions Re­view Board and the Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment.

The map is avail­able at www.bobby­hen­­peals_map ••

Art com­pet­i­tion dead­line nears

The dead­line  is May 7 to enter the Phil­adelphia Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on’s third an­nu­al art com­pet­i­tion.

The PFCU’s Pic­ture of Suc­cess Art Con­test is open to stu­dents in third through fifth grades. It is de­signed to teach chil­dren how to es­tab­lish and main­tain healthy fin­an­cial habits.

Each stu­dent will sub­mit a work of art that de­picts a fin­an­cial goal. Win­ners will re­ceive prizes for their classroom, along with a per­son­al $100 sav­ings ac­count.

To enter the con­test, down­load the entry form at­con­test ••

Or­leans of­fers driver’s li­cense work­shop

Or­leans Tech­nic­al In­sti­tute is of­fer­ing a free driver’s li­cense work­shop to as­sist in­di­vidu­als in ad­dress­ing the is­sues that sus­pen­ded or re­voked their li­cense, with steps for re­in­state­ment. 

Work­shop at­tendees can also get in­form­a­tion on ob­tain­ing their driver’s per­mit.

The next work­shop dates are April 22 and May 6 at 2 p.m. at Or­leans’ fa­cil­ity at 2770 Red Li­on Road.

The work­shop is open to the pub­lic and stresses the im­port­ance of hav­ing a val­id driver’s li­cense for em­ploy­ment, es­pe­cially for in­di­vidu­als who want to train in Or­leans Tech’s build­ing trades pro­grams and se­cure a po­s­i­tion work­ing in the field.

In­di­vidu­als can re­gister at www.or­lean­­gister or call 215-728-4733 for more in­form­a­tion. ••

Po­etry events com­ing to Fox Chase

The Fox Chase Read­ing Series will host three out­door po­etry events this spring and sum­mer fea­tur­ing more than a dozen presenters.

Po­ets at Pennypack kicks off on April 12 when sev­en po­ets will read at the am­phi­theat­er at Pennypack Park En­vir­on­ment­al Cen­ter on Ver­ree Road. The series will re­turn to the same loc­a­tion on May 10 when sev­en more po­ets will read. 

The series will move to Ry­erss Mu­seum and Lib­rary on Ju­ly 13 with 14 po­ets read­ing from the porch. All read­ings be­gin at 1 p.m. Vis­it fox­chasereview.word­ for in­form­a­tion. ••

Naz­areth doc­tor re­ceives award

Dr. Stu­art A. Scherr, med­ic­al dir­ect­or of the bal­ance pro­gram at the Naz­areth Cen­ter for Phys­ic­al Ther­apy, Re­hab­il­it­a­tion and Bal­ance, re­ceived the Dr. Stan­ley J. Sk­ro­mak Award.

The award is presen­ted an­nu­ally to a Naz­areth Hos­pit­al phys­i­cian who ex­em­pli­fies ded­ic­a­tion to the med­ic­al pro­fes­sion, fosters med­ic­al edu­ca­tion, demon­strates ex­em­plary pa­tient/phys­i­cian in­ter­ac­tion, shows cour­tesy and re­spect to­ward every­one, and who is a true “doc­tor’s doc­tor.”

The award is named for Sk­ro­mak, one of the found­ing phys­i­cians at Naz­areth.

“Dr. Scherr con­tinu­ally demon­strates a com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing the qual­ity of pa­tient care,” said Dr. Math­ew Math­ew, chief med­ic­al of­ficer at Naz­areth. “He truly is a cham­pi­on of Naz­areth Hos­pit­al’s core val­ues. Dr. Scherr em­bod­ies the Sk­ro­mak Award spir­it, and we con­grat­u­late him for his achieve­ment.” ••

Re­gion­al lib­rary to host movie show­ing

North­east Re­gion­al Lib­rary, at 2228 Cottman Ave., will host a show­ing of the movie The World Be­fore Her on Sat­urday, April 19, at 11 a.m. 

The movie de­liv­ers a por­trait of In­dia and its cur­rent cul­tur­al con­flicts by fo­cus­ing on the Miss In­dia pa­geant’s rig­or­ous beauty “boot­camp” and a mil­it­ant Hindu fun­da­ment­al­ist camp for girls.

“The Free Lib­rary is ex­cited to host screen­ings and dis­cus­sions of such di­verse and thought-pro­vok­ing films through our part­ner­ship with Film For­ward,” said Siobbhan A. Rear­don, the lib­rary’s pres­id­ent and dir­ect­or. “From our Au­thor Event Series to One Book, One Phil­adelphia, the Free Lib­rary is ded­ic­ated to fos­ter­ing cross-cul­tur­al dia­logue that is pro­voked and in­spired by works of lit­er­at­ure, films and more.” ••

Stamp col­lect­ors host show in Lan­caster

The Phil­a­tel­ic So­ci­ety of Lan­caster County will be hold­ing its 29th an­nu­al stamp show on April 25-26 at the Farm and Home Cen­ter in Lan­caster.

Show times are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 25 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 26.

Ad­mis­sion and park­ing are free. ••

Lib­rary’s friends spon­sor­ing free events

The Friends of Holmes­burg Lib­rary will be spon­sor­ing a num­ber of free up­com­ing events at the lib­rary, loc­ated at 7810 Frank­ford Ave. (at Har­tel Av­en­ue).

Com­puter-based ca­reer work­shops will take place on Thursdays, April 10, April 17 and May 8, from 10 a.m. to noon. Preschool story time is set for Tues­days, April 22, May 6 and 20 and June 17 and 24, at 10:30 a.m. Each child will re­ceive a book.

Chil­dren in first grade and up are in­vited to at­tend The Ma­gic of Money, an en­ter­tain­ing money-man­age­ment pro­gram us­ing ma­gic, mu­sic, com­edy and audi­ence par­ti­cip­a­tion, on Monday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m.

Teen­agers and adults are wel­come to at­tend pho­to­graphy classes on Mondays, June 16, 23 and 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Schuylkill Cen­ter’s wild­life re­hab­il­it­a­tion clin­ic staff will present a pro­gram on rap­tors on Wed­nes­day, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. The present­a­tion is for kids 5 and older.

For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-685-8756 or vis­it the Friends of Holmes­burg Lib­rary (Phil­adelphia) page on Face­book. ••

Ukrain­i­an Club to host ball

The first Rock to the Fu­ture Mu­sic for All Ball will take place on Sat­urday, April 12, from 7 p.m. to mid­night at the Ukrain­i­an Club, at 847 N. Frank­lin St.

Guest must be 21 or older. Dress is form­al.

Tick­ets cost $40 and in­clude live en­ter­tain­ment, cock­tails, beer and light fare. There will also be a raffle.

Pro­ceeds will be­ne­fit Rock to the Fu­ture’s mis­sion of provid­ing free mu­sic edu­ca­tion to un­der­served Phil­adelphia youth. To buy tick­ets, go to mu­sic­for­all­ball.event­ ••

Klein JCC asks: How old are you now?

The Klein JCC is seek­ing in­di­vidu­als who are 100 or older for the up­com­ing North­east Cen­ten­ari­an Cel­eb­ra­tion. The cel­eb­ra­tion is set for May 29 at Klein JCC, 10100 Jam­is­on Ave.

“Our cen­ten­ari­ans serve as a leg­acy to the strength and ded­ic­a­tion that built our won­der­ful coun­try and provided us with so many ground­break­ing ac­com­plish­ments,” said Raechel Ham­mer, vice pres­id­ent of Klein JCC. “We will be bring­ing to­geth­er fam­il­ies, friends, com­munity part­ners and busi­nesses to hon­or, sa­lute and cel­eb­rate their rich her­it­age. This spe­cial oc­ca­sion will provide a rare op­por­tun­ity for cel­eb­rants of all ages to stroll back in time and re­min­isce with this treas­ured group of in­di­vidu­als.”

To make a re­ser­va­tion, call 215-698-7300, Ext. 143 or email rham­mer@klein­ ••

Civic group to do some clean­ing April 26

The Take Back Your Neigh­bor­hood civic as­so­ci­ation has de­veloped the Clean Block Ini­ti­at­ive.

The pro­gram will be­gin April 26 and con­tin­ue through Novem­ber. 

The group will identi­fy blocks in the 19149 ZIP code that re­quire clean­ing.

To ap­ply for a block clean­ing, con­tact Jared So­lomon at 215-205-2167 or jaredg­so­ ••

Golf pro­gram ready to tee off April 17

Moss­Rehab’s an­nu­al “First Swing/Learn to Golf” Clin­ic & Golf Work­shop for in­di­vidu­als with phys­ic­al dis­ab­il­it­ies and their fam­il­ies will take place on Thursday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Burholme Golf Cen­ter, at 401 Cottman Ave.

The cost is $5, which in­cludes lunch and equip­ment.

To re­gister, call 215-663-6295. ••

Lib­rary branch to wel­come au­thor

Holmes­burg Lib­rary, at 7810 Frank­ford Ave., will wel­come Kerry Zukus, au­thor of In­side the Hotel Rwanda: The Sur­pris­ing True Story…and Why It Mat­ters Today, for a ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion on Wed­nes­day, April 16, at 6 p.m. For in­form­a­tion, call 215-685-8756. ••

Scouts col­lect­ing cloth­ing

St. Wil­li­am Boy Scout Troop 563 is con­duct­ing a fun­draiser cloth­ing drive. The troop is col­lect­ing used cloth­ing, tow­els and lin­en to help off­set the cost of week­end camp­ing.

Bagged dona­tions will be ac­cep­ted on Sat­urday, May 3, at 10 a.m. at the Scout shed on the church park­ing lot on Argyle Street. Or, dona­tions can be brought to the Scout meet­ings every Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. at St. Wil­li­am me­mori­al hall.

For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-745-1317. ••

Stor­ies are wait­ing to be told

Holmes­burg Lib­rary, at 7810 Frank­ford Ave., will hold sev­er­al preschool story time pro­grams on up­com­ing Tues­days. The dates are April 22, May 6 and May 20. Story time is 10:30 a.m.

There will be songs and fin­ger plays. Each child will re­ceive a book. Call 215-685-8756. ••

Bingo fun­draiser set for April 27

A Coach Bag Bingo fun­draiser to be­ne­fit stu­dent tu­ition for the People to People sum­mer edu­ca­tion­al tour pro­gram is set for Sunday, April 27, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Cannstat­ter’s, 9130 Academy Road.

The cost is $40, which in­cludes 10 games of Bingo, five Chinese auc­tion tick­ets, an entry for a door prize, food, soda and draft do­mest­ic beer.

For tick­ets, call Kar­en at 215-275-4546. ••

Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Walk is May 3

The ninth an­nu­al Saint Bri­gid Ladies An­cient Or­der of Hi­ber­ni­ans Di­vi­sion 39 Kate’s Way Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Walk will be held on Sat­urday, May 3.

The event will take place at the May­fair Com­munity Cen­ter, at St. Vin­cent and Bat­tersby streets.

The walk is named in memory of Kate Pal­chick, who died of breast can­cer. Re­gis­tra­tion forms are avail­able at the com­munity cen­ter or at­h39­

On the day of the walk, re­gis­tra­tion will be­gin at 9 a.m. The 3K walk will be­gin at 10. The cost is $20, or $10 for kids ages 6-12. 

Rep­res­ent­at­ives from can­cer sup­port or­gan­iz­a­tions and hos­pit­als will be avail­able to an­swer ques­tions.

Money raised will go to breast can­cer re­search at loc­al hos­pit­als and sup­port to pa­tients at area can­cer/well­ness cen­ters. ••

Tax help is avail­able

Vo­lun­teers from RS­VP Phil­adelphia are of­fer­ing to help people pre­pare simple tax re­turns and oth­er doc­u­ments for free at Klein JCC, 10100 Jam­is­on Ave. To be eli­gible, people must have an­nu­al in­comes un­der $60,000.  To make a re­ser­va­tion, call 267-345-7787. ••

5K event set for April 13

Spe­cial People In North­east Inc. will host its third an­nu­al Pos­sib­il­it­ies in the Park 5K Run, Walk or Roll on Sunday, April 13.  The event will be held in the in­dus­tri­al park sur­round­ing SPIN’s cam­pus at 10501 Drum­mond Road.

Re­gis­tra­tion will be­gin at 6:45 a.m., fol­lowed by the run, walk and roll from 8 to 9 a.m. Avalon String Band will provide en­ter­tain­ment, and there will be games af­ter­ward. Awards will be giv­en to the top fin­ish­ers in the 5K. The pre-re­gis­tra­tion fee is $10 for chil­dren and $25 for adults. The fee on the day of the event is $15 for chil­dren and $30 for adults.

Pro­ceeds be­ne­fit ser­vices and sup­ports for chil­dren and adults with de­vel­op­ment­al, in­tel­lec­tu­al and aut­ism spec­trum dis­ab­il­it­ies. To re­gister, go to www.spi­ ••

Heart pro­gram launched by Naz­areth

Naz­areth Hos­pit­al re­cently launched the Lifen­et Sys­tem to im­prove heart at­tack pa­tient out­comes.

The web-based data net­work of­fers tools so emer­gency med­ic­al ser­vices and hos­pit­al staff can work to­geth­er to help im­prove clin­ic­al and op­er­a­tion­al ef­fi­cien­cies.

The sys­tem en­ables para­med­ics to provide pa­tient data to hos­pit­al care teams so they can de­term­ine where to route them for care and have staff pre­pared be­fore the pa­tient ar­rives. The more quickly pa­tients re­ceive treat­ment, in­clud­ing bal­loon an­gioplasty and stent place­ment in the hos­pit­al’s car­di­ac cath­et­er­iz­a­tion lab, the more likely they are to have a pos­it­ive out­come.

“Stud­ies show that time from on­set of symp­toms to treat­ment is crit­ic­al to im­prov­ing sur­viv­al and out­comes for these pa­tients,” said Dr. George Hob­bib, dir­ect­or of emer­gency medi­cine for Naz­areth Hos­pit­al. “Hav­ing this new sys­tem will en­able us to bet­ter meet the guideline of treat­ment as re­com­men­ded by the Amer­ic­an Heart As­so­ci­ation and the Amer­ic­an Col­lege of Car­di­ology.” ••

Loc­al celebs to at­tend ‘Busi­ness is Bloom­ing’ expo

Former Fly­ers cen­ter Bill Clem­ent and 6ABC morn­ing news an­chor Matt O’Don­nell will make ap­pear­ances on Wed­nes­day, May 7, at the Great­er North­east Phil­adelphia Cham­ber of Com­merce/Crown Hold­ings’ an­nu­al “Busi­ness is Bloom­ing” expo at Holy Fam­ily Uni­versity, Frank­ford and Grant av­en­ues.

O’Don­nell will be the key­note speak­er at the expo lunch­eon start­ing at 12:30 p.m. in the Cam­pus Cen­ter, dir­ectly out­side the en­trance to the gym­nas­i­um.

Clem­ent, who is a com­munity am­bas­sad­or for 3rd Fed Bank, will ap­pear at the expo, which runs from 2 to 6 p.m. in the gym­nas­i­um.

The expo is free and open to the pub­lic. More than 100 vendors and non­profits are ex­pec­ted. There will be free food samples, giveaways, prizes and en­ter­tain­ment throughout the day.

The lunch­eon is also open to the pub­lic. Tick­ets are $35 for GN­PCC mem­bers and $50 for non-mem­bers. Call 215-332-3400 for tick­et in­form­a­tion.

In ad­di­tion, the GN­PCC will hon­or Sis­ter Francesca On­ley, pres­id­ent of Holy Fam­ily Uni­versity, who is re­tir­ing at the end of the school year.

For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-332-3400 or vis­it­pcc.orght­tp://­ ••

Cin­nam­in­son High to host  de­sign­er hand­bag bingo night

Cin­nam­in­son High School will host a De­sign­er Hand­bag Bingo night on Fri­day, May 2, from 6 to 10 p.m. in the cafet­er­ia of the school, at 1197 River­ton Road in Cin­nam­in­son. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Tick­ets cost $40 and in­clude din­ner by Geor­getti’s, desserts by Hae­gele’s Bakery, cof­fee, tea and a Bingo book good for 36 games. 

Any­one who buys a tick­et be­fore April 18 will re­ceive a free Bingo book. Checks can be made pay­able to Cin­nam­in­son High School Pro­ject Gradu­ation, 1197 River­ton Road, Cin­nam­in­son, NJ 08077.

For in­form­a­tion, email mor­gen­wood@ya­ or cl­hae­ ••

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