Snow days erase school days off
The Philadelphia School District has changed its 2013-14 calendar to make up for lost classroom time because of this year’s snow closings.
Schools will now be open on April 15, 16 and 17, days originally designated for Spring Recess. The projected last day of school for students at this time is Thursday, June 19.
In the event that schools are closed due to inclement weather or emergency in the coming weeks, the calendar will be reviewed and further updates made as needed. ••
Report falling or dangerous trees
The city’s trees have taken a beating this winter. Anyone who spots a fallen tree that is causing a hazard or sees a tree that might fall should report it by calling 311.
Leo Dignam, deputy Parks and Recreation commissioner, said the city received 400 tree reports during and after the Feb. 5 ice storm. The Feb. 13 storm, as long as it was, generated only 10 calls.
Calling 311, Dignam said Feb. 13, is the best way to report tree problems.
For a tree or limb on wires, PECO spokesman Greg Smore said, customers should call the emergency number 1-800-841-4141. For trees that are near or close to wires, customers can call customer service at 1-800-494-4000 to have a technician inspect the situation. ••
‘Two Funny Philly Guys’ are coming to town
“Two Funny Philly Guys,” a comedy special starring Joe Conklin and Big Daddy Graham, will be the featured attraction when the hilarious duo steps into the entertainment spotlight at the Klein JCC, 10100 Jamison Ave., at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 1.
According to Andrew Newman, Klein JCC athletic and fitness director, “The comedy showcase is being staged as a benefit to raise funds for the athletic department at Jewish community center. This is going to be a fabulously funny evening filled with a full share of hilarious antics, merriment and laughter for everyone to enjoy. And it’s all for the JCC’s youth and adult athletics programs.”
The law offices of Freedman and Grishpun, PC are the lead sponsors for the event.
Cost for the Conklin/Graham comedy benefit special is $25 per person in advance and $30 per person at the door. For groups of 10 or more, tickets are $20 per person. For information, call 215-698-7300, ext. 146. ••
Partners for Possibilities Ball is March 13
Special People In Northeast Inc. will hold its Partners for Possibilities Ball on Thursday, March 13, at Vie, at 600 N. Broad St.
Among the honorees will be Dr. Stewart Barbera and the late City Councilwoman Joan Krajewski.
Barbera is a pediatrician known for his kind and gentle nature and advocacy for children with disabilities.
Krajewski, who died last September, was known for her commitment and advocacy for people with disabilities.
Tickets cost $150. Booklet advertisements range from $25 to $300.
All proceeds will benefit programs for children and adults with developmental, intellectual and autism spectrum disabilities.
For more information, contact Megan Forrestal at 215-612-7506 or firstname.lastname@example.org ••
Local 5K results are in
The second annual 19154 5K recently took place, with the starting and finish lines at St. Anselm Church in Parkwood.
The day also included a kids fun run and 1-mile walk.
All proceeds benefited the youth and young adult ministries of St. Anselm.
Here are the results:
• Top Male: 1. Paul Metuszak, 15:20.87; 2. Christopher Mallard, 17:24.39; 3. Daniel Burke, 17:29.29.
• Top Female: 1. Stasia Palmer, 20:22.04; 2. Makenzie Hooven, 21:26.69; 3. Lindsay Muchorski, 21:29.31.
• Male 14 & Under: 1. Mike Frehrie, 20:05.51; 2. Georgie Montag, 20:17.05; 3. Joey Knuttel, 23:04.55.
• Male 15-24: 1. Matthew Smith, 19:32.26; 2. Jeff Hanigin, 20:23.37; 3. Lou Simone, 21:26.69.
• Male 25-34: 1. John Ciccone, 17:49.53; 2. Mark Mulray, 19:23.29; 3. Father David Friel, 20:30.68.
• Male 35-44: 1. David Bucko, 18:01.95; 2. Vitaly Belotserkovsky, 19:18.79; 3. Michael Gagliardi, 21:10.02.
• Male 45-54: 1. Tom O’Leary, 19:12.34; 2. Jose Torres, 20:57.45; 3. James Roaches, 22:11.30.
• Male 55-64: 1. Joseph Smith, 22:28.05; 2. Norm Dethloff, 24:33.81; 3. Dave Redash, 27:27.19.
• Male 65 & Over: 1. Bruce Linsky, 27:26.99; 2. Jack Irwin, 32:19.09; 3. Joe McKay, 33:35.78.
• Female 14 & Under: 1. Molly Kain, 23:58.69; 2. Catie Kain, 27:10.95; 3. Cara DePiano, 27:43.87.
• Female 15-24: 1. Brittany Palmer, 25:04.81; 2. Joanie Croskey, 26:40.91; 3. Katie Tausendfreundt, 28:34.02.
• Female 25-34: 1. Lisa Rocks, 21:57.71; 2. Katie Tait, 22:20.43; 3. Mary Ellen McDaniels, 22:36.80.
• Female Women 45-54: 1. Donna Furlong, 21:58.51; 2. Christine McShea, 22:36.46; 3. Vera Ronzano, 26:48.22.
• Female 55-64: 1. Joan Searles, 32:01.72; 2. Genevieve Hunsinger, 50:32.00.
• St. Anselm Alumni: 1. Joseph Deni, 20:31.49; 2. James Breslin, 21:14.28; 3. Nick Myslinski, 22:25.71. ••
Cancer Center van to visit Sabatina’s office
The Fox Chase Cancer Center Mobile Mammography Van will make an appearance at the district office of state Rep. John Sabatina Jr. (D-174th dist.) on Friday, March 21, at 10 a.m.
The office is at 16 Old Ashton Road (at Holme Circle).
Mammograms will be offered throughout the day to individuals 40 or older.
“These screenings are an integral part of effective health care and have been proven to save lives,” Sabatina said.
To make an appointment, call Linda Hammell at 215-728-3554. ••
Irish folk group to perform in Lawndale
Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones will perform a concert on Saturday, March 1, at 7 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2819, at 6850 Martins Mill Road in Lawndale.
Also performing will be Timmy Kelly, the young Philadelphia-area singer who was born blind and has cerebral palsy.
Proceeds will benefit Post 2819.
Mike Dougherty, the show’s producer, has staged several sell-out shows benefiting the VFW over the years.
A founding member of the legendary Wolfe Tones, Derek Warfield performed and recorded with the group for more than 37 years. In 44 years on the road, the singer-songwriter-historian has performed at numerous venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York and the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Looking to pass on the rich musical heritage of Ireland to the next generations, Warfield established the Young Wolfe Tones. Nominated as Ireland’s best folk group, they are known throughout the world for their quality musical presentation of Irish “rebel songs” and traditional music.
For information, visit www.theyoungwolfetones.com
Tickets for the VFW Post 2819 benefit are $35 and include unlimited wine, beer and soda. For tickets, call 267-242-6106. ••
St. Joseph Manor to host open house
Holy Redeemer St. Joseph Manor Personal Care, at 1616 Huntingdon Pike in Meadowbrook, will hold an open house on Sunday, Feb. 23, from 1 to 4 p.m.
The site is right next to Holy Redeemer Hospital.
Attendees can meet the staff, take a guided tour, enjoy heart-healthy snacks and take a chance at winning several door prizes.
St. Joseph Manor offers a home-like setting for older adults who require personal care. The rooms are designed for privacy, safety and social opportunities.
To RSVP, call 215-214-3801. ••
Horticultural Society workshop is Feb. 26
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, at 100 N. 20th St., will hold a workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from noon to 1 p.m.
There will be a presentation by partners of PHS’s Tree Tenders program.
The cost is $5.
To register or for more information, contact Mindy at 215-988-8844 or email@example.com ••