Around town: February 19, 2014

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 mfor­re­s­tal@spi­ ••

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.theyoung­

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 mmaslin@pen­ ••

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