Around Town: July 23

Far North­east Town Watches slate Night Out

The Park­wood and Chalf­ont Town Watches’ Na­tion­al Night Out activ­it­ies are set for 6 to 8 p.m. on Tues­day, Aug. 5, at the Knights and Wood­haven shop­ping cen­ter, be­hind TD Bank. 

Loc­al busi­nesses will par­ti­cip­ate along with rep­res­ent­at­ives of the po­lice and fire de­part­ments. There’ll be plenty to eat. 

Call 267-294-4760 for more in­form­a­tion. ••

Civic group’s cel­eb­ra­tion set for Aug. 23

The Take Back Your Neigh­bor­hood Civic As­so­ci­ation will host its an­nu­al North­east Cel­eb­ra­tion on Sat­urday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Max My­ers Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, at 1601 Heller­man St.

The free event will fea­ture mu­sic, activ­it­ies for kids, com­munity or­gan­iz­a­tions that provide ser­vices to the neigh­bor­hood and groups rep­res­ent­ing his­tor­ic­al land­marks of the re­gion.

Cath­ol­ic Com­munity Ser­vices has donated 100 school­bags, which will be dis­trib­uted on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more in­form­a­tion, con­tact Jared So­lomon at 215-205-2167 or jaredg­so­ ••

St. Mar­tin of Tours re­union planned

St. Mar­tin of Tours will hold a re­union for all alumni, cur­rent and former pa­rish­ion­ers and friends on Sat­urday, Aug. 23, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Keen­an’s Ir­ish Pub in North Wild­wood, N.J.

Tick­ets cost $25 and will be avail­able at the door.

For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-535-2962. ••

Nom­in­ate a dog

Dog lov­ers have un­til Na­tion­al Mutt Day on Ju­ly 31 to vote for Philly Wa­ter’s Best Friend at Phil­ly­Wa­ter­, with the dogs gar­ner­ing the most votes earn­ing the chance to com­pete in two dog pa­geants next fall. The win­ning duo will rep­res­ent the Phil­adelphia Wa­ter De­part­ment for clean wa­ter pro­mo­tions in Ju­ni­ata, Lower Moy­a­mens­ing and oth­er neigh­bor­hoods, while also re­ceiv­ing $200 in prizes.

The pur­pose of the “spokes­dog” con­test is to keep Phil­adelphia’s rivers and streams clean. Win­ners will at­tend two or more events to hand out fli­ers and dis­trib­ute dog-waste bags. This en­cour­ages dog walk­ers to pick up their pets’ waste. Pet waste, when dis­carded on the ground or in storm­wa­ter in­lets, pol­lutes Phil­adelphia’s wa­ter. Rain and melt­ing snow washes the pet waste in­to storm drains, which flow in­to streams, creeks and rivers.

“This pro­gram fosters a cul­ture of green­er city liv­ing, es­pe­cially when it’s paired with new dog runs, like the one at Penn’s Land­ing,” said Joanne Dahme, gen­er­al man­ager of pub­lic af­fairs for the Wa­ter De­part­ment. “This makes it safer for people to boat, fish and en­joy Phil­adelphia’s coast — and it saves our four-legged friends from un­ne­ces­sary em­bar­rass­ment.”

Spon­sors of the pro­gram in­clude the Part­ner­ship for the Delaware Es­tu­ary, Phil­adelphia Wa­ter De­part­ment, Tookany/Ta­cony-Frank­ford Wa­ter­shed Part­ner­ship, Ju­ni­ata Ac­tion and Lower Moy­a­mens­ing Civic As­so­ci­ation. For in­form­a­tion, call Melissa Bittner at 800-445-4935, Ext. 113. ••

Pro­gram ex­plains vehicle heat dangers

Pop-A-Lock, the coun­try’s largest se­cur­ity com­pany, wants par­ents and care­givers to be in­formed about the ex­treme —and some­times fatal — dangers of lock­ing a child in a vehicle dur­ing soar­ing sum­mer tem­per­at­ures.

The PALSavesKids Pro­gram edu­cates par­ents to first call 9-1-1 and then call 1-800-Pop-A-Lock. The Pop-A-Lock tech­ni­cian nearest to the scene will leave all oth­er pri­or­it­ies aside to ar­rive as soon as pos­sible to un­lock the child from the auto­mobile. This free com­munity ser­vice was launched in 1991.

The De­part­ment of Earth and Cli­mate Sci­ences at San Fran­cisco State Uni­versity said that there were at least 44 deaths of chil­dren in vehicles in 2013.

PALSavesKids’ mas­cot, PALS Puppy, is a gentle re­mind­er to care­givers to al­ways look in the back­seat be­fore leav­ing the vehicle.

“We launched this pro­gram in 1991 to edu­cate care­givers about the severe dangers of leav­ing chil­dren in un­at­ten­ded vehicles or mis­takenly lock­ing a child in an auto­mobile,” said Don Marks, CEO of Pop-A-Lock. “By us­ing our ex­pert­ise in the se­cur­ity in­dustry, we are able to quickly and ef­fi­ciently re­move chil­dren from harm. This pro­gram is one of the nu­mer­ous ways we give back to the com­munity.”

For more in­form­a­tion about Pop-A-Lock, Pop-A-Lock’s Sum­mer Safety Edu­ca­tion­al Aware­ness Series or the PALSavesKids Emer­gency Door Un­lock Pro­gram, vis­it www.popa­ ••

NEHS grad in stu­dent lead­ers pro­gram

Re­cent North­east High School gradu­ate Kev­in Zhao is among five Phil­adelphia-area young people se­lec­ted to take part in the Bank of Amer­ica Char­it­able Found­a­tion Stu­dent Lead­ers pro­gram.

The pro­gram an­nu­ally awards more than 220 high school ju­ni­ors and seni­ors from around the coun­try with paid eight-week sum­mer in­tern­ships at loc­al non­profit or­gan­iz­a­tions.

“We know that when young adults suc­ceed, their com­munity thrives,” said Tom Wood­ward, Pennsylvania and Phil­adelphia mar­ket pres­id­ent at Bank of Amer­ica. “As teens in Phil­adelphia once again face a tough time find­ing sum­mer jobs, Stu­dent Lead­ers con­nects them to valu­able ex­per­i­ence in today’s com­pet­it­ive work­force and helps them build a sol­id found­a­tion for fu­ture fin­an­cial suc­cess.”

In ad­di­tion to the paid in­tern­ships, the stu­dents at­tend a weeklong Bank of Amer­ica Stu­dent Lead­er­ship Sum­mit in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Sum­mit activ­it­ies in­clude a ser­vice learn­ing pro­ject and a series of in­ter­act­ive work­shops, in­clud­ing Cap­it­ol Hill brief­ings, ses­sions on fin­an­cial edu­ca­tion and lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment skills, as well as pan­el dis­cus­sions fo­cused on glob­al health and the is­sues of hous­ing, hun­ger and jobs.

Also, stu­dents gain fin­an­cial tools and re­sources to help them ac­quire bet­ter money habits, in­clud­ing a ses­sion at the sum­mit led by LIFT, a na­tion­al non­profit fo­cused on fin­an­cial lit­er­acy.

Loc­ally, Zhao and the oth­ers are work­ing with the Phil­adelphia Youth Net­work. ••

Holy Re­deem­er stroke pro­gram honored 

For the fourth con­sec­ut­ive time, Holy Re­deem­er Hos­pit­al has been awar­ded the Amer­ic­an Heart As­so­ci­ation’s “Get With the Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus Qual­ity Achieve­ment Award” — the highest re­cog­ni­tion pos­sible. 

To meet the stand­ard for a gold per­form­ance, Holy Re­deem­er had to con­sist­ently meet spe­cif­ic qual­ity achieve­ment meas­ures for the rap­id dia­gnos­is and treat­ment of stroke pa­tients. These meas­ures in­cluded ag­gress­ive use of med­ic­a­tions and ther­apies aimed at re­du­cing death and dis­ab­il­ity and im­prov­ing the lives of stroke pa­tients.

“Holy Re­deem­er Hos­pit­al is ded­ic­ated to im­prov­ing the qual­ity of stroke care, and Get With The Guidelines helps us achieve that goal,” said Sylvia Ouzomgi, stroke man­ager for Holy Re­deem­er. “With this award, our hos­pit­al demon­strates our com­mit­ment to en­sure that our pa­tients re­ceive care based on in­ter­na­tion­ally re­spec­ted clin­ic­al guidelines.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Amer­ic­an Heart As­so­ci­ation/Amer­ic­an Stroke As­so­ci­ation, stroke is the fourth-lead­ing cause of death and a lead­ing cause of adult dis­ab­il­ity in the U.S. On av­er­age, someone suf­fers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suf­fer a new or re­cur­rent stroke each year. ••

 Amer­ic­an Her­it­age pledges $50,000 to CHOP

Amer­ic­an Her­it­age Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on, whose mem­ber­ship in­cludes more than 5,300 em­ploy­ees of the Chil­dren’s Hos­pit­al of Phil­adelphia, has made a five-year, $50,000 com­mit­ment to help the hos­pit­al fund its new­est fa­cil­ity.

The Buer­ger Cen­ter for Ad­vanced Pe­di­at­ric Care will open in 2015.

The new Cen­ter will grow the ca­pa­city of CHOP to meet the pe­di­at­ric health needs from across the coun­try and around the world.

Amer­ic­an Her­it­age’s Kids-N-Hope Found­a­tion already sup­ports the mu­sic ther­apy pro­gram at CHOP, pur­chas­ing mu­sic­al equip­ment, provid­ing the hos­pit­al with a mu­sic ther­ap­ist and bring­ing in mu­sic­al per­formers spe­cially trained in as­sist­ing chil­dren with de­vel­op­ment­al dis­ab­il­it­ies.

The Kids-N-Hope Found­a­tion donated $100,000 to the mu­sic ther­apy pro­gram in 2013, bring­ing its on­go­ing fun­drais­ing total on be­half of CHOP to more than $927,000 since the found­a­tion’s found­ing in 1996. ••

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