Around town: July 30, 2014

EPIC group to meet Ju­ly 31

Guest speak­ers will dis­cuss health and med­ic­al in­sur­ance is­sues dur­ing the Ju­ly 31 meet­ing of North­east EPIC Stake­hold­ers at 5:30 p.m. at the Second Baptist Church of Frank­ford, Mul­berry and Mead­ow streets. Free and open to the pub­lic. ••

Cops to present work­shops

The Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment will present work­shops and in­form­a­tion ses­sions on fraud and safety at home and in the com­munity for seni­or cit­izens dur­ing Seni­or Safety Week start­ing Aug. 6.

Ses­sions will be held throughout the city, in­clud­ing at the North­east’s Klein Jew­ish Com­munity Cen­ter, 10100 Jam­is­on Ave., on Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free. Vis­it­ors will en­joy snacks and re­fresh­ments while learn­ing how to stay safe at home and in the com­munity. 

Phil­adelphia po­lice, the U.S. At­tor­ney Gen­er­al’s Of­fice, Phil­adelphia Cor­por­a­tion for Aging, Seni­or Law Cen­ter, CARIE, AARP and many oth­ers will present and provide in­form­a­tion. Re­gis­tra­tion is re­quired. Call the Vic­tims Ser­vices Unit at 215-685-1158 to re­gister. Trans­port­a­tion is avail­able. ••

Seni­or work­shop set for Ju­ly 31

Judy Berkman, man­aging at­tor­ney for Re­gion­al Hous­ing Leg­al Ser­vices, will dis­cuss title pro­grams, and Ly­dia Hernan­dez of the May­or’s Com­mi­s­ion on Aging, will out­line the city’s re­sources for seni­ors from 10 to 11 a.m. on Ju­ly 31, at the Peter Bressi North­east Seni­or Cen­ter, 4744 Frank­ford Ave. ••

Golf club to hold fun­draiser

The John F. Byrne Golf Club, at 9550 Le­on St. in Tor­res­dale, will take part in the fourth an­nu­al World’s Largest Golf Out­ing, a char­ity fun­draiser on Monday, Aug. 11. Byrne is one of six Phil­adelphia-area courses, man­aged by Billy Casper Golf, that will be host­ing the tour­na­ment, which will raise money for the Wounded War­ri­or Pro­ject. 

For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-632-8668. ••

All Saints sched­ules Va­ca­tion Bible School

All Saints’ Epis­copal Church, 9601 Frank­ford Ave. in Tor­res­dale, will host a free Va­ca­tion Bible School from Aug. 18 to 22.

Classes will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The theme will be Weird An­im­als. Chil­dren ages 3-15 will take part in games and sci­ence ex­per­i­ments. Snacks will be served.

To sign up, call 215-637-8787 or vis­it all­saint­stor­res­ ••

Luther­an church con­duct­ing Kids Club

On Tues­day, Ju­ly 8, Saints United Luther­an Church, at 3200 Ry­an Ave., kicked off its sum­mer ses­sion of Kids Club with a present­a­tion by AmeriKick Mar­tial Arts. Kids Club is a vo­lun­teer-sup­por­ted out­reach pro­gram that provides loc­al chil­dren with a safe place to play, a healthy meal and a sup­port­ive en­vir­on­ment at no cost to fam­il­ies. Edu­ca­tion chair Helen An­der­son has de­signed the sum­mer ses­sion to fo­cus on main­tain­ing a healthy mind, body and spir­it.

Each week of “Healthy Kids Club” will fea­ture dif­fer­ent presenters help­ing chil­dren learn how to keep them­selves fit while hav­ing fun. The Ju­ly 15 ses­sion fea­tured a vis­it from Doc Bressler’s Cav­ity Busters. Fu­ture present­a­tions will in­clude dance and nu­tri­tion top­ics.

Aug. 19 will be the fi­nal Kids Club ses­sion and in­clude a school bag giveaway. With help by Matrie John­son of Take a Sis­t­ah to Lunch, Saints United will provide each child with a school bag and books to read.

For more in­form­a­tion about Kids Club, vis­it www.saint­sunited­luther­ or call 215-624-6446. ••

Re­port meth­adone clin­ic is­sues

In re­sponse to grow­ing com­munity con­cern over the im­pend­ing open­ing of the Heal­ing Way meth­adone clin­ic at 7900 Frank­ford Ave., City Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on, with as­sist­ance from state Reps. John Taylor and Kev­in Boyle, has de­veloped a quick-ref­er­ence guide for res­id­ents.

The guide out­lines po­ten­tial vi­ol­a­tions of a clin­ic’s li­cense to op­er­ate, and gives res­id­ents a state hot­line num­ber to call to re­port po­ten­tial vi­ol­a­tions.

In or­der to op­er­ate as a li­censed meth­adone clin­ic in Pennsylvania, all clin­ics must fol­low strict health and safety guidelines set forth by the state.

Res­id­ents are urged to re­port po­ten­tial vi­ol­a­tions to the De­part­ment of Drug and Al­co­hol Pro­grams hot­line, as lis­ted on the guide, at 717-783-8675. Res­id­ents can view the state reg­u­la­tions at www.bobby­hen­­ic

“Since the li­cense to op­er­ate the clin­ic was is­sued, we’ve had neigh­bors ex­press con­tin­ued con­cern over what we can do next,” Hen­on said. “Now, we’ve turned our fo­cus to­ward mon­it­or­ing and en­force­ment - and that push needs to con­tin­ue. Neigh­bors need to be em­powered to mon­it­or the clin­ic and en­sure they op­er­ate with­in the para­met­ers of the law.”

The guide, in the form of a re­fri­ger­at­or mag­net, will be avail­able for free at the coun­cil­man’s two of­fices in the com­ing weeks and is cur­rently avail­able in PDF form on www.bobby­hen­­ic ••

Youth camp cel­eb­rates gradu­ation

The Youth De­vel­op­ment Speed and Agil­ity Camp re­cently cel­eb­rated its gradu­ation at the Frank­ford Char­gers.

Con­clud­ing its fifth year, this six-week train­ing camp taught kids ages 5 through 13 the ba­sics of foot­ball, char­ac­ter build­ing, self-ac­com­plish­ment and the im­port­ance of edu­ca­tion, team­work, dis­cip­line, re­spect and ded­ic­a­tion.

The camp was or­gan­ized by Le­onard Brinkley and Alv­in Ab­n­er, both own­ers of the non­profit K.E.E.Y Inc. They col­lab­or­ated with former San Diego Char­gers run­ning back Curtis “Boo­nah” Brinkley.

The camp will be held again in Ju­ly 2015. ••

Lot­tery col­lect­ors to con­vene Aug. 2

The Glob­al Lot­tery Col­lect­ors’ So­ci­ety will host “Lotoven­tion,” its an­nu­al scratch lot­tery tick­et con­ven­tion on Sat­urday, Aug. 2, at Four Points by Sheraton, 9461 Roosevelt Blvd. This an­nu­al event gives mem­bers the op­por­tun­ity to meet face-to-face after spend­ing nu­mer­ous hours trad­ing tick­ets through the mail. At­tendees will have ac­cess to thou­sands of dif­fer­ent scratch-off tick­ets from all over the coun­try in one room. The event is free and open to the pub­lic.

Phil­adelphia’s Steve Gil­bert is one of the co-chairs of this year’s event. “Every year we find people who col­lect tick­ets but nev­er knew there is an or­gan­iz­a­tion to meet and trade with oth­ers who share the same hobby,” he said.

The GLCS is a group of about 200 lot­tery tick­et col­lect­ing en­thu­si­asts who col­lect tick­ets from around the world, in­clud­ing ex­pired tick­ets. 

For in­form­a­tion, vis­it www.lot­terycol­lect­ or con­tact Steve Gil­bert via  ••

Wissi­nom­ing Civic As­so­ci­ation meets Ju­ly 30

The new Wissi­nom­ing Civic As­so­ci­ation in­vites all mem­bers of the com­munity to par­ti­cip­ate in the group’s in­aug­ur­al meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, Ju­ly 30, at 7 p.m. at Lower May­fair Play­ground’s com­munity build­ing, 6300 Hawthorne St.

Though act­ive in the past, the Wissi­nom­ing Civic As­so­ci­ation has ex­per­i­enced a re­cent peri­od of dormancy. Buoyed by re­cent zon­ing ne­go­ti­ations with pro­spect­ive neigh­bor­hood busi­nesses, a group of res­id­ents has united to re­vive the civic as­so­ci­ation. There are many im­port­ant is­sues hap­pen­ing in Wissi­nom­ing, they be­lieve. A civic as­so­ci­ation will en­able neigh­bors to have a say in what hap­pens.

The new civic as­so­ci­ation be­longs to the com­munity, so lead­ers be­lieve it is im­port­ant for Wissi­nom­ing res­id­ents to be­come in­volved by at­tend­ing the first pub­lic meet­ing. ••

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. ••

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