Around town: March 5, 2014

City to hold spe­cial elec­tion to fill Green’s seat

City Coun­cil Pres­id­ent Dar­rell L. Clarke on Tues­day an­nounced he would is­sue a writ of elec­tion to fill the At-Large Coun­cil seat va­cated on Feb. 18 by Bill Green, now chair­man of the School Re­form Com­mis­sion. The elec­tion will take place on May 20, the same day as Pennsylvania primary elec­tions.

Coun­cil Pres­id­ent Clarke will is­sue the writ of elec­tion on Monday, March 24. The Pennsylvania Elec­tion Code re­quires a writ of elec­tion be is­sued with­in 60 days of the des­ig­nated elec­tion date.

The spe­cial elec­tion will be a one-step (not primary) elec­tion, with the win­ner serving the bal­ance of the term to which Coun­cil­man Green was elec­ted, un­til Jan. 4, 2016. The dead­line for each party to file its nom­in­a­tion cer­ti­fic­ate des­ig­nat­ing its can­did­ate is April 8, or 15 days fol­low­ing the is­su­ance of the writ. ••

Coun­cil­man to speak at Fox Chase meet­ing

City Coun­cil­man Dav­id Oh is ex­pec­ted to speak at the next meet­ing of the Fox Chase Homeown­ers As­so­ci­ation and Fox Chase Town Watch on Wed­nes­day, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Cpl. John Loudensla­ger Amer­ic­an Le­gion Post 366, 7976 Ox­ford Ave.

The agenda will also in­clude con­sid­er­a­tion of a zon­ing ap­plic­a­tion for 722 Chand­ler St. The meet­ing is open to the pub­lic and free to at­tend. ••

Ros­ar­ies to go on sale

Kathy Per­petua, a Holme Circle res­id­ent, will sell her hand­made ros­ar­ies at the up­com­ing Naz­areth Academy High School craft fair and bake sale. The event is sched­uled for Sat­urday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The school is at 4001 Grant Ave. 

Pro­ceeds from the ros­ary sale go to the wid­ows’ fund of In­ter­na­tion­al As­so­ci­ation of Fire Fight­ers Loc­al 22. For in­form­a­tion, call the school at 215-637-7676. ••

PennDOT to spend big on high­way safety

The Pennsylvania De­part­ment of Trans­port­a­tion re­cently an­nounced that pro­ceeds from the state’s Auto­mated Red Light En­force­ment Pro­gram will fund 32 high­way safety pro­jects in 24 com­munit­ies.

Mu­ni­cip­al­it­ies sub­mit­ted more than 131 ap­plic­a­tions for ARLE fund­ing total­ing about $22.8 mil­lion. Pro­jects were se­lec­ted for fund­ing by an eight-mem­ber com­mit­tee based on cri­ter­ia in­clud­ing be­ne­fits and ef­fect­ive­ness, cost, loc­al and re­gion­al im­pact and cost-shar­ing.

In Phil­adelphia, the fol­low­ing pro­jects were fun­ded: $1.4 mil­lion for safety and mo­bil­ity im­prove­ments at 23 in­ter­sec­tions on Castor Av­en­ue; $1.2 mil­lion to up­grade ped­es­tri­an safety on Broad Street between Chest­nut and Wal­nut streets; $1 mil­lion to im­ple­ment a traffic-calm­ing pro­gram for ped­es­tri­an safety throughout the city; $850,000 to de­vel­op a routine street-light im­prove­ment pro­gram by up­grad­ing to LED tech­no­logy; $500,000 to in­stall anti-skid pave­ment on School House Lane and Kelly Drive. ••

Hen­on to host Tele Town Hall March 6

City Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on (D-6th dist.) will host a “tele Town Hall” on Thursday, March 6, at 6 p.m. to re­spond to May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter’s budget ad­dress, which will oc­cur earli­er the same day. Any­one in­ter­ested in call­ing the coun­cil­man can dial 1-877-229-8493 and use 112405 when promp­ted for a pin num­ber. 

“Budget sea­son is an op­por­tun­ity for the pub­lic, the ad­min­is­tra­tion and City Coun­cil to have a con­ver­sa­tion about what kind of city we want to be,” Hen­on stated in a Feb. 27 news re­lease. “It’s im­port­ant that we get feed­back and in­put from con­stitu­ents.”

For in­form­a­tion, vis­it www.bobby­hen­ ••

Bustleton Bengals slate Fri­day fun­draiser

The Bustleton Bengals will hold a beef-and-beer fun­draiser on Fri­day from 8 p.m. to mid­night at Fraternal Or­der of Po­lice Lodge 5 Her­oes Ball­room, at 11630 Car­oline Road.

Tick­ets cost $30 and in­clude food, draft beer, wine, soda, mu­sic and raffles. For tick­ets, call the FOP at 215-629-3600, Kev­in Hughes at 215-301-0863 or Chris Mc­Nich­olas at 215-260-7699.

Pro­ceeds will go to­ward con­struc­tion of a gym at Robert Hayes Play­ground, at Roosevelt Boulevard and Con­well Av­en­ue, where the group’s club­house is loc­ated. Dona­tions to the gym fund can be sent to Bustleton Bengals Club, P.O. Box 6103, Phil­adelphia, PA 19115.

For in­form­a­tion, vis­it www.bustleton­ ••

Ir­ish Cen­ter to host con­cert March 15

The Ir­ish Cen­ter of Phil­adelphia, at 6815 Em­len St. in Mount Airy, will host a con­cert on Sat­urday, March 15, at 8 p.m. Mu­sic­al en­ter­tain­ment will be provided by Mick Mo­lo­ney, Billy Mc­Com­is­key on ac­cor­di­on, Athena Ter­gis on fiddle and harp/ac­cor­di­on/con­cer­tina play­er Michelle Mul­cahy.

Tick­ets cost $20 for adults. Chil­dren are ad­mit­ted free. For in­form­a­tion, call 215-843-8051. ••

SPIN sets ball for 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 be­ne­fit pro­grams for chil­dren and adults with de­vel­op­ment­al, in­tel­lec­tu­al and aut­ism spec­trum dis­ab­il­it­ies.

Con­tact Megan For­re­s­tal at 215-612-7506 or mfor­re­s­tal@spi­ ••

Or­leans has schol­ar­ship pro­gram

Or­leans Tech­nic­al In­sti­tute, 2770 Red Li­on Road, is ac­cept­ing ap­plic­a­tions for its schol­ar­ship pro­gram for high school seni­ors in­ter­ested in pur­su­ing hands-on ca­reer/vo­ca­tion­al train­ing in court re­port­ing.

Or­leans will award a half-tu­ition schol­ar­ship for an in­di­vidu­al with high aca­dem­ic achieve­ment. Ap­plic­a­tions are due by May 1. Re­quire­ments in­clude a per­son­al es­say, let­ters of re­com­mend­a­tion from two school of­fi­cials and a per­son­al re­com­mend­a­tion from a fam­ily mem­ber or em­ploy­er. In­ter­ested stu­dents can down­load the ap­plic­a­tion at www.or­lean­­port­ing

For in­form­a­tion, call 215-728-4733. ••

Lex­ing­ton Park res­id­ent honored

St. Basil Academy re­cently honored Lex­ing­ton Park res­id­ent Helen Chaykowsky for her ser­vice as in­ter­im prin­cip­al. Chaykowsky, a St. Basil gradu­ate, re­tired as prin­cip­al at Arch­bish­op Ry­an High School in June 2013 be­fore serving as prin­cip­al at St. Basil for the first semester of the 2013-14 school year while the school searched for a per­man­ent re­place­ment.

Chaykowsky re­placed Sis­ter Ly­dia Anna Sawka, who was elec­ted last Ju­ly to a lead­er­ship po­s­i­tion on the Sis­ters of the Or­der of St. Basil the Great’s Gov­ern­ing Coun­cil in Rome.

“I will miss St. Basil Academy but am turn­ing it over to a per­son of deep faith and in­teg­rity - Mrs. Theresa Ry­an-Szott,” she said. “The school is in good hands and will flour­ish as a vi­able in­sti­tu­tion of learn­ing for young wo­men.” ••

Pe­gas­us Rid­ing to host Crazy Boots Ball

The Pe­gas­us Rid­ing Academy will host the com­munity for the Crazy Boots Ball at Know­lton Man­sion, Rhawn Street and Ver­ree Road, on March 29 for an even­ing of din­ner, dan­cing and fun for a good cause.

Pro­ceeds from the event will be­ne­fit the horse rid­ing ther­apy pro­gram at Pe­gas­us. The four-hour event starts at 7 p.m. and is semi-form­al. Guest are en­cour­aged to wear crazy boots, of course. The $75 tick­et in­cludes cock­tail hour with craft beer tast­ing, din­ner, DJ en­ter­tain­ment and dan­cing. There will be si­lent auc­tions and raffles. The even­ing will hon­or long­time Pe­gas­us sup­port­ers Patti and Chris Vo­gler.

For in­form­a­tion, vis­it pe­gas­us­ ••

Book dis­cus­sion set for March 11

The pub­lic is in­vited to a book dis­cus­sion by Irene Re­it­er, who will re­view Ju­lie Ki­bler’s Call­ing Me Home on Tues­day, March 11, at noon. 

The lunch­eon will be held at Randi’s Res­taur­ant, 1619 Grant Ave. 

The cost is $25. Pro­ceeds will be­ne­fit RS­VP Phil­adelphia, a non­profit or­gan­iz­a­tion that re­cruits people 55 and older for a vari­ety of vo­lun­teer op­por­tun­it­ies.

For re­ser­va­tions or in­form­a­tion, call 267-345-7787. ••

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