Around town: May 14, 2014

15th PDAC meet­ing res­ched­uled for May 19

Mem­bers of the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil will meet at the May­fair Com­munity Cen­ter on St. Vin­cent Street at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 19. 

The or­gan­iz­a­tion usu­ally meets on the fourth Monday of every month, but the May ses­sion was res­ched­uled be­cause of the Me­mori­al Day hol­i­day. ••

Vet Ad­vis­ory Com­mis­sion has new dir­ect­or

City Coun­cil Pres­id­ent Dar­rell Clarke re­cently ap­poin­ted Scott Brown as the new dir­ect­or of the Phil­adelphia Vet­er­ans Ad­vis­ory Com­mis­sion.

A U.S. Navy vet­er­an of the Gulf War and Op­er­a­tion Ir­aqi Free­dom, Brown has spent more than a dec­ade in ser­vice to vet­er­ans. As a vo­lun­teer with the Phil­adelphia VA Med­ic­al Cen­ter, Brown has ex­ped­ited claims pro­cessing and worked with Doc­tors Without Bor­ders. He is a ser­vice of­ficer at South­w­est Phil­adelphia Amer­ic­an Le­gion Post 959 and is a board mem­ber of the non­profit Bring­ing Up Down Syn­drome. ••

Neigh­bor­hood yard sales in East Tor­res­dale

Dozens of homeown­ers in East Tor­res­dale will join forces for two com­munity yard sales on Sat­urdays, May 17 and June 7, throughout the neigh­bor­hood.

Maps and loc­a­tion lists for each date will be pos­ted in ad­vance on the Face­book page www.face­­ly­CYS. In­form­a­tion will also be dis­trib­uted by Twit­ter via @NEPhil­ly­CYS, as well as at 4300 Con­vent Lane on the day of each sale. Gen­er­ally, par­ti­cip­at­ing res­id­ents live near the Frank­ford Av­en­ue cor­ridor between Grant Av­en­ue and Linden Av­en­ue, in­clud­ing prop­er­ties near In­ter­state 95 and the Byrne golf course.

Each sale will start at 8 a.m. and con­tin­ue un­til 3 p.m. The rain dates are May 18 and June 8. ••

Wo­men of Cour­age Awards are this week­end

Luther­an Set­tle­ment House will host the ninth an­nu­al Wo­men of Cour­age Awards ce­re­mony and break­fast at the Sofitel Hotel, 120 S. 17th St., on Fri­day, May 16, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Lo­raine Bal­lard Mor­rill of Clear Chan­nel Me­dia and En­ter­tain­ment will host the ce­re­mony.

LSH will hon­or Kath­er­ine Kinslow, pres­id­ent and CEO of Aria Health; Sally Poli­woda, co­ordin­at­or for the Com­munity Nurs­ing Ad­vocacy Pro­gram at Chil­dren’s Hos­pit­al of Phil­adelphia; and Sandy Salzman, ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of New Kens­ing­ton C.D.C. LSH will fur­ther re­cog­nize three former cli­ents who have demon­strated cour­age in the face of ad­versity and found their way to self-suf­fi­ciency.

Es­tab­lished in 1902, LSH was foun­ded on the prin­ciples of the set­tle­ment house move­ment and ori­gin­ally served com­munit­ies of newly ar­rived im­mig­rants. This year, the or­gan­iz­a­tion will serve more than 5,400 Phil­adelphi­ans through four main pro­gram areas: the James Ad­dams Place home­less shel­ter for wo­men and chil­dren, the Bi­lin­gual Do­mest­ic Vi­ol­ence Pro­gram, LSH’s own Edu­ca­tion Pro­gram and LSH’s own Seni­or Cen­ter.

All pro­ceeds from the event will be­ne­fit wo­men en­rolled in LSH pro­grams. Tick­ets cost $75 and are avail­able via www.luther­anset­tle­ For in­form­a­tion, con­tact Brandon Wright at 215-426-8610, Ext. 1223., or bwright@luther­anset­tle­ ••

Hen­on an­nounces ‘Text Bobby’ pro­gram

In con­junc­tion with the re­cent Philly Tech Week 2014, city Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on an­nounced the launch of two new di­git­al tools for con­stitu­ents. The tools are aimed at en­han­cing pub­lic ac­cess­ib­il­ity to elec­ted of­fi­cials and con­stitu­ent ser­vice, as well as map­ping monthly zon­ing vari­ance and build­ing safety hear­ings.

Hen­on partnered with Tex­tizen, a civic dia­logue plat­form, to cre­ate the “Text Bobby” pro­gram, which al­lows con­stitu­ents to reach the coun­cil­man’s of­fice via text mes­sage from a text-ready mo­bile phone. Users will be able to send an “SMS” (short mes­sage ser­vice) to phone num­ber 215-392-6606 and re­ceive an im­me­di­ate con­firm­a­tion. From there, the coun­cil­man and his staff will be aler­ted of the is­sue, such as fallen trees, pothole re­pair, zon­ing mat­ters or ques­tions about pending le­gis­la­tion. The coun­cil­man’s of­fice will re­spond with an­swers with­in 24 hours.

“Text Bobby” im­proves upon the city’s “City Hall” ap­plic­a­tion for iPhone be­cause “Text Bobby” users don’t need to have an iPhone to use the sys­tem. Any mo­bile phone with tex­ting cap­ab­il­ity will work.

In a sep­ar­ate pro­gram, Hen­on’s of­fice re­leased a new web-based map us­ing data drawn from the De­part­ment of Li­censes and In­spec­tion’s ap­peals cal­en­dar. The map in­cludes L&I vi­ol­a­tions, build­ing per­mit re­fus­als and li­cense re­voc­a­tions, along with deni­als to the Board of Build­ing Stand­ards, the L&I Re­view Board and Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment. Pre­vi­ously, this in­form­a­tion was avail­able on­line only through the Ap­peals Cal­en­dar on the L&I web­site. The new map is avail­able at www.bobby­hen­­peals_map.

The in­ter­act­ive map gives users a city­wide view of ap­peals and al­lows them to click on each ad­dress for more in­form­a­tion. ••

Holy Re­deem­er blog of­fers ex­tra sup­port

Holy Re­deem­er Home­Care & Hos­pice provides home health and hos­pice ser­vices in Phil­adelphia, Bucks, and Mont­gomery counties and New Jer­sey.

For hos­pice fam­ily care­givers, Holy Re­deem­er’s Caring with Con­fid­ence blog,­con­fid­, provides an ad­di­tion­al level of 24/7 sup­port.

Holy Re­deem­er Health Sys­tem provides a con­tinuum of health care, home care, long-term care and hos­pice, which makes the health sys­tem unique among health care pro­viders in the re­gion.

For more in­form­a­tion, call 1-800-818-4747 or vis­it www.ho­lyre­deem­ ••

Spe­cial li­censes avail­able for vet­er­ans

State Sen. Mike Stack re­cently an­nounced that vet­er­ans des­ig­na­tion driver’s li­censes are now avail­able from the Pennsylvania De­part­ment of Trans­port­a­tion. The spe­cial li­censes identi­fy hold­ers as U.S. mil­it­ary vet­er­ans.

“Hav­ing their proof of ser­vice on their Pennsylvania driver’s li­cense should make it easi­er and more con­veni­ent to re­ceive the cred­it they de­serve,” Stack said. 

Qual­i­fied ap­plic­ants for the new des­ig­na­tion on a driver’s li­cense or state-is­sued ID card in­clude vet­er­ans who have re­ceived a Cer­ti­fic­ate of Re­lease or Dis­charge from Act­ive Duty (DD214) or equi­val­ent for ser­vice in the U.S. armed forces. This in­cludes re­serv­ists or Na­tion­al Guard vet­er­ans who were re­leased from ser­vice un­der con­di­tions oth­er than dis­hon­or­able.

The new des­ig­na­tion is auto­mat­ic­ally re­new­able with reg­u­lar li­cense or ID re­new­al. The li­censes are avail­able at all PennDOT ser­vice cen­ters or on­line at There is no ad­di­tion­al charge for the “V” des­ig­na­tion on new li­censes. Those who wish to add the des­ig­na­tion to their cur­rent val­id li­censes will have to pay the reg­u­lar re­new­al fee. ••

Smoking banned in neigh­bor­hood parks

May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter re­cently signed an ex­ec­ut­ive or­der ex­tend­ing smoke-free reg­u­la­tions in­to all city parks. Dr. Don­ald Schwarz, the deputy may­or for health and op­por­tun­ity, joined Nut­ter at a ce­re­mo­ni­al sign­ing, as did Mi­chael De­Ber­ardinis, deputy may­or for en­vir­on­ment­al and com­munity re­sources.

Un­der the new or­der, smoking is banned in more than 100 of the city’s neigh­bor­hood parks and wa­ter­shed parks, total­ing more than 11,000 acres of pub­lic space. The policy went in­to ef­fect on April 29.

“Elim­in­at­ing smoking in pub­lic parks is a com­mon­sense policy that clearly aligns with our city’s ex­ist­ing smoke-free reg­u­la­tions for re­cre­ation cen­ters, pools and play­grounds,” Nut­ter said. “Spe­cific­ally, this policy pro­tects the en­vir­on­ment and the health and well­ness of our cit­izens.”

The policy will be en­forced by the parks’ staff. In ad­di­tion, the De­part­ment of Parks and Re­cre­ation, along with the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Health, will sup­port en­force­ment ef­forts through com­munity edu­ca­tion with a pub­lic aware­ness cam­paign, in­clud­ing the “No butts about it” me­dia cam­paign.

Phil­adelphia joined oth­er large cit­ies like New York, Los Angeles and At­lanta in pro­hib­it­ing smoking in pub­lic parks. Smoke-free parks are an ex­ten­sion of the Clean In­door Air Work­er Pro­tec­tion Act, which banned smoking in work­places, res­taur­ants and bars. In ad­di­tion, a 2011 ex­ec­ut­ive or­der made re­cre­ation cen­ters, pools and play­grounds smoke-free. ••

Arch­bish­op Ry­an stu­dent wins spelling bee

Brid­get Ry­an Laz­ar was the win­ner of the re­cent 10th an­nu­al Arch­bish­op Ry­an High School Spelling Bee.

The con­test fea­tured 54 sev­enth-graders from 16 Cath­ol­ic ele­ment­ary schools.

Brid­get won a four-year, $2,000 schol­ar­ship to Ry­an.

Run­ner-up De­sir­ee Nyeuh won a four-year, $1,000 schol­ar­ship.

Third-place fin­ish­er An­gelina Stride won a four-year, $500 schol­ar­ship.

The con­test went 18 rounds, and the win­ning word was “ex­uber­ant.” ••

Fox Chase Can­cer Cen­ter to host farm stand

The Jeanes Hos­pit­al/Fox Chase Can­cer Cen­ter cam­pus, at 7600 Cent­ral Ave., hosts a farm stand every Thursday through Novem­ber from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Items for sale in­clude fruits, ve­get­ables, cage-free brown eggs, cheeses, apple but­ter, pump­kin but­ter, peach cider, cider apple­sauce and honey.

The stand is loc­ated on the grassy area near park­ing lot C. In case of rain, it will move in­to the Jeanes cafet­er­ia.

The ini­ti­at­ive is presen­ted by the Jeanes Hos­pit­al Aux­il­i­ary and Jeanes Hos­pit­al’s Nu­tri­tion Ser­vices De­part­ment.

For more in­form­a­tion, call Rose­marie Schle­gel at 215-728-2131. ••

‘Tick­et in Bas­ket’ auc­tion is this week­end

Emanuel United Church of Christ, at 2628 Fill­more St. (near Thompson Street), will hold a “Tick­et in Bas­ket” auc­tion on Sat­urday, May 17.

Doors will open at 11 a.m. The draw­ings will take place at 12:30 p.m.

Food will be avail­able for pur­chase. Ad­mis­sion is $4.00.

For more in­form­a­tion, vis­it www.emanuel­ ••

Fun­draiser will aid an­im­al ad­op­tion agency

Phil­ad­opt­ables, an an­im­al ad­op­tion agency, will hold a flap­jack break­fast fun­draiser on Sat­urday, June 7, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Ap­ple­bee’s, at 9141 Roosevelt Blvd.

The cost is $10.

For more in­form­a­tion, email Ter­rie Crowe at tl­crowe7211@com­ or Joe Ma­son at jma­ ••

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