Around town: May 21, 2014

Peace rally in the Vet­er­ans Me­mori­al Grove

A peace rally is sched­uled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, in the Vet­er­ans Me­mori­al Grove on the 6000 block of Rising Sun Av­en­ue in Lawn­crest.

The event, sponsored by the Phil­lyR­ising Col­lab­or­at­ive, the Lawn­crest Com­munity As­so­ci­ation and the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict, is a re­ac­tion to the vi­ol­ence that has oc­curred in the neigh­bor­hood this year. There have been sev­er­al shoot­ings, in­clud­ing a triple- and a double-hom­icide.

“We are us­ing this rally as a way to unite the res­id­ents of Lawn­crest and to take a stand against those who wish to dis­rupt the peace that Lawn­crest de­mands,” said As­sist­ant City Man­aging Dir­ect­or San­ya Brown. “The com­munity at large is fed up, and so we have col­lect­ively de­cided to come to­geth­er as a united front.” ••

Expo slated for Sat­urday at Four Points 

The Biz Knows: Busi­ness and Com­munity Expo will take place on Sat­urday, May 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel, at 9461 Roosevelt Blvd.

The Expo will sup­port those who would like to own busi­nesses, and those who wish to provide a product or ser­vice to the com­munity. The event will fea­ture a num­ber of in­dustry ex­pert speak­ers, ad­dress­ing sub­ject mat­ters that im­pact new and as­pir­ing busi­ness own­ers.

At­tendees will have the op­por­tun­ity to get ac­quain­ted with proven best busi­ness prac­tices and also to con­sult ex­perts in vari­ous fields of in­dustry.

Show­cases of products and ser­vices by loc­al busi­ness and or­gan­iz­a­tions will be fea­tured at the expo. Any fam­ily-friendly busi­ness or or­gan­iz­a­tion is wel­come to ex­hib­it products.

Re­gis­tra­tion is $7 in ad­vance, $10 at the door. Go to  ht­tp://2014­ex­popa.event­

The ex­hib­it­or rate is $150. The fi­nal hour of the event will fea­ture mu­sic, re­fresh­ments and a com­pli­ment­ary chair mas­sage.

For fur­ther de­tails, vis­it www.thebiz­ ••

Driver’s li­cense work­shop at Or­leans Tech

Or­leans Tech­nic­al In­sti­tute, 2770 Red Li­on Road, will of­fer a free driver’s li­cense work­shop on Tues­day, June 24, at 2 p.m.

The event will as­sist in­di­vidu­als in ad­dress­ing the is­sues that led to a sus­pen­ded or re­voked li­cense, with steps for re­in­state­ment.

To re­gister, call 215-728-4733 or vis­it www.or­lean­­gister ••

Loc­al law­yer plans fam­ily law course

Ned Hark, a mem­ber of the law firm of Howard M. Gold­smith P.C., re­cently was a co-course plan­ner and presenter for the ninth an­nu­al Fam­ily Law In­sti­tute, presen­ted by the Pennsylvania Bar In­sti­tute.

Hark is a past chair­man of the fam­ily law sec­tions of both the Pennsylvania and Phil­adelphia bar as­so­ci­ations. He is a fel­low in the Amer­ic­an Academy of Mat­ri­mo­ni­al Law­yers. He has also chaired and served as a mem­ber of the law­yer re­fer­ral and in­form­a­tion ser­vice over­sight com­mit­tee of the Phil­adelphia Bar As­so­ci­ation.

Hark, whose of­fice is at 7716 Castor Ave., is a fre­quent lec­turer on fam­ily law top­ics and has ap­peared as a guest on sev­er­al tele­vi­sion pro­grams deal­ing with di­vorce, sup­port and is­sues. He can be reached at 215-722-5850. ••

Fund to award two schol­ar­ships

The Joseph C. Mc­Clo­s­key Char­it­able Fund will award two schol­ar­ships this year to area col­lege stu­dents.

The re­cip­i­ents of the Eliza­beth Mc­Clo­s­key Me­mori­al Schol­ar­ship, for wo­men, and the John C. Sul­li­van Jr. Me­mori­al Schol­ar­ship, for men, will each re­ceive $2,000 to­ward their col­lege or uni­versity tu­ition.

Ap­plic­ants must live in Ta­cony. The ap­plic­a­tion dead­line is Sunday, June 1. To ob­tain an ap­plic­a­tion, vis­it ht­tp://jcm­c­ccfta­­tact-us/

Fill out the form at the bot­tom of the page and click “send.” ••

Potholes, by the num­bers

You re­call the winter of 2014, don’t you? Re­mem­ber the cold, the wind, the snow, the sleet, the ice, the potholes?

Earli­er this year, the North­east Times re­por­ted the city ex­pec­ted to ex­ceed its all-time re­cord of 13,000 potholes. That re­cord wasn’t just beaten; it was slaughtered. It’s hard to pre­dict, even now, how many potholes winter left on the city’s streets, but, so far, the Streets De­part­ment has filled more than 33,000 of them.

Winter kept AAA Mid-At­lantic busy, too. Ac­cord­ing to the auto club, it rendered as­sist­ance to 119,000 mo­tor­ists who got flat tires through April. The num­ber provides a handy meas­ure of just how harsh the winter was — it’s 22 per­cent high­er than it was in 2013.

Be­sides provid­ing that handy stat­ist­ic, the auto club has a com­puter site that drivers can use to re­port potholes: ht­tp://mid­at­­porta­Po­thole. This is good for re­port­ing potholes in New Jer­sey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Mary­land, Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and Vir­gin­ia. ••

May­or ap­points chief cul­tur­al of­ficer

May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Helen Haynes, the cur­rent Dir­ect­or of Cul­tur­al Af­fairs at Mont­gomery County Com­munity Col­lege, as Chief Cul­tur­al Of­ficer in the city’s Of­fice of Arts, Cul­ture and the Cre­at­ive Eco­nomy.

Be­gin­ning June 7, Haynes will over­see day-to-day op­er­a­tions of the OACCE (in­clud­ing all of the city’s arts pro­grams,) co­ordin­ate with rel­ev­ant city agen­cies to uni­fy the city’s arts ef­forts, and serve as a li­ais­on between the city’s cul­tur­al in­sti­tu­tions. She will also be re­spons­ible for ex­pand­ing arts edu­ca­tion for young people and sup­port­ing the growth and de­vel­op­ment of the City’s arts, cul­ture and cre­at­ive eco­nomy sec­tor by pro­mot­ing pub­lic and private in­vest­ments. ••

Wawa hon­ors its Krewstown Road store

Wawa Inc. an­nounced last week its store at 8900 Krewstown Road would be the latest re­cip­i­ent of its 5-Star Store Ser­vice Award. 

Re­cently, on the heels of its 50th an­niversary cel­eb­ra­tion, Wawa began the present­a­tion of 5-Star Ser­vice Awards, hon­or­ing the top stores throughout its chain for in-store ex­cel­lence and cus­tom­er ap­pre­ci­ation. All of the 5-Star Ser­vice stores are se­lec­ted as a res­ult of Wawa’s Voice of the Cus­tom­er sur­veys. The store ranked with­in the top two stores for the re­gion based on over­all sat­is­fac­tion scores and cus­tom­er rat­ings. 

The Wawa Found­a­tion made a dona­tion of $1,000 to Chil­dren’s Hos­pit­al of Phil­adelphia in hon­or of the store team. ••

Com­mit­tee of Sev­enty has new web­site 

The in­de­pend­ent polit­ic­al watch­dog group’s site has the same url, www.sev­, but a new look. ••

Phil­lyR­ising gets new dir­ect­or

The Of­fice of The Man­aging Dir­ect­or an­nounced the pro­mo­tion of Ad&ea­cute; Fuqua to po­s­i­tion of dir­ect­or of the Phil­lyR­ising Col­lab­or­at­ive in the Of­fice of The Man­aging Dir­ect­or. Fuqua pre­vi­ously served as the deputy dir­ect­or and, pri­or to that, as the south di­vi­sion­al co­ordin­at­or. ••

De­liv­ery ser­vice grow­ing

In­stacart, a ser­vice that can de­liv­er gro­cer­ies from mul­tiple loc­al stores with­in an hour, re­cently an­nounced that it has nearly doubled its Phil­adelphia-area ser­vice area by adding the North­east and its sub­urbs.

The com­pany also an­nounced that it is now de­liv­er­ing from Acme Mar­kets stores.

New neigh­bor­hoods and towns that are part of the ex­pan­sion in­clude Frank­ford, Lawn­crest, Bustleton, Fox Chase, Burholme, Ox­ford Circle, Somer­ton, Rhawn­hurst, Ta­cony, Wissi­nom­ing and May­fair.

For com­plete maps of In­stacart’s de­liv­ery areas, vis­it­­a­tions.

In­stacart de­liv­ers from Whole Foods Mar­ket, BJ’s Whole­sale Club, Fine Wine & Good Spir­its, Acme Mar­kets, Su­per Fresh and Green Aisle Gro­cery.

“The re­sponse from Phil­adelphia has really been amaz­ing — it seems we’ve struck a chord,” said George Shotz, man­ager of Phil­adelphia op­er­a­tions. “This is a big ex­pan­sion for us, but the de­mand is def­in­itely there, so we’re ex­cited about it.”

Shotz ad­ded that, to date, the com­pany’s shortest or­der-to-de­liv­ery time in Phil­adelphia was 14 minutes and 14 seconds.

“No oth­er gro­cery de­liv­ery ser­vice can even come close to that,” he said.

Cus­tom­ers can open an ac­count at www.In­, and get free de­liv­ery on their first or­der of $35 or more. For fre­quent cus­tom­ers, In­stacart of­fers an an­nu­al mem­ber­ship that elim­in­ates de­liv­ery fees for all or­ders of $35 or more. The cost is just $99.

Cus­tom­ers can sign up for a free two-week tri­al at­­press ••

Can­cer Cen­ter hosts weekly 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. ••

Jew­ish war vets seek­ing new mem­bers

The Jew­ish War Vet­er­ans of the United States of Amer­ica South Phil­adelphia Post 98, based in the North­east, is look­ing for new mem­bers.

The club par­ti­cip­ates in Vet­er­ans Day parades and the Four Chap­lains Me­mori­al Ser­vice, serves as col­or guard at vari­ous func­tions and raises money for hos­pit­al­ized vet­er­ans.

Meet­ings are held the third Sunday of the month at the Casino Deli Res­taur­ant, at 2425 Welsh Road.

Any man or wo­man who served in the mil­it­ary is eli­gible to join. As­so­ci­ate mem­bers are also wel­come.

For more in­form­a­tion, call Gil Be­ne­dict, the seni­or vice com­mand­er, at 215-742-1420. ••

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