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Around town: March 19, 2014

Northeast Chamber upcoming events

Dave Montgomery, president and CEO of the Phillies, will will be the guest speaker at an upcoming luncheon sponsored by the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association.

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The luncheon is set for Wednesday, April 16, at the Village of Cottage Green, 9001 Ashton Road. Registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. Tickets cost $35 for members and $50 for nonmembers.

Meanwhile, the annual GNPCC/Crown Holdings Business is Blooming expo will take place on Wednesday, May 7, from 2 to 6 p.m. in the gymnasium at Holy Family University, Frankford and Grant avenues.

Matt O’Donnell, of 6ABC, will be the keynote speaker at a 12:30 p.m. luncheon in the Campus Center. Tickets cost $35 for members and $50 for nonmembers.

Bill Clement, who played for the Flyers when they won the Stanley Cup in 1974 and ’75, will appear at the expo. He’s a community ambassador for 3rd Fed Bank and hockey television broadcaster and analyst.

The expo in the Holy Family gym is free and open to the public. More than 100 vendors and nonprofits are expected. There will be food samples, giveaways, prizes and entertainment.

For information, call 215–332–3400, visit www.gnpcc.org or email gnpccoffice@aol.com ••

Tony Danza back at NEHS for talent show

TV star Tony Danza, who briefly taught at Northeast High School for a cable network show, will emcee the school’s talent show at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 20. He’ll also perform a song-and-dance routine. The show is open to the public and tickets can be purchased at the door for $10. Students, who purchase tickets ahead of showtime can get them for $5. Everyone else who buys ahead of time will pay $7.

The show is a school fundraiser. Danza has acquired the support of Ron Perelman, who is willing to match whatever we raise up to $10,000. Also, Danza has arranged the same deal with an anonymous third-party donor, according to the school. ••

Holy Family to host Chopin concert

Holy Family University will host the Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia’s 47th annual Chopin Concert on Sunday, March 23, at 2 p.m.

The concert will take place in the university’s Education and Technology Center, Frankford and Grant avenues. The featured artist will be pianist Magdalena Baczewska.

Tickets cost $30 for adults and $20 for students. They will be available in advance or at the door. A light reception will follow the recital.

For information, call 215–627–1391. ••

Jerry Hartman benefit is Sunday

A benefit will take place on Sunday for Jerry Hartman, a popular former police officer and coach who has battled liver and colon cancer since last year.

The benefit will run from 3 to 7 p.m. at Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 Heroes Ballroom, 11630 Caroline Road. Tickets cost $40 and include live music, food, draft beer, $2 domestic bottled beer and other reduced drink prices, silent auctions and raffles.Proceeds will go to Hartman’s medical bills. Hartman, a teacher and Holmesburg native, worked closely with the Tacony Police Athletic League while serving as a cop.

To volunteer, assist with gift baskets or for advance tickets, call 215–852–2068, 215–847–3800, 215–778–8293, 267–784–7746 or 215–205–3644. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Anyone who wants to make a donation can send checks payable to The Friends of Jerry Hartman to The Philadelphia Federal Credit Union, 12800 Townsend Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154, Attn: Regina Carolan. ••

Drivers workshop offered

Orleans Technical Institute is offering a free driver’s license workshop to assist individuals in addressing the issues that suspended or revoked their license, with steps for reinstatement. Workshop attendees can also get information on obtaining their driver’s permit.

The workshop dates are March 25 and April 8 at 2 p.m. at Orleans’ facility at 2770 Red Lion Road. The workshop is open to the public.

Individuals can register at www.orleanstech.edu/register or call 215–728–4733 for more information. ••

Fashion show is March 30

Crescentville United Methodist Church, at 412 Sentner St., will host an Easter Parade Tea fashion show on Sunday, March 30, at 2 p.m.

The Easter fashions will be courtesy of the T.J. Maxx store in Abington. Sue Snyder will offer a presentation of Easter fashions from the 1950s.

Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For tickets or more information, call 215–885–7069 or 215–745–7115, email crescentville@yahoo.com or visit crescentvilleumc.com ••

City giving away 2,000 trees

The city will be giving away more than 2,000 trees as part of its TreePhilly initiative. Residents can register in advance or picked up on April 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Pennypack Environmental Center, at 8600 Verree Road. The city will deliver and plant the trees for people with limited mobility.

For more information, call or visit the offices of City Councilman Brian O’Neill at the FOP at 11630 Caroline Road (215–437–9167), Bustleton Avenue and Bowler Street (215–685–0432) or 562 City Hall (215-MU6–3422). ••

Library to hold career classes

Holmesburg Library, 7810 Frankford Ave. (at Hartel Avenue), will hold a series of computer-based career classes on three upcoming Thursday mornings. Participants will learn the basics of writing an effective resume on April 10, online job searching on April 17 and online job applications on May 8.

The classes run from 10 a.m. to noon.

For information, call 215–685–8756. ••

Special bingo set for March 28

Designer Purse Bingo will be held on Friday, March 28, at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 1200 Park Ave., in Bensalem. Doors open at 6 p.m. Games start at 7 p.m.

Tickets cost $35 and include 10 games of Bingo and light refreshments. There will also be additional chances to buy tickets for additional raffle prizes.

All proceeds will benefit the Bensalem Relay for Life American Cancer Society.

For information or to purchase tickets, call 215–245–6607 or email animalhall@aol.com ••

Taste of the NE is next month

Calvary Athletic Association, 4330 Deerpath Lane, will host a Taste of the Northeast on Saturday, April 26, from 8 to 1 a.m. Tickets cost $30 and include adult beverages and entertainment. There will also be a Chinese auction, raffles and a 50–50.

For more information, call 215–694–6391 or email calvaryaa@verizon.net ••

JCC to host drivers’ program

The Klein JCC, 10100 Jamison Ave., will host SteerSmart, a free program that educates high school students and parents about unsafe driving habits, on Sunday, March 30, at 1 p.m.

The event is for people of all ages and levels of driving experience.

To register or for information, contact Mallory Hanfling at 215–698–7300, ext. 135 or mhanfling@kleinjcc.org ••

Temple to host monthly brunch

Jared Solomon, founder and president of the Take Back Your Neighborhood civic association and a candidate for state legislature, will be the guest speaker at Temple Beth Ami’s monthly brunch, 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 23, at the temple, 9201 Old Bustleton Ave. A donation of $5 will be requested at the door. ••

Sign up now for Normandy reunion

The Normandy Civic Association has scheduled a reunion/fundraiser for 7 to 11 p.m. on May 2 at the FOP Lodge 5 headquarters on Caroline Road. The event will include a selection of beef, fish and chicken entrees, a Chinese auction and a disc jockey.

Tickets are $40 per person, and tables of 10 are selling quickly. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the association’s president, John Wisniewski, at 215–828–3678. Wisniewski said the affair will be a great event for current or former Normandy residents. ••

JCC to honor partners, volunteers March 19

Two special community partners and four outstanding volunteers will be among the 225 volunteers singled out for special recognition when the Klein JCC, 10100 Jamison Ave., stages its annual Home Delivered Meals, March For Meal’s Celebration and Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on Wednesday, March 19, beginning at noon.

Subaru of America, of Cherry Hill, N.J. will be presented with a Corporate Leadership Award, while the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust, of Gladwyne, will receive a Community Leadership Award.

“Both are being honored for their assistance and support of the Klein JCC’s Home Delivered Meals and Cook For A Friend Programs which helps reduce senior hunger in Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery counties,” according to Lisa Sandler, director of community services and head of the Home Delivered Meals.

In addition, Jack Belitsky, of Northeast Philadelphia, Judy Einhorn, of Marlton, N.J., and David and Jeanette Auerbach, of Elkins Park, will be recipients of the annual Nina Cohen Award. Nina Cohen was a long-time former director of the Home Delivered Meals Program. She passed away several years ago. The special volunteer service awards are being presented in her memory. ••

Hockey benefit set for March 23

NHS Human Services Foundation will host the 10th annual Goals for Giving hockey benefit on Sunday, March 23, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Flyers Skate Zone, at 10990 Decatur Road. The game between Flyers alumni and the NHS Human Services Blues will raise money for the foundation.

“Goals for Giving is one of the highlights of the year for all involved with NHS,” said Joe Rocks, chairman and CEO of the organization. “Last year’s event raised more than $83,000 for NHS programs, and we look forward to an even bigger event this year.”

Former Flyers scheduled to participate include Brian Propp, Frank Bialowas, Todd Fedoruk, Joe Watson, Mitch Lamoureux, Bob Kelly, Andre Faust, Rob MacInnis, Dave Parro, Charles Zingoni and Ray Allison. Tickets cost $10.

“This event has been successful because of how inclusive it is for everyone,” said Propp, an NHS board member.

There will be an after-party from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Chickie’s & Pete’s, 11000 Roosevelt Blvd. The cost is $20, and guests can meet the former Flyers.

For more than 40 years, NHS has provided assistance to children and adults in the areas of mental health, addictive services, developmental disabilities, autism, juvenile justice, therapeutic foster care and education services.

For tickets or information, visit www.goalsforgiving.org ••

Orleans Tech hosts open house Sunday

Orleans Technical Institute, at 2770 Red Lion Road, will hold an open house on Saturday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Visitors will tour the school and laboratories and meet with instructors. They will receive financial aid information and learn about one-on-one job search assistance.

Plumbing and heating and carpentry classes will start on April 1. Residential and commercial electricity and building maintenance classes will begin on April 24. A 13-month air conditioning, refrigeration and heating night class gets underway on April 28.

To register or for more information, call 215–728–4700 or visit www.orleanstech.edu/register ••

Einstein opens practice on Frankford Avenue

Einstein Healthcare Network has opened a multispecialty practice at 8015 Frankford Ave. in Holmesburg.

The practice offers a range of specialty care services, including general surgery; vascular surgery; bariatric consultation and evaluation; pulmonology; endocrinology; rheumatology; electrophysiology; urology; nephrology; and orthopedic subspecialties such as foot and ankle, spine, sports medicine, joint replacement and shoulder. The site also provides outpatient imaging, including ultrasound, dexascan and full field digital mammography.

“Einstein is committed to making excellent medical care readily accessible to our neighbors in Northeast Philadelphia and throughout the region,” said LuAnn Trainer, vice president of physician services and senior executive overseeing the practice. “This model of care offers patients the convenience of being treated right in their neighborhood from highly trained physicians affiliated with an outstanding major medical center.”

For an appointment or more information, call 1–800-EINSTEIN or visit www.einstein.edu/holmesburg ••

Cultural Fund awards grants

The Philadelphia Cultural Fund awarded grants totaling $1.8 million to 272 arts and culture organizations citywide at its annual reception in Conversation Hall at City Hall.

Four organizations in the 10th Councilmanic District will receive general operating grants. They are Kardon Institute for Arts Therapy, Philadelphia Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, Philadelphia Singers and Three Aksha.

“PCF’s general operating support is crucial for these organizations to continue their important work in our communities,” said City Councilman Brian O’Neill.

Five organizations in the 6th Councilmanic District will receive general operating grants.

They are Mutya Philippine Dance Company, Dance Affiliates, Glen Foerd Conservation Corporation, Philadelphia Boys Choir and RAIR.

“PCF’s support of the arts and culture organization in my district helps our neighborhoods and our young people,” said Councilman Bobby Henon.

Established in 1991, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund promotes arts and culture as engines of social, educational and economic development and provides operating funding.

“This year, these awards are particularly gratifying,” stated Julie Hawkins, president of the Cultural Fund board, “as they represent the 21st round of grants made to the arts and culture community since the founding of the Cultural Fund. For the past 21 years, City Council and Philadelphia’s mayor have consistently provided annual funding to the Cultural Fund, from $440,000 in 1994 to a peak of $3.2 million in 2010.”

For information on the Philadelphia Cultural Fund or the 2014 grant recipients, contact Michelle Currica at 267–242–8150 or michelle@philaculturalfund.org ••

Arbor Day tree deal deadline nears

The deadline is March 30 for people to receive 10 white flowering dogwood trees for $10.

The deal is being offered as part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

The trees will be shipped with planting instructions. The ideal time to plant them is by May 31.

Arbor Day Foundation members also receive a subscription to Arbor Day, the foundation’s bimonthly publication, and The Tree Book, which contains information about tree planting and care.

To become a member and receive the trees, send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Dogwood Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, or join online at arborday.org/march ••

Jewish War Veterans seek 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.

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

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