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Around town: June 24, 2015

Donate hair for cancer patients

Creations Unisex Salon, 6648 Frankford Ave., will be accepting donations of 8 inches or more of hair that will be donated and made into wigs for cancer patients. The event will take place on Saturday, June 27, from noon to 4 p.m.

The afternoon will include a DJ, face-painting, giveaways and raffles.

For information, call 267–333–9845. ••

Designer Bag Bingo on June 27

The Center for Families and Relationships will sponsor Designer Bag Bingo on Saturday, June 27, at St. Martha church hall, 11301 Academy Road.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Bingo begins at 7. Its a BYOB and snacks event. Tickets cost $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

Call 215–537–5367, Ext. 319 or visit cfarcounseling.org ••

Glen Foerd offers concerts

Glen Foerd on the Delaware’s concert series kicks off on Thursday, June 25, at 7 p.m.

The first concert will feature lively Irish tunes from the group Converse Crew. Converse Crew includes teenagers Haley Richardson on fiddle, Alex Weir on fiddle, Keegan Loesel on uilleann pipes and whistles, and Dylan Richardson on guitar.

Concerts will be held in the estate’s outdoor event structure overlooking the Delaware River and will feature one-hour uninterrupted sets from 7 to 8 p.m.

Admission is pay what you wish. Proceeds will benefit the Glen Foerd estate and the concert artists. Guests should bring their own chairs. The Dining Car bakery will be selling treats.

Glen Foerd is at 5001 Grant Ave. ••

Car show to be held Sunday

All makes and models are welcome to attend a car show on Sunday, June 28, starting at 8 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 2400 Old Lincoln Highway in Trevose.

The cost is $15 to enter a car, and drivers will receive a goody bag. Trophies will be awarded. Proceeds will benefit the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 survivors fund and scholarship funds coordinated by Bucks County police organizations.

At 10 a.m., there will be a brunch. The cost is $28, or $18 for kids age 4–12. Kids under 4 eat for free.

For information, call 215–638–8300 or go to www.radisson.com/trevosepa ••

Theater show at Archbishop Ryan

The nonprofit Ghostlight Players will present Five Women Wearing the Same Dress from Friday through Sunday, June 26–28, at Archbishop Ryan High School, 11201 Academy Road.

Written for the stage by Alan Ball (True Blood, American Beauty), this play scathingly takes apart the traditional wedding with cynicism and laughter. During a pretentious Southern wedding reception, five reluctant bridesmaids find refuge in the bride’s sister’s bedroom. Each has their own reasons for wanting to escape the wedding reception, and as the afternoon wears on, these five women find the refuge they were looking for in each other.

The show is intended for audiences aged 18 and up.

Ghostlight Players, started by Ed Flores Jr. in 2011, has been performing on various stages since its founding. Its first production, A Chorus Line, took place at Thomas Holme School.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the door or online at www.theghostlightplayers.org/tickets/ ••

Services at Star of Hope Church

Star of Hope Baptist Church, at 7137 Hegerman St. in Tacony, will hold revival services Wednesday through Friday, June 24–26.

There will be devotion, prayer and worship each night at 7, followed by a service at 7:30. For more information, call 215–332–8320. ••

Sabatina likes school funding report

State Sen. John Sabatina Jr. issued the following statement regarding the release of the Basic Education Funding Commission report:

“The report is significant in that it represents bipartisan acknowledgment that some districts face more difficult challenges and require more resources than others. I applaud the commission for exploring the effect poverty and language barriers have on school resources and for its recommendation that schools dealing with those issues should have adequate resources to do it.

“The report, however, is like an X-ray in the dentist’s office. Finding and understanding the problem is an important milestone, but we have to recognize that the next step, although it might be painful, can’t be put off any longer. I am ready to work with my Senate colleagues to create an education system that prepares students in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania for the challenges of the 21st century economy.”

A 15-member commission unanimously approved a report recommending that lawmakers adopt a formula aimed at fixing huge disparities in state aid to the state’s 500 public school districts.

The recommendations could be used during the ongoing negotiations for the 2015–16 state budget. ••

Prisoner transport bill passes

A bill giving emergency vehicle designation to Philadelphia Prison System prisoner transport units passed the state House of Representatives.

“My bill, H.B. 898, is important because this designation will allow prisoner transport units to operate using flashing lights when transferring prisoners,” said state Rep. Kevin Boyle. “There is no doubt this will reduce risks associated with prisoner transfers.”

Due to the vast State Road prison complex, prisoners are transported across the Northeast every day. All of these transfers can potentially lead to problems if there are traffic issues or one of the prisoner transport units gets into an accident.

Boyle explained that prison transports are subject to high-volume traffic, which poses a risk when moving prisoners from location to location. Also, the complex infrastructure of the city makes it necessary for prisoner transport units to have a clear path to facilities.

ldquo;I will continue to lead the push for this bill all the way to the governor’s desk to make Philadelphia’s streets safer,” Boyle said.

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. ••

Holme playground being renovated

City Councilman Bobby Henon announced that planned improvements to Holme Playground, at Holme Avenue and Willits Road, are on schedule to be completed this summer.

The work includes a new play area and safety matting, site work paving and a complete reconstruction of the basketball courts. It is expected to be completed by July 30.

A ribbon-cutting celebration will follow soon after.

Go to www.bobbyhenon.com/holme_playground for updates on the work. ••

Job fair in Washington Crossing

The sixth annual Bucks County Job Fair will take place on Monday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Washington Crossing Church, 1895 Wrightstown Road in Washington Crossing.

Attendees can meet face to face with representatives from over 45 local businesses and national corporations that are looking to fill full-time and part-time positions.

Both job seekers and employers must pre-register online at www.buckscountyjobfair.com or www.njpajobfair.com

The free community event is sponsored by Washington Crossing United Methodist Church.

In addition to interviewing with companies and recruiters, job seekers can sign up to attend a 10-week support group with educational talks.

Volunteers will be available on the day of the event to provide free one-on-one coaching, take free headshots, offer free resume reviews and to listen, pray and offer assistance.

For more information, enrollment details and directions, visit www.buckscountyjobfair.com ••

Stylistics in concert on June 27

Russell Thompkins Jr. and the New Stylistics will be in concert on Saturday, June 27, at the Radisson hotel, 2400 Old Lincoln Highway in Trevose.

Dinner will start at 6:30 p.m., followed by the show at 8. Disc jockey Lou Costello will entertain. Cost is $55.

For more information, call 267–525–4011. ••

Farm Stand on Jeanes Hospital campus

The Farm Stand on the Jeanes Hospital campus is open every Thursday through November from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The stand offers fresh, locally sourced fruits and vegetables, cage-free brown eggs, cheeses, apple butter, pumpkin butter, cider applesauce and honey. It is located between Jeanes Hospital and Fox Chase Cancer Center, on the 7600 Central Ave. campus.

For more information, call 215–728–2131. ••

MacMullen new Chamber vice chair

The Board of Directors of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce has elected Jennifer MacMullen vice chairwoman. She assumes the office immediately.

MacMullen is vice president/market director for Beneficial Bank. As market director, she is responsible for overseeing nine branch office locations.

MacMullen has been with Beneficial for nine years, prior to which she was employed by Commerce Bank for 10 years as a senior manager.

GNPCC Chairman of the Board Daniel P. McElhatton’s term runs until December 2016, at which time MacMullen will be seated as chairwoman. ••

Adult learning program at KleinLife

Music, entertainment, current events, literature, cinema and opera will all be part of the new summer adult Lifelong Learning Programs being offered by KleinLife: Northeast Philadelphia, 10100 Jamison Ave., beginning on Monday, July 6.

Linda Hershman, director of KleinLife’s Lifelong Learning Program, which is being run in coordination with KleinLife’s Adult Services Department, says, “These stimulating and informative programs have been specifically designed to stimulate the mind, body and spirit of active maturing adults and are being led by an outstanding faculty of professional educators and skilled professionals in their respective fields. I’m certain that all of our summer participants will totally enjoy interacting with each and every one of them.”

Programs are being run in two, four and six sessions and are open to the general public.

For additional information, contact Hershman at 215–698–7300, Ext. 114 or lhershman@kleinlife.org ••

Plenty of programs at Holmesburg Library

Holmesburg Library, 7810 Frankford Ave., will be offering numerous free programs through the summer.

Preschool Story Time will take place at 10:30 a.m. on the following Tuesdays: July 7, July 21, Aug. 4, Aug. 18.

Teen Tuesdays events are planned for June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28 and Aug. 4.

School-age children are invited to make crafts at 3 p.m. every Thursday in July.

A live snake program will be held on Monday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m.

People are welcome to mingle in the library garden on Monday, Aug. 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be stories, a puppet show, face-painting, art and refreshments.

Call 215–685–8756 or visit the Friends of Holmesburg Library page on Facebook. ••

Sabatina introduces bill on disabilities

State Sen. John Sabatina Jr. (D-5th dist.) has introduced “Paul’s Law,” which would prohibit organ transplant organizations from discriminating on the basis of physical or mental disability.

Sabatina had introduced the bill while a member of the House of Representatives.

“It has become a personal mission of mine to end this kind of blind decision making and ensure that Pennsylvanians with disabilities are equals in the eyes of everyone in the community, including the medical community,” he said. “I want to personally see this effort through to the end, so I’m going to introduce my House bill as a Senate bill as well.”

The legislation was inspired by Paul Corby, a 24-year-old autistic patient who was denied a life-preserving heart transplant in 2011.

“The waiting list for transplants in America continues to grow and with it grows the risk that beloved family and community members will be cast aside over something they cannot control,” Sabatina said. “They already face significant challenges in a complex world, and we need to make a strong statement that their lives are not worth less.”

Sabatina is a member of the legislature’s Disability Caucus. ••

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