Disgarded leaves will be picked up citywide
The Streets Department’s 2015 Philly Leaf and Recycling Program will begin on Monday, Nov. 9, and run through Saturday, Dec. 19.
Bagged leaves set curbside will not be recycled or taken as rubbish. Bagged leaf drop-off will be offered citywide on Saturdays (except Nov. 14 and 28) at 23 designated locations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Northeast Philadelphia locations include Jardel, Mayfair and Fox Chase recreation centers; Palmer Playground; Russo Park; 8101 Bustleton Ave.; and the Sanitation Convenience Center at State Road and Ashburner Street. Bagged leaves will only be accepted in biodegradable paper bags.
Other trash or recyclable materials must not be mixed with bagged leaves. Each filled bag may not weigh more than 40 pounds.
Mechanical leaf collection will be provided as a supplement to bagged collections in areas known to have heavy accumulation of leaves, which will include leaf blowers, mechanical sweepers and loaders. All leaves should be raked into the street along the curb by 7 a.m. of the scheduled day.
Cars should not be parked in the street that day. All routes will be visited only once.
Residents should sweep and bag any remaining leaves.
Mechanical collections will take place daily from Nov. 23 through Dec. 4, excluding Thanksgiving Day, in portions of Somerton, Bustleton, Fox Chase, Burholme, Holme Circle and Torresdale. For a map and listings of specific locations, visit the Philadelphia Streets Department website, although the listings can be extremely difficult to decipher without the benefit of the department’s color-coded map. ••
St. Bernard reunion at Paddy Whacks
All current and former parishioners of St. Bernard Church and all alumni of the school are invited to a reunion party on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Paddy Whacks Irish Pub, 9241–43 Roosevelt Blvd.
Tickets cost $35, and include a buffet and open bar.
Call Steve Pinnelli at 215–391–7371 or the rectory at 215–333–0446. ••
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival set
In November, the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival will travel around the city and take audiences around the world with showings of 24 films representing nine countries. The festival will take place from Nov. 7 to 21 at seven venues.
The lineup features 12 documentaries, seven narrative features, one docudrama and a program of Jewish shorts. Ticket prices start at $13, with student and senior discounts available, and are available via pjff.org or 215–545–4400.
Opening night on Nov. 7 will feature Dough by John Goldschmidt at the Gershman Y. Goldschmidt, the director, and actor Jerome Holder will be special guests at the premiere showing. A variety of films will be screened at additional venues throughout the fortnight, including Hiway Theater, International House, the National Museum of American Jewish History, Reel Cinemas Narberth 2, Ritz East and the Kimmel Center. ••
College guide now available online
Philadelphia Futures has released its 26th edition of Step Up to College: Philadelphia’s Guide to the College Preparation, Application, Admissions & Financial Aid Processes.
The 66-page resource book is designed to lead high school students and their families through each stage of the college admissions and financial aid processes.
The theme is “The Path to College Starts Here.”
A PDF version can be downloaded at www.stepuptocollege.org ••
Northeast author releases book
Author Jax Jillian, a resident of the Northeast, recently released her second novel, Ryan’s Letters.
Ryan’s Letters is the sequel to Jillian’s debut novel, Larkin’s Letters. It propels readers into the mind of a grieving Ryan Boone as he writes letters to his deceased wife, Larkin. In this continuation, Ryan struggles to choose between visits from her ghost and a newfound love.
Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available at bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at tatepublishing.org or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com ••
Pope Francis Mass CD now available
Concerts at the Cathedral Basilica have released a new CD, Sound the Bell, a commemorative musical compilations and official keepsake of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States.
It’s available at stores and online at CathedralPhilaConcerts.org.
Recorded in Philadelphia by the Schola Choir and the Chamber Orchestra of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Sound the Bell features hymns and anthems from Pope Francis’ historic outdoor Mass in Philadelphia.
Concerts at the Cathedral Basilica feature world renowned artists and musicians in a cathedral setting.
Proceeds benefit the Music Ministries of the cathedral. ••
New York shopping trip Nov. 21
The Knights of Columbus Regina Coeli Council 4921 will sponsor a Christmas shopping trip to New York on Saturday, Nov. 21.
The cost is $50, which includes round-trip bus transportation and breakfast at Mastori’s Diner. Stops include Macy’s on 34th Street. There will be time for dinner in either Little Italy or Chinatown.
For more information or to make a reservation, call Alex Bednarsky at 215–725–3180 or 215–704–6035. ••
Second-hand shop open
Ann’s Attic, Holmesburg United Methodist Church’s second-hand shop, features household items, knick-knacks, jewelry, clothes, handbags, tapes, CDs, toys and more. No item is over $5.
Ann’s Attic is located beneath the sanctuary of the church, 8118 Frankford Ave., between Welsh Road and Stanwood Street.
The shop is open every Wednesday from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Proceeds from the shop support programs and services of the church, including a weekly food cupboard and King’s Kitchen, the church’s daily meal program. ••
NE Chamber presenting awards
The Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce will hold its Awards of Excellence Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 12, at Belle Voir Manor at Pen Ryn Estate, 1601 State Road in Bensalem. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner and awards presentations will start at 7:30 p.m.
The honorees will be Chapman Ford/VW Sales Inc., Realtor Charlie Boland and Sister Patricia Downs, of the National Shrine of Saint Katharine Drexel.
Tickets cost $125. Sponsorships are available. Call 215–332–3400 or email email@example.com ••
St. Martin’s celebrating 90 years
St. Martin of Tours, an Independence Mission School at 5701 Loretto Ave. in Oxford Circle, will hold a gala on Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Williamson Banquet and Event Center in Horsham. Tickets cost $75.
For more information, call 215–535–2962, Ext. 420. Text STMARTIN to 22828 to get on the school email list. ••
Dougherty class of ’85 reunion
The Cardinal Dougherty High School class of 1985 will celebrate its 30-year reunion on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Best Western Hotel, 3499 Street Road in Bensalem.
For more information, call Steve Schmidt at 267–301–6927 or Colleen O’Rourke at 267–265–2300. ••
History fair slated for Nov. 7
The Friends of Northeast Philadelphia History will present the Northeast Philadelphia History Fair on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holy Family University Campus Center Building, 9801 Frankford Ave. Admission is free.
There will be historic displays, books and prints.
The day will include presentations on Tacony and the Railroad (11 a.m., by Charley McCloskey); Harrison’s Folly (noon, by Patty McCarthy); Lower Dublin Academy (1 p.m., by Fred Moore); and King’s Highway Film.com (2 p.m., by Jason Sherman).
For information, call 215–624–6614 or visit www.nephillyhistory.com ••
Olney Symphony Orchestra to perform
The Olney Symphony Orchestra will be holding a concert on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Berachah Church, which is located at 400 Ashbourne Road in Cheltenham. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. There is a large parking lot in the back of the church.
The light classical concert will feature the following selections from the following pieces: La Boheme by Puccini; Egyptischer Marsch by Johann Strauss; Showboat by Jerome Kern; and a light symphony by Franz Joseph Haydn. ••
Frankford grads celebrating 40th reunion
The Frankford High School class of 1975 will celebrate its 40th reunion on Friday, Nov. 27, from 8 p.m. to midnight at P&P Caterers, 12273 Townsend Road.
The night will include a buffet dinner, sweet table, cash bar, DJ, photo booth, door prizes and giveaways. Tickets are $50. Alumni can purchase tickets and get information at frankfordhigh40.wix.com/frankfordhigh40 ••
City officials to visit two civic group meetings
The next meetings of the East Torresdale and Parkwood civic associations will feature guest appearances by two commissioner-level city officials.
Philadelphia Prisons Commissioner Louis Giorla will speak during the monthly meeting of the East Torresdale Civic Association on Nov. 9 at Liberty Evangelical Free Church, Linden Avenue and Milnor Street. The session starts at 7 p.m. Giorla will discuss prison issues, including proposals for construction of a new prison in the Northeast. In addition, a Philadelphia Gas Works representative is expected to discuss new gas main construction in the neighborhood, while filmmaker Jason Sherman will talk about his new Northeast-centric film project, The King’s Highway.
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey is expected to speak at the Parkwood Civic Association meeting on Nov. 18 at the 8th Police District, Academy and Red Lion roads. The session starts at 7 p.m. Ramsey recently announced his imminent retirement after eight years leading the department. Both meetings are open to the public and free to attend. ••
Spookfest coming to Lawncrest
State Rep. Mark B. Cohen, Engine 64 and Larry’s Famous Steaks and Hoagies invite the community to the Northeast Youth Spookfest at Lawncrest Recreation Center on Saturday, Oct. 31, from noon to 4 p.m.
There will be hayrides, pumpkin painting, food, games, a photo booth, facepainting, eating contests, a costume contest and displays of fire department and SWAT vehicles.
Lawncrest Rec is at 6000 Rising Sun Ave. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. ••
Pet costume contest on Oct. 31
All World of Animals locations will be having a pet costume contest on Halloween, which is Saturday, Oct. 31.
The contest will begin at noon at World of Animals locations at 6503 Frankford Ave.; at 2621 Philmont Ave. in Huntingdon Valley; and at 408 S. 20th St. in Rittenhouse Square.
There will be a prize for the best pet costume, along with refreshments and treats for people and pets.
For more information, call 215–624–8433 or visit www.veterinarianNEphiladelphia.com ••
PA loves Doggy Trick-or-Treaters
A recent survey conducted by Big Heart Pet Brands determined the top 25 states that are most likely to include their pet dog in Halloween festivities. Pennsylvania ranked third.
Virginia was ranked №1. New Jersey placed second.
To determine the rankings, Milk-Bone and Milo’s Kitchen asked local pet parents about whether they dress up their dog in costume, take their dog trick-or-treating, or include them in a variety of other Halloween activities.
In Pennsylvania, 40 percent of pet owners said they dress up their dog in costume. Twenty percent take their dogs to doggy parades or gatherings and 56 percent greet trick-or-treaters at the door with their dog.
For dog-friendly Halloween ideas, including do-it-yourself pet costumes, visit treatingforall.com. ••
Learn about seasonal decorations
Simple Seasonal Somethings will be the featured program at the monthly meeting of the Trevose Horticultural Society on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Bensalem Senior Center, 1850 Byberry Road, in Bensalem.
Looking for quick, simple solutions to decorating your home for the holidays? Several society members will create unique and interesting decorative pieces for the home.
A selection of completed designs will be available for raffle.
All society meetings are open to the public. A $3 donation is requested from non-members. For information, call 856–866–9163. ••