The HellRaisers Motorcycle Club will be donating toys for less-fortunate families at an event on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Gibbons Police Athletic League, at Rising Sun and Longshore avenues.
The event will run from 2 to 4 p.m. Santa Claus will pose for pictures, and refreshments will be served. State Rep. Mark Cohen will be in attendance.
To RSVP or to donate a toy, call Roxanne Gambino-Schroeder at 215–626–1723.
In other news from the Dec. 10 meeting of the Burholme Community Town Watch and Civic Association:
• The business spotlight was on Chase’s Hop Shop, at 7235 Rising Sun Ave.
Owner Frank Huynh spoke about his place, which is open Sundays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The shop features more than 600 beers. The menu includes hoagies, chicken wings, french fries, cheesesteaks, chicken tenders, cheeseburgers, sandwiches and coffee.
For more information, call 267–538–3609 or follow Chase’s Hop Shop on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
• Longtime Town Watch and civic association president Al Taubenberger addressed the crowd as a city councilman-elect.
Taubenberger was an aide to former congressman Charlie Dougherty and former Council members Joan Krajewski and Jack Kelly. He served 23 years as president of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.
Before winning a Council seat last month, the Republican lost two races for Congress and races for mayor, Council at-large and state representative.
One key to his success this time, he said, was resigning as president of the Chamber of Commerce to become a full-time candidate.
Taubenberger edged incumbent Republican Denny O’Brien by 436 votes for the seventh and final at-large seat. He’ll take the oath of office on Jan. 4, and occupy Room 586 in City Hall.
“I’m ready to hit the ground running. I’m gonna work real hard, and so will my staff.”
• The United Methodist Church of the Redeemer choir sung Christmas carols after the meeting adjourned. Members feasted on food supplied by Chase’s Hop Shop and the Quaker Diner.
• No tenant has been found yet for the former Pathmark, at 840 Cottman Ave. The supermarket closed when its parent company, A&P, went bankrupt.
• Burholme Community Town Watch and Civic Association will meet again on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. at United Methodist Church of the Redeemer, at 1128 Cottman Ave. ••