Around Town: September 28, 2016

Car Show to be held Oct. 1 at Cannstatter’s

The Double Eagle Car Show, hosted by Valley of Philadelphia Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Road. The rain date is Oct. 8.

All years, makes and models are welcome. There will be music, food, games and trophies. Registration is $20. Spectator admission is $5.

For information, call 267–495–9855, visit or email ••

Writing contest for high school students

The Northeast Philadelphia Hall of Fame is sponsoring a creative writing contest for high school students.

Students are encouraged to submit a written poem, rap, song lyric or other creative writing piece of any length on the theme, “What Makes Northeast Philadelphia Special?”

The piece must be in written form and non-narrative (not an essay or story). It can be any length, from a haiku to a long song or rap.

Entries should be in MS Word format and emailed to by 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 3.

The grand prize is a $2,000 scholarship to Holy Family and an iPad. Honorable mention prizes include gift certificates to local businesses for students. The teacher with the most students entering the contest will receive a gift certificate to the Dining Car.

The winning entry will be published in the Times and in the program booklet for the 2016 Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Oct. 16 at Holy Family.

For more information, visit or the Northeast Philadelphia Hall of Fame page on Facebook. ••

Designer Bag Bingo benefits the FOP

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 Auxiliary will holds its fourth annual Designer Bag Bingo on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. at FOP Lodge 5, 11630 Caroline Road. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. The cost is $40. There will be 12 games of bingo, a hot buffet lunch, coffee, soda, a 50/50 and auction baskets.

Contact Donna Giulian at 215–820–0865 or ••

Church sponsoring casino trip

Holy Innocents Church is sponsoring a trip to the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City on Sunday, Oct. 2.

A bus will depart the church, L Street and Hunting Park Avenue, at 9 a.m.

Each person will receive $25 in slot cash.

The bus will leave the Tropicana at 4:30 p.m.

To reserve a seat, call Cindy at 215–535–2740. ••

Kevin Boyle holding Senior Expo Thursday

State Rep. Kevin Boyle will be holding a Senior Lunch and Expo on Thursday, Sept, 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Villages of Pine Valley Club House, 8601 Pine Road.

The event is free and includes information, free health screenings and giveaways.

Boyle’s staff will also be available to assist with information regarding state-related programs such as PACE and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. In addition, local and state agencies will be present to talk to seniors about their services.

For more information, call 215–695–1016. ••

Little Flower class of 1971 reunion

The Little Flower Class of 1971 reunion will hold its 45th reunion at Randi’s Restaurant & Bar, Grant Plaza II, 1619 Grant Ave., on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 1 to 5 p.m. RSVP by Oct. 1.

For tickets and information, contact Tina Carroll at 215–331–2769 or email or BettyAnne Buckley at 561–714–3201 or ••

Two Northeast locations to host array of concerts

The Multicultural Arts Exchange will bring an eclectic season of classic and contemporary musical programming to two Northeast Philadelphia venues during the next three months.

Shaare Shamayim synagogue at 9768 Verree Road and Glen Foerd on the Delaware at 5001 Grant Ave. will host a combined seven concert performances from Oct. 15 through Dec. 17.

The schedule begins on Oct. 15 with three international tenors, one Cuban, one Georgian and one American, singing English- and Italian-language classics at Shaare Shamayim. On Oct. 30, Justin Gonzalez will bring his English- and Spanish-language musical storytelling to Glen Foerd.

On Nov. 19, Rustem Galitch will debut his Poets Ball featuring dramatic readings of Russian verse with musical acompanyment at Shaare Shamayim. Russian opera will be on display on Nov. 27, as Tatyana Halitskaya performs at Glen Foerd.

The December schedule begins on the 10th when Regina Shenderovich will perform traditional classical instrumentals in From Bach to Medtner at Shaare Shamayim. On the following day, Vladimir Friedman will present Around the World with Guitar at Glen Foerd. The schedule will conclude on Dec. 17 when Lance Wideman and Alexander Spivak perform their Broadway and film revue concert at Shaare Shamayim.

Showtimes vary from afternoon to early evening. Tickets cost $35 for general admission and $25 for students and retirees. Call 855–594–8414 or visit the Facebook page for “Multicultural Arts Exchange” for information. ••

Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai Congregation has new president

Malcolm Adler is the new president of Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai Congregation, 4301 Tyson Ave. in Tacony.

Adler is expected to serve as leader of the congregation for a two-year term. He is following Paul Surden, who served six years.

Serving with Adler are the following officers: Bea Streitfeld, vice president; Alma Fisk, recording secretary; Beverly Friedman, corresponding secretary; Estelle Shnee, financial secretary; and Ann Cohn, treasurer.

“The congregation is big enough to serve everyone and small enough to know everyone,” Adler said.

TMKC has served members and the community for 92 years. ••

Schedule, lineup announced for annual Bensalem Fall Festival

Bensalem’s biggest community event was washed out by Hurricane Joaquin last year.

“It was heartbreaking,” said Dawn Davis, the township’s community affairs coordinator. “Everything was soaked so we had to cancel it.”

That meant the 25,000 or so people who attend the Fall Festival at the township’s municipal complex and TD Bank Amphitheater each year didn’t get to celebrate their community pride that day.

The township managed to salvage parts of the festival with a rescheduled concert at the amphitheater followed by fireworks, but it just wasn’t the same.

This year, barring another unlucky act of Mother Nature, the festival will return with a car show, amusements, business, nonprofit and food vendors, a concert by Rocky and The Rollers and more on Oct. 1 starting at 11 a.m. and culminating with fireworks at 8 p.m.

Events and activities span the entire Bensalem Municipal Complex and TD Bank Amphitheater at 2400 Byberry Road. Free parking is available at Bensalem High School, and shuttles will circle every 10 or 15 minutes to bring people back and forth. Admission is free.

“Everybody looks forward to this. It’s a staple in our community,” Davis said. “It’s the closing of the season, the culmination of the summer concerts. It’s just an unbelievable day here.”

For information and a complete schedule of events, visit ••

Mini-festival will spotlight post-modernist choreographer

Philadelphia Dance Projects will present the mini-festival Considering Choreographer Yvonne Rainer from Oct. 15 to 19, spotlighting the career and influence of the post-modernist choreographer.

Pat Catterson will lead a two-day workshop to start things off, examining Rainer’s seminal work, Trio A. It will be held Oct. 15 and 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. at 1515 Brandywine St.

After a two-day break, Oct. 19 will bring the Philadelphia premiere of local filmmaker Jack Walsh’s documentary Feelings are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer at Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St., at 6 p.m. followed by a discussion with Walsh and Rainer. At 8 p.m., Rainer will host What’s So Funny? Laughter and Anger in the Time of the Assassins, an amalgam of humor and rants relating to the emotional and political dilemmas faced by the artist and other concerned citizens.

The single admission price for all events is $50. Separate admission prices are available for each individual event. Visit for information. ••

Concerts coming to Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul will present an exciting season of concerts highlighting Philadelphia’s rich cultural tradition alongside inspiring ensembles from around the world at the historic cathedral basilica.

The seven-concert series will open its sixth season on Oct. 17 with the Choral Arts of Washington group performing An Italian Madrigal Journey, which traces the expansion of the Italian madrigal tradition from 16th century Continental Europe, into the British Isles and into the present. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

Additional concerts will include Westminster Williamson Voices on Nov. 5, Christmas at the Cathedral Basilica on Dec. 11, The Tallis Scholars on Feb. 9, CAPA Choir on March 13, VoxLuminis on April 28 and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street & Trinity Baroque Orchestra on May 10. All programs are subject to change. Visit for information. ••

Comedy night will benefit North alumni

A comedy show to benefit the North Catholic Alumni Association will take place on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 39, 7229 Tulip St.

There will be performances by Mike Stankiewicz, Jim Daly and John Kensil. The cost is $40, and includes buffet, draft beer and wine.

Call 215–543–1051 or visit ••

Trip planned to Lancaster County

The Sons of Italy Justice Frank J. Montemuro Jr. Lodge is planning a trip to Lancaster County on Monday, Oct. 10.

A bus will leave the Maternity BVM Church parking lot, 9220 Old Bustleton Ave., at 8:45 a.m.

The day will include shopping at Kitchen Kettle Village, a sit-down lunch at Plain & Fancy Restaurant and the show Samson.

The cost is $125. Call 215–676–1910. ••

Celebrate Tacony historical designation

The Historical Society of Tacony will be hosting a reception to celebrate the establishment of the Tacony-Disston Community Development National Historic District.

The reception will be held at the Engine 38 firehouse community room at Keystone Street and Magee Avenue on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 p.m. There will be guest speakers as well as an exhibit of historic Tacony images and documents. ••

New teachers get goods

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association and Pennsylvania Convention Center, working in conjunction with the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, donated gifts bags full of desk supplies to new teachers. The bags contained school supplies such as paper, rulers, pens and pencils.

The presentation took place at the Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush, 11801 Knights Road.

On hand for the celebration were Mayor Jim Kenney and William Hite, the school district superintendent. ••

Craft show at veterans home

The Delaware Valley Veterans Home, 2701 Southampton Road, will host a craft show on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids who come dressed in costume will receive a treat bag. Tables cost $20, or two for $30. Call 215–856–2746. ••

Bariatric sessions at Nazareth

Nazareth Hospital, 2601 Holme Ave., will host free information sessions on bariatric surgery options for people who are looking to lose weight.

The schedule is Oct. 19 (8–9 a.m. and 6–7 p.m.); Nov. 16 (8–9 a.m. and 6–7 p.m.); and Dec. 21 (8–9 a.m.).

To reserve a seat or for more information, call toll-free 1–855-LESS-YOU. ••

Murt holding special office hours

State Rep. Tom Murt (R-152nd dist.) will hold special outreach office hours in Huntingdon Valley and Upper Dublin.

On the third Thursday of each month, Murt and a member of his staff will be at the Huntingdon Valley Library, 625 Red Lion Road in Huntingdon Valley, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Also on the third Thursday of the month, Murt and a member of his staff will be at the Upper Dublin Public Library, 805 Loch Alsh Ave. in Fort Washington, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Residents also may contact Murt’s district office at 19 S. York Road in Hatboro by calling 215–674–3755. They can also visit Murt’s website at ••

Smoking cessation classes at Nazareth

Nazareth Hospital, 2601 Holme Ave., will offer a series of free smoking and tobacco cessation classes to individuals looking to quit smoking cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and/or smokeless tobacco use.

Sessions include understanding addiction, behavior change strategies, coping mechanisms for urges and stress, education on healthy lifestyle choices, access to resources for nicotine replacement therapy and relapse prevention.

The classes will take place on Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m., through Oct. 26 in the seventh-floor rehab conference room. For more information or to register, call 215–335–7727. ••

City accepting cultural fund applications

The Philadelphia Cultural Fund has begun accepting grant applications. The Cultural Fund asks that applying organizations be dedicated to creating, preserving and exhibiting visual, literary and performing arts, architecture, science, history and the humanities.

To fill out the application, go to

The deadline for the application is Sept. 30.

For questions or help filling out the application, call or visit one of City Councilman Brian O’Neill’s offices: 432 Rhawn St., behind American Heritage Credit Union (215–685- 6431); FOP Lodge 5 headquarters, 11630 Caroline Road (215–437- 9167); Bustleton Avenue and Bowler Street, above the 7th Police District (215–685–0432); and 562 City Hall (215–686- 3422). ••

Grief support group holding meetings

Donna Glatz, widow of slain Lawncrest jeweler William Glatz, will hold five upcoming sessions of Heal Your Heart From Loss.

The Wednesday sessions will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Free Library of Northampton Township, 25 Upper Holland Road in Richboro, will host sessions on Oct. 12 and Nov. 9.

The James E. Kinney Senior Center, 165 Township Road in Richboro, will host a session on Oct. 26.

Glatz will share the story of her husband’s murder.

William Glatz was shot to death in 2010 during a robbery attempt inside his jewelry store at 6435 Rising Sun Ave. The Glatz family had owned the store for more than 60 years.

For more information, email ••

Tot program at Holmesburg Rec

Holmesburg Playground, 4500 Rhawn St., is accepting registrations for its Tot Rec Program for the 2016–2017 school year. All children ages 3–5 are welcome.

The program follows the School District of Philadelphia calendar and is held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

For registration and fee structure information, stop in or call facility supervisor Alice Dignam at 215–685–8714. ••

Benefit for multiple sclerosis

The second annual Run for Research will take place on Sunday, Oct. 23, at Warminster Community Park.

The 5K run and one-mile walk will benefit multiple sclerosis research.

The event will go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and include a family fun day. It’ll take place rain or shine, and participants are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes.

Activities include cheerleaders, awards, farm animals, reptiles, karate demonstrations, crafts, giveaways, a DJ, live music, dancing, carnival games, face painting, Moonbounce, obstacle course, storytelling, vendors and appearances by Elmo and SpongeBob,

All proceeds will go to the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

For cost and more information, go to ••

Cemetery volunteers needed

The Friends of Greenwood Cemetery Inc. is looking for volunteers. The Knights of Pythias Greenwood Cemetery is located at 930 Adams Ave. in Northwood.

Volunteers will conduct research, provide educational tours, tend to the garden and raise money.

The cemetery is run by the descendants of original lot holders who seek to preserve their heritage.

Call 215–533–2967 or visit or ••

Toomey condemns tribute to Abu-Jamal supporter

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, in a letter sent to Google parent company Alphabet Inc. CEO Larry Page, called on Google to exercise more discretion and apologize for its homepage tribute to Yuri Kochiyama, a radical activist who publicly supported convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal and voiced support for Osama bin Laden and other terrorists.

Google featured Kochiyama on a “Doodle” on its homepage.

In 1981, Abu-Jamal shot and killed Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, who was performing a routine traffic stop when he was ambushed.

Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of murder, never expressed remorse for his actions or apologized to Faulkner’s family. During his trial, Abu-Jamal smirked at Faulkner’s young widow, Maureen, when his blood-stained shirt was presented in court.

Toomey wrote, “Why anyone would choose to defend a cold-blooded murderer like Mumia Abu-Jamal is incomprehensible to most. Yet, in the years that followed his cowardly actions, far-left radical activists, including Yuri Kochiyama, have turned Abu-Jamal into a cause célèbre. Not only did Ms. Kochiyama purvey a campaign of misinformation by holding up Abu-Jamal as a victim, but she also went as far as emblazoning her Christmas cards with the expression ‘Save Mumia! Save Mumia!’” ••

St. Hubert holds 75th gala at Vie

St. Hubert High School will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a gala at Vie, 600 N. Broad St., on Friday, Nov. 18, from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Tickets cost $200 and include a cocktail reception, sit-down dinner, open bar, dessert buffet and live music.

Sponsorships and program booklet advertising are available.

Proceeds benefit the school’s scholarship fund.

For more information, visit or contact Robin Skubin Nolan (class of 1990) at 215–624–6840, Ext. 233 or ••

Little Flower class of 1971 plans reunion

The Little Flower Class of 1971 reunion will hold its 45th reunion at Randi’s Restaurant & Bar, Grant Plaza II, 1619 Grant Ave., on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 1 to 5 p.m.

RSVP by Oct. 1.

For tickets and information, contact Tina Carroll at 215–331–2769 or email or BettyAnne Buckley at 561–714–3201 or ••

Frankford High School announces reunion

The 1966 class of Frankford High School, the 100th graduating class, is planning a 50th-year reunion.

The event will be held on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 15, at The Buck Hotel, 1200 Buck Road in Feasterville-Trevose.

For details and registration information, visit, or contact Janet (Hall) Pratowski at 215–368–3858 or by mail at P.O. Box 870, Lansdale, PA 19446.

Tickets cost $75 per person and can be ordered through the website or by contacting Janet Pratowski. ••

Golf outing for needy students

The Bob Ritchie Memorial Golf Outing will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Juniata Golf Club.

The cost is $80 and includes a reception, food, beverages and prizes. Proceeds will directly benefit student tuition at Holy Innocents.

The cost is $30 for non-golfers.

Sponsors are welcome to contribute.

Call 215–743–2600 or register online at ••

New teachers get school supplies

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association and Pennsylvania Convention Center, working in conjunction with the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, donated gifts bags full of desk supplies to new teachers.

The bags contained school supplies such as paper, rulers, pens and pencils.

The presentation took place at the Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush, 11801 Knights Road.

On hand for the celebration were Mayor Jim Kenney and William Hite, the school district superintendent. ••

Reading program at Holmesburg Library

Parents, grandparents and caregivers of youngsters are welcome to bring kids to meet children’s book creators Ame Dyckman and Zachariah O’Hora, authors and illustrators of the popular Wolfie the Bunny and The Horrible Bear books, on Friday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. at Holmesburg Library, 7810 Frankford Ave. ••

Dougherty class of ’86 holding reunion

The Cardinal Dougherty class of 1986 will hold a 30-year reunion on Friday, Nov. 11, from 8 p.m. to midnight at FOP Heroes Ballroom, 11630 Caroline Road.

The cost is $50 and includes bottled beer, wine, appetizers and DJ.

Checks or money orders can be sent to CD 86 Reunion, Christine Glover, 3064 Fairfield St., Philadelphia, PA 19136. ••

Enrollment for career training class

JEVS Project WOW (World of Work) is holding enrollment for its free career training class that starts on Oct. 24 at Orleans Technical College, 2770 Red Lion Road.

The 24-week program is for low-income high school dropouts, ages 18–24, residing in Philadelphia.

Project WOW students gain hands-on training in weatherization and property maintenance/repair, such as basic skills in carpentry, plumbing and electrical.

Project WOW also includes GED test preparation; professional development throughout the program for students to work on developing a résumé and interviewing skills; and in-house job search assistance with a JEVS employment specialist.

For more information about the program and eligibility requirements, or to register for the open house, call 215–728–4212 or go to ••

Registration now open for lung cancer benefit

Free to Breathe, a national nonprofit lung cancer research and advocacy organization, will hold its 11th Annual Lung Cancer 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, Nov. 6.

The event will be held at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park and include a welcome rally, kids dash and 5K run or walk that winds through Fairmount Park’s Horticultural Center, past the Japanese Teahouse and finishes in front of the Please Touch Museum.

Early-bird registration before Oct. 30 is $30, and participants can register as individuals or as a team. The top three individual fundraisers and top three fundraising teams will be recognized on event day, and awards will be presented to the top overall male and female race finishers in the 5K run.

The fee includes entry into the event, a 2016 Free to Breathe T-shirt, entertainment and refreshments.

In addition to the walk, this year’s event will feature a silent auction, Survivor’s Tent, Team Spirit Award, kids’ activities and music by WMGK DJ Andre Gardner. Registration, check-in and silent auction bidding begins at 7 a.m. The 5K run will start at 8:30, followed by the 5K walk and 1-mile walk, then the kids’ dash for ages 9 and under.

The current survival rate for lung cancer is 17 percent, compared to 89 percent for breast cancer and 99 percent for prostate cancer, yet it is among the least funded. To register, visit ••

White rips sanctuary city policy

State Rep. Martina White (R-170th dist.) condemned Philadelphia’s sanctuary city policy following a request by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that the city turn over an illegal immigrant charged with raping a child.

Ramon Aguirre-Ochoa is being held at Curran Fromhold Correctional Facility on $500,000 bail.

“I can think of no better example of the dangerous consequences caused by Mayor Jim Kenney’s reckless sanctuary city policy, which is an open invitation to criminals who know they will be protected from deportation,” White said.

According to a statement from ICE, as a prior deportee, Aguirre-Ochoa was slated to have his removal order reinstated and be removed in 2015 after local criminal charges against him in March 2014 were dismissed. At that time, Aguirre-Ochoa was released from local custody when Philadelphia authorities failed to honor an ICE detainer. He remained at large until his most recent arrest.

“Had Philadelphia turned him over to ICE in 2015, we may not be talking about this horrific event today,” White said.

White has introduced House Bill 1885, which would hold responsible any sanctuary city in Pennsylvania for the damages to persons or property as a result of criminal activity by unauthorized aliens.

Under her legislation, if a law enforcement officer of a municipality has identified an individual being arrested as not legally in the United States, he or she must immediately report the individual to the appropriate United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office within the Department of Homeland Security.

“Sanctuary cities place themselves above the law at the expense of the innocent. This is not a partisan issue. This is a safety issue. The Obama administration, former Gov. Rendell and former Mayor Nutter all oppose Philadelphia being a sanctuary city,” White said. “Essentially, Philadelphia allows undocumented immigrants with criminal backgrounds and who pose a threat to the safety of Americans to be safe from federal expulsion. This dangerous policy must not be tolerated.” ••