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Farmers market opens at KleinLife

KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave., opened its seasonal Farmers Market, which features fresh vegetables and fruits for sale every Tuesday, from noon to 2:30 p.m.. through Thanksgiving.

Proceeds from the sales will be used to fund Cook For A Friend as part of the RSVP Home Delivered Meals Program. Call 267-345-7787. ••

History meeting Monday in Tacony

The Historical Society of Tacony general membership meeting will be held on the lower level of Tacony Library, 6742 Torresdale Ave., on Monday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m.

The guest speaker will be Jim Murphy, a certified Philadelphia tour guide who will present a program about William Penn and how he turned a “howling wilderness” into America’s fastest-growing city.

A small exhibit will be on display relating to the statue of Penn that rests atop City Hall and was cast at Tacony Iron and Metal Works. ••

Shredding event to be held on Saturday

State Rep. Mike Driscoll will sponsor a free shredding event for residents from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, at the Linden Avenue Boat Launch, at Linden Avenue and the Delaware River.

Unwanted items that should be shredded include credit card statements, credit card applications, bank statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance records and retirement or pension fund information. Documents will be shredded on site, and all material collected will be recycled.

Residents are also encouraged to bring old televisions, computer monitors or other electronic equipment to be recycled in an environmentally friendly manner.  For information, call 215-281-3414. ••

Flea market Saturday outside Eastern State

An outdoor flea market will take place on Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. outside the historic Eastern State Penitentiary, 2201 Fairmount Ave.

Parking will be available in the adjacent lot.

The rain date is Sunday, May 5. Call 215-625-FLEA or visit PhilaFleaMarkets.org. ••

Storm drain-marking program

The Parkwood Civic Association invites the public to a storm drain-marking program on Sunday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Junod Playground, 12770 Dunks Ferry Road.

The markers are designed to protect waterways from pollution. Kits will be provided by the Philadelphia Water Department, in partnership with the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.

To sign up, contact Mike Doyle at 267-243-8599 or michaeldoylejr@comcast.net. ••

Bingo at Tiffany Diner

The Sisterhood of Temple Menorah Chai will sponsor bingo on Sunday, May 5, from noon to 4 p.m. at Tiffany Diner, Welsh Road and Roosevelt Boulevard.

The cost is $30 and includes lunch and three bingo cards. Call 215-725-2002. ••

Tree giveaway in Frankford

Registration is now open for the Frankford Community Development Corporation’s yard tree giveaway, which will be held on Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Womrath Park, Frankford and Kensington avenues.

Trees must be planted in the city and on private property, not in containers or in the sidewalk. The event is being held in partnership with TreePhilly and the Frankford Garden Club. It will also feature free recycling bins and other sustainability resources.

In case of rain, the giveaway will be held at the Daral Building, 4667 Paul St. To sign up to receive a tree, contact Ellie Vamos at 215-743-6580, Ext. 105 or evamos.fcdc@gmail.com ••

Homebuying workshop

Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave., will host a homebuying workshop on Tuesday, May 7, at 6 p.m.

There will be information about shopping for a home, negotiating the price, financing and mortgages.

The workshop, presented by Philadelphia Federal Credit Union, is free. To register, call 215-934-3580. ••

Spring tea at local church

On Saturday, May 4, at 2 p.m., Emmanuel Resurrection Episcopal Church, 8201 Frankford Ave., will be having a spring tea.

The cost is $10 per person.

RSVP to Esther at 215-333-2391 or Colleen at 215-624-8520, Ext. 1.

No tickets will be sold at the door. ••

John J. Nesbitt reunion

The 48th reunion of former employees of John J. Nesbitt will take place on Wednesday, May 1, at 1 p.m. at Tiffany Diner, 9010 Roosevelt Blvd.

Nesbitt was a large commercial heating and air conditioning company at State Road and Rhawn Street.

The cost is $20 and includes a meal. Contact Edward Apice at 215–637–2637 or email eapice@comcast.net ••

History meeting on Wednesday

The Northeast Philadelphia History Network will meet on Wednesday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at Pennepack Baptist Church, 8732 Krewstown Road. Historian and author Charles McCloskey will speak on Descriptive Inventory and Transcription of the Gordon, Saltar, Wharton Family Papers, 1723-1858. ••

Elvis coming to Bustleton

American Legion Post 810, 9151 Old Newtown Road, will host an Elvis Presley show on Friday, May 3.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and food will be served until 8 p.m., when the show begins. Tickets cost $25 and include food, the show and dancing.

There will be a cash bar.

For tickets and information, call 215-969-9437. ••

Free legal advice

Meet with a lawyer for free legal advice on Wednesday, May 1, from noon to 2 p.m. at Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave.

The event is free.

No registration is required. ••

St. William parish celebrating Sunday

St. William Parish Culture: 1920-1970, remembering the influx of German/Irish/Italian/Polish people, will take place on Sunday, May 5, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. in the church memorial hall, Rising Sun Avenue and Argyle Street. The event is part of the parish’s 100th anniversary celebration. Free finger food will be served.

The afternoon will also feature music, dancing, a then-and-now video, raffles, centennial tote bag sales and prayer.

The parish invites school alumni and current and former parishioners to a gala on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Philadelphia Ballroom, 2014 Hornig Road. The cost is $50 and includes an open bar and buffet. ••

St. Hubert going to AC

St. Hubert High School will hold a trip on June 18. A bus will depart the school, at Torresdale and Cottman avenues, at 8:45 a.m. A 50-50 and lottery basket drawing will take place.

There will be a one-hour ride on a cruise ship in Atlantic City. Next will be a four-hour stay at Resorts Casino, with $25 back in slot cash. The day will end with a sit-down dinner and wine at Tomasello Winery in Hammonton. The bus will arrive back at the school at about 9 p.m.

The cost is $80, which must be paid in full by May 15.

To reserve a seat, contact Mary Clifford at 267-231-7367 or mclifford@huberts.org ••

Aging agencies need improvement

The House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Thomas Murt, joined the Senate Aging and Youth Committee to investigate the Office of the State Inspector General’s report detailing the failure of local area agencies on aging to investigate cases of elder abuse and neglect in a timely manner as required by law.

“The report reveals an outrageous failure to fulfill our duty to older Pennsylvanians,” Murt said. “We must hold those responsible accountable, and make sure our AAAs are sufficiently funded to do their jobs.”

According to the report by the Office of State Inspector General, 43% of local AAAs have failed to complete investigations within 20 days as required by law. Another 20.4% failed to conduct face-to-face interviews within the first 72 hours of a report of abuse as the law requires.

In addition, the OSIG found that the state Department of Aging had failed to properly instruct AAA employees on how to categorize and investigate reports of elder abuse, and recommended the department better train AAA workers. ••

FOP Survivors’ Fund benefit planned

The 23rd annual Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 Survivors’ Fund benefit is set for Saturday, May 18, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the FOP, 11630 Caroline Road.

The nonprofit fund benefits the families of police officers killed or injured in the line of duty.

The cost is $35. The event is open to people 21 or older and pre-teens. It will feature live music by Jamison and Let’s Ride, a food buffet, open bar for draft beer, $3 well drinks, a 50/50 and raffles. Donations are being accepted for the Chinese and silent auctions.

A Cornhole tournament will begin at 10 a.m. The cost is $80 per team and will include beer and food. The top team will receive a cash prize.

There is plenty of parking in lots and on the street. ••

Murt rallies for redistricting reform

State Rep. Thomas Murt (R-152nd dist.) joined colleagues for a rally to urge the legislature to change the way it redistricts every 10 years.

“It’s time to remove politics from the system,” Murt said.

Murt’s legislation– House Bill 22– would create an 11-member Independent Redistricting Commission to replace the existing Legislative Reapportionment Commission, which consists of four legislative leaders plus a chairman appointed by the state Supreme Court.

Instead, this legislation would have House and Senate district lines drawn by a randomly selected group of voters from both major political parties, plus independents and third-party members.

Commission members and their spouses could not have been lobbyists, political operatives or federal or state employees within five years prior to their appointment to the commission. ••

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