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A treat for World War II vets

A Mayfair resident named Dr. Edward J. Gallagher III is beginning an initiative to honor surviving World War II veterans by treating them to breakfast and coffee at Mayfair Diner on the final Saturday of each month.

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The first breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10 to 11 a.m. Transportation is available.

To make a reservation, contact Gallagher at 215-680-0244 or edwardjgallagher221@gmail.com. ••

Dept. of Streets will help recycle your leaves

The city Department of Streets’ leaf collection and recycling program will continue through Dec. 21.

Bagged leaf drop-off will be offered citywide on Saturdays, except Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 13 locations. Bagged leaves to be recycled at the specified drop-off locations will be accepted only in biodegradable paper bags. Otherwise, bagged leaves set out at the curb will be collected as trash.

Leaves can be dropped off at Jardel Recreation Center, 1400 Cottman Ave. (at Pennway Street), and Fox Chase Recreation Center, 7901 Ridgeway St.

Mechanical leaf collections will take place on Nov. 27 (Morefield Avenue to Welsh Road, from Verree Road to Pine Road); and Nov. 29 (Welsh Road to Bloomfield Avenue, from Verree Road to Pine Road).

For more information, call Councilman Brian O’Neill’s City Hall office at 215-686-3422. ••

Mortgage workshop at NE Regional

Learn how mortgages work, the costs, types and more, during an upcoming workshop at Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave.

The workshop is set for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

The sessions, presented by PNC Bank, are free. No registration is required. ••

Local food drive seeks donations

The Ukrianian Selfreliance Federal Credit Union will be holding a food drive through Saturday, Nov. 30, in partnership with Philabundance.

The public can drop off food at the branches at 1729 Cottman Ave. and 14425 Bustleton Ave.

Call 215-725-4430. ••

NEHS Class of ’79 reunion is Saturday

The Northeast High School Class of 1979 is celebrating its 40th reunion on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 7 to 11 p.m. at The Fuge, 780 Falcon Circle, Warminister.

Tickets can be purchased online at northeast138.com/purchase-tickets-1.

For more information, visit northeast138.com/home/reunion-committee. ••

Singing group is looking for new members

The BucksMont Squires of Song are looking for male and female singers.

The group meets each Tuesday at 7 p.m. at United Methodist Church of Langhorne, 301 E. Maple Ave., in Langhorne.

Members do not have to audition.

For more information, call Joe at 267-237-6140 or visit harmonize.com/bms. ••

Free help available for the holidays

Life Coach Philly’s team of trained specialists is reaching out to those who are struggling during the holidays.

The free service is for those who need help dealing with issues such as relationships, careers or wellness.

The service is available anytime through Jan. 2. The coach will work with people to create a customized plan.

To register or for more information, visit lifecoachphilly.com. ••

Trolley tours of Tacony

Guided historical trolley tours of Old Tacony will be given at the Tacony Winterfest, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from noon until 4 p.m. The tours are free and will take place at noon and 1 p.m. Preregistering for the tours is recommended and can be done by visiting Tacony Library at 6742 Torresdale Ave. or by calling the Historical Society of Tacony at 215-338-8790. The tours are not recommended for children under 7 years of age. ••

Job search help available

Get help with your resume, job search, online applications and more provided by CareerLink on Fridays in December at Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave. The times are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 20, and 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 13. The sessions are free. ••

Shop at Philly’s Christmas Village

Philadelphia’s Christmas Village will be open at Love Park, 15th Street and JFK Boulevard, from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve.

Admission is free, with food, drink and shopping pay as you go. More than 80 international and local merchants and artists will sell crafted gifts in decorated tents and wooden houses. There will also be more than 50 local vendors in a holiday market. The village will open on Nov. 28 following the Thanksgiving parade.

Hours are Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Follow @philachristmas on Twitter and Instagram, like Christmas Village on Facebook and visit philachristmas.com. ••

Read by 4th campaign seeks reading captains

Philadelphia’s Read by 4th campaign is looking for reading captains.

The citywide campaign encourages people to help children read on grade level by fourth grade.

The goal is to have a reading captain on every block in Philadelphia. Organizers want to start up reading captain trainings and meetings in the Northeast.

Fourth grade is considered the year when instruction shifts from learning to read to reading to learn.

Research has shown that all children are capable of making great strides in their reading ability as long as they have support from adults inside and outside the classroom. Read by 4th believes the key to achieving grade-level reading are school readiness, daily attendance, quality classroom instruction and out-of-school learning experiences.

To become a reading captain, call 215-814-4111. ••

Frankford CDC receives grant

The Frankford Community Development Corp. is receiving a Local Share Account grant via the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

The corporation will use the $54,610 grant to help renovate a vacant property at 4663 Paul St. that became blighted following a fire several years ago.

“The Frankford Community Development Corporation is always championing to beautify and improve the community. This grant provides the opportunity to build on those goals for the betterment of the neighborhood and its citizens,” said Rep. Jason Dawkins. ••

Murt wants ABA licensing

State Rep. Tom Murt joined colleagues at the Capitol to support legislation that requires professional licensing of applied behavior analysis professionals.

Murt is the co-sponsor of House Bill 1900, which would establish the Better Access to Treatment Act and create a licensure for professionals who practice ABA. This will broaden access to care and ensure that those who claim they practice ABA are certified to do so.

House Bill 1900 is in the House Professional Licensure Committee. ••

Trip to Israel planned

Far Horizons Travel Company is sponsoring a trip with the Fox Chase-based Medical Mission Sisters and Associates to the Holy Land from Dec. 8-18. The itinerary for $3,599 includes stops in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho, Nazareth, Cana of Galilee, Tiberias, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Safed, Haifa, Caesarea and Tel Aviv.

Far Horizons manages all the travel details, including roundtrip air fare, hotel, motor coaches and meals. An experienced tour guide will share the significance of the places visited.

Call Karol Devitt at Medical Mission Sisters, 215-742-6100, Ext. 135. ••

Thanks to grant, local church gets upgrade

Thanks to a grant from Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, members of the 8th Police District Advisory Council, the 8th Police District, parishioners and community volunteers recently gave Bethany African Methodist Episcopal Church, 8898 Ashton Road, a fresh coat of paint. State Rep. Ed Neilson’s office assisted the 8th PDAC with applying for the Fresh Paint Days Pennsylvania grant.

“By partnering with 8th PDAC, it was a great opportunity to bring a sense of community to this important project,” Neilson said. “It was great to see high school students and community members working alongside our police officers to bring new life into the historical Bethany African Methodist Episcopal Church.”

Neilson added Patricia Rosati, the 8th Police District community relations officer, headed up the project, applied for the grant and organized the paint days. ••

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