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The Philadelphia Mills Advisory Council has issued its guidelines for the distribution of the annual community funds received from the Simon Corporation.

The email and postmark deadlines are March 1 to apply for funds.

Grant application forms are available by emailing Jack Irwin at jfi4@verizon.net.

Forms may be sent to the PMAC, P.O, Box 21189, Philadelphia, PA 19154-0389 or emailed to jfi4@verizon.net.

Below are the guidelines:

  • All requests for funds should be submitted on the grant application form and signed by an officer or authorized person of the organization.
  • All requests must be submitted by organizations located within the FMAC membership boundaries (ZIP code 19154) and must benefit the immediate community.
  • An actual amount of money must be requested (no approximate figures), with any additional details and support for the proposed expenditures.
  • Requests must be emailed or postmarked by March 1 of the year funds are to be distributed.
  • All requests will be reviewed and voted upon by the council, and approved funds will be distributed by June 30.
  • The council will have no liability or responsibility subsequent to the distribution of the funds.
  • Upon being granted funds, the funded organization and the council will sign an agreement at the time of the check presentation. This agreement will include a release of liability and responsibility on the part of the council and will state how the funds will be used by the recipient organization. Any interest earned on these funds will be returned to the council and any monies not used by March 1 of the year following the receipt of the funds will also be returned to the council. The council will also have the right to ask for a pre- and a post-inspection and/or audit of the funds received. The scheduling for this inspection and/or audit will be coordinated by the council’s vice president. If the amount of the award is large enough, the council may require the creation of a separate account by the organization that has received the award.
  • If an organization is not granted funds, it may re-submit a request the following year.
  • The names of the organizations receiving funds will be published through a news release.
  • No funds will be granted to an individual. ••

History meeting Wednesday night

The Northeast Philadelphia History Network will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. at Pennepack Baptist Meetinghouse, 8732 Krewstown Road.

Patty McCarthy will speak on Stone Arch Bridges of Poquessing Creek. ••

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Help control the rat population

State Rep. Jared Solomon will hold a rat control forum on Thursday, Feb. 6, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Exchange at Oxford Circle, 6434 Castor Ave. (at Hellerman Street). ••

Social Security and You

Learn about Social Security benefits, how they are calculated and when to take benefits on Friday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. at Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave.

The event, presented by the Social Security Administration, is free, and no registration is required. ••

Job search help

Get help with your resume, job search and interviewing skills with CareerLink at Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave., on Fridays in February.

The dates and times are Feb. 7 and 21 at 10 a.m. and Feb. 14 and 28 at 1 p.m.

The sessions are free, and no registration is required. ••

North Catholic wrestling inducting 2

The North Catholic Wrestling Alumni will hold its annual Wrestling Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Harmonia Club, 2404 Orthodox St.

The cost is $35, and includes open bar and food. All North Catholic wrestling fans and family are invited.

This year’s inductees will be Joe Surba (class of 1995) and Bob “Butterfly” Dempsey (class of 2002).

Proceeds benefit Catholic League wrestlers, including those at Father Judge and Archbishop Ryan.

For more information, call Bill Hunter at 215-778-9830. ••

Citizenship classes at Tacony Library

The Philadelphia Citizenship Action Network will offer free citizenship classes at Tacony Library, 6742 Torresdale Ave.

An information session is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m. The classes begin on Feb. 22.

Participants must bring their Green Card to the information session.

To apply, people must be 18 or older; be able to read, write and speak English; have a clean criminal record; and live in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware or Montgomery counties.

Call 215-457-0272. ••

New programs at KleinLife

A new Lifelong Learning series for older adults will begin at KleinLife, located at 10100 Jamison Ave., on Feb. 12. The public is invited to participate.

The programs are being presented in two, six and eight sessions and will be offered at various price levels.

For additional information and to receive a free Lifelong Learning brochure, contact Linda Hershman at 215-698-7300, Ext. 114 or lhershman@kleinlife.org. ••

Learn about presidential children

Widener University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will present a five-session noncredit course for older adults entitled, Presidential Children, at KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave.

The course, open to members of the public, will begin on Feb. 12 and will continue each Wednesday through March 11.

The class meets at 1:15 p.m. and will be led by lawyer David Hudiak. It will examine the lives of presidential children from the country’s earliest days to the present.

The cost is $30 per person for all five sessions.

For additional information and registration, email olli@widener.edu or call 610-499-4279. ••

St. Hubert holding basket raffle

St. Hubert High School, Torresdale and Cottman avenues, will be hosting Baskets for Bambies on Saturday, April 4, from 7 to 11 p.m. in the cafeteria.

There will be more than 75 baskets and other high-end prizes. It’s an all-ages event, and people need not be present to win.

Admission is free. Soda, water and soft pretzels will be provided. Visitors are welcome to BYOB, food and snacks. DJ Mary Clifford will be playing tunes. ••

Benefit for St. Patrick’s parade

The St. Patrick’s Day Observance Association will be holding a benefit to support the 250th St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The benefit will take place on Sunday, Feb. 23, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, 11630 Caroline Road.

Tickets cost $40, or $20 for children 16 or younger. There will be food, domestic draft beer, live Irish bands, baskets of cheer and performances by the Emerald Pipe & Drum and Cummins School of Irish Dance.

Guests will have a chance to meet parade marshal Michael J. Bradley Jr. and Ring of Honor selections Louie Bradley, John Brennan, Thomas Dooley, Daniel Gallagher, Sheila Hess, Maureen McGrory Lisowski, Michael Remshard, Sister Mary Ellen Tennity, IHM and Bill Whitman.

The parade theme is 250 Years of Faith, Family, Friendship and Heritage.

To make a donation for auction baskets, call Kathy Fanning at 267-237-2953.

For more information, call Joe Fox at 215-429-0193 or Ed Dougherty at 267-879-6107 or visit phillyparade.com. ••

Enter bean bag toss/corn hole tournament

The Northeast Catholic Alumni Association will sponsor a Bean Bag Toss/Corn Hole Tournament on Saturday, April 25, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Fireman’s Hall Museum, 2500 Lefevre St., in Bridesburg.

The cost is $50 per player or $35 for non-players. All proceeds benefit the alumni association.

There will be prizes to the top two teams. Admission includes draft beer, wine, soda and hot buffet. The event will include a cash bar, 50/50 and a raffle for a set of Northeast Catholic corn hole boards.

To make a reservation, call 215-543-1051. ••

Comcast increasing online capacity

Comcast announced that its next-generation xFi Advanced Gateway will begin rolling out to customers in the coming months.

The WiFi 6 Certified gateway will deliver faster speeds, ultimate capacity, lower latency and best-in-class WiFi coverage throughout the home.

Xfinity Internet power users are connecting on average 50 devices in the home per month. The xFi Advanced Gateway is designed for high-performance users to handle more capacity for even more smart home devices coming online in the future.

“We designed the next-generation Advanced Gateway to be the fastest, smartest and most powerful WiFi device on the planet to continue to deliver on our promise of bringing our customers a great broadband experience,” said Kunle Ekundare, director of product and hardware management, Comcast. “The xFi Advanced Gateway is truly the best Internet product we’ve ever built, and we’re thrilled to be bringing our customers into the future with Wi-Fi 6.” ••

Benefit for cancer patient

A beef-and-beer fundraiser will take place on Saturday, April 25, from 7 to 11 p.m. at St. Anne School hall, Memphis and Tucker streets, for Michael McKee, who is battling a rare form of appendix cancer.

The married father of four Catholic school children is out of work from his job at Philadelphia Gas Works due to his illness.

Tickets cost $35 and include a buffet, draft beer and a disc jockey.

For tickets or to make a monetary contribution or a donation for the Chinese auction, call 215-338-2401 or email renie529@verizon.net. ••

Census recruiting event

Learn about U.S. Census job opportunities on Friday, Feb. 14, at 3 p.m. at Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave.

Apply for openings at the event.

Admission is free, and no registration is required. ••

Wine tasting at St. Hubert

St. Hubert High School’s Alumnae Association will host a wine-tasting event on Friday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria, near the Ditman Street entrance.

Tickets cost $35 and include 12 wine pairings, cheese, chocolate and Girl Scout cookies. People must be 21 to attend. The ticket deadline is Feb. 17.

Contact Louise at 610-724-6061 or lfwinski@verizon.net. ••

Bariatric info session at Nazareth

Nazareth Hospital will host a free bariatric information session on Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. in its administrative conference room, 2601 Holme Ave.

The event will educate patients about life-changing weight-loss surgery options and support services. Participants will have the opportunity to speak with Nazareth’s bariatric surgeons.

For more information, call 866-NAZARETH or visit www.trinityhealthma.org/services/bariatrics/. ••

HS seniors can apply for scholarship

Simon Youth Foundation will help a deserving graduating high school senior living near Philadelphia Mills pursue a college education.

Students may apply through Feb. 19 at syf.org/scholarships.

Scholarship recipients are eligible for a one-time $1,500 scholarship, which may be applied to tuition at an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school. Students who will be graduating high school in 2020 and live in the community surrounding Philadelphia Mills are eligible.

Applicants will be evaluated based on academic promise, financial need, written response, work experience as well as community and extracurricular involvement. Recipients will be notified in May. ••

Ryan lacrosse hosting Quizzo

The Archbishop Ryan lacrosse team will sponsor a Quizzo Night on Friday, Feb. 21, in the south cafeteria, 11201 Academy Road.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Quizzo begins at 7:30.

Tickets cost $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tables of eight or more can be reserved.

The evening will include BYOB/snacks, 50/50, raffle baskets, extra cash round, cash prize and mulligans.

For tickets, call Marie at 215-612-0524 or email ArchRyanLax@gmail.com. ••

Redistricting reform meeting

Rich Rafferty, Montgomery County coordinator of Fair Districts PA, will present Making Your Vote Count – Redistricting Reform on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 6:45 p.m. at Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave.

For more information, contact Rafferty at 484-756-9510 or bg3n3rich@verizon.net. ••

Support adoption, get a free Frosty

Individuals are encouraged to buy a Frosty key tag for $2, with the money donated to the Center City-based Adoption Center.

The tags are available through March 1.

Anyone purchasing a tag can use it at Wendy’s throughout 2020 for a free Jr. Frosty with every purchase.

The Center will use the funds to help find families for the hundreds of children in the tri-state area who live in foster care and wait to be adopted.

For more information, visit www.adopt.org. ••

St. Bart celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

St. Bartholomew will present its St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza on Saturday, March 14, from 7 p.m. to midnight in the parish hall, 5600 Harbison Ave.

Tickets cost $40 and include a hot buffet, beer, soda, a DJ, basket raffle and 50/50. Guests must be 21 or older and are welcome to BYOB.

Tickets will be sold after the 8 and 11 a.m. Masses. Or, call the rectory at 215-831-1224. ••

Family tea at St. Hubert

St. Hubert High School, 7320 Torresdale Ave., will host a Practically Perfect Family Tea on Sunday, March 22, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

The cost is $30, or $20 for kids under 10. There will be an art and textile exhibit and raffle baskets.

Call Charlene Ritchie at 215-624-6480, Ext. 1531 or visit huberts.org/tea/. ••

Senior softball league looking for players

The Philadelphia Senior Softball League is looking for experienced players for their 59-and-over and 68-and-over leagues.

The seasons start mid-April and go till mid-October. There are about 30 games, along with playoffs.

There are no games in July.

Games in the 59-and-over league are Tuesdays and Thursdays. For the 68-and-over league, games are Mondays and Fridays.

All games are played at Crispin Field, Holme and Convent Avenues. Games start at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, call Marty Morrison, 215-850-3093, or Dick Lipinski, 215-537-0363. ••

KleinLife is going on the road

Travel with KleinLife will go on a four-day, three-night trip to Newport, Rhode Island from June 8-11. Highlights of the trip are a tour of the Scenic Ten Mile Drive, a visit to the Touro Synagogue, America’s oldest, a visit to Olde Mistick Village and a harbor cruise. The excursion features three overnight stays at the Foxwoods Casino-Great Cedar Hotel, which includes a $30 slot play, three full breakfast buffets, two dinner buffets or a food credit and one dinner in a Newport restaurant as well as roundtrip motorcoach transportation. Cost for the trip is $750 double occupancy, with a $190 supplement for single occupancy.

For additional details and reservations and a free Travel with KleinLife brochure, contact Andrea Kimelheim at 215-698-7300, Ext. 176 or akimelheim@kleinlife.com. ••

Phila. High Class of ‘68 celebrating turning 70

Members of the South Philadelphia High School Class of 1968 will celebrate turning 70 years old at a buffet luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 24, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Waterfall Room, 2015 S. Water St.

Tickets cost $55 and include an open bar.

The luncheon is open to all classes of South Philadelphia High.

Checks can be made payable to SPHS Class of 1968 and mailed to Maria Leati, 26 Old Republic Lane, Marlton, NJ 08053.

For tickets and information, call Stephen Michielli at 267-252-2740. ••

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