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Maternity BVM holding school registration

Maternity BVM Catholic School, 9322 Old Bustleton Ave., is accepting new students for the 2020-21 academic year.

New students can come on Tuesday, June 23, or Wednesday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., to register in person at the school.

To set a time, call 215-908-3329. ••

Health talk series offered virtually

Abramson Senior Care Healthy Brain & Memory Center and KleinLife announced a new virtual healthy talk series that will begin on Thursday, June 25, from 10 to 11 a.m.

The program will focus on healthy wellness and healthy aging for active senior adults and will be led by Katie Reilly, care adviser of the Healthy Brain & Memory Center.

Connect via or Zoom meeting ID 830 1019 3201.

Call 215-698-7300 or visit ••

Sabatina wants to suspend turnpike layoffs

State Sen. John Sabatina Jr. (D-5th dist.) implored Gov. Wolf to suspend the termination of 700 Pennsylvania employees until public hearings can be held on the decision by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

“It is absurd that we would send 700 more Pennsylvanians to the unemployment line during this crisis,” said Sabatina, minority-party chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. “We agreed these loyal state employees would be retained until the end of 2021, when the Turnpike would go cashless.”

Sen. Tina Tartaglione, minority-party chairwoman of the Labor and Industry Committee, also questioned the decision.

“This sudden decision to terminate 700 hardworking Turnpike employees violates the agreement we had in place and comes at a time when the commonwealth should be doing everything it can to curtail the loss of jobs,” she said. “We must insist that all stakeholders have their say in a public forum as part of any decision-making process of this magnitude.”

In all, 17 Senators are calling for the hearings before the June 18 termination date. ••

State money to 2 local public schools

State Sen. Christine Tartaglione announces that the Department of Education has awarded $128,450 in grants to schools within the 2nd Senatorial District for the purchase of computers and other instructional materials.

“I applaud the Department of Education and the Wolf administration for recognizing the urgent need among our schools for these resources in light of the COVID-19 disaster emergency,” Tartaglione said. “Brick-and-mortar schools are closed to mitigate the public health threat of the coronavirus, but student learning must continue. We owe it to our children to provide them with the resources they need to learn and prepare for their future.”

Grant recipients in the 2nd district included Mastery Charter-Smedley Campus (1790 Bridge St.), $36,500) and Northwood Academy Charter (4621 Castor Ave.), $8,000. ••

Sabatina happy about marriage bill passage

State Sen. John Sabatina Jr. announced that his Ending Child Marriage bill’s House version has been signed by Gov. Tom Wolf.

“This bill closes all of the loopholes used to marry children,” Sabatina said. “I thank Gov. Wolf and my colleagues in the Senate and House for supporting this legislation that protects some of our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians.”

Previous Pennsylvania law allows for parental consent along with judicial approval for a child under 16 to be married. Only parental consent is required for children 16 or 17 years of age. ••