Around Town

Sofia Cavicchia and other teens from the United States met young Guatemalans during summer service trips.

Donate to local teen’s fundraiser

Morrell Park’s Sofia Cavicchia, who will be a senior at Central High School, is raising money to help people in Guatemala who have been impacted by the coronavirus.

Donations can be made at

Proceeds will go to The God’s Child Project to pay for food and supplies. ••

KleinLife farmers’ market opening July 8

KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave., will open its annual farmers’ market on Wednesdays from noon to 3 p.m., beginning on July 8.

All customers will be required to wear a mask and will be spaced apart using chalk lines marked as a guide on the ground.

Food items offered for sale will be posted on a list, and customers can inform the RSVP Philadelphia staff of their choices. The fresh produce will be weighed and totaled, assembled and packed. It will be untouched before it is purchased. The farmers’ market will accept cash, a SNAP/EBT Access Card, Philly Food Bucks and FMNP vouchers.

The market will be open every Wednesday through the fall. ••

Blood drive July 15 at Loudenslager

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, July 15, from noon to 5 p.m. at Cpl. John Loudenslager American Legion Post 366, 7976 Oxford Ave.

Sign up by calling 800-RED CROSS or going to

Face masks are required. ••

Nazareth has new orthopedics doc

Dr. Christopher E. Selgrath has joined Nazareth Orthopedics at Nazareth Hospital.

Formerly of the Rothman Institute, Selgrath specializes in joint replacement of the hip and knee.

Selgrath will join Dr. Bradley Fink in caring for patients at Nazareth Orthopedics, 2701 Holme Ave., Physicians Office Building, Suite 105.

To make an appointment with Selgrath, call 215-335-6270. ••

Citizens Bank awards grant to KleinLife

Citizens Bank has provided KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave., with a grant of $7,500.

KleinLife president and CEO Andre Krug said the funds will be directed to providing more resources for the center’s Home Delivered Meals Program. KleinLife, in coordination with RSVP Philadelphia, provides 70,000 meals annually to homebound seniors in Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery counties who cannot shop or cook for themselves.

“We are truly appreciative of this generous donation from Citizens Bank to help fund our home-delivered meals for our seniors. We are grateful for their help during these challenging times,” Krug said.

Call 215-698-7300 or visit ••

Free coaching available to help people during pandemic

International School of Coaching’s Master Coach, Paula Michele Boyle, and her team of trained specialists are reaching out to encourage, guide and support the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

The free service is to help those get through the day-to-day challenges as the world is rapidly changing.

To register or for more information, visit ••

Henon welcomes correspondence from constituents

City Councilman Bobby Henon (D-6th dist.) is available to answer questions and connect people with resources on any issue, including ones related to the spread of COVID-19.

Although city government is largely shut down, Henon’s office is responding to calls, texts, emails and social media messages.

People can reach the office at 215-686-3444 or ••

White wants delay in statue removal

State Rep. Martina White (R-170th dist.) asked state Attorney General Josh Shapiro to prevent the city from removing the statue of Christopher Columbus at Marconi Plaza in South Philadelphia until the city reconstitutes the Fairmount Park Commission.

In a letter to Shapiro, White said that only the Fairmount Park Commission has the authority, given to it by the state, to remove statuary from its parks. Mayor Jim Kenney’s decision to allow the Philadelphia Art Commission to make that decision, she said, is lawless.

“Setting aside, for a moment, the First Amendment implications and other issues associated with destroying and removing artwork, I believe it is imperative that the Fairmount Park Commission be reconstituted in order to exercise its statutory responsibilities, and to defend those statutory responsibilities from any other entity which seeks to usurp them,” she said.

The city disbanded the Fairmount Park Commission.

“I would ask that you inform Philadelphia that it must reconstitute the Fairmount Park Commission as required by Pennsylvania law,” White wrote.

State statutes from the mid-1800s established the Fairmount Park Commission and set the bounds of its authority.

“Those who wish the destruction or removal of the Christopher Columbus statue in Fairmount Park seem willing to ignore commonwealth law, protections afforded national origin in statutory law and the donative intent of those who paid for the statue,” White said. “It is important to know whether some are motivated to ‘erase’ American history.”

White will have a rematch with Democrat Mike Doyle in November. Doyle mounted a write-in campaign in the primary to earn a spot on the ballot. ••

No July 4 celebration in Lawncrest

The Lawncrest 4th of July Celebration has been canceled due to the coronavirus.

There will be no parade, flea market, music, fireworks, bingo or any other activity on Saturday.

The celebration will return in 2021. ••

Pro-life group backs Heidelbaugh

Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund announced its endorsement of Republican Heather Heidelbaugh for state attorney general.

“As an organization that exists to promote strong pro-life, pro-woman leaders in office, we are proud to endorse Heather Heidelbaugh,” said Marilyn Musgrave, SBA List Candidate Fund vice president and a former Colorado congresswoman. “Heather is a highly respected, hardworking community leader with a deeply personal understanding of what it takes to persevere through adversity and succeed. This makes her a particularly effective advocate for the vulnerable and the voiceless. We are encouraged to see her challenge Josh Shapiro, an activist who uses the office of attorney general to promote an extreme abortion agenda. Shapiro is radically out of step with his constituents and needs to go. Life and the law deserve a champion like Heather Heidelbaugh as the state’s leading attorney, and we urge all Pennsylvanians to support her.”

A trial attorney with more than 35 years of courtroom experience, Heidelbaugh previously served as a council member at-large on Allegheny County Council and is now a partner at her Pittsburgh law firm.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund and I commend their years of leadership, fighting on behalf of our unborn children,” she said. “As attorney general, I will always be an advocate for the most vulnerable lives in our commonwealth.” ••

S. 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. ••