Around Town

Boulevard speeding tickets coming Saturday

The Philadelphia Park Authority will begin issuing speeding tickets along Roosevelt Boulevard on Aug. 1.

Speed cameras were installed on June 1 at the following eight intersections: Banks Way, F Street, Devereaux Avenue, Harbison Avenue, Strahle Street, Grant Avenue, Red Lion Road and Southampton Road.

Speeders will get warnings in the mail through July 31.

The speed limit is 40 mph northbound until Ryan Avenue, where it becomes 45 mph. The limit is 45 mph southbound until Faunce Street, where it becomes 40 mph.

The fines are $100 for going 11-19 mph over the limit, $125 for going 20-29 mph over the limit and $150 for going 30 or more mph over the limit.

Fines will be sent through the mail. No points will go on a driver’s license.

Proceeds from the program will go to equipment, administration and police review of tickets. Remaining funds will go to transportation safety grants. ••

Apply to become a Philly cop

The Philadelphia Police Department is accepting applications to become a police officer through July 31.

Candidates must be 22 by the time the class starts at the Police Academy. They must apply and pass examinations and evaluations before being hired.

The starting salary is $56,227 a year.

To apply or for more information, visit

To speak to someone from the recruiting unit, call 215-683-COPS. ••

Hohenstein proposing disability curriculum

State Rep. Joe Hohenstein (D-177th dist.) last week hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on disability inclusiveness curriculum.

Hohenstein was joined by several colleagues, including Rep. Kevin Boyle.

Panelists joined the hearing online, along with a sign language interpreter, and answered questions from lawmakers.

Hohenstein, who has suffered from moderate hearing loss since he was a child, directed people to to learn more about the proposed mandated universal curriculum.

The hearing took place on July 23, three days before the 30th anniversary of President George H.W. Bush signing the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Panelists included officials from the School District of Philadelphia; Alan Holdsworth, director of Disability Equality in Education; and Lisa Aquila, a disabilities-rights activist from Bridesburg. All spoke in favor of the proposal.

The bill mandates that all students in Pennsylvania be taught about political, economic and social contributions of persons with disabilities. Supporters believe passage of the bill would help end the negative attitudes, stereotypes and stigma of disability. ••

Virtual concert fundraiser set

The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will hold a virtual fundraiser.

The fundraiser will feature A Night at the Movies, a concert presented by Bristol Riverside Theatre’s Summer Music Fest.

The concert will be presented on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m. or Sunday, Aug. 9, at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $35 each and must be paid for by July 29. A YouTube link will be emailed.

Call 215-677-1600. ••

March for peace in Lawncrest

A Lawncrest Unity Peace Parade will take place on Thursday, Aug. 6.

The event is sponsored by the Lawncrest Community Association and the Lawncrest Lions.

Participants are asked to gather at Rising Sun and Longshore avenues at 5:45 p.m. The parade will start at 6.

The march will end at the Lawncrest Recreation Center grove, where there will be guest speakers and light refreshments.

People of all ages are invited. The event will take place rain or shine. Masks are required. ••

Thrift shop clothing sale

The Classroom Thrift Shop, 4301 Tyson Ave., sponsored by the women of Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai, will hold its summer bag sale (fill a bag of clothing for $6) through July 31.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Customers must wear a mask.

The shop will be closed from Aug. 1 to Sept. 5.

Call 215-624-9130. ••

Nick’s Roast Beef recognized for food donations

Comcast Business applauded Nick’s Roast Beef, 2210 Cottman Ave. and 4501 Woodhaven Road, for providing more than 6,000 free meals to needy Philadelphia-area residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

“If I wasn’t for my ability to serve customers by takeout or delivery, I wouldn’t be able to stay open let alone support these food donations,” said owner Matt Rossi.

Michael Louden, a Comcast vice president, said, “At Comcast Business, we understand the critical importance of providing fast, reliable internet and phone service to help keep restaurants like Nick’s Roast Beef running smoothly. We’re extremely proud of the work Nick’s is doing to help feed our local community and are happy to be the service provider that helps their business to remain viable.” ••

Donate children’s clothing

The Northeast Family Service Center, a ministry of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, offers a program called “Clothing Cuties.”

The program assists families experiencing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic by providing essential infant and children’s clothing.

To donate newborn to 4T clothing items, call 215-624-5920. ••

Blood drive Aug. 12 at Loudenslager

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 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. ••

Phila. High Class of ‘68 reschedules event

Members of the South Philadelphia High School Class of 1968 have postponed a celebration of them turning 70 years old.

The rescheduled date is Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Waterfall Room, 2015 S. Water St.

Tickets cost $55 and include an open bar and buffet luncheon.

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.

Refunds for anyone who has already paid will be issued shortly.

For tickets and information, contact Stephen Michielli at 267-252-2740 or ••

Orleans Tech reopens

Orleans Technical College, 2770 Red Lion Road, is reopened, continuing operations while remaining socially distant.

Some precautions the school has taken include separate entrance and exit doors, staggered arrival times, sanitizing work areas before and after use and providing water bottles in lieu of water fountains.

The college will continue with upcoming classes: Aug. 17: A/C, Refrigeration & Heating (HVAC) (evening); Aug. 24: Residential & Commercial Electricity (evening); Aug. 31: Residential & Commercial Electricity (day); Sept. 14: Building Maintenance (evening); Sept. 21: A/C, Refrigeration & Heating (HVAC) (day). ••