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Patty McCarthy speaking about historic bridges in Northeast Philadelphia.

History Zoom meeting Wednesday night

The Northeast Philadelphia History Network will hold a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m.

Historian Patty McCarthy will speak on Poquessing Creek Bridges Part 2.

Join the meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82579877656?pwd=QUJaa2pZZmVPVEhiSE96QU5qTWExZz09.

The meeting ID is 825 7987 7656. The passcode is 255697.

Poquessing Creek Bridges Part 1 can be viewed below.••

Bargain hunt

A multi-house neighborhood yard sale will take place on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both sides of Academy Road in Academy Gardens in the 19114 ZIP code.

The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 11. ••

Mass of remembrance

A COVID-19 Mass of Remembrance will take place Sunday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. at Resurrection of Our Lord Parish, 2000 Shelmire Ave.

This special Mass is for anyone who was unable to have a proper memorial because of the pandemic.

People are encouraged to bring a framed picture of loved ones to place around the altar. Ashes are also welcome. Masks are required. ••

Playground name change bill advances

City Council’s Committee on Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs last week unanimously approved a bill renaming Chalfont Playground, 4382 Deerpath Lane, as the “Corporal Jimmy O’Connor Memorial Playground.”

The bill is sponsored by Councilman Brian O’Neill, and is expected to be passed by the full Council next week.

O’Connor, of Millbrook, was a police SWAT team member shot to death on March 13 as he served a fugitive murder arrest warrant in Frankford.

Among those testifying in favor of the bill at a public hearing were a representative of the Department of Parks and Recreation and Terri O’Connor, Jimmy’s widow.

O’Neill said a dedication ceremony will take place in the future. ••

Eagles film to screen

Maybe Next Year, the documentary film that captured the Eagles’ Super-Bowl winning season from the perspective of four of the team’s most die-hard fans, will play at the drive-in at the Navy Yard on Oct. 20-21, at 7 p.m.

The documentary, which first premiered at the Philadelphia Film Festival in October 2019, was directed by Drexel University graduate Kyle Thrash.

Maybe Next Year follows Shirley Dash, Barry Vagnoni, Bryant Moreland and Jesse Callsen as they navigate the challenges of life with their love of the Eagles and the sport of football.

To purchase tickets to the Navy Yard screenings, visit http://filmadelphia.org/events/maybe-next-year/.

To pre-order a copy of Maybe Next Year before the Nov. 10 release date, visit Amazon and where DVDs are sold. ••

Help for depression

PATH (People Acting To Help) Inc. will be providing free wellness and depression screenings by phone on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The screening is free, anonymous and open to all.

To participate, call 215-728-4565.

To learn more, visit www.pathcenter.org. ••

Nominate a hero

Mazda North American Operations has launched its “Mazda Heroes: Honoring The Human Spirit” program.

The initiative aims to place a spotlight on individuals across the country who have selflessly dedicated themselves to their communities throughout 2020. Through Mazda Heroes, MNAO will select 50 deserving people and provide each hero with a Mazda MX-5 Miata 100th Anniversary Special Edition.

Stories can be submitted through Oct. 25 at www.MazdaUSA.com/mazda-heroes.

Honorees will be announced beginning Dec. 2. ••

Celebrate Halloween

City Councilman Bobby Henon will hold Bobby’s Halloween Boo Bash on Saturday, Oct. 31, from noon to 2 p.m. at Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road.

The outdoor event includes trick or treating through trunks and tables, games and activities, DJ, door prizes, scavenger activity, candy and other goodies, informative resources for parents and concession stand food available for purchase.

All attendees over age 2 will be required to wear a face mask at all times. They will be required to complete a healthcare questionnaire and have their temperature checked before entering.

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Call or text 215-686-3444. ••

Blood drives at Loudenslager

The American Red Cross will hold blood drives on Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 2 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Cpl. John Loudenslager American Legion Post 366, 7976 Oxford Ave.

Sign up by calling 800-RED CROSS or going to www.redcrossblood.org. The sponsor code is ALPOST366.

Face masks are required. ••

Election office opens at GWHS

The city elections commissioners last week opened seven satellite election offices to provide Philadelphia voters with easier access to register to vote and to vote by mail.

One office is at George Washington High School, 10175 Bustleton Ave.

Ten more satellite offices will open in the near future.

The offices are open seven days a week and will remain open through Election Day, Nov. 3. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to being able to register, voters may request a mail-in ballot and return it to cast their vote. North Philadelphia resident Priscilla Bennett cast the first mail-in vote in Philadelphia for the general election.

Commissioner Chairwoman Lisa Deeley said, “This fall, Philadelphians are excited – excited to cast their vote. We at the Commissioners’ Office are pleased to be able to offer Philadelphia voters several different, safe options on how they can exercise their right to be heard. You can vote at the polls on Election Day, Nov. 3, you can vote through the mail, and starting today, you can vote in-person at one of our offices around the city, whichever is best for your personal voting plan.”

Commissioner Omar Sabir said, “It is crucial that black and brown voters understand that they have purpose, and their opinion is significant for government to work at an optimal level. I’m pleased that the satellite offices will make voting more accessible to all Philadelphians.”

Other locations include 140 City Hall. ••

CTK holding golf outing

Christ the King School will hold a golf outing and luncheon on Monday, Oct. 12, at Bensalem Township Country Club, located at 2000 Brown Ave., Bensalem.

The cost is $100 per golfer, and the price includes golf fees, cart and luncheon.

For information regarding sponsorships or to participate as a golfer, contact Terri Cristofaro at CTKPhila@gmail.com or 215-281-2810. ••

AHCU collecting for the needy

American Heritage Credit Union invites the community to help reach its goal of collecting 20,020 pounds of food in this year’s Spirit of Giving Food Drive. All nonperishable food donations will be given out to various food pantries and food banks throughout the community to help families in need this holiday season.

The donations will be collected through Nov. 20 at all American Heritage branch locations. Nonperishable goods such as soups, canned meat and vegetables, rice and pasta are at a higher demand this time of year due to holidays like Thanksgiving.

Each American Heritage branch will collect goods for a food bank or organization that directly supports families in the area the branch is located. ••

Violinist to perform at virtual meeting

The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will be holding its first virtual opening meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m.

The program will feature violinist Claudia Pellegrini.

The cost for the program is $18 per person.

Send your check to “Sisterhood – C of SS”, 9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115.

There will also be raffle tickets available for prizes. For further information, call the synagogue office at 215-677-1600 and ask for Bobbi Kraft. ••

Nazareth holding bariatric sessions

Nazareth Hospital hosts free, online bariatric information sessions for the community to educate patients about weight-loss surgery options and support services at Nazareth Bariatrics.

Participants will have the opportunity to speak with Nazareth Hospital’s bariatric surgeons. The information sessions will take place at 5 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16.

Registration is required. Upon registration, attendees will be sent a link to access the session virtually.

For more information and to register, call 215-335-2090. ••

Golf outing in memory of ‘Mac’

Democratic Ward 66B will hold a golf fundraiser in remembrance of Mike McAleer on Saturday, Oct. 10, at John F. Byrne Golf Club, 9550 Leon St.

McAleer led the ward from 1969 until his death last December.

The cost is $100. Registration is at 1 p.m., with golfing beginning at 2. Lunch is included. Dinner and draft beer will be available at 6 p.m. at the Taggart House, 9961 Frankford Ave.

The cost for dinner and draft beer at the Taggart House for non-golfers is $50.

Sponsorships are available.

Party boss Bob Brady is on the outing committee.

For more information, call or text ward leader John Del Ricci at 215-669-9495 or email Friendsof66B@gmail.com. ••

Flea market on Oct. 24

Crescentville United Methodist Church, 412 E. Sentner St., will hold an outdoor flea market on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ••

Take Judge entrance exam

Father Judge High School will hold a scholarship entrance exam for eighth-graders on Oct. 8 and 15, from 4 to 7:15 p.m., and Oct. 17-18, from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

All students who take the test receive a free FJ mask.

To preregister, go to fatherjudge.com. ••

Virtual career fair in October

RecruitmentQueen, a digital job board and job fair events company, is holding a month-long virtual career fair beginning Oct. 14.

Job seekers can text and video chat with recruiters and hiring managers. They can view employers with job openings, learn more about the company and available positions, and apply for the opportunities that best match their expertise.

Applicants can arrange virtual chat times with employers on the following dates and times: Oct. 14 and 20, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and Oct. 15 and 21, from 2 to 4 p.m.

To learn more, visit recruitmentqueen.com/bucksmontvirtualcareerfair.

Employers interested in registering their company can call Jennifer Schultz at 267-981-5976 or email Jennifer@RecruitmentQueen.com. ••

Cub Scout sign-ups

Cub Scout Pack 100 will hold a sign-up on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at St. Martin of Tours Parish, 5450 Roosevelt Blvd.

Pack 100 welcomes boys and girls in grades K-5 (5-10 years old).

Email cubscoutpack100@hotmail.com. ••

Election deadline dates

The last day to register to vote in the upcoming election is Oct. 19.

Meanwhile, the last day to apply for an absentee or mail-in ballot is Oct. 27.

In a recent ruling, the Democratic-controlled state Supreme Court said absentee and mailed-in ballots that are postmarked by 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3, will be counted as long as they arrive by 5 p.m. three days later.

For more information, call 215-MU6-3469 or go to pavoterservices.pa.gov. ••

Virtual meeting on election

The Sisterhood and Men’s Club of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will be holding a virtual program on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m.

The League of Women Voters of Philadelphia, in partnership with the Committee of Seventy, will present a nonpartisan discussion of the Nov. 3 election. The program will be available through Zoom, via www.shaareshamayim.org.

A general Sisterhood meeting will follow.

Call 215-677-1600. ••

Virtual run/walk will support police

The Philadelphia Police Foundation’s second annual Market Street Run for Blue will take place virtually from Oct. 16-25.

The 5-mile run/walk is in memory of SWAT Cpl. Jimmy O’Connor.

The cost is $40, including a T-shirt.

Call 484-433-6201 or visit marketstreetrun.org. ••

Jeanes hosting farm stand

Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus, 7600 Central Ave., hosts a farm stand every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October.

Items available include fresh, locally sourced fruits and vegetables, cage-free brown eggs, cheeses, apple butter, pumpkin butter and raw honey.

The stand is located next to Parking Lot C.

Call Rosemarie Schlegel at 215-728-2131. ••

Concert will benefit treatment facilities

David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket will headline a drive-in concert on Nov. 7, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Neshaminy Mall.

The lot opens at 5:30 p.m.

There will be performances from members of the Hooters, Tommy Conwell, the A’s, the Soul Survivors, Smash Palace, Beru Revue and the American Dream.

People are welcome to tailgate. Food and refreshments will be available.

Proceeds benefit the Leigh Leckerman Foundation, which supports treatment facilities that help people recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

For tickets or more information, call 215-377-1034 or visit leighshelp.org. ••

Apply for scholarship

Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia announced the opening of its 2021-2022 application season.

 Applications for need-based, four-year K-8 scholarships for Philadelphia families will be open through March 1, with a priority deadline of Nov. 15, and are available at www.csfphiladelphia.org.

All new CSFP scholarships will be awarded through a random lottery and can be provided to a family as a whole for up to three children.

Applications received by Nov. 15 will be entered into a December lottery. All other applications will be selected in a March lottery. ••

S. Phila. High Class of ‘68 meeting Oct. 2021

Members of the South Philadelphia High School Class of 1968 will meet on 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.

For tickets and information, contact Stephen Michielli at 267-252-2740 or sdmichielli@yahoo.com. ••

Columbus Day closing

The state Department of Transportation announced that all driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, Oct. 10, through Monday, Oct. 12, in observance of Columbus Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s driver and vehicle services website, www.dmv.pa.gov. ••