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The Pride of Torresdale will follow this route, beginning on Sunday, March 14, at 10:45 a.m.

Pride of Torresdale to perform

The Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been canceled for the second year in a row, but the Pride of Torresdale will be dancing through the neighborhood on Sunday, March 14.

The socially distant parade, with participants wearing masks, will begin with a performance in the St. Katherine of Siena Parish parking lot, 9700 Frankford Ave., after the 10 a.m. Mass, about 10:45.

Following the performance, the parade will begin.

It will travel south on Frankford, east on Eden Street, south on Ditman Street, east on Convent Lane, south on Torresdale Avenue, west on Aubrey Avenue, north on Glenloch Street, west on Convent, north on Jackson Street, west on Eden and north on Frankford.

Dance performances will be at Eden and Ditman, Torresdale and Convent, Glenloch and Aubrey and Barry Road and Jackson. ••

History meeting Wednesday night

Northeast Philadelphia History Network will hold a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, March 3, at 7 p.m.

The topic will be The Women of Mill-Rae/Cranaleith. The speaker will be historian Patty McCarthy.

Join the meeting at

The meeting ID is 871 1914 0692. The passcode is 412841. ••

Driscoll appointed to committee position

State Rep. Mike Driscoll (D-173rd dist.) has been appointed to serve as Democratic secretary of the House Commerce Committee.

The committee appointment is for the 2021-22 session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

“My experience in the private sector and in public service — working in business development and as deputy secretary of the Department of General Services under Gov. Bob Casey Sr. – gives me a carefully crafted set of skills that will guide me in my current role as secretary of the House Commerce Committee,” Driscoll said.

“With the economic impacts from the pandemic in addition to the regular needs of Pennsylvania businesses, it’s critical that we, as members of this committee, ensure that state government wholly works for the people. I look forward to getting to work to see this goal through in this leadership role.”

Driscoll is serving in his fourth legislative term. ••

Farrell, Loesche receive grants

Public Citizens for Children and Youth announced grants to expand online arts‐based instruction at Farrell and Loesche elementary schools.

Students at Farrell will learn West African drumming, dance and storytelling.

Enchantment Theatre Company will work with students at Loesche to create an inclusive superhero story that incorporates imagery and information from different cultures, showing how common narratives can bring communities together. The students will rehearse and perform the story using items they have at home such as hats, scarves, socks and paper bags. ••

Virtual basket bingo

Redeemer Lutheran Church will hold a virtual basket bingo on Sunday, March 14, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Admission is $20 for 10 rounds of bingo. You will have six cards per round. The prize for the first nine games will be a gift basket of varying themes. The grand-finale prize is a cash prize.

All proceeds go to benefit the ministries of Redemption Lutheran Church. Everyone is welcome to play.

Visit or call 215-342-2085. ••

Remembering Len Knobbs

The Northeast Catholic Alumni Association continues to mourn the passing of Leonard Knobbs, who worked at the group for more than 60 years. Knobbs, 84, of Frankford, died Dec. 17 of the coronavirus.

A 1953 graduate of North, he and his wife Barbara were married for 65 years. They raised seven children and have 23 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Knobbs spent 26 years with the Philadelphia Fire Department, retiring as a battalion chief. He later became executive vice president and chief financial officer of Police & Fire Medical Enterprises Inc., with offices at 900 E. Howell St. in Oxford Circle.

 A funeral Mass was celebrated in January at St. Martin of Tours. Donations can be made to Northeast Catholic Alumni Association Memorial Scholarship Fund Inc., P.O. Box 7005, Philadelphia, PA 19149-0005. ••

Fox Chase launches institute

Fox Chase Cancer Center has launched the Cancer Epigenetics Institute, which will create a locally based national hub for epigenetics study and collaboration focused on mechanisms promoting cancer and therapeutic resistance.

Epigenetics is the study of how modifications to DNA and the environment surrounding DNA impact the way genes are expressed and the stability of DNA without changing its sequence.

“Translational in nature, this work will inform novel approaches to the treatment of a range of cancers,” said Dr. Richard I. Fisher, president and CEO of Fox Chase. “Fox Chase is one of the few cancer centers in the country with a dedicated epigenetics program, and our newly created institute will build on this expertise.” ••

Dollar clothing sale

The Classroom Thrift Shop, 4301 Tyson Ave., will hold a dollar sale through Friday, March 5.

All items of clothing will be $1.

Shop hours are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shop is closed Saturdays.

Call 215-624-9130. ••

Financial literacy at GWHS

The newly launched nonprofit Philadelphia Financial Scholars aims to help students at city community high schools, including George Washington, develop wealth-building tools through access to financial literacy and entrepreneurship education.

The program includes financial literacy education, entrepreneurship training, a summer business accelerator program at Penn’s Wharton School and a nights-and-weekends curriculum for families, caregivers and teachers.

“We are so pleased to now have such a terrific collection of partners working together to address Philadelphia’s most significant societal issue, systemic wealth inequality,” said Mike Gerber, chairman of the Philadelphia Financial Scholars board and a long-serving executive at FS Investments. “The Philadelphia financial services community has always been generous, but this is the first time we’ve all coordinated on such an ambitious mission.” ••

O’Neill rips Krasner’s ‘cavalier’ response

City Councilman Brian O’Neill wrote a letter to District Attorney Larry Krasner, criticizing him for his “cavalier” answer as to why he has covered up a Wall of Remembrance in his office.

The wall, which honors police officers who have died in the line of duty, is now covered by the official logo of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

When asked if he regretted covering the wall, Krasner responded, “I do not regret what is legally required.”

“Your failure to provide a specific, plausible explanation is extremely disrespectful to our fallen officers, their families, our men and women in uniform and all Philadelphians,” O’Neill wrote.

O’Neill wants a further explanation.

“What law required covering the Wall of Remembrance, a symbol of bravery and sacrifice, but would allow covering the same wall with the official logo of The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office?” he wrote. ••

Virtual bingo

The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim is hosting its second virtual bingo on Monday, March 8, starting at 7 p.m.

The cost is $36 per person and includes two cards, for eight games of bingo each night.

There will be a $5 50/50 that will be called on March 8.

For further information, call the CSS office at 215-677-1600 and ask for Gerry or Nancy. ••

Musical entertainment at meeting

The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will be hosting a virtual general meeting on Tuesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m.

The program will feature musical entertainment by cantor Don Samuels.

Call 215-677-1600. ••

2 locals on scholarship board

Two Northeast residents have been named to the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia Board of Directors. The fund provides financial access for children to attend kindergarten to eighth-grade tuition-based schools.

Holmesburg’s Lateefah Lucky is an accounting professional and current CSFP Parent Ambassador. She has worked as an accountant and tax professional for BNY Mellon, HR Block and, most recently, D&P Financial Services. Lucky received her bachelor’s degree from Cheyney University and her master’s from Philadelphia University.

Mayfair’s Jose Santiago is a former CSFP Parent Ambassador and an analyst with Comcast Corporation. He also serves on the Parent Association for St. Hubert High School and as a board member at Blessed Trinity Catholic School. Santiago received his bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University.

Both Lucky and Santiago have first-hand experience with a child going through the CSFP scholarship program. ••

Learn to plant vines

Join the Men’s Club of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim on Thursday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. for a virtual presentation of Wine On The Vine, a project of The Israeli Innovation Fund.

Learn how you can plant a vine, start a vine bank or even plant a vineyard. This alternative to planting trees helps Israeli wineries and benefits the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs and CSS.

There is no charge for this event. Call Paul Kaplan at 215-677-1600. ••