Around Town

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Celebrate Easter at St. James

St. James Lutheran Church, Castor Avenue and Pratt Street, will host Easter services on Sunday, April 4, at 8:30 and 10 a.m.

An Easter egg hunt will follow at 11 a.m. on the front lawn.

The community is invited. ••

Thrift shop restocking

The Classroom Thrift Shop, 4301 Tyson Ave., will be closed through April 4, reopening Monday, April 5, fully restocked with spring and summer merchandise.

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. ••

Hohenstein schedules cleanups

State Rep. Joe Hohenstein is looking for volunteers for a series of cleanups on Saturday, April 10.

Here is the schedule: Little City, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at the Pennypack Trail parking lot off of Rhawn Street.

Bridesburg Recreation Center, 4601 Richmond St., 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at the front steps of the rec center.

Cione Recreation Center, Aramingo Avenue and Huntingdon Street, 10 a.m. to noon. Meet on the pool side.

Bring gloves and any cleanup gear you prefer. Hohenstein will be providing water bottles and pretzels.

Call 215-744-2600. ••

History meeting April 7

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

The topic will be Holmesburg Prison – Klondike Bake Oven Deaths. The speaker will be author Allen Hornblum.

Join at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85790027399?pwd=bzBtZXFRdWRVc0ttdzlUVGFXVDhZUT09.

The meeting ID is 857 9002 7399. The passcode is 284814. ••

Join NE Regional teen council

Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave., is forming a teen advisory council.

The group will meet virtually every other Wednesday at 3 p.m. to discuss and plan activities.

Call 215-685-0512 or sign up at the humanities reference desk. ••

Food distribution on Saturdays

Changed Lives Church, 6816 Jackson St., hosts a food distribution every Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.

The community is invited.

For more information, visit www.changedliveschurch.org or email clcchurchadmin@changedliveschurch.org. ••

Boyle wants easier path to higher minimum wage

In an effort to work around lawmakers’ failure to enact a statewide minimum wage increase for more than a decade, state Rep. Kevin Boyle has reintroduced a bill that would give municipalities the ability to raise their own minimum wage.

“No one should be working 40 hours or more a week and still be unable to pay their bills, feed their family or make ends meet,” Boyle said. “But our failure to act in the legislature has put too many people who have a family to support in this predicament.”

The 2006 amendment to Pennsylvania’s Minimum Wage Act prohibits individual municipalities from setting their own wages. Boyle said that prohibition is outdated and ignores the differences in the cost of living and other factors from one city or town to the next, and that’s why he has introduced this legislation to repeal that section of the 2006 act.

“My legislation would give the local governments, including Philadelphia City Council, which know their residents best, the tools to create solutions that work best for their residents,” Boyle said. “What defines a living wage is the cost of living in a particular location, and my legislation would put the power in the hands of the local governments to adjust their minimum wage based on factors that affect people in their communities.” ••

Comcast making the internet accessible

Comcast’s Internet Essentials, celebrating its 10th anniversary, plans to invest $1 billion over the next 10 years to provide digital skills training, grants and free service and laptops.

Locally, more than 840,000 residents across the Philadelphia area (520,000 of which are Philadelphia residents) have been connected to the internet through Internet Essentials.

“At Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, we have seen first-hand how transformative Comcast’s Internet Essentials program has been over the past 10 years,” said Kim E. Fraites-Dow, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. “Making the internet accessible regardless of income helps support our next generation of leaders by providing the resources and technology needed to make the world a better, more connected place.” ••

Vendor alert

St. James Lutheran Church, Castor Avenue and Pratt Street, will host a flea market on Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The rain date is May 1.

Vendors can reserve a space by calling 215-743-1828. ••

Vendor fair on May 1

The community is invited to a vendor fair on Saturday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at

Delaire Landing, 9355 State Road.

The fair will take place in the parking lot by the tennis courts. The rain date is May 8.

Email jafineberg@yahoo.com. ••

Help needy children 

The public is invited by the Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim to attend a virtual baby shower mitzvah project meeting on Tuesday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Donations are being accepted for items for babies through age 5. Items will then be donated to benefit the clients of Jewish Family and Children’s Services.

Call the synagogue office at 215-677-1600 for further details. ••

Farm stand getting ready to open

The farm stand on the Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus will open on May 6 and continue every Thursday through Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Goods for sale include fresh fruits, vegetables, cage-free brown eggs, cheeses, apple butter, pumpkin butter and raw honey. Items vary week to week.

The stand is located next to Parking Lot C on campus grounds, 7600 Central Ave.

Contact Rosemarie Schlegel at 215-728-2131 or rosemarie.schlegel@tuhs.temple.edu. ••

Charity golf tournament scheduled

The Miracle League of Northampton Township will hold its first golf tournament on Friday, June 4, at Northampton Valley Country Club.

Tee-off is at 9 a.m. There will be a putting contest and hole-in-one prizes.

The cost per player is $150. A box lunch will be provided.

Non-golfers are invited to make donations of any amount. Sponsors are also welcome.

Proceeds will go to construction of an all-inclusive playground and sports programs for disabled children. The Miracle League offers soccer, baseball, bowling and basketball.

Checks can be made payable to Miracle League of Northampton Township and mailed to Miracle League Golf Outing, 53 Brinker Drive, Doylestown, PA 18901.

Call 267-679-8831 or visit https://www.dixongives.com/miracleleague. ••

Register for KleinLife summer camp

Registration is open for the 2021 summer day camp at KleinLife, located at 10100 Jamison Ave. Camp will run from June 21 to Aug. 13.

Camp will be offered in four age-related segments: the lower camp, grades k to 3; Maccabi boys sports program, grades 4 to 7; senior girls, grades 4 to 7; and the CIT program for grades 8 and 9. There also is a special-needs program for all children.

Camp hours will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Camp offers air-conditioned facilities including a hardwood gym and indoor pool, sports clinics and games led by Olympic champion Mariya Ryemyen, playground climbing wall and outdoor fields for sports leagues. Activities include arts and crafts, instructional and free swimming, music and dancing, robotics, plus special entertainment and shows. Three healthy homemade meals also will be included every day.

Costs for summer camp are (lower camp, Maccabi and senior girls) $1,800 per camper for eight weeks; $1,500 per camper for six weeks; $1,000 per camper for four weeks; and $250 per camper for one week. For CIT camp, it’s $1,200 per camper for eight weeks, $900 per camper for six weeks, $700 per camper for four weeks and $150 per camper for one week.

For additional information, contact Colleen Lane at 215-698-7300, Ext. 112 or clane@kleinlife.org. ••

Tea will celebrate Golda Meir

The Sisterhood of the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim invites you to join them for their virtual Tea with Golda on Monday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m.

The cost is $18 per person. The program will be a presentation on the life of Golda Meir, presented by Maxine Goldman.

Each participant will receive a packet of pictures and data. RSVPs are needed by April 15.

Mail your checks payable to the Sisterhood of CSS, along with your email address, to 9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115.  For further information, call Gita Farbman at 215-677-1600. ••

Free Yiddish Bingo

The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will be hosting a virtual general meeting on Tuesday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m.

The program will be Yiddish Bingo. There is no charge.

Call the synagogue office at 215-677-1600 to provide your email address. Materials and a meeting link will be forwarded. ••