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Displaying the many items being offered for sale at the KleinLife farmers’ market are (from left) John Eskate, director of RSVP Philadelphia and manager of the farmers’ market; Marsha Lewis, a farmer for the RSVP Philadelphia program; Inna Gulko, KleinLife director of support services; and Ben Toledano, KleinLife, meal onsite distribution coordinator.
Photo by Stu Coren

Farmers’ market opens at KleinLife

KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave., last week opened its annual farmers’ market. Hours are Wednesdays from noon to 3 p.m., continuing through the fall..

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

Call 267-345-7787. ••

Big money for Morris Iron

State Rep. Mike Driscoll announced that a $1.57 million state grant has been awarded to Morris Iron & Steel, 7345 Milnor St.

The funds will be used to repair 1,067 feet of the company’s wharf to help reach its goal of shipping 145,000 tons of metal per year by barge, which would ultimately remove roughly 8,000 trucks per year from the Philadelphia traffic system.

Driscoll said the Multimodal Transportation Fund grant will also further rehabilitation efforts of the wharf, which spans more than 2,400 feet. The scrap metal processing business purchased it as a 12-year vacant waterfront property almost two years ago and has since used it to ship 85% of its scrap metal by barge.

“I am thrilled to see this funding be used to help Morris Iron make these needed repairs to its wharf, so that the existing structure can continue to operate and accommodate three barges simultaneously,” Driscoll said. “The construction project stands to create jobs, revitalize one of the many wharfs in a port city like Philadelphia and, in the long run, it will also alleviate traffic congestion on our city streets.” ••

Williamson endorses Snow

Former presidential candidate Marianne Williamson has endorsed socialist Salem Snow, challenging U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle in next year’s Democratic primary.

Williamson tweeted, “Proud to endorse Salem Snow for PA-02. Salem [is] a loud & unapologetic LGBTQ+ voice who comes from a background of poverty, now centering his platform around a People’s Bailout – Medicare For All, a Green New Deal & UBI.”

Snow supports reparations, ending the war on drugs, a universal basic income, a $2,000 retroactive monthly stimulus, nationalizing the utilities industry and housing as a human right. ••

Treasurer backs Bartos

State Treasurer Stacy Garrity endorsed Jeff Bartos in his campaign for the U.S. Senate.

“Jeff Bartos is an outsider, not a career politician, and he has a deep understanding of the needs of Pennsylvania’s working families,” Garrity said. “Over the past 12 months, Jeff stepped up and helped over 1,000 small business owners across Pennsylvania keep the lights on and save thousands of jobs for working families in the midst of the Wolf administration’s burdensome COVID restrictions. The nonprofit Jeff co-founded, the PA 30 Day Fund, raised and distributed more than $3 million to small businesses in all 67 counties.”

Bartos is running in the Republican primary, along with Sean Gale, Kathy Barnette, Everett Stern, Martin Rosenfeld, Bobby Jeffries and John DeBellis.

Democratic candidates are Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh, Jenkintown Borough Councilwoman Alex Khalil, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, Brandaun Dean, Lew Tapera, Dr. Larry E. Johnson, Dr. Kevin Baumlin, John McGuigan, Kyle Norton and Alan Shank. ••

Vendor fair on Saturday

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. ••

Virtual reading event for teens

Northeast Regional Library invites teens to join its One Book One Philadelphia reading event, Teen Writing Workshop: Immigrant Families.

Teens will be invited to write about and discuss the cultural differences that exist between themselves and family members. This event will take place virtually Wednesday, May 5, at 4 p.m.

To register, go to freelibrary.org/onebook. ••

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. ••

Win a Tower of Cheer

St. Martha Parish is selling chances for a Summer Sippin’ Tower of Cheer.

Tickets are $10 apiece or three for $25.

The drawing is May 23. Chances will be sold through May 21.

Tickets are available after Mass in the lobby, on Venmo @SMS19154 (include name and contact info) or by calling Helen Konstance at 215-292-3842. ••

Grant for vacant lot

State Sen. Christine Tartaglione announced that the International WeLoveU Foundation East Coast Region Inc. has been awarded a $50,000 Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program grant from the state for the revitalization of a vacant triangular lot at the intersection of Gilham Street, Cranford Avenue and Loretto Avenue.

The lot has become overgrown with trees and the site of illegal dumping. It is an undefined property in city records and has no listed address or owner. The Foundation plans to construct a nature sensory path, gardens and tree benches.

“The WeLoveU Foundation has developed a sensible solution for a site that has been an eyesore and a nuisance to the community for many years,” Tartaglione said. “I am thrilled to deliver commonwealth funding for this worthy cause.”

The total project is expected to cost $61,250. ••

St. Hubert honoring hall of famers

St. Hubert will hold its Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony on May 26, from 6 to 10 p.m., outside at Knowlton Mansion, 8001 Verree Road.

The ceremony was postponed in 2020 due to the coronavirus.

The inductees will be U.S. Air Force Col. Meg Lockhead Carey (class of 1981) in the Science/Medicine category; Sister Lisa Breslin – Catholic Witness;  Marie Haughton Flocco ‘91 – Education; and Mick McGroarty – Athletics.

Alumnae, family and friends are invited. Tickets cost $85. Sponsorships are available.

Contact Trish Decker at 215-624-6840, Ext. 1530 or tdecker@huberts.org. ••

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. ••

Ways to donate blood

The American Red Cross will hold a series of blood drives at Cpl. John Loudenslager American Legion Post 366, 7976 Oxford Ave.

Future drives are May 11 and May 24, both from 1 to 6 p.m.

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

Face masks are required. ••