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Boy Scout Troop 166, Burholme Town Watch and Take Back Your Neighborhood welcome the community to attend the Memorial Day ceremony to rededicate the World War I Monument at Cottman, Oxford and Rising Sun avenues.

The ceremony will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, May 31.

Cleaning, new lighting and flags are among some of the recent upgrades completed for the 103d anniversary of the end of World War I.

Among those attending the ceremony will be state Rep. Jared Solomon, Councilman Brian O’Neill and former Councilman Al Taubenberger. ••

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 30.

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. ••

Somerton Civic to meet

Somerton Civic Association will hold an in-person, outdoor meeting on May 27 at 7 p.m. at the Quartett Club, 1075 Southampton Road.

Everyone who attends will need to wear a mask.

The group will discuss one or two zoning matters. ••

History meeting June 2

The Northeast Philadelphia History Network will hold a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, June 2, at 7 p.m.

The topic will be Real Philly History, Real Fast. The speaker will be Jim Murphy, an author and Philadelphia historian.

Join the Zoom meeting at


The meeting ID is 871 4033 6003. The passcode is 424196. ••

Free webinar on senior living

Redeemer Health Lafayette, an active retirement community for people age 62 and older, is holding a free Zoom webinar on Tuesday, June 15, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., that will feature a real estate professional, a professional move organizer and a residential sales coordinator who will provide information on a move to senior living for yourself or a loved one.

Attendees will have an opportunity to submit questions they would like the panelists to answer.

To register or for more information, visit www.redeemerhealth.org/LafayetteVirtualEvent. ••

Ryan gets interim prez

Faith in the Future Foundation on Monday named Archbishop Ryan principal Joseph McFadden interim president of the school.

Former president Michael Barnett left Friday to pursue other opportunities.

Faith in the Future is conducting a national search for a permanent president. ••

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. ••

End the gravy train

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Jeff Bartos called for the end of the federal enhanced unemployment program. Bartos also called on Gov. Tom Wolf to follow the lead of Republican governors around the country and immediately suspend payment of the federal subsidy of unemployment, given that it is disincentivizing workers to reenter the labor force.

Bartos slammed Wolf’s contribution to the labor crisis.

“The time has come and gone for enhanced unemployment. Small businesses who struggled to get through the past year now can’t find adequate staffing and are once again struggling to survive. In the interest of helping small businesses survive, I am calling on Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden to end enhanced unemployment benefits,” Bartos said. “I am also calling on Gov. Wolf to follow the lead of Republican governors across the country and opt out of the federal program now.”

Bartos said he has visited dozens of small businesses in the last six weeks across 40 counties and has yet to meet one business owner who can find employees to fill all open positions. ••

Food distribution Thursday mornings

St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Trenton Avenue and Cumberland Street, continues to serve the community every Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon with a food distribution.

Call 215-423-0792. ••

Catholic school seniors honored

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia honored 138 distinguished scholars from 33 archdiocesan and private Catholic secondary schools throughout the five-county region at the 41st Annual Academic Honors Convocation at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez was the main celebrant during the Liturgy of the Word preceding the ceremony.

The students, who are ranked in the top 3% of their senior class, were honored for their academic success and dedication to their studies. These students were included in the elite group according to their cumulative ranking at the end of the first semester of their senior year.

Local honorees were:

Archbishop Ryan: Diane Nguyen, Emma Prushan, Kathryn Wall, Gina Pellizzeri, Dana Bell, Andrew Lukashchuk, Florence Han.

Father Judge: Jason Fisher, Andrew McGovern, William Liu, Andy Ha, Keith Collier.

Little Flower: Allison Neitz, Stephanie Alampi, Faith Cruz.

Nazareth Academy: Olivia M. Fennell, Angela M. Brunetti, Lianna G. Rieser.

St. Hubert: Makayla Jordan Egolf, Allison Elizabeth Carley, Alyssa Morgan Egenolf. ••

FCCC names radiology director

Fox Chase Cancer Center announced the appointment of Dr. Jordan Anaokar as the new site director for radiology.

“In making this announcement, it is especially exciting for us to promote a rising star, who has earned the great respect of her peers, mentors and trainees around Fox Chase, and whose talent and leadership will further advance radiologic services within Fox Chase and all of Temple University Health System,” said Dr. Richard I. Fisher, president and CEO of Fox Chase.

In her new role, Anaokar will coordinate with medical staff and the Department of Radiology in developing and implementing departmental programs in addition to her clinical care, research and teaching. She will serve as the department leader, working in consultation with the Chair and Chief of Radiology for Temple University Health System, acting as liaison with nursing services and other clinical areas throughout Fox Chase as well as Fox Chase leadership and colleagues throughout TUHS. ••

O’Neill holding events

City Councilman Brian O’Neill will be holding events at his offices on two upcoming Saturdays, both from 9 a.m. to noon.

Shredding will take place June 5 at 432 Rhawn St.

A recycling bucket giveaway is set for June 19 at the FOP at 11630 Caroline Road. ••

St. Luke’s supports clothing drive

The Memorial Church of St. Luke’s, 1946 Welsh Road, recently made its semiannual donation to the Bustleton Bengals clothing drive.

The donation was dropped off by Doug Vannuaker, a parishioner at St. Luke’s and thrift store volunteer.

St. Luke’s thrift store opened in 2016, selling clothing, shoes, books, toys and an array of other items at a discount, as well as donating to charities in need. The store has been closed since March 2020. Managers Colleen Szczur and Karen Vannauker are hopeful it will reopen in the fall. ••

Volunteer at secondhand shop

Ann’s Attic, Holmesburg United Methodist Church’s secondhand shop, is asking for volunteer help.

Located at 8118 Frankford Ave., Ann’s Attic is open every Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Call 215-624-6900. ••

Memorial Day ceremony in Burholme

A Memorial Day celebration will take place May 31 at 7343 Whitaker Ave. beginning at 11 a.m.

The Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial will set up a 34-panel display remembering the 648 local soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice during the war.

Open remembrance for family and friends of the fallen will happen at 11 a.m., and at noon Frankford High School Pioneer Army Jr. ROTC will hold a Presentation of Colors. There will also be a singing of the national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.

The ceremony is presented by Burholme residents Bill and JoAnn Malik.

Those in attendance are reminded to keep face masks on and remain socially distant. ••

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