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• St. Leo. All classes. Saturday, Oct. 16. 3 p.m. Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road. 3 p.m.


• George C. Thomas. All classes. Oct. 2. 7-11 p.m. Galdo’s, 20th Street and Moyamensing Avenue. kmkthomas@outlook.com.


• Abraham Lincoln, class of 1960. Oct. 10. Brookside Manor at Somerton Springs. DJ, open bar, buffet, cake, pastry table. Betty Harrison, bharrison46@gmail.com.

• Father Judge and St. Hubert. All classes. Saturday, Aug. 7. Seaport Pier, North Wildwood.

• Roman Catholic and John W. Hallahan. Day at the Bay. All classes. Saturday, Aug. 14. Seaport Pier, North Wildwood. 2-7 p.m. Chuck Taylor: ctaylor@romancatholichs.com. Marge Kiefski: mmkiefski@aol.com. Visit RomanCatholicHS.com/DayAtTheBay.

• St. Joseph’s Prep. All classes. Aug. 5. Icona Avalon, 7849 Dune Drive, Avalon, New Jersey. 215-978-1950.

• St. Joseph’s Prep, classes 1975-76. ‘80-81, ‘85-86, ‘90-91, ‘95-96, 2000-01, 2005-06, 2010-11 and 2015-16. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the school, 1733 W. Girard Ave. 215-978-1950.

• Northeast, class of ‘76. Oct. 9. 6-10 p.m. Philmont Country Club, 301 Tomlinson Road, Huntingdon Valley. Cost is $65 per person. Contact Bruce Coane at bruce.coane@gmail.com.


Navy Reunions

• Visit HullNumber.com for a listing of reunions. The site is a free service enabling Navy shipmates to renew old friendships. There are currently more than 8,700 Navy ship, submarine and air squadron personnel rosters listed. ••

Trip to Tropicana

Holy Innocents Parish is sponsoring a trip to the Tropicana casino in Atlantic City on Wednesday, July 21.

A bus will depart L Street and Hunting Park Avenue at 9 a.m. and leave the casino at 4:30 p.m.

The cost is $35, due by July 10. There will be $20 in slot cash.

COVID restrictions apply.

Call Cindy at 215-535-2740. ••

Medical leave bill advances

The state Senate Labor & Industry Committee voted unanimously to advance legislation sponsored by Sen. Christine Tartaglione to extend family and medical leave benefits for employees who take time away from work to care for an ailing relative.

Tartaglione’s legislation, if signed into law, would require employers to provide up to six weeks of unpaid leave to an employee to care for a sibling, grandparent or grandchild with a certified terminal illness if the ailing relative has no living spouse, no son or daughter over age 17 and no parent under age 65.

“At some point in our lives, we all need time to take care of our loved ones. And no one should have to sacrifice their career when family priorities must take precedence,” Tartaglione said. “My legislation would provide all workers, regardless of their job or their income level, with the freedom to fulfill their family duties without suffering harmful professional repercussions.”

Senate Bill 617 moves to the full Senate for consideration. ••

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. ••

Jeanes awarded for stroke care

The Temple University Hospital–Jeanes Campus Advanced Primary Stroke Program has earned a two-year recertification from The Joint Commission, a private accreditor of healthcare organizations.

“This award and others like it that we have received underscore our dedication to providing high-quality healthcare to the community. I’d like to thank everyone involved with this effort for their dedication to our patients and for doing a terrific job in helping us maintain full certification of our program,” said Dr. Marc P. Hurowitz, executive director of the TUH–Jeanes Campus. ••

Sign up to get ride to vaccine site

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey announced the launch of the Ride United Vaccine Access Campaign, which provides anyone 65 years or older with access to free and discounted rides to vaccination sites in Philadelphia.

In partnership with Lyft and the City of Philadelphia, the Ride United Vaccine Access Campaign prioritizes vaccination distribution to people and communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 virus.

To sign up for a ride, residents can call the city’s transportation hotline, run through the City of Philadelphia’s Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service, at 215-586-3006 to request a ride between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., weekdays. ••

Groups for Camp Lejeune service members and families

Advocates for people who have been impacted by the water contamination at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina welcome input from people who have been affected.

The contamination took place from 1953-87.

To learn more, visit the website of The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten: tftptf.com/. Or, email Jerry.Ensminger@tftptf.com.

There are also three Facebook pages: Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Survivors; Camp Lejeune Survivors of Water Contamination; and Camp Lejeune Water Contamination. ••

Big award for Jeanes

Temple University Hospital-Jeanes Campus has earned the NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2021 from the American College of Cardiology. Only 60 hospitals nationwide have received this honor.

“This award recognizes TUH–Jeanes Campus’ commitment and success in achieving the highest level of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that we have reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to national standards of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations,” said Michael A. Young, president and CEO of Temple University Health System and Temple University Hospital. “The fact that Jeanes Campus is one of only 60 hospitals in the country to achieve this honor puts Temple in elite company.”

To receive the Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award, Jeanes Campus had to demonstrate sustained achievement in the Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry for two consecutive years (2019 and 2020), and perform at the top level for specific performance measures. ••

Barbecue for veterans

State Rep. Joe Hohenstein and City Councilman Bobby Henon will hold a veterans appreciation barbecue on July 10, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Frankford and Cottman avenues.

The rain date will be July 17.

Veterans and their families are invited to attend the event, which will feature dozens of vendors; veteran-specific federal, state and city resources; music; and free food.

Hohenstein’s staff will be on site to assist with SEPTA Senior Key Cards, Real ID information and veterans assistance program information. ••


Virtual bingo

The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim is hosting a virtual bingo on Mondays, Aug. 2 and Aug. 9, starting at 7:30 p.m.

The cost is $36 per person and includes two cards for eight games of bingo each night.  In addition, there will be a 50/50, at $5 per chance.

Send your payment to CSS, 9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115, attention: Bingo.

Payment must be received by July 26. Include your email address to receive the Zoom link

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

Roman/Hallahan outing

The Roman Catholic High School Alumni Association and the John W. Hallahan Alumnae Association are joining forces for their 28th annual Day at the Bay fundraiser.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 14, from 2 to 7 pm. at the Seaport Pier in North Wildwood, New Jersey.

All proceeds will fund scholarship programs for students of both schools. Hallahan closed earlier this month, and most of the girls will be attending other schools in the archdiocese.

Email Chuck Taylor at ctaylor@romancatholichs.com or Marge Kiefski at mmkiefski@aol.com.

For more information, visit www.RomanCatholicHS.com/DayAtTheBay. ••

Bag sale at thrift shop

The Classroom Thrift Shop, 4301 Tyson Ave., sponsored by the women of Temple Menorah Kenneseth Chai, will hold its bag sale (fill a bag of clothing, shoes, handbags) for $5, through June 30.

Shop hours are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Donations are being accepted.

The shop will be closed July and August.

Call 215-624-9130. ••

A boost for senior legal hotlines

U.S. Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick and Matt Cartwright re-introduced the Senior Legal Hotline Act in the House, a bill with Democratic and Republican support to boost federal funding for senior legal hotlines, which help protect older Americans from scams and offer services for an array of other legal issues. An identical version of this legislation also was introduced in the Senate by Sens. Thom Tillis and Bob Casey Jr.

“Senior legal hotlines can provide invaluable advice and resources on issues affecting our elderly community like health, housing, and other legal assistance concerns,” Fitzpatrick said. “By expanding the network of senior assistance hotlines, and providing federal funding, we can also protect our seniors from scams and misinformation. Thank you to my friend, Congressman Cartwright for his leadership, and I look forward to working to ensure that our seniors are safe, healthy and treated with dignity.”

Casey said, “For many older adults, access to senior legal hotlines is the only available resource to help them address legal challenges. Many senior-serving organizations have had to shut down their hotlines or reduce their capacity for lack of funding, pushing legal help further out of reach for many seniors. This legislation would authorize dedicated funding for legal hotlines to ensure that organizations can broaden their network of services and continue to provide quality, accessible legal help to seniors who are not otherwise able to seek a remedy for their legal challenges.”

According to the Department of Justice, around one in 10 older Americans is the victim of some form of elder abuse. Elder abuse can include physical abuse, financial fraud, scams and exploitation, caregiver neglect and abandonment, psychological abuse and sexual abuse.

Senior legal hotlines provide older adults access to free legal information, advice and referrals on a host of topics, including health, finances, housing, income maintenance and disability. However, due to lack of resources, many hotlines are no longer operational or have scaled back their hours.

The Senior Legal Hotline Act would provide resources to ensure older adults are provided access to statewide hotlines staffed with appropriately trained attorneys, paralegals and other staff members; ensure older adults are provided access to a network of support and referral services, including from aging organizations, other legal aid agencies and private attorneys providing pro bono legal services; and allow hotlines to employ a variety of technologies, such as video conference systems, web-based platforms or email to deliver legal assistance to older adults.

This legislation is endorsed by the American Bar Association, National Association of Senior Legal Hotlines, Connecticut Legal Services Inc. and Vermont Legal Aid Inc. ••

Bus trip to Delaware

The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation Inc. is sponsoring a bus trip on Wednesday, Oct. 20, to Delaware, featuring an “Autumn Leaf” excursion on the Wilmington & Western Railroad through Delaware’s Red Clay Valley and a 3-course luncheon at the historic Chadds Ford Inn.

Bus will depart from the Grundy Arena, 475 Beaver St., Bristol Borough, at 10 a.m. and return at about 6 p.m. Cost is $118.

For details/reservations, call 215-781-8591. Reservations close on Sept. 15 or earlier based on demand. ••

Thomas Junior High reunion set for Oct. 2

An all-class reunion for the former George C. Thomas Junior High School will take place on Oct. 2, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Galdo’s, 20th Street and Moyamensing Avenue.

Thomas opened in 1920 at 9th and Johnston streets. It became Mastery Charter School in 2009.

For more information, email Karen Kelly-Mandl at kmkthomas@outlook.com. ••

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