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Jehovah’s convention virtual

The Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses, typically held locally at the Liacouras Center, is taking place in a virtual format for the second year in a row.

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In all, there will be nearly 6,000 virtual conventions in 240 countries.

Powerful by Faith is the theme of the global event, which is being delivered in more than 500 languages over six weekends during July and August.

The program will be available in six installments corresponding to morning and afternoon sessions.

All are invited to attend the free event by going to ••


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.

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

Credit workshop at NE Regional

Learn about credit, credit reports, credit scores and more Wednesday, Aug. 4, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave, in the back yard behind the building.

The rain date is Aug. 11.

The free workshop is presented by Philadelphia Federal Credit Union. No registration required. ••

Senior center open

The Rosemary Montagno Senior Center, 12601 Townsend Road, has reopened after being closed since March 2020, due to coronavirus restrictions.

The center opens weekdays at 10 a.m. for all activities, except bingo.

Bingo will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 11:45 a.m.

The kitchen remains closed.

Call 215-673-7734. ••

Take part in night out

Community organizations are invited to attend, support or set up an information table at the 15th Police District National Night Out event Tuesday, Aug. 3, 6-8 p.m. at the ShopRite parking lot, 5597 Tulip St. (near Harbison Avenue and Bridge Street).

Set-up time is 5 p.m.

Bring your own table and chairs.

There will be refreshments, music and giveaways.

For more information, call Greg Bucceroni at 267-918-9797. ••

Concerts at Cannstatter

The Pennypack Park Music Festival has moved to Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road, this year.

All concerts are Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

The next concert is Aug. 4, featuring HotLanta, a tribute to the Allman Brothers.

The rest of the schedule consists of the Beat Tells (tribute to the Beatles), Aug. 11; Romeo Delight (tribute to Van Halen), Aug. 18; and Kick It Out (tribute to Heart), Sept. 8. ••

Customer service jobs open

Sykes is partnering with RecruitmentQueen for a career fair on July 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the food court of the Oxford Valley Mall, 2300 Lincoln Highway, Langhorne.

The fair will feature more than 80 customer service and call center openings for the Langhorne location of Sykes. The company provides customer engagement services to global 2000 companies in a variety of industries, including communications, financial services, healthcare, technology, transportation and retail.

For more information, visit or contact Jennifer Schultz at 267-981-5976 or ••

Night market on Aug. 7

A midsummer night market will be open on Aug. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the parking lot of No. 1 Asian Supermarket, on the 2800 block of St. Vincent St.

The rain date is Aug. 14.

There will be live entertainment, cultural foods and more. ••

FCCC has new transplant doc

Fox Chase Cancer Center announced the hiring of Dr. Peter Abdelmessieh, who will join the Department of Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapies.

Prior to joining Fox Chase on June 28, Abdelmessieh had been at Christiana Care Health System in Delaware since August 2018. There, he performed a majority of the allogenic stem cell transplants.

He was also the first to perform chimeric antigen receptor cell therapy, also known as CAR T, in the state of Delaware. ••

Local man earns big honor

JCI USA named the 2021 Ten Outstanding Young Americans who will be honored at the 83rd annual black-tie awards ceremony on Sept. 18 at the Marriott Grand in St. Louis.

Each year, JCI USA recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who are outstanding in various areas. In all, there were about 60 nominees.

Among the winners was Sean Hand, 33, a Mayfair native and Father Judge graduate, in the Business Development, Public Speaker category. ••

EMILY’s List for Arkoosh

EMILY’s List, a national organization dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women, endorsed Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh for U.S. Senate.

“Val has seen first hand the challenges facing Pennsylvania’s working families. In her time as a physician, she saw the traumatic impact of gun violence, the outrageous cost of healthcare and prescription drugs and the systemic inequities in health care based on race, gender and income. As chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, Val has worked tirelessly to implement policies that will benefit working families, including raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and providing paid parental leave for county employees, rebuilding critical infrastructure and creating new jobs,” said Emily Cain, executive director of EMILY’s List.

Cain said Arkoosh will be a leader on issues such as addressing the continued health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and how best to address “systemic racism” and climate change. ••

Farm stand opens

The farm stand on the Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus is open Thursdays 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 ••

Blood drive at Loudenslager

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, Aug. 11, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Cpl. John Loudenslager American Legion Post 366, 7976 Oxford Ave.

Sign up by calling 800-RED CROSS or going to The sponsor code is Mighty Mike. ••

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