Henon holding upcoming events
City Councilman Bobby Henon will be holding several upcoming events.
A free shredding and e-cycling event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Lincoln High School parking lot on Ryan Avenue. Paint and other household hazardous waste will be accepted, too.
On Monday, Sept. 20, watch Singin’ in the Rain at 10:30 a.m. at the old Devon Theater, 6325 Frankford Ave. Oak Street Health will provide snacks, drinks and giveaways.
Peace Day Philly will take place Tuesday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside Henon’s office at 6730 Torresdale Ave. There will be vendors, snacks, drink and a chance to sign a Peace Pledge.
Bobby’s Bingo Bonanza will be Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 3-5 p.m. at Innovage Life Center, 4401 Megargee St. The day will include an early dinner.
Bobby’s Pin & Pizza, for senior citizens, is set for Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Thunderbird Lanes, 3075 Holme Ave. Registration is required.
Register for these events at 215-686-3444. ••
Thrift shop accepting donations
The Classroom Thrift Shop, 4301 Tyson Ave., sponsored by the women of Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai, is open for the new season, restocked with fall and winter merchandise. Hours are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Donations will be accepted all days.
The shop will be closed Sept. 16 for a religious holiday.
Call 215-624-9130. ••
Help Declan’s charity
Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 25 will kick off the annual Socks for the Streets campaign on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m. at Curley’s Pub, 8929 Krewstown Road.
Declan Cassidy, 12, runs the initiative, which provides new socks for the homeless. All sizes are needed for men, women and children.
Declan, his family and the LAOH will be outside under the canopy.
The collection of socks runs through Dec. 20. If you cannot attend the kickoff and would still like to donate socks, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit Declan’s Socks For The Streets page on Facebook. ••
Terri O’Connor backs McSwain
Former U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain on Monday announced his candidacy for governor in his hometown of West Chester.
McSwain, a Republican and former Marine, was joined by his wife Stephanie and their children.
Among those speaking on his behalf were Chester County Commissioner Michelle Kichline and Terri O’Connor, widow of slain Philadelphia SWAT Sgt. James O’Connor.
O’Connor shared how McSwain came to her aid after her husband, was shot and killed in the line of duty.
“Bill McSwain was there in my family’s time of need. He promised to prosecute the case so that my husband’s killer would never be allowed back on the streets, and he delivered. As governor, Bill McSwain will fulfill his promise to restore law and order and ensure this will never happen to another family again. Pennsylvania needs a governor who is on the job 24/7, working to keep Pennsylvania families safe. Bill McSwain is that man.” ••
Somerton Civic meeting next week
Somerton Civic Association will hold a membership meeting beginning at 7 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the Quartett Club at 1075 Southampton Road.
The meeting will include board elections, discussion and a vote on zoning matters at 12000-02 Roosevelt Blvd., 250 Byberry Road, and 10154 Haldeman Ave. ••
Concerts at Redemption Lutheran
Redemption Lutheran Church, 8001 Bustleton Ave. (at Rhawn Street), invites the public to upcoming free concerts.
Bring chairs, snacks and drinks.
The lineup is Brotherly Love, Select Ensemble of the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus (Sept. 17); classical pianist Reese Revak (Sept. 24); and a favorites sing-a-long with Grant Uhle (Oct. 1).
Call 215-342-2085 or visit www.redemptionphiladelphia.org. ••
Coach bag bingo on Friday
Wesley Enhanced Living Pennypack will hold Coach bag bingo on Friday, Sept. 17, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road.
The cost is $50 and includes beer, wine, soda and a buffet. Doors open at 6. Bingo begins at 7:30.
Email Megan Boran at email@example.com or Nikia Wyche at Nikia.firstname.lastname@example.org. Wyche’s number is 215-429-7950. ••
Shredding on Saturday
City Councilman Brian O’Neill will hold a shredding event on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 9-11 a.m. at Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, 11630 Caroline Road.
The event is sponsored by Philadelphia Federal Credit Union. ••
St. Leo reunion at Cannstatter
St. Leo alums, former parishioners and friends are hosting an all-class reunion on Oct. 16, from 3-8 p.m., at Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road.
Tickets cost $50, and include a barbecue menu, open bar, live musical entertainment by three bands, a performance by the Emerald Isle Irish Dancers, a historic display of the church and school and a DJ. The party will be indoor and outdoor. All guests will receive a commemorative stone from the church building.
More than 800 tickets have already been purchased.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to Father Judge and Saint Hubert’s scholarship programs in the name of St. Leo alumni.
For more information, email Pete Smith at email@example.com. ••
Flea market at St. James
St. James Lutheran Church, Castor Avenue and Pratt Street, will hold an outdoor flea market on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
To reserve table space, call 215-743-1828. ••
Outdoor movie nights
Riverfront North Partnership will host a series of free outdoor movies along the river parks at sundown. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs/blankets and snacks.
The schedule is Sept. 21, Onward, Pleasant Hill Park, 8900 N. Delaware Ave.; Oct. 5, Space Jam (original), Pennypack on the Delaware, 7801 State Road; and Oct. 19, Hocus Pocus, Glen Foerd, 5001 Grant Ave. ••
Rhawnhurst Civic meeting
Rhawnhurst Civic Association will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at Pelbano Playground, at Bustleton and Solly avenues. ••
Flea market at BVM
Maternity BVM Parish will host a flea market on Sept. 25, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the lower church parking lot, 9220 Old Bustleton Ave.
Vendor spaces cost $20, or $35 for two.
Call Chrissy at 215-913-7324. ••
Join St. Jerome seniors
The St. Jerome seniors group is seeking new members.
The first meeting is Thursday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m.
The group holds parties and goes on trips.
To register, call Joann Blaney at 215-677-8392. ••
Tickets on sale for XPN festival
Tickets are on sale for WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival, scheduled for Sept. 17-19 at Wiggins Park and the adjacent BB&T Pavilion on the Camden waterfront.
Performers will include Tedeschi Trucks: Fireside Live, with special guest Pigeons Playing Ping Pong; Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers; Great Time; Anna Shoemaker; Arthur Thomas and the Funkitorium; Stella Ruze; and Hoochi Coochi.
For more information, go to xpnfest.org. ••
Old York Temple – Beth Am, 971 Old York Road, Abington, will host Hora Down, a Southern-style celebration featuring Southern-style food and square dancing, on Sept. 18, from 5-8 p.m.
Tickets cost $36 for adults and $10 for children.
To register or for more information, visit https://www.oyrtbetham.org/ or call 215-886-8000. ••
Change in prison count
The Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission voted 3-2 to count tens of thousands of state prisoners as residents of their most recent home, not the location of the prison.
The two commission Democrats voted for the proposal while the two Republicans voted against it. Commission chairman Mark Nordenberg, a Democrat appointed by the Democratic-controlled Supreme Court, cast the deciding vote for the proposal.
“This practice disproportionately impacted communities of color and stole their political power while falsely inflating districts that just happened to have a prison within their boundaries,” said Free the Ballot statewide organizer Monica Banks.
Pennsylvania becomes the 12th state, all run by Democrats, to have laws requiring that incarcerated people be counted at their home addresses for the purposes of drawing legislative district lines.
“We commend chair Mark Nordenberg on his thoughtful and thorough analysis of the issue and to his ongoing commitment to transparency, fairness and equity in the legislative redistricting process,” said Khalif Ali, executive director of Common Cause Pennsylvania. ••
Bingo resumes at senior center
The Rosemary Montagno Senior Center, 12601 Townsend Road, has reopened after being closed since March 2020.
The center opens weekdays for activities, including bingo, at 10 a.m.
The kitchen remains closed.
Call 215-673-7734. ••
Local biz has new owner
Alro Steel has acquired Metal Stock, 4901 Cottman Ave.
Metal Stock was established in 1994 as a full-service metal distributor serving Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
Alro operates more than 70 locations in 12 states and provides an inventory of products under the following companies: Alro Steel, Alro Metals, Alro Metals Outlet, Alro Industrial Supply and Alro Plastics. ••
Debate over opioids
State Rep. Jason Dawkins made the following statement addressing the Republican denial of an extension on Gov. Tom Wolf’s opioid emergency declaration:
“It is shameful that the majority party has decided to allow for the lapse of this very important designation. Opioid addiction is Pennsylvania’s other epidemic and was at one point moving in the right direction, with overdose deaths falling since 2018. But with COVID-19, opioid use is up again, but this time the Republican majority has decided to let the governor’s opioid disaster declaration expire, setting up Pennsylvania for yet another healthcare war to wage in addition to COVID. It is shameful, particularly when we know things were working. The Republicans punishing Gov. Wolf and trying to cut him out of this process does nothing for the many people who battle this every day. As our city has seen the harsh reality of this as much as any municipality in the commonwealth, it is with much regret that we are witnessing the dismantling of such an important declaration.”
Republicans said an additional emergency declaration is not needed, adding that collaboration with medical professionals and first responders have resulted in numerous laws aimed at saving lives. They said the opioid issue will be a top legislative priority in the fall. ••
Shredding, recycling on Sept. 25
State Sen. Christine Tartaglione will hold a free document-shredding and electronics recycling event on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to noon, in Wissinoming Park, 5773 Frankford Ave. (entrance on Cheltenham Avenue).
For more information, call 215-533-0440. ••
Sign up for golf outing
The 31st Northeast Catholic Alumni Association-Little Flower Golf Classic will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at North Hills Country Club, with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.
The day will include a silent auction, hole-in-one contest, buffet luncheon, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner and awards.
The cost is $180 per golfer. Non-golfers pay $80 for lunch, dinner and cocktails, $65 for dinner and cocktails and $25 for lunch.
Sponsors are needed.
Proceeds will benefit scholarships and tuition assistance.
Call the North alumni association at 215-543-1051 or Little Flower at 215-455-6900. ••
Movie night at All Saints’ Torresdale
All Saints’ Torresdale will host an outdoor movie night on Friday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. on the church field, 9601 Frankford Ave.
A family-friendly Pixar movie will be shown.
Bring your own chairs and blankets. Food is permitted. No alcoholic beverages.
Call 215-637-8787. ••
Opening meeting for Sisterhood
The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will be holding its annual opening meeting on Zoom on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m.
The program will feature special guest speaker Louis Schmidt, author of The Untold Story of How The Stories Were Told. Schmidt worked as an interviewer for Steven Spielberg for the Shoah Project. The cost for this event is $18 per person. Payment needs to be received by Sept. 23. For the meeting link or more information, call 215-677-1600. ••
Senior fair on Sept. 25
State Rep. Jared Solomon will hold a senior fair on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to noon at St. William hall, 6200 Rising Sun Ave.
The entrance is at Argyle and Robbins streets.
There will be state and local government resources, representatives from hospitals and insurance companies, local businesses, senior homes, light refreshments, free flu and COVID-19 vaccines, expired medicine disposal, a presentation on scam prevention and blood pressure screenings.
To RSVP, call 215-342-6340. ••
Fundraiser on Oct. 2
Kidney recipient Krista Doran is coordinating a fundraising event and bike run honoring fallen donor Michael March, who lost his life biking in 2018.
The Oct. 2 event raises awareness about organ donation and raises funds for the Gift of Life Donor Program, the SPCA and Ronald McDonald House Charities.
There will be a police escorted bike run through Bucks County as well as basket raffles, 50/50 and live entertainment. The Traveling Memorial Wall for Fallen Bikers will be on display.
The event takes place from 1-8 p.m. at Stars & Stripes Harley-Davidson at 600 S. Flowers Mill Road, Langhorne.
Tickets are $35 for participants of the bike run ($10 per passenger) and include food, beverages and a swag bag. The cost is $25 for the benefit only, and includes beverages and a swag bag.
Tickets can be purchased through the Venmo app (Jane-Coy-2 Phone code 6969).
For further details, visit the Facebook event page: 3rdAnnualBikeRunandBenefitforMichaelMarch. ••
E-cycling, recycling buckets
City Councilman Brian O’Neill will hold an e-cycling event at his office at Bustleton Avenue and Bowler Street (above the 7th Police District) on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 9-11 a.m.
O’Neill will host a recycling bucket giveaway on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 9-11 a.m. at his office at 432 Rhawn St. (behind American Heritage Credit Union). ••
Bingo/lunch at country club
The Sisterhood of Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai will be holding a bingo on Sunday, Oct. 24, at Philmont Country Club, 301 Tomlinson Road in Huntingdon Valley.
Price is $36 and includes lunch and three bingo cards
For reservations, call 267-481-0493. ••
Farm stand open
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. ••
Program on first ladies
America’s first ladies will be the theme of a special four-part historical series offered to active older adults 50 years and above at KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave., on Mondays, Oct. 4, 11 and 18 and Nov. 1, from noon to 1:15 p.m. The public is invited.
To sign up for the program, send a check or money order for $30 payable to Widener University to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Hyatt Hall, Suite 118, 1 University Place, West Chester, PA 19013-5792.
For additional information, contact OLLI at email@example.com or 610-499-4279. ••
Comcast aids Ida recovery
In the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, Comcast is making a $325,000 contribution to three local nonprofits, including $125,000 to the Philadelphia Foundation to support short- and long-term recovery efforts throughout the region, and $100,000 to the American Red Cross to support response efforts in Southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
As Hurricane Ida approached, Comcast staged emergency generators and fuel trucks and brought in additional technical and network restoration teams.
Comcast is working closely with local power companies during the recovery and restoration process. ••
Book for unwed parents
A new book, Baby Out of Wedlock: Co-Parenting Basics from Pregnancy to Custody, is a guidebook to help the millions of unmarried parents involved with an unexpected pregnancy.
The authors are Jim and Jessica Braz, a married couple raising three children — his, hers and theirs.
The book is also geared to fathers’ rights groups, parental alienation experts and pregnancy centers that help women considering abortion to choose life.
For more information, go to BabyOutOfWedlock.com. ••
Local 9/11 events
The 16th annual Run for Peace will take place on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 9 a.m. at Penn Charter, 3000 W. School House Lane in East Falls.
The event is in memory of Northwood native Peter Ortale and Kenneth Caldwell, who were killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The cost is $25, and proceeds benefit scholarship funds in memory of Ortale and Caldwell.
Ortale grew up on the 4900 block of Castor Ave. and attended St. Martin of Tours, Penn Charter and Duke University, where he graduated in 1987 and was a three-year All-American lacrosse player.
At the time of his death, at age 37, he was working for Euro Brokers on the 84th floor of the World Trade Center’s South Tower in New York. He was among 61 employees and friends of Euro Brokers who died that day.
For more information, go to penncharter.com/alumni/runforpeace.
Meanwhile, the annual Alisha C. Levin Run to Remember will take place on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Northeast High School, 1601 Cottman Ave. Registration is at 9 a.m.. The 5K walk/run is at 10. All participants will receive a T-shirt.
Levin, who grew up on the 1300 block of Wells St. in Castor Gardens, was killed in the terrorist attacks. She was 33.
Levin was a 1986 graduate of Northeast. She later graduated from Hofstra University. She worked for three years for Fuji Bank in the World Trade Center’s South Tower.
On the day of the attacks, terrorists first crashed an airplane into the North Tower. Seventeen minutes later, a plane struck the South Tower.
Fuji Bank, which occupied the 79th through 82nd floors, lost 23 employees. Levin was the company’s vice president of human resources.
Proceeds will benefit scholarships and programs at Northeast and Hofstra.
For more information, visit alishalevinmemorial.org. ••