Run to Remember Saturday
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 of Sept. 11, 2001. 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. ••
5K will benefit scholarship fund
The 18th annual Father Judge Crusader Classic 5K will take place on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 9 a.m.
All proceeds will benefit the Firefighter Lt. Robert Neary Scholarship Fund at Father Judge High School.
Fire Lt. Bob Neary, class of 1970, passed away on April 9, 2012. That day, he responded to a fire at an abandoned Kensington warehouse. Later, he and several other men from Ladder 10 were checking on conditions at a furniture store next door when the roof collapsed.
The entry fee is $30. The cost is $15 for youths 18 and under.
Race-day registration will take place in the Father Judge school yard beginning at 7:30 a.m. Event T-shirts will be provided to all who pre-register (and to race-day registrants while supplies last).
The race will begin at the bandshell in Pennypack Park and continue along the banks of the Pennypack Creek and finish with a lap around the Father Judge track (behind the school). Medals will be presented to the top three male and female finishers in each age group.
For more information, call 215-338-9494 , Ext. 1129 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ••
The Classroom Thrift Shop, 4301 Tyson Ave., will be closed Sept. 22, 28 and 29 due to the religious holiday. ••
Register for free yard trees
Somerton Civic Association and MaST Community Charter School, in partnership with TreePhilly, the Fairmount Park Conservancy and TD Bank, are inviting their neighbors to register for up to two free yard trees at their fall tree giveaway. Eleven kinds of trees, and 100 trees overall, will be available. This event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at MaST’s campus at 1800 Byberry Road.
You must register for the event online, and must wear a mask at the event. Visit the “Tree Giveaway Signup” link posted on Somerton Civic Association’s webpage (https://sites.google.com/view/somertoncivic) by Sept. 28. ••
Shredding, recycling on Saturday
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. ••
Somerton Civic meeting tonight
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 classical pianist Reese Revak (Sept. 24) and a favorites sing-a-long with Grant Uhle (Oct. 1). Both concerts are at 7 p.m.
Call 215-342-2085 or visit www.redemptionphiladelphia.org. ••
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. ••
Who killed Barbara Jean Horn?
NBC10’s investigative team and reporter Claudia Vargas have produced the true-crime docuseries Who Killed Barbara Jean?
The 11-part series looks into the murder of 4-year-old Barbara Jean Horn in 1988. She disappeared while playing outside her house on the 7200 block of Rutland St. in Castor Gardens. Her naked and battered body was found later in a cardboard box placed with the trash on the 1400 block of St. Vincent St.
Four years later, police arrested Walter Ogrod, who lived across the street from Barbara Jean, after he signed a confession admitting to the crime. After a mistrial, he was convicted and sentenced to death in 1996.
Ogrod was released in June 2020 after the district attorney’s office dropped charges, determining that Barbara Jean was not killed in the manner described in the confession, the jailhouse informants were lying and the description of the suspect carrying the box did not match Ogrod.
The first episode will premiere on NBC10 News at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22. ••
Another national “night” out
Tacony Holmesburg Town Watch will hold a “National Night Out” event on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Russo Park (7301 Torresdale Ave.).
There will be vendors, community groups, live entertainment, performers, dignitaries, religious organizations, COVID vaccines and door prizes. School supplies and food donations for those less fortunate will be accepted.
The 2nd, 7th, 8th and 15th police districts observed National Night Out on its official night, Aug. 3. ••
Learn about Civil War museum
The Northeast Philadelphia History Network will hold a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m.
Civil War historian and retired Temple professor Andy Waskie will discuss the history of the Grand Army of the Republic and the GAR Civil War Museum, which is moving from Frankford to Holmesburg.
Login information will be posted on Facebook.
For more information, visit https://garmuslib.org/. ••
Comcast investing in business
Comcast Business announced a two-year, $26 million investment in a major expansion of its advanced network throughout Greater Philadelphia and New Jersey, reaching nearly 4,000 businesses directly and benefiting thousands more by making the network more accessible and affordable.
The two-year build-out includes $10.3 million invested in 2020 and an additional $15.7 million in projects underway or planned for 2021.
Upon completion, Comcast Business will have invested a total of nearly $100 million in area network expansions since 2015, to the benefit of nearly 24,000 businesses. ••
March in Thanksgiving parade
Groups of any kind are invited to participate in the Mayfair-Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade, which will take place on Sunday, Nov. 21, on Frankford Avenue.
Groups are welcome to create their own family-friendly floats.
Anyone interested in marching in the parade can call Lisa Greco at 215-624-6667 or Donny Smith at 267-538-4668, or email email@example.com. ••
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.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to Father Judge and St. Hubert’s scholarship programs in the name of St. Leo alumni.
For more information, email Pete Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. ••
Opening for preschool teacher
St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 5185 Castor Ave. (at Pratt Street), is looking for a pre-K teacher for its preschool.
Interested candidates can call 215-743-1828 or email email@example.com. ••
Comcast expanding internet access
Comcast announced that Internet Essentials, its broadband adoption program for low-income households, will now expand eligibility to Federal Pell Grant recipients.
In addition, Comcast pledged to donate $15 million worth of internet service and equipment, including more than 25,000 laptops, to low-income students, seniors and veterans.
The announcement marks the 10th anniversary of its Internet Essentials program, which has connected more than 10 million people to the internet at home – most for the very first time. ••
Trees coming to Holmesburg, Frankford
Riverfront North Partnership announced that it received $50,000 from the Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Resilience Grant program in partnership with Bank of America.
Riverfront North plans to use the grant to plant and give away 350 trees with the TTF Watershed Partnership in Holmesburg and Frankford.
“We are excited and grateful to work with our communities, the City of Philadelphia, TreePhilly and TTF Watershed to bring more trees to Holmesburg and Frankford,” said Stephanie Phillips, executive director, Riverfront North Partnership, “We are glad to do our part in supporting the City’s goal to have at least 30% tree canopy in every neighborhood.” ••
Outdoor movie nights
Riverfront North Partnership will host two free outdoor movies along the river parks at sundown. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs/blankets and snacks.
The schedule is Oct. 5, Space Jam (original), Pennypack on the Delaware, 7801 State Road; and Oct. 19, Hocus Pocus, Glen Foerd, 5001 Grant Ave. ••
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. ••
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. ••
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). ••
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. ••
Upcoming senior expos
State Sen. Tina Tartaglione will hold two senior expos on upcoming Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The first is set for Oct. 21 at Mayfair Community Center, 2990 St. Vincent St. The second is scheduled for Oct. 28 at Lawncrest Recreation Center, 6000 Rising Sun Ave.
Masks are required.
All senior citizens and their primary caregivers are invited. Representatives from various government agencies as well as public and private service providers will be available to discuss programs and services for older Philadelphians.
Call 215-291-4653. ••
Bingo on Oct. 9
St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Trenton Avenue and Cumberland Street, will be having bingo on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 1-4 p.m.
Doors will open at noon. Packages are $20 and include lunch. Masks are required.
Call 215-423-0792. ••