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Advanced knee and hip surgery

Nazareth Hospital now offers the ROSA® Knee and Hip joint replacement system, which brings together advanced robotic technology and industry-leading knee and hip implants. The system allows surgeons to use computer and software technology to control and move surgical instruments, allowing for greater precision and flexibility during joint-replacement procedures.

Patients recover faster and with less pain and scarring, and generally have better surgical and post-operative outcomes.

While each person’s personal recovery plan is unique, most Nazareth Hospital patients can expect to go home directly following their knee or hip replacement surgery.

To learn more or schedule a consultation, visit www.trinityhealthma.org/naz/tjr-robot. ••

Comcast helping the needy during holidays

Comcast NBCUniversal is making $400,000 in contributions to 10 local organizations to support efforts to fight “food insecurity” during the holiday season.

The 10 local organizations receiving $40,000 each from Comcast NBCUniversal are Coalition Against Hunger, FulFill, MANNA, Philabundance, Share Food Program, the Bucks County Opportunity Council, the Chester County Food Bank, the Food Bank of South Jersey, the Food Bank of Delaware and the Food Trust.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve worked with our nonprofit partners and local elected officials to understand and respond to the immediate needs of our community members, especially around our hometown of Philadelphia,” said Bret Perkins, senior vice president, External and Government Affairs, at Comcast NBCUniversal. “This is another way we’re showing up for our city and its residents to provide extra support for the tireless work of our community partners.” ••

Author publishes romantic suspense novel

Mayfair’s Becky Flade announced that Tirgearr Publishing will release her next novel, Fall to Pieces, on Nov. 30. It is available for pre-order at all major digital retailers.

Homicide Detective Alexandra Danvers is determined to bring child killer Arthur Book to justice, no matter the cost.

Set in Philadelphia, Fall to Pieces features locales such as Juniata Park/Golf Course, the Roundhouse, The Library Company and Rittenhouse Square. The cover art displays the Center City skyline, the Schuylkill River and the Expressway at dusk. ••

Pancake breakfast on Sunday

Corp. John Loudenslager American Legion Post, 7976 Oxford Ave., is hosting a pancake breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 28, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $6 per person, which includes scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice, coffee, tea and all the pancakes you can eat. ••

Breakfast with Santa

Santa Claus will be at St. Hubert High School for a breakfast buffet on Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The menu will consist of eggs, bacon, sausage, french toast, home fries, bagels, juice, coffee, tea and water.

The morning will feature an indoor snowball fight, craft corner, coloring station, letters to Santa, selfie station, reindeer food making, Christmas bean bag toss, dancing, facepainting and a gift from Santa’s sack.

Tickets are $23 for ages 13 and up, $18 for ages 3-12 and free for ages 2 and under. A framed picture will be $5.

Email SHSanta@huberts.org. ••

AHCU lighting campus

American Heritage Credit Union invites the community to visit its main campus at 2060 Red Lion Road to enjoy more than 400,000 lights and holiday displays.

Community members are welcome to stroll or drive the campus, take photos and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season.

The Grand Illumination celebration kicks off with a special event on the evening of Nov. 27 at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks. The Philadelphia Boys Choir and the New Jersey Fifes and Drums will perform, and Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross will be on hand. Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food item to help American Heritage reach its food drive goal of 20,000 pounds donated to Philabundance.

For more information about Grand Illumination, visit AmericanHeritageCU.org/lights. ••

Hanukkah performance at KleinLife

KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave., will host a free Hanukkah Klezmer performance by the Ken Ulansey Ensemble on Wednesday, Dec. 1, beginning at noon. The public is invited.

The musical showcase will be performed with keyboard, clarinet, drums and guitar, all supporting the versatile vocalist. The singer will perform melodies in English, Hebrew, Yiddish and Russian.

In addition, everyone who attends will receive a holiday gift bag filled with a jelly doughnut, dreidel and chocolate gelt (money).

The performance is sponsored by the Philip Spector Memorial Fund. ••

Northeast High grad gets Comcast promotion

Comcast has named Dennis Mathew, who attended Northeast High School, as senior vice president of the company’s Freedom Region, leading a team of about 2,300 employees who serve customers across Greater Philadelphia, New Jersey and northern Delaware. In this role, Mathew is the top executive responsible for all aspects of the business, including the customer experience, sales, marketing, operations and financial performance.

Mathew joins the Freedom Region after spending two years leading Comcast’s Western New England Region. He will be based in the region’s headquarters located in Trevose.

“I’m thrilled to return to my hometown with Comcast and to lead the Freedom Region as we deliver a world-class customer experience to support our amazing and ever-innovating products and services,” he said. ••

Christmas bazaar at Cannstatter

The St. Patrick’s Day Observance Association will hold a Christmas bazaar on Nov. 28, from 3-7 p.m. at Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road.

The cost is $30 and includes food, live music, wine, beer, Christmas shopping, wood crafts, candles, Irish shops, pictures with Santa and raffles.

Vendor space is $40 per spot. Reserve by emailing WilliamIvers54@gmail.com. ••

Open house at Orleans

JEVS will hold open houses for its Project WOW and IT Pre-Apprenticeship programs, which help low-income Philadelphia youth develop skills in building trades and information technology, on Nov. 24 and 29 at Orleans Technical College, 2770 Red Lion Road.

For more information, go to https://www.jevshumanservices.org/event/project-wow-pmr-it-pre-apprenticeship-open-house/2021-11-01/. ••

History meeting on Dec. 1

Northeast Philadelphia History Network will hold a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m.

The topic will be The Philadelphia County Fair at Somerton/Byberry. The speaker will be historian Patty McCarthy.

For five to seven days every September from 1912-25 the Somerton/Byberry area of the Northeast was home to the Philadelphia County Fair.

Join the  Zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89462981955?pwd=TFk5VmI2K2UyOGljVy8zZkRPSWtQQT09.

The meeting ID is 894 6298 1955. The passcode is 512013. ••

North alums awarding grants

The Northeast Catholic Alumni Association awards tuition grants to the sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters of its members.

The checks are awarded to students who meet criteria, and the monies are sent to the Catholic school that they are choosing to attend. Aid is sent to Catholic elementary and high schools and universities in the Philadelphia, Camden and Trenton dioceses.

Grants are given to 32 students annually for their four years in high school or college and three years in elementary school.

Students can apply for a grant if their father or grandfather attended Northeast Catholic and is a dues-paying member of the alumni association. Applications are accepted until Jan 31, 2022.

Call 215-543-1051 or email necathalum@aol.com ••

Join the St. Martha lottery

St. Martha Parish, 11301 Academy Road, is holding its lottery fundraiser.

For a $25 donation, choose a 3-digit number and that number has a chance to win throughout 2022. Winning numbers are based on the Pennsylvania Daily Number Lottery (straight), picked at 7 p.m.

Daily Prize is $25. Each month, there is one $100 bonus day.

Calendars are available after each Mass. Make your donation check payable to “St. Martha” and write “Lottery Calendar” on the memo line. Choose a number and two alternates, and drop in the collection basket or mail to St. Martha, 11301 Academy Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154. ••

Renovations to Mitchell Playground

In coordination with the city Department of Parks and Recreation, Councilman Brian O’Neill announced that renovations to Mitchell Playground began this week. A total of $614,000 will be invested in the playground, 3694 Chesterfield Road.

The project will start with the renovation of the spray-ground. New playground equipment and fencing will also be installed in the spring. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of May 2022.

If you have any questions about this project or any other matter, call or visit O’Neill’s office at FOP Lodge 5 headquarters, 11630 Caroline Road (215-437-9167). ••

SJ Prep offering tuition awards

St. Joseph’s Prep has established an Affinity Awards Program to attract prospective students. The awards are worth $3,000 annually and will be presented to students whose parents come from the following three categories:

• Active first responders: Firefighters, police officers, active-duty military, emergency medical technicians.

• Alumni and/or employees of historically black colleges and universities.

• Full-time educators or administrators at K-8 schools.

Students must be accepted to the Prep through the applications process. ••

New leader in pancreatic cancer field

Benjamin A. Young has been appointed program manager at the Marvin & Concetta Greenberg Pancreatic Cancer Institute, where he will work with researchers to coordinate the institute’s basic, clinical and population sciences research programs.

“I’m very excited to work on a team this dynamic and to be afforded an opportunity that will be critical to advancing science for pancreatic cancer at Fox Chase and beyond,” Young said.

Since the pancreatic cancer initiative at Fox Chase Cancer Center is growing, Young’s role will constitute a part of the Greenberg Institute. His primary responsibilities will include ensuring that clinical trials are conducted efficiently, acting as a liaison between basic and clinical researchers, as well as maintaining institute policies and ensuring that they are being adhered to and expanded upon if needed.

Before taking on this new role, Young was regulatory affairs lead at Fox Chase’s Office of Clinical Research.

Fox Chase is the only cancer center in the Philadelphia region to be designated as both a Clinical and Academic Center of Excellence for Pancreatic Cancer by the National Pancreas Foundation. ••

Job opportunities for those in recovery

Virginia-based Leidos, a defense, aviation, information technology and biomedical research company, has more than 3,000 positions available to be filled.

Leidos addresses the impact of substance use disorder disease, and is teaming with ecoverycareers to publicize company job opportunities for qualified individuals in long-term recovery.

The internet job-board address is ecoverycareers.com, and ecoverycareers invites all businesses to add the company to their recruitment resources.

If you or someone you know is in successful drug or alcohol disease recovery and are looking for a new job or career change, register and look for opportunities at www.ecoverycareers.com. ••

City collecting leaves

Councilman Brian O’Neill announced that the city Department of Streets’s fall leaf collection and recycling program is underway. The program ends Saturday, Dec. 18,

Bagged leaf drop-off will be offered citywide on Saturdays only at 13 locations from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. Bagged leaves to be recycled at the specified drop-off locations will be accepted only in biodegradable paper bags. Otherwise, bagged leaves set out at the curb will be collected as trash.

To find the bagged leaf drop-off location closest to you or to find out if mechanical leaf collection will be offered on your street, call or visit  O’Neill’s office at Bustleton Avenue and Bowler Street, above the 7th Police District (215-685-0432). ••

Women’s health campus coming

Temple University Health System announced that its new campus at 1331 E. Wyoming Ave. will become a hospital for women’s health.

The site is the former home of Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

The campus will offer maternity care services. general surgery, breast surgery, vascular surgery, urology, internal medicine, cardiology, endocrinology and behavioral health. It will also provide administrative service space, available for use by spring. ••

Scrap metal facility gets funding

State Rep. Mike Driscoll announced a $1 million Commonwealth Financing Authority grant awarded to Morris Iron and Steel Co. for rehabilitation on its scrap metal facility, 7345 Milnor St.

The company recycles scrap metal then ships it by truck, rail and barge. At its waterfront property, 85% of scrap metal is shipped by barge. The project will repair portions of the south slip so that the existing structure can continue to operate and service three barges simultaneously. The company’s goal is to minimize truck traffic by shipping its metal, helping to reduce roadway traffic in the Philadelphia area.

“Businesses like Morris Iron are so important to our local economy,” Driscoll said. “Where the state can assist in helping them remain viable and supporting them in their success, we should. This is an investment for the 173rd District but the state as well. Especially during this critical time of COVID, it’s necessary to see these projects through to the benefit of the businesses as well as the local economy. We can’t let the global pandemic and all that has been associated with it take us off task in assisting these projects.” ••

Holiday event Dec. 4 at Ryerss

Ryerss Museum & Library, 7370 Central Ave., in Burholme Park, will host a holiday celebration and greens sale on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The day will feature handmade wreaths from Fox Chase Farm, fun activities for kids, baked goods for sale and a used book sale in the basement.

Call 215-685-0544. ••

Holiday craft fair on Dec. 5

The Villages at Pine Valley, 8601 Pine Road, will be holding a vendors holiday craft fair on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Call 215-722-1501 ••

Christmas bazaar in Rockledge

Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, 205 Huntingdon Pike in Rockledge, will host a Christmas bazaar on Dec. 5 from noon to 3 p.m.

The afternoon will feature an appearance by Santa Claus, a model train exhibit, jewelry, a bake sale, Christmas wreaths and gift basket raffle, food and beverages and a fully-stocked thrift shop. ••

Christmas coming to Mayfair

The Mayfair Christmas Village and Tree Lighting will take place on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Frankford, Cottman and Ryan avenues.

There will be vendors, music and drinks.

The event is sponsored by the Mayfair Business Improvement District and Community Development Corporation. ••

Attend chanukah celebration

Northeast Jewish Life invites the public to a community chanukah celebration on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. at House of Kosher, 9806 Bustleton Ave.

There will be music by Eliyahu Bass, candle lighting and latkes and other nosh.

RSVP at https://forms.gle/mPLpG2KtZkEKWE3m6. ••

Help fight hunger

The Jewish Relief Agency will hold its second virtual annual event Hunger, Growing Needs, Glowing Deeds, on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. Set to livestream on the eighth night of Hanukkah, the program will illuminate the stories of three volunteer families, while underscoring the needs of area families struggling with “food insecurity.”

JRA’s “We Deliver” approach to fighting hunger supports more than 6,500 low-income individuals each month.

Community members are invited to watch Hunger: Growing Needs, Glowing Deeds. To register or become a corporate sponsor of the event, visit https://jewishrelief.org/annual-event-2021. ••

Looking for craft fair vendors

Holy Family University’s Habitat for Humanity chapter will be hosting a craft fair on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 6-9 p.m. at the Campus Center gym, 9801 Frankford Ave (near Grant Avenue).

For those interested in having a table, email habitatforhumanity@holyfamily.edu or call 267-341-3307. ••

Christmas show at Buck Hotel

Joey C will perform the Sounds of Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Buck Hotel, 1200 Buck Road in Feasterville.

The brunch buffet show will begin at noon. The cost is $75, including tax and gratuity. There will be a cash bar.

For tickets or more information, call 215-396-2002, Ext. 4 or visit thebuckhotel.com. ••

Live nativity on Dec. 12

United Methodist Church of Huntingdon Valley, at 3470 Huntingdon Pike (at Byberry Road), will host a live nativity and petting zoo on Sunday, Dec. 12, from 6-8 p.m. ••

Rhawnhurst Civic to meet

Rhawnhurst Civic Association will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. at Pelbano Playground, 8101 Bustleton Ave. (at Solly Avenue).

The group meets on the third Wednesday of the month. ••

Successful harvest

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society celebrated the end of its 2021 harvest initiative, with local gardeners donating some 18,728 pounds of produce to local nonprofits. The program also raised $30,087 to support efforts to combat “food insecurity” within the region.

Among the top produce donors to PHS Harvest were Longwood Gardens, Spring Gardens, Kennett Middle School Giving Garden, Branching Up, PHS Farm Park and Chester Eastside Garden Club.

Additional participating organizations in the Harvest initiative include AmpleHarvest.org, Art-Reach, Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden, Chester County Food Bank, Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, Cooperative Gardens Commission, Delaware Center for Horticulture, Food Bank of Delaware, Food Connect, The Food Trust, Mama-Tee Fridge, Neighborhood Gardens Trust, North Light Community Center, Philabundance, Share Food Program and Whole Foods Market. ••