Senior Citizen News

Barry Manilow

Learn about Jewish singers

The Men’s Club of the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, is hosting a virtual program on Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. The program is Jewish Singers of the 20th Century. Charlie D will provide behind-the-scenes information on all the top performers from Al Jolson to Barry Manilow. The cost for the program is $18 and is open to all. When sending your payment to the synagogue office, provide your email address. The link for the program will be sent out a few days prior to the event. For details, call the CSS office at 215-677-1600 and ask for Paul or Barry. ••

REUNIONS

HIGH SCHOOLS

• North Catholic — Class of 1970. Saturday, March 26, 2022. 7-11 p.m. Sprinkler Fitters Emerald Room, 14004 McNulty Road. $70 per person. Buffet dinner, open bar, music. Jim Kelly: 215-808-4227 or John Peteraf: 215-342-7335.

• North Catholic — Class of 1972. 50th anniversary reunion. Steve Cardullo: scardullo@comcast.net or John Garson: gronski45@verizon.net.

• Northeast — Class of 1974. Class No. 133. Avi (Allan) Adelman: Avi@PhotographerOnBoard.com. More information: facebook.com/groups/northeast1974reunion.

• South Philadelphia — Class of 1976. March 18, 2022. 7-11 p.m. Lazaretto Ballroom, 99 Wanamaker Ave., Essington. DJ Eric A. Bartello. Michele: 267-971-4386.

OTHER REUNIONS

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. ••

Bingo!

The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim is hosting a virtual bingo on two consecutive Mondays, Dec. 6 and 13, starting at 7:30 p.m.

The cost is $36 per person and includes two cards for eight games of bingo each night. There is also a 50/50 for $5 that will be drawn on Dec. 13.

Send your payment to the CSS office, 9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115, attention: Bingo. Payment must be received no later than Nov. 24, and you must include your email address for the link to be sent to you.

Call Gerry or Nancy at 215-677-1600. ••

Upcoming bus trip, cruise

The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation is sponsoring a bus trip to the Mt. Hope Estate’s holiday dinner theater in Manheim, Lancaster County, on Nov. 29. Cost is $115.

The group is sponsoring a cruise to Charleston and Bermuda, June 2-12, 2022, on the Celebrity Summit, sailing from Cape Liberty, in North Jersey. Rates range from $1,577 to $2,387 per person, double occupancy.

Call 215-788-9408 for information and reservations. ••

Take a trip to Caesars

Holy Innocents is running a casino trip to Caesars Atlantic City on Wednesday, Dec. 1.

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

The cost is $35. Guests will receive $15 in slot cash.

To reserve a seat or for more information, call Cindy at 215-535-2740. ••

Upcoming bus trip

The Marlyn Chakov Fein Chapter, Fox Chase Cancer Center is running a bus trip to New York City on Saturday, May 14, 2022 to see the Broadway production of The Music Man. The cost is $345, which includes orchestra seating and round-trip motor coach. Bus leaves from 604 Township Line Road, Cheltenham. Call Harriet at 215-969-8366 for tickets.

The event supports cancer research and compassionate patient care. ••

PACENET expansion bill passes House

Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Wendi Thomas to reform the PACENET program has passed the House of Representatives.

“The General Assembly passes bills each year to allow seniors to stay enrolled if the COLA they received from Social Security is the only increase in their income,” Thomas said. “This has caused a disparity in income levels between those already in the program and those signing up for the first time. This bill is an opportunity to fix this issue.”

House Bill 1260 would expand the PACENET program, which provides medications to more than 300,000 older Pennsylvanians, by raising income eligibility limits to $33,500 for single individuals and $41,500 for married couples. The current PACENET eligibility requirement is $27,500 for single individuals and $35,500 for married couples.

The bill also would eliminate the requirement for PACENET cardholders not enrolled in Medicare Part D to pay a monthly benchmark premium. Instead, the bill would require that the program pay this monthly premium.

The bill now moves to the Senate for a vote. ••

Attend virtual meeting on travel

The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will be hosting a virtual general meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. The program will be a presentation on travel. There is no charge for the evening, but send your email address to receive the link for the meeting. The link will be sent to you before the meeting. Call the synagogue office at 215-677-1600 for further details. ••

PA partners with DoorDash to deliver meals to seniors

Pennsylvania has partnered with DoorDash to have healthy, nutritious meals delivered to homebound seniors in need. The initiative is designed to remove barriers and increase enrollment in the underutilized Pennsylvania Senior Food Box Program, which provides life-sustaining meal deliveries and nutrition services to eligible older Pennsylvanians.

Currently, 10 counties, including Bucks, are being served by DoorDash as part of the partnership.

“It’s high time that Pennsylvania’s food assistance programs offer services tailored to the unique needs of their recipients and actively work to remove barriers to access,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “This partnership with DoorDash to deliver Senior Food Boxes is a commonsense solution that will make saying ‘yes’ to the box easy. Accepting assistance can be hard enough for some, wondering how to get the food home should never be an added worry.”

More than 300,000 Pennsylvania seniors are eligible for the Pennsylvania Senior Food Box Program, but only about 35,000 are enrolled to receive it this year. Seniors often face barriers to access for food assistance programs because of issues such as transportation, mobility or technology.

Hunger-Free Pennsylvania, Feeding Pennsylvania and their network of food banks are partnering with DoorDash where its coverage overlaps with agencies administering the food box program. Dashers will then deliver boxes to seniors in need. As with any DoorDash delivery, Dashers are compensated.

Eligible participants for the Pennsylvania Senior Food Box Program include low-income individuals who are at least 60 years old and whose household income is at or below 130 percent of the U.S. poverty level. Seniors can fill out the self-certification form found at agriculture.pa.gov/seniorfoodbox or call 800-468-2433 to be directed to the regional food bank distributing the senior food box in their county of residence.

“This partnership is another example of DoorDash helping to meet an ongoing need for underserved communities,” said Brittany Graunke, DoorDash Drive’s director of government and nonprofit. “Leveraging our last-mile logistics platform, we are committed to promoting convenience and dignity while reducing barriers to accessing meals, groceries and pantry items.” ••