July 4 fireworks on the Delaware
For the third time since 2019, One River Alliance will present July 4 fireworks on the Delaware River at Linden Avenue. The display, at 9:15 p.m., will be professionally produced by Pyrotecnico, the same company that conducts the fireworks events at Penn’s Landing and the art museum. One River Alliance thanks the 8th Police District and Councilman Mike Driscoll for their support. No parking will be available. Visitors are asked to use rideshare or the SEPTA 84 bus. For questions or more information about One River Alliance, visit www.oneriveralliance.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ••
Car show in August
Snapbox Self-Storage, 1 Franklin Mill Blvd., will host a car show on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be food trucks, a DJ, raffles and trophies. The cost to register a car is $20. Proceeds benefit the Superhero Project, which aids families with children in the neonatal intensive care unit. Call 215-941-1102 or email email@example.com. ••
Local Dems oppose Krasner investigation
State Reps. Jason Dawkins, Joe Hohenstein and Jared Solomon voted against a resolution to establish a committee to investigate, review and make findings and recommendations concerning rising rates of crime in Philadelphia.
The committee could recommend the impeachment of District Attorney Larry Krasner.
Dawkins, Hohenstein and Solomon were among 10 Democrats who opposed establishment of the select committee in a Judiciary Committee vote. All 15 Republicans voted for the committee. Now, the full House will vote whether to establish the select committee. ••
Award for Fox Chase researcher
Jaye Gardiner, a postdoctoral fellow at Fox Chase Cancer Center, is one of 10 recipients of the 2022 Dr. Eddie Méndez Award, which honors “underrepresented” postdoctoral researchers from across the U.S. who have research expertise in cancer, infectious disease and basic science.
“I’m honored to receive this very special award,” said Gardiner, who conducts her research in the lab of Edna “Eti” Cukierman, co-director of the Marvin and Concetta Greenberg Pancreatic Cancer Institute at Fox Chase.
“I would like to express my heartiest congratulations to Jaye,” said Camille Ragin, Associate Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and a professor in the Cancer Prevention and Control research program at Fox Chase. “I am proud of what she has achieved in her science as well as in her DEI efforts. Fox Chase is home to some of the best and brightest junior investigators. Jaye’s success is a testament to that. We wish the very best for her as she continues to excel in her field.”
Gardiner’s research focuses on the tumor microenvironment, also known as desmoplasia, which consists of the cells in the immediate vicinity of cancer cells. Gardiner said the TME plays a key role in the growth of tumors in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. It does this in part by maintaining an immunosuppressive environment that allows tumors to grow. ••
Help the fight against cancer
The fifth Holly Colwell Save 2nd Base Wiffle Ball Tournament will be held at the Bustleton Bengals fields, Conwell Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard, on Saturday, July 30, starting at 9 a.m. The Rising Sun Sluggers will be back to defend their title. There will be games, food, water ice, volleyball, T-shirt sales, raffles and a 50/50. Organizers Christine Tarducci and her son Nick will be raising money for the Home Runs for Holly charity, with proceeds benefiting cancer patients and organizations. Field sponsors and home run pledges are welcome. Call Christine Tarducci at 215-906-8179. ••
Attend summer basketball camp
The 16th Annual Jaguar St. Ephrem Basketball Camp for boys and girls will take place from Monday, July 25, through Friday, July 29. The cost is $150 for the week and includes a basketball and T-shirt. The camp is held in an air-conditioned gym at St. Ephrem, 5400 Hulmeville Road in Bensalem. The camp is under the direction of former college coach Dan Williams. For more information, email Williams at WilliamsD@LSCHS.org. ••
North alums award grants
Robert Kensil, president of the Northeast Catholic Alumni Association, announced that the group just awarded $500,000 in yearly grants to the children and grandchildren of members for Catholic school tuition in the Philadelphia, Camden and Trenton dioceses. There were 32 recipients from schools such as Father Judge, Archbishop Ryan, Little Flower, St. Katherine of Siena, St. Matthew, Holy Family and Cabrini. The alumni office is at 2700 Rhawn St. Call 215-543-1051 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ••
Holy Inn going to AC
Holy Innocents is sponsoring a casino trip on Monday, Aug. 15. A bus will depart L Street and Hunting Park Avenue at 9:30 a.m. There will be a Mass at noon at St. Nicholas of Tolentine in Atlantic City, followed by a procession to a blessing of the sea at 1:15 p.m. There will be a $15 slot package at Resorts Casino before the bus departs at 5. The cost is $35, due by Aug. 1. To reserve your seat, call Cindy at 215-535-2740. ••
Free Vacation Bible School
Third Reformed Church, 3024 Byberry Road, is hosting a free Vacation Bible School from July 18-22, 9 a.m. to noon. The theme is Zoomerang. The school is for ages 4 through just completed sixth grade. For more information, email email@example.com. ••
Family care center opens in Torresdale
American Family Care, a provider of urgent care, occupational medicine and accessible primary care services, announced the opening of its newest location at 9998 Frankford Ave. AFC Torresdale is independently owned and operated by Merion Health Partners. The center is open seven days a week, welcoming walk-in patients and convenient online pre-registration available. Patient services include cold/flu treatment; rapid COVID-19 testing; full-body digital X-ray and broken bone treatment, laceration and wound care; school, sport, camp, work, immigration and pre-op physicals; travel medicine; injury treatment; STD testing; family care; seasonal and allergy treatment; flu shots; immunizations; and infections. AFC Torresdale accepts coverage from most major insurance companies as well as Medicare and Medicaid. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 267-669-1101 or visit https://www.afcurgentcare.com/torresdale/. ••
Homestead Exemption increases
City Councilman Brian O’Neill announced that the recently passed budget includes an increase in the Homestead Exemption from $45,000 to $80,000.
“Today, City Council passed legislation, which I supported, to increase the Homestead Exemption and extend the deadline for the Low-Income Senior Citizen Tax Freeze. The Homestead Exemption now saves homeowners $1,120.00 annually on real estate taxes. If you already receive the Homestead Exemption, you do not need to reapply. To enroll or for more information regarding either of these money-saving programs, please contact my office.”
O’Neill’s office number is 215-686-3422. ••
Ardent Credit Union aids Ukraine
Ardent Credit Union completed a charitable donation-matching drive to support the people of Ukraine, in which the member-owned financial cooperative and its members donated a total of $15,893 to two nonprofit aid organizations. Ardent announced to members it would match donations they made using their Ardent debit cards to the United Ukrainian American Relief Committee, 1206 Cottman Ave., and World Central Kitchen, a global organization that feeds individuals and families in need. UUARC will use the donations to purchase and deliver medical supplies to parts of Ukraine that are in need. The donations to World Central Kitchen will assist the organization in its efforts to provide fresh and nutritious meals to struggling families in Ukraine. For more information on how the public can help, visit www.uuarc.org. World Central Kitchen can be found at www.wck.org. ••
New executive director at Jeanes
Matthew Shelak has been named executive director for Temple University Hospital-Jeanes Campus, effective July 11. Shelak comes to Temple from Crozer Health System, where he was president of Delaware County Memorial Hospital and Taylor Hospital. Shelak succeeds Dr. Marc. P. Hurowitz, who is retiring July 1. ••
Rallying to impeach Krasner
Victims of Philadelphia’s high murder and crime rates gathered in Harrisburg to share their stories with legislators who are assembling articles of impeachment against District Attorney Larry Krasner. Among those testifying was John Toomey, whose 15-year-old son Sean was murdered as he carried a case of water into his family home on the 6200 block of Mulberry St. in Wissinoming.
“The DA is culpable,” Toomey said. “It is not his responsibility to act as a defense attorney for those in jail.”
Three Republican state House members are expected to soon introduce articles of impeachment against Krasner. If passed by committee, it would move to the whole House for a vote, then to the Senate for trial. Murders and shootings have skyrocketed since Krasner took office. The members have set up a website where crime victims can tell their stories. It’s www.stopkrasner.com. ••
Clothing sale at thrift shop
The Classroom Thrift Shop, 4301 Tyson Ave., will hold a bag sale (fill a bag with clothes for $6) through July 1. Donations are being accepted. The shop will be closed July and August. Shop hours are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 215-624-9130. ••
Health fair on Thursday
A free community health fair will take place on Thursday, June 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1919 Cottman Ave. There will be testing for vision, body mass index, blood pressure and Hepatitis B, along with COVID-19 testing kits. Contact event coordinator Pearl Huynh at 215-839-6108 or Pearl.Huynh@gmail.com. ••
Register for music, drama camp
Crescentville United Methodist Church, 412 E. Sentner St., will host a music and drama camp from July 10-15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. The camp is for kids in kindergarten (must be 5 by Sept. 1) to finishing eighth grade. They will learn and perform a children’s musical. The camp will also include Bible stories, T-shirts, crafts, songs and snacks. Call 215-745-7115 or visit crescentvilleumc.com. ••
Glen Foerd fun on Thursday
Glen Foerd presents its free Summer Series of live music, food, family fun activities and art. The series will be held every last Thursday of the months of June, July, August and September, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The public is invited to bring a blanket or chairs, enjoy lawn games, roam Glen Foerd’s grounds, and explore its mansion, which will be open for free self-guided tours. Donations are appreciated but not required. Attendees are asked to register in advance at www.glenfoerd.org/events. ••
Music fest lineup set
The Pennypack Music Festival will take place this year at Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road. Admission is free. There are picnic tables, but you can bring your own chairs. No pets or outside food, drink or coolers. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Shows are Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Gate opens at 5 p.m.
June 29: The Launch [tribute to Queen]; July 6: Steal Your Face [tribute to Grateful Dead]; July 13: Jamison, Bogside Rogues [Irish Night, Ed Kelly’s birthday celebration]; July 20: Idol Kings [tribute to Journey]; July 27: Definitely Leppard [tribute to Def Leppard]; Aug. 3: Let’s Ride [country rock]; Aug. 10: Kick it Out [tribute to Heart]; Aug. 17: Philadelphia Freedom [tribute to Elton John]; Aug. 24: Starman [tribute to David Bowie]. ••
Summer retreat in Holmesburg
There will be a “Come and Rest Awhile” Summer Retreat from Sunday, July 24 (5 p.m.) till Saturday, July 30 (noon) at the Mother Boniface Spirituality Center, 3501 Solly Ave. The public is invited to come away from ordinary activities and rest, in prayerful silence, in the Lord’s company. This is a silent retreat with the option of spiritual direction (meeting once a day, individually, with an experienced spiritual guide). For more information, see www.msbt.org/mbsc or call 267-350-1830. ••
Participate in business conference
The Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce will hold its fifth annual Women in Business Conference and Luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Holy Family University, 9801 Frankford Ave. The day will include breakfast, lunch, panel discussions and general sessions.
To attend, be a sponsor or for more information, visit nephilachamber.com. ••
Farm stand at Jeanes
The Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus Auxiliary will hold a farm stand on Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., through October, next to parking lot C of the Jeanes and Fox Chase Cancer Center campuses. Call 215-728-2131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ••
Bingo on July 9
St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, at Trenton Avenue and Cumberland Street, will be having a bingo on Saturday, July 9, from 1-4 p.m. Doors will open at noon. Packages are $20 and include lunch. For more information, call 215-423-0792. ••
Flea market at Roosevelt Mall
The Roosevelt Mall Flea Market will run outdoors in the parking lot at 2445 Cottman Ave., every Sunday through November. The market runs 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 150 vendors will be on hand featuring new and used items, household goods, electronics and all types of general merchandise. One parking space is $30. Bring your own tables. There is plenty of free parking. For reservations, call 215-625-FLEA (3532). ••
Movies and a 5K in Lawncrest
The Lawncrest Recreation Center Advisory Council will offer free movie nights on the second Thursday of the month at dusk at the Lawncrest Recreation Center outdoor stage, 6000 Rising Sun Ave. The dates are July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8 and Oct. 13. Bring a blanket or chair.
Meanwhile, the advisory council will hold a 5K race on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $30, which includes a T-shirt and medals for winners. Register at https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Philadelphia/Lawncrest5K. ••
Attend Salvage Olympics
Philadelphia Community Corps is holding the second annual Salvage Olympics at Philly Reclaim, 5200 Unruh Ave., on Saturday, July 16, from noon to 4 p.m. There’s going to be food, drinks, children’s activities and a variety of competitive salvage-themed Olympic games for chances to win prizes. Games will include reclaimed beam toss, a salvaged brick-stacking contest, a sledgehammer throw, a donated power sander racing contest and a recycled paint door decoration contest. There will be a silent auction and a 50/50. RSVP to the event with this link: https://bit.ly/3HwEHQZ. To be a sponsor, call 267-343-4242 or email email@example.com. For additional information about PCC and Philly Reclaim, visit www.philadelphiacommunitycorps.org. ••
Outdoor concert schedule
All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Torresdale, 9601 Frankford Ave., will host two outdoor “grill-n-groove” concerts. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served at 6 p.m., followed by the concerts at 7. The schedule is July 20 (Philly Cuzz Band) and Aug. 17 (Paula Johns Jazz). ••
Ukrainian festival in August
The Ukrainian Folk Festival will be held on Sunday, Aug. 28, from noon to 8 p.m. at the Ukrainian American Sport Center — Tryzub, County Line and Lower State roads, Horsham. There will be art, crafts, live music, dance, food, drinks, vendors and live reenactments. Admission is $15 ($5 donated to the relief of war victims in Ukraine). Kids under 15 are free. Parking is free. For tickets or more information, call 267-664-3857 or visit tryzub.org. ••
Day trip to Valley Forge, West Chester
The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation is sponsoring a “Day in Valley Forge & West Chester” on Thursday, Oct. 20. Itinerary includes a riding tour of Valley Forge National Historical Park, a three-course luncheon in West Chester and an 80-minute narrated ride on the West Chester Railroad between West Chester and the village of Glen Mills. All-inclusive cost is $127. Reservations close on Sept. 12, or earlier if demand warrants it. For information and reservations, call 215-788-9408. ••
Three excursions to New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York state are on tap for this summer and fall as part of the Starr Tours At KleinLife program.
The travel excursions kick off on July 13 with a trip to Atlantic City to enjoy a matinee performance of the Jersey Boys at the Soundwaves Theatre at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. In addition to a show ticket, the trip includes lunch at the hotel and casino as well as motorcoach travel. Buses leave from KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. Cost is $219 per person.
An Aug. 10 trip to Columbia, Lancaster County, to visit the National Watch and Clock Museum is scheduled for summer. It also features admission to the Turkey Hill Experience, lunch at Bully’s Restaurant and roundtrip motorcoach accommodations. Cost is $155 per person for adults and $105 per child. Deadline for reservations is July 12.
The Castles of New York multi-day vacation runs from Sept. 11-14 and features an upstate New York experience showcasing the countryside, the St. Lawrence River and three castles. It includes overnight accommodations at the Edgewood Resort, three breakfasts and one dinner. Deadline for reservations is Aug. 13.
For additional information and reservations, call 800-782-7703 or go to starrtours.com/kleinlife. ••
The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim is hosting virtual bingo on Tuesdays, Aug. 2 and 9, at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $36 per person and includes two cards for eight games of bingo each night. There will also be a 50/50. Send your payment to the CSS office, 9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115, attention: Bingo. Payment must be received no later than July 25. Include your email address. For further information, call 215-677-1600 and ask for Gerry or Nancy. ••
Father Judge reunion
The Father Judge graduating class of 1962 will be holding its 60-year reunion at the Ashburner Inn on Sunday, Sept. 11. For more information, email Kevin Huckel at firstname.lastname@example.org. ••
South Phila. HS class of ‘68 reunion
The South Philadelphia High School Class of 1968 will hold its 55th reunion on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Waterfall Room, 2015 S. Water St. Tickets cost $60 and include buffet dinner and open bar. For tickets and more information, call Arleen Liberi [609-922-2419], Maria Leati [856-287-3734] or Stephen Michielli [267-252-2740]. ••
The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation is sponsoring a fully escorted Holy Lands & Aegean Majesty cruise from Oct. 6-17, 2023, visiting Israel, Cyprus, Greece, Turkey and Italy. Rates, including airfare, range from $4,298 to $8,098 per person, double occupancy. Call 215-788-9408 for information and reservations. ••
VFW looking for members
Bustleton-Somerton/CTR1 Michael J. Strange VFW Post 6617 meets on the third Wednesday of every month at American Legion Post 810, 9151 Old Newtown Road. Meetings start at 7:30 p.m. If you are a military veteran who served in a designated combat zone, you are eligible to join the VFW. Contact Commander Israel Wolmark at 215-725-0630 if you would like to join the post. ••
The American Legion Women’s Auxiliary is recruiting new members to help with supporting and raising funds for the military and veterans. Become a member by filling out an application at a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 366 Corp. John Loudenslager, 7976 Oxford Ave. ••