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Nazareth joining Catholic League

The Catholic League Board of Governors has voted to accept Nazareth Academy as its newest member, beginning with the 2023-24 school year.

Nazareth is grateful to principal James Meredith for his leadership and guidance on a thorough presentation to the board and to athletic director Dan Bradley for his work during the application process.

“Steeped in tradition and true to its Catholic mission for over 100 years, the Philadelphia Catholic League is one of the most respected leagues in Pennsylvania and provides Nazareth Academy student-athletes the opportunity for increased exposure to showcase their talents while enhancing the school’s commitment and identity as a Catholic, independent school for girls. This move to the PCL also allows our teams to build upon existing rivalries within the league setting. We embrace the rich history of the PCL and are excited for Nazareth Academy student-athletes to add to its story,” Meredith said.

Archbishop Ryan principal Joseph McFadden, president of the PCL board, said, “The Philadelphia Catholic League is thrilled to welcome Nazareth Academy as a new member. Their commitment to the student-athlete experience, strong familiarity with current  PCL schools and on-campus facilities will further strengthen one of the best leagues in the entire state. I commend my colleagues for their work during this very comprehensive and deliberate process.” ••

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. ••

Community health fair on Thursday

A community health fair will take place on Thursday, July 21, from 3-7 p.m. at 1919 Cottman Ave. There will be free testing for Hepatitis B, blood pressure, body mass index, vision and COVID-19, along with a cancer prevention workshop and a discussion on Build a Safe Community Together. Refreshments will be served. ••

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). ••

Disabilities to be taught in K-12 curriculum

Disability inclusive curriculum will be incorporated into Pennsylvania’s Education Code, after the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed H.B. 1642 and Gov. Tom Wolf signed it.

State Reps. Joe Hohenstein and Jason Ortitay introduced legislation that would encourage disability inclusive curriculum in schools across the state.

The legislation sets up a three-year pilot in schools to test out the curriculum followed by a statewide rollout once approved by the state and disabled people. It promises that the curriculum will be created by organizations at least 50% controlled by disabled people.

Pennsylvania will be the first state to introduce disability into the curriculum in this comprehensive way. Alan Holdsworth, director of Disability Equality in Education, said, “This is landmark legislation, and DEE cannot wait to work with the Department of Education in creating and testing a disability-led curriculum.”

Disability Equality in Education has a website – https://www.disabilityequalityeducation.org/ – of lessons and other resources that were vetted by disabled people that teachers are freely accessing.

Bridesburg resident Lisa Aquilla said, ”I want to thank my state representative, Joe Hohenstein, and his colleague, Rep. Jason Ortitay, for their wonderful support. I was only a pebble in the water and I made a ripple to start the process but it’s collectively that we will make a wave. Thank you for recognizing and valuing the voices of our community and coalition as the important key that turns this tide.” ••

Blood drive in Somerton

Fellowship Bible Church and Somerton Civic Association, in partnership with the Red Cross, are hosting a blood drive on Aug. 10 from 2-7 p.m. at Fellowship Bible Church, 13021 Worthington Road. Sign up for an appointment at https://rcblood.org/3nKz9cx. ••

Kensington High alumni luncheon

The Kensington High School Alumni Luncheon will be held on Oct. 15 at the Radisson Hotel, Trevose. The luncheon is open to all graduates and guests. Cost is $42. For information and order forms, call Tamara (267-699-6331), Altha (215-605-5255) or Fran (215-303-0188). ••

Celebrate National Night Out

A National Night Out celebration will take place on Aug. 2, from 6-8 p.m., at Fox Chase Elementary School yard, 500 Rhawn St. There will be free food, a community bike ride and giveaways of bikes and other items. ••

Family FunDay in Sept.

The 7th Police District and 7th Police District Advisory Council will sponsor a Family FunDay on Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 1701 Bowler St. There will be music, food, information tables, giveaways and appearances by police and fire vehicles. ••

Free Vacation Bible School

Third Reformed Church, 3024 Byberry Road, is hosting a free Vacation Bible School through July 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 elder3rp@aol.com. ••

Music fest continues

The Pennypack Music Festival is taking 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.

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]. ••

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. ••

Movie night in the 7th

The 7th Police District, PDAC and NE Philly Connected will present a movie night on July 22, at 8 p.m., in the 7th district parking lot, 1701 Bowler St. The movie to be shown is Encanto. Bring your own chairs and blankets. PDAC will provide refreshments. ••

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. ••

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. ••

Car show in August

Snapbox Self-Storage, 1 Franklin Mills 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 franklinmills@snapboxstorage.com. ••

Celebration Sunday at Glen Foerd

Glen Foerd, 5001 Grant Ave., welcomes people to a free celebration on Sunday, July 24, from 2-8 p.m. There will be artmaking, food, music, dancing, lawn games, birding, tours of Glen Foerd’s Main House and exploring the grounds with a new audio tour. Musical entertainment kicks off at 6 p.m. with Philadelphia dance party band Snacktime. Food trucks and a cash bar will be set up all day. ••

Glen Foerd monthly fun

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 July, August and September, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The next one is July 28. 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. ••

Movies and a 5K

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 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. ••

Nazareth bariatric accredited

Dr. Abhiman Cheeyandira, medical director of Bariatric Surgery at Nazareth Hospital, announced that its bariatric surgery center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, a joint Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

“MBSAQIP accreditation reflects a ‘gold standard’ of bariatric care,” Cheeyandira said. “Patients considering weight-loss surgery can feel confident in choosing Nazareth Hospital. They will receive skilled, compassionate care that meets the highest national safety and quality standards.”

To earn MBSAQIP Accreditation, Nazareth met essential criteria for staffing, training, facility infrastructure and patient care pathways, ensuring its ability to support patients with obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its surgical outcomes and identifying opportunities for quality improvement.

Dr. Michael Magro Jr., president of Nazareth, said, “Our bariatrics team and hospital administrators worked tirelessly through every part of the MBSAQIP’s rigorous process. Now our job is to continue reporting outcomes, participate in regular program evaluations, meet safety requirements, and improve our processes to provide the very best bariatric care possible to our patients.”

“I am proud to lead Nazareth Hospital’s bariatric program,” Cheeyandira said. “We change lives, and it’s proved when our patients come back to us with more confidence, a healthier lifestyle and just enjoying life again. It brings us immeasurable joy.” ••

Driver refresher course available

Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will host an AARP Drivers 1 Day Refresher Course on Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sign up for this Refresher Course if you have taken the Two Day Driver Safety Course in the last three years. There are no tests to pass and most insurance companies provide a discount for completing the course. The cost is $20 for AARP members; $25 for non-AARP members. There will be a small break for lunch. A dairy lunch is permitted. Payment to AARP is needed to hold your spot. Call the synagogue at 215-677-1600. ••

Fox Chase has new urologist

Fox Chase Cancer Center announced the hiring of Dr. Joshua Cohn, who has joined Temple Health and the Fox Chase Division of Urology and Urologic Oncology.

“Dr. Cohn will be joining an experienced team of benign urologists which will work integrally with the urologic oncology team already well established at Fox Chase. The infusion of expertise that these physicians bring will further help us expand the range of advanced benign urologic treatment options available at Fox Chase and for Temple Health at large,” said Dr. Robert Uzzo, president and CEO of Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Cohn specializes in female pelvic medicine and reconstruction. He offers expertise in pelvic organ prolapse, neuromodulation, urinary incontinence, bladder augmentation and urinary diversion, complex bladder pathology and vaginal reconstruction.

Cohn is seeing patients at Fox Chase Cancer Center – Huntingdon Pike and Temple Health Ft. Washington. ••

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 rosemarie.schlegel@tuhs.temple.edu. ••

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). ••

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. ••

REUNIONS

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

• St. Jerome — Classes of 1971 and 1972. 50th and 51st reunions. Saturday, Oct. 8. 7-10 p.m. Maggie’s Waterfront Cafe, 9242 N. Delaware Ave. $65 in person, $75 at door. Venmo: @John-Longino. Checks: Julie Cassidy, 169 Centenary Lane, Warminster, PA 18974. Skip DiFelice (class of ‘71), skip.difelice@gmail.com, or Julie Cassidy (class of ‘72), jcass0307@gmail.com.

HIGH SCHOOLS

• Archbishop Ryan — All classes. Seaport Pier Restaurant Bar, 2201 Boardwalk, North Wildwood. July 30. 2-7 p.m. DJ Bobby Sacco and Frank/Alice from Jamison. $30 online, $40 at the door. www.arhs.me/summersocial.

• Archbishop Ryan — Class of 1977. 45th reunion. Friday, Nov. 11. 6-11 p.m. Philadelphia Quartett Club, 1075 Southampton Road. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1262453503849098.

• Cardinal Dougherty — Class of 1987. 35th reunion. Saturday, Nov. 5. Plumbers Hall, 2791 Southampton Road.

• Cardinal Dougherty — Class of 1972. 50th reunion. Saturday, Nov. 12. 6-10 p.m. Phoenix Sports Club, Feasterville.

• Father Judge — Class of 1962. Sunday, Sept. 11. Ashburner Inn. Kevin Huckel: khuckel@fatherjudge.com.

• Father Judge/St. Hubert — Party at the Pier. All-class reunion. Seaport Pier Restaurant Bar, 2201 Boardwalk, North Wildwood. Saturday, Aug. 6.

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

• St. Hubert — Class of 1962. 60th reunion. Wednesday, Sept. 14. Noon to 4 p.m. Cottage Green, 9001 Ashton Road. Cathy Stammer Ufheil: 609-953-1667 or newamcat@aol.com.

• St. Hubert — Class of 2002. 20th reunion. Friday, Nov. 18. 7-11 p.m. FOP Lodge 5, 11630 Caroline Road. shbambies2002@gmail.com.

• St. Joseph’s Prep — All classes. Thursday, Aug. 11. 6-8 p.m. Icona Avalon, 7849 Dune Drive, Avalon. $75.

• St. Joseph’s Prep — Classes of 1977, ‘82, ‘87, ‘92, ‘97, ‘02, ‘07, ‘12 and ‘17. Saturday, Oct. 8. At Prep, 1733 W. Girard Ave.

• South Philadelphia — Class of 1968. 55th reunion. Oct. 21, 2023. Noon to 4 p.m. Waterfall Room, 2015 S. Water St. $60. Buffet dinner, open bar. Arleen Liberi [609-922-2419], Maria Leati [856-287-3734] or Stephen Michielli [267-252-2740].

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. ••

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. ••

Historical talks at KleinLife

Two major episodes in American history will be depicted at KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. The public is invited. George Washington at Valley Forge will be the focus of the program on July 25, while the Battle of Gettysburg will be the theme on Aug. 29. Both programs will begin at 12:45 p.m. David Hudak will be leading both sessions. Cost is $6 per session. For further information and to reserve your place, contact Mariya Keselman-Mekler at 215-698-7300, Ext. 185 or mkeselman@kleinlife.org. ••

All about the Beatles

Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will hold a Zoom program, The Beatles – From Liverpool to Abbey Road, on Thursday, Aug. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Listen to your favorite Beatles songs and join ‘60s rock historian and Beatles scholar and storyteller Vinnie Bruno. The cost is $40. Make your checks payable to the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim and mail to 9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115. Include your email address to receive the Zoom link. Call 215-677-1600. ••

Clothing drive for charity

The Marlyn Chakov Fein Chapter, Fox Chase Cancer Center, is running a clothing drive on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 604 Township Line Road, Cheltenham, from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring your gently used clothing, accessories, books and small trinkets in bags or boxed for pick-up. This event supports cancer research and compassionate patient care. ••

Bus trip to see murder mystery

The Marlyn Chakov Fein Chapter, Fox Chase Cancer Center, is running a bus trip to Bube’s Brewery (102 N. Market St., Mount Joy, Lancaster County) for a murder mystery experience on Saturday, Sept. 17. The murder mystery show includes a family-style meal, Catacombs tour and free time to visit the Kitchen Kettle Village. The cost is $160, which includes the motor coach, show and tour. Bus leaves from 604 Township Line Road, Cheltenham, at 9 a.m. and will return about 7 p.m. For information and reservations, call 215-860-3710. This event supports cancer research and compassionate patient care. ••

Trips scheduled

Two excursions are on tap as part of the Starr Tours At KleinLife program.

An Aug. 10 trip is scheduled to Columbia, Lancaster County, to visit the National Watch and Clock Museum. 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.

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. ••

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. ••

Support veterans

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. ••

Peach social in Bristol

The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation, 321 Cedar St., will be holding its annual peach social on Sunday, Aug. 14. The cost is $5, payable at the door. Attendees will be treated to angel food cake, ice cream and sliced New Jersey peaches in a take-out or dine-in format. Homemade baked goods will be on sale. The event benefits academic awards to Bristol High School graduates. Call 215-788-7537. ••

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]. ••

Virtual bingo

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. ••

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. ••

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 khuckel@fatherjudge.com. ••

Upcoming cruise

The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation is sponsoring a fully escorted Holy Lands & Aegean Majesty cruise that will sail Oct. 6-17, 2023, featuring 10 ports-of-call. Rates, including airfare, range from $4,198 to $7,998 per person, double occupancy. Call 215-788-9408 for information and reservations. ••

Legends coming to Live!

Legends in Concert: Legendary Ladies will perform at the Event Center at Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia on Thursday, Aug. 4, and Friday, Aug. 5.

Groove to throwback hits by Aretha Franklin, Cher, Tina Turner and Whitney Houston, performed by tribute artists.

Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $40 and are available for purchase at Philadelphia.LiveCasinoHotel.com or AXS.com.

Other upcoming performances at Live! include Dom Irrera (July 22), Cedric the Entertainer (Aug. 6), the Duprees (Aug. 7), An Evening with Housewives (Aug. 26), Candlebox (Sept. 4), Craig Ferguson (Sept. 9) and Billy Ocean (Oct. 6). ••

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