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Jim Barbato

NE native promoted at Essential

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Essential Utilities (formerly Aqua America) announced that Northeast native Jim Barbato has been appointed vice president of financial planning and analysis from his previous role as vice president of corporate engineering. In his new position, Barbato will report to the CFO and assume responsibility for all financial planning and analysis functions, including overall management and execution of the budgeting and multi-year financial planning process, forecasting and data-driven decision making to help the company achieve its strategic objectives. He will retain his responsibility for overall capital budgeting for the corporation.

Essential Chief Financial Officer Dan Schuller said, “Having an analytical, business-minded engineering professional with extensive experience in capital planning is a real asset for this position and makes Jim perfectly suited for this role at Essential.”

Barbato joined the company in 2007 and held several engineering roles in Aqua’s New Jersey, Virginia and North Carolina subsidiaries during the earlier years of his career. He later held the positions of Director, Corporate Engineering and VP Corporate Engineering before being named Chief Engineering Officer for Essential’s water and gas segments.

Barbato earned his B.S. in 1999 at Drexel University and an MBA in 2002 from the University of Delaware. ••

Wedding Crashers’ Ball at Glen Foerd

Glen Foerd, 5001 Grant Ave., will host Wedding Crashers’ Ball on Friday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m.. Everyone who attends will be wedding crashers at this interactive wedding performance and fundraising event. Glen Foerd Executive Director Ross Mitchell created the evening of comedy, love, fiascos, drama, and theater of the absurd. The ball will include a silent auction.

As the evening of Bella and Brandon’s wedding unfolds, chaos will ensue, and the wedding guests will be enlisted to help solve (or add to) the problems that arise in slapstick and physical comedy.

This is a three-hour interactive performance, and attendees are active participants and characters in the performance acting as “wedding guests.” The performance has four parts: Cocktail Reception, Ceremony, Dinner and Dancing/Farewell.

Open bar will be available prior to dinner. A cash bar will be available after dinner. Guests are requested to wear black tie, old wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, business attire or festive/creative costumes. The evening also includes an optional afterparty in Glen Foerd’s Main House Rathskeller. Valet parking is included.

Glen Foerd is seeking event sponsors, advertisers and contributors.

Tickets are $150 per person or $75 for Young Friends under 35, artists and others in the arts. Tables of eight are $1,000.

Visit www.glenfoerd.org/weddingcrashersball, call 215-632-5330 or email info@glenfoerd.org. ••

Looking for vendors for health event

Resurrection of Our Lord Parish, 2000 Shelmire Ave., will host a free event on Saturday, Sept. 10. There will be healing services, talks on “Faith & Cancer,” health screenings, activities for children, a concert, helpful resources and information and a White Mass honoring and blessing health care workers. Persons and organizations interested in being a vendor can email jenniecfranklin@gmail.com, call 215-745-3211 or visit www.resurrectphila.org/vendor. ••

Polish festival in September

The 56th Annual Polish American Festival at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, located at 654 Ferry Road in Doylestown, takes place during Labor Day weekend, Saturday, Sept. 3, Sunday, Sept. 4 and Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, from noon to 8 p.m. each day.

The Polish American Festival features carnival rides, live music and stage shows and ongoing entertainment on the main stage and in the Polish Village highlighting Polish traditions and customs, Polish folk dance groups, along with a variety of Polish and American food and refreshments.

The $12 admission includes all events and carnival rides. The festival will continue Saturday, Sept. 10, and Sunday, Sept. 11, from noon to 8 p.m.

For more information, visit the link on the front page of PolishAmericanCenter.com or PolishAmericanFestival.org. ••

CTK flag football registration

Registrations for Christ the King flag football will be held in the church hall, 3252 Chesterfield Road, on Sundays, Aug 28. and Sept. 11 and 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To register by phone, call Mark at 215-612-9297. All children grades 3-8 are welcome, it doesn’t matter which school they attend. The cost is $75 per child, $140 for two children and $50 each for each additional child from the same family. ••

Buy Vietnam war memorial paver

The deadline is Sept. 5 to order a 12-by-12-inch granite paver to be completed by Veterans Day at the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Front and Spruce streets. The $400 donation made payable to (PVVM) Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial is used to maintain the site, which honors the 648 Philadelphians who died during the Vietnam War. Appropriate personalization that honors any veteran’s service includes four lines of text with 21 units per line. If you need assistance, contact Sandy Bukowski at 267-253-2965 or veapdd214@gmail.com.

Meanwhile, a National POW-MIA Recognition Day observance will take place on Friday, Sept. 16, at noon at the PVVM.

The annual name reading is set for Saturday, Oct. 22, at noon. Volunteers are needed to read one of (or part of) the 34 panels that honor the 648 Philadelphians killed in the Vietnam War.

Check the PVVM Facebook page for information on mobile wall displays in October and November. ••

Dawejko to fight at Parx

Veteran heavyweight fighter Joey Dawejko (21-10-4, 12 KOs), of Tacony, will return to the ring on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m., when he faces Mike Marshall (6-3-1, 4 KOs), of Danbury, Connecticut, in an eight-round bout at Parx Casino.

Joe Hand Promotions is handling the 7-bout card.

In a four-round middleweight bout, Soslan Alborov (0-1) will take on Brendan O’Callaghan (2-1, 1 KO). Daiyaan Butt (10-2, 5 KOs), coming off a controversial decision loss, will be returning in a six-round super-lightweight bout against Tyrone Luckey (15-17-4, 11 KOs). Bryce Mills (8-1, 4 KOs), out of Liverpool, New York, will be competing against Larry Fryers (11-5-1, 4 KOs), out of Yonkers, New York, in a six-round lightweight bout. Former Pennsylvania Golden Gloves champion Karl Wylie (1-0) will compete in a four-round lightweight contest. Juan Davila (1-0, 1 KO) will be competing in a four-round super-lightweight bout.

Tickets at $50, $75 and $125 are on sale at https://www.parxcasino.com, Hold My Ticket Call Center at 877-466-3404 or by calling 215-364-9000. Must be 21 or older to attend. ••

Fun at Glen Foerd

Glen Foerd presents its free Summer Series of live music, food, family fun activities and art. The series will be held on Thursdays, Aug. 25 and Sept. 29, 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 finale

The Pennypack Music Festival will hold its final event of the season on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. at Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road. Starman (tribute to David Bowie) will perform. 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. Gate opens at 5 p.m.

Ukrainian festival on Sunday

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. ••

Corn roast at Somerton church

St. Andrew’s In-The-Field Episcopal Church at 500 Somerton Ave. will hold its 62nd corn roast/fall festival for the community on Saturday Sept. 10, from 2-8 p.m. Activities include a flea market, raffle baskets, bake table, funnel cake, roasted corn and hot dogs. Table rentals are $20. Call 215-673-5938. ••

Looking for crafters

The St. Cecilia Fall Festival and Craft Show will take place on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the parish parking lot, 535 Rhawn St. The cost for crafters is $20 for a 10×10 space. Table and chair provided. Bring your own tent. Email ceciliacraftshow@aol.com. ••

Remember 9/11

St. James Lutheran Church, 5185 Castor Ave. (at Pratt Street), will host a short service of remembrance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 9 a.m. The service will include patriotic songs, readings and periods of silence. The community is welcome to attend. ••

Dog walk will raise money for cancer research

Fox Chase Cancer Center will hold its 23rd annual Paws for the Cause 1-mile dog walk on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be food, music, vendors, animal rescue organizations, contests, prizes and children’s entertainment. Individuals can donate or sponsor a participant at any time leading up to the event. Call 215-728-2441 or go to https://www.foxchase.org/giving/paws-cause. ••

Take part in Thanksgiving parade

The 45th annual Mayfair-Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade will take place on Sunday, Nov. 20, from noon to 3 p.m. The community is invited to enter homemade floats, banners or vehicles, and organizations are encouraged to march. Volunteer banner carriers will receive six hours of community service. Apply by Nov. 6 (or Oct. 28 for new banners) at thanksgivingparade.org. Donations can be made on PayPal via thanksgivingparade or on Venmo at Mhthanksgivingparade. For more information, email info@thanksgivingparade.org. ••

Tacony LAB anniversary

Tacony LAB Community Arts Center, 6918 Torresdale Ave., will hold a five-year anniversary celebration on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9-10. On Sept. 9, from 6-8 p.m., there will be a sidewalk maker market, where LAB members will show their creations. On Sept. 10, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., there will be refreshments, music and make-and-take projects. ••

Loudenslager Auxiliary seeks members

The American Legion Post 366 Corp. Loudenslager Auxiliary honors the sacrifices of those who served the country, supporting and raising funds to help veterans, military and their families. The next meeting open to new membership is on Tuesday, Oct, 4, at 7 p.m. at Loudenslager, 7976 Oxford Ave. ••

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. ••

Apple picking at Styer Orchard

Northeast Jewish Life’s second annual Apple Picking at Styer Orchard, 97 Styers Lane in Langhorne, will take place on Sunday, Sept. 11, from 1-3 p.m. Pick up a Rosh Hashanah bag, filled with apples, honey and a fun activity for the kids. This event is free, except for the additional apples you pick on your own. Advance registration closes Sept. 8. Go to jewishphilly.org/apples. ••

Apply for community grant

The Anna T. Jeanes Foundation, which supports Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus, is asking for applications for its Community Grant Program. Grants are awarded annually to provide funding for projects that promote the health and wellness of community residents. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 15. Funds must be used within one year of receipt. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply and must provide a copy of their tax exemption letter from the Internal Revenue Service and a current completed W-9 form. Organizations applying for grants must be located within or serve one of the following ZIP codes: 19012, 19027, 19111, 19115, 19120, 19149, 19152, 19006, 19046, 19095, 19114, 19116, 19124, 19126, 19135, 19136 and 19154. Projects receiving funding must take place within these ZIP codes. For additional information about the program or to request an application form, contact Rosemarie Schlegel at 215-728-2131 or rosemarie.schlegel@tuhs.temple.edu. ••

Train show Sept. 25

The Train Collectors Association Atlantic Division will hold its Fall Train Show and Sale on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Penns Landing Caterers (Sheet Metal Workers Union hall), 1301 S. Columbus Blvd. There will be 140 tables with a variety of vintage toy trains and repair parts for sale, test track, operating toy train layouts, kids activities and door prizes for adults and children. Admission is $5 per attendee or per family of two adults and all children 12 and under. Food is available on premises, and there is plenty of free parking. Call Bob at 610-872-3309 or visit www.ADTCA.com. ••

Job fair Sept. 13

Job seekers can meet and interact with hiring managers in person during the Bucks County Fall Job Fair on Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Neshaminy Mall’s Barnes & Noble Court. Hosted by RecruitmentQueen, the career fair features an array of positions in various industries, including healthcare, customer service, financial services and manufacturing. The following employers have signed up to exhibit: HR Block, All American Home Care LLC, Lightspeed Logistics Inc., Certified Steel, Pennswood Village, Glass Enterprises Inc., Integrity Staffing, Tile All Inc., SnapCab, Lawall Prosthetic and Orthotic Services and Bucks County Emergency Communications. Employers interested in participating can call Jennifer Schultz at 267-981-5976 or email jennifer@recruitmentqueen.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 rosemarie.schlegel@tuhs.temple.edu. ••

Author at Shaare Shamayim

Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will welcome author Andrew Kane to discuss his book Joshua: A Brooklyn Tale, on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 1 p.m. There will be a dessert buffet served. The cost is $36. Send your checks by Oct. 24 payable to CSS to 9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115. Call 215-677-1600. ••

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). ••

Kimmel schedule

The Kimmel Cultural Campus will present Dear Evan Hansen (through Aug. 28, Forrest Theatre). For more information, call 215-893-1955 or visit kimmelcenter.org. ••

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 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. ••

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). ••

Trips scheduled

Starr Tours At KleinLife will hold a Castles of New York multi-day vacation from Sept. 11-14, featuring 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. For additional information and reservations, call 800-782-7703 or go to starrtours.com/kleinlife. ••

Beef, Beer & Belly Laughs

The Chaverim and Men’s Club of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will hold an upcoming program as part of the synagogue’s 60th anniversary celebration. On Thursday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m., the public is invited to an evening of Beef, Beer & Belly Laughs, at a cost of $30 per person. Entertainment provided by comedian Jim Daly & Friends. Make your checks payable to CSS Men’s Club and mail to 9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115. Call 215-677-1600. ••

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. Future dates are Sept. 8 and Oct. 13. The Sept. 8 movie will be The Mighty. 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. ••

Casino trip, Christmas show

Holy Innocents Parish is organizing a trip to Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City on Thursday, Dec. 1. A bus will leave L Street and Hunting Park Avenue at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $85, non-refundable, due Nov. 1.

The trip includes a ticket to The Modern Gentlemen, a Christmas show, at 3 p.m.; bus transportation; $25 in slot play; and a $15 food voucher. The bus will leave the casino at 5 p.m.

To reserve your seat, call Cindy at 215-535-2740. ••

St. Jerome seniors to meet

Meetings are resuming for the St. Jerome’s Senior Group. The next two meetings will be on Thursdays, Sept. 8 and Sept. 22, in the school hall, 3031 Stamford St. Arrive by 10 a.m., and meetings begin promptly at 11. ••

Historical talk at KleinLife

A major episode in American history will be depicted at KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. The public is invited. The Battle of Gettysburg will be the theme on Aug. 29. The program will begin at 12:45 p.m. David Hudak will be leading the session. Cost is $6. For further information and to reserve your place, contact Mariya Keselman-Mekler at 215-698-7300, Ext. 185 or mkeselman@kleinlife.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. ••

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. ••

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]. ••

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. ••

Book club meeting

The Book Club of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will be hosting a Zoom session on Monday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. For further information, or to register for the book club program, call Lynn Ratmansky at the synagogue office at 215-677-1600. ••

Sisterhood meeting

The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will be hosting a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be Cathryn Miller-Wilson, executive director of HIAS Pennsylvania. Light refreshments will be served. Call 215-677-1600. ••

Save at Boscov’s

The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim announces its annual Boscov Day. On Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., you can shop in person and receive a 20-percent discount if you mention the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim Sisterhood at the checkout. The Sisterhood will receive 5% of the purchase amount. Call 215-677-1600. ••

Thrift shop reopening

The Classroom Thrift Shop, 4301 Tyson Ave., sponsored by the women of Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai, will reopen Sunday, Sept. 4, at 11 a.m., fully restocked for fall and winter. Hours are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shop is closed Saturdays. Donations are welcome. ••

Lunch and entertainment

The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia, will be hosting its opening luncheon meeting on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. A salmon meal will be followed by professional song and dance performer Marcus Chaney. The cost is $30. Send checks to CSS payable to Sisterhood. Call 215-677-1600. ••

Book club session

The Book Club of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will be hosting a Zoom session on Monday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. For further information, or to register for the book club program, call Lynn Ratmansky at the synagogue office at 215-677-1600. ••

Drivers refresher course

The Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will host an AARP Drivers 2 Day Refresher Course on Monday, Nov. 7, and Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are no tests to pass, and most insurance companies provide a discount for completing the course. The cost is $20 for AARP members, or $25 for non-AARP members. There will be a small break for lunch. A dairy lunch is permitted. Call 215-677-1600. ••

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. ••

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