Breakfast with Santa
St. Hubert, 7320 Torresdale Ave., will host Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $35, or $25 for kids 12 and under. Admission is free for kids 2 and under. The event will feature an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, an indoor snowball fight, coloring station, craft corner, letters to Santa, selfie station, make-your-own reindeer food, Christmas bean bag toss, dancing and face painting. A picture with Santa is $5. Proceeds benefit the Faculty Scholarship Fund. Email SHSanta@huberts.org. ••
Info on bagged leaves
Councilman Brian O’Neill announced the city Department of Streets’ leaf collection and recycling program will run Monday, Nov. 7, through Dec. 17. Bagged leaf drop-off will be offered citywide on the following Saturdays only at 13 locations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Nov. 19 and Dec. 3, 10 and 17. Bagged leaves to be recycled at the specified drop-off locations will only be accepted 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 O’Neill’s office at 215-686-3422. ••
Hohenstein announces state money for neighborhood projects
State Rep. Joe Hohenstein announced $7.75 million from a state grant approved by the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program that will support the Tioga Marine Terminal Revitalization project, Caring for Friends, AdvanSix Inc., the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia and the Tacony Boat Launch.
“With the amount of money coming to our neighborhoods, we’re going to be seeing some big changes,” Hohenstein said. “I’m proud of being able to work with Gov. Wolf and my colleagues in the House and Senate to make sure your tax dollars end up benefiting you and the spaces we use everyday. I’ve worked hard to make sure these projects get the financial support they need to make it across the finish line and benefit our communities for years to come.”
RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact and are meant to generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues or other measures of economic activity.
More information is available by contacting Hohenstein’s district office at 215-744-2600. ••
Taubenberger talks crime
Al Taubenberger, Republican candidate in the 172nd Legislative District, released two additional legislative commitments to stop the lawlessness and crime in the Northeast.
Taubenberger will introduce legislation that will impose a mandatory loss of license to any junk or salvage yard or car parts business that knowingly and willfully accepts a stolen catalytic converter or other auto part from any person.
He will also introduce legislation to prohibit the use of any dirt bike or ATV vehicle on any concrete or asphalt street or highway in the state. Punishment will entail the immediate confiscation of the vehicle and a $1,000 fine.
Taubenberger, a former at-large city councilman, is running against state Rep. Kevin Boyle (D-172nd dist.). ••
Money for Judge, FCCC
State Rep. Kevin Boyle announced $2.5 million in funding for two projects in the 172nd Legislative District. The funds come from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. The awardees are the Friends of Father Judge High School, which received $1 million for construction of the Career Pathways Academy Building, and Fox Chase Cancer Center, which received $1.5 million for modernization to its research facility.
“These are two projects that should do a lot of good for our community here in Northeast Philly,” Boyle said. “I am proud to have helped secure these grants and look forward to seeing these projects realized.” ••
Bingo on Saturday
Saint John’s Lutheran Church, 3101 Tyson Ave., will host bingo on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 1-4 p.m. Tickets are $30 for 10 games, with prizes to winners. Snacks and drinks will be provided. All money raised will benefit the church’s fire alarm upgrade and Lutheran Disaster Relief. ••
Vacation Bible School
Memorial Presbyterian Church of Fox Chase, 7902 Oxford Ave., is hosting a free all-ages Vacation Bible School through Thursday, Nov. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be meals, singing, skill sharing for adults and crafting for children. Contact email@example.com or 215-745-2844. ••
Tacony Civic to meet
The Tacony Civic Association will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. at Tacony Library, 6742 Torresdale Ave. There will be a presentation by the Philly Streetlight Improvement Project. ••
History meeting tonight
The Northeast Philadelphia History Network will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. at Pennepack Baptist Meetinghouse, 8732 Krewstown Road. Mike Wunsch, a Fox Chase resident and Civil War historian, will speak on John Paul Verree, a businessman, congressman and president of the Union League. ••
Designer Bag Bingo
St. Hubert Alumnae Association is holding Designer Bag Bingo on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 1-4 PM, in the school cafeteria, 7320 Torresdale Ave. Tickets cost $35 per person and include 15 rounds of bingo and door prizes. A designer bag will be given to the winner of each round. Must be at least 18 to attend. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Email SHAABingo1941@gmail.com for tickets and more information. ••
Financial program for seniors
Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave., will host Financial Practices for Seniors on Friday, Nov. 4, from 2-3 p.m. Call 215-685-0501. ••
Celebrate El anniversary
The Historical Society of Frankford, 1507 Orthodox St., will host Centennial of the Opening of the Frankford El on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Railroad historian and author Harry Garforth will speak in honor of this milestone event. Copies of his new book, Frankford’s Elevated Railway and Its Predecessors, will be available for purchase. ••
Democrats derail Markie’s Law
The state House of Representatives failed to override Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of Markie’s Law, named in memory of Markie Mason, an 8-year-old Lawrence County boy who died after being stabbed 147 times in 2019. The killer had been paroled at the end of his minimum sentence for homicide, even after being convicted of committing two separate violent assaults of other inmates while in prison. The bill would have postponed consideration of a violent inmate’s parole an additional 24 months following the inmate’s minimum release date for each conviction of a violent offense while incarcerated. In addition, it would have suspended consideration of an inmate’s parole an additional 12 months if the inmate attempted to escape, smuggle contraband or retaliate or intimidate witnesses while incarcerated.
Sens. Tina Tartaglione and Jim Dillon voted for the bill. Rep. Martina White voted to override Wolf’s veto. Democratic Reps. Nancy Guenst, Kevin Boyle, Ed Neilson, Joe Hohenstein, Jason Dawkins, Isabella Fitzgerald and Jared Solomon voted against the override.
“I hope those who voted ‘no’ can’t sleep at night,” said Rep. Aaron Bernstine. “Harrisburg Democrats chose to let violent criminals walk freely among us today.” ••
The Senate Environmental and Energy Resources Committee held a hearing on legislation authored by Rep. Martina White that would create a task force to study making the Port of Philadelphia an export terminal for liquefied natural gas.
“I think we can all agree the war taking place between Ukraine and Russia has made everyone more aware of the need for an accessible and reliable energy source that does not put the United States at the mercy of other countries,” White said. “Pennsylvania could and should be a leader in the production and export of clean energy sources, like liquified natural gas. We have an abundance under the ground that can provide the United States with energy freedom, and we have a port right here in Philadelphia that can be used to export it.”
White’s legislation would create a taskforce to study what obstacles are currently preventing Philadelphia from becoming a leader in exporting LNG. The taskforce would be charged with creating a report and recommendations to be presented to the General Assembly and the administration. The taskforce would be made up of people representing the General Assembly, natural gas industry, Philadelphia building trades and PhilaPort.
Jim Snell from Steamfitters Local 420 commented that, “The potential LNG project in Chester, Delaware County will greatly benefit hard-working families who work in the building trades like our members of Steamfitters Local 420. Energy jobs drive the economy as well as support local businesses. Our members count on growth in the energy sector for employment and our nation counts on us to help provide the energy to meet the needs of tomorrow.”
White said, “We are less than 50 miles of infrastructure away from Pennsylvania changing the world for the better. An LNG export facility here will help reduce carbon emissions globally, further U.S. energy independence, promote peace for our European allies who would no longer rely on tyrannical governments for their energy supply, create good-paying jobs and make energy cheaper for families and job creators across Pennsylvania.”
Sen. Jim Dillon and Reps. Kevin Boyle and Ed Neilson supported White’s bill. Sen. Tina Tartaglione and Reps. Nancy Guenst, Joe Hohenstein, Jason Dawkins, Jared Solomon and Isabella Fitzgerald voted against it. ••
Dawkins knocks House GOP
State Rep. Jason Dawkins criticized House Republicans for their attempt to impeach District Attorney Larry Krasner. He said it was a waste of money and a political ploy.
“If House Republicans gave a damn about Philly, they would release rainy day funds to rebuild schools, rehab our rec centers and parks, provide additional funding for basic home repair and provide money for rental assistance. They would demand their friends in law enforcement to show up to work. The Philadelphia city controller just released a police audit that shows large numbers within the police force using loopholes to avoid showing up to work, leading to staffing issues which create unsafe conditions throughout the city. If you want to help, start by showing up to work.” ••
State money coming to 5th district
Sen. Jimmy Dillon announced almost $10.1 million for seven projects in the 5th Senatorial District, awarded from Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funds.
“Northeast Philly is an amazing place to live, work and raise a family. The projects we’re funding are going to make it even better by supporting jobs, creating new educational opportunities, fighting food insecurity and cultivating green community spaces. In the coming months and years, this funding will jumpstart these great projects, benefit our economy and attract people from all over the Delaware Valley.”
The seven projects receiving fundings are $500,000 for construction at the Tacony Boat Launch; $1 million to rehabilitate two buildings as part of arsenal revitalization; $750,000 to Friends of Archbishop Ryan for a lighted public track and field, ADA-compliant restrooms, concession area, stadium seating and an adjacent dog park; $1.25 million to Caring For Friends; $2 million to Holy Family University for an addition to Holy Family Hall; $2 million for the St. Hubert High School Arts and Design Center; and more than $2.5 million for the Sprinkler Fitters Local 692 Training School. ••
Money to rehab building
State Rep. Jason Dawkins announced that $500,000 in grant funding has been awarded for reconstruction of 4363 Frankford Ave. The building at 4363 Frankford Ave. is an abandoned three-story brick structure, which will be redeveloped with new doors, windows, wall flooring, HVAC systems, insulation, security and roofing.
“This is the kind of improvement we need to continue to breathe life into the community,” Dawkins said. “I will continue to do my part to bring the necessary resources and funds to support Philadelphia and Philadelphians.” ••
FCCC has new prez
Dr. Robert Uzzo has been named president and CEO of Fox Chase Cancer Center following a period of interim leadership.
“Dr. Uzzo is an internationally recognized urologic cancer surgeon and researcher with a proven track record of leadership success in the complex academic medical center setting, building innovative academic and research programs and strengthening clinical care,” said Michael A. Young, president and CEO of Temple University Health System. ••
St. Jerome seniors to meet
St. Jerome’s Senior Group will meet on Thursdays, Nov. 10 and Nov. 17, in the school hall, 3031 Stamford St. Arrive by 10 a.m. Meeting begins promptly at 11. ••
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. ••
Reunion on Dec. 3
A Boulevard/Concord reunion will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 7-11 p.m. at St. Dominic’s Marian Hall, 8532 Frankford Ave. The cost is $40 and includes food, beer, wine and soda. Call Miss Susan at 215-280-9765. ••
CD ‘82 reunion
The Cardinal Dougherty High School class of 1982 will be holding its 40-year reunion on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 6-11 p.m. at the Maltese Room, 2049 Bristol Pike, Bensalem. The cost is $60 per person. Checks can be sent to Bernadette Thomas-Lunsford, c/o CDHS Class of ‘82, 40th Class Reunion, 722 S. 6th St., Floor 1, Vineland, NJ 08360. Payment can also be made on Zelle (856-213-7412), Cash App ($BLATL, Water Fountain) and Venmo (@Bernadette-Thomas-Lunsford). ••
Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday
The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame’s 2022 Class will be inducted on Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Live! Casino & Hotel, 9th Street and Packer Avenue. Inductees will be the Blue Horizon, the 1983 NBA-champion 76ers, Adele Boyd, Art McNally, Charles T. Cooper, David Akers, Ed Bolden, Fredia Gibbs, Howard Eskin, Jimmy Rollins, Keith Allen, Nikki Franke, Phil Martelli, Ray Kelly, Reds Bagnell, Rollie Massimino and Susan Francia. For more information, visit https://www.philadelphiasportshalloffame.org/. ••
Free pet adoption Saturday
Cosmetics company Doll 10 Beauty is partnering with Women’s Animal Center, 3839 Richlieu Road in Bensalem, for a free pet adoption event on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event will feature family activities, food and refreshments.
All adoption fees will be fully covered by Doll 10 Beauty. All event-day adoptions include spaying or neutering, vaccinations, microchip, flea/tick treatment, free and discounted veterinary services and adoption gift bags.
Adoption applications and information on some of the currently adoptable dogs, cats and small domestic animals can be accessed at www.womensanimalcenter.org. ••
Flea market at St. Dom’s
St Dominic’s Catholic Daughters will hold their flea market on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marian Hall, 8532 Frankford Ave. There will be vendors, a homemade cake sale and raffles. ••
Train show on Sunday
The Train Collectors Association Atlantic Division will hold its Thanksgiving Train Show and Sale on Sunday, Nov. 6, 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. Visit www.ADTCA.com or call Bob at 610-872-3309. ••
Learn Mah Jong, Canasta
Active adults can take part in Mah Jong and Canasta lessons at KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave., beginning on Friday, Nov. 4. Mah Jong sessions will be conducted from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 4, 11 and 18 and Dec. 2, while Canasta lessons will be held on the same dates from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Each session will cost $60 per person. Payment and registration must be received at the senior center’s front desk prior to starting class. Contact Shelley Geltzer at 215-698-7300, Ext. 129 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ••
Shabbat dinner for veterans
Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will host a Shabbat dinner honoring veterans on Friday, Nov. 11. Dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. Shabbat services will start at 7:45 p.m., followed by a festive Oneg. The cost is $25 per person. All veterans are encouraged to wear their military caps. To make a reservation, call 215-677-1600. ••
Bingo on Nov. 12
St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Trenton Avenue and Cumberland Street, will be having bingo on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 1-4 p.m. Doors will open at noon. Packages are $20 and include lunch. Call 215-423-0792. ••
AHCU Grand Illumination
American Heritage Credit Union, 2060 Red Lion Road, invites the community to attend its Grand Illumination, fireworks symphony and concert on Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a canned good for the needy. There will be more than 400,000 lights, two 40-foot illuminated trees and hundreds of illuminated wreaths and decorations, all of which will stay up until Jan. 1. Visit AmericanHeritageCU.org/Lights. ••
Support Wreaths Across America
Wreaths Across America is organizing an event at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, 4268 Richmond St., on Saturday, Dec. 17, at noon.
The group will place fresh, decorated balsam wreaths on every grave and memorial.
Wreaths may be sponsored for $15 apiece at WreathsAcrossAmerica.org/pages/164416. The location ID is PAMHRC. The group ID is PA0529P. The deadline is Nov. 21. Checks can be mailed to Wreaths Across America, P.O. Box 249, Columbia Falls, ME 04623.
For more information, call Gary Roman at 215-749-0756. ••
Support Holocaust museum
The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center will hold its 61st annual anniversary gala dinner and silent auction on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 6-10 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 2400 Old Lincoln Highway, Trevose. The honorees will be Jacqueline Cherepinsky and Dr. Adam G. Denish. For reservations, email email@example.com or call 215-464-4701. To support the museum or participate in the online auction, visit hamec.org. ••
Gift wrapping for charity
Marlyn Chakov Fein Chapter, Board of Associates of Fox Chase Cancer Center, is running its holiday gift wrapping at Willow Grove Park, 2500 W. Moreland Road, Willow Grove, from Friday, Nov. 25, through Saturday, Dec. 24. Profits support patient care and medical research at Fox Chase Cancer Center. ••
Auction on Nov. 26
Emanuel United Church of Christ, 2628 Fillmore St., will host its annual fall auction on Saturday, Nov. 26. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the drawing begins promptly at noon. Admission is $5 and includes a hot dog. The cost of raffle tickets is $5 a sheet or three sheets for $10. ••
Donate to food drive
American Heritage Credit Union invites the community to help this year’s Spirit of Giving Food Drive. All nonperishable food donations will be distributed to various food pantries and food banks throughout the community this holiday season. The donations will be collected through Nov. 26 at all American Heritage branch locations. ••
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. ••
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). ••
The Hooters are back
Joe Hand Promotions has announced the Take 2 40th anniversary tour of the Hooters. The band will play on Nov. 4-5 at 8 p.m. at the Keswick Theatre. For tickets, call 800-557-4263 or visit JoeHandPromotions.com. ••
Visit model railroad club
Chelten Hills Model Railroad Club, 8010 Old York Road in Elkins Park, will be hosting open houses from noon to 4 p.m. on the following Saturdays and Sundays: Nov. 19-20, Dec. 10-11, Jan. 7-8 and Feb. 4-5. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. Visit www.cheltenhillsmrr.org or Facebook. ••
Cruise the Mediterranean
Norwegian Cruise Line will host a Mediterranean cruise from Rome to Venice on Oct. 10-19, 2023. The trip is all inclusive with round-trip airfare, a beverage package, all meals, three specialty dinners, taxes, transfers and all gratuities. The cost for a balcony sea view cabin is $3,511 per person. For more information, contact Fillmore Travel’s Kevin Fries at 215-498-8294 or email@example.com. ••
Free legends concert
The Philip Spector Memorial Fund will sponsor the Jukebox Legends concert at KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave., on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Call 215-698-7300. ••
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. ••
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. ••
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. ••
Book club to meet on Zoom
The Book Club of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will be hosting a Zoom session on Monday, Nov. 7, 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. ••
The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will be hosting a membership appreciation meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. A dessert buffet will be served, and activities are planned for the evening. For further information, call the synagogue office at 215-677-1600. ••
Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will host its annual Sisterhood Shabbat on Friday, Nov. 18, at 7:45 p.m., assisted by Rabbi Sandy Berliner and cantor Bernard Walters. An Oneg will follow services. Call 215-677-1600. ••
Walk to end Alzheimer’s
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s — Philadelphia is taking place on Nov. 12 at Citizens Bank Park. More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease — a leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 11 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In the tri-state area alone, there are more than 489,000 people living with the disease and 809,000 caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s walk, visit act.alz.org/philadelphia. ••
State money for FCCC, Judge
Sens. Tina Tartaglione and Jimmy Dillon announced $2.5 million for two projects awarded from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. The two projects receiving fundings are $1.5 million for research facility modernization at Fox Chase Cancer Center and $1 million to the Friends of Father Judge High School for construction of the Career Pathways Academy Building.
“Philadelphia has long been known as a premier education and medical city,” Tartaglione said. “The funding of this grant will help support two great Philadelphia institutions and will enable both to continue to be leaders in their fields.”
“I’m always glad to team up with my friend and colleague, Sen. Tartaglione,” Dillon said. “I’m proud we’re investing in cutting-edge cancer research at Fox Chase and innovative vocational training at Father Judge. Working together, I know this is only the beginning of what we can accomplish for Northeast Philly.” ••
Brunch and music
The Chaverim of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will host a brunch and musical program featuring keyboard soloist Jeff Dershin on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m. The cost is $20. RSVP must be received by Nov. 10. Make your checks payable to CSS and send to the above address. Call the synagogue office at 215-677-1600 for more details and to make a reservation. ••