Holme Circle Civic Association held a brief meeting last week.
Neighbors were encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys to Toys for Tots. A local dropoff site is state Rep. Ed Neilson’s office at 16 Old Ashton Road. Toys for ages 6-12 are needed most. The donation deadline is Dec. 1.
Torresdale Library, 3079 Holme Ave., will soon have Saturday hours, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All Saints’ Episcopal Church Torresdale, 9601 Frankford Ave., invites the community to attend a free Friendsgiving dinner on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m. Bring a dessert to share if you wish. RSVP at email@example.com or 215-637-8787.
American Heritage Credit Union, 2060 Red Lion Road, invites the community to its Grand Illumination celebration on Saturday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. The event will feature lights and holiday displays; a concert featuring the Philadelphia Boys Choir, the Ukrainian Children’s Choir Soloveiky and the New Jersey Fifes and Drums; appearances by Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross; and and a firework symphony. Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food item as a donation to American Heritage’s annual holiday food drive.
The state House unanimously passed House Bill 1466, which would give registered community organizations a process to dismiss so-called Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP). If a suit is dismissed, an RCO could recover attorneys’ fees, costs and damages. The legislation is in the Senate. Some civic groups would like to see an amendment to the bill that would provide RCOs with reimbursement if their insurance premiums increase due to a SLAPP suit. Meanwhile, City Council is weighing a proposed change to the Home Rule Charter that would provide legal protections to RCOs that are sued. ••