Fun and life lessonsBy Tom Waring Northeast Times
Ten Northeast High School students just spent five days canoeing at the Delaware Water Gap – with no cell phones or traditional ways to cook, sleep and go to the bathroom – and they loved it.
Even during a few days when bugs, hornets and a canoe tip replaced TikTok and Instagram.
“We had a blast enjoying each other’s company,” said junior Sandy Mezadieu. “We made new friends and connected on a better level at the bonfire the last night. It brought us closer.”
Sandy was the one who tipped over in a canoe with chaperone Andy Adams.
“It was pretty fun to tip over,” she said.
The expedition was courtesy of the Philadelphia Outward Bound School, which provides outdoor classroom activities for students.
Chris Richter, Outward Bound School’s director of marketing communications, explained that the school has been in existence since 1992 and has a contract with the School District of Philadelphia to provide free out-
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Invest in civic education
I want to commend Aizaz Gill for his op-ed in the Northeast Times on improving civics education in grades K-12. The decline of emphasis on our Judeo-Christian heritage, history and civics in our education system has not been covered nearly enough, and I’m glad that someone wrote about this important topic. Reading the op-ed, I was dismayed, though not shocked, seeing that only 47% of American adults can name the 3 branches of government correctly.
For too long, civics has been ignored on our children’s education and it has led to too many young people lacking a basic understanding of the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, our Constitution and above all the inspiration of our Godly founding fathers as Mr. Gill pointed out in his op-ed. As a father who has three children attending different schools in Philadelphia right now, I would like my kids to learn about our JudeoChristian heritage, history, Godly heritage, the rights and duties of citizenship bestowed upon them by the United States Constitution.
For American democracy to prosper, it is of the utmost importance that we begin investing in our kids’ civic education as soon as possible, teaching them about universal ethics in the form of Ten Commandments, emphasizing respect for life and society. I join Aizaz Gill in urging Pennsylvania lawmakers to find ways to increase governmental literacy among our young people emphasizing our true values and real Judeo-Christian heritage by putting God first in our country for a stronger and better America as our founding fathers did. God bless America.Aaron Bashir Castor Gardens Candidate for City Controller
More favorite mini-walks
In response to Richard Iaconelli’s
“Favorite mini-walks” letter, my walks are usually early in the morning, just as the sun starts to rise in the sky. It’s quiet and peaceful. The area around Pennypack Park along Strahle Street is nice. Sometimes deer and rabbits pass by there and I’ll just stop to quietly watch what they’ll do. Bergen Street is also a pleasant area to explore.
The Pennypack Environmental Center is another favorite of mine.
“Greenbelt Knoll” around Holme Avenue sounds interesting. The next rainfree day I will definitely explore that area. Thanks for sharing these great places.Rosalind Mintz Rhawnhurst
An impossible scenario?
Suppose the city greenlights the Sixers’ proposed arena in Chinatown and then makes the expensive and extensive aboveand-below-ground infrastructure changes that such a project requires. Next, suppose the developers build the arena, which is essentially a large sunken bowl surrounded by gobs of flexible space on multiple levels. Then, suppose the Sixers organization elects NOT to move to the arena, but instead decides either to stay at the renovated Wells Fargo location or to move to a new arena that Comcast has indicated an interest in building in South Philadelphia. What will the supposedly surprised developers and city then propose to do with an empty and unoccupied, shiny new entertainment complex in Center City, serviced by updated transportation facilities and near both the Convention Center and a large newer hotel?
In order to avoid any waste of spent monies, might the city be compelled to, ever so reluctantly, recommend that a casino be allowed to operate on the site? Even though it has rejected the idea of such a
Center City casino in the past? Nah. This is Philly. Orchestrated outcomes like that could never happen here.Jerome Bordelon Somerton
Afraid to enforce the law
On a recent Sunday, an angry mob attacked police vehicles with officers in them, slashing tires and trapped an officer in his car as he radioed frantically for backup. Only a couple of reporters are talking about it. Can you guess why? Can you also guess why the police did nothing and no one will be arrested for this?
I was a quiet Catholic boy for over half my life because that’s what I was taught to be; ask no questions and don’t cause a stir and everything will work out. Recently I learned it doesn’t.
So now, I’m going to tell it like it is and pull no punches. Nothing will be done about that attack because the hands of the police are tied (no fault of the police) by a city administration that as part of some equity nonsense and fear of being labeled racist and to try to buy votes has made the police apprehensive about enforcing the
law with people of color. Period. The worst part is that it is people of color who will be most impacted negatively as a result. More businesses are closing and moving out of the city’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods as well as people who have the means to do so. People will have to travel farther to purchase goods and services. As developers swoop in and gobble up those properties, many remaining residents will be pushed out as home values and taxes increase making living there unaffordable. As these residents are pushed out, new living spaces will be built along with new stores that will target wealthier people and will be guarded by private security firms happily paid for by those who can afford it. In the stores, lower-priced goods are being removed from the shelves and replaced by higher-end items. Another way to price people out of neighborhoods. If some didn’t know this was the plan all along, now you do. But remember; this is what you voted for when you chose to elect and reelect the same ilk running the city. So now you got what you asked for. Reap it.Peter DiGiuseppe Rhawnhurst
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Archbishop Ryan High School announced that senior Vienna Varano, from Christ the King Elementary School, will be the class of 2023’s valedictorian.
Ryan also announced that Abigail Merrigan, from Our Lady of Calvary, will
be the salutatorian. Varano and Merrigan were selected because of their outstanding academic achievement.
Ryan graduates June 5 at CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton. ••
St. Jerome seniors to meet
The St. Jerome’s Senior Group will meet on Thursday, May 25, in the school hall, 3031 Stamford St. Arrive by 10 a.m., and the meeting begins promptly at 11.
Graveyard tour at Trinity Church, Oxford
The Flaghouse Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution along with historian Debbie Klak are hosting a graveyard tour on Saturday, May 20, at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Church, Oxford, 6900 Oxford Ave. (at Longshore Avenue). The graveyard includes some important Colonial families of the area. People will meet in the church before the tour begins. Wear comfortable shoes. Light refreshments will be served after the tour. Donations welcome and appreciated. All proceeds go to Trinity Church. Free street parking. In case of inclement weather the tour will be canceled. Any questions call the church at 215-745-6114 (Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings) or email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow on Trinity Church Oxford Facebook page, www.facebook.com/tcophilly/. ••
Presentation BVM, Woodland Avenue and Old Soldiers Road, will hold a rummage sale in the church hall on Friday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 215-3791364. ••
St. Martha honoring Hall of Famers
St. Martha Parish, 11301 Academy Road, will host a communion breakfast and Hall of Fame induction on Sunday, May 21. There will be an 8 a.m. Mass, followed by breakfast in the school gym. The guest speaker will be Archbishop Edward Adams. The cost is $20. Children under 6 are free. ••
Family concert at library
Holmesburg Library, 7810 Frankford Ave., will present Ants on a Log Family Concert on Wednesday, May 24, at 6 p.m. The interactive musical concert will center on positivity, “social justice” and silliness and is for children and adults. Call 215-685-8756. ••
Variety dinner show
Joey C’s Variety Dinner Show will take place on Friday, May 19, at Georgine’s Restaurant, 1320 Newport Road in Bristol. Joey C sings in the style of Frank Sinatra and will be joined by Robert Cabella as Dean Martin
and Angelo Capone as Jerry Lewis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 6:45 and the show at 8. Tickets cost $75. There will be a cash bar. For tickets or more information, go to Joey C on Facebook or call 215-317-7675. ••
Third Thursday in Tacony
Tacony Community Development Corporation will hold its next Third Thursday event on May 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Jack Costello Boxing Club parking lot, 6846 Torresdale Ave. (at Longshore Avenue). The free event will feature a food truck, live music, produce and bread for sale, quality vendors, activities for the entire family and information tables from elected officials and local organizations. Future Third Thursdays are on June 15, July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 21 and Oct. 19. ••
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The website was created to help people who cannot afford a lawyer or who have questions about the process. The site includes free and low-cost legal tools. For more information, visit https://panonprofitlaw.com/. ••
Local players in all-star game
The Philadelphia All-Star Football Game will take place on Saturday, May 20, at 1 p.m. at Northeast High. The Public League will face Non-Public. Tickets cost $10. Local players are: Archbishop Ryan - Rich Paczewski, McDermott Murphy, Jack Ruskowski, Kyle Schumann and Sean Roemhild; Father Judge - Brayden McLaughlin, Terran Peete, Dillon Rome, Justin Nikolopoulos; Germantown Academy - Evan Spivey; Abraham Lincoln - Terail Greene, Darius Hill, Khani Knight, Koyei Simmons-Greene; FrankfordDavid Nguyen, Kevin Polanco, Hysiem Zimmerman; Northeast - James Bermudez, Zekieyh Evans, Khadir Rowe, Sabor Stevens, Tyrese Whitaker; George Washington - Colin Giel, Shomari Richards, Isaiah Thomas, Morio Lopez. ••
Community Day on Saturday
Mount Zion Baptist Church of Holmesburg, Welsh Road and Erdrick Street, will be hosting a free Community Day on Saturday, May 20, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be vendors, health assessments, food, games, giveaways, music, prayer and children’s activities. Members of the public of all ages are invited. Call 215-624-8869. ••
Vendors wanted for flea market
An outdoor flea market will take place on Saturday, June 3, at United Methodist Church of the Good Shepherd, 10901 Calera Road. Vendor spaces are $25. Call Rosemarie at 215-868-5304 to reserve a space. ••
E-cycling, shredding, recycling buckets
City Councilman Brian O’Neill will hold three upcoming events, all on Saturdays from 9-11 a.m. at his district offices. An e-cycling event will take place May 20 at 7522 Castor Ave. A shredding event is set for June 3 at 432 Rhawn St., behind American Heritage Credit Union. A recycling bucket giveaway is scheduled for June 10 at FOP Lodge 5, 11630 Caroline Road. ••
2 health centers coming
The city health department announced plans for a health center at the Frankford Transportation Center and another at a site to be determined in the lower Northeast. The city is acting due to delays in care at Health Center 10, 2230 Cottman Ave. ••
Curbing boom parties
City Councilman Mike Driscoll introduced legislation to enforce strict measures on nuisance vehicles, those that amplify sound heard at a distance greater than 100 feet from the vehicle. Under the proposed ordinance, violators face a $2,000 penalty and risk forfeiture of the vehicle unless it is being used in connection with a city-permitted event. The legislation aims to curb “boom parties,” where large groups of people gather along the Delaware River and blast music from cars that are equipped with massive speakers. The vibrations and sound are loud enough to carry across the water to impact neighbors on both sides of the river. Driscoll worked with the Philadelphia Police Department on the legislation, and officers will be authorized to issue violation notices and sized vehicles.
“Residents along the river have endured the excessive noise long enough at all hours of the day and night. We need to take strict enforcement measures and signal that we’re not going to tolerate it anymore,” Driscoll said. “It’s a quality-of-life issue that has escalated in recent years, and enough is enough.” ••
Meal at Redemption Lutheran
Redemption Lutheran Church, Bustleton Avenue and Rhawn Street, will host a community meal on Thursday, May 18, at 5:30 p.m. There will be a Bible story and craft for the children. This month’s meal will be grilled cheese, assorted soups, salad and dessert. ••
Tacony Historical meeting
The pring general membership meeting of the Historical Society of Tacony will be held on Monday, May 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Tacony Library, 6742 Torresdale Ave. Slide presentations will be given on the Disston Saw Works and inventor Frank Shuman. A small exhibit of Shuman-related memorabilia will be on display. All are invited to attend and join as a member. Light refreshments will be served. Go to www.historicalsocietyoftacony.org. ••
Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will host a 60th anniversary gala dinner with entertainment by Cracklin Diamond Band on Sunday, June 25, at 3 p.m. in the Karff Auditorium. The cost is $50. Call 215677-1600. ••
Cornhole at St. Martha
St. Martha Parish, 11301 Academy Road, will host a Cornhole Tournament on June 17, at 11 a.m. The cost is $50 a team (all ages) and includes two tournament T-shirts and a chance to win a cash prize. There will be basket raffles, a 50-50, craft beer pull, food, kids crafts and T-shirt sales. Proceeds will benefit the parish Raising the Roof campaign. Teams must register and place T-shirt orders by June 3. To register, to become a sponsor or for more information, go to the St. Martha Facebook page or call Kathy Cantz at 215-632-4742 or Mary Beth Ricks at 215-459-3430. ••
Cultural trip to Bryn Athyn Cathedral
The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will take a onehour tour of Bryn Athyn Cathedral on Thursday, May 18, at 1 p.m. There are no steps, and restrooms are accessible. The cost is $10 per person. For questions, call Lynn Azoulay at 215-677-1600. ••
Third Thursday at Glen Foerd
Glen Foerd, Philadelphia’s public
park and nonprofit cultural site along the Delaware River, presents the return of its free Third Thursday Summer Series of live music, food, family-fun activities and art. The Thursday dates will be May 18, June 15, July 20 and Aug. 17, 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 Gilded Age mansion, which will be open for free self-guided tours. Donations are appreciated but not required, and attendees are asked to register in advance by visiting Glen Foerd’s events page at www.glenfoerd.org/events. For more information on the Third Thursday Summer Series, visit www.glenfoerd. org or call 215-632-5330. ••
Night Markets to open
The first Mayfair Night Market will open on Thursday, May 18, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Frankford and Cottman avenues. There will be food trucks, vendors, drinks and live music by Bogside Rogues. The remaining schedule is June 15 (Philly Heart & Soul), July 20 (Great Scott Band), Aug. 17 (The Launch) and Sept. 21 (Jumper). Vendors can apply at MayfairVendors.EventBrite.com. ••
Farm stand at Jeanes
Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus has a farm stand that is open Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October. The stand is located next to parking lot C of Jeanes Campus and the Fox Chase Cancer Center Campus. Call 215-728-4861 or email Rosemarie.Schlegel@tuhs.temple.
Polka party at Polish Home
The sixth annual spring polka party will take place on Sunday, May 21, from 3-7 p.m. at the Associated Polish Home, 9150 Academy Road. The TKO Band, from Baltimore, will perform. There will be a cash bar and a Polish kitchen. Tickets cost $15. For tickets or more information, contact John at 215-9061825 or email@example.com.
Wine, food and opera
St. Hilary Spirit Club is going to Tomasello Winery in Hammonton, New Jersey on Sunday, May 21, for the Totally Tenors Opera Gala. The day includes an entree, salad, soup, bread, butter and dessert. A motorcoach departs at 12:30 p.m. from Verree Road and Solly Avenue (park on the east side of Verree Road next to the horse pasture) and returns about 7 or 7:30. The cost is $120 payable with check or money order to St. Hilary Spirit Club, Attn: Trips, 820 Susquehanna Road, Rydal, PA 19111. Call Michele at 215498-5908. ••
English classes for Ukrainians
Holy Family University’s English as a Second Language initiative for newly arrived Ukrainian adults is accepting new applicants. The classes are free and open to members of the community who are at least 18 years old. Classes start in June at 9801 Frankford Avenue and online. Class days and times are online (June 6 to Aug. 24, Tuesday and Thursday, 6-7 p.m.) and in person (June 21 to July 31, Mondays and Wednesdays, 5-7 p.m.). Since last fall, more than 100 newly arrived Ukrainians have attended classes at no cost to help them improve their English proficiency and become familiar with the Philadelphia community. Interested applicants can register at holyfamily.edu/ukraine-esl. ••
Free Philly Orchestra concert
The Philadelphia Orchestra will present Our City, Your Orchestra Live, a free concert on Wednesday, May 31, at 7 p.m. at Northeast High School. The concert will feature works by Leonard Bernstein, John Williams, Valerie Coleman and others, along with a performance by the Northeast High marching band. The evening will include food trucks, games, face painting, moonbounces and balloon art. The orchestra will include contrabassoonist Holly Blake, a Northeast High graduate. Reserve tickets at philorch.org. ••
Senior Club is running a bus trip to the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Lancaster on Thursday, June 1. The trip will include a buffet lunch and matinee show, Elvis the Musical. The cost is $110. For reservations and lunch menu choice, call Catherine Murphy at 215-919-4399.
Hoops camp for boys and girls
The 17th annual Jaguar St. Ephrem Basketball Camp for Boys and Girls will take place from Monday, July 24, to Friday, July 28. The cost is $150 and includes a basketball and T-shirt. The camp is held in the air-conditioned Marian Center at St. Ephrem Parish, 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. ••
Lunch and a show
St. Katherine of Siena Primrose Senior Club is running a bus trip on Thursday, Sept. 28, to Beach Haven, New Jersey to see the comedy Popcorn Falls. There will be a sitdown luncheon at Waterfront Restaurant. The cost is $110. For reservations and more information, call Catherine Murphy at 215-919-4399.
Northeast Catholic High School Class of ‘73 will hold its 50th reunion on June 1, from 6-10 p.m., at Brookside Manor, 50 Bustleton Pike, Feasterville. Tickets cost $73, payable to NC-73 Reunion. Mail to Mike Kaiser, 14014 Napier St., Philadelphia, PA 19116. Deadline is May 22. Cost includes appetizers, full buffet, dessert and open bar. ••
St. Martha reunion
The St. Martha Grammar School Class of 1973 will hold its 50th reunion on Friday, June 2, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Irish Rover, at 1033 S. Bellevue Ave., in Langhorne. ••
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Diane Sahms had no idea that a poem she wrote in 1997 after her father’s passing would lead to a love of writing and six published books of poetry.
“I wrote Ode to a Fisherman and read it at my dad’s viewing,” she recalled. “It was like a dam burst open. It was cathartic.”
Sahms, of Lawndale, is poetry editor for North of Oxford Literary Journal. Her latest book of poetry is City of Shadow & Light (Philadelphia), published last November and available at amazon.com.
Sahms, who has three children and an 8-month-old grandchild, has completed her seventh book, Blues, Prayers and Pagan Chants, and is looking for a publisher. She’s also working on an eighth book and has a smaller chapbook, Luna, the Lesser Light, which needs a publisher.
an evening of featured poetry and open mic at Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave., on the second Wednesday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m., through June. After a hiatus in July and August, the gathering continues in September and October. The public is invited.
“People have been interested in reading for us at the library. We’ll probably continue it next year (in February) as well,” Sahms said.
Sahms is also open to a suggestion by librarian Titus Moolathara to bring poetry workshops and readings to prisons.
Sahms – whose partner, g emil reutter, is a contributing editor at North of Oxford – was a government employee in the 1980s when she began having a family, then went back to school for four years to earn her teaching certification. She was an English teacher at Cheltenham, Council Rock North and Council Rock South for a few years.
Then, in 2008, she decided to focus more on poetry.
“When you’re teaching, you have very little time to write poetry,” she said.
Sahms spends her early weekdays – 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – working as a purchasing agent for the Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support on Robbins Avenue. She buys medical supplies for ships around the world, mostly for the Navy.
Off hours, her focus is on her love of poetry.
“It makes you go inside yourself,” she said of writing poetry. “I’ve made a lot of connections with other people. We help one another. It’s important to give back. When I’m writing poetry, I’m being as honest as I can. Poets reflect and are creative and take general themes and personalize them in our own way.”
For more information, visit http:// www.dianesahms-guarnieri.com. ••
Until Next Time – Selected Poems 19902022, by Lawndale’s g emil reutter, has been released by Alien Buddha Press. The collection is available on Amazon.
“Here is a distinctive, authentic and powerful voice. And beautiful. He makes rust sing,” said Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, author of Party Everywhere.
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“A lot of good things right now are climaxing,” she said of her written word.
In addition, North of Oxford is curating
The next poetry and open mic night at Northeast Regional Library will take place on Wednesday, June 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The featured poets will be TS Hawkins and Emari DiGiorgio.
Troop 111 celebrates Eagle Scout
Mike Garozzo, a member of Boy Scout Troop 111, earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
Garozzo’s project was planting trees at the Delaware Valley Veterans Home, 2701 Southampton Road.
City Councilman Brian O’Neill presented a framed citation to Garozzo, who lives in Morrell Park.
He is the son of Rachael and Mike
Garozzo. His mom is the troop’s committee chair. Shawn Crompton is the troopmaster. Steve Bradt is the assistant troopmaster.
Garozzo will be attending Bloomsbury University in the fall. He earned the Commonwealth University Chancellor’s scholarship due to academic performance. ••
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Honoring fallen firefightersBy Tom Waring Northeast Times
The annual Living Flame Memorial Service took place recently at Franklin Square, 6th and Race streets.
The event honors Philadelphia police officers and firefighters who died in the line of duty.
This year’s honorees were fire Lt. Sean J. Williamson, who died in June 2022 following a building collapse at a pizza shop at 3rd Street and Indiana Avenue; Firefighter John M. Flood, who died in November 2022 of an occupational cancer; and Firefighter Jeffrey J. DiDomenico, who died in December 2022 of an occupational cancer.
A moment of silence was observed for all three. In all, 304 Philadelphia firefighters have died in the line of duty.
Williamson was a father of three and 27-year veteran who was a Marine veteran of the Gulf War. Two people have been arrested in the arson that caused his death.
Flood, who lived in Pennypack, worked at Engine 36, 7818 Frankford Ave. He was a firefighter for 28 years and a police officer for four. He was married and had one daughter.
DiDomenico worked at Engine 45 at 26th and York streets. He was an 18-year veteran, married with a daughter.
Also on hand was Marissa Fitzgerald, widow of slain Temple police officer Christopher Fitzgerald.
Among those in attendance were Mayor Jim Kenney; Local 22 firefighters and paramedics president Mike Bresnan; Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw; City Councilmen Brian O’Neill, Jim Harrity, Mark Squilla and Mike Driscoll; Councilwoman Quetcy Lozada; U.S. Reps. Mary Gay Scanlon and Dwight Evans; Municipal Court President Judge Pat Dugan; and mayoral candidate Helen Gym. Wreaths and flowers were placed at the memorial.
Families of firefighters and police officers who died in the line of duty in past years were also invited to place flowers. Among those taking part were the families of police officers Henry Berry, Daniel Gleason, Thomas Trench, Daniel Boyle, Stephen Dmytryk, Brian Lorenzo and James O’Connor.
Families of Williamson, Flood and DiDomenico were invited afterward to lunch at Fireman’s Hall Museum. ••Families were honored at a luncheon, sponsored by Local 22, at the Fireman’s Hall Museum.
Crime, other issues at 2nd PDAC meeting
Capt. Marc Metellus and community relations officer Mark Mroz touched on several topics at last week’s 2nd Police District Advisory Council meeting.
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They said arrest warrants have been issued for two people believed to be involved in last month’s triple murder on the 5900 block of Palmetto St. in Lawncrest. The victims were 14, 17 and 18 years old.
No progress has been made in finding the three suspects or the 48-year-old man abducted on March 31 on the 900 block of E. Godfrey Ave. in Summerdale.
Inspector Frank Bachmayer will hold a town hall on Wednesday, May 24, at 7 p.m. at Abraham Lincoln High School.
National Night Out will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 1, outside Fox Chase Elementary School.
As summer approaches, there are concerns that the swimming pool at Max Myers Recreation Center will not open or will open late due to maintenance issues that, some say, have been ignored by the city.
The district will evaluate applications for another summer favorite, block parties. Streets that have a history of crime will have their applications rejected.
State Rep. Jared Solomon has moved his office to 6434 Castor Ave.
City Councilman Brian O’Neill will hold three upcoming events, all on Saturdays from 9-11 a.m. at his district offices. An e-cycling event will take place on May 20 at 7522 Castor Ave. A shredding event is set for June 3 at 432 Rhawn St., behind American Heritage Credit Union. A recycling bucket giveaway is scheduled for June 10 at FOP Lodge 5, 11630 Caroline Road. Call 215-6863422.
The 2nd PDAC will meet on Tuesday, June 13, at 6 p.m. at the Philadelphia Protestant Home. The group will take off in July and August and meet again on Sept. 12. ••
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door activities. There are 10 such schools in the United States and 36 in the world. Donors, grants and foundations fund their work, which includes a free weeklong program for veterans.
The local Outward Bound School and Audubon Pennsylvania are at the Discovery Center at 3401 Reservoir Drive. Some 100-plus miles away is the Delaware Water Gap, on the Pennsylvania/New Jersey border.
“This is all about immersing yourself in nature,” Richter said.
The expedition took place from May 8-12 and is meant to teach leadership, teamwork, self-reliance, organization, responsibility and other skills while they are canoeing on the water and living on small islands.
The expedition consisted of Outward Bound instructors Maura Dajevskis and Ben
Goodman, Northeast High chaperones Andy Adams and Katherine Bruns and Northeast High seniors Ethan Winter, Lanasia Rosado, Raquelle Dandy, Aniyah Hawkins and Weixiang Tian and juniors Sandy Mezadieu, Bora Thach, Rick Martins, Christopher Medina and Soamillys Vargas-Gonzalez. Two people were in each canoe.
The group deemed itself the “Adams Family.” Andy Adams is a Northeast High history teacher who also runs Project SPARC and Natural Resource Management and is an Outward Bound board member.
At the start, the students were taught to paddle and steer the canoes. In all, they paddled 38 miles in four days and forged new
friendships. Adams, who didn’t get into a canoe until age 30, said the students learned well. They were going in circles at the start, then soon were skilled enough to race each other.
Students carried heavy gear, dug holes to go to the bathroom and learned to pitch tents, cook and navigate the river. They spent an hour of reflection and wrote a letter that will be mailed to them in six months.
Adams said he was happy to spend Teacher Appreciation Week with the students and described the experience as “absolutely amazing.”
“Outward Bound is a godsend,” he said. “The wilderness was our house. You become family after this. It brings them together. You have to operate as a team or it doesn’t work.”
The trip featured nice weather and great scenery.
Dajevskis, the Outward Bound instructor, said she was
happy to see the students both act independently and work as a unit, making decisions by consensus.
“This was one of my best expeditions to date,” she said.
After arriving back, the students were treated to pizza, given their phones, received patches as Outward Bound alumni and gathered in a circle to share their experience.
“I was really nervous, but I was really excited to get out in nature,” said Soamillys VargasGonzalez. “It went great. We had a really good time.”
“We got to know each other and it brought us together,” said Raquelle Dandy.
And while they got a little homesick, they didn’t really miss their cell phones.
“We didn’t need our phones,” Raquelle said. ••
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New Foundations senior hits milestoneBy Joe Mason Times Sports Editor
Scoring 100 career goals during a high school lacrosse career is a heck of an accomplishment under any circumstances.
But when you’re new to the sport and miss two seasons due to the pandemic, it’s an even bigger accomplishment.
That’s exactly what Riley Gurten did at New Foundations Charter High School last week when she netted her 100th career goal during a victory over Delaware Valley in a lopsided victory for the Bulldogs.
Not bad for a kid who never picked up a lacrosse stick until she got to high school, and even then had a long delay before the longtime soccer star could truly consider herself a lacrosse player.
“My mom wanted me to play another sport and lacrosse was something similar to soccer, just played with a stick,” said Gurten, who lives in Holmesburg. “And I played soccer, and it’s the same coach, so I felt comfortable playing for him. So I decided to try it.
“I wanted to play, but freshman year it was canceled and sophomore year was on and off. We barely played. Freshman year I would work out with my friend from middle school, (Alivia Padilla), she’s an assistant coach now, and she was motivating me even when we weren’t playing. I always wanted to be like her so I would practice in my backyard and whenever we had a scrimmage, I would try my hardest. But junior year, we started playing and I started playing seriously.”
Ever since, she’s been a natural. Gurten got off to an amazing start, scoring 55 goals during her inaugural season playing the sport. This year, she’s added 48 to give her 103 goals and counting.
“It means so much to get this,” she said. “It’s a team thing. We have a very good team.”
And one of her teammates is very close to her.
On the same day Gurten netted her 100th goal, one of her teammates scored her first career goal. That was her younger sister Charlotte, who also plays soccer. For Gurten, it was just as exciting seeing her sister score as it was for her to hit the century mark.
“She was really hesitant about trying out for soccer but I pushed her,” Gurten said of her younger sister. “Over the summer we practiced and after soccer, she turned out loving it. I told her she’d love lacrosse, too, and it’s the same team a lot of the girls. She was hesitant, I pushed her to keep going. Her looking up to me motivates me because I want to set a good example and show her that hard work pays off in the end.”
Her sister is a quick learner.
Not only did she score in the game, she provided a helper on Gurten’s milestone goal. Gurten returned the favor by picking up an assist on her sister’s first tally.
This shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Sports have always been a family affair for the Gurtens. While the daughters are playing, mom Kathleen is at every game she’s able to make, cheering her team on. While she’s doing that, Gurten’s grandmom Frances McGoldrick serves as the team’s unofficial photographer, capturing all the great moments.
The support isn’t new.
According to Gurten, her mom and grandmom have been huge throughout her athletic career. And while she’s enjoying a great lacrosse career, Gurten is a soccer player first.
“Soccer, I played for a bunch of clubs, but now I just play for the school,” said Gurten, who works in food services at the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity. “I’m mostly (an offensive player) in lacrosse, but in soccer, I played everywhere, defense, midfield, wherever they put me I played. I’m a player who will go where you need me to play. That’s where I’ll play, whatever is best for the team.
“I try to be a good leader for everyone and by playing anywhere, I think that helps. It shows that I’m willing to do whatever I can to help the team. We have a lot of girls like that. We have a really good team, and we’re starting to come together. When you’re in the playoffs, every game could be your last, so you don’t want to lose. You don’t want that to be the end.”
While Gurten’s high school career is rapidly coming to an end, she has fun times in her future. Next year she’s bound for West Chester, where she will major in pre-physical therapy.
“I really want to be involved with sports and make a good amount of money,” she said “I can later on, choose to be on the sports side of it, and help athletes. I’ll always help people, but I want to be involved in sports. I always wanted to be a soccer star, but reality hit in middle school. This way, I can still be involved with sports.”
And while she’s looking forward to the next step, she’ll always remember lessons learned and the fun she experienced at New Foundations.
“I really love our school,” said Gurten, who will come back to watch her sister and her former teammates play. “They put students first, there was never a time I ever questioned, ‘Can I talk to my coach or teacher.’ They’re always willing to put students first. Always helping with anything, homework, trouble on the field, they’ll tell you what to improve on. But I’ll be back to see how they do.”
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