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Calvary Christian senior a star on stage By Claudia Salvato Northeast Times

Northeast native and Calvary Christian Academy senior Melina Cruz starred in Walnut Street Theatre’s Moana JR., based on Disney’s 2016 movie Moana. When Cruz heard that Walnut Street was putting on Moana, she was excited. Cruz had watched the movie 3 times in the first 24 hours of its release, and already had plenty of acting practice under her belt. “I was so excited, and then I realized, ‘Oh my gosh I have so much work to do,’ ” Cruz said. “Everything was floating to my mind but my main thing was like, how do I make this role my own?” The show, which ran for 60 minutes long, took up Cruz’s weekends for rehearsal and shows. But she was more than happy to balance school, acting and life.

“I see Moana as such a strong girl where if she puts her mind to it, it’ll get done and that’s exactly how I am. So that’s how I relate to the character. If I put my mind to something I’m going to get it done,” she said. Cruz began taking voice lessons in 3rd grade, and started acting when she was in 8th grade after seeing a live show right here in Philadelphia. “I saw Wicked at the Kimmel Center and it completely changed my life. I was like, ‘Yup, this is what I want to do,’ ” Cruz said. From there, she joined Walnut Street Theatre’s summer youth camp and landed her first role as Genie in the Kids Series Production of Aladdin. “She’s got an infectious, positive, upbeat personality and she is vocally gifted and dedicated to her craft,” said

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A total of 1,021 students received degrees from East Stroudsburg University: 800 bachelor’s degrees, 214 master’s degrees and seven doctoral degrees. The following local students were among those to graduate: Danielle Morris, Leah Whitney, Matthew Ademola, Janae Cherilus, Shelly Moyal, Princess Ellis and Rebecca Iannacone. •• Yelisa Quintana was one of 27 Albright College students presenting original artwork for the Freedman Gallery’s annual juried student exhibit. A graduate of Northeast High School, Quintana’s artwork included “White,” “Blue” and “Orange” (Acrylic on board). Quintana’s “White” received the President Award. Quintana is studying art and sociology/criminology. •• Tori Watson has been named a Jacob Albright Scholar. A graduate of New Foundations Charter School and a member of the Albright College honors program, Watson is completing a bachelor of arts degree in health psychology. Established in 1982, the Jacob Albright Society includes Albright graduates with a grade point average of 3.85 or higher, who have completed at least half their course work at the college. Watson is

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STAGE ➤ Continued from Page 1 TJ Sokso, Director of Education at Walnut Street Theatre. Sokso has been working with Cruz at the Theatre for 10 years. In that time, Cruz has developed a passion for acting and a work ethic that landed her a spot at Tisch, NYU’s performing arts school. “Not only do I love performing, I love the feeling when you know you’re doing a good job because the crowd is so engaged with what you’re doing. It just makes you

want to work even harder and strive to do your best,” Cruz said. Aside from making the crowd happy, Cruz is heavily motivated by her parents and her faith. “I want to honor [my parents] and to honor them is to do everything I do with worship including school work. All that matters to me is that they’re happy because they’ve sacrificed so much for me. WALNUT STREET THEATRE / COURTESY WALNUT STREET THEATRE / COURTESY That’s what keeps me Melina Cruz (left) on stage as Moana at Walnut going. I want to keep them Melina Cruz (middle) on stage as Moana at Walnut proud,” Cruz said.•• Street Theatre Street Theatre.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR Friday, May 20 EVENTS

Exercise with Mariya KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. 10 a.m. Upbeat music and both standing and sitting exercises. Class fee: Free for SilverSneakers and Silver&Fit members, $2 for Athletic and Health Partners members, $5 for others. Reserve your spot: 215-698-7300. Oneg Shabbat with Rabbi Berliner 11 a.m. (virtual). Free. Meets through Zoom (Meeting ID: 674 851 9895, Password: UZoom19895). Phone number to join if no computer access: 646-558-8656. The Knitters Social 11 a.m. (virtual). Free. Meets through Zoom (Meeting ID: 886 2229 9711, Password: 122333). Free Concert Redemption Lutheran Church, 8001 Bustleton Ave. (at Rhawn Street). 7 p.m. Opera singer Kristian Nicole Lewis. 215-342-2085 or redemptionphiladelphia.org.

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Moving On Bereavement Support Group KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. 12:30 p.m. For individuals who have experienced loss and are looking for continued support after a year. Free. Inna Gulko: igulko@kleinlife.org or 215-698-7300, Ext. 195.

Dear Readers: Please remember to submit calendar listings at least two weeks prior to the date of the event. E-mail to: news@northeasttimes.com Visit northeasttimes.com for a complete list of calendar events. Shredding 9-11 a.m. Office of Councilman Brian O’Neill, 432 Rhawn St. (behind American Heritage). Shredding Sponsored by Rep. Jared Solomon. 9 a.m. to noon. Philadelphia Protestant Home, 6401 Martins Mill Road.

Sunday, May 22 EVENTS

Flea Market Roosevelt Mall parking lot, 2445 Cottman Ave. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., through November. History Presentation Sponsored by the Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation Inc. “The History of Burlington Island.” 2 p.m. 321 Cedar St., Bristol Borough. Reservations: 215-788-9408. Donation of $4/adult at the door is requested; no charge for students.

Saturday, May 21 EVENTS

Car Show Sponsored by students of the Community Hero Outreach program at Philadelphia Academy Charter High School. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at PACS, 1700 Tomlinson Road. Free. $20 to enter a car. Proceeds to Shamrock Reins, a nonprofit organization that provides equine-assisted activities and therapies for veterans, active-duty members, first responders and families of fallen heroes. Rain date is May 22. Register a car: CGDunne@K12PACS.org. Community Day Mount Zion Baptist Church of Holmesburg, Welsh Road and Erdrick Street. All ages. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free vendors, health assessments, food, games, giveaways, children’s activities. 215-624-8869. Flea Market Hackett Elementary School, 2161 E. York St. (at Frankford Avenue). 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rain date May 22. More than 75 vendors. 215625-FLEA or www.PhilaFleaMarkets.org. 6

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Canasta KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. 12:30 p.m. Free. Reserve your spot: 215-698-7300, Ext. 193. EnhanceFitness 3-4 p.m. (virtual). Free. Strength training, flexibility and cardiovascular conditioning with instructor Janet Ford. Free. Meets through Zoom. Inna Gulko: igulko@kleinlife.org or 215-698-7300, Ext. 195. Also, Thursdays. Music for Stress Reduction KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. 11 a.m. Free. Reserve your spot: 215698-7300, Ext. 193. Pinochle KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. Noon. Free. Reserve your spot: 215-698-7300, Ext. 193. Also, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Zumba with Olga KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. 10 a.m. Class fee: Free for SilverSneakers and

Silver&Fit members, $2 for Athletic and Health Partners members, $5 for others. Reserve your spot: 215-698-7300.

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Recently Bereaved Support Group 12:30 p.m.KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. Free. Register: Inna Gulko, 215-698-7300, Ext. 195., or igulko@ kleinlife.org.

Tuesday, May 24 EVENTS

Exercise Class KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. 10 a.m. Exercises will be done both sitting and standing. Class fee: Free for SilverSneakers and Silver&Fit members, $2 for Athletic and Health Partners members, $5 for others. Reserve your spot: 215-698-7300. Trivia with Burt KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. 11 a.m. Free. Reserve your spot: 215-698-7300, Ext. 193. Turn Your Memory Wheels Sponsored by Temple’s Cognitive Neuropsychology Lab. KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. Noon. Free and open to the public. Reserve a seat: 215-698-7300, Ext. 193.

Wednesday, May 25 EVENTS

Art Therapy & Relaxation with Masha KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. 10 a.m. Free. Reserve your spot: 215-698-7300, Ext. 193. Chess Club KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. 2 p.m. Free. Reserve your spot: 215-698-7300, Ext. 193. Job Fair 1-5 p.m. Northeast Learning Center, 7222 Castor Ave. 215-745-0141.

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Mah Jong KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. 12:30 p.m. Free. Reserve your spot: 215-698-7300, Ext. 193. Trivia with Shelley 11 a.m. (virtual). Free. Meets through Zoom (Meeting ID: 860 9627 5901, Password: 275901). Phone number to join if no computer access: 929-205-6099. Yoga with Olga KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. 10 a.m. A series of stretches both sitting and standing. Class fee: Free for SilverSneakers and Silver&Fit members, $2 for Athletic and Health Partners members, $5 for others. Reserve your spot: 215-698-7300.

Thursday, May 26 EVENTS

Exercise Class KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. 10:45 a.m. Exercises will be done both sitting and standing. Class fee: Free for SilverSneakers and Silver&Fit members, $2 for Athletic and Health Partners members, $5 for others. Reserve your spot: 215-698-7300. Healing Movement with Donna KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. 9:30 a.m. Tai Chi/Qigonginfluenced exercise done sitting or standing with instructor Donna Price. Reserve your spot: 215698-7300, Ext. 193. Knitting Nook KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. 12:30 p.m. Free. Reserve your spot: 215-6987300, Ext. 193. Mah Jong KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. 10:30 a.m. Free. Reserve your spot: 215-698-7300, Ext. 193. Travel with Andrea 11 a.m. (virtual). Free. Meets through Zoom (Meeting ID: 845 2934 3036, Password: 122333).

MEETINGS

St. Jerome Senior Group School hall. Arrive at 10 a.m. Meeting starts at 11. Future meeting on June 9.

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OPINION PAGE 7 • THE NORTHEAST TIMES • WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2022

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Shevchenko Stirs in His Grave, published in Tuck Magazine after the Russian invasion of Crimea. Taras Shevchenko was the national poet of Ukraine. The bear continues to paw away at lines as the eagle circles above never landing. The blue shield bends, but holds as the world watches. Shevchenko stirs in his grave An angry little man who loves his mirror struts about Moscow spews lies, hungers for the empire that shattered decades ago. A little man in search of little Russia plays with soldiers as if they are toys, each die in the name of his ego. Shevchenko stirs in his grave Crimea whimpers under the paw of the bear as the little man dances, tanks pass through the old square. He ignores mothers of Ukraine and Russia weeping for loved ones lost. He catches his reflection, admires himself, puffs out his chest, wants to be taller. Shevchenko stirs in his grave White Gyrfalcon ascends the blue gray skies of Ukraine, gold trident pointed east, freedom the cause. Shevchenko stirs in his grave g emil reutter

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Shortsighted thinking

Over the past few weeks, I’ve read more than a few opinion pieces where the writer states, “black women [are] being picked for jobs simply because they are black.” As a professional black woman, I am disappointed in the shortsightedness of some in my neighboring community. Maintaining a stance that color is the only reason for our accomplishment(s) maliciously devalues black women. And, attributing color as the sole basis for the hiring decisions of employers, elected officials, etc., minimizes their efforts to identify, recruit and hire in an evolving social climate and challenging employment landscape. My resume doesn’t read, “I’m black, pick me.” Rather, my education, training, experience, work ethic and personal goals are the basis for impressions that I seek to make in the professional world. The fact that I am a black woman, and I may also fulfill an initiative to broaden race/gender representation, is a positive coincidence. I am not naive to the various influences/ benefits reaped of people of every race and gender by nature of affiliations — but please do not stifle my skills simply because of my race. Shauna Bracy Fox Chase

Taxes, crime, education

Can you believe the city is raising real estate taxes when there are places in the city that are uninhabitable?

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR People are afraid to use public transit and the puppet school board can’t educate our children properly. Our police commissioner was brought here to reduce the shootings and murders that have only gone up significantly every year she’s been in charge. The DA doesn’t prosecute criminals, he lets them walk the streets and prosecutes only the police. The only people who can afford to pay more are the black females who are getting all these high-paying jobs just because they are black females. Federal Reserve governor, Supreme Court justice, presidential press representative, police commissioner and vice president. mayer Krain Modena Park

Epidemic of selective lunacy

Is it selective lunacy that the Democrats are saying they stand for women’s rights, while they allow men to dominate women’s sports? Is it selective lunacy when BLM clearly doesn’t feel that black lives matter as it decries unspecified systemic racism while obviously ignoring the continuing daily murders of blacks by blacks? Is it selective lunacy when a right-leaning person (Roseanne) or a dead person (Kate Smith) says or sings something that was politically incorrect, they take away their statue, make them resign or take them off the TV. But when left-leaning persons (Whoopi, Joy Behar, Jimmy Kimmel, etc.) say or act irresponsibly, the liberals say they should be judged by the larger context of their body of work and who they are and what we know about them? Is it selective lunacy that liberal students uphold liberalism on campus but shut down conservative speakers with alternative ideas? Joe nadolSKi Academy Gardens

A path to a better Fox Chase?

A pivotal moment in the history of Fox Chase approaches. Our property taxes were artificially inflated, admittedly by the BRT. The power and money of developers looms like a dark storm cloud, imminently approaching. Our businesses are just beginning to rebuild after being bombed by COVID closures. We’re just holding on to the only things we have left. Our history and open spaces remain, although forgotten by many, and this is still a desirable place to live so long as we fight to keep them. At the Northeastern border of the battlefield are the Medical Mission Sisters of Pine Road, a nearly 100-year-

old missionary sisterhood retiring from healing the unwealthy and unwell. Below them is Fox Chase, and greatly affected neighbors on Shady Lane. Rockledge observes from the Northwest behind a low wall. To the South are the Rhawn Street Bullies, new-to-the-neighborhood owner/developers of three properties planning to build apartments on both sides of Rhawn Street. Connecting them is the “we’re-all-still-waiting-and-weneed-more-help” Rails-to-Trails Conservancy project that will repurpose the unused portion of the Fox ChaseNewtown Line as a pedestrian boulevard connecting Fox Chase with both the urban and suburban portions of the Pennypack Trail. Many of the Conservancy’s projects have revitalized neighborhoods, rejuvenated local businesses, brought green space to gray space and in some cases become destinations themselves. However, the plans are collecting dust and the money sits in escrow. Our distress call was not received. The cavalry is not coming. Taking advantage, the developers have flanked, holding key positions at both ends of the path, with plans to lay siege. The Medical Mission Sisters’ war strategy: Take care of the aging sisters and their medical needs into retirement, leave a legacy at 8400 Pine Road and do so in a way that absolves in the eyes of Fox Chase residents their original sin – losing the historic Ury property. The sisters need money and are looking for allies. Their battle cry, “For the Sisters!” The developers’ war strategy: Put large buildings on open spaces adding as many residents to the neighborhood as possible. They want land to build on, have money and power, and don’t need you. Their battle cry, “This Won’t Increase Traffic or Parking!” Unfortunately, the residents of Fox Chase do not have a clear strategy to win this war, but everything to lose. They want what they already have. Their battle cry, “We’re Under Attack!” They’re wondering if their children will ever forgive them should they surrender. Despite the imminent war, a bloody massacre can be avoided. All that is required is a shift in the thing we fight for to one large collective goal. All parties in this Battle Royale, and some others, could come together to create a very special thing for Fox Chase and Rockledge. A thing that makes the community better without taking away from it. A Grand Plan that couldn’t possibly be accomplished without cooperation and heavy involvement by all parties. Something that will make the Rails-to-Trails project an absolute win, make the congruence of the trails a destination that improves our access, cover the Sisters’ retirement and tell their story, and give the developers reason to expand the required commercial space below the new Rhawn Street apartments with architecture and design that fit the plan. If we fight together, we can all win. Scott a. o’donnell Fox Chase

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Register for Maternity BVM school Maternity BVM Elementary School, 9322 Old Bustleton Ave., will hold registration for Pre K to Grade 8 on Wednesday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Financial aid money is available to qualified families. For registration and more information, go to www. maternitybvm.net or contact advancement director Mike McDonough at 215-908-3329 or mmcdonough@ maternitybvm.net. ••

Rhawnhurst Civic to meet Rhawnhurst Civic Association will meet on Wednesday, May 18, at 7 p.m. at Pelbano Recreation Center, 8101 Bustleton Ave. The group will also meet on Wednesday, June 15. ••

AROUND TOWN Community Day in Holmesburg The Mount Zion Baptist Church of Holmesburg, Welsh Road and Erdrick Street, will be hosting a free Community Day for all ages on Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be free vendors, health assessments, food, games, giveaways and children’s activities. Call 215-624-8869. ••

Job and career fair May 25

Mother Boniface Spirituality Center, 3501 Solly Ave. in Holmesburg [just east of Father Judge High School], will host a Come and Rest Awhile Spring Retreat on the weekend of May 20-22. This is a silent retreat with spiritual direction that will give participants an opportunity to quiet all within and around you and to attune your ear to the Holy Spirit. The retreat begins at 5 on Friday and ends at noon on Sunday. For more information, see www.msbt.org/mbsc. ••

A Job and Career Fair at the Toben Center, 7222 Castor Ave., will take place on Wednesday, May 25, from 1 to 5 p.m. Employers will be recruiting for jobs in the fields of manufacturing, health care, transportation, law enforcement, administrative and more. Interviews will be scheduled on the spot by employers. Interested applicants should bring their resumes for review. Job seekers should come dressed appropriately. Several career/trade schools will also attend the event for people who are looking to learn a career or to change their current one. The event is hosted by the Northeast Learning Center and supported by Philadelphia Works. Call 215-745-0141. ••

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A giant vintage flea market surrounding Hackett Elementary School, at 2161 E. York St. (at Frankford Avenue), will be open on Saturday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, May 22. There will be more than 75 vendors. Call 215-625-FLEA (3532) or visit www.PhilaFleaMarkets.org. ••

Senior center reopens The Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center, 4744 Frankford Ave., will return to full-time hours beginning Monday, May 23. The center will be open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Daily hot meal service will also resume. Continued adherence to masking and other applicable COVID guidelines will be maintained. The center is open to people 60 and older. Yearly membership duties are $10. Call 215-831-2926. ••

Car show at PACS The students of the Community Hero Outreach program at Philadelphia Academy Charter High School are organizing the first PACHS Car Show on May 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school, 1700 Tomlinson Road. Admission is free. The cost is $20 to enter a car in the show. All proceeds from the show will go to Shamrock Reins, a nonprofit organization that provides equineassisted activities and therapies for veterans, activeduty members, first responders and families of fallen heroes. Rain date is May 22. Register a car by emailing CGDunne@K12PACS.org. •• 8

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Councilman Brian O’Neill introduced legislation designed to reduce the impact of the city’s increased property tax assessments on seniors. O’Neill’s proposed legislation extends the 2022 Senior Citizen Tax Freeze application deadline from Jan. 31, 2022 to Sept. 30, 2022, so that eligible senior citizens are able to enroll in the program before the 2023 assessments take effect. The city’s Office of Property Assessments has posted preliminary data on its website showing residential property valuations with an average increase of 31% over 2019, the last year that OPA released citywide data. “This legislation will protect senior citizens from property tax increases by giving them the opportunity to have their taxes frozen in place at their current rate before these unprecedented property assessments take effect,” O’Neill said. ••

Honors for high school seniors The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will honor more than 130 seniors at the 42nd annual Academic Honors Convocation, Thursday at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez will preside at the Liturgy of the Word preceding the ceremony. The students, all of whom are ranked in the top 3% of their senior class, will be honored for their academic achievement and dedication to their studies. Local honorees are Archbishop Ryan: Gina M. Crandall, Cara A. Marquess, Joseph J. Tangradi, Allyson Velez, Andrew Wang and Emily A. Wright; Father Judge: William L. McGlynn, Cole A. Welsh, Aidan G. NORTHEASTTIMES.COM

Haurin, Brian A. Scott and Martin A. Buckius; Little Flower: Jenny Le, Kristina Pham, Abigail Richardson and Anne Klepesky; Nazareth Academy: Madeline Scott, Gianna Grace DiBello and Erin Hoyer; St. Hubert: Susan M. Cahill, Abigayle L. Brubaker, Sophia R. Colon and Joyce Zheng. ••

State funding water improvements Philadelphia was awarded $125 million for a water infrastructure project through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, according to state Sen. Christine Tartaglione and state Rep. Mike Driscoll. The loan was awarded to help with the construction of two new 5-million-gallon, below-grade clearwell basins with green roof tops, which will support the Torresdale and Lardner’s Point pump stations and improve the city’s overall water capacity and reliability. “When we discuss investments in infrastructure, we aren’t just talking about roads and bridges,” Tartaglione said. “We are also talking about the funding of drinking water, wastewater and stormwater projects across the commonwealth. Pennvest’s investment today in Philadelphia will increase access to clean and reliable drinking water and is a crucially needed investment that will benefit millions around the Southeastern Pennsylvania region.” “Water is our most precious commodity,” Driscoll said. “Without a reliable source, especially in times like now as we are trying to recover from a global pandemic, our city cannot move forward on a path to recovery and progress. Thankfully, the state provides assistance to these large-scale projects that, while very costly, are very necessary.” The funding for these projects originates from a combination of state funds approved by voters, Growing Greener, Marcellus Legacy funds, federal grants to Pennvest from the Environmental Protection Agency and recycled loan repayments from previous Pennvest funding awards. ••

Star Players to present show The Star Players of the city Department of Parks and Recreation will present Songs of Stage & Screen on June 3-5 at 7 p.m. at the Venice Island Performing Arts Center, 7 Lock St., in Manayunk. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. They are available at the Holmesburg Recreation Center, 4500 Rhawn St., or on Venmo at mgabriele318@gmail.com. For more information, call Bill Arthur at 215-685-8714 or like the Star Players of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation page on Facebook. ••

Penny Party on June 4 St. Stephen Orthodox Cathedral, 8598 Verree Road, invites the community to an all-ages Penny Party on Saturday, June 4. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Calling starts about 7 p.m. Admission is $5, which includes homemade desserts, coffee and tea. Hot dogs and snacks will be available for sale, and there will be prizes and raffle baskets. •• WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2022


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Thirty-three Father Judge seniors were honored last week for being the first to complete the rigorous, three-year welding program, the only one of its kind in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. At the ceremony were some of their future employers, such as DC Fabricators, Holtec International, L3Harris, PTR Baler & Compactor, Sea Box, DeVal and SEPTA. Awards were presented to the top three in the class: Hugo JeanBaptiste, Dan Figueroa and Nick Edney. Instructor Joe Williams believes in producing “varsity-level welders,” not giving out participation awards. He presented school president Brian King (class of 1997) with a Visionary Award for introducing the program in the 2019-20 academic year. “This is an important milestone for the school,” King said of the graduation. The welding graduates are Michael Alvarado, Robert Logan Anderson, Luca Bradford, James Conlon, Payton Cranston, Landon Culver, Nicholas Edney, James Ennis, Daniel Figueroa, Nicholas Foster, Joseph Gillespie, Tyler Guensch, Aidan Hanlon, Hugo JeanBaptiste, Zhavier Jean, James Jones, Jabriel Lopez, Israel Lugo,

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BVM Stepping for STEAM Maternity BVM students on Friday morning participated in the school’s annual Walk-a-Thon. This year, the walk was called Stepping For STEAM because money raised will go to the school’s new STEAM lab. The students walked down Old Bustleton Avenue to Gregg Street, then Bustleton Avenue and cut through the Kelly’s Seafood parking lot onto Welsh Road en route back to school. The walk was led by two Highway Patrol motorcycles. •• 10

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Hours after he won a medal at the Public League track championships, Northeast’s Geo Fabian was named Male Athlete of the Year. Gianna Grassifulli, of St. Hubert, won the Female Athlete of the Year for starring in soccer, basketball and softball. Braedon Hart, who was a captain in both football and lacrosse for Father Judge, won the Leadership Award. Former Dougherty and Fels basketball coach Mark Heimerdinger was honored for his great career. Maura Kilkenny won the Holy Family Women’s Athlete of the Year for being a star defender in soccer.

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For failure to pay rent, the following property will be auctioned ONLINE AT WWW.STORAGETREASURES.COM by competitive bidding to satisfy the owner’s lien. Bidding shall end onThursday May 26,2022.The winning bidder shall consummate the sale and the property will be sold at Snapbox Self Storage 1 Franklin Mills Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19154 Cash only, unit/items sold as is: Marquis Maddox–1113 Kimberly Madden–6006 Raquel Gonzalez–8075 Francisco Delgado–8024

The auction will be listed and advertised on www.storagetreasures.com. Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the above referenced facility in order to complete the transaction. Extra Space Storage may refuse any bid and may rescind any purchase up until the winning bidder takes possession of the personal property.

2 BR sets, church organ, kit. set, sofa (red), ref., stove. Call 610-381-3089

Antique Classic Car

1930 Ford Model A Excellent Cond. Runs Great $15,000 or best offer Jim 215-370-1601 Junk Cars

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A22 Alberta Eason; B15 Darren Arnold; 1361 George Willard Waidelich; 711 Tyrone Smith; and 1532 Charles Nixon.

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Refrigerators & Stoves gas & elec. dryers, washers + appliance repairs. Buying used appl's, antiques, coins, vintage guitars, old guns. WW II stuff. Cleanouts avail. 267-808-7066

Extra Space Storage will hold a public auction to sell the contents of leased spaces to satisfy Extra Space’s lien at the location indicated: 12005 Roosevelt Blvd. Philadelphia, PA. 19154; (215-514-2704) on May 26, 2022 at 12:00P.M.(Noon)

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

Yard Sale 7000 block Erdrick St. Sat. 05/21, 9am-2pm. 1/2 Price Yard Sale Sat. 5/21, R. D. Sun. 5/22, 9am-3pm 2869-2875 Comly Rd New/Used/Giftables/Clothes/ Bowflex, Jewelry & more!

Extra Space Storage will hold a public auction to sell the contents of leased spaces to satisfy Extra Space’s lien at the location indicated: 2365 Gabreil Rushing, 2124 Albert Viktorov, 2050 Adrienne Jones, 2303 Diarah Loatman Massage

MASSAGE BY AUTUMN 267-819-5378 No Blocked Numbers Leave #/Day Appts. Avail.

Call Johnny's Junk - Cash for Junk Cars. $250 to $1500. Free Pick-up. 215-429-4008

$400 & Up For Running Vehicles Highest Cash Paid for Junk Vehicles

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The auction will be listed and advertised on www.storagetreasures.com. Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the above referenced facility in order to complete the transaction. Extra Space Storage may refuse any bid and may rescind any purchase up until the winning bidder takes possession of the personal property.

Junk Cars

Autos for Sale

May 26, 2022 at 11:15 AM

174 - Kenneth Cobbs, 488 - Gary Radford, 645 - Monteek Broadnax, 8 - DiAnne Rice

I BUY CARS, TRUCKS, Vans & Classic Cars $1000 & up 267-992-5919

WE BUY CARS & TRUCKS up to 10,000 Cash Paid. Any condition. Same day pick up. 215-605-4429

11501 Roosevelt Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19154, May 26th 2022 at 12:45 PM

Extra Space Storage will hold a public auction to sell the contents of leased spaces to satisfy Extra Space’s lien at the location indicated: 1553 Grant Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19115, (215)-464-3913

Junk Cars

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The auction will be listed and advertised on www.storagetreasures.com. Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the above referenced facility in order to complete the transaction. Extra Space Storage may refuse any bid and may rescind any purchase up until the winning bidder takes NM-00493387 possession of the personal property.

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