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OCTOBER 30, 2013 • Vol. 10 No. 42

1428 E. SUSQUEHANNA AVENUE, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19125 • 215-423-6246 •

The Halloween Hoedown held on Sat., Oct. 26 at Penn Treaty Park got children and adults in the Halloween spirit with candy, costumes, free pumpkin patch, games, face painting and more. Sponsored by Johnny’s Hots and Penn Treaty SSD. /Photo: Roman Blazic

St. Anne’s Falcons Football Team Ready to Soar by Max Pulcini


A St. Anne’s player shows off his breakaway speed during a kickoff return. /Photo: Max Pulcini

  Football is a rare sport that helps build leaders from a young age. This writer speaks from experience— years of playing football throughout my childhood helped develop me physically and emotionally. It directly aided in building character traits like leadership, perseverance and toughness, both mentally and physically. Jim Galasso is doing just that with a group of young men from the surrounding River Ward communities.   Galasso is the head coach of the St. Anne’s Falcons Junior Varsity football team. The Falcons compete in the CYO Football league, a faith-based youth football league sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that is open to all boys who are either enrolled in Catholic school or in CCD classes. Even though St. Anne’s school has been shut down in the wake of the recent downsizing of a number of Catholic schools in the area, the parish continues to sponsor a football team of 5th and 6th graders coming from Our see FOOTBALL on page 12



THE LOCAL LENS with Thom Nickels by Thom Nickels

  It’s almost Halloween and I’m sitting in Henri David’s living room on a small Victorian sofa. On the mantelpiece in front of me are two bronze dragons perched on globe-like foundations. Dragons are never pictured as happy creatures, and these monsters are no exceptions. On the floor a bust of Nefertiti catches my eye while directly above the mantle is an oil painting of Henri in a Salvador Dali-like setting.   The house has the air of ruined aristocracy. In fact, you expect Madame Blavatsky and her crystal ball to walk in any moment and take a seat.   Forty-five years ago Henri David, or Mr. Halloween, was a bearded, long haired hippie who liked to hang out with female impersonators. The impersonators took him under their wing and brought him to New York City where they showed him auditoriumsized drag balls. There were no large scale drag balls like this in Philadelphia (Henri, of course, would later change that). Worse, when Halloween

came around, there were only private Philadelphia house parties and bars to frequent, but no glamorous Halloween balls.   In 1968, Henri, all dressed up for Halloween and with no place to go except to those isolated, private house parties and bars, decided it was time to do something big on his own.   He knew right away that he had to start his own Halloween Ball tradition, so he went to the Philadelphia Hotel at Broad and Race Streets and initiated the first big city ball. Preparation for the first event was tough. He printed flyers and pasted them himself to poles all over the city, in stark contrast to then popular counterculture posters calling for an end to the war in Vietnam.   He had no money but still managed to pull it off.   The next year the Halloween Ball went to The Drake on Spruce Street, after that to Town Hall at Broad and Race.   “When it all started,” Henri tells me, “the Rittenhouse Square society ladies decided, ‘Ah, this is wonderful!’ This is like

Thom Nickels is a Philadelphiabased author/journalist/ poet, film critic and feature writer for the Spirit Newspapers. a Masked Ball, like the old days!’” The society ladies (who frequented teas at the Barclay hotel) liked Henri and he was soon getting invites to their fancy cocktail parties where he says he met the likes of Fernanda Wanamaker and Hope Montgomery Scott (who lost the vision in one of her eyes when she tried uncorking a champagne bottle). Hobnobbing with the Social Register set didn’t stop him from posting flyers about the Miss Gay Philadelphia contest, a drag ball that he organized and that no doubt helped him refine his Halloween skills.   “For the Halloween Ball, I would always get the most glorious building I could afford with chandeliers and velvet curtains,” he says.   Hotel managers, benevo-

lently suspicious saddled him with questions: “Why do you need a runway? Why don’t you want this set up like a wedding?”   ‘”Think of it as fashion show,”’ Henri says he told them. “”I want everyone to be seen. This is a show. There’s got to be room for dancing, so I don’t want big tables all over the floor.’   “Philly used to be a drag town in those days,” he reminds me. “People would come from New York because we had such beauties here. That changed in the 1980s when gay men started wearing 501s and desert boots and flannel shirts. They all went to that extreme to the point where you wanted to say, ‘Ease up a little bit.’ In those days it was politically incorrect to do drag.”

  The new macho “construction worker” drag, Henri says, “changed everything.”   “I got fewer and fewer impersonators at the party but the costumes got better and better. It forced guys to say, ‘I can come as an Emperor now without putting on a dress.’”   Today, of course, the impersonators are back in force, but people come to the Ball dressed anyway they want. You can find Roman soldiers, zombie cowboys, bishops in towering miters, Fifties girls, biker chic, mermaids, nuns in neon habits, vampire seductresses, hobo werewolves, or people dressed as pizzas or boxes of Franzia and macaroni and cheese.   “The 1970s were the ‘take-a-fag to lunch’ decade,” Henri says, smiling, recalling how one time Philly celebrities like Harry Jay Katz and Sam Rappaport would invite him to accompany them all over town.   “Katz would make sure I went to every event that he did. Their attitude was, ‘Oh, Henri’s a little naughty, he’ll do it with style, he won’t bare his full bottom. He’ll bring well dressed freaks and elegant freaks who would not grab your husband!’”   In 1973, when the Ball was held at the Warwick Hotel—the same year that Philadelphia Magazine did a feature on the event—the area around the hotel exploded with taxis, limos, streaming paparazzi, horse and carriages and even hearses that delivered famous guests at the door. Henri recalls how Frank Rizzo, who was mayor then, “very graciously”, sent mounted police officers to direct traffic.   “I met with Mayor Rizzo once or twice face-to-face. He was from the old school

of Italian mentality where you don’t raid gay bars; you don’t bother gay events because you know where they are. If you raid them, gays scatter, and you’re going to have to find them again.”   “ To d a y a t t h e B a l l there’s a whole generational change,” Henri says, “Whether people passed away, moved, or have gotten too conservative, my army is no longer around. The people I grew up and came up with just don’t go out. Or they’ll come to the party at 9 and leave at 10.”   But it’s the art students, he says, who are his new fans. “So many of them think I’m the bomb. They’ve figured it out,” he says, “even if most of them might not be aware of the history of the Ball and how it used to be mainly a drag affair. But this cross pollination of sexual orientations is something that Henri relishes. “I’ve always wanted that,” he says, despite the number of young female fans today who don’t recognize him and approach him the night of the Ball and remark, “Oh that’s a fabulous costume. I hope you win something.”   Perhaps it takes some maturity to put a “face” on history, but Henri is always there to teach the “newly” hip. He’s even “there” for his jewelry customers who come up to him in his shop and say, “Oh did you know that there’s another Henri David who puts on the Halloween Ball?”   Then there are the people in the city who get Henri confused with John De Bella, the radio celebrity who throws his own, albeit smaller, Halloween party in Northern Liberties.   “We’ll cross paths and he’ll tell me ‘I don’t look like you!’ and I’ll say, ‘I don’t look like you either!’”   The Ball, of course, alsee LOCAL LENS next page

Help Portside Arts Center Drive the Arts Back into Philadelphia Schools

  Fundraising Reception Thurs., Nov. 7, 6-8PM, 2531 E. Lehigh Ave.    Proceeds will be used to convert a donated forty-foot bus to a mobile arts classroom called the “Portside ArtsMobile” which will partner with 10 local schools in the 2014-2015 school year impacting over 800 children, each receiving 30 hours of arts education.   The night will highlight amazing Portside ArtsMobile projects by the students, a silent auction, and catered refreshments. More info including how to buy tckets or make donations visit   Contact Kim Creighton with questions at 215-4271514 or or visit www.•


Show Your Support For Autumn Pasquale  Saturday, November 2 from 6:30-9:30PM   Show your support for Autumn Pasquale on Sat., Nov. 2 from 6:30-9:30PM. Bridesburg and Port Richmond will honor Autumn’s birthday and show their support for her justice by riding their bikes to a candlelight vigil. Bridesburg neighbors will be meeting at Brideburg Rec at 6:30PM and Port Richmond neighbors will meet at Monkiewicz Rec, 3201 Richmond St. at 6:30PM.   The two neighborhoods will meet at Richmond and Castor Sts. to have a candlelight vigil at 7PM. PLEASE show your support...let children know it is alright to ride their bikes. Please spread the word of this vigil. •

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ways attracts major celebrities who are performing at the casinos or at local theaters. They’ll come up to Henri, masked, lean over and whisper: ‘Guess who I am?’   Could it be Brad Pitt? Johnny Depp? Richard Gere? Nicole Kidman?   As for the art of costuming, Henri suggests that if you want to come to the Ball, don’t fret, just go to your closet and take out something you never wear, something old or exotic and then build on that. “Get yourself out of your normal mode. Our door people are very lenient as to what constitutes a costume.”   His worst fear, he says, confiding to me as we leave

the rustic Victorian setting, is staying too long at the fair. He does not want to become one of those tired old hacks who keep putting out a product when they should walk away and give it a rest. “If I reach that point, tell me,” he says. “Just tell me.”   This year’s Halloween Ball on Sunday, October 31 (9PM) at the Sheraton City Center Hotel at 201 N. 17th Street will be the 45th for Henri. The mustsee experience, the most outrageous costume party in the city, will be a place to feast your eyes and win a prize. As Henri says: “if you come you might run into long-time attendee Ed Rendell, so get on out and let your alter ego loose for the night.” Call Henri’s Halloween jewelry shop for tickets (215-732-7711). •

Publishers/Editors.......Tom and Maryanne Milligan Staff Writer .............................Patty-Pat Kozlowski Account Executive........................L. J. Wesolowski Cartoonist/Writer .............................. Jeff Kilpatrick Production/Ad Design ...................Kathy Westfield


Letters to the Editor Our Deepest Appreciation!   On behalf of myself, Joe Schickling, my wife, Linda, and my children, Courtney and Timothy, I would like to thank all of our family, friends, and friends of friends for the immense outpouring of love and support that everyone has shown towards us during this difficult time. It is comforting to know that we have so many incredible people in our lives to stand by us as we fight this battle.   Our deepest appreciation goes out to our great friends who organized the event; we are in awe of your selflessness and your thoughtfulness. My family and I are extremely humbled by all of the warm words, loving thoughts and extraordinary attendance.   A special thanks goes out to Mugshot Diner for a delicious spread and to DJ Eddie Hepworth for his outstanding music selection. We would lastly like to thank the staff of the Spirit for all of their help throughout.   If anyone has any pictures from the benefit, we would greatly enjoy it if you could email them to

HANDS ACROSS VERONICA – See the Phat Ladies Sing!   H A N D S AC RO S S VERONICA, a biting comedy about women and their relationships to men, food and their bodies by Philadelphia playwright, Gin Hobbs, will have a newly staged production, Nov. 6 – 30 at Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Avenue, Ticket prices are $20 and can be purchased through the Walking Fish website: http://www. or at the door. In addition, every Wednesday of the run is pay-what-you-can. H A N D S AC RO S S VERONICA was first produced in Philadelphia by Theatre Catalyst / Eternal Spiral Project in 2003. Hilarious, irreverent and deeply poignant.  T he play follows the exercise routines, eating habits and love lives of a pair of best friends who strive for self-love at the gym, only to find heartache in their refrigerators.     TALK BACK after the show: on Thurs., Nov. 14, 8PM with Jennifer Harrison of South Philly Wellness. Come join Jennifer and the cast, director and playwright to discuss Women and their Bodies—do women see themselves as they really are? •

me at linjoep@comcast. net. We hope everyone had a nice time on Saturday. We cannot thank you enough. God Bless, The Schickling Family

Benefit for a Friend My heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped organize and run the benefit for my brother on Saturday, October 19! It was a wonderful tribute to my brother, his wife and children. The number of friends, neighbors, coworkers and relatives who attended was overwhelming. I can’t thank you enough for everything you did for my him! You are all amazing friends that my brother is blessed to have in his life! Betsy

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Dance • Dance • Dance

Pearl Dance Studio Helps Kids Dance! by Denise M. Krenski

  In September of 2013, a new home for young dancers was born in Port Richmond. But, for its 22 year-old owner and operator, this isn’t just a dance studio rather it is a place for young kids to find solace, friendship and do what it is that they love to do – dance, just like she did.   Located at 3065 Richmond Street at the corner of Clearfield in a space that once housed a flower shop, Pearl Dance Studio is, in a sense, a replacement for owner Alexandria Karpin’s childhood home, the recently closed Children’s School of Perform-

ing Arts. “That’s where I danced for years and I didn’t really want to see it go.” To handle that loss, she did what any inspired young person would do, she opened her own studio. “I put so many years and so much effort into that studio. I didn’t want to lose that for myself and I didn’t want other kids and families to lose that either.”   Luckily, Karpin wasn’t alone in her dream to open a studio. While the lease and business are in her name, it’s Karpin’s supportive parents, Anne and Stephen, who’ve helped her navigate the transition from being a dancer to business owner. “I am very lucky to have great


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The young dancers at the Pearl Dance Studio. /Photos: courtesy of

Alexandria Karpin

opened the business for her,” Karpin noted. “I will come home at 10PM and she will be up because she wanted to see her Aunt Pearl.” It’s then and there that a mini dance class will take place because Scarlett not only adores her aunt but loves to dance, too.   For now, Karpin is thrilled with the turnout of students and class offerings. She already has 150 dancers attending classes. “I got lucky because the second I made the announcement that this was happening, it was all over facebook before I even told my grandmom.” While most of her students reside in Port Richmond or surrounding neighborhoods, some do come from the Northeast and parts of Jersey.

A good


knows that the dance and the music come from the same place...

THE HEART! -Paul Bamikole

Dance instructor and owner Alexandria Carpin outside Pearl Dance Studio. Her goal here is to create a fun, spirited, and safe place for children to interact, learn, and have fun!   In these early stages, the best way to find out about Pearl Dance Studio is to check out their facebook page at A website is on its way.   Karpin’s message to potential students: “I want [you] to come here to learn

dance, make friends and have fun!” •   Pearl Dance Studio, located in Port Richmond, 3065 Richmond Street, Phila., PA 19134. https:// pages/Pearl-DanceStudio. Email:



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Come to a haunted attraction for children 14 and younger. The Freaky Farm: located at Thompson and Albert Streets, tonight, Wed. Oct. 30 from 7-9PM. $2 per person. Some proceeds to help the Philadelphia Community Cats Counsel for lost and unwanted pets.

Terror Behind the Walls

Terror Behind the Walls, America’s largest haunted house, is located inside the massive castle-like walls of Eastern State Penitentiary, 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue in Philadelphia. Now in its 21st year, Terror Behind the Walls is consistently ranked among the top 10 haunted attractions in the country. Terror Behind the Walls runs on select evenings now through Nov. 10. For more information, the public can visit the penitentiary’s website at or call (888) 763-NITE.•

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR MEETINGS FACT Meeting FACT MEETING Mon., Nov. 4 at 7PM at Holy Name of Jesus Church Hall. Guest speakers will be Elizabeth Rosario from Public Health Management Corp. Ms Rosario will speak on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and explain how you can sign up for healthcare benefits. Leigh Whitaker from Sugar House Casino will also address the meeting on the latest developments regarding the expansion of the casino. Lithuanian Music Hall Annual Fair This Fri. and Sat., Nov. 2 and 3 - 12PM -6PM, Lithuanian Music Hall, 2715 E. Allegheny Avenue. Potato Pancakes, Stuffed Cabbage, Kielbasa, Potato Kugel, Homemade Baked Goods! Bar With Lithuanian Beers. Live Lithuanian Folk Music and Dancing, Raffle, and Holiday Sale featuring Amber, Lithuanian Crafts, Books, Music, Food and

Souvenirs. Concert by Popular Singer/ Songwriter from Lithuania, Romas Dambrauskas. Donations for admission: Adult, nonmembers: $5. Members, Seniors and Teens: $3; Children under 12: Free. clubs-and-activities/mugelithuanian-fair. Friends of Cione General Meeting The first general meeting for Friends of Cione will be held on Wed., Nov. 6 at 7:30PM in the Cione building. We will sell Cione tshirts for $10. Please come out and share your ideas and thoughts on improvements to Cione. We want to thank ORCA for providing tables, benches and bike racks, Mary Corboy from Greensgrow for the flowers which was a lovely addition this year. Thank you to Peg Rzepski for the assistance along with ORCA for getting the funds to fix the fence. Their assistance has been invaluable in helping turn Cione around to make


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it a better and safe place for families to come. Joint Civic Zoning Meeting Tu e s . , N o v. 1 2 a t 6PM.
Meeting Location: West Kensington Ministries Presbyterian Church, 2140 N Hancock St (corner of Susquehanna Ave).
Regarding: 2100 N. Front Street (corner of Diamond/Coral and Front Streets).
Property owner Kensington Hospital proposes to redevelop existing building and construct a new addition to be used as a Group Practitioner Counseling and Medical Assisted Treatment (MAT) Facility whose services will include the dispensing of methadone and provision of counseling services.  This will be a joint civic association zoning meeting of Norris Square Civic Association, East Kensington Neighbors Association, and Hope Street Neighbors for Better Living. Bridesburg Historical Society Meeting The next meeting of the Bridesburg Historical Society will be held on Wed., Nov. 13, at 7:30PM in Marian Hall on the northwest corner of Edgemont and Buckius Streets.  Our guest speaker will be a representative  from Glen Foerd Mansion.  Come learn the history of this beautiful manor situated on the banks of the Delaware River and of its connection with Bridesburg. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. EKNA Zoning Meeting Wed., Nov. 13 at 7:15PM. Meeting location: Circle of Hope, 2007 Frankford Ave. Regarding the following cases: 2214-24 Blair St: Demolition of existing structure (horse stable) and new construction of six single-family houses facing Trenton Ave with interior parking accessed via Blair Street. 2113-15 E York St (corner of Martha St): Use of existing building for the preparation and serving of food for a sit-down restaurant with take-out and a liquor license. 2059 Amber and 2113-15 Abigail: New construction of three single-family houses. Zoning agenda subject to change. EVENTS Hancock Rec Basketball League Hancock Basketball Program will be recruiting children for our S.N.B.L. – 2013 - 14. This will include our basketball clinic. All games and practice’s will be held in the gymnasium of John Moffet Elementary School, located at Mascher and Oxford Streets. Hancock has a reputation for motivating our children to do their best. Our S.N.B.L. basketball league is de-

signed to strengthen their basketball skills, and basketball I.Q. Children, ages 6 – 12, who are willing to work hard at playing basketball, and are willing to play as a team are invited to register. To register for the clinic and league, please call coach Larry. Starts 1st week of December, 2013. Come join us!!! Register your child now!!! Hancock Recreation Center, 147 W. Master Street, 215685-9886/9877. LHS Free Computer Classes Lutheran Settlement House is now offering FREE computer classes to the community! Beginner @ 9AM12PM Thurs., Intermediate @ 12-3PM Thurs., and Job Readiness 5-8PM Wed. Each class if free and available to anyone. Please call 215-426-8610 or walk in for more information. Located at 1340 Frankford Ave. 215-426-8610.

PR Tigers Basketball Signups The Port Richmond Tigers are now taking signups for the upcoming Travel Basketball season. Girls and boys, ages 6 through 18, are welcome to sign up at the Tigers Clubhouse (Chatham & Ann), Mon. thru Fri. 6:30PM till 8PM. For more info, call Tom Mack – 215-275-8838 or the Tigers Clubhouse – 215-423-7611. St. Anne’s Bingo Two Progressive jackpots every week. Both currently at $1,199 each. Total prizes awarded each week is over $3,000 plus the progressive jackpots. Smoke free bingo in our social hall with a full kitchen that prepares homemade food for your enjoyment. Bingo is every Sunday with our doors opening at 4PM and games beginning at 6PM. Located at Memphis and Tucker Sts., around the corner from St. Anne’s Church on Lehigh Ave. For more information call 215-739-4590. Fall Classes at Portside Arts Children & Teen Rob o t B u i l d i n g , Te e n Photography, Drawing Club, Special Needs Visual Arts. Check out www. for more classes! Portside also provides private in-home piano lessons for residents of Bridesburg, Port Richmond, Northern Liberties, Fishtown and Northeast. Portside Arts Center

is located at 2531 E. Lehigh Ave.
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Zumba at First Presbyterian First Presbyterian Church, 418 E. Girard Ave., will hold “Zumba” classes

on Thurs. from 6-7PM. Admission $6. Exhilarating, healthy and loads of fun. Come and meet your neighbors. Bring a friend. Everyone is welcome. Bible Study Group at First Presbyterian On Wed. evenings at 7PM, a Bible Study Group meets at First Presbyterian Church, 418 E. Girard Ave. Come and bring a friend for informative, exciting and lively open discussions. As always, everyone is welcome. Men’s Softball League Men’s Softball League looking for players for their Spring/Summer 2014 teams at Bridesburg Rec Center, 4601 Richmond St. Wooden Bat League. If possible going to single wall bat. If interested call Dan at 215-605-6004. Hancock Rec Center Programs Hancock Recreation Center is offering a wide array of programming for our community. For the children they will be offering movie night, pool, air hockey, and table tennis this fall for children 17 and under. Also offering activities for adults and seniors. If your organization, neighborhood, or community group needs meeting space, come in and we may be able to accommodate you. Come and enjoy your neighborhood recreation center and get to know its employees. Hancock Rec Center’s Staff are looking forward to seeing you. 147 W. Master St., 215685-9886/9877. Fishtown Rec Center Programs Daisies and Brownies – Mondays, 6-7PM; Men’s Hockey League – Mon.-Tues.-Wed.-Thurs., 6-10PM; Dance Mondays – 6-7:30PM; Tae Kwon Do – Mon.-Wed.-Fri., 6-8PM; Tot Rec. – Tues.-Wed., 9AM-1PM; Ceramics – Tues.-Wed., 6-9:30PM; Zoning Meetings – First three Tues. of the month; FNA Meetings – Third Thurs. of the month; Beautification Meetings – Third Thurs. of the month; Homeless Vets’ Meetings – Third Sat. of the month; Senior Citizen Bingo – Mon. and Thurs., 10AM2PM. For information, call 215-685-9885. 1202 E. Montgomery Ave. Fall/Winter Adult Activities at Bridesburg Rec Bridesburg Recreation Center, 4625 Richmond St., 215-685-1247, 5336448, or 331-8417. Zumba, Mon. and T hur s. 7-8PM, Zumba Toning, Wed. Year round! The fee for all classes is $4 (walk-in). Scrapbooking (year-round) – come join! Wed. 6:309:30PM. $5 each time you

attend. You only need your photos and a book! Ladies Bowling League, Tues. at Erie Lanes, 9AM. $10 bowling, prize money and banquet. Individuals and teams invited to join! Zumba at Visitation Community Center at Visitation, Wed. 7PM and Sat. 10AM at 2646 Kensington Ave. St. Anne Weekly Novena St. Anne weekly Novena Thurs. evening service, 7:30PM. Church of Saint Anne, Memphis St. and Lehigh Ave. Rock to the Future Free Weekend Music Classes Rock to the Future is offering free Saturday workshops for underserved Philadelphia youth ages 3-17 and families! Exciting classes include learning guitar, vocal workshops, building an instrument, timing & tempo, and more. All workshops are fun and interactive. Rock to the Future provides the instruments and no musical experience is required. All classes take place at Rock to the Future located at 2139 E Cumberland St. For more info, visit Glavin Playground REGISTRATIONS for all programs at Glavin Playground, 2600 Westmoreland St. are now being accepted: instruction for children ages 3 and up, in tap, jazz, ballet, and tumbling; Tae-Kwon-Do instruction for 5 and older; and Zumba classes, 16 and older. After School Cares Program – follows the Catholic School Schedule for all grades – 3-6PM. For information contact the playground 215-685-9898. Girl Scouts – all ages K through 12. Season as follows:  Brownies – 2nd and 3rd Grade – Monday nights 6:45 – 8PM; Daisy – K & 1st Grade – Tuesday night 6:10 – 7PM; Older Girls – 6th – 12th Grade – Tuesday nights – 7-8PM; Juniors – 4th & 5th Grade – Wednesday – 6:45-8PM.  All are welcome – information will be available night of first meetings about troop participation. Zumba at First Presbyterian First Presbyterian Church, 418 E. Girard Ave., will be holding “ZUMBA” classes from 6-7PM. Admission $6. Come and enjoy a healthy, exhilarating and fun activity. Bring a friend. All are welcome.

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Thank You from Walt Pomroy

26th District Crime Report Oct. 16 to Oct. 22, 2013 Below is a breakdown of crimes committed in the 26th District in the neighborhoods that make up PSA #3   • One (1) robberypoint of gun during this time: 2000 E York (10/16) • Two (2) robberies other weapon during this time:  2600 Jasper (10/21), 2400 Coral (10/22) • One (1) Aggravated Assaults other weapon during this time: 1900 Front (10/16) • Three (3) residential burglaries during this period: 2100 Cumberland (10/17), 2200 Almond (10/18), 800 E Thompson (10/22) • Six (6) theft from autos during this period: 2000 Blair (10/18), 2600 Edgemont (10/19), 1000 Delaware (10/20), 1800 Front (10/20), 1300 Susquehanna (10/20), 2000 Boston (10/22) • One (1) stolen vehicles during this time: 400 Jefferson • Two (2) Thefts during this period: 2400 Aramingo (10/17), 1800 Front (10/21)

• Zero (0) homicides, rapes, aggravated assaults with a gun, a ggravated assaults with other weapon reported during this time period.•

I would like to thank everyone for donating soda, hot dogs, rolls and ice. I would also like to thank my mom, Mary Houseberg and Larry Cella for spending their time outside with me. Because of everyone’s generosity I was able to raise $1,619. 00 for Muscular Dystrophy Association. (MDA). Thank you all! Walt Pomroy


Friends of Cione General Meeting Wed., Nov. 6 The first general meeting for Friends of Cione will be held on Wed., Nov. 6 at 7:30PM in the Cione building. We will sell Cione t-shirts for $10. Please come out and share your ideas and thoughts on improvements to Cione. We want to thank ORCA for providing tables, benches and bike racks, Mary Corboy from Greensgrow for the flowers which was a lovely addition this year. Thank you to Peg Rzepski for the assistance along with ORCA for getting the funds to fix the fence. Their assistance has been invaluable in helping turn Cione around to make it a better and safe place for families to come.


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Thriftway, 2497 Aramingo Ave., on Fri., Nov. 1 from 3-8PM; Sat., Nov. 2 from 10AM-6PM; and Sun., Nov. 3 from 12-6PM. ALL proceeds go to help the Veterans. Accepting donations such as canned goods, food items, cash, and other personal items. If anyone would like to donate to the cause, come to Thriftway on the above dates.


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in a spouse, parent, child or other loved one. Facilitated by trained volunteers who have been in the same situation, these information and support programs run one evening a week for three consecutive weeks at three locations in Philadelphia. Sessions in Northeast Philadelphia meet on the first three Tues. of the month, from 7-9PM, at CORA Services. In North Philadelphia, sessions are held on the first three Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30PM at the Philadelphia Recovery Community Center. Sessions are also held on the first three Thurs. from 6:308:30PM at the PRO-ACT office in Northern Liberties. Sessions are free and confidential—first names only. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 800-221-6333, weekdays 9AM through 5PM or visit programs/pro-act/familyeducation-program/. Free Total Joint Replacement Classes at Nazareth Hospital Thinking about having a Total Joint Replacement? Scheduled to have a Total Joint Replacement? You and your family are invited to learn more about Total Joint Replacement at Nazareth Hospital by attending a free class. The classes are held twice a month at Nazareth Hospital’s Marian Conference Center, 2601 Holme Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19152. Registration is required. Call 215335-6313 to reserve your seat; please provide your name, telephone number,

Cheers Cafe Hosts 2nd Annual Babes VS Barflies Volleyball Tournament

Babes vs Barflies in the Volleyball Tournament held by Cheers Cafe. /Photo: P. P. Kozlowski

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  The Eagles fired Andy Reid. The Flyers canned Peter Laviolette just three games into the season and now reports are surfacing that Cheers Cafe in Port Richmond has given the ax to their controversial volleyball coach “Birthday” 5TH & SPRING GARDEN ST. Jim after the second tournament loss to his team at the 2nd annual Babes vs Barflies (Next to Dollar General) volleyball game. 215-236-4103   It was a perfect day for volleyball on Saturday, October 19, when the gang from Cheers Cafe at Almond & Westmoreland Streets took to the courts at Glavin Playground for the V-ball showdown between their women’s volleyball team see CALENDAR on page 15 (a.k.a “the Barflies”) against the regulars at the bar (a.k.a. “the Babes”). Now in its second year of competition, Cheers Cafe owner Mark Cichonski, who owned the bar since 2000, said it would surely become a yearly event every fall. “It’s already become a tradition,” he said. “Look at this crowd.”   You would think it was a Toby Keith concert with all the red solo cups in the hands of dozens of spectators as they watched the girls once again shut out the • AUTO & MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS guys with a score of 16-14, 15-4 and 15-8. • WRONGFUL DEATH What started as a challenge last year • SLIP AND FALL • DOG BITES has now become an annual event. On


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CLEAN PLATE: Pumpkin Turkey Meatloaf by Casey Ann Beck

  ‘T is the season for

pumpkin flavored everything. From baked goods like cookies, muffins and donuts, to beverages like coffee and beer, items infused with the festive orange squash are inescapable. Once upon a time, pumpkins only expanded upon their role of smiling Halloween décor into the world of pie; since palates have grown more sophisticated and experimental, thanks to celebrity chefs, Pinterest recipes and affordable, creative meals at hip restaurants, people are more willing to incorporate it into things outside the realm of decorations, Thanksgiving dessert and scented candles. Pumpkin has even forayed into the world of savory recipes, like pastas, sauces and soups – and it’s a good thing, too: it’s high in fiber, betacarotene and potassium. It’s even being used as a partial substitute for cream or cheese in autumnal pasta dishes, and can even be used in place of butter or oil in baking, making for guilt-free

desserts and, no doubt, adding more flavor. The can of unsweetened pumpkin puree I was saving for a special occasion came in handy last week when a light bulb went off and I figured out a way to pair it with one of my favorite dishes, making for a seasonal, festive touch. Pumpkin Turkey Meatloaf Pumpkin sauce 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 shallots, minced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1-1/3cup unsweetened pumpkin puree 2-1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon honey 2 tablespoons molasses 3 tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon fresh sage, finely chopped Salt and pepper to taste Meatloaf 1 package (1.3 pounds) of ground turkey 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 shallot, minced 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs 1 egg, beaten Salt and pepper

  For the sauce, heat oil over medium heat and add garlic and shallots in a small sauce pot, letting cook for about 1 to 2 minutes. Add pumpkin, vinegar, honey, molasses and mustard and stir, reducing heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for approximately 7 to 10 minutes, until mixture is hot. Remove from heat and stir in fresh sage and salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.   Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a small baking sheet with foil. In a bowl, combine all meatloaf ingredients and incorporate well with hands, until they are thoroughly combined. Dump

meat mixture onto baking sheet and form into a loaf. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove and add about ¼ cup of pumpkin sauce to top of loaf, spreading over surface. Place back in oven and repeat the process of adding 1/4 cup of pumpkin sauce every 15 minutes, approximately 3 more times, baking for a full 50 to 55 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted reads 165 degrees. Remove from oven, slice and serve. Extra sauce can be served on the side.   Meatloaf is on a lengthy yet varied list of things I could eat everyday and be perfectly happy. Its classic properties of simplicity

and comfort make it appealing all year ‘round, any time of day; in fact, cold meatloaf sandwiches, as leftovers, may be better than a hot entrée version. This variation didn’t make it that far, though, thanks in part to the savory pumpkin topping. Standard meatloaves are blanketed with a sweet, tomato based sauce, and I created something similar with a pumpkin puree base. While there is a hint of sweetness from honey and molasses, the grainy mustard seasons the sauce with a robust flavor. The slight tang from the apple cider vinegar is reminiscent of the similar characteristics found in really tasty barbecue sauce, and fresh herbs, like sage and rosemary, manage to be apparent amidst the other strong yet evenly balanced flavors, adding another seasonal influence. Although I tend to pass on the pumpkin lattes and scones, I love the savory side of the festive squash and am happy I just happened to have a can of pumpkin puree on hand, waiting to be used.•

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Guess Who? 1. I was bor n on November 6, 1946 in California. I am an actress who has won two Best Actress Oscars, and am known for playing a flying nun. 2. I am an American actress bor n on November 19, 1961 in Connecticut. I have been a leading lady in many romantic comedies, including two in which I starred opposite Tom Hanks. 3. I am a comedian and satirist who was bor n on November 28, 1962 in New York. I host a popular cable T V n e w s s h o w. Though my stage name is different, I was bor n with the name surname “Leibowitz.” 4. I am an American figure skater bor n on October 13, 1969. W hile my skills on the ice were impressive, I am better known for a scandal involving a rival skater. see answers on page 14




Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Receives $5,000 Donation from SugarHouse Casino

PVVMF check presentation. From L-R: Joe Rafter, SugarHouse Casino Community Relations; G. Sandy Bukowski, Board Member, PVVMF; Councilman Mark Squilla; Leigh Whitaker, Vice President of Communications, SugarHouse Casino; Terry Williamson, President, PVVMF; Dan Stevenson, External Affairs Executive, SugarHouse Casino. The Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (PVVMF) has accepted

a $5,000 donation from SugarHouse Casino for its project to open the Spruce

Street side of the Memorial to help deter vandalism and promote greater

awareness. The donation from SugarHouse marks the start

of an ongoing partnership between Philly’s casino and the PVVMF. “ T h e Vi e t n a m Wa r may have been nearly 40 years ago, but the lives of the families who l o s t l ove d o n e s we re changed forever,” Leigh Whitaker, vice president of communications at SugarHouse Casino, said. “As local heroes continue to risk their lives for our country every day, it is more important than ever that SugarHouse remembers the bravery of these individuals. Through the casino’s contribution to the PVVMF, we hope that we can help honor the memories of Philadelphians lost in the Vietnam War.” The PVVMF launched their “Duty to Remember Campaign” in 2007 to refurbish the Memorial at Front and Spruce Streets and open the Wall of Scenes of the enclosed amphitheater to create direct access to the site from Spruce Street.  The first phase of the campaign was completed in 2009,

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which resulted in new paving, improved lighting, new flag poles and the refurbishment of the 646 names to reverse, in part, the ravages of weather and wear.   The second phase involves the opening project, which would remove and replace the granite panels on the Wall of Scenes in a semicircle on each side of the opening. The entire campaign has raised nearly $900,000 in donations or commitments, but is still about $100,000 short to complete the second phase in its entirety by Memorial Day 2014.   The PVVMF is extremely grateful for the support of SugarHouse, which once again demonstrates its community involvement by helping to fund this important project to improve the Memorial and thereby honor the 646 Philadelphians who lost their lives in the Vietnam War. For more information on the project, please visit www.•

  Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the 12th Annual Great Fishtown Spelling Bee. We had over 140 children compete from St. Laurentius, Adaire, Penn Treaty, Mother of Divine Grace, St. Peter and LaSalle Academy. It takes a lot to challenge yourself in an academic competition in front of a lot of people. Value your education, kids, and you’ll reach your goals.   Thanks to volunteers Ginny Clark, Marge Wible, Shissler Rec Staff, Tim Seaton and Penn Treaty High School’s Student Government, Jenna Beck, Tim Breslin and Nicole Zemick. Special thanks to NKCDC for a big helping hand. Thanks once again to the Penn Treaty Special Services District’s for their support to make this event extra special.    Winners:  Grades 7-8 (all St. Laurentius) Madison Powell - Champion;  Bernadette Breslin - 2nd; Maura Farrell - 3rd; Grades 5-6: William Perez, Mother of Divine Grace Champion; Keisei Tota Adaire - 2nd Place; Lauren Downes Adaire - 3rd Place; Grades 2-4 - Hannah Lux, St. Laurentius -  Champion; Julia Thomson, St. Laurentius - 2nd Place;Victor Torres, St. Peter’s - 3rd Place. •


Who Wants To Be A HOROSCOPES Trivia Champion? by Lisa Shaat. 1. The movie “Psycho” was the first film which showed what on the big screen?   A. a stabbing B. a cross dresser C. a toilet flushing D. a couple sleeping in one bed   2. Which movie coined the catchphrase “The calls are coming from inside the house!”? A. Trilogy of Terror B. He Knows You’re Alone C. The Babysitter Killer D. When A Stranger Calls 3. What was the name of James Brolin’s character in the film “Amityville Horror”? A. George Lutz B. Steve Freeling C. Jack Torrence D. James Woodard   4.Which hor ror flick featured Johnny Depp’s first film role? A. The Changeling B.Texas Chainsaw Massacre C. A Nightmare on Elm Street D. Carrie 5.In the film “The Silence of the Lambs”, what does Lechter say he ate with his victims liver?


C. Tangina D. Loretta 9. What was the first horror film to be nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award? A. Rosemary’s Baby B. The Exorcist C. El Diablo D. Frankenstein 10. Sissy Spacek played “Carrie” in the original film of the same name. She was interested in an acting career because of her famous first cousin’s acting career. Name that famous cousin. A. John Hurt B. Jon Voight C. Larry Hagman D. Rip Torn 11. Who played Dracula in the 1931 film? A. Lon Chaney B. Boris Karloff C. Bela Lugosi D. Sergio Mendez        12.What was the highest g rossing hor ror film to date? A. The Ring B. The Grudge C. Jaws D. The Sixth Sense SEE ANSWERS ON PAGE 14

A. asparagus B. fava beans C. cous-cous D. mashed potatoes 6. Stephen King got the idea for “The Shining” while his family was staying at what famously haunted hotel? A. The Drake Hotel B. The Brentworth C. The Divine Lorraine D. The Stanley Hotel      7. Which Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member played a role in the 1978 film “Halloween”? A. Kyle Richards B. Taylor Armstrong C. Lisa Vanderpump D. Brandy Glanville   8. What was the name of the medium in the 1982 film “Poltergeist” who was played by Zelda Rubinstein, and uttered the line “All are welcome.”

ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, shake things up a bit to inpsire some much-needed change. Be a tourist in your own city if you cannot afford a trip or immerse yourself in new cultures.

TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 It is not a good week to begin new projects, Taurus. In fact, cosmic signs point to finishing up anything you have outstanding. Try to focus on financial matters as well. GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 Cooperate with others this week, Gemini. This works best when you embrace compromise. Listen to what others have to say and always keep an open mind. CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, a desire to get organized has been on your mind for quite some time. Now is the ideal time to do something about it. Start by clearing out clutter and go from there. LEO Jul 23/Aug 23 Enjoy a short vacation, Leo. It may be a jaunt to a weekend hideaway or something off the beaten path, but make the most of this welldeserved escape from

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VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, you are feeling domestic this week, so enjoy puttering around the house these next several days. You can catch up on decorating or renovating the home. LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, you feel a strong need to communicate with others this week. Share some truths with your loved ones, but try not to come across as if you have an agenda. SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, you may have a desire to travel and seek adventure, but right now finances won’t allow it. If you can keep expenses down, you may have the opportunity soon. SAGITTARIUS Nov 23/Dec 21 Expect to have luck on your side this week, Sagittarius. As a natural born risk-taker, all you need is a little incentive to get out and take a chance. CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20 Keep your intentions hidden from others until you are ready for the big reveal, Capricorn. This will help make the surprise even more exciting for all those involved.

AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, discussions reach a point where you want to make permanent changes to your plans. Mull things over before making any final decisions, but enjoy this exciting time. PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20 Personal details about your private life may become public, Pisces. How this information is handled depends on your reaction.


  AOH-LAOH Div. 51 Fishtown will hold their annual Fill-A-Cart Help A Vet In Need Collection outside the Port Richmond Thriftway, 2497 Aramingo Ave., on Fri., Nov. 1 from 3-8PM; Sat., Nov. 2 from 10AM-6PM; and Sun., Nov. 3 from 12-6PM.   ALL proceeds go to help the Veterans. Accepting donations such as canned goods, food items, cash, and other personal items. If anyone would like to donate to the cause, come to Thriftway on the above dates.•

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Lady of Port Richmond, Visitation, St. Laurentius, St. George’s, and other neighborhood Catholic schools.   “The team is turning out well,” said Galasso, who helped start St. Anne’s football program back in 2006. “We have good kids. I have 24 players on JV, and 22 have never played football before.”   Galasso and his young team are currently battling through a season with its share of ups and downs— the Falcons’ current record stands at no wins, seven losses. However, it’s not about record book at this level—it’s more about sparking a special fire in these boys; a fire that can only be kindled by the hard hitting sport that is football.   “Football teaches them responsibility, it teaches them how to come together and play as a team,” said Galasso. “It’s not just one person—we have 11 people out on the field and if one person doesn’t do his job, the play isn’t going to work. You have to work together.”   Assistant coach Gene Bryan couldn’t agree more with his head coach when it comes to their young team.   “The team looks good, they are young and are having a lot of fun. The bottom line is that we teach the kids and not make it about wins and losses,” said Bryan. “This is something (first time players) have never had, and that’s

Above: Jim Galasso, head coach of St. Anne’s Junior Varsity football team, gives his team a motivational talk just before they take the field. Right: The Falcons’ offense rallies in the endzone to celebrate a touchdown run against St. Matthew’s. /Photos: Max Pulcini a great feeling. And a lot of them are athletes who can play football.”   It’s hard to argue that, especially when you see this particular group take the field. On Saturday, Oct. 26, the Falcons had their annual homecoming game at Lighthouse Field against St. Matthew’s. Given the festivities of homecoming, the Falcons’ sideline was adorned with posters celebrating the team’s members and their commitment to the sport and to each other. One poster by Falcons player Eddie Santiago, Jr. affectionately read “My First Football Team” under a team photo.   While St. Anne’s would go on to lose that matchup, the boys played with passion and will, never letting up despite the lopsided score.   “It feels good to play football and hit,” said 10-year old Matthew Wnek. “It’s fun playing with my team, seeing them hit and learning from them.”   While the multifaceted

player from St. Laurentius (Wnek plays kicker, punt returner, cornerback and running back) admitted to some pre-game butterflies, he and his teammates rallied to score a moraleboosting touchdown at the end of the game to spoil St. Matthew’s shutout. More importantly, the Falcons were noticeably having fun on the field.   “These kids are getting better each week,” said Galasso. “Like I said, we have 22 kids who haven’t played football before. So that’s what I’m trying to instill into the neighborhood— for kids to get out, to play football. And they’ll get better each year as the kids play and listen to the coaches. You’ll be surprised how much they improve year-to-year at this age.”   Father Ed Brady of St. Anne’s Parish is the Falcons’ biggest supporter, often taking time out of his schedule to walk out to football practice and make it to games. Brady, who played football while grow-

ing up, sees the importance that this program has in firing up and motivating the boys, but also the importance such an organization has on a community, especially given the state of Catholic schools today.   “With the closing of our school, that hit to the core of many people,” said Brady. “This team is something that has brought us back around. I’m very thankful to all of those who support our program because this is where it begins, and as (the children) grow up, it stays with them for life. And I’m very proud of the coaches this year, they’ve done a great job.”   Erasmos Santiago, Sr., father of Eddie, harmo-


nizes with Father Brady’s assessment of St. Anne’s coaching staff.   “Coach Jim and the rest of the coaches have been awesome,” said Santiago. “I thank God for them because these guys teach these kids the best they can; they are great.”   According to Santiago, the teaching goes way beyond X’s and O’s on the gridiron, as he has seen enormous strides in his son’s demeanor since joining the Falcons.   “I think that with my son, football has shown him leadership…and he says it all the time, ‘Daddy, I’ll try to be the greatest leader I can be.’ And that’s great for me,” said Santiago. “You

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can see a huge difference, especially in school. At first my son was a little shaky in school but now he is more of a leader and the teachers are giving me great compliments.”   Looking forward, Galasso is already setting his sights toward the future of this team and his program as a whole.   “I would like to make this team a big time thing, you know, like Friday Night Lights,” said Galasso. “I want to make this program something that the kids can say, ‘Yeah, I played for the St. Anne’s Falcons as a kid.’ I would like to make it a top notch program and have our kids be proud to play at St. Anne’s.”•

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Franklin Towne Charter High School Annual Beef & Beer Franklin Towne Charter High School will hold their Annual Beef and Beer on Fri., Nov. 8, at 7PM at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein Hall, 9130 Academy Road. There will be Baskets for Silent Auction and also multiple 50/50 Chances. Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased at Franklin Towne Charter High School, 5301 Tacony St., or you can get tickets at the door for $25. Heart Walk for Erin McDermott Heart Walk for Erin McDermott will take place at Citizens Bank, One Citizens Bank Way. Sat., Nov. 9, starting at 10AM. A Fun Raiser will be held after walk at 2PM at Kenbo’s Nut Hut at Frankford Ave. and Norris St. Open Buffet! Baskets of cheer, many other great prizes. All proceeds go to the American Heart Association. Hope to see everyone there. For further information call Shirley or Donna at 215254-4425. St. Anne’s All Class Reunion Tickets are on sale now for the first annual St. Anne’s Reunion Committee All Class Reunion to be held on Sat., Nov. 9 – 2-6PM at Cottage Green, 9001 Ashton Road. Tickets are $50 per person. Includes dinner, open bar, food, dancing and great company. To purchase tickets contact: Nellie Hohenstein – 215-634-4665 or email – nellieh307@comcast. net; Maryann Kaczorowski – 215-427-1316 or email –; Peggy Weinman – 215668-3875 or email –; Theresa Stahl – 215-425-3219 or email – puffmomma3@ No tickets will be sold after Oct. 19. Buy early, don’t miss out. Limited number of tickets available. All sales are final. St. Anne’s Pie Sale Fundraiser St. Anne’s Senior Community Center is having a Pie Sale fundraiser. Pies are 10 inch restaurant style pies and varieties include: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Coconut Custard and Pumpkin. All pies are ready to eat and are great for holiday and family

dinners. Cost is $9 and full payment is due at the time you place your order. Orders will be taken until Fri., Nov. 15. Pies must be picked up at St. Anne’s Senior Center on Tues., Nov. 26 from 9AM11AM or 1PM until 3PM. To place an order, contact Kelly at 215-426-9799. All orders and payments are due no later than Mon., Nov. 15. St. Anne’s Holiday Craft and Christmas Bazaar St. Anne will host a Holiday Craft and Christmas Bazaar on Sat., Nov. 16 from 8AM-4PM. The event will be held on the second floor in the Social Hall, Memphis and Tucker Sts. There will be many vendors to buy from, plus Santa Secret Workshop and games for the children. The kitchen will be selling Homemade Baked Ziti, Chicken Noodle Soup and Hot Dogs. Come out early to do your holiday shopping. Tables are still available. To reserve a table, call Karen at 215-634-6138. Bethesda Methodist Church Pot Pie Sale Bethesda Methodist Church, 2820 E. Venango St. is having a Fishers Pot Pie Sale on Sat., Nov. 16 from 11Am-2:30PM. Pie orders must be in by Sun., Nov. 10. Call Loretta at 215-634-0896 or Betty at 215-537-8456 to order. Come have lunch. Kitchen will be selling hot dogs, hoagies, etc. Richmond Library Events • Preschool Storytime will be held the first Wed. of each month at 10:30AM. Contact Sheila for more information at 215-685-9992. • Basic English Conversation Group Saturdays: Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; and Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28. from 3-4:30PM. This is a great way to practice speaking everyday English. ALL are welcome. For more info, contact Jerry at 215-685-9992. • Kid’s Cook Monday!! Mon., Nov. 18 from 3:304:30PM. Healthy eating is important for all ages! Bring your kids by for a lesson on healthy eating and an interactive cooking demo at the Richmond Library. Registration required and spots are limited. For more information, stop in and see Sheila. •Mommy and Me! Wed., Nov. 20 at 10:30AM. Parents and preschool aged kids can join Stephanie, the ShopRite of Aramingo Avenue’s in-store Dietitian, as she reads a book to the kids. Stay until the end to sample a tasty treat! Ladies Night at the Sons of Italy The Sons of Italy in Port Richmond, Monmouth

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