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Doing It All In the Name of

AOH & LAOH 51 Communion Breakfast

Local Neighbors and Business Recognized for Service to the Community by Jeff Kilpatrick

  F i s h t ow n n e i g h b o r s packed into Holy Name of Jesus Church hall for the annual Communion Breakfast held by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 51 (AOH 51) and the Ladies’ AOH, Division 51 (LAOH 51). The event gives friends and family of the AOH the opportunity to gather, eat, and celebrate the charitable work of local volunteers and organizations that make the neighborhood a better place. Proceeds from the event are used for scholarship funds for local students.   The guest of honor at this year’s Communion Breakfast was the Honorable Patrick Dugan, Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge and a proud AOH member and Irish histo-

Bill “Boober” Francisco, President of AOH, Shawn Murphy, Doreen Thompson, Renee Shaw, President of LAOH, Judge Patrick Dugan, Betty Ann Whitesell-Whitman and Elaine McHale. /Photo: Jeff Kilpatrick rian. Dugan gave a spirited lecture about the struggles of the Irish Catholic people – from time of British colonization through immi-

gration and settlement in the United States. Dugan recounted how the AOH had been nicknamed “The Molly Maguires” through

yellow journalism. He also gave an in-depth history of the persecution the Irish had suffered at the hands of corporate entities such

as mining and railroad companies. He concluded by saying, “We’re all still here, folks, and we’re not going anywhere. Sláinte!”

  Once Judge Dugan finished his speech, the AOH and LAOH 51 distributed awards to several outstandsee AOH/LAOH on page 8

Taylor Announces Bid for Another Term in PA Legislature Cites Creating Jobs, Fighting Blight, Keeping Taxes Low and Improving .Education as On-Going Priorities

State Representative John Taylor with local youth in summer 2013. Rep. John Taylor is running for re-election in the 177th district which includes the neighborhoods of Port Richmond, Bridesburg, Frankford, Northwood, Tacony and Mayfair.

  In announcing his bid for re-election, local State Rep. John Taylor said, “my job is to help people and that’s why I love doing it. I’ve helped literally thousands of people over the years and it was never about helping a Democrat or a Republican. It was always about helping a neighbor - helping a local family in need, or helping the city of Philadelphia as a whole. I want to keep helping people and that’s why I’m running for re-election and why I need your continued support.”   Taylor added, “along with helping local constituents each and every day, my priorities for the coming year will continue to be creating more jobs, fighting blight that threatens our neighborhoods, keeping taxes low and improving the quality of our children’s education.”   “While the economy has seen some improvement, many of our families still have one or both of their wage-earners unemployed or underemployed. We have to do more to revitalize our local economy and create good-paying jobs for local residents,” Taylor said.   Widely credited as one of the driving forces behind the blight-busting land banking initiative, an innovative new law that permits the city to confiscate abandoned and blighted properties and sell them on the private market quickly, Taylor said, “blight leads to an increase in crime and can spread rapidly and destroy whole neighborhoods if not stopped.”   “I’ve worked long and hard with so many good and dedicated people to enact both Act 135, Pennsylvania’s Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservatorship Act and Act 90. The former creates a court-appointed see TAYLOR on page 2

The love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay. Love isn’t love till you give it away.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

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THE LOCAL LENS with Thom Nickels by Thom Nickels

  What is the great American road trip?   It’s when one or more people pull up roots and decide to see a part of the country. It can be a vacation road trip or a permanent move to a new location but generally it always entails traveling by car or bus. Taking a road trip is great way to see “the guts” of America. It gives you a sense of the nation’s

topography as well as a sense of the people who live there, something that can not be done with air travel. A good road trip also helps you to understand differences in the world. Road trips need not be expensive, either, although they were certainly a lot cheaper in the 1970s when hitchhiking on America’s highways was a common sight.   When I was in western Colorado last year I

was shocked to see that hitchhiking was still alive and well. Hitchhiking, of course, is pretty much of a male thing. It was the same in the 1970s and it continues to follow this pattern. In the small Colorado towns I visited I spotted guys with knapsacks standing on the side of the road holding signs with the names of different cities spelled out. Seeing this was a revelation because hitchhiking has all but disappeared on the east coast. There was a time

when you couldn’t drive down Lancaster Pike on Philly’s Main Line without seeing a string of people with their thumbs out. Sometimes you’d even see couples (that was the way that females could hitchhike safely). Some would hold signs that said Lancaster, Pittsburgh, Reading, or Los Angeles. Driving my mother’s blue Mustang in those days, I felt no fear picking up these road travelers and giving them a lift. My

MARIANA BRACETTI ACADEMY is having a fundraiser to raise much-needed funding for our new location – the former building of the Northeast Catholic High School for Boys. We are selling engraved bricks, which range from $20 to $200. Your brick will be laid into the walls of our school to remember your generous donation for years to come. All donations will be put toward new gymnasium bleachers, auditorium curtains, and to support our arts program. Bricks can be customized & purchased online at: WWW.BRICKSRUS.COM/ORDER/MARIANABRACETTI For questions contact Anita Shelbrack at 215.291.4436 Ext 390

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Thom Nickels is a Philadelphiabased author/journalist/ poet, film critic and feature writer for the Spirit Newspapers. experiences were always safe and pleasant, too. I was never robbed and the Mustang was never high jacked.   It helped that I was also an avid hitchhiker and knew the poetry of the road. For an entire summer I hitched a ride to and from work on Lancaster Avenue, going from Paoli to Frazer in the morning to work at a local lumber mill. I did the same thing going home at night. There was never any question of not being able to obtain a ride. Somebody always stopped for me. Usually the drivers that give me lifts were men, but there were a few women, like the waitress who stopped for me and insisted that I stop at her house and meet her kids.

(I got the sense that she was looking for a husband or a date, although I had other ideas.) There were always surprises when hitchhiking. One time I got into a car only to hear the driver say, “We are going straight to Hell.” As I felt the blood drain from my face, the driver laughed and said, “Only joking.”   Of course, hitching a ride every day along the same route, you become a familiar “safe” face to regular drivers so sometimes two rides would stop for me at once and I’d have to choose which one to accept. As a shy kid, these no longerthan- fifteen minute treks forced me to communicate

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in his district than seeking the limelight,” Taylor thanked local residents for “the trust and confidence” they’ve placed in him over the years,” and asked them to “please look at my record and my accomplishments and please consider supporting me again.” •

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conservator to rehabilitate blighted properties for reuse and resale. The latter gives the City of Philadelphia the power to force derelict property owners to fix and clean up their properties,” Taylor said.   “These new laws are vital tools in our arsenal to fight blight and keep our neighborhoods safe and stable. I will continue to make fighting crime and blight, and improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods a key priority,” he said.   Highlighting his record on education and his efforts to stop bullying and improve school  safety, including his authorship of legislation establishing the office of the Safe Schools Advocate - the first of its kind in the nation, Taylor said, “the success of our children’s education is a critical component in their development and academic achievements, as well as a key factor in the continued economic and commercial success of Philadelphia. Educating our children in a safe and nurturing environment is a goal that must continue to top our list of priorities,” he said.   Quoting from a recent on-line article by Axis Philly that described him as, “quiet, mild-mannered, . . . and a workhorse in the legislature . . . more interested in getting things done

see LOCAL LENS on page 11

Rep. John Taylor is running for re-election in the 177th district which includes the neighborhoods of Port Richmond, Bridesburg, Frankford, Northwood, Tacony and Mayfair.

Ladies AOH- Div. 51 Annual Irish Cinnamon Potato Fundraiser   The Ladies AOH-Div. 51 will be having their Annual Irish Cinnamon Potato Fundraiser. The cost is $5 per container.   The Ladies will be at Holy Name Hall, Berks and Gaul Streets on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10AM to 2PM making them. You can purchase them at Holy Name on the date and time listed above.   Please contact Renee Shaw at naisey814@ msn.com if you have any questions.•   They will also be available for sale at the Spirit Newspaper office. Call 215-423-6246.•  


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In Memory of Lacey Gallagher: A Heartfelt Message   Lacey Gallagher will forever be in our hearts and minds. Her spirit lives on and her kind, caring and genuine nature will continue to be a part of this community. Lacey’s family has been blessed by the caring and compassion of so many people. This compassion was so evident through the dedication of many in the work of The Lacey Gallagher Memorial Scholarship Fund. Over the past six years, in Lacey Gallagher’s memory, the Fund was committed to providing scholarships to students, thereby investing in the youth of the community so that they could continue their Catholic school education. The Lacey Gallagher Memorial Scholarship Fund has generously awarded in excess of $170,000 in scholarships, an accomplishment that far exceeded all expectations. The Fund has also assisted several families

in the community with tuition assistance during difficult times.   Although the Fund will be no longer, it leaves behind a legacy in honor of a very special young girl in our community, Lacey Gallagher. On the evening of Lacey’s Senior Prom in April of 2007, Lacey was involved in an automobile accident and lost her life. That night forever changed the lives of so many who love Lacey. Through grief and determination, Lacey’s family worked diligently with legislators on stricter teen driving laws so as to prevent an accident like Lacey’s from happening to other families.   House Bill No. 9 was named “Lacey’s Law” in honor of Lacey Gallagher and was signed by the Governor on October 11, 2011. Teen drivers have fatal crashes at four times the rate of adult

Benefit In Memory of Donna Hamilton   The friends of Donna Hamilton are organizing a Beef and Beer Benefit on Sat., March 1 at Holy Name of Jesus Church Hall from 7-11PM. The band Rockfish will perform.   Donna passed away suddenly and this benefit is being held to celebrate her life. Donna was an integral part of the Fishtown community and for the past 20 years has served as a barmaid for the Starboard Side Tavern.   We are asking for your help to contribute to this fundraiser if possible. We are in need of food items, monetary donations, as well as any type of baskets/items to raffle in our silent auction.   We would like to thank you for considering this opportunity to support this benefit. If you are able to donate, please contact one of the below organizers, and thank you for your support. Sincerely, The Friends of Donna Hamilton Kevin O’Donnell Diane Hoffman 2500 E. Norris Street 1500 Gaul Street Philadelphia, PA 19125 Philadelphia, PA 19125 215-634-1238 267-322-0057

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you in fact did make a difference. With our utmost sincerity, we thank each

and every one of our supporters from the bottom of our hearts,”

Sincerely, Denise and Frank Gallagher

Lacey Gallagher will forever live in our hearts and minds. drivers, due to age and inexperience. Lacey’s Law provides stricter laws for young drivers. “We can’t bring every teen home but we can update our laws to increase training, reduce distractions of other teen passengers and require them to buckle up,” said Rep. Kathy Watson who sponsored Lacey’s Law. The law requires everyone under the age of 18 to be buckled up while driving in a vehicle. Law enforcement can pull over a driver if the officer sees that the driver is not properly buckled.   In addition, Lacey’s Law increases the number of hours for behind-thewheel training from 50 to 65 hours; ten of which must be at night and five hours must be during inclement weather. The law also restricts the number of passengers that a teen driver may have in their vehicle. In the first six months of their license, a teen may only carry one, non-family passenger under the age of 18. After those first six months (and until the teen driver turns 18), three non-family passengers under 18 are permitted in the vehicle.   Lacey’s Law provides the proper tools to teen drivers to be safe behind the wheel. This law in memory of Lacey Gallagher will now forever have an impact on the safety of our teen drivers.   Through the many scholarships awarded through the Lacey Gallagher Memorial Scholarship Fund and through the passing of the legislation known as “Lacey’s Law,” Lacey Gallagher may not physically be with us, but she is with us all in our hearts and her spirit continues to make a difference in the lives of others.   Lacey’s family wants the community to know how very grateful they are. “For all that have been so supportive through the efforts of the scholarship fund and through the process of having Lacey’s Law pass into legislation, we are forever grateful. It has been very overwhelming and wonderful to see how you all have done so much in Lacey’s memory to make a difference and you should be comforted to know that


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CLEAN PLATE: Paleo Banana Peanut Butter Pancakes by Casey Ann Beck

  Valentine’s Day tends to take on a different meaning the longer you are with someone. Though I’m a sucker for conversation hearts and chocolates, I’d forego a gift for the holiday and a fancy dinner out for some quality time at home. Though my Valentine and I eat dinner together mostly every night, sometimes the menu revolves around what we have on hand; I look at the romantic holiday as an excuse to indulge on special ingredients we typically don’t buy, and

a reason to plan a more elaborate dinner.   Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, I’m planning on extending the celebration of love into the weekend with a Saturday morning breakfast featuring my husband’s favorites. He likes to eat as healthy as possible, and, since I’m expecting our first child and really enjoying eating for two, I’ve been unintentionally sabotaging his diet. A special occasion calls for a special breakfast, so I whipped up his favorite pancakes; they’re low in carbs, high in protein and include his

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out these days, but you wouldn’t know they’re missing from these pancakes. Sure, each pancake isn’t as thick as one made from a traditional recipe; however, the frothy egg mixture does a decent job of making them pretty fluffy and airy. The bananas not only flavor the batter, but also ensure the end result is moist. A few teaspoons of peanut butter and a tiny bit of cinnamon enhance the flavor, aiding these faux pancakes in emulating the flavor of the real thing. The batter doesn’t bubble as it nears it’s flipping point, like it does with flour based batter, so keep an eye on the pancakes by gently lifting the edge with a spatula and checking for color. Even if you frequent IHOP, I can safely bet you’d approve of this recipe for a healthier, pancake substitute. Driz-

zled with maple syrup or a touch of honey, they’re not all that far off from a good, ol’ fashioned pancake.   We’ve got about 5½ months to go as a twosome, so it’s only fitting we make the most of this Valentine’s Day by spoiling ourselves with a fancy dinner at home while we can. Considering my cravings now dictate our meal plans, it’s safe to say Friday night’s menu will be well rounded. At least we’ll be making up for it with these healthier, peanut butter and banana pancakes Saturday morning.•

Casey Ann is a local foodie and blogger. Check out her recipes and reviews at www. cleanpl8.com Congratulations to the expectant parents Casey Ann and Joe Beck. Your child will be so blessed to experience the love you two share. Wishing you all the best. From The Spirit Newspaper staff.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR MEETINGS Cione Rec Meeting TONIGHT - Feb. 12 Join us for our first meeting of 2014. Wed., Feb. 12, at 7:30PM at Cione Rec Center at corner of Lehigh and Aramingo.  Come out and find out what we have planned for 2014. Dennis from Cione Rec Center will talk about afterschool children’s activities, as well as summer programs. Jorge from 19125 Parents Coalition will speak about upcoming city and state elections.  EKNA Zoning Meeting TONIGHT - Feb. 12 Wed., Feb. 12 starting at 7:15PM. Meeting location: Circle of Hope, 2007 Frankford Ave. Agenda to be announced.

Trenton Ave Arts Fest - May 17, 2014 The annual Trenton Ave Arts Fest (TAAF) will be held this year on Sat., May 17 from noon-6PM.
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and the community vote was overwhelmingly in opposition (54-8) to this proposal.

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Fax Number: 215686-2565. FNA Meeting Please join us on Thurs., Feb. 20 at 7PM for the next meeting of the Fishtown Neighbors Association. Several representatives from PennDOT will provide construction updates regarding the I-95 Girard Interchange, which begins in 2014. This will entail demolition and reconstruction of the highway viaduct from roughly Palmer to Ann Streets. There are important new announcements since their last visit in November. All FNA General Membership Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at the Fishtown Recreation Center. Meeting starts at 7PM sharp, but come at 6:45PM for refreshments.

EVENTS Yoga at St. Michael’s Church Yo g a ( “ q u i e t t i m e ” ) classes are being offered at St. Michael’s Church, corner of Trenton Ave. and Cumberland St. on Mondays at 6:15PM. Strengthen and tone your body while breathing away the stress and worries of the day. The yoga instructor is Amanda Bossard. The cost is $5 (pay as you go). For more information call Marge at 610-996-7331. 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. Mariana Bracetti Academy Brick Fundraiser Mariana Bracetti Academy is having a fundraiser to raise funding for their new location – the former building of t he Northeast Catholic High School for Boys, 1842 Torresdale Ave. They are selling engraved bricks ranging from $50 to $200. Your brick will be laid into the walls of the school to remember your generous donation for years to come. All donations will be put toward new gymnasium bleachers, auditorium curtains and to support their arts program. Bricks can be customized

and purchased online at www.bricksrus.com/order/marianabracetti. For questions contact Anita Shelbrack at 215-2914436, ext. 390. Please donate by buying your brick today. Bridesburg Rec News Men’s Softball League, Spring and Summer 2014 at Bridesburg Rec Center. Teams only. Wooden Bat League. If possible going to Single Wall Bat. Interested: call Dan at 215-605-6004. Pre-School: Thurs. & Fri. Noon to 2:40PM. Two spots available in the afternoon class. Child must have turned three as of Sept. 1, 2013 and must be potty trained. Toddler Time: Mon. & Thurs. Noon to 2PM. Three spots available in the afternoon class. Child must have turned two as of September 1, 2013. Child does not have to be potty trained. Winter Adult Activities Zumba: Classes all year round. Mon. & Thurs. from 7-8PM. Zumba Toning Wed. at the same time. The fee for all classes is $4 per class, walk in. Scrapbooking: Held all year round. Come join! Wed. evening 6:309:30PM. $5 each time you attend. You only need your photos and a book. We have everything. Ladies Bowling League: Tues. at 9AM at Erie Lanes. Cost is $10 per week including bowling and prize money. Come any Tues. morning. Call 215-685-1247, 215-5336448 or 215-331-9417. Reach Out and Read!: Please donate new or slightly used children’s books to the “Reach Out and Read” program for ill children. Drop the books off weekdays from 9AM to 9PM at Bridesburg Recreation Center. Valentine Bows: Bows are available at Bridesburg Rec for $3 each, any weekday 9AM to 9PM. All proceeds benefit the children’s activities of the Center. Pride Banners: Available at the Rec Center weekdays 9AM to 9PM. Cost: $3 each. Bridesburg Recreation Center is located at 4601 Richmond St., 215-685-1247.

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., 10AM-2PM. For information, call 215-685-9885. Farm to Families Farm to Families is a weekly fresh produce program in the neighborhood. Every box is packed with fruits and vegetables with meats, cheeses, and local eggs available for an additional cost. You can order a $10 box or a larger box for $15 - orders must be sent the week before pick-up. Pick-up is every Thursday from 4 to 7PM at the Frankford Garden Center at Frankford & Berks Streets. Contact Farm to Families:f2f@nkcdc.org, 215-427-0350 x110 OR visit during pick-up hours. Free Kickboxing Classes for Girls Ages 10-17, at Joe Hand Boxing Gym, 3rd & Green Sts. Kickboxing instructors Erin Fennell and Brittani Warner, in conjunction with the Joe Hand Boxing Gym and Computer Lab, are offering free cardio kickboxing classes for girls aged 10-17, every Friday at 5:45PM at 547 N. 3rd St. Combine kickboxing to music with strengthening, cardiovascular conditioning and toning exercises, while focusing on the girls’ self-confidence. Fennell, a certified kickboxing instructor, sees the classes as a building block to help young girls increase help young girls increase their self-esteem. “I think I started gaining self-esteem as a young girl once I started working out, and I think kickboxing had a lot to do with it as well,” said Fennell, a class instructor at Lucille Roberts and L.A. Fitness gyms. All necessary equipment will be provided for free by the Joe Hand Boxing Gym. If interested in joining the class, contact Fennell at 267-765-6592, or elfennell@aol.com.

MDG Parish Bible Study

On Wed. evenings now until Mar. 12 from 7PM to 8:30PM, Mother of Divine Grace Parish will be conducting a new Bible study. The theme will be Women of the New Testament. In these studies, it is not how much you know but what you don’t know and will learn. Preregistration is not required but letting us know ahead of your intentions will help us order the correct amount of materials. The cost of this study is $12. Anyone interested call 215-739-0353.

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New Hire, Promotion Reflect Health Partners Plans Growth and Expansion into Medicare   Following significant membership growth and the exceptionally strong launch of its new Medicare product, Health Partners Plans made the following staff changes: Tal Zarom has been hired as vice president of the Medicare Stars Program and Carol Smolij has been promoted to Health Care Management chief of staff.   Mr. Zarom provides oversight and leadership in managing the Stars Programs across the Health Partners Plans Medicare lines of business. He is charged with ensuring effective process improvement activities for all aspects of the Stars Pro-

Carol Smolij has been promoted to Health Care Management chief of staff, Health Partn e r s P l a n s. M s. Smolij is a resident of the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia.

gram, Part C and D data validation and ensuring that the Health Partners Medicare Advantage plans align with CMS specifications. Prior to joining Health Partners Plans, Tal held several key quality

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operations and serves as the liaison to regulatory agencies, providers and other external organizations. Ms. Smolij plays an essential role in strategic planning, with oversight of cross-divisional population health management functions. Ms. Smolij is a registered nurse with more than 28 years of health care experience. She joined Health Partners Plans in 2005. Ms. Smolij is a resident of the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia.   “These exciting staff changes enable us to continue delivering the highest-quality healthcare to the growing communities we serve,” said William S. George, president & CEO. “Our Medicare launch far exceeded expectations with currently over 1,600 new members. We’re also continuing to see signifi-

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7:00pm – 11:00pm Polish Eagle Sports Club 3157 East Thompson St. Philadelphia PA 19134 Beef & Beer Tickets: $25.00 donation for a ticket (I.D. required) TV Raffle Tickets: $5.00 for a chance to win a Samsung 59” Plasma TV Beef & Beer Tickets and TV Raffle Tickets can be purchased at: Farmers Insurance Agency Primo Hoagies Port Richmond 601 East Belgrade St. 2703 East Clearfield St. Philadelphia, PA 19125 Philadelphia, PA 19134 Rich’s Barber Shop 2616 East Ontario St. Philadelphia, PA 19134 For more information contact: Mallory Gorham 267.970.3304 Patrick Gorham 215.718.7726 Kevin Penko 215.280.2806 or visit: http://mattyholmesscholarship.org/ *Please make donation checks payable to: The Matthew Holmes Scholarship Fund

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  Richmond Street will be closed to traffic and SEPTA 15 buses will be diverted off of the original route and will use a detour route.   Below is a list of those detour bus stops.   North: Thompson St. Intersections: Cumberland, Huntingdon, Lehigh, Somerset, Monmouth, Ann, Elkhart, Clementine, Allegheny.   South: Belgrade St. Intersections: (On Aramingo) at Cumberland, Aramingo, Lehigh, Somerset, Cambria, Birch (far-side of the street), Indiana, Clearfield, (On Allegheny) at Edgemont. •

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ing neighbors for their service in the community. LAOH 51 President Renee Shaw presented awards to several recipients at this year’s ceremony. Renee called Elaine McHale a truly “unique person”. “She takes the phrase Christian charity to a whole new level,” stated Shaw as she called McHale to the podium. Elaine was praised for her countless hours of volunteer work during Christmas and Thanksgiving food and clothing drives for less fortunate families and veterans. At the time her name was announced, Elaine was actually donning an apron, volunteering in the kitchen at the Communion Breakfast.   Shaw also presented a “Woman of the Year” award to Betty Ann Whitesell. “She was one of the first ladies I met when I joined (the LAOH),” Renee said of Betty Ann, “She welcomed me with warmth and friendship and made me feel like I had known her for years.” Whitesell approached the podium with grateful tears. “It’s not easy to surprise me, but Renee really did,” Betty Ann said as she wiped her eyes, “I am so honored. Even though I live in New Jersey now, my heart will always be in Fishtown.”   Doreen Thompson, owner of Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap at Thompson and Susquehanna, was given the “Business of the Year” award. Shaw

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So this is love, so this is what makes life divine. ~Cinderella praised Doreen for her ongoing generosity and service to the community, stating, “Doreen is always there for AOH charity events. She gives us a place to raise funds and always lends a helping hand.” Doreen, ever humble and always appreciative, simply thanked everyone with a smile.   Greg Fox presented an award for Community Service to local coach Shawn Murphy. Shawn took over last year as President of Fishtown A.C. “I can’t tell you how much this person gives back to the community,” Fox said of Murphy. Murphy spoke briefly of the kids he coaches, and how their sportsmanship and fellowship make everything he does worthwhile. When asked about his award, Murphy responded, “I was completely surprised and honored by this show of support and I hope to continue serving our community any way I can, Thanks to the AOH 51.”   George Shaw presented the final award of the day, “Hibernian of the Year” to AOH 51 President Bill “Boober” Francisco. Shaw is the club’s V.P. and also Boober’s Godson, so it was a special honor that he present this award. Boober joked as he accepted his award, laughing, “It’s about time!” His acceptance speech was a bit of stand up comedy. Francisco also remarked that he should have known something was suspicious with so many family members in attendance at the Communion Breakfast. Although he kidded, you could tell Boober was truly grateful and proud as his daughters

hugged and squeezed their dad, smiled and posed for pictures. Francisco finished his speech saying, “Now, come on, everybody – let’s go to Les & Doreen’s!”   Philadelphia’s River Wards are full of neighbors and businesses working hard to keep their tightknit communities together and moving forward. It is comforting to know that there are people looking out for each other, keeping the roots of the community strong. It is even more reassuring to see people being recognized by friends, families, and neighbors for their service. I spoke to AOH member Mike Andrews outside the church. We discussed the camaraderie of Fishtown neighbors and organizations like the AOH. “That’s what it’s all about,” said Andrews, “It’s all about family. It’s good for the neighborhood. That’s why I’m not going anywhere.”•

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TRIPS Trip to Niagra Falls, New York Join the Happy Travelers on a 4-day Niagara Falls, New York trip from Thurs., June 26 to Sun., June 29. Besides visiting the Niagara Falls and State Park (no passport is needed), there will be a Lockport Canal Cruise & Canalside Lunch, Maid of the Mist Boat Ride, Lockport Caves Cruise, Tasting at Two Wineries, Visit the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Lewiston, NY, visit to the Made in America Store in Elma, NY and much more. Package includes motor coach transportation, 3 nights hotel Holiday Inn Grand Island on the Niagara River, 3 buffet breakfasts, 2 dinners at the Top of the Falls & Como Restaurant, 1 dinner at Casino, taxes and gratuities and baggage handling included. Only $550 per person, double occupancy. For more information and reservations, call Theresa Romanowski at 215-922-1700 or in the evening at 215-423-8854. •

Senior Trip to Branson, MO Senior Ron Aways presents trip to Branson, MO on Sept. 21-26, 2014 for 6 days and 5 nights. Package includes motor coach transportation, accomodations, 5 breakfasts, 3 dinners, 1 dinner cruise with entertainment, 6 shows, visit to Imax Complex, shopping, taxes and meal gratuities and baggage handling included. Only $879 pp/dbl. For more information and reservations call Nancy at 803-720-0310 or Josephine at 215-634-1307.•


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and hold conversations with strangers until I felt comfortable enough to initiate conversations on my own. For me, hitchhiking was a life education.   My big bohemian-adventure dream in those days was to hitchhike across country, from Philly to LA or San Fran. Many guys were hitching cross country then. This rite of passage was inspired by Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. I decided against seeing the USA this way because at heart I think I finally accepted the fact that I wasn’t that adventurous. Raised in the suburbs, I had too much affection for showers and soap. Somehow the idea of going without a bath for days didn’t smell good to me. I did the next best thing and bought a cross country Greyhound ticket, but even this was challenging. While I got to see the USA—Utah’s Great Salt Flats, the Rocky Mountains and the vast desert in Nevada—sleeping in a Greyhound was challenging.   Last week I saw my sister “C” and her boyfriend off for their cross country RV road trip to Los Angeles. The RV they rented was a house on wheels, complete with a spacious double bed, shower, kitchen, sofa, TV, and more. The impetus for the trip was a job transfer; C was told, “You either get laid off or we can transfer you to LA.” C is an adventurer, as is her boyfriend G. They welcomed the life change—they were getting tired of east coat cold and the idea of palm trees everywhere seemed pretty seductive. Of course, California has its share of problems. There’s the never ending two year drought, which is getting more serious by the day. Their new LA apartment includes a spacious dirt yard. The yard has no grass because there hasn’t been rain to grow grass. G, who once lived in California, was at first skeptical about leaving Roxborough. “Look at the beauty of the Fairmount Park area” he said, “The change of seasons, the sloping hills, the farms.”   Lucky for her, C’s company paid for the cross country odyssey, even for the RV rental. Their furniture and even their two cars were shipped out in advance, which meant that they would only take personal items and the two pets, Bella, the dog, and Sweet Pea, the finicky cat. Sweet Pea is not a lap cat but one of those hide-andseek cats, often afraid of its own shadow. Try to take Sweet Pea into your arms for a cozy coupling and you’ll probably wind up with a scratch. Bella, on the other hand, is an old dog with

arthritis. She has a bobbed tail (which makes her look weird from behind) and a high maintenance whiney personality. I think she was born with a worried look on her face. .   C and G planned to take a southern route and then head west gradually so as to avoid snow and ice. The countdown to their planned travel day, last Sunday, came with a lot of fanfare. For a short time they even entertained naming their trek but everyone kept coming up with variations of Westward Ho and that seemed too much like a cliché.   Naturally, helping C and G load their personal items on the RV last Sunday put me in mind of my own trips out West. I thought of my Greyhound bus trip, especially the return ride from San Fran to Philly, when I shared seats with Mormon missionaries and several Native American women carrying crying babies. I thought about the long nights with the bus moving through small western towns, or racing across the plains of Kansas and stopping at East of Eden style towns with only a gas station, a diner or maybe a strange looking motel. Riding the bus, I was always too shy to talk to strangers, and so I never said a word to my seat mate. I sat quietly like someone without a tongue, my face buried in a book or looking out the window, all the while dying of loneliness inside and wishing that somebody—anybody-- would draw me out of myself. It was terrible being that shy. During that bus trip I didn’t say a word to anyone for five days.   Ironically, very soon after this road trip, I began hitchhiking on Philly’s Main Line. Hitchhiking, as I’ve noted, blew the lid off my shyness. It was the catalyst that forced me out of myself.   Both C and G, who are the opposite of shy, no doubt conversed all the way to their new home, although poor Sweet Pea, shy to the point of psychoses, did not emerge from hiding until the happy Westward Ho duo had reached Arizona. •

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  This photogenic fellow is Boulder ... and boy does his name fit him well!   Boulder is a big boy, about 70 pounds, and he’s very strong. He is a tan pit bull terrier mix about 1-2 years old.     Boulder is a happy, social boy who loves being around people. Since he is strong he will need someone to teach him that people take him for a walk and not the other way around! If you’re looking for a big boy to add to your family come on over to ACCT and ask to meet Boulder!   If you have dogs of your own, you’ll need to bring at least one in to meet any potential dogs and make sure there is no major personality clash. Please also bring proof that you are allowed dogs/cats at your home if you rent.   Boulder is located at ACCT (Animal Care And Control Team), 111 W. Hunting Park Ave, Phila., PA 19140. Phone: 267-385-3800 (ask for the Lifesaving Department!) Email: adopt@acctphilly.org.   More about Boulder: Pet ID: A21954614 • Primary colors: Chestnut Brown and White • Coat length: Short.   If you have any questions about Boulder, email ACCTPetFinder@gmail.com. •

26th District Crime Report Jan. 29 - Feb. 4, 2014 Below is a breakdown of crimes committed in the 26th District in the neighborhoods that make up PSA #3: • One (1) robberies other weapon during this time: 1200 Columbia (1/31) • Two (2) Aggravated Assaults other weapon during this time: 600 E Thompson (1/31), 2500 A St. (2/4) • Two (2) residential burglaries during this time: 900 Penn (1/30), 2100 Sergeant (2/1) • Six (6) Theft from Autos during this time: 2600 Cumberland (1/29), 2300 Lehigh (1/29), 1000 Frankford (1/30),1000 Montgomery (1/31), 2400 Hazzard (2/1), 900 Front (2/3) • Three (3) stolen vehicles during this time: 1600 Berks (1/29), 100 Allen (1/29), 2400 Dauphin (2/1).•


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Good loving homes needed for children of all ages. PLEASE CALL 215-203-8733 or 1-877-nfi4kid or visit online @ www.nfi4kids.org

Slim Media Storage Tower (oak/black composite wood cabinet, 19”x 9” x 63”), holds 391 CDs, or 189 DVDs or 112 videos or 84 Disney videos. Originally: $150; For Sale: $25. Good condition, w/ some minor scratches on one side. Call 215-5749367 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or intention to make any such preferences, limitation, or discrimination.” We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings are available on an equal opportunity basis. Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia, 8 6 6 - 5 4 0 - FA I R (3247).

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REAL ESTATE SALES: new or experienced; excellent training program; private office. Call Mike Dunphy at 215-840-8399

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PUBLIC NOTICE MEETING NOTICE OF PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT Pursuant to the Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act, the act of May 19, 1995, Act No. 1995-2 (the “Act”), notice is NOTICE PUBLIC MEETING hereby given that DBOF Real Estate INVOLVEMENT Assets, II (Remediator) is coordinating a public meeting regarding the site located at 8000 Pine Road in Philadelphia (the “Site”). The City of Philadelphia has requested a Public Pursuant to the Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation StanInvolvement regarding remediation plans.(the The Site has been dards Act, thePlan act of May 19, site 1995, Act No. 1995-2 “Act”), notice is found to contain concentrations of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, hereby given that DB Real Estate Assets, II (Remediator) is coordinating xylenes, MTBE, regarding naphthalene, isopropylbenzene, a public meeting the site located at 8000 1,2-dichloroethane, Pine Road in Phila1,2-dibromoethane, 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene, delphia (the “Site”). The City of Philadelphia 1,3,5-trimethylbenzene has requested a Public and lead in soil groundwater. The Remediator that Involvement Planand regarding site remediation plans. has Theindicated Site has been the proposed remediation measures be a demonstration of a Sitefound to contain concentrations of will benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, Specific Standard. The proposedisopropylbenzene, future use of the property will be nonxylenes, MTBE, naphthalene, 1,2-dichloroethane, residential. A public information meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 1,2-dibromoethane, 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene, 1,3,5-trimethylbenzene March 12th at 6:00 at the Fox Chase Branch of the Library of and lead in soil andpm groundwater. The Remediator hasFree indicated that Philadelphia, located at 501 Rhawn Street in Philadelphia. Relevant the proposed remediation measures will be a demonstration of a Sitedocuments regarding remediation this are available for Specific Standard. Thethe proposed futureofuse of property the property will be nonpublic review at the information Fox Chase Branch Free Library of Philaresidential. A public meetingofisthe scheduled for Wednesday, delphia12th during regular hours of operation. Public comments may be March at 6:00 pm at the Fox Chase Branch of the Free Library of submitted in writing prior to theStreet meeting. Comments should be Philadelphia, locatedatator501 Rhawn in Philadelphia. Relevant submitted RT Environmental Services, Inc., 215 W.are Church Road, documentstoregarding the remediation of this property available for King of Prussia, PA 19406, Attention: Mr. Craig Herr. public review at the Fox Chase Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia during regular hours of operation. Public comments may be submitted in writing at or prior to the meeting. Comments should be submitted to RT Environmental Services, Inc., 215 W. Church Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406, Attention: Mr. Craig Herr.

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Pursuant to the Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act, the act of May 19, 1995, Act No. 1995-2 (the "Act"), notice is hereby given that New Community Development NOTICE OFKensington PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT MEETING Corporation (Remediator) is coordinating a public meeting regarding the former Pathan Site Recycling located at and 427-447 Moyer Street in Philadelphia PursuantChemical to the Land Environmental Remediation Stan(the “Site”). The of Philadelphia hasNo. requested Public Involvement dards Act, the actCity of May 19, 1995, Act 1995-2a(the "Act"), notice is Plan regarding siteNew remediation plans. The Site has been found to conhereby given that Kensington Community Development Corporatain lead in soil and 1,2-dichloroethane, 1,2-dichlorotion concentrations (Remediator) isof coordinating a public meeting regarding the former propane, trichloroethylene andattetrachloroethylene in groundwater. The Pathan Chemical Site located 427-447 Moyer Street in Philadelphia Remediator has indicated that the proposed remediation measures will (the “Site”). The City of Philadelphia has requested a Public Involvement be a demonstration of a combination of the Act 2 Special Industrial Area Plan regarding site remediation plans. The Site has been found to conand Standards. future use of the 1,2-dichloroproperty will tain Site-Specific concentrations of lead inThe soilproposed and 1,2-dichloroethane, be residential. A public information meeting is scheduled for Wednespropane, trichloroethylene and tetrachloroethylene in groundwater. The day, March 5th 6:30 pm that at thethe Fishtown Recreation Center, locatedwill at Remediator hasatindicated proposed remediation measures 1202 E. Montgomery in Philadelphia. documentsArea rebe a demonstration of aAvenue combination of the Act 2Relevant Special Industrial garding the remediation of this available review and Site-Specific Standards. Theproperty proposedare future use offor thepublic property will at the Fishtown Community Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia be residential. A public information meeting is scheduled for Wednesduring regular operation located Recreation at 1217 E. Montgomery day, March 5th hours at 6:30ofpm at the Fishtown Center, locatedAvat enue in may beRelevant submitted in writingreat 1202 E. Philadelphia. Montgomery Public Avenuecomments in Philadelphia. documents or prior the to the meeting. Comments shouldare beavailable submitted RT Environgarding remediation of this property fortopublic review mental Services,Community Inc., 215 W.Branch ChurchofRoad, KingLibrary of Prussia, PA 19406, at the Fishtown the Free of Philadelphia Attention: Mr. Craig Herr. during regular hours of operation located at 1217 E. Montgomery Avenue in Philadelphia. Public comments may be submitted in writing at or prior to the meeting. Comments should be submitted to RT Environmental Services, Inc., 215 W. Church Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406,

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#137 – Barclay, Robert #1707 – Holland, Ernest #1614 – Hardin, Ernestine #139 – Raila, Doreen #805 – Rivera-Kieffer, Evelyn #921 – Urbanski, Felicia #937 – Williams, Ikram

#415 – Cookson, Fay #125 – Hall, Betty #1213 – McLaughlin, Andrew #1005 – Rayner, Joseph #1233 – Spellman, Jada #1517 – Urbanski, Felicia

Purchase must be made in cash only and paid for at the time of sale, along with a refundable cash deposit. All goods are sold as is and must be removed at time of purchase. Sale is subject to adjournament and we reserve the right to determine an opening bid. LOCKER ROOM SELF STORAGE, INC. (215) 535-8885

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Part One: 5 points each 1.A. Eros 2. A. Nazereth 3. B. Tina Turner 4. C. The Nutty Professor Part Two: 10 points each 5. C. Charo 6. A. Happy Days 7. A. Married With Children 8. D. Patrick Dempsey Part Three: 15 points each 9. C. car (he was the vw Beetle in the film series 10. A. The Beach Boys 11. The J. Geils Band 12. C. Edmund Bacon (former city planner and father of actor Kevin Bacon) Scoring: Under 50: Trivia Amateur; 50-85: Trivia Buff; 90-115: Trivia Whiz 120: TRIVIA CHAMPION! Check me out on facebook: Lisa Winnick Shaat. Feel free to send me your topic ideas, how you scored, feedback, or book me for your next quizzo party!


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munity Partners to offer free income tax preparation assistance to its neighbors in the Penn Treaty Special Services District every Friday afternoon in February at 1301 N. 2nd Street. VITA volunteers trained by the IRS to ensure that tax filers receive all the credits and refunds to which they are entitled will prepare tax returns electronically. If the tax filer has a bank account, they can get their tax refund in 10 days at no cost. People interested in getting their taxes prepared at Finanta, located at 1301 N. 2nd Street, must call 215-427-3463 or 267-4820501. The Penn Treaty Special Services District sponsors this service. Free Library Offers Help for Health Insurance Coverage The Free Library of Philadelphia is pleased to help individuals sign up for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act by offering free appointments with Certified Application Counselors at several libraries throughout the city. For the 210,000 adults in Philadelphia who lack health insurance, this invaluable service will help them secure coverage for themselves and their families with the expert guidance of a trained counselor. Individuals seeking help should call to make an appointment with a Certified Application Counselor. The following Free Library locations are: • Kensington Library, 104 W. Dauphin St., 215-685-9996 or Ramonita G. de Rodriguez Library, 600 W. Girard Ave., 215-686-1768. In addition, the Tech Lab at the Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street, will offer regular open hours from 10AM-2PM, during which time individuals can drop in for Affordable Care Act assistance without an appointment. Available on a first come, first served basis. Available on the following dates: Feb. 14, 17, and 28; Mar. 3, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, and 31. For more information call 215686-5310.

NL History Exhibit Opens Feb 14; Still Looking for Contributions, Personal Stories and Artists’ Pages   The wonderful History of Northern Liberties exhibit being curated by neighbor and artist Jennifer Baker will be opening in just a few weeks, Fri., Feb. 14. Response to Jennifer›s call for artifacts, personal stories, and pages for the Art-

ists› Book has been great. And Jennifer is still looking for more. So if you have any memento or physical object from NL’s history; if you have a personal story to share; or if you›re an artists who would like to have a page in the Artists› Book - contact Jennifer at  jlpbaker@gmail.com. 1202 E. Montgomery Ave.

Bingo at Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral Banquet Hall Grand Opening! Bingo Game at Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral Banquet Hall, 801 N. 8th St. (8th & Brown), 215-8298103. Mon. night, Feb. 17. Doors open 4:30PM; game starts 7PM. They will be playing their package bingo game every Mon. & Fri. night starting at 7PM. Program consists of lapboard games, specials, 50/50 games, quickies, lucky 7 games and end of the night jackpot. Also selling pop-open tickets throughout the night for additional cash prizes. Package prices are $12 or $20. Kitchen on premises. Fenced-in parking lot. You must be at least 16 years of age to play.

AVI Updates: Extended LOOP Deadline; Installment Tax Payments The City has extended the deadline to submit LOOP (gentrification protection) applications by a month, to Feb. 17. In addition, the state has just made it legal for the City to allow payment of property tax bills in installments.  For more info on LOOP, visit http://www.phila.gov/ loop/Pages/default.aspx.

When Schools Off Portside’s On! Winter and Spring Day Camps Portside Arts Center is offering several day camps on days when schools areclosed. Go to work confident that your little one is having a great time making art, playing games and making friends. Camps run from 8AM-5PM. For ages 5-10 for just $36. Space is still available. Feb. 17 President’s Day; April 18 Good Friday; May 20 - schools closed. For additional information and registration, visit our website: http://www. portsideartscenter.org/. Questions About Total Joint Replacement? Nazareth Hospital Has Answers During Information Classes
 Thinking about having a Total Joint Replacement? Scheduled to have a Total Joint Replacement? You and your family are in-

vited to learn more about Total Joint Replacement at Nazareth Hospital. The classes will be held on the following: Monday Morning Classes Begin at 11:30AM: Feb. 17 (A), Mar. 17, Apr. 28 (A), May 19 (A), June 16, July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15 (A), Oct. 20, Nov. 24 (A), Dec. 15 (A). Wednesday Evening Classes Begin at 6PM: Feb. 5, Mar. 5, Apr. 2, May 7, June 4, July 2, Aug. 6, Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5, Dec. 3. Classes are held at Nazareth Hospital, located at 2701 Holme Avenue in Philadelphia, in Marian Conference Rooms A and B. To reserve your seat, call 215-335-6313. You will be asked for your name, telephone number, number of people attending, date of your surgery and name of your surgeon. Richmond Library Programs Preschool Storytime is every Wed. at 10:30AM. This program is intended for children from one- to four-years of age and their caregivers. Siblings are always welcome. Daycares should call for separate appointments. Jo i n t h e B o o k C l u b on Thurs., Feb 20 at 6:15PM. Members will discuss Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. Copies available at the Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St. Come choose a future book to talk about on third Thursday of each month. Call 215-685-9992 for more info. Cooking through the Alphabet! Join Stephanie, the ShopRite of Aramingo Avenue’s in-store Dietitian, for a FREE nutrition lesson and cooking demonstration! This program is for adults of all ages! Wed., Feb. 19 at 11AM. For more info, contact Jerry. Kids Cook Monday!! Mon., Feb. 24 from 3:304:30PM. Registration is required and spots are limited. Please stop in and see Sheila to sign up. Mommy and Me! Storytime with Stephanie, the ShopRite of Aramingo Avenue’s in-store Dietitian. This program is for parents and preschool aged kids. Wed., Feb. 26 at 10:30AM. Making Mosaics on Thurs., Feb. 27 from 4-5:30PM, a wonderful program which is part of the One Book One Philadelphia Programming. Participants will be inspired by traditional patterns from the Middle East. They will be creating their own mosaics from tile, pebbles, and glass pieces while learning the history of this ancient art form. Contact Sheila for more info. Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St. 215-685-9992.

Oyster or Ham Supper at First Presbyterian First Presbyterian Church, 418 E. Girard Ave., will hold an Oyster Supper (or Ham) on Sat., Feb. 22 from 4-7PM. Adults $12 and children 10 and under $5. This is a full course dinner served family style. Take-out is also available. Come early and shop the cake nd miscellaneous items table. Hope to see old friends and new, and as always, everyone is welcome.

Paintballing 4 Autism Paintballing 4 Autism will take place at Crusader Paintball, 225 Lincoln Highway, Fairless Hills, PA 19030 on Sun., Feb. 23, 9AM. $36 per person includes Admission, Equipment & 500 Paintballs. Contact Freddie Suarez 267-234-1025 or Billie Suarez 215-796-5524 or E-Mail AutismMom207@ hotmail.com. Glavin Playground Tot Program Registration Night Thurs., Mar. 6, 6:307:30PM. $20 non-refundable fee. All children must be able to handle their own bathroom needs; NO PullUps! 3 yr old classes-Child must be 3 by December 31, 2014. 4 yr old classes-Child must be 4 by Decemer 31, 2014. Please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate. For more info please call 215-685-9898.  Glavin Playground is located at Almond & Westmoreland Streets.

PRO-ACT Family Addiction Education Program Sessions begin week of Mar. 6 in Northern Liberties, Northeast Philadelphia and North Philadelphia. When someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, the disease affects the entire family. Each month PRO-ACT (Pennsylvania Recovery Organization– Achieving Community Together) hosts a Family Addiction Education Pro-

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gram to help individuals and family recognize and address an addiction problem 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 Tuesdays of the month, from 7-9PM, at CORA Services. In North Philadelphia, sessions are held on the first three Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Philadelphia Recovery Community Center. Sessions are also held on the first three Thursdays 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 http://councilsepa.org/ programs/pro-act/familyeducation-program/.

5th Annual “St. Patty’s for Matty” Beef & Beer Benefiting The Matthew Holmes Scholarship Fund The 5th Annual “St. Patty’s for Matty” Beef & Beer Benefiting The Matthew Holmes Scholarship Fund will take place on Sat., Mar. 15, 7-11PM at Polish Eagle Sports Club, 3157 E. Thompson St. Beef & Beer Tickets: $25. I.D. required. TV Raffle Tickets: $5 for a chance to win a Samsung 59” Plasma TV. All tickets can be purchased at: Primo Hoagies Port Richmond, 2703 E. Clearfield St., Farmers Insurance Agency, 601 E. Belgrade St., or Rich’s Barber Shop, 2626 E. Ontario St. For more information contact: Mallory Gorham 267-970-3304, Patrick Gorham 215-7187726 or Kevin Penko 215280-2806 or visit http:// mattyholmesscholarship. org. Please make donation checks payable to: The Matthew Holmes Scholarship Fund. The five receipients of The Matthew Holmes Scholarships will be awarded at the Benefit.

IN MEMORIAM To our son Eddie Happy Birthday

2/15/76 to 12/25/07   Happy Birthday and Happy Valentine’s Day to you son. We miss you so much. Everyone is always talking and telling stories about you. You would have been 38 this year. Our hearts are in so much pain some days we don’t know what to do. Sometimes I think that I just saw you walking down the street. Your sisters miss you so much. Daddy is always saying I wish Eddie were here. But we know that you are looking down on us. Rest my son. Love always, Mom, Dad and your sisters

Happy 85th Birthday to My Mother

Lorraine Cannon 2/10/29 – 7/2/94

  Mom, you are missed everyday of the week. I never stop talking about you. It is 20 years in July that you went home to heaven and I miss you so much that my heart is hurting. I hope you have a nice birthday and Happy Valentine’s Day. Mom, you were the best mother that any child could ask for. You were always there for us no matter what time it was. I love you with all of my heart. Rest Mom. Love always, Debbie, John, Richard Sr., grandchildren and great grandchildren

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