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THE SPIRIT COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014

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BRIDESBURG FISHTOWN KENSINGTON NORTHERN LIBERTIES PORT RICHMOND MARCH 26, 2014 • Vol. 11 No. 12

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Comes To The River Wards March Madness Academic Competition 

  Hundreds of our River Ward neighbors joined together on Fri., Mar. 21 to celebrate education in our community.   March Madness is an academic competition for local grade school students in public, Catholic and charter schools. Thanks to the Penn Treaty Special Services District, all students received great prizes and refreshments. After 54 games, 3000 questions asked, 178 participants, 300 spectators, 320 slices of free pizza, and a great

day to celebrate education with the school families of Hackett, St. Laurentius, Adaire, Penn Treaty, Visitation and Our Lady of Port Richmond, the results are: Varsity Champions St. Laurentius - Josh Phillps, Amy Muskaj, Bernadette Breslin. Runners Up - Visitation - Andres Adame, Shu Lin, Anthony Ramirez. JV Champions - Our Lady of Port Richmond. Runners Up - Hackett School.   Teachers of the Year that were honored are: Sr. Helen Gwiazda, SLS; Patricia Fine, Penn Treaty; Caron Turner, Hackett; Dominic Pirrone, Adaire. The Joseph M. Minarik Award Winner was Teri Ramsay.   Thanks to all who helped out, including Penn Treaty’s Student Government, who did a fabulous job setting up and asking questions.•

/Photos courtesy of A. J. Thomson. More photos on page 8. Runners Up were students from Hackett School. They are shown here with teacher Jeannine Beck.

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March Music: NL Based Rock Band “Modern Colour” Releases Album

by Max Pulcini

  On Sat., March 15, Northern Liberties-based rock band Modern Colour released their first full-length album, the self-titled “Modern Colour.” The 7-song LP was crowd funded thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign over the summer and was recorded by Ron DiSilvestro at Forge Recording in Oreland, Pa.   A departure from the airier guitar lines and blue-eyed soul influences of their first release, 2012’s “Rally at the Summit” EP, Modern Colour’s new release is darker, louder and punchier than before.   “Many young people find themselves lost in today’s economic climate and many of these young people find it hard to get themselves off the couch. In our music, there isn’t a call

Modern Colour, a three-piece Northern Liberties based rock band, just released their first album, selftitled “Modern Colour”. /Photo: Max Pulcini against poverty or anti-war messages, but rather a shout against

apathy,” Tom Weir, Modern Colour’s drummer, said.

  To celebrate and promote the release, the band played a newer, more aggressive set of crunchy, funked out blues-rock to a jumping crowd at the MRoom on 15 W. Girard Ave.   “We ended playing for over an hour, up from our usual 45-minute set, and it worked out really well,” Weir said. “We knew a lot of the people there and the people we didn’t are new fans. It was an intimate show and an intimate CD release. I think everyone there had a really good time and I think we proved that we are a real band— everyone in the M-Room knew that.”   You can hear material off of “Modern Colour” by visiting Modern Colour’s webpage at http://www.reverbnation.com/ moderncolour, or get updates from the band by ‘Liking’ them on Facebook.•


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THE LOCAL LENS with Thom Nickels by Thom Nickels

  Before I traveled to Florence I wasn’t aware that it had become one of the most popular European getaways for Americans, especially for couples and groups. Nestled in the cradle of the Tuscan hills, this city of light, good food and tiny medieval streets has a history as extraordinary as its beauty. Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance, secularism, liberalism, rationalism and the pagan world.   When I visited the city two years ago, I saw many of the same medieval streets that Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the poet Shelley once traveled. The narrow streets, sheltered from the noonday sun by the close proximity of buildings, have sidewalks barely a yard wide. Strolling along these intimate byways can be a hazardous endeavor: At any moment a motor scooter can zip up behind you. Because of this, it’s best to keep from daydreaming when you marvel at the 15th century doors, the historic cobblestones beneath your feet, the religious mosaics or icons encased below the second story windows, or that worn plaque above a door

describing a famous 16th century occupant.   Where Florence’s small streets splinter into myriad pathways, you may come out onto Piazza Della Signoria, the city’s main square, and find large numbers of locals and tourists mixing together. There are so many merchants from West Africa, Algiers and Morocco hawking their wares that sometimes you forget you are in Italy. Florence, in fact, has one of the best wholesale markets for leather goods— designer wallets for $15; leather knapsacks for $60 that would go for $500 in New York or Philadelphia. The street markets also offer tapestries, jeweled wristwatches with humble “Timex” prices. This is a bargain hunter’s paradise.   One afternoon, the owner of a leather store practically pulled me into his shop to show me a variety of garments. When I told him I was an American journalist writing about Florence, he assured me I’d get 70 percent off the retail price of any coat in the house. Unfortunately, this budget-conscious traveler had to shelve these cloth works of art.   “Don’t worry, the offer will be good the entire time you’re here,” he insisted. “Think about it—we never

Thom Nickels is a Philadelphiabased author/ journalist/poet, film critic and feature writer for the Spirit Newspapers. do this for anybody.” Some shopkeepers really know how to make a tourist feel special.   I told the shopkeeper about a good pair of dress shoes I’d left behind in a Milan hotel room, and then about how I’d been traveling with two friends from Philadelphia, first to Paris, but then by myself to Florence because my married couple companions had to hurry back to the States. ”My friends ditched me,” I joked, “although they couldn’t help it. Now I have to learn to be a solitary traveler.”   Which isn’t easy, let me tell you.   My home base was the Hotel Londra, an almost elegant four-star hotel situated in the heart of the city (and just a few yards from the train station, Santa Maria Novella) that, like most Italian hotels, didn’t have an ironing board or iron, so if you wanted your

clothes pressed you had to send them out to be dry cleaned. This is true in almost every Italian hotel, except perhaps the Hilton chain.   “But I don’t need dry cleaning, sir!” I told the Londra desk clerk, “My clothes are very clean, they just need an iron.” “We have no irons here,” the clerk said. “Would you like dry cleaning?” At seven dollars per item, that would mean 40 dollars just to get rid of the wrinkles on my all cotton travel wardrobe. I suddenly understood the value of polyester. “No thank you,” I said. My plan was to hand press my clothes with warm water and then hang them in the bathroom to dry. I made do with wearing a suitcase wrinkled shirt to the city’s main cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore, or the “Duomo,” built in the 13th century but constructed on the site of a 7th century

church, Santa Reparata. The cathedral’s massive pink, white and green marble exterior lords over Florence like an occupying army. Considered one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture, it has a dome designed by Brunelleschi that for some reason made me think of multicolored taffy. On the wide cathedral plaza, groups of Moroccan kids sold a variety of trinkets. On that first afternoon, I bought a toy wooden train from a boy who told me he had just arrived in the city with his family from Algiers.   The famous cathedral is a cavernous space with a surprisingly stark interior, reminiscent of soaring but “empty” Catholic Church architectural styles after Vatican II. ”A super Spartan structure,” I thought, “Take away the few mosaics and the simple altar, and you have a mosque.” The long line of tourists that assembled on a downstairs staircase suggested a basement catacomb crypt filled with skeletal saints or relics, but that was not the case at all. The touristy draw was a small book

and souvenir shop, and a bad one at that.   A small city by any standard, Florence’s boundaries can be walked in 45 minutes, about the time it takes to walk from Girard Avenue into Bridesburg. That walk would include a stroll along the Arno River (where you’ll get a good view of the rowers and the Tuscan hills) but where your only challenge will be navigating the huge throngs of tourists---camera-laden Japanese, ice cream cone licking Americans and student contingents the size of small villages—as you cross the Ponte Vecchio bridge into the city’s other side. I have never seen so many tourists anywhere on the globe.   A Disneyland-style effect permeates the whole of Florence, and on the Ponte Vecchio, the only thing missing are caricatures of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. The elbow-clashing crowds forced me to beat a hasty retreat into a number of museums where I saw reliquaries, each one more elaborate than the next. In a way I began to undersee LOCAL LENS on next page

The American Legion Auxiliary Elm Tree Post 88 Sends Their Thanks   The American Legion Auxiliary Elm Tree Post 88 would like to thank the following people who donated gifts and/ or time to our annual holiday visit at the Veterans Hospital & Nursing Home: Be Dazzled Hair Salon, State Farm Insurance, Five & One Club Members, Neumann North Ladies, Lutheran Settlement House Seniors, Tom Callen, Nell Dwyer, Frances Rucki, Charles Hall, Brianna Schmidt, all anonymous donors, and special thanks to the Spirit Newspaper who always accepts donations for us at their office.   Your generosity is very much appreciated. Each and every one of you helped to make a very happy holiday for our veterans. Thank you, American Legion Auxiliary Elm Tree Post 88

Tom Callen, outside Elm Tr e e Po s t 88, loads his van with donated Christmas gifts for the Veterans Nursing Home residents and Veterans Hospital patients.

The American Legion Auxiliary members take carts full of Christmas gifts to veteran patients at Veterans Hospital.


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stand why my friends, who had been to Florence many times, had no great desire to revisit it.   While walking through the city, I was often almost sideswiped by buses and those bee buzzing motor scooters that seemed to scrape the edges of the sidewalks. Other times, I’d do a fast U-turn when I’d spot yet another tourist group with its flag-toting guide. But escaping madcap buses and tourists is easy when you have museums, cafes and shops that Florence offers in abundance.   The Piazzali degli Uffizi is the city’s most complete Italian painting gallery. It has paintings by Giotto, Paolo Uccello, Botticelli and Michelangelo. The museum is much bigger than it looks; one can spend an entire afternoon not only contemplating the works of art, but enjoying the spectacular views from the windows. Much of the Uffizi collection was enriched by members of the Medici family.   I visited small museums like the Valencia a Firenze (Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Via Cavour), which offers a selection of religious panel paintings from the early Renaissance. Here, I spent a serene hour before rejoining the parade of tourists outside. And then, of course, there were the rows and rows of reliquaries, some of them virtual small golden palaces containing the bones of saints I’ve never heard of. While there’s a lot of Catholic stuff in Florence, there’s also a beautiful Orthodox cathedral that’s much

more decorated on the inside than Santa Maria del Fiore.   My friends had warned me that many Italian museums open and close sporadically throughout the day. Often I would go to a museum only to find it closed even though I’d been assured by the Landro desk clerk that it would be open. Or the reverse would be true. It was hard for me to understand such a lackadaisical attitude. How can anyone, especially tourist groups, plan tours when the moment they arrive at the museum there’s an Out to Lunch sign posted on the door?   A serene, almost mystical quiet descends on the city about midday as the light patterns mellow into an incredible orangey hue. This is when you’re likely to find locals basking like lizards in the midday sun. It’s a transcendental time that makes you happy that you are in Italy, even if traveling alone. As I soaked in the golden light (and wanted to become a lizard myself), I understood the ‘why’ behind all those Out to Lunch signs.   Nightlife in Florence can be a wild affair, ranging from the sedate cafes to boisterous bars and clubs like Irish Pub (where half the occupants are East Indian), The Dublin Bar (only a few Irish) and the Hot Pot. Party-hardy teens and young people jam the tiny streets carrying beer or cocktails from bar to bar (it’s legal in Florence to drink in the street), often blocking pedestrian traffic. Hooliganism is rare, however; the crowds part like the Red Sea when you walk by and say, “Excuse me.” Good restaurants are easy to find in this city of good

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food, bread and charming Chianti. I found many medium-priced places near my hotel and the vicinity of the train station. For a mere 16 euros, one can enjoy authentic Italian cuisine that many Italian American restaurants can only dream to duplicate: sumptuous pasta, breads and delectable red table wines that will make you want to prolong your dinner for hours, even if dining alone, as I did night after night.   Of course, not speaking Italian, I had to keep to myself during my five day visit. While it is theoretically possible to start conversations in restaurants and cafes, that’s much harder to do when most of the people there are coupled or part of a group. My usual pastime was to walk the city in the middle of the night, when most of the tourists were in bed. It was then that I got to say a few words to some of the Algerians, who spoke broken English, or go over to the cathedral square where I’d watch the gypsy fortune tellers tell fortunes (under a full moon) to random customers.   Florence is also an edgy city when it comes to romance. Couples thought nothing of stretching out over the cathedral steps, or cuddling up under old archways. Scenes like this would be shocking in Philadelphia. I didn’t spot many drifter types or homeless people, such as I did when I traveled to Vienna. In Vienna, the homeless congregate by the main train station, where they tend to line up in rows like a chorus line and beg for money all at once. The police do not chase the homeless away; apparently the train station area is known as a “free zone.” In Vienna, I once gave a panhandler some change, but after counting the money the panhandler told me it wasn’t enough. “Enough for what?” I said to him, shocked at his attitude. “I just arrived here from America.” When I told him I didn’t have any more change, he followed me for a block or two, forcing me to seek temporary refuse in a hotel lobby until the coast was clear. When I left Florence and took the train to Rome on the last leg of my journey, I ran into several beggars near the Trevi Fountain. After tossing three coins in the fountain (as instructed by that famous Hollywood movie), I wondered at what point the beggars waded into the pool to pocket the coins.   The Trevi Fountain area was filled with many North African and Moroccan kids selling a variety of trinkets. I wasn’t buying, however, although the mood at the fountain was giddy and quite contagious. In many ways, it’s probably the happiest place on earth. I attributed that to the vortex of foaming splashing water

running down the façade of the largest Baroque fountain in Rome.   I ended my Italian journey with a walk around the ancient Coliseum. I circled it three times, running my

hands along the ancient stones while thinking of all the emperors who had passed through the grand entranceway to the roar of the crowds.   But you can’t walk

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“Silencing the Violence and Increasing the Peace”

Hancock Rec Celebrates Sixers Neighborhood Basketball League with an Awards Ceremony by Max Pulcini

  On Fri., March 14, Hancock Recreation Center celebrated its 2014 Sixers Neighborhood Basketball League season with an awards ceremony. The ceremony honored the members of the 12-and-under co-ed basketball league as each participating player was recognized for their accomplishments on the basketball court.   League Director Larry Vaughan honored his coaches, commissioners, Moffet Elementary School, Rec Leader Jonathan Rocks and all of the participants’ parents before presenting each player with a trophy and a certificate from the Sixers.   The league teaches sportsmanship, discipline, teamwork and Vaughan’s message of “silencing the violence and increasing the peace” in the neighborhood. “In the Hancock Rec S.N.B.L., there are no winners or losers. Everybody works together, has good grades and a good attitude,” Vaughan said.   After the awards were handed out, the children, coaches and family members shared in a pizza party. •

Above: Neighborhood children participating in the S.N.B.L. were recognized for their accomplishments on the basketball court with trophies and a certificate. Left: Larry Vaughan presented the coaches of his four S.N.B.L. teams with plaques and thanked them for all of their help this season. /Photos: Max Pulcini

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Giving Credit Where It is Due

Too many times you hear only the bad things that people do in the world so it is nice and refreshing when somebody does something good. In the early morning on Saturday, March 15, a group of roofers surprised the Front Street Gym members and put a much needed, brand new roof on the gym. The roof was in really bad shape and these men decided to put a new roof on at no cost to the gym. They definitely deserve the recognition for a job well done. It is great to see that there are people who are true believers in doing random acts of kindness. Frank Kubach and the Front Street Gym are very grateful for your hard work. Thank you to Al, Mike, Joel, Pat, Nick, Jayson, Justin, Bug, Nick, Rob and Tom Predricks, Ex. Director of Local 30. Your kindness is greatly appreciated.

Goodness is the only investment that never fails. ~ Henry David Thoreau

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New Fundraising Committee Forming Now for Palmer Cemetery in Fishtown

The Palmer Cemetery located in Fishtown is recognized as a Philadelphia Historical Commission Landmark. The cemetery has been in existence since the early 18th century, and is one of the oldest active burial grounds in the United States.

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  I just wanted to let everyone know that a new fundraising committee is now forming to support Palmer Cemetery, located in Fishtown. I am helping to start this with the help of my sister Nancy PrestonBartelle.   To give you just a little background on this historic landmark, besides the fact that my mother, Aileen Preston, is buried here. Palmer Cemetery is one of a handful of historical public cemeteries in the country. It has graves dating back to the Revolutionary War and depends totally on corporate and private donations.   I will keep you updated on upcoming events. Thank you in advance for your support. Joe Preston

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR MEETINGS NLNA Meeting Thu, Mar. 27, 7-9PM at Community Center, 700 N. Third St. (northwest corner Third & Fairmount). A general meeting of the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association. All are welcome. Agenda varies. Friends of Kensington Library Meeting Sat., Mar. 29 at Buzz Cafe (1800 N Howard St) at 10AM. The Friends of the Kensington Library (located next to the York-Dauphin Station) is working to help make the library a safer, better, and more accessible resource for the community. Come to this Saturday morning meeting if you would like to help be a part! Saturday Hours at the Kensington Library! Thanks to the great work of the Friends of Kensington Library and Councilwoman

Maria Quinones-Sanchez, the library will be open on SATURDAYS starting this Summer. Special NLNA Meeting Special Location and Topics - Don’t Miss It! Thurs., Mar. 27 at 7PM. The NLNA’s March general membership meeting will be held in the beautifully restored church auditorium of SEER Interactive, a national, Northern Liberties-based internet firm housed in the old St. John’s Church, 1028 N 3rd St. On the agenda: The Pew Trust presenting findings of its new study on “Philadelphia’s Changing Middle Class” - covering the crucial issues facing our city. Also, a neighborhood preview of “N3RD Street,” an exciting new effort by Old City and Northern Liberties tech firms to brand 3rd St corridor and bring more exciting companies

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and activities to the community.And several local businesses will be on hand - meet them, learn about their offerings, sample their wares, and more!  RSVP not required, but tell is if you’re coming - check in on Facebook - Special NLNA  March Meeting. This is a can’t miss meeting - see you there! FACT Membership Meeting Mon., Apr. 7 at 7PM Holy Name Church Hall. Guest speakers are Council President Darrell Clarke & Councilman Mark Squilla. Two new members on the FACT board--Margie Schmidt and Tom Morrissey!  Both Marge & Tom are long time, active FACT members and we are excited to have them working with us. Tom and Marge will fill the void of FACT having lost two board members--Kathy Rhoads who has stepped down and the late Charlie Young. We would like to once again thank Kathy Rhoads for her service to our community and for serving as the Vice President of FACT. Kathy undertook the beautiful Banner Project and spent many years working with City agencies and the artists and designers at Berry & Homer to design the banners.  Our community is brighter and even more beautiful thanks to Kathy. We also lost board member Charlie Young who passed away over the winter.  Charlie was a vital member of our board and he is greatly missed. EKNA Zoning Meeting EKNA Zoning Meeting canceled for March due to lack of projects. April’s zoning meeting is scheduled for Wed., Apr. 9. EVENTS Port Richmond Tigers Sign up now for baseball, softball and teeball. Girls and boys, ages 4-18. All are welcome. Teams will fill up quickly so don’t delay. Mon. thru Fri. from 6:30PM till 8PM at the Tigers Clubhouse (Chatham and Ann Sts.). For more info, call the Clubhouse (215-423-7611) or Tom Mack (215-2758838). Check us out on the Tigers facebook.

Early Registration Now Open for Portside’s Summer Arts Camp 2014 L a y a w a y P l a n Av a i l able! Portside Arts Center will also be hosting a Teen Theater Camp this summer. June 23-July 12; July 14-August 3. Registration is now open. Check out their website for March classes. Portside Arts Center, 2531 E. Lehigh Ave.,
215-4271514. www.portsideartscenter.org. 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. Zumba Classes Frank Glavin Playground is holding Zumba classes for adults on Tuesdays 7:45-8:45PM. $4 per class. 215-685-9898. 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. Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St. 215685-9992. 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.

Bingo at Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral Banquet Hall Grand Opening! Bingo Game at Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral Banquet Cione News Hall, 801 N. 8th St. (8th Cione is now taking registra- & Brown), 215-829-8103. tion for their popular Sum- Doors open 4:30PM; game mer Day Camp that runs starts 7PM. They will be Mon. through Fri. 9AM playing their package bingo to 3PM beginning June 23 game every Mon. & Fri. and ending Aug.15. Precare night starting at 7PM. Proand after care are available. gram consists of lapboard Breakfast and a snack are games, specials, 50/50 provided. Activities include games, quickies, lucky 7 swimming, trips, arts and games and end of the night crafts, reading, sports and jackpot. Also selling popvarious other fun activities.  open tickets throughout the Register now as this camp night for additional cash has sold out quickly six years prizes. Package prices are in a row.  Cione is located $12 or $20. Kitchen on at Aramingo and Lehigh premises. Fenced-in parking Avenues 215-685-9880. lot. You must be at least 16 Also starting registration years of age to play. for the Spring Soccer Program which operates on Free Library Saturdays for boys and girls Offers Help for ages 4 to 8.  The entire pro- Health Insurance gram cost is $2 and space is Coverage limited. The Free Library of Phila-

delphia 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. 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: Mar. 28, and 31. For more information call 215-686-5310. Classes at Portside Arts Center The Portside Arts Center holds many classes. For example:  Spring Acting Classes: Session 1: Apr. 2 - June 4. Session 2: Apr. 2 - June 4.10 weeks Ages: 5-7 Wednesdays 4-5PM. Cost $120. 10 weeks Ages: 8-12 Wednesdays 5-6:30PM. Cost $150. 10 weeks Ages 13-17, Wednesdays 6:458:15PM. Cost $150. Instructor: Rebecca May Flowers.  Portside Arts Center is SUPER excited about their new Hip Hop & Ballet Dance Classes for Teens. Classes will take place on Thursdays. Ballet: 4:30-5:30PM; Hip Hop: 5:45-6:45PM.     Early Registration Now Open for Portside’s Summer Arts Camp 2014. Layaway Plan Available!   Portside Arts Center will also be hosting a Teen Theater Camp this summer. Session 1: June 23-July 12 and Session 2: July 14Aug. 3. For more information and to see the classes that Portside Arts Center has to offer visit their website at www.portsideartscenter.org. Located at 2531 E. Lehigh Ave., 215-427-1514. Smith’s Seasonal Grand Playground Opening Kids 10 and younger and their caregivers are invited to Smith’s Seasonal Grand Playground Opening party, Play-A-Palooza on Sat., Mar. 29, 12-3PM.
 Join us for 6-1/2 acres of play, crafts from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, games from Playworks, hands-on science from The Franklin Institute, activities from Arden Theatre Company, a mobile farm from Greener Partners and the Junior League of Philadelphia, soccer activities from Soccer Shots, maker activities from Stick-lets and the Department of Making and Doing, drinks from Honest Tea, treats, and more! Free for Smith members, $10 per child for non-members. Become a member

today, or get your tickets by visiting: www.smithplayground.org. Rain date is Mar. 30, 12-3PM. Located at 3500 Reservoir Drive in East Fairmount Park, just above Kelly Drive near 33rd and Oxford Sts. Free parking and easily accessible by public transportation. Bethel Baptist Church Penny Auction Bethel Baptist Church will hold a Penny Auction on THIS Sat., Mar. 29 from 11AM-3PM. Great items: gift cards, various gift baskets, sports team shirts, sweatshirts, outdoor furniture. Also selling food. There will also be a Flea Market. Bethesda Spaghetti Dinner Bethesda United Methodist Church, 2820 E. Venango St., will hold their Spaghetti Dinner on Sat., Mar. 29 from 3-6PM. $8 adults; $4 children. A raffle for a family basket. Dinner includes: salad, dessert and beverage. Penny Party at Elm Tree Post 88 The American Legion Auxiliary will hold their annual Penny Party fundraiser on Sat., Mar. 30, at Elm Tree Post 88, 1414 Palmer St.  Admission is $3, which includes a beverage, slice of cake and envelope of tickets.  Additional tickets will be on sale for $1 per envelope, as  well as  50/50 chances, large prize raffle tickets and refreshments.  Doors will open at 1PM and the party begins at 2PM,  Come out and enjoy the fun. FNA Chili Cookoff Fishtown Neighbors Association is looking for contestants for its 4th Annual Chili Cookoff ! The Chili Cookoff will be held on Sun., Mar. 30 from 1-4 PM at 2424 Studios (York Street). All contestants must bring 16 quarts of chili. There is no fee to enter but there are prizes for winning! Contact Jed at chilicookoff@ fishtown.org. Emerald Park Spring Clean-Up Sat., Apr. 5 from 10AM 12PM. Meet-up at Emerald Park (Emerald & Dauphin Streets) at 10AM sharp. Groups will then be sent to spots across the neighborhood. Have an idea for a block that needs a clean-up? Email us at eknacommunity@gmail.com. Join us for the biggest clean-up of the year! Tools, bags, and gloves provided by EKNA. Free lunch afterwards for all volunteers at the Philadelphia Brewing Company! Friends of Hetzell’s Beef and Beer Presented by Friends of Hetzell Playground, Sat., Apr. 5 from 7-11PM at Holy Name Church Hall, Berks and Gaul Sts. All proceeds go to Revitalization of Hetzell Playground. Admission: $25 per person. For tickets call Greg Fox at 215-301-9858.

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CLUES ACROSS 1. Recapture the past 10. “Tosh.0” and “South Park” are two 12. Military greeting 13. Passenger ships 15. Can’t move 16. Any omission of a part 18. 43rd state 19. Compassionate nursing care 20. Pa’s partner 21. Dutch cheese 24. London radio station 27. Perfumed powder bag 30. Liquid body substances 31. Expresses pleasure 33. Escape from prison 34. Long-wave hue 35. Bleated 37. Male swan 39. Head cover 41. Fewer calories 42. Teal duck genus 44. Inspire with love 47. Grab 48. Cruel inhuman person 49. 6th musical tone 50. Indigenous tribe of

Indonesia 52. Megabyte 53. Headpin in bowling 56. Light, fitful naps 61. Precede 62. Greek and Turkish Sea 63. Pot ‘o gold location 65. Was in disagreement CLUES DOWN 1. A player’s part 2. Ratites 3. Distribute 4. 15th day of March 5. Empire State 6. Small island 7. Con or swindle accomplices 8. Oasts kiln shape 9. Female sheep 10. Motor vehicle 11. ___ Lanka 12. More melancholy 14. Not all 15. Apple, pumpkin or a la mode 17. __ King Cole, musician 22. Palms with egg shaped

nuts 23. Mistress of a household 24. Founder of Babism 25. Semitic fertility god 26. Connected links 28. Chocolate tree 29. Miao-Yao is their language 32. Moss capsule stalk 36. Young society woman 38. Bartenders 40. Buried port city 43. One point S of SE 44. Cervid 45. Inexperienced (var.) 46. Exercises authority over 51. Handles 54. Neither 55. Alumnus 56. Sunrise 57. Cease exertion 58. Double curve 59. Maneuver 60. Not happy 64. Old English See answers on page 14

TD Bank Names Tariq Parvez Manager of New Store in Port Richmond District   TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, has promoted Tariq Parvez to Assistant Vice President, Store Manager of the new store located at 2267 Butler St. in Philadelphia. He is responsible for new business development, consumer and business lending, managing personnel and overseeing the day-to-day operations at the new store serving customers throughout the Port Richmond/Aramingo District of Philadelphia.   Parvez has 13 years of business management experience, including the past four years in banking. He joined TD Bank in 2010 in its Bensalem, Pa., store, serving as a Senior Sales and Service Representative and most recently as the Assistant Store Manager. Prior to joining the bank, Parvez owned and managed a grocery store and a refrigeration company, both in Philadelphia.   A resident of Philadelphia, Parvez is a member of the Richmond Corridor Association, Aramingo Business Association, Young Professionals Network and the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

Tariq Parvez was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Store Manager of the new TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, located at 2267 Butler St. in Port Richmond. He is active in the Al-Aqsa Islamic Society.   TD Bank focuses on delivering legendary customer service by providing seven-day branch banking with extended hours, Penny Arcade coin-counting machines, hassle-free products, free online banking and bill pay at www.tdbank.com, and treats for kids and dogs. Customers also have access to a network of 2,700 ATMs from Maine to Florida.•

About TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank® TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 8 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at approximately 1,300 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, MidAtlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth®, and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. To learn more, visit www.tdbank.com. Find TD Bank on Facebook at www. facebook.com/TDBank and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ TDBank_US. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol “TD.” To learn more, visit www.td.com.

Celebrating Dr. Seuss at Richmond School State Rep. John Taylor visited Richmond School to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. “I had a great time reading to the thirdgraders at the Richmond School. We shared “Oh the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss, and I got to wear this cool hat!”, said Taylor.

State Representative John Taylor Legislative Update My Illegal Gun Legislation Passes Committee   My legislation, House Bill 1091, which would toughen the penalties for anyone committing a crime with an illegal gun, took an important step forward today when it passed the House Judiciary Committee. Under House Bill 1091, the possession of a firearm without a legal permit and that is not owned by the person carrying the weapon, would be a felony of the third degree, and anyone convicted would face a minimum mandatory sentence of at least two years total confinement. This bill will give prosecutors an additional tool to fight illegal firearm possession and violence in the City of Philadelphia. The bill now moves on to the whole House for a vote. Other Gun Bills Pass the Committee   The Judiciary Committee also passed House Bill 1243, which would require the Pennsylvania State Police to send mental health data within 90 days to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which is used to check the background of individuals attempting to acquire a firearm nationwide. The bill would additionally require ongoing submissions to the national database within 48 hours of the state police receiving mental health data. House Bill 1498, also passed by the committee, would remove the requirement that a gun be visible during the commission of a crime of violence to impose the mandatory minimum five-year sentence. It would also apply the requirement that a victim be placed in reasonable fear only to the use of a replica firearm.

Both measures now head to the House for consideration. Committee Backs Bills to Protect Students The House Education Committee voted in support of a measure this week aimed at protecting Pennsylvania students from sexual predators. House Bill 2063 would require public and private schools in Pennsylvania and their independent contractors to conduct a thorough employment history review prior to offering employment to any applicant for a position involving direct contact with children. The bill would apply to all public schools, private schools, nonpublic schools, intermediate units and area vocational-technical schools in the Commonwealth. House Bill 2063 was introduced as part of the House’s continuing efforts to strengthen and enhance the state’s child protection laws. The measure now moves to the full House for consideration. Resolution Urges Creation of Drug Task Force The House Human Services Committee this week approved a resolution to establish a task force to examine the rising trend in the use of heroin and abuse of prescription opioid drugs across Pennsylvania. House Resolution 659 would direct the Joint State Government Commission to create a task force consisting of four members appointed by the Speaker of the House. It also calls for the formation of an advisory committee to include representatives from a wide variety of groups which are connected to the battle against drugs in Pennsylvania. The list would include the Department of Public Welfare, Pennsylvania

Office of Attorney General, the Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Medical Society, among others. The prescription drug problem and heroin problem in Pennsylvania have reached epidemic levels with hundreds of overdoses and overdose deaths being reported across the Commonwealth. Students Encouraged to Enter Dog License Awareness Poster Contest Pennsylvania students in first through sixth grades are invited to enter a poster contest to raise awareness about the importance of dog licensing as part of “Dog License Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania. The poster contest is open to all students enrolled in public, private or home school. Students involved with a sponsoring 4-H club or scouting organization may also participate. The poster must reflect the theme “License your dog. It’s his ticket home,” and also include the website www. licenseyourdogPA.com. Judging will be based on effective communication of the theme and importance of the dog license law and creativity. The deadline to enter the statewide contest is April 30. State law requires all dogs three months and older to be licensed each year. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog. Office Hours at Simpson Recreation Center One of the young constituents who came by to say “hi” at our evening office hours at Simpson Recreation Center in Northwood, 1010 Arrott St. We hold office hours there every Thursday, from 5-7 p.m.•


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26th District Crime Report

March 5 - March 11, 2014 Below is a breakdown of crimes committed in the 26th District in the neighborhoods that make up PSA #3: • Zero (0) homicides and Zero (0) rapes reported during this time. • Two (2) robbery-point of gun during this time: 2600 Kensington (3/6), 2600 Kensington (3/6) • Two (2) robberies other weapon during this time: 1500 Berks (3/5), 2200 Lehigh (3/8) • One (1) Aggravated Assaults other weapon during this time: 2400 Jasper (3/6) • One (1) Aggravated Assault with a gun during this time: 900 Delaware (3/9) • Three (3) residential burglaries during this time: 1300 5th (3/7), 1500 Frankford (3/8), 2600 Coral (3/8) • Eleven (11) Theft from Autos during this time: 2000 Sergeant (3/6), 2100 Huntingdon (3/8), 2500 Aramingo (3/8), 1000 Delaware (3/9), 1500 Hewson (3/9), 2300 York (3/9), 1300 Palmer (3/10), 700 Thompson (3/10), 1900 Huntingdon (3/11), 2500 Memphis (3/11), 2100 Huntingdon (3/11) • Two (2) stolen vehicles during this time: 800 Moyer (3/7),1600 Berks (3/10) • T hree (3) T hefts during this time: 2400 Sergeant (3/5), 2200 Coral (3/7), 1000 Delaware (3/9).•

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Our delightful Jewel is a young female pitbull blend that landed one day at the shelter as a stray. We called her Jewel because she is so very pretty and her cheerful, sweet personality shines through like a precious stone! Jewel walks very well on leash and appears to have all around good manners. She is very sweet and longs for human attention. Jewel appears to have a medium energy level- just enough to be playful when you want her to be? Jewel is the perfect friend to enjoy life with - she has it all: well-behaved, beautiful,

by Sue Senn

Jewel Needs a Home

and very low-maintenance! 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. Jewel is located at ACCT -- 111 W.

Hunting Park Ave, Phila., PA 19140. Phone: 267-385-3800 (ask for the Lifesaving Department!) More about Jewel: Pet ID: A22092200. Colors: Slate Grey with White • Coat length: Short. If you have any questions about Jewel, email acctpetfinder@ gmail.com or adopt@ acctphilly.org. •

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REAL ESTATE SALES:

Sleeves Up, Brooms Down on April 5th at Your Neighborhood Spring Clean Up What better way to forget the meaning of a “polar vortex” than to get our neighborhood ready for the warmth of spring. Spring Clean Up starts at 10am and lasts till 12 noon. Get ready with your neighbors and bring your family to the nearest check-in spot listed below: • Fishtown Rec Center, 1202 E. Montgomery Ave. (Fishtown Neighbors Association) • Community Women’s Education Project | Frankford & Somerset (Somerset Neighbors for Better Living) • Emerald St Park |Emerald Street and Dauphin Street (East Kensington Neighbors Association) • Cione Playground | Lehigh Avenue and Aramingo Avenue (Olde Richmond Neighbors Association) Supplies will also be available at 2300 E. Clearfield St. (corner of Tulip & Clearfield Sts.) for residents of 3000- 3100 Cedar to Janney St. & 2200-2400 Ann, East Clearfield St. & Allegheny Ave. Celebrate with a post Clean Up BBQ for volunteers only at noon. Contact Heather for info at hmccool@nkcdc.org or 215-427-0650 x 103.•

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

The 7th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup is set for Sat., Apr. 5 from 9AM to 2PM

This is the official kickoff to Philadelphia’s cleaning season, and residents are encouraged to come out and help rid Philadelphia of litter. In 2013, more than 13,000 volunteers helped collect 1,014,540 pounds of trash and 23,341 pounds of recycling across the city, making it the biggest event to date! You can still sign up to volunteer for an event until April 4, 2014. Volunteer at PhillySpringCleanup.com or contact Bow Lewis, PRIDE District Mgr at 215-9489285 or Pride.philly@yahoo.com. MEETING LOCATIONS FOR THIS CLEANUP ARE AS FOLLOWS: RCA - Corner of Richmond & Tioga, K&A - Corner of Kensington & Allegheny, PRIDE - Corner of Tulip & Ontario


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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, 866-540-FAIR (3247).

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PORT RICHMOND 2 & 3 bdrm homes $900 & $1100/month. 215-425-3086

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Konrad Square Flea Market The Friends of Konrad Square will host a Flea Market on Sat., Apr. 5 and Apr. 19. Also on Sat., May 3 and May 17. at Konrad Square, Tulip and Dauphin Sts., from 8AM to 3PM. Anyone interested in renting a space should call Vicky at 215-426-9654. Ladies of Port Richmond Flea Market The LOPR Breast Cancer will be holding a Flea Market Fundraiser on Sat., Apr. 12 from8:30AM-2PM. $15 per space. Campbell Square, Belgrade and Allegheny. For information contact Maureen at 215-425-3834. All proceeds to benefit Breast Cancer Research. Glavin Playground Flea Market Flea Market at Frank Glavin Playground (Almond & Westmoreland) on Sat., Apr. 12 from 9AM to 2PM.  $10 per table.  First come first serve basis. No food vendors. Any questions call 215-685-9898. TRIPS Ladies of Port Richmond Breast Cancer Casino Trip The LOPR will be holding a Casino Trip to Resorts Casino on Sun., Mar. 23. Bus departs at 11AM from Campbell Square Park, Belgrade and Allegheny. Cost: $25. Package $25 Slots Play. For information call Mary Lou at 215-427-3222.

Trip to Niagra Falls, New York Join the Happy Travelers on a 4-day Niagara Falls, New York trip 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. $550 per person, dbl occupancy. Call Theresa Romanowski at 215-922-1700 or in the evening at 215-423-8854. REUNION 50th Class Reunion Simon Gratz High School 50th Class Reunion celebration for Simon Gratz High School. We are looking for classmates from these four classes, January/June 1964, @ January/June 1965. the reunion will take place on Sat., Oct. 18. For more information please contact Joyce Singleterry Burton 215-4242968, Marjorie Washington Johns 215-247-6639, Charlotte Hatcher Conway 215-439-8686, Juanita Zeigler Stevenson 215-226-1773.


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FACT Ice Cream Party with the Bunny On Sun., Apr. 6 at 1PM at Holy Name Church Hall, FACT will host Ice Cream Sundae Party with the Easter Bunny! Boys and girls make their own ice cream sundaes and visit with the Easter Bunny! Treats & surprises! Bring your camera for pictures with the Bunny!  Cost is $2.  Ladies of Port Richmond Breakfast The 10th Annual LOPR Breast Cancer Awareness Breakfast will be held at St. Adalbert’s School Hall, Thompson and Allegheny (enter hall on Edgemont St.) on Sun., Apr. 6 at 10AM. Jefferson Hospital, Nazareth Hospital and Holy Redeemer Hospital will all be attending. Adults: $10; Children under 12: $5. Contact Mary Lou at 215-427-3222. PRO-ACT Family Addiction Education Program Serves Philadelphia  Sessions begin week of April 1 in Northeast Philadelphia, North

Philadelphia and Northern Liberties When someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, the disease affects the entire family. Each month PROACT (Pennsylvania Recovery Organization–Achieving Community Together) hosts a Family Addiction Education Program 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 6:30-8:30PM at the Philadelphia Recovery Community Center. Sessions are also held on the first three Thursdays from 6:30-8:30PM 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/.

Our Lady of Port Richmond Annual Family Auction The auction will be held Fri., Apr. 11 from 9AM until 7:30PM. Food will be available for purchase starting at 5PM, and drawings for baskets will start at 7:30PM sharp. Tickets are 25 for $5 and can be

purchased at the Auction or in advance through an OLPR student. The auction is located in the lower hall and everyone is invited to enter through the Edgemont Street school yard. Give Kids Sight Day On Sat., Apr. 12, all children, 18 and under can receive free eye exams, and if needed, 2 free pairs of eyeglasses at “Give Kids Sight Day.” The one day event will take place from 8:30AM – 2PM. Parents should register their child by going to the Hamilton building at Thomas Jefferson University located at 1001 Locust Street on the day of the event. Parents who do not have insurance or are under-insured are encouraged to attend. For more info please visit www. pccy.org/sightday. 3rd Annual Fishtown 5k - St. LauRUNtius & Finish Line Block Party Join the St. Laurentius community for a race through the streets of Fishtown beginning and ending at the school on Sat., Apr. 12 at 10AM. Challenge yourself on this fun, fast course and stick around for the Finish Line Block party with music, food and drinks. Register for the race at the Run the Day Website. https://www.runtheday. com/registration/select_ race_type/22873. Penn Treaty Park Easter Egg Hunt Join the Friends of Penn Treaty Park for our annual Spring tradition. Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Sat., Apr. 12 at 10AM. Kids of all ages are welcome. Prizes, candy and fun for all. As with all of our events, participation in the hunt is free. However, some activities like face painting may require a small charge. Event will take place in beautiful, historic Penn Treaty Park, Delaware and Columbia Aves. Don’t forget to bring a basket or bag for your eggs. www.penntreatypark.org. Glavin Easter Egg Hunt Easter Egg Hunt at Frank Glavin Playg round on Thurs., Apr. 17 from 122PM. Ages 2-7.   Cost is Free.  Must pre-register with office staff in order to participate. First 100 kids only.  We will not be taking pictures this year.  However you can bring your camera to take pictures.  Refreshments will be available at a nominal fee.  Call 215-685-9898 or stop in the office to register. Come Join The Richmond Book Club! The third Thursday of each month the Richmond Book Club meets at 6:15PM.This month the meeting will be on Apr. 18 and the discussion will be on the 2014 One Book, One Philadelphia title, The Yellow Birds, by Kevin Powers.  Next month on Apr. 17, Home by Marilynn Robinson is

the selection. Come join the club! The Richmond library is located at 2987 Almond St.  Call 215-6859992 for more information. Elm Tree Post No. 88 Annual Good Friday Fish Fry

Fri., Apr. 18 from 3-7PM at 1414 E. Palmer St. Eatin or Take-Out. Serving Flounder Platters, Fish Cake Platters, Combo (Flounder and Fish Cake) Platters, Fish Cake Sandwiches. Choice of sides include: Macaroni & Cheese, Stewed Tomatoes, Potato Salad, Pasta Salad, or Cole Slaw. Assorted Desserts and Beverage. Place orders upon arrival. Portside’s 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. April 18 Good Friday; May 20 - schools closed. For additional information and registration, visit our website: http://www. portsideartscenter.org/.

Bethesda Easter Egg and Candy Sale Bethesda United Methodist Church, 2820 E. Venango St., will hold an Easter Egg and Homemade Candy Sale on Sat., Apr. 12 and Sat., Apr. 19 from 10AM – 3PM. Butter Cream, Peanut Butter, Coconut, Chocolate Eggs. Also available are taffys and other homemade candy. Mother of Divine Grace Parish Designer Bag Bingo Coach ~ Kate Spade ~ Michael Kors. Sat., Apr. 26, Mother of Divine Grace Church Hall. Doors open at 6PM ~ Bingo starts at 7PM. Tickets: $30. Door Prizes ~ Raffles ~ BYO Snacks & Drinks. Extra boards and bingo markers will be available for sale. To purchase tickets please contact Frank Valentino @ 267-408-4926; Anthony Valentino @ 215813-0129. Thank you for your support of Mother of Divine Grace Parish. 7th Annual Lehigh Avenue Arts Festival will Feature Philly Puff!

T he “Philly Puf f ” is Philly’s first annual inflatable sculpture contest. The sculptures will converge to inflate on Sat., Apr. 26 from 2-4PM during the 7th Annual Lehigh Avenue Arts Festival. There will be guest judges from around Philadelphia including Aaron Billheimer, Manager of Technology & Visual Media from the Fabric

Workshop & Museum and the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym. www.phillypuff.org. 2nd Annual Cow Chip Bingo U10 Fishtown BELLS & HOTSPURS 2nd Annual will hold their 2nd Annual Cow Chip Bingo on Sat., Apr. 26 from 2-6PM. (Raindate Sun., Apr. 27) at the Ukranian Club, 847 N. Franklin St. There will be a moonbounce for the kids, grilled food, cold beer, DJ Edgie Lesinski and lots of fun! Tickets are $20 and will give you a chance to win the Grand Prize of $10,000!!! Please see any player for tickets or call Pat Cain Jr. 215-806-2540, Bobby Mulvenna 215554-7198, TJ Farrell 267496-9068 or Mike Galdo 267-205-0721. Come out and enjoy a day of fun for the whole family!!!

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 invited 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: 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: Apr. 2, May 7, June 4, July 2, Aug. 6, Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5, Dec. 3. Classes 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 the name of your surgeon.

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Elm Tree Post 88 Flapjack Fundraiser You’re invited to an
Applebee’s® Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast 
to support American Legion Elm Tree Post 88

$7.50 per person;
$4.50 for kids under 10. Sat., May  3,

8-10AM at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & B a r, 
 2 5 0 1 A r a m i n g o Ave. For more information:
Tickets may be purchased by calling Tom Callen @ 215-425-5356 or Marge Wible @ 215426-6435.•)

OBITUARIES BARTON WILLIAM J., age 78; died March 16,

2014; husband of the late Ida. Boyfriend of Dianne Jerry. Father of Linda (Jack), Diane (Marvin), Tom (Eileen), Dennis and the late William. Also survived by 15 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and the late Dennis Kee; 2 great great grandchildren, 1 brother, and 1 sister. BURNS FUNERAL HOME

BOYLE JOAN M., (nee McGough), died March

10, 2014; she was a member of St. Joseph Associates and The Catholic Daughters; beloved wife of William J.; loving mother of Colleen (Michael) Sharp, Mom Mom to Connor and Caitlin; devoted sister to Mary Jane (Tom) Reim; she is also survived by her sister-in-law Edie (Jerry) Keegan and many nieces and nephews. BURNS FUNERAL HOME

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times until the mixture is thick, smooth, and shiny. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir in the flour mixture until just combined, about 1 minute. Stir in the chocolate chips and give the dough a final stir to ensure there are no hidden flour pockets. Pour the dough into the 12”skillet, spreading it evenly and pressing it into the bottom. Place on the middle rack of oven and cook for approximately 20 minutes. Remove and allow to cool for several minutes before serving.   The chocolate chip cookie recipe itself is one of the best around, from Cook’s Illustrated, and is delicious as typically prepared, in tablespoon-sized dollops to make individual cookies. This skillet version, I think, is even better, as putting all the dough into one large pan saves time, meaning your minutes closer to eating your tasty treat. It also avoids the hassle of loading of several baking sheets and alternating them in and out of the oven. Though it’s a

bit more tedious than the traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe, the extra step of browning a majority of the butter creates a rich flavor; be sure to keep an eye on it during the melting process, though, making sure it does not burn. Whipping the dough base, pre-flour, and taking breaks in between thickens and smoothes the ingredients, and even fluffs the cookie up a bit. The end result is the perfect combination of soft on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside.   Though I had plenty of this giant skillet cookie, I had enough to share with Joe and friends from his soccer team. It was a drastic difference to the traditional orange wedges at half time, but it certainly helped them perk back up after their two games. While I basked in the glow of the compliments that followed, I think I was even happier at the thought of having to wash only one skillet as opposed to multiple baking sheets, which is just as nice as the warm, happy sentiments induced from one bite of this skillet chocolate chip cookie.•

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Burns Funeral Home, Inc. Burns Funeral Home, Inc. 1428 E. Columbia Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19125 Phone: 215-634-6858 Robert Burns, Supv. Sr., Supv. Joseph J. J. Burns,

9708 Frankford Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19114 Phone: 215-637-1414 Gerard Burns, Supv. Supv. Gerard J.J.Burns,

Martin J. Burns Funeral Home, Inc. 1514 Woodbourne Road Levittown, PA 19057 Phone: 215-547-3040 Lisa Burns Campbell, Supv. www.burnsfuneralhome.com


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