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Superman? St. George School Needs a Hero After Recent Burglary by Patty-Pat Kozlowski

  So I’m sitting in the principal’s office. I’m not in trouble, but I’m troubled. The principal is my best friend for over 20 years, Danny Markowski and we’re in his office at Port Richmond’s St. George School, our alma mater and a place where he is now the boss.   The school’s safe is gone, as is the security camera system with a total of over $5,000 in stolen cash and missing property. Over the weekend of March 22-23, someone with a key, or at least access to the school, e n t e re d t h e bu i l d i n g and cleaned them out. Inside the safe was money collected for the eighth grade class trip to NYC and other bank deposits. Yep, somebody knew what was in that safe.   “There was no forced entry to get in here. The only forced entry was into the actual camera box, so, it’s obviously somebody who’s familiar with our place,” Markowski said.   I ’ m wo n d e r i n g h ow

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familiar. Markowski’s office looks like a photography portrait studio. From his wedding photos to the day his four kids were born to the last good family picture of his dad, Big Ed, before cancer took him way too soon-pictures are everywhere. Pictures of all the school kids, the teachers on pajama day, pictures of Field Day in June when the schoolyard gets turned into an Olympic stadium with games, water ice, DJ music and water balloon tosses. There is even a picture of me on his file cabinet, when I was blonde and 50 pounds lighter. We were sitting together on the steps of the Art Museum ready to do the Breast Cancer walk with his mom, Betty-a survivor. There is also a picture that stands out of Markowski and St. George pastor Monsignor Joe Anderlonis, standing shoulder to shoulder with a look of relief and exhaustion, but also passion and strength. It was taken the day they received the news that their school was NOT closing due to Archdiocese of Philadelphia budget cuts, even though their school was on the chopping block and set to close its doors in 2012. Parents, alumni, staff and students rallied, fought and prayed

St. George School can really use a Super Hero now after they were burgalized and thousands of dollars taken. Superman, can you hear us? to St. George to “slay” this particular dragon that seems to invade so many neighborhood Catholic

schools in Philly by way of shuttering their doors.   “We’ve been through a lot over the past couple of

years and we do our best to try and do what we can to make our school successful and when things like this

happen it’s hurtful to us but also a violation of our see ST. GEORGE on page 8

Parishioners Develop a Plan to Save Saint Laurentius Church From Demolition

Message From Save Saint Laurentius Church Committee

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  A group of parishioners have a plan to save the Saint Laurentius Church in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia. This committee has hired a canon lawyer and intends to do everything it can to reopen Saint Laurentius Church for regular worship.   The Archdiocese is misinterpreting the engineer’s findings. As a result, they are being alarmists and the swift closure of the church on Friday, March 28, 2014 has not allowed the parishioners to perform their due diligence. The Archdiocesan proposal to demolish the church would cost $1,000,000. The Holy Name of Jesus Parish will go into debt to pay for the demolition of the church.   At the request of the SAVE SAINT LAURENTIUS CHURCH COMMITTEE, a conditions assessment of the masonry towers has been performed. A contractor specializing in the preservation of historic churches has submit-

ted a proposal to remedy the L&I violations by restoring the masonry towers. The cost of the work would be $691,000 pending the approval of a structural engineer commissioned by the parishioners. The contractor has stated that, although the towers need work, the notion that they are in imminent danger of collapse is not consistent with his observations.   A timeline has been developed for scheduling these repairs. The SAVE SAINT LAURENTIUS CHURCH COMMITTEE has prepared a financial plan to fund the repairs. Anyone interested in supporting the repair of Saint Laurentius Church can go to the group’s Facebook page Save Saint Laurentius Church (website under construction). As further information comes to light SAVE SAINT LAURENTIUS CHURCH COMMITTEE anticipates their plan will receive support by those who have strong ties to Saint Laurentius Church. See letter on page 3. •



THE LOCAL LENS with Thom Nickels by Thom Nickels

  When people ask me, “What was your favorite world trip?” I have to say Lapland and Finland. For starters, there’s not much to the Finnish Lapland day during the winter months. The sun rises around 10:30 am and then begins to set around 2 in the afternoon. In the summer, it’s a different story. Twenty-four hours of sunlight make this the land of the Midnight Sun. It’s also a time, however, when Laplanders admit to having trouble sleeping.   “Even if I draw the curtains and make my bedroom as dark as possible, I know the sun is out there and this makes it hard to sleep,” is a comment you might hear if you ever make the day and a half journey to this faraway place.   A winter’s day in Lapland is a fragile thing. I know because I traveled to this unique part of the world a few years ago. My first view of the Lapland sunrise was from the lobby of the Levi Soko hotel where I roomed with other members of a small international press corps after our ‘get acquainted’ dinner the night

before. The sunrise on that first morning was hardly spectacular. The sun’s rays were so weak throughout the day that I commented to someone, “It looks like the sun is very sick and in Intensive Care.” We were seven journalists from countries as diverse as Russia, England, Austria, Italy, Germany, Poland and the US. As the only representative American journalist, I had traveled the longest with multi-hour stopovers in Copenhagen and Helsinki before hopping a jet to Rovaniemi, Lapland, where I met my colleagues.   The Rovaniemi airport was my first sense of being near the North Pole. A large neon Santa sleigh that looks as if it’s emblazoned in the sky hovers over the airport as a sort of reminder that the world’s only official Santa Claus Post Office Box is in this very town.   In Rovaniemi—where the journalists, as if in a synchronized trance, studied the tall, snow-capped Finish trees—we boarded a small chartered bus for the two hour trek into Levi Lapland. It was snowing lightly, but snow is the Arctic’s version of the daily “pineapple mist” rain in the Hawaiian Islands. The flakes fell

Thom Nickels is a Philadelphiabased author/ journalist/poet, film critic and feature writer for the Spirit Newspapers.

gently from the sky. Never, for instance, did we feel that our driver would get stuck in a snow drift as she drove with military like precision into the Arctic Rim. The Finns, after all, are geniuses when it comes to dealing with snow.   During the ride we were given a rundown on the two Finnish personalities. “There’s the winter persona--dour and introspective; and the summer self, which is high, sunny, and extroverted,” Leena, our Lapland tour guide, explained. Later, in restaurants, I’d notice Finnish couples and families who’d sit and brood in silence, as if awaiting execution. Couples and small groups sat with their backs to walls rather than face one another. It was a very strange thing to observe especially as conversation in the restaurant was soft and

muted. Only Americans, it seems, raise their voices. Leena explained that although the Finns seem cold they have very good hearts. “Once they decide you are a friend, they are there “permanently.” Certainly not like those fickle Californians who have made an art out of the easy, meaningless smile.   Our hotel was a good place to observe interactions between Finns and Russians. Because the DecemberJanuary holiday is the Russian ski season, many of the Russians were checking out of the hotel while we were there, so it was easy to observe classic Bolshevik boisterousness, which reminded me of Philadelphia Flyers fans after a winning game. Yes, Virginia, the Russians are loud.   (During a post-tour visit to Helsinki several days

later, I was informed that the Finns like the Russians about as much as the Russians like modern Finnish design. “The Russians want everything to be gold. The gaudier, the better!” my guide told me.)   Day one of the tour was a snowmobiling safari, so we boarded the bus that gave us ample views of the architecturally plain Lapland houses, set back in snowy Hallmark card style silhouettes. Mention was made of a snow covered golf course “somewhere out there in the distance.” A reward was offered to anyone who could spot a golf ball.   Snowmobiling is big business in Lapland. We donned thick zoot suits and helmets and signed waivers promising we would not hold the snowmobile company accountable if we got into an accident.   Snowmobile injuries and deaths are not uncommon in Lapland. In fact, it was only after our snowmobiling excursion that I

checked the Internet for the grisly facts associated with accidents and injuries. After reading this I understood why the Berlin journalist who was my snowmobile passenger had been so frightened. While I proved to be a fairly good driver-- I kept myself in the lead section throughout much of the ride—there were a couple of near skirmishes in which my snowmobile wobbled and, at least once, almost toppled over.   Driving these 30-40 mph devices made me think of WWII and the time that Finnish Commander-inChief Gustof Emil Mannerhein (later the country’s sixth president), invited Hitler to lunch. It was Hitler’s only visit to Finland, and Mannerheim, eager to show his independent style, did his best to blow cigar smoke in the (antismoking) Fuhrer’s face as well as annoy the persnickety (fanatical) vegetarian by asking for great see LOCAL LENS on page 4

Art Competition   To help young people learn the importance of practicing good financial habits such as saving money, budgeting and setting financial goals at an early age, Philadelphia Federal Credit Union (PFCU) began an art competition in 2012.   The credit union has announced the kickoff of its 3rd annual art competition - PFCU’s “Picture of Success Art Contest”. Open to Philadelphia-area students in grades 3-5, the contest asks students to submit a work of art that depicts one of their financial goals. Two lucky winners of the contest will receive prizes for their entire classroom, along with a personal $100 savings account.   The deadline to submit entries is May 7, 2014. Students interested in entering should visit artcontest with their parents to read the contest rules and download the Official Entry Form. Classroom Presentations   As part of the program this year, PFCU will visit local classrooms, including classrooms in Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Port Richmond and Bridesburg during the month of April to give a hands-on lesson that will teach students how to create and maintain a budget, which is the foundation to achieving financial goals.   Since PFCU began this program in 2012, more than 40 schools in the Philadelphia area have participated. Teachers interested in having their students participate in the art contest and/or scheduling a time for PFCU to visit their classroom to give a presentation during the month of April are encouraged to email djenkins@pfcu. com for more information. Even if a child’s school isn’t participating, parents can still get in the spirit of Financial Literacy Month at home by talking to their kids about money and entering PFCU’s “Picture of Success Art Contest.”   By teaching young people the skills they need to become financially literate, they will avoid many of the financial troubles that face so many people, such as credit card debt and no savings. PFCU believes that by making learning about money fun through its Financial Literacy Month program that young people will be more likely to learn and practice good financial habits for the rest of their lives.•


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LETTER to the Editor

Help Save Saint Laurentius Church   Folks, a group of parishioners is getting together to try to save beautiful, historic St. Laurentius Church. A few may say to tear it down, but that doesn’t make it right or it doesn’t mean it has to happen.   We have been losing many things that meant a lot to us growing up in the neighborhood. St. Michael’s School closed, H o l y N a m e S ch o o l closed then St. Anne School closed, then they tried to close St. Laurentius, our last Catholic school in the neighborhood. We fought that, and now St. Laurentius stands tall as the highest-rated school in the area by the independent   Many of us stood up in that fight, because we didn’t want to be the ones who ultimately failed our previous generations. We didn’t want to be the ones to look back on those who sacrificed to build not just St. Laurentius, but all of our schools, and say, “we couldn’t stop it.”   The same holds true see LETTER on page 8

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helpings of red meat.   Our snowmobile safari traveled for miles through the Lapland wilderness, stopping periodically for photographs or to let the slower drivers catch up. Our destination was a Reindeer Farm by Perhesafarit, where we would meet our guides, a young married couple in traditional Laplander clothes. At the farm we were taught how to feed and walk the animals after taking the obligatory reindeer sleigh ride. Lunch was in their private home at a long wooden table near a blazing fireplace. Salmon soup, bread, and an iced berry drink warmed us considerably.   By the time we said goodbye to this very 1960s “Alice’s Restaurant” couple, the sun was beginning to set.   On the snowmobiles again, there was a rush to beat impending darkness. Our guide was in the first snowmobile, and he upped his speed which meant that the “babysitting” portion of the ride was over. The snowmobiles in front of me, headlights on, bolted away in a jet propulsion thrust. I didn’t know that speed like this was possible on a wintry terrain. Then I recalled our guide’s warning:


“Slowing down out of fear or paranoia only increases the chances of wobbling or tipping over, so keep at it.” With this in mind, I stepped on it as the Berlin journalist behind me held onto me for dear life.   “We’re going to be alright,” I said, more out of self affirmation than certainty. During the ride back two journalists fell far behind the group, lost somewhere in the snowy forest. For some reason I thought of the infamous Donner party, although they eventually surfaced. Laplanders, perhaps because of the extreme climate, have a healthy, sexy vitality. While many Finnish men and women have Scandinavian traits--tall with large extremities—(At the Levi Soko hotel there were a number of statuesque Finnish women in long Heidi-style braids)—never tell a Swede that Finland is part of Scandinavia. Many people do this and it is incorrect. (When I visited Sweden years ago, the Finns were practically referred to as “undesirables,” while in Finland; I spotted menu items in restaurants like Baked Swede, which seemed to return the animosity.) Nightlife in Levi has the exuberance of a 1980’s USA disco. I witnessed twentysomething’s in knit hats wave their hands in unison

to a DJ and sing along enthusiastically as if acting in a Pepsi commercial. Crowds in Philadelphia or New York bars are not this happy, so I wondered if the mood had something to do with living on the Arctic Rim. When I saw so many men dancing with men I asked the guide if we were in a gay bar, but she told us that it is a Lapland custom for men to dance with men when there are not enough women present. Dance, in this case, applies to slow dancing as well. I was amazed to hear that there are almost no bar fights or mean drunks in Lapland. In fact, happy drunk men wandered around the bar like zombies with blindfolds on while patrons gently guided them from time to time away from the dance floor. There were no bouncers present.   We writers had no trouble dancing together in Lapland’s many bars and clubs. A few of us even joined the Moscow writers for vodka at an Irish pub. The two Russian women proved to be champions at vodka drinking. Breakfast the next morning was a little later than usual.   At Levi’s Polar Speed Husky farm we watched as hundreds of huskies, some of them mixed breed wolves, barked in unison. Huskies live to work but while waiting to pull sleds




they can look sad or anxious. The sled ride itself, at least in the beginning, is a fast and furious affair. I definitely got the feeling that one miscalculation by the dogs or driver could have wrapped the lot of us around a tree or two. Still, few things in life are as beautiful as finding yourself in a sled being pulled by dogs over a vast frozen lake surrounded by tall snow capped trees. An experience like this can only be described in music—or poetry.   No trip to Finland is complete without a traditional Finnish sauna. In our case the men and women split up, as is the Finnish tradition, and headed towards separate cabins on a frozen lake. There, fully naked, each of us climbed down a ladder off a dock into a hole in the frozen lake and then came back up almost immediately. The idea was to soak your body up to your neck, the traditional opening ritual before experiencing the pleasures of the sauna. After the dip, the guide handed us a towel, and we proceeded into the sauna where we baked for a good fifteen minutes. The high point was the time we spent in the outdoor warm whirlpool, beers in hand, under the Finnish snow capped trees and night sky. A traditional Lapland dinner (with reindeer meat)

in the big lodge house followed.   In August, 2010, Finland’s annual world sauna championship was called off after the death of a Russian man who had spent 6 minutes in a sauna with a temperature of 110c. His competitor, a Finnish man, was hospitalized.   Finland is secular nation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church as the official state religion, and the Finnish Orthodox Church claiming about 10% of the population. My Helsinki city guide was quick to tell me that when Finns need spiritual nourishment, they go outdoors and sit among the tall trees “where they commune with Nature.”   Helsinki is a small city with a building height limit much like pre-1986 Philadelphia. It’s hilly in sections, making a post-snowstorm walk on the sidewalks a dicey affair. During my frequent forays to and from the Klaus Design Hotel in the central design district, I found myself taking measured baby steps to avoid Laurel and Hardy-style slide down the steep hills. Yes, the ice is that thick. I was also told to be on the lookout for falling ice from the tops of buildings, a not uncommon occurrence during the Finnish winter. Several deaths a year occur from falling building ice. With Reija, my guide, we

met designers in Artek (Art Furniture) at Etelaesplanadi 18; toured Designforum Finland and snuck a peek inside Aero Design Furniture. Everywhere we visited we found the signature “stamp” of architect/designer Alvan Aalto, from furniture and buildings to a bottle of Aalto red wine. The famous Academy Bookstore, with its stairway to the stars design, occupied me for hours. The Contemporary Art Museum Kiasma, while mostly trendy, did feature a 24/7 video of Russian youths revolting in the nearby town because town fathers had decided to disassemble a Russian statue.   At the Uspenski Cathedral Orthodox Church, I met with Timo Mertanen, a monk, who told me that the church used to have a miraculous icon. The miracle-working Mother of God Kozelchan icon was recently stolen by thieves who entered the church at night through a small window. The icon, covered in jewels and gems offered by the faithful in thanksgiving for favors received, has still not been recovered. As a memento of my visit, Timo the monk handed me a replica of the miracle working icon, a gesture I appreciated and that I’m sure saved me from a lot of traveler angst, or even a plane crash, on the way home. •



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St. Anne’s Novena St. Anne’s Novena will take place every Thurs. at 7:30PM at St. Anne’s Church, 2328 E. Lehigh Ave. 215-739-4590. Kensington Community Food Co-op Marketplace Kensington Community Food Co-op sponsors a marketplace event, every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, from 6-8 pm on the 2nd floor of Circle of Hope, 2009 Frankford Ave. While the Co-op continues to move forward with plans to open a member-owned grocery store in Kensington, in the meantime, members and non-members alike can purchase seasonal produce and bulk dry goods such as beans, grains and granola at the bi-monthly marketplace.   Bring your own containers and bags, and for further information, check out http:// 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. 215-685-9992. Classes at Portside Arts Center 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 sum-

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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. 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. select_race_type/22873. Support Your Local Polish Police Assn. The Polish Polish Assn. needs your help to continue their good will: distribution of food baskets to the needy, scholarship awards for college, banquet dinners to help raise funds. This is a non-profit organization. Contributions are needed for Chinese Auction being held on Sat., Apr. 12, 1PM-4PM at Disston Recreation Center, inside 4500 Disston St. at Glenloch St.: 1-2PM for buyers, 2-4PM Auction. All new or almost new items. Over 110 jewelry items, handbags, cheer baskets, Easter baskets, see CALENDAR on page 15





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CLEAN PLATE: Chipotle Peach Pork by Casey Ann Beck

  My datebook is preparing itself to be shaken by the many birthdays, work events, and family parties of spring. Thankfully, recent weekends have been free, and I’m getting plenty of preemptive rest in my spare time, knowing that upcoming Saturdays and Sundays won’t allow me to sleep in.   Aside from conserving energy on days I don’t have to set the alarm, a busy weeknight calendar as of late will help me ease into the reoccurring frenzy of spring weekends. Between my weekly French class, Joe’s soccer schedule, yoga class in the neighborhood, doctors appointments or dinners with my girlfriends, the evening hours from Monday to Friday are usually

booked. Nights I’d usually spend making dinners for two are spent doing other things I enjoy.   The slow cooker did the work for me last Monday, ensuring we’d have something prepared for us not only when we came home that evening, but also for the nights following. With a large piece of pork and a handful of other ingredients, I was able to plan ahead. Chipotle Peach Pork 5 lbs. pork loin roast 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 16 oz. jar of medium salsa ¼ cup peach preserves 15 oz. can sliced peaches, drained 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped, and 1 tablespoon sauce

  Rinse and dry pork. Season with cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Place in slow cooker and top with salsa, peach preserves, chipotle pepper and adobo sauce. Cover with lid and cook on low for approximately 8 to 10 hours. Remove, slice and place in shallow dish. Top with sauce and peaches.

  There’s nothing better than coming home to a fully cooked dinner when you’re famished and, often, it’s impossible to make that happen without the help of a slow cooker. The smoky cumin, chipotle pepper, and adobo sauce assist in enhancing the jarred salsa in adding

a tolerable amount of heat. Canned peaches and peach preserves add a layer of sweetness that typically works well with pork, and grabbing a slice of the fruit from whatever doesn’t disintegrate in the hot liquid is a highlight. For optimum flavor, serve the sliced pork topped with a generous amount of the sweet and spicy sauce. An alternative recipe, should you find yourself with time on your hands, would be to combine the salsa, pepper and adobo sauce, and peach ingredients in a small pot on the stove, over medium heat. Everything melts together, resulting in the perfect sauce for a piece of meat roasted in the oven and, since it would be thicker than the slow cooker sauce, it would be a great accompaniment

served on the side.   At the start of the week, I was able to put the necessary ingredients into the slow cooker and have dinner made by the time I got home. On top of that, I wrapped leftovers up in flour tortillas the following night, and scrambled some together in my morning eggs. Assistance from my slow cooker gave the impression of having a personal home cook, even if I had to do part of the work. Suddenly, my busy calendar doesn’t feel so overwhelming. •

Casey Ann is a local foodie and blogger. Check out her recipes and reviews at www.



State Rep John Taylor Legislative Update Community Cleanup of Simpson Rec The community will be gathering Saturday, April 12, 10AM-2PM, for the annual Simpson Recreation Center and Northwood Park Cleanup at 1010 Arrott St. Call Cathy Young at 215-685-1223 to volunteer. Get more info here: (LINK: http:// Simpsom%20spring%20 cleanup%202014.pdf )

Meeting with Port Richmond Community Group I had the pleasure of updating the Port Richmond Community Group on the issues in Harrisburg, including potential liquor reform, my legislation to stop scrap metal thieves, and the ongoing fight against nuisance bars. We also had

State Representative John Taylor meets with Port Richmond Community Group.

the chance to thank 24th Police District Captain Daniel O’Connor and his officers for their prompt response to the recent shooting at Stokely playground. In addition, I provided an update on the work done after the street caved in following the water main break on the 3000 block of Livingston Street.Thanks to Theresa Costello for her commitment to the community.

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today as it did on those cold winter nights in 2012. We will fight, because a church is the last thing that should be torn down. We’re talking about tearing down a beautiful, historic church, as if it’s not worth trying to fix, not worth at least putting on the breaks and getting a second opinion. This is a personal fight for me, because I don’t want to be part of a group in see TAYLOR on page 14 this generation that looked

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back on the personal sacrifice of those poor immigrants who sacrificed to build a place for God on a little piece of land in the middle of Fishtown and said “I couldn’t stop it. I couldn’t even try to save your dreams.”   We are gaining too much community spirit to lose a significant neighborhood asset of architectural beauty, faith and togetherness. When I look at Hetzells and Shissler and see grass and beauty, I see progress built on community people who put in their time. When I see our school, I see an integral part of the community that is welcoming new residents who seek quality education.   You can’t tell me that we can have grass at Shissler (Newts) and we can’t have those St. Laurentius Church spires gazing down onto it a few hundred yards down Berks Street. We can have both. We should have both and we should try. That is why we are working to Save St. Laurentius. We ask that all Fishtowners lend their voices. Join us.

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space,” Markowski said.   And all these people i n t h e s e p i c t u re s i n Markowski’s office were silent witnesses to the burglary. Did the thief know any of the people in these pictures? Did we know the thief ? Did they feel at all guilty when they lifted a table cover over a school desk and hit the jackpot when they took out the school safe? Did they hold their breath when they exactly knew where to go under the secretary’s desk to remove the school’s security camera system? Surrounded by hundreds of pictures of St. George life and times, they did not want their picture taken.   Ironically, there is one picture that comes to mind that runs with this story. It’s a picture of St. George Super Hero Day, where staff and students dressed up as their favorite super hero. The kids are dressed like Batman, Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk, Super Girl and one kid dressed as the Joker (there is always one). Markowski is wearing a Superman shirt and stands behind the kids flexing his muscles.  If only Super man was flying around Port Richmond that weekendbecause they really need a hero right now.   Still, anyone with any information about this case is asked to contact the 24th District Police at 215-686-3240.•







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The American Legion Elm Tree Post 88 Adjutant Tom Callen & Sergeant-at-Arms Robert Durbin presented Officer Shaun Duffy from the 26th Police District with their annual “The Officer of the Year” award. Officer Duffy is accompanied by his proud wife Michelle and his son, Shaun, Jr.   Every year in the month of February, The American Legion Elm Tree Post 88 awards a deserving officer from the 26th District with “The Officer of the Year” plaque. Officer Shaun Duffy was nominated by Captain Cram before his transfer from our Fishtown district. Captain Cram stated in his nominating letter that Officer Duffy has been stationed at the 26th District since 2005, works the ”last out tour of duty”, and was the leader in arrests for the year 2013. Officer Duffy is a devoted family man. He and his wife Michelle are parents of their pride and joy, Shaun, Jr., who is 3 years old. They are expecting another child sometime this year. •

John Uke’s Handcrafted Eggs Will Be On Sale John “Uke” Muzychka creates beautiful handcrafted eggs using the ancient Eastern European art of egg decorating, known as Pysanky. He will be selling them in the back room of the Starboard Side Tavern, Gaul and Norris Sts., on Good Friday, April 18 starting at 5PM. Stop by to purchase one of his incredible masterpieces.

1.W hich fast food chain runs an annual “monopoly” themed give-away contest? A. Wendy’s B. McDonald’s C. Dairy Queen D. Burger King 2. Which of the following colors was NOT a part of the traditional Twister Game dots?   A. blue B. yellow D. pink 3.Who took over as host of the game show “The Price is Right” after Bob Barker retired? A. Ben Stein B. Mario Lopez C. Steve Harvey D. Drew Carey   4. What game piece recently replaced the iron in the game Monopoly? A. a cell phone B. a teddy bear C. a cat D. an airplane

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9.The game of golf originated in the 1500’s in what country? A. Ireland B. Greenland C. Scotland D. Germany   10. The shortest nineinning game in baseball histor y was a 1926 game that lasted just 51 minutes. It was played between the Philadelphia Phillies and what other team? (the Phillies lost) A. Cleveland Indians B. Washington Senators C. Boston Red Sox D. New York Giants 11. “Jenga” is a popular game where players remove wooden blocks from a tower while tr ying not to topple it. The word “Jenga” means to build in what language? A. Japanese B. Arabic C. Swahili D. French 12. What was the original name of the classic board game “Scrabble”? A. Lexico B. Toponomy C. Cruciverb D. Word Path See answers on page 14

Holy Family University Walks to Raise Awareness about Suicide Prevention and Mental Illness   On Sat., Apr. 26, Holy Family University is having an Out of the Darkness Campus Walk. This is a walk to raise awareness about suicide prevention and mental illness.   Join in the walk to help end stigma and let people know they are not alone.   If you would like to donate or participate, go to Click on Campus Walks and search for Holy Family University. •


26th District Crime Report March 26, 2014- April 1, 2014

Below is a breakdown of crimes committed in the 26th District in the neighborhoods that make up PSA #2 and PSA #3: • Zero (0) homicides reported during this time. • Zero (0) rapes reported during this time. • Zero (0) robbery-point of gun during this time. • Two (2) robberies other weapon during this time: 2600 Collins (3/26), 100 Lehigh (3/27) • One (1) Aggravated Assaults other weapon during this time: 100 Lehigh (3/28) • Zero (0) Aggravated Assault with a gun during this time. • One (1) residential burglaries during this time: 2000 Fletcher (3/28)


Attention all Men of the Sea Members and Future Members   As you all know the 2013 Fishing Season is all done. Hope you had a great year. On Sat., Apr. 26 at 3PM we will have a meeting to discuss the upcoming year of 2014. The meeting will be at George’s house, 331 Belgrade St. We will talk about dues, paying dues on time and we will be collecting any money owed to the club. We will talk about the benefit opportunities, raffles, fish fry’s and beef and beers. So far we have two fishing trips scheduled, one with Capt. Robbins on May 31 at 7AM and the other trip to be announced. If you have any ideas that you want to add, write the ideas down and bring them to the meeting. Your initial yearly dues of $150 are due before the first trip. All members. If you can’t make the meeting, please contact us before Sat., Apr. 31. Thank you, M.O.S. Officials: Pres. George Ludwig – 267-408-4826 Tres. Albert White – 610-986-8343

• Four (4) Theft from Autos during this time: 2600 York (3/26), 2600 York (3/28), 1000 Delaware (3/28), 2500 Tulip (3/30) • Two (2) Thefts during this time: 2500 Trenton (3/27),1800 York (3/30) • Three (3) Stolen Vehicles during this time: 1300 Montgomery (3/26), 2500 Hagert (3/29), 1600 Palmer (3/31).•

Help Available For Those Suffering From Substance Abuse Do you or a loved one have a substance abuse problem and want help but the cost is an issue? The 26th District wants you to know there is help available! Call or visit one of the following websites to get the help that is needed. Teen Challange Philadelphia

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Clean Up at Palmer Cemetery   A Clean Up at Palmer Cemetery is scheduled for Sat., May 3 at 8:30AM. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. The cemetery has had a rough winter and will need all of the help it can get to make it look its best. There will be some much needed tree work done this month and financial donations are needed to offset the cost of the tree trimming.   Donations can be made to PALMER CEMETERY, 1410 E. Palmer Street., Phila., PA 19125. 100% of the donations are used for the care and maintenance of the historic burial grounds.   For more info on Palmer Cemetery go to, or email Jim Kingsmill at Jkingsmill@•


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River Ward Easter Events That Will Keep You Hopping! 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 Easter Egg Hunt at Powers Park It’s that time again to chase the eggs! I wonder what’s inside? Come out to support your park! Powers Park Ann & Almond (Behind Richmond Library) Apr. 12, 2-3PM. Ages 6 and under. Sign-ups are limited. Please register your little egg hunter either by emailing The Friends Of Powers Park (friendsofpowerspark@gmail. com) or in person with Jerry at The Richmond Library

Elm Tree Post No. 88 Annual Good Friday Fish Fry Fri., Apr. 18 from 3-7PM at 1414 E. Palmer St. EatGlavin Easter Egg Hunt in or Take-Out. Serving Flounder Platters, Fish Cake Easter Egg Hunt at Frank Glavin Playground on Thurs., Platters, Combo (Flounder and Fish Cake) Platters, Fish Apr. 17 from 12-2PM. Ages 2-7.  Cost is Free.  Must Cake Sandwiches. Choice of sides include: Macaroni & pre-register with office staff in order to participate. First Cheese, Stewed Tomatoes, Potato Salad, Pasta Salad, 100 kids only.  We will not be taking pictures this year.  or Cole Slaw. Assorted Desserts and Beverage. Place However you can bring your camera to take pictures.  orders upon arrival. Refreshments will be available at a nominal fee.  Call 215-685-9898 or stop in the office to register. Easter Hat and Tie Contest and Candy Scramble at First Presbyterian Church Easter Plant Sale Bridesburg Rec Center Easter Plant Sale at First Presbyterian Church, 418 E. Bridesburg Rec Center will hold a Easter Hat and Girard Ave., on Thurs., Fri., and Sat., Apr. 17, 18 and Tie Contest and Candy Scramble on Sat., Apr. 19 at 19 from 9AM-5PM. Sale will be closed from 12-1PM 2PM sharp. Easter Bunny will be available at 1:30PM. for Good Friday Services. All are invited to attend. Light Bring your camera. Boys and girls, ages 10 and under. refreshment table plus lots of beautiful fresh plants to Trophies, candy, chances. 4625 Richmond St., 215brighten your home. 685-1247. (215) 685-9992. There will be games, food, and most importantly the Easter Bunny himself !

Bethesda Easter Egg and Candy Sale at Bethesda Church 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.•

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Clay Needs A Home!

Meet our Super Handsome and Friendly CLAY!   Clay is a beautiful Akita mix, who was found as a stray. He is a 1-2 years old, and he’s a 43 pound friendly guy who is always looking to play. Clay is energetic and would love an active family or even a running partner! Clay is really loving and affectionate and he should find that loving family quite quickly. By the way, Clay seems to be house trained very well too!   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.   Clay is located at ACCT -- 111 W. Hunting Park Ave, Phila., PA 19140. Phone: 267-385-3800 (ask for the Lifesaving Department!) Email:   More about Clay: Pet ID: A22309210 • Primary colors: White with Ginger Brown and Black markings • Coat length: Medium.

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CLEANING Honest and responsible person for cleaning for over 15 years. Experience and excellent references. Call Sandy. 215425-0164.



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Assist NKCDC’s efforts generally and the Economic Development Director (EDD) in particular to improve the community’s economic conditions; including neighborhood redevelopment efforts,planning, communication, outreach and business attraction. Assist the EDD in the coordination of commercial corridor economic development activities. Email cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to Shanta Schachter, NKCDC, All candidate resumes are given due consideration and are kept on file for one year, but we cannot always respond personally due to the high volume of inquiries.





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Helper Wanted to install canvas awnings. License required, clean driving record. Apply in person. 3029 Ruth St., Phila., PA 19134. 215-423-1213.

ACCU STAFFING SERVICE Production/Warehouse -1st & 2nd shifts. Great jobs for all and those who are bilingualSpanish. Interviewing now to fill job openings. Must have good work history; pre-screening req’d and 2 forms of ID. PLEASE CALL 215-423-2955 ext. 113 Monday-Friday 8am-4pm


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Liberty USO Day at the Phillies 5th Annual Liberty USO Day at the Phillies on Sat., July 12. Phillies vs. Nationals 7:15PM. Please join Liberty USO for a great afternoon at Citizens Bank Park matching the Phillies play the Mets. The entire profit of each ticket purchased will go directly to Liberty USO for programs that support local military and their families. Help us reach our goal of 500 tickets sold so we earn a first pitch opportunity to honor a local member of the military. Tickets are $40 per person; section 416-418 (first base). To purchase contact Ellen Allen (Liberty USO Volunteer) 215-738-0918 or Purchase tickets early. Group seating available. Great for friends, families, schools, teams, co-workers, veteran and volunteer groups. Donations accepted for military members to attend. libertyuso.

APARTMENT FOR RENT 1900 Blk. E. Ontario St. - 1BR, 2nd floor. Credit check. Call 856-305-1556. Apartment for Rent Port Richmond. 30xx Cedar St. 1BR, first floor, no steps. $775/ mo.. + util. 215-4253086.

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Comey Inducted into Hall of Fame Congratulation to our own Tim Comey on being inducted into the North Catholic Soccer Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame. A Bridesburg resident, Comey is the third brother of five to be inducted. Older brother Jack Comey, ’86, was inducted in 2011 and younger brother Matt Comey, ’93, was inducted in 2012. Unemployment Declined Last Month The number of people in the country seeking unemployment benefits fell as did overall unemployment. Pennsylvania was among the states with the largest decrease due to fewer layoffs in construction, administrative and support services. While the news is good, the economy remains challenging. Read more about the state economy here: (LINK: Taylor%20April%202014%20Econ%20Brief.pdf ) Continuing the Fight to Keep Kids Safe Keeping kids safe and helping those who have been abused were the goals of several legislative measures we passed in the House this week. The action continues the House’s efforts to enact recommendations from the Task Force on Child Protection.Dedicated money will soon be available to help fund child advocacy centers (CACs) around the state under legislation headed to the governor for his signature. House Bill 316 establishes a $10 fee increase for the cost of duplicate birth certificates as a way to fund these centers, which serve as a one-stop-shop treatment program for abused children. In total, 21 CACs serve Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. Preventing the hiring of teachers who have been accused of abuse against students is the goal of House Bill 2063, which passed the House this week. This measure would require thorough employment history reviews prior to offering employment to any applicant for a position involving direct contact with children. This will help prevent the practice of “passing the trash,” which occurs when a school employee accused of abuse quietly resigns and then gains employment at another school.The House also endorsed House Bill 1163, which would make it a third-degree misdemeanor to harass a child through electronic communication, known as “cyber harassment,” which has led to increasing incidents of bullying. To ensure that mandated reporters have the information they need to spot suspected abuse, House Bill 431 would require training for professionals who are licensed by the Department of State and are considered by law to be mandated reporters. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month In addition to legislation responding to child abuse, the House passed House Resolution 682 to designate April as Child Abuse Prevention Month as a way to create a nurturing and supportive environment for children so they can grow into healthy and productive citizens.Child abuse crosses all racial, economic and geographic boundaries and has reached epidemic proportions across this nation and throughout this Commonwealth. In 2012, 3,565 substantiated cases of child abuse were reported in this Commonwealth, with 34 children dying as a result of abuse and neglect. Anyone who suspects a child is being abused should contact DPW’s toll-free hotline, ChildLine, at 1-800-932-0313.

Giving the Gift of Life April is also National Donate Life Month in Pennsylvania, with individuals being encouraged to give the gift of life to help others in need of organ and tissue transplants. More than 8,000 in Pennsylvania people wait for a life-saving organ transplant. Thousands more wait for tissue transplants that would greatly enhance their quality of life. According to PennDOT, nearly 46 percent of driver’s license and identification card holders are registered organ donors – that’s more than 4.5 million Pennsylvanians. To add the organ donor designation to an existing driver’s license or identification card today, visit www.dmv. and select the “Donate Life Pennsylvania” icon at the bottom of the page. More information on organ and tissue donation in Pennsylvania, including how to become a living donor, can be found at or you can watch this video at Getting the Biggest Return with the Education Dollar Two bills receiving attention this week by the House Education Committee were focused on finding ways for schools to be more efficient with taxpayer resources.House Bill 1973 would encourage customized student instruction through the use of technology in Pennsylvania schools by creating the Hybrid Learning Entrepreneurial Fund. Hybrid learning uses digital resources and proven teaching methods to deliver cost-effective personalized instruction to students in traditional schools. The committee learned more about reforms to the state’s construction reimbursement program (PlanCON) during a hearing on Tuesday. House Bill 2124 would overhaul the process and procedures school districts use to apply for reimbursement from the state for major construction projects. •

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FLEA MARKET Nazareth Hospital Launches LIFENET Ladies of Port Richmond & System to Help PROPAC Flea Market Improve Heart The Ladies of Port Richmond and Attack Patient PROPAC will be holding a Flea Outcomes

  In a continued effort to improve heart attack patient outcomes, Nazareth Hospital recently launched The LIFENET System — a web-based data network that offers emergency medical services (EMS) and hospital staff tools to work together to help improve clinical and operational efficiencies.   LIFENET is a state-ofthe-art, easy-to-use system designed to connect EMS teams and hospital personnel with real-time patient data. The system enables paramedics to alert hospital care teams and provide them with critical patient data so they can quickly identify STEMI (ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction) patients, determine where to route them for care and have staff prepared before the patient arrives.    The goal of implementing LIFENET at Nazareth Hospital is to reduce time to treatment, known as door-toballoon time, for patients in Northeast Philadelphia who experience a dangerous type of heart attack known as STEMI. STEMI poses a serious threat to the heart muscle and can result in death or serious disability. The more quickly patients receive treatment, including balloon angioplasty and stent placement in the hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab, the more likely they are to have a positive outcome. Door-to-balloon time is the timeframe when the patient first arrives at the hospital to balloon catheter inflation within their blocked artery. A shorter door-to-balloon time means the patient has a greater chance of surviving.    “The LIFENET System will help us reduce time to treatment for STEMI patients,” said Dr. George Hobbib, director of Emergency Medicine for Nazareth Hospital. “Studies show that time from onset of symptoms to treatment is critical to improving survival and outcomes for these patients. Having this new system will enable us to better meet the guideline of treatment as recommended by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.”

About Nazareth Hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab Nazareth Hospital is fully equipped to receive and care for STEMI patients 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Our Cardiac Catheterization Lab capabilities include:
• Interventional Cardiologist coverage 24 hours per day, 7 days a week • 24 hours per day, 7 days a week availability of diagnostic and interventional (angioplasty/stent placement) cardiac catheterization services • 24 hours per day, 7 days a week availability of balloon pump insertion • ALS ambulance activation of Cardiac Catheterization Lab via Haste • No diversion to STEMI patients  

Market Fundraiser on Sat., Apr. 12 from 8:30AM-2PM. $15 per space; $20 the day of. 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.

Konrad Square Flea Market The Friends of Konrad Square will host a Flea Market on Sat., 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. Bridesburg Rec Flea Market Bridesburg Recreation Center, 4601 Richmond St., will hold a Flea Market on Sat., May 10 from 8AM-1PM. Tables $20 or 2 for $30. Call Loretta for info @ 215-743-3972. Sponsored by the Bridesburg United Methodist Church. TRIPS 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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door prizes and more. Your donations will be listed in the souvenir program book distributed at our annual dinner at King’s Caterers on Sat., May 10. We appreciate your help. Any questions please call Barbara at 215-331-3888. Building Kinetic Sculptures Everyone at NKCDC is getting ready for the 8th Annual Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby (Sat., May 17). NKCDC is trying to make this year’s Derby the best one yet, with more sculptures than ever before!  There will be upcoming workshops to help build momentum and get more first-timers to join.  • Course Name: How to Build a Kinetic Sculpture 2 at Frank’s Kitchens, 2754 Frankford Ave. on Sat., Apr. 12 from 1-2PM. Join John of Frank’s Kitchens for an informative look at designing a kinetic sculpture from one of Philadelphia’s originators of this art form!  This class will cover basics including how to assemble a frame from torn apart bicycle frames, wheel considerations, durability considerations, steering systems, and more.  Part 2 of a 2 part course.  You may attend even if you didn’t attend part 1. Fee: $5 (but no one will be turned away). RSVP on Facebook. • Course Name: How to Make Great Costumes and Art for KKSD at The Resource Exchange (1701 N. Second St.) on Sat., Apr. 12 from 3-5PM. Join past winners of the Best Costume and Best Art Awards, as well as other folks with awesome costume making experience for a free panel discussion where you can ask questions and discuss ideas for concepts for costumes with the pros for free.  Refreshments will be provided by Philadelphia Brewing Co and Commonwealth Cider! FREE! RSVP on NKCDC Facebook. Visit their website at Golf Benefit for St. Anne’s Parish Golf Benefit is run by St Anne’s Reunion Committee (SARC) and is to be held at: Juniata Golf Course, 1391 E Cayuga St. on Sat., Apr. 12. Registration begins at 12:30PM; Shotgun start at 1PM. $80/ person ($320 / four players) includes all day lunch, beverages, awards & dinner. $100 - Hole Sponsor; $300 - Luncheon Sponsor. Make checks payable to: St Anne’s Reunion Committee. Respond to: St. Anne’s Rectory 2328 E Lehigh Ave., 215- 739-4590 or fax to: 215-739-0983. Any questions, call members of SARC: Meg Graham 267255-7711 or Theresa Stahl 215-425-3219. St Anne’s Reunion committee is dedi-

cated to helping make certain that the friends and parishioners we have met throughout our lives can still continue to stay connected. SARC will ensure that all funds raised from these events will be used to make any necessary repairs, continued maintenance, and upgrading to the buildings of St Anne’s.

Game starts at 7:15PM. $35 per ticket, includes Buffet, Beer, Wine & Soda. Portion of the proceeds benefit: Ladies of Port Richmond Breast Cancer Walk and Port Richmond Tigers. Chances & Raffles. For tickets call: Anne 215-380-9782 or E-mail at PROPAC19134@gmail. com.

Free First Time Homebuyer Seminar FREE First-time homebuyer seminar at Beneficial Bank, Aramingo Avenue branch. 2514 Aramingo Ave. on Wed., Apr. 16 at 6:30-8:30PM. Pre-registration is required. Seating is very limited. Please call Maria Aquilar at 215-4255640 to reserve your seat. Light refreshments will be served. A Free Credit Report and prequalification will be available to all participants.

Registration for Cione Tot Program Registration for 2014-2015, school year will be held on Wed., Apr. 23 at Cione Playground, Aramingo and Lehigh Aves. from 7-8PM. Children must be 3-1/2 years of age by September to begin the program. Morning classes only. A $15 non-refundable registration fee is due at the time of registration. The Tot Program offers a wide variety of subjects, and or weekly school fee includes the price of the many trips we take throughout the school year. For more information, call Cione Tot Program at 215685-9950.

Bridesburg Rec Basketball Clinic Signups for the Bridesburg Rec Basketball Clinic will take place on Wed., Apr. 16 from 6:45 to 7:15PM. Basketball Clinic will take place on the following days: Wed., Apr. 16, Wed., Apr. 23, Fri., Apr. 25, Wed., Apr. 30, Fri., May 2 from 7:15 to 8:30PM for boys and girls 10 and under. $10 for the 5 clinics. Please bring your own basketball. Bridesburg Rec is located at 4601 Richmond St. Come join the Richmond Book Club! The next meeting of the Richmond Book Club meeting is on Thurs., Apr. 17 to discuss Home by
Marilynne Robinson; copies available at the branch. On May 15 the title is the Pulitzer prize winning Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.  Monthly meetings are every third Thursday at 6:15 pm at the Richmond Library.  Bring suggestions for our next book. The Richmond library is located at 2987 Almond St.  Call 215 685-9992 for more information. 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. Apr. 18 Good Friday; May 20 - schools closed. For additional information and registration, visit our website: PROPAC Coach Bag Bingo Sponsored By PROPAC will take place on Sat., Apr. 19 at Columbia Social Club, 3529 Almond St. Doors open at 6:30PM.

Port Richmond Pharmacy Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs On Sat., Apr. 26 from 10AM to 1PM, Port Richmond Pharmacy and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Port Richmond Pharmacy at 2512 E. Clearfield St. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. 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. 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 215-5547198, TJ Farrell 267-4969068 or Mike Galdo 267205-0721. Come out and enjoy a day of fun for the whole family!!! 7th Annual Lehigh Avenue Arts Festival The Lehigh Avenue Arts Festival (LAAF) will take place on Sat., Apr. 26. The LAAF is Portside Arts Center’s biggest outdoor annual community arts event featuring; local, talented artist & crafts vendors, popular food trucks, live music, antique car show, kids crafts, interactive art projects, raffles, 50/50’s, moon bounce and this year The Philly Puff; an inflatable sculpture contest. This festival was previously held in September. Like us on facebook. American Legion Elm Tree Post #88 Presents An Oldies Night American Legion Elm Tree Post #88 presents an Oldies Night on Sun., Apr. 27 from 4-7PM. Doors open at 3PM. This will be a benefit for the good of the legion featuring: Chuck Walker & Intertwine with a special guest, “Charlie Brown”, the last man standing from the Coasters. Also, DJ “Lefty”, WRDV 89.3FM, longtime host of the “Evening Shadows” show. Music, dancing, buffet. Tickets: $15 per person at the door. People to People Coach Bag Bingo Coach Bag Bingo on Sun., Apr. 27 from 1-5PM at Cannstatter Volksfest – Verein, 9130 Academy Rd. $40 - Includes: 10 Games of BINGO, BINGO Dauber, 5 Chinese Auction Tickets, Entry for Doorprizes, Roast Beef, Baked Ziti, Cake, Draft Domestic Beer, Soda. Tickets available by calling Karen at 215-275-4546. Proceeds Benefit: Student Tuition for “People To People” Summer Educational Tour Program.


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. Free Refrigerator Swaps at NKCDC Through April 30 See if you qualify for a free refrigerator swap to lower your energy costs! Apply with NKCDC by scheduling an appointment at our office at 2515 Frankford Ave, call 215-427-0350. Your refrigerator must be over ten years old, and you must meet the income eligibility (150% of the poverty level or $17,235 for 1 person household; $23,265 for 2 people; and $6,030 for each additional person). Supplies last though Apr. 30 so act soon to get a new energy efficient fridge today! 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 & Bar,
2501 Aramingo Ave. For more informa-

Tickets may be purchased by calling Tom Callen @ 215-425-5356 or Marge Wible @ 215426-6435. Atonement Church Gay Bingo “You don’t have to be… Gay Bingo” Committee Meetings. Come one, Come all. Every Tues. at 6PM at Atonement Church, 1538 E. Montgomery Ave., to plan the 1st Annual Gay Bingo set for Sat., May 3 at 5:30PM. Too fun, too over-the top, too terrific to miss. Food, fun, a festival. Come dressed as you are, over dress for the event or bring your favorite character. Entry is $3, which includes 2 cards. Our hostess Ms. Pearl E. Gates cannot wait to meet you. Proceeds will also benefit The Attic, which serves LGBQ youth in Phila. Polish Polish Assn. Annual Founder’s Banquet The Polish Police Assn. of Philadelphia cordially invites you to attend the 39th Annual Founder’s Banquet on Sat., May 10 from 6PM to 12Midnight at King’s Caterers II, 4010 New Falls Road, Bristol, PA. (15 min. from Phila., via Rts. I-95 and 413). Featuring continuous music, cocktail hour with hot and cold Hors D’oeuvre table, Surf and Turf sit-down dinner, both Lobster and Filet Mignon, 6 hours open bar. Grand prize drawing: 1st prize: $1000 cash, 2nd prize: $500 cash; 3rd prize: $300 cash. Price: $65 per person. Tables of 10 and 12 will be reserved. Get your reservations in early. Call Ed McCloskey at 215-425-4783. Trenton Ave Arts Fest Coming May 17 The annual Trenton Ave Arts Fest (TAAF) will be held this year on Sat., May 17 from noon-6PM.
Volunteers are needed to help with social media, vendor registration, door knocking, sponsorship, kids entertainment, and day-of support. Email to let us know how you would like to help!

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