From the Chronicle • Germantown News Stories

September 16, 2010 • GC.091610.pdf

In This Issue

The Stories

  1. Help for Job Seekers at EARN Center

  2. Myers Holds Educational Town Meeting

  3. Clean & Green Vernon Park

  4. ‘Music from the Heart’ at CIP

  5. Bee Enthusiasts Have a ‘Honey’ of a Festival

  6. Mt. Airy Village Fair is Sept. 26

  7. Red Light Camera on Henry Ave.

  8. Toastmasters

  9. Obituary: Dylan Badeau, 24

  10. Environmental Forum at USG

  11. Interfaith Children’s Festival

  12. Community Lawn Party

  13. Improvement and Safety Workshop At MAUSA

  14. CIP/SEC Environmental Day

  15. GRINCH Discussion on Energy Caps

  16. GFS to Take Part in Peace Day Event

  17. Springside ‘Green Power’ Award

Help for Job Seekers at EARN Center

By KARL BIEMULLER

Editor


As all too many know these days, finding and keeping a job can be a very difficult task, even for the experienced and well-qualified. And if you fall into neither of those categories, it’s really tough to find a position.


But an organization that opened in January, 2010, in Germantown – the Germantown EARN Center (GEC) located at 5538C Wayne Avenue – has as its mission opening employers’ doors and preparing individuals to walk through them with the skills they’ll need to make a success of their working career.


The GEC works primarily with individuals who are Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) recipients, said Executive Director Kimberly Daniels at a recent event at the Center, its first-ever job fair. And, she said, “We work with folks who have challenges in finding a job.”


Those challenges might include people with a spotty or non-existent job history, lack of a high school diploma or other education, or a criminal conviction on their record. The latter barrier in particular is higher than ever, said Daniels. “After 9/11, many requirements have been cracked down on and tightened,” she said. “People we could place five years ago we can’t place now.”


The EARN Center, part of the non-profit Transitional Work Corporation headquartered in Center City, uses what it Daniels called the “Transitional Jobs Model” of on-the-job training. Employers hire EARN Center clients for 30-hour-per-week jobs. While they work they are paid by the EARN Center at minimum wage using funding provide by the state channeled through the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation.


But before things get to that point, clients – who may have little or no experience of the working world -  must go through a structured process designed to prepare them for employment.  It’s a three-stage process.


The first is orientation, filling out paperwork regarding clients past history and goals. When that’s completed clients can go in either of two directions: Work Support or Career Development. Work Support clients move into a structured job search path, while those in Career Development get training in their fields of interest or work at worksites that partner with the GEC on part-time jobs. “We have over 100 worksites,” said Daniels, “most within the Germantown community.”


Then in the retention phase after a client has been placed with an employer, GEC continues to support him or her with counseling and training needed to perform successfully on the job.


And, said Daniels, the model the GEC uses is having some success. “We’ve placed about 300 people since we began in January,” she said.


The GEC has other supports available, among which was its first-ever job fair held on July 29 at the Center. About 120 job-seekers attended and 40 of them came away with full-time and part-time jobs.   


Among them were local residents Hope Schoolfield, Carlotta Primus, Calea Tyson, whose backgrounds were different but who all faced the same problem: they needed a job.


Germantown resident Schoolfield landed a job doing cooking and janitorial work for a business in Frankfort, and said, “Guess what: I don’t have a GED, I don’t have high school equivalency, but I sold myself [to an employer].“ Her preparation through the GEC centered on resume preparation and she also signed up for a GED course. “I’ll be working in the daytime and going to school at night,” she said. 


Primus said that she had been out of work for a year after her mother became ill and she needed to care for her. She went back to school for training in home health care and landed a job in that field. She had been enrolled at the GEC for about a month before the job fair and focused on resume writing and interview skills there, she said. “It helped me out a lot – I’m very shy and it helped me to be more outspoken,” she said.


Tyson had been an assistant manager at the Men’s Tuxedo Warehouse in Cheltenham Mall before the business closed in July of 2008. She’d been unemployed since and collecting unemployment compensation – but that had just run out. She credited the work she had done at and through the GEC, which included a work program, resume writing, and brushing up on her computer skills. At the job fair she landed a job as night manager for a Sav-A-Lot store and said, “I’m grateful for this program because if I hadn’t found a job I would have been homeless,” she said.


Stories like these are what Daniels enjoys about here job. “As a Germantown resident it means a lot to me to be here,” she said. “It’s extremely gratifying for me to see people become successful.”


For more information about the Germantown EARN Center call 215-965-0799 or visit http://gearn.org.


Myers Holds Educational Town Meeting

State Representative John  Myers (D. 201st )  will present an educational town meeting on Saturday, September 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown, 6001 Germantown Avenue.


Featured will be resource information on the School District of Philadelphia, government programs, after-school programs, parent university, mentoring programs, recreational activities, college planning, educational alternatives and financial planning.

Event partners include State Senator LeAnna Washington, Councilwoman Donna Reed miller, and various community organizations and stakeholders.

There will be free refreshments.


For more information call Myers’ office at 215-849-6896 or stop by the office at 5847 Germantown Avenue. 


Clean & Green Vernon Park

Philadelphia’s 2010 “Clean and Green Work Party” will be held Sunday, October 10, in Vernon Park, Germantown Ave. and Chelten Ave., noon to 5 p.m.


Enjoy entertainment and help your community. Bring garden tools, work gloves and the kids to help make Vernon Park clean and green.


The event is sponsored bu the Neighborhood Interfaith Movement, 7047 Germantown Ave.


For signup and further information, visit www.350.org-clean-green-work-party-vernon-park or e-mail to nimcleanandgreen@gmail.com


Police/Youth Basketball at Bet

On Friday, September 10, representatives of the 35th District police and a number of youth from Bringing Everybody Together (Bet), had an exciting time demonstrating teamwork, sportsmanship and fellowship when they played against each other in a friendly game of basketball at Belfield Recreation Center. Although the police won, all walked away winners as Bet appreciated the work that the officers do and their efforts to revitalize the relationship between the community and police force.


When the invitation was extended by Richard Washington, founder of Bet, to Officer Ronald Jackson of the 35th District to play against the Powerball component of Bet as a way of showing youth that cops are people too, it was accepted without reservation. The moment our children learned about it, they were excited to play. The evening began with words from Washington who shared what the Bet program was about and explained that the basketball component focuses on conditioning, sportsmanship, leadership and the ability to be competitive without the arguing and profane language that many of our youth are accustomed to today. Captain John McCloskey of the 35th District expressed his thanks to the youth for their willingness to be a part of restoring the relationship between youth and the police.


Bet offers other services to our community. We have an after-school program, a program just for girls, just for boys, a family program and more. We have done a lot since 1994 and are looking to take our program to another level. Our biggest challenge is finding resources and connecting with the right people to help us get our own building. For information about Bet call 215-457-7425 or visit www.mybetfamily.com.



‘Music from the Heart’ at CIP

On Saturday, September 25, the Center in the Park (CIP), located in Germantown’s historic Vernon Park, will present its third annual Music from the Heart jazz concert at 7 p.m. at the Germantown Friends School Loeb Auditorium, Greene Street and Schoolhouse Lane.  Music from the Heart will honor all grandparents, paying special tribute during National Grandparents month.  Bravo Health has joined CIP in presenting the jazz concert.


Talent for Music from the Heart was organized by well known-producer Warren Oree of the Lifeline Music Coalition.  Performers will include the Georgie Bonds Blues Machine, Abstract Truth and the Clef Club Youth Jazz Band.  In addition to Bravo Health, CIP recognizes the generous support of WPVI-6ABC; Philadelphia Corporation for Aging; and, Butler Prestige Photography.


This year the concert will be preceded by the awarding of CIP’s Marguerite Riegel Award and Distinguished Service Award to Shelia MacMaster; Chestnut Hill College; and, Caroltta Fareira. The Riegel Award is named for the Center’s Co-founder and recognizes individuals and organizations making continuous contributions to positive aging and fostering community connections.


As a prelude to the event, an Open House will be held at the Center, 5818 Germantown Avenue, on Thursday, September 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to showcase Center programs and services in recognition of National Senior Center Month.  Parking is located on the lot at Rittenhouse and McCallum Streets.


Since its humble beginnings in 1968, as the Center for Older Adults Northwest, housed in the first floor of the Germantown YWCA, CIP has blossomed into the nationally-accredited senior community center it is today, nestled among the trees of historic Vernon Park. The Center enjoys a national reputation as a leader in collaborative community-based research, with its participation adding to the body of knowledge about positive, healthy aging. With that knowledge, CIP is enhancing its capacity to deliver evidence-based health and wellness programs to meet the needs of older adult participants.


For jazz concert tickets and information contact Nicole at 215-848-772 or you may purchase tickets securely on the Internet at the Center’s website: www.centerinthepark.org, and visit us on Facebook.



Bee Enthusiasts Have a ‘Honey’ of a Festival

By GARY SIELING

Guest Writer


Philadelphia has a long history of beekeeping, laying claim to the father of modern beekeeping, L.L. Langstroth. In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Langstroth’s birth, the Philadelphia Honey Festival took place the weekend of September 11-12. birthday. Events included a viewing of Langstroth’s papers at the American Philosophical Society to honey extraction demonstrations and cooking classes, covering a wide range of interests.


The Honey Festival was sponsored by the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild and took place at locations across the city, including the installation of a memorial plaque at Langstroth’s home on Front Street, as well as events at Wyck, 6026 Germantown Avenue, the Bartram house, and the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive.


Langstroth invented one of the first successful movable frame hives - an invention that allowed the beekeeper to remove pieces of the beehive at a time, resulting in minimal injury to bees (and the beekeeper’s back!) The hive encourages bees to produce more honey, and enables the removal of wax and honey without destroying the bees’ home.


Shortly after Langstroth invented his hive, the honey extractor and pre-built wax frame were invented, allowing the beekeeper to run a honey production business. Modern beekeeping businesses also often offer pollination services to large farms.

Langstroth’s contributions to beekeeping led to incredible advances in the national production of honey. Honey became a major soft drink sweetener around World War I, and by World War II its use was restricted, as it was used so extensively in baking that there were shortages, according to “The ABC’s and XYZ’s of Beekeeping.”


In Langstroth’s time there was great controversy over the best size of beehive, and his design won out. According to beekeeping author Peter Sieling, in attendance at the conference, Langstroth was influenced by German beekeepers, as a friend translated beekeeping German publications on his behalf. After refining his technique, he successfully at produced large amounts of honey, but became embroiled in legal battles over the patents for his hives.


Langstroth collected many newspaper clippings that mentioned his legal battles, many of which are archived at the American Philosophical Society (APS) in Center City. A descendent of Langstroth donated around 300 documents from Langstroth’s attic to the APS. Langstroth’s collection included numerous engraved prints of hive designs including complex contraptions resembling kitchen cabinetry, as well as snippets of German publications.. Descendents of L.L. Langstroth were in attendance at the viewing of his papers.


The APS was founded by Benjamin Franklin and John Bartram, modelled after the Royal Society of London. Franklin was an early proponent of “buy local,” especially honey and other sources of sugar, such as apples and beets. He observed that the region was forced to import cane sugar and molasses from the West Indies, and if they could only produce their own sugar, they could be more independent. European colonists imported and encouraged honeybees so much so that Native Americans referred to honey bees as the “white man’s fly,” according to one of the old books at the APS viewing.


The Honey Festival also provided a series of fascinating lectures, including university professors and the editor of Bee Culture, Kim Flottum, who spoke at Wyck about the challenges of keeping bees in cities.


A condition causing the mass die-off of honey bee colonies, called Colony Collapse Disorder, has hit beekeepers across the country, spurring renewed interest in beekeeping. Many beekeepers have turned to treatment-free beekeeping, which requires the beekeeper to avoid using antibiotics or feeding the bees high fructose corn syrup (bees are fed sugar syrup to save weak hives from dying off). As honey is partially digested flower nectar, a honey made from high fructose corn syrup is chemically different from honey from flowers.


It is legal to keep honeybees in Philadelphia though it has not always been. According to Flottum, many beekeepers report stronger hives in the city. Few people keep bees in the city, so there is less competition for food, and disease spreads slower. Strains of honeybees kept in the northeastern United States are docile, but stronger, larger beehives mean beekeepers must work harder to be considerate of their neighbors. For example, bees will find their water source in spring, which they visit through the year. The beekeeper should provide water early, lest they find a neighbor’s pool.


Flottum advised beekeepers to be careful of the direction they point their hives, as the bees fly quickly out the front door. If placed correctly, they pollinate gardens and trees; placed incorrectly, they fly out over the neighbor’s deck.

While docile, people often swat bees like flies, which incites stinging. At the Wyck hive, there were demonstrations where a dozen people stood around the hive and no one was stung. Big jerky movements make the bees think you are an invading bear.


Gary Sieling is a resident of Mt. Airy, and comes from a family of beekeepers. He sells beekeeping books at http://www.makingbeehives.com. Anyone interested in beekeeping is encouraged to check out the Philadelphia Beekeeper’s Guild, at phillybeekeepers.org/.


Mt. Airy Village Fair is Sept. 26

How fast can you nibble?  How slow can you lick?  Be the fastest to finish a famous High Pointe pie or the slowest to eat a cone of Mt. Airy’s own Chilly Philly ice cream and you’ll be a winner! 


The fourth annual Mt. Airy Village Fair takes place on Sunday, September 26 from noon to 4 p.m.  at Carpenter Lane and Greene Street.  It’s a block party organized and sponsored entirely by local businesses to celebrate the culture and community that makes our corner of the village buzz.


“We love this place and the committee had a barrel of fun creating what will truly be a fantastic fun-filled afternoon”, said Glenn Bergman, of Weaver’s Way Co-op.


Local organizations, businesses and community members will provide games and activities on two blocks of Carpenter Lane at Greene Street.  “We are over-the-moon excited about the line-up of more than 30 enchanting, entertaining and educational experiences we have in store for you!”, said Meg Hagele, of High Point Café.


There’s something for everyone.  Along with the 30 exhibitors, we’ll have two stages of continuous local live acoustic music.  And, of course, the pet parade, a dunk tank and carnival games galore! 


Let the Mt. Airy Village Fair tickle your fancy!  We look forward to celebrating the vibrancy of our beloved community.  For more details, check the website at www.mtairyvillage.com.



Red Light Camera on Henry Ave.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) has announced that its newest red light cameras were to be activated on Monday, September 13. The two new intersections are located at Henry Avenue and Walnut Lane in Roxborough and Rising Sun and Adams Avenues in Summerdale.


Drivers found in violation will receive warnings for the next 60 days. After the two-month grace period ending on Friday, November 12 violators will face a $100 fine.


Both Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. (4th District) and Councilwoman Marian Tasco (9th District) are pleased to finally have red light cameras in their districts.


“Some people believe that Henry Avenue and Walnut Lane is the Indianapolis Speedway. Red light cameras will soon remind them that it is not,” said Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr.


Other new red light camera intersections are in the construction phase.


The PA General Assembly gave the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) the power to establish a Red Light Camera Program in the city of Philadelphia. In 2005, PPA began equipping intersections with cameras that monitor traffic and automatically photograph vehicles that drive into an intersection after the light has turned red.


Toastmasters

Toastmasters wills meet Wednesday, September 22, on the New Covenant Campus, 7500 Germantown Avenue, Founders Hall, Room B-11 (2nd floor), 7:30-9 p.m. Covenant Toastmasters Club provides a comfortable, instructive environment for developing public speaking and leadership skills.  Guests are always welcome. For information visit  http://covenant.freetoasthost.us/


Obituary: Dylan Badeau, 24

Dylan Ryan Badeau, son of Hector P. and Susan Hoag Badeau of Mt. Airy, died peacefully at home on his 24th birthday, September 9, 2010.  After completing middle school at the John B. Kelly school, Dylan attended Roxborough High School where he graduated in 2007.


In spite of lifetime struggles with his multiple disabilities, Dylan was a strong young man with a big heart.  He loved music, with a wide range of taste ranging from the Smurfs to country, gospel to rap, oldies to classical and jazz.  Over the years he enjoyed multiple family camping trips, visiting the Rockies, Yellowstone Park, and the Pacific Ocean among other sites.  He was a member of Summit Presbyterian Church in Mt Airy where the bells choir and the music at Christmas and Easter were two of his favorite pleasures.  Visits with family, particularly the youngest children who climbed up on his bed or wheelchair to talk, sing, play or read to him brought him special delight. Dylan had a unique joie de vivre and quiet spirit that brought a smile to everyone who knew him.


He was predeceased by his brother Adam and is survived by his parents, Hector and Susan Badeau, eleven brothers, nine sisters, three brothers-in-law, a sister-in-law, and a large extended family.


A service in celebration of his life will be held on Saturday September 18, at 4 p.m. at his home, 30 Pelham Road. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Keystone Hospice  at KeystoneCare, Office of Development, 8765 Stenton Avenue, Wyndmoor, PA, 19038 or online at http://www.keystonecare.com/home.aspx .


Environmental Forum at USG

April’s explosion of BP’s Deep Horizon oil rig and subsequent BP oil Leak in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in the worst environmental catastrophe in U.S. history.  On Sunday, September 26, the Unitarian Society of Germantown’s Green Sanctuary invites the broader community to explore a multi-leveled, local and regional response to this tragic event. All churches in the Northwest Interfaith Movement are being approached to join in forming an energy collective that buys wind-generated electricity.


Following the worship service, during a Green Leaders lunch, participants will identify opportunities for activism and share many educational and organizational resources. Additional  activities include a film showing of the documentary, Black Wave: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez. 


Worship Service begins at 11 a.m. Sunday, September 26.  Green Leaders’ Lunch starts at noon, suggested donation $10. Break out sessions from 1:30- 3:30 PM.  The Unitarian Society of Germantown is located at 6511 Lincoln Drive. . For more information, call 215-844-1157 or check the website at www.usguu.org.


Interfaith Children’s Festival

Join Mt. Airy Neighbors, the Metropolitan Christian Council of Philadelphia, New Covenant Church, and the Neighborhood Interfaith Movement in partnership with other faith-based institutions, interfaith groups and community organizations to celebrate the first Philadelphia Interfaith Children’s Festival (PICF) on Saturday September 25, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday September 26, noon-4 p.m., at the New Covenant Campus, 7500 Germantown Avenue.


The PICF is a free outdoor festival for children and youth, celebrating diverse faith traditions and highlighting community programs that enhance the spirits, minds and bodies of young people. The festival themes include faith-based youth activities; health and fitness; nutrition; and urban agriculture, cultural diversity, personal histories and free international food court. Weekend activities include: kiddie land; dancing; baby massages; 3k Run/Walk/Roll; Petting Zoo, basketball tournament; arts and crafts, urban gardening and more.


For information contact Neomosha Nelson, event coordinator, at nnelson@mccp.org or call 215-247-4022.


Community Lawn Party

Calvary Church, Germantown, is hosting a Community Lawn Party on Saturday, September 18, noon-4 p.m. Food, children’s books and supplies, clothing, information tables and fun for everyone will be waiting for you. If it is raining on Saturday, the Lawn Party will be held in the Parish House. Call the Church Office at 215-843-0853 for more information.


Ned Wolf Park, the small gem at the corner of McCallum and Ellet streets, was chosen as the First Prize winner in the Community Park category of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Gardens Contest. Above are some of the residents and volunteers who have labored on the park. The park, and their work, was honored at the September 11 award ceremony at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.


Greater Philadelphia Asian Social Service Center Housing Counseling Department (GPASS) is providing comprehensive housing counseling services to anyone in need.  GPASS offers prepurchase counseling for first-time homebuyers, mortgage default and delinquent counseling, rental default and delinquency counseling, credit and budget counseling and much more.


If you are behind in your mortgage, have  received an ACT91 notice, or would like to purchase a home but are unsure of what steps to take, contact our Housing Counseling Department at 215-456-1181 or 215-456-0921 and a housing counselor will make an appointment for you. Our office hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  This program is funded through Pensylvania Housing Finance Agency.


Improvement and Safety Workshop At MAUSA

On Saturday, September 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mt. Airy USA will present a free Home Improvement and Safety Workshop at their office located at 6703 Germantown Avenue. Learn about affordable home improvement loans, low cost do-it-yourself repairs, avoiding home improvement scams, choosing a contractor, energy efficient repairs that can lower your bills, new recycling guidelines and rewards, and home safety and emergency preparedness tips. Refreshments will be served.


To register, call  Cynthia Bradley at 215-844-6021, ext. 214, or visit www.homeimprovement2.eventbrite.com.


This is the first of the series of free workshops being presented by Mt. Airy USA this fall. Others will include information on estate planning and financial literacy and tips on ways to organize your home and personal documents in order to maintain a clutter-free environment.


CIP/SEC Environmental Day

Center in the Park’s Senior Environment Corps has planned its third annual observance of Environment Day on Thursday, Sept. 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the auditorium at the Center in the Park, located in Vernon Park, 5818 Germantown Avenue. Parking is available on the lot at Rittenhouse and McCallum streets.


Kicking off the day-long celebration of environmental awareness is a morning keynote address by Melinda Hughes–Wert, President of Nature Abounds:  the Environmental Organization that Educates and Empowers Citizens to sustain their Community through Environmental Stewardship.


CIP/SEC, established in 1997, provides opportunities for older adults to use their expertise and experience to improve water quality of local streams by: collecting data, monitoring regularly and reporting adverse findings to regulatory agencies; informing the public of its findings and joining other organizations to promote watershed health, awareness, and education.


CIP/SEC’s 3rd Annual Environment Day activities will promote environmental awareness and action through free presentations for adults and youth and include guest speakers, games, exhibits, seeds, prizes and giveaways.  The afternoon speaker will be Drew Brown, educational specialist, Philadelphia Water Department.   For further information or to participate please contact Fred Lewis or Ed Chun at 215-848-7722.


GRINCH Discussion on Energy Caps

GReenINChestnutHill (GRINCH) and the Chestnut Hill Community Association (CHCA) are hosting an Evening of Energy Caps on Thursday, September 30,  7-9 p.m., at Hiram Lodge 8425 Germantown Avenue.


Alex Mulcahy, founder and publisher of GRID Magazine, will be the moderator. We will discuss the energy caps that will end in January and how to mitigate the increase in energy bills by making your home or business more energy efficient. All are welcome.


For more information please call Noreen Spota 215-248-8810 or Amy Edelman 610-505-6282.


GFS to Take Part in Peace Day Event

Peace Day, also known as the International Day of Peace, is a global day of cease-fire and non-violence with the fixed calendar date of September 21, voted upon unanimously by the United Nations and observed by millions of people and thousands or organizations worldwide. 


Peace Day is marked by a wide range of activities including humanitarian aid; educational and peace-building events; environmental initiatives; arts, music & film events; sports games for unity (particularly soccer); and, a wide range of celebrations.

Peace Day provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of Peace on a shared date.


Soccer matches will be played on Peace Day around the globe as part of an initiative of the non-profit, U.K. based Peace One Day called  One Day One Goal... 


For 2010 Peace One Day, hundreds of matches across Africa are being arranged, celebrating football’s power to unite the continent in the year of Africa’s first ever World Cup.


Germantown Friends School is bringing One Day One Goal to Philadelphia by hosting a One Day One Goal soccer event on September 21 at 3 p.m. at the GFS Athletic Fields on School House Lane in Germantown. Middle school children from GFS and other private and public schools will play soccer on 3 of the 4 fields. In addition to the children who actually come and play, lower, middle and high school students will be exposed to Peace Day through assembly presentations and classroom discussions/activities.


For more information about Peace Day and Peace Day activities, visit www.internationaldayofpeace.org


Springside ‘Green Power’ Award

Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) will hold its annual Green Power Awards on Thursday, September 16,  the Hilton Inn at Penn, 3600 Sansom Street. Twenty-five individuals, private industries, government agencies and public interest organizations that are building Pennsylvania’s thriving renewable energy market will be honored at the luncheon.


Among the individuals and organizations receiving the awards  is the Springside School in Chestnut Hill for installing a 94 kilowatt solar power array, currently the largest solar array in the City of Philadelphia, making enough clean energy to reduce its carbon pollution by four million pounds each year. This project was instituted by the class of 1966 in honor of its 40th anniversary.


For more information contact PennFuture at 1-800-321-7775 or visit them online at http://www.pennfuture.org.

 
The Muslim community of Philadelphia celebrated the Eid Al-Fitr holiday, marking the end of Ramadan, on Friday, September 10, in Vernon Park. The event  was attended by an estimated 3,000 Muslims from throughout the area, plus neighbors and political figures including Mayor Michael Nutter. The gathering, the largest in the park since last year’s Eid celebration, was hosted by the Germantown Masjid.