Briefs: August 23, 2022 – South Philly Review


Scanlon Gets Direct Benefits in National Defense Authorization Act

Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2023 to strengthen national security with investments in U.S. service members, alliances and partnerships, diversity and technology. Scanlon-secured language in the legislation will generate direct investments in Pennsylvania’s District 5 in jobs, businesses and support for federal firefighters.

The NDAA continues funding for the CH-47F Block II Chinook and V-22 Osprey programs. These advanced-capability aircraft are manufactured at Ridley Park, providing well-paying local jobs to more than 4,000 skilled men and women. In addition to providing thousands of local jobs, the programs benefit dozens of vendors throughout Pennsylvania.

“I am thrilled to share that this year’s defense bill will once again provide direct benefits to my district, Scanlon said. “The more than 4,000 hard-working men and women who build these planes at Ridley Park are incredibly proud to contribute to our national security and disaster relief efforts. I am also proud that our government is investing in these extraordinary workers. I look forward to seeing it put to good use as PA-05 companies and workers continue to contribute to the national security of the United States.

Additionally, Scanlon won the inclusion of the Federal Firefighters Workforce Support Act, a bill it introduced earlier this year to ensure federal firefighters are not forced to operate with below-standard manpower. national security.

“I’m also thrilled that this year’s NDAA is including my bill to support federal firefighters in my district and across the country,” she said. “Federal firefighters have some of the toughest and most strenuous jobs in our communities, but fiscal mitigation efforts have forced them to operate with substandard manpower, making their rescue and extinguishing efforts difficult. fires all the more demanding and dangerous. The Federal Firefighters Workforce Support Act will require the DOD to meet nationally recognized fire protection staffing standards at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and nationwide. As the NDAA process continues in the House and Senate, I will continue to advocate for the inclusion of these PA-05 priorities as the legislation makes its way to the President’s desk.

Budget-funded home repair program

State Senator Nikil Saval announced a $125 million appropriation in Pennsylvania’s 2022-23 budget to establish its whole-home repair program.

Saval released the following statement:

“Everyone has the right to safe housing, healthy housing. But right now, across our Commonwealth, hundreds of thousands of households are being denied that right simply because they don’t have access to the resources they need to fix their homes.

“For decades, urban, suburban and rural communities have suffered from government disinvestment at all levels. The creation of the Whole House Repair Program in this year’s budget is a game-changer.

“This is a hard-fought victory for every Pennsylvanian struggling to stay home. This program is a direct investment in our people and communities, whose needs have been ignored and whose voices have not been heard. In this period of prolonged hardship across the Commonwealth, we have seized a historic opportunity to move the needle on our housing crisis – permanently.

“What we have done sets a new standard. Today we have an agenda to preserve housing across the Commonwealth, to stabilize our communities, to prevent blight, abandonment and displacement, to build a skilled workforce to keep our state at the forefront industries of the future and to protect the place that is dearest to all of us: the home. I pledge to fight so that every household has what they need to make their home whole.

“The United States needs a model to preserve its aging housing stock and create new jobs, and with the comprehensive repairs program, Pennsylvania has positioned itself as a leader.”

The Whole Home Repairs program is the first of its kind in the nation, creating a one-stop shop for Pennsylvanians to repair and air-condition their homes by providing up to $50,000 for livability repairs and home improvements. energy efficiency, assigning support staff to ensure candidates get the help they need in the order they need it, and funding pre-apprenticeship and training programs to build a workforce. of qualified local labor capable of meeting the growing demand.

Pennsylvania has one of the oldest housing stocks in the country.

Saval, who serves as the minority party chairman of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee, introduced the bill with the entire Democratic caucus and five Republican senators as co-sponsors.

Polish Festival in September

The 56th Annual Polish American Festival at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, located at 654 Ferry Road in Doylestown, takes place over Labor Day weekend, Saturday September 3, Sunday September 4 and Sunday September 4 Work, Monday, September 1. 5, from noon to 8 p.m. daily.

The Polish American Festival features carnival rides, live music and stage performances and ongoing entertainment on the main stage and in the Polish Village showcasing Polish traditions and customs, Polish folk dance groups, as well as a variety of Polish and American dishes and refreshments.

$12 admission includes all Carnival events and rides. The festival will continue on Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11 from noon to 8 p.m.

For more information, visit the link on the front page of Where

Buy Vietnam War Memorial Paver

The deadline is September 5 to order a 12 x 12 inch granite paver to be completed by Veterans Day at the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Front and Spruce streets.

The $400 donation to the order of (PVVM) Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial is used to maintain the site, which honors the 648 Philadelphians who died in the Vietnam War. Appropriate customization that honors the service of any veteran includes four lines of

text with 21 units per line. If you need help, contact Sandy Bukowski at 267-253-2965 or

Meanwhile, a National POW-MIA Recognition Day celebration will be held on Friday, September 16 at noon at PVVM.

The annual reading of names is scheduled for Saturday, October 22 at noon. Volunteers are needed to read one of (or part of) 34 panels that honor the 648 Philadelphians killed in the Vietnam War.

Check the PVVM Facebook page for information on mobile wall displays in October and November.

Search for service providers for health events

Resurrection of Our Lord Parish, 2000 Shelmire Ave., will host a free event on Saturday, September 10. information and a white mass honoring and blessing healthcare workers. Individuals and organizations interested in being a supplier can email jenniecfranklin@gmail.comcall 215-745-3211 or visit

Activities at the Academy of Natural Sciences

Drexel University Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, hosts several current and upcoming exhibits.

change of the sea spins indefinitely.

The river feeds, until October 30, is an immersive sound installation created by artists Annea Lockwood and Liz Phillips. The exhibit takes visitors into the deep sonic environment of the Schuylkill River watershed through recordings and a layered sound map that captures glimpses of the river system, including aquatic insect life, eels, fish and swirling currents.

Tied to the ocean will run until January 15, 2023.

South Phila. HS class of ’68 reunion

The South Philadelphia High School Class of 1968 will hold its 55th reunion on Saturday, October 21, 2023, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Waterfall Room, 2015 S. Water St. Tickets are $60 and include a buffet dinner and open bar. For tickets and more information call Arleen Liberi [609-922-2419]Maria Leati [856-287-3734] or Stephen Michelli [267-252-2740].

Upcoming cruise

The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation is sponsoring a fully escorted Holy Lands and Aegean Majesty cruise which will sail from 6-17 October 2023, with 10 ports of call. Rates, including airfare, range from $4,198 to $7,998 per person, based on double occupancy. Call 215-788-9408 for information and reservations.

Kimmel Schedule

The Cultural Campus of Kimmel will present Dear Evan Hansen (until August 28, Forrest Theatre). For more information, call 215-893-1955 or visit


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