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Briefs: December 20th, 2021 – South Philly Review

The Whitman Library hosts virtual sewing sessions every Wednesday.

Whitman Library hosts a virtual stitch meet on Zoom

Want to share what you make with other craftsmen from the comfort of your own home? Join the new sewing group at Whitman Library. All forms of “sewing” are welcome (knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching, quilting). Email Rebecca mccauslandr@freelibrary.org With questions or to register. Virtual meetings are held every Wednesday at 6:30 pm

Comcast in 2021

Comcast is looking back at 2021 milestones, including the introduction of advanced Wi-Fi technology capable of providing the fastest speeds.

In addition, Comcast has invested $26 million in the past two years to expand its network throughout Greater Philadelphia and New Jersey, directly reaching nearly 4,000 businesses and benefiting thousands more by making the network more accessible and affordable.

Also, Comcast launched streaming services like Disney+ and ESPN+ on X1 and Flex and boosted its Xfinity Mobile service. The same service has been offered to their small business customers with the new Comcast Business Mobile.

In all, there are more than 30 Xfinity stores in the area. Also, Xfinity Rewards gives special privileges and discounts to customers.

Comcast RISE supports small businesses owned by “people of color.” In 2021, Comcast provided free marketing or technology services to more than 500 people and awarded 100 small businesses in Philadelphia and Chester $10,000 investment grants to support them through the recovery from the pandemic.

This year marked the 10th anniversary of Comcast’s Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive effort to adopt broadband for low-income families, which has connected a cumulative total of 840,000 individuals across the region since 2011. The cost is just $9.95 a month.

Beyond Literacy, the Welcome Center and SEAMAAC received 1,000 free laptops and a donation of $30,000 that was split between organizations.

Comcast has partnered with Goodwill Industries in southern New Jersey and Philadelphia to launch a WiFi-connected lift zone, donating grants totaling $35,000 and giving away 500 laptops for free.

This year, Comcast outfitted more than 125 community venues in the area with WiFi-connected lift areas. Lift Zones is part of Project UP, Comcast’s initiative to promote “digital stocks.”

Comcast supports the federal government’s emergency broadband benefits. This temporary benefit program is designed to help eligible low-income families obtain credit of up to $50 per month for their Internet service until program funding runs out.

Other community investments during 2021 included support for Preston & Steve Show’s Camp Out for Hunger Program for Philabundance; Donate $400,000 to Philadelphia Food Banks to tackle food insecurity; Contributing $325,000 to three nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia and New Jersey affected by Hurricane Ida; and working with the City of Philadelphia and other philanthropic partners to make the Internet available through PHLConnectED – enabling more than 18,000 connections to date.

McSwain presents the education plan

Bill McSwain, the Republican candidate for governor, has shared his plans for comprehensive education reform across the state.

As governor, McSwain will empower parents by supporting school choice, working to expand charter schools, standing up to teacher union leaders and banning critical race theory from teaching in Pennsylvania schools.

McSwain issued the Pillars of Education Reform, which sets out education reform priorities, including a pledge not to accept a cent from teachers’ unions, a promise to return power to parents through the enactment of a Parental Rights Charter, and to increase educational opportunities for all students via school choice resources.

Parallel to the pillars of education reform, McSwain issued the Parental Rights Document, which outlines the powers, authority, and liberties he would restore to parents throughout the state. These include the right to personal education, the right to know what curriculum your child is studying, and the right to have your child learn without political indoctrination.

“Education is a gateway to a better life, and every family deserves the freedom to choose the education that is best for their children,” McSween said. “As Governor, I will empower parents to have the ultimate authority over their children’s education, and I will resist teacher union presidents in defense of good students and teachers. Our schools will be open and there will be no more draconian statewide mandates forcing families to turn their kitchens into classrooms. I will ban the theory of Critical race and other hateful and divisive rhetoric, and I will work to increase access to school choice resources. I will put power back where it belongs—with parents and families.”

Flower show tickets available

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has announced that tickets for the Philadelphia Flower Show are on sale.

Thread is in full bloom. The show will take place at Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park, 1500 Bateson Avenue, from Saturday, June 11 through Sunday, June 19.

For tickets, go to PHSonline.org/the-flower-show.

Apply for a scholarship

The deadline is March 1 to apply for the Philadelphia Children’s Scholarship.

Scholarships are available for income-eligible children in kindergarten through eighth grade. They are awarded by random lottery.

progress in CSFPhil Philadelphia.org.

Small Business Shopping

December is National Small Business Month.

For more information visit NationalSmallBusinessMonth.com or AmericanWorkersRadio.com.

North Graduate Scholarships

The Northeast Catholic Alumni Association awards scholarships to the sons, daughters, grandchildren, and granddaughters of its members.

Checks are awarded to students who meet the criteria, and money is sent to the Catholic school they choose to attend. Aid is sent to Catholic elementary and secondary schools and universities in the dioceses of Philadelphia, Camden, and Trenton.

Scholarships are awarded to 32 students annually for four years in high school or college and three years in elementary school.

Students can apply for a scholarship if their father or grandfather attended Northeast Catholicism and was a fee-paying member of the Alumni Association. Applications are accepted until January 31, 2022.

Call 215-543-1051 or email necathalum@aol.com.

Monster Jam in Link

Monster Jam returns to Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, April 16th.

The show starts at 7 p.m., with a fan party from 2:30 to 5:30.

At the party, fans can see the massive 12,000-pound trucks up close, meet their favorite drivers and crew, and pose for photos.

Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com.

Activities in the Academy of Natural Sciences

Drexel University’s Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, hosts many current and upcoming exhibitions.

Hidden Works of Nature: The Microscopic World in the Library and Archives It will be shown on the following Fridays, every hour from 11 am to 4 pm: January 7 and 21, February 4 and 18 and March 4 and 18.

Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs It passes until January 17, 2022.

Junior Scientists Workshop, What’s so amazing about diatoms?Saturday, January 22, from 10 a.m. to noon. The workshop is for children in grades three to five. Register in https://bit.ly/3E9nVEZ.

Display Invisible worlds and life cycle Scheduled for Sunday, January 30 at 2 p.m.

Junior Scientists Workshop, How do plants communicate?Saturday, February 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. The workshop is for children from 3rd to 5th grade. Register in https://bit.ly/3Da6brG.

The discussion “Growing Art from Science” will take place on Wednesday, February 23 at 6:30 pm. Register in https://bit.ly/3rRiQOe.

Junior Scientists Workshop Entitled water bugsIt is intended for children in grades three through five. It is scheduled for Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to noon. Register in https://bit.ly/3pbrMLq.

The hidden world of water It runs until April 17, 2022.

Winter Break camp will take place Monday through Thursday, December 27-30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The camp is for ages from 6 to 10 pm. Register in ansp.org.

Opening of the water fair

Drexel University Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, presenting The hidden world of water, from view until April 17, 2022 free of charge with general admission.

The exhibition coincides with the Year of Water, a 2022 initiative of the Academy of Natural Sciences and Drexel University that aims to increase public interest in the resource.

For more information visit ansp.org.

Kimmel table

Kimmel Campus is back on Broadway.

Here’s the schedule until next summer: stomp(December 28 – January 2, Miriam Theatre); Pretty Woman: The Musical(January 4-16, Academy of Music); Hudstown(February 9-20, Academy of Music); Beautiful – Carol King the Musical (February 22-27, Academy of Music); Rent: Farewell 25th Anniversary Tour (March 4-6, Miriam Theatre); Oklahoma! (March 8-20, Forest Theater); Waitress(March 29 – April 3, Academy of Music); hairspray (May 16-22, Miriam Theatre); To kill a mockingbird (July 12-24, Academy of Music); And Dear Evan Hansen, (August 16-28, Forest Theatre).

For more information, call 215-893-1955 or visit kimmelcenter.org.

Upcoming cruise

The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation is sponsoring a cruise to Charleston and Bermuda, June 2-12, 2022, at Celebrity Summit, sailing from Cape Liberty, in North Jersey. Prices range from $1,577 to $2,387 per person, with double occupancy.

Call 215-788-9408 for information and reservations.

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