Puppy surprise. Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone was handed a 3-month-old black Labrador retriever at a public meeting on Aug. 13 and told it was named “Kathi” in her honor. Fellow Commissioners Michelle Kichline and Terence Farrell surprised Cozzone with the naming after the three officials presented a ceremonial $1,000 donation check to representatives from Canine Partners for Life, a nonprofit dog-training service. Kathi the puppy will undergo a two-year training to become either a service or companion dog for disabled residents. Kichline and Farrell said the puppy-naming gesture, which the nonprofit offers to large donors, was in appreciation of their colleague’s 12 years of service (her term ends this year). “I am a dog lover, and who doesn’t love a puppy?” said Cozzone. "So to have one named after me, who will be of service to someone in the future, is very special.”
Portraits. On Sept. 16, the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple University will unveil the latest addition to its assemblage: portraits of legendary journalists Trudy Haynes and Acel Moore. The event will kick off the fourth annual Philadelphia Legacies week, sponsored by Philadelphia Legacy, an organization that supports nonprofits. The week will feature a half-dozen events over six days, culminating with an awards reception honoring community members who positively impacted the city. (Commissioned portraits of legendary Phillies third basemen Dick Allen and Temple lacrosse coach Tina Sloan Green have not yet been assigned display sites.) Located in Temple’s Sullivan Hall on the university’s main campus, the Blockson Collection consists of roughly 500,000 items that detail “the global black experience.” Haynes, now 92, was the first black woman television reporter for KYW-3 in the Philadelphia market. Moore, who died in 2016 at age 75, was a Pulitzer Prize-winning Inquirer reporter and columnist. For more information, visit www.philadelphialegacy.org.
Block party. On Sept. 21, Philly AIDS Thrift will celebrate its 14th anniversary with a traditional Philadelphia block party. The Queen Village store, which has historically supported local AIDS organizations through sales of donated items, will host the all-day affair on the 700 block of South Fifth Street, where the shop is located. Events include a celebrity dunk tank and a pie-eating contest. Obsidian Eats, Stuff’d Buns, and Franklin Fountain will be staffing food trucks. For more information, visit http://phillyaidsthrift.com.