Fair at West Philly High
A community fair is set for Thursday on the West Philadelphia High School football field on 48th Street near Locust, where fun will be combined with information about summer programs for kids. Parents will learn how to enroll children in Summer Freedom School, which offers free cultural and academic programs at various schools from June 23 through mid-August. Staffers from West Philadelphia High and Lea Elementary will be on hand to describe other summer programs.
Academy is going 'green'
Chestnut Hill Academy is going green, thanks to a $1 million grant from a private family foundation that will make the school's new Science and Technology Center environmentally sustainable - with a permeable parking lot, an adjacent arboretum, and use of recycled water in toilets. "We thought it was important to set an example for our students and our community by taking a leadership role in educational and environmental responsibility," said headmaster Frank Steel.
Rendell on the march
Monday won't exactly be a holiday for Gov. Rendell, who plans to take part in three Memorial Day parades, including two in the city. Rendell is to attend a 10 a.m. ceremony at the American Legion Post 821, on Salmon Street, Bridesburg, followed by a parade starting at Richmond and Juniata streets; an Upper Darby parade at 11:30 a.m.; and the 21st Ward Veterans and Wissahickon Memorial Association's Memorial Day service and parade at 1 p.m. at the Gorgas Park Memorial.
Corbett files civil suit
Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett filed suit yesterday seeking restitution for hundreds of homeowners who said they were victimized by the owner of a defunct mortgage company who was convicted of fraud. The civil suit alleges that Reading-based broker Wesley A. Snyder, his wife and seven employees violated consumer-protection laws when they cheated customers in central and eastern Pennsylvania out of nearly $40 million in an extensive Ponzi scheme.
Woman drowns in bathtub
Foul play is not suspected in the death of a 49-year-old South Carolina woman who drowned Thursday night in the bathtub in the Claridge tower at Bally's Atlantic City. Her identity was not immediately released.
Police were called by the husband who awoke from a nap and found his wife dead in the tub. *