2 red-light cameras to flip on

The Philadelphia Parking Authority said that two new red-light cameras will be activated tomorrow on Aramingo Avenue, at York Street, in Kensington, and at Castor Avenue, in Port Richmond.

During a two-month grace period, drivers found in violation at the two intersections will get warnings. Beginning March 2, violators will face $100 fines.

Tree-recycling effort begins

The city's residential Christmas-tree-recycling program will run from Monday through Jan. 15, Streets Commissioner Clarena I.W. Tolson said.

Residents who wish to drop off trees to be recycled may take them to the Streets Department sanitation convenience centers at 3033 S. 63rd St., Domino Lane and Umbria Street, or State Road and Ashburner Street.

Kappa Alpha Psi turns 100

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, an international organization based on Broad Street above Dauphin, in North Philadelphia, will celebrate its centennial anniversary Wednesday.

The group will hold a founders' day banquet Jan. 8 at the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel, 17th and Race streets. Events will conclude with the fraternity's fourth annual Sunday of Hope program at 9 a.m. Jan. 9 at Jones Tabernacle AME Church, Diamond Street near Lambert, North Philadelphia.

The fraternity was founded Jan. 5, 1911, at Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. Former Philadelphia mayors John Street and Wilson Goode are members.

Book shut on 19 Camden jobs

The 19 people who work at Camden's two remaining libraries face layoffs as the Camden County government prepares to take over. Layoff notices were sent out Wednesday, according to news reports.

In August, officials said that the city's subsidy for its libraries had shrunk so much that the system could not survive. One of the three libraries in the city was shuttered.

The county plans to take over the Ferry Avenue branch. The main branch downtown could be closed and replaced with a space inside Rutgers University's Robeson Library. Employees laid off effective Feb. 11 will be able to apply for jobs with the county library.

A.C. Electric rates are rising

Atlantic City Electric, which provides electricity to more than 547,000 customers in South Jersey, said that state regulators have approved rate adjustments that will increase customers' electric bills by about 5.5 percent. The new rates are effective tomorrow.

The utility said yesterday that the state Board of Public Utilities recently authorized it to pass through expenses for several items. They include a charge for statewide societal-benefits programs and costs related to the company's residential-appliance-recycling program.

The company said that it does not earn a profit on the items included in the rate adjustments. It said that a typical residential customer's bill will increase by $9.88 a month.

- Staff and wire reports