Among the committee members are City Council members Maria Quinones-Sanchez and Jim Kenney, and Drexel University president John Fry.
Lemon Ball's Saturday
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer, of Wynnewood, will host its sixth annual Lemon Ball on Saturday at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 12th and Market streets. The ball, sponsored by Volvo and the Toys 'R' Us Children's Fund, with support from Cigna, raises money for the fight against childhood cancer.
The evening will feature the presentation of the Alex Scott Crystal Cup to Harry Rose, of the Rose Group Corp., for his continued support of the foundation. Liz and Jay Scott, parents of Alexandra Scott - who, at age 4, began selling lemonade in front of her house to raise money for childhood-cancer research - will make the presentation. Alex died of the disease in 2004 at age 8.
Feds bag coke shipment
Federal authorities said they found 130 pounds of cocaine in three unattended duffel bags at Philadelphia International Airport over the weekend. Customs and Border Protection officials said the seizure Sunday was the largest in at least two decades - more than double the 55 pounds seized in 2000. The agency said the bags arrived on a flight from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. A detector dog alerted officials to the drugs, and officers found 52 bricks wrapped inside blankets.
Job fair to hire 750
XFINITY Live! Philadelphia is conducting a career fair at the Wells Fargo Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, where six new dining and entertainment spots will try to fill 750 positions. Hiring managers from the businesses will conduct interviews. The slots to be filled include management, sales and all hourly positions. Those interested should come to the fair with copies of resume and references, and be prepared for interviews.
Booze cost rising
State store customers can expect to see price boosts soon on hundreds of wine and liquor products after a vote yesterday by the Liquor Control Board. The 3-0 vote to approve suppliers' requests ended an 18-month moratorium on price increases, imposed because of the economic downturn. Board members said that producers have been hit with higher costs of materials and shipping, and warned that otherwise the selection for consumers might be reduced.
Hey, wanna Mumm?
Mummers' organizations interested in participating in the 2013 Mummers Parade in the Comic, String Band, Fancy or Fancy Brigade divisions may submit requests through a letter to Leo Dignam, Parks and Recreation Program Division, 1515 Arch St., 10th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102-1587. Deadline is Jan. 17.
Chester school petition
Hundreds of people have joined a petition campaign on Change.org calling on Gov. Corbett to release emergency funds to keep the Chester Upland School District open. The district announced last week that it would stop paying teachers today due to financial troubles resulting from state budget cuts.
Danyel Jennings, a mother of two children enrolled in the district, launched the campaign after reading reports that some teachers and support staff had voted to continue working as long as possible without pay to reduce harm done to students.
- Staff and wire reports