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Community Briefs: Delaware County D.J. celebrates 45 years with dance party | Lifestyle

ASTON — D.J. Steve Kurtz will celebrate 45 years of bringing music and entertainment to the tri-state area, 2-6 p.m. Sunday, April 25 with a dance party in Gatsby’s parking lot, 4936 Pennell Road, Aston. Special guest appearances will include Billy Carlucci of Billy and the Essentials and Galax-Z recording artists 5/3 Woodland A Capella group.

Socially distanced seating will be available inside and outside and drinks and food can be ordered from the Gatsby’s menu.

Donations from the event and from the weekly bingo at Gatsby’s in April will benefit the Lansdowne Aldan Alumni Association and the Interfaith Food Pantry.

Kurtz has been entertaining the Delaware Valley for four and a half decades and is still going strong. Starting out as a Mobile D.J. in 1976, before it became the fashionable thing to do, Kurtz has performed for thousands of parties, weddings, corporate functions and fundraisers.

In the 1980s, Kurtz was hired as emcee and stage manager for a live local cable TV show which was also recorded and shown on three cable companies, seven days a week. In 1990, Kurtz started Galax-z Records, recording a cappella groups, R&B artists and rock bands.

In 1995, Kurtz branched out to radio, starting at a small station in Aston. Within three months “The Steve Kurtz Show” was the highest rated show on the station. Kurtz is now on Cruisin’ 92.1 FM, an oldies station heard in the Philadelphia Tri-State area. The show also aired on destinationdoowop.com. Kurtz is the vice president of the YachtStock River Jam and the founder and event coordinator for the “Yacht Stock Rising Stars” vocal competition. The Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center presented Kurtz with a lifetime achievement award in 2010 for his work preserving the sounds of the Doo Wop era. Delaware County Council presented him with two proclamations for his volunteer work in 2015. and 2017. Voted “Best of Delco” in 2015 by Delaware County Daily Times readers, “The Steve Kurtz Dance Party” is at many venues in the Delaware Valley and surrounding areas. Karaoke with Kurtz has also become a popular Delaware County event.

For more information on the upcoming Kurtz anniversary dance party, call 610-494-4500.

Local comedian debuts stand-up comedy album at Helium

Comedian Jake Mattera, a resident of Prospect Park, will debut a stand up comedy album live in-person at Helium Comedy Club, 7 p.m. Sunday, April 18 for Helium Records. Other comedians featured on the show include Delco’s Pat House, as well as Mary Radzinski, David James, Seamus Millar.

Mattera was a finalist at the Boston Comedy Festival and he is a 3x finalist at Helium Comedy’s Philly’s Phunniest competition. He has acted in sketches that have appeared on Conan and he is featured regularly as a guest on WMMR’s Preston and Steve Show, The Q Show on Fox, and WMGK’s The John DeBella Show. He has been invited to perform at many prestigious festivals all over the country, including: Big Sky Comedy Festival, Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, Limestone Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, HBO’s WICF, and more. He has opened for: Dave Attell, Nate Bargatze, Ron Funches, and Roy Wood Jr. among others.

The Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St., Philadelphia is taking COVID safety protocols seriously and the event is limited capacity and socially distanced.  

For tickets or more information, visit https://philadelphia-heliumcomedy-com.seatengine.com/shows/140258.

Sign-ups underway for flea market, Slavic food festival

Holy Myrrh-Bearers Church, 900 Fairview Road, Ridley Township, will host a community-wide Flea Market/Craft Fair and Slavic Food festival, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday June 12. The community is welcome to sign up now for non-food vendor spaces for $20. To get a spot, call 610-544-1215 or email  HMBChurch@vwerizon.net. The event will be held rain or shine.

Goodwill Job Resource Center helps local residents with employment search

Delaware County and Southwest Philadelphia residents can take advantage of the opportunity to learn, grow and increase skills at the Goodwill Job Resource Center, 201 E. Baltimore Ave, Lansdowne. The center provides a variety of training and employment tools to offer maximum opportunity for program participants to reach their full potential.

These individualized programs and services include: Career centers that assist with job searches, writing résumés and building interview skills; Job readiness/soft skills/work adjustment; Intensive placement services sessions; E-learning; and Digital Skills Classes.

Goodwill will customize a plan for individuals based on their interests, skills and education. Each individual will receive the necessary job training and support from Goodwill to be successful at his or her job, earn a paycheck, become self-sufficient and know the independence and dignity that work brings.

Every 42 seconds of every business day, a person served by Goodwill earns a good job. Every 13 seconds, another person accesses Goodwill opportunities to build careers and strong families. Goodwill Job Resource Center offers a free comprehensive career platform with tools and guidance to help local residents find their next job fast!. They can become a better candidate by perfecting their resume, exploring self-assessments, and practicing their interview skills. all the Job Center at 610-623-2973 or email Agnes Bedard at abedard@GOODWILLDE.ORG  for an appointment.

Ridley Class of 1980 plans reunion

Ridley High School Class of 1980 will hold its 40th reunion scheduled Saturday, Nov. 13 at Springfield Country Club.  Tickets will go on sale on May 1.  Reserve a room at Springfield Marriott by mentioning Ridley High Class of 1980.  Look for updates on the “Ridley High School Class of 1980” Facebook page. Classmates can email RidleyHighSchool1980@gmail.com with their updated information.

Quinn hosts shredder, drug collection event for constituents 

Rep. Chris Quinn, R-168 of Middletown, will host a paper shredding and medication collection event for residents of the 168th Legislative District this Saturday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Penn State Brandywine, 25 Yearsley Mill Road, Middletown.

Residents may drop off paper, file folders, note pads and records of any kind. There is no need to remove stapled, paper clips or rubber bands; however, plastic bags cannot be accepted. There is also a two-box limit.

The Delaware County Office of the District Attorney will have a mobile drop-off box to receive unused or expired prescription or over-the-counter medications. Residents may stay in their cars when dropping off items.

The 168th Legislative District includes the Delaware County municipalities of Media and Chester Heights boroughs, Middletown, Edgmont, Newtown, Upper Providence, and Thornbury townships as well as the Fifth Ward of Marple.

Constituents may visit RepChrisQuinn.com or call 610-325-1541 with questions.

Readers can email community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at pdegrassa@21st-centurymedia.com.


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