October 2013

Neighborhood Stories23 Oct 2013 08:41 pm

“Whatever advice you give, be short.” – Horace

Here are some tips on a common problem – how to dispose of unused medication that you no longer want. These rules apply to prescription as well as over the counter medicines. Remember, it’s not a good idea to give your prescription medicines to friends – there is probably a good reason that person cannot get the medicine from their own doctor, and you don’t want to be responsible for them having an adverse reaction.
1. Check the labels on your medication bottles – they may instruct you on how to dispose of the unused medicine
2. Never flush medications down the toilet unless the instructions specifically tell you to (some meds are safe to flush, but most aren’t)
3. Look for drug take back programs in your neighborhood – times when you can drop off unused medications for safe disposal (http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/)
4. If none of these apply, take the medication out of it’s original container and put it in plastic bag or lidded can. Mix it in your trash bag with something undesirable, like used kitty litter or coffee grounds. This helps prevent children or pets from eating the medicine.
You can also ask you pharmacist, however, do not bring unwanted medicines to your doctor’s office for disposal. Most doctor’s offices have no idea how to dispose of these medicines. (Trust me, I work in a doctor’s office!)

-Melissa Rosato

(follow me on facebook or twitter: Melissa Rosato@myrrr03)

Gold Star Park22 Oct 2013 01:19 pm

Save the date for Gold Star’s Halloween Party for Kids! Saturday, October 26th 11am to 2pm (rain date: 10/27). The party will take place at Gold Star Park on Wharton Street between 6th & 7th Streets and is FREE for parents and children!  Come in costume and enjoy treats and Halloween craft making! Also, climb aboard a real FIRE TRUCK!  At 12:30 join us for music with Andrey & Elena, as well as a magic show at 1pm. Volunteers needed! Donations of baked goods or store bought treats will also be appreciated. Please email goldstarpark@passyunk.org if you would like to volunteer.

-Chris DiCapua, Parks Liaison

Columbus Square22 Oct 2013 01:18 pm

Find a treasure at Columbus Square’s Fall Flea Market on Saturday, October 26 from 7am to 1pm. We expect many vendors with a great variety of wares. If you are interested in being a vendor, one spot costs $20 or two spots cost $30 (if paid in advance, $5 extra day-of). Please bring your own table(s). To reserve your spot, call the Columbus Square Recreation Center at (215) 685-1890.

While adults are shopping at our flea market, our always free annual Pumpkinfest will be taking place inside the Columbus Square Recreation Center (12th and Wharton Streets). From 9am to 12pm stop by with the little ones for pumpkin painting/decorating and free candy. Halloween costumes are encouraged!

-Chris DiCapua, Parks Liaison

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