Verna to head political group

The Southeast/Southwest Philadelphia Political Organization (SewPPO) has unanimously elected City Council President Anna C. Verna as its chairperson to replace the late Henry "Buddy" Cianfrani.

Cianfrani, a former state senator, created SewPPO — a caucus of 10 ward leaders — in June 2000 to operate as a united front for the area on issues of political concern.

‘Tree tenders’ wanted

The city’s street trees need extra care to survive a decade of drought and extended heat waves. Philadelphia residents can learn how to provide this tender loving care by becoming "Tree Tenders" in a free training course offered by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. This 12-hour course covers urban stresses on trees, and includes basic planting, pruning, tree pit care and tree identification. Groups of four or more who attend all sessions receive tree-tending tools and benefits.

The training course is endorsed by the Fairmount Park Commission and funded by the William Penn Foundation.

Individuals and groups interested in applying should contact Mindy Maslin at 215-988-8844, or through the PHS website,