Story Archive July 03 2012

Tomlinson looks to unseat Stack in the 5th district

Mike Tomlinson, Republican candidate and life-long Philadelphian, hopes to topple longtime State Senator Mike Stack (R-5th dist.) in this November's election.

St. Adalbert says farewell to longtime priest

After fifteen years of devoted service at St. Adalbert – which has served the Port Richmond community since 1903 – The Rev. Thaddeus Gorka. has moved on to Sacred Heart Parish in Swedesburg, Pa.

Letters to the editor: July 4, 2012

Happy birthday to America the BeautifulAs a former federal worker with 26 years of service at the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration, the Fourth of July, our nation’s 236th birthday, is an important day for me. I love the parades, barbecues, pool parties and mostly fireworks commemorating this day. Since the dawn of our nation, federal workers have played a significant role in America’s achievements.The contributions of federal workers will be very much in evidence this week as Americans prepare to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Millions of Americans will check a weather report prepared by the National Weather Service, grill meat inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and flyin skies kept safe by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration.Others will enjoy time outdoors in our national parks, travel with children protected by car seats inspected by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and visit post offices to mail letters and packages to loved ones serving in the military.My fellow federal workers and I are proud of the jobs we’ve done for America for the last 236 years. We wish you, and the nation we love, a Happy Independence Day.Gloria SpeerEast Torresdale

Sandwich smackdown

In the Wawa Welcome America celebration's Hoagie Day at Independence Mall, the Philadelphia Police took on the Fire Department in a hoagie making race. Officers from Fishtown's 26th police district participated in the contest.

Northern Liberties neighbors share safety concerns after Piazza shooting

A recent meeting of the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association allowed locals to come together over several issues, including safety after a recent fatal shooting and issues over a construction proposal at Finnigan's Wake that many residents oppose.

Fourth of July Events!

Looking for a way to spend Independence Day? The Star has you covered with this selection of events throughout the Philadelphia area.

Vote for Best of the Riverwards 2012!

Have you voted yet? You've still got time! Vote now. Voting will end July 18; mailed entries must be postmarked by that date, and email or Facebook votes won't be counted after midnight July 18.