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— The City of Philadelphia mourns the loss of Fire Capt. Michael Goodwin of Parkwood, who perished in a fabric shop blaze in Queen Village.

Squilla presents bill that will spread impact of AVI

Mark Squilla does not want to rush into pushing 100 percent property assessments on city residents. The South Philly councilman has introduced a bill that would spread the impact of the Actual Value Initiative over three years.

Pets of the Week (April 10, 2013)

Priscilla is looking for love

Cats rescued from NE fire

Cooperation between the Philadelphia police and fire departments and a local animal rescue group helped save 17 cats after a house fire in Bustleton last week.

Blast from the Past

Vince Stango, interim president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, described the year 1968 as “colorful, chaotic and culture shifting.”

Aria Torresdale expands ER department

Aria Health broke ground on Monday for a new $37.1 million emergency department at its Torresdale campus, a project that is expected to increase the facility’s emergency admissions capacity by more than 25,000 patient visits per year.

Former Chink’s Steaks is now Joe’s

Joe Groh has sold a gazillion beefy, cheesy, doughy, steamy sandwiches since buying Chink’s Steaks 14 years ago.

Free tax assistance is available for seniors

Free tax-preparation assistance is available for senior citizens and moderate-to-low-income people at the Mayor’s Office of Community Services site at 2049 Cottman Ave. in Rhawnhurst.

Celebrate cranberries all year

If you’re planning a festive meal, don’t forget to celebrate with cranberries. Cranberries often are associated with the holidays, but their nutritious tastiness is worth having anytime. Like many fruits, cranberries are high in fiber and vitamin C and low in calories and fat. A fresh cup of these tangy berries has 5 grams of fiber and 24 percent of the vitamin C the average person needs in a day, but just 51 calories. Use fresh, frozen or unsweetened dried berries for the best nutritive value.

Dress to impress

The hour hand on the clock was approaching five, signaling closing time at the Dress Up Time store on Frankford Avenue. But, with high school prom season on the horizon, the formal wear and apparel shop did not look as if it would be closing any time soon.