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Yo Jimmy!

Northeast native Jimmy Binns is a veteran litigator, former state boxing commissioner, recent suburban police academy graduate and an actor who has appeared in two ‘Rocky’ films.

Nobody can accuse Jimmy Binns of failing to answer the bell.


Farm bill will help healthy initiatives

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed a $956.4 billion farm bill that includes money that Rep. Allyson Schwartz secured for a national Healthy Food Financing Initiative to bring jobs and affordable food retail options to urban and rural communities.


Picasso Project awards arts grants to 14 schools

The Picasso Project, a Public Citizens for Children and Youth mini grant program that brings arts education to schools that have very limited arts instruction, awarded more than $60,000 in grants to 14 Philadelphia schools, including Allen Stearne Elementary and Swenson Arts & Technology High School in Northeast Philadelphia.


A lifelong love of music

When Alan Taylor first retired after 42 years working for Conrail, he looked forward to leisure time, but wasn’t sure how he’d use it.


Pelbano Rec Center vending machine bandit sought by police

A man broke open a vending machine inside the Pelbano Recreation Center early this week, but it wasn’t to satisfy his sweet tooth.


Officer shoots, kills robbery suspect in Oxford Circle

A respected foot beat officer from the 2nd Police District shot and killed a suspected robber who allegedly assaulted him on an Oxford Circle street Tuesday afternoon.


Arkoosh raises $203K, has more than $643,000 cash on hand

Dr. Val Arkoosh raised more than $935,000 in 2013 for her congressional campaign.


Around town: January 29, 2014

Color guard to appear at hockey game


Murt hosts ‘There Ought to Be a Law’ contest for students

In a move to stimulate interest in state government, state Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) is sponsoring a contest entitled “There Ought to Be a Law.”


Planning session set for Burholme Park

City Councilman Brian O’Neill (R-10th dist.) will discuss plans for redesigning and renovating the play area in Burholme Park at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Ryerss Mansion, 401 Cottman Ave. This is the second planning session for this upgrade, and neighbors can review the project’s final plans. For more information, call the councilman’s office at 215-686-3422. ••