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Plaque dedication will honor fallen officer

The public is invited to attend an upcoming plaque dedication in memory of police officer Brian Lorenzo.


Bring your ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ to an Elvis tribute fundraiser

Elvis Presley tribute artists will be performing at Cannstatter’s to help Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.   


SPCA waiving adoption fees on Aug. 24

The Pennsylvania SPCA, 350 E. Erie Ave.,  is offering fee-waived adoptions on most animals on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the 2nd Annual Peace & Love Summer Block Party!  “The event is a way to highlight all of the services available to the public at the Pennsylvania SPCA while finding new homes for the wonderful pets in our shelter,” said PSPCA spokeswoman Wendy Marano. The following deals and promotions will be offered:


Healthy tips for school lunches

Students are heading back to school, and you probably went to great lengths to ensure your child has the right equipment — pencils, pens, notebooks, clothing — to make it through the day. Proper nutrition also is a key ingredient for back-to-school success because it fuels brain cells and gives your child the energy and nutrients he or she needs for optimal learning. Packing your child’s lunch lets you know exactly what he or she is eating.


Gun buyback set for Sept. 7

The 15th Police District and its advisory council will conduct a gun buyback from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Holy Innocents Church, Tyson and Torresdale avenues. Anyone who brings in a gun will receive a $50 gift card for a local supermarket.


Clydesdales parade coming to Mayfair

The public is welcome to watch the Budweiser Clydesdales parade along Frankford Avenue next Wednesday night. The parade is set to begin at 6 p.m. on Aug. 28 outside the newly opened Cottman Beverage, at 7544 Frankford Ave. The Clydesdales will trot south on the avenue and are expected to arrive at Mayfair Beverage, at 6500 Frankford Ave., at 7:45 p.m.


Legislators tour local copter plant

That helicopter flying overhead might have been made right here in Northeast Philadelphia on Red Lion Road. Northeast Airport-based AgustaWestland’s 560 employees make more than 50 helicopters a year, which are sold all over the world. The company’s copters can even be spotted in the movies. One was in the latest James Bond film, Skyfall.


A triumphant return

The Fox Chase Town Watch National Night Out was held Aug. 6 after a one-year hiatus. It’s the largest event of its kind in the Northeast, and one of the largest in the city.  


Healing hands

Community rallies around wounded police officer by giving blood and offering prayers. 


City to pay firefighters, continue appeal

Even as City Hall and Philadelphia’s firefighters union embarked on new contract arbitration last week, Mayor Michael Nutter yielded ground in his administration’s prolonged legal war with firefighters over their recently expired 2009 contract.