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IRS warns consumers about new phone scam

The Internal Revenue Service is warning consumers about a new and sophisticated phone scam that targets taxpayers, including recent immigrants. 


Homeowners appeal new assessments

More than 18,000 homeowners are appealing their properties’ new assessments with the Board of Revision of Taxes, an agency that typically sees between 1,000 and 2,000 appeal applications annually.


Warming hearts one blanket at a time

Janet Geissler has a warm place in her heart for sick kids. Key in on the words, “warm” and “heart.” For the last decade, the Burholme resident and an army of volunteers have been making soft, warm blankets to be distributed to ill children in and around Philadelphia by Project Linus. Kids in hospitals like Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia or St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children are the recipients.


City offers some property tax aid

In mid-October, the city announced it will help some homeowners who have fallen behind in paying their property taxes to get current and stay current. They can accept that help, or else face foreclosure. 


Volunteers help clean up Pennypack

Litterers stepped up their game in Pennypack Park last summer, but so did volunteers from the park’s friends group on Oct. 26 when they cleaned up the Sandy Run section of the park.


The champ

He’s a tough-as-nails, heart-of-gold, 29-year-old professional fighter who was born in Kensington and who swears he owes it all to his family and the City of Brotherly Love.


Northeast teen dies in car crash

An aspiring Eagle Scout from the Northeast lost his life in an automobile accident on Oct. 26 after spending the morning doing volunteer work in Pennypack Park. The tragedy occurred at about 12:36 p.m. on eastbound Red Lion Road near Northeast Airport, Philadelphia police said. Christopher Alvelo, 17, and three other teens were passengers in a Ford pickup truck when the driver, Alvelo’s 51-year-old stepfather, lost consciousness.


Millbrook nominates new board members

Millbrook Civic Association members last week nominated incumbent board members to be returned next year.


Veterans Day fundraiser is Nov. 9

The American Legion’s 5th District and McNally’s on Rhawn invite all U.S. military members past and present, along with their families and their friends, to commemorate Veterans Day while raising money for a worthy cause, the Delaware Valley Veterans Home.


More than quarter-million donated for scholarships

Almost $269,000 in scholarship money was donated last week by eight businesses that participated in the state Educational Improvement Tax Credit program.