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Generous readers make holiday fund a success

It’s Christmas week, and the Times would like to thank all of the people who have contributed to our Eleanor Smylie Community Fund.


Bustleton group backs Evans Street variance

A plan to build a couple of houses on an Evans Street property where just one now stands got the backing of Greater Bustleton Civic League members last week. However, it was far from unanimous support, and the property’s owners still need an OK from the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment.


Civic group mulls joining anti-billboard battle

The Upper Holmesburg Civic Association may join the effort to restrict the proliferation of digital billboards and their conventional counterparts, static billboards, throughout the city. The group may also take a stand against a proposal to post more advertising on the city’s unused public school buildings.


McGeehan will not seek another term in ’14

State Rep. Mike McGeehan announced on Friday that he will not seek another term in 2014.


7th PDAC names officer of the month

Philadelphia Police Officer Randy Vogt is at it again. Last year’s Officer of the Year in the 7th district has been named Officer of the Month for November after he arrested an alleged murderer in Somerton.


Serving her city

Assistant D.A. Jacqueline Coelho says her priority as a public servant is to correct injustice.

Most people in Northeast Philadelphia probably don’t know much about Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Coelho, unless they’ve been the victim of a violent crime or the relative of a murder victim.


The most wonderful time of year

Residents and staffers of the Delaware Valley Veterans Home on Southampton Road had some special visitors on Dec. 19. A color guard stood at attention as Gov. Tom Corbett and his wife, Susan, entered to extend holiday greetings to veterans and hand out Christmas cards signed by the staff of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Entertaining the vets with holiday songs were members of the Nazareth Academy Charter High School’s choir. PHOTOS BY MARIA POUCHNIKOVA


A Nightcap for Santa

Ho! Ho! Ho! ‘Tis the season of merriment, mirth and magic. It’s a time for wishing and hoping and believing. It’s a time for children, a time to feel childlike, a time to wish all the world well. It’s a time for holly, jollies, jingle bells, candy canes, mistletoe, cookies, fruitcake, Hot Spiced Cider and Hot Mulled Wine.


Pets of the Week: December 18, 2013

Precious Presley needs a new family


Pomegranate Salad

My dad always called them Chinese Apples. I’m talking about pomegranates, the jeweled-looking fruit that makes its way to our markets from late fall through early winter. The pomegranate’s sparkly, ruby-red, gem-like seeds seemed so exotic to me way back when. They were a fascinating fruit, those little, edible jewels. Found right before Christmas, we always purchased one to just take apart and to eat.