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Holidays’ dark side

Crooks love the holidays. Their immeasurable bad will is the yin for the yang of everybody else’s yuletide generosity and good cheer.


Solomon makes House candidacy official

Jared Solomon said he is running for the state legislature, in part, to improve the look of the Castor, Bustleton and Rising Sun avenue commercial corridors.


Police paying close attention to neigborhood nuisances

Authorities are cracking down on a few properties that have become neighborhood nuisances, said Pete Specos, the Frankford Civic Association’s president.


Bustleton builders seek community support Dec. 18

Local builders will be back before members of the Greater Bustleton Civic League next week with revised plans for two new homes on the 9600 block of Evans Street.


The art of saving

Blessed Trinity Regional Catholic School, 3033 Levick St. in Lower Mayfair, was honored last week as a winner of an art contest sponsored by Philadelphia Federal Credit Union. The prizes included $250 for a classroom to spend on school supplies. PFCU’s mascot, Moola Moola, and personal finance expert Dominique Jenkins surprised the winners on the morning of Dec. 3. This fall, PFCU partnered with Philadelphia-area private and public schools to hold the second annual art competition designed to teach third- to fifth-grade students the importance of saving money at a young age. Hundreds of young artists submitted entries, and thousands of Philadelphians voted for the winners on the credit union’s Facebook page. The other winning school was St. Francis de Sales in West Philadelphia. 


Community fund puts hope in the holidays

It’s just two weeks until Christmas, and families are making plans for big dinner celebrations. Kids can’t wait to find out what Santa Claus will leave under their trees.


Recycle old appliances

PECO customers have recycled more than 35,000 energy-guzzling refrigerators and freezers through PECO Smart Appliance Recycling, helping the state of Pennsylvania reach a total of 200,000 recycled appliances during the last five years, the utility announced recently


DA talks bullying with students

Philadelphia’s district attorney went back to school this week to teach a lesson about bullying.


Union leaders discuss seasonal worker unemployment

Union leaders told three lawmakers how changes in the state’s unemployment rules have cut benefits to thousands of seasonal workers.


St. Chris helps feed the hungry

Students at St. Christopher School in Somerton collected canned goods for Thanksgiving week in support of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Nutritional Development Services, which provides meals to needy families.