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Twice as nice

Adriano Ciocca recently opened his second restaurant.

For Adriano Ciocca, being raised in an Italian household and following his instincts fostered a dream of owning an Italian restaurant. And at 33, Ciocca’s dream essentially has doubled. He now owns two Italian restaurants.


City will give out 50 college scholarships

City Councilman Brian O’Neill (R-10th dist.) announced that the city will sponsor 50 college scholarships for graduating high school seniors.


Monsignor Lynn getting out of jail

The first member of the Roman Catholic Church’s U.S. hierarchy convicted of hielding a child-molesting riest is getting out of jail. Monsignor William Lynn just isn’t getting out for free.


Lynn conviction reversed

Pennsylvania’s Superior Court has reversed the endangering children conviction of Monsignor William Lynn, and his lawyer hopes to have him out of prison by tomorrow.


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.


City making plans to partly remove Pennypack dam

A Pennypack Creek dam where a local teen died in July will be lowered by several feet, eliminating the swimming hole that has long attracted kids.


Around town: December 25, 2013

Cyber classmates meet in the Northeast


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.


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.