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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.


Former city controller endorses Margolies

Former City Controller Jonathan Saidel last week endorsed Marjorie Margolies in the Democratic primary in the 13th Congressional District.


‘We need tax fairness’

We need tax fairness to ensure that tax deadbeats pay what they owe, and homeowners do not receive yearly property tax hikes. More than a year ago, we gathered with neighbors in Tacony to push for tax fairness and we went to work in the General Assembly. Recently, two bills were passed in Harrisburg to improve tax fairness and help hard-working homeowners in Northeast Philadelphia.


Pointing lasers at aircraft is a federal crime

It is a federal crime to point any kind of laser beam at an aircraft. Under federal law, “Whoever knowingly aims the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States, or at the flight path of such an aircraft, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.” Under the law, the Federal Aviation Administration may seek a civil penalty of up to $11,000 per violation.


Ryan student-athletes sign letters of intent

Three Archbishop Ryan High School students recently signed letters of intent to play college sports. (From left) Cat Hammer will play softball for West Chester University. Bob Romano will play baseball at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. Nikki Michalowski will play softball for Hofstra University in New York. 


Around town: December 18, 2013

Get ready to strut with the Mummers


Winterize your driving strategy

Winter begins this Saturday, and that means only one thing.


8th District names officers of the year

State Rep. Ed Neilson joined members of the 8th Police District Advisory Council recently to recognize five members of the district as Officers of the Year. The honorees were (front, from left) Rosario Capaccio of 3-Squad, James Boccalupo of 1-Squad, Richard Greger of 2-Squad, Mark Mazzoni of 5-Squad and Dan Richardson of 5-Squad. Also pictured are (back, from left) Police Chaplain Nancy Waidel, Police Chaplain Bill Parks, Neilson, Capt. Len Ditchkofsky and 8th PDAC Chairman Harry Sonntag. According to Ditchkofsky, the district commander, the officers were selected for their “consistent service” to the district, their excellent attendance record and teamwork. 


Somerton meeting postponed to Jan. 14

The Somerton Civic Association meeting originally scheduled for Dec. 10 has been postponed until Tuesday, Jan. 14, due to snow. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at Walker Lodge 306, 1290 Southampton Road.


Your cough can indicate a variety of things

As a family medicine specialist, this is a question I am frequently asked. A cough is an involuntary reflex that comes from our brain when our brain senses that we need to clear out our airway (the tube that leads from our mouth to our lungs). But still, why? This can be one of many reasons.