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Kartoffel (Potato Soup) for Oktoberfest

Once upon a time in the city of Munich, Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. All the people of Munich were invited to attend the festivities, which were held on Oct. 12, 1810, on the fields in front of the city gates. All of Bavaria celebrated with the happy couple, and the party ended with horse races in the presence of the royal family.

Speaking out against abuse

The colorfully cheerful banners hanging in the front yard of a Parkwood townhome extol the virtues of the determined teenager who lives there.

Ticket to write

Legendary broadcaster Larry Kane discusses his new book, which documents the trials and tribulations of the early years of the Beatles.

It has been almost 50 years since the Beatles invaded America, and there are few people alive who likely remember it as vividly as veteran journalist Larry Kane. Kane was with the band during every stop of its 1964 and 1965 American tours, an opportunity Kane said he “never sought out.”

A beautiful day in the neighborhood

A time to celebrate: Somerton Day, a celebration of the neighborhood, was held on Saturday, Oct. 5. 

Holmesburg family practice expands

For 32 years, Dr. Joseph Pongonis has been keeping the families of Holmesburg physically healthy. Now he’s working on the economic health of the neighborhood.

Happy trails

The city has laid out plans for the trail along Frankford Creek. The paved path will take hikers and bikers to the Delaware River.

Picture the Frankford Creek. Go ahead.

Gunpoint robberies reported in Bustleton

Capt. Joseph Zaffino, commander of the 7th Police District, on Sept. 25 encouraged members of the Greater Bustleton Civic League to call 911 when they see trouble and to keep calling.

Drug problem is growing in Millbrook

Millbrook Civic Association members are worried about increased — and very open — drug use in their Far Northeast neighborhood. Members talked about seeing people of all ages smoking pot or shooting up heroin at all hours of the day.

Tender time

Philadelphia Police Detective Martin Connors, 48, never thought he would believe the words of grief counselor Mickey Hirsch: Connors would eventually help other grieving parents whose children had died. 

Growing their credit

The fair weather has been kind to the tomatoes, peppers, watermelon and herbs growing next to the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union’s office on Townsend Road. There’s still some sweet corn, too.