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Around town: November 6, 2013

Indoor play day at Tacony PAL


Shots of history

A collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs are on display at the National Constitution Center until Dec. 31.


Mayor visits NE Chamber of Commerce

Being the business community’s biggest cheerleader is part of the gig for Philadelphia’s top elected official, and Mayor Michael Nutter fully lived up to the role last week as he paid a visit to the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.


IRS warns consumers about new phone scam

The Internal Revenue Service is warning consumers about a new and sophisticated phone scam that targets taxpayers, including recent immigrants. 


Election Day Cake: Vote Spelt Flour

Although Dunkin’ Donuts probably supplied the vast majority of morning nourishment at many of the polling places around Philadelphia yesterday, way back in the day, it was the local women who baked for the festivities that transpired on Election Day. Since 1771, the Election Day Cake was baked to give strength to the people who had traveled into the polling town to cast their votes and to socialize. With no computers to quickly tabulate results, there was a lot of snacking done through the night as the votes were counted.


A day at the park

Play time: City officials on Oct. 30 ceremoniously opened a new playground at Tustin Street and Verree Road. Councilman Brian O’Neill (R-10th dist.) and the Department of Parks & Recreation spent $900,000 on “Champions Park,” which has equipment designed specifically to be accessible for children with special needs. There are three age-specific areas, for kids 2 to 5 years old; 5 to 12 years old; and a centerpiece for kids 2 to 12. Fencing was installed along busy Verree Road for safety. Construction on the site began in the spring and finished about a month ago.


Millbrook nominates new board members

Millbrook Civic Association members last week nominated incumbent board members to be returned next year.


Volunteers help clean up Pennypack

Litterers stepped up their game in Pennypack Park last summer, but so did volunteers from the park’s friends group on Oct. 26 when they cleaned up the Sandy Run section of the park.


Warming hearts one blanket at a time

Janet Geissler has a warm place in her heart for sick kids. Key in on the words, “warm” and “heart.” For the last decade, the Burholme resident and an army of volunteers have been making soft, warm blankets to be distributed to ill children in and around Philadelphia by Project Linus. Kids in hospitals like Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia or St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children are the recipients.


Homeowners appeal new assessments

More than 18,000 homeowners are appealing their properties’ new assessments with the Board of Revision of Taxes, an agency that typically sees between 1,000 and 2,000 appeal applications annually.