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Ex-firefighter dies; faced trial in road-rage slaying

Gerard M. Shaffer Sr., the former Philadelphia firefighter facing murder charges in connection with an April 2010 road-rage incident in the Far Northeast, died suddenly last week.


Burglars find window of opportunity in Lower Northeast

The 15th Police District’s crime statistics show most crimes are down or running about the same as last year, says the district’s commander, Capt. Frank Bachmayer.


Spreading the warmth this holiday season

Children in the Tacony section of the Northeast will be warm and stylish this winter thanks to Charming Shoppes Inc., which donated more than 100 new coats to the Tacony Police Athletic League Center. On Nov. 29, Officer Bill Schneider, director of Tacony PAL, distributed the coats to youngsters at his center.


Special salute for teen

Boy Scout Troop 444 and the family of Jared Celona congratulate his achievement of the rank of Eagle Scout. His Eagle Court of Honor was held Dec. 3 at St. Christopher School in Somerton. 


Budding Ballerina

Sarah-Gabrielle Ryan’s devotion and her roles in ‘The Nutcracker’ make one thing clear. The teen’s pursuit of a ballet career keeps her on her toes.


Fire damages Frankford homes

Flames inside a Frankford rowhouse caused heavy property damage but no injuries on Saturday afternoon, according to the Philadelphia Fire Department.


Ho! Ho! Ho! The IRS has leftover money this year!

Who would have guessed a happy holiday story would come out of the federal government? One has. Santa’s helpers at the Internal Revenue Service have more than 153 million bucks they’re itching to distribute.


Everybody’s a winner at basketball fund-raiser

State Reps. Brendan Boyle and Kevin Boyle raised $2,560 for the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 Survivors Fund last weekend during a youth basketball tournament at Abraham Lincoln High School.


Butkovitz encourages Tacony Civic to report government fraud

The city controller had plenty to say about other city issues as well.


Willits Road bridge work is in your future

The bridge that carries Willits Road over the Wooden Bridge Run will be reduced to one lane while repairs are made — in mid-2014.