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Music man

Gary Grisafi worked as a construction safety specialist and a Republican leader of the 53rd Ward, but his guitar always remained a close companion.

It took him a few decades and a handful of forays into other careers, but Gary Grisafi has finally opened a music store in Bensalem, the Grisafi Music Institute.


Buddy Walk event raises money for CHOP

The family and friends of Michael DiNezza raised about $1,500 for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Trisomy 21 Program at the recent Buddy Walk and Family Fun Day at Villanova University.


Preparing for the future

The folks from Philadelphia Futures were at Northeast High School recently, distributing copies of the 24th edition of Step Up to College Guide, a free 43-page resource book to help high school students and their families during the college admissions and financial aid processes.


On hold

City Council considers banning automated purchasing machines that dispense cash for small electronics.

City Council is considering outlawing machines that dispense dollars in exchange for small electronics like smartphones and iPods as one way of curbing skyrocketing phone thefts.


Investing in energy-efficient home improvements pays

The Philadelphia Gas Works is poised to pay out $4 million over the next 21 months to city residents who invest in energy-efficiency improvements to their homes.


Priest’s accuser dies

The witness against a 75-year-old Roman Catholic priest accused of molesting a Northeast altar boy died suddenly, the district attorney’s office announced this afternoon.


Apple cheesecake

The apple, the original forbidden fruit, was the choice fruit in the Garden of Eden. There are more than 7,500 varieties of apples grown in the world today. Eve ate one of them.


Less is more for Santucci owner

The Office of Property Assessment told Santucci owner Gene Carelli assessments on his properties have been lowered almost a half-million dollars.

Gene Carelli is a happy guy.


Pets of the Week: October 16, 2013

Patches is a people pup


Benjamin Rush Park improvements almost complete

Improvements to Benjamin Rush State Park at Southampton Road and the Boulevard are almost complete.