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Councilman Brian O’Neill to host mammography unit at local office

On Friday, Sept. 19, at 8 a.m., Councilman Brian O’Neill will host the Fox Chase Cancer Center mobile mammography unit at his neighborhood office at The Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #5 (11630 Caroline Road).


Construction underway

Work improving Torresdale Avenue in Tacony began again last week, and upgrades to several blocks of sidewalks are likely to continue until October or November, according to Alex Balloon, manager of the Tacony Community Development Corporation. New concrete will be put in and new line striping, Balloon said, adding the city will place the “big belly” trash cans on the Avenue. 


A behind the scenes look at the FOP

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series discussing some of the key roles served by the Northeast Philadelphia-based Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5. Part One examines the local union’s leadership, along with recent contract negotiation and arbitration outcomes.


Around town: August 20, 2014

Burholme Business Association forming


Volunteers return from Liberia before outbreak

Somerton United Methodist Church members were working on a school in the village of Ghenwein in January, but were back home before the largest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus began this spring.

Two members of a Somerton church that’s been building a school in Liberia were in the West African country earlier this year, but they were there and back home before the largest ever outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus began this spring.


Students ‘extend school year’ this summer in Northeast

Thousands of kids went to school this summer and participated in a special program that maintains school structure and helps focus on key parts of their education. In the Northeast, the “extended school year” program was hosted at Lincoln High, LaBrum Middle School and at Fels High School, where the kids got ice cream courtesy of a local radio station on Aug. 7, the last day of classes.


Searching for solace

Residents can be relieved there is no killer on the loose, but sadness remains days after Christopher Murray allegedly confessed to killing his wife.

A Northeast neighborhood can rest easier, but its renewed sense of security is tinged with sadness in the knowledge that the murder of Constance “Connie” Murray was allegedly committed by her own husband.


Scouts spread friendship

The Tzofim-Israeli Friendship Scout Caravan visited the Klein JCC for an hour of music and poetry in celebration of Israel and Jewish history on Aug. 8. The performers helped visitors perform traditional Hebrew dances and also dedicated a song and slideshow to the current conflict in Gaza. 



NE celebrates National Night Out

Fox Chase was one of many neighborhoods that celebrated National Night Out, an event that promotes community involvement in crime prevention, on Aug. 5.