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Centuries of worship

The Bethany AME Church has served its congregation in Northeast Philadelphia for 200 years. 

A centenarian celebration

100 years young: Laura Felice will celebrate her 100th birthday on Friday, May 20. The soon-to-be centenarian recently got a head start on celebrating the big milestone when the Maternity BVM Seniors threw her a birthday party. Felice is pictured with state Sen. John Sabatina Jr. and Theresa Canuso, president of BVM Seniors. 

Around town: May 18, 2016

Benefit for homeless pets at Katie O’s

8th District officers recognized for superb police work

Two police officers were recently named Officers of the Month in the 8th district after arresting a pair of alleged armed robbers, while two other members of the district were cited by their commander for their exceptional community service.

2nd PDAC honors Officer of the Month

Lt. Ronald Janka was recognized as Officer of the Month during the May 6 meeting of the 2nd Police District Advisory Council. In April, Janka arrested a man whom authorities were able to charge with dozens of automobile break-ins in the district.

Volunteers clean up Pennypack Park

Thirteen volunteers for the Friends of Pennypack Park braved a series of rains as they removed 19 bags of trash and other assorted items from the Little City area of the park on April 23 in commemoration of Earth Day.

Support group available for vets

A new veterans’ peer support group is inviting U.S. military veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and other combat situations to join weekly meetings at Aria Health’s Torresdale hospital starting on May 16. The Monday sessions will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Mansion House conference room at 10800 Knights Road.

Showing love for the parks

Green living: A tree planting program held at Pleasant Hill Park in East Torresdale on Saturday kicked off the fifth annual LOVE Your Park Week. City officials and volunteers picked up litter, mulched trees and garden beds and planted trees. City Councilman Al Taubenberger (foreground) helped plant trees during the event. 

Scholars: May 11, 2016

As part of its Inquiry 2016 activities, Lebanon Valley College recognized students for academic achievement in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. Local students include Jessica Coughlin, a graduate of Philadelphia Academy Charter School who is pursuing a bachelor of arts in English and sociology, who won the Senior Award for Academic Excellence in Sociology; and Ryan Muldoon, a graduate of Father Judge High School who is pursuing a bachelor of science in accounting, who won the Achievement Scholarship Award in Business Administration.