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Around town: January 14, 2015

Canned food drive taking place at Holmesburg church

American Heritage Federal Credit Union workers donate books

Members and employees of American Heritage Federal Credit Union recently donated more than 4,375 new books to local hospitals, community centers and special care facilities.

Zoning issues to be discussed at Frankford NAC meeting

Members of the Frankford Neighborhood Advisory Committee will be considering five zoning issues during what looks to be a busy session at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8, at the Second Baptist Church of Frankford, 1801 Meadow St.

Wells Fargo donates $10k to Klein JCC

Wells Fargo Bank donated a check for $10,000 to Klein JCC on Dec. 30. The money will be used for senior programming.

Pets of the Week: January 7, 2015

Lovable Laffy-Taffy

Obama signs bill to rename hospital in memory of vet

President Barack Obama signed a bill that would rename the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, at 3900 Woodland Ave. in West Philadelphia, in memory of Army Cpl. Michael J. Crescenz, a Cardinal Dougherty High School graduate who earned the Medal of Honor for bravery in the Vietnam War.

Marchers protest Mayfair police shooting

Relatives and friends of Brandon Tate-Brown don’t believe the official version of the events that led Philadelphia police to shoot him fatally on Dec. 15 on the 6600 block of Frankford Ave.

‘I won’t disappear’

Allyson Schwartz’s era in political office is now over, but the ex-congresswoman plans to stay active in public policy.   

Holy Ghost Prep tournament honors longtime NE scorekeeper

Holy Ghost Prep’s annual Jack Schott Memorial Holiday Tournament is named for one of its own, in a way.

Holme Circle hosts annual holiday social

Members of the Holme Circle Civic Association joined the neighborhood’s elected officials in a holiday social at the local Dunkin’ Donuts on Dec. 17. The event has become an annual celebration for the civic association, replacing its regular monthly business meeting each December. Attendees enjoyed complimentary coffee and seasonal sweets.