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End of an era

The Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce last week held a reception at Torresdale-Frankford Country Club for Sister Francesca Onley, who is retiring as president of Holy Family University. Sister Francesca became the school’s fourth president in 1981, and she has overseen much physical growth of the institution. She also led Holy Family’s transition from college to university status in 2002.


Civic group discusses new businesses headed to Parkwood

There was a good turnout for last week’s Parkwood Civic Association meeting, and residents enjoyed a packed and fast-paced agenda that included information about the new Walmart opening in Franklin Mills, a local church’s push for volunteers for neighborhood projects, the Franklin Mills Advisory Council, the Parkwood Shopping Center, the city’s Planning Commission, vandalism at the Decatur School and the opening of Benjamin Rush State Park next month.


Around town: May 28, 2014

Soccer players wanted


Adcock vs. Boyle for congressional seat

The 13th Congressional District race is down to swimming pool company owner Dee Adcock, a Republican, and Democratic state Rep. Brendan Boyle.


179th Legislative District race determined by 89 votes

If there was a primary contest this year that underlined how much weight every vote has, it was in the Lower Northeast’s 179th Legislative District.


Young bear visits Fox Chase, returned to wild

A baby black bear’s romp through Northeast Philly ended in dreamland atop an Abington Township tree as a wildlife conservation officer shot him with a tranquilizer and captured him last Wednesday. The plan is to release the beast into the wild upstate. Residents in the Fox Chase area were placed on alert for a couple of days after passers-by and a local merchant spotted the bear roaming Pennypack Park on May 12 and 13. 


Upper Holmesburg Civic approves used car lot

Automobile sales could be returning to the Holmesburg Shopping Center after the local civic association endorsed a zoning variance sought by the property owner last Thursday night.


Turn trash to treasure at workshop

Learn how to make something out of something you thought was worthless — trash.


Three NE residents receive Team Excellence Awards

The Philadelphia Children’s Alliance recognized three Northeast residents during PCA’s annual Bear Affair fundraiser on May 1 at The Crystal Tea Room in Center City.


Students throughout Northeast named distinguished scholars

Thirty-three students from five Catholic high schools serving Northeast Philadelphia have been named distinguished scholars by Archbishop Charles Chaput, who recognized the honorees during the Academic Honors Convocation last Tuesday at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Prior to the convocation, Chaput was the main celebrant during a Liturgy of the Word.