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Grumbrecht directing membership at GNPCC

Teri Grumbrecht, a lifelong resident of the Northeast who spent a quarter-century in the banking industry, has joined the staff of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce as membership director. A graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School, Grumbrecht worked for PNC and Commerce banks and had most recently served as a vice president of TD Bank at the Woodhaven branch, Knights and Woodhaven roads.

Group protests outside of Martina White’s Somerton office

A half-dozen members of the Pennsylvania Student Power Network last week protested outside state Rep. Martina White’s district office at 10752 Bustleton Ave.

Full schedule announced for Pennypack Park cleanup events

The 2017 series of Pennypack Park cleanup days will begin on Saturday, March 25, when volunteers will meet at the ball field behind Nazareth Hospital on Holme Avenue. The event will last from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All volunteers are welcome and encouraged to wear long pants, long sleeve shirts and comfortable but sturdy footwear. Sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

DA candidate outlines criminal justice reform plan

Michael Untermeyer, a Democratic candidate for district attorney, presented his criminal justice reform plan in front of the Criminal Justice Center.

Building a bright future

Hands-on learning: Students from Building 21 Ferguson last week celebrated Career and Technical Education Month by holding an exhibition of what they’ve learned in their 16-week Career Exploration Program at JEVS Human Services career training school. The after-school program, in its second year, takes place at Orleans Technical College, 2770 Red Lion Road. The high school juniors demonstrated hands-on skills in electrical wiring and interior wall construction. “It was quite surprising to see such a commitment, and we quickly realized that these students want to be taught as much as we want to teach them,” said Orleans Tech instructor Milton Dillard. 

Blowtorch may have sparked aquatic center fire

About 100 patrons and employees of a Torresdale aquatic and fitness center escaped a four-alarm fire that may have been sparked by a roofer’s blowtorch on Monday morning.

Around Town: March 8, 2017

Bowling fundraiser scheduled for Saturday

John Hancock Demonstration School receives donation

William Griffin, principal of the John Hancock Demonstration School’s LaBrum Campus, receives a donation from Gary Masino, president and business manager of the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association for the newly renovated makerspace. 

ZOA will discuss Iran

The Zionist Organization of America: Greater Philadelphia will present Iran: What You Need To Know, on Tuesday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road,