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Demoted firefighters testify before City Council

Before joining the Philadelphia Fire Department, Joseph Pospiech served in combat with the U.S. military during the Vietnam War.


A day at the park

Play time: City officials on Oct. 30 ceremoniously opened a new playground at Tustin Street and Verree Road. Councilman Brian O’Neill (R-10th dist.) and the Department of Parks & Recreation spent $900,000 on “Champions Park,” which has equipment designed specifically to be accessible for children with special needs. There are three age-specific areas, for kids 2 to 5 years old; 5 to 12 years old; and a centerpiece for kids 2 to 12. Fencing was installed along busy Verree Road for safety. Construction on the site began in the spring and finished about a month ago.


Day of the Dead

A celebration: Swenson High School hosted a Day of the Dead celebration on Nov. 1. On this day, people go to the cemeteries where their family members are buried, sing songs, decorate graves and tell stories. At Swenson, students used face paint to make skulls on their faces.


City offers some property tax aid

In mid-October, the city announced it will help some homeowners who have fallen behind in paying their property taxes to get current and stay current. They can accept that help, or else face foreclosure. 


The champ

He’s a tough-as-nails, heart-of-gold, 29-year-old professional fighter who was born in Kensington and who swears he owes it all to his family and the City of Brotherly Love.


Campaign trail: Corbett to visit Fox Chase

Gov. Tom Corbett will kick off his re-election campaign this week with a series of events that include a stop in Fox Chase.


Brotherly love

Jared Brito can recall dying. It’s kind of a cute story.


Around town: November 6, 2013

Indoor play day at Tacony PAL


Frankford Y set to be restored

Some new life has been breathed into the long-vacant New Frankford Community Y building at Leiper and Arrott streets.


A storybook homecoming for Washington’s Tommy Oliver

Tommy Oliver may have moved on from Philadelphia to an exciting career as a feature filmmaker, but that didn’t stop his high school alma mater from giving him a Hollywood homecoming.