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Around Town: May 4, 2016

LOVE Your Park at local tree planting event


15th District honors local officer

Members of the 15th Police District Advisory Council recently honored Officer Patrick Owens as Officer of the Month for March. During the month, Owens arrested a gunman inside a Mayfair bar and captured an alleged carjacker.


At your service

Sam’s Hope provides veterinary grants for animals in need and also helps elderly owners care for their pets by providing food and supplies. 


Winner, w-i-n-n-e-r, winner

Spelling champ: Maternity BVM seventh-grader Angelique Casem won the recent Archbishop Ryan Spelling Bee. Angelique competed against 53 other students from area Catholic schools. She won in the 10th round by correctly spelling the word “hemorrhage.” For winning the spelling bee, she received a $2,000 per year scholarship to Archbishop Ryan. “I am extremely proud of the students that represented Maternity BVM in the spelling bee and congratulate them on all of their hard work, especially Angelique on her first place,” said Constance Flynn, Angelique’s teacher. 


Volunteers clean up local Septa stations

A smooth ride: More than 700 SEPTA employees and their families participated in the city’s spring cleanup. Locally, state Rep. Jason Dawkins was among the volunteers who worked in the community surrounding Frankford Transportation Center. In all, volunteers used brooms, shovels, rakes and trash bags to clean 14 locations throughout the SEPTA system. SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey Knueppel took part, along with about 200 City Year Corps members. This was the ninth year SEPTA employees participated in the citywide cleanup. 


Victory adds up

The Archbishop Ryan High School varsity mathletes recently captured the Archdiocesan championship for the 21st time in 24 years.


Toomey honored with Legislative Leader Award

The Humane Society awarded U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey for his leadership on protecting animals and sponsoring pro-animal legislation.


‘Swingers club’ draws ire of Upper Holmesburg

A month-long buzz around Northeast Philadelphia rose to a boil last Thursday evening as hundreds of area residents packed the St. Dominic’s Church hall to learn and complain about a suspected “swingers” club in the community.


St. Hubert High School names new president

The Office of Catholic Education and the Faith in the Future Foundation on Tuesday announced the appointment of Lizanne Magarity-Pando as the president of St. Hubert High School. Pando succeeds Frank Farrell, who vacated the position of president in the spring of 2015 to assume the role of director of financial aid in the OCE.


Schools receive $210,000 donation

The Bridge Educational Foundation last week presented more than $210,000 in scholarship money to Philadelphia schools at a ceremony at St. Cecilia.