Mere days before what was shaping up to be a plentiful holiday celebration, a Tacony family found out that the Grinch Who Stole Christmas isn’t just a fairy tale. But after a burglar made off with their Christmas gifts, officers from the 15th Police District demonstrated what the holiday spirit really is about.
A record number of more than 140 homes and businesses were nominated for the third annual Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest this year. Twelve judges, representing the 12 days of Christmas, toured the neighborhood from Dec. 15 to 20, grading each display on a scale of one to 12, with 12 being the ultimate decorations and one being the equivalent of a single window cling-on. Winners were announced on Dec. 21.
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Recycle Christmas trees
A wall of flames and explosions engulfed a stretch of Torresdale Avenue in Holmesburg early Sunday when a speeding car struck an illegally parked tractor-trailer, claiming the lives of three women who were inside the car.
State Sen. John Rafferty will now likely have no competition in the Republican primary for attorney general.
Merry and bright: At left (clockwise), the Christmas tree at Cottman and Frankford avenues is shown. Santa Claus smiles as children visit him at Philadelphia Mills mall. House decorations light up Friendship Street in Mayfair. A live nativity scene was held at Lambie Funeral Home on Rowland Avenue. MARIA S. YOUNG / TIMES PHOTOS
Sundae is full of sweetness
The Mayfair Community Development Corporation is eligible for several awards that will be presented at the 2016 Gala of the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations.