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Local students awarded scholarships

Two eighth-grade students from St. Christopher School in Somerton were among 35 students from throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who were named 2015 Neumann Scholars. Oonie Lynch of the sponsoring Connelly Foundation recognized scholarship winners Matthew Comas and Brendan McLernan during a ceremony at St. Christopher School.

Learning to grow

Fox Chase Elementary is approved for a School Redesign Initiative, an effort to teach an agriculture-themed, project-based curriculum from the grassroots level.

E. Torresdale Civic elects board members

The East Torresdale Civic Association elected its executive board officers and committee chairs for 2016 during the group’s monthly meeting on Dec. 14.

Concerns on N. Delaware District Plan tackled

“If you build an attraction so people will have a destination point instead of going downtown, it will lift up the community. It would be an economic engine.” — State Sen. John Sabatina

Community fund seeks donations

Christmas comes on Friday, and many local folks are looking forward to opening presents and chowing down at dinner. For others, though, the holiday won’t be special.

Around Town: December 23, 2015

Blood drive at Nazareth Hospital

Thousands of books donated to hospitals, community centers

Turn the page: Members and employees of American Heritage Federal Credit Union donated more than 6,380 new books to local hospitals, community centers and special care facilities through the sixth annual Books for Kids program. Books were delivered to Busia Orphanage, Blue Bell Mission Kids, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Hunting Park Boys and Girls Clubs, Bridesburg Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Bucks County and Grandview Hospital. A special donation of 5,330 books was made to the Reach Out and Read program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which promotes early literacy and school readiness.

Sestak takes aim at ISIS during town hall meeting

Former congressman Joe Sestak, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, last week hosted a town hall event at World Affairs Council in Center City.

School Shorts: December 16, 2015

MaST student gains big honor