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Holme Circle celebrates annual holiday social

Members of the Holme Circle Civic Association joined the neighborhood’s elected officials in a holiday social at the local Dunkin’ Donuts on Dec. 17. The event has become an annual celebration for the civic association, replacing its regular monthly business meeting each December. Attendees enjoyed complimentary coffee and seasonal sweets.

Frankford NAC approves variances for lab and duplex

Residents OK’d a request for a special zoning exception by a lab company to operate on Oxford Avenue and a zoning variance for a Ruan Street duplex during the Jan. 8 meeting of the Frankford Neighborhood Advisory Committee.

Firefighters, paramedics receive new contract

The last time an arbitration panel awarded a new contract to Philadelphia’s firefighters and paramedics, Mayor Michael Nutter’s administration spent about four years fighting it in court.

Final day for old Nabisco plant will be May 1

On May 1, a landmark that long has dominated the Northeast Philadelphia skyline will go dark, and when the lights fade away at what once had been the Nabisco bakery at Roosevelt Boulevard and Byberry Road, almost 300 jobs will disappear.

Electric bill scam targets local PECO customers

An electric bill scam that just won’t die is claiming more and more victims, some of whom have been hit up for big dollars. One mark who thought he was paying an overdue bill recently lost $6,000 in a scheme PECO has been tracking for years. This is how it works:

Driscoll begins state House term

State Rep. Mike Driscoll took office last week, representing the 173rd Legislative District.

Burholme honors Battle of the Bulge vet

The Burholme Community Civic Association last week honored member Romeo Battilana on the 70th anniversary of his participation in the Battle of the Bulge.

Builders demolish centuries-old farmhouse

How much is a slice of Northeast Philadelphia’s history worth?

BRT almost finished with 2014 assessment appeals

The Board of Revision of Taxes is almost finished the gigantic job of processing more than 23,000 property assessment appeals for the 2014 tax year. There are about 2,000 left, Carla Pagan, the BRT’s executive director, told the Northeast Times.

Boyle sworn into Congress

When Brendan Boyle won the Democratic primary in the 13th Congressional District last May, he was pretty much headed to Washington, given his party’s voter-registration advantage.