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The new faces of Philadelphia

City Councilman Al Taubenberger, of Fox Chase, and elections commissioner Lisa Deeley, of Rhawnhurst, were the local stars at Monday’s inauguration at the Academy of Music.

Congregations of Shaare Shamayim enjoy a Tasty treat

Too sweet: Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, created the world’s largest piece of chocolate gelt at its recent Hanukkah party. The gelt was made with more than 200 pounds of dark chocolate. More than 300 people attended the party, which included latkes, jelly doughnuts and entertainment by Chris Ruggiero. SOURCE: SHAARE SHAMAYIM 

Candidate spreads Christmas cheer

Jim Pio, the Republican candidate in the 172nd Legislative District, joined his wife and campaign staff in preparing a Christmas food basket for a local family.  Fox Chase resident Georganne Schleinkofer introduced Pio to a family that needed a helping hand.

Bringing art to life

The Art of American Still Life features artwork depicting inanimate objects, some familiar and others very exotic.

Around Town: January 6, 2016

St. Martha Parish celebrating 50th

Aria to pay $3 million to resolve alleged violations of False Claims Act

Aria Health Systems Inc., operator of Aria hospitals in Frankford, Torresdale and Bucks County, has agreed with the U.S. Attorney to pay more than $3 million to resolve alleged violations of the False Claims Act.

Schools plan information on financial aid

The guidance departments of Father Judge and St. Hubert high schools will sponsor a financial aid night on Wednesday, Jan. 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the auditorium of St. Hubert, at Torresdale and Cottman avenues.

Scholarships available

City Councilman Brian O’Neill (R-10th dist.) announced that the City of Philadelphia will sponsor 50 college scholarships for graduating high school seniors. The deadline for applications is Feb. 19, 2015.

Scholars: December 30, 2015

The following area residents are among the 475 students graduating from Millersville University: Jessica Agger, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Amanda Allison, with a Bachelor of Science in Education in Middle Level Education; Sarah Balsley, with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography; and Julia Sides, with a Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood and Special Education.