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Donations needed for community fund

The Northeast Times is kicking off its 66th annual Eleanor Smylie Community Fund charitable effort.Since originating in 1949, the fund has helped thousands of local families during the Christmas season.The fund matches families in need with community members who can offer help. All money collected is used to buy gift cards to provide holiday dinners to those who are struggling to make ends meet.

Disston principal visits Tacony Civic, discusses overcrowding in school

Hamilton Disston Elementary School principal Kari Hill spoke at last week’s Tacony Civic Association meeting, mentioning that there are 881 students in the school, which educates kids in kindergarten through eighth grade. The 93-year-old building, at 6801 Cottage St., was designed for 650 kids.

Costly sewer proposal a hot topic with E. Torresdale civic

About half of some 70 residential properties in a section of Torresdale have no public sewer service, according to a recent Philadelphia Water Department study. And many, perhaps most of the homeowners have no interest in getting hooked up, despite periodic flooding and sewage back-ups — even in light of a new water department plan to install sewers in the neighborhood.

Convicted priest dies in prison

The Rev. Charles Engelhardt, an Oblate of St. Francis DeSales who was in the process of appealing his 2013 child molestation conviction, died Sunday. 

Change of heart

City Controller Alan Butkovitz is a no-go in the 2015 mayoral race. 

A blessed experience

The Blessed Trinity Regional Catholic School in Mayfair received a blessing at its new science lab on Monday.

Around town: November 19, 2014

Civic group to feed the needy

Zoning decision reversed; NE mosque cannot expand

A 2012 zoning board decision that would have allowed a Northeast mosque to build a 65-foot minaret on its Boulevard property was reversed last week.

Water Department scrambles to fix Somerton sewer project

Some residents in Somerton deal with severe flooding every time it rains. The Water Department planned to install storm drains, but progress has been mired in questions.   

Veterans share war stories with Orleans students

William J. Myers had to pay for the helmet he wore as a Marine during World War II. The 89-year-old South Philly man still recalls the price with a smile. He was charged $2.87.