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City to spend $400K to upgrade Lackman Rec Center

A nice crowd turned out on a cold night Feb. 5 to hear about plans to renovate the Lackman Rec Center in Bustleton. City Councilman Brian O’Neill, who hosted the meeting at the rec center on the 1100 block of Bartlett Street, said between 20 and 30 people showed up for the evening session held just hours after the region’s worst ice storm knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of PECO customers.


Around town: February 12, 2014

Vogt holds Drama Club signups


Councilman O’Brien proposes Vacant Property Task Force

Large vacant commercial and industrial properties are fire traps, according to City Councilman Dennis O’Brien.


Zoning to be discussed at East Torresdale Civic meeting

Two zoning issues will be on the agenda at the next monthly meeting of the East Torresdale Civic Association at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10, at the Liberty Evangelical Free Church, Linden Avenue and Milnor Street.


Yo Jimmy!

Northeast native Jimmy Binns is a veteran litigator, former state boxing commissioner, recent suburban police academy graduate and an actor who has appeared in two ‘Rocky’ films.

Nobody can accuse Jimmy Binns of failing to answer the bell.


The Watchmen

There are Philadelphia police officers and civilian employees who are sitting in a room in South Philly who can track a smartphone stolen in Oxford Circle, watch what’s going on at Arrott and Griscom streets in Frankford, search for a car believed to be involved in a murder and look for crime patterns.


Republican candidate enters 13th Congressional race

Beverly Plosa-Bowser, a retired colonel in the U.S. Air Force, last week entered the Republican primary in the 13th Congressional District.


Plea deal reached in illegal school enrollment trial

In the end, all parties got something out of Hamlet Garcia’s guilty plea in a Norristown courtroom on Jan. 28.


Picasso Project awards arts grants to 14 schools

The Picasso Project, a Public Citizens for Children and Youth mini grant program that brings arts education to schools that have very limited arts instruction, awarded more than $60,000 in grants to 14 Philadelphia schools, including Allen Stearne Elementary and Swenson Arts & Technology High School in Northeast Philadelphia.