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Kenney looking for fire commish

In a statement, Mayor-elect Jim Kenney last week announced that his transition team has been conducting a national search to identify commissioners for the prison system, fire department and human services department.

Judge names new president

The Office of Catholic Education and Faith in the Future have appointed Brian Patrick King as the next president of Father Judge High School, effective Jan 1.

Community helps replace stolen gifts

Mere days before what was shaping up to be a plentiful holiday celebration, a Tacony family found out that the Grinch Who Stole Christmas isn’t just a fairy tale. But after a burglar made off with their Christmas gifts, officers from the 15th Police District demonstrated what the holiday spirit really is about.

Christmas Decorating Contest winners announced

A record number of more than 140 homes and businesses were nominated for the third annual Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest this year. Twelve judges, representing the 12 days of Christmas, toured the neighborhood from Dec. 15 to 20, grading each display on a scale of one to 12, with 12 being the ultimate decorations and one being the equivalent of a single window cling-on. Winners were announced on Dec. 21.

Around Town: December 30, 2015

Recycle Christmas trees

Three die after car smashes into parked tractor-trailer

A wall of flames and explosions engulfed a stretch of Torresdale Avenue in Holmesburg early Sunday when a speeding car struck an illegally parked tractor-trailer, claiming the lives of three women who were inside the car.

Stephens drops out of attorney general race

State Sen. John Rafferty will now likely have no competition in the Republican primary for attorney general. 

Sights of the season

Merry and bright: At left (clockwise), the Christmas tree at Cottman and Frankford avenues is shown. Santa Claus smiles as children visit him at Philadelphia Mills mall. House decorations light up Friendship Street in Mayfair. A live nativity scene was held at Lambie Funeral Home on Rowland Avenue. MARIA S. YOUNG / TIMES PHOTOS

Reunions: December 23, 2015