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OPA is wrapping up assessment reviews

The Office of Property Assessment by Dec. 9 had mailed out 46,304 answers to owners who asked the agency to review the new market values assigned to their properties this year. The agency refused to change those numbers for 39,483, said Michael Piper, OPA’s deputy chief assessment officer.


The gift of life

Bennett Pellegrino has spent the first six-plus months of his life confined to a hospital. Thanks to the generosity and selflessness of a few Holy Family University students, he will have more friends than most when he comes home soon for the first time.


Former city controller endorses Margolies

Former City Controller Jonathan Saidel last week endorsed Marjorie Margolies in the Democratic primary in the 13th Congressional District.


Donations are needed for Smylie Community Fund

Christmas is just a week away, and stores are going to be especially crowded these next few days as folks try to find just the right gifts for loved ones.


Around town: December 18, 2013

Get ready to strut with the Mummers


Archdiocese suspends ex-pastor of Northeast church

A former Far Northeast Catholic pastor who resigned last month after allegations surfaced that he had molested a minor more than 40 years ago has been placed on administrative leave by the city’s archdiocese. 


8th District names officers of the year

State Rep. Ed Neilson joined members of the 8th Police District Advisory Council recently to recognize five members of the district as Officers of the Year. The honorees were (front, from left) Rosario Capaccio of 3-Squad, James Boccalupo of 1-Squad, Richard Greger of 2-Squad, Mark Mazzoni of 5-Squad and Dan Richardson of 5-Squad. Also pictured are (back, from left) Police Chaplain Nancy Waidel, Police Chaplain Bill Parks, Neilson, Capt. Len Ditchkofsky and 8th PDAC Chairman Harry Sonntag. According to Ditchkofsky, the district commander, the officers were selected for their “consistent service” to the district, their excellent attendance record and teamwork. 


Wrestling has a hold on Morrell Park native

Steve O’Neill has always been a huge fan of professional wrestling.


Washington Crossing Historical Park to hold annual reenacment on Christmas Day

There are few portraits in the lexicon of American art that are as easily recognized as Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze. The iconic painting presents a triumphant and proud George Washington and 12 other men in a rowboat crossing an ice-strewn Delaware River on Christmas night in 1776. Leutze’s painting dates to 1851, more than 7 decades after the actual crossing at McConkey’s Ferry in Upper Makefield Township.


U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey visits Wesley Enhanced Living for 125th anniversary

Wesley Enhanced Living, a nonprofit, faith-based organization that owns and manages multiple continuing care retirement communities in southeastern Pennsylvania, last week celebrated 125 years of serving residents.