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Around town: February 26, 2014

NORC to present radio show


Vacant auto dealership will become home to Wawa, CVS

Demolition of the vacant auto dealership at Grant Avenue and Academy Road will be complete sometime in the next week or so, according to the developer who will build a Wawa and a CVS on the 7-acre property.


Solomon vows to tackle violent crime

Jared Solomon, who is challenging state Rep. Mark Cohen in the May 20 Democratic primary, offered some short- and long-term fixes to reduce violent crime and blight following the triple murder in Lawndale last week.


A plan for Penn State

Gavin Keirans is hoping to return to Happy Valley on the university’s Board of Trustees.

Gavin Keirans, a Somerton native and 2010 Penn State graduate, is gearing up for a run for a seat on the university’s Board of Trustees.



Oldtimers club gives two awards

The Old-timers Bats and Balls As-so-ci-ation last week honored Tom McGuckin and the Russo family with the Wil-li-am “Pickles” Kennedy Award. The group con-sists of former ath-letes and of-fi-cials. Mem-bers meet four times a year at Randi’s Res-taur-ant & Bar, at 1619 Grant Ave. in Grant Plaza II in Bustleton.


New bills will protect domestic violence victims

Late last month, state Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-170th dist.) introduced five bills that call for more protections for victims of domestic violence in Pennsylvania. 


Murt to introduce underage drinking bill

State Rep. Thomas Murt announced plans to sponsor legislation that will address underage drinking. His bill will allow police to administer a breath test to a minor before an arrest to determine if he or she has consumed alcohol. 


Members of Ironworkers Local 401 arrested Tuesday

Federal authorities on Tuesday arrested 10 members of Ironworkers Local 401 on charges they allegedly participated in a conspiracy to commit criminal acts of extortion, arson, destruction of property and assault, in order to force construction contractors to hire union ironworkers. 


Mayfair couple to wed at Flower Show

Flowers always are big parts of weddings, but this year, a wedding will be a big part of the Philadelphia International Flower Show.