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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


Pets of the Week: December 23, 2015

Sundae is full of sweetness

Mayfair development group eligible for awards

The Mayfair Community Development Corporation is eligible for several awards that will be presented at the 2016 Gala of the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations.

Local students awarded scholarships

Two eighth-grade students from St. Christopher School in Somerton were among 35 students from throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who were named 2015 Neumann Scholars. Oonie Lynch of the sponsoring Connelly Foundation recognized scholarship winners Matthew Comas and Brendan McLernan during a ceremony at St. Christopher School.

Learning to grow

Fox Chase Elementary is approved for a School Redesign Initiative, an effort to teach an agriculture-themed, project-based curriculum from the grassroots level.

E. Torresdale Civic elects board members

The East Torresdale Civic Association elected its executive board officers and committee chairs for 2016 during the group’s monthly meeting on Dec. 14.

Concerns on N. Delaware District Plan tackled

“If you build an attraction so people will have a destination point instead of going downtown, it will lift up the community. It would be an economic engine.” — State Sen. John Sabatina

Community fund seeks donations

Christmas comes on Friday, and many local folks are looking forward to opening presents and chowing down at dinner. For others, though, the holiday won’t be special.