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Around Town: December 23, 2015

Blood drive at Nazareth Hospital

Thousands of books donated to hospitals, community centers

Turn the page: Members and employees of American Heritage Federal Credit Union donated more than 6,380 new books to local hospitals, community centers and special care facilities through the sixth annual Books for Kids program. Books were delivered to Busia Orphanage, Blue Bell Mission Kids, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Hunting Park Boys and Girls Clubs, Bridesburg Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Bucks County and Grandview Hospital. A special donation of 5,330 books was made to the Reach Out and Read program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which promotes early literacy and school readiness.

Sestak takes aim at ISIS during town hall meeting

Former congressman Joe Sestak, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, last week hosted a town hall event at World Affairs Council in Center City.

School Shorts: December 16, 2015

MaST student gains big honor

Road to the River Wards

Completion of Phase 1A of the Delaware Avenue Extension marks first new road built in Philadelphia in decades.

Responders in recovery

Mike Fitzpatrick, first responders call for renewal of 9/11 benefits funding.

Pets of the Week: December 16, 2015

Buckus causes no ruckus

Local company selling garage bows

The Bustleton-based Garage Bow Co. is selling red magnetic ribbons and bows designed to make home garages look like Christmas presents.

Local bar owner helps families in need

Diego Ramos, the radio personality-turned-bar owner, opened his establishment on Sunday for people to bring gifts to be distributed to needy families.