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Tribute to Big Mike

The brushes had been washed and the paint had dried on the new mural at Ladder 16, 2601 Belgrade St., where dozens of neighborhood residents and men and women in uniform came together to honor the life and work of fallen Fire Battalion Chief Michael R. Goodwin Sr. last Saturday morning.

A special salute

The Arbours at Eagle Pointe was envisioned as an “older adults” community from the first day its developers pitched their plans to the Somerton Civic Association about a decade ago. But 55 and older folks aren’t the only dominant demographic among the hundreds of inhabitants.

Police Academy draws traffic concerns in Normandy

Eight hundred-sixty cars a day can be a lot of traffic for a small neighborhood that has only a few hundred households.

Plaque memorializes fallen woman firefighter

Mayor Michael Nutter, Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer and leaders of the city’s firefighters union unveiled a new memorial plaque paying tribute to fallen Fire Lt. Joyce Craig on Friday at the Lawncrest station where she primarily served.

Pets of the Week: November 18, 2015

Dozer ready for new home

Kenney plans series of town hall meetings throughout Philadelphia

Mayor-elect Jim Kenney will host four town hall meetings around the city during the week of Nov. 30 where he and members of his transition team will greet residents and listen to their thoughts about the future of Philadelphia.

Holocaust survivors speak about their experience with students

Area Holocaust survivors and students who interviewed them to glean first-person stories about their personal dark, tragic and inhumane histories during World War II gathered at KleinLife to mark the publication of Generation To Generation, a special compilation of 31 individual Holocaust stories.

Holme Circle man named American Hero of the Year

A Holme Circle resident and Pearl Harbor survivor has been chosen as the 2015 Dickies American Hero of the Year.

Food for thought

A mission of respect: Mission BBQ, at 11000 Roosevelt Blvd., sings the national anthem daily at noon. For Veterans Day, in addition to the anthem, they also had a flag-raising ceremony. 

Federal Credit Union gives donation

Help from their friends: Philadelphia Federal Credit Union recently presented a $1,000 donation to Aid For Friends, 12271 Townsend Road, a nonprofit that prepares free, daily, home-cooked meals to needy, isolated residents in the Philadelphia area. The check represents money raised through the sale of produce that was planted, sowed and harvested by employees in PFCU’s garden. PFCU’s board of directors matches the money raised by employees and donates all proceeds and leftover produce to Aid for Friends. The check was presented to Steven Schiavone, executive director of Aid For Friends, by Bernard Lester, PFCU board vice chairman.