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Sabatina moving from Pa. House to the Senate

John P. Sabatina Jr. last week moved from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to the Senate. Sabatina was elected to lead the 5th Senatorial District, which was last held by current Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, in a May 19 special election.


Prison construction a hot topic at Holmesburg Civic

Holmesburg Civic Association members and activists from neighboring Mayfair and Tacony last week criticized a plan by the city to purchase land at 7777-R State Road for the possible construction of a prison.


Popular disc jockey Joe Bilbee passes away at age 64

For more than 25 years, Bilbee was the DJ at Moore’s Inlet, a well-known, nearly century-old bar in North Wildwood, New Jersey. 


Pets of the Week: June 17, 2015

Meet Billy and Midnight! 


One dead, one critical in house fire

Fatal blaze occurred three days after Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer addressed fire safety at Somerton Civic Association meeting.


Holmesburg actor loses leg in Center City hit and run

Michael Toner — a well-known regional actor specializing in classic Irish and Shakespearean theater — tried to cross Market near 11th Street in a rainstorm when a passing vehicle struck him, ran him over and left him there.


Goo-ing for Gold

Over 90 sliders helped raise over $22,000 at the American Heritage and Kids-N-Hope Foundation’s 22nd Annual Gelatin Olympics on June 10. 


Fundraiser for Mayfair resident is June 19

Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit John McAroy and his family. McAroy grew up on Pennypack Street and graduated from Father Judge in 1991.


Fox Chase residents approve car lot, senior home expansion

The Fox Chase Homeowners Association has agreed to allow the owner of a neighborhood auto mechanic to continue to sell used cars on a lot near his repair shop.


Councilman Henon delays vote on bill that could lead to new prison

Councilman Bobby Henon delayed the vote on his bill that would essentially allow the city to buy riverfront property in Holmesburg for the potential development of a new prison. Henon said that new questions from one of his colleagues prompted the postponement, the third such delay in the relatively brief, tumultuous history of Bill No. 150406.