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Cigarette tax goes into effect today

The cost of a pack of cigarettes is now two dollars higher.


Car crashes into building on Academy Road

An automobile smashed into the wall of an apartment building on the 9900 block of Academy Road on Tuesday morning, causing extensive damage. Police said a woman driving a vehicle in the parking lot sometime around 11 a.m. pressed the gas pedal instead of the brake, hitting another vehicle and driving it into the wall, causing a large hole. The second car was unoccupied. The driver and her passenger complained of minor injuries and were treated at Aria Health Torresdale.


Business group aims to improve Castor Gardens

The newly formed Take Back Your Neighborhood Business Association held its first meeting on Sunday afternoon at an office at 6601 Rutland St.


Bank donates money to Fox Chase School’s math program

State Rep. Kevin Boyle and officials from Fox Chase Bank visited Fox Chase Elementary School on Sept. 19 to deliver some good news.


Around town: October 1, 2014

Bariatric information session


7th PDAC names Officers of the Month

Sgt. Rocco Basile and Officer Vincent Goodchild stopped an elderly man from attempting to shoot himself at the 7th Police District station in July and, as a result, have been named Officers of the Month in the district.


Zoning a hot topic with Parkwood Civic

A Cliffe Drive resident who built a deck that is closer to a neighbor’s property than allowed by city code last week got the overwhelming support of Parkwood Civic Association members for his application for a zoning variance.


Teacher, NE resident accused of sex with student

A married and visibly pregnant schoolteacher from Northeast Philadelphia is facing child sex charges after a former student told police she molested him repeatedly two years ago when the boy was 14.


Take Back Your Neighborhood discusses school reform

Members of the Take Back Your Neighborhood civic association last week heard from a local attorney and the head of Pennsylvania Working Families.


Somerton couple does not sign forfeiture agreement

The District Attorney’s office last week said a Somerton couple wouldn’t have to worry about losing their home if they would sign an agreement that would end forfeiture proceedings against their Ferndale Street property. The couple’s lawyer, however, said they wouldn’t sign.