April 21 through May 4
Automobile sales could be returning to the Holmesburg Shopping Center after the local civic association endorsed a zoning variance sought by the property owner last Thursday night.
Justice may have been delayed, but it arrived nonetheless for convicted armed robber and rapist Lamar Rayson. On Friday, Common Pleas Court Judge Alice Dubow sentenced Rayson to serve 37-1/2 to 75 years in state prison for the brutal 2004 rape of a Wissinoming woman in her home in front of her boyfriend and two children. Dubow issued the state sentence consecutively to a 32-year federal prison term that Rayson has been serving since 2008 for a series of robberies.
Thirty-three students from five Catholic high schools serving Northeast Philadelphia have been named distinguished scholars by Archbishop Charles Chaput, who recognized the honorees during the Academic Honors Convocation last Tuesday at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Prior to the convocation, Chaput was the main celebrant during a Liturgy of the Word.
A baby black bear’s romp through Northeast Philly ended in dreamland atop an Abington Township tree as a wildlife conservation officer shot him with a tranquilizer and captured him last Wednesday. The plan is to release the beast into the wild upstate. Residents in the Fox Chase area were placed on alert for a couple of days after passers-by and a local merchant spotted the bear roaming Pennypack Park on May 12 and 13.
Archbishop Ryan High School student Kathy Nguyen earned the grand prize for the second consecutive year in the annual Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta Art Contest. Northeast-based students won seven of 11 total awards.
Police say that a group of unidentified armed robbers has struck twice at Far Northeast businesses since April 19, and committed a third heist in Upper Southampton Township, Bucks County.
Dolores Barbieri had large shoes to fill when she became president of the Somerton Civic Association. Some would say those shoes were enormous.
The Philadelphia Children’s Alliance recognized three Northeast residents during PCA’s annual Bear Affair fundraiser on May 1 at The Crystal Tea Room in Center City.
Perhaps Michael Greed might still be a free man had he disappeared after he allegedly stole a watch from a Mayfair store on April 19. But he got greedy, according to police.