A record number of more than 140 homes and businesses were nominated for the third annual Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest this year. Twelve judges, representing the 12 days of Christmas, toured the neighborhood from Dec. 15 to 20, grading each display on a scale of one to 12, with 12 being the ultimate decorations and one being the equivalent of a single window cling-on. Winners were announced on Dec. 21.
A wall of flames and explosions engulfed a stretch of Torresdale Avenue in Holmesburg early Sunday when a speeding car struck an illegally parked tractor-trailer, claiming the lives of three women who were inside the car.
A senior citizen from Somerton died after a car struck him while he was crossing Byberry Road near his apartment building on Saturday.
A recent spate of gunpoint robberies linked to bogus Craigslist ads has prompted Philadelphia police to open three Northeast stations for merchandise exchanges. Members of the public who wish to sell an item to or purchase an item from a stranger in a safe environment may do so in the lobbies of the 2nd/15th district, the 7th district or the 8th district.
An argument outside a Rhawnhurst bar/restaurant led to a shooting that left a man with six gunshot wounds on Saturday.
Two eighth-grade students from St. Christopher School in Somerton were among 35 students from throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who were named 2015 Neumann Scholars. Oonie Lynch of the sponsoring Connelly Foundation recognized scholarship winners Matthew Comas and Brendan McLernan during a ceremony at St. Christopher School.
Fox Chase Elementary is approved for a School Redesign Initiative, an effort to teach an agriculture-themed, project-based curriculum from the grassroots level.
There are 82 fewer guns on the streets as a result of a gun buyback event conducted by the 15th Police District and the 15th Police District Advisory Council last Saturday at the Engine 38 firehouse in Tacony.
A federal grand jury indicted a convicted felon last Thursday for the alleged armed robbery of a post office in Castor Gardens in November.
The East Torresdale Civic Association elected its executive board officers and committee chairs for 2016 during the group’s monthly meeting on Dec. 14.