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    Casino Trips: January 8, 2014

    St. Matthew’s Senior Citizens Jan. 13. Resorts. $49, includes “The Kid Sings Swing,” buffet and $25 slot play. Leaves from Cottman Avenue and Battersby Street at 9:30 a.m. 215-332-8940.


    Casino Trips: January 1, 2014

    St. Matthew’s Senior Citizens Jan. 13. Resorts. $49, includes “The Kid Sings Swing,” buffet and $25 slot play. Leaves from Cottman Avenue and Battersby Street at 9:30 a.m. 215-332-8940.


    New members inducted into Sports Hall of Fame

    Sixteen individuals last week were inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame during a reception and ceremony at the Sheraton Society Hill.


    Election Day Cake: Vote Spelt Flour

    Although Dunkin’ Donuts probably supplied the vast majority of morning nourishment at many of the polling places around Philadelphia yesterday, way back in the day, it was the local women who baked for the festivities that transpired on Election Day. Since 1771, the Election Day Cake was baked to give strength to the people who had traveled into the polling town to cast their votes and to socialize. With no computers to quickly tabulate results, there was a lot of snacking done through the night as the votes were counted.


    Local officials help raise awareness of hunger

    Richie Simon, the 7th Police District’s community relations officer, on Sept. 18 helped bag groceries at the ShopRite at 11000 Roosevelt Blvd. to help raise awareness of hunger and to raise funds to fill shelves at community food banks. Gov. Tom Corbett and the governors of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland had declared Sept. 18 “ShopRite Partners In Caring Day.” City Councilman David Oh and state Reps. Kevin and Brendan Boyle participated at other Northeast Philly ShopRites. ShopRite Partners in Caring has donated $30 million to local food banks that support more than 1,700 charities with food assistance throughout the Northeast United States.


    Trips (May 22, 2013)

    TLA FEASTERVILLE June 4. Hunterdon Hills Dinner Theatre. $72, includes lunch and show, “Wake up Darling.” Reserve by May 24. 215-598-3227. 


    Delicious donations

    Generosity has never tasted so good, thanks to staff and students at J. Hampton Moore Elementary School.


    Illusion of protection — a grandmother’s lament

    We were leaving the hospital with our first baby, a red-faced daughter who weighed less than a sack of potatoes, when we encountered a friend who is a doctor.


    2nd PDAC bans guns from meetings

    In what might be a first for a Northeast community group, the 2nd Police District Advisory Council has banned civilian members from carrying guns to its meetings.