Until recently, Cheltenham-based Gospel of Grace Ministries garnered perhaps its greatest notoriety on the basketball court when a team of teenagers from the tiny Christian congregation’s high school qualified for the state playoffs last March.
An in-house announcement last week that the company that owns the old Kraft plant at Byberry and the Boulevard was considering closing it sent city and state officials scrambling to find out what they could do to save the large bakery’s almost 300 union jobs and keep Oreos baking in the Northeast.
A symbol of remembrance in Holme Circle
Daily News columnist John Baer didn’t set foot inside the monthly 7th Police District Advisory Council meeting Oct. 17, but his words resonated with council members, thanks to state Rep. John Sabatina.
State Sen. Mike Stack, state Reps. Kevin and Brendan Boyle and bakers’ union leaders today promised to do everything they can to make sure the half-century-old former Kraft plant at Byberry and the Boulevard doesn’t close, taking away the smell of baking Oreos and about 300 union jobs.
Indoor play day at Tacony PAL
Almost $269,000 in scholarship money was donated last week by eight businesses that participated in the state Educational Improvement Tax Credit program.
State Reps. Kevin Boyle (D-172nd dist.) and John Taylor (R-177th dist.) announced that they plan to introduce legislation to implement a statewide scrap metal office.
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.