Union reps of the employees who will lose their jobs early next year when what used to be the old Nabisco plant closes have not yet met with the Boulevard and Byberry facility’s owner to negotiate severance and other benefits.
A benefit is being planned for Jim Straub, a Mayfair native and Father Judge High School graduate who died of a brain tumor in January. The benefit will take place on Saturday, April 26, from 7 to 11 p.m. at St. Ephrem Parish Hall, at 5340 Hulmeville Road in Bensalem.
Terrie Hawkins and her twins, Keisha and Kevin Diggs, are all dedicated advocates of HIV/AIDS awareness.
Twins Keisha and Kevin Diggs have grown up with the human immunodeficiency virus, commonly known as HIV. Fortunately, the 17-year-olds from Frankford are not infected with the virus, but their lives have been profoundly affected by it.
The Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia presented Somerton resident Ruben David with its 2014 Outstanding Service to the Community Award on Feb. 14. The award recognizes an engineer who has over the course of his career provided professional and personal service above and beyond the call of duty to the Delaware Valley community. David was honored during Delaware Valley Engineers Week, which is part of a national engineering observance.
Echoing elected officials’ call for a boycott of Oreos and other snack foods made by Mondelez International, the union whose members will lose their jobs when the company closes its Northeast Philadelphia plant next year also is asking the public not to buy the company’s products.
The Old-timers Bats and Balls As-so-ci-ation last week honored Tom McGuckin and the Russo family with the Wil-li-am “Pickles” Kennedy Award. The group con-sists of former ath-letes and of-fi-cials. Mem-bers meet four times a year at Randi’s Res-taur-ant & Bar, at 1619 Grant Ave. in Grant Plaza II in Bustleton.
At a Monday evening practice, the Franklin Towne Charter boys basketball team split themselves down the middle and scattered to opposite ends of the court for a shooting competition. Each player had 90 seconds to make as many jumpers as possible from the high posts, and the side with the highest composite score at the end won.
Read about a sinkhole in Northern Liberties, Rep. John Taylor's toy drive, PGW's latest work in the neighborhood, Standard Tap's donations to Philabundance, how to cut your taxes and more in this week's news in brief.