Remembering Rita

Losing a local icon: Rita Ungaro-Schiavone, the founder of Aid for Friends, died on March 22 of respiratory failure at her home in Winchester Park. She was 82. She is pictured with her husband of 62 years, Michael. PHOTO: AID FOR FRIENDS Back in 1974, Rita Ungaro-Schiavone began providing meals for a small group of …

Toomey proud of designation of National Vietnam War Veterans Day

Toomey U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey on Monday said President Donald Trump will soon sign his bill that designates March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Toomey and Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly introduced the bill in February. The bill unanimously passed the Senate, and the House of Representatives gave its OK on March 21. Trump …

The power of nostalgia

Totally awesome: Nostalgia Fest Philly will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9, in Bensalem. The lineup includes (from left) Gary Busey, Vanessa Angel, Dustin Diamond, Dennis Haskins and David Faustino. PHOTOS: WIKIMEDIA Eric Cohen was born in 1980 and just turned 37, and he considers himself fortunate to have grown up during the …

House approves bill that protects IDs of police involved in shootings

The state House of Representatives passed, 157-39, legislation sponsored by Rep. Martina White (R-170th dist.) that would prohibit the release of the name of a police officer involved in a firearm discharge or use of force for 30 days or until the end of an investigation, whichever is shorter. The city and state Fraternal Order …

District attorney candidates to debate Thursday

Gaining support: Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 endorsed Democrat Rich Negrin for district attorney last week. PHOTO: RICH NEGRIN / FACEBOOK The Chestnut Hill Local and WHYY are co-sponsoring a two-hour debate among the candidates for Philadelphia district attorney, to be held Thursday, March 23, in the auditorium of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, 8000 …

Revenue department pays a visit to Burholme

The Burholme Community Town Watch and Civic Association welcomed officials from the city Department of Revenue and the 2nd Police District to its recent meeting. Graham O’Neill, administrator of taxpayer assistance programs for the revenue department, spoke about the city’s Homestead Exemption Program, which reduces the accessed value of a property by $30,000, resulting in …

Battle for the ballot

The Supreme Court race in the general election is set. Both Republican Sallie Mundy and Democrat Dwayne Woodruff (pictured) are unopposed in the primary. PHOTO: FACEBOOK Last week was the deadline for candidates in the upcoming primary to file nominating petitions, and there will be plenty of names to choose from on May 16. At …