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Gratz Welcomes New Development Director

Len Zimmerman, a longtime staffer specializing in development for Jewish organizations, was recently appointed the new director of development for Gratz College in Melrose Park. In a press statement Gratz president Joy Goldstein, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Len to our...
Posted On Aug 18 2015
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Jack Cohen, Owner of Melrose Hardware: An Appreciation

by Albert Fried-Cassorla Jack Cohen, the founder and longtime owner of Melrose Hardware on Cheltenham Avenue, passed away recently at 88.  A resident of Melrose Park, Jack had been dispensing home repair advice and selling a wide array of hardware merchandise tucked away in every...
Posted On Aug 03 2015
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Helicopter Was Doing PECO Line Maintenance

The seemingly unusual low flying helicopter operation yesterday morning over Elkins Park and Melrose Park was part of a routine PECO transmission line maintenance program, according to a PECO spokesperson. The activity on Thursday was a component of a routine maintenance regimen...
Posted On Jul 17 2015
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Low Flying Helicopter Pays Cheltenham Neighborhoods An Extended Visit

Was that El Chapo on the run in Melrose Park?  Or maybe it was Jade Helm 15 after they decided they couldn’t take the heat in Texas but figured they could subdue Elkins Park and Melrose Park easy enough (don’t bet on it). Whatever that red and white chopper was doing Thursday...
Posted On Jul 16 2015
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Veteran Journalist Dan Raviv Reflects on U.S. – Israeli Relations at Gratz

by Jodi Benjamin As a CBS correspondent, Dan Raviv has seen it all. He took the historic first El Al flight from Israel to Cairo. He witnessed the carnage at the American Marine barracks in Beirut after the 1983 terrorist attack. He was in Lockerbie, Scotland, walking through the...
Posted On May 22 2015
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PA AFT Appeals Ruling on Union at Perelman School

After 38 years of a bargaining relationship between the Perelman Jewish Day School and its teachers, the school decided in March that it would no longer recognize the union, an affiliate of the PA AFT (American Federation of Teachers).  The school, which employs some 60 teachers...
Posted On Sep 06 2014
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Labor Day Fire at Coventry House Apts. in Melrose Park

A small fire that caused much commotion and an extensive response from area fire companies broke out mid-morning Monday at the Coventry House Co-op apartments in Melrose Park. It turned out to be a “smoke fire” from a clothes dryer that was quickly subdued.  However,...
Posted On Sep 02 2014
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New Flood Plain Ordinance Proposal Questioned at Cheltenham Planning Commission

Based on the mandates of the PA law and the National Flood Insurance Program run by FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency), Cheltenham Township is working toward approval of a flood plain conservation zoning district.  Whether and how it will affect neighborhoods at risk...
Posted On Mar 25 2014
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It’s a Mess Out There

It’s a mess out there. Tell you something you didn’t know? We’ll try. PECO is already calling today’s storm that brought mostly ice and freezing rain to these parts (north and west of Philly) “the second most damaging storm in PECO history.” As...
Posted On Feb 05 2014
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Political Profile: Republican Mark Sirinides Running for Ward Five Commissioner

Mark Sirinides knows he’s got a tough climb if he’s to succeed longtime Commissioner Michael Swavola in Ward Five. You see, he’s a Republican. Now, while most people in Melrose Park might well assert that some of their best friends are Republicans, they...
Posted On Nov 05 2011
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