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Stay to the right of those Girard Avenue islands

by Judy Donovan

What do you do when you are driving east on Girard Avenue and want to turn left on to Palmer Street?

Stay to the right of that island, that’s what drivers must do, according to the 26th District Police.

The construction of trolley platforms has caused some driver confusion — and, at rush hour, driver frustration — where the avenue narrows to one lane of traffic traveling east towards I-95.

“You can’t go to the left of the barrier to make a left turn, or you will be in a lane of oncoming traffic,” cautioned Captain Dennis Cullen of the 26th District Police. “If you’re driving east, you have to stay in the eastbound lanes.”

And you will be charged with a traffic violation if you try to scoot to the left of current construction, not to mention the potential danger you face of being hit by oncoming traffic.

So what’s going on with this SEPTA project, anyway?

It seems not too long ago trolley platforms were being removed from Girard Avenue. Now they’re coming back?

In a word, yes.

According to Gary Fairfax, press officer at SEPTA, 14 trolley platforms will be constructed along Girard Avenue between Berks and Broad Streets. East to west, they are: Berks and Palmer Streets; Columbia and Frankford Avenues; Front Street; 2nd through 5th Streets; 7th and 8th Streets; and 11th and 12th Streets.

All that roadwork is slated for completion in late spring of 2002.

Those old mid-street trolley platforms are being replaced with ones to the side of the Avenue.

“Girard Avenue is so wide in places, that these new platforms will be much safer,” Fairfax said. “Platforms on the side better serve the general flow of traffic, pedestrians and those with handicaps. Safety all around is our primary concern,” he continued, saying old platforms were difficult and dangerous to reach when they were located in the middle of the street.

Trolleys themselves, Fairfax said, will not reappear until 2004, after their restoration is complete.

Fairfax said besides being quieter and cleaner than buses, and running a little more frequently, SEPTA is refurbishing the old original cars in tribute to the city’s history. While they will have air conditioning and heat among amenities, Fairfax was enthusiastic about their old-fashioned looks.

“We’ll have the shell of the old car (those with P.C.C. on the front) with brand new insides.”

P.C.C., some may remember, stands for President’s Conference Committee, an historic body which initiated the standardization of light rail trains in the United States).

While the situation on Girard Avenue is messy right now, and will be for a while, construction is temporary. With trolleys coming back to Girard Avenue, the hope is transportation improvements will benefit all commuters.

The Avenue will be restored to multi-lanes in both directions as work progresses.

Meanwhile, think safety, drive safely and remember to be patient behind the wheel.

Stay in the correct lane when making a turn and think how nice it will be to have those old P.C.C. trolleys running again one day.

Is mission to collect 1000 turkeys impossible?

by Debbie Szumowski

Terrilynn Donnell is on a mission. She wants to collect 1000 turkeys by November 20.

That date happens to be two days before Thanksgiving.

The way Donnell sees it, Thanksgiving is one of most family-oriented holidays celebrated throughout the year. Families gather to enjoy a dinner that usually has a turkey sitting at the center of the table.

But as the executive director of the Brotherhood Mission, Girard and Columbia Avenues, Donnell also knows that there are many families who may not have the resources to have that family dinner.

She was astounded to see that demographics of the local areas, provided by the Philadelphia Health Management Corporation, showed that 42 percent of residents in the area are women and children.

Those statistics also showed that 15 percent of those surveyed said they have cut down on meals because they do not have enough money. Another 8.4 percent said they do not eat meals because of lack of money.

The statistics got to Donnell.

“We looked at all the people we have helped with baskets over the years,” said Donnell, “and we wanted to give more.”

Although the Brotherhood Mission won’t be giving out baskets, the Mission, which has been helping people since 1908, would like to give out 1000 turkeys.

“Most people might be able to afford fixings,” said Donnell, explaining why the Mission decided to try the turkey giveaway and not baskets, “but they might not be able to afford the turkey.”

Besides, Donnell is hoping that other organizations might want to join forces with her, perhaps providing the fixings to go with that turkey.

Donnell is asking residents to show some of that Brotherly Love associated with Philadelphia. Anyone, whether it be an individual, business, school, church or other organization, who would like to donate cash or a turkey, is asked to call this toll-free number as soon as possible: 1-866-HOPE4MEN.

That is also the number low income families and organizations who know of such families should call if they would like to get on the list for a free turkey. Ask for Chris Diaz.

Donnell also said people who count on the Mission for their Thanksgiving dinner should not worry. The Mission will continue its tradition of providing a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner to those who come to the Mission on Thanksgiving Day.

Because, while Thanksgiving is a family-oriented holiday, Donnell also knows there are many who do not have a family to share a dinner with.

“We are their family,” said Donnell. “And we want to continue feeding the men and community residents who have nowhere else to eat Thanksgiving dinner.”

St. Anne students pay tribute to local firefighters

by Theresa Lounsbery
October is Fire Prevention Month.

Kindergarten students at St. Anne’s School marked the occasion as they have in years past, learning about fire safety and working on a gift for local firefighters who work in the firehouse at Belgrade Street and Aramingo Avenue.

But this year, in the wake of September 11, the event seemed to have a more special meaning.

The children spent a week making a banner. Each child painted his or her face and pasted an American flag below it.

On October 10, the students left their classroom and walked to the fire station. Once there, they presented the firefighters with their gift and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Unfortunately, just as the children arrived, the station received a call. One truck had to leave, but firemen Kevin France, Todd, Dimes, Ray Mansfield and Lieutenant William Duffy stayed.

They accepted the children’s gift and took the opportunity to ask the kids questions about fire safety.

The students did very well. They knew that if a person is on fire, the person should stop, drop, and roll. They knew that if a house is on fire, people need to get out of it.

The firemen rewarded the children with fire safety coloring books.

Lieutenant Duffy even called the main switch board and had them announce a “Thank you” to the students over the radio.

The men told the children they were happy the students visited them. And they promised the children that they would hang the hand-made banner in the station.

But the students gave the firefighters an even better gift than the banner when they answered a reporter’s question.

When asked what they thought about firemen, the children replied, “They are heroes.”

“It was very touching,” said one parent.

Penn Treaty students and staff join police and firefighters to create a human piece chain.

by Carol Denker

On October 18, Penn Treaty students filed out of their school and kept walking until they formed one big circle around the building.

The idea, said principal Marco Zanoni, was to form a human peace chain "to lift our spirits and celebrate our unity for our beloved country."

The idea worked.

The sight was an amazing one, as were many others that morning.

Zanoni, a principal who has high hopes for impossible goals, struck a home run this day. Dignitaries such as Ed Giordano, from New Jersey; visiting students from St. Laurentius and their pastor, Father Frank; Judge Bill Lederer; Reverend Hester from Erie Baptist Church; Dexter Green, representing the school district; and other guests assembled on the Thompson Street front steps of the school.

"There was even a woman from the FBI there!," enthused Zanoni, who had sent out many hopeful invitations.

The energetic principal orchestrated the morning's full roster above the crowd, from the school's top front step.

After welcoming all who had come, Zanoni introduced Judge Bill Lederer, who kicked off a hand squeeze around the human chain by pressing one girl's hand, who then returned to her place in the human chain. The squeeze, signifying unity and fellowship, traveled from student to student around the school.

After everyone sang God Bless America, Zanoni explained to the assembled why they were there.

"We are honoring the heroes of September 11," said Zanoni.

"We honor heroes all over, including those right here in Philadelphia," he said.

"We wanted to recognize and show our appreciation for our local fire fighters and law enforcement officers," said Zanoni, looking at the rows of firefighters and police in full uniform standing before him.

The high point of the morning ceremonies was the raising of Penn Treaty's brand new flag, an oversized model bought especially for the occasion.

To give as much meaning as possible to the ceremony, students passed the flag, wrapped into a small shape, to visiting St. Laurentius students, then to the firefighters and the police officers. They handled the flag, held and touched it, to signify unity with the fallen heroes.

Another banner on high was the one created by Penn Treaty students for Rescue I heroes, held aloft by school officials on the steps.

The huge piece of artwork consisted of many students' thumbprints, the shape and design of which created an American flag.

The kids wanted to do something to show their unity with the rescue workers who went to New York, said Zanoni.

A worker from Rescue I, who stood next to Zanoni throughout the ceremonies, said he loved the banner.

"This will hang proudly at 4th and Girard," said the firefighter.

Penn Treaty students were involved on all levels of the morning's ceremonies.

Those 67 children who had chosen to write letters after September 11, as a humanitarian activity, were selected to be an "honor guard," standing closest to the flag during the ceremony.

Other students were selected to give out "purple hearts" to police officers. Students wrote letters in several languages and placed them on white heart-shapes attached to purple construction paper. The hearts were presented to individual officers.

"This is really nice," said officer Efrain Rios, translating his letter ("Thank you for being strong for us"). He'd received one in Spanish.

Other students stood near the firefighters and officers. Robert Renzi and Ashley Ruiz, both 12, stood on line alongside firefighters. When asked why they were there, Robert answered, "I am standing in line with the fire fighters."

"We wanted to have the kids participate as much as possible," said Zanoni.

As the students filed back in the school, they broke into spontaneous song. First, God Bless America. Then, American the Beautiful.

"It sounds beautiful," said Duree Bryant.

Finally, when the last students were straggling back in, Zanoni was heard thanking the students for their cooperation and acknowledging what a special day it was. Then he put on a squeaky recording of Penn Treaty students playing the violin.

What tune were they playing? God Bless America, of course.


Fishtown's AOH hosting beef and beer
AOH Division51-Fish-town is having a beef and beer fundraiser in the church hall at Holy Name, Gaul and Berks Streets, on November 17. Deejay Dave Rotan will spin tunes and Cletus McBride and Company will provide live Irish mu-sic. Tickets cost $25 per person. Proceeds go to-wards a shrine to "Our Lady of Knock," which the Division is building. Members say the shrine will be located on Gaul Street, between Hewson and Berks, at the side of Holy Name School. Plans and renovations to the area where the shrine will be located are also underway. For tickets or more in-formation, call 215-535-7122.

Holy Name plans Blue Mass
Holy Name Church, Berks and Gaul Streets, will celebrate a Blue Mass for police officers, fire-fighters, paramedics, EMTs, doctors, nurses and emergency medical personnel on Sunday, November 11, at 10:30 a.m. "This special liturgy is to give thanks for the sac-rifices public safety and emergency medical personnel make daily to help and to save others," said a church spokesperson, "and to ask God to bless them and keep them in His care." All public safety and emergency medical per-sonnel are asked to attend the Mass in uniform. Light refreshments will be served in the Parish Hall following the Mass. For more information, call Phil Bowdren Sr. at 215-634-5023 or Holy Name Rectory at 215-739-3960.

Flea market
Elm Tree Post #88 will hold a flea market this Sunday, October 28. Those who want to set up tables should call 215-739-8862.

FNA plans Walk for Life
The Fishtown Neighbors Association is having a Walk for Life on November 2. Those who wish to join them should meet 6:30 p.m. at Konrad Square, Dauphin and Sepviva Streets. The group will walk down Dauphin to Memphis Street, make a right onto Memphis and pro-ceed to Palmer Cemetery. They will gather in front of the Elm Tree Post. Names and ages of those who have died from drugs will be read and a luminary will be lit. "We are walking through the neighborhood to focus attention on our serious drug problem," said Charlotte Devlin, chair of the Health and Safety Committee. The FNA will also use the event to remember loved ones lost to the abuse of drugs. "We will carry crosses with people's names and ages on them," said Devlin. The crosses are free, but must be reserved. To submit a name, contact Devlin at 215-427-1599. "I'm sure everyone knows someone who died from drug-related causes recently or 10 to 20 years ago," said Devlin. "Whenever it was doesn't matter." The FNA hopes everyone will join them to help get across the message that people are sad and tired of losing loved ones to drugs. They also hope to have a representative from every church in the area o lead the group in prayer. And they plan to invite city leaders to say a few words. "We have to be united to try and save our neighborhood," said Devlin. "Every youth we lose is a part of our future gone."

Hallahan's Class of '86 is reuniting
John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School Class of 1986 will hold its 15-year reunion, 7 to 10 p.m., November 10, at Chemistry in Manayunk. All members of the Class of 1986 are invited. Deadline for reserva-tions is November1. For additional informa-tion, call Lisa Gratzinger at 215-483-4100, ext. 115. Or e-mail Lisa at

Holy Name Class of '72
If you are a member of the Class of 1972 from Holy Name School or know the whereabouts of someone who is from that class, Jim Winn is looking for you. He would like to have a 30-year reunion in May, 2002. Anyone who is interested in getting together or knows the whereabouts of members of this class is asked to call Jim at 610-358-0477. Or e-mail Jim at

Food Fest and flea market
Pilgrim Congregational Church, Marlborough and Belgrade Streets, will host a Food Fest and flea mar-ket on November 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The flea market will feature new items never offered before at fantastic prices. The Food Fest will offer homemade foods, which will be packaged in con-tainers suitable for freez-ing or for the microwave. Containers will cost $1. "Why not come and fill your freezer with these delicious foods?," said or-ganizers. And don't forget to do some shopping, too, they said.


Register kids for PAL wrestling
The Philadelphia Police Athletic League Youth Wrestling team will start its 20th year of competition with a registration night on Monday, November 5, 6 to 9 p.m. at Rizzo PAL Center, Belgrade and Clearfield Streets. The PAL wrestling program is open to boys and girls, 5 to 14, from any section of Philadelphia. Coach Ed Schneider has assembled an outstanding group of volunteer coaches to assist him, said Officer Ernie Rehr, supervisor of Rizzo PAL. Many former PAL wrestlers are among the volunteers. The PAL wrestling team participates in the Bux-Mont Youth Wrestling League, as well as team and individual tournaments in the tri-state area. The program has also produced many high school wrestlers who have gone to win their school's league championships as well as accomplish their own personal achievements. There is no fee to participate in this, or any other PAL program. All instruction and equipment is provided, free of charge. For more information, call Officer Rehr at 215-426-6583.

Registration for North Catholic junior wrestling
Registration for the Northeast Catholic Junior wrestling team will be November 5, 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the school cafeteria at Erie and Torresdale Avenues. The team is open to students in first through eighth grades. No experience is necessary and there is no fee. Practices are Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Practice gear is required. The Northeast Catholic Junior wrestling team competes in the Inter-County Wrestling League, which consists of 35 wrestling teams from southeastern Pennsylvania. Matches are Saturday mornings. The team is coached by former North Varsity coach, Bill Hunter. For more information on registration night or North's wrestling pro-gram, call the North athletic office at 215-831-5220 or 215-831-5246.

News from Shissler Rec
Good news for parents: There are a few openings in the After School Program at Shissler Rec Center, Blair Street and Montgomery Avenue. Children between 6 and 12 are eligible to join the program, which emphasizes safe, structured activities Monday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m. The program offers homework help, arts and crafts, games, sports, and performing and visual arts. Parents can register their children Monday through Friday, 3 to 7 p.m. The fee to register is $15; the weekly cost for the program is $5. Indoor soccer: Women over 30 are invited to join the indoor soccer league that begins in January. Games will be played on Monday nights. Men's basketball: Here are the standings as of October 21:
Neighborhood Scoop 3-0
Crazy Leprechaun 4-1
Fishtown Rec 3-2
Mom & Me Rest. 3-2
Fran's Deli 3-3
Rusty Nail 2-3
F & P 2-4
Starboard Side 1-3
Bryan 1-4

Who to call: For more information on Shissler Rec programs and activi-ties, call 215-685-9888.

Rizzo PAL soccer update
The Rizzo PAL Raiders indoor soccer team opened up the 2001 PAL citywide soccer season with two convincing victories, 22-0 over 23rd PAL and 16-1 over S.E.A.S. PAL. Bryan Kalup, the 2000 PAL league defensive player of the year, picked up where he left off, notching both wins in goal, while adding two goals and two assists. Other offensive stars included Timmy Dugan (6G, 4A); Kyle Bunyard (5G, 4A); Tommy Kalpokas (5G, 4A); Tommy Petroski (4G, 3A); Jill Haubenstein (3G, 5A); Lindsay Bunyard (3G, 2A); Megan Peterman (3G, 2A); Kevin O'Neil (2G, 5A); Ryan O'Shaughnessey (2G, 2A); Mike Nugent (2G, 2A); and Matt O'Shaughnessey (1G, 2A).

News from the Leprechauns
Basketball ops: The Leprechauns sports club is signing up boys and girls 5 to 16 for basketball. Stop by the clubhouse, Monday through Friday, 6 to 8 p.m., to learn more. Beef and Beer: The club is hosting a fund-raiser on Saturday, November 3. Tickets are $25 and include food and open bar from 8 p.m. till midnight at the American Legion Post, 2369 Orthodox Street. To get your tickets, stop by the clubhouse. Where to go: To get tickets to the beef and beer or sign kids up for the basketball program, stop by the Leprechauns club house at Gaul and Ann Streets

Falcons in Class of '66 reuniting
Northeast Catholic's Class of 1966 will celebrate its 35th reunion at Brookside Manor, Somerton Springs, Feasterville, on Friday, November 2. For more information, call the alumni office, 215-289-4994.

Nominate a former Falcon for the Hall of Fame
October 30 is the deadline to nominate a North Catholic alumnus who deserves special recognition and induction into the Northeast Catholic High School Hall of Fame. The 14th annual Northeast Catholic High School Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held in the school's auditorium on Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at 7 p.m. Nominations must be submitted to the Hall of Fame Selection Committee by October 30 on an official Hall of Fame Nomination Form. These forms may be obtained from the school's main office, the Alumni Association office or by writing to the Hall of Fame Selection Committee, c/o Northeast Catholic High School, 1843 E. Torresdale Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124. Anyone may place a name in nomination. An essay of 100 words or less describing the accom-plishments and achievements of the alumnus must be submitted on the form. Any alumnus of Northeast Catholic High School who attended the school for at least one year may be nominated. He must be out of high school for a minimum of 10 years. He should be an alumnus who has distinguished himself in his profession, or who has given himself in service to the school or his community. To receive a nomination form or for more in-formation, call 215-831-5208.

Night at races to benefit North Crew
North Catholic Crew Parents Association will host a Night at the Races on Saturday, November 24, in the school cafeteria at Erie and Torresdale Avenues. Doors open at 7 p.m. and post time is 8 p.m. You must be 21 to attend (identification required). There will be food, prizes and refreshments. Tickets at the door cost $8. Proceeds benefit North Catholic's crew team, which is working hard to reach the Nation-als in Tennessee. Tables can be reserved by calling Mr. D'Angelo at 215-289-7368.

Go bowling and help fund a scholarship

by Debbie Szumowski
When was the last time you threw a big ball at a bunch of pins? You know, they call it bowling. The Fishtown AC Alumni will hold a Bowl-ing Benefit on November 17 at Erie Lanes. Tickets are $20 and in-clude bowling from 2 to 5 p.m., pizza, and beer and soda to wash it down. It also includes free shoe rental. Five people will be as-signed to each lane. Why not make up your own group of five and plan an afternoon of fun? Might be a fun way to spend a Saturday. And you'll be contributing to a good cause. The proceeds from the Bowling Benefit will go to the Scholarship Fund. Since 1993, the alumni has given out $14,000 in scholarships. "We would like to give out three in 2002," said alumni chairman Jack Moore. "With your help [buying tickets for this benefit], we could possi-bly reach our goal." For tickets, email

Pete's Picks by Pedro Arce POINT SPREAD





BEST BET OF THE WEEK: I see this one as an easy pick this week because this team will be fired up this week. I look for the Ravens to get back on the winning track against the Jaguars this week. That defense is going to be all over the place, and the Jaguars’ offense will be paying the price. The Ravens have lost two games in a row and will be determined not to make it three. While you don’t what to expect from the offense and figure they won’t put a bunch of points up, you can expect the defense to make sure they come out with a win no matter what.

UPSET OF THE WEEK: While the Chargers are one of the surprise teams of the season, they’re not the type of team that will dominate throughout the season. They are going to have their ups and downs and I look for this week to be a down against the Bills. While I don’t expect much from the Bills this season, they are a team that has some fight in them and will pull off some wins this season. The Chargers, on the other hand, will consider themselves better than they really are when they win a few games. They will probably let their guard down.Watch out for that upper cut, Chargers.


Family grateful for Bill's honors
The Gassman Family would like to thank eve-ryone who honored Wil-liam Gassman Sr. at the Rotan Softball Banquet on September 28. The emotions that were shown let us all know how much Bill was loved and respected by everyone he met. He loved the game of softball more than any-thing, and going out there and being a part of that meant so much to him. As his family, we know this. The award we received on his behalf means more to us than we can possibly say. We want to thank all those involved and all those that were there who made that night special for us. Special thanks to the Preliminary Ball Club. We will never forget their kindness; they are truly the best. Thank you. The Gassman family

Call to action against unpatriotic punks
Since the cowardly attack on America on September 11, newspapers and televisions have been filled with stories of cou-rageous and unselfish acts of people across these United States.
But unfortunately, on an almost daily basis, we've read or heard of lowlifes who have at-tempted to capitalize on the misfortune of others. Phony fundraising scams, outright thefts of money intended for the victims, attacks on innocent people based on their ethnic background and/or religion.
But the people (and I use people loosely) who really have me upset are the unpatriotic punks who have been getting their jollies by stealing and desecrating our flags.
I personally have had flags stolen from the front of my house. And I have heard many stories from others in our neighborhood who have experienced the same situation.
I could almost tolerate these thefts if the person or persons involved were taking the flags to display. But these lowlifes are taking them and tearing them or breaking the flag-sticks and throwing the flags in the street.
I was a Philadelphia police officer for 29 years. My 19-year-old brother lost his life fighting in the Vietnam War. And I have a son on active duty in the United States Army.
I know, personally, too many people who have paid the ultimate price to defend our flag and the freedom it represents.
These cowards (and that's all they are), don't have the courage to enlist in the service and defend our flag. But they are big heroes sneaking around stealing flags, then trying to intimidate the elderly people who would object to their actions.
When are the people of Fishtown and other neighborhoods going to stand up and take the ap-propriate action against these punks?
And when are parents going to wake up to what their children are doing? When will parents do the right thing?
Come on, people. It's time we, as Americans, take personal responsibility for what goes on in our neighborhood and our country. Call the police, identify the people in-volved, and see that they are arrested and prosecuted.
Phil Bowdren Sr.


CONGRATULATIONS - to my Mommy and Daddy on the birth of my baby sister, Alyson June Legensky. I am so glad you are finally here. All my love, big sister Taylor Lyn

CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES - to Kelly and Danny on the birth of their daughter, Alyson June Legensky, who arrived October 4. She weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces. Lots of luck and love from your family and friends.

YOU'RE A BIG SISTER NOW - Congratulations to Taylor Lyn Legensky, who is a big sister now that her baby sister Alyson has arrived. Love, Mommy and Daddy

BIRTHDAY WISHES - go out to Shana Adams, who celebrates October 25, and Little Eric Hartley, who blows out candles on October 28. Uncle Jack and Aunt Val.

BEST WISHES AND GOOD LUCK - to Dawn Krecko on the birth of her daughter, Francine Lynn Schemes, who arrived October 5, weighing 6 pounds. God bless her. She's beautiful. Love, Mom, John, Billy, Tony, Joey, Uncle Eric and Mark Krecko Jr.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY - to my Great Uncle Eric Krecko, who celebrated October 19. Love, your great niece Francine Lynn Schemes.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY - to Jenni, who turns 29 today, October 24. Love, Mom, Dad and Tracy

CONGRATULATIONS - to John McGrath, who made his boxing debut. We knew you could do it. The Henry Family

CONGRATULATIONS - to John Swift and Christine Prem, who are expecting not one, but two bundles of joy. Their twins are due in May. We can't wait until they're here so we can spoil them. Love and best wishes from the Swift, Golden and Prem families.

HATS OFF - to Joseph B. Moore of Fishtown, who was the featured Cop of the Week in the October 22 Daily News. Joseph has been a cop for six years and works in the 6th District. He was nominated for demonstrating "alertness and courage… while aggressively patrolling his assigned area" by his captain, Brian J. Korn. Here's to you, Joseph. Glad to have you living with us and looking out for us.

HERE'S TO YOU - Happy Birthday to Edie Fisher, who blows out one more candle on October 27. Hope you enjoy your day. Love and best wishes from your family and favorite Lois Lane.

HE HITS ANOTHER ONE - Birthday, that is. Here's to Fishtown AC Alumni staffer Jack Ondik, who adds one more run to his calendar of life on October 27. Hope you have a grand slam of a day. Love from your alumni friends, who are sure that your family joins in this wish to you.

A STAR IS BORN - The Star staff is taking a break to wish our production manager Ted Clark a Happy Birthday. Ted crafts another year on October 26. That happens to be his day off, so we know he will enjoy his special day this year. Besides, he has Cyndi and Juliana to make his birthday the specialist it has ever been. Love and best wishes to you, Ted, from your Star co-workers.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY - to State Representative Marie Lederer, who legislates another year today, October 24. You've given so many people reason to celebrate, that it's time they took time to celebrate you. Hope you have a wonderful day. And I hear the staff is taking you to lunch, their treat! Best wishes and many more from your family and friends.


BERNEK Sarah C. (nee Dukes), died Oct. 12. Wife of the late John A. Mother of John, Daniel T. Sr., Raymond, Donna Mulvenna and the late Joseph. Burns

FORBA Henry, died Oct. 9. Son of the late Julius and Mary Forba. Brother of Charles, Frank and the late Edward, Bertha, Emma and William. Burns

GRABER Marie K. (nee Win-klespecht), died Oct. 12. Wife of William E. Sr. Mother of Robert, James, John, Edward and the late William Jr.; sister of Agnes Southwick. Burns

HALTERMAN Debra A., died Oct. 9. Daughter of Eleanor (nee Mabus) and the late Freder-ick. Mother of Joanie and Donna; sister of Eleanor, Freddie, Tommy, Michael, Donna and the late Sharon. Burns

KRESS Margaret (nee Fisher), died Oct. 16. Wife of the late William J. Mother of Arlene Kress. Burns

LUCZKOWSKI Ronald A., died Oct. 18. Fa-ther of Jennifer Hicks; grandfather of Stephanie and Sara; brother of Tho-mas, Doris Quick and Janet McCracken. Tomaszewski

RAYE Lawrence W., died Sept. 26. Husband of June (nee Baumgard). Father of Jane Marie and Lawrence "Ray;" brother of William and Joyce. Mulligan

WIECZOREK Lech, died Oct. 19. Husband of Jolanta (nee Dziuban). Father of Daniel and Rafal. Tomaszewski

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This may be a little belated to some of you who may have already visited this site, but I want to extend my deepest gratitude to Jack Moore for taking time to create this webpage for Star readers and fans.

I know that some of you no longer live in Fishtown, but if you are like me, a true Fishtowner, your heart is here. And you probably grew up on the Penn Treaty Gazette, which is now known as The Star.

This site will be touch and go for awhile, as I try to give you the right combination of news you may be looking for. Knowing that some of you do live in the area, I will include upcoming events. I will post reunions for North, Hallahan and other schools that I get. And we'll just give you as much news from the 'hood as we can.

And now that you have access to the news, you can help make it. If you want to send a greeting to someone, just email it to me. Please make sure to sign your real name and phone number to your email. For example, want to surprise your best friend with a birthday greeting in the Star, even though you live in Florida? Just email; you obviously have email because you are visiting this site.

Another idea I have always wanted to launch is "Where are they now?" What better time? Let me know who you are, where you grew up, where you went to school, what you are doing now. I can "interview" you further through email. And we can start this feature, which we can run on a regular basis.

Unfortunately, there is no way we can reprint the entire Star every week. And occasionally, some things Jack will post on the Star page may not have made the paper because there was lack of space. But if I think you may be interested (reunions are a good example), I will post the items on the site.

As we go along, any feedback you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Just remember, Jack is doing this because he is, as someone recently said, "Mr. Fishtown." And he and I are doing all this in our spare time. So bear with us as we work out the kinks. I look forward to 'chatting' with you each week.

Debbie Szumowski

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