Archives for category: Aja Beech



Spring­erle may be tra­di­tion­al Ger­man cook­ies, but a loc­al man­u­fac­turer made many molds for the cook­ies that are still used to this day. Read more at Star Community News




Rich Mur­ray re­turned from war more than four dec­ades ago, but nev­er re­ceived a prop­er “wel­come home,” but Hon­or Flight re­cently rec­ti­fied the over­sight.

The North Cath­ol­ic alum­nus is a vo­lun­teer for the non­profit or­gan­iz­a­tion that holds events to hon­or Amer­ic­an’s vet­er­ans.

The Sug­ar­House Casino sponsored a tour for Vi­et­nam vet­er­ans this past Sat­urday that con­cluded with a “wel­come back” ceremony in Fishtown.


Read more at Star Community News



My latest piece at Star Community News about the amazing Grace Townhomes – affordable housing for women in Port Richmond.

An es­tu­ary is a coastal body of wa­ter that is en­closed, but with free con­nec­tion to open sea.

A place for trans­it between rivers and the coast and the Delaware Es­tu­ary stretches from as far north as Trenton, NJ, to as far south as Lewes, DE. The Part­ner­ship for the Delaware Es­tu­ary ad­voc­ates for the pre­ser­va­tion of this es­tu­ary, one of the largest in the world.

On Sat­urday, Sept. 10, the Part­ner­ship for the Delaware Es­tu­ary, along with Phil­adelphia Wa­ter, will cel­eb­rate the im­port­ant por­tion of this es­tu­ary that flows through Phil­adelphia with its an­nu­al Pennsylvania Coast Day event.


Read more about PA Coast Day at Star Community News

A year ago, Brides­burg Troop 120 Scout­mas­ter Bob Giz­in­ski had an idea.

At the time, the troop he leads was vis­it­ing Fort Wash­ing­ton State Park.

Giz­in­ski no­ticed that there were, at the time, 120 of­fi­cial state parks in Pennsylvania.

Since they are Troop 120, he thought it would make a strong im­pact on the scouts to vis­it each of the state parks.

Since be­gin­ning the trips, an­oth­er state park has been ad­ded to the re­gistry, Wash­ing­ton’s Cross­ing, and they an­ti­cip­ate more will be ad­ded be­fore they fin­ish, but they will be stick­ing to the ori­gin­al 120 parks and plan to make their goal by the time this core troop moves on to be­come Eagle Scouts in five to sev­en years.

Since last year, the troop has vis­ited 30 of the 120 parks they have com­mit­ted to vis­it­ing.


Read more about the adventures of Troop 120 at Star Community News

Loc­al res­id­ents or­gan­ize the Pink Ele­phant 5K Race to bring aware­ness to the drug epi­dem­ic fa­cing the River Wards.


The Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion (DEA) re­leased an ex­tens­ive re­port, Ana­lys­is of Drug Re­lated Over­dose Deaths in Pennsylvania, 2015, es­tim­at­ing there were more than 3,000 over­dose deaths last year in the state.

In 81 per­cent of those deaths, some kind of opioid was present.

Fentanyl was the second most fre­quently iden­ti­fied drug in over­dose deaths last year, and loc­al res­id­ent Dawn Han­ratty knows that tragedy per­son­ally and is one of hand­ful of res­id­ents or­gan­iz­ing a 5K to bring aware­ness to the is­sue.

She was com­pletely un­aware her daugh­ter, Am­ber, used fentanyl, and was shocked by her daugh­ter’s death in Septem­ber 2015.

As the one year an­niversary of her daugh­ter’s death ap­proaches, Han­ratty and her fam­ily still struggle to cope with the loss. The fam­ily now helps to raise Am­ber’s chil­dren, ages 2 and 6.

Read more at Star Community News. 

The an­nu­al Liberty Lands Flea Mar­ket and Mu­sic Fest will be held Sunday August 7, mark­ing the 20th year for the North­ern Liber­ties-based ex­tra­vag­anza.


Read more at Star Community News

On Sat­urday, Ju­ly 16, the Com­munity Cen­ter at Vis­it­a­tion (CCV) and Walk­ing with Pur­pose held a Wo­men’s Day of Beauty and Dig­nity, a day fo­cused on cul­tiv­at­ing the many at­trib­utes of strong wo­men.

Di­verse wo­men from the area came to re­ceive makeup tu­tori­als, makeovers and man­i­cures, but the day was not just about phys­ic­al beauty. Emo­tion­al and spir­itu­al well­ness was on the agenda, as was ac­cess to edu­ca­tion­al op­por­tun­it­ies.


Read more at Star Community News

Amaury Ji­me­nez is 23 years old, cur­rently liv­ing in Doylestown and one of the re­por­ted 10 mil­lion people who have down­loaded the Pok&ea­cute;mon Go app.

On Thursday, Ju­ly 21, he walked from the area by the North­east Air­port to Am­al­gam Com­ics and Cof­fee­house, 2578 Frank­ford Ave.


Read more at Star Community News

Thou­sands of people from the Delaware Val­ley will meet at the Phil­adelphia Mu­seum of Art on Sat­urday, April 9, for the 20th an­nu­al Thomas’ Walk Against Hun­ger.

Over 50 mil­lion people in Amer­ica are un­able to eat on a reg­u­lar, con­sist­ent basis ac­cord­ing to the United States De­part­ment of Ag­ri­cul­ture (USDA) and a new phrase has been used to de­scribe this is­sue in the past ten years: food in­sec­ure.

Read more at Star Community News