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A Chat with Conversations, Fishtown’s Surf-Pop Darlings by Indira Jimenez   Let’s talk about conversations. No, not an existential debate about the simplicity of creating two way communication, but Conversations– a Philadelphia surf-pop delight that has made Fishtown their headquarters, even if their fresh, summery beats would better place you at Coney Island or SoCal on a June afternoon more so than Penn Treaty Park.   Consisting of Jessica and Josh Craft, Paul Montgomery and Ian Zolitor, Conversations has shed some skin in its transformation from a conceptual project to what it is today. Formerly known as Conversations with Enemies, there was initially a different play-byplay guitarist and vocalist Josh was aiming for when the band first started mak-

Conversations practicing at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church at Cumberland and Trenton. Conversations consists of Josh Craft (guitar/ lead vocals), Jessica Craft (drums/vocals), Paul Montgomery (guitar/ backing vocals) and Ian Zolitor (bass/backing vocals). /Photo: Indira Jimenez ing music.   “It was more about con-

tinuously writing an album that was conceptual with

up their upcoming full length, “Totally Redeem Yourself,” which is set for an early 2015 release. With the help of Joe Reinhart at Headroom Studios and Alex Santilli at Spicehouse Sound, Conversations look to a sunny future with their newest recorded endeavor.   “Joe has helped put out some of our older records, we’re one of the first bands to record in their new space at Headroom,” says Craft.”The sound of the music has changed a lot with the four of us. It changed the dynamic– the sound is different, our name is different.”   The band has also taken their work on the road, most recently to Stamford, Conn., in an August edisee CONVERSATIONS on page 3

different alignments of comic book albums,” Craft

Artist-Educators and Adaire School Students Continue to Collaborate With New Fishtown Mural by Joshua Albert   On Tues., December 2 around 20 volunteers from the corporate headquarters of Anthropologie joined students from Alexander Adaire K-8 elementary school to help with a mural arts project. When finished, the mural will be placed on the southern facade of the school and is meant to enhance both the community and student experience. The program is a partnership between Friends of Adaire and Adaire /Photo: Joshua Albert

explains.   Difficult to keep up, Josh decided to then ditch the gimmick, shorten the name and change the lineup a bit.   “Me and Jess started things off many moons ago. I met Paul a while ago– we used to play in pop punk bands in college and then reconnected after he came to the first album’s record release. Ian’s cousin lived with us and was a really good friend so we got connected with him, a great friend and great bass player. Now we’re a strong unit of four working on a full length album coming out in February.”   Describing their sound the best they can as “retro, feel good rock,” the quartet finds themselves on the tail end of wrapping

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THE LOCAL LENS with Thom Nickels

by Thom Nickels

  Writing a successful play or screenplay is no easy task. When I was commissioned to write a play about the young Abraham Lincoln several years ago by a California-based producer, I had no idea the project would take me into the dizzying orbit of “devised” or collaborative work.

  Collaborative work is a tricky and dangerous terrain. After all, the expression, “A camel is a horse designed by committee,” didn’t evolve out of thin air.    This figure of speech takes a dim view of committees and group decision-making, at least when it comes to the incorporation of too many conflicting opinions into a single

Itsy the Elf hears the beep of his alarm and hops out of bed with a grin. Today he is going home to the River Wards to visit and shop for his family for Christmas! His first stop will be the PHILADELPHIA CREDIT UNION. He wants to withdraw some money so he can do his Christmas shopping.

creative project.   “Too many cooks spoil the broth,” also sends the same message, that being: everything is spoiled if too many people participate in a single task. There are exceptions, of course. Editors, I think, can work collaboratively but it is an entirely different ballgame for writers. When an ex-New York screenwriter I know told me about her experiences as one of twelve—yes, twelve—writers for a TV sitcom, I wondered how a roomful of people like that could get anything done.     This friend told me that the writers would sit around a huge conference table with their notepads and pens, and that after scribbling lines of dialog, they would compare notes and brainstorm. After multiple revisions and discussions, they would brainstorm again and then vote on the best lines. When the writing session was over, they would order take-out. An excruciating process, to say the least, for how do

you get twelve people to agree on anything, much less a storyline for a TV sitcom? Twelve may be an apostolic number, but it’s too many brains for a smooth consensus. Think of the angst and tribulations that juries go through when it comes time to reach a verdict. I had always thought of writing a play as a solitary endeavor, like the way novelist Thomas Wolfe (Look Homeward, Angel) wrote his novels on yellow legal pads standing up in his kitchen and using his refrigerator as a desk top. Wolfe also had the rustic habit of submitting his manuscripts to his publisher in longhand.   Some writers, while not of a collaborative mind, are able to write in public. This is especially true of French writers. One has only to think of the artists who were able to concentrate in cafes like the Café Flores on the St. Germain-des-Pres in Paris. Café Flores is where Jean-Paul Sartre wrote notes for his play No Exit. It’s also where Simone de

Thom Nickels is a Philadelphiabased author/ journalist/ poet, film critic and feature writer for the Spirit Newspapers. Beauvoir, Sartre’s primary mistress (he had more than one), worked out many of her projects as well. On the other hand, the novelist Colette locked herself in her house in order to find the concentration to work. Marcel Proust (Remembrance of Things Past), however, was so noise-phobic that he wrote all day in a cork lined room, surfacing only in the evening when he went out with his coachman to Paris’ nineteenth century gay places.   As a student in Baltimore, I tried the writing-in-public thing, only I didn’t go to cafes but to the local Greyhound bus station where I wrote poems about the people I observed. There’s never a shortage of oddballs in bus stations. Mostly I felt like a poseur writing this way. Not surprisingly, none of the poems produced under the glare of a bus station security guard proved to be any good. The start of my project for the California producer was like a honeymoon in Versailles. Although not a writer himself, the producer suggested reference books, trips to important Lincoln “hot spots,” conferences and lectures to attend in order to help improve my knowledge of the man. Problems at that time were minimal and the future for the play looked bright. Although the theme of the play had been worked out and agreed upon in advance, in time the producer began to look at the theme as a moveable feast, at first suggesting very minor changes and then slowly going whole hog the way contractors do when they gut a house. The work went from being a play about the close relationship between Joshua Fry Speed and the future 16th president of the United States to an epic about slavery. The first version illustrated the closeness between Lincoln and Speed: how the two men met in Speed’s general store in Illinois; how Lincoln, who had no place to sleep, asked Speed where he could find a room, whereupon Speed immediately offered to

share his own bed, which happened to be in a room above the store. After the two men struck a deal, Lincoln came back to the store with his belongings and set up camp in Speed’s room. They would sleep in the same bed for 4 years.   A few comments about this sleeping arrangement are in order.   Men in the 1800s often roomed or slept with other men in a single bed. Nothing was thought of it. In those days, men were also tuned into the art of male friendship and would write long intimates letters to one another, often ending their letters with declarations of love and loyalty. If you happen to read old Victorian era letters between male friends, you might come away with the feeling that every man who could pick up a pen and construct a sentence was gay. This wasn’t the case at all. Men at that time weren’t afraid to share their feelings for their male buddies. The fact is, they did a lot more than just give each other a high five or a quick hipster hug after a meal at Mug Shots.   Living quarters in the 19th century were also tight. Whole families lived and slept in one or two room houses, which means that they shared every intimate part of their lives.   The shared bed experience between the two men ended when Speed announced to Lincoln that he had to return to his family after his father’s death. Lincoln did not take the news well. He had a sort of breakdown and experienced the loss as a major crisis. He even came close to suicide. Eventually, both men would marry; Speed first and then Lincoln, but only after some encouragement by Speed...   This general scenario was the overview of the first version of the play although that would quickly change when other people were brought in to add their own two cents. In the beginning, one or two people were added, but see LOCAL LENS on page 9


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tion of Alive @ Five, an outdoor concert series. There, Conversations was able to open for legendary summer staples, The Beach Boys, in front of an audience of around 7000.   So have you noticed how Josh and Jessica both have Craft as their last name? Not siblings and not by coincidence, the two are in fact in marital bliss that all started a few years back.   “I used to be in a band called The B Team and was playing a show at the old Khyber when Jess’s friend brought her to the show and I ended up talking to her,” Josh said. “We hit it off– she played drums and I liked her so we started hanging out. I gave her guitar lessons...”   “I gave him cooking lessons...” Jessica said.   Dating then commenced and playing together in Conversations With Enemies followed before Josh popped the big question at one of their record release shows.   With most of Conversations’ members living in Fishtown, the exception being bassist Ian Zolitor

(he currently resides in Mt. Airy), the band is immersed in the local music scene– a scene that has experienced some noticeable change over the past few years.   “Some of the only venues in the city that used to have decent sound systems were places like Johnny Brenda’s and Kung Fu Necktie, but now there’s venues and even art galleries and coffee shops around the city to play in,” Jessica said. “We’ve known Joe [Reinhart] since he used to be at Big Mama’s warehouse, they used to do shows there and had recording spaces. I don’t think that there are too many house venues in the area anymore.”   “Every year on our block, there’s a new gallery opening up or a coffee shop or a bakery or bar, there’s so much life being brought in to the neighborhood,” Josh said.   “It’s almost too hip,” Ian added with a chuckle.   The Crafts not only are proud to call themselves Fishtown residents, but this musical couple also gives back to the community. Together they spearhead Rock to the Future, a free music education program

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for underprivileged kids in the area.   “We use it as a way to keep youth engaged and develop social skills, improve academic grades. It started in 2010 with 13 kids and now we have an after-school program, inschool guitar classes, summer camp and with that we serve over 300 kids,” Jessica said.   70 percent of the kids in Rock to the Future hail from North Philadelphia and all programs are offered to them at no cost. The programs are held at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church at Cumberland and Trenton (also where Conversations hold their own band practice) and nearby Conwell and Hackett Schools.   The Crafts feel that Philly needs a resurgence of artistic expression through music and hope Rock To the Future can help spark that.   “A lot of the people that are qualified to teach music are not from Philadelphia or didn’t grow up in Philadelphia because a lot of the kids don’t have an opportunity to learn music in schools here, and therefore are not pursuing music or arts related careers,” Jessica said.   There’s also a duty of mentorship attached to the birth and continuity of Rock to the future.   “The after school program provides a safe space for the kids to be in. I know that if I grew up without music or sports to keep my mind off of all the other bad news people lurking around in my life, my life could have been a lot different,” Josh said.   Santilli of Spicehouse Sound also admires the work of the spouses, both musically and with the organization.   “Jess and Josh, what they do with the Rock to the Future program for the neighborhood is absolutely awesome,” he said. “I think I actually met them from fixing amps and guitars for their charity, they’re doing some really awesome stuff.”   It’s also crucial to remember that not only do these guys make music, but they’re consumers of music. What can be found on these guys’ personal playlists?   Zolitor: “I work in folk radio so stuff right now that I’m listening to is Willie Watson, Charlie Parr.”   Montgomery: “Recently, I’m rediscovering 70s stuff like Bowie because I really like Adrian Belew.”   Josh: “Beach Boys, Weezer and Saves the Day are my top three for sure. This punk band called Sundials? They’re really rad.”   Jessica: “Beatles, Rilo Kile, Cake– we played them last halloween and this year we did Creedence Clearwater Revival– and Velvet Underground.”

  Solid.   Be sure to check out Conversations’ upcoming

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Conversations is releasing their full length album early next year. In the past year, the local group has opened for the Beach Boys.

Itsy the Elf Shops the River Wards

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Al-Anon Meetings at Holy Name Church Hall Al-Anon Meetings are held every Monday night from 7 to 8PM at Holy Name Church Hall, Berks and Gaul Sts. Members share their personal experiences and stories. Personal contact is an important element in the healing process. The meetings provide strength and hope for families and friends of addicts. If you are worried about a loved one with any type of addiction, this meeting will help you. Everyone is welcome to attend. Anything that is shared at meetings stays there. Al-Anon Meetings are free, anonymous and confidential. EVENTS Gingerbread House-Making at Beacon Join us to assemble and decorate Gingerbread Houses during Beacon’s after school art studio , located at 2364 E. Cumberland St . We’ll be gathering around the art table on Wed., Dec. 10 from 4-6PM, and all ages are welcome! Supplies, inspiration, instruction, and a healthy snack provided. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call 267 702 0804 or visit thewordatbeacon.org. Christmas Donations for Veterans The American Legion Auxiliary Elm Tree Post #88, will be taking gifts to our veterans at Veterans Hospital and Veterans Nursing Home in December. Items can be dropped off at The Spirit Newspaper office, 1428 E. Susquehanna Ave. at Gaul St. DEADLINE is Thursday, Dec. 11. In need of the following: Hand Lotion, Body Lotion, Body Wash, Knitted Hats, Knitted Scarves, Undershirts (M-3X)), Batteries (AA,AAA,C), Flannel Shirts (M-3X), Gloves, Slippers, Board Games, White Socks, Lounging Pants (M-3X), Puzzle Books, Card Games, Boxes of Cookies, Candy Canes, Boxed Candy, Sugar Free Treats, 2-in-1 Shampoo, Shaving Cream, Hoodies (M-XXL), Bath

Towels & Washcloths, Boxer Shorts (M-XXL). So that the veterans can also select Christmas gifts for family members, we are collecting items for toddlers, children, teens and women. Thank you for your support! For further information, please contact Marge at 215-426-6435 or Ginny at 215-425-3605. 2nd Annual Mug Show Thurs., Dec. 11 from 6-9PM: Opening Reception. December is here and that means The Random Tea Room (713 N. 4th St.) will be having its 2nd Annual Mug Show. Talented artist and friend Kimberly Michelle Shelton has collaborated with 20 local potters to bring you this well curated exhibit of earthenwares. Pick a mug and buy it off the wall. Join us for the opening reception and enjoy the tunes of the Dirty Soap Blues Band! Please visit us at www.therandomtearoom. com for more information. Campbell Square Events Fri., Dec. 12, Christmas Tree Lighting/SANTA! Starts at 6:30PM. Light refreshments will be for sale at all events. Rain date policy: While the Friends of Campbell Square will make every effort to reschedule events cancelled by bad weather, they cannot guarantee that alternate dates will be scheduled. Call John Rajca at 267-304-2993 or Susan Ongirski at 215-426-3766 on event dates for possible cancellations.Volunteers are needed for gardening and maintenance on Wed. nights at 6PM. Campbell Square is located at Belgrade St. & East Allegheny Ave., in the heart of Port Richmond!

Itsy and his friends are taking time to attend some events and holiday happenings in the River Wards. They are checking out the Spirit’s COMMUNITY CALENDAR for places to go and things to see. Itsy stops by the UKRAINIAN CATHEDRAL to get some fresh made Pierogies for his holiday dinner; then off to WILSON’S CHECK CASHING to visit Gary and staff and pay some of his utility bills. He also must make a phone call to Dr. Pickard from ALL PETS HOUSE CALLS because one of Santa’s reindeers is sick and needs vet service so he is better in time for Christmas eve.

Wreaths Across Palmer Cemetery Please help honor the deceased veterans buried at Palmer Cemetery, on Sat., Dec.13, by ordering a wreath to be placed on a veterans grave at the cemetery. See their Facebook page and website, www.Palmercemeteryfishtown.com to access the Wreath Across America website. $15 donation will order one wreath for a veterans grave. If you would like to place the wreath on a family members grave who is a veteran, please make sure you come out on the day of event, Sat., Dec. 13 to pick up the wreath and place it on the grave personally. Last year they had over 100 wreaths donated, so please consider making a donation this year. This is a national event and we are very proud to be a part of Wreath Across America again this year. If you have any questions, please email jfl1865@aol.com.

“Grand Night for Singing” at St. Anne’s A “Grand Night for Singing” at St. Anne’s! On Fri., Dec. 12 at 7:30PM, join the professional Saint Anne’s Orchestra and Chorus with an evening of music and singing right in the neighborhood. Enjoy music from  White Christmas, State Fair, Christmas Carols, and Handel’s explosive and stunning Messiah.  Suggested donation $10 per person or $20 per family.  Visit www.musicatstannes.net for more information.

Greensgrow Holiday Bazaar Shop local, support local artists! Looking for local, handmade gift ideas from some of the neighborhood’s most talented crafters and artists? Make a dent in your Christmas shopping at the Greensgrow Holiday Bazaar on Sat. & Sun., Dec. 13 & 14! A festive neighborhood favorite, get your tree or holiday greens and check out all of the cool wares our elves have made. A range of fine art and crafts; jewelry, ceramics, wood working, accessories, green gifts, bath/ body, Greensgrow made edible gifts, and lots more. Different artists each day.

Breakfast with SANTA Breakfast with SANTA on Sat., Dec 13 from 8-10AM at Applebees in Fishtown, 2501 Aramingo Ave. The U6 Fishtown AC Atoms will be hosting a Breakfast with Santa. $6 per ticket for unlimited pancakes, sausage and beverages. Pictures with Santa and 50/50 raffles and holiday baskets.  For tickets please see any player or call Pat Cain Sr. 267683-6911 or Colleen Cain 215-806-0840. Walk in’s are welcome!!

NKCDC Health Insurance Registration Fair Sat, Dec. 13, 12-4PM at Rock Ministries, 2755 Kensington Avenue. Work one-on-one with a health insurance counselor to learn about health insurance options and sign up for a policy using the Health Insurance Marketplace. Free flu and blood pressure checks also available. Must call ahead to make an appointment – contact Tess at 215-4270350 x139.

Gift Wrapping Fundraiser Boy Scout Troop will be having a Gift Wrapping Fundraiser Sat. & Sun., Dec. 13 - 12-6PM at Grace Church, 2645 E Venango St. Prices: $2 for sm items, $3.00 for lg items or a $30 flat rate for 10 items or more; includes wrapping, ribbon, bow and tag. Additional fee of $1 for boxes. Polish Christmas Open House Everyone is cordially invited to attend the “Polish Christmas Open House” at the Polish American Cultural Center Museum Exhibit Hall, 308 Walnut Street in historic Philadelphia, on Sat., Dec. 13 from 11AM until 2PM. Beginning at 11AM, snacks and refreshments will be served compliments of the Museum’s volunteers, and a children’s magic show will follow at 12noon. At 12:30PM, Sw. Mikolaj (St. Nicholas) will visit the Museum and have a treat for each child. You are invited to bring your camera and take a picture of the children with Sw. Mikolaj. Admission is free and everyone is invited. For additional information, call the Museum at 215-9221700. Christmas Caroling in Penn Treaty Park On Sat., Dec. 13, from 1-1:30PM, The Friends of Penn Treaty Park will perform their Annual Christmas Caroling in the Park. Everyone is welcome and will receive a candy cane for joining us ring in the Holidays.  Penn Home Annual Community Carol Sing

Join Penn Home for their annual Community Carol Sing on Sun., Dec. 14 at 4PM at 1401 E. Susquehanna Ave. (at Belgrade St.). Project Christmas Angel Project Christmas Angel is marking their 6th year. The project helps families in our Port Richmond community see CALENDAR on page 11


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CLEAN PLATE: Brown Butter Squares by Casey Ann Beck

  I’ve made a vow to myself to schedule in bits of cleaning, decorating and baking during any free time I might have leading up to Christmas. With only two weeks to go before then, I’m also feeling the pressure to finish shopping for gifts and find time to wrap them– thank God for gift bags.   As I’m occupied with calendaring every task of the holiday season, I remind myself to remain flexible, forego multi-tasking and take advantage of the non-stop Christmas music and movies while I can.   Before I hole up in the kitchen with my cookbooks, computer and camera to produce this year’s cookie lineup, I wanted to bake something without an agenda.

Though these brown butter squares are perfectly appropriate to hand out for the holiday, I made them just for fun. Brown Butter Squares 1 cup of salted butter (2 sticks) ⅓ cup brown sugar ⅓ cup granulated sugar 2 cups flour   Line an 8x8 pan with

foil and heat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter over medium heat in sauté pan, stirring occasionally. Stir constantly as butter begins to foam and remove from heat, pouring into a heat-proof bowl, once it reaches a caramel color a nutty aroma. Set aside. Combine sugars and flour in a large bowl. Mix in browned butter until ingredients are just incorporated. Pour bat-

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then the new voices included secretaries, personal friends, the UPS man, strangers met on elevators, trains or in city restaurants. Some changes made to the play were necessary; and (surprisingly) not everything suggested by the chorus was bad. Parts of the play even showed signs of improvement. But this was true only for a short while because soon the

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Protecting Our Neighborhoods One Family at a Time I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting my business over the last year. Whether you are a customer, allowed me to quote you, or referred someone - I couldn’t have made it without your support. I will continue fundraising efforts, work with local organizations to assure the community my business calls home is thriving and prosperous. I look forward to growing my business & supporting the community for years to come. Thanks again for your support.

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Miss Know-It-All’s QUIZZO CHALLENGE: You Animal! 1. What is the name of Little Orphan Annie’s dog? A. Sandy B. Tiger C. Champ D. Dixie 2. Penguins are native to which one of the following places? A. North Pole B. Both C. South Pole D. Neither

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First Presbyterian Monthly Community Dinner On Sat., Dec. 27 the First Presbyterian Church in Kensington will be hosting its monthly FREE community dinner. Dinner will be served from 4-6PM. Everyone is welcome. The meal is completely free, no strings attached. This is a time for all the neighbors to join each other at a dinning table and be in fellowship. 418 E. Girard Ave (between Columbia Ave and Palmer St), 215-739-5695.

who may be experiencing financial difficulties. While there are many organizations throughout the city that help out at Christmas, Project Christmas Angel is a way to help our own neighbors. THIS Sun., Dec.14, there will be a drop-off party at Cheers Cafe, Almond and Westmoreland Sts., from 2-6PM. Please feel free to drop by. Any questions call Kassie Wurtenberg at 215-423-2494 or Kelly and Saramia Suarez at 484-3470270.   Come join the Richmond Book Club! The next meeting of the Richmond Book Club is on Thurs., Dec. 18 to discuss The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom. Monthly meetings are every third Thursday at 6:15 PM at the Richmond Library.  Bring suggestions for our next book.  Copies at the branch. The Richmond library is located at 2987 Almond St.  Call 215 6859992 for more information. Christmas Toy Sale The Free Church of St. John, located at 3091 Emerald St., will be having a Christmas Toy Sale on Sat., Dec. 20 from 10AM until 12 Noon. Bargains galore. Mark your calendars for this date. Christmas Eve Worship at Beacon As we gather to celebrate God coming into the world, you are invited to join us in worship on Christmas Eve, Wed., Dec. 24, at 6PM at Beacon Church, located at 2364 E Cumberland St. All are welcome. We’ll be hearing the stories of Christmas from Scripture and singing traditional carols. Bring your questions, faith, doubt, joy, sorrow, and most of all, your story. For more information call 267-702-0804 or visit thewordatbeacon.org Christmas Eve Worship at First Pres Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship at First Presbyterian Church in Kensington - Wed., Dec. 24 at 7:30PM. 418 E. Girard Ave (between

Historic Holiday Church Tour Have you ever wondered what was behind the door of some of Philadelphia’s oldest and most beautiful churches? Well, now’s your chance. The churches of Fishtown and Kensington will open their doors Sun., Dec. 28 for a guided bus tour through the history of these neighborhoods gems. The Christmas Season is the absolute best time to see these architectural and cultural treasures some of whom may be at risk of closing their doors forever. Just this past year St. Laurentius RC Church and Pilgrim Congregational Church closed. The tour will visit Kensington United Methodist (Old Brick) Church, First Presbyterian Church of Kensington, Atonement Evangelical Lutheran Church, Summerfield/Siloam United Methodist Church, Beacon Presbyterian Church, St. Michael’s Church and Visitation BVM Roman Catholic Church. Seating is limited, ticket prices are $25 and all proceeds will go to benefit the churches. The bus will leave NKCDC, 2515 Frankford Avenue at 1 pm and return around 5 pm on December 28 th. Light refreshments will be provided. Buy tickets online at https://www. eventbrite.com/e/historical-holiday-church-tour-ofkensington-fishtown-tickets-14759499059 or call Debbie Kinkead at 215-4270350 x 112. All tickets must be purchased by Fri., Dec. 19.

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Itsy friends, Jingle, Ellie, Fred and Eddie are waiting for him to go celebrate. They plan to stop at BYRNE’S TAVERN, HAPPY TAP and JOHNNY BRENDA’S to have a drink and visit with some friends. Itsy and his friends know that you don’t drink and drive!

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Home & School and is being spearheaded by Art Sphere’s talented artisteducators. Students from all grade levels helped draw and paint fish with the help and guidance of Anthropologie volunteers. The fish themed mural is meant to coincide with the recent “Feed the Fish” trashcan lid project in Fishtown that was unveiled in late November as a collaboration between the Fishtown Neighbors Association beautification committee and other community-based groups. Students from each grade level were ushered in at designated time slots to make their mark on the project that is slated to be installed sometime in the early spring of next year.

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Our PATIENTS!! None of this is possible without each of you! Thank you so much for giving us the chance to serve you.

Sincerely, Kris, Dru, Wiley, and Vaida

1802 Frankford Ave. 267-687-7562 Hours: Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Sunday – Closed


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• CLASSIFIED DEADLINES •

HELP WANTED Drivers – Local Combo P&D Drivers/Dock Workers Needed. FT/ PT. Excellent Hourly Rate, Home Daily, Fully Paid Medical Benefits! CDL-A w/XT or HTN req for driving. Less than 1 year CDL experience? YRC offers a paid training program. Call 855-378-4972. YRC Freight is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Females/ Disabled/Protected Veterans

ACCU STAFFING SERVICE

CEMENT WORK

Production/Warehouse -1st & 2nd shifts. Great jobs for all and those who are bilingualSpanish. Interviewing now to fill job openings. Must have good work history; pre-screening req’d and 2 forms of ID. PLEASE CALL 215-423-2955 ext. 113 Monday-Friday 8am-4pm

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“After 30 years in this business, if I don’t buy it, I know who will!” • Trouble Properties • Estates • Board-ups • Divorce • Vacant • Foreclosures • Taxes • Debts • Shells • Any Condition • Lots Residential or Commercial

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REAL ESTATE SALES:

new or experienced; excellent training program; private office. Call Mike Dunphy at 215-840-8399

HANDYMAN

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Factory

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Now Hiring - Open House Whse, assemblers, pickers/packers needed to fill open orders! Visit our NEW recruiting office at ACCU 5451 Horrocks St Phila Mon-Fri 8a-4:30p. Bring 2 forms of ID 215.423.7903 EOE/M/F

FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED

B&A APPLIANCES REPAIRS

Ke n s i ng ton a n d Port Richmond fully furnished, safe, utilities included. $300/mo. Call 267475-3929. Kensington - fully furnished, safe, utilities included. $300/ mo. Call 215-2002960.

• Washers •Dryers • Stoves • Refrigerators 24-Hr. Emergency Service $ 1000 Charge For Estimate No Charge With Repair

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New Universal Bike Rack. Holds up to 4 bikes. Hitch mounted/no adapter bar needed. $55. 215-425-4091.

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Good loving homes needed for children of all ages. PLEASE CALL 215-203-8733 or 1-877-nfi4kid or visit online @ www.nfi4kids.org CASH PAID

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All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or intention to make any such preferences, limitation, or discrimination.” We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings are available on an equal opportunity basis. Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia, 866-540-FAIR (3247).

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APARTMENT FOR RENT 29xx Blk. Frankford Ave. 2BR; 1 on 2nd flr., 1 on 3rd flr. Credit check. Call 856-305-1556. Bridesburg - 1BR .$400/mo. + util. No pets. 215-637-7803.

ITSY SHOPS THE SPIRIT CLASSIFIEDS FOR ALL HIS NEEDS!

PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice of Public Sale Of Personal Property

Notice is hereby given that the undersigned will sell to satisfy the lien of the landlord at public sale by competitive bidding on December 15th, 2014 at 10:30 am., Sergeant Storage, located at 2541 Gaul St., Phila., PA 19125. The personal goods stored in space No: UNIT NAME 119 Elizabeth Bickel Purchase must be made in cash only and paid for at the time of sale. All goods are to be sold as is and must be removed at the time of purchase. Sale is subjected to adjournment. SERGEANT STORAGE INC. (215) 739-9226

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Chinese Auction. For tickets, please contact Nancy Bartelle at 215-426-4010 or John Lonergan at 267-2070169. Visit http://palmercemeteryfishtown.com. Matthew Holmes Scholarship T h e M at t h e w H o l m e s Scholarship Fund is preparing to commence the distribution of their scholarships to students entering into Trivia Answers: Part One: 5 points each: 1. A. Sandy 2. C. South Pole 3. D. Drums 4. B. goats

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High School in 2015. Five $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to select students based upon the criteria listed

in the application along with essays submitted to the committee by Jan. 16, 2015. You must be an 8th grade student, a Philadelphia resident, preparing to enter into your first year of high school at a Catholic archdiocese or a private high school that has a Catholic affiliation. To apply or for more information, visit our website at: http://mattyholmesscholarship.org/. •

each: 9. C. hippos 10. B. Elephants 11. C. Vomit 12. A. army Scoring: Under 50: Trivia Amateur; 50-85: Trivia Buff; 90-115: Trivia Whiz 120: TRIVIA CHAMPION! Want a daily fix of trivia? Visit www. missknowitallsquizzo.com Feel free to send me your topic ideas, how you scored, feedback, or book me for your next quizzo party!•

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Hey Everyone! Look who is at the shelter waiting to meet a new family for Christmas! It’s Laffy Taffy! Laffy Taffy is a mediumsized 3-year-old terrier / pitbull mix who is comical, friendly, and who definitely has a winning smile! We couldn’t think of a better friend to share some Christmas cheer with, and lots of fun all year ‘round too!   If you have dogs of your own, you’ll need to bring at least one in to meet any potential dogs and make sure there is no major personality clash. Please also bring proof that you are allowed dogs/cats at your home if you rent.   Laffy Taffy is located at ACCT -- 111 W. Hunting Park Ave, Phila., PA 19140 Phone: 267-385-3800 (ask for the Lifesaving Depart-

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ment!) Email: adopt@acctphilly.org.   More about Laffy Taffy: Primary colors: Brown and White • Coat length: Short   AC C T I D N u m b e r : A24424748. If you have any questions about Laffy Taffy, please email acctpetfinder@ gmail.com.•

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• 240 Lines

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