NEast Links: Frankford safety ambassadors, Tacony’s firehouse and more

Here’s a summary of the week’s Northeast news we didn’t cover. See others here.

The Safety Ambassador Program has returned to the Frankford Business Corridor as of yesterday. The program — part of the Frankford Special Services District — was a part of Frankford in the late 1990s and will allow for of uniformed personnel to patrol Frankford Avenue in order to increase commerce on the corridor.

Keep reading for news on a police couple who saved the day, the first ever doctoral program at Holy Family, and more.

Tacony will be receiving a new Engine 38 firehouse. It will be the Philadelphia’s first totally green building, and ground will be broken in the next few months. Last year, the original firehouse was lost due to the Interstate 95 expansion project.

Speaking of the I-95 project, present and former Tacony Civic Association members met with politicians and a representative of the Streets Department for a construction update.  Phase I has a projected completion date of May 2011, with Phase II beginning after that.  A future meeting will discuss the lighting and the planting of new trees along the newly finished area on Princeton Avenue.

After having it approved in May, Holy Family University will launch its first Doctoral Program—a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Professional Studies—in January 2011. Concentrations will include educational administration, literacy and interdisciplinary professional studies highlighting special education.

Dating Philadelphia Police officers Craig Coulter and Quiana Richardson saved a burning home and its owners in Pennypack after taking a wrong turn down their street while coming home from a wedding. They saved most of the home from burning down.

On Tuesday, the two-foot-high marble Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Cardinal Dougherty High School was moved to the grounds of VFW Post 2819 in Lawncrest. The memorial honors the 27 Dougherty graduates who died while serving in Vietnam.

art teachers Rochelle Cohen and Janice Hill encouraged students to showcase their artwork by having an annual silent auction of student art. Profits would normally be split between the student and the school, though this year, all profits went to the students.

Rabbi Julius Meles, who moved to the Northeast to help launch Young Israel of Oxford Circle in 1954, was honored last month at Young Israel’s annual gala in New York. He also received the Lifetime Rabbinic Achievement Award.

Picanha Grill in Castor Gardens was one of many locales around the city where members of Philadelphia’s ethnic community came together to celebrate the World Cup.

Our best-read story this week: Northeast Philadelphia Now initiative meets for the second time

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