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(Diane McGowan, founder of the MARTIN Foundation, in yellow, testifies about the importance of flu shots.  A picture of her late son, Martin, is projected on the wall.   Photo by Jim Melwert)

In Montco, Pa. Lawmakers Shine Spotlight on Importance of Flu Vaccinations

“It was my decision not to get him vaccinated, and as a mom I will always live with that,” said Diane McGowan (in yellow), whose son Martin died after contracting influenza.

10/23/2014

(Philadelphia city councilman Mark Squilla, in file photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. Councilman Calls For Hearings on Bed Bug Infestations in City

“Neighbors have had bed bugs, and it’s creeping into their properties,” Squilla says, describing anecdotal evidence from constituents.

10/23/2014

(File photo of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.)

Congressmembers Briefed About Philadelphia Area’s Readiness For Ebola

“Not only are they trained and are they well-prepared, every single health care institution represented in the room said that they can handle a patient who has this disease,” noted US representative Chaka Fattah.

10/22/2014

(File photo:  students outside the Temple University Student Center.)

Temple University Acting Proactively To Fend Off an Ebola Event

Temple University says its preparedness efforts began over the summer, before the start of the semester, when students coming from the Ebola-affected countries were contacted.

10/22/2014

(credit: Chopper 3)

Mantoloking, Brick Sea Wall 75 Percent Finished

After Superstorm Sandy nearly wiped his town off the map, Mantoloking Councilman Steve Gillingham heard the voices calling for a retreat from vulnerable locations along the coast.

10/21/2014

(Students from the Penn Alexander School, in West Philadelphia, get a lesson in mummification using a demonstration dummy at the Penn Museum.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Penn Museum Unveils New Program For Teaching 7th Graders Interactively

“Children sometimes recall facts, sometimes not; but they will always recall an experience,” noted Philadelphia schools superintendent Williams Hite.

10/21/2014

(File photo by  Tom Mihalek/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Montgomery County Holding Four Days of Health Emergency Drills

If you saw people in hazmat suits in Plymouth Township last night, don’t worry: it was only a drill.

10/21/2014

(A PSPCA staffer poses with a newly adopted cat, Jordan, and its new owner.  Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

Local SPCA Hoping Hundreds Will Adopt Pets This Weekend

The ASPCA’s annual “Mega Match-a-thon” is underway all weekend at the Pennsylvania SPCA, on East Erie Avenue in Kensington.

10/17/2014

File photo of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. (Photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Says Philadelphia Is ‘Geared Up’ For Any Ebola Occurrence Here

But at the same time, Nutter cautioned residents about becoming alarmed.

10/17/2014

(Joe Schulle, head of Philadelphia firefighters' union Local 22, testifies before City Council's Human Services, Health, and Safety Committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Firefighters’ Union Says Ebola Gear Issued By City is Inadequate

Joseph Schulle, head of the firefighters’ union Local 22, has no faith in the CDC standards and believes that hazmat suits are needed for the paramedics should they have to respond to a potential Ebola outbreak.

10/16/2014

(Members of the Delaware County Council, following a meeting at a Philadelphia International Airport.  Photo by David Madden)

Delaware County Reviews Ebola Readiness With PHL Airport Officials

Officials say the risk of an infected person coming into the area are low, but with Liberian enclaves in Lansdowne, Darby, and Upper Darby, there are concerns.

10/16/2014

(Ski trail golf at Liberty Mountain, in Carroll Valley, Pa.  Photo by Jay Lloyd)

Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: Ski and Snowboard Expo, Nov. 2nd

On November 2nd, the Eastern Pennsylvania Ski Council holds its annual Philly Ski and Snowboard Expo. You’ll learn about more than skiing there.

10/16/2014

The Limerick Nuclear Power Plant.  (Photo provided by Nuclear Regulatory Commission)

Montco Power Plant To Host Community Open House

If you’ve ever wanted to see the inner workings of a nuclear power plant, you have a chance this evening in Montgomery County.

10/16/2014

In this handout from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of a Ebola virus virion is seen. (Photo by Center for Disease Control (CDC) via Getty Images)

Penn Vet Hosts Symposium Discussing Connections Between Humans And Ecosystem When It Comes To The Spread Of Viruses

Penn Vet is hosting a symposium Thursday discussing interactions between humans, animals, and the enviroment, when it comes to the spread of viruses.

10/15/2014

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