Northeast Times

Story Archive May 30 2012

Union claims fire deaths were 'preventable'

In calling for Commissioner Lloyd Ayers’ resignation, Local 22 cites 'fatal mistakes' in the fire department's response to the April 9 fire in East Kensington.


Editor's notice

Star's neighborhood dropboxes are back in use.


Street crime or success: the choice is theirs

A look at The Choice is Yours, a program that gives first-time nonviolent drug offenders in the city the chance to avoid jail and learn career and social skills.


EKNA president and local artist hope to make a big purchase: a firetruck

EKNA president Jeff Carpineta and local artist Jesse Gardner have an interesting idea to bring the neighborhood together.


Kensington's Congreso receives grant to help Hispanic students

Though the landscape of the Philly school system may look bleak at times, some local programs, like Kengsington's Congreso de Latinos Unidos, still work hard on behalf of students.


Riverward upcoming events for this week, May 30

Lots of events coming up as summer approaches—stay in the know with Star's event calendar!


Letters to the editor: May 30, 2012

Shame on CLIP for going too farI moved from Philadelphia a couple of decades ago, and I’m glad I no longer live in Philly! After visiting family and reading about CLIP, I am truly appalled at the decline. For crying out loud, this is the birthplace of America. This is where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. Philadelphia is home to the Liberty Bell; Carpenter Hall, where the Continental Congress met to discuss important matters of freedom; the Betsy Ross House; Benjamin Franklin; and the Declaration House, also known as Graff House, where Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence!I totally agree with Dee Maialetti’s letter of March 28, Yo, CLIP, just who do you think you are? As an American citizen who was liberated by the U.S. Army in post-WWII Germany, I find this sort of “patrolling,” trespassing, photographing and fining of the homeowners to be a violation of our rights against unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment of our Constitution. These Gestapo tactics are an abuse of our civil liberties!It is one thing to go after absentee landlords who neglect to maintain their properties; it’s quite another to target the elderly, the disabled and the poor. Shame, shame, shame! For those who condone this abuse, I suggest a course in American history. I would also encourage you to get online and read the indictment against the nine CLIP criminals! Put yourself in the shoes of your neighbors: Would you want to be treated this way? (http://www.phila.gov/districtattorney/PDFs/Presentment.pdf)I am surprised that the citizenry has not risen up and demanded that this “program” be dismantled. Whatever happened to the concept that a man‘s home is his castle? I would have filed a class action lawsuit against the city by now, and involved the Justice Department!Lydia F. SelwoodHarrisonburg, Va.


Cancer patients celebrate the Big 5

After Sherry Britton was diagnosed with lung cancer in January 2007, she underwent four months of treatment at a hospital in Bangor, Maine, then traveled to a medical facility in Boston.


Prosecutor grills Lynn about protecting minors

When Monsignor William Lynn took the witness stand in his own defense, he testified repeatedly that he did the best he could, within his limited power, to investigate child sex abuse allegations that had been made against parish priests.


Union claims fire deaths were ‘preventable’

In calling for Commissioner Lloyd Ayers’ resignation, Local 22 cites 'fatal mistakes' in the fire department's response to the April 9 fire in East Kensington.