Northeast Times

Story Archive November 07 2012

Standing up in the fight against cancer

— Pam Cromwell has become a leading voice in the fight against cancer. She took part in a star-studded telethon in Los Angeles.


One for the road: NE wins title for Feldman

In the moments following last Wednesday’s Public League soccer championship game, George Chavez was crying his eyes out.


Still in the game

It’s difficult to imagine what might’ve become of former Father Judge student-athlete Gregory Hennigar mainly because he could’ve done just about anything, according to those who knew him best.


Warm hearts and helping hands

— A fallen fireman's colleagues join forces to spruce up the home of his widow.


Storm surge easily could have hit here

Hurricane Sandy spared Philadelphia from the worst of its devastating fury.


The Fight of Their Lives

As a college basketball referee, Joe DeMayo has one of the hardest and most thankless jobs. At any given game, he’s bound to make countless new enemies, who will call into question everything from his eyesight to his sanity to his family’s lineage.


Fishtown on the small screen

Would a reality show, though it’s not a sure thing, celebrate Fishtown, or exploit it?


WEATHER UPDATE

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has dropped its high-winds advisory for the Greater Philadelphia area as wet snow continues to fall.


Editorial: Do actual collecting

   If you voted yesterday, you get a gold star for citizenship. If you didn’t vote, shame on you. Blame the guy in the mirror if you get the government you didn’t vote for.    Now it’s time for Philadelphians to focus on an issue of equal, and maybe even greater, importance: The city’s very broken property-tax system. After years of delay and cowardice by elected officials, the city is finally trying to institute reform by taxing properties at a percentage of what they are actually worth.The plan is called the Actual Value Initiative, and while it’s long overdue, it should not go into effect until Philadelphia gets its fiscal house in order by eliminating waste, maximizing municipal employees’ productivity, and finding cheaper ways to deliver city services, including privatizing trash collection by giving the job to the qualified lowest bidder and requiring the winner to retain the current workforce.   Under no circumstances should Philadelphia residents or merchants allow the city government to collect another dime in property taxes until it gets its act together and collects back taxes. That means Mayor Michael “I’ll Reform City Government” Nutter must instruct the commissioners of the Departments of Revenue and Licenses & Inspections to get together with the city solicitor, who runs the Law Department, to crack down, IMMEDIATELY, on tax deadbeats.   “Philadelphia has over $500 million in delinquent property taxes but no new plan and very little discussion about how to collect what is alreadly owed. We’re also still waiting for the revenue numbers from the reassessment to come in,” says Northeast Philly state Sen. Michael Stack. “These are the issues we need to tackle before we talk about AVI and city property taxes.” Amen.Send letters to the editor to: pronews@bsmphilly.com


Become a part of Adaire’s foundation

Alexander Adaire School is raising funds for a playground, picnic area and garden by selling actual pieces of the school to students, alumni and businesses.