Northeast Times

Story Archive November 06 2013

A day at the park

Play time: City officials on Oct. 30 ceremoniously opened a new playground at Tustin Street and Verree Road. Councilman Brian O’Neill (R-10th dist.) and the Department of Parks & Recreation spent $900,000 on “Champions Park,” which has equipment designed specifically to be accessible for children with special needs. There are three age-specific areas, for kids 2 to 5 years old; 5 to 12 years old; and a centerpiece for kids 2 to 12. Fencing was installed along busy Verree Road for safety. Construction on the site began in the spring and finished about a month ago.

Demoted firefighters testify before City Council

Before joining the Philadelphia Fire Department, Joseph Pospiech served in combat with the U.S. military during the Vietnam War.

Editorial: Help those in need

It’s a Northeast tradition 58 years in the making.

Election Day Cake: Vote Spelt Flour

Although Dunkin’ Donuts probably supplied the vast majority of morning nourishment at many of the polling places around Philadelphia yesterday, way back in the day, it was the local women who baked for the festivities that transpired on Election Day. Since 1771, the Election Day Cake was baked to give strength to the people who had traveled into the polling town to cast their votes and to socialize. With no computers to quickly tabulate results, there was a lot of snacking done through the night as the votes were counted.

Foundation seeks community grant applications

The Anna T. Jeanes Foundation in support of Jeanes Hospital is accepting applications for its 2013 Community Grants program, designed to fund projects that promote the health, wellness and safety of communities in the hospital’s service area. 

Frankford Y is free of debt and free to be used again

The Frankford Y at Leiper and Arrott went from community asset to community eyesore in the four-plus years since it closed in mid-2009.

Help ID Somerton playground vandals

A surveillance camera at a Somerton playground filmed a teenager spray-painting graffiti on a basketball court on Oct. 17. Now detectives are trying to identify the vandal.

Homeowners appeal new assessments

More than 18,000 homeowners are appealing their properties’ new assessments with the Board of Revision of Taxes, an agency that typically sees between 1,000 and 2,000 appeal applications annually.

Irish musician to play free show in gratitude

If Port Richmond-based musician Raymond Coleman ever penned his autobiography, he might want to call it The Barber of Tyrone.