Neighborhood news in brief for the week of Jan. 15

A sus­pec­ted drunk driver wreaks hav­oc in Brides­burg, in­form­a­tion about the new LOOP dead­line, and oth­er news in brief for this week

Sus­pec­ted drunk driver crashes in­to cars, house in Brides­burg

A man driv­ing a box truck was taken in­to po­lice cus­tody after he drove in­to sev­er­al parked cars and a home last week. 

The in­cid­ent oc­curred at about 2 a.m. on Tues­day, Jan. 7 on the 4200 block of Rich­mond Street, ac­cord­ing to 6ABC.  

The driver ran in­to three cars, knock­ing one in­to a fire hy­drant, and then in­to the front of a house. 

A 79-year-old dis­abled wo­man was in the house at the time of the in­cid­ent. There were no re­por­ted in­jur­ies, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. 

The driver re­mained at the scene fol­low­ing the crash and was placed un­der ar­rest by po­lice un­der sus­pi­cion of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence. 

The in­cid­ent re­mains un­der in­vest­ig­a­tion. ••

New LOOP Dead­line

The dead­line to ap­ply for the Long­time Own­er Oc­cu­pants Pro­gram (LOOP) tax re­lief pro­gram has been ex­ten­ded to Feb. 17. 

Fair­mount res­id­ents and many oth­ers have seen sig­ni­fic­ant in­creases in their prop­erty taxes due to the ac­tu­al value ini­ti­at­ive  (AVI).  The LOOP pro­gram is for Phil­adelphia prop­erty own­ers who have lived in their home for at least 10 years, their as­sessed mar­ket value is three times great­er than pri­or years, and their house­hold in­come does not ex­ceed pre-de­term­ined lim­its (i.e. $95,050 for house­hold of 2 in­di­vidu­als or $118,800 for house­hold of 4 in­di­vidu­als). 

Eli­gible par­ti­cipants will re­ceive a one-time 10-year abate­ment on their prop­erty taxes. Many 19130 prop­erty own­ers may be eli­gible for this pro­gram. 

Vis­it ht­tp://­­px to re­view all eli­gib­il­ity re­quire­ments or call 215-686-9200 for more in­form­a­tion. ••

Loc­al PECO cus­tom­ers set en­ergy de­mand re­cords

It’s been a re­cord-break­ing start for PECO cus­tom­ers this new year, with the re­cent arc­tic tem­per­at­ures caus­ing de­mand for elec­tri­city and nat­ur­al gas to skyrock­et. 

Elec­tri­city de­mand for PECO cus­tom­ers reached 7,148 mega­watts (MW), break­ing the pre­vi­ous winter en­ergy use peak of 6,852 MW set in 2007. 

Nat­ur­al gas de­mand totaled 759,5000 thou­sand cu­bic feet (mcf), shat­ter­ing the pre­vi­ous all-time winter daily total of 718, 362 mcf set in Janu­ary 2000. 

To en­sure cus­tom­ers’ safety dur­ing dan­ger­ous weath­er con­di­tions, PECO urges any­one ex­per­i­en­cing elec­tric or nat­ur­al gas is­sues to call the com­pany im­me­di­ately at 1-800-841-4141. 

PECO also re­minds cus­tom­ers to use en­ergy as ef­fi­ciently as pos­sible. ••

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