Northeast Times

 Articles by John Loftus

Hometown harmony

Sarah Boxmeyer, who grew up on Friendship Street in Mayfair, is the only Philadelphian in this year’s graduating class at the Curtis Institute of Music.

When Sarah Boxmeyer was 5, she saw a one-man band. One of the instruments he was playing was an accordion, and she was hooked. 


Franklin Mills roads will receive $1.5 million upgrade

Potholes in Franklin Mills’ driveways and parking lots generate a lot of neighborhood complaints, according to talk last week at the Millbrook Civic Association’s meeting at Calvary Athletic Association on Deerpath Lane.


Citizenship naturalization ceremony held at Northeast High

One hundred people from 46 countries changed nationalities last week and became American citizens during ceremonies at Northeast High.


On the campaign trail in the 179th district

The Democratic Party primary on May 20 should be an interesting one, especially in the Lower Northeast, where there are a few contested races. One of them is for the 179th Pennsylvania House seat now held by freshman state Rep. James Clay Jr. 


Animal cruelty charges filed against Frankford woman

The Pennsylvania SPCA last week filed animal cruelty charges against a Frankford woman who had more than 200 cats in her Fillmore Street home. The PSPCA filed 241 summary counts against 64-year-old Lanie Jacobson for unsanitary conditions and 44 counts for failure to provide veterinary care, spokeswoman Sarah Eremus stated in an April 29 news release.


15th PDAC honors officers

Those two guys on the 3300 block of Tyson Avenue late on March 11 were cops. That turned out to be bad news for the three other guys who were attacking and robbing a man. They’re now in custody.


Plant One Million project flourishes at St. Hubert

It was mild and sunny on April 25, a perfect day for planting trees. What better day to do it? After all, it was Arbor Day. What better place to do it than at St. Hubert High School for Girls on Torresdale Avenue? The symbolism was obvious. St. Hubert’s is a school that has grown, shown resilience and, yes, some toughness.


Parkwood Civic elects new president

The Parkwood Civic Association has a new president.


A new park, art gallery discussed at Frankford zoning meeting

Members of the Frankford Neighborhood Advisory Council’s Zoning Committee on April 10 heard about plans to create a park and an art gallery on the 4600 block of Paul Street. They also listened to a proposal for a parking lot on Orthodox Street for a Northwood charter school and a request to clarify a deed to garages on Haworth Street.


Liftoff for Northeast High SPARC program looks promising

Forget about dark matter and God particles. A lot of the universe seems to be paperwork. For the Northeast High students who want to explore space, the paperwork seems to be just about wrapped up.