Northeast Times

 Articles by John Loftus

Bustleton Civic says farewell to 7th Police District captain

Capt. Joseph Zaffino is retiring on Feb. 28 after more than 32 years on the police force.

Members of the Greater Bustleton Civic League last week supported, opposed and tied on neighborhood zoning questions, heard about the temporary closing of a local firehouse and said goodbye to the commander of the 7th Police District.


DA’s office appeals reversal of sex scandal conviction

District Attorney Attorney Seth Williams is not going to sit still for a reversal of the historic child endangerment conviction of Monsignor William Lynn and is appealing that Dec. 26 Superior Court ruling to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.


Plans to renovate Lackman Rec to be discussed at meeting

The Lackman Rec Center sits on 11.7 acres in Bustleton. It has a pool, a nice one, and ballfields, basketball courts, playground equipment and tennis courts, but City Councilman Brian O’Neill feels it’s underused.


Kmart to close in April

The Kmart at 900 Orthodox St. will close by late April, the discount retailer’s parent, Sears Holding Co., announced last week. The company also is shuttering its Center City store at 901-99 Market St. 


DA’s office appeals reversal of sex scandal conviction

Petition was filed with the state Supreme Court on Monday.


Teen sought in Fels fight

Police are looking for a teen who assaulted a city police officer Jan. 16 in what became a confrontation between juveniles, the cop and school district police near Samuel Fels High School that resulted in four arrests.


Bill will deny welfare to sex offenders who skirt Megan’s Law

Sex offenders who don’t register with authorities as required by state regulations won’t be able to collect welfare benefits if a bill co-sponsored by local legislators becomes law.


Residents discuss neighborhood concerns at Police Service Area 1 meeting

Cigs, drugs and locked-up buildings were the concerns residents brought to last week’s Police Service Area 1 meeting at Aria Health’s Frankford campus.


Improvements to Frankford discussed at PhillyRising meeting

PhillyRising’s new Frankford coordinator Sanya Brown last week asked residents what they wanted to see in their neighborhood.


Bustleton zoning board hearing delayed

A yearslong zoning duel between a Bustleton resident and the neighborhood’s civic group has been delayed.