Northeast Times

 Articles by John Loftus

A love story

Jill Landgrebe comes back home after work each day and does what most people do — eats dinner with her family and relaxes.


Bank robber sought

A brightly garbed young man robbed the First Trust Bank branch on the 1900 block of Cottman Avenue Monday morning.


Growing their credit

The fair weather has been kind to the tomatoes, peppers, watermelon and herbs growing next to the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union’s office on Townsend Road. There’s still some sweet corn, too.


AVI property assessment appeals deadline is Oct. 7

Realtor Chris Artur is appealing the new values the city this year put on properties he owns on Levick Street and Frankford Avenue. 


Voting is pitched as a matter of self-interest

Stephanie Singer doesn’t talk about “civic duty” when she encourages people to vote in the upcoming general election for city controller, district attorney and judges. One of the three city commissioners who oversee Philadelphia elections, Singer pushes the point that city residents have something to gain by voting, that there’s something in it for them.


Gunpoint robberies reported in Bustleton

Capt. Joseph Zaffino, commander of the 7th Police District, on Sept. 25 encouraged members of the Greater Bustleton Civic League to call 911 when they see trouble and to keep calling.


Drug problem is growing in Millbrook

Millbrook Civic Association members are worried about increased — and very open — drug use in their Far Northeast neighborhood. Members talked about seeing people of all ages smoking pot or shooting up heroin at all hours of the day.


Former Resurrection priest arrested on sexual assault charges

The former assistant pastor of a Northeast Philadelphia Catholic parish has been arrested and charged with repeatedly molesting an altar boy over a three-year period.


Fox Chase principal invokes community involvement

The new principal at Fox Chase Elementary wants the community to get involved with the school. And it’s a neighborhood Rob Caroselli knows well; he lives in Fox Chase.


Rep. Clay discusses illegal housing for recovering addicts

You could hear the frustration and the anger, and state Rep. James Clay got an earful of it in a loud, not always civil, public meeting last week.