Northeast Times

 Articles by John Loftus

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. 


Lottery commercial filmed at Tiffany Diner last week

A 30-second commercial for a new Pennsylvania Lottery game that will begin airing in July was made right here in Northeast Philly.


Father, son arrested in home burglary

The arrest of two men in a late March burglary try was one of the neighborhood issues discussed at the April 8 meeting of Normandy Civic Association members at the Norcom Community Center.


Sorrow, loss felt on anniversary of firefighters’ deaths

There was only some silence in their sadness.


Morrell Park resident granted zoning permit

A Morrell Avenue resident who wants to operate a skin-care business in her home won’t be going before the Zoning Board of Adjustment.


One injured in Rhawnhurst house fire

One person was injured in a Rhawnhurst apartment house fire early April 10. Capt. Clifford Gilliam said firefighters from Engine 18 were dispatched to the 8200 block of Roosevelt Boulevard at 1:11 a.m. and arrived there two minutes later to find flames coming from the basement of the three-story building.


2nd PDAC honors Officer of the Month

Members of the 2nd Police District Advisory Council honored Baldomiro Soares as the district’s February Officer of the Month during their April 8 meeting at the Philadelphia Protestant Home on Tabor Avenue.


15th PDAC elects board members

Members of the 15th Police District Advisory Council elected board members during their March 31 meeting at the Mayfair Community Center. Alan Leppert, of One Step Forward, is the organization’s new president. Joe Valecce of Council 21 Glassers was elected as the board’s vice president. Phil Pappas of the West Frankford Town Watch was re-elected secretary; Pete Specos of the Frankford Civic Association is back as treasurer; and Gina Panchella of the Northwood Civic Association again will handle public relations.


Zoners grant continuance; attorney needs more time

More than 10 Morrell Park residents and City Councilman Brian O’Neill (R-10th dist.) showed up at the Zoning Board of Adjustment last week to oppose a plan to operate a business in a Morrell Avenue home. They went home with a “no decision” because the zoners granted a continuance to applicant Maureen McKeown after her attorney, Joseph Beller, said he needed more time to prepare.


Dangers of juvenile crime topic of Stakeholders meeting

Juveniles as young as 15 years old can get themselves deep in grown-up trouble in Pennsylvania and find themselves in prison for life, according to Deputy District Attorney George D. Mosee Jr.