Northeast Times

 Articles by John Loftus

Warming hearts one blanket at a time

Janet Geissler has a warm place in her heart for sick kids. Key in on the words, “warm” and “heart.” For the last decade, the Burholme resident and an army of volunteers have been making soft, warm blankets to be distributed to ill children in and around Philadelphia by Project Linus. Kids in hospitals like Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia or St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children are the recipients.


Frankford Y is free of debt and free to be used again

The Frankford Y at Leiper and Arrott went from community asset to community eyesore in the four-plus years since it closed in mid-2009.


Brotherly love

Jared Brito can recall dying. It’s kind of a cute story.


Mayor visits NE Chamber of Commerce

Being the business community’s biggest cheerleader is part of the gig for Philadelphia’s top elected official, and Mayor Michael Nutter fully lived up to the role last week as he paid a visit to the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.


City offers some property tax aid

In mid-October, the city announced it will help some homeowners who have fallen behind in paying their property taxes to get current and stay current. They can accept that help, or else face foreclosure. 


Lincoln High field hit by vandals

Vandals did an estimated $50,000 in damage to Lincoln High Schools athletic field in early September.


Frankford Y set to be restored

Some new life has been breathed into the long-vacant New Frankford Community Y building at Leiper and Arrott streets.


Automated purchasing machine ban moves forward

The machines offer quick cash for small electronics, and some feel the easy money fuels rising smartphone thefts.

A bill that outlaws automated purchasing machines like the two in Franklin Mills was voted favorably out of committee last week.


DA drops molestation charges against priest

A former Northeast assistant parish pastor won’t be tried on charges he molested a young altar boy more than a decade ago.


Ex-teacher wants Wilson’s art out of storage

Retired science teacher Marilyn Krupnik has a good idea what she wants done with scores of paintings that were removed from the Wilson Middle School in 2003 and 2004 and put into storage.