Northeast Times

 Articles by John Loftus

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.


Councilman proposes to change City Charter

City Councilman David Oh visits Northwood Civic Association session to discuss an amendment that would allow elected officials to run for offices other than their own without resigning.

City Councilman David Oh, who recently has been making the rounds of neighborhood meetings, on April 15 talked up his proposal to change the City Charter at the Northwood Civic Association session at St. James Church on Castor Avenue.


Parkwood Civic elects new president

The Parkwood Civic Association has a new president.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Sorrow, loss felt on anniversary of firefighters’ deaths

There was only some silence in their sadness.


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.