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.


Laws in motion

Baldi Middle School students enjoy an unusual lesson on Sir Isaac Newton’s laws of motion.

There were Velcro walls and giant soccer balls in Baldi Middle School last week. There also was some extreme wrestling that was part of a lively and entertaining multimedia musical show designed to kick up understanding of, and, perhaps, a keener interest in, science.


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.


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.


If you’re going to file an assessment appeal, don’t wait

Deadline for appeal applications is Oct. 7

If you’re going to appeal your property’s new city assessment, you don’t have much time left to do it.