Northeast Times

 Articles by John Loftus

Cell phone buying machine ban moves forward in PA

The city has seen an increase in cell phone thefts. A state bill to ban machines which purchase old cell phones is moving forward on the grounds they offer phone thieves a quick payment.


Calvary pastor resigns after molestation allegations probed

Parishioners of Our Lady of Calvary Roman Catholic Church in the Far Northeast were informed at Masses today that their pastor, the Rev. John Paul, had resigned the post he had held for 13 years. Earlier last week, an announcement of the priest’s decision to leave, following allegations of sexual abuse of a minor 45 years ago, was posted on the parish school’s website. (See http://userweb.nni.com/OLC/ and click on “notes from the principal” on the left.)


Elected officials aim to keep Kraft plant open

State Sen. Mike Stack, state Reps. Kevin and Brendan Boyle and bakers’ union leaders today promised to do everything they can to make sure the half-century-old former Kraft plant at Byberry and the Boulevard doesn’t close, taking away the smell of baking Oreos and about 300 union jobs.


Homeowners appeal new assessments

More than 18,000 homeowners are appealing their properties’ new assessments with the Board of Revision of Taxes, an agency that typically sees between 1,000 and 2,000 appeal applications annually.


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.


Lincoln High field hit by vandals

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


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.


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. 


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.


Brotherly love

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