Northeast Times

 Articles by John Loftus

Feeding the soul

Aid For Friends celebrates 40 years of providing food and friendship to those in need.

Back in 1974, Steve Schiavone’s mom, Rita, was a volunteer social worker at the Frankford Y when she started helping 11 homebound people with meals.


Cigarette tax goes into effect today

The cost of a pack of cigarettes is now two dollars higher.


Burglar raids computer store three times

An unknown man didn’t just break into a Mayfair computer store on Sept. 19, he became a repeat visitor there. Police say that the burglar raided the property three times early that morning and even changed his clothes in between his visits.


Zoning a hot topic with Parkwood Civic

A Cliffe Drive resident who built a deck that is closer to a neighbor’s property than allowed by city code last week got the overwhelming support of Parkwood Civic Association members for his application for a zoning variance.


Somerton couple does not sign forfeiture agreement

The District Attorney’s office last week said a Somerton couple wouldn’t have to worry about losing their home if they would sign an agreement that would end forfeiture proceedings against their Ferndale Street property. The couple’s lawyer, however, said they wouldn’t sign.


Residents urged to report vacant houses

The president of the Northwood Civic Association last week urged members to report vacant houses and abandoned cars.


Neighbors dispute planned expansion of Northeast mosque

A man who lives near a Northeast Philadelphia mosque is appealing a zoning board decision to allow the mosque to expand and build a 65-foot minaret.


Greater Bustleton Civic discusses ongoing zoning dispute

Members decided to continue a two-year legal battle with a property owner who is conducting a business in a Haldeman Avenue residence.


Frankford woman, 65, acquitted of animal abuse charges

Frankford’s “Cat Lady” has been acquitted of hundreds of animal abuse charges and intends to sue the SPCA for “destroying my life.”


2nd PDAC honors officers

Narcotics and burglaries kept 2nd Police District officers busy in April, May and June.