Northeast Times

 Articles by John Loftus

Lengthy terms ordered in child molestation case

Two men convicted of molesting a boy from St. Jerome parish asked for mercy last week, but got none. Mercy was Judge Ellen Ceisler’s to give, but she gave none.


Calling all green thumbs for citywide garden contest

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is inviting green-thumbed competitors to enter the 2013 Citywide Garden Contest.


Council sets 2014 tax rate

As expected, City Council on June 13 set a tax rate, or millage, of $1,340 per $100,000 of property value. Members also approved a $30,000 homestead exemption for owners who live in their homes.


Weathering the storm

With more than 10 hurricanes predicted for the 2013 season, now is the time for Northeast residents to prepare. 


Council looks at plan to sell liens for unpaid taxes

The people who don’t pay their taxes don’t pay in a big way. They owe the city more than a half-billion dollars, and to say that number irks those who do pay would be underplaying how big an issue tax delinquency has become. The city has ramped up its collection efforts, but each year’s taxes that go unpaid just spill more red ink onto municipal finances. 


Cop pleads guilty to sexually assaulting teen in Bucks

A former 2nd District police officer on Monday pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Trevose last year.


City Council passes tax rate and homestead exemption

City Council on Thursday set a tax rate of $1,340 per $100,000 of assessed property value and also approved a $30,000 homestead exemption, according to Jane Roh, spokeswoman for Council President Darrell Clarke.


A warm and fuzzy feeling

Baldi pupils with big hearts make blankets for kids who live in shelters.


Prepare now for a rough hurricane season

Philadelphia was largely lucky during hurricanes Irene and Sandy last year. This year, storms could be “extremely active.” Here's how to get a jump on them and protect yourself. 


Thousands of layoffs stun Philadelphia School District

More than 3,700 School District employees received pink slips in what could prove to be the largest job cut in almost 40 years.