Northeast Times

 Articles by John Loftus

The Watchmen

There are Philadelphia police officers and civilian employees who are sitting in a room in South Philly who can track a smartphone stolen in Oxford Circle, watch what’s going on at Arrott and Griscom streets in Frankford, search for a car believed to be involved in a murder and look for crime patterns.


Mondelez closes old Nabisco plant

The iconic old Nabisco bakery will be closed by early next year, the facility’s current owner, Mondelez International, announced today. Mondelez spokes­wo­man Laurie Guzzinati this afternoon said Mondelez was consolidating its East Coast operations and will invest heavily in facilities in Fair Lawn, N.J., and Richmond, Va. The company said 350 employees will lose their jobs.


Bustleton Civic says farewell to 7th Police District captain

Capt. Joseph Zaffino is retiring on Feb. 28 after more than 32 years on the police force.

Members of the Greater Bustleton Civic League last week supported, opposed and tied on neighborhood zoning questions, heard about the temporary closing of a local firehouse and said goodbye to the commander of the 7th Police District.


15th PDAC offers anti-burglary tips at meeting

That window air conditioner you turned off but didn’t put away after the weather turned cool might let in more than a draft. A burglar could just push it in, crawl into your home and walk out with your stuff.


Plans to renovate Lackman Rec to be discussed at meeting

The Lackman Rec Center sits on 11.7 acres in Bustleton. It has a pool, a nice one, and ballfields, basketball courts, playground equipment and tennis courts, but City Councilman Brian O’Neill feels it’s underused.


Kmart to close in April

The Kmart at 900 Orthodox St. will close by late April, the discount retailer’s parent, Sears Holding Co., announced last week. The company also is shuttering its Center City store at 901-99 Market St. 


DA’s office appeals reversal of sex scandal conviction

District Attorney Attorney Seth Williams is not going to sit still for a reversal of the historic child endangerment conviction of Monsignor William Lynn and is appealing that Dec. 26 Superior Court ruling to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.


DA’s office appeals reversal of sex scandal conviction

Petition was filed with the state Supreme Court on Monday.


Teen sought in Fels fight

Police are looking for a teen who assaulted a city police officer Jan. 16 in what became a confrontation between juveniles, the cop and school district police near Samuel Fels High School that resulted in four arrests.


Superintendent addresses Northeast Chamber

The end of last week was busy for School Superintendent William Hite. Still, he made it up to the Northeast.