Articles by John Loftus

The season of spending

This holiday season, consumers are expected to spend more on gifts, entertaining and socializing.   

Northwood Civic continues to discuss illegally rented properties

Northwood Civic Association members like the idea of a Northwood Academy Charter School proposal to put up banners on neighborhood streets.

Frankford Civic group pushes SafeCam program

Some members of the Frankford Civic Association want the police to have access to more eyes on neighborhood streets. They’ve formed a committee to explore ways to persuade local residents and businesses to register their private surveillance cameras with the police department.

Convicted priest dies in prison

The Rev. Charles Engelhardt, an Oblate of St. Francis DeSales who was in the process of appealing his 2013 child molestation conviction, died Sunday. 

Zoning decision reversed; NE mosque cannot expand

A 2012 zoning board decision that would have allowed a Northeast mosque to build a 65-foot minaret on its Boulevard property was reversed last week.

Veterans share war stories with Orleans students

William J. Myers had to pay for the helmet he wore as a Marine during World War II. The 89-year-old South Philly man still recalls the price with a smile. He was charged $2.87.

Ready for action

“Is ‘zam’ a word?” asked the boy who had run into Steve Schmidt’s office at the McIlvain Rec Center on Penn Street.

Building a presence

Rev. Jonathan N. Clodfelter is on a mission of peace. The Frankford rector has reached out to the mayor and police commissioner to help keep the neighborhood safe.   

Two Frankford parks to be renamed

A couple small Frankford parks could receive new names, and some residents who have been fixing up and maintaining the neighborhood green spaces have chosen to honor local good guys.

Preying on people’s fear, Ebola scams run rampant

Con artists love scares, and, right now, Ebola is generating panic and fear.