Northeast Times

 Articles by Lillian Swanson

We bid farewell to a key newsroom editor

Longtime Northeast Times community editor set to retire. 


Doomsday cuts

The Philadelphia School Reform Commission last week adopted a “Doomsday Budget” that is a blueprint for what would happen to the city’s public schools in the fall if the school district does not get additional money.


Editorial: Upper what?

We were startled on Sunday when we opened an email from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia with a headline that told us of the imminent merger of Catholic parishes in “Upper” Northeast Philadelphia.


‘I was scared, scared as hell’

Anthony Lapkiewicz of Rhawnhurst recalls fighting in one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.


Starting over

Sometimes, when things get really convoluted, the smartest thing to do is to hit the reset button.


Martelli, student-athletes shine at sports banquet

St. Hubert’s Claire Alminde was among the last student-athletes to be called to the podium to receive her award at the 28th annual Northeast Sports Awards banquet, but she seemed to speak for all the others when she stepped up to the microphone. 


What happened to those photos?

When the timestamp on an e-mail from a colleague is 2 a.m., you know that the news is not likely to be good. So, it was with some trepidation that I opened the note from Brandon Chamberlain, who was at the plant on the night we made the switchover to a new printer. His e-mail gave me the first hint that the photos in last week’s edition were going to be too dark.


Editorial: Sizing up Sharrif

The National Football League measures just about everything when it comes to the super-size human beings who are invited to join the ranks of professional football.


Along with dance, a lifetime of memories

On a sun-baked Saturday afternoon, two big parking lots behind George Washington High School were jam-packed, and more cars lined almost every inch of the driveway around the school.


Editorial: What’s proper?

This week’s cover story on the deep fracture between Philadelphia firefighters and Mayor Nutter originally was scheduled to be published on April 10. But the weekend before, Fire Capt. Michael Goodwin of Northeast Philadelphia lost his life when a roof collapsed beneath his feet as he battled a blaze in Queen Village.