Northeast Times

 Articles by Lillian Swanson

Traffic Court must go

The other shoe dropped at Philadelphia’s Traffic Court and to us it sounded more like a sneaker hitting the carpet than a combat boot hitting the floor.


Whew!

Could you hear the sound of fellow Northeast residents exhaling last week as more information began to emerge about the new property tax assessments?


A bad bet

Sometime over the last 41 years, the Pennsylvania Lottery has become as much a part of our daily lives as listening to the radio on the way to work or turning on the porch light at night.


Wading into the fray over guns and bullets

A week ago Tuesday, even as we were putting finishing touches on a Page One story about postcards from the past, I began talking with reporter Bill Kenny about the gun show story you see on this week’s cover.


Shero's lawyer says abuse 'never happened'

  The case against a former St. Jerome school teacher rests on the believability of a former Northeast man who testified Bernard Shero molested him in the late 1990s, a defense lawyer told jurors this morning.


Holidays are over, but the need doesn’t end

At my house, the Christmas stockings still hang from the mantel, even though they are empty now and the treats they once held have moved into the mainstream of our daily lives.


School officials discuss ways to guard against shootings

Prepare, but don’t scare: That’s the new mantra for dozens of Northeast Philadelphia schools in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., school massacre.


Hey, look us over, lend us an ear…

With this new column and the new year, I’m hoping to begin a regular conversation with readers about the Northeast Times.


A record year for donations and requests

When we launched the annual Christmas appeal in mid-October, our goal was simple — to raise more money and help more people than we did last year.


Help for the holidays for 173 families and counting

So far this holiday season, the Northeast Times’ Eleanor Smylie Fund has collected $9,058 from readers who have donated to their neighbors in need.