Northeast Times

 Articles by Lillian Swanson

Fund aids 103 families, more help needed

Because of the kindness of our readers, the Northeast Times this week was able to mail gift cards to 103 families who have let us know that they could use a little help at Christmas time.


Corbett talks business at Northeast Chamber meeting

— As the NE Chamber celebrates its 90th anniversary, the governor talks up the value of the private sector.


Why this community fund deserves a second look

This time of year, our mailboxes tend to be full of requests from charities, food banks and others who are asking us to donate to their causes.


Requests keep rolling in, so do the checks

Even though the temperature was in the 70s over the weekend, I pulled out my recipe box and began thinking about what to serve my family on Thanksgiving Day.


Are you one of the lucky ones who can help?

A good friend of mine, an editor at The Wall Street Journal, spent last week living in a tent in his basement. After the lights went out at his home on Staten Island, he and his wife and two young children started camping out in their cellar because it turned out to be the warmest spot in their house.


Steps on Oakland Street

Howard Snyder, a son of Oxford Circle, returned to his old neighborhood on Oakland Street a few weeks ago for a short trip down memory lane.


A time to give and a time to get

One of the hardest things for many of us to do is to ask for help. That’s why I give great credit to the readers who have contacted the Northeast Times over the last two weeks to ask for assistance during the Christmas holidays.


Philadelphia braces for Hurricane Sandy, closes schools and subways

Mayor Nutter announced that SEPTA's buses, trolleys and regional rail lines would halt service overnight Sunday. Schools and city offices are closed today, and the region is drenched in heavy rains. The worst gusts of wind from the Category One hurricane were expected between 4 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday.


Mayor Nutter declares a state of emergency in Philadelphia

The declaration will take effect at 4 p.m. Sunday. Three emergency shelters will open at that time, including one at Fels High School, 5500 Langdon St., in Northeast Philadelphia. The mayor encouraged residents who live in flood-prone areas, including areas around Pennypack Creek, to move in with family and friends or go to a shelter.