Northeast Times

 Articles by Sam Newhouse

The gardens and farms are here to stay

From the efforts of Fishtown, Kensington and other Philadelphia residents with green thumbs, many unused lots in the city bloom each spring with gardens of well-tilled soil that bring forth vegetables to be sold locally or brought home by gardeners.


In deed fraud arrests, one victim has near-NoLibs properties

It was all discovered by accident.


Young anti-violence activist murdered in Kensington, investigation continues

With gun violence at the forefront of the nation’s conscience, a local family is reeling from the loss of their son and brother, a recent victim of the epidemic of gun violence here in Philadelphia.


FNA splits vote on mixed-use development on Frankford Ave.

However, a lively debate at the Fishtown Neighbors Association’s Zoning Committee meeting centered around neighbors’ concerns as to whether this development’s height, parking needs and presence on Blair Street would be out of character with the neighborhood.


Kensington property owner: ‘you’re taking away my future’

Kensington business owner Meletios, “Mel” Anthanasiadis said the city is literally taking away his retirement plan.


Kensington property owner: ‘you’re taking away my future’

One East Kensington businessman is among those who own property recently seized by the city through through eminent domain, a legal yet seemingly controversial government power. Now, he’s central to a conversation about city residents’ rights and the rights of the city itself, not to mention blight elimination in the neighborhood.


Vacant lots could become housing

Two large vacant lots on Front Street near Tiptop Playground were put up on the market by the city last month, and over 80 developers have already looked into the project, according to Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) real estate manager Liz Gabor.


Beloved Port Richmond pizza chef passes away

Barbara Cummiskey Tacconelli, 70, the co-owner of Port Richmond’s beloved Tacconelli’s Pizzeria, died on Dec. 22. The cause was heart failure, her family said.


Philly students of Sandy Hook victims: ‘We still feel their pain’

Newtown, Conn. is more than 170 miles from Philadelphia. And yet, some students from Kensington said that distance didn’t diminish the pain they felt upon learning of the mass school shooting there last month, which left 20 children and six adults dead.


Family of Port Richmond’s “Romney T-shirt girl” to sue

It started in a Port Richmond high school with a pink “Romney-Ryan” T-shirt. Now it may be ending in federal court.