Northeast Times

 Articles by Tom Waring

Holmesburg Civic gives update on Ramp Playground

Leo Dignam, a deputy commissioner for the city Department of Parks and Recreation, last week told members of the Holmesburg Civic Association that work is progressing well at Ramp Playground, which is getting a new artificial turf surface.


Miles of Smiles

It’s always a ho-ho-ho happy time when the 7th Police District treats young people to a party.


It’s a medical miracle

Thwarted in its efforts to expand into Burholme Park, the Fox Chase Cancer Center enters a partnership with Temple’s health system. Both sides love the deal.


Students can vie for Rotary scholarships

The Rotary Club of Northeast Sunrisers and the Gundaker Foundation of Rotary District 7450 are offering scholarships to selected students who will be college juniors and seniors during the 2012-13 academic year.


Welcome to Wawa

The northeast corner of Tyson Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard has been barren since December 2008, when the Northeast Lincoln Mercury car dealership abruptly closed.


High hopes

Northeast native Jessica Barth has been hard at work building a film career. She’s hopeful that a movie by the creator of TV’s ‘Family Guy’ will be her big break.


After the election, it’s all in the numbers

City Councilman Brian O’Neill enjoyed a comfortable re-election victory last month, but an examination of the numbers indicates that it’ll be a little bit of a tougher fight in four years.


More Catholic schools could be closed for good

On Jan. 5, Catholics will celebrate the feast day of St. John Neumann, who served as bishop of Philadelphia from 1852-60 and founded the first Catholic diocesan school system in the United States.


Ex-firefighter dies; faced trial in road-rage slaying

Gerard M. Shaffer Sr., the former Philadelphia firefighter facing murder charges in connection with an April 2010 road-rage incident in the Far Northeast, died suddenly last week.


Bally Total Fitness is now LA Fitness

The recent LA Fitness purchase of 171 Bally Total Fitness clubs took effect last week, with the closing of one local club and a name change for another.