Articles by William Kenny

Aria, Jefferson Health executives confirm merger

“This is not a consolidation. This is really a shared community governance model.” — Dr. Stephen Klasko, president and CEO of Jefferson Health


Wissinoming to launch town watch

Community activists in Wissinoming will soon have another outlet for their public service. Two years after the Wissinoming Civic Association resumed its monthly meetings, neighbors are now forming the Wissinoming Town Watch in an effort to suppress local crime.


Wave that flag

About a year ago, Philadelphia’s City Council challenged its constituents to commemorate the history and symbolism of the American flag by displaying 10,000 “stars and stripes” throughout the city. The Mayfair Civic Association is trying its best to do its part.


SEPTA moves to keyless fares

SEPTA began its transition to a contactless card-based fare system on June 13 when it launched the SEPTA Key Early Adopter pilot program.


Mayfair residents hung up on pawn shop sign

A Mayfair pawn shop was on the receiving end of king-size criticism as members of the Mayfair Civic Association considered three zoning appeals during a June 20 community meeting.


Man faces homicide charges after Boulevard crash

A Central New Jersey man is facing homicide by vehicle and DUI charges in Philadelphia after he struck and killed a recovering addict outside a Northeast drug and alcohol treatment facility last Thursday.


Man admits bilking Medicare out of $66,000

Bassem Kuran started a private ambulance company in the Northeast in 2011 after federal authorities locked up his mom for using her own local ambulance company to bilk millions of dollars from Medicare.


Imagination station

 Tacony’s new library and arts building is uniting culture and community. 


Fire department: 911 calls should be emergencies

In 2015, the Philadelphia Fire Department’s emergency medical service responded to about 270,000 911 calls. That volume represented an increase of almost 25,000 from the prior year and more than 55,000 from 2007.


Doctor convicted for illegal prescriptions

Dr. William J. O’Brien III, a former Bustleton-based family physician, has been convicted of illegally dispensing more than a half-million prescription pills in collaboration with the Pagans Motorcycle Club, a conspiracy that netted the doctor about $2 million in proceeds from 2012 to ’15 and resulted in the overdose death of at least one drug user.