Northeast Times

 Articles by William Kenny

Volunteers remove 28 bags of trash from Holme Avenue

Five months can seem like an eternity in the life of an urban park, especially when the proliferation of litter is concerned. So the Friends of Pennypack Park returned to Holme Avenue behind Nazareth Hospital for its latest park cleanup day on Aug. 22.

Prison guards indicted for smuggling drugs

In a series of indictments issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office last Wednesday, four Philadelphia correctional officers and two former officers were charged with smuggling drugs and cellphones into city prisons and delivering the contraband to inmates in exchange for cash.

Papal Visit Preview: ‘Popecopter,’ SEPTA schedule changes planned for NE

Northeast denizens who for weeks have been wondering how to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis during his sojourn to a local prison, or how to avoid the typical traffic snarls, have instead been getting a hard lesson in intergovernmental protocols — some may prefer to call it red tape.

Papal Visit Preview: A family of faith

A Somerton family is chosen to greet Pope Francis at the airport next weekend. 

Nuisance house, speed humps topics of Somerton meeting

The wait was over for dozens of Somerton residents on Sept. 8 as they finally got the opportunity to vent publicly about two neighborhood problems.

Fox Chase group unanimously approves tree removal

Jeanes Hospital will soon make a major improvement to its utility infrastructure at the expense of a very old tree. But fret not, tree lovers. The medical facility will plant about 30 new trees to replace the one it will cut down.

Coach gets 228 years in sexual abuse case

A North Philadelphia man who founded a youth football team in his neighborhood and who hung around another youth team in Rhawnhurst has been ordered to serve up to 228 years in prison for sexaully abusing five children and one developmentally delayed adult.

Burglar steals computers from St. Martin

An unknown burglar swiped computers valued at $5,000 from St. Martin of Tours School in Oxford Circle on Sept. 7.

Abduction attempt reported in Fox Chase

A 9-year-old girl who was walking home from Fox Chase Elementary School on Sept. 8 escaped an abduction attempt, according to police.

Teen robbers target taxi drivers in Frankford

It’s getting more dangerous to drive a taxi in Center City or even Frankford, for that matter, thanks to three unknown teenagers who are sought by Philadelphia police. Detectives believe that the same young men held up three cab drivers in four days in the same general area.