Northeast Times

 Articles by William Kenny

Somerton Civic discusses Streets Department projects

A roadway speed bump in Somerton was installed in August, then removed early this month amid complaints from neighbors.

A roadway speed bump caused a sudden jolt in Somerton when it popped up unexpectedly near the neighborhood’s SEPTA train station last month. But Streets Department Commissioner David Perri smoothed things over last week, announcing the removal of the bump.


Stray bullet kills pregnant woman, child

Megan Doto was an innocent victim, a pregnant mother of two who, while sitting in front of a Frankford home on a sunny Sunday morning, found herself in the crossfire of a callous gunman and his fleeing target, Philadelphia police say.


E. Torresdale Civic to change bylaws

One of the oldest civic organizations in Northeast Philadelphia has decided to give itself a facelift. The East Torresdale Civic Association unveiled proposed changes to its 49-year-old bylaws during the group’s monthly meeting on Sept. 8.


Two children hit by truck, critically injured

Two Northeast Philadelphia children were critically injured when a pickup truck struck them as they walked home from school on Sept. 10.


Father allegedly shoots, kills daughter’s boyfriend

Was it truly a case of mistaken identity or was something more sinister behind a Northeast father’s fatal shooting of a man inside his adult daughter’s bedroom, a man who turned out to be the young woman’s boyfriend?


Guilty plea in senior assault case

A Northeast resident pleaded guilty on Sept. 3 to assaulting two senior men in front of the victims’ grandson in the courtyard of a local apartment complex.


A swinging success

The Mayfair Playground was recently renovated, including new jungle gyms, swings and sliding boards, as well as a climbing net.

On a sunny, sweltering early September afternoon in Mayfair, the adults with beads of sweat bubbling on their brows sought out slivers of shade. But the children frolicked seemingly immune to the oppressive heat.


Volunteers remove 16 bags of trash during Pennypack Park cleanup

Eleven volunteers braved a rainstorm for the second month in a row to clean up a section of Pennypack Park along Holme Avenue near Nazareth Hospital on Aug. 23.


New video of diner robbery released

Philadelphia police have released new surveillance video of the Aug. 22 armed robbery of Mayfair’s Red Robin Diner in hope of identifying the gunmen. The video has been posted to the Philadelphia Police channel on YouTube.com.


Boy fatally struck in Castor Gardens

A 10-year-old boy was riding his bike almost a mile from his home at 9:30 p.m. last Thursday when an SUV fatally struck him in a Castor Gardens intersection, police said.