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    Aker Navy Shipyard must change its course

    When a shipbuilder gladly accepts a gift of $42 million in Pennsylvania taxpayer dollars to keep itself afloat, then turns around and hires out-of-state workers with that windfall, it’s time to change course.


    PROPAC narrowly rejects proposed Sepviva lofts

    Port Richmond community groups divided over market-rate apartment proposal as it heads to the ZBA.


    River Wards events for the week of Feb. 5

    Keep up to date on all the latest happenings in your neighborhood this week.


    River Wards events for the week of Jan. 29

    Stay up to date on what's going on in your neighborhood this week.


    2013: The Year in Review

    With this, 2013’s final edition of Star, we present a wrap-up of some of the most engaging, controversial and talked-about news stories in Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Kensington, Port Richmond and Bridesburg. It’s been quite a year.


    Council overrides mayor’s medical zone veto

    Council voted against the veto, 16-1. The bill would require zoning variances for medical offices and drug treatment facilities, such as methadone clinics, which recently were a point of contention at an EKNA zoning meeting.


    Neighborhood news in brief for the week of Dec. 18

    Read about a sinkhole in Northern Liberties, Rep. John Taylor's toy drive, PGW's latest work in the neighborhood, Standard Tap's donations to Philabundance, how to cut your taxes and more in this week's news in brief.


    Did your home’s value triple? City has a tax break for you

    Longtime residents who this year saw their homes’ assessments more than triple are being invited to participate in a program that could cut their 2014 taxes by hundreds of dollars. Last week, the city began mailing information about the Longtime Owner Occupants Program, or LOOP, to about 80,000 homeowners, said Mark McDonald, Mayor Michael Nutter’s spokesman. If they’re eligible, homeowners could see tax savings from a few dollars to thousands of dollars, McDonald said. Those tax decreases should average out at about $700, he added.


    Did your home’s value triple? City has a tax break for you

    Longtime residents who this year saw their homes’ assessments more than triple are being invited to participate in a program that could cut their 2014 taxes by hundreds of dollars. Last week, the city began mailing information about the Longtime Owner Occupants Program, or LOOP, to about 80,000 homeowners, said Mark McDonald, Mayor Michael Nutter’s spokesman. If they’re eligible, homeowners could see tax savings from a few dollars to thousands of dollars, McDonald said. Those tax decreases should average out at about $700, he added.