Archive August 2011

Boyle: Zoning Board decision on methadone clinic will take three weeks 0

Aug31

At a July rally, neighbors protested a proposed methadone clinic on Frankford Avenue in Holmesburg

“The Zoning Board of Adjustment will take three weeks to announce their decision on whether to revoke the permit for the proposed methadone clinic in my district,” State Rep. Kevin Boyle said after today’s hearing.

Neighbors joined politicians today in Center City as Councilwoman Joan Krajewski led the appeal on the clinic’s over-the-counter permits for a facility on the 7900-block of Frankford Avenue in Holmesburg. continue reading »

Perzel, Boyle give statements on Perzel’s guilty pleas 0

Aug31

This is part of ongoing coverage in “District 172: The Politics of Change after State Rep. John Perzel,” a collaborative effort with Philadelphia Neighborhoodsfunded by J-Lab.

John Perzel, former Pennsylvania House Speaker and 172nd Legislative District rep, pleaded guilty today as expected to eight of 82 counts of corruption, conspiracy, theft and conflict of interest.

Both Perzel and Rep. Kevin Boyle, who defeated Perzel in last fall’s election, have released statements about the plea:

“I have decided today that my fight has come to an end,” Perzel said in court. “The truth is that as the legislative leader of my caucus, I oversaw the spending of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds, and I bear the responsibility for the improprieties that occurred in the spending of those dollars.” continue reading »

Fox Chase Line improvements result in schedule changes 0

Aug31

SEPTA crews work on the Fox Chase Line along the 7800-block of Oxford Avenue.

Buses will be used to replace train service between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. this month on the SEPTA Fox Chase line from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 and throughout September.

The interruption in service is due to a tie replacement project on the Fox Chase Line. SEPTA has moved in a track gang to replace ties on the line and constructed a temporary rail yard at Rhawn Street and Elberon Avenue to stage equipment. continue reading »

Real NEastate: What if the house I’m buying was flooded? 0

Q: I am supposed to make settlement on Friday for a house that may or may not have been flooded in the hurricane. My mortgage lender said we might need to have a mortgage inspection before settlement. My walk-through is scheduled right before settlement. Should I be worried that the bank won’t give me the money for the house if it got flooded? And will it cost me anything for the inspection?

A: Prior to Hurricane Irene’s arrival, mortgage lenders were notified by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Fannie Mae that they may require an inspection of the property — before disbursement — to determine if there was any damage to the property. This would be done for your best interest. continue reading »

Pennypack Park concert rescheduled due to flooding 0

Aug31

Pennypack Park's stage flooding during Hurricane Irene. Photo by Tom Price.

Tonight’s British Invasion concert scheduled in Pennypack Park has been canceled due to flooding sustained during Hurricane Irene.

The plan right now, according to organizers, is to reschedule for either Sept. 7 or Sept. 21. continue reading »

Holmesburg methadone clinic permits to be reviewed by Zoning Board of adjustment 0

Aug30

An estimated 750 people attended a meeting at Lincoln High School to protest the methadone clinic proposed for the 7900-block of Frankford Avenue in Holmesburg.

A bus will depart Lincoln High School at noon tomorrow, carrying residents from Holmesburg, Mayfair and beyond to Center City, where a hotly contested methadone clinic will come under review at the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Councilwoman Joan Krajewski and others are expected to ask the city to remove the proposed clinic’s over-the-counter permit and prevent it from operating at Frankford Avenue and Decatur Street. continue reading »

Inside Solly Stables of Fox Chase 0

Aug30

Mare Carrie relaxing in her stall at Solly Stables

The stable sits between two twin homes where Tabor Road meets Solly Avenue in Fox Chase. Tim Martin has worked at Solly Stable for almost 20 years. He is currently the Head Hostler for the stable, which he said was built in 1955. Located at 1140 Solly Ave., the stable is currently managed by The Solly Stable Riders Association a nonprofit for The Fairmount Park Commission. continue reading »

Perzel expected to plead guilty to public corruption 0

Aug30

This is part of ongoing coverage in “District 172: The Politics of Change after State Rep. John Perzel,” a collaborative effort with Philadelphia Neighborhoodsfunded by J-Lab.

John Perzel, former 17nd District representative and former House Speaker, is expected to plead guilty tomorrow to charges of public corruption. He was set to go to trial this fall. continue reading »

Hurricane Irene impact in Northeast Philadelphia [VIDEO] 0

Aug29

Click to visit a larger version of the photo, taken by Joe Kaczmarek.

We knew Hurricane Irene would have an impact on the Northeast, only now are we started to get a better sense of what that impact was.

Above, photographer Joe Kaczmarek takes a shot of Northeast resident Hugh Owens, who just had his truck crushed at Solly and Castor. Find all of his work here, including a flooded Roosevelt Boulevard during Saturday night.

Sadly, though Owens was uninjured, as we reported this morning, a few people weren’t as lucky.

If you have photos, send them to info [at] neastphilly [dot] com, or use our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Below, we share some reader submitted videos and photos of Irene’s path.

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Photos: Seven Mile Road Church hosts annual community party 0

Aug29

Face-painters drew long lines at the Seven Mile Road Church Community Bash. Photo by George Mai.

Seven Mile Road Church in Pine Valley hosted its third annual community bash last weekend, opening its doors and grounds to the Northeast with sports, movies, face-painting, food and more.

Check out the slideshow below. continue reading »

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