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Armed man robs Castor Gardens bar 1

Surveillance image/Philadelphia Police

Surveillance image/Philadelphia Police

Police are looking for the man who robbed the Castor Bar, 6641 Castor Ave., Tuesday and attacked an employee.

The female employee was opening the bar around 7:30 a.m. when the suspect entered with a handgun. He asked for the bathroom when he saw the employee, but returned a short time later with a knife and demanded money. continue reading »

Two men sought for Castor Avenue Wawa robbery 0

Robbery surveillance footage/Philadelphia Police

Robbery surveillance footage/Philadelphia Police

Two men are wanted in connection with the July 25 robbery of the Wawa at 6935 Castor Ave.

One of the suspects paid for a drink to distract the clerk, while the second man reached over the counter to grab cartons of cigarettes. continue reading »

Elderly Castor Gardens man to be tried for wife’s murder 0


Louis Hartdegen, 75, will go to trial for the May 7 murder of his wife Judith, 74.

Judith Hartdegen died in the couple’s home on the 6700-block of Castor Avenue in what was first thought to be a home invasion. continue reading »

Castor Gardens man charged for wife’s murder, home invasion lie 0


The Philadelphia District Attorney’s office has filed charges against a Castor Gardens man for lying about a home invasion and the circumstances of his wife’s death.

Judith Hartdegen, 74, died Monday in the couple’s home on the 6700-block of Castor Avenue. Her husband Lou, 75, who suffered injuries, told police they couple had been victims of a home invasion perpetrated by a neighbor.

Police announced Tuesday that Lou Hartdegen had later confessed to killing his wife during an argument. Hartdegen is charged with murder, possession of an instrument of crime, abuse of a corpse, false reports, unsworn falsifying and aggravated indecent assault. He is being held without bail.

Northwood Academy Charter’s new wing unites all students under one roof 0

Valerie Jefferson, Northwood Academy’s Board President, and son Steven Jefferson, cut the ceremonial ribbon for the new wing (center). They are joined on stage by Northwood students, Northwood CEO Amy Hollister (raised arm) and to the right, Marc Collazzo, Chief of Staff for PA State Rep. John Taylor, and Northwood principals Cindy Carey and Patricia Mychack.

Valerie Jefferson, Northwood Academy’s Board President, and son Steven Jefferson, cut the ceremonial ribbon
for the new wing. Photo/NACS

It’s been six years since all of Northwood Academy Charter School‘s students attended class on a single campus.

With Tuesday’s dedication of a new wing, all 788 students will now learn at 4621 Castor Ave. continue reading »

Northwood Civic votes no on commercial use of residence 3


The Northwood Civic Association voted no on a variance request to operate a commercial business in a residential property. Image/Google Maps

At the Northwood Civic Association meeting Jan. 15, the civic voted to not support the request for a variance for 5260 Castor Ave.  The owner, Hazel Williams, was represented by her attorney Michael Etkin at the meeting.

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Northwood Civic Association votes in favor of Popeye’s, schedules clean-up 0


The Northwood Civic Association has scheduled a clean-up for the triangle at Adams Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard. Image/Google Maps

At the Northwood Civic Association meeting on Aug. 21, membership had no opposition to a proposal for a new Popeye’s Chicken at the location of the old beer distributor at 4501 Castor Ave.

Several other issues were addressed, including the need to clean up the triangle at Adams Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard.

You can read about details from the meeting on the Frankford Gazette’s website.

Highlights of Lower Northeast District plan include short- and long-term ideas 2


Image/Philadelphia City Planning Commission

In the lobby of a building filled with innovators, residents of the Lower Northeast District planning area gathered Tuesday to see the highlights of four months’ worth of ideas for Frankford, Summerdale, Lawncrest, Northwood, Oxford Circle and part of Castor Gardens.

The third and final public meeting for the planning district was set up as an open house at Frankford’s Globe Dye Works for residents to review the highlight of a plan that will be presented to the Philadelphia Planning Commission later this month. At the first two meetings, participants worked with city planners to identify their neighborhoods’ strength and weaknesses and develop suggestions for improvement. Transit, greenery and connectivity were themes that came up frequently.

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Final Lower Northeast District planning meaning set for Aug. 7 0


The third and final planning meeting for the Lower Northeast District is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 7 at Globe Dye Works [map] in Frankford.

The first two meetings – held in April and June – called on residents, business owners and other invested community members to talk about their visions for Frankford, Northwood, Lawncrest, Summerdale, Oxford Circle and part of Castor Gardens. continue reading »

Zoning, location and crime: How businesses interact with their neighborhoods [part 2 of 2] 0


Business on and around commercial corridors (like this one in Lawncrest) balance the pros and cons of those avenues' high traffic. Photo/Laura Robb

This is the second of a two-part look at three Northeast Philadelphia business corridors, the areas and around them and how those businesses impact their communities.

A community without businesses is a community failed. Businesses promote employment, provide services or goods and enhance other economic freedoms helping communities to flourish. Typically, these positive outcomes distract residents from any real concern.

However, occasionally businesses can attract the wrong kind of clientele. Amid the shoppers, strollers and neighbors can also be loiterers, criminals and drug dealers.

At June’s Take Back Your Neighborhood meeting in Castor Gardens, Lt. Thomas Macartney of the 2nd Police District spoke about some of the reported problems along Castor Avenue.

“One of the things we’ve been working on is the 6600-block of Castor Ave.,” Macartney said. “Between two stores on the corners at Castor and Magee, there has been some gang-related activity, including residents buying drugs.”

We compared statistics from CrimeReports.com of five blocks each of three commercial corridors in Northeast Philadelphia, examining police reports from Jan. 1 to June 23 of this year to determine how those avenues – all in the 2nd Police District – stack up. continue reading »

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