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Lighthouse Chapel International moving into Northeast Community Center 0

Photo/Kayla Devon

Photo/Kayla Devon

The Northeast Community Center on Holme Avenue won’t be empty for very long. New tenants from Lighthouse Chapel International should be moving in within the week, but the community is still concerned with the parking and the pool.

TD Bank foreclosed the property a year ago when the owners, Phoenix Horizons, Inc., could no longer pay back the $1.1 million it borrowed to build an addition.

Rumors of possible buyers filled residents’ ears, but no one seemed likely except for Sant Properties, who came into play last spring. But the owners, brothers Ravinder and Hardeep Chawla — known for their previous legal issues with the city — backed out of buying the property because they couldn’t find tenants.

Jeff Fuchs, owner of Sabra Properties, bought the Northeast Community Center in October.Fuchs’ broker brought the property to his attention, and having known Stan Cohen, the previous owner working with Phoenix Horizons, Inc., Fuchs looked more seriously into the property.

Fuchs comes from a background of working with communities as an ex-vice president of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Philadelphia’s Klein Branch in Somerton, as well as being the President of Four Quarters Project, a multi-faith teen educational program. He still currently co-owns FLiCK Table Tennis and Performance Center on Blue Grass Road, where he also coaches table tennis players.

“I wanted to make the place something the community can use,” said Fuchs, who first sought out the previous tenants to give them back the space. With no such luck, Fuchs moved on and has been in contact with Home Circle Civic Association President Elsie Stevens about the wants and needs of the community, which included a daycare or “infant school type.”

“I wanted to do my due diligence and listen to the needs of the community,” Fuchs said.  continue reading »

Mayfair talks prisons, planning 0


Philadelphia Prisons Commissioner Lou Giorla

The Mayfair Civic Association met for the first time last night since its September meeting. Vice President Mike Williams led the meeting with board members Suzann St. Marie, Pete McDermot, Shawn Murphy and Donny Smith also in attendance.

Two of the highlighted speakers were Lou Giorla, prisons commissioner; and Ian Litwin of the Philadelphia Planning Commission. Below you can see video of both, who also spoke at last month’s Upper Holmesburg Civic Association meeting. continue reading »

Reader Photos: Mike LeCompt plays Pennypack concert 0



With Pennypack Park’s summer concert series in full swing, Northeast native Mike LeCompt played week three last Wednesday. Check out our calendar for the upcoming shows.

Thanks to Mayfair resident Donny Smith for the photos. You can see them all in this slideshow.

Readers’ Photos: Cottman and Frankford Flyers celebration 0

Photo by Donny Smith

Photo by Donny Smith

We received several dozen photos of the chaos at Frankford and Cottman Monday night in honor of the Flyers entrance into the Stanley Cup playoff. As promised, we’re not running any of the suggestive ones, but check out our slideshow to see the nearly 50 shots from the celebration. continue reading »

UPDATED Reader Submission: Mayfair slideshow 0

Hundreds of people packed Frankford Avenue May 15 for the May Fair. Photo by Donny Smith.

Hundreds of people packed Frankford Avenue May 15 for the May Fair. Photo by Donny Smith.

UPDATE (May 24, 1:40 p.m.) — New photos added to slideshow.

NEast Philly reader and proud Mayfair resident Donny Smith took some great photos at last weekend’s Fallen Heroes Run/May Fair/Community Day.

Hundreds of people came out, and more than $10,000 was raised for the Mayfair Memorial Playground and Hero Thrill Show. You can see all of Donny’s photos in this slideshow.

Reader Submission: Happy St. Patty’s (yester)Day 0


four-leaf_clover2We know, we know — St. Patty’s Day was yesterday. But we figured, why not spread the fun out over a couple days?

NEast Philly reader and Mayfair resident Donny Smith sent us his photos from last weekend’s Shamrock Shuttle, and there are some good ones! See if you can spot you, your group or something stupid you saw someone doing.

Enjoy the slideshow, and send us your photos.

Mayfair residents are split over the blue light 0



At the intersection of Cottman and Frankford avenues, high atop the street pole is a well-defined white police box that records daily activity.

Originally put up for safety reasons during the Phillies’ World Series before-and-after parties, the surveillance camera was used to aid the police in monitoring any suspicious or harmful conduct that the fans might have tried during the games.

To warn participants that they are being filmed, a constant, flashing blue strobe light pulses just above the white box.

Surprising news came to many Mayfair residents after the baseball season ended and they were told at their town watch meeting that the camera wasn’t coming down. This fact angered more than a few members. continue reading »

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