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Far Northeast: Residents Want a Mayor Who Cares, and Better City Services

Far Northeast: Residents Want a Mayor Who Cares, and Better City Services

While Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods, the Far Northeast section tends to stand alone. The Far Northeast is one of the bigger sections of Philadelphia, with a combined population total of 231,756 compared to Philadelphia as a whole, which has 1.5 million people. It has an average household income of $61,812.71, a poverty rate […]

 By Kayla Devon and Liz Steinmentz

Somerton: Former Nabisco Factory Discusses Closing

Somerton: Former Nabisco Factory Discusses Closing

The sweet smell of cookies baking may be leaving the Northeast area for good, taking roughly 300 jobs with it as the former Nabisco-Kraft factory plans to shut down shop. Mondelez International announced to its employees on November 6 its plan to “consolidate” stores on the East Coast, which means closing the 57-year-old iconic factory […]

 By Shanice Richardson

Northeast: Families Get Help From Up-and-Coming Programs

Northeast: Families Get Help From Up-and-Coming Programs

Northeast Philadelphia has many different programs that help members of the community in different ways. Two programs that are relatively new to the area are Heart to Heart, run through the Klein JCC in Somerton, and the Rhawnhurst Naturally Occurring Retirement Community. Both programs are designed to help families that may be in the “fringes […]

 By Steven Mitchell

Northeast: After Scandal Charter School is Moving Forward

Northeast: After Scandal Charter School is Moving Forward

Updated April 26, 2013 The School District of Philadelphia has announced it “will not recommend any expansions of charter schools to the School Reform Commission (SRC) for the 2013-14 school year in light of a $304 budget shortfall, and the necessity for shared sacrifice among all participants in public education.”    Some charter schools in Philadelphia are […]

 By Jessica Lopez and Lucia Volpe

Somerton: Playground Represents More Than a Space for Recess

Somerton: Playground Represents More Than a Space for Recess

Rev. Joseph Garvin addressed students at St. Christopher School from a very different pulpit during a playground dedication held on Friday. Students gathered around the new playground, complete with four slides and plenty of equipment to climb, cheering on their pastor who stood at the top of the blue plastic tower. They exuded school spirit from […]

 By Matt Flowers and Maryline Dossou

Somerton: Exposed Train Tracks Pose Risk to Youth

Somerton: Exposed Train Tracks Pose Risk to Youth

  The recent removal of foliage from around electrical lines near a popular athletic field sent a strong shock through members of the Somerton Youth Organization because of a dangerous condition that removal created. Work by a tree-cutting company to eliminate plant growth interfering with those power lines at the Somerton Youth Organization facility exposed […]

 By Matt Flowers and Maryline Dossou

Northeast Philadelphia: Mixed Martial Artists Ready to Rumble

Northeast Philadelphia: Mixed Martial Artists Ready to Rumble

Xtreme Caged Combat will be bringing some of the best fighters in mixed martial arts (MMA) to the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia on April 21. XCC consistently promotes the biggest MMA events in the tri-state area and has groomed some of the top competitors in the sport today.  One fighter on the rise […]

 By Megan Paolini and Ian Romano

Somerton: Lou DeCree Wins Keep Philadelphia Beautiful Appreciation Award

Somerton: Lou DeCree Wins Keep Philadelphia Beautiful Appreciation Award

Lou DeCree, president of the Daniel Boyle Athletic Program, was awarded the token of appreciation award by Keep Philadelphia Beautiful Friday. Phoebe Coles, the not-for-profit’s executive director, said she appreciates his effort to make Somerton’s parks enjoyable. She considered DeCree as a recipient after reading an article about him on NEastPhilly.com. “Mr. DeCree fits all […]

 By Ian Romano and Megan Paolini

Somerton: Baseball with Honor

Somerton: Baseball with Honor

“Hey guys, let’s go. Third base needs to be raked, first based needs to be raked. There’s a lot of work left to do,”  said Lou DeCree as he yelled over to the group of  seventh graders playing on the nearby tennis courts. This group of boys worked for the past two hours, by picking […]

 By Megan Paolini and Ian Romano

Northeast: Out On the Town Magazine Helps Promote Local Music

Northeast: Out On the Town Magazine Helps Promote Local Music

Angel Casiano, a local musician from Morrell Park, has been playing music all his life. In 1988 he started touring with various bands which took him around the world. Now he’s back in Morrell Park playing guitar, singing and producing his second CD. For about the past 15 years he’s also been writing for Out […]