Government

 By Ian Romano and Megan Paolini

Bustleton: Zoning Code vs. the Northeast

Bustleton: Zoning Code vs. the Northeast

Councilman Brian O’Neill and the Zoning Code Commission’s executive director argued over zoning regulations at Wednesday’s civic meeting. The draft is the first citywide revision of the zoning laws in 50 years. Executive Director Eva Gladstein said parts of the code may apply to the Northeast more than other areas. One of those issues is […]

 By Jennifer Lee and James Shields

Germantown: 8th District City Council Candidate Robin Tasco

Germantown: 8th District City Council Candidate Robin Tasco

Robin Tasco is one of the seven candidates running for the 8th District City Council seat. The Germantown resident describes herself as an honest, transparent, accessible and straightforward individual. Before getting involved in politics, Tasco was the 59th Ward block captain and committee person within her community. “Because I was a block captain, I already was […]

 By Laurie Jamaitus

Powelton Village: Homeless Family Aid Faces Funding Cuts

Powelton Village: Homeless Family Aid Faces Funding Cuts

The People’s Emergency Center, located at 39th and Baring streets, dedicates each day to helping people and families in Philadelphia who are struggling with homelessness. It offers multiple programs including a GED program, emergency housing and other assistance. Melinda Brown, a workforce developer at People’s Emergency Center, has worked there for about a year and […]

 By Keith Collins

Strawberry Mansion: Philly Fights Childhood Obesity

Early in the morning at 28th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue a school crossing guard looked perplexed when asked where the corner store was. The look on her face seemed to ask, “Where isn’t there a corner store?” She pointed across the street. “Right there,” she said. Then she pointed back toward 27th Street. […]

 By Ian Romano

Northeast: Mayfair Saw Millions in State Funding Last Decade; Neighbors Envious

Northeast: Mayfair Saw Millions in State Funding Last Decade; Neighbors Envious

About $10.6 million was funneled directly to the Mayfair Community Development Corp. since 2000, granted from the State Department of Community and Economic Development, according to its website. Much of it went into street cleaning and senior citizen programs. The document states $800,000 was used toward the Devon Theater. The same state department gave the […]

 By Matthew Beck and Rebecca Arden

Ridge Avenue: From Temple University Student to Campaign Manager

Ridge Avenue: From Temple University Student to Campaign Manager

Behind every good election campaign are dedicated workers and volunteers to help get the winning edge. While most are experienced politicians, others are young, motivated workers ready to take on the everyday duties of a successful campaign. Laura Frank, a former Temple University student, was called upon to be the campaign manager of the Verna […]

 By Jennifer Lee and Trey Shields

Northwest: Residents Voice Concerns for City Council Candidates

Northwest: Residents Voice Concerns for City Council Candidates

Eighth District Northwest community residents had the chance to voice their concerns during a voter forum called “Eyes on the Eighth.” With seven candidates running for the 8th District City Council seat, which include the neighborhoods of Germantown, Logan, Nicetown, Tioga, Ogontz, parts of Hunting Park, Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill, community members wanted the […]

 By Ian Romano

Mayfair: Boyle Looks to Keep Community Center Running

Mayfair: Boyle Looks to Keep Community Center Running

As the freshman state House member addressed a campaign stand he made in the fall, Rep. Kevin Boyle said he will do his best to keep Mayfair’s community institutions alive. “Mayfair is the heart of Northeast Philly,” Boyle said. “We can’t have a strong Northeast Philly without having a strong Mayfair.” The 172nd District’s representative […]

 By Ian Romano

Mayfair: Indicted Politician’s Name on a Community Center Sparks Debate

Mayfair: Indicted Politician’s Name on a Community Center Sparks Debate

Bob Dillon may look rusty, but the 68-year-old pitcher said he still has a lot of fight left. He and his teammates work out at the John M. Perzel Community Center every Friday in the winter to warm up for the Philadelphia Senior Softball League season. “We’ve been coming here for a couple of years […]

 By Maria Zankey

Northeast: Free Library System Depends on Federal Funding

Northeast: Free Library System Depends on Federal Funding

Frank Peterson interacts with patrons of the Free Library System on a daily basis. Peterson, the head of the newspapers and magazines department at the Northeast Regional Branch, has been working at the second-largest branch of the Free Library near the intersection of Cottman and Bustleton avenues for more than 30 years. “I’m an old-timer,” […]