Politics

 By Rebecca Savedow and Steve Boese

Germantown: 8th District Candidate Greg Paulmier

Germantown: 8th District Candidate Greg Paulmier

If there was ever a community politician, Greg Paulmier would be it. Block by block, the Germantown native is recognized by residents with friendly hellos and support for his upcoming race. Paulmier is running for the 8th District Council seat that will be vacated by Donna Reed Miller. Miller, the current councilwoman for the 8th […]

 By Jennifer Klimowicz and Saleem Ahmed

Northeast: Henon Running for City Council

Northeast: Henon Running for City Council

City Council candidate Bobby Henon and his supporters have set up shop on Frankford Avenue in preparation for the May 17 Democratic primary against Martin Bednarek. Henon is running for Philadelphia’s 6th District in hopes of filling the soon-to-be-vacant seat of retiring incumbent Joan Krajewski, who has held the position since 1979. If Henon wins […]

 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 Steve Boese and Rebecca Savedow

Germantown: The City Council Election

Germantown: The City Council Election

Politics can be a fickle field, especially at the local district level. Sometimes, the person with the most money wins. Sometimes, the person with the best plan wins. What all politicians need, however, is an image in the community they want to represent. Current 8th District Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller had that, which enabled her […]

 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,” […]

 

Technology: Bridging the Digital Divide

Technology: Bridging the Digital Divide

According to a recent National Telecommunications and Information Administration report, 40 percent of Americans do not have broadband access. In Philadelphia, that number is slightly higher–48 percent, according to the Philadelphia Division of Technology. The grant money awarded to Pennsylvania through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program–a part of President Barack Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act– […]

 By Kristen Mosbrucker

Germantown: Settlement Begins to Crumble

Germantown: Settlement Begins to Crumble

  The difficult issues of Germantown Settlement and its subsidiary Greater Germantown Housing Development Corp. (GGHDC) have been playing out in bankruptcy court like a bloodless coup d’état. The non-profit monopoly is being dismantled with apparently no recourse to restructure. Most recently, Chief Bankruptcy Court Judge Stephen Raslavich ruled that Germantown Settlement and GGHDC would […]

 By Brad Larrison

Brewerytown: Voters Cast Their Ballot in Less Traditional Venues

Brewerytown: Voters Cast Their Ballot in Less Traditional Venues

A storefront, a banquet hall, an auto tag store and even private homes provide a venues for residents to vote in Strawberry Mansion and Brewerytown. These polling places may be less traditional than the public schools or community centers voters are accustomed to. However, there is no reason to believe that the venue would effect […]

 By Kristen Mosbrucker

Germantown: Suspicious Fire at the YWCA

Germantown: Suspicious Fire at the YWCA

The pouring rain today drenched anything that might be left after a fire at the YWCA on Germantown Avenue next to Vernon Park. A local business owner said she thinks she knows who set the YWCA ablaze last night that injured two firefighters. She asked to remain anonymous. For over a month she said she […]