Far Northeast: Change in Districts Means New Representation for Some Residents

Far Northeast: Change in Districts Means New Representation for Some Residents

In 2016, Philadelphia will be going through a change. City Council districts will be changing and bringing areas under new direction and jurisdiction. The Councilmanic Districts bill, passed in 2011 by City Council, states the change to district lines, and that the new lines “shall not affect the elected members of Council during the term […]

 

Bustleton: Bengals Club Raises Enough to Break Ground on New Gymnasium

Bustleton: Bengals Club Raises Enough to Break Ground on New Gymnasium

“The dream will come true.” Those were the words of Bustleton Bengals Club gym director Vince Tarducci when describing the long process it had taken him and members of the Gym Committee to finally amass the funding to break ground on their new gymnasium. Tarducci, along with a five member Gym Committee staff that includes President Kevin […]

 

Oxford Circle/Rhawnhurst: Residents Voice Concerns About Noise and Parking.

Oxford Circle/Rhawnhurst: Residents Voice Concerns About Noise and Parking.

Philadelphia Police Captain Frank Palumbo listened to a woman explain how an unlicensed bar is eroding the quality of life in Oxford Circle. “Why is it so difficult to get these illegal clubs shut down?” asked the woman, who requested she only be identified as a member of the Oxford Circle Civic Association out of […]

 

Northeast: Chalfont Playground Gets New Equipment, Safety Features

Northeast: Chalfont Playground Gets New Equipment, Safety Features

Chalfont Playground, 4300 Deerpath Lane,  held its ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday evening. The nearly $700,000 renovation project was planned and designed by the city’s Parks & Recreation Department and the Department of Public Property. Councilman Brian O’Neill, R-10th, provided majority funding for the renovations, which the community took part in. Murals highlighting Chalfont Playground activities were designed […]

 By Raymond Boyd

Northeast: Residents Want to Raise Chickens in the City

Northeast: Residents Want to Raise Chickens in the City

This story is the first of two about backyard chickens in Philadelphia and the effort to legalize them. It’s done in partnership with NEastPhilly.com and NewsWorks. Almost a decade ago, the City Council met to discuss a bill proposed by Councilman Brian O’Neill, R-10th. The bill — written with help from the Health Department and the […]

 By Steven Mitchell

Northeast: Parkwood Community Garden a Go, Volunteers Sought

Northeast: Parkwood Community Garden a Go, Volunteers Sought

A community garden is in the process of becoming a reality for the residents in Parkwood with help from the community to politicians. With support from Councilman Brian O’Neill, R-10th, an 18,000-sq. ft. garden located next to the Community College of Philadelphia along Townsend Road can now happen. O’Neill has dropped an amendment to the zoning code that would […]

 By Jessica Lopez and Lucia Volpe

Parkwood: Residents Fight to Save Woods

Parkwood: Residents Fight to Save Woods

Residents have enjoyed the woods behind their homes as a place to walk their dogs or play with their kids. When the neighbors began seeing orange ribbon tagged to the trees, they wondered what was happening. It wasn’t until bulldozers cleared the land in early August that they realized they were losing their woods. Joe […]

 By Maryline Dossou

Northeast Philadelphia: Residents Take Action Against Bill Proposing to Legalize Bandit Signs

On Jan. 26, Councilman Curtis Jones, D-4th, formally introduced a bill, No. 120017, that would legalize the bandit signs that have been littering the streets and creating blight in the neighborhoods. The bill was co-sponsored by Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, D-3rd. “I can’t figure it out,” said Councilman Brian O’Neill, R-10th. “We’re trying to do everything […]

 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 […]