by Kayla Devon and Liz Steinmetz

Northeast: Roosevelt Boulevard: Fusing Pedestrian-Friendly with Auto-Centric

Northeast: Roosevelt Boulevard: Fusing Pedestrian-Friendly with Auto-Centric

  100 years ago Northeast Philadelphia didn’t look anything like it does today. Before the mid 20th century, Northeast Philadelphia was all farmland and trailer parks that was home to small Dutch communities like Fox Chase and Burholme who settled all-around the perimeters of the city. It was small-town America at its finest. That’s where […]

 by Kayla Devon and Elizabeth Steinmetz

Mayfair: Volunteers Install Adult Exercise Equipment

Mayfair: Volunteers Install Adult Exercise Equipment

Volunteers hustled around all weekend at Mayfair Memorial Playground at Lincoln High School to install adult exercise equipment and put in a seven-foot fence, which is Phase II of the three-phase update for the playground. Phase I of rebuilding Mayfair Memorial Playground happened two years ago when the Mayfair Community Development Corporation was granted $80,000 […]

 By Kayla Devon and Liz Steinmetz

Northeast: PFCU “Back-to-Savings Art Contest” Encourages Safe Spending Habits

Northeast: PFCU “Back-to-Savings Art Contest” Encourages Safe Spending Habits

The Philadelphia Federal Credit Union, located on Townsend Road in Northeast Philadelphia, recently held its second annual “Back-To-Savings Art Contest” for local 3rd through 5th grade students in the Philadelphia area. Students were asked to submit a form of work that illustrates their favorite, inexpensive activity and then describe what they like to do with the money […]

 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 Kayla Devon and Liz Steinmetz

Bridesburg: Franklin Towne Charter Women’s Soccer Team Competed For Third Championship

Bridesburg: Franklin Towne Charter Women’s Soccer Team Competed For Third Championship

Last week, the women’s soccer team at Franklin Towne Charter High School headed off to compete for their third consecutive championship in the Philadelphia Public League Final. Although the FTC soccer program is 10 years old and a championship winning team, they faced challenges against other longstanding programs in the Northeast. Head coach and 2012 […]

 By Kayla Devon and Liz Steinmetz

Mayfair: Abandoned Home And Disputed Back Lot Give Neighbors Headaches

Mayfair: Abandoned Home And Disputed Back Lot Give Neighbors Headaches

On the 3400 block of Ryan Avenue in Mayfair, residents are becoming increasingly concerned with the quality of their community. One boarded up home is bringing down morale and a disputed plot of land behind their homes is bringing the neighbors to a head with the Mayfair Community Development Corporation. A primary worry for residents […]

 by Kayla Devon and Liz Steinmetz

Northeast: St. Hubert Improves Morale And Enrollment

Northeast: St. Hubert Improves Morale And Enrollment

After being slated to close almost 21 months ago, St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls in Northeast Philadelphia is stronger than ever with two new administrators, high morale and increasing enrollment rates. On January 6, 2012, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that St. Hubert, along with West Catholic, Conwell-Egan and Bonner-Prendie, would close at […]

 by Kayla Devon

Northeast: Residents Continue to Battle ‘Brazen’ Scrappers

Northeast: Residents Continue to Battle ‘Brazen’ Scrappers

In Mayfair and Holme Circle, residents are battling brazen scrappers who are not only taking scrap metal from curbside garbage but also right from people’s yards. Scrappers are defined as those who take scrap metal from curbside garbage and recycling and sell the metal to scrap yards for a few extra bucks. Pick-up trucks with […]