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NEast Links: crime updates, grave digging and more

Here’s a summary of the week’s Northeast news we didn’t cover. See others here. Philadelphia police officer Adrian Makuch, 49, has been charged with prostitution, solicitation, corruption of a minor…

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Suspect sought in Northwood attack

Police are searching for a man whom they say attempted to sexually assault a woman in a Northwood dentist office yesterday. A female employee was opening the office at Castor Avenue…

Inquirer: 2 Center City bike lanes may become permanent

Inquirer: 2 Center City bike lanes may become permanent Two Center City bike lanes have proven so successful that they should become permanent and new ones should be considered, according…

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Weatherization seminar held in Frankford by state representative

Inside the brightly colored, Spanish-classroom of the Sankofa Freedom Academy in Frankford, a handful of residents were imbued with the global impact and practical cost-saving of properly weatherizing a home…

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Third arrest in waiting room theft

A third suspect has been arrested in connection with last week's theft in Aria Health-Frankford's waiting room. Jannira Walker, 21, was arrested Saturday for theft, robbery and other charges. Her last…

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Parkwood Civic Association celebrates the holidays

Parkwood Civic Association members gathered in St. Anselm's school hall last night, but they didn't have a meeting. Instead, the board hosted a holiday party for the neighborhood, complete with an…

Food For Thought: Montesini's

In the mood for a quick bite or some fantastic pizza?  Montesini’s on Frankford Avenue in the Mayfair Shopping Center has delicious food at very affordable prices.  Whether you are in…

    • Matt Golas, Kellie Patrick Gates and Tom Walsh admire the citation

Grid Magazine, PlanPhilly win AIA awards

On Thursday evening, Grid Magazine and PlanPhilly were honored by the Philadelphia Chapter of The American Institute of Architects with the 2009 Lewis Mumford and Urban Design Committee awards. The association,…

SEPTA approves new contract; pilot study on sleep loss

The SEPTA Board finally put last month’s transit strike behind it on Dec. 10, when it approved, without discussion, a new contract with Transport Workers Union Local 234.The five-year contract…

    • The renovated Old City Mercantile apartment buildings at 20-30 North Front Street.

Preservation Row: A second life for Girard Warehouses

Once-at-risk historic, five-story buildings at 20-30 North Front St. in Old City went on the market in October and four are currently occupied. Project now seen as asset to community. Ongoing…

CDAG gets best practice tips; elects officers for 2010

The Central Delaware Advocacy Group today got hints on how to become more influential from another advocacy group, the Philadelphia Parks Alliance.CDAG also elected officers for the new year.Parks…

Lawmakers target Foxwoods

A group of state lawmakers from Philadelphia have asked the state gaming board to deny Foxwoods Casino’s request for more time to provide detailed plans of development.In August, the Pennsylvania…

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Holmesburg Civic Board unopposed in re-election

Many community organizations across the Northeast have trouble developing new leaders. That struggle, a stubborn agenda item at civic, town watch and other neighborhood meetings, was on display Tuesday night at…

    • The Historical Society of Frankford puts local, historical Christmas items on display for an event held Dec. 8, 2009.

Historical Society of Frankford hosts its annual holiday tea

The Historical Society of Frankford puts local, historical Christmas items on display for an event held Dec. 8, 2009. Christmas decorations and holiday keepsakes from Frankford families of the past were…

    • A satellite image of the Margeret-Orthodox station, which sits above Frankford Avenue in Frankford. Image from Google Maps.

Margaret-Orthodox station rehabilitation project community meeting recap

A satellite image of the Margeret-Orthodox station, which sits above Frankford Avenue in Frankford. Image from Google Maps. The details of an estimated $25 million, three-year rehabilitation of the Margaret-Orthodox elevated-train…

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Abington suspect on the loose in Somerton

A man wanted by Abington, Montgtomery County police officers is on the loose in the Northeast. His car was last spotted on the 1200-block of Herschel Road in Somerton,…

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Tough talk about New Urbanism

Dec. 9By JoAnn GrecoFor PlanPhillyUnder chandeliers flickering with simulated candlelight, and nestled between the graceful symmetry of Ionic columns, architects and other associated fans of traditional buildings filled…

First Philadelphia Public Forum on Marcellus Shale Drilling

Both the Delaware River watershed and the Schuylkill River watershed, which combined provide 100% of Philadelphia’s drinking water, are potentially at risk from the toxic chemicals and other hazardous byproducts from…

UC Review: Market Street Revitalization Begins

UC Review: Market Street Revitalization Begins The University City District (UCD) is reporting that Market Street in University City is getting a facelift. Work began in November on a project…

    • Alan Greenberger and Eva Gladstein

New zoning code nearing end of first major hurdle

December 9, 2009By Thomas J. WalshFor PlanPhillyThe first major section – or “module” – of the city’s new Zoning Code is about to be completed, with the Zoning…

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