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Vol 29 No 19
August 4 – August 10, 2017

Well, We’re Back!!!

So far, it’s been a rough year for the Westside Weekly. On February 17, we celebrated our 28th year of publishing this neighborhood newspaper.  The next day, the newspaper’s co-founder Barbara A. Johnson, the editor’s wife, died.  She died without seeing this notable edition. Following her death, the newspaper experienced a deep drop off advertisements that is needed to produce this product.  Then we took off seven – yes, 7 – weeks to allow the cash flow to catch up with bills.  It was also a time for this neighborhood editor to try to clear his mind; I’ve learned it’s not easy to adjust to life you shared with a woman for some 50 years. Based on the number of phone calls, many in the neighborhood missed the Westside Weekly.  I appreciate your calls, your prayers and your words of condolences. Well, were back.  This is a fresh start for this newspaper and me.  And, now, I am swolling my pride and asking my readers to help the Westside Weekly and me for the second time in its 28 years.  I am asking for donations to help ease a financial burden that many newspapers have experienced during this time of change and tight resources. Your neighbors were very generous in helping kick start this newspaper with mostly $5 donations during the early years in the 1990’s.  If you can find it in your hear to help this “for profit” mom/pop company”


As neighbors, this community and this newspaper have always tried to be there for you when family tragedies strike and we’re celebrated your achievements.

I want to continue that tradition for a little while long as your friendly neighborhood editor.

Contributions can be sent to:

Westside Weekly
P.O. Box 19437
Philadelphia, PA 19143

Barbara and Tyree Johnson thank you.






5 thoughts on “Home

  1. Thanks goes out to you and your wife for your service. I live outside of the Westside Weekly Community. So I would come to the residence weekly to pick up my paper because I loved and look forward to getting all the community information, especially about flea markets. As a result, I met your wife Barbara who ALWAYS greeted me friendly and with a smile, talking to me as if she’d already knew me; so after doing it weekly, I started to look forward to staying a few minutes longer and having great conversations with her. She will surely be missed. My condolences goes out to you and your family. My Barbara Rest in PARADISE!

  2. I thank you for your years of service and great work all these years.I give you and your wife my Blessings. GOD bless you.

  3. Hello,
    A couple weeks ago I mentioned to my mother that I planned to place an ad in your paper. My mother informed me that she missed receiving a Westside Weekly for three weeks. Today she informed me that she still have not received a Westside Weekly.
    Anxious for your return.
    ComproTax Mobile Office

  4. Tyree:
    I wanted to make sure you saw the following press release issued by the current leadership of PABJ.
    The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists Mourns the Loss of Barbara Johnson

    I am sorry for your loss Tyree. The funeral service honored a remarkable woman. If I can be of any help in the future, let me know.

    Vincent Thompson
    Thompson Mediaman Communications
    215-279-4951 (personal cell)

  5. Hello, I’m writing to see what happened to the
    Westside Weekly. Have you all stopped printing the paper for good or, is it just temporary? I would appreciate some feed back

    Thank you

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