Let there be light to help honor our fallen heroes
Only recently has it been brought to my attention the meaning of the blue porch lights I have seen scattered throughout Mayfair.
They are there to show public support for our fine Philadelphia Police Department. It seems this practice sadly was revived due to the unfortunate, recent loss of so many of our heroes.
I have to believe the reason for so few lights is the public is simply unaware. My blue light will shine every night, and I hope the word spreads so others may as well.
I thank my friend and co-worker, Mr. Kevin Borman, for informing me about this great way to show we are behind our brave men and women in blue. Kevin is the proud father of Kevin Borman Jr., Philadelphia police officer of the 3rd district.
Let’s light our blocks in a beautiful, thankful blue! Show your appreciation! May God bless Chief Ramsey, our police officers and firemen.
Methadone clinic can be a lifesaver
Do you methadone clinic protesters understand there are addicts who are dying because the clinics are full and do not have room for a single person? The drug addicts are in your neighborhood already. They deal and use right in your back yard, maybe even in your own homes. They are going prescription shopping at your doctor’s office and/or local hospital. When they realize they have a problem, where do you think they go to get help?
I’m not talking only about that junkie on the corner of the street. I’m talking about people you see every day who take more prescription meds than they should.
Methadone is not only for heroin. People who take Percocet, Vicodin or Oxycontin need it sometimes, too. Most adults have been on pain medication once in their lives. What if you liked it a little more than you should? You deserve to be forgotten and eventually die? Open your eyes, people.
What really made me laugh is when someone made the comment that Lincoln High School is close to the proposed clinic. That is the most drug-infested school in the district. More Lincoln students are going to need this clinic than anyone!
Parents, open your eyes! Where are your children? An even better question, who are your children? Take a look at them or that scruffy kid that lives next door. Give them one more shot at living normal lives! Don’t be so quick to join this fight. Do a little research first.
I am 30 years old and only know what I do because I pay attention to the people around me. Of all my old friends who I lost touch with after high school, 60 percent of them are in Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or belong to a methadone clinic.
If you don’t like it, you’re going to have to move out of Philly. Look at the 2nd and 15th police districts’ crime reports in this very newspaper. It’s sad to say, but all of those thefts and violent crimes are drug-related.
I remember a nicer, safer Philly, too. I wish we could go back to that simpler time, but we can’t, so the only option is to embrace this for what it really is — a lifesaving solution.
Clinic’s in a drug-free school zone
What about the drug-free school zone? Isn’t this a law in Philadelphia?
A drug-free school zone is an area inclusive of any property used for school purposes by any school, whether or not owned by such school, within 1,000 feet of any such property, and within or immediately adjacent to school buses.
It is any specific location in the community, especially an area where children congregate, that the citizens perceive as being a place where drug trafficking or alcohol availability problems exist, and the citizens decide to take action. Typically, communities have targeted schools and school yards, parks and playgrounds, public housing developments, and specific neighborhoods or city blocks.
Drug-free zones around schools offer communities one way to give students a place where they can play and talk without being threatened by drug dealers and drug users. Federal law and many state and local laws increase penalties for drug-related activities (methadone is a drug) in drug-free school zones.
William T. Muldoon
Help save Mayfair
I’ve lived in Mayfair all my life, but it’s becoming a ghetto. State Rep. Kevin Boyle and his crew have been great trying to help Mayfair.
Please join Kevin and his crew to block the methadone clinic that is planned to open on Frankford Avenue. It does not work. It’s not a rehab. It’s free drugs, free cell phones, free Transpasses for junkies. We’ve had enough at taxpayer expense. Good luck, Kevin. Thanks for helping Mayfair.
Mayfair’s movie night was a hit
Mayfair Recreation Center held its first summer movie night on Aug. 17. Special thanks to state Rep. Kevin Boyle’s staff, the Mayfair staff, TD Bank, Philadelphia Department of Parks & Recreation, Holy Terrors Youth Organization and local businesses that helped out with the event.
With the weather permitting, more than 300 people showed up to watch Toy Story 3 on the sports fields. With blankets and lawn chairs in hand, the community enjoyed the summer experience.
The event was promoted by Kevin Boyle’s office, which contributed to such an excellent turnout.
Family Movie Night was such a huge success that we look forward to continuing this event every year.
Mayfair Recreation Center
On taxes, controller is right on the money
Thank you to Tom Waring for his article on City Controller Alan Butkovitz (Dollar signs, Aug. 4 edition).
As the city’s financial watchdog, Butkovitz is one of the few elected officials who does his job well. He reports to the citizens where the city can better manage our tax dollars and issues recommendations for improvement.
Butkovitz was one of the first to ardently oppose the actual value initiative, which will raise our real estate taxes! The city claims this will be revenue-neutral. Bull! As a friend of mine recently said, revenue-neutral means more money out of our pockets and into the government’s.
The Board of Revision of Taxes said people were confused about their real estate assessments. Well, I’d rather be confused and stupid and pay less in taxes, than to be smart and poorer!
O’Neill challenger doesn’t have a clue
There were several letters last week regarding the 10th Councilmanic District, with Democrat Bill Rubin’s as one of them. He is trying to use sound bites and buzz words to separate himself from Brian O’Neill. He has no detailed plan that he is putting forward that will succeed. He uses 17 percent pay increases, half-million-dollar DROP payments, voting for Council president and city cars, etc., to inflame constituents to vote for him.
The vast majority of recipients are members of Rubin’s party. When he was in his city job, did Bill Rubin get reimbursed for travel expenses? That is why the Council people have cars for Council business only. Rubin also states that Brian voted “no” on property tax increases and they still went through. So who voted and failed to veto those increases? Answer: Bill Rubin’s party members.
His Republican turncoat offers up even more unsuccessful supposed plans of Rubin’s when he wants Council people to only have one job at $125,000 a year. Do we want leaders that would be satisfied with that and with their skills could only earn that amount of money? He also uses Rick Mariano as an example. Mariano had other jobs outside of Council and he still couldn’t keep his hands from taking illegal monies.
The best was his turncoat crony trying to associate Brian and his law firm with the Philadelphia Housing Authority. In my opinion, the PHA needed qualified competent lawyers to do the work for them. But look who is involved with the problems at the PHA: Bob Brady’s wife, John Street, Jannie Blackwell and Jonathan Saidel. All members of Rubin’s party.
I said that Bill Rubin wasn’t as qualified as Brian for councilman. Bill, due to these letters, my opinion is showing that you are a novice and rookie heading in the direction of not a clue.
O’Neill cares about folks in Pine Valley
I just want to say thank you so much to Councilman Brian O’Neill and his staff. They are so courteous and professional and always take care of us regular folks here in Pine Valley.
I am the mother of a 5-year-old who attended preschool at Lackman Playground. One snowy day in late February I took my daughter to school as usual. The entire entrance to the playground was covered in snow, making it impossible for us to take the little ones into the building. The teachers didn’t know what to do, so I called the councilman’s office. They had it cleared within an hour!
A few years ago, I called to have signs put up on our street because of speeding cars. We have a lot of children on our block, and I along with other parents were concerned for their safety. I called Councilman O’Neill’s office and they asked at what intersection I wanted the signs. They were put up so fast that I was shocked! Anytime I call the city or any other politician, they don’t do ANYTHING!! So again, I want to say thank you, Councilman O’Neill, for caring about us in Pine Valley and our children!!!
Bill Rubin is the right change
In last week’s letters to the editor section, I was happy to hear that John Hayes had the good fortune of getting a response from Councilman O’Neill’s district office to his troubling situation (Rubin backer seems like his P.R. manager). But he is wrong when he writes that is what is done for constituents on a daily basis. It is only done for some.
Let me reassure you, Mr. Hayes, I am just an average, on-time taxpaying, lifelong resident of Northeast Philadelphia. I have seen many changes over the years, and this community is ready for a change with Bill Rubin.
And yes, Mr. Hayes, I do support Bill Rubin wholeheartedly.
Let me assure you, I am in no way a public relations manager or a campaign manager. But thank you for thinking and saying so. What I am is just an average person living in a community that I love and exercising my First Amendment right. If you misinterpreted my position, feel free to look in to it. I am supporting Bill Rubin because he loves this community as much as I do and is ready to work hard to build a better one.
And while I enjoy reading opinions in the Northeast Times, the flavor of your article left me with a sense that “the heat may be getting a little too high.” Perhaps there is a burning need to share?
Did Bill Rubin have Marge’s support?
After reading John Fritz’s letter last week about Bill Rubin not having a patronage job with Marge Tartaglione (Bill Rubin offers a better tomorrow), I concluded that Mr. Fritz needs to back away from that position and order a double-shot of reality.
Do you really think that the voters of the 10th Councilmanic District are so naïve that they believe that Mr. Rubin got his job without Marge Tartaglione’s blessing?
Did candidate Rubin find his job as Marge Tartaglione’s top lieutenant in the want ads? And wasn’t Mr. Rubin a Tartaglione employee AND at the same time, vice chairman of the pension board when he traveled around the city defending Marge Tartaglione taking DROP?
A vote for Sandra Stewart for Council
Sandra Stewart, running for City Council in the 6th district, is a very dedicated community leader. She has new, vibrant ideas and ethics for City Hall.
She has participated in the Tacony Civic Association for years, dealing with quality-of-life issues. She communicates with city agencies and property owners about nuisance properties, reports unsafe conditions, abandoned vehicles and buildings and property complaints. She’s also on the board of the 15th Police District Advisory Council and is very active in Tacony Town Watch.
Sandra should be praised for her work in the community. She will make a great city councilwoman.
TaconyMural Arts Program is a bright spot in Frankford
It was with great pleasure that we read John Loftus’ piece in the Aug. 11 edition of the Northeast Times about the Mural Arts Program coming to Frankford.
The Frankford Community Development Corporation, a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing the 4200 to 5300 blocks of Frankford Ave. and the surrounding neighborhood, has been working with Netanel Portier and Cesar Viveros to help facilitate this process, and we could not be more pleased that they will be working to beautify our community. We were also thrilled that Cesar was able to attend our second in a series of arts festivals held on Aug. 13.
The Frankford CDC believes the work of the Mural Arts Program will go a long way toward furthering our efforts to turn Frankford into a vibrant neighborhood and business district once again.
We look forward to continuing our involvement with this project and engaging the entire Frankford community to create something special, beautiful and sustainable right here in our own backyard.
Frankford Community Development Corporation
What to do with the garden vandals
Commendations to the reader who expressed concern about the damage done to the children’s garden at Pelbano Rec Center (Small insults can wreck a community, Aug. 4 edition).
I am one of the Philadelphia master gardeners who worked with the staff and kids to establish the garden. We have tried to replicate our efforts citywide in many of the recreation centers this year. Unfortunately, this kind of vandalism is not unique to Pelbano.
The tot’s garden at Mitchell Playground has been uprooted and overturned. The vandals, who have no better way to spend their time, have picked on these very bright and well-behaved toddlers by destroying the crops they planted, and they have done it TWICE.
The mindless destruction saddens all of us. We are trying very hard to teach these little people how to care for the environment, their community, their health and each other. What kind of impression does this make on them? What kind of example does it give them about how to treat the property of others and to respect their own work? Also, we have seen more vandalism in the affluent Northeast than we have seen in less privileged areas.
What would I like to see happen? I would like to see the parents of the vandals march them to Pelbano to work with the kids in replanting a fall cold crop. Better yet, I would like to see the vandals own up to their misdeeds on their own.
I am putting the challenge out to the parents. Make your kids responsible for their bad behavior and have them commit to the restoration. Maybe they will learn something new about life and how to respect the property of others. I commit that the master gardeners working on the project will make sure seeds and cold-crop plant starts are available to accomplish the garden renewal.
Sarah’s third, after Jessica and Lindsey
We want to clear up some confusion in the Northeast People section of the Aug. 11 issue, created by the overwhelming pride of a close relative.
St. Hubert High School rankings are based on a student’s four-year cumulative academic performance. Although Sarah was top ranked for her senior year, her cumulative rank was 3.
Our apologies to Jessica Eng, ranked first, and Lindsey Stasiorowski, ranked second, and congratulations to them for their well-earned selections as valedictorian and salutatorian.
These three girls were amazing students as were all of those who excelled or worked toward excellence at St. Hubert High School. All of you should be proud of your accomplishments. Congratulations!
The Howshall Family
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