Northeast Times

With arrival of 2012, they resolve to … .

The year 2011 has just a few days re­main­ing, and some loc­al fig­ures are look­ing for­ward to a suc­cess­ful 2012.

Some of the area’s lead­ing busi­ness, edu­ca­tion, civic and uni­on lead­ers have de­clared their New Year’s res­ol­u­tions.

Here is a sampling:

• Re­altor Chris Ar­tur said it was a good year for his com­pany. On the oth­er hand, the Na­tion­al As­so­ci­ation of Re­altors last week ac­know­ledged wildly over­stat­ing home sales since 2007.

Ar­tur, whose of­fice is at 6201 Frank­ford Ave., said he ex­pects the real es­tate mar­ket to turn around na­tion­ally if and when the un­em­ploy­ment pic­ture im­proves. He said, “My wish and hope for this year com­ing up is that buy­ers and sellers out there keep things mov­ing to help the area and houses be­come mod­ern­ized and re­in­vig­or­ated.”

• Great­er North­east Phil­adelphia Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­id­ent Al Tauben­ber­ger said, “My New Year’s res­ol­u­tion is to com­plete my wife Joanne’s honey-do list, which she gave me in 2010 and 2011.”

• Mike McArdle, pres­id­ent of Arch­bish­op Ry­an High School, said he usu­ally re­solves to ex­er­cise early in the morn­ing and lose 20 pounds, but fails to con­sist­ently stick to that re­gi­men. At the same time, he said, his an­nu­al wishes for Ry­an do come true.

“Every year, I hope that we get a little bet­ter aca­dem­ic­ally, that the kids be­come bet­ter Cath­ol­ic Chris­ti­ans and we have the best ex­tra­cur­ricular pro­grams we can have,” he said.

• Sis­ter Shaun Thomas Cal­la­han, IHM, prin­cip­al of St. Domin­ic School in Holmes­burg, hopes the new year brings more re­spect for oth­ers in so­ci­ety.

“I hope that all people con­tin­ue to re­spect each oth­er and ac­cept each oth­er without pre­ju­dice and bi­as be­cause we’re all equal in God’s eyes,” she said.

• Bill Dol­bow, Demo­crat­ic lead­er of the 35th Ward and pres­id­ent of the Lawn­crest Com­munity As­so­ci­ation, said he be­lieves the loc­al Town Watch is in good hands and hopes that the ex­ist­ing box­ing pro­gram and planned youth sports teams are suc­cess­ful at Lawn­crest Re­cre­ation Cen­ter.

Also, Dol­bow is wait­ing for the Jan. 6 an­nounce­ment by an Arch­diocese of Phil­adelphia blue rib­bon com­mis­sion on the fu­ture of Cath­ol­ic edu­ca­tion.

“I hope St. Wil­li­am’s stays open,” he said. “It’s the an­chor of the neigh­bor­hood.”

• Joe Krause, a Ra­mona Av­en­ue res­id­ent and the new pres­id­ent of the North­wood Civic As­so­ci­ation, will reach out to neigh­bors to im­prove the com­munity. He’s lived in North­wood for a little more than three years and is mar­ried with a 2-year-old daugh­ter, Josetta.

“I want her to have a nice neigh­bor­hood to grow up in,” he said.

• Kar­en Lash, pres­id­ent of the Friends of Holmes­burg Lib­rary, is is­su­ing a call to ac­tion as her res­ol­u­tion for 2012.

She said, “A lib­rary fosters lifelong learn­ing. In­vest in this com­munity treas­ure that provides free re­sources, books, CDs/DVDs, com­munity pro­gram­ming for kids and adults, and com­puters/In­ter­net ac­cess. Ad­voc­ate for ad­equate and sus­tained fund­ing from city and state lead­ers. Grow vo­lun­teer com­munity in­volve­ment in sup­port of our neigh­bor­hood pub­lic lib­rar­ies. Vis­it your loc­al free lib­rary branch and be­come a ‘dif­fer­ence-mak­ing’ friend.”

• Bill Gault, pres­id­ent of In­ter­na­tion­al As­so­ci­ation of Fire Fight­ers Loc­al 22, will try to fi­nally win a con­tract for his mem­bers.

The city did not like the ori­gin­al con­tract de­term­ined by ar­bit­ra­tion and won a court vic­tory, put­ting the battle back in the hands of a three-per­son ar­bit­ra­tion­al pan­el. The uni­on is fight­ing back against a city de­mand that it be al­lowed to fur­lough fire­fight­ers.

“My res­ol­u­tion is simple,” Gault said. “Get our con­tract, take care of the mem­bers and pro­tect the cit­izens, even though we don’t feel we’re be­ing treated fairly by this ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

• John McNesby, pres­id­ent of Fraternal Or­der of Po­lice Lodge 5, is happy that his uni­on has a five-year con­tract. He spent last Fri­day help­ing to de­liv­er Christ­mas meals to the fam­il­ies of po­lice of­ficers lost in the line of duty in re­cent years. His res­ol­u­tion is that 2012 be “a safe year for all po­lice of­ficers.”

• State Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-170th dist.) has two res­ol­u­tions: Eat less fast food and fi­nally tackle some home im­prove­ment pro­jects he’s been push­ing off.

• Fresh­man state Rep. Kev­in Boyle (D-172nd dist.), Brendan’s young­er broth­er, is hop­ing to bring neg­li­gent prop­erty own­ers in­to blight court in 2012 and will try to push le­gis­la­tion through the Re­pub­lic­an-con­trolled Pennsylvania House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives.

“I’m go­ing to try to get more bills to pass the le­gis­lature than my broth­er Brendan,” he said. ••

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