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Millbrook: It’s time to resurrect Town Watch

Mill­brook is a small neigh­bor­hood, but it has its prob­lems. Youths selling drugs and fight­ing are a couple of ex­amples, and a few res­id­ents want to re-form a neigh­bor­hood Town Watch to ad­dress those prob­lems be­fore they grow.

At the Oct. 25 meet­ing of the Mill­brook Civic As­so­ci­ation at the Cal­vary Ath­let­ic As­so­ci­ation on Deer­path Lane, re­cord­ing sec­ret­ary Mike Brem­ser said there re­cently had been a fight in­volving neigh­bor­hood teens and older teens from out­side the neigh­bor­hood, and that drug sales con­tin­ue.

Brem­ser en­cour­aged res­id­ents to get in touch with Ken Grow and Mike Lamb, neigh­bor­hood men who want to re­in­vig­or­ate a Town Watch that has dwindled in strength over the past few years. Town Watch mem­bers have no po­lice powers, but they alert po­lice of prob­lems. They “ob­serve and re­port” either by patrolling an area or from their own homes.

Grow and Lamb are put­ting to­geth­er a neigh­bor­hood march from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sat­urday, Nov. 19, so res­id­ents in­ter­ested in join­ing a Town Watch or in just show­ing their com­mit­ment to safety in Mill­brook can demon­strate that to their com­munity — and to the young people who are caus­ing trouble.

The march will start at the Cal­vary Ath­let­ic As­so­ci­ation, the or­gan­izers said.

Any­one in­ter­ested should call Grow after 5 p.m. at 215-637-6861 or 215-859-8204 or e-mail him at kgrow117@com­cast.net. Lamb can be reached, also after 5 p.m., at 215-612-2399 or 267-294-4760.

Brem­ser said nom­in­a­tions for the as­so­ci­ation’s 2012 of­ficers will be taken at the next monthly meet­ing, 7 p.m. Tues­day, Nov. 29, at Cal­vary. 

If there is only one can­did­ate for each of the of­fices, there will be no elec­tion and the Decem­ber ses­sion will be can­celed, Brem­ser said. Of­fices up for elec­tion are pres­id­ent, first vice pres­id­ent, second vice pres­id­ent, treas­urer and re­cord­ing sec­ret­ary.

— John Loftus

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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