New Police Athletic League center opens in Oxford Circle

The Ox­ford Circle Po­lice Ath­let­ic League is ac­cept­ing mem­ber­ship ap­plic­a­tions from youths ages 6 to 18.

The newly opened PAL cen­ter is loc­ated in Nei­he­iser Hall at Glad­ing Me­mori­al Pres­by­teri­an Church, at Lor­etto and Chel­ten­ham av­en­ues.

The theme of PAL is, “Cops Help­ing Kids.” All 26 PAL fa­cil­it­ies in Phil­adelphia are su­per­vised by trained, on-duty po­lice of­ficers.

The pro­gram was foun­ded in 1947. Cen­ters of­fer free edu­ca­tion­al, ath­let­ic, re­cre­ation­al and cul­tur­al pro­grams for boys and girls. They are sup­por­ted by con­tri­bu­tions from in­di­vidu­als, cor­por­a­tions, found­a­tions and gov­ern­ment sources.

The Ox­ford Circle PAL of­fers a home­work club Mondays through Thursdays from 3 to 5:30 p.m. for young­sters 6 to 12; open-court bas­ket­ball Mondays through Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. for boys and girls 14 to 18; in­door touch foot­ball with Arena League rules for boys and girls 6 to 14; and in­door whiffle ball for boys and girls 6 to 14.

To re­gister or for more in­form­a­tion, call 215-533-1395 or 215-291-9000, Ext. 165, or vis­it ht­tp://www.phillyp­

In oth­er news from the Friends of Sum­mer­dale Civic As­so­ci­ation meet­ing, held on Oct. 20:

• Patrice Nuble, of the city De­part­ment of Streets, ex­plained that Sum­mer­dale Av­en­ue, from Roosevelt Boulevard to Ox­ford Av­en­ue, will get a much needed re­pav­ing and re-strip­ing.

Nuble said the streets de­part­ment hopes to per­form the work “soon­er than later,” but ad­ded that the job might have to wait un­til next spring if tem­per­at­ures dip be­low 40 de­grees.

In ad­di­tion, Nuble asked com­munity mem­bers wheth­er they wanted to pro­hib­it park­ing along Sum­mer­dale Av­en­ue from the Boulevard to Fill­more Ter­race. Right now, park­ing is pro­hib­ited only 100 feet north of the cross­walk at the Boulevard.

If the ban is ex­ten­ded, it would af­fect four park­ing spots.

The pro­pos­al ad­dresses the dec­ades-old is­sue of vehicles turn­ing left from the Boulevard onto Sum­mer­dale Av­en­ue, which nar­rows from two lanes to one for north­bound traffic. The ex­ten­ded park­ing ban would al­le­vi­ate some con­ges­tion and could lessen the chances of an ac­ci­dent as traffic merges.

Pat Trinkle, an aide to City Coun­cil­wo­man Mari­an Tasco, listened to feed­back. The coun­cil­wo­man will make the fi­nal de­cision.

• Mark Mroz, the com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer in the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict, said auto thefts are on the rise in the dis­trict.

“They’re steal­ing Hon­das left and right,” he said.

• House­man Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, at 5091 Sum­mer­dale Ave. (at God­frey Av­en­ue), held its first Zumba class on Oct. 21. The fit­ness class will be offered every Fri­day at 7 p.m.

There is a one-time re­gis­tra­tion fee of $5. Each class costs $5. For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-685-1240.

• The Friends of Sum­mer­dale Civic As­so­ci­ation will meet again on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m., at House­man Re­cre­ation Cen­ter. ••

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