Serious crime tops agenda at Summerdale Civic

Mark Mroz, the com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer in the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict, dis­cussed ser­i­ous crimes and some up­com­ing hol­i­day out­reach events at last week’s Friends of Sum­mer­dale Civic As­so­ci­ation meet­ing.

The neigh­bor­hood is loc­ated with­in the 2nd dis­trict’s Po­lice Ser­vice Area 1, which in­cludes the ter­rit­ory south of Tyson Av­en­ue, from  Al­gon Av­en­ue to Roosevelt Boulevard.

In the 28 days between civic meet­ings, there were 13 rob­ber­ies in PSA 1, in­clud­ing three in the Sum­mer­dale area. Those rob­ber­ies took place on the 900 block of Gran­ite St., the 1200 block of Van Kirk St. and at Ox­ford Circle Bever­age, at 5800 Ox­ford Ave. Ar­rests were made in the gun­point rob­bery on Gran­ite Street and the crime at the beer dis­trib­ut­or.

An ar­rest was also made in a Nov. 16 shoot­ing at a home on the 900 block of Carv­er St. A man shot his girl­friend after look­ing at pic­tures on her cell phone.

There were 30 res­id­en­tial burg­lar­ies in PSA 1. Mroz re­com­mends that res­id­ents buy home-alarm sys­tems to pre­vent burg­lars from spend­ing all day loot­ing a house.

In re­sponse to com­plaints of school buses park­ing on res­id­en­tial blocks, Mroz en­cour­aged neigh­bors to call 911 and the bus com­pan­ies. The buses can be tick­eted, with the fine be­ing $301.

Mroz said some of the re­ward­ing times of his job are com­ing up.

For Thanks­giv­ing, po­lice of­ficers city­wide donate $5 apiece to­ward Op­er­a­tion Thanks­giv­ing. In the 2nd dis­trict, 25 fam­il­ies will re­ceive bas­kets with tur­keys and trim­mings. Back­ground checks are done be­fore din­ners are provided, and Mroz re­calls one wo­man be­ing angry be­cause she was denied.

“She had sev­en felon­ies,” he said, adding that one of the crimes was for beat­ing someone with a ham­mer.

On Dec. 7, he and the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer, Shar­on Krause, will co­ordin­ate a party for 100 needy chil­dren. Two boys and two girls from each ele­ment­ary school in the 2nd and 15th dis­tricts will be chosen to at­tend. The party will fea­ture Santa Claus, gifts, a disc jockey, ma­gi­cian, face paint­ing and pizza.

On Dec. 14, Mroz will par­ti­cip­ate in “Shop with a Cop,” a pro­gram made pos­sible by a $1,000 grant from Tar­get. Five fam­il­ies will be giv­en $200 apiece to spend at the de­part­ment store.

In oth­er news from the Nov. 17 meet­ing:

• Free aca­dem­ic tu­tor­ing is avail­able at Ox­ford Circle Chris­ti­an Com­munity De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­ation, at 900 How­ell St.

The tu­tor­ing is provided by Hunt­ing­ton Learn­ing Cen­ter and paid for by the School Dis­trict of Phil­adelphia. Chil­dren in kinder­garten through 12th grade can sign up to im­prove their read­ing and math skills. Stu­dents in qual­i­fy­ing pub­lic schools who meet in­come qual­i­fic­a­tions will re­ceive 45 hours of tu­tor­ing. Among the eli­gible schools are Samuel Fels High School and Laura H. Car­nell, Ben­jamin Frank­lin and Thomas Creighton ele­ment­ary schools.

Call Hunt­ing­ton Learn­ing Cen­ter at 215-879-3230 or the OC­CCDA at 267-265-1709.

• House­man Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, at 5091 Sum­mer­dale Ave. (at God­frey Av­en­ue), hosts Zumba fit­ness workouts every Fri­day at 7 p.m. There is a one-time re­gis­tra­tion fee of $5, and each class costs $5. Call 215-685-1240.

• Neigh­bors are hop­ing that a re­spons­ible own­er will buy Pub 2000, loc­ated at Sum­mer­dale Av­en­ue and Pratt Street. The bar, known for many years as Keen­an’s, re­mains open, but has a large “for sale” sign on the out­side of the build­ing. The es­tab­lish­ment has nev­er been a nuis­ance, ac­cord­ing to res­id­ents.

• State Sen. Shir­ley Kit­chen will spon­sor a free emer­gency pre­pared­ness and en­ergy con­ser­va­tion work­shop on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m., at CORA, at 8540 Ver­ree Road. The pub­lic is in­vited, and weather­iz­a­tion ma­ter­i­als will be dis­trib­uted.

• Friends of Sum­mer­dale Civic As­so­ci­ation will meet again on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m., at House­man Re­cre­ation Cen­ter. ••

Re­port­er Tom War­ing can be reached at 215-354-3034 or twar­

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