Normandy Civic recaps summer happenings during meeting

Things happened dur­ing the sum­mer, the Nor­mandy Civic As­so­ci­ation’s pres­id­ent, John Wis­niewski, told mem­bers Sept. 20 dur­ing their first meet­ing in sev­er­al months. There were stor­ies of van­dals, burg­lars, skunks and a na­ked lady. 

A neigh­bor­hood re­union also was an­nounced.

Graf­fiti was sprayed along the Wood­haven Road sound-bar­ri­er that marks the small neigh­bor­hood’s north­ern bound­ary, Wis­niewski said dur­ing the civic group’s ses­sion at the Nor­com Com­munity Cen­ter. 

The wall scrawls, which star­ted at the Roosevelt Boulevard and went all the way down to­ward the re­serve cen­ter prop­erty, were re­moved by the Pennsylvania De­part­ment of Trans­port­a­tion, he said. A few Nor­mandy houses have been marked up, too, he ad­ded.

Also, the city has sealed up a house on the 2800 block of Nor­mandy Drive. The prop­erty had been a prob­lem, res­id­ents said. It had been van­dal­ized and youths had broken in­to it.

Res­id­ents dis­cussed the sorry or va­cant states of a few oth­er prop­er­ties — on Nor­mandy Drive, Nor­com Road and Night­in­gale Road — fre­quently stat­ing they hoped the build­ings would be oc­cu­pied and looked after.

Mem­bers said Moth­er Nature be­trayed the good in­ten­tions of a res­id­ent on the 2800 block of Nor­com Road who was put­ting out food for neigh­bor­hood cats. Skunks were at­trac­ted to the buf­fet, too, they said.

An­oth­er in­cid­ent re­called at the meet­ing was that of a res­id­ent of the 2900 block of Nor­mandy who one Au­gust day walked down the block stark na­ked while ig­nor­ing her care­giver’s pleas for her to cov­er up and go back in­side.

Wis­niewski said there had been sev­er­al burg­lar­ies over the sum­mer, not­ably shed break-ins in which lawn mowers and snow blowers were swiped.

Wis­niewski ad­ded the cor­rect dates for the civic group’s next two meet­ings are Wed­nes­day, Oct. 19, and Thursday, Nov. 17. He said the dates were in­cor­rectly noted in a fli­er the as­so­ci­ation dis­trib­utes throughout the neigh­bor­hood.

Treas­urer Theresa Olsen told mem­bers that she be­lieves she has sor­ted out the as­so­ci­ation’s fin­ances and will give a full re­port at the Oc­to­ber ses­sion.

Mean­while, she said, the civic group is look­ing for sug­ges­tions of how to spend city grant money on neigh­bor­hood im­prove­ments.

Mem­bers should bring their ideas to the as­so­ci­ation’s next meet­ing at 7 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, Oct. 19, at the Nor­com Com­munity Cen­ter, 10980 Nor­com Road.

Wis­niewski said the civic group is look­ing for a few block cap­tains, too. And Teresa Rushton, the or­gan­iz­a­tion’s sec­ret­ary, said she will soon leave the post and someone is needed to step up to fill the va­cancy. 

Any­one in­ter­ested should call Wis­niewski at 215-828-3678. 

A few days be­fore the next ses­sion, on Sat­urday, Oct. 15, there will be a Nor­mandy re­union at Katie O’Don­nell’s Ir­ish pub on Wood­haven Road in Frank­lin Mills. The event lasts from 8 p.m. to mid­night and the $30 tick­et, which will be avail­able at the door, en­titles each at­tendee to the mu­sic­al en­ter­tain­ment, a buf­fet and open bar. 

Any­one in­ter­ested can look at either of two Face­book sites – Nor­mandy and friends and Nor­mandy the neigh­bor­hood, or call O’Don­nell’s at 215-637-5151. ••

Re­port­er John Loftus can be reached at 215-354-3110 or

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