Letters to the editor September 15, 2011 edition

Com­munity event was a great suc­cess

The com­munity or­gan­iz­a­tion Take Back Your Neigh­bor­hood hos­ted a North­east cel­eb­ra­tion at Max My­ers Play­ground on Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hur­ricane Irene chose to vis­it the neigh­bor­hood that same day.

Des­pite the weath­er, which stayed dry for a couple of hours, the event went in­doors and was well at­ten­ded. Spe­cial thanks to Jared So­lomon, who or­gan­ized the event and who also leads the meet­ings at Max My­ers every third Monday of the month.

The event in­cluded speak­ers on vari­ous land­marks and re­gions in the North­east, food from loc­al res­taur­ants and stands, activ­it­ies for kids, and com­mit­tee, city and state rep­res­ent­at­ives were also in at­tend­ance.

There was a D.J. and a string band jux­ta­posi­tioned for mu­sic. Thanks to all the busi­ness lead­ers who con­trib­uted fa­vors and dona­tions to the cause. Everything was free, but none of this was re­por­ted! Next year or next event.

Eth­an Gross

Ox­ford Circle

An ap­peal to block the meth­adone clin­ic

This is for Den­nis Kulp, own­er of the prop­erty that is the site of a pro­posed meth­adone clin­ic at 7900 Frank­ford Ave.

Dear Mr. Kulp,

I, along with hun­dreds of res­id­ents of May­fair, Holmes­burg, Ta­cony, Wissi­nom­ing and sur­round­ing com­munit­ies, have joined the fight against the pro­posed clin­ic. I have to ad­mit, Mr. Kulp, I have been los­ing some sleep over the en­tire is­sue.

May­fair is one of the strongest com­munit­ies in the city. We have an in­cred­ible group of ded­ic­ated in­di­vidu­als lead­ing our civic as­so­ci­ation and busi­ness as­so­ci­ation. We have the Thanks­giv­ing parade, Pennypack con­cert series and the Fallen Her­oes Run. We have block parties. We have a Town Watch group that vo­lun­teers valu­able time to ad­dress qual­ity-of-life is­sues in the neigh­bor­hood. We have tons of great busi­nesses try­ing to sur­vive on the av­en­ue. We have just re­ceived an $80,000 grant to build a brand new play­ground at Lin­coln High School. All of this comes with a huge price tag — ded­ic­a­tion, per­sist­ence and civic re­spons­ib­il­ity.

Wheth­er you knew about the true in­ten­tions of The Heal­ing Way clin­ic be­fore­hand is no longer rel­ev­ant. What mat­ters now is that you stop this clin­ic from open­ing. Do whatever it takes. The res­ult of turn­ing a blind eye on this will be dev­ast­at­ing. You will be re­spons­ible for des­troy­ing this neigh­bor­hood, only to be able to put a couple of bucks in your pock­et!

We are not talk­ing about an­oth­er nuis­ance bar here; we are talk­ing about hun­dreds of heroin ad­dicts roam­ing on Frank­ford Av­en­ue and sur­round­ing areas, ru­in­ing our neigh­bor­hoods, rid­ing our buses and slowly erad­ic­at­ing the spir­it of May­fair so many fought so hard to build and main­tain!

I pur­chased my May­fair home in 2006 (iron­ic­ally through RE/MAX). My hus­band and I (I was preg­nant at the time) have ren­ov­ated the house and made it a home. We put our sav­ings, blood, sweat and tears in­to it. Please don’t think for one minute that you will be able to take it away from me.

Many more young fam­il­ies own their homes in May­fair. They are the cops, fire­men, med­ics and oth­er pub­lic ser­vants who don’t think twice about help­ing you in the time of need. We pay taxes, re­cycle and pay for our chil­dren’s private and Cath­ol­ic schools. We don’t make much money; hence, we can’t af­ford homes in Bucks County or Cherry Hill. In or­der to work for the city, we have to stay in the city. But be­lieve me, we make the best of it.

I know I speak for thou­sands more. I am con­fid­ent that each one of us will do ab­so­lutely any­thing and everything to stop this clin­ic from open­ing its doors.

You have the power to stop this, Mr. Kulp. A cop or a fire­man would not leave you dy­ing in a burn­ing car. Please, don’t leave us in a sink­ing ship.

Anna Sta­cey


Clin­ic would des­troy the neigh­bor­hood

While every­one in Cen­ter City and around Drexel and Penn were up in arms about flash mobs caus­ing so much hav­oc, May­or Nut­ter and the city of Phil­adelphia re­spon­ded to cor­rect the prob­lem and re­store or­der.

What about the po­ten­tial of a meth­adone clin­ic open­ing up in the Holmes­burg sec­tion? This would ab­so­lutely des­troy this neigh­bor­hood, and I’m sure the sur­round­ing neigh­bor­hoods would soon fol­low. Are May­or Nut­ter and the city of Phil­adelphia go­ing to let this hap­pen? These neigh­bor­hoods are just as im­port­ant, if not more so, to the sur­viv­al of this city.

Wil­li­am T. Mul­doon


Pro­tect the in­no­cent chil­dren

I have not seen any let­ters ex­press­ing con­cern about the fact that the meth­adone clin­ic is with­in one block of the Holmes­burg Lib­rary. This poses a threat to in­no­cent chil­dren go­ing to the lib­rary for learn­ing pur­poses. We need to pro­tect these chil­dren.

Kath­leen Ben­son


A re­ward for identi­fy­ing the cow­ardly van­dals

I have a prob­lem with some cow­ards who ap­par­ently don’t have the guts to ad­dress their is­sues to my face, and in­stead have broken both the win­dows on both my son’s car and my car four times last sum­mer and two times this sum­mer. We live on the 4300 block of Lor­ing St.

It can’t be a ran­dom thing be­cause it is only our win­dows that have been broken. I re­cently put in cam­er­as in my front and back and had to gar­age my car, so they went to my son’s home and broke his win­dows. He had to have cam­er­as put in and out­side his house. All of these in­cid­ents have been re­por­ted to the po­lice.

I am of­fer­ing a re­ward of $500 for any in­form­a­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest and con­vic­tion of these cow­ards.

It is a shame people have to re­sort to do­ing these things, but un­til people who have is­sues also have the guts and back­bone to ad­dress whatever their is­sues are, they will al­ways be cow­ards with no re­gard to people’s prop­erty and live­li­hood, and I am sure karma and the Lord will deal with them. As they say, what goes around comes around.

Any­one with any in­form­a­tion please con­tact me at 215-708-0262. Your iden­tity will be con­fid­en­tial.

Mary Jane Arm­bruster


Thanks for help­ing to keep May­fair a win­ning com­munity

This has been an ex­cit­ing few weeks for our May­fair com­munity. The School Dis­trict of Phil­adelphia, via the School Re­form Com­mis­sion, ap­proved an $80,000 grant to re­build the May­fair Me­mori­al Play­ground. This is a huge step in com­plet­ing a three-year jour­ney that we em­barked on in April 2008. Count­less neigh­bors have joined us in our ef­forts to fi­nally get a play space back at Lin­coln High School.

This was fur­ther high­lighted at our re­cent Design Day, at which we took in­put from sev­er­al youths in the neigh­bor­hood as well as many com­mit­ted adults as to what type of play­ground would be in­stalled. We took great care to in­clude equip­ment for spe­cial-needs chil­dren by in­clud­ing the dir­ect­or of the Holy Ter­rors STARS pro­gram, which is a sports pro­gram for chil­dren with spe­cial needs, as well as a loc­al oc­cu­pa­tion­al ther­ap­ist.

We in­cor­por­ated their ideas in­to our over­all designs in or­der to make this play­ground ideal for all chil­dren in our neigh­bor­hood. We have giv­en our ideas to Ka­boom Inc., the pro­ject man­ager, and will re­ceive three draw­ings that have in­cor­por­ated our equip­ment re­quests as well as col­or schemes. Once we re­ceive that, we will post them on our Web site and on our Face­book page for com­munity in­put.

An­oth­er is­sue that has be­come quite pre­val­ent in our neigh­bor­hood is the idea of the “Ban­dit signs” — i.e., signs that read “Sell your house,” “Gut­ter cleanup,” etc., that are tacked to tele­phone poles throughout our area. Many of our civic and busi­ness as­so­ci­ation mem­bers have been scour­ing the neigh­bor­hood, re­mov­ing the signs.

Our mem­bers also spear­headed the ef­fort to clean up the trail­er and stage in Pennypack Park fol­low­ing Hur­ricane Irene so it will be fully func­tion­al for the next Pennypark con­cert.

Fi­nally, while the open­ing of a meth­adone clin­ic is not a pos­it­ive for the neigh­bor­hood, the amount of com­munity act­iv­ism and to­geth­er­ness it has spurned is second to none.

We suc­cess­fully col­lec­ted more than 2,700 sig­na­tures in op­pos­i­tion to this clin­ic, ren­ted two buses to bring more than 125 res­id­ents to the Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment, and wrote count­less let­ters. We may not be suc­cess­ful in each battle, but we are battle tested and con­fid­ent we will win the fight.

Our neigh­bor­hood may not be ex­actly as every­one wishes it would be, nev­er­the­less, it is clear that we are strong, we are com­mit­ted and we have pride.

Thank you to every­one that has stepped for­ward to help fight for our neigh­bor­hood. You know who you are, but es­pe­cially the mem­bers of the board of the May­fair Civic As­so­ci­ation, May­fair Busi­ness As­so­ci­ation, the Ta­cony-Holmes­burg-Up­per May­fair Town Watch, the May­fair CDC, our elec­ted lead­ers, our neigh­bor­ing civic groups, busi­ness groups and Town Watches and all our neigh­bors that give a damn and have stepped to the plate to help en­sure that May­fair re­mains a great place to live, work and play.

Joe De­Fe­lice

Pres­id­ent, May­fair Civic As­so­ci­ation

Fed up? Send the politi­cians pack­ing

Hey, Phil­adelphi­ans, wake up to the fact that you are be­ing roy­ally screwed by the powers-that-be at City Hall. There was the fiasco of the Phil­adelphia Hous­ing Au­thor­ity’s former ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or Carl Greene cost­ing the city cof­fers mil­lions of dol­lars. Now, the era of Schools Su­per­in­tend­ent Ar­lene Ack­er­man is over, and she leaves as a mil­lion­aire after over­see­ing a toi­let of a school sys­tem.

Tens of mil­lions of tax­pay­er dol­lars are un­ac­coun­ted for and nobody in city gov­ern­ment seems to have a clue as to what happened. Oh yes, the may­or blames the School Re­form Com­mis­sion, and the School Re­form Com­mis­sion seem­ingly doesn’t know what the left hand is do­ing from the right. All of this after state Sen. Vin­cent Fumo gets pris­on time for ab­use of his powers. The Board of Re­vi­sion of Taxes is dis­ban­ded be­cause of dis­crep­an­cies. It goes on and on.

There is a word in the Eng­lish lan­guage, ac­count­ab­il­ity, that evid­ently doesn’t ex­ist in Phil­adelphia city gov­ern­ment. Not only are the cit­izens be­ing shaf­ted by our elec­ted lead­ers, we are be­ing taxed to the hilt and re­ceiv­ing less and less in re­turn.

This is what hap­pens when you have a one-party sys­tem in Phil­adelphia. You keep elect­ing the same drones in­to of­fice and ex­pect a dif­fer­ent res­ult. In oth­er coun­tries, they have coups to over­throw dic­tat­ors. In this coun­try we have the demo­crat­ic pro­cess. We have the op­por­tun­ity to vote out those who do a lousy job of gov­ern­ing.

Please, take ad­vant­age of this pro­cess and re­store some semb­lance of in­teg­rity and ac­count­ab­il­ity to the city of Phil­adelphia.

Jack Miller


Mind your own busi­ness

In reply to re­cent Sec­tion 8 hous­ing let­ters by Ron Zabiel­ski and Steve Garvin:

People in Sec­tion 8 pay 30 per­cent of their in­come in rent­als. Our vo­lun­teer group helped a per­son in pub­lic hous­ing, so I know in­spec­tions are monthly. A ten­ant that does not com­ply with the lease and/or fails three in­spec­tions is evicted. In­come veri­fic­a­tion is auto­mat­ic. As for the shov­el­ing of the snow and cut­ting the grass, that is the land­lord’s re­spons­ib­il­ity. If a ten­ant does things, they can get in trouble. Many places have roaches, and people that should be helped are hurt. If a land­lord does not like you, in­spec­tions are more fre­quent.

People who get So­cial Se­cur­ity earned it. Your dol­lars (pub­lic) did not provide that money. They pay for their own gro­cer­ies as well. What a per­son does with their check is up to them. 

After bills are paid, there is very little left for lux­ur­ies. You think people are scam artists be­cause they have cable tele­vi­sion? That is a good one. Just so you know, Mr. Z. and Mr. G., the land­lord, not the renter, provides the cable. The renter has to pay for the cable, it is not free. Got it? Most people are strug­gling to pay their bills. However, this is none of your busi­ness.

If you think people in Sec­tion 8 have it so won­der­ful, why don’t you trade places with them? I would love to trade places with you and would gladly give up my dis­ab­il­ity check to be well again.

How do you think those people feel be­ing dis­abled or eld­erly on a fixed in­come? Many are in severe pain every day and are strug­gling to make ends meet, and here you come along and say they have too much? No one “plays at be­ing poor,” or wants to be poor. They just are. Re­mem­ber, God is watch­ing, so mind your own busi­ness!

Bar­bar­aanne Breit­haupt

Academy Gar­dens


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