Planning for Burholme Pride Day is underway

There were no guest speak­ers at last week’s Burholme Com­munity Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation meet­ing, but mem­bers en­joyed a nice meal and a mini-con­cert that fea­tured Christ­mas mu­sic.

The sched­uled guest, City Coun­cil­wo­man Maria Quinones-Sanc­hez (D-7th dist.), was un­able to make the meet­ing for the second month in a row. No rep­res­ent­at­ive from the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict was able to at­tend the Dec. 13 meet­ing, either.

In­stead, Don Garecht spoke of plan­ning the first Burholme Pride Day. Garecht, a deputy un­der City Com­mis­sion­er Al Schmidt, is work­ing on the lo­gist­ics with Town Watch/Civic As­so­ci­ation lead­ers Al Tauben­ber­ger, Larry Galla­gh­er and Jeanette Scally.

The date, loc­a­tion and activ­it­ies are to be de­term­ined.

Nick Himebaugh, an aide to state Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-170th dist.), told the crowd that the law­maker’s dis­trict of­fices is col­lect­ing new toys for needy loc­al fam­il­ies through Thursday, Dec. 20. The of­fices are loc­ated at 7215-B Rising Sun Ave. in Burholme (215-342-1700) and 14230 Bustleton Ave. in Somer­ton (215-676-0300).

Also, Himebaugh en­cour­aged people to re­quest free smoke de­tect­ors through the fire de­part­ment. Fire­fight­ers will in­stall the smoke de­tect­ors and provide fire safety ma­ter­i­al. Call 311 or 215-686-1176.

Sev­er­al people com­plained of re­cent in­creases in prop­erty taxes. The city has in­creased prop­erty taxes three years in a row, in­clud­ing two “tem­por­ary” taxes that be­came per­man­ent.

Himebaugh poin­ted out that it was May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter and City Coun­cil mem­bers, not the state le­gis­lature, who hiked the taxes.

“If I ever get elec­ted to City Coun­cil,” he joked, “I prom­ise to keep your taxes low.”

The Quaker Diner, at 7241 Rising Sun Ave., kept every­one well fed at the meet­ing by de­liv­er­ing chick­en tenders, cook­ies and oth­er good­ies.

A four-mem­ber praise band from United Meth­od­ist Church of the Re­deem­er per­formed Christ­mas fa­vor­ites such as God Rest Ye Merry Gen­tle­men, Away in a Manger, O Holy Night and Joy to the World.

The Rev. Dav­id Brown, the church pas­tor, played gui­tar. Scally, the Town Watch/Civic As­so­ci­ation sec­ret­ary, provided lead vo­cals.

The church, at 1128 Cottman Ave. (at Lawndale Av­en­ue), is in­vit­ing the pub­lic to a “Blue Christ­mas” wor­ship ser­vice this Sat­urday at 6 p.m. The ser­vice is for people whose losses and hard­ships make it dif­fi­cult to join in Christ­mas cel­eb­ra­tions. Re­fresh­ments will fol­low. Call 215-342-7230.

The Burholme Com­munity Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation’s next meet­ing is set for Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m., at United Meth­od­ist Church of the Re­deem­er. ••

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

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