Law and order top agenda at Northwood

A pair of top pro­sec­utors talked law and or­der at the Novem­ber meet­ing of the North­wood Civic As­so­ci­ation.

Dis­trict At­tor­ney Seth Wil­li­ams and As­sist­ant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Mark Gilson, chief of the of­fice’s North­east bur­eau, were on hand for the ses­sion.

Wil­li­ams, who was elec­ted in 2009, ex­plained how he cre­ated six di­vi­sions with­in the of­fice to pro­sec­ute cases geo­graph­ic­ally.

Gilson, who at­ten­ded the meet­ing des­pite be­ing on va­ca­tion, works with 10 as­sist­ant dis­trict at­tor­neys on crimes in the 2nd, 7th, 8th and 15th po­lice dis­tricts. He’s been with the of­fice for 25 years, in­clud­ing 17 as a hom­icide pro­sec­utor.

The loc­al team works closely with po­lice of­ficers, de­tect­ives and com­munity lead­ers to ex­change in­form­a­tion in an ef­fort to pre­vent and solve crimes. Gilson said one crime on the rise is the theft of cell phones from youths by groups of oth­er young people.

The pro­sec­utors en­cour­aged the pub­lic to con­tact the Pub­lic Nuis­ance Task Force at 215-686-5850. The unit handles drug houses, marijuana stores, nuis­ance bars and houses of pros­ti­tu­tion.

Wil­li­ams, who served 10 years as pres­id­ent of the Over­brook Park Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation, said many crimes are pre­vent­able. He cited thefts from open and un­locked gar­age doors, and cars stolen when the driver leaves the key in the ig­ni­tion to make a quick stop at a store.

The dis­trict at­tor­ney had a note of cau­tion for Christ­mas shop­pers who place bags in their cars be­fore go­ing in­to an­oth­er store.

“Put them in the trunk, please,” he said.

Wil­li­ams hopes the state will al­low the city to set cer­tain gun laws, such as lim­it­ing the pur­chase of guns to one per month.

The DA also hopes the city in­creases fund­ing for the po­lice de­part­ment and his of­fice.

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The civic as­so­ci­ation voted un­an­im­ously to ap­prove a $1,000 dona­tion to the board that is try­ing to re­sur­rect the New Frank­ford Com­munity Y. The money will go to­ward an out­stand­ing $1,800 elec­tric bill.

The Y closed in 2009 due to a lack of mem­ber­ship and state fund­ing.

New lead­er­ship re­cently stepped for­ward to pre­serve the build­ing. Be­ne­fi­cial Bank is wait­ing for board pres­id­ent Frank Ben­nett, vice pres­id­ent Kristy Schneider and oth­ers to pro­duce a busi­ness plan.

Tax-de­duct­ible dona­tions can be sent to New Frank­ford Com­munity Y, 4700 Leiper St., Phil­adelphia, PA 19124.

For more in­form­a­tion, check out the New Frank­ford Com­munity Y page on Face­book.

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Lou Grow, a dir­ect­or at Turn­ing Points for Chil­dren, ex­plained that the agency is con­sid­er­ing re­lo­cat­ing from its Cen­ter City headquar­ters to some­where in the North­east. Turn­ing Points of­fers skills and re­sources to help fam­il­ies raise safe, healthy and edu­cated chil­dren.

For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-875-8200 or go to www.turn­ing­points­forch­il­ 

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Joe Krause ran un­op­posed for an­oth­er term as the civic as­so­ci­ation pres­id­ent. The new vice pres­id­ent will be Tom McA­voy. The dir­ect­ors will be in­cum­bent Lou Ku­bik, and new­comers Ron Al­len, Mary Ro­bus, Ed Mar­tin and Frank Ben­nett.

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The civic group will con­sider leg­al ac­tion if a res­id­ent of the 900 block of Foulk­rod St. does not stop selling used cars on the block.

The pres­ence of the vehicles lim­its park­ing, neigh­bors ar­gue. The busi­ness is also loc­ated in a deed-re­stric­ted area that per­mits only single-fam­ily hous­ing.

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The dis­trict of­fice of state Sen. Tina Tartagli­one has a Toys for Tots col­lec­tion box. The of­fice is loc­ated at 1061 Bridge St.

The com­munity is in­vited to drop off new, un­wrapped toys week­days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 17. 

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North­wood Civic As­so­ci­ation’s next meet­ing is sched­uled for Tues­day, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m., at St. James Luther­an Church, at Castor Av­en­ue and Pratt Street.

The own­er of a pro­posed hair salon at 5260 Castor Ave. will give a present­a­tion, and a vote will fol­low on wheth­er to ap­prove or re­ject her ef­fort to open. ••

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

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