Plenty on the agenda at Burholme civic meeting


Mem­bers of the Burholme Com­munity Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation last week heard about a day-care that needs to move, a swim­ming pool and deck that need to be leg­al­ized and an up­com­ing ex­er­cise that will gauge the re­sponse in case of a ter­ror­ist at­tack.

Lt. Frank Schneider and com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer Mark Mroz, of the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict, offered vari­ous safety tips.

The po­lice of­fi­cials warned against keep­ing items of value in their auto­mo­biles. They said it’s a crime wait­ing to hap­pen to keep laptop com­puters, iPods, GPS devices and power cords, wal­lets and change in plain sight. It’d be bet­ter to keep them in the trunk.

Any­one who uses a GPS device should re­move the hold­er from in­side the wind­shield and wipe off marks that are left by the suc­tion cups.

Also, Schneider and Mroz an­nounced that the Nav­al Sup­port Activ­ity base, at Ox­ford and Rob­bins av­en­ues, is plan­ning an event for the week of March 19.

All of the em­ploy­ees will be evac­u­ated as part of a mock ter­ror­ist at­tack on the base. SEPTA and the po­lice and fire de­part­ments will be part of the two-day event.

“Six-thou­sand people leav­ing that area will be a big task,” Mroz said.

The de­tails have not been re­leased, in­clud­ing the ex­act dates and times.

In oth­er news from the Feb. 9 meet­ing:

• Story­book Chil­dren’s Cen­ter, at 7722 Dun­gan Road, will look for a new loc­a­tion in Au­gust, when its lease is not re­newed after nine years, as an ex­ist­ing ten­ant seeks to ex­pand in the shop­ping cen­ter.

The chil­dren’s cen­ter plans to move to space at the Pente­cost­al Church of Phil­adelphia, at 7101 Pen­n­way St. The civic as­so­ci­ation wants to vis­it the pro­posed new loc­a­tion be­fore de­cid­ing wheth­er to sup­port it.

There are about 150 chil­dren en­rolled at the cen­ter, which of­fers child care, preschool and be­fore- and after-school care.

• The civic group voted un­an­im­ously in fa­vor of homeown­er Mat­thew Bock, of the 1100 block of Tabor Lane, who needs a vari­ance for a swim­ming pool and deck in his back yard.

Zon­ing con­sult­ant Tom Citro ex­plained that the area is zoned G-2 in­dus­tri­al. Bock is re­pla­cing an ex­ist­ing above-ground pool and deck. The new pool will be lar­ger. A neigh­bor rat­ted him out to the De­part­ment of Li­censes and In­spec­tions, so he needs a vari­ance.

The civic group will write a let­ter of sup­port to the Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment.

• Burholme Com­munity Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation will meet on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m., at United Meth­od­ist Church of the Re­deem­er, at Cottman and Lawndale av­en­ues. The guest speak­er will be at­tor­ney Gar­rett Gum­mer, who spe­cial­izes in eld­er law. ••


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