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Crime’s on the minds of folks at Summerdale meeting

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Lt. Thomas Ma­cart­ney, of the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict, ad­dressed sev­er­al con­cerns at last week’s Friends of Sum­mer­dale Civic As­so­ci­ation meet­ing.

Ma­cart­ney spoke of a re­cent meet­ing at St. Mar­tin of Tours fol­low­ing an in­cid­ent in which some neigh­bor­hood youths as­saul­ted a boy who had stepped out of the school gym­nas­i­um dur­ing a bas­ket­ball game.

The po­lice of­fi­cial was also grilled about the ar­rests of two teen­agers who play bas­ket­ball for a House­man Play­ground-based team. The two 14-year-olds were among four teens locked up shortly be­fore 9 p.m. on Feb. 14 for al­legedly com­mit­ting an armed rob­bery on the 1300 block of Heller­man St. They were be­ing held on $150,000 bail. The boys, their par­ents and coach main­tain they had noth­ing to do with the crime.

Ma­cart­ney said the 2nd dis­trict has a sig­ni­fic­ant pres­ence at loc­al pub­lic schools, es­pe­cially at dis­missal. Prob­lems in­clude il­leg­al park­ing out­side Spru­ance and J. Hamp­ton Moore ele­ment­ary schools and Laura H. Car­nell stu­dents har­ass­ing cross­ing guards. Woo­drow Wilson Middle School and Fels and North­east high schools are reg­u­larly mon­itored.

Ma­cart­ney re­com­men­ded that in­di­vidu­als be care­ful when strangers on the street ask them for the time of day. He said the seem­ingly in­no­cent ques­tion has led to rob­ber­ies of cell phones.

One is­sue that is not a po­lice mat­ter is a group of rac­coons that have been camp­ing out on a porch on the 800 block of Bridge St. Ex­term­in­at­ors will set traps for the an­im­als.

Ma­cart­ney spoke of an up­com­ing mass evac­u­ation of the Nav­al Sup­port Activ­ity base, at Ox­ford and Rob­bins av­en­ues.

The 24-hour event will take place some­time dur­ing the week of March 19, but no spe­cif­ic dates and times have been an­nounced. Po­lice cars and heli­copters are ex­pec­ted to be on the scene as 6,000 em­ploy­ees va­cate after a mock ter­ror­ist at­tack.

“It’s not just a fire drill,” Ma­cart­ney said.

Mean­while, the Ox­ford Circle Po­lice Ath­let­ic League is look­ing for chil­dren to re­gister. Re­gis­tra­tion, pro­grams, T-shirts and trophies are free.

There are whiffle ball and in­door touch foot­ball leagues for boys and girls ages 6 to 14; an after-school home­work club Mondays through Thursdays from 3 to 5:30 p.m. for boys and girls ages 6 to 12; and open-court bas­ket­ball Mondays through Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. for boys and girls ages 14 to 18.

Activ­it­ies take place at Glad­ing Me­mori­al Pres­by­teri­an Church’s Nei­he­iser Hall, at Lor­etto and Chel­ten­ham av­en­ues.

Call 215-533-1395 or 215-291-9000, Ext. 165.

The Friends of Sum­mer­dale Civic As­so­ci­ation will meet on Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m., at House­man Play­ground, at Sum­mer­dale and God­frey av­en­ues. The guest speak­er will be Di­ane Mar­tino, of Phil­adelphia Gas Works. ••

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