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Police and property matters top Summerdale Civic meeting

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Po­lice mat­ters and prop­erty is­sues were the main top­ics at last week’s meet­ing of the Friends of Sum­mer­dale Civic As­so­ci­ation.

Com­plaints in­cluded a high fence placed out­side a house on the 5500 block of Lor­etto Ave., bark­ing dogs on the 900 block of Mar­cella St. and a pos­sible il­leg­al ad­di­tion on the back of a home on the 800 block of An­chor St.

Lt. Thomas Ma­cart­ney and com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer Mark Mroz, both of the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict, spoke of a rise in home burg­lar­ies across the city. Some burg­lars are tak­ing car keys from homes and steal­ing vehicles that are parked dir­ectly out­side the home, either in the front or back.

“Take your car keys with you to bed,” Ma­cart­ney said.

Ma­cart­ney also sug­ges­ted that res­id­ents who hear a break-in use their car keys to sound the vehicle’s alarm sys­tem as a way to scare off crim­in­als.

The po­lice of­fi­cials did note that, while Phil­adelphia has seen a hike in murders early this year, the 2nd dis­trict has been im­mune.

Res­id­ents who place their garbage in rear drive­ways for weekly pickups should be on alert for trash pick­ers look­ing for more than trash. The po­lice will stop sus­pi­cious vehicles driv­ing in al­leys, par­tic­u­larly on days and nights when it is not the reg­u­larly sched­uled trash col­lec­tion.

Po­lice re­com­mend that neigh­bors not show their PECO En­ergy bill to any en­ergy com­pany so­li­cit­ors who knock on their doors.

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 age 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.

A com­puter lab will be ad­ded soon.

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.

In oth­er news from the Jan. 19 meet­ing:

• K&D holds a be­gin­ner’s two-step dance class every Sat­urday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at House­man Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, at 5091 Sum­mer­dale Ave. (at God­frey Av­en­ue).

The price is $6 per class. Dan­cers are asked to wear com­fort­able shoes, but not ones with rub­ber soles.

The dance in­struct­ors also of­fer cho­reo­graphy for wed­dings and spe­cial af­fairs.

Call 215-301-8426 or vis­it ht­tp://www.thesofter­sideof­dance.com

• House­man Re­cre­ation Cen­ter also hosts a Zumba fit­ness class every Fri­day at 7 p.m. There’s a one-time re­gis­tra­tion fee of $5, and each class costs $5.

Also, it’s not too early for the re­cre­ation cen­ter to start hir­ing life­guards for the sum­mer.

For more in­form­a­tion on the fit­ness class or the life­guard jobs, call 215-685-1240.

The re­cre­ation cen­ter is con­grat­u­lat­ing the Philly Tar Heels, its 14-and-un­der boys bas­ket­ball team, for win­ning the New Year’s Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment at Uni­versity City High School.

• Friends of Sum­mer­dale Civic As­so­ci­ation will meet on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m., at House­man Re­cre­ation Cen­ter. ••

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