Show your American pride for just a dollar
Dear Northeast residents and all Philadelphians:
Recently I traveled through parts of Northeast Philly including Pine Valley and other parts of Bustleton, Fox Chase, Parkwood and Frankford, as well as Bridesburg, Fishtown and Port Richmond, and as I was traveling, I noticed that more people chose sports teams’ flags over the American flag.
I will say that in parts of Bridesburg, Port Richmond and the Franklin Mills area near Academy Road, there were some very nice displays, but for the most part, Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers flags were the thing.
Team flags cost about $10 to $20 each, and our country flag can be picked up at a dollar store.
Come on, Philly, let’s show our support for the vets, our men and women still serving, our police officers and our firefighters, for without them all, things in this country would be a lot different. Just one dollar can go a long way in showing how much we care.
Flying our team flag is a great thing, but nothing should trump the stars and stripes. Remember, a dollar can show a lot of pride in our country.
Knights in shining cars help cancer patients
I have been a cancer patient at the Fox Chase Cancer Center for the past year. An integral part of the experience is not directly related to the treatment regime — it is the ability to get to treatments.
Thanks to the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program, which provides rides to patients that have difficulty getting to their treatments, I have been able to get to all of my appointments. The drivers are all volunteers. Unfortunately, there are many ride requests each month that are unable to be fulfilled because there are not enough drivers.
Although our families and friends are supportive, they are not always available to take us to the many appointments that our treatment entails. My experience with these drivers is so extraordinary in terms of their compassion and commitment to providing this service that is so vital to our overall ability to deal with our illness. Knowing that total strangers are volunteering their time, taking us in their cars and shepherding us with such care is a morale booster.
It is because of my personal experience and seeing how many patients have benefited from this service that I am appealing to the broader Northeast community to consider becoming a volunteer driver for the Road to Recovery program. Drive as much or as little as you can. Every ride can make a difference for a local cancer patient. Become a knight in a shining car to a very grateful neighbor who needs your help as they deal with their illness. For information on how to volunteer, please contact Jamie McCann at 215-985-5359 or Jamie.McCann@cancer.org.
If someone you know has cancer and would like information, day-to-day help, or emotional support, please contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345, or visit cancer.org.
PECO, please don’t kill me with your smart meter
PECO is installing smart meters on homes in Philadelphia. They say it is to help people to understand how they use energy.
But prior locations that have had these meters installed have rejected these smart meters because of health risks and illnesses. In Sonoma County, Calif., documented health concerns have ranged from loss of memory, dizziness, nausea and insomnia, and many are concerned about long-term radiation effects such as cancer. I have contacted the state Public Utility Commission (1-800-782-1110) and filed a complaint refusing to have the smart meter installed. It is advised to contact your state legislators and City Council members, including all seven at-large members.
Most importantly, people should call PECO at 1-855-741-9011 immediately and refuse installation, because the World Health Organization considers Type B electromagnetic radio waves carcinogenic to people. Another study is the Sutro Tower in San Francisco and its correlation to childhood cancers, by Neil Cherry, Ph.D. Finally, these meters will enable PECO to determine when people are home and will eventually lead to paying more for “peak hour usage” when air conditioning and heating are needed. Please act.
At KenCrest Prom, a good time was had by all
My wife, Maria, and I, had the pleasure of attending the 10th Annual KenCrest Prom for their clients with special needs on Saturday, June 2. The KenCrest Prom was held the day after Upper Moreland High School’s senior prom, so the post-prom decorations were still intact and on display.
KenCrest hosted the prom for their clients who are adults with various types of disabilities.
The range of ages of the clients who attended the prom was from approximately 17 to 81. KenCrest serves people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, and those with autism
KenCrest has been serving this special population for more than 100 years and is the largest provider of community-based services and supports in the region.
The KenCrest prom was attended by more than 350 clients and their family members, caregivers, volunteers and friends.
Besides being a great time for everyone who attended, it was gratifying and uplifting for my wife and I to see KenCrest’s clients dressed up in their best outfits, dancing, and enjoying the music and each other’s company. For any clients who needed a suit or a prom dress, KenCrest made certain that there were hundreds of donated dresses and suits available from which to choose.
The Upper Moreland School Board and Superintendent Dr. Robert Milrod are to be commended for allowing KenCrest to host the prom for their clients at Upper Moreland High School. Thank you, and congratulations to the Upper Moreland School District for being so supportive of individuals with disabilities.
It is unfortunate that your newspaper and other news outlets continue to neglect coverage of this event, year after year.
At a time when our disabled community is suffering funding and program cuts, KenCrest clients find reason to rejoice and celebrate their special differences. Perhaps in the future, your newspaper will find this event newsworthy. I know your readers certainly would.
Rep. Thomas P. Murt
152nd Legislative District
CLIP gets an A+ from these readers
Regarding the letter to the editor from Lydia F. Selwood of Harrisonburg, Va. (Shame on CLIP for going too far, May 30 edition):
The 4th Amendment of the Constitution states in part: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, … against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
I don’t recall anyone being searched or seized, just photographed. And whether you realize it or not, according to your definitions of “patrolling” and “photographing,” Google Earth has already violated your rights and those of a good portion of the world by photographing every street, house, building, etc., on this planet for our viewing pleasure on the Internet.
Thank goodness Ms. Selwood has moved from her former residence in big bad Philadelphia to nice sedate Harrisonburg, Va. That area of the country is a very nice location — nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, amidst the Blue Ridge Mountains. However, if you happen to look at the regulations for your town of Harrisonburg, Va., you will notice the following regulation (in part):
Tall Grass and Weeds. Whenever grass, weeds, brush or other foreign growth attains a height of fifteen (15) inches or more, it shall be presumed to threaten the health, safety and general welfare of residents of the City. ….citizens of the City can call the Department of Planning et al. to report a “Tall Grass and Weeds” violation and the City will inspect the property and, if necessary, notify the property owner of the violation. Failure to resolve a “Tall Grass and Weeds” violation after being notified by the City shall result in the City contracting to have the grass, weeds or other growth removed. The property owner will then be billed for all associated costs. If the bill is not paid in thirty (30) days, the City Manager shall transmit the bill to the City Treasure, who shall include the amount in the next regular bill of the property owner. To view detailed regulations … see the City Code Section 16-6-58, Weeds, etc., on lots….
There is also a regulation regarding removal of graffiti that is similar in nature — that Harrisonburg will take pictures of such graffiti and document until it is removed.
Ms. Selwood – you have been CLIPPED in Harrisonburg, Va.
There is no escaping “Big Brother” or CLIP’s so-called Gestapo tactics in the world today. And CLIP is an equal opportunity organization — I do not think they care if you are elderly, disabled or poor, or are rich and drive a Mercedes. All of these things do not give you the right to be a total slob and have disrespect for those living around you — otherwise known as your neighbors.
As a resident of Northeast Philadelphia, who also lives with an elderly person — and I am sure no one would consider us rich or part of the 1 percent — we try to keep our property neat and clean. I too have no love for the “CLIP criminals,” but these types of persons are in all aspects of our society and government.
As for your escape from Nazi Germany, I applaud your success in this country, but remember that you are now in the United States, where even the neat and clean people, who happen to live in very close proximity to their neighbors, have the right to defend themselves against the violators of their own little corner of the neighborhood, town, city and planet.
Enjoy Harrisonburg, Va., and watch out for those Tall Grass and Weeds inspectors who could be coming to your home too.
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In response to the negative letter about CLIP, I am a firm supporter of this department. Perhaps a few decades ago, when opinion writer Lydia lived in Philadelphia, homeowners took pride in their “castle.” Unfortunately, today that is not always the case. Neighborhoods are now plagued with Section 8, landlords that couldn’t care less and homeowners who seem unconcerned with the appearance of their home, where your neighbor has no problem letting their lawns get overgrown, trash build up and letting their dogs’ poop pile up to collect flies.
This leaves the rest of us with what options? Do you confront your neighbor, like the man on Torresdale Avenue just a few months ago? We all know how that could end. In my mind, CLIP is as necessary as the trash department. Without them we would all be living in filth. I welcome the patrolling as a citizen who cares for my property. Keep up the good work!
Unions deserve credit
To the people who claim to know why our economic problems are the fault of the American labor movement, here is what those union members did to this country and to you and your dependents. Here is a small list of what they did with their blood and guts on the picket line. They did this for their country and family and you:
1. Negotiated hours to work per day.
2. Negotiated days to work per week.
3. Negotiated wages.
4. Negotiated overtime wages.
5. Negotiated seniority — they don’t throw you out at 40 years old; you are protected.
6. Negotiated plant safety.
7. Negotiated health insurance.
8. Negotiated paid holidays.
9. Negotiated weekends off. Step back and think — you had no Saturdays and Sundays off until the union came along.
By the way, this is a short list.
Councilman: Hearing set on properties
Next Wednesday, June 20, at 10 a.m. in City Hall, the committees on Licenses and Inspections and Public Safety will hold a joint hearing to discuss the issue of negligent landlords, problem properties and their effects on the surrounding community. To learn more about the purpose of this hearing, check out the resolution that I introduced earlier this year (www.bobbyhenon.com). It was passed by City Council on March 15.
Last Friday, subpoenas were issued to compel the following property owners to participate in the hearing: Edwin Bass, James Walsh, Walter Ulatowski and Raymond Hogeland.
Together, these property owners own 152 properties in the Northeast; are suspected of owing $108,384 in delinquent real estate tax; and have received nearly 750 property violations. Over 330 calls from the community have been made on issues relating to these properties.
If these individuals fail to appear on June 20 at 10 a.m., City Council will take the steps necessary to enforce the subpoenas in court. It is unusual for City Council to use its subpoena power to compel witnesses to participate in Council hearings, but the time has come for aggressive action.
This is just one of many steps I am taking in partnership with my colleagues to address some of the quality-of-life issues facing the city of Philadelphia. I anticipate that there will be more hearings this fall, and I have already introduced legislation to deal with problem properties and problem property owners. In addition, I am going to continue to unveil other innovative, new programs and legislation to address these quality of life issues. Stay tuned at www.bobbyhenon.com.
For more information about this hearing or to share your thoughts, give me a call at 215-686-3444 or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to continuing to fight for our neighborhoods.
Councilman, 6th district
Sensitivity needed on debris story
The network news broadcasts lately have been portraying the debris from the 2011 tsunami that has slowly made its way across the North Pacific as an environmental pollution issue.
There is an implicit element of blame in the pronouncements of local “environmentalists” regarding what has washed up on the beaches of Alaska.
To me, this debris is the consequence of a human disaster that most Americans simply cannot grasp, or has yet to penetrate most people’s mental smokescreen of gossip and “reality” shows.
The stuff on the beach should be treated with care and respect, like the debris from a plane crash that has resulted in a great loss of life.
To see such a lack of sensitivity the day after Memorial Day is a reminder of the failings of this country’s dealings with the Japanese over the last century or so.
If I had lost my home and family in last year’s tsunami, I might find our media’s handling of these remains in poor taste.
Mr. A. article brought back memories
I just read last week’s article by William Kenny on FitzPatrick gym teacher Rich Alloway (The giant of gym class). He taught me almost 40 years ago, (1972-76) at FitzPatrick and he is teaching my grandson there today.
I am not sure if he was my first gym teacher at FitzPatrick, but he is the only one I remember. He was my first
gymnastic coach. I was surprised and happy to hear that he was still there when my grandson came home and told me that his gym teacher’s name was Mr. A. I knew it was him.
Now, knowing that he is retiring, I plan on stopping up after my grandson’s end-of-year activities. Thanks so much for sharing this story; it brought back many happy memories for me.
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