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Bustleton civic board faces lots of competition

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There will be a con­tested elec­tion for the Great­er Bustleton Civic League’s board posts on May 23, and the op­pos­i­tion to the in­cum­bents is or­gan­ized.

Jack O’Hara, the cur­rent vice pres­id­ent, is run­ning for pres­id­ent against John McK­eever, the in­cum­bent, and O’Hara is lead­ing a full slate of can­did­ates. McK­eever said in an in­ter­view that the in­cum­bents are not run­ning to­geth­er.

All can­did­ates were nom­in­ated dur­ing the league’s April 25 meet­ing at the Amer­ic­an Her­it­age Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on. Mem­bers who were in good stand­ing as of that meet­ing will be eli­gible to vote on May 23, McK­eever said.

Barry Stuck­er, the league’s par­lia­ment­ari­an and chair­man of the nom­in­a­tions com­mit­tee, said mem­bers in good stand­ing are res­id­ents of the 19115 ZIP code, are cur­rent with dues as of the April 25 meet­ing and are at least 21 years old.

Harry Haberkern, who is run­ning with O’Hara, is the only can­did­ate who is un­op­posed. He is run­ning for O’Hara’s seat.

Maur­een Greene is chal­len­ging in­cum­bent cor­res­pond­ing sec­ret­ary Lil­lian De Krafft. Greene pre­vi­ously had held the post. In­cum­bent re­cord­ing sec­ret­ary Di­ane Caruso is be­ing chal­lenged by Mar­lene Markow­itz. Bob Hall is seek­ing the treas­urer’s post now held by Joan Rhoades.

The chal­lengers dis­trib­uted a fli­er at the April 25 ses­sion in which they said they said they want to in­crease the league’s ef­fi­ciency and make it more rep­res­ent­at­ive of its mem­ber­ship.

Stuck­er con­duc­ted the nom­in­a­tions pro­cess. Each nom­in­a­tion had to be seconded and those nom­in­ated had to ac­cept their nom­in­a­tions.

Later last week, Stuck­er said there have been con­tests for vari­ous board seats over the years, but con­tests for four out of five seats are un­usu­al.

Last year, O’Hara de­feated in­cum­bent vice pres­id­ent Myles Gor­don. One hun­dred and one votes were cast in that con­test, Stuck­er said.

McK­eever said more than 400 house­holds have mem­ber­ship in the league, one of the North­east’s largest civic as­so­ci­ations. Each house­hold can have more than one vot­ing mem­ber, he said. Those elec­ted on May 23 take of­fice in Ju­ly, O’Hara said.

In oth­er busi­ness, mem­bers voted to tell the city’s Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment they had no po­s­i­tion on a re­quest for a zon­ing vari­ance on the 1100 of Nor­walk Road.

Own­ers of a home on that block need the vari­ance be­cause they want to build a one-story ad­di­tion, McK­eever said. However, since cur­rent zon­ing reg­u­la­tions do not re­quire ap­plic­ants to present their plans to loc­al civic groups, the own­ers de­cided not to do so be­fore the league, McK­eever said. He told mem­bers that the prop­erty’s neigh­bors are not op­posed to the build­ing ad­di­tion. Greene sug­ges­ted that, in­stead of vot­ing to sup­port or op­pose the vari­ance, mem­bers simply tell the zon­ers they have no po­s­i­tion. That’s the mo­tion that passed.

Rich Si­mon, the 7th Po­lice Dis­trict’s com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer, told mem­bers of­ficers are look­ing for the oc­cu­pants of a white van they be­lieve have been in­volved in sev­er­al neigh­bor­hood burg­lar­ies. He said two black men have been seen in the vehicle, which he said might have a black back door.

Si­mon said the phrase “clean it all” or “clean up” might be on the side of the van. He urged any­one who spots the vehicle to call 911.

Mem­bers agreed to award $100 to one pu­pil from each of the fol­low­ing schools: Anne Frank, Baldi Middle School, Green­berg, Ma­ter­nity B.V.M. and St. Al­berts. The pu­pils, who will be nom­in­ated by their schools for their com­munity ser­vice, all must live in the 1915 ZIP code. ••

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