Northwood neighbors: Broken windows are a pane


At North­wood Civic As­so­ci­ation meet­ing earli­er this month, some neigh­bors com­plained about broken win­dows in their homes.

Neigh­bors blame young teen­agers for throw­ing rocks through the win­dows on the 1200 block of Haworth St. and the 1100 block of Ken­wyn St. Corner prop­er­ties seem to be get­ting tar­geted.

Res­id­ents have aler­ted the staff at H.R. Ed­munds Ele­ment­ary School to mon­it­or stu­dents at dis­missal. They have also made roll call re­ports to the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict.

In ad­di­tion, civic as­so­ci­ation mem­bers will men­tion their con­cerns to of­ficers at Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil and Po­lice Ser­vice Area meet­ings.

Oth­er acts of van­dal­ism can be re­por­ted to the 15th dis­trict at 215-685-8698.

In oth­er news from the May 15 meet­ing:

• Soon-to-be state Rep. James Clay was in at­tend­ance.

Clay planned to chal­lenge Rep. Tony Payton in the Demo­crat­ic primary in the 179th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict, but the in­cum­bent dropped out after his nom­in­at­ing pe­ti­tions were chal­lenged in court and it be­came clear he didn’t have the min­im­um 300 val­id sig­na­tures.

Thus, Clay ran alone in the primary. No Re­pub­lic­an filed, so Clay will have a clear path to vic­tory in the Nov. 6 gen­er­al elec­tion.

Clay ex­pects to open a dis­trict of­fice on the 4900 block of Frank­ford Ave. He plans to work with neigh­bor­ing Rep. John Taylor, a North­wood res­id­ent and Re­pub­lic­an who faces a chal­lenge from Demo­crat Wil­li­am Dun­bar.

• The Po­lice Of­ficer Gary Sker­ski Me­mori­al Golf Out­ing will take place this Sat­urday at the John F. Byrne Golf Club, at 9500 Le­on St. in Tor­res­dale.

The event starts at 8 a.m. and will use a best ball format. The cost is $85 per per­son. There will be a bar­be­cue, raffle and si­lent auc­tion.

Sker­ski was the 15th dis­trict’s com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer when he was shot to death in 2006 while re­spond­ing to an armed rob­bery at Pat’s Caf&ea­cute;, at 4690 Castor Ave.

Call John Mar­low at 267-688-9997 or Gary Ro­man at 215-688-1531.

• St. James Luther­an Church, at Castor Av­en­ue and Pratt Street, will hold a “Call to Wor­ship” rally on Sat­urday, June 9, from 3 to 6 p.m., on its side lawn. There will be live mu­sic, wor­ship, Gos­pel mes­sages, testi­mon­ies, food, re­fresh­ments and a preschool open house. The rain date is Sunday, June 10.

• The City Plan­ning Com­mis­sion will hold a meet­ing about its Lower North­east Dis­trict Plan on Tues­day, June 12, at 6:30 p.m., in the gym­nas­i­um of St. Mar­tin of Tours, at 5450 Roosevelt Blvd.

The city’s Phil­adelphia 2035 ini­ti­at­ive fea­tures 18 dis­trict plans. The Lower North­east plan con­sists of North­wood, Frank­ford, Sum­mer­dale, Ox­ford Circle, Lawndale and Cres­centville. Guests can com­ment on fu­ture de­vel­op­ment, zon­ing changes, pub­lic in­vest­ments and pro­pos­als for city-owned land and fa­cil­it­ies.

For more in­form­a­tion, call city plan­ner Ian Litwin at 215-683-4609 or vis­it www.phil­

• Ap­plic­a­tions are be­ing taken for the Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment Ci­vil­ian Po­lice Academy. All Phil­adelphi­ans age 18 and older are eli­gible, provided they pass back­ground and crim­in­al re­cord checks. Classes take place at the po­lice academy, at 8501 State Road. Smoking is pro­hib­ited. Par­ti­cipants are not al­lowed in the fir­ing range or K-9 train­ing areas. Call 215-685-8120 or 215-685-8080.

• The civic as­so­ci­ation voted un­an­im­ously to donate $300 to the fledgling North­wood Town Watch.

• North­wood Civic As­so­ci­ation will meet on Tues­day, June 19, at 7 p.m., at St. James Luther­an Church. ••


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