Holmesburg Civic hears from Forrest principal


Pa­tri­cia Epps re­cently ad­dressed mem­bers of the Holmes­burg Civic As­so­ci­ation as the “proud” prin­cip­al of Ed­win For­rest Ele­ment­ary School.

The school, at 7300 Cot­tage St., has about 1,200 chil­dren in pre-kinder­garten through sixth grade. En­roll­ment has al­most doubled in the eight years Epps has been there. Second grade is the largest, with sev­en classes.

The prin­cip­al said one up­com­ing amen­ity will be erec­tion of an LED sign that will show school news and an­nounce­ments.

Epps, who has spent 31 years in the School Dis­trict of Phil­adelphia, told the crowd that budget cuts will cost the school some of its cus­todi­al staff.

“It is so dis­heart­en­ing,” she said.

In ad­di­tion, the school will not be able to of­fer any sum­mer pro­grams.

“You’re go­ing to see a lot of chil­dren walk­ing up and down the street with nowhere to go and noth­ing to do,” she said.

• Fred Moore, pres­id­ent of the civic as­so­ci­ation for the last 12 years, will step down be­cause he is mov­ing to Hunt­ing­don Val­ley.

Moore has lived in the neigh­bor­hood for 41 years. He counts the people and the his­tory as the neigh­bor­hood’s top as­sets.

“I’m only twenty-five minutes away,” said Moore, adding that he is seconds away on the com­puter.

Rich Frizell, a Walk­er Street res­id­ent who serves as a board mem­ber, will be­come the new pres­id­ent. He moved to the old­est house in the neigh­bor­hood in 1987, after liv­ing in North­ern Liber­ties.

Moore’s last meet­ing as pres­id­ent will be next month, and Frizell will take over in Septem­ber after a sum­mer break.

“I’m very ex­cited,” said Frizell, not­ing that the group has a strong board and that Moore has prom­ised to help in the trans­ition.

The group’s sec­ret­ary, Luz Paradoa, resigned, so mem­bers are look­ing for someone to fill that seat.

• Mike Tom­lin­son, the Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate in the 5th Sen­at­ori­al Dis­trict, said he plans to knock on doors in a dis­trict that stretches from Port Rich­mond to Somer­ton.

Tom­lin­son is chal­len­ging three-term Demo­crat­ic Sen. Mike Stack.

The chal­lenger grew up on Me­ridi­an Street in Holmes­burg and today lives on the 4400 block of Oak­mont St. He’s mar­ried with four chil­dren and three grand­chil­dren.

A Fath­er Judge High School gradu­ate, his back­ground in­cludes serving as a coach at Holmes­burg Boys Club. He’s a former teach­er at Over­brook High School and has worked as a cer­ti­fied pub­lic ac­count­ant.

Tom­lin­son said he wants to go to Har­ris­burg to fight for con­stitu­ents, not spe­cial in­terests.

“I’m go­ing to be the lob­by­ist for the people,” he said.

• Louis Giorla, com­mis­sion­er of the Phil­adelphia Pris­on Sys­tem, dis­cussed the suc­cess of a year-old com­post­ing pro­ject.

A fed­er­al grant helped the pro­ject launch in May 2011.

In the past, pris­on food that was not eaten was taken to a land­fill.

Now, it is com­pos­ted for use in green­houses, gar­dens and farms, both on-site and in the com­munity. Pris­on­ers have been trained to do the work.

The pro­ject helps the city save money be­cause less waste is taken to land­fills.

Giorla was joined by Laura Cas­sidy, the pro­gram ad­min­is­trat­or.

• Holmes­burg Civic As­so­ci­ation will meet on Tues­day, June 12, at 7:15 p.m., at Holmes­burg Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, at Rhawn and Dit­man streets. The guests will be City Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on (D-6th dist.) and Capt. Len Ditch­kof­sky, com­mand­er of the 8th Po­lice Dis­trict. ••


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