Lawncrest group OKs tax preparation office


Lawn­crest Com­munity As­so­ci­ation mem­bers have ap­proved, 26-11, a busi­ness­man’s pro­pos­al to con­vert a long-va­cant prop­erty at 540 Levick St. in­to a tax pre­par­a­tion of­fice.

The prop­erty is zoned res­id­en­tial. Op­pon­ents noted the nu­mer­ous va­cant store­fronts on the Rising Sun Av­en­ue com­mer­cial strip.

The sup­port comes with pro­vis­os. The prop­erty must re­main own­er-oc­cu­pied and a single fam­ily dwell­ing, and must ac­com­mod­ate off-street park­ing.

In oth­er news from the May 15 meet­ing:

• Plan­ning con­tin­ues for the 97th an­nu­al Lawn­crest 4th of Ju­ly Cel­eb­ra­tion. The hol­i­day is on a Wed­nes­day this year.

The theme is A Com­munity United.

The event will kick off at 9 a.m. with a parade. The grand mar­shals will be cur­rent and former teach­ers at St. Wil­li­am Ele­ment­ary School, which will close on June 15.

All activ­it­ies will take place at Lawn­crest Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, Rising Sun Av­en­ue and Comly Street. They in­clude an Amer­ic­an flag-rais­ing ce­re­mony, flea mar­ket, car show, chil­dren’s rides, food court, live bands, ma­gic show, drill teams and fire­works at dusk.

Flea mar­ket vendors are not per­mit­ted to play mu­sic or sell fire­works, smoke bombs, spark­lers, silly string, knives, swords, light­ers or X-rated ma­ter­i­al.

The rain date is Sat­urday, Ju­ly 7.

A bowl­ing fund-raiser is set for Sat­urday, June 2, from 9 p.m. to mid­night at Thun­der­bird Lanes, Wil­lits Road and Holme Av­en­ue. Tick­ets cost $25 in ad­vance or $30 at the door, or $125 per lane, with up to six bowl­ers.

The price in­cludes shoe rent­al, pizza and drinks

Dona­tions can be sent to Lawn­crest 4th of Ju­ly Com­mit­tee, P.O. Box 24656, Phil­adelphia, PA 19111.

To re­serve a space for the flea mar­ket or for more in­form­a­tion, call 215-651-8470 or e-mail lawn­crestju­ly4th@hot­

• Jim Ritval­sky, lead­er at Lawn­crest Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, will soon re­tire. He’s worked for the De­part­ment of Re­cre­ation since 1969. Bri­an An­drews will re­place him.

Ritval­sky will re­turn to sit in the dunk tank at the Ju­ly 4 cel­eb­ra­tion.

• The Friends of Lawn­crest Lib­rary will hold pa­per­back book and au­di­ovisu­al tape sales on Wed­nes­day, May 30, from noon to 5 p.m. and Thursday, May 31, from 2 to 6 p.m. The sales will take place in the patio area of the lib­rary, at 6098 Rising Sun Ave.

• The Phil­adelphia Prot­est­ant Home, at 6500 Tabor Ave., is in­vit­ing the pub­lic to at­tend three con­certs on up­com­ing Thursdays.

The Ferko String Band will play on June 7 at 7:15 p.m. The Daisy Jug Band will en­ter­tain on Ju­ly 19 at 7 p.m. The Midiri Broth­ers Swing Band will per­form on Aug. 23.

• St. Wil­li­am School, which opened in 1924, wel­comes cur­rent and former stu­dents and staff mem­bers and friends to a Mass and open house on Sunday, June 10.

The Mass starts at noon, fol­lowed by an open house from 1 to 4 p.m.

St. Wil­li­am, which opened in 1924, will close on June 15 due to de­clin­ing en­roll­ment.

• The City Plan­ning Com­mis­sion will hold a com­munity meet­ing on Tues­day, June 12, at 6:30 p.m., at St. Mar­tin of Tours School, at 5450 Roosevelt Blvd. The meet­ing will fo­cus on the city’s Phil­adelphia 2035 phys­ic­al de­vel­op­ment plan for the Lower North­east, which in­cludes Lawndale, Cres­centville, Sum­mer­dale, Ox­ford Circle, North­wood and Frank­ford. Re­com­mend­a­tions will be ac­cep­ted for zon­ing changes, pub­lic in­vest­ments and city-owned land and fa­cil­it­ies use. Park­ing is avail­able in the school lot.

For more in­form­a­tion, con­tact pro­ject man­ager Ian Litwin at 215-683-4609 or

• The Great­er Phil­adelphia As­so­ci­ation of Re­altors and City Coun­cil­wo­man Mari­an Tasco (D-9th dist.) are co-spon­sor­ing a free hous­ing re­source fair sched­uled for Sat­urday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at St. Wil­li­am Me­mori­al Hall, at 6234 Rising Sun Ave.

There will be roundtable dis­cus­sions, free cred­it checks, cred­it coun­sel­ing, in­form­a­tion on mar­ket rates and vis­its from rep­res­ent­at­ives of banks, util­ity com­pan­ies and real es­tate of­fices.

Guests will re­ceive door prizes and be entered in a draw­ing for a Kindle. Call Tasco’s of­fice at 215-686-3454.

• The Lawn­crest Com­munity As­so­ci­ation usu­ally meets on the third Tues­day of the month, but will move up the June meet­ing by two weeks. The meet­ing is set for June 5, at 7 p.m., at St. Wil­li­am par­ish hall, at Argyle and Rob­bins streets. City Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on (D-6th dist.) will dis­cuss ab­sent­ee land­lord is­sues. ••


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