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Bustleton Civic dumps its leaders

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A slate of chal­lengers won all of the Great­er Bustleton Civic League’s board seats dur­ing an elec­tion last Wed­nes­day. 

Jack O’Hara, cur­rently the league’s vice pres­id­ent, will take of­fice as pres­id­ent dur­ing the or­gan­iz­a­tion’s June 13 meet­ing. He de­feated John McK­eever, the in­cum­bent.

Maur­een Greene, who had served many years as cor­res­pond­ing sec­ret­ary, won the job back, de­feat­ing Lil­lian de Krafft. Bob Hall bested in­cum­bent treas­urer Joan Rhoades. Mar­lene Markow­itz suc­cess­fully chal­lenged Di­ane Caruso for the re­cord­ing sec­ret­ary’s post.

O’Hara and his run­ning mates briefly spoke last week dur­ing the league’s ses­sion at the Amer­ic­an Her­it­age Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on on Red Li­on Road. Harry Haberkern, who ran with O’Hara, had no op­pos­i­tion in his bid to suc­ceed O’Hara as vice pres­id­ent.

McK­eever was the only in­cum­bent who asked for mem­bers’ sup­port.

Vot­ing had be­gun be­fore 7 p.m., be­fore any can­did­ate spoke, with some mem­bers cast­ing their bal­lots and leav­ing al­most im­me­di­ately. Few re­mained when the elec­tion res­ults were an­nounced at about 10 p.m.

A few weeks be­fore the elec­tion, McK­eever said he had ex­pec­ted more than 200 would vote, but last week said the turnout seemed lower.

Only the names of win­ning can­did­ates were an­nounced. The league’s by-laws pro­hib­it re­veal­ing how many votes in­di­vidu­al can­did­ates get. However, the length of time in­volved count­ing the bal­lots sug­ges­ted to some that the races were tight.

A con­tested elec­tion for civic as­so­ci­ation slots is a rar­ity in North­east Phil­adelphia. Most or­gan­iz­a­tions have so much trouble get­ting mem­bers to vo­lun­teer for seats on their boards that the idea of people com­pet­ing for those posts is al­most un­heard of.

Last year, the Great­er Bustleton Civic League had one race. O’Hara beat in­cum­bent vice pres­id­ent Myles Gor­don.

Be­fore cam­paign speeches were made last week, the league awar­ded $100 checks to loc­al pu­pils whose schools re­com­men­ded them.

Honored for their schol­ast­ic and com­munity activ­it­ies were: Sophia Lov­ell, from Anne Frank School; Jenna Stark, St. Al­bert the Great; An­thony Umile, Ma­ter­nity BVM; and An­drew Gadaleta, Baldi Middle School. Abi­gail Bit­ton and Chelsea Te­pel, both Green­berg Ele­ment­ary School pu­pils, shared the award.

The league usu­ally meets on the fourth Wed­nes­day of the month, but the next ses­sion will be on June 13 so mem­bers can ad­dress some zon­ing is­sues be­fore the or­gan­iz­a­tion breaks for the sum­mer. The meet­ings will be­gin at 7:30 p.m. at Amer­ic­an Her­it­age Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on, 2060 Red Li­on Road. ••

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