Hospitality group is looking for volunteers


Deb Kish-Sil­ver and Bob Byrne out­lined the goals of the In­ter­faith Hos­pit­al­ity Net­work at a re­cent meet­ing of the Take Back Your Neigh­bor­hood civic as­soci-ation.

The agency is fo­cus­ing on North­east neigh­bor­hoods in the 19124, 19136 and 19149 ZIP codes, where there have been high num­bers of fore­clos­ures.

Two home­less fam­il­ies are liv­ing at Ox­ford Circle Men­non­ite Church for the month of Oc­to­ber. Pre­vi­ously, they each spent a month at Faith Luther­an Church and Rhawn­hurst Pres­by­teri­an Church.

The group is look­ing for vo­lun­teers to cook a meal, be a din­ner com­pan­ion or serve as an overnight host. Call 215-247-4663 or go to philashel­

In oth­er news from the Sept. 24 meet­ing:

• Sgt. Wil­li­am Whartenby, of the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict, listened to a vari­ety of com­plaints.

Neigh­bors men­tioned stolen tires on the 1500 block of Dever­eaux Ave., loose dogs at Max My­ers Play­ground, drug sales on the 1400 block of Stevens St., il­leg­al com­mer­cial truck park­ing on the 2100 block of Magee Ave. and un­ne­ces­sary po­lice ques­tion­ing of teen­agers.

Whartenby said bi­cycle of­ficers are a key part of the crime­fight­ing ef­fort in the 2nd dis­trict. He ad­ded that all of­ficers are on the lookout for curfew vi­ol­at­ors at night.

“Our cap­tain is vi­gil­ant that we have high curfew num­bers,” he said.

Whartenby told neigh­bors to call the dis­trict at 215-686-3020 to re­port neigh­bor­hood is­sues so of­ficers can hear about them at daily roll call ses­sions.

• At­tor­ney Lor­rie McKin­ley, who handles dis­ab­il­ity, em­ploy­ment and edu­ca­tion law, ad­dressed the crowd. She wel­comed in­quir­ies to her of­fice at 610-436-6060.

• Cheryl Gar­gi­ulo, a re­cre­ation lead­er at Max My­ers Play­ground, leads bal­let and tap dance classes for girls ages 5 to 16. The class meets every Monday at 6 p.m. The cost is $20 per month.

Gar­gi­ulo is a long­time dance teach­er and former USO per­former, Eagles cheer­lead­er and Ra­dio City Mu­sic Hall Rock­ette. Call 215-685-1242.

• Ivy Smith will lead a new Girls Scouts troop based at Max My­ers Play­ground. There is no fee. Call 267-632-3626.

• Rhawn­hurst Nat­ur­ally Oc­cur­ring Re­tire­ment Com­munity is look­ing for vo­lun­teers for its an­nu­al win­ter­iz­a­tion day on Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vo­lun­teers per­form minor home re­pairs, lawn cleanup and oth­er chores for seni­or cit­izens liv­ing in the 19111, 19149 and 19152 ZIP codes.

To sign up, con­tact NORC pro­gram man­ager Abby Gil­bert at 215-320-0351 or agil­ ••End­Frag­ment 

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