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Battle for the second spot at Holmesburg Civic

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While many civic as­so­ci­ations have trouble re­cruit­ing mem­bers and get­ting them to seek lead­er­ship po­s­i­tions, the Holmes­burg Civic As­so­ci­ation is in the midst of a con­tested battle for vice pres­id­ent.

Ren­ee Co­hen, a law­yer, is squar­ing off against sci­ence teach­er Joe Kruvczuk.

The elec­tion will take place at the group’s Novem­ber meet­ing.

Mean­while, a loc­al state rep­res­ent­at­ive and a can­did­ate for state Sen­ate ad­dressed the crowd at a re­cent civic meet­ing.

Rep. Kev­in Boyle (D-172nd dist.) faces Re­pub­lic­an Al Tauben­ber­ger in the Nov. 6 elec­tion.

Boyle said his work in Har­ris­burg has in­cluded pro­mot­ing good charter schools and mak­ing oth­ers more ac­count­able.

Also, he is work­ing with fel­low Reps. Mike McGee­han, Ed Neilson and Brendan Boyle (Kev­in’s broth­er) on ways to pre­vent what they fear could be a back­door tax in­crease as the city next year ad­opts the Ac­tu­al Value Ini­ti­at­ive.

The prop­erty as­sess­ment pro­cess is un­der way, and own­ers will re­ceive writ­ten no­tices of how much their prop­er­ties are val­ued no later than Feb­ru­ary.

Prop­erty taxes will be de­term­ined once City Coun­cil sets the mil­lage rate.

“I think it could be real chaos for North­east Phil­adelphia,” Boyle said.

Mike Tom­lin­son, the Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate in the 5th Sen­at­ori­al Dis­trict, gave a pas­sion­ate speech about why he should be elec­ted over three-term Sen. Mike Stack.

Tom­lin­son, long act­ive with Holmes­burg Boys Club, has four daugh­ters and three grand­chil­dren. He blas­ted le­gis­lat­ors for hav­ing too much time off and spend­ing too much time rais­ing money for their re-elec­tion cam­paigns. He chided his op­pon­ent for a six-page, tax­pay­er-fun­ded, col­or bro­chure mailed to homes.

“We’ve got fif­teen pic­tures of Sen. Stack,” he said, wav­ing the bro­chure.

Tom­lin­son cri­ti­cized Stack for writ­ing in the bro­chure that, “I se­cured $3 mil­lion in state fund­ing” for vari­ous ex­pan­sion pro­jects at Aria Health.

“The tax­pay­er gave that,” Tom­lin­son said.

The chal­lenger has knocked on 19,000 doors dur­ing the cam­paign and ex­pects to get to an­oth­er 4,000 by Nov. 6.

In oth­er news from the Oct. 9 meet­ing:

• Law­yers Dawn Tan­credi and Phil Mc­Fil­lin will ap­pear at next month’s meet­ing. They rep­res­ent the com­munity in its op­pos­i­tion to a pro­posed meth­adone clin­ic at Frank­ford Av­en­ue and Dec­atur Street.

The clin­ic op­er­at­ors have ap­pealed a de­cision by the Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment to re­voke per­mits gran­ted by the city De­part­ment of Li­censes and In­spec­tions. A hear­ing in Com­mon Pleas Court sched­uled for Nov. 5 has been post­poned to Dec. 3. That hear­ing is also ex­pec­ted to be post­poned.

Boyle, the state law­maker, said the delays are good, cit­ing the end of the clin­ic’s five-year lease in Feb­ru­ary 2016. He has donated $500 out of his cam­paign treas­ury to a fund to pay Tan­credi and Mc­Fil­lin.

Mean­while, North­East Treat­ment Cen­ters has ap­plied to open a meth­adone clin­ic at 7520 State Road. The agency needs a zon­ing vari­ance. The civic as­so­ci­ation was sched­uled to meet with NET of­fi­cials this week.

• Fred Moore, the former civic as­so­ci­ation pres­id­ent who moved earli­er this year to Hunt­ing­don Val­ley, spoke about the newly formed Friends of Pennypack Creek Bridge.

A state his­tor­ic­al mark­er was re­cently ded­ic­ated for the bridge, which was built in 1697 at Frank­ford and Solly av­en­ues. It is Amer­ica’s old­est stone arch road­way bridge still in con­tinu­ous use.

Moore con­tin­ues to main­tain the as­so­ci­ation’s Web site. He also won the 50-50 draw­ing at the civic meet­ing, but donated the money back to the group.

• To fill out a con­fid­en­tial crime in­cid­ent re­port to Holmes­burg Town Watch, go to holmes­burg.com

• Holmes­burg Civic As­so­ci­ation will meet on Tues­day, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., at Holmes­burg Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, at Rhawn and Dit­man streets. ••

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