Election officials offer info at Burholme civic meeting


As the polit­ic­al cam­paign heats up, three loc­al elec­tion of­fi­cials vis­ited this month’s meet­ing of the Burholme Com­munity Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation.

The guests were Don Garecht, chief deputy com­mis­sion­er in the of­fice of City Com­mis­sion­er Al Schmidt, and Joe Lynch and Rich Vito, of the County Board of Elec­tions.

The men brought an elec­tion ma­chine, voter re­gis­tra­tion forms, ap­plic­a­tions for ab­sent­ee and al­tern­at­ive bal­lots and in­form­a­tion on the state’s new voter iden­ti­fic­a­tion law.

The Pennsylvania Su­preme Court has ordered a Com­mon­wealth Court judge to re­con­sider a chal­lenge to the voter ID law, but of­fi­cials are mov­ing for­ward in plan­ning for Elec­tion Day, Nov. 6.

“We have to act as though they’re not go­ing to over­turn it,” said Lynch, as­sist­ant ad­min­is­trat­or at the elec­tion board.

Lynch noted that some people are pan­ick­ing, but he be­lieves polling place work­ers will have everything un­der con­trol.

“It’s not really a big deal,” said Lynch, adding that the law should have been “in place years ago.”

For the first time, Pennsylvania voters must show photo iden­ti­fic­a­tion to vote. Ac­cept­able forms of ID in­clude a driver’s li­cense, pass­port or card is­sued by the mil­it­ary, gov­ern­ment em­ploy­er, col­lege or care fa­cil­ity.

“It has to have an ex­pir­a­tion date on it,” Lynch said.

The last day to re­gister to vote is Oct. 9.

In oth­er news from the Sept. 13 meet­ing:

• A be­ne­fit for Cath­er­ine “Kate” Pem­broke will be held this Fri­day from 8 p.m. to mid­night at the Southamp­ton Room, at 2980 Southamp­ton Road.

Pem­broke is the former long­time man­ager of the Fox Chase branch of­fice of the U.S. Postal Ser­vice. She is re­cov­er­ing from a ma­jor stroke.

Tick­ets cost $30. Pro­ceeds will help the Pem­broke fam­ily con­vert Kate’s home in­to han­di­cap-ac­cess­ible liv­ing space.

Mon­et­ary gifts can be sent to Kate Pem­broke Be­ne­fit, c/o Jimmy Pem­broke, 2844 Nep­tune Road, Phil­adelphia, PA 19154.

Con­tact Charles Ritter at 215-528-7473 or hbrown@cvsd.org or call James Pem­broke at 215-350-7276.

• Sev­en young­sters from Cub Scout Pack 160 led the crowd in the Pledge of Al­le­gi­ance.

The group, for boys in first through fifth grades, meets every Tues­day at 7 p.m. at Im­manuel Luther­an Church, at 1013 Cottman Ave. There will be a re­cruit­ment night on Sept. 25.

Pack 160 will hold a flap­jack fund-raiser break­fast on Sat­urday, Oct. 6, from 8 to 10 a.m., at Ap­ple­bee’s Neigh­bor­hood Grill & Bar, at 9141 Roosevelt Blvd. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for chil­dren.

For more in­form­a­tion, call cub­mas­ter Matt Wil­li­ams at 215-783-6405 or go to www.pack-160.com.

Mark Mroz, 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer, cau­tioned people against walk­ing out of banks with cash in their hands.

“You might as well paint a red dot on you. You’re a tar­get,” he said.

• Burholme Com­munity Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation will meet on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m., at United Meth­od­ist Church of the Re­deem­er. ••


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