City controller candidates visit Lawncrest

The Lawn­crest Com­munity As­so­ci­ation last week wel­comed the three can­did­ates vy­ing for the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion for city con­trol­ler in the May 21 primary.

In­cum­bent Alan Butkovitz and chal­lengers Mark Zecca and Brett Man­del made ap­pear­ances. Re­pub­lic­an Terry Tracy, who is un­op­posed in the GOP primary, will at­tend a meet­ing in the fall.

Butkovitz, who was elec­ted in 2005, de­scribed him­self as “in­de­pend­ent” and said he loves his job. He spoke of his op­pos­i­tion to the city’s Ac­tu­al Value Ini­ti­at­ive to cal­cu­late prop­erty taxes and his in­vest­ig­a­tions in­to money woes at the School Dis­trict of Phil­adelphia and dan­ger­ous con­di­tions at re­cre­ation cen­ters.

“We have re­vo­lu­tion­ized that of­fice,” he said.

Zecca, an at­tor­ney, wore a large but­ton that read, “Vote Mark Zecca for a new Demo­crat­ic city con­trol­ler.” He spent 20 years work­ing for the city law de­part­ment.

To change things in the city, he said, voters will need to change their elec­ted of­fi­cials.

“I’m there to give you an al­tern­at­ive,” he said.

Man­del had a busy cam­paign sched­ule that night and ar­rived after the meet­ing of­fi­cially ended, al­though people re­mained. He called for a more trans­par­ent budget so cit­izens can see how the city spends money.

In oth­er news from the April 16 meet­ing:

• Kier­an “Hit­man” Hooks was ap­plauded for win­ning the Phil­adelphia 152-pound Golden Gloves box­ing cham­pi­on­ship.

Hooks, 18, fights out of the At­tack Mode Box­ing Club, based at Lawn­crest Re­cre­ation Cen­ter.

• The theme for the 98th an­nu­al Lawn­crest 4th of Ju­ly cel­eb­ra­tion will be Rid­ing In­to the Fu­ture.

The day will be­gin at 9 a.m. with a parade that starts at Rising Sun Av­en­ue and Mar­tin’s Mill Road.

Activ­it­ies will take place at the Lawn­crest Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, at Rising Sun Av­en­ue and Comly Street. They will in­clude a flag-rais­ing ce­re­mony, a food court, chil­dren’s rides, bingo, a car show, a flea mar­ket, a ma­gic show, drill teams, live mu­sic­al en­ter­tain­ment, a paint­ball tent and a dunk tank.

In ad­di­tion, there will be raffles, games, prizes and T-shirts for sale.

A fire­works cel­eb­ra­tion will take place at dusk.

Checks can be made pay­able to Lawn­crest 4th of Ju­ly Com­mit­tee, P.O. Box 24656, Phil­adelphia, PA 19111.

Vo­lun­teers are needed. The next meet­ing is sched­uled for Monday, May 20, at 7 p.m. at the Phil­adelphia Prot­est­ant Home.

• The Lawn­crest Lib­rary, at 6098 Rising Sun Ave. (at Ben­ner Street), will host a Phil­lyR­ising meet­ing on Tues­day, April 30, at 6 p.m. Among the top­ics to be dis­cussed is the avail­ab­il­ity of free trees.

The lib­rary also has sev­er­al activ­it­ies next month.

On May 1, the Friends of Lawn­crest Lib­rary will spon­sor a box lunch bingo com­pet­i­tion at 11 a.m. The cost is $10. Call Evelyn Fla­herty at 215-742-3662.

The Friends also will spon­sor a vis­it with Moth­er Goose on May 6 at 11 a.m. There will be stor­ies and rhymes.

On May 7 at 6 p.m., Wo­men Or­gan­ized Against Rape will of­fer op­tions and ser­vices for people caring for eld­erly re­l­at­ives.

On May 18 at 2 p.m., the Friends will spon­sor a work­shop on the be­ne­fits of hor­ti­cul­tur­al ther­apy.

• The Phil­adelphia Prot­est­ant Home, 6500 Tabor Ave., will hold a pan­cake and saus­age break­fast on Sat­urday, May 4, from 8 to 11 a.m. at its so­cial hall. The cost is $5 for kids, $6 for res­id­ents and $7 for adults. Pro­ceeds be­ne­fit the Phil-Mont Kiwanis Club.

There will be an Amer­ic­an Red Cross blood drive at PPH’s so­cial hall on Wed­nes­day, May 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make an ap­point­ment, email Bill Con­away at bcon­away@pphfam­

• State Sen. Shir­ley Kit­chen will hold her eighth an­nu­al Seni­or Healthy Liv­ing Expo on Fri­day, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Con­ven­tion Cen­ter.

The day will in­clude free eye screen­ings, sem­inars, ex­hib­it­ors, fit­ness demon­stra­tions, beauty ser­vices, lunch, giveaways and a per­form­ance by a Mi­chael Jack­son im­per­son­at­or.

• The 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict, the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil and state Sen. Tina Tartagli­one will present the ninth an­nu­al com­munity day on Sat­urday, May 18, at Tar­get, at 7400 Bustleton Ave.

The day will be­gin at 9 a.m. with the Ken Hy­ers Me­mori­al Bike Ride, held in trib­ute to the late Lawn­crest Town Watch pres­id­ent.

Activ­it­ies will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will in­clude child fin­ger­print­ing, bi­cycle re­gis­tra­tion, doc­u­ment shred­ding and in­form­a­tion tables fea­tur­ing elec­ted of­fi­cials, the Phil­adelphia po­lice and fire de­part­ments and loc­al and state agen­cies.

• Civic group mem­bers ob­served a mo­ment of si­lence in memory of fire de­part­ment Capt. Mi­chael Good­win and the vic­tims of the Bo­ston Mara­thon bomb­ing.

• Lawn­crest Com­munity As­so­ci­ation usu­ally meets on the third Tues­day of the month. To avoid a con­flict with the up­com­ing primary elec­tion, the group will next meet on Tues­day, May 14, at 7 p.m. at St. Wil­li­am par­ish hall, at Argyle and Rob­bins streets. ••

Re­port­er Tom War­ing can be reached at 215-354-3034 or twar­

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