Local elementary schools topic of Burholme Civic meeting

Lead­ers of Kennedy C. Crossan Ele­ment­ary School and Im­manuel Luther­an School both con­sider their schools among Burholme’s best-kept secrets.

Crossan, at 7350 Bing­ham St., has 360 stu­dents in kinder­garten through fifth grade, said prin­cip­al Lynne Mil­lard. There are 45 staff mem­bers.

Crossan of­fers a mu­sic pro­gram, sci­ence fair, a di­verse stu­dent pop­u­la­tion and ex­tra­cur­ricular activ­it­ies. It has met An­nu­al Yearly Pro­gress goals nine years in a row, and its PSSA scores in read­ing and math have sur­passed tar­gets.

“There are so many points of pride at our school,” said Mil­lard, a 25-year School Dis­trict of Phil­adelphia em­ploy­ee who has been prin­cip­al for four years.

Im­manuel Luther­an, at 1015 Cottman Ave., has 168 stu­dents in pre-kinder­garten through eighth grade. It opened in 1965.

Busi­ness man­ager Janice Re­iff said tu­ition is $4,100 for pre-kinder­garten and $4,500 for oth­er grades, with dis­counts for church mem­bers and fam­il­ies with mul­tiple kids in the school.

Stu­dents in pre­kinder­garten through fifth grade learn Ger­man, while sixth- through eighth-graders study Span­ish.

Some neigh­bors worry about the chil­dren’s safety be­cause many Cottman Av­en­ue mo­tor­ists go through red lights or block in­ter­sec­tions in heavy traffic.

Po­lice of­ficer Mark Mroz said the 2nd dis­trict puts much of its per­son­nel at school dis­missal time at North­east, Fels and Woo­drow Wilson. He sug­ges­ted ask­ing cross­ing guards to copy down the li­cense plate num­bers of of­fend­ing drivers and pass on the in­form­a­tion to po­lice, who could write tick­ets.

In oth­er news from the Feb. 14 meet­ing:

• Some neigh­bors are up­set that a pro­posed deli at 7237 Rising Sun Ave. has ob­tained a li­quor li­cense.

F&T’s Deli plans to open in the former Moegerle Paints, which closed about a year ago.

Neigh­bors claim that the own­er, pri­or to ap­ply­ing for and ob­tain­ing the li­quor li­cense, either did not post a re­quired sign, pos­ted it for only a short peri­od of time or pos­ted it in a place that was hard to see. About 100 have signed a pe­ti­tion of op­pos­i­tion.

“We’re go­ing to try to stop this,” said Al Tauben­ber­ger, the group’s pres­id­ent.

Deli of­fi­cials are ex­pec­ted to at­tend next month’s meet­ing.

• Mroz in­tro­duced Di­anne Murphy as his suc­cessor as the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict’s com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer.

Mroz, who held the job for about sev­en years, now works as an aide to In­spect­or Mike Co­chrane, com­mand­er of the North­east Po­lice Di­vi­sion. He thanked Burholme res­id­ents for their sup­port of fallen of­ficers and the dis­trict’s chil­dren’s hol­i­day party, and they gave him a par­tial stand­ing ova­tion.

Murphy has worked in the 2nd dis­trict for four years. She had been in a squad car, on a bi­cycle and on a foot beat in the shop­ping com­plex at 4640 Roosevelt Blvd. She also worked in the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict, and her hus­band is a 14-year po­lice vet­er­an, as­signed to the 8th dis­trict. They have four kids.

The new CRO an­nounced there will be a com­munity day cel­eb­ra­tion on Sat­urday, May 18, at Tar­get, at 7300 Bustleton Ave. Activ­it­ies will in­clude doc­u­ment shred­ding and vehicle iden­ti­fic­a­tion num­ber etch­ing.

Murphy wel­comed 2nd dis­trict res­id­ents to call her at 215-685-7276.

Mean­while, Mroz said his “last hur­rah” was to work with the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil to add a bylaw pro­hib­it­ing ci­vil­ians from bring­ing guns to its meet­ings. The PDAC ac­ted after a man car­ried an ex­posed gun on his hip at a re­cent Take Back Your Neigh­bor­hood civic meet­ing.

“Every­one in the room was ex­tremely con­cerned with this male,” said Mroz, who was not at the meet­ing but was told the man was “kind of con­front­a­tion­al.”

The gun was leg­al, and Phil­adelphi­ans can carry guns in the open, but some civic lead­ers were non­ethe­less un­easy.

“Some of these com­munity meet­ings get heated,” Mroz said.

• United Meth­od­ist Church of the Re­deem­er, which hosts a monthly con­cert series, is now home to the Amici Op­era Com­pany. The Rev. Dav­id Brown, the church pas­tor, said Amici will present Sig­urd, by French com­poser Ern­est Rey­er, on Sunday, March 10, at 3:30 p.m. and Sat­urday, March, 16, at 4 p.m. Tick­ets cost $25 at the door, $22 for seni­or cit­izens and ad­vance pur­chases, $15 for stu­dents and $10 for chil­dren un­der age 12. The church is  at 1128 Cottman Ave. For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-224-0257.

• An aide to City Coun­cil­man Bri­an O’Neill presen­ted the Town Watch/Civic As­so­ci­ation with a check for $2,000, cour­tesy of the Phil­adelphia Activ­it­ies Fund.  ••

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