Northwood pool runs dry

Don’t rush out to buy a new bathing suit for the grand re­open­ing of the North­wood Frank­ford Com­munity Y swim­ming pool.

“The pool is nev­er go­ing to open ever again,” said North­wood Civic As­so­ci­ation pres­id­ent Joe Krause.

Krause, part of the board of dir­ect­ors that is try­ing to re­open the Y, ex­plained that it is too costly to main­tain the heated pool.

The Y, at 4700 Leiper St., closed in 2009 due to a lack of mem­ber­ship and state fund­ing. The board is re­cruit­ing com­mer­cial ten­ants.

In oth­er news from the March 19 civic as­so­ci­ation meet­ing, the group will op­pose a pro­posed beauty salon for 5260 Castor Ave. (at Bridge Street). The group cites traffic and park­ing is­sues and a de­sire to keep the neigh­bor­hood al­most ex­clus­ive single-fam­ily homes. A Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment hear­ing will take place in May.

On an­oth­er zon­ing top­ic, the group fa­vors a pro­posed seni­or cit­izen day pro­gram mov­ing in­to the shop­ping strip on the 4400 block of Castor Ave. The agency re­cently ob­tained a vari­ance, need­ing one be­cause the prop­erty is just 45 feet from Frank­ford Creek, just un­der the re­quired 50-foot set­back.

The pro­gram, which will open in a year, will re­place a de­part­ing con­crete shop. It will join a CVS and a dia­lys­is cen­ter in the shop­ping cen­ter. Land­scap­ing will be ad­ded. A Popeye’s res­taur­ant will also open on site.

The Ju­ni­ata Park Civic As­so­ci­ation also sup­por­ted the day pro­gram.

The March 16 cleanup at North­wood Park was not much of a suc­cess, as only two people showed up.

On a bright­er note, no re­cent crime was re­por­ted, though a couple of people men­tioned they’ve seen empty drug vi­als on the ground.

In oth­er neigh­bor­hood news, St. James Luther­an Church, at Castor Av­en­ue and Pratt Street, will cel­eb­rate the 40th an­niversary of its preschool pro­gram on the week­end of May 18-19.

On May 18, there will be games for adults and chil­dren from noon to 4 p.m. On May 19, there will be a church ser­vice at 9:20 a.m., fol­lowed by a re­cep­tion.

The Rev. Paul An­dell, the re­tired long­time pas­tor at St. James, will re­turn for the fest­iv­it­ies. He and his wife Pam live in Min­nesota, and he preaches in Iowa. Their daugh­ter, Eva Par­isi, runs the preschool.

North­wood Civic As­so­ci­ation will meet again on Tues­day, April 16, at 7 p.m. at St. James Luther­an Church. ••

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