The Lawncrest Community Association recently 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.
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 workshop on the benefits of horticultural therapy on May 18 at 2 p.m.
• The Philadelphia Protestant Home, 6500 Tabor Ave., will host 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 email@example.com
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org