Crime a hot topic in Burholme

At last month’s gath­er­ing of the Burholme Com­munity Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation, mem­bers heard up­dates on the loc­al crime situ­ation from of­fi­cials of the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict.

Ad­dress­ing the crowd were Capt. Frank Palumbo, the dis­trict com­mand­er; Lt. Maria Lisa Harner; and com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer Di­anne Murphy.

The po­lice of­fi­cials cau­tioned adults that they should alert their young loved ones about be­ing care­ful when car­ry­ing cell phones in pub­lic.

“Kids are get­ting beaten for their cell phones throughout the city on a fairly reg­u­lar basis,” Palumbo said.

Palumbo, who has been the 2nd dis­trict com­mand­er for a year, also men­tioned that some gypsies are pos­ing as Phil­adelphia Gas Works em­ploy­ees to gain en­trance in­to homes. He urged people to call 911 if they wit­ness the scam.

The com­mand­er said of­ficers have helped solve a gang prob­lem in the area around Castor and Magee av­en­ues in Castor Gar­dens. He also ex­pressed con­cern over vi­ol­ence tak­ing place at and near the Lawn­crest Re­cre­ation Cen­ter.

In oth­er news from the Oct. 10 meet­ing, the Town Watch and civic as­so­ci­ation agreed to write a let­ter of nonop­pos­i­tion for a new shop at 7235-37 Rising Sun Ave.

The 1,800-square-foot store will sell beer, gro­cer­ies and deli products. It’ll be open sev­en days a week. It’s the home of the former Moegerle Paints.

The Pennsylvania Li­quor Con­trol Board ap­proved the trans­fer of a li­quor li­cense in Feb­ru­ary to own­er Frank Huynh, who has made ex­tens­ive renov­a­tions and prom­ised vari­ous se­cur­ity meas­ures. The in­teri­or will in­clude tables and chairs.

Al Tauben­ber­ger, pres­id­ent of the Town Watch and civic as­so­ci­ation, said that he likes the fact that the own­er will in­stall se­cur­ity cam­er­as in­side and out­side the prop­erty, and that the grounds will be well-lit. In ad­di­tion, Tauben­ber­ger noted that Huynh’s fam­ily will be liv­ing on site and that the own­er has provided his cell phone num­ber if neigh­bors have any im­me­di­ate con­cerns.

Some neigh­bors com­plained about late clos­ing hours and the deli com­pet­ing with its fu­ture next-door neigh­bor, the Quaker Diner, which provides food for civic group mem­bers after meet­ings.

Huynh hopes to open in Janu­ary.

Also, Anne Mar­ie Coyle, a Far North­east res­id­ent and 1977 Arch­bish­op Ry­an High School gradu­ate, spoke of her cam­paign for a seat on Com­mon Pleas Court. Coyle, 54, spent 17 years as an as­sist­ant dis­trict at­tor­ney. Coyle fin­ished first among nine can­did­ates in the race for sev­en seats in the Nov. 5 elec­tion.

Burholme Com­munity Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation will meet again on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. at United Meth­od­ist Church of the Re­deem­er, at Cottman and Lawndale av­en­ues. ••

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