A symbol of remembrance in Holme Circle
On Nov. 3, the Holme Circle Civic Association sponsored a Flagpole Dedication Ceremony at the historic Holme-Crispin Cemetery in the 3000 block of Holme Avenue celebrating the conclusion of months spent restoring the once neglected lot. This quarter acre is the final resting place of Thomas Holme, appointed by William Penn as Surveyor General of Pennsylvania, who laid out the original plan for the City of Philadelphia.
The program featured the Presentation of Colors by the Philadelphia Police Honor Guard; speakers Brenda Exon of Partners for Civic Pride and Fred Moore of the Northeast Philadelphia History Network; blessing of the flags by Fr. Boyle of St. Jerome’s; soloist Allison Dignam; and state proclamations from state Reps. John Sabatina, Ed Neilson and Kevin Boyle along with congratulatory remarks by Lisa Marie Deeley of Councilman Bobby Henon’s office.
Three Holme Circle residents represented each branch of the government as they presented their flags: Alexander Horanzy, a Pearl Harbor survivor; Mike Fagan, a state employee for the House of Representatives; and, Mrs. Kathleen Simpson, widow of Philadelphia Police Sgt. Timothy Simpson who was killed in the line of duty.
Great community spirit was evident that day as the dedication was not only attended by Holme Circle residents, but also by our neighbors from communities such as Holmesburg, Mayfair, Parkwood, Morrell Park, etc. Many thanks to our area businesses who contributed to the event with trees, landscaping, refreshments, and yes, even the flagpole from Grainger Inc.
So, the next time that you’re traveling on Holme Avenue, look for our new flagpole. It’s not just any flagpole, but rather to us “Holme Circleites,” it’s a symbol of community effort, bonding, and pride.
Elsie Stevens, President
Holme Circle Civic Association
Additional thanks to Mary Benussi
I would like to echo the thoughts of Leon and Marie Dutkiewicz from their Oct. 30 letter (Kudos to Mary Benussi) regarding the recently resigned president of the Tacony Civic Association. When I decided to step down a few years ago, Mary Benussi was the only person amidst a handful of qualified volunteers willing to take the helm of a very active and vigilant community association.
As one of the largest civic associations in the city, it is quite a burden to competently address zoning issues, quality-of-life issues, work with elected officials and provide community events like the summer concert series and Winterfests.
Mary Benussi gave countless hours to her community in the capacity of vice president, president and zoning committee member/chair, testifying many times before the Zoning Board of Adjustment and City Council, always with the best interests of Tacony at heart.
Our community needs more dedicated volunteers like Mary to help fulfill the vision of a revitalized community established a generation ago by those that formed groups like the Tacony Civic Association and Historical Society of Tacony.
Thanks again, Mary, for your passion and dedication!
Louis M. Iatarola
They are criminals, not “returning citizens”
Mayor Nutter has issued an executive order declaring that ex-offenders (criminals) will now be referred to as “returning citizens” on all city paperwork.
How will employers feel, knowing important hiring information is being obscured? What about “returning citizens” from military duty? Should they be lumped into the same group?
I was thinking about all this as I read about an 81-year-old Temple professor who was robbed at knifepoint, then beaten, by a future “returning citizen.”
I think society is smart enough to know people need second chances — but rehabilitation also requires we tell the truth about what you were.
“Returning citizen” implies someone went on a journey, perhaps a trip to Paris. Mayor Nutter, I suggest that all inmates released from jail be given — for their first interview — a suitcase, a beret and some French bread.
Thank you neighbors
Thank you to my neighbors in the Northeast. Although not elected district attorney, I am humbled that I won among working-class families concentrated in the Northeast and river wards.
I am told that these votes came from Republican households and many Democratic households who split the ticket, putting politics aside and rejecting business as usual.
From my family to yours, thank you and God bless. God bless the working class who are the backbone of this city — playing by the rules and keeping the city running, despite a government that is failing us.
Republican nominee for district attorney Somerton
Government should join Obamacare
I have an idea! Tell the President to include himself, the Senate, the House of Representatives and every American covered under Obamacare and see who the holdouts are after that.
Why don’t members of the government give up their health coverage and join Obamacare? Can someone answer that question?
News media, do your work and get an answer. Try asking the hard questions before it’s too late.
On second thought, it should be on the election questions so all Americans can vote if all politicians should also be covered under Obamacare.