Neighborhood news in brief for the week of Nov. 20

Brides­burg's grant from the EPA; a Fishtown scam, and more news in brief this week. 

Brides­burg hears about EPA grant

A com­munity meet­ing or­gan­ized by City Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on (D-6th dist.) to provide in­form­a­tion to Brides­burg res­id­ents about an en­vir­on­ment­al grant giv­en by the U.S. En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency to Phil­adelphia’s City Plan­ning Com­mis­sion was sparsely at­ten­ded, ac­cord­ing to neigh­bors.

The EPA an­nounced in April that the city of Phil­adelphia would be one of 20 cit­ies across the na­tion to re­ceive a $200,000 grant to as­sist with plan­ning the clean up and re-use of brown­fields (con­tam­in­ated former in­dus­tri­al sites).

The three spe­cif­ic brown­fields that this grant will tar­get are the former Phil­adelphia Coke Com­pany site at 4501 Rich­mond St., the former Rohm and Haas fact­ory at 5000 Rich­mond St. (both in Brides­burg), and the Edge­wa­ter Dye­ing and Fin­ish­ing Com­pany site in Frank­ford.

While this plan­ning grant will rely on com­munity in­put about the fu­ture of these sites, neigh­bors on the Brides­burg Face­book page com­plained that few neigh­bors at­ten­ded, and many had not heard about it in ad­vance.

A com­mit­tee to in­vest­ig­ate the brown­fields will be­gin re­search in­to the sites in March 2014 and spend two years study­ing po­ten­tial re-uses for these un­used pieces of land. Dur­ing that time a web­site will be cre­ated to keep the com­munity up­dated. ••

Scam­mer sighted pos­ing as Fishtown AC mem­ber

Neigh­bors last week said that they saw, yet again, a scam­mer go­ing from door to door in the River Wards ask­ing for dona­tions, pre­tend­ing to be a mem­ber of the Fishtown Ath­let­ic Club.

Sight­ings of this scam­mer, or un­known scam­mers pulling off the same scam, date back at least to 2010. 

The Fishtown AC does not ac­tu­ally en­gage in any door-to-door fun­draisers, ex­cept an oc­ca­sion­al coin drive, which would be held by uni­formed sports play­ers and their coach.

Neil Brech­er of the River Wards Crime Watch pos­ted an alert about the Fishtown AC scam­mer in Au­gust on the mes­sage board.

A neigh­bor pos­ted on on Thursday that they had just turned away a per­son pur­port­ing to be col­lect­ing dona­tions for the Fishtown AC.

Any­one who sees the Fishtown AC scam­mer is urged to call 911 and to either pho­to­graph him or get a de­scrip­tion of his ap­pear­ance.

You can also email any in­form­a­tion about the scam­mer to the River Wards Crime Watch at ••

NoLibs’ Piazza will have ice rink this winter

The Piazza at Schmidt’s in North­ern Liber­ties will have a 5,000-square-foot ice skat­ing rink this winter.

The rink will open on Sat­urday, Nov. 30, with a grand open­ing, in­clud­ing live mu­sic, hol­i­day shop­ping and a tree light­ing ce­re­mony, on Monday, Dec. 2.

The rink will be open to the pub­lic week­days from 4 to 11 p.m., and week­ends from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Skat­ing ses­sions will cost $5 per adult, $3 per child, and $1 per skate rent­al. An adult sea­son pass costs $75, and a child sea­son pass costs $40.

It will be closed on Sunday, Feb. 23, after the end of the Soc­chi 2014 Winter Olympics. ull;•

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