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Drug problem is growing in Millbrook

Mill­brook Civic As­so­ci­ation mem­bers are wor­ried about in­creased — and very open — drug use in their Far North­east neigh­bor­hood. Mem­bers talked about see­ing people of all ages smoking pot or shoot­ing up heroin at all hours of the day.

“You see needles all over the place,” said John Kradz­in­ski, the as­so­ci­ation’s pres­id­ent. “A lot of this stuff goes on in the middle of the day,” he ad­ded.

“Heroin is a big is­sue up here,” said sec­ret­ary Mike Brem­ser. 

Oth­er mem­bers said they’ve fre­quently spot­ted drug sales and drug use. One wo­man said nar­cot­ics sales and use have be­come par­tic­u­larly trouble­some on Ernie Dav­is Circle. 

More people are needed in the area’s Town Watch, mem­bers said.

“We ob­vi­ously have drug is­sues in this neigh­bor­hood. What we need is more than five people in the Town Watch,” Brem­ser said. “It’s only as suc­cess­ful as the neigh­bor­hood makes it.”

The only way to get more cops, Kradzink­si said, is if neigh­bors con­tin­ue to call 911 when they see crimes be­ing com­mit­ted. Callers should give as much in­form­a­tion as they can and should im­me­di­ately give the ad­dress where crime is be­ing spot­ted, Brem­ser said.

Ser­geant-at-arms and Town Watch lead­er Mike Lamb said in­ter­ested neigh­bors should call him at 267-294-4760. Town Watch mem­bers patrol their neigh­bor­hood from 9 p.m. to mid­night on Fri­days and Sat­urdays. They don’t in­ter­fere; they ob­serve and re­port. 

At the as­so­ci­ation’s Oct. 29 meet­ing, said Brem­ser, nom­in­a­tions will be ac­cep­ted for pres­id­ent, vice pres­id­ent, treas­urer, sec­ret­ary and ser­geant-at-arms board posts. Mem­bers must be present at the meet­ing to nom­in­ate someone for a board post, and each nom­in­a­tion must be seconded, Brem­ser said.

If ne­ces­sary, an elec­tion will be con­duc­ted at the group’s Nov. 26 meet­ing.

The as­so­ci­ation’s mem­bers meet on the last Tues­day of the month at 7 p.m. at the Cal­vary Ath­let­ic As­so­ci­ation, 4330 Deer­path Lane.

In oth­er busi­ness, it was an­nounced that state Rep. Ed Neilson will be con­duct­ing a free doc­u­ment-shred­ding event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat­urday, Oct. 5, at the Crispin Gar­dens Ath­let­ic Club, Holme and Con­vent av­en­ues.

Shred­ding sens­it­ive doc­u­ments like fin­an­cial ac­count state­ments, cred­it card state­ments and in­sur­ance in­form­a­tion cred­it re­ports helps pre­vent iden­tity theft, ac­cord­ing to the rep­res­ent­at­ive’s of­fice. Even cred­it card of­fers should be des­troyed. All pa­per will be re­cycled. For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-281-3414. ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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