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. ••