Gunpoint robberies reported in Bustleton

Capt. Joseph Zaffino, com­mand­er of the 7th Po­lice Dis­trict, on Sept. 25 en­cour­aged mem­bers of the Great­er Bustleton Civic League to call 911 when they see trouble and to keep call­ing.

As more calls come from an area, more of­ficers will be as­signed to that area, the cap­tain said, adding, “They do look at the num­bers” at po­lice headquar­ters.

As far as crime goes, Zaffino said, “We had a great sum­mer.” But, as al­ways, it is prop­erty crimes — burg­lar­ies — that in­crease. Re­cently, he said, there have been some gun­point rob­ber­ies in the area near ATMs. He said a gray Taur­us is be­ing used by the rob­bers. Best bet for late-night with­draw­als is to go to a well-lit con­veni­ence store with an ATM in­side.

City Coun­cil­man Bri­an O’Neill told mem­bers that work will be done to im­prove Lack­man Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, 1101 Bart­lett St., and Hayes Re­cre­ation Cen­ter at 9850 Roosevelt Blvd. Al­most com­plete, he said, is a small play­ground at Ver­ree Road and Tustin that will have “uni­ver­sal ac­cess” for kids of all abil­it­ies.

The coun­cil­man said work is be­ing done, too, to amend the city’s zon­ing code be­cause it cur­rently is il­leg­al for a homeown­er to park in his or her own drive­way. “Your gar­age is con­sidered your park­ing space,” he said.

Oth­er is­sues dis­cussed at the meet­ing:

• Mem­ber­ship dues will be rising to $10 per house­hold;

• Jack O’Hara, league pres­id­ent, re­peated his call for vo­lun­teers to help out with the league’s vari­ous com­mit­tees;

• Res­id­ents were asked to par­ti­cip­ate in Judy’s An­swer for Can­cer 2.5 Walk or Run 9 a.m. to noon on Sat­urday, Oct. 26, at Pennypack Park, Rhawn Street and Hol­me­hurst. The event is a fun­draiser for the Fox Chase Mam­mo­graphy Van. Re­gis­tra­tion must be com­pleted by Oct. 19. Call 215-742-8600 or vis­it or www.johnsabat­

• O’Hara told res­id­ents they are eli­gible for two free trees per ad­dress by re­gis­ter­ing on­line between now and Oct. 31. When re­gis­ter­ing, res­id­ents can choose dates and loc­a­tions to pick up their trees, at­tend a plant­ing work­shop and get free mulch to take home. Fruit trees are among the avail­able trees. The yard tree pro­gram is a part­ner­ship of the city’s De­part­ment of Parks and Re­cre­ation, Wells Fargo and the Fair­mount Park Con­servancy.

The civic league’s next monthly ses­sion will be­gin at 7 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, Oct. 23, at the Amer­ic­an Her­it­age Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on’s Car­riage House, Red Li­on Road and Jam­is­on Av­en­ue.

The league’s phone num­ber is 215-676-6890. The email ad­dress is gb­cl19115@gb­c­ ••

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