Legislators attend recent Northwood Civic meeting

North­wood isn’t the biggest neigh­bor­hood in terms of geo­graphy, but is home to two state rep­res­ent­at­ives.

Both Reps. John Taylor (R-177th dist.) and James Clay (D-179th dist.) at­ten­ded last week’s meet­ing of the North­wood Civic As­so­ci­ation.

Taylor, a Haworth Street res­id­ent whose ex­pans­ive dis­trict stretches from Nor­ris Street to Holme Av­en­ue, be­lieves the School Dis­trict of Phil­adelphia has made out pretty well when it comes to re­cent state fund­ing in­creases from state gov­ern­ment.

“We’re not the only school dis­trict that’s hurt­ing,” he said.

Taylor, not­ing that the House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives re­turned to ses­sion this week, ex­plained that two up­com­ing key is­sues in­clude pos­sible ex­pan­sion of Medi­caid cov­er­age and de­bate over how to fund a trans­port­a­tion bill.

Mean­while, Clay spoke about a bill he plans to in­tro­duce that would im­pose a 5-per­cent tax on lot­tery and casino win­nings of $100 or more. The tax would gen­er­ate from $500 mil­lion to $700 mil­lion a year.

“It would go straight to pub­lic edu­ca­tion, noth­ing else,” he said. “We need the money all across the state.”

Clay also men­tioned that he re­cently bought a house on the 900 block of Her­bert St. in the neigh­bor­hood.

In oth­er news from the Sept. 17 meet­ing, a beef-and-beer be­ne­fit has been sched­uled to help an ap­peal by former St. Joachim pa­rish­ion­ers to re­open their church.

The be­ne­fit is set for Fri­day, Dec. 13, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Phil­adelphia Ball­room, at 2014 Horn­ig Road. St. Joachim closed on June 30, but some former pa­rish­ion­ers are ap­peal­ing to the Vat­ic­an to re­open the church. Money will go to the at­tor­neys hand­ling the ap­peal. Tick­ets cost $30. The night will in­clude door prizes and 50-50 draw­ings. Call Pat Smi­ley (215-520-5616), Pete Specos (267-738-3103) or Floss Stanowski (215-680-3930). For more in­form­a­tion, vis­it www.keep­thefaith­in­fran­k­ford.org or go to the Keep the Faith in Frank­ford page on Face­book.

North­wood Civic As­so­ci­ation will meet again on Tues­day, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. at St. James Luther­an Church, at Castor Av­en­ue and Pratt Street. ••

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