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. ••