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State rep. attends Burholme Civic meeting

State Rep. Mark Co­hen ad­dressed last month’s meet­ing of the Burholme Com­munity Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation, en­dors­ing Na­tion­al Small Busi­ness Week­end, which en­cour­ages con­sumers to shop loc­ally and buy Amer­ic­an-made products.

“I think it’s a very pos­it­ive ini­ti­at­ive. I fully sup­port it,” he said.

Co­hen (D-202nd dist.) cred­ited the Town Watch/civic as­so­ci­ation mem­bers for their in­volve­ment. He noted that his moth­er and broth­er onced headed civic as­so­ci­ations, and that his fath­er, the late City Coun­cil­man Dav­id Co­hen, was an act­iv­ist who once or­gan­ized a demon­stra­tion that stopped traffic at the five-points in­ter­sec­tion of Cottman, Rising Sun and Ox­ford av­en­ues to gain con­ces­sions from Path­mark be­fore it opened near that busy stretch.

In ad­di­tion, Co­hen poin­ted out that top aide Phyl­lis Swing is pres­id­ent of the Friends of Sum­mer­dale Civic As­so­ci­ation, and that he sup­ports com­munity groups in front of the Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment.

“Civic as­so­ci­ations are the lifeblood of any com­munity,” he said.

Co­hen, who has been in of­fice since 1974 and serves as the minor­ity party chair­man of the House State Gov­ern­ment Com­mit­tee, would like to se­cure more money for Kennedy Crossan Ele­ment­ary School. Last year, he read The Lor­ax, a book by Dr. Seuss, to chil­dren at the school.

Also, the law­maker would like to play a role in es­tab­lish­ing a busi­ness as­so­ci­ation along Rising Sun Av­en­ue to ad­dress is­sues such as light­ing, park­ing, clean­li­ness, po­lice pro­tec­tion and store mar­ket­ing.

Co­hen’s dis­trict of­fices are at 7012 Castor Ave. and 7601 Gl­end­ale Ave.

In oth­er news from the Jan. 9 meet­ing:

• Capt. Frank M. Palumbo, com­mand­er of the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict, is warn­ing busi­ness own­ers and man­agers about a re­cent in­crease in rob­ber­ies at stores and of food de­liv­ery work­ers.

Palumbo said that any­one who is robbed at a store or on a de­liv­ery should call 911 im­me­di­ately and provide a de­scrip­tion of the of­fend­er’s gender, race, age, height, weight, cloth­ing and vehicle in­form­a­tion.

The com­mand­er also re­com­mends that busi­nesses in­stall se­cur­ity cam­er­as.

• The dead­line is Feb. 21 for high school seni­ors to ap­ply for a city-sponsored col­lege schol­ar­ship pro­gram.

Fifty seni­ors will earn schol­ar­ship awards of $1,000 for each aca­dem­ic year for four years in a full-time bach­el­or’s pro­gram.

To ob­tain an ap­plic­a­tion or for more in­form­a­tion, con­tact the of­fices of City Coun­cil­man Bri­an O’Neill at 11630 Car­oline Road (215-437-9167), Bustleton Av­en­ue and Bowl­er Street (215-685-0432) or 562 City Hall (215-MU6-3422).

• Mem­bers ob­served a mo­ment of si­lence in memory of Joe Duda, the re­cently de­ceased former city elec­tions com­mis­sion­er.

• Burholme Com­munity Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation will meet on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. at United Meth­od­ist Church of the Re­deem­er, at Cottman and Lawndale av­en­ues. ••

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