Holmesburg Civic approves motorcycle club clubhouse bid

The Holmes­burg Civic As­so­ci­ation un­an­im­ously ap­proved a bid by the Phil­adelphia Cen­tur­i­ons Mo­tor­cycle Club, which is seek­ing a zon­ing vari­ance for its club­house at 7347 Mel­rose St.

The non­profit fraternal club is made up of about two-dozen po­lice of­ficers, fire­fight­ers and gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees. It used to meet at Smo­keEat­ers Pub un­til it closed. That bar, at Frank­ford and Shef­field av­en­ues, is un­der new own­er­ship and will re­open in the fall.

The club has been in its cur­rent home for two years, but needs a vari­ance to con­form to the build­ing’s light in­dus­tri­al zon­ing clas­si­fic­a­tion. Its neigh­bors signed a pe­ti­tion back­ing the club.

Mem­bers sup­port char­it­able causes. This will be the fourth year they col­lect toys for Shriners Hos­pit­al for Chil­dren’s Christ­mas in Ju­ly. They also sup­port po­lice sur­viv­ors’ funds and the Amer­ic­an Can­cer So­ci­ety’s an­nu­al bike-a-thon from Phil­adelphia to Mays Land­ing, New Jer­sey.

The civic group gave its OK by a 14-0 vote.

In oth­er news from the June 10 meet­ing:

• Lt. An­drew Brown, of the Phil­adelphia Fire De­part­ment, en­cour­aged mem­bers to stay out of the city’s creeks, streams and rivers for safety reas­ons.

Brown ex­plained that flash floods and sud­den wa­ter run­off make wa­ter levels un­pre­dict­able and dan­ger­ous. He ad­ded that wa­ter run­off from streets and lawns pol­lutes the wa­ter­ways with trash, chem­ic­als and an­im­al waste.

The fire of­fi­cial re­com­men­ded that people use one of the more than 80 pub­lic pools that are open this sum­mer.

• Ame Dorm­iny, of Phil­adelphia’s An­im­al Care and Con­trol, dis­trib­uted city dog li­cense ap­plic­a­tions, good for a year.

City and state laws re­quire that all dogs 4 months and older be li­censed. An­im­al con­trol provides free rides home for lost dogs with li­cense tags.

Wear­ing a dog li­cense will in­crease the time a lost dog is held from 48 hours to 10 days.

For more in­form­a­tion, call 267-385-3800 or vis­it philly­dogli­cense.com

• Holmes­burg Lib­rary, at 7810 Frank­ford Ave. (at Har­tel Av­en­ue), has a couple of on­go­ing pro­grams, both sponsored by the Friends of Holmes­burg Lib­rary.

On Tues­days through Aug. 5, there will be pro­grams for kids 12 and older from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Activ­it­ies in­clude a movie, a Lego work­shop, Wii games, a pizza party and raffles. Re­fresh­ments will be provided.

On Thursdays in Ju­ly, school-age kids are wel­come to make crafts at 3 p.m.

To re­gister or for more in­form­a­tion, call 215-685-8756.

• Holmes­burg Civic As­so­ci­ation will meet again on Tues­day, Sept. 9, at 7:15 p.m. at Holmes­burg Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, at Rhawn and Dit­man streets. ••

You can reach at twaring@bsmphilly.com.

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