Parkwood Civic Association to hold election next month

Next month, Park­wood Civic As­so­ci­ation mem­bers will do something they haven’t done in about a dec­ade: Hold an elec­tion. At their March 19 meet­ing at St. An­selm’s R.C. Church, mem­bers nom­in­ated can­did­ates for pres­id­ent, vice pres­id­ent, treas­urer, re­cord­ing sec­ret­ary and zon­ing of­ficer. The elec­tion will be con­duc­ted at the as­so­ci­ation’s April 23 ses­sion. 

Ac­cord­ing to Bill Ne­veil, vice pres­id­ent, long­time pres­id­ent Mike Hatala and treas­urer Joe Mc­Carthy have seen work and busi­ness de­mands on their time in­crease in the past year and can’t con­tin­ue in their board posts.

Ne­veil and Marge Phil­ippi were nom­in­ated for pres­id­ent. John Del­Ricci and Ne­veil were nom­in­ated for vice pres­id­ent. Phil­ippi was nom­in­ated for treas­urer. Sarah O’Neill was nom­in­ated for re­cord­ing sec­ret­ary. Lou Farinella was nom­in­ated for zon­ing li­ais­on.

Ne­veil said he would bring a copy of the as­so­ci­ation’s bylaws to the April meet­ing. He ad­ded that only as­so­ci­ation mem­bers will be al­lowed to vote, but that res­id­ents can join April 16.

Also, on March 19, civic as­so­ci­ation mem­bers heard from state Rep. Ed Neilson (D-169th dist.) and from Lisa Spadora of the Next­door web­site.

Neilson talked about his City Coun­cil can­did­acy. Neilson, who was first elec­ted to the state House to fill Den­nis O’Bri­en’s seat, cur­rently is the Demo­crat­ic Party’s can­did­ate to fill Bill Green’s at-large seat. Green left Coun­cil to be­come head of the School Re­form Com­mis­sion, which opened up an op­por­tun­ity for Neilson, whose House dis­trict is be­ing ab­sorbed by oth­er North­east Philly le­gis­lat­ive dis­tricts.

If elec­ted May 20, Neilson said, he would prob­ably take of­fice in June to com­plete the re­mainder of Green’s term, which runs to the end of 2015.

“We will have four elec­ted coun­cil­men with­in two miles,” he said. “That will give us a great seat at the table.”

Spadora said Next­door is a Cali­for­nia com­pany whose web­site,­, helps com­munit­ies to set up private on­line net­works. Be­fore Next­door was set up, she said, “There was no net­work on­line for neigh­bor­hoods.”

Nowadays, many people don’t know more than a hand­ful of neigh­bors. Next­door, she said, lets people con­nect with oth­ers in their own neigh­bor­hoods. They can get the word out quickly about an up­com­ing event, or tell oth­ers about a breakin.

“It’s a free tool,” she said, “and it’s private.” Every­one who uses a spe­cif­ic neigh­bor­hood site must veri­fy res­id­ency, Spadora said. Ne­veil said as­so­ci­ation mem­bers will take part in the April 5 spring cleanup. Res­id­ents who want to vo­lun­teer should meet at 9 a.m. out­side the of­fices of state Sen. Mike Stack, 12361 Academy Road. 

The next meet­ing of the Park­wood Civic As­so­ci­ation will be at 7 p.m., April 23, in St. An­selm R.C. Church’s hall, 12670 Dunks Ferry Road. ••

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