SEPTA’s police chief, Thomas Nestel III, will speak to Frankford Civic Association members about his force’s operations at neighborhood El stops during their Thursday, Feb. 5, meeting, Pete Specos, the association’s president, said last week.
Frankford Civic Association members are hoping more and more residents and business owners who have security cameras make their surveillance recordings available to the police through the city’s SafeCam program.
Some members of the Frankford Civic Association want the police to have access to more eyes on neighborhood streets. They’ve formed a committee to explore ways to persuade local residents and businesses to register their private surveillance cameras with the police department.
Neighborhood crime and a couple of zoning issues dominated the informal discussions at last week’s Frankford Civic Association meeting, with a local pastor talking about the easy availability of drugs and “anything you want” at some local stores.
Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer as well as the end of summer break for many Northeast Philadelphia civic associations that will resume their monthly public meetings in September. The Northeast Times will strive to report on as many of these meetings as possible. But residents are also welcome to attend these sessions to find out what’s happening in their neighborhoods.
The Frankford Civic Association, which routinely meets on the first Thursday of the month, has pushed its July session to the second Thursday, July 10. Members will gather in the second-floor meeting room of Aria Health’s Frankford campus, 4900 Franford Ave. at 7 p.m.
Members of the 15th Police District Advisory Council elected board members during their March 31 meeting at the Mayfair Community Center. Alan Leppert, of One Step Forward, is the organization’s new president. Joe Valecce of Council 21 Glassers was elected as the board’s vice president. Phil Pappas of the West Frankford Town Watch was re-elected secretary; Pete Specos of the Frankford Civic Association is back as treasurer; and Gina Panchella of the Northwood Civic Association again will handle public relations.