Two representatives of the Philadelphia Community Corps visited the Holmesburg Civic Association last week, promoting their idea of deconstructing, not demolishing, the estimated 40,000 to 60,000 abandoned, vacant or blighted structures in the city.
Philadelphia police may have captured the gunman who murdered three other men execution-style inside a house on the 4600 block of Vista St. on Jan. 10, although the department’s information office has not officially confirmed an arrest.
Upper Holmesburg Civic Association President Stan Cywinski proclaimed the group’s Oct. 4 Oktoberfest an unequivocal success as both a celebration of the civic group’s 10th anniversary and a much-needed fundraiser.
Last summer, leaders of the Somerton Civic Association found themselves in the surprising position of responding to a letter by a New Jersey resident characterizing the neighborhood as monotonous and lacking historical sites. Two local historians refuted that assessment on Oct. 14 during the SCA’s monthly meeting.
The cleanup crew from the Friends of Pennypack Park endured an intermittent rainstorm to round up 29 bags of litter from the park near Frankford and Solly avenues on July 26. Curiously enough for the 21 rain-soaked volunteers, they also found an abandoned rowboat.
The Holmesburg Civic Association and some State Road businesses have entered into an agreement with NorthEast Treatment Centers that will allow for a methadone clinic to open in the neighborhood. The agreement follows a recent court victory by NET, which plans to open a clinic at 7520 and 7550 State Road.