Lawncrest group hosts budget briefing

By Tom Waring

The recent Lawncrest Community Association meeting featured a 9th Councilmanic District Town Hall and Budget Briefing, coordinated by City Councilwoman Cherelle Parker.

Parker was joined by city and state offices and nonprofit agencies.

A Philadelphia Fire Department official encouraged people to call 311 to request a smoke detector, which will be installed by firefighters.

A representative from the city Department of Licenses and Inspections announced that the local office has moved from Rising Sun Avenue and Benner Street to 7522 Castor Ave.

Parker took questions, explaining that she voted for the beverage tax to fund pre-kindergarten classes and improvements to recreation centers, libraries and parks.

The councilwoman outlined her resolution calling for a hearing to support so-called “middle neighborhoods,” defined as those that already have a good quality of life.

Parker will hold a similar session on Thursday, April 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, 1006 Unruh Ave. Public hearings on the budget will continue through mid-May. The budget, by law, must be passed by June 30.

In other news from the March 21 meeting:

• Lawncrest Library, 6098 Rising Sun Ave., will host Crochet for Beginners on Saturdays, April 8 and 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Supplies are provided. The program is open to adults. Call 215–685–0549.

• Crescentville United Methodist Church will host All Dolled Up Tea on April 30, at 2 p.m. at 412 Sentner St. Guests are invited to bring a favorite doll. Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Call 215–745–7115 or 215–885–7069.

• The Lawncrest Community Association will meet again on Tuesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at St. William parish hall, Argyle and Robbins streets. ••