The Take Back Your Neighborhood civic association will meet again on Monday, July 17, at 7 p.m. at Max Myers Recreation Center, 1601 Hellerman St.
More information will be announced about the 2nd Police District’s National Night Out on Aug. 1 and the kickoff event a night earlier at the Target parking lot, 7400 Bustleton Ave.
At the group’s June meeting, 2nd Police District community relations officer Mark Mroz and Lt. John Craig addressed members. The lieutenant can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
City Councilman Bobby Henon (D-6th dist.) also spoke to members, telling them that the city is continuing to explore a way to open a 2nd Police District headquarters and Police Athletic League site in the neighborhood.
Henon said he supported the city budget that included more funding for the fire department, adding that he likes new Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel. The councilman also supported the decision to move the police Roundhouse to a more modern home at 400 N. Broad St.
One woman living on the 2100 block of Magee Ave. complained to Henon that she was living in a “war zone” because neighbors hang their clothes on the front lawn and the median is messy.
Henon invited anyone with a city-related issue to call his office at 215–683–9220.
The neighborhood is also represented by Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez. Her aide, Hakim Mubarak, said Sanchez has a new office near Mascher Street and Allegheny Avenue. The number is 215–685–1288. Her City Hall number is 215-MU6–3448. Mubarak can be reached at email@example.com
Also at last month’s meeting, representatives of Auto Zone announced the business wants to open at Cottman Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard, in what is now a furniture store. Neighbors did not have a problem with the retail operation, but some were concerned about work performed in the parking lot such as changing wiper blades, installing batteries and light bulbs and diagnosing “check engine light” issues.
In other news from the June 19 meeting:
• Bustleton Library, 10199 Bustleton Ave., will offer snacks, light refreshments and a free book for kids on Wednesdays, July 12 and Sept. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. The library will welcome prospective foster parents to an information session on Aug. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m.
• Catholic Community Services will present Shooting for the Stars on Saturday, July 15, from noon to 3 p.m. at Lawncrest Recreation Center, 6000 Rising Sun Ave.
A second session will take place Friday, July 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oxford Circle Mennonite Church, 900 Howell St.
The program is open to adults looking to become stronger parents. To RSVP, call 215–687–0496.
• State Sen. Tina Tartaglione (D-2nd dist.), the 2nd Police District and the 2nd Police District Advisory Council will sponsor a community day on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Fox Chase Elementary School, 500 Rhawn St. There will be a bicycle ride at 9 a.m. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be children’s fingerprinting, bicycle registration, document shredding, vehicle identification number etching, flea market and information tables. Email Mark Mroz at firstname.lastname@example.org ••