Keep Philadelphia Beautiful visits Holmesburg meeting

Keep Philadelphia Beautiful is supporting ambitious efforts by the city to divert 90 percent of waste from landfills.

Holmesburg Civic Association members last week welcomed representatives of Keep Philadelphia Beautiful and city election commissioners Lisa Deeley and Al Schmidt.

Michelle Feldman, of Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, said her agency is supporting ambitious efforts by the city to divert 90 percent of waste from landfills. Feldman encouraged recyclers to rinse out jars and to place plastic bags, Styrofoam, food and liquids in the trash. The tops of pizza boxes are OK to recycle as long as they are not contaminated.

Representing the city commissioners were Tim Dowling, of Deeley’s office, and Seth Bluestein and Aizaz Gill, of Schmidt’s office. They noted that just 17.3 percent of voters turned out in the primary. They distributed sample ballots for the Nov. 7 general election, and told the crowd that the deadline is Oct. 31 by 5 p.m. to file for an absentee ballot. The application is available at, and completed ballots must be returned by Nov. 3.

In other news from the Oct. 10 meeting, the deadline is Oct. 29 to sign up for a yard or lawn tree from TreePhilly. Trees can be picked up on the afternoon of Nov. 5 at TD Bank, 6635 Frankford Ave. Go to

Holmesburg Recreation Center, 4500 Rhawn St., will host its first trunk or treat on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. Call 215–685–8714.

Tara Gontek will be the only candidate in next month’s civic association election for president. She’ll replace co-presidents Chris Lorenzo and Renee Cohen. Bryan Gontek, her husband, is the only candidate for secretary.

Holmesburg Civic Association will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7:15 p.m. at Holmesburg Recreation Center. ••