Live poultry market coming to Lawncrest

The market will not open until at least the late fall.

Isn’t it grand: Sen. Christine Tartagilone presents the Lawncrest Civic Association with $50,000 to be distributed to neighborhood groups. TOM WARING / TIMES PHOTO

The Lawncrest Community Association last week approved a proposed zoning change that would allow a live poultry market to open at 475 Adams Ave. (at Rising Sun Avenue).

Attorney Stephen Murphy said the market will not open until, at least, late fall, as the interior of the building needs to be thoroughly cleaned. Hours will be weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The operators, who are targeting the growing Asian population, said the city Department of Health regularly tests the poultry. After a chicken is purchased, the shop will humanely slit its throat. Any chickens who remain for three days are sold to restaurants in Chinatown.

Some neighbors expressed concern that about smell, blood and feces removal and traffic congestion.

Murphy and the operators said there will be no cooking or food preparation, and that trash will be collected after closing each day.

In a show of hands, only two people opposed the idea.

A Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting is set for May 9.

In other news from the April 17 meeting:

• Hailey Stern, a Philadelphia Water Department city planner, outlined plans for stormwater management projects to reduce pollution and overflow.

• State Sen. Tina Tartaglione presented the LCA with a check for $50,000. The money will be distributed to neighborhood groups, such as youth sports programs and the annual July 4 celebration.

• Mark Mroz, community relations officer in the 2nd Police District, warned residents that there has been an increase in stolen tires and rims on Honda cars.

Mroz also said there was an arrest in a recent case of road rage at Rising Sun and Cheltenham avenues. A man pointed a gun at a fellow motorist, then at a crossing guard, telling her, “You didn’t see anything.”

Mroz announced that nine officers were recently transferred to the 2nd district, and all have been trained on bicycles.

• Members observed a moment of silence for neighborhood residents Peggy Kramer and Mike Dolan, who died recently.

• The Philadelphia Protestant Home, 6401 Martins Mill Road, will host a spaghetti and meatballs dinner on Thursday, April 26, from 4 to 6 p.m. The public is invited. The cost is $12 and includes salad, bread, pasta, meatballs, tomato sauce, beverages and dessert. Takeout is available. The day will also include a bake sale and basket raffle. Parking is available in the PPH lot. To make a reservation, call 215–697–8112.

• The Savio Boy Choir of Philadelphia will present three performances of the musical Oliver. Show times are 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 27–28, and 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, at Presentation BVM Church, 100 Old Soldiers Road, Cheltenham. Tickets are $10, $8 for senior citizens and $6 for kids 12 and under. Visit www.savioboychoir.org

• Crescentville United Methodist Church, 412 Sentner St., will host an Afternoon Tea on Sunday, April 29, at 1:30 p.m. The event will feature appraiser Mike Ivankovich. Guests are welcome to bring one item to be appraised. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Call 215–885–7069 or visit crescentvilleumc.com

• Supporters of preserving the parish house at Trinity Church, Oxford will hold a fundraiser on Saturday, May 12, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Presentation BVM social hall. Tickets cost $30 in advance or $35 at the door. The evening will include dinner, a pig roast, beer, wine, soda, coffee, dessert, music, a photo booth, 50/50 and raffle baskets. Call 609–705–8733 or visit parishhousefundraiser@gmail.com

• Lawncrest Recreation Center, Rising Sun Avenue and Comly Street, will host a series of movie nights on the outdoor stage near the playground. Free movies begin at dusk and will be shown on May 17, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20 and Oct. 18. Guests are invited to bring a chair or blanket. Snacks will be for sale. Call 215–685–0597 or visit the Lawncrest Rec Center page on Facebook.

• Lawncrest Community Association will meet on Tuesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. at St. William parish hall, Argyle and Robbins streets. The group usually meets on the third Tuesday of the month, but May 15 is also the date of the primary election. ••