Kilkenny campaign aide visits Wissinoming meeting

Residents heard from a Kilkenny representative and received other community updates.


The Wissinoming Civic Association on April 24 delivered a couple of community updates and heard from a representative from the Sean Kilkenny campaign.

A community cleanup had been slated for April 7, but it was postponed due to inclement weather. Members of the community will start by cleaning their own blocks and the business corridor on Torresdale Avenue, then proceed to start from opposite ends of the neighborhood and meet in the middle at Joe’s Steaks for completion. The rescheduled date has yet to be released, but it will be posted on the Wissinoming Civic Association Facebook group.

Elections will be held next month for the civic association board. Those interested in running are encouraged to be in attendance next meeting to state their case.

Members on the board were pleased to express their approval with the additions of NewCourtland and ShopRite to the neighborhood over the past couple of months.

On April 21, there was a grand opening for the community garden at St. Bartholomew. It was a well-attended opening, and nine beds were sold.

A representative from Councilman Bobby Henon’s office relayed the information on its two budget forums over the past couple of weeks. Henon will be hosting a career expo on Wednesday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fountain of Life Christian Church, 7811 Frankford Ave. There will be an estimated 25 employers in attendance at the event.

A representative from state Sen. Christine Tartaglione’s office spoke to the civic about the Wissinoming Civic Association’s possible meeting with her next month at a location to be determined. Tartaglione also was the recipient of an award at MossRehab just a couple of weeks ago.

A representative from the Kilkenny campaign spoke on his behalf about his background and main concerns for the 177th Legislative District. Kilkenny is one of four candidates seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination in the May 15 primary.

The representative spoke about Kilkenny’s background as a union representative and how this experience will help him represent the district.

The representative went on to detail Kilkenny’s vision for expanding opportunities for those who want to pursue a trade instead of attending a university. He also went on to address the need to combat the opioid epidemic.

Safe injection sites have been a hot topic of conversation in the race to replace state Rep. John Taylor. The representative said Kilkenny does not have enough information to make a determination on the sites, but has trips scheduled for Toronto and Vancouver in June to learn more. ••