Fox Chase group approves signage on Rhawn

Fox Chase Homeowners Association and Town Watch discussed kids on bikes and approved a zoning issue in its May meeting.

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This month’s Fox Chase Homeowners Association and Town Watch meeting saw small updates from around the neighborhood.

On the homeowners’ side, residents voted overwhelmingly to approve signage to be displayed for Gail Courts Apartments on 713–717 Rhawn St.

The two signs will be advertisements for the apartment building, which is leasing one- and two-bedroom apartments. Residents voiced approval for how the apartment complex had cleaned up what the building used to be. The signs are promised to be made out of sturdy material and will be replaced if they ever start to deteriorate.

On the town watch side, residents discussed how young people on bikes have been playing “chicken” with drivers, riding their bikes in the road and trying to scare the drivers.

“My advice is to just stop dead in your tracks and let them pass by you,” said Town Watch President Stephen Phillips.

Joe Staszak, community relations officer for the 7th Police District, also suggested that if you know the kids who are on the bikes, notifying their parents might be a possible course of action.

Staszak said there were several residential and one commercial burglary in the area. In one residential burglary, a handgun and AR-15 were stolen from an officer’s home. Staszak reminded gun owners to lock them up in a safe.

He also talked about multiple thefts from vehicles, including one instance where a thief tried to remove rims and tires from the cars. 8th Police District officers did not catch the suspect, but did recover the car they were driving and hope to use it to find identification on the thieves.

“If you see something that doesn’t look right, don’t be afraid to call and give a description,” Staszak said.

The meeting was also visited by a representative for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Abby Gilbert is the Naturally Occurring Retirement Community program manager, which lets seniors 60 and older live mostly independently in their own homes.

The nonprofit serves seniors in Fox Chase and other areas in the Northeast with various tasks they cannot complete themselves. Volunteers will help with anything from changing a lightbulb to helping a senior who no longer drives to get around.

“We’re a community-based organization that’s about neighbors helping neighbors,” Gilbert said.

NORC is always looking for volunteers. To learn more, visit jewishphilly.org/norc or call 215–320–0351.

The next meeting will be held Wednesday, June 13, at the usual location at 7976 Oxford Ave. ••