Solomon among full lineup at community meeting

Last week’s Take Back Your Neighborhood included remarks by state Rep. Jared Solomon, 2nd Police District officials and a representative of Northeast NORC.

Health matters: State Rep. Jared Solomon discussed a local health center during last week’s Take Back Your Neighborhood meeting. TIMES FILE PHOTO

Last week’s Take Back Your Neighborhood included remarks by state Rep. Jared Solomon, 2nd Police District officials and a representative of Northeast NORC.

Solomon said it is “completely unacceptable” that there are regular six-month waits for appointments at Philadelphia Health Center #10, 2230 Cottman Ave. He hopes to work to open another center in the area.

Capt. Robert Zaffino, acting commander of the 2nd Police District, and community relations officer Mark Mroz warned against thefts from autos and stolen tires and rims from 2013–18 Honda Accords.

“Lock your cars,” said Zaffino, who is spending 10 weeks in charge of the district as Capt. Thomas McLean is on assignment at the FBI.

Zaffino and Mroz promoted National Night Out anti-crime activities.

A kickoff rally is scheduled for Monday Aug. 6, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Target parking lot, 7400 Bustleton Ave. There will be music, entertainment, refreshments and giveaways.

The 2nd and 7th police districts will team for a community bicycle ride on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 5:30 p.m. outside Fox Chase Elementary School, 500 Rhawn St. Riders will be entered in a raffle for a new bike. National Night Out activities start at 6.

Marlene Chait is the new outreach and volunteer coordinator at the Northeast Naturally Occurring Retirement Community. Support is offered to people 60 and older of all religious denominations in the 19111, 19114, 19115, 19116, 19149 and 10152 ZIP codes. Lunch and Learn events, which include free blood pressure screenings, are set for Thursdays, July 26 and Aug, 23, at 11:30 a.m. at 8101 Bustleton Ave. Call 215–320–0351 or visit jewishphilly.org/norc

Take Back Your Neighborhood official Robert Rudnitsky spoke of the benefits of medical marijuana and told the crowd of the recent opening of Liberty, a medical marijuana dispensary at 8900 Krewstown Road. Statewide registration is available at medicalmarijuana.pa.gov

In other news from the July 16 meeting:

• Civic association officials arranged for Mural Arts Philadelphia to paint a mural on a wall in the area of the Max Myers swimming pool.

• The Exchange at Oxford Circle, a thrift store, invites the community to attend its official grand opening on Saturday, Aug. 11, from noon to 8 p.m.

The shop will be operated by the Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association.

• The Food Trust operates a farmers market every Wednesday through October from 2 to 6 p.m. at Castor Avenue and Hellerman Street. The market features fruits, vegetables and cooking demonstrations. ••