Fox Chase civic group holds first post-summer meeting

City Councilman At-Large Al Taubenberger stopped at Fox Chase Homeowners Association and Town Watch at their first post-summer meeting.

City Councilman At-Large Al Taubenberger requested a moment of silence for Alice Turner, who had shown up at every meeting and helped in many ways with the Burholme Town Watch. TIMES FILE PHOTO

Fox Chase Homeowners Association and Town Watch reconvened Sept. 12 for the first meeting since before the summer.

Kate Friend is serving as president of the Homeowners Association while George Bezanis is taking the year off.

Penn Foods Market is expected to move into the former Pathmark at 840 Cottman Ave. City Councilwoman Cherelle Parker organized a meeting in August to discuss the store. It will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is expected to open in early October.

City Councilman At-Large Al Taubenberger requested a moment of silence for Alice Turner, who had shown up at every meeting and helped in many ways with the Burholme Town Watch.

He also talked about meeting a high school student who asked him his opinion about smoking at sheltered bus stops. He looked into the issue and found there was no law, and sponsored a bill that Mayor Kenney signed earlier this year.

The Philadelphia Police will be recruiting soon. The age requirement is 22 and there is no maximum age. The only necessary education is a high school diploma or equivalent. Veterans, those with a college education and police explorers experience will receive preference points. Pay starts at just over $52,000 a year.

“If you want to make a change you have to be a part of the change,” Officer Kidijah Velez said.

Apply online at JoinPhillyPD.com.

A presentation from Twins Auto Body about extending fencing on the property was delayed. The fencing would extend into the neighboring Philadelphia Parking Authority lot. It would take two spots, for which the owner will pay a monthly fee. No paperwork or variances are required.

Friend said the fencing would result in no significant change. A representative may come to next month’s meeting to talk with neighbors.

A house at 1100A Solly Ave. is being used to hold meetings in association with Bethany Baptist Church. The owners wanted to host church meetings there but could not afford the necessary expansion. Friend said the owner expressed interest in coming to a meeting. The house had prompted questions for several previous meetings after neighbors noticed some activity there.

Construction on the Lorimer Trail extension is not likely until fall 2019 or spring 2020. A Parks and Recreation representative told Town Watch that they are in the process of completing the design plans and approvals, with hopes to be finalized by spring 2019. Representatives from Parks & Rec and SEPTA last fall told the group they would start removing tracks last winter.

The official Homeowners Association Facebook page is a public page. Friend said any other page is not official. It can be found here. The next meeting is Oct. 10. ••