Lawncrest Community Association returns to live meetings

The Lawncrest Community Association last week held its first meeting since February, gathering in the parking lot of St. William Parish.

Members observed a moment of silence for all who’ve died of the coronavirus.

The 2nd Police District was represented by Capt. Matt Deacon, Sgt. Matt Lowe and community relations officer Mark Mroz.

Mroz thanked the LCA, state Rep. Jared Solomon and car dealer Gary Barbera for handing out fruits, vegetables and milk to the needy each week during the pandemic. The CRO distributed gun locks. He also told the crowd that a new 2nd district headquarters opened recently at 7306 Castor Ave.

Deacon said he has deployed additional bicycle officers, adding that using a “pinpoint grid” has helped lower crime in the district.

Lowe spoke of an increase in arrests for violations of the Uniform Firearms Act (VUFA). An investigation continues into a Labor Day shooting on the 600 block of Alcott St. Lowe said anyone with information on narcotics or violent crime can call the district at 215-686-0349.

Meanwhile, planning for the upcoming election continues. The Philadelphia Protestant Home will not serve as a polling place for two divisions of the 35th Ward, as it has had in the past.

As for zoning, the Zoning Board of Adjustment sided with the LCA in rejecting a bid to convert a duplex at 634 Kerper St. into a triplex. The LCA also opposed an effort to turn a three-unit apartment at 410 Kerper St. into a five-unit apartment. The case has been withdrawn.

State Sen. Tina Tartaglione’s district office, at Large and Bridge streets, is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by appointment. Call 215-533-0440.

Rep. Jared Solomon’s office, at 7012 Castor Ave., is open Wednesdays and Thursdays, by appointment. Call 215-342-6340.

The Lawncrest Community Association will meet again on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m., in either the St. William parking lot or parish hall. ••