Police want anonymous crime tips

Mark Mroz, the community relations officer in the 2nd Police District, provided a crime update at last week’s Lawncrest Community Association meeting.

Earlier in the day, Mroz attended the kickoff to the Toys for Tots campaign. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at any police or fire station.

The police department is looking for anonymous tips. They can be submitted at www.phillypolice.com, tips@phillypolice.com or texted to 215-686-8477.

Mroz also promoted the Lawncrest Youth Council’s Halloween celebration on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 4-8 p.m. at Trinity Church, Oxford, 601 Longshore Ave. The event is co-hosted by state Sen. Tina Tartaglione, City Councilwoman Cherelle Parker and state Rep. Jared Solomon. There will be a trunk or treat, music, arts and crafts, a costume contest, games and prizes. Admission is free, and costumes are encouraged. Email lawncrestyouthcouncil@gmail.com.

In other news:

• There were several zoning updates. The Zoning Board of Adjustment rejected a proposed banquet hall at 6330 Rising Sun Ave. The LCA was opposed to the hall. The group also opposes a proposal for eight apartment units at 6324 Newtown Ave. A ZBA hearing is set for Dec. 7. The LCA will hear proposals to legalize a body shop at 6610 Hasbrook Ave., build six apartments at 432 Fanshawe St. and add an electronic sign at Lawndale Baptist Church, 6433 Lawndale Ave. (at Martins Mill Road).

• Planned renovations to Lawncrest Recreation Center and Lawncrest Library are millions of dollars over budget, and the city is rearranging its priorities. High on the list of priorities is fixing the swimming pool in time to open next summer.

• Kevin Bukatman, manager at the Giraldo Agency, spoke of the Allstate Insurance Company office at 6443 Rising Sun Ave.

• The Philadelphia Protestant Home, 6401 Martins Mill Road, will host an electronics recycling day on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Most items are free to recycle. There is a cost for items such as flatscreen TVs, air conditioners, old TVs, computer monitors and microwaves.

• Lawncrest Library, 6098 Rising Sun Ave., will host a pizza party kickoff for its teen advisory council on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 4 p.m. The event is for students in seventh through 12th grades.

The library will hold a raffle on Friday, Oct. 29, for a Gritty quilt. Tickets are $5. They can be bought at the library or at tinyurl.com/GrittyQuilt.

The library will also hold a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Wednesdays, Nov. 3 and 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Lawncrest Community Association will meet again on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at St. William’s Monsignor James E. Mortimer Memorial Hall, Argyle and Robbins streets. ••