The Tacony Senior Citizens Club celebrated its 45th anniversary on Monday.
The group meets weekly, except in the summer, at the Mayfair Community Center.
The anniversary meeting attracted about 60 people and included food, bingo, a 50/50, prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of God Bless America.
The guest speaker was Pete McDermott, a Democratic candidate in the May 17 primary in the 173rd Legislative District. He faces Pat Gallagher in the primary. Republican candidate Katherine Bohr was thrown off the ballot for insufficient nominating petitions, though she is appealing that decision.
McDermott, 48, the son of Irish immigrants, is a high school teacher in the field of career and technical education. He handles zoning for the Mayfair Civic Association. He fought the School District’s inaction in developing sports fields on the Abraham Lincoln High School campus, close to Rowland Avenue. Those fields, he said, will soon be available for use.
If elected, he promises to watch that developers don’t ruin neighborhoods. He is tired of seeing trash, dirt and pizza menus on streets, adding that sweeping up has become a “forgotten art.”
McDermott favors an increase in the property tax/rent rebate program checks.
“Doubling that would have a huge impact, on seniors especially,” he said. ••