Lisa Deeley, chairwoman of the city election board of commissioners, was at Monday’s Take Back Your Neighborhood meeting to discuss the upcoming election.
Deeley brought applications for mail-in ballots. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1. Besides mailing in completed ballots, they can be placed in drop boxes, including one at Pelbano Recreation Center, at Bustleton and Solly avenues.
The election is Nov. 8, and the ballot will include special elections for four City Council seats.
People are needed to work the polls from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The pay is $200, or $250 for those who attend a training session.
To apply to be a board worker or for more information, visit the new website vote.phila.gov.
In other news:
• Capt. James Kimrey, commander of the 2nd Police District, and community relations officer Mark Mroz discussed crime. The department last weekend had officers working 12-hour shifts to deter violence.
Kimrey and Mroz offered tips. They said motorists should keep their windows up when pumping gas, pointing to a theft from an auto at the Wawa at 6400 Bustleton Ave. Also, they said drivers should never leave their cars running while they are unoccupied.
They said people should be careful about placing envelopes with cash or checks in mailboxes. Crooks are “fishing” out the envelopes and changing check payables and amounts.
Women should be careful about leaving their purses in shopping carts at stores. Thieves try to take the purses. Then, to avoid a security guard seeing a man with a purse leaving the store, the crooks empty the purses in a bathroom.
Recently, on the 1100 block of Gilham St., someone requested an Uber ride. When the driver arrived, the passenger stole the car.
On a brighter note, 11 bicycles were given away last month following a community bike ride in the 2nd district, as a prelude to National Night Out.
The 2nd will co-sponsor a health fair on Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., outside the old Modell’s at Roosevelt Mall. The day will include free health screenings.
• Republican congressional candidate Aaron Bashir called for a round of applause for police officers. Bashir is running as a law-and-order candidate who wants to improve safety. He also believes poorly performing public schools could be improved by teaching Judeo-Christian values.
• Community Life Improvement Program inspector Cindy Lustick welcomed calls to a hotline at 215-683-CLIP for issues such as graffiti, vacant lots and lack of property maintenance. Calls to that number on weekdays during working hours are usually answered by a person, not a machine.
• State Rep. Jared Solomon will hold a senior fair on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon at St. William Hall, 6200 Rising Sun Ave. (entrance at Argyle and Robbins streets). There will be light refreshments and information on property tax/rent rebate, SEPTA Senior ID, unclaimed property and more. ••