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Burholme hears 2nd Police District update

Mark Mroz, community relations officer in the 2nd Police District, spoke at last week’s meeting of the Burholme Civic Association.

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Mroz mentioned that an 11-year-old in a stolen car crashed the vehicle in the vicinity of Northeast High School.

In a recent two-week period in the 2nd district, there were 72 cars stolen, including 47 Hyundais and Kias. Mroz said Northeast High students are suspected of being involved with some of the crimes.

Mroz recommends that people buy The Club.

A man was recently carjacked near Lawndale Avenue. When he went to Northeast Detectives to report the crime, the carjackers stole the other vehicle at his home.

In other news, Capt. Jim Kimrey has been transferred and replaced as district commander by Capt. Marc Metellus, the city’s first Haitian-American captain. Metellus was recently promoted from lieutenant, having last worked in South Detectives. Metellus will hold a captain’s town hall on March 15 at 6 p.m. at the Philadelphia Protestant Home.

Mroz recommends that people sign up for the Civilian Police Academy. CPA meets Wednesday nights for nine weeks at the Philadelphia Police Academy, 2838 Woodhaven Road. The next class will begin on April 23. For more information, contact Cpl. Megan Fabrizio at 215-934-4147 or Megan.Fabrizio@phila.gov.

In other news from the Feb. 9 meeting:

• The group voted 11-0 to approve a variance for Pooch La Vie, a dog-grooming business looking to open at 800 Cottman Ave. The site is zoned residential. A Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing will take place March 8. The business is looking to move from 7257 Rising Sun Ave. Hours at the new location will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. Services include baths, pampering and extras such as hair dye and tattoos.

• Ryerss Museum & Library, 7370 Central Ave., is offering a series of events in February and March such as crafts, board games, storytime and book club meetings. On March 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a celebration of Robert Ryerss’ birthday.

In addition, members concerned with the broken elevator have started a petition on change.org to have the city fix it. People are invited to visit the site to sign the petition by searching “Replace the Elevator at the Ryerss Museum and Library.” (https://www.change.org/search?q=ryerss&offset=0)

For more information, call 215-685-0599 or go to robertryerss.org.

• A developer has withdrawn plans for 52 apartment units at 7248 Rising Sun Ave., site of a former Citizens Bank. Instead, the developer will build 28 units “by right.” There are expected to be 12 parking spots. Burholme Civic opposed the 52-unit plan.

• David G. Richardson Funeral Home, 7450 Oxford Ave., has closed. ••

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