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Methadone clinic legislation would toughen facilities’ requirements 0

Feb8
Rep. Kevin Boyle first discussed regulations for narcotics treatment facilities in October 2011.

Rep. Kevin Boyle first discussed regulations for narcotics treatment facilities in October 2011. Photo/Bill Achuff

Pa. Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-172nd, has reintroduced legislation to strengthen regulations for methadone clinics.

Boyle first announced attempts to regulate narcotics treatment facilities in October 2011. The most recent legislation addresses issues that came to light in July 2011 when The Healing Way Inc. received a permit to open a methadone clinic in Holmesburg without discussing the facility with neighbors. continue reading »

At methadone clinic hearing, balance sought between treatment and neighborhoods’ wishes 7

Jan31
Pa. Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-172nd, leads a panel on methadone clinics. Photo/Tiffany Goforth

Pa. Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-172nd, leads a panel on methadone clinics. Photo/Tiffany Goforth

As Holmesburg, Mayfair and other neighborhoods along the Frankford Avenue business corridor work to keep methadone clinics from opening in their communities, Pa. Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-172nd, held a hearing Wednesday at the Mayfair Community Center to discuss the clinics’ impact on neighborhoods and access to treatment.

The hearing was prompted by the Healing Way Inc’s effort to open a clinic on the 7900-block of Frankford Avenue, and NorthEast Treatment Centers’ plan to set up a clinic at 7520 State Rd.

‍‍Boyle led the panel of speakers, which included community members and representatives of organizations who operate or support methadone treatment facilities. continue reading »

Judge hears arguments over Frankford Avenue methadone clinic 3

Dec6

A July 2011 rally against a Holmesburg methadone clinic was the first of many efforts by the neighborhood to keep the business off Frankford Avenue. Photo/Shannon McDonald

Holmesburg Civic Association President Rich Frizell attended Wednesday’s hearing The Healing Way’s appeal to operate a methadone clinic at 7900 Frankford Ave.

During the city hearing, the state took action, as well. Sen. Mike Stack announced Wednesday a new law to “raise the bar” on methadone treatment. The law calls for a review of overdose deaths related to methadone use. continue reading »

Hearing Wednesday for Frankford Avenue methadone clinic 0

Dec4

A July 2011 rally against a Holmesburg methadone clinic was the first of many efforts by the neighborhood to keep the business off Frankford Avenue. Photo/Shannon McDonald

The long-awaited court day over the fate of the methadone clinic at 7900 Frankford Ave. in Holmesburg has arrived.

Wednesday, The Healing Way and the Mayfair and Holmesburg civic associations will be in Common Pleas Court as the clinic operator appeals the decision to prevent the clinic from opening. The Healing Way obtained on over-the-counter permit in 2011 to open the clinic, but the Philadelphia Zoning Board overturned that decision in March following opposition from the community. continue reading »

Holmesburg Civic Association opposes methadone clinic variance 2

Nov19

NorthEast Treatment Centers needs a zoning variance to open a methadone clinic at 7520 State Rd. in Holmesburg. Photo/Bob Stewart

When the Holmesburg Civic Association convened Nov. 13 for its monthly meeting, the topic at hand was a familiar and controversial one – a proposed methadone clinic at 7520 State Rd.

NorthEast Treatment Centers, which would operate the clinic, needs a zoning variance because the site is currently approved for industrial use. The membership was there to vote on that issue.

HCA President Rich Frizell said he understands there is a drug problem in the area, but said he disagrees with the NET method of treating that problem. continue reading »

BREAKING: Zoning Board overturns application for Holmesburg methadone clinic 11

Mar13

A summertime rally on Frankford Avenue drew Holmesburg residents opposed to a methadone clinic.

The Zoning Board of Adjustment  has overturned a proposal by Healing Way Inc., the applicant for a methadone facility on Frankford Avenue in Holmesburg. The ruling comes several months after the ZBA first convened following protests from legislators and residents over the summer.

“This extremely important ruling is the culmination of months of work, which has brought local residents together and strengthened our community,” Pa. Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-172nd, said.  ”I have been honored to be a part of that fight and am thrilled about this victory.” continue reading »

Legislators announce bill to regulate narcotics treatment facilities 0

Oct13

Holmesburg Civic Association President Fred Moore (foreground) speaks about proposed legislation for narcotics treatment facilities. Background from left: Mayfair Civic Association Joe DeFelice, 6th District City Council candidate Bobby Henon, State Rep. Kevin Boyle, Sen. Mike Stack. Photo by Bill Achuff

As Holmesburg awaits a Zoning Board decision on a proposed methadone clinic, legislators and neighborhood leaders gathered today on Frankford Avenue to announce their plans for the regulation of narcotics treatment facilities.

Championed by Rep. Kevin Boyle and Sen. Mike Stack, an amendment to a 1972 act would require more scrutiny of proposed narcotics programs like the one slated for the 7900-block of Frankford Avenue.

“The proposed facility in my district would have a significant impact on the neighborhood. Many community leaders and residents have come together to fight against the proposed clinic,” Boyle said. “This legislation would provide the tools necessary to fight back against such a situation happening elsewhere in Philadelphia and across the state.” continue reading »

Photos: Rally against proposed Holmesburg methadone clinic 1

Sep23

The Mayfair and Holmesburg civic associations, state and local politicians and neighbors gathered against yesterday to protest the methadone clinic proposed on the 7900-block of Frankford Avenue at Decatur Street.

Neighbors opposed the clinic Healing Way, Inc., wants to open based on the applicant’s apparent lack of qualifications to run such a facility, and the facility’s proximity to schools and other family centers. continue reading »

Property owner, clinic applicant no-shows at methadone meeting 0

Jul27

An estimated 750 people attended a Tuesday night meeting at Lincoln High School to get information about the methadone clinic proposed for the 7900-block of Frankford Ave.

Dennis Kulp and Carl Primavera were booed at a meeting last night to discuss a methadone clinic in Holmesburg, but neither was around to hear it.

Primavera is the attorney for Healing Way, Inc., which has plans to open a methadone clinic at 7900 Frankford Ave. Kulp owns the property.

As the meeting at Lincoln High School got started last night, Mayfair Civic Association President Joe DeFelice announced Kulp had emailed him earlier in the day to say he’d been advised by his attorney not to attend the meeting in case it should interfere with future litigation. Primavera hasn’t answered any attempts to reach him.

DeFelice and Holmeburg Civic Association President Fred Moore cohosted the meeting, which drew an estimated 750 people to the school’s auditorium, and featured guest speakers 6th District Councilwoman Joan Krajewski, 5th District Sen. Mike Stack, 173rd District Rep. Mike McGeehan, 172nd District Rep. Kevin Boyle, 202nd District Rep. Mark Cohen and Karen Grumankin, who presented a letter written by Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz. continue reading »

500 expected to attend meeting about Holmesburg methadone clinic 0

Jul26

People lined up outside Guppies Childcare Center last week to sign petitions and T-shirts in opposition of a methadone clinic on the 7900-block of Frankford Avenue.

Organizers are expecting more than 500 people at tonight’s meeting to discuss a methadone clinic set to open on the 7900-block of Frankford Avenue in Holmesburg.

The two-hour meeting at Lincoln High School is organized by the Holmesburg Civic Association, Mayfair Civic Association, Mayfair Business Association and Mayfair Community Development Corp., sparked by public opposition to the clinic.

A panel of speakers will address the issue before taking questions from guests. continue reading »

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