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When you think of Cottman Avenue west of the Roosevelt Boulevard, what do you picture? Heavy car traffic, lots of parking lots, several retail stores — many of which are vacant.
But when called together to help form a plan for the “Central Northeast” district late last month, the Fox Chase, Burholme, Rhawnhurst, Lexington Park, Bells Corner, Castor Gardens and Lawndale residents who attended the planning meeting envisioned a friendlier Cottman Avenue. continue reading »
The second of three planning meetings for neighborhoods in the Central Northeast Planning District will take place Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the Northeast Regional Branch of the Free Library, 2228 Cottman Ave.
The area includes Fox Chase, Burholme, Rhawnhurst, Lexington Park, Bells Corner and the northern edges of Lawndale and Castor Gardens, and community stakeholders are invited to the public meeting to participate in the process that will shape how these neighborhoods fit into the Philadelphia2035 master plan. continue reading »
Luke Dercole, right, pleaded guilty to buying guns for 16-year-old Michael Burak, left. Photo/Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
A Lawncrest man pleaded guilty today to illegally purchasing guns for a 16-year-old drug dealer who used one of those firearms to shoot someone.
Luke Dercole, 32, pleaded guilty to four violations of the Uniform Firearms Act and now awaits sentencing, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday. continue reading »
Dennis Woods is a person of interest in connection with a series of ATM thefts. Photo/Philadelphia Police
Police across the city are looking for the suspects wanted in connection with multiple ATM burglaries, four of which took place in the Northeast.
Dennis Woods, 38, has been identified as a person of interest in the robberies, and is also wanted in connection with the May robbery of the Delaire pharmacy on the 9400-block of State Road.
In the nine ATM thefts authorities are investigating, the suspects often gained entry to the machines using a acetylene torch. In many cases, the suspects cut the phone and electrical lines and returned to the scene later to finish the job. continue reading »
Q: I just sold my house in Lawncrest and settlement was pushed back four days! Apparently, the buyers’ mortgage company, a well-know company with commercials on TV, could not get it together in time. As a result, I had to push back buying my home and that seller was unhappy as well. It was very stressful, as I had to reschedule the movers and I was going to unpack over the weekend but had to wait. My agent told me this happens all the time. Is this type of thing really normal or was he just trying to make me feel better?
A: I wouldn’t call it “normal,” however it is not unheard of, or even uncommon. It’s especially true at the end of the month or when lenders are extremely busy, like this time of year. In fact, I have experienced moments when sellers have had the contents of their home on moving trucks, and at the very last minute, a settlement got pushed back. continue reading »
Philadelphia’s 2nd Police District. Image/PhillyPolice.com
Police in the 2nd District have made four arrests so far in the 15 robberies that have occurred in the last 30 days in PSA 2.
Lt. Francis Staab, new to the Police Service Area, shared the information Tuesday night with members of the Lawncrest Community Association. PSA 2 is bound roughly by Roosevelt Boulevard and the district’s western boundary between Martins Mill Road and — at varying points — Devereaux Street, Magee Avenue and Rhawn Street to the north. continue reading »
The Lawncrest Community Association opposes the use of the basement at 541 Van Kirk St. for a daycare. Image/Google Maps
Pastor Bernadette Smith will go before the Zoning Board of Adjustment next month without the support of the Lawncrest Community Association in an attempt to open a daycare center at 541 Van Kirk St.
Smith attended Tuesday’s LCA meeting with attorney Cheryl Gaston to explain her plan to open a 10-child daycare in the basement of the home. The property is zoned for residential use on the ground level and second floor, and for commercial use in the basement. The basement is currently vacant, but once operated as a deli.
Smith, who runs Righteous Against Wicked “RAW” Church with her husband, Rehoboth, lives in Tacony and has a temporary lease on the basement that expires in April. The property owner lives in Bucks County, and has not been able to get the basement zoned for residential use, in part because of the LCA’s opposition to triplexes.
Smith’s lack of ties to the neighborhood was just one reason the LCA membership — about 70 strong at the meeting — voted unanimously to oppose her request for a variance for Ascending Doves Group Day Care. She was originally denied a permit on the grounds that the daycare “creates a condition of multiple main uses on a lot.” continue reading »
Lawncrest’s 2011 Fourth of July event. Photo/Bill Achuff
Ever wanted to sink a librarian into a dunk tank? What about a cop or a pastor? All three and more have volunteered to risk a dip in the tank at Lawncrest’s annual July 4th celebration in the name of community spirit.
The festivities are ready for the 98th year, capped off with the neighborhood’s signature fireworks display. The only things missing are more donations and more volunteers.
“We can only get to 100 [years] if everyone works together,” said Kathy Wersinger. Wersinger, who attends the monthly Lawncrest Community Association meetings and will appear in the dunk tank again this year, works for the office of Councilwoman Marian Tasco, D-9th. “It was so hot last year, people wanted to get in.” continue reading »
A suspect was taken into custody Saturday after PSPCA humane law enforcement officers broke up a suspected dog fighting operation in Lawncrest.
Officers recovered five dogs from 326 Van Kirk St. from the homeowner, who reports indicated has previously been cited for mistreating animals. continue reading »
Attack Mode Boxing cofounder and coach Lonnie Haile, left, with fighter Kieran Hooks. Photo/Raymond Boyd
Lawncrest-based Attack Mode Boxing sent two fighters to compete Saturday at the Pennsylvania Golden Glove Regional Championships. The event was held at Derby Ink Gardens at 820 Spring Garden St. The two boxers who represented the Lawncrest based gym were Kieran “The Hitman” Hooks, 18, and Marquis Dacres, 25.
Hooks competed in the 152 lb weight class and Dacres was in the 200-plus weight class. They each defeated their opponents from Allentown in three rounds, and advanced to the Pennsylvania Golden Gloves State Championships in Reading on April 27. continue reading »