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Right NEast/Wrong NEast: No really, Oxford Circle really is west of the Boulevard 5

Here we go again.

Imagine waking up to the headline, “Oxford Circle Teen Stabbed.” Anyone who wakes up with NBC10 doesn’t have to imagine it. While Action News and Philly.com both managed to read their maps properly, NBC10 dished out misinformation in a Tuesday morning crime report.

A teenager stabbed on the 1200-block of Pratt Street in Frankford Tuesday morning. Yes, that block is near Oxford Avenue, which we’re guessing is where NBC10 went wrong. continue reading »

Suspect sought in Burholme CVS robbery 0


Police are looking for the man who robbed a Burholme CVS Aug. 6. Surveillance image/Philadelphia Police

For nearly a month, police in the 2nd District have been searching for the suspect who held up a Burholme CVS.

On Aug. 6, an armed man robbed the pharmacy safe at the 7350 Oxford Ave. CVS after he demanded that a pharmacist open the safe for him. continue reading »

Zoning, location and crime: How businesses interact with their neighborhoods [part 2 of 2] 0


Business on and around commercial corridors (like this one in Lawncrest) balance the pros and cons of those avenues' high traffic. Photo/Laura Robb

This is the second of a two-part look at three Northeast Philadelphia business corridors, the areas and around them and how those businesses impact their communities.

A community without businesses is a community failed. Businesses promote employment, provide services or goods and enhance other economic freedoms helping communities to flourish. Typically, these positive outcomes distract residents from any real concern.

However, occasionally businesses can attract the wrong kind of clientele. Amid the shoppers, strollers and neighbors can also be loiterers, criminals and drug dealers.

At June’s Take Back Your Neighborhood meeting in Castor Gardens, Lt. Thomas Macartney of the 2nd Police District spoke about some of the reported problems along Castor Avenue.

“One of the things we’ve been working on is the 6600-block of Castor Ave.,” Macartney said. “Between two stores on the corners at Castor and Magee, there has been some gang-related activity, including residents buying drugs.”

We compared statistics from CrimeReports.com of five blocks each of three commercial corridors in Northeast Philadelphia, examining police reports from Jan. 1 to June 23 of this year to determine how those avenues – all in the 2nd Police District – stack up. continue reading »

Police officer, elderly driver injured in Lawncrest crash 0


A 2nd District police officer and an elderly woman were hospitalized Saturday following a car crash in Lawncrest.

According to reports, the crash occurred around 1:30 p.m. when the officer was en route to a call. Both drivers were injured when the woman, 90, ran a red light near Oxford and Longshore avenues.

They were taken to separate hospitals and are expected to recover.

April brings two new businesses to Fox Chase 1


Nora McClosky and Claire McCafferty of The Blooming Artist Studio, new to Oxford Avenue. Photo/G. E. Reutter

April is bringing two new businesses to the Oxford Avenue business district in Fox Chase. Thanks to The Blooming Artist Studio and Little Bits Of Everything Antiques shop, there is now a no vacancy sign along the avenue, bucking trends in other areas.

Local artist and owner of The Blooming Artist Studio, Nora McClosky is moving her studio from Rockledge to Fox Chase at 7971 Oxford Ave. McClosky is scheduled to open for business on April 9 following a renovation of the studio space.

“We are delighted by the move to Fox Chase, as it gives us an opportunity to expand our program offerings to the community with the increased space,” McClosky said. continue reading »

Christmas comes early in Fox Chase with three events Dec. 3 0


Fox Chase will decorate this evergreen in Lions Park for its Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 3. Photo by G.E. Reutter

Christmas is coming early to Fox Chase. Three celebrations on Dec. 3 will keep the family busy for the day. Events at Ryerss Museum and Library and The Fox Chase Farm run during the day, capped off by the annual Christmas tree lighting at Lions Park in the heart of Fox Chase.

Fox Chase Farm at 8500 Pine Rd. will hold its annual Holiday Green Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wreaths, swags, bows, candle centerpieces, white pine roping and baked goodies will be available to purchase.

Ryerss Museum and Library at 7370 Central Ave. will hold a Victorian Open House/Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by The Friends of Ryerss, the event will include the sale of greens, baked goods, a raffle, dining in the Victorian Tea Room, a black smith demonstration and sales of used books. continue reading »

A night of Bingo in Fox Chase [slideshow] 0


Mary Guarnieri and Connor McGuckin check out their bingo cards at the Loudenslager American Legion Post. Photo by G.E. Reutter

It’s 7 p.m. on a Friday evening in Fox Chase and the budget is tight. If you’re looking for some inexpensive fun, try the Loudenslager American Legion Post at 7976 Oxford Ave. Why?

Well for two bucks, you get a chance to have a great evening of bingo at the post. The two bucks entitles you to a nine-card sheet (you can also get five sheets for ten bucks).

The canteen is open, selling inexpensive sandwiches, snacks and drinks. An average evening, according to the regulars, is a 12-sheet evening at $24.

Commander of the Loudenslager Post, Dr. Wallace Quinlan, said the evening draws most of its crowd from the neighborhood. continue reading »

Sally’s Flowers brings color to Fox Chase community 0


Karen Sperduto prepares an order at Sally's Flowers in Fox Chase. Photo by G.E. Reutter

Sally’s Flowers has been a main anchor of the Fox Chase business district since 1977. Located at 7944 Oxford Ave., the shop is known in the community for fine flowers with longevity.

In addition to beautiful flowers, arrangements and green planters, the shop offers an eclectic mix of other items like Ashers chocolate, gourmet cookies and Anthony’s coffee from the Italian Market. The shop carries a large array of flowers that can satisfy anyone’s budget.

The family-operated business is headed up by Sally Dancio and is a model of a community-based business.

“I love being involved in the community and feel connected to Fox Chase,” Dancio said.  continue reading »

Lions roam Fox Chase to raise money for visually impaired 0


Neil Harmon donates to John Howlans as the Fox Chase Lions collect for White Cane Day.

The Northeast Lions roamed Oxford Avenue, Rhawn Street and Pine Road in Fox Chase over the weekend,
collecting for The White Cane, the Lions’ outreach program to the visually impaired.

Many neighbors greeted the volunteers by name as they were called to cars to accept donation at the intersection. Vice President Angelo Sciarra said he expected to collect between $4,000 and $5,000 over the weekend for the cause. continue reading »

Oxford Avenue closed for Fox Chase Line improvements [slideshow] 0


A backhowe moves a ballast as SEPTA continues repairs to the Fox Chase Line. Photo by G.E. Reutter

SEPTA’s Fox Chase Line improvement project closed Oxford Avenue late last week. The grade crossing improvement project in the 7800-block of Oxford Avenue resulted in detours for area residents.

Northbound traffic was detoured onto Rockwell Avenue and southbound traffic onto Hasbrook Avenue to Central Avenue. continue reading »

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