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Nominations for New Board at Northwood Civic Association

The Northwood Civic Association meeting on October 16th featured the nomination for elections to the board.  Joe Krause was the sole nominee for President.  Tom McAvoy is the sole nominee for Vice President.  Gina Panchella is the sole nominee for Secretary.  Mary Robus, Ed Martin, Lou Kubik, Rodney Allen and Frank Bennett are the nominees for board members.  The election will take place at the next meeting.

The meeting opened with reading of the minutes followed by the treasurers report.  It was noted that Cancer Treatment Centers of America donated $2,500 to the Neighborhood Security Patrol via a donation the the Northwood Civic.

Membership now stands at 109 paid members.  Notice of dues coming due are being distributed and dues are $10 for the coming year.

Frank Bennett gave an update on the Frankford Y.  The building has been secured and Troop 100 of the Boy Scouts from St. Martin’s participated in a clean up of all debris from inside.  It is now stacked up in front of the building and should be picked up for disposal shortly.

The is significant damage to the mansion building from a leak in the roof which is need of immediate repair.  Fund raising is now underway to begin the necessary repairs that will stabilize the building.  There are electric, water and gas bills due before those services can be restored.  Frank Bennett took over as president from the last surviving board member, Tony Rachuba.  Mr. Rachuba then resigned leaving Bennett in control of the organization.  On October 28th, Bennett will then select new board members to serve out the board members terms of office.

The financial records of the Y have been secured. A brief review by Bennett showed that the Y failed because of the loss of subsidies for the day care service which had been carrying the burden of the entire enterprise for a long time.  He characterizes it as lack of participation by the community.  There are many reasons why that was true and the new Y would be wise to plan its programs and facilities accordingly.

Tom McAvoy gave an update on the Northwood Town Watch.  Illegal truck parking has been declared under control in Northwood.  Vigilance is needed to keep on top of it and more volunteers are need in the non patrolling, eyes and ears effort.  For reporting problems or to volunteer for the Town Watch, email tom at

Candidates for the Pennsylvania State Representative 177th legislative district were scheduled time to speak.  John Taylor, the Republican party incumbent, was delayed in Harrisburg.  His district office manager, Marc Collazzo filled in.  William Dunbar, the Democratic party challenger was present and spoke.  A surprise visitor, was Democratic candidate for US Congress in the 13th district, incumbent Allyson Schwartz, who also addressed the gathering.  You can see all three videos on the Frankford Gazette video list or go to our YouTube channel.

The next meeting of the Northwood Civic Association meeting will be on November 20th at 7PM at St. James Lutheran Church at Castor Avenue and Pratt St.