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Northwood Civic Meeting 2/19/13 Update

We had only 20 to 30 people in attendance. Old business we touched on the 900 block of Foulkrod and the used car salesman again. In response to an email I sent to the PSA Lt.; Officer Walker went to check out the street; this was his response which I shared with the members:

Hello Joe!

I went out to Foulkrod St yesterday and actually spoke to the gentleman who lives at 960 who is the seller of the vehicles that were out there.  He did state that he used to park his cars out there and thought he was ok because he spoke to the neighbor on the corner who said she didn’t mind him doing that.  The problem seems to be a non-issue now however because he did state that he got a permit for a lot and his cars will be there from now on.

Let me know if the cars reappear out there and I’ll follow-up accordingly.  Thanks for your help & keep in touch!


P.O. Michael Wheeler #2609 15th Dist Quality of Life Officer

No one was happy with this answer. Our next step is to pursue this through the State Police who are more vigilant with vehicle issues.

Wendy Clay, who had mentioned the ‘bandit signs’ last month had her own meeting at her house concerning these and had signs removed. They were replaced just as fast as she removed them. She contacted the business owner who told her he’ll do what he wants and that she shouldn’t call him anymore.

Residents who live over by Northwood Academy complained about the use of the ‘driveway’ by students’ parents when dropping off the kids. They did not contact Amy Hollister as was done in the past; I told them I would ask her if she could notify parents again.

Speakers were:

Carol Rogers from Healthy Philadelphia who is looking for support in getting a health center in the Northeast.

James Clay was present and gave out his office address and phone #.

Christopher Angeli, the owner of the Regal Ballroom was present and introduced himself.  He expressed interest in working with the neighborhood groups to help revitalize the business area on Oxford Ave which we all agreed is long overdue. He just finished a $500K remodeling of his building.

Harry Mearing from NW Security Patrol was there and spoke to residents about recent changes to the service. He is making plans to help increase business and sustain the service in the neighborhood.

Announcements: Northwood Park clean-up will be 9AM to 2PM Saturday March 16th. The civic will provide food and drinks for volunteers. Frank Bennett will step down as board member of the civic until his candidacy for judge is over. According to our by-laws he cannot sit on the board while running for any office. He will resume his post after he is elected  The Spring Yard Tree Program will commence on April 6th from 2PM to 4PM at the Second Baptist Church of Frankford; volunteers needed….contact



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Northwood Security

On July 1st residents of Northwood hired a private security service in a small test area of the neighborhood. The small area involved has had tremendous support by residents who will pay for this service on a monthly basis; the more residents involved the lower the fees per household. Eventually, depending on participation, the service will cover the whole Northwood neighborhood 24/7 for only a few dollars per home. The service will deal mainly with quality of life issues; they have already cleared the Northwood Park area and adjacent streets of the prostitutes who park here with their ‘customers’. This will be an ongoing battle but eventually they’ll get the message that they are unwelcome in Northwood. The main purpose of the service is to provide a constant presence in our neighborhood and to have an alert professional observe and document the neighborhood for suspicious activity. There are numerous other services that are being provided all of which will be explained at the Northwood Civic Associations general meeting on July 17th.

The presentation will be hosted by Harry Mearing who operates the service. I contacted the 15th district and spoke with Captain Bachmayer to briefly describe the service and its purpose.  We requested an officer from the 15th district be present at our meeting so all the details of the service can be heard first hand. Participation in the PSA and Town Hall meetings is still a vital step in preserving the character and safety of our neighborhood. Residents should attend these meetings as the information provided to the officers has helped get attention to areas of concern. Any residents of Northwood who would like to participate in this service can contact Harry Mearing at 267-347-3775; or attend the meeting on July 17th.

Joe Krause-President Northwood Civic Association