If you have not had your fill of Christmas lights yet, hustle on down to the 4200 block of Orchard Street and have a look at the Pete Specos extravaganza updated this year.
By: Pat Smiley
There are many concerned citizens and activists in Frankford. There is only one Pete Specos. I have gotten to know Pete much better since St. Joachim Church was closed in June and parishioners started Keep the Faith in Frankford, a nonprofit, to continue the work of the Church and to help the community.
Pete’s knowledge, connections and a real willingness to serve and help in any way he can has made him a vital member as well as a member of the board. But this has only added to the work Pete has done on behalf of our community of Frankford.
A real “grassroots” man, Pete is a Democratic Committeeman and President of the Frankford Civic Association and the Zoning Officer. He is the Treasurer of the PDAC (the 15th District Police District Advisory Council). On November 23rd, Pete and PDAC provided a Thanksgiving Dinner to nearly 150 people that was held in Mater Dolorosa’s hall where local residents were treated to all the trimmings and there were many return visits to the buffet.
Pete coordinates the PSA1 meetings where the Police meet monthly with area residents to discuss and address their concerns. Recently, the NFCY, (the old “Frankford Y”) has been restored to community use and is undergoing major renovations. Pete is Financial Director of their board.
Lucille Ball said, “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.” I, for one, am very grateful that Pete has been “busy” making Frankford a better place to work and live.
But don’t get the idea that Pete is all work. One of his passions is his very own Christmas Lightshow that’s on display for all those who come by 4287 Orchard St. It was featured on the Christmas TV special Christmas Planet two years ago.
The Christmas Lightshow begins on Thanksgiving night and will be available for all to enjoy through New Year’s Day! Pete, you just can’t help lighting up Frankford!
There will be a gun buy back on September 7th from 10AM till noon at Holy Innocents Church at Tyson and Torresdale. It is sponsored by the Philadelphia Police and the 15th District Advisory Council. Turn in a gun anonymously and get a $50 food voucher for a local supermarket on the spot. NO QUESTIONS ASKED.
For further information contact Officer Krause at 215-686-8698 or Pete Specos at 215-738-3103.
On Thursday, February 7th, the Frankford Civic will take up the issue of a variance for a day care center at 1829 Fillmore St. There will be one other zoning issue.
Pete Specos, President of the Frankford Civic, testified at last Wednesday’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Mayfair on the issue of methadone clinics and their regulation. Some of those present that meeting will attend the upcoming civic meeting to talk about the issue and its impact on Frankford.
The Frankford Civic Association meets at 7PM in the 2nd floor conference room at Aria Hospital.