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Frankford’s Mr. Christmas

Let the word go forth, Pete Specos, Mr. Christmas, has his display up and running.  It is well worth a trip down the 4200 block of Orchard Street to see it.

Below is a video of last year’s display but it should be enjoyed in person to be appreciated. Don’t wait until it is featured on local TV, then the traffic down there will really be out of hand.


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Case Dismissed on 4691 Hawthorne Street

Victory came to the residents in the area of Hawthorne and Margaret Streets this Tuesday at a zoning hearing.  A core group of activists has been working diligently for over two months in opposition to the zoning application of the owner of the property at 4691 Hawthorne Street to open a grocery store.  This is the location of the former T&T bar which was the scene of repeated problems and finally the murder of Chris Spence.

Neighbors organized and collected 350 signatures on petitions opposing the zoning variance.  Attending the hearing was a representative group of neighbors, Pete Specos (President of the Frankford Civic Association), Tim Savage and Scoot Clay (Democratic candidate for State Representative).

The case was dismissed before any testimony was heard from the opposition due to a lack of documentation on behalf of the applicant.  The owners cannot apply for a variance for at least one year.

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Thirty Three Guns Turned in at St. Joachims

Pete Specos of the 15th PDAC watches as another gun is inventoried

There was a major haul on Saturday at St. Joachim’s as 33 weapons were turned in for Shop Rite gift cards.

It was one of the most successful days in quite some time as officers from the 15th Police District spent Saturday morning in the O’Kane Room at St. Joachim Parish hall.  11 rifles and 22 hand guns were exchanged for a gift card from the Shop Rite at Frankford Avenue and Knorr St.

Kudos to the Pastor, Father Steve Wetzel, at St. Joachim,  Pete Specos of the 15th PDAC (Police District Advisory Council), Shop Rite and the officers of the 15th District for getting these weapons off the street.

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Steve McClintock Frankford Civic Board Member Passes Suddenly

Steve McClintock to the left of Pete Specos at a board meeting

Steve McClintock, board member of the Frankford Civic Association and local businessman passed away suddenly on April 4th.  Family and friends are invited to greet his family on Monday, April 9th from 9:30  to 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia (13500 Philmont Avenue).  His service will follow at 11 a.m.