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We Are Saturated

A town hall meeting was held in Frankford Tuesday night at St. Joachims in the parish hall.  You will find many opinions from those in attendance at to the success of the meeting.  Some folks were at the meeting with the belief that it was to discuss the conversion of the old Frankford Day Nursery into another half way house.  This was not the case and that misunderstanding should fall on the organizers of the meeting.


The meeting appeared to have been hastily organized but that impression may have come from incorrect or little information available before hand.  However the outcome of the meeting was an acknowledgment by councilperson Maria Quinonez-Sanchez that yes Frankford has a serious problem and it is going to take some work to fix it.

Sounds like a commitment to me.  There is no magic wand that will solve the kind of problem we have in Frankford.  The decision to actually adddress it will do for me. Drugs are a part of modern life and several folks at the meeting spoke out that we are not against the services being offered to the poor souls hooked on drugs.  We are opposed to being the main location for all these services.  That has to end.

Next we need to enforce the existing laws and regulations to shut down those services that are not run properly.  And finally we have to go after those flop houses that exploit these folks, take their money and do nothing for them. They are sucking the sould out of the community and deserve to be run out of town.

How can you help?  Report every flop house you know to the councilperson’s office and let them find out if they are licensed.  215-686-3448 or 3449.

Now thanks to Maria Quinones-Sanchez and Tony Payton.  Also, as I was listening to the tape tonight I think I heard that a representative from Senator Specter’s office was in attendance.  If so, thanks Arlen.  If I missed anybody, let me know pols.

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Frankford is now closed

I attended the Frankford Civic meeting last night and I have to admit it made me think.  On one hand, you have a few good people dedicating their time to pulling Frankford up.  On the other hand, you have a ton of people dedicating their time to dragging Frankford down.  There will be a report about the meeting next week in the Northeast Times.  The following is my rant on the issues that we confront.

  • Frankford is now closed to out of area landlords who are only interested in milking property for every penny they can get without consideration for the havoc their tenants wreak on our community.
  • Frankford is now closed to drug rehab houses who are only interested in collecting government money and do not care about the residents of those houses.
  • Frankford is now closed to any more drug treatment centers at all.  We now have more than is necessary to accommodate the entire population of Harrisburg.
  • Frankford is now closed to property owners who are doing illegal conversions.
  • Frankford is now closed to absentee owners who don’t maintain their property.
  • Frankford is now closed to drug users, bums, loafers and pan handlers. Get off drugs, get it together and get a job.
  • Frankford is now closed to former prisoners who don’t have any interest in getting their lives back together.  Go live where you grew up.  It was not here.

Some good things are in the works for Frankford.  We will get there one way or the other but we will get there faster without the people described about standing in the way.  When the Frankford Civic starts the membership drive, consider joining.  Come to a meeting if you want to find out what is really happening.  Make sure the future of Frankford is open to you.