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Simpson Recreation Center Activities

Tee ball starting Tuesday May, 6, 2014.

Zumba on Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Our spring basketball league begins May 13, 2014 we are still looking for teams to join.

Martial arts program is Wednesday & Friday from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

We have begun a garden club on Fridays from 4:00-5:30 p.m. for kids

Registration for Day Camp is on going.  See below for more information.

simpson day camp


Cynthia Young
Facility Supervisor
Simpson Recreation Center
1010 Arrott Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19124
215-685-1223 Office
215-537-3494 Fax
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Tee Ball at Simpson

Monday, April 21st between 6 and 8 PM, is the last time to register your child, aged 3 to 6,  for tee ball at Simpson Recreation Center.  The $35 fee includes a tee shirt, hat, trophy, and pizza party.  Parents must provide white baseball pants.  Payments accepted in money orders only.  Play starts on May 6th.

Simpson is located at 1010 Arrott Street, right below Castor Ave.  For more information contact Cynthia at 215-685-1223 or email

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Northwood Civic Association Meeting June 18th

There were only 10 attending the meeting on Tuesday night at St. James but there were quite a few questions and some discussion.

  • The owners of 5260 Castor Avenue have presented a new business plan for the property.  They have signatures of neighbors in the immediate area supporting their application of operate a hair salon at that address.  The Civic has decided to submit a letter of non opposition to the plan to the zoning board.
  • Simpson playground is is still falling down and there are no plans from the city to repair it.  The damage would take capital funds and the council representatives say there is no money.  The pool will open this summer with porta potties available for the swimmers and others users of the facility.  Is this the best they can do?
  • Tom McAvoy reported on the success the Townwatch has had in eliminating truck parking on residential streets in Northwood.  Captain McCloskey has been very supportive.

The next Northwood Civic Association meeting will be held on Tuesday July 16th at 7PM at St. James Lutheran Church at Castor Ave. and Pratt St.


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Northwood Civic Association Meeting

Well the crowd was smaller than it usually is on Tuesday night.  But rain + election day + Phillies + Flyers might have had something to do with it.

The War Memorial at Frankford Stadium was a topic of discussion. One of the bronze plaques had fallen from the memorial back in February.  Since that time the School District and the city have replaced it and then decided to clean all the metal.  Here are the before and after pictures.  You can click on the image to get a better view.

Barry Howell attended a meeting of the Concerned Citizens of Northwood at Simpson Playground last Tuesday.  Barry related that people attending that meeting spoke of being besieged by gang activity, bad section 8 tenants, parking issues and drugs in their back driveways.  Barry reiterated that the Northwood Civic is going to address these quality of life issues beyond the deed restricted areas of Northwood.  He will be discussing the issue with Councilman Darrel Clarke.

A meeting was to be held with the new operators of the Frankford Y to work out a community relations agreement.  The civic supports their effort to turn this now empty building into an asset for the community.  As long as they are going in that direction the community should support them.

In June the Civic will begin negotiations with Cancer Treatment Centers of America on the renewal of the community relations agreement.  The focus of this new agreement will be on jobs and investment in the Northwood community.

Some people at the meeting complained about people in pickup trucks trolling the rear driveways of blocks looking for trash and anything else that may be handy.  When they are around things seem to turn up missing.  There is talk of needing a town watch to keep an eye on the streets.  Barry encouraged anyone who would like to start a community town watch to contact him and he will put them in touch with the right people.

Final discussion related to the problem of L&I not enforcing zoning board decisions.  If the Civic wins a decision in zoning and the property owners ignore that decision, what does it take to get the city to enforce that decision.  The process is long and tedious and meanwhile the property owners goes on without penalty.

The next Northwood Civic Association meeting is scheduled for June 15th.  Seth Williams the District Attorney, has agreed to attend the Civic meeting.  Bring your complaints and take this opportunity to sound off on what is happening to your community.