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Author: Steve Fillmore (Page 1 of 16)

A Fish Out of Order

UPDATE June 13, 2017: They’re baaaack! After months of repairs & maintenance, East Falls’ fish plates return to their spot under the Twin Bridges. 

All spruced up like new, the plates have been sand-blasted, straightened, and strengthened by sculptor Steven Sears. He even powder-coated them this time! “It’s harder than paint, and should last another 20 years, ” he explained.

The fish names, too, are much crisper and easier to read now, thanks to a special kind of vinyl lettering that’s unbelievably strong. “It’s the same stuff they use on airplanes,” Sears told us, “It holds tight at -30 degrees and 600 mph!” Whatever our wacky Philly weather piles on, these plates have been reinforced to take it in stride.

Hopefully, it’ll be a long time before he’s called out here again. We certainly don’t want another repeat of what brought them down last year.

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Killing the Gerrymander

Too many of PA’s voting districts are gerrymandered. Pam supports a way to put this practice out of its misery.

Fair and square elections are what citizens are demanding and I am working hard to deliver by supporting redistricting reform legislation.

Why is this important? Every ten years after the U.S. Census is taken, new boundaries are drawn for Pennsylvania State Senators and Representatives to accommodate shifts in population. This redistricting process is necessary but the manner in which the new boundaries are drawn has been abused by a process known as gerrymandering. Gerrymandering is the manipulation of the boundaries to favor one party.

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June 2017

Aggravated Assault
4207 Ridge Ave (Major’s Deli)
Complainant (employee) stated that offender (black female 21-25 years of age) entered store and engaged in verbal dispute w compl about merchandise, during which offender discharged stun gun on compl’s upper body. Female positively ID’d by compl and placed in custody.

3300 Penn St.
Police observed 16 year old male walking away from 1998 VW in area where numerous thefts have occurred. Male was stopped and a pink wallet with VW vehicle registration and small amount of change were recovered. Defendant taken into custody. Value: $25

33XX Penn St. 
Unknown person(s) took Toshiba laptop, black Targus case, and accessories from complainant’s vehicle. Value: $500

33XX Arnold St.
Unknown person(s) took gift cards out of complainant’s unlocked vehicle between 5PM on 6/11 and 9:15AM on 6/12. Value: $100

4298 Kelly Dr. 
Unknown person(s) broke window of complainant’s 2007 Honda Element and took black purse with credit and debit cards. Value: $100

3300 Ainslie St.
Police observed male and unknown accomplice trying door handles of several vehicles. Both suspects tried to flee on foot but were quickly apprehended. Complainant identified stolen items in offender #1’s possession (black male 16-20 years old) — dark bookbag, credit cards, gift cards, and $52 cash. Value: $67

3300 Tilden St. 
Police observed suspects pulling on several car door handles and stopped them to investigate. Offender #1 (black male, unknown age) was in possession of several stolen items (roll of quarters, iPod Shuffle, speaker, lighter, charger, tokens, and pendants) and a bookbag that didn’t belong to him. Value: $100

33XX Wiehle St.
Complainant states he left the windows of his vehicle overnight (beginning at 6:30PM 6/8). When he arrived at the car the morning of 6/9, he noticed his black LG tablet was missing. Item was recovered when two offenders were arrested in connection with other thefts from vehicles in the Falls Value: $400

3232 Henry Ave.
Complainant, Director of Maintenance, states that he checks on the property regularly and noticed that a door at the rear of the facility had been forced open and he heard multiple voices coming from inside. When police officers arrived, they heard sounds of knocking, banging, and sawing coming from within. Officers followed the sounds and placed a black male (approximately 25-35 years old) in custody. They recovered a large suitcase filled with copper pipes and cutting tools. Police were unable to locate 2nd male. Value: $800

5450 Wissahickon Ave.
Complainant states her boyfriend was staying the night and they had an argument about living arrangements. Compl went to bed and, when she woke up, her boyfriend was gone. Compl noticed that her debit card and $240 in cash were missing. She also discovered that her phone had been used at 1AM to call Lyft and the price of the ride had been charged to her debit card. Value: $240

Seeing Red (Lights) on Allegheny Ave.   

Neighbors in Allegheny West take to the streets to fight for their traffic lights.

Intersection at 32nd & Allegheny

It took two deaths and a mass protest to get a traffic light at 32nd and Allegheny almost 40 years ago but a recent PennDOT project is threatening to take it away. Neighbors in the area, many unaware that the lights were scheduled for removal until recently, weren’t about to let that happen.

So during a Friday afternoon rush hour earlier this month, approximately 50 of them barricaded the intersection and carried signs into the street, causing buses and cars to back up for blocks all along Allegheny and triggering traffic snarls on surrounding roads.

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Scout and About: Five Scouting Lessons this Summer

Summer’s coming and outdoor adventures await in East Falls and beyond for Boy Scout Troop 474. Got a budding scout in your house? Archery, first aid, and firebuilding are just a few of the things he could learn this season.

When Joe Petrone of Petrone Realty was a kid, half the scouts in Troop 474 were from East Falls. “It was great, everybody came out and we did all kinds of fun wilderness and survival stuff.” Joe loved it so much, he volunteers today as a scoutmaster for the Troop. “We’ve got a good group from Roxborough and Manayunk, but we could always use more East Falls guys,” he told us recently.

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Poll Position

Election Day is approaching fast. Pam runs down the races and discusses how the “merit selection of judges” could give us better candidates.

May 16th is Election Day. Election Day occurs two times a year although you would not know it by the historical turnout in non-Presidential election years.

Generally turnout is no greater than 20%.  I sincerely hope that given the current heightened interest, involvement, and awareness of citizens, our turnout on May 16th is closer to 50% (although in my opinion it should be 75% or higher).

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May 2017

41XX Ridge Ave.
Complainant states unknown person(s) stole his 2012 Diamondback bicycle (Serene) from his rear open back porch between 5 and 9AM on 5/31 Value: $500

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Top Cop on Coulter?

With the top spot on the democratic ballot and some big endorsements, Coulter street’s Rich Negrin could be Philly’s next District Attorney. We get his take on a few of the big issues as well as some of his favorite spots in the Falls.

We’ve got Ed Rendell and a few other political notables hereabouts, but we could always use another local celeb. With any luck next month’s District Attorney election will make Rich Negrin the new top cop in Philly. In preparation, we got his take on where he’s from, how he got to the Falls, and what he hopes to do as DA.

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Easter Outreach: Helping Neighbors in Need

Metro Presbyterian Church joined with neighbors to fight hunger during the Easter holiday.

If you don’t know Metro Presbyterian Church, you should get yourself up to speed on this neighborhood resource. The latest example of the church’s good works – an Easter Outreach that brought together dozens of volunteers and neighbors to deliver free meals to families in the Falls, Roxborough, and Manayunk. It’s the third year the church has been participating and, like the previous two, it’s grown in size, scope, and success.

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Well Founded

Founded Coffee and Pizza is more than an innovative new business, it’s a classic immigrant success story.

Fahri and his brothers. (l to r) Ahmet, Fahri, Mustafa, and Halil

Fahri Demirpence, owner of Founded Coffee and Pizza on Henry Ave., didn’t always dream of coming to America. But when he was growing up in the village of Atmanek in Turkey (near Suruc and the Syrian border), the constant threat of violence convinced him early on that life had to be better elsewhere.

I was 5 or 6 and I can still remember the bullets, the red tracers, flying overhead. My brothers and I could see them from our bedroom….”

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