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Regarding 7519 Ridge Avenue, the developer has decided to go ahead and have a ZBA hearing date of June 28th. I believe I can reply that we will be opposed. I believe there was a general agreement that it would be a good idea for the Civic, and therefore the individual property owners most directly affected, to be represented by an attorney at this hearing. This will be discussed at the meeting.  Donations are needed to cover the legal fees that we expect to incur.


We also have what we believe is a minor zoning issue involving a new sign at the Lankenau School on the agenda but should have plenty of time to discuss how to proceed after that.



By popular demand, URCA is now accepting membership fees and donations via Paypal!!!!  You asked, we listened.  Supporting your local civic has never been easier.



URCA needs your support.  Becoming an active member of the Civic Association guarantees that you will not miss important notifications regarding upcoming events, pending matters of interest and meeting reminders.  Dues are very affordable at $10 per person and $25 for businesses.  These dues cover our expenses such as insurance and rental fees for meetings.  They are also the source of funding that we have with which to hire professional services such as an attorney for zoning matters.  Without these membership dues, we cannot continue to operate.  Please spread the word!


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Suspect Purnell Tyrik Arrested for Commercial Robbery in the 5th District

May 9, 2017 at 10:30 AM  Tags: 

On Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 1:28 am, an employee for a 7-Eleven Store located at 5632 Ridge Avenue, a 48 year-old-male was working as the clerk when an unknown black male entered the store wearing a safety vest acting as if to be shopping then contacted someone via cell phone. Minutes later a second unknown black male entered the store wearing dark colored clothing armed with a handgun and jumps over the counter pointing the handgun at him demanded the employee to open the cash registers. Suspect #1 then covers his face with a mask and pulls a handgun and acts as a lookout while taking items from the shelves while suspect #2 forces the employee on the floor while he takes $200 and 50 packs of cigarettes and places then inside a red backpack. Both suspects then fled the store and were last seen towards the 400 block of Kingsley Street. No shots were fired and no injuries were reported during this incident.


On May 6, 2017, at 10:25 am, the 14th District responded to a robbery in progress at a T-Mobile cell phone store located at 35 East Chelten Avenue. Store employees stated that two unknown clack males armed with handguns entered the store wearing reflective vests and dust masks ordering the employees to the back of the store while filling a duffel bag with multiple iPhones and beats headphones then fled the area in an unknown direction. A short time later Officers in the area of Walnut Lane and Daniel Street observed an occupied Silver Hyundai Sonata. After initiating a vehicle investigation Purnell Tyrik was identified as the suspect in both above robberies. The second suspect involved in the robbery of the 7-Eleven Store located at 5632 Ridge Avenue is still being sought.

Purnell Tyrik is 26 year-of-age and is from the 49xx block of Fairmount Avenue. Tyrik is charged with robbery and related offenses.


 Dear Friend of Toad Detour,


It’s hard to believe that this is the 9th year for the Toad Detour program!   Back in the spring of 2009 Lisa Levinson first noticed those toads hopping across the road on their way to the Roxborough Reservoir to participate in this annual migration for mating!  Lisa knew how important it was for citizens to take on this valuable project to protect the toads and the part that the toads play in our ecosystem.


Five years ago, we “adopted” the Toad Detour program as Lisa moved to the West Coast.  With your help we were able to save so many toads from being squashed by cars as they came out of our 340 acres of woods to search for a shallow body of water like the Upper Roxborough Reservoir Preserve in which to lay their eggs.  On March 9 th last year we saw our first toad cross the road.  The weather was cool after that and toads gradually made their way to the reservoir through mid-April.


Once again, we are looking for volunteers to help these toads cross the road.  Our Toad Detour volunteer training session will be at The Schuylkill Center’s visitor center on Saturday, February 18th from 1:00-3:00 PM.   This is a family friendly program so come with friends and family members!  We’ll share some of the data from last year’s program and will also have a copy of the Toad Detour film available for viewing at the end of the training.  Please RSVP to me, or 215-482-7300 Ext. 120 if you’re able to come.


The Toad Detour program is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, March 1st and will run through Thursday, June 30th.  Evening shifts run from 7:00- 9:00 P.M.  We’ll be using the on-line sign up system called “Sign”,  . The link will also be on our website to sign up for a shift!


Since the Toad Detour program is so weather dependent we’ll be using Facebook as a way to update sightings of toads.  Check out “Toad Detour at the Schuylkill Center” for updates on toad activity.

We’ll also be offering Toad Walks, family oriented walks to learn about toads, their life cycle, and their migration, on several evenings.  Check out the Schuylkill Center website for details. Feel free to come to one of these and bring your family and friends along.


I look forward to seeing you as we witness the miracle of the toad migration to the Upper Roxborough Reservoir Preserve!  Want to stay in touch with the Schuylkill Center?  Join our email list and we’ll keep you up-to-date on events, volunteering opportunities, and updates.


Claire Morgan



Claire Morgan | Volunteer Coordinator
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
8480 Hagy’s Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128
(t) 215.482.7300 x. 120

DeLissio to host state budget town hall June 15

Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio    June 2, 2017 | 11:03 AM


PHILADELPHIA, June 2 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will host her 65th Town Hall Meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 15 in the Abbottsford Community Center at 3226 McMichael St. in Philadelphia, 19129.

The meeting, which is open to all constituents, will focus on the 2017-18 state budget as well as legislation making its way through the General Assembly in Harrisburg. The state budget is due June 30, and work to pass it timely increases in Harrisburg throughout June.

“As we approach the final days of negotiating the 2017-18 state budget, come and find out which legislative initiatives are being given priority status, and which ones are affecting our neighborhoods,” DeLissio said.

“Whether this is your first town hall or one of many, come join the conversation to better understand and share your thoughts on how our tax dollars should be spent and raised.”

The community center is handicap accessible and served by bus routes 32 and R.

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