October 2012

Philadelphia16 Oct 2012 09:57 am

Information from the 3rd POLICE DISTRICT

Halloween is only two weeks away and, if your a parent, chances are your little “goblins” and “ghouls” are ready for a night filled with candy and fun. However, for parents, trick-or-treat time can also mean concerns for your child’s safety on Halloween night. By following a few simple safety precautions (courtesy of the National Crime Prevention Council in conjunction with National Crime Prevention Month, 2012), and taking some time to discuss them with your children before they venture out, you can ensure that you and your family enjoy a happy, healthy and safe Halloween!

To ensure that trick-or-treaters, you, and your house stay safe, remember the following tips:

  • Clear your yard and sidewalk of any obstacles or decorations that may be hard to see in the dark, lest someone go bump in the night.
  • Keep your house well lighted, both inside and out; you wouldn’t want to miss any particularly good costumes, would you?
  • Ask your Neighborhood Watch or local citizen’s group to haunt (patrol) your community.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police department.

To make sure even the scariest costumes are safe, keep the following in mind when buying or designing one:

  • Try makeup instead of masks; it’s more comfortable and doesn’t obstruct vision the way masks can.
  • Check to ensure that costumes are flame-retardant so that young ones are safe around jack-o’-lanterns, candles, and other flames.
  • Keep costumes short to ensure that the only trip taken is the one around the neighborhood.
  • Look for brightly colored costumes, attach reflector strips to costumes and bags, and remind trick-or-treaters to carry glow sticks and flashlights.
  • If a costume involves any sort of fake weapon, make sure that it is made of a flexible material such as cardboard or foam. Or, avoid the whole problem of weapons by challenging your child to design a costume that is scary without one.

 Keep in mind the next few tips to make sure your trick-or-treaters night in the neighborhood will be safe and fun:

  • Older kids should trick-or-treat in groups; kids walking around alone are never as safe as those in groups, and especially not at night. Younger kids should be accompanied by a parent or trusted neighbor.
  • Review the route for trick-or-treating beforehand and set a time set when kids should be home. Also, have a plan if your child gets separated from his or her friends or from you.
  • Remind your children not to enter strange houses or cars.  

After a successful and safe night around the neighborhood, remember that the treats still need scrutiny before anyone eats them:

  • Remind your children not to eat treats until they’ve come home. To help ensure this, feed them a meal or a substantial snack before they go out.
  • Check all treats at home in a well-lighted place. Be especially wary of anything that is not wrapped by the factory or that is no longer sealed.
  • Remind kids not to eat everything at once, lest they be green even without the makeup.

Follow these few simple tips to ensure that you and your children enjoy a happy, healthy and safe Halloween!


 For more information on Halloween safety, visit the National Crime Prevention Council at www.ncpc.org

See something? Say Something.

For more information, contact the South Street Station:

P/O Mike Cermignano # 4034, (215) 922-6706 or e-mail michael.cermignano@phila.gov



Zoning10 Oct 2012 04:35 pm

The PSCA Zoning Committee reviewed the following cases at its October meeting. Results are below.

1601 South 10th Street – Originally scheduled as a  presentation but ended up with a vote.  Seeking to make changes in seating configuration between the dining room and bar but still up to 51 capacity and extending operating hours from 1:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. 7 days a week.  8 votes in non-opposition. 

1412-14 South 7th Street – building 10 units with 8 parking spaces with no open space on two properties, will seek a continuance.  Committee (and community) was not comfortable with that many units; would prefer 6 units with parking and some open space.  Will re-present on November 13th at the next meeting.
1216 Reed Street – cancelled.  May present at next month’s meeting.
Presentation only for Annunciation School @ 12th and Wharton Streets – Presentation of the developer and owners plan to convert Annunciation school into 48 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units with 37 parking spaces.  Much community input.  Both the community and committee feel it is too many units for the amount of provided parking spaces and that it will have a negative impact on the neighborhood.  Committee suggested they come up with some other plan/design with fewer units.  Presentation at zoning committee meeting TBA

Home Tour09 Oct 2012 08:40 am

Thank you for purchasing a ticket to the 2013 PSCA Home Tour, we can’t wait to see you there! You can print your PayPal email out as a receipt but we’ll have your name on a list at the door as well.

You’ll need to pick the home tour guide and a wristband on October 12th between 11am-1pm at the Columbus Square Rec Center (12th and Wharton).

Your ticket also gets you:

  • A free slice of plain pizza from noon to 4pm at Slice (10th and Federal
  • Admission to the Home Tour after party at Devil’s Den (11th and Ellsworth Streets)

Finally, this year’s Home Tour is presented as part of the 2013 DesignPhiladelphia Festival, a program of the Center for Architecture. The 9th annual citywide celebration of all things design will run for nine days from October 10 – 18 in unique venues and spaces throughout the city. Visit events.designphiladelphia.org to learn more.

Thanks for helping PSCA continue the good work it does for the community. Please consider attending one of our monthly general meetings (if you haven’t already!) at 6:30pm on the first Tuesday of each month (except July and August) at Annunciation BVM Church Hall at 1511 S. 10th Street (Dickinson St Entrance).  And if you haven’t done it yet… sign up for our email list at the upper right corner of this page, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.


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