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Central Roxborough Civic Association Meeting Minutes

October 1, 2015

State Budget

CRCA President, Don Simon, opened the meeting by reading a letter written by State Representative, Pam DeLissio regarding the state budget.

Police Report

Community Relations Officer Jones and Lt. Howard spoke about the increase (3) in armed robberies in our neighborhood, since September 14. Patrols have been increase. A description of the suspect was given. Also, car break-ins have been reported in the 400 block of Lyceum Ave.


New attendees were welcomed and advised that CRCA public meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of each month. See Lynda Payne for membership.

Bernard Scally

Bob Spear (Friends of Gorgas Park) and James Calamia(Roxborough Development Corporation) addressed the recent death of Bernard Scally, reporter at The Review. There will be a fundraising event, starting at the upcoming Harvest Festival, to raise money for a remembrance plaque. Joe Dicandido of Advent Business set a November date for installation.


The Roxtoberfest will be held Saturday, October 10th. There will be kids events, bands and a beer garden.

Mellissa Murray Bailey

Mellissa Murray Bailey, Republican candidate for Mayor spoke about her platform and vision. November 3rd is Election Day.

The Philadelphia Folk Song Society Coming to Roxborough

The Philadelphia Folk Song Society representatives Jason Dempsey and Rich Cardone will be seek a use variance for the former church/MRI building at Ridge and Roxborough Avenue. It is zoned CMX-2 or 2.4 and will need a special exemption for cultural exhibits and public assembly. A capital campaign is pending. It will be a historical resource for music, and will host free community events as well as ticketed events. Attendees were in unanimous support of this project.

CRCA Bylaws

Proposed bylaw changes were read and will be submitted at Novemberís meeting.

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