New Commanding Officer In Town
by Melissa Komar • STAR News • 3.23.17
Earlier this month, the Philadelphia Police Department announced more than 100 promotions within its ranks.
Those promotions saw the leaving of one captain and the arrival of another at the 26th Police District.
More Eyes For Olde Richmond
by Melissa Komar • STAR News • 1.17.2017
Olde Richmond Civic Association receives $50,000 grant from PTSSD for Safe Streets security camera system initiative.
Foster dog thwarts burglary, ends up with forever home
by Maria Schaeffer • Philly.com • 12.14.2016
Nick Franco and Kari MacDonald were still getting over the death of their beloved Labrador, Buddy, and were not quite ready to adopt.
So they decided to give fostering a dog a chance. In came Benny, a three-year-old pit bull with a bit of a speckled past, who had just spent two years at the Pennsylvania SPCA. Benny was waiting for his former owner's court case related to dog fighting to resolve and was now eligible for adoption.
It was a match made in Dog heaven. Benny was about to win the couple over as only a canine can.
Crime Blocks: Olde Richmond Residents Discuss How to Avert Gun Violence Following Shooting
by John Henry Scott • The Spirit Of The Riverwards • 11.30.2016
On November 7th, a teenager was fatally shot at the corner of Trenton and Firth in Olde Richmond. According to Dan Martino, a community organizer with the Olde Richmond Civic Association (ORCA), the tragic shooting was part of an escalation of problems with a gang of teenagers who had been harassing people in that area. It was the first homicide in Olde Richmond since 2011.
I-95 Revival Reaches Olde Richmond: Local residents weigh in on improvements for underpass at PennDOT community meeting.
By Christopher Seamans • STAR News • 11.25.2016
The extensive construction and renovations of PennDOT’s 95 Revive program have essentially obliterated what use to be under and next to the highway, creating a blank slate.
In order to determine what should fill in that blank slate, they’ve turned to the people who will have to live with those decisions—the neighbors.
Fighting Crime From Your Pocket: ORCA member launches police blotter app to make crime reports more accessible.
By Christopher Seamans • STAR News • 11.17.2016
Crime fighting? There’s an app for that. Tracking crime in your neighborhood has just gotten a lot easier thanks to a new phone app recently released by Olde Richmond’s own Chris Sawyer that puts crime reports at your fingertips.
Deadly Escalation: 26th Police District holds community meeting to address concerns after recent shooting.
by Christopher Seamans • STAR News • 11.17.2016
More than 100 residents showed up at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church for a special meeting concerning the Nov. 7 shooting of a teen boy on the 2100 block of E. Firth St.
Capt. George Kappe of the Philadelphia Police Department’s 26th District addressed the packed church hall to discuss not only the shooting, but also a recent incident of vandalism that had been reported on the morning of Nov. 6.
UnTag ORCA: Civic Association is Fighting Graffiti, One Tag at a Time
by John Henry Scott• The Spirit Of The Riverwards• 9.14.16
A few months ago, Olde Richmond resident Chris Sherman noticed some graffiti on his block. He reported it to 311 and was surprised to find the offending tag gone within a couple of days. He reported another piece and witnessed a similar, speedy result.
Cione Playground Grand Reopening
BY MELISSA KOMAR• STAR NEWS • JULY 5, 2016
On Monday, July 27, representatives from the Olde Richmond Civic Association, Friends of Cione, Philly Parks and Rec, the Cione Advisory Council, Councilman Mark Squilla and 31st Democratic Ward leader Peg Rzepski officially marked the reopening of the playground at Lehigh and Aramingo avenues. Children were over the moon with the completed project. Be sure to stop by to check out the new equipment and say thanks to the organizations above that made it happen!
An Eye On Crime
BY AMANDA STALLER • STAR NEWS • FEBRUARY 9, 2016
FACT, FNA and ORCA hold meetings to address perceived uptick in local crime. 26th District Captain Kappe addresses concerns and ORCA increases security measures on the streets.
Neighborhood frustrations came to a head last week as civic groups and residents vocalized their frustrations and fears regarding the current perceived crime wave in the 26th District.