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.


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MELISSAKOMAR / STAR PHOTO

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.


COURTESY OF NICK FRANCO

COURTESY OF NICK FRANCO

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.

 
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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.

 
CHRISTOPHER SEAMANS / STAR PHOTO

CHRISTOPHER SEAMANS / STAR PHOTO

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.

 
CHRISTOPHER SEAMANS / STAR PHOTO

CHRISTOPHER SEAMANS / STAR PHOTO

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.

 
CHRISTOPHER SEAMANS / STAR PHOTO

CHRISTOPHER SEAMANS / STAR PHOTO

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.

 
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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!

 
AMANDA STALLER / STAR PHOTO

AMANDA STALLER / STAR PHOTO

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.