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September/October 2013


MESSAGE FROM THE ELM STREET MANAGER

We want to devote this month’s Elm Street Happenings newsletter to West Reading Crime Watch (WRCW) which is funded through Elm Street’s Safe, Clean & Green Committee. Before we do, a little about Elm Street’s 2013 year-end. We’ve had another positive, productive year. We secured the funds, formed cooperative partnerships with a wide variety of organizations; continued the programs established in previous years and initiated new programs. Another year of façade grants, streetscape improvements, Let’s Paint the Town, the Community Garden, the Earth Day Clean Up and the Home Security grant program. outdoor public art projects which beautify public spaces and add a surprising visual aesthetic to our walking our streets. Our annual Summer Water Balloon Fight and Block Party, held in conjunction with St. James Peach Festival this summer, and our upcoming Halloween and Christmas parties at Bethany Church are now pretty much Elm Street traditions. And now we’ve added two more programs to modernize our housing stock and bring properties up-to-code: PARR and HELP. 

All funds for this year’s Façade Improvement program ($40,000), Home Security program ($5,000), and streetscape projects ($150,000) have been expended. We invested those funds in your homes, your neighbor’s homes, and your neighborhood’s streets and sidewalks to stabilize property values and protect the borough’s tax base. Remember, while some of these projects are funded in part by the PA Department of Community & Economic Development, a significant amount is raised from local foundations who believe in our work.  

Elm Street projects are designed to produce highly visible, concrete results. However, its support of the West Reading Crime Watch (WRCW) shows that there is more to Elm Street’s community commitment than meets the eye. Some WRCW goals are best achieved by NOT drawing attention to a particular endeavor, but its intent, like all other Elm Street projects, it produces positive results.


NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

On October 26th, the Neighborhood Action Committee (NAC) will hold the 7th annual Elm Street Halloween Party. Once again the event will be held at Bethany Lutheran Church, 336 Franklin Street, from 6PM to 8PM. Prizes for scariest, most creative, and funniest costumes by age group. Play the very popular musical chairs for “cash” prizes. There will also be pumpkin decorating, Halloween bingo, and bobbing for apples. Come out and meet your neighbors. See you there.


LOCAL CRIME WATCH HELPS POLICE MAKE BIG DRUG BUST

West Reading Crime Watch (WRCW) is a newly re-formed group from what was formerly the West Reading Watchers and its most important community service to date was accomplished by deliberately keeping a low, virtually invisible profile.

This past July, a WRCW member, and a few neighbors, alerted the police to suspicious instances of activity linked to what they perceived to be an ongoing pattern of drug trafficking in their neighborhood.  The police requested that they very discreetly note times, dates, vehicles, license plate numbers, etc. and update them as each instance occurred.  Ultimately, by building upon the information these residents provided, the police planned and executed what they termed a “highly successful and significant drug bust.” 

WRCW’s core belief is that citizens are law enforcement’s best asset in fighting crime. In addition to assisting the police in the traditional ‘old school’ manner by providing extra ‘eyes and ears’ on the street as happened with the July drug bust, the WRCW has also adopted some new approaches to meeting its overall goal of helping to protect West Reading residents and their property.


BICYCLE THEFT PREVENTION PROGRAM

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26TH 9AM-12PM, West Reading Firehouse, 223 Playground Drive. Residents are invited to bring their bikes for registration with the West Reading Police Department, and to receive an identification sticker for each bike to aid in the bike’s recovery and return in case it’s stolen. First 100 registrants receive a free bike lock.  For more information, contact Sgt. Keith Phillips: 610.373.0111, or Carl Garman: [email protected].


CRIME WATCH IN 2014

West Reading Crime Watch (WRCW) is now planning its 2014 program. Suggestions are welcome: email Carl Garman:  [email protected]. So far the 2014 agenda includes 1) expanding the network of resident “eyes and ears,’ 2) holding special events that target specific aspects of crime prevention; 3) giving out more Home Security grants; and 4) creating a better informed, educated and aware citizenry.  WRCW intends to regularly update and share with the public its listing of local crime related informational/educational resources.  It’s now easier than ever before to learn about criminal activity, crime prevention, and policing in West Reading: www.crimemapping.com www.boroughblue.com; www.westreadingpolice.com; www.facebook.com/WestReadingWatchers.


UPCOMING EVENTS & MEETINGS
 

OCTOBER
 
26th Bicycle Theft Prevention Program, West Reading Firehouse, 9AM-12PM
26th Nightmare on Elm Street Halloween Party, Bethany Lutheran Church (336 Franklin Street), 6PM-8PM
31st

Trick-or-Treat Night, Borough of West Reading, 6PM-9PM
Use the buddy system, adults should always accompany kids under 12, inspect all treats before kids eat them, wear masks that don't impede vision, watch out for cars, be careful crossing streets, obey traffic lights, and ... HAVE FUN!


NOVEMBER
 
 
1st Mother-Son Dance, 7:00PM-9:30PM, call 610.374.8273
4th West Reading Neighborhood Action Committee meeting, Borough Hall, 6:30PM
7th First Thursday on Penn, Penn Avenue, 5PM-8PM
12th West Reading Crime Watch Meeting, Borough Hall, 7PM
Hear police activity report
13th West Reading Business Promotion Committee meeting, Borough Hall, 8:30AM
21st West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation Board meeting, Borough Hall, 7PM
22nd Kids Craft Night, Saint James Church (644 Penn Avenue), 6PM-9PM $5/Child
29th Tree Lighting & Music Celebration, West Reading Traffic Circle, 6PM
Kick-off West Reading's Holiday Glow Celebration and stroll the avenue after the tree lighting ... Black Friday sales, refreshments, entertainment, Santa, and More!
30th Small Business Saturday

DECEMBER
 
 
2nd West Reading Neighborhood Action Committee meeting, Borough Hall, 6:30PM
5th First Thursday on Penn featuring Ladies Night Out, Penn Avenue, 6PM-8PM
5th Mrs. Claus Contest, Chef Alan's American Bistro, 8PM
6th Carriage Rides, Penn Avenue, 6PM-10PM
6th Caroling on the Avenue, 6PM-10PM
10th West Reading Crime Watch meeting, Borough Hall, 7PM
11th West Reading Business Promotion Committee meeting, Borough Hall, 8:30AM
12th Men's Night Out, Penn Avenue, 6PM-8PM
13th Carriage Rides, Penn Avenue, 6PM-10PM
14th Run Santa Run, 5K Run & .5 Kid's Fun Run, 8:30AM
For more information or to register visit www.RunSantaRun.wrcrf.org
14th Elm Street Christmas Party, Bethany Lutheran Church (336 Franklin Street), 6PM-8PM
19th West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation Board meeting, Borough Hall, 7PM
20th Carriage Rides, Penn Avenue, 6PM-10PM
   

WEST READING FARMERS’ MARKET
Every Sunday May 19th-November 24th 9AM-1PM
 


WEST READING ELM STREET OFFICE

Dean L. Rohrbach, Elm Street Manager
500 Chestnut Street, West Reading, PA 19611
[email protected] www.ElmStreet.wrcrf.org
 

NEIGHBORHOOD ACTION COMMITTEE

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Bryce Matthews, Chair - Elm Street Property Owner

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Aimee Adams - Elm Street Resident

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Robin Ambrosiani - Elm Street Resident

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Carl Garman - Elm Street Resident

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Collette A. Joyal - Elm Street Resident

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Jay Kupiszewski - Elm Street Resident

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Brandy Lorah - Elm Street Resident

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Suzanne Thompson - Elm Street Resident

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John Woodward - Third and Spruce Café


WEST READING COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION FOUNDATION BOARD

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Shane J. Keller, President - Mayor, Borough of West Reading

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Mark Dougherty, Vice President - Penn Avenue Dental

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Robin Horman, Secretary - LiliBea's

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Margaret M. Bligh, Treasurer - The Reading Hospital and Medical Center

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Richard Sichler, Borough Manager - Borough of West Reading

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Deborah Hutcheson - Charles Hutcheson Fine Jewelry

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Rebecca J. Doubek - Firefly on Penn

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Philip Wert - West Reading Borough Council

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John C. Woodward - Third & Spruce Cafe


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