Friday, December 6, 2013

The Knock Out Game


Recently in several cities across America, a new game has swept through the metropolitan areas and is showing up in small towns. The game is called “Knockout.” In this game, teenagers pick out unassuming strangers, walk up to them, and hit them as hard as possible in attempts to “knock them out.” Here in Milwaukee, WI they call it “Point’em Out – Knock’em Out.” Being an educator, I have seen this game played far too many times. It shames me to know that the youth of America find this to be amusing and do not see the danger and stupidity in this game. I find it violent and disgusting, and it alarms me to note how it is spreading.

What is more alarming to me is that, when the story broke on social media sites, some members of the firearm owners community expressed that their response to this game’s epidemic, would be to use their firearm. I can see where one might feel that this is a serious threat and deadly force may be needed, but I fear the legal system may not agree with this notion. Trying to prove the disparity of force, and/or threat of imminent death/severe bodily harm may be more difficult than imagined.

Because of this, I feel compelled to share with you all some tips from my experience as security personnel to help yourself not become a target—for “Knockout” or other crimes, such as mugging or robbery. These tips are not foolproof means to discourage a would-be-attacker, but they will certainly give you an advantage.

Disclaimer: The Arms Guide is not a source of legal counsel. If you have any questions about your state’s laws surrounding concealed carry or the application of deadly force, consult a legal professional.

1. Situational awareness (SA) is paramount.

You don’t just have to have your SA on in areas you deem bad. Trouble may find you anywhere whether you invite it or not. Know what’s going on around you at all times—where you are, what direction you are headed, what street you are on, where the exits are, etc. That way, if something happens, you know where to turn to remove yourself from the situation, or in the least, you can provide the police with a detailed report.

2. Don’t invite trouble.

If you are walking in public, the less of you that is exposed, the better. Don’t give thugs a target—physically or materially. You can’t steal what you can’t see, my friends. Keep your vulnerable body parts covered as much as possible. Hats, caps, and scarves also provide some type of cover. These items will not stop a punch if someone decides to hit you; however, these items will cause thugs to have to find a way to “hit around” them, making you a more challenging target.

3. Location, location, location!

Location is everything. If a thug can’t access you, they can’t hit you. Physically place yourself in a position where no one can “creep up” on you. If you are outside, stand with your back to a wall where you can see all the different angles of approach. Position yourself near buildings that have lots of glass—the reflective surfaces can act as extra sets of eyes, increasing your field of vision.


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Tacony Winter Fest 2013

Everyone come out this Saturday to The Tacony Winterfest 2013.  We are going to have a DJ, Carolers, face painting and Santa Claus!  The kids will also be able to make ornaments for the Christmas tree.  It is going to be a great time.  Show some community spirit.  

We will be in front of the Tacony Free Library @ 6742 Torresdale Ave from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, this Saturday 12/7/13.

Sponsored by:
Tacony Civic Association
Tacony Community Devlopment
Tacony Business Association
State Representative Michael McGeehan
Councilman Bobby Henon
Town Watch

Friday, November 8, 2013

Methadone Clinic Legal Fund Beef and Beer Fund Raiser

From the Holmesburg Civic Association:

This email is a plea for your support.  As citizens, we cannot have a methadone clinic open at Frankford and Decatur. After nearly 3 years of embattlement, a legal fee fund raiser is required to continue the fight.

PLEASE!!  Print 10 or 20 of the attached flyers.  Give them to your neighbors.  Put them in your window.  Put them in your employee’s mailboxes.  Forward this email to 50 friends and relations.
ALL of Northeast, and ALL of Philadelphia must stand together to prevent such an occurrence.
Support your neighbors.  Support your community.  Support Holmesburg and Mayfair.
Come out on the 22nd.  Meet your neighbors.  Buy a ticket.  Buy a raffle.
STOP! “The Healing Way”  From darkening the doorstep of our lives.

Lane Closures Fri., Sat. Nights on I-95 South

Lane Closures Fri., Sat. Nights on I-95 South

I-95 South Overnight Lane Closures in NE Philadelphia This Weekend
Overnight lane closures will be in place this weekend on southbound Interstate 95 as crews relocate construction barriers between the Cottman Avenue and Bridge Street interchanges in Northeast Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced today.
The operation is part of PennDOT’s $212 million project to rebuild and improve the Cottman Avenue Interchange and adjoining sections of I-95.
On Friday and Saturday nights (Nov. 8-9), I-95 south will be reduced to two lanes between the interchanges from 8 p.m. until midnight. A second southbound lane will be closed from midnight to 5 a.m. the following morning, limiting southbound I-95 to a single lane.
Motorists are advised to allow extra time for travel through the work zone or use an alternate route during construction. The wok is weather dependent.
PennDOT currently is rebuilding and widening 1.4 miles of I-95 between Rhawn Street and Levick Street to enhance travel and safety. Under the I-95/Cottman Avenue Improvement Project, PennDOT is replacing seven interstate bridges over city streets; widening I-95 to provide four through lanes in each direction as well as a fifth lane for ramp traffic entering and exiting the highway between interchanges; reconstructing two exit ramps; and building a new southbound on-ramp at Cottman Avenue.
This project, which is the largest construction contract in PennDOT history, is the second and final phase of PennDOT’s I-95/Cottman Avenue Interchange Improvement program. Construction is scheduled to finish in 2016.
Walsh Construction Company II, LLC of Canonsburg, Pa., is the general contractor on the project that is financed with 90 percent federal and 10 percent state funds.
For more information on the I-95/Cottman Avenue Interchange Improvement Project,
Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at
PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on I-95 and other major highways before heading out.

Visit the 95 Revive website at:

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

North East Quality of Life Coalition Meeting

From Barbara Rup,

Hello All,

Just a reminder. Meeting tomorrow night,(Wednesday 10/23) 7:15 PM at the Sons of Italy Lodge, 4741 Friendship St.

This month we will have Steven, speaking about Health Insurance, and changes that may be coming in January to Medicade If you are at or near retirement age, or have a family member that is about that age, this is a meeting not to miss.

 Hope to see you there

Monday, October 21, 2013

Free Yard Trees

Fall is a great time to plant a tree!

Register now for a giveaway event to get FREE Yard Trees from TreePhilly. Just 2 weeks remain before registration closes on 10/31. Pre-registered participants will be able to select from between 8 and 10 trees at each giveaway location, including fruit trees! Walk-in participants will not be able to get fruit trees.
Sat. November 9th
Pennypack Environmental Center (8600 Verree Rd. 19115)
10am-12pm12-2pm2-4pm time slots
Sun. November 10th
Columbus Square Playground (1200 Wharton St. 19147)
Sat. November 16th
Overington Park (4600 Leiper St. 19124)
Sun. November 17th
West Oak Lane Library (2000 Washington Lane 19138)

Please tell your friends and family in Philadelphia about this great opportunity.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Bandit Sign Letter from Councilman Henon

The letter below explains legislation that was introduced today by Councilman Henon.

Great work Bobby!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Final Concert of 2013: Oldies in the Park with Charlie Gracie. Sat, 07 Sept 2013, noon - 6pm

Music for the whole family ......
The Tacony Civic Association will be hosting their Last concert of the season on Saturday September 7th.

Noon to 6pm.

To Kick of the concert we will open with

The National Anthem ~ John Benussi

Followed by Fun City Trio ~ with your favorite oldies

Unforgettable ~ with Lenny( an original Blue Note Of Harold Melvin )along with Kathy ~ The sounds of Philly

The Kramer Brothers ~ hitting some one hit oldies wonders

Headlining ~ The One and Only Legendary Charlie Gracie

All concerts are at Disston Recreation Center (Disston & Glenlock Sts).
We will have food vendors including hot dogs, sausage, snacks, pizza, water ice and cold drinks.
Restrooms are on the premises.
Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
Bring a blanket \ lawn chair. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

1st Fridays Artfest - Vendor Application

The Tacony Civic Association would love to have you as a vendor at our 1st Fridays Artfest!

Below is an application with all the details.
Please let us know what dates you will be coming.
We do ask that you send NO money, as there are no rain dates.
Money will be collected after everyone is set up and rolling.
Looking forward to seeing you!

Mary Benussi
215 338 2575 

Tacony Civic Association
1st Friday’s Artfest

A 6-month outdoor event bringing the skills of local artists/craftsmen to our community
Artfest will be held on the first Friday of each month beginning May and ending in October.Location of the event is along the closed block of 6800 Torresdale Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa 19135.Start time of each event is: 5pm and ends 8pm.Vendor setup time is 4pm.
Join other vendors from areas near and far in this exciting opportunity to introduce the artistry and skills of a vast array of trades to Tacony.
A donation of $10.00 per vendor is requested per participating month.If you are interested in becoming a vendor at this event, please complete the contact information below and return to Tacony Civic Association along with your donation.
Contact Information

Vendor Name: _________________________
Vendor Address:  __________________________________________________
Vendor Telephone #  _________________________
Vendor email/website information:  _________________________
Please check each month you wish to participate.
| ___May | ___June | ___July | ___August | ___September | ___October |
___ I have enclosed a check in the amount of $ _______.
___I wish to be on Tacony Civic Association’s Vendor mailing list
If you require additional information regarding this event, please contact Mary Benussi at (215)338-2575

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tacony Civic Association 14th Annual Summer Concert Series - Summer 2013

Tacony Civic Association 
14th Annual Summer Concert Series 
Schedule 2013
Music for the whole family ......
- Concerts are at Disston Recreation Center (Disston & Glenlock Sts).
- Concerts start at 6:30 and run till 9pm
- We will have food vendors including hot dogs, sausage, snacks, pizza, water ice and cold drinks. 
- Restrooms are on the premises. 
- Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
- Please bring a blanket \ lawn chair. 

The Kramer Brothers Duo
Charlie Gracie 
Mary Ford Dance Studio
Greater Kensington String Band 
Anna Marie Academy of Dance
The Hooligans
Positive Motivated Drill Team
Sexy Sadie Band
8-22 13 
Mary Ford Dance Studio
Everyman Jack

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013

City Budget Hearing at Lincoln High, This Monday Evening

Councilman Henon invites you to a neighborhood budget hearing at Lincoln High School’s auditorium, 3201 Ryan Ave. Monday, April 29, at 6:30 pm.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Homeowners: Have You Applied for the Homestead Exemption Yet?

A Message from City Councilman Bobby Henon:

City records indicate thousands of eligible homeowners have not yet applied for the Homestead Exemption. The Homestead Exemption offers Real Estate Tax savings to all Philadelphia homeowners by reducing the taxable portion of their property assessment by $30,000 (exemption amount may be subject to change), starting in Tax Year 2014. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2013.  

For more information please contact our office @ 215-686-3444 or or stop by 6730 Torresdale Avenue.