To the Editor:
I have read your story on the tot lot and Point Breeze parks amenities (“Ralph Brooks Tot Lot to receive revamp,” Feb. 7). I commend your paper on outstanding coverage, and additional documentary on [School District of Philadelphia] Officer Jahmall Crandall. It was an outstanding piece of work.
I would like to call your attention to [Samuel S. Fels South Philadelphia Center, 2407 S. Broad St.] It was closed eight months ago and replaced by a charter school [in September](“Fels falls on rough times,” Feb. 2, 2012). Approximately 600 seniors were displaced. In addition, the [Jacob and Esther Stiffel Senior Center], 604 Porter St., was closed [in July 2011] (“Save Our Stiffel fighting closure,” June 16, '11). They had more than 400 seniors.
Some of the seniors moved to South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, 1430 E. Passyunk Ave. While the staff there has done an outstanding job in taking in many of these citizens, there is not enough room for all.
[Caring People Alliance, which ran the Marconi Older Adult Center at Fels, is renting the former St. Monica’s day care building, 2433 S. 15th St.] It has been eight months and it still has not been opened. There has been no coverage in the Review. All the former members have heard are rumors. My question, and that of many others, is when will it open and what stage of completion it is in? I respectfully request on behalf of the seniors that the Review look into this and find out where are our South Philly politicos who should be moving this along.
We ask for your immediate attention to this problem and we would like to hear from our politicians on expediting this opening.
Editor’s Note: The new location was set to open Nov. 1, but had been postponed. No new date had been set as of press time.
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To the Editor: I would like to thank the South Philly Review for their coverage of the Fels Center, Stiffel Center and the attention they gave to the senior citizens that have been impacted by this problem (“Senior seeking answers,” Feb. 14).