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Friday night curfew to fight flash mobs in full effect

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Unruly teens in Philadelphia, and their parents, have been put on notice by city leaders: Random group violence will not be tolerated this weekend.

Once again Center City and University City was saturated with police patrolling the streets and enforcing the new 9:00pm curfew for any one 17 and under.

It is a tough new measure brought on by the city in response to violent flash mobs.

There were many first offenders brought in to the 6th Police District where their parents were called and then given a warning.

"For every subsequent violation after that there is a fine," says Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. "Hopefully there is no more than one time, and people will wake up and realize they have to wake up and pay attention to what is going on."

Parents could face fines of up to $500 if their child violates the curfew a second time.

Friday night found many kids 17 and under going home, unhappy with the few bad apples that ruined it for everyone.

"I don't think that's fair," said Noel Lopez. "Kids should have freedom. They shouldn't have to be stuck in the house."

"I think it's good that the cops are cracking down on the flash mobs, because I don't like that," said Jennifer Williams. "But I don't like the curfew. It's ridiculous to me."

Other visitors to Center City were glad to see all of the cops and the curfew being enforced.

"I think that it is going to make people safe now," said John Prempeh.

"It makes me feel safe, but I did change my plans, because everyone seems on edge. There is like uneasiness in the air," said Isabella Stellani.

Mantua Against Drugs and Violence town watch group was also out helping police patrol the streets and was joined by complete strangers, both black and white, who also wanted to help.

"We're very proud of the city of Philadelphia, and the Mayor asked for help," said Jim Kellet.

"I'm just trying to show that all young people are not the same," said Kevin Williams, "and that I didn't come out here to be a part of the problem but a part of the solution."

As an alternative to the young people being in the streets, the city is keeping many recreation centers open as late as 10:00pm over the weekend with activities for those 17 and under.

Philadelphia's violent flash mobs may have triggered copycat incidents in other parts of the country, bringing national attention to the city's new curfew plan.

In Center City, the enforcement zone is from Vine Street south to Bainbridge, and from the Delaware River to the Schuylkill River. In University City, the zone is from Market to Baltimore and from 38th to 42d street.

The curfew starts Friday night and runs through Monday.

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation released a list of community centers with extended hours to give young people a place to go during the curfew:

Northern Liberties Recreation Center: 321 Fairmount Avenue

Friday, August 12th: Volleyball Tournament: games

Saturday, August 13th: Volleyball Tournament: games

Murphy Recreation Center - 300 Shunk Street

Computer Lab

3 on 3 Basketball

Foul Shooting Contest

Vare Recreation Center - 2600 Morris Street

Friday, August 12th - Basketball League - Power 99

Saturday, August 13th - Ping Pong and 3 on 3 basketball

Myers Recreation Center - 5800 Kingsessing Avenue

Friday, August 12th - Ping Pong, Basketball, Computer Programs

Saturday, August 13th - Ping Pong, Basketball, Computer Programs

Christy Recreation Center - 728 S. 55th Street

Friday, August 12th - Basketball, Computer Programs

Saturday, August 13th - Basketball, Computer Programs

Kingsessing Recreation Center - 5000 Chester Avenue

Friday, August 12th - Basketball, Computer Programs, Ping Pong

Saturday, August 13th - Basketball, Computer Programs, Ping Pong

Shepard Recreation Center - 5700 Haverford Avenue

Friday, August 12th - Basketball, Computer Programs

Saturday, August 13th - Basketball, Computer Programs

Gustine Recreation Center - 4863 Ridge Avenue

Friday, August 12th - Rankin-Anderson Basketball League, Movie Night

Saturday, August 13th - 3 on 3 Basketball tournament, art project (mosaic on outside of building)

Gathers Recreation Center - 2501-19 W. Diamond Street

Friday, August 12th - Art, Spark activities, softball challenge

Saturday, August 13th - Art, Spark activities, softball challenge

Athletic Recreation Center - 1401-27 North 27th Street

Friday, August 12th - Basketball, boxing, movie and games in the lobby, chess, table tennis

Friday, August 13th - Basketball, boxing, movie and games in the lobby, chess, table tennis

Vogt Recreation Center - 4131 Unruh Street

Friday, August 12th - Volleyball and basketball

Saturday, August 13th - Volleyball and basketball

Samuel Recreation Center - 3539 Gaul Street

Friday, August 12th - Indoor soccer and basketball

Saturday, August 13th - Indoor soccer and basketball

McVeigh Recreation Center - 400-64 D Street

Friday, August 12th - Ping pong tournament and game room activities

Saturday, August 13th - Ping pong tournament and game room activities

Feltonville Recreation Center - 231-37 East Wyoming Avenue

Friday, August 12th - Exercise room, video games, basketball

Saturday, August 13th - Exercise room, video games, basketball

Lonnie Young Recreation Center - 1100 E. Chelten Avenue

Friday, August 12th - Performing arts show

Saturday, August 13th - Movie night in gym

Happy Hollow Playground - 4740 Wayne Avenue

Friday, August 12th - Basketball and volleyball

Saturday, August 13th - Basketball and volleyball

Olney Recreation Center - 100 E. Godfrey Avenue

Friday, August 12th - Basketball - 3 on 3 games

Saturday, August 13th - Basketball - 3 on 3 games

Lawncrest Recreation Center - 6000 Rising Sun Avenue

Friday, August 12th - 3 on 3 basketball, ping pong tournament

Saturday, August 13th - 3 on 3 basketball, ping pong tournament

Simons Recreation Center - 7200 Woolston Avenue

August 12th - Movie in lobby, two groups of teens in gym for basketball

August 13th - Movie in lobby, two groups of teens in gym for basketball

Fox Chase Recreation Center - 7901 Ridgeway Avenue

Friday, August 12th - 3 on 3 basketball, indoor soccer, weight room, games

Saturday, August 13th - 3 on 3 basketball, indoor soccer, weight room, games

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