Jul 7, 2017
The Politics Of Local Basketball
Mayor Pawlowski had three of the four basketball nets removed from Andre Reed Park after neighbors complained of rowdy late night playing. According to The Morning Call, a youth coach has accused Pawlowski of accommodating a few neighbors over the need for youth basketball, to curry political favor in the neighborhood. Cynthia Mota is crying foul because of the deprived youth. Dennis Pearson is threatening to move back to Allentown and run as a write-in candidate, unless the courts are restored.
When contacted by phone, the founder of this blog and park activist Michael Molovinsky, said that the trouble started when Pawlowski renamed the park from Irving to Andre Reed. Furthermore, they removed one set of WPA steps, rather than repair them. When you have a park department that forsakes it's history and iconic structures for recreation, then suspends the recreation for politics, what do you have left?
photocredit: The Morning Call
ADDENDUM:This story attracted the attention of both myself and blogger Bernie O'Hare. Both of us paid homage to Dennis Pearson, an east Allentown activist for many decades, who recently married and is in the process of moving.