Meetings and Events

PSA1 Meeting for February

Posted on 27 February 2015

There was a small turnout of residents February 26th at the PSA meeting but the police were there in force.  Captain McCloskey, New Lt. Gordon, Officer Lewis, Community Relations officer Jacobs and SEPTA Sgt. Cavalarro were all present.

The Frankford Deli, despite being a hub of drug sale activity is sill open.  You might think that finding a half million dollars of pot on the premises would raise some red flags with the DA and L&I so that it should be put out of business would be enough.  No, not in Philadelphia.  It usually takes a few gallons of innocent blood on the streets.

The 1600 block of Foulkrod is still drug city.  Suburbanites continue to fuel this business.  They come to Frankford for our high quality merchandise.  At one time it was textiles but now its marijuana and WET.  The salesmen are often juveniles who have an easier time getting out after arrest.  Its also no problem replacing them.

The 5000 block of Griscom continues to be plagued by residents of three properties using, selling and otherwise being substandard neighbors.

In Northwood, the Ad Hoc mobile used car lot continues to play hide and seek with their cars, stashing them on local streets. The police are working to have ore of them towed.  That does put a dent in their operation but they continue to come back again and again.  You have to admire their tenacity.

General discussion about crime prevention the officers brought up surveillance cameras.  They believe it would be helpful to have more cameras in the businesses on the 4700 block of Frankford Avenue.  As officer Lewis said, back in the old days, if you asked somebody for information they would often say meet me around the corner.  These days people are afraid to talk about anything at all.  The cameras kind of get people off the hook.  They are always on and always recording.  The police look at the video and the business owner never has to say a word.  A sub committee of the Frankford Civic is working toward the goal of educating business owners about the benefits of going with the SafeCam program.  Part of the cost of installation can be reimbursed by the city.

If you noticed the police car on the corner of Arrott and Penn, it is there to keep an eye of a problem area and is also supporting a foot patrol.

So far this year  – two homicides with one of the perpetrators under arrest.  There are some others pending.

The next meeting of the PSA1 group will be on March 26th at 7PM at Aria Hospital.

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Meetings and Events

Coming Up in Frankford 2/28 to 3/27/2015

Posted on 27 February 2015

 

  • Satellite Office of State Rep. John Taylor -Every Thursday, 5pm – 7pm,  Simpson Playground, 1010 Arrott St. – Open to the public to meet Rep. Taylor or a member of his staff to discuss whatever issue is on your mind.
  • Live Music -Every Saturday 7pm – 10pm – Great Awakenings Cafe, 1466 E Cheltenham Ave.
  • Children’s Story and Craft Hour – Every Thursday  10am – 11am – Great Awakenings Cafe, 1466 E Cheltenham Ave.
  • Community Bible Study -Every Wednesday 6:30pm – 7:30pm – Great Awakenings Cafe, 1466 E Cheltenham Ave.
  • Keep the Faith in Frankford – Every Wednesday 6:30pm – 8:00pmSt Mark’s Church Frankford, 4442 Frankford Avenue
  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum Open House – Sun, March 1, 12pm – 5pm, 4278 Griscom Street – Presentation at 1:30 PM
  • iPAD Lessons – Wed, March 4, 10am – 11am, Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center 4744 Frankford Avenue – Come experience the power of technology taught simply! A very informative, free of charge event – Also on March 11, 18 and 25.
  • Frankford Civic Association Meeting – Wed, March 4, 7pm – 8pm, St Mark’s Church Frankford, 4442 Frankford Avenue
  • Spiritual Journeys Class – Mon, March 9, 10am – 11am, Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center 4744 Frankford Ave. – Come join us for our Spiritual Journeys class on Monday, January 26th from 10:00am – 11:00am. A class for the mind, body, and spirit. Free of charge
  • Neighborhood Advisory Committee Meeting – Thu, March 12, 7pm – 8pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow St. 
  • St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – Tue, March 17, 12pm – 1pm, Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center, 4744 Frankford Avenue – Enjoy the festive eats while listening along to the live entertainment. Free of charge event.
  • Friends of Overington Park - Tue, March 17, 7pm – 8pm – We will meet in the park in fair weather and at 1500 Orthodox St. , the Friends Meeting House, in bad weather or cold months.
  • Northwood Civic Association Meeting, Tue, March 17, 7pm – 8pm, St. James Lutheran Church, at Castor Avenue and Pratt Street.
  • Cookology Class – Fri, March 20, 10am – 11am, Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center 4744 Frankford Ave – Please join us for our cookology class on Friday, A certified Dietitian will be whipping up some delicious, nutritious treats for all to sample! A very popular, free of charge event.
  • Rummage Sale – Sat, March 21, 10am – 3pm, Frankford Friends School, 1500 Orthodox Street
  • Healthy Habits Demonstrations – Thu, March 26, 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center 4744 Frankford Ave. – Come join us for our healthy habits demonstrations on Thursday, January 8th and Thursday, January 22nd, both from 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Our case worker will be cooking up some healthy foods and discussing the benefits of each ingredient. Free of charge event.
  • Northeast Philadelphia EPIC Stakeholders Group – Thu, March 26, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow Street
  • PSA1 Meeting – Thursday March 26, 7PM, Aria Hospital 4900 Frankford Avenue
  • Senior Breakfast – Tue, March 31, 8am – 10am, Aria Health, Frankford – 2nd floor cafeteria – Aria will provide our community seniors with monthly, insightful tips and information on issues that are directly affecting you and your health. Breakfast will be provided free of charge. To reserve your seat call 1-877-808-2742 and then press 2.

 

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Civics, Meetings and Events

PSA1 Meeting

Posted on 25 February 2015

There will be a meeting for PSA1 tomorrow night at 7PM at Aria Hospital at 4900 Frankford Avenue.  Come meet the police and your fellow neighbors who are concerned about crime in PSA1 which includes Frankford/Northwood and Bridesburg.

Want a great graphic of crime in Frankford, go to Trulia and have a look.  Also give you some interesting data on other facts of life in Frankford.

 

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Business

Arrott Transportation Center

Posted on 24 February 2015

We call it the Margaret-Orthodox stop but SEPTA seems to named it the Arrott Transportation Center.  In either case it is finally going to be upgraded.  This will actually be the second time around but this time they are going to do it right.  For those of us old enough to remember it got a make over maybe back in the 80s that was not entirely satisfactory. Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer staff writer, gives the story at this link.

SEPTA says this on their web site:

Work includes major ADA enhancements with the installation of a new elevator from street level to platform level and two elevators from platform level to the east station overpass, construction of new platforms, tactile platform edging, handrails, guard rails, and new curb ramps and sidewalk paving. Station improvements include repair/replacement of stairways, new metal panels and tile wall finishes, roof replacement, new signage, lighting, and painting, new customer amenities including benches and trash receptacles, Art in Transit installation, new life safety, security and communications systems, new transformers, and new emergency generator. Project also includes ADA enhancements.

Look forward to it in the Spring.

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Miscellaneous

Frankford Gazette Print Edition

Posted on 20 February 2015

The Gazette went to print a few days ago and should be distributed by the 25th.  He is a link to the pdf version.

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Miscellaneous

What’s Next: Our March After the Legacy

Posted on 20 February 2015

By Alexander Houston

The Martin Luther King holiday is over, but we must not forget his sacrifice. The question we now should ask ourselves is “What can I do to make my community better?” This is a question that All of us should ask and then follow through. Granted, not all people will be exceptional, but we All can do our part to make a more perfect community.

We do not have to aim sky-high, but we all must aim and this will only work if everyone plays a part. We can keep our homes and properties just a little neater. We can remove the weekly circulars from our porches, for if a strong wind blows through, the litter problem increases. We can keep our lawns trimmed and even plant a few flowers. Can you imagine our community if everyone devoted just a couple of hours a week to maintaining and beautifying our neighborhoods?

And you students, as you go back and forth to school take care while on the streets. Respect the properties you pass. Do not toss it, Hold it until you see a trash can. And give way to older folk on the sidewalk, and do not be inclined to use profanity. Remember showing respect brings you respect and don’t you want to be judged by the content of your character and not the color of your skin?

And this I speak to you who have found precious few occupational options. So you have chosen to sell drugs (and this I do not condone) but do you realize the destructive nature of this choice not only to you, but to the user? And yes, I realize that many of you have resorted to this trade because of need and the desire to attain the so called “American dream”. In reality, however, you destroy that dream for yourselves and others. The homicide rate in Frankford has increased 50% in 2014 and much has been attributed to the drug trade. This is unthinkable! It is unsustainable, and there has to be a better way!

Let’s face it, the drug trade is with us. It will not go away. Too many powerful people, who live many miles away in cloistered communities, are becoming obscenely wealthy as a result. Mario Puzo (author of The Godfather novels) once wrote: behind every great wealth there is a crime or crimes. However, killing ourselves is a crime that only hurts ourselves. And must we see the many hard-working and well-meaning folk live in paralyzing fear; a fear so dreadful that they dare not report a problem even as it is playing out in front of them? Why (Mr. Dealer) must your business be so bloody? Why must it be so deadly? Why not do business amicably? You need a customer base…. and you are destroying it!

My heart especially bleeds for the progeny of these neighborhoods that are controlled by violence and fear. What examples do these children have? What opportunities will there be for them when getting off to such a rocky start? And why must the job of rearing our children fall to the grandparents? We are losing a generation, and yes there is blame enough to go round. However, are we perpetuating that decay by looking the other way? Dr. King is spinning in his grave, even now. It is time we stop following! It is time we cease these memorials of marches! It is time we become our own leaders for a new cause; the cause to stop the decay, to stop the violence, and to stop the killing. It is time we act positively and immediately! Each of us must fulfill his or her duty to our person, children, and property. Indeed, only then will we be on the path to justice and equality for all. For charity/Divine love, must begin at home and from there will spread out.. Only then will we be able to say with true conviction Free at last, free at last, Thank God Almighty we All are free at last!

 Alexander Houston is a relatively recent transplant to the Frankford area. He has lived in the community for nearly 10 years. He has taught English at a nearby private high school for 19 years. The only thing he dislikes about his place of employment is the exclusivity of the place. He says,”I just wish more children could get the education and care these children receive.” Mr Houston has seen some improvements in the Frankford neighborhood and longs to see more. He believes more must be done collectively. He also thinks that parents play an important role in future improvements and the vitality of our community.

 

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Meetings and Events

Coming Up in Frankford 2/21to 3/20/2015

Posted on 20 February 2015

 

  • Satellite Office of State Rep. John Taylor -Every Thursday, 5pm – 7pm,  Simpson Playground, 1010 Arrott St. – Open to the public to meet Rep. Taylor or a member of his staff to discuss whatever issue is on your mind.
  • Live Music -Every Saturday 7pm – 10pm – Great Awakenings Cafe, 1466 E Cheltenham Ave.
  • Children’s Story and Craft Hour – Every Thursday  10am – 11am – Great Awakenings Cafe, 1466 E Cheltenham Ave.
  • Community Bible Study -Every Wednesday 6:30pm – 7:30pm – Great Awakenings Cafe, 1466 E Cheltenham Ave.
  • Keep the Faith in Frankford – Every Wednesday 6:30pm – 8:00pmSt Mark’s Church Frankford, 4442 Frankford Avenue
  • SNOW TUBING – Saturday, Feb 21, 2015, McIlvain Playground – Join us for SNOW TUBING on Saturday, February 21st. Spring Mountain. $20.00 per person includes bus transportation and refreshments. Register at McIlvain or contact 215-685-1228. Great Deal for the entire family.
  • Sounds of Joy -Sun, February 22, 3pm – 5pm, Campbell AME Church, 1657 Kinsey Street – Campbell AME Church presents Sounds of Joy in concert. Doors open at 3:00 PM, concert begins at 3:30 PM. Donation $10, kids 12 and under $5.
  • Spiritual Journeys Class – Mon, February 23, 10am – 11am, Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center 4744 Frankford Ave. – Come join us for our Spiritual Journeys class on Monday, January 26th from 10:00am – 11:00am. A class for the mind, body, and spirit. Free of charge
  • Senior Breakfast – Tue, February 24, 8am – 10am, Aria Health, Frankford – 2nd floor cafeteria – Aria will provide our community seniors with monthly, insightful tips and information on issues that are directly affecting you and your health. Breakfast will be provided free of charge. To reserve your seat call 1-877-808-2742 and then press 2.
  • Monthly Birthday Party – Tue, February 24, 11:45am – 12:45pm, Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center 4744 Frankford Ave. – Come celebrate your birthday! We have a monthly birthday party. Join us for cake, ice cream, lunch, and live entertainment!
  • Healthy Habits Demonstrations -Thu, February 26, 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center 4744 Frankford Ave. – Come join us for our healthy habits demonstrations on Thursday, January 8th and Thursday, January 22nd, both from 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Our case worker will be cooking up some healthy foods and discussing the benefits of each ingredient. Free of charge event.
  • Northeast Philadelphia EPIC Stakeholders Group – Thu, February 26, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow Street
  • PSA1 Meeting – Thu, February 26, 7pm – 8pmAria Hospital, 4900 Frankford Ave.
  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum Open House – Sun, March 1, 12pm – 5pm, 4278 Griscom Street – Presentation at 1:30 PM
  • Frankford Civic Association Meeting – Wed, March 4, 7pm – 8pm, St Mark’s Church Frankford, 4442 Frankford Avenue
  • Neighborhood Advisory Committee Meeting – Thu, March 12, 7pm – 8pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow St. 
  • Friends of Overington Park - Tue, March 17, 7pm – 8pm – We will meet in the park in fair weather and at 1500 Orthodox St. , the Friends Meeting House, in bad weather or cold months.
  • Northwood Civic Association Meeting, Tue, March 17, 7pm – 8pm, St. James Lutheran Church, at Castor Avenue and Pratt Street.
  • Northeast Philadelphia EPIC Stakeholders Group – Thu, March 26, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow Street
  • Senior Breakfast – Tue, March 31, 8am – 10am, Aria Health, Frankford – 2nd floor cafeteria – Aria will provide our community seniors with monthly, insightful tips and information on issues that are directly affecting you and your health. Breakfast will be provided free of charge. To reserve your seat call 1-877-808-2742 and then press 2.

 

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Miscellaneous

Crude Oil on the Rails

Posted on 20 February 2015

Two days after a train carrying highly volatile crude oil derailed, shooting fireballs into the sky and sending an oil-filled car into the Kanawha River, flames remained burning in West Virginia. And now, questions are burning too: are these trains coming through our neighborhoods?

Dangerous oil trains barrel down tracks through numerous communities in Pennsylvania, carrying extremely volatile crude oil from the Bakken Shale — just watch the video from West Virginia’s explosion. Hundreds of thousands live inside the evacuation zone for these trains, yet our local governments and first responders too often do not know when these trains travel through our communities, leaving them unable to prepare for the worst. When leaks, crashes, or derailments occur, not even the walls of people’s homes are guaranteed to keep them safe from fiery explosions.

Last year alone, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia saw their own oil train accidents. Luckily these incidents weren’t disasters on the same scale as the one this week, but a number of Pennsylvania communities could be the next West Virginia. Before a Pennsylvania neighborhood goes up in flames, our elected officials should ban oil trains until critical safety standards can ensure the end to destructive accidents like this one.

Alaina Gercak
PennEnvironment Campaign Organizer
1420 Walnut Street, Suite 650
Philadelphia, PA 19102

PennEnvironment is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy group with over 100,000 supporters across Pennsylvania.

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Meetings and Events

Northwood Civic February Meeting

Posted on 19 February 2015

There was a good crowd at the meeting on February 17th to hear about the Water Department (PWD) project on Adams Avenue.  John DiGiulio represented the PWD and came prepared to discuss all the projects in the area that had been put out to bid.  Unfortunately, Adams Avenue was not on the list.  He did not disappoint the group since he explained in general what would be happening when the project get going.  Residents of the 4600 block of Adams Avenue talked about prompted the PWD to plan work on the block.

The problem is that sewers on that block regularly back up into some residents basements.  The bigger problem is that the sewer is a private sewer not part of the PWD system.  I never heard about that one before but DiGiulio said that there are a good number of private sewer and water systems in the city when something goes wrong with them it is the homeowners responsibility to repair it.

Residents of the block have been trying to get PWD to install sewer system on the block for a long time and they have finally decided to do it this summer.  The upside is that the sewer system will be installed but the downside is that each homeowner will have to pay to connect their house to the system.  That could easily cost over $10,000 per home.  PWD offers a zero interest loan over 10 years to help with the expense but it is still a hefty bill.

Since this block is at the back of the Northwood Academy Charter school that adds another element to the construction problems since the street is heavily used during school time.  For that reason construction should take place during the summer.

Further details of the project will be announced when it is finalized and scheduled.  Each homeowner in the area affected by the construction will get a written notice by mail.

You can go the the PWD website and see what notices have been sent out for any zip code in the city just to keep informed.  That is available at this link.  Click on notifications by zip code to see what is current in this area.

DiGiulio did give us a heads up on some new projects recently put out for bid which means construction could start in a few months.  Water mains will be replaced on the following streets.

  • Arrott Street between Oakland and Leiper
  • Foulkrod Street between Duffield and Tackawanna
  • Ruan Street between Tackawanna and Torresdale

Also at the meeting was Jim Kennedy for Congressman Brendan Boyle.  He said Brendan wants to keep in touch with what is going on the neighborhoods and will occassionally be attending the meeting.  Rep. Boyle’s local office is at Woodward and the Boulevard.  The phone number is 215-335-3355.  There will also be an office opening in Olney in a few months.

The Ad Hoc used car business on the 900 block of Foulkrod continues to shuffle their cars throughout Northwood.  Keep reporting them to 311.  They will have not license tag

No word on the day care on Oxford Avenue.  The No Parking Any Time signs are moving forward.  No date for installation yet available.  There was a Treasurers report but there have been additions or withdrawls since last month.

Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez will be at next months meeting.  Residents are urged to attend and bring your concerns.  Northwood is now entirely in the 7th Councilmatic district so Maria is your representative.

The next meeting of the Northwood Civic Association will be on March 17th at 7PM at St. James Lutheran Church at Castor Avenue and Pratt Street.

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history, Meetings and Events

Where the Ancestors Slumber

Posted on 18 February 2015

Interesting presentation about historic African American cemeteries coming up on the 21st at 1PM at Stenton, 4601 N 18th Street.

Joe Menkevich, local historical researcher, has been doing research on the historic cemetery at Wilmot Park (Meadow Street across from 2nd Baptist) which is now under the playground there and will attend the meeting.  This cemetery was in use at least through the early 20th century.  It should be on the historic register.  Follow this link to more information about the meeting.

african american cemeteries

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