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Life and Death in PA Part II

Posted on 22 November 2014

Political Commentary by John Buffington is another installment in a series.  His opinions are entirely his own.  If you have an opinion to share, email the editor gil@frankfordgazette.com

The second battle for the survival of the Commonwealth starts now.

Recently in this space (follow this link) I pleaded for a sufficient voter turnout to expel Governor Corbett. And to deliver a convincing message – that we are not Saudi Arabian peasants, and we object to our health being sacrificed to enrich a rapacious crowd of natural gas drillers.

I got what I wanted on that front. We delivered a “crushing, humiliating, record breaking repudiation” of the incumbent governor. However:

The forces of good health for Pennsylvanians lost on another front. The forces in favor of turning Pennsylvania into a natural gas plantation won convincingly, statewide, on the makeup of the state legislature. Now we face even more powerful pro-plantation majorities in House and Senate than before.

The reason for the ambiguous outcome of the first Battle for the Survival of the Commonwealth is that the forces of good health (and environmental quality, by the way) had allies in the gubernatorial campaign that have other priorities in legislative campaigns. Such as:

An awful lot of people voted to expel Governor Corbett because of his arrogant, dismissive, Scruge-ish attitude toward public education. Devotion to public education is not peculiar to urban liberals; there are conservative Republicans right here in Philadelphia who are appalled by the under-funding of our school district. Moreover:

There are tons more conservative Republicans up-state who are appalled by the current trend away from public education. If they don’t happen to live in one of the zones where the water is already poisoned by fracking, they will have voted on the education issue on the gubernatorial front, but maybe on other issues in legislative races. And:

Then there are the Penn State voters, the real fiscal conservatives, the evangelical anti-pornographers and the people who can’t stand arrogance. (All successful politicians are arrogant, but the best are good at hiding it, like Bill Clinton.)

Penn State voters had lots more against Mr. Corbett than his handling of the Sandusky debacle. He came into the government with a clear animus against state colleges and universities and especially Penn State.

Real fiscal conservatives do not approve of politicians who sign “no new taxes” pledges and then leave money on the table, as Governor Corbett did, while education and infrastructure went begging.

There will have been some votes against Mr. Corbett from folks who are particularly offended by the use of state computers by state employees on state time to transmit pornography. It does speak to neglect of duty by the then Attorney General.

Finally on the arrogance thing, Tom Corbett is no more arrogant then Ed Rendell, say. but Mr. Rendell is a master of coalition building and delights in it. And he has an avuncular style that hides the rapacious jackal that hides beneath the surface of nearly every wildly successful politician. Mr. Corbett will undoubtedly do just fine going into litigation in private practice and letting his predator teeth show.

This variegated group of interests, on top of hard core portion of regular Democrats that turn out when there’s no presidential campaign, was sufficient to turn out Tom Corbett, but it is not a coalition. The coalition needs to be gathered now. Immediately. Because it is imperative that anti-fracking forces influence the selection of key players in the Wolf administration. If we wait to get organized until after inauguration day we will face a cabinet that expects to implement Gov. Wolf’s plan to promote a 5% extraction tax and maximize that revenue to support public education.

So, at best, public education would improve so that new graduates would understand that they need to move out of state before they become serfs of a gigantic natural gas plantation with sickening water and air.

But, realistically, that won’t happen. if public health advocates and environmentalists don’t come to terms with public education advocates, and Governor Wolf’s plan goes to a state legislature that is controlled by pro-fracking forces in BOTH houses, and health and environmental groups either oppose the plans of sit on their hands, the Wolf plan will fail and the legal context for fracking will remain as is. So the slide toward a vast uninhabitable field of natural gas wells will continue – but the pace will escalate. Because the richer the natural gas exploiters get, the more they will spend on elections and lobbying.

Pennsylvania’s fracking disaster cannot be stopped in the near future. If all of the various virtuous interests pull together, the best that we can achieve, for now, is mitigation.

I expect that the management of the natural gas production companies is the usual assortment of MBAs, finance experts, and general purpose opportunists. The commonality among them would be avarice.

The commonality of the virtuous forces that need to become a political coalition is entirely different. Nearly everybody needs to make a living of course but teachers, nurses, governmental and public health activists and environmental scientists choose to sacrifice the prospects of riches for a sense of mission. And family farmers. Hardly anybody does small farming because they have to anymore; they love their land and their role. Even doctors. The average physician may have a bigger gross income than most of the rest of the virtuous, but if you adjust for the cost of education, insurance, and interest, its not that much out of line.

That’s what we have to build on. The politics of escalating catastrophe, of course. But also the politics of selflessness.

There is time to turn this around, but not a lot. I am going to contact everybody that I can think of who might be an important player, sympathetic to standing up to the destruction of our Commonwealth. Then I’ll be back in this space with some specific suggestions for prompt action. Please let me know if you want to help.

About the author: John Buffington is a retired lawyer living in Frankford. His undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia was in Government. For several years he was a Director of the Conservation Council of Virginia, a coalition of 43 different organizations with environmental quality as their primary or a secondary mission, ranging from the Sierra Club to the Farm Bureau and the League of Women Voters. Subsequently he was a director of a similar coalition, the Committee of Pennsylvania Environmental Groups. Those experiences informed the organizing ideas in this article.

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Frankford Gazette Print Edition November 2014

Posted on 22 November 2014

The print edition for November is running late this month but here is a pdf for anyone who wants a preview.  Follow the link.

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Education, Miscellaneous

EDUCATION

Posted on 21 November 2014

Making the Grade!

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Most of the time we immensely mull over “the not so as important other things”, which capture our fondest memories concerning school. These things, such as the appreciation for picture day, prom time, and or joining an elite club make a gut clenching disturbance from an educational standpoint of view.

For it is simply the slighted emphasis that is not placed on making the grades in school which then scrutinizes the tracking abilities of all student progressions. Report card grades are vastly if not more important and should be prioritized. Report cards projects a student’s performance academically.

Therefore the overview of this processing formula is something which includes the troika components of teachers, students, and parents and ultimately it should not be taken so lightly. Grades determine which type of a student your learner strides to accomplish in terms of realistic goals. So the greatest question which rolls from off the top of my thoughts are, so what are we going to do?

Two wholehearted suggestions move me to share with the audience readers, one would be to provide regular practicums and the second would be commending earnest efforts. When students are given ample opportunities to improve their results are spellbound with significant changes. “Seeing is Believing” shockingly students admire visual abilities of their names in lights. It’s like the feeling to that of a hit Broadway performer. The more a student can recognize his growth, he’ll expound far beyond his last previous accomplishments.

Reward, reward, praise and reward! Tell me who never liked special trinkets? Just about any learner would enjoy a sweet treat. Recognition have tons of different creative approaches. Certificates could be handed out at a special assembly but as for mastery students they would greatly magnitude their next levels of achievements even the more if they were provided with intensified challenges making them further exceptional.

Education requires discipline with a developed acquired sense to learn. Yet, at the same time implemented instructions, habitual study habits, and the art of teaching must show pedagogic inventions in all of its fullness. Making the Grade is a bridged intervention based on the equality of partnership between parent-involvement along with students participation housed together into our educational system.

Soon all school systems will be breaking for Thanksgiving Day and the  Winter Break, this is a great opportunity for mentors and advocates for the youth to plan educational fun-filled curricular activities having strategic tactics to enhance learning potentials. Be Creative! Increase Knowledge!

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Meetings and Events

Coming Up in Frankford 11/22 to 12/19/2014

Posted on 21 November 2014

 

  • 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.
  • Movie Matinee -Mon, November 24, 12:30pm – 3:00pm, Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center 4744 Frankford Ave. – Please join us for Movie Matinee Monday. You pick it, we play it! Popcorn and beverages served. Free of charge
  • Senior Breakfast – Tue, November 25, 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, November 25, 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!
  • HIV and Hepatitis C Testing – Sun, November 30, 11am – 4pm, St. Mark’s Church, 4442 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, – Philly Faith in Action was brings the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Drexel University with their mobile medical center to St Marks for rapid HIV and hepatitis C testing, counseling and follow up care. They will be here the 2nd Saturday of every month.
  • Frankford Civic Association Meeting – Thu, December 4, 7pm – 8pm, Aria Hospital, 2nd floor
  • Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony -Fri, December 5, 6pm – 7pm, Frank­ford Av­en­ue and Pratt Street, in front of the Hol­i­day Thrift­way
  • Frankford Business and Professional Association First Annua Holiday Bizarre – Sat, December 6, 10am – 6pm, Frankford Avenue and Pratt Street at the Holiday Thriftway – Vendors can sign up for the event by Nov. 17 by con­tact­ing Nafisah Lewis at jsgscent­s50@gmail.com Cost is $30 per table
  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum Open House -Sun, December 7, 12pm – 5pm, 4278 Griscom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124 – Presentation at 1:30 PM: Mark Dunkelman – ‘Gettysburg’s Unknown Soldier’
  • Town Hall Meeting -Tue, December 9, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School, Penn and Church Sts – Are you curious to learn what the new land bank legislation means and how it can benefit you? If you’re interested in learning more about the land bank legislation that was sponsored by Councilwoman Sanchez, attend our town hall meeting on December 9th at Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School to learn more.
  • Historical Society of Frankford program – Tue, December 9, 7:30pm – 9:00pm, 1507 Orthodox St., Philadelphia, PA 19124 – AUTHORS OF NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA Frankford’s Home Grown Historians A first for the Society—members will have a chance to meet and greet local historians/authors—some who have previously offered programs at the Society. They will be signing copies of their books and sharing previews of their upcoming works. These make great gifts—join us!
  • Neighborhood Advisory Committee Meeting – Thu, December 11, 7pm – 8pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow St.
  • Open House at Simpson Recreation Center – Fri, December 12, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Simpson Recreation Center, 1010 Arrott St, Philadelphia, PA 19124 – Simpson Recreation Center announces our new Martial Arts instructor Sensei Charles Stevens. Join us for an open house on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. for a free class as well as registration. Martial Arts program will return Friday, January 9, 2015.
  • Breakfast with Santa – Sat, December 13, 9:30am – 12:30pm, McIlvain Playground, 5200 Penn St – Come enjoy breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 13th. There will be two sittings at 9:30 and 11:00. The event includes breakfast consisting of pancakes, sausage and juice, a small gift from Santa and crafts. Bring your camera for personal pictures. The cost is $7.00 per child. This event is for children 10 and under. Breakfast for parents is $5.00.
  • Friends of Overington Park -Tue, December 16, 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, December 16, 7pm – 8pm, St. James Lutheran Church, at Castor Avenue and Pratt Street.
  • Christmas in Frankford – Thu, December 18, 7pm – 9pm, Grace City Church of Wissinhoming, 6035 Walker St, Philadelphia, PA – McIlvain Playground invites you to come join members of the Frankford community for a night full of holiday sounds. The show will be held on Thursday, December 18th and performed by children, teens, adults and families. The event will be held at the Grace City Church of Wissinoming. Tickets are $5.00 in advance and $7.00 at the door and can be purchased at the playground
  • Caroling in Overington Park -Fri, December 19, 7pm – 8pm, Overington Park, Ortbodox and Leiper Sts, Philadelphia PA

 

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Crafts with Pam – Two in One Encore!

Posted on 19 November 2014

This was a big hit last year.

Tuesday, December 9 2014 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Frankford Neighborhood Library, 4634 Frankford Avenue at Overington St.

It’s a two in one! Back by popular demand, Pam Thomas will demonstrate how to turn ordinary household items into fabulous Christmas wreaths and unique handmade gifts. The workshop is free and designed for adults. Embellishments will be supplied. To begin crafting, please bring a coat hanger, an embroidery hoop or a pre-formed wreath, plus a mason jar to the workshop.

Ms. Pamela Thomas has conducted many programs on a variety of topics at the Frankford Library and for other organizations.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, call 215-685-1473, e-mail baxterb@freelibrary.org, or stop into the branch.

Bonus: Representatives from Turning Points, a local service provider, will be available during the workshop to provide information and answer questions about the resources that are available to you and your family.

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In Dedication to My Friend Kevin Miller

Posted on 15 November 2014

By Julia (Robinson) Mitchell-Hoffman

One could say that the Salvation Army Northeast Corps in Philadelphia’s Frankford section is where we grew up. In the 1970’s, there was a group of us that were there every moment possible. Kevin was best friends with Bobby (Moony). There was Emma, Genie, Dana, Terry, Donna and myself. My brothers and one sister also came to the corps but not as active as myself. There were many others as well and I am sure I am forgetting someone here.

There were many adults that had an impact on us from the older woman Ethel who would get up and pray on Sunday Mornings. We all groan because she would pray for 10 minutes. Through her we learned much about the value of true prayer warriors. There was Marion who always was kind to us bratty kids. There was Helen who played the piano and always had kind words for us. There were countless officers (the Wilson’s and the Kramer’s)who worked with us. But there was NO ONE quite like Franny. She was always there for us, always loving us and always caring.
I think it is kind of funny to think back on those days because on:

• Mondays there was Busy Bees, the community center was open (The gym room with a full size basketball court, a game room with pool tables and Ping-Pong and all sorts of activities to do, a pottery classroom with awesome crafts to do, and so much more). There was always homework help available. The community center was open Monday thru Fridays and often on Saturdays.
• Tuesday would bring about Girl Guards , Band (free music lessons by some awesome musicians), Tambourines and Women’s club called Home League.
• Wednesday was Boy Scouts, Sunbeams, Choir and voice lessons, bible study and a rap session.
• Thursdays includes Corps Cadets, Teen Group, cub scouts.
• Fridays were always special times with pizza parties, local adventures, and all sorts of awesome treats.
• On Saturdays Franny often took us on trips.
• Sundays was Sunday School, Church, League Of Mercy, trips to the ice cream polar or out to dinner, evening rap session and praise meetings.

This does not even begin to touch on the overnight trips and week-long excursions to New York, other corps and to Camp Ladore.

For so many of us it was a safe haven and without this place we might not have survived our childhood. It gave us hope at a time when life was complicated. It provided us a place to grow, learn, explore and develop morals and a sense of self. It helped to establish a foundation in which we could build a lifetime relationship with God and cultivate social skills that provide many stepping stones in relationships with others, this world and even within us. We laughed together and we also shared tears. We got along and picked on each other. But we cared for each other and would help each other when one was in need. We learned how to cooperate and to be empathetic. We learn the value of all people and learn to be tolerating of difference. We came to understand the value of friendship and of doing for others. We explored issues such as prejudice and came to understand how we could be the change our community needed. We raised money for trips and learn the value of being responsible. We were held accountable when needed and praised when we made choices that were in the best interest of all.

As I say good bye to my friend Kevin today, I am reminded of how much we grew together. I am thankful for those days in which we felt safe, loved and cared for. I am honored to call him a friend.

Link to Kevin Miller obituary here.

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New Martial Arts instructor at Simpson

Posted on 15 November 2014

Simpson Recreation Center announces our new Martial Arts instructor Sensei Charles Stevens.  Join us for an open house on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. for a free class as well as registration.  Martial Arts program will return Friday, January 9, 2015.
 
Cynthia Young
Facility Supervisor
Simpson Recreation Center
1010 Arrott Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19124
215-685-1223 Office
215-537-3494 Fax

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Frankford NAC Meets for November

Posted on 14 November 2014

The Frankford NAC (Neighborhood Advisory Committee) reviewed four cases at the meeting on November 13th.

  • Mr. Chen, the owner of 2051 Larue Street is applying for a variance to use the basement as a facial spa business.  Although there was no neighborhood opposition, he did not have all the required documentation and so a continuance will be requested.  He will return to the NAC meeting to present his case at a future meeting.
  • Mr. Boyd, owner of 4117 Worrell Street is applying for a permit for personal vehicle repair and maintenance with vehicle parking on site.  Mr. Bryant, NAC President, noted that there appear to be unresolved violations on the property.  In addition, a neighbor appeared and spoke against the variance citing that the business has already been operating without permits.  In light of those issues, the NAC will request a continuance until the issues are resolved.
  • Mr. Damm, appeared for 5451 Horrocks Street for a variance for use for a professional office on the first floor with a single family dwelling on the second floor.  He provided signed petitions of support and there was no opposition so the NAC will send a letter to the zoning board supporting the variance.

    1541 adams ave

    1541 Adams Ave. credit to Google Maps for the image

  • The attorney for owner of 1541 Adams Avenue presented the final case.  This property is the large vacant lot at Adams and Kensington Ave.  It is owned by 4150 KENSINGTON AVE LLC which is the building the fronts on the 4100 block of Kensington.  The lot is zoned RSA-5 which is for residential use.  They want to change the zoning to CMX-2 which is commercial.  The reason is that the cost residential construction far exceeds the value of any house in that area of Frankford and would make it economically unfeasible.  The owners believe that the lot could be find productive commercial use.  In order to do this the zoning map has to be changed legislatively.  The Councilperson would introduce legislation to do this and if approved the zoning map would be changed.  There was one neighbor in opposition to the change.  The NAC asked that the owners get some support for the change before they go further with the process.

 

The next Frankford NAC meeting will be held on December 11th at 7PM at Second Baptist Church at 1801 Meadow Street.

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Meetings and Events

Coming Up in Frankford 11/15 to 12/12/2014

Posted on 14 November 2014

 

  • Family Assistance Workshop -Sat, November 15, 10am – 2pm, NET, 4625 Frankford Ave. – LIHEAP Applications done onsite, PGW, PECO, Energy Coordinating Agency, Utilities Emergency Services Fund – light refreshments served
  • Arts & Crafts Fair -Sat, November 15, 10am – 3pm, Frankford Friends School, Penn and Orthodox Sts. – Artists, Crafters and Vendors
  • Friends of Overington Park -Tue, November 18, 7pm – 8pm, Overington Park, Orthodox St. – 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, November 18, 7pm – 8pmSt. James Lutheran Church, at Castor Avenue and Pratt Street.
  • Healthy Habits Demonstration -Thu, November 20, 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center 4744 Frankford Ave. – 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, November 20, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow Street – Winter Coat Drive
  • 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.
  • Cookology Class -Fri, November 21, 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
  • AIDS Testing – Fri, November 21, 11am – 2pm, Rep. James Clay Office – 4915 Frankford Ave. – Testing is quick, painless and confidential. It can give you and your loved ones peace of mind or the knowledge needed to make important decisions.
  • Movie Matinee -Mon, November 24, 12:30pm – 3:00pm, Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center 4744 Frankford Ave. – Please join us for Movie Matinee Monday. You pick it, we play it! Popcorn and beverages served. Free of charge
  • Senior Breakfast – Tue, November 25, 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, November 25, 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!
  • HIV and Hepatitis C Testing – Sun, November 30, 11am – 4pm, St. Mark’s Church, 4442 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, – Philly Faith in Action was brings the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Drexel University with their mobile medical center to St Marks for rapid HIV and hepatitis C testing, counseling and follow up care. They will be here the 2nd Saturday of every month.
  • Frankford Civic Association Meeting – Thu, December 4, 7pm – 8pm, Aria Hospital, 2nd floor
  • Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony -Fri, December 5, 6pm – 7pm, Frank­ford Av­en­ue and Pratt Street, in front of the Hol­i­day Thrift­way
  • Frankford Business and Professional Association First Annua Holiday Bizarre – Sat, December 6, 10am – 6pm, Frankford Avenue and Pratt Street at the Holiday Thriftway – Vendors can sign up for the event by Nov. 17 by con­tact­ing Nafisah Lewis at jsgscent­s50@gmail.com Cost is $30 per table
  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum Open House -Sun, December 7, 12pm – 5pm, 4278 Griscom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124 – Presentation at 1:30 PM: Mark Dunkelman – ‘Gettysburg’s Unknown Soldier’
  • Town Hall Meeting -Tue, December 9, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School, Penn and Church Sts – Are you curious to learn what the new land bank legislation means and how it can benefit you? If you’re interested in learning more about the land bank legislation that was sponsored by Councilwoman Sanchez, attend our town hall meeting on December 9th at Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School to learn more.
  • Historical Society of Frankford program – Tue, December 9, 7:30pm – 9:00pm, 1507 Orthodox St., Philadelphia, PA 19124 – AUTHORS OF NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA Frankford’s Home Grown Historians A first for the Society—members will have a chance to meet and greet local historians/authors—some who have previously offered programs at the Society. They will be signing copies of their books and sharing previews of their upcoming works. These make great gifts—join us!
  • Neighborhood Advisory Committee Meeting – Thu, December 11, 7pm – 8pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow St.
  • Open House at Simpson Recreation Center – Sat, December 12, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Simpson Recreation Center, 1010 Arrott St, Philadelphia, PA 19124 – Simpson Recreation Center announces our new Martial Arts instructor Sensei Charles Stevens. Join us for an open house on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. for a free class as well as registration. Martial Arts program will return Friday, January 9, 2015.
  • Breakfast with Santa – Sat, December 13, 9:30am – 12:30pm, McIlvain Playground, 5200 Penn St – Come enjoy breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 13th. There will be two sittings at 9:30 and 11:00. The event includes breakfast consisting of pancakes, sausage and juice, a small gift from Santa and crafts. Bring your camera for personal pictures. The cost is $7.00 per child. This event is for children 10 and under. Breakfast for parents is $5.00.
  • Friends of Overington Park -Tue, December 16, 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, December 16, 7pm – 8pm, St. James Lutheran Church, at Castor Avenue and Pratt Street.
  • Christmas in Frankford – Thu, December 18, 7pm – 9pm, Grace City Church of Wissinhoming, 6035 Walker St, Philadelphia, PA – McIlvain Playground invites you to come join members of the Frankford community for a night full of holiday sounds. The show will be held on Thursday, December 18th and performed by children, teens, adults and families. The event will be held at the Grace City Church of Wissinoming. Tickets are $5.00 in advance and $7.00 at the door and can be purchased at the playground
  • Caroling in Overington Park -Fri, December 19, 7pm – 8pm, Overington Park, Ortbodox and Leiper Sts, Philadelphia PA
  • HIV and Hepatitis C Testing – Sun, December 28, 11am – 4pm, St. Mark’s Church, 4442 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, – Philly Faith in Action was brings the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Drexel University with their mobile medical center to St Marks for rapid HIV and hepatitis C testing, counseling and follow up care.
  • Senior Breakfast – Tue, December 30, 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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Education, Meetings and Events

Thanksgiving Frankford – North Catholic Football Game

Posted on 13 November 2014

North Catholic and or Frankford High alumni

This will be our fifth year at having the North Catholic and Frankford Flagg football game, keeping a neighborhood tradition alive.  $20 includes a game shirt,beer, hotdogs, chilli, and kielbasa.
The game will be played at Deni playground (Church and Leiper Sts.) on Thanksgiving Day at 9:00 am.
I need to know shirt size, school and head count.  
Jason Hull
email jason.c.hull@comcast.net
By the way, North is on a 3 game winning streak.

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