Gazette in Print

Posted on 28 August 2015

The August/September print edition of the Frankford Gazette was distributed this week.  This is the beginning of our 5th year.  You can see what it looks like at this link.

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Pope Up in Frankford

Posted on 28 August 2015

Is the Pope really coming to Frankford? Well not as far as I know but he does sometimes pull off a surprise visit.  pope up

The Pope Up is coming to the Globe Dye Works, 4500 Worth Street,  though all during September.  The show is by the Philadelphia Sculptors and they always have a unique view on any topic they touch.

 Just in time for the Pope’s visit, and part of this year’s Fringe Festival, Philadelphia Sculptors will present “Pope Up,” an exhibition of 2D and 3D works centered around all things “Popish.” From the traditional to the offbeat and humorous, the show will present contemporary artists’ approaches to religion and its meanings and interpretations. Located at Globe Dye Works at 4500 Worth St. in Philadelphia, the exhibition is free and will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, September 5 and 6, 12 and 13, 19 and 20, and 26 and 27. Hours are noon – 5:00 pm. Public reception Sunday, September 20, noon – 5:00 pm.

The inspiration of Globe Dye Works’ partner Charlie Abdo, and juried by Independent Public Art Consultant Marsha Moss and Graphic Designer Mark Gallini, “Pope Up” draws in artists of all backgrounds and viewpoints. Handling religion isn’t for the faint of heart and the “Pope Up” artists spare no brushstroke, chisel, or technological device to skewer, applaud, and sometimes make us question what we believe in.

Globe Dye Works
4500 Worth St.
Philadelphia, PA

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Meetings and Events

Frankford Library to Reopen August 31st

Posted on 28 August 2015

Monday, August 31st, the Frankford Library will reopen.  There will be reliable heat this winter and cooling that is really cool and many other improvements that will be visible when you step inside.

This is the lineup of activities for the Fall.

Preschool Story time

Story times for children age birth to 4 and their caregivers.
1st Monday of the month | 11:30am
October 5, November 2, December 7


Teen Third Thursdays
Crafts, games and fun for Teens Only.  Snacks will be provided.
3rd Thursday of the month | 4:30 p.m.
September 17, October 15, November 19, and December 17


Nutrition with Gina
Learn about nutrition – find out how what we eat affects how we feel.   Healthy snacks will be provided.  For school-aged kids and Teens.
Monday, October 26, 4:30 p.m.


Computer Basics with Tara
Brush up on your computer skills with our Digital Resource Specialist.  Space may be limited.
Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon
October 29:                        Learn to Use E-mail
November 5:                     Resumes
November 19:  Online Job Searching


Wii Wednesdays with Vince
Come play your favorite wii games with Mr. Vince.  For school-aged kids.
Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m.   |   October 14, 21 & 28
November 4, 18 & 25
December 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30


Greyhounds are Great!

Join us for a lesson in Greyhounds. Mix and mingle with these lovely dogs.  Learn about their fascinating history and the qualities that have made them an outstanding companion animal for centuries.  We’ll have a retired racing greyhound to meet, pet and admire.  Presented by Teresa Glover of Citizens Against Greyhound Racing.
Monday, December 7, 2015 |  5:00 p.m.


Crochet for Beginners
Learn how to make scarves, gloves, hats and other cool crocheted items.  All materials will be provided but if you have some favorite yarn, feel free to bring it along.  This program is best for adults or teens.
Saturdays from2:00 – 4:00 p.m.   |            October 10, 17 & 31
November 14 &  21



LaBae Daniels
Branch Manager & Adult/Teen Librarian
Free Library of Philadelphia
Frankford Branch
4634 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19124-5804
Phone: 215-685-1743
Email: danielsl@freelibrary.org
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Currently Reading: Life is so Good by George Dawson and Richard Claubman


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Meetings and Events

St. Marks Takes the Church to the People

Posted on 28 August 2015

St. Marks Frankford is really bringing the church to the people starting this Sunday, August 30th.  An outdoor worship service will begin at 12:10 pm in Overington Park at Leiper and Orthodox Streets.  See the details below.

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Meetings and Events

The Community Closet Coming this Saturday

Posted on 27 August 2015

A Free Market like no other at St. Marks 4442 Frankford Avenue.  Noon to 4 PM.  See details below.

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Business, Meetings and Events

Amuneal Zoning Request Granted

Posted on 27 August 2015

At a hearing before the Zoning Board of Adjustment on August 25th, Amuneal Manufacturing’s request as described below was granted.


The issue was on the agenda at the most recent NAC zoning meeting where local residents attending opposed the request based on traffic congestion and environmental risks.

Representatives from the Frankford Civic and Northwood Civic Associations attended the ZBA hearing in support of the request citing that the need for jobs in Frankford is more important than any other issues.


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history, Meetings and Events

Historical Society of Frankford Fund Raiser This Sunday

Posted on 26 August 2015

There is an Historical Society of Frankford Fundraiser Field Trip to the Moland House this Sunday (August 30th).  Our guide will be Nancy Crowther, who presented the program at the Society in June.  She is a descendant from the family that owned one of Frankford’s last inns – the Seven Stars Hotel located at Frankford Avenue and Oxford Pike that served as a watering hole for both humans and animals.

Nancy is a Moland House Docent/Guide as well as a member of the Bucks County Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.   Folks can RSVP to me cameo1200@gmail.com) if they are planning to meet at HSF at 2:00pm this Sunday to car pool – or they can meet us at the Moland House (1641 Old York Rd, Hartsville, PA 18974 – 215-918-1754) at 3:00pm.  It is about a 45 minute drive on 95 from Frankford.

From the Moland House website: The Encampment – On July 31st, 1777, the Continental Army was marching on its way from New Jersey to Philadelphia.  General Greene decided that the area around the Moland House was a good place to camp for the night.  The Army was off to Philadelphia the next day.  While camping at the “Falls of the Schuylkill” the decision was made to march to New York.  On Sunday, the 10th of August, word was received that a large British fleet had been sited off of Delaware Bay.  Again, the Continental Army was near the Moland House and decided to camp in the area.  Moland House became Washington’s Headquarters.  Waiting for more word of the fleet, the Army stayed at Moland until 3:00 am on Saturday, August 23rd.  During that stay, the Marquis de Lafayettecame to join Washington’s army, as a Major General.  Count Casimir Pulaski met Washington for the first time, at Moland.  Later, in September, Count Pulaski also joined the Army, as a General, and the U.S. Cavalry was then borne.  A Council of War was conducted on August 21st that included thirteen men of note from the history of our nation.  Every year, during the time of the Neshaminy encampment, theWarwick Township Historical Society conducts a reenactment that includes the Pennsylvania 5th and many artisans demonstrating life in Colonial times, to the attending public.

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Veteran of the Month

Posted on 25 August 2015

Good Old Army Days!

Good Old Army Days!

Albert W. Brooks was born 1938 in the Northeast of the Frankford section of Philadelphia. He received his education from the Philadelphia school system. Shortly after high school in 1952; he enlisted in the US Army-Paratroopers Division of CO-C 506 ABN INF & RE GT 101 ABN INF DIV-Fort Jackson, SC; August-September 1955.

On December 15, 1957, he challenged greater hurdles while serving in the military and earned rank as SGT Brooks with the completion of the Flame Warfare Orientation Course which he remarkably achieved prodigious merits. Later, Albert; was honorably discharged.

Albert the courageous loving husband to his wife Francis and a devoted father of two children; Veronica D. Brooks-Robinson (daughter) and Albert W. Jr. (son), he still continued in his valiant efforts and was an employee of the Desoto Chemical CO as well as a packaging company prior to his retirement years. He cherished and loved his grandchildren prior to his death in 1996.

Albert held a position and was an active member of the American Legion Post 224. He also volunteered countless amounts of volunteer hours helping the Frankford Chargers football league.

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Back to School Time

Posted on 25 August 2015

Although the back-to-school season brings the excitement of new classes, friends and activities, it also brings about the risk of spreading germs and illness. Ailments such as colds, coughs and head lice are commonly spread during the first months of the school year, but can be easily preventable if certain precautions are taken. To keep children healthy and happy as they embark on the year to come, Subbarao Gorti, MD, a family practice physician and medical director for Aria Health FastCare, offers the following tips to keep in mind before children head back to the classroom:

  • Teach your children how to properly wash their hands
    Teaching children the correct way to wash their hands is crucial for fighting off germs. Proper hand washing includes five steps: wet, lather, scrub, rinse and dry. When your children wash their hands adequately, they lessen the risk of spreading and receiving germs that can bring about a cold or sickness.
  • Pack a school survival kit
    Consider including a few items in your child’s backpack that will help fight off germs, including travel sized hand sanitizer, personal tissues and wet wipes. By sending children to school with these materials, they can quickly clean up at any location, and can avoid other people’s germs by using their own tissues.
  • Consider Water Bottles

Children should take care around water fountains, as they are a huge source of spreading germs.  Add disposable or reusable water bottles to your back-to-school shopping list. Reusable water bottles can be filled prior to school and can be used throughout the year.

  • Educate and Inform

Educate your children about how germs spread, and ways they can prevent sickness. For example: avoid sharing drinks, hats and other school materials. Also, have your child inform you when one of their friends or classmates is ill. If they are sick, let your child know that it may not be the best idea to invite them over after school and to frequently wash their hands to avoid the illness.

  •  Get their immunizations now

Prior to the school year, be sure to have you and your child’s immunizations completed. Infants and young children are said to be most at risk for contracting preventable illnesses. Influenza is one of the leading sicknesses spread throughout schools each year, and the vaccine is a good way to prevent the spread. Although the flu vaccine may not ensure complete immunization, it can make your illness milder if you do catch the sickness.

While it’s not always possible to completely fend off germs and the spread of illness, these tips can help your child prevent sickness throughout the year.

Kourtnaye Lewis
On Behalf of Aria Health

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Meetings and Events

Lots Going on at Simpson

Posted on 24 August 2015

Martial Arts Program for kids age 3 up to adults on Fridays
3-6 year olds 6:00 p.m.
7-12 year olds 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
13 and older 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Chess Club on Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for youth

Arts and Crafts Program Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Zumba Classes Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Girl Scouts Thursdays 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

To register for any of the following programs stop by Simpson Recreation Center Monday-Friday between the hours of 1-8:30 p.m. or email us at simpsonrecctr@hotmail.com.

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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