history, Miscellaneous

NFL’s Long Forgotten Rivalry

Posted on 27 January 2015

Green Bay Packers vs. Frankford Yellow Jackets

From Ghosts of the Gridiron:

In November of 1925 the Green Bay Packers made their first trip to Pennsylvania. The purpose of that visit? To play two of the newest and strongest teams in the National Football League: the Pottsville Maroons and Frankford Yellow Jackets.   The Packers fell victim to the Maroons on Thanksgiving, and two days later suffered another setback at the hands of the Yellow Jackets.   In retrospect, the game in Frankford was probably the more meaningful of the two contests. For when the Packers returned to the Keystone State the following season, it was to face the Yellow Jackets on Thanksgiving, and that game witnessed the beginning of what quickly became an annual holiday tradition.

Read the rest of this story at this link.

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Miscellaneous

Notification of Receipt of a Plan or Report (for site-specific standard) (Section 304(n)(2)(i))

Posted on 25 January 2015

Notification of Receipt

of a Plan or Report (for site-specific standard)

(Section 304(n)(2)(i))

Pursuant to the Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act, the Act of May 19, 1995, P.L. #4, No. 2 (Act 2), notice is hereby given that the Frankford Friends School has submitted a Remedial Investigation Report/Risk Assessment Report (RIR/RAR) for Soil to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Southeast Regional Office, for a site located at 1515 Orthodox Street in the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (“the Site”). The Site is currently vacant land that was previously occupied by a church for nearly 116 years. Site assessments have indicated that certain polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are present in surface soils. The intended future use of the property is an outdoor classroom. The RIR/RAR report provides characterization of soil conditions along with estimates of potential cancer risks and non-cancer hazards for human receptors exposed to regulated substances in soil. These estimates were developed to support the remediation decision-making process for the construction and development of an outdoor classroom. The results of the assessment indicate that no further controls, such as remediation or mitigation measures, are required. Accordingly, the RIR/RAR demonstrates attainment of the Site Specific Standards under Act 2.

Act 2 provides for a 30-day public comment period for site-specific standard remediations. The 30-day comment period is initiated with the publication of this notice. Until 30 days after the newspaper publication date, the City of Philadelphia may submit a request to the Frankford Friends School to be involved in the development of the remediation and reuse plans for the site. The City of Philadelphia may also submit a request to the Frankford Friends School during this 30-day comment period to develop and implement a public involvement plan. Copies of these requests and of any comments should also be submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection Southeast Regional Office, 2 East Main Street, Norristown, Pennsylvania 19401.

 

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Miscellaneous

Notice of an Intent to Remediate to an Environmental Standard

Posted on 25 January 2015

Notice of an Intent

to Remediate to an Environmental Standard.

(Sections 302(e)(1)(ii), 303(h)(1)(ii),

304(n)(1)(i), and 305(c)(1))

Pursuant to the Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act, the act of May 19, 1995, P.L. 4, No. 1995-2, notice is hereby given that Frankford Friends School has submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection a Notice of Intent to Remediate a site located at 1515 Orthodox Street. This Notice of Intent to Remediate states that the site was used as a church for nearly 116 years until demolished due to deteriorating condition. The owner of the property, Frankford Friends School, intends to use the site as an outdoor classroom that will include an urban garden using above-ground planting beds, along with a meadow, ornamental plants, shrubs, and trees. Site assessment have indicated that the surface soils contained benzo(a)pyrene and dibenz(a,h)anthracene at concentrations in excess of the Residential Statewide Health Standards. A Remedial Investigation Report/Risk Assessment Report has been submitted to PADEP that demonstrates attainment of the site-specific standard. The results of the assessment also indicate that no further controls, such as remediation or mitigation measures, are required.

The Act provides for a 30-day public comment period for site-specific standard remediations. The 30-day comment period is initiated with the publication of this notice. During this period, the City of Philadelphia may submit a request to Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to be involved in the development of the remediation and reuse plans for the site. The City of Philadelphia may also submit a request to Frankford Friends School during this 30-day comment period to develop and implement a public involvement plan. Copies of these requests and of any comments should also be submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection at 2 East Main Street, Norristown, PA 19404.

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Meetings and Events

PSA1 Meeting for January

Posted on 23 January 2015

Captain McCloskey attended the meeting on January 22nd at Aria Hospital with about 15 community residents.  The issues covered were a recap of the most recent violence in Frankford.  The shootings on Penn Street and Adams Avenue and the robberies around the Frankford Transportation center.  We have a short video below.  Turn up your volume, there was a lot of background noise.

 

The next PSA1 meeting will be on February 26th at 7PM at Aria Hospital at 4900 Frankford Avenue.

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Civics, Meetings and Events

Northwood Civic January Meeting

Posted on 23 January 2015

Joe Krause, President of the Northwood Civic, opened the meeting on January 20th, with the treasurer’s report.

A donation was made before Christmas by the Civic to a family who had a significant loss in a burglary in November.  State Representative, Jason Dawkins, also made a donation of toys to the children in the family, since their gifts were also stolen.  Krause noted that there are not a lot of burglaries in Northwood but residents should be vigilant and always keeps your doors and windows locked.

The problem with the “ad hoc” car lot on the 900 block of Foulkrod Street continues.  The police are being called whenever those untagged cars are parked in the area.

Tom McAvoy, President of the Northwood Town Watch, reported that Councilwoman Sanchez will introduce legislation that will ban truck parking throughout Northwood.  Tom met Sanchez at a recent meeting on the Land Bank program, and talked to her about the problem.  She was happy to help and told his exactly what was needed.

The water department will be doing major construction on Adams Avenue to replace water pipes.  They are being invited to a meeting to explain to residents the timing and exactly what it will involve.  It may be done during the Summer.  They have been doing the same on Orthodox since the Fall.  The section West of Frankford Avenue up to Penn Street is complete and now they are working East of Frankford Avenue near Torresdale.  The date of the meeting will be announced when it is confirmed.

Residents on the 1200 block of Arrott Street have been living with a problem tenant who caused a fire that took down one house there.  They are naturally concerned about the situation since he remains on the block.  Drugs are at the heart of the issue.

The next meeting of the Northwood Civic Association will be on February 17th at 7PM at St. James Lutheran Church.

 

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Meetings and Events

Coming Up in Frankford 1/24 to 2/20/2015

Posted on 23 January 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.
  • Spiritual Journeys Class -Mon, January 26, 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, January 27, 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, January 27, 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!
  • Family Movie Night – Thu, January 29, 6pm – 8pm, Faith Assembly of God Church, 1926 Margaret St.
  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum Open House – Sun, February 1, 12pm – 5pm, 4278 Griscom Street, Philadelphia – Presentation at 1:30 PM
  • Frankford Civic Association Meeting - Thu, February 5, 7pm – 8pm, St. Mark Church 4442 Frankford Avenue – use side entrance off parking lot
  • Sweetheart Coffee House, Fri, February 6, 6pm – 9pm, St. James Lutheran Church, Castor Ave. and Pratt St. – St. James Lutheran church will be hosting a free Sweetheart Coffee House. There will be live music from the St. James Praise Band, karaoke, open-mic, raffles, silent auction, and refreshments. Child care, which includes special activities for ages 2-12, is available for a small fee. The refreshments will be provided by Chef Larry of the Dining Car Restaurant. Please come and join us for a fun filled evening for the whole family. Doors will open at 6:00. For information, please call 215-743-1828 or check out our web page at www.stjamesphilly.com.
  • Valentine’s Day Crafting with Flowers – Tue, February 10, 2:30pm – 4:30pm, Frankford Neighborhood Library, 4634 Frankford Avenue – Pamela Thomas, crafts workshop leader, and Janet Bernstein from the Frankford Garden Club will help you make your Valentine’s Day beautiful with –Flower Arrangements for your Valentine – Demo: How to make a fascinator for your hair – Free workshop designed for adults – All materials supplied. To save your spot, call 215-685-1474, email baxterb@freelibrary.org , or stop in the library.
  • Neighborhood Advisory Committee Meeting -Thu, February 12, 7pm – 8pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow St.
  • Friends of Overington Park -Tue, February 17, 7pm – 8pmWe 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, February 17, 7pm – 8pm, St. James Lutheran Church, at Castor Avenue and Pratt Street – AGENDA: City of Philadelphia, Streets Dept. Rep. Quality of Life Issues OLD BUSINESS NEW BUSINESS Bring a Neighbor!!! Northwood, a Beautiful place to Live and Work!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

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Business

Spotlight on Frankford’s Small Businesses: TJ Mr. Bugs Gets the Bugs Out

Posted on 23 January 2015

So while it may be hard to find the good in a community that has seen better days, you do not have to look long to see those folks who are out and about every morning and everyday putting one foot in front of the other. These are the worker bees that make Frankford the rebounding neighborhood it has become. And consider the many small businessmen and women that continue to operate in this community. They are the engines of the Frankford economy and by extension the American economy. I think of the gentlelady I see day after day and year after year making her way to work in the early hours and homeward bound in the evening. Her step is a little slower now. She once said to me that I was an inspiration to her, but really it is she who is the inspiration to me. I see her nearly everyday putting one foot in front of the other, and considering her example and age I have no excuse to be weary. In addition, it’s the convenience store owners, the barbers and beauticians. Those who run the salons, the restaurants and many other small businesses in Frankford. These entrepreneurs enrich us. They make us better. I remember having to sit in a crowed barber shop for hours for a $15 hair cut. Now, here in Frankford, I can be in and out of the barber shop in 15-25 minutes and pay only 5 Dollars! That’s right just 5 bucks. I give a 60% tip and feel good about it too. So this article is about us. To be sure, it is about 2 hard-working Frankford men who fell on hard times. They are amongst the millions hurt by a stagnant economy and Wall Street greed.

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Jeff Parks and Tyrone Bryant

Steve’s Bug Off exterminator service and insectarium used to be a thriving business at 8046 Frankford Avenue near Rawn Street in Philadelphia. The place employed over 30 people in the immediate community. After some financial difficulties in 2003 the owner had to shut his doors. Jeff Parks and Tyrone Bryant needed work. It came as no surprise to them that finding employment would be difficult, but at middle age they found the prospect downright daunting. They had worked at the company for nearly a decade and had serviced a broad customer base. Tyrone covered all of Steve’s Bug Off”s Center City base and Jeff serviced the neighborhoods of the northeast and northwest. Most of their customers would be left unguarded by the closing and that worried many of them. Jeff Parks and Tyrone Bryant saw an opportunity and never looked back. Jeff told me that not only was it an opportunity but a necessity. They needed work. So that was the birth of one of Frankford’s own, TJ Mr. Bugs.

I recently spoke with Jeff Parks of TJ Mr. Bugs:

AH: Jeff what were you doing before opening your business?

Jeff: I worked for a placed called Steve’s Bug Of on Frankford Avenue near Rawn Street. I work there for quite a few years and developed a good rapport with the customers.

AH: And what happened?

Jeff: After his financial troubles the owner sold to Terminix in 2005 and we were out of work

AH: So you started anew. Was that involved? What did it entail?

Jeff:Well as you can imagine it was a little scary, but Tyrone and I had great customers and many who had gotten used to us and wanted to stay with us. Above all we needed to work.

AH: So earlier on what area of the city did you service?

Jeff: Tyrone did work for many businesses and residences in center city and they were comfortable with him and I had many satisfied customers in the Northeast and Northwest neighborhoods. So we continued to service these customers.

AH:Would you tell me a little about how things progressed in the early years?

Jeff: It was not easy. Remember it was 2005 a little before the Great Recession and we had just started a business. However, now it is 2015 and we have survived thank God.

AH: So what is your customer base today? Have you experienced some growth?

Jeff: Growth is slow but apparent. We are looking to develop a website and are doing some other things to increase our base.

AH:What do you customers want mainly? I mean what do they expect from you the exterminator?

Jeff: Well of course they want the problem solved. They want their homes and businesses rid of pests of all kinds and we fulfill that need. We are a full service company. But at the core of it our customers want to trust us. They want honesty and reliability and respect. This I think is the essence of all good business practice. Indeed, these are things that ought to be taught at home where it all begins and it must be from youth up, but I think I am slipping into a different discussion.

AH: Ahhh no problem I hear you loudly and clearly and there will be time for philosophical banter later. Do you continue to service business and residential customers and which do you prefer?

Jeff: Yes, we service residential and business big and small and it does not make a difference who you are big, small or medium. Each job is important to the occupant and we want to service each customer equally.

AH:You have, no doubt, experienced rising operating costs. How do you deal with such issues?

Jeff: We have certainly realized rising operating costs and we try to hold the line on what we charge our customers. Sure sometimes we have had to raise our prices, but we try to be smarter shoppers, buying in bulk etc. We also have been content just to make a living wage. We want to keep our customers via superior service and competitive pricing. So we are not going to get rich but we are paying our bills and staying busy.

AH: I have asked this question because you have been doing my exterminator work for years and I am happy to say that I have not received a price increase. You also have done service work for workplace and church for many years and both are pleased with your work.

AH: Out of curiosity would you give me a best case and worse case scenario pertaining to your business experiences? And what affect did each have on you?

Jeff: The best case is when we got a call from a contract customer who was all but freaking out because he had seen an ant. We quickly got to the site and exterminated the building. That was easy, but on the other hand we serviced a customer with a huge infestation of roaches and bed bugs. It was unsettling! I have seen a lot, but this one shook me. We expunged the house of all pests, but I relived what I had seen in many a nightmare.

AH: Do you see expansion in your future, and where do you find reliable workers?

Jeff: We will expand only if necessary, and in the past we have hired people but only folk we know. The reason for this is our business. Workers have to be honest hard-working and reliable. Those we hire must be well-mannered and must dress properly. We will not abide by anything else. After all, we are in peoples homes and businesses. This to us is very important!

AH: I certainly would like to see more opportunities for small business development, but especially more opportunities for high school or college graduates. What would your suggestion be for young people coming out of school today?

Jeff: I would tell them to have a good work ethic, be dependable trustworthy. I would tell them to set reasonable goals and keep them. And along the way, be friendly and deal honestly with all people.

AH: And what would you say to society at large, Jeff, assuming it could be done?

Jeff: It all begins at home. Parents must put in the time to train children at a young age. Respect is vitally important. Respect for morality, for elders, and for ourselves. These are things the world needs Now.

I left Jeff with plenty to think about. He and his business partner Tyrone are forging ahead. They are part of the group of entrepreneurs and small business men and women who are affecting the Frankford renaissance. Let us support them for in doing so we support ourselves. And as far as what the world needs now, Dionne Warwick said it well enough: “We have oceans and rivers and meadows, corn fields, sunbeams, moon beams, but its love, sweet love it is only thing there’s much too little of.” Yes, love is rebounding Frankford, and more love will take it back to its former stature, and Jeff Parks and Tyrone Bryant of TJ Mr. Bugs are doing their part.

 

By Alexander Houston

 

The company: TJ’S MR. BUGS professional pest control

Licensed and Insured

Specialists in termite extermination

General manager Jeff Parks

Phone (215) 288-7570 & (267) 972-6668

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Art, Meetings and Events

Valentine’s Day Crafting with Flowers

Posted on 20 January 2015

Tuesday, February 10 | 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Frankford Branch Library, 4634 Frankford Avenue

Pamela Thomas (crafts workshop leader) and Janet Bernstein (of the Frankford Garden Club) will help you make your Valentine’s Day beautiful. Join us and learn flower arranging for your Valentine, and enjoy a demonstration of how to make a Fascinator.

Space is limited – to save your spot, call 215-685-1473, email baxterb@freelibrary.org, or stop in to the library. This workshop is designed for adults and all materials will be provided.

 

 

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Meetings and Events

St. Martin’s Fundraiser

Posted on 16 January 2015

St. Martin of Tours Youth & Young Adult Ministries are taking orders for hoagies for the Super Bowl. Italian hoagie is $6, Turkey hoagie is $5. Last day to order is Sunday, January 25, 2015. We are taking orders after every mass (Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m., 10 a.m. & 12 p.m. or they can just email their order to mtkls5@yahoo.com and pay for the hoagie/hoagies when they come to pick-up.  Order form is at this link.

Pick up date is Sunday, February 1, 2015 between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in St. Martin of Tours School gym. They are delicious! We make them ourselves fresh.

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Art, Education

Calling All Poets Grades 9 to 12

Posted on 16 January 2015

Poet in Residence, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, of Ryerss Museum and Library is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Ryerss Youth Poetry Contest. Twelve area high schools were invited to participate last year and this year fourteen high schools have been invited to participate. Students at all Philadelphia area high schools are invited to participate. First place winners in each grade will receive a $50.00 gift card from The Friends of Ryerss.  Participating students will be required to visit the Ryerss Museum and Library or Burholme Park and write a poem if so inspired. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2015. Winning students will read their poem at a special event at Ryerss on April 4, 2015 in celebration of National Poetry Month.   See the flyer below.

2015 - Flyer for poetry contest final

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