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Coming Up in Frankford 12/20 to 1/16/2015

Posted on 19 December 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.
  • 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.
  • Free New Testament Bibles – Sat, December 20, 12pm – 3pm, Christ Fellowship Christian Church, 1639 Harrison St, – We here at Christ Fellowship Christian Church will be giving away free New Testament Bibles for individuals within the community starting around 12 noon until they are all gone.
  • 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.
  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum Open House – Sun, January 4, 2015, 12pm – 5pm, 4278 Griscom Street – Presentation at 1:30 PM:
  • Frankford Civic Association Meeting – Wed, January 7, 2015, 7pm – 8pm, Aria Hospital, 2nd floor
  • Neighborhood Advisory Committee Meeting – Thu, January 8, 2015, 7pm – 8pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow St.
  • PSA1 Meeting – Thu, January 15, 2015, 7pm – 8pm, Aria Health Frankford Campus, 4900 Frankford
  • Friends of Overington Park  – Tue, January 20, 2015, 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, January 20, 2015, 7pm – 8pm, St. James Lutheran Church, at Castor Avenue and Pratt Street.
  • Northeast Philadelphia EPIC Stakeholders Group – Thu, January 22, 2015, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow Street

 

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Features, Miscellaneous

Angel of McIlvain Playground

Posted on 18 December 2014

Mrs. Angel Brandan has been a mainstay at McIlvain Playground since 1980. Angel came to McIlvain as a volunteer helper with the Tot Recreation Program. In 1981 she became an assistant teacher in the program that boasted two classes in the morning and the afternoon. In 1983, the director retired and Ms. Angel, as she is known to over 800 children that have passed through the Tot Rec program, took over and had not relinquished the title since.

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Angel with her kids

Now, beginning her 35th year, Ms. Angel still comes to McIlvain every day, after her job as a crossing guard for the city of Philadelphia, and teaches children ages 2 ½ to 5. Along with her assistant, Ms. Linda Fagan (who has been here for 17 years), the children enter kindergarten well prepared for what lies ahead of them. Ms. Angel has taught 27 children of children that she taught when they attended McIlvain’s Tot Rec Program.

Besides the Tot Recreation Program, Ms. Angel has been the director of the Summer Day Camp for the past 20 years, taught a children’s Arts & Crafts class once a week for 5 years, taught an adult crafts class for 11 years and has been a member of the McIlvain Advisory Council for the past 7 years.

Angel Brandan is the true essence of what a community member is about. Even though she lives outside of Frankford and the closest playground to her home is Simpson Recreation Center, thirty four years ago she made a decision to make a difference in the lives of so many children, as well as adults, in the Frankford area and in particular McIlvain Playground.

She truly loves McIlvain and the children. Recently she stated that if we didn’t have enough money, she would continue to do it for free. Many people say this about a job but she actually meant it. This is who she is and she deserves to be recognized for all she has given without asking for anything in return.

by Steve Schmidt,
Facility Supervisor,
McIlvain Playground
 

Angel was honored on December 5th at McIlvain with a reception honoring her 35 years at the playground where she was honored by Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez,  State Rep. Jason Dawkins State Senator Tina Tartaglione.

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Meetings and Events

Christmas Eve Service at Christ Fellowship Christian Church

Posted on 17 December 2014

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CFCC Christmas Eve Service 2014

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Business

Development on Griscom Street

Posted on 15 December 2014

Work has begun on rehabbing 4732-34 Griscom Street.  After years of neglect, this building will be put back into constructive use.  The CDC worked to clear the road blocks in this project which is being done by the owner of the building next door.  This should help drive some of the drug traffic away from this intersection.  4736 griscom

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Miscellaneous

November Crime Report

Posted on 15 December 2014

The Gazette crime report is back.  It has been a few years since we have done this.  We yielded to the big media thinking they could do a better job and they do for about 15 minutes until something more interesting comes along.  This month is just a raw count of what happened in PSA1 which is the part of the 15th district below Bridge Street and down to the Frankford Creek. It runs from the Boulevard to the river so it includes Bridesburg as well.  Next month we’ll provide some comparison and context.  PSA1 meeting is this Thursday (12/18)  at 7PM at Aria hospital.  If you want to hear about crime, stop by.

Aggravated Assaults with firearm – 5

Aggravated Assaults no firearm – 31

Burglary – 36

Motor Vehicle Theft – 12

Motor Vehicle Theft Recovered – 21

Robbery with firearm – 11

Robbery no firearm – 14

Theft from Vehicle – 21

Theft – 51

Rape – 4

Shootings – at least 2

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Meetings and Events

Coming Up in Frankford 12/13/14 to 1/9/2015

Posted on 14 December 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • PSA1 Meeting -Thu, December 18, 7pm – 8pm, Aria Hospital – 4900 Frankford Avenue
  • Christmas in Frankford – Thu, December 18, 7pm – 9pm, Grace City Church of Wissinoming, 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
  • Free New Testament Bibles – Sat, December 20, 12pm – 3pm, Christ Fellowship Christian Church, 1639 Harrison St, – We here at Christ Fellowship Christian Church will be giving away free New Testament Bibles for individuals within the community starting around 12 noon until they are all gone.
  • 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.
  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum Open House – Sun, January 4, 2015, 12pm – 5pm, 4278 Griscom Street – Presentation at 1:30 PM:
  • Frankford Civic Association Meeting – Wed, January 7, 2015, 7pm – 8pm, Aria Hospital, 2nd floor
  • Neighborhood Advisory Committee Meeting – Thu, January 8, 2015, 7pm – 8pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow St.
  • PSA1 Meeting – Thu, January 15, 2015, 7pm – 8pm, Aria Health Frankford Campus, 4900 Frankford
  • Friends of Overington Park  – Tue, January 20, 2015, 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, January 20, 2015, 7pm – 8pm, St. James Lutheran Church, at Castor Avenue and Pratt Street.
  • Northeast Philadelphia EPIC Stakeholders Group – Thu, January 22, 2015, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow Street

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Miscellaneous, Religion

Be a Deus Ex Machina

Posted on 14 December 2014

Peter J. Dawson
 

In  Shakespearean  times,    an  employee  of  the  company  putting  on  the  plays,  working  in  the  catwalks  above  the  stage,  would  sometimes  trip  and  fall  20  feet  or  so  —  plop !  —  smack into  the  middle  of  the  play  being  watched  by  the  audience.  If  no  bones  were  broken,  he  would  stand  up  and  quickly   pretend  to  be  an  angel  or  a  god  from  above,  delivering  a message  or  rendering  unexpected  aid.

This  practice  mutated  into  a  figure  of  speech  —   a  “deus  ex  machina,”  or  “the  god  from  the  machinery”  —  referring  to  the  person  who  inserts  himself  unexpectedly  into  the  time  of troubles  of  another  person  and  renders  aid.

Look  for  the  opportunity  to  be  a  “deus  ex  machina”  in  your  life.   I’ve  known  a  few.    I  had  a  friend  in  high  school  named  John  Lazauskas.   His  father  was  an  ordinary  guy  —  a little man  who  raised  his  little  family  in  a  little  row  home  in  the  Frankford  section  of  Philadelphia.

We  all  went  down  to  the  Frankford and Pratt  bus  terminal   on  workday  mornings  to  catch  a  bus  or  trolley  or  the  Frankford  elevated  train  to  school  or  our  job.   Every  day, thousands of  people  saw   the  homeless  Smelly  Bag  Lady  crawling  around  between  nooks,  looking  for  opportunities  to  beg,  pee  or  sleep.

One  day,  as  hundreds  of  people  were  looking  on,  John  Lazauskas’  father  astonished  the  universe,  the  angels  and  the  demons  by  bringing  the  homeless  Smelly  Bag  Lady  a  wonderful  breakfast  on  a  tray,  while  the  rest  of  us  stood  puzzled,  and  numbed  by  the  programming  of  our  age  and  by  our  own  internal  laziness,  fear  and  inertia  into  watching  one  of  God’s precious  children  suffer  horribly.

Mr.  Lazauskas  did  this  day  after  day,  until  the  homeless  Smelly  Bag  Lady  made  headlines  by  being  hit  and  crushed  by  a  bus.

When  Mr.  Lazauskas  did  what  he  did,  nonetheless,  he  permitted  the  invincible  love  and  power  of  the  almighty  creator  and  destroyer  God  of  the  Universe   to  enter  and  suffuse  his flesh  and  mind,   so  that  he  became  God’s  most  powerful  tool  on  Earth  at  that   place  and  time,   to  the  astonishment  and  applause  and  cheering  of  the  angels,   and  the  astonishment and  anger  of  the  demons.

Be  one  of  the  good  guys.   Astonish  the  universe.    Be  a  deus  ex  machina.

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New Testament Bible Give Away

Posted on 14 December 2014

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CFCC Bible Give Away 2014

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Civics, Meetings and Events

Northwood Civic Meeting for December Cancelled

Posted on 14 December 2014

There will be no meeting of the Northwood Civic Association on December 16th, 2014. My decision to have a meeting wasn’t very popular, so we will have our next meeting on January 20th, 2015.

I received a letter from a neighbor on the 1200 block of Haworth Street requesting help with some things that concern them. If anyone knows who sent it, please tell them to call me or contact me. They left no name, address, or phone number, so it will be difficult for me to assist them in any way.

I can be contacted through Facebook or my email northwoodcivic@comcast.net

Joe Krause
President, Northwood Civic Association

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Meetings and Events

Councilwoman Sanchez Talks Land Bank in Frankford

Posted on 12 December 2014

Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez held a town hall meeting on December 9th at Sankofa Freedom Academy to talk about the Land Bank legislation which she sponsored this year.  It is now law in Philadelphia and will go into effect in January and she took this opportunity to explain what it is and how it will benefit the residents of Frankford.town hall

The purpose of the Land Bank is to return vacant and tax delinquent property to productive reuse.  Sounds easy but when you consider the scale of the problem, with as many as 32,000 properties in the city in this category, it becomes a big problem.  Many older cities like Philadelphia are in the same situation.  The Land Bank legislation along with legislation passed by Pennsylvania that was introduced by State Representative John Taylor, will make this possible.  The strategic plan for implementing the Land Bank is due to be approved this week.

What does this mean for Frankford?  Residents will find it easier to take over tax delinquent lots adjacent to their homes as side lots.  We have many of those in Frankford.  People who want to rehab a property will have a single place to go to get title to it.  Developers will find one stop shopping for multiple parcels that make rehabbing and building from scratch more financially feasible.

We’ll have more on this as the Frankford CDC begins taking advantage of the opportunities that the Land Bank offers next year.   One side effect of the success will be gentrification pressure at property values begin to rise.  Have a look at this story on that issue.

Congratulations to Maria for a job well done.  It was a long time coming but looks to be a game changer for the city and hopefully Frankford.

 

 

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