Business, Features

Diane Richardson has ImPAct on Frankford

Posted on 16 September 2014

diane richardson colorDiane Richardson has been active in the Frankford business community since she established the Richardson Group Senior living facilities on Bridge Street in 2004. That facility serves as a home for about 19 men in an assisted living environment. It is a very comfortable place that I visited back in April of this year to interview Diane for this story.

She was in the midst of a successful career as a para legal when in 1999 her brother had to enter an assisted facility. The experience of visiting him in that facility made her think that there had to be a better way. Over time she developed her ideas and sat down and wrote a business plan. She eventually entered that plan into a competition and it was recognized with an award. Her legal background and organizational skills were helpful in getting funding and the first property at 1750 Bridge Street was acquired and became operational with the first four residents in 2004.   She expanded and added on with the acquisition of the adjacent property in 2007.

Your first impression when entering through the front door is warmth and hominess. It does not feel at all institutional. Richardson says that the each resident has different needs. Some are relatively independent while others need more help in managing medications and coordinating medical appointments, etc. All meals are served family style and the facility is staffed by a total of 7 to meet the needs of their clients 24 hours a day.

As many of half of the men are veterans which means their services may involve working with the VA. They are in the process of becoming an approved veteran’s home.

The Richardson Group was recognized by Governor Corbett this year as a finalist for the Governor’s ImPAct award in the area of Community Impact.

This award is given to a company that exemplifies the tenet of “doing well by doing good.” The winners in this category show a sustained commitment to the growth and development of its employees and the community(ies) in which it does business.

In addition to her duties running the Richardson Group, she also serves as President of the Frankford Business and Professional Association. The 60 plus membership association meets every other month for a lunch and a program on business issues. Membership in the association has been up and down over the years but now is on the upswing again under Richardson’s leadership.

The association also sponsors varies activities throughout the year in cooperation with the Frankford Community Development Corporation.

Diane Richardson is a petite dynamo who is both entrepreneur and someone who does good work.  We are fortunate to have her here in Frankford.

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Meetings and Events

Candlelight Prayer Vigil

Posted on 16 September 2014

The third and fourth murders within sight of the St. Mark’s Church, Frankford bell tower in as many weeks occurred Sunday morning during worship services. This evening between 7:00 and 8:00 folks will gather on Womrath and Griscom streets to pray for an end violence. Please join us in prayer wherever you are.

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Meetings and Events, Miscellaneous

Activites at Simpson Recreation Center

Posted on 15 September 2014

Simpson Recreation Center registration for Girl Scout and Tot soccer for kids ages 3-6 will begin Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. you can call us at 215-685-1223 or email us at simpsonrecctr@hotmail.com  Also open house for the martial arts program is Friday, September 19, 2014 come signup and see a demonstration of the program from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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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Education, Meetings and Events

Turning Points for Children News

Posted on 15 September 2014

Turning Points for Children’s vision is that all children will grow up in a nurturing and protective family environment that provides them with the framework to make positive choices and become healthy, productive, and self-sufficient adults.

Turning Points for Children is looking for Resource (foster) Parents. To find out how you can help build STRONGER FAMILIES, BRIGHTER FUTURES, you can contact us at Resourceparent@tp4c.org. Or attend our  Next Resource Parent Orientation SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 at 4329 Griscom Street starting at 6pm. Lite Refreshments will be provided.

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Civics, Meetings and Events

Northwood Civic Meeting

Posted on 14 September 2014

The general meeting of the Northwood Civic Association is this Tuesday 9/16 at 7:00PM. St James Church at Castor and Pratt. The Community Relations Officer from the 15th District will be in attendance. Please attend and bring a neighbor; we have been requesting service in our neighborhood and would like to justify that request with a great turnout of concerned neighbors. We will also have an update of the work at Northwood Park and will discuss our next project.

Joe Krause

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Meetings and Events

Coming Up in Frankford 9/13 to 10/10/2014

Posted on 13 September 2014

  • Art Under the Trees – Sat, September 13, 12pm – 3pm,  Overington Park, Orthodox and Leiper Streets- We will have local crafts people show and sell their work, refreshments, and of course our Chalk Art contest for those under 18. Prizes will be given in 4 age categories . Please come out and support your park and cheer on the local artists in your community!
  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum Open House – Sun, September 14, 12pm – 5pm, 4278 Griscom Street – Presentation at 1:30 PM: Dr. Sid Copel Civil War Aviation
  • Friends of Overington Park – Tue, September 16, 7pm – 8pm,  In Overington Park by the tool shed – In good weather we meet in the park by the tool shed. In bad weather we meet at 1500 Orthodox St. in the Frankford Friends Meeting house.
  • Northwood Civic Association Meeting – Tue, September 16, 7pm – 8pm, St. James Lutheran Church, at Castor Avenue and Pratt Street.
  • Back to School Youth Carnival – Fri, September 19, 5:30pm – 9:00pm,  Second Baptist Church of Frankford, 1801 Meadow St. – Games, Prizes, Food, Music – ALL ARE WELCOME
  • Open house for the martial arts program – Fri, September 19, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, Simpson Recreation Center, 1010 Arrott St. – Come signup and see a demonstration of the program. Call us at 215-685-1223 or email us at simpsonrecctr@hotmail.com
  • Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser – Sat, September 20, 8am – 10am,  2535 Castor Ave. – “Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Francis De Sales #2617 is holding an Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser on Saturday, September 20th from 8-10 a.m. 2535 Castor Avenue. $8.00 adults $5.00 children. If you bring a non-perishable food item, you will be put in a special drawing.” Thank you, Tina Dambach-Vice Regent 215-288-3941
  • Hope4PhillyConvoy of Hope -Sat, September 20, 11am – 5pm – We serve guests of honor–in dozens of communities throughout the world–by providing them with free groceries, health and dental screenings, haircuts, family portraits, meals and much more.
  • Frankford Garden Club – Mon, September 22, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Wissinoming Park Playground
  • Frankford Parks Group – Tue, September 23, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, CDC Building, 4900 Griscom St.
  • Registration for Girl Scout and Tot soccer for kids ages – Thu, September 25, 5:30pm – 8:30pm,  Simpson Recreation Center, 1010 Arrott St – call us at 215-685-1223 or email us at simpsonrecctr@hotmail.com for more information
  • Northeast Philadelphia EPIC Stakeholders Group – Thu, September 25, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow Street
  • PSA1 Meeting – Thu, September 25, 7pm – 8pm, Aria Hospital, 4900 Frankford Ave – Captain McCloskey will attend
  • HIV and Hepatitis C Testing – Sun, September 28, 11am – 4pm,  St. Mark’s Church, 4442 Frankford Avenue – 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.
  • Senior Breakfast – Tue, September 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.
  • Nature’s Hidden Surprises – Wed, October 1, 9:30am – 11:00am,  Tacony Creek Park, I and Ramona – Themed nature walk with TTF environmental educator Judith Gratz
  • Frankford Civic Association Meeting – Thu, October 2, 7pm – 8pm, Aria Hospital, 2nd floor
  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum Open House – Sun, October 5, 12pm – 5pm,  4278 Griscom Street – Presentation at 1:30 PM: Robert Hicks – Civil War Medicine
  • Neighborhood Advisory Committee Meeting – Thu, October 9, 7pm – 8pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow St.

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Education, Meetings and Events

Back to School Youth Carnival

Posted on 12 September 2014

Coming up on September 19th at Second Baptist Church at 1801 Meadow Street.  See details below.

carnival 2014

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Meetings and Events

Brown Fields Meeting

Posted on 09 September 2014

This may not sound like an inviting topic but it is tied to the redevelopment of the Frankford Creek Greenway.  The only property we have on the list is Edgewater Dyeing and Finishing which is at the foot of Frankford Avenue right at Torresdale.  Its that big shell of a building on the right as you go South.  Announcement follows:

City Planning Commission to Sponsor Brownfields Meeting on September 23rd

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) invites you to a community meeting on the evening of Tuesday, September 23rd as part of a project to promote the beneficial reuse of brownfield sites in Bridesburg and areas near the Frankford Creek in Frankford, Juniata Park, and Port Richmond. The meeting will be held from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at Edgemont Caterers, 4311 Edgemont Street, in Bridesburg.

The project is formally called the Lower Frankford Creek Watershed Brownfields Area-Wide Plan. Funding for the project has been provided to the City through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The project web site is www.frankfordcreekbrownfields.com

The Planning Commission began working on the Area-Wide Plan this spring with a team of consultants, public agencies and community representatives, including the offices of City Council members Henon, Quiñones-Sánchez, and Squilla. The meeting on September 23rd will feature a brief presentation highlighting preliminary findings about the area’s existing conditions. The public will then be invited to break out into groups to share ideas about community assets, challenges, and potential development.

The EPA defines brownfields as land whose reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. The Planning Commission expects the Area-Wide Plan to complement other, ongoing initiatives in the area and to provide an implementable, sustainable approach for the redevelopment of key brownfield sites. This fall, the Planning Commission will also begin a more comprehensive district plan for the larger River Wards area of Fishtown, Kensington, Port Richmond, and Bridesburg as part of PCPC’s Philadelphia2035 integrated planning and zoning process. The Philadelphia2035 web site is www.phila2035.org .

RSVPs for the September 23rd meeting are appreciated. Please contact alisasayegh@bakerandcompanyllc.com , or phone 610-660-8346.

For additional information about the Area-Wide Plan and meeting, please call the City Planning Commission at 215.683.4653.

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Civics, Education, history, Meetings and Events, Religion

An Event You Don’t Want to Miss!

Posted on 09 September 2014

What’s the hottest ticket in town? No, it’s not along the Avenue of the Arts! It’s the ticket for tonight’s presentation at the Historical Society of Frankford, 1507 Orthodox St. See you there! The most fun for $5 you can have anywhere!!!!

HSF September 2014 program half page

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Civics, News

Verdell Office Move Prompts Outcry from Frankford

Posted on 08 September 2014


Proposed location of take out chicken store at Oxford and Griscom

Residents attending the Frankford Civic Association meeting on September 4th expressed their frustration at the problems caused by the relocation of the Clarence Verdell Suboxone clinic from 4949 Frankford Avenue to a new location at 4606 Frankford Avenue.  A long line of clients has been gathering outside the location daily blocking the sidewalk.

Jason Dawkins, Democratic candidate for 179th district State House of Representatives, noted that most of the Frankford Avenue business corridor is zoned CMX-2 which means that almost any business can open up with no approval needed from the community.  Kim Washington, of the Frankford CDC, told the group that discussions are underway that will call for a change in the zoning of areas of Frankford to address this problem but it will cannot be solved overnight.  Meanwhile, residents called for strict enforcement of existing regulations that will help alleviate the problems of crowds on the sidewalk and disorderly behavior.

The meeting also took up the issue of the proposed take out chicken store at Oxford Avenue and Griscom Street which is now under construction.  Last year the owner approached the Civic with a proposal to open the store and residents made it clear that they would oppose that type of business.  The owner withdrew the application and later proposed a coffee shop for the location.  When residents were told of that proposal, they voiced approval.  Now that the new zoning code is in effect, since the property is zoned CMX-2, the owner does not legally need community approval and has decided to move ahead with take out chicken.  This has outraged local neighbors who expect to see the business turn into another hang out for drug dealers.  The neighbors have vowed to fight.

The next Frankford Civic Association meeting will be held on Thursday, October 2nd, at 7PM at Aria Hospital.




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