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Community Shredding Event

Posted on 30 July 2014

Free Community Shred It and Forget It Event
August 9, 2014
McIlvain Recreation Center
5200 Penn Street
11AM to 3PM

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Miscellaneous

Frankford Text Blast Update

Posted on 29 July 2014

We have been offering this service for a few years now and many people find it useful.  Some find it invaluable.  So what is it?  We send text messages about important events in Frankford directly to your cell phone.  Reminders about important meetings and events are the most common thing we use it for.   If you sign up for the service, you will get a reminder about the meeting the day of the meeting.  In some cases like last week when the movie night in Overington park was cancelled due to weather, we sent a notice out right away.  Also last week when the police cancelled the PSA meeting we sent out a notice on that.

We also get questions about events and we answer all inquiries.

It will only work on your cell phone. If you have to pay for each text message you get, you might want to think about that before signing up.  On the other hand if your text messages are free, then it costs you nothing.

To sign up you only have to text the word JOIN to “sms+359@telefio.com”.   (It doesn’t look like a phone number but it works).  It is anonymous and once you sign up you can always send a message to remove your number.

This is just one more way to communicate.

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Meetings and Events

Double the Events at the Grey Lodge Pub Friday August 1st

Posted on 29 July 2014

Going on just up the road, a beer event and book signing and Women’s Humane Society Fund Raiser.

On Friday night, August 1st, it’s a 2fer at the Grey Lodge. We are having a Lagunitas bring your dog event that will be also be a fund raiser for the Woman’s Humane Society.

We will be hosting local author E. Lewis Brown who will be selling and signing copies of this new novel Dianna Doll.

More details and images at http://greylodge.com/20140801.html

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Get into Shape at the New Northwood Tennis Courts

Posted on 29 July 2014

Northwood has recently added 3 newly renovated tennis courts and they are open and free at Harrison and Rutland Streets.

Larry Norton, Harrison Street neighbor

Northwood tennis courts

Northwood tennis courts

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Meetings and Events

PSA1 Meeting Scrubbed Again

Posted on 28 July 2014

The July PSA meeting scheduled to be held at Aria Hospital on Thursday, July 24th was cancelled by the police.  They say it had been scheduled to be held on July 17th. This was a major disappointment to the community since they were expecting to hear followup to the many issues raised at the June meeting.

According to the 15th district web site, the next PSA1 meeting is scheduled for Friday, August 29th at 7PM at Aria Hospital.

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Meetings and Events

Senior Workshop

Posted on 28 July 2014

Coming up this thursday, July 31st, a senior workshop at the Peter Bressi Senior Center from 10 to 11 AM  See details below.

Senior Workshop

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Coming Up in Frankford 7/26 to 8/22/2014

Posted on 25 July 2014

  • REANIMATE | Philadelphia Sculptors – Sat, July 26, 12pm – 5pm, the corner of Frankford Avenue and Paul Street | MFL to Margaret-Orthodox- Members of Philadelphia Sculptors will address the concept of bringing new life back to a place, person, or community. Work ranges from the figurative to the abstract, with artists employing techniques and materials that may reference the past as they create work of the present.
  • HIV and Hepatitis C Testing – Sun, July 27, 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.
  • Frankford Garden Club – Mon, July 28, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Wissinoming Park Playground
  • Senior Breakfast – Tue, July 29, 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.
  • Crafts with Pam – Altered Jewelry – Tue, July 29, 2:30pm – 4:00pm, Frankford Neighborhood Library, 4634 Frankford Ave. – Get creative! Recycle your old jewelry and create a unique fashion headband. This free workshop is designed for adults. All materials are supplied, but you are welcome to bring your own costume jewelry to work with. Sign up in person at the library, call 215-685-1474 or email baxterb@freelibrary.org Pam Thomas has conducted many workshops on a variety of topics at the Free Library and other organizations.
  • Dance Movement Therapy Class – Wed, July 30, 10am – 11am,  Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center 4744 Frankford Ave – Please join us for our Dance Movement Therapy Classes. Come join this hot new program!
  • Northeast Philadelphia EPIC Stakeholders Group – Thu, July 31, 5:30pm – 7:30pm,  2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow Street
  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum Open House – Sun, August 3, 12pm – 5pm,  4278 Griscom Street – Presentation at 1:30 PM: Don Ernsberger – General Meade’s Breakthrough at Fredericksburg
  • Friends of Overington Park – Tue, August 5, 7pm – 8pm, Overington Park by the tool shed
  • Frankford Civic Association Meeting – Thu, August 7, 7pm – 8pm,  Aria Hospital, 2nd floor
  • Neighborhood Advisory Committee Meeting – Thu, August 14, 7pm – 8pm,  2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow St.
  • Old Heads Softball Game and Cookout – Saturday, Aug 16, 2014,  Gambrel Playground, Wakeling Street
  • Northwood Civic Association Meeting – Tue, August 19, 7pm – 8pm,  St. James Lutheran Church, at Castor Avenue and Pratt Street.
  • HIV and Hepatitis C Testing – Sun, August 24, 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.
  • Free BBQ for the Community – Sat, August 23, 11am – 1pm,  Christ Fellowship Christian Church, 1639 Harrison St. – Free BBQ for the Community, Come and meet the Pastor and First Lady of the Church. August 23, 2014 – Start Time 11:00A.M.- Rain date August 30 – Attend any Sunday Service @10:45 with your children and sign up to receive free School Supplies while they last.
  • Frankford Garden Club -Mon, August 25, 6:30pm – 7:30pm,  Wissinoming Park Playground
  • Senior Breakfast – Tue, August 26, 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.
  • Frankford Parks Group – Tue, August 26, 6:30pm – 7:30pm,  CDC Building, 4900 Griscom St
  • Northeast Philadelphia EPIC Stakeholders Group – Thu, August 28, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow Street
  • PSA1 Meeting – Fri, August 29, 7pm – 8pm,  Aria Hospital 2nd floor

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Business, Civics, Education, Meetings and Events, News

A Healthier Frankford

Posted on 23 July 2014

This past June, Health Partners Plans, Aria Health and the Frankford Community Development Corporation came to the aid of Frankford residents. The annual Health Fair provided fun and games for children while giving adults the medical care and information they need.

The fair which took place at Aria Health’s Frankford Campus consisted of screenings for blood pressure and Body Mass Index as well as face painting and other activities for kids. Volunteers, along with Events and Outreach Programs Manager for Health Partners Plans, Chi Dang, attended to the long line of eager Frankford residents ready to receive these much needed services. Dang explained that screenings like the ones provided at the fair are simple, but necessary, preventative measures that everyone should have access to. Health Partners Plans works to make sure that those who would otherwise go without testing and information are taken care of.

The event that has been going on for three years now continues to grow and to help members of the surrounding community. Certainly living up to their motto of “doing it right” Health Partners Plans in partnership with Aria Health and the Frankford CDC are making strides in the right direction to help everyone maintain a healthier lifestyle.

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Meetings and Events, Religion

Celebrate With Us Saturday at St. Joachim Church!

Posted on 23 July 2014

Please join us as we celebrate the Feast Day of Sts. Joachim and Anne, Patrons of Families! Every family needs a St. Joachim and a St. Anne!!!!

 

Feast Day Mass

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Business

Frankford The Upside: Herb Frayer

Posted on 22 July 2014

By Alexander Houston

We stood in his air conditioned store the S&A Cleaners at 4935 Frankford Avenue. I was there to interview the busy proprietor, Herb Frayer, who owns and operates the business. It is a handsome 3 story corner property. A customer walks in. I will call him Mr X, as I did not get his name. I continued to ask questions of Mr Frayer, and soon a lively 3-way conversation ensued.

We spoke of many things, but mostly of our beloved community. Mr. Frayer and Mr. X are both Frankford born and raised, and ever since I moved into the area about 9 years ago I have become an ardent community supporter, but my curiosity has been piqued. What was Frankford 30-40 years ago? What is it now, and why is it what it is now?

Mr. Herb Frayer’s dry cleaning business has been a constant in the community for 14 years. He started as a delivery boy for a cleaning business and he never looked back. He told me he has always envisioned having his own business, but he did not stop there. He has expanded and diversified. He sells clothing, footwear and jewelry along with his tailoring and dry cleaning business.

But then I got to my questions:

AH: Please tell me what this community was like in your youth?
HF: It was a vibrant community with many thriving businesses. All daily needs could be purchased on the avenue under the El. Yes, it was a bustling corridor.

AH: How has the community changed?
HF: Well today Frankford is much more diverse and that is a good thing. I remember a time when as an African American it was not safe for me to walk the avenue. That has changed now, however along with diversity came poverty, crime, and the drug trade.

AH: I see a large Asian community in the area. Would talk a little about what that means to you.
HF: I think that the large Asian population is good for Frankford. These folk are, for the most part, hardworking people. They have opened many businesses along the avenue where once stood vacant properties. So yes, this influx is good for the community.

Now during much of this conversation Mr. X vigorously nodded his head in agreement. However it was the next line of questioning that really stirred both him and Mr. Frayer.

AH: So what improvements would you like to see in Frankford?
HF: I love Frankford. It is my home. I was born, raised and educated here, and here is what needs to happen. We need to see more unity, more togetherness. Young people need to realize that anything worth having and keeping will not come easily. Work hard, work, smart have self respect and respect for others. It is all about Dignity and Self respect.

This discussion kept getting better and it was clear to me that Mr. Frayer and his customer were just warming up.

AH: How did younger generations go off the track?
HF: I think it is the lack of role models. We must tell young men in our society to be men, to support their families, to work hard, to be productive members of that society. Again, what is needed is Self Respect, Dignity and Responsibility

HF: There is a far deeper malady in our system. It is the diminishment of the American dream, for when hopes and dreams fade for America’s youth other nefarious modes of livelihood take root. Another problem is the gradual demise of solid and stable family structures. It gets back to what I said earlier. We must teach the importance of Self Respect, Dignity and the importance of Taking our Responsibilities both collectively and individually.

Herb Frayer’s customer left the shop, but I am sure of 2 things. He like me was inspired. Second, while we may not have solved all of the community’s problems we came to better understand our place and responsibility in it.

I thought about Herb as I motored back to the office. TRUELY, the dream had not died for him. Not only has he diversified his business thus offering more services and products for members of the community, he provides employment for a small work force in the Frankford. He continues to dream and strive. He owns and manages several rental properties for as he told me, “I plan to have my properties work for me instead of me working for my properties.” Small businesses are good for America as are dreamers and doers. All the while, people like Herb not only provide a good example for the American youth, but it is men and women like Herb Frayer who can help keep the American dream alive. They provide opportunity for themselves and others. They make us All proud!

 

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