Meetings and Events

Family Fun Fest

Posted on 26 May 2015

Coming up on Saturday June 6th hosted By Grace Alone Church will be a free Family Fun Fest.  From 2 to 6 PM in the outside courtyard on the 1300 block of Dyre Street (Near Oxford Avenue).

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history, Meetings and Events, Miscellaneous

Memorial Day 2015

Posted on 24 May 2015

In observance of Memorial Day here are some video tributes from the past.

Ceremony at the Civil War memorial in Cedar Hill in 2012 at this link.

Re-dedication of the Civil War memorial in Cedar Hill Cemetery in 2013 at this link.

If you want to hear what the music sounded like in the Civil War listen to this.

Debbie Klak talks about the War Memorial up at Frankford Stadium at this link.

The Battle Hymn of the Republic on the mighty organ at St. Mark’s played by Ed Green at this link.

In Frankford on Monday at 9:30 AM at St. Joachim Church, Griscom and Church Streets, there will be a Memorial Day observance.  There are veterans at rest in the cemetery there from the Civil War, WW1 and 2 and Vietnam.  At least two of them were killed in action.  The Scouts will be on hand to place flags on the graves of these men. You are cordially invited to stop by and pay tribute.

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Aria Health System Looking to Merge

Posted on 22 May 2015

The Philadelphia Business Journal reported that Aria is looking for a partner in a potential merger.  How this will affect Frankford is unknown but they are a major employer player in the community.

“Aria Health officials are engaged in a process to explore a possible strategic partnership with another hospital, health system or hospital company. With the sweeping changes in the healthcare industry, nationally and in the Philadelphia region, the Aria Health Board of Directors believes it is our responsibility to explore all options to enhance our services and better meet the future needs of the communities we serve. We’ll base any potential partnership decision, first and foremost, on what’s best for patients, what will further our mission and ensure we can continue to serve the community as we have for more than a century…

You can see the rest of the story at this link.

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Keep the Faith in Frankford

Coming Up in Frankford 5/23 to 5/29/2015

Posted on 22 May 2015

These are the highlights.

Recovery Sunday Barbecue on Sunday at Noon  at St Mark’s Church Frankford, 4442 Frankford Avenue – As we remember our fallen heroes on Memorial Day weekend, come celebrate the new life you have in recovery. Food, Fun, Fellowship – All free and open to the entire recovery community. Bring a friend, hour appetite and an attitude of gratitude.

Memorial Day Observance at St. Joachim Cemetery on Monday at 9:30am

Northeast Philadelphia EPIC Stakeholders Group meets on Thusday at 5:30pm at 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow Street

PSA1 Meeting Community/Police meeting is on Thursday 7pm at Aria  Hospital, 4900 Frankford Ave

See the details about these events and everything else happening in Frankford on our community calendar at this link.

Happy Memorial Day, drive safely if you are traveling.


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St. Marks Opened Their Doors to Disaster Victims

Posted on 20 May 2015

From the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania

On May 12th, Tuesday night, upon hearing about the train derailment so close to the church, members and clergy from St. Mark’s Church, Frankford, opened the church and called police dispatch at 10:15pm to register themselves as a comfort station.

Deacon Phil Geliebter, Missioner Blair Jordan, Property Chair Nick Horsfall and Parish Secretary Ivy Horsfall responded quickly, opening the doors to the church and providing a safe haven for the passengers who had been seen in Emergency Rooms and had no central location to go to once discharged.

St. Mark's Church - Photo by St. Mark's

St. Mark’s Church – Photo by St. Mark’s

Cases of bottled water were taken to the crash site and distributed, and more water and fresh, hot coffee was available at the church, along with phones to make calls, places to charge cell phones, ice packs for bumps and bruises, and a lot of love and caring. One gentleman, adamant about finding a way to get to NYC “very soon” was given a printout of the Greyhound bus schedule. Instead of putting him through the ordeal of another train ride, Nick Horsfall drove the gentleman downtown to the bus station.

Another gentleman, frantic to get home to Trenton, NJ, was driven there by a volunteer from Calvary Chapel on the King’s Highway.
The church also served as a comfort station and a planning center for members of the Philadelphia Police Department and officials from Amtrak.

Working with the Chaplains at the 15th District of the Philadelphia police department, they ensured that a chaplain was available at Aria Hospital in Frankford, St. Marks Church and at the accident scene.

In order to provide a safe haven, they did not allow media coverage, photographs or interviews on site and stayed open until the last passengers were picked up by a shuttle bus provided by Amtrak; our doors closed at 3:15 am.

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Meetings and Events

Anthony Smith Volunteer Recognition

Posted on 19 May 2015

Anthony Smith is has always been an active volunteer in Frankford.  When I first started covering Frankford news he was one of the first faces I got to know because he was at every cleanup lending a hand.

Anthony Smith (center) and the Frankford crew at the award ceremony at the Globe Dye Works

Anthony Smith (center) and the Frankford crew at the award ceremony at the Globe Dye Works

The TTF (Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership) recognized him as a Watershed Champion for his work at Womrath Park on May 13th at the Globe Dye Works at the Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony.

Congratulations on a job well done.

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Education, Meetings and Events

Rotary Club of Frankford Northeast Scholarship Winners

Posted on 19 May 2015

On Tuesday, May 12th, The Rotary Club of Frankford Northeast hosted it’s 2015 scholarship winners and their parents at their regular meeting at The Canstatter.  This year the club awarded five area students with $700 scholarships.  The criteria for the scholarship was determined by each individual school.

This year’s recipients of scholarships include:

  • Carl Tucker from Frankford High School
  • Thomas D. Marcantonio from Archbishop Ryan High School
  • William Studley from Father Judge High School
  • Garbiel Baez from New Foundations Charter School
  • Somah Slewion from Swenson Arts and Technology High School

Congratulations to the 2015 Scholarship Recipients! Today you’re a step closer to your dream and will soon be reaping the fruits of your hard work.

Scholarship Group Photo with Rotary Secretary Joe Cohill

Thomas Marcantonio, Carl Tucker, Joe Cohil (Rotary Secretary), Gabriel Baez, Somah Slewion and William Studley

The Rotary Club of Frankford Northeast meets Tuesdays at 12:15 at The Canstatter. First time guest prospective Rotarians are welcome to enjoy a complimentary lunch. Our club features a guest speaker at most Tuesday meetings.  Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

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Education, Keep the Faith in Frankford, Meetings and Events, Religion

“Into the Wilderness” Vacation Bible School

Posted on 18 May 2015

VBS Flyer without tear offsSt. Mark’s Church, 4442 Frankford Ave., is hosting a Vacation Bible School from Monday, July 13 through Wednesday, July 15, from 10 AM until 1 PM. Sponsored by Keep the Faith in Frankford and the Yardley United Methodist Church Youth Group, we are able to enroll 30 children (4-9 years old) and 6 “counselors” (10 years – 13 years) to help assist in this program.

Our theme is “Into the Wilderness” and the children will learn about God’s covenant with the 12 tribes of Israel! Lunch is included and we will learn Bible stories and have activities that are filled with fun!

You must register for this program. For more information, please call Pat Smiley, 215.520.5616 or email me at

You can download a registration form here. Completed forms may be returned to St. Mark’s Church office or calling Pat Smiley.


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Business, Meetings and Events

Royal Farms Coming to Frankford

Posted on 18 May 2015

At the Frankford NAC zoning meeting on May 14th, representatives made an informational presentation about plans to bring the first Royal Farms store in the City to Frankford.  The location will be the now vacant property on the NW corner of Church St. and Aramingo Avenue.

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Future Royal Farms location (photo from Google maps)

Royal Farms is similar to Wawa and is based in Baltimore.  They announced plans early this year to expand into this area.

Plans include 8 double sided gas pumps, 3 diesel, a car wash and convenience store with seating both indoors and outdoors.  The site would be landscaped.  There will eventually be as many as 50 jobs created at the facility.  The location is on the southbound side of Aramingo Avenue.  Wawa further down at Wheatsheaf Lane is on the Northbound side.  If all goes will, opening could be in late 2016.

Also at the zoning meeting:

  • The owner of 2116 Granite Street is seeking a variance to legalize one of street parking space.  In discussions with the owner, the board members disclosed an issue with the width of the curb cut.  They granted a continuance so the owner can work this out with the zoning board.
  • The owner of 1657 Dyer Street want a variance to legalize an existing duplex.  The was no community oppositions so a letter of support will go to the zoning board.

The next Frankford NAC zoning meeting will be on June 11th at 7PM at Second Baptist Church at 1801 Meadow Street.



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Meetings and Events

Coming Up in Frankford 5/16 to 5/22/2015

Posted on 15 May 2015

Saturday is a big day in Frankford with three events.

  • At the Historical Society at 1507 Orthodox Street, from 10AM to 5PM, is an indoor flea market and bake sale with live music.  Antiques, Collectibles, Vintage Clothing, Mid Century Modern
  • Across the street at Frankford Friends School, from 10AM to 3PM is their Spring Fair. It is always a good time for the kids.
  • Up the street at Overington Park, Leiper and Orthodox, from 10AM to 1PM, their Fourth Annual Perennial Sale and Spring Planting.  Come pick up a beautiful plant for your home garden or lend a hand making Overington park bloom. Refreshments and tee shirts for our volunteers.

Also on Wednesday, May 20th at 6:30PM at the Franklin Towne Charter School over at the Frankford Arsenal, is the Frankford Creek Brownfield Area-Wide Plan Final Meeting.  The Area-Wide Plan will inform the Planning Commission’s ongoing River Wards district plan and other, ongoing development and planning initiatives along the Lower Frankford Creek watershed and Delaware River. The final report of the Area-Wide Plan will outline an implementable, sustainable approach for the redevelopment of key brownfield resources.

To see more details and all of the events in Frankford, go to our community calendar at this link.

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